You Need to See These Local High School Students Bring Down the House on the ‘Hamilton’ Stage [Video]

Justin Barbin Photography

On March 13, as part of the Hamilton Education Program, also known as #EduHam, 1,900 Chicagoland high school students from 29 area schools packed the CIBC Theatre to watch peers from 14 schools perform on the “Hamilton” stage. They created original works inspired by their studies of American history through a special integrated curriculum about

8 Sleep Myths — Busted!

8 Sleep Myths — Busted!

Getting enough sleep is crucial for good health. But what if you’ve been making decisions about your sleep routine based on outdated information? Also, if you’ve declared 2019 your “year of sleep,” are those bedtime gadgets aimed at helping you achieve deeper sleep actually working? In honor of National Sleep Awareness Month (March), we’re debunking

Weekend 101: March 22-24

Weekend 101: March 22-24

Two annual spring shows return to Chicago this weekend as a new tasting event makes its debut in the suburbs. Plus, The Second City celebrates its past. Chicago Flower & Garden Show March 20-24 Chicago Start thinking about spring with a trip to this annual show at Navy Pier. Enjoy kids activities, seminars, cooking demos,

15 Must-Pack Items That Will Make Your Disney Vacation With Kids More Enjoyable

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Photo by Steven Diaz, courtesy of Disney.

If there’s one thing everyone knows about our family, it’s that we have a serious Disney obsession. We love the movies, the music, and most of all, Disney vacations. Between Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Cruise Line, we generally pack in a solid four Disney vacations a year (How do we afford it? Three

How 4 Top Chicago Chefs Assemble the Perfect Dish

How 4 Top Chicago Chefs Assemble the Perfect Dish

Cooking is — literally — elemental. Earth, fire, and water determine the character of a dish: the terroir of local produce and proteins; the presence (or absence) of heat, both in terms of temperature and flavor; and water as the integral component to every life form (whether animal or vegetable), recipe, and cooking method. A

Introducing Make It Better’s 2019 Spring Issue: Art and Culture

Make It Better's 2019 Spring Issue: Art and Culture

Welcome to our spring issue. You may have noticed over the past couple years that we’ve used this issue to step away from annual themes like “Dining” and “Home” to dig a little deeper into something that’s been moving us lately. In 2017 it was “Water;” last year, “Sustainability;” this year, it’s “Art and Culture.” Pablo Picasso said, “Art washes away from the

Better Makers: 75 Top Chicago Chefs, ‘The Bachelor’ Star Join Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to Support the Search For a Cure

Better Makers: 75 Top Chicago Chefs, 'The Bachelor' Join Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to Find a Cure

The Bachelor's Colton Underwood joined by a group of admirers at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) gala. (Photos by Katharine Haring.)

Seventy-five of Chicago’s finest chefs joined over 600 corporate and community leaders Feb. 1 at the Field Museum for the city’s premiere culinary benefit, Grand Chefs Experience. The annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation gala supports the foundation’s mission to find a cure. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that affects 30,000 Americans. The 2019 Grand

Gorillas in Our Midst: Local Writer Shares His Life-Changing Experience Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Gorillas in Our Midst: Local Writer Shares His Life-Changing Experience Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Gorilla eating thistles (Photos by David Hammond.)

After suiting up in waterproof jackets and knee-high rubber gaiters, we drove from the visitor’s center at Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park to the base of a fog-covered mountain. Earlier that morning, we’d received reports that a group of gorillas had descended from the mountains, close enough for us to visit without trekking too far into

Staging Success: Harris Theater Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Staging Success: Harris Theater Turns 15

Harris Theater 15th Anniversary Founders Dinner (Photos by Kyle Flubacker.)

How appropriate that a 15th anniversary is commemorated in crystal because, to experience the flawless staging of world-class entertainment by Chicago’s Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance for the past decade and a half, is to see only the tip of the iceberg. On Feb. 22, the Harris celebrated this jubilee

You Need to See These Local High School Students Bring Down the House on the ‘Hamilton’ Stage [Video]
By Brooke Geiger McDonald

8 Sleep Myths — Busted!

8 Sleep Myths — Busted!
By Brittany Anas

Weekend 101: March 22-24

Weekend 101: March 22-24
By Anna Carlson

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15 Must-Pack Items That Will Make Your Disney Vacation With Kids More Enjoyable
By Brooke Geiger McDonald

How 4 Top Chicago Chefs Assemble the Perfect Dish

How 4 Top Chicago Chefs Assemble the Perfect Dish
By Julie Chernoff

Make It Better's 2019 Spring Issue: Art and Culture

Introducing Make It Better’s 2019 Spring Issue: Art and Culture
By Brooke Geiger McDonald

Better Makers: 75 Top Chicago Chefs, 'The Bachelor' Join Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to Find a Cure

Better Makers: 75 Top Chicago Chefs, ‘The Bachelor’ Star Join Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to Support the Search For a Cure
By Emily Stone

Gorillas in Our Midst: Local Writer Shares His Life-Changing Experience Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Gorillas in Our Midst: Local Writer Shares His Life-Changing Experience Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
By David Hammond

Staging Success: Harris Theater Turns 15

Staging Success: Harris Theater Celebrates 15th Anniversary
By Lee A. Litas