Just grapes, as the name suggests is a new age wine shop, which has added a whole new dimension to the art of buying wine. Yes, buying a bottle of wine has been accorded the status of an art and they even help you learn how to choose your poison in the various classes held. Their cellar boasts of a myriad range right from the Roderer Cristal from France to the Rumball from Australia. An interesting option is to buy tasting cards and treating yourself to a tasting session from the self serving tasting machines before actually buying the bottle. So even if you are not a wine expert now a visit to Just Grapes will show you the guiding light.
Pick up pretty odds and ends to adorn yourself and your home-from jewelry and handbags to home accessories and houseware, this store has it all. A few beauty services are also offered in a back-room-if your eyebrows are out of shape and you can spare a few moments, you can come here to do the needful, or opt for waxing off that unwanted body-hair. Conclude your session with a relaxing facial.
Whatever the magazine or periodical you seek, whether the London Times or a newspaper from the Czech Republic, you can just rest assured to you will find it here. The newsstand frequently offers more than 100 different newspapers. Depending on your timing, magazine selection ranges from 4,500 titles and to more than 8,000, including about 350 foreign magazines in half a dozen languages.
This place is always full of University of Illinois students looking to buy textbooks at a better rate or to sell back used ones. However, if you are in search of historical reference materials, this place will most likely have what you are looking for. If you are in the area for lunch try any of the Italian restaurants in the surrounding area, it is a nice stop for browsing.
Owner Lee Johnson knows his music. So much so that you can come in, hum a few bars of a tune, and he will identify it. It is no surprise that this store is the West Side headquarters for gospel music from Mahalia Jackson to the Sounds of Blackness. Prices range from $3 to $13. Be sure to stop in for tickets to the city's gospel events.
If you are a bargain shopper, you have got to stop here and pick through the wide selection of wares, which includes leather goods, stereos, TVs and clothing. It also has accessories, with everything from hair clips to cosmetics and jewelry. There is also a wide selection of ethnic foods available for munching while you browse. The cover charge of fifty cents (a quarter for seniors) is worth it.
Owner Bogna Iwanowska-Solak has come to Chicago and brought the combination of her Polish ancestry and a desire to deliver delicious baked goods to others. Many will be surprised to know that she imports some of the ingredients for her cakes, pies and tarts directly from her homeland. This bakery welcomes orders for personalized cakes to be enjoyed at special occasions. You can get just about anything from a large multi-tier cake to one shaped like a scroll for Bat Mitzvahs. There is also a large glass case beside the register, where you can choose gourmet cupcakes, mini French macaroons, and cream puffs to take home with you and enjoy. - Gina Rosemellia
When you enter Boyajian's, you see right away that although the store space is limited, the place really is a bazaar, complete with tables crammed and piled with things to examine and to ask about. To skim through this store would be a mistake because there is such a large variety of things from Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Latin America and everywhere else in between. It would be a shame to miss anything. This shop of curiosities is definitely something you would want to visit to decorate your house boastfully with.
This shop is one of three bookstores that makes the trimvarnt of shops that are the Seminary Co-Op bookstores. If you are in the Hyde Park neighborhood, it is a must-see. The area literary set has come to depend on 57th Street Books for its wide selection of general titles, specialty books and children's literature, as well as poetry readings and other events. Be careful, though, it is easy to miss the shop, located in the below-ground floor of a residential building.
Although some of the antiques here are "scratch-and-dent," most are in great shape. In fact, the managers here are real sticklers for finding exquisite antiquarian collectibles, mostly from the Hyde Park area and have had several years of experience refining their craft. Inside, you'll find armories, dining room and living room furniture, architectural pieces, and housewares. Jewelry, bedroom sets, vintage clothes, shoes, hats and coats are also on display. The staff is friendly and helpful, especially when commenting on specific selections.