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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.

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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!


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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.

Fable Kids’ Tablet Now Available at

June 1st, 2015

Abt is often called a “toy store for adults,” but we also carry plenty of fun stuff for children (my favorite are the kids’ home theater recliners). One of our newest product offerings for youngsters is the Fable kids’ tablet. Everything about Fable, from the custom operating system to the physical design of the tablet, was designed from the ground up to be the perfect tablet for children.


One of the major worries with letting children use Mom and Dad’s tablet is the unrestricted access to the internet or app store that a “grown up” device provides. The Fable tablet prevents this by utilizing a custom operating system of its own design, which utilizes multiple levels of security. First off, Fable is a browser-free device, meaning there’s no way for a child to even access the internet, and all of Fable’s content is found in its custom apps. And while those apps may offer in-app purchases, all shopping rights can be locked down with the integrated password protection, preventing accidental one-click purchases. The security features also let parents (or authorized teachers) remotely select what apps are downloaded to the Fable, and even manage a friends list, allowing access only to authorized contacts. All available apps are carefully selected by Fable, with their exclusive online store offering hundreds of different creative and learning apps, books, games, videos and more.

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The Fable tablet’s child-specific design extends to its physical construction, with a body built to withstand the spills and drops that a kid’s tablet is likely to experience. The flared edges and wide bezel surrounding the 7″ touch-screen LCD make the Fable easier for little hands to hold, while bright colors add some personality in a sea of grey and black adult tablets. You’ll also find a rear-facing 3MP camera, 8GB of storage, a headphone jack, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n connectivity, and a battery that’s good for 6-8 hours. And one last surprising fact for a tablet, especially one that costs only $129.99: The Fable is made in the USA.

Follow the link for more info or to purchase the Fable tablet at



How to Clean Your Grill

May 22nd, 2015

Tips from the pros for cleaning a grill and getting ready for summer grilling season.

While many die-hard BBQ fanatics (and those who live in more comfortable climates) have been grilling through the winter, the Memorial Day weekend signifies the unofficial start of grilling season for most of us. If your grill has been sitting under its cover all winter—or even worse, no cover at all—then there’s a few things to keep in mind before firing it up for the first time. Besides ensuring you’ve got ample charcoal or LP to cook for all of your guests, it’s a good idea to give your grill a nice cleaning. Especially if you didn’t thoroughly clean it at the end of last season.

We collected a few videos from the grill experts at Weber Grill that will help you easily and effectively clean both a gas and charcoal grill, in preparation for a summer full of trouble-free backyard cooking. A clean grill not only works better, it will keep your food tasting better and it will give you many years of service. Check out the videos below:

Cleaning a Charcoal Grill:

Cleaning a Gas Grill:

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