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contents VOLUME 4, ISSUE 9




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Best of 2013 28 Entertainment 29 Food 30 Beauty 31 Fitness 32 Home & Design 33 Shopping & Services 34 Fashion 35 Travel & Tech 36 Kids 37 Pets & Local Sites 38 Winners’ Directory By Julie Chernoff, Christy Coughlin, Kelly Konrad, Evangeline Politis, Lindsay Roseman and Kristina Tober







ArtPrize The World’s Largest Art Competition By Karen Gentry 10 Worst iPhone Apps For Teens By Laura Hine The Art of the Mix By Tate Gunnerson Fashion Education By Evangeline Politis Summer Cocktailing By Julie Chernoff

on our cover Love’s Frozen Yogurt Photo by Kimberly Carroll

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guide to aging well


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A Bench for Every Room By Kristina Tober

a better you

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It’s in the Bag By Jessica Suss Wisconsin Weekend: Devil’s Lake for Climbing and Hiking By Laura Hine Best Times to Buy Stuff By Meghan Streit

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How Sizzling Couples Keep Sex Hot By Marjie Killeen


dining and entertainment


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Understanding Senior Living on its Own Terms By Stuart Greenblatt

get online


editor’s letter


you said it




new in the northern suburbs


make it better column


recommended events


events listing


give time, give things, give support


closing thoughts

Carrying forward the best of magazine

Continuing Care Facilities Retirement Communities Assisted Living Facilities Nursing Home Facilities Home Health & Hospice Facilities Options for Adult Children Caring for an Aging Parent By Shannan Younger New Caregiver Checklist: Create a Patient File

Soul-Nourishing Fusion Cuisine At Earth + Ocean Food and Drink By Julie Chernoff

make a difference

You’re a Quick Read By Kelly Konrad

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Better Makers and Their Impact Living Their Faith: the Secret Behind Family Empowerment Centers By Susan B. Noyes

MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Make It Better is to be the most-trusted, easiestto-use community resource and magazine that helps you make your life, and the lives of others, better.

Make It Better North Shore (ISSN No. 2151-0431) is published 12 times per year by Make It Better LLC, 588 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL 60093. Phone: 847.256.4642. Copyright 2013 by Make It Better LLC. All rights reserved. Application to Mail at Periodicals Rates is pending at Wilmette, IL and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Make It Better, 588 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL 60093. Make It Better is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Copyright 2013 by Make It Better LLC. All rights reserved.

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great lake vacation in northern michigan

Savor the last days of summer with a weekend trip up north. With 35 miles of pristine Lake Michigan coastline, secluded beaches and scenic overlooks, you’ll think you’ve landed in the Caribbean—without the hassles of boarding a plane.


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Summer meal idea: vegetable risotto

what’s hot on calling all nonprofit organizations! It’s not too late to get online and nominate your favorite nonprofit (or your own!) for our 2013-2014 Make It Better Philanthropy Awards! To nominate an org you love or to apply on behalf of your own, visit  MAKEITBETTER.NET/AWARDS


Take a Hike: Best Hiking Trails Near the North Shore MUSIC

Warm-Weather Workout Playlist

What’s the deal with CC cream? Click to find out what they do and which ones are worth trying.


Hook Ups: A Girl’s Perspective on Teen Dating RECIPES

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summer sunglasses shopping guide Is your old pair of sunnies about to bite the dust? End the season with the purchase of a stylish new pair. We found the best of the best in every style and price point.  MAKEITBETTER.NET/SUNGLASSES


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These 6 books are the perfect summer beach reads!

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make it better on the iPad We’ve loaded our app with interactive features, including videos and photo galleries. Just a few tips: • It’s a lot of data, so it’s best to download it where you have a WiFi signal • It takes a minute or two to download even with a good signal • We’re a new app on the iTunes store, so we’d love a positive review! This month’s iPad exclusive articles: ë Extended Fashion: More Back to School Looks ë Milk-Free Milk: A Guide to Dairy Alternatives ë Buttermilk Corn Muffins with Fresh Strawberries ë August Movies: Bromances

download Download our free iPad app today at MAKEITBETTER.NET/IPAD

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all the best b y K e l ly K o n r a d

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money raised for not-for-profit organizations: $2,023,277

Everyone has their “best”—best pizza, best salon, best beach—and all those “bests” are what make summer so much fun at Make It Better, as we get to hear about all your favorites and compile them into a single issue. It’s serendipitous that this issue coincides with my new role as managing editor. There’s no better way to learn more about your audience and the community than to hear what tops the list when it comes to entertainment (p. 28), food (p. 29), fitness (p. 31), fashion (p. 34) and more. It really is one of our favorite issues every year, and it allows you—the audience—to take some control. August is also the pinnacle of summer fun. Now’s the time to think about a quick summer getaway to nearby Michigan, where you can take part in an outstanding art competition (p. 42), or maybe a rock climbing adventure in Wisconsin (p. 58). And if you’re laser-focused on that first day of school looming large on the calendar, we’ve got great ideas to help the kids get ready—from a fresh take on book bags (p. 54) and great back-to-school looks (p. 56), to what apps parents should watch out for on their kids’ smartphones (p. 44). As we gear up for the fall season, take some time this month to enjoy all that summer has to offer. We’ve got great ideas online at that will keep you and the family happily entertained until the school bus pulls up to the corner in a few short weeks. Until then, thank you so much for your participation with this issue. Your voice and your opinions really do make it better.


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Founder & Editorial Director Susan B. Noyes Managing Editor Kelly Konrad Art Director Sarah Philippart Designer Lesley Smith

Dining Editor Fashion Editor Finance Editor Fitness Editor Home Editor Senior Living Editor Sex & the Suburbs Editor Contributing Writers

Julie Chernoff Evangeline Politis Meghan Streit Christy Coughlin Tate Gunnerson Stuart Greenblatt Marjie Killeen Karen Gentry Laura Hine Kristina Tober Shannan Younger

Interns Lauren Baraczek Grace Coburn Alexander Hay Jessica Suss Lead Photographer Nathaniel Perry Digital Editor Lindsay Roseman Proofreader Julie Chernoff Creative Director Cheryl Berman

CEO & Publisher Kimberly Carroll Co-Founder & Vice President of Marketing Mindy Fauntleroy Chief Financial Officer Sandy Tsuchida

Ad Sales Director Senior Account Executives

Michelle Weiss Patti Augustyn Megan Holbrook Julie Carter

Account Executive Jenny Newman

Make It Better Foundation Sharon Krone

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We love to hear from you, so please keep sending us your stories, comments, opinions, ideas and reviews! Online





notes from our readers: Hello:


I have written before and must do so again, because you have done it again. PLEASE do not show photos of people bicycling while NOT wearing helmets. Although the [July] article does have a footnote about wearing them, especially since it is legally required for some riders, the impact of the photo does NOT “make it better” for this important cause. Please pay attention to this matter. I am sure there are people who read your publication whom you might influence.

Nancy Schofer

Sorry Julie [Chernoff] didn’t know what a great game store we have right here on the North Shore (Children’s Gift Shop, Northfield)! There are some phenomenal new games out that we think are the best in terms of family play, brainiac challenges, solitaire, etc. We pride ourselves on carrying all of the best of the above. I just got back from a week at the annual American Specialty Toy Store convention, where all the best in games were on display. We played and played and played and are really excited about what new ones we already have in stock, and what we will be bringing in for the months ahead.

Managing Editor’s Response:

A fan,


Dear Ms. Schofer:

Thanks for your letter. As the article’s author and someone who lost a father and brother to closed head injuries, I am keenly aware of the importance of bicycle helmets and the important role they play in the safety of the sport. As you note, we do recommend in the piece that riders wear helmets at all times. However, the art was placed to establish the beauty of Busse Woods— not necessarily as a primer for bicycle etiquette. Since bike safety is always an important issue, we’d like to thank you for reinforcing that message.

Kelly Konrad


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Markie Susan’s Response: Thank you. True Confessions Tuesday!

What’s your guiltiest pleasure TV show? “Celebrity Apprentice” —Jen Pen “Dog the Bounty Hunter” —Gretchen Campbell Berthiaume “True Blood” —Pamela Thatsme “The Bachelorette!” —Barbara Burnside Paine

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Thanks for the shout outs! Here’s what you were tweeting about last month: Two Inspire Design @2inspiredesign Or reinvent yourself! “@makeitbetterNS: #MotivationMonday: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” —C.S. Lewis Make It Better @makeitbetterNS Your hands need that mani! Tell us your beauty faves and you could win a Red Door gift card: TheBridgeYouth @TheBridgeYouth @makeitbetterNS you can never go wrong with @OPINAILS “Cajun Shrimp” during this season! :) #nailfavorites LIFT-Chicago @LIFTChicago @BenHarper is featured in @makeitbetterNS discussing his passion for social justice & performing at LIFT LOCAL! … N’western Settlement @NUSettlement Thank you to everyone that subscribed to @makeitbetterNS during our winter subscription drive—we raised $700 for our programs! Brad Goldberg @bradgold @makeitbetterNS Nice call out for work Cards2Kids is doing in the community— great to see your support for their work please-thank-these-teens-and-volunteerto-keep-cards2kids-going-and-growing/ …

“Frasier reruns” —Lake Forest Resale Shop

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For our “Best Of” issue, we asked a few of our writers, “What’s your personal best?” Julie Chernoff Evanston Julie’s personal best drive time from Evanston to Detroit—ticketfree, mind you—was four hours and three minutes. Sadly, that left no time to stop at Zingerman’s Deli. Karen Gentry Grand Rapids, MI Karen’s personal best was not complaining too much when she cycled 79 miles in one day when she thought she had to ride only 75 miles. Tate Gunnerson Chicago Tate Gunnerson’s personal best was hanging more than 40 spoons on his face (nearly taking the world record, or so they said at the time) to win a contest held at Magic Waters outdoor water park in Rockford in the late ‘80s. Marjie Killeen Wilmette Marjie’s personal best was walking in the Avon 3-Day in support of Breast Cancer with her mother Jane, a survivor who has now been cancer free for more than 12 years. Kristina Tober Lake Forest A personal best for Kristina? Finding ways to save money by buying everything on member shopping sites. It’s all about redefining want vs. need.

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Kate Spade hits the ‘burbs Tired of schlepping to the city to score your favorite Kate Spade New York pieces? Now it’s just a short drive to Northbrook, where Kate Spade set up shop earlier this summer at Northbrook Court. The new store carries the full line of Kate Spade New York products, so shoppers can find everything from sophisticated frocks and playful accessories to eyewear, stationery, home décor and gifts. This could be dangerous. Kate Spade New York: 2171 Northbrook Ct., Northbrook, —LR

Treasure Hunt at Paramour Bungalow Put Paramour Bungalow on your list of spots to visit to do something different with your home décor. This new Evanston home accessories shop is all about unique, colorful, handmade items that will bring life into any room in your home. Pieces are quirky and eccentric in a charming-chic kind of way—and you can be sure that you won’t find this stuff anywhere else. Shop for vintage furniture upholstered in cool graphic prints, one-of-a-kind hostess gifts, handmade greeting cards and much more all in one trip. Paramour Bungalow: 812 Dempster St., Evanston, 847-328-5540, —LR

Cool Sushi News Roka Akor Steak, Seafood & Sushi is now open at Old Orchard. Voted one of the “Top 10 Sushi Spots in the U.S.” by Bon Appetit, they’ve packed ‘em in at their River North location. Chef Jason Alford’s menu features favorites like Butterfish Tataki with Yuzu Shallot Dressing and Shiso, Tuna and Avocado Tartar with Truffle Ikura and White Ponzu, and Rock Shrimp Tempura with Sweet Chili Aioli, as well as a full selection of impeccably fresh sushi, prime steaks, and robata-style “open charcoal” cuisine. Plus, their cocktails are not to be missed! Old Orchard Shopping Center: 4999 Old Orchard Rd., Skokie, 847-329-7650,—JC


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Straight from Farm to Table If you open a new restaurant in a location where numerous places have failed, you have to create something totally different. Farmhouse Evanston co-owners TJ Callahan and Ferdia Doherty, who earned a prestigious Michelin Star at their Farmhouse Restaurant in Chicago, have done just that. Opened in July in the 5500-square foot, first-floor space in the Hilton Orrington, it’s a beautiful place filled with reclaimed wood, folk art and fabulous, seasonally driven food. Stop in for a craft cocktail or beer paired with farm-fresh produce, dairy and meats, locally sourced whenever possible, and prepared with love. Farmhouse Evanston: 703 Church St., Evanston, 847-492-1554 —JC

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Bob Swanson and Tom Daily

Francee Harrington Linda Alpert, Susan B. Noyes, Ian and Emma Michelson

Nali Vazquez–Rowland, Mindy Fauntleroy, Tom and Joan Sabatino

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As you can see from the photos above and our video online, our 1st Annual Philanthropy Awards was a smashing success! The eight winning nonprofits earned powerful marketing videos, a feature story in our February magazine and a starring opportunity at our May Awards Celebration at Chase Auditorium. Thanks to our sponsors, Walgreens and JPMorgan Chase, the event was an Oscar-worthy experience, and quite simply, a most inspiring party. Thanks to excellent work by our judges, we celebrated true winners—nonprofits doing great work, transforming lives and making tight budgets go a long, long way. And if you’re wondering if your nomination makes a difference, rest assured it does. These awards have a significant impact. The Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund set a new fundraising record at its annual dinner—$1.8 million—and credited our marketing

video for this. Several of the nonprofits found these videos so effective that they created additional versions from the raw footage created by our television production company partner, Matchcut Productions. Nominations close on August 30. Winners will be notified on National Philanthropy Day, November 15, with documented surprise visits. A celebratory cocktail party follows that evening, to which all are invited. As you can see, a few minutes of your time to make a nomination may be rewarded with tremendous support for your favorite nonprofit.

