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Announcing the Best of the Best 2020 Readers Choice Awards Glancer Magazine Features Your Community....At a Glance!

SUMMER 2020
5 Things to Do
1. Order Your Fall Mums Online
In Support of the Naperville
Humane Society • Aug 1-15
NAPERVILLE– The Naperville Humane Soci-
ety is holding a Flower Fundraiser offering
beautiful mums for sale in support of their
many services that help pets in need. All
flower orders will be delivered to NAHS
and ready for pickup on September
15.Order online today!
www.naperhumane.org/
flowers-for-furries-order-form
4. Plan a New Kitchen, Basement or Bath
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 specializes
in full service remodeling. The kitchen and bath displays are in-
teractive, 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 • www.myhomewerks.com
3. Pick Up Some Fresh
Flowers Around Town
WEST SUBURBAN CHICAGO
From weekend Farmers Markets–
like the one in downtown Batavia or
the Wheaton French Market– to
beautiful garden centers such as
Spring Bluff Nurseries in Sugar
Grove and Kellers Farmstand in
Oswego, Napervile and Plain-
field– fresh flowers are abundtant
this season and each has the per-
fect mix. Treat yourself to a beau-
tiful bouquet and celebrate YOU!
It’s been a long summer so why not
indulge a little and brighten your
kitchen, your patio or your bedroom.
5. Attend the 95th Street Farmers Market
NAPERVILLE–Join the Naperville Park District and Naper-
ville Public Library for the 95th Street Farmers Market lo-
cated in south Naperville. The market will be held every
Thursday through September 24 from 3:00-7:00 pm in the
parking lot of the 95th Street Library. Shop homegrown of-
ferings, locally grown fruits and veggies, baked goods and
much more from local farmers and vendors. For more info.,
including COVID-19 participation guidelines, visit
www.napervilleparks.org/farmersmarket.
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5. Wine and Art Walk at Morton Arboretum
LISLE– Sip wine, and shop for unique nature-themed art as you stroll around
Meadow Lake. Browse this juried art show featuring Midwest artists' photography,
woodturning, jewelry, painting, ceramics, fused glass, and more. Wine, beer, soda
and boxed water will be available for purchase during the event.
www.mortonarb.org/events/wine-and-art-walk
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For the 10th year, Glancer Magazine invited west suburban
residents to nominate the “Best of the Best” in their com‐
munity for the 2020 Readers' Choice Awards. Back by popular
demand for 2020 with a new list of categories, this rec‐
ognition program honors west suburban business establish‐
ments in speciic categories of local living.
Voting took place from April 1 to July 15, 2020. Thank you to
our readers for taking the time to vote for their favorite local
establishments. Each is named the “Best of the Best” for their
community in their category and will receive the 2020
Readers Choice Award. We invite our readers to visit us online
at the link below to learn more about each of these local es‐
tablishments. Also, winning businesses can claim their award
and share about this special recognition.
Our winning Business of the Year is Karisma Boutique of Nap‐
erville. Karisma Boutique was voted Best of the Best in Every
day Apparel and has won a $4,000 Glancer Magazine Ad
Package for the 2020/2021 year. Congratulations!
The site link for this sepcial awards program is
www.GlancerMagazine.com/BestOfTheBest
. Thank you for
voting & congratulations to the 2020 winners!
ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT
Art Festival
DUPAGE.................. Riverwalk Fine Art Fair, Naperville
KANE....................... Geneva Arts Fair, Geneva
KENDALL................OSC's Annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair
Day at the Museum
DUPAGE.................. DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville
KANE....................... Geneva History Museum, Geneva
KENDALL................Little White School House, Oswego
Artistic Studio
DUPAGE.................. Bottle +Bottega, Glen Ellyn
KANE....................... The Chilled Palette, Geneva
KENDALL................Board +Brush, Oswego
Art Gallery
DUPAGE................. Galleries Choice, Downers Grove
KANE....................... Water Street Studios, Batavia
KENDALL................ Arts on Fire Studio, Plano
Performing Arts Theater
DUPAGE.................. McAninch Arts Center, Glen Ellyn
KANE....................... Batavia Fine Arts Center, Batavia
KENDALL................Your Performing Arts Center‐YPAC
BEAUTIFUL YOU
Salon & Hair Care
DUPAGE.................. Amber Waves Salon, Naperville
KANE....................... Mario Tricoci, Geneva
KENDALL................Pretty Convenient Hair Studio, Yorkville
Every Day Spa Treatments
DUPAGE.................. Zano Salon &Day Spa, Naperville
KANE....................... Sage Healing Collective, St. Charles
KENDALL................Harmony Aesthetics, Yorkville
Cosmetic Procedures
DUPAGE.................. Concierge Medspa, Naperville
KANE....................... Concierge Medspa, Geneva
KENDALL................Haven Medical Spa, Yorkville
Anti‑Aging / Skincare
DUPAGE.................. Concierge Medspa, Naperville
KANE....................... Simply Crystal Skin Care, St. Charles
KENDALL................ Haven Medical Spa, Yorkville
Cosmetic Dentistry
DUPAGE.................. Dr. David Newkirk, Naperville
KANE....................... Krizek Dental, PC, Geneva
KENDALL................Sandwich Dentistry, Sandwich
AND THE WINNERS ARE....
Congratulations to Our 2019 Winners Voted On by Our Readers
To Learn More About Each Winning Establishment Visit www.GlancerMagazine.com
DINING+ CABARET
Date Night
DUPAGE..................Vai’s, Naperville
KANE....................... La ZaZa Trattoria, St. Charles
KEND
ALL................Blackstone Bar & Grille, Yorkville
Dining Out with the Kids
DUPAGE.................. Uncle Julio’s, Naperville
KANE....................... Caines, Batavia
KENDALL................Danelli's Pizzeria, Oswego
Live Music Venue
DUPAGE.................. Potters Place, Naperville
KANE....................... Even Flow, Geneva
KEND
ALL................The Roadhouse Bar & Grill, Yorkville
Dancing & Game Venues
DUPAGE.................. Saddle Up Saloon, Naperville
KANE....................... Eden on the River, Geneva
KENDALL................The Roadhouse Bar & Grill, Yorkville
Desserts & Confections
DUPAGE.................. DeEtta’s Bakery, Naperville
KANE....................... All Chocolate Kitchen, Geneva
KEND
ALL................Sweet Temptations, Yorkville
COMMUNITY LIVING
Shopping Destination
DUPAGE.................. Downtown Glen Ellyn, Glen Ellyn
KANE....................... Batavia Main Street, Batavia
KENDALL............... Downtown Oswego, Oswego
Summer Music V
enue
DUPAGE.................. Naper Nights at Naper Settlement
KANE....................... St Charles Concerts in the Park
KENDALL ...............Beats & Eats, Oswego
Special Needs Resources
DUPAGE.................. GiGi’s Playhouse, Aurora
KANE ....................... Marklund, Batavia
KENDALL................ Celebrating Differences, Oswego
Park District Facility
DUPAGE.................. Lisle Park District Sea Lion Park
KANE....................... Otter Cove, St. Charles
KENDALL................Prairie Point Splash Pad, Oswego
Charitable Organization
DUPAGE.................. ALIVE Center, Naperville
KANE....................... CASA Kane County, St. Charles
KENDALL................3:11 Project, Yorkville
Congratulations to Our 2019 Winners Voted On by Our Readers
