The Chicago White Sox have some truly dedicated fans. In 1994, the team decided to reach out to the youngsters who worshipped their footwear. They sought to provide kids with the same conditioning and training they honed their skills with, so they started a sports-training summer camp. In a mere seven years, demand for the trainers' services necessitated that the program conduct year-round sessions in all types of sports, and the Bulls/Sox Academy was born.
Taught by the trainers who spend their life making sure that the Sox and Bulls are ready to hit the field or court, Bulls/Sox Academy's lessons bring professional techniques to aspiring athletes. Baseball programs teach functional speed movements for high-speed base stealing and help kids build the upper-body strength to knock balls out of the park and through the windshield of their least favorite neighbor's minivan. The basketball course divvies up training between shooting, skills, and defensive play. The fast-pitch softball teachers—both former professional players and longtime coaches—arm students to beat back high-velocity pitches without hurting the ball's feelings.
As they’ve done for nearly 40 years, Cartronix equips cars with stereos and alarm systems. But in that same timeframe, they’ve mastered a few other technologies, including GPS navigation, Bluetooth installation, and remote car starters. Their expertise extends beyond autos, too: the team can upgrade everything from boats and RVs to motorcycles, golf carts, and even home electronics. They’ll install home theaters and other A/V capabilities in homes, offices, and upscale doghouses, using equipment from top brands such as LG and Samsung. They are also an authorized AT&T dealer, and have a selection of smartphones and accessories for AT&T smartphones, Windows phones, and Blackberrys.
Staff members at Purpose by Design Salon & Day Spa go the extra mile to promote whole-body relaxation and wellbeing. Nail technicians pay special attention to cuticle health, for example, so that clients’ digits remain in good shape well after each traditional, shellac, and French-tip mani-pedi is performed. Massage therapists, meanwhile, incorporate various aromatherapy scents, such as eucalyptus and tea tree to boost the immune system, and lavender and rose to relieve headaches. Out on the salon floor, stylists administer a wide range of hair services, offering everything from weaves to beard trims for men.
Giuseppe "Joe" Scalzo had to turn down his first opportunity to manage a restaurant, a small trattoria in Calabria he'd been working in as he attended school. He had spent his entire professional career working in Tuscan eateries and wanted the job, but his educational path led him to Chicago's Loyola University in pursuit of a business degree. It didn't take him long to realize that the thing he missed most about home was working in a restaurant. With his newly acquired business acumen, he began his foray into opening Italian restaurants: first Piazza Bella, then Via Carducci, and finally his most recent labor of love, Ciao Bella Ristorante.
The kitchen is nestled behind a black-and-white photographic mural, which hints at the sunshine that sparkles along the Mediterranean coastline. Greenery flanks the piece, providing contrast along with the warm, saturated red walls painted with real marinara sauce. As guests revel under dim lighting amid the elegant atmosphere, plates of carefully crafted Italian cuisine arrive at tables alongside traditional thin-crust pizza. The restaurant recently expanded its bar and lounge areas and added a new banquet area for private parties that can seat up to 70. Joe's personal favorite pie is the quattro stagioni, for its savory blend of prosciutto, artichokes, and black olives.
From omelets and waffles to burgers and pasta, Mante’s offers a hearty meal for every time of the day. Guests can order linguine alfredo, steak and eggs, and bacon cheeseburgers from the menu or venture to the home-style buffet and forage through options like their cavemen predecessors. Kids, meanwhile, get their fill with chicken tenders and homemade mac and cheese, all in preparation for decadent desserts, such as apple pie or dessert nachos smothered with chocolate and strawberry sauces, powdered sugar, and blueberry pie filling.