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Our July/August issue – typically loaded with Summer activities like festivals, waterparks, attractions, special events and more – looks a bit different this year. However, our editorial focus is always to provide you with many options for living an active and healthy lifestyle, which you will find here! Please support our advertisers in their mission to safely provide activities and services, while helping us all get through these difficult times…and please use us at your source for ‘Salvaging Summer!’
Safe Travels in Ottawa, IL
Ottawa, Illinois is surrounded by wide open spaces, open waters, and state parks. Buffalo Rock State Park has trails, live buffalo, and beautiful overlooks of the Illinois River. Dayton Bluffs Nature Preserve has trails leading you along the Fox River, to Indian Burial mounds, and through thick forestry. The Illinois river is great for watercraft and water sports alike. Plan now, and when you’re ready we’ll be here for you. www.pickusottawail.com – 815.434.2737
Sculpture in the Park
St. Charles Park District
For the love of art in the park….as summer emerges in the Fox Valley, the landscape of Mt. St. Mary Park in St. Charles presents a striking and engaging sculpture exhibition against the backdrop of nature’s seasonal beauty. Nestled among the maples, oaks, and pines of a shady arboretum and with the tranquil Fox River as its eastern border, Sculpture in the Park features 15 sculptural masterpieces made from various mediums by artists from all over the country and an array of pieces in the permanent collection. People of all ages are welcome to enjoy this magnificent free exhibit of original and unique sculpture. Whether you’re biking, strolling or picnicking, this downtown park offers something for everyone. More info: www.stcsculpture.org
Village of Lemont…
Zip On In, Your Adventure Awaits!
“Biggest. Tallest. Longest. Largest.” That’s what you’ll hear about Lemont these days, now home to The Forge: Lemont Quarries Adventure Park, opening in Summer, 2020. Nestled within nature, activities at The Forge include aerial challenge courses, 1,000 foot ziplines, mountain biking, rappelling, kids courses and more.
Follow up your adventure with a visit to Downtown Lemont and experience our hand-crafted charm. Settled in 1836, locally quarried limestone buildings, historic canal, and a skyline of steeples provide a picturesque setting. Enjoy the many restaurants, boutiques, and the very popular Pollyanna Brewery, all a trail’s stroll from The Forge. Our mix of dining, shops, outdoor fun, and events keep people coming back to Lemont. Visit www.LemontDowntown.com for all the latest.
The Forge: Lemont Quarries
As an innovative leader in outdoor recreation, The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a state-of-the-art adventure park designed to deliver unique year-round activities for adventurers of all ages and abilities. Opening Summer 2020, The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a purpose-built social enterprise that provides countless opportunities to guests to experience elevated outdoor adventure 365 days a year. Featuring a versatile and wide-ranging mix of recreational activities set amidst a stunning natural landscape, the park offers an es-cape to tranquil and interactive green space where guests can test their personal boundaries while engaging with a passionate community of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. Check us out at www.forgeparks.com.
Summer at Cantigny Park
This summer is quieter than usual at Cantigny but the Wheaton park remains a worthy destination for a stroll in the gardens or a family picnic. Outdoor dining on the NEW garden patio is another good reason to visit. Additional attractions in the park are open or will open soon — check www.Cantigny.org before leaving home, and text PARK to 36000 to receive updates. This summer only, parking is just $5 seven days a week, and FREE on the first Wednesday of the month!
“Camp Local” with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County!
Looking for a fun staycation? Family campsites are available in two Kane County forest preserves. Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin and Big Rock Campground in Big Rock offer tent and RV camping with electric and water hook-ups. Plus, hike, fish and more. Sites range from $15 to $35 per day. Campgrounds are open through the last Sunday in October. Call 630-444-1200 or visit www.kaneforest.com for info.
Staycation and Dine Naperville
Summer has arrived in Naperville, making it the perfect time to plan a staycation/vacation. With so many restaurants, shops and attractions throughout the city, Naperville makes for a great staycation destination. Dine on the patio or indoors at one of Naperville’s fabulous restaurants. Take a walk along the scenic Riverwalk, rent a paddleboat, visit Naper Settlement or experience the trifecta of fun and excitement with TopGolf, Whirlyball and iFly. Find the ideal hotel and explore different attractions in Naperville by going to VisitNaperville.com. Discover our unique dining scene by visiting wwwDineNaperville.com. We can’t wait to welcome you to Naperville for a relaxing and fun stay.
Abbey Farms’ Summer Ramble is an opportunity to take in an excursion away from home in a friendly, safe environment. Enjoy a picnic on the lawn, our new small-bites menu on the patio, antique tractors to explore, self-guided tours across the farm, plus our seasonal farm store with vintage-style housewares, specialty food items, farmer’s market produce, our bakery – and more! We’re dog friendly — bring ‘em along! Come to Abbey Farms for your summer getaway! Located at 2855 Hart Rd., Aurora, IL. Visit www.SummerRamble.com.
Plainfield Park District
Get a copy of Scout’s Summer Fun Hunt, a map of fun places in the Plainfield Park District. Maps are available Mon-Fri from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Prairie Activity & Recreation Center, 24550 W. Renwick Rd. in Plainfield and online at www.plfdparks.org.
