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FEATURES N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 6 • V O L U M E 7, I S S U E 6
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Ring In The New Year/Baby It’s Cold Outside: Holiday Fashion
A Sparkling New Nutcracker By Dorothy Andries
Guide To Giving
96 Where to Donate Almost Everything 100 Bang For Your Charitable Buck 102 Sister Act 106 Give Time, Give Things, Give Support 108 Better Makers And Their Impact By Anna Carlson, Olivia Ellis, Susan B. Noyes and Susan Pasternak
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Dear Reader, Happy Holidays to you. Happy seventh anniversary of this magazine to us. Did you know that in November 2009 — at the bottom of the worst economy since the Great Depression — we launched the print Make It Better magazine? Oh yes we did! You may not know though that Make It Better started more than two years before that as a small community website and has launched many other great activities and resources for our community too. These include:
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Personalized medicine is making great strides in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease too. One of the greatest risk factors for Alzheimer’s is a family history of the disease. So the experts at NorthShore are using genetic testing, advanced diagnostics and lifestyle factors to predict risks for Alzheimer’s early. Then they develop a plan specifically for each patient to help delay — and possibly prevent — its onset. “This is where medicine is headed, personalizing your care based on your specific genetic profile. And we’re doing it now,” says Dr. Caplan. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call (847) 570-GENE or visit northshore.org/genomics.
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Transforming the future of healthcare. At the NorthShore Center for Personalized Medicine, we’re taking a bold approach to predicting, preventing and treating illnesses. We’re identifying genetic markers for increased risk of heart disease and analyzing the DNA of tumors to determine the most effective treatment. And we’re working to develop new genetic tests every day, aimed at preventing and treating even more diseases, all based on your unique genomic profile. This is where medicine is headed, and we’re doing it now. This is healthcare for what’s next. Call (847) 570-GENE or visit northshore.org/genomics
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FOR SELLERS Let the season help the exterior of your home look more enticing. “The exterior is a buyer’s first impression of a home,” says Schulkin. “Instead of packing away your planters, make use of them with winter foliage arrangements of boxwood hedges, red-twig dogwood, dried eucalyptus and winterberry holly or pinecones.” Take photos prior to listing in the winter while there is still greenery. “It paints a better picture for prospective buyers versus seeing photos of a listing when things are gray and bare,” explains Schwartz. Don’t forgo holiday decorations, but keep it to a minimum. “Stay simple when staging but know that holiday cheer can lighten the mood and tends to make holiday buying more enjoyable,” Ranquist says. Schulkin adds, “Items such as candles can actually warm up the home and make it feel inviting. If you choose to decorate, focus on items that are more festive to the holidays and try to limit more religious decorations.” Accommodate buyers who will be seeing your home in snow.“Make sure the driveway is plowed and the walkway is shoveled,” recommends Schulkin. “If possible, put out a bench by the front door so buyers can remove boots easily and put on booties.” 32 NOVEMBER /DECEMBER 2016
Hire an agent or broker that is reliable, especially during the holiday season. “Use someone that is going to be available for showings and marketing your home, and that is not going on vacation without anyone to help assist with selling your home,” says Schwartz. Consider virtual tours or video walk-throughs online for prospective buyers. Schwartz has seen how weather can sometimes prohibit buyers from going out to see the house in-person. The more virtual access buyers have, the better. Sellers should set expectations with their agent about when they absolutely cannot be out of their home for a showing or open house. “Your agent can then communicate this to other brokers,” explains Schwartz. FOR BUYERS Be aware that A/C units, sprinkler systems and pools cannot be inspected during winter months. “It’s vital that your attorney obtain sellers’ representation and warranty that those items were in good working order the last season they were used,” says Schulkin. Take advantage of homes that were potentially overpriced during the peak season and now are priced to sell. “There is typically a smaller pool of buyers, so there’s less chance of getting in a bidding war or feeling the pressure to make a quick decision,” Schulkin explains. As a home buyer, the days your children have off from school for a holiday or winter break can offer the perfect time for the family to see the potential new home together. Schedules are tight for families during the school year. “This can be the ideal time to tackle home buying together,” Ranquist says.
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NOVEMBER editor’s pick ZooLights Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4, 9-23, 26-31, Jan. 1 NOV Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago | lpzoo.org 25 Lincoln This seasonal event is back and bigger than ever. In addition to extended hours and returning events like BrewLights (Dec. 1), Adults Night Out (Dec. 7) and Family Nights (Dec. 12, 19 and 26), the zoo is introducing a new Holiday Market (Nov. 29). Visitors can also donate new and gently used winter clothes that will be given to various Chicago charities. ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Weekend Family Class: Sensational Squash Nov. 13 NOV 13 Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe | chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms Kids and adults alike will enjoy learning about different types of squash before making butternut squash soup (vegan and gluten- and nut-free). Plus, families will take home a recipe to use for Thanksgiving or during a relaxing weekend. Grainger Science Hub Opens Nov. 18 NOV 18 The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago fieldmuseum.org The Field Museum is opening a new permanent space that will bring the museum’s scientists and research out from behind the scenes. Visitors will now be able to meet scientists, get a close-up look at their work, and take part in hands-on activities.
Bling: The Jewelry & Gift Show NOV Nov. 18-20 18 Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Ave. W., Highland Park amdurproductions.com Find that perfect holiday gift (or a little something for yourself) at this new shopping festival. More than 50 juried artists will sell jewelry, clothing and accessories. Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum NOV Nov. 18-Jan. 2 18 The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle | mortonarb.org The Morton Arboretum will once again be lit up with more than a mile of lights and projections. Plus, watch lights move with music performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 34 NOVEMBER /DECEMBER 2016
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The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Nov. 18-19 NOV Avenue, Chicago 18 Michigan themagnificentmile.com/lights-festival This annual festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with an additional day of activities, but will still culminate with the spectacular tree-lighting parade down The Magnificent Mile with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Benny the Bull, floats, marching bands, musical performers and more.
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Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
“The Little Mermaid” NOV Nov. 23-Jan. 8 23 Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora | paramountaurora.com Go “Under the Sea” with Ariel as this Disney favorite comes to life on stage. Zadie Smith NOV Nov. 30 30 The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago | dusablemuseum.org The DuSable Museum will host awardwinning writer Zadie Smith for an author talk about her new book, “Swing Time” (available Nov. 15).
2016 Children’s Ball Dec. 3 Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago | luriechildrens.org/crf This year’s Children’s Ball — Moments: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow — will celebrate the Children’s Research Fund’s 25-year affiliation with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Learn more on page 40. Make It Better is a proud media sponsor of this event. DEC
Stevie Nicks Dec. 3 DEC 3 United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago | unitedcenter.com
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Multiple Grammy Award-winner and “Queen of Rock and Roll” (Rolling Stone) Stevie Nicks is bringing her 24 Karat Gold Tour to the United Center. Stories of Survival and Hope: Overcoming Sexual Violence DEC Dec. 11 11 Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie | ilholocaustmuseum.org The Illinois Holocaust Museum will host this panel discussion on sexual violence as part of the Women Hold Up Half the Sky exhibit. Visit the museum’s website for a complete list of exhibit events. “The Phantom of the Opera” Dec. 14-Jan. 8 DEC 14 Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago broadwayinchicago.com “Phantom” will return to Chicago with a team that boasts multiple Tony Awards. Animal Secrets DEC Through Dec. 30 30 Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview kohlchildrensmuseum.org Don’t miss your chance to visit this exhibit where kids can explore habitats and characteristics of animals.
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22nd Annual St. Jude Fashion Show: NOV Dream a Little Dream 20 Nov. 20 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont | stjudefashionshow.com Bach Marathon (presented in partnership with The People’s Music School) NOV Nov. 30 30 Various locations | cso.org Chicago Botanic Garden Woman’s Board’s All Aboard! DEC Dec. 2 2 Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe chicagobotanic.org/womansboard/events “The Nutcracker” at Joffrey Ballet Opening Night Performance Dec. 10 DEC 10 Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago | joffrey.org/nutcracker
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“Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” Nov. 10-Dec. 18 Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie | northlight.org “The Nutcracker” Nov. 11-Dec. 30 Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire | marriotttheatre.com “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Nov. 11-Jan. 8 Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago broadwayinchicago.com Pilgrim Platter Workshop Nov. 16 540 Hibbard Road, Winnetka winpark.org “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” Nov. 17-20 The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago | thechicagotheatre.com Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light Nov. 17-Jan. 8 Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago | msichicago.org The Woman’s Club of Evanston Holiday Bazaar Nov. 18-20 Woman’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Ave., Evanston | wcofe.org “A Christmas Story: The Musical” Nov. 18-Dec. 18 Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest | citadeltheatre.org Christkindlmarket Nov. 18-Dec. 24 Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago | christkindlmarket.com
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Holiday Thorne Rooms Nov. 18-Dec. 31 Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago | artic.edu Randolph Street’s Holiday Market Nov. 19-20, Nov. 26-27, Dec. 10-11 Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington, Chicago | randolphstreetmarket.com “A Christmas Carol” Nov. 19-Dec. 31 Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago | goodmantheatre.org/carol Thanksgiving Parade Nov. 24 State Street, beginning at Congress and moving northbound to Randolph, Chicago chicagofestivals.org Wonderland Express Nov. 25-Jan. 2 Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe chicagobotanic.org/wonderland Holiday Market Nov. 29 Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago | lpzoo.org Santa’s Magical Trolley Express Various dates Starts and ends at Little Beans Cafe, 430 Asbury Ave., Evanston santasmagicaltrolley.com
“It’s a Wonderful Life — A Live Radio Play” Dec. 1-30 Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview | oillamptheater.org Breakfast With Santa Dec. 3 Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka winnetkacommunityhouse.org
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Polar Palooza Dec. 3-4 Loyola CTA Station Plaza, 1200 W. Loyola Ave., Chicago | starevents.com Holiday Magic Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 26-31 Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield | czs.org The Polar Express Story Time Train Dec. 3, 10 Highland Park Downtown Metra Station, 2700 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park | pdhp.org Winter WonderFest Dec. 3-Jan. 8 Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago navypier.com Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular Dec. 10 Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont | rosemont.com Christopher Wheeldon’s “Nutcracker” Dec. 10-30 Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago | joffrey.org/nutcracker Harry Shearer & Judith Owen’s Christmas Without Tears Dec. 11 Space, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston evanstonspace.com Hanukkah Concert Dec. 29 Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe | chicagobotanic.org New Year’s Eve Bash Dec. 31 Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview | kohlchildrensmuseum.org
PHOTO BY J.B. SPECTOR/MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY, CHICAGO
Photograph by Les Stone.
COMPELLING STORIES OF ORDINARY WOMEN LE ADING THE MOVEMENT T O W A R D F U L L E Q U A L I T Y.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 – JANUARY 2 2 , 2017 Special exhibition at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
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EXPLORE NATURE’S WAY OF TEACHING. In Kohl Children’s Museum’s newest exhibit Animal Secrets (open through Dec 30), families can uncover the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals to see nature from the point of view of our furry and feathered friends. Let curiosity be your guide as you discover why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives. Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago • 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview • (847) 832-6600 • kcmgc.org
Attendees participate in the auction at last year’s Children’s Ball (above) 2016 Children’s Ball co-chairs (left to right): Pam Netzky and Ashley Hemphill Netzky, and Ann Amboian and John Amboian.
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For 65 years, the Children’s Research Fund has been transforming futures through support for medical research — making everyday moments possible for countless patients. This year the organization will celebrate an important anniversary at a very special event.
