The Girlfriends' Guide to Book Club: 8 Picks for 2015

Ladies, the first book club session of the year is about to be called to order. Are you ready with your book choices? Here are several great options—some currently on the shelves, others coming later this spring—that are sure to generate a lot of conversation. The Boston Girl Anita Diamant Brand new in stores, the author of […]

A Go or a No: When Pets Are on the Holiday Wish List

“Please! I promise I’ll take care of it and walk it and love it and hug it and feed it and …”   Those saucer-shaped eyes and muted whimpering tug at the heartstrings, each and every time—whether it’s your child begging for a new best friend, or the pet staring back at you from a […]

Cheryl Strayed on Her Bestseller "Wild" and Being Honest

“I wish we could be braver.” It was an answer to a question unrelated to my conversation with best-selling author Cheryl Strayed. I asked her about a project of her husband’s (documentarian Brian Lindstrom), a story about a mentally ill man that died in police custody. Was there anything to be learned from that experience that could be applied […]

2014 North Shore Summer Go Guide

Memorial Day through Labor Day—summer is here!   You may be staring down 12 weeks of open space on the calendar, but trust us, it’s going to go fast. Fill it up with fun! We’ve got great guides to get you going, tons of things to do and places to go, and as always, recommendations […]

Rosalind Wiseman: How To Talk to A Boy—Or at Least Try

Girls, if you think boys make you crazy, try parenting one.   Author and parenting expert Rosalind Wiseman uncovered a lot of myths about Girl World in her bestseller, “Queen Bees and Wannabees: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and the New Realities of Girl World.” Now, she’s tackling the guy side of the […]

Body: Ability

The body can do amazing things when you just believe. That’s the attitude at Glenview’s North Shore DoJo, where Sensei Jeff Kohn coaches kids and adults of all ages and abilities. Kohn’s career spans four decades, all in Chicago’s northern suburbs, with students currently ranging from 3 to 76 years old. He’s seen hundreds of […]

Daytripper: Naperville

Spring is here—and with it, an urge to shake the cabin fever that’s had you in its grip these last few months. Why not escape to the west side for a few hours?   Naperville is just short of an hour’s drive from most northern ‘burbs—and while it boasts more than 142,000 residents, the downtown […]

Use Your Tax Refund to Help Cure Pediatric Cancer

Want to help cure childhood cancer? Do your taxes.   It’s as easy as that, thanks to the efforts of two Chicago area mothers, The Illinois Childhood Cancer Research Fund (ICCRF) can now collect donations through the state income tax filing form. Laura Lutarewych (pictured above) and Sheila Quirke (aka Mary Tyler Mom) represent both ends […]

Bloggers Find Power Through Vulnerability

You’re stripped bare. You’re emotionally spent. You’re baring your soul. You are …. powerful.   It’s hard to imagine expressing the emotions that make most everyone want to hide under the covers—and finding power, strength and results. But for two Chicago bloggers, it’s their most intimate moments that inspire and empower a growing legion of […]