Please nominate your favorite nonprofit organization today at

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the best, so there’s no better time than now to ask you about another one: your favorite nonprofit group or organization. It could be one that’s helped your community, your family, or someone you know. Maybe it’s a cause near and dear to a friend’s heart or your own. This is the chance to shine a bright light on those magnificent efforts and the results that come from their hard work. Please nominate your favorite nonprofit today for our 2nd Annual Philanthropy Awards. Nominations can be submitted at for one or more of the following categories: • Education • Arts • Athletics • Social Service • Health Care • Microfinance • Research • Most Innovative Fundraising • Most Improved Fundraising

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Wisconsin State Fair u 1 August 1 – 11 | West Allis, WI For some, it’s the cream puffs. For others, it’s the Giant Slide. Still more seek out a chance to pet a cow. Whatever the reason, our friends to the north put on one of the best fairs in the country. Whenever you go, just make sure you try the beer donuts. AUG

Art at The Glen August 10 – 11 | Glen Town Center, Glenview | Close to 200 juried artists take over the Glen’s retail strip this weekend for one of Amdur’s best outdoor festivals of the summer season. And with great shopping and dining on site, you’re guaranteed a fun day out. AUG

editor’s pick American Craft Expo August 23-25 | Evanston Shop and support ovarian cancer research when you attend this threeday festival of fine craft on the campus of Northwestern. And we’re talking fine craft—nary a popsicle stick in sight. Proceeds go to NorthShore University HealthSystem’s ovarian research programming. AUG


Northalsted Market Days q August 10 – 11 | N. Halsted St., between Belmont and Addison Sts., Chicago | It’s a people-watching paradise on Halsted AUG


this weekend at what’s called the Midwest’s largest two-day street fair. More than 400 vendors will keep your attention, and with live music and great food, you’re guaranteed a fantastic time.

Northbrook Days July 31 – August 4 | Village Green, Northbrook | A top-notch neighborhood fest, featuring live music, rides and carnival action—making it a great destination for the family. J u ly



The Complete Works 1 of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Through August 10 | Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Arlington Heights Get your culture with a side of guffaw when you catch this wildly popular, very funny play on stage in Arlington Heights. It’s all of Will’s 37 works in less than two hours, so just try, please, to keep up. aug


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Chicago Air and Water Show August 17-18 | North Avenue Beach, Chicago | There’s a reason thousands of people cram onto North Avenue Beach on a single weekend every August—it’s fun! Don’t miss the aeronautical thrills that come from the longest-running free air and water show in the country. AUG


Chicago Botanic Garden 10 Kite Festival  August 10 – 11 | 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe | Find your inner child on Evening Island when you watch stunt kite performances from the Chicago Fire Kite Team. Stop by the drop-in family activities elsewhere in the Garden, too! AUG

mental Association when you “sponsor” a duck in a race around the lagoon at Dawes Park. Backlot Bash 23 August 23-25 | Lincoln Ave. and Oakton St., Skokie | Say sayonara to summer with a classic pancake breakfast, car show, 5K, carnival rides, live entertainment, and of course, more great food than you can shake a corn dog at. AUG

Long Grove Fine Art 24 and Wine Festival August 24–25 | Downtown Long Grove | Wine and art and a sunny summer weekend? Not a bad combination. Add in Long Grove’s quaint shopping vibe and this becomes a best bet for you and your friends.



Todd Rundgren at S.P.A.C.E. August 28-29 | 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston | Yep, Todd Rundgren. Put away the record collection and turn off the turntable for one night and catch this progressive rock icon live in Evanston. AUG


Arlington Million  17 August 17 | Arlington International Park, Arlington Heights It’s the 31st running of Arlington’s signature summer event. The best thoroughbreds in the country will be on the track, and you should be in the stands enjoying the live entertainment all day long. AUG

Evanston Duck Race and Pluck August 17 | Dawes Park, Evanston One of the cutest summer fundraisers around—support the Evanston EnvironAUG


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Lincolnshire Art Festival August 17 -18 Village Green | Milwaukee Ave. and Olde Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire |

week of august 1–7 It’s Thursday, Let’s Dance August 1 Downtown Evanston

Adler After Dark August 22 Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago

Kraft Free Family Night August 1 Chicago Children’s Museum Navy Pier, Chicago

week of august 23 – 31

Canoe Crazy August 4 Skokie Lagoons | Tower Rd., Winnetka | Jazzin’ at the Shedd: DeTour JazFunk August 7 Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago

week of august 8 – 15 Starlight Concert August 8 Downtown Evanston


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North Shore Flea p August 11 Highwood Recreation Center 428 Green Bay Rd., Highwood Garlic Fest August 14 Downtown Highwood Chicago Botanic Garden: Hot Summer Nights August 15 Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe

week of august 16 – 22 Architectural Evanston Walking Tour August 17 225 Greenwood St., Evanston Chicago Botanic Garden: Garden Chef Series August 17 Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe

The Second City: Happily Ever After August 23 Metropolis Performing Arts Centre | 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights Textile Dyes August 24 Evanston Ecology Center 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston Port Clinton Art Festival August 24-25 Downtown Highland Park Randolph Street Market August 24-25 1340 W. Washington St., Chicago

Photo courtesy of north shore Flea

Monthly Photo Walk August 3 Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe

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ongoing Animal Inside Out Museum of Science and Industry 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago Another View of American Indian Fine Art p Mitchell Museum of the American Indian 3001 Central St., Evanston Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago

Photo courtesy of Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

Dinosaurs Alive Brookfield Zoo 1st Avenue and 31st St., Brookfield Play, Pretend and Dream: Caldecott Medal and Honor Books, 2010 – 2013 The Art Institute of Chicago 11 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago | Shedd Aquarium: Jellies 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago Spin: The Science of Rotation Kohl Children’s Museum 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview Welcome to the Universe Adler Planetarium 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago

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2013 annual “Best Of” issue when the readers sound off about their favorites, and we learn what our audience thinks makes living on the North Shore so special. One thing we discover every year? Our readers are both loyal and diverse in what and who they like. Names such as Edzo’s, Ravinia, Good Grapes, and the Chicago Botanic Garden return every year, and often times in new and different ways.

It’s that time of year—our

It’s also a chance for readers to introduce a few hidden gems—places that clearly are popular but manage to fly under the radar. After this issue, we expect names like Ward 8, CrossFit Haven, The Pit Shop and Willow Boutique to become much more commonplace in our suburban vernacular. So enjoy! This is your “Hurrah!”—we’re simply the happy medium sharing the best of the best. And to the winners, a hearty and welldeserved congratulations. You are doing it right!

For even more photos, and a few categories that didn’t fit in the magazine, make sure you download our free iPad edition. Go to 

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2013 Pinstripes This Northbrook hot spot offers bowling and bocce and has a fierce outdoor firepit. EDITOR’S PICK Shedd Aquarium’s “Jazzin’ at the Shedd” evenings are phenomenally fun.

BEST PLACE TO SEE AND BE SEEN Trifecta Grill This is the Winnetka dinner date you seriously consider your attire for—and then consider again.

BEST LIVE THEATER Writers Theatre Our readers know what they’re talking about—Writers isn’t just the best on the North Shore, it’s one of the best playhouses in the country.

BEST CHARITY EVENT Too good to pick just one; all are worthy of your time: • PAWS Fur Ball • Central Street Community Day • Generation Rescue Our Angels • Myra Rubenstein Weis Luncheon

BEST DATE NIGHT Ravinia A park, a picnic and top-notch entertainment spells romance. RUNNERS-UP • Abigail’s • Found • Jerry’s in Winnetka • Union Pizza/S.P.A.C.E.

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE Ravinia Readers love Ravinia for the eclectic mix of musical talent and its casual, intimate setting. RUNNER-UP S.P.A.C.E.

BEST MUSEUM The Art Institute What’s not to love about The Art Institute of Chicago? It’s accessible and engaging, and there’s even a pretty snazzy rooftop restaurant.



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LOCAL The Brothers K Brothers John and Brian Kim know just what it takes to pull the perfect espresso— and so do all of their baristas.


NATIONAL – EDITOR’S PICK Peet’s Coffee & Tea This doesn’t feel the least bit corporate. Impeccably freshroasted beans make the difference.


Foodstuffs With outposts in Evanston, Glenview, Glencoe and Lake Forest, Foodstuffs provides everything the North Shore wants to eat at a picnic or a party; plus you can grab great meat, fish, sandwiches or salads for lunch or dinner.

BEST FOR LADIES … NIGHT OUT Trifecta Grill So nice, you voted for it twice. The cocktails are super yummy, so we can see why!

BEST SAVORY BURGER Edzo’s Burger Shop This perennial favorite still packs ‘em in; they opened a second location in Lincoln Park this year. RUNNERS-UP • Hackney’s • Meatheads

LUNCHEON Zodiac Room, Neiman Marcus A lady needs a good popover with strawberry butter, not to mention nearby access to the designer glories of Northbrook Court.

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CUPCAKE Baker Boys Each cupcake is lovingly handfrosted; we especially love the Banana Chocolate Chip. FROZEN YOGURT Love’s If you live in or near Buffalo Grove, Glenview, Highland Park, Wilmette or Winnetka, you’re in luck! It’s an addictive sweet treat. EDITOR’S PICK Red Mango

BEST SIPS COCKTAIL BAR Ward 8 We’re obsessed with the gorgeously crafted cocktails at this understated speakeasy.

RUNNER-UP Pete Miller’s

WINE BAR – EDITOR’S PICK Flight With 35 wines by the glass, 12 flights and hundreds of bottles to choose from, you won’t go thirsty.

MAC & CHEESE The Noodle Cafe Delicious, super creamy and decadent—on the childrens’ menu, but it’s definitely not just for kids.

WINE SHOP Good Grapes This five-year-old storefront has struck a chord with our readers.

STEAK HOUSE Ruth’s Chris They’ve got everything you want in a red meat palace.


PANCAKES Walker Brothers If you don’t order the Apple Cinnamon Pancake at some point in your life, you’ve missed out.

BEST OUTDOOR DINING Trifecta Grill You can’t get enough of Trifecta’s beautiful outdoor dining space!


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BEST NO-CHIP MANI BEST MANI/PEDI BEST FACIAL BEST HAIR COLOR BEST BLOW OUT BEST HAIRCUT Teddie Kossof SalonSpa When it comes to getting glam, this is your spot! Teddie’s has been a staple on the North Shore beauty scene for more than 35 years, and their top-notch services and experienced, talented staff keep clients coming back time and time again. Teddie Kossof, with son Alan

BEST DAY SPA Egea Spa Their strong focus on natural practices and willingness to customize any treatment make Egea Spa a standout. They offer everything from massages and facials to medical spa services.

BEST BEAUTY PRODUCT YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Botox Cat’s out of the bag: Botox is your best beauty secret. For fresh, youthful skin, it beats anything in your makeup supply.

RUNNERS-UP • Moroccan Oil • Latisse • Juvederm • Bobbi Brown Concealer

BEST MASSAGE BEST OVERNIGHT SPA Kohler Waters Spa Restore and replenish with a series of their luxurious water-based treatments. Nothing says relaxation like a night at this specialty spa.

BEST PLACE FOR A TOTAL MAKEOVER Red Door Spa After a day of pampering and primping, you’ll be all set for that upcoming wedding, gala or even girls’ night out.



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John G. Louis, Massage Therapy Center of Winnetka There’s no wonder why the Director of the center is in such high demand—he’s a miracle worker!

BEST PLASTIC SURGEON Dr. Michael Byun It’s essential to have a rock star plastic surgeon you can completely trust, and Dr. Byun is your go-to guy.

BEST DENTIST Dr. David Center With more than 30 years of service, Dr. Center is a long-time family favorite. He’ll keep you happy, and your pearly whites healthy and beautiful.



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BEST RUNNING STORE Running Away Multisport With a great selection, custom-fit process, and staff that knows sports, Running Away Multisport will make sure you leave with the perfect running shoe to help you go the distance.


BEST YOGA CLASS Bikram Yoga North Shore Try this HOT—literally—yoga studio that moves you through 26 postures and two breathing exercises in a 105-degree environment.

BEST DANCE CLASSES There’s nothing more fun than breaking it down to burn extra cals—coordination not required. • Zumba • Werq • Hip Circle Studio

BEST INTENSE WORKOUT CrossFit Haven A combo of weight lifting, cardio training and body weight movements offer a total-body workout that gets you fit in a back-to-basics way.

BEST SPIN CLASS EDITOR’S PICK Flywheel With custom-fit bikes, stadium seating, music synched to the ride, and amazing instructors to keep you motivated, Flywheel sets the pace with their high-energy spin classes. Get cranking.

