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Matt Arado

Staff Writer

Matt Arado is a part-time writer at the Daily Herald who focuses primarily on music coverage and feature stories for the paper's weekend entertainment section, TimeOut! He also works on Saturdays in the Daily Herald's Lisle office as the daytime DuPage County reporter.

Arado joined the Daily Herald's local news staff in 1999. He covered several beats while on staff, including the communities of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Mount Prospect.

In 2006, he starting splitting his time between writing feature stories for the paper and working on the daytime copy desk. He specialized in stories about pop culture, and in 2007 launched a popular DVD review column.

He was named to the Daily Herald's new Suburban Edge reporting staff in 2008, covering education and pop culture. In 2009, Arado switched to a part-time schedule so he could pursue a master's degree in fiction writing and teaching at Columbia College Chicago.

Arado has received a number of awards for his writing during his career, the most recent being a 2009 award from The Associated Press for a feature story about suburban record stores. He graduated from Lawrence University with a degree in English. He grew up in West suburban La Grange, and now lives in Chicago. Follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/matthew.arado.

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Music notes: Bobby Bare Jr. plays Schuba’s

Apr 17 2014 | 3:14 pm - The great Bobby Bare Jr. returns to Chicago in support of his latest album, "Undefeated." Plus, Chicago rapper Twista will bring his rapid-fire vocal style to Durty Nellie's in Palatine this weekend.

Record Store Day expected to rock in the suburbs

Apr 18 2014 | 6:22 am - The lines could start forming as early as 6 a.m. on Saturday as dozens of suburban music fans eagerly wait for their local record store to open. Such a sight would have been all but unthinkable a decade ago. But it happens every year now on the...

Closed Mount Prospect banquet hall has new owner

Apr 10 2014 | 6:00 pm - Bristol Court banquets, a well-known celebration spot in Mount Prospect that closed abruptly last month, has a new owner, according to village officials. Monty’s Elegant Banquets of Bensenville has acquired the building at 828 E. Rand Road...

‘Star Wars’ creator eyes Chicago for museum

Apr 10 2014 | 6:06 pm - "Star Wars" creator George Lucas is considering Chicago as the site for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, which will celebrate visual storytelling from Norman Rockwell's paintings of everyday life to the exotic space aliens of Lucas's movies.

Music notes: Eleventh Dream Day playing Hideout Sundays

Apr 08 2014 | 5:55 pm - The golden age of pop comes alive again this weekend in St. Charles, when Little Anthony & the Imperials and Paul Revere & the Raiders perform at separate concerts at the Arcada Theatre.

Classmate of murder suspect wants to end confusion about names

Apr 09 2014 | 6:49 pm - Jimmy E. Eaton, a Palatine native who now lives in Utah, says his Facebook page "has blown up" since a former classmate was charged in connection with a 1997 murder. The reason is that the classmate has the same first and last names as Eaton. "It's...

Family moved by support after toddler’s tragic death

Apr 06 2014 | 6:05 pm - Emanuel Szyszka said he's been stunned by the outpouring of support his family has received in the wake of the tragic death of his 3-year-old sister, Zuzanna Bzdek, who police said was killed by her father, Robert Bzdek, in a murder-suicide. Szyszka...

Age Well DuPage event gives seniors tools for healthy living

Apr 06 2014 | 5:56 pm - Hundreds of seniors and soon-to-be seniors from all over DuPage County gathered Sunday in Glen Ellyn to learn how to stay active, fit and healthy as they get older. The College of DuPage hosted the second annual Age Well DuPage event, which provided...

Fire destroys Warrenville home Sunday morning

Apr 06 2014 | 5:44 pm - A house in Warrenville was destroyed early Sunday by a fire that investigators believe was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. No one was injured in the blaze, Warrenville authorities said.

Cost inching up for Mt. Prospect golf course renovation

Apr 03 2014 | 6:38 pm - Cost continues to be something of a moving target for the Mount Prospect Park District as it finalizes plans to renovate the district golf course. The park board recently learned that the renovation phase of the two-phase project could cost more...

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