Like (I assume) many of the woodworkers in the greater Chicago area, I had heard mention of Kirkland Sawmill when the subject came up regarding sources of lumber. I never had occasion, until today, to visit. For those who don't know, Kirkland Sawmill is located in (where else) Kirkland, IL which is basically directly between Rockford and Dekalb -- not exactly around the corner for most of us. However, I was on a quest for about 60 BF of 4/4 hard white maple, so I figured if there was much of a price difference, it would be to my advantage. Owl Hardwood is about 5 minutes away from my house and is where I normally purchase lumber. I called them this morning to get their price. I was quoted $6.02/BF for hard white maple. I realize that half the people listening just said "ack!", but that's the price around here and if you don't like it, well you can drive to Kirkland. They gave me a copy of their price list which I posted a copy of to http://home.comcast.net/~fatheree21/kirkland.jpg . For what I needed, I averaged about $3.30/BF. Despite what the price sheet says, the $3.30 was for S3S.
To boot, as I was leaving the house, the missus asked me for $40. That was going to leave me close cash-wise but I calculated it out and figured i had enough for 60 BF. After picking out what I needed, they added everything up and came to 66 BF and a grand total of $220. I had $212 on me. Rather than unloading the necessary amount, which I was fine with, the owner told me that I owed him $8 and to pay him the next time I'm in. I don't know when I'll make the trip next, so I'm just going to send it to him, but it was a good gesture.
Finally, if you plan a trip out there that requires you to take I-88, don't follow the directions from Mapquest, Yahoo Maps or Google Maps. Take I-88 to Annie Glidden Road (Dekalb exit), go north on Annie Glidden to IL-72. Take IL-72 west to Kirkland.