Soak up some sun at a local beach
The Polar Vortex made this winter particularly miserable. And now that summer is finally in sight, why not plan on making the most of the warm weather at one of these local beaches, which offer activities for the whole family.
Best bets: Steven Adler plays Arcada, Warren B. Hall hits ZaniesBest bets: Steven Adler of Guns N' Roses plays heavy metal hits at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, William Wyler's World War II documentary "The Cold Blue" is restored for a special screening, and Warren B. Hall returns to Zanies in St. Charles.
The world is finally ready for 'Booksmart,' a raunchy teen comedy about two straight-A girls"Booksmart," directed by first-timer Olivia Wilde, is the latest quick-witted project to use friendship as a means to explore the complex emotions of teenage girls.
Book review: Jill Biden's memoir -- like Michelle Obama's -- is not meant to be politicalJill Biden is the wife of former vice president Joe Biden, now a presidential candidate. But her role as mother to Beau Biden, who died four years ago of brain cancer, is the undulating theme of her new book, "Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself."
Video game review: 'Rage 2' is a game that's confidently bland"Rage 2" feels like a last-generation game that has benefited from a contemporary coat of graphics. Similar to any number of post-apocalyptic shooters, it's set in a wasteland of burned-out cars and skeletal buildings overrun by mutants and maniacs.
What to expect in 'Game of Thrones' series finaleWell, here we are. Eight years and eight seasons after HBO's "Game of Thrones" premiered, we've finally reached the end on Sunday. So what could possibly be next?
Fire, ice and fate: Endgames arrive for HBO's 'Game of Thrones'When season eight of "Game of Thrones" began, The Associated Press examined the arcs of the major characters who had survived. With Sunday's finale of the HBO show looming, here's an update on where those characters stand.
Opening day brings new life to Wild West Town theme park in UnionEntrepreneur Ron Onesti has a flair for entertainment, but an offer from two longtime customers at his Club Arcada speak-easy and restaurant in St. Charles took him by surprise. "At first I was like, 'An amusement park? Are you kidding me?'" Onesti said. But there he was Saturday in Union, greeting guests, chatting with employees and tending to countless details on opening day of his newest venture, billed as Illinois' premier Old West theme park.
7 things to know about the fall TV schedule, from Disney's expansion to CW's 'Batwoman'The major broadcast networks unveiled their upcoming schedules this week as part of the annual tradition known as upfront week. Let's explore some of the biggest takeaways.
Book review: Tense 'If She Wakes' moves to a surprising finale"If She Wakes" by Michael Koryta works well as a quintessential thriller, but also as a tale about rebuilding one's life and not giving up on one's self amid insurmountable odds.
Indie-rock band Vampire Weekend takes its new album on the roadVampire Weekend is out with "Father of the Bride," the band's first album in six years, and kicking off tour that includes a June 16 show at Chicago's Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island.
Worried about the 'Game of Thrones' finale? Here are 3 shows that stuck the landingEnding a TV show is hard, as proved by reactions to the final season of "Game of Thrones." Sean Stangland names three shows that stuck the landing.
Sponsored | Ron Onesti: Crosby, Stills & Nash at The Arcada … sort ofDavid Crosby had his solo show this past Monday night at The Arcada. For two straight hours (with a short intermission), he sang and played guitar backed by a stellar group of musicians. Graham Nash and Stephen Stills have also graced The Arcada stage.