In 1930, Dr. Joseph Rosin and his brother, Maurice, opened a small shop on Cermak Road in Cicero. In 80 years, the shop has grown from a small family-run optometrist's office to a regionally renowned business that has sharpened the eyesight of celebrities such as Joe DiMaggio and Plácido Domingo and left its mark on the Chicago area by designing famous symbols such as Harry Caray's trademark glasses and the novelty shades that adorn the John Hancock Center. Today, Rosin Eyecare rests in the hands of the third generation of Rosins, ably helmed by brothers James and Jonathan, who continue a proud tradition of warm, personal service as they improve eyesight with high-tech LASIK and PRK treatments as well as stylish eyeglasses with scratch-resistant lenses. At 16 locations, including the newest office Long Grove, a staff of optometrists keeps optical orbs in high function with comprehensive exams, treating each patient's individual needs with products such as a contact-lens implant or a prescription safety eyewear.
Under the guidance of optometrist Dr. Christopher Frame, Family Eye Care of Elmwood Park’s staff provides patients of all ages with comprehensive eyecare. The optometrist does everything from perform routine eye exams to diagnose ocular diseases with advanced technology such as digital retinal photography and corneal topography. The optical boutique stocks a selection of frames by designers including Jai Kudo, Modo, Kenneth Cole, and BCBG, along with a variety of lens materials to help patients find eyewear that fits their face and prescription. Family Eye Care also offers a two-year warranty on frames and lenses, a buyback guarantee on contacts, and an optional staring contest during eye exams.
At AMS Vision, a trio of accomplished doctors treat patients with both preventive and emergency eye care. Beyond basic services, including eye exams and contact lens fittings, the team is equipped to handle foreign-object removal, LASIK, and cataract consultations—for which they also co-manage the scheduling of surgeries and follow-ups. Upon having their vision corrected, patients will notice that the vision center has another side to it—a medspa. Here, practitioners administer Botox and other cosmetic injections, as well as laser treatments for vein therapy, hair removal (Oak Brook location only), and anti-aging facials, which can help clients go back and land the starring role in their middle school’s rendition of Annie.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
Play It Again Sports bedecks kids and adults alike with high-end, wallet-friendly athletic armor so that they can kick, swing, and punt with gusto. Scores of gently used merchandise, perfect for replacing equipment that children have grown out of because of rampant milk abuse, arrive daily and boast brand names such as Adidas, Taylor Made, and Easton. At the Frankfort location, pint-size puck handlers can improve their speed and whittle their hockey sticks with Bauer Supreme One 20 youth skates ($49.99). Crystal Lake's elliptical trainers and exercise bikes sculpt calves into steel, and Downers Grove's Wilson Evolution basketballs ($49.99) keep droves of neighborhood kids active. Each Play It Again Sports store encourages customers to bring in their own old or outgrown equipment to sell or trade for referee signal-decoder rings.
Born in Morocco and raised in the United States, New Look Vision's owner Younes has an international sense of style, which is reflected in the black brick walls and sleek furniture decorating the boutique, as well as the selection of chic eyewear on display. On any given day, there's a good chance that Younes will be working in the shop and helping visitors to find men's or women's frames that best flatter their faces. Patrons can also find children's eyewear and vintage frames handpicked from the faces of 1960s British Invasion artists that the shop's staff can fit with single-vision or bifocal lenses.