April 2016

Maintaining the infrastructure needed to feed the hungry is a constant challenge. It is organizations like Naperville-based Loaves & Fishes that contribute to the goal of creating a sustainable solution to hunger year-round. more


As Vice President for Community Health Engagement, University of Chicago Medical Center, Cristal Thomas is making an impact through important public health initiatives and reforms to serve the needs of the community. more


A longstanding volunteer dedicated to giving back, Kleber now helps drive the impact that Chicago-based Gesture makes by being a tool for charity partners nationwide and causes ranging from homelessness to the arts to health and medical research. more


As the founder of Slam Dunk for Diabetes, Monica Joyce is making a difference in the lives of children living with diabetes. The program serves low-income children by giving them an opportunity to attend basketball camp. more


As director of Woman Made Gallery and independent curator, Stoudmire is committed to creating exhibition opportunities and showcasing works of female artists, artists of color and low-income artists with contemporary arts exposure. more


"Style isn’t confined to the runway. The most well received colors, shapes, and ideas often find their way into interior design.” So, get ready to fashionably shed layers while shedding light into your pad this season. more


This April, we share with you our list of things you should know about — from nonstop flights to Iceland, a new way to shop for bridesmaid dresses, gorgeous house slippers and more! more

New + Noteworthy

World Chicago brings the world to Chicago and Chicago to the world through citizen diplomacy. Peggy Parfenoff heads up the organization making international connections changing Chicago's relationship with its citizens and the rest of the world. more


FW: Chicago celebrates the release of the April issue with great atmosphere, sweet sangrias, and an exciting announcement more

Social Life

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Julie Smolyansky; Photo by Heather Talbert

Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods and inspiring activist, shares her Inspiration List with us, complete with her recommended reads, must-see films and organizations we should know about. more


With spring in the air, its time to slough off all those dead, dry skin cells after the typical whipping winds and sub-zero temps of Chicago winter. So, we present you with five exfoliating products guaranteed to bring back your outer glow. more


Jackie Taylor, Founder/Executive Director of Black Ensemble Theater, has created a strong arts institution committed to eradicating racism featuring outstanding original productions and exceptional educational outreach programs. more


This spring, embrace your colorful side. Make a bold statement in bright hues and lively pattern play. more

, Style

Founder/Executive Director of The Simple Good, Priya Shah has created a program that reaches at-risk youth in Chicago, bringing the practice of mindfulness and positive thinking through the arts. more


Designer Elena Bobysheva has hit the ground running—heels and all! This young entrepreneur launched her line of high-end women’s wear in 2013. We asked her to spill her bag—and maybe a few beauty secrets, too. more


As the Chief Medical Officer at Bright Pink, Dr. Deborah Lindner leads the medical and educational aspects of the organization which focuses not only reaching women but healthcare professionals as well. more


Take a moment to reflect on that quiet day when you made your New Year’s career resolutions. Go back there. Dig up that energy every time you feel like skipping a networking event or canceling coffee with an old colleague. You’ll be glad you did. more

Work + Money

Theater at Steppenwolf, a world-famous ballet company tour stop in Chicago and several art exhibits are all on tap for Arts and Culture in the city for April. more

Arts + Culture

Manessah founded Mothers Against Senseless Killing to address violence in her neighborhood. Hers is truly amazing story about how social activism can make a difference, especially on the streets of Chicago. more


As President of The Woods Fund Chicago, Grace Hou is tackling structural racism through multiple support channels—organizations, coalitions, community leaders. This Changemaker's goal is to create a better society for all— starting here in Chicago. more


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