Review: My Gym in Wheaton

 Posted by on January 26, 2015
Jan 262015

My Gym is an absolute hit in my book! I hesitated checking it out for over a year because I was afraid the cost would be a bit much. We were given a certificate to try 8 weeks of classes and signed up to become lifetime members by the end of our first class. I highly recommend signing up for a free trial class!

my gym wheaton

Is there ample parking? Can you park close?

  • Plenty of parking, it is located in a strip mall, I parked right in front of the entrance.

How much does it cost?

  • A lifetime membership is required and if a promotion isn’t running it costs $75 one time. Classes are $72 every 4 weeks. *note- they are almost always running some sort of promotion/discount for memberships, just have to search for them.

When are they open?

  • First class is at 8:30am on Saturdays or 9:15am during the week. Check the schedule because classes are for different age ranges.

When is the best time or day to go? When is it the least crowded?

  • There are classes for all different age groups, I asked and they said late afternoon/early evening and saturdays tend to be filled up fastest.

Was it crowded when you went? About how many kids were there when you went?

  • It was not very crowded, I would say the class size was about 16-18 kids.

Are there public bathrooms? Is there a changing table? Are the bathrooms kid-friendly?

  • Yes there are public bathrooms, I did not see a changing table. There is a step stool in the bathroom for little ones.

Is there a private space to nurse?

  • There is no designated private space to nurse.

What was your child’s favorite part of the play area? Least favorite?

  • My son’s favorite part was the ball pit and swings they bring out during play.
  • His least favorite was any thing directly involving a teacher (we are going through separation anxiety 19 months)

What was your favorite part? Least favorite?

  • My favorite part is that every week the play area looks completely different and the activities are also different. No weeks are ever the same to keep it fun and entertaining for the kids.
  • Least favorite part-i don’t really have anything negative to say about the class, except maybe tuition to be a bit less expensive.

my gym wheaton 2Is it clean?

  • The play area is extremely clean

Was the staff friendly? Attentive? Pleasant?

  • The staff is very friendly and fun for the kids! They are full of energy and help the kids throughout various activities.

Is food allowed? Are there designated snack areas? Is food sold there?

  • Food is not allowed. You can have a drink/snack in the waiting area. They do not sell food, but they did have a huge basket of Ella’s kitchen samples for babies/toddlers.

What ages do you feel the play area caters to?

  • Since the play area converts, each class it can cater from ages 6 weeks up to 11 years old

Is there an infant/baby area? Toddler friendly?

  • It is absolutely baby/toddler friendly!

Anything else you want to highlight?

  • Overall I am glad we finally were able to give My Gym a chance. The classes are fun/educational for both moms and children.

My Gym Wheaton
35 Danada Square East
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 221-0555

Review by: Vanessa Orlick, mom to Kylee (6) & Abel (19 months)

Thanks Vanessa! If anyone has something to add feel free to comment below.
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Giveaway: Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

 Posted by on January 22, 2015
Jan 222015


Head on over to the Kidlist Facebook Page and enter to win 4 tickets to Disney on Ice at 3pm on Friday, January 23. I was offered last minute tickets and wanted to pass them on to one of you! I will choose a winner using at 9am on Friday, January 23, 2015.

The Academy Award® winning tale will be told live for the first time in this production, capturing the dynamic between two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa.  Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers.    Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear.  Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as “Let it Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.”

You can find more information on the show here:

Weekend Events: January 23-25, 2015

 Posted by on January 21, 2015
Jan 212015

Local Vegan Chef: Jill Ovnik (Hinsdale)
Learn vegan basics, enjoy Jill’s delicious dishes, and take home a packet of recipes to try in your own kitchen. These classes fill up fast; registration required.

Grand Opening Celebration (Western Springs)
Bright Horizons in Western Springs is celebrating their Grand Opening with free family fun on Saturday, January 24 from 1 – 4 pm. Enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities, face painting, and more!

Opening Weekend of “The Selfish Giant” (Chicago)
Original puppets and live music tell the story of a grumpy old giant who forbids the children in his village from playing in his beautiful garden. Receive a discount on your tickets by being a Kidlist reader!

12th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance (Westchester)
Catered dinner, soda, DJ, a professional photograph and souvenir for each daughter.

Discover The Dinosaurs (Rosemont)
Exhibits and attractions about dinosaurs. Dinosaurs to see and touch, a scavenger hunt, rides, inflatables, fossil panning, mini golf and face painting.

Tween Stars Live™ Performance (Chicago)
Interactive, family-friendly show starring the biggest tween actors from Disney and Nickelodeon.

