Hey 1bsman, I'm in your area... I'm from Glenview. Morton Grove... I'm no longer familiar with NH because my closest one (Lewis Implement) doesn't do Boomers, but for mini excavators, the Schiller Park Atlas Bobcat (on River Road) isn't too bad (from my contacts with them, anyhow), and a bit farther way, Patten Cat has been doing well in terms of selling Cat's compact line.
You also have McAllister Equipment for Volvo and a Komatsu dealer nearby.
Not sure if that helps any, but good luck... keep us posted.