Odyssey Fun World at 19111 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park last week opened the state’s first mobile Zip Line ride.
“It’s an extreme ride,” said General Manager Clint Paraday describing the ride that lasts only seconds but packs a wallop. “We opened it on Friday and the crowd response was phenomenal.”
Paraday said the Zip Line tower stands 30-feet high and the line stretches out to 130 feet long. There is a 60-pound minimum weight and a 250-pound maximum.
“The heavier you are, the faster you go,” Paraday said.
The Zip Line is one of many innovations Paraday has brought to the amusement park in the past year including a corn maize last Halloween and a musical light show at Christmastime.
“We’re trying to stay relevant,” he said. “We had 30,000 people go through the corn maize in 30 days last year and it’s going to be even better this year.”
The Zip Line ride is set up next to the go-cart track and while it will stay put this season, Paraday has big plans for next year.
“For insurance reasons, we aren’t taking it out this year,” he said. “But next year I plan to have it at festivals, Tinley Park Caribbean Days and other outdoor events.”
A ride costs $10.
For information, call 708-429-3800 or visit Odyssey Fun World.
Berkot’s to Open on Thursday
Berkot’s Super Foods will open its newest store at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 21, at 11333 W. 159th St. in Orland Park’s Wolf Plaza.
The 40,000-square-foot store will be the Mokena-based chain’s largest and will feature its highly regarded meat department, produce department, deli and bakery.
Grand opening events will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. The first 100 customers each day will receive a free bag of groceries.
Each day, Berkot’s will play “Check-out Bingo” every 15 minutes and the winner will receive a $10 gift card for their next visit and a chance to spin the Prize Wheel with prizes ranging from appliances to movie passes to a $1,000 shopping spree grand prize.
On Friday, former Blackhawks star Dennis Savard will be at the store from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. promoting Savy’s Pizza. On Saturday, former Bears star Richard Dent will be on hand from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. to promote MillerCoors.
Berkot’s opened its first store in Mokena in 1990 and has 12 other locations in the Southwest Suburbs.
Foxhead to Open June 25
Fox Head Inc., which made its name with a worldwide brand of motocross apparel and has since branched out into other performance sports, is scheduled to open its only Chicago-area store at Orland Square Mall on Monday, June 25.
The company started as Fox Racing in 1974 in Campbell, Calif.
Cleaners Closes in Orland
AmeriClean Cleaners recently shut its doors at 11021 W. 179th St. in Orland Park.
at 14345 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park is offering free shredding to the community from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. You can bring up to five boxes of personal documents to be shredded. For information, call 708-460-4888.
Music in the Plaza Returns
The pop and rock group Midnight kicks off the 2012 Music in the Plaza season from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday at the station near Zabrocki Plaza in downtown Tinley Park.
Chicago Coin, Currency & Collectible Show
Coin Week magazine is hosting the Greater Chicago Coin, Currency & Collectible Show this week at the , 18451 Convention Center Drive in Tinley Park.
Show hours are noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
For information, call organizer Jim Paicz at 708-670-3469.
Start Your Own Business Workshop
Governors State’s CenterPoint is sponsoring a Starting a Business in Illinois workshops from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesday at Kallsen Center in , 16250 S. Oak Park Ave. Dan McAllister will present the free program. For information, call at 708-534-4927 or visit CenterPoint at GSU.
Orland Chamber Golf Outing
The is holding its annual golf outing at 9 a.m. Thursday at with a shotgun start. The is providing breakfast while is supplying lunch.
Golf costs $115 per player. Dinner-only tickets are available for $55 per person.
For information, call the chamber at 708-349-2972.
Tinley Chamber to See Thunderbolts
The Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a trip to see the Thunderbolts play the Traverse City Beach Bums Thursday night at Hawk Field in Crestwood.
Buffet starts at 6 p.m. and game time is 7:05 p.m.
Tickets are $14 per person.
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Odyssey Sweet Spot Hosts Chamber
sports bar and driving range at 19110 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park will show off its new beer garden while hosting a Business After Hours for the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday.
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