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  • Make It Better's 10th Anniversary Celebration

    On Nov. 7, Make It Better Media marked two very special milestones, our 10th anniversary and our launch in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a celebration at William Blair‘s stunning new space in Chicago.

    Video by Mike Killion.

  • Money, Values & Impact: Fireside Chat with Carla Harris and Kathy Roeser from Morgan Stanley
  • VIDEO: BUILD, Inc. (5th Annual Philanthropy Awards)

    BUILD, Inc. is the Social Justice winner for the fifth annual Make It Better Philanthropy Awards.

  • VIDEO: New Moms (5th Annual Philanthropy Awards)

    New Moms is the Human Services: Empowerment winner for the fifth annual Make It Better Philanthropy Awards.

  • VIDEO: One Million Degrees (5th Annual Philanthropy Awards)

    One Million Degrees is the Education winner for the fifth annual Make It Better Philanthropy Awards.

  • Video: Chicago Children's Choir performs at Shedd Aquarium's Dark Waters Gala

    The Chicago Children’s Choir made a surprise appearance at the Shedd Aquarium’s Dark Waters, presented by Champion Media Sponsor Make It Better, June 11. The gala raised $1,900,000 for the Shedd’s conservation research initiatives, environmental stewardship programs, rescue and rehabilitation endeavors and education opportunities for kids.

    Video courtesy of the Shedd Aquarium.

  • Video: Launch Driving Fashion Forward 2016

    Fashion from ENAZ, Juniper Boutique, Peach Carr, Ike Behar and ella louvi walked the runway at the 2016 Launch: Driving Fashion Forward show, hosted by Autohaus on Edens and benefitting the Glenview Women’s Club. The show featured a student competition between budding designers from Columbia College. Make It Better was a proud media sponsor of this event.

  • VIDEO: Why Life Insurance is Important

    Annette Findling, of Stonebridge Wealth Advisors, says insurance can have a negative connotation for many people. However, people shouldn’t be scared of long-term care insurance, disability insurance and life insurance, she says. Insurance helps people protect their most valuable assets, and the hope is that people will never have to use it, but it’s there just in case. Findling also advises people to make sure their insurance is up to date and to take life changes into account. Findling spoke with Make It Better as part of Money, Values, Impact.

  • VIDEO: How to Start a Financial Checklist

    Kathy Roeser of The Roeser Group at Morgan Stanley discusses how a person should start coming up with a step-by-step plan to help ensure their financial future, making sure they don’t outlast their money when it comes to retirement. Roeser talked with Make It Better at the Money, Values and Impact event where she explained that a person can set up a timeline each month for their financial planning. She advises a person to figure out their goals, what they want their legacy to be and what they want to achieve with their money.

  • Video: Investing In Your Home

    Tony Perry, of A. Perry Homes, discusses the importance of investing in your home, whether you’re building a new one or remodeling and what a well-designed home can mean for a person and one’s family. One of the best investments, Perry suggests, is to hire a talented architect who can help fashion a home in a way that really works for a family and can last for a long time. Perry spoke with Make It Better during Money, Values, Impact.

  • VIDEO: How to Meet Financial Goals with Insurance

    Leslie North, of Stonebridge Wealth Advisors, says that when it comes to financial planning, insurance should factor into decisions and an objective advisor can help make sure a person has all the insurance that they need. North spoke with Make It Better during the Money, Values, Impact event. An advisor will also help keep policies up to date and help a person meet their goals. Insurance can provide peace of mind that their needs will be met if something tragic occurs.

  • VIDEO: How to Invest Your Money to Align with Your Values

    Morgan Stanley Managing Director and Midwest Regional Director Steve Austin says people need to understand their relationship with money and what it means to them in order to build a financial legacy. Once a person knows what their goals and value system are in terms of money, they can make decisions about what to invest in and work on the legacy of what they would like to leave behind. Austin spoke with Make It Better as part of Money, Values, Impact.

  • Video: Eric Weinheimer on Impact Philanthropy & Finding Your Passion

    Eric Weinheimer, president and CEO of Forefront, talks about impact philanthropy and advises that people should figure out how they would like to make a difference in the world. Making a difference starts with discovering what a person is passionate about and that will then lead to investment, collaboration and working towards a common purpose. Weinheimer spoke with Make It Better during Money, Values, Impact.

