Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Get back to nature to clear your head

As the world becomes more urbanized, we are spending less and less time in nature. In the year 1800 only 6% of people lived in urban areas. In 2000 that percentage went up to 79. People working outdoors was 90% in 1900 and down to 20% by the year 2000.

Simple Ways to Save Money and Energy at Home

It costs a lot of money to maintain a home, but you might be spending more than is necessary. Your utility bills can be lowered significantly by reducing the amount of energy used in your home, and doing so may be much simpler than you believe.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Labor Day Holiday Offers a Myriad of Events!

Not only does this weekend welcome in the month of September but it also welcomes the Labor Day Weekend holiday! Unfortunately, it also means it’s the “unofficial” end of our summer season. However, this holiday weekend is serving up a myriad of events as we close one season and prepare for the next one!!

Neighborhood News - Celebrate Labor Day in the Chicago Loop and West Loop

Come on, this isn’t really the end of summer! Though Labor Day Weekend typically signals the end of vacations, there are still three more weeks of summer left on the calendar, with elongated evenings, warm temperatures and fun outdoor activities still abound! Enjoy!

Restaurant Review - Celebrate Labor Day with Wicker Park’s Lardon

As the unofficial end of summer comes this Labor Day Weekend (sniff, sniff,) make it a special one with a handmade charcuterie board celebration at Logan Square’s casual, meaty, and rustic Lardon.

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – End of Summer Blues

Fall is my favorite time of year, but I hear so many of my friends and colleagues comment on how sad it is that summer is almost over! I know that many parts of the country have been horribly hot and dry, so maybe in those places people are a little happier to see summer end.

What You Need to Know Before Tearing Down a Wall in Your Home

Looking to open up your interior space to create a more spacious and functional layout? If so, you might be considering tearing down a wall or two to achieve your goal.

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

Are you ready for getting the most out of our dwindling summer weekends? Well, this last weekend of August is going to be a great one so get your weekend started here!

Neighborhood News - Summer love in Greek Town, Bucktown, Millennium Park, Northcenter, Chicago City Parks

There’s so much life in Chicago this weekend in our neighborhoods and communities! Go Greek, go arty, go local and fresh… be entertained!

Restaurant Review - Can’t visit Italy this summer? Escape to The (Italian) Village!

Open since 1927 in the Chicago Loop, The Village is a romantic, family-owned Italian restaurant with spectacular murals and semi-private dining spaces that make you feel as if feel as if you’re sitting under a Tuscan sun.

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Tomato Harvest

If you are a tomato lover like me, you have way too many tomatoes coming out of the garden right now! Although we do give some away, I want to freeze as many as possible to savor in the dead of winter with a foot of snow on the ground.

Common Code Violations Made When Renovating

Homeowners who are trying to cut costs frequently attempt to handle their home renovation projects on their own. While that might work just fine for simpler tasks, it might go horribly wrong for more challenging ones.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Focusing on the Lakefront!

A change of season is unfortunately on the horizon here in Chicago. But before its arrival, there’s still a few summer weekends left to get out and have some fun with family and friends! This weekend is focusing on the lakefront!!

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.