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The Midwest Therapeutic Riding Program serves children with special needs through therapeutic horseback-riding services in northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin. A horse’s movements, similar to a human's, can help improve the rider's posture, balance, and sensory processing, making horseback riding an ideal therapy tool for people with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. For some children, riding a horse as part of the riding program marks the first time they've been able to feel what walking is like. In addition to physical and sensory motor benefits, horseback riding can also improve socialization and self-esteem.

1451 172nd Ave
Union Grove,
WI
US

With more than 25 years of experience, the fanciful framers at Artkarved help display and commemorate all manner of artwork, photos, and cherished keepsakes. The staff of right-angle aficionados offers unique design materials and services, including hand-carved mats, handmade papers, and barbwire security frames for priceless portraits. Outfit a diploma with a conservation double mat, UV glass, and acid-free backing ($114+), or gild a wedding invitation ($107+). Artkarved will also add tasteful wood trim to specialty frame jobs including sports jerseys ($350+). With thousands of frame choices, Artkarved has lent its preservative presence to high-profile clients including the Chicago Bears team members and helped homeowners take the art of hanging art beyond such jejune measures as tacky industrial-strength sticky tack, staple-tape taple staping, and hiring long-armed men to hold your art against the wall.

1429 Peterson Rd
Libertyville,
IL
US

Established: 1987

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Annual Red Ribbon Race 5K

400 E Illinois Rd.
Lake Forest,
IL
US

ChiroXchange supports a nervous system of more than 250 nationwide locations, whose varying services and technologies all converge with the end of healing bodies with holistic, drug-free techniques. The chiropractors believe that many of the body’s ailments, from sore backs and headaches to fatigue, are caused by blockages in the nervous system. To reverse these blockages, they nudge spinal discs back into place with gentle, strategic pressure, aligning nerves with the vertebra to free the flow of information and cat photos to and from the brain. The chiropractors at each location emphasize communication with their patients. They field questions, explain the purpose of every adjustment, and work with patients to design programs around their unique wellness goals.

935 Lakeview Pkwy
Vernon Hills,
IL
US

The soft glow of 30,919 carved pumpkins lit up the night sky on Saturday, October 22, 2011—the night the town of Highwood set the Guinness world record for most jack-o’-lanterns lit in one location. And this year should be no different. The three-day Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival, which has gained coverage from The Rosie Show and Trib Local, invites guests from all over the country to contribute to its wall of carved pumpkins, an experience that will be captured by HGTV’s “Pumpkin Wars”.

Patrons can decorate prescooped pumpkins at the designated carving stations (or bring their own precarved candidate) as they enjoy a weekend of live music on multiple stages, treats from local vendors, a gourmet farmers’ market on Saturday, hayrides, and a New Orleans–inspired night parade. Participants can even test out their newly carved pumpkin sneakers during the festival’s 5K run, which raises funds and awareness for the Leukemia Research Foundation. The festival culminates with the lighting of the wall of jack-o’-lanterns at 7 p.m. on Saturday, and, when all is said and done, pumpkins won’t be left in the dark as their owners are encouraged to take their record-breaking masterpieces home with them.

1866 Sheridan Rd
Highland Park,
IL
US

Established: 2007

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours

Brands Used: Age-appropriate and quality equipment is provided.

Pro Tip: Be ready for your camper to come home and ask you to play hoops or do pushups together.

Parking: Parking lot

Recommended Age Group: Girls age 4-14

Q&A with Sara Hokin, Director of Operations

Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?

Our incentive programs emphasize and reward effort, teamwork, heart, etc. We have special relationships with local, collegiate, and professional women's teams that offer our camps the opportunity for in-camp clinics and professional sports outings.

As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?

Our staff training is pretty intense, to the extent that we role play worst-case scenarios. We practice adjusting to different circumstances, including quick transitions from outside to inside, should we encounter extreme weather.

What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?

Our impact both on the fields and courts and off?our program emphasizes growth as an athlete as [much as] it does growth as a person.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We are proud of the relationships we develop and maintain through the years with our camp families. Throughout these years, we have worked hard to create a customized teaching technique and unique understanding of how young girls best learn and thrive. The results are a program and environment that effectively foster their love for sports and fitness to last a lifetime. This is our passion. This is our mission.

3000 Dundee Road, Suite 210
Northbrook,
IL
US

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