Shopping in Gary

$15 for $30 Groupon — Recycled Granite

Recycled Granite

Schererville

$30 $15

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$15 for $30 Worth of Vitamins and Supplements at Capitol Nutrition

Capitol Nutrition

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

Nutritional supplements, such as pre-exercise tablets and fish oil, bolster personal health and increase workout benefits

$50 for $200 Toward a Full, Queen, or King Mattress at Bedzzz Direct

Bedzzz Direct

Valparaiso

$200 $50

Get your best night’s sleep in American-made mattress sets from iMattress, Laura Ashley, and Backsense; add features such as cooling EcoGel

Olives, Olive Oils, Giardiniera, or $10 for $20 Worth of Italian Groceries at Formella Gourmet

Formella Gourmet

Countryside

$20 $10

Since 1909, Formella family members have preserved original Sicilian recipes, using garlic, fresh tomatoes and vegetables, and rich cheeses

$10 for $20 Worth of Used CDs and DVDs at Disc Replay

Disc Replay

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

Tens of thousands of used DVDs, CDs, video games, and used electronics guaranteed to work like new

5 or 20 Custom-Printed White T-shirts from Same Day Tees (Up to 54% Off)

Same Day Tees

Peotone

$130 $60

Garment-printing company with 35 years of experience customizes T-shirts for events, businesses, and other entities

Black Tuxedo Rental or Purchase of a New or Used Tuxedo from J.P. Tuxedo Warehouse (Up to 52% Off)

J.P. Tuxedo Warehouse

Oak Forest

$150 $79

Prep for a prom, wedding, or other black-tie event with a rental, new, or used black tuxedo

$10 for $20 Worth of Electronics and Vehicle Batteries at Interstate All Battery Center

Interstate All Battery Center

Oak Lawn

$20 $10

Wide range of batteries for consumer electronics, vehicles, watches, and hearing aids

Foam-Mattress Sets or Mattresses at Discount Mattress (Up to 85% Off). Six Options Available.

Discount Mattress

Multiple Locations

$1,398 $399

Mattress and box spring sets come in a variety of sizes and two firmness levels to increase comfort and back support

Jewelry at Jewel Mart (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Jewel Mart

Chicago Ridge

$50 $25

Shoppers can browse through a selection of jewelry, including rings, necklaces, and bracelets

Women’s Apparel and Accessories from Caché (50% Off)

Caché

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

Day dresses, evening wear, and lifestyle separates sport eye-catching prints and rich colours, as well as demure neutral tones

One, Three, or Five Custom-Made Shirts at Made II Fit (Up to 60% Off)

Made II Fit

Chicago

$120 $65

Tailors take your measurements and customize well-fitting shirts

Handcrafted Jewelry at KADA (50% Off). Two Options Available.

KADA

Chicago

$30 $15

Find unique, fashion-forward jewelry-inspired watches, handmade turquoise necklaces, anklets, and cuff bracelets

$15 for $30 Worth of E-Liquids at Smoque Vapours

Smoque Vapours

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

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Hand-crafted E-liquids blend nicotine with flavors such as blueberry, cafe latte, and peppermint

$39 for $78 Groupon — Nef-Ra Health International

Nef-ra Health International Llc

Chicago

$78 $39

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Two or Four Custom Shirts or Bespoke Suit with Option for Two Custom Shirts at BookATailor (Up to 64% Off)

BookATailor

Chicago Showroom

$198 $99

Skilled tailors take clients' measurements and customize each suit and shirt with fabrics made in Italy and England

Erotic Toys from Wicked Blue Box (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Wicked Blue Box

Chicago

$20 $11

Clients spice up their love life through erotic toys, with all shipping arriving in plain, discreet brown boxes

$25 for $50 Groupon — Nakamol

Nakamol Design

The Loop

$50 $25

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$34 for $60 Worth of Plants — Leo's Metropolitan Florist

Leo's Metropolitan Florist

Chicago

$60 $34

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$25 for $50 Groupon — Feel Loud Expression Inc.

Feel Loud Expression Inc.

West Loop

$50 $25

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Custom Chinos and Shirts at Custom Chino (Up to 55% Off). Three Options Available.

Custom Chino

Chicago Showroom

$198 $99

The tailors make new a pattern for every client, and clothing is completed in less than four weeks

$15for$30Worth of Boutique Clothing from aDore Boutique

aDore Boutique

Morgan Park

$30 $15

Designer-inspired casual and evening wear with plus size options.

