| Sep 2, 2014
| 3:30 AM
Peet's Coffee & Tea is embarking on a major expansion in Chicago, hoping to win over coffee connoisseurs with fresh-roasted beans and handcrafted drinks.
Peet's is getting ready to open 16 shops in the Chicago area in the coming months, many in former...
| Aug 31, 2014
| 1:46 PM
Where do millennials want to eat lunch?
If you are a marketing executive at McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, this is the question that keeps you up at night.
The rest of us have an interest because younger Americans, like members of all...
| Aug 30, 2014
| 1:13 PM
In the next few hours, tens of thousands of fans will descend on Grand Park for the first day of the Made in America festival.
The two-day event that could attract up to 50,000 fans during the Labor Day weekend isn’t just an experiment for...
| Sep 7, 2014
| 10:43 AM
Orange County's tourist development tax collections in July jumped 6 percent over the previous year, to $16.2 million, Orange County Comptroller Martha Haynie reported last week.
However, Rich Maladecki, president and chief executive officer of the...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 5:18 AM
Pedestrians passing by the new containers outside the Starbucks on the corner of Chestnut and Spruce streets in Winnetka this month will get a chance to become early participants in the launch of the village's Commercial District Recycling and Trash...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 8:51 AM
Little Joe's Famous Italian Ristorante, which closed its location in the Crown Centre shopping center in Frankfort in January, is finally open again in its new digs a few blocks away at 20805 S. La Grange Road in the Walt's Foods plaza in Frankfort.
| Sep 8, 2014
| 5:12 PM
My name is Jim. I'm a mall grandparent.
You can find us (grandparents) — by the hundreds — daily at a mall near you.
You'll see us pushing our progeny in strollers, accompanying them on carousel horsey rides and stuffing them with gluten...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 5:09 AM
Starbucks is having a "Fizzy Hour" offering it's new Fizzio Sodas for half-price through Thursday.
Stop in at participating stores from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and save 50 percent on any size of the new handcrafted soads.
No coupon is necessary.
| Jun 27, 2014
| 3:55 AM
It's Freebie Friday!
It's Friday and that means it's time for my freebie free-for-all! Check my ginormous list for freebies, savings and dining deals, including half off Starbucks Fizzio Sodas through Thursday, $10 off gas cards at Publix through Sunday...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 3:44 AM
Cool off at Starbucks with $2 cold ones after 2 p.m. when you make a morning purchase at participating stores starting Tuesday.
Buy something in the morning, keep your receipt and return in the afternoon to save a few bucks on a grande cold beverage...
| Jul 12, 2014
| 9:00 PM
I have a birthday coming up.
In honor of this milestone (a lady never reveals her age), I've rounded up a list of birthday freebies from A to Z so you, too, can celebrate with free gifts from restaurants and retailers. As a bonus, you'll immediately get...