appears to be a bit of a lull in the action this weekend which may be
attributable to the fact that we’re “frozen to the core” from an arctic blast
that just won’t stop!! But, we’re Chicagoans and always have options regardless of being “frozen to the core!”
may be to head on over to Navy Pier
(600 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood for the following Chinese
New Year celebrations:
The Odyssey Chinese
New Year Cruise sets sail from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00
p.m. this Saturday with boarding beginning at 6:00 p.m. to welcome in the Year
of the Goat with a dynamic evening filled with traditions and excitement that
includes a delicious three-course menu, Chinese dishes, traditional decorations
and festive entertainment! Not to mention the stunning skyline views!!
The Chinese New
Year Lantern Festival will be held on Sunday from
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Crystal
Gardens as part of Navy Pier’s Neighborhoods of the World Series. Celebrate
the Year of the Sheep with this lighting festival that also includes dance,
music, performances, a marketplace featuring Chinese cultural vendors and
artisans as well as family-friendly crafts such as lantern making, paper
cutting and calligraphy. This is a perfect interactive family event you won’t
soon forget! Another option to help you chill out and warm up may be the Brisk Brews Craft Beer Festival
at 800 W. Waveland Ave. (Waveland and Halsted) in the Boystown neighborhood
this Saturday with two taste sessions (1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.-9:00
p.m.). This first-ever event will be held under a heated tent featuring tasting
samples from 20-plus local and regional craft breweries with an estimated 50
small-batch beers being showcased along with DJ and music performances to get
things warmed-up! Your ticket includes one wristband for entry to the tasting
area, 15 3-ounce tasting tickets and a souvenir tasting glass!!
you prefer a craft beer festival on a grander scale? Well, you’re in luck as
the 2nd annual Naperville
Winter Ale Fest returns to Frontier Park (3380 Cedar Glade Rd.) in Naperville (Chicago suburb)
this Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Not only will this fest feature over
130 of winter’s best craft beers from craft breweries around the country, such
as Argus Brewery, Boulevard Brewing Co., Dogfish Head, Leinenkugel Brewing
Company, New Holland Brewing, Two Brothers Brewing Co. and a host of others,
but will also feature live music from the “Four Star Brass Band” and food from
Chicagoland’s favorite food trucks, such as Aurelio’s Is Pizza, Bear Creek
Country Kitchen, Bridgeport Pasty, The Calle Wagon, OMango, PIKO, The Slide
Ride and Toasty Cheese as well as a few other food vendors! Be sure to dress
appropriately for this frozen tundra event!!
this event may be your only opportunity to pull it off. After all, we’re
“frozen to the core” already! The 15th annual Chicago Polar
Plunge returns to North Avenue Beach (1600 N. Lake Shore Dr.) in the Lincoln Park
neighborhood on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to raise funds for the Special
Olympics Chicago athletes. There is no registration fee; however, all plungers
are required to raise a minimum of $175 and will receive either free parking at
Lincoln Park Zoo or a free bus for teams of 20 or more, a warm towel when
exiting the frozen water, a souvenir T-shirt, free photo downloads and
complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages at the post-plunge “Melt Down
Party” inside the boathouse and in expanded heated tents! Prizes will be
awarded as well to the top 3 individual fundraisers, the best 3 individual
costumes, the best team costume and largest team with the team raising the most
funds receiving a 2 hour party including food and drinks for up to 100 people
on Shoreline Cruises! WOW!!
What’s Your Option When “Frozen to the Core?”
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Tuesday's municipal elections saw a
relatively low turnout of voters, according to various news sources. According
only about 33% of registered voters had participated. Chicagoland will have a
second chance to weigh in their votes as many of our neighborhood Aldermen, as
well as the Mayor, had failed to secure at least 50% in their favor, resulting
in runoff elections that will occur on April 7th. Incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel
secured 45% of the popular vote with runner up, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia,
winning over 34% of voters. Thanks to DNAinfo.com who have compiled this interactive
map that shows how the five mayoral candidates fared with votes by
ward. We have a little more than a month's time to research and make informed
decisions for runoff elections day.
There were six candidates running to
Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti who had lost his attempt at opposing Rahm
Emanuel for Mayor. 2nd Ward voters have chosen their runoff contenders to be
Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) board member Brian
Hopkins and Chicago Bar Foundation board member Alyx Pattison. Mr. Hopkins
received 29% of the ward's votes and Ms. Pattison, 24%.