$59 for a Signature Scent Creation Session for Two at Aroma Workshop ($120 Value)

Aroma Workshop

DePaul

$120 $59

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An expert perfumer guides men and women through blending essential oils into a custom fragrance; each person gets a 2.2-ounce atomizer

Apparel and Shoes from Bryson Milan Luxury Boutique (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available

Bryson Milan Luxury Boutique

Wicker Park

$20 $10

Two boutiques stock wardrobes with stylish casual jeans, tops, shoes, and outer wear for men, including sizes for tall men, and women

$30 Worth of New and Gently Used Sports Gear or One Bike Tune-Up at Play It Again Sports (50% Off)

Play It Again Sports

Lakeview

$30 $15

Rotating selection of sports gear such as baseball cleats, hockey sticks, & lacrosse equipment; technicians keep bikes working with check-up

Up to 50% Off Young Adult Clothing — Monnalisa Chicago; Valid Monday - Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM

Monnalisa Chicago

Near North Side

$50 $25

Posh boutique outfits fashion-forward girls from babies to teenagers in Parisian couture.

$99 for $300 Worth of Custom Blinds, Shades, or Drapes with an In-Home Consultation from Decor8

Decor8

Redeem from Home

$300 $99

Interior designers help clients match existing décor to Hunter Douglas coverings, such as wood blinds or Duette honeycomb shades

$15 for $30 Groupon — EMMA

Emma

Wicker Park

$30 $15

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$10 for $20 Worth of Used Popular Books and Textbooks at Market Fresh Books

Market Fresh Books

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

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Used popular books and textbooks, CDs, and movies on DVD

Bridal and Prom Apparel at Lily's Bridal & Gifts (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Lily's Bridal & Gifts

Avondale

$50 $25

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Apparel such as wedding and bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos, and prom dresses or alterations from seamstress with 25+ years of experience

Vintage Apparel, Accessories, and Home Goods at Krispyfringe Vintage (Up to 58% Off). Two Options Available.

Krispyfringe Vintage

Ukrainian Village

$60 $25

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Funky shop showcases eclectic display of vintage clothing and home goods, including saltshakers, peppershakers, and sundresses

$15 for $35 Worth of Select Boutique Apparel at Kiwi’s Boutique

Kiwi's Boutique

Tri-Taylor

$35 $15

Cozy boutique stocks racks and tables with tops, skirts, and sweaters as well as versatile jewelry items and curve-accentuating jeans

Urban Apparel at Jimmi Skouls (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Jimmi Skouls

Avalon Park

$50 $25

Urban, on-trend men's and women's clothing from hard-to-find boutique labels and in-house clothing and jewelry designers

$22 for $50 Worth of Custom Clothing — RePurosed Inc

Repurosed Inc

Chicago

$50 $22

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

One- or Two-Year Subscription to "Black Enterprise Magazine" (Up to 67% Off)

Black Enterprise

Redeem from Home

$22 $10

Black Enterprise Magazine provides current and relevant business news and advice for African American professionals

$85 for $100 Worth of Shoes at Lori's Shoes

Lori's Shoes

Multiple Locations

$100 $85

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Footwear and accessories from the likes of Dolce Vita, Calvin Klein, and Sorel at this renowned Chicago shoe store

$100 for $200 Worth of Makeup — The Nail Shop

The Nail Shop

Chicago

$200 $100

Teaching natural and dramatic makeup highlighting and contouring, lash placements, and eyebrow-routine shade matching

Custom, Handmade Jewelry at Remree’s Bling’s & Thing's Inc. (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Remree’s Bling’s & Thing's Inc.

Chicago

$20 $10

Custom creations for men, women, children and pets, including pieces for weddings and breast-cancer awareness

Suits, Dresses, and Eveningwear at Suit Plus More (50% Off)

Suit Plus More

Hillside

$30 $15

Customers can pick up stylish threads and accessories for men, women, and kids

$50 for $200 Toward Mattresses at Chicago Mattress Outlet

Chicago Mattress Outlet

Orland Park

$200 $50

Wide selection of overstock, discontinued, and slightly irregular mattresses from major brands at deep discounts

Women's Clothing and Accessories at Pink Slip Boutique (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Pink Slip Boutique

Mokena

$20 $10

Boutique stocks everything from infinity scarves to special-occasion dresses; statement jewelry and sweaters

