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HouseSmarts Radio with Lou Manfredini

The HouseSmarts Radio with Lou Manfredini Podcast from 720 WGN

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HouseSmarts Radio with Lou Manfredini 1.15.2022

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Lou is back with great advice for homeowners, special guests, information on new products, and more!

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3913934/full_episode_1_15_2022-01-16-172434.64kmono.mp3

Jan 16 2022

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The Chicago Tool Library will let you check out equipment for your home needs

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A lending library for tools! Sewing machines, camping equipment, kitchen tools, and more. Tessa Vierk, Co-Founder of the Chicago Tool Library, talked to Lou about what the library has to offer. The two discuss how to sign up and the benefits.

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3913923/chicago_tool_library_2022-01-16-051823.64kmono.mp3

For more information, visit www.chicagotoollibrary.org 

Jan 16 2022

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New To Lou Too – Monkey Rung Klamp & Monkey Rung Grip

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​The Monkey Rung Klamp & Monkey Rung Grip are hands-free ladder accessories designed with safety and convenience in mind. Klamp is for A-Line ladders and Grip is for extension ladders. For more information, you can visit  www.monkeyrung.com

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3913922/NTL2-_MONKEY_RUNG_2022-01-16-050522.64kmono.mp3

Jan 16 2022

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Building a strong financial home for 2022

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On HouseSmarts Radio, Lou Manfredini talks with Carol Steele, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking at Marquette Bank. Is a healthier lifestyle on your list of New Year’s resolutions? Don’t forget to make your financial health a priority, too!

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3912493/Marquette_Bank_2022-01-12-021633.64kmono.mp3

Jan 12 2022

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Lou Manfredini has tips on keeping your home protected this winter

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Winter is officially upon us in Chicago. Is your home ready for winter? What’s the best way to keep your pipes from freezing? Are heated floors worth it? Lou Manfredini answers these questions and more with Lisa Dent and Steve Bertrand on Chicago’s Afternoon News.

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3910680/3910680_2022-01-06-225520.64kmono.mp3
Lou Manfredini: The best products to melt ice and snow

Jan 06 2022

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HouseSmarts Radio with Dane Neal in for Lou Manfredini 1.01.2022

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This week on HouseSmarts Radio Dane Neal filled in for Lou Manfredini and took a look back at the best of Lou from 2021. Dane also welcomes HGTV’s Hillary Farr and David Bromstad to talk about their shows on HGTV. Later on the Director of Disaster Services for Feeding America, Vince Davis joined the show to help you prepare for a safe 2022!

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3908732/3908732_2022-01-01-201132.64kmono.mp3

Jan 01 2022

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, as read by Lou Manfredini and friends

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Lou Manfredini leads a cast of a dozen WGN Radio voices in a reading of A Visit from St. Nicholas, more commonly known as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3905669/Night_Before_Christmas_2021-12-18-033209.64kmono.mp3

In order of appearance…
Lou Manfredini
Don Kleppin
Andy Masur
Bob Ferguson
Lyle Dean
Steve Bertrand
Joe Brand
Sam Panayotovich
Veronica Carter
Dometi Pongo
Lindsey Smithwick
Steve Alexander

Dec 18 2021

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The real-life Home Alone house is now bookable

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This week Lou is joined by Liz Fusco, communications Lead for North America for Airbnb. The two talk about the iconic Home Alone home now being available to book.

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3901530/AIRBNB_Home_ALone_2021-12-05-182830.64kmono.mp3

Dec 05 2021

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HouseSmarts Radio with Lou Manfredini 12.04.2021

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Lou is back with great advice for homeowners, special guests, information on new products, and more!

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3901460/124_FULL_SHOW_2021-12-04-182900.64kmono.mp3

Dec 04 2021

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New To Lou Too – Docking Drawer

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Docking Drawer is an in-drawer outlet that will help you organize your charging devices. They offer a multitude of different outlets to match the style of outlet you need. If you are renovating, or just want to organize your devices, this is the product for you!

