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So Much to Celebrate this Season.....
It’s here! The issue our readers anxiously await and for good reason. It’s our
December issue– the last issue of 2019– and our pages feature 15 Fascinating
Faces of the Year nominated by area residents. Each shared resident story is
remarkably inspiring, uplifting and heartfelt, highlighting the extraordinary
achievements of everyday west suburban men, women and teens. This year’s list
is truly fascinating!
Additional features include holiday highlights, gift giving and more. For those who
are looking to give back in some way this season, turn to the 7 Spectacular Ways
to Give Back list on page 22 where we share all that is wonderful about 7 area
charitable organizations and how your donation or time volunteered
can help those in need.
Watch for an exciting year ahead! In 2020 we will once again
publish 12 uniquely themed issues for the west suburban
area with our digital platform more active and captivating
than ever before. Get ready for lots of suprises!
Lindy Kleivo
Publishing Director, West Suburban Area
December 2019
5 Hello From Glancer Magazine
7 5 Things to Do
10 2019 Gift Guide
12 COVER: 15 Fascinating Faces
14 Family Dentistry
16 The Wedding Page
17 Fall Dining Delights
17 Savory & Sweet Sisters
18 Kid Stuff
19 Mom’s Little Black Book
19 To Give, To Inspire
20 Home Bliss: Design & More
21 Real Estate
22 7 Spectacular Ways to Give Back
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Featuring DuPage • Kane • Kendall
December 2019
Vol 18
15 Fascinating Faces of 2019
The second of two back-to-back holiday-
themed issues, this month we feature 15
Fascinating Faces of 2019 along with
more holiday dining delights, festive
shops, holiday traditions, events and
more– everything that the entire family
can enjoy all season long. More features
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Open Select Days – Dec 6-22
NAPERVILLE–Make your Holiday merry
and bright at the new Yuletide Festival
and Fair! Experience the joy of the
holiday season with live entertain-
ment, local art and craft vendors,
wintry food and beverages from
local restaurants and breweries,
and more! Stroll through Naper
Settlement’s historic grounds
decorated for the holiday sea-
son with twinkling lights and
plenty of holiday spirit. Yuletide
Festival & Fair runs Friday
through Sunday from De-
cember 6-22: Fridays, 2-10PM;
Saturdays and Sundays, 11AM-
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DOWNERS GROVE–Make your holiday
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Downers Grove boutiques offer unique
gifts & exceptional customer service.
Bring the kids for a complimentary visit
with Santa, Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm & have
them participate in the Gingerbread
Man Hunt. Don’t forget to participate
in the Gingerbucks Reward Card for
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downtown Downers Grove gift
cards. Enjoy a break from shopping
in one of our many restaurants.
5 Things to Do
ST. CHARLES–St. Charles Park Dis-
trict offers family festive opportunities
this holiday season! Sign up now for
special visits with Santa! Polar Express
Storytime Train from LaFox Metra Sta-
tion to Gino’s East in Wheaton is avail-
able on Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 7 or 8. Santa
and his team of sled dogs will be at the
Woodland Santa Holiday Workshop on
Dec. 1 at Hickory Knolls. Enjoy a morn-
ing with the jolly ole guy himself at
Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 10 at Al-
exanders Café. Advance registration
2. 2019 CUP OF CHEER™
NAPERVILLE–Get inspired at Naperville Garden
Club’s Cup of Cheer™ House Walk, Holiday Mar-
ket, and Tea. Tour four Naperville homes decorated
for the holidays. Shop the market for artisan gifts.
Enjoy the tea with homemade cookies. Receive a
commemorative teacup and saucer. Dates are
Thursday, December 5, 9am - 4pm for $55 and Fri-
day, December 6, 9am - 4pm for $40. For ticket
details visit
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11.. CCaatthhyy KKoovvaacchh,, KKaanneevviillllee
She sings in the St. Katharine Drexel Church choir and is the con-
certmaster for the Fermi Community Orchestra. By day she is a pre-
school teacher at Kaneville Community Child Center, by night she
is a violin teacher and assists with the Kaneland Youth Orchestra.
