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By Daniel Patton The COVID-19 Statistics page on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) website showed that more than a thousand cases of coronavirus disease have been reported in Chicago’s downtown residential neighborhoods (Magnificent Mile, New Eastside, River North, Streetervi…

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By Mat Cohen and Daniel Patton Spring cleaning comes every year, but with the addition of Illinois’ stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone in Chicago has extra time to take precautionary health measures. Local organizations and businesses are taking extra steps alongside r…

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by Stephanie Racine Expectant parent classes can cost a substantial amount in downtown Chicago. For example, classes at Northwestern Hospital cost from $50-$120.  But Dr. Daniel Weissbluth, a pediatrician who has an office in Northwestern’s campus in Streeterville, is out to buck the trend. …

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by Mat Cohen River North has become a haven for luxury workout studios. From the Red Room of Barry’s Bootcamp to the cryotherapy at GOAT Climb & Cryo and the infrared heat of Yoga 2.0, the neighborhood has plenty of top-of-the-line fitness options to treat yourself to a new kind of worko…

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by Mat Cohen According to the American Kennel Club, dogs need 30 minutes to two hours of exercise a day, depending on size and breed. Although they don’t say much about pampering, our best friends could use some luxury as well. When it’s dark at 5 p.m. and below freezing in the middle of the…

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After a white Christmas, there may be a Blue Monday. Blue Monday is the name given to what some  consider the most depressing day of the year—usually the third Monday  in January. The idea originated with a Welsh academic as a marketing plan for a travel company, according to the  British ne…

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Gym managers say setting smaller goals along the way helps by Mat Cohen You’re not alone. According to  Strava, a social network for athletes, most people don’t keep their  New Year’s resolutions past Jan. 12. That’s when, just nearly two weeks after the start of the year, lack of motivation…

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by Angela Gagnon Maintaining a gluten free lifestyle is challenging,  and especially import- ant for those with celiac  disease, an autoimmune condition where ingestion of gluten leads to damage of the small intestine.  Two community members living with celiac  disease shared tips on how to …

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There are plenty of nearby options to help kids stay active as winter approaches. Lakeshore Sports and Fitness (LSF), 211 N. Stetson Ave., is offering new children’s programming for members and nonmembers. Youth basketball classes, including group and private lessons, are available for kids …

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By Elisa Shoenberger Throughout Chicago there are doctors and other medical professionals who will go to residences. Instead of traveling to a doctor’s office or hospital, people can reach out to different services for non-emergency medical care in their home.  Decades ago, it was common pra…

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(Published Aug. 31, 2019) According to Alderman Brendan Reilly’s office, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will temporarily close the new section of the Navy Pier Flyover that opened last December on Sept. 3.  The flyover will re-open in late September. The closure is required …

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(Published July 31, 2019) By Jesse Wright New Eastside resident Alan Goldman remembers what it was like when he got the news he had prostate cancer 12 years ago. It was during a routine physical. “My first thought was, this is the first time I was exposed to something so severe, that could a…

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(Published June 30, 2019) By Jesse Wright In June, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine unveiled the largest academic biomedical research facility in the United States. Opening ceremonies for the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center, 303 E. Super…

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(Published May, 29, 2019) By Jesse Wright The Chicago-based National Headache Foundation honored pioneering neurobiologist Eric Kandel in May as part of their annual gala fundraiser. Kandel won a Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2000 for his work showing how memories can physically alter the brain…

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(Published May, 29) Guacamole is a popular side at any barbecue. While it’s usually cooked with raw ingredients, grilling the avocado, onion, pepper, garlic and tomatoes can add a complex, smoky flavor that improves the end result. Ingredients: 1 medium red onion, skinned, cut in half 2 smal…

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(Published May, 29, 2019) By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer For grill masters and amateurs, there are several public parks and beaches that allow grilling. “Grilling must be confined to enclosed metal containers and may only take place within dedicated grilling areas,” according to the Chica…

