The Problem: Stains that even Shout can't get out.
The Miracle Worker: Davis Imperial Cleaners has been waving its magic wand over piles of clothing since 1956 (a three-generation family biz) and has a stellar reputation for being the absolute best dry cleaner in the Chicagoland area. But, make no mistake. This isn't like the little place around the corner that you send your dress shirts for a weekly refresh. First Lady Michelle Obama and Nate Berkus are among a long list of celebs who have their luxe threads in Imperial's care. This five-star, certified, couture cleaner has a super-cool, state-of-the-art, dry-cleaning system that is made up of finishing and computer equipment. There's even a team of "stain technicians" who work like bloodhounds to ensure the proper methods of stain removal are being used for the particular type of stain they are dealing with. As if that wasn't enough cred to get you to bring your Chanel jacket in, the staff is constantly being educated on fashion trends to ensure that they know how to properly handle the latest fabrics in the industry.
Davis Imperial Cleaners, 3325 West Bryn Mawr Avenue (at Christiana Avenue), 773-267-4560 davisimperial.com
The Problem: A broken heel on your favorite pair of stilettos.
The Miracle Worker: Beehive Shoeworks is another miracle worker that has been around for over 50 years. Thanks to a combination of old-world craftsmanship and new-world technology, the high-grade shoe repair ensures that you'll have the same pep in your step that you did before your shoes became worn and torn. If it's the soles and not the stems that are the problem, Beehive specializes in resoling, a 19-step process (minimum) that involves the complete removal and reconstruction of the sole.
Beehive Shoeworks, 35 North Wells Street (between Franklin and LaSalle Streets), 312-263-4888.
The Problem: Ill-fitted clothing.
The Miracle Worker: Okay, so it's not much to look at, but New S.O.S. Cleaners is known for transforming your ill-fitted threads into pieces that look like they were made especially for your rockin' body. The family-owned business has been handling full-service alterations, sewing, and tailoring services for 10 years and has a laundry list (sorry) of testimonials on its website to back up its stellar work. Its site also has a list of special discounts to take advantage of, so there's no excuse to be walking around in those baggy pants.
SOS Cleaners, 810 West Irving Park Road (between Claredon Avenue and Broadway Street), 773-296-2262.