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FEATURES

DAY TO NIGHT FASHION Turn to page 72

PHOTO BY JENNIFER AVELLO

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 • VOLUME 6, ISSUE 9

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2015 Better Gifts: The Gift Guide

42 For Her 43 Fitness 44 For Guys 46 For Kids 48 Foodies 50 Home 52 Pets and Teens 54 Tech and Travel By Anna Carlson, Maura Flaherty, Katie Jenko, Heather Leszczewicz and Meghan Streit

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Career: Life After Oprah By Jenny Muslin

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Fashion: Day to Night with Beverly Johnson

By Julie Chernoff, Brooke McDonald, Lesley Simon, Meghan Streit

Beauty: Holiday Glamour

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Dining Review: Kefi Greek Tavern in Evanston By Julie Chernoff

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FAMILY & TRAVEL

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Secrets of Happy Families

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Secret Caribbean

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Six Ways to Glam Up Your Home

By Rachel Brown Kulp

A BETTER YOU

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Fashion: Form Meets Function

By Marjie Killeen

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Eat Your Way to Beautiful Skin

By Jenny Muslin

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How to Stop Feeling so Overwhelmed

By Pamela Rothbard

90 Relationship Rut?

Adverturous Date Nights

By Cortney Fries

DINING & ENTERTAINMENT

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The North Shore Restaurants Every College Kid Craves

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By Emma Noyes

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The Best Books of 2015

By Kelly Konrad

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Holiday Curtain Call

By Robert Loerzel

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

102 Better Makers and Their Impact 106 Unique Therapy Empowers Local Teenage Girls

By Jenny Muslin

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18 editor’s letter 24 you said it 26 from the web 28 real estate news 32 fresh 34 recommended events 36 event listing 97 Val’s List 100 give time, give things, give support 110 closing thoughts

MAKE BETTERS In our October issue, we made several errors and would like to correct the record. We deeply regret these errors: -Photos in “How to Design a Home That’s Made for Entertaining” are courtesy of Scott Byron & Co., Trends Publishing International, Megan Chaffin and Nick Johnson. -Photos 1, 2, 6, 9 and 10 in “In the Details: 10 Easy Ways to Bring a Room to Life” are courtesy of Lewis Giannoulias Interiors. Photo 7 is by Kelly Allison. Photos 4 and 8 are by Werner Straube for Kim Scodro Interiors. -In “Get Organized! Home Experts Spill Their Secrets,” the photo credit was cut off. The mudroom photo is courtesy of J.S. Brown and Co.

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Welcome to Make It Better’s annual Better Gifts holiday issue. I’ve been given the privilege of leading Make It Better’s exceptional editorial team while their beloved editor in chief (and my dear friend) Genevieve is on maternity leave, having given birth to her second beautiful daughter Eden Piper. Though we’re always ready for the brutal Chicago winter to take a hike come March, there’s something exciting about the chill the November air brings as it ushers in the festive season. We head inside and spice up our homes for Thanksgiving, the perfect opportunity to reconnect with distant relatives and kids home from college, and we take the time to focus on all that we have to be grateful for. Soon enough, holiday decorations go up, lights begin to twinkle and our thoughts turn from what we are so lucky to have to what we can give. Our Make It Better community is a benevolent one, and I suspect we all agree it is far more rewarding (and fun!) to give than to receive.

‘TIS THE SEASON

FOR GIVING BY BROOKE MCDONALD

Whether you are planning a season of chic soirees or cozy evenings by the fire, we’re sure you’d rather not spend all of your free time shopping. That’s why we’ve packed this issue with foolproof gift ideas for everyone on your list. Want to streamline your shopping even more? Look out for the Shop For Good (SFG) logo throughout our gift guide and purchase these items at makeitbetter.net/ shop. When you buy items from Shop For Good, 10 percent of the purchase price is donated to a worthy nonprofit (Raise the Stage in November and Make It Better Philanthropy Award winners in December), so you’re not only giving to family and friends, but you’re giving to great causes as well. And if our stunning cover model Beverly Johnson caused you to do a double take (how couldn’t she?), turn to page 72 for our exclusive interview and beautiful photos of the fashion icon as she models some of our favorite looks from local boutiques featured in Shop For Good. Beverly is every bit as thoughtful and gracious as she is beautiful, and shared some reflections perfect for this season of gratitude and giving. “[I] make sure I recognize all the things I’m so happy, so grateful for. Why I’m so blessed to have these miracles in my life. As women, we have to keep reminding ourselves of that,” Johnson says. “Not another gray hair, another wrinkle. Remind ourselves how wonderful life is, and that is centering. It helps you make the right choices throughout the day.” Wise words to live by this holiday season. Happy Holidays!

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REALTORS REVEAL SECRETS FOR A SUCCESSFUL OPEN HOUSE BY JESSICA SUSS

Open houses are stressful: Rooms need to look like a magazine and smell like fresh laundry, but appear approachable enough not to scare off prospective buyers. Forget old tales about chocolate chip cookies in the oven and try out these fresh tricks from some of Chicago’s most successful real estate professionals.

JOE STACY, Koenig Rubloff Berkshire Hathaway • Make sure the outside of the house is immaculate, from the lawn to the light fixtures. “First impressions are the most important,” Stacy says. “Replace the doormat, repaint the mailbox, everything.” • Don’t underestimate the power of fresh flowers. Scented candles can smell too strong to some buyers—or look like you’re trying to cover up an unpleasant scent. Go natural, Stacy suggests, and pick up a nice arrangement from the store. LORI NEUSCHEL, @Properties • Have an extremely knowledgeable agent. “The attitude and aspect of an agent can make or break an open house,” Neuschel says. “They need to know more than just the repairs and attributes of the house—they need to know the schools, the community, the whole neighborhood.” • Make sure the landscaping is immaculate. “Flowers in pots are always a very big plus,” Neuschel says. ANNIE FLANAGAN, Coldwell Banker • Put the open house on social media. “I use everything from Twitter to real estate sites like Zillow,” Flanagan says. “I also always put a print advertisement in the local paper and the Chicago Tribune.”

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• If it’s going to be a bigger open house, have the realtor bring an assistant. That way no prospective buyers are wandering around the house by themselves without anyone to share details about the home with them. KATHRYN AND KELLY MANGEL, @Properties •U  se your open house as an opportunity to repaint the walls and have that fresh paint smell in your home. •R  un a dehumidifier in the basement for a few days before the open house. “Regardless of the weather, a dehumidifier running will help the house smell much cleaner and fresher than it might otherwise,” Mangel says. JEAN WRIGHT, Jean Wright Real Estate • Illuminate your house: Turn on every single light and open all the shades. Make sure all the bulbs are replaced and all the light fixtures are dusted. • The realtor needs to be able to answer questions that potential buyers didn’t even know they had, Wright says. “They’re not just a realtor, they’re a tour guide, too. Be more than prepared.” LISA MICELI, Jameson Sotheby’s • Have professional photos of the interior and exterior taken for marketing purposes before the open house. “Market it as much as you can,” Miceli says. “Have your agent put it out on every platform available to them.” • Keep a sign-in sheet at the open house and make sure every buyer signs it. Then have the realtor follow up and ask if they have any further questions about the property.

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ALAN BERLOW, Coldwell Banker • Get your house professionally deep cleaned. A once-over with the vacuum will not be enough for sharp-eyed potential buyers. • Clear your house of basic clutter, but also be mindful of larger distractions like artwork and pictures. “Only keep a very limited number of religious objects you may have in your home,” Berlow says. “You don’t want distractions—good or bad—to take away from the showing.”

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New in Town: Kate Spade New York Opens at Old Orchard

Sweet Eats in Evanston

As if the tiny new corner bakery on Evanston’s Central Street wasn’t adorable enough, it turns out that owner/baker Beth Welch and manager Kate Noble share more than a love of sugar—they’re sisters! They first learned to bake and cook from their beloved grandmother as they grew up fourthgeneration Evanstonians. They opened Beth’s Little Bake Shop in late June, its glass cases lined with jewel-like fruit tarts and lemon meringue pies. Macarons in saturated colors vie for your attention, as do the salted chocolate chunk and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Welch does specialty cakes and sweet tables on demand, but you’ll find plenty here to love on an everyday basis. BETH’S LITTLE BAKE SHOP: 1814 Central Ave., Evanston, 224-999-7597, bethslittlebakeshop.com—JC

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Shop for a sophisticated look at Kate Spade’s new Westfield Old Orchard location. The colorful store has everything from clothing, handbags and jewelry to home décor and desk accessories. The wide variety makes it easy to customize to your personal style or find the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Kate Spade products are sold in more than 450 stores worldwide, and you now have the chance to enjoy this global brand close to home. Kate Spade New York opened in late August and is located between Z Gallerie and Athleta. KATE SPADE NEW YORK: Westfield Old Orchard, 4905 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-674-4599, westfield.com/oldorchard, katespade.com—KS

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Donati’s Pizza: “Pies by Local Guys”

Lake Forest High School alums Ray Bozic and Jeff Urso have always been close friends—and big pizza fans. In 2011, they opened their first Donati’s Pizza in a tiny Lake Forest location; with success, they expanded the business to Mundelein and Rolling Meadows. Their newest location is in Lake Bluff, Bozic’s hometown, and this one’s a little different, featuring a fourminute, build-your-own artisanal pizza concept with unlimited toppings, similar to the Chipotle model of fast casual service. Not feeling adventurous? No problem. There are a number of specialty pizza combos to choose from, as well as salads and pastas. DONATI’S PIZZA: 205 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Bluff, 847735-8900, donatispizza.com—JC 32

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Recently opened in the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Madison Hall is not your typical hotel gift shop. Space519 owners Lance Lawson and Jim Wetzel designed the shop to capture the feel of a 1930s newsstand. But, this is no simple cart on the side of the street; it is a full-blown store separated into men’s and women’s sections. On the side geared toward women, gifts and flowers are on display. The men’s side has its own barber chair. Stop inside Madison Hall and find unique gifts that no one would guess were purchased in a hotel. MADISON HALL: 12 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-9403552, madisonhallchicago.com—EN

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Mythbusters: Jamie and Adam UNLEASHED 19 Nov. 19 | Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont | rosemont.com If you’ve ever wanted to participate in one of the tests on TV’s “Mythbusters,” this is your chance. See on-stage experiments and hear behind-the-scenes stories during the show’s farewell tour.

Passport to Greece Dec. 9 | The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago | fieldmuseum.org The Field Museum’s newest exhibit, “The Greeks—Agamemnon to Alexander the Great,” opens Nov. 25. Get inside after hours during this celebration complete with Greek food and live music from local Greek musicians. DEC

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Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum u Nov. 20-Jan. 2 | The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle | mortonarb.org For a third year, the Arboretum’s trees will light your path for a beautiful winter walk through the woods, where trees will also respond to your voice and touch. Plus, experience lighting effects on Meadow Lake and Ornament Hill that are new to Illumination this year. NOV

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Family Festival Nov. 21 | The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago | artic.edu The Art Institute’s “Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings” exhibit runs through Jan. 3. To celebrate, families are invited to enjoy two celebrations from India: Sharad Navratri and Diwali. Make your own masterpieces, enjoy Hindu stories by a costumed storyteller and learn a few new dance styles, like Dandiya Raas, Garba and Bollywood. NOV

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13th Annual Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) Nov. 21-22 | Navy Pier Festival Hall, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago | chitagfair.com More than 100 toy and game exhibitors are coming to Chicago to showcase the coolest new products on the market. With interactive events, contests and exhibitions, your kids will be dropping wish-list hints all weekend long. NOV

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Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life Nov. 22 | Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont | rosemont.com Two of our favorite Martins (Steve and Short) are back together for an evening of stand-up, musical numbers, movie clips and conversations. Despite the show’s title, we bet it won’t be that easy to forget a night with these comic legends. NOV

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NBC’s Last Comic Standing: Live Tour Dec. 3 | North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie northshorecenter.org Some of the best comedians in the country are heading to Skokie for a night of laughs. Among those on the tour is the “Last Comic Standing” season nine winner, Clayton English. DEC

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NT Live: “Hamlet” Nov. 23-24, Dec. 1 | Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston | communication.northwestern.edu/wirtz Don’t worry about buying a plane ticket to London to see Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s “Sherlock,” “The Imitation Game”) play Hamlet. National Theatre Live will broadcast this Shakespeare classic for everyone to enjoy. NOV

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“Domesticated” Opens Dec. 3 | Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago | steppenwolf.org In a play ripped from the headlines, Judy DEC

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stands behind her politician husband as he discusses his recent sex scandal for the entire world to watch. But even though she’s standing by him, what is she really thinking? Find out during Pulitzer Prize-winner Bruce Norris’ take on gender politics and modern marriage. Pop Art Design Opens Dec. 19 | Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago | mcachicago.org One of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s newest exhibits shows the influence pop artist Andy Warhol and his contemporaries had on architecture and household items like chairs and lamps. While you’re there, don’t miss the museum’s complementary exhibition, “The Street, the Store, and the Silver Screen: Pop Art from the MCA Collection.” DEC