Exploration Station: Plant Bands (Oak Park)
Ring in the New Year by making lots of noises while playing with plants. From simple bamboo flutes to didgeridoos, see how people from all over the world have been making musical instruments from what’s in their back yards and see what instruments you can make yourself.

Fighting Fire Exhibition Opening (Downers Grove)
Opening day for the new Fighting Fire: History of the Downers Grove Fire Department exhibition.

Junior Chef Classes: Fun Finger Foods (Oak Brook)
In this class, it’s A-OK to eat with your fingers—no forks required! We’ll teach you how to make scrumptious finger foods that are great for snacks, lunch and dinner. What could be more fun? Suitable for ages 9–13.

I Love You Night and Day Storytime (Oak Brook)
Storytime and activities featuring I Love You Night and Day. This beautiful book explores that there are no bounds to love, and when you love someone you want the whole world to know! Storytime includes an engaging activity.

Mini Pet Vets (Western Springs)
Bring your favorite stuffed animal to our special pretend veterinary center at the Library for a checkup. Make your way through the stations at your own pace while bandaging boo-boos, getting X-rays, and making sure your “pet” is healthy!

Frozen Tea Party (Forest Park)
Dine like royalty at a Frozen Snow Princess Tea Party. January is National Hot Tea Month, so you can warm up with some hot tea and lunch as Elsa and Anna entertain.

Ice (cubed) Fest (Wheaton)
Enjoy ice carving demonstrations, check out the variety of ice sculptures on display throughout Downtown Wheaton and ‘warm up’ to specials being offered at various Downtown Wheaton shops and restaurants throughout the day at the first annual Ice (cubed) Fest.

Jan 202015


Some of these require registration so I wanted to give you a chance to check them out so you can celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little cuties. :)

Daddy Daughter Date Night (La Grange Park)
Hear ye, hear ye! The Community Park District summons all Kings and their Princesses to attend the “Barnsdale Ball” for a gala evening of fun. Guests will enjoy pizza and other light refreshments as they waltz the night away to music provided by Music Solutions. Don your finest attire, hop into your carriage, and join us for a night to remember. We promise to have you home before the stroke of midnight! Ages: 3-8

Junior Chef Classes: No-Bake Valentine’s Treats
Valentine’s Day treats are the tasty topic of the next class designed by Jennifer Tyler Lee, creator of the award-winning food game Crunch a Color and author of The 52 New Foods Challenge cookbook. Together we’ll make three easy, no-bake treats that are perfect Valentine’s Day! Suitable for ages 5–13.

Enchanted Prince & Princess Ball (Woodridge)
Here Ye! Here Ye! A royal decree for all in the land, An Enchanted Prince & Princess Ball is planned. Prince & Princesses come from far and wide, Keep your eyes open for a special guest to arrive. Please wear your prince & pretty princess attire, For dancing, games and fun we aspire. We hope you can attend our royal ball, The hostesses of the Woodridge Park District await your call.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Daddy/Daughter Dance (Forest Park)
Dads grab that special lady and get ready to follow the yellow brick road! If you are between the ages of 4 and 12 ask your father, grandfather, or uncle to accompany you. You’ll enjoy a delicious dinner, games and dancing to your favorite musical tunes! Make sure to dress for the occasion maybe as Dorothy, Glinda the Good Witch or even Oz himself! Each child will receive a special gift and all the adult/child couples will receive a photo to remember this special occasion.

Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Ball (Downers Grove)
Spend an unforgettable evening with your little sweetheart! This year’s theme brings us to the kingdom of sweet adventures, Candyland! Dads and their special little ladies are invited to enjoy light refreshments, music, and fun activities. Digital photos of couples will be taken and made available for free download. “Substitute” daddies are welcome (grandpa, uncle, etc.). Participants with food allergies may be exposed to allergens.

Valentine’s Day Card Making (Various Locations)
Make your very own cards to wish your friends and family a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Little Sweethearts Dance (Western Springs)
Make a date with your favorite little sweetheart! It will be an afternoon filled with dancing music and refreshments. Event runs from 2-3:30 pm. Tickets are 8.00 per couple by Feb 6 or $10.00 per couple at the door.

Love Bugs: Valentine Celebration (Wheaton)
Love is in the air! Come get ready for Valentine’s Day with your little love bug! We will read stories, make a craft and have all the supplies ready for you to create special Valentine Day cards. When all the crafting is complete, we will share a special Valentine treat!

