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  • Wheaton library to discuss renovations, opening of coffee cafe Feb 26, 2015 1:36 PM
    Wheaton Public Library officials may open a coffee cafe on the west side of the library building. “The space was always intended to be a coffee cafe or some type of space like that and so we’re very excited to have the opportunity to have that in the library,” library board President Christine Fenne said.

  • Dodgeball tourney fights brain cancer in memory of Wheaton classmate Feb 26, 2015 1:58 PM
    It’s time to dip, dive, duck, dodge and have a blast as Franklin Middle School in Wheaton hosts its third annual Dodgeball Classic Tournament to benefit the school and the Ross K. MacNeill Foundation.

  • Long, hard February? Not for DuPage photographers Feb 25, 2015 3:52 PM
    Each week’s DuPage County Neighbor section includes at least one entry in our Photo Finish photography contest. Our photo staff picks some of its favorite submissions to run each week and then one overall monthly winner. This week’s entries sum up our February.

  • No injuries in Wheaton blaze Feb 25, 2015 5:13 PM
    No injuries were reported in a blaze in the 100 block of West Madison in Wheaton, authorities said. Firefighters were called to a basement fire in a single-family home at 12:52 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said. On arrival, authorities said crews found the fire had extended to the first floor.

  • Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Feb 26, 2015 11:11 AM
    The Illinois State Rifle Association and will be sponsoring their annual Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Springfield, IL.

  • Wheaton College student accused of recording woman in shower Feb 24, 2015 6:23 PM
    A Wheaton College student is accused of secretly making videos of a female student while she showered in a college-owned apartment, officials said Tuesday. Wheaton resident Alexander Lim, 24, has been charged with one count of unauthorized video recording, a class 4 felony, according to a DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office news release.

  • Green STEM Tour to visit Knoch Knolls Nature Center Feb. 27 Feb 25, 2015 6:25 PM
    Middle school and high school teachers from DuPage County will visit Knoch Knolls Nature Center on Friday, Feb. 27 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. as part of an all-day workshop by SCARCE (School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education), a Glen Ellyn based nonprofit organization. The tour will be the first since the Naperville Park District received notice in mid-February that the Knoch Knolls Nature Center achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

  • For $30, get a taste of downtown Wheaton’s eateries Feb 23, 2015 6:35 PM
    Samplings from more than a dozen restaurants in downtown Wheaton will be available under one roof Thursday during the Downtown Wheaton Association’s second annual In Good Taste Toast. The toast, which will run from 5 to 8 p.m. at Toms Price Home Furnishings, 303 E. Front St., is the kick-off event for the city’s Restaurant Week, which runs March 9 to 13.

  • Why hands-free driving isn't risk-free Feb 24, 2015 5:58 AM
    Thanks to technology, drivers can conference call, set up a play-date, yell at underlings, order pizza AND drive with a hands-free device. Yet, safety experts warn, hands-free doesn't mean risk-free. “You need your brain to drive and you need your brain to talk,” cognitive psychologist Paul Atchley cautions. “If you try to do both at once, you increase the risk of being in a crash.”

  • New Emmett’s Ale House coming to downtown Wheaton Feb 24, 2015 9:57 AM
    A new Emmett's Ale House will be opening soon in downtown Wheaton, filling a Front Street space that has been occupied for years by The Bank restaurant. Emmett’s CEO and Owner Andy Burns said he hopes to see the new restaurant and brewery open by early April. The Bank’s ownership group will hold “a minority interest" in Emmett's and the current workforce will remain.

  • Naperville native's Antarctica journey inspires play Feb 22, 2015 8:32 AM
    Being outside his comfort zone doesn't bother Naperville native and playwright Mat Smart, who chose for his most recent excursion one of the most isolated places on earth: the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Smart spent three months in this “cruel, beautiful, inhospitable environment,” and his experience inspired “The Royal Society of Antarctica,” a play making its world premiere at The Gift Theatre in Chicago.

  • Constable: From convent to Sisterhood of Honey Bears Feb 24, 2015 9:43 AM
    A reunion of the Honey Bears, who've been in hibernation from Chicago Bears games since Super Bowl XX, will raise money for a charity in Addison on Friday. Once on the path to be a nun, Wheaton's Cathy Core founded that group and directed the Luvabulls.

  • Breaking the Code Feb 23, 2015 10:17 AM
    Breaking the Code (BTC) is a research-based prevention simulation that highlights the existence and harmfulness of a hidden and unchallenged bullying social structure.

  • Wheaton doctor serves his patients through house calls Feb 20, 2015 8:39 AM
    Twenty-three years ago, Dr. Paul Chiang could not have imagined practicing medicine the way he does in 2015. As with many internal medicine doctors finishing their residencies, his career path lead him from working in a teaching hospital to a traditional clinical practice. Today, his practice consists of making house calls.

  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Feb 20, 2015 1:00 AM
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of them and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of February 16.

  • Suburban actors return home with ‘Book of Mormon’ tour Feb 20, 2015 6:00 AM
    Hello! Again. "The Book of Mormon" returns Wednesday, Feb. 25, with Chicago-area actors James Vincent Meredith and Rob Colletti, who both helped launch the second North American national tour from the Bank of America Theatre in 2012. “I’ve had a great time with the show, and I’ve been really lucky to get to see the country,” said Meredith, who is traveling on his first national tour.

