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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Favorite Festivals Kick-Off Summer Season!

We’re not wasting any time here in Chicago as our first weekend in June is packed with our favorite festivals kicking off the summer season! There’s no time to waste so let’s get started.
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Neighborhood News: Singin’ the Blues in Chicago at Lincoln Park’s Kingston Mines

Is there any music genre more emblematic of a place and time like Chicago’s blues scene? To this day, ‘The Blues Brothers’ movie remains the quintessential celebration of Chicago’s most iconic music.
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Restaurant Review: A Menu for Man and Beast at River North’s Siena Tavern

I have two dogs, and I’m always looking for places we can go and take them along. In the summer, we’re very lucky to have so many restaurants in Chicago that allow man’s (and woman’s) best friends on their patios.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Tips for a better run

Now, I am definitely not a runner, but I know so many of my friends enjoy running for their main exercise. I’ve done some research and have found some tips for a better running experience.
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Big Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Small House

Small houses offer the promise of a simpler life with less material possessions, less maintenance, and a lower mortgage. Despite the benefits there are some tradeoffs that warrant consideration.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Memorial Day Weekend Ushers in Summer 2023!

As is customary, Chicago unofficially kicks-off the summer season over the Memorial Day Weekend which just so happens to be this weekend. If you’re ready for Summer of 2023, then come celebrate with us as the city pulls out all the stops!
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Neighborhood News: Memorial Day Weekend at Chicago’s Beaches

As Chicago moves into summer, Memorial Day Weekend means one thing to beachgoers: it’s time to discover (or re-discover) the greatest 26 miles of beaches off of Lake Michigan!
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Restaurant Review: A Century of Good Eating in the West Loop

Opened since 1923 and located at the very beginning of historic Route 66, Michelin-listed Lou Mitchell’s is the gold standard for classic American diners.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – How our senses change as we age

As we get older our senses change. These changes take place in the organs themselves as well as the brain. Neurons naturally die, and we become less able to process information, store memories, and perceive sensations.
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Selling Your House? 4 Tips for Staging Your Home on a Budget

Are you wondering what you need to do to give your house the best chance possible of selling quickly? While there are many things you can do to improve the look of your home, you likely don’t want to spend a fortune doing so. Here are some ways you can spruce up your home without emptying your bank account.
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Here in Chicago, one must wonder; is it spring yet? Well, it appears that it is since this weekend is all about celebrating spring. Hopefully, we’ll finally have a weekend with spring-like temps and plenty of sunshine so we can shed our winter coats once and for all!
Chicago - Downtown's Newest Playground: Maggie Daley Park on April 10, 2015 it sits just outside Millennium Park just steps from the lakeshore.

Neighborhood News: ‘Hot Fun in the Summertime’ at Maggie Daley Park

Go east toward the lakefront, past Michigan Avenue, to the northeast corner of Grant Park. Year-round, in front of a picturesque Lake Michigan, you’ll see 20 rolling acres of skating, skateboarding, rock climbing, miniature golf, tennis, pickleball, and even rock-climbing!
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Restaurant Review: Enjoy the best of Lincoln Park Zoo at the Patio at Café Brauer

With warmer weather coming out way, the best part of Chicago’s dining experience is sitting outdoors at a café. For its 13th season, at the only free zoo in North America, The Patio at Café Brauer has opened its doors to a dining experience fit for both man AND beast!
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Easy freezer organization

Have you ever gone to your freezer looking for something and instead got a freezer avalanche? You go to pull out one thing, but everything kind of looks the same, and it all falls out!
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Just Moved In? 4 Ways to Make Unpacking As Painless As Possible

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, the experience seems to be equally stressful. As difficult as packing and dealing with utility companies are, though, one of the biggest challenges is living for weeks while surrounded by boxes.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Showing Moms Our Appreciation!

This weekend not only celebrates Mother’s Day on Sunday but also offers a Saturday filled with coming attractions for the summer season ahead!
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Neighborhood News: Exploring the Deep Blue Sea at the Museum Campus’ Shedd Aquarium

One of the three ‘crown jewels' of Chicago’s lakefront (including the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium,) Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive, opened on May 30, 1930.
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Restaurant Review: Celebrate Mom with Brunch in Chicago

This Sunday, May 14, children across the United States will celebrate the women who brought them/raising them into the world. Mother’s Day is upon us! And more than a few Chicago restaurants are making it possible for grand celebrations!
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Healthy kidneys

The health of our kidneys is often overlooked. Most times, focus is on heart healthy food or heart healthy exercise. Of course, doing things to keep your heart healthy will benefit the entire body, but there are things that you can do specifically to promote kidney health.
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3 Tips for Using Mirrors to Improve Your Rooms

Imagine a world without mirrors. You would have no way to check your appearance before leaving the house every day. You’d be forced to conduct routine grooming activities without the benefit of a clear reflection.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Cinco de Mayo/Kentucky Derby Take Top Billing!

Hey everyone, May is here, and she’s brought us a spring weekend to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the Kentucky Derby, and more! Let’s not disappoint May!!
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Neighborhood News: 60+ years of laughs at Old Town’s The Second City

Comedy today has its roots deeply in Old Town’s The Second City, 230 W. North Avenue. It seems as if every comic actor of the past 60 years… from Valerie Harper and Alan Arkin…to Bill Murray to Tina Fey to Jordan Peele…