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Best Antiques Appraiser

To properly insure your home’s contents (furniture, silver, jewelry, etc.), you need to know their current value—and the best person around to figure that out is Judith Martin, owner of the west suburban antiques shop the Perfect Thing. “She has been the driving force behind making the International Society of Appraisers the largest and best … Read more

Best Fur Remaker

When you inherit your aunt’s outdated mink, stylists to Chicago’s rich and famous recommend bringing it to this Gold Coast shop. Fabbri will clean, repair, and recut that big-shouldered coat, transforming it into, say, an on-trend jacket or cape (and if there’s fur left over, you might just get a throw or pillow as a … Read more

Best Spa for a Massage

Like day spas at other luxury hotels, the Langham’s two-year-old facility offers virtually any massage style you could want, from Swedish to hot stone to acupressure, by highly trained therapists. But this Asian-themed spa takes pampering to new levels. (Ever luxuriate in a “sensory relaxation pod” after a massage? You can here.) No wonder Forbes … Read more