For more information, you can visit HouseSmarts with Lou Manfredini

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3901454/NTL2_DOCKING_DRAWER_2021-12-04-185254.64kmono.mp3

The New to Lou Too is sponsored by Your Local Chevy Dealers at chevydriveschicago.com

Dec 04 2021

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HouseSmarts Radio with Lou Manfredini 11.27.2021

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Lou is back with great advice for homeowners, special guests, information on new products, and more!

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3899258/HSR_1127_FULLSHOW_2021-11-27-172458.64kmono.mp3

Nov 27 2021

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New to Lou Too: Garbage-eez

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Garbage-eez stores and dispenses garbage bags from the bottom of your can. It makes the job quicker, easier, and more sanitary. It costs 8.99 and will save you a few extra steps. Find out more about Garbage-eez on HouseSmarts radio.

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3899253/new_1127to_lou_too_2021-11-27-173953.64kmono.mp3

 The New to Lou Too is sponsored by Your Local Chevy Dealers at chevydriveschicago.com

Nov 27 2021

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Holiday recipes with the owner of Whiskey Acres

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Nick Nagele, co-founder of Whiskey Acres distillery, joined Lou to talk about holiday recipes. They have a unique cocktail program and Nick describes his favorite whiskeys at the distillery. Visit Whiskey Acres for information on distillery tours and to find a retailer near you.

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3899251/WHISKEY_ACRES_1127_2021-11-27-170151.64kmono.mp3
Holidays On Ice with Lou Manfredini, John Williams, Steve Bertrand presented by Whiskey Acres

Nov 27 2021

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HouseSmarts Radio with Lou Manfredini 10.30.2021

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Lou is back with great advice for homeowners, special guests, information on new products, and more!

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3897700/1120_full__2021-11-20-225600.64kmono.mp3

Nov 20 2021

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Rich Dykstra of Dykstra Home Services talks about leasing and replacing furnaces

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Dykstra Home Services’ Senior Vice President of Operations, Rich Dykstra Sr., joins Lou to talk about leasing furnaces. Rich also talks about annual maintenance before the winter.

To learn more about what Dykstra Home Services can do for you go to dykstrahomeservices.com or call them at 1-800-421-3220

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3897696/Dykstra_Home_Services_1120_2021-11-20-212236.64kmono.mp3

Nov 20 2021

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New to Lou Too – Fohm

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Fohm is a touchless foam cleanser dispenser that adheres to your bathroom wall next to your toilet paper roll. There are holiday bundles and it will help prevent clogged pipes. The New to Lou Too is sponsored by Your Local Chevy Dealers at chevydriveschicago.com

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3897694/new_to_lou_1120_fohm_2021-11-20-214334.64kmono.mp3

For more information, visit https://fohm.co/

Nov 20 2021

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Holidays On Ice with Lou Manfredini, John Williams, Steve Bertrand presented by Whiskey Acres

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Celebrate the holidays on ice!

Lou Manfredini, John Williams and Steve Bertrand will feature fun, festive cocktails featuring award-winning, farm-crafted whiskey from Whiskey Acres, Illinois’ first estate distillery.

Check out all the recipes we have highlighted here. Cheers!

Week 1: Whiskey Acres Bourbon Slush – perfect for a party!

Ingredients:
  • 9 cups water, divided
  • 3 black tea bags
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cans of frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1 can of frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 2 cups of Whiskey Acres Bourbon
  • Ginger Ale for a splash to finish
How to make:
  • In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to boil. Add tea bags and allow to seep for 10 minutes. Discard teabags. Stir in sugar until completely dissolved. 
  • In large container, combine tea/sugar mixture, lemon and orange juice concentrates, water and bourbon.
  • Pour into a flat Tupperware container and freeze for 4-6 hours, or overnight if possible.
  • Serve using an ice cream scoop.  Top with a splash of ginger ale. 
https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3897647/Whiskey_Acres_Bourbon_Slush_2021-11-20-040347.64kmono.mp3 Whiskey Acres Bourbon Slush (Lindsey Smithwick/WGN Radio)

