Category Archives: Recommended Reads

New Buildings Changing Chicago Skyline

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In the last week, several new skyscrapers were announced  by leading architects.  Chicago CURBED  reports, The economy has rebounded and the real estate market is red hot with people starting to buy homes again and developers proposing new tower projects for the downtown area. Major companies are moving back to the city from suburban campuses and Chicago’s talent pool continues to expand at an exponential rate. Many of the downtown projects proposed in the last couple of years have been for new hotels and apartment towers, however there are a handful of very ambitious skyscrapers that if built, could forever change city’s skyline.    READ THE FULL STORY  HERE

PLUS  A year ago when we first put together our first list of the highrises under construction in Chicago, we were stoked that they totaled 14 towers. The number then increased to 18 earlier this year. Today, that number is now 21. There are twenty one highrises currently under construction across the city, which include new hotels, office towers, apartments, and even a couple of condominium projects.  READ THE FULL STORY  HERE.

 

 

 

Mothers Day Contest

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Countdown to Mother’s Day!

Very seldom in life do we meet people with such amazing gifts that we are left stunned. Earnestine Robinson is one of those rare people. She is able to create music so intricate, many consider it impossible to do without a background in music. Despite no formal music training, with her faith and family, she rises from humble southern roots to become an unlikely composer of classical music that takes her all the way to Carnegie Hall and to a world premiere in Europe.

Earnestine does not question her source. She trusts God to guide her and just continues to create extraordinary music that has taken her all the way to Carnegie Hall three times.
While some stories are interesting and others explore and push the reader to think, it is usually the inspirational stories that touch the soul. Her book “Driven by Faith” is a “must-read” for anyone who has struggled to answer the question, “Why am I here?”

Earnestine’s gift is more than just creating some of the most beautiful music you will ever hear. It’s also about family, faith and giving back. To this end, Earnestine and her family are holding a contest, one that could include you and your mother.

Join us for this very unique “Countdown to Mother’s Day!”

1. Submit in 500 words or less your special Mother’s Day story.It can be funny, sentimental, bold or all of these and more. Submit HERE.

2. Each day, prior to Mother’s Day, come back and share special thoughts you have on the upcoming special day on Earnestine’s timeline on Facebook.

3. Share your thoughts with all your friends.

The first 100 people to actively post on Earnestine’s timeline will win the opportunity to participate in a special live, online Earnestine Robinson Master Class. She will discuss and take questions on how to find your purpose and the role of faith in reaching your destiny.

On Mother’s Day, three winners will be chosen and each receive a $100 gift card from Amazon and a copy of Earnestine’s book “Driven By Faith”. Each of the stories will be posted on Earnestine’s Facebook page.

Make this your best Mother’s Day ever!

Rae Lewis-Thornton – Diva Living with AIDS

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Educated, attractive, assertive and ambitious are just a few of the words used to describe Rae Lewis-Thornton. In 1986, during a routine blood drive visit at a Washington D.C. Red Cross, Rae received news of another word that would soon be used to describe her health and future. At the tender age of 23, Rae Lewis-Thornton was diagnosed HIV Positive.
 
Despite her present day status of having full-blown AIDS (ACQUIRED Immune-deficiency Syndrome), Rae Lewis-Thornton leads her own unending crusade to educate and challenge young and old audiences to take control of their own bodies, futures and health. Rae uses her life as an example that AIDS is a non-discriminatory disease. She challenges the most common myths and stereotypes surrounding who and how one can become infected with the HIV virus that most often results in AIDS and death. In doing this, she incorporates her own oratory skills, personal experiences and unyielding honesty to create and disseminate her critical and deadly message of her own day by day, personal destruction by AIDS.
Rae uses all forms of media to convey her message. In less than a year Rae Lewis-Thornton has made her mark in Social Media. She is the recipient of the British Academy Golden Tweet Award in Public Service for 2010 and The 2011 CBS Chicago Most Valuable Blogger in Medical, Health and Fitness. She uses Twitter effectively to continue her crusade to educate, reduce the spread of HIV, as well as to challenge stigma and shame around HIV/AIDS. She held the first HIV/AIDS Tweet-up in the US in July 2010 and is now taking her Tweet-up’s nationwide. In December 2010 Rae organized a Twitter Book Club, RLT Reads. Along with Twitter, she uses both of her Facebook pages as a daily platform to educate both on HIV/AIDS generally and her personal struggle of living and managing HIV/AIDS.
Rae Lewis Thornton’s gift is to help people get passed their pain and live a healthy balanced life. For the past 19 years she’s done that through speaking, press interviews, tv, radio, print and most recently in her blog. In January 2012 she is expanding her work by giving people the opportunity to have her expertise one on one through life coaching RLT Inspiration. The areas of life coaching are confidence, balance and relationships. RLT Inspiration will utilize her life experience and her seminary training. She received a Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2003. She was licensed as minister over 12 years ago. Rae has done her PhD studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Rae graduated Manga Cum Laude graduate from Northeastern Illinois University. Rae is very proud to have received the 2011 Distinguished Alumnae Award from  her alma-mater Northeastern as well as, deliver the 2011 Commencement Address. Rae  has received  literally hundreds of awards  for her work in HIV/AIDS in the last eighteen years – and I encourage you to check out her blog DIVA LIVING WITH AIDS!

