Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Whether for religious reasons or because of work, not everyone is celebrating the holiday today.
For those who don't celebrate Christmas today (or any day) Dec. 25 can still be a nice day. Almost everyone has the day off, so maybe you take advantage of that to spend the day with family and friends. Downtowns, parks and streets are usually empty, so perhaps you hit a favorite ethnic restaurant that's open or go for a quiet run or long walk. For those working, the day often means visits from family bearing the gift of a home-cooked meal and the promise of a Christmas celebration on another day. What's your non-Christmas Christmas Day tradition?
Friday, December 14, 2012
Patch editors from across Chicagoland share some of their favorite Christmas recipes.
Patch.com editors from across the Chicago area dug into their cookbooks and came back with some of their favorite holiday recipes to share with readers. We hope you enjoy. Happy Holidays! Share your favorite holiday recipes with Patch! Send your recipe as well as any photos to Editor Amie Schaenzer at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include your recipe in this article.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Patch put together a map of cut-your-own Christmas tree farms for the northern Chicago suburbs.
Are you one of the 21 percent of United States homes that have a real Christmas tree? That's the number of people that opt for the real deal, according to the University of Illinois Extension's Christmas Tree fact page, compared to 48 percent who chose to have an artificial tree. (The rest don't have a tree.) If so, then perhaps you're also part of the 21 percent of those with real trees who like to cut them down yourself at a tree farm. Patch has assembled this map of cut-your-own Christmas tree farms in the vicinity of the northern Chicago suburbs. Click on the pins for more information about the farm or move the map around and zoom in on an area near you. Happy chopping!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Best Buy and others follow in the footsteps of bigger chains on the busiest shopping day of the year.
If the big-box boys can do it, so can the little guys. As “midnight madness” spreads among the area’s largest retailers on Black Friday, copycat actions have begun amongst smaller stores eager to play off the unprecedented early start to sales on the busiest shopping days of the year. The earliest bird of all is Wal-Mart—with the two Niles stores flinging open their doors for holiday bargain-hunters at 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Meanwhile other major retailers will follow two hours later: three Best Buy stores — two in Skokie and one in Niles — along with a pair of Target stores in Niles, the Kohl’s store in Golf Mill in Niles and Macy’s in Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie. Kohl’s, in fact, will be open 24 hours — 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. — on …
Monday, December 27, 2010
Anthony Rapoport, 24, has been charged with first degree murder of his aunt and will face bond court Monday afternoon.
A 24-year-old Wilmette resident was arrested by police on Christmas for the murder of his 49-year-old aunt, according to a statement released Monday from Chief Brian King. Anthony Rapoport had been arrested by police the day before, on Christmas Eve, following a verbal argument with his aunt, Nancee Rapoport, the release states. Wilmette police arrested Anthony Friday after a background check revealed he had an "outstanding warrant for an aggravated assault case in Skokie," according to officials. Anthony was held overnight and released Saturday. He subsequently returned to his aunt's home at 3115 Hill Lane, which is where he grew up and continued to live, King said. The Friday incident was not the first time police were called to the …
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Local residents play Romans, shepherds, wise men.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Pam DeFiglio
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The Roman guards were brusque, just as they must have been in biblical times. "Where do you come from, and what is your business?" a centurion asked visitors coldly as they approached the Bethlehem Walk at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Park Ridge on Saturday and Sunday. Once inside, St. Andrew's volunteers, from Niles, Park Ridge, Des Plaines and elsewhere, divided visitors into groups of about a dozen for the walk-through dramatic event, which is in its ninth year. A total of 114 people plan the event and play roles, and more than 1,400 spectators toured it this weekend. As participants, we were to pretend we were Jews traveling to Bethlehem in biblical times, just as Mary and Joseph did. In reality, we would be walking from scene to …