Big Straw is practically the only place to get boba within a 15 mile radius, but it's actually pretty decent. While they mostly use powders rather than fresh fruit, you can request fresh fruit and the tapioca balls are actually made well.
This place is a great choice if you're craving some major meat. The waitstaff is all dressed as butchers, and they bring out samples of each cut for your choose from. The steaks are grilled at super-hot temps that make for a crusty outer layer with a moist inside. If you're looking for a well-rounded meal, this might not be place for you - but don't get me wrong, the steak is awesome. I actually tried the tilapia as well, and that was also fantastic. Sides come in large amounts at an extra cost, but these are great additions if all beef is more than you can handle.
If you've ever had pho, you know that authenticity is everything. This little restaurant is constantly packed with customers of a wide range of nationalities. There are always a slew of Vietnamese customers, which is a good sign. The two young men who are usually waiting tables and behind the counter are very hospitable, and the pho is great! It's not a complicated dish, you can always get in and out in an hour. Take is just as good, and they package everything so you can have it just like it comes out in the restaurant at home. The only backside is that it's a smaller place, so you can expect loudness (not so much music), but it's still pretty clean. They used to allow smoking, but recently banned it. Much better!
This is my daily Starbucks location. The employees are always cheerful and the service is great, but once in a while, you get a less than great drink. Proportions are everything in coffee, and some just aren't as in tuned as others are. Still, Starbucks is better than most - give it a shot.
I was taken here for the first time on my last birthday, and the entire experience was excellent. The food absolutely splendid as was the friendly service. The environment is remiscent of the 30's and the black leather booths and dim lighting with high ceilings and jazzy music complete your evening. While the prices might be a little extravagant for some, you can still get a great meal for $50. A definitely super place.
I tried this salon twice before giving up entirely. My first experience wasn't terrible, but the second time was a disaster. The particular stylist I had (the second was different from the first) wasn't talented in the razoring or layering area and actually ended up cutting my hair noticeably uneven. I went back to get it fixed, but, instead, he made the situation worse. They have products you can purchase, and their location in the mall make it a convenient place for that kind of purchase, but I'd think twice before going there for a cut.
After a terrible haircut, I decided I needed to loosen the purse strings and find a steady stylist - I found her on my first try (I go to Lisa). She was fast, precise, and knew exactly how I wanted my hair cut. I even recently got my hair dyed here as well. The premises is buzzing, and they offer free beverages while you sit as well as complimentary make-up consulting after your first visit.
I was a bit wary of this location, especially with Potbelly's reputation in the more popular cities around Chicago. To my surprise, the quality is what I'd hoped for, which makes everything even better. The environment is casual and warm, with live music every once in a while during busy hours. The service is great, and the employees seem to love working there. The sandwiches are hot and delicious and the premises are always clean.