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Restaurant Review: Farm Bar in the city? Just ask Lakeview and Ravenswood!

Chicago Restaurant Week (January 19-February 4) is an opportunity to taste the best of Chicago’s restaurants throughout the city, particularly those that may have been overlooked, given the number of awesome restaurants to choose from.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Staying warm while using less energy

Much of the country has been in the grip of a severe cold snap. Even southern states have been much colder than usual. This unfortunately leads to power outages, especially in areas not used to severe cold.
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How to Create an Art Gallery Wall in Your Home

Art lovers no longer have to leave home to appreciate fine art. Thanks to a growing trend, they can create the same experience on one of their own walls.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – It’s Winter Alright!

It’s bad enough that we hardly see the sun in Chicago during winter but to have a polar vortex take up residence and keep us indoors is another thing!
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Neighborhood News: Truly, A Park District for All Seasons

Baby, it’s cold outside! But for those who love the great, snowy outdoors, the Chicago Park District has a long history of providing indoor and outdoor adventures for every preference, every season.
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Restaurant Review: Chicago Restaurant Week is here!

This cold won’t last forever. And the 17th Annual Chicago Restaurant Week (well, actually two weeks!) can bring you out to explore over 400 unique participating Chicago area restaurants!
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Intermittent fasting

If one of your goals this year is to get healthier you might want to check out intermittent fasting.
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Revamp Your Kitchen: 4 Easy Solutions to Update Outdated Cabinets

Spend some time looking at homes and you’ll likely see a wide variety of cabinet styles out there.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Getting Through Another Chicago Winter!

Now that the Holiday Season is behind us, it’s time for Chicagoans to get through another Chicago winter by attending weekend winter events that have been planned for us! Here’s what’s scheduled for this weekend.
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Neighborhood News: Chicago Loop's Medieval Torture Museum

"Enter the minds of fanatics, madmen, and murderers, and discover the world’s most detailed collection of confinement and torture devices."
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Restaurant Review: Rick Bayless’ Topolobampo in River North still delivers!

While many of Chef Rick Bayless’ contemporaries have ridden off into the sunset, the ‘Top Chef’ Master continues to turn out authentic, fresh, original Mexican cuisine.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – New Year-less stuff

So many of us have decluttering as one of our main goals for the New Year. But it can be a daunting task. We want to start out and just get it all done now!
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How Real Estate Can Generate Income For Your Retirement

A steady, predictable, and adequate income stream throughout retirement is a must for anyone in their Golden Years who wants to live comfortably long after they’ve said goodbye to their careers.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Closing Out Another Holiday Season!

Chicago’s Holiday Season of 2023 will officially be closing out this first weekend of 2024 – Happy New Year!

Neighborhood News:  Logan Square a mecca of trendy, arty, gracious living

As Choose Chicago notes, Logan Square is a thriving, multi-cultural community of arts organizations, intimate music venues, locally owned shops, trendy cocktail bars, and beyond.
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Restaurant Review: For Artisan-fresh cooking, the West Loop's Girl and the Goat succeeds

Happy 2024 to all!! Recently, I was watching an episode of 'Chopped,' my favorite cooking show on TV. One of their guest judges was 'Top Chef's' first female winner and restaurant owner Stephanie Izard, who has earned acclaim for her West Loop restaurant Girl and the Goat.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – New habits, start small

Now that we have our goals for the new year, how do we go about achieving them? This will involve forming good habits. Notice I didn’t say cure bad habits.
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Rules of Etiquette You Should Know Before Buying a Home

The truth is, there’s a certain etiquette that buyers should follow throughout the home-buying process, and failure to follow it could actually cost you a lot of money.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Ringing in the New Year with Many Celebrations!

It’s hard to believe that we’re at the end of another year already. And as Chicagoans, we know the best way to end the old year and ring in the new year is by celebrating with the following New Year’s Eve events!
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Neighborhood News: On top of the world at the Chicago Loop’s Willis Tower

Rising 1,730 feet into the air (including the twin antenna towers), high above the Chicago Loop, the signals from Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker can be seen as far away as Michigan on a clear night.
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Restaurant Review: Ring in 2024 with a sumptuous feast!

It’s hard to believe, but 2024 is right around the corner. And to ring in the new year right, Chicago’s restaurants are celebrating with lots of special menus, party favors and fun...

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – New year-New Goals

Most people start out January guns blazing, ready to lose 50 pounds or declutter their entire house! Personally, I’m not a big person for New Year’s resolutions, because in my experience the resolutions begin to fade by February 1.