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SPRINGAT LAST One Year Later.... Featuring stories of triumph and perseverance during what has been an unprece-dented time, this month we are celebrating the renewed vibrance of our community and those who make it such a special place to live, work and play. It’s been one year since businesses were shut down, schools were closed, and life as we knew it was suddenly turned upside down. Some local shops and restaurants were forced to close permanately due to the uncertainty of the marketplace, while others operated minimally. Many residents were instructed to work from home, while they taught their children via eLearning. It was a time most of us will never, ever forget. Though the effects of the 2020 pandemic will be felt by many for years and decades to come, and even as it contiunes to linger on, this Spring offers much hope as our community starts to blossom again. Our cover feature highlights Resilient Small Business Owners–each with a unique story to share. From trusting the power of positvity to being taught new les-sons along the way, each featured local area entreprenuer speaks from the heart as they give us an inside look into their journey this past year. Our 10 Trends Adding to Downtown Vitality features unique happenings in favorited downtown areas through-out the western suburbs, while our 7 Spectacular Places Reshaping the Community feature highlights valuable resources for residents and business owners. Thank you for reading this special issue, we value your reeadership and your viewership. We love local! We know local!  Lindy Kleivo Publishing Director, West Suburban Area ‘Working Remote’ Selfie, May 2020 While Wearing Her Favorite Shirt APRIL 20215 Hello From Glancer Magazine 7 5 Things to Do 8 COVER Resilient Business Owners Share 24 10 Trends Adding to Downtown Vitality 26 Downtown Naperville–Be In The Mix! 28 Unique In Suburbia: Mistwood Golf Dome 29 New to Downtown Downers Grove 30 Dining & Cocktails 32 Trendy Traveler: An Authentic Dude Ranch 34 Moms Little Black Book: Paintball! 35 Home Decor Hot Spot, Trend + Relic 36 West Suburban VIP: A Glen Ellyn Artist 37 Million Dollar Listing: Wheaton 40 Home Design & Decor 41 Meet the Design Team at Nona Jo’s 42 Literary Local: Crushing the Competition 43 Susan Colella, Naperville Real Estate 44 To Give, To Inspire: Giving I/T Futures 45 Meet Penny O’Brien of Naperville 46 Earth Day: Celebrate In Oswegoland 48 Fitness First: Local Experts Share 50 Kid Stuff: Springtime Fun for Every Age 52 Summer Days: Camps, Programs & Fun! 60 Boutique Essentials 62 Prom Time! 30% Off Select Dresses 66 7 Spectacular ListTABLE OF CONTENTST E A M   G L A N C E R PUBLISHER Glancer Magazine, Inc. PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Lindy Kleivo EDITORIAL | Print + Digital Kristen Kucharski Columnist / Writer Mindy Kyle Columnist / Writer Brianna Bartemeyer Features Writer SALES / MARKETING Lindy Kleivo Publishing Director PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Catuara Features Photographer P U B L I C A T I O N S GLANCER MAGAZINE A West Suburban Chicago Lifestyle Magazine Featuring the Best of West Suburban Chicago for Communities In DuPage, Kane & Kendall GLANCERMAGAZINE.COM A Hyper-Local Daily Features Site Highlighting On Trend Stories for Communities In DuPage, Kane & Kendall GLANCER GO-TO GUIDE Highlighting Local On Trend Events + Deals for For Communities In DuPage, Kane & Kendall C O N T A C T  U S EDITORIAL Press Releases, Local Events, Community News ADVERTISING Digital Advertising + Local Marketing Solutions SUBSCRIPTIONS Monthly Download + Daily Digital www.glancermagazine.comGlancer Magazine, highlighting the best of DuPage, Kane & Kendall Counties, is produced by Glancer Magazine, Inc. Glancer Magazine, You’ve Been Glanced and the Glancer logo are registered trademarks of Glancer Mag-azine, Inc. All rights reserved. Magazine re-production in whole or in part is strictly prohibited. APRIL 2021 | Vol 19 Spring At Last! One year later– featuring stories of triumph and perseverance for businesses during what has been an unprecedented time, this month we are celebrating the renewed vi-brance of our community and the resilient residents, business owners and com-munity leaders who make it such a special place to live, work and play. Subscribe today for daily, weeky and monthly updates at ©Copyright 2021 All Rights Reserved Glancer Magazine, Inc. Glancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 5AAPPRRIILL 22002211

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forwardMOVINGLocal Business Owners Share On Resiliency One Year Later by Kristen Kucharski Photos by Mike CatuaraCOVER STORY8 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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To create as close to an in-store experience as possible, Autumn-began offering an evening and morning Instagram live series called Thursdays w/The Collective and Coffee Clutch w/The Collective. “This is where I could feature and describe various products and even feature guest appearances from some of our makers and artisans that we carry,” she says. “Even now that we are open, we also continue to offer personal shopping appoint-ments after hours and by video call. Autumn credits her supportive customers; her family and dear friends; long work hours; a lot of tears; strong prayer; and meditation for her personal and professional survival this past year. She believes in small businesses and supports local at her favorite restaurants such as NWB (great burgers and bourbon), Meson Sabika for tapas, and Bien Trucha for Mexican. All in all, Autumn lives and breathes in the belief that we all have the ability and responsibility to leave the world a little better than we found. -Kristen Kucharski, Photos by Mike Catuara COVER STORYGlancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 11

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NAPERVILLE/OSWEGO–Even a business that has been opened since 1972 and running strong was not immune to the complete shutdown from March 22 through May 29, 2020 - only offering limited retail sales by delivery. Oswego resident, Ashley Smith had worked at Elegante Salon and Day Spa in Naperville, servicing hair, nail, and skin-care for men and women since 2009 prior to taking ownership in 2017. She wasn’t new to the industry and was seasoned for the traditional highs and lows of any busi-ness, but this was something she could have never anticipated. “I was glad I was always of the mindset to plan for the worst even if you didn’t think that would ac-tually happen,” she says. “Planning for a rainy day will forever be instilled in my practice.” Patience, optimism, and empathy have been ingrained in Ashley since birth, so even on her most difficult days, she always tries to find the positive take away and silver lining. “I believe positivity produces positivity,” she adds. During the shutdown, she rallied the team to keep in frequent contact and encouraged quality time with family members. She also met with fel-low salon owners once a week via Zoom which facilitated purposeful talks to share their struggles and validate they were not alone. One year later, Ashley is grateful for her loyal guests and ensures their ultimate safety. Her stylists have kept en vogue and are able to provide new techniques such as curtain bangs, as well as trending spa services such as microblading and per-manent makeup. Forever appreciating the time had during the lockdown with her partner Jason, his two children, her three siblings, their spouses, her niece and nephews, Ashley ensures they remain a top priority in her daily life. -Kristen Kucharski, Photos by Mike CatuaraAshley SmithSalon & Spa Owner Shares How She Navigated the Tough Waters this Past YearCOVER STORYGlancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 13