Come the weekend, Cathy is an Administrative Assistant to the Trust-
ees and the Fire Chief and is a Firefighter/EMT-B at the Kaneville
Fire Protection District and is also one of the department’s CPR/First
Aid instructors, and helps with all the fire prevention assemblies at
Kaneland’s four elementary schools.
Cathy is above all a mother to her three boys and is the most caring,
selfless, and loving person as she somehow manages to never miss
a beat fitting all their activities into her busy schedule!
22.. DDaann PPiittttss,, GGeenneevvaa
Dan has been an English teacher, Lead Concierge of a retirement
home, and now an entrepreneur after a simple realization that people
just want a simplified life and can always use a third hand; hence
why Errand Up was born and will deliver virtually anything to your
door - groceries, alcohol, diapers, pet food, prescriptions, fishing
poles - - he even delivered horse feed to a horse in her stable! No
markups, no subscriptions, just the cost of your items plus delivery.
That’s it!
Errand Up has also partnered with Blue Goose, Q’s Kitchen, Josef’s
Meat Market, and Fernando’s Street Kitchen.
Dan is all about community and loves being a member of First Bap-
tist Church of Aurora and surrounding himself with authentic and
positive people. Photo submitted
33.. LLiissaa KKoollllaavveennnnuu,,
DDoowwnneerrss GGrroovvee//HHiinnssddaallee
Inspired by Wellness House in Hinsdale’s mission to support indi-
viduals with cancer to copiously feel better inside, utilizing a whole
person approach, Downers Grove resident and Licensed Profes-
Counselor was recently named Executive Director of the organiza-
tion. This was due to her ability to conceptualize and deliver
psychosocial interventions for cancer patients while wholly under-
standing and assessing the impact of their programs.
Lisa carries her passion and compassion home to husband and
three kids and enjoys cheering sideline for them; as well as vol-
unteering at their schools and serving as an active member of the
Downers Grove Junior Women’s Club. When time permits, Lisa ap-
preciates playing the piano, seeing musicals, and watching the Cubs.
Embracing the gift of life, Lisa has learned to live fully, laugh fully,
and love fully.
44.. JJiillll SSaallzzmmaann,, OOaakk PPaarrkk
Jill launched The Founding Moms with events in Oak Park, Geneva,
Evanston, Highland Park, and Chicago to bring together like-minded
women who wanted to skip the networking luncheons and boring
business card swaps for educational and supportive roundtables
while growing their businesses and navigating work and family life.
Jill’s successes include an internationally acclaimed TEDx talk, au-
thoring two books, and co-hosting the Breaking Down Your Business
podcast. She was named “the mommy mogul” by CNN Money, listed
as one of Forbes’ Top 50 Women To Watch in Tech, and she’s shared
the speaker stage with Richard Branson, Sheryl Sandberg, Day-
mond John, Marilu Henner, and Desmond Tutu.
She has two daughters and is a wedding singer in her spare time.
Jill breaks all traditional rules, defies expectations, and always finds
success on the other side! Photo submitted
55.. MMaarrggoo MMccCCoolllliisstteerr,, WWhheeaattoonn//GGeenneevvaa
Prior to moving to Geneva with her husband and two dogs, Margo
was born and raised in Wheaton and lived in the Belushi Family
home. She is the owner of Margo McCollister, Inc. Licensed Coun-
seling Services in Wheaton and enjoys bringing hope, support, con-
fidence and encouragement to people in her community. Margo
loves helping others learn to trust again, feel again, and breathe
again without feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders.
She finds personal fulfillment in working in her hometown where
people share in the memories of growing up in the same place -
swimming lessons at Northside Park, first dates at the Wheaton The-
atre, penny candy from the popcorn shop.
Margo’s spirit is contagious, and her compassion radiates bliss.
66.. MMeegghhaann WWiinnnn,, DDoowwnneerrss GGrroovvee
If you know Meghan Winn, you know her passion for three things–
family, community and a love of running. She found an opportunity
to bring those 3 passions together at Healthy Kids Running Series.
