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 40 years of experience, Decorator Hardware showers shoppers in a brassy bounty of cabinet knobs and pulls ($5+), as well as door hardware, bath accessories, faucets, and switch plates. Sporting a stylish selection of name-brand manufacturers, the interior aestheticians at Decorator Hardware will help homeowners attain their design vision for homes, offices, or crows' nests. Dress up demure doors with a set of ornate period-brass handles, or install an upstanding towel bar ($40+) to keep linens from cavorting on the ground with crafty ceramic tile. Decorator Hardware also offers modern and minimalist faucets from Jado, soap and tumbler holders from Valli&Valli, and decorative switch-plate covers to cover shy light switches ($6).
The Chicagoland Bowling Proprietors Association has offered patrons ball-rolling entertainment with numerous local member centers for more than three decades. Over the course of two games (up to a $4 value each), hole-bearing balls can spend at least 20 frames gracefully gliding across waxed planks and toppling tiptoeing pins, or alternately fall victim to the gutters' tempting embrace. No matter which of the 28 participating locations patrons decide to patronize, their toes will be stylishly covered in a pair of rental shoes (up to a $4 value) that work to minimize bipedal friction and maximize the uniformity of spontaneous song-and-dance numbers.
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.