Join The Volunteer Center for an Incredible Evening With ‘American Idol’ Finalist Manny Torres

Join The Volunteer Center for an Incredible Evening With 'American Idol' Finalist Manny Torres

Manny Torres (Images courtesy of The Volunteer Center.)

The Volunteer Center of N.E. Metro Chicago (VC) invites community members and supporters of the VC, its four 2019 honorees, and fans of singer-songwriter Manny Torres to join us on Wednesday, May 22 to celebrate exceptional volunteerism. Held in the unique and charming setting of The Winnetka Chapel, where former VC Board member and event collaborator

10 Must-See 2019 Summer Movies Guaranteed to Be Blockbusters

Spider-Man: Far From Home (Image courtesy of Sony Pictures.)

Arrange your summer plans accordingly: the box office is going to be heating up with a truckload of highly-anticipated blockbusters this year. Highlights include live-action remakes from Disney, the return of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, the resurgence of Godzilla, and even a new chapter from our favorite Pixar toys. With all the major studios vying

DNA Testing Is Helping Treat Disease, Reunite Families and Even Catch Serial Killers — Here’s What the Future Looks Like

DNA Testing is Helping Treat Disease, Reunite Families and Even Catch Serial Killers — Here’s What the Future Looks Like

On April 24, 2018, 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo, now known as the Golden State Killer, was apprehended and eventually charged with 13 counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted kidnapping, thanks to publicly shared genetic codes. No, DeAngelo didn’t submit a sample to find out what percentage Italian he was, but a distant relative

Quebec City Is the Perfect Destination for Your Summer Getaway

Quebec City

With the St. Lawrence River in the foreground, the Historic District of Old Quebec features the 126-year-old Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and the 210-foot Funiculaire du Vieux-Québec.

Charming cobblestone streets. Dreamy river vistas. A metropolis with a happening arts, culture, and festival scene. Zip line-friendly waterfalls. Idyllic farmlands for miles. Turns out, all the elements from this summer vacation fantasy list exist in one location: Quebec City, the 400-year-old birthplace of French North America. Plan a summer getaway to Quebec’s bilingual-speaking (French/English)

Printers Row Lit Fest Turns 35 This Year — Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Miss It

Printers Row Lit Fest Turns 35 This Year — Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Miss It

Photos by Ken Carl.

“When you talk about books, you are talking about every kind of human endeavor,” says Bette Cerf Hill of Evanston, founding director of the Printers Row Lit Fest. Established in 1985 by the South Loop Planning Board (now the Near South Planning Board, NSPB), this quintessential Chicago event will be celebrating its 35th anniversary with a two-day

18 Trips to Take Before Your Kids Turn 18

Vacation Ideas: 18 Trips to Take Before Your Kids Turn 18

Glacier National Park (Photos by Wendy Altschuler.)

When you reminisce about your happiest childhood memories, you probably recall the time you spent with your family — the camping trips, the new cities or countries you explored, the animal encounters, the beaches and lakes you swam in, and the people you met along the way. Traveling together gives us wonderful opportunities to engage

Weekend 101: May 17-19

Weekend 101: May 17-19 — Sound Playground at Chicago Children's Museum

Sound Playground (Photo courtesy of Chicago Children's Museum.)

Festival season is here! This weekend, don’t miss Chocolate Fest and the Lincoln Park Wine Festival, as well as a new exhibit at Chicago Children’s Museum, a dog-friendly party that gives back, and more. Chocolate Fest May 17-19 Long Grove Calling all chocolate lovers — don’t miss your chance to try everything from chocolate cotton

Better Makers: Boys and Girls Club of Chicago Crowns Chicago’s Youth of the Year

Better Makers: Boys and Girls Club Crowns Chicago's Youth of the Year

The 2019 Youth of the Year candidates: Anthony B., Estrella B., James C., Jocelynn J., Joshua H., and Liannah F. (Photos courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.)

Once a year, a leading teen earns Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago’s (BGCC) highest praise, the Youth of the Year (YOY) Award. The prestigious honor is a tribute to outstanding leadership, service, and academic excellence. Joshua H., 17-year-old member of the Louis L. Valentine Club in Bridgeport, took the title for this year’s Youth

12 Science-Backed Ways to Improve Your Mood Right Now

12 Science-Backed Ways to Improve Your Mood Right Now

Your morning commute was atrocious. You got into an argument with your spouse. Your kid threw a temper tantrum of epic proportions. You’re stressed over a project at work. Whatever the reason — or combination of reasons — you’re in a bad mood. Don’t you wish there was a quick way to just snap out

Join The Volunteer Center for an Incredible Evening With 'American Idol' Finalist Manny Torres

Join The Volunteer Center for an Incredible Evening With ‘American Idol’ Finalist Manny Torres
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DNA Testing is Helping Treat Disease, Reunite Families and Even Catch Serial Killers — Here’s What the Future Looks Like

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Printers Row Lit Fest Turns 35 This Year — Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Miss It

Printers Row Lit Fest Turns 35 This Year — Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Miss It
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