Fill Your “Found” Time

That strange noise? It’s called silence.

Those few blessed hours between the school bus pickup and dropoff. And now that they’re here, you may find yourself in the position of having or needing to fill them. Here are several suggestions that will at least get you brainstorming:


Are you having a hard time committing to a new routine? Join a group of women for a bike ride. For example, Higher Gear runs a Tuesday morning Women’s Ride in Wilmette. The promise to others you’ll be somewhere will motivate you to get going.

Higher Gear
1515 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette
Revolution Spin
904 Sherman Ave., Evanston847-440-4262
Dailey Method
410 Green Bay Rd., Kenilworth

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Those first weeks of fall are a great time to catch up on old hobbies, like those scrapbooks sitting in the corner, or to start a new one. Just think—take a knitting class now and before you know it, you’ll be making scarves for all your friends just in time for holiday gift giving. Or learn how to really use that digital SLR camera.

Three Bags Full1927 Cherry Lane, Northbrook
Chicago Photography Center
3301 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd.,Glencoe



With no little one in tow, you can actually take a few minutes to try on a new jacket or skirt, and with the peace of mind that Cheerios aren’t being crushed into the carpet or that your “hide-and-go-seek” child isn’t going to knock over a rack of $500 dresses. Here are a few places to explore:

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The Lake Forest Shop
265 E. Market Square, Lake Forest
Avenue Fashions
9720 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield847-940-1818
907 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka

Fashion picks for fall:

Makeover 2012: Fashion

After 5 Ensembles

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Back to School

Maybe that trip for school supplies inspired you to buy a few pencils or dust off an old backpack. Or maybe an empty nest has you thinking about your next chapter. There’s no reason to ever stop exploring, learning something new or traveling a new path. Here are a few places to get your started:

MBA During the DayContinuing EducationCommunity College
Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
Conway Park, 1905 W. Field Ct., Lake Forest
Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies
339 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago847-491-5611
Oakton Community College
1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines

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