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.
In 1910, when apothecaries regularly doled out narcotics and opiates for issues such as headaches or nausea, Joseph Meyer was planting natural alternatives to the questionable contents of the brown bottles. Through research, careful tending of herbs and medicinal plants, and labor negotiations with garden-gnome unions, Meyer's small operation grew steadily. He acquired a tract of land on the Little Calumet River where he grew medicinal plants and cultivated flora. Eventually, the tract of land was finished with an English gabled building and given a name: Indiana Botanic Gardens, Inc.
More than a century after Meyer actualized his vision of providing natural health alternatives, his family continues to champion his idea. They curate an ever-expanding inventory that includes vitamins, nutritional supplements, and bulk herbals—all of which may be purchased both in-store and online.
Auto Fix draws on their parent company's deep wells of experienced, ASE-certified technicians to staff their seven garages in Illinois and Indiana. The full-service shops keep cars running with oil changes and thorough vehicle check ups, and they routinely flush power steering, radiator, and transmission fluids. Having spent years working with vehicles, Auto Fix technicians can repair any part of the car from the suspension to the fuel system. They're confident in their repairs as well, offering any client a 12-month or 12,000-mile guarantee on each fix. The team also renders problem-precluding services such as full safety inspections, shocks and struts service, and tire rotation—which does not mean enforcing who’s up next on the backyard tire swing.
The specialists at It's About Time Watch Repair keep wrists stylish and time-telling accessories in good working order. The outfit specializes in all forms of general watch repair, such as changing batteries or attaching new straps to replace worn-out bands of masking tape. The shop also purveys paracord survival bracelets hand made from World War II-era parachute rope that boast a tensile strength of 550 pounds.
Baums Natural Foods assists customers in achieving whole health with a broad range of vitamins, natural products, and a wellness center where they can relax and tidy up their bodily living space. Remove toxins from the bottom up during a 30-minute ionic foot cleansing, as technicians immerse soles in a warm bath of water charged with negative and positive ions. The gentle current draws out toxins out through pedial pores, busting heavy metals and environmental detritus bent on slowing circulation, dampening energy levels, and hindering the body’s natural ability to transmit telegraph signals. Clients walk out on newly lightened tootsies and may notice decreased pain and inflammation in other body parts in the wake of the soak.
Harbor Automotive's ASE-certified technicians keep cars dependably cruising along with a luxurious spread of maintenance services. During each oil change, a mechanic feeds jalopies up to six quarts of Mobil Clean oil and a new ACDelco filter, then checks all fluid levels, belts, and hoses before printing out an inspection report, which can be used to pay your next parking ticket. The staff will also lube up the steering, suspension, drive shaft, and door and hood hinges before announcing the end of the 45- to 60-minute service with a bubbly auto bath and interior vacuum.