Against the backdrop of towering trees, a massive stone turtle perches atop a 12-foot waterfall that flows into a sky-blue wading pool. Behold Tortuga, Turtle Splash Water Park?s mascot and one of many whimsical, interactive structures that dot Turtle Splash Water Park?s five acres. In addition to getting soaked under Tortuga?s waterfall domain, visitors can clamor across the park?s interactive water playground and soar down three types of water slides, including a 35-foot twisting tube slide. Turtle Splash Water Park also fosters a sense of community through water-powered revelry, including swimming lessons and special events.
Happy House Hot Dogs boasts an environment as cheery as its moniker. Rainbow umbrellas shade picnic tables that are ringed by greenery and flowers, and a red-and-white striped awning hangs over colorful window boxes. The vibrant décor is one way the eatery stands out from other hot dog stands, which are typically made of recycled toothpicks and rubber cement. Another is the sizable menu. Customers sift through more than 40 main dishes and sides, among them the Slaw Dog, a favorite of co-owner Jan that features his homemade slaw. Another of Jan’s chosen eats, the Texas beef sandwich, overflows with thin slices of Italian beef, nacho cheddar cheese, and the restaurant’s popular chili.
John & Tony's Restaurant exudes all that is an upscale steakhouse: aged steaks, live music, and opulent décor. Master chef Carlos Hernandez dazzles tastebuds with a menu of seafood infused with the sweetness of pineapple or the zing of lemon, native Midwestern beef aged at least 21 days, and more than 11 styles of saucy pasta. Meanwhile, live music performances keep eardrums humming with the sounds of jazz, blues, classic rock, and open mic nights.
Paramount Home Services performs dirt, dust, and water-stain surgery on windows and leaf-languished gutters. Enjoy untrammeled views of backyard bread sculptures with an exterior window cleaning, during which paramount's technicians will perform a sturdy swabbing of up to 40 exterior windows and glass-door surfaces. Window cleaning starts at $95; however, most homes will cost $125 to clean. Paramount's glass guardians are well versed in the operation and style of both old and new windows, and they are skilled in the cleansification of home apertures.
The Chicago area's oldest school for home cooks & bakers, with multiple locations. Cooking with the Best Chefs also offers restaurant tours, wine dinners, mushroom hunts, monthly dinner club, day trips & culinary events. Demonstration & hands-on classes are taught by professional chefs. Many variety of dishes are taught.
Hawthorne's Backyard's culinary architects animate the American fare, such as burgers, ribs, and roasts, depicted on the menu. An appetizer of loaded chili cheese fries, which swim in green onions and sour cream ($5.99), can prep palates for an appointment with a hearty entree. Momma's pot-roast sandwich, a pulled-pork tenderloin cooked in homemade barbecue sauce and set inside a hoagie bun, frolics across taste-bud territory ($8.50), and the backyard double cheeseburger dually satiates meat and dairy yearnings ($10.50). A full slab of signature baby-back ribs comes to tables drenched in barbecue sauce and, like a subpoena from a grandmother, is served with cinnamon apples and sweet-potato fries ($18.99).