There is so much for the 1,000-plus guests to celebrate, including already raising more than $67 million to fund research that led to significant advancements in the treatment of many illnesses. They’re poised for even greater impact too, providing opportunities for grateful families to give back, creating hopeful futures for young patients, and showcasing success stories. As medical knowledge has become more sophisticated, so have CRF initiatives. The funds raised at this ball and in future initiatives are more likely than ever to help develop “precision medicine” — tailoring treatments to the specific conditions and needs of individual patients. Pam Netzky and Ashley Hemphill Netzky and Ann and John Amboian are co-chairs of the 2016 Children’s Research Fund Campaign and Children’s Ball. In a conversation with Make It Better, they, along with CRF Executive Vice Chair Donna G. Drescher, explain their passion for this cause. Pam: Children’s Ball proceeds support the hospital’s Precision Medicine initiative, which is charged with speeding the search for cancer cures and accelerating the potential of immunotherapy as the next-generation standard of cancer care for children. Donna: I’m a grateful parent. My son was diagnosed at age 16 with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). It is almost impossible to describe the overwhelming impact of being told your child has a life-altering, possibly life-ending, illness! The state of confusion, concern, uncertainty, unpreparedness all culminating with the need to deal with the toughest decisions you will ever have to make. Where do you go? Who do you rely on? 40 NOVEMBER /DECEMBER 2016
Lurie Children’s is a very special place. The technical expertise is the best! But also every interaction we had with all staff was expert, professional, compassionate, and put our son first. Now my son is 37, married and the father of two beautiful boys! Originally I got involved as a way to give back to the institution that saved our son’s life. Now I’m also excited to realize that with this I make a difference in the lives of other children affected by all sorts of terrible childhood diseases. John: CRF donations are critical to the mission of Lurie Children’s as an extremely reliable source of funding for primary research by many of the world’s leading researchers based here. This initial philanthropic investment usually garners additional funds from other sources. Ann: One of our best examples of the efficiency and effectiveness of CRF funding is the work of Dr. Christine DiDonato. She received early grants from CRF to support her research on spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), an incurable disease. Subsequently the National Institute of Health (NIH) awarded $1.3 million to advance this work. Now the first drug to treat SMA is up for FDA approval, after clinical trials led by Lurie Children’s. Donna: Past balls have included a 7-year-old cancer survivor who “danced up a storm,” a high school cystic fibrosis patient heading to college, [and] a kidney patient who had received a transplant from his own mom. At this year’s ball, we will meet two more patients who benefitted directly from CRF funding. With advances in research, the possibilities are endless. We need to do for the children of the future what people did for our own children! Visit childrensresearchfund.org for more information about the 2016 Children’s Ball.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH FUND
On Dec. 3, the Children’s Research Fund (CRF) will celebrate its 25th anniversary as a principal benefactor of the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Lurie Children’s with the 2016 Children’s Ball, “Moments: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.”
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Tiffany & Co. Tiffany T Two Ring Inspired by the timeless aesthetic of New York, these chic rings are brand new to the Tiffany & Co. collection and sure to add some holiday sparkle to your hand. Starting at $1,600; tiffany.com
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Whether you’re shopping for your mom, friend, sister or even compiling your own wish list, these glam finds will make any woman feel extra special. Blow Dry Package A blowout gift certificate, or better yet a blowout membership, is an ideal gift for the busy woman who could use a little pampering. Pair the gift card with Mario Tricoci’s new Perfect Blowout leave-in treatment ($29) for a themed package. Starting at $30-35; blowdryboutiques.com; bloouts.com; mariotricoci.com
Yogitoes Vitality Yoga Towel Even the yogi who has everything will be thrilled to have another yoga towel to put into rotation. This soft, absorbent one by Manduka features patented Skidless technology to prevent slipping and sliding during even the sweatiest of hot yoga classes. $70, manduka.com
Gucci Logo-Print Wool Scarf The fringe-trimmed classic logo scarf in soft gray and pink adds flair to a crisp blouse with jeans or takes your winter coat up a notch. $330; neimanmarcus.com
Restoration Hardware Ultimate Luxury Plush Foot Duvets Want to know who makes the coziest slippers you’ll ever sink your feet into? Restoration Hardware’s duvet slippers are only available during the holiday season and tend to fly off the shelves. Available in a variety of colors, these down-filled booties will keep your toes warm and become your new favorite lounging accessory. $19, restorationhardware.com
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Tiffany & Co. CT60® Bicolor Chronograph 42 mm watch Tiffany’s newest men’s watch, chic in stainless steel or 18k rose gold, features a second time zone, perfect for guys who are always on the go. Price upon request; tiffany.com
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Leatherman Tread What guy doesn’t consider a Leatherman a must-have in his tool arsenal? Now it’s easier than ever to take this functionality on the go. The Leatherman Tread packs a possible 29 tools into a single customizable bracelet that looks cool and is endlessly useful. $220, leatherman.com
Automatic Pro Data-obsessed car lovers will go crazy for this 3G-connected car adapter that provides information on everything from location tracking to fuel efficiency, safety and crash alerts, and engine light diagnostics. It also integrates seamlessly with dozens of other third-party apps. $130; automatic.com
Beer Cap Map Give the craft beer aficionado in your life the perfect medium for cataloguing their favorite brews. This beer cap map lets beer lovers turn their beer cap collection into attractive wall art. Available in state, country and world maps. Starting at $29; beercapmaps.com
Slingbox M2 Perfect for the sports nut transplanted from their hometown or for frequent business travelers who can’t bear to miss a game or favorite show, the Slingbox M2 connects to your TV (or your parents’ or friends back home) and allows you to view programming remotely. Also a great gift for college kids. $100, slingbox.com
Peppermint Shave Cream The Art of Shaving’s bestselling shave cream is available in a limited edition holiday peppermint scent. The silky, moisturizing lather leaves skin smooth to the touch and smelling like a candy cane. $25, theartofshaving.com
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2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
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What’s sure to please everyone on your list? One of these gifts for the food- and drink-obsessed.
Brindille Cooking Class Chef Carrie Nahabedian (NAHA, Brindille) teams with pastry chef Craig Harzewski for luxe cooking classes, held on select Saturdays at River North’s Brindille. Learn to make a three-course dinner party menu, followed by a wine luncheon in the restaurant. $350 per person; brindille-chicago.com
Michelin Gift Box What sane young adult, tired of takeout and yearning to try new things, wouldn’t love the Try the World subscription box? Each month brings a different destination — think Morocco, Argentina or Italy — to your door. This holiday, celebrate in style with the Michelin gift box. $35 per box (includes shipping); trytheworld.com
Personalized Champagne In 2014, Jay Z (yes, that Jay Z!) bought the great Armand de Brignacs Champagne house, and the bling has been upped. Each metallized bottle comes in a black lacquer wooden gift box, and can be personalized with an engraved plate. Gold Brut $250, Rosé, $495; reservebar.com
"Cocktail with a Twist" Gift Set This gift set from The Storied Table is both practical and chic. It includes an Azizi decanter, four Ariel glasses, Burton bowl and Nelly tray. You’ll never go thirsty again! $259, thestoriedtable.com
Cocoa + Co. Chocolate Basket A chocoholic’s dream: This metal basket from Old Town’s Cocoa + Co. filled with a curated collection of artisan chocolate bars, sauces, spreads, drinking chocolate, and confections, all tied up with a silver ribbon. $65 and $100; cocoaandco.com
Misericordia Sweet Basket It’s a win-win! The only thing better than eating a basketful of sweet treats is knowing that the residents of Misericordia have made the delicious cookies, brownies and sweet breads within — with love. Deluxe gift box, $65.95; misericordia.com
CH Distillery West Loop’s CH Distillery is more than just a hip cocktail bar; you can actually tour the facility and watch the magic happen. The distillery tour includes “The Tradition,” a toast with ice-cold CH Vodka, complete with Russian rye bread and pickles. Great merch, too. Tour $15, Center 100 Vodka Artist Bottle, $150; chdistillery.com
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Doggie-lebrity Books For the fashionable canine, a book from a doggie-lebrity makes a fun addition to the coffee table. “ToastHampton: How to Summer in Style” ($17) follows the summer adventures of Instagram star Toast, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, while “Neville Jacobs: I’m Marc’s Dog” ($23) showcases photos of Marc Jacobs’ beloved pooch with various celebrities. amazon.com
Haute Diggity Dog Toys From Chewy Vuitton to Starbarks, your dog will be the trendiest pup in town when playing with these soft designer parody chew toys. $13-$16, tailsinthecity.com
iFetch These award-winning tech toys will keep Fido busy for hours. The automatic ball launcher comes in a variety of models dependent on the size of your dog. Adjustable launch distance makes it perfect for indoor or outdoor play. Starting at $40, goifetch.com Huggle Hounds Toys These snuggly, durable and machine-washable dog toys come in a variety of animals as well as festive winter-themed toys for the holidays. $7, petstuff.com
DJ Cat Scratching Pad Let your cat show off his music-making skills with this funky scratch pad turntable. $35, uncommongoods.com
BY JENNY MUSLIN
2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Icy Chicago winters mean lots of time inside, so spice up your home with some clever décor and the latest appliances.
MOVA Globe The perfect gift for the world traveler’s home base, MOVA Globes remain mesmerizingly and continuously in motion through the use of ambient light and the earth’s magnetic field. A great conversation piece for a living room or office. Starting at $125; movainternational.com
Ninja Coffee Bar Versatility and customization are the names of the game with Ninja’s newest coffee maker that truly does it all. Brew the perfect size and strength of coffee for every drink, from classic drip to milk-based (frother included!), iced or frozen blended. Starting at $140; ninjakitchen.com
Dyson Hot + Cool The ultimate heater in the winter and fan in the summer, the sleek and modern Dyson Hot + Cool produces quiet, smooth and powerful airflow, perfectly heating or cooling the room, depending on your needs. It has a sleep timer for those cold winter nights and is also great for warming up chilly bathrooms before a morning shower! $450, dyson.com
Lorena Canals Rug Beautiful and super soft, the best part about handmade Lorena Canals rugs is they’re machine washable in a conventional home washing machine. No more stressing about keeping baby’s play space clean or bigger kids tracking dirt everywhere. Starting at $200; lorenacanals.us
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From babies to big kids, here are some great gifts for warming and engaging young bodies and minds.
