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Abt Volunteers at Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Just last weekend, we had the pleasure of volunteering at the Northern Illinois Food Bank mobile pantry. Employees from Abt and their family members headed out to the Highwood Recreation Center to help set up a food pantry. Our volunteers helped unload the mobile pantry filled with donated meat, produce, canned goods, and other food products to display. With different food options available, members within the community were welcome to shop the pantry at no cost.

The Northern Illinois Food Bank’s mission is to provide nutritious food for families that don’t have much access to food. Luckily, the Northern Illinois Food Bank provides mobile pantries so they can directly provide food to those most in need. The Northern Illinois Food Bank carefully inspects and distributes food to 800 community food pantries and feeding programs. Food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters are some of the feeding programs organization provide for. With all of the efforts from the volunteers and the feeding programs, more than 71,000 individuals are able to have food each week. Many of the volunteers can agree on giving back to the community is a rewarding feeling.

For more information on how you can help visit

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Catch the Start of the Race to Mackinac at Ashore Thing

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Looking for something to do in Chicago this weekend?  Join us on Saturday at Navy Pier as we help celebrate the start to Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac. This annual yacht race, which started in 1898 with just a handful of boats, will take sailors on a 333-mile long journey from Chicago to Mackinac Island, Michigan. We’re joining Michigan Avenue Magazine for Ashore Thing, their pier party that kicks off the Race.  Ashore Thing is free to attend, and will give you the chance to  learn about and get an up-close look at the more than 300 yachts—some from as far away as New Zealand and Hong Kong—as they parade past Navy Pier on their way to the starting line. There will also be family-friendly activities like face painting, balloon artists and nautical-themed games, so children are more than welcome at Ashore Thing. For more info, click the image below. Fingers crossed for good weather, and we hope to see you there!



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Kamado Joe Grills at Abt

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

If you’re a backyard barbecue guru looking to elevate your art to the next level and move beyond typical cooking methods, it might be time to consider a ceramic grill like those from Kamado Joe. Taking their name from the traditional Japanese cook stove kamado, these backyard cookers offer all of the features and options of a traditional steel barrel grill, with more versatility and the promise of better-tasting grilled or smoked foods.

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Squad Up with Samsung Galaxy Tablets

Friday, July 15th, 2016


In less than a month, the action-packed summer blockbuster Suicide Squad, is coming to theaters. Starting today, Samsung is giving you two tickets to see Suicide Squad in theaters when you purchase a qualifying tablet*!

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Just in time for back-to-school shopping, Samsung tablets are perfect for the classroom or for your own entertainment. Light-weight, sleek, and compact, Samsung tablets great for whenever you are on the go to your next class or the coffee shop. To redeem your tickets, you must purchase a Galaxy Tab A (10.1 version only), Galaxy Tab S2, Galaxy View, or Galaxy Tab ProS. As an added bonus, when you purchase a qualifying tablet, you’ll also receive a digital download of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice*.


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Viking TurboChef Experience with Chef Joe Arvin

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Last month, we were treated to a visit by professional chef and TV star Chef Joe Arvin. He stopped by to demonstrate the power and versatility of the Viking TurboChef Double Oven, which combines a variety of technologies to create an oven that cooks full menu items in a fraction of the typical time. We grabbed some video of Chef Joe cooking up a pizza in about two-and-a-half minutes. The TurboChef makes quick work of more complicated items as well, like roasting a 12-pound Thanksgiving turkey in just 42 minutes.

If you missed out on that in-store demo, you’re in luck. Joe will be returning to Abt tomorrow, July 14, from 6-8pm for more demonstrations and to answer customer questions about this unique kitchen appliance. Stop by the store and get a literal taste of the action. If you can’t make it in but would still like to experience the demo, make sure to “Like” the Abt Facebook so you can get notification of when the live video broadcast starts.

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Stay Active with the New Samsung Gear Fit2

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016


Fitness bands and heart rate monitors are essential in the fitness world; they help us stay fit while maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Most fitness bands provide useful features that monitor our heart rate, keep track of how many calories we burned, or track our sleeping patterns. There are multiple kinds of fitness bands out there that can fit your lifestyle, but the most important purpose of having a fitness band is to reach our fitness goals. There many brands that you can choose from, like Samsung. Samsung isn’t only known for TVs and smartphones, but they are making their way up in the fitness world by designing high-tech wearable devices like the Samsung Gear Fit2. The Gear Fit2 ensures precise results especially with built-in GPS tracking. The built-in GPS tracks your distance, speed, and running route in real time, so you can ditch your phone and leave it at home.


