For 20 years, the experts at Computer Solutions have been servicing and speeding up the motherboards of devices from Dell, Gateway, Sony, and Toshiba. Well-versed in the minutiae of Windows operating systems, technicians provide proactive 24/7 monitoring, data backup, system tune-ups, and data-recovery solutions. The all-purpose tech company offers free pickup and drop-off within 10 miles of its Chicago and Skokie locations, but levies substantial charges for computers that arrive strapped to the leg of a carrier pigeon.
Founded in 1967, Linda Z's Sewing Center has been supplying area residents with the tools and know-how they need to sew their own masterpieces. During classes for all skill levels, expert instructors guide students in using the store’s fleet of new sewing machines to create an assortment of projects, from aprons to jackets to quilts that double as jackets. Linda Z’s stocks an ever-changing selection of fabrics, such as fun floral prints or fancy stripes and hosts monthly sewing and embroidery clubs to keep idle hands busy.
iFixCellPhone's technology experts restore wireless devices to near-new condition. The smartphone savants deploy a special adhesive process to fully seal fresh glass onto iPhones, preventing dust from sneaking underneath the screen through the sides, power button, or wireless network. Alternatively, scroll through a comprehensive roster of other repairs for iPhones and Blackberries. Venerable iPhone 2Gs get extra mileage from diagnostic services by cyber sleuths ($30) or camera replacement ($75). Trackball ($25–$30) and keyboard ($40–$60) repairs for Blackberries help fingers to fly as fast as the exigencies of live-blogging an auctioneering contest require.