Every two years, the United States and Europe deploy an army of their 12 best professional golfers to do battle in a team match-play format at a venue that alternates between the two sides of the Atlantic. For the 2012 Ryder Cup event, Team USA captain Davis Love III and Team Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal will lead their teams into an intercontinental duel on the links at Medinah Country Club in Illinois. Perennial stalwarts Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, as well as 2012 Masters Champion Bubba Watson, will headline the United States team as they try to avenge a 2010 loss to the Europeans at Celtic Manor Resort. Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, current world number one, leads a European team attempting to build upon a recent streak that has seen them win four out of the last five Ryder Cup events and successfully complete five out of their last six human pyramids.
The delighted squeals of playing children reverberate off of Little Monkey Bizness’s brightly hued walls, imbuing the space with an atmosphere of joyful energy throughout the day. The indoor play space welcomes youngsters age 8 and under to scurry in for hours of unstructured play on its well-maintained equipment, and an art room keeps imaginations fired up. A separate space for babies grants kids aged 6 months to 1 year a safe space where they can practice their crawling skills. Private party rooms facilitate rousing renditions of "Happy Birthday," and an onsite café keeps tummies from grumbling thanks to a collection of kid-friendly snacks and adult-friendly coffee.
The fleet of vehicles at Black Car Service is almost as diverse as the trips they take. Passenger payloads range from four in the Lincoln Town Car sedan to as many as 35 in the Mini Coach, allowing groups big and small to travel together as they go out on the town or head to a wedding reception. Though wide-ranging in size, vehicles are actually quite similar on the inside, surrounding passengers in clean, leather-bound fixtures and flourishes such as champagne chillers and DVD players.
Stationed right by O'Hare, PreFlight Airport Parking allows travelers to stow their rides for long or short durations. Three levels of parking are available, from rooftop spots to premium, covered parking on the first floor of the garage, as well as second and third level covered-parking. The facility is open 24 hours a day and includes other amenities such as free tire inflation and battery jumping, as well as charging stations for electric cars, the preferred mode of travel for Thomas Edison impersonators.