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48 Kitchen Confidential 53 Six Must-Try Decor Trends to Update Your Home 54 Everything You Need to Know About Hiring an Architect 56 Declutter and ‘Rightsize’ Your Life in 5 Easy Steps 58 When the Kids Are Away, the Parents Will Play By Lauren Chesley, Michelle Huffman and Meghan Streit Photo courtesy of Airoom

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100 Finding Life After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis 102 Easy Living 104 Are You At Risk For Breast Cancer? 108 Strong Bones: How to Get Them, Keep Them and Avoid Fractures 111 Senior Living Directory By Shannan Younger and Susan Pasternak

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74  5 Tips for a Blowout That Lasts

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76  Too Early for Botox?

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We’re delighted to share this home issue — our best magazine yet — with you. Turn to page 47 to read our special extended home section, packed with gorgeous homes and expert advice on everything from finding the right architect to build your dream home, to crafting the perfect kitchen for your personality, to “rightsizing” into a space that’s ideal for you and your family. But please also share our pride in being able to help these outstanding nonprofits who provide housing, skills and real hope for the future to those who otherwise would be homeless: • Heartland Alliance • Mercy Home • Homeless Coalition • Night Ministry • Youth Build • LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Chicago • H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities & Maintenance for the Elderly) • WINGS • Deborah’s Place • The Resurrection Project • Mercy Housing • Neighborhood Housing Services • HOW (Housing Opportunities for Women)

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On Instagram We shared behind-the-scenes photos from our fashion shoot with “Chicago P.D.” star Marina Squerciati and you loved them! See the final photos on page 90 and follow us at @makeitbetterns for future behind-the-scenes moments. @makeitbetterns: #WomanCrushWednesday: Take a look at @chicagopd star @marinasqu in this outtake showing off her balance and strength, in super high heels too! @femicorazon Ace! @lisajelicwatson Love it @blackhalostyle Gotta love a strong woman @christyhart Well that’s tricky! @unlokt_chi Amazing post @lisajelicwatson Marina, you rocked the photo shoot!

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Feel good about cracking open a cold one during football games this fall by picking up a six-pack from one of these breweries in Chicago or around the Midwest. From Revolution Brewing’s partnership with the Shedd Aquarium to Great Lakes Brewing Company’s work protecting fresh water, there are many ways some of the best in the beer biz are giving back.

Hands of Peace Facilitates Healing Dialogue Across Middle East and American Borders Glenview-based Hands of Peace is “an interfaith organization that empowers young people to raise their voices as leaders of change.” Alumnus and former assistant program director Adam Heffez writes about his experience with the organization at MAKEITBETTER.NET/PEACE

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ON THE COVER We asked Make It Better Facebook followers to help us choose the cover for our annual home issue. The overwhelming favorite was the entryway to this North Shore French Normandy-style home by Reynolds Architecture Design & Construction. Inspiration for the design of this home came from the magnificent trees in the area and composition of the overall streetscape. “We wanted this residence to complement the neighboring homes while making its own architectural statement,” says President Doug Reynolds. Reynolds explains that the sloping site and mature trees presented unique design challenges but ultimately led to a home that sits comfortably on the site and feels as though it may have been the original home in the area. “This home is about authenticity and speaks to the permanence of what’s carved in stone,” Reynolds says. Photos by Nathan Kirkman


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BY ANNA CARLSON, OLIVIA ELLIS AND JAMIE SCHMID

Canada’s State & Main, known for its comfort food, cocktails and selection of craft beers, has opened its first U.S. location at The Glen Town Center. Stop by for favorites like the Grilled Cheese Burger, Poutine and French Quarter Beignets. Plus, take advantage of specials like 25 percent off Tins on Tuesdays and half-price bottles of wine on Thursdays. STATE & MAIN KITCHEN AND BAR: 1941 Tower Drive, Glenview, 847-730-5863, statemain.com—AC

If you’re in the mood for fast casual fried chicken, Honey’s Hot Chicken, a new chef-driven restaurant with a madefrom-scratch menu, opened in late June in downtown Highland Park. Also included on the menu are tasty chicken and Belgian pearl sugar waffles, fried shrimp, buffalo chicken spring rolls, homemade fruit pies and more. Plus, Honey’s Hot Chicken offers carry out, meal packaging and catering. HONEY’S HOT CHICKEN: 1791 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park, 847-432-6300, honeyshotchicken.com—OE

New and Nautical

Everyone’s favorite smiling pink whale swam over to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago in August. Vineyard Vines’ first Midwest outlet features made-for-outlet styles for men, women and children, including the brand’s signature neckties and nautical shirts, dresses and accessories. VINEYARD VINES:

Fashion Outlets of Chicago, 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, 847-928-7500, fashionoutletsofchicago.com—JS

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NORTH SHORE HEALTH CENTER AND FRIENDS FOR HEALTH North Shore Health Center, which serves uninsured and under-insured families in Highwood and Highland Park, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Partnering with Friends for Health, NSHC has implemented programs such as the Diabetes Prevention and Treatment program, an enhanced Women’s Health program and the Moraine Township Food Pantry Garden Plot Project, and has reached more than 19,000 patients. North Shore Health Center: 1840 Green Bay Road, Highland Park, 847-984-5300, lakecountyil.gov—OE

IMERMAN ANGELS

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of Imerman Angels, a leader in cancer support and provider of resources and connections for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. Anyone can reach out to be connected with a Mentor Angel — someone who is the same age, gender and has experienced the same type of cancer — and the service is entirely free. In its 10 years, the organization has initiated more than 26,000 connections in every state and more than 60 countries. Learn more at imermanangels.org. Imerman Angels: 205 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 312-274- 5529—OE

BERNIE’S BOOK BANK 2013 Philanthropy Awards winner Bernie’s Book Bank announced in July that it has donated 6 million books since 2009. The organization, which collects and redistributes books to at-risk children in the Chicago area, now reaches more than 200,000 kids every year. To learn more and find out how you can get involved, visit berniesbookbank.org. Bernie’s Book Bank: 917 North Shore Drive, Lake Bluff, 847-780-7323—AC

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SitStayRead, a literacy organization that brings volunteers and certified reading assistance dogs to classrooms in low-income Chicago neighborhoods, reached 2,515 students in 80 underserved Chicago classrooms during the 2015/16 school year. That’s a record number of students reached for this 2014 Philanthropy Awards winner. Learn more about how you can help this organization during the new school year at sitstayread.org. SitStayRead: 2849 N. Clark St., Chicago, 773-661-9251—AC


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A hand-hewn oak log five-bedroom home built in 1855 in Appleton, Wisconsin, by Scandinavian settlers now sits on a private 1.2-acre Barrington Hills lot and is listed by Lori Rowe of Coldwell Banker for $795,000 (top). Seven-bedroom, red-brick colonial with indoor sports court in Kenilworth is listed with Team Mangel of @Properties for $2,995,000 (bottom right).

HOT PROPERTIES 10 TIPS FOR BUYING A HOME THIS FALL B Y A L E X A N D R A W H I T TA K E R

1 Don’t be afraid to haggle with sellers as the weather cools

down. “If a property is still on the market in the fall, you have a better chance of negotiating the price,” Hartsig says. Traines adds, “Things that started at a higher price are sitting there, and people don’t want their houses on the market over the holidays.”

2 Choose a seasoned realtor. “Work with someone who knows the area well,” Traines says. “You want to get all the facts before buying.” 3 Start working with a tax attorney right away to appeal

your taxes. “Doing this will save you money in the long run,” Mangel says.

4 An older home could be a diamond in the rough. “A lot of new buyers aren’t interested in taking on a home with a long age, but you should think outside the box when you look at older homes,” Hartsig says. “Formal rooms can easily be turned contemporary.” 5 Make appointments with schools while they’re in session.

“Get to know the different school districts,” Mangel says. “If you’re buying a home in the fall, you can sit in on classes your kids would be in and see what they’re like firsthand.”

6 Strike while the iron is hot. “We don’t know where housing is going in the next year. Mortgage rates are historically low right now, and if you wait a year to buy, housing might increase in value, and you’ll end up paying more,” Traines says. “If the rates go up, even if it isn’t by a lot, you could look at a larger payment in the long run.” 7 Bigger isn’t necessarily better. “If you’re buying new, bigger isn’t always better,” Hartsig says. “If you want a new-construction house, research the builder and other homes that they’ve built to get a better idea of what you’re paying for.” 8 Do your research on the neighborhood. “Schools, restaurants, home features, websites all share tons of information online,” Mangel says. “This enables buyers to be better informed than ever.” 9 Choose location wisely. “You want to be in the best location for your dollars,” Traines says. “That means if you want to be closer to the train, you’ll pay a premium.” 10 Make sure you have a house inspector that can spot weather-related damages. “Once you find something you like, you need the home to be fully inspected because the wear and tear a home goes through in Chicago is a lot more expensive than in places where it’s always hot,” Mangel says. Get more real estate news online at MAKEITBETTER.NET/ REALESTATE

TOP PHOTOS BY MEG BERGER OF VHT STUDIOS; BOTTOM RIGHT PHOTO BY VHT STUDIOS

So you’ve missed the big summer real estate market, and you’re left thinking, “now what?” Have no fear — according to expert brokers Kathryn Bader Mangel of Team Mangel at @properties, Kathy Hartsig of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and Katie Traines of @properties, there are plenty of great reasons to shop right now. Here are their top tips for buying a home this fall.


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Garden Talks Lecture Series Begins Sept. 29 Martin Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Highland Park | chicagobotanic.org This Chicago Botanic Garden lecture series will feature nationally recognized speakers like “Wild” author Cheryl Strayed (Sept. 29) and civil rights activist Ruby Bridges Make It Better is a proud media sponsor of this event.

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“The City of Conversation” 15 Sept. 15 to Oct. 23 Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie northlight.org The Midwest premiere of Anthony Giardina’s play about a family whose members are on opposite sides of the political spectrum — a divide that stretches across six administrations. SEP

Fiesta Ravinia

Lake Forest Library Used Book Sale Sept. 15-18 SEP 15 Lake Forest Recreation Center Gym, 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest | lakeforestlibrary.org Shop more than 100,000 gently used books, as well as DVDs, CDs and audiobooks. On Saturday, teachers receive a 20 percent discount with ID and Sunday is half-price day. Make It Better is a proud media sponsor of this event. “Pretty in Pink” 30th Anniversary Screening Event Sept. 16 SEP & Nancy Hughes Theater at Gorton Community 16 John Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest gortoncenter.org It has been 30 years since this cult favorite hit the big screen. Celebrate at Gorton with pink cocktails, light bites and ‘80s music before watching the movie. Come dressed for prom or in pink. Fiesta Ravinia Sept. 17 SEP 17 Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park ravinia.org Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day with games, dance lessons from the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago, an art fair with Mexican and Mexican-American artists, and food. All of this is free when you buy a ticket for the evening’s concert with Los Tigres del Norte and Mariachi Flor de Toloache.

CHERYL STRAYED PHOTO BY JONI-KABANA; RUBY BRIDGES PHOTO COURTESY OF CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN; BOTTOM PHOTO COURTESY OF RAVINIA FESTIVAL

Cheryl Strayed

BY ANNA CARLSON


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TOP LEFT PHOTO COURTESY OF EXPO CHICAGO, TOP RIGHT PHOTO COURTESY OF LONG GROVE APPLE FESTIVAL; BOTTOM PHOTO COURTESY OF GOODMAN THEATRE

61st Annual Gold Coast Fashion Award Show SEP Sept. 21 21 Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market, Chicago foundation.luriechildrens.org Enjoy a gorgeous fashion show while supporting the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. Last year’s event raised more than $1.1 million. Make It Better is a proud media sponsor of this event. EXPO CHICAGO Sept. 22-25 SEP 22 Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago | expochicago.com This annual art exposition is celebrating five years with its first art critics forum featuring Judd Tully, Mark Rapport, Kolja Reichert and Iona Whittaker, moderated by Sarah Douglas. As usual, browse works from 140 international galleries in addition to newer galleries in the EXPOSURE section, hear from panelists and speakers during the Dialogues series, find installations throughout Navy Pier and Chicago, and more. Long Grove Apple Festival Sept. 23-25 SEP 23 Downtown Long Grove longgrove.org In addition to live music, family-friendly activities and games (think apple pie-eating contests), the festival features delicious treats like apple cider doughnuts, caramel apple lattes, apple butter with scones, apple fudge and more.

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Women Hold Up Half the Sky SEP Opens Sept. 25 25 Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie ilholocaustmuseum.org The Illinois Holocaust Museum’s latest special exhibit — inspired by “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn — explores the inequality of women around the world and what is being done to fix this oppression.

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Romeo & Juliet Oct. 13-23 OCT 13 Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago joffrey.org Joffrey Ballet’s 2016 season opens with Krzysztof Pastor’s take on this Shakespeare classic, “blurring the lines of dance and violence.” Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns Oct. 20-23 OCT 20 Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe chicagobotanic.org During this new event, Chicago Botanic Garden will be lit by more than 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns featuring carvings of Willis Tower, Michael Jordan, garden creatures and more. As you make your way around the grounds, look out for costumed characters and munch on apple doughnuts and cider.

