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THE JOFFREY DAZZLES Turn to page 38
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HOW TO NAVIGATE CHICAGO’S SOFA SHOW By Elysabeth Alfano
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INTERNATIONAL SEX: A WORLDLIER VIEW ON INTIMACY By Marjie Killeen
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ON OUR COVER Brooke Linford, Lucas Segovia and Anastacia Holden of the Joffrey Ballet. Photographed by John Reilly
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8 DANGEROUS APPS YOU HOPE YOUR KIDS AREN’T USING
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LET’S TALK TURKEY: GREAT KITCHEN GADGETS By Andrea Guthmann
A BETTER YOU
6 DOWNTOWN CHICAGO SPA DELIGHTS
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DON’T BE AN IDENTITY THEFT VICTIM THIS HOLIDAY SEASON By Meghan Streit
RIVER ROAST FIRES UP By Julie Chernoff
WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE By Belinda Lichty Clarke
BOOKS TO BE THANKFUL FOR By Kelly Konrad
ENTERTAIN ME! By Val Haller
STORIES WARM CLASSIC NOVEMBER THEATER By Robert Loerzel
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
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ACCESSORIES YOU’LL FALL FOR
CARING FOR YOUR AGING DOG
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EVANSTON REBUILDING WAREHOUSE IS BUILDING A BETTER WORLD By Coco Keevan
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Dear Readers, Welcome to our November 2014 issue. With this, we not only celebrate the 5th anniversary of our print magazine, but we also announce that we’re expanding our footprint beyond the North Shore into Chicago, awarding our 3rd Annual Philanthropy Awards in a live-blogged roadshow on November 14th, and celebrating those awards and the launch of a spectacular new website on November 18th with a party at 27 Live, an exciting entertainment venue in Evanston. If you’re receiving this magazine for the first time, you must be a well-educated, affluent woman who cares passionately about family, community, helping others and finding the best resources for home, health, finances, fashion, education, dining and entertainment. If so, please pay particular attention to my explanation of Make It Better Media on page 28—or ask your friends who live on the North Shore—to learn more about us.
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BY ANNA CARLSON AND JULIE CHERNOFF
Bake-at-Home Pizza is Back
Our readers love the 900 North Michigan Shops (hello, Best Of 2014!), so we know you’ll love that there’s a new furniture store to visit. While Nest Furniture has been in Lincoln Park for the past three years, the shop is expanding—and not just in the size of its showroom. Nest will now feature the work of eight independent artists in studio galleries located on their second floor, meaning you can shop art while also searching for that perfect piece of furniture and home accessories. Time to multitask! NEST FURNITURE : 900 N. Michigan Ave., Floors 3 and 4, Chicago, 312-649-2407, thefurniturenest.com —AC
R&R at Evanston B&B
Stone Porch by the Lake, Evanston’s first historic luxury B&B, opened Oct. 30 in a restored Tudor mansion. The B&B runs on geothermal energy and provides spa bathrooms with heated marble floors and towel racks, flat-screen TVs, plush robes and more in-room amenities. Guests also have 24/7 access to the private office and fully stocked kitchen, and the dining room shines with turn-of-the-century cut-crystal Waterford chandeliers. Get outside with a run along the lakefront path and ice skating on Arrington Lagoon, or simply kick back in a rocking chair on the front porch or on the couch around the patio’s 15-foot-tall brick fireplace. Stone Porch has five rooms available for $225-300 per night. STONE PORCH BY THE LAKE: 300 Church St., Evanston, 847-905-0133, stoneporchbb.com —AC
The Diner of Your Dreams
Paul Kahan and Donnie Madia (of One Off Hospitality Group) are leading the way again, which means the crowds will soon follow. Their newest collaboration, Dove’s Luncheonette, is now open in Wicker Park. Chef de Cuisine Dennis Bernard’s sunny Mexican-inspired cuisine combines with a tequila-focused bar program and the iconic design of mid-twentieth century diners to create a retro experience—although it feels, of course, very of the moment. Open continuously for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s sure to become another go-to restaurant for Chicago’s hip, happening and hungry. DOVE’S LUNCHEONETTE: 1545 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, 773-645-4060, doveschicago.com —JC
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Families and foodies can breathe a collective sigh of relief: Ready-tobake pizza company Bake 425 is taking over many of the old Homemade Pizza Company storefronts and putting its own spin on a heavily in-demand product. Find new favorites like the Earth Lover (wild mushrooms and Yukon Gold potatoes on a béchamel base with handmade mozzarella and a drizzle of truffle oil) or the Goud Indulgence (pistachio pesto, mozzarella and smoked Gouda cheeses, butternut squash and walnuts). Fresh seasonal salads, gluten-free cookies and smallbatch sodas round out the menu. Welcome back, pizza! BAKE 425: 479 Central Ave., Highland Park, 847-681-9700; 544 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, 847-501-5000, bake425.com. —JC
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The Mousetrap Opens November 7 Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie | northlight.org Northlight’s 40th season continues with this Agatha Christie classic that follows a group of strangers as the police investigate one of them for murder. NOV
Lyric’s 60th Anniversary Concert November 1 | Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago | lyricopera.org The Lyric is celebrating 60 years with this evening emceed by Jane Lynch, who will be joined by The Second City, Renée Fleming, Ramsey Lewis and other stars from Lyric’s past and present.
Antiques + Modernism Show November 6-9 | Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka | thewinnetkashow.com Fascinated by fascinators? Then don’t miss the presentation of couture hats through the ages at this annual show. You can also have tea with interior designer Holly Holden or eat breakfast with Julia Buckingham. NOV
SOFA CHICAGO 2014 6 November 6-9 | Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago sofaexpo.com This annual fair showcases some of the world’s best decorative and fine art. Artists, collectors and art professionals will be lecturing throughout the weekend. See more on page 62. NOV
USA Eagles vs. New Zealand All Blacks November 1 | Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, Chicago | usarugby.org It’s a new month, so why not try something new by cheering on the USA Eagles rugby team right here in Chicago? Their opponent is the reigning IRB Rugby World Cup Champions.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends 6-16 | Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim 6 November Road, Rosemont | rosemont.com/allstate It’s The Greatest Show On Earth®! Arrive early to participate in an up-close circus experience that will allow you to learn juggling as well as take pictures with the cast. The circus will take over the United Center November 19-30. NOV
Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey 1 Ongoing | Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston | blockmuseum.northwestern.edu Wangechi Mutu has gained quite the following in the contemporary art world, and her first United States survey is taking place at Northwestern’s Block Museum through December 7. NOV
Into the Woods Jr. November 6-8 | Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights | metropolisarts.com
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While you get ready for the Anna Kendrick and Meryl Streep version of this Sondheim classic to hit theaters next month, enjoy a kid-friendly adaptation with your family.
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Little Women: The Broadway 7 Musical November 7-23 | Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston communication.northwestern.edu The beloved book by Louisa May Alcott comes to life this month at Northwestern. Talkback discussions with the cast will take place after performances on November 7, 9 and 13. NOV
The Wizard of Oz November 7 | The Marriott 7 Opens Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire | marriotttheatre.com This version of the classic tale keeps kids in mind by keeping the show at an hour’s length. Even so, you’ll still hear “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”—and again a few more times on your car ride home.
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Pumpkin Smash and Bash 8 | Flick Park, 3600 Glenview 8 November Road, Glenview | glenviewparks.org Get rid of those leftover Halloween pumpkins and have some fun, too. Participate in a Pumpkin Roll competition on the sled hill before squashing your squashes into compost. NOV
Mother-Daughter Cookie Night November 14 | Sachs Recreation Center, 455 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield deerfieldparks.org Spend quality time with your daughter baking and decorating cookies and other specialty items. There will even be some baking games! NOV
The United Center has been home to multiple legends, so it’s only fitting that Stevie Wonder play this venue. Chicago Styled: Fashioning the Magnificent Mile q Opens November 15 | Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago chicagohistory.org If you love walking up and down Michigan Avenue, make your way to the Chicago History Museum for this new exhibit, which will feature clothing designed by Adolfo, Versace and Chanel. NOV
Jerry Seinfeld Live November 21 | Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont, Chicago | Rosemont.com/theatre Jerry Seinfeld will be in town for one night only, but fortunately for fans of the comedian, he’ll be performing two shows. But will he wear the puffy shirt? NOV
philanthropy Do Good. Have Fun. November 1 | Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago | chicagochildrensmuseum.org NOV
Stevie Wonder: “Songs in the Key of Life” Performance November 14 | United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago | unitedcenter.com NOV
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HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS BY ANNA CARLSON
Whether you’re ready or not, Chicago and the North Shore are getting into the holiday spirit. So grab your coats and read on to find the best festive events taking place this month. And don’t forget to keep checking makeitbetter.net for even more festive outings! We will update them throughout the season.
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light November 13 to January 4 Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago | msichicago.org A Christmas Carol Opens November 15 Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago | goodmantheatre.org/joy Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical November 20-29 The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago thechicagotheatre.com Ceramic Menorah Workshop November 21 West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Road, Highland Park | pdhp.org Got Glögg? Tasting and Competition November 21 Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago | swedishamericanmuseum.org Illumination: Tree Lights November 21-January 3 The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle | mortonarb.org Holiday Thorne Rooms November 22 to January 4 Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago | artic.edu The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival November 22 Michigan Avenue, Chicago themagnificentmile.com Thanksgiving Holiday Highlight: Turkey Time November 22-23 The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago naturemuseum.org
McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade November 27 State Street from Congress to Randolph, Chicago | chicagofestivals.org North Shore Turkey Trot 5K and 10K November 27 Downtown Highland Park northshoreturkeytrot.com ZooLights Opens November 28 Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago lpzoo.org Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show November 28 to January 3 Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, 350 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills | vernonhills.org Wonderland Express November 28 to January 4 Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe | chicagobotanic.org
Holiday Bazaar November 3 JCYS George W. Lutz Family Center, 800 Clavey Road, Highland Park jcys.org/HighlandPark The Grove’s Arts & Craft Faire November 6-9, 13-16 The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview glenviewparks.org 28th Annual Mistletoe Market Craft and Gift Show November 9 Immaculate Conception Parish, 770 W. Deerfield Road, Highland Park icparish.org/Mistletoe-Market 43rd Annual Gazebo Holiday Market November 14-15 The Junior League of Chicago Headquarters, 1447 N. Astor St., Chicago | jlchicago.org
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Annual Holiday Bazaar November 15-16 Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie ilholocaustmuseum.org The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Holiday Boutique November 20-22 Lake Forest Recreation Center, 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest | lfh.org/womens_board Holiday Palooza November 21-22 Davis Street, between Orrington and Chicago Avenues, Evanston | cityofevanston.org
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Cornucopia Holiday Gift Show 2014 November 21-23 Woman’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Ave., Evanston | wcofe.org Randolph Street’s Holiday Market November 21-23 Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington, Chicago randolphstreetmarket.com 19th Annual Christkindlmarket Chicago November 21 to December 24 Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago christkindlmarket.com Green Metropolis Holiday Fair November 29 The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago | naturemuseum.org
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MAKE IT BETTER KEEPS GROWING, PLEASE GROW WITH US BY SUSAN B. NOYES
To make it better is a universal human instinct. We identify a problem; we want to fix it. Then we search for the best resources to help. If none exist, the most resourceful, inspiring people create them.
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such helpful activity is at the heart of Make It Better. We are not just a magazine; we are a community resource. Every reader, advertiser and participant is important to this growing, thriving network that strives to help. Make It Better started as a website idea and magazine column in the late North Shore Magazine. The first column— in May 2006—highlighted inspiring individuals who founded nonprofits which foster dramatic change for the better. This included Dick and Susie Kiphart for their work building wells, schools and better health care in Ghana. Since then the Kipharts have created, given, and grown so much more—in Chicago, in the arts, in education, for the world. They recently received significant awards for this from the Arts Alliance Illinois (artsalliance.org) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Chicago (afpchicago.org). Better yet, they’re chairing an ambitious plan to put arts back in every CPS classroom. While the Kipharts grew as visionary philanthropists, Make It Better grew as a visionary community resource— online, in print and in person. We even bought North Shore
magazine in 2009! Now, we not only write about (and for) inspiring people, we also: • Make it easier for you to support beloved community businesses and nonprofits. • Connect to the best community resources for family, home, health, finances, food, fashion, education and entertainment • Provide unparalleled support for and amplification of nonprofit fundraising • Create content for every medium—including events, video and social networks—and deliver it where our audience prefers to read, watch, use and enjoy. Talk about a vibrant community! To help you understand all the ways our media can help you and others, check out the helpful illustration accompanying this piece. And please talk back, shop or otherwise participate at makeitbetter.net. Your voice, dollars and ideas are important. The more you participate in Make It Better Media, the stronger this valuable community resource will become.
