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SUMMER 20205 Things to Do1. 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! 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 • 3. Pick Up Some Fresh Flowers Around Town WEST SUBURBAN CHICAGO From weekend Farmer’s 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 Keller’s 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 Glancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 95. 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.

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Glancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 11For 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 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‐YPACBEAUTIFUL 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, SandwichAND THE WINNERS ARE....Congratulations to Our 2019 Winners Voted On by Our Readers To Learn More About Each Winning Establishment Visit

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DINING+ CABARET Date Night DUPAGE..................Vai’s, Naperville KANE....................... La ZaZa Trattoria, St. Charles KENDALL................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 KENDALL................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 KENDALL................Sweet Temptations, YorkvilleCOMMUNITY LIVING Shopping Destination DUPAGE.................. Downtown Glen Ellyn, Glen Ellyn KANE....................... Batavia Main Street, Batavia KENDALL............... Downtown Oswego, Oswego Summer Music Venue 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.commm's Children’s Boutique, Oswego 12 • WESTERN SUBURBS • AUGUST 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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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 KENDALL................ 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 ShowHEALTH + 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 KENDALL................Elan Wellness Service Corp, Aurora Yoga Studio DUPAGE.................. 360 Studios, Naperville KANE....................... Orange Theory Fitness, Geneva KENDALL................Living Divina Yoga, Yorkville Family Dentistry DUPAGE.................. Valley View Dental, Naperville KANE....................... Krizeck Dental, Geneva KENDALL................Valley View Dental, MontgomerCongratulations to Our 2019 Winners Voted On by Our Readers To Learn More About Each Winning Establishment Visit www.GlancerMagazine.comMorton Arboretum Craft + Cider FestGlancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 13

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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 KENDALL................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 KENDALL................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 KENDALL...............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 KENDALL................Learning Express, South Naperville Congratulations to Our 2019 Winners Voted On by Our Readers To Learn More About Each Winning Establishment Visit www.GlancerMagazine.com14 • WESTERN SUBURBS • AUGUST 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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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 KENDALL................Velvet Grace Boutique, Oswego Food & Wine Shop DUPAGE.................. Olive & Vinnie’s, Glen Ellyn KANE....................... Acquaviva Winery, Geneva KENDALL................Fox Valley Winery, OswegoWEDDINGS + 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 Rehearsal 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, OswegoCongratulations to Our 2019 Winners Voted On by Our Readers To Learn More About Each Winning Establishment Visit www.GlancerMagazine.comGlancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 15

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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. 18 • WESTERN SUBURBS • AUGUST 2020 • Glancer MagazineOOuuttddoooorrYYooggaa

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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. Glancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 17OutdoorYoga“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 Local Outdoor Yoga Arranmore Farm + Polo Club, Oswego Naperville Park District, Naperville MINDFULNESS COLUMN

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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. DINING & COCKTAILSWEST SUBURBAN DININGDININGDINING + COCKTAILS18 • WESTERN SUBURBS • AUGUST 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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DINING + COCKTAILSCCoocckkttaaiillssDININGBlack 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.comGlancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 19Tangerine 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, 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,

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10 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. 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. TRENDSMust-Take Familiy Road Trips10 TRENDS 2020Illinois Beach State Park20 • WESTERN SUBURBS • AUGUST 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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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 Lover’s 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. 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! 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 website for COVID-19 updates. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.comChicago Botanic GardenGlancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 21

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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 • Read Penny’s Local Industry Expert Column at PPeennnnyy OO’’BBiieenn22 • WESTERN SUBURBS • AUGUST 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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Glancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 23by Mindy Kyle Photos SubmittedJay 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.com18 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JULY 2020 • Glancer MagazineLITERARYlocalLITERARY LOCALS

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Glancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 25Friends 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 year’s 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 CARING + SHARINGGIVING Back

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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. NOMINATE A LOCAL HERO EVERY DAY EVERYDAY HEROEShero to know26 • WESTERN SUBURBS • AUGUST 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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EVERYDAY HEROESSince 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 CountyGlancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 27

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REAL ESTATEMAKE 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 PropertiesGlancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 29

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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 Community College Thinking of Changing Careers? Become a Paralegal In As Little as Two SemestersTWO OPTIONS Available for this ProgramEDUCATION30 • WESTERN SUBURBS • AUGUST 2020 • 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 2020. Susan Colella, Baird & Warner, (630) 946-3813Susan ColellaREAL ESTATEGlancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 31

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MILLION DOLLAR lliissttiinnggEnjoy 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 HInsdaleREAL ESTATE32 • WESTERN SUBURBS • AUGUST 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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MILLION DOLLARREAL ESTATETree 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. Glancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 33

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To Give, To InspireCARING + SHARINGA Monthly Caring + Sharing Column34 • WESTERN SUBURBS • AUGUST 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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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 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 Free Libraries Have Become Such a Local Treasure CARING + SHARINGGlancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 35

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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 DDEENNTTAALLHEALTH + WELLNESS36 • WESTERN SUBURBS • AUGUST 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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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 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 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. 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.comFLOATING 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.comHEALTH + WELLNESShheeaalltthhyy lliivviinnggGlancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 37

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HEALTH + Locations In Wheaton & GenevaGET 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 written by H4 Training's founder, Hank Ebeling, Local In-dustry Expert in the Fitness category. H4 Training Wheaton & Geneva locations. • WESTERN SUBURBS • AUGUST 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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LOCAL INNOVATORby Kristen Kucharski Photos by Mike Catuara40 • WESTERN SUBURBS • AUGUST 2020 • Glancer MagazineCOMMUNITY LIVING

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Kid StuffPlay 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 • 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.orgClick for More Kid Stuff!44 • WESTERN SUBURBS • AUGUST 2020 • Glancer MagazineKids’ 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.

