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  • Des Plaines Alderman Dick Sayad changes vote on summer fest operator Feb 3, 2015 4:31 PM
    Des Plaines 4th Ward Alderman Dick Sayad has changed his vote on hiring an outside firm to manage the city’s downtown summer festival, but his switch will not kill the plan. Sayad said he was concerned after later reading comments from the operator that the festival was unlikely to break even this year.

     
  • Officials focusing on code violations at DuPage fairgrounds Feb 4, 2015 6:13 AM
    Before DuPage County Board members can decide whether the county fair should continue using its existing location beyond 2020, they first want to know if there will be a fair this July. “If they can't bring the property into code compliance,” said James Healy, chairman of the public works/facilities committee, “you cannot have a fair this year.”

     
  • Budget-friendly fun: Embrace winter at Mayslake event Feb 3, 2015 2:54 PM
    You've cursed the snow, now embrace it with horse-drawn hayrides and more at Oak Brook's Wonders of Winter event at Mayslake Peabody Estate. It's one of the weekend's free entertainment options.

     
  • Elgin Literary Festival welcomes writers and readers of all ages Feb 3, 2015 3:18 PM
    The Elgin Literary Festival, billed as “a free celebration of the written word for readers and writers of all ages,” is the brainchild of Elgin author and resident Karly Kirkpatrick. The Daily Herald caught up with Kirkpatrick to find out more about this new festival, which runs Friday-Sunday, Feb. 6-8, in downtown Elgin.

     
  • Schaumburg seeks entries for art shows Feb 2, 2015 4:37 PM
    The village of Schaumburg is currently seeking artist entries for the 2015 Prairie Plein Air Competition and Show and the 28th annual Prairie Arts Festival. The Plein Air Competition seeks original paintings or drawings created outdoors depicting any location within the village of Schaumburg.

     
  • Sunday picks: See 'Groundhog Day' in Woodstock Feb 1, 2015 6:00 AM
    Screenings of the 1993 film “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, at the Woodstock Theatre are part of Woodstock's annual Groundhog Day activities.

     
  • On the road: Michigan resort hosting snowboarding festival Jan 31, 2015 7:00 AM
    Snowboard enthusiasts will want to get to Boyne Highlands Resort in Michigan for the 2015 Burton Mountain Festival Presented by MINI, an eight-stop, on-snow community snowboarding festival for riders of all ages.

     
  • Weekend picks: Giordano Dance premieres 'Shirt' Jan 31, 2015 6:00 AM
    The Windy City's own internationally famous Giordano Dance Chicago performs a repertory concert featuring the world premiere of Ray Mercer's “Shirt Off My Back,” Autumn Eckman's revised “Moving Sidewalks” and revivals of other works on Saturday at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

     
  • 5 things to do this weekend in the suburbs Jan 30, 2015 2:40 PM
    Super Bowl parties don’t have to be the only activity you pencil in this weekend. There are a number of options for suburban fun — from a comedy on stage in Oak Brook to a weekend of Groundhog Day fun in Woodstock.

     
  • Weekend picks: Uncle Lar plays Zanies Rosemont Jan 30, 2015 6:00 AM
    Chicago-area comedian Larry Reeb, informally known as “Uncle Lar,” sarcastically expounds on all kinds of controversial topics this weekend at Zanies at MB Financial Park in Rosemont.

     
  • The film is the focus at Woodstock Groundhog Days festival Jan 27, 2015 2:45 PM
    Although not all of the activities associated with Woodstock Groundhog Days are linked to the movie “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray, the film is the focus of the city’s festival, which starts Thursday, Jan. 29 and runs through Monday, Feb. 2. “The movie was the catalyst. There was no Woodstock Groundhog Days before the movie came out in 1992,” said Rick Bellairs, member of the Woodstock Groundhog Days Committee.

     
  • Budget-friendly fun: ‘Groundhog’ celebration in Woodstock Jan 27, 2015 5:30 AM
    Experience more than a little déjà vu this weekend with free screenings in Woodstock of the movie "Groundhog Day." The 1993 comedy, actually filmed in Woodstock, stars Bill Murray as a grumpy weatherman forced to live the same day over and over again.

     
  • Weekend picks: The shadow knows if spring is coming Jan 27, 2015 2:43 PM
    He's no Punxsutawney Phil, but our own groundhog will be the celebrity guest of the Groundhog Days activities in Woodstock, including a chili cook-off, a charity dinner, bowling events, trivia contests, film screenings and a whole lot more.

     
  • Sunday picks: Feel the beat at 'Stomp' Jan 25, 2015 6:00 AM
    The internationally acclaimed percussion revue “Stomp” returns with new routines and out-there objects to make drummed-out music at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago. Vladimir Kulenovic conducts the Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra in "Hopes, Confessions, Testaments” featuring the music of Mozart, Schumann, Ives and Rachmaninoff at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake. And get some great new ideas for renovations around your home at the Home and Garden Expo at the Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace.

     
  • Weekend picks: Local comedians share standup bill Jan 24, 2015 6:00 AM
    Chicago-area comedians Denise Ramsden and Nate Weatherup share a standup bill at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. See the classic 1939 Frank Capra film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. And get some great new ideas for renovations around your home at the Home and Garden Expo at the Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace.

     
  • Families warm to ice carving demonstrations in downtown Wheaton Jan 25, 2015 8:19 AM
    "Frozen" stars Elsa and Olaf will greet Wheaton shoppers and diners downtown, at least until they melt. They started as blocks of ice and were transformed into shimmering sculptures in the city's first ice festival Saturday. “The kids just love this,” said Paula Barrington, the head of the Downtown Wheaton Association.

     
  • Weekend picks: Country's Dan + Shay come to Genesee Jan 23, 2015 6:00 AM
    Dan + Shay, semifinalists for ACM New Artist Of The Year, perform their hit song “19 You + Me” and others tonight at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. The Mustangs take listeners back in time with Woodstock-era hits at Dock's Bar & Grill in Wauconda. Aurora University faculty perform chamber and solo music from a variety of French composers in the “La France” concert in the Crimi Auditorium at Aurora University in Aurora. And Chicago-area comedians Denise Ramsden and Nate Weatherup share a standup bill at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

     
  • Naperville’s Ribfest bringing The Band Perry in for July 5 finale Jan 23, 2015 4:27 PM
    Naperville’s Ribfest is bringing The Band Perry to perform on the festival’s final day — Sunday, July 5. The Band Perry, a sibling trio from Greeneville, Tennessee, gained country music fame in 2010 with the hit “If I Die Young.” “This is one of our attempts to take our music up a level from last year,” said Don Emery, Ribfest marketing chairman.

     
  • Dog adoption part of arboretum's Husky Heroes event Jan 23, 2015 12:44 PM
    Even if the snow doesn't return to the Morton Arboretum this weekend, the Siberian huskies will ­— along with their sleds. The annual Husky Heroes event is returning for the 14th year and is expected to attract several thousand visitors. Huskies will also be available for adoption. Can you resist their sweet faces?

     
  • Fox River Grove ski tournament marks 110 years this weekend Jan 23, 2015 5:16 AM
    While most suburbanites would welcome this week's warmer temperatures, Fox River Grove residents are praying for snow. The Norge Ski Tournament marks its 110th year this weekend in Fox River Grove. Organizers said with temperatures rising keeping the slopes snowpacked will be a challenge.

     
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