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GENEVA/SUGAR GROVE–Jacqueline, her sister Nikki, and their mom Mary own Cafe & Barr and Love Theory Bridal Shop in Geneva. The café, which opened in June 2019, was Jacqueline’s dream and the impact of COVID-19 hit them hard. “Being a new business and just starting to get into things it was truly out of left field,” she says. “We quickly scrambled to get stuff going, utilizing our neighbors, and trying to stay afloat with gift baskets, and to go orders; however, we are more of an experience place, hosting live music and events, so when you take the main squeeze out of the equation, it was very hard to stay where we needed to be.” Jacqueline constantly planned and brainstormed ideas with her mom, sister and closest merchants like Lynne Ball from Liz & Kate, and Paula Krampf from the Geneva Library, to plan collaborations or deals and also used social media to share fun and exciting ideas with the community. Personally, Jacqueline used meditation and healthy eating to help balance her emotions to keep her from thinking negative thoughts. She is kind and compassionate and tends to think of others before herself, but through this journey she has re-alized you can’t pour from an empty cup, so she is making a conscious effort to practice self-care. (continued) Jacqueline BarrLocal Cafe Owner Shares on the Power of Positive Thinking this Past YearCOVER STORYGlancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 15

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Glancer Magazine • MARCH 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 17This past year has also taught Jacqueline to never lose the hustle. “I don't ever want to become stagnant or disconnected from my business,” she shares. “We will always be looking for cool new things and evolve to match what our customers wants and needs are. We like finding cute little things that when make you smile when you see them, if even for a sec-ond. We want you to always be able to discover something new about us and about your-self while you are here.” With new colors, healthier op-tions, and grab & go foods, Jacqueline hopes to make Café & Barr an open space for the community to feel safe and free– to be themselves while bringing neighborly businesses together. She also helps run a group called Experience Geneva, IL that hosts events and does the First Fridays in Geneva, IL. Bringing people together and sharing in the joys of family is what keeps her going day in and day out. COVER STORYGlancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 17

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NAPERVILLE/WHEATON/GLEN ELLYN Born and raised in Naperville, Kevin and Brian Hahn were no strangers to the restaurant indus-try when they opened their third, Hale Street Cantina in downtown Wheaton amidst the pandemic. With front windows that fully open, outdoor seating, and the Hale Street tent, June was the perfect time to open while also following all COVID guidelines and recommendations. Best known for their 18 different burgers with creative toppings, along with 20 different rotating beers at the Main Street Pub in Glen Ellyn and Jackson Avenue Pub in Naperville, they decided to put a Mexican twist on Hale Street Cantina offering Mexican- Ameri-can Fusion. They felt so fortunate that all three restaurants allowed for the open-air policy and space to pro-vide social distancing to continue operating during the various phases of COVID-19. “The cities in which all our businesses reside have been extremely accommodating and have done everything they can to help suppor t their local businesses,” Kevin says. “We are incredibly grateful for our friends, families, and loyal customers who of-fered continued support. One key lesson we learned is to always be versatile.” They are excited for the sea-sonal changes and can’t wait for the expansive outdoor dining again. “At Hale Street we have our outdoor tables, but the city of Wheaton is also bringing back the Hale Street tent; both the city of Glen Ellyn and Naperville are helping to pro-vide space for outdoor dining within the street and parking spaces.” Their goal is to always provide a mem-orable dining experience while improving qual-ity of food and service for their restaurants, and always ensure spending quality time with family and friends as well. -Kristen Kucharski, Photos Submitted Kevin & Brian HahnThe Pandemic Has Taught Local Restaurant Owners to Always Be VersatileCOVER STORYGlancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 23

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10#1 | Coffee Crawl Downtown Geneva Geneva Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Coffee Cup Crawl on April 10 from 10am-3pm in Geneva. Thirteen businesses will be serving samples of coffee, including coffee creations, and coffee with a kick (must be 21). Tickets are $26 and can be purchased online. Tickets and souvenir cups are limited. #2 | Second Fridays Downtown Batavia Second Fridays are an interactive and vibrant experience around downtown Batavia working to complement the monthly art gallery opening at Water Street Studios. Businesses within the downtown area will offer nontraditional programming in their spaces on every second Friday of the month from 6pm to 9pm. Second Fridays will resume May 8th. TRENDSTrends Adding to Local Vitality10 TRENDS 202118 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MARCH 2021 • Glancer MagazineWest Suburban Downtown Communities Continue to Blossom this Spring – We Invite You to Support Downtown Vitality All Season Long24 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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#3 | Live Music Open Mic Nights Downtown St. Charles Enjoy live music and open mic nights weekly at Flagship on the Fox. In addition, come see Country Music Artist Austin Hopkins perform on April 15th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. He will be playing a mix of country, pop and rock. Chris Richey will be laying down the beat! He'll play many of his original songs that have been played on radio including his hit award winning song "Right Now". Austin has performed on ABC 7 Windy City Live. #4 | Sailing Into Summer Downtown Naperville There will be more than a dozen PAINTED SAILBOAT SCULPTURES arriving in late May, displayed at various downtown sidewalk locations for viewing. This will be combined with several ‘nautical‘ events in the summer months to help people enjoy the summer months while shop-ping, dining and enjoying Downtown Naperville’s shops, restaurants and spas! #5 | New In Town Downtown Naperville www.downtown Downtown Naperville will wel-come several new businesses, in addition to those recently opened including Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, Little Barn Baby, Treasures Naperville, Lovesac and Hizemans, as well as Andrew’s Garden, The NOW (Massage), Ben & Jerry’s, Warby Parker and more. Also this summer, Outdoor Cafe Dining via streetscape cafe dining will be avail-able. Street cafes will be set up by May and people should make reser-vations to enjoy outdoor dining by calling the specific restaurant. #6 | Fine Art Show Downtown St. Charles The St. Charles Fine Art Show showcases the original, juried work of fine artists in mediums including Clay/Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing/Il-lustration, Fiber (Non Wearable), Jewelry, Photography, Glass, Mixed Media, Oil Painting, Watercolor Painting, Acryllic Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Wood. All are exhibited and available for sale during this outdoor and free event May 29 & 30. #7 | New, Fun & Fabulous! Downtown Downers Grove Downtown Downers Grove has been active in welcoming new busi-nesses, in the midst of a global pandemic. It recently welcomed Gia Mia Pizza Bar, Head Space Barbershop, and Topiaire Plant Boutique; also new are Bar Chido and The Outpost Mexican Eatery. #8 | Art & Market Downtown Aurora Art & Market is an indoor market in downtown Aurora. Shop at nearly a dozen vendor booths at a small, curated food and artisan market held inside Society 57, 100 S. River St. through May. #9 | Come to the Table Downtown Wheaton Eat Drink and be charitable! Join the event of the year! One night a year only on April 28th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Support a local restaurant and the Downtown Wheaton Association while feeding the hungry in your community. Proceeds go to help support the Downtown Wheaton Association and People’s Resource Center. #10 | Wine & Finds Downtown Glen Ellyn Downtown Glen Ellyn’s 7th Annual Wines & Finds, a wine tasting and shopping event is scheduled for Thursday, June 17. Couples, friends and wine enthusiasts are invited to spend that Thursday evening enjoy-ing Glen Ellyn’s historic downtown and all that it offers. You’ll receive your Wines & Finds tasting glass and a program detailing the partici-pating businesses. Each store will offer two wine selections to taste and light appetizers specifically chosen to pair well with the wines. Tickets will go on sale May 17, 2021. DowntownNaperville.ComGlancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 25

