Once the wedding ceremony, birthday speech, or three-legged spelling bee is done, party guests flock to Mariani's Gelato Italiano’s brightly painted truck, from which servers spoon out indulgent, creamy gelato and hand it to the masses. The business’s Italian-born master gelato maker relies on old-fashioned methods of crafting small-batch gelato by hand. The staff keeps the artisanal treat cold in its mobile gelato parlor, and delivers to homes or corporate events.
Both FitRx’s brick-and-motor and online stores focus on pairing customers with quality, trusted sports supplements that will help them achieve their specific workout goals. Throughout each shop’s shelves, you'll find nutritional products, vitamins, and workout supplements from more than 200 brands, such as Accu-Fitness, Nature’s Alchemy, Inholtra, and Zone Perfect. You could use vortex powders for extra energy before hitting the gym, or take beef protein powders from MuscleMeds to complement a weight-lifting regimen and help give the strength and confidence to apologize to the phone books that were ripped in half.
Planes zoom down the runway just steps away from Pilot Pete's Restaurant & Bar, located inside the terminal at Schaumburg Regional Airport. When the mood is right, diners might almost imagine that Pete is in the cockpit himself, zipping off on an early-morning flight to an exotic locale. The eatery's tropical-themed walls and decor give a taste of his worldly travels: propellers, wooden parrots, and palm trees from his private collection of memorabilia showcase airborne voyages to more than 25 countries. A glance up to the corrugated-tin ceiling reveals a life-size, two-seater aircraft that looks like something that the Wright Brothers might have flown—or that the Marx Brothers might have crashed.
The cocktail list and menu transport diners to both domestic and international destinations. Chefs plate Caribbean-inspired dishes, such as a chopped cobb salad with jamaican jerk chicken, and American classics, such as the "$100 Hamburger"—a tribute to pilots who fly great distances for their favorite airport meals. The restaurant has been a popular spot with professional and amateur flight aficionados for more than a decade. Children can pretend to navigate in roomy, blue-velvet airliner seats, watch the runway, and respond to plane-engine sounds by reflexively opening their mouths for spoons.
Open 24 hours, County Donuts serves freshly baked donuts for early risers, night owls, and ravenous moonbeams. Pick up delectable orbs such as the powdered Bavarian and black raspberry jelly, as well as hand-cut cake donuts, like chocolate glazed, buttercrunch, and cider. Grab one donut ($.89), a half-dozen ($4.75), or a dozen ($6.99), which is the ideal amount for sharing or stuffing a small sofa. County Donuts also bakes specialty treats, such as cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, muffins ($1.39), and daily baked bagels ($1.09).
Strike Ten Lanes is a state of the art bowling center with 14 lanes, 20 HD televisions, and two lounge and bar areas. Slip into swanky rental shoes, select an appropriately weighted sphere, and battle it out for two rounds against the evil pins. Bowlers can socialize, strategize, or rhapsodize between frames from the long, comfy couches at the end of each lane. Time your rolls and subsequent high-fives to the beat of tunes streaming straight from the live DJ booth into Strike Ten's high-tech sound system.