Ward had three candidates running against incumbent Alderman John
Arena. April 7th's runoff elections will see Alderman Arena facing off with
police lieutenant John Garrido. Arena had received 45% of the voters' favor and
Ward also had three candidates running against their incumbent Alderman
Michele Smith who had garnered 42% of the votes. She will be running against
attorney and Mid-North Association board member Caroline Vickrey who received
36% of the ward's votes.
governed by a different mayor, therefore the town did not share the Feb. 24th
municipal elections date. However they do share April 7th as their day to vote
for their new mayor and eight other members of City Council. Naperville's
current Mayor A. George Pradel has served in his position since 1995 but
announced in 2013 that he will not be running for re-election in 2015. Four men
are running to replace Mayor Pradel - City
Council member Doug Krause, former Carol Stream Fire District Lieutenant Marty
Walker, Naperville dental office practice manager James Haselhorst, and City
Council member Steve Chirico.
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In the next two weeks we will be talking about painting a
room. It’s relatively easy with some planning and a few basic skills. This week
we will talk about preparing the walls and choosing brushes and rollers. Next
week will be selecting paint and steps for a professional looking paint job.
Wipe down the walls with a solution of two cups bleach to
a gallon of water. Wear rubber gloves and make sure to have plenty of
ventilation. Always wash from floor to ceiling to prevent streaks. This will
remove all sorts of dirt, dust, and even mold and mildew. Let dry thoroughly.
Use prepared spackle or similar product to repair any
holes in the plaster. Clean out any loose plaster from the hole. Scrape out the
back of the hole so the back is wider than the front. This will assure good
patch fit. Fill the hole smoothing the surface with a medium width putty knife.
If the hole is very deep do it in layers letting each layer dry completely
between applications. Sand using sand paper wrapped around a block and stapled.
Start at 100 or 200 grit
and finish with 240.
Rollers are disposable and relatively inexpensive. But,
do not buy the cheapest ones at the store. Choose rollers on the higher end,
there will be less lint. Choose a fine pile for most smooth surfaces. For materials
like stucco, brick or popcorn ceilings use
a thicker pile roller.
Your brush is the most important tool in painting. A good
quality brush will last many years with proper care. Choose a 21/2-3 inch brush
for your cutting in and trim. Check the ends of the brushes for “flags”. These
are split ends at the bottom of the bristle that hold the paint on the brush. Good
brushes have at least half the brushes flagged.
Cleaning brushes properly will extend their life. Put the
brushes on newspaper, don rubber gloves and squeeze out as much paint as
possible. Latex paint brushes can be washed with warm water and dish detergent.
Wash and rinse until they are free of pigment. Twirl the brush in your hand
with the bristles down to shake off excess water. Place the brush back in its
package. Hang by the brush handle to dry to keep the bristles straight. If you
ever need to stop painting for a few minutes up to a few hours just wrap the
roller in foil. This will keep it moist and ready to resume.
Next week- paint!
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For those of you with children, there are those times when your kids (especially young ones) find a video that is NSFW (not safe for work) and still watch it like there's nothing wrong. It's an awkward moment to be certain and also one that most parents try to avoid.
Last week, YouTube released YouTube Kids for mobile devices. This is not the first of its kind, but it is definitely a long awaited release. There are many other apps that have been in the marketplace for some time now, including Jitterbug.tv, Cakey, and PlayKids not to mention other apps that were built on top of YouTube - YouTube Videos for Kids, Playlist for YouTube, Kids Video Player for YouTube and more. It's expected that the apps built on top of the YouTube app will most likely lose a good portion of their audience. The most surprising thing about this is the amount of time it has taken YouTube to create their kid-friendly app for users.
According to YouTube's blog there is a lot to appreciate about this new app. First, there are many parental controls. You can set a timer that limits screen time. There are sound settings give parents a break from some of the background music and sound effects. The search settings allow you to turn-off the search option and only allow the kids to watch what has been preselected.
The content is designed for younger children who have already become quite adept at using their, ahem your, mobile device. The images are larger and in bolder colors. There is also a voice search function to help little ones who can not yet spell Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. While the site is great for your younger children, there are also elements that can help older children with different interests than Sesame Street. For example, if you need math help or want to build a model volcano, you'll find learning videos as well.
The app is available for free on both Google Play and Apple's App store.There are also plans to make it available on nabi and Kurio kids' tablets.
