Clean microfiber furniture with rubbing alcohol. Spray the
alcohol over the stains. Scrub and scrub using a white or very light sponge.
Alcohol evaporates quickly and will not stain. After it dries, fluff with a
plastic bristle brush.
Remove permanent marker from hardwood floors with tooth
paste and a microfiber
cloth. Dampen the cloth and rub gently. Tooth paste is an excellent gentle
Naturally clean your carpet. Sprinkle carpet with baking
soda. Let set for 15 minutes or so, vacuum. Mix 1 tablespoon of clear dish
detergent and same amount of vinegar in two cups warm water. Spread the
solution on the carpet with a light colored cloth. Scrub, then blot and blot
with clean dry towels.
Scratches on white ceramic dishes and cookware can be removed
using a product called Bar Keepers Friend®. It comes in powder and liquid like
Soft Scrub®. Use the liquid first, if the scratches are particularly tough try
the powder. It’s worked for me and much cheaper than buying new. It’s also great on white plastic furniture.
Scratches on furniture can be rubbed out using ¼ cup vinegar
to ¾ cup olive oil. Rub in until all solution is used. This can bring back cool
thrift store finds.
Use ammonia to clean your stove grates. Place each one into
a gallon size heavy duty Ziplock® bag. Add ¼ cup ammonia. Seal and let sit
overnight. It’s smelly so you might want to do this in the basement or outside.
It's the vinegar fumes that removes the grease and grime. If they’re really bad
you might need to do them twice.
Soak labels off dishes and other items. Place in a sink full
of warm water and one scoop of Oxiclean™.
Clean grimy cabinets with a paste made from 1 part vegetable
oil and 2 parts baking soda. Spread on with a microfiber cloth and use an old
toothbrush in the cracks.
Use a squeegee to clean pet hair off the carpet. Dampened
rubber gloves will do the same for pet hair-covered furniture.
Microwave sponges for 2 minutes. This will remove 99% of
germs. Wash small toys in a laundry bag or run them through the dishwasher.
Clean your garbage disposal and sharpen the blades at the
same time. Make ice cubes using a solution of 8 parts water to 1 part vinegar,
add a piece of lemon rind to each cube. Throw the cubes in, start running the
water then turn on the disposal. The vinegar cleans, the lemon freshens and the
cubes sharpen the blades.
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Apple users who want to use the new Apple Music launching tomorrow, June 30, at 8 a.m. PST will need to upgrade their operating system to iOS 8.4. If you want to be reminded to get your new streaming music, simply go to the Facebook invitation page so you won't forget.
You may have heard about some of the controversy over Apple Music with Taylor Swift. In an open letter to Apple, Swift stated that she was going to hold back her most recent album because Apple Music would not be paying artists during the free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up. After the huge uproar, Apple came back and is now going to pay the artists. According to the letter, Swift was not concerned for her own finances, but "the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success... the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt... the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field... but will not get paid for a quarter of a year's worth of plays on his or her songs."
In combination with the Apple Music streaming, there will also be the radio channel Beats 1. The radio channel will showcase artists hosting programming in addition to full-time DJs spinning.
Spotify watch out!
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It may be
the last weekend in June but it’s the first full weekend of summer and what a
line-up the City has in store for us as our short-lived summer is finally
here! Now, someone just needs to remind
Mother Nature of that!!
The Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party
is taking it to a NEW location this
year over at the UIC Festival Lot
(1145 S. Morgan St., Entrance Gate – between Taylor St. & Roosevelt Rd.) in
the University Village neighborhood this Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to
11:00 p.m. This annual festival features more than 20,000 people along with two
stages of live music, celebrity bartenders, food and drink vendors, raffles
plus more! Shuttles will also be running between 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. from Old St. Patrick’s Church (700 W. Adams
St.) in the West Loop neighborhood. After parties are being hosted by Dugan’s (128 S. Halsted St.) and The Lodge Chicago (21 W. Division St.)
this Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. is the Randolph Street Market Festival
at Beaux Arts Plumber’s Hall (1340 W.
Washington St.) in the West Loop neighborhood with its June event the “Chicago
Antique Market” featuring eight acres of indoor & outdoor shopping, live
music & entertainment, food from all regions of the world & locally
and, of course, libations! 250+ vendors will be on hand offering vintage,
antique, indie designer, global goods and fancy foods for your shopping pleasure.
This festival is also pet-friendly but only in the outdoor section!
