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Director, Jennifer Smith Tapp Editorial & Brand Strategy jennifer@chicago-woman.com Director, Kathy Herbert Strategic Development kathy@chicago-woman.com

Arts, Fashion and You!

Digital Editor Rebecca Taras rebecca@chicago-woman.com Copy Editor Fernanda Cutrone Krumm fernanda@chicago-woman.com Contributing Style Editor Katie Schuppler style@chicago-woman.com

One of the things that has cemented Chicago’s reputation as a world-class city is the variety of cultural institutions that we have at our disposal. For our Art & Culture Issue, we talked to five women leaders at some of the city’s most prestigious arts institutions to learn more about their work and how each of their organizations make the arts accessible to all Chicagoans, regardless of the neighborhood they live in. We hope it will inspire you to take advantage of what the city has to offer—see a ballet, support your favorite museum, take your children to a play.

Design Director Travis Rothe travis@chicago-woman.com

Fashion Month is about to get into full swing, and we thought it would be the perfect time to shine the spotlight on Chicago fashion designers who have chosen to develop their collections here in the city. “The New Guard”, shot by fashion photographer Kirsten Miccoli, features some names that local fashion followers might recognize, while others are labels we love and think you should know. Some of these designers are alums of Chicago Fashion Incubator, run by Executive Director Tonya Gross, a powerhouse and visionary in her own right, who is on a mission to make Chicago a viable fashion center that cultivates and retains its own talent.

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In our “Take Charge of Your Health” special section, medical experts tell you what you need to know about health issues most often affecting women, such as breast cancer and heart disease. Busy days full of taking care of families and other loved ones means that it is imperative that we take care of ourselves as well. With that being said, we hope you will join us for our second Health Kick, our signature fitness and wellness event on September 10th at the Loews Chicago Hotel in Streeterville. We hope to see you there bright, and early ready to take charge of your health! Jennifer Smith Tapp Director, Editorial and Brand Strategy jennifer@chicago-woman.com

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Leah Gardner leah@chicago-woman.com Contributing Writers Kate Baratta Becky Carroll Catherine De Orio Emilia DiMenco Consuelo M. Martinez-Quatrocchi Dr. Suzet McKinney Whitney Reynolds Katie Schuppler Lauren Streicher, MD K. Sujata Karen Weigert Melissa Widen ON THE COVER: Naomi Beckwith, Curator, Museum of Contempory Art Chicago. Photo by Maria Ponce.

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NAOMI BECKWITH CURATOR, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, CHICAGO

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DISCOVERING AMERICAN FEMALE ARTIST The Union League Club of Chicago holds the one of the most significant art collections owned by any private club in the country—discover some of the women artists housed there.

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Laurel Bellows Principal, Bellows Law Group, and Past President, American Bar Association

Ryan Beshel Principal/Creative Director for SIX4 Creative and Co-Founder/Photographer for DEKA Productions​

Kate Bensen CEO, The Chicago Network Terri Brax CEO, Women Tech Founders, and CEO, TeacherCare Emilia DiMenco CEO, Women’s Business Development Center Ana Dutra CEO, Executives’ Club of Chicago

Lauren Cohn Veteran TV News Anchor/ Reporter and Radio Host

Kathy Herbert Business Consultant and Investor

Bela Gandhi President, Smart Dating Academy

Erica Kane General Manager, Reserve

Dãsha Guyton Lifestyle blogger and stylist

Dorri McWhorter CEO, YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Julie Hightower Host, A Better Day with Julie Andrea Metcalf Fitness expert Shruthi Reddy Founder and CEO, Reddy Set Yoga

Dr. Lauren Streicher Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Director Northwestern Center for Sexual Health and Menopause

Katie Schuppler Personal Style Consultant and Style Blogger

Genevieve Thiers Founder, Sittercity.com

Mika Stambaugh Vice President, C-Strategies

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CALENDAR HEALTH KICK FALL 2017

RAVENSWOOD ARTWALK

September 10, 2017, 9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

September 16-17, 2017, 11:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m. Enjoy a day full of diversity and creativity at the art event that features over 300 artists and 50 venues in Ravenswood. The art walk will have a street festival center, food trucks, and live music. Ravenswood Avenue between Irving Park and Leland, ravenswoodartwalk.org

Chicago Woman hosts an morning of health and welllness with 4 workout sessions, health panelists, marketplace and more. Attendees should bring their yoga mats and be ready to bust a sweat.

The Loews Hotel Chicago, 455 North Park Drive chicago-woman.com/healthkick

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PWCC LUNCHEON WITH BELA GANDHI September 13, 2017, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. The Professional Women’s Club of Chicago will be hosting a luncheon with Founder and CEO of Smart Dating Academy, Bela Gandhi. The panel discussion will be “Improving Your LikeQ (Likability Quotient): We hire, buy from, do deals with and date people we like! Maximize your likability!” Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, pwcc.org

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September 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m–1:00 a.m. PNC Bank will present Chicago Gateway Green’s signature charity event of the year at Artifact Events where the bash will take you in back in time to 1893 Chicago. Tickets are $175 and include gourmet bites in a beautiful indoor/outdoor venue. Artifact Events, 4325 North Ravenswood Avenue, gatewaygreen.org

September 20, 2017, 7:30 a.m. The Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana will be throwing a celebratory breakfast recognizing innovative leaders who strive to make the world a better place for women. Tickets $100. Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, girlscoutsgcnwi.org

EMPOWERMENT FOR GLOBAL GOOD September 22, 2017, 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. The Chicago Council on Global affairs will hold the Global Health and Development Symposium including discussion over women empowerment, equality and sustaining global growth. The Standard Club, 320 South Plymouth Court, thechicagocouncil.org.

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SELAH FREEDOM LUNCH & LEARN

September 30-October 1, 2017, 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. Sunday) Spend the day satisfying your culinary needs! The event will feature local restaurants, craft beer, live music and cooking demos given by notable chefs from around the country. $30. Fulton Market and Halsted Street, fultonmarketharvestfest.com

October 11, 2017, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Enjoy lunch while conversing with experts in the field of anti-sex trafficking over solutions to the problem that can be made locally in Chicago. 300 South Wacker Drive, Suite 3100, selahfreedom.com

FASHION X CHICAGO October 11, 2017, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. The Chicago Fashion Incubator and Chicago Woman magazine host an evening celebrating the local fashion. Benefiting CFI and featuring marketplace with designers showcasing upcoming collection. Cocktail attire. Revel Motor Row, 2400 South Michigan Avenue, chicago-woman.com/CFI

BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON October 8, 2017, 5:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Spectators will not have access to Grant Park on race day. To cheer on runners at the 40th annual Chicago Marathon, download the spectator viewing guide. Grant Park, 337 East Randolph Street, chicagomarathon.com

PWCC LUNCHEON WITH ANDREA KRAMER October 11, 2017, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. The Professional Women’s Club of Chicago will be hosting a luncheon with Andrea Kramer, author Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work. Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, pwcc.org

ADULTS NIGHT OUT: THE GREAT PUMPKIN GLOW October 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Call the babysitter and hit the Lincoln Park Zoo for Adults Night Out. Live entertainment and cash bars will be at the scene. Tickets are $15. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 North Clark Street, lpzoo.org

CHICAGO FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN’S 32ND ANNUAL LUNCHEON & SYMPOSIUM October 19, 2017, Symposium 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m., Luncheon 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Chicago Foundation for Women will be holding their annual luncheon and symposium with keynote speakers Alicia Garza and Dolores Huerta. Tickets $500. Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Upper Wacker Drive, cfw.org

CHICAGO WOMEN’S EXPO October 21-22, 2017, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Sunday opens at 11:00 a.m.) The Chicago Women’s Expo is an event filled with celebrity speakers and over 600 beauty and health vendors to make for the perfect outing for you and your girlfriends. Admission $10. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road, Rosemont, IL, chicagowomensexpo.com

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CULTURE WATCH THE TAMING OF THE SHREW September 16-November 12, 2017 Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier will present The Taming of the Shrew with a modern interpretation featuring an all-woman cast, touching topics such as sexual politics, human rights, love and power. Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, 800 East Grand Avenue, chicagoshakes.com

ORPHÉE ET EURYDICE September 23–October 15, 2017 This highly anticipated production marks Lyric’s first collaboration with The Joffrey Ballet. This performance is the Orphée et Eurydice in the Paris version, which contains thrilling ballet sequences that will come to vivid life under the direction and choreography of the legendary John Neumeier. Civic Opera House, 20 North Wacker Drive, lyricopera.org/orphee

LITTLE LOWER LAYER EXHIBITION Through October 1, 2017 The Museum of Contemporary Art is showcasing an exhibition pinpointing different social and political issues dating back to the 1970s to present day. The use of pattern and layers in the art pieces showcase a critical approach to powerful subject matters. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue, mcachicago.org

RE:COLLECTION Through October 1, 2017 This exhibition features selections from the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s vast archive of photographs that explore of how we perceive images spanning the history of photography and offering a diverse array of approaches. Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 South Michigan Avenue, mocp.org

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TILICA Y FLACA ES LA CALACA: DAY OF THE DEAD September 22–December 10, 2017 The Day of the Dead is one of the most stunning and important living traditions in Mexico. Ofrendas, fine art and folk art are integrated into this exhibition to bring to life a Mexican celebration that bridges borders right here in Chicago. National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 West 19th Street, nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org.

JOFFREY BALLET GISELLE LUNCHEON October 2, 2017 In anticipation of the ballet Giselle, the Joffrey Ballet Women’s Board will host a luncheon and cultural conversation about the performance with Joffrey’s Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Stager, Lola de Ávila. Tickets are $200. Loews Chicago Hotel, 455 North Park Drive, joffrey.org/giselle

VINTAGE GARAGE Through October 15, 2017 Spend some time in an Uptown parking garage scavenging for the best old school pieces at the Vintage Garage. This market runs the third Sunday of each month, each having a different theme. Vintage Garage Chicago Flea Market, 5051 North Broadway, vintagegaragechicago.com

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CHICAGO IDEAS WEEK October 16–22, 2017 This seven-day festival features over 200 global thought leaders and innovators speaking on a variety of topics ranging from leadership and life’s lessons, to science and technology, to the most pressing issues of the day and the most creative insights in entertainment. There are more than 150 programs with most tickets at only $15. Locations throughout the city, chicagoideas.com

FALLFEST/17: BELIEF October 28–November 12, 2017 Chicago Humanities Festival’s fall program is centered around the concept of belief—faith in the divine, commitment to a cause, conviction about the truth, and trust in our institutions. Notable speakers include former Vice President Al Gore, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, and the host of Believer on CNN, Reza Aslan. The full lineup of speakers will be announced this September. chicagohumanities.org


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feast with your eyes The saying “we eat with our eyes first” extends past the cuisine when eating out. A restaurant’s interior can enhance and elevate our experience. Design provides the sense that dining out is, in fact, a special event. Lighting creates mood, luxurious finishes spark conversation, and thoughtful touches can be transportive. In a great restaurant city, here are my top picks for spectacular settings. by Cat De Orio

BLVD West Loop newcomer BLVD captures old Hollywood’s luxurious glamour. You know the design is serious when seafood towers, caviar service and champagne take a back seat to it. Glittering chandeliers and a dramatically curved staircase set the tone upon entrance and continue throughout. Washed in muted metallics, alcoved dining tables provide some privacy, while the central circular booths swathed in lush platinum velvet provide the perfect perch for a modern day Joan Crawford. Even the jewel-box ladies room is fit for an A-lister. 817 West Lake Street, blvdchicago.com

CINDY’S AT THE CHICAGO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION Lovingly restored with Venetian gothic-style design elements, head to the conservatorystyle Cindy’s to dine under the vaulted-glass ceiling with views of Millennium Park. Don’t miss the Andy Warhol painting of restaurant namesake Cindy Pritzker. 12 South Michigan Avenue, cindysrooftop.com

GT PRIME Dark, sexy and a bit rugged, GT Prime was designed by Studio K Creative designer Karen Herold. A16-foot lighting fixture anchors the woodaccented room, the molten metal staircase demands your eye, and photographic still lifes and taxidermy adorn the walls while antique brass finishes gleam in the moody setting. 707 North Wells Street, gtprimerestaurant.com RH CHICAGO Located inside the historic gallery at the former Three Arts Club, the soaring glass- ceiling courtyard feels like a Parisian park. Filled with oversized crystal chandeliers and full-grown trees set against the soothing babble of a stone fountain, RH provides a sanctuary worthy of its posh Gold Coast location. 1300 North Dearborn Street, 3artsclubcafe.com Catherine De Orio is Executive Director of Kendall College Trust and Host of the Emmy award-winning “Check, Please!” Follow her on Instagram (@catdeorio) and Twitter (@CatCalls) to track her culinary pursuits.

