Since establishing themselves as one of Chicago’s leading mattress specialty stores back in 1983, The Bedding Experts remain a trusted source of brand-name bedding backed by extended warranties. Their showrooms across the nation are filled with models from Sealy, Tempur-Pedic, and Stearns & Foster, many of which are constructed with modern technologies such as memory foam and reduced-motion coils. Shoppers can also accessorize their mattresses with bed frames, pillows, mattress covers, and under-bed forcefields that repel hiding monsters. Deliveries often happen the same or next day—including evening and weekend service—with teams often taking old mattresses and frames with them when they leave. If customers find their mattress at a lower price within 60 days of purchase at one of the store's local competitors, The Bedding Experts team will refund the difference.
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).
Touting a cavalcade of crafting provisions, C & J Craft Supplies' stock arms patrons with ammo to convert inventive ideas into tangible pieces of art with quality, multiuse materials. Myriad colors and shapes of American-made beads, such as pony beads ($2 for 325 pcs.), sidle up next to one another to compose fashionable necklaces and stylish parachute cords. Pull crafty concoctions together with safety pins ($2.05+ per gross), or arrange faceted beads into a shining suncatcher. Fashioned from rayon, metallic craft cords ($1.35 for 15 yds.) provide sturdy strands from which to dangle amulets, and 100-yard rolls of braided macramé cord ($9.40) afford fabric weavers enough slack to spin plant hangers, lawn chairs, baskets, or afghans for football fields.
Paco Fernandez was destined for sartorial greatness from the moment he took a sales position at The Custom Shop back in 1973. With hard work, instinct, and a pair of rocket-powered cufflinks, he rose to the top of the chain's regional team, and in 1999, he set out on his own. According to a press release, his first customer was former East Chicago mayor Robert Pastrick, and since that day, Paco's Custom Clothiers has been the tailor of choice for power brokers around the country—and even the world.
The shop, which carries more than 2,000 wool fabrics from designers such as Ermenegildo Zegna and Loro Piana, has outfitted clients from London, Puerto Rico, and Africa. Its high-profile customers include the late Portsmouth mayor James Holley III, named best-dressed mayor by Esquire.
The bespoke-suit shop can fill any clothing request, creating everything from a simple pair of slacks to a full dress tuxedo to a woman's suit. Complimentary biannual consultations ensure that suits continue to fit properly after seasonal weight gain and loss and fashion trends that require a pocket large enough to carry a miniature poodle.
Max 10 stocks a bevy of discounted brand-name apparel for men, women, and children. Frugal fashionistas can rummage through designer collections from Lee, Apple Bottoms, Levi's, Fubu, and more to find stylish swaddlings for any season. Shoppers can snag wardrobe basics from myriad $10 clothing items, or opt for the higher-end ensemble pieces ranging from $12.99–$19.99 without sacrificing any innocent Bills from their wallets.