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(Published April 30, 2019 Abhinanda Datta, Staff Writer Although April did bring snow, it is safe to say spring has finally sprung on Chicago. Just in time for spring are healthy, fun activities to get the body in shape before beach season. If ordinary 5k races are boring, here are some weir…

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(Published April 1, 2019) By Jesse Wright, Staff Writer After a long winter spent cooped up inside, getting back on the bike is the easy part. The tricky part comes before you saddle up. After a long season in a closet or storage space, most bikes need at least a small tune up. Dan Ioja, fle…

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By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer Cold months call for warm meals, and a bowl of hot soup fits the bill. Takeout soups can be cumbersome and can come with unhealthy amounts of sodium, heavy fats and starches, but when soup is made at home, it can be healthy—and be perfectly delicious. Local …

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By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer   Thanksgiving does not have to consist of the same canned cranberry sauce, cornucopia and bread stuffing every November. This year, throw out the rulebook and use these tips to augment your favorite holiday classics.   Lighter dishes Staying on the lighter …

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By Elizabeth Czapski, Staff Writer October 2, 2018 The best dental care means more than a good cleaning at Dental Professionals of Chicago. At 111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 23, Dental Professionals offers general dental services, comfort, entertainment and cosmetic procedures with a collaborati…

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By Elizabeth Czapski | Staff Writer With summer comes fishing and in the Chicago River, the fish are biting. But should people be eating them? Well, it depends on the type of fish. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, fish in Illinois waterways can be contaminated with seve…

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By Taylor Hartz | Staff Writer Get up, get out and get active with Urban Kayaks, a water sports rental company that has something for everyone. With two locations, the company offers rentals that allow patrons to cruise the river on their own or join a guided tour. In addition to the Riverwa…

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By Angela Gagnon | Staff Writer On May 20, Maggie Daley Park will once again host the Chicago Spring Half Marathon 10K and Junior Dash. The race has a new title sponsor, Byline Bank, but participants can look forward to the same exceptional race experience provided in the past. Lifetime Regi…

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By Elaine Hyde Published February 13, 2018   If you’re planning to compete in a triathlon this year, don’t let the cold prevent you from training. Get a head start by participating in an indoor triathlon. This month Lakeshore Sport & Fitness located at 211 N. Stetson Ave. will host “Mile…

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By Lakeshore Sport & Fitness Published February 12, 2018   Join us February 15th at 6pm-9pm for our Honky Tonk Singles Mixer Wear your favorite flannel shirt and straw hat, or come as you are to this fun-filled singles mixer. Enjoy complimentary scrumptious fixings created by our down-ho…

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By Nicole VandeBoom | Staff Writer November 15, 2017 Lakeshore East residents can smile confidently this year. In late November, Chicago Dental Boutique, run by dentist and Lakeshore East resident Dr. Rohi Atassi and his wife Samia Akhras, will open in The Village Market, 333 E. Benton Pl. T…

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By Miriam Finder Annenberg | Staff Writer   This September, a new type of weekly morning workout will come to The Chicago Bean in Millennium Park. F3 will offer New Eastside men a weekly opportunity to get in shape, cultivate new friendships and realize their full potential through their thr…

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If getting into shape is a goal this summer, then success could be right at your doorstep. Lake Shore East Park is home to two major exercise programs: Magellan Outdoor Summer Fitness Se- ries, powered by Unicus, and Five Star Fitness’ Signature Boot Camps. Magellan Outdoor Summer Fit- ness …

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A guide to productive debate We all have that special some- one in our lives who thinks very differently from us about politics. We may love grandma or our 20-year-old nephew, but when it comes to politics, we just don’t see eye to eye. Usually this can be handled with sprightly conver- sati…

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We all suffer trauma at some time in our lives. It may be a small trauma, such as falling in love with the boy or girl in your seventh-grade class who didn’t reciprocate your feelings. But generally we think of trauma as something big and difficult to endure: the death of a loved one, unexpe…

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Anyone in need of postsurgical rehabilitation or help with a sports injury now has a convenient treatment option in the New Eastside. On January 9, React Physical Therapy opened its fourth Chicago location at the Village Market. Franco Calabrese, PT, DPT, clinic manager, said he appreciates …

