Welcome to the forum, always good to see another Chicago area brewer. Like McKBrew says, don't get too worried about you r first few not coming out right. It's a learning experience and they'll get better as you go along.
"The immense importance of a pint of ale to a common person should never be overlooked"
Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral
Brewing: Aguave Wheat Ale
Drinking: Fat Tire Clone, Irish Stout, & Irish Red Ale