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The nonprofit Navy Pier, like so many of Chicago’s invaluable cultural institutions, navigated unprecedented challenges in the face of the pandemic. We would not be open today without the many partners who stepped up to support our mission and ensure a future for Navy Pier. Your dedication and commitment enables us to continue providing free, enriching arts and culture programming to our millions of neighbors, friends, and guests all year round. With your partnership and support, we will continue to live out our identity as The People’s Pier and uplift our community for decades to come. Thanks to you, Navy Pier is here for good. Join this community of dedicated supporters by making your own gift at NavyPier.org

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Contents FALL 202 1 FEATURES

EAT & DRINK

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Best of 2021 This year marks 11 years of celebrating the local businesses and organizations that make Chicago and the North Shore so special. So, without further ado, the Best of 2021 winners are...

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Fall Running Tips This running method, from Olympian Jeff Galloway, will help you train for any race from 5K to marathon, and avoid injury.

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SPACES Interior Designer Michael Abrams helps a Lincoln Park couple enliven their new-construction home.

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Private School Guide A comprehensive list of private schools throughout Chicago and the suburbs.

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Destinations You’ll fall for our guides on what to do, where to eat and where to stay in Madison, Wisconsin, and Breckenridge, Colorado.

Dining Check out the makers and artisans behind some of your favorite Farmers Market sweet treats.

YOUR CHICAGO

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Currents Meet the North Shore’s Style Challengers; experience a new exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center; hear from your new elected officials; Kindergarten advice; and more.

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Shop Local Fall finds from local stores that we are crazy about.

IN EVERY ISSUE 10 View from the Team 16 New in Town 104 Calendar 106 Better Makers 114 Reflections To the left: Turn to page 95 to discover what’s in store for you in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo by Sharon Vanorny. On the cover: Best of 2021 Winners Hecky's Barbecue, Mira Couture, Big Blue Swim School, PAWS Chicago 5K Run/Walk, Soul & Smoke, Bloom Yoga Studio, Children's Theatre of Winnetka, Power Sculpt Fitness

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FOUNDER & PUBLISHER OF BETTER MAGAZINE AND MAKE IT BETTER MEDIA GROUP Susan B. Noyes

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Wine Auction R E T U R N S M AY 1 1 - 1 3 , 2 0 2 3 T H U R S DAY, M AY 1 1 Featured Vintner Dinners in spectacular private homes in Chicago.

F R I DAY, M AY 1 2 Featured Vintner Tasting Reception held in the Grand Foyer of the Lyric Opera House.

S AT U R DAY, M AY 1 3 Wine Auction on stage at the Lyric Opera House.

OUR HONORED GUEST • MAISON JOSEPH DROUHIN The wines of Joseph Drouhin are found on the finest tables, and you can experience them with your bid on two spectacular lots. Travel to the heart of Beaune for a two-night stay in Maison Joseph Drouhin’s beautiful guest home, with a guided tour through their unique historical cellars, an exclusive tasting of the most prestigious and famous wines from Chablis to Côte de Beaune, a private lunch or dinner with a member of the Drouhin family, and more. You also have the opportunity to bring home a Jeroboam of the sensational Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2017. Special thanks to all of our Featured Vintners who have so generously supported us across many auctions including: Château D’Esclans, Château Palmer, Futo Wines, Kistler Vineyards, Peay Vineyards, Pinea, Résonance Vineyards, and Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery. A complete list is available on our website.

For more information, visit lyricopera.org/wineauction or email lyricwineauction@lyricopera.org

A COLLECTOR’S DREAM Six decades of the most highly-prized vintages of Chateau d’Yquem from the 20th century could be yours in this priceless lot, donated by Stephen A. Kaplan. Enjoy vintages from 1921, 1934, 1947, 1959, 1967, and 1975.

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Our Favorite Time of Year: Announcing the ‘Best Of’ Winners

Celebrating with some of the Best Of 2021 winners.

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Susan Noyes with Michael Rosengarden from Autohaus on Edens.

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This is our favorite time of year at Better, and it’s not just because the leaves are about to paint the Midwest in beautiful hues of yellow and red. What we really love is producing this issue each year and celebrating the winners of our annual Best Of competition. We were blown away by the number of votes cast, more than 120,000, to select reader favorites in food, philanthropy, fitness, fashion and more. It’s our top voter turnout in at least five years. Thank you! We are so grateful to you, our loyal readers, for your participation and recommendations. We’ve learned over the years that our readers are rarely wrong, and it’s always fun for us to see which of your favorites rise to the top. Be sure to check out the winners and some of our staff picks as well (Pages 27-51). Another reason we love this issue and our annual contest is that it reminds us to look back at other ways our work on your behalf has evolved and improved. You might recall that we launched our website in 2007, print magazine in 2009 and grew support for them through innovative media sponsorship fundraising techniques on behalf of local nonprofits. We published online stories which brought their mission to life and promoted their events. We donated $5 for every new subscriber to our email newsletter “Better Letter” which each organization generated too. We kept track of the amount of money our campaigns helped the nonprofits raise. We also counted the number of lives made better by our work – and included audience, satisfied marketing partners and the people helped by the funds which our nonprofit campaigns raised. We stopped announcing this publicly many years ago though. Our innovative digital strategies and

mission to be as helpful to our audience and partners as possible was ideal for pandemic times. We soon found ourselves working with more powerful and helpful organizations than ever — growing audience, business and donations to causes which our entire team is incredibly proud to support. In the digital world there are only two degrees of separation between you and anyone working with Better, SPACES, Marin and our Make It Better Foundation too. So, we decided to reignite counting lives made better by our work across the entire company and the money that we’ve helped raise from nonprofits starting January 2020. You are such an important part of this success that we proudly share these numbers publicly again. And we promise to update them each month. As of the time this print issue was sent to press, since Jan. 1, 2020, Make It Better Media Group and our engaged readers and audience members like you have generated this incredible impact:

$7.67 Million Raised for Nonprofits 30.9 Million Lives Made Better Your attention, your subscriptions/follows/ shares/comments, your Best Of 2021 votes are incredibly valuable. Thanks for trusting Better to help you make your life, your community and the lives of others better too. We are grateful for you! Happy reading. Susan B. Noyes, Founder & Chief Visionary Officer Patrick Regan, Editorial Director

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THESE FLOWERS HAVE A LOT OF FIGHT IN THEM. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is full of flowers, each carried by someone committed to ending this disease. Because like flowers, our participants don’t stop when something’s in their way. They keep raising funds and awareness for a breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. It’s time to add your flower to the fight.

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Reader and social entrepreneur Connie Duckwor th took this stunning photo of a double rainbow from her home in Lake Forest. Better has featured Duckworth, a mother of four and former Goldman Sachs partner, many times over the years. She is the founder of ARZU, Inc., a non-profit that employs hundreds of women in Afghanistan who weave rugs. ARZU recently merged with U.K.-based social entreprise Turquoise Mountain. Together, they provide access to education, healthcare, community centers and more in the region, a mission that takes on greater urgency in the wake of recent events in Afghanistan. Arzu means “hope” in Dari. Rainbows, like this one over Lake Michigan, coincidentally represent hope in many cultures. Want to see your photo in print? Tag us @betterchicago with your best snap.

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EASY WEEKNIGHT MEALS

Ease back into the school-year routine with these delicious and time saving meals. better.net/weeknightmeals

COURTESY OF THE ART OF BANKSY (30 THINGS TO DO); UNICEF (BEST FALL GALAS); BECCA TAPERT (EASY WEEKNIGHT MEALS)

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YOUR VOICES / Your Chicago

YOU SAID IT “Meet Some of Our Favorite Chicago Area Dads,” by Annemarie Manion “Huge shout out to Waukegan's own Adam Carson, co-founder of @dripandculture. If you haven't been there, you really need to go, exceptional coffee, inspiring mission.” — Kevin Considine, CEO of Lake County Partners (@lcppresident on Twitter)

Dessert Vendors,” by Alexa Weinberg “Truly these are the BEST cookies we’ve ever had!! Not even sure we can pick a favorite.” — North Shore College Consulting (@northshorecollegeconsulting on Instagram) “Jeff Tweedy, Kodi Lee Bring Star Power to Keshet’s Virtual Fundraiser, Helping to Raise $900K,” by Annemarie Mannion “We are still kvelling from the success of last March's Raising Voices. It was truly a night to remember. Thank you to Better for highlighting the evening and our honorees, Bob and Amy Greenebaum.” — Keshet Disabilities & Inclusion (via Facebook) BEST OF CHICAGO 2021

“So proud of our JJI Board Member @EddieBocanegra! A great leader and a great Dad!” — Juvenile Justice Initiative (@jjinitiative on Twitter) Farewell to former Cubs Anthony Rizzo, Javier Báez and Kris Bryant on Instagram “I’m heartbroken and will miss them, but as they say, change is good and life goes on. Thank you #44, #17 and my favorite #9 for the ring and awesome memories. Wishing you nothing but the best, and remember, once a Cub always a Cub” — Angela Rocha (@angelarocha177 on Instagram) “My kids have only known these guys as Cubs. Their photos and jerseys are all over our house. With every sad ending being a bright new beginning.” — Bright Bowls (@bright_bowls on Instagram) Cookieyum featured in “Get to Know Your Local Bakers and Confectioners: 5 Farmers Market

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“One silver lining of the past year has been getting to better know our fellow local businesses, as well as Chamber, Village and CNSCVB support teams. They all kept us laughing and learning through a crazy time! We'd also like to thank our customers who stuck with us during shutdown, figuring out curbside pick up, launching a new website, product shortages and more. Couldn't, wouldn't do it without you!” — MAZE Home, Best of 2021 - Editors’ Picks (@mazehome on Instagram) “The best part about this is how it’s a real celebration of local small businesses, something you know we are passionate about! Loved seeing some fellow Roscoe Village/Lakeview businesses including our neighbors @pilatesandcoffee as well! A shout out to all small businesses doing their thing especially in the last year but huge congrats to all the finalists and the winners on this year’s best of!!” — Wildwood Photography, Best Kids/Family Photographer - City (@wildwoodphotographychi on Instagram) “Thank you to everyone who voted for me and who has supported me since the launch of ALD

in 2020. I never take for granted how special it is to do what I love everyday with wonderful clients and vendors by my side. Looking forward to many more amazing projects and collaborations to come!” — Annie Liddle Design, Best Interior Designer - Suburbs (@annieliddledesign on Instagram) “We're honored to have our BBQ recognized again as some of the best in the Chicago area. We work hard to serve up the smokiest, sauciest, and tastiest BBQ everyday, and we are so grateful for all the love and support.” — Soul & Smoke, Best New Restaurant – Suburbs (@soulandsmoke on Instagram) “Grateful to be included in this incredible roundup. As an independent, it’s most humbling to be recognized during such unique and trying times. Thanks a million to all who voted with your hearts and to the fine folks doing the good work behind the scenes at Cowboys and Astronauts.” — Cowboys and Astronauts (@cowboysandastronauts on Instagram) VIRTUAL EVENT The Modern Eco-Warriors: A Fundraiser for SeaLegacy On July 21, Cristina Mittermeier, Paul Nicklen, Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis joined us for a live event chat to discuss the global movement to save our oceans. "As a new trustee on the board of a small family foundation whose current focus is providing support to nonprofits protecting our beautiful blue ocean, I was excited to listen to the two founders of SeaLegacy discuss how they go about choosing the community-based projects they support ... Their strategic assessment model was interesting and well thought out. I applaud the tremendous work of these two very passionate conservationists ... Fantastic organization to support!” — Kathy Carver B E T T E R FA L L 2 0 2 1 1 3

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Join SeaLegacy in the Mission to Save Our Oceans By helping the oceans, we can help ourselves and our world — eco-warriors Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier share how. BY BROOKE GEIGER MCDONALD

From raging wildfires to tornadoes and flooding, recent extreme weather incidents provide an increasingly urgent reminder that the fate of our planet hangs in the balance. If the threat of climate change doesn't keep you up at night — it should. Scientists warn that we are at, or even past, critical tipping points in the climate crisis, and it’s imperative we act now. If you think it’s too late or that you’re too small to play a role in turning the tide in the right direction, four of the world’s top conservationists want you to change your tune. On July 21, world-renowned National Geographic wildlife photographers Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier were joined by legendary news anchor Bill Kurtis and famed producer Donna LaPietra for a moving conversation about saving the planet. The discussion was part of a virtual fundraiser for the nonprofit SeaLegacy (sealegacy.org), which Nicklen and Mittermeier cofounded to inspire millions of people, through powerful, visual storytelling, to fight for our oceans and other areas threatened by climate change. During the conversation, Nicklen and Mittermeier stressed that the environmental Cristina Mittermeier/SeaLegacy

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movement needs two major things to make progress: for more people to care, and to raise more money. Kurtis noted that Nicklen and Mittermeier are giving people exactly what they need to be inspired to action — visual evidence, both of the beauty of our oceans and wildlife, but also of the grave dangers it faces. “You can be on the front line because you have the best evidence, and from there you lead us,” Kurtis told the couple. Here are some of the ways these eco-warriors say we can take action now. Ask Questions, Realign Our Values, and Change Our Behavior Nicklen emphasized that every move we make in life is a choice made for or against our Earth.

“Every time we pull out our [credit card], every time we sit down in a restaurant and order something, every time we travel, you know, we are making a decision about what type of planet we want to have,” he said. Mittermeier highlighted two major issues that are negatively impacting the oceans: single-use plastics and overfishing. Change starts at home, so making personal choices like reducing our use of disposable plastics and forgoing seafood, or consuming only sustainable seafood, can make a difference. “We’re all going to have to make a little bit of sacrifice and give up the conveniences we’ve been accustomed to, but that are costing us our planet,” Mittermeier said.

WANT MORE? Learn more about the incredible charge for our planet these eco-warriors are leading, and get inspired to join them, by watching the full conversation at better.net/bettertv.

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SEPTEMBER 2021

CAN'T MISS VIRTUAL EVENTS! Demand Change “systematically and chroniFrom Above cally underfunded” the DONATE NOW Change is not only up to us, environmental movement There’s no better time to however; we must demand is, noting that it receives support SeaLegacy in the more from our governments just 1.8% of the U.S.’s anmission to save our oceans and corporations, as well. nual charity spend. A core and planet. Donate now at “It’s not fair to ask us as part of SeaLegacy’s mission only.one/ecowarriorevent, consumers to make all the is to make it easy for to changes, because when we donate and join the moveand Susan B. Noyes and go to the grocery store, we’re ment. They created a digiMake It Better Media not given choices,” Mittertal platform, “Only One” Group will match all meier said. “They’re the ones (only.one), which solicits donations, up to $25,000. making the decisions, and support with a message of they’re the ones that made hope: “This decade, we can the mess, and they’re the ones that need to rewrite the future. There’s only one planet, one clean it up.” ocean, one way to do this — together.” An easy way to make an ongoing commitment to support SeaLegacy’s important work Use Social Media to Push for Change is to join The Tide (only.one/tide), a global Nicklen and Mittermeier encouraged using social media to leverage strength in numbers by community of supporters who donate monthly in any denomination. SeaLegacy uses that sharing petitions demanding change. “There’s money to reinvest in other organizations doing critical conservation work around the globe. Members of The Tide receive regular communications from the SeaLegacy team, can view the status of all of their campaigns, and can check in on the SeaLegacy 1 and its expeditions around the globe. Members also get exclusive, inspiring video content — regular reminders of the impactful work their donations support. Paul Nicklen/SeaLegacy Ultimately, Mittermeier says, it’s time to put our money where our mouths are. “If you want to real power in social media when people come sleep really well tonight, and if you want to feel together,” Mittermeier said. “We’ve built our better about yourself, stop talking about the platform so that every piece of content is linked planet and align your values to your wallet,” she to an action that we can take together.” said. “We all think that somebody else is doing something, and guess what... nobody else will. Donate, Donate, Donate It’s up to each and every one of us.” Mittermeier painted a grim picture of just how Brooke Geiger McDonald is the national content director for Make It Better Media Group. Her work has appeared in Parents, TravelPulse, Attractions Magazine, MSN, Disney Food Blog and more. Brooke is a passionate supporter of the Shedd Aquarium and The Walt Disney Birthplace in Chicago.

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION

What: Join a panel of experts in childhood education as we explore how learning has changed in the midst of a pandemic, and what the future holds as our country begins to open up again.

Sept. 23, 1 p.m. Register now at better.net/webinars

What's on Replay INGENIOUS WAYS TO PAY FOR COLLEGE with College Cash Solutions Founder Gary Sipos Gary Sipos leads the discussion with a deep dive into unique strategies to pay for college when financial aid appears out of reach.

AGING WELL: Feel Your Best at Any Age From self-care to sexuality, this event offers information and insight about aging you can't find anywhere else! With Dr. Marisha Chilcott, founder and physician at Morpheus Medical Aesthetics; Melanie Perry, national director for memory support and resident experience at Elegance Living; and Monica Gray, COO of Nice Guys Delivery.

THE ART OF LIVING OUTDOORS SPACES brings together a panel of national design leaders, including Jesse Harrison of Harrison Design; Heather Hebert, author of At Home in the Wine Country; and Ben Lenhardt, author of Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago.

CELEBRATING WOMEN ON THE RISE: Unlocking Your Potential An inspiring hour with a panel of female leaders making an impact in our communities and the world.

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New in Town

Pit & Tap Takes Over Nick’s Wilmette Location, Chef John Des Rosiers Brings Two Restaurants to the North Shore, Hudson & Grace Opens New Location, and More BY ALEXA WEINBERG renowned Chef John Des Rosiers. Head over this fall to enjoy your choice of a burrito, burrito bowl, salad bowl, or tacos — each customized to your liking. 840 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, stationmexican.com

Pit & Tap owners Elizabeth & Michael Clarke

What better way to spend your fall than to take in all that local businesses have to offer? If you’re looking for a classic, comforting coffee breakfast, be sure to add Momsy’s Cafe to the top of your list. Thinking about improving your skincare routine? Check out Arch Glow’s new store in Hubbard Woods to see their variety of organic products. And, if you’re interested in spicing up your fall wardrobe, head over to Bunny & Babe’s new store location for a look at their stylish clothing options.

FOOD & DRIN K Pit & Tap In late 2020, the families behind Nick’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill completed the sale of their space to Wilmette resident and experienced restaurant consultant Michael Clarke. Clarke spent months looking for the perfect place to launch his own restaurant idea and found great potential right in Wilmette. Pit & Tap, which opened in July, serves up delicious Texas-style barbecue, and is the perfect place to to “sit, eat some ribs

WANT MORE? Show your love for our local businesses. Check out new restaurants, shops and other openings at better.net/new-in-town.

and drink a beer.” 1168 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, pitandtap.com Everett Farm Spearheaded by Chef John Des Rosiers, Everett Farm brings American-style food with natural ingredients right from the farm. Some highlights include their “Fried Cape Cod... Cod,” The Umami Sandwich, and Belgium Endive & Truffle Salad. 840 S. Waukegan Road, Suite 113, Lake Forest, everettfarm.com The Station This upscale, farm-totable mexican restaurant is also run by the

Momsy’s Cafe Named after the owner’s late mother, Momsy’s Cafe is a new boutique and coffee bar that offers everyone’s favorite drinks and baked goods. Don’t miss out on their wide variety of delicious novelty treats, including Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Rounds, Specialty Cupcakes, and Monkey Bread. 950 Green Bay Road, Suite 110, Winnetka, momsyscafe.com

SHOPPING Arch Glow Arch Glow provides organic and natural oils for your skin to give it a radiant glow. After five years of pop up shops in various Winnetka locations, they’ve opened their full time store in Hubbard Woods and offer a variety of skincare products, along

with beautiful vintage jewels to shop from. 913 Green Bay Road, Hubbard Woods, archglow.com Hudson Grace Co-founded in San Francisco by best friends Monelle Totah and Gary McNatton, Hudson Grace has established a national reputation for inspired, modern home and entertaining essentials. The first Midwest

339 Park Ave, Glencoe, hudsongracesf.com Bunny & Babe Peyton Merrill’s Bunny & Babe boutique is opening its second location in Winnetka. This new location will be right down the street from the first, and will offer customers different price point options. The store is inspired by Babe Paley and Bunny

Arch Glow

outpost, now open in Glencoe, features a signature array of serveware, dinnerware, glassware, flatware, linens, and candles.

Mellon — two style icons of the ’50s and ’60s. 599 Chestnut St, Winnetka, bunnyandbabe.com

Alexa Weinberg is an intern at Better. She is working toward a cognitive science and psychology degree at the University of Michigan with a minor in writing.

New in Town is an ongoing bulletin on new businesses throughout Chicago. Are you or someone you know opening a new business? We want to hear about it! Email macaire@makeitbetter.com.

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HE RIDES FOR A CURE

How far will Dr. Rafat Abonour go to end multiple myeloma? For his patients, no distance is too great. Miles for Myeloma is an annual cycling event that has raised more than $6.7 million for myeloma research and enhanced patient care at IU Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center at IU Health.

To support this critical effort, visit cancer.iu.edu/m4m

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Home, Sweet Home Hear from the new class of North Shore mayors and village presidents in our Q&A Series on page 20.

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NEW NORTH SHORE MAYORS SHARE WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT THEIR TOWNS BY AMANDA MARRAZZO

We asked five of the North Shore’s mayors/village presidents — each elected into their new leadership roles this year — to reveal something about their towns that people who don’t live there might not know. They discussed politics and other things, too (did you know Northfield’s leader is a registered beekeeper or that Kenilworth’s mayor is learning to play the ukulele?). Find the full Q-and-A with each new mayor at Better.net.

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1 GREG LUNGMUS, Northfield We are a small community of 5,500 residents, in the middle of this great urban area called Chicagoland. We have starter homes and country estates, residents who have lived here for 50+ years, millennials who have purchased their first home and townhomes so grandparents can stay close. We truly are a multi-generational community which ensures we stay true to our small-town vibe, while offering quick access to Chicago and beyond.

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2 HOWARD ROIN, Glencoe Glencoe is a jewel on the North Shore. We welcome and 3 believe we offer something for everyone. From east to west, we have a beautiful public beach on Lake Michigan; a small but vibrant downtown (“uptown” to many residents) with excellent restaurants and shops; the world-class Writers Theatre; many lovely child-friendly parks; the Green Bay Trail to the east and the start of the Cook County Forest Preserve’s North Branch Bicycle Trail to the west; superb schools; a topnotch public 18-hole golf course; and just outside the west border of the village, the Chicago Botanic Garden. 3 SENTA PLUNKETT, Wilmette Wilmette is a more diverse town in many respects than people may realize. There is a broad range of housing opportunities for residents of all ages and backgrounds. As a community we are striving to foster more diversity. Our reinvigorated Human

WANT MORE? Get in depth with these new mayors with questions and answers with each at better.net/north-shore-mayors.

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Relations and Housing Commissions are working to make Wilmette as welcoming as can be and accessible to all those who call it home. Recent projects, such as Cleland Place, a 16-unit affordable housing development located at the former American Legion Building on Wilmette Avenue, and the future Optima Development located at 1210 Central which includes significant contributions for affordable housing in partnership with the Community Partners for Affordable Housing, will help to increase the affordable housing opportunities in Wilmette.

4 CECILY KAZ, Kenilworth Kenilworth has long been a destination for architecture buffs, but many visitors miss our historic green spaces like Mahoney Park, a wildflower and bird sanctuary designed by noted landscape architect Jens Jensen in 1933. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Mahoney Park sits on both sides of Sheridan Road at the southeast corner of Kenilworth and is a wonderful place to take a walk and look out over the lake. 5 DANIEL BISS, Evanston We have a really long tradition of a strong, tight-knit Black community that has been here for the better part of the century. This is a community that has built up a cultural institution and a real social fabric and a sense of history and pride. This is something that makes us who we are and makes us a city that I love. We are working on reparations, it’s a big project. I am proud of that and the whole country is watching. We are a town of 75,000 people and part of leading a conversation across the country that our country needs badly and that we take a lot of pride in. Amanda Marrazzo lives in the northwest Chicago suburb of Algonquin. She has been a news reporter for 25 years, including 17 years writing for the Chicago Tribune.

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‘Style Challengers’ Get Real About Beauty, Fashion and Life Marjie Killeen, a freelance writer and a long-time Better columnist, and Laura Hine, Better’s former editor in chief and a frequent contributor to SPACES, have teamed up to create Style Challengers, a website dedicated to women who want to add more style and ease to their daily lives (don’t we all?!). The two longtime friends with North Shore roots take on weekly challenges in the areas of fashion, personal growth, relationships and more, and share their honest opinions about each experience. We are thrilled to begin regularly featuring their work on Better.net.

We’re over 50 and use Botox and Fillers (and tried other stuff too). Here’s our Report. BY MARJIE KILEEN AND LAURA HINE

“Does she or doesn’t she?” was the Clairol advertising slogan that normalized women coloring their hair back in the 1950s and ’60s. There used to be a similar stigma around using injectable cosmetic products like Botox and Juvederm, but is anyone hiding these things anymore? Laura and I aren’t. Here’s what we’ve tried and how well it’s working for us in our 50s.

Philosophy LAURA

I’m 56 and pretty comfortable with that number and how I’m aging. I definitely subscribe to the theory that less is more when it comes to cosmetic procedures, and while I admire women who say no to any intervention, that’s not where I’m at. I want to be happy when I look in the mirror, but I want to look like me. I think what I’m doing is the right mix for me—kinda natural, but better than if I let nature take its course.

Marjie Killeen and Laura Hine

have these “Howdy Doody” lines and I became very self-conscious of them. Now I see my derm for fillers every nine to 12 months. Despite the numbing cream, the injections do hurt and I’ve occasionally experienced bruising. But the wonderful thing about fillers is they work immediately. My face looks fresh but not fake. And bonus, fillers have a preventative impact. Plumping up the area now helps new lines from forming later. Compared to what I spend to color my hair in a year, fillers are a beauty bargain. Botox MARJIE

I’m 58 and I’m not trying to erase every sign of aging from my face, but I do want to feel good about my appearance. There are two spots that bother me— the lines around my mouth and my drooping neck. I’m focusing on what I can do to improve those areas, while leaving the rest pretty much alone. Not everything needs to be fixed!

