| Jun 23, 2014
| 2:51 PM
1. Fun with cardboard boxes
Last year, my son and I went to "Unboxed," a pop-up shop sponsored by the ChicagoChildren's Museum, whose sole focus was to encourage creative play with cardboard. Dig up that old shoe box currently housing bits and bobs,...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 8:23 AM
Catch the Fourth's fireworks displays without enormous crowds at these off-the-beaten path spots.
Plainfield Park District
It doesn't get much more patriotic — or cute — than a red, white and blue bike parade. Throw in touch-a-truck,...
| Jun 27, 2014
NAPERVILLE — "I'm going to show you guys some cool self-defense stuff today," a muscular young man named Mike Corey tells the group of kids clumped around him on the Naper Settlement lawn one bright morning earlier this month. "Everybody has...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 4:16 AM
Former Chicago White Sox pitcher Jose Contreras on Wednesday sold his seven-room condominium unit on Lake Shore Drive on the Gold Coast for $825,000.
A Cuban defector and a key part of the Sox’s 2005 World Series-winning team, Contreras, 42,...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 12:32 PM
The spot: 31s Street Beach and playground (3100 S. Lake Shore Drive, 312-742-5121, cpdbeaches.com/beaches/31st-Street-Beach)
Why it's a gem: The trifecta of an awesome ADA-accessible playground, beautiful beach with southern views of the skyline, and...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 1:49 PM
At the Shedd Aquarium, it is possible, at times, to imagine yourself as a fish swimming in a crowded school — especially if you try to head downstream while everybody else in the place is going up.
Drawing more then 2 million visitors each year to...
| Jun 19, 2014
The World Cup is under way, continuing through July 13. Because just about all the World Cup matches begin at 5 p.m. or earlier Chicago time, this is more an early-bar event than a restaurant thing. Nevertheless, a few restaurants are stepping up (and...
| Jun 22, 2014
The Body Art Expo, which bills itself as the world's largest tattoo convention, has set up shop this weekend on family-friendly Navy Pier. Tattoos have come a long way since being a sure sign of irresponsible behavior or youthful mistakes. Here are 10...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 4:36 AM
Dutch DJ and producer Afrojack pegged the crowd at 3,000 for Jennifer Lopez's June 20 performance on “Good Morning America” in New York. Afrojack, who collaborated with Pitbull, Ne-Yo and Nayer on the 2011 hit “Give Me Everything,”...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 8:42 AM
For Friends of Prentice's 28th annual gala at Navy Pier on June 14, more than 700 guests enjoyed "Some Enchanted Evening," the delightful theme for an event that raised funds to improve the quality of health care for women and infants. The black-tie...
| May 22, 2014
| 3:20 PM
Every Memorial Day weekend, IndyCar drivers set their sights on winning the Indianapolis 500, aka the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
And some drivers, such as Scott Dixon, make a spectacle of themselves off the track.
Like when the 33-year-old New...