Though most kids dream of one day being a pilot, very few ever get a chance behind the cockpit. The team at American Flyers seeks to change that by training students to obtain a pilot’s license or merely try out their skills in an introductory lesson. The flight schools’ numerous locations feature flight-training software, online courses, and pigeon mentors to grant students numerous ways to learn how to fly.
In its more than 12 themed play areas, Kids Town not only entertains little ones, but also helps them develop skills for creative self-expression and social engagement. Kids explore the indoor pint-sized city, wandering through the central market with a kid-sized grocery cart before paying a visit to the princess palace, sheriff's office, fire department, and pet clinic. Afterward, youths can cozy up to the pretend-only fireplace to read a book on the petite plaid sofa or enter the dramatically lit party room, with its galactic carpet and Earth-bound walls. All the while, the facility keeps kids safe with careful sanitation?aided by a strict socks policy and nontoxic, all-natural BabyGanics cleansers?and by forbidding all peanut products.
The aesthetician and eponymous owner Erin Sharp's Esthetics Studio beautifies visages with treatments that range from chemical peels to waxing sessions. When she isn't extracting unwanted fuzz or improving complexions, she?s prepping skin for the beach with paraben-free tanning solutions by South Seas Skincare. Erin also bulks up lash lines with synthetic extensions from Xtreme Lashes, which withstand showers, workouts, and days spent staring directly into fans for up to two months. During her off-hours, Erin studies the art of permanent cosmetics so that she can indelibly accentuate eyes, lips, and brows.
Inspired by the feminine curves and glamor of 40s and 50s pinup girls, photographer Karina and her assistant Kim aim to make women of all shapes and sizes feel good about themselves at Chicago Pin Up Photography. Karina uses vintage props and accessories such as vinyl records and evening gloves to wind back the clock at each photo shoot, snapping pictures of women from their most flattering angles and tingeing them with nostalgic flair.
In 1908, Madison and State became the numerical zero-markers of Chicago’s new street system, making the corner where they intersected the new epicenter of city commerce. On nearby Wabash Avenue, the company jumped into the furniture game the same year, selling home furnishings built by skilled local craftsmen. More than 100 years later, the shop still buzzes with that original energy, connecting customers with the finest home furnishings from more than 50 manufacturers. The fourth-generation family business has migrated from the city center to five suburban locales, where showrooms display gleaming hardwood tables, towering entertainment centers, and elegant leather couches. Along with accent pieces and kid-centric design items, each Toms-Price location also offers special services such as furniture refinishing, reupholstering, and moving help. On-staff interior designers can also lend their eye to design projects, artfully arranging rooms and selecting the color schemes, fabrics, and wax doll heads that best bring out the inner you.
Back to Bed is a trusted source for sound sleep, growing from a single store in 2000 to a mattress empire with more than 45 locations across the Chicagoland area. Tempur-Pedic, Stearns & Foster, and Simmons Beautyrest mattresses await rigorous testing at each of their show rooms, where sleep-savvy employees can help shoppers determine if they're more suited to a firm or soft mattress or to creamy or chunky peanut butter. Back to Bed also induces relaxation in a nonhorizontal form with a selection of plush massage recliners and Human Touch's Perfect Chair, which cradles bodies in a muscularly neutral position.