Just Your Art's proprietor draws from a wealth of training and experience to help students of any ability level hone their skills. She has a background in medical and architectural illustration that helps her create lifelike depictions of figures and structures. To boot, her master's degree in education allows her to wear a mortarboard and gown at all times.
She works with students to cultivate a joy of self-expression and accomplishment found in creating their own paintings, whether they are grownups enjoying sips of wine between brush strokes or kids discovering their talents during summer classes. Young ones learn the history of art and the finer points of sketching and painting during summer camps, and BYOB parties combine the thrill of girls' nights out with the beauty of artistic creation, defined as turning a wine glass into a wine glass that's balanced atop your head while you paint. The staff sells cappuccinos, lattes, and real fruit smoothies.
Originally formed in 1980, Kenny y Los Eléctricos rock audiences under the leadership of singer and frontwoman Kenny Aviles. Framed by her bushy halo of hair and decked out in self-sewn leather outfits, Aviles growls out her Spanish lyrics with husky intensity as guitars churn on. Following the 2010 release of their latest album, Sex y Rock & Love, the band continues nearly three decades of touring throughout North America and South America. Chicago-based up-and-comers Castellano round out the night's lineup, mixing rock with Latin rhythms and soulful baritone vocals that can turn even a napping litter of puppies into a moshing frenzy.
Zip Fitness's staff strives to keep intimidation from creeping in to each of the five gyms. To welcome all exercisers—even those who have never had gym memberships before—Gym Geniuses stroll through each location donning bright-red shirts that signal their availability to help guests operate the various machines and guide them in drafting fitness goals and coming up with routines for the day. They've stocked each location with strength equipment from brands such as Precor and Life Fitness, and a guided strength circuit's 30-minute full-body workout takes the guesswork out of toning physiques. Rows of cardio equipment include treadmills, ellipticals, and upright and recumbent bikes, along with rowing machines and StairMaster step mills. For stretching and ab work, bands, balls, and body bars abound, and free weights include dumbbells, barbells, and tamed school bells.
Gold memberships unlock additional perks, such as unlimited access to Hex II tanning booths and the ActivTrax online fitness and nutrition coach, which plots out workouts and offers nutrition tools tailored to each user's goals, from slimming down to having the flexibility to comb your hair with your feet.
As a branch of the not-for-profit Advocate Health Care system, the Advocate Condell Centre Club has filled two 60,000-square-foot locations with fitness amenities for exercisers of all ages and ability levels, captained by professional and welcoming staff members. The club's philosophy follows the Advocate network's holistic approach, taking on a mission of all-over wellness with features for exercise, rehabilitative therapy, sports performance, and spa services. Much like a territorial wolverine, each of the facilities' elements—from a trove of resistance-training machines to a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes—occupies its own specialized area. Lake County magazine and Libertyville Patch have highlighted the club for its weight-loss systems and free training program for cancer patients, respectively.
Over 350 dealers flock to the Lake County Fairgrounds, bringing along thousands of antiques. They set up tables—located both inside and outside—and proudly display their wares, which can include everything from children's toys and wooden furniture to jewel-encrusted frames and professionally restored antique clocks. Once their tables are ready, they sit back and wait for customers to arrive. This ritual, known as the Grayslake Antique Market, takes place on weekends throughout the year. Attendees can return frequently to scour through the market's ever-changing selection.