The Music Man: Teaching Shy Youth Confidence

Are you looking for holiday statements devoid of traditional sing-a-longs or visions of Old Saint Nick? Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire’s production of Meredith Willson’s classic musical, The Music Man, offers a very charming alternative for positive wintertime celebrating. Recounting the well-worn tale of con man Harold Hill’s small town redemption via the affections of Marian, […]

Farce and Fun Star at Northwestern

A varied and inviting series of theater and dance programs is right in our own backyard, but many of us miss it. The Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern’s School of Communication is celebrating its 30th season this year with fabulous productions and behind-the-scenes tours just for families. Here’s what is coming up: “Spinning into […]

The Courage to Fight

Why do some people seem to have the courage to face trials and come out the other side standing strong? Think about the people you know who have been faced with a life-threatening event or illness and who have confronted their situations with strength and grace. These days many of us find ourselves in situations […]

Libertyville Dental Associates to Donate a Smile Makeover for the Holidays

Sam Weisz, DDS and his colleagues just want to make people smile this holiday season—even if it means giving them a dental overhaul. “We’ve heard so many stories this year of people in the community who are down and out, with foreclosures and other things,” says Weisz. Hearing about patients’ hardships prompted the group to […]

Fresh: Antiques Row Grows

Antiques Row in Wilmette now boasts a new addition: Collectors Corner.qn An antique mall, it’s owned by Steve and Donna Strelitz of Northbrook, 35-year veterans of the business. With the help of roughly 15 dealers, they stock restored light fixtures, statues, oil paintings, rugs, and costume and fine jewelry, at a variety of price points. […]

Briana DeGiulio Stars in “The Hundred Dresses”

Briana DeGiulio, who grew up in Wilmette, stars in the Chicago Children’s Theater’s hit musical “The Hundred Dresses.” The show is adapted from the classic story about bullying and the importance of bystander intervention. We talked with Briana about her role and the play: What is “The Hundred Dresses” about? My character comes from Poland. […]

Family Promise ‘helps a family stay together’

Amid the North Shore’s quaint coffee shops and swank country clubs, it’s a problem that’s often out of sight, out of mind. But not for the people behind Family Promise, a local non-profit aimed at offering support to homeless families in the region. “It is more common than anyone would ever think,” says Rebecca Lillian, […]

A Gynecologist Answers Questions

Dr. Lissa Rankin, practicing gynecologist and author of “What’s Up Down There?” asks and answers the questions you’d ask your best friend if she was a gynecologist. For example, boobs—what’s normal and what’s not? Why is it that treating yeast infections won’t cure you of them permanently? And lots of waaaay more intimate and funny […]