El Norte's slender storefront stands on the triangular corner of Ridge, Broadway, and Bryn Mawr like a giant slice of cake, decorated in elegant trim that hugs its corners like bone-white frosting. Inside, the aromas of bubbling bone-in chicken soup, plump burritos toasting on the grill, and tortillas stuffed with sizzling carnitas, black beans, and leaves of fresh cilantro filter through the air. Glasses of sweet horchata pair with crispy tostadas stuffed with al pastor pork or grilled tilapia fillets touched with zesty notes of lime. As guests dine on shareable plates of chips and creamy guacamole, they gaze through the restaurant's huge windows and take in the sight of scenic Edgewater's leafy trees, copious foot traffic, and off-duty police horses smoking cigarettes.
The technicians at Strictly By Hand Car Wash and Detailing pamper their clients' cars as if they are brand-new babies. All detail services begin with their most luxe wash, which is done by hand from start to finish. Detail sessions can include polishing and wax on the exterior, and shampoo and conditioning on the interior. Three wash lanes and four detail bays keep waiting to a minimum. Meanwhile, customers sit out the treatments in a comfortable lounge stocked with snacks and drinks. There, they keep an eye on their rides through windows that look directly into the wash area, and they can pick up brand new floor mats or air fresheners to reward their cars for taking a bath without throwing a tantrum.
For more than 20 years, the staff at Quiroga Car Washes has cleansed auto interiors and exteriors utilizing state-of-the-art technologies and old-fashioned elbow grease. Detail services pamper façades with treatments such as tire shine and hand wax, and five types of car-wash packages indulge vehicles in varying levels of suds. Each Quiroga Car Washes location features a comfortable waiting room scented with the pleasant aromas of brewed coffee and newborn cars.
Though its name brings to mind CDs and subwoofers, Soundz Good Chicago does much more than just amplify the sound waves rolling out of car speakers. The siren's songs sung by its many stereo and audio systems certainly tickle the ears—but so do the groggy chirps of remote starter and keyless entry devices and the menacing ballads typical of most car alarms.
Pearl Auto Spa’s team of car cleaners makes sure that attention to detail is the hallmark of all of its car washes and details. All of the team's services feature a hand wash, and the highest-level detail includes waxing, buffing, and engine-compartment steam cleaning. Individual treatments include headlight restoration, dent removal, and window tinting.
In fairytales, magical beings sometimes appear to help overworked individuals complete insurmountable tasks. While they don?t come with gossamer wings or pixie dust, the technicians at Chicagoland Detail have taken on a similar role in our modern world. With their mobile car-detailing services, they journey to homes and offices to clean off cars, allowing vehicle owners to focus on the essential tasks of their day and not waste time waiting in lines or driving to the car wash. They purify vehicles inside and out, preparing them to face the harsh conditions of winter, the close scrutiny of a show room, or the intimacy of their first bumper kisser. The techs come equipped with every tool they need and can even perform minor repairs, such as headlight replacements, on the spot.