Gordmans restocks bureaus and residential nooks with an expansive inventory of name-brand merchandise discounted below department store prices, including team apparel and seasonal decorations. Flaunt support for a collegiate club by sliding arm branches through an Illinois color-block polo ($24.99). Fans can also don a pair of Chicago Bears lounge pants ($19.99), ideal for relaxing while watching the game or ripping off to expose Mike Ditka knee tattoos. Artistic wall art festoons vacant environs in colorful creations, such as canvases coated in tones of still-life wine ($24.99) and scenic vistas ($29.99+). Alternatively, a harvest of men's and women's fragrances allows shoppers to uncork new scents for seasonal parties, class reunions, and heated negotiations with the shopping-mall Santa Claus.
Before diving into any of their spa treatments, the staff of Infinity Day Spa wants you to stop, breathe, and drink a cup of tea. By arriving at least 15 minutes prior to any appointment, guests can decompress in the tranquility room, where flickering candles and fluffy pillows play host to tea leaves that blend into steamy custom brews. Patrons can also use this time to swap their street clothes for a robe and sandals and stow their belongings in the men’s and women’s locker rooms. Once their technician comes to claim them, guests embark on a visit built from the extensive service menu. Many of the spa’s treatments include extra elements, such as manicures with retinol-based vitamin repair or reflexology sessions with paraffin dips. Natural therapies also sprout up throughout the spa—estheticians frost skin with body wraps harvested from wasabi and ginger, and massage therapists melt muscles using oils infused with aromatherapy blends. After any treatment, clients may retreat to the spa’s showers to freshen up and hide evidence of the day from jealous stress balls back at home.
For more than two decades, American Mattress has promoted peaceful slumber in bedchambers throughout the Midwest with their vast selection of mattresses, headboards, and linens. The sleep experts strive to stay abreast of the latest bedding technology: their Serta mattresses are made with gel foam that supports curves, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses repel allergens, mites, and poltergeists looking to spoon. This devotion to a good night’s sleep has helped them earn the title of Best Mattress Store from suburban Chicago’s Daily Herald five years in a row. Additionally, American Mattress doubles down on each of its beds with a 30-day comfort guarantee and a 60-day best-price guarantee.
Ulta pampers hair with a suite of top-quality treatments, leaving coiffures sculpted and purring with delight. Hair bearers report to a stylist for a consultation, which determines how to go about the cut in regard to lifestyle, desired look, and blood type. A shampoo and specially formulated condition cleans locks and treats damaged hair, leaving cranial carpets clean and soft before cutting, and a relaxing scalp massage exhumes heads of ghosts of stress past. The expert scissor wielders carefully reshape dowdy 'dos into masterworks, and a blow-dry and style leave newly coiffed heads prepped to face judgmental mirrors.
Inside Kenny the King Tobacco, an enormous humidor houses row upon row of Dominican and Nicaraguan cigars. Once shoppers have unsheathed their favorite one, they can complement it with accessories ranging from cutters and lighters to travel humidors and hookahs. At the Lakemoor location, an onsite cigar lounge—complete with television and poker table—awaits patrons who’d like to stick around and enjoy their purchases right away, practicing smoke rings or working on their smoke self-portrait.
To inject some spice into her workouts, Linda Costoff founded Intrigue Fitness as a women-only studio that focuses on group fitness, personal training, and engaging classes. Intrigue specializes in pole-dancing fitness classes, with sessions that include beginner workshops, advanced classes, private lessons, and bachelorette parties. The studio also offers a wide variety of fitness and dance classes.