BEST BIKE SHOP Get A Grip Cycles Get a Grip Cycles focuses on getting you on the right ride and fine tuning you and your bike in their comprehensive bike-fitting studio.

RUNNERS-UP • Deerfield Golf Club and Learning Center • Sunset Ridge Country Club



Chicago Botanic Garden Walk the prairies on Evening Island; stroll the annuals in the Circle Garden; hike the bridges in the Japanese Garden— it’s all good here.

North Shore Half Marathon This June race offers amazing swag, a gorgeous, hilly course, music along the way, and a great post-race party.

Cervelo T1, available at Get A Grip Cycles

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Glenview Park Golf Club This beautiful 18hole, 6,133-yard, par70 course features the amenities of a private club, but it’s open to the public and located in your backyard.

RUNNERS-UP • Chicago Marathon • Race Against Hate



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BEST ARCHITECT OR BUILDER A. Perry Homes Our readers love A. Perry Homes for their comprehensive design/ build approach and team of professionals who bring fresh ideas to the age-old home building and renovation process.


BEST PAINTER Hester Painting & Decorating Our readers know it takes a real commitment to quality and true craftsmanship to deliver the painting and faux finishing services delivered by Hester’s team of professionals.

BEST INTERIOR DECORATOR John Plunkett Design For the second year in a row, our readers swear by John and Valerie Plunkett’s ability to deliver creative interior design that’s both high quality and affordable.



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Lori Neuschel @Properties Collaborative. Professional. Respected. Industry savvy. Just a few of the adjectives our readers used to describe Neuschel when recommending her as the go-to agent.



Lewis Floor & Home Lewis is a one-stop shop for all of your flooring needs. This family-owned business offers products for every room, with a focus on going green.

Orren Pickell Maintenance Group Owning a home requires loving care and lots of maintenance, and our readers know just who to call.

RUNNER-UP Kashian Brothers



Chalet Chalet offers any style and size container you need, from castiron urns to brilliantly hued ceramic. Pulling from an incredible array of plants and flowers, their designers put together creative pairings to suit your style.

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Vintage Nest This gem in the Glen Town Center is chockfull of the best in vintage home furnishings, clothing and jewelry. It’s the place to find that beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece that’s an automatic conversation starter. RUNNER-UP Material Possessions

2013 BEST FLORIST FlowersFlowers Specially imported flowers and custom designs make for breathtaking arrangements. RUNNER-UP Edwards Florist

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER Classic Kids They’re fun; they make the little ones feel completely comfortable; and they produce great shots that you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

Bonnie Lecat Designs Vintage-inspired artwork and gifts make this charming Etsy shop irresistible. We love the shabby-chic picture frames and decorative dog leash holders.

You couldn’t pick just one! • Two Buds Boutique • La De Da • Stella • Raven and Dove • Peachtree Place

BEST ONLINE DEAL SITE EDITOR’S PICK HauteLook Score the hottest designer duds at up to 75 percent off retail prices.






Audrey Gordon She’s all about the details, and the payoff is big—a party that will leave guests talking for months!

BEST JEWELRY REPAIR Jeweled Elephant Your finest jewelry is in good hands at this family-owned-andoperated business. They’ll even fix minor repairs on the spot while you wait!

BEST TAILOR/DRESSMAKER Anthony’s Tailoring Inc Who says you have to go into the city for fine tailoring? The best can be found right here in Highland Park. Anthony’s work is flawless, his customer service is superb, and the regulars wouldn’t dream of going anywhere else!

BEST AUTO REPAIR The Pit Shop The number one quality in car care is trust, and these guys do everything possible to ensure complete satisfaction for each customer.

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Schwartz’s Intimate Apparel This store is loved for its amazing customer service and large array of brands and sizes that work for a wide variety of shapes.

Stella For more than a decade, Rachel Hershinow has been filling this Central Street shop with cool, unusual finds. From funky frocks to artist-made jewelry and bags, there’s something for everyone.

BEST RESALE SHOP Principessa Children’s Boutique This Highland Park boutique is the perfect outlet for kids clothing—and even stuff for mom! It’s stocked with everything from Burberry tees to Hunter boots. RUNNER-UP North Shore Exchange

BEST PERSONAL SHOPPER Mollie Milano — Style Spies This Style Spies founder has an amazing sense of style that translates well to her clients as both a personal shopper and closet consultant.

BEST SHOE STORE Lori’s The Mecca of designer shoes at faint-worthy prices—arrive with as much self-control as possible. RUNNERS-UP • Shirise • Nordstroms

BEST HANDBAGS + BEST JEWELRY Willow Boutique Hubbard Wood’s hidden gem—Willow has the solution to any last-minute accessory emergency with unique and locally designed jewelry and handbags.



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RUNNERS-UP • Neapolitan • Willow Boutique

BEST PLACES TO BUY GALA ATTIRE Our readers’ favorite places for soiree-appropriate attire are spotted along the shore from Lake Forest all the way down to Chicago. • Neiman Marcus • Lake Forest Shop • Saks Fifth Avenue



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2013 BEST GIRLFRIEND GETAWAY Kohler Waters Spa The American Club Resort offers fivestar amenities just hours away.


Lake Geneva So close and rich with activities. And with choices from resorts to B&Bs, it’s perfect for couples, friends and family get-togethers.


BEST DESTINATION SPA Miraval Pull out the planners, pick a weekend and pack your bags for sunny Arizona. You deserve it. RUNNER-UP Canyon Ranch









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Lake Shore Travel Is Disney on your bucket list? The experts at Lake Shore Travel have the insider tips to make it the trip of a lifetime.

Trip Advisor More than 100 million reviews help you book the best flights and hotels, and find the best restaurants and activities.





BEST FAMILY TRAVEL SPOT Walt Disney World Florida Billed as “the most magical place on Earth,” the Magic Kingdom is on just about every family’s bucket list. Super kid friendly, but still fun for adults, the folks at Disney have customer satisfaction down to a science. RUNNERS-UP Hilton Head Island, SC Kiawah Island, SC

Lose It!

BEST AT-HOME TECH SUPPORT compUcoach These are the gals to call when your computer acts up or you need to hook up new devices.

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BEST KID-FRIENDLY MUSEUM Kohl Children’s Museum A perennial favorite, Kohl Children’s Museum has a long history here on the North Shore, closing in on 30 years of fun.




Bluestone Good-for-you food and the kids won’t know the difference. They just know bananas and peanut butter taste great on wheat toast, and chicken makes for a great corn dog. And did we mention the adult menu is pretty spectacular, too?

Children’s Gift Shop Tucked away in Northfield, you can’t go wrong with a present from this store.

KidSnips Making haircuts fun can be a challenge, but KidSnips rises to it every time.


RUNNER-UP Pigtails & Crewcuts

BEST SWIM LESSONS Big Blue Swim School Swimming isn’t just a life skill; it’s a potentially life-saving skill when you live on or near the water. Big Blue’s friendly environment, caring coaches and warm(!) water make this THE place to take your kids for lessons.

FOR KIDS Principessa Children’s Boutique Kids grow so fast—this store keeps them stylish for less.



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Tamarak Day Camp Banner Day Camp Camp Menominee YMCA Camp Echo Apache YMCA Valley Lo

BEST CLASSES FOR KIDS With so many great opportunities on the North Shore, our readers couldn’t pick just one: • Extraordinary Kids • Evanston Art Center • Gather • Starland


FOR BABY Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony One of the best reasons to shop Central Street in Evanston.

Everyone’s a winner when it comes to camps—our readers are clearly loyal to their personal faves:

BEST KIDS’ BOOK STORE The Book Stall There’s more than one reason this Winnetka institution is a favorite on a national level—the kids’ section is fabulous and friendly.

MOM & ME If you’re looking for some “we” time, these classes are hits with local moms: • Gather • Growth Spurts • Gymboree • Pinstripes



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BEST VETERINARIAN Winnetka Animal Hospital The clean facilities, friendly and professional staff and wide range of services offered make Winnetka Animal Hospital a trusted favorite.

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RUNNERS-UP • Green Bay Animal Hospital • Lincolnshire Animal Hospital • North Shore Pet Hospital • Royal Treatment Dr. Miller of Winnetka Animal Hospital

BEST GROOMING BEST DOGGIE DAYCARE BEST DOG WALKER The Barking Lot This doggie joint is a one-stop shop for all of your pet’s needs. Drop your pooch at daycare and monitor playtime on exclusive cameras, or leave them worryfree in the care of top-notch groomers, who will give your furry friend the ultimate spa experience.




BEST PLACE TO TAKE VISITORS Chicago Botanic Garden A fantastic opposite to the wonders of the city, the Chicago Botanic Garden offers a tranquil oasis and beautiful respite from the urban hubbub.





Forest Park Beach This lesser-known Lake Forest spot boasts 30 acres of beach and grassy areas for friends and family to enjoy.

Highland Park They’ve got a variety of stores that’ll cover just about everyone’s tastes, excellent eats and familyfriendly fun scheduled year round.

Millennium Park Home to Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”) and a highlight in downtown Chicago, with so much to see and do.

Baha’i Temple Breathtakingly beautiful, the temple is one of the North Shore’s most recognizable landmarks and one of only seven Baha’i temples in the world.

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A. Perry Homes | 564 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka | 847-4405400 |

Classic Kids | 566 Chestnut St., Winnetka | 847-446-2064

Anthony’s Tailoring Inc 2226 Green Bay Rd., Highland Park | 847-926-9440

compUcoach | 188 Industrial Dr., Elmhurst | 630-516-1207

The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago 312-443-3600 |

CrossFit Haven | 3230 W. Lake Ave., Glenview | 847-9984595 |

Audrey Gordon Parties | 5701 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago | 312504-3600 |

Dr. David Center | 9933 Lawler Ave. #204, Skokie | 847787-7041 |

Baha’i Temple | 100 Linden Ave., Wilmette | 847-853-2300

Edzo’s Burger Shop | 1571 Sherman Ave., Evanston | 847864-3396 |

Baker Boys Bakery | 733 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park | 847433-0430 |

Egea Spa | 1521 Sherman Ave., Evanston | 847-332-2772

The Barking Lot | 495 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield 847-2053647 |

Flight | 1820 Tower Rd., Glenview | 847-729-9463

Big Blue Swim School | 3232 Lake Ave., Suite 350, Wilmette 847-729-7665 |

FlowersFlowers | 1110 Davis St., Evanston | 847-328-7110 Flywheel | 600 Central Ave., Suite 123, Highland Park | 847-780-4320 | chicago.

Bikram Yoga North Shore 1926 Waukegan Rd., Glenview 847-998-6030 |

Foodstuffs | 338 Park Ave., Glencoe (additional locations in Evanston, Glenview and Lake Forest) | 847-835-5105

Bluestone | 1932 Central St., Evanston | 847-424-0420| Bonnie Lecat Designs | 1040 Shermer Rd., Northbrook | 847715-0943 |

Forest Park | 517 Desplaines Ave., Forest Park | 708-3662323 |

The Book Stall | 811 Elm St., Winnetka | 847-446-8880

Get A Grip Cycles | 4359 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago (additional location on W. Fulton St.) | 773427-4747 |

The Brothers K | 500 Main St., Evanston | 847-328-7940

Glenview Park Golf Club 800 Shermer Rd., Glenview | 847724-0250 |

Chalet | 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette | 847-256-0561 Chicago Botanic Garden | 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe | 847-8355440 | Children’s Gift Shop | 310 Happ Rd., Northfield | 847-4415970 |


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Jeweled Elephant | 1795 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park | 847433-1404 | highlandparkillinois. net/jeweledelephant John Louis, Massage Therapy Center of Winnetka 40 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka | 847446-5700 | John Plunkett Design | 1490 RFD, Long Grove | 847-710-7775 KidSnips | 655 Deerfield Rd., Deerfield | 847-374-8000 Kohl Children’s Museum 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview 847-832-6600 | Kohler Waters Spa | 775 Burr Ridge Pkwy., Burr Ridge (additional location in Kohler, Wisconsin) | 630-323-7674 La De Da | 1957 Cherry Lane, Northbrook | 847-562-1170 Lake Forest Beach | Lake Rd. and E. Deerpath, Lake Forest | 847234-6702 | Lake Shore Travel | 337 Park Ave., Glencoe | 847-835-5090

Dr. Michael Byun | 1775 Walters Ave., Northbrook | 847513-6899 | Millennium Park | 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago | 312-742-1168 Miraval | 5000 E. Via Estancia Miraval | Tucson, AZ Mollie Milano, Style Spies The Noodle Cafe | 708 12th St., Wilmette | 847-251-2228 Orren Pickell Maintenance Group | 1799 Willow Rd., Northfield | 847-572-5252 Peet’s Coffee & Tea Multiple locations | Pinstripes | 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook | 847-480-2323 The Pit Shop | 19123 W. Casey Rd., | Libertyville | 847-331-4298 Peachtree Place | 303 S. Happ Rd., Northfield | 877-249-2626

Lewis Floor & Home | 1840 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook | 847-8352400 |

Principessa Children’s Boutique | 453 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park | 847-9260500 |

Lori Neuschel @ Properties 30 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka 847-226-5794 |