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Remember our February 2016 Food Issue with superstar chef Stephanie Izard on the cover? We couldn’t tell you at the time, but when we shot that story, Izard was about 5 months pregnant. She has since become a fan of kid and baby line Monica + Andy and has worked with the label on an impossibly cute collection that features a Little Goat print on an organic cotton short sleeve bodysuit with a matching top knot cap, and a signature cotton Coming Home Blanket. Starting at $13, available at monicaandandy.com and at Izard’s restaurant, Little Goat.

Gail Mancuso CITIES SERVE AS AN INSPIRATION TO YOU— HOW DOES CHICAGO CAPTURE YOUR IMAGINATION? As a Chicagoan and an urban street photographer, I find our cityscape captivating—whether its sweeping architecture, jewel of a Lake or the impressionable façade of the Art Institute—like no other place. And, on any given day, you can feel the diverse energy from the street pulsating to a charismatic and distinct rhythm of its own. HOW DID YOUR LA FEMME SERIES COME ABOUT? As a former model and woman, I have always been intrigued with the inherent beauty of the female form. Making the transition to photography, it was a natural progression to create my La Femme series as a tribute to women. Charcoal-like etchings of the female silhouette woven with patterned textures and adorned in pastel-infused watercolors draw the eye—embodying the essence of the fashionable Chicago woman. WHAT IS IT THAT ATTRACTS PEOPLE TO YOUR WORK? I think there’s an endless fascination with documenting modern city life today. Capturing this urban spectrum in a ‘stilled-in-life’ manner via my lens has universal appeal. I think there’s also a sense of realism that connects people in an immediate and relatable way; they see themselves and society reflected in my life-like photomosaics. WHO ARE THE PHOTOGRAPHERS WHOSE WORK YOU ADMIRE AND MOST INFLUENCES YOUR OWN WORK? While there are certainly photographers I revere such as Ernst Haas and Saul Leiter, and painters including the likes of Andy Densler and Gerhard Richter, these artists didn’t necessarily have a direct influence on my work. Rather, in seeking to understand my own aesthetic, I chose to contextually define my works, relating to their keen sense of style. Ultimately, I believe all artists are subliminally influenced everyday by what we see, read, feel, and hear. cw

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Like a long-lasting marriage, when admiration is mutual, they bring out the best of one another; food loves wine and vice versa. Good food can transform into a truly great meal when paired with the right kind of wine. Why? Fundamental elements of wine: acidity, alcohol, sweetness and tannins correspond to the essential tastes of food: bitter, salty, sour, sweet and umami (OO-MahMe), the savory taste found in hard cheeses, charcuterie, meat and shellfish. Certain food characteristics interact with specific wine elements so they complement the other. Often there is a dominant element in a food— an ingredient, spices or even the cooking method that influence the food-wine merger. Add one’s own individual palate and the results can be surprising! cw

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INTERVIEW

Winnie Park HEALTHY COOL TREATS Vegans and those going dairy-free have a new option to satisfy their froyo craving—Real Juice Co. just launched a low-carb, low-sugar “Noyo Froyo” perfect for those who like their cool treats on the healthy side. Each flavor’s base is a fan-favorite juice. Our pick: Bluice Wayne (Blue Magik, almonds, vanilla, coconut nectar, and maple syrup). Available at Real Good Old Town, 1647 North Wells Street, realgoodjuiceco.com

NEW DAVID YURMAN STORE OPENS Luxury jeweler David Yurman is finally landing on the Mag Mile this fall. The new space will be over 3,250 square feet and features a two-story historical façade that was maintained and restored to its original condition. 919 North Michigan Avenue, davidyurman.com PICTURED: DAVID YURMAN HERITAGE WALL

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CEO of The Paper Source and recent Chicago transplant dishes about her job and why she loves fall in the city. WHAT’S IT LIKE RUNNING A CREATIVE COMPANY LIKE PAPER SOURCE? The most interesting part of my job is working with the amazing creative community who work at Paper Source. The most challenging part is balancing the creative process with profit goals. It’s also difficult to juggle priorities for a brand that is continuously growing. WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE MOST SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT PAPER SOURCE? I think people would be most surprised to know that Paper Source not only designs, but hand-draws and hand-makes many of its products. Also, that the brand was founded and has always been headquartered in Chicago. Additionally, I don’t think people realize the range of products that Paper Source offers. Everything from crafting workshops, to cards, to gifts, and most importantly, custom print invitations for life’s big moments, like weddings and other celebrations. . WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO UNWIND AFTER A LONG DAY? I love to catch up with my 12-year-old daughter Anabelle, and find out about how her day went. I also love to have a nice glass of wine and a delicious dinner. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT FALL IN CHICAGO? I lived in Hong Kong for six years, and we really didn’t have seasons. I love experiencing sweater weather and the leaves changing color. I also really enjoy gearing up for all of the wonderful holidays ahead. At Paper Source, holidays are our jam, so looking forward to Halloween, Thanksgiving and all of these great celebrations is part of both my personal and professional life. cw

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CAPITAL ONE AND WOMEN IN TECH

TECHWEEK CHICAGO 2017’S WOMEN IN TECH BREAKFAST During Techweek Chicago in June, Capital One served as Platinum Sponsor and presented the Women in Tech Breakfast, where women from all sectors of the technology industry gathered in small groups of 4-6 for career networking over morning refreshments. Leaders from Capital One’s Women in Tech initiative served as facilitators and fostered meaningful discussions within the small groups on topics like professional development advice for emerging female tech leaders and strategies for supporting other women in the workplace. Here are a few of the stories women shared at the event:

WHAT IS THE INITIAL RESPONSE WHEN YOU TELL SOMEONE THAT YOU WORK IN TECHNOLOGY? “I have definitely had the experience of people saying, ‘Oh my gosh, you can do that? You’re in tech, you can code?’ But a lot of the time, when I am talking to women, they think it is great that I work in tech. Whether those women are in tech or a leader in another industry, they immediately want to bond.” —A lex Niemczewski, CEO, BallotReady

WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCES BEING ONE OF ONLY A FEW WOMEN IN A MALE-DOMINATED SPACE LIKE TECH?

“I’m excited to partner on this relaunch of the Women Who Code Chicago Network. Advocating for and elevating women technologists across the Chicago tech community and beyond is my passion.” —A  nn Yeung, Senior Director of Software Engineering at Capital One and Director of Women Who Code in Chicago

“I think that men can be allies. I’m a founder, and I work with men, and I have found that often, it is the men who have been the most supportive. If I am having a problem building a product, I will go up to one of the male engineers and they will be eager to help. When I first started my company, I reached out to some of my old professors for advice, and only the male professors responded. I don’t know if it is because women are often overworked because they have families, but I was surprised by that.” —Sascha Dhanjal, Founder and President, Safi Gourmet Company

Capital One is a founding sponsor of Women Who Code, a nonprofit organization supporting equal representation of women as technical leaders, executives, founders, VCs, board members and software engineers. Chicago’s Women Who Code chapter was relaunched by Capital One during Techweek this year. • T he company’s Women in Tech initiative brings women and men together to focus on developing a love of technology in girls, improving the representation of women in the technology field, and supporting the career development of women in tech roles. Chapters across the country at Capital One participate in meetups, attend and present at conferences, volunteer with community partners, and host mentoring, networking, and social events. • Capital One is a strong believer in promoting access to 21st century skills for girls and women of all ages. The company’s Future Edge initiative provides $150 million in community grants and initiatives over five years to help more Americans succeed in the digitally-driven economy. •T  hey are making important investments in local and national initiatives to help girls and women in all stages of the pipeline. Capital One partners include: ANITA BORG INSTITUTE AND GRACE HOPPER CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN IN COMPUTINGE BLACK GIRLS CODE GIRLS, INC. GIRLS WHO CODE WOMEN WHO CODE

HOW CAN WE EMPOWER THE WOMEN AROUND US IN OUR INDUSTRY? “I always say yes to women who need support. Saying yes and just letting other women know that you are there to support them increases their confidence. Everyone appreciates knowing that someone has their back.” —Molly Owens, Career Developer, Dev Bootcamp

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SMALL business BEYOND THE INCUBATOR: INCLUSIVE INNOVATION by Emilia DiMenco Innovation is all around us. Whether it’s the small neighborhood coffee shop or the next big tech platform, the business landscape requires innovation to reach sustainable success. There is a common misconception that innovation requires a “big idea” or endless funding, but innovation is more than that—it’s the drive to solve a problem, fill a need, and/or create something new with the resources available. It’s taking an idea, experimenting with it, and then making it come to life. As one of the most influential innovation hubs in the country, Chicago is home to several incubators that foster innovation by powering tech geniuses and large-scale ideas. While these incubators serve an important purpose, economic development organizations, such as the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), provide technical assistance and are collaborating with incubators to fuel a thriving innovation community. We provide the educational curriculum, advisory support, access to various forms of capital, and other services necessary to help move businesses from ideas to profitable and sustainable realities. We offer opportunities to embody innovation while working towards business goals. One client in particular, Rebecca Fyffe, President and Director of Research at Landmark Pest Management, took innovative skills and embedded them into her company values.

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HIT LIST: New Restaurants On the Scene New spots open in the city all the time. This summer was no exception. Three notable openings have menus centered on exceptional and unique meat and seafood fare. Add these new restaurants to your list of places to check out.

BARRIO The latest from DineAmic Hospitality Group ventures into Mexican fare with “Top Chef” alum, Chef Katsuji Tanabe, at this new River North concept. Must try: Anything from the Robata Mexicana menu. 65 WEST KINZIE, BARRIOCHICAGO.COM

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“Today, I continue to use the learnings from programs at the WBDC, such as how to stay current with business best practices, seeking opportunities for growth in every aspect of the business”, Fyffe explains. “The WBDC keeps me current on new ideas in the business landscape and has helped me equip my office with state of the art technology. This is just a small piece of my innovative process, and thanks to the WBDC, it is ever evolving.”

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Collaboration between organizations and incubators is critical to navigating this shifting innovation and business landscape and effectively utilizing donor grant dollars. It is the WBDC’s priority to make sure entrepreneurs are receiving the support they deserve to fuel economic growth, but it can only happen when we work together to fill community gaps to leverage the strengths of their respective organizations to meet the needs of the entrepreneurial community. cw

Hailing from L.A., this new restaurant in The Hotel Chicago features authentic Japanese Robatayaki, prime steaks and cutting edge sushi. It is sure to be a late night hot spot as well. Must try: The daily-changing omakase menu with a glass of sparkling sake. 339 NORTH DEARBORN. KATANACHICAGO.COM

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This is not your average steak joint, this sleek modern space features a second floor patio with firepits and open kitchen. While steak takes center stage, seafood features are not to be overlooked. Must try: Top your steak with lobster sautéed with black truffles. 615 NORTH WABASH, STEAK48.COM

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TECHlife 1871: SUPPORTING BUSINESSES BEYOND TECH

Shala’s Pink House Project Having three women in his life each diagnosed with cancer in the span of two years inspired Olusola Akintunde to launch Shala’s Pink House Project, a pink, multi-level event space and functional art installation that will support and promote cancer research, prevention and alternative treatments. Revenue generated from rentals of the space will serve the Pink House mission by funding grants, initiatives and research. Chicago is the intended location for the first space, with plans to open similar spaces in major cities around the world. For more information, visit shalaspinkhouse.com

Women Own It The only thing better than supporting a woman-owned business is being able to find many such businesses in one place. Bossy Chicago was launched after the November 2016 election by Isabel Benetar and Sam Letscher, and not only provides a map to locate female-led businesses around the city, but also includes short profiles of the owners. Read all about these fabulous women and their businesses at bossychicago.com.

