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  • Lars Gavris, 17, of Hoffman Estates High School and recent graduate Gregg Lugo, 18, fine tune their Rube Goldberg machine, which was used to cut the ribbon on the new Boy Scouts recruitment center at Woodfield Mall.

    Scouts open recruitment center at WoodfieldMay 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Boy Scouts opened a Discovery Outpost Saturday at Woodfield Mall in an attempt to recruit more youngsters to the century-old “youth development” program. "This is the first one ever, so we’re just finding out what works best,” said Matt Thornton, interim Scout executive of the Northwest Suburban Council.

  • Priscilla Redmond, owner of Priscilla’s Express restaurant in Hanover Park, meets with Mayor Rodney Craig on Thursday.

    Hanover Park mayor touts new business, Education and Work Center in annual addressMay 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    In a village without a distinct downtown, Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig touted the economic growth along Barrington and Irivng Park roads in his look back at 2013. "We're on the right path," Craig told a gathering of business and community leaders Thursday.

  • The Sugar Factory restaurant in Rosemont will look similar to this location in Las Vegas.

    Sugar Factory coming to Rosemont entertainment districtMay 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Rosemont’s entertainment district is nearly built out — featuring bars and restaurants, a movie theater, bowling alley, comedy club, and recently opened indoor sky diving facility. Come this summer, add one more venue to the list: the Sugar Factory, an upscale candy store/bar/restaurant suited for kids and adults alike. "We’re not your average candy store where you’re just going to get Snickers,” said founder/owner Charissa Davidovici.

  • Preferred Randhurst when it was indoorsMay 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: William Hibsch of Des Plaines preferred Randhurst when you could walk around inside.

  • Des Plaines has little sense of historyMay 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Iris Seefeldt worries that Des Plaines leaders have too little sense of the city's history to recognize what a boon the 5 Corners area can be.

  • Naperville City Council members cleared the way for Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins at the southeast corner of Hillside Road and Washington Street in place of the gas station.

    Naperville council OKs Dunkin' Donuts near downtownMay 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Plans for a Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins at the southeast corner of Hillside Road and Washington Street was OK'd by the Naperville City Council. Two earlier plans for the intersection, including a McDonald's, were turned down. “I'm gratified that this use has been found for it,” council member Robert Fieseler said.

  • Carlos Tapia chef at Carlos and Carlos Restaurant cooks at Taste of Arlington Heights in 2012. Arlington Heights agreed to let Carlos and Carlos offer outdoor dining in Harmony Park.

    Carlos and Carlos to offer outdoor dining in Arlington HeightsMay 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    After a few objections from one trustee, Arlington Heights approved outdoor dining for a downtown restaurant at a public park.The Arlington Heights village board on Monday formally approved a request from Carlos and Carlos, 27 W. Campbell St., to create an outdoor dining space that will take up some of Harmony Park, a village owned public space starting later this month.

  • This is a rendering of a one-story option for downtown Barrington's retail redevelopment project at the southwest corner of Hough and Main streets, which village trustees approved Monday.

    Barrington approves 1-story option for redevelopmentMay 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Barrington trustees Monday allowed the developer of the stalled retail redevelopment at the southwest corner of Hough and Main streets downtown the option of dispensing with a second story for office space to get construction started this year. Representatives of the development partnership anticipate breaking ground near Labor Day.

  • Humberto Martinez Jr. and his wife, Sara McKinnon, plan to open O’Toole’s of Libertyville in the former Mickey Finn’s location on Milwaukee Avenue in the downtown area.

    Neighborhood feel the key to new restaurant venture in LibertyvilleMay 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Libertyville native Sara McKinnon and husband Humberto Martinez Jr. this summer will be opening O'Tooles of Libertyville in the former Mickey Finn's space on Milwaukee Avenue in downtown Libertyville. The couple also operate Timothy O'tools Pub in Chicago and Gurnee. This will involve an estimated $1.5 millioin renovation.

  • The owner of the former Wolf Camera property on Route 60 in Vernon Hills has received village permission to remove several trees.

    18 trees could be removed at visible Vernon Hills cornerMay 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    The busy corner at Fairway Drive and Route 60 in Vernon Hills could look much different with the removal of 18 trees. Village officials recently approved a change in the landscape plan for the former Wolf Camera property, which the owner said had been hampered because of poor visibility. “The wall of landscaping that blocks the building from Route 60, every tenant we talk to said that would have to go,” said Jason Smith.

