To succeed at life in the Windy City, you'll need a gang of guys to help you with everything from busted hems to busted tires.
When your heel gets stuck in a sidewalk grating or your rubber soles become threadbare from winter salt, head to Gus’s Shoe Repair for fast, cheap fixes. $9 to fix a high heel; $20 to replace a rubber sole. 2361 N Clark St (773-525-0133).
When some jackass steps on the hem of your pants as you’re getting off the El, you’ll need a same-day tailor. Try the meticulous service from Nick Nikiforos of Nikiforos Tailoring & Alterations. About $17 to hem a pair of pants. 28 E Jackson Blvd, 14th floor (312-427-3110).
Oh, great: a chance to re-create the most stirring scenes from Titanic. In your basement. The guys at Kuhn Plumbing will take care of you when that inevitable crazy spring-summer rain floods your basement. $180 for first 30 minutes; $40 per quarter hour thereafter (773-525-0474).
If your car suffers a slashed tire or pothole damage, slap on a spare and roll into Sierra Tire Shop. The friendly staffers will change the tire immediately, charge a mere pittance and salsa dance to entertain you during your 15-minute wait. $10–$25 to repair and/or change a tire; cost of tire extra. 2324 N California Ave (773-772-8115).
Did you buy a fixer-upper only to find it’s saddled with all kinds of code violations? Expert (and honest) handyman Hector Ibarra will fix up your digs quickly and reliably—everything from installing major appliances to repainting and installing new windows to comply with lead-paint rules. Rates vary based on job; call for an estimate (708-494-8507).
You parked under the El, only to return and find your radio and window missing. Fernandez Auto Glass will fix it instantaneously and cheaply—it offers used auto glass, which costs about half what new does. These guys will even vacuum up the glass shards inside your car. Prices vary based on make and model; about $50–$100 per used window. 2733 N Western Ave (773-252-5106).