How to Spend Labor Day in Chicago

Labor Day in Chicago

Here’s What You Can Do For Labor Day!

Labor Day is often considered the last hurrah before summer ends. It was created as a day to honor the American worker and his or her daily efforts. Staying home and sleeping in is always a great option, but if you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous for your long weekend, here are some fun ways to spend Labor Day in Chicago.

Chicago Jazz Festival

This annual musical event is entering its 39th year and presents free live music from August 31st through September 3rd.

Great American Lobster Fest

Fill your Labor Day with all the lobster you can eat. This food-filled festival runs September 1st through 3rd at the Navy Pier.

Chicago SummerDance

Come show off your best dance moves or learn a few new steps at this fun festival held in Grant Park September 1st through 4th.

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks

Catch the last firework show of the summer on September 2nd at the Navy Pier. The show will begin at 10:15. Come early and grab some delicious food and have some fun.

Chicago Cubs

Nothing says summer quite like baseball. Head to Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs take on the Atlanta Braves.

Here at Packey Webb Ford in Downers Grove, IL, we hope you and your family have a great Labor Day weekend.

Best Back-to-School Ford Vehicles

back-to-school Ford vehicles

School Is Back In Full Swing

If your kids haven’t gone back to school yet, they are probably starting very soon. This time of year is a flurry of activity as everyone gets back into the school year routine. If your routine needs a new vehicle, consider these great back-to-school Ford vehicles.

Edge

With the Ford Edge, you can truly enjoy driving your kids to and from all of their activities every day. It offers buyers a range of engines to choose from, so you can decide if fuel efficiency or performance is more important to you. The Edge comfortably seats five and has plenty of cargo space for all of the kids’ backpacks, sports gear, and other equipment.

Explorer

For something more adventure-worthy, there’s the Ford Explorer. With three rows of seating, a family of seven can easily and comfortably fit inside the cabin. The Explorer comes equipped with plenty of modern features, including Bluetooth, voice-activated controls, and a rearview camera.

Expedition

If you are looking for lots of and room and strong capabilities, the Ford Expedition will not let you down. The Expedition can seat up to seven passengers and has a towing capacity up to 9,200 pounds when properly equipped. Everyone in the family will love its smooth, quiet ride.

Stop by Packey Webb Ford in Downers Grove, IL and we will help you find the perfect fit for you and your family.

Fun Summer Activities in Chicago

Fun Summer Activities in Chicago

Fun Summer Activities in Chicago

So Much To Do In Chicago

Chicago may be known as the windy city, but there’s plenty to do all year round! From iconic sights to fantastic events, there’s a summer activity for everyone. We here at Packey Webb Ford suggest some fun summer activities in Chicago that will make the season memorable!

Willis Tower

Originally known as the Sears Tower, Willis Tower stands as the tallest building on this side of the globe. Visitors can prove they have nerves of steel by walking out on the Ledge, a glass balcony that sits more than 1,300 feet above the ground! Those daring enough to visit the Ledge will experience a breathtaking view of up to four states, making Willis Tower a must-stop location this summer!

Millennium Park

Millennium Park is the perfect gathering area for a day of fun beneath the summer sun! The park is home to state-of-the-art collections that range from architecture to land design to art. The park consistently holds concerts, exhibitions, and tours. Millennium Park is truly a park unlike any other in the United States.

Navy Pier

Chicago’s Navy Pier includes more than 50 acres of entertainment, museums, restaurants, and more! The abundance of activities makes it the perfect place to spend a summer day. Sightseeing and dining boat cruises take place throughout summer.

Let all of us at Packey Webb Ford in Downers Grove, IL know how you liked going to all these places in Chicago, IL in the comments below.

Best Road Trips

Best Road Trips to Take in Your Mustang

Best Road Trips

Go For a Fun Ride In Your Mustang

Taking to the road on a summer adventure is best done behind a performance-driven muscle car like the 2017 Ford Mustang. The Mustang’s responsive steering and agile handling make it a thrill to drive for hours on end. Here are some of the best road trips you can take in your Mustang from us here at Packey Webb Ford!

The Ozarks

Located in Arkansas, the Ozarks are one of the most scenic areas in the nation. Rugged mountains, rushing waters, and moonlight are just a few of the natural settings that the area has to offer. Fall brings a palette of colors you’ll struggle to find anywhere else. Hop in your Ford Mustang and prepare for the summer adventure of a lifetime!

Cape Cod

Massachusetts is home to many things, but Cape Cod stands as a beacon of light among them. Speaking of beacons of light, the area is home to the Nobska Point Lighthouse. The Cape Cod National Seashore features miles of beaches, cliffs, and dunes designed for those who are feeling adventurous this summer!

Brandywine Valley

Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania is home to the Longwood Gardens. Visitors will enjoy the fresh air as they travel through 1,050 acres of indoor and outdoor gardens and woodland. Fountain displays attract visitors from around the country, making Brandywine Valley a must-see location!

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The Benefits of Driving a Hybrid Vehicle

2017 Ford CMAX Hybrid - benefits of driving a hybrid in Chicago, ILHybrid vehicles have been on the market since the end of the 1990s, and they are becoming more and more popular as drivers learn about the benefits of going green. Hybrids can not only reduce emissions, but they also help you save gas, earn tax credits, improve performance, and more. Switch to a hybrid vehicle today to see the benefits.

A hybrid vehicle is a car that combines a traditional gasoline engine with an electric motor. According to AutoBytel, one of the major benefits of driving a hybrid is that you reduce fuel consumption. This is the most obvious perk of going green, but it can also lead to fewer harmful emissions—helping you to worry a little less when you drive.

