Vernon Hills running coach goes the extra mile for middle school runners
When their middle school canceled cross country because of the pandemic, a group of Vernon Hills parents turned to social media to organize a kids' running club.
Where to cut your own Christmas tree in the suburbsAt least one holiday tradition can still be safely observed despite COVID-19: picking out the perfect Christmas tree for your home. Here's where you can cut your own in the suburbs.
How to enter our holiday lights contest starting FridayIt turns out isolation leads to illumination. Forced to stay home because of the worsening coronavirus pandemic, many suburbanites have put up their holiday lights a bit earlier than usual. Their efforts bring a welcome bit of cheer -- and could lead to some great prizes.
Naperville autism foundation raffling off $79,790 CorvetteA tumultuous year has forced the Turning Pointe Autism Foundation to shift gears while navigating financial and operational implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofit leaders are now hoping a lavish but socially distanced fundraiser will help bridge funding gaps.
Dining events: Fry the Coop opens Dec. 1 in Prospect HeightsFry the Coop brings Nashville hot chicken to its new Prospect Heights location, Ever's three-Michelin-starred chef brings some of his dishes to-go to St. Charles on Saturday, and Two Brothers Tap House's heated patio will be open for a limited time on Black Friday.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines canceled due to pandemicThe Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the annual Catholic celebration that draws as many as a quarter of a million pilgrims to Des Plaines every December, has been canceled because of the ongoing pandemic, church leaders announced Tuesday.
Suburban towns find a way to keep the season jolly with tree lightingsSuburban tree lightings, for many years a traditional way to kick off the holiday season, look different this year because of the pandemic.
Thanksgiving 2020: Suburban restaurants offering a variety of to-go packages this yearThanksgiving is going to look quite different this year. But suburban restaurants are trying to make the best of it by offering to-go options for carryout or delivery.
Thanksgiving dinner complete with dessert for a small stay-at-home holidayIf you're cooking for a smaller group this Thanksgiving, you might try this menu for a full turkey dinner for four.
10 outdoor and drive-through holiday light shows in suburbs, ChicagoEnjoying holiday lights -- either outdoors or from your car -- allows families to get in the spirit of the season safely this year, when so much else has been canceled by COVID-19.
7 tips for a meaningful virtual ThanksgivingWith COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on travel and gatherings, many families will be navigating virtual Thanksgiving celebrations this year. To make the most of this experience, the Daily Herald has curated some of the best advice for having a successful, socially distanced virtual Thanksgiving celebration.
Tips for cooking (and saving) a smaller Thanksgiving feastIf you're planning a smaller Thanksgiving gathering this year because of social distancing, you don't have to give up the turkey, stuffing, pie and other traditional fare. Thanksgiving feasts have typically been tailored for a crowd: big birds, large casseroles, and so on. Your favorite recipes might serve 10 or more. But from turkey breasts to muffin-tin pies, there are ways to adapt the classics for a smaller crew, with less expense and potential for waste.
Through the Film Magnifier: Glen Campbell, Steve Garvey, Globetrotters, Scrabble tournaments and more
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