| Jan 24, 2012
Unlike a new lamp or a chair that you would set in a room, occasionally dust and otherwise forget, the plant you cart home from the garden center has needs, like food, water and good soil.
New gardeners itching to get their hands in the soil can...
| Jan 29, 2012
Every winter, widespread chemical dumping leaves Chicago streets covered in sodium chloride. Here are 10 facts you don't have to take with a grain of salt:
1. Salt has seasoned English in many ways. Because Romans put salt or brine on their vegetables,...
| Sep 23, 2011
| 4:36 PM
A Naperville dentist who authorities say sparked a fatal crash when he drove the wrong way on the Reagan Memorial Tollway in DuPage County died this afternoon after languishing in a hospital for several weeks.
William A. Howe, 43, was pronounced dead...
| Sep 24, 2011
| 4:08 PM
The death of a Naperville dentist who caused a fatal crash when he drove the wrong way on the Reagan Memorial Tollway and died after being hospitalized for several weeks has been ruled a suicide.
William A. Howe, 43, was pronounced dead Friday at...
| Sep 26, 2012
Seventy years have passed since four little girls in crisp white blouses and plaid skirts shared graham crackers, nap mats and giggles at St. Barnabas School in Chicago's Beverly community.
It was 1942. Rosalie, Kathy and Mary Jane were in one...
| May 23, 2012
| 1:37 PM
School is winding down and the days are stretching out, which is the perfect time for fun at the old ballpark, beach, street fair, and all the other seasonal frolics that Chicagoans dream about during the dreary winter months. But don't forget that...
| Oct 24, 2012
Above the Grove Portage Trail at the River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook, the canopy of trees was taxicab yellow. With the sun pouring down from above, the colors glowed.
Beneath them, we walkers gaped at the view, pointed our cameras and counted...
| Nov 11, 2012
The Christmas Schooner
Have yourself a City of Big Shoulders Christmas at the Mercury Theater, the current home of the beloved Chicago musical, “The Christmas Schooner.” Created by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, “Schooner”...
| Dec 2, 2012
That adage that couples who play together stay together? P.J. and Donna Smith are that couple.
Married in 2000, they have worked together for more than 18 years and spend most of their leisure time fly-fishing. Or talking about fly-fishing. Or attending...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 1:40 PM
Chicago music has long gone gaga over the Brits, and not simply because the city's two leading opera companies are, or were, run by thoroughly capable Englishmen – Anthony Freud at Lyric Opera and Brian Dickie, who retired last year after 13 seasons...
| Apr 30, 2011
Yesterday: No blossoming dandelions in sight on the lawns in our neighborhood. Today: Dandymania. Here's a cell phone picture of the first yellow blooms of the season in our dreadful yard. This marks the resumption of hostilities between me and......