First Dive Into The Newly Redesigned & Alluring BMW Z4

BMW never fails to impress its followers and keeps bringing out products which match their customer’s expectations. A new BMW roadster model, the BMW Z4, recently made a début at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Its first glimpse was at Concours d’Elegance this summer, in Pebble Beach, California. The new release is expected to appear late next year as a 2019 model. Z4 production is a joint project being carried out by both BMW and Toyota. The platform will also underpin a Toyota Sports car that’s anticipated as the long-awaited successor to the Supra.

So what is this new BMW Z4? Here’s what we know so far:

Sporty Look

All the classic elements are present in the Z4 concept, which mainly includes a long hood, a short rear deck, short overhangs and a very compact size. All these elements are reminiscent of an old-school sports car. However, its massive air intakes, extremely aggressive flanks and nostrils show that this is in fact a modern and eye-catching sports car. Drivers are sure to turn heads in this vehicle.

Bonnet and Overhangs

A shorter bonnet to go with the crisp overhangs seats the driver closer to the center of the car, giving more of its feel and a sense of road grip. This is slightly different from the previous BMW roadsters, while the outline of its body follows a unique wedge shape, giving it a classic look.


Spaciousness is a specification associated with all BMW cars. The new Z4 is even more spacious than its predecessors, as it is a lot wider and the front and rear axles are further apart, which makes it roomier. This luxurious vehicle has many interior options, and this roadster looks as good with its top up as it does down. See some unexpected bad weather coming your way? The hardtop can open or close in just 19 seconds.

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Styling Options and Trim Levels for the 2017 BMW X6

The BMW X6 is a classic luxury mid-size crossover SUV which is masterfully tailored to offer SUV utility with the ride quality of a sedan. This ideal blend offers the best of both vehicles. If the BMW X6 interests you, here’s what you need to know:

Styling Options and Trim Levels

The BMW X6 is a four-door vehicle with very spacious seating for up to four passengers and the driver. The X6 is available in two trim levels: xDrive35i and xDrive50i.


This variant of X6 has the standard equipment for a modern vehicle as well as some luxury features. These include a power-lift gate, sunroof, 19″ wheels, headlights that are automatic and adaptive, fog lights, power folding, auto dimming side-mirrors, keyless ignition, power-adjustable and heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate and air control, parking sensors, automatic wipers, cruise control, BMW assist communication service, sound system with ten speakers, USB/iPod interface, auxiliary input jack, and a CD player.


xDrive50i models contain all the standard equipment of xDrive35i, as well as voice controls, real-time traffic navigation system, seat bolsters, and adjustable front seats that can adjust in fourteen different directions.

In addition to these two trim options, there are add-on packages available to truly make the vehicle your own. When getting extra items, it’s most economical to get them as a package, but each item is available individually as well.

The Premium Package

There is an optional package called ‘The Premium Package’, which comes with manual rear side sunshades, four-zone automatic climate control, rear and top view cameras and, for the xDrive35i model, navigation has voice control enabled, along with real-time traffic situation.

The Luxury Package

The luxury seating package offers multi-contour seats designed in such a way to improve ventilation and has a massage feature, making the drive as comfortable as possible.

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A Family Fun Guide to Activities in Schaumburg, IL

Although Schaumburg, Illinois, is a northwestern suburb of Chicago, you don’t have to drive to the Windy City to enjoy plenty of family fun. The village is home to both indoor and outdoor activities that will delight every member of the family. When it’s time for a family day, check out one of these awesome places for a day of fun.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

The entire family can get creative and be entertained at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. The center features 12 attractions that are fun for all the family. MINILAND will amaze both kids and adults. It is an interactive city made from more than 1.5 million bricks. Watch as the little city turns from day to night and the towers begin to glow, and try to find all the mini-figures that are hidden throughout. Kids can burn off energy playing on Pirate Adventure Island, or race against each other at the LEGO Racers Build and Test exhibit. Little ones can create masterpieces at Duplo Village and the family can work together on Kingdom Quest and Merlin’s Apprentice Ride. The LEGOLAND Discovery Center is open year-round, with standard operating times of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the last admission to the attraction at 5 p.m.