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IT’S PARTY TIME B Y J U L I E C H E R N O F F, R A C H E L B R O W N K U L P A N D E VA N G E L I N E P O L I T I S
What happens when you combine Chicago’s undisputed king of restaurants, top Chicago chefs, a world-class ballet company, a million dollars in diamonds and a plethora of gorgeous desserts? The Make It Better Entertainment Issue, of course. There’s more than one way to be entertained! So whether you’re looking for hints on how to keep your guests happy, throw the perfect cookie party, emulate the fridges of top Chicago chefs, get your home holiday ready, or make a drop-dead entrance into a party (hint: drip diamonds), we will show you what’s what. The party has just begun.
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RICH MELMAN: LET HIM ENTERTAIN YOU BY JULIE CHERNOFF
As Founder and Chairman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE), Melman has more than 100 restaurants under his auspices nationwide. His innovative restaurant concepts have defined how we eat in Chicago and inspired restaurateurs across the country. So when it came to our Entertaining Issue, who better to talk to than the man with his finger on the pulse of how America eats? In a far-ranging interview, Melman shares his thoughts on family, mentorship, social media, and how his role will change in the next decade. Make It Better: Rich, LEYE is such an iconic brand for Chicago. Looking back over the past 43 years in business, what has been your biggest professional success? Rich Melman: That we bring pleasure to so many people. I feel very proud of the organization and what we’ve accomplished. I like that we have a good reputation; I like that we take care of our people. There was a very simple thing that Jerry A. Orzoff, my best friend and partner who I started [R.J. Grunts] with in 1971, and I had in common: Both our
mothers had been waitresses, so we wanted to build an organization with our mothers in mind. We wanted to create a healthy working environment where people could feel good about themselves. So the aspect of caring is one of the things I feel proudest of: caring about the food, the people who work for us, the customer. I think that I’ve instilled the culture of caring throughout the organization. How about in your personal life? Of course, that would be our children. And I’ve got to give more credit to my wife, Martha, than myself, because I was working all the time, and she was raising the kids. She did a wonderful job. I really love and enjoy our kids. You have 60 or more “working partners,” including your three children, R.J., Jerrod and Molly. Was it hard to bring them into the fold in a way that your other partners didn’t feel slighted or threatened by? All three kids entered at the ground level and had to prove themselves to the other partners who they reported to. The oldest, R.J., was always interested in restaurants from the
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Rich Melman knows a thing or two about restaurants.
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time he was a little kid. He wanted to be a chef. We sent him to one of our restaurants in Minneapolis, and he worked in the back of the house for a year before anyone knew who he was. Jerrod and Molly were two kids who I never thought were really interested in the business. But then they each came to me and said they wanted to try it. I gave them to different partners, and I told them that if it works out, terrific, and if it didn’t, I would encourage them to find something else. [The restaurant business] was something they would have to love and want to do. I’m sure some of the partners had their doubts at first, but the three of them have worked hard and done a really nice job. I think they have proven themselves and have been accepted by other partners. I do appreciate, having worked in the restaurant business myself, that you had them earn their stripes. Yeah, we sure tried. I let them know that we want to win. And I’m not going to put them on the team if they’re not going to help the team—and that’s indisputable. I want players who want to do a good job, and if they didn’t, they could find their passion elsewhere. But if they’re working with us, I expected even more from them than I might from someone else. And they came through with flying colors. What do you think enables you to work so well with your kids when so many other families struggle to make family businesses succeed? I have to say, for me, it starts with respecting them. I respect how hard they work, how smart they are, and how much they care. When an employee has a problem, I see how they respond. I respect their humbleness. It hasn’t gone to their heads; they really are grounded. I’m hoping that they respect me, and what I know, and what I’ve learned. I think that’s certainly one of the keys. I’m not going to tell you that we don’t disagree sometimes, but both sides can admit when we’re wrong. The world has changed a lot since 1971, especially our attitudes toward dining out and industry trends, but you have always seen dining out as entertainment. How has that sense evolved since you first started? I think the restaurant business itself has evolved. In 1971, you just had to serve good food, and people would flock to you. But today, it’s not just the food; it’s the design, the service, the marketing, the social media… There’s just so much more to it now. People are more knowledgeable; they travel more, they’re more sophisticated. What are your feelings about social media in general, and Yelp specifically? I’m my own toughest critic, and I think that criticism is important. I respect it; I pay attention to it; sometimes it makes me
laugh. You’ll read one Yelp review, and it will say, “This is the best steak I ever had in my life.” And the next review will say, “This is the worst steak I ever had in my life.” So you pay attention because there might be indicators of things you’re doing wrong, but in reality, I’m much more tuned in to repeat business, especially early on in the life of a restaurant. That says a lot to me. When people come back, and they bring friends, and they’re excited about it, that means a lot. Listen: I would love every Yelper and every reviewer who comes in to our restaurants to like what we’re doing. It’s natural to want that. But, I’m much more concerned with customer count, sales going up and how we are running the restaurant. How do you see your role at LEYE changing over the next 10 years? I decided maybe 10 years ago that we didn’t want to go public. Didn’t want to sell the company. We wanted to develop the next group of people who were going to take Lettuce forward. So we identified those people, and what we’ve been doing the last 10 years has been to develop those people. The more they develop, the less I will have to be involved on a day-to-day basis. I don’t think I want to retire, but in the next 10 years, I’ll work a lot less than I’m working now. I’ll give more work and responsibility to the people who are coming up. Included in that group are my kids. You’re known as a fantastic mentor. Obviously, you had a great example yourself in Jerry A. Orzoff. If you understood our culture, an awful lot of it has to do with the development of people. If you want to get ahead in this organization, you develop your replacement so you can move on to the next challenge. That’s just part of our DNA here. I view myself as a head coach. That’s my job. Personal development is just a very important part of our culture. I like teaching people, and I’m very open about what I know. Can you tell us some of the projects you’re working on now? We have the Summer House concept in Lincoln Park. We’re doing a similar concept in Maryland outside of D.C., and another Stella Barra Pizzeria and an RPM Italian in D.C. later on next year. We’re opening an M Burger in Skokie, our fifth one. There’s a little taco shop, Tallboy Taco, with the M Burger partners coming in River North (currently the Nacional 27 bar). There’s a bunch of stuff I can’t talk about yet, but it looks like a pretty busy year coming up. We’ve got a lot of projects in the works. Any plans for suburban expansion? We’re always open. I certainly wouldn’t say no. I’m always open as to where we’re going and what we’re going to do next. We’ve done very well in the suburbs over the years. But as time goes on, we’re doing more and more outside of Chicago, including California and the D.C. area. But if the right idea fits the right location, we’re very flexible.
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THE ULTIMATE COOKIE EXCHANGE
Most of us have been to at least one “cookie exchange party” during the holidays, right?
and Fox & Obel Market, and now happily mentor “young people starting food businesses.”
Bring a plate of your cookies and leave with samples of everyone else’s. It’s fun, it’s festive, and someone else makes the hot cocoa. What’s not to love? It’s a fairly low-maintenance way to entertain in high-pressure December—unless you’re Meme Hopmayer, and you have a very specific vision of the Ultimate Cookie Exchange. Low maintenance is not part of the equation.
“I had always wanted to have a cookie party… What’s more delicious? You can eat them one at a time ‘til you finish the whole batch!” laughs Meme. So in 2005, two dozen lucky FOM (Friends of Meme) received an invitation to her lovely home overlooking the bend of Lake Shore Drive. Happily, I was one of them—and trust me, I was dazzled.
Hopmayer, who lived and raised her family in Wilmette for many years before heading downtown as an empty nester, is not a casual baker. She and her husband, Gary, once owned Original American Scones, helped develop Corner Bakery
The Hopmayers know everyone in the Chicago food world, so given the guest list, there was absolutely no possibility of trying to sneak in a slice-and-bake cookie from the supermarket or a ringer from the bakery (unless, of course, you were the pastry chef). I agonized over my choice, as did
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every guest. But now that the 11th Annual Meme’s Fabulous Cookie Exchange (now up to four dozen guests) is upon us, all I care about is clearing my calendar to make sure my daughter and I can attend. It’s that special.
lunch is served in the kitchen: two steaming tureens of soup (at least one vegetarian), crusty bread, and salads laden with greens, artisan cheeses, fruit and nuts. Every 10 minutes or so, you feel drawn to the cookie table to ooh and aah.
Sweet Rules and Regulations
One of the reasons that it works so well is that Meme is supremely well organized. There are rules for the cookie exchange; all logical, none oppressive. You respond to the invitation with your actual cookie recipe, because every year, she produces a little spiral-bound cookie book as a take-home present. It also allows her to make a small sign to label each cookie for the dessert table.
Then the real fun begins. A few of each cookie are put on a large tiered platter and taken to the kitchen butcher block for sampling. The cookies are divided up with surgical precision by the discerning crowd, sampled, discussed and devoured.
The other rules include:
And then, each guest is given a cute, festive container and sent to the dining room to load it with one or two of each cookie. I’ve never felt quite so attractive to my family as when I arrive home from this cookie exchange!
1. Bring six dozen of your favorite cookies, baked in a small size. 2. Place them on a pretty platter for the abundant display. 3. Bring a different cookie this year! 4. Meme reserves the right to call and ask you to change your cookie to avoid repetition at the event (i.e. too many gingersnaps!) and keep the table balanced.
Last year, there was a twist. Meme met some people from Fair Trade USA at the 2013 Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Annual Meeting in San Francisco, and they were charmed by her cookie party tale. So they sent a box of fair-trade baking supplies—curated from organic farmers who get paid a fair wage for their efforts—to each of the guests for use in their cookie preparations.
The party follows essentially the same format every year. Meme goes all out decorating for the season—for a nice Jewish girl, she knows how to make Christmas happen! You arrive with your platter of cookies; it’s taken to the dining room display table and arranged while you grab a glass of rosé champagne (Meme’s favorite!) and schmooze with the other guests. A rustic, yummy
“I love [this party],” says this hostess with the mostess. “Part of my heart and soul is in it. I love sharing it with everyone. I love every part of it: the decorating, the cooking, being with beloved friends and colleagues… It’s my favorite party of the year.” Meme, that makes two of us.
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6 FAMOUS CHICAGO CHEFS REVEAL WHAT’S IN THEIR FRIDGES BY R ACHEL BROWN KULP
With the holidays fast approaching, we thought we’d try to spice up our routines by comparing notes with some of Chicago’s most acclaimed chefs about their own home cooking.
James Beard Award-winning chef of too many restaurants to name, including Blackbird, avec and The Publican Kahan had us hunting all over town for his number one: neonata, essentially a kind of Italian fish sauce. We finally found it at West Loop Salumi. Kahan says to use it to “finish a pasta, jack up a mayo or really for just about anything that needs depth.” Other ingredients with the Midas touch include hazelnut oil to accent roasted veggies, and harissa, which Kahan likes to thin with a little extra-virgin olive oil and use as a marinade.
Chef of innovative Asian triple threat: Urbanbelly, BellyQ and Belly Shack Kim relies heavily on the aforementioned fish sauce. “I use it to season everything; fish sauce is my salt.” Quinoa is another family favorite and a tasty way to shake up your rice routine. Kim’s wife and restaurant partner, Yvonne, loves a simple dish of quinoa with ground chicken, basil and broccoli with a lemon fish sauce (of course!) dressing.
James Beard Award-winning chef of NAHA and the French jewel box, Brindille Known for luxurious fine dining, Nahabedian prefers to keep it simple on the home front. Duck eggs, Italian pasta—like strozzapreti—and a “big hunk of hard cheese” all make for quick, flavorful dishes to share with friends and family. A duck-egg omelette with shaved Julianna goat cheese (her fave!) from Capriole hits the spot.
Chicken, the humble but super versatile bird, made almost everyone’s list. “Roast it, grill it, fry it—I always have some in the fridge or freezer,” says Jason Vincent, a 2013 Food & Wine Best New Chef winner. Spiking a dish with fish sauce for added depth and complexity is another preferred strategy among the pros, and a new favorite of ours!
Chef of Bucktown mainstay, The Bristol, and rustic Italian luxury mecca, Balena When it comes to chicken, Pandel and his family favor the thighs. “We find them the most flavorful part of the chicken,” he says, “and chicken thighs make for a great onepot meal.” Pandel also likes to keep apples around for a salad or dessert—or they can be roasted and served with a savory meat dish.
