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Barrington District 220 schools will reopen Wednesday

Barrington School District 220 announced that schools will open Wednesday after two days of bitter cold snow days.

Joe Gorro of Buffalo Grove hurls snow off his driveway Monday, Jan. 6.  | Joseph Cyganowski/For Sun-Times Media

Photos: Northwest suburbanites brave the elements

Despite temperatures nose diving to 10 degrees below zero and windchills reaching 40 below, many people across the northwest suburbs layered up and braved the bone-chilling cold...

<p>| Sun-Times Media File</p>

Metra trains canceled, modified Tuesday

Metra canceled dozens of trains Tuesday and combined several other inbound and outbound routes on BNSF and Union Pacific lines as historically cold temperatures continued to...

<p>Icicles hang down &nbsp;| &nbsp;Photo submitted by Jennifer Bulandr</p>

Extreme cold closes District 220 for second day, Barrington battles weather

After more than 10 inches of snow accumulated during the last week, the historic winter storm tacked on subzero temperatures across the Barrington area Monday, Jan. 6.

<p>Jacob Bulandr holds a massive icicle indoors. &nbsp;| &nbsp;Photo submitted by Jennifer Bulandr</p>

Photos: Shots from 'Chiberia'

Have any photos of icicles hanging from your roof, dogs playing in snow or what it looks like outside from your living room window?

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Three downtown businesses were destroyed and one firefighter was injured in a multi-building blaze early Sunday in north suburban Evanston. 
The fire began in the ceiling of the Pine Yard Restaurant, 1033 Davis St. |  Matt McKinney~Sun-Times Media

Evanston fire probe focuses on restaurant’s duct work

Investigators are looking at the duct work and equipment that led from the kitchen area of the Pine Yard Restaurant to the building’s roof as a possible cause of the fire that...

Evanston Public Works crews haul snow Monday night  from the Chicago Avenue/ Dempster Street area. | Bob Seidenberg/ Sun-Times MediaHeheh

Arctic cold starting to affect Evanston equipment

The extreme cold is beginning to have an impact on the city’s snow-removing equipment, Evanston Public Work Director Suzette Robinson said in her morning update today.

Throw pillows—an easy way to switch up home décor

Your home's interior design can help you define your personal style, but redesigning your living space can be a costly and time-consuming...

<p>Once the temperatures warm, Evanston Fire Department officials are hoping citizens will help clear hydrants of snow, so they look like this one downtown. Buried hydrants &nbsp;have been a problem in having a close water source in the sub-zero weather, said Fire Chief Greg Klaiber. | Bob Seidenberg/Sun-Times Media</p>

Evanston firefighters busy in cold weather

Evanston residents seem to be taking prudent measures and staying mostly indoors during the extreme cold.

Evanston Police Department | Sun-Times Media

Evanston police issue 69 citations in holiday crackdown

Evanston police issued 69 traffic violations during their recent holiday crackdown, including 30 for seat-belt violations between Dec. 20, 2013 and Jan. 5, police reported Monday.

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<p>Hinsdale Central's Matt Rafferty (white) moves the ball around Lincoln Park's Nicholas Rainey. &nbsp;| Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media</p>

Boys basketball: Several area stars shine during holiday tournaments

Several local boys basketball players stepped up with big performances over the holidays but only one team, Hinsdale South, actually won its tournament.

<p>| Sun-Times Media File</p>

Metra trains canceled, modified Tuesday

Metra canceled dozens of trains Tuesday and combined several other inbound and outbound routes on BNSF and Union Pacific lines as historically cold temperatures continued to...

<p>| Sun-Times Media File&nbsp;</p>

Tuesday closings: Hinsdale High School District 86, District 181, area schools

Hinsdale High School District 86 will remain closed on Tuesday due to the continued forecast of dangerous weather conditions.

Spotlight on top ranked Hinsdale-area schools

If you are looking to relocate to the Chicago suburbs with your family, your decision may be largely guided by the schools in the area. In Hinsdale...

Workmen from ACR pull a section of lockers away from the wall to allow circulating air to dry out behind them after a sprinkler pipe burst and spilled water through several areas of Hinsdale Middle School. | Jon Langham/For Sun-Times Media

Sprinkler pipe bursts at Hinsdale Middle School

Hinsdale Middle School Principal Ruben Pena is looking at the bright side of things after the bursting of a water pipe Saturday night at the school affected five classrooms and...

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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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<p>Sixteen-year-old twins Sam Turk (left) and Wyatt Turk (center) put on their skates while friend Daniel Johnson, 17, clears the ice to play hockey Wednesday, Jan. 1 at the outdoor ice rink at Longfellow Park in Oak Park. | Caitlin Mullen/For Sun-Times Media</p>

Cold weather helping outdoor ice rinks in Oak Park

The early onset of cold, winter weather has provided perfect conditions for steady use of the three outdoor ice rinks at local parks.

<p>Gilverto Novello, originally from Ecuador, braves the sub-zero temperatures as he waits for a bus on Oak Park Avenue at South Boulevard. Bitter cold weather kept all but the hardiest folks inside Monday. | Jon Langham/For Sun-Times Media</p>

Schools staying closed Tuesday due to record cold in Oak Park, River Forest

Districts 90, 97, 200, Fenwick High School and Trinity High School have canceled school for Tuesday as frigid temperatures are expected to continue.

Why does Italian sausage taste so good?

When most people think of sausage, the first thing that comes to mind is a tasty link often referred to in America as Italian sausage. While this g...

<p>Image by <a href="" target="_blank">Jessamyn West</a>, Flickr</p>

Warming centers near Oak Park and River Forest

With record-low temperatures today, local municipalities are operating warming centers.

Gloria Groom curated the new fashion exhibition at the Art  Institute of Chicago which runs until the end of September. | Alex Wroblewski/Sun-Times

Oak Park's Gloria Groom named to ChicagoNow's Ten Most Fascinating Women list

Oak Park's Gloria Groom, senior curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, was among the women named to ChicagoNow's Ten Most Fascinating Women of 2013 list.

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<p>A man walks past a&nbsp;<a id="firsthit" name="firsthit"></a>snow&nbsp;encrusted bicycle with wind chills nearing minus 30 Fahrenheit on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in downtown&nbsp;Chicago. &nbsp;| &nbsp;AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles</p>

Deep freeze causes more delays, closings Tuesday

Chicago’s deep freeze continued throughout Tuesday morning, causing public transportation delays, extended school closings and at least 60 crashes on expressways around Chicago.

<p>| Sun-Times Media File</p>

Metra trains canceled, modified Tuesday

Metra canceled dozens of trains Tuesday and combined several other inbound and outbound routes on BNSF and Union Pacific lines as historically cold temperatures continued to...

Planning wedding celebrations in Rosemont

Whether you are in search of a venue for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or the wedding reception itself, you can find the perfect atmosphere ...

<p>Snow covers tables and chairs outside Starbucks, 15 S. Prospect Ave. &nbsp;| &nbsp;Jennifer Johnson/Sun-Times Media</p>

Power knocked out amid record cold in Park Ridge, Des Plaines

Power was out to more than 1,500 customers in parts of Park Ridge and Des Plaines for about an hour Monday morning.

<p>| Sun-Times Media File</p>

Touhy-Lehigh intersection reopened after Metra accident in Niles

Multiple people were injured when a Metra train clipped a semi truck Monday morning in north suburban Niles.

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