View From The Team: Better’s Summer 2021 Issue Is Here!

Better Chicago 2021 Summer Issue

Oh, what joy! Summer’s here and we’re much freer to live robustly outdoors — in sharp contrast to this time last year.    

Vaccines are widespread. Kids and families untether from Zoom learning. The economy has reopened and “Help Wanted” signs pepper our neighborhoods. Home sales are hot, hot, hot. And so are home and landscape improvements.

We hope that you will find inspiration for your best life outdoors in this issue. We make it easier than ever for you to enjoy the lake, visit farmers markets, find new restaurants, plan to attend a local concert, envision fabulous home improvements, and support local treasure shops and organizations. We particularly recommend the examples set by our 2021 Most Powerful Women on Pages 30-33. 

On the topic of inspiration, we hope you’ll enjoy our feature on Watergate prosecutor and Evanston resident Jill Wine-Banks, whose memoir is being made into a movie starring Katie Holmes (Pages 27-29). 

As always, if you like what you read in our magazine, you will love what you find online. is the definitive source for a well-lived life in this community. From recipes, barbecue and picnic tips to summer reading lists and comprehensive information about all the communities we serve and you’ll want to visit, Better is your go-to-destination for recommendations for fun, family, and ways to make a difference.

And since we have your attention, starting this week Best of 2021 voting launches online on June 10. Our pandemic virtual pivot has taught us that your voice and votes matter more than ever. Please go to to vote for your favorites! 

If you haven’t done so yet, please subscribe to our Better Letter email newsletter and follow us on your favorite social media platforms. You will find perfectly timed recommendations, thoughtful articles and true connection to your beloved hometown. 

As always, we hope that you will send us your feedback, suggestions and photos of the places and people you cherish. We’d love to feature them! Just tag @betterchicago on Instagram.

Wishing you a joyful summer,

Susan B. Noyes, Founder & Chief Visionary Officer 
[email protected]

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