Chicago’s “Be Creative” Campaign: Putting Art Back in Every Classroom

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A cross-section of Chicago civic leaders are so determined to restore arts education to all Chicago Public Schools that they launched “Be Creative: The Campaign for Creative Schools” through the nonprofit Ingenuity. This $38 million campaign aims to put arts education back into every CPS classroom—kindergarten through 12th grade—within the next four years. Chairing the initiative are

8 Books to Be Thankful For

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It’s the month of Thanksgiving—the annual call for gratitude as we wind down one year and gear up for another. Each year I like to look back at the books I’ve read and pause to consider which ones left a special mark, the ones I would recommend without hesitation. As we head into the holiday

Gentlemen’s Club: Menswear-Inspired Décor

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If the seasons had genders, fall’s would be decidedly male. It’s the season of tweeds and leather, flannel and football. Maybe it’s the crisp autumn air, but we’re feeling an undeniable attraction to menswear-inspired spaces. With its classic shapes and warm, understated luxury, menswear is perfectly suited to the genteel home. And since home is

Donate Outerwear to Warming Hearts and Hands VI

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Calling all knitter circles, quilting bees, elementary schools and community centers! Please join Make It Better Foundation and help give handmade or newly purchased blankets, hats, coats, gloves and scarves to more than 1,000 men, women and children this winter season. Each year around the holidays, Make It Better Foundation and its partner nonprofits give

Brining and Stuffing the Turkey: Apple, Pecan and Sage Stuffing

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Thanksgiving is one of our family’s favorite holidays. We are thankful that our children, their spouses and our grandson are coming here for the traditional turkey dinner. Over the years I have attempted to change one of the side dishes for something new, but I always get the same response: “Don’t change anything; we love

Healthy Holidays: How to Stay Injury-Free and (Relatively) Sane

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The holiday season is a time to create lasting memories with friends and family, partake in outdoor activities, and enjoy delicious meals. But of course, life rarely goes as planned. As you begin this special time of year, heed these expert words of advice to help keep your holidays injury-free, healthy and relatively sane. Avoid the Emergency Room During the

Solve a Mystery at Northlight’s “The Mousetrap”

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Grab your magnifying glass and put on your deerstalker because a classic whodunit has come to the North Shore. Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” the world’s longest-running play, begins on a snowy evening (an appropriate setting) as a couple celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary opens their guest house, Monkswell Manor. They soon realize that all of their

Lyric Continues Anniversary Season with Powerful “Porgy and Bess”

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George and Ira Gershwin and Dubose Hayward’s “Porgy and Bess” is both a spectacle and a love story. It portrays a tight-knit community and a doomed couple, its focus careening back and forth between those opposite poles. Lyric Opera of Chicago brought that tale of African Americans on Catfish Row in South Carolina to pulsating

The Dangers Lurking in Your Everyday Beauty Products

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We’ve all heard the age-old saying, “it hurts to be beautiful,” but would you continue using common beauty products if they were actually causing substantial harm to your body? Stacy Malkan is the co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and author of “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry.”

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Chicago’s “Be Creative” Campaign: Putting Art Back in Every Classroom
By Susan B. Noyes

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8 Books to Be Thankful For
By Kelly Konrad

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Gentlemen’s Club: Menswear-Inspired Décor
By Rachel Brown Kulp

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Donate Outerwear to Warming Hearts and Hands VI
By MIBS

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Brining and Stuffing the Turkey: Apple, Pecan and Sage Stuffing
By Karen Levin

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Healthy Holidays: How to Stay Injury-Free and (Relatively) Sane
By Christy Coughlin

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Solve a Mystery at Northlight’s “The Mousetrap”
By Anna Carlson

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Lyric Continues Anniversary Season with Powerful “Porgy and Bess”
By Dorothy Andries

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The Dangers Lurking in Your Everyday Beauty Products
By Jenny Muslin