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TABLE OF CONTENTS T E A M G L A N C E R PUBLISHER Glancer Magazine Inc DECEMBER 2021 PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Lindy Kleivo EDITORIAL Print Digital Kristen Kucharski Columnist Writer Mindy Kyle Columnist Writer Brianna Bartemeyer Features Writer SALES MARKETING Lindy Kleivo Publishing Director PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Catuara Features Photographer P U B L I C A T I O N S GLANCER MAGAZINE A West Suburban Chicago Lifestyle Magazine Featuring the Best of West Suburban Chicago for Communities In DuPage Kane Kendall GLANCERMAGAZINE COM A Hyper Local Daily Features Site Highlighting On Trend Stories for Communities In DuPage Kane Kendall GLANCER GO TO GUIDE Highlighting Local On Trend Events Deals for For Communities In DuPage Kane Kendall C O N T A C T U S EDITORIAL Press Releases Local Events Community News editorial glancermagazine com ADVERTISING Digital Advertising Local Marketing Solutions advertising glancermagazine com SUBSCRIPTIONS Monthly Download Daily Digital www glancermagazine com Glancer Magazine highlighting the best of DuPage Kane Kendall Counties is produced by Glancer Magazine Inc Glancer Magazine GlancerMagazine com You ve Been Glanced and the Glancer logo are registered trademarks of Glancer Magazine Inc All rights reserved Magazine reproduction in whole or in part is strictly prohibited DECEMBER 2021 Vol 19 Issue 192 15 Fascinating Faces of the Year This December we have so much to celebrate As the community says goodbye to 2021 we want to honor some notable residents who have made a difference these last 12 months This month we are celebrating 15 Fascinating Faces of 2021 plus much more SO MUCH TO CELEBRATE DECEMBER 2021 Featuring 15 Fascinating Faces of 2021 Giving Back to Local Families In Need 10 Trends In Local Lights Holiday Fun and Much More 7 5 Things to Do This month our pages celebrate so much Each December we feature 15 Fascinating Faces of the Year highlighting west suburban residents who are making a difference in the lives around them Each story is inspiring in its own unique way We are honored to announce our list for 2021 nominated by our readers and are very grateful to be given this opportunity to share these stories We are honored to have such an amazing readership base and we thank you for your contiuned support of our digital publication Stay connected to www GlancerMagazine com all season long for daily posts photos features event highlights and more Happy Holidays to you and yours We can t wait to celebreat with you 8 15 Fascinating Faces of 2021 36 Dining Cocktails Breakfast with Santa 39 Meet the Band The Commoners 40 Women Inspired Award Winning Designer 42 Chicago Style Christkindlmarket 44 10 Trends Local Lights Fun Happenings 46 Brunch with Santa In Yorkville 48 Million Dollar Listing Glen Ellyn Beauty 54 Literary Local St Charles History 56 Unique In Suburbia Nickelodean In Mexico 59 GUIDE Holiday Time 60 Mom s Little Black Book Thingamajigz 62 On Stage Cinderella at Paramount 78 Ladies Night Out at Trend Relic 84 Next Generation Wedding Guide 2021 86 Trendy Traveler Lake Lawn Resort 94 Kid Stuff Charlie Brown More 96 7 Spectacular Ways to Help Local Families Subscribe for daily weeky and monthly updates at www GlancerMagazine com Copy right 2 0 2 1 All Rights Reserved Glancer Magazine Inc 5 Hello From Glancer Magazine Lindy Kleivo Founder Publishing Director West Suburban Area View Share Stories Online www glancermagazine com Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 5

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DECEMBER 2021 5 Things to Do 2 Light Up the Lake at Navy Pier CHICAGO Brighten the winter season with Chicagoland s biggest indoor temperature controlled light garden featuring large scale light sculpture displays an Alpine ice rink authentic holiday beer garden kiddie train rides gift market Merry Main Street Presented By Brach s and of course a visit with Santa Now through Jan 2 in Festival Hall www navypier org light up the lake 3 The Naperville Nutcracker 1 Second City Holiday AT PFEIFFER HALL BY ELISE FLAGG ACADEMY SUNDAY DEC 12 4PM NAPERVILLE The tradition continues Celebrate this holiday season with the magic of The Naperville Nutcracker Set to the beloved score by Tchaikovsky with its beautiful costumes gorgeous sets and impressive dancing this production is guaranteed to fill the audience with cheer and delight SHOW DATES Dec 17 7pm Dec 18 1pm 5pm Dec 19 1pm www eliseflagg com nutcracker 2021 GLEN ELLYN While the weather outside could be frightful the laughter inside is most delightful as comedy s best and brightest roast the chestnuts out of all the things we lovingly loathe about the holiday season Bring those who are on your nice or naughty list for the perfect holiday de stressor It s enough merriment and music to keep you jolly til the Chicago snow melts next May www atthemac org 4 Illumination MORTON ARBORETUM LISLE This year Illumination is going back to its roots with its traditional walking path Visitors will be surrounded by color as they walk amid interactive lighting effects that highlight the beauty of trees in winter www mortonarb org 5 It s a Wonderful Life DEC 22 6PM SHOWING ST CHARLES Enjoy this holiday classic with friends and family at Arcada Theater This movie is a wonderful reminder of just how precious life is www arcadalive com Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 7

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Each December we feature 15 Fascinating Faces of the Year highlighting suburban residents who are making a difference in the lives around them and achieving great things Each story is inspiring in its own unique way We are honored to announce our list for 2021 Thank you to each featured residents for this opportunity to share their story Ella Querrey NAPERVILLE From a toddler dancing in front of the TV to Barney to an elite performer earning 1st Runner Up Teen Outstanding Dancer at The 2021 New York City Dance Alliance National Competition Ella has been dancing for 15 years with Inspire School of Dance She has received many accolades along the way that have involved traveling around the country for intense competitions auditions and convention class training Through her dance associations she supports local fundraisers such as Fox Valley Showcase DanceOn Chicago and The NYC Dance Alliance Foundation Inc As a junior at Neuqua Valley High School she is a dance member and student choreographer for the Neuqua Valley Orchesis dance program Ella is open minded motivated funny energetic authentic and humble and has high hopes to pursue a double major including BFA in Dance and BS in Human Development Psychology at Julliard University of Southern California or University of Arizona Kristen Kucharski Photos Submitted Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 9

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Christi Rantis Lally ST CHARLES GLEN ELLYN Christi has been featured on ABC and WGN News Segments and has worked with amazing production teams on photo shoots and film sets Growing up she was enamored with all thing s beauty whether it was a movie TV show or fashion ad the makeup always stood out to her and became a lifelong passion At the time she became a licensed Esthetician from the Aveda Institute in Chicago in 2009 many salons also did not specialize in Bridal Services or the option to travel on site to hotels homes or out of state With the help of her two sisters this led to her business venture which catapulted the founding of House of Koukla in 2010 The name Koukla which means beautiful doll was roused by their Greek Heritage and highlights the core of the salon which donates goods and services to Fox Valley Special Recreation FVSRA Gigi s Playhouse Look Good Feel Better and the Moms of the Western Suburbs Appointments are that are filled with laughs good stories and major glam Kristen Kucharski Photos by Mike Cataura Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 11

