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Ok, what’s going on here? It’s the last weekend of July already and I’m not ready to give up on summer yet and neither is Chicago, thank goodness! So, if you’re not either, let’s get this weekend started!!

Get your taste buds ready for the 31st annual Taste of Lincoln Avenue returning to Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Wrightwood Avenues in the Lincoln Park/De Paul neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Once again, this fest is packed with diverse flavors and dishes from nearly 100 neighborhood food and drink vendors, nearly 30 musical acts on three stages with performances by acclaimed indie and classic rockers, legendary Chicago blues acts and top local tribute bands, as well as the popular Kids’ Carnival featuring an entertainment stage, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, games and more over on Altgeld Street (entrance on Halsted Street)! Adjacent to the Taste of Lincoln Avenue is the 4th annual Lill Street Craft Fair from 12:00 p.m. to dusk featuring unique handmade goods from juried indie artists in all types of medium!!

The 5th annual Ed’s Fest:  Ed Debevic’s Celebrates 30 Years is being held at Ed Debevic’s (640 N. Wells Street) in the River North neighborhood on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and benefitting some great local charities – the Israel Idonije Foundation, Rescue Warriors Corp and the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital. This year’s Luau-themed party has it all with music from an onsite DJ, a line-up of classic cars, a variety of activities for the kids such as a bounce house, face painting, a corn hole game, a hula hoop contest for a chance to win some great prizes and more! But wait -- that’s not all -- there’s also a charity dunk tank along with a hot dog and Mitchell’s Ice Cream eating competitions!!

The 11th annual Wicker Park Fest steps off on Milwaukee Avenue between North Avenue and Paulina Street in the Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhoods on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This fest brings you three main stages of live, cutting edge music with RJD2 (Saturday) and JEFF The Brotherhood (Sunday), food & drink vendors, art installations and a Kids Fest featuring face painting, a bounce house, Lego robotics, hair streaking, origami and much more!

As if that weren’t enough, the Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival returns to Jefferson Memorial Park (4822 N. Long Avenue) in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. This annual fest offers you a variety of food tents and food trucks, craft beer sponsors, two stages of live music performed by local and national acts, attractions such as Aerial Dance Chicago defying gravity, drum circles and other performers in the park, a juried art show exhibiting fine art photography and a Kid’s Zone filled with art projects, outdoor games and toys!

Lastly, there’s the Big Ten Network 10K at Soldier Field (1410 S. Museum Campus Drive) in the South Loop on Saturday (10:00 a.m.) to kick-off the college football season (Really? Already?). Not only is there a 10K run or a 5K run/walk race which is being televised on the Big Ten Network with BTN greats, mascots & cheerleaders in attendance, but also a post-race Fan Fest & Tailgate party! So don’t forget to don your team’s colors as the Big Ten has now expanded to 14!!

And finally, the 2014 Chicago Movies in the Parks series features the following movies at dusk, weather permitting, and free admission at the following parks!


“The Amazing Spider Man” – Hoard Playground Park (7201 S. Dobson Ave.) – Grand Crossing
“Roll Bounce” – Kennicott Park (4434 S. Lake Park Ave.) – Kenwood
“Despicable Me 2” – Paschen Park (1932 W. Lunt Ave.) – Rogers Park

“The Help” – Austin Town Hall Park (5610 W. Lake St.) – Austin
“Life of Pi” – Marquette Park (6743 S. Kedzie Ave.) – Chicago Lawn

Let’s Get Out There And Celebrate Summer Before It’s Gone!




140 years?  That is a long time.  What else is that old?  Norwood Park is turning a fabulous 140!  Check out a Clark Weber presentation, Civil War reenactment, birthday cake, Pluck a Duck for a Buck and other family friendly activities.  Saturday 7/26 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Norwood Park Historical Society located at 5624 North Newark Avenue.  This event is FREE!  Please call 773-631-4633 for more information.


