With Voluntourism Under Fire, Travelers Seek Better Ways to Give Back

With Voluntourism Under Fire, Travelers Seek Better Ways to Give Back

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Travel can be an opportunity to have fun and to broaden your worldview, and many people now also see it as a chance to have a positive impact on a different part of the world. Voluntourism, the idea of traveling somewhere with the purpose of contributing to the greater good by volunteering there, is undoubtedly

5 Things to Do: Mother’s Day Weekend 2016

Chicago Botanic Garden Cherry Blossoms

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It’s almost Mother’s Day (last-minute shoppers can find our gift guide here) and these events are all about spending time with Mom or giving her some much-deserved time to herself. International Bodyflight Association Indoor Skydiving Competition May 6-7 Rosemont Some of the best skydivers and wind tunnel flyers in the world (ages 6 to 60s)

The Character Trait That’s as Important to Success as Talent or IQ

Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth

Psychologist Angela Duckworth became intrigued when, as a seventh-grade math teacher, she noticed her strongest performers didn’t necessarily have high IQs and her students with high IQs weren’t always her strong performers. In graduate school, she began studying what differentiates those who succeed and those who give up. What she discovered is a trait she

Brian d’Arcy James Returns to Evanston for Sarah Siddons Award

Brian D'Arcy James

Brian d'Arcy James

On May 16, Northwestern University alum Brian d’Arcy James will return to his alma mater to receive the Sarah Siddons Society Actor of the Year Award. d’Arcy James received a Sarah Siddons Society Scholarship while attending Northwestern and is the first scholarship recipient to later receive the Actor of the Year Award. The award will

Best Restaurants in Chicago: Where to Eat

Best Restaurants in Chicago: Where to Eat

Strawberry Shortcake with Candied Fennel from Floriole Cafe and Bakery. (Photo by Rachel Brown Kulp)

We may be a bit biased, but we believe Chicago has some of the best restaurants in the world. To help you take advantage of what Chicago and its surrounding suburbs have to offer food-wise, we’ve created this handy dandy dining guide. Read on to find some of the best garden-to-table restaurants, the area’s new steakhouses, where

20 Delectable Randolph Street Restaurants You Need to Know

20 Delectable Randolph Street Restaurants You Need to Know

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Running east to west across what was once the semi-skeezy Fulton Market District, Chicago’s Randolph Street is the major artery through the heart of the vibrant West Loop dining scene. Close to the offices of the Loop and Union Station and directly on the access path to the United Center, Randolph Street is uniquely placed

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Gives Hope to Cancer Patients

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation's Chicago Awards Dinner

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It’s possible you’ve never heard of multiple myeloma. The same is often true for patients who learn they have the disease. Many report initial symptoms that hardly seemed ominous, and in many cases, there were no early warning signs at all of the serious blood cancer. Tom Mihelcic of Wheaton first experienced signs of trouble

Gap Year: 9 Great Reasons to Consider

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If you are considering a gap year for your son or daughter, here are nine compelling reasons to pursue this great option. 1. Find your passion or determine what isn’t Sitting in a classroom isn’t the ideal place to figure out if you want to be a doctor, journalist, teacher, etc. Hands-on internships or volunteer

10 Best Rooftop Bars in Chicago

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We wait for eight cold, sad months, and one day, the sun finally shines, the earth warms and our hearts open up to summertime in Chicago. And for four glorious months, we dine outside like Parisians, gazing out at our sapphire lake. In recent years, Chicago has added some fabulous rooftop bars to its arsenal

With Voluntourism Under Fire, Travelers Seek Better Ways to Give Back

With Voluntourism Under Fire, Travelers Seek Better Ways to Give Back
By Shannan Younger

Chicago Botanic Garden Cherry Blossoms

5 Things to Do: Mother’s Day Weekend 2016
By Anna Carlson

Angela Duckworth

The Character Trait That’s as Important to Success as Talent or IQ
By Pamela Rothbard

Brian D'Arcy James

Brian d’Arcy James Returns to Evanston for Sarah Siddons Award
By Anna Carlson

Best Restaurants in Chicago: Where to Eat

Best Restaurants in Chicago: Where to Eat
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20 Delectable Randolph Street Restaurants You Need to Know

20 Delectable Randolph Street Restaurants You Need to Know
By Julie Chernoff

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation's Chicago Awards Dinner

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Gives Hope to Cancer Patients
By Lisa Zimbler

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Gap Year: 9 Great Reasons to Consider
By Holly Bull

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10 Best Rooftop Bars in Chicago
By Eileen Baer and Julie Chernoff