Kidtown USA came from the minds of educators and recreation specialists who created a program licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Each location’s activity stations cater not only to entertaining kids, but also helping them develop skills for creative self-expression and social engagement. Kids explore the indoor play area, which consists of climbing structures—including a pirate ship and a train—before watching puppets act out classic kids’ tales such as Uncle Vanya Goes to the Zoo at Storytime Theater. Make Believe City’s open air and small, miniature rooms emulate imaginative settings such as a firehouse, veterinarian's office, or construction zone. Elsewhere at The Diner, red-and-chrome furniture and a classic checkerboard floor sets the stage for cooking lessons or snack time.
Headquartered at Schaumburg Regional Airport, Avel Flight School's FAA-certified instructors help fledgling aviators take their first steps toward soaring the skies as licensed pilots. A variety of courses cover the essentials of flying solo, from fulfilling the requirements for a private or commercial license to deciphering the many complicated instruments on the cockpit’s coffeemaker. Avel’s instructors also lead discovery flights, during which beginners can take the wheel themselves as an experienced wingman hovers safely over a second set of controls.
The medical staff at Suburban Medical and Rehab Clinic strives to alleviate pain and prevent its recurrence through proper testing and treatment. In providing services such as ultrasound-guided joint injections and nerve testing, they can pinpoint the cause of pain and exact area to treat it. Their arsenal of treatment methods, such as physical therapy and chiropractic, means they’re prepared for a wide swath of ailments, from arthritis and sports-related injuries to whiplash and postsurgical rehabilitation.