It can be difficult to attend a seminar with a baby. But Baby Expo Chicago was designed for those with youngsters in tow—between baby-related workshops and presentations, parents can take kids to get their faces painted or play a variety of games. Adults and children can also interact with kid-friendly characters, peruse baby books and toys, and enter grand-prize competitions including the Beautiful Baby Contest, Daddy's Pack 'n Play Race, and Diaper Dash, which is much more exciting than watching professional Diaper Dash athletes on TV.
Healing crystals, eco-friendly clothing, fashionable and responsible jewelry, and innovative health practices fill the 225-booths at WholeLife Expo Chicago, now in its third decade of offering a place of holistic discovery for a variety of visitors. This year, speakers include experts in holistic health, spiritual practices, and the green movement, such as spiritual guru Gary Zukov, musician and organic guitar-farmer Nicholas Barron, and stress expert Dr. Vladimir Gordin. Fashion, forums, ceremonies, and cinema are all on display, and the performers of Cirque Tree of Life set jaws agape with high-flying acrobatics.
All of the trainers at Nate's Premium Athletes hold exercise-science degrees with athletic-training minors. They use this expertise to develop training programs that focus on their clients' individual weaknesses, such as strength, balance, and agility. So far, the trainers have worked with more than 85 Division I athletes.
With a career spanning more than 20 years, Balanced Exposure's owner, Russell Lowe, has worn many hats, including forensic photographer, wedding photographer, and commercial photographer. Russell has always had a passion for teaching, which is why he finally opened up his own studio space. He and his staff help novice photographers shake hands with their shutter button during introductory Photo Essentials classes for DSLR cameras, whereas DSLR Advanced classes lead intermediate students further into the world of flash lighting by exploring how to use external flashes, set up studio lighting, and sell paparazzi-style photos of local squirrels to National Geographic. Crime-scene processing classes draw on Russell's background as a court-qualified expert in forensic photography and an evidence technician to teach techniques used by real-world forensics experts. Aspiring wedding and studio photographers hone their craft and practice postproduction techniques in the fully equipped studio, which also hosts professional portrait shoots.
Bachman Aero's FAA-certified pilots take to the sky inside choppers for flight services such as aerial photography, sightseeing, or lessons in helicopter certification. They provide beginning pilots a chance to log hours in their helicopters, helping students prepare for commercial pilot flight exams or their oral exam on pig Latin pilot jargon. The in-house instructors also groom accomplished pilots for a career in teaching with instructor lessons.
Housed in a 16,000-square-foot gym, CrossFit Rise facilitates fitness with an intensive, total-body exercise style, attentive trainers, ample space for each exerciser to perform safely and shower facilities are now available. These CrossFit classes fold the sport's core methodologies into three iterations—Fitness, Performance, and Competition—each tailored to the student's unique needs. Like a dance-a-thon held in an active volcano, coaches run participants through ever-changing routines that torch calories by forcing nonstop movement during the course of one hour. Pulling from body-weight-resistance exercises, gymnastics, and barbell-weight training, trainers test clients of all fitness levels, and all can benefit from a goal of ameliorating overall health. To that end, there is a large emphasis on eating real, nutrient-dense foods, and getting plenty of uninterrupted sleep—7–9 hours if you're a human, and 7–8 months if you're a hibernating bear. Click here to get acquainted with the gym's experienced trainers.