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Black Friday Sale, Shop Now at

November 27th, 2015

Black Friday is finally here and you don’t want to miss out on these hot deals! Since it’s the busiest shopping day of the year, there’s no need to leave the house and put up with the crowded stores. Instead, shop from home and save big throughout the site on Save big on products like Dyson vacuums, Nest cameras,  Bose headphones and many more. Act fast while most of these deals will be over after this weekend. Get to it and shop now during our Black Friday Sale. Click on the banner below for more information.




Chicagoland customers:

Santa’s in town! While you try to get most of your shopping done, have the little ones meet Santa and take a free photo with him. See the flyer below for dates and times.


Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26th, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving, from our family to yours! Abt will be closed all day in observance of Thanksgiving, but we will be back for business on Friday. Phone and web sales associates will be available at 6 a.m. CST and our showroom will open at 8 a.m. on Friday.

If you are still recovering from food coma or want avoid the crowds on Black Friday, shop from home and save big with our Black Friday Sale on The Abt Black Friday Sale will go live Thanksgiving at midnight CST, so you won’t miss out on any great deals on tons of products! Click the link for our Black Friday Sale!

As a family owned business, we are proud to be closed on Thanksgiving, so our employees can enjoy their Thanksgiving with family and their loved ones. We also know that many of you out there will have to work on Thanksgiving. To all the police officers, doctors, nurses, firefighters, grocery store associates, toll-booth attendants, airline baggage handlers, members of the military and anyone else who spends their Thanksgiving making sure ours is a safe, healthy, and smoothly-operating one, we’d like to extend a gracious “Thank You.”


Happy Thanksgiving!

Simple and Delicious Recipes for Your Holiday Cooking!

November 25th, 2015

Here at Abt, the holiday season is the busiest time of year. All of our customers are getting ready for the holidays, with many trying to find the right appliances to cook a great holiday meal. People tend to stress about making the perfect dinner, attempting to cook complex and fancy foods that make their holiday cooking not so enjoyable. Who says holidays dinners have to be fancy? A great meal can be easy and simple, and still taste delicious. Take a deep breath. Not only will we help you find the right appliances, but we will take the pressure off and guide you through your holiday cooking with these simple, yet tasty recipes!


Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Balsamic Vinegar Drizzle

Before you scroll down because you saw “Brussels Sprouts”, we should mention that there is pancetta in it. Yes, pancetta, the Italian bacon that is so rich in flavor and makes everything taste better. The rendered fat of the pancetta will subtlety mask the flavor of the Brussels sprouts, you’ll be surprised. Give it a try, the texture of the roasted Brussels sprouts, the rich flavor of pancetta and a drizzle of balsamic will create a harmonious flavor that your guests won’t forget.



  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 slices pancetta, chopped.
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 pints Brussels sprouts. (Large ones cut in half, leave smaller ones whole)
  • ½ Balsamic vinegar



Preheat your oven to 425°F.

While your oven heats up, heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Add the pancetta to the hot pan and cook the pancetta until it’s just about rendered all the way. Add the Brussels sprouts to the pan and gently toss the Brussels sprouts.

Spread the Brussels sprouts and pancetta onto a baking sheet. Arrange halves of Brussels sprouts with the cut side down on the sheet. Roast the Brussels sprouts until the outer leaves are nicely crisped and brown, and the sprouts tender, which should take about 10-12 minutes. Finish off the brussels sprouts with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

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WGN Drive-Thru Holiday Food Drive

November 25th, 2015

This morning we had the pleasure of taking part in WGN Morning News’ 2nd Annual Drive-Thru Toy Drive. The drive collects food donations for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, whose mission is to ensure that those in need in the Chicago area will not go hungry. Thanks to the contributions of many generous employees, we were able to deliver a van full of canned goods to the event this morning. This Holiday Season, we encourage everyone to think of those less fortunate, and consider making a donation to a food bank or, on your next visit to Abt, bring a new, unwrapped toy for our Holiday Toy Drive (you’ll earn a $20 Abt Gift Card when you do).

WGN Food Drive



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Black Friday Sale, it’s finally here!

November 23rd, 2015

Get a head start on your holiday shopping this year during our Black Friday Sale, it’s here all week long! No need to deal with the huge crowds or finding that impossible parking spot,  simply shop on our site from home and start saving throughout our site!  You might just finish your holiday shopping list early this year. Click on the banner below for more info.



Need help finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list? Check out our Holiday Gift Ideas page, you will make someone very happy this year!



Pandora Jewelry Grand Re-Opening Event

November 20th, 2015


On the hunt for the perfect gift for the special someone in your life? Stop by Abt this weekend and pop into our redesigned Pandora shop (located within our Time Watch Boutique) for our Grand Re-Opening Event. The updated display includes an expanded the selection of Pandora Jewelry, including the special Winter Collection and Disney Jewelry Collection. Enjoy complementary hors d’oeuvres and mimosas when you shop this weekend, and you’ll also receive a special gift with a qualifying purchase. Pandora charms and bracelets make great gifts, offering elegant designs at affordable prices. And with an extensive catalog of designs, you’ll have nearly endless possibilities to personalize your gift.

