Founded in 1884, the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center is among the oldest community music organizations in the U.S., inviting patrons into its halls year after year to support and experience the excitement of live music. The center is home to the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, which won the 2011 award for Best Chamber Orchestra from the Illinois Council of Orchestras. The group of in-residence musicians keep fans of classical music thoroughly entertained with concerts throughout the year and tag-team wrestling matches between the string and brass sections.
Serving the area for more than 35 years, Davig's Custom Cleaners has recently begun using eco-friendly solvents to freshen-up smelly blouses and clean dirt-speckled suits. Submit grubby clothing to the expertise of a Davig's dirt-busting engineer, who’ll happily remove spaghetti stains, coffee spots, or molten-lava marks. Through the use of non-hazardous DrySolv cleaning solution and tender hands, each item of clothing is ensured the utmost care. Stock your wardrobe with nicely pressed skirts ($3.50), stain-free shirts ($4.25), and corsage-less prom vests and jackets ($4). For clients with wardrobe issues beyond cleanliness, Davig's also performs a bevy of other garment-beautifying services, including cleaning draperies, area rugs, and other household items.
Professional bodybuilder and experienced personal trainer Daniel Stevens nurtures personal fitness and nutritional health with individualized personal-training sessions in a well-equipped workout studio. The exercise expert begins each one-hour appointment by completing a body-fat analysis and discussing each client's goals for weight loss, muscle toning, and dominating Olympic Jenga competitions. Following the consultation, Stevens crafts a custom workout strategy, enthusiastically motivating participants during a one-on-one session as they stretch, jog on Precor cardiovascular machines, and lug weights—such as dumbbells (3–80 lb.) and Powertec and Flex equipment. Along with the vivifying workout, Stevens imparts nutritional tips, advising clients of salutary edibles to foster healthy habits and decrease the frequency of candy melting onto their sleeping faces.
Focusing on whole-body wellness, Serenity Massage & Aesthetics offers a wide variety of holistic and therapeutic services to soothe weary spirits. Serenity’s experienced massage therapists apply their knot-kneading know-how to eliminating stress and alleviating pain during one-hour aromatherapy massages. With each breath, one of four aromatic blends designed to relax, enrich, revive, or de-stress fills your lungs, pampering capillaries with powerful plant extracts such as ylang-ylang and lavender. Essential oils aid tension tamers by elevating moods, relieving congestion, and clearing nostrils of anxiety-inducing dimes and marbles. Therapists complement internal harmonization with a combination of light- and medium-pressure massage to increase circulation and allay agitated torsos. Mollycoddle life-size action figures in the cozy confines of peaceful and private massage suites, outfitted with rich colors, calming candlelight, and a relaxing massage table.
With the original chefs from Banducci’s opening day still tirelessly creating Chicago-style and thin crust pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches almost 20 years later, Banducci’s menu has been tried and tested. Hand-tossed double dough, thin crust, Chicago-style deep dish, and Sicilian stuffed pizzas act as vehicles for sauce, cheese, and toppings—specialty pizzas include the Banducci ($10 for 10", $22 for 18"), which combines pepperoni with pineapple and jalapeños, remaining neutral in the age-old battle between spicy and sweet. The Veggie Delight pizza ($10 for 10", $22 for 18") can be topped with any four vegetables or delights including spinach, artichoke hearts, young love, fresh garlic, and olives. The homemade baked lasagna layers ingredients into an edible cross-section of the earth’s core and is served with a small salad and a garlic breadstick ($7.50) or with meatballs or sausage ($9.50).