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Kelly Fitzsimmons CHICAGOLAND From Chicago s North Shore to Naperville and beyond Kelly Fitzsimmons helps families create lifetime memories with elegant outdoor holiday lighting displays Her company Light Up Your Holidays is the only female owned and operated full time exterior holiday decorating company in Illinois Kelly is a diehard entrepreneur who started her business from the trunk of her car more than two decades ago Her service known for classic elegant designs and professional personable service has clients returning yearly for their holiday traditions My mission is to encourage everyone to decorate with lights for the holidays Beautifully decorated homes bring smiles and a sense of wonder said Fitzsimmons I m so lucky to create magical holiday lighting experiences helping families make memories to last a lifetime When not designing holiday displays Kelly is a professionally trained architectural color specialist working with clients on their interior decorating and painting She launched Paint the Town Red 20 years ago to augment her winter business It is now a Better Homes Gardens recognized interior decorating company I understand the science and psychology of selecting home paint colors I love the challenge and the result has a huge impact on my clients daily lives Since most homeowners only paint every 7 10 years colors must not only look good but must also FEEL inspiring she said When Kelly isn t Lighting Up the Holidays or Painting the Town Red she spends her time with her son Levi He reminds me to play and to be in the moment Photos Submitted LightUpYourHolidays com Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 13

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Chris and Megan Curren ST CHARLES Chris and Megan Curren bring decades of hospitality experience to their debut concept The Graceful Ordinary an upscale American restaurant situated on the Fox River in downtown St Charles A graduate of the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute Chris launched his culinary career in 2002 working in kitchens throughout the Cleveland area alongside acclaimed Chef Bruce Kalman and at celebrated contemporary American restaurant Three Birds After relocating to Chicago he opened critically renowned finedining concept Blue 13 where he served as executive chef owner before moving on to helm the kitchens of some of the city s premier hospitality collectives and independent concepts Born and raised in the Chicagoland area Megan entered the hospitality industry in 2004 after moving to the city Over the ensuing years she would hold numerous positions at nightlife concepts within Bonhomme Hospitality Group Beatnix Beatnix on the River Celeste DISCO along with time spent handling weddings and social events for Entertainment Cruises The two met through mutual friends in 2010 eventually relocating to the Fox River Valley where they would pursue their longtime goal of opening a restaurant together with the debut of The Graceful Ordinary in 2021 With Chris serving as executive chef owner and Megan as event sales manager the stunning riverfront concept provides the community with a welcoming space to gather and socialize while enjoying an elevated yet approachable menu of refined rustic cuisine When they re not at the restaurant the Currens enjoy spending time with their kids as a family Photos by Matt Reeves Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 15

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Jacob Lachs WHEATON Jacob is a three sport athlete football wrestling and baseball He is also a part of the West Student Leadership Team at Glenbard West High School as well as the Social Media Intern for the football and wrestling teams Outside of Glenbard West Jacob is a peer mentor for St Jude Children s Research Hospital and writes for a blog called East Prairie Media He is a triple threat Smart and mature enjoys politics and news and hopes to study business or public policy and law after high school With high hopes of achieving admission into some of the top colleges across the country his college counselling service HelloCollege encouraged him to take an online prep course to get ready for the ACT It paid off with a perfect score of 36 Jacob has developed time management skills set priorities and goals and has created a successful plan to achieve his goals Kristen Kucharski Photos Submitted Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 17

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Jaime Mazur LISLE Jaime seems to have it all She is a mother and wife a healthcare worker an influencer a writer an avid traveler and a certified sommelier This loyal and outspoken young woman was the DuPage County Brand Ambassador is a west suburban wine club founder a Naperville Plant Club member and attends Compass Church Her journey to success and serenity was not easy She found solace in journaling launching her blog JaimeSays com in 2016 under the tagline Purposefully Quiet Travel Here she offers insights on traveling for people with anxiety disorders or those on the autism spectrum As I was recovering from PTSD one of the hardest things to do was to leave home to travel Jaime shares I hoped to share with others what made it easier for me and how to avoid travel related anxiety She focuses on second and third tier destinations as crowd avoidance is her prime tip One might say she has been touting socially distant travel for a decade and has now expanded into wine and agrotourism A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step Lao Tzu Kristen Kucharski Photos Submitted Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 19

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Maggie Owen AURORA Metea Valley High School senior Maggie Owen is a self proclaimed introvert who enjoys participating on the high school track and field team as well as rock climbing however this soft spoken and reserved young lady can get a bit crazy when it comes to taking down competitors as one of the elite American Ninja Warriors of the world who sent waves through the competition of Season 13 that aired on July 12 2021 Competing on American Ninja warrior was probably the coolest experience I ever had Maggie says I had over a year to train at Ultimate Ninjas in Naperville I ended up going out on the fourth obstacle because I misplaced the bar and slipped off but I would absolutely do it again and am hopeful to get a call this season This west suburban teen has proven once again that if dream it you can do it Just believe in yourself Kristen Kucharski Photos Submitted Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 21

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Kevin Coyne NAPERVILLE Kevin has been active in the community since moving to Naperville in 2000 He spent years on the Naperville Jaycee Board and was the Executive Director of the Naperville Last Fling in 2006 In 2007 Mayor Pradel appointed him to Naperville s Fair Housing Commission and in 2010 to the Naperville Planning and Zoning Commission where he served until being elected to Naperville s City Council Kevin was a Naperville Councilman from 2015 2021 Currently Kevin volunteers as a soccer and basketball coach for the Naperville Park District and All Saints Catholic Academy It should come as no surprise that this married father of one would become the Founder and Chair for Safe Suburbs USA https safesuburbsusa com Safe Suburbs USA host events that celebrate public safety personnel and it stands behind political candidates that support police first responders and prioritize public safety and law Safe Suburbs USA also educates the community on crime substance abuse and other topics that touch on public safety Kevin finds great fulfillment in playing a part in the future success of the city he loves Kristen Kucharski Photos Submitted Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 23

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Photos from An Ornament In Prosperity A History of St Charles Township s Rural Schools Adam D Gibbons GENEVA This local dad private tutor and author is truly awe inspiring accomplishing so much already in his lifetime This includes the recent launch of his latest book release An Ornament In Prosperity A History of St Charles Township s Rural Schools which was compiled through the cooperation of the St Charles History Museum and available in the community He lives on the east side of Geneva in the former Snow family farmhouse which just celebrated its 183rd birthday this past May He is a graduate of Northwestern University Bachelor of Arts History and Wake Forest University Master of Arts History and has been a genealogist since the age of thirteen For several years Adam worked as a fact checker and researcher for an educational publishing company in Evanston Illinois He has lived in the Chicago area since 1993 other than two years in Winston Salem North Carolina He keeps a daily journal that has run over 11 200 continuous days whose entries put together exceed three and a half million words When he is not writing books or tutoring he enjoys reading listening to podcasts and audiobooks walking and spending time in nature He and his wife Heidi who is a photographer and an elementary school teacher in Geneva have two children Their son enjoys geography Minecraft and fencing and their daughter enjoys playing the violin shopping for vintage clothing and learning about biology Each member of the family also enjoys trivia math animals seeing new places and spending time in bookstores Adam served as President of the Board of Directors for Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley and as an usher for Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St Charles He is a life member of the Western New York Genealogical Society and is a member of the Education Committee for the St Charles History Museum Adam conducts historic home research in the Fox Valley and is the founder and owner of Old Adage Press based in Geneva He enjoys gardening collecting antiques and rescuing architectural salvage and 19th century photographs He is also a home bound tutor and specializes in tutoring math history English reading and all areas of the ACT SAT and GRE Each of his publications has been accepted into the Library of Congress and he has been awarded honors from the Corron Farm Preservation Society the Garfield Farm Inn and Museum Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley and the Thornapple Questers Adams books can be found in Harvey s Tales of Geneva and Town House Books of St Charles alon online at Amazon com Photos Submitted Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 25