Kickee Pants Pajamas Okay, so your child probably won’t be thrilled to find clothes under the tree, but that will all change when they feel how comfy Kickee Pants are. From adorable footed jammies for newborns to perfect play clothes for children up to age 10, parents and kids alike will get hooked on this awesome line. Prices vary by item, kickeepants.com
Finn + Emma Play Gym The perfect baby play gym for the eco-conscious home, the Finn + Emma Play Gym’s birch wood frame is non-toxic, phthalate- and VOC-free. Little ones will love the detachable Indian hardwood toys, and organic cotton hand-knit rattle toys. $135, finnandemma.com
Molecube Give your child a toy that works their brain. The Molecube is a brainteaser cube of colorful spheres; the goal is to ensure that no two of the same color appear twice on any one side. Great for sudoku lovers. $20; fatbraintoys.com
Tyco Terra Climber Kids aged 8 and up will love conquering stairs, rocks and hills with this remote-control creature with a super cool, extendable 2-foot-long tail. Parents will love that it comes with rechargeable batteries and a charger. $100; target.com
Tegu Blocks Tegu blocks take traditional wooden blocks to the next level. Kids of all ages — and even their parents — will find themselves spending hours building and creating with these addictively fun magnetic blocks made from responsibly sourced wood. $110, tegu.com
Monica + Andy Muslin Blanket Cotton muslin baby blankets are all the rage, but this soft and cozy double-layer organic version from Chicago-based children’s line Monica + Andy is our absolute favorite. Not just for swaddling newborns, these blankets are warm and large enough to make great stroller blankets, sure to be snuggled and treasured by babies and bigger kids alike. $65; monicaandandy.com
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Paint Together, Frame It Beautifully Book time at Pinot’s Palette, visit the art studio at the Chicago Children’s Museum , or pull out paper and paints at home. Don’t sweat the details either. Once dry, give it just as important a frame as your living room art. Itwill become your favorite piece. Pinotspalette.com; chicagochildrensmuseum.org
South Pacific-Style Luxury With A Side Of Mickey Treat your family to a VIP Walt Disney World vacation. You’ll feel like you’re in Bora Bora but only a quick boat or monorail trip to the Magic Kingdom when you stay in one of the brand new over-the-water bungalows that sit over the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Visit the parks with your own personal Disney VIP Tour Guide. Enjoy exclusive experiences, ride your favorite rides and watch parades and fireworks from special reserved viewing areas. Disneyworld.disney.go.com
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Stay With French Royalty Chateau de la Barre in the Loire Valley has been the ancestral family home of Count and Countess de Vanssay for more than 610 years. With a 100-acre private park and rooms uniquely decorated with antiques and family portraits, it’s now a luxury boutique hotel unlike any other. The Vanssays personally welcome you and help you discover other Loire Valley charms too. Learn more: Royal Travel & Tours, 815-217-0608; royal-travel.com; chateaudelabarre.com
BY SUSAN B . NOYES
More than ever, we crave unique experiences. There is no better present to yourself or your loved ones than the gift of your time experiencing or creating something unique and wonderful together. These recommendations range from the inexpensive to the "If you have to ask, you can’t afford it,” but really, all are priceless indeed.
Music As Adventure Enjoy live music together. If the kids in your life are under 15, treat them and yourself to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Family Matinee Series. If they’re 15 or older, take them for a few days to our country’s best music festival — Bonnaroo, outside Nashville. Yes, really. You will have just as much fun as your teen and make memories like no others. cso.org; bonnaroo.com
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Explore Galapagos With National Geographic Society The Galapagos Islands need to be at the top of your family travel to exotic locations list. Nowhere else in the world can you walk and swim alongside an astonishing array of animals unfazed by your presence. No other organization has the breadth and depth of expertise that the National Geographic Society has to make a 10-day trip like their Family Odyssey a most amazing experience. Learn more: Lake Shore Travel, 847-835-5090, lakeshoretravel.com; nationalgeographicexpeditions.com
Private Tour Of The Sistine Chapel And Other Vatican Treasures Everyone should visit the Vatican at least once. Unfortunately though, a visit normally requires enduring long lines and constant crowds — unless you hire a private guide. And that is exactly what you should do in order to best experience the magnificence and history of the Sistine Chapel, where papal enclaves, surrounded by some of the greatest Renaissance artwork in the world, have met for centuries to select the next pope. It is as breathtakingly beautiful as it is historic. Learn more: Lake Shore Travel, 847-835-5090, lakeshoretravel.com; sistinechapeltours.org; icbellagio.com
Family Safari in Botswana Visit some of the finest reserves in the world in malaria-free zones, enjoy safari experiences specially designed for families with children, and get up close and personal with elephants and a cheetah ambassador named Sylvester. Learn more: Royal Travel & Tours, 815-217-0608, royal-travel.com
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From the best in beauty to stylish accessories and indulgent treats, your search for a sure-to-please gift stops here.
CLARINS Gift Sets at Teddie Kossof Salon Spa Give the gift of ultimate luxury skin care with CLARINS gift sets. With several beauty kits to choose from, there’s a perfect option for every beauty lover on your list. Starting at $50; Teddie Kossof Salon Spa, 281 Waukegan Road, Northfield, 847-999-9500, teddiekossof.com
AlphaRet™ Overnight Cream From Magdalena MedSpa The new gold standard in anti-aging efficacy, this retinoland tretinoin-free miracle face cream contains a new proprietary molecular entity that tackles the appearance of lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone with little to no irritation. $110; Magdalena European Med Spa, 272 Deerpath, Lake Forest, 847-432-4111, magdalenamedspa.com
The Giveback Kitchen’s Chocolate Fudge Sauces Available in five flavors, The Giveback Kitchen’s decadent chocolate fudge sauces are lovingly hand crafted without corn syrup or preservatives. The best part? A portion of sales goes to Make-A-Wish Illinois. $9; The Giveback Kitchen, 847-651-6613, givebackkitchen.com
Cow Hide Clutch From Londo Mondo The perfect finishing touch to any holiday party ensemble, each of these fabulous cow hide clutches from Londo Mondo is one of a kind. Designed and made locally, they’re topped off with a Swarovski crystal button closure, adding a hint of seasonal sparkle. $143; Londo Mondo, 558 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, 224-255-6466; londomondo.com
Love Your Melon Beanie From la de da! Love Your Melon is dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer in America and supports nonprofit organizations who lead the fight against pediatric cancer. Available in assorted colors. 100% cotton. Made in USA. $30, la de da!, 1957 Cherry Lane, Northbrook, 847-562-1170, ladedagift.com
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Luxury and Results at EGEA Spa Evanston Renew and hydrate your face and hands with a HydroPeptide™ Blueberry Peel Facial and a gLOVE™ Paraffin Hand Treatment. EGEA Spa, 1521 Sherman Peppermint Shave Cream Ave. Evanston, 847-332The Art of Shaving’s bestsell2772, www.egeaspa.com ing shave cream is available in a limited edition holiday peppermint scent. The silky, moisturizing lather leaves skin smooth to the touch and smelling like a candy cane. $25, theartofshaving.com
BY JENNY MUSLIN
2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Whether you’re purchasing a gift for a “techie” or for someone looking to modernize their home, these gadgets are sure to please.
Sonos These sleek wireless speakers have superior sound quality and connect to your WiFi network, allowing you to stream your favorite tunes from any room of your house or even outdoors. $200-500; sonos.com
Nest Cam Indoor Whether you’re looking for extra protection from a burglary or want to keep an eye on your kids when they’re in another room, the Nest Cam is the perfect wireless solution. It streams directly to your phone and records everything so you don’t miss a thing. $200; nest.com
Tile Original Everyone’s prone to losing their keys or phone. Stick the lightweight, compact Tile on your key ring, phone, luggage or remote control and its speakers let out a loud melody that enables you to find what you’re looking for, even if your phone is on silent. $25; thetileapp.com.
Amazon Echo Amazon’s voice-activated virtual assistant “Alexa” seems like it came straight out of “The Jetsons.” The Echo does it all: streams music, tells you your commute time, gives you the weather report, sets alarms, and best of all, pairs with the other smart devices in your home. You don’t even need to pick up the phone to order a pizza! $180; amazon.com
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Veronica Beard Blazer Perfect for the traveler who doesn’t like a lot of checked luggage, the Veronica Beard blazer is well constructed, won’t wrinkle and features an ingenious design detail — an interchangeable dickey — which allows you to create various day-to-night looks by zipping in a simple under layer such as a cashmere hoodie, Moncler-inspired puffer or moto leather collar. Available in sizes 0 – 14. Starting at $545; kristak.com.
Braava Jet The latest innovation from the creators of the Roomba vacuum is the Braava Jet, a mopping robot that cleans your hardwood floors and tackles stains in hard-to-reach places. Whether you want to wet mop or simply dust, a click of a button lets the Braava do all the work for you. Can be paired with the iRobot HOME App for both Android and iOS users. $200; irobot.com
BY KENDR A THORNTON
Exceptional travel gear perfectly blends form and function. Travel Expert Kendra Thornton shares her top gifts for the wanderluster in your life. Mer-Sea Travel Wrap Every traveler needs the perfect wrap to stay cozy during long flights, and while enjoying tropical breezes or urban chilly evenings. Mer-Sea makes gorgeous travel wraps in three great styles: Classic, Thinny and Linen. $68 - $110; www.merseaco.com
TUMI Toiletry Kit For the traveler who likes a lot of products, this TUMI toiletry kit has tons of individual compartments to keep things separated and organized. And if a lotion or toothpaste accidentally opens, it won’t leak all over the other contents. $95; worldtraveler.com
PJ Harlow Pajamas For home-away-fromhome comfort, the traveler in your life will love a set of pajamas from PJ Harlow. Available in many colors, styles and fabrics, these pajamas pack and travel well and help you sleep as comfortably as if you were in your own bed. Starting at $54; pjharlow.com
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5 MUST-VISIT DESTINATIONS A DIRECT FLIGHT FROM CHICAGO BY AMBER GIBSON
Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a two-week trip to a foreign country, these dream destinations are a direct flight from Chicago. No lengthy layovers to tire you out, no chance of your bag getting lost halfway, and no worries about missing your connecting flight!
In Mayakoba, three world-class resorts are nestled within carefully preserved mangroves. A fourth, Hyatt’s Andaz, opens in December. Rosewood and Banyan Tree (the Thai brand’s first North American property) are the most impressive, with very different styles but a similar attention to detail and level of service that surpass everything else in Riviera Maya. Upon checking in at both, you’re offered a chilled glass of sweet green juice — chaya, the Mayan drink of life. Suites at both resorts are spacious yet intimate with outdoor pools and elegant interiors. Rosewood has a lighter feel, constructed with limestone, while villas at Banyan Tree fuse Asian design with Mexican details. Dedication to sustainability is apparent throughout — from Domenico Vacca toiletries in glass vials at Rosewood to complimentary bikes for guests. Explore the charming El Pueblito town square and work up an appetite for Punta Bonita’s tacos and tlayuda during the day and Casa del Lago’s Italian-Mexican fusion or Saffron’s authentic Thai cuisine at Banyan Tree come evening. Kayak through the lagoons and marvel at the flora and fauna thriving in the clear waters. While dad is playing a round of golf on the stunning El Cameleón course (home to the only PGA tour event in Mexico and a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary), mom will enjoy relaxing at the spa. Open your mind and heart to the Kuxtal Sensory Garden Ritual at Sense, a Rosewood Spa. Meditate and intuition will guide you to choose a plant for your customized massage. Afterwards refresh with a flute of hibiscus juice while listening to the waterfalls and birds. Banyan Tree Spa is renowned for its skilled Thai-trained therapists, but the stingless Mexican honey bee steals the show in the Melipona Honey Bliss body treatment. 52
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2 ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
This hippy, liberal bastion in conservative North Carolina is full of artisanal food, breweries and quirky shops nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Stay downtown at the five-room bed and breakfast Bunn House for a true taste of Southern hospitality, with five-star modern amenities in a restored brick mansion. Explore Asheville’s renowned arts district with glass artist John Almaguer and Asheville Art Studio Tours. You can eat tasty neighborhood fare with Michael Hofman off his own handcrafted porcelain dishes or try your hand at glassblowing in John’s own studio. Then treat your tired feet to some pampering at Wake Foot Sanctuary & Spa. Have dinner at Red Stag Grill for great game meats or Smoky Park Supper Club for wood-grilled everything. This shipping container restaurant under a highway pass is not one you’d normally stumble upon, but after your first handful of spicy sweet bacon crackerjack, you’ll be addicted. End the evening with dessert at French Broad Chocolate Lounge, where they import cacao beans to painstakingly make all the chocolate for a plethora of bonbons, gelato, pastries and cakes. You could spend an entire day or two traipsing the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate, the private Victorian-era residence of George and Edith Vanderbilt. House tours will appeal to history buffs and Downton Abbey fans while kids have plenty of activities to choose from including horseback and carriage rides, a petting zoo at Antler Village and motoring around the grounds on a Segway.
