Made In Chicago

Hoffer Plastics

South Elgin Firm Makes Everything From Soda Fountain Valves To Door Locks

You can’t buy a cup of Coca-Cola from a soda fountain without it passing through a Hoffer valve made in South Elgin.

WBBM Newsradio–04/23/2012

Air Cycle

Machine ‘Eats’ Fluorescent Bulbs At Air Cycle Corporation

At Air Cycle Corporation in Lisle, they live by the phrase, “Saving our planet one bulb at a time.”

WBBM Newsradio–04/16/2012

Jade Dragon Tattoo

Jade Dragon: The World’s Largest Tattoo Parlor

At 5331 W. Belmont Ave. in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood, a Chicago landmark has a history as colorful as its exterior.

WBBM Newsradio–04/02/2012

Mrs. Judd's Games

Teacher Helps Pre-Schoolers Navigate Mysteries Using the iPad

Teacher Frances Judd has taken to designing games to help kids navigate pre-school mysteries on iPads.

WBBM Newsradio–03/26/2012

Microbe Busters

Microbe Busters Takes New Approach At Eradicating Deadly Germs

You won’t find Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, or any ghosts at Microbe Busters, but you will find some new efforts to eradicate deadly germs.

WBBM Newsradio–03/19/2012

Pyramid Custom Cabinets

Craftsmanship And Service Come First At Pyramid Custom Cabinets

When the door opens into the workshop at Pyramid Custom Cabinets in Lockport, you’re sure to hear a lot of sawing, sanding and hammering. And they take their craft very seriously.

WBBM Newsradio–03/12/2012

Rovernight Network

Dog Owners Get Together To Set Up Boarding Network

Dog owners can make sure their pooches are cared for without having to spend a fortune on commercial boarding, thanks to the Rovernight Network.

WBBM Newsradio–03/05/2012

Hoist Liftruck

Heavy-Duty Forklifts Assembled At Hoist Liftruck

Tucked away in an industrial area near Midway International Airport, high-end, heavy-duty forklifts are assembled one at a time at Hoist Liftruck.

WBBM Newsradio–02/27/2012

Pallet Wrapz

Chicago-Based Company Thinks Green With Pallet Wrapz

The sewing machines are on overdrive inside a West Side warehouse as workers piece together the latest product taking the green world by storm.

WBBM Newsradio–02/13/2012

Garrett Popcorn

Lines Stretch Around The Block At New Garrett Popcorn Shop

You’ve seen the lines around the block and you’ve smelled the caramel, and now, WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody has the story of the new Garrett Popcorn shop.

WBBM Newsradio–02/06/2012

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.

10/31/2011

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

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