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THE HOLIDAY ISSUE

VOL. 21 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018

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in this issue

44 holiday entertaining with debi lilly

From the Editor This fall has been the season of change at Chicago Woman. As we look to a winter of festivities and celebrations, family coming together, seeing friends old and new, far and close, the sense of community and empowerment never ceases in the world of Chicago Woman. This issue focuses on making the best of the season. Event goddess and creative force Debi Lilly graces our cover and shares her tips on making any gathering one to remember. Nancy Sharp and Kelly Mascari from Food For Thought catering bring inspirations from around the globe to our Midwestern tables. Healthy lifestyle blogger Ashley Walter shares her tips for making your party a bit healthier without losing the fun, while Katie O’Reilly, television host, author, and caterer, gives us ideas for entertaining small. To top it off—our picks for holiday spirits and sipping from some of our favorite local breweries, vintners, and distilleries. The issue is packed with entertaining ideas to make this season truly merry and bright. After feasting, our favorite holiday activity is shopping! It’s the season of giving, gifting, and getting! The ‘shop local’ movement has never been stronger or more important. Chicago Woman’s Covet Market on December 9 will bring nearly 100 local vendors under one roof for a day of shopping, food, and entertainment. Nearly 90 percent of the vendors are women-owned businesses, so not only are you shopping local and supporting small business at Covet, but also supporting your fellow Chicago women.

28 gift guide + holiday shopping

We also like to think of the season of giving as the time of year we can give back. This issue features more than non-profits that are improving the lives of women and children in Chicago in a multitude of ways. La Casa Norte battles homelessness while After School Matters reaches our youth. A multitude of girl-empowering organizations in the city are on the list. One of our favorite holiday-focused events is the Daisie Foundation’s Holiday Outreach where they surprise schoolchildren in under-served areas with holiday gifts along with a special gift for their teachers. We encourage everyone to take some time and give back in any way they can. So from everyone here at Chicago Woman magazine, we are wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!

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Our editors are always watching what local influencers, bloggers, and trendsetters are doing. These women are on our radar right now. ASHLEY WALTER

All things living healthy and in-style from recipes to fitness. She even has a membership section to get regular updates and stay on track with your healthy living goals. livingwithashley.com @ living_withashley

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This communications executive is a speaker and coach who writes about career, life, and purpose. Her latest topic on Imposter Syndrome is a must-read. ltinthecity.com @ltinthecity

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LAUREN NOLAN

This inspiring lifestyle blog is all about living your best life including style, life advice, food, and more. Plus she has a whole section devoted to the holidays! lakeshorelady.com @lakeshorelady

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MEET OUR TRIBE The Chicago Woman board members are visionaries, movers and shakers, trendsetters, and leaders.

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NOVember/ DECEMber 2018 8 November 12th Annual LuxeHome CHILL This International Wine and Culinary Event features superb wines from wine makers worldwide paired with cuisine from distinguished Chicago chefs amidst the ambiance of the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation all in the name of charity. Tickets start at $125. 6 PM–8:30 PM

THE MART / 222 MERCHANDISE MART PLAZA / CHILL.LUXEHOME.COM

13 november chicago woman holiday party

An evening cocktail reception celebrating the launch of the holiday issue of Chicago Woman. Come to network and connect. Tickets are $25. 6 PM–8 PM DL LOFT / 3050 NORTH

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13 november The Future of Food: How Technology and Education are Transforming Farm to Table James C. Collins Jr., CEO, Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™ will discuss the future of agriculture, the most critical problems facing the food industry, and how Silicon Prairie breakthroughs are helping to solve them. Tickets are $89-$149. 11:15 AM–1:15 PM THE STANDARD CLUB / 320 SOUTH PLYMOUTH COURT / EXECUTIVESCLUB.ORG

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14 november Being a Unicorn in Your Industry Luncheon

Chrishon Lampley, owner of LoveCorkScrew, keynotes this luncheon and networking event for the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago. Tickets start at $60. 11 AM– 1 PM UNION LEAGUE CLUB OF CHICAGO /

65 WEST JACKSON / PWCC.ORG

15 November next begins now

Luminarts Cultural Foundation celebrates the 2018 Luminarts Fellows with an evening of classical music, creative writing, jazz, visual arts, dance, fashion, and architecture. Tickets are $175. 6 PM–9 PM

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This over-the-top pop-up Christmas bar from the creative minds behind Electric Forest is making a stop in the heart of Wrigleyville with multiple bars and experiences, like the Alpine Village, Brat Haus Beer Hall, Santa’s Workshop, Rudolph’s Elf Dive Bar, and Winter Wonderland. 3505 NORTH CLARK STREET / SANTABABYBAR.COM

6 DECEMBER the last speakeasy

Put on your best get-up and celebrate the 85th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition at this casino night with dancing and themed attire. Tickets are $65-$85. 7 PM–11 PM CHICAGO HISTORY

THE ARTS CLUB OF CHICAGO / 201 EAST ONTARIO STREET / LUMINARTS.ORG

MUSEUM, 1601 NORTH CLARK STREET, CHICAGOHISTORY.ORG

23 November-1 january zoo lights

12 DECEMBER Holiday Connections: Progressive Luncheon

The illuminated display of the year takes place at Lincoln Park Zoo, which welcomes the holiday with brilliant lights. Enjoyed by both adults and kids, the event features crafts, pictures with Santa, holiday shopping, live ice carving, train rides, and seasonal beverages. Adults’ Night Out is November 29. LINCOLN PARK ZOO /

2001 NORTH CLARK STREET / LPZOO.ORG

29 November Effective Communication with Exes Onward

Host Crissy Pelegrin leads this transformative 2-hour workshop on relationship communication. 5:30 PM– 7:30 PM EVOLVEHER / 358 WEST ONTARIO / EVOLVEHER.COMMUNITY

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21 November-6 january BAR SANTA BABY IN WRIGLEYVILLE

This bi-annual Professional Women’s Club of Chicago networking event features a “progressive luncheon” format, during which attendees switch tables for each course to optimize networking. Tickets start at $60. 11:30 AM–1:30 PM UNION LEAGUE CLUB OF

CHICAGO / 65 WEST JACKSON / PWCC.ORG

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ALEXANDRA SILBER AS TITANIA IN SHAKESPEARE’S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM PHOTO BY JEFF SCIORTINO.

