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Anna Carlson

Originally from the Chicago area, I am an experienced writer and editor who now calls Nashville home.

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Year in Review: A Look Back at Better Chicago's 2019

2019 was a big year here at Better Chicago. In May, after 12 years as Make It Better, we became, simply, Better and launched a new website and redesigned print magazine. And just last month, we introduced you to our new president, Jessica Cline.

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30 of the Best Things to Do in Chicago This September

A new season is here, and with it comes a variety of can't-miss events, including Kohl Children's Museum's Fall Family Festival, Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Festival, the American Craft Exposition, Chicago Gourmet, and World Dumpling Fest.

One-on-One With Best-Selling Author Emily Giffin

Emily Giffin, the New York Times best-selling author of "Something Borrowed" and "The One & Only," is back with "First Comes Love," a tale of two sisters still dealing with a family tragedy from years ago and questioning the choices they've made in life.

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Julianna Zobrist Talks Moving to Chicago and Her New Album

Before the first pitch of the Chicago Cubs game on Memorial Day, all eyes were on Julianna Zobrist , a Christian pop singer and the wife of Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist , as she sang "God Bless America" and the national anthem for the first time at Wrigley Field.

Raising Kids to Be Money Geniuses (and Give Back Too)

Parents, it's time to talk about money. "Parents know they have to talk about sex, they have to talk about drugs, they have to talk about alcohol, but money is one of those that we all probably feel we can slide by without talking about it," Beth Kobliner says.

5 Things to Expect When You're Adopting

Mary Ostyn has 10 kids, six of whom have been adopted. The author of "Forever Mom: What to Expect When You're Adopting" and her husband, John, adopted two boys from Korea and four girls from Ethiopia, and they're one of many families in the U.S. who have adopted.