Better or Bust: Bamboo “Paper” Towels

With three teens, our family goes through a lot of paper towels. And what could be more wasteful than something that you use for less then a second, and toss? According to the folks at Bambooee, Americans produce 3,000 tons of paper towel waste each day. Plus, the nice ones that don’t fall apart are […]

Best of Beauty 2012

Everyone needs a friend who will tell you her cosmetic surgeon’s name, where she gets her mani/pedis and how she stays looking so darn cute. Consider us that friend. When our readers filled out our second annual “Best of” survey this year, they shared all their secrets. We love the anecdotes, testimonials about great service […]

Fun ‘Til the Cows Come (Go!) Home: The Wisconsin State Fair

Craving a cheesy good time? On a stick? Look no further than a 90-minute drive north, and the Wisconsin State Fair, open August 2 – 12. Full disclosure, here—I am a former Wisconsinite and therefore partial to this fair over its cousin here in Illinois. But if you’ve never been, you simply must go. Here […]

Green Homes: EcoBuild Tour Ideas for Your Home

Technology can help you lower your utility bills, increase your comfort levels and improve your home’s air quality. Five Wilmette homes were highlighted June 16 on the ecoBuild Architectural Bicycle Tour. The intent of the tour, according to event coordinator, Scott Krone of CODA, a Wilmette-based architecture firm, was to showcase easy and affordable “green” […]

The Son Also Rises: The Real Joe's on Central Street

Prairie Joe’s is a family affair, both in and out of the kitchen. Opened more than twenty years ago by Aydin Dincer and his wife, Diane Ubl, it’s long been an Evanston favorite for breakfast and dinner. In recent years, their kids, Joe and Yasmin Dincer-Ubl, have joined in the family biz, working the grill […]

Daytripper: Lovely Lincoln Park

For a fun-filled family day, take a trip to Lincoln Park. Below are some of our favorite places in this great north-side Chicago neighborhood. Sweet Mandy B’s Pop into Sweet Mandy B’s for an afternoon treat! Cindy Levine‘s adorable sweets shop is one of the most delicious old-fashioned comfort shops in Chicago. Well-known for its […]

Visitor’s Guide to Galena, Illinois

Once a wealthy lead mining town in the 1800s, Galena, Illinois is beloved by history buffs, nature fans and romantic retreat seekers. When the mines petered out, Galena fell into a sleepy decline—its saving grace. Today, history-rich Galena is thriving, known as “the town time forgot.” Historic hotels and B&Bs abound here. For centrally located […]

Marriott Brings New, Loveable Hero to Town

To north suburban theater-goers tempted to pass on Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre’s unknown summer offering, “HERO the Musical,” a word of advice. Don’t. This world premiere by Marriott’s artistic director Aaron Thielen and Michael Mahler is an understated gem of a show. The simple story of a talented-while-tormented young Milwaukee illustrator, Hero Batowski, is well-written, exquisitely […]