Posts in category "Illinois"

Day 289: Gnarly Knots Pretzel Company

You can keep your funnel cakes. Nachos are ok. Given the choice, I’m opting for the soft pretzel…every time. I even contemplated driving back to Michigan for the delicious pretzels from The Baker’s Wife. But I knew there was a spot closer to home I needed to try: Gnarly Knots Pretzel Company. Embarrassingly, they’ve actually... Read more »

Shop Small Day 286: Chuck's Southern Comfort Cafe

Now that baseball season is in full swing (ha! get it?!), it means new towns and new (to me) small businesses. A recent game in Burbank led us to a highly recommended restaurant. We were told the food is great and the beer is cold…that was more than enough to influence our group. The recommendation... Read more »

Shop Small Day 285: Big Frog

It’s that time of year when there’s something going on every weekend: graduations, tournaments, charity runs, vacations, and reunions.  You run (ok, maybe walk) a 5k and you get a cool t-shirt, right?  Wouldn’t it be cool if you could create an awesome t-shirt for your next event without it resembling an old “Todd’s Corner”... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 284: Rito's Mexican Restaurant

For the sake of argument, let’s just say I get a little cranky when I’m hungry. When it’s 7:00 and we haven’t had dinner, I don’t feel like cooking, and I’m sick of leftovers…well…things can get a little ugly. Wisely my husband diffused the situation by suggesting a Mexican restaurant not far from our house.... Read more »

Shop Small Day 282: La Michoacana

I mentioned last time that I went to Aurora specifically to try Prisco’s, but found another surprise stop on the way home. Not even a half mile down from Prisco’s, two words caught my eye…homemade and ice cream. Quick u-turn and I found myself in a cool (no pun intended) new shop...La Michoacana. Even though... Read more »

Shop Small Day 282: Prisco's Fine Foods

Now that I don’t need 17 layers of clothes to go outside, I’m happily exploring for amazing small businesses again! While everyone in oohing and ahhing over Mariano’s, I found a different grocery gem.  Although more grocery stores are moving toward a grocery “experience” with their lunch stations (Whole Foods has a grilled cheese cart... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 281: Cracker Jax

Sometimes treasures aren’t found in neatly organized racks and display cases. Finding a hidden gem is more rewarding when you stubble upon it wondering how someone else could’ve missed it. Much like discovering the prize at the bottom of the box, you can find rewards digging through Cracker Jax. If neatly organized, color cordinated clothing... Read more »

Shop Small Day 280: Stocking your Super Bowl Party

Forget cooking, cater the meal! Pulled pork, brisket, awesome cornbread, and creamy mac n' cheese are just the beginning of a delicious <a href=" http://www.chicagonow.com/shop-small-2013/2013/05/shop-small-day-148-sharkos-bbq/"target="_blank">Sharko's BBQ</a> meal.
Admitedly, my love for football essentially extends to the snacks.  Though  I won’t miss a Hawks game, I haven’t sat through a televised football game since…maybe never.  That doesn’t stop me from enjoying a good Super Bowl party, though.  It’s all about the food, beer, and commercials anyway, right? Regardless of the size of your... Read more »

Shop Small Day 279: Jarosch's Bakery

Apparently not much has changed in 2014: if I’m in a different town, I need to find a bakery! Since I was up north, I figured the best way to celebrate a great dental check-up was with a sweet treat (ignore that last sentence Dr. Curcio!). Apparently I wasn’t the only one looking for a... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 278: MCAI

I’m not certain if today’s business/service truly qualifies as a small business, but the experience definitely sets it apart from the rest. Ok, ladies. Today we’re talking about ta-tas. Particularly, getting yours checked. If you’ve been delaying your annual (or first) mammogram because you’re nervous…your anxiety will be calmed at Midwest Center for Imaging. Apparaently... Read more »