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LOVE & MARRIAGE Celebrating Love & Marriage Locally This issue is always LOVED by so many! Our pages are gushing with ado-ration & affection as we celebrate Valentine’s Day and introduce readers to local couples who share on life & love. Starting with 10 Trends in Table for Two Dining, this month we unveil some of the most unique dining and cabaret opportunities created with local couples in mind. Our 7 Spectactular Places for Couples Who Love Adventure will take you and yours to the farthest depths to highest alti-tudes with exciting, must-plan adventures that will provide memories to last a lifetime! For those couples who are planning a wedding, this issue introduces the 2023 Wedding Guide. You’ll love it! Stay connected to all year long for daily posts, photos features, event highlights and community spirit all year long! Lindy Kleivo Founder/Publishing Director Lindy Is Pictured with Her Husband John on their Wedding Day in Naperville. They Recently Celebrated 20 YearsFEBRUARY 2023TABLE OF CONTENTST E A M   G L A N C E R PUBLISHER Glancer Magazine, Inc. PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Lindy Kleivo EDITORIAL | Print + Digital Kristen Kucharski Columnist / Writer Mindy Kyle Columnist / Writer Brianna Bartemeyer Features Writer SALES / MARKETING Lindy Kleivo Publishing Director PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Catuara Features Photographer P U B L I C A T I O N S GLANCER MAGAZINE A West Suburban Chicago Lifestyle Magazine Featuring the Best of West Suburban Chicago for Communities In DuPage, Kane & Kendall GLANCERMAGAZINE.COM A Hyper-Local Daily Features Site Highlighting On Trend Stories for Communities In DuPage, Kane & Kendall GLANCER GO-TO GUIDE Highlighting Local On Trend Events + Deals for For Communities In DuPage, Kane & Kendall C O N T A C T  U S EDITORIAL Press Releases, Local Events, Community News ADVERTISING Digital Advertising + Local Marketing Solutions SUBSCRIPTIONS Monthly Download + Daily Digital www.glancermagazine.comGlancer® Magazine, highlighting the best of DuPage, Kane & Kendall Counties, is produced by Glancer® Magazine, Inc. Glancer Magazine, You’ve Been Glanced® and the Glancer® logo are registered trademarks of Glancer Magazine, Inc. All rights reserved. Maga-zine reproduction in whole or in part is strictly prohibited. FEBRUARY 2023 | Vol 17, Issue 206 LOVE & MARRIAGE This is the issue that is always LOVED by so many. Our pages are gushing with ado-ration & affection as we celebrate Valen-tine’s Day and introduce readers to local couples who share on life & love. Sub-scribe for daily, weekly and monthly up-dates at ©Copyright 2023 All Rights Reserved Glancer Magazine, Inc. FFEEBBRRUUAARRYY 22002233®5 Hello From Glancer Magazine 7 5 Things to Do 8 10 Trends: In Table for Two Dining 10 Cover: 5 Local Couples to Know 21 2023 Wedding Guide 32 Dining & Cocktails: The Water Bar 34 Trendy Traveler: Graceland 37 On Stage: Tina, the Tina Turner Musical 38 Chicago Style: Art Institue of Chicago 40 New In Town: The Spice House, Naperville 42 The Wild Things Conference 2023 51 Shop Gallery Featuring the Hottest Shops 62 Unique In Suburbia: I Want Candy 66 Million Dollar Listing: Geneva Beauty 68 Women Inspired: Meet Tammey Morris 70 Health + Wellness Locally 71 Anti-Aging Local Expert Katie McManigal 74 Couples Who Workout Together 77 Literary Local: Lucy Sallman 78 Mom’s Little Black Book: Breathe Salt Therapy 82 Kid Stuff: Moose & Me Bakery & More 84 7 Spectacular Places for Adventure www.glancermagazine.comGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 5

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3. Wine & Canvas: Spring In Paris February 22 • 6:30-8:30pm 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. Blackberry Farm is a living history museum where pio-neer life is re-created through educational demonstrations and hands-on fun. Special events are available throughout the year, like this one. Wine & Register online today! Valentine's Fondue & Wine Reservation February 10 • 6pm February 11 • 9pm GENEVA–Grab your date and re-serve a private table to enjoy fondue & wine at Graham's 318 in celebration of Valentine's Day! The entire upstairs will be closed off to the public and dim-lit for a romantic evening. How perfect! www.318coffeehouse.comFEBRUARY 20235 Things to Do1. Fox Valley Wine & Chocolate Walk Saturday, February 18 • 12-4pm AURORA–Join us on Saturday, Feb-ruary 18 for the Fox Valley Wine & Chocolate Walk! Enjoy sipping a va-riety of wines and indulging in deli-cious chocolate treats while strolling through your favorite shops! Find tickets on eventbrite. 2. Wine &  Cupcake Pairing Friday, February 10 NAPERVILLE–Join in on a romantic night of new seasonal cupcakes and wine! Molly’s Cupcakes has selected 3 wines with 3 cupcakes alongside 3 different sweet dessert rims that complement every sip! Each pairing includes a surprise treat . 5. Valentine's Day Wine-Paired Dinner February 14 • The Preservation GENEVA–Enjoy a stellar dinner celebrating the two of you....wines curated by owner and Sommelier, Lawrence Colburn. Seat-ings at 6pm and 8pm. Tickets $80 includes food & wine. Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 7

