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Three Killer Outlet Shops

Photo: Courtesy of Crate & Barrel 1 Crate & Barrel Outlet Store Naperville Weird one-offs, like lamps in offbeat colors that didn’t quite work out, and slightly imperfect floor samples, like a credenza missing one easily replaceable handle, sell for half price. Illustration: Jens Magnusson 2 Eileen Fisher Company Store Schaumburg That effortlessly drapey, Nancy … Read more

All Hail the “Fancy McDonald’s”

Hinsdale —When it opened in late 2002, it was heralded as the McDonald’s of the future, with tall booths, mezzanine-level seating, and a chandelier. My great-aunt and -uncle, both in their mid-90s, loved to go to what they called the “fancy McDonald’s” for an afternoon that was just a little bit extra. I’ve still never … Read more

So You're Starved for Nature

Photo: Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune Darien —Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve is the kind of place where, on a snowy Saturday morning, you could find yourself face to face with a coyote. The one I met looked, in its bushy winter coat, as big as a timber wolf. He had found a perfect home in these 2,500 … Read more