3 VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Nature is at your fingertips in this friendly city surrounded by the ocean, mountains and forests. Even the downtown area is relaxed and cheerful instead of hectic and businesslike. Maybe it’s because they have the mildest climate in Canada and some of the best seafood anywhere. Definitely spend some time enjoying Stanley Park (it’s even bigger than Central Park in New York!), whether by bike or on foot. Talasay Tours leads a unique hike from a First Nations perspective.
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1 MAYAKOBA, MEXICO
Flying into Cancun’s crowded airport and seeing Señor Frog’s face staring at you, it’s hard to imagine that just 40 minutes away is a lush mangrove ecosystem home to the most luxurious resorts in Mexico.
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For your seafood fix, dine at the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Lobby Lounge raw bar for sustainable and creative maki, nigiri and sashimi including a signature kabayaki house-cured sablefish. YEW Seafood + Bar is another great option for quintessential Pacific Northwest fare. Start with the tacklebox for a seasonal selection of the freshest marinated, steamed and raw seafood. It’s the Vancouver answer to charcuterie and cheese, although British Columbia makes great cheese too. You’ll find some at Granville Public Market, along with a distillery, brewery and silk, glass and ceramic artist studios. For amazing art, the Vancouver Art Gallery and smaller Bill Reid Gallery that focuses on First Nations artwork are within just a few blocks and the historic Gastown neighborhood is home to several fantastic galleries as well. Swing by East Van Roasters for bean-to-bar chocolate and coffee followed by L’Abattoir in the evening for a cocktail (try the avocado gimlet) and contemporary French food in a chic yet rustic space. When it’s time to rest, Four Seasons Vancouver is the full package, with excellent food at YEW, a hidden gem of a massage spa suite and the most helpful staff. Alternatively, splurge for one of 10 brand new owner’s suites at the sleek and modern Fairmont Pacific Rim. Record players in each suite come with a stack of vinyl curated to your taste and on weekends there’s live music in the lobby lounge until 1 a.m.
4 PORTLAND, OREGON
This city is foodie heaven. From sandwiches at Lardo to soft serve at newly opened Wiz Bang Bar to a lively rooftop dinner party at Departure, it’s hard to have a bad bite. Luckily it’s easy to be active here too. Stay at Kimpton’s Hotel Vintage, where you can rent complimentary bikes and go for a ride to Mount Tabor Park. Reward yourself with brunch at Coquine and try their buttermilk buckwheat biscuits and hazelnut cocoa nib granola parfait. The Hairy Lobster and Han Oak are a couple of newer favorites worth trying as well. If you have a few extra days, get out to wine country. The Willamette Valley is just a 45-minute drive from the city. Pinot noirs and chardonnays from Bergstrom and Adelsheim are often compared to Burgundy, and there’s great sparkling wine from the likes of ROCO Winery, Soter Vineyards and
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Argyle as well. Stay at The Allison Inn & Spa, the only fivestar resort around, and appreciate an impressive collection of Oregon art and lush landscaping, including a garden whose bounty you’ll surely savor during dinner at JORY Restaurant.
5 SHANGHAI, CHINA
This global financial capital is the most populous city in Asia and best visited during autumn to avoid the rainy spring and hot summer. Both Four Seasons Shanghai Pudong and Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai are excellent choices in a city teeming with luxury hotels. The Pudong property is smaller, with 187 rooms and sleek modern décor in the financial district. The Four Seasons in Puxi (west of the Huangpu River) was the first Four Seasons in China when it opened in 2002, located in the historic and cultural heart of the city, and the property just completed an extensive renovation in February. The black granite floors and lacquered aged elm wood at Qin the Spa are a stark contrast to the bright, warm tones in the guestrooms and lobby. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to ancient China until a technologically advanced ESPA facial brings you back to present day. Shopping abounds, whether you’re looking for a custom-made qipao dress or any other bespoke garments at the fabric market. The gorgeous silk scarves at WOO depict lush mountain landscapes and lotus blossoms. There’s a brand new Disney resort, just opened in June for the kids, and more serious culture mavens will enjoy the incredible array of Chinese sculptures, painted porcelain, jade and calligraphy at Shanghai Museum in People’s Square. Take a walking tour of this Shikumen neighborhood with one of China’s most famous photographers, Wang Gangfeng. He grew up here during the Cultural Revolution and will show you a side of Shanghai that tourists don’t get to see. The Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai can arrange a private tour. Dine at Shàng-Xí for an elegant, intimate and authentic Chinese meal including the best steamed shrimp dumplings and supreme seafood soup I’ve ever had. Or cobble together dinner from the snacks on Wujiang Road. Vegetarians will savor the Chinese delicacies including countless rare and exotic mushrooms at Fu He Hui. For links to the websites of all of the businesses referenced, please visit MAKEITBETTER.NET/DIRECTFLIGHTS
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“The most common misconception,” says Alex Doty, director of Assisted Living at The Highlands of Westminster Place, “is that ‘assisted living’ is just another word for nursing home, and nothing could be farther from the truth. This is a place of life and living where people can continue to enjoy their way of life.” At The Highlands, residents receive various levels of personalized care based on their individual needs. But more importantly, it’s a community where relationships come first. Prior to moving in, each resident and their family meet with The Highlands’
staff to familiarize themselves with the resident’s needs and personal preferences. “The Highlands is a place where people love to live,” says Doty.“ I can’t tell you the number of residents who have said, ‘If I knew how much I would be enjoying myself here, I would have made the decision sooner.’” For older adults who cherish their independence, but need some assistance with daily living, life at The Highlands is everything they might need, and so much more than they could have imagined. To learn more about Assisted Living at The Highlands at Westminster Place, visit presbyterianhomes.org or call (847) 866-1615.
Assisted Living For Today’s Independent-Minded Adult At Presbyterian Homes, we believe assisted living doesn’t mean giving up your independence. So, we offer you just the care you need, along with a few other things – like friendships, financial security and new interests. If you would like to see what our assisted living communities have to offer, please call us today.
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STREETERVILLE BY MEGHAN STREIT
Spend the day — or a weekend staycation — eating, drinking and playing in one of Chicago’s most action-packed and iconic neighborhoods. It will delight tourists, suburbanites and city dwellers alike! With more than 25 hotels, dozens of upscale restaurants, streets teeming with boutiques and department stores, several famous skyscrapers and historic landmarks, as well as access to Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, there truly is never a dull moment in Streeterville. If you live in the city, this NearNorth Side neighborhood is well worth an afternoon spent exploring, and if you’re coming in from the ‘burbs, why not make a weekend staycation out of it? Here are some of our favorite places to dine, drink, play and relax in Streeterville.
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WHERE TO EAT Uno Pizzeria & Grill Chow down on an ooey-gooey deep-dish pizza. It’s the perfect classic Chicago meal to savor in this quintessential Chicago neighborhood. 29 E. Ohio St., 312-321-1000 Volare Enjoy traditional Italian cuisine (think: bruschetta with pesto and parmesan, gnocchi in vodka sauce, white fish with lemon and capers) in an upscale environment. Pair your meal with a robust bottle of red, and you’ve got the makings for a splendid evening in Streeterville. 201 E. Grand Ave., 312-410-9909
Ditka’s When it’s a big, juicy burger you’re craving, Ditka’s is the place to go. With several salads on the menu as well as lighter fare like chicken wraps and fish tacos, Ditka’s is a great lunch option. Plus, it’s conveniently located off the Mag Mile, so you can duck in to refuel halfway through your shopping spree. 100 E. Chestnut St., 312-587-8989 Frankie’s Scaloppine Located on the fifth floor of the 900 N. Michigan building, Frankie’s Scaloppine lures shoppers with the aroma of hot pizza fresh from the brick oven. Choose from pies topped with delicacies like truffle oil and oyster mushrooms or classics like sausage and green pepper. The menu also includes pastas, meat and fish prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients. 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-266-2500 Yolk If you opt to spend the weekend in Streeterville, don’t miss out on brunch at Yolk. This family-friendly eatery serves up omelets and scrambles with all kinds of fillings as well as sweet treats like Nutella crepes. 355 E. Ohio St., 312-822-9655 NOVEMBER /DECEMBER 2016
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Chicago Shakespeare Theater Enjoy award-winning Shakespeare-inspired productions while supporting this trailblazing company that partners with Chicago Public Schools to improve literacy and brings free entertainment to Chicago’s parks all summer long. 800 E. Grand Ave., 312-595-5600 Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place A true night on the town includes live entertainment. Take in a play at this unique and intimate venue located right on the Mag Mile. 175 E. Chestnut St., 312-977-1700 Lucky Strike Sip a craft beer or a specialty cocktail like the Pear Prosecco (St. Germain, Absolut Pears and bitters with a strawberry or lemon twist) while you bowl. After you’ve worked up an appetite, nosh on ahi tuna poke, pan-roasted Brussels sprouts and other thoughtful cuisine you wouldn’t typically expect to find at a bowling alley. 322 E. Illinois St., 312-245-8331 360 Chicago The gorgeous Chicago skyline just never gets old — especially when you’re viewing it from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center. Grab a cocktail from Architect’s Corner, the new bar and café on the 94th floor, and watch the sun set behind the city. Thrill seekers will want to experience TILT, an all-glass observation deck that extends out over the Mag Mile. 875 N. Michigan Ave., 888-875-8439 Museum of Contemporary Art Take in envelope-pushing art in a variety of different media at this sleek urban museum. On tap this winter is an exhibit called “Riot Grrrls,” featuring eight female painters, and a thought-provoking photography exhibit called “Witness,” which explores the relationship between photographer and subject. 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660 Navy Pier You could probably spend an entire day exploring the newand-improved Navy Pier, but this waterfront playground is certainly worth a stop on your Streeterville adventure. Take
Historic Water Tower One of Chicago’s most beautiful landmarks, the original water tower is a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of the Magnificent Mile. Marvel at the construction of the building (which was built between 1867 and 1869, and was one of the only structure to survive the Chicago Fire of 1871), and enjoy rotating art exhibits inside. 806 N. Michigan Ave. Pinstripes A stylish bowling alley and so much more, Pinstripes has bocce, a scenic outdoor patio and a full menu of inspired dishes like a filet mignon trio with Gorgonzola and Parmesan or maple-glazed salmon. Located in the historic River East Arts Center, the Streeterville location of this local bowling chain boasts spectacular views of Chicago. 435 E. Illinois St., 312-527-3010 Captain Streeter Statue Pay homage to the man who gave Streeterville its name with a quick stop at the statue depicting Captain Streeter. George Wellington “Cap” Streeter, as the story goes, claimed the land now known as Streeterville after his boat got stuck in a nearby Lake Michigan sandbar in 1886. We wish it were still that easy to score a piece of prime lakefront real estate! Corner of Grand Ave. and N. McClurg Ct.
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“I joined the Red Cross because we are an organization comprised of 90 percent volunteers. Over 4,500 volunteers from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Mexico willingly traveled, stayed in shelters and sacrificed because they knew people needed them,” she says. “There is no other organization with the volunteer power of the Red Cross.” To learn more about the American Red Cross and to volunteer, visit redcross.org/local/il/Chicago.
