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  • Doughnut and ice cream shop coming to Elk Grove Oct 19, 2014 4:30 PM
    A combination Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins is proposed to open next spring inside a shuttered Pizza Hut location in Elk Grove Village.

     
  • Hospital stay inspires Geneva teen to help others Oct 19, 2014 7:18 AM
    Spending 14 weeks in hospital beds and a wheelchair could have ruined the summer for 15-year-old Lindsey McDonald of Geneva, injured when a horse fell on her. But she chose to concentrate on making life a little better for other patients at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, where she noticed other children weren't getting any gifts — “not even a balloon” — and their families struggled.

     
  • The glutes are key components for hip stability Oct 18, 2014 7:00 AM
    Does your job have you sitting on your rear most of the day? If so, chances are you have some muscle imbalances — most likely in your core and hips. The glutes are key components in both hip stability and mobility. They work alongside many other muscles of the midsection to keep you moving efficiently. If the glutes are weak or not working at all, it could be compromising the surrounding muscles of the low back, hamstrings, hip flexors, and abdominals — which can lead to systemic mobility issues.

     
  • Family no longer knows who owns late-sibling’s house Oct 18, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. My sister, who I hadn’t seen in years, died recently in North Dakota. The neighbor who phoned me said the house was vacant when she died. I don’t know if she still owned it. How can I find out without making a trip to North Dakota?

     
  • Unit owners can attend any board meeting Oct 18, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. Can the board assemble outside the presence of unit owners to discuss association matters?

     
  • Warren jazz bands perform: Oct 18, 2014 1:01 AM
    Warren Township High School’s jazz bands will perform Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at the Almond Campus, 34090 Almond Road, Gurnee.

     
  • How to eliminate third party-settlement costs Oct 18, 2014 1:00 AM
    In a recent article I proposed that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac be removed from limbo and given a new mission: to create a better primary mortgage market. Among other things, this would include the elimination of third-party settlement costs.

     
  • Lucas fills in details on Chicago museum Oct 19, 2014 3:05 PM
    George Lucas is filling in some details on his planned art and movie memorabilia museum, including how the California native settled on Chicago as a location over San Francisco. It was his wife’s idea.

     
  • Winberie’s closing after nearly 30 years in Buffalo Grove Oct 19, 2014 2:59 PM
    After 28 years in Buffalo Grove, Winberie’s Restaurant & Bar is closing. The parent company announced Winberie's will serve its last meal -- brunch -- on Oct. 26. But Select Restaurants plans to bring a new eatery to the same location on Lake-Cook Road.

     
  • Sisters in Crime workshops coming to Schaumburg Library Oct 20, 2014 8:16 AM
    A day of free writing workshops, offered by Sisters in Crime Chicagoland and Mystery Writers of America Midwest, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, in the Adult Classroom of the Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg.

     
  • Kids paint pumpkins, touch trucks in Libertyville Oct 18, 2014 9:55 PM
    Saturday's annual Pumpkin Fest in downtown Libertyville and Cook Park is a fall tradition that provides fun activities for families, including entertainment, pumpkin painting, a food collection and crafts. The Libertyville Junor Women's Club and local Rotary clubs provided 1,000 pumpkins to festival goers in exchange for a food dontation to benefit the Libertyville Township Food Pantry.

     
  • Simmons moves to head of the class in ‘Whiplash’ Oct 18, 2014 6:30 AM
    Jonathan Kimble (J.K.) Simmons is sitting in a Chinese restaurant in Manhattan, recalling the myriad names he’s gone by over the years. But by any name, you’re more likely to know Simmons by his rubbery face, seen in everything from Broadway to insurance ads. In Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash,” he plays a drill sergeant of a jazz conductor at an elite New York music conservatory, pushing a young drummer (Miles Teller) to extremes.

     
  • DVD previews: ‘Sex Tape,’ ‘Snowpiercer’ Oct 18, 2014 6:30 AM
    A married couple accidentally makes takes their "Sex Tape" public. An uprising unfolds on a futuristic train in "Snowpiercer." And a young woman returns from the dead in "Life After Beth." All three films are available on DVD Tuesday.

     
  • App reviews: Leaf Peepr, NBA Game Time Oct 18, 2014 6:56 AM
    The Leaf Peepr app offers a great guide if you want to catch the leaves changing color this fall. NBA's Game Time app lets users track their favorites teams and players.

     
  • Plant alliums now for late spring color Oct 18, 2014 6:01 AM
    When we think about planting bulbs, our thoughts turn to tulips and daffodils. While it’s true the spring landscape wouldn’t be the same without these staples of spring, alliums should be included in bulb-planting schemes.

     
  • Book notes: Mario Batali intros new book at Tivoli Theatre Oct 18, 2014 6:45 AM
    Chef, restaurateur, TV personality and author Mario Batali introduces his new book, “America Farm to Table,” co-authored by Jim Webster, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove.

     
  • Not all video games are harmful Oct 18, 2014 7:00 AM
    For all the talk about how video games rot our kids’ brains (they’ve been linked to lower academic performance in college students and a lack of empathy in teens), there’s evidence that they can be used for good.

     
  • On the road: One-time-only art walk in Logan Square Oct 18, 2014 6:30 AM
    Take a Sunday stroll with soul as you visit neighborhood artists’ studios and galleries on a walking tour of Logan Square. If you think coffee shops are out of their gourds with pumpkin drinks, get a load of the 2014 Sycamore Pumpkin Festival.

     
  • Review: Aether Cone learns your music tastes over time Oct 18, 2014 7:31 AM
    The idea behind the $399 Aether Cone is that over time, it learns your listening habits and weighs such factors as whether it’s a lazy Sunday morning. It then plays what it thinks you’re in the mood for. I was skeptical because my music tastes vary depending on how I’m feeling at any particular moment. But I’ve come to enjoy its sometimes-surprising musical tours.

     
  • Bone-chilling cold can’t curb parade of dogs Oct 18, 2014 6:59 PM
    Perhaps it was fitting, given the bone-chilling weather, but Saturday’s Halloween costume pet parade at Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect was dominated by the dogs. “This is Cody, and he’s a prisoner,” Megan McNally said of her goldendoodle pet, adorned in a black-and-white striped prison inmate costume and wearing a cap reading “Bad Dog.” “We came up with it because he’s a pretty bad dog,” the 13-year-old Arlington Heights girl said.

     
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