Bike and Roll Chicago's staff dispatches clients on wheel-based expeditions throughout Chicago. Guides—several of whom are Chicagoland natives—can lead informative and entertaining tours in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and semaphores.
Move Your Feet Sports' hour-long lessons teach all ages and abilities to serve and volley like professional bowlers who used to be tennis title holders. Classes for beginners, intermediate players, and advanced players ($25 each) are available at all three facilities. The staff of experienced instructors pump each hour-long lesson full of heart-pounding cardio moves, skill-building exercises, and techniques to crush competition like monster trucks crush hot-dog carts. Look under the Groupon tab on Move Your Feet Sports' registration page to see class options.
When winter weather blows its way in off the lake each November, a Cubs parking lot situated in the shadow of Wrigley Field transforms into a full-size ice-skating rink, which remains in operation until the beginning of March. There, guests glide atop glistening steel blades, twirling around the icy expanse while taking in views of Wrigley Field’s iconic exterior and extremely delayed fly balls.
Paper Crown Gallery founders Dennis Quijano and Jay Turner wanted to establish a space where creativity—not expensive artwork—flourished. With the help of a roster of fellow local painters, photographers, and illustrators that wouldn't be out of place in Wicker Park or Pilsen, the duo set up shop in the northwest suburbs to prove that the city isn't the only place to find inspiration. Alongside a dizzying array of rotating artwork for purchase, they also set their energetic, multihued environs abuzz with classes in everything from drawing to spray painting to abstract website building.
The Five Seasons Family Sports Club houses tennis courts, a dining area, fitness facilities, swimming pools, and a full-service spa under one roof. Within air-conditioned indoor courts or on outdoor clay courts, racquet slingers compete in friendly bouts to sharpen swings, refine backhands, and showcase grunting abilities. Members can also break a sweat in exercise areas speckled with modern cardio equipment and weights or cool off in an Olympic-sized pool with diving wells and wading areas. Before meeting others for a postgame beverage at the lively café, clients can wander to the spa for a relaxing massage or partake in a sports workshop to gain a firm grasp on game mechanics.
While the horses gallop, you needn't worry about pacing yourself at the all-you-can-eat buffet. Take endless laps around the Winner’s Circle Buffet on Thursdays (6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.) or Grand Gourmet Buffet on Fridays (6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.), then head to the dessert table (open until 10:00 p.m. on Fridays). The buffet offers a variety of succulent offerings, including ornate carving stations where you can get a hunk of meat with a lovely etching of your head on a horse's body, as well as unlimited shrimp, so when the race comes down to a photo finish, you can temper your adrenaline by slipping into a deep, shrimp-induced coma.