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LIGHT IT UP! Nothing says holiday more than string lights. According to Inside Energy, a group that studies energy usage, a home decked out in incandescent lights will add an additional $58.34 to the monthly electric bill. LED lighting has made high bills a thing of the past. When first introduced, the light was harsh but designers have made great strides in warming up the colors. According to Hoerst, the new lights are tough and able to withstand foot traffic. Set on a timer, waterproof cordless lights like those from Terrain, requiring just a few batteries, will give up to 45 days of glow. Hoerst suggests wrapping lights around logs or branches for a simple, yet sophisticated look. Glass lanterns filled with cordless fairy lights offer another low-cost option. In the past, incandescent string lighting used outdoors had a brief lifespan, usually one season and then it was cut from trees and bushes and discarded. According to Furner, LED lights may cost more up front but clients are able to get many seasons out of them. “For very little electrical usage, you can achieve an enchanted look with the twinkle or steady burn options on the LED lights,” says Hoerst. “Even without ornaments, a Christmas tree decorated with just these lights is outstanding.”
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Additionally, small evergreens like arborvitae and boxwood are bold and versatile centerpieces in the container garden. As a containerized design anchor, an evergreen is able to withstand harsh winter temperatures and can carry a variety of adornments as the seasons change. A simple underplanting of fall mums can be switched out for a holiday arrangement of dried flowers and twinkle lights.
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She enjoyed her ringside seat at the historic nomination of a woman for president. Sargent was a guest host on CBS’ “The Talk” twice, but, she explains, that is not a signal that she is network bound. “I had so much fun temporarily jumping into a different broadcast experience as a guest host,” she grins. “But news is my number-one passion and doing it in Chicago is amazing. I love this place.” Sargent is well prepared for this job. After graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri, she attended law school at Cornell University. She believed that legal training would sharpen her reporting skills and add a valuable extra dimension to her resume. Upon graduation, Sargent detoured from her intended broadcast career path for a few years. A prestigious NYC firm lured her into a high-paying labor law job instead. Nonetheless, Sargent believes this experience also helped train her for TV. “My appearances before the judges of the Human Rights Commission prepared me well to be in front of a camera,” she says. Despite the time demands of big firm practice, Sargent always found time to volunteer free legal services to nonprofits and underserved communities. It wasn’t long before she felt the tug towards TV reporting again. She believed she could make a greater impact — and do more to help others — there. Sargent landed at a small station in Alabama, but was soon hired away to Houston, then Miami for a short stint before she got the Chicago call. There are plenty of problems in Chicago for Sargent to tackle. She quickly lists several — violence, the restructuring of the police department, the schools. She shares CBS’s goals of “reporting objectively, putting faces on the issues.” Sargent particularly enjoys in-depth opportunities to address problems and offer solutions. She emceed the Chicago premier of “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses and the difficulties victims face as they try to pursue justice while remaining students. Sargent followed this up with interviews of two survivors from Northwestern University and Anne Bent, the founder of Porchlight, a nonprofit providing comprehensive services for such survivors. Chicago is clearly her element and we're thrilled to have her as part of the Windy City.
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TAKE YOUR HOLIDAY HAIR UP A NOTCH BY JENNY MUSLIN
The holidays are here! You’ve received the party invite. You’ve bought the dress... and now for the hair. We asked five beauty pros to tell you how to create their favorite holiday hairstyles at home. The Twist
The High Ponytail
Relaxed Waves and Center Part
THE HIGH PONYTAIL
ponytail is going to be positioned. He periodically takes the heat off, holding the brush with the hair and allowing the style to set. To finish the ponytail, he sprays on Phyto Plage, a protectant that also creates amazing shine while still giving texture to hair. Finally, he sprays a large makeup brush with aerosol hairspray and uses the makeup brush to tame flyways without disturbing the style.
If you have longer hair, a high ponytail is classic, chic and always in fashion. Anthony Cristiano, celebrity stylist and owner of Anthony Cristiano Salon in Chicago, styled the look on supermodel Adriana Lima at the Cannes Film Festival. Why is this look a winner for everything from holiday parties to the red carpet? “When the hair is high and bound away from the neck, you expose the head shape, and by slicking it back it gives everyone an instant facelift,” says Cristiano. To make the look even more elegant, wrap a grosgrain ribbon around the elastic. Cristiano uses Phyto Volume Actif to amplify the roots, then directionally dries hair in sections back towards where the 78
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Vivian Arpino, owner of BloOuts in Winnetka and Highland Park, also favors the high ponytail, which she believes complements anyone. “In this day and age, women want to look youthful and, more importantly, sexy,” Arpino explains. “The high ponytail provides a little bit of an edge for those who don’t want an up-do, but who are looking for
something different for holiday parties. I’ve had clients sleep on it and just touch it up the next day for another event!”
LOOSE, SOFT AND TOUCHABLE
Pascal Pour Elle stylist and educator Brenda Bonomo favors a hairstyle that’s loose, feminine and easy, particularly for a daytime holiday event. “It’s the perfect style for busy women,” she says. Bonomo uses Label.m Volume Medium Hold Mousse followed by over-directed round brushing and a large roller set. She finishes the style with Label.m Hairspray.
Bonomo’s other favorite look for the holiday season is a sophisticated and modern “twist,” beautiful for an evening affair. Prep hair in the same way you
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Loose, Soft and Touchable
would for the above “loose, soft and touchable” look, then, back-brush at the crown. Pull all the hair back and down at the base of the neck into a low twist. To appear soft yet modern, let the hair be slightly looser even though it’s being pulled back from the scalp. For some festive sparkle, add a hair accessory to the twist.
RELAXED WAVES AND A CENTER PART
“It’s all about the part down the middle and loose waves at the ends to create a soft, sassy look for any holiday party,” says Angie Giannikopoulos, Teddie Kossof Salon manager and events coordinator. This style was a hit on the Emmy Awards red carpet on starlets from Mandy Moore to Kerry Washington. To achieve this style, you’ll need a 1-inch curling iron and a hairspray like Kenra #25 Volume Hairspray. Spray every section of hair before you curl. Starting from the bottom of your hair, take big sections and wrap the hair away from your face around the curling iron, leaving the ends out of the curling iron. When you’re finished curling all of your hair, run hands through and shake out hair with your hands. Finish with another few spritzes of Kenra #25 to hold the style.
THE POLISHED BLOWOUT
Don’t overlook the always-stylish blowout. Wendy Lewis, founder and editor in chief of national beauty blog beautyinthebag.com, chooses a blowout as her go-to party look. “My simple party style is Oribe shampoo and conditioner for beautiful color and a great blowout,” Lewis says. If you can’t make it to the salon for a blowout, Lewis recommends prepping hair with a treatment Lasio Keratin Treatment One Day Formula. “You can wash your hair in 24 hours and it stays silky and straight with zero frizz for about three months. It’s a total lifesaver!” For more great hair and beauty tips, visit MAKEITBETTER.NET/BEAUTY
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Joffrey Ballet dancers Yumi Kanazawa (left) and Lola Prisco (right) mouse around in costumes from Christopher Wheeldonâ€™s visionary new production of the holiday classic.
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‘NUTCRACKER’ BY DOROTHY ANDRIES P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y T O D D R O S E N B E R G | C O S T U M E S A N D M A S K C R E AT E D B Y J U L I A N C R O U C H
The Joffrey Ballet takes “The Nutcracker” to a dynamically different time and place in its groundbreaking new production of the holiday favorite. Yes, mice will take the stage in The Joffrey Ballet’s new production of “The Nutcracker” at the Auditorium Theatre this December. But Ashley Wheater, the company’s artistic director, declined to reveal the size or shape of Mother Ginger, the giant figure that appears with her children, the eight acrobatic polichinelles who emerge from her voluminous skirt. That will be just one of the many surprises when a completely new and reimagined treatment of the ballet by Tony Awardwinning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon replaces Robert Joffrey’s popular 1987 production of the holiday classic. This world premiere is being called a “Nutcracker” for the 21st century, and the action will take place at the World’s Columbian Exposition, which ran in Chicago from May to October of 1893. According to Wheater, the catalyst for a new production was twofold. He and Wheeldon were having lunch in 2007 and the choreographer remarked, “You know, I’ve never done a ‘Nutcracker.’ I’d love to do one for you.” To which Wheater quickly replied, “I’m going to hold you to that! “At the same time, our ‘Nutcracker’ was falling apart,” he explains. “The sets, the costumes, everything. It was not going to last unless we invested a huge amount of money rebuilding the entire production.” He explained the situation to the company’s board of directors. “They understood,” he says, “ and they supported a new ballet. We have a terrific board!” Wheeldon’s work has been an integral part of the Joffrey’s repertoire since 2009, when the company presented his “Carousel,” danced to the music of Broadway composer Richard Rodgers. Since then, the company has performed his “After the Rain” in 2010, “Continuum” and “Swan Lake” in 2014, plus “Liturgy” and “Fool’s Paradise,” both in 2015. Lead Joffrey ballerina April Daly, who joined the company in 2003, has danced in every Wheeldon ballet presented by the Joffrey, including the roles of Odette/Odile in “Swan Lake” and Julie in “Carousel.” “Chris knows us. He’s worked with us so much that he knows what our bodies can do,” says Daly, who is now preparing for a number of key “Nutcracker” roles, including the Mother, the Snow soloist, both the Spanish and Arabian ethnic dancers, and the Grand Pas de Deux.
She has been dancing in various “Nutcracker’ productions since she was 11 years old, an experience she shares with many dancers past and present. “This new Pas de Deux is impressive and definitely athletic,” she explains, when asked to compare it with other well-known renderings of the famous score. But Wheeldon does not intend to create a classical showpiece. “The adagio music was inspired by the death of Tchaikovsky’s sister,” he wrote in response to email questions. “Some hear it as melancholic, I hear it as full of love and passion. In my Nutcracker, [the Pas de Deux] is a softer, more romantic interpretation of this glorious music.” Despite the many Wheeldon pieces company dancers have performed, these roles are the first that are being set on them, Daly explains. “All the others were made on other dancers,” she says, “so we’re all especially excited because these roles are being made on us.” “Our dancers are ‘all in’ for this premiere,” Wheater confirms. “Everyone is giving 100 percent.” He knows what it takes, since he was a dancer himself, beginning as a lad in the British Isles; he has appeared in 11 productions of “The Nutcracker.” His roles included a mouse, a party child, a soldier and hot chocolate, the little one who appears in the Spanish dance. “I loved playing Fritz, the naughty brother at the Christmas Eve party, ” he told the crowd assembled for the announcement of the world premiere last spring. Wheater danced professionally with the London Festival Ballet and the Australian Ballet. At the invitation of Gerald Arpino, co-founder of the company with Robert Joffrey, he danced with the Joffrey for four years and then joined the San Francisco Ballet. “The setting of the World’s Columbian Exposition will provide the background for a truly magical production,” Wheater declares. The national pavilions at the fair justify the ballet’s sparkling ethnic dances, and the fair was one of the first places where street lights were used extensively, illuminating the boulevards and buildings so they could be used at night. “When I first came to Chicago, I started reading about the Columbian Exposition,” he continues. “I hadn’t realized what the fair meant to America, to the beautification of other American cities.” In fact, the Chicago event is credited with inspiring Washington, D.C.’s development of the National Mall in 1902. NOVEMBER /DECEMBER 2016
The Joffrey Ballet rehearses for the world premiere of "The Nutcracker."