Food & Wine’s Best New Chef of 2013, formerly of the Pilsen neighborhood darling, Nightwood Vincent keeps his fridge stocked with fresh, aromatic herbs. “Once they lose their freshness, you can muddle them with a little sea salt and create several herb salts that will keep for weeks,” he says. “Lemons and limes are also staples. I love finishing pastas with lemon juice, and limes can be used to dress anything, including a gin and tonic.”
Chef of long-standing destination, Vie, and Lincoln Park gem, Perennial Virant At home, it’s all about simplicity. He keeps jasmine rice on hand for curries. Thrown in the rice cooker, it’s a quick starch accompaniment. Virant also likes good farm eggs (as versatile as the chickens from which they came) “for hard cooking and ‘over easies’ for my kids.” PHOTO <CREDIT>
Everyone’s got their go-tos in the kitchen—those staples we’ve come to rely upon to pull together a quick meal or round out a simple dish.
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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS BY ANDREA GUTHMANN
The holidays are almost here. For many of us, that means welcoming, and sometimes stressing over, holiday guests. No need to worry—these steps will help you get your home in order. Plan Ahead Eddie Ross, East Coast editor of Better Homes & Gardens, says it’s all about the preparation. “Try to plan in advance as much as you can. Make sure you’re not doing the last-minute grocery shopping runaround. Make things ahead that you can put in your freezer.” Put Up a Good Front Hang up a festive wreath, lay out a new holiday-themed welcome mat, and spruce up your plant containers with autumn or winter foliage. Seasonal decorations let guests know you’re excited to be hosting the holidays. Wilmette’s Chalet has a large selection of these items. Basket Case You may feel frazzled by your holiday to-do list, but your home shouldn’t reflect that. Need some shelf help? An easy way to keep things organized is to use stylish baskets to clear clutter. Visitors from warmer locales will find comfort in baskets heaped with borrowable mittens, hats and scarves. Pier 1 and Cost Plus World Market are good spots to stock up on unique baskets. Clear Out the Closet Is your spare bedroom closet a mess? Time to purge! Give your guests some space by clearing out a few shelves or drawers, and, at the very least, pushing your items to one side and giving them a few
empty hangers. Good Scents Aroma makes a big impact on guests as soon as they walk through your door. Let visitors feast on how warm and cozy your home feels with a lit fire. Don’t have a fireplace or the time to light one? A spicy scented candle like Joe Malone’s Incense & Embers is an easy way to mimic the aroma of roaring log fires and pinecones. Child’s Play: “Don’t forget your littlest guests,” Ross reminds. Instead of just watching hours of TV after the big meal, why not make it a game night? Pull out a favorite like Monopoly or Scrabble. Little ones will enjoy the chance to play a classic with their grandparents or extended family. Invest in a few new board games if you’re not sure you still have all of the pieces. Check out the Marbles Store for more ideas. Sweet Dreams Lay out a few local guidebooks on the bedside table. It’ll help your guests fall asleep while helping them figure out what to do the next day, so you won’t have to! The Chicago Architecture Foundation gift shop has a large selection of books that will inspire your guests to get out and enjoy the sights! If you have kids visiting, “ Kid’s Guide to Chicago” is a handy resource. Holidays are a time to give thanks for the most important and most basic blessings: family, friends, food. With a little preparation you’ll be able to do just that—even with a house full of guests. Cheers!
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One of the crown jewels of Chicago’s cultural realm, the Joffrey Ballet is celebrating it’s 20th year in the city in style. Make It Better invited several of their graceful and talented dancers, draped in the most exquisite and unique jewels, to bring extra sparkle to this issue and the holiday season.
Director Gerald Arpino decided to relocate from New York City. At that point, Chicago had no major ballet company of its own, but Arpino recognized the possibility for success in a place with such a rich dance heritage.
Though the company has been performing on tour in Chicago since 1957, it wasn’t until 1995 that former Artistic
Throughout the past two decades, the Joffrey has flourished into an integral part of the performing arts scene. For this anniversary season, storytelling is the focus of every pro-
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duction. Whether through iconic music, reimagining a familiar fantasy or portraying human relationships in a fresh way, each story is conveyed in an innovative manner. “The Joffrey Ballet celebrates 20 years in the city of Chicago with a series of programs exploring the expressive power of dance,” says Ashley Wheater, Joffrey’s Artistic Director. “By telling stories drawn from diverse sources, by embracing our history and our future, we celebrate the voice and spirit of this great American city,” This December, the Joffrey carries on one of Chicago’s most popular holiday traditions with the return of “The Nutcracker.” The fantastical ballet will take the stage at the historic Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University for two-dozen performances from December 5–28. As winter draws to a close, the Joffrey will present a contemporary program, featuring three company premieres from February 11–22: James Kudelka’s “The Man in Black” set to the music of Johnny Cash; Stanton Welch’s “Maninya;” and Alexander Ekman’s humorous “Tulle.” The season concludes with new works, including the Chicago premiere of New York City Ballet soloist Justin Peck’s “In Creases,” and “Evenfall” from the Joffrey’s own Ballet Master, Nicolas Blanc, shown from April 22 to May 3.
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On Christine: Pearl and diamond bracelet in 18K white gold, price upon request Paraiba tourmaline and sliced diamond necklace in 18K white gold and anchored by a 19 mm South Seas pearl, price upon request Diamond and 13mm South Seas pearl earrings in 18K white gold, price upon request 18K white gold bracelet featuring six rows of diamonds, price upon request Jewelry provided by M.J. Miller & Co.
Black tutu provided by Allegro Dance Boutique, Evanston and Barrington
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On Anastacia: Nanis 18K yellow gold and diamond rutilated quartz Ipanema Collection earrings, $3,859 Nanis diamond and rutilated quartz Ipanema Collection necklace set in 18K yellow gold, $8,114 Nanis diamond and rutilated quartz Ipanema Collection bracelet set in 18K yellow gold, price upon request
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From our cover On Brooke: • White round and pear-shaped diamond Gypsy earrings • White round diamond Galaxy necklace • White round diamond Bombe ring • White round diamond three-row bangle • White round and marquise-cut diamond bracelet On Lucas: • 45mm GraffStar Grand Date watch On Anastacia: • White marquise cut and round diamond necklace in hair • White round diamond and round sapphire Infinity necklace • White round diamond Infinity drop earrings • White round diamond eternity ring • BabyGraff Trilogy watch • White round diamond art deco bracelet with pear-shape diamonds All prices upon request, Courtesy of Graff Diamonds. Graff Chicago, 312-604-1000, graffdiamonds.com Hair and make up stylists Andreas Hogue Salon Andreas Hogue Carla Makowski Regina Fracasso Photography John Reilly Photography With special thanks to Joffrey Ballet Sarah Fiala, Marketing Director Gerard Charles, Ballet Master Dancers Miguel Blanco Anastacia Holden Dara Holmes Brooke Linford Christine Rocas Lucas Segovia
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GIFT GUIDE 2014
EARLY BIRD GIFT GUIDE
THE BOX Need ideas for everyone on your list? These local retailers have the gifts that will get a “wow.”
KAI TRAVEL SET Kai’s most popular products lightly scented with an intoxicating blend of gardenia wrapped in white exotics in a reusable travel bag, $49. Juniper Boutique (Northbrook), juniperboutique.com, 224-326-2412
CARLOS FALCHI DRAWSTRING LEATHER POUCHES The leather pouches are from famous handbag designer Carlos Falchi. Available in a variety of colors, $148. Mattie M (Winnetka), 847-784-8701
ACRYLIC CAPES Great holiday gift! Soft and warm acrylic capes, one size fits all, multiple patterns and colors available, made in France, $85.00. Raven and Dove (Wilmette), ravenanddove.com, 847-251 9550
LARGE BIG GREEN EGG WITH NEST & MATE World’s best grill/smoker, $1,079. The Backyard Barbecue Store (Wilmette), backyardbbqstore.com, 847-251-2272
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giving that little extra may be a win-win for both you and the charity. Retirement Plan Contributions: Make sure you are taking advantage of maximizing contributions to your retirement plan. Thinking About Resolutions for 2015 Now is the time to make a commitment to your future financial health. Start by asking the right questions: • How do you envision your life in the next five, 10 or 20 years? • How would you like to spend your time? • What do you care about the most? • Are you saving for college, a wedding, starting a business, buying a second home? • Is your portfolio invested to coordinate with your goals in mind? • Are your insurance policies current? Do they reflect your present needs? • Are your estate-planning documents up to date? Assets titled appropriately? Beneficiaries correct? BY MAKE IT BETTER
As you wind down 2014 and look toward 2015, is preparing for a financial checkup on your list of resolutions? Taking time for a detailed financial review may help you reach your short- and long-term goals. These tips from Annette Findling and Leslie North of Stonebridge Wealth Advisors can help point you in the right direction. It’s not too late for 2014 year-end planning The end of the year is always a busy time, but here are three important areas of your finances to consider: Tax Harvesting: If it’s appropriate, you may be able to “harvest” some unrealized losses in your portfolio to offset realized capital gains you’ve had throughout the year. Doing so could potentially reduce taxes you need to pay on capital gains for the year. Charitable Deductions: The holiday season is the time of year when many of us are in the giving spirit. You may want to consult with your CPA to see where you stand with charitable deductions;
Leslie and Annette will look at your whole picture, analyze your personal financial situation and prepare a program designed to help you address your goals and objectives. They will be hosting a series of workshops in Make It Better’s Tech Mama Lounge at the Make It Better office in January. For more information and to RSVP to “A New Year, Time To Get Your Financial House In Order” visit newyearfinances.eventbrite.com
Annette Findling, CFP ® email@example.com Leslie North, CFP ® firstname.lastname@example.org Stonebridge Wealth Advisors, LLC (312)945-5950 Please visit our website: www.stonebridgewealthadvisors.com
Securities offered through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through HighPoint Advisor Group, LLC a registered investment advisor. HighPoint Advisor Group and Stonebridge Wealth Advisors are separate entities from LPL Financial. The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.
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6 CHICAGO SPA DELIGHTS BY AMBER GIBSON
If you had to choose between a facial and a massage, which would it be? A mani/pedi or a body scrub? Luckily, you don’t have to choose at our favorite full-service spas in Chicago. Escape for the day for a girls’ getaway, to get ready for a big night or just to give yourself a well-deserved break.
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The Workout Buff: Spa at Equinox Enter through the locker room at the Gold Coast location to find this hidden gem. The Equinox spa is open to non-members, and if you’re getting a treatment, you have full gym access for the day. First-timers should book the Equissage, which starts with a posture evaluation so your therapist can tailor the massage to your body’s needs. Finish with a mini-facial cleanse and moisturizing session, complimentary with all massages. 900 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago; 1750 N. Clark St., Chicago; 200 W. Monroe St., Chicago, 312-252-3100 The Newbie: Cowshed Spa at Soho House You might know the British boutique Cowshed bath and body products from Barneys and Anthropologie. The brand new Cowshed Spa in the West Loop’s Soho House is the first one open to the public in North America. Snuggle up with your own lap pillow and personal TV while getting a pedicure—the spherical drill they use to buff your feet trumps a rough pumice stone and leaves your soles startlingly soft. 113-125 N. Green St., Chicago, 312-754-6915 The Sanctuary: NoMI Spa at the Park Hyatt With just two private treatment suites, you’ll feel like you have the entire place to yourself at the Park Hyatt’s ultra-luxe spa. The HydraFacial, which is ideal for all skin types, uses gentle suction from a machine to exfoliate and infuse skin with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants for a dewy glow. After your facial, get your nails bedazzled with Deborah Lippmann colors at one of the mani/pedi stations
next door. Estheticians and nail techs here are the kindest and most knowledgeable in town. 800 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-335-1234 The Quick Fix: Elysian Spa In just 30 minutes, a little diamond microdermabrasion and infusion of vitamin C, hydrating or Lumixyl serums will help fade acne and brown spots while pepping up dull complexions. The SilkPeel’s dermal infusion technology is typically only available through dermatologists, but there are two machines here for efficient exfoliation and rejuvenation. 11 E. Walton St., Chicago, 312-646-1310 The Chinese Healer: Chuan Spa at The Langham, Chicago Traditional Chinese Medicine advocates a holistic approach to well-being, and treatments here aim to restore your body’s yin and yang balance. Lead therapist Sharon Viernes also holds a master’s in acupuncture and oriental medicine and will prescribe cupping, moxibustion or the scraping strokes of gua sha to accompany your massage. 330 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, 312-923-7650 The Birthday Girl: Spa@theWit The Spa@theWit turns five this year, and to celebrate they are offering a massage and facial anniversary package. This treatment encompasses a little bit of everything, with a full-body massage, scrub and facial masque wrapped into one. A citrus tangerine scrub ensures your legs and feet are party-dress ready. 201 N. State St., Chicago, 312-239-9402
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8 DANGEROUS APPS YOU HOPE YOUR KIDS AREN’T USING BY SHANNAN YO U NGER
A large number of tweens and teens have smartphones, and the number of new apps available is staggering.
sexual content, lewd language and references to drugs, alcohol and violence.”
