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FABULOUS AUTUMN GARDENS 9 MOST GORGEOUS CHICAGO RESTAURANTS 5 TIPS FOR WOULD BE ENTREPRENEURS FASHION: STYLISH FALL LOOKS FOR WORK INTRODUCING SHOP FOR GOOD

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2015 Coffee & Networking 8:00 A.M.–9:00 A.M. • Program 9:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M.

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Join us for a comprehensive one-day seminar full of tips, tools and practical advice to get you started, and successfully on your way.

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SPEAKERS 1. GETTING HIRED

The Insider Advantage To Building Your Personal Network Sheila Nielsen, Author, “Job Quest: How to Become the Insider Who Gets Hired”

2. LINKEDIN

Come Alive on LinkedIn Theresa Sullivan, LinkedIn Expert; Founder, Wayfinder Advisors

3. THE SECRET RECIPE OF A WINNING RESUME Creating a Resume That Best Tells Your Story Aileen Baxter, Career Coach, Joblink

4. USING TWITTER FOR A POWERFUL JOB SEARCH Gieriet Bowen and Kendra Olvany, Co-Founders, Up n Running

5. LUNCH: KEYNOTE ADDRESS

The Real Deal on Who’s Hiring, Re-engage and Re-enter the Workforce Kathy Roeser, Managing Director and Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley

6. HR INTERVIEW ROLE PLAY

An Engaging Role Play to Highlight Effective Interview Preparation to Land Your First-Choice Job Katy Hansell, Founder, katyhansell.com

7. CAREER GALLERY

A gathering of resources to help you plan a successful job search. Professional headshots provided to all guests.

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INTRODUCING

SHOP FOR GOOD

#MIBSHOPFORGOOD Shop outstanding community businesses online and 10% of your purchase will benefit carefully vetted nonprofits. You want your spending power to do as much good as possible. We make this easy. MIB SHOP FOR GOOD: THE MORE YOU SHOP, THE MORE GOOD YOU DO.

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THE PERFECT CHEESEBOARD Turn to page 66

FEATURES

PHOTO BY KERRI SHERMAN; CHEESE PROVIDED BY WHOLE FOODS EVANSTON/GREEN BAY ROAD FOOD STYLING BY JULIE CHERNOFF

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Modern Twist

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How to Design a Home That’s Made for Entertaining By Genevieve Lill

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Get Organized! Home Experts Spill Their Secrets By Gabrielle Tasiopoulos

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By Julie Chernoff

In the Details: 10 Easy Ways to Bring a Room to Life

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Fall Yards: Landscaping Tips for Autumn and Beyond By Pamela Rothbard

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How to Throw the Perfect Dinner Party

Say Cheese! Building a Beautiful Cheese Platter

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5 Entertaining Trends to Try Now By Britni Berg

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Fashion: Dressed for Success By Meghan Streit

By Amber Gibson

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DEPARTMENTS FAMILY & TRAVEL

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How to Raise a Reader By Shannan Younger

78  3 Cities for the Ultimate Girls Getaway

By Jenny Muslin

A BETTER YOU

77  5 Questions for Would-Be Entrepreneurs

By Pamela Rothbard

92  8 Great Beauty Products Made with Algae

By Jenny Muslin

94  Bold & Beautiful: How to Wear Black Eyeliner at Every Age

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96  4 Online Workouts Worth the Sweat

By Jenny Muslin

98  Can 36 Questions Reignite a Relationship?

By Cortney Fries

DINING & ENTERTAINMENT

100 Firefly Kitchen Lights Up Wilmette

By Julie Chernoff

102 The 9 Most Gorgeous Chicago Restaurants By Rachel Brown Kulp

106 Eye Candy: 8 Books for Interior Design Addicts

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107 7 Binge-Worthy TV Shows

By Pamela Rothbard

108 Fall Footlights

By Robert Loerzel

110 Q&A with Mary Zimmerman

By Robert Loerzel

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92 IN EVERY ISSUE

20 Founder’s Letter 22 You Said It 24 Online 26 Real Estate News 28 Fresh 30 Recommended Events

& Event Listing 112 Give Time, Give Support 122 Closing Thoughts

MAKE BETTERS

In our August/September issue, we made several errors and would like to correct the record. We deeply regret these errors: • The correct phone number for Andreas Hogue Salon is 847-272-1616 • Mariano’s, voted the Best Grocery Store of 2015, has locations in Chicago, Glenview, Northfield, Northbrook and Skokie • Get Dwell, Best Handyman of 2015, is a four-time Best Of winner • ENAZ, winner of Best Accessories Store of 2015, was left off of the Best of Shopping page. The boutique has locations in Highland Park, Northfield and Libertyville. BLANKET CAPE AVAILABLE AT ENAZ

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114 Better Makers and Their Impact 120 One-Stop Shop for Sensory Support

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FOUNDERS’S LET TER

Welcome to our annual Home and Entertaining issue. Home is where the heart is, so, of course, this magazine was produced with great heart by our talented staff. We hope you find ideas and inspiration for your own home and entertaining on these pages. As always, this issue also addresses many other aspects of a well-lived life in our community, including the the seven (sort of) Fs—family, finances, fitness, food, fashion, fun and philanthropy.

If you missed Susan’s Aug. 25 CNBC appearance during which she discussed impact investing, please see MAKEITBETTER.NET/CNBC

IMPACT LIVING BY SUSAN B . NOYE S

Having a fine home to live in is a good thing. Having a home filled with the love of family and friends is even better. Helping families in need find shelter and security is perhaps best. That’s why everything we publish is designed to help you live with maximum impact—to make your life, as well as the lives of others, better. We’re particularly delighted that this issue also officially launches our Shop For Good—an e-commerce platform that provides businesses with a powerful digital marketplace to connect with our philanthropic audience. Ten percent of every online purchase benefits one of our carefully vetted nonprofit partners. Most appropriately, the first Shop For Good beneficiary is Kohl Children’s Museum, which celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. Make It Better is proud to be the media sponsor of the museum and, to complement the month-long online event, has also organized a day of shopping in Glenview stores on Nov. 2. Please join us online and in stores to support the museum. This is impact living and publishing at its best. We’re honored that you participate by reading this magazine, visiting our website and supporting our other initiatives. We are committed to helping you achieve maximum impact with your time, talents, and dollars, too. Thank you.

MONEY RAISED FOR NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS: $4,288,202

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A reader’s take on Make It Better’s sponsored content: “I would like to comment on the Make It Better magazine policy of disguising ads by labeling them ‘sponsored content.’ Make it Better magazine has an inspirational mission of philanthropy and giving back, and I hate for this purpose and reader trust to be underminded [sic] by tricky labeling. If something is a paid advertisement it should be labeled as such, and if ‘sponsored content’ is somehow different than a paid ad, this distinction should be clearly evident to the reader… I looked through the August issue and could not find any definition of ‘sponsored content.’ I realize that this editorial policy is not unique to Make it Better, and I am in the process of sending a similar letter to others. “ —Elizabeth Brown

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5 recipes that local chefs cook at home As you entertain this fall, impress your guests with recipes like Osteria Via Stato Chef David DiGregorio’s Panzanella Salad (pictured), Piccolo Sogno and Piccolo Sogno Due Chef Tony Priolo’s Ragu di Bolognese, and Pasta Broccoli Lemon Cream Sauce from House 406’s Jennifer Eisen.

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7 Local Designers You Need to Know About Hiring a Nanny? You Need to Read This!

the unexpected fabric you’ll be wearing this fall Make a statement at your next gathering with pleather—yes, pleather! Find a few of our favorite pleather pieces and tips for wearing the fabric at u MAKEITBETTER.NET/FALLFABRIC

6 local musicians you should listen to now The Chicago area is teeming with young talent, including Winnetka’s Leah Capelle and Glenbrook South grad John Splithoff, and you’ll want to start listening to their music ASAP. You might even find a new addition for your dinner party playlist (page 61). u MAKEITBETTER.NET/MUSICIANS

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North Shore’s POST-ACUTE Care Leader

COVER CREDITS Photography by Megan Chaffin Styling by Nest Designs Inc. Slate 2-Tiered Cake Stand and 3-Tiered Cake Stand available from Maze Home (price upon request) A special thanks to Ted and Amy Langan for allowing us to shoot their A. Perry Homes designed home in Lake Forest.

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4.0% The amount the median home price grew in the same region in July 2015 versus July 2014

BY THE NUMBERS % 9.6% The jump in the number of homes sold in the greater Chicago area, including Lake and Cook Counties, in July 2015 versus July 2014

Source for both stats: Illinois Association of Realtors

THE WORD ON THE STREET “We call it ‘the HGTV trend.’ If you expect to get top dollar for your home, it better be in fabulous condition. People want move-in ready homes.” —Paul O’Rourke, Coldwell Banker Senior Vice President, Downtown Chicago and the North Shore

“It’s a buyer’s market… The homes that need very little work move the fastest. If your home’s not been recently updated, I suggest making the price much more compelling.” —Susan Maman, @properties Agent, Glencoe, Winnetka and the North Shore

ON THE MARKET Historical Tudor in Lake Forest This six-bedroom thatch-roof Tudor was built in 1898 by Myron Hunt, who later moved to Los Angeles and built such notable structures as the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. In 1921, Cyrus

McCormick, the grandson of the man who invented the grain reaper, purchased the property and added the McCormick coat of arms on leaded glass in the front entry. Visit ColdwellBanker.com for more details. Price: $4.2 million

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# W H AT ’ S N E W

BY BRITNI BERG, ANNA CARLSON AND JULIE CHERNOFF

FRÍO Gelato is ‘Artfully Argentine’

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Stio Mountain Studio has now opened its doors in Bucktown, offering a unique mountain life experience through apparel and design. All clothing is created and tested in Jackson Hole, highlighting the authenticity of the brands, and emphasizing the ultimate mountain experience. With selections for men, women and children, Stio Mountain Studio is sure to have something for everyone. STIO MOUNTAIN STUDIO: 1719 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, 773-360-8572, stio.com—BB

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When co-founder Sebastián Koziura started FRÍO Gelato in Evanston, he was looking to recreate the gelato experience of his Argentine childhood. FRÍO’s gelato base is made in-house with hormonefree milk and all natural ingredients; the South American influence is obvious in flavors such as avocado, Malbec with berries, coffee and dulce de leche. Enjoy the handmade creamy gelato in a waffle cone, between two Argentine alfajores cookies, or in a cup with the Argentine version of goldbrick chocolate sauce. Any way you go, it’s delicious. FRÍO GELATO: 517 Dempster St., Evanston, 847868-8767, friogelato.com—JC

Good Grapes Moves to Winnetka

Jewelry With French Flair

Les Néréides, a high-end jewelry brand that originated in the south of France, has opened its first U.S. store in Chicago’s Block 37 shopping center. Les Néréides’ imaginative earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, brooches and charms are made with fine materials like 18-karat gold plated-brass, freshwater pearls, bohemian crystals, handmade glass and semi-precious stones. All of the pieces are handmade and hand-painted, making anything you purchase truly one of a kind. The originality of these designs is also reflected in the store, which features paintings and vintage furniture that will whisk you away to a whimsical world without leaving the Windy City. LES NÉRÉIDES: 108 N. State St., Chicago, 312-255-7042, lesnereides-usa.com—AC 28

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Inside the grape-colored walls of Good Grapes, owner Theresa Lucas offers wines from around the globe. “I taste them all blind,” she says. “I don’t know where they’re from, or who produced them. I make all my buying decisions based on flavor.” Plus, there will be no corkage fee on bottles purchased and consumed on site. Lucas is partnering with Taste on Chestnut across the street to provide nibbles and Ravinia baskets; it’s a symbiotic neighborhood relationship that she relishes. Look for tastings with visiting wine stars in this prime corner location. GOOD GRAPES: 821 Chestnut Court, Winnetka, 847242-9800, goodgrapes.com—JC

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Ravinia District Fall Fest Oct. 2-3 | Along Roger Williams and Dean Avenues and Jens Jensen Park, Highland Park | facebook. com/ravinianeighbors Get in the fall spirit with the Ravinia District’s first Fall Fest, a free event featuring live music, interactive vendors, an instrument petting zoo, drum circles, and barbecue with artisan beer, wine and mule flights. OCT

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Rangers u Oct. 7 | United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago blackhawks.nhl.com Your Best of 2015 pick for Favorite Chicago Professional Sports Team kicks off their 2015-2016 season at home against the Rangers. It all begins with the raising of the team’s championship banner to celebrate last season’s Stanley Cup victory. OCT

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Darius Rucker q Oct. 8 | Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont | rosemont.com/allstate The Hootie & the Blowfish frontman’s solo career is thriving, and he’s bringing his Southern Style Tour—along with David Nail and A Thousand Horses—to Rosemont this month. OCT

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Fifth Annual Morris and Dolores Kohl Kaplan Northwestern Day Oct. 24 | Northwestern University, 633 Clark St., Evanston | chicagohumanities.org This year, the Chicago Humanities Festival’s annual visit to Northwestern is bringing Azar Nafisi (pictured, author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran”), John Merrow (Learning Matters, PBS, NPR), Yotam Ottolenghi (“Plenty”) and more to campus to discuss such topics as imagination, our public education system, and global cuisine. Find a complete list of Chicago Humanities Festival events online. OCT

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April Bloomfield (Tosca, The Spotted Pig) and Paul Kahan (Avec, Big Star), plus Cosmo Goss (The Publican), Dana Cree (Blackbird), Mindy Segal (HotChocolate), Nicole Pederson (chef, Found), Stephanie Izard (Girl and the Goat, Little Goat Diner) and more.

