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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!

Abt Back to School

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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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Now Available for Pre-order

August 3rd, 2016

Pre-orders are now open for the latest entry into the world of high-end phablets, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Building on the success of previous Galaxy Note models, the new Note 7 brings some new features to the table and sees improvements to other existing tech. Visually, the most noticeable difference is the inclusion of the curved glass panel made famous by the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. In fact, the new Galaxy Note 7 bears more than a passing resemblance to the Galaxy S7 Edge, with the Note looking like the Edge’s older brother.

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Get Your Computer Ready to Go Back to School

July 30th, 2016

We’ve already mentioned it, but just as it seems to do every year, the end of the summer is rapidly approaching. And that means, among other things, it’s time to start thinking about going back to school. If you’re old enough to be using the internet and reading this blog post, that probably means your Back to School supplies list includes more than one piece of technology, and they can be pricey.  Thankfully, today’s tech is so advanced that you don’t need to replace it every year to make sure its up to spec. Still, you might find that your laptop has been running a little slowly lately or that it’s time to add some new software or hardware to your desktop computer. That means it’s time for a visit to the Abt Connect Service Department.

Abt Connect Store

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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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