For 27 years, the female-owned-and-operated Concept One has utilized state-of-the art equipment and boundless creativity to develop clients' ideas from concept to completion. Catering to everyone from large corporations to mom-and-pop businesses, the talented team can help write a script for a video, cast it with professional actors or Julliard-trained penguins, provide directing, lighting, and sound services, and edit the final outcome. They also convert old-school, analogue media to a digital format, and can duplicate CDs and DVDs, complete with color, on-disc prints, inserts, and shrink-wrap packaging.
Armed with an impressive understanding of Chicagoland real estate backed by numerous certifications, the instructor at ACM Real Estate Institute, LLC helps her clients buy and sell properties with seasoned acumen. Boasting knowledge of mortgage rates, insurance, and inspections, the experienced instructor also hosts classes to help teach aspiring agents the knowledge they'll need for the official state licensing exam. While students attend classes at their convenient Downers Grove location, situated at I-355 and Butterfield Rd., they can solicit assistance outside of class as well.
Having an allergy usually means limiting food choices. The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo aims to change that, inviting folks to a feast of allergen-free goodies. Here, guests dig into versions of normally gluten-rich items such as pizza, baked goods, and beer from renowned brands including California Pizza Kitchen, Nature's Path, and Bard's Beer. They can also browse items sold by an array of vendors and meet bloggers.
"The name would suggest that dumplings are the draw here," says the Chicago Reader of Katy's Dumpling House, "but it's the fresh homemade noodles that instantly turn unsuspecting diners into fervent members of the cult of Katy's." Beyond the restaurant's expansive front windows hung with neon-lit Chinese characters, chefs simmer those noodles with rich, savory beef broth, fry them with shrimp, and pair them with pickled turnip in pork broth soup. The dumplings are nothing to scoff at, however—filled with fennel-laced pork or beef with scallions, the Chicago Tribune celebrates the delicate starch pockets as "delicious" and "awe-inspiring". Beyond the restaurant's namesake dish, a range of traditional Chinese recipes also satisfies in such forms as moo shu chicken and eggplant in garlic sauce.
The first Ebert Studio opened almost 100 years ago on Chicago's west side. Since then, four successive generations have preserved memories for countless families in studios that now reside in Oak Park and Hinsdale. At the helm today is Jeff Ebert, the great-grandson of the studio's founder. Jeff makes a very small distinction to give you the big picture—"It's not so much that it's photography," he says, "but it's photographing people."
Making people feel comfortable and look better is just one part of his job. The next part is to create "a piece like a painting that can be hung above a mantle and somebody can be proud of for years and years to come." As the latest in a line of artists stretching back to 1915, Jeff does that well, harnessing the power of passed time and using it to build a portfolio that showcases families, weddings, animals, and individuals. Some of his notable subjects have included Cardinal Francis George, Walter Payton, and film director Christopher Columbus, known for his historical documentary of babysitting, Home Alone.