Opa! The Gold Coast Greek Fest takes
center stage at the Annunciation Greek
Orthodox Cathedral (1017 N. LaSalle St.) in the Gold Coast neighborhood
this Saturday and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.). Authentic Greek food and
pastries, beer, wine, live music & dancing, tours of the Cathedral and much
more will be featured at this year’s fest! Admission is free with valet parking available. Experience Greek life right here
welcome Chicago’s two NEW festivals this year –
The Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest celebrates encased meats such as Irish sausage,
bacon sausage on a bun or a stick, alligator & venison sausages, Italian,
Polish & Greek sausages as well as cheddar, andouille & veal bratwursts
from a variety of local sausage vendors this Saturday and Sunday (12:00
p.m.-10:00 p.m.) at 3800 N. Elston Avenue (Elston Ave. & Grace St.) in the
Irving Park neighborhood. Besides encased meats this Fest also features music,
arts & crafts, kids’ activities and kiddie carnival rides!
Dog Dayz Of Summer
pays homage to the classic Chicago hot dog this Saturday and Sunday (12:00
p.m.-5:00 p.m.) at the Goose Island
Barrel Warehouse (605 N. Sacramento Blvd.) in the East Garfield Park
neighborhood. Hot Doug’s and Goose Island Beer Company pair up to
bring you the “best hits from Hot Doug’s”
paired with ice cold beer from Goose
Island’s latest summer & specialty beers and live music from local punk
& country bands all in a festival-like setting!
wrapping-up Pride Month, Sunday brings us the 46th annual Chicago Pride Parade which
kicks-off at Noon at Montrose Ave. & Broadway St. in the Uptown
neighborhood culminating at Diversey Pkwy & Sheridan Rd. in the Lincoln
Park neighborhood featuring colorful floats, decorated vehicles, marching bands
and walking contingents from community businesses, organizations, elected
governmental officials and individuals. This year’s theme is “Color Our World
With Pride” and your Grand Marshal is Ty Herndon (country star)! Word has it
that the Stanley Cup may make an appearance as well! So be sure to get there
early for a good spot!!
weekend’s Movies in the Parks are –
Train Your Dragon 2”
– Senn Park (5887 N. Ridge Ave.) –
Not Included” – La Villita Park (2800 S. Sacramento
Ave.) – South Lawndale
Up All In” – Columbus Park (500 S. Central Ave.) –
Embrace Your Summer –
It’s Gone Before You Know It!!
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It's not too late to purchase tickets
for tonight's Greener
Ravenswood event at Beyond Design (4515 N. Ravenswood) from 5:00 -
9:00pm, Thursday 6/25. Tickets are $45 for non-members or $35 for Ravenswood Community Council
(RCC) & Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) members. There will
be local craft beers, spirits, and snacks to enjoy plus a silent auction and
demos of green products and "mini clinics" to make it an educational
and interactive evening. Some of the proceeds will be used to start up the GRCC's
composting program. Funds will be used to iron out the logistics of collecting
food waste from participating Ravenswood restaurants to be made into compost by
a facility in Pilsen. Turning waste into something useful is always a welcome
idea and beneficial to everyone!
The Smylie Brothers Brewing Company has
been having a great year occupying the site of 1615 Oak Ave. which used to be the
social security office and the Oak Street Market before that. To mark their one
year anniversary, owner Mike Smylie is holding an anniversary
party this Saturday, 6/27. $30 tickets for adults and $15 for children
12 yrs and younger will include a pig roast dinner (starts at 5:00pm),
brewery tours, and music by local
Grateful Dead cover band, Jackstraw. Adults will also get to try a pint of
anything on draft for $5 each and taste limited-production brews.
The "Boutique Senior
Community", The Danish Home of Chicago, is holding its Annual Summer Festival
and Fundraiser this Sunday, 6/28, from 12noon to 4:00pm. The foundation
began in 1891 with The Society for The Danish Old People's Home raising
money through summer picnic events to
eventually open the doors to this landmark senior home in 1902. Admission is
free but donations are greatly appreciated. There will be Scandinavian food and
souvenirs available for purchase, a raffle drawing for the grand prize of
$1,500, and various games and activities for the kids including a petting zoo
and bouncy house.
It's warm again and people are crawling
out of the woodworks to soak up every minute of it until we go into citywide
hibernation again. The streets get pretty dangerous with all the motorist, bicyclist
and foot traffic coming from all directions. The issue of cyclists shirking the
rules of obeying traffic lights and biking on prohibited sidewalks that are
clearly marked, or motorists that do not give cyclists three feet of clearance or
park in bike lanes has become such a problem that the 43rd Ward is cracking
down on bicycle safety by scheduling a series of "enforcement
events". These events will take place at designated intersections where
members of Chicago's Bicycling Ambassadors will partner up with the neighborhood
police to catch cyclists and motorists in the act for the purpose of educating
and promoting bicycle safety.