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John Oliver Dec. 30-31 | The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago | thechicagotheatre.com Spend one of the last two days of the year with “The Daily Show” alum John Oliver as he returns to stand-up. DEC

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“A Christmas Carol” Nov. 14–Dec. 27 Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago | goodmantheatre.org/acc

McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade Nov. 26 Along State Street from Congress Avenue to Randolph Street, Chicago chicagofestivals.org

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” Nov. 14–Jan. 3 Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut, Chicago broadwayinchicago.com

ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PowerShares QQQ Nov. 27–Jan. 3 (select dates) Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago | lpzoo.org

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light Nov. 19–Jan. 3 Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago | msichicago.org

Holiday in the Park and Parade Nov. 28 Jackman Park, 1930 Prairie St., Glenview glenviewchamber.com

Christkindlmarket Chicago Nov. 20–Dec. 24 Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago | christkindlmarket.com

The Holiday Shoppe Dec. 4 Mariani Landscape, 300 Rockland Road, Lake Bluff | marianilandscape.com

Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” Dec. 4–27 Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago | joffrey.org

Randolph Street’s Holiday Market Nov. 21–22, Nov. 28-29, Dec. 12-13 Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington, Chicago | randolphstreetmarket.com Christmas in the Country Nov. 22–Dec. 31 Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Highways 50 E and 12, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin | travelwisconsin.com

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The Polar Express Story Time Train Dec. 5, 12 Highland Park Downtown Metra Station, 1700 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park pdhp.org

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The Singers Holiday Concert Dec. 4 Bennett Gordon Hall, 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park | ravinia.org

The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Nov. 21 Michigan Avenue, Chicago themagnificentmile.com

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Holiday Renegade Craft Fair Dec. 5–6 Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St., Chicago | renegadecraft.com/chicago Holiday Magic Dec. 5–6, 12–13, 19–20, 26–31 Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield | czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Home Hanukkah Concert Dec. 6 Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe | chicagobotanic.org/ wonderland/special “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Zuzu— A Conversation with Karolyn Grimes Dec. 6 Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan | geneseetheatre.com Third Annual Holiday Singalong Dec. 6 Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka | 847-322-8202 Holiday Cheers! Seasonal Tasting at Wonderland Express Dec. 9 Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe | chicagobotanic.org/ wonderland/special Second City’s “Holidazed” Dec. 11–31 Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights metropolisarts.com

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34th Annual Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party Dec. 13 The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago | artic.edu Chi-Town Rising NYE Celebration Dec. 31 The Chicago River between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive chi-townrising.com Zoo Year’s Eve Dec. 31 Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield | czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Home

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Abuse America.” He continues, “That’s when my view of the world changed. I learned what child abuse does to our children and its cost to us as a society.” Rosengarden has made a significant difference with other nonprofits too. A Safe Place—offering emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling and advocacy help for victims of domestic abuse—has grown substantially during his tenure on the board. Part of his support for the Illinois Holocaust Museum included a documentary sponsorship which earned him a small piece of a Chicago Emmy. However, his desire to get his entire family and company more engaged in and united behind a philanthropic effort was when a member of his family received a difficult cancer diagnosis, Multiple Myeloma. That’s what really kicked Rosengarden's giving back into high gear over the past several years.

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“Everybody should find a way to articulate their beliefs and values as part of their efforts to launch their children into adult lives,” Michael Rosengarden, proud husband and father of three, declares. “The test is to walk the talk too.” Walking the talk, living those values, is also the best way to launch a family-owned business and other community organizations doing impactful work into greater success. Rosengarden proves this with his work as CEO of the business his father founded, Autohaus On Edens Mercedes Benz, as well as on behalf of many nonprofits. “I realized how blessed my life was, and why it’s important to give back when a friend got me involved with Prevent Child

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Each spring, Rosengarden also organizes his entire business around LAUNCH: Driving Fashion Forward, a fashion show fundraiser that features local businesses and a design competition for graduating Columbia College fashion design majors. Autohaus transforms its showroom into a runway venue a la Fashion Week and puts on a great party. Past beneficiaries include A Safe Place, ORT, Highland Park Hospital Women’s Board and the Winnetka Women’s Club. This year’s beneficiary will be the Glenview Women’s Club. Rosengarden particularly delights in the results of the design competition. “It’s an unbelievable feeling when you change a life. I love that moment when we give the scholarship check.” By walking the talk and living his values, Rosengarden has launched not just his own children, but also his business and other organizations that make the world better into greater success, too.

Learn more about Autohaus by visiting their showroom at 1600 Frontage Road in Northbrook or calling 847-272-7900.

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Rosengarden’s deep dive into research about Multiple Myeloma led him to support the visionary work of Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) in general and University Of Chicago’s Andrzej Jakubowiak, MD, PhD in particular. “The MMRF’s collaborative model is revolutionizing all of cancer research,” Rosengarden explains. The team he fields for the MMRF’s Race For Research 5K walk/run fundraiser has already raised more than $100,000.

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The holidays are magical … and stressful. Between family dinners and school recitals, we could all use a little help whenever possible. That’s where our 2015 Gift Guide comes in. We’ve already done the research so you’ll know exactly what to get everyone on your list—kids, teens, guys, even pets. Plus, you’ll find picks from our very own Shop For Good. When you purchase an item from a participating local business, 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to a deserving nonprofit. Happy holidays! Please note that prices are average retail and are rounded to the nearest dollar. Photos courtesy of each manufacturer.

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BY MEGHAN STREIT

for her

Your mother, your sister, your daughter, your best friend—let the ladies you love know how much you care with one of these special gifts.

Shop For Good Item, available at makeitbetter.net/shop OYOBox Finally! A stylish way to keep glasses and sunglasses protected and organized from Optique. $300, Shop For Good, makeitbetter.net/shop

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Alexandra Clancy Phoenix Bracelet Stunning triple wrap water snake bracelet with a buckle closure. $85, Frances Heffernan, 810 Elm St., Winnetka, 847-446-2112, francesheffernan.com Jacquard Scarf This scarf works whether you’re dressing up or dressing down. It’s also perfect for women who travel frequently. frequently $225, Escada, 51 E. Oak St., 312-915-0500, us.escada.com

Cedar Street Dot Cosmetic Case Keep beauty products organized—and look good doing it! A pretty present for the young women on your gift list. Available in a variety of patterns. $148, Kate Spade, 56 E. Oak St., 312-654-8853, katespade.com

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Pineapple Place Card Holder Help her set a table that has big personality with these adorable Murano glass and sterling silver place card holders. Also available in other designs, including apples, pumpkins and tomatoes. Visit store for price information, Buccellati, 62 E. Oak St., 312-600-9224, us.buccellati.com

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Harriet's Hides Cowhide Clutch Genuine cowhide, locally handmade clutch with crystal closure. $128, Londo Mondo, 558 Green Bay Road, Winnetka; 1100 N. Dearborn Ave., Chicago, 224-255-6466, londomondo.com

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Kohl Children’s Museum Bangle Bracelet Moms will love this sweet and customizable bangle designed by Matthew Burdeen of Burdeen's Jewelry in honor of Kohl Children’s Museum’s 30th Anniversary. $40 Shop For Good, makeitbetter.net/shop

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Decadent Cocoa Rx Facial Indulge in the calming benefits of cocoa for amazing results. EGEA Spa, 1521 Sherman Ave., Evanston, 847-332-2772, egeaspa.com

SPONSORED ITEM Harshira silk scarf Three-sided tubular silk scarves in five different colors. $58, Mattie M, 990 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, 847-784-8701, mattiem.com

Pleece Jacket Grey The timeless design and super soft fabric of this pleated jacket from Skändal will keep her feeling warm—and looking hot! —all winter long. $295, Shop For Good, makeitbetter.net/shop

BY KATIE JENKO

Blending practicality, style and fun, these fitness gifts are sure to be a hit for the cardio junkie on your list.

PROlite Just right for the yogi-on-the-go, the PROlite mat is non-slip, comfortable and lightweight for traveling. $80, Manduka, manduka.com HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ATR For the avid runner who isn’t deterred by wintry conditions, this all-terrain shoe’s traction will keep them pounding the lakefront pavement snow or shine. $130, Road Runner Sports, 3232 Lake Ave., Wilmette, 847-251-1900 UNICEF Kid Power Band Inspire your kids to get active—in health and service! By wearing the UNICEF Kid Power band, their every move earns Kid Power Points which convert into funding by sponsors. Target will donate $10 for every band bought through December. $40, Target, target.com

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BANDI® belt Tired of having to hold your keys, phone and cash when you're out for a run? The soft spandex BANDI belt stores your essentials in a sleek fold pocket along your waist. $31, Peachtree Place, 303 South Happ Road, Northfield, 847-441-7585, peachtreeplaceonline. com Melon Helmets Protect your melon while cycling, skateboarding or mountain biking with this award- winning helmet! Available in a variety of trendy designs, Melon Helmets fit any personality or style and come in sizes for the whole family. $69-79, melonnorthamerica.com

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BY HEATHER LESZCZEWICZ

The men in your life can always use something stylish, but don’t forget about the fun.

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Geophysic® Universal Time watch Get your guy this exclusive watch, only being released in a select number of stores. It’s perfect for the world traveler who wants to know the time in all 24 time zones. $25,000, Burdeen’s Jewelry, 1151 W. Lake Cook Road, Buffalo Grove, 800-656-0414, burdeens.com Oliver Messenger Bag A messenger bag never goes out of style and it keeps everything guys tote around looking classy. This particular bag is handsome in navy. $578, The Frye Company, thefryecompany.com SPONSORED ITEM

Elephant Tie Add a bit of whimsy and color to your guy’s wardrobe with an elephant-patterned tie. It comes in a few great color combinations. There’s also a version featuring crabs for the seafaring fan. $95, J. McLaughlin, 567-A Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, 847784-1730, jmclaughlin.com “The History of Baseball in 100 Objects” by Josh Leventhal For any guy who loves the game, give him a chance to learn about the items that helped shaped the sport. $30, The Book Stall, 811 Elm St., Winnetka, 847-446-8880, thebookstall.com

Hecky's Original Barbecue Sauce Spice up the holidays with Hecky's BBQ Turkeys (pre-order), and Original Barbecue Sauce—Great stocking stuffer for DAD! Hecky's Barbecue, 1902 Green Bay Road, Evanston, 847-492-1182, heckys.com

RayBan Mirrored Aviators in Blue Everyone looks good in a great pair of aviators. This pair from Doyle Opticians is sleek, stylish and great for any season. $170, Shop For Good, makeitbetter/shop

Lanvin Shell Sneaker A grown-up pair of sneakers is a must. This Lanvin pair in Anthracite Grey Grained Calfskin will work with different outfits and occasions. $590, Lavin, 116 E. Oak St., Chicago, 312-765-7075, lanvin.com 44

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BY MEGHAN STREIT

Surprise the little ones in your life with one of these delightful gifts this holiday season.

Shop For Good Item, available at makeitbetter.net/shop Doorway Puppet Theater Kids (and adults!) are inundated with screens these days. Cultivate creativity by gifting children a puppet theater for some imaginative, unplugged play. $50, Becky & Me Toys, 620 Grove St., Evanston, 847-492-1030, beckyandmetoys.com

Miniature Baby Grand Piano This pint-sized piano will inspire mini-Mozarts to tickle the ivories (and promote brain development while they play). $660, Nordstrom, various locations, nordstrom.com

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Whirly Pop Pillow Tots will have very sweet dreams atop this colorful lollipop pillow. $22, Dylan’s Candy Bar, 445 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-702-2247, dylanscandybar.com

Monkey Canvas Messenger Bag Boys and girls alike will love stashing schoolbooks or sleepover supplies in this playful messenger bag. $30, Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony, 1917 Central St., 847-866-6292, maya-tony.com Roominate Dollhouse This thoroughly modern dollhouse inspires young girls to be engineers by giving them the chance to construct their very own townhouses for dolls. $40, roominatetoy.com

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foodies

BY MAURA FLAHERTY

Satisfy your foodie's wish-list cravings with these sweet treats.

Cooking Class at The Social Table Sign up for public or private three-hour cooking classes. Dinner themes include country supper, Italian table and French Bistro. The sessions are kept small and are held nightly. Starts at $75 per person, The Social Table, thesocialtable.com

Milk Bar Birthday Cake Truffles and “Life” cookbook One of Milk Bar's most indulgent treats is its birthday cake truffles. The perfect complement to the decadent dessert is Pastry Chef Christina Tosi's cookbook. Truffles, $16. Cookbook, $35. Milk Bar, milkbarstore.com

Monogrammed Copper Mugs These mugs are handcrafted by artisans in Turkey and can be used for Moscow Mules. The solid copper and tin lining helps to keep refreshments well chilled. $40, Williams-Sonoma, williams-sonoma.com

18K Rose Gold Ring with Peppermint Scent These gorgeous pinky rings come in a variety of flavors including bubblegum, licorice, grape and cotton candy! $875, David Yurman, davidyurman.com

The Ice Chest For friends who love to make cocktails, the ice chest is the perfect gift. The molds allow you to create beautiful, crystal clear ice cubes and spheres that will keep drinks cooler longer with less dilution. $120, Wintersmiths, wintersmiths.com

Sweet Secrets Chocolate Pretzel Pizza—Chicago Style Two layers of pretzels covered in milk and white chocolate, chocolate cookie chunks, sprinkles, sugar cone pieces, M&Ms and chocolate drizzle. Yum. $33, Sweet Secrets, sweetsecretschocolate.com

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BY KATIE JENKO

home

Everyone loves escaping the Chicago winter chill by ducking into a warm, inviting home. Spread the holiday cheer inside with these great gifts.

