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Move-In Day with Our Abt2School Sweepstakes Winner

August 29th, 2016

Last week, we took a little road trip up to Milwaukee to move the winner of our Abt2School Sweepstakes into his dorm for the year. Those of you who entered will remember that the winner of promotion would get all of their move-in day duties taken care of by Abt—in addition to winning an Abt Gift Card. So on a rainy morning, we headed to the home of our winner, Tyler, and packed his things into the back of an Abt truck. Thankfully, by the time we reached Marquette University, the sun had come out and it was a beautiful day to do some moving. Congratulations again, Tyler, and best of luck in your first year of college. And thanks to all of you who entered but didn’t win. If you want to make sure you never miss out on a similar promotion, be sure to sign up for the Abt weekly newsletter.

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Dyson’s Top Dog Event with Manny the Frenchie

August 26th, 2016

The everlasting bond between dogs and humans has been around since the beginning of time. From licking your face when you wake up to sitting on your toes when they are cold, it is pretty clear as to why these caring companions have been labeled “man’s (or woman’s) best friend.” While dogs are always welcome at Abt, we always welcome the opportunity to show them a little extra love.  Continue reading to find out fun-facts on our fury friends, the perfect ways to spend time with your pooch, and see some pics from our Top Dog event with Manny the Frenchie and our friends at Dyson.

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The Sony ZD9 Series Is Here

August 23rd, 2016

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If you’re looking for arguably the best picture that’s ever been on a TV screen, then check out Sony’s all new Z9D Series 4K HDR with Android TV available at Abt. Sony has successfully used several different features to make this the most spectacular picture they have ever produced for consumers. Its design alone portrays.. Read the rest of this entry »

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RC Racing Returns to Abt This Weekend

August 19th, 2016

Chicago area RC fans, we hope your schedule’s clear this Sunday, August 21st! Abt will be hosting an afternoon full of radio-controlled racing fun, as Cruisin’ For Awareness returns for its third year.

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Even Cooking with Panasonic’s Inverter Technology

August 16th, 2016

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Microwaves are convenient to have in your home, offering a quicker and easier way of preparing your food without taking up a lot of space or hurting your wallet. They make it easier to defrost frozen foods, reheat last night’s left overs, and even cook an entire meal. As the technology of microwaves continues to evolve, innovators are finding ways to ensure more consistent results and solve uneven cooking. The experts at Panasonic have come up with the intuitive design of Inverter Technology, which should eliminate the struggles of uneven cooking. Unlike most microwaves that depend on “pulse on, pulse off” cooking at low temperatures, the patented Inverter Technology creates a constant flow of power at all temperature settings, ensuring evenly cooked food at all times.

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Abt Family Picnic 2016

August 15th, 2016

Summers are a busy time around here, with everyone putting in extra effort to make sure the seemingly endless orders for backyard grills, air conditioners, and new TVs get out to our customers quickly and safely. That also means that this time of year is the perfect point for a party! Coincidentally, today is National Relaxation Day, making it an even better reason to spend yesterday enjoying some well-deserved R&R at the Abt summer family picnic. It was a hot day, but that didn’t stop hundreds of employees from enjoying a few hours together, feasting on burgers and dogs from local favorite Poochie’s, shaved ice from Kona Ice, and some truly impressive face paints and balloon sculptures from Clowning Around. Bouncy houses, arts & crafts, a mini golf course and a fishing derby at the pond behind the store all made for a great afternoon for kids and adults alike. Here’s a selection of photos from our summer picnic:

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Clean the Clutter Before Fall With a Free Recycling Event

August 11th, 2016

Spring cleaning gets all the attention, but one of the best times to tidy up  the house is as the summer is coming to an end. Your patio, landscaping and sporting gear has been put to use all summer—or stayed completely unused—giving you a good idea of which items you might want to get rid of. Children are going back to school with new wardrobes, leaving piles of clothes that no one will wear. And the older kids are moving away to college, leaving behind furniture and electronics you may no longer need. Instead of putting all that clutter back into storage, only to clean it out in the spring, get ahead of the game by eliminating it now and going into the fall with a uncluttered basement and a nice, clean garage.

Next weekend, we’re teaming up with The Salvation Army, The Burke Group, and The Village of Rosemont for a recycling and donation event that will give you a chance to de-clutter for free! Hosted by The Burke Group at their main office (9575 W Higgins Road, Rosemont, IL), the event is the perfect opportunity for you to rid your home of unneeded things like old clothes and linens, furniture, books, household goods and more, without the hassle of setting up a garage sale or the cost of paying someone to haul them away. You can also bring by old electronics (excluding TVs), used batteries, and appliances, which will be recycled in an environmentally-friendly way. Your home will end up a little tidier, and you can take pride in knowing you didn’t just kick a pile of stuff to the curb so it could end up in a landfill. We hope to see you there! But if you can’t make it out next weekend, remember, Abt’s on-site recycling center accepts drop-offs of appliances and electronics five days a week, all-year long.

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Lower Your Data Usage and Save Some Money!

August 9th, 2016

As more and more aspects of our lives go online, the average user’s data consumption continues to rise. Smartphones with big, beautiful screens and a sea of endless apps mean we’re using up data to watch the news, plan vacations, catch mystical monsters, find our way around town, and do about a billion other things. Years ago, a 5GB monthly limit make have seemed like an untouchable ceiling. Today, you can crash through it in a couple days by streaming a few hours of high-definition movies on the train ride to work. And it’s only going to get worse. A recent report by Swedish telecom company Ericsson predicts that the average North American smartphone user will consume 22GB a month by 2021—about 6x the 2015 average of 3.7GB a month. And while we’re not there yet, it’s never a bad idea to find ways to use less data.

We stopped by the WGN Studios this morning to discuss a few simple tips that could help you limit the amount of mobile data you use, and avoid potentially nasty overage charges. Check out the video segment below:

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2016 WGN-TV Back-To-School Kids Fair

August 5th, 2016

We know that no one really *loves* going back to school, but there are ways to make the return less painful. One of our favorite events of the summer does just that. The WGN-TV Back-To-School Kids Fair is an annual event created to help Chicago families get ready to go back to school. The fair is packed with area businesses providing free food, activities, and school supplies to kids in attendance. Parents can get advice from health professionals, and even get their blood pressure checked after a hectic summer. Local celebrities like Benny the Bull, the Chicago Sky, and The Jess Tumblers were on hand to bring entertainment to one of the final weekends of the summer. We were more than happy to take part again this morning, and we hope it helped make the return to school a little more fun!

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To see more photos, visit WGN’s Back-To-School Kids Fair

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Get Your Grill On: What You Need to Know About Grills

August 5th, 2016

Here at Abt, we have a large selection of grills that you can choose from; but sometimes deciding which grill to get can be challenging.  As the technology of grills continue to evolve, the decision making process ultimately turns into a timely search. Some features may be a factor in your decision like, side burners, BTUs, rotisseries, and other features you never heard of. With the help from our grill experts at Abt, we were able to break down the different types of grills out there. Take a look and see which one is best for your home!

Decided on which grill to get? Click here to shop now!

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