Thirty has come and gone but 31 has never looked so good!  Check out Taste of Lincoln Avenue.  This fundraiser includes 250 vendors, Lill Street Craft Fair, 35 musical acts, kid’s carnival, pony rides, petting zoo and so much more.  Saturday 7/26 and Sunday 7/27 from noon to 10:00 p.m. for $10 per person (suggested donation) at Lincoln and Fullerton Avenues.  Please call 773-868-3010 for more information.


So many of us in the Midwest have an affiliation to the Big Ten.  How to show your school pride?  Check out the Big Ten Network 10K!  Part tailgate, part fun, part competitive – all school pride!  Saturday 7/26 at 10:00 a.m. for $38-$48 per person at Soldier Field located at 1410 South Museum Campus Drive.  Click here to register.  Please call 312-235-7000 for more information.


Mustard, no ketchup.  You hear it all the time in Chicago.  And why?  Check out KulturKüche: Sausage Making.  Chef Martin from Alpine Brand Sausages will guide you through the making AND tasting of bratwurst, sweet Italian, chorizo and kielbasa.  Thursday 7/24 at 7:30 p.m. for $20 per person at the DankHaus located at 4740 North Western Avenue.  Click here to make your reservation.  Please call 773-561-9181 for more information.


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.  ICE CREAM SOCIAL!  Do we need to say more?  Try ice cream, frozen custard, popcorn and lemonade along with a magic shows, face painting, tours of the Dawes House and live music.  Saturday 7/26 at 1:00 p.m. at the Evanston History Society located at 225 Greenwood Street.  This event is FREE!  Please call 847-475-3410 for more information.



Slightly dampen a micro fiber cloth and use to clean your computer. This also works for cell phones. Use it dry on big screen like TVs and computer screens. These are wonderful for all dusting jobs, high tech or not. Dust DVDs and CDs. Do not use a circular motion! Wipe from the center to the edge.

Keep a few micro fiber cloths in the car to dust the dash, radio and steering wheel. These are especially great for smokers! Use a slightly damp one to dust off the seats and doors.

They are great for pets. They are very soft, use to wipe yuckies out of their eyes. Take a damp cloth and wipe down their fur to freshen between baths.

Keep them in the kitchen and bathroom. They are great for shining chrome and cleaning mirrors and sinks in the bath. A quick wipe every day keeps the bath presentable and makes weekly cleaning hat much easier. They work great on stainless steel appliances. Use your favorite steel cleaner with paper towels. Finish with a micro fiber polish.

Keep plants dust free and healthy. Dust leaves with a damp micro fiber cloth. They will be shiny and it also adds moisture.

Every day dusting is easier using the micro fiber cloth. Slightly dampen and use everywhere in the house, cheaper than paper towels and when they get dirty just throw in the washer and dryer.



Have you noticed on your Windows laptop that the battery just seems to go so quickly?  You only have one or two programs open with one of them being Chrome. If this is happening to you, then you are not alone and you might be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.

Last week news of the bug in Google Chrome was showcased in a recent article by Forbes. Although the bug has been on record since 2010, it wasn't until this article that Google has assigned an engineer to address the issue internally. The bug will slow down your computer and have an adverse effect on your battery life.

When you use Google Chrome as your internet browser, your system processor will increase usage to a higher rate. An increased rate (called system clock tick rate by Windows) will use battery power.  When Chrome goes into sleep mode or isn't really being used, it should reduce the rate.  Chrome has not been reducing the rate since the bug was first reported in 2010.  With a raised rate, according to Microsoft, "system battery life can be reduced as much as 25 percent, depending on the hardware platform." For now, Internet Explorer and Firefox are showing to not have the bug.

According to a statement given to PCWorld, the bug is now a priority one issue and will be addressed.  Hopefully with the next update.



Another weekend and my question is, are you ready to keep up the summer pace?  Well, ready or not, here’s your Chicago weekend line-up!

