Spring cleaning feels great—once it’s finished. But getting there isn’t always so fun. To help you get to the enjoyable side of spring cleaning, we’ve rounded up some tips and tricks to streamline the process. Add a Lazy Susan to Your Fridge - If you’re already taking everything out to give the fridge a good scrub, add a lazy Susan to each shelf before you restock. Being able to spin it to access things in the back will cut down on spills. Disinfect Your Sponge - If you’ve got a big job to do and only one sponge to do it with (the horror!), freshen things up halfway through by squeezing it out and microwaving it on high for a minute. Don’t Forget to Clean the Garbage Disposal - Drop in a cut-up lemon, some salt, and a few ice cubes to clear away any unwanted odors or built-up residue. Wax Your Stovetop - After you’ve scrubbed the grime off your stovetop, apply a thin ... read more
Every year, as winter wanes, a curious ailment spreads across the country. The thump of basketballs, the squeak of sneakers, and the roar of the crowd are sure signals that basketball fever is with us. It's a condition called "March Madness," and it afflicts millions of people with no known cure. Where did this malady originate? The history of NCAA March Madness dates back to 1939 and since then, the Division I Men's Basketball Championship has evolved from a small college basketball tournament to one of the most anticipated sporting events in America. The single-elimination tournament appeals to many people, from the diehard fans to the casual observers, as 68 teams compete over a three-week period for the college basketball championship crown. Interestingly enough, Sports announcer Brent Musberger is credited with being the first to use the phrase "March Madness" to describe the men's college basketball tournament, in 1982. However, the phrase was in ... read more
Hold Your Horses A horse-drawn carriage ride around the Magnficent Mile is about as romantic as they come. Make sure to bundle up and bring along a blanket to snuggle under with your Valentine. The Noble Horse Carriage Rides are a fun way to tour the North Michigan Avenue shopping district. Boarding and Drop off is at Michigan Avenue and Chicago Avenue (800 North). Pick up and Drop off service to/from a nearby hotel/restaurant is available for an extra fee. Romantic Dinner at White Castle???? Yep, seriously. Cloth table cloths, candle light, the whole works. Check your local White Castle since its only available at certain locations. And book early! They fill up fast. Jazz it Up Chicago has a proud history of jazz and blues music, and there are multiple venues that offer live music several days a week. One of the most famous and popular is the Green Mill jazz club, located in Andersonville, about 20 minutes north of the Loop at 4802 N. Broadway. If ... read more
Automotive topics pop up from time to time on TV quiz shows. Now Auto Plus helps prepare you for the “hot seat” in case one of the following comes your way.
True or False: Using a heavier grade of oil in cold weather affords greater engine protection. Because of fuel additives and removal of lead from gas, spark plugs no longer need to be replaced. When you turn the key and you just hear a click, you know the battery needs recharging or replacing. During 50,000 miles of driving at 55 mph, over a million gallons of antifreeze-coolant circulates through your car’s engine. Tire pressure decreases one pound for every 10 degree drop in temperature.
Answers False. You should always use the manufacturers recommended grade of oil. False. Spark plugs do last longer but they require periodic replacement for quick starts and maximum fuel economy. False. The problem may be corrosion on the battery terminals. True. For maximum protection the coolin ... read more