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  • ‘Madden NFL 15’ scores on new consoles Aug 30, 2014 6:15 AM
    “Madden NFL 15” is here to remind you why football is still so popular. It tosses you right into a high-stakes playoff showdown, with quarterback Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers fighting for a late score against cornerback Richard Sherman and the vaunted Seattle Seahawks defense. It’s a breathless showcase for “Madden” on the new-generation consoles, and it almost makes you forget about the league’s horrible summer.

  • Book notes: Meet ‘Flight 232’ author in Lake Forest Aug 30, 2014 6:15 AM
    Author Laurence Gonzales discusses his book "Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival" at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Lake Forest Bookstore, 680 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest. To register, call (847) 234-4420.

  • DVD previews: ‘Draft Day,’ ‘They Came Together’ Aug 30, 2014 6:15 AM
    “Draft Day” isn’t a sports movie so much as a procedural about backroom dealings, double-crosses and high-stakes trades. It’s about the games before the games. See for yourself when it comes out on DVD Tuesday, Sept. 2.

  • Review: The case against binge-watching TV Aug 30, 2014 7:33 AM
    It’s no secret technology is changing our television-viewing habits. Americans are increasingly engaging in a practice known as television binge-watching — going through several episodes of a TV show in a single stretch. But there are as many reasons to hate it as there are to love it.

  • Amazon cloud welcomes Twitch gamers Aug 30, 2014 7:42 AM
    To a non-millennial, someone who plays video games all day is a couch potato, and someone who watches the players is beyond understanding. Yet Twitch, the game-play video-streaming service, had to find a buyer because it needs more hardware to meet overwhelming demand.

  • 'Orange Is the New Black' is the second-most pirated TV show in the world Aug 30, 2014 6:00 AM
    “Orange Is the New Black,” Netflix's hit series about a women's prison, was the second-most-pirated TV show in the world. Online viewers are rampantly sharing files of the stolen videos, bypassing payments to cable firms and broadcast networks that rely on viewers to watch ads.

  • Septemberfest in Schaumburg continues through Monday Aug 30, 2014 6:39 PM
    Septemberfest in Schaumburg, with its blockbuster list of entertainment options and family-friendly atmosphere, opened Saturday and continues through Monday. From the Taste of Schaumburg, packed with 23 local restaurants, to its three stages of live entertainment, a craft fair with 250 vendors, fireworks on Sunday, a Labor Day parade and 18 carnival rides all three days, it all adds up to summertime fun.

  • Diaper Dash filled with the unknown at Naperville’s Last Fling Aug 30, 2014 8:13 PM
    The annual Diaper Dash race at Naperville's Last Fling festival was filled with the unplanned and unexpected.

  • Downtown St. Charles Hotel Baker hosts celebrity party Aug 30, 2014 10:53 PM
    The iconic Hotel Baker in St. Charles drew a glitzy party Saturday night celebrating the big day for the former co-host of "The View" Jenny McCarthy and "New Kids on the Block" singer-turned-actor Donnie Wahlberg. "The place looks gorgeous," said Shay Clarke, the general manager of a restaurant across the street.

  • 5 takeaways from a lackluster summer box office Aug 31, 2014 12:29 AM
    The movie of the summer might have been Marvel’s irreverent hit “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the top domestic film at the box office. Or it could have been Michael Bay’s sequel-reboot hybrid “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the lone movie to even approach $1 billion globally. When the season sputters to a close on Monday, the summer box office — regardless of whatever is added to the coffers by weekend front-runner “Guardians” — will be about 15 percent down from last year’s summer. Why did this summer fail to ignite at the box office?

  • On the road: Be a pastry chef, princess at the Peninsula Aug 30, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Peninsula Chicago offers experiences like Princess for a Day, Chicago Fire House Excursion, children’s baking classes and others for guests of all ages. Venetian Night offers plenty of views from the water or on the shore of Lake Michigan. Or celebrate the beauty of the lighthouses up on the Apostle Islands during a nearly three-week celebration on the shores of Lake Superior.

  • Gregg Hurwitz delivers in ‘Don’t Look Back’ Aug 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    A single mother takes a vacation that descends into hell in Gregg Hurwitz’s latest thriller, “Don’t Look Back.” Eve Hardaway decides she needs the break and becomes part of a tour group traveling through Mexico. One afternoon while exploring on her own, she discovers an isolated cabin and an intimidating man with machetes.

  • Street dance in Wauconda: Aug 29, 2014 5:10 PM
    Wauconda’s 15th annual street dance will is set for Saturday. Presented by the Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the village, the event will run from 3 to 11 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Wauconda.

  • New Coaster Challenge to benefit Special Olympics Illinois Aug 29, 2014 11:06 PM
    Special Olympics Illinois is proud to introduce a brand new fundraising initiative taking place on Sept. 28 at Six Flags Great America called The 2014 Coaster Challenge. Participants simply register, fundraise and ride the distance of a 5K, 10K or marathon (26.2 miles) on Six Flags Great America's world-class roller coasters.

  • ‘Mean Streak’ is filled with surprises Aug 29, 2014 6:00 AM
    Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, finds herself trapped in an isolated cabin with a man hiding from the world in “Mean Streak,” Sandra Brown’s latest dive into romantic suspense. Full of surprises and terrific characters, this is one of Brown’s best novels.

  • Libertyville's Mickey Finn's pairs lively atmosphere with home brews Aug 29, 2014 3:31 PM
    Mickey Finn's in downtown Liberytyville is a comfortable, if sometimes boisterous, gathering place to go with family or friends for an artisanal beer or two. But the convivial spot has more to offer than that homemade brew. Its still-evolving menu includes above-average pub grub and, depending when you visit, lively music.

  • Autumn movies get serious and scary with dramas and more Aug 29, 2014 3:21 PM
    Will “Annabelle” be as scary as “The Conjuring”? Will Christopher Nolan regain his mojo with “Interstellar”? Can Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels still be dumberer? Will Katniss convince us to see “Mockingjay, Part 2” in 2015? With the Daily Herald's Fall Film Guide as your road map, you'll be able to answer all those questions and more.

  • Cool shows for the waning days of summer Aug 29, 2014 6:00 AM
    For most of the summer, the shifting polar vortex slid down on the U.S. like an oversized beret. This made for some unusually pleasant summer evenings. But now the heat is back somewhat. So for those days when the air conditioner struggles, here are some entertainment options that may aid in the cooling-off process, such as "Fargo," "Life Below Zero" and even "Frozen."

  • Six tips for family fun at Naperville’s Last Fling Aug 29, 2014 11:01 AM
    For three days each year during the Last Fling, the 12-acre grounds at Naper Settlement become Family Fun Land. With Disney star meet-and-greets, kid-themed business booths and bounce houses galore, the area works hard to live up to the “fun” in its name, said Mary Cooke-Hall, Family Fun Land chairwoman.

  • Miley Cyrus’ date turns self in, posts bail Aug 29, 2014 5:37 PM
    The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who had been sought on an Oregon arrest warrant has turned himself in and posted bail, an Oregon official said Thursday night.

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