Cider and Ale Festival OCT Oct. 22 22 The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle mortonarb.org This festival, where you can sample seasonal ciders and beers while surrounded by beautiful fall colors, is part of Morton Arboretum’s Fall Color Festival. Throughout October, visit for events like BOO Breakfast, the Glass Pumpkin Patch, Trick or Trees and more. Find specific dates online. Mankind to Mars OCT Oct. 24-25 24 Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago | goodmantheatre.org “National Geographic Live” is back for its fourth year at Goodman Theatre and it kicks off with a look at Nat Geo Channel’s miniseries “MARS” and the work being done to get man on that planet. Andrew Fazekas will host this event.

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SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS SEPTEMBER

OLPH Holly Fair Oct. 20-21 OLPH Playdium, 1776 Glenview Road, Glenview | facebook.com/olphhollyfair

Portland Cello Project Sept. 10 SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston evanstonspace.com

101st Annual Haunted House Oct. 28 Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka | winnetkacommunityhouse.org

World Music Festival Chicago Sept. 9-25 Various locations | cityofchicago.org

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African Festival of the Arts Sept. 2-5 Washington Park, 5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago | aihusa.org

Renegade Craft Fair Sept. 10-11 Wicker Park, Division Street between Damen and Ashland, Chicago renegadecraft.com Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest Sept. 17-18 Southport between Addison and Roscoe, Chicago | chicagoevents.com Autumn Fest Sept. 23 Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park | pdhp.org “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” Under the Stars Sept. 24 Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette | wilmettetheatre.com

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“Let Me Entertain You: Jule Styne’s Greatest Hits” Oct. 7-16 Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston | light-opera-works. org Fall Harvest Festival Oct. 15 Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Road, Glenview glenviewparks.org Chicago Ideas Week Oct. 17-23 Various locations | chicagoideas.com

Deer Path Art League’s 62nd Annual Art Fair on the Square Sept. 4-5 Market Square, Lake Forest deerpathartleague.org Snow City Arts’ Gallery Night 2016 Sept. 9 The School of the Art Institute, 112 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago | snowcityarts.org Misericordia Family Fest Sept. 11 Misericordia Heart of Mercy, 6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago | misericordia. com Women’s Business Development Center’s WBDConnect Sept. 13 Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Road, Rosemont | wbdc30.org North Shore Senior Center’s Return to the Realm 2016 Sept. 17 North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield | nssc.org Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation 5K Walk/Run Sept. 18 Montrose Harbor (Grove 16), Chicago themmrf.org

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Celebrate!Evanston Sept. 29 Evanston Golf Club, 4401 Dempster St., Skokie | evanstonforever.org People’s Music School World Premiere Oct. 6 Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago | peoplesmusicschool.org Sohopreneur Oct. 11 Sunset Ridge Country Club, 2100 Sunset Ridge Road, Northfield wintrustsohopreneur.eventbrite.com Women Leadership Awards Oct. 13 Hilton Orrington, 1710 Orrington Ave., Evanston | ywca.org/evanston Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund’s Ignite Potential Night Oct. 13 Venue One, 1034 W. Randolph, Chicago dmsf.org Karen Dove Cabral Foundation’s 2016 Butterfly Benefit Oct. 16 Elawa Farm & Garden, 1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest karendovecabralfoundation.org Celebrity Chef Ball Oct. 21 Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St., Chicago | mealsonwheelschicago.org Helping Hand Partners Oct. 27 Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen, 1141 S. Jefferson St., Chicago helpinghandpartners.com YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago 2016 Recognition Dinner Oct. 27 Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Place, Chicago | pjhchicago. com/event/YMCA

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CHICAGO’S 25 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN BY OLIVIA ELLIS AND SUSAN B . NOYE S

In August, we watched American women dominate on the global stage at the Rio 2016 Olympics, and in November, we very well may elect our country’s first woman president. With so many powerful women inspiring across the globe, we think it's time to shine a spotlight on the women making an impact at home. Make it Better is proud to present our inaugural list of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Chicago. These are our city’s movers and shakers — women who control multi-million-dollar budgets, powerful media or other public platforms, or have created transformational models wor­thy of wide replication.

“If you focus on driving measurable impact, the results will speak for themselves.” Anne Burke, Illinois Supreme Court Justice, First District Debra Cafaro, Chairman and CEO, Ventas, Inc.

“Work hard for your clients, your colleagues and yourself. Staying happy and grateful are acts of will and habit. Practice them daily.” Deborah DeHaas, Vice Chairman, Chief Inclusion Officer and National Managing Partner, Deloitte

"Push beyond my comfort zone, constantly reinvent myself, and never miss an opportunity to build a relationship ... I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am today, and I wouldn’t be the leader I am today, without the advice and examples of those who came before me.” Mary Dillon, CEO, Ulta Tammy Duckworth, Representative D-IL 8th District, nominee for U.S. Senate Jeanne Gang, Founder and Principal, Studio Gang Architects Margo Georgiadis, President of the Americas, Google Ilene Gordon, CEO, Ingredion Incorporated Lori Healey, CEO, Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments Julie Howard, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI)

Linda Johnson Rice, Chairman, Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. Lisa Madigan, Attorney General, State of Illinois Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO, Commonwealth Edison Company Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board of Commissioners Penny Pritzker, 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce Diana Rauner, President, Ounce of Prevention Fund “Your reputation is your greatest asset.” Laura Ricketts, Co-owner and Chair of Cubs Charities, Chicago Cubs Jo Ann Rooney, President, Loyola University Chicago Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO, Mondelez International Jana R. Schreuder, COO, Northern Trust Joanne C. Smith, M.D., President and CEO, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) “I see leadership as calling people toward a better future — helping the team to see that better future and take the actions necessary to move toward it.” Julia Stasch, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Marty Wilke, President and General Manager, WBBM-TV/ Channel 2

“Pay less attention to the words and more to the actions of leaders you admire and respect. Studying those actions inspired me to work harder, always be my true self and to fight for what I believe is right — even when it upsets the status quo.” Read more about each of these women and why we’re so inspired by their example at MAKEITBETTER.NET/POWERFULWOMEN

PHOTOS COURTESY OF EACH WOMAN

Melissa Bean, Chairman of the Midwest, JPMorgan Chase & Co.


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#HOME

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WELCOME HOME B Y L AU R E N C H E L S E Y, M I C H E L L E H U F F M A N A N D M E G H A N S T R E I T

With fall’s arrival come shorter days, cooler weather, and the perfect opportunity to head inside and cozy up with family and friends. Whether you’re already living in your dream home and just want to spice it up with some of the year’s best décor trends or are ready to find the right pros to help you craft the perfect sanctuary for your family, we’ll show you how to create spaces that warm your heart and wow your guests.

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KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL BY MICHELLE HUFFMAN

Four homeowner personalities. Four types of kitchens. Four top designers. Once a utility room, the kitchen has been elevated to a real showpiece in the modern home. That doesn’t mean its essential purpose should be sacrificed though. So when top designers sit down with a homeowner looking to remodel, they aren’t just thinking about what’s trendy and beautiful; they’re thinking about that homeowner’s lifestyle and how to design a kitchen that suits them perfectly. Since every homeowner is a little different, we isolated four homeowner lifestyles and talked to four top designers about how they create the perfect space for each.

THE ENTERTAINER The homeowner looking for an entertainment-friendly kitchen has embraced this increasingly universal truth: Parties always seem to end up in the kitchen. Internationally known, Wilmette-based kitchen designer Mick De Giulio says the best way to work with this phenomenon is to keep the kitchen open and install a big center island for gathering. “It’s really important to have an island that’s big enough to have a chef working at the island and the guests can gather around it and feel like they’re part of the whole activity,” De Giulio says. Rick Glickman, CEO of Dream Kitchens in Highland Park, agrees and adds that a peninsula perched at a 30- or 45-degree angle can similarly provide a gathering space without sacrificing an extra three feet to a walkway on one side. Another technique: Distribute the action more evenly and create spaces away from the main

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kitchen hub where guests can serve themselves. “Adjacencies are important,” says Mike Klein, CEO of Lincolnwood remodeling company Airoom. “Whether you’re building or remodeling your existing kitchen, you want spaces that don’t feel completely divorced from the center hub — out of your immediate workspace but all within earshot and sight.” Dan DeGiulio of Kenilworth-based DG Design Kitchen & Bath feels a combo is the best approach: Make a large island with a second sink and warming oven the center of the action during food prep, then move the food and drinks (and therefore the party) to another countertop or butler’s pantry to create ideal flow. As for the latest features, refrigerated wine dispensers — the kind you see at serve-yourself wine bars — are starting to cross over into homes, as well as built-in beer taps and built-in coffee dispensers. Wireless sound systems or built-in flat screen TVs are also popular.

THE HOME CHEF Not all chefs work in restaurants. Some have day jobs and come home to their own kitchen and get to work. These are people who have honed their techniques, try the latest trends, and make food so delicious and beautiful, you get a little suspicious about whether their dishes are really homemade. Mick De Giulio recommends the home chef pare things down and increase efficiency. The professional chefs he works with like one larger sink so they can

clean as they go, or they request a trash chute built right into a cutting board. Glickman also installs galley sinks, which have a sliding prep board over them, making prep and immediate disposal a breeze. Dan DeGiulio looks for innovative smart ovens that have features that sense the amount and size of food and adjust the cooking accordingly, store favorite oven settings and include a wireless temperature probe.

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This modern kitchen from Airoom has a number of entertaining-friendly options, including a separate wet bar slightly removed from the main action, a large island and table for gathering, as well as a nearby couch for lounging, and even a built-in TV.

2 This kitchen, by de Giulio Kitchen Design, was created for the corporate chef of Sub-Zero, and includes many features specific to chefs, such as the large sink and butcher’s block in the island, which has seating for guests to view preparation.

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THE SPACE SAVER

Some homeowners are bound by a smaller kitchen footprint, while others simply don’t want to see the kitchen take over their homes. For these folks, designers implement truly inventive space-saving tricks. Chief among them: Drawers before doors. “I’d rather see 85 or 90 percent of the kitchen with very efficient drawer systems,” Klein says. Design is also important here. Opt for a peninsula instead of an island; add a few glass-doored cabinets that extend all the way to the countertop for extra storage that’s not too heavy; and try a sliding barn door or pocket door instead of a swinging door, Dan DeGiulio says.

“I recommend large windows,” he says. “Bringing the outside in is hugely dramatic. You won’t walk into the kitchen and feel like you’re in a constricted space.”

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Similarly, Klein recommends eliminating wall cabinets and opting for a few open shelves and just one tall, dry storage pantry to really open up the space. Dream Kitchens CEO Rick Glickman loves utilizing angled and corner sinks so space isn’t lost to awkward angles, especially in small kitchens. In this kitchen, even the upper cabinets are not cabinets — they’re drawers.

“Wall cabinets really start to bring in the walls of the kitchen,” he says. “You lose counter space and head space, and they’re really a cliché kitchen look.”

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This Highland Park kitchen has a massive island with plenty of outlets for plugging things in. The island also features a number of drawers for easy organization and access. It also has a washer and dryer in it, for the truly multi-tasking cook.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF DREAM KITCHENS

Often the problem isn’t just maximizing storage, but making small spaces feel bigger. Mick De Giulio says natural light is the key here.


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THE BUSY COOK

You’ve got little kids. You work. You want everyone in the family to eat healthy. But you don’t have a lot of time. You’re looking for maximum efficiency and minimal fuss. For this homeowner, every designer mentioned a new breakthrough oven: The steam oven. This combination oven, made by companies like Subzero-Wolf and Thermador, cooks food much faster while retaining more nutrients. These slightly smaller ovens are often replacing microwaves entirely as they offer that crispy, oven texture in shorter time frames. Dan DeGiulio has found plenty of similarly efficient features for this type of homeowner: “Porcelain counter surfaces with an integrated sink look like natural stone and take the worry out of staining and scratching. Hands-free faucets with touchless technology contribute to cleanliness. Smudge-proof stainless steel appliances have a protective coating that helps keep a kitchen looking clean and beautiful. A vacuum system built in to the cabinet toe kick makes cleaning up crumbs a cinch.” The trend with this crowd is toward simple clean lines in the cabinetry and countertops, moving away from heavy crown molding and corbels, he says. Klein also recommends French-door wall ovens, which open one side at a time instead of pulling down, and a more advanced refrigerator built for maximizing the life of fresh foods. Glickman also sees mount systems near stovetops for plugging in a tablet or phone and following a recipe without risking the device. For more design ideas, go to MAKEITBETTER.NET/HOME

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5 WAYS TO ENSURE A BETTER BUILD FROM THE OUTSET BY SCOT T SIMPSON BUILDER S

Home improvement is at once a wonderful family adventure, a crash course on patience and a financial leap of faith. Key actions up front will set a much smoother path. 1 Hire an integrated architecture-construction firm A unified team collaborating on a single vision under a single contract is proven to save money, tighten the delivery schedule and heighten out-of-the-box creativity. Your project benefits immensely when one firm holds responsibility from design through construction. 2

Trust your gut Building takes communication, inspiration and patience. A team offering easy-going smarts, authentic conversation and comic relief is as important as their relevant experience, financial stability and a solid reputation.

