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  •  Jesse Frampton, 16, of Winnebago rinses Liberty, a 3-year-old Angus cow after checking in at the Kane County Fair. The fair opens Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

    Tigers, bull riding and pig races? Must be the Kane County Fair Jul 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    When Larry Breon of Batavia was growing up, he went to the Kane County Fair to show off his family’s cattle as part of the 4-H exhibition. “It was something you looked forward to all summer,” he said. “We weren’t in town a lot, so this was our big chance for getting around other kids.”

     
  •  Rib lovers can sample a variety of different cooking styles from professional vendors, like the team Armadillo, which returns to this year’s Lake in the Hills Rockin’ Ribfest.

    Test your taste buds at Lake in the Hills Rockin’ Ribfest Jul 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    Grab your forks and napkins and get ready to dig into some serious barbecue at Lake in the Hills Rockin’ Ribfest this weekend. Organizers are excited to bring in even more cooks by adding a new rib cooking competition. Local teams of amateurs will compete in the Lip Smackin’ Barbeque Smack Down Community Cook-off Sunday.

     
  • Jenny Kendall of Palatine, who had high hopes for her “blank canvas” of a backyard, is one of two grand prize winners in the Daily Herald's Get Your Summer On contest. Her $10,000 package includes a design by RYCO Landscaping incorporating Belgard patio pavers, lighting from NorthWest Lighting and Accents, a patio set from Northwest Metalcraft and plantings from Lurvey Garden Center. Gordon Food Service and Binny's will provide party fixings.

    Summer outdoor makeover contest winners named Jun 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Sometimes life doesn't turn out exactly as you plan it or you are so busy making ends meet, that you have no time or money left to indulge yourself. Those were recurring themes in the entries for our “Get Your Summer On” outdoor makeover contest. Our two grand prize winners illustrate both scenarios.

     
  • Outdoor makeover contest Week 5: Dreaming of a fiesta fabulosa Jun 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Tantalizing smells, cold drinks and voices raised in happy conversations. That is how I envision my backyard, as a relaxing outdoor living space, during out annual teaching department May fiesta.

     
  • Growing flowers and vegetables with children can teach them valuable life lessons and can help them connect with nature.

    Kid-friendly yards Jun 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Yards need to meet the needs of the entire family. They need to provide space and amenities for people of all ages to be able to enjoy the outdoors. So if your home has pint-sized or even mid-sized residents, you need to keep their interests in mind when designing your outdoor spaces.

     
  • Being at the low point of the neighborhood, rain and snow cascade into what used to be what this family calls “the great room.”

    Outdoor makeover contest Week 5: Bottom of the barrel Jun 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    We have always dealt with the backyard flooding, so much so that the ducks swim in our yard every spring. And although we love animals, ducks included, it is just another reminder that WE can't enjoy our backyard...at least someone is. Our backyard used to be a place where we could entertain and lay in the sunr the backyard makeover.

     
  • This nasty view is the result of a beautification project put on hold after a sewer line break. This trellised, torn-up corner was supposed to have a pondless waterfall, landscaping, plants and lighting.

    Outdoor makeover contest Week 5: A mud pit Jun 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Last summer, my husband and I started a backyard makeover project around our wooden deck. Over the course of several weekends, we jack-hammered out an old concrete pond and waterfall left behind by the previous homeowners.

     
  •  FieldTurf, an artificial turf gaining ground in home use, is particularly good for pet areas.

    Pet-friendly landscapingJun 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    The furry children in your life also need to be considered when you are planning your yard. It is all about how you put together the entire package so that you can enjoy your yard, and so can your dog, without one's enjoyment infringing on that of the other, according to Jean Bragdon, operations manager of Lurvey's Garden Center in Des Plaines.

     
  • With no patio, this family is constantly dragging mud into the house. They long for a nice place to barbecue without ruining their lawn.

    Outdoor makeover contest Week 5: Muddy paw print Jun 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    For a very long time, I have dreamed of putting a patio in my backyard so we weren't constantly dragging in the mud and outdoors as well as to have a pretty place to sit and enjoy the yard.

