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January 2016 - Posts

THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - WHY NOT GET EXCITED ABOUT THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO!
Finally, the last weekend of January is here and it may bring with it temps in the 40’s! But don’t get too excited, it’s still winter and we’ve got February and March to deal with yet. In any event though, why not get excited about Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - NORWOOD PARK, LAKEVIEW, OLD TOWN, EVANSTON, SOUTH LOOP
NORWOOD PARK Yesterday, Wednesday 1/27, a community meeting was held by Ald. Anthony Napolitano to discuss plans for a new liquor store coming to downtown Norwood Park. This would only be the second packaged liquor store since the Norwood Park Chamber Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - GETTING READY TO SELL YOUR HOME
Sales of existing home shot up last month somewhat unexpectedly. From the way this year is starting out I think the spring market is going to be robust. Right now inventory is low and many sellers are selling quickly at good prices. Of course not all Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - GET ON THE DO NOT CALL LIST
I've had all my numbers on the Do Not Call list for some time now. Although, over the holidays and into this year I saw an uptick in the number of unwanted calls I was receiving so I did a little digging into why this was happening. Here are some Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO UN-COOP YOURSELF!
Not sure what to do this weekend. Only that you don’t want to stay cooped-up in the house. Well then, this weekend may just be the perfect opportunity to “un-coop” yourself! The 9 th annual Chicago Restaurant Week offers 14 belt-busting Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - LINCOLN PARK, LINCOLN SQUARE, LOOP, NAPERVILLE, PORTAGE PARK
LINCOLN PARK In case you weren't aware, yesterday, January 20th, was Penguin Awareness Day. It's a day to not only reflect on the cuteness of the penguin but to realize that their numbers are decreasing due to extreme global environmental changes. Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - HOME COOKING TO WARM YOUR TUMMY
Since winter has finally come I thought it would be good to share a couple easy slow cooker recipes. Here you will find an easy beef stew and some delicious lemon chicken. For the stew you need to brown 1 pound of stew meat . Use a heavy pot or frying Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - BE SURE TO BACK IT UP
Each year at this time, I like to do an assessment of my technology so that it is protected. I've been using Carbonite for several years. It is a back up system that is always running in the background of your computer. It will back up your files Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - CITY EVENTS HELP TAKE THE CHILL OFF!
Doesn’t it seem as if January should be over with by now? But it’s not! However, here in Chicago the City is offering some great events to help you take the chill off during a month that’s certainly not in a hurry to leave!! The Chicago Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - NORWOOD PARK, LAKEVIEW, SOUTH LOOP, OAK PARK, RAVENSWOOD
NORWOOD PARK Calling on all Norwood Park businesses! Now is the time to join or renew your membership to the Norwood Park Chamber of Commerce & Industry to be included in their 2016-2017 Community Guide. Purchasing an ad in the Chamber's Community Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - HEAT YOUR HOME SAFELY WITH PORTABLE HEATERS
We have some cold weather finally in the Midwest. Almost the middle of January and this is the first really cold weather we’ve had. Thought it might be good to talk a little about portable heater safety. Use a portable heater to supplement the heat Read More...
LATEST MORTGAGE RULES - HAVE THEY DELAYED HOME CLOSINGS?
INTRODUCED LAST OCTOBER, MORE STRINGENT MORTGAGE DISCLOSURE RULES ARE CAUSING PAIN IN SOME, BUT NOT ALL, RESIDENTIAL HOME CLOSINGS! New Federal Mortgage Rules , introduced in Early October of 2015, had the goal of making the mortgage process more transparent Read More...
THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO - DON’T COME DOWN WITH CABIN FEVER!
The holidays are over. The doldrums of winter are upon us. And, for some of us, we have to wait until Memorial Day for our next time off from work! Sounds like typical “cabin fever” to me. But wait – we live in Chicago and there’s Read More...
CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - OLD TOWN, LINCOLN PARK, PORTAGE PARK, EVANSTON, SOUTH LOOP
OLD TOWN It's always exciting when TV personalities come to visit, and who doesn't like to laugh? Joe Machi is a comedian who was a finalist on "Last Comic Standing" and a frequent guest speaker as the "Frightened Correspondent" Read More...
KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - IS YOUR GOAL DECLUTTERING?
Don’t try to do everything in one day. This is a good way to get discouraged. It took a long time to get this way so you can’t expect to clean it up in one day. Make a plan first. Maybe one-day clothing, the next time knickknacks. Use a timer. Read More...
TECHNOLOGY TIPS - TECH PREDICTIONS FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS
So let's recap a little first before we talk about the future. The iPad , Kickstarter and Square were in their infancy stages a mere five years ago. Thinking back to those three now technology giants, it really does give a lot credence to the possibilities Read More...