16th Annual Daddy-Daughter Date Night (Darien)
Join us for our 16th annual date night. We’ll provide refreshments, music and flowers. Space is limited. Age: Girls age 3 to 18 and a date

Valentine’s Cookies for Kids (Western Springs)
Spread the love at Mariano’s in Western Springs with a Valentine’s Day themed cookie! Don’t forget to choose a Valentine’s Day inspired coloring sheet!

I Love You Just Like This Storytime (Oak Brook)
Valentine’s Day Storytime and activities featuring I Love You Just Like This! There are many ways to say, “I love you,” and Elmo and his Sesame Street friends are ready to tell you. Children’s Department staff will read the story followed by an engaging activity.

My Very First Tea Party (Westchester)
A tea party Valentine’s Day Treats. Feel free to dress in Sunday’s best!

Daddy Daughter Date Night-Wild West Town 2015 (Clarendon Hills)
Giddy up and grab your cowgirl hate for a night out with your favorite cowboy (Dad of course). Come dressed in your best western apparel for a night of dancing in our Wild West Town. Dads and daughters will enjoy crafts, dancing, appetizers and dessert. Each couple will leave with a memento to remember their special evening.

Daddy Daughter Wonderland Dance (Lombard)
Dads, ‘follow your daughter down the rabbit hole’ to Wonderland. You can do some ‘mad’ dancing. She can pamper herself in our ‘royal hair and nail salon’ and create a ‘curiouser’ craft! Our light appetizers, served at the beginning of the night, will make you go ‘bonkers’. We will end with a ‘Wonder-full’ ice cream sundae bar. Wear your best dress clothes.

Daddy-Daughter Dance (Indian Head Park)
Dads, Grandpas, Uncles, Brothers, God-Fathers grab your special girl and dance the night away. The night will include a pizza and salad buffet, soft drinks, dessert and candy bar. Then grab your special girl and dance the night away.

Jan 192015

Looking for a location to host your son or daughter’s birthday party? Or want to hire entertainment to make the celebration special? You don’t have to search anymore… it’s all right here! Birthday Party Venues and Entertainment for the western suburbs of Chicago!

Click on each logo below to jump directly to their information or scroll through the list. Birthday party planning just got a whole lot easier!

goldfish burr ridge jo's footwork studio logo Bellossoms Gemini Gymnastics Academy
Westmont Yard Arabian Knights Farms “The Barn” Ms. Clara’s Joyful Learning Center Frankie Ace Comedy Magic
Sparkles Entertainment BIG Gymnastics Park District of Oak Park john's circle
Flying High Sports & Rec Center The Junction Diner Lucky Strike No Corner Suns Art Studio
Ball Factory




goldfish burr ridgeGoldfish Swim School – Burr Ridge
7055 High Grove Blvd., Suite 200
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 485-7300

Goldfish Swim School provides fun, hassle-free birthday parties that include the use of the pool area for 1 hour and 15 minutes, 45 minute use of the party area, two lifeguards and one party coordinator. They even provide party invitations and envelopes. Goldfish takes care of all the party decorations and paper goods including balloons, a yummy batch of cupcakes (24 are included with the cost of the party), a Goldfish t-shirt for the birthday child and drinks (juice boxes) for all the children attending. If you would like additional food for the party you are welcome to bring it in or order from your favorite restaurant. Last, but not least, all set-up/clean-up will be handled by the Goldfish team!

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jo's footworkJo’s Footwork Studio
1500 Walker Street – 2nd Floor
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-6878

Birthday parties should be no stress and great fun! We make it simple.
And we know what you want!

  • We set up the party dance room
  • We provide and set up tables and chairs with table clothes
  • We provide balloons (with your favorite color or colors)
  • We provide the instructor and the party of your choice: Princess/Disney Theme, Dance Party, or HipHop Party

You provide the cake, the food (if you want), and the refreshments (we do the cleanup)
Got a special idea in mind for your special birthday party? Let’s talk!

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kidlist2015-bellossoms-topimageBellossoms by Erika Swanson – storybooks for adventurers
Erika Swanson
(630) 913-8282

Float into the Bellossoms world as artist Erika Swanson takes your birthday child through an illustrated adventure! Starting with a brief introduction to the Bellossoms storybooks, guests will enjoy an interactive drawing demonstration as they choose what’s drawn and see it illustrated in front of their own eyes! Afterwards, guests can create their own artwork in a group drawing lesson!
The birthday child will receive a signed copy of Bellossoms, as well as a customized birthday caricature! Erika also does event caricatures and sketch cards – ask about extending your party!

