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Inside a bustling factory and design studio in Chicago, needles embroider children's names on rocking chairs, receiving blankets, and mammoth toy boxes. Nearly every Hoohobbers item is highly customized—whether with monogramming, personalized color and pattern options, or a choice of fabrics. This feature isn't the only one that appeals to design-minded parents. Furniture, accessories, and household goods for babies, toddlers, and children are portable, lightweight, and durable. Unfortunately for neglected screwdrivers, allen wrenches, and stress balls, the items require no assembly. Their practical yet modish designs often appear in magazines, including Chicago Parent, Life & Style, and People and regularly win awards, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Best of Chicago title for infant and toddler gear in 2009 and 2010.

1657 N Elston Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

The Adobe- and Microsoft-certified instructors at Photo Art Studio prepare pupils for careers in graphic design, web development, and photography during 14-hour certification programs. The digital photography course drills novices in handling and cleaning their cameras, regulating light, and convincing jumping beans to hold still for track-team portraits. During Adobe Photoshop classes, students survey the program's myriad manipulation and touch-up options by applying such flourishes as modified hues and formatted text over their own compositions. Other courses in software such as Adobe Flash and Dreamweaver focus on animation, image design, and web development respectively. The studio also hosts in-depth classes on Microsoft Office software to instill practical administrative skills.

600 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US

Us Weekly reports on the most glamorous aspects of celebrity culture and Hollywood lifestyles, enticing readers with exclusive photos and insight into the lives of stars. The weekly magazine dishes the latest gossip, from hookups and breakups to celebs’ wise and foolish fashion choices. Readers can also glean tips on beauty and style.

600 W Chicago Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

• Marbles sells hand-picked, expert-tested fun games and products that promote smarter, healthier brains for all ages.

• We offer a wide variety of entertaining and brain-challenging merchandise including games, puzzles, software, books, CDs, and DVDs.

4745 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

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600 W Chicago Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Smitten Boutique lets gift-givers check off items on their daunting to-do lists in one stop and touts a bevy of baby and bridal trinkets, candles, frames, custom invitations, and more. Peruse the gift selection, which includes Vera Wang picture frames and accessories great for sprucing up any newlywed’s mug shot ($25–125), or ooh and aww over a set of sweet Trumpette baby socks that come in various styles and sizes ($26). Voluspa candles add an ambrosial accent to any room or cyberspace ($6–$28.50), and Hanky Panky bridal panties, chemises, and garters can enhance honeymoons or dress up honeydews ($12–$72).

1041 W Madison St
Chicago,
IL
US