Chicago Home and Lifestyles - Try not to let your emotions get the best of you!

Have you ever become extremely angry for seemingly no reason? Some days it seems like I am on my last nerve, and everyone had better stay out of my way!

Simple Ways to Boost Privacy in Your Yard

Whether you’re playing with the kids, enjoying a family meal, or even just catching some rays, the last thing you want is to be put on display in your own backyard. The demand for outdoor living space among homeowners has grown over the years, making privacy that much more important.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – At Least Spring Events Are Blooming!

It may be spring but it sure doesn’t look or feel like it here in Chicago. But at least our spring events are beginning to bloom this April weekend despite the dreariness around here!

Neighborhood News - Streeterville, Old Town, Ravenswood, Logan Square, Lincoln Park, City-Wide

On Friday, we welcome a new month. April brings ever-warming temperatures, longer days, and more reasons than ever to enjoy Chicago's amazing communities and events!

Restaurant Review - The Bagel

For nearly 70 years, North Side customers eager to get their nosh on have relied on The Bagel, a venerable Lakeview institution, for fresh lox, bagels and unusual creations featuring cured meats, fresh vegetables, fresh cheeses and freshly baked bread.

Chicago Home and Lifestyles - Spring Cleaning Your Brain

It has been an extremely stressful couple of years for everyone. After coming out of the pandemic we now face extreme inflation along with a devastating war in Ukraine. While we may have little control over what our leadership decides, we do have control over how we manage the stress. Here are a few ways to keep the stress to a minimum.

Tips to Decorating an Odd-Shaped Living Room

An odd-shaped living room can be a decorating nightmare. Whether you’ve got harsh angles, recessed walls, or columns in the middle of the room, it can be tough to arrange furniture, decorate, and create a functional space.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Welcoming First Full Weekend of Spring!

Welcome to the last weekend of March and the first full weekend of spring! It may not be exactly the spring temperatures we were hoping for, but at least we’re out of hibernation. In the meantime, though, kick back, relax and have some fun at these weekend events!

Neighborhood News: Happy Spring from Belmont-Central, Lincoln Square, Chicago Loop, River North, Ravenswood

Spring has sprung, and with it, new opportunities for fun in Chicago. Don’t miss any of Chicago’s awesome opportunities to come out and enjoy all that our unique communities offer this week!

Restaurant Review - Chicago Restaurant Week Starts March 25

It’s the ‘Christmas in July' of restaurant celebrations….after pandemic-muted Restaurant Weeks the past two years, Chicago Restaurant Week begins a 17-day odyssey of epicurean delights this Friday, March 25. The ‘week' runs through April 10.

Chicago Home and Lifestyles - Companion Gardening

Spring is almost here in Chicagoland. Of course, that means temperatures one day can be a balmy 65-70 and the next it is 35 with driving rain. But, planting time is just around the corner, so it's time to plan the flower and vegetable gardens!

Spring Cleaning Checklist: Don't Forget To Clean These 6 Things

Most homeowners dread spring cleaning, but it's a necessity when you think about how many things typically get overlooked as part of everyday cleaning. You might vacuum, wash dishes, and do laundry regularly, but there are plenty of other chores that get overlooked.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Last Chance to Go Green!

Even though St. Patrick’s Day is behind us, this weekend still offers Chicagoans a chance to “Go Green” especially if you missed out on last weekend’s live St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Plus, there’s an added bonus! Spring officially arrives this Sunday and will begin to turn nature green!

Neighborhood News from Streeterville, Lakeview, Chicago Loop, Lincoln Park, Magnificent Mile, Grant Park

Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit! (Happy St. Patrick’s Day, in Gaelic). Very soon (March 21), winter will give way to spring. To herald the season of rebirth and renewal (and longer, warmer days!), Chicago’s communities are celebrating with outside activities and lots of spring celebrations!

Restaurant Review - The Best St. Patrick’s Day (Irish) and St. Joseph Day (Italian) Restaurants in Chicago

Patron Saints' Days take center stage in Chicago in mid-March in Irish and Italian households. While the big parades and celebrations were held last weekend, St. Patrick’s Day—the patron saint of Ireland, is still celebrated on March 17 (Thursday) and the somewhat quieter St. Joseph Day...

Chicago Home and Lifestyles - Backyard improvements that pack a punch at selling time

Even if you aren’t planning to sell your home anytime soon, or ever, it’s important to always have that in the back of your mind when planning home improvements. They can be costly, but if you plan well, your improvements will help pay for themselves with increased home value.

Budget Projects With Big Value

Not all home improvement projects are created equal. Some renovations may cost a lot but not add significant value to your home. Here are some inexpensive home improvement projects that will not only increase your enjoyment of your home, but will also increase the home’s value.


After two years of canceled events, St. Patrick’s Day is officially back in Chicago with some of the city’s most beloved, but not forgotten, St. Paddy’s traditions! It’s time to Go Green Chicago!

Neighborhood News - Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Chicago Loop, River North, West Town, Mayfair, Wicker Park

There’s an old saying here…”Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!”🍀 After two years of Covid-19 isolation, Chicago's most treasured celebration—St. Patrick’s Day—roars back with celebrations around the city and suburbs throughout the week and weekend.

Restaurant Review - St. Patrick’s Day 2022

After two years away, Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Weekend celebrations are back in full swing! What better way to celebrate than with a full Irish breakfast, fish ‘n chips, or corned beef and cabbage at one of the many Irish restaurants around town?

Chicago Home and Lifestyles - Springtime Asparagus

Most of the snow has melted around the Chicago area. All the signs are pointing towards an early spring! Of course, we are not so naïve to think there will not be another snow event or two, but they will be small and will melt quickly. I look forward to one of my favorite vegetables to appear.

Taking Interior Design Online

The internet is forever evolving how we access goods and services, so why should home décor be any different? Homeowners have a plethora of resources they can look too when searching for décor inspiration online, including blogs, online magazines, and YouTube channels, but the newest fad is online interior design consultants.