| 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...
| 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...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 4:04 AM
With some family history sleuthing, Aurora resident John Muschler learned that his great-grandfather Johann Friedrick Muschler and his older brother George Andreas immigrated to Aurora in 1852 from Germany when they were in their late teens and early 20s....
| Jan 13, 2015
| 4:44 PM
James Curleigh, clad in Levi's 501 jeans and a black leather jacket, strode onto the stage at the National Retail Federation's annual trade show this week singing The Beatles.
"You say you want a revolution, well, you know," Curleigh, president of...
| 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.
| Feb 13, 2015
| 2:30 AM
Q: I have a small display cabinet 21.5 in. high x 12 in. wide. Do you think it might be a doll cabinet? It was my mother-in-law's.
A: Looking at images sent, a casual observer could think that the reader's piece is a circa 1900-1920s china cabinet in a...
| Feb 16, 2015
| 6:15 PM
Two books arrived in my inbox recently that look like fun reads.
"Gironimo! Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy" documents one man's attempt to retrace the route of that year's infamous Giro d'Italia, which began with 81 riders but ended with...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 4:30 PM
On the top of my washer-dryer, there's a bucket full of old cut-up T-shirts and other scraps that we use for cleaning instead of buying paper towels. I stock up on six months' worth of toilet paper at a time -- it comes out to 50 cents for a giant roll....
| Nov 12, 2014
| 5:52 AM
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is open to working with eBay Inc's PayPal to expand its payment options, Bloomberg reported, citing an interview with the Chinese e-commerce company's vice chairman.
"If you look at our footprint of being the largest online...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 6:12 PM
Apple wants you to ditch your wallet and pay with your iPhone.
The company took aim Tuesday at the increasingly vulnerable credit card system, integrating a mobile payment system called Apple Pay into its new iPhones.
The effort, which has been...
| Oct 24, 2014
| 12:42 PM
The Waldorf Astoria retail space that once housed Perchance Boutique is transforming this weekend into a Christian Siriano pop-up shop where the designer will hawk his first fragrance.
The two-day pop-up at 11 E. Walton St. will open Friday 10 a.m. to 7...