Live On A Christmas Tree Farm: Illinois Wow! Houses


Plus: The house that beer built, a tranquil retreat and a piece of lakefront luxury.





Honor Wounded Vets 5K in Oak Brook raises $50,000


Event: Freedom Golf Association inaugural Honor Wounded Vets 5K Run/Walk

Benefiting: Wounded veterans returning to normality after military service by provide adaptive golf lessons to persons with physical, emotional and developmental needs.

Location: McDonald's corporate campus, Oak Brook

Date:...





Get down to the root of things with these fall recipes


Dig in. With fall comes root vegetables, and we've uncovered some of the best recipes that feature them.

From shimmering, glazed Hakurei turnips so delicate they look like pearl onions and earthy purees made from fresh parsnips and malted milk (yes, malted milk) to cheerfully bright carrots preserved...





Disorderly Conduct, DUI: Elmhurst Police Reports


Elmhurst Police reports through Nov. 15.





District 205 Educators, Volunteers Honored With State Board Award


The district said six individual educators and one team received Awards of Merit and Awards of Recognition.





Thanksgiving 2017: What's Open, What's Closed In Elmhurst


There are several stores and services closed on Thanksgiving Day.





York Hockey Spirit Night Raises $5K For Cancer Research


This year’s “Stick it to Cancer – It’s our Goal” event raised $6,000 which will be donated to cancer research.





Elmhurst Recertified As StormReady Community


Elmhurst has been a certified as a StormReady Community since 2000, and continues to meet and exceed the requirements of the program.





Elmhurst police blotter: Delivered package stolen from front door


The following items were taken from area police department reports and press releases. An arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt.

Elmhurst

Disorderly conduct

Michael Thomas, 36, of the 1000 block of East Avenue, Oak Park, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at 1:16 p.m....





Thanksgiving Safety; Recruiting new voters!; More Local Stories


Some of the best and most useful content comes from the Patch community. Here's a roundup of stories from this week.





Explore Elmhurst Express Trolley Back For Holidays


You can ride the Explore Elmhurst Holly Trolley on Saturday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 16.





Column: Let's take Lincoln's wise advice this Thanksgiving Day


In a year when it seems like we've been re-fighting the Civil War over what statues should stay and which ones should be taken down, it might be well to remember that the first national Thanksgiving was celebrated during the tumult of that war.

Following the Union victory at Gettysburg, President...





Column: 'SMILF' funny, if dark, tale of single parenting


Maybe it's because I'm a divorced mom, but there's something really lovable to me about TV single moms.

Not only are they are strong and courageous, but their tough skin is intermingled with vulnerability and cute charm that makes you want to give them a big hug.

It's for those reasons that I have...





Help Squad: Consumer asks if change to health care plan will mean higher costs


Dear Help Squad,

I read with interest your column 'Health insurance and open enrollment – what you need to know' (www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/ct-ppn-column-help-squad-tl-1026-20171020-story.html). I am presently an individual health insurance holder with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois....





Column: Who's thankful for you on Thanksgiving?


Before Thanksgiving and the day after turned into Shopapalooza, the holiday was a celebration of family.

More than that, Thanksgiving was a cause for introspection, a time for each of us to look at our lives and tally what made us thankful.

And everyone has something to be thankful for, from the...





The case for shop class: How vocational schools and gap years can help ease academic anxiety


When New Trier High School student Ben Matejka got his results from the ACT, he was pleased with his score of 27, comfortably above the national average of about 21.

But when Ben told his friends, some of their responses took him aback. He got condolences.

"My score was much higher than the national...





Looking for a stress-free Thanksgiving meal? Ditch the cooking


Thanksgiving can be stressful enough without also worrying about how long to cook the turkey. Whether you enjoy hosting at home but don't want to spend all day in the kitchen or would like to leave all the work – including the cleanup – to someone else, these area restaurants can be your holiday...





Elmhurst committee signals support for Redeemer Lutheran parking plan


Three aldermen on the Development, Planning and Zoning Committee urged Monday that officials of Redeemer Lutheran Church and its neighbors seek a compromise over a divisive plan by the church to sell six residential lots.

