Hester Cares: How Hester Painting & Decorating's Commitment to the Community Goes Beyond the Customer

Steve Hester, Jeff Hester and their team at Hester Painting and Decorating are all about paying it forward.  Founded in 1968 by Tom Hester, the company — which serves both commercial and residential customers — has beautified spaces for many Chicago-area homes and businesses, including schools, healthcare facilities, hospitality providers and tech companies. They were […]

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 […]

Carole Robertson Center for Learning to Host E3 Gala Supporting the Mission to Educate, Enrich and Empower Chicago Children and Youth

For over 45 years, the Carole Robertson Center for Learning has been committed to the development of children, youth and their families across Chicago — serving culturally, linguistically and ethnically diverse populations and reaching more than 2,500 children and families across 27 communities. In celebration of this impactful work and the people who make it […]

JCC Chicago's Violins of Hope Showcases Stories of Jewish Resilience Through Music

For 20 years, Israeli violinmakers Amnon and Avshalom (Avshi) Weinstein collected and restored Holocaust-era violins. The father and son duo presented these beautifully crafted string instruments worldwide through their project Violins of Hope — an international sensation showcasing Jewish stories of resilience, resistance and unity through the power of musical performance. The Jewish Community Center […]

Award-Winning Court Theatre Exemplifies the Classics and Defines the Future of Theatre in Chicagoland

Court Theatre is having a moment.  Court’s Resident Artist, Ron OJ Parson, was recognized by the Chicago Tribune as the 2022 Chicagoan of the Year for Theater, an acknowledgement that came just on the heels of him receiving the SDCF Zelda Fichandler Award. Court’s new Associate Artistic Director, Gabrielle Randle-Bent, was listed as one of […]