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10TRENDSTable for Two DiningEnjoy Dinner for Two Out on the Town Enjoy special time with that special someone while sharing a laugh, a drink , a delicious meal. Create new memories together at one of these local restaurants that have created an extra special menu just for the two of you. Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥ #1 | Blindfold Dining Experience CHICAGO–Ever wondered what it is like to eat in the dark? Eminent psychologists have been advocating dining in the dark as the ultimate taste experience for many years. The theory is that the other senses—namely taste and smell—take over to elevate your meal to a whole new level. After donning your blindfold in the darkened, candlelit room, you'll soon realize that focusing on taste and smell alone can be a truly enlightening experience at the Hubbard Inn in Chicago. #2 | Under the Tuscan Moon ST. CHARLES–Be a personal guest of Arcada owner Ron Onesti, at one of his famous Under The Tuscan Moon Dinners! Experience an unforgettable night, in an intimate setting while tasting wines imported from Tuscany paired with five courses of Ron’s amazing personal recipes. As an added bonus, there will be songs and Ron’s personal Rock ‘N Roll stories to make it a truly special evening! 10 TRENDS8 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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#3 | I’m so Fondue You NAPERVILLE/DOWNERS GROVE–Featuring fondue favorites like crave-able cheese fondue, decadent chocolate fondue, signature cocktails, and more, enjoy a unique and memorable dining experience while connecting with the one(s) you love. Great fondue inspires great love. #4 | Comedy Night Dinner & Show WINFIELD–Break the Winter Blues and enjoy a 90-minute show with those you love most at a Valentine's Day Dinner & Comedy Show at Klein Creek’s Pier 19 Restaurant. Enjoy a Four-Course Dinner and three Chi-cago based Comedians that will guarantee an evening full of laughs and fun. #5 | Amore 3-Course Dinner for Two WOODRIDGE–Grab your loved one and enjoy Carrabba Italian Grill’s newest value, Amore 3-Course Dinner for Two featuring an appetizer to share, two soups or salads and two signature entrées including Italian classics, specialty pastas and Tuscan-Grilled dishes. #6 | Ruffino Wine Dinner OAK BROOK–Enjoy an intimate Valentine’ Day Evening traveling through Tuscany and Northern Italian Wine Regions where Maggiano’s in Oak Brook will partner with Ruffino Wines creating a Loving Culinary delight. Enjoy a five course dinner with creative wine pairings beginning at 6 p.m. on February 14th. Contact (630) 368-0314 with dietary restrictions, al-lergies or seating requests. #7 | Date Night BATAVIA–Every Thursday evening, Mirus in Batavia offers a Date Night prixe-fixe menu featuring a rotating seasonal selection of appetizers, small plates, wine pairings, and dessert. Globally inspired small plates are espe cially designed for dinner for two. #8 | Valentine’s Day Dinner Date NAPERVILLE/CHICAGO–Grab your significant other and head down to Catch 35 on Valentine’s Day or the weekend surrounding it. Whether you like fish, shrimp, oysters, or steak, it’s covered on their 2023 Valentine’s Day Special Menu. Catch 35 offers excellent seafood and steaks, and an upscale atmosphere. Catch 35’s menu can be paired with the highest quality of wines and cocktails. #9 | Love at First Bite NAPERVILLE–Enjpy dinner for two at Sullivan’s Steakhouse in downtown Naperville. Celebrate your sweetheart with everything lovable at Sullivan’s, and enjoy a stunning three-course, Love at First Bite, prix fixe menu. Choose a starter, select an entrée featuring cuts like the 16oz. Ribeye, a side dish and a dessert for $85* per guest. Available February 10-14 #10 | Victorian Valentine DOWNERS GROVE–Join a Victorian Valentine Making Tea and Luncheon event on various February dates and learn the fine art of making Victorian Valentines at this Pinecone Cottage Afternoon Tea. These ever-so-sweet cards of sentiment are time capsules of a kinder, gentler, and more inno-cent age. A time when a handwritten message, a card, a greeting or a cor-respondence was ever so important and a priority. Choose from a variety of teas and a three course meal. 10 TRENDSGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 9