To Learn More About Each Winning Establishment Visit www.GlancerMagazine.com
mm's Children’s Boutique, Oswego
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LOCAL EVENTS
Summer Festival
DUPAGE.................. Last Fling, Naperville
KANE....................... Swedish Days Festival, Geneva
KENDALL................PrairieFest, Oswego
Give Back Gala
DUPAGE.................. Edward Foundation Annual Gala
KANE....................... TriCities Family Service, St. Charles
KENDALL................CASA Kendall County, Yorkville
Holiday Themed Event
DUPAGE.................. Cup of Cheer, Naperville
KANE....................... Geneva Holiday Christmas Walk, Geneva
KEND
ALL................ Oswegoland Holiday Express, Oswego
Brew Fest
DUPAGE..................Morton Arboretum Craft Beer Fest
KANE....................... TriCity Craft Brew Festival, St. Charles
KENDALL................Brew at the Bridge Fest, Oswego
Fashion Show
DUPAGE.................. Glen Ellyn Chamber Fashion Show
KANE....................... H4 Training Annual Fashion Show
KENDALL...............OswegoHS Prom Fashion Show
HEALTH + WELLNESS
Weight Loss Center
DUPAGE..................ThinFast MD, Naperville & Hinsdale
KANE.......................Genesis Integrative Medicine, Geneva
KENDALL...............A Beautiful You, Yorkville
Family Fitness Facility
DUPAGE.................. Fort Hill Fitness Center, Naperville
KANE....................... Northwest Medicine Health & Fitness
KENDALL................Fox Valley Family YMCA, Yorkville
Mental Health Provider
DUPAGE.................. Edgewood Clinical, Naperville
KANE....................... Fox Valley Natural Medicine, Geneva
KEND
ALL................Elan Wellness Service Corp, Aurora
Yoga Studio
DUPAGE.................. 360 Studios, Naperville
KANE....................... Orange Theory Fitness, Geneva
KEND
ALL................Living Divina Yoga, Yorkville
Family Dentistry
DUPAGE.................. Valley View Dental, Naperville
KANE....................... Krizeck Dental, Geneva
KENDALL................Valley View Dental, Montgomer
Congratulations to Our 2019 Winners Voted On by Our Readers
To Learn More About Each Winning Establishment Visit www.GlancerMagazine.com
Morton Arboretum Craft + Cider Fest
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mm's Children’s Boutique, Oswego
HOME + GARDEN
Real Estate Group
DUPAGE.................. Penny O’Brien, Baird & Warner, Naperville
KANE....................... Kristy Sreenan, Baird & Warner, Geneva
KENDALL................The Kearns Team, EXP Realty, Plano
Kitchen Designer
DUPAGE.................. Kitchen Studio, Glen Ellyn
KANE....................... McDowell Remodeling, St. Charles
KEND
ALL................Heritage Home Décor, Yorkville
Basement Remodeler
DUPAGE.................. HomeWerks, Naperville
KANE....................... Hogan Design & Construction, Geneva
KENDALL................ DRC Basements, Oswego
Landscaping Designer
DUPAGE.................. CB Conlin Landscaping, Naperville
KANE....................... Thornapple Landscapes, Batavia
KEND
ALL................Ground Effects Outdoor Living, Yorkville
Exterior Enhancement
DUPAGE.................. Opal Exteriors, Serving Western Suburbs
KANE....................... Opal Exteriors, Serving Western Suburbs
KENDALL................Opal Exteriors, Serving Western Suburbs
KIDS + TEENS
Sports & Recreation Facility
DUPAGE.................. Forthill Fitness, Naperville
KANE....................... Sportsplex, St. Charles
KENDALL................Go For It Sports Dome, Yorkville
Learning & Enrichment
DUPAGE..................Career Vision, Glen Ellyn
KANE.......................Kaneland Community Child Center
KEND
ALL...............Grace Holistic Center, Yorkville
Children’s Apparel Shop
DUPAGE.................. M & Em’s, Glen Ellyn
KANE....................... Flair on Third, Geneva
KENDALL................Lil’ Emm's Children’s Boutique, Oswego
Baby‑Inspired Shop
DUPAGE..................Bows & Babes, Naperville
KANE.......................Little Barn Baby, Geneva
KENDALL...............Lil’ Emm's Children’s Boutique, Oswego
Toys & Game Shop
DUPAGE.................. My Toy Store, Wheaton
KANE....................... Learning Express, Geneva
KEND
ALL................Learning Express, South Naperville
Congratulations to Our 2019 Winners Voted On by Our Readers
To Learn More About Each Winning Establishment Visit www.GlancerMagazine.com
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SHOPS + BOUTIQUES
Everyday Apparel Shop
DUPAGE.................. Karisma Boutique, Naperville
KANE....................... Jeans & a Cute Top Shop, St. Charles
KENDALL................Bella Gia Boutique, Oswego
Special Occasion Apparel Shop
DUPAGE.................. Bri Zan Couture, Naperville
KANE....................... Special Occasions Boutique, Batavia
KENDALL................The Prom Shoppe, Oswego
On Trend Accessory & Gift Shop
DUPAGE.................. The Gnome Colony, Glen Ellyn
KANE....................... Six + Cypress, Batavia
KENDALL............... Bella Gia Boutique, Oswego
Home Accessory
DUPAGE.................. Nona Jo’s, Naperville
KANE....................... The Little Traveler, Geneva
KEND
ALL................Velvet Grace Boutique, Oswego
Food & Wine Shop
DUPAGE.................. Olive & Vinnie’s, Glen Ellyn
KANE....................... Acquaviva Winery, Geneva
KEND
ALL................Fox Valley Winery, Oswego
WEDDINGS + TRAVEL
Ceremony Venue
DUPAGE.................. Naper Settlement Chapel, Naperville
KANE....................... The Herrington Inn & Spa, Geneva
KENDALL................Chapel On the Green, Yorkville
Wedding Reception Location
DUPAGE.................. Abbington, Glen Ellyn
KANE....................... Riverside Receptions, St. Charles
KENDALL................Northfolk Farm, Oswego
R
ehearsal Dinner Venue
DUPAGE.................. Vai’s, Naperville
KANE....................... Acquaviva Winery, Maple Park
KENDALL................Blackstone Bar & Grill, Yorkville
Local Hotel Accommodations
DUPAGE.................. Hotel Indigo, Naperville
KANE....................... Hotel Baker, St. Charles
KENDALL................ Hampton Inn, Yorkville
Vacation Planning
DUPAGE.................. Courier Travel, Glen Ellyn
KANE....................... Going Places Travel Center, Geneva
KENDALL................Oswego Travel, Oswego
Congratulations to Our 2019 Winners Voted On by Our Readers
To Learn More About Each Winning Establishment Visit www.GlancerMagazine.com
Glancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 15
4 Ways Practicing Yoga
Outdoors Enhances It
Research makes a strong case for taking your practice into the
wild as the weather warms—or at least your backyard.
One of yoga’s (many) beauties is it can literally be done anywhere.
And it turns out nature enhances your practice in an entirely different
way than a studio does. A recent Swedish study found viewing na-
ture, especially fractals (the organically occurring patterns in tree
branches and fern leaves for example), increased wakeful relaxation
and internal focus—two pretty important components of a rewarding
yoga practice. “It makes sense to practice inside during inclement
weather,” says Amos Clifford, director of the Association of Nature
& Forest Therapy. “But, when did we forget to take our practice out-
side on a glorious day?”
“Nature connects us to our roots,” says Dr. Matthew Baral, who led
the This Is Your Brain On Nature lecture at the Sedona Yoga Festi-
val. “The grass, the ocean, the trees are all part of our primeval
world. It is where we feel most at home.” While a vigorous hike has
its own benefits, practicing yoga outside can transform a stagnant
routine into a heightened experience. Here, four ways that works.
