| Sep 15, 2014
I confess and hang my trowel in shame:
I am a killer.
An executioner of foliage. A poisoner of potter plants. A slayer of sprigs.
And so, probably, are you, judging from the responses when I admitted my plant crime on Facebook and invited my friends...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 9:31 AM
There won't be live ammunition fired at the Revolutionary War re-enactment at Cantigny Park, but simulated rounds from cannons, howitzers and mortars will pack plenty of punch.
"It's a lot of noise and smoke. The public loves it," says Bill Hess, a...
| Aug 30, 2014
| 4:43 AM
A new, colorful replica of the DuPage County Historical Museum and grounds may look simple, but is made up of roughly 5,000 LEGO parts and took countless hours to construct.
The Wheaton museum asked the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club to construct the...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 8:13 AM
Proposed: The best kind of outdoor shower is a meteor shower.
And to let you test that proposition, Chicago’s Adler Planetarium is hosting its annual viewing party for the Perseid meteor shower, caused when Earth passes through the comet Swift-...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 6:45 AM
Chicago Sinfonietta: Music director Mei-Ann Chen previews the orchestra's 2014-15 season in its open-air debut in the western suburbs. 8 p.m. Saturday, Cantigny Park, 1 S 151 Winfield Road, Wheaton; $22-$24; 630-260-8162, cantigny.org or...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 3:29 PM
Sometimes on summer evenings, Marion Miller likes to sit in her lawn chair and enjoy the air show happening overhead.
With soft and rapid twittering, small smudge-gray birds known as chimney swifts gather at sunset and with amazing precision whip in...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 11:45 AM
Chances are excellent that if you take in a parade for the Fourth of July, you'll see someone on stilts sporting the patriotic garb of Uncle Sam. Chances are equally excellent that your primary visual association of Sam comes from artist and illustrator...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 10:53 AM
Three people were injured after a branch fell from one of the oldest and largest trees near the McCormick Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton on Sunday.
Two people were taken to Central DuPage Hospital and the third refused treatment, said Phil Zepeda,...
| May 13, 2014
| 9:39 AM
It's a poster almost everyone will recognize.
Uncle Sam, in top hat and jacket, beckons with a distinct stare and finger point, declaring "I Want You."
The 1917 poster produced during World War I, then known as the Great War, is perhaps the most well-...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 5:00 PM
An elderly woman has died after she was struck by a tree branch that fell in Cantigny Park last week, officials said today. Mildred Hetmanski, 83, of Crete, died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital of multiple injuries, officials with the Cook County...
| Nov 11, 2012
The Christmas Schooner
Have yourself a City of Big Shoulders Christmas at the Mercury Theater, the current home of the beloved Chicago musical, “The Christmas Schooner.” Created by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, “Schooner”...
| Apr 27, 2013
There's no doubt that vegetable gardening is hot. Folks who've never grown a radish suddenly want to plant pots or plow up their lawn so they can add fresh food to the table. The upside: You can harvest edibles untouched by synthetic chemicals, and the...