Raven and Dove | 1143 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette | 847-2519550 |

Lori’s | 585 Central Ave, Highland Park (additional locations in Chicago and Northfield) | 847446-3818 |

Ravinia | 200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park | 847-266-5100

Good Grapes | 685 Vernon Ave., Glencoe | 847-242-9800

Love’s | 718 Elm St., Winnetka (additional locations in Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Glenview, Highland Park and Wilmette) 847-784-8700

Hester Painting & Decorating 7340 Monticello Ave., Skokie | 847677-5130 |

Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony | 1901 Central St., Evanston 847-866-6292 |

Red Mango | 5230 Dempster St., Skokie | (additional locations in Chicago and North Shore) Red Door Spa | 720 N. Waukegan Rd., Deerfield (additional locations in Chicago and Northbrook) | 847-945-1888

Running Away Multisport 800 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield 847-945-2929 | Ruth’s Chris | 933 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook (additional locations in Chicago and South Barrington) | 847-498-6889 Schwartz’s Intimate Apparel 161 Skokie Valley Rd., Highland Park | 847-251-1118 | Stella | 2116 Central St., Evanston 847-864-5565 | Teddie Kossof Salon Spa | 281 Waukegan Rd., Northfield | 847999-9500 | Trifecta Grill | 501 Chestnut St., Winnetka | 847-441-1700 Two Buds Boutique | 34450 Rt. 45 N., Third Lake | 847-9895782 | Vintage Nest | 1891 Tower Rd., Glenview | 847-834-0287 Walker Brothers | 153 Green Bay Rd., Wilmette (additional locations in Arlington Heights, Glenview, Highland Park, Lincolnshire and Lake Zurich) 847-251-6000 | Walt Disney World | Lake Buena Vista, FL | 407-934-7639 Ward 8 | 629 Howard St., Evanston | 847-420-7353 Willow Boutique | 1060 Gage St., Winnetka | 847-386-6869 Winnetka Animal Hospital 700 Oak St., Suite 100, Winnetka | 847-441-7474 Writers Theatre | 376 Park Ave., Glencoe | Zodiac Room, Neiman Marcus | 5000 Northbrook Ct., Northbrook | 847-509-6750

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fa m i ly | travel

The World’s Largest Art Competition by Karen Gentry

art? It’s time for you

to be the judge. ArtPrize is the world’s largest art competition, and it’s just a short drive away from Chicago in Grand Rapids, Mich. Now in its fifth year, it’s a big part of a blossoming downtown and cultural scene in this mid-Michigan city. During ArtPrize, throngs of people happily traipse through museums, the riverfront, art galleries and restaurants and gaze at sides of buildings to view and vote on eclectic art. The art ranges from the crazy to the serious, from giant pieces made of found objects to paintings, murals, photography, film clips and sculptures. Anyone 16 and older can vote and have a hand in distributing $560,000 worth of prize money. During ArtPrize, it’s not uncommon for discussions about art to pop up in the unlikeliest of places—with the parking lot attendant, the waitress, co-workers and between young children and senior citizens. All who go find it fascinating and discover new ways to think about art and new places they didn’t know existed. This year’s competition opens on September 18 and runs through October 3, covering three weekends and making it a nice adventure for Chicago families.


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How does ArtPrize work? Venues within a several-mile radius of downtown Grand Rapids connect with artists on in a matchmaking process. ArtPrize does not select any of the art or the venues. Anyone over age 16 can register and cast their votes on via text message or through a mobile application. The public selects the Top 10 during the first round of voting from September 18–28. They then select the winners from the Top 10 during the second round of voting (one person, one vote) from September 29–October 3. It’s almost physically impossible to see all of the art, so Brian Burch, a spokesperson for ArtPrize, recommends the ArtPrize mobile app to get you started. The app includes a detailed map, walking tours, the location of the ArtPrize Hub on Sheldon Street and directions to the pieces of art you want to find and ways to navigate the streets. “With a list of all the venues and all the art, it’s a really good starting point. It’s very convenient for families to download and get a quick understanding of where to go and what to see,” Burch says. He estimates about 30 percent of ArtPrize is outdoor pieces and the rest indoors. The Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Mu-

Photos courtesy of artprize and Bethany Rigg

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seum and the Meijer Gardens all do a great job of curating and have been popular favorites. One block away from the Grand Rapids Art Museum is the B.O.B. (a popular downtown entertainment venue located at 20 Monroe Avenue). The B.O.B. has ArtPrize exhibits both inside and outside, tending to be the larger, zanier, most outrageous and kid-pleasing varieties. “The B.O.B. is really important to see and experience. They embrace the whole carnival atmosphere of ArtPrize,” Burch says. Last year at the B.O.B. kids enjoyed a giant, interactive push-pin piece where they could create an outline of their body. Also popular with the younger set are the outdoor pieces outside the Ford Museum and sculptures on the lawn of the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

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1 for the weekends of ArtPrize that attract upward of 50,000 people. The hotels in downtown Grand Rapids (Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, JW Marriott Grand Rapids, Courtyard by Marriott and Holiday Inn) fill up quickly. A bit further away, Burch also recommends the SpringHill Suites Grand Rapids North and Hyatt Place Grand Rapids-South. You may also want to take advantage of fall weather with a stay closer to Lake Michigan—it’s an easy drive to Grand Rapids. For more information, visit, plan your getaway and get ready for a unique and fun fall adventure.

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Fa m i ly

iphone apps for teens

By Laur a hine

You might not police your teen’s phone with great rig-

or, but maybe you should. It’s easier than ever for kids with iTunes accounts to get in over their heads—sex, violence, drinking, gambling, poor body image, you name it—and they can easily find an app that supports very adult behavior. Here are 10 you might want to look for, and if you find them, either delete or discuss, but don’t ignore. 1. Snapchat Free Most parents have heard about this app, but it’s worthy of inclusion on this list because it lets kids send messages and photos that erase in 10 seconds or less. Harmless fun or a nasty problem depending on how it’s used. (Also keep an eye out for ZipaClip, less well known, but same idea.) 2. BYOB Chicago Free If you’re worried about older teens drinking, check for this app. It’s popular with the 17- to 20-year-old crowd, because BYOB restaurants (especially the smaller places, according to my underage sources) rarely check IDs. 3. Lulu Free This app lets girls rate and review guys anonymously, which could be seen as pro-feminist, but is actually just depressing. The level of sexual humor and detail go beyond what you’d like your high school aged gal to participate in. 4. Grindr Free This app lets you find a nearby guy for sex, which is not how you want a gay teen to first learn about relationships. The potential for exploitation is off the charts, so make sure this isn’t on your kid’s phone.

5. Plastic Surgery Simulator $1.99 A “powerful photo distortion” app that lets teens morph body parts into perfection. Like it’s not tough enough to be a teen and not have grown into your nose. (Delete and replace with Affirmations!) 6. Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies $6.99 Not only is this game extremely violent, but it’s also expensive—and it’s not just the $7 your teen will spend to download it. To help accomplish your mission, you can buy points, starting at $.99 for 12,000 points. It adds up quickly. 7. Vine Free This app lets you create and share short videos with your iPhone. Of course, there was an immediate flood of pornographic images shared. So while your teen might be using it to capture the waves rolling in on Lake Michigan, double check. 8. iBeer Free Hilarious! Turns your iPhone into a beer that you can pretend drink. While better than a 16-year-old drinking the real thing, the scold in me says no if you’re not 21. 9. Poker by Zynga Free There are lots of poker apps out there, but this is the most popular one. Even if the app doesn’t require a credit card, it’s still getting teens into the habit of gambling. Play money today; real money tomorrow. 10. Hangtime! $0.99 What could possibly go wrong with an app that encourages kids to throw their phone in the air? The app measures how long the phone is airborne. Slick, until you miss. The cost of a new iPhone is not included in the $0.99.

Note: Most of these apps are rated 17+, but as long as your child checks the box saying he or she is over 17, the app will download.


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To marry the traditional and mid-century furnishings, Bender incorporated pieces that speak both languages. She recovered this classic bench by Edward Wormley for Dunbar in a luxurious Italian Bergamo fabric.



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Glencoe designer Missie Bender helps a North Shore family to marry their antiques and mid-century furnishings in high style. s t o r y B y T a t e G u nn e r s o n p h o t o s B y J i l l B u c k n e r & T a t e G u nn e r s o n

thing, a point confirmed during my recent visit to Jon and Betsy Tilkemeier’s four-bedroom mid-century ranch home in Glencoe with the couple’s interior designer, Missie Bender of Missie Bender Design and Vignette Home. The Tilkemeier’s youngest son, Charlie, 12, was home from school with a cold that day (no such luck for their oldest son, Graham, 14), but the prospect of showing off his family’s home seemed to give him a burst of energy. Soon enough, Charlie had taken over the tour, pointing out his family’s many classic pieces, which include fine Empire antiques, pieces of Americana and mid-century furnishings by designers such as Charles Eames and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Charlie, a Lego enthusiast, had even built a model of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, a prime example of 20th century modern architecture located in Plano, Ill. “As you can see, I added an extra story,” Charlie explained. Good design is a powerful

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Charlie strikes a pose on a mid-century bench by designer George Nelson. The salvaged piece hanging on the wall behind him was originally used as a mold to make manhole covers. The wall covering is from Osborne & Little.

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Coming from a long line of collectors, it’s no surprise that Charlie knows more about interior design than many adults. And watching Missie Bender mix and match his parents’ pieces from different eras might inspire anybody to put their own spin on things. “They wanted me to pull the house together cohesively and give their home a little glamour,” Bender says. To that end, Bender had the dated wood wall paneling in the living room replaced with drywall, which she covered in a metallic grass cloth wall covering— one of several wall coverings that she incorporated throughout the home. “Wall coverings add another layer of texture and pattern,” Bender explains, pointing to the large-scale patterns on the wall coverings in the entry foyer and the “quirky but sophisticated” bird pattern on the accent wall in the family room. “They were on the fence about that selection, but I told them that it was going to be fabulous, and they love it,” Bender says. “It’s almost a piece of art.” continued on page 50

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Behind the bookshelves in the family room is another metallic wall covering. Look closely, and you’ll notice a metallic thread in the embroidery on the dining room draperies and on many seat cushions and pillows. “It gives everything a dressed-up, sophisticated feel,” Bender says, pointing to the custom lampshades with metallic fringe that she created for a pair of glass vases that she converted into table lamps. As it turns out, with the right backdrop and a little professional help, the Tilkemeier’s antiques and mid-century modern furnishings coexist seamlessly. “Some people are scared about mixing different styles together, but to me, it doesn’t matter where they come from or what they were used for originally,” Bender says. “I love mixing things from different eras.” No doubt, Charlie agrees.

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a bench for every room

By Kristina Tober

The bench. It’s sturdy, practical and infinitely versatile. Here are some of our favorites.

make a statement in the foyer

More than just a spot to sit, these benches set the stage for your home. Son of a Bench, $1,399, Blu Dot,

Morris Bench, $899, Room & Board,

foot of the bed

A terrific bedside duo, whether you’re looking for a sleek shape or stylish storage. Jasmine Storage Bench, $389–$617, Ballard Designs,

Adam Bench by Thomas Pheasant, Baker Furniture,


Just the spot to sit and warm up.

Torii Hardwood Bench, $1,350, Sawbridge Studios,

indoors or out

For your kids, in the mudroom or on the deck, these colorful, sleek benches hit the spot.

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Cooper Aluminum Bench, $519, Room & Board,

Photos courtesy of each manufacturer

Spindle Bench, $1,495, Jayson Home,

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Barn Wood Bench, $850, Curtis Furniture,


Sturdy and functional with plenty of flair.

Open-Frame Hall Tree Bench, $999, Wisteria,

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it’s in the bag

Find your favorite carryall for the upcoming school year by Jessica Suss

is a great mix of bags in a range of prices and a rainbow of colors. When the excitement of new school supplies wears off, these bags will delight day after day and for many semesters to come.

Transport Rucksack $248, Madewell, This sturdy leather backpack is ruggedcool, and it will fit all of your school stuff with room to spare.

Sloane Ranger Tote, $70, EJ Mirage, Tough cotton in a forgiving print means this cute bag can stand up to a rough day of spills and thrills.

All for Color Tote $30, EJ Mirage, This colorful, spacious tote is anything but plain Jane—and it’s available in a variety of color combos.

Lilliset $169, Lill Studio, The always original Lill Studio is an awesome alternative to Vera and Lilly prints.

I Love My Kånken Classic Backpack $75, Uncle Dan’s, The basic backpack gets an upgrade with a boxy shape and a plethora of cool colors to choose from.

Orla Kiely Punched Stem Willow Bag $128, Notice, This trendy color-block bag is made of tarpaulin with sturdy leather handles, so it can easily be wiped clean with a damp cloth.


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From utilitarian to shamelessly chic, here

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Bakker Made with Love Vinyl Schoolbag $55, Lollie, This durable vinyl bag has plenty of space for notebooks and folders, as well as smaller front pockets so calculators and pencils won’t get lost in the shuffle.

Botkier Wanderlust EW Shopper in Anthracite $220, The Lake Forest Shop, This high-shine, high-fashion bag is a real stunner in a silvery pink-gray weave.

