Here's how Door to Door Organics works. Start by choosing a small box of heart-healthy fruits, veggies, or both. The produce changes each week according to what's in season, but it's all organic, and locally grown when possible, thanks to the personal and professional relationships Door to Door's owners have developed with local farmers. For example, a recent menu for a small mixed box included a 23-item medley of pears, avocadoes, apples, oranges, broccoli, lettuce, strawberries, tomatoes, beets, carrots, celery, and chard. If you like your box of produce, you can subscribe to Door to Door Organics for regular deliveries.
One Stop Comics has over 5,000 different Trade Paperbacks in stock at all times, new comics are on the racks for at least 6 months, and it also has Chicagoland’s best subscription service. The store is located 30 minutes from O’Hare and Midway airports.
Nora's Shoe Shop points fashion-seeking feet toward comfy styles from brands such as Gadea, Zita Maria, and Sheridan Mia. Fish Sequin by All Black colorful flats ($128) armor feet in a scaly, purple web. For more formal occasions, the Change of Venue by Seychelles ($98) props up tootsies on 3-inch stacked heels, where they can prance securely with red crisscross straps and enough sophisticated attitude to enliven even the most mundane Governor's Ball. Although merchandise varies by store, shoppers may also score sale finds such as a Rhonda blue slingback sandal ($30) by Sachelle or dramatic Mia Honeycomb cork-soled wedges ($50). Snag suitably suave headwear with a Lizzy by Design gray jean hat with bronze piping ($52) for extra-stylish undercover operations.
The scouts at Ananas Boutique fetch elegant designs and comfortable fibers from around the world, eschewing fad chasing to drape women in cuts and colors suited to each personality. Innovative designs hailing from France, Italy, Spain, and Brazil mingle with domestically forged frocks from lines such as Seattle's Prairie Underground, which weaves its casual yet chic designs with cozy organic cotton. Snug camisoles ($28–$54) are alluring on their own or beneath a stylish Idylle T-shirt ($58), and Scala fedoras ($52–$58) offer wordless support during courtships with silent film stars.
In 1962, Val Camilletti began working at Capitol Records, which was ushering in a new era of music, led by The Beatles and The Beach Boys. Ten years later, she opened her own retail record shop, which has spent 40 years distributing eclectic sounds to listeners who, Val says, "are tired of shopping for music in refrigerator stores."
At Val's, you'll find vinyl records lined up in tidy rows and rock posters on the walls. Its expansive, rotating stock features several musical genres and spotlights burgeoning local artists. Knowledgeable staff can also help customers hunt down rare issues, imports, or B-sides. If a record is not in the store inventory, Val's can order it within 24 to 48 hours, depending on how fast they can wake up Keith Richards.