Elena Ferrarin, Daily Herald

Elena Ferrarin

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Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by Elena:

Palatine's Durty Nellie's turns 50

Durty Nellie's in downtown Palatine, arguably the Northwest suburbs' best-known music venue, is turning 50 next week, and its owners can hardly believe it. → Read More

Palatine approves 6-home subdivision, for the second time

Five years after initial approval, a plan for a new small subdivision in Palatine is back on track. → Read More

How you can help the people of Ukraine

More than 500,000 refugees have fled Ukraine so far, and millions of others are in danger of displacement, according to humanitarian organizations. Here is how you can help from the suburbs. → Read More

Finding tires, wigs, pajamas and more, volunteers clean up Palatine streets

The Palatine chapter of Clean Up -- Give Back has been cleaning up trash from streets for two years, and will do a plastic bag drive in April, which is Earth Month. → Read More

Bank, community members donate to Palatine library renovation

The Palatine Public Library's newly completed renovation prompted a local bank and community members to contribute with donations. → Read More

Palatine nixes outdoor street dining, at least for now

Palatine will not allow downtown bars and restaurants to set up outdoor dining on public streets this year but will continue allowing it on public sidewalks. → Read More

Barrington police warn of mail theft, after numerous reports over last two months

Barrington police say they've taken numerous reports of mail theft over the last two months. In many cases, criminals engage in "check washing," a form of fraud that entails altering a legitimate check by using chemicals. → Read More

'An amazing profession,' 2021 Advocate Good Shepherd Nurse of the Year says of her job

Coutney Kiolbassa, 28, become a cardiology nurse just over six years ago. Her dedication and hard work have earned her the 2021 Nurse of the Year award for Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital near Lake Barrington. → Read More

New building with Wendy's planned for former Famous Dave's in Palatine

A decade after it was shuttered, the former Famous Dave's restaurant in Palatine is slated to be demolished to make way for a new building including a Wendy's fast-food joint. → Read More

Ela Twp. group tries to 'keep the flame' of knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting for charities

The Ela Township Charity Knit Crochet Quilt Group has made thousands of hats, scarves, blankets and more for donation to several charities in the last 16 years. → Read More

Palatine turns down affordable housing plan

It's all but certainly the end of the road for a Wisconsin developer's plan for an affordable housing building in Palatine that had been widely opposed by residents. → Read More

Smoothie King in Palatine is part of suburban business plan for 30 stores

A new Smoothie King that recently opened in Palatine is part of a plan by two suburban business partners to open 30 such franchises in the Chicago area. → Read More

New coffee shop open inside Palatine Metra station

The new coffee shop inside the Palatine Metra station saw its first full crowd of commuters Monday, as many returned to work following the holidays, and its staff is looking forward to more. → Read More

Owners of Chicago Culinary Kitchen planning Pink's Shrimp seafood restaurant in Palatine

Kristina and Greg Gaardbo, owners of Chicago Culinary Kitchen in Palatine, now want to open a seafood restaurant called Pink's Shrimp. → Read More

Palatine hires company to dismantle water tank

The upcoming dismantling of an elevated water tank in Palatine is part of a plan that will improve water pressure, village officials said. → Read More

Barrington 'excited' about planned switch of 911 provider

Barrington plans to join Northwest Central Dispatch System, which provides 911 services to its neighboring communities, a move that will be beneficial to the village, officials said. → Read More

Police: No evidence that Palatine man's death was suspicious

The investigation into the death of a Palatine man found in a retention pond didn't indicate anything suspicious, police said. → Read More

Affordable housing proposed on Quentin Road in Palatine

Affordable housing proposed on Quentin Road in Palatine → Read More

Self-storage center proposed for vacant portion of Palatine shopping center

A plan for an 80,000-square-foot self-storage center at Park Place Shopping Center in Palatine got the green light from the village's plan commission and next will be examined by the village council. → Read More

Where virtual board meetings are ending or staying in the suburbs as pandemic ebbs

As COVID-19 restrictions end, some suburban governments plan to continue allowing public participation in board meetings by a remote link, saying it promotes transparency and inclusion. But many more are not. → Read More