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Ron Schmoker SHERIDAN LISLE Over his lifetime Ron has made an impact on his community and his family He is the current owner of The Elevator in Sheridan yet at 69 years old this is new career for him He grew up in Lisle had five kids and moved to Sheridan He owned Schmoker Drywall most of his life and worked on many suburban schools and well known buildings Although work consumed much of his time he always found treasured moments for his kids turning trees into luxurious forts with doors and windows He continues to spread his love time and contagious energy with his grandkids and all those around him When he became a snowbird to Florida a few years ago he garnered the best fishing stories inclusive of catching an alligator puffer fish shark lobster and crab He also grows giant pumpkins pineapples limes lemons bananas grapefruit and oranges at their Florida house But this master carpenter doesn t rest long and decided to rehab the old grain elevator in Sheridan in 2019 using wood from grain bin floors to create walls of art and even built the bar from them Ron has now added Town Chef to his resume for his well known sweet potato chili and chicken sandwiches too He goes by many names dad papa worker friend above all cherished Kristen Kucharski Photos by Mike Cataura Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 27

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Janice Owino and George Bikeri BATAVIA Janice and George have always wanted to own a home as it provides a more stable affordable housing cost and security for their family that includes both physical and emotional peace This couple from Kenya became Batavia s first Habitat for Humanity family this past November Volunteers future homeowners and Habitat officials broke ground for the project Habitat s 68th in the Fox Valley area in October 2020 The homesite at the corner of Wilson Street and Independence Drive previously housed a city water tower We are forever grateful that we were selected and they believed in us to become homeowners Owino shared We are truly blessed to start our new life and family together in this beautiful home It s such a happy ending The experience was educative emotional and exciting The coupled added that one of their favorite features about the home is the energy saving appliances First Centennial Mortgage of Aurora contributed 175 000 to the project and housewarming gifts from community members and Habitat officials included a family bible handmade quilts and 1 500 in gift cards and other items from Batavia Woman s Club Founded in 1988 in Aurora Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity is based at Genesis Community Church in Montgomery Genesis Pastor Jeffrey Barrett is Fox Valley Habitat CEO Habitat is driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live Kristen Kucharski Photos Submitted Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 31

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Lia Caton NAPERVILLE This Riverwoods Community resident and former DuPage Pads Homeless Services Agency Employment Specialist is pursuing her passions as a singer songwriter while balancing family and being mom to her son a Naperville Central High School student Her album Someone Like You written and recorded in Nashville with Sean Giovanni a producer for Tim McGraw will be released in 2022 The first single Hell or High Water dropped in October with the Academy of Country Music selecting her for its New Music Friday playlist alongside Reba McEntire Miranda Lambert etc This holiday season she ll be highlighting outreach for the homeless community with her song video Spare Some Time It s an issue that hits home for Lia as her father struggled with addiction and homelessness Stay updated at LiaCaton com Kristen Kucharski Photo by Kristie Schram Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 31

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Bella Sulejmani ELGIN Bella used her experience in the beauty industry to translate a passion for exquisiteness and perfection into a self taught love of baking unique items for her clients from the hottest trends like cocoa bombs and breakable thematic chocolates to spiced donuts and fun cupcakes and the most magnificent wedding cakes With only six years of experience she has taken the west suburban market by surprise working with top celebrities like Jenny McCarthy at her recent FORMLESS event at French MedSpa in St Charles My inspiration comes from all the smiles and hugs I receive especially from my youngest clients Bella shares It brings joy to her heart to see the reactions every time she delivers and she loves to give back to charitable events such as Superhero s in Supercars hosted by URR for Cal s Angels Decadence and delight filled with fun flavor and fundraising Kristen Kucharski Photos Submitted Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 33

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Anna Krolikowska STRONG FAMILY LAW ADVOCATE PRESIDENT OF THE ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION The best way to create the future is to create it Divorce attorney Anna Krolikowska has learned to listen and take in varying points of view to educate and to act compassionately in all situations She is a litigator a trained mediator and a collaborative professional who works creatively and collaboratively for the best possible outcome Many couples believe they must litigate to achieve their divorce but often they can choose mediation or collaborative approaches and dissolve their marriage with much less hurt and harm while preserving their dignity and co parenting relationship Anna shares I am also deeply committed to educating my clients about their divorce options and supporting them as they go through one of the most difficult if not the most difficult experiences of their lives and helping them build a brighter future With a passion for wanting to help couples going through the most difficult time of their lives Anna is able to offer to her clients diverse and creative approaches to resolving marital disputes that are less harmful to the couple and their children Beyond her legal practice Anna is involved in many professional associations In 2021 she was installed as president of the Illinois State Bar Association a professional organization of 30 000 Illinois attorneys Anna is only the 5th female president since the founding of the Illinois State Bar Association in 1877 To win this seat Anna campaigned statewide and won majority of the votes of all the 102 precincts in Illinois In this role she represents the next generation of law professionals She has focused on the following Presidential Initiatives helping attorneys manage and operate their practices better through the ISBA Business Institute Diversity Equity and Inclusion withing the ISBA and the legal profession and the Life Work and Wellness Balance Initiative to assist ISBA members and their families in navigating these challenging and unique times I formed a business institute at ISBA which offers educational opportunities for our members in practice management which are very much needed in today s economic environment Anna says Attorneys also need to learn how to balance life and work Professionals in general women in particular were very much impacted by the changes driven by COVID 19 As a mom I understand what it is like to juggle personal wellness and motherhood with professional focus and ambition Committed to serving her clients and peers Anna P Krolikowska possesses the personal and professional expertise backed by integrity and grace to succeed and to help you find the best path forward to a dignified divorce Kristen Kucharski Photo by Mike Catuara ANNA P KROLIKOWSKA P C 5 Revere Drive Suite 200 Northbrook IL 60062 satellite locations available 847 715 9328 AnnaKLaw com www facebook com AttyKrolikowska www linkedin com in annakrolikowska Instagram annaklawchicago Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 35

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DINING COCKTAILS DINING PollyannaBrewing com WEST SUBURBAN DINING NEXT STOP NORTH POLE Enjoy these Breakfast with Santa Hot Spots In the Western Suburbs WESTERN SUBURBS Tis the season to enjoy Breakfast with Santa We found some super amazing local establishments that will be hosting this special event this month Each menu looks delicious with fun activities and such happening throughout the event promising fun for the whole family Make your reservation today space fills up fast Enjoy 36 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine HOTEL BAKER St Charles www hotelbaker com CATCH 35 Downtown Naperville www catch35 com WHITETAIL RIDGE Yorkville www whitetailridgegc com DRURY LANE Oak Brook www drurylane com

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DINING COCKTAILS Cocktails Island of Misfit Beers Now Available at Obscurity ELBURN Elburn s newest hot spot Obscurity Brewery has something that the Gen Xers on your list are going to LOVE The Island of Misfit Beers is ready for you at the brewery for pick up Enjoy 4 new cans and 4 new styles Included is red ale with cherry maple and cinnamon coffee Stout oatmeal Stout with vanilla red ale with hazelnut www drinkobscurity com Enjoy a Delightful Dinner at Beautiful Maggiano s this Season NAPERVILLE OAK BROOK CHICAGO A wonderful place to be during the holidays Maggiano s Little Italy specializes in Italian American cuisine served in a warm and friendly atmosphere decorated beautifully for the season Perfect for large groups Maggiano s opened the doors of its first location on the corners of Clark St and Grand Ave in Chicago Ill Nov 11 1991 www maggianos com Wine Canvas at the Farm Wednesday December 8 AURORA Pinot Noir meets the palette as an instructor guides you through your own custom canvas creation Bring a bottle of your favorite wine snacks a few friends and enjoy a lively social and creative night out Paintings are posted monthly on Blackberry Farm s Facebook page Held at Blackberry Farm Ages 18 years up 22 www foxvalleyparkdistrict org event wine canvas 4 Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 37