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DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLEDOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE Be In The Mix! NAPERVILLE–Whether you’re here to shop, dine, spa or stay, you’ll find the perfect mix of over 150 best-in-class stores and spas along-side Naperville’s most exciting eateries from fine dining, bistros to bites on the go. Discover your favorite shops, spas and restaurants in our pedestrian friendly, historic downtown with amenities in every direction. Visit online to view the directory for business listings and hours or use the convenient “click & go” online maps for helpful guides when planning your visit. It’s your time, spend it well. Springtime Fun!26 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLESpringtime Fun!GIFT CARDS Give the Perfect Gift! NAPERVILLE–Good at over 150 shops, spas & restaurants in Downtown Naperville, the gift cards are available in your choice of denominations from $10 - $500. Enclosed in a handsome gift card enclosure, Downtown Naperville gift cards make the perfect gift for any occasion! No fees to purchase. www.downtownnaperville.com360 YOUTH SERVICES Mother’s Day Chocolate Walk • May 8 NAPERVILLE–360 Youth Services and the Downtown Nap-erville Alliance are excited to offer the 6th Annual Downtown Naperville Chocolate Walk! This fun event is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Each participant receives a tin for gath-ering all your chocolate treats, as well as a lanyard with a map touring many wonderful Downtown Naperville Shops. At each stop you will experience a chocolate tasty treat to enjoy on the spot or to take home. All proceeds will benefit 360 Youth Services programs to support local youth in need. 360 provides counseling for youth and their families, substance use prevention education, and housing for youth experiencing homelessness. A 2021 CELEBRATION Downtown Naperville Memorial Parade NAPERVILLE–The Naperville Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10:30am on Mon., May 31, stepping off from Jackson and West Streets, heading east along Jackson Avenue, north up Washington Street to Benton Avenue and into Central Park. It’s customary to hear applause and witness salutes from spectators who line the streets, recognizing the supreme sacrifice of many military families and that freedom isn’t free. An event loved by all year after year. Glancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 27

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MISTWOOD GOLF DOME BOLINGBROOK–It’s safe to say that many of us were told to ‘be patient’ growing up - espe-cially, with our desire for instant gratification. The reminded practice of patience has been palpable this past year - it’s allowed us to learn new skills, respond with kindness, refocus ex-pectations … and simply, take pause. A sport that uniquely challenges (and teaches!) every-one to exercise patience is golf. It’s enjoyed out-side or inside … individually or competitively … and it’s open to all ages. And lucky for us, Bolingbrook is home to Mistwood Golf Dome. This 60,000 SF, newly-renovated indoor golf dome boasts 30 hitting bays, two 900 SF putting greens, a short game area and McWethy’s Sports Bar. Last summer, Mistwood invested in a new skin, new premium TaylorMade TP5x balls, new turf and two additional Toptracer hitting bays. In fact, it’s the first dome in the country to have Toptracer technology (and currently the only one in Illinois!). This tech-nology allows golfers to measure the data of each shot and virtually ‘play’ some of the world’s most iconic courses - including: Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, Kiawah Island and Old Course at St. Andrews. For those interested in improving their game, book a private lesson or club fitting with a PGA/LPGA professional. Pro tip - try McWethy’s award-winning wings. All food is locally sourced, too! It’s time to get back in the swing of things! Whether you’re looking to ‘up your game’, learn a new sport or spend time with friends, it’s a TEE-rrific time. After all, golf is a series of swings - each having its own unique story. Here’s to finding your perfect swing! Patience.makes.perfect. by Brianna Bartemeyer Photos SubmittedUNIQUEin Suburbia28 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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UNIQUECOMMUNITY LIVINGDOWNTOWN DOWNERS GROVE New Businesses Opening Up In Downers A variety of small businesses, amazing owners and community support makes downtown Downers Grove the destination it is today. Downtown Downers Grove has been active in welcoming new businesses, in the midst of a global pandemic. It recently welcomed Gia Mia Pizza Bar, Head Space Barbershop & Topiaire Plant Boutique. In the next month, Downtown Downers Grove will welcome two new restaurants– Bar Chido and The Outpost Mexican Eatery. Plan your day to explore downtown Downers Grove! Its boutiques have some-thing for everyone and its restaurants & cafes can please every taste bud. Whether you are comfortable with in-store shopping, indoor dining, outdoor din-ing, taking to go, delivery or curbside pick-up, our business owners are happy to accommodate your needs. Local Hot SpotGlancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 29