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Re:Work 2015 14 Oct. 14 | Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe makeitbetter.net/rework2015 Thinking about changing careers or re-entering the workforce? Join Make It Better for our seventh annual Re:Work event and hear from local career experts. See pages 4-5 for more info. OCT

Fall Harvest Festival Oct. 17 | Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Road, Glenview glenviewparks.org The fall fun continues with wagon rides, farm activities, harvest food treats, and arts & crafts at Wagner Farm, all for $5. OCT

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HallowFest q Oct. 24-25 | Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe | chicagobotanic.org/hallowfest Walk through the Spooky Forest and the ghostly Model Railroad Garden, ride the Howlin’ Express, discover your future, dance with the Scribble Monsters, take home a pumpkin, and enjoy more Halloween fun at the Chicago Botanic Garden. OCT

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Jay Leno Oct. 29 | Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan geneseetheatre.com If you miss seeing this comedian on latenight TV, catch him in person here. OCT

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“On the Waterfront” 23 Oct. 23 | Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago | cso.org Cinema and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra collide. As you watch Marlon Brando in “On the Waterfront”—the winner of eight Oscars (including Best Picture)—the CSO will play Leonard Bernstein’s original score. OCT

An Evening With David Sedaris Oct. 30 | Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago auditoriumtheatre.org The author of “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” and “Me Talk Pretty One Day” will present an evening of readings and recollections—including unpublished works—and a Q & A session. Stick around for a book signing after the show. OCT

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Harvest Fest Oct. 24 | Westfield Old Orchard, 4905 Old Orchard Center, Skokie westfield.com/oldorchard The seventh annual Harvest Fest will feature kid-friendly activities, including a costume contest and a pumpkin patch. OCT

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OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS BY ANNA CARLSON

“The Tempest” CST’s Courtyard Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago | chicagoshakes.com House of Torment Chicago 8240 N. Austin Ave., Morton Grove houseoftormentchicago.com John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago | steppenwolf.org Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye p Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago | artic.edu “Living in the Age of Airplanes” Navy Pier IMAX Theatre, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago | navypier.com

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Cindy Crawford (Author Event) Oct. 7 Barnes & Noble Old Orchard, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie | barnesandnoble.com Autumn Brews: Seasonal Beer Tasting in the Garden Oct. 8 Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe | chicagobotanic.org Bank of America Chicago Marathon Oct. 11 Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St., Chicago chicagomarathon.com

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Chicago International Film Festival Begins Oct. 15 Various locations, Chicago chicagofilmfestival.com

Hollywood’s Greatest Song Hits Oct. 2-11 Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston | lightoperaworks.org

Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 16 Glenview Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview | glenviewparks.org

Glencoe Harvest Fest/5K Run/ Taste of Glencoe Oct. 3 Kalk Park, 298 Park Ave., Glencoe glencoeparkdistrict.com, gjhp.org, glencoeyouthservices.org

Open House Chicago 2015 Oct. 17-18 Various locations, Chicago openhousechicago.org

“Cinderella” Opens Oct. 4 Civic Opera House, 20 N. Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago | lyricopera.org

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Trains, Tricks & Treats Oct. 17-18 Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe | chicagobotanic.org

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OLPH Holly Fair 2015 Oct. 22-23 OLPH Playdium, 1776 Glenview Road, Glenview | facebook.com/olphhollyfair Pumpkins on the Beach Oct. 23 Tower Road Beach, 899 Sheridan Road, Winnetka | winpark.org

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Grace Potter Solo Show p Oct. 23 The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago | thechicagotheatre.com Local Legends: Franklin and Mark McMahon Oct. 24 Gorton Community Center Theatre, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest | lflbhistory.org

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Joshua Radin Oct. 28-29 SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston evanstonspace.com 100th Annual Haunted House Oct. 30 Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka winnetkacommunityhouse.org Spooky Pooch Parade Oct. 31 Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe | chicagobotanic.org

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Winnetka’s East Elm Wine Walk Oct. 10 Corner of Lincoln and Elm, Winnetka bit.ly/WineWalk2015 YWomen Leadership Awards Oct. 15 Hilton Orrington, 1710 Orrington Ave., Evanston | ywca.org/ywomen2015 An Evening to Imagine Gala Oct. 17 Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview kohlchildrensmuseum.org

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Mary Catherine Hayes (’10) and Sarah McCausland (’13), flourished in New Trier High School’s performing arts programs and dreamed of careers on the stage. Both were known for their vibrant spirits, creativity and passion. Unfortunately though, both died much too early to achieve their dreams. Hayes courageously battled, but lost to, a rare form of liver cancer. McCausland was killed by a drunk driver. Bold decisions by their parents and New Trier’s leadership eventually created a fitting opportunity: Raise $1 million to outfit a black box theatre inside the high school’s current construction project and name it in their memory. Thus was born the “Raise The Stage” campaign to fund the Hayes-McCausland Black Box Theatre. My heart hurts when I think about McCausland and Hayes, even though I never met them. But for the grace of God, these could have been my children. And in a sense, they were. We all share responsibility for the children in our hometowns, and

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we are all better together when we work to heal hurt and build opportunity for future students with projects like the HayesMcCausland Black Box Theatre. The campaign kicked off in August with an evening of live music at Nick’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill in Wilmette. Organized by high school friends of Hayes and McCausland, determined “to honor their unmistakable fire for life,” the event drew hundreds. Sponsors included the New Trier Educational Foundation and the New Trier Performing Arts Association,

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which are committed to ongoing support for the campaign. Among the performers were current and former New Trier students, as well as Evanston singer-songwriter Ava Suppelsa, and Leah Capelle and Elizabeth Lyons, two artists recently featured on our website. Make It Better is proud to be a media sponsor of Raise The Stage and commends our intern Olivia Loucks for chairing the successful launch with Livia Abuls, Bridget Murdoch and Leah Silberman. Future fundraising events are already being planned, and the campaign will also receive proceeds from Make It Better’s ecommerce Shop For Good, just in time for your holiday shopping. Please take advantage of the win/win opportunities to shop online and attend other campaign events, while supporting local businesses, honoring precious lives, and creating opportunity for future students. With your participation, our community is strengthened and we are all better together with love. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CAMPAIGN, PLEASE VISIT RAISETHESTAGE.ORG TO SHOP FOR GOOD PLEASE VISIT MAKEITBETTER.NET/SHOP

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Yes, your home is your castle, but that doesn’t mean you should build a moat around it. Invite people in to share the warmth of a candlelit dinner table or a roaring fire. Bring your rooms to life with color and design, and do the same for your outdoor spaces. Don’t be afraid to entertain; we’ll show you how it’s done.

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An award-winning addition to Evanston’s Ridge Historic District stands out while blending in. BY TATE GUNNERSON | PHOTOS BY TONY SOLURI

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his was my dream come true,” explains Elaine Eisen Heuberger, of the modern three-bedroom home that she shares with her husband, Rich, and their two dogs. “I went to Northwestern and always wanted to live in Evanston,” she explains. “If I’m not going to live in the city, this is the next best thing.” For more than two decades, the couple did live in the city, but over time, they had grown tired of their dark townhome in Chicago’s Little Italy. While searching for lots, Rich stumbled upon a corner lot in Evanston’s Ridge Historic District that was triple the size of the average city lot and far less expensive to boot. “We had been in a townhouse for a long time, and my wife was tired of walls,” Heuberger explains. “Being on the northeast corner gave us the ability to bring light into the house.” To design their new abode, the Heubergers enlisted Dick Freiwald, a close friend and interior designer whom they had worked with in the past, and Paul Audrain, of Audrain Architecture. “We wanted something that worked with the neighboring

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homes but also reflected the fact that it’s a modern house,” Audrain explains. “Rather than getting its character from small ornate details, it gets it from its crisp materiality and the scale of the windows.” The lot’s location in a Historic District forced the designers to devise clever solutions that would address zoning issues while still creating the open, contemporary feeling that the owners envisioned. Although glass walls were not allowed, for example, Audrain was able to incorporate a series of large French doors in the living area that can be opened to the wrap-around front porch. Inside, a two-story living room floods the space with light from the high windows. In the dining area, which is located on the side of the house facing the neighbors, Audrain frosted the glass so that light would flow in without sacrificing privacy. The floors have been coated in epoxy that has been tinted a pale gray-blue, which evokes the feeling of the ocean on a cloudy day, a touch that Elaine envisioned. “We wanted the furniture to appear as if it stood in a shallow pool of water,” Audrain says.

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The floors complement the home’s palette of cool hues, which was put together by Richar, of Richar Interiors. “They wanted icy colors, and I felt that these tones would be very serene and bring the exterior inside,” Richar explains. The designer designed the kitchen and bathrooms, built-in walnut cabinetry and most of the furnishings throughout. “Everything was built for comfort, and that’s the key,” Heuberger says. One of Rich and Elaine’s favorite features is the central walnut staircase that Audrain designed to connect the house’s three levels. “It’s a sculptural statement that also helps to separate the spaces while maintaining an open feeling,” Audrain explains. At the top of the stairs, there is an open loft area with a leather sectional sofa where the couple often spend time. “My wife calls it her tree house,” Rich says. Although there were setbacks and personal losses during the construction, including the death of their friend and designer, Freiwald, the Heubergers are happy that they pushed on and proud that despite the many zoning issues they encountered, their new abode has been recognized for architectural excellence by the city of Evanston. “It took us five years to build our home with one issue after another, so the fact that they recognized it for architectural excellence was a wonderful moment,” Elaine says.

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If you’re ready to move forward, approach the project logically and consider these tips: Create a vision. Gather photos and examples of designs and details you like from magazines, websites and homes you love. That will give you a starting point when you meet contractors. Establish a budget. A reputable builder will respect your budget limitations and alert you to possible cost increases. Be realistic in the beginning. Do your homework. Check out contractor reputations through friends, neighbors and municipalities where they have done work. Inspectors will know the good from the bad! Choose a flexible contractor. You’ll want someone who listens more than sells and can roll with changes along the way.

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HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECT B Y LY N C H C O N S T R U C T I O N C O R P.

If you are considering a home remodeling or renovation project, now could be a good time to start the process. Financing is at historic lows, home values are steady or rising and fall is a perfect time to plan for a spring project start. Many Chicagoans—especially those on the North Shore—opt to renovate their current home rather than move, according to Joan Lynch, principal with Lynch Construction, a well-known construction company based in Lake Bluff. “The key is to design and build the new project so it seamlessly blends into the existing structure,” says Joan. “That’s actually a bigger challenge than building an all-new home.”

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A long-standing reputation for service is important. If you have problems in subsequent years you’ll want a contractor who is responsive. Manage your expectations. Adhere to the process; design, contract, schedule. “It’s important to strike a balance between your vision and the budget,” explains Joan. “In our experience, most cost increases are driven by customers who request more costly materials after the project is underway.” A reputable, professional builder will keep you constantly abreast of the project schedule as well as cost increases due to customer requests. It’s also a good idea to document everything that goes along with the project—including photos, schedules, change orders and invoices. “Working with a builder on a home improvement or historic renovation project is not unlike a marriage,” says Joan. “Open and honest communication is important. The end result should be a big smile every time you enter the room.”

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Most of us can feel it when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in one, but what gives a space its warm, inviting ambiance? To get to the bottom of what makes a space ideal for hosting, we asked several home building and design experts to share their insights with us. Here is what we discovered about creating a space that begs to be filled with guests. OC TOBER 2015

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A “GREAT” ROOM IS NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL

The first step in creating a home that’s ready to host is to determine what a homeowner’s entertaining needs are. “[A great space for entertaining] should be a space that matches your entertaining style,” Tony Perry, architect and president of A. Perry Homes (aperryhomes. com), says. “Some people love elegant cocktail parties in larger spaces, others like a cozy space that exudes comfort. I prefer having rooms that can change the seating arrangement easily to accommodate the event’s needs.” Interior designer Jeannie Balsam (jean( niebalsam.com) and her team quiz new clients about family logistics, as all of these factors influence the size and type of entertaining they do. Empty nesters have different at-home entertaining needs than young parents, for example. Joe Tominaro of Scott Byron & Co. (scottbyron.com), a landscape architecture firm, asks new clients: “What are you looking to accomplish with your outdoor space?” as a means of determining whether the space will be used for relaxing, entertaining or a combination of the two.

SCALE DOES MATTER!

It’s a misconception that having an entertaining-ready home means it needs to be large. In fact, designers advise that it’s the scale that matters more than the size. Think about cartoon dining rooms where two people are sitting, usually uncomfortably, on opposite ends of an epically long table. This is not the environment most of us want to create when hosting guests at home. “Homes become less comfortable when the scale is out of proportion,” Balsam says. “You can have just as much fun or more when you are close together,” Perry agrees. “It is about the right amount of space and scale for your needs,” he says. “Rooms that are too tall feel cold and uninviting.”

IT’S ALL ABOUT FLEXIBILITY AND MULTI-FUNCTIONAL USE “Flexibility is the single biggest change in design in the last 20 years,” Perry says. “Homes need to be designed to accommodate a large party, a small intimate gathering and sometimes just two people.”

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Formal dining rooms have become less popular in recent decades, as homeowners instead opt to create an expanded take on a breakfast nook within their kitchens. And the open floor plan trend means a kitchen space often also includes a comfortable seating area and fireplace as well.

table, in order to encourage family and guests to move about the room and use it in different ways. She recently designed a “keeping room” just off of a client’s kitchen that features a space for dining, reading or playing games as a family as well as hosting guests.

“Sometimes we are foregoing a formal dining space and making the breakfast room into a sunroom with an eating area,” Perry says. “It often has the prettiest view and is best suited for people who entertain casually. By putting out the fancy china and fine linens, this space converts to a dramatic, gorgeous dining space that often can seat many more than a dining room.”

The multi-use trend extends outside as well. Outdoor kitchens are becoming increasingly popular, in part because they serve to keep guests and hosts together.

Mick de Giulio of de Giulio Kitchen Design (degiulio.org) builds many “expanded” kitchen spaces in lieu of formal dining rooms. “In my own kitchen, I have a fireplace, soft seating and great views from a big window that provides lots of natural light,” says de Guilio. “It all relates to the idea of an open plan—having that space include more than just the kitchen and cabinets.” Balsam makes it her mission to get clients to use all the rooms of their home—from living rooms and dining rooms to studies—by making them inviting and multi-functional. A kitchen is no longer just for cooking; it’s also for socializing, entertaining and spending time with family. Dining rooms, if large enough, can have side seating along the walls, in addition to a dining

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“With an outdoor kitchen, you’re able to have a wet bar, as well as built-in ice machines and refrigerators, so there’s no going back and forth for condiments or beverages,” Tominaro says. “The new designs allow you to enjoy the space with your guests.”

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Flexibility is the name of the game when it comes to seating, too. Balsam says she incorporates flexible seating into the first floor designs for a home wherever possible. Think console tables or coffee tables with ottomans or benches tucked underneath, plus well-placed occasional chairs. This strategy eliminates the need to be dependent on folding chairs for guests—although for clients who entertain a lot, she

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does recommend investing in Chiavari chairs, which can be stacked and stored when not in use. “Err on the side of being just short of what the total count might be and have some chairs within easy reach,” Perry advises. “A mix of sofas, chairs, benches and ottomans will give everyone an option.” De Giulio says he incorporates a comfortable seating area and counter stools into nearly all of the kitchens he designs. “People want to be engaged,” he says. “And not feel like the kitchen is separated into a work area while everyone else is in another area of the house.”

SETTING THE MOOD

Music is one way to bring energy to a party and to tie several different spaces together, so the designers recommend investing in a sound system that connects rooms inside and outside. Perry notes that lighting is an oftenoverlooked element. “A balance of direct and indirect lighting with dimmers can achieve a multitude of desired effects,” he advises, noting that homeowners should not forget to use outdoor lighting to set the mood al fresco as well. All of the designers mentioned the importance of having ample space to store items used for entertaining, such as platters and serving ware—either in a separate room like a butler’s pantry or within a sideboard. Nothing can put a hitch in plans to entertain like an overwhelming sense of clutter, and that’s where having the right kind of storage throughout the house can help. Layering is also important when it comes to the design details of a space. “It’s all about layering to make it inviting,” Balsam says. “Mixing soft fabrics with leathers, adding mirrors and metals, and finding the right mix of all that. Layering draws people in and makes them feel comfortable and invited.” Most importantly, Balsam notes, is for homeowners to create a home space that gives them the confidence to entertain, even at the last-minute, so that they never miss the opportunity to create beautiful memories with family and friends.