15 November–6 January Holidays around the world

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THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY / 5700 SOUTH LAKE SHORE DRIVE / MSICHICAGO.ORG

SOFA, which stands for sculpture objects functional art and design, is an annual expo that showcases the best three-dimensional work. Single-day tickets are $25 in advance, while a three-day pass is just $35. NAVY PIER / 600 EAST GRAND AVENUE /

2 November-6 January ICONIC Black Panther

Chicago-based artists Rashayla Marie Brown and sculptor Celine Browning are featured in this group exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party’s Illinois Chapter. STONY

ISLAND ARTS BANK / 6760 SOUTH STONY ISLAND AVENUE / REBUILD-FOUNDATION.ORG

13 November—31 december The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Sweater

The Second City presents a new holiday revue that roasts the chestnuts outta all the things we lovingly loathe about the holiday season. ‘Tis the season to laugh. Tickets starts at $31. THE SECOND CITY / 1616 NORTH WELLS STREET / SECONDCITY.COM

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A Chicago tradition since 1942, this beloved celebration features more than 50 trees and displays representing holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

26 november Music of the Baroque: The Christmas Oratorio

From the heaven-storming timpani of the opening chorus, the Christmas story unfolds in dramatic narrative with moving arias, inspiring chorales, and performed with the power and passion. Music of the Baroque always brings to life Bach’s great choral works. Tickets start at $25. 7:30 PM

HARRIS THEATER FOR MUSIC AND DANCE / 205 EAST RANDOLPH STREET / BAROQUE.ORG

6 december–27 january A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The vibrantly reimagined comedy is infused with raucous humor, a striking visual landscape, and eclectic musical score blending rock, jazz, blues, and ‘50s doo-wop. A multi-talented company of 21 notable actors features Grey’s Anatomy alum T.R. Knight as Bottom. Tickets start at $48. CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER

AT NAVY PIER / 600 EAST GRAND AVENUE / CHICAGOSHAKES.COM

12–16 DECember CIRque dreams holidaze

A unique cast of incomparable cirque artists and theatrical talent perform with 20 world-class astonishing acts, original music, seasonal favorites from soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, and theatrical numbers. It is a one-of-a-kind holiday outing for the whole family. Tickets start at $50. THE CHICAGO THEATER / 175 NORTH

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chocolate TEMPLE Chicago’s favorite chocolatier just opened the Vosges Haut Chocolat Innovation Hall in Lincoln Park! Visit to not only try some confections, but be inspired and learn about the process and art of chocolate making. 2950 North Oakley Avenue / vosgeschocolate.com

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HOLIDAZE With the wine and champagne flowing freely throughout the holiday season, be prepared. Zaca Chewables are packed with vitamins to help you ward off the morning after headache. Toss a small packet of 2 chewables into your clutch! zacachewables.com

The Bellhop Bar by Loews Hotel is serving up locally handcrafted cocktails from a retrofitted steamer trunk that nods to eras past daily from 5-7 PM through mid-January. Sip on handcrafted cocktails such as Old Fashioned’s sweetened with local honey, and Martinis with Chicago’s favorite spicy condiment, Giardiniera. Loews Chicago Hotel, 455 North Park Drive, loewshotels.com/chicago

READING LIST Vox A tale of feminist dystopia where women are oppressed and can only speak 100 words a day. The story follows a mother who refuses to be silenced. By Christina Dalcher, $26.

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While we all love shopping locally, sometimes its hard to get out to all the great neighborhoods. Influencer and style entrepreneur Jeannine Adams launched Ready Pretty Shoppes to bring top picks from small boutiques here in Chicago and beyond. readypretty.com

You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth Get in the mindset of living a life of wealthy and financial empowerment by addressing the roadblocks to reaching financial transformation. Humorous anecdotes make this book more enjoyable and relatable than your average professional and money self-help books. By Jen Sincero, $16. Small Fry A frank and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs that is part portrait of a complex family and part love letter to California in the 70s and 80s. By Lisa Brennan-Jobs, $26. Girl, Wash Your Face

China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel From the bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, this entertaining novel follows Rachel Chu’s story of family, fortune, and fame in Mainland China when she discovers the identity of her birth father and her world is turned upside down. By Kevin Kwan, $16.

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Live with passion and hustle— and how to give yourself grace without giving up. This book reveals 20 lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively and lies we’ve told ourselves so often, we don’t even hear them anymore. By Rachel Hollis, $23.


knit FIX

Knitting and other needlework hobbies serve more of a purpose than just creating a super cozy throw blanket or scarf. These soothing activities can connect you with friends and open a creative outlet. Here is our list of where to stock up on supplies and take classes if needlework is new to you. west town

Nina Chicago

classes + supplies + accessories + free knitting and crochet drop-ins. ninachicago.com

lincoln park

Sister Arts Studio

classes + supplies + accessories + kid classes and parties. sisterartsstudio.com

beneFits of knitting There is no better time of year to take up a hobby like knitting rom stress relie to confidence building picking up a set o needles may be just what you need. Research shows that it can lower one’s blood pressure and heart-rate, reduce harmful blood levels of the hormone cortisol, create a relaxed state similar to that of meditation, and may even reduce your chances of developing mild cognitive impairment and memory loss. ther health benefits include relief from chronic pain, as it directs attention away from the pain and onto a craft project, as well as aiding in weight loss and smoking cessation. Knitters also speak of the sense of pride and satisfaction that is derived from their creative talents. Knitting and other hobbies allow us to better cope with stress by allowing us to focus on a task instead of continuing to ruminate about that negative interaction you had a with a boss or colleague. Hobbies also encourage us to see that we are more than just an employee—we are also a knitter, a weaver, or a painter. Hobbies get you away from your devices, often creating opportunities to engage with a larger community of people who may very well end up as friends. They also give us more to talk to others about: the next time an acquaintance at a cocktail party asks what you’ve been up to, you can say “I just finished an introductory class to jewelry making and plan to make all of this year’s Christmas gifts!” cw Anne Brennan Malec, PsyD, LMFT is founder and managing partner at Symmetry Counseling. Learn more about her practice at symmetrycounseling.com

wicker park

Firefly Fiber Arts

supplies + free knit sessions such as “Wine and Unwind” Friday nights. fireflyfiberarts.com

lakeview

Knit 1 Chicago

supplies + crochet and knitting for beginners + project-based classes. knit1chgo.com

south loop

Yarnify

supplies + classes + private instruction. yarnify.com

hyde park

Hyde Park Art Center

basic introductory knitting classes. hydeparkart.org

ravenswood

Lill Street Art Center

knitting and crochet classes + several other fiber classes. lillstreet.org

evanston

Evanston Stitchworks

supplies + mixed level classes + special workshops. evanstonstitchworks.com

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Knit Nirvana

supplies + open knit sessions. knitnirvana.com

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building a home for the homeless Sol Flores, founding executive director of La Casa Norte, one of Chicago’s largest providers of services for homeless youth and families, talks about her passion for service. The Mission

What was the inspiration for La Casa Norte?

La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness by providing access to stable housing and services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.

It was inspired by two men of faith and Vietnam veterans, deeply impacted by their experience in the war, they wanted to start an organization to support young people experiencing homelessness. We met at a Humboldt Park community meeting in February 2002. I was inspired by their energy, passion, and commitment, and I volunteered to bring the mission to life and open the organization’s doors. A few months later, they asked me to become the founding executive director.