Neighbors of the church fear traffic congestion and parking problems if the...





Later start times, less homework: Here’s what elite schools are doing to help students cope with stress


Claire Buckley's day started before dawn.

Each morning, she would dress, gather her gear and leave her Barrington home to catch a 6 a.m. bus to her destination — not to a job in downtown Chicago, but as a freshman in high school.

"These days we're asking of our teens what very few adults are required...





Actors with special needs to perform 'Beauty and the Beast'


The production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast, Jr." being performed this weekend has special significance.

The story that shows beauty and love are more than skin deep will be brought to life by actors whose performances and showmanship are equally heartwarming and impressive.

The Lyons Township...





'No worse fate than failure': How pressure to keep up is overwhelming students in elite districts


When Naperville North High School student Tessa Newman heard about the suicide of a classmate last school year, she was outraged.

Furious, not at the classmate, but at a culture she said exacerbates the pressure she and many of her fellow students feel. So Tessa took action.

"I was just so angry...





Elmhurst police blotter: Melrose Park man drives car into construction worker


The following items were taken from area police department reports and press releases. An arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt.

Elmhurst

Alcohol

Darius Urbikas, 33, of the 400 block of Downer Place, Aurora, was charged with possession of open alcohol, driving with a suspended license,...





Column: A heartbroken mom says 'heroin is in your suburb'


Loving, respectful and well behaved is how P.J. Newberg described her daughter as a young girl. But when her daughter was in high school, she met a boy, and according to Newberg everything changed.

"Things started getting weird," said the North Shore single mom. "She didn't come home some nights,...





Column: Flags at half-staff mean it's mourning in America


When I was a rookie reporter all too long ago, I was lectured about A.P. style early and often, particularly regarding the issue of whether the U.S. flag is flown at half-mast or half-staff.

We often say half-mast. But in almost every case, we are wrong. A flag can only fly at half-mast when it...





Elmhurst Hospital get serious with active threat drill


Elmhurst Hospital officials, along with the city's Police and Fire departments, hope practice makes perfect should they ever be faced with a real-life active threat — an incident, which by its deliberate nature, creates an immediate threat or presents an imminent danger.

"The hospital has to be...





Elmhurst neighbors still oppose nursing home expansion


A decision on an expansion plan by the Elmhurst Extended Care Center may not come until December or even January, as city officials again hear testimony from neighbors opposed to the project.

The operators of the Elmhurst nursing home, 200 E. Lake St., were back before the city's Zoning and Planning...





Column: Forget elections. Let's just name the candidate with the most money the winner.


"$5,000,768," he claimed.

$456,000,000," she rebutted.

"Oh, really?" he said. "What about $291,000?"

"$9,067,000," she retorted.

What is all this, you may be asking.

It's a political debate between candidates, of course.

This concept of political discourse came to me the other night while I was...





Chicagoland pizza pros dish about their favorite pies


Their secrets are out: We asked four of our favorite pizza pros in the Chicago suburbs to tell us their (other) favorite spot where they get their pizza fix. And the results are in just in time for one of the busiest pizza days of the year – the day after Thanksgiving. Whether you're shopping 'til...





Help Squad: What to know when considering Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans


I just read your column, "Health insurance and open enrollment – what you need to know" in today's Chicago Tribune. I was wondering if you could help me out. I'm looking for supplemental insurance to go along with my Medicare. The costs are high and the deductible on some is $2,000! I'm 67, retired...





Elmhurst Council approves $6 million incentive to keep auto group


The Elmhurst City Council voted 12-1 Monday to give up to $6 million in incentives to the Elmhurst Auto Group to keep its BMW, Jaguar and Toyota dealerships in town.

It is the city's largest deal to date and a plan supporters say will protect one of the city's largest sales tax revenue sources...





Suburban Indian restaurant owners want you to try this dessert for Thanksgiving


Try something new this Thanksgiving: Carrot halwa (pronounced: hal-vuh) is full of colorful, healthy carrots and will add a global touch to your dessert choices. It's simple enough to make that you'll still have time to whip up pumpkin and pecan pies for those turkey day traditionalists. And everybody...