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It’s important for your new home to settle through several seasons. Your builder should have the confidence to cover everything over which they had responsibility — for an extended period of time.

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Envision with experts Nothing saves time and money like agile experts who already have years of experience. Work with professionals devoted to helping you visualize where you want to end before you begin. A great architecture-construction team will have processes that prioritize your input and offer guidance with transparency to economize and strengthen your decision-making along the way.

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6 MUST-TRY DÉCOR TRENDS to UPDATE YOUR HOME

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After years of gray palettes reigning supreme, the pendulum is swinging back toward bright, vivid hues. Chicago designer Mitchell Channon says don’t be afraid to go big with color: “Paint it on all the walls, or cover the whole sofa with it.”

BY MEGHAN STREIT

You update your wardrobe each year by adding key pieces. Keep your home as fresh and on-trend as your clothing with some strategic updates. We asked local design experts how to keep our homes looking current. The recurring themes? Bold colors and patterns, industrial elements, and wallpaper, wallpaper, wallpaper!

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Make a bold statement with large-scale light. “Hanging one in the living room adds glam … creating a glittering focal point,” Channon says. Be sure to hang pendants at least 90 inches above the floor, so even your tallest guests can comfortably walk beneath them.

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BOLD COLORS

WALLPAPER AS ART

Wallpaper need not fade into the background. “A feature statement wall completes the look in any room and eliminates the search for that perfect piece of art,” Designer Mary Nigh says. “Go for big geometric prints or textures — grasscloth and cork are a must.”

4 SUPER-SIZED PATTERNS

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When it comes to architecture, fashion and interior design, Channon says the trend is “big, bold and eccentric” (as seen in this black-on-black wallpaper). “The bigger the room, the bigger the pattern,” Channon says.

6 5 PAINTED WOOD

If you’ve been eyeing a heavy-looking piece of dark wooden furniture for a makeover, now is the time to do it. Ellen Duffy of Northfield-based Avenue Interiors says painting dark wood a light color (like the gray wash she used on this previously dark desk) is the perfect way to update existing pieces.

INDUSTRIAL ACCENTS

Give traditional décor some modern edge by mixing in a few well-placed industrial accents. Think reclaimed wood, antiqued tin, distressed leather. “Don’t let the reputation of metal scare you,” Nigh says. “A juxtaposition of wood and metal leaves a space feeling clean, chic and serene.”


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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HIRING AN ARCHITECT BY MEGHAN STREIT

Building or remodeling a home is no small undertaking — here’s how to choose the best professionals for the job.

“Building a home is, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is also likely the most expensive lifetime event,” says Evanston architect Nathan Kipnis. There can be a number of professionals involved in the process of building a house — an architect, general contractor, builders, subcontractors. What you want to avoid, says Marty Meadow, senior vice president of Airoom, is signing separate contracts with an architect and a builder who have conflicting responsibilities. “The best approach to almost any remodeling project is working with a design-build team,” says Meadow. “This means there’s one point of responsibility for the entire project. It often saves you money in the long run to bring everything under one team.” Wilmette architect Chad Boomgaarden says your initial meeting with a prospective architect is kind of like a first date

— you can tell within a few minutes whether you’re a match. Trust your intuition, he says, because you’ll be working closely with that person for several months. “Your architect will be your advocate throughout the duration of the project,” Boomgaarden says. “This all has to be handled without ego, and efficiently, so that you are achieving your desired aesthetic while staying on budget and schedule.” KNOW WHEN TO SKIMP AND WHEN TO SPLURGE You’ll be spending a pretty penny on the quality construction or renovation of your home, so Kipnis says not to skimp by simply hiring the cheapest architect. The difference in fees from one firm to another is probably only a few thousand dollars — a small percentage of the overall project cost. “If you select a ‘cheaper’ architect and get a poor design, no matter how good everything after that is done, it will only be as good as the bad design is,” Kipnis says. Northbrook homebuilder Jeffery Rothbart says you should expect your architect to be budget savvy. Get an understanding of how he or she intends to “value engineer” your project.

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Building a new home, or having significant remodeling done on your existing house, can not only cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the process can take six to 12 months (or longer!). That’s why it’s so important to find the right professionals to handle your home construction or renovation project.


Above, a 3D rendering of a home in Glenview. Right, a Barrington Hills home, with an infinity pool designed to emulate a lake, under construction.

“Every project is likely to flirt with the top of the budget, and it’s important that the builder know where to save money,” Rothbart says.

TOP LEFT PHOTO BY DOUG REYNOLDS; TOP RIGHT PHOTO COURTESY OF REYNOLDS ARCHITECTURE

QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU SIGN A CONTRACT As with most things, word of mouth is a good way to identify reputable architects and design-build teams. Kipnis says you should check the company’s website to see what design awards the firm has won and which publications they’ve been featured in. You should also ask to see examples of projects similar to the one you have in mind. Kipnis says to ask potential architects whether they provide 3D renderings. “Most clients don’t want to admit it, but it is very difficult for lay people to read blueprints,” he says. “There is nothing better than the ability to ‘walk’ through a design, changing the materials and colors on the fly, and seeing the sun move through the space.” Milena Birov of Heritage Luxury Homes’ says to find out how many years a company has been in business and how many houses they’ve built. Also get information about warranties, structure of payments during construction, and what features are included in the asking price. “The best is to obtain a written specification, which describes the materials and components of every room of the house, so there are no surprises later,” Birov says. Boomgaarden advises asking potential architects how they handle scope changes and related fees. It’s also important to know who the main point of contact will be for your project. “The owner should know if they are paying for an associate or the principal of the firm to be on site, responding to the owner’s

and general contractor’s stylistic and technical questions,” Boomgaarden says. You assume your architect knows about things like load-bearing walls and permit requirements, but what about things like kitchen and bathroom finishes? Meadow says that “icing on the cake” can be just as important as the overall structure of a house.

“Buildings that don’t incorporate significant sustainable features will have issues with resale down the line, and are out of step with what needs to be done for the environment — they will be dinosaurs before they are even completed,” Kipnis says.

DON’T IGNORE THESE RED FLAGS

Northfield architect Doug Reynolds offers this checklist of questions to ask design-build candidates: • Who will actually be doing the design? Will it be a licensed architect or intern? • Does the architect/builder provide any guidance on finish selections or is the client expected to provide? • Is the architect truly part of the designbuild team or just an add-on resource to produce drawings? • How will the fees be structured? Hourly? Percentage of construction cost? Set fee? • Who will own the drawings during design phase, should you decide to part ways prior to completion of plans? Who will own the drawings once they are completed and ready for bidding? “In other words, can the owner walk away and use the plans with another builder if they can’t come to an agreement on pricing with the initial builder?” Reynolds asks. • Does the architect/builder have the right to replicate the design nearby or at all? “You may not want to see duplicates of your home around town.” THE IMPORTANCE OF SUSTAINABLE DESIGN Kipnis says sustainable design should be considered a must-have rather than a luxury. It is now possible to design “net-zero” buildings that produce as much power as they use, for minimal additional cost.

Even if an architect or design-build team meets your basic criteria, don’t ignore the red flags below:

1 Kipnis says to be wary of a portfolio 

that is all the same style of work — unless that style is exactly what you’re looking for.

2 Ask to do a walk-through of one of

the architect’s projects, and if you see things like nail pops, settling cracks, seams or uneven textures on walls, Reynolds says that could be a sign of shoddy work.

3 Watch out for what Reynolds calls

“iPad general contractors.” “This is a term for those who have no actual experience in architecture or construction,” Reynolds says. “They have little understanding of the hands-on direction and oversight that is truly needed to ensure a quality home and safe job site.”

4 Prospect Heights architect Jereme

Smith says to avoid architects who seem too busy or those who have a style that isn’t in line with yours.

5 Too many opinions — or too few —

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DECLUTTER and

‘RIGHTSIZE’ YOUR LIFE IN 5 EASY STEPS BY L AUREN CHESLEY

When 53-year-old divorcee and former TV news anchor Lauren Chesley took her fourth and final child to college last fall, she decided it was time to declutter and rightsize her life. Here she explains how to simplify the process by picking and choosing only the stuff that matters most.

The task is daunting. Letting go is hard. But how many high school papers do you really need to keep? How many pairs of shoes do you need that never really fit? If they just remind you of blisters, start sorting. WHERE DO I START? Figuring out where to start can be overwhelming. After all, it may have taken years to accumulate all you have. “Start in the area of the home that doesn’t have as much sentimental connection, such as the garage, basement or bathroom,” says Mary Kay Buysse, executive director of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM). NASMM members specialize in moving older adults but have seen a recent increase in Baby Boomers downsizing and moving for more urban living. “Start with a sweep of your home,” Buysse says. “What is absolutely something that hasn’t been used in five years, or what doesn’t have a home?” If it’s not being used in your current

home, chances are it won’t be missed in your new one. It’s about “rightsizing,” says Terri Albert, owner and professional organizer at The Chicago Organizer. “Maybe you are just starting a family or are no longer raising kids, maybe your hobbies are changing,” Albert says. “It’s about having the right amount of possessions for the current space and life you are leading.” SHOULD YOU SELL OR DONATE? As far as selling goes, it takes time. But that money does add up, especially if you have designer stuff. Luxury Garage Sale is a great option for consigning designer clothing, shoes and handbags, but you will have to wait for the paycheck. Designer Resale in Chicago will buy some items outright. If your timeframe permits, take your time and sell your stuff to the best buyers. Art and antiques have value. For example, do the research on who is actually buying Wedgwood dishes or what the market is for sterling silver. See how much things are going for on eBay. Get an appraisal from an auction house or estate sale. A quick call to your accountant may also help you decide if it’s worth the time and energy to sell items or if you might better be served with a tax-deduction on your charitable donation. WHEN YOU HAVE TO HAVE IT, BUT THERE’S NO SPACE Unfortunately, sometimes there is simply not enough space, even

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It doesn’t matter if you are moving down the street or moving your whole life, getting ready for a new baby or responding to the lure of an empty nest and the excitement of city living, the art of getting organized offers newfound freedom. Whether we call it decluttering, organizing or downsizing, it feels wonderful to get rid of “stuff.” We have somehow collected our kids’ stuff, our parents’ stuff, their parents’ stuff. Sometimes it’s just an accumulation of endless amounts of junk we hold onto, just in case we may “need” it one day.


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for the most cherished items. This is where an experienced professional may help, Buysse says, because they have probably seen it before. How do you honor the memory of a collection that has been in the works for years? Buysse recalls a story of a client with a collection of 85 teapots. The favorite teapot was selected and then a beautiful poster was made of the other 84 to honor the memory without having to find a place for the rest. “The goal is to give the process the dignity it deserves.” A LIFE UNENCUMBERED The bottom line is once we begin, it is incredible to see how much stuff we have accumulated and how much we can do without. Letting go allows us a clearer vision of new beginnings. After all, once you clear away the clutter you can actually see what’s in the closet. Looking to rightsize? Read more about the market at MAKEITBETTER.NET/ REALESTATE

Follow the 5 Ps for Painless Decluttering 1 PLAN Know where you are going and be realistic. Get a good measuring tape. A 90-inch wall will not fit a 94-inch couch. Size up the kitchen cabinets. Do you need an eight-piece toaster? It takes up half the kitchen counter. Plan ahead. It makes all of the following steps so much easier. 2

PILE Be prepared to make choices. Piles mean organization. First pile or label the “musthaves.” These are the irreplaceable things like family heirlooms, photographs, gifts from friends, your favorite funky red coat. Piles should include the “keep,” the “donate,” the “kids’ stuff they need to claim” and the “selling” pile.

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This is where the heavy-duty garbage bags are a necessity. Throw it away (or recycle). We’re talking old papers, contents of junk drawers and boxes

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As homeowners reach that point when their children have finally flown away and they take a look at their empty nests, they have an opportunity to really evaluate what they want out of a house — and have a lot of fun with it. Architect Paul Konstant recently built homes for two such empty-nester couples. Here’s a look inside.

Konstant's Glencoe clients wanted to reduce home maintenance, while still embracing traditional rooms like this sitting room, as well as a living room and dining room.


Architect Paul Konstant builds a lot of homes for empty nesters looking to downsize, or, more accurately, rightsize their dream homes. He recently had the opportunity to help two couples who wanted the same things — smaller homes that are easier to maintain with elements of universal design and space for the kids and grandkids — but went about it in completely different ways. “These are two couples, at the same stage of their lives, but they’re very different programs,” Konstant says. “One is very fresh and more contemporary; the other is very traditional and a little more formal.” It’s a tale of two empty nests. A MODERN APPROACH IN WINNETKA This project was dear to Konstant’s heart: He designed it for his daughter Natalie’s lifelong best friend’s parents, a couple who lived near Konstant for years. Plus, they asked his daughter to do the interior design, so he was able to not only work with friends, but his daughter as well. The couple was looking to scale down from the home where they raised their three children, and selected a downtown lot about half a mile away from their old house. “They wanted a place where the kids could come home and each have their own room and bath, but less maintenance, a smaller footprint and fewer rooms,” he says. They also wanted a modern spread. No formal living room or dining room, but instead a place to eat near the kitchen and a sort of breakfast nook for dining, an open layout, and the master bedroom on the first floor.

