| Jan 1, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Around the first of the year, I always write a column on fashion resolutions.
Usually I keep it fairly universal -- tips for the average person that address seemingly widespread problems or struggles with shopping, wardrobes or personal style.
| Mar 13, 2014
| 12:42 PM
Ratebeer.com last month announced that it has more than 250,000 different beers reviewed on its site. With a nearly endless array of breweries and beers, there is a type for almost anyone. Whether you like a crisp, cool pilsner or a funky wild ale aged in...
| Mar 16, 2014
Casey O'Halloran and Bridget O'Connor, best friends since high school, have always been crafty. They launched their do-it-yourself blog, DIY Playbook (thediyplaybook.com), in March 2013.
"Our motto is that we have big-league decorating dreams on a...
| Mar 16, 2014
Naive and barely 23, I was still a believer in the luck of the Irish. I even expected it would help make my wish to get married come true.
Just to make sure, I planned to propose on the night of March 17, St. Patrick's Day. And since Marianne Dunne...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 12:47 PM
You need not have cousins in Cork or Mayo to stir up a few Irish dishes. Not with this trio of new cookbooks with their enticing recipes and beautiful photos.
Take "My Irish Table: Recipes from the Homeland and Restaurant Eve" by Cathal Armstrong and...
| Mar 9, 2014
| 4:17 PM
Tinley Park kicked off St. Patrick’s Day festivities Sunday afternoon with its annual Irish parade and what Mayor Ed Zabrocki called “the biggest crowd we’ve had in 15 years.”
Ireland’s Consul General in Chicago, Aidan...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 6:28 AM
Thousands of people from the Tri-Cities area are expected to line Main Street in St. Charles on Saturday afternoon for the city's 15th annual St. Patrick's Day parade.
"People are anxious to get outside ... and we are more than happy to give them a...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 1:46 PM
Students and staff at Wredling Middle School in St. Charles took some time on Monday morning to recognize the achievement of one District 303 community member that few ever realize: turning 100 years old.
John H. Wredling, for whom Wredling school is...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 9:31 AM
Although St. Patrick's Day is more than a month away, St. Charles is already gearing up for its 15th annual parade March 15.
Last year's parade drew nearly 8,000 spectators and hundreds of participants from 80 local organizations and businesses,...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 12:42 PM
Back in the mid-1800s, tensions were mounting between the U.S. and Mexico. Contemporaneously, many Roman Catholic, Irish immigrants to the U.S. were experiencing discrimination in their mostly Protestant adopted home.
With hostilities breaking out...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 11:17 AM
Downers Grove Police arrested several people and issued multiple tickets during a crackdown aimed at drunken drivers during the week leading up to St. Patrick's Day.
Five people were arrested and charged with driving under the influence during the...