Remodeling in North Side

51% Off Oil Paintings at Darren Thompson Fine Art

Darren Thompson Fine Art

North Side

$200 $99

Oil painter Darren Thompson captures daily life in Chicago with impressionist style and bold brushstrokes

Up to 85% Off at Discount Mattress

Discount Mattress

Multiple Locations

$100 $20

Mattress and box spring sets come in a variety of sizes and two firmness levels to increase comfort and back support

61% Off at Lemon Custom Frame

Lemon Custom Frame

Norridge

$100 $39

Experienced craftsmen design custom frames that display and protect photos, heirlooms and artwork

Up to 53% Off T-shirt Quilts and Pillows from Mominizer

Mominizer

Online Deal

$150 $75

Skilled artisans stitch your T-shirts into square quilts or comfy pillows, turning cherished clothing into artistic keepsakes

40% Off Windows and Installation from Brookside Home Improvement

Brookside Home Improvement, Inc.

Redeem from Home

$3,350 $1,999

EPA-certified home improvement techs install Energy Star vinyl windows, improving insulation and comfort while reducing energy bills

Up to 60% Off Interior Design Services

2 Guys with Great Ideas

On Location

$500 $200

Interior designers help clients reimagine their spaces in cost-effective ways

42% Off Deck Staining

Lanaville Contracting

Redeem from Home

$1,200 $695

Techs stain and seal decks to protect them from environmental damage; for an additional cost, they can also strip any existing coatings

67% Off Custom Blinds, Shades & Drapery

Decor8

Redeem from Home

$300 $99

Interior designers help clients match existing décor to Hunter Douglas coverings, such as wood blinds or Duette honeycomb shades

$100 for $1,000 Toward Bathroom Renovations

Bath Planet of Chicagoland

Redeem from Home

$1,000 $100

Techs renovate drab bathrooms, revivifying tubs or showers, even giving a bathroom a whole new feel by changing one to the other

48% Off Interior Paint Labor

Handyman Solutions

Redeem from Home

$480 $249

Service includes all prep work, drywall repair, movement of small furniture, inexpensive supplies such as tape and spackle, and all painting

Up to 22% Off Insulation Installation

Trela Roofing and Remodeling

Redeem from Home

$1,275 $999

Technicians install insulation to ensure homes are warm and comfortable through winter

45% Off Remodeling Services

Chicago Masters Remodeling

Redeem from Home

$999 $549

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

90% Off Kitchen or Bath Design

Archway Construction

On Location

$500 $49

Talented and attentive designer assesses, plans, and designs photo-realistic images of a new bathroom or kitchen with customer input

Up to 55% Off Wall-Mural Painting

Artistic Wall Designs

Redeem from Home

$200 $99

Artists transform blank walls into scenes of castles, outer space, jungles, or nearly any other design imaginable

40% Off Remodeling Services

Verafloor Systems, Inc.

Redeem from Home

$10 $6

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 60% Off Rugs at Rugs USA

Rugs USA

Online Deal

$120 $55

(727)

Oriental, contemporary, and southwestern rugs for indoors and out in myriad sizes, plus pads to keep rugs stationary

55% Off Interior-Decorating Consulting

W3wide

On Location

$500 $225

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

85% Kitchen-Remodeling Consultation

I Build Inc

Redeem from Home

$500 $75

In-home kitchen-renovation consultation includes computer-generated 3D renderings of proposed remodeling

44% Off Painting Services

Steele Residential Services

Redeem from Home

$50 $28

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

51% Off Two Hours of Handyman Service Calls

Budget Right Kitchens LTD.

Redeem from Home

$190 $94

The handyman paints rooms, tends to malfunctioning plumbing, and installs home extras from light fixtures to fences

50% Off Painting Services

Bmb Painting Solutions

On Location

$300 $150

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

41% Off Bathtub Refinishing

A&M Professional Refinishing

Redeem from Home

$475 $279

Techs refinish bathtubs up to 5 ft. long, install nonslip surface, and repair up to three quarter-size chips; backed by one-year warranty

Up to 58% Off Custom Portraits

Daria Amerik Fine Art

Chicago

$350 $175

An artist creates custom portraits based on clients’ photographs; acrylic on canvas

55% Off Antique Appraisal

Chitown Pickers Antiques & Collectibles

Chicago

$40 $18

The experts offer an estimate of the value of an antique, vintage, or collector's item

Up to 62% Off at The Frame Shop

The Frame Shop

Chicago

$100 $39

Preserve your photographs or artwork in a custom frame, or bring in your own photo for a quick framing lesson, including all materials

Up to 90% Off Appliances at Home Solutions

Home Solutions

Niles

$500 $50

Apply value toward a sleek stainless-steel French-door fridge or 3-D TVs, microwaves, ovens, and vacuums

45% Off Living-Room Furniture

Furnish 123- Chicago

North Riverside

$999 $549

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

56% Off Home Decor and Furniture

Village Design & Consign

Northbrook

$100 $45

Since 1974, the establishment has been helping clients decorate their homes

93% Off Custom Home Design from Gemeinschaft Design

Gemeinschaft Design

Arlington Heights

$4,250 $299

Design consultants come up with custom floor plans, an exterior front 3D color rendering, and an opinion of probable cost

Up to 73% Off at Grand Frame, Inc.

