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Your Windows 10 Free Upgrade Offer Ends Friday!

July 27th, 2016

Attention Windows users who are still rocking versions 7 or 8.1 on your PC, the deadline to take advantage of Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade is rapidly approaching! Announced earlier this year, the promotional period will be ending this Friday. While it lasts, you’ll be able to upgrade to a full version of Windows 10 for absolutely free. Historically, these major upgrades usually cost upwards of $75, so this is a great opportunity to get in on the next generation of software for free.

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Cruisin’ For Awareness Charity Car Show

July 27th, 2016

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Have a love for classic cars or remote control car racing? Join us on Sunday, August 21st for the Cruisin’ for Awareness charity car event! From 12 PM-6 PM, enjoy luxurious cars during the newly added judge car show, exciting R/C racing, raffles, food, music, prizes and more! Racing will take place all day, and drivers of all skill levels are welcome to enter. Entry fees and proceeds will be donated to the For Autistic Kids Foundation.

Entry Fees:

Car Show Entrees: $20 Per Entry

For R/C Racer Entry Fees:

1st Class– $20

2nd Class– $15

3rd Class– $10

4th Class – $5

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Make College Move-In Day Easier with Abt2School

July 25th, 2016

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Calling all college students:

As August anxiously approaches, we are forced to come to terms with the inevitable: summer is coming to a close and that means it’s time to start thinking about (brace yourself) going back to school.

While most companies associate “back to school” with the products, our goal is to shift the focus from product to place. By this we mean, whether you are a returning student or an incoming freshman, there is one task you cannot avoid and that’s the move.

Moving is never easy. It’s time consuming, tiresome, and it takes A LOT of work. So instead of spending hours loading and unloading your dorm or apartment, why not let Abt assist you? Abt would like to make your transition from beach to books a lot easier. Enter our Abt2School sweepstakes today and welcome your Fall ’16 with open arms.

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Abt Volunteers at Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry

July 22nd, 2016

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 these 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. All donated food is carefully inspected and then distributed to  800 community food pantries and feeding programs. Food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters are some of the feeding programs the organization provides 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 http://solvehungertoday.org/

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Catch the Start of the Race to Mackinac at Ashore Thing

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

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

July 15th, 2016

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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

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

July 12th, 2016

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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

July 11th, 2016

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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