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Join the R. Urban Wine & Beer Club LISLE–This local area wine bar is passionate about featuring wines from around the world that their team has personally en-joyed. With this in mind, R. Urban Wine Bar & Cafe continually searches for quality wines of great value from respectable vine-yards that exemplify their place of origin. Their menu does not stop at wine, however, and guests love all of the unique options avail-able to them. From wood fired wings... to handcrafted butcher boards... to pizzas...your weekend dinner plans are covered! There's something for everyone on their menu- even your little ones. Join the R. Urban Wine Club where you can choose from 3 levels– Standar, Magnum or Imperial. Each complete with amaz-ing benefits that every wine & beer lover will enjoy. 4738 Main Street, Lisle www.urbanwinelisle-shop.square.siteDINING DELIGHTSWEST SUBURBAN DININGDININGDINING + COCKTAILS30 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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18 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JULY 2020 • Glancer MagazineDINING + COCKTAILSCCoocckkttaaiillssSo Much Brewing at this Local Hot Spot Elmhurst Brewing Company Invites You In ELMHURST–Have you been? If not, you’re missing out! This eclectic mi-crobrewery is designed to serve the thirsty folks of Elmhurst and beyond! They offer a full menu, beer garden, kid's area, wine & spirits too. Easter Sunday we will be open for Brunch from 11am until 4pm with a special Kalsarikannit for Saturday 4/3 and Sunday 4/4. To learn more about this west suburban hot spot, visit Cider Cupcake Pairing Tapville Social & Molly’s Cupcakes Collab NAPERVILLE–OK, how fun is this? Tapville Social is pairing craft beer & cider with Molly’s Cupcakes throughout the months of April, May, June. What a perfect spring collab. We know you will just love it! Join the event to sample five delicious Molly’s Cupcakes and five beer and cider selec-tions. Tickets are required. Be sure to tag us in your pics! Strawberry Fields, New to Popular Eatery The Burger Local Adds a New Cocktail to their Menu GENEVA–This vintage inspired eatery is loved by many and for good reason. Offering proprietary blend burgers and more, the urban sports bar has a vintage video game room along with creative inspired drinks such as the one pictured. They recently announced another new ad-dition to their cocktail list– “Strawberry Fields” is made with brandy rum, peach schnapps,orange juice, lime juice and simple syrup (straw-berry)....YUM! The Burger Local, 577 S. 3rd Street, #102, Geneva . DININGGlancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 31

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TrendY A LUXURY GLAMPING RESORT IN FLORIDA  Experience one of the last untouched pieces of Florida wilderness at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo – an authentic Florida dude ranch that lies just one hour South of Orlando in Polk County, FL – where you can kick back and relax in the beauti-ful, great wide open. The Ranch, which lies on 1,700 acres overlooking the scenic Kissimmee River, features horseback riding, an award-winning Saturday night rodeo and much more. This ideal destination for an unforget-table family vacation getaway has everything you’d want to experience at an authentic dude ranch. Authentic Florida Dude RanchTravelerTRENDY TRAVELER32 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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TRENDY TRAVELERDINING To round out your ranch experience, savor mouthwatering BBQ at the West-gate Smokehouse Grill, grab a cow-boy boot mug at the Saloon, or order quick service pizza and more at the Deli in the General Store. West-gate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo features several onsite dining and restaurant options, as well as cat-ering services. ACCOMMODATIONS The Ranch offers something for every-one - and every budget. Choose from our Luxe Teepees (with activities incuded), Glamping Tents, Cabins, Lodge Guest Rooms, or Tent Camping. You're always invited to come back and try a new experience! ACTIVITIES Saturday Night Rodeo Hold your breath in anticipation as expert riders fight to hold onto a wild, bucking bull at the longest-running Saturday night championship rodeo in the United States! Experience the thrills from our 1,200-seat Rodeo Arena as you watch exciting bull riding, trick riding and barrel racing. Street Party Stick around after the Saturday Night Rodeo for an energetic, fun Street Party on the stage directly in front of the River Ranch Saloon! Brush up on your Western line dance moves as a DJ entertains the crowd with lively tunes. Everyone is invited to sing, dance and com-pete in games at this can’t-miss party! Airboat Rides Enjoy the beauty and serene nature of the Kissimmee River during this 40-minute guided Airboat Ride. You’ll see a wide variety of Florida wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer, and more while learning about the interesting history of the area from your experienced guides. Swamp Buggy Rides Go way off the beaten path with this 40-minute Swamp Buggy ride through the picturesque, green wilderness surrounding the ranch. The massive tires on these custom-made Swamp Buggies give you amazing views of the breathtaking scenery around the property. This adventur-ous ride over rugged terrain of brush and mud is a fun and ex-citing way to explore the outdoors. The acivities list is long. In addition to those that we included here, guests can enjoy a full-service marina, pony rides, horseback riding along untouched trails, a trap & skeet range, zip line, bungee jumping, horseshoes, a mechanical bull, mni-golf, an archery range and outdoor pool plus much more! Pull on your boots, bring the bandana and enjoy a unique ex-perience. You’ll love this spot for a family vacation. Nothing beats the laid-back vibe, fresh air and great outdoors. Happy planning! Sevierville, TN Colorado Springs, COGlancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 11

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THE KID IN ALL OF US! As adults we sometimes forget how much fun it is to be a kid. The responsibilities of jobs, children, household chores, sports, etc. tend to take over and we forgot about the things we love. With my girls off at college, I have found that my adult friends and I enjoy the stereotypical kid activities equally as much. We gathered a group of 14 adults, mostly over 50 years old, and most that had never played paintball be-fore; so, it was a new and exciting experience for the majority. Our host Drew provided several game options, such as One Shot, Assassin, Capture the Flag, King of the Hill, and more; additionally, delivering detailed instructions for our safety and entertainment prior to entering the 50,000 square foot indoor arena. We were masked and ready, and our hearts were pumping as we strategized our options using the faux houses, barriers, giant truck tires, and abandoned vehicles for protection and diversions. We are an extremely competitive group and it was game on! at the countdown of…… 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… when we scattered throughout the space taking cover to protect our team brand while taking aim at our opponent. We were terrified of being hit since the rumor on the street said that it might sting and leave welts; however, we were still willing to sacrifice our bodies for the win! We laughed, screamed, as well as sat very quietly in inconspicuous spaces while gaining confidence and flair with adrenaline flowing at rapid rates throughout our bodies. Our two hour time frame went quickly and our quest to tackle a new adventure was successful. The owner, Aaron and his team made the ex-perience memorable ensuring safety and fun for all. A highly recommended activity for kids and adults alike. OVERVIEW The ultimate indoor paintball map designed by the kid in us all. Huge 50,000 square foot play-ground offering open play, teams, drills, and pri-vate events inclusive with full gear, paintgun, and paintballs, and mask. Power Paintball X 1161 S. Main Street, Lombard (630) 824-8051 • Hours: Monday through Thursday by reservation only; Friday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Open Play; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. private book-ings, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. open play; Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. team practice, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. open play. Price $: Weekday packages as low as $25/day. ABOUT THE WRITER Naperville mom Kristen Kucharski graduated from Illinois State Uni-versity in 1992 with an International Business Degree. She has two energetic daughters and her house is always full of children. Kristen’s column titled, Mom's Little Black Book, is a monthly feature written for moms who are looking for ways to keep their kids busy. Read her past columns at Kristen Kucharski Photos Submitted MOM’S lile black bookMOM’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK34 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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COMMUNITY LIVINGST. CHARLES A Creative Co-Op In St. Charles trend + relic is an experience that shoppers remember, as this unique multi-vendor marketplace has carefully selected experienced merchants who are artisans, builders, refinishers and painters, each offering the most special items to adorn your homes. The talented merchants work hard to create and curate unique items, both vintage and new. Many of the treasures that you will find at trend + relic have been handcrafted including jewelry, candles, furniture & art. Each of the wonderfully talented merchants have created beautiful spaces in the shop as well as local markets so you will find some of your very favorites here. Owned by Karri and Heather, together they bring years of retail, decorating, design, staging and paint-ing experience to the shop. Their vision was to bring a unique shopping experience to Saint Charles like no other– creating a space that felt inspired, comfortable, friendly and passionate. At trend + relic, we are confident that you will experience all that and more. You will also find monthly paint classes which include How To and make and take workshops. Call the shop or visit to learn about upcoming classes, including girls night out boutique events trend + relic, 1501 Indiana Avenue, St. Charles, Illinois, (630) 803-5253 HomeDecor MOM’S lile black bookGlancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 35