Grand Frame, Inc.

Arlington Heights

$125 $49

Expansive 8,000 sq. ft. frame showroom houses imported Italian frames, shadow boxes, and environmentally friendly options

75% Off Mattress Sets at Mattress Overstock

Mattress Overstock

Mattress Overstock Lombard

$200 $50

Large selection includes mattress sets from such brands as Southerland, Sealy and Stearns & Foster

Up to 62% Off at Eco Mattress Store

Eco Mattress Store

Eco Mattress Store

$190 $89

2 in. gel-infused memory-foam bed toppers; American-made organic bed sets that include a mattress, box spring, and frame

$50 for $200 Toward Mattresses

Chicago Mattress Outlet

Orland Park

$200 $50

Wide selection of overstock, discontinued, and slightly irregular mattresses from major brands at deep discounts

Up to 67% Off Framed Chicago Skyline Giclée from Art & Company

Art & Company

Orland Park

$314 $114

Choose from five vivid giclée prints of the Chicago skyline, all UV coated and framed to last years

Select Local Merchants

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.

5036 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
US

The creative team of framers and decorators at Foursided stocks stacks of creative greeting cards and paraphernalia. The self-described "frame nerds" do more than cultivate a collection of stationery by planting paper seeds in nearby printing presses; they also place prints and objects into frames and furnish homes with original pieces by a handful of favored artists. Staffers also buy and sell vintage flash cards, puzzle pieces, and letter tiles harvested from a variety of objects.

Owner Todd Mack has worked in framing for 20 years, and he draws on his vast experience when custom mounting a broad spectrum of pieces. Vintage and recycled frames, archival framing, and shadow boxes are a few of the options available. Mack's interest in shadow boxes makes perfect sense to visitors who take a look at his own art, which assembles found photos and objects in forms that aren't always 2-D.

On HGTV's Urban Oasis, interior designer Vern Yip ornamented a luxury apartment with prints gathered from Foursided's expansive collection. In that collection, colorful shelves of letter blocks, maps, corks, baby-doll heads, and harmonicas turn personal, nostalgic objects into stylish new decorations. Candles, jewelry, and books round out the gift selections.

5061 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
US

Once a month from April to October, more than 100 vendors gather under one roof for one purpose: to sell one-of-a-kind items. This is Vintage Garage Chicago, a fair that specializes in antique and retro merchandise. As visitors meander through the space, they can visit Zzouzi Vintage for colorful frocks and designer purses, Richard's Fabulous Finds for men's apparel, and Estate Chicago for Victorian and Art Deco jewelry plucked from the space-time continuum.

5051 N Broadway
Chicago,
IL
US

Nadeau characterizes its furniture as "with a soul" because it's true artisan work: handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a mahogany regal glass-door cabinet ($372), or in a hefty, finely trimmed narrow bookcase with drawer ($197). Or, display a new moving picture box on a bobbin leg console table ($116). Furniture comes in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau's ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables and chairs. Prices and selection may vary due to rotating inventory, but pieces are always fully assembled and ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.

4433 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

After putting the final brushstroke on a new painting, an artist member of Chicago Art Leasing uploads photos of the piece to the site's online lending library. Crowded with diverse art styles, the gallery harbors paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media works. Most of the works are also available for purchase, but the artists are happy to part with their creations for short-term leases on the walls of businesses, homes, and bee hives.

A Chicago artist and entrepreneur founded the artwork-lending business to make original art more accessible to the masses. Leases begin around $50 per month, and lease-to-own options foster gradual investment in art. Customers can also swap rentals for new pieces when they redecorate or wallpaper over their old display.

4332 N Hermitage Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Students upload working knowledge of various art forms in digital-arts and photography classes, the newest department at Lillstreet Art Center. During a digital-video class, instructors begin with a translation of camera controls and settings before showing students how to import video to the computer, edit footage, add sound and music, and put completed projects onto DVD, the Internet, or viewer-friendly blimps. The crash course in Adobe Photoshop, a software program used by many photographers and graphics professionals, introduces students to the various tools and menus through a gamut of in-class exercises that practice scanning, painting, cutting, and adjusting imagery. Tote confusing cameras to the digital-photography class, and harness the power of ISO, shutter speeds, apertures, and different shooting modes to take photos that look more professional than a snapshot clad in a business suit. Several hands-on exercises assimilate amateur eyes to the difference between auto and manual focus, as well as depth of field and capturing moving subjects.

4401 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago,
IL
US