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the weather cooperates this weekend or not, who cares, I’m tired of cabin fever
already! There’s no better way to shake off ‘ole man winter than with New
Orleans and Hollywood taking over Chicago!
world’s largest indoor bar crawl, the Mardi Gras Bar Crawl, takes
over Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.) in
the Streeterville neighborhood this Saturday (2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.) for Beads,
Beers & Bars! Your Bar Crawl entry includes 8 bars along Navy Pier, two
gift cards to participating bars for food or drink purchase, drink specials,
live music, mask face-painting, games & prizes at participating bars, a
complimentary Ferris wheel ride (weather permitting) and more! Please
note that NO Walk Up Tickets will be available; however, there are still
tickets available but not for much longer so don’t delay!!
sold out for Mardi Gras Bar Crawl? Well, the 7th annual BeadQuest Mardi Gras Pub Crawl
takes place Saturday and begins at John
Barleycorn (3524 N. Clark St.) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood at 12:00
p.m. It’s time to dress up in your best, wildest Mardi Gras outfit or costume,
enter the costume contest at John Barleycorn’s at Noon, then crawl up Clark
Street to visit the 18 participating bars where Bead Throwers will toss out
strands of beads where it’s your mission to collect all beads numbered 1-10 for
a chance to win one of over 100 great prizes! This festive event also includes
a Cajun dish to sample at every bar, an “I Did It For The Beads” official
T-shirt in purple or green and a pair of TBOX Fingerless Drinking Gloves. It’s
an authentic Bourbon Street experience right on Clark Street here in Chicago! Hollywood
strolls into town this Sunday evening with the 87th Academy Awards®
(telecast begins at 7:30 p.m.) with the following viewing parties for that true
Hollywood experience –
Hollywood on State: A Red Carpet Celebration held at the Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State St.) in The Loop beginning at
6:00 p.m. This celebration requires cocktail attire and consists of gourmet
food and libations for a night of true Hollywood glamor as you watch the
Academy Awards on a Big Screen in HD Telecast!
Oscars Viewing Party held at John Barleycorn (149 W. Kinzie St.) in the River North neighborhood
from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Join Heartland Health Outreach for its 5th
annual viewing party which features appetizers, drink specials, raffles and
contests with proceeds benefiting Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care. Be
sure you “dress to impress” as well!
JDRF Red Carpet Party held at the Municipal and Dining Company (216 W. Ohio St.) in the River North
neighborhood at 6:00 p.m. The Illinois Young Leadership Committee brings
“Hollywood to Chicago” to celebrate the film industry’s biggest night – the
Academy Awards – with multiple screens broadcasting the red carpet and awards
action. Your ticket includes an appetizer buffet, an open bar, a silent auction
of upscale items and the televised viewing while benefiting
the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!
or Hollywood – Which Will End Your Cabin Fever?
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This week the semifinalists for the James
Beard Awards, often called "The Oscars of Food", were announced. The
awards are usually held in New York City but 2015 will be the first year that
the Restaurant and Chef Awards will be presented in Chicago at the Lyric Opera
House on May 4th. In the meantime, Lincoln Square's Baker Miller
(4610 N. Western Ave.) has been named as one of the 25 semifinalists for the
new category of Outstanding Baker and the nominees will be narrowed down to 5
finalists by March 24th. Now is the time to make a visit to their Bakery and
Millhouse to see why they've been selected.
As if traffic around
the Loop wasn't tough enough, be prepared for further delays as construction
of an elevated parkway, connecting Grant Park and the Roosevelt CTA station, is
expected to continue until August. Plans have been made for the parkway to be
lined with trees for the enjoyment and safety of bikers and pedestrians to
traverse from the South Loop to the new Grant Park Skate Park.
The Great Chicago Fire
of 1871 is a historical event of common knowledge but have you heard about the
Cold Storage Building Fire of 1893? Norwood Park Historical Society (5624 N.
Newark Ave.) is hosting Raymond W. Johnson, who is best known as Chicago's
History Cop, to enlighten the public about this lesser known event that was
marked with heroism as much as tragedy. On Wednesday, February 25th, at 7:00pm
Mr. Johnson will present on the 1893
Cold Storage Building Fire that occurred on July 10, 1893 at the
World's Columbia Exposition. The event is free although donations would be
The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce has a
new partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide
Onsite Consultation Services for those interested in furthering their business
plans and management. The Chamber, located at 1409 W. Addison St., will hold an
hour long Open House next Thursday, February 26th, at 10:00 - 11:00am to better
explain these new services to the public. Plan to come in and see how this new
partnership can benefit you and your small business.