1. Spending time in nature can replenish depleted energy.
Our nervous system evolved in a way that punctuates moments of
stress with bursts of energy—a survival tactic used when we were
part of the hunter-gatherer community. Spending time outside sends
signals to the brain that the body is back in its native environment
and recalibrates itself to stay alert, says Clifford. Not surprisingly,
when people spend time in a forested setting, feelings of vigor and
vitality are increased, according to a study in the International Jour-
nal of Environmental Research and Public Health. We say that’s fuel
for a dynamic Vinyasa flow.
2. Natural scenery can heighten awareness.
When you leave the four walls of a studio, all of your senses wake
up—scent, sight, and touch, in particular, activate parts of the brain
that make you more present. “Fresh air heightens breath aware-
ness,” says Devani Paige, a yoga instructor who teaches outdoor
yoga at L’Auberge de Sedona in Arizona.
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OOuuttddoooorrYYooggaa
ZEN Life
ALL WE HAVE IS NOW
During the past few years, through a myriad of personal life events, and perhaps due to our diverse
excursions around the globe, as a Mother-Daughter travel blogging team, my 17-year-old daughter,
Brooke, and I have experienced a profound transformation. While spending endless hours planning
our trips and then proceeding with months reflecting on the memories thereafter, we found often found
ourselves living in the future or the past. Our simultaneous epiphany was the realization that all we
ever truly have is the present moment. To live each now moment in a state of contentment and gratitude
is the secret to a peaceful and meaningful life.
Today, more than ever, a state of mindfulness is essential for our health and well-being. As we are in
the midst of unpredictable times, Brooke and I have learned that it is within fear and darkness that we
have opportunities to shine our light for ourselves and for others. Painful events are inevitable, yet the
realization that each challenge, obstacle and hardship are simply symbolic cocoons --beautiful oppor-
tunities for emergence and personal transformation. Changing your perspective changes your reality.
Whilst we may not have control over our external environment, we do have control of our inner land-
scape. We have control of our thoughts, our behaviors, our words, our emotions, our choices and
most importantly our breath. When the outside world is full of chaos, invert your gaze inward--it is here
where you will find serenity and calm.
In 2018, Brooke and I began practicing mindfulness on a consistent daily basis. Before getting out of
bed each morning, we set positive intentions for our day and reflect on things we are grateful for in our
present lives. We began studying ancient healing practices such as yoga, mediation and reiki energy
healing. We both became Reiki Master Teachers after years of studying and course work. Brooke
began her own abusiness creating custom healing bracelets which she sells at Peace in downtown
Naperville and I received my Yoga Teacher training at Abhyaasa Yoga Studio. Peace is a small business
that supports other small businesses sharing their dreams and passions. Abhyaasa, the studio above
Peacce, offers many types of yogic practices and tools for healing to empower students to awaken
their innate ability to move into a space of unbounded potential. It is a beautiful space to begin a mindful
journey.
Our overall message for our beautiful community during these trying times:
“When we can no longer change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
~Viktor Frankl
Your mind, body and spirit with thank you.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Kristen Kainrath has been an elementary school teacher for the past
30 years in Naperville. She has now brought yoga and meditation to her
school, offering these practices to both students, families and teachers
alike. Follow her and her daughter each month with Glancer Magazine
for mindfulness tips, guided meditations and overall mind, body and
spirit wisdom.
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OutdoorYoga
“I can really feel the oxygen flowing through me,
clearing my mind and empowering my practice.”
What’s more, researchers at the University of
Southern California found that looking at beau-
tiful scenery releases endorphins, the feel-good
chemicals that bring us pleasure. “Perhaps the
color green is the default mode for our brains,”
writes Esther Sternberg, M.D., in her book Heal-
ing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-
Being. Touching grass or a sandy beach further
provides stimulation. Bonus: a slightly uneven
surface engages and strengthens your core. As
we become more fluent in processing a sensory
experience it morphs into a sensuous experi-
ence that shuts off the list-making part of our
brain and zeros in on the now.
3. Practicing yoga in a new
environment can build confidence.
Find your edge—no, we don’t mean balancing
on a side of a cliff. Practicing outside for the first
time can feel awkward. It is easy to feel self-con-
scious when you’re used to practicing in a set
environment. While familiarity brings security,
stepping outside your comfort zone opens a
gateway to an entirely new interpretation of your
yoga practice. Imagine the power of sun saluta-
tions under actual sunrays or the vivacity of a
tree pose while focusing on a real tree instead
of a spot on the wall. “Your body is a research
instrument,” says Clifford. “Learn how to use it.”
4. The outdoors can further boost
meditation’s benefits.
Scientists have already shown that those who
meditate on a regular basis have a smaller
amygdala, the part of the brain that is respon-
sible for managing the fight-or-flight response.
Coincidentally, field studies, published in Envi-
ronmental Health and Preventative Medicine,
show that people who were exposed to a forest
environment versus an urban environment had
a lower concentration of the stress hormone cor-
tisol. “Buddha wasn’t in a meditation hall,” adds
Clifford. “He was in the forest.” Time to om out-
side.
Reprinted with permission by
www.yogajournal.com
Local Outdoor Yoga
Arranmore Farm + Polo Club, Oswego
www.arranmorefarmandpoloclub.com
Naperville Park District, Naperville
www.napervilleparks.org/fitness
MONTHLY MINDFULNESS COLUMN
Summer isn’t over yet! There’s still time to enjoy outdoor dining
and scrumptious summer selections at these trending dining
hot spots located througout the western subrbs. Enjoy!
There’s a New Burger In Town
GENEVA–The Burger Shop pays homage to the simple days
of hamburgers. New to Geneva and here to offer the best tast-
ing burger at an affordable price with fries, shakes and malts,
according to their fabulous website. View today for a list of must-
have menu options including the Beyond Cheeseburger, pic-
tured here. Also offering a full vegan burger and gluten free
buns! The beyond burger comes with lettuce, tomato, red onion,
dill pickle, vegan mayo and vegan bun - add cheese if you wish.
www.theburgershopgeneva.com/menus
DINING & COCKTAILS
WEST SUBURBAN DINING
DINING
DINING + COCKTAILS
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DINING + COCKTAILS
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DINING
Black Jack at 1910 Geneva
Enjoy the Outdoor Patio While
Sipping on the “Black Jack” at 1910 Geneva
GENEVA–So many love this Fox Valley hot spot for the food, fun and fab-
ulous cocktails. Dubbed a modern establishment nestled into the heart of
southern Kane County, 1910 Geneva shares a passion for exceptional
Whiskey, Tequila & Tacos with the community. Head over this weekend
to enjoy the outdoor patio while sipping on the “Black Jack” – Jack Daniels
Honey, Brandy, freshly muddled blackberries & their house squeezed lime
simple syrup combined together make the perfect weekend cocktail. Be
sure to make reservations via the OpenTable app. Located at 30W State
Street Suite #200, Geneva, www.1910geneva.com
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Tangerine Slice at Chop’d
Beautiful and Sweet.... Just Like You
PLAINFIELD–Head to Chop’d in Plainfield and enjoy the Tangerine
Slice while sitting in their outdoor patio. Made with Tito's, Aperol,
fresh orange & lime juice with house made tangerine syrup and a
splash of soda water. Garnished with a candied hibiscus flower, you
will love this cocktail. 12337 Rt 59, Plainfield, www.thechopdlife.com
Paint & Sip Events
Plan a Fun Time at Chilled Pallette
GENEVA–With a stroke of a brush, a sip of wine, and
lots of laughs, join in on the fun at thie Geneva favorite
to create unforgettable memories and masterpieces.
