This is a very nice theater - clean, spacious, very comfortable seats, good quality screens and sound, no commercials shown in theaters.
The attached 6-screen theater shows indepdendent films you won't otherwise find in most theaters, which makes this an excellent theater for those of us into non-mainstream films (but they get all the box office stuff too).
My only complaint is the price - ticket prices have gone up steadily, and while aren't too bad considering the area, they're on the pricier side, unless you can catch a matinee. Great theater all in all.
PROS: clean, shows independent films
Evanston public library is kind of a strange mix of good and bad. The best thing is the selection of books - I've rarely not been able to find something here. They have multiple copies of a lot of items as well, and you can wander the shelves for hours and find all kinds of interesting reads.
They have a lot of music CDs as well, yet they're mostly obscure or classical/opera. Then they have a good selection of DVDs (not free to check out, but cheaper than most video rental places) which includes a lot of feature films. Many magazines and newspapers as well. So for books, you're covered, but for music it's a strangely specific collection.
The card catalog computers look 20 years old, but they work. The library's own web site is much easier to use, so I'd suggest looking up call numbers at home. It's relatively quiet, with many desks and couches to sit at, but nowhere is isolated if you want that for work.
For me, EPL is all about getting the books I want - not many more frills than that.
PROS: amazing selection of books
CONS: nothing special otherwise
This small library in a small town has made some improvements over the years, but overall can't compete with the larger libraries in neighborign cities. It's kind of dated, no modern technology, not too long ago they still had a paper card catalog. The selection is comparably tiny, with a handful of magazines and newspapers, and a scattering of books, some popular books and a lot of bizarre old books. It's also kind of cramped inside. It can be interesting to browse the shelves to see what's there, but all in all there's not much to keep you coming back. It's usually kind of empty and quiet, so you can read or work in quiet.
CONS: doesn't compare to bigger libraries
Orland Park public library is easily one of the best southwest suburban libraries after the recent renovation.
Books: wide selection of books, great selection of magazines. They don't have everything, but you can request items to be borrowed from other libraries and they'll bring them for you.
Multimedia: some videos and DVDs, but nothing to get excited about.
Computers: plenty of computer stations, and yuo can bring your own laptop and use their free ethernet hookups to get online. Brand new equipment everywhere!
Nice new building, plenty of parking, mostly quiet so you can get some work done without bother. Staff is available and friendly. It's actually a nice place to relax, and since it's near a commercial area, you can get some shopping done before or after.
The library also offers some programs for children and adults, but I don't make use of them so I can't say much other than that they're there.
PROS: nice new facilities, clean and quiet
CONS: selection doesn't always have what you want
Oak Lawn public library is definitely one of the better local libraries, and if you have a card at any of the libraries in the southwest suburbs, you can check out materials here. They are among the biggest, with a wide selection of books, and an impressive selection of magazines. Some videos/DVDs, but not enough to make you stop going to a movie rental place.
The collection is frequently added to, thought popular new books are often unavailable for several weeks because they're checked out. Materials are in decent condition, some better than others, but given the size of the library and how many people go through it it's understandable.
The facility itself is quite big, and surprisingly quiet, so if you need a quiet desk to work at, you can find it here. Staff is friendly and helpful, in case you need help finding something. Overall, a good place to get work done or just read, and worth the drive if you don't live too far away.
PROS: wide selection, roomy, quiet
CONS: some materials could be in better condition
Orland Park Cyclery is catered towards more serious rides, but then again so are most bike shops. They've got most of the brands you would expect to see here, and upgrade components for yoru bike. The important things to me, though, are service and price. OPC does well in both - prices are on par with comparable bike shops in the area, btu don't expect to get a cut-rate deal here. However, you can save a bit over online orders since you're not paying shipping - you can have your bike same day.
The staff is knowledgeable about bikes - how to fit someone for a bike, the best bikes to choose, upgrades, etc. So you don't need to be a pro to walk inside (though it helps). They stand by their products, so you're covered if you happen to receive something defective. All in all a place worth checking out if you're shopping around for a new bike, and are a serious cycler.
PROS: fun to browse, caters well to pros
CONS: kind of pricey
I've been here a few times, and am very impressed with the quality considering it's essentially a local civic/rec center. The place offers a wide variety of sports programs for kids, all of which area reasonably priced for residents, but they've also got adult programs - hockey, soccer, and more. Great for something to do after work, to get some exercise. The facilities are well-kept, equipment is high quality, and staff is friendly and knowledgeable.
It can get crowded, which for me is a downside since I like having my space at a gym, but since it's focused more on sports it's acceptable. I'd like if they had more of a gym with weights, but there are other places to get this. As a sporst facility, the Sportsplex is top-notch, and serves the local community. You can't beat the hours either - open until midnight on weeknights!
PROS: local community feel, great hours
CONS: not a comprehensive workout facility
The people here know computers, and have a friendly attitude with customers, which are of course good. But if you're knowledgeable enough you can find most of the components cheaper online. They have a good-sized stock, so if you like looking at components before buying, you'll have fun looking around in here.
One nice thing is offering internet service, so if you're in the area you can log on at a cheap rate if you need to check your email, etc. All in all, if you're a novice, Apollo is pretty solid with their offerings.
PROS: good location, good selection
CONS: computer pros can do better on their own
I've been here a few times with some computer issues, always treated well. Customer service is responsive, and knowledgeable - they know what they're talking about and strike me as quite sincere. Small and big problems, they can help, software or hardware, they do it. They also explain things well so you know what's going on (that is, of course, if you want to know). Prices are reasonable given the quality.
PROS: service, knowledge
CONS: out of the way for suburbanites