The artistic director also credits Wheeldon for creating deep and welldrawn characters in the ballet. “This is very layered production,” he says. “We really get to know who these people are. They have a back story and it comes out in their dancing.” In this production, for example, the little girl is not Clara, the daughter of an aristocratic family, but Marie, the daughter of an immigrant worker living in Chicago and working on the construction of the fair. “The audience will see the wonder of the exposition through the eyes of a child,” he says. The artistic director adds something surprising. “I’ve danced to this music since I was six, but Chris’s choreography makes me hear this music in a new way,” he admits. “I hear things I never noticed before. I don’t know why, but that is what is happening to me as I see this production being created.” A team of laurel-laden professionals, some direct from Wheeldon’s triumphant “An American in Paris,” has been assembled for this world premiere production, including six-time Tony Award-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, who also worked on “Frozen,” and Tony Award-winning projection designer Ben Pearcy, who also worked on “Big Fish.” Other members of Wheeldon's team here are Tony Award-nominated set and costume designer Julian Crouch, and
author and illustrator Brian Selznick, Caldecott Medal-winning author of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” adapted into the Academy Award-winning film “Hugo,” directed by Martin Scorsese. Obie and Drama Desk award-winning puppeteer and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Basil Twist, who has appeared at the Ravinia Festival, is intimately involved in the production. “Basil and I have worked together to develop several magical moments including mice and the growing of the Christmas tree,” Wheeldon reveals. “There is also a very clever representation of the World's Fair in Act One.” He pauses and adds, “I don't want to give too much away though.” The glorious Tchaikovsky score will be played by The Chicago Philharmonic, under the baton of Scott Speck, music director of The Joffrey Ballet. The Nutcracker will be presented at the Joffrey’s home venue, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, in downtown Chicago at 50 East Congress Parkway, in 27 performances, Dec. 10 to 30, 2016. Single tickets, priced at $35$170, are available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet’s box office in the lobby of Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph St., as well at the Auditorium Theatre box office, online at Joffrey.org, or by telephone at 312-386-8905.
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This holiday season, Steppenwolf, Northlight and Writers Theatre have some presents for us: new plays, never seen before on local stages. And there’s another gift under the tree — a brand-new theater group in Highland Park.
screen musicals ever, so trying to capture its Hollywood magic in a live stage version is a no-brainer. With esteemed director William Brown in charge, this Marriott production is likely to make a splash.
“MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY”
Dec. 1 – Jan. 29 | Steppenwolf Theatre Garage, 1624 N. Halsted St., Chicago | 312-335-1650 | steppenwolf.org Lucas Hnath, the smart playwright behind “Isaac’s Eye,” has been winning praise for this drama about a megachurch. The New York Times called it a “terrific play about the mystery of faith,” and Christianity Today said, “It’s a harrowing dig through our hearts.” K. Todd Freeman directs the Chicago premiere.
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1 | Light Opera Works, at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson, Evanston | 847-920-5360 | lightoperaworks.org As this accomplished company prepares to change its name — becoming Music Theater Works in 2017 — it ends the year with a 30-piece orchestra playing Johann Strauss’ operetta. A husband and wife run into each other at a masquerade. Neither is supposed to be there. Romantic hijinks ensue. Sprechen sie kein Deutsch? Don’t worry — this adaptation is in English.
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“A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 19 – Dec. 31, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, 312-443-3800, goodmantheatre.org “East Texas Hot Links,” through Jan. 22, Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, 847-242-6000, writerstheatre.org “Fun Home,” Nov. 2 – 13, Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 312-977-1700, broadwayinchicago.com “King Charles III,” Nov. 5 – Jan. 15, and Cheek by Jowl’s “The Winter’s Tale,” Dec. 14 – 21, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, 312-595-5600 “Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth,” Dec. 7 – Feb. 19, Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-337-0665, lookingglasstheatre.org “Pygmalion,” Nov. 23 – Jan. 8, Remy Bumppo at Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 773-244-8119, remybumppo.org
“SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN”
“Sweet Charity,” Nov. 4 – 20, Northwestern University’s Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, 847-491-7282, communication. northwestern.edu/tic/
Dec. 7 – Jan. 22 | Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe 847-242-6000 | writerstheatre.org PigPen Theatre’s inventive players — who conjured up so much fun with “The Old Man and the Old Moon” at Writers in 2013 — are back with a new show, told by flickering campfire light. The group uses shadow puppets and folk music to tell the tale of a hunter searching through the dark woods for his missing son. Through Dec. 31 | Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire 847-634-0200 | marriotttheatre.com The 1952 movie starring Gene Kelly is one of the most beloved 86
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Nov. 10 – Dec. 18 | Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie 847-673-6300 | northlight.org In this newly imagined sequel to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” Mary Bennet (Emily Berman) grows tired of being the dutiful middle sister. At Christmastime, an unexpected guest offers a chance of love. Jessica Thebus directs this world premiere by playwrights Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon.
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7 BOOKS YOU CAN GIFT TO ANY READER (OR NON-READER) BY RINCEY ABRAHAM
A great book is a gift that never goes out of style. Reduce your holiday shopping stress by picking up one of these seven books for every type of person on your list.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition J. K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay
The Grace of Kings Ken Liu
With the release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and the film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the Harry Potter universe is alive and thriving. This beautiful hardcover edition is a must-own for anyone who loved the original series, or a great way to introduce kids to the series for the first time. With 100 illustrated scenes by Jim Kay, you can watch the story unfold before your eyes. And if the Harry Potter fanatic in your life already has a copy, then pick up the illustrated edition of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” which came out in October.
The story follows two men during a major rebellion: Kuni Garu, a bandit who suddenly finds himself rising up the military ranks, and Mata Zyndu, a fearless warrior. The two become friends while fighting the rebellion, but once the emperor is overthrown, they end up on opposite sides of the fight as they disagree on the best way to rule the kingdom. The world created by Ken Liu is rich, filled with complex characters, and heavily influenced by Chinese folklore and the Han Dynasty. This book is great for the “Game of Thrones” fan looking for a new, complicated world to dive into.
When Breath Becomes Air Paul Kalanithi
Paper Girls, Volume 1 Brian K. Vaughan, Illustrated by
Paul Kalanithi was 36 and a rising neurosurgeon when he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Suddenly he went from learning how to save lives to confronting his own mortality. Kalanithi passed away in 2015 while writing this memoir and his wife worked to get it published posthumously. This book of Kalanithi’s musings on the meaning of life when he knew the end was very near has already sold hundreds of thousands of copies so far this year and would be a great gift for any reader in your life. 88
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Cliff Chiang and Matthew Wilson Four 12-year-old girls witness a dangerous but spectacular event that changes everything. The comic is set in the 1980s and is filled with cool-toned images that nail the nostalgia and the feeling of growing up and out of childhood. This comic is perfect for the “Stranger Things” fan in your life who wants more of the ‘80s nostalgia with a sci-fi twist. The first volume ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so consider gifting Volume 2 at the same time in case your reader devours the entire thing Christmas morning.
Homegoing Yaa Gyasi
A multi generational family story, “Homegoing” begins in the 1700s with two half sisters, Effia and Essi, who are born in different tribes in Ghana and do not know that the other exists. Effia marries a prominent Englishman and slave trader, while Esi is sold into slavery and taken with hundreds of others from the Gold Coast to the United States. The story moves down the family tree and follows the two lines as they separate and struggle with warfare, slavery and discrimination. Yaa Gyasi expertly covers 300 years of family history and shows how the decisions made by one person can have ripple effects farther than they could ever imagine.
Sleeping Giants Sylvain Nuevel
“Sleeping Giants” opens with a girl named Rose, who while riding her new bike through her neighborhood falls into a hole and directly onto a giant, metal hand. No one seems to know where this hand came from or how it got into the ground. Rose grows up to become an extremely successful physicist and is determined to figure out the mysteries behind this giant hand. This book is compulsively page turning and you’ll spend every page wondering the truth about this metal hand, what it can do, and if there are more pieces left to find. Give this to anyone who loved “The Martian” (the movie or the book).
The Trespasser Tana French
Detective Antoinette Conway is not very popular amongst the other detectives in the Murder Squad. She doesn’t play well with others and there is now a campaign to try to get rid of her. Conway and her partner Stephen pull a case that at first looks like a basic lovers’ tiff, but they soon realize there’s more going on. Is this just another chance for the squad to push her out or is there more to the case? Tana French is the master of the modern mystery novel, crafting deep, complex characters who lead the way. Though “The Trespasser” is the fourth book in her Dublin Murder Squad series, each book follows a different detective, so it’s not necessary to read the series in order. However, if your gift recipient hasn’t read French before, you can’t go wrong with her first novel, “In the Woods,” either. Read more book recommendations online at MAKEITBETTER.NET/BOOKS
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The Blanchard This dish was once the gold standard for fine dining; here, chef Jason Paskewitz rediscovers what made it great. Pristinely fresh and sweet Dover sole, sautéed a rich golden brown and dressed with capers, lemon juice and broken brown butter, served with a decadent watercress-potato purée and showered with fresh chervil ($42). Worth every penny. 1935 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, 872-829-3971, theblanchardchicago.com
The Duck Inn Chef Kevin Hickey’s Bridgeport hangout has a menu filled with craveable items, none more so than his famous duck, which must be pre-ordered (they make a limited amount each night). The presentation changes with the seasons; at time of writing it’s served with duck fat potato salad, baby kale, stone fruits, radishes and cherry Duck Sauce ($65); easily serves two. 2701 S. Eleanor, Chicago, 312-724-8811, theduckinnchicago.com
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Brindille James Beard Award-winning chef Carrie Nahabedian, of NAHA fame goes full-on luxe at Brindille. Don’t miss her hand-chopped tartare of highest-quality beef redolent with flavors of rye, tarragon and sorrel, and served with quail eggs, anchoïade, pickled mustard seeds and caramelized pearl onions. A stunning dish. 534 N. Clark St., Chicago, 312-595-1616, brindille-chicago.com
Fat Rice Chefs Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo cook the cuisine of Macau, a former Portuguese colony in China. Cultures collide in their signature dish, where paella meets Asian ingredients and the result is crazy big … and off-the-charts flavorful. Bursting out of the pot of sofrito-infused jasmine rice, you’ll find chorizo, salted duck, linguiça sausage, prawns, steamed clams, tea eggs, chicken fat-fried croutons, olives and pickled chiles. It’s presented with mushroom soy and hot sauce to gild the lily ($48). Share it with the table. 2957 W. Diversey, Chicago, 773-661-9170, eatfatrice.com
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Formento’s Executive chef/partner Stephen Wambach served as chef de cuisine at BLT Steak in NYC, and opened BLT restaurants around the world. So it’s no surprise he knows his way around a prime cut of meat. The overwhelming evidence: this 20 oz. beauty topped with smoked MightyVine tomatoes, a fresh and vinegary salsa of chopped shallots, herbs and red finger chiles, and fried rosemary ($56). Possibly the best steak I’ve had all year. 925 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 312-690-7295, formentos.com
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mfk I was first introduced to the magic of croquetas — delectable croquettes that are various savory morsels essentially held together with béchamel sauce, coated with breadcrumbs and fried — on a trip to Cuba many years ago. Ever since, I have ordered them whenever and wherever they appear on a menu. Chef Daniel Mejia’s croquetas are perfection; currently they are made with smoked chicken and potato with tomatillo salsa ($12). 432 W. Diversey, Chicago, 773-857-2540, mfkrestaurant.com
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The holiday season is filled with so many sources of delight — twinkling lights reflecting off the snow, the excitement and anticipation of little ones, the pleasure of coming together with family and friends for great meals and company — but nothing warms the heart quite like giving to those in need. Make It Better makes it our mission to help you bring comfort and joy to the most deserving individuals and organizations in the easiest and most effective ways possible. Read on to learn more about some of Chicagoland’s outstanding nonprofits and the best ways that you can provide them with much-needed support. For a wealth of additional resources, from tips for fundraising to stories and information about inspiring nonprofits, visit makeitbetter.net/philanthropy 9 49 4 N O NV O EVM EM B EBRE /RD/ EDCE ECM EM B E R makeitbetter.net 2 0 1 6 makeitbetter.net
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With the Regenstein Learning Campus, the Chicago Botanic Garden has created a beautiful and engaging learning environment for visitors of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. The Learning Center uses a nature laboratory, the Nature Preschool and the Nature Play Garden, as well as traditional classrooms, to generate excitement and curiosity about the natural world. The Learning Center, based on the community school concept and developed with universal design principles, will encompass learning and wellness activities for children and adults in formal and informal settings. It will serve 25,000 field-trip students and teachers; more than 7,700 adult education participants; 1,850 kids in camp programs and 700 teachers in teacher development programs. An additional 52,000 young people will participate in drop-in programs and events.