Meghan began running at Downers Grove North, continuing at col-
lege where she met her husband (also a runner), and post-college
to stay fit after 3 kids.
HKRS provides a fun, inclusive five-week running series for ages 2-
14, designed for kids to get active, feel accomplished and lay the
foundation for a healthy lifestyle while parents cheer from the side-
lines. Meghan hopes to continue to bring the joy her kids feel from
these races to everyone because for her, running is truly the vehicle
to creating a family focused healthy life.
77.. MMoonniiccaa PPaattaannkkaarr,, NNaappeerrvviillllee
As Miss Illinois for America, Monica is busy making appearances
and catapulting the title to gain attention for organizations and plat-
forms. Also, an attorney by profession, she is highly involved in her
community; she is a spokeswoman for the Aurora Food Pantry, a
Guardian Ad Litem in Dupage, Kane and Kendall Counties and en-
joys acting and performing dance at cultural events. Monica received
the 2019 Cultural Champion Award and the Mayor’s Award of Ex-
cellence from the City of Aurora.
Monica is proud to come from a close-knit family and works with
both her mom and brother at Piccony & Patankar, P.C. in Aurora as a partner in the law firm.
Brains, beauty, and benevolence are at the core of this pageant
queen. Photo submitted
Faces of 2019
11.. 22.. 33.. 44..
55.. 66..
by Kristen Kucharski
& Mindy Kyle
Photos by Mike Mantucca &
Mike Catuara
Unless Otherwise Submitted
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88.. NNaatthhaann MMaayy,, NNaappeerrvviillllee
The unstructured summer of 2018 led this Naperville North freshman
to plan his own fate of entertainment. For a kid that loves music,
volleyball, skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and playing foot-
ball, with the ultimate goal of climbing Mount Rainier with his Dad
and Uncle, creating his own company, based on an active lifestyle,
was the result!
As the owner of Hello World Outdoors since August 2018, Nathan
has accomplished everything independently; making a business
plan, working with an accountant, interacting with companies to ne-
gotiate prices and quantities, to hiring someone to design a logo
and packaging. The outcome is the promotion of two activity kits
centered around outdoor themes which include a beach and camp-
ing box, with a third kit on its way soon.
Innovative. Creative. Energetic!
99.. PPaauull LLeenncciioonnii,, SStt.. CChhaarrlleess
Instead of following the footsteps of four generations (90+ years) of
his family at the Blue Goose Market in St. Charles, Paul earned an
accounting degree at NIU and went on to work at Arthur Anderson,
Winston and Strawn, and Eby Brown. In 2012 he became president
and CEO and in 2016 Paul’s family sold him the Market.
Lencioni is passionate about the Blue Goose being St. Charles’ mar-
ket, he does anything he can to help the community and other local
businesses; and has also recently partnered with Dan Pitts of Errand
Up for deliveries. He believes that what differentiates the market
from other grocery stores in the area is the unique, fresh, quality
items and experiences it offers customers. Photo submitted
1100.. RRiittaa PPaatteell,, NNaappeerrvviillllee//GGlleenn EEllllyynn
As the recipient of the Early Career Teaching Award from the Illinois
Section of the Mathematical Association of America, Rita’s sleepless
nights to get through her master’s and doctoral programs came full
circle since she took a chance on something that was totally outside
her plan of marketing, management, and the financial industry to
pursue her true passion.
Rita enjoys sharing her enthusiasm as one of the original founding
members of the leadership team for the Southwest Chicago Math
Teachers’ Circle which provides professional development to in-ser-
vice K-12 math teachers.
Yoga and Pilates round out her daily life as an Associate Professor
of Mathematics at the College of DuPage and she lives by the theory
of accepting when things go wrong and persisting onward until you
get it right.
1111.. SSoopphhiiaa CCuuccuulliicchh,, NNaappeerrvviillllee
Even Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico and Chairman of the DuPage
County Board, Dan Cronin are “cucu” for Metea Valley High School
senior Sophia Cuculich who recently ran for Speaker of the House
at Metea. She plans on studying psychology and criminal justice
with the hopes of becoming a police psychologist.
