Yes, your dog wants to go on a walk. No, you don’t have to ask them.

Brittney Frazier, Found Chicago Boarding and Training Center

Over the years, I’ve witnessed many walk time rituals between dogs and their owners. First there’s the questions (“Want to go on a walk?” and “Where’s your leash? Let’s go get your leash!”), then there’s the collar-grabbing,Read more


May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

From our Friends at Black Bear Academy

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) designates May as “Better Speech and Hearing Month.”  Hearing, speech and language are all vital components of communication and play very important roles in both learning and teaching.  Speech pathologists and Audiologists use thisRead more


Being custodian of N. Side’s German legacy Is a full time job Monica Jirak was born for

By Patrick Butler

When Monica Schulter Jirak became executive director at DANK Haus about two months ago, she already knew her way around the 58-year-old German cultural center at 4740 N. Western Ave.

After all, she practically grew up there.  Not surprising considering her father,Read more


Outreach “Villages” to Aid Shut-in Seniors

By Patrick Butler

It may take a Village to reach out to Chicago’s growing number  of isolated seniors.  And if Joyce Gallagher of the city’s Department of Aging was hoping for diversity among the “stakeholders” who showed up for a recent kickoff meeting at theRead more


Community Has Say on Northcenter Town Square Redesign

By Patrick Butler

It was only the first community meeting on the redesign of the Northcenter Town Square, but before the March 29 kickoff session was over, there were at least 40 comments and suggestions during the two-hours at the St. Benedict High School Gymnasium,Read more


From the Chopping Block: Cheers to 20 Years

The Chopping Block first opened our doors in a small cottage in Lincoln Park on April 4, 1997, during a time when recreational cooking schools were unheard of. Since then, we’ve grown to two locations (Lincoln Square and Merchandise Mart) and have spent the pastRead more


Boost Your Mood With Your Food

by David Modica

It’s been proven that consuming a well-balanced diet of clean, whole foods can assist you in overcoming physical and emotional fatigue. A strategically placed snack may provide you with the boost you need to get through your next set of Monday blues.  

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Working Like Dogs – Real life dog training to use in an office setting

By: Brittney Frazier, Found Chicago

Just like “Take Your Kid to Work Day,” bringing your pup to the office can be an exciting way to bond with your pet and expose them to some new experiences. However, all too often the experience you find is moreRead more


Five Tips for Helping Your Child Learn Self-Control

By Jennifer Gibson, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Have you felt frustrated by your child interrupting your conversations? Does your child have difficulty waiting his turn with friends? Does your child continue to touch objects in your house that you have told her not to? LearningRead more


Occupational Therapy: Living Life To Its Fullest™

Courtesy of Black Bear Academy

April is occupational therapy awareness month! It is important to know the meaning behind what OT’s do and how they promote your child’s daily sense of success. Occupational therapists work with individuals to promote engagement in meaningful everyday life activitiesRead more