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COUNTRY CLASSICS

Country Classics brings the best in women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, accessories and gifts to the area. They offer a wide assortment of personalized items, and the largest selection of Lilly Pulitzer in the North Shore. They also collaborated with Lilly Pulitzer to create an exclusive limited edition printed Chicago Murfee Scarf! 847-998-4644 | shopcountryclassics.com

MANDARINE

Interior Design Firm and Retail Home Furnishings Boutique offering furniture, lighting, bedding, pillows, accessories, jewelry and gifts. We specialize in Transitional Design and provide full service interior design. 224-432-5906 | mandarinehome.com

IRISH CONNOISSEUR

The Irish Connoisseur has been one of Glenview’s emerald treasures for over 29 years, filling their shop with Waterford Crystal, Belleek China, wooly handmade sweaters and celtic jewelry. 847-998-1988 | IrishIrish.com

BIKRAM YOGA NORTH SHORE

Feel amazing as you sweat, and build strength and flexibility. Designed to work all systems of your body, you don’t need any yoga experience (or flexibility) to join us! 847-998-6030 | bikramnorthshore.com

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We specialize in Unique, High-end Consignment Furniture. Ranging from one-of-a kind furniture to designer pieces. Along with furniture, we carry fashion accessories, candles, and home decor. 224-616-3258 | twistedtrunkglenview.com

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Vintage Nest is where you’ll find one of a kind home furnishings mixed in with vintage inspired accessories for the home, clothing and jewelry for a truly eclectic mix. 847-834-0287 | vintagenest.net

MINGLE JUICE BAR

Mingle is an oasis of clean, healthy eating with a penchant for unique and tantalizing flavors. Come feed your cells with our cold pressed juices, smoothies, acai bowls, soups, salads. 847-834-0659 | minglejuicebar.com

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THE CURRAGH RESTAURANT & PUB

The Curragh has earned a reputation across Chicago’s north suburbs as the destination for amazingly crafted, contemporary American and Traditional Irish food as well as a great bar experience. 847-998-1100 | CurraghGlenview.com

PINOT’S PALETTE THE GLEN

Paint. Drink. Have Fun. Plan a girls night, holiday party, birthday, date night or team outing at our studio and leave with a masterpiece. Ask about our private party room. 847-730-5972 pinotspalette.com/theglen

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Vibrato Boutique brings the world of fashion to the North Shore with an extensive collection of cool and beautiful wearables—two locations each with their own unique style. 847-510-2081 vibratoboutique.com

ROCKET FIZZ

Rocket Fizz has the largest selection of candy and soda ever found in one store. Hundreds of sodas from microbreweries all over the world and almost every candy ever made. 224-661-3142 | rocketfizz.com

STELLA315

We offer everything from casual California chic to contemporary New York chic. Carrying a variety of designers from Free People, Splendid, Cupcake & Cashmere, Olive&Oak, Sanctuary, BB Dakota and more. 847-657-0315 facebook.com/ shopstella315

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BY GABRIELLE TASIOPOULOS

Getting your home organized (finally!) doesn’t have to be overwhelming—as long as you use strategies that actually work. Experts share their top tricks for keeping busy families (and their homes) running smoothly.

Jeannie Balsam Design LLC jeanniebalsam.com, Winnetka, 847-441-5228 “Garages are underutilized and under-designed. When properly designed they can bring the organization of cumbersome or seasonal items to a whole new level. This past spring I worked with Will Green at Star Closets (starclosets.com) and completely transformed my attached garage. We approached the design like any other room in my home. We started by applying a multi-

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colored ‘flaked’ epoxy flooring that is beautiful, functional and extremely easy to clean with a hose. Then we painted the walls, trim and ceiling to match in a deep gray. Greens’s design incorporated amazing solutions like the ceiling-mounted Garage Gator (garagegator.com) for bikes and golf clubs (off-season) and ceiling-mounted wire racking systems for organized bins with Halloween and holiday decorations.”

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Mariani Landscape marianilandscape.com, Lake Bluff, 847-234-2171 “Start with making sure that everything has its own place. That way you will always know if something is missing or being used at the moment. When working out in the yard, use a tool belt or basket. That way you will know what you brought out to the yard with you from the garage or the shed, and you can then make sure you bring it all back with you.

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Wrap your tool handles in colorful tape or fabric. This not only makes them more comfortable to handle, but makes them easy to find in the yard if they are dropped instead of the usual green or wood handles that blend into the landscape.”

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Professional Organizer, The Art of Organization artoforganization.org, 847-971-1090 Monto’s favorite acronym is SPACE: S—Sort P—Purge A—Assign C—Contain E—Equalize “We can think about organizing all day long, but until we take action, it doesn't get done. A professional organizer helps you [take action], and you learn tips and techniques along the way. My clients say they can hear my voice when they are going through things after working together.”

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Hester Painting & Decorating hesterdecorating.com, Skokie, 847-677-5130 “Since many people have leftover touch-up paint from their paint projects over the years, it is a great idea to keep that supply of paints organized. Keep a file on your computer with a list of the colors and products used for each room and label each can with the room name. If you don’t organize everything like this, once you or your painter go to use the touch up paints, there is a good chance you won’t know exactly where each paint goes.”

A. Perry Homes aperryhomes.com, Winnetka, (847) 440-5400 “Create a junk mail trap in your mudroom. Have a crosscut micro-shredder and a garbage can nearby to dispose of credit card offers and other junk mail that contains personal information. Or stock up the junk mail in a drawer and let one of your kids shred it, they seem to love it and it will occupy them for at least 30 minutes a week!”

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Chief Horticulture Officer, Chalet Landscape, Nursery & Garden Center chaletnursery.com, Wilmette, 847-256-0561 “Multi-functionality is important when it comes to staying organized—why have three things when you can have one? We love the versatility of the Gardman Garden Kneeler & Seat. It’s a seat and kneeler that’s great for working outside in the garden or lawn, plus you can bring it along to kids’ sporting events and other events for a more comfortable spectator experience."

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BY RACHEL BROWN KULP

Layers bring a room to life. Without them, even the most beautiful space will remain a soulless showroom full of things. It’s like setting a table with gorgeous linens, fine china and spectacular centerpieces, and then skipping the food. After many hours spent poring over images of stunning interiors that nail it, we discovered ten small details that breathe life into your living space.

2. BOOKS 1. FRAMED ARTWORK

Whether stacked on tables or aligned on shelves, books imbue a room with a sense of possibility. They are reminders of your child’s bedtime stories, your favorite recipes and blissful beach vacations. And their physical structures lend a kind of architecture to whatever space they fill.

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4. FRESH FLOWERS

Bare walls suggest a temporary space. Don’t make your guests wonder if you’re on the lam! Framed artwork makes a space feel complete and creates visual depth.

Photos are records of your experiences, so don’t let them languish on a hard drive: print them, frame them, display them.

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Any natural element will add life to a room—literally, in the case of plants. Fresh flowers are the ultimate luxury: simple, ephemeral and sensual. Whether subtle or extravagant, flowers are like a little love note to your room and the people in it.

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5. LAMPS

No matter how good your recessed lighting, a room needs lamps. A few lamps scattered around carve out intimate spaces and create a dynamic environment where light bounces off of reflective surfaces, illuminates corners and casts shadows.

6. PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

Make sure your home is filled with things you love! A well-designed space is never complete without your personal history laced throughout. So put out the bookends you got in the flea market in Paris and put your feet up on that antique stool from grandma’s house. These objects will give your rooms a rich, storied patina and become meaningfully intertwined with your daily life.

7. A LITTLE CLUTTER

Nothing brings a home to life like living. Highend retailers plant newspapers, hooded sweatshirts and kids' toys in their showrooms to give them a whiff of humanity, and you don’t even have to try! A little clutter gives a good-looking room an effortless quality, like wearing your date’s jacket over your evening gown.

8. A POP OF COLOR

Like a shot of espresso, color is energizing. There are so many ways to use it—all of them vitalizing. Repeat the same shade in a tonal range for a bold look, employ the spectrum for a cheerful and dynamic space, or let a single pop of color be the exclamation point in an understated room.

9. SURPRISE!

A clever little niche that creates a shrine to the dog’s dish, a portrait where a mirror should be, a pair of baseball stadium seats in a terribly elegant entryway. Don’t take your décor too seriously. It’s the unexpected and often humorous touches that delight.

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10. CREATURE COMFORTS

Even the prettiest place can look sterile if it’s not stocked with some inviting amenities. A cozy throw draped over the arm of a sofa or a plush pile of embroidered pillows welcome you to settle in and get comfortable. They make your home a space for living, not just for looking!

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BY PAMELA ROTHBARD

Crisp weather may signal the end of summer, but it shouldn’t mean the end of enjoying your outdoor space. It’s easy to overlook fall landscaping while we’re reeling in hoses and storing ceramic pots for cooler months, but autumn brings our most vibrant colors and our best opportunity to prepare for the seasons ahead. 56 OC TOBER 2015

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Dream in color. Fall and jewel tones are natural partners—gold, crimson, orange and even bright white. Myers suggests fall annuals like mums, pansies and snapdragons. Also consider Sundrops, which fire up in October, or plants with contrasting colors like pink and purple. “Perennial geranium foliage turns a brilliant orange,” says Craig Bergmann, owner of Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc.“Another big statement maker is the yellow fall color of Blue Star, which pairs well with the lower growing October Skies Aster.”

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Fill in empty spots. Bare spots in your landscape can distract from more showy offerings. Myers says you can fill in vacant spots with pumpkins or blue Hubbard squash. Or, use elevated pots to add vertical interest to your garden. In addition, changing potted plantings seasonally can keep your garden fresh and current. “Consider texture and color when planting,” says Charles Hyams, senior landscape architect at Scott Byron & Co. “Mix ornamental trees and shrubs with pots and containers.”

PLAN AHEAD FOR WINTER AND SPRING

CREATE A BEAUTIFUL FALL GARDEN

Plant trees, shrubs and bulbs. “Plant all perennial plants by October 1,” Bergmann says. “Don’t be swayed by the year-end perennial sales around Halloween. Planting later prevents the plant from having enough time to establish.” Also, plant bulbs in the fall for spring blooms. “Consider how perennial and annual beds are arranged—plant spring bulbs, then fall annuals on top,” Hyams says.

“I like to leave my disease-free perennial plants stand for winter—dried hydrangea, cone flowers, and hosta seed heads,” says Melinda Myers, gardening expert, author and host of the “How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening for Everyone” DVD set. “They add texture and birds feed on them, so it brings motion and color to your garden.”

Prune bushes and trees. Get rid of dead or damaged branches first, and then move on to those that are wilted or diseased. Choose your cuts by the desired effect. Specifically, shorten a stem for increased branching and remove whole stems and limbs to make a plant smaller. Avoid over-pruning young trees so as not to slow their growth.

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Edit what you’ve got Get rid of failing plants in late summer, but hold onto healthy ones. Research shows that if you leave your perennials out for winter, they’ll grow heartier.

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Keep watering plants. Give ample water to your plants. Dry spells in late October and November can still impact evergreens; water weekly until a hard freeze. “This helps them make it through the winter, and is particularly true for evergreens,” Bergmann says.

Current fall landscape trends include expanded use of gardens to grow more edibles later in the season. Lettuce, beets and radishes should be started in the fall, while root crops come due for harvest before snow falls. Another trend is to extend the use of your yard into cool weather with fire pits, fire tables and sophisticated barbeque grills. However you use your outdoor space, don’t give up on it once summer ends or you’ll miss out on one of our most beautiful seasons.

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FALL LANDSCAPE TRENDS

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HOW TO THROW THE

PERFECT DINNER PARTY There’s something so special about gathering friends and family around your dinner table. Good food, candlelight, the right music, stimulating conversation and plenty of laughter—those are the ingredients for a great dinner party. To make your next soirée really memorable (and enjoyable for you!), we asked a few gracious hostesses around the world for their tips on how they make it look so easy. BY AMBER GIBSON

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A BIT OF BUBBLY

In the heart of Burgundy, France, an American mother-daughter duo has been hosting dinner parties you only wish you could score an invite to. The Cook’s Atelier is an epicurean center, cooking school and wine shop in historic Beaune, run by Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini. They recommend beginning any party with a glass of chilled bubbly (we couldn’t agree more!) and a Burgundian classic, gourgères (savory, cheesy pastry puffs).

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PLAN AHEAD

Parties thrown by excellent hostesses appear effortless—but they’ve been working behind the scenes. Taylor says to spread out the tasks over the course of several days. “Menu planning and shopping can be done early in the week, but save the few important details, like flower sourcing or fresh bread, to the day of your dinner party,” she says. “Set the table the night before and make sure your glassware is clean and

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CREATE A PERFECT DINNER-PARTY PLAYLIST B Y VA L H A L L E R O F VA L S L I S T

Music is an extra ingredient that can spice up a dining experience. However, it needs to be just a pinch of background music or it can ruin the meal as easily as overdone meat, spilled milk or a fallen soufflé. How many times have you been to a restaurant or party where the music trumps everything else? My tip is: Turn it down. Even if your background music is subpar, having it at a low level can fill the room deliciously, making the evening cozy.

LEON BRIDGES

SAMPLE DINNER PARTY PLAYLIST 1. "EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING" BY GABRIEL GARZON-MONTANO

6. "I-69" BY ROMAN GIANARTHUR

2. "PREACHERMAN" BY MELODY GARDOT

8. " CONFESSIONS (FEAT. LELAND WHITTY)" BY BADBADNOTGOOD

7. "THREE" BY TRENTINO

3. "COMING HOME" BY LEON BRIDGES p 4. "NOWHERE TO RUN" BY MY BROTHERS AND I

9. " LEMONADE" BY KYLE THORNTON & THE COMPANY

My music app, ValslistRadio, has lots of dinner-party playlists already made for you with the newest music. Conversation comes first at parties. Background music is important, but it needs to take a back seat.

5. " KOCAINE KAROLINA" BY ELLE KING

10. " JUMP HI (FEAT. CHILDISH GAMBINO)" BY LION BABE

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A few other audio tips: A slower tempo is better for dining; let up on the bass; and invest in some nice speakers. There are many great (wireless) options that are small, affordable and provide great sound.

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Franchini’s advice: Don’t save your best things for “special occasions.” Instead, get them out onto your table and enjoy them— even for informal dinners! “We love how the crystal sparkles on the table when surrounded with candlelight,” she says. “We like to incorporate some vintage items too, such as French linens, and flatware that we find at our local village brocantes (flea markets). We also like to incorporate a touch of whimsy, such as garden flowers.”

ATTEND YOUR OWN PARTY

Cooking countess, author and winemaker Enrica Rocca runs cooking schools with her daughters in Venice, Cape Town and London, where she teaches students the art of food, wine and European entertaining. Rocca’s number one tip: Don’t forget to enjoy yourself! “Cook dishes that you feel comfortable cooking, as well as dishes that will not take so long to prepare, so that you don't have to spend hours in the kitchen missing your own dinner party,” she says.

GO SEASONAL

Your food will taste better if it’s made with food that’s in season. Plan a simple menu that showcases seasonal produce.

