When a widespread skunk infestation effecting Chicago suburbs made national headlines, media outlets such as USA Today, NPR, the Chicago Sun-Times, and WLS 890AM with John and Lauren hailed ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention as the front lines of humane defense. Since its founding by university-trained naturalist Garon Fyffe in 1976, the team of animal experts has deftly removed unwanted animals, pests, and birds from homes and businesses. Each of the 35 state-licensed wildlife control experts employs humane processes to sniff out pest problems and solve the underlying issues, such as gaps in the foundation, tree limbs offering easy roof access, or handbills lying around offering employment in return for cheese.
What do a mountain climber, a kidney donor, and a member of the IQ society Mensa all have in common? They help make up the polychromatic team of Your Painters, a battalion of brush wielders united by a common goal of excellent craftsmanship in painting, staining, and interior upgrades. Prior to interior and exterior painting, they help customers narrow down the often-overwhelming rainbow of color choices through consultations and an online compilation of top 10 colors from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams.
Besides changing indoor and outdoor hues, Your Painters refinish cabinets into sharp-lined works of art and preserve cedar roofs against rain, snow, and hailstorms of ping-pong balls. Their efforts to enhance domestic aesthetics have garnered recognition from the U.S. Commerce Association, who lauded the company as the Painting Contractor of the Year in its Best of Naperville 2012 awards.
WLS-TV anchor Ron Magers, former Chicago Bulls center and coach Bill Cartwright, former Exelon Corporation CEO John Rowe, Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, and author and attorney Scott Turow often find themselves reaching for the same suit. They do not share a closet, but the staff at Duru’s Custom Shirts and Suits claims to have tailored threads for each of them. The shop's clothiers, in fact, have draped Egyptian cotton and lightweight wool across the shoulders of numerous notable Chicagoans over the course of more than four decades in business. With the hushed sounds of tailor’s chalk on fabric and humming machinery in the background, the workers also alter wardrobes when patrons are accepting an award or trying to clothe the little guy on their award.
The professional painters at 1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting approach each job with an artist’s eye for detail and a race-car pit crew’s obsession with speed. Arriving at homes or offices in full uniform, crews implement a simple five-step process that escorts customers from their initial estimate to a final follow-up call in the span of 24 hours. Perfected over the course of two decades, the company’s exhaustive yet snappy system—which maximizes efficiency without sacrificing quality—stems from CEO Brian Scudamore. Brian’s effective, customer-centered business practices also helped him to found 1-800-GOT-JUNK and have earned him notice in publications including Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, and Cat Fancy.
The professional painters at 1-888-WOW-1DAY approach each job with an artist’s eye for detail and a racecar pit crew’s obsession with speed. Arriving at homes or offices in full uniform, the crews implements a simple five-step process that escorts customers from their initial estimate to a final follow-up call in the span of 24 hours. Perfected over the course of two decades, the company’s exhaustive yet snappy system—which maximizes efficiency without sacrificing quality—stems from CEO Brian Scudamore. Brian’s effective, customer-centered business practices also helped him found 1-800-GOT-JUNK, and have earned him notice in publications including Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, and Cat Fancy.
Four Corners Tavern Group encompasses eight kitchens and many times that number of taps, but it started in just one establishment, Schoolyard Tavern & Grill. There, Executive Chef Jim Hoban helped develop a menu of upscale, creative bar food, including bison burgers, korean steak tacos, and goat cheese quesadillas. As the group expanded, Hoban exported his menu to new establishments. Each location's chef enhances the selection with his or her own spin on the general concept. Though the flavors vary from location to location, the sister venues' promises remain much the same: creative fare, extensive beer lists, and flat-screen TVs playing sports while wearing the proper safety gear.