'Determined to Prove a Villain': Paralympian Katy Sullivan Takes on 'Richard III' at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Actor Katy Sullivan got out her running legs to prepare to play Richard III. In Shakespeare’s tale of the manipulative, deceitful would-be king of England, Richard is portrayed as a hunchback, which integrates with Sullivan’s physicality: she has two prosthetic legs. “There is a line in the opening soliloquy where Richard said, ‘Sent into this […]

2023 Philanthropy Award Winners: 3 Organizations Making the Greatest Impact in Violence Interruption and Prevention in Chicago

The Make It Better Foundation recently hosted its 2023 Philanthropy Awards with emcee Suzanne Le Mignot of CBS 2 Chicago to honor the Chicago-area nonprofits working to make a difference in violence interruption and prevention throughout the city.  This year, the Make It Better Foundation recognized recipients with evidence-based programs that prevent gun violence by […]

Sherwin-Williams, Hester Painting & Decorating Discuss the Power of Color in the Home and Share Expert Paint Color Picks

The psychological impact of color has been proven to have a significant effect on how we perceive and respond to aspects of the day-to-day. The “power of color” was explored by design professionals at the Sherwin-Williams Color Conversation with Hester Painting & Decorating virtual event, hosted by Make It Better Media Group on March 23. […]

Expert Tips and Strategies for Setting Up a Successful Family Office With a Blended Family

Many ultra-high-net-worth families rely on a family office and family law practice to help manage their finances, investments, long-term planning and charitable giving. These services are even more helpful to blended families who may come from different backgrounds, with different assets and different financial histories. To discuss best practices for establishing a blended family office […]

Ulta Beauty and Metropolitan Family Services Leaders Discuss How to Build Successful Partnerships Between Nonprofits and Corporations

Within Chicagoland is a network of organizations, businesses and nonprofits that all aspire to do good for the larger community. Partnerships between these institutions are imperative, but what’s the best way to foster and sustain them, maximizing impact for all? To answer this question and more, Make It Better Media Group hosted a virtual discussion […]

Better Makers: Chicago International Film Festival Honors Filmmaking, Raises Nearly $35K for Cinema/Chicago

The Chicago International Film Festival celebrated its 58th year with a hybrid event running October 12- 23, 2022. The 12-day fest raised $34,818 for its presenting organization, Cinema/Chicago, a nonprofit enriching the community through year-round programming devoted to international and independent cinema.  As the longest-running competitive film festival in North America, the Chicago International Film […]

How Philanthropy Award Winner Breakthrough Has Established a Radical, Relentless — and Hopeful — Approach to Violence Reduction

It is no secret that across Chicago, the economic and social landscape can be vastly different neighborhood to neighborhood. But what isn’t as widely understood are the specific disproportionate realities — like housing insecurity and unemployment rates — and the very real consequences they can have in a community. For many youth in the city, […]