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“Seasonal ingredients will ensure you can find the ingredients you need with no stress and will make your dishes taste much better,” Rocca says. “Plus, it is better for the environment.”

SET THE SCENE WITH TEXTURE

Christine Clark of curated home goods website Perry Clark Home (perryclarkhome.com) believes many of the principles of good decorating apply to entertaining. Everyone spends so much time on preparing food and drink, but even before your guests take a bite, set the mood with the right music, elegant table decor and scents that don’t overpower the food. “When serving food on a buffet, mix and match textured pieces,” she says. “For example, combine an elegant white terracotta dinner platter with a hardwood salad bowl.”

DELIGHT THE SENSES

Nothing kills the mood faster than harsh lighting. Clark says to light candles before guests arrive and consider scented ones that complement the time of year or party theme (think: flowerscented candles in spring, Frasier fir during the holidays). “In the evening, be conscious of lighting and use dimmers in the dining room,” she says. “Think ahead and create a custom playlist that's appropriate for the event. Even music played quietly in the background helps create an inviting buzz.” Read more home and entertaining tips at MAKEITBETTER.NET/HOME.

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sparkly. Make your dessert the morning of your dinner party and get as much as possible done before your guests arrive.”

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SAY CHEESE!

Cheese platters don’t have to be boring. With just the tiniest bit of effort (meaning think outside the pre-cut Costco cheese box), you can bring some wow to this entertaining standard. It’s time to up your cheese game. STYLING AND STORY BY JULIE CHERNOFF | PHOTOS BY KERRI SHERMAN

Props are important to the overall success of this DIY, so start with a great cheese board. This can be anything from wood to slate to acrylic resin, but preferably something on the larger side, as that gives the cheese room to breathe, both literally and figuratively. Condiment bowls for chutneys, mustards and preserves could be anything from cool ramekins and small mason jars to funky ceramics and gorgeous sterling pieces. Proper cheese knives for cutting, slicing and spreading are a plus (Laguiole cheese knives fit the bill nicely), but of course, it’s all a backdrop for the main event: fabulous, perfectly ripened cheese.

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When building your cheese plate, balance is critical. Nationally renowned cheese expert and food importer Sofia Solomon of Chicago’s Tekla, Inc., suggests varying the milk source (cow, goat, sheep), color and texture when making your choices. “Seasonality is important, so [choose] fresh and delicate goat’s and sheep’s milk cheeses in the spring and summer, [and] robust cow’s and sheep’s milk cheeses in the fall and winter,” says Solomon. “One spectacular cheese with several accompaniments would make a simple yet elegant statement, such as a Carles

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Condiments: Grainy mustard; membrillo (quince paste); chutney; tomato or fig jam; fruit mostarda Carbs: Crostini; crackers (be sure to offer a gluten-free option); baguette or epi; thin slices of dense raisin or nut bread; carta di musica Perhaps the most important thing to remember: cheese should be served at room temperature, so prepare the platter at least an hour prior to service. Cheese needs to breathe. If there are leftovers, wrap them in cheese storage paper to preserve flavor and keep them vital.

WHERE TO BUY

There’s no excuse for mediocrity when there is such a bounty of great artisanal cheese available. Remember: The cheesemonger is your friend. Visit one of these stores and don’t be afraid to ask for tastes before purchasing—that’s why they’re there. Let them know what you like, and what the occasion is. They are only too happy to turn you on to fabulous new cheeses that you might not yet know about.

PICK AND CHOOSE

For a grand cheese platter, five distinct cheeses of varying textures and flavors are optimal. Choose one from each category— smooth triple crème, stinky washed rind, tangy soft goat, nutty aged, and a tasty firm cheese. Some favorites to consider: Triple Crème: Brillat-Savarin; Fromager d’Affinois; St. André; Explorateur Washed Rind: Camembert; Pont-l’Évêque; Taleggio; Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk Soft Goat: Humboldt Fog; Crottin de Chavignol; Capriole Sofia; Montrachet Aged: Parmigiano Reggiano; Manchego; Aged Gouda; Vella Dry Jack; Mimolette Firm: Cabot Clothbound Cheddar; Brebis d’Ossau; Kerrygold Cashel Blue Farmhouse Cheese; Antique Gruyère; Pleasant Ridge Reserve Other grouping options might be a country- or region-specific selection (i.e., France, Italy, Northern California, Midwest), or perhaps a tasting of sheep’s milk cheeses of varying color and texture. To accompany the cheese, opt for complementary flavors. Certain pairings are can’t-miss classics, such as Manchego with membrillo quince paste and Marcona almonds, but feel free to experiment. That’s the joy of this exercise. Fruit: Thinly sliced pears; fresh figs; tiny Champagne grapes; dried apricots Nuts: Marcona almonds; caramelized walnuts; roasted hazelnuts

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Local Foods Specializing in local artisan and farmstead cheeses, Local Foods has the feel of a high-end indoor farmer’s market. The cheesemongers are extremely knowledgeable and happy to talk you through their selection with plenty of samples. 1427 W. Willow St., Chicago, 312-432-6575, localfoods.com

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Eataly If Italian cheese is your thing, Eataly is paradiso. You’ll find Chicago’s most extensive selection of Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino, mozzarella di buffala, burrata, and more. This is onestop shopping for all of your Italian cheese board needs. 43 E. Ohio St., Chicago, 312-521-8700, eataly.com Marion Street Cheese Market If you live in the southern or western suburbs of Chicago, Marion Street is a great resource. You’ll find a well-curated assortment of cut-to-order cheese, including many Midwest farmstead cheeses. 100 S. Marion St., Oak Park, 708-725-7200, marionstreetmarket.com Pastoral Cheese is a true calling, and that couldn’t be more evident than at any of Pastoral’s locations. Each piece of cheese has a story, and the fromagers here know them all. 2945 N. Broadway, Chicago, 773-472-4781; 53 E. Lake St., Chicago, 312-658-1250; Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton St., Chicago, 312-454-2200, pastoralartisan.com Whole Foods You can never go wrong with the cheese selection at the nearest Whole Foods, but the new Evanston/Green Bay Road store takes it a step further with a jaw-dropping display of international and American cheeses. They are SERIOUS about the fromage here. 2748 Green Bay Road, Evanston, 847-424-5700 and other locations, wholefoodsmarket.com

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Roquefort with walnuts, fresh pears and pain de campagne, especially for the winter months.”

Caputo Cheese Market Hundreds of cheeses from around the world—with a concentration of Italian formaggi, of course—are available here, and the prices are surprisingly reasonable. 231 E. Wisconsin Ave., Lake Forest, 847-482-0100, caputocheese.com

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5 ENTERTAINING TRENDS TO TRY NOW!

Burlap table runners, cupcakes, flowers in mason jars, food trucks—trends in entertaining come and go, just as they do in fashion. We asked some of the best local event planners for the inside scoop on this fall’s hottest entertaining trends. Here are trends in-the-know hostesses will be introducing at their parties this season. TREND #1: DROP-OFF CATERING

where the food is prepared in advance. She says that in her experience, hosts prefer fewer catering crewmembers in their homes at the time of the event, and the full-service catering option may be a trend on its way out.

“If you’re cooking and buying all of the food yourself, the host can’t even sit down and entertain their guests,“ Agrest says. “Why have a party if you can’t enjoy your guests?”

TREND #2: FUN FINGER FOODS

Allyne Agrest, president of Events by Allyne, believes that catering is the way to go. With busy schedules, most hostesses don’t have the time—or the desire—to prepare all of the food.

Marcy Glink, president of Great Events Inc., says many inthe-know hostesses are taking advantage of drop-off catering,

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Design doesn’t come only from the room itself, but also in small additions to the overall theme of the party—whether it be a color scheme or unique dishes. One creative way to showcase food is with playful miniature dishes instead of traditional passed hors d’oeuvres.

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“Appetizers are becoming trendy, especially appetizers over big dishes,” Agrest says. “Gazpacho soup with mini grilled cheese, a shot of beer with a mini hamburger on top, just any way to make the food more fun and presentable for people.”

Both Estrada and Glink agree that the music creates the atmosphere for the party. They say folk music as entertainment is trending. A single vocal performer with a guitar adds a nice background element without being too loud for guests to chat.

TREND #3: MINIMALIST DÉCOR

TREND #5: HOSTING AT A CHIC VENUE

As for the aesthetics of the party, Megan Estrada, wedding and events consultant and owner of North Shore Weddings and Events, says that it is becoming trendy to scale down the décor. “People are wanting things to be beautifully done, but not over the top,” Estrada says. “It used to be a big trend that more is better, but now it’s more about the experience than the expenditure.”

TREND #4: LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Agrest explains that when you host a party, the main character is your DJ or band. She says musical entertainment can keep a party lively and help avoid those unwanted awkward silences throughout the night. “If you don’t have entertainment, you won’t get people to stay,” Agrest says.

While dinner parties are traditionally held at home, Agrest says the trend of moving parties to venues is becoming more popular. “A lot of restaurants and country clubs have smaller rooms for parties,” Agrest says. “These days, people don’t really want to worry about cleaning the house before and after a party.” While moving out of the house may be easier for the cleanup, it’s not in the budget for every party. As an alternative, Glink says many people are creating unique entertaining spaces within their own homes by bringing in some rental items (think: elegant chairs and quirky serving platters). She adds that with websites like Etsy becoming increasingly popular, creative hosts can easily get inspired to make DIY special touches—maybe themed napkin rings or fun giveaways—that really make a party memorable for guests.

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HOW TO RAISE A READER EXPERT TIPS TO HELP YOUR CHILD LOVE READING BY SHANNAN YO U NGER

School is back in full swing, and whether your child excels at reading or could use some improvement, there are easy practices that parents can institute at home to help promote reading fluency—and maybe even a lifelong love of reading at the same time! READ ALOUD TOGETHER

“Reading aloud is a huge predictor that kids will fall in love with reading,” says Maggie McGuire, parenting expert and Vice President at Scholastic. “When parents read aloud, it’s building a habit with your kids. It’s just like rooting for a sports team or going to the theater. It influences them.” Reading aloud to children at any age is important. “We’ve found that parents start reading to kids too late and stop reading to them too soon,” says Judy Cheatham, vice president of Literacy Services at Reading is Fundamental. Parents should start reading to children as infants and should continue through middle school. “Children want you to read to them—and they want you to initiate it,” Cheatham

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says. “People are soothed or energized by being read to, and enjoying a book together makes it interactive.”

FOCUS ON THE FUN

Parents should not worry about sampling a wide variety of genres or focus solely on skill building. “Skills will come,” she says. “If a kid is diving into a book they love, they’ll want to repeat that experience and that will build vocabulary, an understanding of character development, and all different kinds of skills.” Cheatham recommends creating a fun, comfortable space with beanbag chairs and reading for shorter stretches of time to begin. “Just 20 minutes a day makes it a low lift, but it can have big benefits,” she says.

DON’T BE BOUND TO ONLY BOOKS

Books are great, but McGuire urges parents to incorporate other fun reading materials, like magazines and books on tape. She says that kids as young as 3 years old can enjoy them, and that her tween boys love them, too. She recommends the Harry Potter series of audio books, even if you’ve already read the traditional books. “The narrator is amazing, and listening to them on tape is a whole different experience.” McGuire notes that audio books should not replace reading aloud with kids, but that they can be great options when on the go.

GAME ON!

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Balderdash, Boggle, Jr. and Scrabble can be a fun way of teaching language, and McGuire says verbal games in the car, such as rhyming games, can be a fun and easy way for parents to build literacy skills on the go.

HELP YOUR KIDS PICK GREAT BOOKS

The library is an amazing resource and the first place many parents head when they think about encouraging leisure reading in kids. While the power of choice is important, navigating the library and its thousands upon thousands of options can be hard. Telling children to pick just one book can be a daunting task for them. Cheatham suggests that parents of younger kids pick four or five books that would be good and let their kids pick from that selection.

KEEP A JOURNAL

Have your kids write their thoughts about the books they read, as well as their activities, vacations and special events. Keeping a journal allows kids to exercise both reading and writing skills. Encourage them to use some new vocabulary words theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned in their reading. For more tips and book recommendations for all ages of kids visit MAKEITBETTER.NET/BOOKS

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Mathnasium is structured as a learning center rather than a tutorial service. While a tutor helps students get through “tonight’s homework,” Mathnasium’s primary role as a learning center is to identify and directly address gaps in students’ knowledge that are the underlying causes of their current difficulties in school. Since math is a cumulative subject, it is extremely important to make sure that students have mastery of prerequisite knowledge from previous grades if they are going to have success in their current grade and beyond. Mathnasium students enjoy attending their sessions, causing parents to frequently ask “how?” and “why?”! While there are many contributing factors, the primary reason is that Mathnasium students are significantly gaining self-confidence due to their improving math abilities. Mathnasium students often feel relieved that math really can make sense, and they feel empowered to reach new heights that never before seemed possible. At Mathnasium, parents of students tell the story: “Since her enrollment in Mathnasium we have seen great growth in Abby's math abilities, which has resulted in higher test scores and an end to her great anxiety with math. It is great to have low-stress homework time!” -Beth M., parent of 3rd grader “Laura is so much more confident going into math tests than she was before she started going to Mathnasium. Because she is more confident in math, she also has grown more confident in all of her other subjects.” -Lisa Lisa M, parent of 8th grade student

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Stephanie Macakanja at the BlackSheep General Store in Glencoe

WOULD-BE ENTREPRENEURS BY PA M E L A R OT H B A R D

Have you always dreamed of owning your own business? Getting a business successfully off the ground isn’t easy, but it is possible—especially if you have a team of experts to show you the ropes. As part of Make It Better’s 2014 re:work program, Amanda Wurzbach, owner of Total Dish Marketing, and Diane Tarshis, founder of Startup Distillery, presented their “Roadmap to Starting Your Own Business.” In it, they laid out five important questions you should ask before launching a business:

3. CAN YOU MAKE MONEY DOING THIS? “This is the single most important question for any new business,” Tarshis says. When calculating costs and projected profits, make sure to include overhead expenses like real estate, supplies and website maintenance—not just product costs.

1. IS YOUR IDEA ROOTED IN YOUR PASSION? “We excel at things we like to do,” says Meg Schmitz, franchise executive recruiter and consultant. Schmitz matches potential business owners with franchise opportunities, and always begins by asking her clients about their interests.

4. WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM THE CROWD? Consider what makes your product or service unique. Keep in mind Wurzbach’s “Law of Competitive Advantage”: There’s room for everyone—as long as everyone is different.

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Another option is starting a business that provides a lifestyle in support of your passion and priorities. When Stephanie Macakanja, owner of BlackSheep General Store, wanted to start work again after taking time off to raise children, it was important for her to remain near her kids. Macakanja says, “I wanted to still be close, engaged and available.” That desire drove her to open a shop in her town of Glencoe, where her kids could walk over after school.

5. HOW WILL YOU SELL IT? “‘If you build it, they will come’ is a myth,” Wurzbach says. Steve Blank, Silicon Valley serial-entrepreneur and Kauffman Founders School educator, says it’s important to do thorough market research before starting a business. Test your key ideas and product features—make sure they’re what your customers want. He says that upfront effort will save time and money later.

