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Evil Intentions Haunted House evokes the details of its site’s checkered past to conjure the stuff of nightmares. The area the haunted house now occupies has been plagued with creepy occurrences for more than a century. Since the 1890s the expanse has been used as the premises of a coffin company, a stomping ground for escapees from a nearby mental institution, and a gathering place for the occult’s summer softball league.

Starting in 2005, the Evil Intentions Haunted House team slowly transformed this troubled spot into a haunted house that comes alive with shrieks once night falls. Visitors can leave their cars in the free parking lot and gather in the indoor waiting area before exploring more than 20,000 square feet of tortuous halls filled with dark decor and costumed frights. Demonic clowns, faceless butchers, and cleaver-wielding lunatics creep around corners and leap out of hidden alcoves, scaring both passing patrons and the actual ghosts who occupy the building.

900 South Grace Street
Lombard,
IL
US

More than 50,000 books line the shelves at Elgin Books and Coffee, many available for 50% to 90% less than their cover prices. Visitors can wander through the chandelier-lit shop perusing classics, out-of-print texts, biographies, cookbooks, and many other types of published matter. An attached café offers an inviting space in which to sip java or tea and read.

209 E Chicago St
Elgin,
IL
US

Best Blinds Fox Valley’s professionally trained staff dresses windows in a variety of blinds, shades, and shutters from top-quality vendors, such as Hunter Douglas, Horizons, and Timber Blinds. During a complimentary in-home consultation, customers can select the color, style, and design of their desired window treatments, and a designer takes precise measurements to ensure an appropriate window-to-drapery ratio. A living-room or bedroom window can be covered in 2-inch TimberVue real-wood blinds ($99 for 36”x36” window, $129 for 48”x48” window) and a set of 2-inch premium faux-wood blinds ($81 for 36”x36” window, $109 for 48”x48” window) can inject warmth and a touch of budget-friendly elegance to the walls of your backyard tree house. Best Blinds Fox Valley’s aperture technicians also provide complimentary installation to expel any lingering questions about which side the blinds belong on and ensure customers receive protection under the manufacturer's lifetime warranty.

847 S Randall Rd
Elgin,
IL
US

So established is Circle K that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for?fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.

After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Caf?, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.

2455 South St
Elgin,
IL
US

Shockey Jewelers encompasses much more than the decades that have passed since its founding in 1933. It encompasses three generations, contemporary custom designs, and antique treasures from Elgin and beyond. Indeed, owner and GIA Graduate Gemologist Peter Shockey not only stocks pocket watches from Elgin Watch Co.?which crafted timepieces from 1867 to 1953?but he travels the world finding gems and heirlooms to feature in his store, making it a go-to spot for adding sparkle to an evening ensemble or a really fancy pair of overalls.

Yet Shockey's shop goes well beyond even earrings and necklaces. Its service center is where jewelry goes to get repaired, and its aficionados are who people see to learn about the four C's of diamond selection?carat weight, clarity, color, and cut?as well as pearls, rubies, and emeralds.

18 Douglas Ave.
Elgin,
IL
US

When it comes to smartphones, there's a decent chance Mobile Trader can help with their care. Their teams of technicians repair them and unlock devices, or if their owners have tired of the devices, they can buy, sell, or trade them. Their expertise extends beyond phones; they can also fix wonky iPads.

308 North McLean Boulevard
Elgin,
IL
US