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Hey, kids! The Wienermobile is coming!

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will among some 20 full-size trucks on hand at the Kohl Children’s Museum’s eighth annual “Touch A Truck” event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge, 670 W. Frontage Road, Northfield, Ill.. Kids can climb aboard full-sized trucks in a completely safe environment during […]

Chicago makes cheesey history

James L. Kraft, a Canadian immigrant, began his wholesale cheese business in Chicago in 1903, peddling cheese to grocers from a horse-drawn wagon. The J.L. Kraft & Bros. Co. started producing its own cheese in 1914. Kraft was an innovator in increasing the shelf life of cheese, at first packaging it in small jars or […]

Happy Birthday, Oreos!

Oreos, the iconic sandwich cookies, are 100 years old this year. Introduced by the National Biscuit Company in 1912, the cookies are still produced by Nabisco, now a division of Northfield-based Kraft Foods. Originally called the “Oreo Biscuit,” the name changed to “Oreo Sandwich” in 1921, then the “Oreo Creme Sandwich” and in 1974 to […]

14 places to celebrate Passover 2011 in Chicago

Passover, the Jewish commemoration of the Biblical Exodus, begins at sunset Monday, April 18. While most Jews will gather for ritual meals called seders at family homes, if you don’t have a seder to go to, a variety of local restaurants stand ready to provide you with traditional food, if not always services.