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Sam Elias knows that being cooped up during long winter days can make people stir-crazy. So in 1993, after moving from Florida, land of palm trees and beaches, to Chicago, land of frigid winds and gray slush, he founded WhirlyBall as a way for people to release pent-up energy even as snow was falling outside. During each competitive WhirlyBall game, which combines aspects of basketball, hockey, and jai alai, players zoom across an indoor 50'x80' court in motorized cars called WhirlyBugs. They wield plastic scoops to toss a wiffle ball back and forth to their teammates before throwing the ball through an elevated goal. Refs keep watch during the games, eliminating score arguments that would otherwise end in sunrise duels. To fuel up for a bout, players nibble teriyaki chicken satay, gourmet pizzas, and prime rib, and swig draft beers, which vary by location.

All three WhirlyBall spots boast off-court diversions such as video games, pool tables, foosball, and air hockey. The Vernon Hills location hosts an indoor rock-climbing wall, and both the Chicago and Vernon Hills locations invite guests into multilevel Lasertron laser-tag arenas, which fill with fog and flashing lights as combatants duck, aim, and invoke Geneva Convention protocols regarding armed conflict.

285 Center Dr.
Vernon Hills,
IL
US

Ballybunion Golf curates an approximately 340-yard range containing more than 60 practice tees to maximize days spent blowing off steam and rehearsing sending burdensome balls soaring. The area includes grass tees for those who like to stand on ground strands and heated stalls for golfing in the cold or unfreezing Brendan Fraser. A nearly 4,000-square-foot putting green, also on-site, allows patrons to hone their putting strokes in preparation for the big stage. Alternatively, the 18-hole Links of Ballybunion mini-golf course puts putters in contact with mini land-mass ridges and ardent obstacles before facing down the gauntlet of hounding media coverage.

4200 Route 83
Long Grove,
IL
US

Mosaic Therapy, a non-profit organization, strives to help families in need through tutoring. Certified teachers (most of whom have their Masters degrees) focus on incorporating students' emotions as a part of the learning process. Tutors aim to increase confidence and create successful learners, while creating a platform for engaging students and providing interventions.

The staff understands that culture is a key factor in learning, and that's why they try to communicate with clients in their native language as opposed to nongeographic forms of communication like semaphore. They also work with adults, with therapy options and education courses specifically designed for couples, parents, and the entire family.

801 Skokie Blvd., Ste. 106
Lincolnshire,
IL
US

The moment you walk inside a Ballroom Dance Studio, you'll quickly realize why we're steps above the rest. From our Beginner to Advanced customized dance programs, we set the standard of excellence in dance instruction.

Everything from Private Lessons, Group Lessons, as well as Social Dance Parties and Events!

130 Hawthorn Center
Vernon Hills,
IL
US

With two NHL-size rinks, the arena provides ample space for skaters to show off, whether practicing for form, fun, or competition. During public skate, guests strap on rented skates and call every move they make a triple Salchow, while the rink's roster of skating classes provides students of all ages a chance to hone their figure-skating or hockey skills. Staff members also help guests throw parties to ring in birthdays or graduations deserving of celebration on freshly smoothed ice. Between classes or skate sessions, guests can also refuel at the snack stand with fresh-made popcorn as they gaze at displays of framed hockey jerseys signed by professional players.

670 Lakeview Pkwy
Vernon Hills,
IL
US

McCarthy’s Restaurant and Irish Pub began when three families decided to pool their know-how. The clans each possessed their own expertise: one family had enjoyed previous successes in restaurant management, one in the field of culinary arts, and one family was filled with savvy business people. In tune with their strengths, they decided to form a three-way partnership that would give rise to McCarthy's. The fun-loving group wanted to create a pub rooted in Irish tradition while still appealing to a diverse clientele. Above all else, they knew that to achieve this goal they’d need to earn the trust of customers with indisputable great burgers, sandwiches, and classic Irish dishes. Today McCarthy's makes good on their vision by evoking a lighthearted mood through the green and dark-wood textures of a quintessential Irish pub and the scattered flat-screen TVs of a modern evil lair. Meanwhile, the echo of live music acts and karaoke frequently keeps patrons singing along to "Danny Boy" and humming Jeopardy! theme music.

506 Hawthorn Ctr
Vernon Hills,
IL
US

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