At 1871, you’ll hear a lot about how we like to “put our money where our mouth is.” From engaging the services of our own member companies to connecting small startups with large corporations, we are dedicated to supporting the small businesses that begin their entrepreneurial journey at 1871. At the core of many of these initiatives is our belief that an inclusive environment produces the type of advancements and innovation our organization—and the city of Chicago—needs to move forward. As an organization, we have a significant amount of purchasing power. For more than a year, we have worked to develop relationships with dozens of local, minority and/or women-owned vendors throughout the city like Justice of the Pies, Amazing Edibles, Gayle’s Grilled Cheese and Catering Out the Box. The impact has been monumental as we’ve been able to steer tens of thousands of dollars of business to these entrepreneurs. The exposure via 1871’s communication channels and introductions to corporate partners is invaluable in itself. Nikkita Randle of Twisted Eggroll has said, “The referrals have been a tremendous help. Not just financially but other connections with valuable companies that can help Twisted Eggroll.” We see this one aspect of our business as our commitment to fostering diversity within the tech sector in Chicago and have seen that these efforts have driven awareness and additional business to these entrepreneurs throughout the city. We’re incredibly proud of this program, and we’re excited to hear about the other creative ways other Chicago businesses and organizations are finding ways to support women-owned small businesses. cw Interested in learning more about our network of talented vendors? Contact us at events@1871.com. To learn more about initiatives like these, visit blog.1871.com. SEPT EMBER/OCT OBER 2017

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ISSUE by ISSUE GENDER INEQUALITY IN THE PRISON SYSTEM by Becky Carroll If you’ve never faced incarceration or don’t know someone who has, then why should you care about the challenges women face in prison? Well, the statistics are disturbing—and it’s not like Orange is the New Black. Deanne Benos, Chair of the American Probation and Parole Association’s Women & Girls Committee and Founder of The Women’s Justice Initiative (WJI), has educated thousands across the country around why this issue should matter to us all. Now she’s bringing big change to how Illinois treats the women’s population in its prison system.

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“There are few greater examples of gender injustice than skyrocketing incarceration of women and girls,” said Benos. “Only 3 of 100 rapists go to prison, yet the fastest growing justice population are their victims: Women suffering trauma and addiction from sexual and domestic abuse. Society is punishing women for crimes of survival, and re-victimizing them in a male-dominated prison system ill-equipped to address their unique needs.” A landmark assessment from WJI and national expert, Alyssa Benedict, revealed Illinois women’s prisons reached record levels from 2010-2015, while expanding male-centered policies. As an example, in 2013 Logan men’s prison was converted into one of the nation’s largest women’s prisons, yet prepared staff with only a 1.5-hour Powerpoint on working with 2000 women, of which 770 suffered serious mental illness, 98 percent had histories of sexual/domestic abuse and 73 percent were mothers to 3700 children. Logan’s conditions was rampant with bigoted verbal abuse. Women received 3-5 times more discipline than men and punished with fewer child/family visits, more prison time and even denied maxi pads. Suicide attempts increased ten-fold. After the assessment, IDOC began making historic reforms, and WJI developed national model legislation called the “Women’s Correctional Services Act” (HB3904) requiring prisons to adopt gender responsive, trauma-informed and family-centered policies. “I proudly worked with WJI on this historic legislation to set standards ensuring women are never overlooked by our prison system again,” said HB3904 sponsor State Rep. Juliana Stratton. “By addressing their unique risks/needs, we will make prisons safer, while improving outcomes for women and their children.” The hard work of WJI is about to pay off —it’s just one Senate vote away from reaching the Governor’s desk. Let’s hope it gets there. cw

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WORLDly HOW CHICAGO IS LEADING ON CLIMATE CHANGE by Karen Weigert Climate change touches all of our lives. If you are reading this in Chicago, however, you have already contributed to solutions. Carbon emissions per person are lower in U.S. cities than in the nation overall. We benefit from great public transit and many multifamily buildings, and seemingly small steps taken in urban areas have big results due to the large number of people involved. I was Chicago’s first chief sustainability officer from 2011 to 2016, and during that time our city was able to cut its emissions while growing the economy and population. Thousands of businesses, residents and nonprofits made great strides together. We invested in renewable energy and made both buildings and transportation more energy efficient. One program I’m extremely proud to have helped create is Retrofit Chicago, where large buildings commit to at least a 20 percent reduction in energy use within 5 years. Since the 2012 launch over 70 building representing over 50 million square feet have joined. Buildings are responsible for the majority of carbon emissions in American cities and Chicago’s program is a practical example of partnerships creating impact. At the council, I’m currently working on a research study that is looking at how we can power global cities while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Now, the not-so-good news. I’ve worked on climate change in various ways throughout my career in the private sector, government, and now at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and we need to do more to combat it. We read about melting glaciers and droughts in faraway countries, but closer to home we are also experiencing the effects. Chicagoans are seeing more days of extreme heat and more heavy storms than ever before. This harsh weather is very much what we would expect as the amount of carbon in the atmosphere increases. cw Karen Weigert is Senior Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs. To learn more, visit thechicagocouncil.org.

Vanille to Open in Hyde Park Life will be a little sweeter for French pastry lovers on the Southside when Vanille opens in Hyde Park in late September. “We are excited to open our fourth location and eager to invite our new Hyde Park customers to relax in our cozy cafe and savor the moment while they experience our high quality, freshly made artisanal French pastries,” shares Sophie Evanoff, president of Vanille. Learn more at vanillepatisserie.com.

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After the first mastectomy scar tattoo, I was moved and couldn’t shake it. It’s not often you get to use your craft to directly affect somebody at such a level. I was in way over my head. So I took some time to learn more about the physiological response and the psychological effects of going through such trauma. Now I’m all in and have been. These women made the choice to have these tattoos. The goal was to prevent or remove cancer; to endure. They have little control over their process. But this is an opportunity for these women to take it back and reclaim their body, their image, as their own.

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Chicago tattoo artist, David Allen of David Allen Tattoo, talks about his life-changing mastectomy scar tattoos. Breast cancer is a fight all too common for women—it has affected us or someone we love and know. After the fight, the possible mastectomy can leave scars that serve as painful reminders for the women who fought the disease. While tattoos are not for everyone, Allen has given some women a way to take back their bodies and heal in a whole new way.


Your Reproductive Health: HB40 by Melissa Widen In May, the House and the Senate approved House Bill 40, which corrects three major problems in Illinois law that pose a grave threat to women’s health. Under existing state law, if Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in all 50 states, were ever to be overturned, abortion would automatically become illegal in Illinois. Women would immediately lose access to abortion care and many kinds of contraception. HB 40 repeals that law, ensuring that abortion will remain legal in Illinois regardless of any Supreme Court action. HB 40 also removes discriminatory provisions from Illinois law that deny insurance coverage for abortion to Medicaid recipients and state employees. Every woman needs to be able to make decisions about her body, her health and her family, in consultation with her doctor. Laws that restrict access to safe and affordable abortion care and contraception put women’s health and safety in danger. Women who decide that they need to end a pregnancy should not be prevented from doing so because of the type of insurance they have or who their employer is. These unfair laws discriminate against the people who have the greatest need—low-income women and young women. HB 40 will ensure that regardless of what the new Supreme Court decides in the future, abortion will remain legal in Illinois and insurance coverage for abortions will be equally available to all women. To learn more about how you can show support for HB40, visit personalpac.org. cw Melissa Widen is an attorney who specializes in commercial litigation. She is Chair of the Board of Personal PAC, a nonpartisan Illinois political action committee that raises money to elect pro-choice candidates to state and local office.

COMMUNITY GALVANIZE CHICAGO BRINGS TOGETHER WOMEN FROM ALL OVER THE CITY by K. Sujata In July, women from across the Chicago region gathered at McCormick Place for the Galvanize Chicago program to hear from local activists and elected officials, and to learn how they can take action by running for office, working on a campaign or becoming a leader in their community. Women came to Galvanize for different reasons. Some were interested in creating change through electoral politics. Others were entrepreneurs looking to start their own business. Panels featured women and men speaking on a range of topics, from health care to ending gun violence and violence against women on college campuses. It was inspiring to see women from different backgrounds and communities come together to take action. Too often, we allow difference— in background, opinion, beliefs, priorities or experience—to divide us. It is easy and more comfortable to surround yourself with people who reflect your experience, who agree with you. But this divides us into smaller and smaller bubbles. It limits our movements, and our power. Women come from every race, religion, class, sexuality, political philosophy and ethnicity. If we can learn to embrace these differences, to work through and across them, there is no limit to what we can accomplish. cw PICTURED ABOVE: LISA MADIGAN, ANNA VALENCIA WITH ATTENDEES, AND HAMILTON’S ARIANNA ASFAR.


ON THE TOWN ARTS + CULTURE

EXPLORING AMERICAN FEMALE ARTISTS AT THE UNION LEAGUE CLUB OF CHICAGO

You have probably attended an event at the Union League Club of Chicago and walked past a sculpture or painting in the lobby. But what you might not know is the Club maintains a deep and impressive art collection, including many women artists. Dr. Sally Metzler, Ph.D., ULCC Director of Art Collection, describes the wide-ranging scope of the work of the women artists in the collection: “There are 704 objects in the collection, and very close to one third of them—221 to be exact, were created by women. 58 female artists are represented in the Union League Club of Chicago’s permanent collection. The earliest work of art dates from 1891—by Elizabeth Nourse, Good Friday. The work entered the collection in 1901. The collection varies in time and style, and thus reflects the conversation of art in Chicago in general. On the ground floor of the Club, we find one of our early works by a woman who assisted Daniel Chester French with the Lincoln Memorial. The sculptor is Evelyn Beatrice Longman. She designed the sculpture of Victory, which represents the Beaux-Arts style. On the same floor, across the hall, we have a work from 2013, representing figural abstraction—Intent by Rene Romero Schuler. Impressionism, which grabbed hold of artists throughout Europe and Americas represented here by Mary Fairchild MacMonnies Low in her work Blossoming Time in Normandy (1). Expressionism and Mannerism can be witnessed in Fritzi Brod’s Katia (2). Surrealism is replete in the work of our Gertrude Abercrombie piece, her painting titled Letter from Karl (3). Photo-realism is evident in the still-life of Jeanette Sloan Pasin (4). Photography is represented by Barbara Crane (5). The history of art in Chicago is also reflected at the Club by the variety of subject matter: genre scenes, portraits, landscapes, and pure abstraction.” Learn more about the ULCC art collection at ulcc.org

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LUMINARTS SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON CHICAGO’S YOUNG ARTISTS Luminarts Cultural Foundation was created by members of the Union League Club of Chicago as a separate, not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting Chicago’s exemplary young artists through competitive programs which offer financial awards, artistic opportunities, and mentoring that bridge the gap between education and career. Cherilyn G. Murer, J.D., C.R.A., founder, President and CEO of CGM Advisory Group LLC, and a Luminarts board member, says the foundation serves to strengthens Chicago’s cultural community. “Luminarts supports emerging talent so their creative endeavors can be heard in performance halls, read within libraries and homes, and exhibited in galleries, museums, and on the walls of the Union League Club,” says Murer. cw


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THE HEALTH ISSUE

prostate cancer WOMEN AS ADVOCATES FOR MEN’S HEALTH

PROSTATE CANCER: ONE WOMAN’S STORY

“When it comes to prostate health, we women need to be vigilant for our men,” says Lori O’Connor of Plainfield, IL. At age 48, Lori’s husband was blindsided by a prostate cancer diagnosis. It is undeniable that Lori’s persistence is the main reason the cancer was found. “This is my high school sweetheart; the love of my life. I’m the gatekeeper of health care for the two of us. I know prostate cancer affects one in seven men and has no symptoms until it’s advanced.” At a meeting with a primary care physician, Lori asked the doctor to cover all bases and “throw in a PSA test,” which is not normally done for a man under 50. Later, after a high PSA (prostate-specific antigen) level was discovered, a biopsy came back negative. “It didn’t make sense,” she said. “So I pushed for more tests.” Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin, male-specific cancer in the U.S. “My husband’s cancer was caught early. I want to help raise awareness, so others can get help early too,” she said. Lori’s search for information led her to Us TOO International, a nonprofit that provides educational resources and support to the prostate cancer community at no charge. cw Lori became a volunteer for Us TOO and is currently working on promoting the13th-annual SEA Blue Chicago Prostate Cancer Walk & Run co-presented by Us TOO and UroPartners. SEA Blue takes place Sunday, September 10, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in Chicago’s Lincoln Park

breast cancer FACTS ABOUT BREAST CANCER YOU MAY NOT KNOW • Breast cancer knows no boundaries-be it age, gender, socioeconomic status or geographic location. •T  he most common risk factors for breast cancer are being female and getting older. •B  reast cancer affects more than just the patient— co-survivors (friends, family and co-workers) need support too. •M  aking healthy lifestyle choices may reduce your risk of breast cancer. •B  reast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S. accounting for 30 percent of newly diagnosed cancers in the U.S. * • I n 2017, about 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and 2,470 cases will be diagnosed in men in the U.S. *

