Chicago hosts Dutch king and queen

By Meghan Morris The king and queen of the Netherlands completed a whirlwind visit to the Windy City on Wednesday, taking on-stage selfies and tours of local educational institutions. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima arrived Tuesday night after spending time in Canada, Washington, D.C., and Grand Rapids, Mich. The couple came to the U.S. to […]

Concrete of the future heals itself

Limestone producing bacteria

By Meghan Morris This microbiologist uses a non-scientific term to describe his cure for cracking concrete: limestone-pooping bacteria. Henk Jonkers, a professor at Delft University School of Technology in the Netherlands, has created a patented mixture containing bacteria that, when exposed to water, produce limestone that fills microcracks in concrete. If these cracks aren’t filled, […]

Dutch company popularizes veggies with snack packs

By Meghan Morris Getting kids to eat vegetables is tough – even if they’re royalty. The king of the Netherlands said in an interview in the Hague last week that he and his wife fight a continuous battle against sugar consumption by their three daughters, ages 11, 9 and 8. But the princesses will eat Tommies, a Dutch brand of […]

Dutch king talks return to Chicago

By Meghan Morris THE HAGUE, the Netherlands — The Dutch king–who attended Northwestern University–is looking forward to meeting with Chicago leaders, he said in an interview Wednesday.

Dutch royals focus on business, healthcare in Chicago visit

By Meghan Morris THE HAGUE, the Netherlands — The king and queen of the Netherlands will visit Chicago June 2-3 to meet with leaders in business, healthcare and community organizations. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are visiting the country for three days in their first trip to America since the king succeeded his mother to […]

Texas theater buys Naperville’s Hollywood Palms

By Meghan Morris Naperville moviegoers can still catch the latest blockbuster with a meal at Hollywood Palms, now under a new operator. The eight-screen movie theater and restaurant, open since 2009, changed ownership twice in the last month after Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The building’s landlord, New York-based Brixmor Property Group Inc., bought the enterprise […]

VIDEO: Board games enjoy resurgence

By Meghan Morris Board games have come a long way from Monopoly. What used to be a niche hobby has turned into a thriving subculture, with packed BYOB game nights across the city. This gaming resurgence is bringing younger gamers around tables even as video game sales climb higher.