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“They wanted materials that would be relatively maintenance-free and durable for their active dogs, with a neighborly feel, a very comfortable and casual house,” Konstant says. “Nothing formal or uptight.” Plus, Konstant added a feature that would make almost any homeowner envious: A smaller laundry room attached to the master and another one upstairs for the kids to use. Laundry baskets are basically a thing of the past in this home. THE TRADITIONAL WAY IN GLENCOE Unlike many empty-nesters, this Glencoe couple really wanted to celebrate the traditional layout of the American home. Because they had a lot of furniture and decorative items they wanted to keep, they wanted a more familiar design

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with formal living and dining rooms. They even opted for a traditional second-floor master bedroom — with an elevator, of course. “They still scaled down, but the living room and dining room sizes were based on these furniture pieces that were very dear to them, so we took more space out of the master suite and bedrooms, which are smaller but still very comfortable,” Konstant says. Like the Winnetka couple, they included bedrooms for each of their children with attached bathrooms. Because the couple also has grandchildren, they added a guest suite in the basement with a room that has four attached bunk beds where the grandkids can sleep (and let’s be honest, probably stay up late goofing around). The interior design, done by Karen Walker, is also more traditional and tailored to match Konstant’s architecture. The home is unusual in Konstant’s line of work; most empty nesters request open floor plans and main-floor masters. But that’s what Konstant loves about designing homes for the empty-nester crowd — they know what they want. “They’re great to work with because they’ve had a lot of life experiences and they’re honest about what they need and they don’t need to impress anybody anymore,” he says. “For years I would say, 'I love doing vacation homes because owners let their hair down and say ‘I want to build as I really live,’ and now to see that in their primary residences — it’s very fun.” Read about more gorgeous homes at MAKEITBETTER.NET/ HOME

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Bill O’Donnell takes in the fall colors along the trout stream near his rural Wisconsin home. He hand-carved the canoe from walnut and cedar trees harvested on the property.

ANSWERING THE CALL OF THE WILD B Y H E AT H E R B L A C K M O R E

After 30 years on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, father of four Bill O’Donnell gets back to basics with his family on a rural Wisconsin farm.

How can I do this and get paid for it, he wondered. “This” was a simpler life, worlds apart from the one he’d built in Chicago. For 30 years, O’Donnell (brother of actor Chris O’Donnell) donned a dark red coat on a windowless Chicago trading floor. Long, stressful days spent shoulder to shoulder with screaming, gesturing traders had provided a great living for him, his wife, Amy, and their four children. But something was missing.

THE LAY OF THE LAND

By 2001, the O’Donnells had two small children and were eager to buy property. Friends encouraged them to buy a timeshare but Bill wanted permanence. A place “to plant trees” and build from the land up. A solo search with a dairy farmer who moonlighted as a real estate agent revealed a 35-acre parcel two hours from his home in Deer Park. It was rough, overgrown with noxious weeds and full of drain tile that had destroyed the wetlands that used to cover the area. But he wasn’t deterred.

“It was a great career, provided a great lifestyle, nice home, a second home,” O’Donnell says. “It just wasn’t my passion.”

“As funny as it sounds, the land spoke to me,” he says. “It was like the movie ‘Funny Farm.’ Pheasant were jumping in the fields, ducks in the pond, deer in the woods. I had to ask [the agent] if he’d cued his friends to release their pets to make the sale.”

Last May, he traded his red coat for a plaid shirt and lived-in jeans and reconnected with the country boy that’s always lived deep within him.

He began educating himself on land restoration and set to work applying his knowledge to reviving the property. When he dug out the drain tile, the water fowl population exploded. The

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Bill O’Donnell has a knack for figuring things out. It’s a skill he’s honed since childhood and something he wouldn’t put to full use until an epiphany occurred as he sat upon his tractor in a bucolic corner of southwest Wisconsin.


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The O’Donnell children pose in their father’s vintage pickup that bears the original Blue Ash Farm sign from his grandfather’s land in Kentucky.

removal of invasive vegetation gave way to the return of indigenous plant life. Frequent sightings of wood ducks, eagles, mink, bear, bobcat, raccoon and fox were a testament to his success. Prairie and habitat restoration was another feather in his cap. “What’s so nice about habitat restoration is that if everyone with acreage does a little restoration it works, it becomes contagious, and your neighbors start doing it too,” he says.

A CABIN TO CALL HOME

With the land on track, O’Donnell focused on building a home. Always the consummate do-it-yourselfer, he found a company that allowed customers to design and build their homes. Based on his specs, the cabin was shipped in pieces to be assembled on site. With the help of a few buddies, he had it framed in a week and completed in 2004. The O’Donnells named their homestead Blue Ash Farm in honor of Bill’s grandfather, Karle Rohs, who owned the original Blue Ash Farm near Cynthiana, Kentucky. Shortly after Karle’s untimely death, his wife Gertrude sold the farm, saving only the hand-carved wooden sign that was attached to his grandfather’s pickup truck. Despite never knowing him, Bill felt a connection to the man through stories told by his mother. Like Bill, Karle was an avid outdoorsman and hunter. His grandfather’s Blue Ash Farm sign now hangs on his green 1950 Ford F-1 pickup truck.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SONS … AND DAUGHTER

The O’Donnell kids are unique compared to most children.

Bill, his wife Amy, and their four children, despite wearing their Sunday best from time to time, are no strangers to living off the land.

According to Bill, they devour venison, quail and veggies from the garden. They build wood duck boxes and bluebird boxes for both of their homes and thrill at the sight of a mother duck entering a box to lay her eggs. Daughter Abby is the best ramp hunter he knows and all the children enjoy searching for morels to add to his recipes. The two oldest boys have completed hunter safety classes in order to accompany their father on his outings. “They’re not afraid to try anything,” O’Donnell says. “The kids help cook and they love to get involved.” They grow their own Christmas trees and planted a pear and apple orchard on the farm. When the fruit trees weren’t producing fruit, he realized there could be only one solution. Bees. True to form, he set to work learning about beekeeping and installed his first two boxes. That first year with the bees produced a bumper crop of fruit and more honey than he could use. Friends became the fortunate recipients of Blue Ash Farm honey.

RENAISSANCE MAN

There isn’t much that O’Donnell won’t attempt and eventually master. An avid reader, his uncanny ability to retain information has served him well. Most recently, a desire to float along his trout stream in a handmade canoe has earned him another title, canoe builder. Using walnut and cedar he harvested on his Wisconsin property, he has built two canoes and hand-caned the seats for both. Perhaps the most challenging question to ask Bill O’Donnell would be “What can’t you do?”


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ARE YOU SAVING ENOUGH FOR RETIREMENT? BY MEGHAN STREIT

Financial worries about the future can lead to sleepless nights, no matter how comfortable you are today. But with the right planning, you can ensure you’ll outlive your money — and get some rest. While 98 percent of wealthy Chicago women say they are confident they will reach their financial goals, 67 percent lose sleep over money worries, according to a recent survey by Charles Schwab. Of those who say financial fears keep them up at night, the most common concern is outliving their money. So, what’s the disconnect between all of that confidence and all of those sleepless nights? Brennan Miller, manager of Charles Schwab’s Michigan Avenue and Lincoln Park branches, says a key factor may be whether or not people have a written financial plan. “In many cases, you have people doing well in life — making money and saving, but kind of doing it haphazardly, and then all of a sudden a rough patch hits, and you don’t know where you stand in relation to your goals,” Miller says. To alleviate the fear of outliving your money, you need a comprehensive retirement savings plan. Not surprisingly, experts agree that the earlier you begin saving the better. “A good rule to follow is to save about 15 percent of your income into a retirement plan,” Miller says. Kathy Roeser, a managing director with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, says a trusted financial advisor can help you create a realistic plan for retirement. To take a quick assessment of where you stand, Roeser says to use the “funding ratio” to calculate the deficit or surplus between your savings and the money you’ll need for retirement. “The funding ratio is simply the present value of your current and planned future savings divided by the present value of your anticipated retirement needs,” Roeser says. Determining the amount of money you’ll need each year to enjoy your retirement can be tricky. Miller says not to make the mistake

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Agnes Flores and Anise Puckett of Chicago at the Girls 4 Science Women’s History Month event in March

GETTING GIRLS TO CODE BY SUSAN B . NOYE S

Google’s Margo Georgiadis believes we need to do all we can to encourage girls and young women to make up half of the talent developing the technology of the future, so she’s doing all she can to increase the pipeline of them into our future computer programming workforce.

Computer science careers command high salaries and promise work on the leading edge of change, so encouraging girls and young women to pursue this educational and career path should be an easier task than it is. Unfortunately, the number of female programming students has fallen dramatically in recent years. According to Google, the proportion of women earning bachelor’s degrees in computer science has dropped from 37 percent in 1984 to only 18 percent in 2014. Georgiadis believes that the best ways to foster girls’ interests in this area are to tap into their imaginations, empower them to embrace and enjoy STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and show them intriguing work in the field. She champions nonprofits that empower girls to pursue STEM education opportunities — like Girls 4 Science in Chicago and Google’s Made with Code.

From her wealth of experience, Georgiadis shares the following tips for parents, educators and others who have the opportunity to nurture girls and young women to become the next generation of technology developers. Cultivate a childhood love of science and math through exploration, creation and problem solving. Georgiadis encourages use of resources like Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry and Northwestern University enrichment programs. “Encourage children to delve into big problems while learning to collaborate with others too,” she says. “Science Olympiad and Maker Faire are excellent examples of this.” Hold up female role models. Women have historically been major contributors to computer science’s breakthrough innovations. For example, COBOL, one of the first high-level programming languages, was invented by Grace Brewster Murray Hopper, who also became a United States Navy Rear Admiral.

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As president of the Americas at Google, running Google’s business in the United States, Canada and Latin America, Margo Georgiadis knows that future technology will be much better if women comprise 50 percent of the talent developing it. Half of tech users are female, so their sensibilities need to be embedded in its creation and design.


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Georgiadis also cites Brittany Wenger, who was a teen when her mother developed breast cancer. At the time, early detection screenings were prohibitively expensive. To counter this, Wegner imagined neuro network models that would lead to a more affordable solution. She then talked others into giving her the mountain of data that helped her develop a breakthrough technology. Expose girls and teens to playful uses of technology and coding to which they will easily relate. Google’s Made with Code movement launched in June 2014 with the goal of inspiring millions of girls to learn to code, and to help them see coding as a means to pursue their dream careers. Coding and technology increasingly inform fashion and other types of design, as well as games many girls love to play. As an example, Google recently launched Tilt Brush, which allows users to “paint” in 3D space with virtual reality. Promote teaching computer science to every grade school and college student. According to Code.org and many other successful U.S. businesses and individuals, there are 566,308 computer science job openings nationwide. Unfortunately, last year saw only 42,969 college graduates in that field. Worse yet, most K­-12 public schools still marginalize computer science, with only one out of every four high schools offering computer science programming classes.

Margo Georgiadis and Jackie Lomax, founder of Girls 4 Science, at the Girls 4 Science Women’s History Month event in March

Read “The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future” by Steve Case.

In a 2014 Chicago Tribune Op-Ed, Georgiadis shared her belief that every K­-12 school district needs to teach computer programing to all students. Furthermore, she believes colleges should do the same. “Shouldn’t every college student be required to take a computer science class, just like English?” she asks.

In Steve Case’s New York Times best-selling book, “The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future,” he argues that we’re entering an era in which entrepreneurs will vastly transform sectors like health, education, transportation, energy and food. It’s called the “Third Wave” because it will be the third iteration of how our society leverages the internet.

Georgiadis encourages everyone to join the Code.org movement promoting computer science education in schools today.

“Read this book to understand and get excited about how professions — even the ones not typically associated with technology — will be reimagined,” Georgiadis encourages.

Major in people, take risks and grab opportunities. Georgiadis thanks her parents for encouraging her to search out great teachers and opportunities, which she calls “majoring in people, taking risks and putting myself in the path of opportunity.” She encourages all parents to do the same with their daughters. “We need to really encourage girls to ask ‘why not’ and other reimagining questions, like Brittany,” Georgiadis says. “They become women uniquely positioned to see opportunities and the human side of problems … Innovation comes when people put out a crazy goal and go for it.”

