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Heads Up Apparel, a retail personalization boutique that also specializes in school and club spirit wear, announced last week that it will move to downtown Barrington later this spring. | Provided

Heads Up Apparel announces expansion into downtown Barrington

Heads Up Apparel, a retail personalization boutique that also specializes in school and club spirit wear, announced this week that it will move to downtown Barrington later this...

<p>Members of the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation, School District 220 and Friends of the Barrington Area Library celebrate the $166,000 worth of new books, e-books and e-readers that are on their way to District 220 school libraries thanks to an historic donation from the Friends organization. | Provided</p>

Historic donation helps District 220 buy $166K worth of books, e-readers

More than $166,000 worth of new books, e-books and e-readers are on their way to District 220 school libraries thanks to an historic donation from the Friends of the Barrington...

Cathy Anne, Tina Azemopoulos and Anne Alunni taste, smell and discuss wine samples at the Ice House Mall during Saturday's Spring Wine Walk shopping event. | Jason Glosniak/For Sun-Times Media

After long winter, Spring Wine Walk jump starts shopping season

Barrington’s Spring Wine Walk was greeted by a morning hail storm Saturday, but the uncooperative weather didn’t stop the fun from flowing in several Barrington business districts.

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Everything you need to know about spring pansies

Pansies are a colorful welcome to the spring season, and they may be the perfect addition to your garden if you are a seasoned green thumb or a...

Barbara Rose Elementary students sang and danced through a 10-scene production of “Peter Pan Jr." on April 10 and 11. | Provided

Professional-grade production of ‘Peter Pan Jr.’ hits Barrington school stage

The entire fifth grade class at Barbara Rose Elementary came together last week for two colorful performances of “Peter Pan Jr.”

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Vandals slash tires of 20 vehicles in Evanston

Some Evanston residents woke up Tuesday to find vandals had slashed the tires on their vehicles which had been parked on the street overnight.

(Left to right) Musicians from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Emma Koi, flute, Amy Hess, viola, and Desiree Miller, cello, perform a special concert at Mather Pavilion last Friday. | Bob Seidenberg/Sun-Times Media

Mather residents access memories through symphony program

When Anna Clyne approached Mather LifeWays about participating in a program that explored music and memory, officials at the senior living residence were more than interested.

“To offer something that makes people feel good, a place that makes them feel welcome and calm and happy is just a wonderful feeling,” said owner,  Patty O’Neill (left), with  daughter, Katie. | Jackie Pilossoph/For Sun-Times Media

Evanston gift boutique isn’t gone, it’s just two blocks east

Patty O’Neill has been selling gifts in her Evanston gift boutique, Perennials, since she bought the store in 2003.

Northwestern students cheer on their football team as they battled Ohio State on Oct. 5, 2013. | Edward Cox/Submitted

AFL-CIO chief: Athletic unions will push schools forward

It was startling — to some people counter-intuitive — when the national debate over workers’ rights extended onto Ryan Field on Northwestern University’s campus.

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Home care can prevent emergencies for common health problems

Patients suffering from chronic health conditions often have a higher quality of life and better prognoses when they are able to live at home...

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Hinsdale caregiver accused of identity theft

A 25-year-old caregiver is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from the elderly Hinsdale resident who employed her.

Crime briefs: Lexus SUV stolen from Hinsdale driveway

The owner was not sure if the vehicle was locked or not.

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Tips for selecting a primary care physician

When you visit a primary physician for regular checkups, you will have a consistent resource for your preventive care and wellness as well as any...

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Police blotter: Hinsdale police charge driver in hit-and-run accident

Michael D. Scott, 56, of 2201 Crystal Circle, Crystal Lake, was charged with hit and run, failing to give aid or information and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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Hinsdale plans special traffic enforcement initiative

The Hinsdale Police Department will join law enforcement agencies in a special traffic safety campaign this Friday along the 55th Street corridor.

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Larry Yando plays Ebenezer Scrooge for the sixth time in Goodman Theatre's "A Christmas Carol."

