Music Evolution - Evolution Installs' technicians are masters of automation. Surveillance systems. Lights. Window shades. They can feed all of these functions and more into a central automation system, which homeowners use to control their living spaces. The experts also share their customization skills by creating home entertainment systems. They design home theaters and install TVs, surround sound, and stereo set-ups throughout Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, even the secret ones only the mayor knows about.
Since starting his business in 1988, Dr. Dennis Gaeta has honed the vision of more than 18,000 active patients. He makes each pair of eyeglasses himself to ensure the accuracy of the prescription, which can be presented in digitally processed lenses, no-line bifocals, and Transitions lenses that adjust to the amount of light both outdoors and inside the car. These lenses get fitted into fashionable frames from brands such as Bellagio, Mandalay, and Modern Optics.
The job of a naturopath is to root out the underlying causes behind health conditions and to improve the body's ability to heal itself. At Illinois Organics, holistic practitioner Kimberly Schiffer does this by enlisting a range of nonmedical services to assess and improve health, from measuring nutritional deficiencies to developing weight-loss programs. Kimberly's holistic solutions work to treat conditions as wide-ranging as low self-esteem, depression, and hyperactivity. In line with this mission, Illinois Naturopathy & Holistic Nutrition offers organic produce, including 30–50 different items each week, to boost overall health and reduce the instances of people foraging in their neighbors' vegetable patches.
The Tile Shop—as the name coyly suggests—specializes in tile for every imaginable surface and aesthetic style, making it easy for DIY handypeople to tackle small home projects, such as modernizing an avocado-green and penicillin-pink bathroom floor or re-grouting a small garden grotto. Underscore a kitchen with the appetizing orange of pirita siena ceramic tiles ($2.19 per square foot), then trim the counters in lizett beige ($3.99 each) for a complementary finish. Pick up a honeycomb pattern of hex matte black ($5.29 per square foot)—the quintessential backsplash for a gothy bumblebee—or add a touch of character to a small surface with a deep green verde butterfly mosaic ($11.99 per square foot). With its enormous selection of floor tiles, wall tiles, mosaics, and natural stone, the possibilities are as endless as a drive across Nebraska. The Tile Shop also has a plentiful selection of grout and tools for grouting it all together while grinning groutishly.
Park Hills Car Wash offers quick wash packages, in-depth details, and mechanical services that keep automobiles looking and performing their best. Cars that find themselves the victims of an over-size mud puddle or an over-affectionate oil tanker can shake off the grime with triple-foam polish, wax-poly sealant, and rust inhibitor during a 15-minute wash. Detailers move at a focused pace as they steam clean carpets, hand wax the finish, and narrow in on even the smallest vent, panel, and gauge with dust-busting air blasters. In the lube center, technicians perform full-service oil changes for most makes and models and can also service radiators, transmissions, and tires.
Window Genie’s insured, uniformed technicians start a three-step cleaning process by scraping away dirt and debris, then washing panes with biodegradable, home-safe products that are designed to be gentle on fabrics and flooring. Next they will remove 99.9% of the water before wiping window edges and sills, leaving them cleaner than whistles that have spent the last hour in the dishwasher.
All jobs are backed by a streak-free guarantee, which promises that crews will return within 24 hours to fix any issues customers report. In addition to window-cleaning services, Window Genie technicians can install custom wood blinds and window shades, affix gutter-protection systems, and pressure wash home exteriors and sidewalks.
From a single shop opened in 1978, Amazing Fantasy Books & Comics curates a selection of new monthlies, graphic novels, manga, games, and action figures in four hotspots. Colorful characters from mainstream and independent publishers fill the pages of new issues ($2.99+) and graphic-novel collections, such as The Amazing Spider-Man: Big Time ($10) or Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant ($17.95). Text-based novels recount tales of pulp vigilantes such as the Green Hornet ($15.15) and Zorro ($13.55), and 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography ($13.50) illustrates the spiritual leader’s life story with Japanese-style black-and-white art. Gamers can pick up a Don Quixote board game and join the valiant fight against alternative-energy sources depicted in Cervantes’s novel ($26.21).