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  • Wauconda equine therapy program helps special needs kids Jul 28, 2014 2:30 PM
    Evan Zaloudek, 29, is autistic. Though he is very friendly, he has had problems with speech development and verbalization, said his mother Lorna Zaloudek of Lindenhurst. But in the nine years since he started riding horses at the Partners for Progress barn in Wauconda, she said, Evan’s personality has developed, and his speech has improved. “Since he’s been at the barn, he has just blossomed into this man who talks to anybody and everybody,” Lorna Zaloudek said.

  • Did rain-free run boost Lake County Fair attendance? Jul 28, 2014 4:27 PM
    The 86th annual Lake County Fair closed Sunday and though final attendance hadn't been tallied, fair officials were optimistic. There were no rain days and new additions such as professional lawn mower racing were said to be crowd favorites.

  • Music highlights last day of Streamwood Summer Celebration Jul 27, 2014 5:27 PM
    The Streamwood Summer Celebration wrapped up Sunday with musical acts covering country music hits and the Beatles. The festival marked its 20th year in 2014, something reflected in the theme“A Roaring Good Time — Celebrating 20 Years of Summer Celebration.”

  • Beer, demolition derby close out Lake County Fair Jul 27, 2014 6:41 PM
    Visitors at the Lake County Fair’s final day Sunday were able to enjoy libations in a new way — the fair’s first craft beer festival. Fair organizers invited 25 craft breweries from the Chicago area and elsewhere to serve their finest selections Sunday.

  • Teen bands battle for prime gig at Algonquin Founders’ Days Jul 27, 2014 6:47 PM
    Five teen bands from Chicago and the suburbs hoping for a chance to play at the Illinois State Fair took to the stage at Algonquin Founders’ Days for the regional finals of the Illinois Teen Battle of the Bands. The competition was among the highlights Sunday of the final day of the 54th annual Founders’ Days, which ended with a fireworks show over the Fox River.

  • DuPage County Fair wraps up Sunday in Wheaton Jul 26, 2014 7:41 PM
    The Latting IPRA Rodeo took over the grandstand on Saturday at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton. On Sunday, demolition derby drivers will roar into the grandstand area — and each other — for the ever popular event at 1 and 7:30 p.m.

  • Mt. Prospect holds 15th Downtown Block Party Jul 26, 2014 6:09 PM
    The 15th annual Mount Prospect Downtown Block Party concluded Saturday with music from a variety of bands, food and beverages, and fun activities.

  • ‘Mow Down Showdown’ dazzles at Lake County Fair Jul 26, 2014 8:43 PM
    In a new contest at the Lake County Fair, competitors don full-body racing suits and helmets. Their rides? Lawn mowers -- you know, the machine used to cut grass. The U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association put on the display at the Grayslake fairgrounds Saturday.

  • Streamwood parade calls for a party Jul 27, 2014 7:58 AM
    Heinz and Trish Koch celebrated the Streamwood Summer Celebration parade by throwing their 16th annual party for family and friends. Trish said the “good food, family and the community” bring them together year after year. The festival continues until 8 p.m. Sunday at Hoosier Grove Park, 700 W. Irving Park Road, with a carnival, food, entertainment, a business expo, kids crafts and kids activities.

  • Colorful dragon boats compete on Lake Arlington Jul 26, 2014 10:30 PM
    Dragon boating, the world’s fastest-growing water sport, returned to Lake Arlington on Saturday. Aaron Soroka from Toronto, Canada, who oversees the event, said the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival, presented by PepsiCo., was “overjoyed to be back for a third year at Lake Arlington.”

  • Irish Fest gets warm welcome, continues today Jul 26, 2014 7:31 AM
    Irish Fest in Arlington Heights opened Friday night to a crowd ready to party. The annual two-day festival on the grounds of the Arlington Heights Historical Museum pulls together Irish song, dance, entertainment, food and vendors from around the Chicago area. The festivities resume at 4 p.m. today

  • Puerto Rican fest unites Aurora community Jul 26, 2014 10:11 PM
    It took the DNA of Christ to jump-start the 43rd annual Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival Saturday morning, and the Aurora-based band hit the mainstage with such joy and exuberance, it coaxed a bashful sun from its hiding place among the clouds. The festival continues Sunday with the annual parade at noon at the RiverEdge Park facility at 360 N. Broadway.

  • Rodeo, demo derby still ahead at DuPage fair Jul 25, 2014 10:01 PM
    The DuPage County Fair is swinging into the home stretch Saturday and Sunday with two of its biggest draws: the Latting IPRA Rodeo and the demolition derby. The rodeo takes over the grandstand at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton.

  • Dogs, cats steal show at Algonquin Founders’ Day Jul 25, 2014 4:59 PM
    The second day of the Algonquin Founders’ Days Festival began Friday as folks filed in with dogs and cats in tow. Some of the dog owners were dressed to match their pups, while cats were kept calm in pet carriers.

  • Sugar Grove honors longtime firefighter as Citizen of the Year Jul 25, 2014 10:21 PM
    It was fitting that Wayne Parson was thinking of others while he was being honored as Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year. Parson said he was reminded of the many previous honorees who wwere present as he received the award during the Sugar Grove Corn Boil 2014 festivities at Volunteer Park Friday.

  • An A-to-Z guide to enjoying the rest of summer Jul 25, 2014 6:12 AM
    If back-to-school sales and talk of fall have you thinking that summer is slipping away, don't despair. We still have a few weeks left to take in outdoor concerts, al fresco dining and blockbuster movies at the multiplex. So here's a quick A-to-Z primer on enjoying the last weeks of summer in the suburbs.

  • Rockin’ The Blocks continues Saturday in Palatine Jul 25, 2014 11:00 PM
    The Rockin’ The Blocks community block party featuring food, family fun and plenty of live music got underway Friday night and will continue from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Brockway and Slade streets.

  • Veterans, rodeo highlight Day 2 at Lake County Fair Jul 24, 2014 10:21 PM
    A tribute to veterans, cowboys doing their best to hang on to buckin’ broncos and a fireworks show that lit up the skies over Grayslake highlighted Day 2 of the Lake County Fair on Thursday.

  • County fair’s Education Day provides all sorts of lessons Jul 24, 2014 9:39 PM
    It was Education Day at the HYPERLINK ""DuPage County Fair Thursday and visitors at the Wheaton fairgrounds had the chance to learn all sorts of lessons.

  • Lake County Fair fan working it for 62nd year Jul 24, 2014 5:31 AM
    Arvilla “Annie” Petersen fell in love with the Lake County Fair as a 10-year-old when she had the grand champion steer in a 4-H livestock competition. Now 2014 marks her 62nd year working at the fair. “It's been a learning experience, plus I have made many, many great friends, so I've stuck with it,” Petersen said.

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