Garden Care for Late Summer and Early Fall

Late summer

August is a great month to enjoy your garden.  Here are a few tips on garden care:

  • Continue to dead-head both perennials and annuals for additional bloom.
  • Check in with your plants so you can see if they're droopy or if they have insects.  Aim forRead more

Featured Business-Dolce Casa Cafe

Chef Ross Outten purchased Dolce Casa Café in May, 2011. Previous owners had created a cozy space with an art deco feel, fireplace, exposed brick and original pressed tin ceiling. His goal was to maintain this laid back vibe and sense of community, while offeringRead more


12 Dog Training Tips

From new puppies trying to understand “Sit” to adult dogs going for certification in canine therapy, dogs always have room to learn and grow. Better yet, training is an excellent way to bond with your furry friend, and encourages overall better behavior.

Here are 12Read more


Chicago’s Dog Friendly Areas

If you think having a dog means missing out on the excitement of city living, I have to tell you that you couldn’t be more wrong. As far as major metropolises go, Chicago is an exceptionally dog-friendly city. You and your four-legged pal and canRead more


June’s featured businesses: Himmel’s and Copper House

“For years, we’ve called ourselves an Italian restaurant with a German flair – and we of course have been the German flair. Now, we are way more than flair,” said Diana Himmel-Krewer owner of Himmel’s Chicago.  In January, Diana and her sister Carol made theRead more


10 things every shelter volunteer should know (Darlene Duggan)

What is the best way to get involved in the community and show your support of animal shelters? Volunteering, of course! So, you have gone through the application process and attended the orientation, and now you are ready to start helping out. Not so quick…hereRead more


Prepare your pet for natural disasters

Natural disasters are a scary thing. They can be terribly unpredictable, destructive and isolating. Having an emergency plan in place is one of your best defenses against a natural disaster. Having a plan in place for your pet is their best defense in an emergency.Read more


Property Taxes – 2nd Installment – What to expect and how to evaluate them

During the last several months, all properties in the City of Chicago have been re-assessed for tax purposes as the result of the 2012 triennial reassessment. The Cook County Assessor’s Office and the Board of Review expect to complete the 2012 reassessment process before theRead more


Late spring gardening

Soil Care

If you haven’t done it yet, now is a great time to add 2-4” of compost to your garden beds.  If you have containers, you should remove about half the old soil and add new potting soil.  If you have trees, shrubs, or perennialsRead more


5 Reasons Why You Should Adopt, Not Shop, for Your Next Pet

It’s difficult not to fawn over pet-shop puppies and kittens—fuzzy faces with doe eyes and wet noses stare out at passersby. But playing “How much is that doggie in the window?” leaves customers penniless and shelter pets homeless.

With increasing overpopulation in shelters, and rescue organizationsRead more