Each year during early spring, the frost clinging to Indiana's Calumet region thaws, clearing the way for fresh grass, budding flowers, and smooth go-kart tracks. It's along the banked turns of Zig-E's Funland's Rippin' Raceway that drivers experience the cool breezes of the freshly temperate outdoors while careening over a 1/5-mile track. Zig-E's friendly staff is on hand to point visitors in the direction of the new tactical laser tag, bungee trampoline, or toward the waterfall-flanked greens of the 18-hole mini-golf course that blankets the 3.4-acre property. Inside, a year-round arcade is packed with more than 50 video and redemption games that buzz and blip as players pass virtual levels and amass tokens. Throughout the day, staffers at the snack shop reenergize fun seekers with tasty snacks and drinks and tales of the day humans first came down from the mountain to play Laser Tag.
Alsip Home and Nursery, which was named Best Nursery/Garden Center 2010 by the SouthtownStar, has more than 40 years of sowing, growing, and plant-bestowing experience. The expansive greenhouse and nursery houses hundreds of annuals, perennials, tropical houseplants, vegetables, bulbs, and seasonal plants looking for a place to lay their roots. Plant a shrub such as the Magic Carpet Spirea ($6.97) to coat the ground in lush colors that can hide a spare key. Bring some frostable greenery into your garden with a 4.5" Proven Winner plant ($3.99). 'Tis nearly the season to invite a tree into your home to share holiday pies; fresh-cut Christmas trees and trim will soon be available (starting at $19.99).
StreetFood Artistry is an inaugural celebration of Chicago’s street food scene highlighting chefs of gourmet food trucks, old school food carts and street inspired dishes from Chicago’s finest restaurants. This family friendly affair will offer something for everyone. Activities include live entertainment and cooking demons
Antonio and Rosa DeRosa came from a long line of merchants who sold Italian staples such as pasta, olive oil, and wine in Montedecoro, Italy. The family was well known around Naples for these provisions, and when Antonio and Rosa immigrated to America in 1926, they stocked their business, DeRosa Imports, with these same Old World staples.
Today, grandson Anthony DeRosa runs the shop, where he upholds tradition by importing extra-virgin Sicilian olive oil, Italian espresso, and pastas ranging from rigatoni to gnocchi. Over time, the family has expanded their selection to include products from countries such as Croatia and Serbia. Artisanal pickles, sauces, and jams infused with rose hips or sour cherries line the shelves, along with bottles of wine to pair with dinner or pour on thirsty houseplants.
Paco Fernandez was destined for sartorial greatness from the moment he took a sales position at The Custom Shop back in 1973. With hard work, instinct, and a pair of rocket-powered cufflinks, he rose to the top of the chain's regional team, and in 1999, he set out on his own. According to a press release, his first customer was former East Chicago mayor Robert Pastrick, and since that day, Paco's Custom Clothiers has been the tailor of choice for power brokers around the country—and even the world.
The shop, which carries more than 2,000 wool fabrics from designers such as Ermenegildo Zegna and Loro Piana, has outfitted clients from London, Puerto Rico, and Africa. Its high-profile customers include the late Portsmouth mayor James Holley III, named best-dressed mayor by Esquire.
The bespoke-suit shop can fill any clothing request, creating everything from a simple pair of slacks to a full dress tuxedo to a woman's suit. Complimentary biannual consultations ensure that suits continue to fit properly after seasonal weight gain and loss and fashion trends that require a pocket large enough to carry a miniature poodle.
Max 10 stocks a bevy of discounted brand-name apparel for men, women, and children. Frugal fashionistas can rummage through designer collections from Lee, Apple Bottoms, Levi's, Fubu, and more to find stylish swaddlings for any season. Shoppers can snag wardrobe basics from myriad $10 clothing items, or opt for the higher-end ensemble pieces ranging from $12.99–$19.99 without sacrificing any innocent Bills from their wallets.