This 17-year-old is hard working and outgoing and loves singing in
Bella Cantare with the Young Naperville Singers. Additionally, So-
phia spreads kindness throughout her community by volunteering
as their social media director, as well as assisting with the younger
groups. She also gives her time executing and planning retreats for
future confirmands of her church.
Sophia exudes commitment and dedication and defines the pursuit
of happiness.
1122.. SSyyllvviiaa TToorrrreess,, SStt.. CChhaarrlleess//GGeenneevvaa
A self-proclaimed homebody, Sylvia loves to support the local com-
munity and carries more than 10 local makers at her home decor
shop, Little Red Barn Door. Her eye has caught the attention of a
lot of shoppers in Geneva and she is thankful to be expanding to
the main level of the Berry House (227 S. 3rd Street). She and her
husband also opened Little Barn Baby, a baby boutique with the
same rustic farmhouse look, but all things for the little one in your
Sylvia is personally drawn to reclaimed wood signs and architectural
salvage pieces. She loves spending time with her family and Euro-
pean Boxer, Otis! She is grateful for her family’s support and pro-
viding the courage to always dream big!
1133.. VVaanneessssaa RRaammooss,, MMoonnttggoommeerryy
Vanessa loves writing, drawing, listening to music, dancing, and
spending time with family and friends. She is a graduate of Yorkville
High School and Ball State University and has accepted a position
with the Orr Fellowship, an Indianapolis-based entrepreneurial-fo-
cused program, with a 5% annual acceptance rate.
Using her allied experiences with the LGBTQ+ and Trans Safe
Zones, Vanessa is involved in the Orr Fellowship Diversity & Inclu-
sion Team, where the mission is “to educate, challenge, and enrich
Orr Fellowship to be a community of inclusive excellence.”
Each day Vanessa has a healthy mix of team collaboration and in-
dependent work and has already managed an awards networking
event. As she is transitioning into a Human Resources role, she re-
minds current high schoolers and college students to always be
bold, brave, and creative! Photo submitted
1144.. VViinncceenntt MMccPPhheerrssoonn,, GGlleenn EEllllyynn
This twenty-something young man is traditionally described as an
old soul who loves his wine; his passion for authentic music; and
has a deep respect for loyalty. Vincent graduated from Elmhurst
College and started working professionally throughout the United
States in all genres, including Opera, Musical theatre, and Jazz. He
is currently living in Hollywood and performing in La Traviata as Alf-
redo Germont and will be back in Glen Ellyn this December.
When he is home, Vincent gives back to his community in perform-
ances such as “A Night at the Opera” which was hosted at Villa Ve-
rone in Geneva, benefitting Lazarus House in St. Charles.
He is humbled and honored to share his gift, and eternally grateful
to his family for their endless support. Photo submitted
1155.. MMeelliissssaa SSaaeezz,, LLiissllee
When it comes to hair loss, Melissa brings years of professional ex-
perience, but more importantly, she brings a personal understanding
to the emotional element as her mother suffered from a form of
Melissa always knew she wanted to be a hairdresser and trained
with Zanos, Mario Tricocci, and Innovations; however, it wasn’t until
she discovered specialty hair pieces that had the look, texture, and
coloring of real hair that she took the leap of faith and put everything
on her credit card and signed a lease to open her own salon, Tu
Bella in Lisle. She had a mission to educate people in finding hair
solutions that made them feel and look beautiful inside and out.
With this undertaking in mind, Melissa traveled to China to research
having her own wigs made; she took a class in London on wig mak-
ing; traveled to Bologna, Italy for training and became the first salon
to offer the Cesare Ragazzi CNC (a cranial prosthesis) in Illinois.
“I always tell people nobody ever hugged me when I did regular
hair,” Melissa shares. “We often have tears after I have fit someone
for the first time, and they realize how beautiful and natural the wigs
Tu Bella has all the latest trends and works hard to customize colors.
Melissa is also a proud member of the National Alopecia Areata
Foundation, American Hair Loss Counsel, and Trichotillomania
Learning Center.
