Someone to be thankful for: Lake County restaurateur delivers for first responders
When the global pandemic started, the owner of BBQ'd Productions in Lake Zurich and Third Lake made it his goal to give 10,000 meals to first responders and medical personnel on the front lines of the crisis. He not only hit that goal -- he exceeded it.
Someone to be thankful for: Downers Grove volunteer gave 484 hours at COVID testing siteJosephine "Jo" Potts of Downers Grove is being highlighted for working 484 volunteer hours at DuPage County's COVID-19 testing site in Wheaton.
Someone to be thankful for: Schaumburg High student leads mask distribution effortsWhile most high school students have found enough to contend with in 2020, Schaumburg High School student Emma Davenport of Hanover Park stepped up to the adult responsibility of being the Illinois State Lead of the national grass-roots Masks Now Coalition.
Constable: Pandemic can't curb this cornucopia of thanks for familyWhile the pandemic of 2020 has canceled many of our plans and given us plenty of unexpected hardships, this Thanksgiving still serves up a cornucopia of thanks.
Where to cut your own Christmas tree in the suburbsAt least one holiday tradition can still be safely observed despite COVID-19: picking out the perfect Christmas tree for your home. Here's where you can cut your own in the suburbs.
How to enter our holiday lights contest starting FridayIt turns out isolation leads to illumination. Forced to stay home because of the worsening coronavirus pandemic, many suburbanites have put up their holiday lights a bit earlier than usual. Their efforts bring a welcome bit of cheer -- and could lead to some great prizes.
Little Traveler shuts doors temporarily, as part of fight against COVID-19The Little Traveler store in Geneva is closing, temporarily, for holiday shopping. The owner says it is the responsible thing to do, because of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
Vernon Hills running coach goes the extra mile for middle school runnersWhen their middle school canceled cross country because of the pandemic, a group of Vernon Hills parents turned to social media to organize a kids' running club.
Naperville autism foundation raffling off $79,790 CorvetteA tumultuous year has forced the Turning Pointe Autism Foundation to shift gears while navigating financial and operational implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofit leaders are now hoping a lavish but socially distanced fundraiser will help bridge funding gaps.
Suburban towns find a way to keep the season jolly with tree lightingsSuburban tree lightings, for many years a traditional way to kick off the holiday season, look different this year because of the pandemic.
10 outdoor and drive-through holiday light shows in suburbs, ChicagoEnjoying holiday lights -- either outdoors or from your car -- allows families to get in the spirit of the season safely this year, when so much else has been canceled by COVID-19.
Through the Film Magnifier: Glen Campbell, Steve Garvey, Globetrotters, Scrabble tournaments and more
Through the Film Magnifier: Chubby Checker, Harrison Ford, Astronaut Jim Lovell and Dance Fever contestants