Returning for its 46th annual neighborhood festival, the Sheffield Garden Walk and Music Festival opens to the public the creativity of urban green spaces from more than 80 residential gardens for exploration with both self-guided garden tours and guided architecture tours on Saturday and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) at Sheffield Avenue between Webster and Fullerton Avenues in the Lincoln Park neighborhood along with live music, food and plenty of activities for kids and their families!

For the first time ever, and held in conjunction with the iconic Sheffield Garden Walk, the 3rd annual Chicago Craft Beer Festival is moving a few blocks north from its previous location to 2200 N. Sheffield Avenue in the DePaul/Lincoln Park neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with tastings taking place between 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. where fest goers can sample over 100 craft beers provided by Chicago’s Revolution and Half Acre breweries, Two Brothers in Illinois, Michigan’s Arcadia Ales and Founders Brewing and many others in numerous tented tasting areas for a fee! As if that weren’t enough, the Low Down Brass Band will be marching among the tasting tents!!

The Taste of River North sets-up shop at A. Montgomery Ward Park (630 N. Kingsbury Street) in the River North neighborhood on Saturday (12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) and Sunday (11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.) featuring food from a variety of local restaurants which include the Taco Joint, The Redhead Piano Bar, El Hefe, Stout, Panzi and others as well as live music provided by 97 Nine, Sixteen Candles, Led Zeppelin 2 and others, a Walmart Healthy Cooking Stage and kids’ activities!

Celebrate the cultural diversity of the Rogers Park neighborhood at its 9th annual Celebrate Clark Street this Saturday (1:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) at 1700 Morse Avenue (Clark Street between Morse & Estes Avenues) for a day and night packed with ethnic food vendors from Latin America, Greece, Senegal and others, two stages of live world music, kids’ activities such as story time, circus acts and more, a diverse arts & crafts market and much more! There’s something for everyone here!!

Lastly, the Chinatown Summer Fair takes place on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Chinatown at Wentworth Avenue from Cermak Road to 24th Place in celebration of its Asian culture which features food from award-winning neighborhood restaurants, old and new world music, dance performances, kids’ activities which include pony rides, a petting zoo & more, a cutest baby contest, a hot legs contest for men and more! And, of course, let’s not forget the popular and colorful Dragon and Lion Dance Procession as it passes through the celebration!!

And finally, the 2014 Chicago Movies in the Parks series features the following movies at dusk, weather permitting, and free admission at the following parks!


“42” – DuSable Museum of African American History (740 E. 56th Pl.) – Hyde Park
“Despicable Me 2” – Ellis Park (707 E. 37th St.) – Douglas
“Captain Phillips” – Loyola Park (1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.) – Rogers Park


“The Book Thief” – Humboldt Park (1400 N. Sacramento Ave.) – Humboldt Park
“Ghostbusters” – Jonquil Playlot Park (1023 W. Wrightwood Ave.) – Lincoln Park
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” – Tuley Park (501 E. 90th Pl.) – Chesterfield

Are You Ready Now?




You know it is summer in Chicago when there is a farmer’s market in every neighborhood.  Check out Portage Park Farmer’s Market for a whole different group of local vendors and growers!  Sunday 7/20 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Portage Park located at 4100 North Long Avenue.  This event is FREE!  Please call 312-744-3316 for more information.


Did you hear?  Beer is the new wine!  Check out the Third Annual Green Mountain Gringo Chicago Craft Beer Festival where you will get a chance to sample beers, listen to live music and purchase food.  This event is is now being held in conjunction with the Sheffield Garden Walk.  Saturday 7/19 and Sunday 7/20 from noon until 10:00 p.m. (tastings only until 4:00 p.m.) for $40-$45 per person at 2200 North Sheffield Avenue.  Please call 773-868-3010 for more information. 


Before you cook up all that great food you bought at the farmer’s market and before you drink all that beer, check out the Millennium Park Workouts!  Each class is 45 minutes and begins with tai chi at 7:00 a.m., yoga at 8:00 a.m., pilates at 9:00 a.m. and zumba at 10:00 a.m.  Saturday 7/19 at Millennium Park located at 201 East Randolph Street.  This event is FREE!  Please call 312-742-1168 for more information.


