I can't even begin to describe how much I love this place. They advertise themselves as the "candy store for chefs", which is the perfect description. It's so hard walking in without walking out with a whole bunch of new kitchen toys.
This is an excellent resource for pots, pans, cutlery, kitchen paraphernalia of all sorts!
In addition, the absolute best place in Chicago to have your good knives and scissors sharpened at a terrifically economical price.
Service can't be beaten!
Northwestern is great for kitchen knives, but they've shined at helping me with my fabric scissors, woodworking chisels and hand planer blades, and leather working knives. They also helped me pick some reasonably priced water stones so I can put a mirror finish on the new edges they set me up with. No nonsense prompt and friendly service at good prices. I couldn't recommend these guys more.