Piping-hot lattes and samples of gourmet treats greet shoppers as they stroll into the well-stocked emporium of brand-name gifts and domestic goods. Wedding gifts ($50–$100) from labels such as Michael Aram, Nambé, and Simon Pearce celebrate nuptials, and hostess gifts from Mariposa ($25–$60) express appreciation for invitations to sunny baby showers or shadowy Illuminati initiations. Gourmet-fare items from Rothchild Farm and Stonewall Kitchen fill larders with stylish, wholesome eats ($7–$25), and picnic and outdoor serving ware ($15–$75) set the open-air stage for elegant outdoor dining. Amicable shopping assistants lead guests to the perfect presents before gussying purchases up with complimentary gift-wrapping, shielding them from prying eyes or voyeuristic Christmas trees.
Almost a century ago, it was 1914 and William J. Cassidy was gazing out from his livery stable to watch the newfangled automobiles rumble past on Roosevelt Road. He knew then that he’d been right to expand from shoeing horses to also servicing tires. Never having children, Will took his 16-year-old nephew, Hugh, under his wing in the venture. When Will retired, Hugh took over and kept the company afloat even during the bleakest days of the Depression and WWII. Hugh’s six sons all followed in the family footsteps, opening additional locations in the suburbs, and then their children opened even more.
Today, those descendants operate 15 Cassidy Tire & Service locations throughout the city and suburbs. The Cassidy experts keep vehicles running smoothly as they grow old by practicing a full range of other auto services, from rotating tires to changing oil and flushing transmissions.
RAM Auto Repair & Tires is a full-service ASE-certified facility. Its technicians use computer diagnostic equipment to locate mechanical problems, and use their tools, skill, and experience to fix them. They offer maintenance services and repairs, as well as a cup of coffee and a comfy waiting room for their customers.
Auto Fix draws on their parent company's deep wells of experienced, ASE-certified technicians to staff their seven garages in Illinois and Indiana. The full-service shops keep cars running with oil changes and thorough vehicle check ups, and they routinely flush power steering, radiator, and transmission fluids. Having spent years working with vehicles, Auto Fix technicians can repair any part of the car from the suspension to the fuel system. They're confident in their repairs as well, offering any client a 12-month or 12,000-mile guarantee on each fix. The team also renders problem-precluding services such as full safety inspections, shocks and struts service, and tire rotation—which does not mean enforcing who’s up next on the backyard tire swing.
Hyundai dealerships chauffeur vehicles through an array of protective maintenance services. Speed demons and carpoolers alike can lengthen the life of their engines with an oil change, replacing up to five quarts of oil to lubricate pistons and joints. Technicians install a new oil filter before rotating tires for even wear and more efficient gas mileage. A quick inspection of brake pads and shoes, wheel cylinders, and your car's secret diary ensures the vehicle's overall road readiness. Autos trailed by dust bunnies and lovesick fast-food wrappers get the royal treatment with a machine wash, eviscerating built-up gunk for a sun-sweetening shine. A quick interior vacuum reveals long-lost carpet and upholstery, and a multipoint inspection checks vehicles for recalled or defective parts.
All of the technicians at Wheeling Auto Center have received the highest level of Master certification from The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. They will put their expert hands to work replacing old, worn-out oil with fresh-faced young fluid, straight from lubricant college and ready to take on the heat, dust, and incredible pressures of today's high-octane internal-combustion world. To help new oil adjust to its new job of safeguarding precious moving parts, gaskets, and various shafts, a fresh oil filter is included (oil change, filter, and lube, a $26.95 value). All four of your buggy's tires will be rotated to avoid preferential wear and tear (an $18 value). New wiper blades are installed to tackle the tough work of cutting through the inches of ice and snow that will coat Chicagoland windshields from November until early May (up to a $40 value). Your horseless carriage will then undergo a comprehensive vehicle inspection, including a complete brake inspection and electrical-systems test (a $49.95 value).