Professional services experts offer top quality help for local residents
September 6, 2019

Career Transitions Center of Chicago provides personalized coaching support and training for career search skills and strategies.

By Dolly Duplantier

When summer fun is a memory and autumn comes, people tend to think more seriously about real estate, legal issues, banking and finance, insurance, employment, and health matters. Local professionals can help you assess your needs in these important areas. They are ready to serve you, your family, and your business with top quality work and advice.


Career Transitions Center of Chicago, 703 W. Monroe St., (312) 906-9908,,, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Located in the West Loop, Career Transitions Center (CTC) of Chicago is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit career services firm that empowers professionals to find meaningful employment. Whether you are unemployed, underemployed, or unfulfilled, CTC provides personalized coaching support and training on the latest career search skills and strategies. Founded over 20 years ago, CTC offers in-person and virtual career coaching service options so clients can access the center’s proven resources from anywhere.

CTC membership offers weekly individual coaching (clients meet with the coach of their choice for private 45-minute sessions); career skills programming (20+ programs/workshops and a library of over 20 on-demand webinars in critical career and job search skills, strategies, and best practices); peer support and networking (clients have access to weekly peer groups and a robust and CTC-exclusive social media community of over 800 members); and in-person and virtual career coaching options (clients have the option of meeting in-person with coaches and attending workshops at the CTC center or working with a coach and participating in peer groups by phone/Skype/Face-Time and accessing other virtual resources).

CTC has more than 40 in-person and virtual coaches, as well a cadre of 18 workshop facilitators that deliver workshops focused on career and life-management skills, job search skills, and social networking. These individuals have extensive experience in human resources, executive recruiting, career coaching, and outplacement.

More than 10,000 individuals have benefited from CTC’s services since 1997. To learn more about CTC’s services, visit the website to register to attend the New Client Orientation session on Mondays at 11 a.m.


Pacific Global Bank, Chinatown Main Bank, 2323 S. Wentworth Ave.; Chinatown Square, 2156 S. Archer Ave.; Bridgeport, 3233 S. Ashland Ave., 312-225-2323,, YouTube, WeChat.

Founded in 1995 by members of the Chinatown community,  Pacific Global Bank and its board of directors had a vision to invest in the neighborhood as a gesture of good faith to give back to the community that helped bring their dreams to life.

Pacific Global Bank takes pride in having an intimate understanding of the needs of its customers. Its mission is to provide superior banking products and services to consumers and business partners. The bank provides a wide array of financial services to meet the needs of its diverse customer base. These include personal checking and savings, money market and health savings, CDs and IRAs, and mortgage and personal loans. Its online services include banking, bill pay, and mobile banking, in addition to telephone banking. It also offers a full line of business banking products, as well as a variety of other services.

Certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), Pacific Global Bank is committed to reaching out and providing access to capital/financial services to the community, including those who are unserved/underserved, and lending to minorities. Pacific Global Bank’s products and services are designed to create sustainable impact in the community. The bank’s commitment to serve the needs of others enables it to make a difference in people’s lives, helping them build a future of prosperity.

Royal Bank, (773) 768-4800,

Royal Bank has been serving customers and the community since 1887.  Founded in the shadows of Chicago’s booming steel industry, Royal Bank continues as an important player in the development of the South and Southeast Sides. In addition, the bank has grown and expanded its market through some important acquisitions, which have resulted in a total of seven locations in the city, and two locations in the suburbs of Westmont and Niles. 

At a time when many financial institutions have closed, changed names, or been acquired, Royal Bank remains strong and committed to offering an extensive array of services to individuals, families, businesses, and organizations. Checking, savings, and certificates, including a Simplicity CD, are some of the deposit products.  Financing products include mortgages, small business loans, commercial loans, construction financing, and more. 