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Gemini LogoGemini Gymnastics Academy
330 Washington Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-2977

Your birthday child (turning 5 & up) will flip to celebrate at Gemini Gymnastics Academy! This is 90 minutes of pure fun for kids & ease for parents! Gym time includes a warm-up, safety rules & obstacle course where activities are geared to the ability of every child. A variety of group games and a balloon drop (with an Open Gym Pass for each party goer to return for more fun!) completes the time in the gym. Finish in our Party Room with any food items you provide. Invitations, apple juice, cups, table cloths and markers to color are provided.

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Westmont Yard TransparentWestmont Yard
233 W 63rd Street
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 737-1000

Over the Top Birthday Parties at Westmont Yard is a one of a kind experience! Leave all your troubles to us for 2 amazing hours of FUN!!! All our party packages include a birthday party coordinator who will assist you with your party needs. Our parties begin with 30 minutes of fun on our five level Play Tower, proceeded by 60 minutes of games (soccer/relay races/flag football, etc.) and time on our inflatables, followed by 30 minutes for your eating pleasure. We offer several different food options: pizza, hot dogs and more! All you need to bring is a cake/dessert for you and your guests. Please call us or visit our web site for more information about our different birthday party packages.

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ponyride150Arabian Knights Farms “The Barn”
6526 Clarendon Hills Rd.
Willowbrook, IL 60527
(630) 327-7399

“The Barn” is on 10 beautiful wooded acres. “The Barn” and AKF Entertainment offers an Indoor Show Reception Hall and a Outdoor 5 acre Park for more Games and Rides. AKF offers Parties from 10 to 100s. Guests year round to meet any Family Budget.

“THE BARN” has a 1200 sq. ft. Dance Floor, 24 ft. x 12 ft. Concert Stage with the Disco Lighting, 3 Movie Screens for a Photo Montage’ and Sporting Events, Video DJ. “The Barn” has on site Catering, Children Games, Feeding at the Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Moon Bounce, Clowns, Magic Shows, DJ, Dancing etc… Offering one of the most unique Party Venues in Chicagoland.

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Ms-Claras-JLC-topMs. Clara’s Joyful Learning Center
9213 Broadway Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 704-1716

Ms. Clara’s Joyful Learning Center is the perfect place to host your special event! We have everything you need to celebrate your child’s special day in a welcoming, cheerful, and child-friendly space. Make your child’s party even more memorable by adding an interactive early childhood music class, arts and crafts, or a visit from a princess or superhero!

Our onsite events feature a party room with a built-in stereo system, adults and kidssized tables and chairs, and a kitchenette with a full refrigerator/freezer, microwave, and plenty of counter space for buffet-style serving. Pictures available on our website!

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Frankie Ace logoFrankie Ace Comedy Magic
(708) 721-4919

For over 20 years I’ve been performing comedy magic at restaurants, birthday parties, block parties, corporate events, and festivals. My comedy magic show is high energy, family friendly, and audience interactive. Laughs and gasps galore!

You can also see me weekly at Fox’s Pizza (Hinsdale) on Friday Nights from 6-8pm, Blueberry Hill (La Grange) on Sunday mornings from 10am-12pm, and Francesca’s (La Grange) on Monday nights (where kids eat free!) from 6-8pm.

Check out the videos and pics on my Facebook page (FrankieAceComedyMagic) or on YouTube!! You can reach me by phone (or text) at 708.721.4914, or at!

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Sparkles_Entertainment_Color_LogoSparkles Entertainment
(708) 301-7991

Sparkles Entertainment has been providing stilt walkers, creative balloonists, talented face painters, jugglers, unicyclists, amazing magicians, caricature artists, plus many more professional performers for over 20 years. Sparkles also can provide DJs, Photo Booths, Impersonators and comedians. Appearances are also available by Princesses, including Anna and Elsa, Monster High, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Superheroes and more!

Sparkles takes great pride in working with our clients — from creating a private gathering at your home, or a large corporate event — to make each event a truly unique experience. We can work to enhance your theme, or help you create one. Let us do the work so you can enjoy your event with your guests. Sparkles Entertainment is fully insured. We look forward to putting the “Sparkle” in your event!

