The first Ebert Studio opened almost 100 years ago on Chicago's west side. Since then, four successive generations have preserved memories for countless families in studios that now reside in Oak Park and Hinsdale. At the helm today is Jeff Ebert, the great-grandson of the studio's founder. Jeff makes a very small distinction to give you the big picture—"It's not so much that it's photography," he says, "but it's photographing people."
Making people feel comfortable and look better is just one part of his job. The next part is to create "a piece like a painting that can be hung above a mantle and somebody can be proud of for years and years to come." As the latest in a line of artists stretching back to 1915, Jeff does that well, harnessing the power of passed time and using it to build a portfolio that showcases families, weddings, animals, and individuals. Some of his notable subjects have included Cardinal Francis George, Walter Payton, and film director Christopher Columbus, known for his historical documentary of babysitting, Home Alone.
Starting a fitness routine can be intimidating, but the trainers at Evolution Fitness believe that it’s something everyone should do. That’s why they strive to make exercise easier for every one of their members by supplementing gym visits with their wealth of fitness knowledge. To guide guests on their own paths to health, they conduct one-on-one yoga, Pilates, and custom-training sessions. Group classes, meanwhile, add a social aspect to the mix with boot camps, step aerobics, and Zumba, which turns exercise sessions into freewheeling dance routines like a treadmill on a Broadway set.
For more than two decades, American Mattress has promoted peaceful slumber in bedchambers throughout the Midwest with their vast selection of mattresses, headboards, and linens. The sleep experts strive to stay abreast of the latest bedding technology: their Serta mattresses are made with gel foam that supports curves, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses repel allergens, mites, and poltergeists looking to spoon. This devotion to a good night’s sleep has helped them earn the title of Best Mattress Store from suburban Chicago’s Daily Herald five years in a row. Additionally, American Mattress doubles down on each of its beds with a 30-day comfort guarantee and a 60-day best-price guarantee.
Owner Lindsay Rapp surrounds herself with a staff of canine-whisperers who employ both human and animal psychology to help owners and pets live long, happy lives together. Agility training equips dogs for high-intensity play or auditions for basketball movies, and other courses tailored to families with children keep the peace by preparing dogs for a new baby or preparing families for a new dog.
Fly Bird carries fun and inventive items that range anywhere from Diabolical Hot Dog T-shirts ($24.99) to French mermaid bottle openers ($28). For friends in the market for thoughtful gifts or paper airplane supplies, the store stocks a wide range of journals and paper goods, such as the 32-page instruction book for handling babies ($9.95), and the "Scribbles," "Squiggles," or "Doodles" coloring books ($19.99 each), which are designed by Taro Gomi, author of the eye-opening children's novel Everyone Poops. The items listed in the online catalogue are just the tip of Fly Bird's eclectic iceberg of mind-melting merchandise—to truly grasp the store's items without breaking them or putting them in their mouth, curious customers can simply stop by the store.
Live Psychic, tarot, tasseography readings. Amanda is a third generation psychic with a gift that stands out among the rest. We are located in Oak Park Illinois, steps from the Blue Line "L" Stop Oak Park Ave. We are offering a $10 introductory reading, this is a $35 value. Stop in or call Amanda to schedule a appointment.