While the core philosophy of “community first” has remained the same since the beginning of Royal Bank, the bank’s services include the latest in modern banking tools, including remote deposit, online banking, mobile banking, access to a network of 55,000 automatic teller machines (ATMs), debit cards, and purchase rewards. 

Royal Bank is an Equal Housing Lender, and a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).  For more information, visit the Royal Bank website at

The Women’s Treatment Center provides comprehensive family-based treatment programs for women.


Aperion Care International, 4815 S. Western Blvd., (773) 927-4200, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin. 

Long-term care and rehabilitation services administrated thoughtfully by qualified and highly skilled staff are foremost at Aperion Care International. Nursing staff, along with an attending physician, provide services around the clock to all residents whether they are there for a brief period or long term.

Among the staff are registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants. In addition, the staff includes highly qualified and experienced therapists, administrators, and medical directors, all of whom were previously “hands-on” caregivers.

Each case is unique. Therefore, Aperion’s care is administered after careful consideration and evaluation of each of the residents’ individual needs and requirements by professional staff, as well as consultation with the residents and their family members. On staff are certified wound care specialists, hemodialysis treatment center specialists, psychiatric rehabilitation consultants, and palliative, hospice, and respite care trained staff. Each of these areas of care is allocated a designated department within the facility.

Aperion Care International provides private and semi-private suites based on residents’ and family members’ choices. All of the accommodations offer full amenities. Aperion also offers “at home” services should the individual prefer to remain in familiar surroundings. Aperion Care International is the recipient of the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.

The Foot Clinic, 1226 W. Taylor St., (312) 243-3769,, Facebook, Twitter.

For more than 40 years, Frank William Zappa, DPM, and his board-certified staff, have addressed foot and ankle problems with conservative treatments and in some cases surgical remediation.

The Foot Clinic provides treatment for common foot disorders such as arthritic foot and ankle, calluses, infections, bunions, sprains, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, fungal toenails, and sport and work-related injuries, as well as diabetes-related foot problems, including wounds and ulcers.

Dr. Zappa is president of the medical staff, section chief of podiatry, and director of the WALKS (Wound and Limb Kare Salvage) centers at St. Anthony Hospital, 2875 W. 19th St., where he and his staff attend to diabetic wounds, gangrene, varicose veins, and lower extremity ulcers.  Formerly, Dr. Zappa was the program director at St. Joseph Hospital’s Podiatric Surgical Residency program.

Dr. Zappa has more than 53 years of experience in the field. He was board certified in foot surgery in 1976 and opened his first Taylor Street office in 1977. The Foot Clinic has consistently served the community and referrals. Dr. Zappa is also on staff at free-standing surgery centers throughout the Chicago area. 

Rush Generations, 710 S. Paulina St., (800) 757-0202,,, Twitter (@RushSWCH), Facebook (@rushgenerations).

Rush Generations is a health promotion membership program for adults and caregivers. Adults of any age are welcome to join Rush Generations at no cost, regardless of where medical care is received. Geared towards health and aging, the program provides access to a wealth of information and resources, including lectures by physicians and other experts at Rush; workshops on managing health; fitness classes such as Zumba Gold, tai chi, and yoga; health screenings; monthly support and education groups; and many other tools for enhancing health and vitality. Members also receive a quarterly newsletter that includes practical tips and insights from specialists at Rush, as well as a calendar of Rush Generations’ various programs. Free lectures and programs include: Stem Cell Therapy, which was held on Oct. 2; Mental Health & Depression in Older Adults, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m.; and Take Charge of Your Health, a six-week self-management workshop beginning on Friday, Oct. 18, 12:30 p.m.

To become a member, register for classes, or obtain more information about Rush Generations, call or visit the Rush Generations website.

The Women’s Treatment Center, 140 N. Ashland Ave., (312) 850-0050, fax (312) 850-9095,, Facebook.

The Women’s Treatment Center (TWTC), an Illinois 501(c)(3) agency, provides comprehensive family – based treatment programs for women battling addiction. TWTC serves women aged 18 and over who struggle with substance abuse and concurrent poverty, homelessness, trauma, or mental disorder.