ABOVE: Sol Flores is shown at the construction site of La Casa Norte’s new community center and supportive housing project that will bring economic development and revitalization to Humboldt Park. The facility will offer 25 units of supportive housing in addition to a health center; a drop-in anti-violence program for youth; technology and job readiness training; nutrition services; a community cafe; and a food pantry.

What impact has it made on your life over these past 16 years? It’s been my greatest honor and privilege to serve in this role as I get to live out my values of love and justice. I’m clear that I want my life to be about contribution to others, and it’s been an incredible journey witnessing young people and families tap into their strength and resiliency to move themselves out of homelessness.

What advice can you offer other women who are inspired to do good but aren’t sure how to channel that inspiration? isten to your heart, mind, and gut and find the thing that you are most passionate about—the thing that makes you angry, makes you joyful, brings tears to your eyes, or churns your stomach. It’s this passion that will move you to action, and all of us have the capacity to contribute significantly.

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THE new $20 million facility opens in December. IT was six years in the making, so What’s next for you and La Casa Norte? We’re so excited about moving into our facility and launching new programs, including new housing, and a new health and nutrition center. Today, we serve about 3,200 people annually, and with the new facility, we anticipate doubling our numbers within two years. I’m excited to continue developing new projects and initiatives that are responsive to the youth and families we serve. cw Learn more about the organization at lacasanorte.org


HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING Why are people homeless?* There is no single reason why people confront homelessness. It is often a complex web of barriers and challenges in which our clients must draw upon their own resiliency to move beyond their circumstances. A few characteristics of those experiencing homelessness include: • Many people suffer from physical or mental health conditions and are not able to access appropriate care. • People often experience homelessness as a result of escaping domestic violence. • Those released from jail or prisons frequently have no place to go.

HOMELESSNESS BY THE NUMBERS*

17,894 Number of children in Chicago Public Schools who navigate their 1 education without a home

35% Families make up nearly half of the entire sheltered homeless 2 population in the United States

80,384 Most recent estimate of Chicagoland 3 residents experiencing homelessness SOURCES: 1. chicagohomeless.org/faq-studies 2. endhomelessness.org/ homelessness-in-america/who-experiences-homelessness/childrenand-families/

• Many times youth leave because of abuse in their homes or are forced to leave because they are pregnant or lesbian/ gay/bisexual/ transgender. • Language and cultural barriers, as well as lack of legal documentation often interfere with one’s ability to secure income and housing. • Veterans and others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders encounter many challenges in securing stable housing. • Often times, chronic substance use can interfere with one’s housing stability and people are in need of assistance when seeking treatment.

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* SOURCE: La Case Norte, lacasanorte.org

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Earlier this year, dynamic leaders of several local girl-empowering charities created a new initiative, Coalition of Chicago’s Girl Empowerment Charities. The purpose is to better serve girls locally and abroad during this moment in history when “girl power” is under pressure. Here’s a look at those organizations positively impacting young women and—most important—how you can be a part of the movement.

GIRLS ON THE RUN CHICAGO Local chapter of GOTR International, inspires girls using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. GET INVOLVED Become a coach volunteer at a race or start a group to participate in a race.

“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave—to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential.” MALALA YOUSAFZAI, NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER

gotrchicago.org GIRLS IN THE GAME Helps girls find their voice, discover their strength, and lead with confidence through fun and active sports, health, and leadership programs. GET INVOLVED olunteer donate or ollow on social media. girlsinthegame.org

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Every holiday season, we find ourselves finding the absolutely perfect gift for one person while we are stumped on the next. Chicago Woman has picked some of our favorites. From local makers to neighborhood boutiques to online finds, we have a fabulous selection of unique gifts.

Grit Peppermint Tooth Scrub and Polish With or without charcoal, this is all-natural and amazingly refreshing. Made with baking soda, pure peppermint, and tea tree oil, grit deep cleans, polishes, freshens breath, and kills the germs and viruses that cause cavities, bad breath, bleeding gums, and canker sores. No fluoride, preservatives, or sodium laureth sulfate. Use like toothpaste and be glowing! Available at

Tea Lover’s Holiday Gift Basket Full of flavor and naturally sweet, this gift basket include three top sellers from the holiday tea collection! The seasonal flavors include Snowman Tea, Advent Fruit Tea, and White Christmas.

Available at TeaGschwendner at 1160 North State Street or 557 West Diversey Parkway. And online at tgtea.com, $25–$35

desilyandmitchell.com, $20

Herbes de Provence Olive Oil Made with essential oil from France. This oil is a perfect blend of the flavors of the herbs of the south of France & extra virgin olive oil. This olive oil will transport you to the French Riviera. From Fig

& Olive at 104 East Oak Street or available on amazon.com, $26

White Truffle Olive Oil Made from the highest quality white truffle flavor from Italy. This flavorful olive oil is best within 12 months of harvest date and expires in 24 months.

From Fig & Olive at 104 East Oak Street or available on amazon.com, $29

Give the Gift of Shopping Perfect for friends, family, coworkers and more, a Westfield Gift Card lets them pick a their ideal gift. It’s lovingly wrapped and ready to give in denominations of $20-$1000..

Visit any Concierge Desk or Management Office at any of our shopping centers or online at westfield.com/ westfield-gift-cards


Eberjey Gisele Pajama Set The Tracolina con Catena Handcrafted in Italy A versatile bag perfect for every date night, dinner, and a winery tasting you have on your social schedule. Made of soft velvet, special for the holiday season, and accented with a stainless steel chain. Large enough to hold the essentials and a little more, once you have this classic piece, you’ll love it.

From Selleria Veneta Available at the Box Shops by Related 725 West Randolph Street SelleriaVeneta.com

Scented Soy Candle

From cozy morning coffee to festive fireside snuggles, these exquisitely soft, subtly tailored, menswear-inspired PJ’s are the perfect necessary indulgence. Simple sizing makes gifting easy (even/ especially to yourself). Bonus: the adorable front pocket is just the right size for stashing love notes, passport, or gingerbread men- so you can be ready for any and all lovely adventures that might pop up. Available 11/20.

From the Journelle Store 1725 North Damen Avenue journelle.com, $120

Beautiful and at the top of the hostess gift list, these scented soy candles come in 8 unique fragrances all hand-poured in Chicago.

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Tearribles 2.0 The unique and FUN Interactive Dog Toy your dog can destroy over and over again! Now with detachable ears, tail, arms and legs! Exclusive to Urban Pooch in Chicago as well as a special orange color for the holidays!

Available at Urban Pooch Canine Life Center at 4501 North Ravenswood or online at UrbanPooch.com, $21.99–$26.99

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The Gift of Beauty Get your skin ready for winter with a hydrating gift basket including a facial with Whole Beauty Institute’s luxe cleanser and set of serums. Gift certificates also available for any services from peels to injectibles and more.