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COVER STORYby Kristen Kucharski Photos by Mike Catuara5 Couples Share on Living Life Locally10 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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DOWNERS GROVE/WOODRIDGE–They met in the high school hallways of Downers Grove North High School, but not as teenagers, as adults, when Nicole, who works in the Building and Grounds Department and as a cheer coach, asked her friend - “who’s that” - when Drew, the Business Teacher and baseball coach crossed her path. “I then proceeded to say - he’s my future hus-band, he just doesn’t know it yet,” Nicole adds. “We didn’t talk for a few years but finally were officially introduced when he lost his keys and needed replacements - which my department was responsible for - and the rest is history!” After dating for 3.5 years, the pair got engaged, and recently married on November 19, 2022 at the Burr Ridge Marriott. They went on a quick honeymoon in New Buffalo, and will enjoy a second honeymoon in Turks & Caicos this summer. Both come from very close knit families, so spend the majority of their free time with them. “It’s nice working together since we both live such busy lives with opposite season coaching schedules, sometimes work is the only place we actually get to see each other,” Nicole shares. “It’s nice knowing if either of us need to talk about something, need an immediate an-swer, or God forbid an emergency situation, we are literally a hop, skip, and a jump away from each other.” They both credit great communication as the key to a successful relationship, as well as wholly trusting the timing of life. Drew & Nicole HimesGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 11

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COVER STORYWEST CHICAGO/GENEVA/AURORA/ WHEATON–It is said that opposites attract and although that is the case for Jeff and Lynne, at the heart of it all, they discovered they had the same core values and priorities after living as neighbors in an apartment building during their college years at Northern Illinois University. They were married in 1994 in Matteson, IL near Lynne’s hometown of Chicago Heights and were gifted a honeymoon to South Carolina by Jeff’s boss at the time. Six years later they started their family with twins, Ryan and Haley. “We have a love that is based on mutual re-spect,” Lynne says. “Like everyone, we have had our share of challenges, but we have weathered them together, which has made us stronger.” They are the very first franchise owners of uBreakiFix, which is now Asurion Tech & Repair with over 700 stores nationwide. They opened their Geneva store in October 2013 and their Wheaton store in July of 2015. They don’t work together on the day to day operations but draw on each of their strengths as Jeff runs the day-to-day operations, while Lynne oversees the marketing for the two businesses. In addition to this, Jeff is a real estate profes-sional with Keller Williams Inspire in Geneva and Lynne is the Program Coordinator for the Narrative Medicine Program with Advocate Au-rora Health. This busy couple is active in the community while simultaneously creating a blossoming so-cial life living as empty nesters alongside their two cats, named Swatch and Stitch that were adopted during the pandemic. Jeff & Lynne SchwartzGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 13

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COVER STORYYORKVILLE–The secret ingredient to their 25 year marriage is trust, patience, and maybe a little Busch Light! They met at a club /bar that Mike owned called Attitudes in Aurora when Denise applied to be a cocktail waitress aside from her Ameritech op-erator job. They married at Mooseheart in North Aurora and honeymooned in the Baha-mas. Together, they now own Mike & Denise’s Pizze-ria & Pub in Yorkville (est. 2000 in Aurora, pre-viously Attitudes 1991-2000), The Bristol Tap (2021) in Bristol, and a new location Downtown Yorkville coming spring 2023. “When you find the love of your life, working to-gether doesn’t feel like work, being with each other all the time is easy,” Denise says. “We once heard that if you live and work with your spouse, every year is like being married for 4. Mike and I have worked together for 31 years .. EVERYDAY .. so that’s like 120 years… and we wouldn’t have it any other way.” Their success has not come without struggles from almost going bankrupt, sleeping on couches, living on tips, taking chances that did-n’t always work out, to Mike’s cancer diagnosis. Quitting is not in their vocabulary; however, giv-ing back to the community is. They donate to Yorkville area athletic programs and schools, support Saint Patrick's church, print t-shirts to fundraise for a local ill child, and have helped renovate the baseball field at the Yorkville American Legion, including a score-board and light poles. Owning their own businesses has also allowed them to be fully present in their three children’s lives Jackson (23), Alex (21), and Austin (15).Mike & Denise SiddonGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 15

