Great Actors Who Call Chicago Home Part 5

Today we put the finishing touches on our list of actors who hail from the Windy City and the surrounding suburbs. So far, our list has included everyone from bonafide megastars like Harrison Ford and Robin Williams to beloved comedic actors like Melissa McCarthy, Bernie Mac, and Jack Benny.

Great Actors Who Call Chicago Home Part 4

Today we continue to shine a light on the many great actors who have called the Chicagoland area home. Whatever your favorite genre of film might be, chances are one or more of the many actors on our continuing list have played a role in them.

Kathy’s Home & Garden Tips - Get Your Lawn and Garden Ready for Summer

Well, we finally have had a few warm days, which I consider being above 70 degrees. It did rain this week in excess of 4 inches, so everything in the landscape is blossoming from the warm weather.

Need-to-knows For Smart-home Technology

Homeowners have the ability to automate anything from locks to lights to air conditioning and more. With new technology popping up every day, it’s hard to stay up to date on the smart-home trend.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Staying Connected – the World of Aquariums!

Welcome to our first weekend in May and our 7th weekend of staying home! Now that we're under stay-at-home orders through May 30th here in Illinois, the entertainment blog will continue to bring ideas for you and your family to hopefully have some fun and stay safe.

Great Actors Who Call Chicago Home Part 3

Practicing social distancing and staying in our Chicago homes means we are glued to our favorite streaming services more than ever before. If there was ever a time to catch up on movies you have missed or revisit personal favorites, now is the ideal time to do so.

Great Actors Who Call Chicago Home Part 2

Today we continue our look at the many great actors who grew up or got their start in the Chicagoland area. Last week we spotlighted Harrison Ford, Robin Williams, and John Malkovich, and that was indeed just the tip of the iceberg.

Kathy’s Home & Garden Tips - Clutter Is Dangerous To Your Health!

Well, it is finally official, something most of us have suspected for years. Scientists have proven that living in cluttered surroundings raises cortisol levels. Cortisol is a necessary hormone. However, when cortisol is elevated, it causes various ailments from suppressing the immune system, insomnia, headaches, and weight gain to loss of muscle mass, heart palpitations, and high blood pressure.

Five Steps For Organizing Your Garage

For many people the garage is the place you mindlessly store stuff just to get it out of the way, and before you know it, you’ve got a cluttered mess on your hands. Here are five steps toward organizing your garage for good.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – DO IT YOURSELF GAMES!

It's becoming somewhat tricky finding ways to enjoy our weekends as we're still under a stay-at-home order here in Chicago. But I came across some DIY games that the entire family can get involved with creating, building, and enjoying them! You can probably make some of these into adult version games as well!!

Great Actors Who Call Chicago Home

As we all continue to practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible, fun distractions are a welcoming aspect of our lives. Sometimes the smallest diversion can take out minds off the COVID-19 pandemic and put our moods in a much better place.

Don’t Forget to Laugh: Chicago’s Funniest People Part 3

Today we continue our list of Chicago's funniest people because, well, does any city breed more comedic talent per square foot? There isn't a list long enough to shine a spotlight on all of the Windy City's great comedians, but we hope that you have found some new comics to check out or rediscover some old favorites to provide much-needed laughs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Difference Between Home Warranty & Home Insurance

When purchasing a new home, it’s important to do in-depth research on all facets of the homebuying process. One thing you’ll need to understand is how to best protect yourself and your investment if anything were to go wrong.

Kathy’s Home & Garden Tips - Plan, Then Follow Through

Many of us have taken advantage of the stay at home order. Yes, we are working, but with extra time during the day and no going out on weekends, many of us have finally tackled many of the jobs we have ignored around the house.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – TIME TO BE ENTERTAINED!

Are you stuck on autopilot? Do you cook the same dinners each night and watch the same Netflix shows over and over? Well, the weekend is upon us and it’s time to be entertained!

Don’t Forget to Laugh: Chicago’s Funniest People Part 2

Until life returns to normal, it's a good idea to keep your sense of humor in good health even though that's not easy during these trying times. To help with that, let's take a look at some more of the funniest people to come out of Chicago.

Don’t Forget to Laugh: Chicago’s Funniest People Part 1

Something we all could use more of during these heavy times is a good laugh. Thankfully, all of us here in Chicago don't have to look far given the city's rich history of producing top-notch comedy talent. Since we can't hit up Laugh Factory or Second City during the lockdown, let's take a look at a few of the funniest folks to come out of the Windy City. After all, laughter is the best medicine.

Ideas For Accent Walls

An accent wall can totally transform a room, taking it from boring and drab to bold and exciting. Accent walls create a new focal point for your space, add liveliness and contrast, and are typically a very inexpensive DIY project.

Kathy’s Home & Garden Tips - How To Make Your Presence Known During Video Conferencing

Many of us are finding a large part of our day involves video conferencing. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of employees working from home was continually rising. While many of us are old hands at this technology, there are a few things to keep in mind to make a good impact at these meetings.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – CELEBRATING EASTER AT HOME!

This weekend is usually a time for big family gatherings in both the Christian and Jewish faiths. Families and friends gather around a Seder table in the Jewish faith to tell the story of Passover which began this past Wednesday evening and continues for eight days.

Great Chicago Writers to Read During the Lockdown Part 3

Today we continue our look at great Chicago authors and excellent stories set in Chicago to check out while staying indoors and practicing social distancing. With the current climate so heavy with bad news concerning the coronavirus, sometimes the best thing to do is get lost in a book where a great author can take your mind off things and provide a much-needed escape.

Great Chicago Writers to Read During the Lockdown Part 2

It's a great time to sit outside in your backyard or balcony and open up a book as we all continue to practice social distancing. This week we continue our look at great writers who have either hailed from the Windy City or set their famous works in the City of Big Shoulders.