Shop For Good Item, available at makeitbetter.net/shop Diptyque Sapin Candle Diptyque's limited edition Sapin candle features a wintry scent of fir tree with hints of mandarin, a perfect addition to the home ready for the holidays. $70, Barneys, 15 East Oak St., Chicago, 312-587-1700, barneys.com

Neó Canapa Basket Nautical with a modern splash, this handcrocheted basket from Maze Home is made of natural hemp yarn and neoprene yarn. Perfect for stashing everything from toys to extra blankets. $435, Shop For Good, makeitbetter.net/shop

“Under the El” oil on panel by Terry Miura Hurry over to Shop for Good to get this one-of-a-kind work of art from Anne Loucks Gallery. A classic Chicago scene, this oil painting will bring the emotion of the city into your home. Original oil painting by Terry Miura, 7"x10"; 14"x17" framed, $875, Shop For Good, makeitbetter.net/shop

Copper-handled boards Copper-plated handles complement the food-safe mango wood for a simple yet elegant serving board for everything from cheese to charcuterie. Available in sizes 16"x20" and 20"x23 1/2" to meet different serving needs. $76-104, Maze Home, Shop For Good, makeitbetter.net/shop

Hastens Down Booties Perfect for cozy snowbound days at home, these toasty slippers filled with white Hungarian down are unisex and one-size-fits-most (shoe sizes 7-11.) $130, Chicago Luxury Beds, Shop For Good, makeitbetter.net/shop. 50

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pets

BY HEATHER LESZCZEWICZ

Don’t forget your favorite four-legged friends this holiday season.

Canines for Veterans gift bucket Give back this holiday season with this pet gift. A portion of the bucket’s sales goes to Canines for Veterans (caninesforservice.org). $40-42, harrybarker.com

Murphy Pet Sofa Sometimes pet beds aren’t the most fashionable things to have in a room. This one comes in leather with a great print for the cushion and even has throw pillows. We wish it came human-sized. $2,979, Walter E. Smithe, various locations, smithe.com

iFetch Have an active pup? With the iFetch, they can play fetch all day whether you’re around or not. A model for larger dogs is also on its way. $115, goifetch.com or Wags on Willow, 840 Willow Road, Northbrook, wagsonwillow.com

PetChatz If you spend a lot of time at the office and your pet is left home, PetChatz allows you to interact with them remotely. There’s a video screen, they can hear you and you can reward them with treats. $349, petchatz.com

BY ANNA CARLSON

These gifts will be a big hit with the teens in your life.

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WeMontage WeMontage turns photos (which we know your teen has plenty of) into removable wallpaper. Now your college student can decorate their dorm walls with favorite memories without damage. Starts at $60, wemontage.com

Out of Print If you’re raising a bookworm, shop Out of Print for shirts, bags, jewelry, notebooks and more with the covers of classic novels and childhood favorites. Prices vary, outofprintclothing.com

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Signature Leather and Vintage Chain Choker Purchase this Mountain Hides necklace for the budding fashionista in your life. $180, Shop For Good, makeitbetter.net/shop

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BY KATIE JENKO

Whether globetrotting or commuting, these great gifts will ensure your favorite traveler is stylish and comfortable.

Shop For Good Item, available at makeitbetter.net/shop STATE Bags Smith Backpack There's more than just sharp style and superior quality to STATE bags. For each bag purchased, STATE hand-delivers a backpack packed with essentials to an American child in need. $110, STATE, statebags.com

Kaehler 1920 The Palmer Duffel Featuring Horween Leather accents, this duffle, beautifully crafted in Chicago, is the perfect gift for the sophisticated voyager. $1195, Kaehler Luggage, worldtraveler.com Jetsetter Mini pillow Give the gift of restful travel with the Jetsetter Mini. The comfortable and supportive neck pillow folds up easily and can be embroidered with a monogram or cute phrase, compliments of Chicago Luxury Beds. $89, Chicago Luxury Beds, Shop For Good, makeitbetter. net/shop.

Kate Spade Cedar Street Dot Passport Holder Keep your passport protected—and look good doing it! A pretty present for the stylish globetrotter on your gift list. Available in a variety of patterns $78, Kate Spade, 56 E. Oak St., 312-654-8853, katespade.com

BY ANNA CARLSON

There are always new tech products making waves, and this year is no exception. Find picks here that every techie (and parent, teen, friend) on your list will love

Apple TV The way we watch television is changing, so the new Apple TV makes the perfect gift for the TV fan in your life. Apple TV now comes with the Siri Remote with Touch surface and tvOS, a redesigned interface. Starts at $149, Abt Electronics, 1200 N. Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, abt.com

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Chelsea Carry-All This vegan leather carry-all from Vintage Nest is a great gift for the techie on the go. It fits most tablets and can be monogrammed with most initials. $18, Shop For Good, makeitbetter.net/shop

Helix Looking for that perfect gift for the fashionable music fan in your life? This wearable cuff with Bluetooth headphones looks good and holds wireless headphones for whenever you need to groove. Starts at $169, Ashley Chloe, ashleychloe.com

3Doodler 2.0 For the creative person on your shopping list, this new and improved 3-D pen will have drawings and designs jumping right off the page. $120, Marbles The Brain Store, Westfield Old Orchard, 4999 Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie, marblesthebrainstore.com

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# F A M I LY

10 SECRETS OF

HAPPY FAMILIES BY D O N NA BOZ ZO

According to a recent Gallup poll, 96 percent of Americans rank family as the most important thing in their lives. So what’s the secret to making family life fantastic? It’s not as hard as you might think! Here are 10 simple, silly suggestions that you can easily fold into your routine starting today. 1. ENJOY ONE ANOTHER

In a happy family, everyone enjoys one another. They are uplifting, treat one another well, and they are caring. They are happy to see one another when everyone wakes for the day or comes home from school or work. So make a point to enJOY (verb) the company of your spouse and kids, and check in during the day with a quick text or call to see how things are going. It helps you stay connected and lets kids know you always want to be around them—even when you can’t be.

2. CELEBRATE FAMILY HISTORY

Happy families love who they are because they love where they’ve come from and they have a sense of sharing lives. So share those family stories with your kids—the funny stories, stories about hard times, stories about how they were born, and stories about how you’ve become the family you are today.

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3. MAKE TIME FOR FAMILY DINNER (OR LOOK FOR A TWIST)

You hear it again and again, and I can’t say enough about the benefits of the family dinner. Studies show that children who eat dinner with their families are less likely to drink, do drugs, commit suicide or get pregnant. They also have larger vocabularies, better manners, healthier diets and higher self-esteem. But here is something you may not have heard: It turns out family dinner conversation, the productive part, lasts only about 10 minutes. So that’s good news if you don’t have time to have family dinner every night. You can recreate the experience with a chat at breakfast, Saturday lunch or even over a cup of tea.

4. YOUR MARRIAGE COMES FIRST

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strengthen your relationship, because you not only set the tone for your family, but you also set an example for your kids. This is true even for parents who are no longer together. Make your relationship with your ex a positive, cooperative one—no matter what your circumstances. It’ll pay back in dividends when it comes to the kids and the way they feel about their family and themselves.

5. LOOK FOR LAUGHTER

are almost half as likely to have good communication with their families or feel close to their families.

8. WEAR YOUR HEART ON YOUR SLEEVE

People are 47 percent more likely to feel close to family members who show affection than those who don’t. So hug, cuddle, tickle, touch and tell your family you love them—early, often and every day.

Use humor to create a light, life-is-great-at-home vibe. Look for ways to laugh, even in life’s most frustrating moments—the spilled orange juice, the ripped pants. When those things happen, you have a choice: get flustered and mad or simply laugh it off and give everyone permission to laugh with you. Those are the rich, warm moments you and your children will remember.

9. BE POSITIVE (ESPECIALLY WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH)

6. GET INTO THE GAME

10. REDUCE STRESS

7. ADAPT AND CHANGE

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The family that plays together stays together. Playing together builds strong bonds and memories. So have a great time together, whether by fishing, shooting hoops or staying up late playing Monopoly. And create fun zones—places to play—at home. If your children have fun with YOU, they are more likely to have friends over, which, in turn, gives you a fantastic way to really be a part of your children’s lives. Family is fluid; kids grow up, interests change, needs change, and our way of communicating changes. So it’s important that we are ready and willing to keep changing along with it. Studies show that people who are rigid or extremely reluctant to accept change

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Be positive, always, always, always. Studies show that just by being positive you can reduce your family’s stress level by 60 percent. Tough times don’t seem so scary to kids who see their parents handle it in stride. Do you know what kids want most from their parents? It’s not money or things or even more time spent together. According to the Families and Work Institute, a child’s number one wish is that his or her parents are less tired and less stressed. So do everything you can to reduce your own stress and create a stress-free zone at home. It’s good for you and it’s great for your kids.

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# T R AV E L

Anguilla’s Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa

SECRET CARIBBEAN:

WHERE IN-THE-KNOW ISLAND HOPPERS VACATION Chicagoans know that after the excitement of the first holiday snowfall come the long, dark days of winter. Nothing takes the edge off sub-zero temperatures like having a winter warm-up on your calendar. For an off-the-beaten-path escape, check out one of these lesser traveled, but oh-so-blissful, Caribbean islands. SCRUB ISLAND

They call it Scrub Island. You’ll call it heaven on earth. The aptly named Scrub Island Resort, which dominates most of this private island, is the first new resort in the British Virgin Islands in 15 years. An on-site sailing school and scuba diving center means there are plenty of activities. Of course, you can just kick back in your hammock or lounge chair at any of the four surrounding white-sand beaches. Scrub Island’s award-winning double-decker pool, perched on a bluff overlooking the marina, has a slide and two swim-up bars. Not a bad place to spend a few hours. Go exploring in one of the resort kayaks or try your hand at fishing by chartering a boat. Bonus: The resort’s chef will cook up your catch!

ISLAND HOPPING IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

To really experience all that the British Virgin Islands have to offer, consider island hopping by chartering your own sailboat. You’ll be able to reach out-of-the-way coves and beaches that cruise passengers can only dream of.

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“The BVIs offer consistent gentle trade winds, warm turquoise waters and countless protected, sandy anchorages, making it the ideal venue for a sailing vacation,” says Peter Jones of Voyage Charters BVI. “The close proximity of more than 50 different islands and cays allows you to island hop from one of the world’s largest barrier reefs, to Robert Louis Stevenson’s famed ‘Treasure Island,’ with a string of festive beach bars in between. You get to explore shipwrecks, white sand beaches lined with coconut palms, and vibrant reef teeming with a kaleidoscope of aquatic species.”

OUT ISLANDS OF THE BAHAMAS

The Bahamas tourism board likes to say “It’s better in the Bahamas,” Audrey St. Clair, managing editor of Islands magazine, agrees. “It’s easy to fly into Nassau, but don’t stay there the whole time,” St. Clair says. “Take a short ferry or inter-island flight to get out—far out—to the Out Islands of the Bahamas. She recommends unspoiled spots like Harbour Island, where you can swap megaresorts for boutique inns, and golf carts take the place of cars. Or, try, Eleuthera, where you’ll likely have the

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powder-white beach to yourself. And in the Exumas, St. Clair says diving into a 400-foot-deep blue hole is just another day on the water.

ANGUILLA

St. Clair also steers winter-weary Midwesterners to this island in the Lesser Antilles: “Anguilla consistently tops ‘Best Beaches’ lists, and the brand-new beachfront Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa (zemibeach) sits on one of its most acclaimed strands, Shoal Bay East.” You’ll never want to leave Anguilla’s Zemi Resort, and (for a price) you don’t have to. “Several of the residences are available for purchase,” St. Clair says.

CURAÇAO

A former Dutch colony, Curaçao (pronounced keer-ah-sow) is a self-governing island off the coast of Venezuela that remains part of the kingdom of the Netherlands. Divide your time between the capital city, Willemstad, and the island’s idyllic beaches.

