| Apr 13, 2014
| 12:14 PM
Lake house by lake house and weekend retreat by weekend retreat, the second-home market is gradually recovering, providing opportunities for sellers who want to shed their homes and for buyers looking for good deals.
Sales of new and existing vacation...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 2:30 PM
When it comes to football on TV this fall, advertisers hope to open a new line of scrimmage.
Yes, they want to get their commercials on NFL games to reach some of TV's biggest audiences, but they also hope to use the introduction of Thursday-night...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 6:40 AM
Lincolnshire-based barcode printer maker Zebra Technologies Corp. said it would buy Motorola Solutions Inc.'s enterprise business, which makes rugged mobile computers, tablets and barcode scanners, for $3.45 billion in cash.
The deal will allow Zebra,...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 1:08 PM
Greenhouse gas emissions in the United States dropped by 3.4% in 2012, federal environmental regulators reported Tuesday.
The decline over the previous year was driven mostly by power plant operators switching from coal to natural gas, improvements in...
| May 21, 2014
| 7:29 AM
After the coffee. Before making my NBA and NHL predictions.
The Skinny: I'm all caught up with FX's "Fargo." Last night's episode had some of the most beautifully shot scenes I've ever seen, although I'm sad about the ending. That's not a spoiler, by...
| May 23, 2014
| 9:02 AM
Although a city-hired consultant is suggesting removing 216 structures from a list of historic houses and commercial buildings in Laguna Beach, some residents want more off the list — namely their own properties.
Property owners said during a...
| May 12, 2014
| 2:22 PM
Chicago-area homebuilders are playing a game of catch-up after a rough winter delayed construction.
And while they remain concerned about the broader economy and its effect on consumers' outlooks and their wallets, builders are smiling again.
| May 22, 2014
| 9:01 AM
Mortgage rates fell for the fourth week in a row, with Freddie Mac pegging the average for a 30-year fixed home loan at 4.14%, down from 4.2% last week.
Not since the end of October have rates been so low, according to the survey -- an enticement for ...
| May 24, 2014
| 1:53 PM
Gather premium plants and inspiration on how to arrange them at Bethlehem's Garden Walk at Cressman's.
The nursery, garden center and gift shop at 2349 Linden St. (former Moose & Bug Florist) features two greenhouses (one to open next year) and an...
| May 22, 2014
| 1:49 PM
More Chicago-area homes came on the market in April than in any month during the past four years, a good sign for buyers stymied by a lack of inventory during their home search this spring.
Still, the number of available homes listed through the local...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 1:59 PM
Lyft, the ride-sharing service known for the pink furry mustache on its drivers’ cars, is growing. The company expanded into 24 mid-size cities across the country Thursday. It’s great news for the sharing economy. But should we really be...