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WHEATON/GLEN ELLYN–Glenbard West Senior Wil-liam Hohe recently earned a Gold Medal in Photog-raphy for his piece entitled “We’re All Just Children in Adults’ Clothing”; and a Silver Medal with Distinction in Art Portfolio for his portfolio entitled “To All The Friends I’ve Loved” by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Only 2,000 awards were granted out of the 80,000 students and the 230,000 individual works and port-folios submitted. Due to the prestige of this honor, William now has the opportunity for his work to be dis-played in the National Exhibition in New York and the respective traveling tour, as well as the national online gallery and the publication “The Best Teen Art and The Best Teen Writing.” It will come as no surprise that he plans to pursue a dual degree in Photography (BFA) and Journalism (BA) and hopes to attend Parsons School of Design/The New School in New York City, New York. William’s ultimate goal is to work as both a fine-art photographer, as well as be featured in art galleries and museums, and be published in fashion magazines such as Vogue or Vanity Fair. William has trained his entire life for this moment writing for the school newspaper, taking Photography 1, Photography 2, AP Studio Art 2D Design, AP Studio Art Drawing, as well as classes at Syracuse University and Uni-versity of Michigan. “I became obsessed with taking photos of my close family and surround-ings, and soon began doing photoshoots that were highly inspired by some of my favorite artists such as Keith Haring, Cindy Sherman, and David La-Chapelle.” William’s time with art is intensely therapeutic. “Much of my art is deeply personal and related to the occurrences and people that are in my life,” he shares. “Art is a way that I am able to process my emotions in a healthy, productive way and feel a sense of relief through each piece I complete. Art is therapy for me in that when words fail me, art is my mode of transferring my internal thoughts and feeling onto a canvas, photo-graph, sculpture, etc.” He considers himself a mixed media artist and has dabbled in sculpture, a variety of 2D media (oil pastel, colored pen, charcoal, etc.), and is starting to begin working with videography as an extension of his love for photography. At the core, William is optimistic, focused, and pas-sionate. He gains inspiration from his favorite artist, Keith Haring who’s popular drawings, cartoonish-style, graffiti art origins, and popular themes related to advocacy for the AIDS epidemic, LGBTQIA+ com-munity, and social phenomena of the 80s/early 90s. William lives by the words of Haring, “Whatever you want to do, the only secret is to believe in it and satisfy yourself. Don’t do it for anyone else.” William is an exceptionally driven young man with en-trepreneurial spirit already owning his own photography business doing senior portraits, wedding/bridal showers, among other types of photo-graphic work; yet he is also a typical teen who loves hanging out with friends, thrifting, and participating in Ecology Club, Student Council, Interact Club, among other community and service activities. Beyond graduation, he looks forward to creating art that encompasses the year of 2020 – art that addresses political occurrences, social movements such as Black Lives Matter, the Me Too Movement, the youth culture of Gen-Z, and quilting artists like Bisa Butler who are integrating photographs of her black ancestry bringing to light the forgotten narratives of the black community during the 19th and 20th centuries. “The increased and ongoing striving for inclusivity and diversity within the art community is at the forefront of “trends” and I’m thrilled that black artists and people of color are finally getting their much-deserved recognition.” -Kristen Kucharski, Photos Submitted WestSuburbanVVIIPPGlancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 37

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MILLION DOLLAR lliissttiinnggThis Home Has It All Superior craftsmanship and unique details abound in this light filled home with spaces great for entertaining a crowd. The wide center foyer with arches opening to generous sized rooms is sure to impress. Kitchen with coffered ceiling and charming breakfast area opens to exceptionally large stepdown family room with fireplace. Second level contains spa-cious center hallway with desk area opening to 4 large bedrooms and 3 baths- as well as a sunny laundry room. Exterior spaces include a wide inviting front porch, backyard brick patio, mature landscaping and more!$1,090,000 4 bed, 3.5 bath 4,200 sq ft / 0.3 acre lot 311 E Hawthorne Blvd, Wheaton, Illinois(312) 857-9949 Presented by: Amy Lorentsen Brokered by: Baird & Warner Glen Ellyn38 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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Centrally Located Why wait for new construction when you could own this nearly new centrally lo-cated home. . This home is a convienient walkable distance to Hawthorne Elemen-tary, Franklin Middle School and Wheaton North High School. Close proximity to parks, library, restaurants and shopping.REAL ESTATEGlancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 39

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HHOOMMEE DDEESSIIGGNNHOMEWERKS View Remodeling Gallery Online NAPERVILLE– Recognized as a premiere remodeling company, with a 10,000 square foot showroom in Naperville, HomeWerks has a beautiful online gallery of photos and ideas to help you plan your next remodeling dream come true. Now’s a great time to start planning your next kitchen, bath or basement project! Family owned and operated since 1996, HomeWerks special-izes in full service remodeling. The kitchen and bath displays are interactive, allowing visitors to experience many product features first hand. With the focus of providing high quality products, pro-fessional installation and exceptional customer service HomeWerks Kitchen and Bath • HOME DESIGN + DECOR40 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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HOME DESIGNHOME DESIGN + DECORNONA JO’S Meet the Designers The popular Naperville home accessory & gift boutique offers a wide array of services. From silk floral arrangements and window treatments, to in-home design consultation. Meet this month’s featured de-signer: Mary Mazzeffi – Floral Designer Mary has been in the floral industry for over 40 years—including 6 years as a holiday decorator at the White House—and on the Nona Jo’s team for more than ten years. Her happiness is found in all things green and colorful. Mary specializes in silk and fresh flower floral design, indoor and outdoor, seasonal, and landscape planting. In other words, everything the floral industry has to offer! Mary’s background also includes: Floral Events and Seminars Holiday Decorating Seasonal Arrangements Wedding Design Furniture & Accessories Placement Learn more today at www.nonajos.comBeautiful SyleGlancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 41

