Quick and Easy: Combatting Bullying

Children with mood disorders are often the targets of bullying and cyberbullying.   Students who are being bullied, either physically or over the Internet, are at a higher risk for suicide. It affects not only the child being bullied, but their families as well. On Thursday April 19th, The Balanced Mind Foundation will be hosting […]

Quick and Easy: Run to Fight Lung Cancer

Lung cancer impacts one in 14 Americans and is the leading cause of cancer death. LUNGevity is dedicated to improving lung cancer survival rates and providing a better quality of life to patients suffering from lung cancer. They are working towards accomplishing their mission by financing research on early detection and treatment options. LUNGeeavity also […]

Quick and Easy: Share Your Knowledge

Volunteers, high school age or older, are encouraged to serve in the after-school program at the Nuestro Center of Family Service.   Open to children between first and eighth grades, the program includes a five-day-a-week homework club coordinated with students’ teachers, recreational and mentoring activities, and field trips. Nuestro Center was established in 1997 to […]

Quick and Easy: Celebrate the Women In Your Life

Almost every family will experience cancer.   However, some families have a genetic mutation that predisposes them to certain types of the disease, called hereditary cancer. Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Since it was founded in […]

Theo’s Latest “Light” Brightly Shines

No one merely watches, attends or patronizes musicals produced by Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre. Instead, audiences experience performance at the 50-ish-seat Rogers Park No Exit Café. The company’s 35th show since forming in 1997, the critically-acclaimed, Goodman Theatre-rooted, “The Light in the Piazza,” delivers this experiential component brightly. Key themes, coming-of-age and maternal protection, are […]

Ten Chimneys Review

Visiting Ten Chimneys, the Wisconsin summer estate of American stage legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, is like taking a step back into a more sophisticated time. The Genesee Depot home bursts with mementos of their long dual careers, when they starred in the then-scandalous “Design for Living” – Noel Coward’s ménage a trois comedy […]

Cycling Tips from Higher Gear

It’s biking season! As you use your bike for fitness riding or just running errands, a few tips can help make your cycling more enjoyable and better exercise. Stay relaxed: Always remind yourself to stay relaxed on the bike. Keep your arms loose and let them act as shock absorbers. Pedal in circles: Try to […]

5 Ways to Celebrate “The Hunger Games”

Who’s excited for the next cinematic blockbuster? “The Hunger Games” is the movie everyone has been talking about for months—and it’s finally arrived. Not up to speed? Here’s a quick summary: In a game where only one can win, can two survive? Katniss Everdeen has been selected to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a […]

Quick and Easy: Designing for Veterans

Soldiers returning from war face many challenges. If they have received injuries that result in physical disability, a soldier’s home may multiply those challenges.   Designing for Veterans is a nonprofit working to create a home environment that allows injured veterans to live independently without barriers. They rely on monetary donations as well as volunteer […]

“Riverdance” Can Get Your Irish Up

Undoubtedly, the year’s greatest assembly of stage talent and best legs converge at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre this St. Patrick’s Day week. “Riverdance,” the 18-year-old Irish dancing global phenomenon, says goodbye to Chicago with performances through March 18. The final U.S. tour of the original company closes June 17. To all observers, the talent of this […]