Back when Jill Card and her husband were going on their first date, he told her to wear ?jeans and a cute top.? More than two decades later, the couple decided that would be the perfect name for Jill?s clothing boutique, where women of all ages and sizes can now find their own jeans and blouse or sweater for a first date, a night on the town with the fellow jury members, or a day spent hanging around the house. Her shop?s apparel quickly earned awards and media attention and enjoyed enough success to launch a second shop just 14 months later and a third boutique three-and-a-half years later. The laudations still pour in; the shop was named the Best Place to Buy Women?s Jeans by West Suburban Living magazine in 2012 and 2013.
To earn this praise, Jill selects a wide range of jeans from brands such as Silver, Level 99, Miracle Body, Jag, Miss Me, Liverpool, and Kut from the Kloth, enabling denim-seekers from multiple generations to find styles they like. Her friendly staff is likewise well versed on the fit and style of every jean in the shop. She also offers free basic hem alterations. To pair with the jeans, Jill's stores overflow with cute tops, sweaters, blouses, and jackets from labels including Nick & Mo, Boho Chic, Insight, BB Dakota, Kensie, and Tulle. Jill and her staff also adorn shoppers in necklaces, scarves, and accessories.
Since the Amling family business first sprouted in 1889, it has expanded, put down roots in four locations, and blossomed with a visual style that makes its work distinctive. Same-day delivery service allows customers to send spur-of-the-moment gifts or apologize for drinking the last of that morning's coffee. The florists deliver their fragrant wares to a sprawling list of residences, funeral homes, hospitals, and other facilities, and can send blooms abroad through international shipping.
Dick Pond Athletics outfits runners, wrestlers, and athletes with a large selection of shoes made by brands such as Saucony, adidas, and Nike. Men's, women's, and youth track-and-field shoes allow runners to protect their feet from rough pavement and tracks littered with upside-down waffle cones. Men's shoes include Asics Gel Strike 2s ($44.95) and New Balance 760s ($74.95), and women's include Brooks Sports Lady Defyance 2s ($49.95) and Nike Lady Air Max Moto+ 5s ($53.95).
In 1964, Fox Valley Repertory was born as the Pheasant Run Playhouse. A dinner theater attached to Pheasant Run Resort, the space hosted stars such as William Shatner, Phyllis Diller, and Betty Grable throughout the '60s and '70s. The repertoire expanded into the world of Broadway musicals in the late 1980s with hits including?Grease?and?The King and I. But the venue was looking to expand in a more literal direction as well: in 2002 it underwent extensive renovations to transform from a humble playhouse to a fully modern performing arts facility.
Following its facade-lift, the Playhouse became the home of Chicago?s Noble Fool Theater Company, who officially re-dubbed themselves Fox Valley Repertory in 2011. It's a name that better represents the ensemble's investment in the community. Today, the repertory continues to earn praise for its family-friendly productions and educational opportunities for aspiring thespians and light bulbs hoping to become spotlights.