Pandora Jewelry at Abt


Cutting the Cord: How to Live Without Cable

November 18th, 2015

One of the most exciting new trends in home entertainment is the phenomenon known as “cutting the cord.” Cord cutters are viewers who are ditching the traditional cable setup and leveraging today’s connected technologies to get their TV and movies through other channels (both literally and figuratively). In simple terms, cutting the cord is used to describe the act of watching the majority of your programming over the internet, instead of cable. It’s become possible due to a combination of  widespread broadband internet, services like Netflix and Hulu, and internet-enabled devices like the Roku player and Smart TVs.

The most common reason for cutting the cord is a desire to save money. Recent figures show that the average US viewer will pay around $100 a month for their cable TV package. And this price is for channel programming only, not including the broadband internet that may be included in a bundled package. For a viewer that doesn’t watch much TV, that’s a tough price to pay for access to a few favorite programs. Cutting the cord has the answer, but it does require a little bit of tech know-how and the slight inconvenience of having to use multiple devices Here’s what you’ll need to know to get started.

Getting Started 


Internet Requirements

The foundation of any successful cord-cutting lifestyle is a robust internet connection. Because most of the media will be delivered via the internet, it’s important that your connection is both fast—to keep up with data-heavy streams—and strong. A wired connection is best, though a good wireless connection will work as well (iffy wi-fi will lead to a dropped signal and a not-so-fun viewing experience). 

According to the FCC, a minimum download speed of 4 Mbps (Megabits per second) is suggested for adequate streaming of HD content with no interruptions and minimal buffering. Netflix recommends  a minimum download speed of 5.0 Mbps in order to stream HD content.The average cable or DSL internet connection should be able to provide these speeds at a reasonable price. If you’re not sure what your average internet speed is, you can check it at

speed test can show you what your internet speeds are, which will be a factor in whether you should cut the cord.


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EcoReco Electric Scooters at Abt

November 11th, 2015

Abt has always been home to a huge selection of home appliances and consumer electronics, the kinds of things that make your life either more entertaining or more convenient. It’s not often that you find a product that does both for you, and is also just downright fun.  But we’ve found it in EcoReco electric scooters, which we recently added to our product line.

The EcoReco scooters look a lot like the push scooters you’d see kids riding around on, but these are no toys. You’ll first notice that the scooter’s got some heft. It’s not that heavy (only 34 lbs.) but it’s solidly built, with an all-metal frame designed to support riders up to 250 lbs. The LED dashboard is your second clue that this scooter is serious business. So you hop on, hit the ON button, push off with your free foot, and then pull the throttle trigger. In just seconds, you’re cruising at up to 20 mph.

It’s hard to believe that a worthwhile propulsion system is hiding somewhere in such a small scooter, but EcoReco did it. Integrated into the scooter deck is a 36V lithium iron phosphate battery, with a 250W electric motor in the hub of the rear wheel. Together, this combo turns the tiny two-wheeler into a personal vehicle with some serious transportation abilities. Riders can expect between 10 and 20 miles per charge, depending on their weight and how fast they travel. Read the rest of this entry »

SONOS Play:5 Debut Event at Abt

November 9th, 2015

Thanks to a full suite of impressive wireless speakers, the name SONOS has become synonymous with high-quality streaming audio. From a single diminutive Play:1 to a complete surround-sound system anchored by a PLAYBAR, SONOS speakers make it easy to get great sound for your music and movies.  The simple setup and wireless connectivity mean you can take your tunes into any room. But not all rooms are created equally, and sometimes what sounds great in a small bedroom doesn’t sound so hot in a large, oddly-shaped kitchen. Well, SONOS now has a cure for that.

This month, SONOS is debuting the redesigned PLAY:5 wireless speaker. It looks and sounds better than ever, but there’s more to the new PLAY:5 than just a sleek new shell and some internal tweaking. The new unit is the first SONOS product to include the company’s proprietary Trueplay speaker tuning system. By linking with your iPhone or iPad, Trueplay listens to how sound interacts with the space around you, then automatically adjusts your PLAY:5 to create the best sound output for the room in which it’s located.

This Friday, you’re invited to attend a special demo of the SONOS PLAY:5, where you can hear Trueplay in action and get hands-on experience with the entire line of SONOS products. Enjoy light refreshments while you listen, and enter for a chance to win a PLAY:1 speaker bundle or a PLAYBAR soundbar. Click the image below to get to the RSVP page. We hope to see you there!


sonos play 5 trueplay event

Abt Customer Appreciation Sale

November 2nd, 2015

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The Abt Customer Appreciation Sale is held just three times a year, to mark our anniversary and as a way to give back to the customers who have helped us grow into the business we are today. This weekend, local customers will find thousands of deals throughout the store, plus limited promotions like special financing, free removal of old appliances, or free installation on select kitchen appliances. Online customers get a jump on the savings, with the Abt Customer Appreciation Sale starting at on Wednesday, Nov  4th. Look for red-tag pricing across the site, and special promos like a free gift card with purchase of a Miele  vacuum cleaner. With great gift ideas for everyone on your list, beat the Holiday crunch and get your shopping done this weekend.