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PCOS by Lauren Streicher, MD In the 1930’s, popular Chicago gynecologists Irving Stein and Michael Levinthal struggled with how to help patients that were unable to conceive. The observant doctors noted that a significant number of women with fertility problems shared similar traits- irregular periods, acne, and excessive facial hair. They also noted the presence of unusually large ovaries. Being bright and research oriented, they decided to take a closer look. But keep in mind, in the 1930’s, ultrasound, MRI’s and CT scans did not exist. A closer look meant surgery—major surgery. Seven of their infertile patients underwent belly button to pubic bone incisions in order to see exactly what was going on. What Drs. Stein and Levinthal found was enlarged ovaries that were loaded with dozens of pearl like cysts. Curious, they removed a large chunk of each ovary for further study. And then something unexpected happened. Their patients started to menstruate regularly and in most cases quickly conceived. Not only did they identify a new disease, they had found the cure! They published their findings in 1935 and for the next 50 years, the constellation of irregular periods, excessive hair growth, and infertility were known as Stein Levinthal Syndrome. When Dr. Levinthal died in 1971 Chicago lore has it that hundreds of grateful women showed up and sobbed at his funeral. Years later I finished my residency and joined the original Stein Levinthal practice and many of my elderly patients (with long scars on their bellies) told me firsthand how they owed their families to Dr. Levinthal. Fast forward 80 years—Stein Levinthal Syndrome is now known as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a condition that affects up to one in ten women, and fortunately, no longer requires a surgical diagnosis or treatment. To make the diagnosis of PCOS a woman must meet two out of the following three criteria and not have another condition (such as a thyroid problem) that can cause similar symptoms. • No monthly ovulation (release of an egg from the ovary) resulting in few or no periods

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•A  cne, abnormal hair growth, or a blood test that indicates elevation of androgenic (testosterone-like) hormone levels •P  olycystic ovaries identified on ultrasound Even if someone is not trying to conceive and doesn’t mind irregular periods, it’s important to make the diagnosis. When untreated, PCOS is associated with increased rates of uterine cancer, liver disease, diabetes sleep apnea, obesity, elevated cholesterol, and depression. Most gynecologists can evaluate and manage PCOS. Treatment may be as simple as taking birth control pills to regulate hormones. In some cases, other medicines may be prescribed to offset symptoms. If pregnancy is the goal, clomiphene, a common fertility treatment drug, is highly successful. Excess weight is sometimes the initiating factor that triggers PCOS so taking off any extra pounds can have a big impact. Just to be clear, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with ovaries in women who have PCOS. The ovaries are simply responding to a hormonal imbalance by forming cysts. Once PCOS is treated, ovaries have a normal appearance. So there you have it. I love that two curious Chicago docs have had such an enormous impact two generations later, and while the world knows this condition as PCOS, to me it will always be SteinLevinthal Syndrome. cw Dr. Lauren Streicher is the medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause and author of Sex Rx-Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever and The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy.

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A New Option for Women’s Health NORTHWESTERN MEDICINE CENTER FOR COMPREHENSIVE GYNECOLOGY

Facing a diagnosis of a gynecologic condition can be frightening and leave women unsure of next steps or not knowing where to turn for a second opinion. Northwestern Medicine Center for Comprehensive Gynecology opened on July 17 with a mission to promote wellness by combining education and extraordinary multi-disciplinary expertise to diagnose and treat fibroids, endometriosis, sexual disorders, menopause, and other complex conditions by utilizing minimally invasive surgery and specialized therapies. Magdy P. Milad, MD, MS is Chief, Gynecology and Gynecologic Surgery and is the Medical Director of the Center for Comprehensive Gynecology. Dr. Milad explains the purpose of the clinic is to house all the various disciplines involved in treating patients with benign, complex gynecologic conditions in one facility. “We were all doing this separately- Interventional Radiology was seeing patients at the Vein Center, I was seeing patients for surgery in the Fertility Clinic, there were other minimally

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invasive surgeons who were seeing patients in a general OB/GYN clinic and Physical Therapy had their own office off-campus. So the intent was to bring all of these disciplines together, so it was like one-stop shopping.” While the convenience of one-stop shopping might be attractive to busy professional women, Dr. Milad makes it clear that the center is not intended to replace routine visits to your own OB/GYN. “This clinic is meant to complement the care that a patient already receives from her regular doctor. It is to provide short-term, complex, high-intensity care and then send them back to their general OB/ GYN for their routine health care. Let’s say you have a woman who

has symptomatic fibroids and not really sure what to do from a fertility perspective, from a symptom perspective. She is now able to see a surgeon, someone who can provide hormonal therapies and an interventional radiologist all in the same visit, have all of her answers by the end of the day and theoretically be able to schedule her procedure before she leaves.” Ready to take charge of your own health? Dr. Milad has this advice for you to keep in mind. “I think that patients should feel empowered, they should know that there is more than one opinion. If they don’t feel comfortable with what they are hearing, they should seek out another opinion. You really have to be your own advocate.” cw

Learn more about the Center for Comprehensive Gynecology at ccgyn.nm.org

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A DVA N C E D GY N ECO L O G I C E X P E R TIS E F O R WO M E N O F A L L LI F E S TAG E S . The Northwestern Medicine Center for Comprehensive Gynecology just opened its doors in downtown Chicago. Designed to meet a woman’s unique healthcare needs, the Center combines the strength of research, education and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of complex benign gynecologic conditions for women in the Chicago area and beyond. From fibroids and endometriosis to minimally invasive gynecologic procedures, the Center offers comprehensive treatment options in one convenient location. To request an appointment, visit ccgyn.nm.org or call 312.694.6447.

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heart disease by Dr. Suzet McKinney It’s early, but some are already dubbing 2017 the Year of the Woman. The Women’s March put our issues front and center in a stunning show of solidarity from coast to coast. Even the traditionally male-dominated blockbuster movie season isn’t safe from the sisterhood. This summer, Wonder Woman broke records for its female director Patty Jenkins. Our success is no surprise. What might be surprising is that we are now the face of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women with 90 percent of us having the risk factors for cardiovascular disease or stroke, according to the American Heart Association. Though it may be daunting, the good news is there are simple steps we can each take to improve our odds.

Cardiovascular diseases and stroke cause

1 in 3

women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. An estimated

Get Moving Being physically active five times a week for 30-minute reduces your risk of not only heart disease, but diabetes and stroke. So, book a spot at hot yoga or throw on some walking shoes and move briskly around a nearby park. Of course, be sure to consult your physician prior to starting any exercise regimen.

Fork it Over Even if you’ve signed up for this year’s marathon, you’re not off the hook for improper eating. Make sure your plate reflects a balance of vegetables, fruit, grains and lean proteins, including fish and poultry.

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With the demands from work, family, and friends, it can be a challenge to stay stress-free. But consider being calm a matter of life and death. If you have trouble finding your inner Zen, sign up for meditation courses.

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for Hispanic and African-American women, killing nearly

With one woman dying of heart disease every 80 seconds, this won’t be an easy battle. But if we hold each other accountable for healthier habits, we’ll have a fighting chance. cw

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Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH is a public health expert and Executive Director at Illinois Medical District.

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A NEW APPROACH TO INTIMATE CONCERNS

AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. NICOLE WILLIAMS Dr. Nicole E. Williams is a board certified Ob/Gyn who practices Female Pelvic Medicine and is founder of The Gynecology Institute of Chicago. We spoke with her about her successful approach to vaginal health and why it has grown so much in popularity.

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FOR WHICH TYPE OF VAGINAL CONCERNS ARE PATIENTS COMING TO SEE YOU?

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The most common concerns I see in my practice are exercise-induced leakage of urine, decreased sensation, concerns about orgasm, decreased lubrication, and painful intercourse.

We are hearing so much more because women are now taking control of their sexual health. They have concerns, and are seeking answers. They are more comfortable seeking help, and we welcome the change of the new,empowered patient!

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WHAT IS THE DIVA LASER VAGINAL THERAPY?

DiVa is a quick, no downtime, non-surgical solution to those most intimate concerns such as orgasmic dysfunction, leakage of urine, decreased sensation, and painful sex. It is a paradigm shift in laser technology that uses resurfacing to improve vaginal tissue at the cellular level. It uses the body’s own ability to heal to fresh, healthier tissue can emerge.

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WHAT CAN WOMEN EXPECT WITH DIVA?

DiVa increases the elasticity, thickness, and moisture in the vaginal tissue, resulting in greater sexual satisfaction. It deeply resurfaces multiple layers of the vaginal wall, replacing them with new, healthy tissue. Diva also improves mild to moderate urinary incontinence with 3 treatments, so that when you exercise, you remain in control!

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE DIVA OVER OTHER VAGINAL LASERS ON THE MARKET?

I researched multiple types and modalities of the vaginal laser systems, asked many questions, read all the data, and talked with other physicians. DiVa simply stood out as the best laser available. With such a discerning clientele as downtown Chicago, I knew I had to offer the best.

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WHAT ABOUT COST?

When patients come in for their consultation, we can determine the cost of the treatment they require, depending on the number of treatments they will likely need. When you consider the cost of surgery compounded with lubricants or other vaginal preparations over years, we believe that DiVa is the best investment for a woman’s health she can make.

WANT TO KNOW MORE? Visit us at The Gynecology Institute of Chicago and learn how we’re different.

Nicole E. Williams, M.D., FACOG, The Gynecology Institute of Chicago, Ltd. o: 312.929.9191 c: 312.493.2500 www.gynecologyinstitute.com

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Will the Robot Hold Your Hand? by Laurie P. Barry, CFP®

Robotic financial advisory services driven by smart algorithms are pretty neat for investors who are disciplined, shun market timing and resist the urge to chase returns. We’re still looking for that perfectly rational investor. Customized asset allocations and product selections powered by higher math have convinced many investors they can manage their portfolios for a lower fee than what may be charged by financial advisory firms. “One clear advantage that advisors have over technology is that they can serve as a filter between market noise and clients. This helps clients to stay focused on their long-term objectives rather than fall into behavioral traps,” said Svetlana Gherzi, UBS US Behavioral Finance Specialist. Helping clients overcome their more emotionally-driven tendencies often demands the human touch. Chasing returns—Who hasn’t been tempted to switch out an allocation from a modest investment performer to a “home run”? Unlike an automated platform, a trusted advisor can discourage the trade by reminding the investor that what goes up must come down. “Emotions become a concern when they cause performance chasing behavior, which negatively impacts portfolio performance,” Bender said. “Chasing performance is costly.”

STAYING THE COURSE

The market is still the biggest driver of portfolio performance and when markets are entering a sell-off, the urge is to abandon ship. Left to their own electronic devices, DIY investors may move their portfolios

out of equities and into short-term instruments, hoping to stanch the bloodbath. A financial advisor can hold the investor’s hand and ride out the panic. Said Gherzi: “Staying invested and sticking to a plan continues to be the optimal strategy for investors.”

TIMING THE MARKET

Gherzi and her team used mutual fund cash flows to calculate underperformance of investor returns due to market timing. FAs help consumers build portfolios based on suitability rather than enabling them to second-guess the next high-performing sector of the market.

“Staying invested and sticking to a plan continues to be the optimal strategy for investors.”

DIVERSIFICATION

Investors may be reluctant to reduce a concentrated holding, such as an inherited block of shares. A robotic advisor won’t council an investor to let go of a sentimental attachment to securities. It takes prompting from an advisor who can understand the emotional dilemma and move the client to the “free lunch” of diversification.

HOUSEHOLDING A diligent financial advisor who interacts regularly with the client can help develop the big investment picture, like the risk and return profile of UBS Investment Insights the spouse’s investments; engage in multigenerational discussions, and focus on the values of the whole family.