I’ve had mixed results with Botox, which works by paralyzing muscles so they stay either relaxed or contracted. When I first used Botox to treat my crow’s feet in my 40s, I didn’t like it. It made my upper cheeks feel frozen—I couldn’t even smile normally. In my 50s I tried it on my forehead and, while it did smooth my frown lines, it also lowered my brow, causing my eyes to look more hooded and tired than usual. I’ve seen it do wonders for other women’s foreheads, but it hasn’t worked for me. I’ll just stick with my bangs. On the positive side, I recently tried Botox on my neck and liked it. This is an area where the product makes the muscles contract, and it definitely lifted and tightened my jawline. Botox is cheaper than fillers but wears off after three months.

Fillers

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I’m a bigger fan of Botox than Marjie is. I don’t have bangs, so my prominent “elevens” made me look constantly peeved. I’ve had enough Botox over the years, that those lines are pretty much gone. My dermatologist lightly injects the rest of my forehead so I can still move my eyebrows and she gives them a little lift. Be very specific about how you want your eyebrows to look and go back immediately if your brows feel heavy. I’ve had it happen once or twice, but the doctor was able to fix it each time.

MARJIE

I’ve been injected with both Juvederm and Sculptra, and while they work differently, my results were very similar. As you age and lose fat and collagen, everything sags just a bit. I slightly prefer Sculptra since it encourages your body to produce collagen, so the results develop over a few weeks; it’s a gradual change. It can last two years, but I find after a year, it’s faded and I need a little boost. MARJIE

In my mid-40s, I’d developed creases between my nostrils and the corners of my mouth that I could actually feel. Other women my age didn’t

WANT MORE? For more advice on how to look your best, including fashion, beauty and more, visit better.net/style.

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‘Pack a Yummy Lunch’ - Advice from First-Graders to the Incoming Kindergarten Class BY JESSICA DLUGOSZ

Entering kindergarten is a big adjustment, with longer school days, first-time bus rides, meeting new friends and so much more. Parents and teachers have plenty of suggestions for the little ones tackling all those milestones, but we wanted to talk to some real experts: first-graders! We asked the rising first-graders for their advice to the incoming kindergarten students. Their answers, not surprisingly, are sweet and inspiring.

Sacred Heart, Chicago Logan Johnson Nora Weidenhammer

Follow the rules. You should listen to your teachers and raise your hand if you have a question.

Be a friend to all and help those that need you.

Olyad Teshita

Gulahmad Shekhov Ava O’Flaherty

Don’t be nervous. When you learn all about Sacred Heart, you will be more brave.

You are going to do some very fun things in kindergarten, and you will learn so much.

You have

to listen and learn. You have to be respectful.

Lucinda Marcello

Louisa Baldwin

Have a happy first day in kindergarten.

You don’t need to be shy because it’s just kindergarten.

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Elan Sharon Everly

Isaac Friebus

You will

have lots of

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time to play with new friends, and

hatch eggs.

Don’t for-

You might even build

get a change of clothes.

you will learn lots of new stuff. I hope you have a

a farm for your chicks.

We got pretty muddy and wet this year.

good time. I had a great time.

That’s what we did and it was a really fun thing to do.

Sydney

Jonah Cooper Aara Desai

You will love the Print Shop. You can make lots of cool things. You just need to clean up all your messes.

You will learn about everything. You will do lots of stuff. And there are lots and lots of books in kindergarten to read.

Pack a yummy lunch. It is super fun to eat in a lunchroom.

North Shore Country Day School, Winnetka Sebastian Reber Zuri Day

Noah Freeman

Your name is important and you have

Always remember to have fun!

Keep a smile on your face — even behind

a voice.

a mask.

Sloane Storino

Always remember your lunch box so you’re not hungry!

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Leo Wachter

Listen to your teachers because they love you.

If you feel scared, don’t worry because you have people around you to make you feel brave.

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Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Shanghai Exhibit Depicts Largely Unknown Tale of Escape from the Nazis BY PATRICK REGAN

Jews in Shanghai search lists of survivors after the war.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s latest special exhibit depicts a fascinating and rarely told story of Jews escaping Nazi persecution by fleeing to China. Twenty-two black-and-white photographs by photojournalist Arthur Rothstein show a harsh existence in the Shanghai ghetto for thousands of Jews during the Second World War. The images offer an interesting combination of cultures and give a glimpse of everyday life. One photo captures a couple cooking matzah balls in a Chinese fire pot. Another shows a refugee reading a German Shanghai newspaper. In the 1930s and through 1941, some 20,000 European Jews found refuge from the Nazis in China. In early 1943, the Japanese, who controlled parts of

Shanghai, forced the stateless Jewish refugees into the ghetto, where those who survived remained until the end of the war. An estimated 3,000 people in the ghetto died primarily due to hunger and disease. "These photos provide a window into the lives of refugees who found temporary sanctuary during the turbulent years of World War II," Chief Curator Arielle Weininger said. "The exhibition is a tribute to human endurance, capturing both the enormous hardship and fierce perseverance of these refugees and their families as they managed to survive." Living conditions in the Shanghai ghetto were rustic and cramped. And yet, we know most of these refugees, at least statistically, were among the lucky ones because they escaped Europe before the Nazis seized control.

A community kitchen and laundry in a Shanghai ghetto courtyard.

The museum’s main exhibit covers the Holocaust in detail. It’s a must visit and really a must re-visit for those who have not seen it in a while. That was true for me on a recent weekday trip to the museum. A return for the first time in at least a few years to the main exhibit — where the lighting, acoustics, architecture, and subject matter all work together to encourage reflection — allowed me to gain some perspective. Survivor stories are the hallmark of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, giving grim statistics meaning and forging a personal connection with visitors. This approach is true of the Shanghai exhibit as well. One of those survivors is Judy Fleischer Kolb. She was born shortly after her parents left Germany and arrived in Shanghai, and she spent the first years of her life in the ghetto. A little red sweater knitted for Kolb in 1941 by her grandmother is on display in the main exhibit of the museum. When I saw it, my mind flashed to Schindler’s List and the film’s famous scenes with the little girl in the sharp red coat. That was a Hollywood storyline meant to represent any of the hundreds of thousands of children killed in the Holocaust. The red sweater at the museum is no storyline. It’s real, and it belonged to a toddler who escaped the Holocaust because her family fled to Shanghai. Shanghai: Safe Haven During the Holocaust opened this summer and will be on display at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center through Sept. 5, 2022. WANT MORE? Find more powerful exhibitions on in Chicago at better.net/museums.

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FALL MUST-HAVES If you love the fall season as much as we do, you’ll fall head over sneakers for these autumn-inspired items. BY MACAIRE DOUGLAS

Maze Home Jardin Face Mask in Orange on Orange $12.50, mazehome.com 735 Elm Street, Winnetka Face masks are here to stay … for the moment at least. Pick up this sunny orange mask at Maze Home. Alice & Wonder North Shore Tennis Club Pullover in Tangerine $84, aliceandwonder.com 3542 N. Southport Ave or 956 W. Webster Ave Show your North Shore pride with this vintageinspired 100% cotton pullover that has a forever classic, lived-in, oversized look. Book Bin The Hill We Climb and Other Poems by Amanda Gorman Releases Sept. 21, bookbinnorthbrook.indielite.org 1151 Church Street, Northbrook As the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, Amanda Gorman struck a chord in us all with her moving poetry. Bound to be an instant hit, her inaugural poem, The Hill We Climb, will be published this September in a special edition from Viking Books.

Chalet 40-Inch Solid Steel Log Hoop $79.99, chaletnursery.com 3132 Lake Ave, Wilmette Nothing says cozy autumn nights quite like doing a puzzle in front of a roaring fire, and this log hoop is a beautiful way to store, or even display, your firewood. Jayson Home Alder Vase $95, jaysonhome.com 1885 N Clybourn Ave Place your fall farmers market bouquet in this charming “nature goes glam” vase. The trunk-like silhouette is handmade from porcelain with a metallic gold glaze. Hudson Grace Cire Trudon Circe Candle $125, hudsongracesf.com 339 Park Ave, Glencoe A true indulgence, Cire Trudon’s Circe candle is a sweet blend of bergamot and honey, mixed with cinnamon, sandalwood, musk, patchouli and vanilla.

Cowboys & Astronauts Topo Designs Light Pack in Blue/Red/Forest $69, cowboysandastronauts.com 1478 W Summerdale Ave September is for new backpacks, and this light pack is the perfect combination of color and function. Peachtree Place Jessie Zhao Amazon Rainforest Scarf in Blue $128, peachtreeplaceonline.com 303 South Happ Road, Northfield This 100% silk scarf, the perfect fall accessory, features a beautiful hand painted design inspired by a peaceful night in the tropical forest. Bunny & Babe Loeffler Randall Low Top Sneaker in Sahara $295, bunnyandbabe.com 555 Chestnut Street, Winnetka These white leather sneakers, with cement brown suede, are perfect to usher in fall temps and style.

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Arts & Entertainment BEST MUSEUM (City):

The Art Institute of Chicago

Children's Theatre of Winnetka

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE (City):

Millennium Park The pride of Chicago’s downtown, this gorgeous park provides us with cultural events, special events, music, art, architecture, play space, and so much more. Did we mention The Bean?

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE (Suburbs):

Ravinia Festival

Nothing says summer like a night on the Ravinia lawn, surrounded by live music and friends, wine glass in hand and a picnic spread out before you.

this year, weighing in at four full days of music, merriment, mosh pits, and some of the best street food around.

back to live theatre with an expanded campus. The 400-seat round theater and state-of-the-art education center are due to open in November

BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL (Suburbs):

BEST LIVE THEATRE (Suburbs):

Winnetka Music Festival

Usually found in downtown Winnetka, this year’s festival — titled “Valslist EMERGE Winnetka” — will take place on Sept. 11 at the Winnetka-Skokie Playfields with a great line up including Spencer Ludwig and Allen Stone.

BEST LIVE THEATER (City): BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL (City):

Lollapalooza

Our biggest outdoor music festival returned

Steppenwolf

This storied Chicago theatre, artistic home to some of our best-known actors, welcomes new generations of audiences

Writers Theatre, Glencoe

For more than 25 years, this Glencoe theatre has entertained us with its inventive takes on classics and new work alike. The Jeanne Gang-designed theatre is truly special.

Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview

This world-class art museum welcomed us back this year with some blockbuster exhibits, including the Obama Portraits and the Bisa Butler quilts.

Indoor and outdoor exhibits here fuel the imaginations of kids from around the Chicago area. Early morning “members-only” hours make membership even more attractive!

BEST MUSEUM (Suburbs):

BEST COMEDY VENUE

IL Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Skokie

We must never forget the past — no matter how difficult the message — to move forward together into a brighter future. This is important work, and the Holocaust Museum does it with grace and dignity.

BEST CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The Second City

Bringing all the funny for the last 60 years, with alumni ranging from John Belushi and Bill Murray to Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey. Legendary doesn’t begin to cover it.

BEST ART GALLERY (City):

Catherine Edelman Gallery If you’re an art enthusiast, there’s no better place for contemporary

fine-art photography than this beautiful West Town gallery. Currently by appointment only.

BEST ART GALLERY (Suburbs):

Evanston Art Center

Art exhibits, in-person classes, tours, and important community partnerships to ensure that art is accessible to everyone… this Evanston art hub has it all.

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD FESTIVAL (City):

Old Town Art Fair

This annual festival, with over 200 juried artists and an audience of 10,000 art lovers gathering in the heart of Old Town, is always a treat.

BEST CHILDREN’S THEATER

Children’s Theatre of Winnetka

Live performances at this nonprofit children’s theater return with “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in November, with kids both on stage and running stage crew

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

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Chicago Botanic Garden

THE PAIGE DOOLEY TEAM | COMPASS compass.com/agents/paige-dooley/ Pandemic Pivot We have all had to adjust lives in so many ways during this pandemic. The definition and importance of home has become elevated for all of our clients. We have seen lots of our clients looking for ways to renovate their homes to create more home office spaces, more play spaces, more outdoor living. In addition to selling homes, much of our work is advising our current clients on how to add value to their homes and achieve their objectives for home space. Further, we have learned to host many more home searches with Facetime. Many home transactions were effectively facilitated start (from staging) to finish (final walk through) with Technology! - Paige Dooley, Licensed Real Estate Broker Paige’s Top 5 Arts & Entertainment Picks

Winnetka Music Fest pivots to Emerge Winnetka 2021 Best very local, family friendly music festival bringing serious talent to the North Shore top national and international emerging artists perform in a very intimate outdoor setting!

Wilmette Theatre BEST NEIGHBORHOOD FESTIVAL (Suburbs):

Bloody Mary Fest, Highwood

It’s all about the outlandish garnishes at this wildly entertaining annual summer festival in Highwood. Don’t miss this year’s fest on Sunday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

BEST FAMILY OUTING (City): TIE

Navy Pier

Long one of Chicago’s

top tourist attractions, Navy Pier has special events, a ginormous Ferris wheel, dining, shopping, the Chicago Children’s Museum, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. A little something for everyone!

Shedd Aquarium

Discover the wonder of the aquatic world and the animals that dwell within this marvel on Chicago’s Museum Campus. The cutest penguins, stingray feedings, beluga whales and more await at the Shedd.

BEST FAMILY OUTING (Suburbs):

Chicago Botanic Garden Taking green space to a whole new level, this magnificent spot will connect you and your family with nature in beautiful ways.

BEST CHICAGO SPORTS EXPERIENCE, MEN’S TEAM

Chicago Cubs

The Cubbies might not always win, but a visit to the ivied walls of Wrigley field

is always a treat.

BEST CHICAGO SPORTS EXPERIENCE, WOMEN’S TEAM

Chicago Sky

Hip hip hooray for Chicago’s amazingly talented WNBA team! Come watch a game and see them soar to new heights, led by superstar and Chicago-area native Candace Parker.

Best locally supported cinema to see both latest and independent films plus live performances.

Writers Theatre Highest caliber live theatre with top playwrights, directors and performers in a state of the art venue right in the center of Glencoe.

Botanic Garden Any time of year, this is one of the best events - enjoy strolling the gardens any season or wander the breathtaking Lightscape show in the prime of winter!

Winnetka Historical Society Experience the settlement of Winnetka at the authentically restored and curated Log House, or enjoy the exhibits at the Winnetka Historical Society Museum at 411 Linden, or fascinating online programming.

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Beauty BEST COSMETIC DERMATOLOGIST (City):

Dr. Jordan Carqueville

Dr. Carqueville, a double board-certified Dermatologist, has been recognized for her quality care in our Best Of celebration year after year. She founded The Derm Institute of Chicago, a comprehensive medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology practice. .

BEST COSMETIC DERMATOLOGIST (Suburbs):

Advanced Dermatology

With two locations on the North Shore, Advanced Dermatology offers the latest in cosmetic and dermatological skincare treatments and procedures.

BEST SPA (City), BEST FACIAL (City):

The Spa at The Peninsula Hotel

The luxury spa offers stunning views of the city with complimentary amenities for guests, including a sun terrace, fitness center, and indoor half-Olympic length swimming pool.

BEST FACIAL (Suburbs):

BEST MED SPA (City):

One Magnificent Medspa was founded in 2017 with the desire to create the most efficient skincare experience for their clients. To age gracefully, you owe it to yourself to take care of you, your skin, and your wellness – inside and out.

Proudly founded in 2013, Iteld Plastic Surgery is dedicated to a superior experience with excellent outcomes for their clients and patients. Their new office in Lincoln Park, provides a warm and welcoming location with convenient covered parking.

One Magnificent MedSpa

BEST SPA (Suburbs), BEST MASSAGE (Suburbs):

Egea Spa

An award winning day spa and medical spa, Egea focuses on body wellness and improving skin health, offering complete laser skincare services and injectables under the guidance of their medical director Dr. Adam Cohen M.D.

BEST MASSAGE (City):

Four Seasons Hotel Spa

Offering a menu full of luxury level massages, the Four Seasons Hotel Spa is the perfect place for an afternoon of relaxation.

Iteld Plastic Surgery

BEST MED SPA (Suburbs):

Images Med Spa

With top-of-the-line technology and a tranquil atmosphere, Images Med Spa focuses on a “complete image” experience, encompassing

Jenilea

both the mind and body. Find your best skin at one of Images Med Spa’s locations.

salons deliver excellent artistic hair services in a friendly and restorative environment

BEST HAIRCUT/ SALON SERVICES (Suburbs):

Andreas Hogue Salon

Andreas Hogue Salon is a high end cut and color salon celebrating its 10th year.. They have three locations and a pop-up shop which has provided guests a private space for salon services during the pandemic.

BEST NAIL SALON (City):

Jenilea

Jenilea makes bespoke nail art in a cozy, private studio in Lakeview. They wanted to create a space where getting your nails done felt like getting a tattoo, using wearable art as self-expression, and collaborating with clients to create their dream nails.

BEST NAIL SALON (Suburbs): BEST HAIRCUT/ SALON SERVICES (City):

Sine Qua Non Salons

Opened in 1993 by Chicago native Laura Boton, Sine’s award-winning

Allure Nails and Spray Tan This salon focuses on giving their clients a healthier alternative to full-service nail treatments and the best custom sunless tanning service.

Dr. Jordan Carqueville

BEST LASH SERVICES (City):

BEST WAXING SERVICES

Educated, creative and talented stylists are readily available to provide you with all your beauty needs at Chicago’s Lash Luxe. Indulge in a wide variety of reasonably priced spa services and leave feeling uplifted.

After eight years as a licensed esthetician Kaycie McClure opened The Wicked Waxer in February 2017 to provide amazing brow artistry and Brazilian waxing for all types of women. Having her own space has been one of the best decisions of her life.

Lash Luxe

The Wicked Waxer

BEST LASH SERVICES (Suburbs):

60's Beauty Lash

The most sought-after lash studio in the North Shore since 2016, specializing in lifestyle lashes and gorgeous lash lifts. They pride themselves in their customer service and the lash work they do.

BEST MAKEUP ARTIST

Leesi B Cosmetics

Elise Brill has a makeup studio in Northbrook and an online store. Elise loves teaching clients how to apply makeup so they can feel their best.

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Celebrations BEST BAND

Arlen Music Productions

A perennial winner, Arlen Music Productions knows how to get your guests out on the dance floor with bands like Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra and Indigo.

BEST BRIDAL SHOP (City):

Mira Couture

by appointment only for an intimate experience.

BEST EVENING WEAR (City):

Nordstrom

The luxury department store offers formal wear from designers such as Valentino, Badgley Mischka and Givenchy so you can dazzle at your next event.

This Gold Coast bridal boutique has provided designer gowns and custom pieces for brides, mothers-of-the-bride and global clientele for over 50 years.

BEST EVENING WEAR (Suburbs):

BEST BRIDAL SHOP (Suburbs):

Founded in 1922, The Shop will help you find a dreamy dress for your next big gala or a ready-to-wear piece for a spontaneous soiree.

Bella Bleu Bridal

A repeat winner, Bella Bleu Bridal offers exclusive collections modern brides will love— Arlen Music Productions

The Lake Forest Shop

BEST EVENT PLANNER (City):

The Flower Firm

This event production company creates extraordinary environments for events and galas of every size—providing everything from stunning floral design to lighting and decor.

BEST EVENT PLANNER (Suburbs):

North Shore Weddings & Events

This seven-time Best Of winner plans chic weddings and events that will entertain and inspire you and your guests.

BEST EVENT VENUE (City):

Theater on the Lake

Theater on the Lake gives you four venue options, or you can use the entire building, with stunning views of Lake Michigan and the skyline.

BEST EVENT VENUE (Suburbs):

Chicago Botanic Garden

Let Mother Nature take care of your decor, and Chicago Botanic Garden’s event staff will take care of the rest.

BEST CATERER (City):

Blue Plate

Blue Plate caters at more than 80 unique Chicago area venues and boasts a culinary team that is unmatched in the industry.

BEST CATERER (Suburbs):

Food for Thought Women-led and founded, Food For Thought offers full-service and drop-off catering, combining the talents and culinary vision of an award-winning kitchen scaled to serve 1.5 million guests annually.

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER (City):

Iron + Honey

Melissa Ferrara, the vision-driven photographer behind Iron +

Lively House and Home

Honey, specializes in intimate wedding, portrait, engagement, lifestyle and travel photography.

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER (Suburbs):

Julie Kaplan Photography

A winner since 2014, Julie Kaplan is a portrait photographer with a studio in Highland Park. She also shoots on location throughout the North Shore and Chicago capturing all stages of life.

BEST STATIONER (City):

tells your wedding story through timeless design—custom wedding invitations, calligraphy and day of details will make your experience one of a kind.

BEST STATIONER (Suburbs):

Calligraphy by Katherine

It’s a repeat win—four years in a row— for Katherine Glattard, who has mastered more than 20 different scripts for everything from wedding invitations and chalkboard signage to diplomas and family trees.

Lively House & Home Lively House & Home

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Backlot Coffee

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BEST AL FRESCO DINING (City):

Honey Butter Fried Chicken

Bring on the HBFC Fried Chicken with a tub of their namesake honey butter, pour us a Candied Jalapeño Margarita, and let us dine under the twinkly lights on this expansive patio in Avondale.

BEST AL FRESCO DINING (Suburbs):

Five & Dime

This Evanston patio roof has it all: umbrella-shaded dining, giant Jenga, creative cocktails, rosé slushies, a great Tuna Poke Bowl, and one of the best burgers around.

BEST BAKERY (City):

BEST BAR (City):

Village Tap

This repeat winner is a Chicago classic for a reason… plus they’ve got a great beer garden.

BEST BAR (Suburbs):

Ward 8

Classic cocktails made to perfection on the border of Evanston and Chicago; come for the drinks, stay for the charcuterie boards.

BEST BBQ (City):

Smoque BBQ

The Avondale neighborhood is blessed with this BBQ destination, and some of the best damn brisket (and pulled pork!) in town.

Sweet Mandy B’s

BEST BBQ (Suburbs):

BEST BAKERY (Suburbs):

Though we lost the ebullient Hecky Powell to COVID last year, his namesake BBQ joint soldiers on, bringing the gospel of Baby Back Ribs and Smoked Chicken to the North Shore. As Hecky always said, “It’s the sauce!”

A multi-year winner in this category, Mandy B’s brings the sugar to Lincoln Park and Streeterville in all the sweetest ways — looking at you, Snickerdoodle Cake.

Hewn

The talented team at Hewn are putting out extraordinary loaves of hand-forged, artisan sourdough bread every day, along with excellent sandwiches and all manner of tempting sweets.

Hecky’s BBQ

BEST BREAKFAST/ BRUNCH (City):

Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club Gotta love a great brunch, especially

BMBC’s Mayan Benedict, Lemon Crab Cakes, and Spiced Banana Waffles.

BEST BREAKFAST/ BRUNCH (Suburbs):

Walker Brothers’ Original Pancake House Cravings not to be ignored: Walker Brothers’ Hot Apple Cinnamon Pancake, served piping hot from the oven, and a side of hash browns with cheese. Don’t ask about the calorie count.

the West Loop, but this most excellent burger can also be found at the fast-casual Small Chevals in Wicker Park or Old Town — with a much shorter line.

BEST CHINESE (Suburbs):

Koi

Sandy Chen’s Koi is a longtime Evanston destination for fantastic sushi, happy hour, and a vast selection of regional Chinese dishes.

BEST BURGER (Suburbs):

Edzo’s

This legendary burger joint wins this category every year, and one taste of Eddie Lakin’s Patty Melt, Five Onion Fries,

BEST COFFEE SHOP (City):

Dark Matter Coffee

The “mothership” in Ukrainian Village is Dark

one in Chicago’s Irving Park nabe!) roasts their own beans, bakes up some seriously amazing sourdough cinnamon rolls, and makes a killer Lavender Matcha Latte.

BEST FINE DINING (City):

Alinea

Co-Owners Nick Kokonas and Chef Grant Achatz created an oasis of calm and gentility in Lincoln Park, one of the world’s best restaurants

BEST BREWERY (City):

Half Acre Beer Company

The Balmoral location’s beer garden is a big draw for enjoying a freshly brewed Daisy Cutter Pale Ale or Pony Pilsner in good weather.

BEST BREWERY (Suburbs):

Sketchbook Brewing

Visit either the original Evanston or new(ish) Skokie taproom to enjoy Sketchbook’s Orange Door Double DryHopped IPA in a convivial atmosphere.

BEST BURGER (City):

Au Cheval

The original Au Cheval burger can be found in

Green City Market

or the perfect Oreo milkshake tells the tale.

BEST CHINESE (City):

Duck Duck Goat

Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard’s “reasonable authentic” Chinese Food wins your heart. Is it the Char Siu Pork Buns, or the Xi’an Goat Slap Noodles that catch your fancy?

Matter central, with a large selection of freshly roasted beans and a healthy serving of attitude.

— and they’ve got the international awards to prove it.

BEST STEAKHOUSE (City): BEST COFFEE SHOP (Suburbs):

Backlot Coffee

John Kim and Isaac Bloom’s Evanston coffee shop (pro tip: there’s also

Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse

The Rush Street/Viagra Triangle location of this eternal hotspot has been very good to Gibson’s,

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Dining Chicago’s favorite source for prime meat.

BEST STEAKHOUSE & BEST FINE DINING (Suburbs):

The Barn Steakhouse

Amy Morton and James Beard Award-winning chef Debbie Gold have redefined the steakhouse for the modern age at this gem in downtown Evanston.

BEST FARMERS MARKET (City):

Green City Market

Each Wednesday and Saturday morning, the south end of Lincoln Park is filled with chefs, Chicagoans and suburbanites alike, all in pursuit of the freshest locally sourced food around. Community programs, cooking demonstrations, and more.

