| Oct 18, 2013
| 5:28 AM
What happens when you rediscover your fear of heights while standing on a six-inch-wide beam jutting 180 feet over the open ocean?
You walk the six or so paces to the end and smile, wind-whipped and terrified, for the camera. And then, of course, you...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 4:49 PM
Anyone who has tried to travel while minding a serious diet probably has had to compromise. After being offered only risotto or pasta at several restaurants in Italy, a vegetarian friend ordered "steak and baked potato, but hold the steak" in self-...
| Oct 13, 2013
Give any Arizona guidebook a glance, and a few dozen locales will be described as "a former copper mining town." That's also true for Bisbee, nestled near the Mexican border in the state's southeast corner. But the similarities stop there. Bisbee boasts...
| Feb 24, 2014
Wesley M. Dixon Jr., a pharmaceutical executive, over the years chaired the boards of leading arts, health and educational institutions in the Chicago area, including the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
"Wes was the most important businessperson in...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 6:28 AM
For nature lovers it is paradise: Ecuador's Archipiélago de Colón, islands better known as the Galapagos. Located in the proverbial "middle of nowhere" in the Pacific Ocean, 600 miles from the coast of Ecuador, these remote islands of volcanic origin...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 5:40 AM
DuPage County health officials say they have linked two cases of Legionnaires' disease to a hot tub at an LA Fitness club in Naperville.
The men came down with the respiratory disease toward the end of October, according to Jason Gerwig, a spokesman...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 12:03 PM
More than a million people visited the Chicago Botanic Garden this year, setting a record at the 41-year-old sprawling garden in Glencoe.
Attendance at one of the Chicago area's leading tourist attactions has steadily increased in recent years.
| Oct 3, 2013
| 3:44 AM
I pity the foolish mugger who attempts to rob David Jones' family with anything less than a grenade launcher.
Jones is a seventh-degree black belt in Shotokan karate. So is his wife. Both of their daughters are black belts as well, and they compete...
| Apr 4, 2014
Leftovers from this week's grand opening of Universal's Cabana Bay Beach resort hotel:
•Ten shuttle buses run between the hotel and theme parks, and they're painted to resemble woody station wagons. (From a few angles, you can see a surfboard...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 5:52 PM
Poking around in the petunias, fixing the car or puttering around on other hobbies can cut the risk of a heart attack or stroke by more than a quarter among people 60 and older, researchers said Tuesday.
A study published in the British Journal of...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 5:23 PM
A poll conducted by L.A. Fitness in December 2012 showed that the top New Year's resolution for 2013 was not the usual health-conscious promise to exercise more or to drink less. No, people wanted to read more books.
And read they did ... or at least,...