Treasure Ring ® Collection

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EXOTIC CARAMEL HATBOX Our two-tier hatbox swivels open to reveal 18 butter-soft exotic caramels, each touched with exotic spices, nuts, roots, and herbs. Our caramel is hand crafted in a small copper kettle with organic c ream and local Wisconsin butter. $40

Tammy Kohl designed this piece to be an heirloom piece tailored carefully to suit yourself or someone special. These rings are available in a variety of settings, finishes, and gems. Each opens to reveal a your loving message

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ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE & EXOTIC TRUFFLES Our signature nine-piece Exotic Truffle Collection paired with Piper Heidsieck Brut Rosé Champagne. The champagne pours a rich, deep crimson, and lively effervescence. Includes 9 truffles, champagne, and a tasting and pairings guidebook. $150

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‘Tis the season to put on the shimmer, and these pieces are the perfect finishing touch your festive ensemble or as a special gift. 1 POGGI CHANDELIER EARRINGS with large crystal teardrops $245, Oui Madam, 550 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka 2 PHILIPPE FERRANDIS DESIRE NECKLACE long silver flake larait with flower cluster $369, 550 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka 3 PHILIPPE FERRANDIS ROMANCE NECKLACE with crystal leaf and pear drops $535, Oui Madam, 550 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka 4 AMETHYST PENDANT Violet teardrop amethyst and clear quartz pendant on brass chain for long layering. $95, Tania Rodamilans, taniarodoamilans.com 5 LOVE AMULET This necklace contains selenite-infused water that amplifies your own body’s energy to create more love and the connection to others. $395-1,955, TaKohl, 110 North Peoria Street 6 TREASURE RING These customizable rings open to reveal words of wisdom and love—write your message, choose your metals and gemstones. $695+, TaKohl, 110 North Peoria Street 7 +8 CROWN + VIVIAN RINGS These delicate rings come in several gemstone combinations. Shimmering and stacked, they make a statement. $590, Eskell, 2029 North Western

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Meet the maker Orsolya Meckl from incolorboutique.com Tell us about your products.

I represent three woman-designed, woman-owned, and woman-operated fashion companies from my home country, Hungary. Two specialize in unique and exceptional knitwear designs and the third in accessories made of wood and fabric or yarn. They’ve mastered knitwear fashion and design at a very high level. I have the exclusive opportunity to introduce these unique pieces to American women.

What do you love about your business?

I love the happiness, the sparkle I see in a woman’s eyes when they find that special garment or accessory. I imagine they will feel this way each time they wear it. It brings me joy.

Surprise us with your secret talent or fact.

I graduated as a medical doctor, then pursued a public health and healthcare software career in Hungary. I had the opportunity to come to the U.S. and this extraordinary experience has given me the inspiration and courage to pursue my passion to be a fashionista entrepreneur.

Tell us about your process for making and creating. Zsuzsanna, one of my knitwear designers strives to design and create unique forms, textures, and styles, some of them unexpected and surprising in knitwear. My other knitwear designer, Krisztina, designs a more traditional silhouette always incorporating two colors. For her, the source of inspiration is finding harmony among her very unique, artistic patterns and colors. What she makes is not fashion, it’s art! Andrea, the accessory designer, was inspired by her carpenter father. She prepares her patented accessories on a surprisingly light wood base, incorporating her carefully selected fabric pieces and yarns. Her designs are inspired by the one-of-a-kind textiles she uses.

How did you choose the name “incolorboutique” for your business?

I have enjoyed the privilege of traveling rather extensively, marveling at the colors that abound in so many places, in so many cultures. The happier the people, the happier the place, the more colorful it is. My fashion shares a common theme: why dress like everyone else? A blast of color easily sets the woman who wears my fashions apart from the nearly monochromatic styles worn wherever you look. I feel my mission is to dress everybody in the colors that are right for them. Add a punch of color to enhance that perfect outfit. You’ll look your best “in color”. To discover more about incolorboutique.com, please visit incolorboutique.com or follow @incolorboutique on Instagram.

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GIFTS FOR THE HOME From unique serving trays and bold, soft throws made of alpaca wool to a stunning black and gold mirror; these are the perfect design accessories for anyone that wants to add the finishing touch to their space. Here, find some of the best items for this season—almost all are from stores right here in Chicago! by Maura Braun

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1 KUBA CLOTH PILLOWS Bringing together geometric design with warm neutral colors, these handmade, artisan pillows are perfect to warm a room up. $199, cb2.com 2 DURAN POTS These matte, metallic pots can be used as vases or as decorative containers. Whether used for greenery or a statement piece on a bookshelf, these geometric pieces will suit any decor. Starting at $24, jaysonhome.com

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3 SAFFRON CEDAR CANDLE These handcrafted, small-batch candles are poured in Chicago with untreated wood wicks and crackle softly as they burn. $12, adornchicago.com 4 NIVA MIRROR Masculine yet elegant, this deep forged iron mirror has both a distressed feel and light antique metallic finishes with a deep bevel. $445, materialpossessions.com

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5 CHAMBORD FRENCH PRESS Sleek and metallic, this French press is as functional as it is decorative. $50, bodum.com

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6 HORIZON ALPACA THROW The gift for the person who has everything. This soft neutral throw made from alpaca wool is not too heavy, yet still provides plenty of warmth for Chicago winters. $149, roomandboard.com

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7 BUTLER SPECIALTY COMPANY SERVING TRAY Impeccably upholstered in richly textured, brown leather with roller coaster border, this tray is both versatile and useful. $289, smithe.com

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RYAN MUNDY The former Bears’ safety is an entrepreneur on a mission—His company swzle is tackling the plastic straw ban head on.

Tell us about your transition from professional football player to entrepreneur. I retired from football during the summer of 2016 and also simultaneously earned an MBA from The University of Miami (FL). Wasting no, time to made a rapid transition from the playing field to business. What was your inspiration to start SWZLE? The ban against plastic straws is very real and happening very fast. The pain point opportunity is to reduce harm to our earth and its inhabitants, creating a need for alternative solutions. By 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than the weight in fish. Single-use plastic items like straws contribute to the eight tons of plastic pollution that enter our oceans each year. We want to see a world without plastic straws. What exactly is SWZLE? We have our consumer SWZLE Straw Pack—a set of eco-friendly, reusable straws. They are BPA-free, food-grade stainless steel, and dishwasher-safe. The set comes with a cleaning brush and in a sleek carrying case. Additionally, we have a line of paper straws for commercial customers, such as food service and hospitality. There is a massive supply shortage, and we pride ourselves on being able to immediately deliver large quantities of a quality product.

