Back when street trolleys and low-flying zeppelins still moved through the Loop, Herman Berghoff founded a saloon where men could stop in to refuel with corned beef sandwiches and Berghoff Beer. Throughout the succeeding decades that took the Berghoff through Prohibition and, afterward, obtaining the city’s first liquor license, Herman’s descendants have shepherded the restaurant through changing times while meticulously preserving an old-fashioned feel. Carlyn Berghoff now steers a menu of contemporary, German-inflected bistro fare where wiener schnitzel, pierogies, and sauerbraten try to pick up the more-modern lingo of mascarpone mac and cheese and coffee-crusted beef medallions. The Berghoff’s Teutonic roots—carried on in an annual Oktoberfest complete with alpenhorns and lederhosen—intertwine with its local ones: the 200-Mile Initiative sends seasonal ingredients and produce from within 200 miles of the city spilling into the better part of the menu during the summer and fall. Setting aside the modern crowds, the Berghoff’s interior might resemble a much better-smelling museum diorama. Warm wooden wainscoting cradles every wall, checkerboard tiles gleam underfoot, and murals above the bar peek onto sprawling vistas from the balconies of pastoral retreats.
Fullerton Beach Grill elevates alfresco dining to new horizons, situating the lakefront barbecue stand against a towering view of the Chicago skyline. Inspired by such brilliant minimalist works as Picasso’s Crumpled Cocktail Napkin, the menu features meats such as beef brisket, pulled pork, and chicken piled on locally baked bread or spare ribs smoked in the cherry-wood-fired smoker for five hours. As icy beers and Gatorade help them cool off, diners can simply hang by the beach and play recreational games such as corn toss and ladder ball.
Founded in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1996 by pet owners who were sick of bothering neighbors to care for their furry charges when they were busy or away, Out-U-Go! keeps beloved animals happy when their owners are unavailable. Certified members of Pet Sitter International, Out-U-Go’s fully licensed and bonded pet professionals undergo a rigorous screening process, putting in time at the company's Dog Walk University to learn how to deal with willful pets, calmly handle emergencies, and internalize animals’ fear of vacuums. New customers start off with a free meet and greet, with sitters coming to the house to meet dogs, cats, and smaller critters, and discuss special needs and routines. Services range from daily walks to full-time housesitting and pet taxi rides to groomers, vets, and kennels.
Professional photographer Mark Terrance captures artful headshots, maternity photos, and family portraits in his studio, and travels to concerts, plays, and conferences for event shoots. In addition to his digital stills and prints, he produces on-location video segments of clients' events, available on DVD.
When clients show up at Belle Boudoir Fine Lingerie and Photography for their boudoir photo shoot, they might be nervous, but they're quickly swept up in such a whirlwind of activity that they don't have time to think about their nerves. They first visit the mobile lingerie boutique, where a lingerie specialist helps them find the perfect figure-flattering outfit. Various props, which may include angel wings, hair fascinators, and boas, complete looks.
Clients then relax in the makeup chair while a makeup artist smokies up eyes and reddens pouts. Once clients are all glammed up, the photographer snaps shots of them during private photo shoots. An onsite photo lab allows clients to see the photos right after the shoot and take home any prints that same day.