Fair memories

When the McHenry County Fair Talent Contest first began 50 years ago, the Kuensters were the family to beat.

McHenry County Fair schedule

WHEN: Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. daily through Aug. 3. Vendors open at 10 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. daily. Skinners' Amusemen ...

Three refreshing ways to enjoy watermelon

Watermelon is one of those foods you really don't need to overthink.

Planit 10: Things to do July 31 to Aug. 7

Looking for something to do? We have 10 suggestions.

Jimmy Nick brings energy to the blues at McHenry fest

If mellow comes to mind when you think of blues music, you haven’t heard Jimmy Nick.

New competition puts home brews to the test

The newest addition to the McHenry Rotary’s Blues, Brews & BBQ event just seemed to fit naturally into the festivities.

Band spotlight: Bourbon Country

What is the band’s name and how did it get that name?

'Calvary' is exquisitely nuanced

John Michael McDonagh's 2011 debut, "The Guard," provided the wonderful Brendan Gleeson with a vehicle for some of his best screen work, p ...

‘Guardians’ irreverent but not enough

At the height of their powers, our overlords at Marvel have deigned to prove, like an emperor tolerating a court jester, that they do, in fa ...

Jo Dee Messina, Garrison Keillor headline Raue Center's new season

Country star Jo Dee Messina and radio legend Garrison Keillor are among the acts recently announced as part of the Raue Center For The Arts’ ...

Boseman drips with charisma as James Brown

There’s a delicious moment in “Get On Up,” Tate Taylor’s new James Brown biopic, when Brown – played by Chadwick Boseman, in a thrillingly m ...

Sweet or savory, granitas are icy summer refresher

At Minibar in D.C., an intriguing dish on the May menu bridged the gap between the meat and dessert courses. The palate cleanser, called Spr ...


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