Over dinner, Chicago residents connect with homeless

Vikki Ortiz Healy •
Chicago Tribune
an empty restaurant table

At a trendy restaurant in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, diners sat at a table near the front window and chatted casually over drinks. To someone looking in from the busy stretch of Broadway, the dinner party looked like any other group of friends grabbing a bite after work. But these unlikely dinner companions — a homeless


6 ways to make the most of your charitable giving

RFC, Eric Mattinson, Investment Adviser Representative, and Semmax Financial Group Inc. •

I often talk about how my family has shaped me into the man I am today. One set of grandparents got me started on saving and understanding finances; they purchased mutual funds for me when I was young, and even got me a subscription to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. My other grandparents taught me a


The Mural Building: City Year


Our current mural highlights City Year, an organization that works to combat the external factors and obstacles that interfere with Chicago students reaching their full potential. The organization has identified three warning signs that indicate a student is at risk of dropping out: poor attendance, disruptive behavior and course failure in math and English. City