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MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT Meet the Band The Commoners of Naperville NAPERVILLE It s kind of like the reinvention of the 60s The Mamas and The Papas as a group Naperville moms and dads have come together to form a classic rock cover band called The Commoners All of us live and raise families here in Naperville says electric violinist Lara Bruce Guitarist Eric Torcasio started the band with me and another guy four years ago simply to entertain the folks at the Cress Creek Commons swimming pool We kept at it and added more people to the band and took the name The Commoners in reference to the neighborhood pool and his wife owned the store I worked for them while my kids were in grade school That s how I got to know Eric They each have careers and families but find time weekly to get together to practice and learn new songs while fully appreciating the creative outlet backed by the supportive friendships that have developed over the years The band s musical sweet spot is Bob Seger John Mellancamp and 70 s classic rock and they have played at Empire Potters Ballydoyles neighborhood block parties and an annual dinner show at the Cress Creek Country Club The group hopes to perform at The Last Fling some day The other band members include Tom Rossi on vocals John Houston on guitar bass William Keeling on drums Greg Tatkowski on bass Feet are tapping people are dancing and the energy is alive when The Commoners rock the house Kristen Kucharski You may remember the outdoor clothing store called Badlands Outfitters located by Trader Joe s years ago Lara adds Eric KNOW A GREAT BAND Introduce Us at editorial glancermagazine com Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 39

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HOME DESIGN WInspired OMEN Providing Home Design Since 1997 BATAVIA West DuPage Cabinets and Granite has been providing home design since 1997 when the company began as a custom home builder Today Catherine Sanzeri and her talented team continues to fill a niche in the west suburban home design marketplace by providing a full range of products to fit every budget while providing lifestyle focused designs with top industry designers As a proud member of the NKBA and KCMA this womenowned local area home design establishment guarantees your absolute satisfaction 40 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine THE DESIGN PROCESS Catherine shares that today s trends include timeless kitchen designs that incorporate the latest products into the design to fit each homeowners needs This is West DuPage Cabinets and Granite s area of specialty If you re looking for a new kitchen or bathroom design West DuPage Cabinets Granite s talented design team will visit your home for a consultation take measurements and look at the lifestyle components of the home Does your family cook often Do you like to entertain How many people are usually in your kitchen at once Once they have all of the information needed the team will create a design to present to you the homeowner upon a visit to the Batavia showroom

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Today s trends include timeless kitchen designs that incorporate the latest products into the design to fit each homeowners needs Catherine Sanzeri Owner Homeowners enjoy a stress free process with this local one stop home designer as this top rated Batavia business has everything needed to complete a kitchen or bathroom design including labor for each project Additionally West DuPage Cabinets and Granite extends their discounts at the supply houses to their clients specifically for appliances and plumbing fixtures The entire process is coordinated with your designer who stays with you through the entire project leaving the homeowners completely satisfied throughout INDUSTRY TRENDS Catherine noted that the industry is always changing with future trends leaning towards larger islands coffee bars and entertainment spaces including a wine refrigerator in the kitchen and more features to accommodate larger groups LEADING THE WAY The company has received many awards and accolades through the years including Best of the Best in Kitchen and Bath Remodeling 2017 2018 2019 2020 and 2021 in addition to Glancer Magazine s Best of the Best Kitchen Designer for Kane County in 2021 One of Catherine s most cherished projects was when her team designed and built a first floor master suite for a client whose husband had MS and could no longer walk up the stairs The improved quality of both of their lives was a gift to see shared Catherine West DuPage Cabinets and Granite 630 414 2363 143 S Batavia Ave Batavia www westdupagecabinetsand granite com Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 41

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CHICAGO STYLE A Market to Love Daley Plaza Wrigleyville The Christkindlmarket CHICAGO The Christkindlmarket Chicago is the most authentic traditional holiday market of its kind outside of Europe offering a unique shopping experience family friendly events intercultural activities Since 1996 German American Events LLC a subsidiary of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest has hosted the Christkindlmarket Chicago as a free event featuring international and local vendors with various offerings for all ages Though many miss the Oak Brook and Naperville locations it s wonderful to see the market returning this year after a virtual run last year In 2021 there are two Chicago locations Daley Plaza and Wrigleyville Enjoy Photos Submitted www christkindlmarket com 42 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine

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10 TRENDS 10 TRENDS Trends In Local Lights Holiday Fun 1 Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo ALL SEASON LONG www czs org HolidayMagic Now in its 40th year get ready to visit Chicagoland s largest and longest running lights festival featuring over two million twinkling LED lights New this year is Sea of Lights featuring over 2 miles of lights Play the Game of Gnomes and find all 25 hidden throughout the zoo Enjoy a 600 foot tunnel of lights illuminated animal sculptures numerous photo ops and more Advance tickets required 2 Holiday Express DECEMBER 2021 BLACKBERRY FARM AURORA www blackberryfarm info holiday express Bring the family for a magical and memorable experience just like visiting the North Pole Blackberry Farm is a winter wonderland amid thousands of twinkling lights festive holiday decorations and happy holiday music Take a ride on the Holiday Express train a charming tour around scenic Lake Gregory and enjoy a hay wagon ride too Back in the historic pioneer village you ll enjoy crafts a reindeer food bar story readings of holiday classics at the one room schoolhouse and a special visit with Santa Tickets go on sale November 12 at 9am 44 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine

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3 Celebration of Lights Festival NOVEMBER 28 BATAVIA RIVERWALK DOWNTOWN BATAVIA www bataviaparks org Experience the Magic of Batavia with the Celebration of Lights Festival Enjoy hayrides holiday craft activities old fashioned ornament making a community sing a long ceremonial tree lighting a visit with Santa story hour and the ever popular Christmas Tree Lane The festival is presented by the Batavia Park District in partnership with Batavia MainStreet the Batavia Chamber of Commerce the City of Batavia and the Batavia Police Department This event is free 4 Nights of Lights ALL SEASON LONG ADAMS PARK WHEATON Enjoy the return of Nights of Lights in Adams Park this holiday season The display will be lit through January 9 2022 Lights will be on from dusk to 11pm While you re there be sure to drop your letter to Santa Clause in the special North Pole mailbox located in the southeast corner of the park Be sure to look in the gazebo for Santa s special mailbox Make sure the return address is on the letter to receive a letter back from Santa 8 Reindeer Road www reindeerroad com New to Naperville featuring the world s tallest reindeer This drive thru Christmas lights display is located on the campus of Highpoint Church at 1805 High Point Drive Naperville and has many unique features including a theatrical lighting a mailbox drop for Letters to Santa free hot chocolate while supplies last and more with special visits from Santa and Rudolph from time to time how fun is that Additionally there will be Santa s Vendor Village featuring local businesses 12 3 12 10 12 17 and many Christmas photo opportunities Visit today 10 car in support of Alive Center and KidsMatter 9 Elf On the Shelf 5 Believe House NIGHTLY 4 30 10 30PM OVER NIGHT ON CHRISTMAS EVE 630 VICKSBURG COURT www believehouse com the believe house A beautiful display of lights in Naperville this display has caught the attention of every major news outlet and is loved by many A popular touring spot for Chicagoans near and far with an extra special story behind it Visit online to learn more https www believehouse com the believe house 6 Miracle on 34th Street DECEMBER 19 ROSEMONT THEATER www chicago theater com This production will give you a glimpse into the enchanting world of the North Pole where Santa resides Experience toe tapping songs and unforgettable dance numbers as you journey through a heart warming tale which will boost everyone s Christmas spirit s yes even those of a humbug 10 Festival of Lights ALL SEASON LONG PHILLIPS PARK AURORA www mortonarb org A holiday tradition for fifteen years and counting the Rotary Club of Aurora Festival of Lights in historic Phillips Park is one of the largest free outdoor holiday light displays in northern Illinois Enjoy animated arrays like the 20foot tall singing Christmas tree and Santa s Toy Factory Over 30 000 cars tour the Festival of Lights each year over the display s four week run between Thanksgiving and just after Christmas Donations welcome DECEMBER 10 19 BRIGHTSIDE THEATRE NAPERVILLE www brightsidetheatre com BrightSide Theatre opens their10th anniversary season with this family friendly holiday musical Miracle on 34th Street A Live Musical Radio Play Performing at the Theatre at Meiley Swallow Hall at North Central College 31 S Ellsworth Street in Naperville 7 Holiday Lights at Mooseheart MOOSEHEART BATAVIA www gonorthaurora com With over 80 displays over nearly two miles of gorgeous winding driveway at one of Chicagoland s largest holiday light tours the Holiday Lights at Mooseheart is another fantastic festive journey for you and your family in the Aurora Area Founded in 1913 Mooseheart is a residential childcare facility located on 1 000 acres between the Aurora Area communities of North Aurora and Batavia Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 45