  • Video: Vanessa Williams Talks About Family and Career at UNICEF Hope Gala

    Actress, singer, entertainer and humanitarian Vanessa Williams spoke with Make It Better’s January Thomas about how she balances her life, her family and her career; why she supports UNICEF and its mission to put children first; and how she goes about choosing her roles. Williams joined UNICEF for its 9th Annual Hope Gala April 9 where she sang “Colors of the Wind” from Disney’s “Pocahontas” soundtrack. The gala raised more than $1 million to support the organization’s programming.

  • Video: 2015 Philanthropy Award Winner Snow City Arts

    Snow City Arts in the Arts award winner for the Fourth Annual Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Awards. At Snow City Arts (SCA), teaching artists aim to educate and inspire hospitalized children through one-on-one instruction in the visual arts, creative writing, music and filmmaking. To the teaching artists, they are students, not just patients.

  • Video: 2015 Philanthropy Award Winner James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy

    The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy has been named the Social Justice winner for the Fourth Annual Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Awards. Founded more than 30 years ago, the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy works to provide low-income Evanston youth and their families with integrated legal and social work services.

  • Video: 2015 Philanthropy Award Winner H.O.M.E.

    Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.) has been named the Human Services: Social Services winner of the Fourth Annual Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Awards. For the past 30 years, H.O.M.E. has helped seniors remain independent and active in their communities by offering intergenerational living opportunities and a variety of citywide support services.

  • Video: 2015 Philanthropy Award Winner GiGi's Playhouse

    GiGi’s Playhouse has been named the Human Services: Empowerment winner for the Fourth Annual Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Awards. At GiGi’s Playhouse, children and adults of all ages diagnosed with Down syndrome have access to a variety of educational and therapeutic programs at no cost to families. Combining learning with fun activities, GiGi’s programs are dedicated to developing speech-language, social and motor skills.

  • Video: 2015 Philanthropy Award Winner Fresh Start Caring for Kids Foundation

    Fresh Start Caring for Kids Foundation has been named the Health & Wellness winner for the Fourth Annual Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Awards. A newcomer to Chicago, Fresh Start Caring for Kids Foundation has devoted the last 18 months to making a difference in the lives of children with physical deformities. The foundation provides no-cost medical services to children ages 1-17 through surgery weekends and follow-up medical care.

  • Video: 2015 Philanthropy Award Winner Academy for Global Citizenship

    The Academy for Global Citizenship has been named the Education winner for the Fourth Annual Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Awards. A nonprofit Chicago public charter school, the Academy for Global Citizenship is making waves in elementary education, working not only to create a class of scholars that care about their community as much as their grades, but to become a model for educational reform in Chicago and beyond.

  • Video: Workouts For Your Whole Body

    Work out your core, arms, legs and mind in less than eight minutes with the Make It Better video fitness guide. Instructors from Evanston and Chicago’s exhale spa, Winnetka’s Yogi Barre, home personal trainers GYMGUYZ and Glenview’s Bikram Yoga North Shore offer their expertise as well as a fitness regime to exercise your whole body at home. Plus, Make It Better Fitness Editor Christy Coughlin provides a four-minute bonus video on exercises for your feet.

  • Video: The Best Leg Workout in Less Than 8 Minutes

    Kick your leg day workout into high gear with Make It Better and Jo-Ann Houston of the home personal training company GYMGUYZ. Start with a set of warm-up moves that will help stretch out your legs. Then amp up the intensity, and get some cardio, with strength and power moves. In less than eight minutes, Houston provides a great routine and offers advice on how to personalize all the exercises depending on your fitness level.

  • Video: The Best Core Workout in Less than 8 Minutes

    Work on getting a long, lean, strong core with Make It Better and Holly Keskey of exhale spa, which specializes in core fusion and barre, in less than 8 minutes. Keskey demonstrates moves that will help strengthen your core from the inside out. Activate your core with a warm up and then engage your core with signature exhale core fusion fitness moves.

  • Video: The Best Arm Workout in Less than 8 Minutes

    Work out your arms with Make It Better and Joanne Noche of Yogi Barre, which offers yoga, barre and aerial fitness classes in Winnetka. With or without weights, tone your arms wherever you are: at home, taking a break at work or even traveling. Exercise your biceps and triceps, then stretch yourself out.

  • Video: Yoga To Quiet Your Mind in Less Than 10 Minutes

    Make It Better and Heidi Bernover of Bikram Yoga North Shore show you yoga poses and breathing techniques to quiet your mind, stretch your body and support a healthy spine in less than 10 minutes. These moves can help your sleep cycle, teach you how to be still and allow you to take time for yourself. These exercises can be done at any point in the day to help refocus your mind.

