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A little imagination and a knack for removing nails is all it takes to create trendy furniture and home décor using pallet wood.
Next time I ride the South Shore from my Hegewisch neighborhood to downtown Chicago, I will take a closer look at the Van Buren Street station.
Life starts to move outdoors this time of year and many local nature-themed events this weekend can help keep you busy.
It’s always exciting to open a real letter. It’s even better when you recognize the handwriting on the envelope and feel instantly happy, like I did a few weeks ago when I found a letter in my mailbox from my old friend Ray Scahill.
Even if you don’t know what a Boilermaker is, there is plenty to enjoy in the hometown of Purdue University.
It’s the first day of May and it finally feels like summer, that great time of year when our minds drift to warm weather and daydreams about all the fun in store in the next few months.
“We are now traveling at a speed of 100 miles per hour,” the conductor announced as our Amtrak train sailed toward Springfield, Ill.
Frank Sinatra sang in the background as chatter, laughter and good vibes filled the room at LARC's annual appreciation dinner Friday night.
Indiana and Illinois seem to have an ongoing feud over which state can claim Abraham Lincoln.
Healthy U is in session and ready to teach new lessons in healthy living.
Fairy dust mixed with dirt and imagination can create a special haven where kids can cultivate their green thumbs.
I have already started crafting my summer bucket list and it includes some day trips to local Chicago hot spots like Brookfield Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry.
There’s a secret to getting a great photo of your kid with the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse. I just haven’t figured it out yet.
Our household had its first confirmed case of the flu last week and I was the sufferer, or the culprit depending on how you look at it.
Studying ballet in Texas this summer won't be the first shared experience for lifelong friends Alexa Patrick and Liv Rivich.
Parents, students and staff at Marian Catholic came together last weekend to stun guests at their Evening of Excellence Senior Showcase.
By now I’m sure you have read or heard that Sears in River Oaks Center is scheduled to close in June. Last week I wrote a column that mentioned Siam Marina restaurant pulling out of its River Oaks location to move to Tinley Park.
On the obstacle course of weight loss, many people get caught in the same spot again and again. Members of the medical community can help when trying to navigate the way to healthier living.
My family just returned home from beautiful Florida, and I am proud to say that I can now add taking a 1-year-old on a plane to my mommy experiences.
As a devoted fan of Valentine’s Day, I’ve faced my share of Valentine haters. I can’t imagine not loving a day devoted to hearts and the color pink and candy. That’s like not loving puppies or rainbows, but to each his own.
The American Heart Association has big plans to continue educating and helping the public in 2013.
Properly managing atrial fibrillation, the most common heart arrhythmia, can help save a patient’s life. There are many local and online resources for those who are diagnosed with this disease, which affects more than two million people in the United States.
Watching segments of the Screen Actors Guild award show got me to thinking about local drama and how lucky we are to have so much of it.
Challenger Learning Center students explore outer space while still on Earth but thanks to that experience, many start setting their sights to the stars.
When my son was a newborn, it didn’t take much to make me cry. One day it was a commercial for baby laundry detergent that said, “You have a child forever, but a baby for just one year.” Until that moment, I hadn’t realize the term “baby” had an expiration date.
Baby books are painful to read out loud when you’re a writer. The stories lack cohesion, the wording is awkward and don’t even get me started on the lack of punctuation.
Regular exercise after pregnancy can promote weight loss, improve cardiovascular fitness, boost mom's energy and mood and relieve stress.
Welcome to 2013. Here are my grand plans for the year.
You probably won't hear the word "gross" from kids who attend the Southlake YMCA's no-bake cooking class.
It’s always uplifting to learn that one of your favorite businesses also invests its energy into its community.
The Knights of Columbus General Pulaski Council in Hegewisch hosted a breakfast with Santa on Dec. 16.
Eating healthy doesn't have to be difficult. Local businesses make it easier to choose better eating habits, and interest in their life changing programs continues to grow.
Christmas is the season of love, and I have loved sharing it with my 11-month-old son. He’s at the age where he’s dazzled by Christmas lights, screams at the sight of Santa, and uses his teeth to rip open his Christmas presents before I can even finish wrapping them.
A few weeks ago my co-worker called me in a panic. “Jen! How do we turn off the Christmas music?” Our regularly programmed radio station had begun its nonstop Christmas-a-thon and my co-workers just weren’t ready. I explained how to turn off the station, but secretly I couldn’t wait until ne…
Visitors to Christmas Around the World will stroll through 50 trees decorated by local ethnic communities, enjoy intermittent falling "snow" and see performances on the Holiday Stage.
DYER | A Dyer family has organized a toy drive to benefit the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. New toys can be dropped off by Dec. 14 at Dessert Menu, 1950 Hart St. in Dyer.
If you’re on the lookout for Santa Claus, I have the inside scoop on some of the places he might pop up this weekend.
When we went to high school dances, the DJs would always play “That’s what friends are for” toward the end of the night.
I love a good coupon, but I’m not sure I can handle much more of the sale ads and fliers flooding my mailbox, newspaper and email box. It’s nerve-wracking to think I might miss something good. I’m thankful Black Friday only comes once a year and that it will be over in a few days.
Before lighting up your fireplace this winter, experts recommend having it inspected for potential safety hazards.
In Hegewisch in 1959, 16 rolls of toilet paper cost $1 at Aniol’s Hardware and Paints on Baltimore Avenue. Leaders of the Hegewisch Little League worried that the program would have to fold due to lack of umpires, and the Hegewisch Chamber of Commerce met to form a plan to stop the extension…
Properly winterizing your home and yard now can help avoid problems when temperatures drop. Mice nesting under air conditioner covers, higher energy bills and frozen water pipes are just some of the issues that can creep up this winter. Avoid these problems and more in the new year with advi…
For as long as I can remember, the street in front of our house had a giant divot in it. Any time a car would drive over it, you’d hear a bounce and if a truck went by, the house would shake. At some point this summer, a neighbor reported the issue to the city of Chicago.* I thought it would…
If you haven’t made plans for Saturday yet, check out some of the fun events going on in my neighborhood and beyond.
The latest newsletter from LARC showed up in our mailbox this week so I thought I would share some of the organization’s latest news. With the holidays coming up quickly now, it’s good to make room on the calendar for some time to give back.
As a mom, you deal with a lot of poop. Cloth diapers conjure images of extra work and yes, lots more of the brown stuff.
The cotton diapers I recently tried were colorful, easy to use and wash, soft and — more important to me — chemical and perfume free.
A year ago today, I wrote a letter to my then unborn child. We had recently learned he was a boy, but he still had no name so I called him “Little Baby.”
As we head into October, it seems like a good time to talk about ghost stories. The first ones I remember were told by our elementary school librarian.
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