COUTURE DRY CLEANER
Davis Imperial Cleaners
3325 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.;
|Chicagoans with couture dresses in distress have been known to take their soiled finery all the way to New York City to have stains removed at Madame Paulette, the legendary dry cleaner on the Upper East Side. But those in the know entrust their best garments to Davis Imperial Cleaners, a 51-year-old family-owned business on the far Northwest Side that takes a serious, technical approach to restoring delicate fabrics, leather, and furs. Take in a red-wine-stained
|| blouse, and the staff will interview you about the conditions of the offending incident, analyze the garment’s weave and age, and inform you about possible shrinkage before starting work. The service doesn’t come cheap (cleaning a cocktail dress, for example, starts at $65), but Davis will pick up and deliver, and regulars attest that the work is as good as you’d get from Madame Paulette at about a third of the price—even before factoring in the cost of air travel.