I get to that area a few times a year ... my SIL and MIL live in Joliet & Morris, respectively. SIL is a knitter & scrapbooker & gardener while MIL is a die-hard quilter & newbie gardener.
Anyway, I make jewelry & crochet and admire general craftiness ... so, any recommended crafty type shops in that area (yarn & beads preferably, MIL has the quilt shops covered!). An hour's drive in either direction of the Joliet/Morris area is fine ... we're up for adventures! Also interested in hearing of any craft groups or generally crafty chicas who live in the area, too.