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You decided to stay in Chicago after your football career and start a business here. Why? Chicago is home for me and my family. It’s a tremendous place to raise a family and also start a business. The diversity of industry in the Chicagoland area is a major plus. But even more so, the people who are willing to help out, lend their domain expertise, and make introductions have by far been a valuable resource for me during my post-playing career. The question that often is asked of women, we are going to ask of you too. You have young children and businesses—how to do you balance it all? I’d like to take a second and highlight my wife. We have two young daughters and she has a full-time job and is co-owner of an eyelash studio, LASH’D. With that being said, my belief is that it’s critically important for women with children (particularly daughters) to model a strong, powerful, woman who exercises business savvy, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Balance is relative, and it’s not always 50/50, but I try to always be mindful to the needs of my family. CW

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WOMEN ON BOARDS: IS LEGISLATION THE WAY TO GO? by Cherilyn G. Murer While the number of women on corporate boards is inching upward, many women and men believe the glacial pace needs a boost. Could legislation make a difference? California thinks so. In late September, the Governor signed a law mandating that publicly traded companies based in the state will need at least one woman on the board by the end of 2019 and three women by 2021. Despite expected legal challenges, it’s the law of their land for now. Closer to home, the number of women on large corporate boards has increased, but slowly. So slowly in fact, the Chicago Network, which for 16 years commissioned an annual census of local board diversity, discontinued it after 2014 because the gains were so narrow. At 25 of Illinois’s largest publicly traded companies, 23 percent of board seats are held by women this year, compared with less than 18 percent

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WHOSE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS? by Gemma Allen As a family lawyer, I often hear stories of how a couple’s first serious fight was over where to spend the holidays. The holidays can be such a fertile ground for disagreements– ones that are remembered and can sometimes be the beginning of the end of the relationship.

Negotiating where to spend the holidays is a necessary relationship skill. The best way to start out in someone else’s holiday traditions is slowly. Try to get hints from your beloved about what really matters in their family. Is caroling or cooking required? Are touch football challenges or cross-country skiing part of the routine? Do you need to bring attire for cutting down your own tree, or will you need your little black dress for dining at the Club with no thought of wrapping up leftovers? Whatever it is, try not to criticize. Be a good cheerleader even if snowmobiling is not your thing or video games are frowned upon in your own family. Keep in mind you have to adjust to traditions that may, at first, seem foreign and unappealing. You may have always opened presents on Christmas morning, and they tear everything apart on Christmas Eve. They may spend the majority of the holidays in sweats, while your family dresses up, even for brunch.

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And I’ve not even touched on all the issues about how religious or secular the holidays focus will be. They may concentrate on the Nativity and the spirituality of Christmas, while you, candidly, are more comfortable doing last-minute shopping at the mall and celebrating nature with a long run. The only solution is to hold tight to your beloved’s hand and go along for whatever is their family’s version of the holiday story. After all, next year he or she may have to do the same for you. And in those loving compromises, your own traditions are being built.

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a HELPING HAND for your brand how giving back adds value to your personal brand by Lindrea Reynolds When we give to different causes, it can give us both a feeling of influence and happiness. But the act also can provide an opportunity to uniquely position ourselves to different employers, assist our career track to that executive suite, and shape us into model entrepreneurs. Brand differentiation is critical for excelling in all industries. Everyday, thousands of men and women are seeking leadership positions, but research shows that women only represent 21 percent of senior roles in U.S businesses. We must strategically position our brands for the roles we desire. To do this, we must evaluate our current value proposition. A value proposition is a service, feature, or benefit intended to make a company or product attractive to customers. When we think about value propositions, we often associate them with well-known brands, but we have to think of ourselves as brands as well. So what does giving back have to do with our personal brand’s value proposition? When we support causes that we are passionate about, it can actually shape how we represent ourselves to different audiences. While volunteering your time or talents may not provide a monetary award, there’s an opportunity to practice your craft—which can provide access to new knowledge and collaborative opportunities. In the interim, we also develop new soft and hard skills that can contribute to our career

WISE WORDS I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint—and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. -- OPRAH WINFREY!

and life goals. These new skills add value to our resumes, CVs, LinkedIn page, and/or conversations. How awesome it is to do something good for someone else, but also increase our value proposition and brand visibility amongst employers, recruiters and our target markets. This giving season, if you are indecisive about adding value to someone’s life, think about the return on your investment and the value you will gain in the process. It’s a enjoyable yet life-changing experience for both parties. CW Lindrea Reynolds is a marketing and communication expert in the non-profit industry. You can learn more about her at lindrear.com

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SLAY ALL DAY.

SEXISM, RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION

Drink with Purpose. Five dollars from every bottle of Respect Wine purchased will go directly to YWCA Metropolitan Chicago to help empower women everywhere. Get yours at equalityvines.com.

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SILVANA FAVARETTO on her passion for empowering women I started The Tulle Project as a fun side project. I wanted more fun in my life. I was feeling stuck in an invisible box, trying to please everyone. I felt miserable. I was so tired of people telling me “you can’t because you’re a woman.” I heard that message everywhere: articles I was reading, friends, my then-boyfriend, and the whole society seemed against me. I was tired of performing. It wasn’t working for me. I was especially tired of being told, “you can’t be too feminine or you won’t be respected.” So, I decided to wear tulle skirts every day for 100 days to have more fun and test all of these concepts. I started to be more aware of the things I was doing and saying. I wanted to do, say, and wear whatever I wanted! Also, the tulle skirts were a way to reconnect with my 5-year-old self that did all of that. In a way, it was a freedom project! It was so amazing that it became a business. I started an online store to sell tulle skirts, later a YouTube Channel, and now I even have my own tribe, the #tulletribe. Next, I’m creating workshops for women to empower them to be bold! I didn’t know I was capable of empowering others so much, but I hear women say that to me all of the time now. I believe I did that by being fully myself and focusing on my gifts and who I want to be. As women, it doesn’t feel like we have that choice sometimes. But when we see someone being authentically themselves and breaking standards, we feel inspired and we want to be more of ourselves, too. It’s just like Marianne Williamson says,“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” The Tulle Project transformed my life, and I’m happy to be supporting women everywhere to feel empowered, liberated, and bold! cw To learn more about the Tulle Project, visitthetulleproject.com

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happy Debi Lilly is Chicago's event planning darling. With her event venue and retail location in Lakeview, she creates spaces and events that are styled to Instagram perfection. Her motto is "Celebrate. Live. Love. Laugh." Which is precisely what the holiday season is all about. Here, she shares her top trends for holiday entertaining this season.

table toppings Unroll kraft paper down the table. Decorate with markers listing favorite words of gratitude, fall leaves, and more. Not so crafty? Patterned wrapping paper down the table also adds a quick pop of color.

For more easy and fun party ideas, visit aperfectevent.com

LEFT: Debi Lilly at DL Loft wearing a cotton and silk mini dress by Marni from the By:Fashionaholic collection. Her hair and make up was done by Make Up First School of Make Up Artistry artists, and it was shot by photographer Kirsten Miccoli. RIGHT: Photo by Gerber Scarpelli Now.

