I mean it! Mambo Grill for some reason has left me more and more dissatisfied the last couple of times I've visited the place. The food is so so. The baby back ribs were tasty, but overall, I think the dishes are a bit overpriced. The waitstaff has really gotten bad. One time I was with my two African-American friends (I'm Asian), and we were almost positive we were discriminated against. Our food arrived almost an hour late, wasn't even the right order, and the staff made up a story to cover up the obvious fact that they had forgotten our order.
Go to Adobo Grill. The food is much fresher there.
IO is one of the few famous performance venues that doesn't cost a mint to see. The shows can be free or cost a minor sum. Obviously, some performers are better than others, but you have to admire these guys for having the guts to get on stage, produce comedy, and all without a script. IO has nurtured some famous comedians who got their start here: Mike Myers and Andy Dick to name a few.
It's also a great place to hang out with friends. Maybe their selection of booze is narrow, but then you're there for the laughs and the conversation. You'll find all sorts of audience members from college kids to the kids' parents.
Screenz is what coffeehouses should be like: quiet, subdued, free from loud music blaring on the overhead speakers and bubbling espresso machines. There are always plenty of seats either by the window counters, coffeetables or by the computers. The staff seem friendly and helpful.
This is a decent used bookstore. The books are well organized and not scattered willy-nilly as in some stores. They even have a selection, albeit small, of used CDs. Otherwise, I don't care much for the owners of the store. They seem very picky about the type of books they will buy from you.
Ravinia is what a great music concert should be. You're listening to great bands play while sitting out on the lawn with your picnic basket and looking up at the stars. Or, if you can afford it, you can have a splendid meal in the gazebo restaurant before taking in a show in the main, enclosed theatre. I'm surprised there aren't more famous bands playing here. It could be because Ravinia is a bit hard to get to from the city.
The staff at blum are always happy to see you and your pet. I swear the people are so passionate about preventative care for your animal. They will even call you if you miss your annual checkup.
I've always had good service from American United. The drivers always seem friendly and know the quickest, shortest routes to get to the airport or downtown. They even have a caller ID service that can pinpoint your location that you're calling from. The drivers are almost always on time.
Sam Tabhaz is a very well-read dentist. He stays up-to-date on the latest dental /medical technologies. I had a crown put in by this guy. He's very quick in cleaning teeth, although I think he can be a little aggressive in polishing away tartar.
I almost always buy my luggage and book bags from this place. They have end-of-season sales all of the time. The discounts typically run between 50 to 70% off. They have a lot of conservative black leather outfits - perfect for the corporate exec.
Frank's harks back to the old mom-and-pop watch repair shops from the 50's and 60's Frank and his wife still work at the shop, alongside with their two daughters. I swear, I don't know how the couple keeps on working - they look ancient. Nonetheless, the get the job done quickly, and sometimes they don't even charge you for the minor watch strap repair.
You can also purchase moneyclips, watches, jewelry, and Zippo lighters. It's not a high-end jeweler by any means, but if you want to get your wedding ring cleaned at reasonable prices, this is a good place to try.