After nearly a year of anticipation,
the huge 5,000 square-foot flagship
Aurelio's Pizza restaurant is now open at 1212 S. Michigan Ave.
Discussion of its construction began in February 2014 with expected opening
dates by August 2014 and then April 2015. Good things happen to those who wait
and so the double-decker patio is now ready to become a hot spot to
visit this summer. The chain restaurant has smaller locations in Chicagoland
suburbs such as La Grange and Palos Heights so this will be a remarkable
undertaking for the company to have a location in downtown Chicago.
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I love a good pasta salad chock full of veggies, meat and
cheeses. I use rotini pasta but bowties or shells work well in this dish. It’s
good to slightly under cook the pasta as it will soak up the dressing as it
develops. You can use any bottled Italian dressing or vinaigrette or certainly
make your own. I use Good
Seasons dressing mixes by Kraft®. You can go in any direction you want.
Use different flavored vinegars and oils. Add more garlic or oregano or spice
it up with red pepper flakes. You can really make it your own. Now for the
veggies. I use celery, green (or any color you like) bell pepper and sweet
onions. Slice the celery on the diagonal and the bell peppers and onions into ½
inch chunks. Olives and tomatoes add flavor and texture. I slice black olives.
Don’t get pre sliced olives! They are nasty and sliced too thin anyway. Here
too you can use any type of olives you like. For the tomatoes I usually use
grape tomatoes sliced the long way. Leaving the pieces bigger offers better
crunch and flavor. For the meat I use hard salami
cut into ½ inch chunks along with mozzarella cheese. You can use more flavorful
provolone or jarslberger. Feta or goat cheese work well also. You can stay
vegetarian by leaving out the meat and cheese altogether. After mixing in all
the ingredients add a handful of freshly grated parmesano reggiano. Let the
salad chill. Taste later for seasonings. Add more dressing if needed. Usually
it doesn’t as the tomatoes give off some juice.
Roasted new potatoes are delicious and can be served at room
temperature making them a great make ahead picnic dish. Use a mixture of white
and red new potatoes. Cut them in half or quarter them if they are large. Toss
with extra virgin olive oil and chopped garlic. I know it’s heresy to some but
I used chopped
garlic packed in oil in a jar. The flavor is fine with me and I’ve
found I don’t go through enough garlic to buy fresh. It would inevitably rot in
the pantry. With the jar in the refrigerator I just spoon out what I want, it’s
easy and always ready. Sprinkle generously with kosher salt and freshly ground
black pepper. Roast in a 400° degree oven till tender about 25-30 minutes. You
can roast vegetables using the same method. Peppers, onions, mushrooms, cherry
tomatoes and zucchini work well but broccoli and cauliflower are great too.
You can make a great healthy bean salad. Mix several types
of canned beans in a colander. Rinse well and let drain. Kidneys, black,
garbanzo and butter beans go well together but the combinations are endless.
Add chopped onion and celery along with the Italian dressing. Mixed beans also
make super killer baked beans with an addition of bacon
and ground beef. Fry a pound of chopped bacon and drain. Brown a pound of
ground beef with ½ cup chopped onion, drain. Mix together two 15 ounce cans of
pork and beans along with one can each of three other beans (drained). Kidney,
black, garbanzo, Great northern, or butter beans and salt all work well. Add ½ -
¾ cup ketchup, ¼ t pepper, 2t white vinegar, and salt and garlic powder to
taste. Bake at 350° till heated through.
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As you may or may not know, the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last week. It was the first time since 1937 that the Hawks won the coveted prize on their own rink. It was a pretty spectacular evening for most sports fans, not to mention the courageous who were out in the streets that evening.
Before I get to the good stuff, the Stanley Cup history is pretty old and fascinating according to his personal Facebook page. Lord Stanley's Cup was crafted out of silver and nickel alloy in Sheffield, England and presented for the first time in 1893. It tips the scales at 35 pounds, stands three feet tall, and is named in honor of its first owner, Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, Lord Stanley of Preston. The National Hockey League first presented the Stanley Cup as the ultimate prize in 1927, and as the oldest and greatest trophy in professional sports, the rest as they say, is history.