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self-serve sipping Themed, pre-made holiday cocktails like colorful, citrus-y RosĂŠ Sangria in a big glass bowl make a wow display as guests arrive. For winter, "naughty" and "nice", mixed in large self-serve drinking jars or pitchers with your favorite tastes and spirits create a warm, wonderful detail to kick off the party.

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bar bites Set a savory Crostini Bar and sweet Pie Bar for fun. These interactive tasting bars are great for guests to self-serve, allowing a big mix-and-mingle element to the holiday.

simply set In November, Layer mini pumpkins, seeded and silver dollar eucalyptus greens and autumnal vegetables down the table for an instant centerpiece. For December, simply swap out for winter produce and holiday greens.

For more party planning ideas, visit aperfectevent.com PHOTO CREDITS: Gerber Scarpelli

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Gochujang Honey Glazed Spit Smoked Ham with a “farm available� vegetable chow chow

Caramelized Delicata & Acorn Squashes with arugula toasted squash seeds, queso fresco, crisp sage, dried cranberries, and aged sherry vinaigrette

ROASTED Cauliflower Peri peri spice rubbed with tahini dressing and zhug


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Whole Roasted Local Pasture Raised Turkey or Muscovy Duck with a 24-hour brine of dried Persian limes, Saigon cinnamon, Turkish bay leaf, fresh thyme, black cardamom, fenugreek, anise, and kalonji seeds.

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FROM FOOD FOR THOUGHT A nod to holiday nostalgia and the foods we were so accustomed to experiencing with adolescent palates gets a revival, but with twists from international flavors, scents of ethnic ingredients, and foreign condiments. Add the underlying focus of local, sustainable sourcing and “root to stalk” preparations and you have these are the tastiest palate upgrades for the new midwestern table.

“Day’s Old” Bread Stuffing celery root, stalks, and leaves with whole leeks, dried fruits, and torn herbs

by Nancy Sharp and Kelly Mascari

LOCAL RESOURCE There is an abundance of local farms producing humanely raised and ethically grown foods year-round. Eat Wild is a great source to find a farm that is doing it right near you. TO LEARN MORE

VISIT, EATWILD.COM

Whole Boiled Mashed Potatoes & Parsnip Roots with cream top grassmilk, Wisconsin dill cheese curds, and toasted yellow curry ghee

For full recipes, visit chicago-woman.com/ foodforthought Nancy Sharp is CEO of Food for Thought and Kelly Mascari is Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Catered Operations at Food for Thought. Visit foodforthoughtchicago.com for more information.

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holiday spirits & sips

Whether you are stocking the bar for your festivities or gifting the hostess, we picked several options for you to serve up this holiday season. And we stayed as close to home as possible, with most options being from Chicago and the Midwest. 1. KOVAL CRANBERRY GIN 2. RHINE HALL APPLE BRANDY 3. F.E.W. BOURBON WHISKEY 4. EGAN'S IRISH WHISKEY 5. VILLA GRAZIELLA ORGANIC BLANCO TOSCANO 6. JOURNEYMAN DISTILLERY O.C.G. 7. BITTER EX BITTERS 8. VIRTUE CIDER 9. STANDARD WINE

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hOLIDAY enTertaining

Downsize your table Images of crowded dinner tables, lavish buffets, and enormous turkey dinners fill our screens and magazines. Recipes, advice, and options for the big feast abound. Interestingly though, what I am often asked by many of my viewers, friends, and clients is just the opposite. They have smaller families, a variety of dietary requests and preferences, and their tastes do not fit the traditional holiday table. by Katie O'Reilly If you still want to stay traditional, just down size everything. Try single serving options! Cornish hens replace the giant turkey—you can still stuff it or even debone (for the more adventurous cook), and roll it in stuffing, or just making stuffing on the side. You can then jazz it up a little. Glaze with apricot preserves and a hint of Cajun spice. While roasting, its juices and the glaze come together to make a pan jus that is sweet, savory, spicy, and addictive! Try brioche stuffing with figs and hazelnuts for another option, it is guaranteed to keep you satisfied for another year. For your vegan and vegetarian friends, I offer up my legume cassoulet. It is like a vegetarian single serve shepherd’s pie; replace the ground lamb with hearty parsnips, turnips, seasoned lentils, and earthy mushrooms. Super savory and unctuous, I promise they will not miss the meat. And of course, it must be topped with a mashed potato lid. For my strict vegan friends, I whip the potatoes with braised cauliflower for the “lid,” and they'll have all of the creaminess they will ever crave. Try pairing this with a winter salad of grilled radicchio, peppery arugula, and bright orange segments, drizzled with a citrus vinaigrette to contrast the rich fall vegetable flavors. This will please any of your guests. Don't skip dessert because you don't have enough people to eat an entire pie, make mini versions. Bake your favorite o day e nto m n m fin t ns. The deep tins allow plenty of filling. Warning though, you may not be able to stop at one. cw Katie O'Reilly is tv host, creator ,and culinary artist at Katie O's Food Carnival; president and owner of Katie O's Fabulous Food; and Amazon #1 Best selling author of Katie O's Cookbook. Learn more at ktofoodcarnival.com

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wine notes

holiday wine wisdom by Consuelo M. Martínez-Quattrocchi

Holidays bring plenty of celebrating and merry-making, yet they can be stressful, too. Make it a serene holiday season, and follow these wine suggestions for choosing, serving, and sipping! 1. Get an idea on the gathering. Is it a cocktail party, afternoon open house, sit-down holiday dinner, or Sunday brunch. The type of gathering will indicate the type and quantity of foods served. 2. Choose food-friendly wines. Many holiday meals include several side dishes with flavors that can be challenging. Skip the super sweet or super tannic wines. Instead, look for balanced wines that pair with different food types and styles. Consider Merlot, Pinot Noir, or Zinfandel red wines; Pinot Gris; dry Riesling; or Vouvray whites. 3. Try the other bubbles. Spanish Cava, Italian Prosecco, or Spumante are more economical than French Champagne. Versions include rosé, sweet to bone dry, and all are great for tasting and toasting. 4. Consider a case. If you find a wine you really like, purchase a case (12 bottles). Many wine retailers offer discounts of 10-15 percent off of a case, saving time and money for impromptu invitations and unexpected guests. 5. Prepare ahead punch. Make it easy on yourself and make a punch with fruity red wines from South America or Spain. Add festive, seasonal fruit, keep chilled, and allow your guests to serve themselves. 6. Sweet for the sweets. Dessert wines go well with holiday cakes, candies, cookies, and pies. Pair Italian Moscato, Hungarian Tokaji wines, or fortified wines like Port and Sherry with a variety of holiday desserts. Keep in mind that the wine should be just as sweet or sweeter than the dessert. cw Consuleo M. Martinez-Quattrochi is co-owner of Villa Graziella Organic Wines. To learn more, please visit Villagraziella.com

LAVISH LAYER CAKES AND DESIGNER DESSERTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS!

