To Ardent Center's founder, Dr. Scott Terry, a therapy session is as much about shared understanding as it is about dispensing advice. His holistic sessions center on listening, asking probing questions, although he also offers guidance tailored to the client's specific struggle.
At Ardent Center, that struggle could be anything. The practice deals with ailments from substance abuse to anxiety in individual sessions. In couples counseling and divorce therapy, meanwhile, the team focuses on relationship issues, such as whether you have met each other yet.
Chef Clarence Robinson fills plates with Louisiana-style gourmet fare at Reecee's Café, an intimate restaurant situated kitty-corner from the Morse Red Line station. Favorably featured in the New York Times, the restaurant's diverse menu of standards and specials includes dishes such as chicken and shrimp étouffée, gumbo, sweet-potato cheesecake, and beignets, served with chicory coffee.
The instructors at ACM School of Music pass the torch of musical aptitude with piano lessons and music-theory classes that kindle classical-music appreciation in a new generation. With a focus on teaching students to write their own compositions, experienced musicians explain the rudiments of the form, from a piece's first quarter note to its adolescent experimentation with mixed-meter phrases to its emergence as a full-grown adult arrangement. The school's resident ensemble, Palomar, breathes life into contemporary compositions with an annual concert series. As a nonprofit driven by the goal to expand the cohort of composers and audience members, ACM also facilitates educational initiatives in local schools and offers programming to Boys & Girls Clubs.
This historic art-deco theater books a diverse mix of live entertainment, and its comedy lineup is no different. Audiences might drop by to see Marc Maron do stand-up or to hear regular people reading their hilarious real-life diary entries in the cult hit show Mortified. Drinks and burgers can be ordered from the onsite pub.
Cherie Schrader believes in capturing the small moments. The Columbia College grad places herself in the thick of the action as she snaps pictures to last a lifetime, offering posing suggestions and helping her clients feel free to be themselves. She shoots kids, weddings, pinups, and portraits, catching quick smiles, loving looks, and quiet milestones with professionalism and friendliness throughout the Chicagoland area.
A full-service tailor and dry cleaner, Tanya Tailor keeps garments clean and tackles tailoring projects from simple hem adjustments to made-to-measure suits and gowns. The team of seamstresses is also skilled in household fabrics, creating custom window treatments and bedding, or reupholstering worn-out furniture.