When asked about her hopes and dreams for a decade from now — when our society is well into the “Third Wave” — Georgiadis quickly declares, “My hope and dream is that women comprise 50 percent of the technical workforce. Our technology and our world will be better if this happens.” If parents, teachers and peers surround girls and young women with an environment of support and encouragement, this dream can be achieved. Margo Georgiadis was included on our list of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Chicago. Read more at MAKEITBETTER.NET/POWER


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#FITNESS

HIT THE POOL for the BEST ANTIAGING WORKOUT BY CHRIST Y COUGHLIN

Did watching our country’s top swimmers on the big stage at the Olympics inspire you to take the plunge? Dive in and reap the incredible anti-aging benefits of this full-body cardiovascular and strength workout. Swimming’s popularity is on the rise, as aging baby boomers look to maintain their fitness without the pain and risk of injury that accompany sports like running, cycling and tennis. Scott Bay, one of the top Masters swim coaches in the U.S., calls swimming “the fountain of youth.” He notes that regular swimming has slowed the aging process in the hundreds of adults he coaches in Florida. An Indiana University study similarly concluded that regular swimming can put the aging process on hold not just for years but decades. Dr. Sonia Millan of Florida Hospital Flager Orthopedics & Sports Medicine recommends swimming to many of her

patients, especially those who are overweight or have joint pain. “I advise patients to swim to maintain cardiovascular health without beating up their joints,” says Millan, who swam competitively in her youth and now trains with a Masters team and competes in open-water races and triathlons. ”I find swimming a valuable cross-training tool,” she says. “I can rest my joints while still getting a great workout.” According to an international study commissioned by Speedo, swimming is also a powerful tool for fighting stress and depression. It provides a more complete break from the real world and the demands of technology than many other forms of exercise, offers similar benefits to meditation, and improves self-image.

MAKE A SPLASH AND YOU’LL BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS THAT INCLUDE Increased cardiovascular strength and endurance Increased respiratory function Resistance training for arms, shoulders, back, glutes and legs Improved core strength with each kick, rotation and stroke Enhanced flexibility and improved range of motion Potential improvement in health markers including blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood chemistry Calorie burn in the 400-600 calories an hour range, which compares to running (when done at workout pace) Therapeutic effects of hydrostatic pressure and cool water, which promote blood flow, remove waste products and enhance the healing of injuries Long, strong musculature, making for a desirable body shape (Did you see the bodies of those Olympians?) Improved cognitive function as your brain works to coordinate the technical aspects of each stroke.


#FITNESS

Azra Avdic, who qualified for the US Olympic trials in the 100m and 200m butterfly, has just begun her freshman year at the University of Missouri where she was recruited to swim by coach Andrew Grevers (brother of Olympian Matt).

READY TO DIVE IN? Before you hit the pool, gently warm your large muscles groups with some dynamic yoga poses and easy arm circles to get your shoulders warm. Start your swim with a slow 100-200yard (one length=25 yards in most lap pools) freestyle warm-up. Kick with a kickboard. Kick 6 x 25-yard lengths on an interval or resting 10 seconds between each 25. Concentrate on kicking from the core, with minimal knee bend.

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WORKOUT SETS

Move to drills to improve your stroke. Swim freestyle with hands closed in fists for one 25 and then swim normally on the way back (this drill makes you use your whole arm to pull and makes you appreciate your hands). Repeat for a total of 3 x 50 drill down, swim back. Fingertip drag drill. Swim freestyle by dragging just the tips of your fingers across the top of the water (this drill forces you to have high elbows and reach your fingers far out in front of you, without crossing that midline). 3 x 50 drill down, swim back.

Mix in other strokes. Swim backstroke, breastroke and even learn to swim butterfly. 6 x 25 stroke. Short sets. Try sets of 25, 50 and 100 depending on your skill in the water. Give yourself 10-30 seconds rest between intervals. Long swim. Do a longer swim of 200-500 yards (8-20 lengths). Increase total distance. Keep track of your yardage and try to build it up with each session in the pool. To maximize the health and fitness benefits you reap, mix up the types of swim workouts you do each week â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some longer and some faster and shorter. Evanstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NASA Wildcat Masters coach Jacob Hanson encourages newer swimmers to continually improve technique and offers these tips (for swimming freestyle) to help you swim faster and more efficiently, and to protect swimming muscles from injury: 1. Your body position should remain flat in the water, with your core engaged throughout the stroke. You should have a slight rotation in your hips as you extend each stroke, loading the arms and lats to pull water. Your head should be facing the bottom at all times, to help maintain body position.

2. With each arm pull pretend there is a line drawn in the middle of your body, from your head down to your feet. As your arm recovers in the air, entry should be in front of the shoulder, leading with the fingertips. Many new swimmers cross that middle line which requires unnecessary stress and energy to pull. 3. Breathing impacts body position and the pull. As your arm is extending at the shoulder to catch water, the breath must be quick, with one goggle remaining in the water. You should exhale before turning your head to take a breath. Timing is everything here; if your breath is too long (exhale and inhale), your arm will cross that middle threshold, which will impact your body position, and make your stroke less efficient. Learn to breathe bilaterally. 4. The kick follows the flat body position, at a steady pace. The kick should start from the bottom of the core/hip flexors. Most new swimmers kick from just the knees. Pretend your legs are like giant whips, starting from your core.

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#BEAUTY

5 TIPS FOR A BLOWOUT THAT LASTS B Y H E AT H E R L E S ZC Z E W I C Z

Whether you need to look polished for an important meeting, want an unfussy special-occasion hairdo or just hate blow-drying your own hair, a salon blowout provides the perfect low-maintenance hairstyle. Here’s how to make yours last. There’s nothing like a salon blowout to help you feel gorgeously pulled together. “It’s a quick way to look glamorous without having to spend a lot of money,” says BlowDry Boutique co-owner Vikki Kokuzian. The best part? With the right maintenance, the average blowout can last three to seven days, depending on your hair’s texture and the weather, says Pascal Pour Elle Master Stylist Marci Aronesti. To make sure you get the most mileage out of your next blowout, follow these five tips from the experts:

1 DITCH THE PRODUCTS

BlowDry Boutique co-owner Caroline Shamoun recommends using little to no product on hair that’s been blown out. “The least amount of products the longer the wear, including hairspray,” she says. Aronesti agrees: When it comes to product, you still need to be able to brush your hair, she says.

2 NIX ACCESSORIES Shamoun says hair accessories should be avoided, including barrettes, headbands and clips, all of which “could leave a dent in the hair.”

3 SKIP YOUR WORKOUT “No working out. No sweating,” says Vivian Arpino of BloOuts, a multi-time Best Of winner. While we normally wouldn’t tell you to shirk your fitness routine, if you really want to extend the life of your blowout, it’s a good idea to avoid the gym for a few days. 4 EXERCISE CAUTION AT BEDTIME

When it comes to post-blowout sleep, there are a couple of methods that will help keep you from waking up with major bedhead. “Use an old-fashioned cloth scrunchie and loosely pile on top of your head,” Shamoun says. “There will be no dents, and you still have your wave.” Arpino says a low, loose ponytail will also work, but a little touch-up the next morning should be done. “Everyone needs to do a little something to their hair,” she says. “Use velcro rollers, [let them] sit in your hair for 10 minutes or touch it up with a curling iron.”

5 REACH FOR THE DRY SHAMPOO If your blowout is starting to lag, dry shampoo is a great way to refresh, Kokuzian says.


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TOO EARLY FOR BOTOX? B Y J E N N Y M U S L I N A N D A L E X A N D R A W H I T TA K E R

Women and men looking to stop aging in its tracks are turning to Botox at a surprisingly young age. If you haven’t joined them yet, should you? Botox has been popular for years, but more recently, men and women have been starting the process earlier in life, getting their fix during their lunch hour or surrounded by friends at Botox parties. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 64 percent of member facial plastic surgeons saw an increase in cosmetic surgery or injectable treatments in patients under 30. Botox, a drug made from a neurotoxin, is used in small doses to cosmetically eliminate wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscles. While the treatment is safe, a medical doctor like a plastic surgeon or dermatologist should perform it, so it’s a good idea to do some research before agreeing to the procedure. “Make sure whoever is injecting you is skilled,” says Kathy Pappas of EGEA Spa in Evanston. “It’s artwork. You want someone who has the skill and experience. You don’t want it to look artificial.” Botox is given in intervals; the amount you need depends on how expressive you are, but expect to come in two to four times a year, depending on your age. You should see signs of improvement within three to five days after treatment, but full results sometimes take up to two weeks. A recent study from the UCLA School of Medicine followed identical twin sisters for 13 years, during which one sister received Botox two to three times annually and the other sister received it only twice over the 13-year period. The verdict? Imprinted forehead, crow’s feet and glabella (skin between the eyebrows) lines were not evident in the regularly treated twin but were evident in the minimally treated twin. Dr. Julius Few, plastic surgeon and founder of the Few Institute, agrees that research has indeed shown you can stall visual signs of aging with appropriate treatment as long as you don’t overdo

it. When the muscles continuously squeeze the skin (like when you frown or squint), eventually you are going to crease. As time goes by, that crease will deepen. By starting Botox in your early- to mid-thirties, you can stay ahead of the curve. It’s important to limit how frequently you’re treated with Botox though, and only have it administered if you actually have lines in your face when it’s at rest. Glenview dermatologist Dr. Amy Brodsky agrees starting younger is definitely preventative, but starting too young can be a slippery slope. “If you freeze your forehead continuously for years, you lose muscle volume and fat so your temples may appear hollow. This happens because you are atrophying the temporalis muscle when too much is put in too early,” says Brodsky. “That being said, it’s also preventing future wrinkles.” ALTERNATIVES TO BOTOX If your skin doesn’t show any visible signs of aging, or you just don’t have the extra money for treatment with Botox or other injectables, you can still be proactive by taking care of your skin with a daily sunscreen with a high SPF, a firming neck cream, day treatments with peptides and night treatments with retinol. “People in their 20s and 30s should use a retinol product on their skin either daily or nightly,” says Pappas. “It will help regenerate your skin and reduce lines and wrinkles.” Many spas also offer peels to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the lips and eyes. Pappas recommends a medical-grade peel. “Medical doctors can also do clear lifts with a laser,” says Pappas. “It heats up the skin underneath and builds up collagen so you see a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.” For more beauty, go to MAKEITBETTER.NET/BEAUTY


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BEHIND THE CHEDDAR CURTAIN BY K ARL KLOCKERS

A well-aged cheddar, a creamy brie, a funky bleu or a perfectly fried curd. If that doesn’t have you halfway out the door and headed north to one of Wisconsin’s many cheesemakers and creameries already, how about pairing it with a beer from one of the Badger State’s many craft breweries? Sounds like a roadtrip-worthy experiment to us. We’ve found a few places in close proximity where you can create your own perfect pairing of Wisconsin cheese and beer. So what are you waiting for? Jump in your car and head north of the Cheddar Curtain for these great spots.

MILWAUKEE Clock Shadow Creamery / Milwaukee Brewing Company Billing itself as “Milwaukee’s Original Cheese Factory,” you’d be forgiven for thinking Clock Shadow Creamery, 138 W. Bruce St., has been around since aging caves were lit by candle. Not quite. It actually opened in 2012 in the Walker’s Point neighborhood, just south of downtown. For only $3, take a quick tour of the production facility. Stop by on Wednesday or Friday to watch squeaky-fresh cheese curds get made.

From there you’re just a stone’s throw from the production facility for the Milwaukee Brewing Company, which offers weekend tours and open houses at 613 S. 2nd St., but we’d recommend the 20-minute walk north to their original Milwaukee Ale House brewpub, 233 N. Water St. The riverside spot offers a couple dozen options, with any from their O-Gii series of tea-infused witbiers coming highly recommended.

DOOR COUNTY Renard’s Cheese Factory / Ahnapee Brewery Not that you needed any particular reason to head to the Cape Cod of the Midwest, but fresh local cheese from a third-generation cheesemaker is a pretty good one. Folks who plan ahead can visit Renard’s Cheese Factory at 248 Highway 42 in Algoma for one of their factory tours (available only by appointment/reservation), while their deli in Sturgeon Bay is probably your best bet to drop in and find their aged cheddar, smoked Swiss, and of course, fresh curds. Just a few minutes from both locations is Ahnapee Brewery, a small brewpub just steps from Lake Michigan at 105 Navarino

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Pack your bags and make room in your belly for a beer-and-cheese road trip across Wisconsin


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St. offering beers ranging from session IPAs and brown ales all the way up to barrel-aged wheat wines, and even a beer made with mushrooms. A bit further north up the peninsula, hit up the Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese store, 7813 State Highway, (one of the state’s 10 best places to try local cheese, according to Travel + Leisure) for even more cheeses from Renard’s, among many others, then quench your thirst at the Shipwrecked Microbrewery, Pub and Inn a mere one-minute walk away at 7791 Egg Harbor Road.

SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN Edelweiss Creamery / New Glarus Brewing Company Any beer-focused road trip in America’s Dairyland must include a stop at New Glarus, 2400 State Highway 69. One of the biggest craft breweries in the nation, but dedicated to hyperserving Wisconsin alone, beer lovers shouldn’t consider a trip to the state complete without bringing back a couple six-packs of Spotted Cow, Moon Man “no-coast” pale ale, or Serendipity, a rich, sticky, fruit beer with cherries, apples and cranberries. From the New Glarus brewery, you’re just five minutes from the factory store for Edelweiss Creamery, a cheesemaker that’s been operating in the same location, 529 First St., since 1873 and turning out specialty cheeses like havarti, butterkase and their famed Emmentaler Swiss. The company’s plant, where they make their cheese using milk from entirely grass-fed cattle from just a handful of area farms, is also just 10 minutes south.