Special events held throughout the month, including
virtual events. The Chilled Pallette, 500 S 3rd St, # 117,
Geneva, www.thechilledpallette.com
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TREND #1 | Ludington, Michigan
FEATURING THE BIG SABLE POINT LIGHTHOUSE
The Big Sable Point Lighthouse features its original keepers' quarters, which is
attached to the tower. The quarters provide housing for the lighthouse's summer volunteers, a
gift shop, and a video room for visitors. Several different displays highlighting the history of the
lighthouse are available for guests to enjoy. Visitors can also climb the 130 steps to the watch-
tower room, walk out on the catwalk, and witness spectacular views of the Ludington State
Park and Lake Michigan. View website for COVID-19 updates. www.visitlundington.com
www.splka.org
TREND #2 | Illinois Beach State Park
LOCATED IN ZION, ILLINOIS
Illinois Beach is a unique and captivating natural resource for all to enjoy. It was created by the
titanic forces of glacial advance and retreat and the steady winds that breathed across expan-
sive Lake Michigan. The park has dunes and swales with sprawling marshes, forests of oak
and vast arrays of animal life and vegetation.The 4,160-acre park, consisting of two separate
areas, offers ample opportunities for swimming, boating, picnicking, hiking, fishing, camping
and just appreciating nature. View website for COVID-19 updates. www.stateparks.com
TRENDS
Must-Take
Familiy
Road Trips
10 TRENDS 2020
Illinois Beach State Park
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TREND #3 | Starved Rock
LOCATED IN OTTAWA, ILLINOIS
Starved Rock State Park is a wilderness area on the Illinois River in the U.S.
state of Illinois. It’s known for its steep sandstone canyons formed by glacial
meltwater. Several, including the St. Louis, French and Wildcat canyons,
have waterfalls. A wooded trail leads to Lovers Leap Overlook, with views
of the river and Starved Rock Dam. Park wildlife includes white-tailed deer,
bald eagles and migratory birds. Pictured is an amazing view from behind
Lasalle Falls. View website for COVID-19 updates. www.starvedrockstate-
park.org
TREND #4 | Historical Route 66
AN OLD GAS STATION IN DWIGHT, ILLINOIS
Since 1926, driving down Route 66 has been the experience of a lifetime
for travelers, adventurers, desperados and dreamers. Historical Route 66
made its way through many towns and Dwight was in its path. Built in 1933
was Ambler’s Texaco Station, which later became The Marathon Oil Station
that serviced travelers until 1998. While officially Route 66 no longer exists,
a great deal of it remains to be driven and enjoyed. A turn-by-turn road de-
scription will guide you on your journey through all eight states from Chicago
to Los Angeles. Download it today! www.historic66.com
TREND #5 | Chicago Botanic Garden
LOCATED IN GLENCOE, ILLINOIS
A majestically beautiful outdoor setting, truly. In every season at the Chicago
Botanic Garden, there are activities and programs, and breathtaking beauty
throughout the 385 acres, including 27 gardens, four natural areas — in-
cluding prairie and woods — and 81 acres of water. You can explore the
wonders of the Garden by walking or by taking a tram. Tram tours include a
panoramic overview or the intimate view of the gardens of the main island.
To enhance your visit, head online first to download Garden guides of indi-
vidual gardens. Detailed information on special events, exhibits, garden
walks, and tram hours is available online as well in the Events Calendar. We
think you’ll really love this place! View w
ebsite for COVID-19 updates.
www.chicagobotanic.org
TREND #6 | Cave of the Mounds
LOCATED IN BLUE MOUNDS, WISCONSIN
Less than 3 hours from Naperville, Cave of the Mounds National Natural
Landmark is truly something to see in your lifetime. Celebrating 75 years
since the Cave opened for tours, it has become the premier cave in the
upper Midwest and the jewel box of America’s major show caves. Guided
tours of this geologic wonder follow paved, lighted walkways departing reg-
ularly every day of the year. View website for COVID-19 updates. www.cav-
eofthemounds.com
TREND #7 | Pierhead Lighthouse
LOCATED IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
The Milwaukee Pierhead Light is an active lighthouse located in the Milwaukee
harbor, just south of downtown. This aid to navigation is a 'sister' of the Kenosha
North Pier Light and is rich in history. This is favorite place for many to take pic-
tures of the Milwaukee skyline at night. The light was listed on the National Reg-
ister of Historic Places in September 2012. View website for COVID-19
updates.
www.lighthousefriends.com
TREND #8 | Devil’s Lake State Park
LOCATED IN BARABOO, WISCONSIN
Located in the Baraboo Range in eastern Sauk County, just south of Baraboo,
Wisconsin. Devil's Lake State Park is the biggest state park in Wisconsin. Filled
with outdoor attractions and activities from the 400 State Bike Trail in one corner
to Lake Wisconsin on the other– this is a favorite camping site for many. Activ-
ities include biking & area trails, canoe & kayaking fishing, golfing, power boating
and rock climbing. View website for COVID-19 updates.
www.devilslakewisconsin.com
TREND #9 | House On the Rock
LOCATED IN SPRING GREEN, WISCONSIN
Simply amazing! The House on the Rock began in 1945 when a man named
Alex Jordan had a towering goal: to build a retreat as awe-inspiring as the view
from the rock upon which the House would eventually be built. What took shape
on and around Deer Shelter Rock is a truly remarkable achievement. The House
was only the beginning. In the years that followed, Alex expanded his vision
beyond the House and collected and built on a massive scale. In the end he
had created the world-renowned attraction known as The House on the Rock.
Pictured is a bridge on the property. View website for COVID-19 updates.
www.thehouseontherock.com
TREND #10 | Dells Riverwalk
A SCENIC ATTRACTION LOCATED AT THE WISCONSIN DELLS
Now easily accessible to the public for the first time in 75 years, this
¼-mile paved path offers visitors not only a breathtaking view of the
Dells' unique scenery, but sprinkles in game tables and comfortable
benches inviting guests to relax and take in all of Mother Nature's glory.
Walk, bike or run the Dells Scenic River Walk. It's free and open to the
public year-round. View website for COVID-19 updates.
www.wisdells.com
Chicago Botanic Garden
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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 be-
lieves 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 • penny.obrien@bairdwarner.com
Read Penny’s Local Industry
Expert Column at www.GlancerMagazine.com
PPeennnnyy OOBBiieenn
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by Mindy Kyle
Photos Submitted
Jay Grochowski
Kelli’s Pine
LISLE–As a former college athlete, college coach, youth
coach, major league scout and bleacher dad, Lisle native Jay
Grochowski has witnessed all kinds of craziness surrounding
youth sports. He knew there was a story to tell about how
sports can bind families together and even work to tear them
apart.
In his debut fiction novel, Kelli’s Pine, Jay weaves the themes
of fatherhood, family, perseverance and redemption around
the excitement and struggles of youth sports. “I knew there
was a story to tell about the lengths people go to secure col-
lege scholarships and the immense pressure put on the ath-
letes while they risk injury and burn-out,” says Jay. “There
are also plenty of terrific coaches and parents sacrificing for
their kids. This is their story, too.”
The story had been rolling around in his head for some time
until one afternoon on a very hot July day, sitting in his suit
and tie after a sales call in an empty baseball stadium, Jay
opened up his laptop and started typing. He walked away
with what would become Chapter Two. Much of the book is
based on personal experience mixed with a little imagination.
Kelli’s Pine is available in paperback and e-book through
Amazon and the audiobook should be available later this
summer. -Mindy Kyle, Photos Submitted
KNOW A LOCAL AUTHOR? 
