Chicago Home and Lifestyles - Peppers and their uses

If you are not familiar with the vast variety of peppers in your market here is a quick guide.

What to Consider When Deciding Between New Home Construction and Resale

If you’re in the market to buy a home, you’ve got choices. Aside from the actual type of property - condo, townhouse, detached, etc - you need to decide whether to take the resale or new construction path to home ownership.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – We’re in For a Warm Treat!

Springtime in Chicago brought snowflakes and chilly temps this past week, but this weekend we’re in for a warm treat! Shed those winter coats, it’s time to get out and enjoy the warm, balmy weather heading our way before the next chill returns.

Neighborhood News - Wicker Park/Bucktown, Lincoln Park, Near West Side, Near North Side, Lincoln Square, River North

With temperatures mellowing, it’s time for fun in Chicago! We’ve got playoff basketball, fun fests, and a creative way to celebrate the rites of Spring in Chicago. Enjoy!

Restaurant Review - Happy Greek and Eastern Orthodox Easter!

The Easter celebrations continue this week in the Greek and Eastern Orthodox churches on Sunday, April 24, and Chicago’s restaurants are going all-out with traditional celebrations for dining out, delivery, or pick up!

Chicago Home and Lifestyles - Yellowing houseplant leaves: causes and treatment

Yellowing leaves are one of the most common problems with houseplants. It is known as ‘chlorosis’ and occurs when something is interfering with the plant’s chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the pigment that gives leaves their green color.

Building a Deck? Consider These Things First

Extending your living space to the outdoors is a great way to infuse an added dimension to your home and allow you to enjoy it to the fullest. In fact, outdoor living is really getting popular these days, with more and more homeowners adding decks to their homes as a means of enjoying Mother Nature.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Eggs and Bunnies in Abundance, Oh My!

Happy Easter (and Passover) to those who are celebrating! Chicago has you covered this weekend with plenty of egg hunts and bunny-themed events to get you in a festive mood. Let’s get Hopping!!

Neighborhood News - In Lakeview, Uptown, River North, Lincoln Park, North Center/Roscoe Village, Grant Park

‘HOPPY’ DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN! Indoors, outdoors, and all-around town, it’s Easter/Passover Weekend, and throughout Chicago’s diverse communities, the Easter Bunny will be making many appearances!

Restaurant Review - Happy Holiday Meals from Dean's Team Chicago!

For the first time since 1991, there’s a convergence of celebration days in April. As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, Easter (Christian and Orthodox) Passover (Jewish) Ramadan (Muslim) Vaisakhi (Sikhs) Mahavir Jayanti (Hindu) Theravada New Year (Buddhist) and the Gathering of Nations (Indigenous Americans) all provide an opportunity to strengthen family and friendships over a special meal.

Chicago Home and Lifestyles - Preparing soil for the garden

Now that we are finally getting warmer weather around Chicago we can get out and work around the yard!

Understand a Few Things Before Buying an HOA Home

If you want to live in a community where your property is taken care of without you having to lift a finger, or where you have a variety of amenities to use at your disposal, then a homeowners’ association (HOA) might be perfect for you.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Let the Better Days Ahead Begin!

Better days are just ahead as Chicago is once again coming back to life this weekend! With Easter fast approaching, here are a few early activities around town for the kids to enjoy.

Neighborhood News from Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park, Streeterville, Chicago-wide, Near North Side

Baseball is back! The Chicago Cubs open their 119th season on Thursday, April 7 at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison Street. The Cubs take on their National League Central rival Milwaukee Brewers at 1:20pm.

Restaurant Review - Dash of Salt and Pepper Diner

A dash of salt, a dash of pepper…and a lot of heart! Just steps away from Oz Park, a community inside Lincoln Park, the Dash of Salt and Pepper Diner serves hearty, upscale comfort food and favorites in a space celebrating all things Chicago.

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.