  • Video: 4-Minute Exercises to Help Fight Foot Pain

    It’s easy to overlook your feet when it comes to working out. But if you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, have calf pain or just pain from wearing a pair of heels all day, Make It Better Fitness Editor Christy Coughlin has stretches you can do to care for your feet. The foot regimen can start in the morning before you get out of bed and then be used throughout the day to keep your feet feeling fine.

  • MIBTV: 2016 Wedding Trends

    For a bride on her wedding day, it’s about the little details that make her shine. Go behind-the-scenes of the Make It Better Magazine January/February Wedding Issue bridal fashion photoshoot, photographed and filmed at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago and learn about 2016 wedding trends from Mira Couture Founder Mira Horoszowski and Event Planner Lisa Zimbler of Lisa Zimbler Events. See wedding fashion including wedding gowns, accessories and shoes, modeled by Natalie Patricelli, from Mira Couture, Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, Kate Spade, Christian Louboutin, Bella Bleu Bridal, Macy’s and La Perla.

  • MIBTV: Klairmont Kollections' Classic Cars and Event Space

    Any car enthusiast would be jealous of the collection of cars Chicago’s Klairmont Kollections has amassed. The showplace has more than 300 classic and unique vehicles housed under one roof, encompassing nearly 150,000 square feet on two floors. Klairmont has created a space that celebrates the history of the automobile from 1900-2000, showing how times have changed in car design when now-a-days car look very similar. Klairmont Kollections is now open for private, corporate and charity organizations to host one-of-a kind special events.

  • MIBTV: Convito Cafe Serving Quality Italian Food and Wine

    Convito Cafe & Market located at Plaza del Lago in Wilmette, Illinois, is a gourmet market with a wine shop, deli and bakery. The establishment also features a fine dining restaurant serving Italian and French foods. Originally open in 1980 as Convito Italiano by Nancy Brussat Barocci, Convito has been educating the Chicago area on real, quality Italian food and wine. General Manager Candace Barocci Warner says Convito wants customers to feel they’ve come to a local and friendly place and the owners care about serving great food.

  • MIBTV: Cutting Edge Catering from Jewell Events Catering

    MIBTV takes you behind the scenes of one of Chicago’s preeminent catering companies, Jewell Events Catering. Meet company President Greg Jenkins and find out what the future has in store for Jewell Events Catering, which includes the integration of news ways of “approaching food, business and people.” Follow Make It Better to Green Sense Farms in Indiana where Jewell Events Catering is working with the largest indoor vertical farm in the country which allows for more harvests throughout the year.

  • MIBTV: First-Class Service from Autohaus on Edens

    Autohaus on Edens is a Certified Mercedes-Benz dealership in Northbrook, Illinois, serving the entire Chicagoland area. Shop comfortably in the 150 new car climate-controlled, indoor showroom and choose from a huge selection of New and Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. If you need service on your Mercedes-Benz, the 34-bay, award-winning service department and can get your car in for an appointment within 24 hours. Allow us to show you our commitment to excellence today!

  • MIBTV: Acting Beyond Classes

    MIBTV takes you inside the Actor’s Training Center in Wilmette, IL, where students are training to become professional actors and actresses. More than just a school, the Actor’s Training Center is a place where students build self-esteem and how to be confident on-stage and off. They also learn real life skills that can aid them in the performance world including how to build a resume, where to get headshots and how to be ready to go on the calls and auditions.

  • MIBTV: Helping Women Return To Work

    Each year, Make It Better hosts an informative and inspiring seminar for women who are re-entering the workforce, seeking to break into a new field or looking for a chance to reinvent themselves. During the 2015 “Re:Work” event, the exciting lineup of speakers provided insights on how to build a personal network to get hired, create a resume that stands out from the crowd, instructions on how use Twitter and LinkedIn to expand a job search, and nail an interview to land your first-choice job.

     

  • MIBTV: Holiday Decorating Tips from Chalet Nursery

    Watch Chalet Nursery give MIBTV tips for how to decorate for the holidays including lighting the tree to creating your own unique decorations.

  • MIBTV: 2015 Philanthropy Awards Road Tour

    On Nov. 16, Make It Better staffers surprised six nonprofits to tell them that they won the 2015 Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Awards.

  • MIBTV: Learn How to Give Back with Sister Paulanne

    MIBTV met up with Sister Paulanne of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School to learn more about how everyone can make this world a better place.

