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Emma Hardin, 20, of Mundelein, Mike Glans, 23, of Richmond and Kara Cimmarusti, 19, of Vernon Hills touch the growing medium on the green roof of CLC's Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills. It is not made of dirt, but porous rock. | Frank Abderholden/Sun-Times Media

College of Lake County students learn the benefits of green roofs

Sure there was some extra credit involved, and a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Chicago’s Uncommon Ground, the country’s first certified organic rooftop farm, but Karly...

Children enjoy the Easter egg hunt on Sunday after Lake Barrington Shore’s annual Breakfast with the Bunny. | Cathy Trawinski/For Sun-Times Media

Kids have hoppin’ good time with the Easter Bunny at Lake Barrington Shores

You couldn’t have asked for a prettier day for 60 kids to have breakfast with the Easter Bunny. The annual event drew multi-generations of Lake Barrington Shores families to the...

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Earth Day and Arbor Day events in suburban Chicago

Find a fun way to make a difference in the community with these Earth Day and Arbor Day celebrations in suburban Chicago.

Whitney Dineen, who graduated from Barrington High School in 1986, used Barrington as the setting in her self-published book, “She Sins at Midnight." | Provided

Romance novel brings heroine back to Barrington

Should a reader find him or herself thumbing through the pages of “She Sins at Midnight” and become convinced that the fictional town of Bentley is really Barrington, well, said...

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Common Core standards and their impact on teachers

One of the hottest topics in math education today is Common Core curriculum, which has two primary goals: increased college readiness and clearer s...

Back to top Evanston
Megan Elizabeth Goldish's work as an assistant state's attorney on victims rights and domestic abuse and child abuse cases was a big selling point during her judicial campaign. | File

Goldish employed new formula in judicial upset

Evanston Democrats have pretty much been able to dictate the outcome of the local subcircuit judicial races in the past.

“People who go to a garage sale are ready to buy, but are there to get a great deal, so pricing is tricky,” said professional organizer, Karen Lloyd. | Jackie Pilosoph/For Sun-Times Media

Thinking of having a garage sale? Organizer helps clients prepare

The month of April traditionally signifies rain, tax day, Passover, Easter, and the beginning of baseball season. But there’s something else that begins in April: garage sale...

The Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program event was held April 19 at Evanston Township High School. | Karie Angell Luc/for Sun-Times Media

City job fair targets young people

Evanston Township High School College and Career Coordinator Beth Arey had a job April 19. Her task was to give students before her, some with hands folded, the confidence to...

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Northlight Theatre: An asset for Chicago and the North Shore

Northlight Theatre has been an integral part of the Chicago theatre scene for four decades. During its 40-year history, Northlight Theatre has...

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Earth Day and Arbor Day events in suburban Chicago

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Back to top Hinsdale
The Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 Board continues to discuss plans for the future of Hinsdale Middle School. | File photo

District 181 Board member calls Hinsdale Middle School 'an embarrassment' over roof issue

The Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 Board has ruled out spending more than $2 million to replace the roof.

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Hinsdale Central ranked Illinois's 7th best public high school by US News & World Report

It also ranked 254th nationally.

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Outdoor projects to boost your home’s curb appeal this spring

Spring is the time for sellers to get their homes on the market, as buyers are more prepared to get out and look at houses when the weather is warm...

Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 art teacher Theresa McGee in class with Monroe students Billy Gruber and Aryana Tucke. | Provided

Hinsdale District 181 teacher earns art technology award

A Monroe School art teacher has earned the Art Education Technology Outstanding Teacher Award from the National Art Education Association.

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Hinsdale District 86's graduation dates to remain the same next year

Next year’s seniors in Hinsdale High School District 86 will graduate a week earlier than the end of the school year, as has been the tradition.

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A Ford Focus and Toyota Prius stand ready to be rented ourside Harre Union on the campus of Valparaiso University Tuesday Jan. 24, 2012. The university announce a new partener ship with Zipcars, Inc., the world's leading car0sharing newtork. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media

Lake Forest gets two Zipcars, city’s first

Need a car for a quick errand or the day? Two Zipcars are now available starting this week in Lake Forest — provided you’re at least 21 years old. “Zipcar will be a great asset...

