| Nov 24, 2014
| 2:27 PM
It's George Bailey and the characters of Bedford Falls as you may have never seen (nor heard) them before: live and on the radio circa 1946.
Kicking off its fourth season, Naperville's BrightSide Theatre will present "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 10:48 AM
Wearing a Santa hat and fueled by seemingly boundless energy, Eric Smoot on Sunday helped pack several vehicles with Christmas presents destined for women and children in a Gary, Ind. homeless shelter.
Smoot and his business partner, Silviu Gansca,...
| Dec 20, 2014
This column generally is all about planning your own Florida getaways, but this time of year it's more likely that family and friends are getting away to visit you in sunny Central Florida.
That's nice, but face it, no one wants to spend the holidays...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Martavius woke up in his 13th foster home this Christmas morning.
There is no shame in that. But there is profound sadness, understandably.
"It's kind of hard," he said, "because I see so many kids get to spend it with their actual parents and they're...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 8:15 AM
The ukulele player is smoking hot and the mai tais are as smooth as summer surf.
It's Christmastime in Honolulu and the crowd at the Chart House Waikiki is watching the sun set over Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and rockin' out to strummed versions of "Santa...
| Dec 14, 2014
| 10:38 AM
Forget the Ting Tinglers – and even the Jing Jinglers.
If the Whos down in Whoville really wanted to make noise, they should have consulted the musicians and singers of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the resilient holiday rock opera that returned for...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 12:45 PM
For adults, the allure of store-bought treats on St. Nicholas Day wore off long ago.
However, the pleasure from receiving other treats to celebrate did not.
Waxy chocolates wrapped in gold foil and sticky bunches of ribbon candy don’t seem that...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Happy new year everyone! We still have one more weekend to celebrate the holidays and all of our traditions. Even though I celebrate Chanukah, I do have my warm and fuzzy Christmas traditions as well. Christmas Eve means two things in my house –...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 12:05 PM
Even if it's closer to Christmas Day than Groundhog Day, an evening trip to Woodstock — the one in McHenry County, not the one written about by Joni Mitchell — reveals more than a few flashbacks to 1993.
For example, you stumble across a...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Winnetka ushered in the holiday season Dec. 5 with the annual Winnetka Tree Lighting at Metra Park, across the street from Winnetka Village Hall.
A Douglas fir, planted a few years ago by the Winnetka Park District, festively glowed with white lights...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 6:30 AM
After all the hype and hoopla, shopping and wrapping, partying and planning, Christmas Day is finally here once again. Following on the heels of the eight-day observation of Chanukah, which culminated just the other night, our homes have been full of...