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big gymnastics

big gymnastics logo topBIG Gymnastics
16w110 83rd Street, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 323-6244

BIG provides a FUN, clean and safe environment to host your child’s party. All parties include friendly coaches/staff to assist throughout your party! With a party you will receive the entire gym for 75 minutes followed by 45 minutes in the party room! 20 children are included with ALL parties! We also accommodate larger groups and bring in additional staff to help the party run smoothly! BIG will staff the gym with 2 coaches who will run games and supervise open gym. There will also be a party room helper who is there for all of your needs while you enjoy your time in the party room. Ninja and Princess Themed Parties are also available! $300 for up to 20 children ($50 non-refundable deposit is due at booking)

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PDOP-LOGOPark District of Oak Park
415 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 725-2000

If you’re looking for a memorable birthday party experience for your child, the Park District of Oak Park has the perfect options! Our birthday party packages are bursting with activities for kids in an environment that is fun, safe and truly unique. We work closely with you on every detail of your party from start to finish ensuring you fantastic memories that will last a lifetime. Party packages are available in our Gymnastics Center, Indoor Playground, Outdoor Pools and Indoor Ice Arena. For more details call 708.725.2000.

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john's circleJohn Measner Magic
(708) 425-4558

For your event, I will perform a family oriented 45-minute magic show that includes live animals. I produce doves magically, including a blue bird, which then visibly change to a French poodle. The audience can pet the dog after the show. I also have audience participation with a big dollar bill or magic wand given to each volunteer. Magic to music, comedy and serious magic are also part of the show. All sound and backdrops included. As an added illusion I can make the birthday child or a guest float in mid-air! After the 45 minute show I will make balloon animals for all the children. The birthday child will help with a special magical effect and receive a special balloon creation. Please visit my web site at

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flying high

FH_LogoFlying High Sports & Rec Center
5400 East Ave
Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 352-3099

Flying High provides a fun, friendly, safe and clean environment to host your child’s birthday party! We proudly offer unstructured party formats that allow for party-goers to party their way. Check out our various party packages on our website! Some of the possible features include:

  • Jumping in the foam pits, bouncing on the trampolines, and exploring our famous 60 foot Inflatable Obstacle Course!
  • Swinging and climbing on the rope, playing on the gymnastics equipment, and so much more!
  • Add a zip line for an additional charge for even more fun!
  • Each guest will leave with a Flying High Cup!
  • Birthday Child will receive a special birthday shirt!

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junction diner logoThe Junction Diner
7401 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 771-5276

Celebrate your next party with us!

Party Package – $12 per child
· Reserved seating for the kids at the counter – meals delivered via the Junction Express train
· Choice of entrée from the children’s menu and a drink
· Private party room for 2 hours
· Parties are typically scheduled from 3 – 5 pm
· Add cupcakes for $2.00 per child (if you bring your own cake or cupcakes there will be a cake cutting fee)

Adult food options are available. We have a variety of craft and seasonal beers and a selection of wines.

We can accommodate smaller parties – call for details.

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lucky strike logoLucky Strike Lombard
Yorktown Center
100 Yorktown Center
Lombard, IL 60146
(630) 916-8681

Parties at Lucky Strike are fun for all ages – kids and adults! Guests pick colored lightweight balls to use in their designated party lanes. A two-hour party includes shoe rental, replenished kids menu items, drinks and a personal message on the score screen. For an extra cost, add cake, balloons, favors, a pin for everyone to sign or a party suite.

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sunwebNo Corner Suns Art Studio
134 N. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 697-0561

If you love painting, drawing, designing, and using your creativity and imagination, an art party at No Corner Suns Art Studio is for you! Each two hour party includes a mini project as guests arrive, a full art lesson taught by a professional artist, personalized studio decorations, projects to take home as souvenirs, and the best part – all the clean up! You choose the theme and our artists will develop a fun and successful project for all your guests.

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ball factory logoBALL FACTORY Indoor Play & Cafe
864 S RT 59
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 445-8365

Ball Factory offers private party rooms to provide a child everything he/she would want in a birthday – several hours of fun, private party rooms, food and beverage. Let us handle all the details! And, better yet, you relax with your adult guests over lattes and delicious food (and maybe check the football scores with the FREE WI-FI).

We do all the work so you don’t have to! From invitations, decorations, party favors, pizza, beverages, set-up and clean-up. Dedicated party assistants will keep the party on track so you can eat, socialize, and enjoy your children and guests.

Ball Factory desires playtime to be as rewarding for the parents as it is for the children, as they spend time together!

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Other locations and entertainment to consider…

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This post brought to you by Goldfish Swim School Burr Ridge, Jo’s Footwork Studio, Bellossoms by Erika Swanson, Gemini Gymnastics Academy, Westmont Yard, Arabian Knights Farms “The Barn”, Ms. Clara’s Joyful Learning Center, Frankie Ace Comedy Magic, Sparkles Entertainment, BIG Gymnastics, Park District of Oak Park, John Measner Magic, Flying High Sports & Rec Center, The Junction Diner, Lucky Strike Lombard, No Corner Suns and Ball Factory.