| Jun 22, 2011
| 4:48 PM
The Chicago area was drying out, cleaning up and -- for many, waiting for the electricity to come back on -- after fierce storms blew down power lines, tore off roofs, uprooted trees and even upended some small planes.
The suburbs, mostly to the north,...
| May 21, 2012
| 10:49 AM
MIAMI — This year's crop of new and improved hotels in South Florida runs the spectrum from eco- and budget-friendly to extravagantly splurge-worthy. Chic boutiques, family-friendly chains and intimate hideaways all beckon to tourists — or...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 1:00 PM
Deep-frying a turkey is the final frontier for a cook on turkey day. No wonder Star Trek’s William Shatner was so drawn to it. But when television’s beloved Captain Kirk got burned – literally – while deep-frying his bird, the...
| Jun 17, 2011
| 3:37 PM
The sign in John Schneider's garage says "Schneider's Biker Bar — Bikes, Beers and Babes." Bikes and beers, yes, said the Shorewood electrician about his five-car castle.
"But no babes unless my wife or daughter come in, which they rarely do," he...
| May 4, 2012
I miss a lot of "special" weeks in this job, and the most recent victim was National Window Safety Week. While I doubt that the result was anything like the defenestration of Prague (the one in 1618, not 1419), I would be remiss if I did not mention at...
| May 10, 2012
With one high-profile haircut on the Paramount Studios lot, Vidal Sassoon vaulted to fame in Hollywood.
Flown in from London, he trimmed the tresses of Mia Farrow for her role in the film "Rosemary's Baby" — a $30 haircut that he calculated cost...
| Oct 7, 2011
As leaves flutter to the ground and the temperature begins to plummet, heating bills move in the opposite direction. Heat and oil prices continue to rise, which can cut a large chunk out of a home heating budget this winter.
While the weather is still...
| Oct 7, 2010
| 1:35 PM
Some foods, like soups and stews seem to taste better when they are reheated, while others foods like pasta salads and dips seem to benefit from time spent in the refrigerator overnight. When flavors "marry" over time, the results are delicious....
| Apr 20, 2011
Count us among the fans of Peter Rabbit Organics' new line of fruit and veggie squeeze pouches for babies, with flavor combos like carrot, squash and apple; pea, spinach and apple; and sweet potato, corn and apple.
Sure, we like that they're convenient...
| Mar 11, 2012
Energy is expensive. You can't drive to work without filling up your gas tank. You can't heat your home without oil, propane or electricity. It's only natural to look for ways to shave a few bucks off those costs, but be cautious if you try.
| May 10, 2011
| 8:35 AM
Senior living communities are designed expressly for a very special market of prospective residents, and include equally distinctive features.
From wide hallways to emergency call systems, from divided medicine cabinets to special lighting treatments,...