Arabian Knights Farms
6526 Clarendon Hills Road
Willowbrook, IL 60514
Giddyup, y’all! Arabian Knights Farms and Training Center in Willowbrook, IL thrives on 10 beautiful wooded acres!
Arabian Knights, located in the middle of the Western Suburbs, is just 39 minutes from downtown Chicago. This is a complete Equestrian Center offering one of the largest Educational & Training facilities in the greater Chicagoland area. In 17 years AKF has given instruction to over 7000 students.
Specialization: Western Pleasure; English Pleasure; Dressage; Gaited/Saddle Seat; Sales; Halter; Driving;
Facilities: Barn; Heated Barn; Indoor Arena; Indoor Heated Arena; Outdoor Arena; Viewing Area; Indoor Wash Rack; Tack Room; Lights for Night Riding; Security System; AKF also has a round pen and outdoor track.
Horse Breed Specialization: Arabian; Saddlebred; National Show Horses; Extra Boarding Services: Please call for boarding and training information
Minimum age: 8
School horses available: 10
Lesson types: English Pleasure; Hunt Seat; Dressage;
Instructors: Four instructors
Apparel Requirements: Boots/Paddock Shoes; Hunt Cap; Introductory horsemanship classes offered to introduce students, ages 8-Adult to the world of horses. Safety is our number one concern, and all students will learn true horsemanship, from the “”ground up”” Contact your local park district or Becky at Arabian Knights for more information.
Horse Shows: Schooling shows with equitation, pleasure, and games for students and boarders. Trainers also take students to many shows outside of the barn from academy level to Arabian Nationals.
Transportation can be provided to other shows and events.
Additional Special Information: Arabian Knights Farms also offers a unique facility for your next party or event. Whether it’s a child’s birthday party or a wedding, we can help you host a memorable event. AKF has a wooden dance floor, tables and chairs, full bar and kitchen, outdoor picnic area, gazebo, petting zoo, pony rides, and many games. For more information about AKF Party planning contact Mike Vena.
Owners: Elizabeth & Michael Vena
Managers: Sue Menagarelli
Trainers: Kelly Reichard, Jo Capitani, Ralph Faillo, and Troy White”
Arrowhead Horse Enterprises
6697 RFD Gilmer Rd
Long Grove, IL 60047
Howdy, podners! Interested in ridin’ fence, but can’t quite make it out west? Then strap on your spurs and visit Arrowhead Horse Enterprises!
Its only 35 miles from Chicago, and offers everything horse-related under the sun. The facility opened in 1965 and has a great track record. Have a great time!
Owners: Morrie Waud
Managers: Julie Letry
Specialization: Western Pleasure; English Pleasure; Halter; Driving;
Other: Draft Horses
Facilities: Barn; Indoor Arena; Outdoor Arena; Turnout Paddocks; Clubhouse; Viewing Area; Indoor Wash Rack; Outdoor Wash Rack; Tack Room; Security System; Trails, Sand Ring
Horse Breed Specialization: Appaloosa; Arabian; Belgian; Clydesdale; Miniature; Morgan; Mustang; Palomino; Quarter Horse; Thoroughbred;
Boarding: Regular Service: $250/month.
Full Service: $285/month. Includes: Turn Outs
Additional Special Information: Stalls cleaned by horse drawn manure spreader (No carbonmonoxide)”
Brew N’ View
3145 N. Sheffield (Belmont & Sheffield)
Chicago, IL 60657
Come and check out Chicago’s place to have a brew and view your favorite movies. This fantastic establishment is located at 3145 N. Sheffield (the Vic Theatre), at the corner of Belmont and Sheffield. Come in, sit down, watch a movie or two (or three) and have a beer among friends in this wonderful old, ornate theatre. Its great!
28 W. 741 North West
Its odd; everyone’s seen a drive-in theater, but usually as the setting in a movie they’re watching on TV. Few can say that they’ve actually been to a drive-in, and fewer can say that they’ve been to one in the last 15 years!
