“We don’t exactly fit the norm. We are very hands on, and we really are like a big family.” That’s what Angela Fazio told Top Agent Magazine about her and her husband Chuck’s enterprise, Real Estate Training Center. And the veteran agent was speaking from her heart. Not only does the duo forgo typical boss privileges—such as private offices and the right to legally rename new employees “Junior” and “Sport”—but the pair also takes the crew on team-building trips, such as a recent voyage to Mexico. The happy and relaxed workplace has helped the center’s tight-knit clan achieve high-profile realty success in Arizona, sharing the top spot on Phoenix Business Journal’s 2011 Top 10 Brokers list, as well as nabbing a top 50 ranking on Realtor magazine’s 2008 Top 100 list. Aside from selling properties and helming their team of achieved agents, the Fazios teach real-estate-license training courses, aiding wannabe realtors in grasping the concepts of buying, selling, and trading property for a slightly used Barbie dream house.
Armed with various facilities, group classes, and state-of-the-art equipment, 24 Hour Fitness molds amorphous adobe muscles into rock-solid flesh houses. Each location boasts cardio equipment, free weights, a steam room, and group exercise classes so social gym junkies can motivate each other. Group cycling sessions burn calories and increase energy levels, and Latin dance-influenced Zumba classes present a fun, dynamic way to slim meat suits. Before breaking a sweat, check the online schedules for upcoming times.
Sand-volleyball courts. Indoor pools. Cycling studios. At Fitness Works Athletic Clubs' four area locations, kids and adults alike caper about a dumbfounding landscape of fitness frills. The instructors lead a wide variety of Les Mills and Zumba group classes designed to work every muscle group. Exercisers can improve their lung capacity during BodyAttack or hone their flexibility during BodyFlow, which draws from yoga, tai chi, and Pilates. Although amenities vary by location, they all include cardio and strength-training equipment, steam and sauna rooms equipped with aromatherapy add-ons, and indoor heated saltwater pools relatively free of saltwater sharks. While adults burn calories, kids can mingle in the Kid Zone, engaging in arts and crafts or educational and fitness activities.
Young Chefs Academy's seasoned and kid-minded instructors create a safe, interactive learning environment for budding epicureans ages 3–15 to develop a knowledge of food preparation in a smorgasbord of scheduled classes. In the Kindercooks program, children ages 3–5 eschew their bulb ovens and Play-Doh beef wellington recipes to learn the fundamental culinary language of the kitchen alongside their parents. Older students don puffed white hats and aprons for the Junior and Senior Chef courses, delving into monthly themes such as this October's spooky Halloween theme. Past gourmands have learned how to prepare refined alsatian quiches and homemade fudgesicles. Instructors inspire their students to think about everything involved in bringing ingredients to the table, from food preparation to kitchen safety and menu planning. Aspiring sous chefs also enhance their math, reading, and science skills as they measure out ingredients, follow recipes, and put Einstein's theory of handless spatula flipping to the test.
Global Exotic Car Rental facilitates the experience of zooming through Chicago’s sights whilst regally ensconced in the luxurious panoply of an exotic sports car or SUV. Great for a business trip, birthday gift, or a foolproof scheme to impersonate a best friend's wealthy father, drivers garner 24 hours behind the wheel of a Porsche Boxster, a Chevrolet Corvette, or a Cadillac Escalade. Motorists are free to coast down the Magnificent Mile, wolf whistling at installation art, or even—with permission from Global Exotic Car Rental of Chicago—to leave Illinois for zany forays into neighboring Roman city-states. Vehicles can be delivered free of charge within a five-mile radius of Global Exotic Car Rental of Chicago or, for a delivery fee, anywhere in the Chicagoland area. You can also use this Groupon toward a vehicle upgrade by paying the remaining price difference.
With each half-mile lap, drivers steer high-performance karts around 15 distinct turns as their wheels rise and fall with the changing elevation of the Briggs & Stratton Karting Complex. It is upon this track that students of the Bondurant SuperKart School flex their newly formed or regularly maintained karting muscles, putting into practice instruction from beginner and advanced courses. The school operates under the 20-year experience of Alan Rudolph, a master go-kart racer appointed by Bob Bondurant—world-champion driver and father of SuperKart's parent organization, the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.