Life at The Clare

Hobby Classes in Chicago

Pottery Class in Chicago

Why not add art or cooking classes to your bucket list? Hobby classes are wonderful in themselves but have several added benefits too! Much like crossword puzzles or sudoku, art and cooking classes stimulate the brain. Learning something new is an enjoyable way to exercise your mind. Art classes also create a new lens through … Continue reading “Hobby Classes in Chicago”

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Gold Coast Neighborhood Guide

3 Arts Club Cafe in Gold Coast Neighborhood Chicago

The Gold Coast Neighborhood, bounded by North Avenue, Lake Shore Drive, Chicago Street, and Clark Street, is a district in the northern part of Chicago’s downtown. It was founded after the 1871 Great Chicago Fire by some of the city’s wealthiest families. Today, some of Chicago’s most beautiful homes and buildings are in the Gold … Continue reading “Gold Coast Neighborhood Guide”

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Day Trips From Chicago

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore beachfront

Chicago has plenty of activities every day of the year, but don’t let that keep you from exploring outside of the city! Get in the car or hop on the train to visit some incredible cities and parks nearby. To get started, read the five essential day trips that every Chicagoan should take. View Day … Continue reading “Day Trips From Chicago”

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Top 10 Places for Bird Watching in Chicago

Humboldt Park’s historic fieldhouse/picture from City of Chicago

Top 10 Places for Bird Watching in Chicago With over 300 bird species sighted in the past 30 years, Chicago is one of the best cities to watch migratory birds in the United States. More than 200 bird species migrate through Chicago because of the city’s location on Lake Michigan. Among these are many rare … Continue reading “Top 10 Places for Bird Watching in Chicago”

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Colleges within 100 Miles of Chicago

Choosing a college isn’t easy. You’re investing thousands of dollars and trusting four influential years of life to another institution. So how do you start? If you live near Chicago, defining a radius is a great way to begin. We’ve mapped every institution of higher education accredited by the U.S. Department of Education within 100 miles of Chicago. … Continue reading “Colleges within 100 Miles of Chicago”

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The Clare Residents Changing Lives of Children Through Volunteering

Republished from an article in the Chicago Tribune on October 20, 2016 by Community Contributor Peter Brancato. “The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” This is Roger Carlson’s favorite quote. He adds, “It’s as true now as it was when it was first stated in 327 B.C. by the Greek Philosopher, … Continue reading “The Clare Residents Changing Lives of Children Through Volunteering”

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Chicago College Scholarships

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the annual cost of attending a four-year college in the United States has risen to more than $18,000 at public institutions and nearly $37,000 at private institutions. That represents a 34% increase since 2003. That’s made college scholarships more vital than ever to preserve access to higher … Continue reading “Chicago College Scholarships”

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Bea Lehman: It’s All How You Think

Republished from an article in the Chicago Tribune on April 21, 2016 by Community Contributor Peter Brancato. A retired architect, Bea Lehman now spends much of her time on her favorite hobby; ceramics. Seemingly, it would require a similar set of skills to be successful as both an artist and an architect, but Bea disagrees. … Continue reading “Bea Lehman: It’s All How You Think”

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Tallest Buildings in Chicago: A Decade-by-Decade Visualization

Ask people about the tallest buildings in Chicago, and the conversation will turn quickly to architecture. Every new high-rise faces the pressure of fitting into the city’s iconic skyline. So what did that process look like over time? In what context was each new building judged? We’ve cataloged the fifty tallest buildings in Chicago and plotted … Continue reading “Tallest Buildings in Chicago: A Decade-by-Decade Visualization”

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Iconic Pictures of Chicago: Then and Now

Chicago’s history connects closely with its architecture. Iconic buildings—large and small—shape vistas that awe visitors and comfort denizens. Over time, of course, these vistas change: New buildings reframe enduring structures, obscuring or illuminating previous seen or hidden forms. These then-and-now images tell a story about the city, from the first plat to twenty-first century skyscrapers.

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