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Has your sweet teenage child turned into an assertive and aloof know-it-all? It may feel like your child has reverted to a 2-year-old — “I want what I want when I want it!” — but you can no longer simply distract her with new toys. Parents can help teenagers through this important developmen…

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Though it began as a grassroots effort in January 2010, the F^3 Lake Half Marathon has grown to accommodate thousands of hard-core running enthusiasts who don’t let a little cold weather stop them from racing 13.1 miles in Chicago — in January. This year’s F^3 Lake Half Marathon — and new 5K…

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If Streeterville resident Idong Ebong hadn’t already known about Pinstripes, he might have considered doing yoga in a bowling venue something of a stretch. “I’d never been downstairs [at Pinstripes] until I showed up for yoga, so it was nice to discover a space suitable for a large yoga clas…

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Enjoy a workout and turn life into a fairytale! Join Nora Kaitis, founder of AquaMermaid Chicago, for a unique and fun filled opportunity to learn a variety of swim techniques — while donning a sparkly mermaid tail. You’ll glide and swirl through the pool, dive down underwater, buddy up with…

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After the hubbub of Christmas has faded to a fond memory, most of us begin to think about how we want to live the next 12 months. Should we lose a few (or more) pounds? Should we focus more on our kids? Should we get more education or a new job? Budget better or earn more? The list of possib…

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Every good coach has to keep his team motivated, even in the toughest of times, like January in Chicago. In this week’s column we attempt to do just that — with an emphasis on attempt — as I realize we are indeed fighting a pretty stiff opponent here. I call it the “Jan Slam,” the post-holid…

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The Chicago Smart Lighting Project, an initiative of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT), aims to replace nearly all the city’s 290,000 “amber” streetlights with “white” energy-efficient LED lights over the next four years. The change will affect all “orange” streetlights…

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The holiday season can be stressful because of the pressure we feel from multiple sources. These pressures can be as varied as financial stress, relations with siblings or in-laws, time pressures or simply the complex experience of increased family intimacy – however your family is defined. …

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Parents, you won’t have to go far this winter to find fantastic, life-enhancing enrichment classes for your children. The North Harbor Tower fitness room hosts two classes that allow kids to sing, dance, move and pose as they learn and explore the world around them. YOGA When you first meet …

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This very touching question is perhaps the single biggest motivator to people seeking couples’ therapy.  No two people can live together for an extended time without periodic disagreements and upset.  But for too many of us, the disagreements lead to alienation that can cause a marriage to f…

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When children have conversations with us on their own terms, it can help make them feel more comfortable talking. From the perspective of clinical social workers, when we see children or teenagers in therapy we try very hard to help them experience being with us on their terms. We let them r…

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Getting to know the specific breeds of dogs that our neighbors own can help us to understand the neighborhood we live in. Urban Real Estate managing partner Matt Farrell — a New Eastside resident and loyal dog owner — places a high priority on befriending both the two- and four-legged member…

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Every year, beekeepers from the Chicago Honey Co-op collect about 1,500 pounds of sweet stuff from the hives of nearly four-dozen honeybee colonies throughout the city, including two in the Lurie Garden. They get stung along the way, but the pain is nothing compared to the reward of working …

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With temps heating up, swimming may be just the thing to help stay cool all summer. There are lots of opportunities in New Eastside to get comfortable in the water, learn water safety techniques and perfect your stroke. The British Swim School, a franchise organization that has been in opera…

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When Gloria Irwin rented a place at the Chandler three years ago, she thought it would make for great weekend getaways from her suburban Indiana home. The neighborhood — as well as her three children and her boyfriend — quickly agreed. “We love Lakeshore East because it gives such a neighbor…

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Nestled between the Maggie Daley and Peanut Parks is a small oasis known as the Bloch Cancer Survivors Garden. It is a secluded refuge where people can sit quietly to reflect upon loved ones who have suffered from cancer, ponder their own mortality or simply enjoy the majestic beauty of natu…