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85% Off Online App-Design Course

EwB

Online Deal

$465 $69

12 months of access to a self-guided app design course compiled by No. 1 app designer Chris Stevens with 15+ hours of learning material

50% Off E-Liquids

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

Half Off FIT Radio Subscription

FIT Radio

Online Deal

$35.88 $18

DJ-curated, high-energy playlists motivate workouts; compatible with Android and iOS smartphones

50% Off Apparel from My Great Lake

My Great Lake

Online Deal

$30 $15

T-shirts and hoodies dedicated to each Great Lake with a portion of the proceeds going to support conservation efforts

Groupon Desk Calendar

Groupon Desk Calendar

Groupon

$2 $1

Groupon Desk Calendar

Groupon Desk Calendar

Groupon

$2 $1

40% Off Boutique Apparel and Gifts

Art Effect

Lincoln Park

$25 $15

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Eclectic boutique stocks home decor, jewelry, clothing, accessories, housewares, and one-of-a-kind gifts for all occasions and budgets

Up to 40% Off Bikes at Kozy's Cyclery

Kozy's Cyclery

Multiple Locations

$1,299.99 $899

Kozy's Cyclery carries an assortment of styles and brands, including Specialized, Cannondale, Giant, and Schwinn

Up to 40% Off Bikes at Kozy's Cyclery

Kozy's Cyclery

Multiple Locations

$1,299.99 $899

Kozy's Cyclery carries an assortment of styles and brands, including Specialized, Cannondale, Giant, and Schwinn

44% Off Adult Toys from AdamandEve.com

AdamandEve.com

Online Deal

$45 $25

Trusted supplier of adult toys and accessories for more than 4 decades; discreet shipping arrives with 3 complimentary DVDs and mystery gift

Customized iPhone or Samsung Galaxy Case

MyCustomCase.com

Online Deal

$45 $20

Outfit your iPhone, iPad, iPod or Samsung Galaxy with a cover featuring an uploaded photo or your name or initials on exclusive designs

$15 for $45 Worth of Personalized Cases or Stationery

Paper Concierge

Online Deal

$45 $15

Browse art or photos and search for bold, modern patterns and fun designs to personalize with text and colors

50% Off Jewelry

KADA

Chicago

$30 $15

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

Up to 64% Off Bespoke Menswear at BookATailor

BookATailor

Chicago Showroom

$198 $99

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

44% Off at The Denim Lounge

The Denim Lounge

Roscoe Village

$45 $25

Blue jeans and other denim items are complemented by a galaxy of casual clothing options

Up to 50% Off Erotic Toys from Wicked Blue Box

Wicked Blue Box

Chicago

$20 $11

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

50% Off Miscellaneous Jewelry

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

43% Off Plants

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

50% Off Apparel & Accessories - Shirts & Tops

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

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Wanting to further the careers of other artists he knew, Jake Nickell set up a competition-based T-shirt-design company in his small apartment to give those artists a chance to make their art and get paid while doing it. Today, the small design startup has expanded into Threadless, a virtual boutique showcasing artsy apparel and accessories from designers all over the globe. Each week, guest artists and illustrators submit designs depicting pop-culture references, animals, folk art, and vibrant abstract works, leaving it up to the online community to vote on which entries will populate the shop’s menagerie of merch ranging from T-shirts and hoodies to bags, laptop cases, and umbrellas.

In addition to printing their work, Threadless honours artists with awards for designers in various categories, as well as a Made By program highlighting artists who've developed a following in the community or discovered the whereabouts of Van Gogh's middle-school diaries. Store staffers also award scholarships to hardworking designers and present Design Challenges to focus submitting artists on a central theme or aesthetic style. At Threadless Atrium, they collaborate with charities and other outside organizations to gather eclectic art submissions that currently benefit the American Cancer Society and Disney Villains.

3011 N Broadway St
Chicago,
IL
US

Signature service: Home Delivery
Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 50+ people

The town of Rockford first started getting news in the pages of the Rockford Register Star back in 1855. The business blossomed over time and today the paper publishes daily, landing on the door steps of more than 50,000 homes and businesses. Writers and editors also supply the companion website with a constant stream of content, all of which is available to members along with the daily delivery of the paper. The paper focuses on local happenings, covering a mix of current events, crime, local politics, and momentous domestic announcements, such as weddings and the discovery of a house that can talk.

99 E State St
Rockford,
IL
US

To the doctors behind Evolution Med Spa, a weight-loss program is like a well-cut suit—tailored to fit its owner. In this spirit, they customize each of their regimens to the client, taking into account his or her body type, metabolic rate, and medical history. The resulting programs can focus on hormone balancing, dietary supplements, or nutrition plans more effective than using water as salad dressing. The clinic's laser-lipo services, meanwhile, non-invasively slim physiques up to four inches per session. The center also offers services to help with hormone rebalancing and restoration, menopause symptom relief, skin care and rejuvenation services, spider-vein treatments, laser hair removal, and acne treatment using infrared red light therapy.

888 Route 59
Naperville,
IL
US

From biochemistry textbooks to best-selling paperback thrillers, most of the reading material at Market Fresh Books has the same price: $5.99 per pound—although some material such as graphic novels and audiobooks may vary. Co-owners and Evanston residents Paul and Susan wanted to find a new way to sell in-demand used books, so they simplified the process by stocking their shelves with popular titles for all age groups and charging by weight for most items. The stores also cater particularly to the needs of students by buying back textbooks and reselling the used copies for a fraction of the original retail price. Additionally, Market Fresh Books tempts its customers with used CDs, movies, vinyl records, video games, and a fire pit around which an old man tells the tales of yore.

700 Church Street
Evanston,
IL
US

Black Tie Formalwear's seasoned clothiers redefine manly silhouettes with fine Italian suits perfectly matched against dress shirts and colorful silk ties. From Italian imaginations renowned for designing distinguished men's formalwear, each suit boasts fibers of lightweight super 140 wool, a measurement that describes the heft of the yarn and the fact that it was harvested from Superman's personal flock of sheep. Michael Kors cotton dress shirts breathe easily through their comfortable weave while breathing life into fashionable ensembles. The eye-catching glisten of all silk ties rest comfortably atop shirts and chests, secretly inscribed with subconscious pick-up lines woven by flirtatious silk worms. Formalwear experts reside at each location, ready to assist customers with measurements, fittings, and recommendations of matching shoes or accessories.

607 E Golf Rd
Schaumburg,
IL
US

The physical-to-digital technicians of Pixcel understand that old media can slowly deteriorate from age, improper handling, or the focused fury of Leonard Maltin’s trained moths. Through their transfer services, the staffers can skillfully turn photographs and slides, VHS and camcorder tapes, and film into everlasting digital files, able to be stored on hard drives or burned onto physical discs. They can also upgrade the quality of images, increasing clarity and producing brighter colors through frame-by-frame scanning, film restoration, and color correction.

4711 Golf Road, Suite 650
Skokie,
IL
US

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