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The King’s Court

Located inside the MB Financial Park in Rosemont, the 2700-square-foot Kings Rosemont offers first-class dining, bowling and entertainment. With its retro-inspired vibe and state-of-the-art equipment, Kings offers a modern option for those seeking a spot that hearkens back to an era when good times ruled. …

The gift of  Giggles

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Give your family and friends the gift of giggles. Take them to a comedy show or introduce them to the world of funny via comedy training. For inspiration, see some performance art from well-known comedic personalities and rising stars to laugh-out-loud acts. It’s all funny …

Time to unwind

Carving out time to unwind and revitalize is not a luxury. It is what we have to do to keep our busy lives in balance, to stay healthy and happy. During the hectic holiday season, when family responsibilities and to-do lists are at the summit, …

Give the gift of reading

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Books can send readers on extraordinary adventures. Kohl Children’s Museum president and CEO, Sheridan Turner; Rachel Weaver, owner of The Book Table; and Open Books founder, Stacy Ratner, recommend the following titles. Children “Imogene’s Antlers by David Small introduces the concept of accepting others’ differences …

Gregarious, generous gift giving goes green

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For some, gift giving defines the holiday season. Part of the excitement is finding the perfect gift for someone and watching their reaction as they open their present. And while paper is the most common form of gift wrap, it is also one of the …

Arts and craft fairs will delight  shoppers during gift-giving season

Christmas in LaGrange Nov. 1 – Dec. 31 The LaGrange Art League will host this fine art and gift gallery. The One Night Preview Party will be on Friday, Nov. 7 from 6-9 p.m. Art, music, food and socializing will keep you entertained during the …

A Day in Our Village

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Oak Park residents reserve the first Sunday each June to gather as a community to celebrate the coming of summer. This year, June 1 marks the date of the 41st annual festival, A Day in Our Village, which brings together the area’s civic, cultural, social …

Modern-day meds: Diabetes technology adapts for 21st century lifestyle

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From touch screens to glucose sensors, there are several new and user-friendly ways for people to manage diabetes. “There are all kinds of innovations,” said Betty Wickman, a diabetes educator at the Edward Diabetes Center at Edward Hospital in Naperville. One of the newest and …

Two years after Dream Home win, a local couple looks back

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Eric Makstenieks and his wife, Catherine, have never considered themselves skiers, but when the Hinsdale couple learned they’d won a fully stocked mountain lodge in Stowe, Vermont, they had no objections. HGTV awarded the stay-at-home dad and his family the coveted Dream Home over 76.5 …

A Day In Our Village: Celebrating diversity, community and Iris Lozeau

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This is the first time in the A Day in Our Village festival’s 40-year history that Iris Lozeau won’t be a part of it. According to Ellen Plourde, the activity chair of the festival, which is held annually on the first Sunday in June at …

Is your child ready for overnight camp?

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Parents are going to know best when trying to determine if their child is ready to go to overnight camp. Gordie Kaplan, executive director of the American Camp Association Illinois office, said that for most children ages 8 to 10 is when they are ready to stay away from home, reach out of their comfort level and go away to camp. Here are some guidelines to know that your camper will be happy, not homesick.

The Big Clean

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Spring cleaning includes getting rid of dirt and grime on surfaces as well as getting rid of bigger pieces such as clothing and furniture. For both, we’ve tapped two local experts for their advice. If you’re getting ready to hose down the kitchen, consider paring …

How does your garden grow

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When selecting your plants, make sure that they all have the same light and water necessities. Pansies and violas are traditional favorites due to their bright colors, hardiness and reliability. Whereas many spring flowers are delicate and in need of covering when frost is on …

Totally feasible ways to organize your home

Organizing can be a daunting undertaking, especially when the piles of mail and toys seem taller than Mount Everest. Personal organizers recommend taking a step back to get a good plan before tackling the summit of organization. It may also be the best step before …

Fox Valley United Way celebrates 90 years

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The Fox Valley United Way is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Check out the special section that commemorated this milestone.

Get to know Naperville at these 10 events

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There are oodles of events this spring and summer in Naperville, from plant sales to community theater to free outdoor concerts. Pull out the calendar, here are some ideas to help get you started.

Don’t miss out on these 12 opportunities for fun in the Fox Valley

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Thoughts are turning to getting out of the house. Ease your cabin fever, check out these cool events coming up this spring and summer, and simultaneously discover what the Fox Valley is all about.

Fundraiser to help 6th-grade teacher diagnosed with leukemia

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In six weeks, Todd Ramsbottom, 36, went from a life filled with competitive swimming, triathlons, coaching football and wrestling at Lincoln Junior High School, and spending as much time at home on the floor playing with his three children to one that involves chemotherapy, an upcoming bone morrow transplant and an uncertain future.

Noon Rotary funds bicycle for special needs students

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ST. CHARLES — Teaching assistant Peg Frank was convinced that her students at the Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative would benefit from using an adaptive bike as part of their therapy and learning experience. “These students had never been exposed previously to using a bike, and …