TWTC’s continuum of care enables women to transition from addiction to recovery, with the ultimate goal of rebuilding families who will lead productive lives. TWTC provides services and support for up to two years, including 24-hour medically monitored detox treatment, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, and opioid maintenance therapy. It also operates three Recovery Homes onsite. In addition, TWTC offers criminal justice programs, parenting programs, and children’s services.

TWTC, located on Chicago’s Near West Side, is the only substance abuse treatment center in Chicago focused solely on women and specializing in treatment that is framed and informed by women’s issues. In 1990, TWTC pioneered the state’s comprehensive substance abuse treatment program for women with children, and has become a national model for family-based, trauma-informed treatment in a community-based setting. Accredited by the Joint Commission, TWTC affirms adherence to the highest standards of care and safety for their clients and offers services without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or ability to pay. All programs and facilities are accessible to persons with physical disabilities.

Admission is open for all programs, including medical and clinical detox. Walk-ins are welcome. Intake hours are Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sat. and Sun., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for detox only.

UI Health Pediatrics recently received a Hyundai Impact Award Grant of $100,000 to fund pediatric cancer treatment and care.

UI Health Pediatrics, 1740 W. Taylor St., (312) 996-7416, Kids.UIHealth.Care, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube.

The Department of Pediatrics at UI Health delivers compassionate, personalized care to children of all ages, from infancy into young adulthood. Committed to delivering quality-focused, family-friendly care, pediatricians work with subspecialists in more than a dozen different pediatric fields to provide comprehensive care. Preventive care is emphasized through medical management and patient education.

From checkups and immunizations to advanced care and emergency services on a designated pediatric hospital floor, UI Health Pediatrics works with your family to address your medical and emotional concerns while providing the best care to your child.

The pediatric specialists help manage chronic medical conditions and diseases to ensure children get the attention they deserve to help them grow up healthy and develop properly in a safe and familiar environment. Pediatric focused primary and specialty care includes back-to-school care, adolescent medicine, weight management, neonatal intensive care (NICU) and pediatric intensive care units (PICU), cardiology, endocrinology, hematology/oncology, infectious diseases, nephrology, neurology, psychiatry, pulmonary and lung health, sickle cell, and dentistry.

UI Health Pediatrics has three convenient locations: the Outpatient Care Center Clinic (1801 W. Taylor St.), the Family Medicine Center at University Village (722 W. Maxwell St.), and Children’s Hospital University of Illinois (1740 W. Taylor St.).

Hours for the Pediatric Outpatient Clinic are Mon. through Thurs. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. 8 a.m. to noon.

UI Health Pediatrics is your partner in your child’s health. To make an appointment, please complete the online form on their website or call (312) 996-7416.


J & A Cleaning Service Inc., Tri-Taylor area, (773) 523-6682,,, Facebook, Twitter.

Owned and operated by the Antolec family, J & A Cleaning has served the Pilsen, Bridgeport, South Loop, and Tri-Taylor communities for almost 40 years. The number one carpet and furniture cleaning company in the Chicagoland area, J & A is certified and insured. There are no hidden costs with J & A. Prices include spot service, deodorizing, and cleaning.

J & A selects the right cleaning method for your needs. Experienced professionals hand-clean and hand brush all furniture, helping to restore and prolong the beauty of your leather or upholstery. Area and oriental rugs are safely cleaned at your home. Fringe cleaning is always done by hand. Rugs can be Scotch-guarded for future protection. J & A specialists can assist with carefully moving your furniture to ensure a complete cleaning of your wall-to-wall carpeting.

The company also does commercial cleaning for offices, retail, and restaurants. In addition, J & A works with realtors, condo associations, and landlords to ensure properties look great for showings. J & A appreciates their loyal customers.

