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  • Constable: When singles rule the majority Sep 28, 2014 5:57 AM
    For the first time in state's history, single adults make up more than half the population of Illinois. What does this mean for the suburban stereotype of a husband, wife, son, daughter and an adorable dog?

     
  • Low-cost pet vaccinations Sep 28, 2014 4:30 PM
    The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center’s Animal Care and Control Program offers two low-cost pet vaccination clinics in October. These are the last clinics until spring 2015.

     
  • Middle-class squeeze: From day care to health care Sep 28, 2014 6:09 AM
    Legions of middle-class families who are straining under the weight of accelerating costs for a range of essential services from day care to health care. And now a study by the Center for American Progress shows just how heavy the burden has grown: For a typical married couple with two children, the combined cost of child care, housing, health care and savings for college and retirement jumped 32 percent from 2000 to 2012 — and that’s after adjusting for inflation.

     
  • Overwintering favorite plants indoors Sep 28, 2014 6:01 AM
    The end of the summer doesn’t have to mean certain winter death to some of these flowering friends. We can bring tropical plants and tender perennials indoors and grow them as houseplants until they can return outside next spring.

     
  • Get a slice of Chicago culture on pizza tour Sep 28, 2014 12:01 AM
    In a city famous for its deep-dish pizza, tourists wouldn’t know that the locals more often eat a thinner-crust, tavern-style pie topped with homemade Italian sausage and cut into squares, not slices — unless they went on a pizza tour. Chicago is one of a handful of cities, like Boston, Milwaukee and New York, with companies that offer pizza tours. Chicago Pizza Tours owner Jonathan Porter takes his customers on a bus ride around the city that includes four stops over 3 hours to sample deep-dish, tavern-style and other eclectic pizza variations.

     
  • In the gym, exercise decorum Sep 28, 2014 6:54 AM
    Spend enough time at the gym and you’re bound to develop some pet peeves. It’s a communal space, shared by people with idiosyncrasies that can drive others up a wall — humming while running, staring while lifting or loud-talking while doing anything. While there is no way to avoid annoying somebody at some point, there are basic rules of gym etiquette to keep people from throwing you the side-eye.

     
  • Frequent fliers learn how to survive a plane crash Sep 28, 2014 6:12 AM
    Started as a training exercise for oil company employees who routinely flew to remote locations, the course is now open to frequent fliers willing to pay $265, although most participants are still sent by their companies. There are up to three classes a week.

     
  • Six Flags coaster marathon raises funds for Special Olympics Sep 28, 2014 7:08 PM
    The 2014 Coaster Challenge at Six Flags Great America on Sunday proved you don’t have to be on your feet to do a marathon. But while participants may have been resting their legs during the Special Olympics Illinois fundraiser, their lungs got quite a workout from all the screaming.

     
  • Roadside attractions still captivate travelers on Route 66 Sep 27, 2014 6:00 AM
    There's no doubt about it, cruising down Historic Route 66 through Illinois is a must for any auto enthusiast. The iconic highway starts right here in Chicago and you don't have to go far before you start encountering ultracool relics and reminders from the motoring heyday of years gone by.

     
  • Suds & Grapes: Midwestern Craft Beer and Wine-cations Sep 27, 2014 6:00 AM
    Beer and wine can be the basis of fine fall getaway, near enough to be affordable and so low on the travel-hassle scale. Combine an overnight with educational tours of burgeoning Midwestern craft breweries and sampling the fate of local grapes at wineries and tasting rooms.

     
  • Black lights can enhance Halloween decor Sep 27, 2014 6:00 AM
    Creating a spooky atmosphere when decorating for Halloween is the ultimate goal. People will go to great lengths to establish film-worthy special effects and ghoulish details. Using black lights when decorating can cast an ominous glow and establish the desired atmosphere.

     
  • On the road: St. Louis Oktoberfest adding carnival to festivities Sep 27, 2014 6:00 AM
    The 2014 Oktoberfest in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis promises to be the biggest in its history, with internationally acclaimed music, award-winning polka rock and a full carnival (just like the traditional Oktoberfest in Munich). Taste Talks is a three-day food festival inChicago featuring panel discussions, underground dinners and an all-star barbecue starring some of the nation’s favorite chefs.

     
  • Is that ‘cool’ tattoo safe? Sep 27, 2014 7:00 AM
    Tattoos seem more popular than ever, but is that artistic ink dangerous to your health? Little attention has been paid to that question, even as rates of skin cancer — the most common cancer — have been steadily growing.

     
  • Small farm plots help refugees settle in Sep 27, 2014 1:27 PM
    Lutheran Services has helped refugees farm for several years, but sought grants after some families asked to expand their plots, program supervisor Hillary Burbank said. Eighteen have beginner gardens of about 50 feet by 50 feet to grow food primarily for their own use, and eight families have advanced to larger quarter-acre plots, the products of which are sold at a farmers market and to the Iowa Food Cooperative.

     
  • Sleep-tracking apps: Do they work? Sep 27, 2014 7:45 AM
    If you’re like most Americans, then you’re probably within arm’s reach of your phone every waking hour. But can your phone also help you get a good night’s sleep? Dozens of apps in Apple and Google’s app stores promise to help you sleep better by giving you meditation tips or even playing soothing white noise.

     
  • Study: Artificial sweeteners may promote diabetes Sep 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice.

     
  • Girls Night out to benefit Palatine Township Senior Center Sep 26, 2014 12:28 PM
    Ladies 21 and over can sip, shop and pamper themselves all for a good cause Oct. 2 when the Palatine Township Senior Center hosts its annual Girls Night Out Fundraiser to benefit the center’s programs and services. The event takes place from 5:30-8 p.m. at Durty Nellie’s, 180 N. Smith St., in Palatine.

     
  • Oakton raises awareness about homelessness on World Habitat Day Sep 26, 2014 12:22 PM
    In honor of World Habitat Day, Monday, Oct. 6, Oakton Community College will call attention to the plight of the homeless by filling the Des Plaines campus courtyard through Friday, Oct. 10, with makeshift shanties built from discarded materials. The event is one of many the college is holding to highlight the problem.

     
  • Discover the rich rewards of quilting, weaving and embroidery at Fine Art of Fiber Sep 26, 2014 7:11 PM
    Have you loved an heirloom quilt to threads, and wish you could make a new one for future generations? Do you sit in awe of the people you see happily knitting on the train? Are your fingers itching to embroider flowers along the hem of an old pair of jeans? You may be channeling that age-old creative force that compels people to make things with their hands and express themselves through craftwork.

     
  • Doctor who helped develop Rogaine dies in Miami Sep 26, 2014 9:31 PM
    A South Florida dermatologist credited with helping develop the first baldness remedy recognized by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has died. He was 80.

     
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