Very big diner. However,'s there aren't enough servers. The food was pretty good but it took a really long time to get to the table. I'm not sure if it's worth giving the place a second shot. There are a number of overnight eateries available in Chicago so it might be awhile before I give this place a second shot. It's on Belmont right by the Belmont stop for the red or brown line el.
Chicago Costume generally has a fair selection. There seems to be more emphasis on decorations and kid stuff. During Oct I think they open up a few, small satellite locations. The main store never gets as crowded as Fantasy so it's an option if you can't get into Fantasy HDQ. Keep in mind that they have less of a selection for adult costumes and masks.
Fantasy HDQ is the best place to go Halloween stuff. They're open during the rest of the year, as well. (Unlike those mall stores that only open to sell crappy Halloween stuff for a month or so.) The store is HUGE. It's an absolute madhouse around October but their costumes and masks and make-up are top-notch. I'm not sure of the deadline (for Halloween) but they will alter and custom-make customs.
The distinguishing feature about Park is their small groups and care groups. Basically, you have bible study groups organized around age or gender or issues (relationships, addictions, etc). It's very different but it's a good way of getting to know people because you're tied to one group. As long you fit the group criteria you can sign up and move around in the groups until you find a group with which you're comfortable.
FSP is a nice church filled with a good cross-section of ages. Sunday services are offered twice. One service is at 8:30 a.m. and the other is at 11:30 a.m. FSP stands out a bit because they have a really well-organized singles group. The singles group does movies, dinners, and game nights. There's no charge to join the group if you attend the church but everyone has to pay for their own meals.
Leon's is one of those really old-fashioned places--or it tries to be old-fashioned. (It's certainly old and it could use a touch-up.) Anyway, if you have never tried a hot leather shave with a sharp-edged razor, now you know where you can get one of those. It's kind of neat to see it being done and some guys swear it's really is a close shave. Yeah, just like the commercial.
This is a fairly good place for no nonsense hair cut for guys. Some of my older male friends will go here because it suits them and it isn't overwhelming and nobody's looking to give them a "fade' or something. It's not fancy but it is cheap and quick. Kids might not have fun here because it's not child-centered with toys and games and such.
These guys are something special. Of all the positives about this places, one of the best things is that the counselors are bilingual. Finding a Spanish-speaking counselors in this area isn't always easy so this is a real bonus. In addition to the usual classes and state courses they will sit down with kids (and adults) for a simple educational course. You know, before any trouble starts.
The head counselor here is Dr. Nelson. She's a truly nice person. She's licensed, of course. The center specializes in all types of counseling--alcohol, and drugs, and DUI programs required by the state. You do have to search around before you find a counselor you're comfortable with so this place might not work for everyone but I would recommend starting your search here first.
Western is good because they service even old, atypical systems. This is one of the better places for finding help when nobody else can. For large jobs they also financing. Western Home is a bit more expensive than other places, however. But the workers have been very well-trained and they have parts for a wide range of products so it makes sense that they'd charge a little more.