HOLIDAY DRINKING HABITS THANKSGIVING Most popular: Wine Women will consume an average of

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WINTER HOLIDAYS Most popular: Champagne Women will consume an average of

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NEW YEARS’ EVE Most popular: Champagne Women will consume an average of

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Tips To Throw The Best (And Healthiest) Party

It’s that time of the year when your calendar is filled with parties, and the chances of you splurging on unhealthy food and drinks are high. However, there are ways to throw and enjoy these parties without packing on the calories and feeling poorly about yourself the next day. Ashley Walter, celebrity nutritionist and fitness trainer in Chicago, has offered three tips on how to throw the best healthy party.

Ditch The Mixes

Let’s be real—it is not a holiday party without some booze. The easy option is buying pre-made cocktail mixes, instead make your own and be healthier. Fruity mixtures are normally filled with sugars and additives that can be easily avoided. An simple go-to drink for parties is a mixture of freshly mashed berries, sage or mint, agave, sparkling water, and an alcohol of your choice. Best part? You can make a large portion beforehand for the whole group to enjoy.

Forget Frozen Appetizers

We get it, buying frozen appetizers at Costco is the easy way out. However, making your own appetizers is so much healthier (and can be very quick, if done right). Your guests will thank you for ditching the additives, preservatives, and unnecessary calories, and will appreciate the fresh ingredients. When hosting a big party, making a ton of appetizers can be very time consuming; but having a few recipes that are super quick and simple, like a charcuterie board, is easy and loved by all guests. You can add so many different things that don’t require cooking, such as cheese, meats, fruits, veggies, and eggs.

Do Dessert Right

Is it really a party if there is no dessert? We didn’t think so. However, “if the drinks are flowing and the food is filling, dessert doesn’t need to be something heavy and extravagant,” according to Ashley. “My go-to is always mini donuts, and since it is holiday season, I always make them spiced.” Mini donuts are the perfect end to the night because they’re bite-sized, yet filling, and have the perfect mixture of sweet, savory, and well of course, chocolate. So, next time you find yourself planning a holiday party or get together, remember these tips, and make it a little heathier. cw Ashley Walter is a Chicago-based nutritionist and fitness trainer. Learn more at livingwithashley.com

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1 PIKA GLACIER, ALASKA

Not for the faint of heart, Pika Glacier in Alaska is a challenge. The extreme sports enthusiasts and adrenaline junky will love this breathtaking ski spot. You can climb to the top and then ski down. You won't find a five star hotel at Pika, you can stay in the popular base camp Little Switzerland. It's roughly 4.5 miles long and located in the Alaska Range.

2 BIG SKY, MONTANA

With more vacation rental condos than hotels, Big Sky Montana is the perfect place for a whole family getaway. With rentals that can sleep six to 24 people, you can bring everyone along. Just a few miles from Yellowstone, Big Sky has activities for skiers and non-skiers alike making this is a unique location that is very family friendly.

3 PORTILLO, CHILE

For those that want year-round skiing, head south of the border for skiing during Chicago summers. Portillo, Chile is located 2 hours from Santiago. Almost all the activities take place within the resort. There is no city, shopping centers, or nearby cafes. Even though there is wifi, you can truly to unplug here.

4 ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND

Badrutt's Palace Hotel has been a glamorous anchor in St. Moritz since 1896, and it is exactly what one thinks of when thinking Swiss skiing. With special events like Snow Polo, timed ski races, and curling competitions, you might just have to pull yourself away from the skiing to enjoy all this bustling town has to offer. Also, try mineral hot spring spas and the world's largest whiskey bar at the Devil's Place for the ultimate Apres-Ski.

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United Arab Emirates is known for extreme luxury and the Mall of the Emirates houses a 250,000 square foot indoor ski facility with five slopes with the tallest being as high as a 25-story building. When the outside temps are in the 90's, the slopes are kept around 32 degrees. Rounding out the snowscape, you'll find sled and toboggan runs, an icy body slide, climbing towers, an ice cave, and penguins!

6 NISEKO, JAPAN

For deep powder, nightlife, and unique ski experiences, the Land of the Rising Sun has become one of the most sought-after ski destinations. With the top elevation around 4,000 feet above sea level, elevation sickness is not something travelers have to worry about while skiing in Japan. There is tree and night skiing that are unique. Enjoy an Onsen, a natural hot spring baths, at AYA Niseko which is one of the newest hotels in Niseko, and boasts stunning views of Mt Yotei. cw

1 The JACKET Aconcagua Jacket II in New Taupe, $160, northface.com 2 The band The skier headband, $45, nils.us

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APRES-SKI The suite Derek emerald ruched one-piece, $86, brasgalore The shades The Yates in tortoise or turquoise, $145, warbyparker.com

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Winter is coming! Be prepared to give your skin a little extra hydration with a mask to enhance your skincare routine. Masks come in five forms—gel, cream, clay, powder, and sheet.

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7 RETEXTURIZING MASK WITH ROSE CLAY $22, origins.com 8 MATCHA MASK $18, scratchgoods.com 9 SOOTHING POWDER MASK $15, Scrub-me.com 10 NO7 RESTORE & RENEW MULTI ACTION SERUM BOOST SHEET MASK $6, ulta.com 11 PETER THOMAS ROTH UNWRINKLE 24K GOLD INTENSE WRINKLE SHEET MASK $58 for 6, sephora.com 12 DR. JART+ WATER REPLENISHMENT MASK $7.50, sephora.com


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Mary Ellen Caron CEO of After School Matters

Interview By Whitney Reynolds

What’s happening with After School Matters this winter/spring? This coming spring, After School Matters will provide nearly 7,000 Chicago teens with transformational after-school enrichment experiences. These programs range from the arts to communications and leadership, sports, and STEM. In practice, they could be anything from urban gardening and aquaponics, to coding and web design, lifeguard training, opera performance, community engagement, and so much more. In order to ensure we reach the teens we have committed to serving, we need support from the public. We have a number of events and initiatives coming up for individuals to help provide that support. We are hosting two holiday shopping events at our Gift Shop at 66 East Randolph Street where we showcase and sell one-of-a-kind, teen-created works of art, including fabulous jewelry, paintings, and more. All proceeds go back into our programs. Our endurance fundraising initiative, TEAM After School Matters, has a number of races coming up this spring. Who inspires you? Young people who are beating the odds. I see teens who are facing unimaginable challenges show up to our programs every day ready to learn, grow, and thrive. I think what most inspires me

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It's that time again, the holidays bring so much joy and also provide a time to reflect on the past year! Get ready to meet a woman who provides good tidings to our youth. Her story is sure to warm your heart!

is when I see one of our teens realize not just who they can become, but who they are right now. How was the transition to ASM CEO? After School Matters is an incredibly complex organization, given the scope and reach of our work. So there was a lot to learn when I started, but I had the benefit and the privilege of knowing Maggie Daley for many years before she passed away. I was very connected to the work of After School Matters, almost from the start in 1991. I knew her vision for the organization and for Chicago’s young people. Right around the time that I started, Mellody Hobson became our Board Chair. Mellody brings a level of transformational leadership and passion to our organization. After School Matters has had the benefit of incredibly strong leaders throughout our history, and that motivates not just me, but our entire staff to aim higher every single day. What’s your advice for working with youth? First and foremost, listen. And then you’ll learn. I learn something new from our teens every single day, and that informs our work and our programs. We actually make it a core part of our program model to ensure that teens have a voice and a choice throughout their experiences. This helps to build ownership and it reinforces accountability.