2. IS YOUR BUSINESS IDEA A GOOD ONE? “The best business ideas solve a problem,” Tarshis says. Andy Friedman, founder of SkinnyPop Popcorn, learned that lesson in the popcorn business.

In her work with Chipotle, Wurzbach says the company gave away free burritos to nearby schools to encourage their target customers to try their product. “We knew once they tried it, they’d be back,” she says.

“At Wells Street Popcorn we had devoted customers, but they didn’t buy frequently enough,” Friedman says. “They’d say ‘I love you guys, see you next month.’ ”

Compel others’ interest in your new venture by creating an elevator pitch. Be able to describe your business in 10 or fewer words. Her personal business example? “Distilling ideas into viable business ventures.”

The nature of the product—delicious but fattening popcorn— meant that it was more of a treat than an everyday snack. Friedman and his partner set out to solve that problem by creating a healthier popcorn alternative. “It’s easier to sell 100 bags in a grocery store than to get 100 customers to come into our store,” Friedman says.

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3 CITIES FOR THE ULTIMATE

GIRLS GETAWAY BY JENNY MUSLIN

Leave the husbands and kids at home! There’s nothing like a getaway to spend some bonding time with your girlfriends while discovering a new city. These weekends create unforgettable memories and also give you a much-needed recharge from the daily grind. It wasn’t easy to choose, but here are three of our favorite American destinations for the ultimate girls weekend. Situated along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego has the perfect year-round climate and laid-back vibe. Even so, you can choose to be as busy as you like with the famed San Diego Zoo, picturesque beaches, shopping areas and countless restaurants. Stay Hailed by Forbes, Conde Nast Traveler and U.S. News and World Report as one of the top hotels in the U.S., Rancho Valencia, in the Rancho Santa Fe area of San Diego, is truly heaven on earth. The suites and villas are ideal accommodations for larger groups. Schedule a treatment at the wellness spa, partake in a yoga class, or simply kick back at the pool (the service can’t be beat). A group dinner at The Pony Room within the resort is a must. Think rich and rustic surroundings, lots of cozy fireplaces, and delicious, fresh cuisine. Don’t be surprised if you spot a celebrity or two during your stay! If you’d rather hunker down in Del Mar, consider a stay at L’Auberge Del Mar, a luxury hotel located minutes from the beach. Even if you don’t stay at the hotel, the view here is spec-

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tacular and at least warrants a pre-dinner aperitif. The beautiful Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is located away from the hustle and bustle, but still minutes from the beach and many of San Diego’s most popular attractions. To Do A hike at Torrey Pines State Beach is breathtaking and the perfect morning activity before a day of sightseeing or shopping. Rent bikes around Coronado while exploring the town, or spend an afternoon shopping in the Cedros District, an area of Solana Beach situated in North County. While there, pop into Tucci Boutique for trendy fashions and Solo Boutique for home decor. If you happen to be here on a Sunday, pick up some eats at the impressive Cedros Avenue Farmers’ Market and pack a picnic. Eat Where to dine? True foodies will love Juniper and Ivy, helmed by “Top Chef All-Stars” winner Richard Blais. For fresh seafood and a hip scene, Ironside Fish & Oyster can’t be missed. Head to Little Italy for an after-dinner drink at Kettner Exchange.

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The capital of Texas is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World” and is home to the University of Texas. It’s one of the fastest-growing cities, likely because of the incredible barbecue, nightly live music and wonderful energy.

To Do For ultimate pampering, the luxurious and award-winning Lake Austin Spa Resort is THE place to get rejuvenated. Located just 30 minutes from downtown Austin, this dream-like oasis makes for an unforgettable experience with your girls (don’t bother packing too much—you’ll end up lounging in your robe all day). Each of the 40 rooms and suites has a private patio and includes views of Lake Austin or one of the Japanese meditation gardens. Choose from more than 100 spa treatments, try one of the latest workout classes, or unwind at the pool. The gourmet cuisine is so tasty you’ll forget it’s healthy.

Peach Cobbler from Salt Lick

Barton Springs Pool is a three-acre man-made pool located on the grounds of Zilker Park and fed from underground springs. The pool remains open year-round and maintains a temperature of 68-72 degrees. Even if you don’t feel like taking a dip, it’s still a beautiful sight to see. Pack a picnic and experience what locals call “Eden in the middle of Austin.” Roam 6th Street, one of Texas’ best known streets. You’ll come across a variety of restaurants and bars. For an unforgettable live music experience, Austin City Limits Live (ACL Live) at The Moody Theater is the most renowned music venue in Austin and home to the long-running PBS series, “Austin City Limits.” Fans say, “There’s not a bad seat in the house.”

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Stay The bungalow-style Hotel San Jose may be the coolest place you’ll ever stay. Located on South Congress, steps from some of the most popular restaurants and stores, you’ll love the vibe of this hip retreat that also wins raves for outstanding hospitality. It’s sister hotel, Hotel Saint Cecilia, is a chic boutique hotel that also boasts a stellar location. If you prefer a bed and breakfast, Austin’s Inn at Pearl Street is located in the heart of the city and boasts true Southern charm.

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Beautiful Savannah is called the country’s best walking city—perfect for exploring its vivid history as well as the many boutiques and restaurants dispersed among hundred-year-old magnolia trees. Stay Located in the heart of downtown’s historic district, the Bohemian Hotel is situated right on the riverfront with beautiful views of the city. The service is outstanding and the restaurant and rooftop bar are also worth noting. The chic Andaz Savannah Hotel stands in a central location, and you can always catch the trolley right in front of the hotel to take you around the city. To Do Tours, tours, tours! Take your pick because the list is endless. If your group loves history (and a good scare), a ghost city tour takes you through the best-known haunted locations in the city. Historic cemetery tours have become leading tourist attractions in addition to the “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”

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tour, where you will visit the Bonaventure Cemetery made even more popular by the book. A riverboat cruise tour makes for a relaxing, scenic tour and the perfect group photo op. Broughton Street is Savannah’s most popular shopping destination. There are numerous locally owned businesses as well as upscale designer stores. Make sure to stop at The Paris Market and Brocante, a standout two-story bazaar with fantastic antiques and décor from around the world. If you love antiquing, you’ll want to spend hours sourcing the many antique malls in the historic district. Eat Dine at Paula Deen’s original restaurant, The Lady and Sons, for the buttery, Southern home cooking she’s famous for. The Olde Pink House is a bit fancier and serves delicious Southern specialties in an 18th century mansion. Many say that Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room, located in the Historic District, has the best fried chicken in Georgia. You’ll dine family style on every Southern specialty you can imagine. If you have a sweet tooth, Leopold’s Ice Cream has been a Savannah staple for nearly 100 years and makes all of their ice cream on the premises. Savannah’s Candy Kitchen has candy galore, but don’t leave without the heavenly pralines. Finally, be sure to stop at Byrd’s Famous Cookies and pick up a few bags of their addictive cookies to bring home.

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Eat You can’t think of Austin without thinking barbecue and for the real deal, don’t miss The Salt Lick or Franklin Barbecue. Guero’s Taco Bar has some of the best Tex-Mex as well as a lively scene. For doughnuts on steroids, head to Gourdough’s for made-to-order, gourmet doughnuts in an overwhelming variety of options. “Top Chef” alum Paul Qui’s acclaimed restaurant, Qui, serves innovative pre-fixe courses along with “family-style” group cocktails. After a night out, head to Josephine House the next morning for breakfast staples and ambiance that are magazine-worthy.

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good nutrition has been synonymous with the idea of eating vegetables, even the ones we don’t like. But at Presbyterian Homes, our guide to healthy eating is based on the idea that good nutrition and great tasting food can go hand in hand. Christopher Moore, Presbyterian Homes’ Chef explains, “As chefs we want to maximize flavor without compromising the nutritional value of vegetables. We utilize cooking techniques that create the most flavor such as roasting at high temperatures, grilling and sautéing, and then enhance the taste of the vegetables with fresh herbs, garlic, vinegars and oils prior to cooking.” To keep the concept of nutritious eating appealing, dining rooms change menus every six weeks, offer monthly Chef’s Reserve dinners and work with residents to tailor menus for private events. The chefs at each community also collaborate with each other, and share their experiences of what works well and what doesn’t. Their efforts to consistently push boundaries by introducing residents to new flavors and spices have proven highly successful. “After speaking with residents, I would say they appreciate the variety and they like trying new things,” Moore said. “And we do our utmost to listen and consider suggestions.” At Presbyterian Homes, creative thinking and inspired recipes are turning even the most skeptical diners into true believers.

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BY MEGHAN STREIT | PHOTOS BY JOHN REILLY | CLOTHING STYLING BY EVANGELINE POLITIS MAKE UP BY CORY DEKING OF 10 MGMT | HAIR BY MINDY SNYDER OF TEDDIE KOSSOF SALON

Every Monday morning, we all ask ourselves the same question: What should I wear to work today? To help solve that perennial dilemma, we got some of Chicago’s most stylish professionals to share their secrets for looking good while climbing the corporate ladder (hint: excellent tailoring is key). Here are their tips— plus a look at some of the chicest office-appropriate fashion for fall.

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KIM R. JENSON UBS WEALTH MANAGEMENT AMERICAS, CHICAGO COMPLEX, MANAGING DIRECTOR

Works in: Chicago Lives in: Chicago (Lakeview) Style icon: Jackie O's “elegance in simplicity.” Go-to work outfit: Sleeveless dress with a jacket. Q: How do you combine fashion and functionality in your work wardrobe? A: Managing our clients' wealth is serious business. So, I dress professionally every day. Q: Why do you think it's important to dress for success? A: You are the brand. It is critical to present yourself in the way that you want to be perceived; for example, professional, approachable, respectful.

On Kim: Mia leather yoke dress $216, Juniper Boutique, juniperboutique.com, 224-326-2412 Gold necklace with pearl $88, Sara Campbell, saracampbellwebsite.com, 847-234-6416 Gold bangle with white leather $28, Sara Campbell, saracampbellwebsite.com, 847-234-6416 The Row Origami Suede Handbag $2,250, Chalk Boutique, chalkboutique.com, 847-424-0011

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MARK RECTOR LLOYD’S OF LONDON, U.S. PROJECT MANAGER

Works in: Chicago Lives in: Chicago (Logan Square) Style icon: Addison DeWitt (from movie classic "All About Eve") Go-to work outfit: Dark blue striped bespoke suit, blue striped shirt with French cuffs, cuff links, purple tie, purple patterned pocket square, purple socks, black monk-strap shoes. Q: How do you combine fashion and functionality in your work wardrobe? A: Gentlemen are expected to wear suits and ties at the Lloyd’s market in London, which I visit for work at least twice a year. I’m most likely to be in a suit here in Chicago. I get classically styled bespoke suits and shirts from Tom James, which I jazz up with assertive neckties, complementary pocket squares, colored socks and vintage cufflinks. Q: Why do you think it's important to dress for success? A: Nobody wants to do business with a hobo.

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JAMIE STEIN SEARS HOLDINGS CORP., COMMUNICATIONS/ VICE PRESIDENT PR & MEMBER COMMUNICATIONS

Works in: Hoffman Estates Lives in: Glencoe Style icons: Olivia Palermo, Jamie Chung, and I am obsessed with thenstyle of two TV characters—Alicia Florrick (“The Good Wife” costume designer Daniel Lawson) and Olivia Pope (“Scandal” costume designer Lyn Paolo) Go-to work outfit: A fitted, sleeveless black dress and nude pumps. I have one by Theory that is A-line cut, one by Tahari and an old one by Calvin Klein that my tailor helped me remake. A black dress is polished and chic and makes a statement without making a statement. Q: How do you combine fashion and functionality in your work wardrobe? A: For me, it's all about what makes me feel good—and that is usually a mix of comfort and style. My workdays are long and involve running from meeting to meeting, making presentations and sometimes a dinner or event. Dresses are easy. I like a dark jean, tank and blazer with sleeves rolled up. When I travel, I wear flats. Q: Why do you think it's important to dress for success?

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A: When it comes to dressing for success, you'd better look the part or you might not get the part. People definitely do judge a book by its cover, especially in business. Clothes make a strong visual statement about how you see yourself and impact how others perceive you.

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JETTA BOSCHEN PROMOJETT SERVICES, INC., OWNER

Works in: Winnetka (and wherever my clients are based) Lives in: Winnetka Style icons: I have found my style inspiration from many “icons” throughout my life. In particular, Lilly Pulitzer (I even named my dog after her), Lisa Birnbach ("The Official Preppy Handbook" was my bible growing up), Reese Witherspoon (her southern style), and Diane Von Furstenberg (I like that she has really gone out of her way to empower women through her many philanthropy projects.) Go-to work outfit: Black wrap dress, statement belt (Gucci), scarf (Hermès) and boots. Sometimes I substitute the dress for black pants with the same accessories. Q: How do you combine fashion and functionality in your work wardrobe? A: I like very classic, simple clothes that I can incorporate accessories into for my busy lifestyle. I often have several client functions a day and need to adapt my outfit accordingly. I also love color (bold prints/ patterns) and use it to brighten my spirits, especially in these dreary Chicago winters. Q: Why do you think it's important to dress for success?

On Jetta: Chloe Floral Jacquard Dress $2,250, Chalk Boutique, chalkboutique.com, 847-424-0011 Tory Burch Hyde Pointy Toe Flat $295, Saks Fifth Avenue, saksfifthavenue.com, 312-944-6500 Large bead necklace $98, Sara Campbell, saracampbellwebsite.com, 847-234-6416

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A: I was raised in the south, and attended schools that required coats and ties for boys and dresses for girls. That southern influence has always impacted my wardrobe choices. When one is dressed up, I feel one garners more respect and commands attention. To this day, I feel more comfortable in a dress. I didn’t even buy my first pair of jeans until I was 40!

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RACHAEL HALSTUK MANGOUBI MESIROW FINANCIAL, VICE PRESIDENT, WEALTH ADVISOR

Works in: Highland Park and Chicago Lives in: Chicago Style icons: I don't have a primary celebrity style icon! I am most inspired by the people around meâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;my friends, family, people I see on the street, people I see in magazines, people I see on TV. I love collecting ideas from what I see around me and then I try to reinterpret them in my own way. And, in a bit of a role reversal, my husband has exceptional style. I have learned a lot from him and I get a lot of inspiration from him. Go-to work outfit: Almost always a dress! I have a number of unique yet understated dresses that are my go-to outfits for important meetings and presentations. I also always choose something that I believe suits my audience. While I view fashion as my personal expression of style, I also strive to dress for my environment, to fit the seriousness of the occasion, and to make others feel comfortable around me. Q: How do you combine fashion and functionality in your work wardrobe? A: Layering is a big thing for me! I adore putting a collared white shirt under dresses, and I do so even when that would be an unexpected look. It is a great way to take a dress and make it more serious or give it more depth than it would have on its own. As for shoes, I cannot wear a work heel that is more than 3 inches. My new favorites actually are 2-inch heels, and they feel so elegant and fresh to me. Plus, I can walk a long way to meetings in them.

