My Gym Children's Fitness Center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 months—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6–8, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
Almost a century ago, it was 1914 and William J. Cassidy was gazing out from his livery stable to watch the newfangled automobiles rumble past on Roosevelt Road. He knew then that he’d been right to expand from shoeing horses to also servicing tires. Never having children, Will took his 16-year-old nephew, Hugh, under his wing in the venture. When Will retired, Hugh took over and kept the company afloat even during the bleakest days of the Depression and WWII. Hugh’s six sons all followed in the family footsteps, opening additional locations in the suburbs, and then their children opened even more.
Today, those descendants operate 15 Cassidy Tire & Service locations throughout the city and suburbs. The Cassidy experts keep vehicles running smoothly as they grow old by practicing a full range of other auto services, from rotating tires to changing oil and flushing transmissions.
Among the hair stylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians that brighten Clydon Salon's interior, a common philosophy permeates—one founded in a genuine interest in each client's well-being and translated into services precision tailored to meet personal needs. Through continued training, the staff learns the many manners of pampering, as hair stylists massage away thought bubbles trapped within scalps and aestheticians dissolve anxiety by revealing glowing skin worthy of HDTV close-ups. Great Lengths' 100% human hair strands extend natural locks with laudable discretion, and Biolage haircare products celebrate the discoveries of scientists diligently surveying the flowers and botanicals flourishing in the field of beauty.
Since 1977, Starship Restaurant & Catering has fed Chicago's unending need for sandwiches and soups. The cooks' most classic creation goes by the name The Starship, and, to make it, they load a sesame seed bun with ham, turkey, bologna, and two kinds of cheese, topping it with fresh veggies. The sizable sandwich pairs with more than 150 varieties of soup, including familiar staples such as French onion and split pea, as well as original recipes such as pepperoni pizza and Oktoberfest soup, which yells "Prost!" each time you take a sip.
For more than 30 years, Crain's Chicago Business has been covering the ins and outs of the business world?first in a weekly business newspaper and now on an award-winning website, too. Though the publication breaks new stories constantly, it's best known for its iconic annual issues. The 40 Under 40 issue, for example, highlights young business innovators, and the Best Places to Work issue focuses on businesses well-loved by their employees, such as Santa's workshop.
Avis Car Rental lets vacationers borrow four wheelers from an extensive fleet with sizes, makes, and models fit for trips of all types. Mini Cooper and Chevy Camaro convertibles let down their tops to reveal stellar views of coastlines, desert plains, and palm-frond canopies, and full-size four-door sedans such as the Chevy Impala comfortably transport the whole family. Camp-goers that require room to tote tents, coolers, and stowaway hitchhikers can accommodate wide loads in full-size SUV rentals such as a GMC Yukon, which seats up to seven passengers. Travelers can upgrade their wheeled steeds with helpful tools such as a step-by-step directions program articulated by Garmin's Where2 GPS navigation. Avis's e-Toll program allows voyagers to breeze through tollbooths in the electronic-payment lanes, skipping lines and eliminating the need to prematurely smash beloved piggy banks.