Bus Trip: Schweikher-Langsdorf Home & Studio

Friday, September 18, 2015, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM. $45.00.

Hop aboard our bus as we visit one of Illinois' hidden architectural gems, architect Paul Schweikher's 1938 home and studio sited on 7.5 acres in Schaumburg. An organic integration of eastern and western sensibilities, Mid-century Modern before such a term existed, we'll tour the home, including its Japanese garden, then enjoy the included lunch catered by Elegante Cuisine.


Read More

125 True Stories of Amazing Pets

“Paw through these pages and find 125 of National Geographic Kids’ favorite true tales of animal heroes, silly tricks, spoiled-rotten critters, and even pets that have pets of their own.”


Read More

Writing in the Margins: Fall 2015

It seems like almost every store has a loyalty program. There are some good ones out there. I am a fan of the Ulta and Sephora loyalty programs. Fannie Schmoe’s Bakery has offered a punch card that rewards customers after so many visits. However, the issue with many loyalty programs is that they track your purchases. Author Cory Doctorow has called this “putting a premium on privacy.” In other words, discounts are only offered when you agree to disclose some of your personal information.


Read More

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep

The author of the self-published picture book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep promises that it will put your children to sleep, and many tired parents are willing to try anything.


Read More

My Dog Is the Best by Laurie Ann Thompson

What could be more enchanting than the relationship between a child and their beloved pet? My Dog Is the Best is a tale of unconditional love that’s accented by simplistic illustrations, leaving readers with that warm and fuzzy feeling that’s so dear to any pet owners’ heart.


Read More

Polish Heritage: In America

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 3:00 PM.

This month we will discuss In America by Susan Sontag, a kaleidoscopic true story of Polish actress Helena Modjeska, her arrival in California in 1876, and her ascendancy to American stardom.


Read More

Refused: The Shape of Punk to Come

Like last week's recommended band, Veruca Salt, this week's band released a new record after nearly 20 years apart. The members of the Swedish hard-core quartet Refused put aside their differences for a reunion tour, ultimately leading to the release of Freedom, a record that unfortunately fails to capture the excitement of the 1998 classic, The Shape of Punk to Come.


Read More

Bus Trip: Sights of the City

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. $25.00.

Visit the Green City Farmer's Market. Shop for specialty foods from local producers and buy lunch. Take time to visit Lincoln Park Zoo or the Conservatory and then meet at the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum for a guided tour, including the Butterfly Room and the Wilderness Walk.


Read More

Veruca Salt: Ghost Notes

After about 17 years of changing line-ups, the original members of mid-90's, Chicago rockers, Veruca Salt have come together with "hatchets buried, axes exhumed" to release a new album.


Read More

Bus Trip: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Goodman Theatre

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 12:30 PM - 6:00 PM. $45.00.

Join us for the Chicago debut of Christopher Durang's hilarious Tony winning play at the Goodman Theatre. Aging siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home where they bicker and complain about their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike to throw her woebegone family deeper into midlife crisis.


Read More

When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning

When Hitler launched his war he didn’t merely launch one of tanks and planes, he also launched one of ideas. With Mein Kampf he began a campaign called total war, designed to take over not just the city and the body, but the mind as well.  By the time the United States entered the war, the Nazis had banned and burned over 100 million books.


Read More