BBYO Fundraiser

Make It Better has a quick and easy way to help BBYO raise funds for its programs. Simply sign up for the Make It Better email newsletter (it’s free!) and Make It Better will donate $5 to BBYO. You’ll get a weekly newsletter filled with fun, ideas, and events around the Chicago North Shore. View […]

New Trier Alums Perform on NBC’s “The Sing-Off”

When the a capella group The Dartmouth Aires decided to try out for NBC’s new show “The Sing Off” in Boston this spring, they were up against hundreds of other groups. Once reserved for the preppy elite, today, a capella is as much a part of college life as beer. Only 16 groups were selected […]

Fresh: True Foodie

John Trueman of Winnetka has been catering parties and delivering meals to North Shore homes for years now, and he recently took his business a step further by opening a storefront in downtown Winnetka. “Good, flavorful, fresh stuff” is his specialty, and now customers can stop by the shop for a grab-and-go lunch or a […]

Homemade Cleaning Products: Easy to Make, Easy on the Environment

How many cleaning products do you have stored under your kitchen sink right now? Replace them with these 5 products and your house will still sparkle, you’ll cut down on clutter and reduce your family’s exposure to toxic cleaning chemicals. Dr. Toni Bark, a medical consultant and LEED-accredited professional at the Center for Disease Prevention […]

The 10 All-Time Best Family Vacations

If you could pick 10 dream destinations to visit over a lifetime with your family, what would they be? We made a list and checked it twice. Some take you across the country, others around the world—and, in our opinion, each of them takes you to one of the most exciting places on the planet. […]

Healthy Obsession: Pilates

Step into Suzanne Danilek’s Pilates class and it’s apparent that she has true passion for the sport. While Pilates has been around for some time, Danilek puts her own spin on her classes: emphasizing music and incorporating ballet, props, and muscular structure movements. We asked Danilek what Pilates is all about and what distinguishes her […]

Fresh: Renewable Resource

Many North Shore residents are already familiar with Melly Schwartz of Northbrook. Her ability to reinvent old—sometimes even heirloom—furniture by hand painting or refinishing it, or adding other elements such as architectural embellishments, or paper or fabric lamination, is legendary. She recently outgrew her Northbrook studio and she and her husband-partner, Mitch, have moved to […]