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’Tis the season: Quick-reference guide to volunteering and charity gifting

Don’t be a scrooge! Grab your family, friends or coworkers and start making a difference. You can start locally with your village, hospitals, nursing homes, churches and shelters. Find organizations and charities in your community by volunteering and making donations during this joyous time of …

Good Gift Hunting

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Start checking off your shopping list with help from this nifty guide. Click on "View Gallery" to see the guide. …

Daily Bread: Death of the Fly-by

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From toddlers to seniors, most Americans love a good fly-by. When you’re at a sporting (or other public event), and you can hear, feel and see a military fighter jet careening through the sky, you may be feeling of excitement, nostalgia, and national pride. In …

Daily Bread: Safety

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The concept of safety seems to be on the minds of many Americans (and arguably the world) lately. What exactly does it mean to be safe in 2013? Conversations that involve the word "safety" usually revolve more around somewhat of an antonym of the word …

What to consider before buying a tablet

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Tablets are the must-have portable computing devices of the moment. In just a few short years, the number of people with tablets has increased dramatically. Computerworld magazine reports that tablets beat out PCs on this year’s holiday shopping lists. Within a year of the iPad’s …

Beauty from the inside out: Cleansing diets

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Truly healthy eating is about more than just weight loss. It's an overall feeling, and most simply, the body's reaction to how you choose to fuel it. Today's diet trends are reflecting a growing understanding that good health comes from the inside out. Clean diet …

The ABCs of raising a healthy, safe kid

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Raising a child is not easy. But doing small things everyday will help bring them up healthy, happy and injury-free. A is for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy An expecting mother should not drink any alcohol at any time during her pregnancy. It can lead to Fetal Alcohol …

Looking for a great pumpkin? This is our best pumpkin-farm list ever

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Why sit around and wait for the Great Pumpkin? Picking your own pumpkins, going on hayrides, feeding carrots to giraffes, getting lost in corn mazes, riding ponies and getting your face painted is all in a day's fun at these local pumpkin patches. Be sure …

How to stay fit while stuck at your desk

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Although most of us in Chicago walk to the train or to run the occasional outside errand: Generally speaking, working at an office is not the ideal atmosphere for keeping fit. Constantly sitting affects the nerves in your back. Think of new ways to just …

Chicagoan, defending champ ready to rock US Air Guitar Nationals

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This weekend, air guitar aficionados from all over the United States will take center stage in Denver, CO to square off in the 2012 U.S. Air Guitar Championships. Now concluding its first decade, the U.S. Air Guitar tour, which is promoted by Plus One Music, …

10 homemade natural beauty and spa treatments found right in your kitchen

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Forever searching for the Fountain of Youth, many people may find themselves spending hundreds, even thousands, of dollars on beauty products, salons and spa treatments each year hoping to achieve the latest and greatest skin, hair and body. 30 BEST GIFTS FOR KIDS You'd be …

Fancy pants: Athletic wear to make gym rats jealous 

"In the past few years, women's athletic clothes have gotten a lot more fashionable," said Raff Martino from Lucy, an active wear store at Old Orchard Mall in Skokie. "Women want to go from the gym to out and about, so they want clothes that …

Let them eat cake

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As your child tacks on another year, it can be increasingly difficult to come up with fresh birthday celebration ideas. Let your kid be the star of the show at his next party as he bounces, climbs, engages in pretend play, paints or zooms down …

Explore the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier

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Visit the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier where kids can morph into the roles of architects, artists, mountaineers, inventors, curators, firefighters, anthropologists or engineers. Parents will love exposing their kids to a variety of educational and fun activities. “I liked that the rooms had …

Open Streets on State Street promotes alternative transit

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After a blustery end of September, the sun came out on Oct. 1 for the first Open Streets on State Street event. Seven blocks, from Lake Street to Van Buren Street in downtown Chicago, were cordoned off for a day’s worth of outdoor, family-friendly activities …

12 days of December

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Here are a dozen off-the-beaten-holiday-path activities to try this winter. 1. Make your own snowshoes. A little bit “Survivor Man” and a little bit Boy Scouts, this step-by-step guide for making snowshoes from found twigs and branches comes from www.ehow.com. (www.ehow.com/how_5365551_make-own-snowshoes.html) 2. Apps for the …

Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama

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Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama 2011 hit Chicago at The Chicago Theatre on Friday, Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. High fashion and fierce performances were brought together for one ARTrageous night. Multitalented singer, songwriter, producer and musician, Cee Lo Green, known for his most recent chart-topping …

Red and greens in fall line up will make season look like Christmas

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Red and green together - for fall? It's true, say fashion experts from around the Chicago area. This season sees any kind of green -- from jade, to teal and evergreen - mixed up with vivid reds and hot peony pinks. Mix it all up with texture and fur. Animal prints are huge this season along with faux fur accents and textured sweaters.

Gen X aren’t slackers, study finds

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Generation X has turned out to be no “slacker generation,” a new, long-term study finds, despite that age group’s reputation as a bunch of insecure, angst-ridden underachievers. The notion that Gen X won’t do as well as their Baby Boomer parents and the World War II-era Greatest Generation “doesn’t seem to be the case,” says political scientist Jon Miller, director of the Longitudinal Study of American Youth at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research.

For Mom witih love - A special gift for her 

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On Mother’s Day, we pause to give moms the credit they are due. Here are gift ideas for all the irreplaceable women in your life. The Overworked Mom: For the selfless mom, whose day knows no end, treat her to a gift card for some …

39th Annual Gurnee Days Celebration

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Join the fun at the 39th Annual Gurnee Days Celebration The Gurnee Days Corporation, a not-for-profit organization of volunteers, has been planning and orchestrating the annual Gurnee Days celebration for more than 30 years. The upcoming Gurnee Days festivities will be held Thursday, Aug. 11 …

Antioch’s Taste of Summer Festival celebrates its 21st year

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Antioch’s Taste of Summer offers food, entertainment, a carnival, sidewalk sales and many other activities that make up a great four-day family fun festival, July 14 through July 17. Gather your family and friends, and head to Antioch for great fun. Enjoy strolling through Antioch’s …

Urban sophistication meets suburban relaxation in downtown Evanston

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At first glance, Evanston may look like an average Chicago suburb. Upon further examination however, visitors will find that this thriving community is bursting with incredible artists, great restaurants and cultural diversity. This summer, take some time to explore all that Evanston has to offer with our list of free festivals and fun for the whole family. We predict you'll soon discover that this small suburb, just a train ride away, is more than meets the eye.

Sun, sand and swim make for lakefront fun in Evanston

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Looking to spend some time on the water this summer? Options and activities are endless. Rediscover Lake Michigan and all that it has to offer.