The cooking goes quickly, so be sure the ingredients are prepped and at the ready before you head to the stove to make this chicken and bell pepper stir-fry with savory-sweet, umami-rich hoisin sauce.

For an easy, flavorful stir-fry, combine chicken breasts, bell peppers and umami-rich hoisin

Stir-fries are fast and easy to cook, but getting the flavors just right can require a long list of aromatics and seasonings. For a streamlined stir-fry that's still satisfying, lean on high-impact ingredients to drive the flavor of the dish.

Dr. Rachna Shah of the Loyola Medicine Allergy Count collects a microscope slide full of pollen from counter on the roof of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park.

Warm winter kick-started allergy season, giving a preview of what’s to come

Every weekday around 7 a.m., Dr. Rachna Shah heads to the roof of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park to collect a microscope slide full of pollen. As an allergist...

Eye doctors weigh in on post-eclipse eye damage

As crowds looked to the heavens during Monday’s eclipse that reached near totality in the suburbs, solar eclipse glasses — designed both to protect the eyes and to help t...

Will County Children's Advocacy Center in Crest Hill shows off its new space during an open house on Monday.

Will County’s new Children’s Advocacy Center built to help kids feel safe

The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center on Monday celebrated the opening of its new offices in a former preschool that provides more room and “softer” accommodations f...

A model train chugs around the North Central O Gaugers Model Railroad Club’s layout. The long-standing club is going to relocate to the Archer Business Center in Mundelein.

All aboard: Model railroad club to relocate in Mundelein

A model train club headquartered in Mundelein is on the move again. The North Central O Gaugers Model Railroad Club has been set up in a village-owned building at 428 N. ...

Hockey Coach Charice Paoli, an NHL Coaches Association Female Coach Spotlight honoree.

Neighbors in the News: Vernon Hills hockey coach honored by NHL Coaches Association

The NHL Coaches Association (NHLCA) recently honored Charice Paoli, the dedicated youth hockey coach behind the Little Blackhawks at the Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills, by including her as a member of its NHLCA Female Coach Spotlight.

U.S. Army veteran Robin Waltrip, left, of Island Lake and Erin Gnutek chat as a crew from Feldco installs a new roof on Waltrip’s home Monday. Owens Corning donated the materials and Feldco the labor as part of the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project to help veterans.

‘These guys are the best’: Island Lake Army vet gets solution to a leaking roof

After snow last week delayed the first attempt, an experienced crew arrived early Monday to beat the solar eclipse and install new roofs on Robin Waltrip's house and gara...