  • Wheaton Rotary helps fund two pediatric brain cancer studies Feb 20, 2015 10:35 AM
    New pediatric brain cancer research will soon be underway in Chicago and San Francisco, thanks in large part to a recent donation from the Wheaton Rotary. The organization presented a $25,000 check to the Ross K. MacNeill Foundation last week. It was the largest gift ever given by the club.

  • “The New Jim Crow” author to visit Benedictine April 21 Feb 20, 2015 5:34 PM
    The impact of racial injustice in the American legal system will be the focus of a free lecture by civil-rights-lawyer-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Benedictine University. She is the author of the 2010 book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness.” In advance of her presentation, Benedictine is encouraging members of the public to join a communitywide reading group and series of weekly discussions related to the book and its theme.

  • M/I Homes to Celebrate Herrick Woods Grand Opening with March 5 Ribbon Cutting and VIP Event Feb 20, 2015 5:36 PM
    M/I Homes announces it will host a VIP event on March 5 to celebrate the grand opening of Herrick Woods, a new maintenance-free community of 74 attached club homes located in Warrenville, Ill., just north of West Warrenville Road on Herrick Road. The March 5 grand opening will include a ceremonial ribbon cutting for Herrick Woods with Warrenville Mayor David Brummel, and will be the first opportunity for buyers to tour a new decorated model home in the community. Attendees will also enjoy free raffle prizes, gourmet appetizers and beverages. Those interested in being placed on the guest list for the invitation-only VIP event can visit or contact Nicole Skrocki at (630) 605-8271 to register. “Chicago’s western suburbs have long been a top destination for homebuyers, and we’re excited to introduce Herrick Woods as a terrific new option with a central location near major transportation thoroughfares like Interstates 355 and 80, business centers such as the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor, and the vibrant downtown districts of Naperville and Wheaton,” said Ron Martin, region president of M/I Homes. “At the same time, the community is surrounded by natural areas and neighbors the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve, so residents will enjoy living in an area that’s just as scenic as it is convenient.” Herrick Woods offers three floor plans priced from $349,990 to $389,990. Homes measure 2,098 to 2,203 square feet and feature two to three bedrooms, 2½ baths, full basements and two-car garages. Floor plans also feature first-floor master suites, dens, second-floor laundry rooms, and loft spaces, per plan. “The location of Herrick Woods appeals to so many buyers, from families that appreciate being within walking distance from Hubble Middle School to retirees who want a home near plenty of recreational amenities,” said Cheryl Bonk, vice president of sales and marketing for M/I Homes. “We created these club home designs with that range of buyers in mind, and included features we know make the most impact on the comfort and functionality of a home, from open living spaces and flex areas like lofts and dens, to well-placed laundry rooms and even the opportunity for single-level living with a first-floor master suite.” The new decorated model home at Herrick Woods features the Columbus plan, a 2,196-square-foot design with two bedrooms and 2½ baths. On the main floor, the home features a large family room open to a breakfast area and an upgraded kitchen including stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and white maple cabinetry. The second floor has two bedrooms, including a master suite with an optional luxury master bath with walk-in shower, as well as a large loft space and a second-floor laundry room. All homes at Herrick Woods include a full basement, and the Columbus model shows this space fully finished and with an available walk-out option. “Our plans at Herrick Woods are extremely versatile in terms of tailoring flexible space like a basement or loft to various lifestyles,” said Bonk. “For example, we show the basement in the Columbus model as a beautifully finished game room with custom built-ins, a bar area and a pool table, but it could just as easily be a workout area, a home office or a playroom for kids.” Bonk added that residents at Herrick Woods enjoy maintenance-free living, with landscaping, exterior maintenance and snow removal provided. “Today’s lifestyles are busier than ever, so by including these services we’re freeing up extra time for our residents to spend on the things that matter most to them,” she said. Herrick Woods is within Community Unit School District 200 and is served by Bower Elementary School, Hubble Middle School and Wheaton Warrenville South High School. In addition to nearby Herrick Lake Forest Preserve, Herrick Woods is a short drive from other recreational destinations including the Morton Arboretum, Cantigny Park and Arrowhead Country Club. The community is less than 10 minutes from downtown Naperville and Wheaton, which both offer shopping, dining and entertainment options. Homes at all M/I Homes communities come standard with the builder’s industry-leading 30-Year Transferable Structural Warranty, which not only allows buyers to purchase with confidence, but also adds value if the home is sold in the future. All homes are also WHOLE HOME Certified, an M/I Homes designation indicating the builder’s superior approach when constructing homes. Upon testing, an M/I home will receive a more favorable HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score than an Energy Star-certified home, which can save buyers upwards of 30 percent on their energy bills. A lower HERS Index means lower energy costs, and on average an M/I home achieves a HERS rating of 60, considerably lower than other builders in the market. To be placed on the guest list for the March 5 grand opening celebration for Herrick Woods, please visit or call Nicole Skrocki at (630) 605-8271. The event will take place from 4:30 - 8 p.m. in the new model home and sales center, located at 27W161 Breme Drive East in Warrenville (intersection of Herrick Road and Huskie Highway Avenue).

  • 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.

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