In 1981, a group of three mothers requested childcare options at Concordia Lutheran Church. In response, the church's Seeley Avenue campus opened an after-school care center for 12 children. The decades that followed saw Concordia adding two preschool locations, NAEYC accreditation and programming for seniors
When Eni Cadena was first looking to set up shop in Northcenter, she had her sights on opening a gift store. Then, on a trip to her native Peru, she came across a cookbook with stunning pictures of Peruvian food and decided to make a
fter Nancy Gianni's daughter GiGi was born with Down syndrome, she wanted the world to see the person her daughter was, to see her and her friends as more than a diagnosis. She was inspired to to create a space where kids like GiGi and
When Chef Ricardo Meza launched the first of his Dos Ricco’s restaurants near Midway airport, the restaurant became a local favorite for its lunch specials like $1 taco Tuesdays and popular combinations of Asian and Mexican flavors. In 2015, Meza brought his fusion restaurant to
By Patrick Butler
Gus Katsafaros looks in on some of his customers at the Marmalade restaurant at 1969 W. Montrose he opened five years ago after earlier careers running a wholesale bakery, mortgage company, working as an electrician, overseeing construction crews and
by Patrick Butler
For four decades, Lincoln Square's Karl Riehn has seen the seemingly-placid insurance world change from the traditional property, health, accident "products" to helping his clients fend off today's terrors like identity theft and hacking. As always, a lot depends
Story and Photos by Pat Butler
The best way to describe Nadine Karavadas is as a 21st Century Renaissance Woman.
She’s been a boxer, a Disney dancer who performed at the opening of the Pan American Games, did stunt work for the movies, and was
Looking for a pear liqueur complete with a pear in the bottle? Maybe a chimney sweeper that pops a coin out of its butt? A lucky marzipan pig? Yolanda Luszcz sold more than 3,000 of the porcine pastries this holiday season at Gene’s Sausage Shop
Black Bear Academy at 1801 W. Byron is not named after its owners and executive directors, Maureen and Kevin Black, as you might guess. It's named after the animal, the black bear, who will ferociously protect her cubs against all dangers.
The name was chosen
By Patrick Butler
Anthony Qaiyum believes you sometimes have to go back in time to keep current with men’s grooming trends. Just take a look at his Q Brothers Men’s Shop, next door to the 140-year-old Merz Apothecary at 4716 N. Lincoln Ave. his family