We’d Love to Meet Them! Introduce
Us at editorial@glancermagazine.com
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LITERARY
local
LITERARY LOCALS
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CARING + SHARING
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Friends of Prentice
35th Annual Fundraising
Benefit Themed “Still
Together, At Home”
to Be Held Virtually on
Saturday, October 24th
Friends of Prentice (FOP), a
non-profit organization working
in partnership with Northwestern
Medicine Prentice Women’s
Hospital to fund innovative and
leading-edge research benefit-
ting the lives of women, is host-
ing its 35th annual fundraising
benefit, themed Still Together, At
Home. Due to Covid-19, this is the first year that the gala will
be held virtually on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Shifting the
gala online is a shining example of how the non-profit is
adapting to the current climate in order to still raise critical
funds needed to award doctors and clinicians grants needed
to continue their life saving research across all areas of
women’s health.
Friends of Prentice is inviting Chicago's business, philan-
thropic leaders and anyone interested in a fun night in, to
‘come together virtually to honor the
healthcare community while raising
critical funds for medical research.
The goal of this years gala is to
raise $750,000 that will be awarded
to physicians and clinicians at Pren-
tice Women’s Hospital. The new vir-
tual format will invite guests to sign
up and receive a link to view a live
event from the comfort of their own
homes and “host” a virtual table
while bidding on once in a lifetime
auction items.
Since 1983, Friends of Prentice has
raised over $20M and awarded
grants to more than 100 researchers and clinical programs.
FOP’s annual grants initiative has funded projects in the areas
of Covid-19 research, gynecologic oncology, mental health,
heart disease, disparities in access to care, diabetes, HIV,
uterine and pelvic medicine, genetic biomarker research,
home health care outreach and more. Funds raised during
the Benefit go directly to research, education, and patient care
programs at Prentice.
For information and tickets to Still Together, At Home, please
visit www.friendsofprentice.org/gala
.
CARING + SHARING
GIVING
Back
Laura Meals of Glen Ellyn
Associate Veterinarian at
Glen Ellyn Animal Hospital
Consulting Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarian,
Phillips Park Zoo (Aurora) and Cosley Zoo (Wheaton)
She grew up in Aurora, moved to Naperville, and now lives in Glen Ellyn with
her husband, Ryan, two daughters, Madeleine (4.5) and Lila (2), and of course
a dog and two cats. Since a very young age, Laura has always felt a deep con-
nection to animals, which led to her career as a staff veterinarian at the Willow-
brook Wildlife Center of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, a wildlife
rehabilitation facility that provides care and medical treatment to native injured
and orphaned wild animals in the western suburbs.
Her days are now spent as an Associate Veterinarian at Glen Ellyn Animal Hos-
pital, as well as the Consulting Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarian at Phillips Park
Zoo (Aurora) and Cosley Zoo (Wheaton) examining pets and zoo animals; ad-
ministering and interpreting diagnostics tests (i.e. x-rays, bloodwork); and per-
forming surgeries. She also spends a significant amount of time addressing
client concerns and educating pet owners and zookeepers on animal health and
husbandry.
Laura is an essential worker. Animals need constant care, so the COVID-19
crisis cannot shut-down veterinary clinics; but, to reduce exposure to clients and
staff, they have had to change the way they operate their clinics.
“Instead of the traditional appointment in an exam room, we are now mainly op-
erating as a curbside business,” she says. “Pet owners typically remain in their
car while I examine and/or treat their pet in the clinic. Afterwards, I review my
findings and recommendations over the phone with the owner.”
Laura and her colleagues have also been utilizing telemedicine for clients who
would prefer not to leave their homes.
“I often have owners send me pictures of their pet's injury or have them video
chat with me so I can see a behavior that the owner is concerned about,” she
adds.
These times are stressful for everyone, but Laura and her staff have been work-
ing harder than ever to keep up with their high patient volume and are grateful
everyone has been incredibly flexible with their schedules and willing to help
their co-workers. They have also had many clients buy lunch for their entire
staff or bring in treats to acknowledge their dedication during the pandemic.
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EVERY DAY
EVERYDAY HEROES
hero to know
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EVERYDAY HEROES
Since a very young age,
Laura has always felt
a deep connection to
animals, which led to her
career as a staff veterinar-
ian at the Willowbrook
Wildlife Center of the
Forest Preserve District
of DuPage County
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MILL CREEK
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REAL ESTATE
REAL ESTATE
MAKE BEAUTIFUL 
MEMORIES IN THIS 
UNIQUE FAMILY HOME
0S277 Kellar Square, Geneva
$915,000–This custom Havlicek-built home offers an im-
pressive 6,284 sq feet of stunning luxury. There is unbe-
lievable detail throughout this home including extensive
moldings/trim, built-in high-end cabinetry, architectural
features & much more.
Hickory hardwood floors flow throughout the open floor
plan on the main level and you will find easy-care planta-
tion shutters on the windows. The kitchen is amazing with
refined and sophisticated detail. High-end appliances,
walk-in pantry, fireplace and lots of entertaining space.
Enjoy your meals in the bright sun room area or attached
private screened porch.
The exemplary detail in the family room is remarkable with
the stone fireplace, ceiling beams and bay windows. The
home office with built-in desks even has a "Zoom" room. Up-
stairs the master suite is the ultimate retreat with fireplace,
tray ceiling, spa bath, walk-in closet w/ built-ins and laundry
area.
There is an en-suite bedroom along with two bedrooms that
share a Jack/Jill bath. The lower level will definitely be your
"family zone". There is a 5th bedroom w/ full bath for guests,
theater w/ viewing equipment, exercise area & wonderful rec-
reation area.
The fenced yard has a paver patio w/ fire pit, large deck and
luscious landscaping (lawn care has been paid for the re-
mainder of 2020). This ideal location can't be beat w/ gor-
geous views, quiet location, golf & walking paths.
Listed by Ginny Sylvester • Hemming & Sylvester Properties
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WAUBONSEE COMMUNITY
COLLEGE–Have you been thinking about a
career move? You may want to take a
look at Waubonsee Community Col-
lege’s new Paralegal program. Parale-
gals play a vital role in assisting
lawyers and their clients with a vari-
ety of tasks, including conducting re-
search and preparing legal
documents for hearings or trials.
There are two options for this program.
The Paralegal A.A.S. degree is a 60-
credit hour program. The Paralegal Post-
Associate Degree Certificate of Achievement,
designed for those who already have an associate
degree or higher, is a 21-credit hour program that can be
completed in just two semesters. Both prepare graduates
to work in a variety of areas associated with the legal pro-
fession, including courts, law firms, and govern-
ment agencies.
Classes begin August 24 and are de-
signed to mesh with busy schedules.
Core skills and terminology are mas-
tered through discussions and case
studies, and the instructors are pro-
fessionals with extensive experi-
ence.
More good news: salaries range from
$20.34 to $35.41 per hour, and over the
past 5 years, there has been a 9.6% in-
crease in jobs in Waubonsee’s district. Learn
more at waubonsee.edu/paralegal.
Waubonsee Community College
www.waubonsee.edu/
EDUCATION
Been Thinking of Changing Careers?
Become a Paralegal In As Little as Two Semesters
TWO
OPTIONS
Available
for this
Program
EDUCATION
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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 2020.
Susan Colella, Baird & Warner, (630) 946-3813
Susan Colella
REAL ESTATE
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MILLION
DOLLAR
lliissttiinngg
Enjoy the best life has to offer in this custom built
Downers Grove home. Driving up the tree lined private
drive creates a sense of wonder and enchantment. This
beautiful home offers a spacious 2-story entry. large
formal living room and dining room. Open eat-in kitchen
with stainless steel appliances has a large breakfast
bar, center island and breakfast room with fireplace.