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FAMILY TIME Brunch Fun Yorkville Restaurant to Hold Brunch with Santa SUNDAY DECEMBER 12 Located in Yorkville this local favorite has a new event to share and the kids are going to love it Brunch with Santa Known for being an upbeat high end bar and grill that serves outstanding food and drinks Silver Fox Bar Grill will be serving up brunch for famillies to enjoy Be sure to make your reservations soon as this will fill up fast ABOUT THE RESTAURANT Silver Fox Bar Grill has an inviting char house atmosphere accented by a colorful bar featuring a wide selection of sandwiches steaks seafood and chicken 46 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine prepared fresh on the grill They also offer a home kitchen menu boasting a variety of platter style recipes passed down through our chefs families homemade dishes common when families had more time to spend in the kitchen Silver Fox s diverse selection of appetizers and entrees provides a complete dining experience whether it be for a romantic dinner for two or a fun night out for the entire family If you haven t been here yet now s a great time to visit this Yorkville favorite www silverfoxyorkville com

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MILLION DOLLAR 1 049 000 4 bed 4 5 bath 3 889 sqft 0 24acre lot 353 N Main St Glen Ellyn listing 630 230 0500 Presented by Valerie Jungels Brokered by Coldwell Banker Realty 630 752 2900 Located In the Heart of Glen Ellyn Looking for beautiful You have found it in this luxury in town Glen Ellyn home Enjoy an outstanding location just steps from the Metra station shops prairie path restaurants and and the coveted park district This modern custom built home exudes quality from the minute you step on the paver walkway leading to the cozy front porch Upon entering the home its gracious foyer 10 foot ceilings custom millwork and thoughtful floorplan will welcome you in immediately and that s just the beginning 48 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine

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REAL ESTATE Built for a Perfect Lifestyle Relax and rejuvenate in the private owners suite boasting two walk in closets and an en suite bath featuring a jetted tub separate shower and double vanity The lower level features a finished recreation room with wet bar a built in desk area and space to workout What more could your family ask for Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 49

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HOME DESIGN NEW KITCHEN H O M E W E R K S View Remodeling Gallery Online NAPERVILLE Recognized as a premiere remodeling company with a 10 000 square foot showroom in Naperville HomeWerks has a beautiful online gallery of photos and ideas to help you plan your next remodeling dream come true Now s a great time to start planning your next kitchen bath or basement project Family owned and operated since 1996 HomeWerks specializes in full service remodeling The kitchen and bath displays are interactive allowing visitors to experience many product features first hand With the focus of providing high quality products professional installation and exceptional customer service HomeWerks Kitchen and Bath www myhomewerks com 50 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine

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LITERA ARY local An Ornament In Prosperity A History of St Charles Township s Rural Schools by Adam D Gibbons ST CHARLES An Ornament In Prosperity A History of St Charles Township s Rural Schools was compiled through the cooperation of the St Charles History Museum The book published by Old Adage Press Geneva IL is 261 pages in length and features more than one hundred color interior images including reference maps of St Charles Written by Geneva resident Adam Gibbons his inspiration came from acquiring the Alice Davis collection from the family of Carrie Latimer Miller in September 2020 The collection consisted of more than a thousand photographs papers and many personal items associated with education in St Charles There is a school in St Charles named for Ms Davis and she was a well known and respected teacher for many decades Alice Davis passed away in St Charles in 1966 Soon after processing the Alice Davis collection Adam Gibbons donated the vast majority of the 56 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine items in the collection to the St Charles History Museum in the fall and winter of 2020 2021 The book details the history of every one room school in St Charles Township starting with the region s first school founded in 1835 The story of education is St Charles is traced through the consolidation of most rural schools in the late 1940s and well beyond Several interior images date to 2021 and feature the three remaining buildings in the area which once served as schools The book title is taken from a quotation by Aristotle who called education An ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity With more than one thousand footnotes and a full name index the book will make a great gift for someone interested in local history Available at Harvey s Tales of Geneva and Town House Books of St Charles Read more about this local author in this month s cover feature Adam Gibbons is one of Glancer Magazine s 15 Fascinating Faces of the Year

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REAL ESTATE Susan Colella 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 results 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 customs booklets with professional photography drone shots descriptions of updates develops unique ways to target the right buyers on the internet Restyling her listings with professional staging 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 thriving Spring market Call luxury listing agent Susan Colella anytime to discuss your real estate goals for 2021 Susan Colella Baird Warner 630 946 3813 Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 55

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UNIQUEIN INSUBURBIA SUBURBIA UNIQUE UNIQUE SHOP Offers Over 100 Scents UNIQUE in Suburbia by Brianna Bartemeyer Photos Submitted SCENTCERELY YOURS GENEVA The One Where Ross Can t Flirt During this Friends episode viewers witness Ross innocently awkward attempt to flirt with the Pizza Girl Upon discovering that the pizzeria uses a gas oven his flirting took an unexpected albeit interesting turn as he started to discuss the smell associated with well gas Leave it to Phoebe to genuinely and curiously ask Ross what else do they add smell to The answer lots Smell is everywhere The fragrance industry is valued at 32 8 Billion and is projected to hit 91 17 Billion by 2025 Smell governs our association to people places products etc It plays a major role in mood emotions behaviors and memories And our memories are powerful evoking emotions that contribute to happiness danger ie gas thanks Ross comfort sadness and many more 56 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine Scents contribute to our identity too They tell our story Similarly to a favorite song they transport us Cinnamon pumpkin cranberries frasier fir these scents connect us to the season and cherished memories with loved ones Lucky for us Geneva offers a charming experiential custom scent shop Scentcerely Yours This unique shop offers over 100 scents There are a variety of household and personal care items clients can make including candles diffusers soaps shower gels and lotions just to name a few SY uses natural soy wax premium fragrance oils and 100 organic cotton wicks allowing its candles to burn cleaner longer and more true to scent Recommended seasonal blends Red Hot Cinnamon Fraser Fir and First Snow White Birch We scentcerely hope you make special memories at this Geneva gem

