Is Your Sunscreen Toxic? 8 Safe Sunscreens to Use Instead

You’re probably pretty up to speed on the latest sunscreen rules, like reapply every 80 minutes and use one full ounce (that’s about two tablespoons) to cover an adult body, but there are some brand new regulatory requirements proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) you should know about. In an effort to […]

View From The Team: Better's Summer 2021 Issue Is Here!

Oh, what joy! Summer’s here and we’re much freer to live robustly outdoors — in sharp contrast to this time last year.     Vaccines are widespread. Kids and families untether from Zoom learning. The economy has reopened and “Help Wanted” signs pepper our neighborhoods. Home sales are hot, hot, hot. And so are home and landscape […]

A Better Summer: What We're Buying From Chicago-Area Stores

Our Chicago summer is fleeting, so why not make the most of it?  Whether you’re by the lake, poolside in your backyard, out for a run or partaking in our #2020ChicagoOlympics, these items from local stores – some even locally made – will help you do just that. Minnidip – The First Designer Inflatable Pool […]

The Ultimate Guide to Better Summer Picnics

Many of us are feeling bummed about the lack of activities and events this summer, but socially-distanced picnics are the perfect solution. You can even individually wrap your favorite picnic foods and bring your own beverages. From eco-friendly essentials to mouth-watering recipes, we’ve rounded up all of our best summer picnic content below. Enjoy! If […]

10 Must-Eat Sweet Corn Dishes at Chicago-Area Restaurants

There are so many cornfields in Illinois that it’s easy to take this vegetable for granted. But these Chicago chefs are teaching us to savor every bite of summer corn by celebrating the humble ingredient at the height of its sweetness. George Trois “Corn is a quintessential summer ingredient from the color to the flavor,” […]

Ranked: The 10 Best Hard Seltzers to Drink This Summer

Every year there’s a trend that just takes over the summer drink scene. From canned wine and cocktails to frosé and the revival of the aperol spritz, there’s always something new to try. The latest trend you’ve probably started noticing on the shelves everywhere? Hard seltzers. They are refreshing, low calorie, gluten-free, and have a […]