Odyssey Fun World – Tinley Park
The place for out of this world family fun for all ages! OUTDOOR PARK NOW OPEN! All summer long we will offer 4 hours of Unlimited Go Karts, Mini Golf, Bumper Boats and Batting Cages for just $24.99! Tickets may be purchased in advance at odysseyfunworld.com. Indoor facility and birthday parties will be available as soon as we can safely do so, visit website or call 708-429-3800 for more info. 19111 S. Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park.
SAFARI LAND – Villa Park
Safari Land is the ultimate, INDOOR entertainment center, plus home of the largest year-round indoor roller coaster in Illinois. Open seven days a week, offering eight amusement rides, over 100 arcade games and 12 lanes of bowling. Ride wristband includes: Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars, Merry-Go-Round, Monkey Jump, Soft Play Area, Max Flight Simulator, Roller Coaster & Kiddie Go-Karts. Free parking and a perfect spot for birthday parties! For more information visit www.safarilandfun.com or call 630-530-4649.
If there is any time for comfort foods, it is now. Experience Catch 35’s NEW MENU and try Braised Beef Shortribs, Grilled LHA Skirt Steak, Nashville Chicken Sandwich, Crab Fried Quinoa, Sashimi Tuna Sliders or the Steak Tacos. Open from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm Monday thru Friday, 4:00pm to 10:00pm on Saturdays, and 4:00pm to 9:00pm on Sundays.
Want Catch 35 to go! Order your Catch 35 favorites for delivery or curbside pickup thru ChowNow, GrubHub, or call 630-717-3500 to place your order. Catch 35 Signatures like Maryland Crab Cakes, Lake Superior Whitefish, Pan Roasted Chilean Sea bass, Braised Short Rib Sliders, Coconut Shrimp and Szechwan Scallops all available for you to enjoy at home. Stay tuned to our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter page for weekly specials and promo codes. View the menu at www.catch35.com. Located at 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630-717-3500.
Well-known for its vibrant, flavorful Thai cuisine and friendly staff, Vino Thai has long been a top choice for diners looking to tour the tastes of Thailand. Every family recipe is carefully prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients available. Please let us welcome your next dine-in or take out. We serve lunch specials Mon.- Fri. 11:00 – 3:00 p.m. VinoThai is located in East Gate Commons, 3825 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. We are open every day for lunch and dinner. For reservations call 630-443-8461. Visit www.vinothai.com
Mon Ami Gabi
On the hunt for some of the best dining deals in Oak Brook? Then look no further than Mon Ami Gabi in the Oakbrook Center. Take in the aroma of our signature Onion Soup Au Gratin, Steak Frites and Chicken Grand-Mére. Enjoy thoughtfully selected wine from our historic rolling wine cart and indulge in a sweet bite of Chocolate Mousse or Profiteroles. For reservations, call Mon Ami Gabi at 630-472-1900 or visit monamigabi.com to view all the delicious details.
Summer has arrived in Naperville, making it the perfect time to plan a stay-cation/vacation. With so many restaurants, shops and attractions throughout the city, Naperville makes for a great staycation destination. Dine on the patio or indoors at one of Naperville’s fabulous restaurants. Take a walk along the scenic Riverwalk, rent a paddleboat, visit Naper Settlement or experience the trifecta of fun and excitement with TopGolf, Whirlyball and iFly. Find the ideal hotel and explore different attractions in Naperville by going to www.VisitNaperville.com. Discover our unique dining scene by visiting www.DineNaperville.com. We can’t wait to welcome you to Naperville for a relaxing and fun stay.
Golf Links & Tips…
Golf is an excellent challenge, physically as well as mentally, and it’s also a great social activity. This year…it’s the same great game, just played with new precautions. Golfers will be called upon to make some simple adjustments.
- Bring a Mask
- BYO H2O
- Bring extra tees and balls.
- Pack a snack.
- Watch your distance.
- Carry hand sanitizer.
What’s important to note is that you’re playing golf again, which, as long as you’re going about it safely, is a whole lot better than sheltering in place.
Carriage Greens Country Club
8700 Carriage Green Drive, Darien, IL
Lou Ramadani, PGA Pro
Tip: Good Posture
Good Posture should be your only swing thought. A solid athletic posture that fits you is a great start but the key to consistency is maintaining the address posture just through the impact. So think about maintaining your posture through impact for more consistent ball striking.
The Preserve at Oak Meadows
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
Pat Honan, PGA Pro
Tip: Prevent swaying with this easy practice drill
A very common trait I observe during a golf lesson is a lack of body rotation. Golfers often compensate for a lack of rotation by swaying or moving their bodies laterally during the backswing which leads to all sorts of mishits – topped, weak, dribbling, heavy mishits that go right or left, anywhere but the target! If this sounds like you, breathe a sigh of relief because swaying is a treatable condition that can be cured. Try this practice drill that I teach my students to help eliminate frustrating mishits, create a foundation for great balance, and promote solid middle of the clubface shots. Start with a 7 iron then graduate to your driver. Begin with a neutral grip, rid yourself of any tension, set up to the ball as you would on any shot. As you prepare to swing put your feet completely together maintaining this position through the swing. Your feet should remain together during the entire sequence. Swing away rotating your torso during the backswing while maintaining your balance. Still keeping your feet together, rotate throughout the downswing through impact to a full finish. Good backswing rotation will help eliminate those mishits.