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practice but the part that is most widely seen and understood. Without getting into too much detail, the practice is more so about quieting the crazy monkey mind and establishing clarity. What we’re saying is that taking yoga classes can actually relieve stress, relieve mild depression, help you feel more gratitude, and build self-acceptance and satisfaction, among many other benefits. We use breath “pranayama,” to balance the body, create flow, establish a moving meditation and give us a break from a usually extremely busy world.

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The world IS moving at an unprecedented pace. Our children are using cell phones earlier than ever. Babies are holding ipads and playing games and watching videos. We, as students and adults, don’t necessarily have to memorize content for school or work, but can readily look thinks up online. Fast information! Instant gratification! Relief from loneliness or boredom! What yoga does for us is gives us a break from this. We remember what it feels like to be patient. We learn how to use our breath to change our heart rate, to create patience with ourselves, to meditate. These are skills and practices that just are not found elsewhere, one could argue, except through meditation. Connecting to yourself through yoga allows you to open up to more possibility in life. It’s how we can find our “dharma,” life’s purpose. If we just continue on the hamster wheel and ignore our intuition and block that out with electronics and life’s other distractions, we won’t grow and learn.

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8 GREAT BEAUTY PRODUCTS

MADE WITH ALGAE BY JENNY MUSLIN

In addition to being extremely hydrating, algae—otherwise known as kelp or seaweed—softens and brightens skin, fights inflammation, and has loads of minerals, antioxidants and omega3s, which help fight aging. Ready to incorporate algae into your beauty regimen? Here are our favorite algaeinfused beauty products.

3. ALGENIST COMPLETE EYE RENEWAL BALM San Francisco-based Algenist uses microalgae oil for hydration and alguronic acid, a powerful anti-ager produced by microalgae. This best-selling mask hydrates, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, and reduces puffiness. Algenist.com, $65

6. FRESH LOTUS YOUTH PRESERVE FACE CREAM An Allure “Best of Beauty Award Winner for Best Facial Moisturizer,” Fresh’s lightweight daily moisturizer promises to keep skin hydrated for 24 hours. The addition of blue-green algae helps to preserve collagen and elastin. Nordstrom.com, $42

1. ORIGINS DRINK UP™ INTENSIVE OVERNIGHT MASK Your face will drink up this ultramoisturizing mask, ideal for those with dry skin. Avocado and apricot-kernel oil hydrate while Japanese algae repairs skin and prevents signs of premature aging. Reviewers rave that this mask leaves skin moisturized without feeling greasy. Origins.com, $25

4. AUBREY BLUE GREEN ALGAE HAIR RESCUE CONDITIONING MASK Organic blue-green algae is one of the best sources of vegetable protein. Add that to your hair along with shea butter, aloe, vitamins and minerals, and you’ve got an amazing hair treatment. Aubreyorganics.com, $14

7. ANTHONY ALGAE FACIAL CLEANSER This gentle, paraben- and phthalatefree cleanser contains algae extract to moisturize and purify skin, while helping prevent the look of wrinkles. It works well on all skin types. Sephora.com, $36

2. KATE SOMERVILLE HYDRACLEAR HYDRATING ACNE GEL So many acne-fighting products dry out skin, and while you don’t want to add oil to irritated skin, you still want to keep skin hydrated. The red algae in this acne-fighting gel allows skin to stay moisturized without clogging pores. KateSomerville.com, $65

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5. BLISS TRIPLE OXYGEN EX-GLOW-SION VITABEAD-INFUSED MOISTURE CREAM This vitabead-infused daily facial moisturizer includes oxygen and microalgae for radiant skin. It’s lightweight, and can be used day or evening. The scent is fabulous and the consistency feels like whipped butter. Ulta.com, $64

8. RENÉE ROULEAU HAWAIIAN NOURISHING CREAM Ideal for those with sensitive skin, rosacea or eczema, Hawaiian red marine algae alleviates redness, ginseng rejuvenates tired skin, and rose hip extract provides antioxidants that leave skin luminous. ReneeRouleau.com, $70 Read more beauty tips online at MAKEITBETTER.NET/BEAUTY

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Each year, it seems we learn about the benefits of a new ingredient that’s enhancing our beauty products. Argan oil, coconut oil, and now… algae!

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HOW TO WEAR BLACK EYELINER AT EVERY AGE BY JENNY MUSLIN

Wearing black eyeliner is a great way to make your eyes stand out. As you get older, black liner can continue to be a go-to product in your beauty kit, but you may have to tweak how you’re using it so it doesn’t age you. Anything goes! “In your 20s, makeup is fun and playful, which means this is the time to experiment and take risks,” explains Nordstrom makeup artist Jessica Kramer. “Whether it’s a thicker, bold-lined eye, cat eye, or rimming around the entire eye, my go-to product is Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eyeliner Pencil. It’s perfect for the waterline [the area between your lashes and eyeball] as well as easily smudged for a smoky, sultry look.” Blend, blend, blend! In your 30s, you may start to notice subtle signs of aging in your skin. Consider wearing liner on your top lids and skipping it underneath. Or, think about blending your liner into your shadow for a more natural look.

Jenny Patinkin, the founder and creator of Lazy Perfection Brushes and a guest celebrity artist for Cos Bar, says that when you start to see small changes in your skin, it’s a good idea to switch from liquid to a black pencil liner. “The best textures are very soft and glide over your skin instead of tugging at it,” she says. Bring down the intensity! “Black can start to look harsh when skin gets into the 40s and beyond,” Patinkin says. Your eyeliner should follow your lash line, but don’t let it extend too far past the outer corner, which can call attention to crows feet. Celebrity makeup artist Josie Volpentesta suggests using a brush dipped in a gel or eye shadow to apply your

eyeliner. Try the Smashbox Arced Eyeliner Brush, which provides better control and easy application in one quick stroke.

After age 50, lighten it up! Since skin at this age is less supple, Patinkin likes to use a muted black or dark grey eye shadow on the upper lash line to create a smoky definition without looking too strong. She dabs the powder into the roots of the lashes with short, soft strokes (rather than trying to apply it in one long, smooth line) and gives the outer corners a little lift by smudging up and away from the lash line. She finishes with a nude color liner under the lower lashes instead of black to keep the look refined.

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4 ONLINE WORKOUTS WORTH THE SWEAT BY JENNY MUSLIN

If you love being active, you probably enjoy switching up your workout routine, because—let’s face it—climbing the treadmill day after day can get brutally monotonous.

TRACY ANDERSON VIDEO STREAMING

$475 for a 6-month subscription Yes, the price tag is hefty, but if you’ve ever taken one of Tracy Anderson’s live classes, you’ll see why this subscription doesn’t come cheap. Anderson is THE trainer to just about every enviable celebrity body, and I can vouch from experience that she kicks butt like no one else! As a subscriber, you’ll receive a brand new cardio and muscular structure workout (filmed live at her studio) every Wednesday. Access the routine for the next seven days, until she uploads a new workout the following week. Know that Anderson does not talk during her workouts—classes are all about following her movement cues as you go. This may take some time to get used to, but devotees of the method love that they can just get into the exercises and music without any commentary. Anderson’s classes always feature a stellar playlist and being a part of her live workout allows you to experience how her music selection truly pushes you further. Prepare to get hooked!

PHYSIQUE 57 ON-DEMAND

prices vary but generally around $5 for 30 minutes If you enjoy The Bar Method or The Dailey Method, you’ll love Physique 57’s ballet-inspired workouts, which incorporate cardio, strength training and stretching intervals. These exercises use your own body weight as resistance and give you serious definition. In fact, the Observer recently praised Physique 57 for toning the body quicker than any other method and transforming your rear. As a subscriber, you have access to both new video content and existing DVD workouts. Choose from 30-minute cardio, strength training,

and prenatal workouts or 57-minute full-body workouts. There is a large variety of content available for all skill levels.

BODY BY SIMONE

$9.99/month Simone De La Rue trains the likes of Naomi Watts and Anne Hathaway, but it’s her signature dance-based workouts that make her L.A. and NYC studios the spots to get fit. A monthly subscription grants you unlimited access to the exclusive online classes, which are constantly updated. Choose from various cardio workouts such as dance, jumprope, trampoline or toning workouts that focus on your abs or legs. De La Rue gives explanations behind each move and her encouraging words and bubbly enthusiasm make her a fantastic coach.

BALLET BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM WORKOUT

$39.99/month or BBLive Workout $35/single 1-hour online class or $280/monthly membership Just about every Victoria’s Secret supermodel has sculpted their body with Mary Helen Bowers, professional dancer and creator of Ballet Beautiful. The combination of classic ballet movements and Pilates exercises may sound gentle, but believe me, you’ll feel the burn the next day. As a member of the BBLive Program, you can take a private class or group lesson from the comfort of your home. Using your computer’s camera, your instructor will be able to view you and make corrections from her actual studio. This is the next best thing to being at the class, in-person. As a subscriber to the custom workout program, you have unlimited access to the streaming library (including prenatal workouts), so you can try any of her classes on your own schedule. Bowers updates her content with two new workouts each month. Classical music and Bowers’ gentle tone are perfect if you’re not a fan of thumping music but still crave visible results.

*Hint: If you want to get a taste of these workouts before you invest, each trainer has sample workouts on YouTube or their website.

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Even better, how fantastic would it be if you could get one-onone training without having to splurge on an actual trainer? Today, streaming workouts are the most convenient way to get a customized workout or have the opportunity to take a class from some of the world’s hottest trainers, all without leaving your living room. These four online workouts may inspire you to cancel your gym membership.

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

CAN 36 QUESTIONS

REIGNITE A RELATIONSHIP? BY CORTNEY FRIES

As my husband, Tom, and I wearily wander into our seventeenth year together, our gait is noticeably different than the purposeful march we made down the aisle ten years ago. I wondered if the infamous “36 Questions”—the probing queries credited with causing two strangers to fall in love in a lab—might resuscitate the heart palpitations that once brought us together. Therefore, as we approached our most recent wedding anniversary, we gave those 36 questions a go. We started the exercise after our kids went to bed, on an evening we were already exhausted. But, as two overcommitted parents, when weren’t we depleted? However, the conversation quickly bubbled and flowed, and like a Cinderfella, he transformed into the charming storyteller he usually reserves for cocktail hours. Instead of blankly

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staring at the TV while folding laundry, we enthusiastically engaged with each other. It was a good reminder to treat my spouse like an interesting friend, not just a business partner. I giggled after we each answered No. 4, “What would constitute a ‘perfect’ day for you?” Both our responses seemed indulgent—his golfing and barbecuing on the beach, mine a long lunch after hiking into spectacular scenery. “Does your day include the kids?” I asked with a smirk. We love them more than a full night’s sleep or an exquisite bottle of wine, but at 4 and 6 years old, they’re still a lot of work. Just getting our daughter dressed is a 20-minute ordeal, complete with three outfit changes and two tantrums on the floor. Tom and I were truly stumped by #8: “Name three things you and your

partner appear to have in common.” It’s crazy that two people who just met in a science lab could probably find more common ground than we could. While we’ve hung our hats on “opposites attract,” it was quite funny to realize we couldn’t honestly determine anything substantial we have in common, other than the life we’ve built together. But No. 9 melted our polar-opposite hearts: “For what in your life do you feel most grateful?” We each automatically answered our children, and the overall happiness we’ve enjoyed. Then we discussed how it all stems from each other. How reassuring and rewarding it was to think about the gifts that flow from our marriage. We ended that evening feeling renewed and reaffirmed in our relationship. A few nights later we resumed our task; but admittedly, we were both a bit crabby. The second set of

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“Love is the biggest predictor of human happiness,” says psychologist Arthur Aron. “More so than wealth or success. Relationship quality is even a bigger predictor of human health than smoking or obesity.”

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questions probes more deeply into accomplishments, values and personal connections, with questions like, “What is your most treasured memory?” and “How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?” I could see how illuminating these could be for two people who just met; but we’ve discussed these things many times before in our almost 20-year history. And, if you’re already in a sour mood, hearing the same story again isn’t very compelling. However, one can never tire of listening to thoughtful compliments and positive characteristics of themselves, as No. 22, No. 28 and No. 31 request. More often than not, we should stop and vocalize what we love about each other. Even if it’s the same thing we’ve described a million times, it can only make the other feel validated and appreciated. I told Tom I love his ability to see clearly through clutter and tell me, with laser focus, exactly how it is. While some might think it’s harsh that he pipes up when my butt jiggles or I’m being rude, I appreciate the honesty. I can trust that he’ll always help me see the truth, especially when I can’t or don’t want to myself. We reconvened for a third time over the fire pit in our backyard. That night I actually learned something I had not previously known about my husband…

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To read the rest of Cortney and Tom’s experience with the 36 Questions and to read them yourself, visit MAKEITBETTER.NET/36 QUESTIONS

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#DININGREVIEW

FIREFLY KITCHEN LIGHTS UP WILMETTE

Firefly Kitchen 111 Green Bay Road Wilmette 224-408-2464 ffkitchen.com

BY JULIE CHERNOFF

After dining at Firefly Kitchen, I was considerably relieved. Although I’m not sure what makes it a “Brooklyn Bistro,” I can tell you what makes it a good one.

Two of the “Shaken and Stirred” cocktails (all $12.50) really got my attention: the Got a Guy, combining smoky Marca Negra Mezcal with strawberry, mint, lemon and vanilla; and Knocking on Heaven’s Door, which features Death’s Door Vodka, fresh lemon juice, rhubarb tea and raspberry. I returned the Ruby Slippers (FEW American Gin, Aperol and Cocchi de Torino, their take on a Negroni) because the balance was off, but that’s always a tricky cocktail to nail as it’s so unabashedly boozy.

UPSCALE COMFORT FOOD

CRAVEABLE MENU OPTIONS

The beverage program is overseen by James Pierce (formerly of The Bar at The Peninsula Chicago), and he’s featuring many small, local craft distillers and brewers, including Death’s Door from Wisconsin, Evanston’s own FEW Spirits, Two Brothers Beer from Warrensville, and Metropolitan and Goose Island from Chicago.

We absolutely loved the Grilled Veg Goat Cheese Terrine ($12), the herby goat cheese wrapped in paper-thin grilled slices of

So when I heard that a “Brooklyn Bistro” was opening in the old A La Carte space on Green Bay Road in Wilmette, I was a wee bit concerned. Please, I prayed, don’t let there be hipsters on “fixies” serving the food. But bring on the pickles.

Executive chef Dean Salerno, a transplanted New Yorker who married into the Chicago area, is aiming for upscale comfort food, and he pretty much hits the mark. He and his design team have transformed the space: the walls are painted a deep bluegray with a few choice sayings written across them, the floors look to be made from reclaimed wood, and bare bulbs containing small sprays of light that resemble a summer evening gathering of the eponymous insects that hang in groups from the ceiling.

