Prima Tea proffers myriad teas, ranging from black, green, and oolong to matcha, herbal, and fruit-infused selections. Large-leaf pu-erh teas arrive in cake or loose-leaf form, and flowering tea balls and pre-assembled tea bags bloom into flavorful concoctions. Ornately sculpted, colorful teapots and mug sets tap into the art of Eastern cultures as they feature faunal designs such as owls and monkeys.
Tea of the Month memberships connect drinkers with a different hand-blended tea every month, as well as complimentary, leaf-themed gifts perfect for paying back loans from giving trees. The Prima Tea staff advertises the potential health benefits specific to each of its teas, including the reduction of high blood pressure, cholesterol, and risk of heart disease.
Chicago Jewelry and Lapidary School's instructors have had their work shown in galleries around the world. These acclaimed artists put their experience and passion to use by equipping students with the tools and know-how to create their own art. From courses on forging rings to constructing bead sculptures, the class schedule offers a wide array of creative outlets for the curious crafter or surreptitious bead thief. After class, students can post their masterpieces in the virtual art gallery or peruse the online boutique’s selection of healthy teas, essential oils, and chi-aligning crystals.
Having honed his aviation skills in helicopter cockpits for 45+ years, the head pilot at Midwestern Helicopter leads a team of FAA–certified pilots in performing helicopter tours, charters, and pilot instruction. They steer a fleet of three Robinson R-44s and two R-22s over cityscapes and country vistas with photographers, pollinators, surveyors, or sightseers onboard, continuing a crash- and speeding-ticket-free record begun with the company's inception four years ago. The flight team acquaints new flyers with immediate actual flight experience during introductory flights and helps students to achieve private, commercial, and flight-instructor certification during FAA courses. As authorized merchants of Robinson aircraft, they can also hawk helicopters or perform maintenance on various models inside heated hangars without having to first notify the aircraft's next of kin.
Experts in aviary exploration, Blue Sky Taxi's pilots whisk lovers, families, or youth-soccer players away on tours that follow the flightpath of your choosing. The flight over Chicago, which is pushed by little flying cupids, can whiz over Wrigley Field, breeze by your home, or make the Willis Tower look like a loaf of french bread. Flight times and space are limited.
Part spa and part school, A Little Spa Institute beautifies clients while training the next generation of aestheticians and nail technicians. All of the services are performed by students under instructor supervision. Guests can choose from an array of services that include facials, peels, waxing, mani-pedis, and spray tans. Students, on the other hand, undertake programs in skincare or nail services.
With live jazz music, USDA Prime steaks aged at least 21 days, and the freshest of seafood, Pete Miller's Seafood & Prime Steak is a living tribute to the colorful life of Harold “Pete” Miller. Miller grew up an avid hunter, studied History in college, and earned a Purple Heart as a marine in WWII. He even spent time slinging hats, before eventually settling on becoming a music salesman—a profession that would ignite his love of jazz and lead him to the rhythm-rich city of Chicago. Once settled, he discovered the Davis Street Fishmarket in Evanston where he became a regular, albeit outspoken, patron. He incessantly offered recommendations and recipe suggestions, eventually inciting the chef to hand him an apron and shout, “Do it yourself if you think you know so much!” Miller accepted the challenge and kicked off his culinary career with his usual flair and spontaneity.
Today, the pair of restaurants proudly carrying his name keep his legacy alive, hosting live jazz almost every night of the week, just like he would have wanted. In addition to the regular dinner menu, which features the likes of whole steamed lobsters and bone-in fillets, there’s also a bar menu that boasts more casual eats, such as burgers and sandwiches dressed in khaki slacks. The Wheeling location’s 250-seat patio features a granite bar with room for 50 people, as well as three huge fireplaces.