Chicago’s Pride in the Park Reflects the Purpose of Pride Celebrations

June 25th – 26th at Grant Park • Since 2019, thousands of people from around the world have come together for Chicago’s Pride in the Park music festival at Grant Park to celebrate love, music, and community. While Chicago has many outstanding LGBTQ+ bars, restaurants, and well-known Pride celebrations that include the Pride Parade, […]

Summer Starts Here

Midsommarfest takes place June 10-12 Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, and Andersonville is just one of the neighborhoods nestled on its north side. First established as a farming community in the 1850s, the retail district we know today began as an enclave of small businesses started by Swedish immigrants who moved north to escape […]

Cannabis, Comedy, and Mental Health

Cannabis and creativity are often associated with one another. Many people in the arts have claimed that using the plant helps open their mind and can be beneficial to divergent ways of thinking. We decided to explore the relationship between cannabis and comedy with comedian, writer, journalist, and dog mom Lauren Vino. Nature’s Grace and […]

Why We Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health is a part of life. We need to give our brains the utmost care in order for the rest of our bodies to function. Unfortunately, mental health care and mental illness are often talked about in hushed whispers. In order to break the stigmas we have to normalize its presence in our society, […]

The 5 Best Dog DNA Tests of 2022

Every dog owner has a special place in their heart for their canine companion. You want to know as much about your dog as possible to give him the best life. While the best way to get to know your pup is to spend time with him, a DNA test is also an incredibly useful […]

Growing for Good with Green Thumb: Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change (ECCSC): Providing innovative violence prevention, intervention programs, and resources

When it comes to violence, formerly incarcerated individuals are subject-matter experts. Violence has affected our lives on every level, whether we created it or whether we were the victim. Violence is as old as America, and it’s unfortunate that it disproportionately impacts the most disinvested communities. Violence is a community problem. To me, that means […]

Four Surprising Benefits of Adopting a Flexible, Non-Traditional Working Arrangement

If trend studies are any indication, Hybrid Work—a work style in which employees blend working from different locations, whether from home, an office or coworking space—is here to stay. From reducing stress levels and boosting productivity to encouraging a work/life balance and allowing autonomy, flex work has never been more fitting.  From a social impact […]

Chicago Made brings film and TV production opportunities to residents

Chicago is continuing to boom as a center for film and television production. Last summer alone, some 15 productions added nearly $700 million to the city’s local economy. This was due to filmmakers, studios, and networks taking advantage of tax incentives making it cost-effective to shoot in the area. But with the uptick in productions, […]