Mastermind Escape Games

If your family seeks adventure, then test your teamwork skills at Mastermind Escape Games. Work together to discover clues and solve puzzles in one of the themed escape rooms, to escape before time runs out. Do so, and your family will take their place on the wall of fame. Escape room themes include Sorcerer’s Secret, where you must unravel the mystery of a disappearance and escape a magic lair; an infected CDC lab; a crime scene from a bank heist; and travel through time. Book your time and themed room in advance, to make sure it is available.

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4 Fun Things to Check Out Near Woodfield Mall

After spending the day shopping until you drop at Woodfield Mall, Illinois’ largest shopping mall, have a little fun at one of the nearby attractions. Being a suburb of Chicago, Schaumburg has loads activities that will excite and delight every member of the family.

Arlington International Racecourse

If you love the thrill of horse races, head to Arlington International Racecourse and place your wager on one of the athletic thoroughbreds. The track is on West Euclid Avenue, about 6 miles northeast of Woodfield Mall. Watch the horses race around a nearly 2-mile-long synthetic oval track or a 1-mile-long turf track. Grab a bite to eat while you’re at the track from one of the walk-up restaurants, or make reservations for one of the fine dining options. The track hosts special events throughout the year with specific attire suggested. Be sure to check out their site so you can be prepared.

Medieval Times

Watch in awe as knights wield swords in epic battles at Medieval Times. Set inside a medieval spanish 11th century-style castle, six brave knights fight for the title of King’s Champion in this two-hour jousting tournament. As you dine on your four-course meal and sip on libations, you’ll watch falcons soar overhead and admire the equestrian grace and beauty. Special packages are available, which include priority access and seating, VIP seating, a cheering banner, Knight’s Rally Towel, and more. Before the show, be sure to check out the medieval artifacts and torture museum in the Hall of Arms. Medieval Times is about 4.5 miles northwest of Woodfield Mall on North Roselle Road.

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True Legends: 6 Classic BMW Models We Love


BMW is one of the leading manufacturers of luxury and performance vehicles. Over the years, it has created some legendary cars that are unlike any others on the road. Whether it is a quick roadster or a large luxury sedan, here are some of the classic BMWs we love.

The BMW 507 Roadster

The idea for the BMW 507 Roadster came from a U.S. importer named Max Hoffman. He wanted to create a roadster that would compete with other iconic sports convertibles on the road. This little car had a purpose-built chassis and came with a 3.2-liter engine, but because the build was so expensive, the price tag doubled during production. They were only able to sell 252 of these roadsters, although it is still considered one of the most beautiful cars BMW ever made.

The 2002 tii

In the 1960s, BMW came out with the 2002 tii in an attempt to revitalize the brand. This car had a unibody design with a squared-off look along with an independent rear suspension. It didn’t take long for this to become one of BMW’s best-selling vehicles. The 2002 tii came with a 2.0-liter 130-horsepower inline four-engine, and it featured direct injection. The shark-nosed front end and excellent handling helped add to the popularity of this vehicle.

The BMW 2002 Turbo

The 2002 Turbo was one of the first turbo vehicles ever built. This came with turbo graphics on the front bumper, so everyone knew that BMW was the first to hit the roads with this type of engine. The 2002 Turbo had a KKK blower, and although the manufacturer only built 1,672 of these, it made its mark in the automobile world by leading the way to the 2000C/CS E9, which became a popular coupe.

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Where to Get Delicious Steak in Schaumburg


If you’re in the mood for a delicious steak in Schaumburg, Illinois, you’re in luck! There are several steakhouses that serve up mouthwatering T-bones, prime rib, and ribeye to satisfy your craving.


Wildfire Schaumburg

Located a half-mile from the Woodfield Mall on East Higgins Road, Wildfire Schaumburg has received rave reviews for their signature dishes: Horseradish Crusted Filet, Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, Cedar Planked Salmon, and Wildfire Chopped Salad. The mouthwatering menu also includes daily and nightly specials, such as Jumbo Lake Superior Whitefish Piccata, and Filet Mignon Wellington. Gluten-free and kids’ menus are also available.