  • The Barrington village board Monday will consider giving the developer of the long-anticipated Hough-Main redevelopment project a one-story option.

    Barrington considers one-story option for redevelopmentMay 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Barrington officials Monday will consider giving the developer of a long-awaited downtown redevelopment project at Hough and Main streets the option of building only a single story for stores and restaurants. “It's just giving them the flexibility to get started,” Barrington Village President Karen Darch said. “We definitely want to see this happen ASAP.”

  • A vacant, 1.2-acre property that sits at the Elk Grove Village limits at Devon and Ridge avenues has been purchased by the village, which has no immediate plans for the land. The village is paying $262,800 for the site.

    Elk Grove Village buys 1.2-acre vacant Devon Avenue propertyMay 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Elk Grove Village is buying a vacant, 1.2-acre property on Devon Avenue with no immediate plans for the land, but with an eye toward future redevelopment. The property at 300 E. Devon Avenue is on the northeast corner of Devon and Ridge avenues — what Mayor Craig Johnson called “a prime intersection.”

  • Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson delivers his state of the village address Thursday at an Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Holiday Inn on Busse Road.

    Elk Grove Village mayor discusses plans for TIF moneyMay 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Elk Grove Village has recovered from the Great Recession, but village officials want to do more to help the business community — concentrating most of those efforts on the nation’s largest contiguous business park that sits on the east side of town, Mayor Craig Johnson said Thursday during an address to local business leaders. “Our community is getting older. Our business park is getting older. We’ve got to update it,” Johnson said.

  • Wheaton is seeking a buyer to renovate a long-vacant building at 111-113 N. Main St.

    Wheaton hopes to sell Main Street building to developerMay 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    For roughly two decades, the two-story brick building at 111-113 N. Main St. in Wheaton has sat vacant. City officials hope that will change this year when they sell the building to someone who promises to convert the ground floor into a retail use and the second floor into an office or residential unit.

  • The new owners of Continental Towers in Rolling Meadows plan to refurbish the appearance of the complex, improve the landscaping and build a new parking structure. Rolling Meadows officials hope the changes attract more tenants to the 12-story towers.

    Owner plans new look for landmark Rolling Meadows towersMay 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    New owners are sprucing up one of Rolling Meadows’ most iconic landmarks, the three 12-story office buildings along Golf Road and the Jane Addams Tollway known as Continental Towers, in hopes of returning the complex to its early 1980s heyday. GlenStar Properties plans to build a parking garage over a retaining pond, refurbish the fronts of the three identical buildings, and make improvements to the lobbies, landscaping and drives that approach the buildings.

  • Spears Bourbon-Burgers-Beer, a new restaurant featuring gourmet burgers paired with craft bourbon and beers, opens Tuesday in Wheeling. The eatery is the creation of longtime restaurant entrepreneur Joe Romeo.

    New Wheeling eatery highlights burgers, bourbon and beerMay 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Spears Bourbon-Burgers-Beer — a gourmet burger cafe with a bourbon and craft beer bar — will open Tuesday at 723 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wheeling. The restaurant is the latest creation of Joe Romeo, who has designed and marketed restaurants for 30 years.

  • Kathy Hendershott is the owner of Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Geneva. She also owns a Hand & Stone in Wheaton, and hopes to open one in Naperville.

    Sit back and relax at new Hand & Stone in GenevaMay 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    A new business is open in Geneva along the Randall Road corridor aimed at helping you feel and look better. Hand & Stone opened May 3 at 1416 S. Randall, in the Randall Square Shopping Center, at the intersection of Randall and Fargo.

  • Morgan Stanley consolidates Barrington officesMay 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Morgan Stanley consolidated two Barrington offices to one and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the move Tuesday, according to a press release.

  • Batavia might extend ban on new non retail uses on Randall RoadMay 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Batavia aldermen are expected to extend a moratorium on letting businesses that don't produce sales tax set up in its big commercial districts.

  • The inflatable rats, here in downtown Arlington Heights to protest nonunion labor on the Arlington Downs project, have moved on.

    Arlington Downs settles labor disputeMay 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Developers of the Arlington Downs project agreed this week to use only union labor on the rest of the project going forward. The redevelopment, on the site of the former Sheraton Hotel next to the racetrack, lost four days of work last month due to the labor conflict.

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