Mint Julep, Black Eyed Susan and Belmont Jewel cocktails

Restaurant Review - Celebrate Cinco de Derby (and so much more) at Wicker Park’s Mac’s Wood Grilled

Happy month of May, all! Despite a brisk start, May temperatures are promising a warm-up by the weekend.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Time to plant soon

Even though it’s in the forties lately more often than the seventies it will be time soon to put in our annual plants. Flowers you can put out while it’s still chilly out but wait for steady temperatures above freezing for the vegetables.
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Clever Ideas to Make a Home Gym Attractive

Staying in shape is as important as creating an attractive house. The cost of a gym membership can add up over time, with monthly membership fees adding up to hundreds of dollars each year.
Pickle Running with Foam Finger

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Spring Events and The Pickle!

Can you believe it’s the last weekend of April already? Well, there’s no better way to end this month than with events that continue to embrace the spring season including the chilly temps and rain!
The historic Soldier Field is home to the NFL Chicago Bears

Neighborhood News: On Draft Day - Bear Down, Chicago Bears!

They’re known as the ‘Monsters of the Midway,’ ‘The Bruise Brothers,' and most popularly, ‘DA BEARS.'
Administrative Professionals Day. Greeting Card.

Restaurant Review: Celebrate your Administrative Professional today with seafood or steak at Joe’s!

If there’s one restaurant group in Chicago that knows how to have a good time, it’s Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. And no one who deserves it more that our Administrative Professionals. Celebrate them today (April 26) and everyday at River North's Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab.

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Some easy tips for a clean kitchen

Clean your oven while you sleep. Forget those nasty lung choking oven cleaners. Don’t use that auto clean setting either, it can set off your smoke alarm and leave the entire kitchen smelling funky. Go all natural.
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4 Home Remodeling Projects You Shouldn’t Do Yourself

Nothing can compare to the gratification that comes from successfully completing a home remodeling project yourself. Whether you’re retiling your bathroom or finishing a basement, there are many things you can accomplish yourself with hard work and determination.
Earth day poster concept.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Celebrating Earth Day!

As the Earth continues to awaken from its winter hibernation here in Chicago, the city is investing in our planet by celebrating Earth Day with various events to clean up what winter has left behind as well as supporting the environment, all with a little help from its citizens!
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Neighborhood News: A World Full of WNDR in the West Loop

When you think of Chicago’s landmark museums, such as the Museum of Science and Industry or the Art Institute of Chicago, one forgets that the new kids on the block—the experiential, interactive experiences that have opened in the past decade, gives us even more to explore about the world, and in doing so, we discover more about ourselves.
A boy drinking milkshake

Restaurant Review: Fresh flavors and unique combos at Humboldt Park’s Spinning J Bakery and Soda Fountain

I’m a pushover for retro-chic soda fountains. For me, it brings back my childhood memories, going to Peterson’s in Oak Park and Margie’s Candies in Bucktown.
Chocolate brownie squares with walnuts on cutting board

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Take your boxed brownie mix to the next level!

Boxed brownie mix is the one baking mix that is almost as good as making it from scratch. It’s a quick way to have a delicious snack or dessert. Here are a few ad-ins that you probably have in your pantry right now that will take it up a notch and make them taste truly homemade.
Woman holding indoor window vegetable planters

3 Ideas for Gardening When You Have a Small Yard

As consumer demand for fresh, affordable produce has risen, more homeowners than ever have become interested in growing their own. But with homes so tightly packed together in newer neighborhoods, finding space to design and nurture a garden can be challenging.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Experiencing Those April Showers!?!?

It feels so good to have spring-like temps again, but I wouldn’t put the winter coat away just yet. It looks like we’re going to experience some of those April showers with cooler temps this weekend so dress appropriately as you venture out to partake in this weekend’s events!
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Neighborhood News: 'Art on THE MART' in River North

Take an evening stroll on the Riverwalk, by the historic Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. Around 7:30pm, and again at 8pm, watch a myriad of colorful images illuminate the Riverwalk, creating a digital portrait on the side of one of Chicago’s historic landmarks.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Soup

Restaurant Review: Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day at Block 37’s Gayle V’s Best Ever Grilled Cheese!

Wednesday, April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day. While we’ve been celebrating the cheesy, melty comfort food extraordinaire with its own national holiday since the late 1990s, specialty restaurants, like Block 37’s Gayle V’s Best Ever Grilled Cheese, elevate it to an to an art form.
Woman Study Online With Modern Educational App On Smartphone While Relaxing On Couch At Home

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Get your to do list in the 21st century.

We all seem to have to-do lists for all sorts of tasks in our lives. We often stick to old fashioned pen and paper. It is satisfying to physically put a line through each task.
Woman holding keys from new home and embracing man

New Home Buyer? 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Buying a house is a huge financial step, and is one you need to take with careful consideration. It’s the quintessential American dream, but can quickly turn into a nightmare if you don’t do your due diligence.
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As usual, Chicago has many events to offer as we celebrate Easter this weekend. Enjoy one of the many family-friendly events such as egg hunts on Saturday and/or an Easter Sunday brunch or dinner at one of Chicago’s finest restaurants. Shall we “hop to it!”
The exterior of the MLB's Chicago White Sox's Guaranteed Rate Field

Neighborhood News: The White Sox's 'Baseball Palace of the World'

'White Sox! White Sox! Go-Go White Sox! Fight song of the Chicago White Sox, by White Sox minor leaguer Al Trace and Walter "Li'l Wally" Jagiello.
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Restaurant Review: Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

“A hotdog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.” Humphrey Bogart
Sporty young woman eating a bowl of muesli while listening to music sitting on the floor at home

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – When to eat food.

When you eat can be just as important as what you eat. We all know that certain foods are good for us, but did you know that carefully choosing when you eat certain foods can have an even greater effect?