Who rescued who?  Over 100 homeless kittens, puppies, cats and dogs will be available for adoption through PAWS Chicago's Angels with Tails Lincoln Square.  Adopt a pet today and receive the ultimate reward of unconditional love!  Saturday 7/20 from noon to 4:00 p.m. in over 30 stores along Lincoln Avenue between Lawrence and Leland Avenues.  This event is FREE!  Please call 773-935-7297 for more information.


Do you ever wonder why orchids do not grow in the Midwest?  That is because there is a whole slew of plants that are indigenous to our area.  What are they?  Eli Suzukovich, a member of the Little Shell Chippewa/Cree tribe, shows you how to create a home prairie garden through Native Americans’ use of indigenous plants.  Sunday 7/20 at 2:00 p.m. for $10-$12 per person at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian located at 3001 Central Street.  Please call 847-475-1030 for more information.



By now you should be enjoying fresh herbs from the garden. But I’m sure you have more than you can use while they are still fresh. For the short term freezing works well. Freezing works well with herbs such as fennel, chives, tarragon and basil. Use young not overgrown leaves and pick them early in the morning. Blanch in boiling water for thirty seconds then plunge into an ice bath to stop cooking and retain color. Dry on paper towels and pack in freezer bags. Squeeze out as air as possible, freeze. Parsley does not need blanching, just wash, dry and freeze. Use frozen herbs within a few months.

Drying herbs will give you a longer shelf life. Hanging to dry works best for small leafed herbs like tarragon, oregano, thyme and rosemary. Tie them into loose bundles and hang, you can use a clothes hanger and wrap in cheesecloth to protect from dust. Keep them out of the sun to preserve color. Best temperature is mid 70s.

Drying in the oven is easy and quick. Blanch herbs in boiling water like the freezing method. Blot dry with paper towels and place in one layer on a rack or mesh screen. Place in a 120 degree oven with the door propped open for about an hour or until crisp. We are drying herbs not cooking them.

Store dried herbs in small glass jars away from light and excessive heat. Use within a 6-8 months for best flavor.



I love when I find a creative way in which to put funds back into your pocket.  This weekend I found an article in the Chicago Tribune from Brian J. O'Connor.  There were a couple tips to put some extra cash into your bank account rather than having to use a specific card and losing its value when you don't use it before the fees start being assessed.

There is an excellent site called  Let's say you have a gift card that you know you won't use and would like to get the cash value back instead.  You can sell your card online in the Gift Cards section for a nominal fee. It's a great way to add funds to your actual bank account, just in time for late summer vacations. And if you want a specific card, you can create a wish list. For those who celebrate, Christmas Eve is just around the corner!

Another idea he shared, which I thought was really clever, was getting a Square account. You may have seen a local cab driver use one on their smartphone.  Square is a card reader/merchant account you can use to process credit cards, which includes Mastercard, Visa and American Express gift cards.  If you've received a gift card with any of these logos, you can put the funds directly into your bank account.  You'll pay a fee for the processing but getting the cash is sometimes the desired result.

The other platform he suggests is Google Wallet.  It has taken a huge upgrade in the past year so it's got some really interesting features. I'm not as versed in this software, and I would compare it more to Paypal.

No matter your choice, don't let those gift cards sit and remain unused.  They are worth something of value to you.




South Edgebrook, Chicago  -  Announcing a Price Reduction on 5849 West Peterson Avenue, a 2 bath, 4 bedroom two-flat (1BA/2BR per unit). NOW MLS $247,400!

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As if last weekend wasn’t fun-packed enough, this weekend is packed with some of Chicago’s most popular street festivals of the season for an unforgettable good time in Chi Town!

