CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: Roscoe Village, Chicago Loop, Gold Coast, Lakeview

ln the dog days of summer, there's only one place to be-OUTSIDE! Enjoy art festivals, music festivals and more in the greatest city in the world-Chicago!


Le Colonial, Chicago's famed Vietnamese restaurant on the Gold Coast, describes itself as “a celebration of the seductive spirit and vivid flavors of 1920’s French Colonial Southeast Asia. Opened in 1996, Le Colonial moved from its Rush Street location of over 20 years to a new location on Oak Street in 2019.

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – You can succeed at “Small Talk”

Offices are opening up and many are now required to work in-office as opposed to remotely. This may prove to be a challenge for those who have gotten used to communicating via Zoom. This can be especially true for introverts. The art of small talk is a skill that even the most accomplished have trouble with.

Tips For Hanging A Large Painting

Found a stunning, large painting to perfectly complement your home? It's important to follow a few rules of thumb while hanging it to maintain the integrity of your wall and your painting.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Is Summer Melting Away?!?!

Summer seems to be slowly melting away from us as it’s already the final weekend of August. However, that doesn’t mean we have to accept it. In fact, there’s still a variety of ways to make what’s left of our summer weekends memorable!

Community News

It’s the e last weekend in August, and our city remains committed to summer fun and festivals! Among the many options this weekend.

Restaurant Review - Osteria Rusticana

One restaurant providing a touch of Sicily to the culture and arts mecca that is Wicker Park is Osteria Rusticana, whose owners promise to invoke “a welcoming atmosphere and flavorful menu, inviting sunshine, sea-kissed beaches, abundant farmlands, and a rich, long-standing food culture, infused with the unique and special tastes and fragrances only found on this beloved Italian island.”

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Garden Produce Preservation

It is that time of year when the amount of produce we are harvesting from the garden, surpasses what we can eat every day. There are several easy ways to preserve these vegetables and retain their flavor and vitamins for months to come.

What To Repair Before You List

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Taking Off Into a “Fest-Full” Weekend!

This weekend brings Chicagoans a “Fest-Full” of adventures and things to do! There’s a new twist on an old favorite. We’ll also outline festivals for food, animal and music lovers this weekend!


Summer in the city remains vibrant with music, art and community events that inform and entertain the whole family!

Restaurant Review- Cobblestone

“The idea is simple: to nurture well-being in others through hospitality, connection, and excellent food and beverage service” - The owners of Cobblestone Restaurant

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Annual Home Safety Checklist

It’s important to ensure your home is well maintained. I’ve outlined a checklist to help with this yearly task. First be sure to install and maintain CO2 and smoke detectors. They need to be installed outside of every bedroom and on each floor of the house, including the basement.

Find & Clean The Dirtiest Places In Your Home

We all strive to keep our homes clean, but dirt and grime always seems to build up in certain places. It may be impossible to keep every area completely polished, but it helps to know which places accumulate the most germs and are commonly overlooked in our cleaning routines.


Are you ready for another weekend that’s bringing Chicago lots of summer weather and fun? I hope so because that’s what we’re getting!


‘Deep in December, it’s nice to remember…” There’s only one way to enjoy the great Chicago summer, and that is OUTSIDE. As we move to mid-August, take advantage of Chicago’s amazing art festivals and events that let you enjoy the great outdoors and Chicago’s myriad events!

Restaurant Review: R.J. Grunts

On June 10, 1971---50 years ago—Chicago’s restaurant scene changed forever when R.J. Grunts, with its irreverent menu and innovative salad bar-opened across the street from Lincoln Park Zoo. The brash young owner, Rich Melman was dubbed a wunderkind, and the Lettuce Entertain You (LEYE) franchise (currently L Woods, Wow Bao, RPM, Wildfire, etc.) was born.

Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Hot weather landscape and garden

All over the country we are experiencing very high temperatures. Rain fall has been spotty at best with many areas in full drought. Keeping the lawn, landscape and garden thriving is still possible without using too much water.

The Best Things About Home Ownership

If you own a home, there was certainly a lot that went into your decision to buy rather than continue to rent. Now you’re enjoying all the advantages of homeownership. Here are the top five.

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Still Plenty of Summer Fun to Enjoy!

Even though some kids are preparing to go back to school in a few weeks, there’s still plenty of summer fun to be had this weekend in Chicago. Check it out!!

CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: Northalsted, Grant Park, Wicker Park/Bucktown, Lincoln Park

Hot August nights are upon us! The ‘dog days’ of summer are back, and you can make the most of them at these events, featuring the best of Chicago’s diverse and eclectic communities!

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed

“At Milt’s, we don’t just feed your body. We feed your mind. From the moment you walk in our doors, you’ll feel it. There’s an energy that runs through the air like electricity, inspiring conversation, connection and community.” Milt’s promise to his customers