One Month of Unlimited Background Checks from Background Spider (50% Off)

Background Spider

Burr Ridge

$19.95 $10

Background checks anonymously collect information, including national criminal records, quickly and easily online

$15 for $30 Worth of Used Sporting Goods at Play It Again Sports in Westmont

Play It Again Sports

Play It Again Sports

$30 $15

Gently used brand-name sports and fitness equipment

$10 for $20 worth of Publications at Chicago-Main Newsstand

Chicago-Main Newsstand

Evanston

$10 $5

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Stay informed and entertained with a wide range of national and local newspapers and magazines

$25 for $50 Worth of Electronic Personal-Care Products — Gandhi Appliances

Gandhi Appliances

Morton Grove

$50 $25

ZAQ Essential Oils have a remarkable ability to affect a person's wellbeing and improve the environment around them.

Cell Phones at Verizon Wireless Cellular Connection at Moorehead Communications (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

Verizon Wireless Cellular Connection at Moorehead Communications

Multiple Locations

$90 $45

Verizon Wireless retailer promotes conversation with smartphones on 4G LTE network

$50 for $200 Toward Mattress Sets at Mattress Overstock

Mattress Overstock

Mattress Overstock Lombard

$200 $50

Large selection includes mattress sets from such brands as Southerland, Sealy and Stearns & Foster

Select Local Merchants

Sand Dune Publishing LLC is an independent publishing company with the very simple mission of developing writing tools that help strengthen personal relationships through self-expression and sharing.

PO Box 2995
Gary,
IN
US

inControl Alarm Systems brings home security to the modern era. Once installed, it can be turned on and off using a smartphone app, completely negating the need for traditional security strategies such training a guard dog or asking a neighborly cyclops to push a boulder in front of your door. Even simple keys are a thing of the past, since the smartphone app can engage and disengage a deadbolt lock. And, inControl's system doesn't stop at security. With it, residents can control the thermostat and lights no matter where they are for a safe, comfortable homecoming, or to convince their kids that the house is haunted.

1201 Central Ave Ste. 4
Lake Station,
IN
US

Antonio and Rosa DeRosa came from a long line of merchants who sold Italian staples such as pasta, olive oil, and wine in Montedecoro, Italy. The family was well known around Naples for these provisions, and when Antonio and Rosa immigrated to America in 1926, they stocked their business, DeRosa Imports, with these same Old World staples.

Today, grandson Anthony DeRosa runs the shop, where he upholds tradition by importing extra-virgin Sicilian olive oil, Italian espresso, and pastas ranging from rigatoni to gnocchi. Over time, the family has expanded their selection to include products from countries such as Croatia and Serbia. Artisanal pickles, sauces, and jams infused with rose hips or sour cherries line the shelves, along with bottles of wine to pair with dinner or pour on thirsty houseplants.

118 N Broad St
Griffith,
IN
US

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.

2158 45th St. #414
Highland,
IN
US

With locations throughout the Midwest, Vision Center At Meijer's eye mavens outfit more than 700 frames with lenses carefully crafted in their own laboratory to specifically suit the eyes and face of each patient. Doctors demonstrate their care for patients' eyes by making sure all of them have a precise, up-to-date prescription. The center also works to keep frame prices low to help more patients find pairs of glasses within their price ranges.

10138 Indianapolis Boulevard
Highland,
IN
US

During the Cold War, anything could happen. The US military's response to this reality was to ring every major metropolitan area with defensive missile bases that could launch Nike antiaircraft supersonic missiles at any time. The goal was to make attacking the United States so costly that the Soviets would not dare try. One of the roughly 20 bases defending the Chicago area was Nike Missile Base C-47, a 14-acre site built between 1954 and 1956. Surrounded by 8-foot-tall cyclone fences, the base housed three underground concrete bunkers, three launchers, five radar towers, a fallout shelter, and day barracks.

Today, the Cold War is safely tucked in the nation's memory, but much of C-47 still remains. However, instead of military personnel coming and going throughout their 24-hour shifts, it's paintball and Airsoft players who creep along the 10 sprawling fields, simulating the warfare that luckily never occurred on the base. The terrain includes many of the original features—such as a mess hall, army barracks, and satellite towers, which host strategic meetings and midbattle naps. Referees enforce special safety rules for minors to keep games safe and organized.

318 Main St
Hobart,
IN
US

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