Shy Town Girls Book Signing! November 19th

You’re Invite to the Shy Town Girls Champagne Book Signing!


When: Tuesday November 19

 Time: 6-8 p.m.

Where: Viktoria’s Closet Boutique: 2482 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60614 

 

Come meet and mingle with Katie Leimkuehler author of the new book series Shy Town Girls

(Shy Town Girls is a romance novel series about four 

shy yet brave young working women in Chicago.)

Enjoy champagne and deserts while shopping at one of the hottest boutique’s in Lincoln park!

RSVP to this event!

Networking is Dead by Melissa G Wilson and Larry Mohl

Networking is Dead By Melissa G Wilson and Larry Mohl

Do you go to networking events with a pocket full of business cards
and hand them out with your elevator pitch in hopes of generating a
couple of leads?

Do you meet people at trade shows or seminars and
hand out a few more, figuring maybe they have a friend of a friend who
might be interested in what you offer?

And how well does that usually turn out?

I
don’t know about you, but I have literally hundreds of business cards
(all neatly stored in cases and folios) for people I’ve met at Chamber
of Commerce events, social gatherings, meetups and any number of
“meet-and-greets”. And I’ve never worked with a single one.

It’s
not that I didn’t need insurance. Or my carpet cleaned. Or a party
planned. Or a massage. It’s just that I couldn’t possibly tell you who,
in that massive pile of dead trees, is who.

If that sounds like
you, you may be relieved to hear that networking is dead… at least in
the traditional mind-numbing way that we’ve been taught to think about
it.

You may also be relieved to hear that the new networking is less painful and results in more business.

Want to know how it’s done?

Then you’ll want to read this book.

A Tale Of Two Chicago Networkers 

Networking is Dead By Melissa G Wilson and Larry Mohl

The intriguing thing about this book is that it’s fiction.

Instead
of the usual business book that talks at you like a grad school
lecture, this one is told as the story of two individuals who want to
boost their networking power.

One is a bit shy and doesn’t have a
lot of connections. One is outgoing and has a whole lot of connections.
Neither is generating any business.

When they’re introduced to a professional networker – correction, someone who knows how to help people make connections that matter – they learn how to do just that.

I
had the chance to ask the authors why they chose to tell this story as a
fable instead of writing a traditional business book and this is what
they said:


Read more at Web Search Social


BUY THE BOOK

BULLY Movie is Must See – For Parents and Kids

The powerful documentary 

BULLY is now on Blu-ray & DVD! 

 

 

  “The Most Important Film of the Year.”

– Marlo Thomas, Huffington Post

 

 “This movie really does have the power to save lives.”

– Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle


$10 at AMAZON!  

Bully

From
Sundance Award-winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, comes a beautifully
cinematic, character-driven documentary following five kids and families
over the course of a school year.  Offering insight into different
facets of America’s bullying crisis, the stories include two families
who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her
14-year-old daughter, who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on
her school bus.  With an intimate and often shocking glimpse into homes,
classrooms, cafeterias and principals’ offices, BULLY is a powerful and inspiring film that every educator, parent and teenager should see.

 

 

Make a difference.  

Join the movement.  

Learn more about BULLY at: www.thebullyproject.com

4 Local Female Authors are SHY TOWN GIRLS

A  group of four women authors
in Chicago were looking to share their  best tips on
the collaborative publishing process with you! 

Four Shy Girls

Four Big Dreams

One Awesome City

Novel 1 in the Shy-Town Girls 4- Book Series

SHY TOWN GIRLS!

When beautiful, but shy 24-year-old, Bobbie Bertucci, arrives at her
new digs, an elegant brownstone in Chicago’s historic Gold Coast
neighborhood, she has no idea what her new life will be like. Between
balancing her job as a modeling agent and escaping a bad relationship,
she’s hit rock bottom.

