In 1930, Dr. Joseph Rosin and his brother, Maurice, opened a small shop on Cermak Road in Cicero. In 80 years, the shop has grown from a small family-run optometrist's office to a regionally renowned business that has sharpened the eyesight of celebrities such as Joe DiMaggio and Plácido Domingo and left its mark on the Chicago area by designing famous symbols such as Harry Caray's trademark glasses and the novelty shades that adorn the John Hancock Center. Today, Rosin Eyecare rests in the hands of the third generation of Rosins, ably helmed by brothers James and Jonathan, who continue a proud tradition of warm, personal service as they improve eyesight with high-tech LASIK and PRK treatments as well as stylish eyeglasses with scratch-resistant lenses. At 16 locations, including the newest office Long Grove, a staff of optometrists keeps optical orbs in high function with comprehensive exams, treating each patient's individual needs with products such as a contact-lens implant or a prescription safety eyewear.
Phil's well-dressed drivers ferry passengers throughout Chicago and its suburbs in a fleet of attractively black luxury vehicles. Since 2006, these chauffeurs have transported travelers to O'Hare and Midway in Lincoln Town Cars built with an extra 6 inches of space that allows riders to stretch their legs and unfurl their extra legs. They also convey groups of up to 10 in stretch limousines from club to club, or to events such as prom, while passengers watch DVDs in a softly lit cabin. With vans and Cadillac Escalades seating up to 7 and 12, respectively, they give groups a variety of means for commuting to meetings and special occasions.
Skincare regimens evolve throughout a lifetime. They begin in adolescence, with the appearance of a first pimple, and carry into middle age with the appearance of a first wrinkle.
That's why Nu Skin Scene's skincare services span the entire spectrum of concerns. Its beautifiers customize their facials to target whatever nagging issue assails each client's skin. That might mean a mask or chemical peel tailored to fight acne or wrinkles, or one that simply evens out rough texture or blotchy tones. And they don't just tend to the face; staff members also wax hair from the body and perform treatments designed to leave skin soft from head to toe?just like sleeping in one huge lotion-filled glove.
Sometimes all it takes is a conversation to spur someone into action. Dr. Wanda J. Evans-Brewer has those conversations with her clients. She talks through their ambitions and fears to help her clients overcome writers block or fatigue to complete academic or general life endeavors.
In Jimmy's Place's kitchen, chefs cook chicken vesuvio in a finely-tuned blend of olive oil, garlic, and Italian seasonings. According to a December 2011 article in the Forest Park Review, this signature dish is a favorite of Food Network star Jeff Mauro, who featured it on his show Sandwich King. The crispy Italian-American meal uses a recipe passed down through owner Jim Jodoin's family?as does the rest of the menu. Years of culinary tradition are written into the homemade marinara sauce that blankets the restaurant's chicken parmesan, the meat that stuffs its homemade ravioli, and the weighty toppings that keep its pizzas from floating up to the ceiling.
Out in the dining room, these meals pair with a distinctly local atmosphere?newspaper clippings and photos of customers line the walls, and bartenders pour drinks at a full bar as flat screen TVs beam in sports.
At Francesca’s Fiore, the 10th in the group of Francesca’s restaurants sprawled across Illinois's Chicagoland—as well as four other states—tongues embark on a culinary journey, sampling the cuisines of Rome, Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio. Executive chef and owner Scott Harris opened his first Francesca’s eatery—Mia Francesca—on Clark Street in 1992, to the rave reviews of both critics and patrons praising it for its simple, rustic cooking, unpretentious elegance, and lack of black holes. He later hired award-winning chefs Kevin Ives and Massimo Salatino to help oversee his other restaurants and create the weekly changing menus that are often handwritten. The chefs and their teams may craft starters such as tricolor bruschetta and risotto, or heartier fare such as pizza, rigatoni primavera, sautéed chicken, and roasted salmon.