Chiropractor Tara Paredes is passionate about drug-free medicine, but she doesn't stand in the way of the conventional approach. Although her gentle spinal adjustments, massages, and physical therapy have helped many patients overcome a range of ailments, she happily makes referrals to MDs when she suspects the patient will need it. She makes this judgement call during thorough consultations and exams that precede every hands-on, noninvasive treatment.
The Fit’s diverse team of certified instructors spin out a slew of engaging and motivating integral fitness classes within a welcomingly small communal space. Adventurously move beyond comfort zone property lines with Gym Class, which aim to cultivate strength and power through a varying combination of kettlebell, TRX, body-weight exercises, and quantum physics. Meanwhile, certified instructors shepherd peddlers of all skill levels through indoor cycling classes designed to burn calories and calibrate cardiovascular chronometers, motivating students while ensuring proper movement and specially calibrated intensity levels. A water bottle is required and, like posing in a music video circa 1983, biking shorts are suggested. Check the schedule and register for an array of available class times online.
Maurie’s forges edible chocolate masterpieces with gourmet ingredients from Ghana, Guatemala, and other faraway lands along with local organic creameries. In accordance with a carefully guarded family recipe, each succulent morsel is designed to delight the eyeballs and smack tasters with the full force of spice-, fruit-, and nut-empowered chocolate. The Spring Fling box fills mouths with cocoa-based delicacies such as dark-chocolate truffles with balsamic or lemon-cardamom infusions, local cranberries clothed in chocolate, or chocolate-covered almonds (warning: contains almonds).
Wild Child, a woman-owned, woman-operated business, specializes in natural, organic, and fair-trade clothing for wee folks, from those freshly born up to age seven. A boy can don a durable Liberty Graphics dino tee ($19.50), while a girl can be begarbed in a pre-shrunk Global Mamas batik sundress ($24.50). A cotton thermal blanket ($19.50) keeps babies and freshly baked pies warm, while accessories (such as a funky apron printed with ladybugs, $19.95) and toys (such as an organic monkey stuffed animal, $18) keep them entertained and stain-free. Many of Wild Child's clothes are tie-dyed and hand-painted vibrant hues by local artists, and 40% of the items in the store are Wild Child's own clothing line, giving children the opportunity to roll in the dirt in a shirt designed by a noggin attached to arms, legs, and a torso that once rolled in that same dirt.
Licensed massage therapist Lily MacFaydian tends to backs in a private studio nestled inside Acupuncture Works. Here, Lily comforts muscles and restores vitality with a range of treatments. Gliding Swedish massages boost circulation and chase away stress, and deep-tissue sessions knead the tautness out of pulled muscles. Lily makes sessions extra relaxing by applying hot towels and essential oils, not by leaving out a ventriloquist?s dummy with eyes that seem to follow you around the room.
Mannequins make wonderful pets because they quietly flaunt the latest fashions and don't need bones to love you unconditionally. Earn their ardor with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of apparel, accessories, and more at Twigs on Monroe Street.
Twigs stocks a carefully curated collection of apparel, jewelry, and accessories from a variety of designers. High-end threads of Anna Sui, Rag and Bone, and Nanette Lepore fill racks next to trendy dandifiers, costume jewelry, and accessory accessories. Pick up a variety of USA-manufactured wardrobe staples from Splendid, including the sheer simplicity of a vanilla layering tank ($48) and coal-hued stretch leggings ($55). Bedazzle your soul sack with jewelry from AV Max, such as a deep-blue wooden bangle ($30) accented by brass rivets or a pair of vivid orange and red dangle earrings ($30) for lobes that do more than support attention-hogging ear canals.
Twigs is staffed by friendly and discerning retail professionals, so if you're uncertain about anything, from the best look for a beach party to the right purse to match your gigantic pigeon costume, simply inquire while perusing their stock of classic and trendy accoutrements. There are even a handful of items for sale that operate on an oft-overlooked member of the sensory staff; re-scent your homestead with a blackberry basil candle by Votivo ($25) or repopulate your skin smells with notes of blood orange from Stella solid perfume ($30) by Tocca.
Three Yelpers give Twigs a perfect five stars:
- This place is top of the line, even with all the great stores that are in Chicago. They have a great selection and beautiful jewelry. – Cara R.
- Top notch service - the crew was extremely helpful - they quickly welcomed me, asked if they could help with anything, and pointed me in the right direction. – Steve L.