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Play Time
By Andrea Guthmann | January 7, 2016

The weather outside is frightful, which means you need to find ways to entertain your kids inside. Chicago’s new family-friendly The Inoffensive Theatre Series has just the ticket. A rotating cadre of first-rate sketch comedy troupes performs on Saturdays out of...

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The Book Bearer
By Liz Logan | January 7, 2016

In the last decade, Brian Floriani has morphed from a golf instructor into a teacher and, finally, into the executive director of a rapidly growing literacy nonprofit, Bernie’s Book Bank. It was all...

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Epic Quest
By Laura Hine | January 7, 2016

Ask a 10-year-old what she would make if she had a few hours each week with no restrictions but lots of support. A rocket ship? A new game? Mike Meiners and Randy Blaugh talk to kids all the time about what they’d like to create. They’re the geniuses behind...

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Letter Perfect
By Tate Gunnerson | January 7, 2016

“There’s something special about living in a home with history and a story,” says John Doheny of the 1920s-era brick home in Lake Forest that he shares with his wife, Bridgette, and their four children.

The renovation enthusiasts had...

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Trois Stars
Laura Hine | Photography by Neil Burger | January 7, 2016

There was a time when opening an elegant French-focused restaurant on the North Shore would not have raised eyebrows. But in this day and age, when ramen and hamburgers inspire religious devotion and many of the finest jacket-required...

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Seeking Santa Fe
By Jimmy Im | January 4, 2016

I’m standing in the spa lobby of Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe (from $349 per night, suites from $855 per night), which, at midafternoon, is awash in natural...

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Best Dressed
By Laura Hine | November 18, 2015

Jill Rudman knows her dresses. As the mother of three girls (and one boy), she has bought dresses for bar and bat mitzvahs, homecomings and holidays. “Kids take it for granted that if an occasion comes up, they will get a new dress,”...

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Winter Wonderland
By Misty Milioto | November 17, 2015

Last February, Crested Butte Mountain Resort opened approximately 50 acres of skiing in an extreme terrain area known as Teo 2. The area sits within the resort’s...

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Seasonal Style
By Addie Reese | November 17, 2015

If you want to boost your curb appeal for the holidays and don’t know where to start, take a cue from these Lake Forest homeowners and go for a classic look. The homeowners gave the Mariani...

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New Setting
By Laura Hine | November 17, 2015

Sometimes, the universe tells you it’s time for a change. For Jill Alberts, it was the combination of a significant birthday and her youngest child leaving for college that led to the...

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A Moveable Feast
Cindy A. Raymond | Photo by Immediate Media/ | November 17, 2015

These chefs provide a bountiful harvest while you enjoy the day with your family and guests.

Prairie Grass Cafe


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Phase Change
By Tate Gunnerson | November 4, 2015

“This was our big suburban jump,” explains Stacie Herron of her family’s move from a Gold Coast townhome to a newly constructed five-bedroom abode on a gently sloping lot, thick with hundred-year-old oak trees, in Glencoe. Although husband...

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