From the Chopping Block

Have a “Pizza” - the Action on the Grill

We eagerly await this time of year because we get to take our love of cooking outdoors in our grilling classes at Lincoln Square. We cook under the Chicago sun or stars (depending on the time of yourRead more



From our Friends at Black Bear Academy

col·lab·o·ra-tion \kə-ˌla-bə-ˈrā-shən\ noun: the action of working with someone to produce or create something.

This five syllable word is a very important word in the lives of families working with a team of professionals, managing the needs of children with developmentalRead more


Concordia Place

The following article is by Jessica Trumbull, an Early Childhood Director at Concordia Place in Chicago. Concordia Place serves children, teens, adults and seniors through their multi-generational programming. For information visit their website at or call 773.463.1600.

Get Out and Play!

Children need to move –Read more


Sharing the road: bike safety tips for Chicago cyclists and motorists

by David Modica

For many, biking is more than a hobby. It can be a source of transportation, passion or even a way of life. Most importantly, it’s downright fun. 

The good news for Windy City residents is that Chicago is ahead of the game whenRead more


Upgrades for Northcenter Town Square and Low Line Move Forward

By Patrick Butler

A second community meeting on the Town Square redesign will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 9 at the Coonley School gym, 4046 N. Leavitt St.

The PORT Urbanism design team will unveil three proposals for the square based on community commentsRead more


Are the Days Numbered for the #11 Bus?

By Patrick Butler

After little more than six months of restored service along the Western-to-Fullerton portion of Lincoln Avenue, the CTA is reportedly considering dropping service along the No. 11 route for lack of patronage.

CTA spokesman Jeffrey Tolman said ridership is still at aboutRead more


Featured Business: David L. Hoyt Education Foundation

Noted word game creator opens doors for after school programs, adult games, private parties

By Patrick Butler

David Hoyt, a Chicago man who’s reportedly the world’s most syndicated daily word game creator (whose handiwork appears in more than 650 newspapers) and the inventor of numerous puzzlesRead more


Six Healthy Habits That You Can Adopt Right Now

From Swedish Covenant Hospital

American’s work—a lot. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some individuals spend an average of three times more hours at work than anywhere else. You can’t always change that fact, but adopting these healthy habits can go a long wayRead more


From the Chopping Block: The Perfect Cocktail

Whether you are kicking off a dinner party or rewinding after a long day, there's a cocktail for every mood or occasion. But if you think you have to pay the typical $13 a drink price in a fancy bar to get a fresh andRead more


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