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WHERE TO DONATE ALMOST EVERYTHING BY OLIVIA ELLIS
Although monetary donations are often the most impactful way to support a charitable organization, many still have a very significant need for goods. Whether you’re cleaning out your closet or bookshelf or updating your furniture, don’t just toss those items — donate them and make a difference to one of the many local organizations in need. Hold onto this guide to where to donate throughout the North Shore and Chicago and make sure your unwanted items always go to someone who needs them. North Shore Exchange
Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association
northshoreexchange.org Best of 2016 winner North Shore Exchange, which is made possible by the Woman’s Library Club of Glencoe, supports charities that provide human services and education to low-income families in the Midwest. Appointments are not required for donations. Visit their website for an accepted list of designers. 372 Hazel Ave., Glencoe, 847-835-0026
escca.org Cleaning out the kids’ closets? ESCCA provides school clothing and shoes to Evanston/Skokie District 65 K-8th grade school children. They accept clean and gently used children’s clothing and coats. Donations are accepted all year. 1500 McDaniel Ave., Evanston, 847-859-8018
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lenscrafters.com/onesight OneSight, which was founded in 1988, provides vision care to more than 8.7 million people in 41 countries. With school-based vision centers, charitable vision clinics and community vision centers, OneSight helps communities in need all over the world. Eyewear donations can be dropped off at LensCrafters, Sears Optical or Pearle Vision stores. Various locations in the city and suburbs, 877-753-6727
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WCC Rummage wccrummage.com Winnetka Community House’s annual Spring Rummage Sale donates all net proceeds to more than 40 humanitarian agencies in the Chicagoland area. Donate new or gently used kids and adult clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry and more. 630 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, 847-446-0575
ncjwcns.org/encore-more Encore & More is the National Council of Jewish Women’s major fundraiser; they are in need of donations of high-end clothing and jewelry. Donations are accepted Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1107 Central Ave., Wilmette, 847-853-8888
shores2ndtime.com With all proceeds benefiting Shore Community Services to improve the quality of life for those with developmental disabilities, Second Time Around accepts gently used clothing, shoes, accessories and more. Call the store before visiting to ensure they are accepting donations that day. 4123 Oakton Ave., Skokie, 847-673-3172 96
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Dress for Success Chicago
worldwidecentral.dressforsuccess.org Gently used suits and professional apparel donations allow Dress for Success to provide interview outfits for women, supporting them in their efforts to achieve their career goals. The program also offers guidance and support for women who have an upcoming interview. Donations must be clean and ironed, and no more than five years old. 515 N. State St. #3240, Chicago, 312-527-0925
Chicago Bears Coat Drive
centralusa.salvationarmy.org/metro/coats For 27 years, the coat drive has provided coats to those in need during the cold winter months. Coats can be donated at all Jewel-Osco locations in the Chicagoland area beginning in October. Various Jewel-Osco locations, 773-205-3520
Junior League of Evanston-North Shore Thrift House
jle-ns.org/thrift-house Drop off clothes, shoes and accessories, as well as small furniture, home decor, housewares and books, at the JLE-NS Thrift House Monday through Saturday. Find more information and hours online. 920 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-441-0995
Electronics Recycling for Charities
recyclingforcharities.com Donate used cell phones, iPods, digital cameras and PDAs by printing a shipping label from the website and sending donations to RFC. RFC makes a donation to the charity of your choice for each item you part with. 866-630-7557
zealousgood.com Fill out a form on the website specifying what you would like to donate, and Zealous Good will reach out to charities that are interested in your item. You will then receive an email where you can choose a charity and drop off your donations. 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago
Cell Phones for Soldiers
cellphonesforsoldiers.com Donate your used cell phone or tablet to Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nonprofit supported by AT&T that provides troops and veterans with communication services. Gently used items from all wireless carriers and brands are accepted. Device donation and shipping costs are tax-deductible. Print a shipping label from the organization’s website. 678-580-1976
Secure the Call
securethecall.org Secure the Call collects cell phones, turns them into 911 emergency access phones, and donates them to senior citizen centers, domestic violence shelters and police and sheriff departments. Various drop-off locations in the Chicagoland area, 301-891-2900
Verizon Wireless HopeLine
verizon.com Similar to Secure the Call, Verizon provides cell phones for domestic violence victims. Used phones, batteries and accessories are accepted. Drop off your phone at any Verizon Wireless store. Various locations, 847-706-1733
Books Donate at your local public library! Call ahead to see if there are any books they don’t accept (like textbooks).
books4cause.com Donate gently used books to Books4Cause, an organization that, through used book donations, has created 20 libraries in Africa, and keeps books out of landfills. All K-12 books given to the organization are donated, and 13 percent of other book donations are sold while the rest are given away or recycled. Drop them off at their location in Skokie, or donate $25 to the African Library Project to qualify for a full-service book pickup. 3415 Madison St., Skokie, 800-570-3698
Bernie’s Book Bank
berniesbookbank.org Make It Better Philanthropy Award winner Bernie’s Book Bank collects new and gently used children’s books to distribute to at-risk homes throughout the Chicagoland area. Each child the organization serves receives at least 12 books a year. Drop-off locations throughout the North Shore, 847-780-7323
chicagobwp.org This volunteer organization distributes paperback books to women’s prisons nationwide to encourage education and self-empowerment. Visit the website for specific books BWP is looking for. You can either drop books off at the Chicago location or send them via USPS. 4511 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago
open-books.org Open Books collects used books to sell in their Pilsen and West Loop stores and online. The money collected helps fund book granting programs for thousands of students around Chicago each year. The organization accepts “any sellable book in good condition,” as well as LPs, CDs and DVDs. There are various drop-off locations in Chicago, including one in Northbrook. To inquire about a free pickup, fill out the form on the website. Various drop-off locations, 312-475-1355
Cradles to Crayons
cradlestocrayons.org Providing low-income and homeless children with clothes, books, school supplies and more, Cradles to Crayons helps serve nearly 200,000 children living in poverty in Chicago. Various drop-off locations throughout the North Shore, 812-444-9889
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Furniture Salvation Army and Goodwill
salvationarmyusa.org | goodwill.org Both provide pickup service and a tax receipt. Visit each organizationâ€™s website or call to schedule a pickup time. Various locations
Brown Elephant Resale Shops
howardbrown.org/brown-elephant Brown Elephant supports Howard Brown Health using money earned from the resale of donated items. Bring in any upholstered furniture, tables, dressers, bookcases, etc. Visit their website for a full list of accepted items, as well as a pickup request form. Note: pickup service has a suggested donation of $10. 4025 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, 773-388-1600
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
windycityhabitat.org/restore All proceeds from the ReStore go to Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that works to provide families with affordable, safe housing and has built 90 homes in Chicago neighborhoods. Visit their website for a list of acceptable items. To donate, fill out the form on the website or send pictures of the items to firstname.lastname@example.org. 6040 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago, 773-539-6040
World Relief Chicago
worldreliefchicago.org/donateitems World Relief Chicago provides cleaning supplies, linens, toiletries, kitchen items and furniture to immigrants and refugees who have fled their countries due to war and displacement. Visit their website to inquire about a drop-off or pickup. 3507 W. Lawrence, Chicago, 773-583-9191
refugeeone.org By providing opportunities and goods, RefugeeOne helps refugees fleeing war and persecution from all parts of the world. The organization is currently accepting backpacks and school supplies, but donation needs vary by month. View the calendar of donations on their website. Contact Amy Hill at email@example.com for more information. 4753 N. Broadway St. #401, Chicago, 773-989-5647
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During this season of giving, many take the opportunity to make annual gifts to deserving nonprofits. Here’s what you need to know about the tax implications of your charitable donations. When it comes to charitable giving, Americans are generous, donating hard cash, appreciated stock, even art. Last year, we collectively gave a record-setting $375.25 billion in charitable dollars, with 71 percent of that coming from individuals, as opposed to foundations or corporations, according to Giving USA, which publishes an annual report of philanthropy in the U.S. based on research conducted by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. In high net worth households, giving is on the rise with about 98 percent donating to charity in 2013, compared to about 95 percent in 2011, according to the 2014 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy. The 2015 results from this biennial study were released, after this magazine went to press. People are inclined to donate for a number of reasons; mostly, it’s because they feel good giving and recognize a need. However, there are also tax incentives to charitable giving. To be sure, as we would expect from the Internal Revenue Service, giving — especially for high net worth individuals — requires an attention to detail few lay people possess. “My job is to help them to do it in the most tax-efficient way,” says Ramsay Slugg, managing director and member of the
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National Wealth Strategies Group at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. “It’s going to be different for different people, depending on income, and what types of assets they own. It’s a customizable design.” There are three main vehicles for making charitable donations: a straightforward monetary donation of cash, a check or an appreciated asset (i.e., stock) are the most common and simplest ways to gift. The tax benefit is a function of one’s marginal personal income tax rate. For example, a person in the highest tax bracket of 39.6 percent who contributes $1,000 to a qualified charitable organization will get $396 of that donation back as a credit against his/her tax liability, plus a deduction at the state level. However, more sophisticated vehicles for gifting could provide greater tax benefits. Individuals or families often choose to set up their own private foundations or donor-advised funds that serve as intermediaries between the donor and the receiving charity, without ceding control as to where the funds are distributed. With these vehicles, donations to public charities yield higher tax deductions than to private charities. Generally speaking (and you can be sure, there are myriad exceptions), one can write off up to 50 percent of adjusted gross income when donating to a public charity versus a write-off of 30 percent when giving to a private foundation.
Public charities are organizations such as churches, hospitals, qualified medical research organizations affiliated with hospitals, schools, colleges and universities, and nonprofits (The Greater Chicago Food Depository is just one example). They actively raise funds and receive contributions from many sources. Private foundations, on the other hand, typically have a single major source of funding (think the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) and tend to grant money to other organizations rather than operate charitable programs. A third vehicle is known as split-interest giving. With a splitinterest charitable gift, the asset is split into two parts: income that is produced by the asset and the principal remaining after the income interest is paid. Through a properly designed charitable trust, a split-interest gift may provide a current federal income tax deduction, a reduction in the federal estate tax bill, and/or an avoidance or delay of a capital gains tax. “After evaluating a donor’s personal situation, I often recommend the donor advised fund, which has the best tax benefits, but it is not always the most appropriate vehicle for some donors who are better suited for creating their own private family foundation,” says Susanna Poon, director of philanthropy services with CTC | myCFO, a part of BMO Financial Group.
Charitable giving is not a profitable endeavor. Instead, people donate money for a number of reasons related to their values and long-term goals for their families. “Most family offices donate money to the charities that have special meaning to the family member[s],” says Ryan Liss, president of Caliber 88 Tax & Wealth Planning Services, Inc. in Highland Park. “A family foundation allows them to create an entity which greatly furthers family unity and acts as a fantastic teaching tool for the younger generations.” The fact that there are these options is good news for those seeking tax-efficient ways to put their money to work for good. And with the current strength in the financial markets — the Standard and Poor’s 500 is at or near an all-time high depending on the day — analysts expect the current upward trend in giving to continue. “Unless we have some sort of hiccup in the economy, I think we will see a consistency of record giving,” Slugg says. For help finding the causes and nonprofits most deserving and in need of your charitable donations, visit MAKEITBETTER.NET/ PHILANTHROPY
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Sister Rosemary Connelly (left and above) has improved the lives of countless Misericordia residents like those pictured here.
