5 Tips to Make a Room Personal yet Stylish

Lauren Gold and Sasha Adler are the design directors of Nate Berkus Associates here in Chicago. These chic gals know that once you get the furniture in place, then the real fun begins. Here are their tips for making a room personal and warm, but still chic and stylish. 1.  Photos = personal. Add your […]

A Conversation with Musician Ella Jenkins

Legendary children’s musician Ella Jenkins recently released a new album and performs in Chicago on February 6. Her new album, “ Life of Song,” offers stories and songs that speak to her years growing up as an African-American child in multicultural Chicago. Jenkins recently sat down with Make It Better to talk about her new […]

Help New Foundation Center Win $5,000

The New Foundation Center has entered the Winter 2011 GuideStar-KIMBIA Nonprofit Giveaway to win a $5,000 prize. GuideStar is a leading source of nonprofit information, and KIMBIA is a group that helps not for profits and other organizations increase giving. “If every supporter takes the time to write a review about what New Foundation Center means to them or its importance […]

Fresh: Ski in Style with Slopesaint

Kids and teens can ski in style with Slopesaint gaiters, skull caps and our favorite, headbands. Created by Lake Forest mom Jennifer Durburg, Slopesaint’s colorfully patterned, itch-free, locally made winter accessories are gaining national exposure—they were recently worn in the 2010 Junior Olympics in Maine! Every purchase includes free shipping and arrives in a reusable […]

Tweet These Gals to Dallas

Two North Shore moms are on their way to Dallas for the Super Bowl, but not by plane or train—by tweet! Jennie Marshall and Meredith Sinclair are contestants in the Mercedes Benz Tweet Race. The team—hashtag #MBteamGL—will be driving in an actual Mercedes Benz SUV. They leave Chicago on Wednesday, February 2 headed toward Dallas […]

Hip Hop Shakespeare in Funk It Up About Nothin’

You’ve probably seen Shakespeare reinterpreted a hundred ways: transported  settings (modern day Berlin), interpretive costumes (Macbeth in Armani), but Claudio as a rap star?much “Funk It Up About Nothin’ ” is definitely a new twist on “Much Ado About Nothing.” Playing in the intimate upstairs theater at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater through Feb. 13, this […]

Goodman's "Trinity River Plays" is an Emotional Ride

“The Trinity River Plays,” which premiered Jan. 24, is a beautifully realized play about family betrayal and family love—about the roots and wrongs that hold people together or wrest them apart. Three related dramas by Regina Taylor introduce us to Iris on her 17th birthday. The occasion coincides with the arrival of the 17-year locust, […]

Are You the Next Mind Trust Fellow?

Do you have a transformational idea that will dramatically improve public education? Do you possess the entrepreneurial skill-set necessary to turn this idea into a reality? The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit supporting education innovation and reform, wants you to join our growing ranks of talented entrepreneurs who are launching the next generation of break-the-mold […]

Monthly Dinner Nights at Fuel

On Sunday, January 30, Fuel, a farm-to-table breakfast/lunch restaurant, will be holding a prix-fixe dinner event featuring local chef Michael Kropp. For $40 per person, diners will enjoy a three-course meal plus dessert from the restaurant that usually features only breakfast and lunch foods. First course options include Tuscan Bean Soup with Kale and Sausage, […]

Deborah Voigt Shines in the Lyric's "Girl of the Golden West"

Puccini’s opera “The Girl of the Golden West” is a real Western—the “True Grit” of its day—packed with the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of the American frontier. The show is set in the Sierra Mountains of California during the Gold Rush of 1849 and has a golden voice at its center. American […]