Like many people, Kenneth Geary had a childhood nickname. “Skinnie Piggy.” The moniker was bestowed upon him by his grandmother due to his large appetite and high metabolism. The name has stuck, as Kenneth and co-owner, Monica Rodriguez, have not only dubbed their sweets shop "Skinnie Piggy" but have also incorporated its meaning into the concept of the store. Executive chef Elizabeth McCabe handcrafts a daily menu of freshly-baked pies, poundcakes, and cupcakes, most of which come in Hog (huge), Skinnie (regular), and Piglet (mini) sizes, an innovation that gained praise from ABC7, Chicago Magazine, and Pop Sugar. Amid pink polka dotted walls decorated with local artwork, customers can dispense gourmet treats such as Jelly Belly’s from clear containers, and peruse more than 25 types of nostalgic candies, from Fun Dip to Zotz Fizz. The sweets boutique also caters special occasion parties and business meetings with confectionary bouquets and candy boxes.
Like the bat signal beckons the caped crusader to fight crime, a phone call, online application, or text message alerts Image Dry Cleaners's fleet of roving drivers to tackle insidious laundry. With garment bags flapping in the wind, they gather sullied coats, blouses, suits, and linens such as comforters, tablecloths, and tapestries from a designated pickup spot, carting the items back to their base free of charge. There, they oust grime and stains, returning fresh, squeaky-clean fabrics to doorsteps three days later, or customers can affix a note to laundry bags requesting next-day drop-off without incurring additional fees. In addition to expediting the cleaning process, staff members alter ensembles, repair shoes, restore leather, and preserve bridal dresses so that new wives can memorialize wedding days without attempting to cryogenically freeze their maid of honor.
A debilitating illness that affects more than 400,000 people across the country, multiple sclerosis is a formidable opponent for even the strongest people. Fortunately, the do-gooders behind the National Multiple Sclerosis Society pair their fighting spirit and dedication to scientific breakthroughs with something even more powerful: bushels and bushels of cash. In every state, its members volunteer their time to advocate, educate, and raise money to find a cure. One of the larger chapters is the Greater Illinois Chapter, which spans 73 Illinois counties. The chapter?s signature event is the annual MS Soir?e, a cocktail party and casino night featuring glittering gowns and enticing live music. While the event?s venue changes from time to time, past bashes have taken place at plush downtown hotels such as theWit, Swiss?tel, and the Hard Rock Hotel.
Since 1950, the year Barry-Regent Cleaners laundered its first garment, the now second-generation family business has been immaculately cleaning clothes using state-of-the-art equipment. Alongside traditional dry cleaning, it offers specialized shirt laundering and aqua cleaning, which uses water instead of solvents to more-effectively remove stains from some outerwear and casual wear. Most items can be returned to their owners on the same day as drop-off, and Barry-Regent delivers to select zip codes so that customers don't need to sheepishly retrieve their clothes while concealing themselves with branches. Alterations and specialty cleaning of wedding dresses, leathers, and furs are also available.
Lakeview Cleaners & Mike's Cleaners partner up to thoroughly scour and press garments onsite. Their clothes-minded staffers take pride in paying attention to detail: every item gets a careful spot cleaning, and they can even launder specialty items such as wedding dresses or space suits. Optional same-day service quickly reunites items and owners before they’re forced to spend a night apart.