Monthly Archives: May 2016

Spring Treat For You!

May’s fizzing to an end, and with it comes hot weather and drowsy days. School’s not yet over, but you may want to take your kids out over the wekend, or enjoy the late Spring. Here are some ideas.   Thursday, 5-9 p.m. May 19-Aug. 25, downtown Oak Park. Around 20 Oak Park restaurants give you a variety of drinks, appetizers and desserts as special menu for eating inside or out. www.downtownoakpark.net/signature-event/thursday-night. Downers Grove Classic Car Show and band entertainment, 6-9 p.m. Fridays, May 20-Sept.2, www.downtowndg.org.Uncork Illinois Wine Festival, 1-9 p.m. May 28, Sample more than 150 wines from around 15 local wineries and dance to music as you do so. Price: $20 or $15.  www.downtownoakpark.net/signature-event/uncorkil.Barrington Art Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., May 28-29, Have a blast with art from more than 130 juried artists, live music, food and kids activities. Call 947-926-4300 or go to www.amdurproductions.com.Prairie Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-5 [...]

By |2016-05-25T14:45:46-06:00May 25th, 2016|Local Events|Comments Off on Spring Treat For You!

Starbucks brews its beer and wine in Northbrook

Families were delighted to sample  nine dollar  glasses of wine this Monday at Starbucks in Northbrook, although  some were dissatisfied with their portion. Chicago Tribune interviewed a couple, Mark and Margaret Tannenberg, and their friend who were sitting at one table.  The couple sampled their six ounces of pinot grigio. the friend thought there was too little in her wide-bottomed Starbucks Evenings stemless wine glass. Starbucks limited the portions to earn their liquor license last fall, according to Village President Sandy Frum. Starbucks has already run into problems with Seventh Day Adventists in Orlando, Florida, who first accepted, then opposed, Starbuck’s plan to serve beer and wine to its patrons near their church.  The store aims to tread warily with Northbrooks, although it’s doubtful Starbucks will  have alcohol problems there. Sandy Frum thinks the beer and wine will spark some nightlife into the dreamy area. "You can get people in [...]

By |2016-05-25T14:46:12-06:00May 20th, 2016|English Articles|Comments Off on Starbucks brews its beer and wine in Northbrook

Children Cause Income Inequality

Three weeks ago, DBF covered health research that moving to pricey neighborhoods with highly-educated populations apparently makes you live longer. About the same time, Ann Owens, a sociologist at the University of Southern California, reported that moving to pricey neighborhoods with good school districts may be the best real estate decision you can make if you have school-age children, since it betters your child’s chances in life. It has also increased income segregation in America since the 1990's. Rich and non-rich citizens are less likely to share the same neighborhood, but Owen’s research, published in the American Sociological Review, finds this has more to do with children than with other factors. She concluded that “Results indicate that children face greater and increasing stratification in neighborhood contexts than do all residents, and this has implications for growing inequalities in their future outcomes.” Owens studied income segregation patterns across the 100 largest [...]

By |2016-05-25T14:46:53-06:00May 12th, 2016|English Articles|Comments Off on Children Cause Income Inequality

Your 10 Safest Hospitals in Illinois, 2016

Illinois is 15th in the nation when it comes to  safe medical care as reported by the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization that promotes improvements in health care. Since  2012, Leapfrog tracks hospital performance across the nation twice a year with its Hospital Safety Score. The Group’s most recent 2016 rankings monitored factors in 25000 hospitals that included surgical errors, hospital staff quality, infection risk and other safety issues like patient falls and bedsores. Leapfrog then grades performance along  scale of A to F where A boasts superb patient care and F warns patient to leave hospital before doctors may kill him. Selecting the right hospital, its Newsroom reported, can reduce your risk of avoidable death by 50%. In its Spring 2016 Report, Leapfrog found a 9% higher risk of avoidable death in B hospitals, 35% higher in C hospitals, and 50% higher in D and F hospitals, than in [...]

By |2016-05-04T15:22:49-06:00May 4th, 2016|English Articles|Comments Off on Your 10 Safest Hospitals in Illinois, 2016