Thursday, May 23, 2013
Find out where the local internet hot spots are.
Comcast has turned on more than 1,000 wi-fi hotspots throughout the Chicago suburbs as well as several hotspots throughout the McHenry County area. While the hotspots are meant to help Xfinity Wi-Fi customers connect more easily while on the go, the company will be running a promotion that allows anyone to use the hotspots from May 24 through July 4, according to the Chicago Tribune. Local wi-fi hotspots can be found at 2143 Algonquin Road in Algonquin, 8601 Pyott Road Suite A in Lake in the Hills, 2575 W. Algonquin Road in Lake in the Hills and 14 Prosper Court Suite 6 in Lake in the Hills, according to the Comcast website. More hotspot locations can be found by searching the Comcast website. You can also search for a network on your …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Want to make a real difference in the world? Consider one of these seven "green" careers that help protect—and improve—our planet. Provided by Jobs at AOL.
The following story was provided by AOLJobs.com. By Debra Auerbach for CareerBuilder Have you ever had an itch to quit your job and instead do work that makes a real difference in the world? In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we've compiled a list of seven jobs that help people live a better life – from the buildings they work and live in, to the energy that fuels their homes, to the air they breathe. 1. Conservation scientist: Conservation scientists are hired to help preserve and protect natural habitats. They usually work with landowners and federal, state and local governments to find the best ways to use and improve the land while conserving the environment.* 2. Energy auditor: When a building is cooled or heated, it uses energy. …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Last night's rain broke the record for wettest April.
Last night’s rainfall propelled this April into the record books as the wettest in Chicagoland history. The National Weather Service recorded .7 inches of rain at O’Hare, which brings the total for April to 8.54 inches and tops the previous record set in 1947 of 8.33 inches. It's the rainiest April in the 143 years that rainfall has been recorded in Chicago. Here are Chicago's top five wettest Aprils: 2013: 8.54 inches 1947: 8.33 inches 1975: 7.84 inches 1909: 7.73 inches 1983: 7.69 inches More precipitation could come tonight. The National Weather Service says there is a 40 percent chance of light snow tonight.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
From interstates to local roads, our map provides updates on closures and high-standing water in your area.
From the Wisconsin border to the south side of Chicago and into the western suburbs, local roads, interstates and highways were closed Thursday because of flooding. Click through the pins above to see which roads in your area — or on your route to and from work today — have been closed due to flooding or have high-standing water. Police are encouraging drivers to avoid roadways with standing water. If you come upon an area with high-standing water or that is closed, add that information to our map by visiting this link. Otherwise, let us know about the closure by commenting below. Drivers are asked to beware of high-standing water on roadways. The water on a roadway can be deeper than it appears and can cause a vehicle to stall or be …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
New Medicare database shows how hospitals across serving the Chicago area — and the rest of the nation — compare for care.
If you go to the emergency room at Sherman Hospital in Elgin, how long will it take before you see a health-care professional? The federal government says 20 minutes on average. That's better than both the state and national average, according to a new database causing some hospital officials nationwide to cringe. Centegra Hospital-Woodstock's waiting time is 34 minutes, a few minutes higher than the state and local average, according to the data. Key measures of ER efficiency have been posted from hospitals taking part across the country, according to a report by Cheryl Clark, now senior quality editor for HealthLeaders Media. “With precious little fanfare, Uncle Sam...rolled out a big, fat database with seven measures comparing a service…
Friday, March 29, 2013
Economists told Chicago Magazine now is the time to buy. Take a look at median home sales for homes in the area and find out when prices will start to go up in the area.
- PATCH'S HOUSE & HOME
Friday, March 29
Economists are now on board with what real-estate agents have been saying for years— when it comes to buying a home, now is a great time to buy, according to an article in Chicago Magazine. Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries told Chicago Magazine the Chicago housing market his hit "rock bottom" and is not expected to rebound too quickly. The summer is exported to be an opportune time to buy when more houses typically go on the market, according to the article. From there, home prices are expected to increase by .8 percent by the end of the second quarter of 2013 and by five percent by the end of the second quarter in 2014, according to the article. For those looking to downsize, Chicago Magzine highlighted nearby Woodstock asone of …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Fashion Outlets of Chicago will be opening in August near O'Hare Airport.
A new mall slated to open in Rosemont on Aug. 1 will include several high-end retailers, such as Gucci, Prada, Barneys New York, Michale Kors, J. Crew and Giorgio Armani, according to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago website. Fashion Outlets of Chicago — a two-level, 530-square foot mall — announced its full tenant list this past week, which will includes its anchor stores: a Bloomingdale's outlet, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and Forever21, according to Crain's Chicago Business. A full list of retailers is availalbe on the mall's website. The mall will be located within minutes of O'Hare Airport and will offer services, like shuttles to and from the airport and a concierge service that will print boarding passes…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The National Weather Service is predicting three to five inches of new snow accumulation Thursday night in Algonquin and Lake in the Hills.
Snow along with freezing drizzle could make for dicey driving conditions Thursday night and Friday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for much of the Chicago suburbs with snow expected to start late Thursday afternoon and continue into the night before switching to freezing drizzle and light snow by early Friday. Between three to five inches of snow is predicted for Algonquin and Lake in the Hills late Thursday. Snow and freezing drizzle is expected before noon on Friday. Temperatures will reach a high of 35 degrees later in the day on Friday. "Anyone planning travel across Northern Illinois or Northwest Indiana should be prepared for wintry precipitation and associated travel impacts from this …
Friday, January 25, 2013
NBC's top-rated summer show will be holding auditions in Chicago at McCormick Place on Jan. 26 and Jan. 27.
Last season, "American's Got Talent" had three unique finalists: A comedian, a family dog act and a one-of-a-kind musical instrument. The winner? A group of dogs that danced, performed jump rope tricks and even some gymnastics. "Chicago is an important city for 'America's Got Talent,'" said senior casting producer Jason Shuler. "We have had several top talent audition at our Chicago open calls. Among them are Chicago group Footworkingz and the piano player from Edon from our most current season." Notable winners who auditioned in Chicago: Neal E. Boyd from season three and Kevin Skinner from season four. The show will be holding auditions on Jan. 26 and Jan. 27 at McCormick Place, 2301 Lake Shore Dr. Entrances can be found at Gate 4 or …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
An investigation remained under way Monday afternoon regarding a Sunday morning incident in which a suburban man was found dead in a Fullerton Parkway alley.
From Lincoln Park Patch: The Lincoln Park death of a suburban man early Sunday remained under investigation Monday afternoon, though a spokeswoman for the alderman's office says there's no evidence of foul play. Timothy Gallagher, 21, of the 1000 block of Hawthorne Drive in Crystal Lake, was pronounced dead at the scene in an alley of the 400 block of West Fullerton Parkway early Sunday morning. Those in the Chicago Police Department's News Affairs Office said police responded at 5:16 a.m., when they got a call about a "man down" in that area. Gallagher, who had suffered head trauma, was dead on arrival, they said. He may have fallen from one of the higher floors of a building backing up to the scene. Police declined to specify which …