When it’s time to eat like a local, order up a lunch of goat stew and plantains at the Old Market, behind the Willemstad Post Office, next to the outdoor fish and produce market. Need a perfect spot for a romantic sunset dinner or drink? Head to Saint Tropez, an oceanfront restaurant in the uber-hip, yet incredibly welcoming, Pietermaai entertainment district. Read about other carefully vetted travel destinations online at MAKEITBETTER.NET/TRAVEL

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Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Willemstad’s Kura Hulanda Village is a hotel complex made up of historic homes restored to original splendor, connected via cobblestone paths. A complimentary one-hour shuttle takes guests from Kura Hu-

landa Village to the postcard-perfect beaches on Curacao’s west end. Once you arrive at the Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club (kurahulanda.com), you’ll find your desert oasis—a turquoise blue ocean, luxurious pool surrounded by palm-frond huts, and an on-site dive center. Daily two-and-a-half-hour snorkel trips are available through Go West Diving.

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DECK THE HALLS B Y TAT E G U N N E R S O N

A colorful home in Lincoln Park undergoes a festive annual makeover.

The couple, who returned to the city in 2009 after raising their three daughters in Glenview, is famous among friends for their annual holiday bash. Preparations start in November when they begin decorating, a process that often takes a week and a half. “We do everything except the outside and the greens,” Ruthie explains. John West, of JW Landscapes, who also landscaped the entire property, handles the greens. They wrap the

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stair rail on the front of the home as well as the main interior staircase. “John is very creative and colorful, which works for me,” Ruthie says. In the corner of the formal living room, a large Christmas tree is stuffed to the gills with ornaments—some made by her children, others gifts from family and friends. The collection includes signed pieces by Christopher Radko and Patricia Breen, who are Ruthie’s favorite ornament designers. “We’ve been collecting since we moved to Chicago in 1979,” Ruthie explains. “Every year, I would see what I could find at the after-Christmas sales, and I kept adding and refining.”

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“I’ve always thought of Christmas as a magical holiday,” interior designer Ruthie Ryan explains from the Lincoln Park row home she shares with her husband Rich. “It’s a moment to relax, decorate and be with family.”

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Whimsical Decorations Mantle Decor at the Ryan Home

There are so many that Ruthie had to be creative about how to showcase them. In what she describes as a “Martha Stewart moment," she used small ornaments to create two of the nine wreaths she has displayed throughout the home and on the front door. In another such moment, she filled a Lucite pedestal with colorful ornaments. Not to mention her large collection of finials, which she arranged as a grouping on the living room fireplace mantel. “It’s a layering,” Ruthie explains. “To have all of the different items and colors gives it more of a texture and life history instead of just having a look.” The same philosophy guides Ruthie’s approach to the interior design of her home, which is characterized by its colorful upholstered furnishings, draperies and luxurious finishes. “Chicago weather is just sad and gray in the winter, so I have to have color around me to avoid the winter blues,” Ruthie explains, pointing to the stylized floral Missoni fabric that she selected for the throw pillows in the living room. “Color brings the outside in.”

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The concept of bringing the outside in also inspired the illuminated greens that hang from the coffered ceiling in the dining room. In the evening, the glowing light of the LED strings reflects off of the silver leafed ceiling. She has affectionately dubbed the room “the swamp.” “It reminds me of the south,” Ruthie explains. “It’s a big hit.”

new friends. According to Ruthie, the most important thing is for everybody to feel comfortable and relaxed. “Have good food and plenty to drink, and people will take care of themselves,” she explains. “If you invite nice people, they are all going to get along whether they know each other or not.”

Also a big hit is the couple’s annual holiday celebration, which is usually attended by 100–120 people, including a mix of old and

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GLAM UP YOUR HOME BY R ACHEL BROWN KULP

A touch of glamour can take a well-appointed home from tasteful to enchanting. Edyta Czajkowska, a North Shore designer and glam-expert known for her chic interiors, shares her tips for making your ordinary abode extraordinarily stylish. Textiles offer the perfect opportunity to up your glam game. Czajkowska sources sumptuous fabrics like velvets, silks and linens from around the world to create custom furniture, drapery and accent pillows that add decadence to everyday pieces.

CROWN YOUR HOME WITH CHANDELIERS

Think of light fixtures like jewelry for your home—the right piece can make the whole outfit. So bring on the bling with a statement chandelier that Czajkowska says can completely transform a space. For a look that is “classic luxe,” Czajkowska recommends “a sparkly chandelier with softer lines in brass or chrome.” Or, try something sculptural for a masculine take on glam.

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CHOOSE LUXE TEXTILES

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Trade in those run-of-the-mill framed IKEA prints for some original art that really speaks to you. Grand artwork need not cost thousands; there are dozens of resources— including Make It Better’s Shop For Good—where you can source original pieces for reasonable prices. To go for the glam, Czajkowska says to choose art that is “fabulous and captivating.” Eleanor Miller, “Fading Blue,” oil on canvas, $350. MAKEITBETTER.NET/SHOP

CHOOSE A RUG THAT FEELS GOOD

A great rug is capable of many things— anchoring a room, delineating spaces, and introducing color and warmth. But Czajkowska encourages taking it a step further by investing in a rug that is a pleasure to both the eyes and the feet. A deliciously tactile, plush rug is the ultimate in luxury and will make your room feel as good as it looks.

MAKE ACCESSORIES MEANINGFUL

Tchotchkes are decidedly glamour-less, but Czajkowska says a thoughtful arrangement of meaningful accessories can “add soul and a bit of whimsy to a space.” Whether they’re quietly seductive or boldly beguiling, the items in your home should say something. Czajkowska suggests a sprinkling of interesting “objets d’art” with stories to tell.

ADD SOME SPARKLE

All that glitters is glam, according to Czajkowska. She suggests adding some sparkle with crystal, Lucite or metallic finishes to glamorize your dwelling. The eye-catching glimmer of gilded wallpaper is glitzy but understated, and wraps the room in an ethereal glow. Read about more home decor at MAKEITBETTER.NET/HOME

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LIFE AFTER OPRAH

4 FORMER OPRAH STAFFERS ARE ‘LIVING THEIR BEST LIVES’ AS NORTH SHORE ENTREPRENEURS BY JENNY MUSLIN

It’s no secret that Oprah Winfrey is one of America’s most beloved celebrities, a lifestyle guru, “the Queen of All Media,” a philanthropist and influential luminary.

PRODUCER TURNED BOUTIQUE OWNER

Jennifer Stamper is co-owner of Northbrook contemporary women’s boutique Juniper. Prior to owning her store she was a producer at “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for 16 years. While working for the program, particularly during Winfrey’s famed makeover episodes, Stamper’s love of fashion grew. “Nobody [did] a makeover show like ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show,’” Stamper says. “I learned from the best in the business—Tom Ford, Rachel Zoe, Tim Gunn, Cindy Crawford and Bobbi Brown, to name a few—and made TV magic.” Stamper notes that these makeover shows were based upon one of Winfrey’s life lessons: When you look good, you feel good—

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and you carry yourself differently. Women who got makeovers on the show got to see themselves in a different light. “Sometimes all they needed was someone to show them the way,” she says. “It wasn’t about vanity; it was about taking care of themselves, putting themselves first and showing themselves and their families that they’re valuable.” When Stamper began contemplating her next career move after the show’s culmination, Winfrey’s advice to follow your dreams and passions loomed large in Stamper’s mind. She says some people doubted her decision to open a brick-and-mortar store in this digital age—but she followed her heart. “There was a need and we had the passion,” she says. Stamper says she uses the skills she developed while working for Winfrey every day that she is at Juniper, whether it be helping a client put together an outfit or hosting an in-store event to raise money for a local organization. “While working at ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show,’ giving back and making the world a better place was second nature, the goal was to equally educate, entertain and enlighten,” Stamper says. “So of course, I take that same philosophy at the store.”

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While her mantra to “live your best life” inspired millions of viewers during her talk show’s 25-year run, she continued to motivate those who worked for her even after the “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ended. Four former Oprah employees who live on the North Shore took her advice to heart and parlayed their work for Winfrey into their own business ventures. These female entrepreneurs are superstars in their industries and are showing us how Winfrey’s motivation has endured even after the cameras stopped running.

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HAIR STYLIST OPENS HER OWN SHOP

Like Stamper, Vivian Arpino noticed a void in the suburbs and decided to fill it by opening BloOuts Blow Dry Bar in Highland Park and Winnetka. Arpino was the lead hairstylist at the "The Oprah Winfrey Show,” styling all of Winfrey’s guests, including celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Hillary Clinton, Drew Barrymore and Maria Shriver. “As we found out that the show was going to wind down, blow-dry bars were starting to open in big cities across the country,” Arpino says. “I thought it was a great concept and one that perfectly married the skills I mastered while working at Charles Ifergan in Chicago and on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show.’” Arpino says Winfrey inspired her to become an entrepreneur. “Oprah’s strength and optimism are infectious,” she says. “She’s an amazing and inspirational woman who motivated me to follow my dreams and create my own success.”

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idea to my senior producer; a few hours later he came over to me and told me that Oprah loved it and we’re doing it.” Firsel says it was a rush to create that exciting moment when guests, thinking only one car was being given away—reached under their seats to find they all had a wrapped box with a key to a brand new car.

HARPO SPA MANAGER BUILDS LASH BUSINESS For over a decade, Gia Amato-Miller was director of operations at the private spa and fitness facility exclusive to Harpo Studios employees and show guests. Today, she has her own business, The ’60s Beauty Lash in Winnetka.

“My role was essentially to provide individuals an experience like no other,” Amato-Miller says of her days at Harpo. “I was fortunate to have a clientele, which was in part our own community, and my team was made up of established, seasoned professionals in the beauty industry.” Amato-Miller’s experience at Harpo wasn’t just about vanity; the culture emphasized discovering and honoring greater purposes in life. She says working for Winfrey taught her that, with effort, commitment and intent, most things are possible. “I literally would sit through our company meetings and listen to Oprah Winfrey say, ‘We are all meant to be here together, serving a higher purpose,’” Amato-Miller says. “I was always flushed with a sense of assurance to the core of my soul that it was so true.” After the show ended, Amato-Miller wanted to continue to inspire beauty both inside and out and connect to women through another platform. She had always admired the grace and style of ’60s iconic beauties, so it seemed only fitting to open The ’60s Beauty Lash, a boutique dedicated to lashes and brows. AmatoMiller and her business partner, Annette Pecora, have watched the business grow since its launch in 2014. “Our ambition and determination does not waiver from setting our business apart from the rest, with utmost integrity, quality and attention to detail,” Amato-Miller says. While the flagship studio is in Winnetka, look for more ’60s Beauty Lash studios, pop-up shops and branded products like BL Lash Lift.

“Oprah sealed it flawlessly with, ‘You get a car! And you get a car! Everybody gets a car!’” Firsel recalls. “The fact that that moment is imbedded in pop culture history is something that I’ll never forget. And we made so many deserving people happy—that was the best!” After leaving TV to start a family, Firsel would sporadically do media consulting for brands and companies. When her kids were older, Firsel wanted to get back into the industry, but this time she wanted to be in front of the camera instead of behind it. She says that working for Winfrey made her realize that anything is possible, and the iconic talk show host often reminded her staff to step outside of their comfort zones. “Oprah would say, ‘If we want to do something, we must do it with passion,’” Firsel recalls. “If I learned anything from my time there, it was to just believe in your talents and to know that you can carve a space for yourself, wherever you want.” Like Stamper, Amato-Miller and Arpino, Firsel noticed a void within her niche and saw it as the perfect opportunity to realize her dream. Firsel loves nothing more than to share her favorite finds, and she hoped to become an on-camera lifestyle expert. “In 2011, I started getting myself segments on our local news stations,” says Firsel. “I now own the ‘trends’ category here and I’m often booked as an expert to showcase everything that is ‘this close’ to being hot. It’s always awesome to be the person to introduce Chicago to the next big thing.” Although these four former Oprah staffers went their separate ways after working at Harpo, the lessons Oprah instilled resonated with each of them as they pursued their own business ventures. And, that’s not to say that the women haven’t been supportive of each other’s pursuits as well. “Thanks to Facebook and the close, family-like relationships that came out of Harpo, not a day goes by that I am not inspired by one of my former coworkers,” says Stamper. “It seems like everyone is ‘living their best life,’ taking a little bit of Oprah knowledge with them as their journey continues in television and in new ventures.”

FORMER PRODUCER TAKES A TURN IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA

Karen Firsel is an on-air personality and lifestyle expert, but from 2003 to 2005, she was an associate producer at “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” In her role, Firsel pitched show ideas, secured and prepped guests, and helped with shooting and editing taped pieces and writing scripts. One of Firsel’s career highlights? Being a part of the unforgettable “car giveaway” show. “I was the producer who came up with the now infamous ‘key in box’ idea for the car giveaway,” says Firsel. “I thought of it one night during a bout of insomnia, and the next morning took the

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DAY TO NIGHT SUPERMODEL BEVERLY JOHNSON SHOWS US HOW TO EFFORTLESSLY TAKE A LOOK FROM CHIC AND PROFESSIONAL TO FESTIVELY FABULOUS.

