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‘Take it Easy, Mom’ Gift Guide

Greeting cards are nice, so are coupons for chores, but how else would you like to celebrate Mom? Check out these gift ideas to help Mom relax, all from local businesses. Clothing Sporadic Midwest weather requires cozy layers that Mom can easily throw on at …

Mother’s Day brunch hot spots: where to go and when

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Treat your mom, grandmother or motherly loved-one to good eats on Mother’s Day at one of these virtuoso restaurants — a small sampling — that will cater to her and make her feel exceptionally special. Naperville/Lisle: Sunday champagne brunch is the specialty on tap at …

Take mom to France, no airfare required

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Your mom deserves a gift as unique as she is; treat her to a day out with you, celebrating all things French. She’ll love: strolling the streets to sample delectable treats, learning how to cook with a French flair, dining in a lovely European restaurant, …

Dancing feet

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Think outside of the box this year and give mom something that will surprise and thrill her: dance lessons. Ballroom dancing might be an experience your mom has always wanted to have but one that she never pursued — now is her chance. If your …

Happy Mother’s Day!

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To our mom, Barbara Harrington: We have overcome mountains and molehills together, and all the while, you have taught me some of my proudest traits. Not by ever telling me what to do. Rather, you were always encouraging us to do the right thing by …

A writer’s mother-in-law

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With her heart-felt words and enduring support, my mother-in-law Marilyn Altschuler, has always made me feel like the absolute best version of myself. I’ve known her for over half my life and she’s taught me many things but the most important nugget of truth is …

From bored to board: Explore the Seven Wonders

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Seven Wonders is a Resource-Collection game where players try to accrue the most points using a number of different strategies. Each player has a board named after one of the Seven Wonders of the World that lends itself to a particular play style. The game …

From bored to board: Dig up Settlers of Catan for your next game night

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Usually, when I tell people I am spending the evening playing board games, they say: "You mean Settlers of Catan?" First published in 1995, of all the Euro Games one is likely to encounter Catan is certainly the most common. Gameplay revolves around Resource Management. …

THEATRE REVIEW: This is not your country’s war

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A poignant review of the play This Is War, which is being shown at the Signal Ensemble Theatre in Chicago

Home project? There’s an app for that

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Whether you’re renovating your entire home or painting an autumn accent wall, the days of hauling heavy fabric sample binders and garlands of paint chips are long gone. The scores of smartphone and tablet tools designers, architects and homeowners now have at the tips of …

How to spring life back into your home

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With winter almost behind us, everyone’s minds have turned to spring and warmer months. Suddenly, our homes look like us: dull and gray from enduring a long winter. Chunky knit blankets now seems too heavy, paint colors from years before looks drab, and remnants from …

The Big Clean

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Spring cleaning includes getting rid of dirt and grime on surfaces as well as getting rid of bigger pieces such as clothing and furniture. For both, we’ve tapped two local experts for their advice. If you’re getting ready to hose down the kitchen, consider paring …

Cleaning tips from the experts

As you start assessing your spring-cleaning plan, you may consider a professional service for long-neglected or larger tasks. However, for manageable projects that anyone in the family can do, here are a few tips from local cleaning experts. Violet Cleaning Service in Barrington recommended the …

Flaunt your family’s story through eclectic modern design

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Eclectic modern: a worn, lived-in look that gets better with age, knowledge and wisdom. It is a storyboard created through your home; it is a display of personal objects, gathered over time, that tells your family’s story. The items might make you laugh, smile, remember …

8 small tweaks that create a big impact in your home

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On the occasions when you want to update your living spaces, sometimes you can’t bring yourself to paint an entire room or buy new furniture. So, what do you do when you want a change, but you have little time or commitment issues? Here are …

How to plan for unexpected company

You may have been in a situation where a friend/relative/long-lost roommate decides to pop over for a visit. This is fine when your house is clean; but, of course, it never works that way. After hanging up the phone, you may see dirty dishes, scattered …

Turn your clutter into cash: April 28 at the Oak Park Library

Life gets cluttered for most of us. Each day, our homes accumulate more stuff. Whether it’s paper, clothing, furniture, decor, equipment or even food, clutter makes its way into our life. However, it rarely seems to leave. Carolyn Miller, professional organizer and owner of Mind …

Chicago Fashion Engage: Summer 2013

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What is Fresh Fashion and what do the words "Made in Chicago" mean to you? When was the last time you bought local from a designer or artist? Knowing whose making a difference in the community is what Chicago Fashion Engage is all about. With …

All Hail Kale: Chefs, health gurus praise the superfood

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Kale is the new bacon. Think that’s going too far? Kale chips, kale salad, braised kale, fried kale, kale and eggs, pickled kale, kale soup, kale pizza, kale pasta, kale pie, kale pancakes, kale juice, kale smoothies, kale cocktails, kale ice cream and kale everything else are showing up on menus all over town.

Hardcore Pawn: Chicago keeps it real on truTV

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Last week, the second installation of the hit television show, Hardcore Pawn, which runs on the network truTV, broke out on the block with sky-high ratings. Some might say it has to do with the personality of the show's new pawn stars. Hardcore Pawn: Chicago …

Goodbye June serves up southern comfort

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Southern Rock has found its savior. More importantly: American Rock ‘n' Roll has gotten the kick in the pants it needs. It's all thanks to guitarists Tyler Baker and Brandon Qualkenbush, and vocalist Landon Milbourn, who together make up Goodbye June. CVR Music released the …