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jbraun 12-31-2009 02:30 PM

Good Tool Store in Chicago
Hey all,

Can anyone recommend a good place to check out and purchase tool in and around the Chicago Area that is NOT a big box place.

I would like to get some new tools but want to be able to actually speak with someone who knows what they are selling


PaliBob 01-02-2010 08:02 PM

Josh, I'm in So CA so I have no direct knowledge of Chicago area Tool stores, but I have a good friend about 15 miles West of downtown Chicago who is recognized as the #1 tool geek on the JLC Forum.

I e-mailed him with the question. His response, in summary was:

#1 hands down is Berlands, the retail store in Palatine may be the closest to your location....

#2 is a rental place in Berwyn that also sells tools:

#3 is in Chicago, in da hood;

Josh, thanks for your interest in dealing face to face with somebody who knows what they are taking about. Now I buy mostly on the Net and occasionally even from Harbor Freight, but I have fond memories of buying my first tool from West Hill Hardware in Akron Ohio. I was in HS and buying a claw hammer for my Dad's birthday. The clerk took extra time to show me how to judge the balance on a hammer. I had no idea.

Chevy85 01-09-2010 10:19 AM

Berlands is hands down the place to go for know-how, but not price. I work for a General Contractor and we have a Berlands account. If it were my own money I would only go in there to look around.

Mr Chips 01-12-2010 12:17 PM

I second Berlands
Haven't been there in a few years, but i like Berlands a lot. They carry a good selection, and will sometimes have some smoking deals since they buy a lot of closeouts.

I used to go to Chicago fairly regualrly, and made it a point to stop in Berlands and browse whenever i had the time

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