  • MIBTV: Shop for Good Gift Guide

    Make It Better Founder and Publisher Susan Noyes is joined by Family Fun Expert and frequent Today Show guest Donna Bozzo to talk about great products to give as gifts from Shop for Good.

  • MIBTV: Behind the Scenes with supermodel Beverly Johnson

    Make It Better got the chance to talk to supermodel Beverly Johnson on a recent visit to Chicago to promote her new memoir, “The Face that Changed It All.” See behind-the-scenes of the November/December magazine cover shoot and exclusive interview. Johnson talked to us about everything from motherhood to Bill Cosby, from today’s fashion world to her nonprofit work.

  • MIBTV: Introducing Shop for Good

    Learn more about Make It Better Magazine’s Shop for Good, the vendors participating and the October beneficiary Kohl Children’s Museum.

  • MIBTV: Joe Maddon, Chicago Cubs & Crushers Club Team Up

    MIBTV met up with Joe Maddon to discuss his charitable work with Make It Better Philanthropy Award winner Crushers Club.

  • MIBTV: How to Customize Your Shoes With New Balance

    New Balance North Shore stocks over 12,000 shoes and has a huge selection of widths and lengths for you to choose from. Find your perfect fit today by visiting New Balance North Shore in Highland Park.

  • MIBTV: The Best Chicago Area Businesses of 2015

    Make It Better’s “Best Of” results are in! The “Best Of” is an audience-generated list of businesses that the Make It Better audience votes on every year.

  • MIBTV: We Are Wilmette

    Welcome to Wilmette, Illinois! Get to know one of Chicago’s finest neighborhoods. From unique restaurants and designer stores to an expansive beachfront, Wilmette is truly one of Chicago’s hidden gems.

  • Video: 5 Tips to a Better Backyard

    This summer, take your backyard to the next level with these five tips from Chalet Garden and Nursery.

    For hands-on help and to find local plants for your own garden, stop by Chalet today!

    3132 Lake Ave
    Wilmette, IL 60091
    (847) 256-0561

    Visit Chalet online: http://www.chaletnursery.com

  • Top Chicago Summer Activities
  • Make It Better: 2015 Folio Women in Media Award Winner
  • MIBTV: Five Steps to Spring Clean Your Closet
  • "Let Loose on Lincoln": the 2014 celebration for the Winnetka Sidewalk Sale
  • Interview with Jennifer Siebel Newsom
  • How to Prevent Skin Cancer - Part 1 of 5

    Filmed & Edited by: Katy Nielsen and Eric Deubel

    Make It Better 2014 Philanthropy Award Winner Skin Of Steel is spreading the word about preventative measures this summer with their #SunSafeSummer campaign. Make It Better offered support to this effort to help spread awareness regarding melanoma awareness in a fun series of video tips. To find out more visit http://skinofsteel.org/ and read more at MIB:

    https://makeitbetter.net/better-you/de…

    Follow the conversation on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram: #SunSafeSummer

    Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Makeitbe…
    Read us online: https://makeitbetter.net/

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    Subscribe to our Better Letter email newsletter: https://makeitbetter.net/subscribe/

  • How To Prevent Skin Cancer - Part 2 of 5

    Filmed & Edited by: Katy Nielsen and Eric Deubel

    Make It Better 2014 Philanthropy Award Winner Skin Of Steel is spreading the word about preventative measures this summer with their #SunSafeSummer campaign. Make It Better offered support to this effort to help spread awareness regarding melanoma awareness in a fun series of video tips. To find out more visit http://skinofsteel.org/ and read more at MIB:

    https://makeitbetter.net/better-you/de

    Follow the conversation on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram: #SunSafeSummer

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    Read us online: https://makeitbetter.net/

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    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/make
    Subscribe to our Better Letter email newsletter: https://makeitbetter.net/subscribe/

  • How To Prevent Skin Cancer - Part 3 of 5

    Filmed & Edited by: Katy Nielsen and Eric Deubel

    Make It Better 2014 Philanthropy Award Winner Skin Of Steel is spreading the word about preventative measures this summer with their #SunSafeSummer campaign. Make It Better offered support to this effort to help spread awareness regarding melanoma awareness in a fun series of video tips. To find out more visit http://skinofsteel.org/ and read more at MIB:

    https://makeitbetter.net/better-you/de

    Follow the conversation on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram: #SunSafeSummer

    Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Makeitbe
    Read us online: https://makeitbetter.net/

    Find us on social media:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/makeitbetter
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    Subscribe to our Better Letter email newsletter: https://makeitbetter.net/subscribe/

