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Neighborhood News: More than a century of entertainment at Lakeview’s Vic Theatre

Last weekend, I came back to a vintage venue in Lakeview where I spent a lot of time when I lived on the North Side, The Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Avenue.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with spinach and tomato

Restaurant Review: For Fall Comfort Food, Nothing Beats Cheesie's Pub & Grub in Lakeview and Wicker Park!

The first day of fall is Saturday, September 23—the same day as the autumn equinox. For me and mine, nothing says “Cozy fall meal” more than a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup!
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Common Home Repair Mistakes

Everything you would ever want to do in your home now has a video on You Tube. It’s all well and good until you make a mistake, and it winds up costing you more in the long run. Here are a few tips to help with that DIY project.
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5 Reasons Why Not Staging Your Vacant Home is a Mistake

The goal of every seller is to sell their home quickly, and for top dollar. Nobody wants to have to pay carrying costs while waiting for the right buyer to come along.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Kicking Off Another Fall Season!

Chicagoans will be kicking off the unofficial start of yet another fall season this weekend with some new fall festivities and other events sure to please everyone!
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Neighborhood News: Uptown’s Graceland Cemetery a graveyard of Chicago history

There are few structures in the Midwest that double as an arboretum and a final resting place for hundreds of prominent Chicagoans. Set on 121 acres of prime Chicago real estate, Uptown’s Graceland Cemetery, 4001 N. Clark Street, provides a visceral memorial to Chicago’s growth and history as a city and urban oasis.
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Restaurant Review: For Black Restaurant Week Midwest, Dozzy’s Grill makes its mark in River North

Black Restaurant Week Midwest runs from September 10-24 as “part of a nationwide effort to boost the visibility of and support for Black-owned eateries,” as reported by Block Club Chicago.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Good planting time

Early fall is the best time for planting many things in your landscape. From trees to shrubs to grass, the falls’ moderate day temperatures and cool nights are perfect to plant and get a head start before the long winter.
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No Credit? How to Build it From the Ground Up

Having poor credit isn’t a good thing, but neither is having no credit at all. Getting approved for a mortgage – or any other type of loan, for that matter – is pretty much an impossible feat if the lender has nothing to go on.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Enjoying Summer’s Remaining Weekends!

Are you ready to give the remaining summer weekends all you’ve got? I hope so because there’s only two more weekends after this one before autumn officially arrives! So, let’s see what the city and its various neighborhoods have planned for us.
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Neighborhood News: Chicago Water Taxis a great way to beat the rush hour blues!

There might be construction on the Kennedy and delays on the Eisenhower, but for commuters on the Metra Rail Lines and downtowners, nothing beats a Chicago Water Taxi ride from Ogilvie/Union Station to Michigan Avenue!
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Restaurant Review: With Oktoberfest upon us, North Center’s Laschet’s Inn serves up gemutlichkeit year-round

With Lincoln Square’s Oktoberfest coming up this weekend, it seems only fitting to stop by North Center’s Laschet’s Inn is in what was historically a German area along Lincoln Avenue.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Do we try to help too much?

Although I think there are many more women than men that suffer from this syndrome, I’m sure there are many men who have this problem too. Some psychologists are calling this the “Super Helper Syndrome”.
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These Features Will Help Your Home Sell Faster

If you’re planning on selling your home and moving some time in the near future, you should think about the features in your house, and whether or not buyers want what you’ve got.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Labor Day Weekend Traditions!

Well, it’s here! This first September weekend takes center stage with Labor Day Weekend traditions here in Chicago as we unofficially close out the summer season. Don’t be disappointed though since the first day of autumn isn’t until September 23rd, so enjoy every day of summer that’s left!
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Neighborhood News: Be-bopping on Labor Day Weekend to all that Jazz!

September 5, 1882 was the United States’ first Labor Day, celebrating the social and economic achievements of American workers.
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Restaurant Review: In the Loop, Beatnik on the River a perfect end-of-summer adventure

As we turn our attention to September and Labor Day (Monday, September 4) Weekend, a staycation downtown wouldn’t be complete without a nice place to view the Chicago River and enjoy a cool drink.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Boosting your emotional intelligence

The idea of emotional intelligence has been around for a while now. Its importance in business cannot be denied. It can have quite an impact, helping you feel less overwhelmed and more successful at work.
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Dorm Room Design on a Budget

It’s that time of year again. High school graduates across the country are packing their belongings into boxes and making the drive to the college campus they’ll call home for the next few years.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Wrapping Up Another Summer Month!

WOW -- we were definitely hit by the dog days of summer this past week! However, this weekend plans on bringing us a cool down so we can wrap-up another summer month filled with lots of good eats and more! Are you ready?
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Neighborhood News: Believing in the Power of Play--Navy Pier’s Chicago Children’s Museum

Looking for a place where your children can play, have fun, interact and learn at the same time? Since 1982, the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier 700 E. Grand Avenue, Suite 127, has been creating experiences that are developmentally “just right” for children of all ages!
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Restaurant Review: For Iconic Restaurants Day… visit the Near West Side’s Manny’s Deli

According to, Iconic American Restaurants Day, on Thursday August 24, celebrates the many great restaurants in this country, and the outstanding staff that works hard to make your dining experience pleasurable.