Foley-Rice has been a trusted name in the community for a long, long time. I've bought only one car from them over the years, but it was a great no-pressure experience. They have experienced salesmen and you don't get the feeling that they are trying to hose you with a bunch of extra services that you don't need. They are also very active in the community (sponsoring Little League teams, etc.) which is a big plus in my book.
Everyone around here knows that Caputo's carries the freshest produce in town. They also have a great deli counter where you can get the fixin's for all your favorite sandwiches, and you can get a variety of cheese too, including provolone and some harder to find stuff. The store itself is not as fancy as other places in terms of decor, but that doesn't bother me. After all, I'm there to just get some food and go home, not hang out.
Benedictine U is a local option for people looking to earn a Bachelor's degree without having to live on campus. They have a lot of majors to choose from (considering the size of the school) and they have an adult accelerated degree program too. The only drawback is that it is a pretty expensive shcool at more than $17,000 per year in tuition for undergrad programs.
Wheaton College has a beautiful campus that is nice for strolling around on, especially in the fall when the leaves are changing colors. I like shopping at the bookstore here, too, because they have lots of great books. You can tell the quality of the education the students are getting by the kinds of books the bookstore carries!
If you want some philosophical/religious reading, try going to this bookstore. They have a bunch of interesting titles that you've probably never heard of before. Be careful though, because they hit you up for donations in addition to any purchases you might make. There's also some problems with parking. Occasionally this place has an open house, which attracts lots of visitors. Their lot can't accommodate very many cars, so you might have to walk pretty far if it's busy.
I've played the par 3 course here and it's just a bare-bones deal, the kind of place you go to if you can't get a tee time at your regular course. They don't have caddies or carts, so be prepared to walk and carry your own bags. I didn't really mind playing here, although I would always look somewhere else first.. As long as I'm golfing I'm happy.
The Starvi' Artist has been in business forever (or so it seems). I have used them for everything from grade school clay projects to professional presentations. I always find what I need and don't mind paying a bit extra for it to help these guys stay afloat. The staff always are willing to give advice too. They can tell you if you should use acryllic paint or oil paint for a certain project, for example. It's a nice little store.
You can choose from a couple of different cruises. One goes on the river and the other goes on the lake. Both are about an hour and a half and offer beautiful views of the greatest city in the U.S.! They get pretty busy, so get advanced tickets or reservations if you can.
I could spend all day sitting in the library here. It is definitely one of the best in the nation and has the resources that you need. I think they are cracking down on non-students going in there, so I'm not guaranteeing that you will even get in. But if you have some heavy-duty research to do, I suggest you try this library.
If you are really into baseball, then you need to practice year round. Indoor batting cages are the answer and Eichs has them. They have a bunch of cages with different pitching speeds, so you can really find a machine that suits your level and get a good offseason workout. It doesn't cost that much, either. Bring $10 or $15 and you will be happy.