Restoration Associates Corp. oversees projects for residential, commercial, and industrial properties from beginning to end. They can provide immediate
response to the downtown area and the surrounding suburbs.

Restoration Associates Corp., 2601 S. Archer Ave., (312) 225-3300, fax (312) 225-6002,,, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook.

Restoration Associates Corp. is a fully licensed general contractor specializing in the restoration, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of buildings that have suffered an insurance loss. No matter what the cause, from a vehicular impact to a falling tree, or damages caused by fire, water, or mold, Restoration Associates Corp can restore property to its pre-loss condition with emergency restoration services.

Restoration Associates Corp. oversees projects for residential, commercial, and industrial properties from beginning to end. Services include fire and water damage restoration and cleanup, board up, emergency electric, plumbing, HVAC, shoring, and all other duties that must be performed after a loss occurs to comply with insurance policy standards and requirements. 

The company uses the latest in state-of-the-art restoration equipment. Its vast array of drying tools such as commercial low grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers, high velocity air movers, air scrubbers with HEPA filters, and hardwood floor Inject-I-Dry machines are the best money can buy.

Founding partner Tom Nesbitt, has over 40 years of experience in the industry. Conveniently located near the Loop with easy expressway access, Restoration Associates Corp. can prove immediate response to the downtown area, as well as surrounding suburbs. For more detailed information about Restoration Associates Corp., visit the website.

T2 Kitchen Cabinet, 1400 W. 37th St., (773) 247-8282,,

Since 2005, T2 Kitchen Cabinet has offered well-constructed, high-quality kitchen cabinetry, vanities, faucets, and sinks. T2 Cabinet is a distributor exclusively for Amberleaf Cabinetry. Thoughtful design and careful craftsmanship are the hallmarks of their cabinetry.

T2 Cabinet offers an easier, better, and less expensive way to remodel your kitchen. With a selection of over 180 different stock items, select finishes, and a variety of accessories, T2 Kitchen Cabinet’s team of designers will help you create your dream kitchen.  The company offers quick delivery and outstanding customer service. Thoughtful design and careful craftsmanship are the hallmarks of their cabinetry, along with what all designers, builders, and remodelers are looking for: value, quality, and availability.

Visit the showroom at 1400 W. 37th St., and meet with one of the company’s professionals, who will then come to your house to measure your kitchen and talk with you about your kitchen design. A member of the Better Business Bureau, T2 Kitchen Cabinet serves the entire metropolitan Chicago area, and ships to other Illinois destinations and out of state. Fast turnaround assured. Hours: Mon. through Sat. 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Urban Countertops creates custom countertops and vanities, providing exceptional service, quality, and value.

Urban Countertops, 3734 S. St. Louis Ave., (773) 893-5259, (312) 282-1445 (after hours),,

For more than 16 years, Urban Countertops has been serving the greater Chicagoland area creating custom countertops and vanities. The firm’s mission is to provide customers with the most exceptional service, high quality, and unbeatable value.

Urban Countertops provides the best countertops for homeowners, contractors, developers, hotels, and other businesses with a large variety of high-end stonework. Projects include countertops, bar-tops, fireplaces, custom walls, and vanities. Urban Countertops guarantees its work to fit each customer’s need. Products include granite, marble, and quartz countertops. Urban Countertops also offers kitchen, bathroom, and bar sinks.

The firm’s team of skilled work crews will see each customer’s vision through to completion, from raw stone to the most elegant of countertops. Each team of highly trained professionals will cut, fabricate, and install a client’s dream into reality. Urban Countertops’ computerized operating system brings their office team and sales team closer than before. This allows them to be flexible and still capable of providing the most accurate and up to date information. Together as a team, they strive to ensure that their customers are 100% satisfied with the look and feel of their stonework.

Urban Countertops is always available after hours, and can provide extra consultation when needed. Hours: Mon. through Sat., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WickRight Inc. and WickRight General Contractors, LLC, Prairie View, IL, (312) 720-1467,,, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Facebook.

