Juggling scores of domestic and imported brands, the staff at Lincolnwood Wines & Spirits presents patrons with an exciting display of more than 1,000 hand-picked wines, premium spirits, and fine cigars. Shoppers can stock their cellars with the creamy, un-oaked Rietvallei chardonnay ($9.99) or Mother Zin, a zinfandel named for its creator's mom and how she loved to curse ($13.99). Create a special drink with North Shore's Chicago-made vodka ($33.99) by mixing it with nothing else and serving it in a Ming vase. Safely stowed inside a walk-in humidor, esteemed cigars such as Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real ($7.99), Acid Kuba Kuba ($6.99), and Cohiba Robusto ($13.99) eagerly wait to be taken into loving homes, guillotined, and set on fire.
With more than 90 years of family-run experience, Lazar's emphasizes function and aesthetics as they help parents-to-be select clothes, bottles, and bedding for their budding bundles of joy. Tour its 9,000-square-foot showroom to equip kiddies with a secure and latex-free Café booster seat ($59.95) or prime pintsize adventurers for their first road trip with a new stroller or Primo Viaggio car seat ($249.99). Lazar's trained staff can also pair parents with all-natural baby accessories, including the Coco organic crib mattress ($399) or brand-name baby furniture from Romina, Munire, Pali, and Bonavita. Lazar also carries an assortment of bath-time accoutrement including the European spa baby tub ($44.95) as well as colorful toys to entertain children in between baths.
The posse of posy peddlers at Maria’s Flower Boutique has delighted in making days special for more than 25 years. Embrace your inner romantic and put your Groupon toward two-dozen classic red roses to enchant a significant other or surprise an unsuspecting landlord ($130). The roses and lilies arrangement offers an easy antidote to winter’s woes with a springy mix of tangerine roses, coral lilies, comely carnations, and a powerful thawing agent ($65). Verdant and soothing, the all-green Green Light arrangement brightens workplaces while repelling overcareful Supermen ($35). Peckish customers may feast upon the gourmet fruit basket, filled with fruit, chocolate, cheese, and crackers ($85). Inquire within Maria’s shop about special events and wedding catering, toward which this Groupon may also be applied.
In 1908, Madison and State became the numerical zero-markers of Chicago’s new street system, making the corner where they intersected the new epicenter of city commerce. On nearby Wabash Avenue, the company jumped into the furniture game the same year, selling home furnishings built by skilled local craftsmen. More than 100 years later, the shop still buzzes with that original energy, connecting customers with the finest home furnishings from more than 50 manufacturers. The fourth-generation family business has migrated from the city center to five suburban locales, where showrooms display gleaming hardwood tables, towering entertainment centers, and elegant leather couches. Along with accent pieces and kid-centric design items, each Toms-Price location also offers special services such as furniture refinishing, reupholstering, and moving help. On-staff interior designers can also lend their eye to design projects, artfully arranging rooms and selecting the color schemes, fabrics, and wax doll heads that best bring out the inner you.
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.