BEST FARMERS MARKET (Suburbs):

Evanston Farmers Market

Head to Evanston for your favorite suburban market on Saturday mornings from May through October and discover a vibrant and thriving community of foodies and local purveyors.

BEST GROCERY STORE OR MARKET

Trader Joe’s

TJ’s, how do we love thee? The snacks and ice cream novelties alone are reason to go, but the beverage selection and the large selection of cheeses are close runners up.

BEST ICE CREAM/ FROZEN YOGURT/ GELATO (City):

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

There are seven Jeni’s locations in Chicago — plus one at Oakbrook Center — so you’re never too far from your next scoop of Buttercream Birthday Cake or pint of Skillet Cinnamon Roll.

BEST ICE CREAM/ FROZEN YOGURT/ GELATO (Suburbs):

Graeter’s Ice Cream

Lucky Northbrook and Winnetka, home to Graeter’s Ice Cream shops. It’s ALL about those signature chunks of chocolate combined with premium ice cream flavors like Black Raspberry or Toffee Chocolate Chip.

The Barn Steakhouse

restaurant offers modern Nepalese and Indian cuisine.

BEST INDIAN (Suburbs):

Mt. Everest

Featuring local, ethically sourced ingredients whenever possible, this Evanston spot for Indian and Nepalese cooking has graced downtown Evanston for over 20 years.

BEST ITALIAN (City):

RPM Italian

It’s always a party at River North’s RPM Italian, where the housemade pastas, high-quality meats and seafood, and glorious antipasti offerings are much in demand.

BEST INDIAN (City):

Cumin

Winner of a Michelin Bib Gourmand designation, this Logan Square

BEST ITALIAN (Suburbs):

Campagnola

Chef Vince DiBattista

serves up rustic — yet sophisticated — Italian cuisine in this Evanston neighborhood favorite. Don’t miss his Pappardelle Bolognese or the salmon with lentils, spinach, and melted tomatoes.

BEST NEW RESTAURANT (City):

Avli on the Park

Louie Alexakis does it again with his fourth location of Avli (which originated in Winnetka, BTW), this time in a light-filled and airy space overlooking the urban botanic garden of Lake Shore East Park.

BEST NEW RESTAURANT (Suburbs):

Soul & Smoke

Chef D’Andre Carter and wife Heather Bublick are making barbecue with fine dining underpinnings and a

surfeit of deliciousness. Is there a better brisket around? Or Shrimp and Grits? Not in my book.

BEST MEXICAN (City):

Frontera Grill

For over 30 years, Chef Rick Bayless and his team have been creating peerless Mexican cuisine in the heart of River North. The Cochinita Pibil is still every bit as wonderful now as it was then.

BEST MEXICAN (Suburbs):

Taco Diablo

Dan Kelch and his Evanston team have double dipped on the Best of Dining list this year! They make a mighty fine margarita here, and some killer tacos, too.

BEST PIZZA (City):

Pequod’s

It’s all about the caramelized crust at this Lincoln Park pizza joint (the original location in Morton Grove is also still going strong). One slice is a meal in itself.

BEST PIZZA (Suburbs):

Lou Malnati’s

There are 58 Lou Malnati’s pizzerias in Illinois, with more in Arizona, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Seems like people can’t get enough of their Chicago Deep Dish and thin-crust pizzas.

BEST SANDWICHES (City):

Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen

Making the Reuben (and the Potato Latkes, Babka French Toast, Cheese Blintzes, Stuffed Cabbage, Noodle Kugel…

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BEST SANDWICHES (Suburbs):

Stacked & Folded Whether your taste runs to a Chicken Parm or a Bulgogi Cheesesteak Sandwich, you’ll find just the right thing to fill your tummy at either location of this happy spot.

BEST SEAFOOD (City):

Shaw’s Crab House

For decades, Shaw’s has been the go-to for impeccably fresh fish and seafood. A second location opened in Schaumburg, to the delight of the Western ‘burbs.

BEST SEAFOOD (Suburbs):

Oceanique

It’s been 30 years since seafood wizard Mark Grosz opened this destination restaurant in Evanston, and it’s still going strong. A great place for oysters and champagne

BEST SUSHI (City):

Momotaro

Head to the West Loop for some of Chicago’s most pristine raw fish and seafood at Momotaro, the Boka Restaurant Group’s take on modern Japanese cuisine.

BEST SUSHI (Suburbs):

Blufish Sushi Bistro

Got a taste for sushi? You’ve got three suburban locations to choose from, all offering beautiful maki, nigiri, and sashimi, along with other favorite Japanese dishes

BEST THAI (City):

Opart Thai

Opened in 1983 in Lincoln Square, this wonderful Thai restaurant is now located in West Town, but the authentic flavors and dishes remain the same.

BEST THAI (Suburbs):

NaKorn

The word for “cosmopolitan” in Thai, NaKorn’s food is anything but business as usual. Eating here is always a revelation.

BEST VEGAN/ VEGETARIAN (City):

The Chicago Diner

For nearly 40 years, The Chicago Diner has led the way for vegans and vegetarians in search of a good meal.

BEST VEGAN/ VEGETARIAN (Suburbs):

Blind Faith Café

Owner David Lipschutz has been keeping the faith at this seminal Evanston vegetarian restaurant for over 40 years. From Stuffed Risotto Cakes to Thai Peanut Noodles, the global influence here is always in evidence.

BEST VIETNAMESE

Le Colonial

The new location on Oak Street has been a huge boon to this Vietnamese stalwart, giving new life to the menu and drawing crowds.

BEST WINE STORE (City):

Binny’s Beverage Depot With 45 Illinois locations, 30,000 available products, and an impeccable 70-year history of service, Binny’s rules Chicagoland.

BEST WINE STORE (Suburbs):

Schaefer’s Wines, Foods & Spirits

Shaw's Crab House

Your one-stop shop on the North Shore for all things beverage related: wines and liquors from around the world; snacks, cheeses and more!

KOI FINE ASIAN CUISINE & LOUNGE koievanston.com Pandemic Pivot “This Pandemic and economic depression the world faces is a challenging period for all businesses, especially for the Hospitality Industry. My business Koi Fine Asian Cuisine in Evanston stayed open everyday by offering curbside pick up and contactless delivery service. At the same time, I donated food to low income families, hospital workers, Connections for the Homeless, Common Pantry, etc. I have learned one most important lesson: We are all in this together and need to help each other.” – Sandy Chen, philanthropist, community leader and owner of Koi Fine Asian Cuisine Sandy’s Top 5 Dining Picks

Clarke’s Off Campus

Great breakfast and lunch spot. Clarke’s has been visited by a Princess and the GOAT, Muhammad Ali. Woo hoo!

Bar Roma Traditional Italian with crafted cocktails. Owner Julia Zhu provides warm hospitality and of course, delicious food.

Edzo’s Burger Shop Best burger in town. Fresh ground-on-site beef burgers and fresh cut fries and hand scooped milkshakes. Edzo’s also has a classic Chicago hot dog with all the trimmings.

Oceanique Family owned and operated, with Chef Mark Grosz uses only the freshest ingredients and seasonal fare and over 300 wine selections. It’s a go-to spot in Evanston.

Union Pizzeria Connected to SPACE, delicious wood fired neapolitan pizza. Beautiful industrial dining room with stunning floor to ceiling windows.

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Education BEST CHICAGOAREA UNIVERSITY/ COLLEGE

Northwestern University

Since 1855, Northwestern University has served as one of the country’s leading private research and teaching universities. Its 21,000 students are able to thrive in a diverse community through excellent teaching, innovative research, and over 500 different student organizations and clubs.

BEST PRESCHOOL (City):

Loyola University Chicago Preschool

Loyola University Chicago Preschool aims to “cultivate genuine, joyous, and trusting relationships so that children can become enthusiastic lifelong learners as well as kind, thoughtful

people.” While attending to the individual needs of each child, they use a “developmentally appropriate, play-based curriculum” to enhance enthusiasm and curiosity.

BEST PRESCHOOL (Suburbs):

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School is open to all OLPH Parish families who want to provide their children with a deeper enrichment in learning and celebrating their faith. It aims to foster the intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional and social growth and development of students through its programming.

BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL (City):

Latin School

Latin School of Chicago utilizes their innovative curriculum and broad range of extracurricular programs to promote the growth and wellbeing of each student. Founded in 1888, Latin has since served its students with a rigorous educational program within its diverse environment, promoting diversity of people, culture, and ideas to children in Junior Kindergarten through 12 Grade.

BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL (Suburbs):

North Shore Country Day

North Shore Country Day aims to develop students into critical thinkers, collaborative problem solvers and caring citizens of the world. This private school offers a transformative educational experience for its 540 students, who come from all over the Chicagoland area.

BEST PUBLIC SCHOOL (City):

Walter Payton College Preparatory

North Shore Country Day

Walter Payton College Preparatory High School is a notable, selective enrollment public high school located in the

New Trier

heart of downtown Chicago. It maintains a distinguished and awardwinning reputation for its world-class math, science, world-language, humanities, fine arts, and adventure education programs. Students are able to take advantage of Payton Prep’s portfolio of challenging academic courses, as well as its host of extracurricular activities.

BEST PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL (Suburbs):

New Trier

Founded in 1901, New Trier Township High School District 203 is a four-year high school that serves about 4,000 students from Chicago’s North Shore suburban communities. Freshmen attend its Northfield Campus, and sophomores through seniors attend its Winnetka Campus. As evidence of the school’s motto, “to commit minds to inquiry, hearts to compassion, and lives to the service of humanity,” New Trier offers numerous opportunities for both learning and involvement

outside of the classroom in activities, athletics, fine/performing arts, and social service.

into the museum’s collection.

BEST CONTINUING EDUCATION BEST TUTOR

Mathnasium

Mathnasium is a mathonly learning center that works with students in grades 2-12. Using deep diagnostic testing, they create customized learning plans for each student, leading to deeper understanding of math concepts, improved academic performance and greater self-confidence. Whether your child is an advanced student seeking enrichment or a student who needs more in-depth learning for understanding, Mathnasium works to meet the individual needs of every child.

New Trier Extension

Each year, New Trier Extension (NTX) provides over 500 onsite classes to the broader community. They offer an extensive collection of classes in a variety of areas including Art, Fencing, Financial Planning, Fitness, Healthy Living, Languages, Music, Oneof-a-Kind, Rowing, Sailing, T’ai Chi, Technology, Wrestling, Writing, and Yoga. Participants of all ages are encouraged to enroll! Visit their website to browse classes and learn more.

BEST CODING CLASSES BEST ART INSTRUCTION

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Institute offers a variety of education courses and workshops, including Art History, giving you the opportunity to delve deeper

Code Ninjas

With hundreds of centers around the world, kids learn to code – either in person or virtually – and create ample work of their own in a safe, fun, and inspiring environment. Find a center near you!

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The Red Balloon Kiddos outgrown everything in their closet? This Chicago favorite has the coolest clothes for babies, kids and tweens.

BEST KIDS CLOTHING (Suburbs):

Sprout Kids

For over eight years this children’s clothing and gift boutique has been providing the best quality layette and children’s clothing for boys and girls.

BEST TOY STORE (City):

Timeless Toys

Timeless Toys Ltd. was established in 1993 and offers a creative selection of toys, puzzles and games for all ages.

with a visit to this salon featuring video games and car-shaped cutting chairs.

BEST KIDS/FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER (City):

Wildwood Photography

This repeat winner is all about capturing those precious, fleeting moments your family will treasure for years to come.

BEST KIDS/FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER (Suburbs):

Nicole Thomas Photography

Nicole Thomas Photography has been serving Chicago and the North Shore for nineteen years. They specialize in kids, family, actors/models as well as professional headshots and work both in studio and on location.

BEST TOY STORE (Suburbs):

BEST SWIM SCHOOL

The goal of The Wild Child is to get kids unplugged and engaged in pretend play and interactive activities.

Big Blue offers swimming lessons for kids ages 3 months to 12 years, teaching them how to be safe, happy, and confident swimmers. Their unique approach of hiring highly trained, adult swim instructors guarantees kids have fun while learning from caring professionals.

The Wild Child

BEST KIDS HAIRCUT

Kidsnips

Make your child’s haircut experience fun

Big Blue Swim School

JCC Camp Chi

BEST INDOOR PLAYSPACE

Little Beans Café Little Beans is an imaginative and active playspace and family cafe for kids 0-12 years. They offer drop-in play, camps, preschool programs, classes, parties, and food/drink in their full-service cafe.

BEST DAY CAMP

Apachi Day Camp

Summer at Apachi is filled with camp traditions, day after day of fun, and programming in alignment with health and safety guidelines.

Expansive campuses, caring counselors, and connection with friends are hallmarks of every Apachi summer.

BEST OVERNIGHT CAMP

Camp Chi

For nearly 100 years, Camp Chi has transformed children’s summers. Campers unplug from daily life and connect to life-changing moments filled with a sense of community, kindness and respect. Campers see opportunities for adventure and fun, while growing and gaining independence.

Sprout Clothing

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Health & Fitness

Bloom Yoga

BEST CROSSFIT (City):

BEST CROSSFIT (Suburbs):

With a mission to build better athletes, Lincoln Park Crossfit offers competitive strength and conditioning by athletes, for athletes.

CrossFit Factorial was founded in 2016, and provides fitness and nutrition coaching throughout Chicago’s North Shore. Their team specializes in one hour coach-led fitness classes, giving clients a unique full-body workout each day.

Lincoln Park Crossfit

CrossFit Factorial

BEST EQUIPMENT/ ATHLETIC-WEAR STORE (City):

BEST EQUIPMENT/ ATHLETIC-WEAR STORE (Suburbs):

Fleet Feet knows running. With over seven locations around Chicago and the suburbs, it is your one-stop-shop for athletes.

Uncle Dan’s mission is to help their customers live active, fulfilling lives by providing quality outdoor-inspired products, backed by deep expertise and remarkable service.

Fleet Feet

Uncle Dan’s

BEST FITNESS CLASSES (City), BEST PERSONAL TRAINER (City):

Power Sculpt Fitness & Heather Hughes

Power Sculpt Fitness specializes in high intensity interval training within a wide variety of formats including indoor cycling, TRX training, kickboxing, barre and many more.

BEST PERSONAL TRAINER (Suburbs):

Eric Smoot/ Redefined Fitness

Our readers voted Eric Smoot of Redefined Fitness the best personal trainer in the suburbs for the third year in a row.

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BEST FITNESS CLASSES (Suburbs), BEST SPIN STUDIO (Suburbs):

Studio Spin

Studio SPIN was Founded in 2013 by Julie and Jeremy Hafner. What started out as a small eight bike studio, has evolved into over 30 spin bikes. Studio Spin also specializes in Boxing, Yoga and Strength classes.

BEST FITNESS CLUB (City):

Chicago Athletic Clubs

As a CAC member you have access to hundreds of weekly Group Fitness Classes, including dance, yoga, cycle, strength training, boxing and kickboxing, pool classes and more.

BEST FITNESS CLUB (Suburbs), BEST SPIN STUDIO (City):

Studio Three

Studio Three, Chicago’s leading fitness boutique since 2015, encompasses three elite fitness studios under one roof: Interval, Cycle and Yoga. The first concept of its kind, Studio Three unites these effective, experiential disciplines with bestin-class instructors, cutting edge technology, custom-designed performance equipment.

Body Science PFT

Body Science is welcoming, supportive and full of positive energy. For more than 15 years, clients have trusted Body Science to help them reach their fitness goals with personal training, group classes, physical therapy, stretching and massage.

BEST PILATES STUDIO (City),

Pilates + Coffee

Pilates. Coffee. Community. That is the ethos of Roscoe Village studio and coffee shop Pilates + Coffee, opened by Jacquelyn and Ryan Brennan in2018.

BEST PILATES STUDIO (Suburbs),

Pilates Central Wellness

Their core practice is the integration of Pilates, Physical Therapy and Postural Restoration®, a unique method centered on recognizing the natural asymmetry in the human body. Pilates Central opened in 2003 and has grown into a nurturing community, addressing each client’s individual needs.

BEST YOGA STUDIO (Suburbs):

Yogaview

Yogaview is a locally owned business that has been open since July 2002, and has served as a refuge of relaxation and renewal for people new to yoga as well as those who have practiced for years. Both locations offer workshops, Gong Baths and the highest quality of yoga instruction.

BEST CRYOTHERAPY (City):

The CryoBar

The CryoBar is Chicago’s premier cryotherapy and recovery facility with locations in Lincoln Park, Bucktown and West Loop. The CryoBar is not a franchise, but a Chicago based, femaleowned, family run business founded in 2016 by Sara Latham.

BEST YOGA STUDIO (City):

Bloom Yoga Studio

Body Science PFT

Bloom is a welcoming community offering yoga & massage for people of all ages and stages of life. Bloom has been a local favorite since opening its doors in Lincoln Square in 2004. Bloom is all about community and creating a welcoming, accessible, space for wellbeing.

BEST CRYOTHERAPY (Suburbs):

CryoPure Spa

Founded in June of 2016, CryoPure Spa has become a 5-Star Holistic Wellness Clinic, located in the heart of Highland Park. Growing from two services to nine, they have been able to change the lives of thousands of individuals and help them feel the best they’ve ever felt.

Chia Leah

BEST CHIROPRACTOR (City):

SUVARNA

While SUVARNA are specialists in chiropractic services they take a holistic approach to their patients’ health and wellness. They offer custom curated tonics crafted to fuel your soul and body. Browse the newest boutique healthcare trends and products while sitting in a beautiful space.

BEST HEALTH & WELLNESS COACH

Chia Leah

In 2015, IIN certified health coach Leah Bostrom founded Chia Leah with a mission of fueling a healthy lifestyle through nutrition education. She expanded the business with clean consumer packaged goods which are sold online and at local grocery stores.

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY BEST CHIROPRACTOR (Suburbs):

Evolution Spine & Sports Therapy

Evolution Spine and Sports Therapy began with the idea that everyone will be treated with respect and compassion. The team strives to give each patient time to ensure that they are informed on what is going on, how it can be fixed and then given treatment on the first visit.

React Physical Therapy

React Physical Therapy was founded in 2012 by David Reavy, PT, MBA, OCS, CEO, and has six clinics across the Chicago, Wilmette, and Deerfield areas. React Physical Therapy is proud to be a privately owned, local business that allows a world-class team of experts to provide patients with the personalized attention and care they deserve.

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Home & Design BEST ARCHITECT (City):

dSPACE Studio dSpace Studio is an award-winning architecture firm dedicated to architecture, interiors, and landscape. Founded in 2007, they strive to integrate environmentally sustainable design with green technologies and materials whenever possible.

BEST ARCHITECT (Suburbs):

BEST BUILDER (City):

Reynolds Architecture specializes in custom projects, both residential and commercial, around Chicagoland. Founded in 1995, Doug Reynolds and his team have designed and built over 150 distinctive custom homes.

Since 1891, Bulley & Andrews has expanded on its legacy, evolving into a leading, cuttingedge construction company with a regional focus and national reach.

Reynolds Architecture

Bulley & Andrews

BEST BUILDER (Suburbs):

Orren Pickell Building Group

Orren Pickell Building Group manages every phase of custom home building and remodeling for clients. With over 40 years of experience, they have a reputation built upon outstanding value, craftsmanship, and service.

BEST FLOORING (City):

APEX Wood Floors

Whatever your project

may be, there is no need to look further; APEX offers a curated collection of beautiful natural wood floors.

BEST FLOORING (Suburbs):

Lewis Floor & Home

You’ll find a vast variety of products from flooring to area rugs, and more all under one roof in the massive 26,000 sq. ft. showroom.

BEST INTERIOR DESIGNER (City):

Michael Abrams Interiors

Michael Abrams creates timeless client-specific design solutions reflective of his profound dedication to beauty, comfort and home. By fusing artistic and architectural knowledge with personal aesthetic, Michael and his team create refreshing interiors that are truly client

de Giulio Kitchen Design

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BEST INTERIOR DESIGNER (Suburbs):

Annie Liddle Design

Annie's work features traditional style with a fresh perspective tailored for her clients’ lifestyle. An expert at combining classic elements and colorful textures she creates beautiful and welcoming spaces for families of all ages.

BEST KITCHEN DESIGN (City):

De Giulio Kitchen Design

de Giulio kitchen design was founded in 1984 by designer Mick De Giulio. Internationally recognized for innovative interior architecture and product design for kitchens, the company designs custom residential and commercial kitchens worldwide.

BEST KITCHEN DESIGN (Suburbs):

Normandy Remodeling

Normandy strives to provide customers with an exceptional home remodeling experience,

as they’ve done for over 40 years. They take care of the design, blueprints, permitting, and construction, to make your remodel as beautiful, stress free and enjoyable as possible.

BEST LANDSCAPING COMPANY (City):

City Escape

Established in 2003, City Escape Garden Center & Design Studio carries an exceptional selection of plants, potted containers, pottery and urns, home accents and garden accessories.

BEST LANDSCAPING COMPANY (Suburbs):

Bertog Landscape Company

Bertog Landscape, founded in 1974 by Tracy Bertog, builds harmony between landscape and home. Each garden is sculpted to enhance the architecture of the home, its outdoor environment and client lifestyle, holistically blending vision and expertise.

BEST OUTDOOR/ PATIO DESIGNER (City):

Chicago Gardenworks, Inc. Chicago Gardenworks is

a landscape design and installation company that has worked on the Northshore since 1996. They specialize in the landscape process including, patios, walks, retaining walls, rain gardens, fire and water features, and perennial gardens.

BEST OUTDOOR/ PATIO DESIGNER (Suburbs):

Mariani Landscape

This award-winning, family-run company believes in “hard work, high quality, and uncompromising customer service.”

BEST HOME ORGANIZATION COMPANY (City):

Bedside Manor

Bedside Manor inspires customers to create bedding ensembles that make a house feel like a home, bath luxuries that titillate the senses, and furniture pieces that tell a story. Over the past 36 years, they have developed incredible relationships with their clients.

BEST HOME ORGANIZATION COMPANY (Suburbs):

Closet Works

There is no better team

to help you create the closet of your dreams. Closet Works is a local family owned and operated business with over three decades of serving homeowners to “Organize Your Life” through custom organization systems.

Hester, in providing unparalleled customer service, the highest quality craftsmanship, individual and business integrity, and outstanding creativity to all their clients looking for the very best in painting and faux finishing.

BEST PAINTER

BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY:

Hester Painting & Decorating

The mission of Hester Painting & Decorating is to continue the tradition of their founder, Tom

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brokers and clients with the highest level of service through cuttingedge sales and marketing programs and a culture that values innovation, relationships and a strong local focus. As a locally owned, independent company, @properties is deeply committed to supporting the communities and clients they serve.

Established in 2000, @properties was built around a simple but elusive concept: provide

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Philanthropy

BEST FUNDRAISER (City):

JDRF One Dream Gala

JDRF’s mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications. The JDRF Illinois Chapter

serves the Chicagoland and greater Illinois T1D community by providing resources, supporting community outreach, and organizing fundraising events including their annual JDRF One Dream Gala. In past years, this event has raised over $9 million for T1D research.

BEST FUNDRAISER (Suburbs):

Rush Woman’s Auxiliary Cooks' Tour

Spearheaded by The Woman’s Board at Rush University Medical Center, the annual Cooks' Tour welcomes over 600 guests for an intimate

tour of stunning homes to benefit the work of Rush University Medical Center. Funds raised from this year’s Tour on September 22 will specifically go toward the Woman’s Board Fund for Precision Oncology. Purchase your tickets for a night filled with beauti-

ful outdoor spaces, the Cooks’ Tour raffle, silent auction, and more.

BEST CHARITY WALK/RUN

PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run

PAWS Chicago (Pets Are Worth Saving) is an

organization committed to bringing an end to the killing of homeless cats and dogs. They find homes for 5,000 dogs and cats annually through its adoption centers and operate one of the largest high volume free and low-cost spay/ neuter clinics in

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the country. This year’s annual Walk/Run will be held on September 18, and will help to further PAWS’ mission to build a No Kill city.

BEST GIVE-BACK OPPORTUNITY (City):

Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository believes that “a healthy community starts with food.” This organization connects over 700 partner organizations and programs – food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile distributions and other partners – working to bring food, dignity and hope to our neighbors across Chicago and Cook County.

BEST GIVE-BACK OPPORTUNITY (Suburbs):

BRIAN HLAVACEK (PAWS)

Mothers Trust Foundation Pop Up Prom Shoppe Each April as Prom approaches, Mothers Trust Foundation partners with Zengeler Cleaners and College of Lake County for their Pop Up Prom Shoppe. This fundraiser helps further the organization’s mission of “providing immediate assistance during times of crisis to low-income children."

Pandemic Pivot "Impeccable communication includes active listening to understand…. this key characteristic became especially important during the past year while navigating the erratic terrain of commercial real estate. Providing a long term road map to secure the future, offering flexibility to make changes regarding term and footprint, were critical factors in the negotiations for our clients." -Gail Sturm, Founder, Sturm Realty LLC

BEST GALA

Lincoln Park Zoo Ball

Hosted by the Woman’s Board, the Zoo Ball is Lincoln Park Zoo’s largest annual fundraiser. The event begins with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and entertainment. The event serves as a way for business, civic, and philanthropic leaders to gather and support the zoo’s efforts to “connect people with nature at one of the only remaining free zoos in the United States.”

Gail’s Top 5 Philanthropy Picks

Brushwood Center

As Brushwood’s Board Chair, I am passionate about the healing value of nature and the arts for ALL. Through intentional collaborations, we help respond to the needs of the world as it is and inspire hope for the world as it could be.

The Way of the Rain PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run

Rush Woman’s Auxiliary Cooks' Tour

Founded by Artistic Director Sibylle Szaggars Redford, The Way of the Rain creates MultiDisciplinary Environmental Art Performances that are designed to promote public awareness and support for the protection of our Earth thereby creating healthy and vital communities.

The Redford Center The Redford Center uses the power of storytelling to galvanize environmental justice and regeneration. By amplifying and changing the conversations around environmentalism, they aim to engage a much broader and more diverse population to take action in the movement.

