Restaurant Review – Christmas Day Restaurants

If you’re still in the city and don’t have someplace to be on Christmas Day, the following restaurants have got you covered!

New Home? Here's How To Save

Here are a few things new homeowners can do to save on energy and maintenance. When you’ve just purchased a new home, there’s a ton on your mind.

Kathy’s Home & Garden Tips - Lighten Up for the New Year

My husband and I are just past 60 and we are in downsizing mode. Unfortunately, we have lived in our present home for 33 years and the accumulation of stuff is not to be believed.

Create The Gallery Wall Of Your Dreams

Creating a gallery wall in your home is an easy, do-it-yourself way to bring your personal style into any room. There is no right or wrong way to create one and no limit to the possibilities.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Getting in the Spirit for Arrival of the Holidays!

This is it Chicago -- your last weekend before the holidays are here! Let’s all get in the spirit and take some time to enjoy ourselves. You can finish your holiday shopping on Monday!!

CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Bucktown and Wicker Park, Chicago Loop, Lincoln Square, Oak Park

Lakeview: Looking for some pre-Christmas fun? Look no further than Sunday Brunch with Santa at Port & Park! Santa will be in the dining room for photos and cheers while you and your family enjoy a hearty brunch. Kids brunch is just $7.50 and includes breakfast, a drink, and a cookie.

Restaurant Review – 5411 Empanadas

This week took me back to another favorite: 5411 Empanadas. Sometimes, you just have to go to a place you already know and love. I went to the location on Southport. It’s quaint, small, and charming. There are a handful of tables, as well as a long bar with seating.

Kathy’s Home & Garden Tips - Get Rid of Distractions

We talked about reaching our business goals last week. Many times, we find ourselves constantly multitasking. We shift our attention to responding to communications and managing interruptions, instead of making progress on our tasks.

Big Ideas For Small Spaces

Smaller rooms can be difficult to decorate, because if you don’t know a few important tricks, the space can end up feeling a little claustrophobic. Here’s how you can keep a room feeling airy and spacious, even if it’s just a studio apartment or an attic.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year -- Christmas is less than two weeks away! Whether you’re all set (bring it on) or haven’t even started yet (OMG), this weekend is for you!!

CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: Bucktown and Wicker Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Andersonville, Logan Square, Evanston

Bucktown and Wicker Park: It might be getting colder, but you can still check out the indoor session of the Wicker Park Farmer’s Market! Held at The Robey Hall, this indoor market is the first Saturday of every month.

Restaurant Review – Southport Grocery

This week took me back to a favorite: Southport Grocery. This cafe and grocery store is so charming (and so tasty!), it definitely warrants a revisit. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, with a small number of oak tables, booths, and high tops. Running the center of the restaurant are wire shelves packed with delicious grocery goodies. They offer a wide variety of artisan foods, focused on local suppliers.

Kathy’s Home & Garden Tips - Start the New Year on the Right Path

Many people start the new year with “Resolutions”. Many involve losing weight, eating better, or spending less money. Most of these good intentions tend to be forgotten before the end of January. Most resolutions fail because there is no plan.

What Affects Your Home Insurance?

Research suggests that about 1 in 20 homeowners will make an insurance claim each year. So while it may seem that your monthly home insurance expenses aren’t worthwhile, the chances of needing your insurance are higher than you might think.


Guess who’s coming to town? Looks like Santa Claus will be here this weekend but won’t be delivering any gifts, yet!

CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: Lincoln Park, Bucktown and Wicker Park, Lakeview, Chicago Loop, Lincoln Square, Oak Park

Lincoln Park: What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with a party that ALSO gives back? It’s time for the Santa Claws Toy Drive on Saturday, December 21 from 5 to 8 pm. At the Tonic Room (2447 N Halsted), you can drink White Claws, take a photo with Santa, listen to music provided by The Bloodshot DJs, and more.

Restaurant Review – Carol's Pub

This week took me to a Chicago institution: Carol’s Pub. Carol’s was established in 1972 and closed in September of 2016. This North Side dive bar was a popular spot for cheap beer, great food, and live country music for decades prior to its closing.

Kathy’s Home & Garden Tips - Know Your Pet Expenses

So you want to bring a pet into the family. Be aware that you are taking on a big responsibility to care for that pet for their lifetime. In return, they will give you more joy than you can imagine. In 2016, $66.8 billion was spent on domesticated pets.

Thinking About Buying Soon? Make Sure Your Credit Is In Order

There’s no more important time to work on your credit score than when you’re about to apply for a mortgage. Improving your credit can save you a ton of money—we’re talking about thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.


Now that another Thanksgiving is behind us, the city of Chicago is officially in holiday mode bringing weekends packed with fun and holiday cheer!

CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Bucktown and Wicker Park, Edgewater, Logan Square, Evanston

Lakeview: The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus presents their Annual Holiday Show! There are three performances: December 6 (8 pm at the Athenauem), December 7 (8 pm at North Shore Center), and December 8 (3 pm at the Beverly Arts Center).

Restaurant Review – The Marq

I don’t often find myself in The Loop for dinner, but this week called for a Friday date night. We took ourselves to The Marq, located at 60 W Adams St. We called ahead and made a reservation. When we got there, there was a fair number of empty tables, so I’m not sure we needed it.