Wildfire Schaumberg also has an extensive wine list. Brad Wermager, Wildfire’s wine director, curated the list, and vintages are sold by the glass, half bottle, and bottle. Dine during happy hour—Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. to close—and enjoy half-price appetizers in the Martini Lounge. Reservations for lunch and dinner are recommended.


Texas de Brazil

Texas de Brazil is a meat lover’s paradise. At this churrascaria steakhouse, meat is cooked on large skewers and roasted over a barbecue grill. Passadores bring these skewers of various meats, such as beef, filet mignon, lamb, and duck to diners’ tables and slice pieces onto their plates.

Aside from the abundance of steak and meats, there is also a large salad bar that features salads, seafood, vegetables, and a changing assortment of sides. Be sure to save room for desserts like fried bananas and cheesecake.

The restaurant is located in Woodfield Mall and is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Happy hour specials are available 4:30 to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. There are also two pricing options: dinner and salad bar, or salad bar only.

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3 Best Schaumburg Spots for Craft Beer

There’s nothing better after a long day than an ice cold, craft beer. If you’re in Schaumburg, Illinois, you’re in luck—there are several places to choose from when deciding where to drink up. Check out these three best spots in Schaumburg for craft beer.


RAM Restaurant and Brewery

The team member-owned RAM Restaurant and Brewery has more than 30 locations, one of which is in Schaumburg. The brewery features their own handcrafted beer at this family-oriented restaurant and provides patrons with gracious hospitality and service. A number of seasonal beers are on tap including Barefoot Wit, which is a light and hazy Belgian-style brew spiced with orange peel and coriander, and Double Dipa, which is a New England-inspired Double IPA and includes Mosaic, Amarillo, El Dorado, and Mosaic Lupulin Powder. Be sure to check out the rotating selection of flagship craft brews that are served with nitrogen.

Aside from great craft beer, RAM serves up delicious dishes such as pretzel sticks and beer cheese fondue, truffle parmesan RAM chips, and bacon-wrapped prime meatloaf. Stop by for happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. for specials on flagship beers, wine, well drinks, and food. RAM is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.


Granite City Food & Brewery

Using Fermentus Interruptus, a patented process, Granite City Food & Brewery brews some of the best hand-crafted beer around. They have signature brews on tap, such as The Duke (Pale Ale), Batch 1000 (Double IPA), and Broad Ave. (Oatmeal Stout). Seasonal brews are also available throughout the year at this casual American restaurant. All beer is made in small batches, and their brewers craft more than 500,000 gallons of beer every year across their locations.

In addition to their tasty libations, Granite City Food & Brewery also prepares made-from-scratch dishes that are sure to please your palate, including artisan flatbreads, bison burgers, seafood, steaks, and more. After enjoying a delicious dinner and brew, be sure to save room for their seasonal sorbet or vanilla bean crème brûlée. The restaurant and brewery is open daily for lunch and dinner, and also serves brunch on Sundays.

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4 Tips to Maintain Your BMW’s Showroom Shine


There’s nothing quite like the look of the showroom shine on your BMW when you drive it off the lot. After taking it for a few spins though, that shine can fade. Dirt, bird droppings, snow, salt, and other debris build up quickly and wear down the paint. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to maintain your BMW’s sparkle.


Wash It Regularly

The first step to keeping a showroom shine on your BMW is to wash it regularly. Start by hosing down your entire vehicle with water. Next, fill a bucket with clean water and car wash soap, and use a soft cloth or sponge to scrub your car in sections. Rinse the soap off before moving on to the next section, and use a stiff brush to scrub your tires and wheel wells.

Once the car is clean, dry it with a microfiber cloth or chamois to stop water spots from appearing. When drying the rims, be sure you don’t touch the tire or else the microfiber will spread dirt.


