The Best Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Kids (and Still Get Grown-Up Time)

Kid-Friendly New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Events Around Chicago

Growing up, New Year’s Eve at my aunt’s house was epic. She just had a way of making a night in feel like a New Year’s rockin’ celebration for my cousins and me. Thanks to her, New Year’s Eve is still my favorite holiday. It signifies new beginnings, fresh starts, goals, rich memories, and yes — fun

Chicago’s 7 Best Restaurants for Fresh Pasta

pasta: Daisies (Chicago)

Prepped pasta at Daisies (Photo courtesy of Neil Burger.)

It’s the eternal question for a carb lover: Which is better, fresh pasta or dried? The answer, of course, is whichever one is in front of you. Ideally, each may serve as delicious starchy conveyances of judiciously applied sauce. Dried pasta, which is built to last with flour and water, can stand up to a

11 Ways to Go Green With Your Gift Wrapping

11 Ways to Go Green With Your Gift Wrapping

This holiday season, consider giving the gift of sustainability. According to the EPA, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, household waste can increase by more than 25 percent. And between food waste, ribbons and bows, packaging, and shopping bags, this can mean a 1 million ton increase in landfills. Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice

An Olympic Hopeful Shares Her Top Tips on Fitness, Food, and Finding Your Passion

Olympics: Abby Ringquist

Photos by Ben Pieper Photography.

Being an athlete, my overall wellness is extremely important. It took me years to actually figure that out, and how to love my body and make it strong. When I found the right motivation, exercise, treatment, and nutrition I needed, it propelled me on my journey to the Olympics, while giving me the success in

North Shore Dining Guide: The Best Restaurants on Chicago’s North Shore

Peanut Butter Parfait at Hearth in Evanston

Hearth (Photo by Neil Burger.)

The dining scene on the North Shore — so many restaurants, so little time. We’ve made navigating that choice a little easier for you by aggregating our top favorites in one handy list. So what are you waiting for? Time to make some reservations and get down to some serious eating. KEY: BLD (Breakfast, Lunch,

Make It Better Staff Picks: Our Favorite Holiday Movies and Memories

Make It Better Staff Picks: Our Favorite Holiday Movies and Traditions

The most wonderful time of the year is also the busiest, so it’s always special when you can curl up on the couch with your loved ones and turn on a beloved holiday movie. Here are just a few of our favorites to inspire your holiday movie watching. Tell us what movie you can’t miss

5 Things to Do: Dec. 15-17

5 Things to Do: Dec. 15-17

As December rolls along, enjoy holiday fun at Chicago French Market, Northbrook Court, and Gorton Community Center. Plus, skate with Santa in your best “Star Wars” gear at Westfield Old Orchard and explore seasonal masterpieces at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago. Jinglefest Dec. 16 Chicago Visit Chicago French Market for cookie decorating, photos with Santa, a Santa

Watch: Susan B. Noyes Discusses Investing Strategies on CNBC’s ‘Closing Bell’

Watch: Susan B. Noyes Discusses Investing Strategies on CNBC

Make It Better Founder Susan B. Noyes was invited to participate in CNBC’s Closing Bell Investment Club on Nov. 30. Watch as she discusses where she will be investing this upcoming year.   More from Make It Better:  3 Financial Tips for Parents of Boomerang Kids Holiday Tipping Guide: Who, What and How Much to

Watch: Make It Better’s Cara Sullivan Talks Better Gifts on ABC 7 Chicago

Watch: Make It Better Talks Better Gifts on ABC 7 Chicago

On Dec. 6, Make It Better Editor Cara Sullivan was invited to talk about our Better Gift Guide, featuring gifts that give back, on ABC 7 Chicago. Watch her appearance below and then shop our complete guide online.   More from Make It Better:  Chicagoans Share Their Favorite Holiday Traditions Here’s the Only Hanukkah Latke Recipe You

Kid-Friendly New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Events Around Chicago

The Best Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Kids (and Still Get Grown-Up Time)
By Donna Bozzo

pasta: Daisies (Chicago)

Chicago’s 7 Best Restaurants for Fresh Pasta
By Julie Chernoff

11 Ways to Go Green With Your Gift Wrapping

11 Ways to Go Green With Your Gift Wrapping
By Alexis Miller

Olympics: Abby Ringquist

An Olympic Hopeful Shares Her Top Tips on Fitness, Food, and Finding Your Passion
By Abby Ringquist, World Cup Ski Jumper and Member of Women's Ski Jumping USA

Peanut Butter Parfait at Hearth in Evanston

North Shore Dining Guide: The Best Restaurants on Chicago’s North Shore
By Julie Chernoff

Make It Better Staff Picks: Our Favorite Holiday Movies and Traditions

Make It Better Staff Picks: Our Favorite Holiday Movies and Memories
By Make It Better

5 Things to Do: Dec. 15-17

5 Things to Do: Dec. 15-17
By Anna Carlson

Watch: Susan B. Noyes Discusses Investing Strategies on CNBC

Watch: Susan B. Noyes Discusses Investing Strategies on CNBC’s ‘Closing Bell’
By Avery Hansen

Watch: Make It Better Talks Better Gifts on ABC 7 Chicago

Watch: Make It Better’s Cara Sullivan Talks Better Gifts on ABC 7 Chicago
By Avery Hansen