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MOM’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK MONTHLY COLUMNEverything 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 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’S LITTLE BLACK BOOKGlancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 45

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SUMMER BLISSGlancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 47Peck 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.

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COMMUNITY LIVINGAll -Inclusive PitivityMadison 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 sister’s 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 Send Your Glancing the Gallant Nominations to GLANCING THE GALLANTGlancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 49

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GET TO KNOW V FUSION STUDIO  GENEVA–V Fusion Studio trainers (pictued above) take con-sideration to increase your quality of life when creating classes - and now also virtually (join facebook page). Local area owner, Rachel Kowal, is currently pursuing her master’s degree in exercise physiology, and she bases all classes in the latest research. The current schedule has a variety of ef-fective, fun, and unique classes. V fusion will improve your core strength, endurance, and physique safely so you “train for life” with this popular fitness studio. You’re invited to come out and see why so many love it! Enjoy 30-days of unlimited classes for just $95 or try one week for FREE when you men-tion Glancer Magazine. V Fusion Studio, 129 W State, Geneva, www.vfusionstudio.comJOIN TODAY! www.vfusionstudio.comQuality of LifeGlancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 51

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TRENDY TRAVELERTrendY TravelerTHE SHAWNEE NATIONAL FOREST IN  SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AWAITS  We have the absolute perfect trendy getaway for those who are looking for a new adventure, but do not want to travel outside of Illinois because of the uncertainty of the pan-demic and the ever-changing travel orders that are being pout in place. Get ready for Shawnee Hills. Whether you’re looking for one-of-a-kind art, wine, or an-tiques, or exploring the great outdoors, the Shawnee Hills can take you there. The Shawnee National Forest is waiting for your adventures. For fun on the water you can make a splash at Kinkaid Lake, go fishing at Lake Murphysboro or bait your hook at the serene Cedar Lake. Golf and orchards also offer a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors and have some fun. As you travel the rolling Southern Illinois countryside you can sip your way along and discover truly surprising and au-thentic wine culture in the Shawnee Hills American Viticul-tural area, Illinois’ first region acknowledged for its distinctive winemaking properties.Escape from It All and Head to Shawnee Hills52 • WESTERN SUBURBS • AUGUST 2020 • Glancer MagazineTRENDY TRAVELER

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TRENDY TRAVELERShawnee Hills Wine Trail Head to beautiful Southern Illinois where you can tour the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. The Shawnee Hills boundary is a unique grape growing area in Southern Illinois. View online Vineyards along the trail, upcoming events and the history of Wine Country! Shawnee National Forest Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or just enjoy beauti-ful scenery, you will not be disappointed at the Shawnee National Forest. There is something for everyone of all ages. Enjoy the majestic wonders of Garden of the Gods, explore the mysterious Cave in Rock or climb the Little Grand Canyon and be amazed by the panoramic view of the Big Muddy River and Mississippi floodplain. There are so many activities to enjoy such as hiking, fishing, horseback riding, boating and of course wineries. Rendleman Orchards Come visit the Farm Market at Rendleman Orchards during harvest season, which runs from June to December. They offer retail packages of their best quality farm-fresh, tree rip-ened peaches, nectarines and apples along with a wide se-lection of other fruits and vegetables, as well as jams, jellies, pickled items, baking and soup mixes, ciders, salsas, snack mixes, candles, linens, apple cider donuts, apple gift boxes, in season, and specialty food gift baskets. 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. Glancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 53VON JAKOB WINERY • Charming Bed & Breakfast Cottages Overlook the Beautiful Rolling Hills of the Shawnee National Forest HISTORIC HULL HOUSE INN • An Italianate style Victorian home built in 1887 by William H. Hull boasts a stellar reputation of elegance and charm.

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54 • WESTERN SUBURBS • AUGUST 2020 • Glancer MagazineSSUUMMMMEERRffaarrmmeerr’’ss mmaarrkkeettssNAPERVILLE GLEN ELLYN LISLE WHEATON AURORA BATAVIA GENEVA SUGAR GROVE OSWEGO YORKVILLEFARMER’S MARKETS 2020OPEN 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!

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DUPAGE NAPERVILLE – 95th Street Farmers Market Every Thursday, June 4-September 24, 3:7pm 95th Street Library Parking Lot, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive 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 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 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 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 Farmer’s Market Water Street • Parking at Benton & Water Street Saturdays 8am-12pm, June 27–October 17 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 Farmer’s Market Located on River Street & the Lot on Spring Street Saturdays, 8am-12pm The Batavia Farmer’s 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 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 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 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 Farmer’s Market Yorkville Town Square Saturdays 10am-2pm, June 1–August 24 Summertime market featuring local vendors at Yorkville towns-quare, just blocks away from the charming riverfront. SUMMERfarmer’s marketsFARMER’S MARKETS 2020Glancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 55

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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. 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.com4. 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.com3. 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. 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. 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.com6. 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. 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! 1.NEW WEST SUBURBAN HOT SPOTS6. • WESTERN SUBURBS • JULY 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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