Clean Energy Trust As an entrepreneur and environmentalist I am passionate about Clean Energy Trust. It brings clean-tech innovation to market by finding, funding, and growing high-impact cleantech startups from the Midwest.

The Josselyn Center Mental and emotional health is critical to well being. Josselyn Center meets the person where he/she is and provides a breadth of services supporting a model of person-centered, comprehensive and compassionate clinical care.

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Services BEST FLORIST (City):

Flowers for Dreams

Delivering locally crafted flowers at honest prices, charity is at the heart of Flowers for Dreams, as they donate to a local charity with every bouquet purchased.

BEST FLORIST (Suburbs):

The Flower Shop in Glencoe

For being a little shop with a “small but mighty” attitude, The Flower Shop of Glencoe could not be more blown away by all the support the North Shore has shown them over the past year.

BEST REALTOR (City):

Hayley Westhoff, Compass

As a “Top 1% Producing Agent," named by Chicago Association of Realtors & America’s Top 100 LLC, Hayley is driven by a strong desire to exceed clients’ expectations and deliver results.

BEST REALTOR (Suburbs):

Julie Hartvigsen, Compass Born and raised on the North Shore, Julie has an intimate knowledge of the area and those qualities that make it such a unique and special place to live and raise a family.

BEST HOSPITAL (City):

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

An academic medical hospital, Northwestern is the primary teaching affiliate for the Feinberg

Julie Hartvigsen

School of Medicine and has affiliated physicians representing virtually every medical specialty.

BEST HOSPITAL (Suburbs):

Evanston Hospital

Evanston Hospital is a comprehensive acutecare facility and the nucleus of NorthShore University HealthSystem. They offer a variety of surgical specialties.

BEST PET GROOMING (City):

Ravenswoof Pet Grooming

Ravenswoof has a “humanity over vanity” approach and will always do what is in a pets best interest. Having had so much experience in the industry they deal with many animals who are nervous or anxious. Ravenswood

BEST PET GROOMING (Suburbs):

Wags on Willow

Wags on Willow strives to send you home with a happy, and well-groomed companion, and their mission is to deliver a premier pet salon experience focusing on quality customer service.

BEST AUTO DEALER (City):

BEST AUTO DEALER (Suburbs):

As the premier Mercedes-Benz dealership on Chicagoland’s North Shore, McGrath prides itself on putting the customer experience above all else.

Autohaus on Edens is the luxury auto dealer of drivers in Highland Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Winnetka, and surrounding areas. Their premium facility has been designed to exceed the standards

McGrath Lexus of Chicago

Autohaus on Edens

of their clientele and reflect the outstanding quality of the MercedesBenz name.

BEST MOVERS – TIE

Happ Movers Inc Moving won’t be a pain when Happ Movers are a part of it.

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SERVICES CATEGORY SPONSOR AUTOHAUS ON EDENS autohausonedens.com

First Class Moving & Storage

First Class Moving & Storage is a company committed to providing a high-quality move for a reasonable cost.

BEST JEWELRY REPAIR (City):

BEST JEWELRY REPAIR (Suburbs):

Bryn Mawr Jewelry Company is a full-service jewelry store with a focus on bridal jewelry, custom design, watch & jewelry repair and top-rated customer service.

Located in Wilmette for 65 years, Lambrecht’s offers custom design, fullservice repairs on jewelry and timepieces along with a wide variety of jewelry for every budget.

Bryn Mawr Jewelry

Lambrecht’s Jewelers

BEST HANDYMAN

Get Dwell

Partnering with familyowned hardwar stores, Get Dwell helps you get your projects done right. Not only will your house be cared for by the best family-owned services but you can also manage your projects online from anywhere, at anytime, and always on your schedule.

Pandemic Pivot “Covid was a challenge for everyone. After a quick shutdown, we quickly put sanitation requirements in place and went straight to appointment only – this way we could focus on the customer experience and honor the safety of our process first and foremost. Ultimately, we did not have much of a slow-down and feel super grateful to our loyal customers who were patient and continued to support us. We are completely up and running and look forward to a robust 2022!” – Michael Rosengarden, President, Autohaus on Edens Michael’s Top 5 Service Picks

BEST BANK

Wintrust

Whether you’re looking for a checking account for yourself, a first savings account for your child, or a loan for your business, Wintrust is here for you with personalized solutions and friendly service.

BEST PERSONAL OR BUSINESS COACH

(en)Courage Coaching Chicago

(en)Courage Coaching was founded with the earnest goal of making career, leadership, and executive coaching financially and culturally accessible to folks across Chicago.

Wellness – Over The Hill Yoga I have been practicing yoga with Mia Cutler from Over the Hill for several years now. She launched an online yoga practice during the pandemic for 50+ yogis by 50+ yogis. A real quiet escape in the crazy year that we all had.

Best Pet Grooming – Rovers Place My dogs have always been incredibly taken care of by Rover’s Place staff. Their sincere care of Winky and Benny is palpable – they truly love what they do.

Casual Dining – Happ Inn, Northfield Carlos is a long-time friend and terrific operator. His lunchtime menu is completely reliable and his staff is always welcoming. Don’t miss the handmade Guacamole or the Turkey Chili.

Best Hospital – Highland Park Hospital This hospital has been a real blessing to my family as we navigated a diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma with my wife Andrea. They were professional and compassionate and so close to home. We spent a lot of time there and their medical support throughout the journey was top notch!

Nail Salon – Lotus Highland Park

The Flower Shop in Glencoe

Good pedicures and manicures are hard to find for men like me. This salon is very inviting to men and they do a great job!

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Katie Farnan

KATIE FARNAN is a women’s contemporary clothing line based, manufactured, and designed in Chicago. The line was developed in 2016 with the simple idea of creating modern classics with a ready-to-wear ease that can be incorporated into any closet.

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING (Suburbs):

Payton Rose

Payton Rose combines the very best of women’s and teens clothing and accessories in one convenient location and makes shopping a fun, personalized experience.

BEST MEN’S CLOTHING (City):

Cowboys and Astronauts

A beautiful men’s lifestyle and supplies shop, they sell a curated blend of apparel, accessories, travel supplies, self-care products, home goods, gifts and more.

BEST MEN’S CLOTHING (Suburbs):

Guys & Co.

husbands, sons, and dads dressed to the nines with Guys & Co.

BEST CONSIGNMENT/ THRIFT SHOP (City):

Brown Elephant

Find fashionable finds, unique vintage pieces and home décor at this resale shop with multiple locations throughout Chicagoland.

BEST CONSIGNMENT/ THRIFT STORE (Suburbs):

Village Treasure House

Village Treasure House is a nonprofit consignment home store featuring upscale and vintage furniture and home décor. All profits go to support local agencies serving families and individuals in crisis. Village Treasure House opened in 1997 and since that time has given away $3,000,000.

BEST EYEWEAR (Suburbs):

Superior Optical Superior Optical has every type of glasses to fit you and your lifestyle. Did we mention they even have sunglasses?

BEST GIFTS (City):

Hazel Apparel and Gifts

Hazel has been a Ravenswood staple for 19 years and counting, offering a large assortment of greeting cards, jewelry, men’s and women’s accessories, home goods, and so much more.

BEST GIFTS (Suburbs):

La De Da

La de da opened its doors in Northbrook in 2005 and specializes in lovely gifts for you and your home. Their customers and their families have become friends over the years, and they feel privileged to share their lives and celebrate special occasions with them.

BEST EYEWEAR (City):

SEE Eyewear

High quality eyewear doesn’t have to break the bank. See Eyewear provides advanced designs of eyeglasses and sunglasses for men and women of all ages.

Have the men in your life,

Gethsemane Garden Center

BEST HOME FURNISHINGS/ HOME ACCESSORIES (City):

Jayson Home

At Jayson Home, beautiful things aren’t just a passion — they’re an obsession.

BEST HOME FURNISHINGS/ HOME ACCESSORIES (Suburbs):

Peachtree Place

Peachtree Place opened in 1985. Thirty-six years later, the store has grown from two rooms to eleven rooms filled with lamps, prints, throws, accent furniture, luxury bath items, paper products, fine crystal, Italian pewter, table accessories and much more.

BEST LOCAL JEWELRY STORE (City):

Dana Rebecca

Dana (Rebecca) Gordon is a third-generation jeweler designing jewelry intended to become the cherished keepsakes women wear to capture all of life’s memories – from major milestones to everyday moments.

BEST LOCAL JEWELRY STORE (Suburbs):

Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry

Whether you’re looking for a gift for yourself or a loved one, from diamonds to gold and everything in between, Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry has everything you’re looking for.

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BEST PET STORE (City):

Kriser’s Natural Pet

Kriser’s is a community of experts from nutritionists to groomers to behaviorists dedicated to holistic pet wellness.

BEST PET STORE (Suburbs):

Wilmette Pet Center

Since 1945, Wilmette Pet Center has always been a place for pet loving families to find great pets. They are a full service pet store and proudly support the work of a variety of local rescue groups.

BEST SHOPPING CENTER/MALL (City):

900 North Michigan

Dispensary 33

Get your credit card ready to do some damage on this infamous street in Chicago. Merging luxury fashion stores with boutiques and big name brands there is something for everyone.

BEST SHOPPING CENTER/MALL (Suburbs):

Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie A beautiful outdoor mall that features a variety of shops and restaurants like Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Roka Akor, and California Pizza Kitchen.

BEST HOME & GARDEN STORE (City):

Gethsemane Garden Center Gethsemane Garden Center has proudly

served Chicago’s gardening needs for almost forty years, and their knowledgeable staff is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality plant material and customer service in Chicagoland.

Hazel Apparel and Gifts

BEST HOME & GARDEN STORE (Suburbs):

Chalet, Wilmette Whether you have a green thumb or not, Chalet is the perfect one stop shop for all your greenery needs. Shop houseplants, garden essentials, home decor, apparel, pet accessories and more in-person or at their online store.

BEST CANNABIS DISPENSARY (City):

Dispensary 33

Dispensary33 was the first medical cannabis dispensary to open in 2015, and remains one of the few Chicago-owned shops in the city. They are obsessive about curating a high quality cannabis menu and are one of the only dispensaries in Illinois that displays cannabis products for customers to see.

BEST CANNABIS DISPENSARY (Suburbs):

Curaleaf, Deerfield & more Lots of dispensaries just focus on cannabis. At Curaleaf, they focus on your relationship with cannabis and value your

history with it—or lack thereof—and your feelings towards this ancient plant that’s brought us together.

BEST SHOPPING DISTRICT (City):

The Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue)

Spend the day exploring the heart of the city with shopping, dining, attractions all in one place.

for mouthwatering meals by local restaurants and some retail therapy at the 50+ retail stores.

BEST BOOKSTORE (City):

Women and Children First

A repeat winner, this Andersonville bookstore carries the newest arrivals and bestselling classics.

BEST BOOKSTORE (Suburbs): BEST SHOPPING DISTRICT (Suburbs):

Downtown Highland Park

Venture to the suburbs of Chicago to Highland Park

Book Bin, Northbrook

Now on their fifth year winning streak, readers have voted that this is the best place to find that new favorite read.

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Travel BEST HOTEL (City) & BEST STAYCATION

The Langham, Chicago

Named the fifth best hotel in the country by US News & World Report, The Langham gets our readers’ vote for best in Chicago. A 22,000-square-foot health club, signature spa, reader-favorite restaurant Travelle at The Langham, and an impressive collection of fine artwork set this centrally located city escape apart from the rest.

BEST CRUISE LINE

Disney Cruise Line

Our readers love Disney’s Cruise Line’s industryleading approach to family travel. Disney storytelling and world-famous franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar entice first timers on board, and the Broadwaycaliber entertainment, award-winning dining, and Disney’s signature approach to customer service keep them coming back. A go-to pick for multigenerational travel, Disney Cruise Line’s fleet (including

TRAVEL CATEGORY SPONSOR

its newest ship, the Disney Wish) features numerous adults-only spaces—from bars and restaurants to pools and lounges, along with plenty of kid-friendly spaces and experiences like kids clubs and character interactions.

BEST RESORT

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts A global leader in luxury accommodations, Four Seasons consistently delivers elevated travel experiences across the globe. Our readers love

Four Seasons resorts for their award-winning restaurants, spas, amenities and impeccably appointed rooms in locations far flung and right here in Chicago.

BEST THEME PARK

Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando

With four theme parks, two water parks, and a heaping helping of pixie dust, the “Most Magical Place on Earth” easily takes the best theme park crown, with Disney’s most ambitious

ROYAL TRAVEL & TOURS royal-travel.com

Pandemic Pivot “When people could no longer travel internationally, the demand for drive-to destinations and places that provided natural social distancing like beaches and national parks took center stage. We have truly mastered knowing every corner of where to go, see, stay in the U.S.A. and U.S. territories. We also had to quickly become experts on evolving Covid-19 protocols, which is a unique challenge that continues to change even today. The confusion of ongoing restrictions and protocol as international travel has opened up has brought us a lot of much needed new business this year. There is great demand for travel and people prefer to have a professional support and guide them throughout the planning process and the duration of their trip.” – Kendra Thornton, owner of Royal Travel & Tours Kendra’s Top 5 Travel & Tourism Picks

Peninsula Chicago

Our top pick for staycations – a home away from home you will not want to leave…

Bellas Day Spa Best spot for a spa fix without needing to hop on a plane…

American Club Best place to help you feel like you traveled far but only a 2-hour drive — amazing spa and so fun for couples trips or getaways with friends.

Athene and Bunny & Babe COURTESY OF DISNEY CRUISE LINE

It’s where we get all our favorite new travel outfits!

True Juice Juices so yummy we’re transported back to our favorite Island Resort. The Langham

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and immersive land yet, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, further upping the ante. And now’s the time to plan a trip—on Oct. 1, the Orlando House of Mouse kicks off an epic 18-month 50th anniversary celebration complete with new attractions, nighttime spectaculars, a sparkling Cinderella Castle glowup, and more.

BEST TRAVEL AGENT

BEST HOTEL (Suburbs):

A perennial favorite and multi-year Best Of Travel winner, Royal Travel & Tours takes all the stress out of vacation planning, handling every detail for their clients. Family owned since 1972 and helmed by lifestyle and travel expert Kendra Thornton, Royal Travel helps you to do what you’re meant to on vacation — relax!

An homage to the classic English inn, this boutique hotel is an Anglophile’s dream, complete with stone fireplaces, richly upholstered furniture, and curated artwork. A stroll through the formal English garden after a traditional afternoon tea service will have you convinced you’ve crossed the pond.

Royal Travel & Tours, Chicago

Deer Path Inn, Lake Forest

BEST MIDWEST FAMILY DESTINATION

Saugatuck, MI

Saugatuck, Michigan

Just three hours from Chicago, Saugatuck is an idyllic all-seasons retreat in the region known as Michigan’s Art Coast. Locally owned restaurants, shops, galleries and wineries and invigorating hikes along the dunes make this charming escape a family favorite among our readers.

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Editors' Picks

We look forward every year to seeing who our readers choose as the Best Of the Suburbs and City, and we’ve learned their judgment is nearly always on point. But we couldn’t let this moment pass without sharing a few of our other personal favorites, too. From pizza and burgers to fitness and philanthropy, check out a sampling of Better staff ’s top picks.

SUSAN B. NOYES, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer

Convito Cafe & Market — for identifying problems and solutions in the earliest days of the pandemic, ensuring that our community never missed out on their excellent food, drink & service and for providing leadership to others through the Illinois Restaurant Association & digital fulfillment opportunities too. Alchemy — for creating a shipping service

partners — including a $25,000 donation to Cradles To Crayons

Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation — for partnering with Better to fundraise and deliver dinners to health care workers and for always jumping in fast where need is greatest.

All Health Care Workers — because we’re all in a better place thanks to your service.

PATRICK REGAN,

Loro Piana — for unwavering support of our

I dig the authenticity at Winnetka’s Grateful Bites Pizza Shoppe, where the wood-burn-

Shedd Aquarium

friendly and helpful. If you’re in the city, check out one of the North Side locations for Roots Handmade Pizza, featuring Quad Cities style pizza (Yes, Quad Cities style pizza is a real thing, and I love it).

BROOKE GEIGER MCDONALD, National Digital Content Director

which delivered their exquisite scone wheels all the way to California.

Family Foundations Event and generating support by their customers of the event’s nonprofit

Convito Cafe & Market Owner Candace Warner and her son, with Susan B. Noyes and Patrick Regan.

Editorial Director and Chicago Editor-in-Chief

ing pizza oven is the centerpiece and the staff is

My kids and I have a shared passion for marine life and we are so lucky to have the Shedd Aquarium, one of the world’s largest indoor aquariums, on our doorstep. Our family loves Shedd because not only does the museum get us up close and personal with the animals we love, they are also helping lead the charge in the fight to combat climate change and support ocean conservation.

JULIE CHERNOFF, Dining Editor

Two food groups very near and dear to my heart are pizza and ice cream, so needless to say I have opinions! Don’t miss the New Haven-style pizza at Piece Pizza in Wicker Park (White Clam with Bacon! Swoon.), the perfection of Charred Pepperoni and Whipped Ricotta at Coalfire in Lakeview and West Town, or the best Detroit-style pizza around at Evanston’s Union Squared (Burrata Margherita!). My musthave ice cream picks are the Chocolate Chip Dulce de Leche at Frío Gelato in Evanston and at Navy Pier, or the Fresh Peach Ice Cream at the venerable Homer’s Ice Cream in Wilmette.

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MACAIRE DOUGLAS, Managing Digital Editor – Chicago No one does brunch quite like Travelle at The Langham, Chicago. Chef de Cuisine

Qi Ai (who is also an amazing food photographer) serves up fresh and elevated classics like the Skillet Cinnamon Bun full of delicious cream cheese frosting, Avocado Toast with heirloom tomato and a fresh Strawberry Caprese Salad. Plus, the views are hard to beat.

JENNIFER WOOLFORD,

FlowersFlowers – Follow their instagram … it is AMAZING.

Chalet – Best Landscaping and online classes too! So much to see and enjoy. The One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart – A treasure of arti-

sans every year for gifts with love around the holidays.

JULIE ELDRING, Media Consultant

Media Consultant and Strategic Events

BIÂN – WOW, a bold move to open during

pandemic and provide an oasis beyond!

There are several past ‘Best of’ winners which stand out to me personally. First is The Cove School. Far more than just a school, The Cove

is a community for Families of children with complex learning disabilities. We are fortunate to have this premier school available to our Chicago and North Shore communities. Second, Nate Kipnis and his team at Kipnis Architecture + Planning rise to the top in their industry. There are many talented architects, but they take design to another level with their expertise on sustainable living. Last but not least is MAZE Home, not only are they a wonderful resource for furnishings and gifts (with interior design services) for your home, Cindy Galvin and her team were incredibly supportive of their community and fellow businesses during the pandemic.

CAROLINE HETZEL, Social Media Manager

As a rescue dog parent, bisexual woman and mental health advocate, I proudly support

Maplewood Brewery & Distillery

because they partner with organizations like the Anti-Cruelty Society, Brave Space Alliance and Hope for the Day. Did I mention they have the best beer within city limits? Dripping Citra and Cuppa S’mores are must-haves.

JESSICA DLUGOSZ, Digital Marketing Assistant

Conscious Cup – Great atmosphere where

the baristas know you by name. I love that they welcome local artists to display their artwork in their shops.

Deerfield Bakery – Yummy treats that sat-

isfy a sweet tooth. This small bakery locationed in Deerfield and Buffalo Grove makes fantastic desserts and even better custom orders. Their team is so talented and their designs are unique.

Dawg Park – Great comfort food with the cutest branding, who can resist adorable dogs as their logo? Their Ninja Burger is amazing.

Strawberry Caprese Salad

Kabul House – This restaurant transports you to the middle east with their Afghan cuisine. They are always so accommodating and the customer service is top notch.

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Yogaview offers over 60 in-studio and virtual classes weekly. Find one that fits you. 10% off in the boutique with this ad.

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The Evanston Art Center is a non-profit that inspires art education, exhibitions and expression for all. Our galleries exhibit contemporary artwork by emerging and established artists, and are committed to providing a venue for new artistic ideas and forms. Evanston + Vicinity Biennial, Image by Ashleigh Pastor.

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BACKLOT COFFEE

JULIE HARTVIGSEN, COMPASS

We strive daily to surprise our guests with kindness. We want Backlot Coffee to be the place you go to meet your neighbors, your local coffeehouse. Thank you for your support, you can find us on Central Street in Evanston and in the Old Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago. Photo: Melody Nelson.

Born and raised on the North Shore, Julie has expert knowledge of the area. She excels at building lasting client relationships and negotiating the challenges inherent in every real estate transaction. Julie is a consummate professional who values family, community, and the importance of home.

2006 Central Street, Evanston, IL 847.859.2144 3982 N Avondale Avenue, Chicago, IL 773.657.3797 backlotcoffee.com

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EGEA SPA Voted “Best of” for 10 years in a row, serving the North Shore for over 18 years. Focused on Body Wellness and Improving skin health, conveniently located in downtown Evanston. EGEA is a tranquil escape for your mind and body moving you closer to your wellness goals with each treatment. EGEA provides outstanding personalized attention to each individual need, with licensed and highly trained therapists.

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One Magnificent Medspa (female owned business), was founded in 2017 with the focus to create the most efficient skincare experience for our clients. To age gracefully, you owe it to yourself to take care of you, your skin, and your wellness – inside and out.

North Shore Country Day is an independent school in Winnetka focused on what matters most when educating children. It features an intentionally designed program for students JK-12, with a purposefully challenging curriculum, an ethos of courageous exploration, and a diverse and conscientious community.

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Founded nearly five decades ago, Orren Pickell Building Group is a custom home builder known throughout Chicagoland, Southern Wisconsin, and Harbor Country Michigan, for our craftsmanship and attention to detail. We thoughtfully design, build, remodel, and maintain each custom home to suit the homeowners’ unique preferences and lifestyle.

We are in our sixth successful year with busy locations in Evanston and Winnetka. Safety and cleanliness have always been top priorities and that commitment continues. Visit us for healthy, fast, fresh sandwiches, tacos and salads. Both locations offer carryout, delivery, and patios for socially distanced, al fresco dining. Catering also available.

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Best Kids/Family Photographer - Suburbs NICOLE THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY Nicole Thomas Photography has been a staple of the North Shore and Chicagoland for nineteen years. Specializing in portraiture, the staff works closely with families to create amazing images, both in the studio and on-location. NTP also works with small and large businesses in producing professional headshots and team images. The dedicated team of retouchers, stylists, and photo assistants strives to make your ideal image a reality. 1942 Lehigh Avenue, Suite D, Glenview, IL 847.729.4466 nicolethomas.com info@nicolethomas.com

Best Make Up Artist LEESI B COSMETICS Come see why Leesi B has been voted a Better winner since 2015. Schedule your private one-hour appointment in her studio, where she carries over 3,000 products. Let Elise edit your make up bag, create your new look for a special occasion, a photo shoot, or your profile page. She specializes in skin care and cosmetics, airbrushing and lash application. Northbrook, IL 847.912.2665 leesib.com Leesib@leesib.com

Best Eyewear - Suburbs SUPERIOR OPTICAL Family owned and operated, Superior Optical is the North Shores premier destination for prescription eyewear and sunwear. Located in Glenview for over 42 years we continue to deliver a customer experience unlike any other optical. With the largest selection of eyewear to choose from, our experienced opticians will guide you to selecting that perfect pair. Our diverse selection includes Celine, Yves Saint Laurent, Mykita, Garrett Leight and many more. Superior Optical credits its success to its loyal customer base and dedication to providing premium service to all of our clients.

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OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP SCHOOL (OLPH SCHOOL) - PRESCHOOL – 8TH GRADE

React Physical Therapy is revolutionizing restorative care with the Reavy Method©, a proprietary treatment that addresses both the cause and symptoms of pain for whole body strength and mobility. With five convenient Chicago-area locations, React PT offers 1-on-1 customized care for optimal patient recovery and success.

For over 90 years, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School has provided an outstanding Catholic education within the North Shore community. OLPH is a community bound by a mission of faith and dedicated to designing an individualized program of success for each child with carefully structured classes, allowing for every child to be known and loved. Come discover the distinction that makes us an extraordinary place of learning!

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Best Midwest Family Destination

Best Men’s Clothing Store - Suburbs SAUGATUCK/DOUGLAS, MICHIGAN

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Discover the splendor of autumn in The Art Coast, where miles of award-winning beaches, an abundance of art and culture, and a thriving culinary scene await. From apple picking and corn mazes to gallery strolls and winery tours, your best fall getaway is in Saugatuck/Douglas.

Guys & Co. in Highland Park has been dressing men, teens and boys for over 14 years. Carrying the latest trends in clothing and accessories, we bring out a guy’s personal style in a comfortable shopping atmosphere. We are also the top boy’s suit retailer in the area. Shop online 24/7.

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It’s Not Always What You Know, But Who You Know.

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SUCCESS WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, EVERY BUSINESS IS A PEOPLE BUSINESS. And it’s not just clients and customers; there are important personalities driving the success of every endeavor. The people who make these businesses grow are also the ones you’ll see behind the counter, at a desk or on your doorstep. So take a moment to come face to face with these important Chicago-area personalities.

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FACE OF CONTEMPOR ARY ECLECTICISM Hilary’s vision fuses contemporary design with modern eclecticism in allegiance with her European background and vast experience in Interior Design. Her client centric approach to design can be seen in her portfolio featuring numerous projects she has designed that reflect each clients individuality and lifestyle with an arty edge to detail.

