TourBound Golf Academy fosters score-shaving improvement for golfers of all abilities with the latest PGA Tour simulators and professional instructors. The immense screens of simulators line the walls, vividly bringing to life the verdant landscapes of 50 of the world's most famous courses. To allow for realistic play, the highly detailed simulator experience takes into account factors such as wind currents, ball spin, and excessively sweaty palms to inform the outcome of each swing. Offering a more hands-on kind of swing sprucing, the academy offers sessions with the TourBound robot, which can correct common swing imbalances, such as having too steep a backswing or failing to transfer body weight through the swing. The long arms of the robot physically guide hands through the proper motions, giving players a feel for the proper technique while making sarcastic remarks about human mortality.
For those looking for less structured practice, the academy also offers hitting bays that foster rote swing mechanics. Between time spent peering into the murky depths of their golf swing, guests can relax amid plush leather seats and spacious locker room.
Old Orchard Country Club came into existence in 1932, when the Wickersham family purchased the land and began to manicure it. Over the decades, the club became such a community staple that the Prospect Heights Park District bought it in 1999, with a promise to provide the same level of country-club service to the general public. The park district's landscapers maintain the golf course's gently rolling, narrow fairways, which shoot and snake between trees and numerous traps. The course features lots of dangerous water, with hazards between the golfer and the hole on at least nine occasions. The ninth hole—a par 5—bends right around the forest, only to reveal a longer stretch of fairway hemmed in by triple water hazards leading to an equally narrow green. The 17th hole also presents a challenge, with the fairway bisected by a wide river, making the safest shot a long drive straight to the green, which sits framed by a pair of sand bunkers.
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"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere."
To make this challenging, yet hopeful, philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. This focus, shared by Body & Brain Holistic Yoga and The Life Yoga, forms the basis of the studio's classes and consultations. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cooldown exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
Though most people don’t like sitting a classroom, Dr. Goel is different. After graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in a mere three years, she went on to study at one of the top programs in the country at Northwestern University Dental School. And though some would be content with simply graduating, Dr. Goel expanded her knowledge by using a dictionary as a pillow and participating in an advanced dental program at Northwestern Hospital.
Today, she strives to keep her practice on the cutting edge of the industry by continuing her education at the Spear Institute and ensuring that her office has the latest in dental technology, including a diode soft-tissue laser, intra-oral cameras, the Six Month Smiles teeth-straightening system, and the Velscope oral-screening system, which assesses a person's overall health in just 1–2 minutes. Other cutting-edge services available at Avid Dental include porcelelain veneers and same-day Cerec restorations and crowns.
At ChiroCenter, chiropractic physician Avani Shah not only makes clients more comfortable with the latest techniques and equipment—including electrical muscle stimulation, microcurrent treatments, and infrared-laser therapy—she welcomes them to a slew of complimentary amenities. Guests sip freshly brewed coffee or bottled water and nosh on healthy snacks while awaiting their appointment for an adjustment or nutrition consultation. Her treatment chairs are ergonomic, and therefore reduce stress and discomfort as effectively as footie pajamas.
Her approach focuses on ferreting out the root cause of her client’s pain, and then advising them on making lifestyle changes based on her findings to help them lead a more balanced and healthy life. She treats conditions including sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sports injuries.