Clean the Tires

Clean tires go a long way in giving your BMW have that showroom shine. After washing, get the wet, shiny look by applying tire spray or foam. Allow the spray or foam to sit for a few minutes, and then apply a second layer if necessary. Rubbing it in isn’t always necessary, so check the packaging for further instruction. Some sprays or foams are also best applied prior to washing your car, with a second application afterwards, so always read the directions first.

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The Top 5 Food Tours to Experience a Taste of Chicago


If you would like to know more about the culinary heritage and emerging trends of Chicago’s restaurants, booking a food tour is a good way to do so. Several themed tours are available for locals and tourists, introducing you to the secrets of creating delicious recipes. Find out more about the best ways to get a taste of Chicago below.


Chicago Favorites Food Tour

If you want to know what makes the locals excited about food in Chicago, this tour is a good choice. Starting at just $49 per person, you can visit the best pizza restaurants, taste the original local hot dogs, and pick up traditional brownies. You will also see how local beer is brewed, and learn about the history of the great city.

Starting at Bobby’s Bike Hike, this tour is offered either as a part of a biking package or as a walking event. The tour takes approximately three hours to complete and is suitable for all abilities. Apart from food, you will also visit some of the landmark buildings of Chicago such as Palmer House and the Millennium Park.


Chicago Beer Experience Tours

A great tour if you would like to find out more about Chicago’s history and colorful nightlife. You have three different routes to choose from: one covering Lincoln Park and Lakeview, another taking you through Wicker Park and Bucktown, and a third through the Loop and South Loop in the downtown area. You can experience the different beer styles of Chicago, as well as the tradition of the “beer and bacon” establishments in the 19th century, and visit the latest microbreweries in the area.

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Which BMW 2 Series Model & Trim Is Your Perfect Fit?

Customers are falling in love with the new features of the BMW 2 series. Find out below more about the best trims and specifications of the M230i and M240i that will make driving a BMW an unforgettable experience every time.


Sporty and Elegant at the Same Time

Both the 230i and M240i Coupe and Sedan are built for performance, with a great compact size, advanced body styling, and enough horsepower to enjoy every maneuver you make. The top horsepower of the M240i Coupe is 355, and it accelerates 0 to 60 in just 4.4 seconds, or 4.2 seconds if you choose the Xdrive upgrade: one of the best performances in the category. If you would like a car that looks great and responds to your driving style real time, the BMW 2 series is the right choice. If you choose the sedan, you will get great performance and horsepower, too.


Adjust the Drive to Your Needs

You can build your model to suit your needs and driving style. The best performance is delivered through the Xdrive models, giving you better steering precision, shorter reaction times, and faster acceleration. You can choose from several upgrades on the BMW 2 Series Sedan, such as the sun roof to feel connected to the world while hitting the highway. Both 230i and the M240i are offered in a coupe and convertible body style.

The Xdrive sedan and convertible can further be enhanced through different packages: the MSport package, including a sport steering wheel and leather seats, the 2-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system for great entertainment on board, and an advanced driver assistance package that utilizes ultrasonic sensors. If you love pushing the performance of your car, the BMW apps will track and compare your lap time with other users. You can also pick your gear box and transmission system.


Quality and Guarantee

Both convertible and sedan models come with a 4 year or 50,000 miles guarantee on the powertrain and main body, while you get a 12-year corrosion guarantee, one of the longest offered on vehicles today. This means that your coupé or convertible sporty car will look as good as new for longer. You will get ABS And Driveline Traction Control as standard for both models, BMW assist SOS call for those unexpected events, and side impact beams.


Navigation and Technology the BMW Way

You will love the 8.8-inch display on the 230i and M240i, which automatically updates the maps, so there are no surprises when you are driving on unknown roads. Take advantage of the optional wireless phone charger or turn your BMW into a WiFi hotspot to impress your friends. Even the basic 230i model comes with the ConnectedDrive navigation system and the iDrive 5.0 system. You will be connected, entertained, and thrilled when driving any of the Series 2 BMWs.

With the M240i getting a 98 out of 100 customer rating and on the best buy list of Car and Driver, you cannot go wrong choosing one of the BMW 2 series as your next car.


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