Families don’t just walk on their carpets and sit on their upholstered furniture, they lie on couches while watching TV, sit on the floor while playing games, and walk on the sofa when the floor turns to lava. For these reasons, D Clean Carpeting & Upholstery’s crew purges dirt from carpets and upholstery using all-natural, nontoxic products made from orange, grapefruit, and lime extract that are safe for kids, pets, and the environment. The low-moisture process leaves indoor textiles fresh and clean and dries within just one to two hours.
Rather than cram its immense selection of libations into one storefront, Liquor 'N' Wine spreads it out among five Illinois locations. At each setting, the staff stocks shelves with wines from California and foreign regions such as France, Italy, and New Zealand—where winemakers settled after grapes went extinct in Old Zealand. The wine shares space with top-shelf brands of tequila, rum, gin, and vodka, as well as a generous assortment of whiskeys. Along with their namesake beverages, each Liquor 'N' Wine supplies bottles and kegs of domestic and imported beer and doubles as a Western Union station and propane exchange.
Since its grand opening in 2004, JC's Guitars & Music Lessons now boasts locations in Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, and St. Charles. Each location hosts a professional musician teaching staff with a comprehensive knowledge of string, wind, and percussion instruments. They also provide recording equipment in each studio so students can record their progress at no additional cost.
Claudia's Closet swathes men, women, and teens in upscale, name-brand resale apparel with an emphasis on accouterments for special occasions. Shoes, suits, dresses, and purses wink enticingly from their racks, flaunting labels such as Marc Jacobs, Ann Taylor, and Dooney & Bourke. Pull on a pair of pants ($6–$26) and a T-shirt ($5–$25) or replace woolen long johns with a Betsy Johnson summer dress and gales of sunny laughter ($22). A purse from Coach ($35) awaits the perfect formal dress to sweep it away through chic boardwalks and avenues ($30–$75). Meanwhile, men look dapper in a Ralph Lauren shirt ($9), dapperer in a Nautica suit with pants and a coat ($35), and dapperest in Batman's breastplate.
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.
Arming Windy City's flower followers with a bevy of buxom blossoms since 1889, Amling's Flowers brightens occasions across the spectrum with its fresh floral arrangements. Built from the fruits of partnerships with independent petal peddlers, Amling's artistic arrangements help express emotions fit for a range of occasions, from birthdays to funerals to the first of many joyous parking citations. Lilacs soothe schnozes and seers with a sense-pleasing blend of lavender roses and fragrant hydrangea ($39.95), while the Cotton Candy's bursts of roses, carnations, and chrysanthemums issue forth with pastel explosions not seen since Gregor Mendel cross-bred hyacinths with a stick of dynamite ($34.95+).