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.
There are acts of folly, like getting a smartphone soaked while taking a selfie in front of a waterfall. There are acts of sheer bad luck, like sitting on an iPhone or iPad, or ducking behind one as a malevolent squirrel launches a pointed acorn at you. Despite the advances in technology, things still go wrong. Yet for nearly every problem afflicting smartphones and tablets, the in-house service technicians at Smartphone Repair Center have a solution. Specializing in same-day repairs, they've seen it all and fixed it, saving customers the time and agony of having to replace their devices or communicate forever via flag semaphore. Cracked screens are rendered shiny and new with speedy replacement service, software and battery problems are quickly alleviated, and even the most ravaged housings, face places, and lenses are swiftly rendered factory fresh.
Family owned, James & Williams Jewelers has been ornamenting fingers, wrists, lobes, and necks with designer and handmade jewelry since 1962. Charles Krypell's round-weave sterling-silver pendant hangs simply from a piece of black cord ($300), and the Honora diamond-and-pearl drop earrings dangle like ripe, freshwater oyster-formed berries upon a stem of 14K white gold ($275). Engagement ringsmiths include Simon G., Peter Storm, and Bez Ambar, with Scott Kay also lending his metal mettle to the men's cobalt wedding band ($290) and other masculine finger belts.