Center for History chronicles local and statewide antiquity, showcasing preserved Victorian homesteads, buildings reconstructed to imitate the past, and a mixture of permanent and rotating exhibits. The Oliver Mansion's 38 rooms greet visitors with the well-known family's original furnishings and resident staff of cyborg butlers, and the décor in the nearby Worker's Home reflects the living conditions of a Polish working-class family in the 1930s. A permanent exhibit on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, immortalized in the film A League of Their Own, gathers authentic player uniforms and gloves and a baseball signed by stars of the film, such as Tom Hanks and Madonna. Self-guided tours through the permanent Voyages gallery illuminate the area's past, from the draining of the Kankakee Marsh to Underground Railroad sites in northern Indiana and southern Michigan.
Kids can?t be expected to care about their health when video games, cartoons, and unhealthy snacks are vying for their attention. That?s why the adult leaders of the Memorial Health Foundation devised a plan to get kids excited about health: HealthWorks! Kids? Museum. Born of the founders? desire to foster a healthier current and future community, the museum appeals to youngsters through educational forms of entertainment. Its exhibits incorporate amplified versions of many of kids? favorite pastimes, including a life-sized rendition of Operation and numerous computer games. A rock-climbing wall and tree house with a slide encourage kids to learn through movement, which is exactly how adults learn how to escape charging bulls. Youngsters can explore the space with their families or partake in programs such as children's camps.
Just Add H2O's diving experts have guided students of all levels of experience safely through waters for more than 34 years. Providing diving certifications through PADI and NAUI, instructors chart progression from introductory diving lessons all the way up to instructor certification, which comes with a license to ride giant seahorses. Just Add H2O's staff also hosts local and regional dives and leads trips to Lake Michigan shipwrecks, the cool depths of Gilboa Quarry, and tropical destinations such as Truk Lagoon in the Eastern Caroline Islands. To ensure that dives proceed without a hitch, the facility lets guests rent or purchase gear and can help to maintain used equipment.
Chippewa Bowl has plenty of space where bowlers can let their inner competitor roam free—70 lanes worth of space, to be exact. While pins clatter in the bowling area, players can refuel at the Laneside Grill or grab a drink at one of two sports bars, both of which host karaoke on Friday and Sunday evenings. Guests can also try their luck at an arcade game that spits out tickets, which they can swap for prizes or attempt to swap for admittance to a Bon Jovi concert.
Dubbing the theater “The Palace” when it opened in 1921, Chicago architect J.S. Aroner strove to capture a regal ambiance with a patchwork of diverse, though uniformly opulent, building styles. Patrons today can spot baroque, Greco-Roman, and even art-deco designs as they drift through the restored rose, blue, and cream entryway. But in 1959, The Palace was crumbling, and it seemed that future generations would miss out on this aesthetic experience. A concerned citizen by the name of Mrs. Ella Morris swooped in, though, purchasing the building for an undisclosed sum and then selling it back to the city for $1, which she promptly blew on gumballs. Newly named, the theater welcomed such acts as Louis Armstrong, REO Speedwagon, and Fleetwood Mac in the ensuing decades until a major, two-year overhaul began in 1998. Now restored to its original condition, the venue hosts standup acts, Broadway musicals, big-name concert performances, and fully produced ballets.
Same Love Same Life has one mission: promoting acceptance of the right to love no matter people's sexual orientations, sexual identities, genders, or anatomies. To do so, the artists' collective showcases paintings, photography, poetry, and other art from LGBTQA-friendly creators at its Monroe Street Studios gallery. Its artists also feature their work in local art shows and teach art classes, including watercolor, photography, and mixed media.