And now that the Cup is making the rounds locally, you can follow with the app available on both Apple and Google Play. Even better, you can follow the movements of Stanley through his Twitter account. The cup travels the world 320 days out of the year. And you are encouraged to take images and post them either on the Facebook page or on Twitter.
It's even been rumored that Stanley will make an appearance at this weekend's Pride Parade.
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week we had here in Chicago celebrating with our beloved Chicago Blackhawks as
they won the Stanley Cup for the third time in six years on HOME ice – WOW! And
now, the weekend is here with Father’s Day on Sunday and a great line-up of
festivities for everyone. Let the celebrations continue and keep a watch out
for the Cup!!
one of the top 40 juried art festivals in the country, this year’s Gold Coast Art Festival celebrates its 58th
year at Butler Field, Grant Park (400
E. Monroe St.) in The Loop on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This
year’s festival features over 300 artists from around the world with
exceptional artwork of all mediums, incredible demonstrations by the artists,
interactive art projects as well as fabulous food, live music and beer at one
of their three Food, Music & Beer Oases! It’s truly the “Granddaddy of
American Art Festivals!!”
As one of
Chicago’s leading annual celebrations, the Taste of Randolph
returns to the West Loop neighborhood (900-1200 W. Randolph St.) for its 19th
year on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This cross-cultural
celebration mixes extraordinary food from top restaurants, diverse musical
entertainment on three stages and an array of artisans and merchant goods. Not
only will you have the opportunity to “get a taste of Restaurant Row without
the reservation,” but you also can continue your celebration at one of the many
“Official After-Parties” at nearby venues!!
for its 13th annual celebration on Saturday (11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.)
and Sunday (11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.) in the Lakeview neighborhood (3700 N. Halsted
St.), Chicago Pride Fest
celebrates June’s Pride Month with an eclectic lineup of food and drink, live
entertainment on two stages, over 60 vendors offering arts & crafts and the
ever popular Pet Pride Parade
presented by PetCo on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. from the stage area. Dogs, cats and
other animal kingdom friends are welcome to join in on this festive procession
where a panel of jurors will honor the best participants with gift certificates
from local retailers! It’s definitely one of the most “flamboyant” celebrations
of the summer!!
One of the
largest Latin events in the city and nation will be celebrating all things
Puerto Rico at this year’s Fiestas
Puertorriquenas & Parade on Saturday and Sunday from
12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Humboldt Park
(1440 N. Sacramento Ave.) in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Not only does this
festival celebrate a rich culture with authentic Caribbean cuisine, lively
music, arts & crafts, carnival rides and more but it also will celebrate
the 37th anniversary of its People’s
Parade on Saturday (2:00 p.m.) from Division Street and Western Avenue!
the 6 Corners BBQ Fest returns for its 5th
year to Milwaukee Avenue and Irving Park Road (4000 N. Milwaukee Ave.) in the
Portage Park neighborhood on Saturday (11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.) and Sunday (11:00
a.m.-8:00 p.m.) in celebration of Father’s Day weekend! Needless to say, not only will this fest showcase
both local and national ribbers such as “BBQ King Smokehouse,” “Porkchop,” “D.S.
Tequila Company” and others, but it also includes arts & crafts, kids’
activities and the crowd-pleasing pro-wrestling shows!
weekend’s Movies in the Parks are –
(2014)” – Bradley Park (9729 S. Yates Ave.) –
Jeffery Manor and DuSable Museum
of African American History (740 E. 56th Pl.) – Washington Park
changes when a little orphan named Annie is invited to stay with business
tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks.
the Game Stands Tall”
– Horner Park (2741 W. Montrose Ave.)
– Horner Park
football coach Bob Ladouceur takes the De La Salle High School Spartans to a
151-game winning streak.
Scissorhands” – Jonquil Park (1001 W. Wrightwood Ave.) –
of a young man who happens to have scissors for hands (Johnny Depp) who falls
in love with a beautiful girl.
Will Your Celebrating Continue This Weekend?
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The big news today is the parade and Rally to celebrate the Blackhawks' latest retrieval of the Stanley Cup since their last win in 2013. Their victory over Tampa Bay's Lightning on Monday night was extra special since it was the first time in 77 years that they won the Cup during a home game. According to DNAInfo.com, the parade begins at 10:00am today, Thursday 6/18, at Monroe and Jefferson Streets. Tickets to the Rally at Soldier Field were free on Ticketmaster on Wednesday but "sold out" within 15 minutes! If you weren't one of the lucky ones to get tickets, you can watch the festivities from the comfort of The Palmer House Hilton (17 E. Monroe St) where a special party and menu will be served in honor of the our citywide pride in the Blackhawks.
