Chicagoland Fireplace and Chimney Restoration’s staff ensures home safety through inspections, cleaning, and repair services. To maintain proper airflow and safe living conditions, the technicians—all certified by the National Fireplace Institute—provide thorough inspections to preempt dangerous blocks and scrub soot and contaminants from chimneys and fireplaces. From brick replacement to full rebuilding projects, they also correct and repair damaged chimneys with dependable tuck-pointing and install single parts such as flue liners to keep fireplace systems safe and functional.
For nearly 20 years, EPA-certified Brookside Home Improvement, Inc. has employed qualified technicians to beautify buildings while boosting energy efficiency. The crew installs Energy Star windows, which prevent the loss of precious A/C streams and furnace heat, keeping interiors temperate and comfortable year-round without racking up high energy bills or relocating the house to California. The team also clads drafty walls in handsome vinyl, cedar, and fiber cement, and protects roofs from water damage with aluminum gutters.
More than 100 years of combined experience in security guides the trained professionals of Forest Security, Inc., who crisscross Illinois and Wisconsin to install and monitor security systems. Rapid around-the-clock responses provide peace of mind, and a steady supply of replacement parts—kept on all trucks—help to ensure that systems avoid a lengthy downtime.
Now in its third generation, Dressel’s Do It Best Hardware’s managing family decks its shelves with hardware for any project, complemented by knowledgeable service. The friendly and knowledgeable staff shepherds do-it-themselfers through a 70,000-item store inventory, plus a further 8 million parts for home electronics and lawn and garden equipment available via the store’s partnership with Partscription. Holiday items abound in the shop, including holiday-light sets ($2.49+) to festoon homes in a festive glow and a replica of Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree ($14.99) that induces festive nostalgia and shelters gifts from fake snowfall.
WLS-TV anchor Ron Magers, former Chicago Bulls center and coach Bill Cartwright, former Exelon Corporation CEO John Rowe, Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, and author and attorney Scott Turow often find themselves reaching for the same suit. They do not share a closet, but the staff at Duru’s Custom Shirts and Suits claims to have tailored threads for each of them. The shop's clothiers, in fact, have draped Egyptian cotton and lightweight wool across the shoulders of numerous notable Chicagoans over the course of more than four decades in business. With the hushed sounds of tailor’s chalk on fabric and humming machinery in the background, the workers also alter wardrobes when patrons are accepting an award or trying to clothe the little guy on their award.
Before Budget Right Handyman does anything to a home, they first prove they need to be there. On the company's blog, Handyman Tim examines the most common repairs and installations individually and answers the question, "Do I need a handyman for this?" His answer helps customers understand what's truly involved in replacing a ceiling fan or retiling a shower or repainting a snake-pit. Budget Right's crew of craftsmen have the necessary experience for the most daunting indoor and outdoor services, such as installing windows and shelving systems, remodeling kitchens, and repairing a home's siding. But even if it's a job you can do yourself, Budget Right can free up hours of weekend by bundling an entire to-do list into a single session.