—Svetlana Gherzi, UBS US Behavioral Finance Specialist

CARROTS AND STICKS FAs can

also work closely with retail investors to develop commitment devices to help investors achieve their goals. One client gave her nephew, an aspiring actor, a sum of money to invest for the longhaul but then feared he would tap into it prematurely. The advisor suggested the client “reward” the young man with small gifts to his portfolio every year he left it untouched. At year-end, he sent her a screenshot of his investment statement, proof that he had made no withdrawals. What would a robot say to that?

Laurie P. Barry, CFP®, Wealth Advisor, Vice PresidentWealth Management

This article was produced solely by Wealth Management Systems Inc. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of UBS Financial Services Inc. or any of its affiliates (together, “UBS”). Neither UBS nor any of its directors, officers, employees or agents accepts any liability for any loss or damage arising out of the use of all or any part of this article or reliance upon any information contained herein. No relationship, association, sponsorship, endorsement or affiliation is made, suggested or implied between Wealth Management Systems Inc. and its employees and UBS and/or our products or services. Wealth Management Systems Inc. and its employees are not affiliated with UBS Financial Services Inc. or its affiliates. Because of the possibility of human or mechanical error by Wealth Management Systems Inc. or its sources, neither Wealth Management Systems Inc. nor its sources guarantees the accuracy, adequacy, completeness or availability of any information and is not responsible for any errors or omissions or for the results obtained from the use of such information. In no event shall Wealth Management Systems Inc. be liable for any indirect, special or consequential damages in connection with subscriber’s or others’ use of the content. © 2017 Wealth Management Systems Inc. All rights reserved.

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WOMEN & WEALTH

BE STRATEGIC ABOUT CHARITABLE GIVING Women control an increasingly large portion of financial assets in the United States. In addition to their own earnings and their influence on their families’ outlays, women are predicted to inherit 70% of wealth passed down over the next two generations, according to the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy. By 2030, women may control some $33.5 trillion of assets in North America, and their charitable giving could reach $569.5 billion annually, according to a study by the charitable organization Women Moving Millions. Furthermore, many women give generously. One study of baby boomers showed that households headed by women were more than twice as likely to give three or more percent of their permanent income to charity than households headed by men.1

Mohini McCormick, CFP®, Christina Castrejon, CFP®, and Ian Rivero, CFP® are wealth advisors at Calamos Wealth Management. Each brings years of experience in providing comprehensive wealth management services to affluent individuals and families. Calamos Wealth Management can be contacted at 888-857-7604 or CalamosWealthManagement@calamos.com. You can also visit CalamosWealthManagement.com.

FOUR EXAMPLES OF TAX-ADVANTAGED GIVING STRATEGIES

Therefore, given women’s generosity and their increasingly significant financial resources and decision-making responsibility, it’s especially important for women to be aware of ways to maximize the impacts of their financial gifts. One of the most powerful ways to maximize charitable giving dollars is by minimizing taxes— either for yourself, the charity, or both.

Donate appreciated stock to charity. When you donate appreciated stock to charity, you benefit by taking a charitable tax deduction for the market value of the stock. Neither you nor the charity has to pay capital gains taxes. Qualified charitable distributions. You can donate distributions from a retirement account if you are over the age of 70 ½. You can donate up to $100,000 from an IRA account directly to charity.

You do not receive a tax deduction, but you will not have to pay income tax on the IRA distribution. Charitable trusts. There are a few different types of charitable trusts, each with their own specific rules. These structures generally allow you to set aside assets for one or more charities while also providing for your family. Charitable trusts also allow you to fulfill your estate planning and tax management needs.

Donor advised funds. These financial vehicles allow you to donate cash, stocks and a few other eligible securities, and be eligible for an immediate tax deduction. Regulations allow you to support any IRS qualified public charity with the money in your donor advised fund, whether immediately or over time. Meanwhile, the funds can be invested and have an opportunity to grow and make a further impact on the charity and the timing of your choosing.

WOMEN ALREADY THINK STRATEGICALLY—NOW TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL As reported in a recent study

by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute2, “High net worth women are significantly more likely to have a strategy and/ or a budget for their own giving than are men (78.4% and 71.9% for women and men, respectively).” If you have a giving strategy—or want to develop one—and would like to see how tax-advantaged options could help you support the causes you are passionate about, contact your financial professional.

Opinions and estimates offered constitute our judgment and are subject to change without notice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, accounting, legal or tax advice. We believe the information provided here is reliable, but do not warrant its accuracy or completeness. Calamos Wealth Management LLC is neither a law firm nor a certified public accounting firm and no portion of the content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. 1 Women Give 2012: New Research about Women and Giving, The Women’s Philanthropy Institute, The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. August 2012. https://scholarworks.iupui.edu/handle/1805/6339 2 How and Why Women Give: Current and Future Directions for Research on Women’s Philanthropy, The Women’s Philanthropy Institute, The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. May 2015. https://scholarworks.iupui.edu/handle/1805/6983.

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A VALUABLE CONVERSATION: TALKING ‘MONEY’ By Dr. Anne Brennan Malec, PsyD, LMFT

Resolving financial differences is one of the most challenging issues couples face. It is not uncommon for couples to avoid discussions about money prior to getting engaged or married. Some couples report dancing around the topic of money due to discomfort, embarrassment (by accrued debt or lack of savings), fear of discovering a topic of conflict, and/or seeing the topic as unromantic or even tasteless/tacky. Not knowing how to effectively talk about and resolve money issues can lead to increased stress, arguments, resentment, and dishonesty in relationships, which can ultimately lead to separation and divorce. Researchers find that about a third of adults with partners (31%) report that money is a major source of conflict in their relationships. Additionally, 77% of adults with children reported money as a very significant source of stress in their marriage, affecting family dynamics and sex lives. Although money itself can be a source of stress, it is more often the frequency of arguments about money that are cited as reasons why relationships sour. Disagreement over finances on an almost daily basis increased one’s risk of divorce by 69%, as compared with those who almost never fought about money. Some of the ways couples can more effectively talk about and resolve conflicts about money are: UNDERSTAND MONEY MESSAGES All of us pick up financial messages from our families of origin, whether we are fully conscious of them or not, and then we bring these beliefs into our relationships. Quite often these messages go unexplored and undiscussed until a financial crisis hits. Imagine a couple in which one partner was raised in a family where expenses were discussed openly, where there were limits on spending, where kids earned an allowance and were allowed to spend a percentage of it, but were also required to save a part of it for the future. The other partner in this hypothetical relationship grew up in a home where there were seemingly unlimited resources, where he or she was given a credit card and money to spend as needed, never heard his or her parents talk about money, and never had to make tough choices about purchases. This couple meets, dates, falls in love, becomes engaged, and marries. At some point in the future these different childhood money

messages will very likely create conflict and discord within their relationship. By talking about money messages, a couple can learn more about each other’s values and beliefs about money. IDENTIFY AND EXPRESS THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS RELATED TO MONEY Discussions about money can trigger feelings of judgment, anger, and control. When a partner or spouse disagrees with our personal spending or saving habits or does not place as much importance on what we value, it can feel like a personal attack and can easily lead to defensiveness. By recognizing our own thoughts and emotions about money and sharing them with our partner, we can articulate our money beliefs, expectations, and assumptions. If you expect your partner to be the main breadwinner in the family, expect to spend without every expense questioned, want to live within a budget, provide support for extended family members, take annual family vacations, aggressively save for a college fund, maximize your savings, or want to act as the family accountant or investment manager, talk about it—don’t just act it out. DISCUSS AND AGREE ON FINANCIAL GOALS Healthy relationships are fortified by having shared financial goals and communicating frequently about these goals. Research has found that couples who live within a budget, pay off credit cards in full each month, have adequate insurance, save for the future, and have an emergency fund have happier and more successful marriages. Like taking a journey together, it is important to make sure that you want to travel to the same destination and that you agree about the path and steps you are taking to get there. Additionally, it helps to have these conversations when you and your partner are relatively calm and can have a cooperative and respectful exchange that focuses on discovering and resolving areas of conflict, rather than on blaming or shaming. These are some considerations that can help you have more constructive conversations about money with your partner. If you find that you continue to have unresolved conflict or need help communicating about money, you may want to schedule time to see a financial therapist at Symmetry Counseling who can assist you in exploring your individual and shared values and setting your financial goals.

Anne Brennan Malec’s practice, Symmetry Counseling, offers a broad range of services. To learn more, please visit symmetrycounseling.com.

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I’m almost hesitant to mention this first destination! Portugal is friendly, affordable, stunningly beautiful— and undiscovered. Portugal has been an inviting destination with its comfortable weather lasting all year long, from the mainland to the islands of Madeira and the Azores. Lisbon is worthy of a stay of 2 or 3 days wandering through Alfama where inviting cafes lure you to sit with a 2 € glass of wine and an eggcustard tart. Continue on to the Algarve coast enjoying deserted beaches, hidden caves and small, simple restaurants preparing freshly caught fish. The Douro Valley is a majestic area with one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world and vineyards blanketing the hillsides down to the river. Porto has many reasons to visit— Medieval architecture, port wine lodges and extraordinary culinary offerings. There’s something for everyone in this little country— and there’s never been a better time to go.

AFRICAN SAFARI

This is the one trip that I feel should be mandatory for everyone. Whether you’re seeking to see the Big Five (lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhino), view spectacular scenery, eat authentic cuisine or experience adventure—it’s all available on a safari. There’s nothing quite like watching massive elephant herds thundering across the grasslands, spying a pride of lions lounging in the warm sun, and savoring sundowner drinks and dinner in the bush. We’ve all been intrigued with animals but seeing them in their homeland, watching them up close and at leisure, we learn so much. Words cannot describe the experience. There are the classic game drives, mountain biking, hiking, cultural exchanges, hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, wine tasting and relaxation. This is not an amenity-free trip where you’ll be roughing it! This is glamping on steroids with en suite bathrooms, verandas and sitting areas. And finally you came to Africa for the animals but you will leave in love with its people.

WELLNESS TRIP

We all travel for a number of reasons—escape, experience the unknown, learn, or to get out of our comfort zone. Now there’s another reason to travel. Wellness travel is gaining in popularity and encompasses many different things. It could be focusing on an aspect of your health that you’ve been neglecting, connecting with your spiritual self, or learning something new. There are also many ways to embark on a wellness trip. You could go on a fully planned retreat that includes daily workshops, activities, excursions and meals. Less fully planned trips could include nutrition/ cooking classes, adding one wellness activity to your vacation each day, or simply doing a digital detox! A good wellness vacation should also contain all of the other aspects of a good trip— sightseeing, trying local cuisine and interacting with locals. So does a solid break from everyday life to consciously focus on your personal development sound good? If so, contact me for information on our next group retreat.

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HEART BREAK HEALTH By Gemma Allen Breaking up can wreak havoc on your life and lifestyle. First, there’s all the emotional ups and downs. Couple that with a potential sudden need to move, concerns about finances, and the challenges of shuttling the children back and forth, and it shouldn’t be surprising that your personal health can suffer. A study in a leading healthcare journal showed that people who divorce have a higher rate of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. But there are ways to combat the mental and physical side effects of separation.

EAT A HEALTHY DIET. Start by taking care of your physical needs. Dump the comfort food and commit to a balanced diet with the requisite fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Do you really need that pizza and Prosecco?

INDULGE IN STRESS-BUSTING ACTIVITIES. Join a gym, hire a personal trainer, or take up jogging. Sign up for yoga, Taekwondo, or meditation. Try something you haven’t done before such as a book club or pottery class.

GET SOCIAL. Social support from good friends is a proven way to relieve stress. If you need something more, seek out a social worker, therapist, or a member of the clergy who can serve as a sounding board while providing valuable coping insights and mechanisms. Will you ever find love again? It may not seem so now, but people who do often regain their health and equally important, experience greater happiness…all good reasons to start taking better care of you. Gemma Allen is an experienced divorce attorney dedicated to providing the best results for families. Learn more at www.laddenallen.com or by connecting at 312-853-3000 gemmallen@laddenallen.com.

My dentist does Botox? The short answer: Yes.

