You’ve done the tie thing to death, even coughed up the dough for that big barbecue grill and Kiss the Chef apron. You are totally out of great ideas to show dad how much you love him, so we’ve found a few to rock his world (just be prepared to dig deep into your bank account).
Forget the tie and try these five creative ideas for Father’s Day gift that we’re sure any dad will love.
See how he stacks up against former Chicago Bulls player Toni Kukoc in a friendly basketball game with nine pals at The Ritz Carltons basketball court. This new exclusive opportunity is a gift dad will never forget, and includes a night in a deluxe lake-view one-bedroom suite, an hour on the court with Kukoc, professional photographs, branded sports items, autographs and a special in-room amenity after the game.
Give him fun on the water without any of the work. Freedom Boat Club, which offers a fleet of boats at Montrose Harbor, gives members unlimited access to its boats, plus access to boats at 8,600 clubs around the country, says Michael Johnston, director of sales and marketing at Freedom Boat Club. The club staff does all of the work while members just enjoy their time on Lake Michigan.
$2,500-$6,500 one-time fee ranges depending on size of the boat, $99 a month for smaller boats to $300 a month for boats 22 feet and larger; freedomboatclub.com
The Chopping Block offers a two-day hands-on grilling boot camp that will leave dad the family expert on ribs, chicken, flank steak, pork chops, scallops and assorted veggies and desserts on the grill.
$350, class takes place at The Chopping Blocks Lincoln Square location, 4747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago; thechoppingblock.net
The Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet will get dads blood pumping. Choose from ride-alongs starting at $109 for three laps or put dad in the drivers seat of a NASCAR race car for 30 laps,
$1,299. Its an experience sure to keep a grin on his face the rest of the year.drivepetty.com/race-tracks/chicagoland-speedway
If dad bleeds Cubbie blue, give him a guided tour of Wrigley Field that lets him step on the field. A bargain at $25 at cubs.com/tours. Or if the Southsiders have him cheering, put dad to work at U.S. Cellular Field dragging the in-field at the bottom of the third inning in a Sox Fan Experience.
$1,500, which includes four VIP seats and one parking pass as well as training pre-game; chicago.whitesox.mlb.com