Another advantage is tax credits. The government often offers federal tax incentives in order to get more people to drive hybrid vehicles. These incentives are based on the vehicle’s range, and frequently rise as high as $7,500, sometimes making hybrids among the most affordable vehicles on the market.

Next, hybrids also improve performance. Thanks to the combination of electric and gasoline power, hybrid vehicles have incredible torque and acceleration. In fact, many race cars rely on hybrid powertrain designs in order to boost overall performance.

These are the basic benefits of buying a hybrid. You get better fuel economy, produce lower emissions, improve performance, and earn tax credits. Stop by Packey Webb Ford to learn more about hybrids.

Ford Job Training Center in South Africa to Start Production Soon

Ford - Ford Job TrainingA Ford job training center in South Africa is in the works, Ford announced last week, to be modeled after the company’s original Resource and Engagement Center in Detroit. This will be Ford’s first move to bring the resource center concept outside the US.

The goal of the resource center is to strengthen nonprofit community service organizations and encourage them to work collaboratively. Through these services Ford hopes to improve the communities in which its employees and their families as well as Ford customers live and work. Ford is joined by the South African nonprofit organization Future Families, which offers services to HIV and AIDS sufferers.

The resource center is due to open in October of this year and will be located near the Ford Silverton Assembly Plant, near the city of Johannesburg. Ford will invest $130,000 a year in the facility in order to provide resources and job training to around 200 people each year. The center will offer literacy courses, career guidance, and business classes, as well as teaching trade skills.

Five Ford Transit Connect Vans Donated to Help Feed the Hungry

Transit Connect VanFive Ford Transit Connect vans have been donated to various organizations to help feed the hungry across the United States during the holiday season. The vans will be used by groups in Kansas City, Louisville, Miami, Phoenix, and Dallas to pick up food and transport it to recipients.

With 103.9 cubic feet of cargo space and a 1,470-lb capacity, a single Transit Connect can deliver 1,100 meals in one trip, according to Ford. The vehicles were delivered to the organizations starting with The Salvation Army of Kansas city on December the 7th; then the Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville on the 8th; and the Chapman Partnership in Miami, Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank in Chandler, Arizona, and the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas on the 9th, 10th, and 11th.

These donations are the latest in Ford’s ongoing effort to decrease food insecurity throughout the US. Ford Motor Company has spearheaded a nationwide mobile food pantry movement with more than 50 units across the country providing free food to those in need.

Halloween Car Tips: Protecting Your Ride

HalloweenNaturally, zombies, ghouls, and ghosts are what you think of when you hear the word “Halloween”; however, you should be on the lookout for pranksters as well. Although some might claim it’s just good run, pranks can lead to serious property damage, including your car.

According to Consumer Reports, Halloween car tips start with waxing your car a week before Halloween. Wax provides a protective layer that will protect against harmful chemicals found in eggs, pumpkins, silly string, and more.

Parking in a garage the days leading up to Halloween can also be a good idea. While some might not think that’s too brave, it might be worth it if you have to pay for a new paintjob. Saving money in the long run is easier if you protect your car.

If you do find your car victim to some pranks, make sure to clean the mess quickly. Spray-on car wax or dish-washing soap can help get tough stains out. This will prevent further damage to the clear-coat or paint.

Finally, if you’re too late, try using a cleaner-wax. These solutions are designed to be gentle on your car, but tough on residue. They will do the least amount of damage. Remember not to scrape anything off that’s been dried on; always spray it first.

Ford Truck History: A Legacy of Hard-Working Pickups

Ford Work TruckWith Labor Day just behind us, Ford recently highlighted some of the best achievements of American workers, as well as the trucks that are always there to help get the job done. Ford truck history takes us back to look at some of the most challenging projects in US history.

Statistically, if you’re a tradesman with a pickup you use a Ford truck. Ford says that 80% of waste management, 78% of government workers, 53% of highway construction workers, 72% of electric services workers, 61% of water and pipeline workers, and 56% of oil workers use Ford Super Duty or F-150 pickups to get the job done.

“We’ve had good luck in regards to the reliability of Ford trucks and we have a lot of history with Ford. We also like that we can be consistent from F-150 up to F-750 throughout our fleet,” said Lynn Vanlandingham, VP of Equipment Operations at Mario Sinacola and Sons.

In the past, Ford has been one of the major partners on projects such as:

  • Building the Hoover Dam (1931)
  • At the Artic (Alaska Road Commission)
  • Fort Peck Dam (1933)
  • LA Power Grid (1930s)

These are just a few of many projects that helped shape America, on the frontier and near home.

Driving While Using a Cell Phone As Bad As Driving Drunk

Driving and Cell PhonesWe know that driving while using a cell phone sounds like a bad idea. But do we know for sure that it is scientifically proven to be dangerous? The answer is: yes, absolutely.

Look at a study done recently by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. The researchers used video cameras and GPS as well as devices to track speed and lane departure.

According to CBS News, researchers found that for young drivers “the risk of a crash or near-miss” was seven times what it would normally be if they were dialing or reaching for a phone. The risk went up four times if the novice drivers were sending or receiving a text.

The risks were likely even greater than the experiments found because researchers could only measure eye movement and not “cognitive distraction.” Even though someone’s eyes were on the road, it doesn’t mean they were registering what they saw.

If you want a good measure for how dangerous it is to text and drive, MythBusters once proved what psychologists from the University of Utah had found. Driving while on the phone is as bad as driving while tipsy. But the sad truth is that most people don’t take it as seriously as they should.

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