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HOLIDAY STYLE MOM S little black book by Kristen Kucharski VIRTUAL REALITY FOR ALL AGES The mind is a power thing It can make us believe that a simulated experience is real even if we whole heartedly know in our mind and spirit that it is not After walking the red carpet and having our photos taken by the paparazzi we donned our virtual reality headsets and entered the battlefield with our team It was as if we were real live action figures in a videogame We could hear each other we could see each other but we were not us we had been transferred into cartoon like characters and transported into another world where we could still see feel and touch things It was us against the zombies that seemed to be coming from every corner We had to defend ourselves and each other to stay in the game It was a team effort to not only to score the most individual points but ensure you geared up to take on the masses that were there to defeat us With 70 single and multiplayer games it s activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family or a group of all ages from little Johnny to Aunt Sue and Grandpa Bill Although you don t move much the game can be as physical especially if you choose to play it on the KATVR Omnidirectional Treadmill At Thingamajiggz you can make a day of it and also create memories producing your very own Tik Tok s in uniquely designed rooms with specialty lighting that enhance the distinctive look you seek Have the family re enact that trendy dance or capture a pic with that special someone 60 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine Every corner brings another element of surprise inclusive of the freight elevator and speak easy vibe of the back rooms Bring your own food and drinks and enjoy a game of billiards backgammon or host your own full blown concert with the best sound system around This virtual reality space offers a showroom experience of exceptional fun for all ages Overview 6000 square foot Virtual Reality Showroom and event space with all the old school games and modern day amenities including Tik Tok and Social Media Rooms Flight Simulators Playstation 5 Gaming Stations Premium Sound System and a KATVR Omnidirectional Treadmill Thingamajiggz 195 Fox Valley Ctr Aurora 630 907 7351 www thingamajiggz com Hours 11am 8pm M Th 10am 9pm Fri Sat and Noon to 6pm Sun Price 15 15 min 28 30 min 48 60 min 68 90 min and 88 120 min Receive a 50 discount after 5 visits ABOUT THE WRITER Naperville mom Kristen Kucharski graduated from Illinois State University in 1992 with an International Business Degree She has two energetic daughters and her house is always full of children Kristen s column titled Mom s Little Black Book is a monthly feature written for moms who are looking for ways to keep their kids busy Read her past columns at www glancermagazine com bloggers

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HOLIDAY STYLE So Fun N A P E R V I L L E GET YOUR WHIRLY ON Make Your Reservation Today NAPERVILLE From friendly competition and entertainment to exceptional food and drink WhirlyBall Naperville provides the perfect venue for all ages and occasions The two story eatertainment complex features a variety of activities including WhirlyBall LaserTag HyperBowling and bowling plus private event spaces for groups of any size Round out your event with customized menus featuring The Pivot Room s selection of elevated American fare and 24 rotating craft beer taps Book your event today Whirlyball Naperville 3103 Oddyssey Naperville 630 932 4800 www whirlyball com

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HOLIDAY STYLE Now Playing Rodgers Hammerstein s Cinderella PARAMOUNT THEATRE NOVEMBER 10 JANUARY 9 AURORA The highly anticipated performance of Cinderella has arrived Experience one of the most beloved and cherished fairy tales live on Paramount s stage and with all the spectacle and splendor you ve come to expect This mesmerizing production gives us a familiar yet reimagined take on the story families have returned to over and over across generations Experience jaw dropping magic as you ve never seen before From pumpkins into carriages to tattered rags into a beautiful gown this show will delight and enchant young and old alike After all you re never too young for a little magic and never too old 62 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine to believe You may know the story but you ve never seen it like this Fit for a royal ball Paramount Grand Gallery s will be decked out for the season with a giant two story fully decorated Christmas tree and all the trimmings Enjoy a day out with family and friends and enjoy this beautiful performance A feel good message for the entire family Cinderella is the perfect fit for the holiday season that will leave you feeling like the impossible is possible www paramountaurora com

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HOLIDAY STYLE F A M I L Y F U N Oswego Holiday Express December 9 12 OSWEGO The tradition returns this holiday season All aboard to kiddos young and old as the Oswegoland Park District presents the Oswego Holiday Express Trolleys depart Santa Station the weekend of December 9 12 for the North Pole Put on your pajamas don your warmest apparel and head to the top of the world on a magical journey Mrs Claus will greet you you ll enjoy hot cocoa and cookies and meet Santa Register online today bit ly oswegohex21 Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 63

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HOLIDAY STYLE Holiday Fun DOWNERS GROVE INVITES YOU TO CELEBRATE The variety of small businesses amazing owners and community support makes downtown Downers Grove the destination it is today This past month the area welcomed Enclave 5111 and Allure Skin Spa It also looks forward to welcoming Apple Beez Prep in the next couple months Small Business Weekend was a great success Thank you to all who attended The Gingerbread House Contest will run through December 5 and on display until December 11 The Gingerbread Man Hunt Candy Cane Cash Rewards will be held throughout the holiday season Complimentary visits with Santa in his Gingerbread House Saturdays and Sundays 1 4pm Merry Madness will be held on December 9 Extended late hours will begin at participating businesses starting December 9 The many restaurants and cafes can please every taste bud Schedule your holiday celebration at one of your favorites today Shop local this holiday season and you will be giving a gift that will continue to give back www downtowndg org Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 65

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HOLIDAY STYLE F A M I L Y F I T N E S S Enjoy FREE Fitness Previews In January OSWEGO The Oswegoland Park District offers fitness classes for adults of all ages and abilities From on trend group exercise classes like HIIT and POUND to smaller group training and specialized classes like Cycling and Yoga you re sure to find a program to meet your exercise needs Not sure if a fitness program is right for you Try one class for free before registering for the full session You can also preview some of our new class formats instructors and locations during our FREE Fitness Previews this January Visit online for detailed listinga of classes fees times and locations bit ly opdfitness22 66 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine

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HOLIDAY TIME CLASSIC BEAUTY V E L V E T G R A C E SHARE GRACE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON Enjoy our spectacular display of Christmas d cor with just the right amount of sparkle to warm your heart and soul Velvet Grace warmly welcomes you to celebrate the holiday season The boutique will be dancing with rich color schemes natural textures and the essence of a comfy home In addition the Velvet Grace Studio will feature brand new winter Apparel which will combine classic and trendy elegant cozy with sizes ranging from small to 3X Our jewelry is an ensemble of mixed metals and gemstones that create the perfect accessory for any outfit Gift Certificates also available Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more information velvetgraceoswego 4025 US Highway 34 Oswego IL 630 636 6570 www velvetgrace net 68 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine

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HOLIDAY TIME celebrate B A T A V I A D R E S S S H O P Destination Dress Boutique Since 2009 BATAVIA Special Occasions has been charming area residents throughout Chicagoland since 2009 as a premiere destination location for beautiful gowns dresses and evening wear Guests travel from near and far to experience the selection of their dream dress in person not just online Upon entry into this beautiful downtown Batavia shop you are welcomed by an array of unique dresses that you can touch and feel offering you endless possibilities as you search for your dream dress along with a knowledgeable stylist who is there to guide you Here you will find each season s most sought after styles and must have dresses Founded by Mary Marconi Popiel in 2009 the shop s attention to detail makes the ordinary more extraordinary giving you a shopping experience that you will not forget Special Occasions does not simply sell dresses this local dress boutique sell dreams Visit today for your next Special Occasion SPECIAL Enjoy 30 Off Select Gowns 2 N Batavia Ave Batavia Illinois 630 406 1515 www specialoccasionsontheavenue com 70 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine

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HOLIDAY TIME STYLE H O L I D A Y M U S T H A V E S Jeans and a Cute Top Shop Invites You In WHEATON ST CHARLES So many LOVE Jeans and a Cute Top Shop a women s contemporary apparel boutique in downtown Wheaton and St Charles Residents travel from all over Chicagoland to shop this unique boutique The Wheaton store also features a curated pre loved collection of boutique brands that have been bought back from their customers and resell for 10 40 If you have gently worn items just a few years old from respected boutiques or clothing stores bring to the Wheaton store If accepted we pay 5 Cute Cash for each item Cute Cash can be redeemed in any Jeans and a Cute Top Shop How fun is that Visit the shop in Wheaton or St Charles or shop online today The 2021 holiday season is here Be sure you are fashion ready Photos by Mike Catuara www jeansandacutetopshop com Expires 12 31 21 74 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine

