High Profile Crimes in Lakeview Highlight Divisions

A fight and stabbing in Lakeview over the Fourth of July weekend has started a firestorm of accusations and arguements, especially on the web, with accusations of racism. The below video was made by a Lakeview resident and posted on YouTube. The video shows two groups of people fighting just below the resident’s apartment (For…

LAST CHANCE to join us for The Celebration of Home & Garden!

Heartland AlliancePurchase your tickets now to save $25 off the door price! There is still time to purchase your tickets to join us for the 18th Annual Celebration of Home & Garden! Join us for an exclusive tour of 8 custom-designed homes and gardens in Michigan’s Harbor Country, an easy 90 minute drive from Chicago.…

The Chicago Casual Traveler: Barker Mansion & Civic Center, Michigan City, IN (LaPorte County)

Destination of the Day: Barker Mansion & Civic Center, Michigan City, IN (LaPorte County) This massive mansion cannot be missed among the smaller homes surrounding it. Now open to the public (see web site for details) visitors can experience a time long passed. Address: Barker Mansion & Civic Center http://emichigancity.com/cityhall/departments/barkermansion/index.htm 631 Washington Street Michigan City,…

The Chicago Casual Traveler: Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, IN (Lake County)

Destination of the Day: Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, IN (Lake County) Star Plaza Theatre is one of the largest indoor concert venues in the Chicago-Indiana Suburbs region. A modern complex, next door to a good hotel (great for a quickie weekend getaway), tends to feature mature or family programming. Upcoming shows include: Martin Lawrence (27…

The Chicago Casual Traveler: Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, IL (DeKalb County)

Destination of the Day: Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, IL (DeKalb County) NIU’s campus is full of surprises. Currently the art museum is focusing on the relationship between visual art and sound. Exhibits include: Wassily Kandinsky: Klänge, Notations 21, Sheet Music and Record Albums – Graphics of Their Time, and Music to my Eyes:…

The Chicago Casual Traveler: Raue Center For The Arts, Crystal Lake, IL (McHenry County)

Destination of the Day: Raue Center For The Arts, Crystal Lake, IL (McHenry County) The northwestern suburbs have a number of performing arts centers, including this fine restored cinema in downtown Crystal Lake. Upcoming events include GET LIT(early) (April 21), Jim Brickman (May 6), and The 39 Steps (Opening May 8). Downtown Crystal Lake has…