Select items from featured retailers can be found in Shop For Good, makeitbetter.net/shop Akris Benito long wool gilet and pants $2990 and $895, Frances Heffernan, 810 Elm St, Winnetka, 847446-2112, francesheffernan.com Beverly's Day Look: Micro modal long-sleeve tee $150, Wear in Good Health (for details see opposite page) Botkier Tribeca Open Satchel $298, Juniper Boutique, 1346 Shermer Rd, Northbrook, juniperboutique.com, 224326-2412 Dolce & Gabbana shoes price upon request, KMK Luxury Consignment, 561 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, 224-255-6055, kmklux.com Jewelry Cy Frederics (for details see opposite page), prices upon request Bracelets (see opposite page) AAA quality South Sea pearl necklace Ladies stainless steel and diamond Ebel Onde watch All artwork featured is available for sale at Anne Loucks Gallery 309 Park Ave, Glencoe, 847-835-8500, loucksgallery.com

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PHOTOS BY JENNIFER AVELLO MAKE UP BY CHINA THOMAS AND HAIR BY JOJO KAZARIAN OF ELIZABETH ARDEN RED DOOR SPA HAIR EXTENSIONS FROM BEVERLY JOHNSON'S LINE

Beverly's Night Look: Micro modal one-shoulder tank $120, Wear in Good Health, 1819 St Johns Ave., Highland Park, 847748-8046, wearingoodhealth.com Pelle Moda Rivka shoes $155, Lori’s Designer Shoes, lorisshoes. com Jewelry Cy Frederics, 2719 Pfingsten Rd, Glenview, 847-5648828, prices upon request 18K white gold and diamond stretch bead bracelet 18K white gold and diamond stretch slim bar bracelet 18K white gold and diamond stretch wide bar bracelet 18K white gold oval diamond bangle 18K white gold open diamond filigree full finger ring 18K white and rose gold large open circular diamond pendant

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Night: Beatrice B leather jacket $564, Vibrato Boutique Formentini suede t-strap sandal $130, Lori’s Designer Shoes Long crystal necklace $84, Juniper Boutique

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Ronan Chen dress $258, Vibrato Boutique, 2021 Tower Dr, Glenview, vibratoboutique.com Day: Audley bordeaux pumps $268, Vibrato Boutique Aria pebble leather foldover bag $242, Juniper Boutique, 1346 Shermer Rd, Northbrook, juniperboutique.com, 224-326-2412 Ray Ban Jackie Ohh Ladies Sunglasses $150, Doyle Opticians, 565 Chestnut St, Winnetka, doyleopt.com

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Ballet wrap cardigan, $195, Wear in Good Health Signature shell top, $120, Wear in Good Health 18K 42” diamonds by the yard necklace. Price upon request, Burdeen's Jewelry

BEHIND THE FACE THAT CHANGED IT ALL SUPERMODEL BEVERLY JOHNSON FINDS HER VOICE BY JULIE CHERNOFF

It’s not easy being beautiful.

MIB: We are really honored to have you here with MIB today. To what do you attribute your longevity, both in the industry and in life?

What is your daily beauty regime like? What products can you not live without? Sunblock. I live in the desert and I’m a golfer. The older I get, the more I know I’ve got to take care with the sun; it’s really dangerous for the skin. And as a person of color, we really didn’t have those kinds of concerns, but we realize now with the [changing] environment that we most certainly have those concerns of skin cancer and the whole process of aging. So sunblock is really important.

Beverly Johnson: Waking up every day, for one… and I really think that doing what you can to be content and happy takes effort. I think that as women, sometime, we put a lot of [other] things first—family, children, grandchildren, parents who are elderly—we get pulled in lots of different directions and sometimes we put ourselves last. And for me, it takes a lot of effort to make sure I take care of myself, because I find the better I am, the better everyone else is because of it.

My beauty routine really happens in the evening, as far as products. My bathroom looks like a CVS! I tinker a lot—I am in the beauty business. But the real beauty routine happens in the morning before I get out of bed with a meditation to center myself, and to make sure I recognize all the things I’m so happy, so grateful for. Why I’m so blessed to have these miracles in my life. As women, we have to keep reminding ourselves of that. Not, “Another gray hair, another wrinkle.” Remind ourselves how wonderful life is, and that is centering. It helps you make the right choices throughout the day.

What advice do you have for other women about finding their own fashion voice? Don’t be afraid. There’s something wonderful about the imagination, something so real about people being their own

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Make It Better got the chance to talk to Johnson on a recent visit to Chicago to promote her new memoir, “The Face That Changed It All” (by Beverly Johnson with Allison Samuels, Simon & Schuster, 2015), a compelling read through a very big life. In this exclusive interview, Johnson talked to us about everything from motherhood to Bill Cosby, from today’s fashion world to her nonprofit work. Her answers were candid, articulate and straight from the heart.

authentic self. It’s a way to express who you are, and I think that’s very empowering. I really don’t say a woman can’t wear certain things because she’s of a certain age or size. I think that’s an individual choice of how she wants to look, and what makes her feel good, and the face she wants to present to the world. I think that’s what’s so unique about humanity—our individuality. That’s the fun part about fashion.

PHOTO BY JENNIFER AVELLO

No, really—especially when you’re known as the first black supermodel, expectations are heightened, and the pressure can be fierce. But supermodel Beverly Johnson made it through a harrowing second marriage, eating disorders, custody battles and addiction to emerge fully intact on the other side, her legendary beauty seemingly untouched. Because now, at age 63, Johnson is every bit as gorgeous as she was when she first graced that fateful August 1974 Vogue cover, if not more so.


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Yoana Baraschi top and skirt $192 and $218, Vibrato Boutique, 2021 Tower Dr, Glenview, vibratoboutique.com Day: tt She + Lo Livin the Dream Bucket Tote $365, Lori’s Designer Shoes Petra cloak $225, J.McLaughlin, jmclaughlin.com, 847-784-1730 Turner rectangular woven belt $75, J.McLaughlin, jmclaughlin.com, 847-7841730 Alexis Bittar bracelet $380, Vibrato Boutique Vince Camuto Corra booties $139, Vibrato Boutique Night: t Avenue crystal accent hardcase clutch $65, Lori’s Designer Shoes Prada shoes Price upon request, KMK Luxury Consignment Ellery fur scarf $225, J.McLaughlin, jmclaughlin.com, 847-784-1730 Jewelry Burdeen’s Jewelry, 1151 W Lake Cook Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 847-459-8980. Prices upon request. Chopard Happy Sport High Jewellery watch Sapphire and antique rose cut diamond necklace 50.2 carat cabochon sapphire and rose cut diamond ring

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FORM MEETS FUNCTION BY MAR JIE KILLEEN

When it comes to lingerie, looks aren’t everything; as the base layer for all that we wear, your intimates need to perform. These sexy-yet-functional picks shape, blend and follow the trends.

NUBRA SEAMLESS PUSH UP This strapless, backless bra allows you to stay supported and even adjust your cleavage, adding a little pizzazz to your look for special occasions. $45, Macys, Macys.com LULULEMON’S LIGHT AS AIR HIPSTER These new high-performance undies are made of a breathable, moisture-wicking, anti-chafing fabric that allows you to focus on your workout without getting your panties in a twist. $18, Lululemon, Lululemon.com SPANX COLORBLOCK OPEN-BUST BODYSUIT Spanx puts a sensuous spin on shapewear with this new open-bust bodysuit that allows you to wear your own bra for a

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flattering fit that looks great under clothes or on its own. $62, Spanx, Spanx.com NUBIAN SKIN BRAS AND PANTIES At last, a brand of lingerie that recognizes that not all skin tones are the same. This acclaimed UK brand is now available in the U.S., with bras and panties in a variety of nude shades for women of color. Panties from $16, bras from $55, Nordstrom, Nordstrom.com COSABELLA NEVER SAY NEVER™ MATERNITY MOMMIE™ NURSING SOFT BRA For tired new moms, comfort is king. But this soft bralette does triple duty—it looks beautiful, allows for easy nursing and provides just the right amount of comfy support. $84, Chantilly Lace Lingerie, 1144 Central Ave, Wilmette

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LA PERLA FLORALIA BODYSUIT No need to slip into something more comfortable when you wear this gorgeous ribbed bodysuit for date night – let it peek out from under a jacket during dinner and steal the show later when you’re back home. Available in black, red and natural. $608, La Perla, Laperla.com

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EAT YOUR WAY TO

BEAUTIFUL SKIN BY JENNY MUSLIN

When it comes to beautiful, healthy skin, hair and nails, the old adage “you are what you eat” rings true. Breakouts, inflammation, brittle nails and dull hair can be improved just by making better food choices. Next time you head to the grocery story, be sure to include these beauty-boosting foods in your cart.

TOMATOES

Tomatoes contain the anti-aging antioxidant lycopene, shown to be protective against UV-radiation and prevention of sunburns. Take it one step further and make a tomato mask that you can apply directly to your skin. Mix the juice of a lemon and the juice from a tomato. Apply the mask to your face and let it soak in for around 30 minutes. Wash it off and enjoy tighter, brighter skin.

BERRIES

Dermatologist Rebecca Kazin of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology recommends berries, as they’re a great source of antioxidants and they also neutralize free radicals that can accelerate skin aging. Throw a half-cup in your yogurt or oatmeal for a healthy and delicious topping.

KALE

The popularity of this leafy superfood isn’t going away anytime soon. “Kale is an excellent source of vitamin C and A,” says dermatologist Jordan Carqueville of The Skin Care Center in Glenview and Chicago. “Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that also promotes collagen growth for wound healing and antiaging, while vitamin A helps our skin cells differentiate and grow, which prevents clogging of the pores and improves dullness from skin build-up.”

OLIVE OIL AND GREEN TEA

“Both olive oil and green tea contain polyphenols, which fight against free-oxygen radicals that contribute to aging and skin cancer,” explains Carqueville. They also contain antioxidants that smooth and nourish skin and hair. Additionally, people have noted improvements in gum health just by rinsing green tea in their mouths.

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FISH

Fish is high-protein, heart-healthy and nutrientrich. Northbrook nutrition coach Rebecca Willis notes that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish aid skin as they are potent antioxidants. “Omega-3 fatty acids help maintain our epidermis to keep moisture in the skin,” agrees Carqueville.

SWEET POTATOES

Make sweet potatoes a must on your menu. They’re packed with huge amounts of vitamin A as well as beta-carotene, which fights free radicals associated with skin aging. Vitamin A derivatives are known as retinoids, and they are found in most anti-aging skincare products to smooth wrinkles, boost collagen and fade dark spots.

WATER

Water is good for many of our organs, and your skin and hair are no exception. Water keeps skin supple and hydrated. It also rescues dry hair, see what happens when you simply increase your daily water intake.

ALMONDS

RED WINE

You don’t have to forgo a glass of wine at your meal. In fact, a glass of red is great for skin. “Red wine contains the antioxidant resveratrol, which may play a role in anti-aging and skin cancer prevention,” explains Carqueville. According to a study in Women’s Health magazine, resveratrol in red wine helps firm and moisturize, has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe skin, and exceeds vitamins E and C in its effectiveness.

“Almonds are great sources of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids,” says Kazin. “They are a good source of protein (the building blocks of skin cells) and vitamin E, which decreases skin inflammation.” Almonds also contain magnesium, which counters the effects of stress hormones that can increase aging and worsen acne. Magnesium also helps maintain healthy hair. Since raw almonds are the lowest-calorie nut, they make the perfect afternoon snack when your energy is lacking.

SKIN-DAMAGING FOODS TO AVOID DAIRY Steer clear of dairy products for a while if you’re experiencing breakouts. “Androgens stimulate oil glands to secrete sebum, which clogs the pores and contributes to acne formation,” says Carqueville. “Dairy has been shown to increase androgens in the body, and therefore lead to more oil production, clogging of pores and pimples.”

HIGH-GLYCEMIC FOODS “Foods or drinks that spike blood sugar and increase insulin levels can lead to pimples by increasing inflammation and oil production,” explains Kazin. “They also can worsen hormonal fluctuations.” Examples include “white foods” like white bread, white rice, pretzels, chips and pasta.

SALT, SUGAR, PROCESSED AND FAST-FOOD Like high-gylcemic foods, salt, sugar, processed and fast-food cause insulin levels to spike, which in turn inflames skin. Inflammation caused by high blood sugar weakens skin by breaking down collagen, making skin sag and look puffy. Eating these types of foods also aggravates eczema, rosacea and acne.

