Founder Rick Sweitzer started the adventure travel company in 1983 before leading one of the first amateur dogsled expeditions to North Pole. Driven by his vision, the guides and instructors of The Northwest Passage lead travelers of all skill and fitness levels to some of the most dramatic terrain on the planet. Locally, the team leads outings around the Chicago area, ranging from stand-up paddleboarding classes on Lake Michigan to kayaking and camping trips in Door County, Wisconsin. As for the rest of the world, Northwest Passage sends it adventurers to conquer it locale by stunning locale during programs that include hiking across Europe, trekking to remote Polar regions, and dressing up like scientists to infiltrate Area 51.
Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 50+ people
Pro Tip: Our Courtesy Cart is available daily to assist you with carting your belongings down to the beach.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Paul
and Ada Saffron Sprayground
Recommended Age Group: Adults
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Life moves pretty fast if you don't stop and look around. And if you look closely, you'll see that Glencoe Beach is featured in the hit movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
What special training do you or your staff have?
Our Boat Guards and Life Guards possess the Life Guard Waterfront Certificates from the American Red Cross and are certified in Red Cross CPR/AED and first aid certification. The guards are also meet the requirements set forth in US Sailing Safety/Rescue & Power boating certification.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
During your day at the beach, you can rent a shaded sun shelter, play in the sprayground, splash in the lake, play beach volleyball, rent a sailboat, lounge on a rented chair, or enjoy a snack at the concession stand. Closings due to weather or water quality will be posted by 9:45 AM on the weather hotline (847-835-1185, ext. 1) and on the Park Alerts page at www.glencoeparkdistrict.com.
Owner Dani Petrie and her studio manager, Debbie Lofdahl, helm a staff of seasoned teachers who lead yoga and fitness classes seven days a week. Inside their peaceful, Zen-style studio, spacious wooden floors offer plenty of room for stretching and posing, and a boutique shop brims with yoga clothes and jewelry by Manduka, Beyond Yoga, and Be Present. When they aren't leading their regular classes, instructors facilitate yoga parties and provide the mats, props, water, and music. Teachers also infiltrate the workplace to lead corporate classes that help businesses and their employees stay happy and healthy. In addition to their 200-hour teacher training sessions, Reach Yoga also hosts workshops on topics such as laughter yoga, which turns self-induced chuckles into genuine guffaws by having participants laugh intentionally.
Sylvia, the owner and operator of Ballroom Dance Center, draws on more than 15 years of ballroom-dance experience and her title as US Rising Star Latin Champion to teach students the graceful art of dance. She and her coterie of instructors lead a variety of programs based on students’ ambitions and desires, ranging from basic dance lessons for students who just want to learn the moves to gold packages that prepare hobbyists for performances and exhibitions. Sylvia solidifies steps during private lessons that focus on technique and styling and supplements these sessions with group lessons and practice parties that allow dancers to experience different partners and practice in a social setting.
At Olly Olly Play Café, pirates bury treasure, knights rescue princesses from dragons, and parents watch as little ones develop social skills through creative play. The interior space looks like a storybook spilled over into reality, with troves of costumes and toys spread beneath a ceiling painted to resemble a cloud-filled sky. A castle stands at the entrance, serving as the junction between different rooms where roads wind through town houses and a kid-size pirate ship lets little ones imagine attacking all-you-can-eat cruise buffets.
Aside from open play, Olly Olly Play Café educates kids during music classes that range from Baby Signing to preteens belting out Broadway songs. Elsewhere, a menu of locally sourced salads and sandwiches fuels visitors and their health-conscious imaginary friends.