From a single shop opened in 1978, Amazing Fantasy Books & Comics curates a selection of new monthlies, graphic novels, manga, games, and action figures in four hotspots. Colorful characters from mainstream and independent publishers fill the pages of new issues ($2.99+) and graphic-novel collections, such as The Amazing Spider-Man: Big Time ($10) or Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant ($17.95). Text-based novels recount tales of pulp vigilantes such as the Green Hornet ($15.15) and Zorro ($13.55), and 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography ($13.50) illustrates the spiritual leader’s life story with Japanese-style black-and-white art. Gamers can pick up a Don Quixote board game and join the valiant fight against alternative-energy sources depicted in Cervantes’s novel ($26.21).
The brainchild of Lawanda—the restaurant’s president and manager—and CEO and head chef Shafeeq, Eclectic Soul Food makes it its mission to seamlessly fuse southern American, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern cuisines on a diverse menu. Delicate light fixtures illuminate deep mauve walls and tiled floors in the dining room, where customers enjoy barbecued meats, jerk chicken, and housemade desserts such as sweet-potato pie. Chefs use only halal meat and prepare meals with an eye toward health.
Whole Cell Accessories supplies customers with more than 15,000 digital doodads and smartphone accessories at three Illinois locations. Customers can stop in for Bluetooth gear, a new case for their iPhone, or a screen protector to safeguard cell phones against cracks, chips, and bear attacks.