Local environmental group offers a beneficial alternative to throwing pumpkins away

A Naperville high school is making a childhood pleasure an integral part of its PE curriculum

When it comes to paying the tab for a group outing, what's a few bucks here or there?

I really enjoy going through our reader surveys and compiling our Best of the West results each year. It’s always interesting to get our readers’ perspectives on their favorite things about living in the western suburbs. I have been doing it for so many years now that I have a pretty good id…

I’ve never been a big fan of running just to run. I’m OK running when there is a ball to catch or a basket to be made or when it is part of virtually any sporting activity. Because then there is a reason to run beyond running itself — it is a means to an end. 

Naperville librarian helps choose the Newbery-winning best children's book of the year

 I’m a big supporter of area restaurants embracing the concept of BYOB, or Bring Your Own Bottle (see our feature on page 44). It’s not that I have any vested interest. 

I  have never bought anything online. Actually, that’s not completely true, I’ve purchased airline tickets and made hotel reservations and such. So what I guess I really mean, is that I have never bought any thing online — nothing tangible like clothing or any of the myriad of other stuff th…

W here were you 50 years ago? OK, I’ll help you with the math, because if your were alive back then, like me, you can probably use the help. The year was 1969. I was in grade school at the time. And since it is October, I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say I was still in mourning. After being in…

I have never been terribly artistically inclined. Case in point, when I was in about third grade I took my first piano lesson, after which my teacher told me to quit. OK, not in so many words, but apparently I was looking out the window throughout the lesson. So when my mom came to pick me u…

I  have some great memories of participating  in picnics over the years, though few have been of the classic bring a basket of food and throw your blanket on the grass variety. Many have been more like informal cookouts, including one with a group of friends on the rocky shores of Michigan’s…

The ultimate accessory for self expression, and for me, paying tribute to my dad

Sitting on my sofa at home, I blurt out random words at the TV. Corkscrew. Jupiter. Ottawa. "How do those people not know those answers?" I think to myself, convinced of how much better I would be doing if I were in their place. 

Those occasions when just being there can be a truly meaningful gesture

I’m going to really miss the Cascade Drive-In. And that admittedly might seem a bit strange, considering I had never actually been to a movie at the longtime outdoor movie theater off North Avenue in West Chicago. I had, however, truly and earnestly intended to go each and every summer for m…

It’s officially spring, but not because of the annual vernal equinox, which this year occurred on March 20. No, for me, spring actually arrived 10 days earlier, more specifically at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10th when we transitioned to Daylight Saving Time. I mean seriously, while I’m a big f…

Often imitated, but never duplicated. That’s how I like to describe our annual Best of the West reader survey results, which you will see starting on page 35. A reader favorite since its debut in the magazine 23 years ago, Best of the West offers an intriguing list of west suburban superlati…

It was a turn of events that could have been borrowed for the plot of "High School Musical" — top jock gets drafted for his high school play and gets hooked on theater. From that opening scene, Darrell Echols’ own storyline brought his adult self right back to high school, this time as the v…

I’m not one to brag, but I think it’s clear that kudos are in order to our crack editorial team for once again identifying and being on top of an interesting emerging local trend. I’m referring, of course, to our cover article on the explosion of craft brewing in the western suburbs. 

Hope and optimism are good traits, except when hiring contractors for your home