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FACES OF MEDICAL AND AESTHETIC EXCELLENCE IN DERMATOLOGY Anne Marie Leger, MD, FAAD, Amy Forman Taub, MD, FAAD and Monika Kaniszewska, MD, FAAD VOTED BEST “COSMETIC DERMATOLOGIST - SUBURBS” 4 YEARS IN A ROW by Better Readers Amy Forman Taub, MD, FAAD, and her partners, Anne Marie Leger, MD, FAAD, and Monika Kaniszewska, MD, FA AD are leading the way in innovative dermatology in the greater North Shore and Chicago area. Advanced Dermatology, one of the top medical and cosmetic dermatology practices in the US, is recognized for excellence in dermatological care, skin cancer detection as well as specializing in aesthetic dermatology,

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Annie Liddle, Principal Annie Liddle Design

2021 WINNER FOR BEST INTERIOR DESIGNER! Annie Liddle Design is a boutique i nt er ior desig n c ompa ny ba se d i n L a ke Forest. A nnie’s work features traditional style with a fresh perspective tailored for her clients’ lifestyle. An expert at combining classic elements and colorful textures she creates beautiful and welcoming spaces for families of all ages. A native of Winnetka, Annie graduated from New Trier High School before earning a B.A. deg ree from the Universit y of Michiga n. A n n ie r et u r ne d t o C h ic a go t o obt a i n a degree from Harrington College of Design and pursue her passion. With her wea lth of experience, she has now come full circle bringing her vast knowledge and expertise to all her design projects. T h r ou g hout her 1 5 y e a r s i n t he de si g n industry, Annie has collaborated with clients i n I l l i noi s, W i sc on si n , S out h C a r ol i n a , Florida, Washington D.C., Connecticut, New Hampshire, Minnesota and Virginia. Lake Forest, IL 312.505.4688 I annieliddle.com

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Erica L. Sandner, Suzanne W. Mulshine, Nancy S. Searle and Eileen Murphy, Lyric Opera of Chicago UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CO-CHAIRS NANCY S. SEARLE AND ERICA L. SANDNER AND VICE CHAIRS SUZANNE W. MULSHINE AND EILEEN MURPHY, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Wine Auction makes a profound impact on Lyric’s ability to provide a broad, deep, and relevant cultural service to the Chicago region and the nation. Since its inception in 1988, Wine Auction has raised over $11 million in support of Lyric Opera of Chicago. Held every three years by the Women’s Board, Lyric’s Wine Auction was named a “Top Charity Wine Auction” by Wine Spectator.

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These four amazing women are working tirelessly to secure a dazzling array of curated wines, unique dining experiences, and exquisite travel packages that will make Lyric’s Wine Auction on May 13, 2023 an event not to be missed! To learn more about Wine Auction 2023 and to receive email updates, please contact lyricwineauction@ lyricopera.org or call 312-827-5676. 20 N. Wacker Dr. Ste. 860, Chicago, IL 312.827.5676 I lyricwineauction@lyricopera.org lyricopera.org/wineauction

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Linda Swayze, Director of Community Engagement, The Joffrey Ballet LINDA SWAYZE, A NATIVE OF CHICAGO, has dedicated her life to the arts as a performer, teacher, and mentor, including a prestigious performance career as an artist with The Dance Theatre of Harlem for 17 years. She is beloved by colleagues and students alike, a champion of aspiring artists and the performing arts. Linda joined The Joffrey Ballet’s Community Engagement Teaching Artist staff in 2008 and became a program supervisor in 2015. Since taking over the role of Interim Director of the program in 2020, Linda oversaw a successful leadership transition, accelerated by the arrival of Covid-19 by keeping the program running full steam, providing

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students with uninterrupted Joffrey programming. In August 2020, she was appointed The Joffrey Ballet’s Director of Community Engagement overseeing 93 dance enrichment programs in 58 schools, reaching approximately 7000 students. Linda also serves on the Joffrey’s committee for IDEA – inclusion, diversity, equity and access. She is committed to dance education while assisting schools in providing high quality arts to their students. 10 East Randolph Street Chicago, IL 312.739.0120 I joffrey.org

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Jordan C. Carqueville, MD Founder, Derm Institute of Chicago

D R . J O R DA N C A RQ U E VI LLE , M E D I C A L DIRECTOR OF THE DERM INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, has been named Chicago’s Best Cosmetic Dermatologist by Better readers for the third year in a row. Dr. Carqueville, also recently named a 2021 Top Doc by Chicago Maga zine, ha s opened a new location in Hinsdale, bringing Chicago’s leading skin care specialists and surgeons to the western suburbs. The Der m Instit ute of Chicago pr ov ider s a r e c om m it t e d t o del i ver i n g high quality care and helping patients feel great in their skin. Two new providers have joined the growing practice: board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Stephanie Bayers, and nurse practitioner, Elizabeth Russeau. The Hinsdale location is the Derm Institute of Chicago’s third, with two other offices located in downtown Chicago and at Old Orchard Mall in Skokie. I n a d d it ion t o pr a c t ic e e x p a n s ion , D r. Carqueville began her role as president of the Chicago Dermatological Society in July. This year, the organization will hold the inaugural “Art of Skin Gala,” a celebration of diversity, equity, and inclusion brought to life through the beauty of skin. The event will take place on June 10, 2022 at the Revel Motor Row. This sensually captivating live event will help support education for youth in underserved c om mu n it ie s of c olor. D er m at olog i s t s , patients, friends, skin care enthusiasts, and supporters of diversity and education are all invited to join this fundraising celebration. More to come! Chicago - Downtown Old Orchard I Hinsdale 312.319.1978 I DermIC.com

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David Reavy, PT, OCS, React PT Founder and CEO, React Physical Therapy PATIENT-FIRST, WHOLE-BODY CARE IS PRIORITY ONE AT REACT PHYSICAL THERAPY. The Chicagoland practice approaches physical therapy from a different angle, utilizing their proprietary Reav y Method© to address both the cause and symptoms of pain. Developed by founder David Reavy, this revolutionary treatment helps patients break free of limitations to achieve strength, mobility, and freedom within their bodies. While other clinics focus only on the injury site, React PT goes deeper, educating patients on proper technique and form to help prevent pain and get back to the activities they love.

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React Physical Therapy is privately owned with five convenient Chicago-area locations. They offer a full range of restorative services including Pro Athlete Per forma nce Therapy, Women’s Hea lth Therapy, Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy, dry needling, and more. Every patient receives 1-on-1 attention and care for customized treatment plans that get them back on their feet.

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FACE OF REAL ESTATE AND PHILANTHROPY Angelica Sturm, Founder, Sturm Realty LLC

A S T H E FO U N D E R O F ST U R M R E A LT Y, Ga i l i s a n aw a rd w i n n i ng , ex per ienced professiona l who ha s ga ined t he tr ust a nd business of companies regarding their commercial and industrial real estate needs. Her insight, experience and attention to detail have earned her accolades from a long list of industry associations and clients. She has trailblazed the way for women by being chosen as the first female industrial broker in Chicago, elected the first female President of Chicago Office Leasing Brokers Association and Gail Co-Founded Chicago Real Estate Executive Women. Her passion for Art, Nature and People is woven through her professional roles and personal pursuits. Gail has applied her knowledge and leadership skills to benefit many worthy Nonprofit organizations, including The

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Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, The Lake Forest Symphony, Fenix Family Health Center, The Luster Learning Institute: Calm Classroom, The Tra nspor tation Ma nagement A ssociation of La ke Cook a nd The Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago. One of her greatest joys was gained through her families’ participation in Rotary’s Youth Exchange Program. Sharing their home and lives with 16 students spanning 4 continents and 11 countries over 14 years created an opportunity to discover and embrace other cultures. Chicago, IL 847.533.4422 I sturmrealty.com

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The Morton Arboretum’s Fall Color 5K

Ready, Set, RUN! Think you’re not a runner? Think again. This revolutionary running method will help you train for any distance — and avoid injury

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unning is one of the most basic and effective forms of cardio out there — it’s inexpensive and accessible to everyone, can improve both your physical AND mental health, and — here’s the big one — it’s been proven to be better than any other exercise at making you live longer. But, running can be tough on your body and most hardcore runners have sustained more than a few injuries along the way. Here’s the good news: Running doesn’t have to hurt, and training for a marathon doesn’t have to land you in physical therapy. Olympian and official runDisney training consultant Jeff Galloway pioneered a groundbreaking training method that has made distance running

accessible to nearly everyone. Galloway’s “Run-Walk-Run” method helps runners run farther, finish faster, and avoid injuries. Whether you’re training for a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, or marathon, there’s a Run-Walk-Run training program that will work for you. Here’s how to get started. Why ‘Run-Walk-Run’? Galloway’s Run-Walk-Run method helps minimize injury and allows runners at all levels to work their way up at a comfortable pace, with plenty of recovery opportunities. The basis for Run-Walk-Run is rooted in the fact that the human

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to achieve and I’ll give them several options that have been body hasn’t actually been built for long-distance running. working best for tens of thousands of runners in any given Our ancestors didn’t run long distances — they walked pace,” he says. everywhere. “We’re marvelous long-distance walkers, but when you Getting started start trying to run long distances — we don’t have bones Newcomers to Galloway’s training plans, cusand joints that are inherently designed for that — tomized to every race distance from 5K and 10K there will be some things that break,” Galloway to half-marathon, marathon, and multi-race warns. challenges, and tailored for both beginning and And that’s where Run-Walk-Run comes in. experienced runners, will be pleasantly surprised Runners following Galloway’s method insert a The best way to get motivated to at how easy it is to fit training into even the busiest brief walking break (no more than 30 seconds at a start running is to train for a race! schedule. In fact, you can train for a full maratime) between running segments. Here are a few fall races in the thon and never run more than three times a week “The insertion of a walk break strategically Chicago-area: — with two of those runs clocking in at just 30 minallows for the stress that has been building up to

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be dissipated and go away, and it also allows for the fatigue on muscles to go away,” he says. “This means you don’t have to go into the bad things that happen when you run.”

How Walking Makes Runners Faster One of the most surprising aspects of Run-WalkRun, Galloways says, is that inserting a walk break actually helps runners finish a race faster than they would if they ran the whole distance. “Even among quite fast runners, those that shift from running nonstop to the right Run-WalkRun improve their times,” he says. “Overall in a marathon, it’s over 13 minutes faster.” Shortening run segments and taking walk breaks from the very beginning of a race helps reduce fatigue from start to finish. “By shortening those run segments right from the start, you’re simply not as tired at 20 miles, at 23 miles, and you’re passing people,” he says. “And there’s nothing more empowering in life than passing people at the end of a long event, including the half marathon too.” Galloway compiled data gleaned from advising more than one million runners and has continuously refined the method to help runners identify their optimal pace per mile. His method allows runners to choose a Run-Walk-Run pacing structure that works best for them. “Someone can give me a pace that they want

Sept. 18: Western Springs Tower Trot - 5K, 10K Western Springs, wsprings.com/414/ Tower-Trot Oct. 2: The Morton Arboretum Fall Color 5K Lisle, mortonarb.org/events/ fall-color-5k-run-walk Oct. 2: Chicago 10K Grant Park, chicago10k.com Oct. 2: AIDS Run & Walk Chicago - 5K, 10K Soldier Field, aidschicago.org Oct. 16: Country Sole Run 5K, 10K & Half Marathon Chicago Lakefront, allcommunity events.com/countrysolerun Oct. 17: Frank Lloyd Wright Races - 5K, 10K Oak Park, pdop.org/events/flwraces For a longer-term goal (and fun vacay!) to work toward, check out runDisney’s 2021-2022 race season, with themed race weekends happening at Walt Disney World in November, January, February and March. rundisney.com

utes each. Find a training plan that’s right for you at rundisney.com. To train for a race of any distance, or if you just want to become a regular runner and begin building up your running endurance, Galloway recommends a training program with three runs per week, typically Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and every other Saturday, you’ll run just 30 minutes. On the alternate Saturdays, you’ll do a longer run. This long run is when you’ll gradually increase your distance, working up to and surpassing your race length before the big day. Runners can choose to run more than three days a week, Galloway says, but sticking with the minimum of three days a week yields the lowest amount of injury.

How to Keep Track of Your Intervals A frequently asked question from runners starting out with Run-Walk-Run is how do I keep track of my running and walking intervals without staring at my watch the whole time? I recommend an app called Run Interval that enables you to specify your intervals and it will beep to let you know when your next walk or run segment starts and finishes — no need to pause your music or podcast or stare at your watch. You can also buy a vibrating timer from Jeff Galloway.com that will track and alert you to your intervals.

Brooke Geiger McDonald is the national content director for Make It Better Media Group. Her work has appeared in Parents, TravelPulse, Attractions Magazine, MSN, Disney Food Blog, and more. Brooke is a passionate supporter of the Shedd Aquarium and The Walt Disney Birthplace in Chicago. WANT MORE? Get additional fitness tips plus the latest in workout trends, fashion and technology at Better.net/life/fitness.

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2021 Tiffany Circle Virtual Summit

A COMMUNITY OF WOMEN LEADERS

Unifying Compassion into Action October 6 and 7, 2021 The Tiffany Circle is a community of women leaders who advance the American Red Cross mission through a focused investment of time, talent and treasure by engaging and embracing women locally, nationally and internationally. Founded by visionary leader Clara Barton, the Red Cross has a long history of trailblazing women leaders. The 2021 Tiffany Circle Virtual Summit offers extraordinary opportunities to learn more about the work of the Red Cross and the significant achievements of the Tiffany Circle that help fuel the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross. For schedule, registration and speaker announcements, visit TiffanyCircle.org

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In the dining room, a chandelier from Circa Lighting illuminates a table and chairs from Baker Furniture. An abstract painting from Thomas Masters Gallery makes a big statement. Opposite: In the kitchen, a walnut table by Eurocraft Custom Furniture and chairs from McGuire Furniture pair perfectly with a built-in banquette. The artwork is by Steven Koppel from The Focus Galleries.

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INTERIOR DESIGNER MICHAEL ABRAMS HELPS A PROFESSIONAL COUPLE ENLIVEN THEIR NEW-CONSTRUCTION HOME IN LINCOLN PARK. BY TATE GUNNERSON PHOTOS BY RYAN MCDONALD

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his was a blank slate,” says interior designer Michael Abrams of a newly-built single-family home smack dab in the middle of Lincoln Park. He designed the interiors for a family of four; the parents were both busy doctors. The family left their furniture behind when they relocated from their previous

Abrams brought the dining room to life with art, including this bronze sculpture by Tom Corbin and a trio of artworks by Liat Elbling, from Catherine Edleman Gallery.

home in Texas. Perhaps because it was built on spec, “the place was pretty bland,” Abrams observes, noting the lack of architectural embellishments, color and pattern. “It needed good design.” Early on in the process, Abrams developed a feel for the family’s style: plush and posh, with the occasional jaw-dropping moment. To create interest in the foyer, for example, he

covered the wall with smoked mirror—one of many wall treatments throughout the threelevel abode. “We gave it a sense of luxury,” he explains. A neutral grasscloth wallcovering added warmth to the formal living room, perfectly accenting the existing stone fireplace surround. Adding a pleasing pop of pattern and color, a painterly blue-and-white rug from Oscar Isberian anchored a blue velvet sofa and a pair of barrel-back, channel-tufted chairs around a linear cocktail table. A brass and crystal mirror from Baker Furniture over the fireplace sealed the deal. “They wanted some bling, and it delivers,” Abrams muses.

Early on in the process, Abrams developed a feel for the family’s style: plush and posh, with the occasional jaw-dropping moment. A bronze Corbin floor sculpture stood at the threshold to the formal dining room, where a dynamic multi-arm brass chandelier illuminated a wood table and upholstered chairs from Baker Furniture. “We liked how light, airy and sculptural it was,” Abrams says. A large abstract painting by Thomas Masters and a series of small, colorful mixed-media pieces by Liat Elbling further enlivened the space. The sense of quiet luxury carried into the family room, where a sumptuous sectional sofa and a pair of suede chairs created a spot for the family to relax together, binge their favorite shows and read. A wool rug with a subtle blue-and-white stripe and striped draperies added texture and dimension. The designer specified that the stairway’s wood newel posts be painted black, playing off the border in the new stairway runner. A restrained wallcovering with a checkerboard pattern transformed what was formerly a massive white wall into a statement piece. 7 2 FA L L 2 0 2 1 B E T T E R

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A rug from Oscar Isberian establishes the color palette in the living room. The brassand-crystal mirror is from Baker Furniture. On the right, the space opens into the formal dining room.

“We strived for continuity,” Abrams says. In the master suite, Abrams added a built-in cabinet with space for the TV surrounded by shelving that showcases family photos, books and objets d'art. In front of the TV, a pair of barrel-back swivel chairs flank a circular cocktail table that complements the round chandelier overhead. “Everything is very tranquil,” he says. “In their world as doctors, that's what they are looking to come home to.” While the couple say Abrams nailed the design, they recently sold the home and moved to Baltimore, taking up residence in an industrial loft overlooking the harbor. Unlike their last move, they will be taking their newly acquired furnishings. And, they’ve asked Abrams to help them bring their new place to life. Tate Gunnerson is a Chicago-based freelance journalist with an equal appreciation for natural beauty and good design. He is a passionate supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Kidney Foundation. WANT MORE? See more unique and beautiful homes in the Chicago area and beyond at spacesmag.com.

In the primary suite, a pair of chairs upholstered in Cowtan & Tout fabric offer a spot to read, converse or watch TV. The ottoman, which includes faux leather, mohair and brass, is by Barron Custom Furniture.

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PARAVENT AMBASSADE SCREEN by Charlotte Perriand for Cassina This screen, made of 313 solid wood blocks connected with metal tie rods, can be shaped into a room divider and would certainly make for a killer Zoom background. The piece was designed in 1966 by Charlotte Perriand—one of the most celebrated designers of the 20th century—for the grand residence of the Japanese ambassador to France. It’s in production for the first time as of this year. $12,460 (as shown, in American walnut) at Luminaire, 301 W. Superior St., Chicago, 312-664-9582, luminaire.com.

KIDS CANYON NATURAL DESK by Leanne Ford for Crate & Kids Designer and HGTV star Leanne Ford came up with this desk with her toddler daughter’s future in mind. It’s made from solid white oak and natural cane, and the production process is environmentally thoughtful. The result is so stylish that grownups will likely want one for themselves. $599 at Crate & Kids, 850 W. North Avenue, Chicago, 312-573-9800, crateandbarrel.com/kids.

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ETTING BOOKCASE Room & Board is known for its high-quality, long-lasting pieces, and this versatile bookcase has the added appeal of its unique materials. It’s sustainably made from Douglas fir that was reclaimed from old row houses in Baltimore, as part of Room & Board’s Urban Wood Project. $999-$1,299 at Room & Board, 55 East Ohio St., Chicago, 312-222-0970, roomandboard.com.


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#1 SCHOOL DESK Designer-woodworker John Randall took inspiration for this piece from his childhood memories of public schools, with their ubiquitous open-shelf desks. He elevates the form here by recreating it with white pine and antiqued brass. His company is based in Brooklyn and some of the wood was salvaged after Hurricane Sandy. $5,000 at bienhechobklyn.com.

5-DRAWER PIVOT CABINET by Dottus Design Love color-coded organization? Look no further than this multi-color cabinet that’s made in Italy of durable, power-coated steel. The five drawers swing out completely for easy access to whatever you’ve got inside. There are a variety of cool color combinations to choose from. $295 at store.moma.org.

BISCIA BURLWOOD GEOMETRIC BOOKCASE by Mermelada Estudio for CB2 The pandemic rekindled for many a love of print books, and this bookcase, which seems to zig and zag up a wall, is a fun, unconventional take on a furniture standard that’s typically, well, standard. The dark Italian Mappa burl wood adds depth and richness. The bookcase, which stands on its own, can also double as a room divider. $1,299 at CB2, 800 W. North Ave., Chicago, 312-787-8329, cb2.com.

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North Shore Country Day What is your school's academic philosophy? When we were founded in 1919, North Shore Country Day was the visionary answer to a fundamental question: What matters most when educating a child? Since then, NSCD has refined its answer to propel the school’s educational model forward with purpose and passion, building a transformative JK-12 community on four essential pillars: Connecting: Constantly building bridges within and beyond our diverse JK12 community helps us understand ourselves, each other and our world. Challenging: Truly knowing our students allows us to challenge and support them as individual people and learners. Engaging: There are no spectators at NSCD. Active participation in academic, artistic, athletic and service activities promotes the adaptive intellectual and emotional skills we value. Exploring: We push our students to participate widely and take risks regularly, ensuring they stretch, explore, stumble and grow. In doing so they discover their passions and strengths, developing critical skills that carry them successfully into college and beyond. Please describe your curriculum. At North Shore Country Day, we take pride in offering a well-rounded, skills-based education to students in junior kindergarten through 12th grade. Students are asked to apply their knowledge through a range of assessments and projects developing strong analytical thinking, communication and creative problem-solving skills. While our program is challenging and college preparatory in nature, an emphasis on co-curricular participation in the arts, athletics and service to others ensures students explore their full selves.

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How does your school support individual learning needs? NSCD’s emphasis on relationships fosters strong student and teacher collaboration, and school and home partnerships. Small class sizes allow for all students to be known as people and as learners and our faculty strive to differentiate their work within classes. When the learning needs of students require more direct attention, students work with our learning resource teachers. The main focus of their work is supporting students who have learning differences, and promoting their learning through curricular and organizational support. Most of this work is on an individualized basis in a one-to-one setting. Our lower school learning specialists also provide small group support, both in and out of the classroom. North Shore Country Day charges a fee for individualized support from the learning specialists, for which financial aid may be available. Students may be referred

for support by teachers, advisors, parents or therapists. Learning specialists focus on helping students understand their strengths and challenges, remediate their challenges and support their strengths, develop their executive function skills and hone their self-advocacy skills. What extracurricular activities do you offer? Athletics has

been an integral part of the NSCD experience since the school’s beginning in 1919. Founding Headmaster Perry Dunlap Smith believed a school should require its students to exercise both mind and body. Therefore North Shore has always had a strong, diverse athletic program. Students play sports every school day throughout the year. Participation in athletics is required from sixth through 11th grades.

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Sacred Heart School What is your school’s academic philosophy? Sacred

Heart guides our students toward lives of purpose and meaning through an education that harnesses the power of both their minds and their hearts. Each student’s learning needs are continually addressed, as they learn to think critically and creatively, to work collaboratively, and apply knowledge and skills from varied disciplines within and beyond the school. Our students graduate from our PK-8 program with the confidence and competence to take their place in the city’s best high schools and with a sense of compassion and commitment that allows them to make a positive impact on their communities throughout their lives. Our students are guided by faith, passionate about learning, committed to justice, engaged in their community, and dedicated to personal growth.

Please describe your curriculum. Sacred Heart’s curriculum is research-based, future-focused, grounded in our mission, and designed to challenge and inspire each student as they grow and learn within a nurturing environment. Our core curriculum focuses on language arts, math, science and social studies; children also study French, Spanish, art, music, physical education and religion. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum to support and enhance learning. Students also benefit from our small class sizes and low student-teacher ratio—ensuring they receive personal attention and feel known and valued by their school community.

How does your school support individual students’ learning needs? Teachers at Sacred Heart know well that every child comes

into the classroom with a range of abilities, strengths and areas for growth. Differentiated instruction allows us to celebrate a diversity of learning styles through whole-class, small-group, and one-on-one teaching. Whether a student is gifted in a particular area or challenged, teachers and staff—including teaching assistants, learning specialists, reading specialists, a math specialist, and an enrichment coordinator—collaborate to determine how best to support and enrich that student’s learning. What extracurricular activities do you offer? Our Student Life programming at Sacred Heart helps students discover their passion, gain confidence, and have fun! Throughout the year, Sacred Heart offers nearly 40 different special interest clubs and academic enrichment classes after school. More than half our students participate in after school extracurricular programs, which range from jazz dance to book club, from chess to robotics, from cooking to debate team. Athletics are also an integral part of the Sacred Heart experience. More than 50 sports teams are offered, including baseball, basketball, crosscountry, flag football, golf, softball, track and volleyball. Students, parents, faculty and coaches all share in our community’s vigorous team spirit. And we have more than a few trophies and conference championships to show for our effort!

Rose Hall Montessori What is your school's academic philosophy? As a Montessori school, Rose Hall

begins teaching from the foundation of Dr. Maria Montessori's educational philosophy established over 100 years ago, emphasizing the individual needs of the child, freedom of movement, hands-on learning, and the core principles of what we now call executive functioning. Rose Hall also has a deep commitment to nurturing peace, compassion, empathy, and love in our students. It is part of our foundational values and at the core of what we do every day. Please describe your curriculum. Drawing from Dr. Montessori's work and the Montessori tradition, our curriculum follows the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, and Cultural, as well as daily art and manipulatives. The children have the freedom to choose the materials they would like to work on each day, moving through the curriculum at their own pace, gently guided by their teachers, in a sequence that builds upon previous learning towards higher academics and more abstract concepts. At the core remains the ideal of helping each child develop a strong sense of themself as a learner, with the necessary skills to engage in any future classroom, such as order, concentration, independence, and fine and gross motor.

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How does your school support individual students' learning needs? Given that each child has the freedom to enter the class-

room everyday and engage with the materials that they are interested in, the teachers are able to meet them exactly where they are. Our teachers utilize an online tracking system to monitor where each child is in each curricular area, taking note of which material they work on, how they use it, what they say about it, and with whom they work. They plan lessons for the next days and weeks based on these notes which are individualized for each child. If a child is interested in dinosaurs and is working on social skills, we can help facilitate a successful interaction between that child and an older child, around the Cultural materials, Parts of Stegosaurus or Types of Sauropods. Some children will move quickly through language or math but need support in fine motor or social skills. Others will love to work with a friend but may need encouragement to tackle sounds and symbols. Each child is met exactly where they are. What extracurricular activities do you offer? Our program hosts yoga and French lessons during the day for our preschool and Kindergarten Enrichment students. We also offer an extended day Lunch Bunch program for both of these programs.