The temperature is brutal at the moment
but that does not mean that we can't have fun. The City of Evanston Parks,
Recreation & Community Services Department would like to invite you to
this Saturday, February 21st, from 11:00am to 2:30pm at Canal Shores Golf
Course (1030 Central St.). The golf course has been groomed to create a winter
wonderland fit for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, beginner lessons, and
other activities. Call 847-448-8252 to register and reserve equipment if you do
not have your own. The website says that the deadline to make reservations was
this past Monday but I've called to find that equipment is still available.
Call now to register and reserve!
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You know the scenario, guests are coming over and there
is no time to clean. The following tips are for a fast top clean. Deeper
cleaning is different. Always start at the top surfaces, wiping dust off to
fall down to the floor. Dust ceiling fans and door frames with an extendable Swiffer®.
Keep going down to furniture surfaces and finish with floors. Vacuum hard
surfaces as well as carpeting, this keeps down the dust flying in the air.
Kitchen- fill the sink with hot water and soap. Place all
the removable stove pieces in the water to soak. Use a well squeezed out cloth
or sponge to wipe down all the cabinets and counter tops. Rinse cloth
or sponge frequently in hot water. Finish cleaning the stove and grates
and replace. Spray down all the appliances with window cleaner and wipe down
with paper towels. Clean the floor with a Swiffer® mop or a steam mop working
from the far end.
Bathroom-Before you start in the kitchen, spray all
bathroom surfaces down with appropriate cleaners. After finishing the kitchen
come back to the bathroom and wipe down all surfaces. If you use cloths make
sure you keep one designated for the toilet alone. I prefer to use paper towels
on the toilet so no danger from contamination. Clean mirrors and rinse the tub.
Use the mop from the kitchen to finish the bathroom floor.
Living room- Use the top down method here too. Ceiling
fans down to furniture surfaces. Before this, clear all clutter from
the room. Gather items for later organization in a storage tub and place in the
closet. Vacuum all the furniture and floors. Use a Swiffer® mop on hardwood
floors or similar floor product.
Bedrooms- make all the beds. Clean all clutter using the
bin method that you did in the living room. On the furniture surfaces use a
microfiber cloth and a dust spray, again working from top to bottom. Finish
It’s easy to clean your house quickly with these hints
and a few cleaners. Bathroom cleaner, window cleaner, dust spray and hot soap
and water are all that’s necessary to clean the entire house. Just remember to
work from the top down. Wipe down all surfaces and vacuum up all the dirt last.
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You can't tell by my photo but I'm actually a proud glasses-wearing individual. These days, glasses are also a fashion statement like no other time in history.
Now there is a new start-up called Ditto. Ditto is a website where you can find and purchase your eyeglass frames online. This is not unusual in any way since there are several sites that give this as an option. Now add the twist where you pay a monthly fee ranging from $19-$29 per month for your designer eyewear.
This new program is called Endless Eyewear. It's been boiled down to "Netflix for designer eyewear." For your monthly fee, you select the glasses you would like delivered and they are sent to you. For those of us with a prescription, you get new lenses each time you swap out your frames. Let's say you've decided you no longer like the frames you have and want to try something new. With this program, you simply choose your next set of eyewear. You'll send back the frames you already have and then voila you have a new set of glasses. The program also includes sunglasses and insurance for minor wear and tear.
Ditto created a new technology, called virtual try-on, which uses either your smartphone camera or webcam to create a 3D model of your face. The model is used so you can see how specific frames you choose will look on you. With eyewear that can cost up to $800 for one year, this is definitely a more affordable way to get the eyewear you need without the heavy cost at one time.
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Day arrives this Saturday, and with it comes a day of showering your “Be Mine”
with cards, candy, flowers, food – the list goes on! But wait, is love really
in the air on Valentine’s Day?
Day in Chicago is actually known for a cold-blooded killing and obsessive love.