  • How to Prevent Skin Cancer - Part 4 of 5

    Filmed & Edited by: Katy Nielsen and Eric Deubel

    Make It Better 2014 Philanthropy Award Winner Skin Of Steel is spreading the word about preventative measures this summer with their #SunSafeSummer campaign. Make It Better offered support to this effort to help spread awareness regarding melanoma awareness in a fun series of video tips. To find out more visit http://skinofsteel.org/ and read more at MIB:

    https://makeitbetter.net/better-you/de…

    Follow the conversation on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram: #SunSafeSummer

    Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Makeitbe…
    Read us online: https://makeitbetter.net/

    Find us on social media:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/makeitbetter…
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    Subscribe to our Better Letter email newsletter: https://makeitbetter.net/subscribe/

  • How to Prevent Skin Cancer - Part 5 of 5

    Filmed & Edited by: Katy Nielsen and Eric Deubel

    Make It Better 2014 Philanthropy Award Winner Skin Of Steel is spreading the word about preventative measures this summer with their #SunSafeSummer campaign. Make It Better offered support to this effort to help spread awareness regarding melanoma awareness in a fun series of video tips. To find out more visit http://skinofsteel.org/ and read more at MIB:

    https://makeitbetter.net/better-you/de…

    Follow the conversation on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram: #SunSafeSummer

    Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Makeitbe…
    Read us online: https://makeitbetter.net/

    Find us on social media:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/makeitbetter…
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    Subscribe to our Better Letter email newsletter: https://makeitbetter.net/subscribe/

  • Actor's Training Center at The Wilmette Theatre
  • Behind the scenes at the Westfield Old Orchard Cover Shoot
  • Building Gingerbread Houses with A. Perry Homes
  • Expert Tips for Women Re-Entering the Workforce
  • Behind the Scenes at the Goodman Theatre
  • The "Be Creative" Campaign and Lindblom Academy are Keeping the Arts Alive in CPS
  • Rick Bayless dishes on "Cascabel" with Make It Better
  • 3 Yoga Moves to Calm Your Mind at Work
  • MIBTV: The 2014 Rush Fashion Show

    MIB TV had a front row seat at the Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center’s 2014 fashion show, IMAGINE. It is the longest running charity fashion show in the US.

  • 100 Years of Tradition at the Wilmette Theatre
  • The 5 Financial Tips Every Woman Needs to Know
  • MIB Staff Takes on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
  • How to Take Your Maxi Dress from Day to Night
  • The Make It Better Foundation 2013 Philanthropy Awards
  • IMAGINE: The 88th Annual Rush Fashion Show
  • 3 Dance Moves to Improve Your Posture
  • Cooking With Quince: Roasted Asparagus Salad
  • Get Dwell: Window Restoration
  • MIBTV: How To Create a Tablescape
  • Make It Better "Best of" Celebration 2014
  • How to Style a Basic T-Shirt with Glam Accessories
  • "Let Loose on Lincoln": the 2014 celebration for the Winnetka Sidewalk Sale
  • The 7th Annual North Shore Women's Conference
  • Lollapalooza 2014 Timelapse
  • MIBTV: How to Organize Important Documents

    MIBTV learned the value of organizing your important documents with Debbie Roberts and Kathy Rychel! LifeWrap Solutions provides simple tools to help organize and store important personal information and records. Available in digital format or toolkits. Read more about LifeWrap Solutions:

    https://makeitbetter.net/family/easy-way-organize-important-personal-information/

    Visit their website to find out more about how they can help you!

    http://lifewrapsolutions.com/

    Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Makeitbetter2009
    Read us online: https://makeitbetter.net/

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  • MIBTV: 3 Steps to Customize Your Glasses

    Filmed & Edited by: Katy Nielsen and Eric Deubel

    Fit, fashion and function is the cornerstone of glasses customization and it is the newest trend in eyewear. MIBTV shows you how to get the glasses you want by walking us through the process. To have your own unique experience visit Optique:

    561 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL 60093
    Phone number (847) 446-3917

    http://www.optiquenorthshore.com/

    Check out their article in Make It Better today! And see more MIB articles online too
    Special thanks to everyone who helped film:
    Dr. Michael Harms
    Missy Harms
    Sean Clowney
    Patty
    Bart Vander Velde

  • MIBTV: 21 Questions with Lewis Floor & Home

    Filmed & Edited by: Katy Nielsen and Eric Deubel

    MIBTV takes you through Lewis Floor & Home’s giant showroom (21,000 sq/ft!) and asks company president Steve Lewis 21 rapid-fire questions.

