| 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...
| 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 11, 2014
From memory-foam mattresses to cordless vacuums, many useful products can be traced to the U.S. space program.
Perhaps none comes equipped with the dazzling entertainment value of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the pyro-powered, laser-shooting arena-rock...
| 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 30, 2014
| 4:00 AM
"The Interview" wasn't supposed to change the way Hollywood movies are released. But perhaps the most lasting effect of the raunchy comedy could be in the way Americans go to the movies — or don't.
The farce at the center of a crippling...
| 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 24, 2014
| 10:56 AM
On Wednesday, Sony announced it would release the embattled comedy "The Interview" on a host of digital platforms--including Google Play, Microsoft Xbox and YouTube--and make it available for rental or purchase from Christmas Eve through the holiday...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just the beginning. Welcome, Americans, to the official start of the holiday shopping season.
No matter how much you all-caps the message “Christmas was invented by corporations to get consumers to spend more...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 2:47 PM
On a holiday, dinner out can be the best gift of all. Local hotels and resorts are always good bets for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining, and many restaurants are planning lavish menus as well. Here is a sampling of what's on the menu Dec. 24 and...
| 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 –...