Don’t believe me? Then check it out for yourself at the Guns &
Roses Bloody Valentine Tour at 3:00 p.m. this
Saturday with Chicago Hauntings Tours
(600 N. Clark St. – Clark & Ohio Streets) in the River North neighborhood. This
tour will show you the best and worst of Chicago passion in honor of the most
famous Valentine’s Day in history. You’ll learn about some of Chicago’s most
notorious crime legends from O’Banion to Capone as well as some of Chicago’s
most legendary lovers which include the Drake’s “Woman in Red,” Luisa Luetgert
the “sausage vat” victim and Resurrection Mary known as the world’s most
tireless dance partner of all!
around the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, the Mad Mobster True Crime and Horror Expo
is a weekend anniversary festival held at the Chicago Hilton & Towers (720 S. Michigan Ave.) in the South
Loop this Saturday (11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.) and Sunday (11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). This
expo features events such as The Bonnie & Clyde Exhibit and The Manson
Exhibit; Panels & Screenings; a Miss Mad Mobster Pageant on Saturday night
with a $500 cash Grand Prize; a vendor room containing a global collection of
true crime and horror memorabilia along with Guests appearances by Barry
Boschelli (author & friend of John Wayne Gacy), Brad Dourif (actor - Lord
of the Rings, The Exorcist, Chucky), William Forsythe (actor – Untouchables,
The Devil’s Rejects, Dick Tracy), John Russo (actor – Night of the Living Dead)
and many others throughout the weekend!
you singles out there, it’s time again for the 16th annual Screw Cupid Pub Crawl this
Saturday (8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. ending at 2:00 a.m.). Once again, you can start
at any one of the participating bars, which are Redmond’s (3358 N. Sheffield Ave.), Durkin’s (810 W. Diversey Pkwy.), Duffy’s (420 W. Diversey Pkwy.), or McGee’s (950 W. Webster Ave.) all located in the Lincoln Park
neighborhood. Besides plenty of fun, a food buffet at each bar, domestic
drafts, Cupid punch and trolley transportation to all 4 bars is included with
your pub crawl admission! Book now and screw Cupid!!
you who still believe in the romance of Valentine’s Day, two beloved classics
will be brought back to the big screen this Saturday at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport
Ave.) in the Lakeview neighborhood at this year’s Valentine’s
Day Celebration. The Princess Bride is a romantic comedy fairy tale and will be
shown at 7:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. Come dressed up as one of your favorite
characters from the movie for a pre-show costume contest complete with prop
bags and more! Casablanca is one of
the greatest romantic films of all time staring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid
Bergman and will be shown at 1:00 p.m. A “Valentine’s Day Sweetheart
Sing-Along” featuring a selection of favorite love songs with projected lyrics
and accompaniment from the Music Box organ will take place prior to the
this year marks the 107th edition of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show which
first staged in 1901 and is now the largest auto show in North America
featuring a range of domestic & imported cars, trucks, experimental &
concept cars along with a variety of auto-related exhibits!
Love Is In The Air – Or Is It?
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Here's a great activity for the
babysitter to take your 3 - 5 year olds while you go out for a romantic dinner
tomorrow, Friday the 13th. Tots Valentine Party is a free event from 5:30 - 7:30pm at
the Whitney Young School gym in Skinner Park (1331 W. Monroe St.). There will
be music, dancing, games, food and inflatables to tucker your tykes out for
bedtime. Follow the link to Register your child, call the babysitter, then make
those dinner reservations!
This Valentine's Day can be fun for the
whole family. Starting this Saturday, 2/14, Lincoln Park Zoo is offering their Animal Enrichment Workshops. Register your children, 3 years of age and older, to
participate in creating edible playthings for the animals and then watch the
animals enjoy these creations. There will be only 5 sessions from now until May
that run 1:00 - 3:30pm on 2/14, 3/14, 4/11, 5/2, and 5/3.
There's a new taco franchise on the
map. Velvet Taco is stretching its legs out to Chicago
to open its third location at 1110 N. State St. The two other locations are in Dallas
and Fort Worth, Texas. Their menu features homemade tortillas, unique
ingredient combinations, and whole rotisserie chickens. Okay, Texas, let's see
what you got! With a full bar and open until 2:00am in the "Viagra
Triangle", it's sure to be the next hit in the neighborhood.
The election for mayor and city council is
coming up on 2/24. The public is welcome to hear the mayoral candidates that
have agreed to meet for a Mayoral Candidate's Forum on Monday,
2/16, from 7:00 -9:00pm at the Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox
Ave.) Although the venue is not in Portage Park, it is being hosted by The
Portage Park Neighborhood Association who chose the Irish American Heritage
Center for its larger capacity. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has not yet responded to the
invitation to attend but his challengers, 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti, Cook
County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, philanthropist/entrepreneur
Willie Wilson, and 3-time mayoral challenger William "Dock" Walls,
are scheduled to be there and be heard.
