A gymnasium targeted toward children with autism and other special needs is proposed for a Palatine shopping center on Dundee Road.
Mary Alice and Hugh Gilgunn of Arlington Heights want to open a We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym franchise in a 3,400-square-foot vacant space at Northwest Shopping Center, on Dundee Road just east of Hicks Road. It would be the first Chicago-area location for the growing franchise based in Tarzana, California.
“We’re really excited to bring this to Palatine,” Mary Alice Gilgunn said during an advisory zoning board of appeals meeting Tuesday.
Gilgunn described We Rock the Spectrum as a sensory gym to help children in neurological growth in an atmosphere that’s safe and not overwhelming. The gymnasium is designed for children with autism spectrum disorder or other special needs, but all kids can play there.