Tell us your favorite story over the years with ASM. There are so many it’s really hard to choose just one. But I’ll tell you about a teen named Jeff who I had the pleasure of meeting in one of our glassblowing programs. Jeff was completely honest with me and said that he joined our program because he needed to make money to help support his family, and our program pays a stipend. He told me that his choices were between a glassblowing program and joining a gang…that’s how limited he saw his options. When he talked about his program though, his entire perspective opened up. I heard real joy in his voice. He told me that glassblowing is like therapy for him, and it is the main reason that he can now see a future for himself. I asked him to come speak to our Board of Directors, and one of our incredibly generous Board members offered to mentor him. It both pains me and heartens me to say that I have so many more stories just like that. Where do you go to recharge in Chicago? I go to the lakefront, which I find very calming. I walk and bike a lot. I go to yoga classes. Chicago is such an incredible city with so many options to get reinvigorated. cw After School Matters, visit afterschoolmatters.org For more of my inspirational interviews watch The Whitney Reynolds Show every Monday at 6:30 PM on Lakeshore PBS or visit www.whitneyreynolds.


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social pages excellence in leadership awards September 11, 2018, The w chicago city centre The first annual Chicago Woman magazine Excellence in Leadership Awards Luncheon honored leading women with panel discussion and keynote from Julie Smolyanksy, CEO, Lifeway Foods. Photo Credit: Barb Levant

Top Row: Honorees Lisa Senafe of Bentley's Petstuff and Kristie Harris of Allstate; honoree Betsy Zeigler of 1871 with Beth Allen-Tiernan; and Brooke Wiseman of Blessings in a Backpack with honoree Joanna Dutra of Accenture and Ana Dutra. Second Row: Panelists Laurel Bellows of Bellows & Bellows, Perri Irmer of the DuSable Museum of African American History, Smita Shah of SPAAN Tech, and Nancy Sharp of Food For Thought with Chicago Woman founder, Kendra Chaplin; Guests Third Row: Courtney Pitt and Kendra Chaplin of Chicago Woman magazine with honoree Celena Roldan of The American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois; Emcee Micah Materre of WGNTV with Perri Irmer; Dorri McWhorter, Jacqueline Priego, and Molly Silverman of the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago with keynote Speaker Julie Smolyanksy. Fourth Row: Panelist Nancy Sharp of Food For Thought with her team; Christie Hefner with keynote speaker Julie Smolyansky and panelist Laurel Bellows.

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social pages Polished Pebbles fundraiser

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Foundation nearly 400 guests at their "Evening in Oz" inspired Storybook Gala, our 4th annual signature event emceed by Bonnie Hunt raising more than half a million dollars to support the Wood Family Foundation's work during the 2018-2019 school year. Photo credit: Kenny Kim and Jan Salazar

Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program held their annual fundraising event to help raise awareness of the importance of mentoring and nurturing the world’s girls.

September 21, 2018, Morgan Manufacturing The Woods Family

Top: Alex Pissios with Bonnie Hunt; Tom Ricketts with Sarah and Kerry Woods

This year’s theme was “Real Men Invest In Girls” and Polished Pebbles honored several men who support the organization.

Bottom: Linnette Morales and Isreal Perez; Lindsay and Jack Philbin, Brian Rashefsky and Jessica Dunne with Jennifer and Pat Kernan.

GREEN TIE BALL September 14, 2018, The Geraghty The 27th annual event was co-hosted by Candace Jordan and Nina Mariano and event headliner Redfoo (LMFAO). With over 900 guests the evening raised more than $300,000 for Chicago Gateway Green, which is dedicated to greening and beautifying Chicago. Photo Credit: Brissa del Mar, Matt Mansueto, Mila Samokhina Top: Co-Chairs Nina Mariano and Candace Jordan and Mary Lasky Bottom: Megan Cleereman, Juni Park, Gabriele Inokaitis, Holly Ridings and Jatnna Toribio, Israel Idonije

Top to Bottom: Dawn Hasbrouck, WFLD FOX 32 Chicago news anchor and Polished Pebbles members; Joi Glover, Kelly Fair, Polished Pebbles’ Founder, and Executive Director, Dawn Milhouse; Kim Nash of Remy Martin and Polished Pebbles members

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the

centerpiece Take this statement set and dress it up and down for work and day; then dress it up for evenings and parties.

work day Keep the set together, add a structured sweater and you're all set for your 9 to 5.

The sweater

Double-breasted sweater coat, $178, madewell.com

The SCARF

Black rex rabbit scarf with black and gold silk ribbon, $50, paulamariecollection.com

The boot

Holly boots. $298, katespade.com

OFFICE PARTY This set may be the perfect fit for your professional holiday fĂŞte with the right jacket and jewels.

VINTAGE GOLD VELVET SET Velvet tank top, $55 and pull-on velvet skirt, $98 jcrew.com

The jacket

Houndstooth Double-Breasted Blazer, $298, bcbg.com

The bling Crush pyrite bar bracelet $40 and earring $36, mashallah.us

holiday party Ring in the new year, pair the skirt with a sequin top and show-stopping accessories.

The top

Walter olivia sequin Top, $188, bloomingdales.com

The shoe

The clutch

Wynne ankle strap d'orsay, $175, coach.com

Mawi gold and silver glittered double compartment clutch, $315, luxurygaragesale.com

The heel

So kate glitter stripe pump from Chrsitian Louboutin, $795, nordstrom.com

weekending For shopping trips and cozy weekends at home, take the top to the casual side by pairing it with jeans and a cozy sweater.

The Jean

Snakeskin print slim fit jeans, $40, zara.com

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The BOOT

The sweater

Jensen leather ankle boots, Brushed cashmere cardigan, $560, nordtrom.com $228, bananarepublic.com


The Bag

Pewter Tote, Mohop, $169, mohop.com

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H O L I DAY S K I N C A R E C O L L E C T I O N

The Holiday Winter Quencher Collection Gift Set, nourishes your skin leaving a healthy, dewy glow and rejuventated appearance.

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North Shore

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The Winter Quencher Gift Set is available online and at our Chicago and Winnetka locations. While supplies last.

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