6 Apps for the Nature Girl in All of Us

Whether you are backpacking in Birkenstocks or hiking in heels, be sure to check out these apps for all your outdoor exploring this summer. These apps are knowledgeable and easy to use when stargazing with a loved one, camping with the kids or hitting the trails for that morning jog. So get out, enjoy the […]

Updated and Improved: Market House on the Square

Lake Forest’s South Gate Café just reopened as Market House on the Square. New owners, new décor, new chef, new menu. And it’s worth your attention. James Beard Award-nominated Chef Dominic Zampano was brought in from Umami Moto in Milwaukee to serve up a new vision for one of Lake Forest’s favorite locations. He provides […]

Quick and Easy: Hoops with Heart

847 Hoops is offering 7th and 8th graders the chance to hone their basketball skills during the summer, for free.   Darren Barndt, a basketball coach at Lake Forest High School, and his former player Aron Khurana founded 847 Hoops to bring people together through the love of basketball. The participants are all of different […]

“Dralion” a Delight

I never knew there were Cirque Du Soleil groupies. Me? I’m a newbie. Until Cirque’s current run here in Chicago, I had yet to attend a performance. But apparently, the people sitting next to me had, and their hoots and hollers have me thinking the current tour, “Dralion,” is one of their favorites. Running nearly […]

Busting 5 Myths about Art and Interior Design

With the art fair season getting into full swing, it’s time to dispel some misconceptions about art and interior design. Myth #1: If I own a traditional home, I have to buy traditional art. Just the opposite, declares Anne Loucks, owner of Anne Loucks Gallery in Glencoe “I love the juxtaposition created when interesting, engaging […]

Lookingglass’ “Eastland” a Tragically Fine Tale

No one famous died when an excursion boat called the Eastland tipped over in the Chicago River on July 24, 1915. “Only dusty men with dusty books know or care who was lost,” a character sings near the sorrowful conclusion of Lookingglass Theatre’s new musical “Eastland.” By the end of Andrew White’s moving and finely […]

A Beauty Miracle: BB Creams We Rate the Best

Called a beauty miracle by some, BB creams have revolutionized skincare by doing it all: concealing, priming, protecting, moisturizing and revitalizing. Already hugely popular in Asia, BB creams (also known as Blemish Balms and Beauty Balms)  finally made the leap across the Pacific last year. Most are tinted to replace your foundation and equipped with […]

Tricks of the Trade: Designing an Outdoor Room

Good design can literally go out the door. With some careful planning, expert advice and the right materials, you can create an outdoor room that’s stylish and comfortable. Have a plan Just as you need a plan for your interior design, likewise think before you execute outdoors. Consider the big picture. Explains Anne Flannery, owner […]

Experiencing “Little India” on West Devon Avenue

Years ago, West Devon Avenue in West Rogers Park was a mainly Jewish community. Today, this bustling neighborhood, known as “Little India” is a destination for South Asian families, tourists, and fans of Indian culture—and it’s all a short drive away. Great food Hungry?  Little India has restaurants for almost any flavor of Indian food. […]

Does Your House Need a Makover? Enhancing Curb Appeal

Call it curb appeal or putting your best foot forward. No question you want the outside of your home to look as great as the inside. We asked some local experts for their thoughts on how to fix up bad exterior architecture. But before you demolish anything, make sure you have a comprehensive plan that […]