Stela 9 Santiago Patchwork Backpack $84, Made from vintage fabric, this bag is roomy, sensible and stylish with two zip pockets and a push-lock flap over the drawstring closure.

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by e va n g e l i n e p o l i t i s

p h o t o b y n at h a n i e l p e r r y

Jacqueline Caglar

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School’s almost back in session, which means it’s time to start studying up on what’s fashionable for your kids. With help from some of our favorite North Shore shops we put together a quick study guide for you. on Jacqueline

Polka dot jeans, $36, Zara Pink Chicken printed T-shirt, $40, Lollie Jacket, $56, Zara Boots, model’s own

on max

Jeans, $30, Gap Wonder Boy shirt, $50, Lollie Appaman windbreaker, $56, Lollie Nike ‘Free Run 5.0’ Sneaker, $58, Nordstrom Hairstyling by Mindy & Anna at Teddie Kossof Salon Spa

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BET T E R YOU | fitness

wisconsin weekend:

devil’s lake for climbing and hiking BY LAUR A HINE

Rock climbing, camping, hiking—close-by Wisconsin has all of these great outdoor fall activities. Devil’s Lake

What to do:

on weekends when the park can get crowded with climbers. As a novice who has only climbed on indoor walls, I found real rock climbing to be challenging, but doable. You need an experienced guide with well-maintained gear. While I can only vouch for the wonderful guide we had with Northwest Passage, there are other local companies that provide day and half-day climbing packages.

Rock Climbing


We went to Devil’s Lake because my daughter is a rock climber and wanted to get out of the gym and onto a bluff. Devil’s Lake has routes for beginners and the very experienced, but you need a lot of gear. Northwest Passage (1130 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette, 847-256-4409, runs climbing and camping trips, and they aptly organized our trip. The bluffs are about 500 feet up from the lake, but most routes are 80100 feet, so don’t let the number scare you. We loved the routes around Balanced Rock on the East Bluff, and would recommend the West Bluff

Devil’s Lake has a range of trails, but the reason to go is to hike up! Too much “hiking” in the Midwest is really just walking. Our favorite trails were: • Tumbled Rocks looping into West Bluff Trail. Lots of up and down on the quartz “steps,” and unbelievable views of turkey vultures riding the wind currents. • You can loop or make a figure 8 by combining Balance Rock, CCC, Potholes and East Bluff trails. You will feel your glutes the next day! Don’t forget to get a photo of your child trying to push over Balanced Rock. A classic.



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Insider’s tip: You can bring a leashed dog on the trails, but not on the beach. And we saw lots of Fidos enjoying the climb with their owners.

Where to stay: Camping

I’m not a camper, but we spent a comfortable night in a tent thanks to gear provided by Northwest Passage and loans from a friend. We could hear nesting herons singing to each other, and sat out by the almost bugfree campfire for a very relaxed evening. Bathrooms and showers are close by (thank goodness). For reservations, call 888-947-2757 or go to Baraboo Hills Campground (608356-8505,, located near Devil’s Lake, is another local option that also offers cabins and electricity. Wisconsin Dells

Devil’s Lake is 30 minutes or so from the resorts in the Dells, so these resorts are an option, but don’t get sucked into the waterparks and miss the great outdoors!


This state park is about 3 ½ hours from most of the North Shore, so it’s not a one-day destination, but it’s a great weekend trip. If you’re a hiker or rock climber, it’s really the only nearby location that offers enough vertical trails to call it a hike. The park’s signature bluffs are made from quartzite stone, which gives them a beautiful purple hue. It also makes for great boulder scrambling, which we guarantee will wear your kids out by the end of the day.

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bet t e r you | finance

best times to buy stuff

What your family needs now and what can wait

By Meghan Streit You know that produce is

cheapest when it’s in season. What you may not know is that there are also “seasons” for many consumer products. Time your purchases correctly, and you can rack up big savings— so you can buy the shoes and the bag you’ve been eyeing. Tech: Computers are on sale right when most families need them—in August and September. Nerds on Call founder Shawna Bell says that’s when retailers are aggressively competing for your back-toschool dollars. If you need a new laptop at another time, Bell says to buy on a Monday, which is when manufacturers apply rebates. Bell says gaming systems are usually announced in May and rolled out for the holiday shopping season. If your little gamers can sit tight, you can score huge savings on new systems in January and February. Health: If you’re looking for a deal on gym memberships, May is the best month to negotiate. “When the weather becomes conducive to running and exercising outside, consumers have more ammunition to haggle a price for a gym membership,” features director Lindsay Sakraida says. Meanwhile, home fitness equipment is priced to sell in January, when New Year’s resolutions to lose


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weight are still fresh in consumers’ minds. “Look for stationary bikes, treadmills, elliptical trainers, complete home gyms and training accessories and DVDs that are marked 15 to 60 percent off,” Sakraida says. Home: Jon Lal, founder of, says home organization supplies are usually cheapest in May, just after tax season. As for furniture, you may be able to save up to 50 percent if you buy pieces in January or July, because manufacturers are eager to unload inventory before new lines are rolled out in February and August. Kids: If you’re expecting a baby, Lal says you can save 10 to 20 percent on essentials like cribs, car seats and strollers if you buy in July. Stock up on toys in October and November. “Since holiday shopping is approaching, stores will reduce prices on some items in stock to make room for the season’s hottest toys that they anticipate will be in demand for gifts,” Lal says. Kenilworth mom and journalist Donna Bozzo blogs about affordable family fun at She recommends buying Groovy Girls and American Girl dolls and doll clothing on eBay during the summer months, long before shoppers start hunting for holidays gifts.

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By Mar jie Killeen

The Wilmette Theatre turned steamy in June when Sex & the Suburbs brought “Sizzling Couples” to the stage. The expert panel gave plenty of juicy information about how couples can create fulfilling and exciting sex lives. Here are four ways to keep the sexual energy flowing in your relationship, including some quick tips you can use tonight. 1. Make intimacy a priority. Sizzling couples don’t just fall into a passionate embrace every evening. As marriage therapist David Klow says, “You can’t expect to have hot sex if you don’t interact with each other throughout the day. Successful couples create an atmosphere that’s conducive to intimacy; their daily communications have a little flirtation or sexual charge to them.” It also helps to regularly schedule sexy time. Panelists George and Andrea Gaines have transformed their marriage from blah to scorching over the past four years through study and practice. “We actually make appointments with each other,” George says, “because we’re both extremely busy and that’s the only way we have sex.” The couple books time together frequently—five to six times a week. “We do it even if we don’t feel like


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it,” Andrea says. “It’s not about how we feel; we are committed to practicing. We come together for the sake of opening up the other person.”

2. Be a generous lover. “If you go into a sexual encounter thinking, ‘What am I going to get out of this?’ or ‘Is this going to suck again?’ then it will,” George Gaines says. “I have changed my whole outlook. I say I’m doing this for Andrea.” It’s hard to make love if you’re feeling resentful or pissed off. “Irritation and resentment can build up over time,” Klow says. “If you have the capacity to forgive, that goes a long way toward building connection and intimacy. That takes practice and courage.”

3. Play up polarity. It’s great to be equal partners with your spouse, but let’s face it—being

good buds isn’t all that hot. George Gaines says. “Marriages have become more sexually neutral and the sex has gotten worse and worse. It’s important for one partner to embody the masculine and the other to embody the feminine. There’s far more sexual attraction, and not only is sex more satisfying and erotic, it’s actually a much deeper experience.” George says masculine energy means being more directional and having more depth. “Women are longing for depth, and they are longing for a man to command them into surrender,” he says. “Not ordering them around like a jerk, but slowly and relentlessly pressing a woman into sexual surrender and ravishing.” A lot of female heads in the theater nodded at that one. Andrea advises women to amp up their femininity by “being radiant – turn on your light. Smile, give praise,

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and find what’s right. Be lighter.” She also encourages women to experiment with different feminine energies and to relax and allow their men to lead more.

4. Expand your view of sex. Tantranova founders Elsbeth Meuth and Freddy Zental Weaver have worked with thousands of couples all over the world, teaching them the principles of tantric yoga, which focuses on accessing and controlling sexual energy. “When we use the term sexual, we use it in a much broader way,” Meuth says. “Sexual energy is life-force energy. It’s the spark of the universe.” Weaver and Meuth’s courses teach how to establish both a sexual and heart–centered connection. They demonstrated a simple but profound breathing/eye gaze exercise to the audience. “The manifestation of sexual energy is that it’s creative and pleasurable,” Weaver says. “If we look at how we can be more creative in our lives, it starts with that sexual piece.” The result is not only couples having better sex, but better lives in general.

Get Started Tonight! • Turn off your computer. Virtual screen time is not conducive to real, live, bodily connection. • Women, get yourself turned on by creating a sultry, sensual play list and moving to it and feeling your body. • Show up in the bedroom with all of your imperfections and present yourself to your lover as a gift. • Cultivate mindfulness by taking 10 deep belly breaths every day. • Both men and women: Do your kegel exercises!

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e + o Food and Drink 125 Randhurst Village Dr./ Randhurst Village Mall Mount Prospect 847-398-3636

soul-nourishing fusion cuisine at Earth + Ocean Food and Drink by JULIE CHERNOFF

There’s something revolutionary happening in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago: really good food. Sure, it’s to be found in a brand-spanking new shopping “village” at the corner of Rand and Elmhurst Roads in Mount Prospect, but make no mistake: Earth + Ocean, also known as e+o, is worth a visit.

Aglibot (aka “The Food Buddha”), the opening chef for both L.A.’s trendy Koi Restaurant and Chicago’s Sunda. This is a group of industry professionals, and they’ve hit the ground running here with their “lifestyle-inspired” restaurant.

Even if the food wasn’t tasty and inventive, which it decidedly is, I’d come back for the décor alone. This is a beautifully done interior, from the “living wall” in the front seating area to the extra-groovy, space-age light fixtures. I was especially enamored of the extended trestle tables divided into separate groupings of two, four, or six by moving the long, low planters stuffed with succulents and tropical flowers. They certainly understand how to set the mood. And who are “they,” exactly? Paul Lee, a veteran of many upscale Chinese restaurants, and Aeron Lancero, who’s opened hotels and restaurants throughout Asia, have paired with Chef Rodelio



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They’re paying as much attention to the beverage program as they are the food. Try the Ginger Breeze ($10), a bracing muddle of Bombay Sapphire and mint with fresh ruby red grapefruit juice and ginger liqueur, or perhaps the not-too-sweet Lychee Debonair ($9), a refreshing blend of lychee, Bacardi coconut rum, triple sec, lime juice and tonic. The menu is interesting and very deep, with categories ranging from snacks and small plates to sushi, raw bar, Asian-inspired grill, pizza and pasta. Clearly the chef is globally inspired, with a real commitment to organic and handcrafted products. But with such a wideranging menu, it’s nearly impossible to execute each dish perfectly. Not surprisingly, a few fell short of the mark.



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The creamy Melted Maui Onions ($7) had a pleasant flavor, but lacked texture. Crispy wonton skins or crostini would lend needed contrast. Last year’s ubiquitous Brussels sprout and/or kale dish is given new life here, where the Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Kale ($10) are tossed with minced shrimp, crunchy shallots, red peppers and a sweet chili vinaigrette in a Vietnamese-influenced textural wonder. Smoke ‘Em!

Aglibot doesn’t simply sear his Sea Scallops ($15)—he smokes them, and pairs them with sunchoke puree, fried capers and pickled tomato. Another stale dish made fresh. Even a “Hamachi Me Some” signature maki roll ($15) is distinctive. The super-fresh hamachi is rolled with avocado, cucumber, lime zest, aioli and crushed wasabi peas for a little kick. Perhaps our favorite dish of the night was the Roasted Duck and Daikon Hash ($12), tossed with frisee and crispy onions, and served with a barely poached egg on top, which of course we immediately broke open and used as the richest and most perfect dressing. The word “yum” doesn’t do it justice. We ordered several of the “Signature Dishes,” including the Ginger and Honey-Braised Shortrib “Pot Roast” ($22), served atop an Asian rice porridge that sorely lacked for seasoning. And I hate to say it, but the tasty Jumbo Prawns ($25) with torched Japanese egg sauce far outshone the boring shiitake fried rice beneath. Happily, these are easily correctible situations. C u l i n a r y T w i sts a n d T u r n s

We fared better with the remarkably juicy Kurobata Pork Loin ($18) marinated al pastor, with charred shisito peppers and creamy corn grits; Asia meets the American South on a plate. We also loved their take on Cacio e Pepe, here billed as Linguini with Sweet Corn Cream ($12). The addition of Pecorino cheese and lots of fresh cracked pepper made the connection to the iconic Italian dish. The food presentation throughout the meal was often stunning—especially on the beautiful artisan ceramic plates—although truthfully, I could’ve done with a few less strewn flower petals. As for dessert, I’d skip the meh Chocolate Rice Pudding ($7) and aim squarely for the delectable, surprisingly light Carrot-Pineapple Cake ($8), frosted with a dollop of cream cheese “glaze” and gilded with roasted pineapple compote and brandied cherries. Now that’s a fusion dish we can all get behind.