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HOLIDAY TIME Shop Lisle U N I Q U E S H O P I N L I S L E The Collective lhe Makery Invites You In Visit this local downtown Lisle shop for unique gifts apparel accessories home decor and so much more Plan a creative experience in the Makery with friends and family This shop is truly so very special As the owner of The Collective lhe Makery Autumn Geist has worn many hats and lived a life full of experiences The shop is her first brick and mortar business bringing her love of creating experiences event planning and curating beautiful apparel home decor and gifts into such a creative space Her talents shine through in all aspects of this endeavor and she is especially honored to be in a town that she believes is a hidden gem with lots of growth potential for indie businesses The Collective lhe Makery 4724 Main Street Lisle www thecollectivelhe com 74 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine

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HOLIDAY TIME Girls Night P I N O T S P A L E T T E Get Ready for The Best Night Out NAPERVILLE Pinot s Palette is the best night out in Naperville It s a fun filled party atmosphere where you and your friends can talk laugh paint and drink You don t need any art experience Pinot s Palette s talented local artists will guide you step by step through the painting Follow the artist s instructions or go rogue and end up with a one of akind masterpiece The studio provides aprons and supplies and they have a bar where you can purchase beer wine cocktails and snacks Plan your best night out and make memories to last a lifetime Pinot s Palette Naperville 75 W Jackson Avenue www pinotspalette com naperville

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HOLIDAY TIME Ladies Night Out D E C E M B E R 1 0 5 9 p m Trend Relic Offers More than Just Home Decor ST CHARLES trend relic is an experience that shoppers remember as this unique multi vendor marketplace has carefully selected experienced merchants who are artisans builders refinishers and painters boutique owners and more each offering the most special items to adorn your home and make you feel beautiful The talented merchants work hard to create and curate unique items both vintage and new Many of the treasures that you will find at trend relic have been handcrafted including jewelry candles furniture art and they have a variety of clothing accessories too Each of the wonderfully talented merchants have created beautiful spaces in the shop as well as local markets so you will find some of your very favorites here Owned by Karri and Heather together they bring years of retail decorating design staging and painting experience to the shop Their vision was to bring a unique shopping experience to Saint Charles like no other creating a space that felt inspired comfortable friendly and passionate At trend relic we are confident that you will experience all that and more You will also find monthly paint classes which include How To and Make and Take workshops Call the shop or visit to learn about upcoming classes including girls night out boutique events RSVP TO LADIES NIGHT OUT ON FACEBOOK trend relic 1501 Indiana Avenue St Charles Illinois 630 803 5253 www trendandrelic com 78 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine

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HOLIDAY TIME BEAUTIFUL S E A S O N A L B E A U T Y A Curated Lifestyle Boutique OSWEGO A curated lifestyle boutique specializing in timeless furniture home decor women s clothing and accessories gifts unique vintage finds and specialty goods from local artisans Hudson Design House showcases seasonal themes and vignettes throughout the store blending new and vintage aesthetic for a unique and inviting shopping experience We are located in the heart of downtown Oswego IL If you are a local artist maker or unique dealer and would like to sell your wares please contact info hudsondesignhouse gmail com LOCATED IN BEAUTIFUL OSWEGO ON MAIN STREET 76 Main Street Oswego Follow on Facebook Instagram 80 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine

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HOLIDAY TIME SHOPPING O N T R E N D E S S E N T I A L S Visit Online or In North Aurora at Rustic Fox NORTH AURORA Urban Echo Shop features on trend essentials for the stylish at heart from clothing and accessories to home decor unique furniture gifts and seasonal trends Owned by a mom and her daughter in Sugar Grove Illinois Urban Echo Shop was created to be an adored virtual hometown boutique where only the latest styles and trends are featured Residents are invited sit back and relax while browsing the shop s simplified trend collections online or shop at The Rustic Fox where you will find over 120 unique vendors Each day is a new day at Urban Echo Shop VISIT FOR ON TREND ESSENTIALS 1790 Town Centre Dr North Aurora Vendor 3 At the Entrance Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 81

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HOLIDAY TIME BOUTIQUING LONDON SKYE Unique Downtown Naperville Boutique Invites You In DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE London Skye is an independent contemporary fashion apparel boutique located downtown Naperville Owned by Naperville Resident Joellen Elam this destination shop is a mix of her children s namesakes and a nod to the time she spent living in London Located in the Water Street District of Downtown Naperville the shop offers a mix of clothing accessories and gifts for both men women with brands sourced domestically and across the globe When Joellen founded London Skye she wanted to create a place that focused on high quality unique items you couldn t find in other stores and she has done just that Visit today You ll love everything about it London Skye 120 Water Street Suiter 104 Naperville 331 814 3174 www londonskye com 82 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine

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TRENDY TRAVELER The Ultimate Family Getaway TrendY Traveler Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Riviera Maya in Cancun As SpongeBob SquarePants says I m Ready The highly anticipated five star all inclusive Nickelodeon Hotels Resorts Riviera Maya rolled out the Orange Carpet this past summer as the ultimate family friendly destination opened its doors Here Nickelodeon s renowned Slimings and Character Experiences are combined with Karisma Hotels Resorts and Grupo Lomas unmatched hospitality with the brand s first all Oceanfront Swim Up Suite resort featuring an enormous six acre Aqua Nick water park new Teenage Mutant Ninja 86 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine Turtles themed penthouse suites World Class Gourmet Inclusive dining with fan faves Good Burger and Piazza and endless play all day entertainment As Mexico s first and only Nickelodeon resort Nickelodeon Hotels Resorts Riviera Maya transports kids and adults alike into the imagination expanding worlds of the entertainment brand s beloved shows said Mario Mathieu Senior Vice President of Business Development Design and Construction at Karisma Hotels Resorts Learn more online www glancermagazine com travel and leisure

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HEALTH WELLNESS H 4 T R A I N I N G GET 1 ON 1 PERSONAL TRAINING AT H 4 TRAINING TWO SUBURBAN LOCATIONS WHEATON GENEVA It s time to take care of 1 with H4 Training This program is best for individuals with very specific needs who require dedicated attention H 4 s sessions focus on the specific goals of each client with workouts tailored to each person Visit online to learn more and to check out the many other programs available to you H4 Training Wheaton Geneva locations www h4 training com services personal training FITNESS www h 4training com Locations In Wheaton Geneva 88 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine

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HEALTH WELLNESS CHIRO CARE D R A L E E S H A F I S C H E R What is Chiropractic Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that focuses on the spine and other joints of the body and their connection to the nervous system The word chiropractic means to be done by hand Chiropractors use adjustments to restore joint function and support the nervous system Accidents falls and postural stress can cause subluxations which are misaligned vertebrae within the spine from its normal position Subluxations put pressure on the nerve roots and can decrease function of nerve signals between the body and the brain Left unresolved they can lead to chronic conditions The weight of a dime on a spinal nerve can reduce transmission by as much as 60 Chang Ha Suh PhD Spinal Biomechanics Expert Chiropractic Care at Naperville Chiropractic and Massage also includes soft tissue therapies massage lifestyle recommendations fitness coaching and nutritional advice Naperville Chiropractice Massage is located at 47 E Chicago Avenue Suite 332 B in Downtown Naperville Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 89