WESTERN WISCONSIN Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery / Red Wing Brewery

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Originally formed by a group of farmers in 1910 to make and sell butter, the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, 232 N. Wallace St., branched out into cheese in 1966 and never looked back. Nowadays, the 450-farm collective makes literally tons of cheese curds every day — so you can see why Ellsworth is considered “the cheese curd capital of Wisconsin.” Located about 45 minutes southeast of St. Paul, Minnesota, the creamery’s retail store in Ellsworth sells nearly 300 different cheeses along with brats and burgers. Just up the street at 193 E Main St. is Common Man Brewing, a brewpub with 22 taplines featuring their own creations along with other regional favorites like Central Waters, Capital and Surly. But make sure to save room and head just 20 minutes south for more brews, this time steps from the Mississippi and just over the border into Minnesota. Since 2011, the Red Wing Brewery 1411 Old west Main St., Red Wing, has been making historical-style beers based off recipes from the town’s original brewery that date back to the late 1800s, while also creating more modern brews like an IPA, a farmhouse ale and a nitro oatmeal stout.

MINERAL POINT Hook Cheese Company / Brewery Creek Inn Located in Southwest Wisconsin about a half hour from Platteville (relevant for old-school Bears fans with memories of training camp days), Hook’s Cheese Company, 320 Commerce St., is busy maintaining its global reputation for top cheeses like their World Championship-winning Colby.

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Hook’s has been earning that reputation since opening in 1976, with owners Julie and Tony Hook receiving awards from the American Cheese Society and the World Championship Cheese competition during their 40 years in business. Beyond the awards, people are willing to drop big money for Hook cheddar — in May 2015, they released a cheddar aged for 20 years that went for over $200 a pound. If you’ve had enough of the road, a few minutes away is the Brewery Creek Inn, 23 Commerce St., which makes their own brews that include an American wheat, porter, a pale ale, and a shandy mixed with lemonade, and also offers bed-andbreakfast style accommodations.

MADISON GetCulture / Capital Brewery We close our trip with a destination that’s a bit more hands-on. Rather than making cheeses for sale, the GetCulture store, 501 Tasman St., offers cheesemaking supplies and ingredients for customers to make their own dairy-based products — specifically cheeses and yogurts — at home. If you’ve ever found yourself in the market for fermented milk cultures, rennet and ripening mold, you might be familiar with GetCulture’s products — and if you have no idea what any of those are, maybe one of their cheesemaking classes is for you. On the other side of Lake Mendota is Middleton’s Capital Brewery, 7734 Terrace Ave. They’ve been making Wisconsin craft beer for 30 years — long before it was cool — producing fan favorites like the Supper Club lager, the Wisconsin Amber and the Island Wheat. Brewery tours take place throughout the week and although it’s not the closest brewery to GetCulture — you’ll go past breweries like MobCraft (4539 Helgesen Drive), One Barrel (2001 Atwood Ave.) or Next Door Brewing Company (2439 Atwood Ave.) — it’s definitely also got culture of its own.


#DINING

DINNER IS SERVED BY JULIE CHERNOFF

Time is tight. You and your spouse both work and your kids have after-school schedules that rival an Olympic athlete’s, but you still want to come together for healthy meals at home. Thanks to the plethora of meals-at-home delivery services that have sprung up in recent years, you now have a dizzying variety of options. So make it easy on yourself. Check out these meal delivery options go online, and order a few meals for next week. Leave shopping out of the equation; keep prep to a minimum. Cook with your spouse, kids or friends and enjoy a meal together. Welcome to the new home cooking.

LOCAL OPTIONS MADISON & RAYNE madisonandrayne.com Owner Melanie Mityas partners with friend Josh Jones (once chef de cuisine at Chicago’s famed Spring restaurant) to bring make-at-home, restaurant-quality meals to your table. Their goal? “We want to make it easier for people to cook at home more often,” says Mityas. “People want to know where their food comes from, and they want to customize their meal [taking into account] preferences and allergy issues.” Being a local company that hand-delivers throughout the Chicago area lets them be more responsive to their customer’s dietary needs and restrictions.

What’s cooking? Black Bean-Glazed Salmon, Scallion & Sweet Potato Dumplings and Bok Choy; Braised Brisket Taco, Local Giardiniera, Pasilla Chile and Napa Slaw; Lamb & Mushroom Ragout, Orecchiette Pasta, Kale and Fresh Tomato Price range: $7.50 to $17 per serving Delivery: Order by 5 p.m. Saturday for Tuesday delivery *SPECIAL OFFER for MIB readers:

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Make-at-home meal delivery services offer a delicious and healthy way for even the busiest families to meet at the dinner table.


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That’s Martha as in Martha Stewart, who has put her imprimatur on the recipes for this meal kit subscription service. Options are based on what’s in season; they source organic whenever possible. What’s cooking? Indonesian Chicken Kebabs with Pickled Cucumber and Coconut; Herb-Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes and

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#BOOKS

CELEBRITY BOOK CLUB BY ANNA CARLSON

We’re always looking for that next great read, and some of the best recommendations actually come from Instagram, where celebrities are using social media to share their favorite books with millions of followers. Here are some suggestions from just a few of our faves. Reese Witherspoon @reesewitherspoon

Uzo Aduba @uzoaduba

The Wall Street Journal recently called Witherspoon “one of Hollywood’s most influential literary tastemakers in the book-to-screen business” and she even uses #RWBookClub so you can easily find her recommendations. One of her most recent picks was “All Is Not Forgotten” by Wendy Walker, a thriller she writes “had me guessing until the very end.”

Aduba’s “Orange is the New Black” co-star Diane Guerrero shares her story of growing up in the U.S. after her parents were deported in her memoir titled “In the Country We Love.” Aduba writes that it “makes me proud to call her friend and colleague.” Guerrero’s “Jane the Virgin” co-star Gina Rodriguez is also a fan.

Emma Watson @emmawatson

Sophia Bush @sophiabush

Of course the actress who played Hermoine is recommending books! The “Harry Potter” star actually has her own feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf, on Goodreads. Follow on Instagram at @oursharedshelf for picks like “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl” by Carrie Brownstein and “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi.

If you’re in need of a good laugh, Bush recommends “Live Fast Die Hot” by Jenny Mollen. The “Chicago P.D.” star writes, “Have you ever laughed so hard that your eyes puked tears? Whelp. Go get this book.”

Brie Larson @brielarson

Mindy Kaling @mindykaling

Oscar winner Larson read “Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff after “internet stalking” (her words) Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine. President Obama also called this his book of the year for 2015.

Over the summer, “The Mindy Project” star shared a shot of her weekend kit, which included “The Girls” by Emma Cline and “Ragtime” by E.L. Doctorow.

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# T H E AT E R

A GOOD MAN BY JULIE CHERNOFF

The Goodman Theatre Honors Robert Falls’ 30th Work Anniversary with Expanded Arts Education Programming

Joining the Goodman fold in 1986 and combining forces with long-time Executive Director Roche Schulfer, Falls immediately established his directing bona fides with Bertolt Brecht’s “Life of Galileo,” which starred Brian Dennehy. It marked the beginning of a 30-year friendship and artistic collaboration that has resulted in multiple Tony Awards. Dennehy and Falls are two of 10 change-makers in the Goodman’s Artistic Collective, an aesthetically diverse group of creative partners — directors, actors, playwrights — that Falls credits for his longevity at the theater: “I’ve been able to accept invitations to direct outside the Goodman, knowing that there are these artists [with] long affiliation who can well produce themselves and collaborate in my absence.” The Tony Award-winner and MacArthur fellow Mary Zimmerman is part of this elite group and explains its significance. “The theater is a very peripatetic profession,” she shares. “Having an artistic home where you feel welcome — and inside the door — is an immeasurable advantage and feeling of security.” The Goodman offers that support to its artists, a collaborative model that Falls has long championed. Falls’ tenure has also ushered in an era of committed social change to the venerable theater. That includes an unswerving commitment to cultural diversity, both on stage and behind the scenes, as well as the part that arts plays in education. “As an arts organization, I felt the Goodman had a unique position and responsibility in the city of Chicago,” says Falls. “It had the ability to be a leader in community involvement and engagement.” So for the last 30 years, the Goodman has taken a leading role nationwide in utilizing art as education and become a positive community force, expanding from the initial Student Subscription Series to serving more than 8,000 people each year, both young and old, with quality educational programming, most of it free of charge.

Entrance to the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement at the Goodman Theatre; Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls

This past May, in what Falls calls a “game-changer,” the Goodman opened the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement, a 10,000-square-foot space dedicated to education and community engagement initiatives. “We had hit a ceiling — literally — about what we could do,” says Falls. He credits the leadership of Director of Education and Engagement Willa J. Taylor with dramatically expanding programming to align with the artistic values of the Goodman and its commitment to the community. “The Alice is the first of its kind — a center dedicated to education and engagement — at a theater in Chicago (and most of the country),” says Taylor. “It provides space for us to not only increase the number of participants in our current programs but to increase the number of programs we provide; and, because of its technological sophistication, it significantly increases our capacity to train and support teachers through professional development and creation of curriculum.” None of this happens without a supportive board of trustees, currently under the leadership of Chair Joan Clifford. They have come through not only with increased fundraising, but with moral support of these important initiatives that define the Goodman as an inclusive community arts organization. And with Falls at the artistic helm, the sky is the limit. For more information about the Goodman’s educational programming, go to GOODMANTHEATRE.ORG/ENGAGE-LEARN

Mary Zimmerman will direct the opening show of the 2016-17 season, the joyful Bernstein/Comden/Green musical “Wonderful Town.” It’s a departure from her famous theatrical adaptations of beloved literary works (Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” and Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” among them), but one she relishes. “Doing musicals is a joyous experience that I came to later in life,” says Zimmerman, “and Wonderful Town is an underdog musical. In terms of Bernstein’s work, it’s not as well known. But it’s gorgeous.” “Wonderful Town” will run Sept. 10–Oct. 16 in the Goodman’s Albert Theatre.

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As the Tony Award-winning Goodman Theatre prepares for its 2016 dramatic season, they have many reasons to celebrate. Perhaps chief among them is the 30-year tenure of Robert Falls as artistic director of Chicago’s oldest (established in 1925) and largest nonprofit theater, a fruitful pairing that has expanded the social significance of the Goodman in myriad ways.


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Steppenwolf’s artistic director, Anna D. Shapiro, helms a world premiere by Tony winner David Rabe, whose play “Good for Otto” was so moving last year at the Northwest Side’s Gift Theatre. In this new drama, a man tries to reconnect emotionally with his mother, who’s facing cancer and mortality.

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The CSO is not only one of the world’s premier orchestras, but it also benefits from the loyal support and dedication of more than 600 volunteers. These individuals help make it possible for schools, community organizations and other underserved populations to connect with the exceptional musical resources of the CSO. Additionally their work and philanthropy makes concert programming at the highest artistic level available at Chicago’s Symphony Center and around the world. Before connecting with the resources of the CSO, many of Nicholas Hall’s students at Chicago’s Agassiz Elementary School had never attended a symphony orchestra concert. Hall, a Chicago Public School teacher, had the opportunity to participate in the CSO’s new Connect program, which included a trip for him and his students to Symphony Center for a school concert focused on themes and ideas found in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Taking inspiration from the experience, Hall’s students proudly performed their own original production at Agassiz school for their parents after four months of preparation. Hall says the “Romeo and Juliet” project, which involved students creating their own storyboards and musical scores, was “not something we would’ve been able to do” without the support of

CSO Connect, a program of the Negaunee Music Institute at the CSO. “We needed the financial and material support,” says Hall. “We do lots of arts innovation programs at our school, but this was on a much grander scale.” This year’s Symphony Ball fundraising goal is $1 million, and the money will help support outstanding concerts performed weekly during the season by the CSO, as well as programs in schools, hospitals and other community venues. “These programs reach thousands of diverse young people who may never have a chance to experience orchestral music, and engages student audiences in accessible and meaningful ways,” says Laura King, CSO Women’s Board community engagement chair and co-chair of the Symphony Ball. Jamey Fadim, CSO Association life trustee and Symphony Ball co-chair, describes the event as a “once in a lifetime … opportunity.” Festivities will include performances of works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Wagner that recreate the CSO’s very first concert, followed by dinner and dancing at the Palmer House. Chicago is fortunate to enjoy the leadership of the individuals who do the fundraising heavy lifting. And how satisfying it must be for them to see the dollars that they raise utilized in ways that impact audiences worldwide and communities in the Chicago area. Hopefully their example inspires others to pay it forward with great win/win opportunities like Symphony Ball, too. For more information about the CSO’s programs, and to purchase tickets for this year’s Symphony Ball, go to WWW.CSO.ORG

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Have you ever stopped to think about why otherwise busy people put extraordinary time and effort into million dollar fundraisers for cultural institutions? The “why” behind their actions is almost always inspiring. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Symphony Ball on Oct. 15 is the culmination of the Orchestra’s 125th anniversary season. The organizers of the annual gala intend to raise at least $1 million in support of the CSO’s artistic programs, as well as a variety of community and education initiatives.