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Your Summer Hiking Essentials from Abt

Monday, July 11th, 2016


Summer is finally in the air and it’s time to get out to enjoy the wonderful weather. Hiking is one of the best summer activities, getting you outside with your family and friends to places that you have never seen before—or even back to your favorite destinations. Not only is hiking a great way to enjoy the warm summer weather, it’s also great exercise that will burn calories and increase your fitness level. But before you go, make sure you’re prepared with all of the right hiking essentials. Abt now carries a great selection of Patagonia backpacks that make the perfect companion for whatever your summer hiking adventures entail. Patagonia has become nearly synonymous with the outdoors, offering many great products for your outdoor needs. No matter the type of hiking you prefer, Abt’s selection of Patagonia backpacks has you covered. Abt carries various totes, backpacks and other Patagonia products that make the perfect addition to your hikes. (more…)

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We Want to Send You to the Windy City Smokeout!

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Windy City Smokeout

The Windy City Smokeout returns to Chicago this month, and we’re going to send a pair of fans to the festival.

windy city smokeoutA three-day celebration of country music and barbecue cooking, the Windy City Smokeout gathers more than a dozen of the country’s best BBQ joints and over twenty hot country music acts and plops them down just outside of downtown Chicago, right along the Chicago River. Add in fresh beers poured by craft breweries from around the USA and you’ve got all the makings of the perfect summer festival.

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Enjoying some BBQ Ribs at the 2015 Windy City Smokeout


Abt and Sony are partnering up again this year as sponsors of the Smokeout, and we’re giving away a pair of 3-day passes to the party. If you’re a fan of country music, grilled meats or just generally havin’ a good time, we want to give you a chance to attend! Entering is easy: follow us @abtelectronics on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; post a pic with your favorite country music song or BBQ food, along with the tag #AbtSmokeout. We’ll pick one person at random, and they’ll win a pair of 3-Day General Admission passes (a $220 value) to the Windy City Smokeout! All participants who enter in the contest will qualify for an exclusive discount on a purchase of a Sony 4K TV plus a chance to win a pair of Sony Over-Ear Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones!

Winners will be selected on Wednesday, July 13th at 3 PM CST.

Check out this video recap of the 2015 Windy City Smokeout to see what awaits you if you win:

If you’re not the lucky winner of our giveaway, click through to find tickets to the Windy City Smokeout.

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Grill Buying Tips

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

It’s pretty much a universal truth that summer nights (and afternoons, and maybe evening mornings) spent cooking barbecued meats on a hot grill are at least 100% better than those spent cooking inside. Whether it’s a regular dinner or your Fourth of July party, a good grill session results in food that is usually much tastier than alternative cooking methods, and it’s often the healthiest method of cooking meat, since excess fat all drips away from the food. If recent holiday cooking has revealed some problems with your old backyard grill, it might be time to consider a replacement. We spoke with the Chicago Tribune Life & Style section recently to share some tips on how to choose the best grill for your needs.

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5 Wedding Gifts That’ll Put a Twist on The Traditional List

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

They’re going to the chapel, and they’re going to get married!



That’s right, wedding season is officially here! But before you can break out the cha-cha slide, you must ask yourself the question: what kind of wedding guest will you be?

At Abt, we like to think that the bride and groom’s rankings are not be based off of how well you can sliiiiide to the left, or sliiiiide to the right, but rather on the thoughtfulness of your wedding gift.

So if you’re looking for a present that’s a little more memorable than a toaster or some towels, we encourage you to browse our selection below. Here are 5 gifts that will help you to be the perfect attendee.




1.  Moscow Mules are having a moment.

Created in 1941, this cocktail has officially made a comeback and is “hitting the market again”. Holding the title as one of the bar’s most requested drinks, Moscow Mules are most definitely the thing of the summer. Although they are nothing short of tasty, it isn’t so much the ingredients that are making these drinks so popular: it’s the classic look of the copper mug. Oggi’s Moscow Mule Copper Mugs are known for their distinguished color and stainless steel lining, which allows your drink-of-choice to stay pleasantly chilled for hours. With Abt’s low price guarantee, a full set of mugs is an affordable gift that’s sure to be a hit.



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