Our Top Thanksgiving Picks to Dining Out & Leaving the Mess Behind…

Looking to take the stress out of the Thanksgiving Day meal preparation? Embrace the holidays how they were meant to be; aggressively full abdomens, a little too much wine, and the Bears killing the Packers Thursday!

Here are our top picks for dining out, and leaving the mess behind:

Bub City. The country inspired Rivernorth restaurant is serving up a platted Thanksgiving Day meal featuring, hickory smoked turkey breast, homemade cornbread, sage stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and cranberries. All for a cool price of $17.00 per plate!



Ann Sathers. If you’re familiar with their cinnamon roll, you know this Lakeview gem can do no wrong. For $19.95 you can sit down to a traditional dinner including, roast turkey, mashed potatoes and giblet gravy, homemade chicken vegetable soup, breads and our favorite Sather’s custom, dessert!



Chicago Q, Thanksgiving Day BBQ style. With smoked turkey breast, roasted turkey gravy, cranberry sauce and a freshly baked cornbread muffin, and side options including brussel sprouts with house made bacon and bourbon pecan sweet potato casserole, our stomachs are growling with comforting curiosity. $39.00 per person.



Ditkas. A Streeterville staple, known to please, brings us a menu sure to not fall short. Oven roasted turkey, red skin potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, green beans, soup, salad and dessert options like, pumpkin cheesecake, pecan pie and flourless chocolate cake. An all you can eat turkey feast for $44.95.



Wildfire: A meal served family style at $45.95 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository, embodies what this day is all about! With appetizers including homemade cornbread and deviled eggs, to main courses of, roasted turkey, cedar planked salmon and beef tenderloin, you have your pick of two from five courses.



Signature Room. For the person looking to have the breathtaking view match their taste buds, this gourmet meal encompasses the ambiance factor. From live musical entertainment to a champagne cocktail upon arrival, a buffet of appetizers will be awaiting your presence. A combination of chilled seafood, soups and salads is only the beginning of your dining experience. Choose from a selection of roasted turkey, scallops, and lamb chops, ending with a dessert buffet to close your dining experience. $80.00 for adults and $35.00 for children ages 4-12.



It’s like Sophie’s choice… and our stomachs are growling.

PS. Looking for a last minute indulgence to bring so you don’t show up empty handed? Try Summerhouse’s spiced pumpkin chiffon pie to go. You can thank us later.


11 Things to Help You Declutter Your Apartment

Guest blog by Jonathan Deesing, imove

11 Things to Help You Declutter Your Apartment


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Decluttering is the new black. The wave of minimalist living, tiny houses, and professional organizing is sending more and more people on a major spring cleaning spree to find what they can purge. So how can you choose what to lose in your apartment?

Most city dwellers are used to having limited space for their belongings, but that doesn’t mean they’re good at getting rid of things. Americans spend $1.2 trillion on goods and services they don’t need, enough stuff to crowd even large apartments. Here’s our list of 12 things you should throw away now.

1. Media that can go digital

Today’s small, streamlined entertainment centers are a far cry from the behemoths of the ’90s that overflowed with bulky VHS tapes and CD’s. Why are you still holding onto DVD collections and CD libraries that could fit onto a single USB drive or laptop? Digitize DVDs and CD’s and drop the hard copies off at your local donation center.

2. Books you never read

Your bookshelf should be filled with books you truly love — a memorial of your favorites. Let go of books you haven’t read in years and the books you’re saving to read during that inspirational “one day,” too. If you didn’t read it when you first got it, you probably never will.

3. Pointless cords

We all have a drawer of miscellaneous cables and cords storing mystery wires and 10-year-old phone chargers. There is no need to hang on to cords when you’re probably already using all the cords you’ll ever need. You can further remove corded clutter by following millions of Americans who have completely cut the cable cord – nothing is more freeing than paying one less bill.

4. Clothes you don’t wear

If you haven’t worn an item in 18 months, you’re not going to start wearing it now. “Past you” has spoken: throw those items away, as well as any clothes that don’t make you feel good when you wear them.

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5. Single-use items

Sure, that pineapple corer may be convenient, but unless you’re eating a full pineapple every week, there’s no reason it should be wasting precious apartment space. If you rarely pull it out of a drawer, put it in the donation pile.

6. Unused hobby supplies

We’re all guilty of starting something and never finishing it. Is your craft zone bursting with unfinished DIY projects? Are your golf clubs gathering dust? They’re likely making you feel guilty, not happy. Say goodbye to your abandoned projects to make room for new ones.

7. Endless paper clutter

Paper clutter can easily overwhelm a home. Instruction manuals can be found online, so toss the hard copies. Receipts, take-out menus, ticket stubs, and old invitations can all accumulate into unmanageable trash. The IRS recommends financial records like tax documents and pay stubs be kept for only three years. Consider scanning paper that holds sentimental value — like birthday cards and children’s artwork — and printing them in a photo book.

8. Mismatched dishes

How many cups and mugs do you really need? Your kitchen cabinet is probably holding on to an array of random dishes. Get rid of your faded, chipped, and often ugly dishes and keep only as many as you actually need from the matching set that you truly use.

9. Novelty items

The free tote your bank sent you, the kitschy paperweight with your company’s logo, the tacky party favor — we acquire so many worthless household items simply because they were free. You’re not getting the deal of a lifetime by keeping the fleece throw your insurance company gave you, so throw it away.

10. Outdated medicine cabinet

Drugs, makeup, and other bathroom products have expiration dates. You cannot hold on to these items for years and expect them to still work. The chemicals in medicine can change after their expiration date, making them dangerous. Lotions, shampoos, and perfumes all lose their potency after a time, rendering the product practically useless. Makeup has an even shorter shelf life — mascara should be tossed after 3 months, while nail polish lasts for only a year.

11. Old electronics

Clear the electronic graveyard that’s sitting at the bottom of your desk drawer. You are never going to use a first generation MP3 player or broken headphones from the ’80s, so put them out of their misery and get rid of them.

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Don’t underestimate the health and wealth benefits of ditching your useless possessions. Declutter your apartment and reclaim your space.

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$2400 for a two bedroom, two bath Lakeview apartment available now! This must-see, gut-rehab, boasts hardwood floors, through-out, granite counter-tops, cherry wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances. A stunning fireplace accompanies the living room with vaulted ceilings, impressive crown molding, and a featured exposed brick wall. Marble and porcelain tile bathrooms occupy a grand Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. In unit washer and dryer adds to the convenience of this high end unit. Sitting in the heart of Lakeview, transportation, shops and restaurants are steps from your front door.

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