Some kids have moved on from Facebook, but keeping up with the latest apps that are a cause for parental worry can be challenging, to say the least.
Ask.fm (Free) Ask.fm is known as being notoriously bad, due in large part to the multiple teen suicides that have been associated with the use of the app. “As a parent, I find the whole premise of the app—that is, posing ‘anonymous’ questions to strangers—disturbing and wouldn’t feel comfortable knowing my children were using it,” Maypole says.
“It is important for parents to be aware of anything that engages their kids; this includes any type of mass media, social media and popular apps,” says Denise Lisi DeRosa, Good Digital Parenting program manager at the Family Online Safety Institute. “Apps are tools, so usually, they’re not bad in and of themselves (of course, there are exceptions), but they can be used to do a lot of harm,” says Melissa Maypole, head of corporate social responsibility at Qustodio, a parental control software developer. Here’s a review of apps that parents should be on the look out for and discuss with their kids. Whisper (Free) Whisper is a free app that encourages users to share secrets and post pictures anonymously. Several arrests have been made around the country of adults who used Whisper to contact minors for sex. It has also been used in numerous cyber-bullying incidents. Tinder (Free) Tinder is an online dating app that in some circles is known as the one-night-stand finder. The app shows photos of people nearby, and viewers mark each photo with a green heart or red X. If two users mark one another’s photos with green hearts, the app reveals their locations. Also keep an eye out for MeowChat, another app that matches people with nearby users. MeowChat is new but quickly growing in popularity. Omegle ($0.99) The tagline of this app is “Talk to strangers!” That alone should raise some red flags. It randomly selects people who can interact anonymously, either by text only, which is known as “spy mode,” or with video. Common Sense Media notes that chats on Omegle are “filled with explicit
Erodr (Free) Erodr is a social networking app that allows users to post content anonymously and reveals users’ locations. The App Store specifically states that Erodr is “for college students only” and requires an .edu email account, but that has not prevented teens from using it. DOWN Dating (Free) DOWN is a dating app that bills itself as “the secret way to get down with friends and more.” It has options for users interested in just hooking up and a different level for those interested in actually dating. The fact that it is sold by a company named Bang With Friends, Inc., tells parents a lot. Kik (Free) Kik is an instant messaging app that recently made news when a user blackmailed a 12-year-old girl for naked pictures just hours after the girl downloaded the app. It was not an isolated incident on Kik, which is also known for sexting. Sexual predators have been known to use Kik to find and contact victims. Yik Yak (Free) This is a Twitter-like app that lets users post anonymous comments to people in a 5- or 10-mile radius. It has been used to bully and also to make school bomb threats. Several Chicagoland middle schools and high schools warned parents about this app in the spring, and Barry Rogers, principal at Lake Forest High School, recommended parents delete the app from their children’s devices.
Note: Most of these apps are free and rated 17+, but as long as your child checks the box indicating he or she is over 17, the app will download.
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LET’S TALK TURKEY GREAT KITCHEN GADGETS BY ANDREA GUTHMANN
For everything, there is a season. Gone are the days of late and lazy al fresco meals on the patio. As leaves start falling and the temperature drops, things start heating up in the kitchen. So whether you’re making Thanksgiving dinner for a crowd, chili for the big game or a casserole for supper, here are some new tools that will make your cooking more efficient—and fun! TALKING TURKEY
You don’t need a precision baster every day, but it’s a valuable tool to have on hand for the holiday meal. The 3-in-1 Cuisipro Baster ($23) has a brush that helps you coat food evenly, while the shower head lets you quickly baste to ensure your turkey cooks up moist and golden brown.
Grating fresh cheese is super easy with the Microplane Cube Grater ($20), which resembles a Rubik’s Cube. The box has three different grating blades, and the protective cover keeps your hands safe while collecting the food you’re grating. The cover also doubles as a measuring cup.
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Making potatoes au gratin for Thanksgiving? Cutting all those veggies can be tedious, especially if you care about consistency. If you don’t already have one, invest in a hand-held mandoline. The OXO V-Blade Mandoline ($40) cuts your veggies quickly and easily, plus the food holder protects your hand so you won’t cut yourself.
I laughed when I first saw my sister-inlaw using the OXO Strawberry Huller ($8), but the joke’s on me! Now I own one and let my 6-year-old daughter prepare the strawberries. This adorable and safe tool speeds up the tedious task of removing strawberry stems. How did we ever do without?!
Mango is a favorite smoothie ingredient, but cutting them up is a chore. Not with the Rube Goldberg-like Good Grips Mango Splitter ($14), which removes the pit and slices the fruit in half in one simple movement. All the juicy fruit without the mess—genius!
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Love pasta but not the carbs? Say buongiorno to a new way to make your Italian favorites. Spiralizers are the trendy way to eat your veggies and have fun doing it. This simple Microplane Spiral Cutter ($15) makes noodles out of just about anything: Think carrots, zucchini, cucumbers or squash. Try lightly blanched or sautéed zucchini noodles with your favorite pesto for a holiday side-dish twist.
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lounge is popular with tourists and locals alike— spend an afternoon enjoying tea service, or stop by in the evening for a nightcap and live music.
DINE Next door to the Shangri-La is David Chang’s Momofuku empire, with five restaurant concepts under one roof. Momofuku Daisho (190 University Ave., 647253-8000, momofuku.com/Toronto) features eclectic Asian food with Canadian touches, like local Monforte Toscano cheese with charred cabbage. From roasted rice cakes with sausage and Chinese broccoli to whole roasted trout crusted in shiitake mushrooms, everything is bright and flavorful. There are excellent vegetarian options too, including a refreshing radish salad topped with crisp tofu skin. Frozen chocolate mousse for dessert is dressed with milk cream and toasted rice, like a sophisticated Asian malted milk ball.
SEE The Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6648, ago.net) has an unmatched collection of Canadian art, with an emphasis on local artists like David Milne, famous for his modernist landscapes. There’s also an extensive photography collection, along with paintings ranging from the Renaissance to modern day. You might even catch an artist-in-residence painting on the walls for an upcoming exhibit.
(luminatofestival.com) and the Toronto International Film Festival (tiff.net) and museums like the Art Gallery of Ontario, there’s no denying that Toronto is one of the most culturally vibrant cities in North America. It’s the fourth largest city on the continent—bigger than Chicago—and great to visit any time of year. Plus, it’s close enough for a quick weekend getaway.
The Miraj Hammam (mirajcaudaliespa.com) spa at the Shangri-La is the only Caudalie Paris spa in Canada. The signature treatment is a traditional hammam and gommage, which includes steaming and exfoliation with Moroccan black soap with eucalyptus. Caudalie’s grape products are used in all the facials for their polyphenol properties. After your entire body and face are glowing, relax in the Moroccan-inspired lounge with baklava and chai tea while admiring your smooth-as-butter skin.
There’s been a sudden boom in luxury hotels in Toronto the past couple of years, but the Shangri-La (188 University Ave., 647-788-8888, Shangri-la.com) is the crème de la crème. Guestrooms are sumptuous and spacious, with plush bamboo-weave carpeting and dark mahogany furniture. Ubiquitous Asian décor, from large-scale Chinese calligraphy in the lobby to delicate origami cranes on the nightstand, creates an elegant yet contemporary ambiance. The lobby
The St. Lawrence Market (92-95 Front St. E., 416392-7219, stlawrencemarket.com), one of the top food markets in the world, cannot be missed. Saturdays draw the biggest crowds and also the most vendors, with both the North and South halls overflowing with a cornucopia of fresh produce, seafood, meats, cheese and baked goods. Don’t miss the peameal bacon sandwiches at Carousel Bakery, a lean-butluscious porky delight. Try 38 different types of mus-
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tard from cloyingly sweet to sinus-clearing spicy at Kozlik’s Canadian Mustard, and try a Montreal bagel (smaller, denser and sweeter than the New York variety) dressed with za’atar from St. Urbain Bagel.
VISIT Formerly derelict buildings in the Distillery Historic District (55 Mill St., 416-364-1177, thedistillerydistrict.com) are now home to artist studios, galleries, restaurants, breweries and great shopping. Take a walking or Segway tour with Segway of Ontario (segwayofontario.com) and taste unpasteurized smallbatch sake from Eastern Canada’s only sake brewery, Ontario Spring Water Sake (ontariosake.com). Don’t miss the Artscape Distillery Studios (torontoartscape. org) either, where you can poke your head into more than 60 artist studios and shop for jewelry, paintings and home furnishings. Hoi Bo (hoibo.com) has locally made clothes and bags you won’t find elsewhere, with a minimalist aesthetic and crisp lines. And when it’s all said and done, turn your digital photos into gorgeous prints and photobook keepsakes at Pikto (pikto.com).
GET THERE Porter Airlines ( flyporter.com), Toronto’s regional air carrier, is your best bet from Chicago. It’s smooth sailing from Midway into Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, located on the Toronto Islands. A two-minute ferry ride later and you’re downtown. Plus, you’re treated more graciously than on any domestic carrier. Everyone receives complimentary nuts, cookies and vegetable chips along with a choice of beverage (including alcohol) served in a real glass—an auspicious start to a great vacation.
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“D” WORD BY SUSAN E. SHEEHAN NOBODY EVER WANTS TO MENTION the “D” word. Americans whisper and hush their talk of death as if speaking openly will somehow bring it on. To the contrary, our collective code of silence only amplifies feelings of isolation and it makes the process of dying and the post-death reality seem unbearable. While poignant and wrenching, dying, like all of life, presents precious gifts to those who are willing and able to engage in the process. Nothing brings existential questions to the fore like impending death. And as much as death leaves in its wake deep loss, dying itself can be a process as vital as any other part of life: • Thinking gets focused. • Priorities are ordered. • Relationships gain clarity.
Even if questions have no answers, their formulation helps make meaning out of what our culture seems to have denied: dying is a part of life. All of life can be lived well. The proverbial good death can be a reality with a little guidance. A medical crisis inevitably introduces myriad emotions and logistical concerns for both patients and those who
love them. It need not, however, be totally overwhelming. Broadly experienced and highly trained clinicians are available to come alongside and assist in identifying and facilitating whatever adjustments and transitions are necessary to afford the best possible outcomes. Dr. Deborah A. Reed, Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, recently turned for help to in-home medical social work specialist Susan Sheehan of finishing well consulting: “Susan worked with a physician colleague of mine as he faced a terminal illness. She is a highly professional, compassionate and resourceful consultant who provided such personal care for all of us. I kept saying we couldn’t do this without her.” When considering your options, it is reasonable to expect a consultant to offer: • A personalized care plan • Flexibility as needs change • Support to family and friends • Living arrangement transitions • Preparation of advanced directives • Access to a full spectrum of referrals to professionals who will come to you, including caregivers, household help, attorneys, financial planners, hair dressers and doctors • Ongoing coordination of care-plan components
“We called Susan our ‘Oasis in the Storm.” – Sue, Evanston Susan E. Sheehan, LCSW, MPA, CT, ACHP-SW, Principal at finishing well consulting LLC, has graduate degrees in Public Administration, Systems Theory and Medical Social Work. Her career focus is medical, palliative and hospice social work and in this capacity she has worked with over 2,000 families. Currently, she provides in-home medical social work and anticipates the publication of her book, “Dying Words: Talking Points for Mortals.” 276 E. Deerpath Rd., Suite 110 Lake Forest, IL 60045 email@example.com finishingwellconsulting.com 847.235.2478
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Paint, wall coverings and furnishings carefully selected by Jodi Morton, transform a house into a home for the Healey family.
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Color unites the patterns in the rug, draperies, lampshades and pillows in the library/family room. “There’s a consistent red and gold in everything,” Morton says. “They work together because they are all such great pieces.”
