The staff of Amerimaids scrubs countertops, vacuums floors, and dusts surfaces with nontoxic products and techniques designed to reduce environmental impact. To help those inside to breathe fresh air, they purify fabrics of allergens, bacteria, and chemicals with methods gentle enough to help to preserve rugs and fine upholstery. Tile and grout recover their brilliance without a blanket of smelly bleach or algorithms in Sharpie marker. Commercial spaces and residences reap the benefits of the staff's expertise, which extends from straightforward maintenance cleanings to one-time overhauls geared toward recovery following a move or a party.
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.
Bonded and insured cleaning technicians from Merry Maids purify homes with high-quality cleaning products and an arsenal of equipment and supplies. Vacuuming carpets and sweeping floors rids rooms of dirt and dust, and cleaning countertops and polishing kitchen appliances gives homeowners an unfettered view of their own reflections. Meticulous maids can also clean bedrooms and scrub bathroom tubs, sinks, and toilets until they sparkle like a bedazzled unicorn on a summer afternoon. Clients can customize cleaning services to focus on high-traffic or high-mess areas.
The instructors at ACM School of Music pass the torch of musical aptitude with piano lessons and music-theory classes that kindle classical-music appreciation in a new generation. With a focus on teaching students to write their own compositions, experienced musicians explain the rudiments of the form, from a piece's first quarter note to its adolescent experimentation with mixed-meter phrases to its emergence as a full-grown adult arrangement. The school's resident ensemble, Palomar, breathes life into contemporary compositions with an annual concert series. As a nonprofit driven by the goal to expand the cohort of composers and audience members, ACM also facilitates educational initiatives in local schools and offers programming to Boys & Girls Clubs.
Of the garden’s 140 plots on the corner of Peterson and Campbell, eight are reserved for the Grow2Give program. Last year, garden volunteers cultivated nearly 200 pounds of produce in these plots for local organizations. This year, Grow2Give's yield will benefit the clients of Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) a food-assistance program sponsored by the Department of Human Services. The WIC center on Lawrence Avenue will transform Grow2Give's harvest into a teaching tool for nutrition classes, as well as a source of nutrition, available to the more than 6,000 women and children who visit the center each month. Grow2Give would like to expand the amount of produce it can provide for WIC clients by increasing its number of garden plots.