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cold one, but today’s cocktail scene is much more demanding. Don’t make your own tonic or fresh sour mix? Not muddling fresh herbs, fruits and veggies into your rum or vodka? Unacceptable! Restaurants are putting much time and effort into their cocktail menus, and we are all the better for it. Here are some of our favorite places to imbibe—and they all serve real food, as well, so it’s one-stop shopping! DEERFIELD

Acadia I was blown away by the bar artistry here; it’s every bit as special as the food. My favorite? The Gin/Tonics/Limes: Botanist Gin and homemade lemongrass tonic, cooled by big kaffir lime & cucumber ice cubes that melt slowly and intensify the drink. Wow. 1639 S. Wabash Ave., 312-3609500,

DC Sarnies The horses have already run, but summer’s the perfect occasion for a Cucumber Julep (Veev Acai, cucumber, lime and mint syrup). 649 Lake Cook Rd., 847-509-2000,

Allium I love to cuddle in the living-room-like space or overlook the Mag Mile while sipping a Pesca Succosa (Prosecco, Tuscan white peach, crème d’Yvette, Falernum). Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Pl., 312 799-4900, Bub City Park your steed at the door, and enjoy a frozen North to Alaska (bourbon, blackberry, lemon and mint or the Whiskey Tango (George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, sweet tea and lemon). 435 N. Clark St., 312-610-4200, Carriage House The Chucktown Punch, made with Wodka Vodka, Pierre Ferrand dry Curacao, lemon and spiced sweet tea, is a perfect southern summer quaff. 1700 W. Division St., 773-384-9700, Parson’s Chicken and Fish Sure, you could do a Pompelmo Americano (Leatherbee Gin, Cocchi Americano, grapefruit, San Pellegrino pompelmo, Fee Bros. grapefruit bitters and salt), an ode to the big citrus fruit, but they have a NEGRONI SLUSHY. Need I say more? 2952 W. Armitage Ave., 773-384-3333,



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Found “Lady of Libations” Jan Henrichsen knows her way around a cocktail. Take the G&T Rethunk, a delicious blend of Letherbee gin, grapefruit, ginger and lime with a rare powdered chinchona bark that she flies in from South America. 1631 Chicago Ave., 847-868-8945, Taco Diablo Try the spellbinding La Bruja, a refreshing drink of fresh pink grapefruit, housemade pomegranate sour mix and Tito’s Vodka. Or opt for Dan Kelch’s famous Margarita. 1029 Davis St., 847-868-8229, Union Pizzeria I am jonesing for the Thyme Collins (Death’s Door gin, muddled blueberries, organic lemon, and thyme simple syrup, on the rocks with lemon and club soda), garnished with a sprig of fresh thyme. Summer! 1245 Chicago Ave., 847-475-2400, Ward 8 A real cocktail bar—with food—on the North Shore! I can’t set foot in here without ordering the Corpse Reviver #2 (equal parts gin, lemon juice, Cointreau, and Lillet with a dash of absinthe) from talented mixologist Cody Muldeer. 629 Howard St., 847-420-7353, GLENCOE

Guildhall Their perfectly balanced Barrel-Aged Manhattan (Rittenhouse Rye, Carpano

Antica and Amargo Montenegro) will rock your world. 694 Vernon Ave., 847-835-8100, GLENVIEW

Jolane’s Wednesday night is Martini night, and they only cost $6, whether you opt for the Julius Espresso Martini (made with Julius Meinl espresso, Grey Goose Vodka, Kahlua and white Crème de Cacao) or the Melissatini (Jose Cuervo Tequila, pineapple juice, lemonade and grenadine). 1100 Milwaukee Ave., 847-375-6986, Wildfire You almost feel virtuous drinking the Skinny Pineapple Coconut (Bacardi Rock Coconut Rum, lemon and pineapple juices and Monin sugar-free syrup) instead of the calorie-laden Pina Colada. Almost. 1300 Patriot Blvd., 847-657-6363, HIGHLAND PARK

Abigail’s Pretend you’re up in the land of cheese curds with resident mixologist Lawrence Kedzie’s Door County Cherry Sour (Door County cherry-infused white whiskey, cherry bitters and fresh sour mix). 493 Roger Williams Ave., 847-780-4862, Benjamin Tapas The Watermelon Mojitotini (fresh muddled watermelon with lime juice, mint, melon puckers, tequila, rum and sea salt) is ridiculously refreshing. 1849 2nd St., 847748-8737, HIGHWOOD

Silver Dollar Tavern Don’t ask what’s in the “world-famous” Moe Tai, because they won’t tell you. Just drink it and stop being nosy. 336 Green Bay Rd., 847-433-6360,



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Inovasi The Deacon Palmer (black-tea infused Bulleit Bourbon, lemon syrup, Angostura bitters) is Arnold’s non-teetoaling pal. 28 E. Center Ave., 847-295-1000, LIBERTYVILLE

The Tavern Their signature Stellar 75, a play on the French 75 cocktail, is a refreshing blend of gin, citrus juice and sparkling wine. 519 N. Milwaukee Ave., 847-367-5755, NORTHBROOK

Pinstripes What makes a Margarita Italiano? The addition of Limoncello to Patron Silver Tequila, sour mix, and a splash of pomegranate juice. 1150 Willow Rd., 847-480-2323, SKOKIE

Roka Akor I’m loving the bitter aperitif A Farewell to Arms (Imbue Bittersweet Vermouth, Cocchi Torino, Mathilde Peche, ginger syrup and fresh lime juice) and the citrusy, spicy Shochu Smash (with Mango-Thai Chile Shochu, orange and lemon wheels and mint). 4999 Old Orchard Center, 847-3297650, WHEELING

Pete Miller’s How about a Cucumber Breeze? Made with Effen Vodka, cucumber slices, fresh mint, a touch of simple syrup and a splash of club soda, it’s herby, bubbly, and vegetal. 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., 847-243-3700, WILMETTE

Convito Café and Market If I’m feeling especially Italian, I go for the Tuscan Lemonade (Ketel One Vodka, lemonade, blackberry puree and a splash of soda). 1515 Sheridan Rd., 847-251-3654, WINNETKA

Trifecta Grill So maybe I just like saying it, but the Effen Ugli (Effen vodka, seasonal ugli fruit or grapefruit juice, aperol and fresh lime juice) is fun to order, and super tasty to boot. 501 Chestnut St., 847-441-1700,

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E n t e rta i nm e n t | book list

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With just a few more weeks of summer, this is the perfect time to wrap up your beach reading with a book that can be finished in a long afternoon. Here are four great warm-weather suggestions:

The Death of Bees Lisa O’Donnell Two sisters, two dead parents, a lonely neighbor, dangerous details, and a less-than-optimistic outlook for Marnie and Nelly make for a ferociously fast read.

One Step Too Far Tina Seskis A debut author from across the pond weaves a tale of intrigue and grabs readers from the get-go when the book’s protagonist, Emily Coleman, walks out on her family and her life on page one.

Sisterland Curtis Sittenfeld OK, this may take two weekends, but the author of hits like “Prep” never fails to deliver. This tale of two sisters with psychic abilities is guaranteed to mesmerize.

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Finding Bliss Dina Silver Chloe Carlyle doesn’t want to love Tyler Reed, but sometimes love doesn’t listen. Is Tyler Mr. Right, or should Chloe focus on her friend Cam? Here’s a great beach read from a local author.

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GUIDE TO AGING WELL “Aging” is something we should all know well—we’ve been doing it since we were born. And we’re always looking for help on how to do it right. When we’re children, we look to our friends and parents for guidance. As we age into adulthood, some questions become easier, others harder. Finally, there comes a point where suddenly our parents rely on us for advice, insight and assistance with the next phase of their lives. Or we find ourselves wondering what lifestyle choices we should consider as we move past childrearing and into retirement.


This guide is here to help—with in-depth information about local services and facilities, input from experts and advice on choices you are faced with for your family or yourself. Aging is a process. Aging well? It’s a journey.


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b y s t u a r t g r e e n b l at t According to the last U.S census, there are more than 35,000 adults over the age of 65 living in the communities of Wilmette, Evanston, Glenview, Winnetka, Kenilworth and Skokie. And many of these older adults are looking at housing options as their living, financial and health circumstances change. Are you, or maybe a parent, one of them? If you’re helping a parent who is considering senior living, the lingo can be confusing. Here’s some help to understanding the housing options and terminology. In 2005, major players in the senior housing industry agreed on standard definitions for property descriptions. The following definitions have been endorsed by all respected senior living associations and healthcare advocacy organizations.

Independent Living Communities and Senior Apartments

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daily living, such as supervision of medication, bathing or dressing, and there are no licensed nursing beds on the property. Active Adult Communities

These communities are restricted to adults who are 55 and older, and many include for-sale single family homes and condominiums with no specialized services. Residents generally live an independent lifestyle, and these communities aren’t equipped to provide increased care as people age. They may include amenities, such as a clubhouse, golf course and recreational areas. The outdoor maintenance is normally included in the homeowner’s monthly association or condo fee. Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)

CCRCs came onto the scene in the ‘90s to provide seniors with a single community that offers a full continuum of care. CCRCs include a combination of in-

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dependent living, assisted living and skilled nursing as your health status changes. Typically, all care levels are on one campus, although there are some exceptions. Residents pay a one-time entrance fee as well as a monthly service fee for meals and ancillary services. Entrance fees are dependent on the unit you live in, its location in the community and whether you’re single or living with a spouse. CCRCs offer a full range of activities and amenities—from fine dining to extensive fitness facilities, swimming pools and more. Of all the choices, CCRCs are the most luxurious and costly. The usual contract stipulates that a percentage of the entrance fee is returned to you or your heirs. It can range from 90 percent or less depending on the contract, although 90 is most common. Nursing Homes

These state-regulated rental properties provide the same services as independent living communities, but also provide supportive care. This care is provided to residents who are unable to live independently and require assistance with activities of daily living, including management of medications, bathing, dressing and eating. These residences may have some nursing beds, but the majority of units are licensed for assisted living. Many of these properties include wings or floors dedicated to residents with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Do Your Homework—Plan Ahead!

Some experts say that many older adults have devoted more time to planning their children’s college education than their own retirement. The key is to thoroughly explore all the options with your family members and your financial advisor before a health crisis forces you to make a quick, unresearched decision.

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Licensed daily-rate or rental properties are technically referred to as skilled nursing facilities, where the majority of the individuals require 24-hour nursing or medical care.

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retirement communities

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Ten Twenty Grove, Evanston, 847-866-2111,

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Crestwood Place, Northbrook, 847-272-0170

The Lodge of Northbrook, Northbrook, 847-772-9100, The Seasons at Glenview Place, Northbrook, 847-803-7100, The Park at Vernon Hills, Vernon Hills, 877-713-2764 ,

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Village-owned, reasonable rent, social activities, exer-

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Educational and cultural programs, wellness nurse,

ness center with heated pool, CCAC-CARF accredited. An active, independent senior living community where

 residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle.

The Seasons offers an ideal home in a quaint yet con-

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The Park at Vernon Hills is resort-style retirement liv-

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All photos are of The Mather, located in Evanston.

what’s a ccrc & is it right for you? B Y T H E M AT H E R A CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT


(CCRC) is a new option in retirement planning and living. A CCRC asks for a one-time entry fee—often largely refundable—and then monthly cost-of-living fees. In exchange, as a CCRC resident, one can “age in place” while enjoying a fulfilling, independent and worry-free lifestyle—knowing that guaranteed, in-house care is available, if ever needed.

• Investment protection: a refundable investment that goes back to you, your children or your estate • An active and engaging lifestyle via onsite pursuits • Access to onsite health care that includes assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing care, if ever needed • Spouses with different levels of


AMENITY-RICH LIFESTYLE In addition to the variety of long-term assurances that provide both financial and personal peace of mind, The Mather, a CCRC located in downtown Evanston, offers an all-inclusive lifestyle. Some amenities include: • A variety of distinctive restaurants and lounge areas • A fitness center and Cotton Spa™ including a 20-meter saltwater pool, warm water therapy pool, sauna, and steam showers • 2 acres of lush gardens and outdoor walking paths, and raised garden beds for planting

• A movie theater • 24-hour concierge service “Residents at The Mather have redefined what retirement can be,” states experience director Joy Nance. “They are interesting and accomplished people who are exploring new passions, and rediscovering forgotten ones. Plus, they have peace of mind because they know they can better anticipate future living expenses ... the initial investment made by residents is 90 percent refundable to their estate … and a portion of the fees is often tax deductible.”

independence can continue to live in the same community TIPS TO CONSIDER

• Investigate the financial health of a CCRC to ensure it is financially secure, well-run and with stable management in place. • Make sure you understand the financial obligations and what is included for your monthly fee. The Mather is financially backed by Mather LifeWays, an award-winning, non-denominational not-for-profit organization, founded more than 70 years ago, dedicated to creating Ways to Age Well. For more information, or to receive an Orange Paper on “The Value of a CCRC” from The Mather, call (847) 440-7377. The Mather 425 Davis St., Evanston (847) 440-7377

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continuing care facilities


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Continuing care facilities are retirement homes that allow residents, if necessary, to shift into nursing home care at the same site.

