Activities in Back of the Yards


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  • Chicago Indoor Sports
    Chicago Indoor Sports' full-size field has enough turf to make a cow's spots turn green with envy. But that same animal would be disappointed if it took a bite. The surface is actually a carefully designed, imitation grass made of millions of tiny rubber pallets and a crushed stone base, which helps absorb shock. That last feature is key, since the indoor play area supports crowds of running athletes during competitive or casual games of soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and ultimate frisbee. The field is also home its own youth and adult soccer leagues, such as Liga Latino Americana. Throughout many of their services, Chicago Indoor Sports places special emphasis on children. During their SoccerTots and SoccerTouch programs, instructors use soccer as a way to build motor skills and encourage mental development. Meanwhile, an arcade and three giant inflatables give kids a break from sports.
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    3900 South Ashland Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Golf in Motion
    Golf in Motion's fairway guru shares gameplay strategy and evaluates swing mechanics from the well-stocked confines of Chicago Style Golf. There, a team of avid golfers invites players of all stripes into its pro shop to check out the industry's newest equipment or have a broken club repaired. The shop buys old equipment from customers ready to upgrade their driver or trade in their putter after that black cat crossed their putting line. If patrons cannot find the specific club or specs they need, the staff can custom fit and order what they are looking for. Customers also can search for the right putter on the shop's synthetic putting green and test out clubs in one of their three hitting bays, complete with a launch monitor that assists with in-house swing lessons.
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    1130 W 37th St.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Purple
    Live Purple Art's evening entertainment is a literal interpretation of life imitating art. A spin on the traditional BYOB painting class, Live Purple Art's teachers-cum-directors start each evening by assigning each member of the audience an aspect of a play. But the rules are pretty loose; rather than give everyone a character, they have some participants paint characters, some paint the the plot, others the theme, and so forth. Then the groups work and sip on wine for thirty minutes before unveiling their canvases to a group of actors and actresses. The players get a mere fifteen minutes to interpret the paintings before bringing their contents to life in a 15-minute improvised performance. Since everyone's interests may vary, it's not required for every participant to paint. Instead, they can simply enjoy the free-flowing wine, the freely given laughs, and the free-as-always oxygen.
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    1029 West 35th Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • NGINE Media Group
    Surround Sound of Fashion dazzles guests with an evening of new styles, fresh-faced models, and ear-pleasing performances from R & B stars Tyrese and Elle Varner, all helping fund local charities. Before the swanky festivities begin, Groupon customers can exercise VIP clout to attend a preshow reception party, where light refreshments and drinks presage a main course of delectable fashion. Throughout the night, aspiring models saunter the catwalk festooned in threads from both nationally known designers and up-and-coming couturiers. The catwalkers will compete periodically for prizes including extravagant trips, professional photo shoots, and a ride on a giant balloon during upcoming holiday parades.
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    1029 W 35th St.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Rockfit
    Rockfit's highly experienced fitness coach eschews stationary exercise machines for traditional, full-body-strengthening exercise regimes. Like body builders of the early 20th century, he focuses on natural movements that target numerous muscles at once, such as riding a penny-farthing while lifting an oversize monocle to your eye to gain overall strength and increased flexibility. His gym houses nothing but weights and non-traditional fitness tools, such as giant tires and kettlebells-all things that require active motion to pick up, carry, and put down. To keep participants engaged in the high-intensity drills, the gym's certified fitness coach works alongside them, inspiring them to push harder to achieve their fitness goals.
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    1200 West 35th Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival
    Now in its fifth year, the Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival has become a celebration of art both homegrown and on loan from the rest of country. As you stroll around the fest, handcrafted items from more than 80 area artists vie for attention, with many up for accolades later in a juried art competition. The festivities run from noon to 10 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and each day the main stage features a diverse lineup of live music from Chicago and throughout the country. The schedule includes The Giving Tree, an Americana rock band that has opened for The Avett Brothers, and former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page.
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    2221 West 43rd Street
    Chicago, IL US

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