| Mar 13, 2015
| 6:17 AM
It was dark in the old KAGRO space where The Contemporary was showing off the "Bubble Over Green" lighted art installation. And Rachel Naomi Greene, 28, was dressed in her usual all-black ensemble. But the Hampden resident's aesthetic was easy to see from...
| Mar 12, 2015
| 12:26 PM
Some came to the Town & County Club Wednesday sporting their "indestructible" bracelets of power, while others came with just the fire from within to do for others.
They are the Malta House of Care 2015 "Wonder Women" honorees.
The seven, former...
| Mar 7, 2015
| 9:32 AM
As retail nightmares go, road construction is a reliable bogeyman. Traffic snarls. Obstructed storefronts. Dust, noise and scaffolding keeping shoppers away.
But for some businesses on Chicago's historic Jewelers Row, Monday's closing of a stretch of...
| Mar 9, 2015
| 4:10 PM
It's common for people to be worried about being taken advantage of when buying or selling things on Craigslist.
The website is very hands-off in monitoring its transactions. Its terms of service specify it's not liable for any harm resulting from...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 1:07 PM
Ever wonder why gift cards are so popular? They're easy for the gift-giver but even more popular with the stores. Reason? Because retailers know that as many as 10 percent of gift cards will never be redeemed. I must admit, I have a few still lying around...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 6:46 PM
It isn't every day that a longtime business suddenly closes.
In fact, at the A-Treat Bottling Co. plant in Allentown on Monday, it seemed like business as usual for the 97-year-old soda maker.
Kids were shoveling the snowy sidewalks. Distributors came...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 6:51 PM
Rebecca Minkoff is bringing her high-tech store concept to Chicago.
The New York-based fashion designer plans to open her first Chicago boutique this year at 106 E. Oak St., most recently the home of Italian leather handbag shop Furla.
| Jan 23, 2015
| 2:30 AM
Q: What can you tell me about this platter inherited from my grandparents? Does the mark indicate that it was made between 1870-1896?
A: Noting that "Ltd." is missing from the mark on her ceramic piece, our reader wonders if the wording (or lack thereof)...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 6:07 PM
For years, eating McDonald's Big Mac Special Sauce on something other than the Oak Brook-based company's own menu items has been a foodie's fantasy.
Now, McDonald's has made the possibilities for enjoying the relish-mayo-mustard-onion-garlic...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 6:30 PM
Many people aspire to start their own business. They may have an excellent business concept, and the skills and knowledge to excel, but founder on this reality: There is a very high rate of failure for newly started small business.
One major reason for...
| Mar 4, 2015
| 3:26 AM
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — In this mid-South city of more than 100,000 people, which was the scene of one of the Civil War's bloodiest battles, a group of about 30 people gathered to celebrate the art of a pioneering African-American photographer who...