Behind the bah humbug: ‘Christmas Carol’ actors talk going Scrooge

As Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same date this year, latkes are an example of food that brings the two holidays together. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

When Thanksgiving meets Hanukkah, the food possibilities are endless

In case you haven’t looked at your calendar, bubeleh, let me tell you: On Nov. 28, that all-American holiday, Thanksgiving, falls on the first day of the eight-day Jewish...

Hillary's BBQ Restaurant owners Jeff and Jennifer Hillary opened the longtime family carryout business first dine-in location in Lake Bluff. | Linda Blaser/Sun-Times Media

Waukegan’s Hillary’s branches out with new Lake Bluff sit-down restaurant

Hillary’s BBQ — famous in North Chicago and Waukegan for more than 30 years for its unique sauce and succulent ribs — opened its first eat-in location in Lake Bluff on Friday,...

Lake Forest-11/16/13, Sat./Bernie's Book Bank Books ready to go out for readers Saturday at Bernie's Book Bank in Lake Forest. Joe Shuman/For Sun-Times Media

Bernie’s Book Bank thanks youngest volunteers as it nears 2-million book threshold

On the brink of reaching two million books collected, processed and distributed to at-risk children from infants through sixth grade, Bernie’s Book Bank organizers thanked their...

<p>Photo courtesy Osthoff Resort/Elkhart Lake Tourism</p>

WEEKAWAY: Why choose the Osthoff Resort for your next corporate retreat?

Not only is the Osthoff Resort a beautiful vacation destination, but it has been home to a number of conferences and events with groups ranging from 10 to 1,000.

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One of the kitchens featured in the Parenthesis Kitchen Walk in 2010. | Photo courtesy of Peter Wagner

Felicia Dechter: Parenthesis Kitchen Walk shows off unique spaces for good cause

Doris Huang knows the value of having a place in the neighborhood like Parenthesis Family Center, 405 S. Euclid in Oak Park. Parenthesis is a non-profit organization providing a...

<p>Oak Park native Kate Lambert.</p>

OPRF grad’s ‘Teachers’ web series scores TV Land pilot

Oak Park-River Forest High School grad Kate Lambert always intended to become an actress until catching the comedy bug around 2006 while taking classes at Second City — where...

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Oak Park native Cecily Strong loses bet with NFL star, dresses up in dog costume

Oak Park native and Saturday Night Live star Cecily Strong, a Chicago Bulls fan, recently agreed to face off against New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre Paul, a New York...

Jack Bishop of America's Test Kitchen will speak about the group's gluten-free cookbook in Oak Park April 22.

James Beard Award-winning author speaking at Carleton Hotel

With gluten concerns on the rise, it was only a matter of time before loyal readers of America’s Test Kitchen publications such as Cook’s Country and Cook’s Illustrated began...

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Oak Park researcher asking residents to participate in sustainability study

Local resident Antony Wood, Ph.D., is leading a project that Oak Parkers are invited to participate in, to help determine what factors contribute to sustainability in an...

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Park Ridge aldermen will get last say on ethics violations

Park Ridge aldermen will now have the final say on whether an allegation of an ethics violation is formally investigated.

John Walton, interim president and CEO of Rainbow Hospice, thanks volunteers. | Karie Angell Luc/for Sun-Times Media

Rainbow Hospice holds 2014 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care hosted its 2014 volunteer appreciation luncheon, “You are Our Key to Success,” on at The Glen Club in Glenview on April 5.

The Easter Bunny hops into the gym at the Maine Park Leisure Center in Park Ridge, where he posed for photos with children Saturday morning, April 12. | Ben Meyerson/Sun-Times Media

Egg hunt draws crowd at Maine Park; More Easter events to come in Park Ridge

Last Saturday’s Easter egg hunt at the Maine Park Leisure Center in Park Ridge was lightning-fast.

<p>Park Ridge Police Officer Anthony Hernandez walks through water covered Mayfield Street as he goes house to house checking on the residents last April. &nbsp;| &nbsp;Rob Dicker/Sun-Times Media</p>

Flooded residents say all of Park Ridge should help fund fixes

A crowd of citizens from three neighborhoods within the city’s 2nd and 1st Wards attended Monday’s Park Ridge City Council meeting to persuade elected officials that spreading...

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Celebrating Easter brunch in style

The Easter holiday is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to start making Easter plans with your friends and family. Easter brunch ...

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