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by Mindy Kyle Photos SubmittedHANK EBELING Crushing the Competition with Service WHEATON/GENEVA–Small business owner Hank Ebeling knows the power of good customer service. Hank is the owner of H4 Training in Wheaton and Geneva where he has helped hundreds of clients get in shape, many that have come to him off referrals. In this highly competitive field, Hank at-tributes his successes to delivering outstanding customer service and outstanding customer experiences. “No matter what business you are in, you can boost sales, increase cus-tomer satisfaction and loyalty by crushing the competition with service,” says Hank. Hank developed a passion for customer service early on in his career and has spent years attending seminars and courses, reading books, and listening to podcasts on the topic. When the pandemic hit, and we were all locked down, he figured this was the perfect opportunity to write a book on these skills. “I thought small business owners could use the advice and help now more than ever,” says Hank. Crushing the Competition with Service guides business owners on developing the proper service mindset as well as developing the right team with that same mindset. It covers the best tactics and strategies to wow your customers and how to successfully handle complaints when faced with them. Crushing the Competition with Service can be found currently on Amazon. Hank is also available for coaching on increasing profits, referrals, reviews and retention.KNOW A LOCAL AUTHOR?  We’d Love to Meet Them! Introduce Us at editorial@glancermagazine.comLITERAARRYYlocal42 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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PERSONABLE, ENERGETIC & CREATIVE REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL SUSAN COLELLA OF BAIRD & WARNER This proud Naperville resident shares that helping local sellers and buyers doesn’t feel like work making it easy to be dedicated and re-sults oriented When she is hired to list a home she gains much of the marketing inspiration from her sellers when she asks “ what do you love about your home?” From there she designs high end cus-toms booklets with professional photography & drone shots, de-scriptions of updates, & develops unique ways to target the right buyers on the internet. Restyling her listings with professional stag-ing , 3D tours great for out of state buyers and constant follow up with all parties are all included for her recipe of success! Susan is currently meeting with sellers & buyers now in anticipation of a thriv-ing Spring market~ Call luxury listing agent Susan Colella anytime to discuss your real estate goals for 2021. Susan Colella, Baird & Warner, (630) 946-3813Susan ColellaREAL ESTATEGlancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 43

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To Give, To InspireCARING + SHARINGA Monthly Caring + Sharing Column44 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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CompTIA DOWNERS GROVE–We are over a year now in pandemic mode, and al-though we are beginning to lighten up restrictions, the wake has left hun-dreds of thousands of in-dividuals unemployed or under-employed. At the same time, half a million tech jobs are vacant in the United States at any point in the year, some 90,000 of these are entry-level positions. However, knowing that many people can’t afford training pro-grams, CompTIA, headquartered in Downers Grove, developed a charitable foundation called Creating IT Futures that provides training in the tech industry na-tionwide to those in need, helping them obtain long-term financial security. Creative IT Futures offers a free, intensive, short-term tech training and job placement program tied to the CompTIA A+ certification. This certification will help someone land an entry-level tech job, such as help desk support, that will offer a family-sustaining wage. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, help desk support pays a median hourly wage of $26 – sig-nificantly more than one would find in retail, hospitality or service industries. “In 2019, 84 percent of our stu-dents graduated, and 88 percent of graduates landed a full-time paid position as an IT professional,” says Charles Eaton, CEO of Creating IT Futures and Ex-ecutive Vice President of Social Innovation at Comp-TIA. “Our graduates tell us they are paying off debts, saving for retirement, getting bonuses and promotions, buying houses and raising families.” Creating IT Futures has also expanded the foundation’s work to tech-related STEM education. “We are very focused on ways to create more tech industry on-ramps specifically for women and people of color, as they continue to be under-represented in the field,” says Eaton. In 2017, they ex-panded their pro-grams into middle schools and high schools, and later acquired TechGirlz, an innovative non-profit providing free hands-on tech workshops to middle school girls. The TechGirlz program is always looking for volunteers to host workshops for their middle school audience. Creating IT Futures is philanthropically run, relying on individuals and corporate partners. For more infor-mation on donating, volunteering or their programs, visit “So many of the chal-lenges we face globally could be solved if we provided someone with a meaningful career and living wage,” says Eaton. “We are proud to bring new tech talent to the industry that would otherwise not be there, simply because they lacked the opportunity to enter the tech field by other means.” ABOUT THE WRITER Mindy Kyle is passionate about helping people discover what brings them joy and to live a full, healthy and happy life. She has her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from DePaul University and is a vet-eran of Chicago’s theater and commercial world as well as a graduate of the Second City Improv School. Mindy lives in Naperville with her husband, three children and the cutest dog in the land. VIEW MINDY’S MONTHLY COLUMN AT Non Profit Organization In Downers Grove Is Creating I/T Futures CARING + SHARINGGlancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 45

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CREATIVE MARKETING STRATEGIES PENNY O’BRIEN – One word that consistently comes to clients’ minds when they think of Penny O’Brien is “hustle.” As a Seller Representative Specialist, she loves meeting with sellers to discuss pre-market home improvements and guide them to make their home “showtime ready” when it hits the market. She strongly believes in professional staging and offers it as a complimentary service. With a reputation for “good-looking listings,” she helps clients realize a higher return and quicker sale. Penny says “Staging transforms a home from average to amazing”. Penny O'Brien Broker Relocation Specialist / Negotiation Expert (630) 207-7001 • Read Penny’s Local Industry Expert Column at PPeennnnyy OO’’BBiieenn46 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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COMMUNITY LIVINGOSWEGOLAND CELEBRATE EARTH DAY IN OSWEGO OSWEGO–Celebrate Earth Day in Oswegoland with two great events on Saturday, April 17 at Prairie Point Park! The FREE Earth Day Kite Fly from 10am-4pm is fun for all ages. Bring your own kite to fly or kick back and watch the pros. There will be professional demonstrations and stunts using giant kites. Or let your best four-legged friend run like the wind at the pop up “Arf” Day Dog Park avail-able from 8:30am-6:30pm. Sit and stay for a meal at a tasty food truck, and lap up a drink during the afternoon Yappy Hour. Pre-registration is encouraged, $5 per dog. OOSSWWEEGGOO FFUUNNGlancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 47