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COVER STORYNAPERVILLE–Jeff and Janet met as account-ants at Encyclopaedia Britannica in downtown Chicago. They were married in Janet’s home-town at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Streator, IL in 1995 and honeymooned in The United Kingdom. Although they have continued working as full-time CPAs, they have also been active members of the community and supported their children’s organizations throughout the years, beginning with being board members of Hob-son Co-Operative Nursery School, Neuqua Val-ley Theater Parents Association, and Neuqua Valley Orchestra Parents. Janet is also a cur-rent board member for Sharing Connections, which is dedicated to helping individuals and families in crisis providing needed furniture, household items, clothing and more. With a little more time on their hands now that their kids, Jack (23) and Catherine (21) are grown, Jeff and Janet saw a business opportu-nity that connected their passion for serving the community while giving back to the city they love, and purchased Rocky Mountain Choco-late Factory in south Naperville in 2021. “We were in awe of the reach this business has in the community and wanted to ensure it con-tinued,” Janet shares. “We have been espe-cially touched by the regular customers that visit…their stories touch us, and it’s an honor to serve them with great products.” The couple uses their shared sense of humor, love for laughter, and common core values to complement their personal and professional lives while immersing themselves in family, friends, faith, and franchising. Jeff & Janet SorensenGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 17

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COVER STORYGLEN ELLYN–When their Optometry School Class attended a Chicago White Sox Game in 1980, John and Sylvia came as strangers and left as friends after sitting through 15 innings that afternoon. They subsequently married in 1986 at Our Lady of the Wayside in Arlington Heights. Burdened with student loans and the joys of new home ownership, their budget was tight, but escaped to Door County for a quick honey-moon. In 1993, they founded Glen Ellyn Family Eye Care to have flexibility in their schedules to be involved in their children’s active lives, as well as time to immerse themselves in the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club. “We learn from each other and make each other better doctors,” Sylvia shares. “The one down side however is we may have discussed “eye-balls” at the dinner table too often. For that , I apologize to my long suffering children who had to listen to it.” Clearly, the secret ingredient to their marriage is a good sense of humor, along with mutual re-spect, sharing commonalities, and having their own interests. Outside the Optometric Practice, Sylvia can be found at String Theory yarn store seeking knitting advice; or, as culinary assistant at Marcel’s in Glen Ellyn; while John might be strumming a guitar or fixing something. He’s a “Big Picture” thinker, while she concen-trates on the details. With two successful ca-reers, two thriving adult children, two grandchildren, this couple has found that two heads are better than one and working together is the key to success. John & Sylvia Bartlett Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 19

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GLEN ELLYN At The Abbington, we believe in making your dreams come true. That’s why we go out of our way to make sure your special day is magnificent. Take one look at our impressive architecture and stunning sur-roundings and you will see why we’ve been named "The Jewel of the Western Suburbs." Add that to our finely appointed ball-rooms, full service staff and world class cuisine and you'll find yourself in a celebration that is sure to be the portrait of perfec-tion! Our staff dressed in black tie attire, greets you at our entrance in our spacious and elegant foyer, then escorts you to your ball-room. Right before your very eyes, we open the doors, and you experience our ambiance: beautiful table settings, white glove service, dazzling chandeliers, marble bars, gleaming maple wood dance-floors, flowing full-length linens, and culinary mas-terpieces soon to be enjoyed by your guests. Your Event. Our Unparalleled Service. Abbington Distinctive Banquets 3S002 Il Rte 53, Glen Ellyn • (630) 942-8600Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 23

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NAPERVILLE WhirlyBall Naperville has over 45,000 square feet of space perfect for your wedding. An industrial-chic vibe meets an adventure-loving spirit with an artisan craft beer taproom-style setting. From bachelorettes to bumper cars, we have everything in-house you need for your "wedding with a whirl!" Whirly Ball Naperville 3103 Odyssey Court, Naperville | 630-932-4800 Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 25

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AURORA The Blackberry Farm wedding team is excited to create an ex-perience which delivers a lifetime of memories for you and your guests. Our one-of-a-kind setting features country elegance and personalized service that caters to your needs – all at a value that can’t be matched. Planning the big day is a piece of cake. We’ll remove any stress, answer all your questions, and anticipate and communicate every detail in advance of your event. Our space is flexible and beautifully appointed, featuring rustic touches and country charm amidst Blackberry Farm’s historic backdrop. With a convenient location and ample parking, The Barn at Blackberry Farm is the perfect showcase for your big day. As you browse information regarding your wedding, please note that ALL packages include table and chairs at no extra cost. We hope to extend every hospitality to you along your decision-mak-ing process and are here to answer any questions or schedule a tour at your request. SPECIAL FEATURES Picturesque locations throughout Blackberry Farm, Outdoor Ceremony Options, Whiskey Barrel Cocktail Tables, Rustic Bar, Outdoor Patio and Lawn Space The Barn at Blackberry Farm Aurora Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 27

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ST. CHARLES The Hotel Baker has established a tradition of elegance and personal service for our many married couples. No matter the season, our professional wedding specialists can assist you in creating a beautiful wedding with memories you will cherish for a lifetime. