“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at Goodman Theatre is a Witty Comedy

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Witty comebacks and laughable moments run throughout director Steve Scott’s production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” now at the Goodman Theatre. The play first appeared on Broadway in 2013 and received the Tony Award for Best Play, among others. Based off the comedy play written by Christopher Durang, the story centers on the

Op-Ed: North Shore Lacks Housing Options for Youth With Special Needs

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Schuyler and his mother Christine Walker, founder of the Chasing Hope Foundation.

Among the countless reasons that make the North Shore such a magnificent place to call home, one has to be the many social and policy innovations that can trace their beginnings here. From championing progressive education in Illinois to lowering railroad tracks in response to lost lives, North Shore families, businesses, houses of faith and

Camping 101: Your Checklist for a Great Adventure

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Ah, the great outdoors. Fresh air, swimming in pristine lakes, sleeping under the stars, waking with the birds. Sound serene…or intimidating? If you’re not a camping pro, here’s what you need to know to make sure your epic adventure doesn’t turn into an epic fail. Gearing Up for Adventure Go to an outdoor equipment store

7 Places to See Outdoor Movies in Chicago

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While we all love cozying up to Netflix in the comfort of our homes, spending summer evenings under the stars is a must. Luckily, there’s a way to do both! With so many outdoor movie screenings offered in the Chicagoland area this summer, it’s time to ditch your couch and watch your favorite films outdoors.

10 Little Details That Bring a Room to Life

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Photo courtesy of Lewis Giannoulias Interiors. Photo by Eric Hausman.

Layers bring a room to life! Without them, even the most beautiful space will remain a soulless showroom full of things. It’s like setting a table with gorgeous linens, fine china and spectacular centerpieces and then skipping the food! After many hours spent poring over images of stunning interiors that nail it, we discovered ten

3 Fresh and Easy Summer Salads

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I am a big farmers’ market fan and visit several markets each week from opening day in the spring through closing day in autumn. I so enjoy talking with the farmers and their families about their farms and the growing season. Also, I think the farmers can afford to grow wonderful produce when they are

5 Things to Do: 4th of July Weekend

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Happy Fourth of July! This holiday weekend, don’t miss a tasty festival in Uptown before catching a baseball game. Then, stop by a fun outdoor art festival, or stay inside and enjoy a new pre-Broadway show. Fourth of July Celebrations July 3-4 Various Whatever you decide to do this weekend, chances are a parade and/or

Second City Teaches Improv to Students With Autism

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Jonathan Shuman, 25, student in Second City's ASD Improvisation Class

When you think of The Second City, you might think big names, bright lights and loud, roaring laughter. But for the world-famous comedy company, sold-out shows are not all they have to offer. On a Friday evening, inside the theatre’s training center, several students trickle in for their weekly improvisational theatre class. This class, specifically,

Don’t Worry, Be Appy: Using Technology to Increase Happiness

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Early to bed and early to rise may make you healthy, wealthy and wise, but it won’t make you happy. “Prosperity and health (and physical attractiveness) are only minimally related to one’s overall happiness,” notes Sonja Lyubomirsky in her book, “The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting What You Want.” Current research suggests

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“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at Goodman Theatre is a Witty Comedy
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Op-Ed: North Shore Lacks Housing Options for Youth With Special Needs
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Camping 101: Your Checklist for a Great Adventure
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7 Places to See Outdoor Movies in Chicago
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10 Little Details That Bring a Room to Life
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3 Fresh and Easy Summer Salads
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5 Things to Do: 4th of July Weekend
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Second City Teaches Improv to Students With Autism
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Don’t Worry, Be Appy: Using Technology to Increase Happiness
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