    Lewis Floor & Home offers the largest selection of carpet, area rugs, tile, hardwood, vinyl, blinds, granite countertops and cabinetry in the Chicago area for more info find Lewis at:

    847.835.2400
    www.lewisfloorandhome.com

    Lewis Floor & Home
    1840 Skokie Blvd.
    Northbrook, IL
    60062

  • MIBTV: Music Institute of Chicago "Music For All Ages, Learning for Life!"

    Filmed & Edited by: Katy Nielsen and Eric Deubel

    The Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) is a community music school dedicated to transforming lives through music by providing the highest quality music education for students of all ages and levels of ability. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation and serves as a cultural resource for students, families and the larger community reaching thousands each year.
    Locations include Chicago, Downers Grove, Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire and Lake Forest.

    More information at musicinst.org or 847.905.1500

  • MIBTV: Behind the Scenes at Tête Charcuterie

    Meet the chefs at Tête Charcuterie, the winner of the Chicago Tribune’s 2015 Dining Award. Chefs Kurt Guzowski and Thomas Rice have established themselves as one of the top dining destinations in the city.

    Filmed by: Katy Nielsen and Eric Deubel
    Edited by: Katy Nielsen
    Interview by: Julie Chernoff

    Visit Make It Better Magazine online to read the full interview: makeitbetter.net

    Check out Tête Charcuterie online: tetechicago.com

  • Shop For Good Vendor Tutorial

    Welcome to Make It Better’s Shop For Good! We are delighted to have this opportunity to help make your business better.

    https://makeitbetter.net/shop/

    Shop outstanding community businesses online and 10% of your purchase will benefit carefully vetted nonprofits.

    MIB Shop For Good: THE MORE YOU SHOP, THE MORE GOOD YOU DO.

    Interested in selling your products on Shop For Good?

    Please contact shopforgood@makeitbetter.net

    #MIBShopForGood

  • Video: 5 Tips to a Better Backyard

    This summer, take your backyard to the next level with these five tips from Chalet Garden and Nursery.

    For hands-on help and to find local plants for your own garden, stop by Chalet today!

    3132 Lake Ave
    Wilmette, IL 60091
    (847) 256-0561

    Visit Chalet online: http://www.chaletnursery.com

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MIBTV Philanthropy Awards

  • VIDEO: BUILD, Inc. (5th Annual Philanthropy Awards)

    BUILD, Inc. is the Social Justice winner for the fifth annual Make It Better Philanthropy Awards.

  • VIDEO: New Moms (5th Annual Philanthropy Awards)

    New Moms is the Human Services: Empowerment winner for the fifth annual Make It Better Philanthropy Awards.

  • VIDEO: One Million Degrees (5th Annual Philanthropy Awards)

    One Million Degrees is the Education winner for the fifth annual Make It Better Philanthropy Awards.

  • Video: 2015 Philanthropy Award Winner Academy for Global Citizenship

    The Academy for Global Citizenship has been named the Education winner for the Fourth Annual Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Awards. A nonprofit Chicago public charter school, the Academy for Global Citizenship is making waves in elementary education, working not only to create a class of scholars that care about their community as much as their grades, but to become a model for educational reform in Chicago and beyond.

  • Video: 2015 Philanthropy Award Winner Fresh Start Caring for Kids Foundation

    Fresh Start Caring for Kids Foundation has been named the Health & Wellness winner for the Fourth Annual Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Awards. A newcomer to Chicago, Fresh Start Caring for Kids Foundation has devoted the last 18 months to making a difference in the lives of children with physical deformities. The foundation provides no-cost medical services to children ages 1-17 through surgery weekends and follow-up medical care.

  • Video: 2015 Philanthropy Award Winner GiGi's Playhouse

    GiGi’s Playhouse has been named the Human Services: Empowerment winner for the Fourth Annual Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Awards. At GiGi’s Playhouse, children and adults of all ages diagnosed with Down syndrome have access to a variety of educational and therapeutic programs at no cost to families. Combining learning with fun activities, GiGi’s programs are dedicated to developing speech-language, social and motor skills.

  • Video: 2015 Philanthropy Award Winner H.O.M.E.

    Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.) has been named the Human Services: Social Services winner of the Fourth Annual Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Awards. For the past 30 years, H.O.M.E. has helped seniors remain independent and active in their communities by offering intergenerational living opportunities and a variety of citywide support services.

