As skaters glide across Glenwood Roller Rink’s polished hardwood, the lights flashing over their heads might as well belong to a time machine. That’s how convincingly the rink captures the essence of those carefree days when you first held hands in couples skate or landed your first flawless triple axel. A team of DJs keeps things festive throughout roller-skating sessions for all ages, pumping out upbeat tunes to fuel the nightly festivities. They wisely opt for a soundtrack tinged with soul on themed nights for adults.
While watching the 2005 film Roll Bounce, moviegoers were probably too busy staring at roller-skating stars Nick Cannon and Bow Wow as they busted high-flying, acrobatic moves on the rink. With so much action on screen, audiences may not have had the chance to notice something slightly subtler—that the film was actually shot at Lynwood Roller Rink. Take one step inside the old-school facility, though, and the location scout’s pick seems almost too obvious: the rink's dedication to classic decor, such as bright-red neon lights and multiple disco balls, give it the feel of an untouched time capsule. But don’t let the vintage vibes fool you entirely—the rink also hosts new-school events, including Latin-inspired Zumba sessions on select weekday evenings.
At Studio B, Bettinardi Golf technicians assist players of all ages and skill levels — including such pro athlete clients as St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols, Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle, and PGA Tour player Brian Gay — in acquiring the signature one-piece milled putter best suited to their stature and style. The experience commences with a 45-minute putter fitting in the lounge-style studio, where skillful staff members draw on both the precision analysis of a four-camera laser system and the arbitrations of the oracle at Delphi to unite players with the perfect short-game club. Customers then select a BB Series Bettinardi putter to take home and incorporate into their green jockeying, whether they prefer the classic design and plumber’s neck of the BB1 or the BB33’s pear-shaped mallet. With putter in hand, customers can outfit themselves for the fairway with their choice of a hat and a towel, useful for cleaning implements before teeing off and for improvising a bullfighter's cape to goad stalled golf carts.
Castaways Bowl caters to its clients with 32 lanes, a full-service eatery, billiards, and other games while retaining the same family-run charm it’s had since 1950. They host competitive bowling tournaments as well as bowling programs that teach the game to children as young as 2, before they can develop the ability to feel empathy for maltreated pins. To fuel further pin-pummeling exploits, Windy City Pizza—an on-site eatery—cooks up a hefty menu of chicken, pasta, and pizza for famished bowlers.
Custom-built mountain bikes and hand-built wheelsets may be Richard’s Bikes’ specialty, but cyclists have frequented the store since 1910 to find road, cross-country, and freeride accessories. Staff pack more than 100 years of combined biking experience into the well-oiled gears that power their minds and match customers with premade bikes and equipment from manufacturers including GT, Schwinn, Mongoose, LeMond, and Klein. Richard’s carries a wide selection of helmets and protective gear, cycling apparel, and bike parts of all kinds.