WickRight restoration contractors specialize in repairs for masonry buildings with water intrusion not necessarily related to roof issues. Masonry buildings constructed since 1990 are in big trouble and WickRight crews are working round the clock. Most of their customers have fairly new masonry buildings with water intrusion through the walls, windows, and doors caused by a combination of new materials, (split face block and Renaissance stone), old methods (wrapping roofing materials over parapets) and missing or poorly designed flashings (which divert water away from the buildings or block absorption). WickRight can help you diagnose and specify repairs and materials. The firm can also refer you to authorized WickRight installers in your area.

WickRight has recently expanded to the following communities: Near West Side, Tri-Taylor, East Pilsen, University Village, South Loop, Bridgeport, Bronzeville, and Grand Boulevard. 

If you are a licensed and insured general, carpentry, masonry, or roofing contractor on the South side and are dedicated to helping people maintain their buildings properly, give WickRight a call. WickRight has qualified leads in your area and will provide a scope of work, some on-site supervision, and hands-on WickRight installation training for free.

Bob Kelly and Diane Knight of WickRight discuss how their patented vented
flashing systems work at a CSI 2 Eye professional forum with Heidi Granke, Architect, Heritage Architecture Studio.


Healthcare Solutions Team, Carmen Valentino (312) 259-0333,,, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, John Cahill, (312) 519-4072, 

Independent licensed life and health insurance brokers with the Healthcare Solutions Team, Carmen Valentino and John Cahill, who work with self-employed individuals, families, and small businesses to find affordable health insurance.

Healthcare Solutions Team represents many nationwide carriers and provides customers with many options when it comes to health insurance, including offering assistance with buying major medical insurance in and off Marketplace, short term, dental, vision, Medicare supplements, and more.  

Own a small business (1-500 employees)? Valentino and Cahill will be sure to make the process of starting business insurance painless. In a time of uncertainty, when it comes to healthcare, their goal is to make clients feel comfortable and more knowledgeable when making life-changing decisions regarding their healthcare options. Valentino and Cahill will work diligently to find a plan that fits your specific needs.

Open Enrollment dates are Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, 2019, for 2020 plans. The plans begin on Jan. 1, 2020. Valentino and Cahill are available to take your call.  There is no fee for their service.


Attorney Kathleen Marie Walsh, 3236 S. Racine Ave., (708) 447-8081,,, Facebook, LinkedIn.

Kathleen Walsh is a Family Law Attorney who practices in Bridgeport dealing with adoptions, divorce (the division of marital property), child custody/support and alimony paternity matters (custody and child support for the children of unmarried parties), estate planning (wills, trusts, and powers of attorney), probate matters for deceased family members, guardianship for minors or disabled adults, and residential real estate.

Born in 1952 to an Irish Chicago policeman father and a Polish mother (former Catholic nun), Kathleen was raised on the Southwest Side with four brothers (two Chicago firefighters and one Chicago Police officer). At 19, she worked as a paralegal and her legal career began.

A 1982 graduate of DePaul University, she received her law degree in 1988 from Kent College of Law. After working for an attorney from 1988 to 1997, Walsh went solo in 1997. She strives to resolve legal matters economically and quickly. Call or email her anytime.


Carpe Vita Travel, (312) 238-7658 / (304) 460-0326,, Facebook (CVitaTravel), Twitter (CVitaTravel), Linkedin.

Travel is all about the experience. “It’s not just about finding the lowest price online,” said Janet Thompson, owner of Carpe Vita Travel. “It’s about finding the best value. Travel is something you buy that can’t be returned.”

Her biggest focus this coming year will be on exploration travel (think Galapagos Islands) and river cruising which, by the way, is not just available in Europe. In addition, land vacations will remain a large part of the business moving forward. The company provides advisory services for independent and escorted travel, group trips, and corporate incentive travel.     