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The menu is full of craveables, most of which appear on others around town, but given a twist such as the de rigeur mac & cheese (here with the added bonus of smoked pork), or a tuna tartare (which Firefly pairs with salmon tartare and layers Napoleon-style between thin gaufrette potato chips). We opted to start with the Maine Lobster Spring Rolls ($14), the crispy rice paper wrappers stuffed with sweet lobster meat, shiitake mushrooms, Napa cabbage and carrots, and served on top of a nest of pickled (aha!) julienne veggies and accompanied by a sweet, thick dipping sauce that was reminiscent of marmalade. This particular batch of spring rolls was under seasoned, which could have been avoided with a thinner, soy-based dipping sauce.

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When you think of Brooklyn, what comes to mind? For me, it’s pickles. Pickles and Civil War beards. And hipsters riding gearless bikes, sporting said gnarly beards while eating homemade pickles from un-ironic Mason jars.

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zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant and carrot and drizzled with a sprightly lemon vinaigrette. Delish. The Beefsteak Tomato Trio ($10) was another beautiful presentation, with three thick slices of heirloom tomato each sporting a different topper: Fontina and thinly shaved fennel; sweet onion and homemade ranch dressing; and fresh mozzarella and basil oil with roasted peppers and aged balsamic. A small tangle of lightly dressed mixed baby greens graced the center of the triangular plate. Salads can be substantial, too, like the Grilled Romaine ($18), chockfull of smoky grilled elements (red onion, endive, portabella mushroom, red pepper), juicy chunks of medium-rare filet, shavings of both asiago and parmesan cheeses, all dressed with balsamic vinaigrette. There was a lot going on here, but all of it was tasty business.

EXCELLENT ENTRÉE OPTIONS

SWEET ENDINGS

Desserts are offered verbally, and on this visit they were all chocolate-based. Look, I love chocolate as much as the next girl, but I like a little variety. Toss me a bone—some stone fruit, some citrus, even a little coconut. But it’s a decent Flourless Chocolate Cake ($9), and a better-than-average Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake ($9) for those who want a little sweet to end the meal. On nice evenings, the 35-seat patio in back is open for business and quite comfortable. Reservations are available (try OpenTable) for the 60-seat dining room. Currently, the restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday; and brunch on weekends. I predict that unlike its namesake firefly, the light of this “Brooklyn Bistro” will last well beyond summer. Check out more reviews online.  MAKEITBETTER.NET/DINING

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Of course everyone serves Pan-Seared Salmon ($26), but Salerno’s version was particularly well executed, the perfectly seared fish leaning atop a mound of slightly bitter sautéed escarole, sweet oven-dried tomatoes and creamy white beans, adorned with micro-greens and some aggressively green basil oil. You’d want to order the Roasted Organic Chicken ($24) purely

on the basis of presentation alone, but it is also super tasty. They wrap the chicken around itself so that it resembles a very large pear; a sprig of thyme forms the stem as it perches atop sautéed rapini, surrounded by three crispy potato croquettes and a deeply seasoned lemon-thyme chicken jus. It’s a showstopper.

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# C#HDIICNAI G NO G

THE 9 MOST

GORGEOUS CHICAGO RESTAURANTS Rarely when confronted with a breadbasket do we bother to stop and reflect on our surroundings. But it’s worth putting down the butter knife (just for a minute) to admire the dazzling and innovative design on display in many fine local eating establishments. We toured some of the city’s (and the North Shore’s) most beautiful restaurants.

Warm and dusky despite its cavernous proportions, Embeya evokes the feeling of being in an ethereal temple. 564 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 312-612-5640, embeya.com NELLCÔTE u

Nellcôte exudes glamour with crown molding, sparkling chandeliers and Carrara marble tables, but it’s also rough around the edges in the sexiest way. 833 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 312-432-0500, nellcoterestaurant.com

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Inspired by a bohemian salon, Found is a 3D mosaic of vintage hides, velvet and paisley, houndstooth and pinstripes. 1631 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-868-8945, foundkitchen.com BOKA q

Inspired by Victorian architecture, Boka is a quirky, moody and luxurious flirtation between masculine and feminine. 1729 N. Halsted St., Chicago, 312-337-6070, bokachicago.com

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NELLCOTE PHOTO BY KELLY ALLISON

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Danish Modern in style, avec strictly enforces a disciplined use of materials, eschewing adornment for elegant simplicity. 615 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 312-3772002, avecrestaurant.com

The beautiful Travelle boasts sleek and sexy surfaces, gold accents, sculptural furniture, and a glass-enclosed kitchen, a.k.a. the “chef-quarium.” 330 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, 312923-7705, travellechicago.com

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Despite the humble “Hardware” sign outside, Guildhall in Glencoe is a gracious and resplendent space, laden with old-world charm. 694 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, 847-835-8100, guildhallrestaurant.com

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Sheathed in walnut, with glazed bricks, marble tables, nubby tweeds and brass accents, Momotaro is “materials porn.” 820 W. Lake St., Chicago, 312-733-4818, momotarochicago.com

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The Dawson is the perfect man: ruggedly handsome, masculine but refined. 730 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, 312-243-8955, the-dawson.com

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#BOOKS

EYE CANDY: 8 BOOKS FOR

INTERIOR DESIGN ADDICTS B Y K E L LY K O N R A D

Tired of your house looking, well…tired? Much like our closets need a fresh dose of fashion sense from time to time, our homes can benefit from a facelift once in a while. Here are eight books that will inspire you to get any redecorating project off the ground.

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The Bee Cottage Story: How I Made a Muddle of Things and Decorated My Way Back to Happiness Frances Schultz It’s the cult hit of the design circuit this year—a design guide-turned-memoir as this contributing editor to House Beautiful shares her personal journey along the way to a new life.

Sage Living: Decorate for the Life You Want Anne Sage Often, well-designed surroundings can motivate us to achieve our goals. City Sage blogger Anne Sage offers expert advice in this new release, with designs meant to inspire the featured home dwellers to attain their own lifelong aspirations.

Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors Phaidon Press Whether your aesthetic is minimal or grand (or somewhere in between), the editors at Phaidon have curated an exquisite collection of spaces from which to draw fresh ideas for your own home—hotels, cathedrals, offices and bars are included in this love letter to contemporary design.

The Curated House: Creating Style, Beauty and Balance Michael S. Smith It’s been seven years since Smith has talked interiors—but he’s back, talking about his California and Spanish experiences that influence his own design.

Flea Market Fabulous Lara Spencer Released in late 2014, this guide to vintage decorating isn’t lost on anyone who appreciates the genre. Consider this your companion guide for doing your own “flea market flip” with hidden treasures uncovered at the fantastic resale and antique shops in Chicago and on the North Shore.

Behind Closed Doors: The Private Homes of 25 of the World’s Most Creative People Rob Meyers There’s a whole heap of inspiration that comes from taking a voyeuristic look into the lives of others. Meyers takes us behind the scenes, where we get a peek at the inner sanctums of some of today’s most celebrated creatives.

Rethink the Way You Live Amanda Talbot Addressing the idea of sustainability is just one of the reasons Talbot’s guide has made so many “Best Of” lists this year. Beautifully photographed by Mikkel Vang, the book marries resourcefulness to technology in elegant ways.

Design Bloggers at Home Ellie Tennant Sure, they can talk the talk, but do they walk the walk? Tennant opens the doors to 15 of the top design bloggers’ homes, apartments and even cabins to learn more about their inspiration.

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#TV

7 BINGE-WORTHY TV SHOWS BY PA M E L A R OT H B A R D

In 1995, Seinfeld’s Elaine Benes had a problem: her female contraceptive sponge was being pulled from the market. She grabbed a case before they left the shelves, but with her limited supply, she began scrutinizing each potential suitor, questioning, “Is he sponge-worthy?” Now, 20 years later, TV viewers have the opposite problem: an overabundance of viewing options. But the solution is the same—there are only so many hours to watch, and thus we need to be choosy. Here’s a guide to shows that are worth the binge:

“BREAKING BAD”

AMC (2008-2013) This totally satisfying and addictive drama follows high school chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) as he’s diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, but then comes up with an unscrupulous way to secure his family’s financial future. White teams up with former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) to create a crystal meth business. This show features characters you’ll root for even when they do very, very bad things. Available through iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Xbox, Google Play and on-demand with your local cable provider.

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Netflix (2013-present) A political drama that features—no surprise—corruption, grudge-holding and despicable characters. Congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is smarmy and diabolical as he plots his rise to the top. His ambition is matched only by that of his clever and cunning wife, Claire (Robin Wright). The performances are powerful and the show made television history by becoming the first web series to receive major Emmy nominations. Available through Netflix and Amazon.

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“THE WALKING DEAD”

AMC (2010-present) County Sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) awakens from a coma to find the world as he knew it changed. Flesh-eating zombies, called “walkers,” dominate. Grimes encounters other survivors, and their struggle to maintain humanity (and their safety) under such trying and frightening circumstances is central to the plot. Available through iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, XBox and Google Play.

“DOWNTON ABBEY”

PBS (2011-present) The acclaimed costume drama begins in 1912 with the sinking of the Titanic and continues with other major historical events

having their effect on the characters of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. The melodrama focuses on the complicated relationships under the estate roof of Downton Abbey, mingling servant storylines with those of the mostly spoiled-butkind-hearted family they serve. Available through iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

“SHAMELESS”

Showtime (2011-present) Fiona Gallagher (Emmy Rossum) is a 23-year-old looking out for her five younger brothers and sisters on Chicago’s south side. Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) is their deadbeat alcoholic, drug-addicted, freeloading single father. This is a heartbreaking series about a desperate, dysfunctional family that sticks together in tough times. Available through Showtime, iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

“THE AFFAIR”

Showtime (2014-present) The happily married Noah (Dominic West) meets waitress Alison (Ruth Wilson) and begins an affair while he’s on vacation in Montauk with his family. The topic doesn’t tread new ground, but the way it’s handled does. The show explores the consequences of desire through the two main characters’ viewpoints—with all of the nuance and fallibility inherent in human memory. Did I mention that in addition to the affair thread, there’s also a murder investigation? Available through Showtime, Amazon, iTunes and Google Play.

“BLUE BLOODS”

CBS (2010-present) A New York-cop drama focusing on a multi-generational IrishAmerican family of police officers including the city’s commissioner (Tom Selleck), his retired father (Len Cariou), two sons (Donnie Wahlberg and Will Estes) and daughter (Bridget Moynahan). The well-cast show boasts the old-fashioned appeal of patriotism and loving-family dynamics, despite differing opinions. Available on Hulu, CBS, Netflix, iTunes and Amazon. Find three more binge-worthy shows online at MAKEITBETTER.NET/BINGE-WORTHY

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# T H E AT E R

FALL FOOTLIGHTS BY ROBERT LOER ZEL

This month brings three musical productions about teens to our local stages— along with a bio of Richard Pryor, an octogenarian struggling with her memory and a revue of classic movie songs. Through Oct. 25 | The Hypocrites at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago | 773-525-5991 | the-hypocrites.com Oct. 16 – 25 | Northwestern University (Ethel M. Barber Theater), 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston | 847-491-7282 | communication. northwestern.edu/tic There aren’t many rock bands of recent vintage with hit Broadway musicals, but Green Day’s 2004 album drew big crowds when the stage adaptation opened in 2010. The story of three young men trying to find their way in the world, it is now getting two local stagings: the professional Chicago premiere by the innovative Hypocrites, as well as a student version—likely to be filled with all of the necessary youthful spirit—at Northwestern, directed by local actress and cabaret singer Lili-Anne Brown.

“RIDE THE CYCLONE”

Sept. 29 – Nov. 15 | Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago | 312-595-5600 | chicagoshakes.com This is the U.S. premiere of an offbeat musical comedy-tragedy that was a big hit in Canada—about a Saskatchewan teen choir that dies in a freak roller-coaster accident. A critic for the Toronto Globe and Mail described it as “Glee meets Survivor.”

“Moon River,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “The Way We Were” and “As Time Goes By.”

“UNSPEAKABLE”

Oct. 6 – Nov. 8 | Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago 312-977-1700 | broadwayinchicago.com What began in New York as a one-man show about the life of Richard Pryor is now an ensemble drama, but it still features its original star, James Murray Jackson, Jr., as the legendary comedian from Peoria. The New York Times praised his “magnetic lead performance,” saying that he “renders the emotional turmoil of the role with brutal honesty.”

“MARJORIE PRIME”

Oct. 21 – Feb. 21 | Writers Theatre at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe | 847-242-6000 | writerstheatre.org The 86-year-old title character in Jordan Harrison’s new play worries that her memory is fading. But then a mysterious young man appears, helping her to uncover her past. Critics have called this comedy thought-provoking and tender—and this local premiere directed by Kimberly Senior features a top-notch cast: Mary Ann Thebus, Aaron Todd Douglas, Kate Fry and Erik Hellman.

“HOLLYWOOD’S GREATEST SONG HITS” p Oct. 2 – 11 | Light Opera Works, at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston | 847-920-5360 | lightoperaworks.com Singers from the North Shore group Light Opera Works give voice to the most delightful tunes ever put on celluloid, including

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GUIDE TO AGING WELL Marjorie Prime

THE PERKS OF

SEASON TICKETS BY ROBERT LOER ZEL

For theatergoers, season ticket subscriptions offer savings on ticket costs, the ability to change seats or performance dates, and the chance to put some outings on the calendar months ahead of time. And, subscriptions are a way of putting your money behind a group you like.

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

Here’s a look at several superb Chicago-area theater subscription options:

GOODMAN THEATRE

You can subscribe to five shows in the large Albert Theatre, three plays in the smaller Owen Theatre, or all eight. (Eightplay “platinum” subscriptions start at $195.)

STEPPENWOLF THEATER

A five-play season ranges from $100 to $350—or if you want VIP treatment with guaranteed best seats, you can enter the “Directors Circle” for a $1,500 contribution. If you’re under 30, a $100 “Red” card will get you six tickets you can use when you want.

WRITERS THEATRE

The Glencoe group offers four-play weekend performance subscriptions for $259 (weekend tickets), $199 (weekday tickets) or $179 (tickets to early preview performances before official opening night). And there’s also a $229 flexible package—guaranteeing tickets to each show but allowing you to decide later about the dates when you’re going.

THE LYRIC OPERA

The Lyric offers two subscriptions—one where you get the same seats every time, and one where you choose a date and seating section for each opera. Subscriptions offer as much as 50 percent off individual ticket prices.

BROADWAY IN CHICAGO

This group, which presents shows at Loop theaters, offers six-show subscriptions ranging from $150 to $958.

NORTHLIGHT THEATRE

The Skokie theatre offers five-play subscriptions for $109 to $245 (or $320, if you attend on opening night, which includes a reception), four-play subscriptions for $98 to $206, or you may buy three vouchers—to use as your schedule allows—for $108 to $138.