As a reminder for you to get ready for Paczki Day on Tuesday 2/17, DeEtta's
(428 W. Fifth Ave.) is boasting nine varieties of Paczki this year for your
pre-ordering needs. Get your pre-orders in by Saturday, 2/14, if you're having
a party or simply stocking up.
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thrift stores and yard sales. Need more dishes for the holidays?
Bargains found at yard sales bring a mismatched eclectic look to your table.
Need kids’ clothes? Kids grow out of their clothes so fast that thrift stores
are a no-brainer. Need a small table or lamp? Many fun vintage accessories can
be found at thrift stores or yard sales. Looking to make some cash? Have your
sale, check with your local village hall to meet all city requirements.
Plant a garden. Fresh fruits and vegetables for very little
money. Healthy and free of pesticides. Even a plot a few square feet large can
yield a bounty of veggies. Google "container gardening" to get
Buy off-season. Make large purchases off-season. Buy a snow
blower in April. Christmas decorations and luggage in January. Trees in the
fall, best time to plant them anyway. The selection might be limited but the
money saved will be worth it to shop end-of-season or out-of-season.
Do it yourself. Many household
repairs can be done more affordably by the homeowner. Not handy? Any
instructions to do any home repair can be found online. Or enlist the aid of a
handy friend. Thinking of a home improvement? Things like a deck can be put up
over a weekend with the help of a few friends. Supply lots of food and beer
(for after!!). Make it a fun project.
Plan your meals for the entire week ahead of time. Take the
sales circular from your favorite grocery store and plan meals around the sale
items. Stock up on things you use weekly. Our store often has excellent prices
but requires a minimum purchase, like four 12 packs of soda. It’s like getting
2 packs free. Soda has a long best-by-date so go for it.
Now for water consumption it’s easy to save with a few pointers.
Shower instead of bathing, save 12-20 gallons. Turn off the water when brushing
your teeth, save 3 gallons. Use a car wash instead of washing it yourself, save
hundreds of gallons. An energy efficient washer pays for itself quickly by
saving 20 gallons per wash. Let your grass grow longer, it will need less
watering and will be a stronger lawn besides. Check for leaks. Fixing running
toilets and faucets can save hundreds of gallons a year. Check out the United
States Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, for more ways to save water.
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The Chicago Auto Show starts this weekend with the fundraiser on February 13 and then extends through February 22. It's an opportunity to view all sorts of vehicles including concept cards, dream cars and family haulers. You also have the option to take a ride on one of the nine tracks that will be available - three indoor and six outdoor.
This year the Auto Show is getting extremely technical with not only the hashtag #CAS15 but also with their new mobile app available in iOS and Android.
The app has a lot to offer anyone who is planning to attend the show. This is the first year that the show will have an app. It is designed to connect with you while at the show and even beyond that. For those people who download the app you'll get a commemorative cup in the Chevy Dealer's Chicago Blackhawks Family Fun Zone.
The app is designed to be your digital guide to the event providing a detailed map of all the exhibits. Since there is now a hashtag, you can view all social media centered around the event in addition to any blog posts. You get the daily schedule of any events happening. Finally, you have the ability to view videos provided by the various exhibitors.
One item that may be of interest to most folks is that you don't have attend the Auto Show to get the experience of all the new vehicles on display. There is a section dedicated to all the vehicles. You can view not only images but also other pertinent information about those vehicles should they be of interest to you. And if you missed anything you wanted to see, you have it all right there on your app.
The cost for the event is $12 for adults and $6 for Seniors and Children 7-12. Children 6 and under get in for free and must be accompanied by an adult. From February 14-21 the hours are 9am to 10pm. The final night, February 22, hours are 9am to 8pm. You can get discounted tickets at your local car dealer or participating Shell gas stations for weekday ticket purchases. If you are Fifth Third Bank ATM Card holder, you can receive a coupon for $4 off the full-price adult ticket. Just arrive early as they are only available for the first 5300.
