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  • Elk Grove Village bans smoking at annual Rotaryfest Mar 12, 2015 1:51 PM
    Elk Grove Village’s annual Rotaryfest summer festival will be smoke-free starting this year. The village board approved an ordinance this week putting in place a smoking ban at the fest, held every June at Lions Park. The new rules were requested by the Rotary Club.

  • Palatine goes green with all-day St. Patrick’s Day fest Mar 12, 2015 2:00 PM
    Palatine will Paint the Town Green on Saturday, with the community’s fifth annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration including a parade, Irish Market and festivities in various businesses throughout the town.

  • St. Patrick's Day in the suburbs: More than a wee bit Irish Mar 13, 2015 10:54 AM
    It's easy being green come St. Patrick's Day in the suburbs. From kid-pleasing parades to adults-only bar bashes, we've got a long list of events to please the lovers of all things Irish. Many towns are celebrating this weekend with parades featuring Irish music, dancing, costumed performers and plenty o' green.

  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in St. Charles, East Dundee Mar 10, 2015 1:25 PM
    East Dundee and St. Charles celebrate St. Patrick's Day with parades Saturday.

  • Naperville’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade gets ready to roll out Mar 10, 2015 1:39 PM
    The Naperville-based West Suburban Irish group has a three-part motto: friendship, fun and service. Its members run a host of activities each year that fulfill that mission, but none more so than the Naperville St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which returns on Saturday to downtown.

  • Craft beer tasting coming to Naperville's Ribfest Mar 7, 2015 9:20 AM
    Naperville's Ribfest is latching on to the craft beer craze. Organizers of the 28th annual event say they will add a craft beer fest on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. From 1 to 5 p.m., people 21 and older who buy a $45 ticket can relax in the shade of a large tent and sample up to 18 3-ounce pours of craft and specialty beers. “We know how popular craft beer festivals are,” Portner said.

  • Ringling Bros. to give up elephant acts in 3 years Mar 6, 2015 5:34 AM
    The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says the “Greatest Show on Earth” will go on without elephants. Animal rights groups took credit for generating the public concern that forced the company to announce its pachyderm retirement plan on Thursday. But Ringling Bros.' owners described it as the bittersweet result of years of internal family discussions.

  • DuPage County Fair may open without grandstand Mar 4, 2015 5:36 AM
    The grandstand at the DuPage County fairgrounds may need to be shuttered as part of a plan to resolve hundreds of building code violations so the annual county fair can proceed as planned this July at the site in Wheaton.

  • Kellie Pickler, Kristian Bush to play at Ribfest Mar 3, 2015 5:55 PM
    July 4 at Ribfest in Naperville once again will be a country music showcase with two popular artists performing separate shows. Kellie Pickler and Kristian Bush each will perform Saturday, July 4, at the 28th annual festival at Knoch Park in Naperville.

  • Arts, crafts exhibitors sought for Schaumburg’s Septemberfest Mar 2, 2015 4:03 PM
    The village of Schaumburg and its Septemberfest Committee are accepting arts and crafts exhibitors to participate in the 36th annual Septemberfest Arts & Crafts Show. Applications are due Friday, April 10.

  • 5 things to do this weekend in the suburbs Feb 27, 2015 2:32 PM
    Get inspired at a home expo in Arlington Heights. Take the kids to blow off some steam in St. Charles. Or mellow out with a jazz concert in Glen Ellyn. That's just some of the fun going on this weekend in the suburbs. Find the details here.

  • Lombard awards grants to events, new businesses Feb 26, 2015 9:06 AM
    A variety of Lombard businesses and events are getting a boost from grants approved by the village board. Downtown retail business grants, for example, have been awarded to Mesa Home Video and Lori's Antique Jewelry, which are both opening soon at 130 E. St. Charles Road. The grants are each valued at $20,000 and will help fund interior improvements, including a new ceiling, concrete coring, glasswork, flooring, drywall, painting and heating and air conditioning. Funding for the grants comes from a village tax increment financing district.

  • Budget-friendly fun: Brass Ambassadors perform in Lake Forest Feb 24, 2015 1:02 PM
    Five professional brass instrumentalists perform classical, Dixieland and march selections as the Brass Ambassadors of the Great Lakes Naval Band perform in concert at the Village Church of Lincolnshire.

  • Craft beers driving success of Naperville’s Winter Ale Fest Feb 23, 2015 1:02 PM
    Naperville's Winter Ale Fest returns Feb. 28 to Frontier Park for the second year and he expects to draw roughly 4,000 participants. Last year’s inaugural fest drew about 2,500 in the middle of a punishing winter.

  • Disney raises Magic Kingdom tickets above $100 Feb 21, 2015 5:43 PM
    Walt Disney Co. raised the cost of a single- day admission to its flagship Magic Kingdom park in Orlando, Florida, by 6 percent to $105, breaking the $100 level for the first time.Prices for the company’s three other Orlando resorts will rise 3 percent to $97. At Disneyland and the Disney California Adverture parks in Anaheim, California, tickets will rise 3 percent to $99. The increases take effect Sunday.

  • Gurnee Days seeks nominations: Feb 19, 2015 5:07 PM
    Gurnee Days organizers are putting out the call for nominations to honor an individual or couple during the festival. Gurnee Days Corp. officials said nominations must be for a living individual or couple who has given selfless service to the village.

  • Lake Zurich trustee says Fourth of July fireworks show should not be obscured by trees Feb 19, 2015 5:08 PM
    Concerns about how well spectators can view Lake Zurich's Fourth of July fireworks show have been raised by a village trustee. The trustee, John Shaw, said he’s missed about a third of the Fourth of July show at Paulus Park during the last two years, mostly involving fireworks obscured by trees.

  • Wheeling will be forced to move fireworks show Feb 19, 2015 5:21 AM
    Wheeling is reinventing its Fourth of July celebration, and prime among the changes is a new venue for fireworks. Trustees this week approved a $25,000 contract with Melrose Pyrotechnics to run the show from the former 94th Aero Squadron restaurant at Chicago Executive Airport.

  • On the cheap: Chill out at Hawthorn Woods' Winter Carnival Feb 17, 2015 6:00 AM
    Do you wanna build a snowman? Hawthorn Woods celebrates the season with a snowman-building contest, sledding, old-fashioned wagon rides, music, games, entertainment, refreshments and more at its free Winter Carnival in Community Park. Don't miss two free days at the Shedd, too, Feb. 23-24.

  • Suburban Russians enjoy old-world Winter Festival Feb 16, 2015 5:37 AM
    Hundreds of people from all over the suburbs came to Des Plaines on Sunday afternoon to enjoy Russian food, music and culture. The sixth annual Winter Festival, held at Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 1800 Lee St., was like the Russian version of Mardi Gras, said coordinator Gordana Trbuhovich. It's one last celebration before Lent begins.

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