Archive for the ‘Local Happenings’ Category

Are bars and restaurants currently open in Chicago?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
Woman attempting to drink a beer while wearing a mask

The COVID-19 pandemic is, unfortunately, still hitting Chicago hard. As a result, many typical public elements of daily life have had to be restricted. Government enforcement has been a consistent necessity because many individuals have refused to follow recommendations when given the option.

As infection rates have waxed and waned over the past year, various restrictions have come and gone with them. Are bars and restaurants currently open in Chicago?


Are car dealerships open during quarantine in Illinois?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
A mask-wearing figure stands before the Chicago skyline and shrugs as he wonders whether car dealerships are still open during the pandemic.

Car Dealership COVID-19 Status

Governor Pritzker has issued a “stay-at-home order” for Illinois, meaning that all citizens should stay home unless an “essential reason” dictates they must leave. This has resulted in many individuals working from home, many businesses closing, and many, unfortunately, losing their jobs.

With these unprecedented circumstances, some are unsure about what qualifies as “essential” and what doesn’t. Cars are essential, right? So are car dealerships and service centers still open during this COVID-19 quarantine period in Illinois?


What is the Illinois trade-in tax?

Thursday, December 5th, 2019
A man and woman ponder over a tax document.

Most people, when buying a new vehicle, trade-in their old one. This helps them get some credit based on the value of the old ride that they can then put towards the price of a new.

But as we know all too well, the government likes to take a cut of any transactions that occur, especially if those transactions are in the multi-thousands of dollars. Is there a tax on vehicle trade-ins in Illinois? (more…)

Father’s Day Events in Chicago 2019

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
father carrying child on a sandy beach

Looking for something fun to do this Father’s Day? Whether you’re interested in events for the whole family, or just looking to spend some quality time with dad, there are plenty of opportunities throughout Chicago. With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, June 16, here are some of the local events going on!  (more…)

Continental Motors offers EV charging stations!

Friday, May 17th, 2019
EV Charging Station charging phev

EV Charging Stations near Chicago, IL

As the auto industry continues to make strides towards becoming greener, and the electric vehicle segment grows, many drivers are making the switch from traditional gasoline engines to plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. Of course, one of the big concerns of owning an electrically charged vehicle is figuring out where you can charge it. (more…)

Best Brunch Restaurants for Mother’s Day in Chicago

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
happy mother's day tag with gift and roses

Mother’s Day Brunch in Chicago 

This Mother’s Day, make reservations to take your mother or wife out for a high-class brunch in Chicago. With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, March 12, be sure to get those reservations in now!  (more…)

Where to watch the 2019 Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Chicago River Dyed Green for the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade With boat

2019 Chicago St. Patrick Day Parade Event Details

Chicago knows how to do St. Patrick’s Day. With countless Irish pubs and restaurants, there’s no shortage of things to do this weekend for St. Patrick’s Day! One event you won’t want to miss is the Chicago Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, held every year along the Chicago River! (more…)

What models are on display at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show?

Monday, February 18th, 2019
chicago auto show sign

Displays at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show 

The Chicago Auto Show is back at McCormick Place and as one of the largest auto shows in North America, it’s no surprise that people from all over the country come to check out the new cars and concepts being released. We’ll highlight the brands that make up the Continental Motors Group so you can know what to expect on our lots in the coming year.  (more…)

Places you can get real Christmas Trees near Chicago

Thursday, December 6th, 2018
view overlooking a christmas tree farm during the daytime

Christmas Tree Farms near Countryside, IL

The biggest staple of the Christmas season and a must-have for most homes is the Christmas tree. While artificial trees are cheaper and easier to get, most would argue that the looks and smell of a real Christmas tree are well-worth the effort and money. If you’re looking to get a real Christmas tree in the Chicago area, be sure to check out these local tree farms.


Enjoy the 2018 Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
thanksgiving day parade floats

2018 Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade Information  

Known throughout the Midwest for its incredible displays, floats, and more the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade is a staple of many Chicagoans holiday season. If you’re interested in watching or going to the 2018 Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade, we have details and information for you here.  (more…)