January 2016


Bookmark and make it a part of your daily inspiration in 2016. Looking to leave corporate America and start a business of your own? Read about an entrepreneur who did just that. Struggling to figure out how to add balance into your life? Our weekly Soulful Sunday feature shares advice from Chicago’s busiest women on incorporating wellness while working. Wondering if there’s anything new to do in the city? Our robust events calendar will keep you busy all year long. 

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Our magazine is also chock-full of content covering entrepreneurial spirits, decision-makers and trailblazers, as well as essentials like power lunch spots, home decor tips, and beauty bests. We'll be doling out the content on our website over the next few weeks, but if you're impatient, you can read the entire digital version. We hope you're as inspired reading FW: Chicago as we were putting it together for you. 

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The November/ December issue is here! Read the digital edition or read the magazine articles on the website! 

Whether or not you've made a resolution to lose weight, many of us tend to start off the new year on a heath kick. If you are going to break that diet, here are some recommendations from some interesting Chicago women. more


Now that the tree is in the trash and the last string of twinkling lights has been packed away, Leslie Bowman, founder and director of Wells Street Design, shares a few quick and easy tips for cozying up your pad for the rest of winter. more

Each day the sun rises and sets, our hopes are refreshed with potential, and our eyes are enlightened with new possibilities. At midnight, we are allotted another regiment of 86,400 seconds for each new day. What to do with them? more

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A new year means new challenges for most business owners. Even if you finished 2015 strong, market conditions and other factors could quickly sidetrack your plans for growth. Fortunately, many of the challenges can be turned into opportunities. more

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Terri Brax talks with one of Chicago’s most inspiring founders, Kaney O’Neill. She is a Navy veteran, the mother of six year-old Aidan, and the founder of ONeill Contractors­—a commercial roofing company who conquers it all from her wheelchair. more


In March 2015, Uber made a pledge to economically empower one million women as drivers by 2020. To drive toward that commitment, Uber has partnered with local groups like YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in recruiting women as driver partners. more

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The CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago has embarked on a mission to move the organization into the 21st century and empower women in our community. more


As a business leader, Kathleen Henson is committed to making our city and world a better place. In her first column, The Mentor, she explains the importance of three foundational values she employs at her firm- be kind, be passionate and show hustle more


Every month we ask some to open up their purse and bare all. This month Lois Miller shows us what is always in her gym bag to inspire you to live like a fitness pro. more


Every month we pull together notable things you should know about. This month we feature Heshima Kenya, Biba Lips, Shonda Rhimes' latest book, local doctors' take on vitamins and local blogger, Kessara Dhana. more

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FW: Chicago editor, Rebecca Taras-Lee, updates you on what you can expect in 2016 from the magazine and Chicago women. more

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The dark days of winter can do a number on your state of mind. We enlisted the help of registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist Amari Thomsen for solutions to brighten our moods in ways that are tastier than sitting in front of a lightbox. more


Jennifer Smith Tapp, FW: Chicago editor, reviews the inspirational women in the January issue including Dorri McWhorter of the YWCA and entrepreneur Kaney O'Neill and more. more

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Since founding Henson Consulting, her award-winning PR firm, in 2001, Kathleen Henson has expertly raised the profiles of local and national brands. The mother of five talks about why she started her own company and what is in store for 2016. more


Kendra Chaplin, publisher and founder of FW: Chicago, on the mission of the publication and the important role the women of Chicago play in the larger landscape of women in business. more

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Everyone has a project lying in wait—whether its organizing your cupboards, closets, receipts, or the kids toys. Clearing out the clutter not only makes you more efficient but also brings a sense of calm knowing that things are in order—whatever thos more

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A great way to start out the new year is to find a new hobby, skill, or other enrichment. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut or get so caught up in life that we forget about certain interests or aspirations. Here's some ideas we have. more

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It may be a cliche, but the new year is the best time to rethink new and easy ways to get healthy. It’s easy enough to resolve to lose those last few pounds or eat better, so we pulled together some of the best services and spots to help you succeed more

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Each month we bring you the best in style and beauty—Chicago-style. This month check out local nail polish lacquer—LVX, home decor shop—Mitchell Black, Ortanic, Rodan+Fields, and beauty stylists AK Glam. more

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Start the year with a clean slate and get your financial life in shape. While this means different things to different people. It’s all about setting a goal and achieving it. Or even multiple goals to reach an end. more

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