This Saturday, 6/20, is Portage Park's 46th Annual Neighborhood Garage Sale
There's no better time to meet the neighbors and relieve them of any
unwanted items and they can do the same for you. The neighborhood-wide
garage and yard sale takes place from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Maps to over
60 participating homes can be obtained at Faith Church (5051 W. Belle
Plaine) beginning at 8:00am.
This weekend marks the 58th Annual Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park. In addition to over 300 juried artists works to admire and purchase, there will be beer and food vendors, live music, and interactive art projects to enjoy. The Fair is open Saturday and Sunday, 6/20 - 6/21, from 10:00am to 6:00pm on both days.
The Lincoln Park Zoo's Wine & Wildlife series continues on Tuesday, 6/23, with Making the Rounds with Zoo Vets. Adults, 18 and over, have the opportunity to learn from the zoo's team of animal healthcare professionals while enjoying the cash bar. The series is designed to be more informative for an older crowd so leave the kids at home. Admission is $17 for non-members and $14 for members at the Regenstein Center for African Apes from 6:00 - 8:00pm.
The rains may not be through with us just yet. Here's a shout out to the Naperville Fire Department and neighboring water rescue teams for successfully responding to 2 incidents in 12 hours of recreational white water rafting gone wrong yesterday. Apparently the surging waters of the Dupage River had lured a few residents to try to navigate the currents with inflatable watercrafts. Remember to respect the elements and keep safe this summer!
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We all want a nice clean outdoor area to enjoy now that the
weather has finally turned. First, a word about pressure washers. Everyone
thinks a pressure washer is the be all and end all for deck and patio cleaning.
Pressure washers in inexperienced hands can do great damage to
wood, concrete and stone. It can actually turn the wood to pulp and damage
concrete and scratch stone. There are other equally successful methods to use.
The best green cleaner for most outdoor surfaces is oxygen
bleach. Common household
bleach is different as it contains chlorinated bleach. Harmful to many
surfaces and deadly to plants and grass. Bleach's effective ingredient is
sodium hypo chlorate. Look for this ingredient if you are choosing a commercial
deck or patio cleaner. This is why I think oxygenated bleach is the safest. Its
ingredients are mainly hydrogen peroxide and soda ash. It comes in a powder
form that you mix in a bucket with water. It needs more elbow grease but it’s
worth it. Use a stiff brush and work the solution into the wood of the deck.
Let sit for a while, a half hour or so. Rinse thoroughly. This cleaner is great
for mold, mildew and algae that often forms on the underside of the deck that
often stays moist. It’s a good idea to pay a little more instead of the bargain
brand. You will use less with better results as it will have more of the
The patio will also clean well with this oxygenated cleaner
whether your patio is concrete, stone or tile. If you have an uncommon stone or
tile material for your patio make sure to google it and find out cleaner
restrictions. But the oxygenated cleaner should usually be safe. Remove any
weeds in-between. Spray with white vinegar to discourage re-growth. If you have
any grease spots, treat with degreaser. Let it sit for several hours then
rinse. Apply the oxygenated cleaner to concrete with a stiff brush, let set and
rinse. For stone and tile only use a soft nylon broom to apply the cleaner,
stiff brushes can scratch. Of course rinse thoroughly.
If you are tempted to use any cleaners labeled "deck
and patio cleaners", read the list of ingredients carefully. Look out for muriatic
or hydrochloric acid. These are very harsh and can scratch and pit
stone and tile.
With a little effort you can have a clean and safe outdoor
area to entertain friends and family.
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I have several nieces and nephews who are currently attending college or planning to attend. We were trying to find a list of scholarships and ways to fill them out efficiently. Then, you probably saw this app when they were on Shark Tank recently.One of the co-founders was on the TV show and created quite a stir, causing a couple Sharks to walk off the set.
The app is called Scholly and is for high school, undergraduate and graduate students seeking to find scholarships that they qualify for. When you first sign up for the app, which is available on both Android and iOS devices, you fill out some personal information. This information includes your name, school details, ethnicity and other pertinent information that you would when applying for a scholarship. Scholly does the rest of the work for you. You'll receive a list of available scholarships where you are qualified with links to the application.
The cost for the app is a one-time fee of $2.99. In fact, an initiative called My Brother's Keeper announced it would purchase 275,000 downloads to give participants who qualify. In addition to this government backing, Memphis and the state of Montana have announced they will also be purchasing the app for every high school senior in their area. The goal is for any large institutions to track usage of the app and acceptance rates on scholarships.
