The Limelite Boutique cherry-tops customers' outfits with a lineup of designer accessories centered on its collection of colorful handbags. Alongside the more traditional purses, the online shop equips clients with wallets for easy organization or beach bags that celebrate carefree vacation days with summery prints depicting rows of flip-flops, lawn chairs lounging on the sand, and parents forcing their children to work summer jobs at the local corn dog hutch. Necklace sets and rings adorn décolletages and fingers with elegant twists of silver or colorful arrangements of stones, and a lineup of sandals from Sierra and Oka b. clothe footparts in open-toed ensembles of decorated straps and wedge soles.
Boasting years of horticulture scholarship and experience, certified florist Jennifer Cummins Linehan captains a team of talented designers as they assemble fresh blossoms into a variety of occasional bouquets. Their vibrant floral arrangements beam out upon weddings, funerals, and beekeeper singles mixers, and their custom bouquets express congratulatory, romantic, or sympathetic tidings. The staff draws from a diverse inventory of local and exotic buds, working in styles ranging from traditional to modern. In addition to flowers, the shop arms gift givers with potted plants and gourmet fruit baskets.
The scents of sugar and spices waft from the doors of Syd’s Bakery, evoking in lucky passersby memories of childhood birthday parties and trips to Grandma’s house. This scrumptious perfume is the byproduct of recipes developed in the kitchens of Hungary, Russia, and Poland—recipes that continue to earn new fans with each bite of the bakery’s cookies, tea cakes, and coffee cakes. Sitting on racks beside their Old World brethren, more than a dozen styles of classic American cookies teem with mix-ins such as chocolate chunks, peanut butter, and coconut flakes. Hand-rolled raised donuts also line the shelves, their insides brimming with colorful jams but not a gram of trans fat.
The bakers flex their artistic muscles when constructing cakes, which range from 6-inch rounds to full sheets that serve up to 90 wedding or graduation-party guests. When customizing cakes for special occasions, customers may choose from six icings, 12 fillings, and more than 20 swirlable cake flavors, which range from milk chocolate to pink champagne. An edible image or hand-drawn greeting makes each cake both tasty and informative, like a pie chart made of real pie.
Chili Jack’s Original Chili Mac’ wasn't the first to serve chili mac, but they are certainly one of the best. The eatery has earned recognition from the The Blade food critic for resurrecting the long-lost dish. Although chili mac is the star of the show, classically prepared hot dogs and sausages make up a full menu. Dog recipes draw influences from around the world, with recipes such as German bratwurst with sauerkraut and all-beef Chicago dogs with authentic fixin's: yellow mustard, green relish, and sport peppers grown in the end zone of Soldier Field.
Step inside this family-friendly entertainment hub to test your laser skills across 4,000 square feet of black-lit battlefield. Q-Zar's futuristic funscape hosts a tonal tango of fuchsia, cerulean, and radioactive sherbet, interrupted every so often by energized beams. In games of laser tag, aim trumps age, beam-based bravery beats pure brute strength, and strategy almost always prevails over wandering around aimlessly while talking about football. Whether young, old, or medium, all players can prove supremacy behind a laser gun if they enter the game with a good attitude. Laser tag can be a pretty intense workout, so let Q-Zar's playlist of energetic tunes invigorate you as you dish out and dodge neon laser dashes.
A Novel Idea Used Bookstore houses 80,000 used books in a library of genres, including romance, mystery, fiction, and nonfiction. Peruse rows of bound words and snap up enlightening adult hardcovers ($5) or opt for a plethora of paperbacks, which are sold at half the original cover price. Parents can bring home a bounty of children's hardcovers ($2) to read to the family chinchilla. A Novel Idea also houses a small selection of new books from local authors, such as Jim Mollenkopf, who penned the Great Black Swamp series of local historical books. Word sponges can also bring any books they wish to sell, and store credit from the transaction can be used toward half the total purchase of any publications they wish to adopt.