| Jan 14, 2014
| 6:30 PM
A Gallup poll released Jan. 6 showed that Americans' daily spending has rebounded to an average of $96, the highest since the financial crisis in September 2008. That's not counting normal household bills or big purchases.
By coincidence, I've been...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 8:53 AM
Clearance toy aisles offer particularly good deals in the early weeks of January, but who needs more toys?
I use this time to stock up my "birthday closet."
With a 3-year-old preschooler and a 5-year-old kindergartener, birthday parties are often on...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 12:53 PM
Beanie Babies creator Ty Warner, who in October pleaded guilty to tax evasion, said that he should receive probation when he is sentenced by a federal judge later this month.
In a filing Wednesday in federal court that also describes his being a...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 6:04 PM
People waited in line for as long as seven hours in wind chill readings as low as 19 degrees below zero to pick up donated toys for their children and grandchildren the morning of Christmas Eve.
Academy Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson,...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 2:13 PM
One hundred years from now, when historians look back at the most significant events of 2013, they will probably conclude it was the "Year of the Milk Jug."
Just think about all the clever uses we shared this year for something ordinarily tossed in...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 6:33 PM
Uncle Fun, a popular Lakeview toy store known for its quirky tricks and trinkets, plans to close its doors Jan. 26, the store has announced.
The store at 1338 W. Belmont Ave. has been around for more than three decades and sells everything from Pez...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 7:18 AM
American author Ridley Pearson met with Teenlink at the 30th annual Miami Book Fair International to talk about his young reader adventure novels “The Kingdom Keepers” and “Peter and the Starcatchers,” as well as his newest novel,...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 3:12 PM
The feud between fashion doll giants MGA Entertainment Inc. and Mattel Inc. got another infusion of legal juice on Monday, when Bratz maker MGA sued Mattel over allegations that the Barbie maker filched trade secrets at toy industry conventions.
| Jan 8, 2014
| 11:00 AM
Growing up with a brother 12 years my senior, it was tough finding things in common.
In 1997, he was interested in sports, girls and other things most high school boys are into.
I was 9. I wasn't into sports at the time and girls were still seen as...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 10:54 AM
Each December, a couple of weeks before Christmas, a few men gather in a downtown Naperville steakhouse to eat, drink, be merry and shop.
The tradition began about nine years ago when Tim Grosser, a global account manager for Hewlett-...
| Dec 21, 2013
Christmas is right around the corner and I haven't finished my shopping. This year I've got several kids on my list, and searching for ideas, I came across these gifts, all under $40.
>>Do you know a kid that loves space? The Green Toys Rocket ($24.99)...