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HEALTH WELLNESS FAMILY DENTISTRY WITH A WIDE ARRAY OF SERVICES Valley View Dental offers a full array of general dentistry services cosmetic dentistry periodontal dental implants orthodontics procedures and oral surgery This includes Invisalign BOOST Teeth Whitening CEREC one day crowns and same day emergency visits guaranteed With a large staff of bi lingual doctors and staff on site labs at each location extended business and weekend hours Valley View Dental has the ability to treat patients according to their own schedules and convenience with all Covid 19 precautions taken Stop by and see why others in the community have trusted Valley View Dental for over 20 years Located In Naperville Montgomery Romeoville Valley View Dental www vvdental com DENTAL 90 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine

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HEALTH WELLNESS Thank You A B O U T K E R W E L L So Many Benefits to CBD NAPERVILLE DOWNERS GROVE Kerwell s CBD Skin Care Body Care and Makeup have been developed using a unique blend of soothing botanicals that synergistically identify with one s own skin restoring optimal balance maintaining hydration and activating anti aging prevention This remarkable line utilizes the most modern technology and protects from environmental free radicals using the preventative powers of prominent antioxidants Each ingredient functions with efficiency and effectiveness in this classic formula designed with all natural herbal elements and CBD compounds to maintain beautiful skin You ll be amazed at the Kerwell line s capability to calm any skin type controlling breakouts and skin irritations These products also monitor the skin s natural level of oil and water providing a noticeable reduction of common skin stressors for optimal skin wellness Visit us online 24 7 at www kerwellness com and let us help get you on the road to a new and healthier lifestyle

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EDUCATION COLLEGE TIME C A R E E R V I S I O N APTITUDE TESTING CAN HELP STUDENTS CHOOSE MAJORS AND CAREERS What are you doing after high school You know further education is important Do you need help finding the right career choice The Career Vision Aptitude Advantage can help them a call Their assessment process is a positive and an objective way to give you confidence to make good career choices And your Personal Career Consultant will take time to discuss the test results with you and go over all your choices Aptitudes identify your strongest talents the jobs you would enjoy and be good at doing Combining your aptitudes with your interests Career Vision reveals your career choices You also receive resources about college majors job outlook and preparation needed for those careers If you are going to college and want to know what to study reach out to Career Vision today If you have graduated college and still haven t found your best fit the professional consultants at Career Vision can help you too For over 30 years they have been helping students and adults find their best career choices If you have asked What should I study What will I do after college and want to learn how Career Vision can help give Career Vision www careervision org 630 469 6270 92 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine

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Reindeer Road Debuts In Naperville NAPERVILLE Reindeer Events is pleased to announce The World s Largest Reindeer attraction The massive illuminated structure changes colors and will dazzle kids and families at Reindeer Road Naperville s new drive thru Christmas Lights event The attraction is being staged at Highpoint Church located at 1805 High Point Drive in Naperville and the giant reindeer can be seen fully illuminated and looking down on by passers by on I 88 near Naperville Road Tickets for the inaugural Reindeer Road event in Naperville are now available to the public A link to the ticketing system can be found atop the home page at ReindeerRoad com A limited amount of pre sale tickets will be available online to the public and getting tickets in advance is highly recommended to make entrance into the popular holiday attraction quicker and easier Admission for the drive thru attraction is only 10 per carload not per person so carpooling with family and friends is encouraged All tickets are general admission tickets and can be used for any open event night The Alive Center and KidsMatter have been selected as the Official Non Profit partners for the event Free hot chocolate and candy canes will be provided each night while supplies last ReindeerRoad com Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 93

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Kid Stuff Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo BROOKFIELD Now in its 40th year get ready to visit Chicagoland s largest and longest running lights festival featuring over two million twinkling LED lights Advance tickets required www czs org HolidayMagic Winter Camp for Kids NAPERVILLE Looking ahead for some winter break fun for your 3 17 year old Check out the wide variety of programs available through the Naperville Park District Choose from active camps like gymnastics basketball cheerleading flag football and more as well as creative hands on camps featuring dinosaur themes and LEGO Registration is currently in progress www napervilleparks org winterbreakcamps A Charlie Brown Experience AURORA Fox Valley Mall s Peanuts Christmas Experience with Santa set modernizes the traditional Santa visit offering guests a branded family entertainment experience that will appeal to visitors of all ages not just families with children The walk through set the first of its kind worldwide combines the best elements of today s highly popular selfie museums with engaging digital and interactive experiences making the wait to see Santa as much fun as the visit itself www shopfoxvalleymall com 94 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine Click for More Kid Stuff

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KID STUFF Q U E S T I O N E E R S Oh What Fun at Dupage Childrens Museum NAPERVILLE Step into the world of Ada Twist Scientist Rosie Revere Engineer Iggy Peck Architect Sofia Valdez Future Prez and Aaron Slater Illustrator in DCM s newest exhibit The Questioneers Read Question Think PLAY Every visit to the Museum is a new adventure where children experience joyful discovery Give the gift of play to family and friends and let them unwrap the wonders of curiosity and exploration with DuPage Children s Museum Membership a gift that lasts the entire year and adds up to unlimited opportunities for kids and families to laugh learn and love spending time together Plan your visit today www dupagechildrens org ADVENTURE Glancer Magazine DECEMBER 2021 WESTERN SUBURBS 95

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WAYS TO HELP LOCAL FAMILIES IN NEED THIS SEASON WE INVITE YOU TO GIVE BACK LOCALLY WITH THESE CHOSEN CHARITIES FEATURED IN NOVEMBER DECEMBER Giving Tuesday ihas passed but it s not too late to donate There s no better time to donate than the holiday season The opportunity to give back is abundant Here are a few favorite local charitable organizations that are in need of your support this season Check each site for festive programs events Here are 7 Spectacular Festive Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season 2 Glen Ellyn Food Pantry Don your favorite holiday sweater and join in the Christmas Sweater Shuffle a 5K run through Glen Ellyn sponsored by ko ze wine room starting at 7 30 am on Sun Dec 12 Runners and their fans are encouraged to make donations of needed groceries at the starting line 466 N Main St to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry www glenellynfoodpantry org 2 1 1 Make a Wish Foundation This organization creates life changing wishes for children with critical illnesses each year Since being founded locally in 1985 Make A Wish Illinois has granted more than 16 000 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish with children in all 102 counties across the state www wish org illinois 4 Teen Parent Connection 3 Cal s Angels 12 Days of Christmas 4 Since 1985 Teen Parent Connection has delivered education support and resources to adolescent parents and their children in DuPage County Your partnership allows for young families to have extra support during the holiday season Last year s generous support brought every child served an opportunity to experience the warmth and kindness of the holiday season Help again this year www teenparent connection org holiday program 3 The annual 12 Days of Christmas Program was created to help families who have a child fighting cancer with special circumstances It is Cal s Angels goal to help these families focus on making memories with one another and not worry about the stress brought on by the holidays Cal s will provide a family gift a gift card for their holiday dinner and a family game Donate today www calsangels com 5 Special Olympics 6 6 Family Counseling Services The holidays can be a very hard time for many after losing loved ones living far from home etc This local organization provides a wide range of counseling services in Aurora If you a family member loved one or friend are going through difficulties they can help you get through these tough times Your donation can also help those in need www aurorafcs org 7 Our Children s Homestead Our Children s Homestead OCH believes that every youth despite their troubled past deserves the opportunity and is capable of developing healthy family relationships and participating in typical life experiences Donate today www ochkids org 96 WESTERN SUBURBS DECEMBER 2021 Glancer Magazine 5 A Very Special Christmas Album For the last 30 years the biggest and brightest voices in the recording industry have generously lent their time and talents to Special Olympics to create the holiday album series A Very Special Christmas AVSC the single most successful benefit recording in musical history Get yours today www averyspecialchristmas org 7

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