Strong Schools, Better Kids—Cast Your Vote Here

  Our schools are the heart of our communities. We move to the northern suburbs to raise our kids in safe, beautiful neighborhoods with great schools. As empty nesters, we want to keep schools strong to maintain our home values. But challenging economic times, restrictive state laws, unfunded mandates, evolving beliefs about what constitutes a good […]

Green Roofs Offer More than Color

After you’ve seen the living, growing roof at the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center at the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG), you’ll never be satisfied with your asphalt, tile or slate roof again. This flat roof is covered in color and life—40,000 plants comprising 200 different species, including sedums, cacti, asters […]

Green Architecture on the North Shore

Gary Frank, of H. Gary Frank Architects in Winnetka, and Jon Motsinger, of JPMots Inc. in Chicago, helped a North Shore couple design a brand new, eco-friendly New England shingle-style home. Make It Better sat down with them to get the details. MIB: What eco-friendly features did you incorporate into the home? GF: The single […]

Special Camps for Special Kids

Finding the right camp is always important, particularly when your child has special needs.   “It’s not just about summer recreation,” explains Katie Koske, manager of cooperative programs for the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA). “When you have a child who is already challenged developmentally, it’s imperative to find a summer program that can […]