I have been injecting Botox and dermal fillers in my dental practice for a few years now. The first question I almost always get is- “But aren’t you a dentist- why are you doing Botox and fillers?” To me, the answer is easy. I study the entire face when doing dentistry. I know all the muscles, nerves, and blood vessels, and how they work together in the face. TMD (temporomandubilar disorder) involves your TMJ, the joint in front of your ear, the masseter muscle on the side of your face, and the temporalis muscle extending to your temple and over your ear.  An effective way to treat clenching and grinding is with Botox—and it eliminates wearing a bulky night guard to bed and is effective during the daytime. Botox can also be used to treat migraines.  As we age, our teeth tend to collapse in toward the tongue and get crowded in the front. This combination reduces cheek and lip support, resulting in thinner lips and sunken cheeks.  Instead of correcting this with Botox and fillers, the best treatment is to restore the teeth to their original position with Invisalign. Then you have your natural support back that can be accentuated with less Botox and fillers, resulting in a very natural smile and face. Finally, a beautiful set of youthful, white veneers does not blend with a face that is droopy or wrinkled. If a woman, or man, is trying to look more fresh- a youthful smile combined with a softening of wrinkles or a lift to the cheeks looks much better and makes it harder for people to tell if and where you had work done. And the dentist can touch up your Botox or fillers at your 6 month cleaning, making it a one-stop shop. DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT DENTAL CARE THAT YOU’D LIKE TO HAVE ANSWERED IN THIS COLUMN? SIMPLY EMAIL SMILE@OZPARKFAMILYDENTAL.COM

Dr. Tiffany Jozwiak is the owner of two family dental offices, practicing in Lincoln Park and Sycamore, IL. She resides in Lincoln Park with her husband and three children.

Tiffany Jozwiak, DDS 2215 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 871-3393 smile@ozparkfamilydental.com

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LOSE WEIGHT + FEEL GREAT THIS FALL Let’s admit it…summertime was a challenge. It’s impossible sticking to a plan for any length of time. Friends got together to celebrate… well everything. Customer dinners and work happy hours were scheduled for every other night! Oh, and it was Cubs, Sox, and outdoor concert season, so how were we supposed to make healthy choices? And now that it’s Fall, the weather is getting cooler, and we’re starting to think about “comfort food”…and don’t forget the holidays will be here soon, as well. Never fear, ladies. I created Fit Foodie to help us all make better decisions on a week-to-week basis. Of course you are going to enjoy yourself during this wonderful time of the year, but don’t let the train go off the rails. At Fit Foodie, we recommend ordering at least three mornings, c h e n ’s two lunches, and two o d ie K it o F it F P ie The dinners each week. p h e rd ’s e h S n Lea That way, you know that there is top quality, delicious, and properly portioned meals and snacks ready to make your life easier. Then, all you have to do on your way out the door is open the fridge, grab your ready-to-eat Fit Foodie container, pop it in your bag, and off you go. You’ll smile all the way to work knowing that your ultimate foodgasm is only moments away! Give it a try for a few weeks, and I promise you, life will never be the same! This fall try our indulgent paleo bison shepherd’s pie on those chilly afternoons to satisfy your craving for comfort food. – Chef Shauna, Owner & Executive Chef The Fit Foodie Kitchen

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When it comes to posture, our biggest enemy is one of the most important forces in nature…gravity. While we need it to hold us on the surface of the earth, it also takes a tremendous toll on our bodies over time as it slowly compresses us down. Now add in all the sitting, flexion-focused exercise, and constantly looking down at our smart phones, and we have a recipe for accelerated disaster.

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Poor posture causes uneven wear-and-tear in our necks, shoulders, hips, and knees. It makes us slower, weaker, and less efficient during activity. But what if you could correct course and add years of feeling great for a more vibrant and active life? The TRIFACTIVE Method™ was created to solve “The Posture Problem.” By addressing the three main components that lead to the breakdown of your physical well-being, you can look AND feel your best every year of your life. Visit www.trifactive.com to learn how.

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ARTS For our Arts & Culture issue, we talk with the women leading some of Chicago’s most respected cultural institutions. They share their thoughts about the city’s place as a cultural destination and about how to make sure that all Chicagoans can enjoy the benefits of the city’s reputation as a center of creative expression. by Jennifer Smith Tapp

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ARTS & CULTURE THE LIST CAN YOU TALK A BIT ABOUT THE MISSION OF THE MCA AND ITS UNIQUE POSITION AMONG THE OTHER CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE CITY? The MCA was founded to present art and culture as it happens in real time. Previously, museums were known for showing historic works and, even then, they showed mostly traditional painting and sculpture. With the arrival of the MCA, new forms, such as photography, installation, and performance were presented to Chicago audiences for the first time. To this day, we are still at the forefront of making smart, necessary shows that really grasp how culture and art move in tandem today, whether that’s via the influence of social media or the forms of advocacy that artists take on in their respective communities.

the future is looking bright for anyone who takes the time to study art deeply and develop a voice.

and we honor that gift by naming our new restaurant after the artist! Today, the MCA is thinking globally about art and how each location gives you a different understanding of art and culture. That international perspective is so important in our shrinking world. MANY PEOPLE THINK OF CONTEMPORARY ART AS COMPLICATED­— HOW WOULD YOU ADVISE SOMEONE TO FULLY APPRECIATE IT? I think all art is complicated but, as a culture, we tend to trust ourselves with older work because someone has already told us that it is beautiful and important. I always tell people to take time to look and to learn to trust themselves when they encounter a work of art. Trust what you see and feel. Try to look at an artwork the way you would look at a simple machine and ask yourself: What is this made from? How did the artist put this together? What would it feel like to the touch? Does it remind you of anything? Is this a surprising use of materials? Mostly importantly, I encourage people to ask themselves: What is happening to me as I see this work? What am I doing with my body? What am I thinking about and feeling? There are no right answers, the only thing any artwork wants is for people to take the time to see it, even if you don’t like it!

THE MCA CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR. WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE MUSEUM DURING THE PAST 50 YEARS? The first things that changed from our founding moment is that we started a permanent collection though, when the MCA opened, it wasn’t intended to hold any work permanently. That all changed when the savvy Pop artist, Marisol, gifted a work to the MCA

TALK ABOUT YOUR ROLE AT THE MCA AND ABOUT ACHIEVING DIVERSITY AT ARTS INSTITUTIONS.

I consider my job as acting as a translator between an artist and their audiences. As such, I present artworks and writings in a way that let artists’ unique and unconventional ideas come to life. At the same time, I have a personal history as a woman of color and I have a perspective as someone from this city, who is interested in the performing arts and international culture. Curators must bring an individual perspective to the way we look at artworks, contemporary or historic. I know that there are audiences who share my perspective and the more those audiences see me or their world and their point of view in the museum, the more they will feel welcome in the space. As for diversifying leadership in the field, happily, most institutions realize that if they don’t diversify, they will become irrelevant. Happily, the future is looking bright for anyone who takes the time to study art deeply and develop a voice. cw

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WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE COSTUME COLLECTION OF THE CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM? The mission of the Chicago History Museum is simple; it is to share Chicago’s stories. The mission of the costume collection is to support the Museum’s mission by utilizing our renowned fashion and textile collection in the interpretation, exhibition, and publication of our holdings as well as to engage the public through research visits, tours, lectures, programming or digital media. The Chicago History Museum is a leader in the documentation and interpretation of the history and the art of fashion. Materials include work by distinguished designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Gabrielle Chanel, Mainbocher, Charles James, Christian Dior, Norman Norell, Geoffrey Beene, Pauline Trigère, Yves Saint Laurent, Hanae Mori, Halston, Gianni Versace, and Christian Lacroix—to just name a few. Historic garments also represent the dressmakers, milliners, retailers, and manufacturers who made Chicago their home. Collection materials include clothing worn by former presidents and first ladies, sports stars, celebrities, and other luminaries, as well as by everyday Chicagoans. Together, these materials—both exceptional and commonplace—reflect the history of Chicago as

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The Museum acquires about 99 percent of our objects through donation. I also try to keep an eye out on whose work might represent contemporary design coupled with a greater Chicago story. For instance, the Museum just acquired the “M2057 GANG: Reveal, Architecture of the Body” collection created by Maria Pinto for the first Chicago Architecture Biennale (CAB). The collection was inspired by the work of Chicago-based architect Jeanne Gang, with photography by Sandro Miller. This collection perfectly highlights the work of three successful artists who contribute to the city independently and, represents the city’s first Architecture Biennale. WHAT IGNITED YOUR INTEREST IN FASHION? I’ve always been interested in the way people dress, even as a child. This fascination only grew stronger as I grew older. I am captivated by the manners in which people choose to adorn themselves and by the act of getting dressed. Fashion can express and illustrate a great deal about a culture, a time and/or one’s self-identity. WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE MOST SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT THE COSTUME COLLECTION?  I think people are first surprised that we have a fashion collection—it is one of the largest and most diverse in the country. Typically collections like ours are not as prevalent in the setting of a social history museum, but rather in art museums. . CAN YOU GIVE US A SNEAK PEEK OF WHAT IS IN STORE FOR 2018?  The next big costume exhibition will open in spring 2019. At this point, I am in the research and development phase, it will definitely be a Chicago story that will use our collection in new and exciting ways. Now we are mounting two major shows which highlight other areas of the Museum’s collection in 2018—one will feature modern decorative and industrial design made in Chicago in the 1930s, and the other, the history of Chicago blues. cw


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BARBARA GAINES,

FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER

EXPLAIN HOW THE THEATER MAKES SHAKESPEARE’S WORK LESS INTIMIDATING. We believe Shakespeare can speak to everyone, because we all share common human experiences—of joy, of heartbreak, of jealousy, of love. And if we do our job really well as storytellers, you can come to Chicago Shakespeare and see Twelfth Night or Troilus and Cressida and understand every moment of the story without ever having read those plays—the audience will have everything they need…just come on in and you’ll be surprised And through our education programs, we work to ensure that students and teachers engage in the plays in ways that are fun and active and creative. The students who come here to experience a performance write letters telling us it’s their favorite school trip of the year, so we know that we touch their hearts. By reaching those students and teachers, we’re connecting with the next generation of theatergoers and making sure this work lives on for generations to come. HOW IS CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER COMMITTED TO ACCESSIBILITY? Most important is just that—access. There are a lot of people in Chicago who don’t want to come downtown.

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This is why we began the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program six years ago. We tour a 75-minute production to parks across the city on the south, west and north sides—all completely free. We bring the show right into people’s own neighborhood parks, so there is no barrier to access. There’s no better way to build community feeling and friendships than sharing a performance. HOW DID THE ALL-FEMALE VERSION OF THE TAMING OF THE SHREW COME ABOUT? I thought we needed the women’s point of view on The Taming of the Shrew—with a woman’s perspective on masculinity, and the idea of males wanting to tame the females. So I set it in Chicago in 1919, in the summer where women were struggling to get the vote. There’s so much comedy, and so much drama—and we all connect to it because the arc of our lives revolves around growth and change. And this is the story about how Petruchio and Katherine change in The Taming of the Shrew, and also about how these women are affected by the sweeping changes of history. And this idea would not have become a reality without the phenomenal ensemble of talented women in the cast; and the brilliant comic writer Ron West, who is creating the additional text about the story of these women Suffragettes and their personal lives. cw

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CEO, AUDITORIUM THEATRE OF ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY

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WHAT IS THE ROLE THAT AUDITORIUM THEATRE PLAYS IN THE CULTURAL SCENE OF THE CITY? The Auditorium has a legacy like no other theatre in the country. The theatre marked Chicago’s emergence as the leading city of the Midwest and as a metropolis of international stature. Since its inception, it was host to a wide variety of performing arts and events including opera, ballet, symphony orchestras, drama, political gatherings, circuses, and even bowling lanes. Today, as The Theatre for the People, we focus our presentations on a variety of diverse music, dance, and the spoken word (no lions, tigers, or bears!). Chicagoans have a deep love for the theatre and share fond memories made within its gilded walls. WITH SUCH A LONG HISTORY, TELL US A FEW THINGS ABOUT THE THEATRE THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW.  I am amazed at how much there is to discover about the Auditorium Theatre! Here are just a few gems:

