What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We stand out because kids learn in a warm nurturing environment where mistakes are encouraged because they are encouraged to be innovative on the court. We use basketball to teach kids to find success not only in sports but in life. Poor grades = no court time.
Poor behavior = no court time.
Is your location strictly for adults, or can kids participate as well?
We welcome boys and girls ages 5 -14.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I started DMB because after watching our 6 year old go through a few programs I realized most coaches don't really develop kids or teach the game properly. Kids come away unprepared for the next level. Having been a high school coach I know what they really need to work on to be ready for anything
What do you love most about your job?
What I love most is when a child "gets it" when the light comes on and they clearly understand their own abilities and how to apply them. I love hearing kids laugh plus I spend my time teaching the best game in the world, basketball, to great kids.
Sam Elias knows that being cooped up during long winter days can make people stir-crazy. So in 1993, after moving from Florida, land of palm trees and beaches, to Chicago, land of frigid winds and gray slush, he founded WhirlyBall as a way for people to release pent-up energy even as snow was falling outside. During each competitive WhirlyBall game, which combines aspects of basketball, hockey, and jai alai, players zoom across an indoor 50'x80' court in motorized cars called WhirlyBugs. They wield plastic scoops to toss a wiffle ball back and forth to their teammates before throwing the ball through an elevated goal. Refs keep watch during the games, eliminating score arguments that would otherwise end in sunrise duels. To fuel up for a bout, players nibble chicken wings, pretzel bites, and gourmet pizzas, and swig craft beers, which vary by location.
All three WhirlyBall spots boast off-court diversions as well. The Vernon Hills and Lombard locations host video games, pool tables, foosball, and air hockey, and the Chicago and Vernon Hills locations invite guests into multilevel laser-tag arenas, which fill with fog and flashing lights as combatants duck, aim, and invoke Geneva Convention protocols regarding armed conflict.
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Define a new body with the help of the fantastic team of personal trainers available at this location.
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Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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Check out this gym's restaurant, where you can stay for lunch or grab your meal to go.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly activity everyone will love? This gym is made for all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
The first rule about aerobics class is that it's tons of fun and does wonders for your physique.
Burn a large number of calories and tone your abs, glutes, and legs with a kickboxing class from Glass Court Swim and Fitness.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
Season after season, Elmhurst College's men's and women's basketball teams join the hunt for postseason play atop the standings in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). The Bluejays have enjoyed consistent success over the years, and during summer months, the players and coaches come together to share their tips for success with the next generation of basket scorers during Hoop Haven. The summer camp's impressive roster of instructors includes John Baines, the camp's co-founder and head coach of the Elmhurst College's men's team.
During each half-day session, they lead campers in developing a slew of balling skills, which are then put to the test during competitions. And they send little hoopers home with a T-shirt and a basketball that they can use to further enhance their skills or to infuriate a downstairs neighbor.
With an indoor lap pool, full basketball court, strength equipment, and 90 cardio stations filling its 40,000-square-foot facility, LifeStart at Central Park aims to be a one-stop fitness haven for the community. Cardio Theater equipment entertains brains as members run on treadmills, scale stair steppers, and tone legs on elliptical machines. Lifters can supplement their reps on the facility's arsenal of strength-training equipment with more than two-tons worth of free weights. After workouts, they can wipe away sweat with the complimentary towel service before relaxing in the whirlpool or deciphering the original US Constitution on Jefferson's antique mirror in the sauna and steam room.
When they're not leading personal-training sessions, instructors cartwheel over to LifeStart at Central Park's two spacious group exercise studios to helm fitness classes. In addition to leading cycling sessions, instructors demonstrate Zumba's easy-to-follow moves to the backdrop of global music and fortify core muscles in Pilates.