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.
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.
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.
When he wasn’t piloting a plane, Toby Beall spent time with his bare feet in the Caribbean sand and a cocktail mellowing in his hand. Looking to share that laid-back lifestyle, Beall, his wife Jillian and brother Jamey founded Tailwinds Distilling Company. Today, the Plainfield-based specialists blend premium ingredients such as organic molasses and 100% blue agave, and carefully age them in french-oak barrels to create their tropically-inspired amber rum. After the signature, small-batch distilling process—which avoids the use of carbon filters so as to leave the flavors intact—each bottle is individually signed. That attention to detail hasn’t gone unnoticed: their Taildragger white rum earned a silver medal at the 2012 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition, and their 100% blue agave spirit was featured in Chicago Magazine's Holiday 2012 Gift Guide: For Imbibers.
Visitors can take a jetlag-free trip to the tropics during tours of the facility, learning about distillation and sampling sips in a tiki-bar-themed tasting room. Merchandise such as T-shirts, snifters, and flasks provide more lasting souvenirs than the imaginary tan the island vibe might inspire.
Housing whiz-bang activities sprung to life from the mind of owner and game designer J. Richard Oltmann, Enchanted Castle coaxes thrills from the young and young at heart. As bumper cars clunk together and a game room rings with the peal of 250 pay-as-you-play games, Enchanted Castle’s 60,000 square-foot space fills with scenes fit for dream-like days of timeless tomfoolery without a fee for admission. A laser tag arena hosts light-based combat, a miniature golf course tests putting mettle, and an indoor go-kart track lets driver reenact the time that the Indianapolis 500 was hosted inside a local gymnasium. Platefuls of wings, pizzas, and sandwiches dot tabletops in the dining area, where visitors can feast in front of karaoke, big screen TVs, and an animatronics stage show featuring in-house band the Jammin’ Jesters.