LAKE FOREST, IL - SEPTEMBER 14: A general view of the practice green during the Third Round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club on September 14, 2013 in Lake Forest, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

Ex-cop might have had permit to carry weapon into BMW golf event

Felony charges against a man arrested for attempting to bring a gun into a golf championship in Lake Forest could be dropped if his attorney can prove claims that he had a...

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How to save for your down payment and closing costs

When you purchase a home, two significant expenses to consider are your down payment and closing costs. If you have money saved up for these costs,...

<p>Anna Puccinelli of Chicago tries on various pairs of shoes during the First Presbyterian Church Annual Spring Rummage Sale in Lake Forest on Saturday, May 21, 2011. All proceeds raised during the sale will go toward mission work. | Michael Jarecki/for Sun-Times Media</p>

First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest preps for biggest-ever rummage sale

First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest has pulled out all the stops for its biggest rummage sale since 1950. This year’s 64th annual event will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on...

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Lake Forest, Lake Bluff residents participate in 2014 Boston Marathon

here were 11 Lake Forest or Lake Bluff residents who participated in this year's Boston Marathon.

Back to top Oak Park
La Majada closed April 19 after 38 years in business on Harrison Street in Oak Park. | File

La Majada closes after 38 years in Oak Park

After nearly 40 years in the Oak Park Arts District, family-owned Mexican restaurant La Majada closed its doors at 226 Harrison St. for the last time on Saturday. Oak Park...

<p>Making Oak Park more bike friendly has been on the books for years. Now the village is looking to add more bike lanes and bring a bike sharing plan to town. | Sun-Times Media File</p>

Bike sharing may be on its way to Oak Park

Bike sharing, the popular program that rents out bikes on street corners throughout Chicago and other cities, may be on its way to Oak Park this year.

<p>Fenwick's Dan Dwyer releases a close shot over St. Joseph's Nick Rakocevic. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media&nbsp;</p>

Fenwick's Dan Dwyer commits to Penn to play Ivy League basketball

Early on during his senior season this past winter, Dan Dwyer was getting a little anxious about where his recruitment was headed.

<p>A clerk sells lottery tickets to an unidentified woman. | &nbsp;AP Photo/Rich Schultz</p>

Oak Park woman is third resident to win lottery in four months

A 27-year-old Oak Park woman is the third village resident to win a major state lottery in the same four-month period, lottery officials announced Monday.

A German-style omelet is one way to whittle down reserves of leftover Easter ham. | Photo by Melissa Elsmo

Food: When life gives you ham, make an omelet

I think I am going to make a ham this week. Those seemingly innocuous words would fall from my mother’s mouth once every three months or so and send me into a culinary tailspin...

Back to top Park Ridge
"State Trek: 100 Years and Beyond” pays tribute to the Park Ridge Park District’s centennial anniversary with four performances featuring more than 250 skaters. | Jason Glosniak/For Sun-Times Media

Park Ridge skaters blast off into annual ice show

The Oakton Ice Arena is far from the final frontier, but it’ll do as the setting for a space-themed skating showcase this weekend.

Jack Cahill-Lemme (left), stars as  King Arthur in Maine South High School's upcoming production of "Spamalot." Also pictured are Tim Kwasny (kneeling), Bryan Lubash, Eamon Hurd and Sarah Householder. | Photo courtesy of Maine South High School

Maine South production of ‘Spamalot’ provides comic relief

Just like King Arthur’s coconut-clattering quest for the Holy Grail, Maine South High School theater director John Muszysnki and his stage crew were on an epic search for the...

<p>Chicago Sun-Times</p>

Earth Day and Arbor Day events in suburban Chicago

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Park Ridge police: Man told girls to get inside his van

Two incidents involving suspicious men around children were reported to Park Ridge police on April 11.

Weird Crime: Million-dollar-fraud case takes police to Disney World and more

Free of charge, we offer tales of odd news, strange crimes, dumb criminals and otherwise silly stories from the Chicago suburbs.

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