Special thanks to these featured residents for sharing their
awe-inspiring stories with us. View & share this feature online
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Family Dentistry
Valley View Dental offers an array of general and cosmetic dentistry, periodontal, den-
tal implants, oral surgery, and orthodontic procedures, including traditional braces,
Invisalign, teeth whitening, CEREC one-day crowns and even same day emergency
With a large staff of multi-lingual doctors, on-site labs at each location, and extended
business and weekend hours, Valley View Dental has the ability to treat patients ac-
cording to their own schedules and convenience. Stop by and see why others in the
community have trusted Valley View Dental for almost 20 years.
Valley View Dental Located In Naperville, Montgomery &
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Peppermint cocoa and holiday dinners with family and friends are the memories
that last forever. Destress and entertain at one of these amazing west suburban
Enjoy an earthy and elegant afternoon with cookbook author Marc J. Sievers
as he showcases recipes from his new cookbook French Omelettes—Your New
House Meal, on December 8 from Noon to 3 p.m. at Williams-Sonoma Geneva
Commons. Signed and personalized books will be available for the perfect for
holiday gifts!
Join the 47th Annual DuPage County Christmas Prayer Breakfast for a beau-
tiful time of inspiration and fellowship, with good food and good music. No polit-
ical agenda or motive, no corporate sponsorship, no fund raising, and no selling
of anything. Come and enjoy the peace of the season on December 12 at 7 a.m.
at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn.
Bring the family for a morning of fun with a Breakfast Buffet with Omelette Sta-
tion, Crafts, a Magic Show, and opportunities for lots of "Selfie" Pictures with
SANTA at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville’s Breakfast with Santa on
December 14, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Community House in Hinsdale is also hosting breakfast and photos with
Santa on December 14 from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. you will be able to enjoy a nice
breakfast of scrambled eggs, French toast, hash browns, pancakes, Danish's,
juice, and coffee!
In Poland, Christmas Eve is celebrated with Wigilia. Join Chef Pamela and Paul
for a distinctly Polish four course buffet dinner at the Pine Cottage Tea House
& Catering in Downers Grove on December 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Open on Christmas Eve, dine out and relax at Verita Batavia and enjoy a wide
selection of fine Italian flavors like Kobe Beef Carpaccio and outstanding entrees
such as Filetto al cinghiale, or sumptuous desserts such as tiramisu or home-
made limoncello. -Kristen Kucharski
HHoolliiddaayy DDiinniinngg DDeelliigghhttss
Poundcake Bakery
4714 Main Street, Lisle (630)234-9700
Owner/Baker: Bev Hudson
Pound cake originates in Northern Europe and dates back to the early 1700s. It gets
its name from the ingredients in which it is made, a pound each of flour, eggs, butter
and sugar. The recipe would provide a cake large enough to feed several families.
Through the years a smaller, less dense cake evolved. Bev Hudson grew up on the
South Side of Chicago baking pound cake and other favorites with her Grandmother
and Mother. She learned the baking secrets and watched as they loved to fuss over
the pound cake and strived for perfection in baking. With the love of tradition and
wanting to honor those she baked with Bev’s new adventure began on August 23,
2019 as she opened her doors to Poundcake Bakery in downtown Lisle.
The cozy bakery wraps you in warmth while the sweet smells waft through the air.
Bev’s pound cake has a soft buttery crumb and is perfectly dense without being dry.
The decadent pound cake can be found in many flavors such as vanilla, lemon blue-
berry, key lime, lemon, Mexican Hot Chocolate and our favorite Chocolate Hazelnut.
Along with those are seasonal offerings which include, Eggnog, Red Velvet Chocolate,
Harvest Home and Bailey’s Irish Cream. Put a dollop of Southwestern Michigan But-
tery fruit butter on your pound cake for a unique flavor. Other favorites you can find
in the case are both savory and sweet quick breads, Kolacky, muffins, cookies, and
scones. The menu includes diabetic friendly items.