“EVERY DAY WHEN I OPEN the front door, I’m grateful for Jodi Morton’s vision,” says Chantal Healey of the six-bedroom colonial in Evanston’s lakefront historic district that she shares with her husband, Tim, and their two teenage children. Healey is quick to credit Morton for helping her to make the house feel like a home after the family relocated from Boston. “Chantal didn’t want to embark on a big renovation that would displace them any further,” Morton says. “She wanted to settle them right away.” To furnish the home, Morton and Chantal visited both
new showrooms and vintage shops throughout the city and suburbs. “The Merchandise Mart can feel overwhelming, so I don’t take all my clients there, but I did take Chantal,” Morton says. “She wanted to play too. It was a total collaboration.” Inspired by Chantal’s love of color and pattern, Morton suggested several wall coverings for the home, including a classic zebra pattern from Scalamandre that perfectly complements the existing black-and-white floor tile in the firstfloor powder room. “We weren’t looking to go in a modern
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To make up for the lack of a coat closet, Morton incorporated storage in the entry foyer with a pair of dressers from Vintage Pine and mirrors from Golden Triangle. “Jodi really pushed me to invest in the foyer,” Chantal says. “I can now see the wisdom in investing in a room that makes an impression on everybody that comes through the front door.”
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Lulu, the Healey family's Golden Retriever.
direction, so we worked with the existing tile and cabinetry,” Morton says. For the dining room walls, the designer selected a Ralph Lauren paper with an antique feel that suits the period architecture. “The pattern flows almost like a scene or a chinoiserie.” In the library, Morton took advantage of the wormy chestnut paneling to create a cozy family room, which she furnished with a new sofa and window treatments from Lee Jofa. The designer also had the back of the built-in cabinetry painted plum and the ceiling painted a pale shade of pink. “You can’t always put your finger on it, but painted ceilings add a glow and make the room feel just a little bit warmer,” Morton explains. The space has become a favorite of the entire family. “My children fight to be in this room,” Chantal says. “We are now trying to set rules about who gets first dibs when it’s homework time.” Indeed, the family uses every room in the house, including
the formal living room, where they build a roaring fire every weekend. “Jodi and Chantal really worked well to make the house inviting, and each room has a certain draw,” Tim says. “The foundation is nice, and there’s a lived-in feel that makes you want to hang out.” Complementing the family’s existing furnishings is a pair of vintage chairs that Morton had recovered in green velvet. “Chantal wanted to marry her existing furniture with some new pieces to fill out the home,” Morton says. “It’s important to incorporate pieces that feel appropriate to the space and to the people.” Morton’s approach to the project proved to be the correct one for the Healeys, who are now happily settled in their new abode. “We have never missed the brand-new house that we left in Boston, which had all the bells and whistles but not the same level of charm, character and intimacy of this home,” Chantal says. “This home has a soul. We all love it here.”
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often playful and referential, as many of the designs are based on well-known household objects, like artistic ceramic teapots, jewelry and vases you would never dare use for flowers. In addition, despite the hefty sales numbers noted above, the artwork can be less expensive than the hulk-like prices at strictly fineart shows. Still, the size alone of any of these fairs can leave one confounded. Here are a few tips for making your way through SOFA to seek out the best possible experience and maybe nab a piece of artwork or two along the way.
MAKE IT A DAY THING
SOFA: the Sculptural Objects Functional Art + Design Fair (held Nov. 6 – 9 at Navy Pier) is nothing short of overwhelming. Each year, it averages 80 dealers, 35,000 attendees, and sales are estimated at $15-20 million per show.
SHARE Go with a friend so that you have someone with whom to talk about the work. You love it. You hate it. You think your grandchild could do it in the backyard. Whatever your take, it will make the whole day a lot more fun if you share your thoughts with a friend along the way.
LEARN A THING OR TWO BUT DON’T LET THIS DAUNT you.
The exhibition, which focuses on three-dimensional artworks, brings a wonderful breath of fresh air to the art scene in that it crosses boundaries and combines fine art, decorative art and design pieces together under one roof. SOFA features work that is
Yes, it can get busy and crowded, but the gallery dealers are there to talk and share information, as well as sell artwork. If you see something you like, or even something you don’t quite get and are curious about, talk to the dealers—or the artists, many of whom are on site! Remember that the fair is as much about
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Don’t rush through; you will only end up feeling stressed. Give yourself a day to meander, stop for coffee or lunch, catch a lecture and then meander again. Pace yourself. Some of the best fine-craft galleries of the world are represented here, so there is no point in blowing through it at lightning speed.
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building and educating new collectors as it is about feeding the demand of the already addicted. So take advantage of the many lectures by finding out ahead of time what is going on.
THINK “LAYAWAY” If you land on something you love and are considering a purchase, you don’t have to get a second mortgage. Talk to the dealer and see what you can work out. Any dealer worth their salt will want the artwork to go to someone who truly loves it, rather than a mansion where it matches the couch. If your love is sincere, work out the details with the dealer.
BE YOURSELF There is no point in considering anything that you don’t love—you live with it after all, so the era of buying art to keep up with the Joneses went out the window with snobby gallery owners. It is a brave new world out there! Develop your own style and taste and be true to yourself. If you can give the fair a full day, SOFA is an excellent opportunity to explore your own interest and taste in functional, three-dimensional artwork. Whether or not you purchase anything, it can be a worthy and entertaining day of perusing, watching, listening and sharing along the way.
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DON’T BE AN IDENTITY THEFT VICTIM THIS HOLIDAY SEASON BY MEGHAN STREIT
Illinois shoppers are at high risk for identity theft, according to a recent survey by Experian’s ProtectMyID (protectmyid.com) monitoring service. The survey found that 50 percent of people in Illinois, and 54 percent in Chicago, have either had their identity stolen or know someone who’s been affected by the crime. During the hectic holiday shopping season, it’s particularly important to take steps to protect your identity.
thieves could steal credit card information. “People could be sitting at the next table at Starbucks hacking,” Levin says. “There are people who will create clone networks—so if it says ‘Starbucks network,’ they’ll add an /e/ and you look at it fast and connect.”
“You may have a desire to get shopping done in a hurry and as inexpensively as you can, and that is what thieves are preying on,” says Eva Velasquez, CEO of Identity Theft Resource Center.
Levin also says it’s safer to download online retailers’ apps for shopping instead of typing the site into a web browser because apps tend to have better security.
Safeguard your financial information this holiday season with these savvy tips:
Be smart with your smartphone.
Adam Levin, founder of Identity Theft 911 (idt911.com), says to think of your smartphone not only as a communication device, but also as a data storage device. Many people have online shopping and financial apps on their phones, which means that thieves are only a few clicks away from accessing your accounts. “You have to accord your phone the same respect as you would a computer, which means software is updated and it is password protected—and not with a silly password,” Levin says.
Watch your back.
Stores are crowded during the holidays, making it easier for thieves to go unnoticed. Becky Frost, senior manager of consumer education at ProtectMyID, reminds shoppers to cover pin pads when entering digits so lurking thieves can’t snap a photo or video. “A lot of thieves are pros at holding their devices so it looks like they are looking somewhere else,” Frost says. Also use caution if you apply for store credit cards to get discounts on big-ticket purchases. Applications require sensitive information like social security numbers, so Frost says to fill them out in a quiet corner, instead of at the cash register. When you turn in applications, make sure clerks store them in a secure location.
Avoid predictable passwords like birthdays or anniversaries. Instead, Levin recommends implementing a system that makes it easy for you to remember passwords, but difficult for anyone else to figure out. Choose a phrase as the base of all of your passwords, and then modify it slightly for each website by adding a few letters from that site’s name and a few numbers you can remember. For example, if your phrase is “See Spot run,” you might make your Amazon password “SSR57amzn” and your Chase password “SSR57chs.” Make passwords more secure by swapping symbols for some letters and using both uppercase and lowercase.
Too good to be true?
Smartphones and tablets make it easy to get shopping done from anywhere, but Levin cautions against making purchases when you’re connected to public Wi-Fi because
Research companies by searching for customer reviews and checking with the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org) before making purchases.
There are plenty of deals to be had online, but be skeptical of promotions that seem too good to be true. Instead of clicking on links in emails from retailers, go directly to their websites and search for coupons, Frost says. Velasquez says some thieves create fake retail sites to steal credit card information. “If you Google ‘Xbox’ and you find a website you have never heard of and they have it on sale for less than everybody else, you have to look closely at that,” she says.
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ACCESSORIES YOU’LL FALL FOR B Y L I S A B E R TA G N O L I
Fall 2014: It’s oversized yet feminine, bold but not brash, colorful but hardly tacky—and that goes for accessories as well as clothing. We posed a question to nine fashionable women: If you could only buy one accessory this season, what would it be, and why? Consider their answers your field guide to this season’s best add-ons. A CHLOE BLANKET CAPE
Perrin Paris clutch, $675, Chalk Boutique
A PERRIN PARIS “TRAVEL” CLUTCH
Sharon Watrous and Carrie Cane, owners of Chalk Boutique in Evanston, love the travel clutch for its simplicity. You can throw it in your day bag as your wallet, and then grab it when you park the car to run errands.
“It’s very splurge-worthy— there were a lot of runways doing a lot of styling with blankets,” says Mallory Ulaszek, co-owner of the late Roam in Old Town and now co-founder of Presence, a media production agency in Chicago. “It’s a great transitional style piece—you’re not wearing the jacket; you’re not wearing the winter coat—and it can transition into the colder season.” Chloe Alpaca-blend blanket cape, $4,695, Net-A-Porter
OVERSIZED CLUTCH OR HANDBAG “We are both always in search of the perfect fall boots. The Chanel quilted moto boots scream ‘Fall 2014’ because they take us back to the days of ‘90s grunge,” say Brielle Buchberg and Lindsay Segal, owners of Luxury Garage Sale in Chicago. “And leather is always a fall staple.”
Chanel moto boots, $550, Luxury Garage Sale
Kelly Golden, owner of neapolitan boutique in Winnetka, says, “You’re going to use it every day and it’s a great investment because people will see it. We have several clutches from Pierre Hardy and Derek Lam in bold colors and textured fabric. They are new and fresh and perfect for fall.”
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CHANEL QUILTED MOTO BOOTS
Derek Lam oversized clutch, $1,295, neapolitan
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Stephanie Kantis necklaces, prices vary, The Lake Forest Shop
LONG GOLD NECKLACES
Ellen Stirling, owner of The Lake Forest Shop in Lake Forest, recommends wearing several gold necklaces in different lengths to create a textured look. “They really do accessorize you—they’re light and flattering and finish you off in the best way,” Stirling says.
I-N-C International Concepts tasseled leopard-print flats, $80, Macy’s
A CLASSIC FLAT
“Definitely a flat, and the hottest looks are flats with leopard print and houndstooth and crowned on the toe with signature logos, buckles and bows,” says Luanne Eng, Macy’s By Appointment manager at Macy’s Old Orchard.
The Runwell 41mm, $800, Shinola
A SHINOLA WATCH
“It’s a little bit menswear-inspired, glammeets-grown-up look,” says Kelsey Kreiling, Ulaszek’s business partner in Roam and also Presence. “A blue band is a really nice color—I’m a big fan of grays, neutrals and blacks in winter and fall, so I’m always looking for a pop of color.”
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CARING FOR YOUR AGING DOG BY CHRIST Y COUGHLIN
Peter Simonson of Wilmette with Mel.