Ultimately, since its introduction, Scholly has increased scholarship application rates by 3000% and helped students locate and raise over $15 million dollars in scholarships. Schools out but not Scholly.
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weather has finally arrived here in Chicago and just in time as the City’s
festival season swings into high gear!
better way to swing into high gear than at the 32nd annual Chicago
Blues Fest on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to
9:30 p.m. at Grant Park (337 E.
Randolph St.) in The Loop. Billed as the largest FREE blues festival in the
world, this year’s fest features five stages of live music highlighting both
local and national musicians such as Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland & Toronzo
Cannon on Saturday, and the Willie Dixon & Muddy Waters Centennial Tributes
on Sunday. Also, the Blues Lounge
(11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.) offers festival goers a chance to get up close and
personal with artists by providing an area to relax and listen to music and
stories from the heart!
Blues fan? How about swinging into high gear at the 17th annual
pig-out fest known as Ribfest Chicago
2015 on Friday from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, and Saturday and
Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the North
Center Town Square (4100 N. Damen Ave.) in the North Center neighborhood. From
humble beginnings in a local parking lot, this fest stretches across Irving
Park Road and Lincoln and Damen Avenues featuring 30 Chicagoland rib and
non-rib vendors, live entertainment from premier touring bands, a
celebrity-judged “Best Ribs” award, an amateur rib-eating contest and
“RibMania,” the Midwest’s only professional rib-eating contest featuring
top-ranked eaters and sanctioned by IFOCE/Major League Eating! Chicago, Music,
BBQ – summer sure doesn’t get any better than this!!
One of the
City’s most legendary street festivals and born out of this neighborhood’s
Swedish heritage, Andersonville
Midsommarfest returns for its 50th year on
Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Foster Avenue and Clark
Street (5200 N. Clark St.) in the Andersonville neighborhood. As you are
transported back to old-world Swedish traditions, this
fest is filled with flavorful international food, an array of interactive
family-friendly activities that include face painting and a pet parade for
children of all ages, energetic entertainment, an opportunity to dance around
the Maypole and much more!
for its 41st year, the Wells Street Art Festival
is one of Chicago’s most popular art fairs taking place on Saturday and Sunday
from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Wells Street between North Avenue and Division
Street (1300 N. Wells St.) in the Old Town neighborhood. This art festival features
the works of more than 200 juried fine artists from the Midwest and beyond
showcasing their work in nearly a dozen mediums along with tasty cuisine from
neighborhood restaurants, activities for kids, a music stage lineup with “16
Candles” closing out Saturday and “Trippin Billies” closing out Sunday and
its 66th year, the Old Town Art Fair
sets-up at the Old Town Triangle Historic
District (Main Gate located at Lincoln Ave. and Wisconsin St.) in the Old
Town neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This
juried art fair features 250 artists with nearly half of the artists being
newly juried in each year and showcasing a wide range of art mediums that include
2D- and 3D-mixed media! It also features a food court populated with local
eateries, a music stage featuring local talent, a children’s corner offering
arts & crafts, souvenir booths and a Garden Walk through more than 60 urban
the 15th annual Movies in the Parks
returns with more than 240 outdoor screenings of current and classic movies in
parks across the city. Bring your family and friends along with blankets and a
picnic basket and kick-back for an enjoyable movie. Movies begin at dusk (8:30
p.m.) and of course, weather permitting! Here’s this weekend’s line-up:
Sandlot 2” – Oz Park (2021 N. Burling
St.) – Lincoln Park
A group of young baseball players test the myth of Mr. Mertle and his dangerous
Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)” – Winnemac
Park (5100 N. Damen Ave.) – Lincoln Square
Turtle power is back when a group of mutant turtles try to keep the peace.
Park” – Holstein Park (2200 N. Oakley
Ave.) – Bucktown
Visitors at a theme park, where dinosaurs are brought back to life, discover
beauty and danger.
Will You Be Swinging Into High Gear Too! GO HAWKS!!
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Marla Michele Must, photographer and founder of the Detroit-based,
Random Acts of Enchantment, brought her movement to Chicago with the participation of some students
of Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School this week. The idea is "to
encourage self-esteem, inclusiveness and kindness among tween-agers" through
use of social media. Participants around the ages of 10 - 14 are
encouraged to sign up through Instagram @EnchantedPhotographyMichigan,
#RandomActOfEnchantment. These participants will then perform good deeds
towards random people in their schools or communities with whom they may
otherwise never come into contact. Then their stories can be found on the Random
Acts of Enchantment website and Ms. Must will treat the group to an empowering
photo session that will give these youngsters a positive presence on the
popular social media site, Instagram.
