It may be pretty easy to find cheap wine in California, but in Chicago, you just have to head to Sam's Wine & Spirits. The selection is vast and it's conveniently located just north of the Loop.
This small hardware store can't compete with the big guys, Lowes and Home Depot. You may be able to get what you need in a pinch, but you may not. The selection is sparse.
This stone dealer has the best selection on the east side. Open to the public, you can just walk around and pick your stone for any project: patios, walkways, walls. They'll also deliver.
This small bookstore has the best selection of books for the theatre & film industry in town. Taking an acting class? Need a monologue? You won't find a better selection anywhere.
If you're looking for any magazine, trade paper, newspaper or periodical, come here 1st. They specialize in having everything and will beat the big chain any day. Their book selection is smaller (think airport shop), but they certainly fit a lot into this small storefront.
Besides their used books and vintage posters, they've got an excellent selection of old magazines. These are perfect for that hollywood costume designer or makeup artist who wants to study the styles of the 70's from the magazines that introduced them. A real gem!
When looking for a sight-seeing tour in Chicago, there is only one official architecture cruise and this is it. It's a little pricier than the rest, but totally worth it, if you're looking for the experts.
They're stocked from floor to ceiling, but with a little looking, I've always found some great books here at much better prices than buying new. I've also sold many of my used books here over the years, and have always felt like they gave a good price.
This Mom & Pop video store has a great selection and can compete with the big guys. They also have discount nights where you can get your rentals at a steal.
After the Glendale gym, this is one of the smallest Ballys I've ever visited. There's very little here, definitely a no-frills gym. With their lack of parking, it's not an overly convenient gym either.