Ensure your dog’s golden years are happy, healthy and pain-free by acknowledging his age and making accommodations to keep him comfortable, active, and wagging his tail. The common belief that dogs age seven years to humans’ one year doesn’t apply to all dogs. Evanston veterinarian Jeanette Lyons says that dogs age at different paces, depending on the breed. Large breeds like Great Danes and Mastiffs age faster, and may show signs of aging as early as 5 years old. “Popular breeds like Labradors and Golden Retrievers are considered older around 10,” Lyons says. “Smaller breeds can live much longer, up to 14 or 15, and may not show signs of old age until long after 10.” You loved the adorable puppy and active young dog; now it’s time to enjoy some quiet time with the best friend who has given you years of memories, love and companionship. We asked Lyons for some practical advice on how to care for our furry friends as they age. Make It Better: What are the common signs of aging in dogs? Jeanette Lyons: Dogs can display reduced mobility. They can struggle with stairs, getting up and down from the floor and getting in and out of the car. Dogs may have reduced cognitive function demonstrated by confusion [or] exhibit different elimination habits. Hearing and vision may become impaired. These are all possible changes as your dog ages, but just because they are common does not mean they are normal or that nothing can be done. Please alert your vet about any changes you notice, even subtle ones. They can help determine what may indicate underlying problems that can be treated. What are the most common health problems in older dogs? We see arthritis, heart disease, hormonal imbalances, organ dysfunction and unfortunately, many different cancers. Each breed has its own list of health problems that are more common. Can older dogs be fed people food? Dogs should never eat chocolate, avocados, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, salty or fatty foods. Offer tastes of high-quality protein like boiled chicken or turkey. Small amounts of fruits and veggies are fine [if] they don’t impact digestion. Older dogs get all they need from their own food, so [they] don’t need supplementation with people food. How much activity does my older dog need? Walking is the best exercise for older dogs. Walking is low impact and provides not only physical benefits but also mental stimulus, as
your dog sniffs and notices activity around him. Older dogs should not be encouraged to jump to grab a ball, as the high-impact landing is hard on their aging joints. Older dogs are less heat tolerant than younger dogs. Some dogs naturally adjust their activity as they age; others will require you to monitor their activity. How can dogs with joint pain be made more comfortable? The number one thing you can do for your dog is keep him at an ideal weight or even a little underweight; additional weight accelerates joint problems. Regular low-impact exercise will help keep your dog comfortable and joints healthier. Dogs can be prescribed glucosamine and chondroitin to help support joint health. Omega 3/6 fat acids are also helpful. Acupuncture and laser therapy can offer relief for some dogs. There are a variety of canine NSAIDS, formulated just for dogs, that should only be administered under the advice of your vet. Never give your dog human medication without checking with your vet. How do you, as a vet, treat older dogs differently? Weight is important for all dogs, but especially older dogs. A good guide is being able to feel the ribs but not see them and visualizing your dog’s “waist” when you look down at them. I generally run lab work every year on dogs older than 10. We can catch and treat many health problems with early detection. Age is not a disease. I love to see older dogs in the clinic twice a year instead of the traditional one time a year. I stress dental care including daily teeth brushing with specially formulated toothpaste and dental chews with the VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) seal. Smaller dog breeds tend to have more dental issues as they age. Ask your vet if your dog needs a veterinary periodontal cleaning and evaluation. How can owners make their homes safer for their older dog? The slippery surface of wood floors can make it hard for dogs to get up. Throw rugs give them traction and keep them safe. There are so many great products on the market for older dogs like ramps to help your dog navigate stairs and get into the car. A good, soft bed will cushion their older joints. For a dog with vision loss, a nightlight might make them feel more secure. What changes in behavior do older dogs often display? Some dogs suffer cognitive dysfunction like people. Your dog might have anxiety at night, be restless and have bathroom confusion. He may withdraw from family members and lose tolerance for things he once enjoyed. Talk to your vet about any behavioral changes you notice. Certain amino acid supplements, diets or medications can help maintain healthy brain function.
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Your feisty, high-energy pooch is starting to show signs of aging.
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BET TER YOU | sex & the suburbs
INTERNATIONAL SEX A WORLDLIER VIEW ON INTIMACY BY MAR JIE KILLEEN
A woman’s sexuality is deeply influenced by her culture— and ours may be holding us back. The U.S. is portrayed as a sexually charged nation, but studies show Americans aren’t actually experiencing or enjoying lovemaking as much as people in other countries. After talking with a group of eight fascinating North Shore women who hail from all over the globe, I’m convinced we Puritan-influenced babes have a few things to learn from our international sisters when it comes to intimacy. Love the Skin You’re In Many cultures are more comfortable with the female form in its natural state than we are. Heidi* from Switzerland noticed the difference upon joining Lifetime Fitness, where she was the only woman who walked to the locker-room showers in the nude. “I also find it super strange that little kids are not allowed to run around naked at the beach. Even 2-year-old girls, they wear a bikini top,” she says. In America, nudity is considered vulgar because it’s seen as sexual. “In Israel, there isn’t the same connection between nudity and sex,” says Sharon*. “I think it’s separate. In art and film, you see nudity, and that’s OK.“ The Latina women in the group—from Mexico, Colombia and Nicaragua—say their Catholic-influenced cultures don’t embrace nudity, yet their countries are accepting of all types of female bodies. “When you go to Colombia, you’ll be amazed at how even older women
show everything. They all wear bikinis. They’re very comfortable with their bodies,” says Lucy*. Manu* from Sri Lanka notices how critical our society is of women’s figures. “Here people comment, ‘I can’t believe she’s showing that!’ If your body isn’t perfect, [they think] you should just cover it up.” We don’t all need to jump naked into Lake Michigan, but wouldn’t it be nice to relax and simply accept and enjoy our bodies? Get Touchy-Feely Americans have a hot image in the media, but apparently we’re cold fish by global standards. “You think, because of the movies, that everyone in America is going to be kissing everywhere, but in reality they are so conservative,” Manu says. Men and women in other countries are much more hands on. Yolanda*, a doctor from Mexico says, “The Latin man will touch you and hug you. When he comes home, there’s always a kiss. If there’s no kiss, either something bad happened or we have troubles.“ Johana* from Nicaragua says thoughtfully, “I’m married to an American Jew. My husband is not very touchy, and I’ve become like that. I’m affectionate to my kids, but that connection to him—it’s strange. We don’t really *all names have been changed to protect anonymity
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have that touch affection that you have in the Latin culture.” According to The Normal Bar (thenormalbar.com), an extensive relationship study, the happiest couples in the world regularly hug, kiss, touch and hold hands, both privately and in public. So go ahead and reach out. PDA is important. Flirt for Fun Americans often perceive flirting as a come-on or a threat, but many of the international women I spoke to miss being appreciated by other men. “That’s one thing you notice when you go to Latin America— men will whistle and blow kisses at you,” Lucy says. “When you’re in America that would never happen.” “Flirting is innate in Latin cultures,” says Natalia* from Colombia. “Here a man will never compliment you or say something nice about you or your body because the women here feel very offended. In our culture, a man can tell you something nice, and that’s fine.” “It’s a compliment,” says Sophie*, who was born in Germany and lived in France. “It doesn’t mean he’s harassing you. I loved flirting with other guys, and I’m so sad I can’t flirt with men here. It’s so boring, so dry here. Everyone is scared.” “I made a mistake when I first came here,” Natalia says. “I had a friend for a couple months, and when I finally met her husband, I said, ‘Your husband is so handsome, he looks like a movie star!’ She never talked to me after that.” “Maybe that’s why everyone is so cautious—no one wants to offend anyone,” Manu says. Loosen Up We’re not going to change our whole culture, but we might feel better about our intimate relationships if we follow the lead of these cosmopolitan women and appreciate ourselves and the men in our lives more. And one last thing: Not one of the women I interviewed—all married moms—has a TV in her bedroom. “The bedroom is for sleep and sex only,” Heidi says. That’s one tip that seems to be universal.
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DINING | review
River Roast 315 N. LaSalle St. Chicago 312-822-0100 riverroastchicago.com
Roast chicken with crispy potatoes
RIVER ROAST FIRES UP BY JULIE CHERNOFF
ON AN EARLY FALL NIGHT, the patio overlooking the glimmering Chicago River can be magical, although the construction gods didn’t play along on our visit. But even the intermittent din of a jackhammer on the LaSalle Street Bridge couldn’t completely harsh our mellow. That, as it turned out, was the job of our well-meaning but incompetent server, clearly out of his element. Luckily, River Roast has a crack backup team delivering the food. How they navigate the enormous space is a mystery to me. In addition to the generous patio
balcony overlooking the river, there’s a substantial dining room, an upstairs (street-level, actually) bar, and an enormous private dining space that housed a wedding on the night of our visit (a fact confirmed by the bridal gown hanging up in the women’s room). Exposed red brick, lots of reclaimed wood and gorgeous globe lighting fight with the live fire of an open kitchen—and a very hip urban crowd—for your attention. Settle down with one of the tempting, tasty cocktails ($11 each) on offer—perhaps the Kenosha, a nod to the classic Manhattan by way of the North Wood, or
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Combine a seasonally driven location (most recently of Fulton’s on the River) with a gorgeous view, add in two of Chicago’s most respected chefs of longstanding—John Hogan and Tony Mantuano—and the result is literally incendiary. River Roast, brought to you by Levy Restaurants, is cooking with wood.
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the Suddenly: Lemons, which combines lemon tea, Cocchi Rose and Letherbee gin (I like a drink with its own colon) to zesty effect—and concentrate on the menu dotted with some of John Hogan’s greatest hits while enjoying the freshly toasted bread with what I can only refer to as Onion Soup au Gratin spread. Known for his skill with charcuterie, Hogan proffers a Head to Hock Pork Cake ($9), the Hogan’s Charcuterie ($24) selection and a Foie & Duck Terrine ($25) in the “Bites & Boards” selection. We opted for the delicious Fire-Roasted Indiana Shrimp ($13), four head-on crustaceans covered with spicy roasted local-corn kernels; the Scotch Egg ($5) with pickled onion and mustard seed (which could’ve used some spice in the sausage layer); and the House-Smoked Trout ($14) with blini, celeryroot slaw and trout caviar (dug the flavor profile, but the presentation made it difficult to assemble and eat). Loved, loved, loved the Artichokes Barigoule ($10), a take on the classic Provençal dish of artichokes braised in broth with onions and herbs. Here, they take it to the next level with the addition of smoky (of course) bacon and creamy goat cheese. The only dish that really missed the mark for me was the Chicago-Style Sashimi ($12), seared Wagyu beef with all the flavor elements of a classic Chicago dog: roasted onion and pepper, pickle, dried tomato, celery salt and a poppy-seed crisp—but the crisp falls apart, and the Wagyu is beautifully marbled but kind of tasteless. Good concept, meh execution. I’d rather have the dog.
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DINING | review
Order a Shaved Salad ($8) for the table; the paperthin slices of market-fresh artichoke, fennel, radish, mushroom and celery are tossed lightly with fresh lemon juice and good olive oil and topped with shards of Parmesan cheese. On to the main event: River Roast is all about the shared main course, be it “The Big Fish” ($42, available crispy or fire roasted) or the wood-smoked “Whole Chicken.” Billed for one, at $29 per 8 ounces, is the “Roast Beef” (actually a nicely cooked and sliced steak), which had a slightly livery flavor to it that I found offputting, but a tasty horseradish cream. More about that chicken: It is friggin’ fantastic, once I got past the presentation, which reminded me of a plump, headless Buddha or that old Peter Gabriel music video for “Sledgehammer.” Plump, juicy and perfectly brined, smoked and roasted, when paired with the crispy and delectable River Roast potatoes, it made for a very happy tummy. Round out your meal with a few dishes from the
“Roots, Shoots & Veggies” options, and do not miss Hogan’s Peas, a British nursery favorite dotted with pearl onions, bacon nubbins and sautéed Bibb lettuce, held together with not a small amount of cream. And butter. Listen, fat is flavor, and these peas are damn good. Dessert offerings include a Seasonal Fruit Pie ($8) and the Fat Elvis Pie ($11), both from Hoosier Mama Pie; if you’re looking for goods made in house (as I always am), you can opt for the Lemon Trifle ($8), chunks of pound cake layered with a sprightly lemon curd, fresh berries and whipped cream in a small glass trifle bowl; a Root Beer Float ($8) or a deep, dark Chocolate Pudding ($8) topped with freshly whipped (and lightly salted) cream. There aren’t many surprises at River Roast. Given the one-two punch of Mantuano and Hogan’s involvement, I expected well-prepared modern comfort food, and that’s exactly what I got. That, plus the added star power of the Chicago River glistening with the reflected light of our beautiful city, will keep this spot hot.
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Dollop Coffee Co. & Hoosier Mama Pie Company DINING
WAKE UP AND SMELL THE
COFFEE BY BELINDA LICHT Y CL ARKE
THE BROTHERS K COFFEEHOUSE The Brothers K has been a local tradition on Main Street in Evanston for nearly 10 years, and it’s still a hub of activity all week long. The beans are supplied by Chicago-based Metropolis Coffee Company, and the walls are adorned with an ever-changing variety of local art. Of course, like any successful business, The Brothers K is committed to upgrading its technology on a regular basis. No, not the Wi-Fi speed, but upgrades to the Italian espresso maker in order to better modulate water pressure and raise the quality of the finished product. 500 Main St., Evanston, 847-328-7940
CAFFEBENE What makes this new Glenview hangout special is that it’s a Korean twist on a European coffeehouse, says
co-owner and manager, Grace Park. In addition to the traditional coffeehouse menu items, such as brewed and espresso coffee drinks, croissants, bagels, muffins, cheesecakes and macarons, Caffebene also has Asianinspired menu items such as misugaru (a sweetened five-grain powder containing barley, black rice, black soybeans, black sesame seeds and brown rice), bubble teas and bingsu (ice parfaits). Design-wise, it’s got a great vibe and, of course, free Wi-Fi. “We have distinctive chandeliers that mimic sparkling stars, and a wall of bookshelves,” Park says. “We’re hoping customers will bring in books, toys or board games to share with other customers. Customers can get a free small coffee or tea when they donate a book, toy or board game to our library.” 1749 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, 224-567-8249
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So long, Starbucks! There are groovier spots on the North Shore and in Chicago to grab a cup of joe, get cozy with a good book or meet a friend.