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# T H E AT E R

Mary Zimmerman

OFF-THE-CUFF THEATRE

DIRECTOR MARY ZIMMERMAN’S UNIQUE SCRIPT-WRITING PROCESS BRINGS “TREASURE ISLAND” TO THE STAGE AT LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE BY ROBERT LOER ZEL

Zimmerman, who lives in Evanston and teaches at Northwestern University, is one of the area’s most acclaimed and popular directors. When we called her in August at her vacation home in Maine, she hadn’t begun writing the script for “Treasure Island.” She wasn’t behind schedule, however— this is just how she works, as she explained. This is an edited transcript of our conversation. Q: Explain your method for creating new plays during rehearsals. A: I start with the actors, with no script—which isn’t as crazy as it sounds, because there’s the text that we’re basing our show on. I have to design it in advance, but we try to leave the design open to possibilities. Then I’m bringing in texts every day. I’m a day ahead of the actors. I’m working on it and being inspired by them. The script is usually complete a few days before we go into technical rehearsals. Q: Why do you work this way? A: It grew organically out of doing performance art pieces in school. The one time in my life when I was asked to do a script in advance, it closed off a certain kind of inventiveness. I believe a lot in the unconscious and in the intensity that this process creates. It kind of pushes me up against a wall, and I can’t be very calculating. I have to play in a way like a child plays. It’s very spontaneous, and it also gets me out of people’s opinions. Nowadays, any script you see has gone through so many workshops, so many opinions, so much input. I feel constrained by that kind of thing. I like having this primary and primal relationship to

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the text—which is deep and personal and happening very fast. Psychologically, it’s easier for me. I’m not as frightened going in… But physically, it’s getting harder and harder. I tend to wake in the small hours and write that day’s script. The kind of intensity of energy that takes, it’s really exhausting. The pressure, the responsibility, the demand is so great—although when I’m in it, I don’t feel that way. Figuring stuff out on the fly with people is just a great joy to me. Q: Why did you decide to adapt “Treasure Island”? A: I was here (in Maine) last summer and I thought to myself, “Have I actually read ‘Treasure Island’?” It’s so much part of the culture that you feel like you know it. There was this really handsome old copy of it in the library up here, and I read it. As I read, I saw it onstage. I found it gorgeously written—and really frightening and page-turning. My goal with the production is to make it feel as scary as the experience of reading the book does. There’s something about it that calls to anyone reading it… toward more adventure, toward more life. This ordinary boy, Jim, is swept up in this incredible adventure in which he proves himself quite brave, although very modest and unassuming. We attach to him so strongly. Q: How bad are the bad guys in “Treasure Island”? A: Long John Silver switches back and forth. He’s very charming and charismatic. The pirates are also really funny. You can’t help but be attracted to them in a way. There’s a scene where Billy Bones is begging Jim for a drink. Something in that scene is so contemporary. The way the alcoholic talks is so exactly correct. There are many, many passages that are like that. They are extremely vivid and extremely true to me. “Treasure Island” will be performed Oct. 10 to Jan. 17 at at Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. For tickets, call (312) 337-0665 or visit www.lookingglasstheatre.org.

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“Treasure Island” is one of those stories that has seeped into our culture. The way we picture pirates—those eye patches, peg legs, parrots and treasure maps—can be traced back to Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1888 novel. The book has been turned into dozens of plays, movies and cartoons, and now it’s getting the Mary Zimmerman treatment at Lookingglass Theatre.

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HELP BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS ROW THROUGH RECOVERY p Recovery on Water 203-610-0246 | recoveryonwater.org Join the fight against breast cancer by supporting Recovery on Water (ROW), a Chicago rowing team for survivors of breast cancer who want to take an active role in fighting back against their cancer. ROW was founded in 2008 by rowing coach Jen Gibbons, and breast cancer survivor, Sue Ann Glaser, after new research found that exercise could

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dramatically decrease chances of relapse. After joining ROW, survivors work out 55% more. In one year, the team’s membership has doubled to 60 women. In order to make the experience accessible for all breast cancer survivors, the team has scholarships in place. Help sponsor a breast cancer survivor’s team membership by donating online at recoveryonwater.org/donate. PLAY PING PONG AND HELP BABIES IN THE NICU t The Jackson Chance Foundation 312-334-6658 jacksonchance.org The Jackson Chance Foundation (JCF) created the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Transportation Program to alleviate transportation expenses for families while their child is in the NICU. By providing families with parking and CTA/Metra vouchers, the foundation hopes to give families the opportunity to spend more time with their babies. The program, which is entirely funded by JCF, currently runs at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, but there are plans to partner with more hospitals in the near future. Support JCF’s cause by making a donation online at jacksonchance.org/donate; or by attending or sponsoring the foundation’s 3rd Annual Ping Pong Ball on Thursday, October 29 from 5:30 – 10 p.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. Event tickets can be purchased at jacksonchance.org/pingpongball. PROVIDE A GOOD MEAL FOR A GRIEVING FAMILY A Meal to Heal 847-770-3579 | amealtoheal.org A Meal to Heal is a non-profit organization that provides comfort and healing for those who have experienced a death in the family by sponsoring meals for them at their favorite restaurants. The meals are provided to the families in the form of restaurant gift certificates so the families can go out to dinner at their own convenience. The organization was founded by Lake Forest resident John Kelly after the death of his mother. After her death, Kelly says he had a meal with his five siblings that provided a sense of bonding and healing, and he wanted to pass along those feelings to others. Families are selected for A Meal to Heal through word of mouth in the community, reading the news or through direct contact from a family member. Provide a meal for surviving family members by making a donation online at amealtoheal.org/get-involved or sending restaurant gift certificates to PO Box 61, Lake Forest, IL, 60045.

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TRICK OR TREAT FOR UNICEF UNICEF 800-367-5437 | unicefusa.org While kids and families are going door-to-door on Halloween to collect candy, they can also collect funds for UNICEF. Funds donated to the 65-year-old Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign will help UNICEF provide children around the world with medicine, nutrition, clean water, emergency relief and education. UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first, and ensure all kids have a safe and healthy childhood. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. For more information visit unicefusa.org/trick-or-treat. Send donations to U.S. Fund for UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038 or submit donations at Coinstar kiosks across the country.

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GI V E T I M E MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS USA Today and Points of Light 800-416-3824 | makeadifferenceday.com The largest national day of community service is Saturday, October 24. This day is known as Make A Difference Day, a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. The holiday, which is in its 24th year, is a USA Today initiative, backed by Gannett and done in collaboration with Points of Light. On this day, volunteers from across the country will come together to work on projects that will improve their local communities. When you start a project within your community and enter the project on the Make A Difference Day website to recruit volunteers, you can enter for the chance to win one of the $10,000 grants awarded by Newman’s Own. There are 14 grants awarded every year. Start a project or look for a project in your community by going to makeadifferenceday.com.

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WEAR BLUE AND STOMP OUT BULLYING STOMP Out Bullying™ 877-602-8559 | stompoutbullying.org October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. STOMP Out Bullying™, the leading national anti-bullying and cyber bullying organization, created Blue Shirt Day, recognized on the first Monday of every October (October 5, 2015) as a day to raise awareness around bullying prevention. Celebrities like Lea Michelle and Emma Roberts have joined the 2015 campaign and appear in the promotional videos on the organization’s website. STOMP Out Bullying™ teaches effective solutions on how to respond to bullying, provides help for those in need and at risk of suicide, and raises awareness through peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities and social media campaigns. Help your kids raise awareness by encouraging them to contact their schools and ask about incorporating anti-bullying programs into the curriculum or by encouraging them to apply to be a STOMP Out Bullying™ Teen Ambassador at stompoutbullying.org.

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BETTER MAKERS AND THEIR IMPACT

38TH ANNUAL ZOO BALL: ARCTIC BL A ST | JULY 10, 2015 The Lincoln Park Zoo • $1.1 million Raised Sponsors: Lathrop and Gage LLP as the technology sponsor, Jennifer N. Pritzker/Tawani Foundation/Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Make It Better and Michigan Avenue.

Angela Chaudhari, Dayna Goldstein, Beth Stamos, Phoebe Nitekman and Elizabeth von Peterffy, all of Chicago.

Karen Eisenbart, Zoo Ball Co-Chair; John Ettelson, Chairman of the Board; and Denise Stefan Ginascol, Zoo Ball Co-Chair, all of Chicago

Education is the primary focus of the Women’s Board and this year’s ball went toward the development of an innovative new education center designed to enhance learning outside the classroom. Sri and Brian Sullivan of Chicago.

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Roberta Olshansky, Women’s Board Member of Glencoe; Kevin Bell, Lincoln Park Zoo President and CEO; and Christine Zrinsky, Vice President of Development, both of Chicago.

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Kevin Stineman and Tracey Benford, Board of Trustees Corporate Liaison, both of Chicago.

One of the Polar Bears at Lincoln Park Zoo.

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THE WOMEN’S BOARD OF THE LINCOLN PARK ZOO

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SUMMER DINNER DANCE | JUNE 19, 2015 The Esplanade at the Chicago Botanic Garden • $500,000 raised Sponsors: ITW and Northern Trust. Additional support was provided by Abbott and JP Morgan Chase

Elizabeth and Lawrence Ryan of Chicago.

Art Collins and Sophia Shaw. Shaw is President & CEO of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Co-chairs of the 2015 Summer Dinner Dance were Susan Merlin of Lake Forest, Steffie Madigan of Winnetka, Susan Canmann of Winnetka and Jen Kasten of Chicago.

13TH ANNUAL TA STING STAR S E VENT | JUNE 20, 2015 DIRTT Environmental Solutions Showroom, 325 N. Wells St., Chicago • $50,000 raised Presented by The Private Bank

Steve and Suzy Shute of Glenview with Amy and Carlos Salgado of Chicago.

Brent Carstensen of Chicago, Nick Chivers of Galesburg, Matt Seal of London and Adrian Bennett of Saddleworth, England

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Riana Menkes of Wantagh, NY and Dan Hula of Chicago.

Cheryl Kusper of Brookfield, Jim Fields of Chicago and Kenna Watters of Phoenix.

Mammography technicians and doctors from the University of Illinois.

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Greg and Anne Jones and Andrew and Melissa Goltra, all of Lake Forest.

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CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN

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SUPPORT KOHL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM AND NURTURE A LOVE OF LEARNING IN YOUNG CHILDREN WHEN YOU SHOP FOR GOOD AT THESE LOCAL RETAILERS.

10% of all proceeds from the Glenview day of shopping on November 2nd will go toward Kohl Children’s Museum as well as 10% of all proceeds from our Shop For Good items sold during the month of October.

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ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER

2ND ANNUAL HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR BRUNCH | JUNE 29, 2015 Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Skokie Keynote Speaker: Abbey Fishman Romanek, Honorable Judge of Circuit Court of Cook County

SCOTT BYRON & COMPANY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Holocaust Survivor and Museum President Fritzie Fritzshall of Buffalo Grove, Noah Marcell of Chicago, and Vice President of Development Ken Cooper of Skokie.

HE ARTS IN HAR MONY DAY OF CARING PL AYGROUND PROJECT AUGUST 8 , 2015 Hyde Park Elementary School Yard and Community Playground in Waukegan

The renovated playground.

Scott Byron of Highland Park, CEO/Founder.

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Museum CEO Susan Abrams of Highland Park and Holocaust Survivor Barney Sidler of Northbrook.

The whole team of volunteers.

Christen Cook of Chicago, Client Relations Manager.

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Holocaust Survivors Johanna Brainin (Starkopf) of Highland Park and Ida Kersz of Skokie.

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Holocaust Survivor and Museum President Emeritus Samuel Harris of Kildeer and Holocaust Survivor and Museum Vice President Ralph Rehbock of Northbrook.

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#GIVINGBACK

ONE-STOP SHOP FOR SENSORY SUPPORT HOW ONE STORE OWNER IS SERVING NORTH SHORE KIDS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DIFFERENCES

“Vibrating oral-facial massager” was the search term Ellen Sternweiler typed into her computer. Mother to three children with developmental differences, Sternweiler was desperately seeking a solution to her middle son’s severe sensory-seeking behavior. She didn’t know what the product was called—she just knew that he needed deep sensory input into his jaw. After three hours of sifting through a barrage of unwanted products, she had an epiphany. She decided to open The Sensory Kids Store.

parenting store. It was the first brick-and-mortar storefront offering sensory and developmental toys, therapeutic aids and clothing in a mainstream, inclusive setting. Sternweiler utilized her background in graphic design to make in-store and online shopping for items like weighted vests feel akin to picking out a pair of jeans. She wanted it clean, not clinical; bright, not boring. The response was astounding: People came from all over to see, touch and feel in person.

“Being a parent to special-needs kids is hard enough,” Sternweiler says. “Finding what you need for them should be easy.” The Sensory Kids Store opened in 2011 inside Bellybum Boutique, Sternweiler’s now-shuttered Lincoln Square green

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six children in the United States, ages 3-17, has one or more developmental difference. “Every child can benefit from a healthy sensory diet,” Sternweiler says. “Some just need more

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#GIVINGBACK The Zen Rocks Superhero Lightning Bolt Chew Necklace The Sensory Kids Store founder Ellen Sternweiler

than others.” The Sensory Kids Store offers products that keep the senses in balance, so kids can regulate themselves and enhance their focus. After living in Chicago for 24 years, the Sternweilers decided to move, to better meet the special education needs of their children. In 2014, they purposefully landed in Wilmette and could not be happier. “The special education support at Romona and Highcrest is unparalleled,” Sternweiler says, and speaks highly of Wilmette’s recreational sports community and inclusion at Northfield’s Temple Jeremiah. Now in Wilmette, The Sensory Kids Store (sensorykidstore.com) sells products online and through one-on-one product consulting to parents, schools, community groups and clinics. Megan Kennedy, Skokie mother of two, says Sternweiler is one of the most helpful resources her family has met on their special-needs journey. “The opportunity to speak with Ellen personally is one of the most beneficial things we’ve been able to take advantage of.”

Weighted and compression vests, seamless sensitivity socks and chew jewelry are some of her top sellers. Products like the Joki Swing or Big Red Top offer aesthetically pleasing and fun ways for kids to get the peace and quiet or gentle motion they crave. Sternweiler also helps to organize a local developmental differences resource fair and co-hosts a monthly parent support group. “After years in graphic design, I needed to do something that was meaningful, and give back to the community,” Sternweiler says. “What could be better than helping support, educate and make life easier for my fellow parents struggling with the challenges of raising children with developmental differences? This is incredibly fulfilling.”

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The online store is organized into categories like seeing, hearing, talking and touching. Parents don’t need to learn a whole new terminology to shop. They just need to know what their child is seeking; then the choices can be easily drilled down from there.

Parents receiving a troubling diagnosis for their child are overwhelmed, confused and frustrated. Sternweiler helps filter data and provide support, as both a parent and a product specialist. “If your kid loves to be tickled but hates to be compressed, I’d suggest brushing,” explains Sternweiler.

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“CHILDREN ARE THE MESSAGES WE SEND TO GENERATIONS THAT WE WILL NEVER SEE.” —DOLORES KOHL

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This year, Kohl Children’s Museum celebrates its 30th anniversary with a plethora of activities—including a not-to-be-missed October 17 gala and a Make It Better Shop For Good partnership just in time for holiday shopping. Make It Better is proud to be the media sponsor for the entire year of 30th anniversary celebration activities.

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