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Michael Folio’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 56 blindsided the corporate executive and his wife, Cheryl Levin-Folio, of Highland Park. They faced the question: “Is there life after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis?” It’s a question asked by the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s according to the National Institute on Aging. That number is expected to grow, with an estimated 7 million people afflicted by the year 2025, and will climb to an estimated 15 million in 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information,” which is different than sometimes forgetting names or appointments but remembering them later. Other signs include losing track of dates and the passage of time, difficulty understanding spatial relationships, changes in the ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers, stopping in the middle of a conversation with no idea how to continue or repeating oneself. DON’T IGNORE IT When signs become visible, it is important to see a doctor. “Most families that have been touched by dementia wait until it is too late, whether that’s out of love or respect or even shame, but the consequences of waiting can be devastating,” says Dr. Demetrius Maraganore, medical director of the NorthShore Neurological Institute and chairman of the department of neurology at NorthShore University HealthSystem. An Alzheimer’s diagnosis sooner rather than later gives the affected individual and their family a chance to participate in the decision-making about their future. “It also gives the patient and their loved ones a chance to engage and form meaningful partnerships with healthcare providers,” he says. PREVENTING ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE “Alzheimer’s is preventable. The evidence is indisputable,” Maraganore says, explaining that there are 20 modifiable risk

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factors. Addressing these can delay the onset of the disease and reduce the number of cases. Those risk factors include: Diet and Exercise: Maraganore says that following a Mediterranean diet and exercising vigorously on a regular basis can reduce the risk for dementia by 60 percent. Sleep: Good sleep habits can also reduce one’s risk. Maraganore notes that people who sleep less than six hours a night or more than eight hours a night have an increased risk for dementia. Hypertension, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, anxiety and depression: All increase the risk for Alzheimer’s and all are preventable or treatable, the experts note. Intellectual engagement: Staying mentally active is tremendously important. Consider hosting a game night with friends and family for both the intellectual and social benefits. Socializing: “Social interactions are hugely important,” notes Dr. Bruno Giordani, associate director of the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of Michigan, who says that socializing can also reduce stress, which is another factor. Genetics: Doctors agree that this risk is particularly modifiable for those with a family history of late-onset Alzheimer’s. “Genetic factors are powerful, but you also have the opportunity to do something about it,” says Maraganore. SLOWING THE PROGRESS OF THE DISEASE AND IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE Levin-Folio and her husband are dedicated to living their best possible life despite the disease. She explains that her husband functions at a higher level than expected, and they attribute his success to the creative program they follow that includes a combination of outdoor activities and collaborative efforts with friends, family, and their dogs. “Things have changed, but the love story between us is there,” she says. Levin-Folio stresses the importance of being proactive and open about Alzheimer’s. “Don’t hide from it. Denial isn’t helpful,” she says. “I hope more and more people come out and talk about it.”

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home in the type of green setting Dave loves. However, they knew that with grown children who live out of town, they would likely have to move again once they need more help, and the idea of staying in their home with a caretaker was not appealing. “Someone said this is a combination of a college campus and a cruise ship,” Dave Napalo says. “There’s the healthful aspect of staying socially engaged. You can stay in your own home, but if you’re not seeing people regularly or have limited transportation, the opportunity for social engagement just isn’t there to the degree that would be healthy for us.” They settled on Lake Forest Place and are thriving in the community, where they have lived for a year. One can see why. Their 2600-square-foot home is maintenance-free: One phone call and someone arrives to fix whatever is broken, all included in their monthly dues. When they travel — they just returned from two weeks in Turkey — they simply fill out a form and someone manages their home in their absence. They have the flexibility to eat in the dining room, cook at home in their gourmet kitchen with vegetables grown on site in the community garden, or head to the city for a night on the town. Most importantly, they have the peace of mind that if and when one of them needs more care, assisted living and nursing care is on the premises. Life Plan Communities “tend to be appealing to that segment of the population that is by nature, planners,” says Dave Schless, president of the American Senior Housing Association, an industry advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. “We know that with education there’s an opportunity to increase

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Dave and Nancy Napalo are fond of their jaunts to the city for culture and dining, and are hard to pin down at home because of their busy travel schedule. So, it might be curious to some that they reside at the Presbyterian Homes Lake Forest Place, a Life Plan Community, also known in the industry as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), known to most as catering to those in their 70s and 80s. Both 65 years young, the Napalos are part of the changing face of senior retirement living.


the percentage of folks who move in to these types of communities. They tend to be among the most vibrant communities that we offer as a whole.”

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This buy-in concept of senior housing — you pay an upfront fee and then monthly maintenance that continues for the duration of your life — is just one option in a growing industry catering to different needs. Many seniors have found themselves in NORCs (naturally occurring retirement communities), where the residents have all aged in place after moving into the buildings at younger ages. They don’t have access to the breadth of services and support found in life-cycle communities, but they do have social opportunities with their peers. Many other seniors take the extra housing step of downsizing, and then moving to an assisted living or nursing facility if the need arises. However, that strategy can be perilous, as space is not always available when it is needed. “When you are looking for a quality place, in general there’s about a two-year waiting list,” Dave Napalo says. “When it becomes obvious that it’s necessary, it’s often too late.” While the buy-in option does not come without a hefty price tag (the lowest entrance fee runs around $230,000 for a high-end life-cycle community on the North Shore, with monthly fees starting around $3,000 per month), it does provide a full complement of activities for retirees, focusing on social, physical, spiritual and intellectual pursuits. Still, demand for continuing-care living is increasing. Nationwide, there are currently 598 entrance-fee Life Plan Communities, with 39 being expanded and 41 new communities in the works. To be sure, moving to a Life Plan Community at a young age is not for everyone, as the housing concept is still, for many, considered a place for the aged. For Nancy Napalo, it took some convincing of her friends that this was the right place for her and Dave, as many of them considered the couple too young for such a community. In fact, many of their friends wondered if one of them had a health crisis. Considering the life she and Dave now have though, filled with engaging friends, physical fitness, volunteerism, and a busy travel schedule, her friends’ minds are at ease about the Napalos’ wellness. “This does not feel old to me,” Nancy says. “We have a built-in community and our own house. It’s all a huge relief.”

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ARE YOU AT RISK FOR BREAST CANCER? BY SHANNAN YO U NGER

Although breast cancer is the most common cancer occurring in women, experts say there is plenty you can do to lower your risk. Breast cancer is the cancer with the highest incidence among women, regardless of race or ethnicity, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). More than 230,000 people were diagnosed with the disease in 2013, the most recent year for which numbers are available. Many people are aware of the disease, but not what they can do to reduce their risk. “We strongly encourage women to take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer,” says Maryann Rasmussen, senior market manager of the Lakeshore Division of the American Cancer Society (ACS). “Prevention is much easier than having to treat or cure cancer.” Breast cancer experts shared a few of the many risk factors for breast cancer and ways women can manage them to keep their risk as low as possible. VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY Many people associate exposure to the sun with an increased risk of skin cancer, but by staying inside and covered up, many people are missing out on the vitamin D that comes from spending time outside, and that can elevate the risk of other cancers, including breast cancer.

Dr. Eugene Ahn, medical oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, calls the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency a “silent epidemic.” “Fifty percent of women in the United States are vitamin D deficient, with 75 percent of women in the Midwest having a deficiency,” he explains, noting that greater time spent indoors and out of the sun is perhaps partly fueled by fear of elevated cancer risk, but staying inside may not be the answer. “A recent study showed that the top third of people with the most sun exposure even accounting for skin cancers had the least cancer risk, and those in the bottom third had equivalent cancer risk to active smokers,” he explains. Ahn suggests women get a simple blood test to check their vitamin D25 level and speak with their physician regarding the appropriate level of vitamin D for them. A supplement can often correct a deficiency without increasing exposure to UV rays. ALCOHOL INTAKE You may want to think twice before raising a second glass given that doing so often could increase your breast cancer risk.


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“Numerous studies have demonstrated that the intake of moderate amounts of alcohol, one to two drinks per day, is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer,” says Dr. Dean Tsarwhas, medical director of oncology services at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Grayslake Outpatient Center. Dr. Catherine Pesce, a breast surgeon at NorthShore University HealthSystem, says, “Data on alcohol shows that it is okay in moderation, meaning no more than two to three drinks per week.” One drink equals one ounce of liquor, six ounces of wine or eight ounces of beer. DENSE BREASTS Women with dense breasts are more likely to get breast cancer, and it can also be harder to detect tumors in dense breasts via mammogram, according to the CDC. Dense breasts are common and not abnormal, says Tsarwhas. There are four levels of breast density, with one being the least dense and four being the densest, with the least amount of fatty tissue. “In groups three and four, it is known that mammograms are not as good and can miss things,” says Pesce. Women cannot control their breast density, which declines with age. Being aware of it, however, enables women to make informed screening decisions with their doctors. Laws in Illinois and other states require that women be told if their breasts are dense. At NorthShore University HealthSystem, women in groups three and four can have automated whole breast ultrasound. “Our experience with it has been incredible,” says Pesce. “We have found breast cancers in women that mammograms have missed when they were very small, easily treatable and curable.”

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Ahn also notes that women with dense breasts should “be aware that MRI is considered a better imaging surveillance strategy than mammograms, but it comes with its own caveats, particularly higher risk of false positives and unnecessary biopsies.” He adds, “Women with dense breasts can certainly take to heart the advice on reducing their risk, especially staying physically active, eating a diet less exposed to animal fat and limiting alcohol intake. Since the relative impact of each of those interventions is considered uniform for all people, the absolute impact for a woman with dense breasts would be expected to be even higher.” HORMONE THERAPY “Current or prior estrogen and progesterone hormone therapy is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer,” says Tsarwhas. “Estrogen therapy alone without progesterone, used in women who have had a prior hysterectomy, is not associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.” He advises women to weigh the possible risks and benefits with their doctors and says factors to consider include a woman’s baseline risk of breast and other cancers, risk of other medical conditions and bone health. DIET AND EXERCISE You are what you eat, and body weight and diet can both impact an individual’s risk for any cancer and specifically breast cancer, particularly when it comes to weight gain after menopause, according to Breastcancer.org.

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“There is no magic diet that can prevent cancer, but there are general recommendations that are very logical, such as eating lots of fruits and vegetables and whole grains and having only lean protein and not much read meat,” says Pesce. Obesity and inactivity are also known risk factors for breast cancer, according to Ahn. Physicians also stress that maintaining a healthy lifestyle and staying physically fit have tremendous benefits, both in terms of reducing cancer risk as well as promoting good cardiac health and overall well being. MENSTRUATION STARTING BEFORE AGE 12 Women who started their periods prior to age 12 have a higher risk of breast cancer later in life, according to Breastcancer.org, but the experts found the increased risk to be minimal and not a cause for much concern. “The general concept is that unopposed estrogen with less progesterone increases risk of breast cancer. Theoretically, this trend you describe would increase risk of breast cancer, but the degree of increased risk is relatively small and probably far dwarfed by the positive impact of healthy lifestyle choices,” explains Ahn. ONE THING YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT: DEODORANT The physicians all say patients have asked about how the use of deodorant affects risk of breast cancer, and they all agree that it is strictly a myth that deodorant use causes breast cancer. WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO TRY TO CONTROL YOUR RISK Unfortunately, not all risk can be controlled. Pesce notes that she has seen breast cancer patients of all shapes and sizes. “Breast cancer does not discriminate,” she says, but adds that it is not a reason for women to give up on controlling their risk. “I will always be a promoter of a healthy lifestyle. It’s always good to be doing something rather nothing.” Tsarwhas agrees. “When it comes to our health, sometimes events happen despite our best efforts, and we don’t always have control,” he says. “This shouldn’t dissuade us from trying to live as healthy a lifestyle as possible and to remain up-to-date with recommendations for screening and surveillance.” For ways to join the American Cancer Society in the fight against breast cancer, visit CANCER.ORG/CANCER/BREASTCANCER/


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STRONG BONES:

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Bone health rarely tops the list of people’s health priorities, but taking care of your bones is a matter of lifelong importance. Here’s how to do all you can for yourself and your children to avoid osteoporosis and fractures by maximizing your bone health now and in the future. If you ask people about their primary health concerns, bone health isn’t likely to come up. But every 20 seconds, someone in the U.S. breaks a bone as a result of osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. “Unfortunately, because we don’t see it, many people tend to take it for granted, but bone health is an integral part of overall well-being,” explains Susan Randall, senior director of Science and Education for the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF). “It’s important to keep the skeleton strong to stand, move and bend — critical components of staying mobile and independent throughout life. “

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone or fails to make enough, resulting in bones that are weak and break easily. One in two women will break a bone during her lifetime, with osteoporosis responsible for 2 million broken bones and $19 billion in costs annually, according to the NOF. The best way to reduce your risk of fractures is to take steps now to build and maintain strong, healthy bones. IMPROVING BONE HEALTH A combination of diet and exercise is necessary for good bone health at every age. Calcium is deposited and withdrawn daily


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from your bones, and if you don’t take in a sufficient amount of calcium, you could be withdrawing more than you’re depositing. Calcium supplements are widely available, but taking a pill may not be the optimal way to get it. “When calcium supplementation was studied, researchers questioned whether taking too much contributes to increased risk of cardiovascular issues, so it’s important to talk with your doctor and weigh the benefits and risks to determine what’s best for you,” says Dr. Aarti Malik of NorthShore University HealthSystem. Turns out your parents were right to encourage you to drink your milk though, as, according to Malik, “So far no one has suggested ill effects with dietary calcium intake.” Milk and dairy products are excellent sources of calcium, but they are not the sole sources. “For people who are following non-dairy diets, many of the soy and almond milks are fortified with calcium,” says Malik. Broccoli and leafy green are also good sources. The body also requires sufficient levels of vitamin D to ensure calcium absorption. “Living in Chicago, vitamin D deficiency is a fairly common problem and supplementation can help with that,” says Malik.