In 2018 Bev’s daughter Liz was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. When Liz
went into remission in May 2019, she wanted to find a way to give back. Liz’s love of
baking pies began in her early teens when her Dad, Paul wanted an apple pie. Find-
ing comfort in baking it seemed like a natural way to help support charities for people
who have been impacted by cancer. When purchasing a Paulie’s Pie you can be part
of the gift of giving back.
Need a gift? Poundcake bakery offers custom festive baskets and platters. Heading
to a holiday party? Bring a Paulie’s Pie or a tray of Bev’s famous
Kolacky. Order by December, 16 to enjoy in time for the holidays.
Bev invites you to try her pound cake with attitude this holiday
ABOUT THE CRITICS Stephanie (right) & Tiffany (left) Schmoker are west suburban sisters
who have always shared a love for dining out and they also enjoy cooking together. They
came from a family of 7 and grew up on farm with fresh fruits, veggies and more. Watch for
their review of a different west suburban restaurant in each issue of Glancer Magazine. Invite
them to your eatery at
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enchantment and fun. Mary Poppins is
Rated G. Order tickets online at
Fun for Everyone at DuPage
Children’s Museum
NAPERVILLE–Explore, create, build,
wonder, discover, think, play, and more. The
opportunities are endless! Whether coming
for a day of play or attending a special
event, kids and their adults will laugh, learn,
and love spending time together at the Mu-
seum. Tuesday, December 31 join us for a
countdown to Noon celebration at Bubble
Bash: A Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve with
live entertainment, special activities, and
three countdowns to choose from. Plan your
visit today!, (630) 637-8000
Brookfield Zoo Lights Up For
The 38th Year Of Holiday Magic
This festive season, continue a tradition or start a new one with family and
friends at Brookfield Zoo’s 38th annual Holiday Magic, presented by ComEd
and Meijer. The longest-running lights festival in the Chicagoland area fea-
tures more than one million LED lights that will illuminate the zoo on Sat-
urdays and Sundays, November 30 and December 1, 7-8, 14-15, and
21-22, as well as December 26-31. The zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00
p.m. during Holiday Magic. Guests can come early to enjoy the entire zoo
and stay late for the festivities beginning at 4:00 p.m.
New this year, zoogoers can stroll through a spectacular 600-foot-long tun-
nel featuring thousands of colorful LED lights synchronized to music and an
amazing light display of hexagon-shaped trees, mirror balls, and “dancing”
holiday trees on the West Mall.
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Mission With
a Menu
It’s the holidays and
the family is in town
with all ages to enter-
tain! It’s the perfect
time to head to the
city and visit Safe-
House. You won’t find
the restaurant name any-
where streetside, so you
must search to find the right door.
Upon entering, the adventure begins
immediately…..I can’t tell you much or
I will spoil your surprise. Once we
gained access, we sat in the Cone of
Silence - which I would highly rec-
ommend you request as your pre-
ferred table. After placing our order,
we were given brain-teaser puzzles to
complete at the table. We could
choose to work as one team, work as
individuals, or work in pairs. Not sure
of what was to come, we opted to
work as one team to try and assemble
or untangle various intertwined pieces
of metal.
All other missions required us to
move from our table and investigate
the restaurant to complete the objec-
tive. It was interactive and fun! Lots
of giggles and curiosity from the teens
that I was with, but I also observed
many kids in the 8-12 range, as well
as adults, having just as much fun.
The best part was the interaction - -
instead of the teens wanting to check
their phones while we waited for our
food - they were engaged in the ex-
perience. They also loved the green
screen which allowed for a million
selfies, placing them in Italy, Egypt,
and other places around the world.
Exiting the restaurant also was part of
the adventure - it was up to us to find
a way out, maneuver around the laser
maze, and enter the secret code to re-
enter the streets of Chi-
The #1 spy themed
bar and restaurant in
River North, Chicago
welcomes guests of
all ages to experience
the world of espionage.
Agents-in-training are wel-
come to investigate all secret
passageways and interactive spy
gadgets throughout the restaurant
while completing assigned missions.
