Best Dressed Women 2011

Anyone who has ever been to a charity event with North Shore families knows that it’s easy to be stunned by all the gorgeous, stylish women living in our communities. But what really makes some of these women beautiful is their generosity and commitment to supporting organizations that touch lives. For our Best Dressed issue […]

Fresh: Foster Family

Four local partners have collaborated to open Foster Dance Studios.   They are: Artistic Director Ronn Stewart, a Joffrey teacher and longtime dancer; Sarah Goldstone, a Juilliard grad and a Chicago dancer; along with Kathryn Ebert of Evanston and Sally H. Turner of Wilmette. The studio will offer a wide variety of classes for all […]

Fresh: Green Groceries

Suburbanites can now get their fresh summer fruits and veggies on the go at the Arboretum of South Barrington.   The open-air shopping center is introducing a new seasonal produce market, in partnership with Green Grocer Chicago, a Chicago shop featuring organically grown, locally produced food and specialty items. “It’s an easy way for folks […]

Barb Laughlin Karon, Parent, Barrington High School

When Barb Karon noticed that her children were stressed she didn’t just accept it, she wanted to change it. “With kids today, it’s go, go, go, so you can reach the goal of the perfect college, or whatever … my girlfriends were feeling the same stress,” she says. So Barb, a former social worker and […]

Stacked Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde

This is enchiladas prepared casserole-style.   I loved the look of this dish in Bon Appetit so much that I saved it for 4 years before I actually made it! When I finally did, I found out that it’s quite easy, especially if you buy a jar of salsa verde from Trader Joe’s and a […]

Fresh: A Place to Play

Think you’ve exhausted every possible play date? Think again: Growth Spurts is a new locally owned family cafe and indoor play space for children up to age 6.   The fun for little ones includes a crooked house and slide, a large-scale block building area, a doll nursery, a reading nook, a play kitchen and […]

Make It Better’s Associate Editor Guest Bartends for Charity on May 24

Eat, drink, and help fight Alzheimer’s at the same time! Liz Logan, Make It Better’s associate editor, will be guest bartending at Prairie Fire downtown on Tuesday, May 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. Her tips will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. This cause is close to Liz’s heart because her grandmother is suffering from Alzheimer’s, […]

Terri Lorenz, Thornwood Park Concert Series, Wilmette

Terri Lorenz’s philanthropy has always centered around families and children.   In 2005, she and her husband, Tony, noticed that family summer gatherings in Wilmette tended to center on the lakefront, with little going on in their neighborhood farther west. Wanting to provide summer entertainment that families could walk to, they started the annual Thornwood […]

Melanie Goldish, SuperSibs!, Hoffman Estates

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the whole family is thrown into crisis, but in the rush to assist the ill child, the well siblings are often ignored.   Melanie Goldish realized this in 1998 when her 5-year-old son, Travis was diagnosed with cancer. He has battled cancer twice and is now a healthy […]

Nina Winner, Celiac Skate, Riverwoods

When Nina Winner’s daughters, Mara and Abigail, go to a sleepover or a birthday party, they have to take packed meals with them.   They can’t eat what the other kids are eating because they have celiac—a genetic auto-immune disease—and their father has it, too. Her daughters’ and husband’s diagnoses inspired Nina to get involved […]