Portillo's to Chambana? Well...

OAK BROOK — When Portillo's, the iconic Chicago-area restaurant chain, announced earlier this year its plans to open its first central Illinois location in Normal, its CEO told our Tom Kacich that a Champaign location might not be far behind.

To Your Health: A few ideas for spicing up summer salads

When the sun shines hot and the temperature rises, it is not just the pool or sitting in front of a fan that can keep us cool. In summer, we can cool down with the recipes we make.

Throughout July, the "Healthy Eats and Repeat" blog through University of Illinois Extension is featuring a different summer salad, complete with recipe and a quick how-to video. (Simply search us online.)

Meg Makes: No better time of year for beer-can chicken

Beer-can chicken is a summer favorite in my house. It's easy enough, but changing up the marinade and rub can transform this entree into something truly special.

Fish sauce, which you can increasingly find in the grocery store, gives the marinade a great, unexpected flavor. A paprika rub makes the outside taste good, too.

My Amish Home: Maintaining yard means wrestling a beast

"In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust, let me never be ashamed: deliver in me they righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for a house of defense to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me and guide me. ...

Getting out of the business

URBANA — After about 45 years of serving food — everything from ice cream sodas and deli sandwiches then to chicken saltimbocca and pan seared duck breast today — restaurateur Allen Strong says he wants to do something else.

Sleepy Creek owners sell business

OAKWOOD — The owners of Sleepy Creek Vineyards announced Friday that they have sold the winery they built from the ground up to a local couple, Erik and Janet Plotner.

#SundaySneak: Second Smoothie King coming next month

CHAMPAIGN — Smoothie King is opening a second store in Champaign.

Store manager Paige Garrison said the new location — 1904 S. Neil St., across the street from the Carriage Center development — will open in mid-August.

Entertainment listings, July 14-21, 2016

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

Just 1 question: What's important about nutrition?

DANVILLE — This week, 15 Danville schools students are sharpening their culinary chops at "Cooking for Success," the school district's first culinary camp for Kids.