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help What is your academic philosophy? OLPH School is dedicated to design-

ing an individualized program of success for each child. Careful structuring of classes allows for every child to be known and loved, while providing a range of learning opportunities in academics, visual and performing arts, athletics, service, and leadership. Please describe your curriculum.In every grade, we foster the growth and development of the whole person. Religious education and its formation of young, engaged Catholics is the foundation of our parish school. OLPH School is dedicated to designing an individual program of success for each child. These learning experiences include opportunities to challenge and enrich talents, strategies to compensate for weaknesses, and programs designed to give children the skills to succeed. Core curriculum subjects include Religion, Reading, Math, Language Arts,

Social Studies, Science, and Spelling. Additional special subjects including Spanish, Music, Art, and Physical Education complement the core curriculum. How does your school support individual students’ learning needs? Learning Development, Speech and Language, and Social Emotional Services are available to children who may require attention in these areas. OLPH provides on-site educational support in reading and math. Speech pathologists, reading specialists, learning disability teachers, and a school counselor are on staff full-time to provide assistance for those who may need help in these areas. What extracurricular activities do you offer? After School Clubs, Choir, Band, Sports, Musicale, Variety Show FALL-Soccer (co-ed), Cross Country (co-ed), Football, Girls Volleyball and Cheerleading INTER-Basketball and Warriorettes. SPRING-Track (co-ed), Golf (co-ed), Lacrosse (boy & girls teams), Boys Volleyball

Florence Heller School What is your academic philosophy? At JCC Chicago Early

Childhood, there is a deep understanding that children, from the youngest age, are capable of extraordinary things. We provide the foundation for children to develop and grow while bringing Jewish values to life. It is our passion and privilege to provide your precious children with opportunities, love and support while nurturing their skill development. Please describe your curriculum. Using the Reggio Emilia approach to discovery-based learning, each classroom emphasizes experiential learning, child-led curriculum and hands-on experiences to focus on the whole child. Our educators create rich environments that set the stage for exploration, problem solving and creative play. While utilizing our indoor or outdoor classroom spaces, we inspire a love of learning through our play-based educational

philosophy. We foster critical thinking that will facilitate success in learning throughout their lives. How does your school support individual learning needs? Our warm and nurturing educators build relationships individually, one child at a time, and are intimately familiar with their academic and socio-emotional development. Strong trusting relationships give children confidence and build selfesteem. A defining and essential component of our program is our Social Services Team, who are dedicated to partnering with parents and educators to help each child realize his/her potential as they become part of their classroom community. What extracurricular activities do you offer? We offer enrichment opportunities including our innovative University of Illinois accredited JCC Chicago Physical Literacy Program for preschool-aged children. Additional offerings include music, art, cooking, movement, STEM and more! Classes are taught by trained specialists. Enrichment offerings vary by location.

Countryside Day School How Countryside Day School and Montessori Offer a Unique Family

Experience Our classrooms are carefully prepared by Montessori teachers to provide activities for your child at each developmental level. We follow the Montessori philosophy of learning, as taught by Dr. Maria Montessori. All teachers hold diplomas from the Association Montessori Internationale. A classroom experience at CDS is an “internship to adulthood” that will encourage your child to become more than a great student but also an exceptional adult with a strong sense of agency and empathy. This is accomplished by: • Providing classrooms that closely resemble real life with collaborative work, mixed age groups, opportunities for failure and repetition to achieve earned success, real challenges to overcome, accountability for choices and time management, student teaching and mentoring, self-directed learning, and important activities that contribute to the well being of the community. • Allowing your child to experience the learning based on his/her interests. • Providing curriculum that places a strong emphasis on academic rigor. S-78

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Countryside’s curriculum covers all domains that conventional schools include, but place an added emphasis on the development of strong character. Countryside’s mission is to work in partnership with families to help students as they develop the qualities of respect, responsibility and resourcefulness. In fact, we often think of school as an “internship to adulthood.” And our classes are designed to model real life as much as possible giving students extensive practice with critical life skills. This attention to the development of character fosters stronger learners who are able to achieve their highest academic potential. Because students work independently and in small groups, teachers allow students to work at their optimal pace. If a student needs more repetition to learn a concept, she can do more work without being “left behind.” If a student has a strong high aptitude for a subject, she can move at a faster pace. This methodology allows Countryside to serve a great diversity of different learners seamlessly. COVID restrictions limited Countryside’s extra-curricular activities last year, but they are exploring a collaboration with Back to Rock in Northbrook to offer group music lessons and may reinstate some classes including Spanish and gymnastics. Elementary students also perform annually in a student opera.

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St. John’s Northwestern Academies (boarding school) What is your school's academic philosophy? St. John's Northwestern Academies' academic philosophy is excellence for life! Small classes. Hands-on learning. Individual guidance. It’s all here, along with Advanced Placement, Honors, and dual college credit classes. Personal college coaching helps our students explore options and make choices now to support their dreams for the future. Please describe your curriculum. We develop innovative, curious, and resourceful students by providing a college preparatory foundation while encouraging them to become lifelong learners. Academic excellence is a centerpiece at SJNA! Diploma options include STEM Honors, Humanities Honors, and standard high school diplomas. High-achieving students receive Dean’s List and Dean’s List with Honors distinctions, academic stars and ribbons, and induction into the National Honor Society or National Junior Honor Society. Students may also qualify for the Spanish, German or Chinese honor societies as well as the National Art Honor Society. We believe in the power of hands-on, experiential

learning. Students broaden their knowledge and horizons outside the classroom through field trips, local excursions, service trips, and study abroad.

How does your school support individual learning needs?

Academic support starts the moment your child arrives on our campus with supervised evening study and a structured, award-winning peer tutoring program. Every course is presented in a small-group setting with an average class size of 11, and a student-teacher ratio of 6:1. Dedicated faculty direct productive classroom interaction and provide individual attention to guide students to subject mastery. Highly motivated students may take above grade level honors classes,. And, our Armer Family Learning Commons offers students an open-concept, flexible study space. It is home to the library, the Totzke Learning Center, and IT Help Desk. What extracurricular activities do you offer? Extracurricular options include Football, Cross Country, Soccer, Basketball, Swimming, Wrestling, Co-Op Hockey, Track & Field, Baseball, Tennis, Golf, Lacrosse, Trap Team, Kickball, Dodgeball, Ultimate Frisbee, Softball, Floor Hockey, Flag Football, and Badminton.

Christian Heritage Academy Academy What is your school’s academic philosophy? Since 1984, Christian Heritage Academy has part-

nered with thousands of Christian families and churches in the Chicagoland area, equipping students to be lifetime learners and followers of Jesus Christ. With carefully chosen curriculum and resources for Preschool through Grade 12, we build upon a biblical foundation with a rigorous and robust education, nurturing a lifelong love of learning and intellectual discovery--solid preparation for college and for life. Please describe your curriculum. Our Early Education programs use developmentally appropriate pedagogy and Christian curriculum to foster a love of learning and sense of wonder in creation. Our commitment to academic excellence in Lower School postulates a foundational framework of critical thinking and communication skills. Our Middle and Upper Schools provide a rich, college-preparatory experience to expand each student’s intellect and heart. Our

curriculum empowers students to exercise advanced critical thinking skills as they develop their gifts and talents to make a positive impact on the world.

How does your school support individual learning needs?

It starts with the dedicated teachers who integrate their educational expertise with their love for the Lord--what we call “Living Curriculum” teachers. These women and men are committed to knowing each student, understanding their uniqueness, praying for them, and helping them grow in wisdom and knowledge. For those who may need additional support and tools, we connect them with Learning Resources specialists in Early Education through Upper School. What extracurricular activities do you offer? Students at CHA have the opportunity to participate in multiple and a wide variety of extracurricular activities, whether service learning projects, IHSA sports, the National Honor Society, choirs, instrumental groups, prayer, art, theatre, technology, yearbook, and more. We encourage students to propose new clubs according to their interests!

Rochelle Zell Jewish High School What is your school's academic philosophy? Rochelle Zell Jewish High School

creates a culture of academic excellence that inspires and prepares our students to think critically, achieve their full potential, and live Judaism as responsible and involved citizens. We believe students are multi-dimensional human beings. The relationships that form between teachers and students contribute to students’ confidence in their abilities to advocate for themselves and for others, in college and beyond. Please describe your curriculum. Rochelle Zell integrates the Jewish Studies curriculum with the sciences, humanities, and the arts. The learning environment emphasizes creativity and critical thinking in both general and Jewish studies classes and the ability to question is embraced and valued. Students take general studies classes with their grade-level peers. Jewish Studies classes are tracked by Hebrew language level and ability to interpret texts. Rochelle Zell Jewish High School makes Talmud/Torah study accessible to all students by offering classes instructed in both Hebrew and English.

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How does your school support individual learning needs? The mission of Rochelle Zell Jewish High School’s Student Services Department is to create an environment that meets the needs of students who have identified learning disabilities by providing them with accommodations throughout their academic program. Our Student Services Department can assist in identifying public and private resources and the Student Services Team will determine what accommodations we can provide to address each child’s needs. After a child is registered, a Service Plan (Accommodation Plan) will be written and put in place to afford student classroom accommodations across the curriculum. What extracurricular activities do you offer? Student life at Rochelle Zell is full of spirit and a sense of community. Clubs include Art Club, Engineering, Environmental Club, Math Team, Mental Health and Awareness, Pride, Spirit Club, Spring Musical, and more. Most of our students participate in athletics, which is an integral aspect of the Rochelle Zell Jewish High School experience. Athletes are challenged to strive for excellence, learn self-discipline and attain a strong work ethic that helps in athletics, the classroom and community.

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The Cove School What is your school's academic philosophy? Cove’s academic philosophy is grounded in a highly individualized and student-centered approach to providing education for students with complex learning disabilities. With thoughtful consideration of a student’s goals and hopes for the future, our talented and experienced academic and clinical teams set rigorous and attainable benchmarks and provide targeted interventions that help our students succeed. Please describe your curriculum. Cove offers a dynamic and responsive curriculum based on the profile of strengths and needs of each of our students. Cove School embodies an academic environment with opportunities for all students; a learning culture that promotes creativity, innovation, and problemsolving; and a curriculum established on high expectations and skills students will need after Cove. Research-based strategies such as Orton-Gillingham literacy and Concrete, Representational, Abstract (CRA) math guide students to build

understanding by connecting ideas across disciplines.

How does your school support individual students' learning needs?Cove’s academic and clinical teams work collaboratively

with students, families, and home districts in order to develop programming that will support students in achieving their goals. By offering a number of researchbased programs and interventions that are individualized for each student, interdisciplinary teams are able to work collaboratively to monitor progress, review data, and make changes to programming as needed. What extracurricular activities do you offer? Cove works to provide the most robust extracurricular program possible to create opportunities for social development and to encourage growth in their areas of interest. From academic coaching and homework help, where students receive a safe, supportive, and productive space to receive academic support, to a student-run and staffsupported Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Cove students receive a range of options facilitated by our highly qualified and enthusiastic staff. Offerings include creative arts, sports (Special Olympics), technology, and community philanthropy.

Lake Forest Country Day School What is your school's academic philosophy? LFCDS takes a holistic approach to

learning that nurtures intellectual growth along with social and emotional development. This focus on the whole child translates to students achieving an understanding not only of who they are in the classroom, but also a keen awareness of who they are as a member of a community and in their relationships. LFCDS offers a rigorous academic program, but one that recognizes rigor means something different to each student. Central to the LFCDS philosophy is knowing and loving our children, and the school's enrollment allows small classes that support individualized learning.

Please describe your curriculum. LFCDS is a 130-year-old school founded with a forward-leaning orientation learning. Many curricular

and programmatic elements boast progressive, 21st century leaning components: a 2,8000-square-foot Innovation Lab, multiple outdoor classrooms and labs, a

social-emotional learning framework adopted schoolwide, a 1:1 student-device program in the Upper School. Those qualities are balanced with traditional characteristics, such as a liberal arts focus to integrate multiple disciplines into student learning as well as emphasis on executive functioning and public speaking skills. This approach creates a balanced, yet dynamic, learning environment.

How does your school support individual learning needs?

Size facilitates everything at LFCDS. Classes feature anywhere from 12-15 students which, as a baseline, allows teachers to reach students on a personal level. Beyond that, LFCDS maintains an in-house Learning Development team to provide direct, one-on-one instruction for students who require ongoing support. What extracurricular activities do you offer? Lots. And what's great about LFCDS is that we build what would normally be considered "extra" directly into our core program. For example, Upper School students participate in a required athletics program that builds practices into the academic schedule. The school also maintains a choral program and orchestra that is popular with students across the Upper School.

Brightmont What is your school’s academic philosophy? We have a one-to-one instruction model. Every session is one student to one teacher. Students are in individual classrooms with their teacher. This limits distractions and allows for a safe and nurturing environment. We follow a mastery based learning approach. This means the student masters the concept before moving on to the next. The benefit is that we are able to speed up or slow down and can ensure that the student truly understands the material. Please describe your curriculum. We are accredited by AdvancED and other independent organizations and our curriculum includes all required 6th-12th grade courses in math, science, language arts and social studies. We can offer elective courses at all levels of rigor ranging from standard highschool level college prep curriculum to Honors courses and Advanced Placement. Students from 6-12 grade can do full time school or individual courses for credit. For all K-12 students we also offer tutoring and skill building classes in reading, writing, math and executive functioning. We even have a reading intervention program.

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How does your school support individual students’ learning needs? Because we offer one-to-one instruction we can meet the student

where they are. Our teachers develop strong relationships that allow for immediate feedback and adjustment in each lesson. Because our teachers get to know the students individually, they incorporate the student's interests into class lessons leading to more engagement and creating a more confident student. We can help students who have learning difficulties and those want to advance quickly. What extracurricular activities do you offer? Because our No. 1 focus is academic success and we employ one-to-one classrooms we generally do not have extra curricular activities on all campuses. Northfield and Barrington opened late 2020 so we do not have as many students on these campuses as other campuses around the country. Locations with more students on campus have the ability to offer extra curricular activities and/or clubs as requested by students. In some cases students request specific activities and in other cases teachers come up with ideas based on what interests they see among the students.

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RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

COUNTY / CITY

GRADES /GENDER

RATIO /ACCREDITATION

AFFILIATION

Academy of St. Benedict the African

West Englewood, Chicago

PreK-8, Co-ed

Catholic

Aqsa School

Cook County, Bridgeview

PreK-12, Girls

Islamic

Aurora Central Catholic High School

DuPage, Aurora

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

12:1 NACACSS, ISBE, NCEA, IHSA

Aurora Christian Schools

DuPage, Aurora

PreK-12, Co-ed

Christian

ACSI, ISBE, IHSA,

Benet Academy

DuPage , Lisle

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

ISACS, Cognia, ISBE, NCEA, NHSSS, IHSA

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

Lake View, Chicago

Nursery-8, Co-ed

Jewish

5:1 NAIS, ISACS, RAVSAK

Brother Rice High School

Bloomfield Township, Chicago

9-12, Boys

Catholic

18:1

Carmel Catholic High School

Lake County, Mundelein

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

ISBE, NCEA, Cognia

Chesterton Academy of the Holy Family

DuPage, Lisle

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

Chicago Christian High

Cook County, Palos Heights

9-12, Co-ed

Christian

10:1 ISBE, Cognia, CSI

Chicago Hope Academy

Near West Side, Chicago

9-12, Co-ed

Christian

10:1

Christ the King Jesuit College Prep

Austin, Chicago

9-12, Co-ed

Jesuit Catholic

Christian Heritage Academy

Cook County, Northfield

Pre-12, Co-ed

Christian

9:1 ACSI, ISBE, IHSA, Cognia

Christian Liberty Academy

Cook County, Arlington Heights

Pre-12, Co-ed

Christian

IHSA

College Preparatory School of America

DuPage, Lombard

K-12, Co-ed

Islamic

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Lower West Side, Chicago

9-12, Co-ed

Jesuit Catholic

ISBE, Cognia, IHSA

Daystar Academy

Cook County, Chicago

PreK-12, Co-ed

Christian

IB

De La Salle Lourdes Hall Campus

Bridgeport, Chicago

9-12, Girls

Catholic

Cognia

De La Salle Institute

South Loop, Chicago

9-12, Boys

Catholic

Cognia

DePaul College Prep

Cook County, Chicago

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

11:1

East Lake Academy

Lake County, Lake Forest

PreK-8, Co-ed

Catholic

6:1

Fasman Yeshiva High School

Cook County, Skokie

9-12, Boys

Hebrew

14:1 HLC

Fenwick High School

Cook County, Oak Park

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

Furqaan Academy

Will, Bolingbrook

PreK-12, Co-ed

Islamic

Hanna Sacks Bais Yaakov High School

Cook County, Chicago

9-12, Co-ed

Jewish

Harvest Christian Academy

Kane, Elgin

PreK-12, Co-ed

Christian

academystbenedict.org • 773.776.3316 aqsa.edu • 708.598.2700

auroracentral.com/apps/contact • 630.907.0095

aurorachristian.org • 630.892.1551 benet.org • 630.969.6550 bernardzell.org • 773.281.1858

brotherrice.org • 773.429.4300 carmelhs.org • 847.566.3000

chestertonacademyoftheholyfamily.com • 630.442.1424 swchristian.org • 708.388.7656

chicagohopeacademy.org • 312.491.1616 ctkjesuit.org • 773.261.7505

christianheritage.org • 847.446.5252 christianlibertyacademy.com • 847.385.2012

cpsaonline.org • 630.889.8000 cristorey.net • 773.890.6800

daystaracademy.org • 312.791.0001

dls.org • 773.650.6800 dls.org • 312.842.7355

depaulprep.org • 773.539.3600 eastlakeacademy.org • 847.247.0035 htc.edu • 847.982.2500

fenwickfriars.com • 708.386.0127

furqaanacademy.org • 630.914.5015

hsby.org • 773.338.9222

harvestchristianacademy.org • 847.214.3500

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Cognia, ACSI, ISBE, IHSA

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COUNTY / CITY

SCHOOL

GRADES /GENDER

RATIO /ACCREDITATION

AFFILIATION

Hinsdale Adventist Academy

DuPage, Hinsdale

PreK-12, Co-ed

Adventist Christian

12.5:1 AAA, NCPSA, MSA

Holy Family School

Cook County, Chicago

PreK-8, Co-ed

Lutheran

PreK = 10:1, K-8 = 20:1 Cognia, NASECS/SDE

Holy Trinity High School

West Town, Chicago

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

12:1

IC Catholic Prep

DuPage, Elmhurst

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

17:1 ISBE, IHSA

Ida Crown Jewish Academy

Cook County, Skokie

9-12, Co-ed

Jewish

5:1 Cognia

Illinois Lutheran High School

Will, Crete

9-12, Co-ed

Christian

12:1 NCPSA

Islamic Foundation School

DuPage, Villa Park

Pre-12, Co-ed

Islamic

IHSA, ISBE, Cognia, ICNS

JCC Chicago Early Childhood

Lincoln Park/Lakeview Multiple locations

6 weeks- 5 years Co-ed

Jewish

Joliet Catholic Academy

Will, Joliet

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

13:1 Cognia, ISBE, NCEA, NHSSS, IHSA

Lake Baptist School

Lake County, Waukegan

Pre-12, Co-ed

Christian

9:1 AACS, IACS, ISBE

Leo Catholic High School

Auburn Gresham, Chicago

9-12, Boys

Catholic

Logos Christian Academy

Cook County, Niles

K2-12, Co-ed

Christian

8:1 AACS, IACS

Loyola Academy

Cook County, Wilmette

9-12, Co-ed

Jesuit Catholic

21:1 ISBE, Cognia, JSN

Marian Catholic High School

Cook County, Chicago Heights

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

13:1, IHSA, Cognia, ISBE, NCEA, ICOPS, DASS, NASSP

Marian Central Catholic High School

McHenry, Woodstock

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

8:1 Cognia

Marist High School

Mount Greenwood, Chicago

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

IHSA

Marmion Academy

DuPage, Aurora

9-12, Boys

Catholic-Benedictine

15:1, Cognia, ISBE, NCEA, AMCSUS, CASE, NASSP, NHS, SSATB

Marquette Manor Baptist Academy

DuPage, Downers Grove

K5-12, Co-ed

Christian

12:1 IHSA, IACS, AACS

Montini Catholic High School

DuPage, Lombard

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

IHSA

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts H. S.

Mount Greenwood, Chicago

9-12, Girls

Catholic

13:1, ISBE, Cognia, Mercy Education System of The Americas

Mount Carmel High School

Woodlawn, Chicago

9-12, Boys

Catholic

14:1

Nazareth Academy

Cook County, La Grange Park

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

24:1 ISBE, Cognia

Northridge Prepatory School

Cook County, Niles

6-12, Boys

Catholic

9:1

Northside Catholic Academy

Cook County, Chicago

PreK-4, Co-ed

Catholic

Pre = 10:1, K = 12:1, 1-4 max 25:1

Northside Catholic Academy

Cook County, Chicago

5-8, Co-ed

Catholic

25:1

Notre Dame College Prep

Cook County, Niles

9-12, Boys

Catholic

IHSA

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Cook County, Glenview

PreK-8, Co-ed

Catholic

10:1 NCEA, ISBE, ACOCS

Our Lady of Tepeyac High School

Little Village, Chicago

9-12, Girls

Catholic

16:1

haa.org • 630.323.9211

hfm.org • 773.265.0550 holytrinity.hs.org • 773.278.4212

iccatholicprep.org • 630.530.3460 icja.org • 773).973.1450 ilhs.org • 708.672.3262

ifsvp.org • 630.941.8800

jccchicagoearlychildhood.org • 224.406.9200

jca.online.org • 815.741.0500

lcbministries.org/school • 847.623.7600

leohighschool.org • 773).224.9600

mylogos.org/wpLogos • 847.647.9456

goramblers.org • 847.256.1100 marianchs.com • 708.756.9758

marian.com • 815.338.4220 marist.net • 773.881.5300

marmion.org • 630.897. 6936

marquettemanoracademy.org • 630.964.5363 montini.org • 630.627.6930

mothermcauley.org • 773.881.6500 mchs.org • 773.324.1020

nazarethacademy.com • 708.354.0109 northridgeprep.org • 847.375.0600

northsidecatholic.org • 773.743.6277 northsidecatholic.org • 773.271.2008 nddons.org • 847.965.2900 olph.il.org • 847.724.6990

ourladyoftepeyac.org • 773.522.0023

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COUNTY / CITY

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RATIO /ACCREDITATION

AFFILIATION

Providence Catholic High School

Will, New Lenox

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

ISBE, NCA/Cognia, NCEA, TASEA

Regina Dominican

Cook County, Wilmette

9-12, Girls

Catholic

15:1

Ressurection College Prep High School

Norwood Park, Chicago

9-12, Girls

Catholic

NCEA

Rochelle Zell Jewish High School

Cook County, Deerfield

9-12, Co-ed

Jewish

15:1 ISACS, NACAC, IACAC, IHSA,

Rosary High School

DuPage, Aurora

9-12, Girls

Catholic

13:1 NCACSS

Sacred Heart School

Cook County, Winnetka

PreK-8, Co-ed

Catholic

9:1, Cognia, ISBE, Chicago Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education

Schaumburg Christian School

Cook County, Schaumburg

Pre-12, Co-ed

Christian

Seton Academy

DuPage, Villa Park

3-12, Co-ed

Catholic Montessori

St. Clement School

Lincoln Park, Chicago

PreK-8, Co-ed

Catholic

St. Edward Central Catholic High School

Kane, Elgin

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

St. Francis de Sales High School

East Side, Chicago

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

St. Ignatius College Prep

Near West Side, Chicago

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

St. Joseph High School

Cook County, Westchester

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

15:1 NCEA, Cognia

St. Laurence High School

Cook County, Burbank

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

14:1 NCACS, ISBR, NCEA

St. Rita of Cascia High School

Ashburn, Chicago

9-12, Boys

Catholic

14:1 ISBE, Cognia

St. Viator High School

Cook County, Arlington Heights

9-12, Co-ed

Catholic

14:1 IHSA

The School of Saints Faith, Hope & Charity

Cook County, Winnetka

PreK-8, Co-ed

Catholic

The Willows Academy

Cook County, Des Plaines

6-12, Girls

Catholic

Trinity Oaks Christian Academy

McHenry, Cary

PreK-12, Co-ed

Christian

9:1 Cognia, ACSI

Walther Christian Academy

Cook County, Melrose Park

6-12, Co-ed

Christian

11:1 Cognia, National Lutheran Schools

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart

Lake County, Lake Forest

9-12, Girls

Catholic

4:1, TABS, LMAIS, ISACS, NAIS, NCGS, Network of Sacred Heart Schools

providencecatholic.org • 815.485.2136

rdhs.org • 847.256.7660

reshs.org • 773.775.6616

rzjhs.org • 847.470.6700

rosaryhs.com • 630.896.0831 shwschool.org • 847.446.0005 schaumburgchristian.com • 847.885.3230

setonmontessori.com • 630.279.4101 stclementschool.org • 773.348.8212

stedhs.org • 847.741.7535

sfdshs.org • 773.731.7272

ignatius.org • 312.421.5900

stjoeshs.org • 708.562.4433

stlaurence.com • 708.458.6900 stritahs.com • 773.925.6600

saintviator.com • 847.392.4050

faithhopeschool.org • 847.446.0031

willowsacademy.org • 847.824.6900 trinity.oaks.org • 847.462.5971

walther.com • 708.344.0404

woodlandsacademy.org • 847.234.4300

Cognia, AACS, NCPSA, NACSAA, IACS, ISBE

12:1 13:1 NCEA, Cognia, ISBE

17:1

10:1 9:1

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

COUNTY / CITY

GRADES /GENDER

AFFILIATION

RATIO /ACCREDITATION

American School

Cook County, Lansing

6-12 Co-ed

Independent (Virtual)

MSA-CESS, AI, NCPSA

Baker Demonstration School

Cook County, Wilmette

PreK-8 Co-ed

Independent

ISACS, NAIS, LMAIS, PEN

Black Bear Academy

Cook County, Chicago

Toddler-K Co-ed

Independent

Brightmont Academy

Cook County Northfield

6-12 Co-ed

Independent

americanschoolofcorr.com • 708.418.2800

bakerdemschool.org • 847.425.5800 blackbearacademy.com • 733.244.0700 brightmontacademy.com • 224.518.0074

