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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Labor Day Weekend Traditions!

Well, it’s here! This first September weekend takes center stage with Labor Day Weekend traditions here in Chicago as we unofficially close out the summer season. Don’t be disappointed though since the first day of autumn isn’t until September 23rd, so enjoy every day of summer that’s left!
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Neighborhood News: Be-bopping on Labor Day Weekend to all that Jazz!

September 5, 1882 was the United States’ first Labor Day, celebrating the social and economic achievements of American workers.
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Restaurant Review: In the Loop, Beatnik on the River a perfect end-of-summer adventure

As we turn our attention to September and Labor Day (Monday, September 4) Weekend, a staycation downtown wouldn’t be complete without a nice place to view the Chicago River and enjoy a cool drink.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Boosting your emotional intelligence

The idea of emotional intelligence has been around for a while now. Its importance in business cannot be denied. It can have quite an impact, helping you feel less overwhelmed and more successful at work.
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Dorm Room Design on a Budget

It’s that time of year again. High school graduates across the country are packing their belongings into boxes and making the drive to the college campus they’ll call home for the next few years.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Wrapping Up Another Summer Month!

WOW -- we were definitely hit by the dog days of summer this past week! However, this weekend plans on bringing us a cool down so we can wrap-up another summer month filled with lots of good eats and more! Are you ready?
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Neighborhood News: Believing in the Power of Play--Navy Pier’s Chicago Children’s Museum

Looking for a place where your children can play, have fun, interact and learn at the same time? Since 1982, the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier 700 E. Grand Avenue, Suite 127, has been creating experiences that are developmentally “just right” for children of all ages!
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Restaurant Review: For Iconic Restaurants Day… visit the Near West Side’s Manny’s Deli

According to HolidayInsights.com, Iconic American Restaurants Day, on Thursday August 24, celebrates the many great restaurants in this country, and the outstanding staff that works hard to make your dining experience pleasurable.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Learning to relax

We all think we know how to relax, but do we really? We all need more rest than we think but we all aren’t adept at relaxing. We often feel guilty because there are so many things that need to be done.
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10 Easy Kitchen Projects to Enhance Your Space

The kitchen is the place where we cook, entertain, do homework, and even surf the web. We want it to be functional, but we also want it to be stylish, too.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Popular End of Summer Events!

Not only is Chicago presenting its largest free show of its kind in the U.S. this weekend, but it’s also presenting some of its most popular end of summer events as some kids head back to school next week!
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Neighborhood News: 'When I'm 64' - Chicago Air and Water Show

“ Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane!” Is it Superman? Well, the pilots and parachutists certainly are!
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Restaurant Review: Old Town’s Twin Anchors- 91 Years of Rib-Smacking Goodness

Part neighborhood tavern, part Chicago institution, since 1932, Old Town’s Twin Anchors has maintained its reputation for tender, barbequed baby-back ribs and other BBQ delights.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Save your summer harvest

This time of year, the number of fresh vegetables is more than you can possibly consume or give away! In our mother and grandmother’s day they would of course can their excess produce.
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Things You Should Never Pour Down the Drain in Your Home

Just because you pour something down the drain doesn’t necessarily mean that it will magically disappear through the pipes.
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Summer Slowly Melting Away?

Unfortunately, summer is slowly melting away but not this August weekend here in Chicago! We’re not ready to give up on summer just yet, and here’s why.
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Neighborhood News: Bronzeville’s 94th Bud Billiken Parade celebrates Back to School and more!

Held annually since 1929 on the second Saturday in August, Bronzeville’s Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic (also known as The Bud Billiken Day Parade) is the largest African-American parade in the United States.
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Restaurant Review: Italian delights and adventures await at Tuscany on Taylor

On a recent Sunday night, craving delicious pasta and other Italian delights, several friends and I got together in Little Italy (on Chicago’s West Side) at Tuscany on Taylor, a stylish trattoria serving Italian wines and Tuscan-inspired seafood, pastas and wood-fired pizzas.
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Chicago Home and Lifestyles – Vaseline beauty hints

Vaseline is one of those items that everyone has in their medicine cabinet, and it has not changed since your grandmother reached into her cabinet for it 75 years ago!
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7 Affordable Ways to Give Your Home a Luxurious Feel

Just because you’re not filthy rich, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to have a home that you can call “luxurious.”
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THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Ushering in August with More Festivals!

As we usher in the month of August, we still have nearly eight weeks of summer left to enjoy! So be sure to take advantage of this weekend by going out and attending one or more of the many festivals taking place just for you!
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Neighborhood News: Logan Square’s Chicago Gamespace pays tribute to video games

If Chicago can have a Museum of Ice Cream, an Art Institute, a surgical science museum, and a Museum of Science and Industry, then by all means, it should have a museum devoted to nearly a half-century of video games.