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In 1886, Marshall Field I became the first Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Auditorium Association. Booker T. Washington spoke at the Auditorium on October 16, 1900 on behalf of his beloved school, Tuskegee Institute. During World War II the Theatre became a servicemen’s center for GIs passing through Chicago, and the stage area was converted into a bowling alley! Over a million GIs slept, ate, and were entertained at the Auditorium Building. CAN YOU DISCUSS THE DIVERSITY ELEMENT OF THE MISSION OF AUDITORIUM THEATRE THE NEED TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO QUALITY CULTURAL PROGRAMMING?? We are committed to presenting work that celebrates the diversity of our city. As a cultural leader in Chicago, it is also crucial that we create opportunities to make arts experiences accessible for everyone. cw


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AKILAH HALLEY

DEPUTY DIRECTOR, MARWEN

WHAT WAS YOUR JOURNEY FROM MARWEN STUDENT TO YOUR NEW ROLE AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR? During my senior year at Marwen, I was introduced to product design as a college focus and career. I went on to receive my BFA in industrial design and MDes in design planning. Leveraging the artistic process with design thinking methodologies, I was committed to bringing this approach to the nonprofit and civic space. Although I began my professional stint by starting my own design firm, I truly launched my career in education reform by designing community outreach strategies and materials for district-wide new public school development initiatives. Building on education reform, I then designed marketing strategies and materials for arts education integration in school environments and local advocacy. It was during this time that I began to connect the dots of my passion for youth development, with arts and education as vehicles, with my experiences at Marwen. During this time I became an active volunteer guest speaker and alumna as well as novice donor. With my affinity and value for the critical work Marwen does, I joined their Board of Trustees serving in various capacities as a Paintbrush Ball Co-Chair, Campaign Committee Member, and most recently Program Committee Co-Chair and Executive Committee member. As the needs of the organization evolved and after a successful capital campaign, it became clear that there was a need to expand executive leadership. I accepted the offer and know my experiences as a student, alum, and trustee complement my professional journey in a way that not only yields a different type of investment in the work—it authentically brings everything full circle. WHAT DID MARWEN MEAN TO YOU AS A STUDENT? Marwen was the instrument that allowed me to find my path in life. Prior to Marwen I always gravitated toward the arts, the coursework at Marwen introduced me to new mediums like murals, oil painting, graphic design, and product design. At Marwen I was valued as a young professional artist and introduced to career pathways in the arts. My experiences instilled a

sense of confidence and dedication that I could actually build my life’s journey around the arts. Not only was I able to hone artistic skills; but I also developed entrepreneurial and life preparation skills. WHY IS ARTISTIC EXPRESSION SO IMPORTANT TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN AND TEENS? Artistic expression is a not only an essential developmental tool for young people, confidence is built, self awareness is strengthened, tolerance is embraced, determination is celebrated, problem solving is elevated, collaboration is encouraged. All of these are elements of holistic youth development with art as the mechanism for doing so. WHAT ROLE DOES MARWEN PLAY IN FOSTERING CIVIC ENGAGEMENT? We create opportunities for young people to invest and engage in their futures by providing experiential pathways and skills to make their mark in the world. It is important for all young people, from every corner of Chicago, to find their own artistic voice and realize their own potential. This is most critical for those who come from under-resourced communities and schools. Through the student’s art, making a sense of empowerment is awakened and consciousness about the world around them is developed. The capabilities of our young people are boundless; and we must provide access to these opportunities to bring their talents to light. cw

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A DAY WITH FAWZIA MIRZA

Fawzia Mirza is an actor, writer, producer and comedian whose mission is to use comedy to break down stereotypes regarding race, gender, class and religion. Her first feature film Signature Move, premiered at SXSW in March and has been screened at more than 30 festivals since. Here, she gives us a peek into one of her busy days in Chicago. by Kate Baratta

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7:00 A.M. I’m low maintenance in the morning. I sometimes wake up with bright red lipstick on my face. That’s a goodbye kiss from my girlfriend. I always check emails and social media first thing. I make a chia almond shake and take my turmeric and B12 supplements before I go to the gym at Soho House. I catch up on Scandal while on the elliptical. There’s so much great content out there— as a creator you have to be on the pulse of creation. 9:30 A.M. After my workout, I go to the fifth floor to work for a couple of hours. I like to have the right energetic space—something small that feels like it’s not made for a large man. I answer emails and revise my artist statement for a screenwriting lab. I listen to acoustic covers on Spotify, such as Wrecking Ball. 11:30 A.M. I have lunch with Jack Newell, who runs the Harold Ramis Film School. We meet at Green Street Smoked Meats for a development session to work on a new feature film we’re co-creating. We indulge in a whiskey drink and the best pickles in the city. 3:30 P.M. When I get home, I put on American Gods in the background while I work on a treatment for a docuseries called Two Lesbians in Search of America.

My guilty snack is Goldfish crackers and a shot of apple cider vinegar. If I feel midday tired, I’ll do a handstand against the wall. 6:00 P.M. I take a Divvy bike to Andersonville to the home of Dr. Aymar Jean Christian, who runs Open TV in Chicago and is an Assistant Professor at Northwestern. During the ride, I FaceTime with my hijab-wearing mom. I’m wearing my signature wedge tennis shoes because otherwise I’m too short to reach the bike pedals. Aymar has gathered all these wonderful femme and women of color filmmakers together for dinner to talk, collaborate and open each other’s brains to connect and make more stuff together. 9:30 P.M. I hop in a Lyft home where my girlfriend is waiting up for me because she’s going to help me pack for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival the next day. Before bed, my sleep cocktail is a pastille (gummies that help you relax and sleep), a 5-HTP to get my brain back in order, and ashwagandha and magnesium supplements. I kiss my girlfriend Kate Baratta goodnight. cw

Catch the week-long theatrical run of Signature Move at the Music Box Theatre starting Sept. 28, including special events and appearances by the actors.

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: KATE KIERNAN, TONYA GROSS, LAUREN MARKT AND ADILAH MUHAMMAD


Chicago is no Second City when it comes to fashion. Get inspired for fall with looks from some of the city’s most talented designers, all poised to make a name for themselves for many seasons to come.

by Jennifer Smith Tapp

Tonya Gross Executive Director, Chicago Fashion Incubator with designers from CFI current class KATE KIERNAN WULFKA, WULFKA.COM LAUREN MARKT SYL MARKT, SYLMARKT.COM ADILAH MUHAMMAD ADILAH M, ADILAHM.COM

The Chicago Fashion Incubator is an established 501(c)3 formed to support the business of fashion in Chicago through a two-year Designer in Residence (DIR) program as well as free and low-cost public workshops and networking events. We are proud of the accomplishments of the nearly 50 designers that have gone through the DIR program since its inception, including Katelyn Pankoke (Elaya Vaughn, Seasons 11 & 12 of Project Runway), Eric Kipp (Eric Kipp Custom Clothiers), and Christina Karin (C/FAN.) Our current DIR are finishing samples for Spring Summer 2018 and preparing for Fall Winter 2017 trunk shows. Information about where to find their collections, the 2018 DIR program, and upcoming public programs can be found at chicagofashionincubator.org.

Jacket by Rakan Shams Aldeen, skirt by Lagi Nadeau, and necklace by Betsy Tanner Designs for Macy’s.

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Photography by Kirsten Miccoli Photography Hair and Makeup by Rachael Heimbuch, Torie Conn (makeup), and Shoshana Zacharias on behalf of Make Up First, LLC

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Rakan Shams Eldeen rakanshamsaldeen.com THIS COLLECTION’S INSPIRATION. I get inspired by everything surrounding me! Architecture, art, personal experiences, everything moves me from inside. ON BEING A FASHION DESIGNER IN CHICAGO. I’m new to the city but from my small experience I can say that the city has great potential, however it is missing some small elements that could help it grow; like more trade shows, suppliers and of course, more support for talented designers to help give the city more attention from the fashion industry. FELLOW LOCAL DESIGNER YOU ADMIRE. Mira Couture FALL FASHION INVESTMENT. A big, well-designed coat, it’s cold out there!

Shernett Swaby Swaby, shernettswaby.com THIS COLLECTION’S INSPIRATION. My collection is inspired by bubbles this season. This collection brings me back to when I was a little girl and I would play in the SHERNETT SWABY backyard and blow bubbles toward the sky. It brings me back to a time of free spirit and youthful playfulness when I didn’t quite take myself so seriously. CHICAGO AS A FASHION CENTER. My experience as a designer in Chicago has been very positive and rewarding. I moved to here in 2009 and there was outpouring of support—I was instantly accepted as a designer to watch. I love Chicago and wherever I travel to around the world I feel like Chicago will always be home. To maintain most of its home grown talent, Chicago needs to invest in a fashion week to coincide with the international fashion weeks to be viewed as one of the fashion capitals of the world. FELLOW LOCAL DESIGNER YOU ADMIRE. J. Toor menswear collection FALL FASHION INVESTMENT. The Swaby Flower Vest Dress.

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Shruti Kirti shrutikirti.com THIS COLLECTION’S INSPIRATION. The most inspiring thing about my collection is the woman who wears it. I look at her life, her daily routine, and try to design garments that will enhance her day-to-day through my collection. ON BEING A FASHION DESIGNER IN CHICAGO. My experience as a fashion designer in Chicago started out as a student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was a rigorous, creative environment. Since graduating I have found a lot of support from individuals that care about design that is unique yet wearable. CHICAGO AS A FASHION CENTER. I really enjoy going to fabric and trim shows in New York, and as much as I enjoy the travel, I always think how great it would be if Chicago had that level of a set up once or twice a year. FALL FASHION INVESTMENT. My Black and White Slit Elbow dress because the silhouette is timeless, the color combination is flattering, and it transitions easily from dress to dinner.

Chelli Look CHC, shopchc.com THIS COLLECTION’S INSPIRATION. This collection was named after dawn and dusk because our approach to design is seasonless with consistency and longevity in mind. ON CHICAGO’S FASHION INDUSTRY. In order to retain more of its homegrown design talent, Chicago needs designers who are actually committed and passionate. Committed to being a Chicago designer, pouring into the community, building a presence here. And passionate about their craft. Fame is fleeting, money comes and goes, but an artist focused on cultivating their craft and finding where their creative stirrings fit within the market will grow. FELLOW LOCAL DESIGNER YOU ADMIRE. Alex Carter is imaginative and embodies something passionate. Amy Mokris of LeCoeur Watches—there is substance to her brand. FALL FASHION INVESTMENT. A leather backpack. It’s time to invest in something that you expect a return on; leather does just that. Longevity in materials and design.

Anadil Johnson Neval, nevalstyle.com THIS COLLECTION’S INSPIRATION. The first Monarch Collection launched in June and features bomber jackets and long, skinny scarves made out of custom Jamdani— an ancient form of tapestry weaving— fabric sourced from my birthplace of Bangladesh. Only royalty in India could afford this luxurious fabric, which inspired the name for the Monarch Collection. ON BEING A FASHION DESIGNER IN CHICAGO. For a modern, sustainable luxury brand like Neval that honors quality craftsmanship, Chicago is the perfect place to design and manufacture our collection. Resources for small production runs are open to working with emerging designers, the Midwestern work ethic aligns with quality products that are made to last. FELLOW LOCAL DESIGNER YOU ADMIRE. I really admire designer Maria Pinto and the fact that she built her fashion empire right out of Chicago. FALL FASHION INVESTMENT. Invest in a key transitional piece that will carry your wardrobe into the colder months­special statement pieces that have versatility.

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Elena Bobysheva elenabobysheva.com THIS COLLECTION’S INSPIRATION. My Fall 2017 collection was inspired by Russian high-society in the early 19th century—their mannerisms, decadence, and social gatherings. The textiles are a nod to that old world and modernized by contemporary silhouettes and proportions. ON BEING A FASHION DESIGNER IN CHICAGO. I think you just have to stick to what you believe and go your own path without relying on outside sources for your success. If there are limited opportunities, make your own. FALL FASHION INVESTMENT. A quality dress that you can wear to the theatre, dinner parties, or holiday galas; and a classically tailored long coat such as The ElenaBobysheva Lace Flute dress pictured below on Arnela. *Hair and make up by EmasMakeup

Idrine Bishweka ibishweka.net THIS COLLECTION’S INSPIRATION. The perception of beauty and feminism in different cultures around the world is what inspires my collection. CHICAGO AS A FASHION DESIGNER. We do our product development and production here in Chicago. It has been an adventure! It is not like New York City—you need to work hard to find good resources, important connections, and the right people for your team to be successful. CHICAGO AS A FASHION CENTER. Chicago needs more popular fashion shows with small and prominent designers. Also, more resources such as fabric stores, manufacturers, and media-oriented entities would be impactful. FELLOW LOCAL DESIGNER YOU ADMIRE. Maria Pinto, M2057—the fabric, the color and the beautiful silhouettes.