Week 2: Whiskey Acres Old Fashioned

  • Lightly cover bottom of glass with simple syrup
  • Add 6-7 dashes of bitters
  • Twist in the orange slice
  • Stir well
  • Add ice
  • Add 1.5 oz of Whiskey Acres Straight Bourbon
  • Add brandied cherry (and a tsp of juice if you’d like it a bit sweeter)
  • Stir for several seconds until the outside of the glass gets cold ENJOY!
https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3898723/Whiskey_Acres_Old_Fashioned_2021-11-24-152423.64kmono.mp3 Whiskey Acres Old Fashioned (Lindsey Smithwick/WGN Radio)

Week 3: Whiskey Acres Holiday Mule

  • Fill glass with ice
  • Add 1.5 oz of Whiskey Acres Straight Bourbon
  • Add 6 oz of windmill Ginger Brew Spiced Cranberry Ginger Beer (locally made in Geneva)
  • Stir
  • Garnish with a lime slice
  • ENJOY!
https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3900525/Whiskey_Acres_Mule_2021-12-01-232725.64kmono.mp3 Whiskey Acres Holiday Mule (Lindsey Smithwick/WGN Radio)

Week 4: Whiskey Acres Apple of My Rye

  • Simmer apple cider with mulling spices – strain out spices after 20 minutes (you can prep this step ahead of time).
  • Pour 5 oz. of warm, fresh mulled apple cider into a mug.
  • Add 1.5 oz. of Whiskey Acres Straight Rye Whiskey.
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3903354/Whiskey_Acres_Apple_of_My_Rye_2021-12-10-224554.64kmono.mp3 Whiskey Acres Apple of My Rye (Lindsey Smithwick/WGN Radio)

About Whiskey Acres
Whiskey Acres grows all of their own, top-quality grain and distill their own spirits – barrel age and bottle it, too – all on the family farm located in DeKalb, just off I-88. Their whiskey has received numerous awards, and they even make a vodka from 100% corn. Ask for Whiskey Acres by name in bars, restaurants and stores throughout Chicagoland and southeast Wisconsin. Find out more at www.whiskeyacres.com.

Nov 19 2021

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Preserve your tub but change your drain with Superior Tool’s Tub Drain Extractor™

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Family-owned Superior Tool offers a full line of specialty plumbing tools to not only get the job done, but make the job easier for both professionals and DIYers alike. On this “Cool Product” edition of HouseSmarts Radio with Lou Manfredini, Annie Janos, product and sales manager at Superior Tool, joins the show to share a new product – the Tub Drain Extractor™ – and how it works to remove corroded or broken tub drains.  To buy the Tub Drain Extractor™ click here.

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3894694/3894694_2021-11-13-231234.64kmono.mp3

Nov 14 2021

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Keep covered and warm from head to toe with a new line of winter gear from Klein Tools

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Founded in Chicago in 1857, family-owned and operated Klein Tools is currently run by the sixth generation of the Klein family. While tradespeople know the brand for their pliers and screwdrivers, Klein Tools has a new line of winter clothing to keep anyone working outdoors warm no matter the weather. Greg Palese, vice president of marketing at Klein Tools, joins HouseSmarts Radio with Lou Manfredini to describe the clothing in the line, and even some with a Klein Tools vintage logo sure to be a collector’s item. For more information, visit www.KleinTools.com or your local distributor today.

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3894691/3894691_2021-11-13-230631.64kmono.mp3

Nov 14 2021

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Tired of those outside holiday lights going off when it rains or snows? ‘You need Twist and Seal,’ inventor Bryan Nooner tells HouseSmarts Radio with Lou Manfredini

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As Lou Manfredini describes Twist and Seal, it’s one of those cool products you didn’t know you needed and then when you use it, you wonder why you never had it before. HouseSmarts Radio with Lou Manfredini is joined by Bryan Nooner, president and owner of Midwest Innovative Products and inventor of Twist and Seal,. Nooner explains how the product keeps outdoor cord connections protected from water and weather, ultimately keeping the lights on. Shop online at twistandseal.com or a retailer near you.

https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3894697/3894697_2021-11-13-231437.64kmono.mp3

Nov 14 2021

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Love his show

By this is my eight time stella - Jan 26 2020
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Great show.

Good show!

By prgburg - Nov 13 2019
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My wife and I just discovered both the radio show and the TV one and are enjoying them both! Very informative!