Additional Information

Covenant Village of Northbrook, Northbrook, 847-480-6380,

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The Garlands of Barrington, 847-304-1996,

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Lutheran Home, Arlington Heights, 847705-2123,

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Lake Forest Place, Lake Forest, 847-604-8800,

Lutheran Home, a Lutheran Life Community, Arlington Heights 847-368-7400,

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Luther Village, Arlington Heights, 847-506-1919

Sedgebrook Village of Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire, 847-876-2100,

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The Mather, Evanston, 847-440-7377

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The Moorings of Arlington Heights, Arlington Heights, 847-956-4304,

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Three Crowns Park, Evanston, 847-3288700,

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Vi at the Glen, Glenview, 847-904-4600,

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sauna, social, educational, and cultural programs.

Members enjoy a variety of housing options, gracious

The Lutheran Home provides a variety of care options and a full calendar of engaging, life-enriching programs for its residents.

Guaranteed healthcare at accredited, not-forprofit, faith-based Life Care community nationally recognized for excellence. Offers a variety of living options and amenities. Faith-based continuing care. Established over 100

 years ago. Neighbors enjoy a vibrant, grace-filled

lifestyle within a wide range of residential options. A wide variety of maintenance-free town homes and

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30 meals/month, emergency system in all apart-

 apartment-style homes, all with 100% equity ownership, on a lush 60-acre campus.

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Offers over 90 social clubs and many wonderful ame-

 nities, including a fitness center with a pool, a creative art studio, and multiple dining options.

Located on the edge of downtown Evanston, The Mather is an all-inclusive community offering investment protection, financial security, and access to long-term health care. Guaranteed healthcare at accredited, not-for-profit, faith-based Life Care community nationally recog-

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quiet neighborhood of Northwest Evanston.

Vi at The Glen, a continuing care retirement commu-

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Not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement

 Community (CCRC) with 117 years of service in a

 nity in Glenview, Illinois, offers distinctive services.

Guaranteed healthcare at accredited, not-for-profit, faith-based Life Care community nationally recognized for excellence. Offers a variety of living options including apartments, townhomes and cottages.

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Assisted-living facilities offer additional care for adults who, for the most part, can function independently.

Additional Information

Alden Courts of Des Plaines Memory Care Assisted Living Community, 847294-0644

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We specialize in all stages of memory care related to Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.

Alden Gardens of Des Plaines Assisted Living Community, 847-294-0644,

Assisted living offers the opportunity to remain independent, yet provides assistance with activities of daily living, meals, transportation and other aspects of care.

Axelson Assisted Living at Covenant Village of Northbrook, 847-412-7350,

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Three meals/day, daily bed making and room upkeep,

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Hawthorn Lakes, Vernon Hills, 847-367-2516,

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The Highlands at Westminster Place, 847-866-1615,

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The Highlands at King Home, Evanston, 847-866-2111,

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 community, wellness nurses, social services, access to

The Highlands at The Moorings of Arlington Heights, 847-956-4095,

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 experienced nurses, computer lab, social services,

North Shore Retirement Hotel, Evanston, 847-864-6400,

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The Ponds of Wealshire, Lincolnshire, 847-883-9000,

hensive wellness program, pastoral care.

Only two blocks west of Hawthorn Center Mall attractions.

On-site pharmacy and clinic, fitness center with classes and ness nurses, and social services. CCAC-CARF accredited. Educational and cultural programs within close-knit

fitness center with heated pool. CCAC-CARF accredited. Educational and cultural programs, 24-hour care from secured memory care, CCAC-CARF accredited.

Three meals served daily, daily housekeeping service, 24-hour desk and wellness center, full social activity program, swimming pool, ice cream parlor.

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Silverado Senior Living of Highland Park, 224-765-0094,

 weekly housekeeping, specialized activities, compre-

They operate under a sheltered-care license with

 higher staff/resident ratio than average assisted living.

A state-of-the-art retirement care community that

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Terrace Gardens Assisted Living & Memory Care, Morton Grove, 847-4704550,

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This brand new community offers secure Memory Care and Assisted Living.

The Willows, Vernon Hills, 847-367-2516,

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Silverado Senior Living of Orchard Park, Morton Grove, 847-583-9800, Sunrise of Wilmette, 847-256-1600,

Weinberg Community for Senior Living, Deerfield, 847-374-0500,


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With a vibrant downtown, community events, and offers a relaxed lifestyle minutes from the big city.

Special Intimate Memory Care Community for 34

You’ll love its inviting walking paths and the

 scenic views from its location on Big Bear and Little Bear Lakes.

A friendly, community-based environment featur-

 ing independent living, Alzheimer’s care, adult day services and respite care.

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nursing home facilities

Name/Location The Abington of Glenview Skilled Rehabilitation and Long Term Care, 847-729-0000,

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Nursing home facilities offer basic to skilled care for adults dependent on others for daily functions, with medical staff available 24 hours a day.

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Alden Des Plaines Short-Term Rehabilitation Center, 847-768-1300,

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Short-term rehabilitation program with physical, occupational and speech therapies daily. Separate facilities offer memory care.

Alden Estates of Barrington Short-Term Rehabilitation Center, 847-382-6664

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Rated a 5-Star Facility by U.S. News & World Report. Do you need a few days of therapy or weeks of rehab? Receive intensive therapy with 5-star amenities.

Alden Estates of Skokie Short-Term Orthopedic Recovery Center, 847-6764800,

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Rated a 5-Star Facility by U.S. News & World Report. Come to Alden Estates of Skokie for Orthopedic Rehabilitation and get back on your feet as quickly and safely as possible.

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Remodeled Rehab Unit and Extended Care Unit. Optimal Rehabilitation Program with individualized care plans.

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Rated a 5-Star Facility by U.S. News & World Report. Experience the benefit of Optimal Recovery and get back to doing the things you want!

Balmoral Care Center at Lake Forest Place, 847-604-6704,

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Memory care center with secured outdoor garden, aquatic, pet and music therapy, nurses on-site 24 hours, educational and cultural programs.

Brandel Health and Rehabilitation Center, Northbrook, 847-480-6350,

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Brandel Care Center provides extended-stay nursing care to seniors with varying levels of disabilities.

The Bethany Terrace, Morton Grove, 847-965-8100,

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A North Shore leader in health and rehabilitation services, with beautiful private suites available.

Glenview Terrace, 847-729-9090,

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Glenview Terrace accepts Medicare and most insurance programs, and is Joint Commission accredited.

Greek American Rehabilitation & Care Centre, Wheeling, 847-459-8700,

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Provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as long and short-term nursing, hospice, and memory loss care.

Grosse Pointe Manor, Niles, 847-6479875,

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Health Care Center at The Moorings of Arlington Heights, 847-956-4095,

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“Where Love Never Grows Old.” Come to Grosse Pointe Manor for short-term rehab or long-term care.

Computer lab, educational and cultural programs, 24-hour nursing staff, social services, mini-mart, coffee bar. Medicare certified, CCAC-CARF accredited.

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Nursing home facilities offer basic to skilled care for adults dependent on others for daily functions, with medical staff available 24 hours a day.

Additional Information

The Highlands at King Home, Evanston, 847-866-2111,

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Educational and cultural programs within close-knit community, wellness nurses, social services, access to fitness center with heated pool. CCAC-CARF accredited.

Highland Park Nursing and Rehab, Highwood, 847-432-9142,

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Nestled away in a quiet neighborhood, it’s an ideal place for short-term rehab or long-term care.

ManorCare Highland Park, 847-2669266,

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Staff includes registered nurses, physical therapists, registered dietician, recreational therapist, and social services. Partnerships with specialists in wound care.

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Staff includes registered nurses, physical therapists, registered dietician, recreational therapist, and social services. Partnerships with specialists in wound care and physiatry.

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Staff includes registered nurses, physical therapists, registered dietician, recreational therapist, and social services. Partnerships with specialists in wound care and physiatry. Staff includes registered nurses, physical therapists, registered dietician, recreational therapist, and social services. Partnerships with specialists in wound care, cardiology, and physiatry.

ManorCare Libertyville, 847-816-3200,

ManorCare Northbrook, 847-795-9700,

ManorCare Wilmette, 847-256-5000,

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Maryhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Glenview, 847-729-1300,

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Subacute rehabilitation, skilled nursing care, home-like and newly remodeled rooms, pain management.

Mather Pavilion, Evanston, 847-4927700,

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Ranked one of America’s Best Nursing Homes by U.S. News & World Report, they provide quality care and personal attention, in a comfortable setting near Northwestern University.

McGaw Care Center and Frank Foster Pavilion of Presbyterian Homes, Evanston, 847-866-1659,

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Accredited by CCAC-CARF. Offering memory care (Foster Pavillion) with secured outdoor garden. Award-winning health care. Medicare-certified.

Resurrection Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Park Ridge, 847-692-5600,

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Subacute rehabilitation, skilled nursing, pain management, wound care, IV therapy, spiritual services.

The Wealshire, Lincolnshire, 847-8839000,

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Separate residential areas for different levels of care and cognitive function.

Westmoreland Nursing Center, Lake Forest, 847-535-6797,

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Outstanding care and tremendous longevity among staff.

Whitehall of Deerfield accepts Medicare and most insurance plans, and is Joint Commission accredited.

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easy stretching and exercising tips to stay healthy S U B M I T T E D B Y J O E L LY N S CH WA RT Z , P H YSI C A L T H E R A P Y D I R E C T O R AT G R E E K A M E R I C A N REHAB AND CARE CENTRE

As we get older, our muscles become less tight and more prone to injuries. In order to keep the muscles from losing elasticity, there are a few exercises you can to do maintain muscle mass. Please be advised that during any of these activities, if you become dizzy, stop the exercise and take a break. Shoulder rolls: Keeping your hands relaxed at your sides, bring your shoulders up toward your ears and roll them back down. Do 10, and then switch directions. Neck stretches: Again, keeping your hands relaxed at your sides, bring your neck forward, your chin touching your chest and then back again, looking up to the ceiling. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lean too much and strain yourself, just allow for a gentle stretch and hold for 10-20 seconds on each stretch. Side stretches: Sit or stand in a comfortable position. Bring one arm up and over your head and across with your palm facing the floor. Allow your body to move at the midsection to the same side. Hold for 30-60 seconds, and then switch sides. Leg lifts: Sitting in chair with your back straight, left your right leg out holding it for 20-30 seconds to strengthen your hamstrings. Repeat again with your left leg. Do this 10 times with each leg. For any questions or help improving your exercise regimen, please call Joellyn Schwartz at (847) 459-8700 ext. 1021.

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home health & hospice facilities

A-Abiding Care, Park Ridge, 847-6981400,

Additional Information

Alden Estates of Evanston Rehabilitation, Assisted Living & Health Care Center, 847-328-6000, Home Instead, Northbrook, 847-673-1250,

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Home health and hospice care range in services from monthly visits to round-the-clock care. Hospice specifically provides care for the terminally ill and focuses on alleviating pain and providing comfort.

A-Abiding Care has provided personalized private-

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Provides personal care in everything it does,

 from Alzheimer’s care to senior home care and companionship.

LivHOME, Inc., Skokie, 847-470-1703,

We enhance the safety and quality of seniors’ lives who choose to stay in their own homes.

Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter, Glenview, 847-467-7423,

Rainbow Hospice, Park Ridge, 847-6928899,

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Rated a 5-Star Facility by U.S. News & World Report. “Experience the difference” in short-term rehabilitation and assisted living.

Cook County’s first free-standing hospice specialty care center in Glenview.

Rainbow Hospice is among the oldest and largest

 non-profit organizations serving Chicagoland.

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what to look for in post-surgery rehabilitation THANKS TO IMPROVEMENTS IN MEDICAL procedures,

people are living longer, more active lives. This is especially true for those having knee and hip replacement surgeries. In fact, experts estimate that over the next 10 years, there could be as many as 3.2 million knee replacement surgeries each year. But the real key to successful replacement surgery is the quality and effectiveness of the rehabilitation that follows.


When a patient is released after surgery, they typically meet with the hospital’s social worker to discuss recovery options. Or, according to Lindsay McKenzie, administrator of Alden Estates in Skokie, the patient will get recommendations from the surgeon before the procedure and plan ahead for a smooth transition to recovery. “Many patients make a visit to Alden before surgery to tour the facility and discuss their recovery plan,” McKenzie says. “While rehabilitation

services are the number one priority, we are committed to delivering fivestar customer care and services.” When visiting a rehabilitation facility, McKenzie says to trust your first impression and take into consideration the following criteria: • Reputation. What do respected authorities say about the facility? • The Therapy Plan. How often is it offered, and what’s the expectation? • Food and Amenities. Is the food top-notch and are the rooms well appointed? • Outcomes. What’s the success rate for similar patients? • Happy Patients. What do current and former patients say about their experience? WHAT MAKES FOR A HAPPY PATIENT?

As you’ll be staying at the rehabilitation facility for an extended period you’ll want a place that offers a full range of state-of-the-art services and amenities. “We pride ourselves on set-


ting the bar high in meeting our patients’ needs in all areas, including quality, nursing, accommodations, therapy, dietary and day-to-day activities,” says Kaity Crist, administrator of Alden Estates in Evanston. Patients and their guests also enjoy private rooms and large, comfortable family spaces where they can visit with friends and family during recovery. RATINGS ARE IMPORTANT

Before making a decision, it’s a good idea to find out what third party agencies and experts say. According to Jennifer Illarde, administrator at Alden North Shore in Skokie, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have given all of Alden’s three North Shore facilities a five-star rating. Most recently, U.S. News & World Report recognized Alden with its highest score for providing excellent patient care. “Our goal is to get patients home as quickly and safely as possible,” Illarde says.