“Following menopause, women need to be super vigilant about what they are doing to maintain bone health. They will lose bone density but can minimize the impact by doing other things right,” says Cody.

Maintaining a healthy weight is also important for bone health, as being underweight increases the chances of fractures and bone loss.

OLDER INDIVIDUALS Many bone breaks are the result of falls, so Cody urges people to take steps to make their home safe. “If we can keep people on their feet, we can prevent them from breaking a bone,” says Cody.

The Surgeon General’s Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis emphasizes that weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise is another important part of keeping bones strong and healthy.

Women should have a baseline bone density test by 65, sooner if they have a family history of bone breaks. Men should have a bone density test by age 70.

GROWING STRONG BONES Parents who want to help kids grow strong bones should pay attention to their children’s diets, as most kids do not get enough calcium to help ensure optimal peak bone mass, according to the National Institutes of Health Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center. “Kids have a window of opportunity between ages 9 and 14. During that time they will build more bone than they ever lose in their entire lifetime,” says Kathleen Cody, executive director of American Bone Health and the Foundation for Osteoporosis Research. Eighty percent of a person’s skeleton is built by age 20. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all kids be supplemented with vitamin D. Exercise also plays a crucial role in forming strong bones during childhood and the NOF recommends that children and teens be active everyday and get at least 60 minutes of moderate exercise. BONE LOSS Unfortunately, a certain amount of bone loss over time is inevitable. After about the age of 30, the body stops making new bone. Bone density declines with age, and accelerates for women after menopause with the reduction of estrogen, which is important to bone building.

MEN NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO BONE HEALTH, TOO Bone health is not just a women’s issue. It’s true that men are less likely to break a bone, but one in four men will do so at some point in life, and the consequences can be more dire. Men are more likely than women to die within a year of breaking a hip. CONTROVERSY OVER MEDICATION While all medications have side effects, the ones that accompany drugs to treat osteoporosis have come under fire recently. Malik says that patients are less likely to get and fill prescriptions for osteoporosis medications than they were several years ago. “There are a number of medications available now that have a long track record of effectiveness and safety, but because of fears about very rare side effects, many patients do not take any of these drugs to reduce their risk of fractures,” says Randall. Cody notes that people underestimate the risks associated with fractures and fail to consider that 25 percent of those who enter the hospital with a hip fracture die within the year. “Nobody thinks twice about drugs for heart attacks, but they do when it comes to medication for osteoporosis,” he says. “People are willing to take a chance with hip fractures, but they really do need to weigh risks and benefits.” Read more about aging well at MAKEITBETTER.NET/AGING


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Right at Home of North Suburban Chicago, Northbrook, 847-374-8400, rightathomensc.com

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Sunrise of Wilmette, 847-256-1600, sunriseseniorliving.com Ten Twenty Grove, Evanston, 888-502-3314, presbyterianhomes.org

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What would be your top priority if Dad needed help with daily living? A place Dad would have a lot to do and great amenities.

So many friendly people. So much to do. Assisted Living at Pioneer Place offers many opportunities to gather with friends and neighbors for an event, musical performance, or exercise class. Located in a historic, charming building, Pioneer Place offers unique studios and one-bedroom apartments and compassionate service. It makes perfect sense for those who want to keep an active lifestyle combined with the assurance of exceptional support.

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GIVE TIME t VOLUNTEER AS A LITERACY TUTOR SitStayRead 773-661-9251 | sitstayread.org SitStayRead works to improve reading skills and promote a love of learning in children attending Chicago Public Schools in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The organization is looking for volunteers to be Book Buddies, or literacy tutors. Book Buddies visit classrooms for one hour a week (up to eight weeks) to work on reading and writing activities with first through fourth graders.

A WILMETTE RESIDENT MAKES A DONATION AT ENCORE & MORE.

t FUND CANCER RESEARCH Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation 203-652-0208 | themmrf.org/chicago The mission of MMRF is to find new treatments for multiple myeloma that will lead to a cure. On Sept. 18, the MMRF Team for Cures: Chicago 5K Walk/Run will take place at Montrose Harbor, where patients, family, friends and health professionals will unite to raise funds for cancer research. Donate to the cause today online.

MMRF TEAM FOR CURES: CHICAGO 5K WALK/RUN

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DONATE AND HELP IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE u National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore 847-853-8888 | ncjwcns.org/encore-more NCJW’s mission is to help women, children and families as they strive for social justice and the protection of individual rights. The major fundraiser of the Chicago North Shore section of NCJW is the Encore & More Resale Shop, where you’ll find discounted designer clothes from Armani, St. John, Eileen Fisher and more. The store is dependent on donations. You can drop off donations Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 1107 Central Ave., Wilmette.

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BOOK BUDDY SCOTT READS TO A GROUP OF CHILDREN DURING A SITSTAYREAD PROGRAM.


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G I VE SU P PO RT t HELP NAMI EDUCATE, ADVOCATE, LISTEN, AND LEAD National Alliance on Mental Illness 703-524-7600 | nami.org As America’s largest grassroots organization on mental health, NAMI’s mission is to advocate for those affected by mental health. This includes education programs for families, shaping public policy, providing a HelpLine and leading awareness events and activities. Take the Stigmafree pledge online to show your support for fighting mental health stereotypes. On Sept. 17, you can also participate in the NAMIwalks 5K at Dusable Harbor, or donate to the event’s $200,000 goal.

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DINE AND SUPPORT BREAST CANCER RESEARCH THIS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH (OCTOBER) u The Lynn Sage Foundation 312-488-1457 lynnsagefoundation.org Lynn Sage Foundation, which was founded in 2003 by sisters Laura and Halee Sage in honor and memory of their mother, raises funds for research to find a cure for breast cancer. Join the effort by donating to the foundation, which gives researchers the resources they need. All amounts are accepted, and you can also set up recurring monthly donations. As part of the foundation’s In Good Taste initiative, if you dine at select restaurants in October, donations will benefit the organization. Visit the website for a list of participating locations.

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BETTER MAKERS AND THEIR IMPACT

LINCOLN PARK ZOO

LINCOLN PARK ZOO BALL: PENGUINS IN PAR ADISE JULY 15, 2016 • Lincoln Park Zoo • $1.35 Million

Chairman of the Board of Trustees John Ettelson, Women’s Board President Kim Theiss, Zoo Ball Co-Chairs Lisa Genesen and Christine Tierney and Lincoln Park Zoo President and CEO Kevin Bell

Tina Koegel, Women’s Board Member Roberta Olshansky and Ronnie Freidberg

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The theme of the LincolnUgochi and the Afro Soul Ensemble Park Zoo Ball harkens to the introduction of more than a dozen penguins coming to the zoo in the fall, made possible through support from the Women’s Board. Funds raised from the Zoo Ball support capital improvements and exhibits at the zoo.

Women’s Board member and Board of Trustees member Katie Gledhill and Brent Gledhill

PHOTOS BY VIOLET DOMINEK AT JOHN REILLY PHOTOGRAPHY. LION PHOTO BY HEATHER LESZCZEWICZ.

Sponsors included presenting sponsor PowerShares QQQ as well as Robert and Mayari Pritzker Family Foundation and Tawani Foundation, Lathrop & Gage LLP, Bank of America, Dover, PNC, Neiman Marcus Chicago and United Airlines.


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CHEF’S PL AYGROUND | MAY 19, 2016 Terzo Piano • $300,000 The event’s sponsors included Kirkland and Ellis, LLP, ComEd, Wintrust, Lifeway, ContextMedia, Blum Kovler Foundation, Meijer, Yum-O, Naked Cold Press, Hyatt, DIRTT Interior Design, Northern Trust and Organic Valley.

Andrew Kaplan, Academy for Global Citizenship Founder Sarah Elizabeth Ippel and Hanna Thomson

“Top Chef” alum Fabio Viviani with Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish and Oyster

The event’s 28 chefs, mixologists and AGC founder Sarah Elizabeth Ippel

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The night benefits AGC students and the school’s sustainable future campus project with Studio Gang Architects.

12TH ANNUAL GOLF OUTING AND DINNER | JUNE 11, 2016 Skokie Country Club • $250,000

POSSE FOUNDATION

PHOTOS COURTESY OF POSSE CHICAGO

The event’s lunch sponsor was CBRE, the driving range sponsor was ITW, the putting sponsor was Mass Mutual Financial Group.

Celeste Center, Lindsay Ianello, Lisa Konieczka and Lynne Madorsky at 12th Annual Golf Outing Vikki Creeden of Glencoe and guests enjoy the cocktail hour.

Posse Chicago Director Asaf Bar-Tura and Advisory Board Members Gil de Las Alas and Chaka Patterson Make It Better was a media sponsor of this event.

The Posse Foundation’s graduating seniors and Scholars on campus at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana


ANN & ROBERT H . LURIE 6TH ANNUAL K AWA SAKI BENEFIT DINNER | MAY 14, 2016 The Casino • $115,000 CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Suzy Parks of Kenilworth, Dr. Anne Rowley and John Michael of Wilmette

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Dan, Annie and 7-year-old Agnes Barlow, who shared her story of her Kawasaki disease diagnosis via a handwritten note.

Kate and Suzanne Joyce and Laura Schramm

REASON TO HOPE APRIL 14, 2016 • Highland Park Country Club • $30,000

The Alzheimer’s Association fights the disease through vital research and essential support programs and services.

Marty Wilke of Chicago; Reason to Hope emcee Irika Sargent of Chicago; Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter CEO Erna Colborn of Rockford; and event chair Stacy Perry of Chicago

Tiffany Miller, Julie Randall, Robin Breslin and Deb Keegan, all of Chicago

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Sarah Baine of Winnetka and Abby Dunn of Wilmette

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#LOCAL TREASURE

PEANUT’S PASSION FOR SERVICE BY WILLIE GRISWOLD

Through his tireless work to make the world a better place, retired Chicago Bear Charles Tillman inspires us to do what we can, where we can, to help. Charles “Peanut” Tillman is a legend in Chicago for taking the Bears to the Super Bowl and making plays with his famed “Peanut Punch.” In 13 NFL seasons — Tillman signed a ceremonial one-day contract in order to retire with the Chicago Bears in July — he went to two Pro Bowls and two Super Bowls, but he says winning the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is his favorite NFL memory. Tillman won the award in 2013 for his incredible work with chronically ill children through his Cornerstone Foundation, which he started after his five-month-old daughter Tiana required a heart transplant. Through the foundation, Tillman is able to help and inspire thousands of families who desperately need it.

transplant and she is doing amazing. I want them to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. This can be your child.

Make It Better had the opportunity to talk to Tillman about his foundation and the causes he’s passionate about. Tillman’s fervor and genuine commitment are inspirational. He truly is a humble servant who strives “to use [his] strength for service, not status.”

What drives you to be such a philanthropic person? Love. As I get older I get wiser and I read more —  just love, man. We’re here to serve one another and we’re here to love one another. 

It meant so much because we were able to take our negative situation … and we turned it around and we tried to bless other people, because a stranger blessed my life with her decision to donate her son’s organs. We’ve been able to meet and help alot of families and I’m very proud of that. What is it like to meet these families and to spread your positivity and your joy when they are in such a time of need? They want to hear a success story. Tiana has been very successful with her recovery and we’re eight years post-

My role is to serve. I am a humble servant and I’m here to serve. I’ve had people serve me. I wouldn’t be where I am without the people that helped me get here. I didn’t do this by myself. I’m in the limelight but there’s so many people that help Charles Tillman out behind the scenes … They served me, so now it’s my job and my responsibility to serve my kids, and serve my wife. That cycle, the love, the gift, the giving, you got to keep it going. What is the best way for folks to get involved in the causes that you care about, and to help out  your cause? If you want to find out what we’re doing you can just go to CharlesTillman.org or you can hit me up on Twitter  @PeanutTillman or on Instagram @PeanutTillman. But, more importantly, it’s really not all about my cause ... Whatever your mission or your passion is,  get online, volunteer, get involved.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CORNERSTONE FOUNDATION

What was it like to bring the Walter Payton Man of the Year award home to Chicago in 2013? It was probably one of the best, if not my best NFL moment in all 13 years. With all the success that I’ve had on and off the field, that award probably meant the most to me.

Besides your great work with children and your incredible work with veterans, what other causes are you really passionate about? I feel blessed to be able to live in this country because people are in Afghanistan and Iraq right now, away from their families trying to protect our freedom and keep this country safe.  So I’m all about our military and supporting our men and women in uniform and helping police officers and law enforcement.


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Bottom Left: We get severe home envy when taking a look at the view from inside Associate Publisher Michelle Morris' home and the gorgeous flowers from The Flower Shop in Glencoe. Bottom Right: Art Director Erica Barraca’s son Milo plays his piano passed down by his grandmother.

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