But things change when she moves into the same building as her close
friend Meryl. Additionally, her two new twenty-something roommates, Ivy
and Ella, help bring Bobbie out of her shell. Barbara, landlady and
mother-hen of the house, watches out for the girls while sharing sage
advice.

Bobbie, Meryl, Ivy, and Ella, all variations of shy girls, brave the
city of Chicago together, forming a powerful bond of friendship. Their
nighttime roof deck conversations over glasses of wine instigate
laughter and even some tears.

Bobbie takes a bold step to redesign her life completely to ensure
she doesn’t fall into the romantic trap she fell into before. But
there’s a new suitor in the picture, and she will have to decide between
an old flame or a new one, taking a risk, something hard for any
girl–even harder for a shy girl.

We’re passionate about
writing and creating a technique that you can learn to use yourself or
with other writing partners.

Listen to a recent interview
with all four authors to learn how we got started on down this writing
path. We hope you’ll gain some valuable insights on writing, publishing
and marketing your own books and products. You’ll get to know each
author individually as we’ll write from our own perspectives and share
our own experiences.

Feel free to contact us for collaboration and speaking opportunities, to talk to your book club or just a drop us a line to say hello!

Sign up now to get free updates on that latest publishing techniques and best practices for writing!”



Hermene Hartmans The Barack Book

How cool is this?
 Fund this new book, The Barack Book, for a $25 pledge, and you get a copy of the book, when it comes in November!

It’s like putting your order in advance now – and helping bring this very awesome book to the marketplace.

In
2012 many books will be published on President Obama as he comes up for
reelection. 

Hermene
Hartman, Bob Starks, and Derrick Baker have a unique perspective on the
man.  They were there from the beginning.  And Barack is their friend. 

As
the long-time publisher of N’DIGO, a weekly targeted at Chicago’s black
middle class, Hartman was the first to cover the young, black Chicagoan
rising in the political ranks.  First he was her friend, then he became
an Illinois senator, and then the President Obama we all know today.
 Hartman and colleagues Starks and Baker recognized the political
potential of Mr. Obama early on and since 2003 have covered him from a
unique black Chicago perspective.


If
you have supported Obama from the beginning, now is your chance to
remain involved in spreading the man’s worldwide significance via The Barack Book.

Getting books published or movies made is a tough business these days.  Artists and writers are taking it upon themselves, to get their own seed money, to bring their products to the marketplace.

This trio  of writers  are using Kickstarter to fund the creation of The Barack Book  and need your involvement to help cement President Obama’s legacy.  They have less than 3 weeks to raise the $15,000 needed to get this project off this ground. And if you pledge $25 – you will get a copy of the hardcover book, when it comes out this November. If you can pledge more, there are  even more incentives!

Please help fund this very important book from Chicago, on Barack Obama.


OPEN BOOKS Voted Most Beautiful Bookstore in Chicago




Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that operates an extraordinary bookstore, provides community programs, and mobilizes passionate volunteers to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond.


This is an amazing venture!  And they  host  events at their literacy community center and all over town to spread the word about our mission and meet other book lovers.


It’s been called “the most beautiful bookstore in Chicago,” and it holds more than 50,000 donated books for sale to help support our literacy mission. Come visit!


213 W. Institute Pl.    Chicago, IL 60610

Monday – Saturday     10am – 7pm
Sunday      12noon – 6pm

Join their newsletter and find out about private events!

Stop by and donate – or shop – or volunteer!



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Chicago Area Poetry Foundation and Events




The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary
organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.


Celebrating nearly 100 YEARS!!  When Harriet Monroe founded Poetry magazine in 1912, she wrote that her publication was “a modest effort to give to poetry her own place.” Now, nearly one hundred years later, poetry quite literally has that place. Opened to the public in June 2011, the  building houses a public garden, a 30,000-volume library, an exhibition gallery, the Poetry Foundation’s programming offices—including the offices of Poetry magazine—and provides new space for the Foundation’s extensive roster of public programs and events.  –  Their building on Superior is a MUST  SEE.  

 


Upon receipt of a major gift from philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the Poetry Foundation was established in 2003, evolving from the Modern Poetry Association, which was founded in 1941. The Poetry Foundation is one of the largest literary foundations in the world.


The Poetry Foundation works to raise poetry to a more visible and influential position in American culture. Rather than celebrating the status quo, the Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry. In the long term, the Foundation aspires to alter the perception that poetry is a marginal art, and to make it directly relevant to the American public.



61 West Superior Street    Chicago, IL 60654

Building Hours: 11AM – 4PM


Garden Hours: 9AM – 5PM


Library Hours: See library information for details