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AFFILIATION

British International School, South Loop

South Loop, Chicago

3-18 Co-ed

Independent

9:1 IPC, IGCSE, IBP, ENC, NIPSA, CIS

Chicago City Day School

Boystown, Chicago

Junior K-8 Co-ed

Independent

NCA/Cognia, ISACS

Chicago Waldorf School

Andersonville, Chicago

PreK-12 Co-ed

Independent

AWSNA, ISACS, LMAIS, NAIS, WECAN

Elgin Academy

Kane, Elgin

PreK-12 Co-ed

Independent

ISACS, NAIS

Francis W. Parker School

Lincoln Park , Chicago

Junior K-12 Co-ed

Independent

8:1

Fusion Academy Chicago

Cook County, Chicago

6-12 Co-ed

Independent

1:1 MSA-CESS, Cognia

Fusion Academy Evanston

Cook County, Evanston

6-12 Co-ed

Independent

1:1 MSA-CESS, Cognia

Fusion Academy Lake Forest

Lake County, Lake Forest

6-12 Co-ed

Independent

1:1 MSA-CESS, Cognia

Fusion Academy Oak Brook

DuPage, Oak Brook

6-12 Co-ed

Independent

1:1 MSA-CESS, Cognia

GCE Lab School

Cook County, Chicago

9-12 Co-ed

Independent

7:1 NAIS, Cognia ISBE

GEMS World Academy

Cook County, Chicago

PreK-12 Co-ed

Independent

7:1 NAIS, IB, NEASC Candidate

Hyde Park Day School (Chicago)

Woodlawn, Chicago

6-15 Co-ed

Independent

5:1 NCA, ISACS, LMAIS, IDA

Hyde Park Day School (Lemont)

Cook County, Lemont

6-15 Co-ed

Independent

5:1 NCA, ISACS, LMAIS, IDA

Hyde Park Day School (Northfield)

Cook County, Northfield

6-15 Co-ed

Independent

5:1 NCA, ISACS, LMAIS, IDA

Lake Forest Academy

Lake , Lake Forest

9-12 Co-ed

Independent

6:1 ISACS, NAIS

Lake Forest Country Day School

Lake County, Lake Forest

PreK-8 Co-ed

Independent

7:1 NAIS, ISACS

Latin School of Chicago

Near North Side, Chicago

Junior K-12 Co-ed

Independent

8:1 NAIS, ISACS

Lycée Français de Chicago

Lincoln Square, Chicago

PreK-12 Co-ed

Independent, French

9:1 AEFE, IB, NAIS, ISBE, ISACS, FISNA

Midwest Academy for Gifted Education

Cook County, Chicago

K-12 Co-ed

Independent

8:1

Morgan Park Academy

Morgan Park, Chicago

PreK-12 Co-ed

Independent

8:1 ISACS, NAIS, LMAIS

North Shore Country Day School

Cook County, Winnetka

Junior K-12 Co-ed

Independent

8:1 NAIS, LMAIS, ISACS

Providence St. Mel School

East Garfield Park, Chicago

PreK-12 Co-ed

Independent

Roycemore School

Cook County, Evanston

PreK-12 Co-ed

Independent

6:1 ISACS, NAIS, LMAIS

Sacred Heart Schools

Cook County, Chicago

PreK-8, Co-ed

Independent

7:1 PreK JK, 9:1 SK-8 ISACS, LMAIS, NAIS, NCEA,

The Chicago Academy for the Arts

West Town, Chicago

9-12 Co-ed

The Chicago Grammar School

Cook County, Chicago

PreK-8 Co-ed

nordangliaeducation.com • 773.599.2472 chicagocitydayschool.org • 773.327.0900

chicagowaldorf.org • 773.465.2662 elginacademy.org • 847.695.0300 fwparker.org • 773.353.3000

fusionacademy.com • 312.763.6990

fusionacademy.com • 847.868.8693 fusionacademy.com • 847.295.4039

fusionacademy.com • 630.368.0824 gcelabschool.org • 312.643.0991 gemschicago.org • 312.809.8900

hydeparkday.org • 773.420.2550 hydeparkday.org • 630.296.1229 hydeparkday.org • 847.446.7025

lfanet.org • 847.615.3210 lfcds.org • 847.234.2350

latinschool.org • 312.582.6000

lyceechicago.org • 773.665.0066 mage.education • 312.600.5571

morganparkacademy.org • 773.881. 6700 nscds.org • 847.446.0674

psmnow.com • 773.722.4600

roycemoreschool.org • 847.866.6055 shschicago.org • 773.262.4446 chicagoacademyforthearts.org • 312.421.0202 chicagogrammar.org • 312.944.5600

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RATIO /ACCREDITATION

The Cove School

Cook County, Northbrook

K-12 Co-ed

Independent

4:1 ISBE

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Hyde Park, Chicago

Nursery-12 Co-ed

Independent (University focus)

8:1 CIS, ISACS

Wolcott School

West Town, Chicago

9-12 Co-ed

Independent

7:1, ISACS, NAIS, LMAIS, ISBE, IHSA, NACAC, IACAC

coveschool.org • 847.562.2100 ucls.uchicago.edu • 773.702.9450

wolcottschool.org • 312.610.4900

MONTESSORI SCHOOL

COUNTY / CITY

GRADES /GENDER

AFFILIATION

RATIO /ACCREDITATION

Beacon Academy

Cook County, Evanston

9-12 Co-ed

Montessori

IB, LMAIS, NAIS, ISACS

Brickton School

O’Hare, Chicago

Nursery, PreK-8 Co-ed

Montessori

AMS, LMAIS, AIMS, ISACS, NAIS, NCPSA, ISBE

Countryside Day School

Cook County, Northbrook

Toddler-8 Co-ed

Montessori

Toddler: 5:1, PreK-5 = 15:1, 6-8 = 20:1 AMI, ISACS, NAIS, ISBE

Forest Bluff School

Lake County, Lake Bluff

Nursery-8 Co-ed

Montessori

AMI, AIMS, NAMTA

Guidepost Montessori

Wicker Park, Chicago

PreK Co-ed

Montessori

Guidepost Montessori

West Loop, Chicago

Nursery-K Co-ed

Montessori

Guidepost Montessori

Old Town, Chicago

Nursery-K Co-ed

Montessori

North Shore Montessori (Deerfield)

Lake County, Deerfield

Nursery-6 Co-ed

Montessori

AMI, ISBE, AIMS

North Shore Montessori (Glenview)

Cook County, Northfield

Nursery-6 Co-ed

Montessori

AMI, ISBE, AIMS

North Shore Montessori (Riverwoods)

Lake County, Riverwoods

Nursery-12 Co-ed

Montessori

AMI, ISBE, AIMS

Ronald Knox Montessori

Cook County, Wilmette

Toddler-K Co-ed

Montessori

AMS, NAMTA, IMS, ICNS, AIMS

Rose Hall Montessori

Cook County, Wilmette

16 months-6 yrs Co-ed

Montessori

AMI, ISBE, AIMS

beaconacademyil.org • 224.999.1177 brickton.org • 773.714.9361 countrysideday.org • 847.498.1105

forestbluffschool.org • 847.295.8338 guidepostmontessori.com • 773.663.4732 guidepostmontessori.com • 312.883.4090 guidepostmontessori.com • 708.441.3831

montessori.schools.com • 847.945.8661

montessori.schools.com • 847.945.8661

montessori.schools.com • 847.945.8661 ronaldknox.org • 847.256.2922

rosehallmontessori.org • 847.256.2002

OUT-OF-STATE BOARDING SCHOOL

CITY / STATE

GRADES /GENDER

AFFILIATION

RATIO /ACCREDITATION

Cranbrook Schools

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Pre K-12 Co-ed

Independent

8:1 NCGS, NAIS, TABS

Culver Academies

Culver, IN

9-12 Co-ed

Independent

8:12 ISACS

La Lumiere School

La Porte IN

9-12 Co-ed

Catholic

8:1 NCA, NAIS, ISACS

Shattuck St. Mary’s School

Faribault, MN

6-12 Co-ed

Episcopal

8.5:1 ISACS

St John’s Northwestern Academies

Delafield, WI

7-12 Co-ed

Military, Prefect

12:1 ISACS, NAIS, AMCSUS, TABS

Wayland Academy

Beaver Dam, WI

9-12 Co-ed

Independent

7:1 ISACS, NCA, CASI

Western Reserve Academy

Hudson, OH

9-12 Co-ed

Independent

8:1 GCSDAC, NAIS, TABS

schools.cranbrook.edu • 248.645.3000

culver.org • 574.842.7000 lalumiere.org • 219.326.7450 s-sm.org • 507.333.1500

sjnacademies.org • 800.752.2338

wayland.org • 920.356.2120 wra.net • 330.650.4400

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ACCOUNTABILITY. INTEGRITY. RESPECT. Located just two hours from Chicago, in charming Delafield, Wisconsin, rests St. John’s Northwestern Academies, a coed premier day and boarding school for grades 7-12. Our award-winning academies have a proven record of accomplishments and a reputation of high standards. We speak proudly of our successful lifelong learners who leave our academies and enter a rapidly changing world with strong academic skills and ethical leadership qualities.

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St. John’s Northwestern Academies

Our four foundational pillars of academics, athletics and wellness, leadership growth, and spiritual and character development bring life to our well-rounded approach in maximizing each child’s potential. Personal attention from a dedicated faculty and staff, to our young people and their families, begins day one and continues beyond graduation. Learn why leadership lives here by visiting www.sjnacademies.org

1101 Genesee Street Delafield, WI

800.752.2338 sjnacademies.org

JCC Chicago Early Childhood EXPLORE THE J ADVANTAGE Families love our discovery-based learning, outdoor curriculum, and classroom communities we build every day. Our classroom communities foster a love of learning guided by nurturing educators and a full-time social services team—creating safe spaces for kids to explore and grow. Our unique indoor and outdoor classrooms stimulate your child’s imagination and curiosity, increasing concentration and promoting self-confidence. Children develop quickly into capable learners and kind people when we lead by example. We are a welcoming and diverse community with full and half day programs for ages 6 weeks - 5 years. Up to $2,000 in JUF Right Start savings are available for families new to Jewish preschool; scholarship is available. Locations in E. Lakeview, Evanston, W. Rogers Park, Northbrook, Glencoe, and Lake Zurich.

jccchicagoearlychildhood.org 224.406.9200

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Christian Heritage Academy EQUIPPING STUDENTS FOR LIFE Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) is a private, PK-12 Christian school located in the northern suburbs of Chicago, offering a Christ centered, academically excellent, life transforming education. Your child will be noticed, known, and nurtured at CHA. Our “Living Curriculum” teachers see each student as a whole person, with intuitive care shown for each one’s intricate design. We cultivate in our students a sense of wonder in His Word, significant academic growth, and authentic servant leadership—a firm foundation for abundant life. Come see why we’re ranked Illinois’ #1 Best Christian High School, #9 Best College Prep Private High School, and #10 Best Private K-12 School (Niche.com). You’ll also find that we are one of the most affordable private schools on the North Shore!

315 Waukegan Road Northfield, IL

847.446.5252 christianheritage.org

Brightmont Academy NOW ENROLLING! For over 20 years, Brightmont Academy has helped thousands of young people find alternative paths to becoming successful students. We are an accredited private school delivering one-to-one instruction at our campuses in Northfield, IL and Barrington, IL and 15 more campuses across the U.S. We offer in-person, individualized instruction for 6th to 12th grade courses and tutoring and skill building for 1st to 12th grade subjects. To learn more about how we can help your child be more confident academically, please visit us at brightmontacademy.com. If you would like to schedule a tour of either our Northfield location at 1799 Willow Road or Barrington location at 400 E. Main Street you can reach us at (888) 521-0887. We are following all CDC recommended COVID-19 precautions at all campuses.

1799 Willow Road, Northfield, IL 400 E. Main Street, Barrington, IL

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Sacred Heart Schools A REMARKABLE EDUCATION COMES FROM THE HEART

Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent, PK-8 school that warmly welcomes students of all faiths into a joyful community. Senior Kindergarten-8th grade is located on our historic 6250 N. Sheridan Road campus overlooking Lake Michigan. Our Preschool Campus is located at Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church — just off Lake Shore Drive at the corner of Sheridan Road and Hollywood Avenue. Our approach to education combines a dynamic and challenging curriculum within a nurturing environment. With the support and dedication of exceptional teachers and staff, our students are inspired to achieve their best and be their best selves. Founded in 1876, Sacred Heart Schools is Chicago’s oldest independent school. Sacred Heart is also part of an international network, with 25 schools in the United States and Canada and more than 150 globally. Guided and united by five timeless principles — faith, intellect, service, community, and personal growth — students graduate with a strong academic foundation, as well as confidence and values. Approximately 95% of our 8th grade students are accepted to their first-choice high school. Parents have been choosing Sacred Heart Education for 145 years! To discover why and learn more about our school, our mission, and our academic programs, please join us for a Virtual Information Session. Zoom into an hour-long program with our Head of Schools, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and current parents. To register for a Virtual Information Session, please contact the Admissions Office at 773.681.8418 or admissions@ shschicago.org. 6250 N. Sheridan Road Chicago, IL

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North Shore Country Day WHAT MATTERS MOST In 1919, North Shore Country Day was the visionary answer to a fundamental question: What matters most when educating a child? Since then, NSCD has continually refined its answer to propel the school’s educational model forward with purpose and passion, building a transformative JK-12 education. At NSCD, school is engaging, rigorous and fun. Teachers know each student and set the bar high to build confident, independent thinkers. Students balance passions with responsibilities, and learning becomes a way of life. The true outcome of an NSCD education is seen in graduates who enter the world fully prepared for whatever comes next. They are exceptionally equipped with the skills and the mindsets to make an impact on their world after years spent exploring, collaborating and embracing the school’s motto, “Live and Serve.”

310 Green Bay Road Winnetka, IL

847.441.3313 nscds.org

Lake Forest Country Day School WHERE GREATNESS TAKES ROOT Located on more than thirty acres of property, LFCDS offers programming for students aged two through grade 8 and provides a rich and diverse educational experience grounded in rigorous academics, arts, athletics, and socialemotional learning. Drawing from 37 local communities, students across all grade levels have access to engaging learning spaces including expansive Outdoor Classrooms, a 2800-square-foot Innovation Center, and a Performing Arts Center. Relationships live at the core of the LFCDS experience. With an enrollment of 400 students, the school is able to keep class sizes small and student-teacher ratios (7:1) low across all three divisions. These are the perfect conditions for faculty to develop formative relationships with their students and holistically support their growth both as learners and as people. LFCDS is a school where students are known, loved, and challenged. LFCDS is where greatness takes root. 145 S. Green Bay Road Lake Forest, IL

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The Cove School CHANGING LIVES, BUILDING FUTURES

The Cove School provides award-winning individualized instruction and highly specialized services for children with complex learning disabilities. For over 70 years, Cove has served as a vital stepping-stone in the Chicagoland area, helping students develop the skills and self-confidence required to successfully transition to community schools or post-secondary education. Cove provides a comprehensive, individualized approach to learning and integrated specialized services that contribute greatly to students’ success. Cove parents, teachers, and specialists work hand-in-hand to ensure the best possible educational plans for Cove students. When students arrive at Cove, they immediately feel the difference that comes from a nurturing, supportive environment. They feel safe, yet challenged, to reach their fullest potential, and they often make new friends, establishing the social relationships that are so important in life. Quite simply, Cove is a school that gets learning disabilities. More often than not, new families are most surprised by the incredible impact of Cove’s community. Deeply committed to its mission and vision, Cove was recently commended for its visionary leadership and unwavering focus on students. If you know a child who could benefit from an enhanced learning environment, we invite you to explore our website and visit our school for an in-depth personal tour. If you know a child who could benefit from an enhanced learning environment, we invite you to explore Cove’s website and visit the school for an in-depth personal tour. Cove looks forward to sharing its vision for a world where every child finds the tools they need to adapt, learn, and grow. 350 Lee Road Northbrook, IL

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Rose Hall Montessori School NUTURING CURIOUS MINDS AND CARING SPIRITS Rose Hall Montessori School was founded 39 years ago with the mission to educate the whole child. Following the educational philosophy of Dr. Montessori, we provide a stimulating and nurturing environment that allows children to grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually; to reach their highest potential and gain a lifelong enthusiasm for learning. Rose Hall’s priority is to help each child become the person they are meant to be and to develop a strong sense of self and confidence. We work hard to provide a supportive, caring, and peaceful environment in which young children feel safe to explore, grow, learn, and become independent. Rose Hall recognizes the importance of early childhood skills such as cooperation, resilience, and empathy, as well as opportunities for academic excellence. Our teachers are dedicated to this process through meeting each child exactly where they are while nurturing the whole child. 1140 Wilmette Avenue Wilmette, IL

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Rochelle Zell Jewish High School TOGETHER WE THRIVE Rochelle Zell Jewish High School creates a culture of academic excellence that inspires and prepares our students to think critically, achieve their full potential, and live Judaism as responsible and involved citizens in the modern world. RZJHS has earned a national reputation for our college preparatory program with outstanding faculty, integrated general and Jewish studies curriculum, vibrant community, and exciting student life. Students participate in our strong athletic and fine arts programs, and numerous extracurricular and leadership opportunities. Our supportive community comes together to allow students to find and develop their individual voices. We are guided by the values of unity, passion, integrity, and generosity. Thinking together. Working together. Playing together. Praying together. Celebrating together. Creating together. Leading together. Together we thrive. 1095 Lake Cook Road Deerfield, IL

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A Weekend in Madison:

What to Do, Where to Eat and Where to Stay BY CAROLINE HETZEL

Hotel Indigo occupies the historic Mautz Paint Company building.

WHAT TO DO Garver Feed Mill Located in a rehabbed, turn-of-the-century building, Garver Feed Mill offers a rich Madison experience all under one roof. A dozen locally owned businesses now operate out of Garver Feed Mill including Ledger Coffee Roasters, Perennial Yoga, Nessalla Kombucha and Sitka Salmon Shares. On Friday night, you can enjoy a cocktail at Garver Lounge while listening to avant-garde jazz. Saturday morning, head right back for brunch. Garver began as a sugar beet processing facility in 1906 and later served as a factory for formulating livestock feed. In the two decades it sat vacant, graffiti artists used the deteriorating building as a canvas. Restoration of the Feed Mill began in 2017, and the transformed space officially reopened in 2019. Baum Revision, a Chicago-based real estate development company, took care to preserve historic markers of the building’s many lives: the original 60-ft. steel trusses, 90 historic windows and even a graffitied shark person on exposed brick. “Garver Feed Mill has been recognized as one of the area’s top destinations and hotspots for wellness, and we are looking forward to introducing this magical place to our Chicagoarea neighbors looking for an easy and welcoming getaway,” says Bryant Moroder, a member of the development team. If you’re not much of a planner, let Garver take the reigns. They offer curated foodie, wellness and art experiences. Heads up, Chicago Brides: The Feed Mill has all of the architectural details you’ve saved on Pinterest. Lucky you, Garver Events hosts weddings and receptions. They also partner with on-site vendors, like boutique flower studio Briar Loft, to make your day easy and dreamy.

KOSA Ayurvedic Spa & Retreat Stash your phone in a locker and retreat into the meditative atmosphere of KOSA. When Shilpa Sankaran saw Garver Feed Mill come to life, she knew the building would be the ideal spot to pursue her lifelong dream of opening a wellness spa. KOSA offers a nurturing environment with authentic Ayurvedic spa experiences. Ayurveda, an Indian art of medicine dating back over 5,000 years, is based on the principle that all elements of nature are a part of us, and we have a higher quality of life when they are balanced. Through custom body treatments like an organic Inner Glow Facial or Abhyanga, a warm oil massage, practitioners help guests find that balance. During your retreat, you may reflect in the quiet sanctuary or spend time in the sauna and steam room. Enjoy a cup of tea while you relax, or try one of KOSA Kitchen’s healing Indian dishes. Bike n’ Bites Food Tour Going to Madison without getting on a bike is like going to Chicago and not taking the Architecture Tour. It’s one of only five cities to receive a “Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community” rating from the League of American Bicyclists, and there are more than 200 miles of paths for biking and hiking. Biking isn’t for everyone, but you might change your mind when you try a Madison BCycle electric bike. Just like the Divvy bikes in Chicago, BCycles are a fun and affordable way to get around town. The electric bikes make riding easy by giving you an assist. That means you can ride for miles and uphill without breaking a sweat. Madison Eats Food Tours will take you on a guided BCycle food adventure through the Willy Street, Atwood and Olbrich neighborhoods. Seven tastings, two drinks, six miles roundtrip. Eat, ride, repeat. And that brings us to...

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weekend trip should be no more than three hours away. Head out of the office at 4 p.m. and arrive just in time for Friday night festivities. Only 122 miles from Chicago, Madison, Wis., clocks in at just over two hours from the North Shore. With a small-town vibe and big-city perks, it won’t take much badgering to persuade your crew to head to the City of Four Lakes. Nestled between Lake Monona and Lake Mendota, Madison is one of two major U.S. cities (Seattle is the other) built on an isthmus. It’s home to the University of WisconsinMadison, but you don’t have to be a college student to love Mad City. There’s something for everyone — from foodie bike tours and Ayurvedic spa experiences to jazz nights and vintage shopping. Here’s what to do, where to eat and what you should know before booking a fall getaway to Madison.


WHERE TO EAT Ian’s Pizza All you need to know is Mac n’ Cheese pizza. Carbs on carbs. The perfect food for munchies. Ian’s Pizza began in Madison with the mission to sell affordable, craft-quality pizza. You can get a massive slice of the Mac or any other specialty slice for under $5. And thank goodness it’s affordable because you’ll keep going back for more. The Macho Nacho and Drunken Ravioli pizzas will take pizza connoisseurs to the next level. The best part? They put people first, supporting their employees and encouraging entrepreneurship. They’ve grown to eight locations, three in Madison, with many of the business owners starting as Ian’s employees.

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Monsoon Siam When dining out wasn’t an option, Monsoon Siam became the go-to take-out spot for many Madisonians. The no-frills neighborhood cafe serves seasonally inspired Thai cuisine with a commitment to using local and sustainable ingredients. If you want to stick with familiar Thai dishes, you can’t go wrong with Drunken Noodles or Pad Thai. Want to try something new? Order the Kapow Moo Krob—crispy pork belly stir fried with string beans, onions, chili, pepper and basil served in a spicy basil sauce. If you’re on the Madison Eats Tour, you might get to try some items off the secret menu. Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company Another Madison institution, the Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company will convince you that all ice cream should be made from Wisconsin dairy. Chuck Sr. and Nancy Deadman opened the ice cream shop in 1962

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to bring sweet happiness to their community. Now a second-generation company, the Chocolate Shoppe produces more than 100 “super-premium” ice cream flavors. This fall, keep your eyes open for their seasonal pumpkin scoop. The smooth, spiced pumpkin ice cream flavored with pumpkin puree tastes just like autumn. Short Stack Eatery Breakfast lovers rejoice! This female-owned restaurant in Downtown Madison serves breakfast — and only breakfast — all day. Who needs lunch anyway? Especially when you can have a breakfast sandwich that would impress Ron Swanson. The community-minded joint is committed to fighting racial injustice and inequity. They’re working toward a healthy Madison for all by supporting Wisconsin farmers and small-batch suppliers, offering discounts to bikers and partnering with several nonprofits. Walking inside Short Stack is easy. Choosing what to eat is hard. And that’s OK because you can order the Blind Special. All you need to do is tell them if you want a sweet or savory dish, and they’ll bring you one of their best items on the menu. The pecan streusel French toast made with a sourdough baguette and topped with maple bourbon mascarpone and caramel is also a good choice, but you may need a nap afterwards.

Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry No visit to America’s Dairyland is complete without an order of cheese curds. Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry — say that three times fast — serves theirs with housemade ranch and honey mustard sauce. A favorite among locals, this burger-slinging classic arrived in Madison in 1974. The best selling Melting Pot burger piles on the cheese: cheddar, swiss and provolone with smoked bacon and their signature English Garlic Sauce. (Shilpa Sankaran of KOSA Spa recommended this spot. It’s all about balance!)

WHERE TO STAY Hotel Indigo Madison Downtown Just a short walk from Capitol Square, Hotel Indigo in Madison Downtown recently opened in the landmark Mautz Paint Company building. A large portion of the hotel occupies the century-old paint factory, and creative murals and decor pay homage to its colorful roots. In the newly built addition, Palette Bar & Grill serves American eats that don’t disappoint. They also welcome pets of all shapes and sizes, so you can explore dog-friendly Madtown with your best friend. Caroline Hetzel is Better’s social media manager. She’s a Northwestern University graduate and Tennessee native who likes local breweries, DIY projects, and vintage Pyrex.

WANT MORE? From local getaways and Chicago staycations to exotic escapes, the best family-friendly destinations, and the latest trends and updates to know before you go, indulge your wanderlust and get expert planning tips at better.net/travel.

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Falling for Breckenridge

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This beautiful mountain town offers more than skiing. BY MACAIRE DOUGLAS

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he picturesque ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado, may be known for its winter season, but with over 300 days of sunshine per year, it is the perfect place for a year-round vacation. A relatively small town steeped in gold rush history, you’ll find the locals more than welcoming to tourists, and by the end of your stay you will feel right at home. In fact, you won’t be surprised to meet many locals who came to Breck, and never left. It has that small-town charm that is rare these days. Breckenridge boasts an endless list of activities that allows for a choose-your-own-adventure style itinerary, which is especially beautiful in the fall season with the gold and yellow aspen trees. “Breckenridge is widely known as a winter skiing and snowboarding destination, but if you haven’t been here in the summer or fall seasons, you are missing out,” says Austyn Dineen, public relations director for Breckenridge Tourism Office, who has lived in Breck for over 12 years. Offering an escape from the midwest’s Indian summer heat, the region is typically a mild 60 degrees with low humidity in the fall season, making it perfect for “outdoor adventures in every direction,” Dineen adds. From hiking and biking to dining and shopping, here’s what to do, where to stay and what you should know before you book that getaway.

