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Graphic Conservation Company

Priceless Documents Restored At Graphic Conservation Company

In a 100-year-old loft building with a skyline view of the South Loop, Picassos, Paschkes and old family heirlooms come through the door at the Graphic Conservation Company for expert restoration.

WBBM Newsradio–01/09/2012

Light Up Your Holidays

Local Company Lights Up Your Holidays

Decorating your home for the holidays can be a nightmare, and climbing ladders and overloading outlets can be downright dangerous, taking those tasks off your hands is where Kelly Fitzsimmons and her crew at Light Up Your Holidays come in.

WBBM Newsradio–12/19/2011

DuPage Woodworkers

DuPage Woodworkers Produce Old-Fashioned Handmade Toys

The DuPage Woodworkers Club began making handmade holiday toys for good boys and girls six years ago. Now, business is booming.

WBBM Newsradio–12/05/2011

Mother Butter's Popcorn

Made In Chicago: Mother Butter’s Popcorn

The sound and smell of freshly-popped popcorn leaves you with no doubt about where you are before you even enter Mother Butter’s Popcorn and Confectionary, at 17 W. 35th St. just west of State Street.

WBBM Newsradio–11/21/2011

LaGrange Crane Service

Made In Chicago: LaGrange Crane Service

John Mooncotch Sr., 86, founded LaGrange Crane Service in 1964, and his business continues to live by the slogan, “If you can’t get it up, we’ll get it up for you.”

WBBM Newsradio–11/07/2011

A group hunts for paranormal activity during a recent Ghost Investigations tour. (Credit: Lisa Fielding/WBBM Newsradio)

Made In Chicago: Ghost Investigators

Inside a dark warehouse basement on Chicago’s West side, a group of believers gather and scatter in hopes of connecting with the other side.


Lake Michigan (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

155 Years And Counting At Chicago Marine Towing & Salvage

At Chicago Marine Towing & Salvage, they’ve been towing boats and pulling stuff off the bottom of Lake Michigan for 155 years, and they’re still going.

WBBM Newsradio–10/24/2011

"Follies" at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.

Made In Chicago: Costume Designer Virgil Johnson

For more than four decades, Virgil C. Johnson has been dressing the actors and actresses who grace Chicago’s stages.

WBBM Newsradio–10/17/2011

Brian Gorman

Sprouts Grow Year-Round At Chicago Indoor Garden

While the rest of Chicago is sure to be piled in snow this winter, a garden on the West Side will still be green — and producing sprouts and wheat grass.

WBBM Newsradio–10/10/2011

Drehobl Art Glass

Made In Chicago: Drehobl Stained Glass

Ninety-two years after its founding, Drehobl stained glass is still made in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–10/03/2011

Hyde Park Shoe Rebuilders

‘Mayor Of 57th Street’ Fixes Hyde Park Shoes For Over 50 Years

For over half a century, Gus Lukis, 82, has been waking up before dawn to fix broken soles and rundown heels in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

WBBM Newsradio–09/12/2011

Rich Chocolates & Candies. (Credit:

Made In Chicago: Rich Chocolates & Candies

In a kitchen just north of Lincoln Square, Lauren Pett whips up sweets for Rich Chocolates and Candies.


Pedal To The People

Made In Chicago: Pedal To The People

Adam Clark tows spare parts to broken bikes behind his own bicycle, which is the mobile headquarters for his service – Pedal to the People.

WBBM Newsradio–08/08/2011

Hamburger University

Made In Chicago: Hamburger University

Inside a 130,000-square-foot facility in Oak Brook, thousands of students from across the world take part in Hamburger University.

WBBM Newsradio–06/13/2011

Jerome Hopkins

Made In Chicago: Jerome Hopkins’ Baby Puzzles

Jerome Hopkins of Chicago took a success story and made it a failure.

WBBM Newsradio–05/24/2011

Bradford Exchange

Made In Chicago: Collectibles From The Bradford Group

For more than 40 years, the Bradford Group in Niles, and its Ashton-Drake doll-making division, have been turning out commemorative dolls, coins, plates and other collectibles.

WBBM Newsradio–05/09/2011

Ashod Baboorian, owner of Ash's Magic Shop. (Lisa Fielding/WBBM)

Made in Chicago: Magic Just the Trick

Need a rubber chicken? Want to be schooled in the art of illusion? Has “Mr. Ash” got the store for you. Newsradio 780′s Lisa Fielding reports.

WBBM Newsradio–04/25/2011

Potash Markets

Made In Chicago: Potash Markets

It’s all in the family for a longtime grocery store business on the Near North Side.

WBBM Newsradio–04/18/2011

Hard Boiled Records in Roscoe Village. (Lisa Fielding/WBBM)

Made In Chicago: Hard Boiled Records

Mark Ferguson’s Hard Boiled Records on Chicago’s North Side continues to thrive, even in an age of digital music.


Wild Blossom Meadery's Greg Fischer. (Steve Miller/WBBM Photo)

Made In Chicago: Wild Blossom Meadery

Newsradio 780′s Steve Miller visits Wild Blossom Meadery, the only business in Chicago makingwine from honey.

WBBM Newsradio–12/06/2010