A City Prepares for a Warm Long-Term Forecast

CHICAGO — The Windy City is preparing for a heat wave — a permanent one. Climate scientists have told city planners that based on current trends, Chicago will feel more like Baton Rouge than a Northern metropolis before the end of this century. So, Chicago is getting ready for a wetter, steamier future. Public alleyways are being…


A Safe Haven Foundation (quick and easy ways to make a difference)

It started as so many great friendships do—in the spectator stands—cheering on their children. Kathy Wirtz’s and Carol Carroll’s sons played on the same Loyola Academy hockey team. The women cemented a powerful relationship when Carroll supported Wirtz through her divorce and alcoholism rehabilitation. Now that friendship has launched a $1 million capital campaign to help…


A Safe Haven: Alumni leave finance to help those in addiction recovery

In the early-1990s, Neli Vazquez-Rowland (BA ’85) and her husband, Brian Rowland (BBA ’89), were flourishing in the financial field. She was a successful financial advisor, managing portfolios for the wealthy. He did index arbitrage at the Chicago Board of Trade, profiting from market inefficiencies. Then the bottom fell out. Brian was addicted to alcohol….

Lyric Opera

Lyric Opera’s “Hercules” puts modern twist on soldiers’ difficulties coming home (ASHF clients identify with on-stage trauma)

A new production at the Lyric Opera of Chicago that opens tonight uses an ancient tale to explore a modern problem. It fast-forwards Handel’s “Hercules” to America, today. Hercules becomes an American general who’s returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The opera explores how difficult it can be for soldiers and their families to reconnect after war. Onstage, a…