Musicians step into Music Box Records’ spacious studio to record, rehearse, and market their work. Part recording studio, part rehearsal space, and part indie label, the studio welcomes music-makers not only with professional recording tools and clean, airy facilities, but also with a team of experienced producers and promotional gurus. The crew cares deeply about music, and even runs an outreach program called Music Lab that invites high school students into the studio to learn industry secrets, such as how to build a following and how to smash an air guitar without ruining it completely.
The first Ebert Studio opened almost 100 years ago on Chicago's west side. Since then, four successive generations have preserved memories for countless families in studios that now reside in Oak Park and Hinsdale. At the helm today is Jeff Ebert, the great-grandson of the studio's founder. Jeff makes a very small distinction to give you the big picture—"It's not so much that it's photography," he says, "but it's photographing people."
Making people feel comfortable and look better is just one part of his job. The next part is to create "a piece like a painting that can be hung above a mantle and somebody can be proud of for years and years to come." As the latest in a line of artists stretching back to 1915, Jeff does that well, harnessing the power of passed time and using it to build a portfolio that showcases families, weddings, animals, and individuals. Some of his notable subjects have included Cardinal Francis George, Walter Payton, and film director Christopher Columbus, known for his historical documentary of babysitting, Home Alone.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are a one-stop shop.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I started working for my uncle at his print shop. I went to school for graphics and started making shirts for my band, and everyone loved it and started calling.
What do you love most about your job?
I love to work with art and my hands.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
I had a customer request 100 shirts, and she said she needed them in one day for her son's funeral. She had been calling everywhere and nobody would do it for her. I told my team the story, and they stayed extra late to make the order for her. The next day she was in tears that we had it ready for her.
With the help of Bespoke Photobooths, cheek-to-cheek smiles, fish faces, and festive smooches are captured instantly, allowing them to be splayed across refrigerators and photo books as mementos of happy gatherings. Suit-garbed attendants stand by and welcome up to six guests into the spacious photo booths, where partygoers can don an array of novelty props and pose before an LCD screen. Immediately following the camera flash, the booths kick out strips of color or black-and-white photos, with borders bearing custom text or dates marking weddings, birthday parties, and obedience-school reunions. The company can also arrange keepsakes such as photo books and DVDs for the hosts as a permanent reminder of their special day.
Whether you're an artist or just someone who appreciates art, Frame Warehouse in Oak Park is the perfect museum choice for you.
While you're enjoying this museum, be sure to check out their amazing restaurant for a tasty meal.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If public transportation is preferable, ditch the car and board nearby stops at Austin-Blue (Blue) and Oak Park-Blue (Blue).