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The official blog of Abt Electronics & Appliances

4 Things You Should Do Before You Start Grilling!

April 11th, 2016

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The season of being outdoors with great company and great food is just around the corner, yes we’re talking about grilling season. Since the warm weather is on its way very soon, it’s time to break out the grill and start grilling some delicious foods. But before you start showing off your grilling skills, there are a couple steps you should go through to make sure your grill is in great condition.

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Gourmet Kitchen Showroom Construction: Behind the Scenes

April 9th, 2016

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At Abt, we’ve always prided ourselves on being the Chicago area’s go-to shopping spot for kitchen appliances (among other things), and think of ourselves as more of a destination than just a store. We strive to offer something more, from the incredible selection of appliances—including prestigious brands like La Cornue, Sub-Zero, and Viking—to the unique kitchen vignettes in our atrium, which let you encounter the appliances in their natural environment. But, if you know Abt, you know we like to always be pushing the envelope of what a shopping experience can be. And that quest has resulted in our latest offering, the (as-of-yet-unnamed) Gourmet Kitchen showroom on the second floor of the Abt Atrium. This showroom will be unlike anything else in the Chicago area, and possibly the entire country.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The Sub-Zero and Wolf Living Kitchen at Abt

April 1st, 2016

The dawn of spring ushers in one of the most popular times of the year for many homeowners to start thinking about one of the biggest projects that they’ll undertake: the full kitchen remodel. Whether it’s bringing a new face to a tired kitchen in a home you’ve owned for decades, or starting from scratch on a newly-purchased home, a new kitchen is one of the most significant ways to put your own touch on your home. But while the initial planning may be exciting, shopping for appliances can quickly become an arduous, frustrating process where you end up with more questions than answers.

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The newest vignette in the Sub-Zero and Wolf Living Kitchen

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Zepp: 3D Swing Analyzer

March 30th, 2016

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Zepp Labs created a one of a kind device that takes athletic training to another level and we have it at Abt!  The athletic company driven by innovation and science, designed the 3D Analyzer Swing Kit to help athletes step up their game and improve their performance. Real time results are recorded on your smartphone so you can compare each swing you take and use the results to create the perfect swing. The kit includes a sensor that can be used for golf, baseball, and tennis, you simply attach the sensor at the end of your bat, golf club, and tennis racket. All kits measure crucial factors that are part of creating the perfect swing.

 

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Spring Break Essentials

March 25th, 2016

Spring Break Essentials

After the long, cold months of winter, Spring Break is finally here! Before you take off to your exciting adventure, go over your Spring Break checklist and make a quick stop at Abt to get all of your travel essentials. Grab some headphones so you can listen to your favorite songs on the plane, or get a lightweight carry on to pack all of your things into. Here at Abt, we want to make sure you’re covered and also help make your Spring Break a success!

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Win Chicago Bulls Tickets from Abt and Tissot!

March 24th, 2016

Attention all Chicago Bulls fans! We’re teaming up with Tissot, Official Timekeeper of the NBA, to bring you a pretty epic contest. You’ll have the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Bulls’ final game of the season, and a meet-and-greet with 3-Time World Champion and current color commentator, Bill Wennington. To win, you’ll have to flex some creative muscle. Keep reading to find out how to enter.

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See the Easter Bunny at Abt!

March 23rd, 2016

 

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Our friendly, furry friend is making his annual visit this weekend to Abt! Make a stop at the store on.. 

Friday, March 25th & Saturday, March 26th

12 PM – 4 PM

and get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny at no charge. Kids of all ages are welcome to join and yes, fresh-baked cookies will be served while you’re here. Hope to see you there!

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Nest And Alexa Team Up to Make Your Home Comfortable

March 22nd, 2016

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The Nest Learning Thermostat makes conserving energy easy and keeps costs low. This thermostat has the capability to learn what temperature you prefer and can also shut off when you are away. In independent studies, Nest saved an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. That means it can pay for itself in under two years. The device is easy to use, it has Wi-Fi, so you can adjust the temperature to your liking by simply using your smartphone, tablet, or your Mac.

Now, adjusting the temperature in your home is easier by using your own voice, thanks to Nest and Amazon Alexa. Alexa is a cloud-based service that you can speak to through your Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, or Fire TV.  You can change the temperature on your Nest by stating a voice command such as “Alexa, set my living room thermostat to 68 degrees.” With this voice command feature, you can adjust the room temperature without having to lay a finger on your thermostat.

 

 

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Apple iPhone SE: Big Announcement, Small Phone

March 21st, 2016

Apple pulled the wraps off the long-rumored “smaller iPhone” today, with the unveiling of the new iPhone SE. After two generations of slowly-growing iPhones, Apple returned to the form (figuratively and literally) that they hand originally held onto when many other smartphone manufacturers first began to move towards large-screened phones and phablets. The new iPhone SE combines the best of both the iPhone 6/6S and the iPhone 5S, putting powerful guts inside the iconic 4-inch screened iPhone that many have come to love. The premium small-screen smartphone segment is all but dead these days, and the iPhone SE looks to capitalize on a user base that wants a cutting-edge device without hauling around something the size of a diner menu.

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The new Apple iPhone SE.

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Think Green On St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17th, 2016

St. Paddy’s Day is a worldwide celebration of Irish Culture where delicious Irish food and drinks are consumed, and everyone’s favorite color is green. Here at Abt, we’ve got you covered with all things green, from kitchen gadgets and portable speakers to watches and fitness trackers. Think green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the right way, while finding something you’ll love even after the holiday fun ends.

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