SafeHouse Chicago
60 E. Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 313-1007
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday; 4
p.m. to Midnight Monday; 11:30 a.m.
to Midnight Tuesday and Wednesday;
11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday and Fri-
day; 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday
Price $: Activities included in Res-
taurant Seating. Menu items vary in
Naperville mom Kristen Ku-
charski graduated from Illi-
nois State University in
1992 with an Inter-
national Business De-
gree. She has two
energetic daughters and
her house is always full of
children. Kristen’s column ti-
tled, 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
Haul out the dec-
orated trees, the
candy canes, and
the mistletoe, and
don’t forget to dig
deep into the closet
or drawer for that spe-
cial sweater that has
provided such holiday
cheer. It’s time to “don we
now our gay apparel” and bring it
on down to the streets of Glen Ellyn
where the big guy himself (Santa) will
serve as the Grand Marshall for the
inaugural Christmas Sweater Shuffle
5K. Glen Ellyn residents, Doug and
Lacie Flannery are co-owners and
managing partners of the race and
Blistering Pace Race Management.
They make their careers in the run-
ning space, assisting in the produc-
tion of events such as the Napa
Valley Marathon and Half Marathon,
Chicago Marathon, and Big Sur Inter-
national Marathon, but they dreamed
of bringing something special to their
hometown that everyone could be a
part of. “We wanted to highlight the
charming downtown Glen Ellyn area
and the Christmas tree on Main
Street,” says Lacie. “We hope to
start a holiday tradition for our neigh-
bors, year after year.”
You can run, you can walk, you can
just come down and cheer everyone
on, and I’m pretty sure you can sing
if you want to – all the while benefit-
ing their charity partners: the Glen
Ellyn Food Pantry and The Friends of
Glen Ellyn Parks. Non-perishable
donations will be collected on the day
of the event, and proceeds from the
registrations will go to both charities
to assist with their local missions.
For 35 years, the Glen Ellyn Food
Pantry has been dis-
tributing groceries to
our neighbors in
need and most re-
cently distributed
750,000 pounds
of fresh, nutritious
and sustainable
meals to 32,000 in-
dividuals. The
Friends of Glen Ellyn
Parks help preserve open
space opportunities and de-
velop recreational resources includ-
ing funding scholarships to enable all
residents, regardless of their eco-
nomic situation, to participate in Park
District programs.
Race participants will receive a spe-
cial winter beanie hat and a finisher’s
medal. Most importantly, Santa will
be available at the finish line for pho-
tos while your family enjoys milk and
For more information on this festive
event, visit www.christmassweater- .
Mindy’s December Giving Inspira-
tion: Help an elderly family member
Mindy Kyle is the
owner of Be In-
spired Studios
and is passionate
about helping people
discover what brings
them joy and to live a full,
healthy and happy life. She has her
Masters in Fine Arts degree in creative
writing from DePaul University and lives
in Naperville with her husband, three chil-
dren and the cutest dog in the land.
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If you are considering a change, contact Susan
Colella– Baird & Warner Real Estate Professional
who has a private luxury town home listing that
she would like to share with you!
It’s close to 6,000 square feet, plus the fin-
ished basement features a wine cellar,
theatre, bar, gourmet kitchen, 5 bed-
rooms, sauna, steam shower & huge
patio for entertaining.
For a private tour of this one of kind
masterpeice listed for $985,000 in
the English Rows subdivsion of
south Naperville, call Susan Colella
Susan Colella, Baird & Warner,
(630) 946-3813
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Recognized as a premiere remodeling company,
this 10,000 square foot showroom is truly inspir-
ing. Family owned and operated since 1996,
HomeWerks specializes in full service remod-
eling. The kitchen and bath displays are inter-
active, allowing visitors to experience many
product features first hand. With the focus of
providing high quality products, professional in-
stallation and exceptional customer service,
HomeWerks has been a welcomed addition to
the Naperville community. HomeWerks Kitchen
and Bath 1154 E. Ogden Avenue, Naperville
(866) 265-8895 •
Festivities bring excess foot
traffic, and spilled food, toys,
and drinks that can wear
your hardwood floor. Buff &
Coat’s dustless, odorless,
done in a day process re-
moves unsightly surface
scuffs and scratches and
creates a beautiful, more easily
cleanable, refinished surface. Re-
fresh your current finish with matte,
satin, semi-gloss, or a high gloss
sheen to make a stunning change.