Open 2-story family room with breathtaking views.
Imagine all the fun with your indoor pool.
$1,050,000
5bed • 5.5 bath • 4,504sqft
5223 Lee Ave, Downers Grove
1.13 Acre Wooded Lot
(630) 522-2020
Presented by:
Realtor, Linda Feinstein
Brokered by:
Compass of HInsdale
REAL ESTATE
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MILLION
DOLLAR
REAL ESTATE
Tree Lined Drive.
Complete Serenity.
Your family will feel relaxed while
enjoying the private, spacious backyard
which offers peace and tranquility. The
1+ acre property is located adjacent to
a beautiful forest preserve.
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To Give,
To Inspire
CARING + SHARING
A Monthly Caring + Sharing Column
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Well, here we sit, half the year
over and still void of many of
the normal fun seasonal activ-
ities. I don’t know about you,
but I have been trying to fill up
my free time by finally getting
around to piles of books I have
been wanting to read. Along
with that, I find myself taking
many lengthy walks to just get
out more.
It was on one of these walks
that I came across this interesting mini-house on a
post at the edge of someone’s yard. Too big to be
a bird house, I peered in to find a collection of
books. The sign attached invited me to take a book
and perhaps donate one. What a cute idea, I
thought. A neighborhood book exchange. Come
to find out, this house is part of a worldwide move-
ment called Little Free Libraries.
Little Free Libraries is a nonprofit organization
whose home office is in Hudson, Wisconsin but
has the largest grassroots book-sharing network in
the world. Their mission is to build stronger com-
munities and improve literacy. Anyone interested
in creating a neighborhood free library is encour-
aged to do so and assisted with a multitude of vi-
deos, blueprints and tips on their website. Search
their map, and you will find a number of these little
libraries scattered all over our western suburbs.
“I actually have two Little Free Libraries side by
side,” says Geneva resident, Kim Chismark. “One
is situated lower and contains only children’s
books.” Charter members have fun with creating
unique libraries from designing it to look like their
home, an English phonebooth, a
Frank Lloyd Wright design, or
using materials that are meaning-
ful to them, adding solar lighting
and signage. Others have opted
to just simply purchase a library
from the Little Free Library site,
paint it and post it.
Many members enjoy expanding
their library services. “There may
or may not be a geocache located
here,” says Elburn resident,
Jenny Wold, who also has a Facebook page for her
library to put out author and book related news.
Naperville’s Dayna Bonebrake created a Facebook
page and Instagram site as well for her library and
offers hand-made bookmarks for her patrons. “I in-
cluded a guestbook too,” says Dayna. “It is a fun
bit of written history for our library.”
For something new to do, perhaps it would be fun
to take your kids and an armful of used books on a
neighborhood “hunt” for new reading material. In-
terested in finding a Little Free Library near you or
building one of your own? Visit the website today
to learn how www.littlefreelibrary.org
.
Pictured is Little Free Library
#62386 located in historic Geneva.
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
www.GlancerMagazine.com/to-give-to-inspire
Little Free Libraries Have Become
Such a Local Treasure
CARING + SHARING
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FAMILY DENTISTRY WITH
A WIDE ARRAY OF SERVICES
Valley View Dental offers an array of general and cos-
metic dentistry, periodontal, dental implants, oral surgery,
and orthodontic procedures, including traditional braces,
Invisalign, teeth whitening, CEREC one-day crowns and
even same day emergency visits. With a large staff of
multi-lingual doctors, on-site labs at each location, and
extended business and weekend hours, Valley View Den-
tal has the ability to treat patients according to their own
schedules and convenience. Stop by and see why others
in the community have trusted Valley View Dental for al-
most 20 years. Located In Naperville, Montgomery &
Romeoville. Valley View Dental www.vvdental.com
.
DDEENNTTAALL
HEALTH + WELLNESS
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CONTINUING TO CARE FOR YOU
Keeping your family well is your top priority right now and at DuPage Medical
Group, it's theirs too. They recognize that your healthcare needs don’t disappear
during a pandemic like this, which is why they're continuing to serve their patients
safely at their clinics and through virtual visits.
Whether you need primary or specialty care, you can connect with your physician
securely on your mobile device or computer through the MyDMG Health app. Visit
face-to-face with a provider via video visit, message with a physician over e-Visit
or schedule your next in-office appointment online, all from the comfort of home.
Take care of your family’s healthcare to-do list today at www.ScheduleDMG.com
BEAUTIFY & RELAX 
ST. CHARLES–Let this spa
help you disconnect and im-
prove your health, beauty and
relaxation with specialized
massages, meditation, in-
frared sauna, and reiki energy
work. Complete your visit with
a natural hair or nail treatment
to feel as beautiful outside as
you do inside.
Tranquility Spa
113 N. 2nd Ave., St. Charles
www.relaxattranquility.com
NUMBER ONE PROVIDER OF 
COOLSCULPTING IN THE MIDWEST
WESTERN SUBURBS–Concierge Medical Spa is a luxury medical
spa with highly trained physicians, nurse practitioners and esthe-
ticians offering the most comprehensive esthetic medical services.
From body contouring to highly advanced future-forward restor-
ative and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, our esthetic experts
are some of the best in the industry. As the number one provider
of Coolsculpting in the Midwest and Top 200 in the country of Al-
lergan injectors, our services produce excellent results and have
high client satisfaction. www.conciergemedspa.com/glancer
RESTORATIVE YOGA & GONG 
MEDITATION TOGETHER IN ONE 
BATAVIA–Through holistic healing and
shamanic healing, the center offers differ-
ent services from cultures around the
world to bring balance and harmony to
your physical and emotional planes.
Find unique classes like drum circles,
restorative yoga and gong meditation
here.
Healing Arts Metaphysical Center
4 E. Wilson St., Suite 101, Batavia,
www.healingartsmetaphysical.com
FLOATING IS THE NEW
CALMING TREND
NAPERVILLE–Find a quiet space
to just BE. Float in 10 inches of
skin temperature water with
1,600 pounds of Epsom salt to
keep you afloat even if you fall
asleep. You have your own pri-
vate Float Room and can control
the underwater LED light and
white noise. Annica Float Club,
4S100 N. IL-59, Naperville,
www.floatnaperville.com
HEALTH + WELLNESS
hheeaalltthhyy lliivviinngg
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HEALTH + WELLNESS
www.h-4training.com
Locations In Wheaton & Geneva
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. Watch for a Q & A at GlancerMagazine.com
written by H4 Training's founder, Hank Ebeling, Local In-
dustry Expert in the Fitness category.
H4 Training
Wheaton & Geneva locations.
www.h4-training.com/services/personal-training/
FFIITTNNEESSSS
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HEALTH + WELLNESS
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LOCAL INNOVATOR
by Kristen Kucharski
Photos by Mike Catuara
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COMMUNITY LIVING
SHOPPING + STYLE
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FOR FALL
Smokey Cheetah Mask • 18.95
Novelty Wine Glass • $18.95
Dorsey Shade Top • 42.95
Urban Echo Shop, Sugar Grove
www.urbanechoshop.com
SHOPPING + STYLE
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Cay Loren Tie Dye Top • $44.95
Live Simply Hat • $28.95
Rose Vogue Face Mask • $14.95
Urbane Echo Shop
www.urbanechoshop.com
Kid
Stuff
Play to Learn
at DuPage
Children’s
Museum
NAPERVILLE–Create,
build, discover, think,
wonder, and more! Explore
ways you can play to learn
at home with your child by
connecting with DuPage
Children's Museum on
Facebook or Instagram. Play leads the way to building more
confidence, practicing important problem-solving skills, learn-
ing to cooperate, and strengthening the bond between child
and caregiver. Keep an eye out for wheel-y fun outdoor activ-
ities being planned for August!