     
  • This yard just needs some finishing touches to be perfect for summertime fun.

    Outdoor makeover contest Week 4: Need more color May 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    We spend so much time in our yard, a nice makeover will be a wish come true. I have tried my best to make it great but something is missing still and any help from professionals will be like winning a megamillion lottery!!

     
  • This family would like to use the natural area and meditation meadow behind their yard as inspiration for a backyard makeover.

    Outdoor makeover contest Week 4: Dreaming of a natural retreat May 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Our backyard is the reason we bought our house. It backs up to a meditation meadow that provides a sense of peace and opportunities to observe wildlife in the middle of the suburbs.

     
  • Belgard suggests the homeowner replace the old wooden deck with a Belgard Mega Arbel paver patio with a seat wall, fire pit and grill enclosure.

    Outdoor makeover contest Week 4: Young family with big dreams May 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Practically everything in our yard is old and falling apart. When we moved in a few years ago, there were beautiful bushes at the back of our property that blocked the view into our neighbor's living room. First one bush died, then another.

     
  • A grill island, like this Harmony Bristol model by Belgard, is a way for the cost-conscious to enter the outdoor-dining arena.

    Chicagoans are pioneers when it comes to outdoor cookingMay 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    The residents of Chicago's suburbs have always loved spending as much time as possible outdoors during the warm weather months, probably as a result of all the time they are forced to spend indoors when the snow is falling and the winds are blowing relentlessly. In fact, we are even known as pioneers when it comes to outdoor dining, in particular, because the iconic Weber grill was invented and tested in Northwest suburban Mount Prospect and it has been produced in Palatine for years.

     
  •  A planting bed, incorporating an existing evergreen tree, could include flowering shrubs, ornamental trees, perennials and grasses.

    Outdoor makeover contest Week 4: Kitchen window view May 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    As a mother of two young children, I spend a good deal of time standing at my kitchen sink doing dishes while staring out the window into my backyard.

     
  • Special series gives backyard, grilling tips May 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Each week the Daily Herald's yard and garden experts are offering their advice on ways to turn boring yards into the envy of the neighborhood. And we have 20 finalists competing to win backyard makeovers.Later this spring, five of these yards will win the makeover or prize package that was suggested by our experts. Prizes packages include a patio makeover, fire pit package, water feature and an entryway package.

     
  • LED lighting gives the homeowner a safe way to enjoy the backyard at night.

    Outdoor makeover Week 3: Sliding door to nowhere May 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    We recently had our kitchen remodeled and had a sliding glass door installed. Now we have to step down onto an old kitchen cabinet to get outside. We have an old fireplace which is a bit rusty and has seen better days. We enjoy cooking out on the charcoal grill even through the winter.

     
  • Container flower gardening on balconies, decks and patios is also quite “hot” as far as gardening trends.

    Great fixes for small outdoor spaces May 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Sometimes, as we all know, the best things come in small packages. That can also be true of outdoor living spaces. While many people like to be able to spread out when they are outside, some of the most charming outdoor spaces are those created in a small entryway, balcony, courtyard or patio.

     
  • A seating group by Berlin Gardens in all-weather poly-wood.

    Outdoor makeover contest Week 3: From start to finish May 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Our daughter and son-in-law never seem to have time to donate to working in the backyard nor do they have an interest to start the project. With 2 children, 5 and 3 there is always something to be done.

     
  • This condo offers unique challenges in backyard design.

    Unique condo patio makeoverMay 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    My project is unique because I live in a two-story townhouse style condo and the existing space is very small. I’ve never seen a makeover for a condo patio/outdoor living space. The lack of space is why I think my backyard deserves a makeover.

     
  • A seat wall and expanded paver area will give this yard a larger place for the owners to enjoy the outdoor space.

    Outdoor makeover week 3: The place to be! May 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Having been a licensed daycare provider for 10 years now I will say that my backyard belongs to the 9 little people that I care for everyday. When my 11-hour day comes to an end I very much enjoy a relaxing evening with my husband and a glass of wine sitting outside and socializing with everyone that comes out in the summer after a long cold winter.

     
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