Chicago Home and Lifestyles - Conserving Water During the Drought

With the severe drought in Chicago and the entire Midwest, it’s good to try and conserve as much water as possible.

How You Can Finance Your Home Renovation

Outdated kitchen. Overrun backyard. Unusable basement space. If you have a home renovation project on the mind, the first thing you have to consider is how you are going to finance it. Here are the most common options to make your dreams become a reality.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Welcome Phase 5 – We’re Open!

Welcome to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan! It’s been a long-time coming but both Chicago and Illinois have completely reopened which means that restaurants are at max capacity again, select festivals are back on, and we can finally get back to the business at hand of attending our favorite summertime festivities!!

Chicago Neighborhood News: Wicker Park, Fulton River District, The Loop, and Logan Square

Wicker Park: Are you a big Prince fan? Then you definitely won’t want to miss Aniba and The Sol Starz pay tribute to one of the most iconic artists of all time. Aniba and the Sol Starz are a funk-rock band from Chicago made up of six members.

Restaurant Review: Stand-Up Burgers

Burgers are a timeless American classic and they have become a staple for many people - but not everyone eats meat. Stand-Up Burgers located at 614 W Diversey Parkway in Chicago solves this problem by providing a large selection of burgers that are all completely plant-based.

Chicago Home and Lifestyles - Say it Better

Sometimes we don’t realize how some things we say can be taken differently by others, especially in the workplace. We may inadvertently give a wrong impression with the words we choose.

Tips For Making Your Home More Peaceful

Many things in our world are out of our control, but one thing you can control is your home environment. There are many simple changes you can make to instill some much needed peace into your living space.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – It’s Going to be a Hot One!

This first weekend in June is going to be a hot one (temperature wise) so be sure to stay hydrated when venturing out to any of the following events for your weekend enjoyment!

Chicago Neighborhood News: West Loop, Streeterville, Uptown, Lincoln Park

West Loop: Time Out Market Chicago, located at 916 West Fulton Market, officially reopens just in time for the summer season on Thursday, June 17. Time Out Chicago has a fantastic roundup of the city's culinary talent on hand, serving up their best dishes to celebrate its return.

Restaurant Review: Venteux

Chicago native Chef Donald Young, one of the youngest chefs awarded a Michelin star in the states, brings his culinary expertise of French dining to the recently opened Venteux, located at 224 North Michigan Avenue inside the Pendry Hotel.

Chicago Home and Lifestyles - Easy Ways to Keep the House Tidy

There are ways to keep the house looking presentable. What do you do when someone calls and says, "I'm on my way over?" Frantically run from room to room, throwing stuff into closets? Or do you simply say, "Sorry, I'm just walking out the door?"

Backyard DIY Projects

Summer is just around the corner so it’s the perfect time to start planning some fun projects for your backyard. Whether you are looking for new ways to entertain and host friends or you want to surprise your spouse or family with an improved aesthetic, here are some DIY projects that can help make your backyard even more spectacular.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Celebrate ♦ Remember ♦ Honor!

Memorial Day Weekend is here, marking the official start of summer in Chicago! While things aren’t totally back to normal yet, this year’s Memorial Day is shaping up to look more like a typical early summer holiday. Here are a few things to get you out of the house to enjoy your three-day weekend.

Chicago Neighborhoods News: Garfield Park, The Loop, Virtual, Lincoln Park

Garfield Park: Not so steady on a bicycle? Don't worry if you need a little (or a lot) of help handling a bike with the I Want to Learn How to Ride a Bike 2021 series brought to you by the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Restaurant Review: Bar Avec

River North is home to the brand new Bar Avec, located on the 8th floor above Avec River North at 640 North LaSalle Drive. This open-air bar features a menu that one would expect to find while cruising around the southern coastal towns of Portugal and Spain.

Chicago Home and Lifestyles - Get Those Vegetables Planted

Spring around the Chicago area has been cool at best and positively frigid at worst. April showers have been nonexistent too. So, all in all, a rare spring. Most years, I have my vegetable garden already in, but we have had several nights with frost.

How To Curate Art For Your Home

The right artwork can transform any room in a home, plus it has the unique ability to display the homeowner’s personality, character, and energy. Because of that, choosing the right pieces can feel a little overwhelming sometimes. Use these guidelines to help you get started.

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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Switching on Summer!

Looks like we're in for some hot summer temps this weekend in Chicago. Couldn't come at a better time since the city and the Chicago Park District will be switching on summer! Here are some options for you and your family to get out and enjoy the outdoors for a little taste of summer in May!!

Chicago Neighborhood News: Museum Campus, West Loop, Virtual, Wrigleyville, River North

Museum Campus: Beginning Friday, May 21, learn the history of Jane Goodall's contributions to the natural world at the "Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall." This event takes place at The Field Museum, located at 1400 South Lake Shore Drive.

Restaurant Review: Tzuco

If you love Mexican cuisine (and who doesn't?) but are growing a bit tired of the same old, do yourself a favor and take in the flavors at Tzuco, located at 720 North State Street in River North.

Chicago Home and Lifestyles - Vinegar in the Garden

Vinegar is a great weed killer with no nasty chemicals. Do be careful, however. Vinegar is five percent acetic acid, so it will be absorbed into the weed leaves and will kill from the leaves down. Use vinegar sparingly and be careful to not get it on good plants or over wet due to its acidity.