A debilitating illness that affects more than 400,000 people across the country, multiple sclerosis is a formidable opponent for even the strongest people. Fortunately, the do-gooders behind the National Multiple Sclerosis Society pair their fighting spirit and dedication to scientific breakthroughs with something even more powerful: bushels and bushels of cash. In every state, its members volunteer their time to advocate, educate, and raise money to find a cure. One of the larger chapters is the Greater Illinois Chapter, which spans 73 Illinois counties. The chapter’s signature event is the annual MS Soirée, a cocktail party and casino night featuring glittering gowns and enticing live music. While the event’s venue changes from time to time, past bashes have taken place at plush downtown hotels such as theWit, Swissôtel, and the Hard Rock Hotel.
Image’s delivery and pickup drivers combine forces with professional cleaners and seamsters to remove dirt and wear from clothes and eliminate hassles from dry cleaning. After arranging pickup via telephone, garment chauffeurs arrive at homes, residential buildings, and office high rises to taxi sullied suits and depressed dresses to the cleaners for a spruce up or coordinated-outfit counseling. A thorough chemical cleansing purges grit and stains from delicate sweaters ($5.30+) and dresses ($10.95+), with special care taken to preserve bridal gowns or leather attire. Steamers and shapers restore crisp lines to suits ($10.55), and starch reeducates slouching dress shirts to rigid formality ($5+). Comforters ($14.95+) shed dirt, dust, and bad dreams, returning to owners full of warm thoughts to keep away the night’s chill. The cleaners give each item a thorough inspection both before and after purification, noting stains, tears, and missing buttons in order to inform owners and preempt further damage. Once the arrayed attire passes muster, it hops back into one of Image’s wagons for a brief joyride back to its closet of origin.
Lakeview Cleaners & Mike's Cleaners partner up to thoroughly scour and press garments onsite. Their clothes-minded staffers take pride in paying attention to detail: every item gets a careful spot cleaning, and they can even launder specialty items such as wedding dresses or space suits. Optional same-day service quickly reunites items and owners before they’re forced to spend a night apart.
Since 1950, the year Barry-Regent Cleaners laundered its first garment, the now second-generation family business has been immaculately cleaning clothes using state-of-the-art equipment. Alongside traditional dry cleaning, it offers specialized shirt laundering and aqua cleaning, which uses water instead of solvents to more-effectively remove stains from some outerwear and casual wear. Most items can be returned to their owners on the same day as drop-off, and Barry-Regent delivers to select zip codes so that customers don't need to sheepishly retrieve their clothes while concealing themselves with branches. Alterations and specialty cleaning of wedding dresses, leathers, and furs are also available.