Carpe (pronounced “car-pay”) Vita Travel provides customized travel planning and personalized service before, during, and after your travel and is an independently operated franchise of Cruise Planners – American Express, a top producer and preferred partner of all major land and cruise suppliers. The firm’s affiliation with American Express also brings with it benefits for AMEX card holders not otherwise available. 

In addition to the industry training in which she regularly participates, Thompson also brings her nearly 20 years of experience living and working in Europe and traveling worldwide. She is able to provide competitive pricing and through her franchise, and enjoys Preferred Partner status with most major travel providers.

Cruise Planners, an American Express representative, is an award-winning franchise, winning in multiple categories for over 16 consecutive years.


Caporale Realty Group, 7646 W. North Ave., Elmwood Park, (708) 456-1919,,, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.

Caporale Realty Group has served the northwest suburban area of Chicago and nearby communities for 36 years. Committed to providing clients with innovative products and services that make the process of buying and selling homes a positive experience, Caporale Realty Group’s managing broker and sales executives are constantly striving to be first in customer service.

Caporale Realty Group offers a wide range of services to assist in the home buying process, from finding a home to moving in. Seller services ensure homes get maximum exposure through newspapers, realtor magazines, Multiple Listing Services, local cable, and the Internet. Caporale Realty Group can also assist in all areas of relocation. In addition, they have in-house insurance and legal departments. They also specialize in foreclosures and short sales.

Gabe Caporale, CRB, CRS, GRI, SRES, president of Caporale Realty Group, has been selling real estate since 1971. He recently received the SRES designation that specializes in senior services. Born and raised on Taylor Street, Caporale is actively involved with business, civic, and charitable organizations.

Caporale Realty Group is an active member in good standing of the local, state, and national Associations of Realtors. 

C. Gallucci Realty, Inc., 1355 W. Taylor St., (312) 421-1355.

Carmen Gallucci, owner of C. Gallucci Realty, Inc., is a fourth generation area resident with a strong commitment to the Near West Side community. Each client of Gallucci Realty is personally supported throughout the entire buying or selling process.

Gallucci Realty’s goal is to help provide a truly satisfying experience. In addition to assisting clients with sales and purchases, Gallucci Realty offers expert service in property management and apartment rentals. The professional staff understands and fulfills each client’s individual needs.

The firm has a solid reputation throughout the community and surrounding areas for its knowledgeable and honest staff, personal service, and high success rate in selling property. Everyone in the office works hard to ensure that past, present, and future clients get the professional support they desire when it comes to real estate transactions.

Open seven days per week, C. Gallucci Realty, Inc., has a 24-hour phone service, so when you call, a person will greet you. Feel free to call or stop by.

Donna Anello Surma.

New West Realty — Donna Anello Surma, 1413 W. Taylor St., (312) 927-1434,, Facebook.

Donna Anello Surma is a highly skilled and expert broker who has specialized in leasing and sales for more than 30 years. Her areas of focus are the Near West, University of Illinois at Chicago/ Illinois Medical District, Bridgeport, and South Loop communities, as well as other nearby Chicago neighborhoods. Her philosophy is to work hard on every property she lists, whether it is a sale or lease.

Surma averages 100-plus transactions per year. A frequent recipient of awards from the Chicago Realtors Association, she consistently receives acknowledgements and congratulations for her success and hard work. Surma is grateful to her real estate mentors August Mauro and Ted Mazola for realizing her potential and enthusiasm and quickly promoting her from receptionist to full-time agent within six months in 1988.

Surma takes pride in doing everything “old school.” She never takes a listing outside a three-mile radius from her office on Taylor Street and her home in Bridgeport. She can be reached at her personal cell number or email 24/7.

Once she sells or rents, Surma still remains very hands on. Tenants can call her throughout their lease and she is always ready to help with any situation. If you are looking to rent, buy, or sell, Donna Surma is the expert for you.