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Is That Paint Peeling on the Inside of Your Grill?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

It’s around this time of year when we begin receiving numerous calls from customers concerned about what appears to be paint peeling on the inside of their grill. While this is a common concern, the problem is almost never as bad as it looks. That “paint” is actually a layer of grease and smoke buildup that has been accumulating since the first time you seared a steak. And while not as harmful to you as chips of paint, these char flakes won’t add much appeal to your BBQ. Thankfully, ten minutes with a good grill brush and some degreaser should clean your grill up just fine.

Check out the video by grill-repair.com below to see what your grill might look like and some tips on how to clean it properly.

Portable TVs: Still a Great Gadget for the Die-Hard Sports Fan.

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Today, it seems like almost every device in our lives is connected to the internet. Our phones, TVs, watches, and even many kitchen appliances are part of the “Internet of Things.” In this highly-connected world, streaming and on-demand media are the preferred method of receiving our entertainment. So something as simple as a portable television that receives a broadcast signal seems a bit old-fashioned, if not completely obsolete. But there’s one group of people out there who know the value of a simple portable TV: true sports fans.

From the back pew of church during a sister-in-law’s wedding to the parking lot outside the big game, a simple TV is often the only way to catch your team’s must-see games, since most professional sporting events are not streamed online. A portable TV is an affordable, simple solution to getting the game on the go. No monthly fees, no data caps, no worrying about crowded networks in a sea of thousands of other fans.

For the average price of a single month’s phone bill, you can get an RCA Portable TV receiver that goes anywhere you do, and is powered by standard AA batteries:

If you absolutely must be connected, move up to the 7″ tablet with built-in TV tuner for the best of both worlds. The tuner pulls in broadcast stations, while the A9 dual-core processor and Android OS give you the typical online experience.

 

Right now is one of the greatest times of the year to be a sports fan. Major League Baseball is in full swing, the NBA and NHL playoffs are raising pulses across the country, and the start of the NFL preseason is just around the corner. And it’s finally warming up outside. A portable TV lets you enjoy the game from a barbecue, the beach or beyond. Get yours today!

Earth Day E-Waste Recycling Drive

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Have some old electronics taking up space, but haven’t been sure how to dispose of them? Tomorrow is the perfect opportunity to do some spring cleaning! In honor of Earth Day, we will be hosting our annual E-Waste Reycling Drive. Simply bring your old devices over and we’ll make sure they’re properly recycled. You get rid of your unwanted, obsolete junk and get the peace of mind knowing they won’t end up in a landfill, contaminating soil and groundwater. We’ll have two collection points:

  • Agassiz Elementary School, 2851 N Seminary Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m
  • Abt Electronics Recycling Center, 1200 N Milwaukee Ave, Glenview IL 60025 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Hope to see you there!

Earth Day Celebration at Abt.

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Being green is a year-round commitment at Abt. From our on-site recycling center to energy-efficient technology throughout the store, we take pride in doing our part to keep the planet a little cleaner. So, Earth Week is an extra special celebration for us, and we kicked it off on Sunday with a day of fun and educational activities with the help of some friends. All week long we’ll be exploring ways that we can all minimize our environmental impact , but for now here’s a quick look at the weekend’s fun.

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The Yellow Tractor Project showed how a simple garden can provide you with healthy, inexpensive foods.

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Our neighbors at The Grove National Historic Landmark brought over some animal friends, including this rat snake.

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The Glenview Natural Resources Commission educated customers on the wealth of natural resources in Glenview, and how to take care of them.

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Earth Day-themed reading materials were available courtesy of the Glenview Public Library.

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Kids had the opportunity to decorate their own environmentally-friendly tote bags.

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The Recycling Center was opened for tours and some of our alternative-fueled trucks were on display.

 

Join Abt and Control4 for The Smarter Living Experience Live Stream!

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Control4 is one of the leading names in the home automation industry, producing solutions to automate just about every function in your house. Their combination of proprietary software and  hardware offers conveniences of every level, from letting you control all of your home theater components with one remote, to providing access to your home’s security, climate and lighting systems from anywhere in the house.

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As the 2014 Control4 Dealer of the year, Abt has had the opportunity to integrate Control4 products into some truly unique home designs.  We’re pleased to partner with Control4 for an exclusive Live Stream event next week, which will explore many of the possibilities available with home automation. If you’ve ever been curious about adding smart systems to your home, be sure to register for the broadcast! Just enter your name and email address below and remember to tune in on April 22nd.

Abt and City Year Chicago, Working Together to Make a Difference.

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Abt recently had the privilege of teaming up with City Year Chicago to perform a day of service at Chalmers School of Excellence in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago.  City Year is a not-for-profit organization that works with public schools across the country to provide academic and social support to at-risk students. From one-on-one classroom tutoring to organizing after school activities, the members of City Year help foster an overall positive environment which encourages every student to reach their full potential.

The students at Chalmers School of Excellence have been doing their part by achieving record levels of classroom attendance, setting a proud example for other schools across the city.

Saturday’s day of service gave volunteers a chance to help out with both general tasks at Chalmers—we painted murals and cleaned up the area around the school—and connect with students on a personal level. It was a fun, meaningful day that we were proud to be a part of, and we’re looking forward to the next opportunity!

Click here to find out more info on how you can support City Year.

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HBO NOW Is Now Live For Apple TV Users!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

After year of rumors, and just over a month since it was officially confirmed, HBO’s standalone streaming service “HBO NOW” is now live for Apple TV users. Costing only $14.99 a month (after a free one-month trial) and requiring no cable subscription or long-term commitment, HBO NOW lets users stream a large library of HBO’s premium movies and original programming. That means access to every episode of past and current hits, including Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, Entourage and many more.

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One of the most commonly-cited obstacles to “cutting the cord” has been giving up the ability to watch some of the most popular shows ever made, like Game of Thrones, and HBO NOW has solved that. Many users will find that a subscription to Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO NOW provides all the content they’d ever want, at a cost substantially less than a premium cable package. While currently only available on Apple TV, HBO NOW is expected to be available soon on streaming devices like the Roku or your standard Smart TV.

For more info or to order: HBO NOW

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Happy Easter from everyone at Abt!

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The Easter Bunny makes his final visit to Abt today, from noon-4pm. Be sure to stop by for a free photo and our famous freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies. The store and phone lines will be closed all day on Easter Sunday, but you can always visit us at Abt.com. We hope everyone has an enjoyable Easter weekend!

Abt Lights It Up Blue for Autism Awareness

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Abt is always happy to take part in supporting our local community and other greater causes. One cause that’s very near to us is that of raising awareness for autism. Affecting 1 in 68 children, autism is a lifelong disorder that causes varying levels of cognitive, communication and social development issues. The cause is unknown and there is no cure. The Abt family founded the For Autistic Kids Foundation to raise funds to broaden public awareness and understanding of autism, and to assist in the research of early detection, prevention, treatment and a cure for the disorder. This month, we’re proud to take part in the “Light It Up Blue” campaign, in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day and National Autism Awareness Month.

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For more information about autism and to find out how you can help, please visit any of the following links:

For Autistic Kids Foundation

Autism Speaks

Autism Society

Visit the Easter Bunny at Abt!

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

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One of our favorite furry friends is making his return to Abt! Stop by on Saturday or Sunday from 12-4pm to get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. It’s totally free, and kids of all ages (yes, even grown-up kids) are welcome. And don’t forget to pick up some fresh-baked cookies while you’re here. If you can’t make it out this weekend, he’ll be back next Friday and Saturday, April 3rd and 4th. Hope to see you there!