Your Week in Awesome XXVI by Julie Schumacher


Till School's Open House on Thursday is must for anyone interested in the future of design education.

Did you make Kelly's kale, farro, charred onions and red pear salad? Yum.

At both of Baker Miller's locations you can take part in their Pay It Forward Wall. What a fantastic idea. Go grab a ToastCard and get to giving.

This week marks the return of Soup and Bread. Every Wednesday through March join Slow Food Chicago at the Hideout to sup and support a local food pantry.

Learn more about mindful meditation with AHIMSA's Dale Johnson at the Sugar Beet Coop on Wednesday

Want to eat more organic food but worried about your budget? Join the Sugar Beet Coop on Sunday to learn how to pull it off.


Lisa of Step Brightly shares 4 Steps to Setting Smarter Goals. Get started!

Design*Sponge shares 40 black artists, designers, chefs and entrepreneurs to be inspired by, including Patrice Perkins of Creative Genius Law.

How do you use your Golden Hours? Taylor of Jubilant shares why her mornings matter.

No surprise Sunday Dinner Club made the Thrillist list of best Chicago secret supper clubs. It's no secret we lurve them.

Bangtel's got a buying guide to more interesting home.

Bryn McCoy of Threadless shares how design love will break your heart and why that's ok.

See you next week!

Chocolate Ombre Two Ways by Julie Schumacher

Even if there were fruits and berries a-plenty, ripe for picking and baking, I'd still want to serve chocolate. Always. There were  a few cakes with ombre on the inside that look delicious but I knew there was a perfect berry cake a-coming so I wanted something that would be ombre-on-the-outside.

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There is no such thing as work / life balance, we just get moments. by Lisa Guillot

Let's not fool ourselves, there is no such thing as a work / life balance for working mothers. It's a tired old story, so why do we keep asking the question? Instead of balance, what if we were only allowed small moments, like a 2 minute song, and that's all we get until our kids are in kindergarten? If that was the case, and we all recognized that's it, I think our expectations will be set in reality, at least until kindergarten, which for me is in 2018.

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Sip on this: Social Enjoyments, a sparkling sake minus the hangover by Katie Kenney

Today we're featuring our beverage of choice come Friday 5 o'clock (sometimes other days that end in -y too) - SOCIAL Enjoyments and founder Leah Caplanis. With write-ups from Crain's and Spoon University, if you haven't heard of these cocktails-in-a-can yet or seen them in bars around Chicago, like Benchmark, Untitled or the Trump, you will soon. Leah served up some SOCIAL at our winter holiday party at Firehouse Chicago and had us all buzzing, literally, about how great the cocktails were. 

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