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  • Hackmatack refuge gives birders a chance to explore new territory Jul 28, 2014 11:01 AM
    If you like birding, you’ve probably heard something about Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, the newly established preserve that straddles the Illinois-Wisconsin border. Hackmatack is a wonderful opportunity for suburban birders to explore the first and only national wildlife refuge within 100 miles of Chicago.

     
  • Tips on selecting the right pet for you and your family Jul 28, 2014 1:22 PM
    “How do you persuade your parents to get a pet?” asked a young patron attending Vernon Area Library’s “Write Away” program.

     
  • New Naperville humane director loves ‘seeing the animals go home’ Jul 26, 2014 7:00 AM
    Anna Payton, new executive director of the Naperville Area Humane Society, says she wants the organization to become even more well-known as the community's primary resource for animal welfare. Payton, 33, of Plainfield, said she loves "seeing the animals go home" to families where the pet "is going to make a difference in their life."

     
  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Jul 25, 2014 1:01 AM
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of July 21.

     
  • Images: Instagram at the Kane County Fair Jul 23, 2014 1:01 AM
    Fox Valley photo staff -- Rick West, Laura Stoecker, Brian Hill, and John Starks hit the Kane County Fair last weekend in St. Charles to document it using Instagram.

     
  • Carnival, crafts, competitions featured at Algonquin Founders' Days Jul 22, 2014 9:01 PM
    Algonquin residents will come together this weekend to commemorate the town's founding fathers in a festival of food, activities and live entertainment. The independent Algonquin Founders' Days festival began in 1960, when business owners and community leaders wanted to celebrate their community, said festival board secretary Sue Bazdor.

     
  • New Naperville obstacle race to help families ‘get active together’ Jul 22, 2014 11:00 AM
    The first Spartan Kids Race for Kids, Teens and Families is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in Frontier Park in Naperville. “Families are able to participate in this themselves as a family group. You can train with your kids,” said Sean Hastings of Naperville, who is organizing the race. “Your kids can actually rip you off the couch and get you away from Facebook or watching TV to go toward a goal together as a family to get active together.”

     
  • Enter your recipe in Sugar Grove Corn Boil Challenge Jul 22, 2014 3:23 PM
    Corn may not be a common ingredient in your everyday meal, but at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil’s annual Cooking Challenge, using corn can give competitors an edge.

     
  • Corn Boil organizer: Events will be ‘fresh’ Jul 22, 2014 3:54 PM
    Sugar Grove may be a small community, but it knows how to put on a big festival. “We have the best fireworks show,” said Sugar Grove Corn Boil volunteer Pat Graceffa. “People are always amazed; they can’t believe that a little town like this can present something as fantastic.”

     
  • Paddle board fans sought for Founders’ Days competition Jul 22, 2014 3:54 PM
    Returning to the Algonquin Founders’ Days festival for the second year in a row is the stand up paddle board competition. The challenge will begin at Riverfront Park, and competitors will race down the Fox River in two separate timed events. Prizes will be given out to the winners in each division.

     
  • Carnival, crafts, competitions featured at Algonquin Founders’ Days Jul 22, 2014 3:55 PM

    By Lauren Rohr

    Algonquin residents will come together this weekend to commemorate the town’s founding fathers in a festival of food, activities and live entertainment. The independent Algonquin Founders’ Days festival began in 1960, when business owners and community leaders wanted to celebrate their community, said festival board secretary Sue Bazdor.

     
  • Businessman rides motorcycle to help disabled veterans Jul 21, 2014 11:01 AM
    Naperville resident Jim Hughes has ridden motorcycles all his life and done plenty of charity rides. But the memory of a vet he met on his first ride with the Wounded Heores Foundation sticks in his memory.

     
  • Ryerson Woods to host outdoor performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Jul 21, 2014 11:16 AM
    Shakespeare aficionados and neophytes alike can relax among the lush vegetation and sound of crickets at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods, on Aug. 1, 2 and 3 when Citadel Theatre performs “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” outdoors.

     
  • Taste of Lincolnshire begins July 25 Jul 21, 2014 11:36 AM
    Prepare your appetites: The 14th annual Taste of Lincolnshire festival begins Friday, July 25. Running through Sunday, July 27, the village-sponsored event will be at the Village Green shopping center on Milwaukee Avenue at Olde Half Day Road.

     
  • Libertyville Civic Center celebrates 20 years Jul 21, 2014 12:59 PM
    This year marks 20 years since the Libertyville Civic Center Foundation and the village worked together to open the building as the Libertyville Civic Center. “The community has supported it very well,” said Joyce Quilty, co-treasurer of the Libertyville Civic Center Foundation.

     
  • Winning the rat race not all it’s cracked up to be Jul 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    Our Ken Potts says winning the rat race isn't all it's cracked up to be. Before you count your possessions, he says, you might want to take a minute to check out all the love around you.

     
  • Lake County Fair promises blend of traditional and new entertainment Jul 18, 2014 12:44 PM
    The 86th annual Lake County Fair will offer five days of entertainment beginning Wednesday, July 23, through Sunday, July 27, at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake.

     
  • Theater performances come to Lake Zurich High School Jul 18, 2014 12:48 PM
    Cricket Theatre Company presents "Once Upon a Mattress" Thursday, July 24, and Friday, July 25, and "Legally Blonde" Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27. All performances are at the Lake Zurich High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Church St., Lake Zurich.

     
  • Ingleside camp’s grounds have changed, but the mission remains the same Jul 18, 2014 11:01 AM
    Camp Henry Horner in Ingleside celebrates 100 summers of swimming, playing group games and building friendships with an camp alumni celebration on Sunday, July 20. “The relationships you developed at an early age lasted a long time,” said alumni camper Jack Weisberg.

     
  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Jul 18, 2014 1:01 AM
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of July 14.

     
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