This wedding gown store is in an old Victorian house. You must call well in advance if you'd like to go on a weekend because each girl gets her own room and attendant to help her in and out of the dresses. They also supply the correct undergarments so you can get a true feel of how the gown will look and each room has three way mirrors. Most of the gowns are samples, so you can get a very good deal. My only complaint is that one of the saleswomen (not mine, but one in another room) kept pressuring me to get a gown that was out of my budget. It made me a little uncomfortable, but everything else was wonderful during our visit.
I went to Karma for a haircut after reading about them in a Chicago Magazine article. The article described their short and funky hairstyles, which I was eager to try. I did get a short hairstyle, but it was not what I described I was looking for--I wanted something that was low maintenance, but the style was hard for me to reproduce at home. I did like the vibe of the salon and the price was on the low end for Chicago.
I've had several appointments with physicians at this hospital, including dermatologists, gynecologists, and optometrists. While I feel confident I'm getting excellent care, the customer service leaves something to be desired. There is always a long wait for the doctors, who seem overworked, so they sometimes rush through things. In addition, I was double billed once and it took several months for everything to get straightened out. I continue to visit this hospital because it's so close to where I live.
We visited this Bally's , intending to sign up for a membership, but the customer service was so poor we decided not to join. We did take a tour, and the exercise equipment looked adequate, although the pool was on the small side. It was their aggressive sales team that really made us uncomfortable. They also quoted us one number for a membership and then dropped it when we said we weren't interested. It was very shady. I don't want to go to a gym where the bottom line is more important than customer service.
I needed a trim so I made an appointment since this salon is close to my apartment. The stylist did an ok job with the trim, but I don't think I would have them for a major transformation. They do have an incentives program where you get a free cut after your tenth visit.
Spa Space is my favorite spa in Chicago. It's reasonably priced and has a very relaxing atmosphere. I routinely recommend it to others and love giving gift certificates because you can buy them online and they will email them to the recipient for you. I went for my first bikini wax here and my esthetician put me right at ease--I wouldn't consider going anywhere else.
My mother and I recently went to the Museum of Contemporary Art and really enjoyed the exhibits, especially the special photography one about Asia, in which we learned alot during the guided tour. The museum is just the right size because you can get through it in 2-3 hours and see everything. There's also a Wolfgang Puck's overlooking an outdoor sculpture garden that is really good. There is an attached parking lot and admission is reasonable. Definitely not as good as the Art Institute, but worth a visit if you enjoy contemporary art.
My family has been visiting the Morton Arboretum for as long as I can remember. They have beautiful gardens, hiking trails, and woods! The maps are easy to read and there are hikes of several lengths around their beautiful lake. The trees and plants are well labeled throughout the arbortum. They also have classes and special events, like the fall festival, complete with hay stacks, mazes, and carmel apples. Visiting the arboretum is a great way to spend some time enjoying nature.
When visitors come to town, the Art Institute is always the first museum I suggest they see! There's something for everyone. My brother enjoys the armor and children love the minature house exhibit. My favorite is the expansive modern art section. They have great headsets you can rent to learn more about the art and the restaurant is really good as well. There's also an incredible "hands on" kids section in the basement.
The Field Museum has some of the best exhibits in the city! You can't miss Sue! They also have a lot of special exhibits--we particularly enjoyed the ones about baseball and Jackie O's wadrobe. Weekends and free days can be a bit crowded, so if you have to go then, try to get there either early or late in the day.