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This holiday season, get inspired by extraordinary Chicagoan Sister Rosemary Connelly, whose tireless 47-year leadership of Misericordia/ Heart of Mercy has facilitated spectacular growth and impact.
It’s nearly impossible to say “no” to Sister Rosemary when she sets her mind to something. Not only is her heart in the right place, she’s also a brilliant strategist. She knows who to ask, what to ask and when to ask. Fueled by a deep appreciation for the blessings found in each and every resident, their families, staff members and generous supporters, her ability to address the problems and challenges she encounters moves other to help.
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The first seven years of Sister Rosemary’s tenure were spent on Chicago’s South Side, where Misericordia was originally located. On a cold, wintry day 40 years ago, she moved 39 children with developmental disabilities who were in her care, along with 36 staff members, to Misericordia’s current location, the site of a recently closed orphanage. Since then, Misericordia has grown into a beautiful, 31-acre campus of more than 20 residences and buildings. It also includes 10 Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs) in the neighborhood that house more than 60 adults. This loving, caring environment — the hallmark of Misericordia — provides a full continuum of residential care, continuing academic learning experiences, job training and work opportunities, social and recreational activities, and opportunities for spiritual growth to children and adults with a wide range of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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When Sister Rosemary Connelly sees need, she acts — and resources follow. Her vision and determination as executive director of Misericordia/Heart of Mercy for 47 years have been instrumental in growing the residential community on Chicago’s North Side for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities into an extraordinary place where people are accepted, challenged to do more, and encouraged to embrace life to its fullest.
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Early on, Sister Rosemary understood Misericordia’s vulnerability in relying solely on public funding and government-dictated policies to care for its unique population. So over the years in addition to receiving much-needed government support, she has developed a broad base of private support to fund a variety of life-enriching programs for Misericordia residents. “Every time we saw an unmet need,” she explains, “we grew a new program.” Today, Misericordia offers on-campus work opportunities in places like the Hearts and Flour Bakery, Greenhouse Inn Restaurant and HeART Studio Workshops; a range of physical, occupational and speech therapies; health and fitness resources; singing and dancing groups; and so much more. “We’re blessed to share these programs with more than 600 residents and 1,000 staff [members],” she beams. Misericordia now stands as one of the nation’s leading communities for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities — and continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of its residents. When Sister Rosemary began her work 47 years ago, a child born with an intellectual or developmental disability did not have a long life expectancy. Today, with improved medical care for the population it serves, Misericordia is addressing the growing needs of its aging adults. Earlier this year, it opened four warmly furnished homes custom designed for seniors to meet their increasingly complex medical and nursing needs. Misericordia’s support includes a broad cross-section of prominent Chicagoans — from former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews
and Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon to the city’s savviest corporate leaders and politicians across the state. Every year, Misericordia is part of the Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity event. And, in recognition of her enormous accomplishments, Chicago Magazine named Sister Rosemary a 2014 Chicagoan of the Year. In this era of divisive politics, Sister Rosemary is a unifying force, generating bipartisan support and inspiring others to lobby our Illinois state government so Misericordia and other programs serving individuals with a range of disabilities can continue to operate effectively. “Going through any government process is demanding,” she admits, “but one of the truly great joys has been the wonderful bipartisan support of Misericordia from our government officials. Both elected and appointed officials have taken time to tour Misericordia’s campus, including Governor Rauner. All have been impressed and have become our friends.” The Misericordia community is most vibrant during its annual Family Fest, which was held this year on Sunday, Sept. 11, (Make It Better was proud to be a media sponsor). More than 15,000 attendees enjoyed entertainment, games, food and drink, and family fun, and celebrated Misericordia’s 40th anniversary at its North Side location. Leading businesses, organizations and individuals across the Chicago metropolitan area joined together as sponsors to support the “Fest” and Misericordia’s residents as they continue to live productive, meaningful and happy lives. To donate or learn more about Misericordia, visit MISERICORDIA.ORG
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SUPPORT REFUGEES u RefugeeOne 773-989-5647 refugeeone.org MIB Philanthropy Awardwinner RefugeeOne aids refugees fleeing war, terror and persecution by helping them build new lives here in the Chicago area. RefugeeOne is looking for 2017 wall or desk calendars for apartments being prepared for incoming families. Calendars are helpful as refugees schedule meetings with their mentors and practice English. Drop off calendars at 4753 N. Broadway, Suite 401, Chicago. A REFUGEEONE MENTOR REVIEWS ENGLISH MATERIALS WITH A REFUGEE FAMILY.
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U. S . HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM
Top sponsors include: The Crown and Goodman Families, Harris Family Foundation, The Michael P. Polsky Family, Linda and Richard Price and Family, Karyn and Bill Silverstein, The Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation, Kovler Family Foundation, The Malkin Family, The Sacks Family, Jamie Diamond Schwartz and David Schwartz, Sheila and Joseph Gutman and Family, J. B. and M. K. Pritzker Family Foundation, Ted Schwartz Family Foundation, Zell Family Foundation
Mally Rutkoff of Highland Park, right, and Marlene Rubenstein of Glencoe, left, were two of the many volunteers who helped escort the more than 300 Holocaust survivors who attended the Chicago luncheon as the museum’s guests.
Midwest Director Jill Weinberg of Highland Park and Honoree Clementine Wamariya. Wamariya, who grew up in the Chicago area, was honored with the museum’s National Leadership Award for her work on genocide prevention. She is the youngest award recipient at 28 years old.
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Event chairs Linda Levinson Friend, left, and Bill Friend, right, of Lincoln Park with their daughter Nina Friend
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Governor Bruce Rauner and Diana Rauner
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Money raised at this luncheon will support the museum’s $540 million comprehensive campaign, “Never Again: What You Do Matters.”
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Will Jones of Chicago, Leah Hope of Chicago, Martha Idler of Evanston and Jason Knowles of Chicago
Cameron Zick injured his spinal cord during a mountain climb in Colorado and was told he would never regain full function of his body from the neck down. After rehabbing at RIC, Zick has returned to his active lifestyle. NOVEMBER /DECEMBER 2016
FIELD AT THE GRIDIRON SEPT. 6 , 2016 • Soldier Field Field Museum donors, scientists, former Chicago Bears players and other notable Chicagoans came together for an evening of museum presentations, tours, the opportunity to kick a field goal and more. The Founders’ Council welcomed 19 new members at this event.
Field Museum President and CEO Richard Lariviere, Bears Chairman George McCaskey and Field Museum Trustee and Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts
Museum Trustee Liz Sharp and former Chicago Bear James “Big Cat” Williams
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE FIELD MUSEUM
Jim Johnson, Casey Keller and Jeff Sharp try some Bears helmets for size.
The Chicago Bears drumline opening the event
61ST ANNUAL GOLD COA ST FA SHION AWARD SHOW SEPT. 21, 2016 • Revel Fulton Market • $300,000
ANN & ROBERT H . LURIE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
The event’s sponsors included GCM Grosvenor with Schuyler and Jonathan Levin, Reed Smith, JHL Capital Group LLC, Jones Lang LaSalle, The PrivateBank, CBRE, Hearn, and Turner Construction, among others
PHOTOS BY ROBERT CARL
Mike Nicolas, Patrice Hunt, Lauren and Mike Donofrio, all of Chicago
Neiman Marcus fashion
Michael De Paulo gown
NOVEMBER /DECEMBER 2016
Aliki (middle, pictured with her family) is 12 years old and battling a brain tumor. Money raised during the fashion show will benefit patients like Aliki at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
RAGDALE’S 40TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION SEPT. 17, 2016 • Ragdale • $65,000
PHOTOS BY WILLIAM HARTMAN
Jessica Cornish performed during the event. Funds raised will support The Ragdale Foundation, which provides more than 150 artists and writers time and space work.
Bob & Annelise Crawford, Lake Forest
Roberta Haebler, Lake Bluff; Neil Harmen and Carrie Nelson, Wheaton; Weezie & Jack Kramer, Chicago
Changing Lives. Building Futures.
GIVE A GIFT THAT REMOVES BARRIERS… For 70 years, students at The Cove School have benefited from our intensive individualized instruction and highly specialized program, while learning in an environment that is specifically designed for students with learning disabilities. To learn more about Cove, join us for an Open House or request a private tour. Please contact Dr. Sally Sover, Executive Director, at 847.562.2100 or email@example.com. Cove also welcomes volunteers to help with student programs and fundraising events. Please go to our website and click on the Giving link to learn more.
350 Lee Road • Northbrook, IL 60062 847.562.2100 • Fax 847.562.2112 • www.coveschool.org
Merit School of Music is dedicated to removing financial, geographic, and other barriers to high-quality music education and transforming the lives of nearly 5,000 Chicago-area youth. Your gift today will give students and families continued access to music education! Support Merit with a donation today! meritmusic.org/donate
Joy Faith Knapp Music Center 38 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL 60607 312. 786. 9428 I www.meritmusic.org
“Go see it to believe it, because otherwise, you are going to miss the most important thing in your life.” —Joe Heard, former White House photographer, watched Shen Yun 6 times
Early bird code: Mag17 Get best seats & waive fees by Dec. 15th, 2016
Sundays, November 27 to December 18 9 and 10:30 a.m.
Choral Music Sunday December 4 9 and 10:30 a.m.
Lessons and Carols December 11 9 and 10:30 a.m.
Quiet Christmas Worship December 15 7:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve Worship December 24 3, 6, 9 and 11 p.m.
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS KENILWORTH UNION CHURCH
Christmas Day Worship
All are welcome to attend.
December 25 10:30 a.m.
kuc.org | 211 Kenilworth Avenue | Kenilworth, Illinois | 847-251-4272
KELLOGG CENTER FOR NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT
Combining broad expertise in nonprofit leadership development with deep insight into your core issues, the Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management can help you confront the management issues that challenge you most.
Your mission. Our MOTIVATION.
Whether it’s overcoming fundraising dilemmas, keeping teams motivated and on mission or measuring your impact, we make your mission our primary focus through our: • Distinctive, holistic approach to strategic nonprofit leadership development and our emphasis on putting leading-edge theory into practical application. • Programming focused on the subject matter most relevant to your success, from fundraising, innovation and social entrepreneurship to marketing, finance and strategic leadership. • Collaborative learning environment informed by Kellogg’s expert faculty and enlivened by interactive peer learning and networking among highly motivated participants.
Visit EXECEDNONPROFIT.KELLOGG.NORTHWESTERN.EDU or call 847.491.3415 for more information or to register for upcoming programs.
# C LO S I N GT H O U G H T S
“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
CHRISTKINDLMARKET PHOTO BY JIM PRISCHING; ALL OTHER PHOTOS COURTESY OF EACH EVENT
HAMILTON WRIGHT MABIE
HOLIDAY TRADITIONS 1. Hanukkah Concert with The
Maxwell Street Klezmer Band at Chicago Botanic Garden; chicagobotanic.org 2. Magnificent Mile Lights Festival; themagnificentmile.com 3. Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza christkindlmarket.com 4. Illuminations at the Morton Arboretum; mortonarb.org 5. Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier; navypier.com 6. St. Lucia Festival of Lights, Andersonville andersonville.org
RULES FOR BETTER LIVING
To achieve something you’ve never had before, you must do something you’ve never done before.
Published on Nov 8, 2016
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