DeBoudoir photographers specialize in setting their clients at ease, carefully directing poses and maneuvering lighting to elicit flattering shots that smack of self-confidence. During trademark boudoir sessions, subjects wear sumptuous lingerie or drape their nude frames strategically in sheepskins and blankets before posing in-studio or on the beach. DeBoudoir tweaks this photo formula for its other services, which include engagement sessions and pinup shoots, during which subjects wear stylish vintage garb.
DeBoudoir's lingerie boutiques brim with corsets and accessories such as hats, gloves, and thigh high stockings. Lingerie, meanwhile, runs the gamut from negligees to underthings more delicate than an aging movie starlet?s ego.
East Bank Storage securely caches furniture, clothing, wine, or possessions of nearly any size in its secure buildings and lockers. Self-store units are available in an array of sizes with corresponding month-to-month leases. Prices vary by location and unit size, with secure spaces from 2'x4' lockers to 10'x15' expanses the size of a large bedroom or a tiny concert hall. The Ohio and Kingsbury location sports 10'x10' spaces suitable for the contents of a studio apartment ($165/month). Those in need of smaller spaces can rent a 5'x5' unit ($49/month) at the Lake and Halsted site to store small chairs, tables, or perfected furniture forts. All locations protect possessions with covered loading docks, 24-hour video surveillance, and stoic guard robots.
While many people think of chimney sweeps as characters from Dickens novels or Mary Poppins matinees, the technicians at Chicago Chimney Inc. know that their job is as real and important as it’s ever been. The insured workers remove the soot and buildup that collects within fireplaces, flues, and chimneys, clearing a path for smoke to safely exit the house without having to stop and ask for directions. Their services extend beyond simple cleanings—the techs use their more than 20 years of industry experience to install energy-efficient dampers, repair and reline busted chimneys, and perform brick masonry and tuck-pointing work. They’ll even rebuild an entire chimney, whether it’s crumbling away in disrepair or slowly inching its way to the house next door.
Situated on a quiet residential street in Pilsen, Textile Discount Outlet is easy to stroll past without a second glance. But behind the unassuming, narrow façade, the store unfolds into a 75,000-square-foot wonderland of fabrics, rhinestones, trims, and upholstery accessories, all available at wholesale prices. In addition to the store’s unexpectedly vast depth and selection, part of its allure stems from the diversity of its wares: in room after room, practical, durable textiles, such as waterproof fabrics and leather by the square foot, wait to be discovered. Nearby, more than 100 varieties of delicate satin and organza ribbons, vibrant feathers, and hundreds of vintage-style fabrics attract the eye like a treasure chest or a picture of Teddy Roosevelt in the buff. If customers can’t find the fabric they’re looking for, the store’s textile experts are happy to special order it.
The family behind Clean Green dispatches trained technicians to scour homes, condos, and small businesses with biodegradable supplies. Whether adding cartoon sparkles to floors, bathrooms, or kitchens, they disinfect surfaces with microfiber cloths and toxin-free cleaning solutions. To reduce homebound allergens, they use HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaners that liberate carpet fibers from mold spores and bacteria. In addition to their regular services, techs also craft custom cleaning plans for homes.
Every house needs that finishing touch. That one-of-a-kind piece that pulls everything together, possibly by turning it all on its head. It might be anything: a stuffed deer head, a set of chairs from Old Comisky Park, a world-worn wooden parrot, a bottle of W.C. Fields's patented cologne. Whether looking for that perfect slice of strangeness or completing your vintage mouth-organ collection, Chitown Pickers Antiques & Collectibles has got all the curios a discerning decorator could ever need.