Chicagoans’ ideas for solving the winter dining dilemma are…creative [Updated]

Update, October 9, 2020: And we have some winners! Yesterday the city of Chicago announced that it had selected three designs from its Winter Dining Challenge contest to move on to the prototype phase. They are:



a large building: Outdoor greenhouse dining in Amsterdam, May 2020


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Outdoor greenhouse dining in Amsterdam, May 2020

  • “Cozy Cabins” with radiant floor heating, tiny enough to fit into a parking space, created by ASD | SKY, a design firm in Atlanta,
  • “Block Party,” a series of modular cubes that can be assembled into larger dining areas, like giant Legos, with radiant heating mesh in the floors, designed by Neil Reindell and Flo Mettetal, two urban planners, and
  • “Heated Tables,” modified Japanese kotatsu tables with the heating element built in and blankets to drape over diners’ laps, proposed by Ellie Henderson, a graphic designer

Each of the winners will receive $5,000.

The city also announced yesterday that it’s

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Terence and Rachel Winter List Midcentury Encino Home

Powerhouse showbiz couple Rachel and Terence Winter have hoisted their midcentury home in a prime neighborhood of L.A.’s proto-suburban Encino community on the market at a hair under $2.9 million. Tax records show the Winters acquired the stylishly retro property in about five-and-a-half years ago for a tetch more than $2.1 million, and listings held by Denise Snanoudj at The Agency show the well-preserved and extensively updated mid-1960s sprawler has five bedrooms and four bathrooms in close to 4,000-square feet.

Terence Winter wrote and produced dozens of episodes of The Sopranos” before he created, wrote and executive produced the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire.” He was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for the 2012 film “Wolf of Wall Street,” and is listed as a writer and executive producer on the upcoming Jennifer Lopez-starring feature “The Godmother.”

Rachel Winter is a film and television producer who, along

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Tips to pest proof your home for winter | Community

We are not the only creatures that retreat indoors when the temperatures begin to drop.

During this time of the year, many rodents and insects will start entering homes looking for a warm place to spend the winter. Below are some tips to keep them outdoors. Most hardware and home improvement stores will carry the tools and materials you need to get started.

Install door sweeps or thresholds at the base of all exterior doors. Lie on the floor and check for light leaks under doors.

Gaps of 1/16th of an inch or smaller will allow insects and spiders inside, and spaces as small as the diameter of the pencil (about 1/4th of an inch), are large enough for mice. Pay attention to the door’s bottom corners, as this is often where rodents and insects enter. Fit garage doors with a rubber bottom seal. Close gaps under sliding glass doors

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Home Improvement: Establish winter habitats for backyard animals – Salisbury Post

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Preparing a property for winter involves putting away lawn furniture, raking leaves and removing any annual plants that have shriveled up and spent the last of their energy. It can be tempting to want to clean up completely and leave a blank slate in the yard. But by doing so, you may be robbing wildlife of the resources they need to overwinter. The nature and conservation resource In Habitat says plants and animals depend on one another to survive.

During the winter, animals may struggle to find adequate shelter and food, especially when there is a lack of sufficient plant matter available. In turn, these animals may actually take up home in people’s residences, turning into pests in the process. Bats, field mice and even opossums and raccoons may move indoors into attics or basements, leaving behind waste and damage if they can’t find adequate shelter outdoors.

Homeowners

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Home Improvement: What to do to prepare your garden for winter – Salisbury Post

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Gardens provide an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In fact, many gardening enthusiasts typically cannot wait for the spring thaw so they can spend the next several months tending to their plants under the warm sun. But a gardener’s work is never truly done, and the work to make gardens stun in the spring actually begins during the preceding fall. Preparing gardens for winter is an important step that can help homeowners ensure their gardens return to full strength in the spring. The tasks necessary to prepare gardens for winter may depend on what homeowners are planting, but the following are some general maintenance suggestions that can keep gardens safe this winter.

• Remove weeds and debris. Weeds and debris are unsightly and detrimental to plant life in spring, but they also can be harmful in the winter. Weeds and debris left to

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