Page 48 Locations In Wheaton & GenevaH4 TRAINING GET 1-ON-1 PERSONAL TRAINING AT H-4 TRAINING, TWO SUBURBAN LOCATIONS WHEATON & GENEVA–It’s time to take care of #1 with H4 Training! This program is best for individuals with very specific needs who require dedicated attention. H-4’s sessions focus on the specific goals of each client with workouts tailored to each person. Visit online to learn more and to check out the many other programs available to you. H4 Training. Wheaton & Geneva locations. + WELLNESS48 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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FITNESSHEALTH + WELLNESSDR. ALEESHA FISCHER Local Mom Shares Her Passion for Helping Others NAPERVILLE–Naperville Chiropractic and Massage is a Sports Based Chiropractic office that uses chiropractic adjustments to restore motion to all joints of the spine and extremities. They understand that each patient is unique and has specific problems that need to be addressed in order to achieve wellness, which is why the NCM team offers several different adjusting techniques, including; • Diversified—A manual, hands on technique to manipulate the spine • Thompson Drop Table—A gentle type of adjustment ideal for lumbar spine and hip issues • Activator Method—Involves the use of a handheld tool to gently and specifically adjust your spine. Great for nervous patients! To provide their patients with the best experience for their bodies, they may also recommend massage, myofascial release, graston, kinesiotape, elec-trical muscle stimulation, therapeutic exercises and ultrasound to improve patient outcome. Naperville Chiropractice & Massage is located at 47 E. Chicago Avenue, Suite 332-B in Downtown Naperville. Glancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 49

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Kid StuffCelebrate Spring at Peck Farm GENEVA– Peck Farm Park is a unique park found in an urban environment that offers residents and visitors a place to slow down and enjoy quality time surrounded by nature. All cur-rent guidelines are being followed to provide a safe experience, including so-cial distancing and wearing masks. Kids will love the Butterfly House and Hawks Hollow Playground. Mom will love mak-ing new memories! facilities/peck-farm-park/Cozley Zoo 5K & 10K Run for the Animals WHEATON–Register for a fun morninge with family and friends at Cosley Zoo in Wheaton! Saturday, June 5, 2021 | 7am Start Time Memorial Park (208 W Union Ave, Wheaton) or Virtual Don’t miss this popular community race event that supports Cosley Zoo! www.cosleyzoo.orgPrivate Play Time NAPERVILLE– Explore, create, build, discover, think, play, and more – all during your very own 90-minute Private Play Time at DuPage Children’s Museum. The Museum has been divided into two separate play ex-periences. Each experience offers exclusive access to select exhibits for your small group of up to 10 chil-dren and adults including private restrooms assigned to your group. 50 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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Brookfield Zoo Run April 1-May 30 VIRTUAL EVENT–Join in on the fun for a virtual Spring Run starting April 1, 2021! The Zoo is finalizing details now. Please check back for additional information soon.Make sure you sign up for the Brookfield Zoo email newsletter so you re-ceive regular updates, the latest event news, and special offers di-rect to your inbox! Naper at Naper Settlement Returns with 18 New Camps NAPERVILLE–Camp Naper will inspire your child to learn about the past and make connections to the future! Choose from 18 unique camps for every interest! From Camp Sketch & Skulpt to STEM Camp, each camp offers unique hands-on activities led by the museum's team of skilled educators. Un-less otherwise noted, all camps are recommended for children entering grades 1-6 in the fall. KID STUFF 2021Register Now for Baseball Programs at the Naperville Park District NAPERVILLE–Introduce your child to the “great American pas-time” of baseball with the Naperville Park District’s T-ball, Coach Pitch and Girls’ Softball programs. Kids ages pre-K through 8th grade can start by learning the basics of the game and gain con-fidence through skills development and competition. The sport of baseball is a great opportunity for kids to get involved with athletics and learn the importance of teamwork and sportsman-ship in addition to being active and having fun! Glancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 51

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FAMILY DENTISTRY WITH A WIDE ARRAY OF SERVICES Valley View Dental offers a full array of general dentistry services, cosmetic dentistry, periodontal, dental implants, orthodontics proce-dures, and oral surgery. This includes Invisalign, BOOST Teeth Whitening, CEREC one-day crowns, and same-day emergency visits guaranteed. With a large staff of bi-lingual doctors and staff, on-site labs at each location, extended business and weekend hours, Valley View Dental has the ability to treat patients according to their own schedules and convenience with all Covid-19 precau-tions taken. Stop by and see why others in the community have trusted Valley View Dental for over 20 years. Located In Naperville, Montgomery & Romeoville Valley View Dental • DDEENNTTAALLHEALTH + WELLNESS56 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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EDUCATION NEWSCCAARREEEERR TTIIMMEECAREER VISION All About Aptitude Testing What are you doing after high school? After college? Are you going to college? Do you need help to find the right career choice? The Career Vision Aptitude Advantage can help. Aptitudes identify your strongest talents and the jobs you would enjoy, and be good at doing. Combining your aptitudes with your interests, Career Vision shows you specific career choices. There are resources about college majors, job out-look, and what you need to prepare for those careers. If you have asked “What should I study?”, “What will I do after college?” and want to learn how Career Vision can help, give this reputable organization based out of Glen Ellyn a call. Their assessment process is a positive and objective way to give you the confidence to make good career choices. And, your Personal Career Consultant will take time to discuss the test results with you and also go over all of your choices. If you are going to college and want to know why and what to study, reach out to Career Vision today. If you have graduated college and still haven’t found your best fit, the professional consultants at Career Vision can help you, too. For over 30 years they have been helping people find their best career choices. Career Vision • • (630) 469-6270Glancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 57

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GET TO KNOW IN HOME FITNESS BY VAL AND HER TALENTED TEAM  WESTERN SUBURBS–Transform your life today! In Home Fitness By Val & Team brings the workout to your home! Busy schedule? Not ready for a public gym? In Home Fitness by Val & Team provide private personalized work-outs with real results! Whether you have a home gym or not, they provide everything you need. In Home Fitness by Val, brings professionalism and fitness expertise to you. Enjoy the convienience of an in-home workout appointment. Val and her team can't wait to help you on your fitness journey! First session is FREE. In Home Fitness by Val SpotlightPhoto by Ashley SummersF I T N E S SGlancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 59