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Prepping for that altitude

Many are surprised to learn that Breckenridge does not have an airport. But being so high in elevation, the air is simply too thin to support air travel. This means most visitors fly into Denver International Airport and either book a shuttle bus or rent a car. However,

Farm-to-table dining experiences are abundant in Breck.

an easier solution is now offered by United; you can book a ticket straight to Breckenridge (QKB) that will fly you into Denver, where you will board the new Landline service right on the tarmac. The Landline transfers any luggage you may have checked from home and allows you to seamlessly hop from your arrival gate to the Landline gate, skipping a lot of hassle and wasted time. Now that you have arrived, here’s what to do…

Explore the Outdoors

There are dozens of breathtaking outdoor experiences to enjoy in Breckenridge, and hiking is prime among the stunning fall colors. “With over 60 miles of trails, there is literally something for every age and ability,” Dineen said. Popular moderate hikes include Hoosier Pass Trail, McCullough Gulch Trailhead and the French Gulch, which takes you past remnants of Breck’s old mining days. If you like more history with your hike, you can have a local expert hike with you through the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. Conservation is important to Breckenridge and its residents, and one area of importance is the Cucumber Gulch Wildlife Preserve. Once poised for development, the 52 acres were purchased by the town and the Breckenridge Open Space Advisory Commission to protect the vibr ant life that lives in the Gulch. From moose and beavers, to mountain lions and over 47 species of birds, it’s hard to take in how this amazing wildlife can be less than a mile from Main Street. It’s a can’t miss, and you can even

get a birds eye view while on the BreckConnect Gondola, which runs during select September dates from town to the Peak 8 Base Area. If you are looking for something a little more thrill seeking, there are multiple spots to rent mountain bikes around Breckenridge, with trails ranging from easygoing to advanced.

Discover Main Street

Main Street, which runs through the town of Breckenridge, is a hub of activity that includes shopping, dining, breweries and an Arts District. As you stroll down Main, you may have a sense of deja vu; the picturesque scene was a backdrop for the 1994 classic comedy, Dumb and Dumber. Once you’ve had your fill of shopping, make plans to attend the Bawdy Breckenridge Tour, run by the Breckenridge Historical Alliance. This one is for the 21+ crowd, as it explores the “seedier” side of Breckenridge history, including murder, saloon lore, gold rush gangs, gambling and brothels. Ronnie, a resident since the ’70s, leads the hilarious tour while telling Breck’s (and his) wild stories. It all ends at the historic Gold Pan Saloon, with a couple beers to close out the 90-minute tour.

Honest Local Food

It seems that most restaurants in Breckenridge abide by one guiding principle: support local. You won’t find many chain restaurants here, which is a pleasant change of pace from other destinations. Most spots source from local farms, offering delicious and fresh farm-to-table dining experiences.

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Getting to Breck

No visit to Breck is complete without a stop at Breckenridge Distillery.

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Breckenridge sits at the base of the Rocky Mountains’ Tenmile Range and is at 9,600foot elevation (that’s double the elevation of Denver). This means you better prepare yourself for possible altitude sickness — something that can affect anyone. Symptoms of altitude sickness include shortness of breath, a rapid pulse, fatigue, headache, diarrhea, loss of appetite and nausea. Yeah, it doesn’t sound like a good time. How can you beat it? According to Breckenridge Resort, a few days before your arrival, start prepping by drinking at least 2 liters of water a day, eating a well balanced diet and getting a good amount of sleep. Upon your arrival, take it easy and maybe skip alcohol that evening, and drink at least a liter more of water a day than you normally would during your stay. “It’s important to know that traveling to a high elevation should be taken seriously with more water and sunscreen,” notes Dineen.


FALL EVENTS ARE BACK This year welcomes the return of beloved Breck events, plus some new ones:

Breckenridge Wine Classic, Sept. 16-19 Offering education, quality food and wines from vineyards around the world, the Wine Classic will bring together master sommeliers, chefs and winemakers during the height of Breckenridge’s fall colors.

Breck Film 40th Anniversary, Sept. 16-19 This year's festival is back and celebrating its 40th year with in-person screenings, forums and parties all around town.

Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival, Oct. 8-10 Colorado’s premier craft spirits festival brings together some of the finest distillers to share their talents, fun times, artisan snacks and the quality spirits.

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Favorites for breakfast include Mom’s Baking Co, a European coffee shop featuring homemade pastries, strudels and egg burritos, and Cool River Coffee House, which serves amazing coffee and hip, modern dishes that you can enjoy along the River Walk. For lunch, locals rave about Ridge Street Kitchen, which is the perfect spot to grab lunch to-go to enjoy on the trail. Around the corner you’ll find the famous Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, which is the original brewpub that started back in 1990. Here, you’ll find beers that you won’t be able to get anywhere else on the market, and they have great sandwiches, appetizers and outdoor seating. For dinner, be sure to make reservations in advance to dine in town at Rootstalk, which serves “elevated everyday dining,” and Aurum, which boasts Breckenridge’s “best happy hour.” Both offer an excellent wine menu and fresh, seasonal fare that makes for a memorable, and delicious, evening. If you have a car or want to do a nice afternoon bike ride followed by dinner, don’t miss

Breckenridge Distillery out on Airport Road (they also have a shuttle that runs during operating hours). Their award-winning house spirits compliment their gastropub and seasonal fare perfectly, and the atmosphere is hard to beat. For a truly unique experience, check out the distillery’s Founders Lab Experience in their new event space. Guests can choose a unique tasting experience, and even visit the Whiskey Blending Lab to create their own personal 750ml blend. If you head out to the distillery, plan to stop by Broken Compass Brewing, where “lost soul beers are found.” They have a Main Street Taproom, but their original spot has a unique vibe that locals love, and you can see their brewing in action here.

Where to Stay

After a long day of exploring, it all comes down to where you lay your head at night. Gravity Haus, in the heart of Breck, isn’t just a hotel — it’s a globally conscious destination for the “modern adventurer.” What does that mean exactly? Gravity Haus Breck, at the base of Peak 9, is a boutique hotel that has a state-of-the art training facility, inhouse Unravel Coffee shop, Japanese-inspired onsen, supertramp (a giant trampoline!), Cabin Juice restaurant, Starterhaus co-working

space, recovery spas and more. They also offer a membership for those who frequent Gravity Haus’ hotels around Colorado, but you don’t need to be a member to stay and enjoy their spaces and amenities. Whether it’s through their dining, ethos or in-room amenities, Gravity Haus strives to curate a sustainable experience for their adventure-loving guests. They also take care of the little things that make your stay extra special, including providing humidifiers to make you comfortable (you’ll need one in Breck!), gear storage, and they are incredibly dog-friendly, too.

Covid-19 & Breckenridge

While we welcome a return to some normalcy, Dineen notes that Breckenridge is not unique to the challenges that most popular tourist destinations face post-pandemic. Her advice? Have some patience. “Many of our favorite shops are short-staffed or may have limited hours,” she said. “We are asking guests to be aware by planning ahead, be calm, and most importantly, kind on their next visit, because we are all doing our best after a year on hold.” Macaire Douglas is Better's managing editor. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, two kids and a plethora of pandemic pets.

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LIGHT UP THE NIGHT More than 1,000 carved pumpkins will be on display at the Chicago Botanic Garden during Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns this October. chicagobotanic.org/halloween

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the United States so close to home. Lyric is hosting an al fresco season opening gala on Saturday, Sept. 25 titled “Lyric Under the Stars,” held at a plaza just across the river from the opera house. 20 N Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, lyricopera.org SEPT. 25: Lincoln Park Zoo Breakfast with the Animals Learn all about Jamaican iguanas and Hoffman’s two-toed sloths from Curator Dan Boehm while enjoying fresh fruit and pastries sponsored by Nutella. 2001 N Clark Street, Chicago, lpzoo.org

Cider and Ale Festival at The Morton Arboretum

As fall rolls around, so do some of Chicago’s most beloved events! From apple picking to trick or treating for UNICEF, to ice skating at Millenium Park, we’ve put together a list of the best fall activities in Chicago and the suburbs that you and your whole family can enjoy. With weather and Covid-19 precautions, we recommend checking each event website for the most up-to-date information before heading out.

THRU NOV: Concerts at the United Center Renowned artists will be making their way back to Chicago this fall. Highlights include Harry Styles Sept. 24-25, Twenty One Pilots Oct. 16, Florida Georgia Line Oct. 29, and Luke Combs Nov. 4-5. 1901 West Madison Street, Chicago, unitedcenter.com THRU NOV: Apple Picking at Apple Holler Apple Holler has become the destination

for all things apple: pie, caramel-covered, wine, apparel, and top-notch Apple Cider Donuts, plus acres of pick-yourown orchards. 500 S. Sylvania Ave, Sturtevant, WI, appleholler.com SEPT. 18: Hawthorn 2.0 Fall Kickoff Join in on the festivities celebrating Hawthorn Mall’s redevelopment. Guests will find live music, food trucks, a kid-zone, and more. 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills, bit.ly/3lyXoKZ

SEPT. 18: PAWS Chicago Annual 5K Run/Walk (Best of 2021 Winner) PAWS Chicago (Pets Are Worth Saving) finds homes for 5,000 dogs and cats annually through its adoption centers and operates one of the largest high volume free and lowcost spay/neuter clinics in the country. You join PAWS in their mission to build a No Kill city at their annual 5K Run/ Walk Sept. 18. pawschicago.org

SEPT. 19: Highwood Bloody Mary Fest (Best of 2021 Winner) Amateurs and experts prepare elaborate Bloody Mary recipes judged by a panel of local celebrities. The daylong festival features food, music and children’s activities. celebratehighwood.org/ bloody-mary-fest SEPT. 25: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Lyric Under the Stars We are lucky to have one of the leading opera houses in

SEPT. 28: After School Matters’ 30th Anniversary Gala After School Matters is a nonprofit organization that provides after-school and summer programming to almost 19,000 Chicago public high school students each year. They aim to provide these students with new opportunities, so that they can see their potential and develop their talents going into the future. Proceeds from their upcoming 30th Annual Gala will go toward supporting various After School Matters programming. 66 East Randolph Street, Chicago, afterschoolmatters.org OCT. 1: Trick or Treating for UNICEF Starting Oct. 1, teachers and parents are encouraged to register children and create profiles online where they will receive a Virtual Collection

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Box and customized QR code. Children can earn trick-or-treat coins that add up to real-life earnings. As they collect the coins, they will be able to choose where they want them to go — giving them the power to impact other children around the world. unicefusa.org OCT. 8-10: Lincoln Park Wine Fest Purchase your ticket today for a weekend filled with samples of wines from all around the world, live music, a variety of food and craft vendors, and more. Festivities will take place in Chicago's Jonquil Park. 1001 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago bit.ly/3Clkb2J OCT. 10: Bank of America Chicago Marathon One of Chicago’s biggest and most inspirational events of the year is back for its 43rd year! The Marathon Committee is working closely with the City of Chicago to provide a safe and enjoyable in-person race weekend

for all runners, volunteers, and attendees. chicagomarathon.com

accordingly. 212 W Van Buren Street, Chicago chicagofilmfestival.com

OCT. 13-17 AND 20-14: Botanic Garden’s Night of 1,000 Jack-o’Lanterns Experience the Garden in its colorful fall setting as over 1,000 LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns light up the night. The jack-o’-lanterns will line a festive pathway, where seasonal drinks and snacks will be provided along the way. 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, chicagobotanic.org/ halloween

OCT 16-17: Open House Chicago A popular highlight of the season, Open House Chicago is a celebration of architecturally, culturally, and historically significant sites across Chicago’s many neighborhoods. This fall, the festival will feature its new and improved Open House Chicago App, the return of in-person site visits, and a series of programs all throughout October. Stay tuned for more information as the event approaches. 111 E. Wacker Dr, Suite 1321, Chicago, openhousechicago.org

OCT. 13-24: 57th Chicago International Film Festival North America’s longest-running competitive film festival, the Chicago International Film Festival, was founded in 1964 to provide an alternative to the commercial Hollywood movies dominating the box office. They are committed to producing their 57th annual festival this October and are monitoring Covid-19 updates and restrictions

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OCT. 17: Rise Up Exhibit Opening The Illinois Holocaust Museum’s newest exhibit, Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement, examines the 1969 Stonewall Inn raid and its role in the gay rights movement. 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie, ilholocaustmuseum.org OCT. 23: Virtual James W. Foley Freedom Run The James W. Foley Foundation’s 7th annual Freedom Run is back virtually — so anyone, anywhere can participate. It is a day to remember Jim, who was killed while reporting abroad, and to support the foundation’s mission to advocate for the freedom of Americans held hostage abroad and to promote the safety of journalists worldwide. jamesfoleyfoundation.org

OCT. 23: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure One of the biggest annual events for breast cancer survivors and supporters, the Komen Chicago Race for the Cure, will be held virtually. Race or walk from wherever you are! komen.org/ raceforthecure OCT. 23: Cider and Ale Festival at The Morton Arboretum Sample hard cider and seasonal beers from over 30 local breweries at The Morton Arboretum. Tasting booths will be spread out along walking paths, and your Beer Tasting ticket includes admission for the day so you can explore the grounds. mortonarb.org/explore NOV. 1: Ice Skating in Millenium Park This highly-anticipated, annual winter event is back starting in November. Free ice skating lessons are also offered each weekend, during Chicago Public Schools winter break and on selected winter public holidays. 201 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, bit.ly/3ywch4f NOV. 4: Invest for Kids Conference This annual event features presentations from a variety of well-known investment managers presenting their market views and best investment ideas. Speakers at last year’s event included Mark S. Hoplamazian of Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Sam Zell of Equity Group Investments. All proceeds from the conference will go to

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nonprofit organizations serving Chicago area youth from disadvantaged communities. 875 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 3400, Chicago, investforkidschicago.org NOV. 5: Lincoln Park Holiday Mini Photo Sessions Gather your family, partner, or friends for a personalized holiday season photo session in Lincoln Park. You’ll receive five high-resolution images plus your online gallery to order photos for print. bit.ly/3lyC1tg

NOV. 12: Botanic Gardens Lightscape This popular holiday event is back! Surround yourself with twinkling lights and your favorite holiday tunes. Tickets sold out last year, so book early to guarantee a spot. 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, chicagobotanic.org/ lightscape NOV. 12: PAWS Chicago Fur Ball The annual event boasts Chicago’s only pet-friendly blacktie gala and will surely be a night filled with excitement and furry friends. pawschicago.org

BETTER EVENTS For the latest events and local highlights, visit better.net/chicago/arts-events.

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Chicago’s Better Makers O U R COM M U N IT Y COM I N G TO G E T H E R I N 202 1

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• THE NIGHT MINISTRY SPOTLIGHTS HUMAN CONNECTION TO COMBAT HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY The Night Ministry raised nearly $245,000 in a special five-week campaign, Illuminating Human Connection, to provide housing, health care, and human connection to Chicago residents experiencing homelessness or poverty.

IMPACT: The Night Ministry is known for its Health Outreach Program, which brings free health care, food, and supportive services directly to families and individuals where they live, and its Youth Housing Programs, which provide safe shelter for young people struggling with housing instability. SPONSORS INCLUDE: Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation, Dave and Nicole Berger, Anne and Bill Goldstein, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hillegass, The Dover Gratitude Fund, BMO Harris Bank, and Make It Better Media Group.

Matching Grant Collaboration Each of this month’s Better Makers — Ingenuity, One Million Degrees, and The Night Ministry — worked with Make It Better Media Group to create a $10,000 matching grant campaign to support their fundraising. Find more about how these and other groups partnered with Better to grow their impact at better.net/philanthropy.

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• ONE MILLION DEGREES KEEPS COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS ON PATH TO SUCCESS One Million Degrees raised $600,000 to help community college students overcome obstacles, stay in school, and finish degrees to put them on the path to a successful career. The virtual event, Degrees of Impact, included comments from about a half-dozen students helped by the organization and an award presented to Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Jim and Tiffany

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IMPACT: Over the last 15 years, One Million Degrees has provided more than 5,000 hours of professional development and 14,000 hours of coaching to 3,000 scholars. OMD is a previous winner of a Make It Better Philanthropy Award. SPONSORS INCLUDE: Allstate, Molson Coors, Wintrust, Pritzker Traubert Foundation, Origin Investments, John and Bonnie Atkinson, Laurie O’Shea and Greg Milne, John and Jeanne Rowe, Zall Family Fund.

• INGENUITY, WITH HELP FROM YO-YO MA, RAISES MONEY TO SUPPORT ARTS EDUCATION Ingenuity brought together more than 300 guests, virtually, for its Ingenuity@10: Igniting Equity in Arts Education event, which raised $435,000. Guests heard from cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The event raised critical funding and awareness to enable Ingenuity to target more arts resources to Chicago Public Schools students and help them reconnect and heal with their teachers and peers following a challenging year. Red Cross

IMPACT: Ingenuity’s mission is to ensure that every student, in every grade, in every school, has access to the arts as part of a well-rounded education.

WANT MORE? For more inspiring success stories, matching grant opportunities, deserving nonprofits to support, and easy ways you can help those in need right now, visit better.net/philanthropy.

SPONSORS INCLUDE: Margot & Thomas Pritzker Foundation, Nancy and Steve Crown and The Crown Family, Exelon, Capital Group Private Client Services, Better, CIBC US, Julian Family Foundation, ITW, LaunchPad, Northern Trust, Peoples Gas Community Fund, Polk Bros. Foundation, The Sidley Austin Foundation.

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Out & About / FLAVOR

5 Farmers Market Dessert Vendors to check out this fall Want to sweeten up your fall while doing something sweet? Support small businesses by attending your local farmers market. Each vendor has its own empowering backstory, and we had the privilege of profiling five different dessert vendors who can be found at farmers markets along the North Shore and in Chicago. Sheekar Delights Growing up, Diane Joseph watched her mom excel in the kitchen—particularly through the renowned success of her baklava. Diane continued to bake baklava with her Mom while growing up, and eventually, asked her parents for their blessing in starting her very own business. Throughout her journey, Diane has channeled her ongoing passion for sharing this important piece from her childhood. Her business Sheekar Delights is known for its seasonal tastes. You can try some of their delicious baklava at the Evanston Farmers Market on Saturdays through Nov. 6 or the Logan Square Farmers Market biweekly

Sheekar Delights owner Diane Joseph

WANT MORE? Find our full list of Chicago-area farmers markets at better.net/farmers-markets.

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on Sundays through Oct. 24. Their baklava can also be found at all the Sunset Foods locations and the Dill Pickle Co-Op (in Logan Square).

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Nena’s Cupcakes Nena was born and raised in Serbia and Montenegro, and learned to bake when she was little from her grandma and mom. In 2018, she founded Nena’s Cupcakes as a hobby, which quickly turned into a small business. Nena began baking for neighborhood picnics and family parties, gaining more and more confidence with each dessert she made. In the future she’d love to open a bakery, but for now, you can taste her homemade cupcakes and macaroons (all made from scratch!) at the Evanston, Skokie, and Ravenswood Farmers Markets. Cookieyum After briefly studying psychology in graduate school, Brigid Novak decided to switch gears and follow her passion for food and hospitality. After receiving certificates in these fields and a 10-year stint at a catering company, Brigid pursued her love of baking and created Cookieyum. Their best-selling cookie flavors include celebration sugar, lemon blueberry, tye-dye, brookie and chocolate caramel pretzel — but stay tuned, as they’re always coming up with new, fun flavor combinations! You can try some of Cookieyum’s delicious cookies at the Ravinia Farmers Market each Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 27. Katherine Anne Confections At the age of 10, Katherine began her work in the world of artisan confections: she used cream from the cows on her family’s farm to create caramels that she sold at her Dad’s office. These soft, old-fashioned caramels soon became highly-anticipated gifts every Christmas. By fall of 2006, Katherine decided to open Katherine Anne Confections—which immediately received “rave reviews.” Some of their signature items include their “drinking chocolate”, a rich ganache-based drink made with local Illinois milk

and cream, and their truffles, with popular flavors such as Salted Caramel and Raspberry Champagne. Aside from their store in Logan Square, Katherine Anne Confections can be found at the Evanston Farmers Market every Saturday and the Logan Square Farmers Market every other Sunday. Dulce Caramel Co. Graciela Schargorodsky moved from Caramarca, Argentina, to the United States. With her, she brought along many of the South American flavors and treats she grew up with. After graduating from the French Pastry School of Chicago, Graciela founded Dulce Caramel Co. On Saturday mornings, you can sample one of Dulce Caramel Co.’s tasty alfajores or caramels at either the Deerfield, Evanston, or Winnetka Farmers Market. Specifically, be sure to try their Dark Chocolate Alfajores, Maple Pecan Caramels and Candied Orange Chocolate Bars. Alexa Weinberg is an intern for the editorial staff at Better. She is working toward a cognitive science and psychology degree at the University of Michigan.

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NEW BEGINNINGS A Wilmette couple turned to architect Mike Shively to help them redesign their home of 30 years after an attic fire. BY TATE GUNNERSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY RYAN MCDONALD

A quartet of photographs by the homeowner, Pam McCambridge, pop against the light walls in the bright and airy family room. The black recliner and ottoman is by Ekornes.

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Chicago Home / BACKSTORY Bathed in natural light from the skylights, a lowslung sectional sofa by B&B Italia leans into the home’s minimalist milieu. The photograph is by Kate Williams. Below: The front of colonial home, which dates to the 1930s.

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fter their Wilmette home of three decades suffered significant smoke and water damage from an attic fire, John and Pam McCambridge turned to architect Mike Shively to revitalize the house for their next chapter in life. Shively had just redesigned their garage and swimming-pool patio, creating a chic area with new lighting and an outdoor shower, and they were pleased with his work and approach. “I love Mike’s energy and enthusiasm,” Pam says. Before work commenced, the contents of the house were removed and sorted. Then, they were discarded, donated or cleaned. Once empty, the interior was gutted down to the studs, and the joists were scrubbed to eliminate the lingering odor of smoke. Left with a blank canvas, Shively implemented his changes. Eliminating the wall between the entry foyer and the formal dining area enhanced the flow, for example, flooding the interior with natural daylight. Adding multiple roof dormers transformed an unfinished attic into a functional third floor that houses Pam’s art studio. “It’s very calming and fun place to paint,” she says. Pieces of her art are displayed throughout the house, including a WANT MORE? For more home decor and design inspiration, expert advice from industry leaders, and stunning pieces by local artists, visit spacesmag.com.

figurative drawing in the studio and several framed fine-art photographs in the family room, which has abundant natural daylight from skylights over a low-slung sectional sofa by B&B Italia. “The color palette is pale, which provides a great backdrop for their art collection,” says Shively, noting that he consulted interior designer Marshall Erb, for the finishes and furnishings. Indeed, a graphic black-and-white work by Linda Stojak takes up nearly an entire wall in the formal living room, where a tailored sofa from B&B Italia faces a traditional fireplace mantel. It’s one of the only things that was salvaged after the fire, so Shively refinished it and added a new black granite surround and threshold. By shaving space off the living room, Shively found room for a new wet bar with a built-in wine refrigerator in between the living room and the CONNECT WITH US ONLINE! spacesmag.com/subscribe

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family room. In a clever move, the backs of the upper cabinets are windows, letting light into what would ordinarily be a dark corridor. While the kitchen remains in the same footprint, Shively’s modifications make it feel far more spacious, not to mention more functional. Unlike the pre-fire ones, the new white cabinets go all the way up to the ceiling and take up nearly the entire wall. “It’s not a large space, but we did everything we could to make the most of it,” he says. Light quartzite countertops accent both the painted white cabinetry and the stained oak island, which has an elegant recessed panel motif that also serves as a door pull. Shively also designed his and hers bathrooms on the second floor, which now has three spacious bedrooms rather than four smaller ones, and a brand-new bathroom on the third floor, not far from the fire that led to the project in the first place. “This was a fresh start for their empty-nest life,” Shively says. Indeed, the couple are pleased with their decision to rebuild and the pandemic has made them especially grateful for their new abode. “Mike’s design is refreshing and uplifting,” Pam says. Tate Gunnerson is a Chicago-based freelance journalist with an equal appreciation for natural beauty and good design. He is a passionate supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The backs of the wet bar cabinets are windows, adding light to an otherwise dark corridor.

Underneath a chandelier by Hubbardton Forge, the stained oak island plays off white perimeter cabinetry and quartzite countertops. Most of the appliances are by Miele from ABT Electronics.

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Better Together . . . Finally “Together we can face any challenges as deep as the ocean and as high as the sky.” - Sonia Gandhi In July, we were honored to finally gather together to toast our Best Of 2021 winners. After postponing in-person events for over a year, it was a breath of fresh air to finally celebrate a momentous occasion as one. We celebrated on the rooftop of Best Al Fresco Dining winner Five & Dime in Evanston, and toasted to our most successful Best Of in years. For those that could not attend, we distributed winner certificates that encouraged selfies. See more at better.net/best-of-2021 WANT MORE? See our Instagram at @betterchicago

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Be Better — the rest follows. Be better...everyday. These are serious times. The world is being challenged on so many levels. As with everything, we should navigate through it in a better way. Be respectful and grateful while being smart and empathetic. Those same principles apply to the real estate market. The market continues to move aggressively on the North Shore and we are re-evaluating daily as we see properties selling at a faster rate than normal. Market expertise and strategic insights are more important than ever in this market. Acutely managing the public and private aspects of the North Shore is our commitment to our clients.

Do Better... Take action. With the paradigm shift in real estate, we actively seek innovative ways to do better every day. To do better for our clients, The Paige Dooley Team has added more world-class team members across disciplines and continues to work tirelessly to serve our clients with expertise and a splash of fun.

Paige Dooley paige.dooley@compass.com 847.609.0963

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