Chicago’s premier outdoor food festival, Taste of Chicago, returns for its 34th year at Grant Park (337 E. Randolph Street) in The Loop on Saturday and Sunday (10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.) showcasing the City’s diverse dining community with an endless variety of dining options offered by 66 restaurants, which also includes the popular Pop-Up restaurants with 8 new ones joining last year’s Pop-Ups, and let’s not forget the Food Trucks that will be in two locations this year! Also joining the food vendors will be live entertainment at the Petrillo Music Shell with Jeff Tweedy performing on Saturday and Aloe Blacc performing on Sunday, along with the Bud Light Stage where top local talent will be performing; In the Kitchen with Mariano’s (chef food demonstrations); Made in Chicago Market; Humana Healthier Choice; a Kidz Zone, the Fleet Feet Sports Kids’ Dash (Butler Field, Saturday, 10:00 a.m.), and much more!!

Back again for its 5th annual burger extravaganza is the Roscoe Village Burger Fest at Belmont and Damen Avenues (2000 W. Belmont Avenue) in the Roscoe Village neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday (11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.) for an array of mouth-watering beef, turkey or veggie patties provided by this year’s participating burger vendors which includes Butcher & The Burger, Cortland’s Garage, John’s Place, Square Bar & Grill, DMK Burger Bar (new), McGee’s Tavern & Grille (new), Stanley’s Kitchen & Tap and many others! Needless to say, this fest also includes some great live music on two stages, arts & crafts vendors, and the ever popular Kids’ Zone activity area for some summer sizzling fun!! BTW, don’t forget to vote for your favorite Chicago burger!!!

Square Roots returns for its 3rd annual festival to Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson Avenues (4700 N. Lincoln Avenue) in the Lincoln Square neighborhood on Saturday (12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.) and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.) featuring live music and entertainment from over 60 acts on four stages, local food and craft beer vendors, as well as family events and activities for the kids!

Returning for its 2nd year, the Windy City Smokeout is hosted by Bub City at Grand Avenue and the Chicago River in the West Town neighborhood on Saturday (12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.) featuring the best of live country music with the Randy Rogers Band (Saturday) and the Eli Young Band (Sunday), beer and BBQ provided by Myron Mixon, The Salt Lick, Dinosaur BBQ, Pappy’s Smokehouse, Lillie’s Q, Chicago Q, Smoque and of course, Bub City! Attendees on Saturday will have an opportunity to “Meat & Greet with The Pitmasters” themselves, while attendees on Sunday can partake in a Sunday Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You’ll need to purchase tickets for these events though!!

Then there’s the 23rd annual Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival returning to Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue) in the Streeterville neighborhood on Saturday (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) featuring hundreds of local and national artists from 30 different states displaying their original works of art in a vast array of mediums. There’s also an opportunity to meet with the creators and ask questions about their techniques and what inspires them as well as an opportunity to purchase their fine works of art or even commission a specific piece!

Lastly, there’s the annual Summer on Southport at Southport and Waveland Avenues (3700 N. Southport Avenue) in the Lakeview neighborhood on Saturday (10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.) where some of Chicago’s best and most diverse artists showcase their works of acrylic, oil, watercolor, sculpture, photography, glass, wood, metal, mixed media, jewelry and many other art forms! Families are encouraged to bring the kids as well since this fest offers a special children’s area packed with interactive games and activities, while night fall offers live music for an unforgettable summer street festival!!

And finally, the 2014 Chicago Movies in the Parks series features the following movies at dusk, weather permitting, and free admission at the following parks!


“Rudy” – Avondale Park (3516 W. School St.) – Avondale
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” – Brainerd Park (1246 W. 92nd St.) – Washington Heights
“Return to Me” – Oz Park (2021 N. Burling St.) – Lincoln Park

“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” – Douglas Park (1401 S. Sacramento Dr.) – Lawndale
“Despicable Me 2” – Emmerson Park (1820 W. Granville Ave.) – West Ridge
“The Monuments Men” – Lake Shore Park (808 N. Lake Shore Dr.) – Near North Side

Will I See You At One of These Popular Fest?  I’ll Be Looking For You!!




