Signature service: Premium home cleaning services
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Products Used: Eco-friendly
Pro Tip: We never leave early. If we finish the standard cleaning early, we will do additional work for free.
Some tasks just shouldn’t be performed standing up. At least that's what the folks at Custom Cleaning Service believe, going so far as to promise to get down to grime-level when they're scouring floors and disinfecting bathrooms by hand. This commitment to focused cleaning extends to all their tasks; they keep a specialty brush reserved just for toilets, they use specialty Dyson vacuums to decrease allergies and asthma, and they deploy non-toxic cleaning solutions to keep interior air breathable and window panes lickable. Abiding by a patented 21-point cleaning system, the trained and uniformed maids keep to a reliable regimen that homeowners can tweak to their own needs.
As a leading Illinois family- and child-service agency, Children’s Home + Aid serves more than 40,000 children and families each year through its child-development and -care programs, family counseling, and foster-care-advocacy programs. The organization's roots extend back to 1883, when the Reverend Van Arsdale brought into his home a young girl whose mother was in crisis. The minister's umbrella of care soon spread throughout the country, as he established advisory boards and worked to improve child welfare. Today, Children's Home + Aid focuses on early childhood and juvenile justice, preventing child abuse, and garnering positive child development in strong families.
The organization’s Raising A Reader program helps children ages 3-5 get "kindergarten-ready" by developing early language and literacy abilities. Much of this work incorporates full parental involvement; facilitators encourage parent-child bonding through everything from bedtime stories to engaging, brain-building activities. Currently helping more than 350 children develop these necessary scholastic skills, the Illinois chapter is just part of a larger national trend; in 2011, the national Raising a Reader program touched the lives of almost 118,000 kids across 32 states.
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Ask an out-of-towner what they want to do when they visit Chicago, and they'll probably tell you they want to chow down on some deep-dish pizza. Chicago Pizza Tours owner and pizza aficionado Jonathan Porter leads parties on treks to some of the Windy City's most celebrated pizzerias with three different pie-themed tours. Guests sample Chicago's signature style with the deep-dish only holiday walking tour, enjoy slices with sides of adult beverages during pizza and cocktails outings, or visit the kitchens of four different restaurants during the original tour. Each outing takes visitors to local favorites across a wide range of styles and cuisines, from the caramelized thick crusts of Pequod's, the stuffed pies of Bacino's, or the Neapolitan-style creations of Spacca Napoli.
Recently, Jonathan Porter has teamed up with local writer and tour guide Jonathan Knotek to launch Chicago Prohibition Tours, a romp through some of Chicago's most famous speakeasies still in existence. During the 3.5-hour bus trip through the roaring '20s and beyond, guests can visit the old one-time haunts of gangsters and crooked pols, such as the Green Door Tavern or the Exchequer Restaurant and Pub, all while sipping popular cocktails from almost 100 years ago and communicating only through silent-film title cards.
The florists at City Enchanted Gardens partner with FTD to speedily deliver their fetchingly designed bouquets and artfully arranged centerpieces to locations and special events throughout the city. For in-store clientele, they stock their downtown shop with a broad spectrum of blooms, from exotic birds of paradise to cheerful sunflowers, as well as seasonal plants, such as winter's crimson poinsettia and spring's fire-breathing snap dragons.
For those clients who choose to have their flowers delivered, the hard-working florists ensure that last-minute sentiments for parties, weddings, and police lineups arrive promptly, with same-day delivery available every day. The welcoming shop also hosts classes that instruct in the art of arranging seasonal décor and professional bouquet wraps.