Olive or Twist pairs its 36 unique martinis, 20 bottled microbrews, and international wines with contemporary American fare concocted by chef Robert Nava. Shaken or stirred libations range from the Thin Mint martini, which comes in a Girl Scout box, to the Florida Key Lime Pie martini, a dram of Bacardi rum, Midori liqueur, and chocolate liqueur garnished with lime ($9–$11). Diners can also choose from brews including 3 Floyd's Alpha King pale ale ($5) to accompany small plates such as the potato-wrapped prawns with spinach, artichokes, and mustard-seed butter ($10). Tenderloin sliders topped with blue cheese and red-onion confit ($9) annex tummies before calling for reinforcements of classic American sandwiches ($6–$12) or large-plate entrees such as the jerk ribs with an auxiliary unit of saffron shoestring potatoes ($18). For dessert, sweet teeth delight in the banana split ($8) and apple-and-cheese strudel ($5), named after Frank Zappa's overlooked fifth child. Dinner patrons should call ahead for reservations amid Olive or Twist's low-lit tables and brick walls.
Chicago Fireplace & Chimney Co. performs cleanings, maintenance, and repairs on chimneys throughout Chicago and the suburbs. Technicians certified by the National Fireplace Institute ensure the safety and proper function of chimneys by thoroughly removing silt and grime, performing camera inspections to search for clogs or restrictions, and perform tuckpointing and masonry repairs on damaged or broken chimneys. In addition, they sell and install everything from glass chimney doors and fans to gas logs, and renovate and restore old chimneys and fireplaces.
American Heritage Fireplace's chimney technicians scour soot and finesse flues to leave home heaters clean and free of excessive soot and creosote build up. After arriving at abodes, an experienced sweep performs a visual inspection of the chimney interior and exterior, as well as any connected fireplace or wood stove. Then they’ll prep the work area to corral dust and debris and manually scrub Santa chutes with a brush perched atop a graphite rod. The sweeping process ferrets out ash, creosote, and minor clogs, such as bird nests, squirrel nests, and licorice-rope nests; an industrial vacuum devours the falling particles.
For more than 45 years, the luminaries at Crest Lighting have been matching customers with ideal and elegant custom-lighting solutions. Spice up sitting rooms with a 27-inch wood-and-rattan table lamp ($74.88) or make menus more readable with a 32-inch buffet lamp in antique silver ($74.10). Homeowners can also enlighten living rooms with a brilliant mat-nickel-and-alabaster-glass three-light chandelier ($74.96) or bedeck broom closets with an etched-glass bronze wall sconce ($72.91). Stocked with wares from more than 150 brand-name manufacturers, each Crest Lighting showroom also features a host of outdoor-lighting options, including vintage rust wall lights ($73.01). All lighting showrooms are open Monday–Saturday, and today’s deal is not valid for the purchase of light bulbs, electrical-supply material, dimming equipment, or cold-fusion-powered nightlights.
Yogen Früz has an interesting answer for yogurt shops that simply top their swirls with fruit—they mix whole mangos, bananas, watermelon, and kiwis right in with the yogurt. These colorful, fresh creations boast low or no fat as well as a heaping helping of digestion-friendly probiotics and gluten-free goodness. Each flavor is crafted sans artificial flavorings, colors, gelatins, high-fructose corn syrups, or preservatives–all while maintaining gluten-free, kosher-certified status. Of course, customers of the shop—which has more than 1,300 locations in more than 35 countries—can still opt for a traditionally topped cup of yogurt or a früzion smoothie. The body bettering doesn’t stop there, as certain topping combinations from its signature früzion bar can even support cell membranes and veins, provide antacid and anti-inflammatory relief, or help prevent body aging, especially if bathed in.
Andersonville Kitchen & Bath's cabinetry craftsmen bedeck domestic living spaces with an array of handcrafted and customized sturdy wooden stuff keepers. Helpful and talented woodworkers will take on jobs both large and small, from adding one cabinet to your existing kitchen to fully outfitting a newly built ark galley. Carrying the latest brands from Merillat, Kraftmaid, and Silestone, Andersonville Kitchen & Bath ushers clients through all the stages of cabinetry conception, from an initial consultation and cabinet selection to project management and installation. While prices vary for each job, Groupon holders can use this $500 value to add one or two customized kitchen cabinets, primp up a powder room with a bathroom vanity cabinet, or make a dent in the renovation of a whole kitchen-cabinetry set. Open six days a week, Andersonville Kitchen & Bath also offers free design services and welcomes customers to stop by with sketches, dimensions, or condiment finger paintings of their existing space, from which its designers can plan.