Give Back and Get Back in Shape

We talk a lot this time of year about getting back into shape. We’ve survived the waistband-expanding deluge of the holidays, perhaps a little rounder and a bit more winded, and we’re eager to slip back into our skinny jeans. Giving back is often considered a passive activity, one best served by clerical volunteers or […]

Urban Initiatives Gives Kids A New Way to Play

You don’t have to take a two-year meditation on a mountaintop to find your calling in life. Jim Dower found his just by walking through the front door of a Chicago public school. In 2003, college buddies Jim Dower and Daniel Isherwood started Urban Initiatives after spending time as teachers in schools around the Cabrini-Green […]

Quick and Easy: UI's Soccer "Ball"

Buy your tickets to Urban Initiative’s 2013 Soccer Ball to benefit their health and education program. When: January 25, 7-11 p.m. Where: River East Art Center, 435 East Illinois St., Chicago What: Appetizers, drinks, dancing and auction! Tickets/Registration: Purchase your ticket here for $125 ($150 at the door) The Charity: Urban Initiatives offers health, education […]

Fresh: The Lucky Elephant

Born in Germany and currently living in Wilmette, jewelry designer Jutta Hilpuesch recently launched her Good Luck Elephant leather wrap bracelets. Jutta’s business, The Lucky Elephant, stemmed from her passion for art and design and a sweet spot for the gentle gray animals. Each bracelet features a button closure or charm depicting an elephant with […]

Connie Falcone Takes 'Soccer Mom' to a Higher Level

Update: Connie Falcone is now the Director of Community Affairs for the Chicago Cubs. Learn more here. Connie Falcone of Wilmette is far from your average soccer mom. As director of development and finance for Urban Initiatives, a nonprofit that provides after-school soccer and nutrition education to children in numerous underserved Chicago public schools, Falcone organized […]