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DOLLOP COFFEE CO. & HOOSIER MAMA PIE COMPANY Just steps from the Main Street L and Metra stops is Dollop, a combined coffee and homemade pie shop that smells like heaven. While not a huge space, Dollop offers a comfortable couch and long communal tables for chatting, studying or reading. “Alongside our delicious, sweet pies and wonderful Metropolis roasted coffee, you can also get a bit of the unexpected,” says general manager Rachael Barnhart. “Our chicken tomatillo savory pie features a cornmeal crust, bell peppers and salsa verde. We try and feature our baristas’ own concoctions as well, and are currently featuring ‘The Honey Badger,’ made with soy milk, chai concentrate, honey, almond syrup and, of course, espresso.” 749 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-868-8863
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According to owner Kerry Crouch, during the day, Cafe Mustache operates as a coffee shop with free WiFi, sandwiches, soup and a unique selection of house coffee specialties, such as home-brewed chai latte, black pepper fig and vanilla latte or El Jalisco, a latte made with organic agave syrup and cinnamon. In the evenings and on the weekends, the venue transforms into a European-style cafe, serving locally made beer and spirits and presenting an eclectic variety of music, film and literary performances. “I believe that what makes the cultural offerings at Cafe Mustache unique is the fact that my partners, Ralph Darski, James Stieglitz and I have a long history and deep connection to the music and arts scene in Logan Square. As longtime residents of the neighborhood we see the cafe as a longawaited and hard-won opportunity to enrich the creative fabric of Logan Square.” 2313 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, 773-687-9063, cafemustache.com
THE COFFEE STUDIO The baristas at The Coffee Studio in Andersonville take roasting and brewing very seriously. Warm darkwood décor offers a cozy respite on cold winter days and the fresh, locally roasted coffee is worth the trip. Guests can also convene to enjoy wine and craft beers, and for the highly committed, The Coffee Studio sells a wide variety of bean grinders, tea makers, filters, carafes and coffee makers. “At The Coffee Studio, our goal is to make really great quality coffees accessible and approachable,” says Lee Corrina Cano, co-owner along with husband Miguel Cano. “We focus on handcrafting our drinks and snacks with the best coffees in the world and our own house-made ingredients, but we offer them in a friendly warm, modern environment that invites folks to linger and relax.” 5628 N. Clark St., Chicago, 773-2717881, thecoffeestudio.com
THE ROCK HOUSE Where else can you get house-roasted coffee, Barnaby’s Pizza and a great selection of fine wines and craft beers? The Rock House in Wilmette, of course. The company’s president, Chris Karabas, proudly describes the quirky coffee house as enjoying a “schizophrenic personality.” “It’s a great hang because it changes personality throughout the day,” Karabas says. “In the morning, it’s full of people working or meeting with friends. In the afternoons, it’s full of kids taking lessons, hanging out and parents enjoying some wine while they wait. On weekends, it’s an entirely different thing. We host local and touring acts, and the Wilmette residents have really responded to it. It feels more like downtown Chicago or Nashville’s Broadway when the live music is happening.” The Rock House even has a private event space, where customers can host everything from kids’ birthday parties to political fundraisers to full-blown parties for adults. 1150 Central Ave., Wilmette, 847-256-7625
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ENTERTAINMENT | books
BOOKS TO BE THANKFUL FOR B Y K E L LY K O N R A D
It’s the month of Thanksgiving—the annual call for gratitude as we wind down one year and gear up for another. Each year I like to look back at the books I’ve read and pause to consider which ones left a special mark, the ones I would recommend without hesitation. As we head into the holiday season, these are the books for which I am most grateful this year, and would recommend for anyone’s bucket list. Support your favorite independent bookstore including The Book Stall • The Book Bin • Lake Forest Book Store by downloading the free app at KOBO.com/makeitbetter
Bad Feminist Roxane Gay Gay’s collection of essays is everything all at once: touching, funny, witty and thought-provoking. Plus, it’s just smart— whether the topic is privilege, likeability or the ins and outs of competitive Scrabble. She nails it every time.
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Mohsin Hamid This was one of my absolute favorites, not just this year, but maybe in the past decade. Written as a self-help narrative of sorts, what appears to be a young man trying to reach the top of the scurrilous business world is really just a love story that will make you weep.
Mr. Mercedes Stephen King Speaking of smart, King still has it. This taut thriller is about a madman with a thirst for more death and destruction and the retired cop still harboring regret over the cold case that started it all.
This Dark Road to Mercy Wiley Cash This has got Matthew McConaughey written all over it (if it were ever to make it to the silver screen). A one-time baseball prospect, Wade Chesterfield is a father on the run with his two girls, whom he kidnaps after their mother dies of an overdose.
The Unimaginable Dina Silver Every girl needs a little chick lit in her diet, and Silver’s novels never fail to please. But this one, the North Shore resident’s fourth, could just be her breakout hit. And, it’s the first time she’s killed a character. Hang on for an emotional ride.
The Actress Amy Sohn Soapy, gossipy fun that, at the end of the day, does carry a message. How far are you willing to go for love? To make a marriage work? To advance your career? Maddy Freed has a lot to ponder as she takes on the role of wife (and possible beard) to A-lister Steven Weller.
Shotgun Lovesongs Nickolas Butler A great bromance, from the guy’s perspective—enough to give you pause when you think that it’s just the girls that have to cope with adult drama. Your guy may not be as stoic as you thought.
The Book of Unknown Americans Cristina Henríquez This tale of Central and Latin American immigrants looking to the U.S. not for sanctuary, but for hope, has critics raving and is on my bucket list, thanks to a recommendation from Chicago author Rachel Bertsche. “It’s awesome,” she says. “Wonderfully written.”
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ENTERTAIN ME! B Y VA L H A L L E R O F VA L S L I S T I’M SORT OF A NERD. I’d
rather go listen to a speaker than go to a party. I love information–the newer the better. I dig luncheons with a topic or discussion group, speaker series, book clubs, movie groups. I like branching out and looking at things differently. My friends know this about me: When I entertain, the party is secondary; I usually add something else into the mix. One time I invited someone who does Myers-Briggs personality testing, so we all came out knowing way more about ourselves than when we went in. My friend did a party where she brought in a palm and tarot card reader and a handwriting analyst—it was wild. Information is fun and keeps us young. Wouldn’t you rather be the person who says, “teach me how” instead of “that’s not how I do it”? The best party I ever hosted was a dance makeover. I hired a dance instructor and invited 30 friends over to the house. I warned the instructor that she’d be dealing with bad boomer issues like finger-snapping, pointing and other old-school moves. I asked her to first undo those and then bring in four or five new moves that we could remember. We insisted on old disco music. She started us “Soul Train”-style, forming two lines to “Disco Inferno,” dancing down the center to say goodbye to our old moves once and for all. As we enter into another busy holiday season with dinners, gatherings and out-of-town guests, why not entertain with a twist? It doesn’t have to be big. Who knows? Maybe your kids can teach you and grandma how to dance. NOVEMBER SHOWS NOT TO MISS: NOVEMBER 1
AGNES OBEL at Park West (chill date night)
THE WILD FEATHERS at Metro (grab your kids—cool rock)
STEVIE WONDER at United Center (flashback)
PETER BRADLEY ADAMS at SPACE Evanston (chill girls’ night out)
BERNHOFT at Schubas (eclectic fun music night)
‘80S/’90S FLASHBACK JAM at Riviera (flashback) BEN SOLLEE / DARLINGSIDE at SPACE Evanston (must see)
JUDY COLLINS at Genesee Theatre (flashback) NOVEMBER 28
LUCINDA WILLIAMS at Vic Theatre (girl rock for guys)
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ENTERTAINMENT | theater
Nov. 7 – Dec. 14 | Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie 847-673-6300 | northlight.org This murder mystery by Agatha Christie, the best-selling author of all time, is the world’s longest-running play—it’s been going for 62 years on London’s West End. Now, Northlight is springing “The Mousetrap” on North Shore theatergoers. Jonathan Berry directs a cast including Greg Matthew Anderson, Patrick Clear, Joey deBettencourt and Joe Dempsey. If you already know the twist ending, please don’t spoil the fun for everyone else.
THE TESTAMENT OF MARY
NOVEMBER THEATER BY ROBERT LOER ZEL
By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, expect a blizzard of holiday entertainment. But while Santa, Scrooge and George Bailey are waiting in the wings, November offers other sorts of theater: classic stories by Agatha Christie, Louisa May Alcott and Lewis Carroll, as well as a dramatic new perspective on the Virgin Mary.
LITTLE WOMEN: THE MUSICAL
Nov. 7 – 23 | Northwestern University (Josephine Louis Theater), 20 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston | 847-491-7282 communication.northwestern.edu/tic/ Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel about four sisters coming of age during the Civil War became a Broadway musical in 2005, getting mixed reviews. But it bodes well that Dominic Missimi—a professor emeritus at the university who has directed dozens of shows at the Marriott and many other theaters, winning several Jeff Awards—directs this Northwestern production. If anyone can make “Little Women” sing, it’s Missimi.
Opens Nov. 12 | Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago | 312-337-0665 | lookingglasstheatre.org Director-adapter David Catlin’s version of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass” is so popular that Lookingglass just keeps on bringing it back. It’s also one of the most delightful and entertaining shows this group has ever concocted, so this is one rerun that’s welcome. With help from Evanston’s Actors Gymnasium, Lookingglass elevates the surreal stories of Lewis Carroll with acrobatic tricks that heighten the sense of wonder.
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CLASSIC STORIES WARM
Nov. 14 – Dec. 14 | Victory Gardens Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago | 773-871-3000 | victorygardens.org Mary, the mother of Jesus, describes the final years of her son’s life in this drama by acclaimed Irish author Colm Tóibín, who also wrote a novella version of the same story. “It takes its power from the surprises of its language, its almost shocking characterization, its austere refusal of consolation,” The New York Times wrote. The stage version (which was nominated for three Tony Awards, including best play) is making its Midwest premiere at Victory Gardens. The theater’s founding artistic director, Dennis Zacek, stepped down a few years ago, but he’s returning to his longtime home base for this production.
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American Blues Theater (at Greenhouse) “It’s a Wonderful Life” Nov. 21 – Dec. 28 773-404-7336 americanbluestheater.com American Theater Company “The Humans” Nov. 14 – Dec. 21 773-409-4125 | atcweb.org AstonRep (at the Raven Theatre) “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” Through Nov. 22 773-828-9129 | astonrep.com Black Ensemble Theater “At Last: A Tribute to Etta James” Through Dec. 28 773-769-4451 blackensemble.org Chicago Children’s Theatre “Frederick” Through Nov. 16 872-222-9555 chicagochildrenstheatre.org Citadel Theatre “A Christmas Memory” and “The Gift of the Magi” Nov. 21 – Dec. 21 847-735-8554 citadeltheatre.org Court Theatre “Iphigenia in Aulis” Nov. 6 – Dec. 7 773-753-4472 courttheatre.org Drury Lane “Camelot” Through Jan. 4 630-530-0111 drurylaneoakbrook.com First Floor Theater “Matt & Ben” Nov. 16 – Dec. 13 firstfloortheater.com
Goodman Theatre “A Christmas Carol” Nov. 15 – Dec. 28 312-443-3800 goodmantheatre.org Griffin Theatre (at Theater Wit) “Titanic” Through Dec. 7 773-975-8150 | theaterwit.org House Theatre (at the Chopin) “The Nutcracker” Nov. 7 – Dec. 30 773-769-3832 thehousetheatre.com Lifeline Theatre “The Velveteen Rabbit” Through Nov. 23 773-761-4477 lifelinetheatre.com Marriott Theatre “The King and I” Through Jan. 4 “The Wizard of Oz” Nov. 7 – Jan. 3 847-634-0200 marriotttheatre.com The Neo-Futurists “Pseudo-Chum” Through Nov. 22 773-878-4557 neofuturists.org Piccolo Theatre “The Love of Three Oranges: 14th Annual Holiday Panto” Nov. 7 – Dec. 20 847-424-0089 piccolotheatre.com A Red Orchid Theatre “Strandline” Through Dec. 7 312-943-8722 aredorchidtheatre.org Silk Road Rising “The Hundred Flowers Project” Through Nov. 23 312-857-1234 silkroadrising.org
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MAKE A DIFFERENCE
BY MAUR A FL AHERT Y
GI V E T I M E
GI V E T H I NGS
GROW WILDLIFE AND EDUCATE FAMILIES p Garfield Park Conservatory (312) 746- 5100 | garfieldconservatory.org The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the nation’s premier conservatories and offers educational opportunities for both children and families. It hosts a variety of cost-free children’s programs, including the Genius Children’s Garden, an origami open house, field days and scavenger hunts. For adults, there are sessions on growing and composting and urban environmentalism, to name a few. The conservatory needs volunteers to facilitate their education stations, assist with programming and special events, and even help with beekeeping, composting and gardening. If you are someone who enjoys plants or beautiful lush surroundings, or you just likes to get your hands dirty, contact Mattie Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more volunteer information. FIGHT FOR A CURE TO CYSTIC FIBROSIS Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (312) 236-4491 | cff.org The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation leads the world in the fight for a cure to Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that affects nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. Established in 1955, CFF is a donor-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to attacking the disease from every angle. Their goal is to develop new drugs, improve the quality of life for those with CF and ultimately find a cure. Volunteers are key to the foundation’s success. Join a committee, help find sponsors for an event, recruit companies to put together walk teams or volunteer time in the Chicago chapter’s office. To make a monetary donation or learn more information, visit cff.org.
