Neighborhood News - Happy Summer Days (and nights!) from Edgewater, Grant Park, Lincoln Park, Northcenter, Chicago Loop

There’s a month left in summer, and Chicago’s neighborhoods are taking full advantage of the longer days and nights to celebrate Summer in the City!

Restaurant Review: A Michelin-Sized Squeal for The Purple Pig and Jimmy Bannos, Jr.

Dynasties are a real ‘thing’ with Chicago’s best restaurants. For example, the Lettuce Entertain You Group is well into its second generation in the Melman Family (RPM, etc.) There’s also Rick Bayless (Topolobampo, etc ) whose daughter Lane is also making a name for herself.

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Can Diet Cure Depression?

Back as far as the early 20th century Doctors were contemplating and studying our diets' effect on, as they referred to it then, malaise and melancholia.

Stylish & Budget Friendly Furniture Ideas for First-Time Homeowners

It's a major transition from renting to buying a home, especially if it involves moving from a small, crowded apartment to a larger home. A new homeowner must deal with furnishing every room with chairs, couches, tables, and beds in addition to the endless stretch of blank wall space that needs to be filled.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Summer Holiday Nearing Its End?

Even though preparations are taking place for another new school year, there’s still many summer events left to enjoy what’s left of your summer holiday! Here’s what the second weekend of August has planned for you and yours!!

Neighborhood News- Who’s 'thirsty’ this week in Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village, Lincoln Square

Ooh La La!... Gallagher Way at Wrigley Field, 3635 N. Clark Street, turns Parisian on Thursday, August 11, from 4pm-8pm as they host a French Market with a casual, European flair and vendors selling everything from macaroons to handmade pastas, imported cheeses, baked goods, jams, candles, soaps and more!

Restaurant Review--Life’s a Beach: Savor it at The Waterfront Café!

The month of August brings a rare opportunity annually—water temperatures are high, Lake Michigan sparkles blue. The sunsets are pink and orange, just in time for dinner on the lake. What’s better than taking in the evening sunset over the Lake while dining at an outdoor table nearby?

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Practice Self Compassion

Everywhere we are seeing that more people are working on their mental health. Thankfully we are realizing that mental health is just as important as our physical health. Self-compassion does not lead to self-indulgence, nor does it take away your motivation to improve.

6 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Windows

No matter how new your house is, window problems could arise at any time. They'll eventually need to be entirely replaced. Windows don't endure forever, even if they can last up to 20 years when they are of great quality and are maintained properly.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – More Fun Coming – Let’s Get Going!

Ok, who blinked and brought us to the first weekend of August? Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t summer just arrive!? Well despite the fact that summer is fading away from us we still do have more fun coming so let’s get going!!

Neighborhood News-Dancing, festing and more on the West Side, Lincoln Park, West Town, NorthHalsted, Museum Campus, Chicago Loop

The dog days of August are here, and Chicago is ready—to party! Street fests, Lollapaloozas of all kinds, and family-friendly fun await you, indoors and out!

Restaurant Review - A Slice of ‘Himmel’s’ in Lincoln Square

A restaurant serving German and Italian specialties? Could these seemingly disparate cuisines co-exist under one roof?

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Keep the water away

Water is literally one of the most destructive materials on the planet. The same soft liquid that you bathe your precious children in carved out the Grand Canyon. I’ll never forget at my first home inspection as a Real Estate Professional an old inspector uttered those famous words, “Water is not our friend”.

8 Simple Ways to Update Your Home

There's probably something in your home that needs updating especially if you can't even recall the last time you switched things up. What could have been hip back in the day is undoubtedly displeasing today.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Outdoor Summer Fests Close Out July!

There’s no denying that Chicagoans love their summer and being outdoors. In fact, this weekend is filled with outdoor summer fests as we close out the month of July in true summer fashion!

Neighborhood News - If Music Be the Food of Love, Play on in the Chicago Loop, River North, and Millennium Park

And on…and on…this weekend offers the best music throughout the city. Have fun at crowded Lollapalooza, purse your lips at ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and finish your weekend with a Venetian Boat Parade!

Restaurant Review - “Choose your own adventure” at Lincoln Park’s Galit

Galit (in Hebrew, Fountain) is a Middle Eastern Restaurant in Lincoln Park, owned and operated by Andrés Clavero and James Beard Award-winning chef Zachary Engel. It’s not every day that you can find a restaurant with a sense of humor with a Michelin star, but Galit has found the sweet spot in balancing outstanding cuisine with a true sense of humor.

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Things Your Cleaning Service Would Like To Tell You

Many of us are considering or have already hired a person to clean our house. Something only done by the wealthy twenty years ago has now become commonplace for those of us in the middle class.

5 Tricks to Make Your Small Kitchen Feel Bigger

For the majority of homeowners today, having a large, bright kitchen could be a dream come true, but tight budgets and small kitchen spaces can be quite challenging to overcome.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Another Jam-Packed Summer Weekend!

It’s another jam-packed weekend here in Chicago with a variety of outdoor and indoor summer festivities sure to please everyone! So, plan your weekend wisely for a thumbs-up good time!!

Neighborhood News-Food, glorious food in Rogers Park, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Streeterville, West Loop, Chicago Loop

If there’s a theme to this week’s Neighborhood News, it’s FOOD! Chicago’s neighborhoods are home to world-renowned restaurants, quality street vendors and food trucks. But a museum devoted to ice cream?

Restaurant Review—The Harding Café, a hidden gem in Albany Park

A leisurely walk in any Chicago community can yield great rewards. On Sunday, my husband and I were in Albany Park when we stumbled on the Harding Café, a small, family-owned spot serving up spectacular breakfasts and lunches seven days a week.