Anyone interested in learning more about local childcare
providers and schools may attend the 2nd annual West
Loop Childcare and School Fair this
Saturday, 6/13, at Crowne Plaza Metro Hotel (733 W. Madison St) from 9:00am
to 12:00noon. Knowledgeable individuals will be on hand to answer any questions
about childcare providers, preschools, public, private, charter, home schooling
and alternative schooling options. Organizations that offer summer camps and
enrichment in the arts and sports will also be in attendance. Admission is $5
at the door or you can pre-register for free here.
OLD TOWN - 6/13 -
It's time for the 66th annual Old Town
Art Fair this weekend, 6/13 - 6/14, from 10:0am to 6:00pm both days, rain
or shine. Entrance gates will be located at Lincoln Park West & Wisconsin,
Sedgwick & Menomonee, Sedgwick & Wisconsin, Menomonee & Wells, and
North Park & Willow. 250 juried artists will be featured plus live music,
food for purchase, arts and crafts activities for kids, and a Garden Walk to showcase
60+ home gardens in the neighborhood. Suggested entry donation is $7 for adults
to benefit the local community.
Norwood Park Historical Society's annual Giant
Yard Sale and Silent Auction is approaching and now is your chance to donate
your unwanted items to benefit this non-profit organization. The Giant Yard
Sale will take place at Chicago's oldest house, the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House
(5624 N. Newark Ave) which is also headquarters to the Historical Society, on
Saturday, 6/20, from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Items that are not accepted are
mattresses, clothes, shoes, large appliances, or electronic equipment. All
other items may be left at the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House under the canopy by
the garage in the back at any time. Also large donations such as furniture can
be picked up at your home if you schedule with staff by calling 773-631-4633 or
WonderWorks Children's Museum
has been occupying the 6,400 sqft building at 6445 W. North Ave. since 2003 but
is looking to expand. Last month, Rachel
Rettberg was named CEO which is quite the promotion from her former
position as board member and secretary. She has noted that the number of visitors
and children's parties have grown over the past 5 years and she is heading
fundraising plans with the goal of relocating to a larger location. Wonder
Works encourages young children from toddler-age to 8 years old to explore and play
creatively with the exhibits and other children in the five "experience
zones" that include interactive lessons in farming and gardening, art, construction,
and performance. The coming year is bound to be an exciting one for this family-oriented
Oak Park establishment.
CATHY MALLERS &
DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO
If you are going to spend the money for sod it’s a good
idea to give it the best chance to take and grow into a beautiful lawn. I’ve
seen too many homeowners put in sod and not care for it properly. Sod is costly
and a complete waste of money if you don’t take care of it.
Start out by preparing the base for the sod. Make
sure you remove all the old grass. There is a tool called a sod cutter
that will remove all the grass and weeds. Improve the soil by adding topsoil,
sand and compost. Sand will help break down the clay-like soil often found
around Chicago. Rake this all together making sure to go down at least three
inches so the roots from the sod will have an easy time reaching and anchoring.
Lay down the strips of sod as closely together as
possible. You don’t want any air getting in between the strips and drying out
the sod. Dried out sod is soon to be dead sod. Add topsoil around the
The most important job next is water. Water the sod
thoroughly for the next two days. Two inches of water at least. Check under a
strip to make sure the soil underneath is completely saturated. If not, keep
watering. Moist base soil will encourage the sod roots to grow and anchor into
the base soil.
After the second day of watering it’s time to roll. Sod
rollers have come a long way from the huge concrete rollers of the past. Newer
models have wheels that are filled with water to make moving them
easier as well as storage. Pay special attention to the seams. Try to borrow a
sod roller from a neighbor or friend. I’m sure they are also available for
Keep watering the sod every other day for at least two
weeks. After two weeks it’s time to mow. It might not look like it needs it but
it will tend to grow unevenly at first. Even it out remembering never to cut
shorter than three inches. Leave it even longer if it’s very hot. Keep watering
as you would do any lawn, one inch per week.
Sod is an investment in money AND time. Realize it is a
job whether you are just replacing a part of the lawn or the whole thing. Give
sod a good start and it will be beautiful for many years to come.
KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
Each year, Apple hosts its Worldwide Developer Conference where new features are announced specifically for the development community. For the average user some of the announcements were more technical in nature and not really of great interest, like Metal API. Metal basically will allow developers to create better imagery in apps, games. etc.
One of the first features announced Mac OS X El Capitan. The main improvements over Yosemite include snapping windows to the side of your screen, better gesture support and natural language processing. For those of you familiar with Windows, the snap feature has been around for some time. The item I found most interesting is the language processing. For example, if you are looking for the Los Angeles Dodgers, you could type in LA Dodgers and get better Spotlight search results.
Another feature announced was Proactive assistant which runs on iOS 9. This particular feature takes into consideration a person's privacy when sending helpful reminders throughout the day. Since it is similar to Google Now, a lot of users will be accustomed to its capabilities. And like stated earlier, the information is brought to you based upon what you already have on your phone rather than processing in the cloud.
Currently the Apple Watch is tethered to your phone and that is how your run apps on it. With the introduction of SDK native app the apps will run on the watch itself. This new development opens the door for developers to create more complex apps, as well as access the microphone, video playback, the heart rate sensor, Taptic Engine and Digital Crown.
And finally, Apple Music was announced as a direct competitor to Spotify. The cost for this service will be $9.99 per month which includes the new Beats1 radio station, access to an extensive streaming catalog, and a fun social tool, Apple Connect, that allows you to directly interact with musicians. Apple Music is set to launch on June 30. The Android version will be available later this year.
CATHY MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
time -- the weekend is finally here! Time to play and enjoy what the City and
its various neighborhoods have to offer as they take it to the streets of
Midwest’s oldest juried art fair takes it to the streets of the Hyde Park
neighborhood with the 68th annual 57th Street Art Fair
at 57th Street between Woodlawn and Kenwood Avenues this Saturday
(11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). This art fair offers
art lovers an opportunity to view and shop from more than 200 artists from
around the country, speak with the artists about their creations, attend artist
demonstrations, enjoy some live music and more at this special one-of-a-kind
its 5th year, Remix Chicago
is an eclectic art fest located in the Logan Square neighborhood and taking it
to the streets at 2200-2300 N. Milwaukee Avenue between Fullerton and
California Avenues this Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Local
artists participating in this art fest take used or recycled goods and create
original, handmade art, clothing, household items and other crafts while
changing the way communities think about the value of recyclables! In addition
to the great art, exciting live music featuring local, independent artists,
tasty food and 12 eco-friendly workshops round out this event!
Midwest’s largest free outdoor literary event takes it to the streets of the
South Loop neighborhood with the 31st annual Printers Row Lit Fest
at Dearborn Street between Congress Parkway and Polk Street this Saturday
(10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.). Attracting over
150,000 book lovers, this two-day literary fest features over 200 booksellers
from across the country offering new, used and rare books as well as poetry
performances, cooking demonstrations, writing workshops and a Lil’ Lit Park
where families can enjoy storytelling, special activities, performances,
sing-a-longs and costumed characters with their children!
Lincoln Park neighborhood will be taking it to the streets with the 38th
annual Lincoln Park
Greek Fest this Saturday (12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.)
and Sunday (12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) on Sheffield Avenue between Diversey Parkway
and Schubert Avenue. This popular cultural celebration on the grounds of St.
George Greek Orthodox Church serves up plenty of “filoxenia” (Greek hospitality
and generosity of spirit) with flavorful Greek food (prepared by the church
members), music, folk dancing and kids’ activities for an “Opa” of a time!
Village neighborhood will be taking it to the streets with its 1st
annual Taste of Mexico
this Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at California Avenue and
26th Street. Besides authentic Mexican dishes being the main focus
at this event, top chefs (locally and from Mexico) will demonstrate their
cooking skills on the Culinary Stage while non-stop bands and acts perform on
the Music Stage with arts & crafts and carnival rides rounding out this
it’s time for the 3rd annual Beach
Slap Volleyball Tournament and Beach Party taking
place at North Avenue Beach (1600 N.
Lake Shore Dr.) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood this Saturday at 8:00 a.m. for
those who find the streets to be hard on their feet. Your entry includes
tournament play (volleyball, cornhole and dodgeball), drink tickets for your
team and prizes for the top teams. Afterwards, The Official Big Dig Post Party
takes place at The Pony (1638 W.
Belmont Ave.) from 8:00 p.m. to Midnight with FREE Bud Light from 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. by showing your event
Will You Be Taking It To The Streets OR The Sand?
SUE MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO