The Windy City Sports Academy takes budding Larry Birds and future Mia Hamms and gives them the teammates, equipment, and cozy domed space necessary to develop athletic skills while having active fun. A diverse array of courses are available, so b-ball devotees can perfect the arts of shooting free throws and shrugging off technicals in a nine-week basketball academy (ages 6–12), and younger players can get a taste of the fundamentals of T-ball and other group games in tiny tots sports (ages 2–6). A six-week soccer preseason training clinic (ages 6–12) introduces worldly football fundamentals to kids used to traditional American sports such as baseball and eating bugs on television for money. Finally, the nine-week baseball academy teaches batters how to call homers Babe Ruth–style and how to deal with fans wearing headsets who blow their team’s chance at a World Series.
From bar crawls to street festivals, there's plenty of ways to meet new people in the city. There's also plenty of ways to get exercise, such as jogging along the waterfront or scaling a skyscraper in a gorilla costume. Cities and Sports brings both worlds together through seasonal sports leagues that are as much about winning and getting exercise as they are about socializing and having fun. After the games, players can hang out with their team members and meet new people at the league sponsor bar. During warmer months, the company organizes leagues at local parks and beaches for weekly rounds of softball, kickball, and volleyball. Then, when winter rolls around, it moves its operation indoors for properly sheltered sessions of dodge ball, volleyball, bowling, and basketball.
$10 will afford you around 83-91 balls so you don’t have to use all $50 in one visit, just hold on to your card and come back whenever you feel like transferring stress into the abyss of dimpled cosmonauts. Although not part of this deal, Golf Center Des Plaines also has a lighted, par-three golf course, GolfTEC training programs, a pro shop, restaurant, and banquet room.
Like at a medieval fortress, a two-story structure made of wood and stone towers over a pool of water. And like the garbage chute that empties into the open mouth of a moat's crocodile, two diving platforms and a water slide deposit swimmers into the main pool at Batavia Park District's Harold Hall Quarry Beach—a 60,000-square-foot swimming hole chiseled into a former stone quarry. Though visitors can always brave the free falls, a zero-depth edge allows for a more leisurely entrance into the water, where guests of all ages swim laps in the lanes, practice slam-dunking on one another under the basketball hoop, or pull themselves onto a wooden island to sunbathe. On the shore, landlubbers can relax at the picnic area or head to the beach-volleyball court to prevent lobstermen from stealing the net.