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Jim Kwasek, owner and chief pilot of Chicago Executive Flight School, pumps blood through Chicago’s aviation community as the president of the local pilots' organization and a vocal advocate for the joys of flight. His journey to the presidency began with just one Cessna 150, and since then that Cessna 150 has birthed two Cessna 172s, two C23 Sundowners, and a C24R Sierra. With this family of winged wonders, his team of passionate, certified pilots teach students safe flying techniques. During FAA-flight training, they guide students through programs for private and commercial licenses or flight-instructor and advanced-kite-herder training.

They also give prepilots an introduction through total-immersion flights. In these hands-on sessions, newcomers live out an actual pilot’s routine: practicing pre-, post-, and standard flight protocol while skimming the countryside, lakeshores, and north side of downtown Chicago.

1005 S Wolf Rd
Wheeling,
IL
US

Neon lights illuminate the original sign that beckons bowlers into Jeffery Lanes, where retro stylings hearken back to the 1950s, when the bowling arena was established. The vintage vibe carries throughout the eight-lane bowling alley. Ball-returns flaunt midcentury modern curves to match the scoring tables, where bowlers tally up each conquered pin by hand, instead of leaving it to an automatic scoring system. Between frames, bowlers can escape to the lounge and sip brews from the glass-block bar, lined in the faded blue wood paneling.

But the décor isn’t the only thing still lingering from a by-gone era. Regulars and the current owner claim Jeffery Lanes is haunted by its previous owner, Bud Miller. He is known to make appearances late at night, whispering pointers on proper form into unsuspecting bowlers’ ears.

125 N Wolf Rd
Wheeling,
IL
US

At three brightly colored locations, Children's Land Learning Center fosters imaginations and cognitive abilities with early-childhood educational programs that seek to inspire children's enthusiasm for learning while meeting social, intellectual, and physical needs. In addition to state-licensed kindergarten classes, programs nurture and cultivate the minds of tots as young as 15 months, and daycare for children from six weeks to five years old. Activities cover topics such as art, music, dance, Taekwondo, math, and foreign languages.

850 McHenry Rd
Wheeling,
IL
US

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.

1108 S Milwaukee Ave
Wheeling,
IL
US

Soar higher than an eagle with today’s Groupon. Join a flight instructor from the exclusive Leading Edge Flying Club for an hour-long flying tour of the city.

1115 S Wolf Rd
Wheeling,
IL
US

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