The inside of Davis Imperial Cleaners at 3325 West Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago
Whether it’s the red wine that splashed on your new white dress (the moment you walked into the party, no less), or –– for better or for worse –– the pair of pants that doesn’t seem to fit quite like it used to, there’s never a good time for a fashion disaster. Luckily, Chicago is filled with miracle workers who can keep you from tossing out some of your prized wardrobe possessions. Do you have a tried-and-true, go-to miracle worker who has helped you out of a bind? Tell us! Here are three of our favorites who have been there for us like a brother.
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.
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)
The Problem: Ill-fitted clothing.
The Miracle Worker: Okay, so it’s not much to look at, but new SOS 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)
Article courtesy of Refinery29.com