Video games are so expensive these days that it's nice when a store offers decent prices. Yes, you might have to buy used to get a good deal, but at least the games are in very good conidtion. I have never had a problem with any of the used games from this store.
I have a lot of younger people in my family, so someone can always use a hat. One good thing about this store is that you can find hats in unusual colors. For example, I saw a pink Cubs hat in there, which you won't find at sportmart probably.
This is one of the bigger J Crew stores in the area. I like the clothes they have because you can find something for the beach right along with something for the office or for the evening.
Erehwon has very nice outdoor clothing and gear, and it is of good quality, but a bit expensive. They are a little cheaper than the North Face, though, so that is in their favor. They carry outerwear and heavy duty sleeping bags and tents for those who enjoy extreme hiking/camping.
My husband and I don't travel very often. Instead, we like to spend weekends in the city to explore what is right here in our own backyard. We stayed at the Four Seasons for a weekend and had a fabulous time. The hotel itself was great, of course. BUt the location was even better. We went shopping right there at Water Tower place and had a great time.
I bought an iPod Mini from here, back when iPods were still hard to get. I was impressed that this store had everything in stock. They also have all kinds of accessories for iPods, plus your usual selection of Mac stuff. The sales staff were very helpful too.
This is by far one of the best bookstores I have ever been to. You don't have to be a UC student to appreciate all the great titles they have here. It's great for finding esoteric books that the big chains don't carry. Improve your mind!
I do not like Tower Records very much. They are so overpriced that it's not even funny. I admit that I sometimes go in there to browse or to get information about a particular CD. But I never buy from there. One good point about Tower is they have a nice selection of books too (lots of music biographies).
Whole Food grocery stores are very popular these days, and this is another store that caters to the health-conscious crowd. I like the selection well enough, and in particular they carry a great vegan pizza.
Lutheran General is one of the best hospitals in the suburbs. They have an excellent maternity ward in particular. If you need to have a medical procedure done and you have a choice in the matter (meaning it's not an emergency), then think about going to Lutheran General.