ALDEN ESTATES OF SKOKIE 4626 Old Orchard Rd., Skokie 847-676-4800

ALDEN NORTH SHORE 5050 West Touhy Ave., Skokie 847-679-6100

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“Being a grownup means assuming responsibility for yourself, for your children, and—here’s the big curve—for your parents.” —Wendy Wasserstein



APPROXIMATELY 70 PERCENT OF INDIVIDUALS over the age of 65 will require some type of long-term care services during their lifetime, meaning many adults will face caring for their parent(s) who can no longer live independently. The options and decisions that come with determining how best to ensure a parent’s care and wellbeing can be dizzying and overwhelming. Often, the possible options include having a parent move into the adult child’s home, arranging care for the parent in the current residence or the parent moving into an assisted living facility. For some families, having an aging parent move in with an adult child is the best option. One of the benefits of that choice is the personal attention that comes with one-on-one care received in home. Becoming a parent’s caregiver, however, is far from easy. “It is difficult to be both a caregiver and a son or daughter. We find that many family members get overwhelmed,” says Sherry Kostman, a certified member of the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers and Regional Executive Director of SeniorBridge in Northbrook. Cheryl Kuba, Executive Director of LivHome in Skokie and author of “Navigating the Journey of Aging Parents: What Care Receivers Want,” explains that


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the transition is also a challenge for the elderly parent. “The biggest challenge is role reversal. Their personal dignity and independence is really challenged.” Caregivers also need to be aware of their own needs and should not be afraid to seek outside help. “People try to take on too much, often due to guilt, but they also deserve to be a child and family member to a loved one and not just a caregiver. Sometimes it is wise to let go and let a professional step in,” Kostman said. Having an aging parent move to an assisted living community is another care option and it, too, has pros and cons. “Socialization is one of the biggest benefits of assisted living communities. Instead of living at home by themselves, they have other residents, staff, volunteers, and often school children to talk with,” says Lisa Gluckstern, Public Affairs Director, National Center for Assisted Living. Gluckstern advises visiting more than one assisted living community and asking many questions to ensure that the community can meet their parent’s care needs and their preferences. It is also important to make sure the community is licensed by the state. Assisted living is not for everyone. “You are not getting the personal care that you would if help was brought in at home, and the schedule is pretty well set.

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Seniors in assisted living eat at certain times and have activities at certain times. They have freedom but within a structured environment,” Kuba cautions. Families should consider the financial implications of any decision regarding a parent’s care. The cost of assisted living can be prohibitive, with fees that can run $5,000 a month or more, depending on the size of the unit and the care that’s needed. Most costs for assisted living have to be paid out-of-pocket. Finances are an issue with any decision, however. Many people believe Medicare and/or insurance will cover many daily expenses of caregiving at home when in fact it often does not. “When deciding how best to care for an aging relative there are so many things people are not aware of. A Geriatric Care Manager can help,” says Kostman. The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers’ website provides a listing of care managers by ZIP code. A care manager is familiar with chronic medical conditions, mental conditions and other aspects of caring for the aging and may also be aware of resources unknown to an adult child dealing with this issue for the first time. They can also act as a point person for the numerous doctors currently caring for the parent. Even if not using a care manager, it is important to consult a parent’s medical team. When addressing the major changes that come with caring for an aging parent, regardless of the option a family selects, there are emotional ramifications for all family members involved and a period of adjustment will be needed. It’s also crucial to make the decision with a parent, not just for a parent, and to involve them in the process. “The key to success is getting the elderly person involved and making them the center of care. Adult children need to ask the parent(s) what they want, don’t tell them,” Kuba says. “The goal is to have the parent not just survive, but thrive.”

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new caregiver checklist: create a patient file To function effectively as a caregiver, you’re going to need a comprehensive file of information about the person you’re caring for. The format isn’t important—paper or digital will work just fine—but it needs to be accessible, easily updated and sharable when needed. Medical History

Medication List P  harmacy name, address and phone P  rescription history (drug, dose, frequency, start/stop date, pharmacy name K  nown allergies Tip: print this and post to fridge for paramedics in the case of emergency

 Diagnosis  Health history  Doctor’s Contact Information

Insurance Information

Debt & Income

 Private medical insurance  Prescription plan  Medicare/Medicaid  Long-term care insurance  Dental and Vision Insurance  Veteran’s Health System ID # Tip: make copies of the front and back of each card and keep on file

N  et worth statement R  etirement plan / pensions C  omplete list of assets & debts  L ist of routine household bills with account numbers  Any rental agreements or business contracts R  ecords of any personal loans made to others  F inancial Planner or broker contact information D  eeds to real estate property

Banking Records


 Checking & savings account numbers, PIN number clues, PIN numbers  Online banking accounts with logins, passwords and clues  Stocks, mutual funds, investment trusts  CDs, Treasury bills, money market accounts  IRAs, KEOGH, SEP accounts  Safe deposit box(es) with location, number(s) and keys  Security Box or home safe location and key/combination

 Federal & State Tax Returns (past 3-5 years)  Tax preparer contact information


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Legal documents W  ill  L iving Will D  urable power of attorney for Health Care (also known as a Health Care Proxy) D  o Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order  Attorney contact information C  ontact information for executor D  urable Power of Attorney for Finances  L ife Insurance Policy or Policies M  arriage certificate B  irth certificate M  ilitary records  Social Security Number

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Managing an elderly loved one’s financial affairs can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are many trustworthy resources available to support you. Here are five tips to consider: 1. Find a reputable Financial Advisor. With the guidance of a professional, you and your parent can attain real peace of mind by putting a smart investment plan in place for the years to come. For a directory of Wintrust Financial Advisors, visit 2. Get key financial documents in order. Your parent’s Financial Advisor can serve as a quarterback to help collect important information. The Advisor may be able to help with an attorney referral to get important documents drawn up as needed such as a durable power of attorney, which would allow your parent to appoint a

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trustworthy person to help manage his or her finances, or a living will. See whummer. com/guidance/planning-resources for more information. 3. Look into the “representative payee” alternative. If your parent receives income from Social Security and is having difficulty managing that income, he or she can ask the Social Security Administration to appoint a representative payee to receive the monthly checks and use the money to pay his or her living expenses. Visit payee for details. 4. Be alert for red flags. Ask for your parent’s permission and assistance to examine his or her checkbook, bank statements, credit-card statements and canceled checks. Look for duplicate or inappropriate payments; failure to keep

track of deposits and expenditures; numerous transfers from savings to checking; unusually large charitable donations or payments to a person unknown to you; evidence of high credit-card debt; disconnect notices from utilities, and menacing correspondence from collection agents. 5. Know where else to turn. You can track down many more services and resources for your parent through the Eldercare Locator, a nationwide assistance directory provided through the U.S. Administration on Aging. Visit to learn more. For questions, or to learn more about how the Financial Advisors at Wintrust can help you care for an elderly loved one, please contact Terry Hughes of Wintrust Wealth Management at 312-706-2739.

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Be Like Bond: The Stingray Affair June 8, 2013 Shedd Aquarium, Chicago $1,200,000 raised SHOWN IN PHOTOS:





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(1) Matthew Anderson and Shedd Gala Chairman Laura Anderson with former Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and son Justin Wood, all of Chicago; (2) Sarah Dietz, Natty Clapp, and G.P. Searle all of Chicago, and Stacy Greanias; (3) Ann and Greg Jones of Lake Forest; (4) Gala Committee members Shawna Owen and Elizabeth Cole of Chicago; (5) Cruz, the California sea lion, was found blinded on the beach and was rehabilitated by the staff at the Shedd, where he now lives and thrives.

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Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Heroes for Life Campaign May 15, 2013 Chicago Theatre $675,000,000 raised SHOWN IN PHOTOS:

(1) From left: Campaign chairs J. Christopher Reyes, Robert S. Murley both of Lake Forest, Daniel J. Hennessy, and Paula H. Crown of Chicago, Honorary Campaign Chairs Andrew J. McKenna of Winnetka, Lester Crown of Wilmette and Ann Lurie of Chicago were joined on stage by patient ambassadors during the celebration of the $675 million campaign total.; (2) Lester and Renee Crown of Wilmette with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago; (3) Lester Crown of Wilmette (center) receives the Children’s Trust Award from (left) and Lurie Children’s President and CEO Patrick M. Magoon (right); (4) Liz Stiffel of Chicago and the Siragusa Foundation’s Irene Phelps of Chicago.









Night of Promise Fundraiser April 27, 2013 Abt Electronics, Glenview $40,000 raised


(1) Night of Promise Committee Member Denise Cortesi of Libertyville, Anne Dahlgren of Lake Forest, John Cortesi of Libertyville, Joni Cortesi of Lake Forest, Lauren and Paul Sundberg of Lake Forest, Karl Dahlgren of Lake Forest; (2) Raffle winners Denise and John Cortesi of Libertyville; (3) Top row: Richard Sincere of Evanston, Joel Solomon of Glencoe, Jackie Mack of Evanston. Bottom row: Dave Mack of Evanston, Jessie Solomon of Glencoe, Sue Peterson of Glenview; (4) Adoptive parents with their perfect match.





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Fill the ARK in Illinois May 20, 2013 Racquet Club of Chicago $140,000 raised SHOWN IN PHOTOS:


Christopher Galvin and Terrence Graunke, Benefit Chairs






(1) Cindy and Chris Galvin of Winnetka with Dr. Sylvia Earle, evening speaker; (2) Founder of ARKive, Kim Louis Stewart of Scotland; (3) Karen Gray of Lake Forest, Patsy Callahan of Winnetka; (4) Students using the resources available on the ARKive website, a free online library of 100,000+ stunning wildlife images and films.


Care Affair May 13, 2013 Orrington Hilton, Evanston $200,000+ raised SHOWN IN PHOTOS:





(1) Susan Noyes of Wilmette, David Tingue of Wilmette, Mindy Fauntleroy of Winnetka and Karen Marshak-Hilder of Glencoe; (2) CampCare recipient; (3) The 2013 MWCC junior board members in attendance.


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WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S Alzheimer’s Association 847-933-2413 | Walk in The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which is held annually in communities across the nation and raises awareness and funds toward research to find a cure for the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association aims to eliminate the disease through the advancement of research and promotion of brain health, while also providing and enhancing care and support for those who are affected by it. To learn about the Glenview Walk on September 21, visit the website or contact Patricia Reinsch at 847-324-0375 or


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HELP THE PHYSICALLY DISABLED BECOME ACTIVE Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) 847-283-0908 | Help The Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association fund its programs and pay for equipment that benefits physically impaired athletes. GLASA promotes and

supports the development and well-being of youth, adults and veterans who have physical or visual disabilities by providing them with inclusive recreational, fitness and competitive sports activities. They offer opportunities for empowerment through education, leadership and training in collaboration with community-based organizations. Donations can be made on their website or mailed to 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, IL, 60045. DONATE TO HELP CHICAGO SCHOOLCHILDREN SUCCEED Supplies For Dreams 520-240-4629 | Help Supplies For Dreams by donating Chicago museum vouchers, gift cards to bookstores, or old iPads to help supply its mentoring and field trip programs. Supplies For Dreams gives at-risk Chicago Public School students the supplies, educational opportunities, and motivation needed for them to follow through with their dreams of higher education. Donations can be made on their website or sent to P.O. Box 8130, Evanston, IL 60204.

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living their the secret behind Family Empowerment Centers B Y SUSAN B . NOYES


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Helping low-income urban fami-

long-term success can be challenging. That’s probably why Scott and Natalie Manke felt such a strong calling to do so in Rogers Park 10 years ago. To better understand its needs, the Mankes lived in the community for a year before founding the faith-based Family Empowerment Centers (FEC) on Devon Avenue in 2003. After observing the initial success of FEC, others soon followed, like Director of Development and Donor Care Susan DeLano and her husband. DeLano attributes FEC’s success to the credibility established by staff living in the same community with those they serve. “Our job is not to come and do for people, but rather to live life with our neighbors and point them to avenues of empowerment for themselves,” she says. “They trust us more when they see us invested in the community.” FEC programs support and empower children and adults alike. This includes after-school programs with lies find

substantial academic enrichment and healthy snacks, ESL classes for adults, mentorships and guidance, solving a variety of problems for anyone who crosses the FEC threshold. They also make a little money go a long way. Just $10 a day funds a child in the Say Y.E.S! after-school program, which not only facilitates academic success, but also develops trust, the ability to make healthy choices and a vision of a successful future. Strengthening marriages and helping adults find their true calling is also part of FEC’s mission. “At our core, FEC intentionally builds loving, safe relationships with our neighbors in the Rogers Park community,” DeLano says. “It is truly a joy to do this, too.” “Whether it’s a homeless person looking for a warm cup of coffee and a shower, or a struggling mother who needs help with kids, we know them by name,” DeLano says. “It is a privilege to be a part of their lives. We love to help empower them all. It’s a response to God’s love that we experience in life.”

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