(630) 637-8000 • www.dupagechildrens.org
Frontier Kite Fly Festival • August 30
NAPERVILLE–Join the Naperville Park District, KidsMatter and The Branch
Naperville Moms for the Frontier Kite Fly Festival on Sunday, August 30 from
10:00 am-4:00 pm at Frontier Sports Complex. This free event is filled with
activities for the whole family! Watch gigantic kites perform exciting stunts,
have fun with kids' activities, witness the annual police and fire department
obstacle race, enjoy live music and entertainment and much more.
www.napervilleparks.org
Click for More Kid Stuff!
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Kids’ Day: Bob Ross
Happy Little Trees
GENEVA–August 12 • 12pm-2pm
Kids will have a blast as we guide them thru the steps to com-
plete a 12×12 canvas. All materials included. Pizza and cup-
cakes included too! Event being held at The Chilled Pallette
in Geneva. www.thechilledpallette.com
MOM’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK
MONTHLY COLUMN
Everything for Outdoor Enthusiasts
Oh, if there was ever a place close to home that
captured all my passions in one setting – it is The
Forge:Lemont Quarries. Hiking, biking, kay-
aking, zip lining, aerial courses, AR adventures,
tactical laser tag, yoga ……PLUS food – oh
how I love food - with the additional bonus of
entertainment in the form of a concert and film
series. One stop shopping for the outdoor en-
thusiast that is open 365 days a year.
The 300 acres of awesomeness reminded me of
being on one of many Glancer Magazine #Moms-
LittleBlackBook Road Trips with the girls; yet, all
wrapped together in one place. It brought back memories
of our hikes in the Black Hills of South Dakota, The Wheel Mill in
Pittsburgh where we thought we were BMX bike pros riding the rails
and pump tracks; conquering the undergrounds zip lines of Louis-
ville, KY; kayaking on the Jersey shorelines; and playing tactical
laser tag in our backyard of Aurora.
The Forge: Lemont Quarries brings my love for the outdoors and
my quest for extreme thrills within an easy drive of the western sub-
urbs. Better yet – its for all ages, all abilities, AND open all year!
It’s not often you can find a single place that can provide exhilarating
experiences for children as young as three (3) years old, while also
providing an outdoor dining experience over the lakefront with jazz,
classical, country, and of course, rock n roll music! The venue is all
encompassing and the ability to purchase a year-round member-
ship offers value and fun for everyone, regardless of age.
Amidst the pandemic, this is certainly a must-do on your list of ac-
tivities as safety and cleaning are on the top of their list!
So get out and enjoy!
Overview
The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a state-of-the-art ad-
venture park designed to deliver unique year-
round activities for adventurers of all ages and
abilities to experience elevated outdoor adven-
ture 365 days a year. Special features include
a versatile and wide-range of mixed recre-
ational activities which include biking, paddle-
sports, aerial courses, tactical laser tag, AR
adventure games, outdoor dining and enter-
tainment and more – all set among a reclaimed
natural landscape.
The Forge: Lemont Quarries
1001 Main Street, Lemont • (630) 326-3301
www.forgeparks.com
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Saturday; Extended
Hours for Members
Price $: Varies depending on activity or membership selected.
Check website for details.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Naperville mom Kristen Kucharski graduated from Illinois
State University in 1992 with an International Busi-
ness Degree. She has two energetic daughters and
her house is always full of children. Kristen’s col-
umn 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
www.glancermagazine.com/bloggers
MOM’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK
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SUMMER BLISS
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Peck Farm’s Butterfly House
Peck Farm Park is now open, including Hawks Hollow Na-
ture Playground and the Butterfly House. This unique
park is in an urban environment that offers residents and
visitors a place to slow down and enjoy quality time sur-
rounded by nature. Peck Farm Park is a 385 acre natural
retreat. Enjoy hundreds of non-native butterflies that fly,
feed, and land around you in the Butterfly House. View
online for COVID-19 guidelines.
www.genevaparks.org/facilities/peck-farm-park/
COMMUNITY LIVING
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COMMUNITY LIVING
All -Inclusive Pitivity
Madison Robertson of Aurora
Bringing All-Inclusive Positivity to
the World Around
AURORA–Bednarcik Junior High
student, Madison Robertson (12),
should have been participating in
Spring Soccer; however, due to
the COVID-19 shut down, she
needed to find other ways to oc-
cupy her time.
Using her creative background, Mad-
ison used the opportunity to spread
Down Syndrome awareness, in honor of
her little sister, Charlie, by painting her family’s
mailbox in the traditional blue and yellow colors.
“I think when it comes to inclusion, we have to remember that
even though times are hard right now we can't take a step
backwards,” Madison shares. “My sister and people like her
are important to me. I don't see her as any different, but I
know some people do. This summer I had my first encounter
with someone who kept using the R word no matter how
many times I asked them to stop. I explained how it's insen-
sitive and why it's important not to use that word. They under-
stand now, but it was an eye-opening experience
for me and a reminder that we still have a lot
of awareness to spread.”
The mailbox wasn’t the first artistic
awareness project Madison has
completed. In 2016, she made over
a hundred blue and yellow Down
syndrome awareness bracelets,
raising over $350 for her sisters
team for a local Down syndrome or-
ganization. She also designed
awareness buttons with her stepmom
to give to her friends at school for World
Down Syndrome Awareness Day and
plans on making more for Down syndrome
Awareness month in October.
As things slowly return to normal, Madison is excited to return
to soccer and continues her daily runs with her dad in prepa-
ration for the NDSS Annual Virtual 321 run, but one thing will
always remain consistent - regardless of what’s going on in
the world - Madison will continue to remind others that we are
“More Alike Than Different”. -Kristen Kucharski
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We have the absolute perfect trendy getaway for those who
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Whether you’re looking for one-of-a-kind art, wine, or an-
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As you travel the rolling Southern Illinois countryside you
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TRENDY TRAVELER
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Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
Head to beautiful Southern Illinois where you can tour the
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. The Shawnee Hills boundary is a
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Shawnee National Forest
Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or just enjoy beauti-
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explore the mysterious Cave in Rock or climb the Little
Grand Canyon and be amazed by the panoramic view of the
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Come visit the Farm Market at Rendleman Orchards during
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Boutiques, Antiques and Sweet Treats
Explore the fascinating places in Southern Illinois while you
enjoy your stay at the Historic Hull House Inn. From Home-
made Crafts, Vintage Boutiques, Antiques and Eateries,
there are so many unique specialty shops to visit here and
in its neighboring towns. A few of our favorites include The
Guest House Market, Apple Blossom Flowers, Rule of Pie
Shop, I Am Java Coffee House, Think Vintage, Pat's BBQ,
and One Hot Cookie Shop and 17th Street BBQ & more.
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NAPERVILLE GLEN ELLYN LISLE WHEATON AURORA BATAVIA GENEVA SUGAR GROVE OSWEGO YORKVILLE
FARMER’S MARKETS 2020
OPEN AIR MARKETS INVITE YOU OUT TO ENJOY FARM FRESH DELIGHTS & MORE
It's time to attend community open-air markets, also known as farmers markets. With many towns
bringing unique selections to their market, we encourage our readers to visit those located outside
of their neighborhood as well. There are so many surprises you’ll love! Open air markets are a great
way to celebrate summer....while shopping at the same time. Enjoy!
