Stories by George

Decoding Your City Dog’s Behavior

Mar 14, 2014

Chicago is well-suited for dog lovers, with dog-friendly beaches, plenty of walkable green space and strong anti-cruelty organizations. But apartment and condo living can make for tight quarters for our pooches. We spoke to the experts at PAWS Chicago — the Midwest’s largest no kill humane organization — to sort out the best approaches to understanding and […]

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We’re Not Done Yet! A Guide to Snow Routes and Plowing in Chicago

Mar 11, 2014

March has come in like a lion — and although spring is technically less than two weeks away, it looks like winter isn’t done with Chicago yet. Forecasters are predicting several inches of snow for the Chicagoland area by Wednesday morning. When you were a kid, a fresh snowfall was a thing of wonder, a blanket of […]

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Chicago Tops Bedbug ‘Cities’ List: 5 Ways To Keep The Critters at Bay

Feb 13, 2014

For the second year in a row, Chicago has topped the list of cities with bedbug infestations, according to a just-released report by pest control company Orkin. The list ranks cities by the number of bedbug treatments the company performed there from January to December 2013. Los Angeles, Columbus, Ohio, Detroit, and Cincinnati round out the […]

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Before You Go: Steps to Keep Your Home Safe During a Winter Vacation

Jan 23, 2014

The snow has certainly been piling up in Chicago this year. And, for some people, that means it’s time for a getaway to someplace warm and snow-free. Before you go away, though, remember to take some simple steps to protect your home from the elements and from thieves. After all, nothing will put a quicker […]

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8 Tips to Winter-Proof Your Vintage Chicago Home

Dec 4, 2013

Local legends credit our Windy City moniker to all the hot air coming from politicians, but the Windy City is indeed windy—and cold to boot—which means weatherproofing is key during the upcoming winter months, particularly if you live in an older home. “Most older homes can be drafty,” says Gillian Wiescher, Director of Communication at the […]

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Make Your Home Handmade with Pieces from Chicago Artists

Nov 21, 2013

There’s nothing like a little chilly weather to make you want to stay indoors, put a pot of stew on the stove, and pay attention to your pad. Thankfully, Chicago is a hub for home decor—particularly the handmade. The city has fine artists with an eye for creating that piece your home shouldn’t live without. We’ve […]

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Chicago’s Best Hidden Bike Trails

Nov 13, 2013

On weekends in Chicago, the Lakefront Trail is bustling with bicyclists. It’s no surprise—Bicycling magazine in 2012 voted Chicago the fifth most bike-friendly city in the nation. And it may continue to move up in ranks since Chicago isn’t letting up on its bike-friendly plans. The city’s Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 consists of adding […]

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In Chicago, Comprehensive Coverage is a Good Idea for Your Car

Oct 29, 2013

If you’re a Chicago driver, you most likely have some form of liability coverage as part of your auto insurance policy. But with our city’s ever-changing weather, you may want to consider additional car insurance coverage. The Illinois State Climatologist’s Office says factors such as the movement of the polar jet stream, the urban environment and Lake […]

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Know Your Minimum Liability Coverage Limits in Illinois—They’re Set to Go Up in 2015

Oct 17, 2013

Drivers in Illinois are required to maintain minimum limits of vehicle liability insurance, under the state’s mandatory insurance law, according to the Office of the Secretary of State. Liability coverage protects you from damages you cause to others or their property in an accident, and is typically made up of three separate components: bodily injury liability […]

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Chicago Marathon 2013: Street Closures and Security Measures

Oct 4, 2013

The Chicago Marathon will send up to 45,000 runners through the streets of Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 13, with an expected 1.7 million spectators watching them. The 26.2-mile route starts at Columbus and Monroe in Grant Park and runs as far north as Wrigleyville, south just past U.S. Cellular Field, west to the United Center […]

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