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Neighborhood News: Come in from the cold for free Field Museum Days in January

While January temperatures are fluctuating between arctic and winter-temperate, it’s time to explore ‘indoor Chicago,’ starting with the ‘grandaddy’ of all natural history museums.
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Restaurant Review: Celebrate 2023 all over again at the West Loop’s Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio

Happy New Year from Dean’s Team Chicago! If you thought the holiday celebrations were over after January 1…think again. Wednesday, January 4, is National Spaghetti Day!
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles –  Clothes dryer fires

I stay up to date with the goings-on in my neighborhood, and last week I was sad to learn that a nearby neighbor lost his home due to a fire that started in his clothes dryer! Thankfully, no one was hurt, but the home was completely lost.

New Year’s Resolutions for Home Buyers and Sellers

The start of the new year is the time when many people make resolutions to themselves to improve their lives in some form or fashion. Losing weight, finding a better job, or traveling tend to be among the more popular New Year resolutions, but if buying or selling your home is on the agenda for 2023, there are other specific resolutions that should be on your list, and that you should stick to.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Out with the Old and In with the New!

Time to Welcome in 2023 with Chicago’s best New Year’s Eve events and parties. There’s no shortage of options to choose from to have a good time this last weekend of 2022! As they say, Out with the Old and In with the New – Bring It On!!
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Neighborhood News: A step back in time at River North’s Green Door Tavern

The 150-year old green edifice resembles the gateway to the Emerald City of Oz, but the Green Door Tavern, 678 N. Orleans Street, proudly proclaims on its website that “100 YEARS OF TROUBLE (THE GOOD KIND) have taken place here.
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Restaurant Review: Ring in New Year’s, Peruvian-style, at Tanta

As 2022 becomes 2023 later this week, make a resolution to be bold and adventurous! You can make good your resolution by starting with the palate-pleasing, Peruvian offerings of River North’s Tanta!
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles –  Stress resilience

Maybe one of your goals is to live with less stress in your life next year. Of course, we would like to be completely stress free, but that isn’t realistic. The best thing we can do is practice stress resilience.

Easy Ways to Make Your Bathroom Feel Larger Than it Really is

Designing and decorating a tiny bathroom can be a daunting task. Combining both style and function is a lot more challenging when you’re working with a small space.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Christmas Arriving on Sunday!!!

Not only is Christmas Day arriving this weekend in Chicago but so is a major winter storm along with a good old fashion arctic blast on its heel! Which means for everyone’s safety, our Saturday outdoor holiday events have been cancelled but will open again on Monday.
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Neighborhood News: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s Chicago Origins

As children throughout our Chicago communities fall asleep on Christmas Eve this Saturday night, some may wonder if Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, with his glowing red nose, will be guiding Santa’s sleigh through a starless night sky.
Restaurant Review - Ring in 2023 at these Chicago restaurants!

Restaurant Review - Ring in 2023 at these Chicago restaurants!

As Chicagoans gather to celebrate Hannukah (through December 26), Christmas (December 25), and Kwanzaa (December 26), 2023 brings the promise of a new year!
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Keeping warm at home

If you live in a warm climate, good for you! But most of us live where it is cold for many months every year. Many of us are also still working the majority of our time at home. Unfortunately, energy prices have been going nowhere but up.
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Bathroom Remodeling Do's and Don’ts

It’s a small, unassuming space, but it’s a crucial one nonetheless. Bathrooms are one of the more important rooms that can add a great deal of value to a home if they’re modernized and up-to-date.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – It Could Be Getting Ugly!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the final weekend before Christmas! Where did the time go? Anyway, here’s the last batch of holiday festivities that could get ugly!
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Neighborhood News—Grrr…The Lions of Michigan Avenue

The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue, is a global icon in the world of art. But ask tourists and locals alike how you’d recognize the building in Chicago’s Loop, at the south end of Grant Park, and there’s one universal answer.
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Restaurant Review: Still time for Breakfast with Santa… if you hurry!

With a week and a half left before Christmas, several area restaurants are still serving up frosty, festive delights as you “Breakfast with Santa (or the Grinch)!”
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles –  Goal plan for the New Year

Yes, we are in the middle of the holiday season and who has time to even think about the New Year. But studies show that the most successful people always set out their goals for the year!
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Prep Your Home for Holiday House Guests

Is your home is the hub of the holidays this season? If so, you’ve got some work to do before your guests knock on your door. Luckily, it doesn’t have to take weeks of hard labor to get your home ready.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Getting into the Spirit of the Season!

As we inch closer to the Christmas holiday, there is no shortage of holiday activities to get you, your family, and friends in the spirit of the season!
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Neighborhood News—Starry, Starry Nights (and days!) at the Adler Planetarium

“The Adler Planetarium connects people to the universe and each other.” Next to Los Angeles ' Griffith Observatory, the Adler Planetarium is likely the best -known Planetarium in the United States.
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Restaurant Review - ‘It’s Christmastime/Hannukah Time in the City’…

The December clock is ticking down to the highest of holiday celebrations, and Chicago’s restaurants are going all out to make sure your celebrations are memorable and stress-free.