If architecture represents who we are and what we strive to be — living in one of the most imposing homes in River Forest makes a statement. The English Tudor mansion, commonly known as the Grunow/Accardo estate, at 915 Franklin Ave., contains 24 rooms within its 22,000-square-foot interior, erected by the Buurma Brothers for William Grunow, a radio pioneer.
A new state law requires Cook County homeowners to repay property tax bill savings they should not have received. Property owners who erroneously received homeowner, senior citizen, or other tax exemptions have until Dec. 31 to repay the tax savings from such exemptions without interest and penalty. Those who wait until Jan. 1, 2014 will have to include interest and a penalty when repaying unwarranted tax savings.
The Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home at 339 N. Oak Park Ave., where Hemingway lived from birth until age 6, has been home to the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park since 1992, when the group acquired the home and began an ambitious restoration project.
Oak Park photographer Paul Goyette is quietly making a name for himself as a photographer of interior design and architecture projects in the western suburbs. He started out small, working for family and friends, but as his eye grows more trained and his technical experience grows, a new career is taking shape.
Just in time for Halloween, here's a horror story that might make you squirm in your seat — or bed. It's a cautionary tale about bedbugs, Cimex lectularius, those quarter-inch-long, six-legged, reddish-brown, apple-seed-shaped, wingless insects that live in mattresses and as parasites, love to sup on our blood at night.
For the last 20 or so third Sundays in October, Doug Deuchler, 67, has played a famous — or infamous — corporeal version of the deceased for an afternoon at Forest Home Cemetery, to help set a Halloween mood.
After years of being based in downtown Chicago, Tiffany Stained Glass has returned to the western suburbs, setting up shop on Desplaines Avenue in Forest Park. The former site of Riggs Auto Shop has now been converted to the ultimate stained glass studio, and owners Pat and Bob Nugent couldn't be happier to be back where it all began.