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  • Make overnight guests fell at ease Mar 29, 2015 12:01 AM
    It is common to stress out about hosting overnight visitors, but those living in a confined space seem to worry most. While everyone hopes their small space will provide the appeal of a charming bed and breakfast, if the accommodations are a sleeper sofa, the reality is far from perfect.

     
  • New home’s ‘noises’ won’t be easy to silence Mar 29, 2015 1:00 AM
    Q. We live in a 16-month-old house. There are noises coming from pipes in two areas: the water heater — a few thumps happen each time water starts to flow; and the furnace — two pipes go from the furnace up through the ceiling, and there is a lot of creaking going on when the furnace is on, which is most of the winter here in the Chicago area.

     
  • Average family can afford more for home Mar 28, 2015 12:01 AM
    The average family can now afford nearly 63 percent of homes offered in today’s market, according to a recent study. Low interest rates and home prices helped lift housing affordability slightly in the past quarter.

     
  • Mortgage points: a powerful option that is often neglected Mar 28, 2015 12:00 AM
    What are points? Points are a unique feature of the U.S. mortgage system, and to my knowledge they are found nowhere else in the world. They offer borrowers a way to tailor the terms of the mortgage to their individual needs.

     
  • Midwest travel: Hyatt makes a splash with Shedd package Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Hook overnight accommodations and special VIP tickets for priority entry to Shedd Aquarium with the Hyatt Regency Chicago's newest package. Plus, if you find that a handcrafted truffle or a bar of single-origin cacao rocks your world, get to the Chicagoland Artisan Chocolate Festival & Wine Tasting in Evanston April 11-12. These and more adventures await. And they're all close to home, too.

     
  • Select a winning crop of plants for your garden this year Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Gardeners can hardly contain their excitement each spring, as they discover the new plants available for them to add to their containers, beds and borders. This year, plant breeders have not disappointed.

     
  • How to keep cheery colors in check in your home Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Many people are Crayola color-phobic. I understand why; if not used properly, colors, especially bright ones, can make your living room look like a kindergarten or worse, a Marvel comic. Follow these four tips to keep cheery colors in check.

     
  • Oak Park family builds a dream kitchen Mar 28, 2015 12:00 AM
    Most homeowners consider the kitchen to be the heart of their home. The kitchen is where daily meals are prepared, stories are shared and memories are made. Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas cookies and birthday cakes all begin in the kitchen.

     
  • Closed session and executive session are the same Mar 28, 2015 1:00 AM
    Q. Can you please clarify the difference between a “closed session” and an “executive session” of the board? I know that there is a difference between the two and would like clarification, since our association has a board member who insists that what the board is doing is an executive session rather than a closed session.

     
  • Cardinal George readmitted to Loyola University Medical Center Mar 28, 2015 2:19 PM
    Cardinal Francis George has been hospitalized again for treatment of “hydration issues and pain management,” an Archdiocese of Chicago spokeswoman said Saturday.

     
  • Allergen free Mt. Prospect Easter egg hunt Mar 28, 2015 5:04 PM
    Many children with allergies have never attended an Easter egg hunt, according to Sonia Walker, co-owner of Nutphree’s Bakery. The bakery in Mount Prospect held its first food-free egg hunt Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount Prospect. “We had to close advanced registration after only six hours due to the maximum of 100 kids signed up and we now have 100 more on a waiting list,” Walker said Saturday.

     
  • Believe Project: $100 for sister with an autistic son Mar 28, 2015 7:31 AM
    The daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Nicole Taylor of Cary, who wants to give it to her little sister, who is a special education teacher and single mother of an autistic son.

     
  • Blackberry Farm’s Spring Gallop steps off in Aurora Mar 28, 2015 7:08 PM
    The seventh annual 5K Spring Gallop at Blackberry Farm Saturday featured eight age divisions for both male and female racers 10 and older. The CARA-certified course’s scenic route took runners along paved portions of the Virgil Gilman Trail and around Lake Gregory. A new feature this year was chip timing provided by It’s Race Time Inc.

     
  • Keep the sofa ma, but have you joined Facebook? Mar 28, 2015 8:48 PM
    “Baby boomers were collectors,” says Elizabeth Wainstein, 50, owner and president of Potomack Company Auctioneers in Alexandria, Virginia, where lots of unwanted family treasures end up being sold. “They collected German porcelains or American pottery. It was a passion, and they spent their time on the thrill of the hunt.” She says younger people aren’t really that interested in filling shelves.

     
  • Miniature golf tournament in Round Lake Beach raises money for cancer charity Mar 28, 2015 6:36 PM
    About 20 people played miniature golf Saturday at Kristof’s Entertainment Center and World of Fun in Round Lake Beach to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Tom Kristof, the owner and namesake of the center, said he was hoping the event would raise about $3,000. “It’s simple and it’s fun,” Kristof said.

     
  • Naperville charity fueling good through stories Mar 27, 2015 9:41 AM
    Marion Ruthig’s first career revolved around numbers, but in her second career leading the nonprofit I Support Community, she’s learned never to underestimate the power of words, especially when arranged into stories.

     
  • Mundelein/Vernon Hills Rotary Club offers scholarships Mar 27, 2015 12:35 PM
    The Mundelein/Vernon Hills Rotary Club is accepting applications from high school seniors at Mundelein High School and Vernon Hills High School for its 2015 academic scholarships.

     
  • Editorial: Arlington Hts. nonprofit fights to save heroin addicts, one naloxone injector at a time Mar 27, 2015 1:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says Live 4 Lali in Arlington Heights is to be commended for getting naloxone into the hands of the true first responders to the heroin epidemic in the suburbs -- the friends and family members of addicts throughout Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Kane counties.

     
  • Believe Project: $100 for a friend who lost husband, daughter to cancer Mar 27, 2015 5:31 AM
    The daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Sue Johnson of Hoffman Estates, who wants to do something to brighten the day of a friend who lost her husband and daughter to cancer.

     
  • Mortgage complaint line brings attention to detail Mar 27, 2015 12:00 AM
    Move over, Yelp. The federal government’s top consumer agency has just begun allowing mortgage borrowers to vent publicly — in full narrative detail — about the bad experiences they’ve had with financial institutions.

     
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