  • Video: 2015 Philanthropy Award Winner James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy

    The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy has been named the Social Justice winner for the Fourth Annual Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Awards. Founded more than 30 years ago, the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy works to provide low-income Evanston youth and their families with integrated legal and social work services.

  • Video: 2015 Philanthropy Award Winner Snow City Arts

    Snow City Arts in the Arts award winner for the Fourth Annual Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Awards. At Snow City Arts (SCA), teaching artists aim to educate and inspire hospitalized children through one-on-one instruction in the visual arts, creative writing, music and filmmaking. To the teaching artists, they are students, not just patients.

  • MIBTV: 2015 Philanthropy Awards Road Tour

    On Nov. 16, Make It Better staffers surprised six nonprofits to tell them that they won the 2015 Make It Better Foundation Philanthropy Awards.

  • 2014 Make It Better Philanthropy Awards
  • Crushers Club (2014 Philanthropy Awards)

    Mission: To be the strongest alternative to gangs. They arm young people with the support and skills they need to restore their lives and improve their neighborhood. Crushers Club is rooted in four ideals—respect, discipline, ownership, and love—that give members a fighting chance.

  • Horizons for Youth (2014 Philanthropy Awards)

    Mission: Horizons for Youth commits to helping children across all academic abilities, socioeconomic statuses and neighborhoods recognize and achieve his or her full potential. They believe with the proper support every child can graduate high school and college—and successfully enter the workforce.

  • Phalen Leadership Academies (2014 Philanthropy Awards)

    Mission: To ensure that students master key academic skills and demonstrate strong character exhibited by: honesty, service to others, superior work ethic and a strong vision for their futures.

  • RefugeeOne (2014 Philanthropy Awards)

    Mission: RefugeeOne is a resettlement agency that provides assistance to refugees in the Chicago area. Refugees who want to become independent in their new communities can get help learning English, finding employment, obtaining medical care and applying for U.S. citizenship.

  • SitStayRead (2014 Philanthropy Awards)

    Mission: SitStayRead seeks to promote the love of learning and improve literacy proficiency for at-risk children in first through fourth grades. They address reading fluency in a fun way by incorporating reading assistance dogs into the program.

  • Skin of Steel (2014 Philanthropy Awards)

    Mission: To fund the first national, collaborative Melanoma Tissue Bank, which will give researchers across the country access to the fresh-frozen tissues they need to enhance melanoma treatment and eventually find a cure.

  • Solidarity Bridge (2014 Philanthropy Awards)

    Mission: The mission of Solidarity Bridge is to train and equip the medical communities in Bolivia and Paraguay to empower them to serve the most needy. This is achieved through domestic and international partnerships, metaphorically bridging the distance between North and South America.

  • Trees That Feed Foundation (2014 Philanthropy Awards)

    Mission: The Trees That Feed Foundation has three goals: to plant trees to feed people in developing countries, create jobs and protect the environment.

  • 2013 Make It Better Philanthropy Awards
  • Beyond Sports Foundation (2013 Philanthropy Awards)
  • Garfield Park Conservatory (2013 Philanthropy Awards)
  • Midwest Palliative Hospice & CareCenter (2013 Philanthropy Awards)
  • Northwestern University Settlement House (2013 Philanthropy Awards)
  • The Posse Foundation (2013 Philanthropy Awards)
  • Youth Organizations Umbrella (2013 Philanthropy Awards)
  • Mother's Trust Foundation (2013 Philanthropy Awards)
  • Bernie's Book Bank (2013 Philanthropy Awards)
  • 2012 Make It Better Philanthropy Awards
  • A Safe Haven (2012 Philanthropy Awards)
  • By the Hand Club for Kids (2012 Philanthropy Awards)
  • Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund (2012 Philanthropy Awards)
  • Girls in the Game (2012 Philanthropy Awards)
  • GLASA - Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (2012 Philanthropy Awards)
  • Innovations for Learning (2012 Philanthropy Awards)
  • Project Music (2012 Philanthropy Awards)
  • Spark (2012 Philanthropy Awards)
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MIBTV Money, Values, Impact

  • VIDEO: How to Start a Financial Checklist

    Kathy Roeser of The Roeser Group at Morgan Stanley discusses how a person should start coming up with a step-by-step plan to help ensure their financial future, making sure they don’t outlast their money when it comes to retirement. Roeser talked with Make It Better at the Money, Values and Impact event where she explained that a person can set up a timeline each month for their financial planning. She advises a person to figure out their goals, what they want their legacy to be and what they want to achieve with their money.

