Best Places To Create Your Own Christmas Gifts In Chicago

This Christmas, take the time to step back and think about what personal touches you can add to help give your gifts a memorable quality.


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Easy Steps To Prep Your Home For Holiday Guests

If you plan on hosting overnight guests, you are going to need to prep your home for their arrival.



Best Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving

If you don’t want to cook this Thanksgiving, gather up your family and friends and head to these restaurants, all of which are open for your Turkey Day meal.



Fall In Lake Geneva

Planning a weekend getaway? Located 80 miles from Chicagoland, Lake Geneva, WI, provides a perfect escape for Chicagoans trying to avoid expensive plane fare or hours in the car. Though Lake Geneva, is known for its waterfront, beaches, festivals and resorts, that doesn’t mean it’s only a warm weather town. Many places feature seasonal activities and ways to see the beautiful fall color changes at the lake.


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April 6th: New Beer’s Eve

New Beers Eve goes back 67 years, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an act into law that legalized beer – marking the beginning of the end for Prohibition. As it turns out, this made many American citizens happy – alcohol had been illegal for a whopping thirteen years. Naturally, everyone celebrated, lining up in front of bars on April 6th, waiting for this new law to go into effect at midnight.


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Tips On Best After Christmas Sale Shopping

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… after holiday sales have begun! Starting the day after Christmas, you can find that most stores holiday merchandise has marked down to nearly 50% off the original pricing…


The Best Wines For The Holiday Season

For a tutorial on the best wines to go with your Christmas dinner, or the ones that would make the best gifts, we were joined this morning by wine expert Ron Breitstein. Here’s some more information on what he showed us.


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Citizen Scene Spotter: Chicago’s Holiday Scene

Part of being a true Chicagoan is the ability to survive a frigid winter. Not only a frigid winter, but a very, very long, frigid winter. As the temperature dips below zero, sometimes our spirits go with it. One way to beat the winter blues is to take advantage of Chicago’s upbeat bar scene…


Ideas for Shopping, Giving and Being Charitable

This is the busiest time of year for charitable donations. Half of all individual donations are made in the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Of course, this is the prime shopping season too!


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Best Holiday Bar Crawl: TBOX 2011

On the second Saturday of December, TBOX gave to me… the 15th annual bar crawl over in Wrigley. I’m already counting down the days for this fun and festive event that seems to be getting better and better each year. The morning will start off as usual at the Cubby Bear for an opening ceremony, then proceed on to 36 (yes, 36!) neighborhood pubs and bars…


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Did You Miss ‘Cyber Monday’? There Will Be Other Deals, Expert Says

On Cyber Monday, business was booming. But are all the good holiday deals history already? Experts say it’s not so.



Guide To Black Friday Deals

It’s that time of the year again, early birds! Grab a cup of coffee, set the alarm and make a list. This year, you might not even need to go to bed at all. With many retailers staying open on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday is starting earlier than ever. Some retailers are offering deals starting Thursday evening or even earlier online.


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Gift Guide For The Adventurer

Uncovering worthy gifts for the adventurous world traveler can be difficult. From a travel diary to a language course to a tricked-out Nikon camera, presents that are both fun and useful are the way to go.


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Expert: Get A Jump Start For Holiday Temp Work

If you’re planning to find a temporary job around the holidays, you may want to get a jump start on that right now.

WBBM Newsradio–10/03/2011

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Busy Travel Day At O’Hare, Midway

If you’re flying out of town today, don’t be expecting a quiet terminal with a few sleepy customers at O’Hare or Midway international airports.

CBS Chicago–12/23/2010

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Luxury Is Back As Americans Start To Splurge

After two years of cutting back on expenses, Americans are starting to splurge a little. We’re spending more on little luxuries, and as CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports, some of us are just tired of being frugal.

CBS 2–12/15/2010


Chicago’s Most Festive Holiday Shows

When Chicago’s holiday season is in full swing, there are countless numbers of festive shows to see with your family.


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Hottest Gifts To Give This Season: Virtual Gift Cards

Virtual gift cards are the hottest gifts to give this season. But, as CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports, there’s an upside and downside to the newest online sensation.

CBS 2–11/30/2010

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Shopping Atmosphere Can Put You In Mood To Spend

What puts you in the mood to spend? As CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports the atmosphere inside the store — what you see, what you smell, what you hear — plays a big part in your shopping experience.

CBS 2–11/25/2010

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Earn Money While Spending Money This Holiday Season

Just in time for the holidays, tips on how to survive the shopping season without going into debt.

CBS 2–11/22/2010