HELP WOMEN FIND EMPLOYMENT q Junior League of Evanston’s Thrift House 847-328-5778 | email@example.com The Thrift House is the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore’s 74-year-old thrift store, located at 920 Chicago Ave. in Evanston. The store specializes in women’s clothing, shoes and accessories and features designer goods, including Cole Haan and Stuart Weitzman. The Thrift House started a project called Fitting Futures in 2009, which helps women who are referred to the Junior League by social service agencies prepare for job interviews. The women receive help getting fitted with professional clothing and choosing matching accessories. Jeanie Kennedy, Thrift House co-chair, says that more than 50 percent of the women they have fitted this year obtained jobs within several months of their fitting. The shop also offers clothing vouchers to its partnering organizations, Mary Lou’s Place and the Youth Job Center of Evanston. The Thrift House is always looking for quality, gently used clothing, furniture and housewares, and all donations are tax-deductible. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-328-5778.
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TREAT MENTAL HEALTH Haven Youth and Family Services 847-251- 6630 | havenforyouth.org Haven fosters the mental health of our community’s youth and their families through prevention, intervention and therapy programs. Haven helps their clients skillfully navigate through adolescence with 24-hour support. Their clinical program has been growing and is in need of art supplies. Please donate paper of all sizes, markers, paints (acrylic or watercolor), both oil and chalk pastels, and gently used action figures for sand-tray therapy. Haven would also appreciate gift cards to Michaels or Dick Blick Art Materials to purchase various art supplies. Donations can be dropped off at 825 Green Bay Road, Ste. 200, Wilmette, between 9:30am and 5pm. For more information, please visit havenforyouth.org.
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GI V E SUPPORT SUPPORT UNDERSERVED CHICAGO SCHOOLS Gale Sayers Foundation 312-214-3999 | galesayersfoundation. com Former NFL Hall of Famer and Chicago Bear Gale Sayers heads a foundation dedicated to identifying and supporting underserved Chicago Public Schools. The foundation focuses on supporting schools that are achieving positive student outcomes despite their limited financial resources. Made up of education reform advocates, financial supporters and partners to schools, the Sayers Foundation is determined to better prepare students for colleges and careers in an increasingly technology-driven economy. The organization is looking for volunteers willing to help with fundraising, event planning or advocacy. Monetary donations are accepted on the Gale Sayers website. For more information, visit galesayersfoundation.com FUND EFFECTIVE NONPROFITS A Better Chicago 312-674-7090 | abetterchicago.org A Better Chicago finds, funds and scales effective nonprofits that put low-income Chicagoans on track to attend college and succeed in their careers. The organization focuses on early childhood development, K-12 education and workforce development. The organization hosts an annual competition called Project Impact, which will host its finals November 13 at VenueSIX10. The competition awards three of Chicagoâ€™s most innovative, early-stage nonprofits with a prize of $200,000, along with management support. Tickets to the event cost $20. For more information on the event, contact Colleen Pratt at email@example.com, or call 312-674-7063. To make a monetary donation or for more information, please visit abetterchicago.org.
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MAKE A DIFFERENCE | better makers
BETTER MAKERS AND THEIR IMPACT 1
ADLER PLANETARIUM WOMEN’S BOARD
Celestial Ball September 13, 2014 The Adler, Chicago $1.5 million raised
Make It Better was the media sponsor of this event.
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SHOWN IN PHOTOS: (1) Honoree Scott Swanson of Chicago, Adler President Michelle Larson of Evanston and Joe Lower of Lake Forest; (2) Lori Lennon and Donald Lynch, both of Lake Forest; (3) Dr. Robert Mcmillan and his wife, Lorel, of Glencoe; (4) Sarah Fritz of Wilmette with Maris Harrington of Winnetka; (5) Monies will support the Adler’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and outreach programs.
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MAKE A DIFFERENCE | better makers
PHOTOS BY JOHN REILLY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER WOMEN’S BOARD
SHOWN IN PHOTOS: (1) America’s Next Top Model Cycle 8 winner Jaslene Gonzalez of Chicago; (2) Chicago Blackhawks Bryan Bickell, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marcus Kruger; (3) IMAGINE fashion show Chair Gloria Masterson of Kenilworth and President Rush University Medical Center Women’s Board Catherine King of Winnetka; (4) Kathleen Dwyer, Kendall Wirtz and Brendan Murphy, all of Chicago.
Make It Better was the media sponsor of this event.
AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS
Annual Gala September 23, 2014 Navy Pier $4.5 million raised
PHOTOS BY DAN REST AND ROBERT CARL
88th Annual Fashion Show, IMAGINE October 2, 2014 Morgan Manufacturing, Chicago $500,000 raised
SHOWN IN PHOTOS: (1) After School Matters Gala Honorary Co-Chairs Amy Rule and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and School Matters CEO Mary Ellen Caron all of Chicago; (2)After School Matters Board Chair Mellody Hobson of Chicago with an After School Matters teen; (3) Chicago teens in After School Matters programs are joined by (from left) Bank of America Illinois President Tim Maloney, After School Matters Board Chair Mellody Hobson, George Lucas and After School Matters CEO Mary Ellen Caron; (4) Teens in After School Matters Vocal Arts Ensemble perform.
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SHOWN IN PHOTOS: (1 ) Giving Rocks Foundation’s Planning Committee ; Front Row: Sydney Martin, Judi Weinstein, both of Wilmette; Middle Row: Marty Zitlin, Danny Schuman, both of Wilmette, Jessica Bernstein of Chicago, Laurie Fisher of Wilmette, Lisa Sandlow Imber of Glencoe, Kathy Breitowich of Michigan, Karen Shoshana and Nancy Zitlin both of Wilmette; Back row: Wendy Schuman of Wilmette, Billy Schreiber of Chicago, Cary Weinstein, Brad Martin, Tracy Martin all of Wilmette; (2) Brad Martin of Wilmette, Dr. Kenneth McClain of Texas Children’s Cancer Center; (3) Sydney Martin poses with brothers Trenton Genke and Nathanael Genke, all of Wilmette. Nathanael is also an LCH survivor.
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Day at the Races September 14, 2014 Arlington International Racecourse, Arlington Heights $135,000 raised SHOWN IN PHOTOS: (1) Museum President Fritzie Fritzshall of Buffalo Grove; (2) Museum Vice President Aaron Elster of Lincolnshire, Museum board member Harvey Saltzman, Michael Saltzman, both of Skokie, Museum Director of Finance and Accounting Eric Schwager of Northbrook; (3) Museum docent Rita Mathias of Buffalo Grove, Asha Goldstein of Riverwoods, Museum Associate Director of Development Jessica Lindholm of Park Ridge; (4) Children at the Illinois Holocaust Museum Education Center.
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Rock the Beach September 14, 2014 Gilson Beach, Wilmette $50,000 raised
PHOTOS BY MARIAH D. SMITH
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EVANSTON REBUILDING WAREHOUSE
IS BUILDING A BETTER WORLD
B Y CO CO K E E VA N
These days, all Lou Dickson is missing is her superhero cape. But if you give her enough time, she can fashion one from the materials she has stored in her Evanston ReBuilding Warehouse. SINCE MAY 2011, THE EVANSTON ReBuilding
Warehouse (ERW) has diverted tens of thousands of tons of construction material away from landfills by repurposing them for future use. Today, Dickson and her team of volunteers operate an 11,000-square-foot
warehouse at Evanston’s west end, storing usable materials from deconstructed and renovated buildings. Dickson worked as a general contractor for more than 20 years, specializing in restoring pre-1920s homes. Increasingly frustrated with turning usable materials from projects to the dumpster, she began salvaging and storing quality resources. She opened the warehouse just six months after her last job as a contractor, and, with the help of a three-year Root2Fruit capacity building grant from the Evanston Community Foundation; ERW is now an entirely self-sufficient nonprofit. In addition to keeping building materials from the waste stream, ERW is committed to improving the lives of local residents as well. With Dickson’s background in contracting and a steady stream of dedicated volunteers, ERW is able to act as a subcontractor for remodeling jobs or partial stripping of homes set for deconstruction. Through its green jobs training initiative, the Evanston ReBuilding Workforce, ERW offers multiple job training programs for individuals struggling with employment, including a seven-month long comprehensive training course in deconstruction. By using the ERW warehouse as a “learning laboratory,” participants receive on-the-job training they can put to good use doing deconstruction work in North Shore homes. The curriculum teaches not only the hard skills of deconstruction but also trains individuals to secure and keep jobs by addressing the behavioral, educational and physical health challenges one might face. For their first month, trainees work side-by-side with trained profes-
PHOTOS COURTESY OF EVANSTON REBUILDING WAREHOUSE
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Inside the Evanston ReBuilding Warehouse
sionals to learn the necessary skills before embarking on six months of on-the-job mentor training. “One of the things I am most proud of is our workforce training,” Dickson says. “We have conducted two classes in warehousing, with most of the trainees getting jobs. We have now embarked on a new workforce training in deconstruction with trainees that have significant barriers to employment and are chronically unemployed or underemployed.” To date, ERW has conducted three workforce training classes, including two in collaboration with Evanston’s Connections for the Homeless; all of the attendees were formerly or presently homeless, low-income or ex-offenders. Seventy percent of recent trainees are now working successfully. Evanston ReBuilding Workforce has grown into a collaborative community effort with other Evanston partners, including McGaw YMCA, Howard Area Community Center, Youth Job Center and Opportunity Advancement Innovation, Inc. Dickson hopes the building material reuse warehouse and its unique approach will continue to grow as Evanston does. “Deconstruction and reuse of building materials is still quite a
new concept in this area,” she says. “Basically, it’s where recycling was 20 or 25 years ago.” The warehouse additionally hosts education workshops for contracting professionals, including education on Cook County’s new mandatory Debris Diversion Ordinance; continuing education for architects focused on restoring brick and mortar; and various do-it-yourself workshops for residents. ERW is also available to help residents understand how to take a house down or remodel, while still keeping materials out of landfills. In the market for a renovation? Stop by the Evanston ReBuilding Warehouse at 2101 Dempster St., Evanston, and shop its treasure trove of unique, quality building materials, ranging from the late 19th century to brand new, at affordable prices. Or consider donating your used materials; donations of viable materials qualify for a tax reduction. For more information about volunteer opportunities, call the Evanston ReBuilding Warehouse Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 847-864-9246. “And if anyone has a lift-gate truck to donate,” Dickson adds, “we wouldn’t stop smiling for months.”
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PUMPKIN, PECAN AND CRANBERRY RUGELACH Makes 4 dozen (Adapted from Ina Gartenâ€™s basic Rugelach recipe)
1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup light brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1 cup pecans, finely chopped
8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature) 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter (room temperature) 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup pumpkin butter (American Spoon Foods makes a yummy one) 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon milk for egg wash 3 tablespoons sugar combined with 1 teaspoon cinnamon (for sprinkling) Powdered sugar (to finish)
1. Cream the cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, until light. Add granulated sugar, salt and vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour and mix until just combined. 2. Dump dough out onto a well-floured board and roll it into a ball. Cut ball in quarters, wrap each piece in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 hour. 3. Combine all ingredients for filling in a small bowl and set aside. 4. On a well-floured board, roll out one of the dough quarters into a 9-inch circle.
5. Spread the dough with 2 tablespoons of pumpkin butter and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of reserved filling, pressing filling lightly into the dough. 6. Cut the circle into 12 equal wedges by cutting circle into quarters, then each quarter into thirds. Starting with the wide outside edge, roll up each wedge. 7. Place cookies, points tucked under, on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Chill for 30 minutes. 8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush each cookie with egg wash, then sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack and let cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
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