So you’ve got a car, perhaps begged from friends, or better yet, you’ve simply rented a truck for that nearly thirty-mile trip out to that mecca of low-cost, do-it-yourself Swedish décor. Inside the door of the garishly blue and yellow confines of IKEA you get your map, a pencil and a handy paper ruler and then it’s up to the second floor for knickknacks and such. But once you’ve picked up assorted Ribba frames, the Pugg wall clock, a Lamplig lamp, a couple of Forby footstools and a handful of Granat cushions, how on earth do you keep your stuff, and still make it up the escalator to the third floor to look for the right Billy bookcase—much less make it downstairs to the cash registers so you can get back outside? Never fear, the IKEA monolith boasts a modern shopping marvel-the cart escalator. Pick up your nice plastic cart on any floor, cram it full, and head for the escalator. Right next to your ride, your cart gets a trip through some lovely plastic doors where little moving spokes latch on to the wheels. The nice, open-air feel allows you (and excited passersby) to watch your stuff go up or down a floor, with nary a break in stride. Now that’s what we call progress.
1800 East McConnor Parkway, Schaumburg (847)969-9700
Audience choice: Cheapness
$1.00 Soft Serve Chocolate/Vanilla Swirl Ice Cream Cones. The only thing that gets me through the store is looking forward to that at the end. Meatballs. They give you nine.
Everything! Everything! Everything!
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