Call Ray at (630) 689-3800 or visit
English Rows, Naperville
This is the perfect month to start re-imagining your home for
2020. Roseland Draperies can help update your home with
new window treatments, bedding, table linens, reupholstery
and more! We’re celebrating the holidays with extra “Daily
Deals,” delivered right to your inbox, all through December.
Visit, or call us at 630-355-1565, to
sign up for design tips and special promotions. Book an ap-
pointment this month and get a jump on 2020!
Not many homeowners with larger whirlpool bathtubs
find the time to bath in them. Often separate showers
found in these homes are small and uncomfortable. You
might consider either taking out that monster whirlpool
entirely or using less space with a smaller freestanding
bathtub. Doing this can provide ample space for a
larger shower will multiple shower heads and even a
seat. The Kitchen Master can design and build your
new bath to fit your lifestyle.
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Chicago’s west suburban real estate market boasts a variety of unique homes
for sale in beautiful neighborhoods with award-winning school districts and
more. We invite you to schedule a tour of this featured property today and get
to know this listing agent for your next move!
4147 Royal Mews Circle, Naperville
Offered for $455.000
Impressive Victorian inspired townhome with an ELEVATOR that takes you to all 4
luxurious levels. Maintenance free & includes water usage. 2 master bedrooms, fin-
ished basement makes a wonderful 3rd bedroom, 2 fireplaces, front porch, balcony
and deck great for grilling! Luxurious features include central vac, hardwood floors,
white crown moldings & open concept chef's kitchen.
Call Luxury Listing Agent Susan Colella at (630) 946-3813
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 dis-
cuss pre-market home improvements and guide
them to make their home “showtime ready” when
it hits the market. She strongly believes in profes-
sional staging and offers it as a complimentary
service. With a reputation for “good-looking list-
ings,” 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
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Help bring joy to the faces of local
kids fighting cancer by participating in their annual
toy and gift card drive (November-January). These
toys and cards are brought to Chicago area hospitals
year-round to the patients and their siblings to
brighten up their world.
Meals from the Heart/Cookies from the Heart
Your family or friends’ groups can volunteer with the local
RMHC Meals from the Heart program - an opportunity to create
and serve home-cooked meals for families staying at the Ron-
ald McDonald Houses. If you are more of a baker, Cookies
from the Heart volunteers bake tasty treats in the RMH
kitchens for visitors.
Spread the joy of Christmas. Toys for Tots is the
best way to get toys to children in need during the
holidays. Each county has their own toy drive and
own website listing toy drop-off locations, events
and volunteer opportunities.
Let our troops overseas know you are thinking
of them. OSOT has many ways for you to get
involved from packing comfort and care pack-
ages to organizing your own local collection and
letter-writing campaigns, or while out shopping,
pick up a few of the items on their needed dona-
tions list and find one of their local drop-off
Especially during the winter months, it is imperative
to find shelter for our homeless. Volunteering with
DuPage Pads at one of their many shelter locations
puts you directly in touch with those in need and
helps provide them a safe place to eat and rest.
As so many of us start our festive planning and gift giving, we can be drawn to thoughts of those less fortunate during the holidays. There are always people,
families and children in need for one reason or another. A little extra time or gifts can go a long way to making this season bright for all. Check out these
special organizations to help you find the best way for you to give back.
Consider adopting a homeless family that is in
the Bridge Communities’ Traditional Housing Pro-
gram this holiday season. When you make a dona-
tion, Bridge will provide a gift card(s) to a Bridge
mom so she can shop for her family for her family’s
holiday needs.
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Kids and adults of all
ages can come together
to hand-pack nutritious
meals specifically de-
signed to assist in re-
versing and preventing
undernutrition. Meals
are then donated to food
partners around the
world to help save lives.
Upcoming local packing
events are listed on their
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