| May 17, 2013
| 1:11 PM
Movie awards show season is over, but for the parents of toddlers, the season of wardrobe changes and costume malfunctions has just begun. “I would bring at least three tops and two bottoms, a pair of shoes and a hat, to any summer outing,”...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 3:16 PM
With Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, expected to give birth any moment now, the world is on royal baby watch. And the British papers are in overdrive reporting every minute detail of what Kate is — or possibly could be — buying for...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 1:09 PM
Congratulations to Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on the birth of their son, an 8-pound, 6-ounce boy born on Monday. And, after the media frenzy of the last week, as the world waited breathlessly, now what?
| Jul 27, 2013
| 5:06 PM
Fewer than 20 days after the last bell rang for the 2012-2013 school year, big box retailers launched their annual back-to-school promotions.
Advertisements for 25-cent boxes of crayons and brightly colored displays of glue sticks and notebooks...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 11:14 AM
Book a sitter, grab your biggest shopping bags and sharpen your elbows, friends; it's time to run through some of Chicagoland's best children’s consignment sales. For a few extra bucks, many offer presale access to new parents, consignors and...
| Mar 11, 2013
Having watched screener after screener of Gypsy Sisters, trying to come up with a preview that didn’t give away everything, I’ve decided the hell with it — ’tis better to recap than blow the show beforehand because I'm too inclined...
| Mar 11, 2011
| 3:10 PM
Saturday, March 12, is a big day for children's resale in the Chicago area. This is the day when the DuPage County Fairgrounds hosts FOUR simultaneous consignment sales run by separate nonprofit organizations. It's a real opportunity to combine the low...
| Mar 18, 2011
| 7:49 AM
If you buy used clothes for your kids -- or yourself -- you probably want to be out hitting some of the big resale events in the Chicago area Saturday. Here's a probably-incomplete list:
The Parenthesis Family Center consignment sale in Oak Park. 405 S....
| Mar 26, 2011
| 3:52 PM
The top deals this week in the Sunday Chicago Tribune include a $10 dog food coupon, $10 Build-a-Bear coupon, free toothpaste and toothbrushes at the drug stores, 7-cent bags of Halls, and incentives to buy a Keurig at Target.
| May 29, 2011
If chi-chi baby and toddler gear makes your heart beat a little faster, the Plush consumer trade show (short for "posh little urbanites show") will have you praising the luxury gods.
The show, which is scheduled to take place Sunday, June 5, at...
| Dec 12, 2011
For years Pete Schaefer was an executive at McDonald's Corp., jetting back and forth to booming markets in Asia. Today, he runs the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and a road trip to Rockford counts as a notable departure.
Going from a multibillion-dollar...