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FALL FASHION INVESTMENT. A dress or jacket that best accentuates her individual style. For example, the Idrine Bishweka Kabaziga dress jacket­—it’s versatile, you get a dress and jacket in one. cw


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FASHION X CHICAGO OCTOBER 11, 2017 6 PM–8PM REVEL MOTOR ROW

Celebrating and supporting Chicago’s fashion industry with a one-day showcase and cocktail reception benefiting the Chicago Fashion Incubator. IDRINE BISHWEKA

TICKETS GO ON SALE SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 CHICAGO-WOMAN.COM/CFI

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Anna Brown anna-brown.com THIS COLLECTION’S INSPIRATION. My inspiration often starts with three elements that define the collection: a menswear or historical uniform reference, a color story that has caught my eye, and an architectural element drawn from the urban landscape, or from whatever visual art or film I’m interested in at the moment. The Fall/Winter ‘17 collection was influenced strongly by the 1968 Cuban film Memories of Underdevelopment and the actress Daisy Granados, who is captivating.

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CHICAGO AS A FASHION CENTER. We need to continue to build our community. We have enormous talent here, and we need to continue to find interesting ways to collaborate. FELLOW LOCAL DESIGNER YOU ADMIRE. I can’t possibly pick one. Chicago has such huge talent, and I’m proud to live and work here in such good company. FALL FASHION INVESTMENT. My garnet-red wide-legged Petra pants! You knew I’d say that.

Lagi Nadeau laginadeau.com THIS COLLECTION’S INSPIRATION. The reduced color palette, bold shapes and elegance of Japanese artist Kiyoshi Saito’s woodblock prints inspired my fabric selections and silhouettes for fall. The color palette ranges from shades of red, white, black, brown and green. Lightweight metallics, structured outerwear, and textures deeply reflect the inspiration of this season. CHICAGO AS A FASHION CENTER. Our fashion community in Chicago is building and growing which makes for an exciting time, but it also has its challenges. I’ve seen it happen again and again, a talented designer who leaves Chicago because there are other cities with stronger platforms and partnerships to promote their cities fashion and retail community. Production can be challenging as well, it has taken me time to find resources here and I still travel to New York from time to time for some of my production needs.

FELLOW LOCAL DESIGNER YOU ADMIRE. Andrea Reynders is the design director of Chicago Fashion Incubator and has been a mentor to me. She is brilliant and her collection reflects that. Her thoughtful designs in beautiful textiles and silhouettes get me every time! FALL FASHION INVESTMENT. I love a good sweater dress. One of my favorite styles this season is our Shelby dress in a rich oxblood color, fabricated in an Italian textured knit. It’s my go-to for fall because it’s the perfect combination; it feels cozy like pajamas while looking really chic. CHICAGO AS A FASHION CENTER. We need to continue to build our community. We have enormous talent here, and we need to continue to find interesting ways to collaborate.

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With over 300 million unused shipping containers sitting in landfills, it’s no wonder they are finding a second life at the hands of architects and designers. Shipping containers are like building blocks that can be used for small homes or within larger spaces. Even if you are not in the market for buliding out a home, these principles can be applied by incorporating unexpected re-used, recycled and re-imagined materials into your home and life.

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3 SIGNATURE BRACELET BRIGHT COBALT BLUE Handmade in Chicago, dyed leather mixed with marine grade stainless steel shackle combines unexpected materials. $40, nyetjewelry.com

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4 MALORT LIQUEUR SOY CANDLE Empty bottles from Chicagoland bars find new purpose as candles. Various scents and bottle types available. $30, reuse-first.com 5 RAINIER ZIP TOP SHOULDER BAG Made of reclaimed bicycle inner tubes, this carry-all tote offers plenty of space for those who need to plan for a full day of adventures or a weekend trip. $90, alchemygoods.com 6 VINTAGE INDUSTRIAL FACTORY CART Functional Industrial factory cart on wheels. Original red and black paint surface. Great workspace or small desk. $800, 1stdibs.com

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EXPERIENCE FOOD LIKE NEVER BEFORE! FO L LOW T HE SHOW ktofoodcarnival.com @ktofoodcarnival

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making waves This fall, we are inspired by the sculptural lines and ripple effect of the Aqua Tower, designed by Jeanne Gang-led Studio Gang Architects. The neutral tones punctuated by shocks of blue is a chic, understated color palette that works for both work and play. by Katie Schuppler

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PAYING IT FORWARD: WHITNEY’S WOMEN TO RECOGNIZE OCTOBER AS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH, WE SAT DOWN WITH A WOMAN WHO CAN SPEAK TO BOTH OF THESE EXPERIENCES. MEET

Jennifer Welch THE NEW CEO OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD IL. Interview by Whitney Reynolds TELL US ABOUT YOUR BEGINNINGS WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD. I’ve always been passionate about equality and activism, one of my first roles as an activist was as a Planned Parenthood intern in the 1980s. Planned Parenthood taught me the importance of women having access to healthcare and the freedom to make their own decisions about their bodies. I was so excited about this work as an intern that I transitioned to a full-time staff member a few months into my internship. And, now I’m back! WHAT ARE YOU GOALS FOR YOUR FIRST YEAR AS CEO OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF ILLINOIS? I am committed to maintaining Illinois as an oasis for reproductive healthcare in the Midwest. Planned Parenthood of Illinois served more than 60,000 patients last year, providing preventative healthcare to women and men

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across our state, I want to make sure anyone who needs our services is able to get them. I am inspired and motivated by patients, staff, and supporters who are speaking up to about Planned Parenthood and the important role it has played in their lives. WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THE ISSUE OF FUNDING? The attacks on Planned Parenthood are about blocking patients who rely on Medicaid, or other federal health programs, from coming

to Planned Parenthood for care. Planned Parenthood doesn’t get a huge check from the federal government, we are reimbursed for preventative health services just like any other healthcare provider. None of these federal funds are used for abortion care due to a discriminatory law called the Hyde amendment. OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. DOES PLANNED PARENTHOOD PROVIDE SERVICES IN THIS AREA? As the nation’s leading provider of women’s healthcare,

YOUR DREAM DINNER PARTY who would it be at the table? Michelle Obama, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Chimamanda Adichie, because I’ve just completed her book Dear Ijeawele. Plus my nieces Mikayla and Elizabeth, so we could have a multi-generational discussion about the challenges and potential of women at this particular time in history.

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Planned Parenthood understands that women can put off cancer screenings due to time, cost, anxiety, or not knowing when they’re due for a screening. We make sure patients understand the latest recommendations for maintaining their breast health and provide lifesaving cancer screenings. TELL US ABOUT YOUR HISTORY WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. I started working with domestic violence survivors almost 30 years ago when I was in college, volunteering for the Illinois Clemency Project for Battered Women. After completing law school I continued working in the domestic violence movement, including nearly a decade at the

helm of the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network. I had been working in this field for many years when my husband physically abused me. When my abuser literally threw me out our back door and I slammed down the porch, I realized he was going to kill me one day. I share my story about abuse to let people know that domestic violence can happen to anyone, and victims should not be afraid or ashamed to reach out for help. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? Helping people. I’ve dedicated my whole career to working in the public sector, in nonprofit and government roles, working to empower women. Also, I was

raised by a strong woman who always said to me, “You only regret the things you do not try.” I work out and bicycle around the city to help stay balanced and motivated. I love riding through Chicago’s various neighborhoods, and I’m halfway through a quest to bicycle tour each of Chicago’s 77 community areas. cw

For more interviews, watch the new fall season of The Whitney Reynolds Show on Lakeshore PBS, Mondays at 6:30 PM or visit whitneyreynolds.com.

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SOCIAL SCENE EVERSIGHT ILLINOIS 70TH ANNIVERSARY July 26, 2017, The Peninsula Chicago Co-chaired by Candace Jordan and Michael Caputo, this celebration benefited Eversight Illinois, an organization dedicated to restoring sight and preventing blindness through the healingpower of donation, transplantation and research. FROM TOP LEFT: ANDREA ANTONIOU AND RUDY ZAVALA • CO-CHAIRS CANDACE JORDAN AND MICHAEL CAPUTO • CLAUDINE TAMBUATCO AND ALEX DEMERS • DIANE HOLLINGSWORTH, MICHAEL CAPUTO, MARY ANN ROSE AND HEINZ KERN

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UNICEF HOPE GALA April 29, 2017, The Geraghty Caryl Stern, President and CEO, US Fund for UNICEF, addressed the guests and posed with Beth McCostlin, Midwest Regional Managing Director and Casey Marsh, Vice President, Regions-West, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, as well as board chairs Gala Committee member Amy Brown and Gala Chair JohnLuce.


SOCIAL SCENE SHEDD AQUARIUM’S BLU July 29, 2017, The Shedd Aquarium Shedd Aquarium’s Auxiliary Board hosted their signature summer bash, BLU, which drew about 800 of Chicago’s philanthropists and social leaders and raised $400,000. This year’s event supported conservation initiatives, such as the recent Shedd the Straw campaign and launch of the Aquarium Conservation Partnership.

Performance by Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra

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ZOO BALL 2017 July14, 2017, Lincoln Park Zoo The Women’s Board of Lincoln Park Zoo hosted an African safari themed evening for the 40th Annual Zoo Ball: The Mane Event to benefit the new state-of-the-art visitor center. The event raised more than $1.4 million. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: BIFF BOWMAN, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES; MARY PEARLMAN, ZOO BALL 2017 CO-CHAIR (WILMETTE); CAROLINE HUEBNER, WOMEN’S BOARD PRESIDENT; SHAWN SANDOR, ZOO BALL 2017 CO-CHAIR (WILMETTE); KEVIN BELL, LINCOLN PARK ZOO PRESIDENT AND CEO • SARAH BEARDSLEY, WOMEN’S BOARD MEMBER, DEB GROSS, AND KARYN PETTIGREW PHOTO CREDIT: JOHN REILLY.

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Meals for Moms MaMeal, a meal service for new moms, is inspired by ancient Chinese customs that includes antioxidant filled teas paired with nutrient-rich meals to nourish new mothers and help the healing process. The service provides three plans: Nursing, Chinese Postpartum and Stay Fit. Order at foodformommy.com Women Artists Rediscovered Throughout the history of art, women have often been ignored. Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists, by Chicago-based writer Donna Seaman, explores the lives of female artists, such as Harlem Renaissance artist Lois Malliou Jones. $35, womenandchildrenfirst.com

Clinique + Jonathan Adler

You may not be able to live Jonathan Adler’s jet-set lifestyle, but at least you can grab a little bit of it for yourself with his new, limited edition Clinique + Jonathan Adler collection of makeup. Adler says “The collection is crisp, it’s colorful, it’s luminous, it’s bright and it’s like a little getaway to the most glamorous place you’ve ever imagined.” Available at Clinique counters and at clinique.com

SELA Fit Sometimes, starting the journey to weight loss can be intimidating. Using her own experience as inspiration, Jenny Gresla’s SELA Fit is a workout line for women who want to be confident during their exercise routine. $5.00 from every SELA Fit top sold goes directly to Girls in the Game. Shop online at selafit.com Eat Local If you aren’t always able to make it to your local weekly farmer’s market to support area growers, check out Here, a Chicago-based clean-label line of coldpressed juices, dips and dressings featuring produce from Midwestern farms. We are partial to the Basil White Bean dip with basil from a farm in Indiana. Learn more at here.co 70

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It’s hard to talk about, but if you suffer from pelvic floor disorders or symptoms such as incontinence, bowel control or prolapse, we’re ready to help. Northwestern Medicine Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Surgery staffed by Northwestern Medicine Group physicians bring together a transdisciplinary approach to pelvic floor disorders in one convenient location. With the help of our highly skilled, nationally recognized physicians, you’ll find the personalized transdisciplinary team, call 312.694.PFDS (7337) or visit urogynecology.nm.org.

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