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‘Tis the Season for Remote Car Starters

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Though we’ve been experiencing freezing temperatures for a few weeks now, winter has only just begun. That means we can probably expect a few more months of cold, snow, and miserable mornings trying to clean off car windows and waiting for the heat to get going. An easy solution to those hassles? Install a remote car starter!

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For those who live in areas with long winters, the one-time expense of a installing a car remote start system is an investment that will pay dividends for years. With the press of a single button—or even a tap on your smartphone—you can start your car from the comfort of your home, and enjoy a warm seat and clear windows by the time you get into it. Abt is proud to install remote car starters from Viper, the industry leader in remote starter systems.  Available remote starters run the gamut in price and features, from entry-level systems with basic functions to advanced smartphone starting systems that let you turn your car on from almost anywhere in the world.  All remote starters are installed by Abt’s award-winning mobile audio installation team, and can usually be completed in just a few hours.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for a remote starter installation, please contact our Mobile Audio department at 847-544-2281.

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LG Channel Plus Is Finally Bringing Your Favorite Live TV & Streaming Content Together!

Monday, December 19th, 2016

There has never been a better time to look at an LG TV than now, because once again LG has set the benchmark with a new feature called Channel Plus, which gives you an all new way to access content through your TV. Channel Plus takes all of the confusion out of watching content from multiple sources by combining all of them into a single system for a seamless viewing experience. LG has partnered with Xumo to provide more than fifty channels of digital content for their users, featuring content from network stations and streaming channels, and combined this with over-the-air broadcasts. The result is a stress-free interface that makes it easy to watch content from across all sources. Perhaps the best aspect of the new Channel Plus feature is that all this new content is completely free of charge. Thats right, 50+ channels of original programming that won’t cost you a penny in monthly subscription fees.


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Ugly Christmas Sweaters at Abt

Friday, December 16th, 2016

The holiday season is by far the busiest time of the year at Abt, so it can get pretty stressful. That gives us all the more reason to find ways to fit a little fun into the day. And since today is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, what better way to have fun than to partake with our own display of gaudy garments? From modern sports-themed ugly sweaters to genuinely vintage “found in the basement” grandma sweaters, the tackiness was on display in every corner of the store.




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Abt-solutely Delicious: Holiday Cookie Edition

Thursday, December 15th, 2016


One of the best things during holiday season is the sweet aroma of baked goods, especially cookies! That’s why we decided to make this week’s Holiday Edition of Abt-solutely Delicious all about cookies. You can bring these soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies to your annual cookie exchange with friends or to holiday dinner with family, they’re perfect for any occasion. (more…)

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2016 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

It may be hard to believe, but we’re quickly approaching Christmas and the start of Hanukkah, which means the days are numbered if you want your electronics and appliances to arrive by December 24th. This graphic contains all of the important holiday shipping dates you’ll need to know if you’ve still got some shopping to complete.


If you’d like to take advantage of our everyday free ground shipping service—which is available on thousands of products throughout the site—you’ll need to have your order in by next Monday, December 19th. But if you need more time, you’re in luck. From December 16-21, we’re offering 50% off expedited shipping. So all of you last-minute shoppers still have over a week to find the right gift and receive it by December 24th. And for our local customers, remember that you can buy online and pick up in store as late as Christmas Eve.

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Abt Employees of the Year

Friday, December 9th, 2016

With 2016 coming to a close, we’d like to take a minute to honor some of the people that helped make Abt one of the country’s best-rated shopping destinations. Though we’re only a single location, over 1,300 people work together, each doing their part to keep Abt running smoothly. But within that group, every year, are a select number of truly standout employees who earn the title of Abt Employee of the Year. Each of them has proven their value through their long-running commitment to Abt and their tendency to go above and beyond what is expected of them on a regular basis. These employees are the real MVPs:

Carmen Garcia: This year, Carmen celebrated her 20th anniversary with Abt. Having spent some time at just about every customer service position possible, Carmen is the head of customer service for all e-commerce operations. If you’ve ever ordered something at and had a question, comment, or complaint (hopefully not, though), it’s crossed Carmen’s desk. At any given moment, you can find her on the phone or in an online chat with a concerned customer. Recently, Carmen suggested and then spearheaded the merging of the customer service branches for brick & mortar operations with those of the web department. By cross-training all customer service reps in the intricacies of each others’ departments, they all became better suited at solving any and all of our customers’ problems.

