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Delicious Recipes For Your Summer Festivities!

July 20th, 2015


Its that time of the year! Summer is the best time to have family and friends come together, enjoy the sun and cook some delicious foods. Abt is your headquarters for summer dining fun, offering all of the essential products for preparing everything from appealing appetizers to delicious desserts. Plus, we even posted some yummy recipes to try out for your next cook out!


Watermelon Ice Pops


Stay cool this summer with this refreshing treat! Not only are they delicious, but also very easy to make, thanks to just a few ingredients and the ingenious design of Zoku popsicle makers, which drastically cut down on time needed for your pops to freeze.



*Serves 6

  • 1 1/2 cup of seedless watermelon, cubed.
  • 2 Tbsp of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp of agave nectar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp of lemon juice


Using a blender, add watermelon and puree until smooth. This should take about 30 seconds. Then, grab a mesh sieve and strain the mixture into a bowl. Mix the greek yogurt, agave nectar and lemon juice into the watermelon mixture. Insert the popsicle sticks into your mold, and then fill your chilled Zoku mold with the mixture to the fill line. Wait about ten minutes, and enjoy your pops! (Of course, these tasty pops can also be made in a traditional popsicle mold. You’ll just need to wait a few hours for them to freeze.)

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Abt’s Outdoor Party Must-Haves!

July 16th, 2015

Planning on hosting the perfect outdoor extravaganza this summer? Let our must-have list for outdoor living and entertainment guide you to the most popular and essential products you’ll need to throw the backyard bash everyone will be talking about! We’ve picked out a few of our favorite backyard items that can create the perfect environment and the right entertainment for your future outdoor party guests.



Weber 22” Original Kettle Premium Black Charcoal Grill



When it comes to throwing any backyard shindig, the grill will always be the star of the show. With that kind of pressure, having a reliable grill isn’t just an option, it’s a necessity. The perfect solution for this pressure is the Weber Charcoal Grill. Charcoal grills offer better heat control, as well as the preferred and traditional method of grilling. Wow your party go-ers with the authentic BBQ flavor when grilling steaks, burgers, hot dogs and more, on a charcoal grill. Or add an extra twist, by using special flavored wood chunks, in addition to the charcoal. Your guests will keep coming back for more when they taste the extra smoky flavor. Shop Abt’s great deals on a wide variety of Weber Grills today, to really get your party started!


Klipsch Sandstone Outdoor Speaker



The next step on our list, which is often overlooked, is music. Whether you’re streaming your favorite party playlist, creating ambience, relaxing outside, or in need of movie audio playback, having speakers in your backyard is a must. By adding the Klipsch Outdoor Speaker, your backyard will deliver clean, clear sound, as well as amazing full-bodied bass during any occasion. Klipsch Sandstone Outdoor Speakers even offer a design that disguises them as rocks, making them blend in beautifully with any backyard landscape. Browse the selection of different colors, styles, and sizes of Outdoor Speakers sold right here at Abt.

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Camera Trade-In Event This Weekend

July 14th, 2015

Have some unused camera equipment taking up space? Bring it to Abt this weekend and trade it in for cash or Abt Gift Cards! Specialists from National Camera Exchange—a premier buyer and seller of new and used photo gear—will be on hand to determine the value of your used equipment. Products from all major brands will be accepted, and both digital and film equipment is welcome.



Reps from some of the major camera brands will also be here, answering questions about their products and giving helpful tips to better your photography. Even if you don’t have anything to trade in, stop by and sit in on one of the following photo classes:

12:00pm: Better Fun Family Photos
This program will be full of tips, tips, and more tips on making better photos with any type of camera from Point-and-Shoot to DSLR!

2:00pm: Landscape & Travel Photography
Learn how to take your Landscape and Travel digital SLR photography to a higher level, both creatively and technically.

4:00pm: Action & People Photography

Learn how to take Action, Sports, People and Portrait digital SLR photography to a higher level, both creatively and technically.


The event will run from 11am-6pm on July 18 & 19. Hope to see you there!

