I had come to IKEA expecting to have a European experience. It was, instead, an affirmation of so much of what we take for granted as Americans: low prices, lots of choices, and mindless indulgence in the face of potential safety hazards.
Sometimes it feels like Chicago gets all the love from national media -- but the rest of the country recognizes Illinois' small towns, too, for their picturesque landscapes, cultural hubs and friendly populations.
Once upon a time, a brash young rock band from England descended on Chicago's northwest suburbs, smashing guitars and making a loud and rebellious racket. Forty years later, fans vividly remember when the Who came to town.