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#BEAUTY

HOLIDAY GLAMOUR DAY TO NIGHT BY CORTNEY FRIES

Celebrity Makeup Artist Kelly La Banco shares her tips for creating an all-day makeup look that transitions seamlessly from office to holiday party

forehead, cheeks and chin and then use a sponge to work it from the center of the face outward. “Most discoloration or redness will be around the eyes, nose or mouth,” La Banco says. “You don’t really need coverage all the way to your hairline.” Recommended product: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, $44

PRIME YOUR FACE WITH A GOOD BASE Like a good nail polish base, you need a primer before you apply foundation. Massage a small amount from the center of your face across your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, forehead and chin to lift your complexion. “Priming skin with this invisible layer before makeup minimizes imperfections,” La Banco says. “It also boosts the longevity of your look.” Recommended product: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance, $20-34 TRY TINTED MOISTURIZER IF YOU’RE A GAL ON THE GO Looking for a light-wear foundation? Tinted moisturizer is your pal. Dot the

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COVER WHAT CONCEALER REVEALS WITH A COLOR CORRECTOR Concealer covers what foundation doesn’t. Have darkness under your eyes that you want to hide? Add a color corrector to your routine. Apply corrector before concealer. The two should be lightly married, one right over the other. “Fair skin tones should select a pink,” La Banco says. “Warmer skin tones should choose orange.” Recommended product: Armani Master Corrector, $39 ENHANCE CHEEKBONES BY CONTOURING AND HIGHLIGHTING Three steps with three brushes + three blushes = beautifully defined cheekbones. 1. A  pply sculpting powder or bronzer

with a sculpting brush to the areas you want to define: hollows of cheeks, temples, jawline, sides and tip of nose. “Blend upward into your cheekbones and down toward your neck to ensure a flawless finish,” La Banco says. 2. W  ith a stippling brush, pat a shimmer highlight across the tops of your cheekbones, center of nose, lip’s cupid bow and the brow bone. “It will give an illuminated, dreamy finish to the skin,” La Banco says. 3. S  wish blusher along your cheekbones with a blush brush, and bravo, you’re done! Recommended product: Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder, $44 CREATE A VELVETY FINISH WITH SETTING POWDER For a soft focus (almost airbrushed) look, use a little setting powder in the T-zone. “The unique light-reflecting, microrefined spherical silica powders diminish the look of fine lines and imperfections while visibly smoothing skin,” La Banco says. Product recommendation: Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder, $37

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Northbrook native Kelly La Banco has brushed makeup on musician Kelly Clarkson, comedian Jon Stewart, actresses Elaine Hendrix and Megan Mullally, as well as celebrities at the Grammys for eight years. She knows a thing or two about getting gorgeous— and she spilled her secrets for flawless makeup you can take day to night.

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TIGHT LINE FOR A DENSE LASH LINE To help your eyes look bigger, brighter and more awake, try this lash defining trick. Apply eyeliner directly to your lash line from the underside. “This is a miracle move,” La Banco says. “It takes such miniscule effort, but makes a tremendous difference in your look.” Recommended product: Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner, $25

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MAKE EYES SIZZLE WITH SOFT, BLURRED LINES Apply liner along the waterline, and then smudge with fingertip for a soft halo effect. “The intensity of eye color should always be darkest at the lash line,” La Banco says. “Diffuse as you work upward on the eyelid.” Recommended product: Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour, Smoke, $28 USE A SPOON FOR PERFECT MASCARA APPLICATION Place your mascara wand at the base of the lash line and wiggle through to tips for a smooth, even effect. To accentuate lower lashes, use the tip of the wand to comb through. Worried about getting mascara under your eyes? “Place a spoon under your bottom lashes,” La Banco says. “It helps you accomplish a much thicker coat without getting mascara on the skin.” Recommended product: NARS Audacious Mascara, $26 LINE LIPS WITH CONCEALER TO KEEP EDGES CLEAN Line the very outside of lips with concealer, especially when wearing dark or very bright colors. It will help prevent lipstick from bleeding. Recommended product: NYX Wonder Pencil, $5 TRY SUGAR FOR SOFT, SMOOTH LIPS No one wants a rough, dry pout; exfoliate with sugar for a supple smacker. Then, feel confident gliding on the matte and velvet lipsticks that are hot this fall. Recommended product: Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, $23 Find more makeup and beauty tips online at MAKEITBETTER.NET/BEAUTY

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# H E A LT H

RACING THE CLOCK

HOW TO STOP FEELING SO OVERWHELMED BY PA M E L A R OT H B A R D

You shouldn’t have to feel like a hostage to your to-do list. Author Brigid Schulte offers four simple strategies for balancing life’s competing demands while still managing to enjoy work, love and play. There’s a scene in the 2011 film “I Don’t Know How She Does It” that depicts Sarah Jessica Parker as a working mother who lies in bed at night obsessing over her to-do list. Words appear on the ceiling: "Emily’s birthday party theme; finish year-end fiscal summary; wash Ben’s teddy bear; refill washer fluid; wax something… anything!" On and on while her husband snores beside her. It’s familiar; many of us are haunted by our tasks. Brigid Schulte, Washington Post reporter and author of “Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play when No One Has the Time,” calls it the “Tyranny of the To-Do List.” We often tell ourselves that if we complete our tasks, then we’ll have time for the things we enjoy. Schulte says, “I was living in the if-then mentality and the only problem was I never got to ‘then’ because I was always in the ‘if.’ There was always more stuff to do.” In “Overwhelmed,” Schulte explores why she—and so many of us—feel stressed and breathless. She spoke to researchers and traveled to places like Silicon Valley and Denmark to understand the trend and uncover what we can do about it. She recently spoke about her new book at New Trier High School at an event sponsored by Family Action Network, offering these ideas for bringing joy to our work, love and play.

PRACTICE MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness is narrowing our focus to the present moment. Schulte describes “contaminated time,” which results from

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the tendency of busy women to be everywhere and nowhere at once, lost in thoughts and worries, and not truly engaged. Multitasking and stress are major culprits. “We tend to think that if we multitask, we’re going to get a whole lot done.” Schulte says. “But the best research shows that as human beings we cannot pay attention to two things that require attention and thought at the same time and get any possibility of a good result.” In fact, Schulte cites a U.K. finding that multitasking drops your I.Q. by 10 points. Another study links stressful events and our perception of them to the shrinking of our brains. The good news is that by fostering mindfulness for as little as 27 minutes a day with meditation, yoga or simply being present in the moment, we can actually expand our brains.

BE IDLE

Rather than focusing our attention as with the practice of mindfulness, idleness allows our minds to wander. Schulte tells of Mark Twain lying under a tree lost in thought for most of a summer before writing “Tom Sawyer,” and of J.K. Rowling conceiving the entirety of the “Harry Potter” series while stuck on a train, gazing out the window for four hours. “When we’re idle, our brains are actually their most active,” Schulte says. “What lights up is something called the ‘default-

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mode network,’ which connects different parts of the brain that don’t usually connect. You can have a random memory, a stray thought, a snippet of a story or a dream all come together in a completely fresh way for that ‘aha’ moment—a moment of inspiration.” Our brain is actually wired for revelation to come in a period of rest. She suggests oscillating between concentrated work and time away from it.

RE-IMAGINE GENDER ROLES

Standards for what we consider a “good mother” have never been higher. We’ve got Martha Stewart on one side and Sheryl Sandberg on the other expanding expectations of our role. Schulte says, “Women are still doing twice the housework and childcare in addition to a lot of paid work. Mothers have given up time for sleep, time for personal care, time for friends and time with their spouse.” Schulte shared a story about one Thanksgiving that found her frazzled, trying new recipes in a kitchen that looked like a bomb went off. Her husband walked in and opened the fridge and she was relieved that he was going to start the turkey. Instead, “He takes out a six-pack of beer and says, ‘I’m going to go to Peter’s house to help him with his turkey.’” She describes her feeling of profound sadness in that moment as she remembered their early promise to be equal partners.

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“We didn’t even realize that we’d slid into these traditional gender roles,” Schulte says. She and her husband spoke and decided to fairly divide the home labor—not by gender, but by what they like to do. For example, she does the yard work while he buys groceries. She reminds us not to re-do work our spouse has done. Let it stand as is (even if it’s not to your standard) and spend that extra time on leisure.

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RECAPTURE LEISURE

As an experienced urogynecologist in the Chicago area, Dr. Sanjay Gandhi is continually learning about new treatments and devices that will help his patients achieve better health and vitality. Partners in Pelvic Health at North Shore Urogynecology is proud to be one of the few practices in which women who experience vaginal dryness, itching, burning, painful urination or pain during intercourse have new options for treatment. MonaLisa Touch is a revolutionary “lunchtime” procedure, and women are raving about the results.

When she was looking for leisure time in her own busy schedule, Schulte turned to John Robinson, a preeminent time researcher. He told her that women have 30 hours of leisure a week (though not as much as men at nearly 40 hours). Schulte was incredulous. She kept a diary of her time for Robinson to help identify her leisure. He highlighted moments that she listened to the radio or exercised as well as her two-hour wait for a tow truck. None of those were times Schulte would have described as recreational. It seems that leisure is in the eye of the beholder. She says, “Leisure is what you decide it is. It requires that you have a sense of choice over the activity and control over the time.” Ultimately, such play refreshes our soul. Schulte suggests trying new things, engaging in sports, spending time with friends and flipping your to-do task list by instead making a list of things you love to do—and then doing them.

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Schulte notes that “busyness” has become prized in our culture, a sort of badge of honor. We share stories about how we work long hours or spend our days running from this to that. We don’t just overschedule ourselves, but our kids, too. It’s important for us to set an example of play for our children. Schulte says, “One-quarter of college freshman are on something for anxiety or depression.” We need to show our children that it’s okay to relax and have fun.

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# R E L AT I O N S H I P S

RELATIONSHIP RUT?

THESE ADVENTUROUS DATE NIGHTS WILL GET YOUR HEARTS POUNDING BY CORTNEY FRIES

You probably already know it’s important to get out and breathe some life into your relationship. But while the same old dinner-and-a-movie routine might seem relaxing, will it really set your hearts aflutter? Experts say couples who challenge themselves together, stay together. These ideas also make great gifts!

Trying novel and stimulating activities together helps you, and thus, your relationship grow. “When people are growing, it rekindles passionate feelings,” Lewandowski says. “Better than any cushy trip or luxe date are the adventures you have survived together,” says April Masini, relationship expert at AskApril.com. “Those are the stories that are your marriage.” Shake up date night with some of the engaging experiences below. And the next time someone asks you, “What have you been up to lately?” you’ll both have an enthusiastic reply.

TAKE TO THE SKIES

Take your breath away with a 360-degree view of our beautiful city. Sunset tours capture the magic of Chicago in the gorgeous twilight hour. Evening tours glide over the twinkling lights that set the city aglow at night. Get the ultimate, exclusive experience with a private helicopter tour. Try: Chicago Helicopter Experience, 2420 S. Halsted St., Chicago, 855-414-8687, starting at $148 per person

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DANCE IT UP

Bodies touching, eyes locked, music flowing—there are so many sensual reasons dancing can set sparks flying in your relationship. Personal instruction is perfect for busy couples wanting to focus on each other and build their smooth, sexy skills. Try: Chicago Dance, 415 W. Huron St., Chicago, 312-337-9503, $47 per couple for one 45-minute private lesson

GO SKYDIVING … SAFELY

Indoor skydiving is an exhilarating experience that almost anyone can try. Get the high of free-falling without the risk of jumping out of a plane. Safely float on a pillow of air in iFLY’s vertical wind tunnel. The rush will have you seeing your spouse with adrenaline goggles. Try: iFly, 5520 Park Place, Rosemont, 779-368-4359 or 1752 Freedom Drive, Naperville, 779-456-4359, beginner-level packages starting at $70 per person

LAUGH OUT LOUD

Test your comedic chops together at a drop-in class, available every Saturday and Sunday night at Second City. “The beauty of improv is that it’s in the moment,” Masini says. “It’s creative, it’s interesting, and it pumps your adrenal glands. It’s a bonding adventure way better than getting coffee together.”

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“Everybody has a fundamental motivation to grow themselves,” says Dr. Gary Lewandowski, Jr., professor of psychology at Monmouth University. “The primary way to accomplish selfexpansion is with a close romantic partner.”

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Chicago Helicopter Experience; iFly Flying Trapeze School

Try: Second City Improv Class, 1608 N. Wells St., Chicago, 312-664-3959, $15 per person

SHARE A SECRET SUPPER

Experience exquisite clandestine cuisine with this underground culinary team. Eight to 10 gorgeous, sustainable courses are assembled with seasonal ingredients from Green City Market and served in a surprise, pop-up location. You’re sure to try something new and delight in the mystery of this unique dinner service. Try: Goose & Fox, location emailed to diners 24 hours before meal, $100 per person, BYOB

SWING INTO NEW HEIGHTS

Climb up to an adult playground and zip through the air. “Trapeze class is not just an adrenaline activity, but a bucket list item,” Masini says. “The combination of doing something exhilarating, scary and once-in-a-lifetime means you have forged a memory together, important glue for relationships.” Outdoor classes soar at South Belmont Harbor through October. Flip over indoor classes in Edgewater year-round. Try: Flying Trapeze School, 5917 N. Broadway St., Chicago, 773-484-8861, starting at $47 per person

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#DININGREVIEW

Kefi Greek Tavern 1014 Church St. Evanston 847-268-4040 kefigreektavern.com

FOOD AND FAMILY HERITAGE FIND A HOME AT

KEFI GREEK TAVERN IN EVANSTON BY JULIE CHERNOFF

Kefi is a Greek word (roughly) meaning passion, exuberance, joy, a lust for life. Think Zorba the Greek dancing on the beach, or the Greek custom of smashing plates. For owner John Tasiopoulos, it’s an expression that sums up how he feels about his family, his heritage and his mother’s food.

THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM

Kefi replaces Treblemaker’s Grill, which replaced the original restaurant at 27 Live. So in this case, the third time is definitely the charm. “I should’ve gone with my gut,” says Tasiopoulos. “This is the restaurant I always wanted to open here.” Good call. Because while Evanston has plenty of restaurants that serve glorified bar food , Kefi is the only fine-dining Greek in town. Full disclosure: an anonymous visit to Kefi would’ve been impossible. One of Make It Better’s interns is a server here, and I’ve worked with Tasiopoulos and Moore at several community fundraisers held at the restaurant. So I approached this review with not a little trepidation: Would the experience be worthy of a positive write-up? Happily I can tell you—yes. It actually exceeded my expectations. John’s wife, Theresa, chose a palette of warm woods, twinkling lights and shades of blue to reflect their Greek heritage without resorting to the clichés of whitewashed stucco and posters of Greece. The most stunning piece of art is a wall-hanging that

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was hand-woven a century ago by Tasiopoulos’ grandmother in Greece. It continues the theme of family and tradition.

GARLICKY AND DELICIOUS

Start with the Melizanosalata ($6), a generous serving of roasted eggplant spread that incorporates tomato, yogurt, herbs and copious amount of garlic. It was delicious slathered on the warm Greek pita bread, or on Yia Yia’s special sesame-crusted bread, made in-house. Saganaki ($8), flamed Kefalotyri cheese with fresh lemon, may smell a little funky but it sure tastes good. The Horiatiki Salata ($9), the classic Greek salad—which is made without lettuce—is filled with market-fresh tomatoes, tangy Greek feta, Kalamata olives, thin rings of green pepper and red onion, and some anchovies, simply dressed with Greek olive oil and red wine vinegar. Both are standard in Greektown restaurants, but I would rather steer you toward some of Kefi’s specialties. Yia Yia’s Meatballs ($8), made of pork and beef, are a melt-inyour mouth experience. They sit atop a small amount of tomatowine sauce; a sprightly arugula salad takes residence nearby for taste and texture contrast. I dare you to eat just one. Cephalopod fans, rejoice. The Octapodi Skharas ($16), chunks of grilled octopus served with chickpeas, artichokes, roasted

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Because at its heart, that’s what Kefi Greek Tavern is—an homage to Yia Yia, John’s mother, Maria. This is authentic Greek food, prepared with love. Yia Yia herself has been in the kitchen, teaching Chef Joe Moore all of her secrets. And seeing the results at a recent visit, he’s learning, and learning well.

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Grilled Octopus

peppers and a kalamata olive-thickened vinaigrette, is a terrific, well-executed dish that’s filled with flavor. This octopus is exceedingly tender; the final wood grilling gives it a bit of smoke and char.

BEYOND YOUR BASIC SALMON

One of our favorite entrees was the Solomos Skharas Meh Hilopites ($18). On many menus, grilled salmon is a snooze. Not so here, where it is perfectly seasoned, then grilled and served over a bed of house-made Greek rag pasta tossed in what is essentially an avgolemono sauce. The pasta sheets are rolled thin, cut in strips, then into tiny squares. The sauce is like a Greek version of alfredo—a little lemony, a little creamy, with some dill thrown in for good measure. We enjoyed the Garides Saganaki ($19), plump pan-fried shrimp in a thick stew of onions, peppers, garlic and olives, topped with a crumble of feta, as well as the Ami Yuvetsi ($25), a large grass-fed lamb shank slow-cooked in the traditional style in a clay pot and served with orzo tossed with tomatoes and house-made Megithra cheese, though I would’ve preferred a little more sauce on the lamb. Don’t miss the “single portions” of the classic Greek casseroles, Moussaka ($15) and Pastichio ($15). Single portions for who, I wonder? These easily serve two. The Moussaka was the best dish of the night—layers of spiced ground beef, potatoes, roasted eggplant and peppers, all topped with a fluffy yogurt béchamel sauce. The Pastichio is the “Greek lasagna,” with bucatini noodles standing in for the pasta sheets and the ground beef scented with cinnamon.

GOOD GREEK HONEY IS THE KEY

Desserts are limited to three: Baklava; creamy and tart Greek yogurt drizzled with honey and gilded with toasted walnuts; and the star of the show, Galaktobouriko, a creamy custard thickened with farina, sweetened with honey and layered with filo dough and baked. The fresher it is, the better, especially when it’s served warm. It’s a treat to have true Greek cuisine woven into the fabric of downtown Evanston. Check out more reviews online.  MAKEITBETTER.NET/DINING

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# C#HDIICNAI G NO G

HOMETOWN FLAVOR THE NORTH SHORE RESTAURANTS EVERY COLLEGE KID CRAVES

Every college town has their specialties—restaurants that students favor for brunch, dinner or that 2 a.m. slice of pizza. As my fellow college students and I finish finals and come home for the holidays, however, we couldn’t be more excited to return to all of our favorite childhood spots. Everyone has their own list, but these seven spots come up again and again. BUFFALO JOE’S

I did not speak to one fellow college student this year who wasn’t dreaming about Buff Joe’s. Whatever they put in their specialty buffalo sauce is entirely unique; other wings simply won’t satisfy. And don’t get me started on their waffle fries. 812 Clark St., Evanston, 847-328-5525; 2000 Green Bay Road, Evanston, 847-864-5400; 1841 Howard St., Chicago, 773-764-7300 SARKIS

My brothers spent every Saturday morning in high school sitting in Sarkis’ homey booths eating Bacon Lo-

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rettas with cheesy hash. Dining hall brunches can’t even come close. 2632 Gross Point Road, Evanston, 847-328-9703 FOODSTUFFS u

Foodstuffs has everything we dream of: salads, sandwiches, pre-made food, and (gasp) every dessert you could possibly imagine. In a college town, you aren’t likely to find a treasure like this. Cue the crowds of girls pulling out their phones to Instagram the colorful do-it-yourself chopped salad masterpieces. 338 Park Ave., Glencoe, 847835-5105; 2106 Central St., Evanston, 847-328-7704; 1456 N. Waukegan Road, Glenview, 847-832-9999

PIZZA PHOTO BY EMMA NOYES; CHEESIE’S PHOTO BY JAMIE HANDELMAN

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PIZZA PHOTO BY EMMA NOYES; CHEESIE’S PHOTO BY JAMIE HANDELMAN

Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Cheesie’s Pub & Grub

WALKER BROS. PANCAKE HOUSE

This is a no-brainer. We were all raised on their chocolate chippies and the thick-cut crispy bacon. This is the restaurant that taught us how to stand in line— because it’s worth it. 620 Central Ave., Highland Park, 847-432-0660; 1615 N. Waukegan Road, Glenview, 847724-0220; 153 Green Bay Road, Wilmette, 847-251-6000 LOU MALNATI’S t

Everyone you meet asks: “Oh, you’re from Chicago? Do you eat deep-dish pizza, like, all the time?” Yes, we do. And no, other cities’ pizza doesn’t taste the same. Chicago has many pie giants, but my favorite will always be Lou Mal’s. My friends and I love nothing more than digging into their addictive buttery crust. 3223 Lake Ave., Wilmette, 847-256-5780; 1850 Sherman Ave., Evanston, 847-328-5400; 1326 Shermer Road, Northbrook, 847-291-0250 CHEESIE’S PUB & GRUB

Every night out with my friends in high school ended with someone saying, “Who wants to go to Cheesie’s?” Now that we’re grown-up and independent enough not to have a curfew (kidding, Mom), those late-night cravings are even worse. What better way to satisfy them than with thick-cut Texas toast loaded with three different types of cheese, chicken tenders and BBQ sauce? 622 Davis St., Evanston, 847-868-8686 PORTILLO’S

No one does Chicago-style dogs quite like this North Shore staple. Every time I saw one of my East or West Coast friends putting ketchup on their hot dogs in the dining hall, a little part of my soul died. 9400 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-933-0700; 8832 W. Dempster St., Niles, 847-795-0600 Follow Make It Better recommendations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Emma Noyes is editorial director for the Harvard University branch of spoonuniversity.com

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#BOOKS

MUST READS

THE BEST BOOKS OF 2015 B Y K E L LY K O N R A D

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Believer: My Forty Years in Politics David Axelrod As we gear up for the 2016 elections, Axelrod’s poignant memoir is a trip back in time to his early days as a reporter-turnedpolitical operative in Chicago politics, and a first-rate history lesson on the inner workings of national campaigns.

Early Warning Jane Smiley In her second book chronicling the 100-year Langdon family story, Smiley has woven a deeply intricate tale of an Iowa farm family spreading its wings to both coasts. It would be a crime not to read “Some Luck” first, and then grab the third book, “A Golden Age,” released in October. All I can say is, “Oh, Frank.”

Missoula Jon Krakauer Krakauer delivers a riveting account of how acquaintance rape is handled in a college town. A must-read in the era of Bill Cosby.

Finders Keepers Stephen King King never fails to put forth a fine effort, and his follow-up to “Mr. Mercedes” was gripping from the first page. A fantastic thriller that leans to the lighter side of the author’s penchant for gore, and promises another visit to the paranormal in the next book of the trilogy.

Mosquitoland David Arnold Damn you, first-time author, for once again reminding me there really are people that write amazing novels right out of the gate—this one, about 16-year-old Mim traveling hundreds of miles to get back to her mother and finding herself along the way.

The Nakeds Lisa Glatt Ah, those hippie days of the early ‘70s, when free love reigned and nudism emerged as an attractive subculture. Only thing is, when you are barely a tween, it can’t be that cool to watch your mom and her boyfriend partake. A wonderful coming-of-age story.

Purity Jonathan Franzen Well, of course. Franzen may be a polarizing figure in the lit world (Google “Franzen Weiner” for an author smackdown), but his writing is worth the effort to look past the persona. Purity’s Pip is a young woman that deserves either a pat on the back or a shoulder-shaking dose of “Snap out of it!”

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A Little Life Hanya Yanagihara For fans of epic sagas—those 700-plus page books that invite you in and put you in a stranglehold ’til you get to the end—I found this to be far more engaging and emotionally traumatizing than “The Goldfinch.” Read. This. Book.

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A chill in the air means it’s the perfect time to snuggle in and curl up with a good book. We’ve rounded up the best books of 2015 so you’ll never be without a great read this winter.


GIVE THE GIFT OF MUSIC B Y VA L H A L L E R O F VA L S L I S T

Streaming music platforms are here to stay, but a good old-fashioned album still makes a great, personalized present. This holiday season, consider gifting one of my top pick albums of 2015. “THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS” Beach House (chill/ambient) Best for: yogi friends or as background music for working

“TRAVELLER” Chris Stapleton (country) Best for: country music fans and college students “INTO THE WILD LIFE” Halestorm (rock) Best for: teens

“YOURS, DREAMILY” The Arcs (rock) Best for: hard rockers

“STRANGE TRAILS” Lord Huron (indie/rock) Best for: serious music lovers

“COMING HOME” Leon Bridges (R&B, soul) Best for: hostess gift

“THE APACHE RELAY” The Apache Relay (alternative) Best for: millenials

“COMMUNION” Years & Years (electronic) Best for: college students

“DAYBREAKER” Moon Taxi (alternative) Best for: girlfriends

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“HOW BIG, HOW BLUE, HOW BEAUTIFUL” Florence & the Machine (rock/alternative) Best for: arena rock fans

“SUNDOWN OVER GHOST TOWN” Eilen Jewell (indie/folk) Best for: folk music lovers

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HOLIDAY CURTAIN CALL BY ROBERT LOER ZEL

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without Scrooge, George Bailey and the Sugar Plum Fairy appearing on local stages. But November and December also bring other theatrical gifts, including some promising comedies and dramas that have nothing to do with Santa Claus. Nov. 6–Dec. 13 | Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie 847-673-6300 | northlight.org A huge hit during the Depression, Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s comedy takes us into the home of the Sycamores—a zany, chaotic family of eccentrics, led by a grandpa who’s proud of the fact that he never pays taxes. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play became an Oscar-winning movie by Frank Capra, and in the decades since, its madcap sense of humor has never gone out of style.

“NEVER THE SINNER”

Nov. 6–Dec. 6 | Victory Gardens Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago | 773-871-3000 | victorygardens.org Before he wrote Oscar-nominated screenplays for “Gladiator” and “The Aviator,” John Logan was a playwright in Chicago, where he penned this suspenseful drama based on the legendary 1924 trial of Nathan Leopold and Robert Loeb—rich Chicago college students who killed a 14-year-old boy, seemingly just for the thrill of it. Gary Griffin directs this revival.

“DOMESTICATED”

Dec. 3–Feb. 7 | Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago 312-335-1650 | steppenwolf.org For the ninth time, Steppenwolf is staging a play by Bruce Norris, who won the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for “Clybourne Park.” Norris often makes us squirm with discomfort even as

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we’re laughing at his off-putting observations of human behavior. With this script (which he’s directing himself), Norris finds dark humor in a marriage blown apart by a political sex scandal.