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one do when nearly two feet of snow is dumped on them at one time? Well,
Chicagoans take a snow day and then go about their business as usual which is
exactly what we’ll be doing this weekend even though there are still mounds of
didn’t enjoy your snow day this past week, perhaps you’ll enjoy this, Snow
Days Chicago, where eight professional snow sculptor
teams from the U.S. and around the world come to Navy Pier and Polk Bros Park
(600 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood to create masterpieces
out of 10-foot blocks of man-made snow (although Mother Nature provided us with
enough of the real stuff) to compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
place cash prizes. There will also be five teams of student sculptors from
Chicago area high schools creating their own work of “snow” art. This free festival takes place on Saturday
(11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.) and Sunday (11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) along with fun
activities for the kids, a snow sculpting competition, nighttime illuminations
of the sculptures and much more! In addition, you can warm-up inside at the
Family Pavilion and see the Shedd Aquarium’s Magellanic Penguins and enjoy
their interactive Polar Play Zone booth each day from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Finally, the awards ceremony takes place February 7th at 6:00 p.m.
in the Family Pavilion!
had enough snow days already, the Cider Summit Chicago returns
to Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom (600 E.
Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood for its 3rd annual
festival featuring over 150 ciders including regional favorites and
international classics this Saturday with two tastings from11:00 a.m. to 3:00
p.m. & 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This event not only features the cider makers
and owners who will be on hand to inform and guide you through your 4-ounce
samplings, but also features specially selected food pairings, display booths
by regional and national cider associations and a store with Cider Summit
t-shirts and other merchandise for purchase! And, your $30 ticket (sold online
only) includes 8 samples and a souvenir glass with proceeds benefiting
oblivious to snow days altogether, Candy Crush Crawl 2015
takes place this Saturday (12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.) at Red Ivy (3525 N. Clark St.) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood and
seven other local bars that include Deuce’s, John Barleycorn, Country Club,
Slugger’s, Moe’s Cantina, Old Crow and Rockwood Place all offering drink
specials for ticket-holders. Be sure to get your Official Party Badge punched
at each establishment because crawlers who visit all 8 bars can enter to win a
SWEET prize at the closing ceremony! There’s also a Crazy Costume Contest where
crawlers are encouraged to don their wild candy or Valentine’s-themed costumes
as they strut down Clark Street which is transformed into CandyLand’s Rainbow
Road!! A Free Swag Pack that includes a Candy Crush Crawl hat and a fanny-pack
to stash all your candy will be given to the first 1,000 crawlers. Remember the
theme: Eat – Drink – Crush – Repeat!! Lastly,
the Oakton Ice Arena (2800 W. Oakton
St.) in Park Ridge will be hosting two family-friendly events this Saturday –
Frostival (11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) featuring
outdoor games and activities that include snow golf, sledding and a family
snowman contest as well as cookie decorating and craft stations for the kids!
(8:30 p.m.-9:50 p.m.) featuring a Valentine’s Day PJ Party where all skaters
who wear their favorite (modest) PJs will receive half price admission and
skate to love songs from the past!
What’s Your Snow Days
SUE MOSS & DEAN'S
Keep this date destination on your
list! 404 Wine Bar (2852 N.
Southport Ave), an elegant vintage wine bar had undergone a makeover and reopened
in December 2014. The decor includes decadently cozy looking leather sofas and
fireplace for taking a wine trip around the world with their "continuously
rotating Award-Winning wine list." It's nestled next to and shares the
kitchen of Diag Bar & Grill and offers an eclectic selection of sandwiches,
pizzas, tacos, entrees and more!
A new yoga studio has opened this week
at 4845 N. Damen Ave. One
Key Yoga is a witty name for a wonderful business model. Owner/Instructor,
Gina Fitzpatrick, has honed her craft for 14 years instructing at various
locations, being entrusted with a number of keys to studios all around the
city. "One day," she professed to herself, "I'm going to go down
to one key." This new studio space is the culmination of one hard-working
individual's life work to bring affordable pay-per lesson yoga and pilates
instruction to the community.
If you're looking
forward to this year's Northwest Side Irish Parade which
isn't until March 15th, then why not show your support and enthusiasm at the
Parade Kick-Off and Fundraiser on Friday February 20th at Iron Horse Ale House (6158
N. Northwest Hwy.)? Tickets are $20 to enjoy a couple drinks, live music, and
enter into the raffle. Save both dates and prepare for good times to come!
The Carmichael's Steakhouse
marquee is impossible to miss in West Loop, however the Management has just
announced that this 18 year landmark restaurant will be missed as of its
projected closing day, March 20th. It's been a popular stop en route to sporting
events at the United Center since 1997. Make sure to stop in for lunch or
dinner before closing day.
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