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SHOPPING + STYLEVELVET GRACE All Things Beautiful for Spring OSWEGO–Hop on into Velvet Grace in Oswego for an unexpected combination of décor using textures, accents, frames, lighting, and wall art. Our design specialists can suggest the perfect amount of warmth for your home that speaks to your heart and soul. To treat yourself or someone special, we also offer women’s ap-parel, bath & body, candles, jewelry, hats, handbags, and un-common trinkets. Velvet Grace is a proud retailer of the #1, easy-to-use, Chalk Paint®, by Annie Sloan and we can guide you with your first project. 4025 US 34 Oswego • (630) 636.6570 SHOP NOW BBOOUUTTIIQQUUEE60 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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Glancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 61SHOPPING + STYLEON TREND ESSENTIALS Visit Us Online or at Our Local Pop-Up NORTH AURORA–Urban Echo Shop features on trend essentials for the stylish at heart– from clothing and accessories, to home decor, furniture, gifts and seasonal trends. Owned by a mom and her daughter in Sugar Grove, Illinois, Urban Echo Shop was created to be an adored virtual hometown boutique where only the latest styles and trends are featured. Residents are invited sit back and relax while browsing the shop’s simplified trend collections. Each day is a new day at Urban Echo Shop. VISIT THEIR POP-UP SHOP FOR SOME FUN ITEMS 1790 Town Centre Dr., North Aurora • Vendor #3 • At the EntranceEESSSSEENNTTIIAALLSS

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62 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer MagazineSHOPPING + STYLE30% OFF SELECT GOWNS Destination Dress Boutique Since 2009 BATAVIA–Special Occasions has been charming area residents throughout Chicago-land since 2009 as a premiere destination location for beautiful gowns, dresses and evening wear. Guests travel from near and far to experience the selection of their dream dress in person, not just online. Upon entry into this beautiful downtown Batavia shop, you are welcomed by an array of unique dresses that you can touch and feel, offering you endless possibilities as you search for your dream dress, along with a knowledgeable stylist who is there to guide you. Here, you will find each season’s most sought after styles and must-have dresses. Founded by Mary Marconi-Popiel in 2009, the shop’s attention to detail makes the ordinary more extraordinary, giving you a shopping experience that you will not forget. Special Occasions does not simply sell dresses– this local dress boutique sell dreams! Visit today for your next Special Occasion. SPECIAL! Enjoy 30% Off Select Gowns 2 N Batavia Ave., Batavia, Illinois, (630) 406-1515 PPRROOMM TTIIMMEE

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SHOPPING + STYLEHOT SPRING STYLES Jeans and a Cute Top Shop Invites You In WHEATON & ST. CHARLES–Jeans and a Cute Top Shop is a women's con-temporary apparel boutique in downtown Wheaton and St. Charles. The Whea-ton store also features a curated pre-loved collection of boutique brands that have been "bought back" from their customers and resell for $10-$40. If you have gently worn items, just a few years old, from respected boutiques or cloth-ing stores, bring to the Wheaton store. If accepted, we pay $5 Cute Cash for each item. Cute Cash can be redeemed in any Jeans and a Cute Top Shop. How fun is that? Visit the shop in Wheaton or St. Charles or shop online today. Spring 2021 is here. Be sure you are fashion ready. Spring 202164 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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1. Naperville Helps! NAPERVILLE–This fund was created as a win-win-win to sup-port frontline workers who need our sup-port, local businesses who need our patron-age, and the residents of Naperville who want to do what they do best, help each other. 100% of the funds collected are managed by teams at the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Naperville Alliance in conjunction with Naperville area res-taurants and nourish our frontline health-care workers with individually packed meals from various Naperville area restaurants. Meals are delivered to Edward-Elmhurst Health, as well as the Naperville Police and Fire Departments. Fox Valley United Way KANE COUNTY–If you are in need of serv-ices in Kane County during this taxing time call 2-1-1. Live specialists are on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss your needs and concerns and connect you to a wide range of local and state-wide resources. This includes business assis-tance resources, rent assis-tance, childcare help, food, shelter, help with aging parents, legal assistance, domestic abuse and much more. This also includes the most accurate and up-to-date in-formation regarding the Coronavirus from our most reliable and trusted local and national experts. Calls are confidential and help is available in over 150 languages. Alter-nate number: 1-888-865-9903. coronavirus-resources 66 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2021 • Glancer Magazine"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." –Coretta Scott King It’s been a long, unusual year filled with much anxiety and uncertainty throughout the community. Today, as each locality starts to blossom with COVID-19 restrictions lessening, many businesses are beginning down a new path, navigating through change and may need some help while doing so. This month e feature 7 Spectacular Places Helping to Reshape the Community, each offering a unique way to help help the community. 3.2.PLACES HELPING TO RESHAPE THE COMMUNITY 2. Naperville Kindness Network Administered at the direction of Mayor Chirico’s office, Naperville Kindness Network seeks to share resources for those who need help and concrete ways that people can offer help in many different areas serving many different needs. NapervilleKindnessNetwork/

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5. People’s Resource Center DUPAGE–With a team of over 2,600 volunteers, People’s Resource Center offers DuPage County res-idents nutritious food and other basic necessities like clothes and rent and mortgage assistance for people facing tough times. They also connect people with resources—edu-cation and tutoring, jobs, technology, art, a caring com-munity—to create a future of hope and opportunity for all. 4. Kane County Assistance Programs KANE COUNTY–Find financial help in Kane County from char-ities, churches, and the government DHS office. Organizations can help with rent or security deposits, pass out free groceries or clothes, offer medical care or prescription vouchers, and address other needs of the low income. Charities in Aurora as well as the Geneva re-gion also offer free back to school supplies or gasoline vouchers as well as Christmas toys. There is also financial help from foundations in Kane County, job training programs, work from job positions, and more. Learn how and where to apply for cash grants, budgeting classes, job place-ment, and emergency financial aid. kane_county_assistance_program.html/7. DuPage Foundation DUPAGE–DuPage Foundation’s goal is to raise the qual-ity of life throughout DuPage County. As DuPage County's leading conduit for charitable giving, DuPage Foundation provides: personalized charitable services for community-minded philanthro-pists; strategic grantmaking through Community Needs Grant Pro-gram and initiatives; and assistance to not-for-profits in building and administering their own endowments. DuPage Foundation created the DuPage Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund to help fuel local not-for-profits that will be impacted by and charged with responding to the repercussions of this emergency. covid-19-resources/updates.html 4.5.6.Choose DuPage DUPAGE–Choose DuPage is committed to assisting and connecting businesses in DuPage County with the resources they need during this time. If your business is in need of as-sistance and you are not sure where to turn, you can view a list of busi-ness and industry resources related to COVID-19 at 6.7.Glancer Magazine • APRIL 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 677 SPECTACULAR

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