Elmhurst police blotter: Housesitter finds door forced open at home on Monterrey


The following items were taken from area police department reports and releases. An arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt.

Elmhurst

Alcohol

Maria Rusak, 29, of the 3300 block of North Osceola Road, Harwood Heights, was charged with illegal transport of alcohol, disobeying a traffic control...





Column: Starting new projects is easy, but finishing them is a whole other story


I guess it is about time I admit something.

I have a problem finishing projects.

Right now in my house I have successfully dismantled my lawnmower and the downstairs powder room toilet.

I've purchased this week a combined smoke and carbon monoxide alarm and have taken it out of the box. It is ready...





District 205 officials hire consultants to assist with long-range planning


ELMHURST – Several outside consultants will soon be brought into the fold as long-range planning in Elmhurst Community Unit District 205 picks up steam this school year. District officials have issued contracts to two communications consultants who will assist in getting a pulse on district residents’ desires to expand or build new school facilities. Elmhurst […]

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Park District takes steps to turn acquired property into green space


ELMHURST — With freshly acquired property in its portfolio, Elmhurst Park District officials are in the beginning stages of exploring how best to separate parcels of land on Old York Road and Hampshire Avenue. In January, the district purchased a 0.63-acre parcel of land at 207 N. Hampshire Ave. Last month, officials purchased on additional […]

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New District 205 planning document has an eye on the future


ELMHURST – With technology and other cultural forces at play, the world as we know it is changing at a more rapid pace than ever before. This reality is at the heart of a recently unveiled series of documents that chart the course for future decisions within and outside the classroom at Elmhurst Community Unit […]

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Sales tax incentive for iMotorsports stalls with City Council, goes back to committee


ELMHURST – A sales tax incentive agreement between the city of Elmhurst and motorcycle dealership iMotorsports that was being discussed by the City Council was pulled back to committee after confusion arose regarding the extent of the agreement’s clawback clause. Development, Planning and Zoning Committee Chairman Michael Honquest pulled a report recommending a sales tax […]

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‘Elmhurst Bigmouth’ checks out Beerhead Bar & Eatery


ELMHURST – Want to know the best thing about the new Beerhead in Elmhurst? Like many people in town, I waited anxiously to see what was being developed on the prized corner of First & York in downtown Elmhurst. When I heard it was going to be a beer-soaked party bar chain, I held my […]

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City greenlights map amendment, paving way for residential development on Butterfield Road


ELMHURST – The City Council approved a map amendment request from a developer planning a project of multifamily dwellings on Butterfield Road, but due to a filed perimeter objection, the ordinance will now require a supermajority to pass. The report out of the Development, Planning and Zoning Committee recommended a zoning change from R1 (single-family […]

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Elmhurst looks to spend $8 million to update potable water infrastructure, reduce waste


ELMHURST – Elmhurst will soon be installing new water meters and an online leak detection system to reduce the amount of unaccounted-for water in the city’s potable water network. City Council unanimously approved a report out of the Public Works and Buildings Committee that includes contracts with five vendors for a total of approximately $8 […]

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Park district acquires Old York Road land for $1.55 million


ELMHURST – After meeting behind closed doors last week, Elmhurst Park District officials have approved a plan to purchase a nearly 4-acre parcel of land on Old York Road for $1.55 million. The park district’s board of commissioners, which met July 10, discussed the purchase proposal with Executive Director James Rogers and other staffers. Negotiations […]

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Elmhurst zoning decisions aim to help chart course for future of downtown


ELMHURST – One of the most inscrutable, yet important, aspects of local government is the arcane art of zoning. While the mere appearance of the word “zoning” might make many people want to zone out and move on to the next topic, the July 10 meeting of the Elmhurst City Council’s Development, Planning and Zoning Committee […]

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‘The need is far greater’: Elmhurst resident provides health services in remote areas of Latin America


ELMHURST – Pharmacist Megan Corrigan just returned from Haiti, and she’s already thinking about heading back again. “I think in the U.S., we forget how to be grateful for services that are expected,” she said. This was the seventh time that the Elmhurst resident has been to Latin America on a service trip to provide medical […]

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