Chicagoland Baseball Academy's 5,000-square-foot training facility reverberates with the clink of balls ricocheting off aluminum bats, the pop of pitches hurtling into practice nets, and the cries of “Got it!” from fielders communicating a pop fly. Owned by longtime baseball trainer and high-school head coach Bill Rosencrans, the Academy helps players improve their games through lessons that isolate essential skills such as power throwing and executing double plays. To ensure each athlete plays to his or her full potential, classes also focus on regular core training, using ropes, medicine balls, and plyometrics to keep bodies in top shape.
The Hub at Berens Park invites guests of all ages with a sprawling complex dedicated to wholesome fun. Groups can seek out par across the Hub's 18-hole miniature golf course, which encircles a scenic water feature, or protect the strike zone at the batting cages, where softballs and baseballs dart over the dish at speeds ranging from 40 to 80 miles per hour. A circuit of mini geysers erupts throughout the 6,000-square-foot spray ground, where tykes can freely frolic and arm themselves with Big Squirts—refillable water toys available for purchase at the equipment window—for leverage in juice-box hostage situations. The Hub also encompasses a playground with youth- and tot-friendly equipment, an indoor facility with restrooms and a concessions stand, and a party room families can rent for birthday parties or guileless secret-society meetings.
Outside, snow falls, wind rattles leaf-less branches, and winter blankets the landscape. Then the crack of the bat rings out. That sound of summer is available all year long at Stella's, which offers heated indoor batting cages in the winter and open-air outdoor cages in the summer. An onsite bats and gloves shop outfits players with stacks of Easton and Wilson A2000 mitts and Louisville Slugger and DeMarini bats.
As the sight of pop flies and line drives keep summer always within reach, so too do the aromas of Vienna hot dogs, bratwursts, and burgers wafting through the air. Stella's restaurant also provides ball players and their families with homemade Italian ice and soft-serve ice cream. To celebrate turning another year older or finally getting zombie Babe Ruth on the team, Stella's offers party packages that include good eats, game tokens, and batting cages.
Unlike an outdoor field, The Perfect Swing's more than 60,000 sq. ft. facility isn't ever affected by bad weather or movie crews shooting yet another inspiring comeback story. The sound of cracking bats and thudding balls fills the training space rain or shine year-round. Baseball and softball players face off against seven automatic pitching machines, which hurl balls at speeds between 35–70 miles per hour, while pitchers work their arms in 17 practice tunnels.
The Perfect Swing also offers four indoor turf fields for year-round baseball, softball, and soccer. Shoppers who are looking to stock up on softball and baseball equipment can visit the on-site store.
Athletes aren't left to swing and throw blindly, though. The Perfect Swing boasts a staff of more than 25 baseball and softball instructors, including many current and former professional players. During private and group instruction, these experts help students hone fundamental skills in areas such as hitting, pitching, catching, fielding, and agility. Instructors also lead outdoor baseball camps during the summer months.
Don't let your hectic schedule get in the way of a tasty meal — head over to Lincolnwood's Bunny Hutch Restaurant for an ultra-fast lunch or dinner.
With no low-fat options served, come ready to eat your heart out.
At Bunny Hutch Restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
Bunny Hutch Restaurant is a great location to host a group dinner.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Bunny Hutch Restaurant when the weather is warm.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Bunny Hutch Restaurant, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
For the tastes of Bunny Hutch Restaurant from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Bunny Hutch Restaurant for easy access to parking lots.
There's no need to bust your budget at Bunny Hutch Restaurant, with most meals costing under $15.
Don't forget to stop by the ATM on your way to Bunny Hutch Restaurant, a local cash-only restaurant.
Mini golfing is a great way to entertain both children and adults! Head on over to Novelty Golf and Games in Lincolnwood for an exciting family night.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.