Written in 1603 by William Shakespeare, the tragedy of Othello and Desdemona is brought to life!  Just as relationships are today, nothing is rarely black and white.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. through the end of August for $12 per person at the Gift Theatre located at 4802 North Milwaukee Avenue.  To see the full schedule and to purchase tickets, please click here.  Please call 773-283-7071 for more information.


Start with a Vienna hot dog and then see what the chefs from ManBQue, Fat Rice, Wiener and Still Champion, Harmony Grill and MakeItFor.Us put together for the Second Annual Gapers Block Hot Dog Cookoff.  This event benefits Reach Out and Read Illinois, an early literacy organization that prepares America's youngest children to read by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.  Saturday 7/12 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for $20 per person ($12 for children under 12) at Schubas Tavern located at 3159 North Southport Avenue.  To purchase tickets, please click here.  Please call 773-525-2508 for more information.


So you think you know Chicago?  Have you seen the green men, demons and gargoyles?  If not, the Binoculars Tour is for you!  Start at Daley Plaza and end at the Tribune Tower, see Chicago like you have never seen it before!  Binoculars are for you to keep.  Friday 7/11 and Saturday 7/12 at 1:00 p.m. for $28 per person ($15 for children under 12) at Daley Plaza located at 50 West Washington Street.  To see the full schedule and to purchase tickets, please click here.  Please call 773-593-4873 for more information.


The Third Annual Square Roots Festival features over 70 different music acts and dance performances both inside and outside in Lincoln Square.  There will be four stages featuring activities for children and, for the adults, over 30 different craft beer makers!  Proceeds benefit the Old Town School of Music and Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce.  Friday 7/11 at 5:00 p.m., Saturday 7/12 and Sunday 7/13 at noon for $10 per person (suggested donation) at Lincoln Square located at 4700 North Lincoln Avenue.  Please call 773-728-6000 for more information.


Do you know what is Illinois’ longest running art fair?  Check out the 55th Annual Naperville Woman's Club Juried Art Fair!  Over 100 local and national artists will be featuring their paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photography, sculpture and so much more!  There is also a silent auction, artists demos, childrens’ activities and food vendors.  Saturday 7/12 and Sunday 7/13 at 10:00 a.m. at The Naper Settlement located at 523 South Webster Street.  This event is FREE!  Please call 630-209-1246 for more information.



Lawn- with the hot weather it’s best to leave the grass a little longer and mow more often. We mow about every fifth day. Never remove more than one third the length of the grass at a time. This promotes healthy growth. We have had more than enough rain lately but remember the lawn needs one inch per week. We will get a dry spell eventually.

The garden needs care and upkeep now. Veggies are growing at a fast pace so you will need to fertilize every two weeks. Use a bloom encouraging fertilizer as blooms are the same as fruits. Make sure tomatoes, beans and cucumber vines are supported and secured. As soon as these plants produce ripe fruits pick to encourage more. Keep garden as weed free as possible as weeds compete with good plants for water and nutrients.

Keep drains around the house free and clear to discourage seepage. Make sure gutters are free and flowing. Check windows and doors for caulking repairs. Look around the outside of the house for peeling paint especially in high sun areas. Scrape and paint with primer and appropriate outdoor paint.

With a little effort we can keep everything ship shape through the summer.



So recently I was supposed to head out of town for a trip to Las Vegas.  Unfortunately, I was not able to go due to extenuating circumstances but it had been a while since I had traveled so I was searching all the TSA updates because lines and I do not exactly click.

I'm still getting updates and the most recent one is of interest for you road warriors and infrequent international travelers alike.  The announcement, made on July 6, reads as follows:

Last week, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.

As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers. During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.

TSA will continue to adjust security measures to ensure that travelers are guaranteed the highest levels of aviation security conducted as conveniently as possible.