DUPAGE
NAPERVILLE – 95th Street Farmers Market
Every Thursday, June 4-September 24, 3:7pm
95th Street Library Parking Lot, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive
www.napervilleparks.org/farmersmarket
Join the Naperville Park District and Naperville Public Library for
the annual 95th Street Farmers Market located in south Naper-
ville. Shop homegrown offerings, locally grown fruits and veggies,
homemade breads and jams and much more from a wide variety
of local farmers and vendors.
GLEN ELLYN – Glen Ellyn French Market
546 Duane Street
Sundays, 8am-1pm
www.bensidounusa.com
Visit downtown Glen Ellyn for locally grown produce, organic
meats, fresh flowers, baked goods, jewelry and much more. This
French Market is well known throughout the community and res-
idents love it. Each week you’ll have a chance to meet a local
Not-For-Profit at the French Market.
LISLE – Lisle French Market
Downtown Lisle at Garfield & Rt 53
Saturdays 8am-1pm, June 20–September 26
www.bensidounusa.com
This community treasure features fresh produce, plants, flowers,
bakery items and more
WHEATON – Wheaton French Market
Downtown Wheaton at Main and Liberty - Inside & Outside
Saturdays 8am-2pm, April 13-November 9
www.bensidounusa.com
A French styled open air market where you will find fresh local
produce, bread, cheese, meat,flowers, artisan foods & crafts, and
gifts for the home.
KANE
AURORA - Aurora Farmers Market
Water Street • Parking at Benton & Water Street
Saturdays 8am-12pm, June 27–October 17
www.enjoyaurora.com
Support local farmers, grab a bite to eat and enjoy beautiful down-
town Aurora. This year, the market will be following social distance
rules and everyone will be required to wear a mask. Please stay
home if you are sick. Vendors will handle products until sale.
Please note- no eating on site will be permitted.
BATAVIA – Batavia Farmers Market
Located on River Street & the Lot on Spring Street
Saturdays, 8am-12pm
www.downtownbatavia.com
The Batavia Farmers Market is located on River Street and in the
adjacent parking lot at Spring Street in Downtown Batavia. Held
each Saturday and hosted by Batavia MainStreet, the market has
made many changes in an effort to keep the market open and ac-
cessible to those who depend on it. Come out and support local
farmers. Grab lunch and enjoy it outside with a view of the Fox.
Then stroll downtown and stop in a shop or two. Masks are re-
quired. Look for details about the new consumer and vendor ex-
pectations at Batavia Farmers' Market . Photo by Batavia Main
Street
GENEVA – Geneva French Market
Located at South and Fourth Streets
Sundays, 9am-2pm
www.geneva.il.us
Come get your fresh fix of food, vegetables, flowers and more at
the Geneva French Market. This open-air market gives patrons an
opportunity to interact with a variety of local businesses each
week. The market runs weekly from mid-May into early November.
This year's market will follow Illinois' health guidelines due to the
coronavirus pandemic.
SUGAR GROVE – Community Farmers Market
Sugar Grove Village Hall Parking Lot
Saturdays, 8am-12pm
www.sugargrovechamber.org
This market is complete with farm fresh dairy, meat, produce and
more, brought by local farmers. Additional items include crafts,
unique apparel and accessories, gift ideas such as hand painted
wine glasses and more. Community spirit is felt throughout. Home
to the Sugar Grove Corn Boil.
KENDALL
OSWEGO – Oswego Country Market
Sundays, June 28-October 18, 9am-1pm
Downtown Oswego on Main Street
www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org
Every Sunday, June through October, downtown Oswego opens
up for the Oswego Country Market. This fresh air market is the
best place to shop each week for locally grown produce, fresh
farm eggs, raw honey, delicious Wisconsin cheese, and fresh
baked bread. While spending time downtown, stop to visit the
many stores open during the Oswego Country Market.
YORKVILLE – Yorkville Farmers Market
Yorkville Town Square
Saturdays 10am-2pm, June 1–August 24
www.facebook.com/yorkvillemarket/
Summertime market featuring local vendors at Yorkville towns-
quare, just blocks away from the charming riverfront.
SUMMER
farmer’s markets
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1. GYU-KAKU
JAPANESE BBQ
NAPERVILLE–You will LOVE this new din-
ing concept in Downtown Naperville. Gyu-
Kaku offers the fun of "Shared Plates"
with a personal grill installed at every
table. Gyu-Kaku, meaning "Horn of the
Bull" in Japanese, provides the authen-
tic Japanese yakiniku (grilled barbe-
cue) dining experience where
customers share premium cooked
meats over a flaming charcoal grill,
while sipping on Japanese sake, sho-
chu, and frosty cold beers.
www.gyu-kaku.com
5. NUTRITION HUB
DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE–With
over 100 Shake flavors all LOADED
with vitamins, minerals & nutrients, and
protein bowls, etc. this new hot spot is on
a mission to change the nutritional habits of our
community. The shakes are designed as a fast
breakfast, lunch or snack option when you’re on the
go. Paired with their shakes is a glass of their energy
boosting tea to give you a pep in your step without the
sugar or caffeine crash from other “energy” drinks.
Yum! Opening Soon in downtown Naperville.
www.nutritionhubs.com
4. HALE STREET
CANTINA
WHEATON–Get ready for deli-
cious Mexican-American Fare, creative
cocktails and great service. The owners of a
few local favorites are now bringing the au-
thentic flavors of classic Mexican dishes with
approachable American dishes to the heart
of Wheaton. They started their business
with Jackson Avenue Pub in Naperville, ex-
panded to Main Street Pub in Glen Ellyn and
Main Street Pub in St. Charles, and now
Wheaton.
www.halestreetcantina.com
3. PISCES CAFE
LISLE–This hip cafe serves
smoothies, iced coffee, tea & boba
with any drink. It’s a comfortable
space for people of all ages to come
relax, work & create relationships. The
store is owned by father/daughter duo Nicole
& Don Kwon. They wanted to open up a
boba cafe to give something new to the sur-
rounding communities of Naperville & Lisle.
www.facebook.com/piscesbobatea/
2. OBSCURITY BREWERY
ELBURN–This new restaurant and brewery is the
buzz of southern Kane. Located in Elburn, their
menu is specialized with BBQ greats such as Smoked
Garlic Hot Wings, Grilled House Pork Belly and Fire
Grilled Shrimp, to name a few. Splurge on the Mile
High Banana Pie for dessert & wash it all down with a
an Everlasting Gum Drop Hazy Smash Ale or the Ole
Smoky Pickle-back Martini. This place is a clever and
refreshing find. www.drinkobscurity.com
7. CHOP’d
PLAINFIELD–Get ready for this! What a wonderful addition to the area.
Loved by many already, Chop'd is a steakhouse for the everyday person,
where there's everything for everyone. They offer a wide range of menu
items - from pizzas and steaks to salads and burgers. Get the amazing
value of food and experience all in one from this family-style restaurant.
www.thechopdlife.com
6. WAHLBURGERS
ST. CHARLES– Residents are excited for the menu, cre-
ating quite the buzz in social media. Popular items include
the loaded tater tots, the classic burgers and chicken sand-
wiches, kids meals, salads, signature shakes and so much more. A full-
service bar features cocktails, wine and a variety of beers including the
signature Wahlbrewski pale ale. www.wahlburgers.com/stcharles
Congrats to these new west suburban businesses! With all of the uncertianty that the pandemic has presented to the marketplace, opening
a business during this time is something that is truly amazing to see. The plans have been in motion for months and even years for some of
these new west suburban additions so they deserve an extra special welcoming. Please support each of them today!
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