When you walk into Sifu Design Studio & Fine Yarns, you won’t find a quiet room simply housing yarns and fabrics. Instead, you’ll walk into a communal space where crafters of all ilks socialize during themed knitting circles, browse handmade crafts from local designers, or further their skills in instructional classes. Something is going on nearly every day of the week. Weeknight classes allow students to learn how to make shawls, mittens, and socks while sipping on BYOB wine, and during the studio’s sci-fi night, the staff screen a movie while guests work on their latest projects. Crafters also can refurnish their stocks of supplies and yarn from the expansive selection, which features a variety of hard-to-find specialty tools. The shop also has a range of vintage products, garnered through its trade-in program, which offers store credit for clients who trade in unused yarn, old tools, and vintage knitting patterns such as booties for claw-foot tubs.
Customers can be reunited with their beloved garments the same day if they drop them off at Chicago's Discount Dry Cleaner or Kenny the Kleener in the morning on Monday–Saturday. The staff responsible for this quick turnaround has been at it since 1981, dry-cleaning delicate fabrics and laundering more resilient clothing such as knit shirts or hats that double as tea cozies. Besides cleaning clothes, they can alter garments to better fit customers' silhouettes and preserve wedding gowns.
Taj Sari Palace enriches the heart of Chicago's Indian-Pakistani community with saris and kurtas that blaze with color, all imported from world-famous Pakistani designers. Labels such as Sana Safinaz and Nickie Nina combine revered Indian and Pakistani styles with Western influences to create stylish, modern looks. The combination works; it is, in fact, so successful that Taj Sari Palace's garments have bedecked brides and even Illinois senators. Men's clothing, drawn from design houses such as Amir Adnan, includes casual and holiday pieces that can be custom-tailored for perfect fits.
Vincent Alain Photography immortalizes clients' important life events through adroit camerawork during in-studio and on-location shoots. A professional photographer snaps portraits and headshots, available in an array of prints and retouched digital images.
For more than eight years, the HVAC technicians at Illinois Air Duct Cleaning have kept indoor air safe to breathe by ousting contaminants such as pet dander, mold, and dust. In addition to cleaning out air ducts and adding air filters, the team also cleans other home ventilation systems, such as dryer vents. As part of their commitment to safe air quality, the crew uses botanical cleaning solutions, which are made from plant extracts and smell as fresh as a daisy's antiperspirant.
Cassona's owner, Alma Gutierrez, developed her eclectic furnishing sensibilities during cross-continental treks through Mexico, Peru, and Vietnam. The designs Alma encountered in remote artisan shops and markets dazzled her, re-forging her aesthetic sense into that of a bohemian tastemaker. Opening a carefully curated store allowed the consummate collector to satisfy her desire for discovering singular furnishings without drowning her own living space. Cassona, which takes its name from the Spanish word for mansion, boasts a sumptuous Andersonville location, where rustic, centuries-old furniture and home accessories sit alongside sleek, contemporary designs, each vying for customers’ attention with stories of their exotic origins, sought-after creators, and dreams of furnishing model-UN competitions.