GoPro Hero4 Session Overview

July 10th, 2015

A few days ago, GoPro announced their newest action camera, the GoPro Hero4 Session. Smaller and lighter than any previous model, and with a body that’s waterproof without the need of an external case, the Hero4 Session is the ultimate camera for squeezing into tight spots. A variety of included mounts mean you can strap this compact video camera to just about anywhere on your body, your bike, surfboard, and any other places you can think of. The small size does bring a few technical trade-offs compared to the other Hero4 models, namely a non-removable battery and no 4K or 2.7K filming. But the integrated battery is good for around 2 hours of filming time (depending on settings) and the Hero4 Session can still film in Full HD 1080p resolution at 60, 50, 30, or 25 fps. Additionally, the Hero4 Session contains most of the other features that have made GoPro the #1 action camera available, including 1080p SuperView filming, time lapse recording, and the ability to take 5MP and 8MP still images.

gopro hero4 session

The new GoPro Hero4 Session has a smaller cube form-factor and is 40% lighter than other GoPro Hero cameras.

Check out the video below for our hands-on overview of the GoPro Hero4 Session, including some test footage and a rundown of the basic specs and operation. The GoPro Hero4 Session will be in stock and available for purchase at on July 12th, giving you plenty of time to film the rest of your summer adventures!


Win a Pair of Tickets to Windy City Smokeout!

July 8th, 2015

This weekend, Chicago plays host to the Windy City Smokeout, a three-day celebration of country music and BBQ cooking.  Abt is sponsoring one of the stages, where more than 20 country music acts will perform over the weekend, including stars like Kacey Musgraves, Pat Green, Lee Brice, Turnpike Troubadours and more! And some of the country’s biggest names in barbecue will be grilling up treats. Grab food from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, The Salt Lick, Chicago Q and others. We’re giving away a pair of tickets to any one day of the Smokeout. To enter, just head over to the Abt Facebook page and leave a comment on the linked post. We’ll draw one winner at random on Thursday night at 11:00 PM Central Time. Good luck!


windy city smokeout

Abt 4th of July Sale is Underway!

July 1st, 2015

The Abt 4th of July Sale is going on now, in-store and online! In addition to general savings throughout the site, you can save an additional $25 on purchases $499 or more with the promo code SAVEJULY2015. Visit the 4th of July Sale page for more info. Chicago-area customers, there’s still plenty of time to get a new grill before the big holiday weekend. We can even assemble it for you!

4th of July Sale

Get Your Grill on This Summer!

June 23rd, 2015


It may not feel like it in many parts of the country, but summer is finally officially here! That means we have less than two weeks until the biggest grilling day of the year, The Fourth of July. There’s still plenty of time to get your patio in party mode with Abt’s selection of outdoor living products. From waterproof outdoor speakers to grills of all sizes, we’ve got everything you need for a successful July 4th barbecue and a summer full of backyard fun. Click through for guaranteed low prices and free shipping on many items—even gas grills. In the meantime, enjoy these fun facts about grill season. Feel free to add the infographic to your blog (you can grab the embed code here), or post it to your Twitter or Facebook page.


Ragnar Relay Recap

June 17th, 2015

Over the past weekend, twelve daring souls (with 24 daring soles) from Abt braved rain and barren backcountry roads to participate in the Madison-to-Chicago edition of the Ragnar Relay. The Ragnar Relay is a long-distance relay race in which teams of 6 or 12 runners work together to cover a long distance in under two days. This version had the runners racing non-stop from the capital of Wisconsin to the sandy shores of Montrose Beach near downtown Chicago, covering 196.2 miles along the way. In addition to being a unique challenge and a great bonding experience, the race served  as a fundraiser for the For Autistic Kids Foundation, an organization that was founded by the Abt family. Team “There’s an Abt for That” finished the Ragnar Relay with time of 32 hours, 57 minutes and 30 seconds, earning them 8th place in the Men’s Corporate division. Here are some of the photos the runners managed to snap in between their runs.


Most of team “There’s an Abt for That”

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas with WGN News

June 15th, 2015

Father’s Day is less than a week away, and if you’re still looking for that perfect gift, we’ve got you covered. Josh stopped by the WGN News studios recently to talk tech gifts for Dad, and brought along a variety of fun products that will appeal to Dads of all types. Check out the video below to hear more about the products we featured. And see our list of Father’s Day Gift Ideas for more inspiration!

What is 4K TV?

June 5th, 2015

The consumer electronics industry is filled with buzzwords, acronyms and technical jargon that can make it difficult to choose the best product for your budget and needs. In the last year, “4K TV” and “Ultra High Definition TV” have been the big trends in television marketing. 4K TV is a technological advancement worth knowing about, but because the explanation can get technical, one of the main questions of new TV shoppers is still: “What is 4K TV?” We put together this fun video to help explain 4K TV, also know as Ultra High Definition TV (UHDTV). It doesn’t get too far into the technical side of things, but should hopefully clear up some of the basics. And if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us online or at 888-228-58000.