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Elysabeth Alfano


The Bristol's Strength: The Chef Chris Pandel Difference

Elysabeth Alfano | November 20, 2014 | Chicago
Filming in Chris Pandel's kitchen at The Bristol for the upcoming Dinner Party was just plain fun. Relaxed and unassuming, Pandel just might be one of the best chefs in Chicago. Like the majority of our city's top chefs, Pandel believes in utilizing small farms. As he notes, "You...
Rev. Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell

Ferguson in Context

Rev. Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell | November 20, 2014 | Politics
Whether or not Darren Wilson is indicted for his behavior in those 90 seconds, American society as a whole bears indictment for those four hours and thirty-two minutes. That level of disregard for black life cannot be attributed to the actions of one police officer.
Robert Bullen


The Sun Does Come out in This Delightful Annie Tour

Robert Bullen | November 20, 2014 | Chicago
Kids and animals onstage in a daffy and heartwarming musical comedy? Depending on whom you talk to, this could either be a horror show or a holiday delight.
David M. Kennedy

Getting Beyond Ferguson

David M. Kennedy | November 20, 2014 | Politics
Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a groundbreaking initiative to take on one of the most damaging social problems facing the nation: the strained and often broken relationship between many communities and law enforcement. It is time, and past time.
Arianna Huffington


Yassou From Athens: Introducing HuffPost Greece

Arianna Huffington | November 20, 2014 | Media
As The Huffington Post has expanded around the world, I have used this space to introduce each of our new international editions. But none of the announcements I've made has had as much significance for me personally as what I have to share today: the launch of The Huffington Post in my native Greece, in collaboration with 24MEDIA, Greece's largest digital media publisher. For me, this is the ultimate homecoming, not only because this is where I and my accent were born but because HuffPost is very firmly rooted in a Greek tradition of bringing people together and facilitating interesting conversations. When we began our international expansion more than three years ago, I knew that one day HuffPost's own odyssey (to borrow from one of my compatriots) would lead us to Greece. And I couldn't be happier that that day has finally come.
Bechara Choucair, M.D.


Chicago Health Disparities Persist But Can Be Stopped

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | November 20, 2014 | Healthy Living
We need more communities where making the "healthy choice" is the easy choice. Chicago is leading the nation in creating healthy communities, but we still have a long way to go.
Ken Reed


Cubs' Rizzo Baseball Humanitarian of the Year

Ken Reed | November 19, 2014 | Sports
As Branch Rickey once said, "It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind." Anthony Rizzo is all-in with that sentiment.
Jennifer Small

Tips for Inviting a Chef and His Family Over for Dinner

Jennifer Small | November 19, 2014 | Taste
How scary could it really be to cook for someone that loves Top Ramen?
Reboot Illinois


Illinois' Smoking Laws Aren't Stopping Lung Cancer as Well as They Could

Reboot Illinois | November 19, 2014 | Chicago
Illinois has the 22nd-highest rate of lung cancer in the country, according to a new study by WalletHub.
Matthew Dietrich


The Epic Illinois Treasurer's Race Finally Comes to a Close

Matthew Dietrich | November 19, 2014 | Chicago
With the count of absentee and provisional ballots the lead switched from Republican Tom Cross by a few hundred votes to Democrat Michael Frerichs by a few thousand votes in a day. Cross condeded to Frerichs Wednesday.
Elysabeth Alfano


Actor John Mahoney Hosts the Auditorium Theatre's 125th Gala Celebration

Elysabeth Alfano | November 19, 2014 | Chicago
We are our history, are we not? On December 9, the Auditorium Theatre celebrates its 125th Anniversary with a gala dinner and star-studded performance, hosted by actor, John Mahoney. Looking back, what kind of city would Chicago be if it didn't have the Auditorium Theatre?
Monique Brunson Jones


Want to Stop Domestic Violence? Start Early

Monique Brunson Jones | November 18, 2014 | Chicago
We need to help young people make healthy choices and engage in healthy activities. This means investing in programs that encourage safe and age appropriate exploration of health and sexuality, making such programs accessible to all of our city's children and youth.
Reboot Illinois


Fact: There Is Much to Learn About Illinois Charter Schools

Reboot Illinois | November 18, 2014 | Chicago
Despite the 148 charter schools in Illinois, many residents of the state don't fully understand what they stand for or what they do. There are more charter schools in Chicago and Rockford than the rest of the state, but many rules govern charter schools throughout the state.
Amanda Hanley


12* Powerful Climate Allies That GOP Denier Leaders Can't Ignore

Amanda Hanley | November 19, 2014 | Green
Climate action has been gaining momentum and powerful allies are increasingly making the case to cut carbon. And I'm not just talking about a bunch of granola-eating, tree-huggers. Let me remind you of the diverse coalition that is calling for climate action.
Arianna Huffington


From Hypnos to the Heavenly Bed: A Brief History of Sleep

Arianna Huffington | November 18, 2014 | Healthy Living
Though the need for sleep has been a constant throughout human history, how we feel about it has gone through dramatic changes over the years. We're now in the process of renewing our estranged relationship, especially as science, in the last two decades or so, has validated much of the ancient wisdom about the importance of sleep. Now that we have the means to get, relative to most of human history, the most unprecedentedly blissful sleep ever, we should allow ourselves to enjoy it. We live in a time in which we're plugged in and hyperconnected, often from the moment we wake up until the instant we drift off. Let's savor and safeguard sleep, not just for its performance benefits but for the special way it allows us to connect with ourselves. During the daytime technology allows us to travel across distance and space, but during the nighttime our dreams allow us to travel across time, spanning and connecting different parts of ourselves, allowing our senses of intuition and wisdom to flourish.
Matthew Dietrich


Shaw: Illinois' Freedom of Information Act Must Remain Functional to Uncover Instances of Corruption

Matthew Dietrich | November 18, 2014 | Chicago
Ever since Illinois rewrote and bolstered its Freedom of Information Act in 2010, government officials of all stripes have done their best to chip away at it. Such is the case with a bill vetoed this year by Gov. Pat Quinn.
Andy Plesser


(VIDEO) AOL Presents iJustine In Chicago: the Beet Video Summit w/ McDonald's,Target, Digitas, Havas and SMG

Andy Plesser | November 18, 2014 | Chicago
iJustine, a pioneering  innovator  in the Web originals space will headlining a two hour video summit on the emerging medium of digital video. Also participating will be  brand marketers  from McDonald's and Target and media agency execs from Digitas, Havas and Starcom MediaVest Justine will speak...
DeRay Mckesson

An Open Letter From Ferguson Protestors and Allies

DeRay Mckesson | November 18, 2014 | Black Voices
Nonviolent direct action is a necessary, vital, and wholly American tool in forcing meaningful, permanent, transformative action from our leaders and fellow citizens. We are not concerned if this inconveniences you. Dead children are more than an inconvenience.
Joseph Erbentraut


5 Powerful Lessons From 3 Incredible Women at the Chicago Humanities Festival

Joseph Erbentraut | November 17, 2014 | Books
The Chicago Humanities Festival sold an estimated 36,000 tickets to its packed lineup of 112 events this year. These were the takeaways from talks featuring the fearless trio of Anjelica Huston, Marjane Satrapi and Patti Smith.
Matthew Dietrich


Illinois' Split Government Might Just Work

Matthew Dietrich | November 17, 2014 | Chicago
While Illinois House Speaker Rep. Michael Madigan can seem like a formidable figure in state politics, Rich Miller of Capitol Fax believes that he and Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner can work together to govern competently.
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