  • VIDEO: How to Invest Your Money to Align with Your Values

    Morgan Stanley Managing Director and Midwest Regional Director Steve Austin says people need to understand their relationship with money and what it means to them in order to build a financial legacy. Once a person knows what their goals and value system are in terms of money, they can make decisions about what to invest in and work on the legacy of what they would like to leave behind. Austin spoke with Make It Better as part of Money, Values, Impact.

  • VIDEO: How to Meet Financial Goals with Insurance

    Leslie North, of Stonebridge Wealth Advisors, says that when it comes to financial planning, insurance should factor into decisions and an objective advisor can help make sure a person has all the insurance that they need. North spoke with Make It Better during the Money, Values, Impact event. An advisor will also help keep policies up to date and help a person meet their goals. Insurance can provide peace of mind that their needs will be met if something tragic occurs.

  • VIDEO: Why Life Insurance is Important

    Annette Findling, of Stonebridge Wealth Advisors, says insurance can have a negative connotation for many people. However, people shouldn’t be scared of long-term care insurance, disability insurance and life insurance, she says. Insurance helps people protect their most valuable assets, and the hope is that people will never have to use it, but it’s there just in case. Findling also advises people to make sure their insurance is up to date and to take life changes into account. Findling spoke with Make It Better as part of Money, Values, Impact.

  • Video: Eric Weinheimer on Impact Philanthropy & Finding Your Passion

    Eric Weinheimer, president and CEO of Forefront, talks about impact philanthropy and advises that people should figure out how they would like to make a difference in the world. Making a difference starts with discovering what a person is passionate about and that will then lead to investment, collaboration and working towards a common purpose. Weinheimer spoke with Make It Better during Money, Values, Impact.

  • Video: Investing In Your Home

    Tony Perry, of A. Perry Homes, discusses the importance of investing in your home, whether you’re building a new one or remodeling and what a well-designed home can mean for a person and one’s family. One of the best investments, Perry suggests, is to hire a talented architect who can help fashion a home in a way that really works for a family and can last for a long time. Perry spoke with Make It Better during Money, Values, Impact.

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8-Minute Fitness: Workouts For Your Whole Body

  • Video: Workouts For Your Whole Body

    Work out your core, arms, legs and mind in less than eight minutes with the Make It Better video fitness guide. Instructors from Evanston and Chicago’s exhale spa, Winnetka’s Yogi Barre, home personal trainers GYMGUYZ and Glenview’s Bikram Yoga North Shore offer their expertise as well as a fitness regime to exercise your whole body at home. Plus, Make It Better Fitness Editor Christy Coughlin provides a four-minute bonus video on exercises for your feet.

  • Video: The Best Core Workout in Less than 8 Minutes

    Work on getting a long, lean, strong core with Make It Better and Holly Keskey of exhale spa, which specializes in core fusion and barre, in less than 8 minutes. Keskey demonstrates moves that will help strengthen your core from the inside out. Activate your core with a warm up and then engage your core with signature exhale core fusion fitness moves.

  • Video: The Best Arm Workout in Less than 8 Minutes

    Work out your arms with Make It Better and Joanne Noche of Yogi Barre, which offers yoga, barre and aerial fitness classes in Winnetka. With or without weights, tone your arms wherever you are: at home, taking a break at work or even traveling. Exercise your biceps and triceps, then stretch yourself out.

  • Video: The Best Leg Workout in Less Than 8 Minutes

    Kick your leg day workout into high gear with Make It Better and Jo-Ann Houston of the home personal training company GYMGUYZ. Start with a set of warm-up moves that will help stretch out your legs. Then amp up the intensity, and get some cardio, with strength and power moves. In less than eight minutes, Houston provides a great routine and offers advice on how to personalize all the exercises depending on your fitness level.

  • Video: Yoga To Quiet Your Mind in Less Than 10 Minutes

    Make It Better and Heidi Bernover of Bikram Yoga North Shore show you yoga poses and breathing techniques to quiet your mind, stretch your body and support a healthy spine in less than 10 minutes. These moves can help your sleep cycle, teach you how to be still and allow you to take time for yourself. These exercises can be done at any point in the day to help refocus your mind.

  • Video: 4-Minute Exercises to Help Fight Foot Pain

    It’s easy to overlook your feet when it comes to working out. But if you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, have calf pain or just pain from wearing a pair of heels all day, Make It Better Fitness Editor Christy Coughlin has stretches you can do to care for your feet. The foot regimen can start in the morning before you get out of bed and then be used throughout the day to keep your feet feeling fine.

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