Drive-Ins are a lot of fun. They’re great for watching movies, but there’s more to them than that. You can sit in your own car (or on the swingset that is inevitably up close to the screen), talk to your heart’s content, even (gasp!) make-out with your date. You can wander around, socializing, or traipse up to the concession stand for some outrageously priced popcorn (if you didn’t bring your own in, that is).
There are well under 200 drive-ins left in the country (that’s under 2 per state!) and NONE are being built or rehabbed. So take advantage of Chicagoland’s Cascade Drive-In in West Chicago! Its a fantastic time, an original idea, is open late into the season, and will either create wonderful memories for you, or bring back those you’d forgotten a long time ago. Get out there and have a good time!”
Cernan Earth and Space Center
2000 N. 5th Avenue
River Grove, IL 60171-1907
Grab your kids and blast off for an afternoon of cosmic education and fun! The Cernan Earth and Space Center is universally loved (no pun intended) by everyone from the little ones to great-grandparents. Have fun!
On the campus of Triton College, the Cernan Earth and Space Center consists of the Space Hall, exhibits on space exploration, artifacts from the Apollo era, and the Dome Theater, a 100-seat venue with a planetarium space projector.
The Dome Theater offers three different types of shows. The general Earth and Sky Shows are educational and entertaining examinations of astronomical and scientific topics, including imaginary voyages through the solar system, multimedia programs on dinosaurs and simulated aurora borealis demonstrations. Children’s Shows are designed for kids ages 3 to 8 and take a more lighthearted and simple approach. Laser Light Shows have been a staple of the Cernan Center since the late 1970s, choreographing multicolored laser lights and other lighting effects to a soundtrack of rock music by such artists as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, U2, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles. Not just for dazed and confused post-teens, these shows are fun diversions for all kinds of music fans.
River Grove is only just outside Chicago on the northwest border of the City line, so getting there is a snap. Take a short drive to this fun and interesting center!”
Chicago Mercantile Exchange
30 S. Wacker Drive
If you like the excitement of the Board of Trade and Stock Exchange, you’ll love the Mercantile Exchange. Chicago’s is the biggest in the world!
Chicago Stock Exchange
440 S. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60605
What’s to say? Remember the scene in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” or “Trading Places?” Every visitor and resident should visit Chicago Stock Exchange. You have to see it to believe it.
Downtown Thursday Night
20 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 106
You are invited to discover the nostalgic heart of Chicago every Thursday night. The Loop comes alive after 5 with entertainment, dining, shopping, architecture, and much more. Hop aboard a free trolley from 5-8 p.m.
Maxwell Street Market
Between Taylor Street and Depot Place
Chicago, IL 60607
An outdoor market where (at one time) you could find anything and everything, and haggle for the best price. A Chicago institution, see it while it exists; gentrification is threatening to do away with this fantastic piece of Chicago history.
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
The Newberry Library is an independent research library concentrating in the humanities with an active educational and cultural presence in Chicago. Privately funded, but free and open to the public, it houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, and manuscripts. Anyone over the age of 16 conducting research on a topic covered by the collections may become a reader.
Screenz Digital Universe
2717 N. Clark Street
Visit Chicago’s premier multimedia entertainment and information center!
Explore the Digital Universe with 45 networked computers.
Surf the Internet, play the hottest games, and have a cup o’ Joe all at the same time.”
1880 W. Fullerton Ave.
This is the indoor sport of the new millenium – get onboard!
WhirlyBall is a fast-paced combination of hockey, lacrosse and basketball, played in a high-tech electric bumper car! Have you ever heard of something so odd, yet so much fun?!? Grab some friends, put together a family reunion, or schedule your next corporate outing with WhilyBall in mind!
Besides the Chicago location, WhirlyBall can be found at: 880 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, 630/932-4800.
Windy City Balloon Port
100 Ski Hill Road
Fox River Grove, IL
What’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? A basket of people, under a giant hot-air balloon! Experience the magic of ballooning at Chicagoland’s oldest and largest Balloon Port!
What could be more fun, and where else will you get the chance?? FAA licensed pilots will make your adventure memorable, with a champagne toast capping off your classic ascension! Gift certificates are available.