So not only will you need to toss that bottle, you'll also need to make sure you have charged your phone enough so that you can turn it on upon request by TSA.  If not, you'll be staying put until you can. For those people who have them, get an extra battery pack that can charge all your devices.  For the Apple user, the Griffin USB Charging Station is a definite must have. For those who use Android devices, I would recommend the Dok products.


Lakeview  -  Announcing a Price Reduction on 3232 North Halsted Street, #D405, a 840 sq. ft., 1 bath, 1 bedroom pet-friendly building.
NOW MLS $269,000!

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WOW!  Not only is it the first weekend in July already but July 4th falls on Friday this year.  Does it get any better than this?  Boy, two days to recoup!  However, as you probably have guessed by now, there's no recouping for Chicagoans - it's a three-day weekend and it's packed with lots to do!!

What better way to start off your July 4th than at the 6th annual Windy City Ribfest at 4810 N. Broadway Street (Lawrence Avenue and Broadway Street) in the Uptown neighborhood on Friday & Saturday (12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.).  As you may or may not know, we here in Chicago take our ribs seriously so this year's fest has lined up some of the best local and national ribbers offering up their finger lickin' slabs with the following 2014 Ribbers:  Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ, Chicago BBQ Company, Famous Dave's, Porky Chicks BBQ and Texas Thunder BBQ, who by the way, will be competing for the Best Ribs award being bestowed upon the People's Choice on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.!  But ribs aren't the only thing on the menu.  Arts & crafts, a kids' daytime play area, beer and wine, plus 3-days of rockin' live music from some of the hottest local and national acts around as well as local tribute bands complete the menu!!

If you would like to watch this year's firework spectacular at the absolute best place, then head on over to Freedom Fest located at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Avenue) in the Streeterville neighborhood on Friday at 6:30 p.m.  By the way, that's Navy Pier's ROOFTOP, which will feature delicious BBQ, a full bar and a DJ prior to the fireworks and is a "family-friendly" rooftop bash so bring the kids as well!

And, of course, Chicago's Fourth of July Fireworks will be held at Navy Pier on Friday at 9:30 p.m. with its annual 15-minute display accompanied by patriotic music!  Don't forget, there are also many fireworks cruises available at Navy Pier as well!!

The July 4th weekend continues with the Taste of Lakeview located in the heart of the Lakeview neighborhood at Belmont and Lincoln Avenues on Saturday (12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.) featuring a variety of food from the neighborhood's favorite vendors such as The Pony Inn, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro and others; live music on two stages with Wedding Banned and Too White Crew on Saturday (8:00 p.m.) and Hairbangers Ball and 16 Candles on Sunday (7:00 p.m.); and of course, interactive family fun and much more!

In the mood for some pig?  Deuce's Patio Pig Roast is the place to be on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for some pig roast by their pool along with drinks and music!  So head on down to Deuce's and The Diamond Club (3505 N. Clark Street) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood for some pig - roast that is!!

Last but not least, the Naperville Ribfest also takes place this weekend from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Knoch Park (700 S. West Street) in Naperville, a suburb west of Chicago.  Not only does this Ribfest offer ribs from over ten different vendors and hosts a rib competition as well, but also offers live music on two stages with performances by the BoDeans, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat and others; as well as family activities, carnival rides & games and fireworks on July 4th at 9:30 p.m.!

And finally, the 2014 Chicago Movies in the Parks series features the following movies at dusk, weather permitting, and free admission at the following parks!


"Man of Steel" - Gross Park (2708 W. Lawrence Ave.) - Lincoln Square
"Gravity" - Jonquil Playlot Park (1023 W. Wrightwood Ave.) - Lincoln Park


"Mr. Peabody and Sherman" - McKinley Park (2210 W. Pershing Rd.) - McKinley Park
"Life of Pi" - West Pullman Park (401 W. 123rd St.) - West Pullman

Will Your July 4th Be Packed Or Spent Recouping?  HAVE A HAPPY & SAFE 4TH OF JULY EVERYONE!!

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