A herd of cows is the perfect way to furnish a pasture, but, despite its name, Sell a Cow focuses more on furnishing home interiors. Stocked with designs from brands including Coaster Fine Furniture and Ashley Furniture, the stores can outfit nearly any room. Bedrooms transform with sleigh beds, canopy beds, or compact bunk beds for kids. And living rooms come together around sumptuous armchairs and coffee tables. In addition to furniture, an extensive selection of accents adds stylish touches with wine cabinets, lamps, mirrors, and rugs.
Don't be fooled by the name?City Newsstand isn't some small corner operation selling a few magazines and some gum. In fact, it claims to be the largest magazine store in all of Chicago, and, maybe, one of the largest in the country. It all started more than 25 years ago when a young man named Joe Angelastri bought an old bookstore and converted it entirely to newspapers and magazines. Today, it occupies two locations (the original and a sister location in Evanston), each boasting 200 linear feet of magazine racks?roughly 10 times the number of racks owned by most drug stores. Titles cover a wide range of topics and interests and include Pitchfork Review, In Touch, and Chicago Football, among many, many, many others. One other feature that sets City Newsstand apart from the corner stand? It also boasts a quaint cafe where patrons can come to delve into their purchases with a cup of joe and a pair of rubber gloves to prevent paper cuts.
Sleepy's is the American dream. It all started when Louis Acker landed on Ellis Island in the late 1920s. In 1931, he opened a mattress store in Brooklyn, where he and his son, Harry, tied knots and stitched mattresses by hand. After Louis passed away, Harry carried on the family business, eventually transforming it into Sleepy's, whose first store opened in 1957. There, he built the company's foundation upon quality products and an expert staff of Mattress Professionals.
Today, those Mattress Professionals share their wisdom at more than 1,000 showrooms across the United States, helping people figure out which sleep system is best for their body and wallet and for discouraging squatting by assorted boogeymen. The modern-day version of Sleepy's has grown into customers' source for the industry's top brands, including Simmons, Serta, Sealy, and Tempur-Pedic. Sleepy's also carries a wide range of other specialty sleep products, from pillows and mattress pads to sheets, blankets, and headboards.
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.
Since 1976, Chicago Costume has festooned trick-or-treaters, performers, and everyday masqueraders with a trove of eye-catching costumes, theatrical makeup, and whimsical accessories. Façade aficionados find a vast lineup of themed costumes for purchase including zombies, pirates, and Harry Potter characters, and more than 10,000 rental costumes ($65–$250 on average) allow for post-celebration returns with a refundable $100 deposit. Purchase a hip-swiveling Elvis getup ($49.99), or don a Catwoman costume ($54.99) to conquer pretend superheroes and real-life laser pointers alike. A collection of political masks, including those of Barack Obama ($25) and Sarah Palin ($19.99), keeps costumes current, and accessories such as wigs, makeup, and hats outfit people planning multiple costume changes to portray the entire ensemble of Cheers.