More than peanuts and Cracker Jack

More than peanuts and Cracker Jack

When you take your family out to the ballgame this summer, it’s more than just baseball, peanuts and crackerjack, but also live music, giveaways, costumes and perhaps even a chance to meet Mr. Belding from “Saved by the Bell.”
SPECTATOR CYCLING

SPECTATOR CYCLING

Nestled just across the Wisconsin state line at the base of a hill on the east side of Washington Park lies the oldest operating velodrome in the country. Since 1927, the Washington Park Velodrome has been hosting bike racing on its 333-meter lighted…
The hottest thing on two wheels

The hottest thing on two wheels

As a kid, riding your bike was a fun way to spend a day with friends, while bike riding as an adult can be a nice, leisurely way to spend an afternoon.
Need for speed?

Need for speed?

Steve Bechtel has nothing against movie theaters. Heck, they’ve even entertained race fans over the years with films like “Days of Thunder,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and even the kids’ favorite, “Cars,” which turned into a franch…
Playing the ponies

Playing the ponies

Horse racing originated as an ancient sport, but today’s experience is much more than strictly an athletic contest. 
Heavenly Hikes

Heavenly Hikes

The best way to see the natural wonders of the area is on foot. Luckily, northern Illinois is home to hundreds of miles of trails for various abilities and interests. So grab your hiking boots and hit one of these top local trails.
Half the size all the fun

Half the size all the fun

Whether you are heading out with your favorite junior golfer, your aging mom, or just looking for a bit of golf to get you through the day, an area nine-hole course may be the perfect fit.
A Good Walk

A Good Walk

Spring is in bloom, and if you’re a golfer, that means you’ve likely been nose-to-the-window for months, awaiting the opportunity to start swinging. Northern Illinois has some of the most beautiful landscapes for golf in the Midwest. This season, exp…
Cool runnings

Cool runnings

It’s not for everyone, but many enthusiasts are stepping off the treadmill and shunning the indoor track in cool support of local causes, in some cold or clever places. Here’s a host of winter runs to get your heart pumping all season.
Must love dogs

Must love dogs

In the winter, your options for outdoor exercise are limited. And if you like to work out with your dog, your choices dwindle even more. If this is an annual dilemma, you might want to consider skijoring. The obscure sport has slowly been gaining ste…
Smooth sailing

Smooth sailing

Winter is here, and despite the frigid temperatures, it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy seasonal adventures with family and friends. One of the most exciting winter activities is snowmobiling, and there are trails all over northern Illino…
Taking the plunge

Taking the plunge

You might have seen images or videos of people plunging into the frigid waters of a local lake on a winter day’s wearing costumes or pants and T-shirts – quite the contrast from the layers of puffy coats, scarves and hats people usually wear to stay …
Frozen fun

Frozen fun

Should you happen to spot a group of ice fishermen huddling this winter, know that warmth may not be the only motive directing the act.
A cold hard climb

A cold hard climb

But if you’re looking for a climbing challenge unique to the winter months, ice climbing is the way to go. You’ll have to bundle up and brave the cold, most likely the wind, and a slick terrain, but most ice climbing fans can’t get enough.