Edguar Montesinos: Part of Bob Abt’s philosophy for creating the best shopping experience possible was that the entire store premises should always be in impeccable condition. Edguar is one of the key figures responsible for that. Everywhere you turn on the entire property, you’re likely to see Edguar. If you didn’t know better, you’d think he had the ability to be in two places at once. He’ll greet you on your walk into the store in the morning, while he’s out keeping the main entrance and front parking lot free of litter, even in below-zero Chicago winters. Then you’ll run into him as he makes his rounds through the store, multiple times a day, making sure the restrooms and cafeteria are looking spotless. You might catch a glimpse of him on the roof, helping out with maintenance. Or running packages out to customers’ cars during especially busy periods. Edguar does a little bit of everything, and there’s a good bet that when you see him in the midst of any of these tasks, he’ll be smiling.

Ted Scott: Even in a room full of our toughest installers, Ted Scott cuts an imposing figure, sporting a long ponytail that would make Thor envious. This veteran installer has been with Abt for nearly eighteen years, spending many a late night tirelessly getting our customers’ kitchen appliances installed. One of Abt’s early-rising employees, Ted is often already out on the road for his day’s deliveries at 7 a.m. As a resident of Illinois’ northern reaches, Ted has spent most of his time at Abt delivering to that area, so if you live anywhere near the IL-WI border and have ordered an appliance from Abt, there’s a good chance it was Ted and his partner who installed it.

Stephen Weiner: Yet another member of the double-digit tenure club, Stephen is coming up on his twenty-fifth year at Abt. Consistently one of Abt’s best-performing salespeople, nearly all of Stephen’s orders are to repeat customers or word-of-mouth referrals. The secret to his success? Knowing all of the products inside and out and always doing whatever it takes to make sure his customers get exactly what they need. His dedication to the customer is what keeps them coming back time and again, and is a perfect example of Abt’s overall philosophy.

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Rocket League Tournament at Abt

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

This Saturday, Abt will be hosting our first ever Xbox gaming tournament to celebrate the opening of the all-new Microsoft Gaming Room in our Connect computer store.


Players will duke it out in competitive matches of Rocket League, with a variety of prizes (including Abt gift cards) at stake. The event is family-friendly, and open to players of all ages and skill sets. As our first foray into gaming events, gameplay will be casual and rules will be established the morning of the event. Registration opens at 10 a.m., with gameplay beginning at 11:30 a.m. and running as long as needed to establish a champion. We’ll also have an HTC VIVE set up so you can experience the latest virtual reality technology between matches.

Admission is free and no advance registration is required, but visiting the Facebook event page and RSVPing will help us with the planning.

Rocket League Tournament 12/10/16

10 a.m.-4 p.m

Abt Electronics

 1200 N Milwaukee Ave

Glenview, IL 60025

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Holiday Shopping Guide: Mophie Hold Force Case for iPhone 7

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

If you’re looking for some fun stocking stuffers for an iPhone 7 user, the new Mophie Hold Force case and accessories are a great choice. They’re a clever solution to a common problem: sometimes you  want a slim case just to protect against scratches, but sometimes you want your case to do more. The Mophie Hold Force system lets you pick and choose which options you want on your case, and swap them out instantly.

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Come See Santa at Abt!

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re celebrating with visits from Santa and his friends, every weekend until Christmas. You can see Santa and have your picture taken with him for free, from 12-4pm every Saturday and Sunday in the Abt atrium.



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Abt Receives the BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

We are honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the Better Business Bureau’s 2016 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

BBB Chicago Torch Award


Presented annually, the Torch is awarded to companies that “exemplify marketplace trust and excellence.” This year, Abt was one of six companies to win the coveted award. It’s our first Torch Award win in nearly twenty years, and we’re proud to accept it on behalf of all of our employees who work every day to make Abt an ethical, trustworthy company. Congratulations to all of this year’s Torch Award Winners:

  • CDW
  • Clear Channel Outdoor
  • Elan Industries
  • Lieberman Management Services
  • Mancuso Motorsports, Inc.



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