Compare Transport LLC dispatches a fleet of clean, punctual taxi vehicles for general and airport transportation around Chicagoland. Most of the company’s drivers have decades of experience, and their language fluency includes Polish, French, Greek, and Spanish, allowing them to easily serve and transport their customers.
When you think of Illinois, you might not think of a vineyard capable of yielding award-winning wine, but that’s exactly what you get with the Faltz Family Vineyard, which supplies Fox Valley Winery. The vineyard produces the grapes for wines that have won various awards in national and international competitions.
The vineyard, located about 20 miles away in Sheridan, supplies grapes through its more than 25 acres of vines draped across the rock-ribbed ledges of the Fox River Valley. This is where the Faltz family, their friends, and their employees spend many days coaxing the crop through the long growing season, checking for proper chemistry, and harvesting the grapes before they turn into talking raisins.
The die-hard paddlers of Geneva Kayak Center stay on the move throughout the year—both in their watercraft and across the globe. From May to September, they are headquartered in and around Chicago, where they teach kayaking during courses, workshops, and quick orientations, and dole out kayaks, canoes, and tubes for those who want to explore the Fox River's whitewater on their own.
When cold breezes start to blow through the Windy City, they head to Saint Marys, Georgia, to lead kayak camps and sea adventures on the Cumberland Island National Seashore. They also lead curated adventures off the costs of Alaska and Maine and in Wisconsin's idyllic Door County, where kayakers might spot deer grazing on grass or nibbling on cheese curds.
Costumed actors hide inside Heaps Haunted Corn Maze, ready to scare all those who dare enter. Alternatively, the flashlight maze is completely unhaunted and challenges visitors instead with a series of dead ends, switchbacks, and branching paths that they must navigate armed only with a flashlight. After walking through the maze of their choice, guests can unwind during a half-hour moonlight tractor ride, staying in the mood by singing the Scooby-Doo theme song under their breath.
Kellers Farmstand was established only 21 years ago, but its roots run all the way back to the 19th century. Since emigrating from Bavaria in the mid-1800s, the Kellers have produced four generations of green-thumbed farmers, most of whom answered to the name Frank. It was during the reign of Franks I and II that the Kellers' first roadside produce stand opened, and the family's crop of grapes, raspberries, and potatoes helped their homestead survive the Great Depression. In the 1960s, brothers Frank III and Ray took over their father's farm and expanded the scope with corn, soybeans, oats, and hay grown on fields in Plainfield and Oswego. In 1991, Frank IV opened his first vegetable kiosk, and Kellers Farmstand was officially inaugurated.
These days, the three farmstands are open during the spring, summer, and fall, welcoming guests with fresh-picked seasonal offerings and annual harvest festivals. Depending on the location and the time of year, guests might find heirloom-tomato plants and flowers in finely wrought hanging baskets, ears of the family's specialty sweet corn, or homegrown pumpkins, gourds, and winter squashes. Their news page keeps shoppers up-to-date on the latest goings-on, with regular updates on flower sales, rain delays, and the farm’s ongoing battle with the mole men.
With pterodactyl hang gliding starting to fade in popularity, partially due to the absence of pterodactyls for the last 65 million years, humans have had to turn to other forms of flight to satisfy aerial urges. Try one such option for the open skies with today's Groupon: you get a 30-minute aerial adventure from Gauntlet Warbirds, based out of the Aurora Airport. Choose from two adventures:
The Extra 300, the highest-performing FAA-certified aerobatic aircraft, is built for air-show flying and offers the feel of a modern fighter plane, while the T-6 airplane was a common training aircraft during World War II and is better suited to traditional military-style maneuvers. Both 30-minute voyages into the wild blue yonder begin with one of Gauntlet Warbirds' certified instructor pilots sitting down with you to discuss and design an ideal flight, complete with however many wingovers, tailslides, 360-degree rolls, torque rolls, snap rolls, and maki rolls you prefer. After strapping on flight gear and taking to the sky, passengers can either let the instructor pilot the plane or grab the controls themselves, steering the bird under the instructor's tutelage. Once the plane has returned to terra firma, you are free to snap sweet photos with the stunning aircraft while still wearing your flight gear.
An airborne adventure with Gauntlet Warbirds makes an ideal Father's Day gift, or provides a thrilling return to the sky for that special someone in your life whose angel wings were accidentally removed during a hernia procedure. Take to the sidewalks of the stratosphere with a flight from Gauntlet Warbirds.
Riders must be at least 18 years old. To fly in the Extra 300, passengers must be less than 6'4" tall. Due to parachute weight limits, passengers must weigh less than 250 lbs.