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  • Woodstock home showcases New Orleans style, antiques

    In New Orleans, Mardi Gras is a two-week party; at Craig Hallenstein’s house, it is a year-round celebration.
    Feb. 25, 2017 - 10:05 pm
  • Gardens of the Gilded Age gain renewed attention, respect

    The period Mark Twain dubbed “the Gilded Age” was one of extreme wealth and ostentation, of robber barons amassing great fortunes, of glaring chasms b ...
    Feb. 25, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Hanging baskets add instant color, texture

    Want to add instant color and texture to your deck, balcony, entryway or other small space around your yard? Consider hanging baskets.
    Feb. 25, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • McHenry County Planit10: Irish House Party, Beer, Bacon & Bikes fest, Antique Appraisal Day & more

    Looking for something to do? We have 10 suggestions. ...
    Feb. 23, 2017 - 4:19 pm
  • Review: No clear message in Steppenwolf's 'Straight White Men,' but plenty of laughs

    Well ... I had to think long and hard about what I wanted to say about Steppenwolf’s latest premiere, “Straight White Men.”
    Feb. 23, 2017 - 7:53 am
  • Review: Marriott's 'Mamma Mia!' is ABBA-solute fun

    “Honey, Honey.” “Money, Money, Money.” “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do.” What do they all have in common? If you grew up in the ’ ...
    Feb. 23, 2017 - 11:57 pm
  • Review: Steppenwolf's 'Monster' masterfully brings best-selling book to stage

    “The man wants you, he got you.” These words open the deeply dramatic adaptation “Monster,” produced by Steppenwolf Theatre Company for Steppenwolf fo ...
    Feb. 23, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Woodstock looks to draw tourists with mural featuring movies, theater

    The walk from the parking lot to Classic Cinemas in downtown Woodstock is about to get a bit more intriguing.
    Feb. 23, 2017 - 9:09 am
  • Vintage Values: McHenry County stores join Shop Hop through northern Illinois, Wisconsin

    If you love vintage finds, don’t run, hop, to the fourth annual Vintage Shop Hop on March 3 and 4. ...
    Feb. 19, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Chickens can be helpful – and challenging – for gardeners

    Raising small flocks of backyard chickens has been a trend among city dwellers for a decade or so, and putting the birds to work can be a boon to gard ...
    Feb. 18, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • What kind of cherry tree did Washington fell? (If he did.)

    Washington’s birthday is a good time to think about cherry trees. But rather than questioning whether George really chopped down the tree and then adm ...
    Feb. 18, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • From tiny pots to large plots, there’s joy to be found in every space

    There are windowsills all over the world filled with small edible plants, usually a few pots of fresh herbs. A city cook with a longer, wider sill mig ...
    Feb. 18, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Can’t get enough animals? Check out these places:

    Warmer weather will bring more opportunities to get outside. Here are four places worth checking out in Northern Illinois.
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 9:27 am
  • McHenry County Planit 10: Richard Marx at the Raue, Home & Garden Show, improv and more

    Looking for something to do? We have 10 suggestions. RICHARD MARX WHEN: 8 p.m. Feb. 17 WHERE: Rau ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 12:41 am
  • Review: A well-executed 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead' at Metropolis

    My director friend, Michael, always called “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” a “three-headache play.” Part comical, part absurdist and always bi ...
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 4:00 pm
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