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.
Calumet Harley-Davidson's staff revs riding enthusiasts' engines in Northwest Indiana and the surrounding area with high-quality motorcycles, parts, and apparel. Specializing in both stock and high-performance Harleys, the service department at Calumet H-D is ready to service bikes quickly using factory-approved methods and equipment. Basic bike detailing keeps hogs in working order ($85+), and oil changes ($100+) and regular maintenance service ($225+) keep bikes happy and less likely to join up with rebel scooter gangs. Calumet H-D also accessorizes motorcycles and their riders with genuine Harley-Davidson parts and merchandise and patriotic performance parts by Screamin' Eagle. A tire gauge and tread-depth indicator with embossed leather pouch keeps tires in tip-top shape ($12.99 in store), and an official Harley-Davidson bike wash bucket with multipocket apron keeps dirt off bikes and in the bottom of a bucket where it belongs. Calumet Harley-Davidson also hosts regular monthly events, including hot-dog days on the weekends where riders can enjoy free hot dogs and a Westminster Kennel Club hot-dog show while they last.
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).