Motivating, highly trained staff and spacious facilities complement Charter Fitness's battalion of cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Huge flat-screen TVs motivate gym-goers as they lift weights, stationary bikes, and their reflections in large mirrors. Seasoned personal trainers who all hold certifications or four-year degrees in their specialty guide members through an initial personal-training session, introducing clients to the best equipment for their fitness goals. After workouts, private showers or public water fountains sluice away sweat.
Red Lobster, Wicker Park’s Mirai Sushi, and Lincoln Park punk bar Delilah’s are three seemingly disparate venues. However, they have something in common—all three have hired graduates of American Professional Bartending Schools of Illinois to mix their drinks and man their bars. The schools have been landing graduates at notable Chicago establishments for more than 60 years, but their connection with alums doesn’t end with their first gig. Graduates receive lifetime, personalized job-placement assistance and can call the school’s career hotline 24 hours a day to find out about job openings or trade meatloaf recipes.
The schools' focus on employment also shows in their bartending classes, which are modeled after on-the-job training and led by teachers with an average of more than 20 years of industry experience. Taught at bars complete with realistic faux liquor, the sessions cover topics from mixology to presentation and etiquette.
World Domination Events boosts adrenaline levels across the country by placing guests behind the wheel of high-end exotic cars. Customers climb into sleek Lamborghinis and Ferraris and send them hurtling down the turns of a racetrack or spinning through a designated autocross course to test horsepower-handling skills. Meanwhile, corporate packages allow companies to boost employee morale or settle conference-room scheduling conflicts with invigorating laps in a luxury ride.
Staring at a blank piece of paper can be intimidating, but browsing the more than 100 pieces of blank, premade pottery at Young at Art draws hibernating creativity from its den, enticing the brain with shape, size, and bisque meat. Pieces range between $6 and $60, and the price of pottery covers everything required to design and fire a project, including time. Grab a blank plate and paint a meal upon it, stencil a cup with springtime flowers, or decorate a picture frame worthy of being hung inside itself. Laura, the studio's friendly ceramics guru, will happily move creative blocks with helpful suggestions, pointing you to the store's volumes of sample books, stencils, and templates for further inspiration. Upon painting the piece, you'll leave it with Young at Art for glazing and firing—four to seven days later, your triumphant claychievement will be available for pickup, prepared for its dazzling debut in an adobe dining room or as a thoughtful gift for a clay pigeon. Your Groupon is also good for Young at Art's glass-fusing process ($10+ per piece), where you can melt vivid designs into pre-cut ornaments and charms; its "Paint Me" process ($18–$24), where painted designs are pressed onto T-shirts; or clay prints (pricing varies), with fingers and toes granted immortality through the burn of the kiln. No additional studio sitting fees apply.
We are an indoor climbing gym that specializes in teaching new climbers, and helping experienced climbers reach new levels. We have many different types of terrain from slabs to overhangs to roofs, and set routes for all abilities from beginner to expert.