Chicago Home and Lifestyles - Basic Emergency Supply Kit

We have been talking the last few weeks about preparedness for a disaster. Families need a plan for action during emergency situations, whether they are natural or human-made. Even if you do not live in a weather emergency area, such as places that experience hurricanes, tornadoes, or fires, it is a good idea to be prepared just in case.

Tips To Light Your Home

Lighting is such a crucial aspect of your home and can affect the ambiance, energy, and vibe in each room. However, sifting through the various styles, bulbs, and placement options can feel overwhelming. Here are a few tips to get you started!

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Shaking Off Winter Cobwebs and Going Green!

Who’s ready to shake off those winter cobwebs? Well, thanks to a few socially distanced in-person and some virtual “green” events planned this weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, you can do just that! Let the shenanigans begin!!

Chicago Neighborhood News: Garfield Park, Virtual, Lakeview, Wicker Park

Garfield Park: While the snow is probably not done with us here in Chicago despite the amazing weather of late, you can still take in all the beautiful sights of spring at the Garfield Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show: Saturation.

Restaurant Preview: Chicago Restaurant Week Part 2

Today we continue our look at many of the amazing places to dine during Chicago Restaurant Week beginning March 19 and ending April 4. With the city loosening COVID-19 restrictions by allowing food establishments to remain open longer and increasing the indoor dining capacity to 50 percent or 50 people per room, it is a great time to check out new spots and old favorites after such a long break.

Chicago Home and Lifestyles - Emergency Preparedness

Last week we talked about surviving in the home with a loss of power. As spring is not too far away, we need to get ready for the chance of weather-caused emergencies. Tornadoes and floods are a danger for much of the country. Are you and your family prepared in case of disaster near your home? Plan and be ready.

Common Home Issues Inspectors Uncover

Before finalizing your home purchase, one crucial step in the process is the home inspection, during which a licensed inspector looks at the structure, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and more. Here are 5 common home issues inspectors keep an eye out for.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Could Spring Be in the Air?

After what we've been through last month, it's beginning to feel a bit like spring here in Chicago! In fact, spring officially arrives on March 20th, and to kick-off this month of March, there are great things to do popping up throughout the city if you feel like going out.

St. Patrick’s Day

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Chicago Neighborhood News: Loop, Virtual, Wicker Park, West Loop

Loop: The Lyric Opera House of Chicago offers music lovers many chances to attend free virtual concerts featuring legendary Italian opera composers' lesser-known works with their Sole e Amore (Sun and Love) concert series.

Restaurant Preview: Chicago Restaurant Week

This month brings the return of Chicago Restaurant Week from March 19 through April 4. For the first time, takeout and delivery options are available in addition to indoor and outdoor dining experiences. Over 250 restaurants are participating this year, with multi-course meals priced at $25 for brunch or lunch and dinners for $39 and/or $55.

Chicago Home and Lifestyles - Power Out? How To Stay Warm

With the winter storm in Texas, we have seen that it is just as easy to lose your power in the winter as it is during summer thunderstorms. Winter power outages can be particularly dangerous as we lose heat in the bitter cold.

Grocery Shopping On A Budget

As a homeowner, it’s never a bad idea to look at different ways to cut costs and one of the easiest areas to tweak is your grocery budget. Take a look at these tips to help you tighten it up.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – The End of an Eventful February!

Hope you enjoy the end of a very eventful February this weekend as options are beginning to open up for families to enjoy their time off and the snow/ice are melting rapidly! Whether you decide to venture outdoors or prefer to remain indoors, the following choices may be what you’re looking for.

Chicago Neighborhood News: Lakeview, Streeterville, Virtual, Hyde Park, West Loop

Lakeview: For those who have grieved the loss of the cinematic experience, we have great news! The historic Music Box Theater, located at 3733 North Southport Avenue, is reopening this Friday, February 26.

Restaurant Review: Cinnaholic

Wicker Park is home to the recently opened Cinnaholic, located at 1295 North Milwaukee Avenue. For those looking for the healthiest possible cinnamon roll without forsaking delicious taste, you've just found your new favorite spot in the city.

Chicago Home and Lifestyles - A "Good Night's" Sleep

We all know doctors recommend 7-8 hours of sleep for optimum health, but for most of us, that can be difficult. With busy lives and schedules, it is harder and harder to get the sleep we need. Then no sooner are we sound asleep that we have to wake up.

State Of The National Real Estate Market

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the real estate market continues to trend upward. According to analytics firm CoreLogic, in November, home prices were up 8.2% year over year. Interestingly, Idaho (15.7%), Maine (15.4%), and Indiana (13.6%) were the states with the highest increases.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – SNOWED IN?!?!

It’s bad enough that we’re dealing with a pandemic, but now Mother Nature is in on it too with her overabundance of snow! Well, here are some recommendations for keeping you and your family entertained this weekend as we’re pretty much snowed in!!

Chicago Neighborhood News: Grant Park, Logan Square, Wrigleyville, Loop, Virtual

Grant Park: The recently reopened Art Institute of Chicago, located at 111 South Michigan Avenue, opens its newest exhibition, "Bisa Butler: Portraits," on February 18. The talented textile artist showcases her quilts made exclusively from fabrics that highlights Black society's marginalization, resulting in a colorful and vibrant collection of over 20 pieces.

Restaurant Review: Superdawg

For over 70 years, Superdawg has had customers returning for their delicious take on classic Chicago cuisine. Whether you crave hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, malts, shakes, or all of the above, this Windy City treasure, located at 6363 North Milwaukee Avenue in the Norwood Park neighborhood, is worth the trip each and every time.

Chicago Home and Lifestyles - Cleaning Ideas for People With Allergies

Many people think that warm weather is the worst time for allergy sufferers. Actually, when houses are closed up during the wintertime, it can be worse than the highest pollen count times in summer.