Family-owned since 1962, Prosek's Greenhouse celebrates all seasons, showcasing an inventory of plants and flowers that change throughout the year. The autumn harvest brings mums, pumpkins, gourds, straw, and cornstalks that are grown on-site, while April pansies arrive once Punxsutawney Phil gives permission in Spring. After summer's bounty of annuals, perennials, mixed planters, and vegetables find new homes in the ground, mixed greens brighten up spirits during the holiday season. Various decorations complement the abundance of flora, such as stepping stones covered in painted designs. Prosek's also carries resources that help plants and flowers thrive: mulch, soil, pots, and an expert staff that tends to the greenhouse's indoor and outdoor spaces.
With today's first option, two club-wielders can loop the 6,200-yard links of Phillips Park Golf Course, an 18-hole grassy monolith first braved in the mid-1920s. Bisect wide-open fairways with a well-struck drive on the club's front nine, a links-style layout advantageous for long hitters who can evade strategically placed sand-traps and roaming fairway trolls. The hilly back-nine places a higher premium on orb-mashing precision with tighter, tree-lined fairways and picturesque water hazards. Phillips Park employees will help ward off putt-defying hunger pangs with a complimentary hot dog and chips (a $6.50 value), and both divoteers will be granted a small bucket of range balls (an $8 value) to warm up before the round or use as eyeball facsimiles to terrorize gullible children at the next local carnival.
Jorgio's Cigars boasts a luxury afforded to few Chicago businesses: the freedom to smoke indoors. The combination humidor/cigar lounge features walls lined with glass-fronted cabinets, which brim with cigars from familiar brands such as Ashton, Fuente, Padron, Cohiba, and Montecristo. Alongside those names, which may be familiar to most, are also rarities and boutique cigars that will draw the eye of aficionados. The Herrera Esteli, for example, is available at only a few dozen cigar shops around the country, and 20 types of Sotano Cigars are available only at Jorgio's. Guests can puff at a cigar while gathered around one of the intimate table tops or watching a game on one of four TVs. Plush leather chairs and wireless internet provide even more reason to sit for hours, wrapped in wreaths of fragrant smoke.
Dick Pond Athletics outfits runners, wrestlers, and athletes with a large selection of shoes made by brands such as Saucony, adidas, and Nike. Men's, women's, and youth track-and-field shoes allow runners to protect their feet from rough pavement and tracks littered with upside-down waffle cones. Men's shoes include Asics Gel Strike 2s ($44.95) and New Balance 760s ($74.95), and women's include Brooks Sports Lady Defyance 2s ($49.95) and Nike Lady Air Max Moto+ 5s ($53.95).
So established is Circle K Midwest that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.