HOLIDAY SHOWS

“A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 14-Dec. 27, and “The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You!” Dec. 4-27 at the Goodman Theatre (goodmantheatre.org); “Elf,” Oct. 21-Dec. 13 at the Marriott Lincolnshire (marriotttheatre.com); “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Nov. 14-Jan. 3 at Broadway Playhouse (broadwayinchicago.com); “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 4-27, by the Joffrey Ballet at the Auditorium (joffrey.org); “Clara & the Nutcracker,” Nov. 6-Dec. 20 at Evanston’s Piccolo Theatre (piccolotheatre. com); “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Nov. 20-Dec. 27 by American Blues Theater at Greenhouse Theater Center (americanbluestheater.com); “White Christmas,” Oct. 29-Jan. 3 at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace (drurylaneoakbrook.com); “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” Nov. 25-Jan. 3 at the Paramount in Aurora (paramountaurora.com); “The Santaland Diaries,” Nov. 20-Dec. 27 at Theater Wit (theaterwit.org); “A Snowy Day With Beatrix Potter & Friends” by Chicago Children’s Theatre (chicagochildrenstheatre.org). And while they aren’t specifically holiday-themed, these musicals should deliver entertainment that fits the season: “Oliver!” Nov. 20-Dec. 20 at Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest (citadeltheatre.org); and “Guys and Dolls,” Dec. 26-Jan. 3 by Light Opera Works, at Evanston’s Cahn Auditorium (lightoperaworks.org).

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“YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU”

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GI V E T H I NGS PROVIDE NEW WINTER OUTERWEAR TO UNDERSERVED FAMILIES Warming Hands and Hearts 847-256-4642 | makeitbetter.net The Make It Better Foundation and its partner nonprofits collaborate to provide new coats to those in need. Make a donation online or drop off new winter coats, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and blankets to financially burdened families. Please drop off items by December 15, 2015 to 588 Lincoln Ave. in Winnetka.

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HELP HOMELESS AND AT-RISK YOUTHS Stand Up For Kids 800-365-4KID | standupforkids.org Provide crisis intervention and basic survival necessities for at-risk and homeless youth through. Max’s Restaurant & Deli (191 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park) is proud to announce the 3rd annual Cheesy Noodles Mac N’ Cheese Contest on Monday evening, Nov. 23rd from 5:30-7:30p.m., benefitting Stand Up for Kids Chicago, a nonprofit organization dedicated to end youth homelessness through national and local outreach. This event is open to the public with a ticket price of $100 per family that includes food, drinks, dessert and entertainment. Make It Better’s Dining Editor, Julie Chernoff, will be a judge. Attendees are also encouraged to bring new or gently used winter coats, boots and other warm weather gear for a collection for Chicago homeless teens.

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GIVE TIME

SUPPORT CHICAGO FAMILIES THIS CHRISTMAS p Salvation Army 773-205-3257 | salarmychicago.org Donate wish list gifts to the Salvation Army or volunteer to be a bell-ringer in your community. The Salvation Army is collecting donations for its annual Angel Tree Program, a charity drive that provides toys, clothing, special-needs gifts and other wish list items to families experiencing financial hardship. Identifying families in need through its corps community centers and social service agencies, the Salvation Army delivers these families gifts for their children as well as a food basket during the holiday season. Donations to the program will be accepted from early November until mid-December as the gifts are distributed to families just in time for Christmas. Supporters can also donate their time by ringing bells in their community this Christmas season through our Register to Ring program. For more information or to participate in the Angel Tree program, contact The Salvation Army at salarmychicago.org/angeltree or call 773205-3257 to register. Those interested in volunteering for bell ringing may visit registertoring.com to sign up for shifts around their community.

SUPPORT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE q Connections for Abused Women and their Children 773-489-9081 | cawc.org Help empower victims of domestic violence by donating to the CAWC online or dropping off full-size hygiene products, new undergarments and gift cards at their office (1116 N. Kedzie Ave., 5th floor, Chicago; 9a.m.-4p.m.). Connections for Abused Women and their Children is a non-profit organization that provides shelter, counseling and legal advocacy to victims of domestic violence. The CAWC is looking for monetary donations to help continue these programs as well as in-kind donations. To make a donation or view the complete wish list, visit cawc.org.

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STRENGTHEN CHICAGOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S VULNERABLE ADOLESCENTS t Options for Youth 773-324-0075 | options4youth.org Donate to Options for Youth to help support vulnerable adolescents in the Chicago area. Directed toward first-time adolescent mothers and adolescent male students, the organization provides programs to help these students graduate high school and develop further options for their future. To help offset the high cost of the programs, Options for Youth is looking to raise funds for the organization. If you are interested in donating, contact the organization at options@options4youth.org.

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BETTER MAKERS AND THEIR IMPACT

THE CELESTIAL BALL: OVER THE MOON | SEPTEMBER 12 , 2015 Adler Planetarium • Over $1.7 million raised Corporate Partner Award presented to BMO Harris Bank

Forrest Bailey and Elisa Primavera-Bailey, president of the Women’s Board, of Northfield.

Marshall and Caroline Morton of Richmond, Virginia and Meg Sauer, Chair of the Celestial Ball and Matthew F. Sauer of Chicago.

The event raised over $1.7 million for exhibitions, shows and programs aimed at engaging the community with science-related activities. The Planetarium hopes to inspire adolescents to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Nancy Ruscheinski of Chicago with Astro the dog.

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The Right Care, Right at Home

GUIDE TO AGING WELL Our annual guide features tips on staying healthy as you get older, a look into whether or not age is a state of mind, charts providing information on local facilities, and more!

Right at Home understands that independence is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We tailor in-home care to individual needs, including: • Companionship for an afternoon • Bathing, dressing and other personal care assistance • A helping hand with laundry, groceries and other errands • Help getting ready for an outing • Monitoring of medications and medication reminders • Assistance with doctor visits and follow-up care • Overnight care and supervision

Call today for an in home visit or for more information. Lake County

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A hip-hop adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol written by GQ, JQ, JACKSON DORAN and

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26TH BENEFIT E VENING | SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 The Four Seasons Hotel • More than $700,000 raised

CHF Executive Director Phillip Bahar of Evanston, Mellody Hobson of Chicago and Walter Isaacson of Washington, DC.

CHF Board Members & Co-Chairs Allegra Biery (Northern Trust) of Wilmette and R. Scott Falk (Kirkland and Ellis) of Winnetka.

PAWS CHICAGO

CHF Executive Director Phillip Bahar of Evanston, Inna Eltermann, CHF Board Member Dagmara Kokonas, and CHF Associate Artistic Director Alison Cuddy, all of Chicago.

Leadership commitments included: Abbott, The Allstate Insurance Company, Ariel Investments, Citadel, Exelon, Richard and Mary L. Gray, Grosvenor Capital Management, L. P., Illinois Tool Works, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Lazard, Make It Better Media, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Merrill Lynch, Northern Trust, J. B. and M. K. Pritzker Family Foundation, John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe, Lois M. and Harrison I. Steans, Annette W. Turow and United Airlines.

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CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL NAMING OF THE PAWS CHICAGO GLENN L . FELNER NORTH SHORE ADOPTION CENTER | SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 Highland Park Petco • $1 million donated by Glen L. Felner

Barbara Rinella of Kenilworth and PAWS Chicago Founder Paula Fasseas of Chicago.

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The new Glenn L. Felner Adoption Center.

Patch, Felner’s dog he adopted through PAWS.

PHOTOS BY JOHN CARUSO

Glenn L. Felner and Bonnie Davis of Glencoe.

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NORTHSHORE UNIVERSITY HEALTHSYSTEM KELLOGG CANCER CENTER

WOMEN’S A-WEAR-NESS–INSIDE AND OUT | SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 Highland Park Bank & Trust • More than $5,000 raised

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Hannah Eastman, Tony Gordon and Damira McPherson of Gordon Salon. Photo by Robert Carl.

Make It Better Co-Founder, and emcee for the night, Mindy Fauntleroy of Winnetka, with Citywoods owner Samantha Schaps of Glenview. Photo by Make It Better’s Julie Carter.

Susan Gerber, Dan Ahern, Juanita Burch and Jeff Proeh, all of Highland Park. Photo by Robert Carl.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY

35TH ANNUAL COLOMBIAN BALL | OCTOBER 3 , 2015 Museum of Science and Industry • Over $2 million raised

PHOTOS BY JOHN CARUSO

Anthony and Leslie Scattone of Wilmette with Nancy and Mark Stacy of Clarendon Hills. Photo by Alison Neidt Toonen.

Jody Schumacher, Cristy Donaldson and Julie Brown all of Vernon Hills. Photo by Jeff Schear.

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Leslie Kaufman of Highland Park and Highland Park Bank & Trust President Sandy McCraren. Photo by Robert Carl.

Amy Ellis of Wilmette, Meredith Mitchell of Lake Forest and Cathy Dohanalk of Lake Forest. Photo by Jeff Schear

Future scientists at work.

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#GIVINGBACK

UNIQUE THERAPY EMPOWERS TEENAGE GIRLS BY JENNY MUSLIN

Sisters Melissa and Caroline Novack combine traditional talk therapy with exercise to help girls and women tackle life’s pressures.

Sisters Melissa and Caroline Novack recognized these pressures, which don’t necessarily go away as girls grow into women; rather, the pressures change or manifest in new ways. The Novacks, both licensed clinical social workers and fitness/ yoga devotees, wanted to work together to fill a gap in the North Shore community—to help empower girls and women by combining traditional therapy with exercise. Thus, they created Inpower in Northbrook. Four years ago, Melissa had a thriving private therapy practice specializing in teenage girls. Her sister, Caroline, was a school social worker and an avid yogi who had been contracted as a yoga therapist at a treatment program for youth. Both women were working with many girls struggling with low self-esteem and body image issues. After examining the current research on the role that exercise plays in improving mood and reducing anxiety, Melissa became

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certified as a personal trainer and began to combine talk therapy with movement. Caroline, already certified in yoga, dove into research and advanced training in yoga therapy to incorporate yoga and mindfulness into her clinical therapy for teenagers. By combining their expertise, the Novacks have created a place that nurtures individuals to identify and cope with stressors through therapy and exercise. Sessions at Inpower combine fitness therapy and yoga therapy to create meaningful psychological and physical changes. “Individual fitness therapy sessions go above and beyond what you can receive from a traditional trainer—they will enable you to become motivated and goal-oriented while you adapt to life’s changes,” Caroline says. “Yoga therapy helps individuals learn to be present in the moment, utilize their breath and body as tools for anxiety reduction, and to gain a sense of strength and confidence inside and out.” Caroline recently worked with “Melanie,” a 10-year-old girl who had increasing anxiety. Melanie was having difficulty completing homework without meltdowns, getting ready for school and separating from her parents. While she had some initial success from meeting with an individual talk therapist, she still felt paralyzed when anxiety would take hold. Caroline worked with both Melanie and her mother to help Melanie identify what anxiety feels like in her body, recognize the warning signs of an episode, and implement yogic strate-

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Teenage girls today are under immense pressure. They are not only expected to excel at school and in sports, but to look like supermodels and be nurturing as well, all while juggling homework and extracurricular activities to get into the right college. These pressures are causing what University of California, Berkeley, psychologist Stephen Hinshaw calls a generational mental health crisis. He explores the topic in his book “The Triple Bind.”

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Melissa and Caroline Novack, co-founders of Inpower

gies (breath, mindfulness, movement and relaxation techniques) in order to prevent the anxiety from rising out of control. Melanie was able to refocus her time and energy on activities she enjoys. Caroline has worked with numerous clients with similar issues, and this experiential mind/body treatment tends to be short-term (five to 10 sessions) and highly successful. Through her work with teenage girls, Melissa discovered that it wasn’t just the teenagers who were stressed out. Many of her clients’ mothers had “hit a wall,” questioning their true purpose and happiness or feeling stuck in their personal lives, careers, relationships or health. Some of the women felt stressed, overscheduled and depleted, as well. One of the women, “Stephanie,” participated in “LifeBalance Counseling: A Program for Stressed-Out Moms.” “She was ready to determine what was ‘next for her,’ as her children were high school- and college-aged,” says Melissa. “I met with Stephanie for 12 weeks and throughout the process, she identified where she was stuck in unhealthy patterns and ideas about herself, determined her goals and began making meaningful change. By the end of the 12 weeks, and with a newfound confidence and belief in herself, Stephanie took adequate steps to start pursuing a new career. She uncovered that at her core she was intelligent, creative and quite determined.” Inpower has grown from the two sisters to a team of five clinicians and plans to reopen in a brand new location in Northbrook, as a comprehensive wellness center offering the following services: • Continued talk therapy services for girls and women • Talk therapy for boys, men, couples and families • Play therapy • Neuropsychological, psychological and educational testing • Executive functioning tutoring • Psychiatric services • Fitness therapies, including yoga, weight loss groups and small-group fitness Have you had success with talk or movement therapy? Please tell us about it by sending your story to info@makeitbetter.net with the subject line “My Therapy Story.”

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