McHenry County Youth Orchestra commemorates 35 years of inspiring young musicians, community

CRYSTAL LAKE – Conductor Terry Foster motioned his baton as he guided the symphony ensemble through “Night on Bald Mountain,” emphasizing rhythmic precision and articulation.

Crystal Lake resident seeks meat-cutter title

There’s an art to cutting meat, and Gene Provenzano of Crystal Lake spends eight hours a day in a 35-degree freezer to master it.

MCDH: Health department monitoring Ebola

The current Ebola outbreak is the largest in history. It is larger then every previous outbreak combined.

Planit 10: Things to do Oct. 16 to Oct. 23

Looking for something to do? We have 10 suggestions.

Sunday Supper: Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This beef stew with chickpeas is an earthy ode to fall – beef cubes briefly sautéed golden brown with turmeric, then simmered in red wine, b ...

Country music star Jo Dee Messina brings feistiness, tour to Crystal Lake

There’s little doubt fans of country superstar Jo Dee Messina will enjoy her new album. That’s because they picked every song on it.

McHenry County area Go Guide for fall

Use our Go Guide to plan next week's events and beyond.

Halloween happenings in McHenry County and beyond

The following events are taking place for Halloween in the area. To list your event, visit

‘Fury’ a barrage of heavy-handedness

The relentless barrage of heavy-handedness in David Ayer’s World War II tank drama “Fury” begins immediately. A lone horseman approaches on ...

'Book of Life' celebrates death

It's not surprising that a companion art book to the new animated film directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro h ...

'Men, Women & Children' doesn't click

If ever there was a movie that needed a window to be opened, a blast of fresh air to be let in, it's Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Childre ...

‘Best of Me’ is the worst

The lame “The Best of Me” is the worst of romantic novelist Nicholas Sparks. It’s soppy swill masquerading as drama that even for Sparks is ...

Pumpkin has a place beyond Thanksgiving pie

Let’s talk about one of the season’s most iconic vegetables – canned pumpkin.

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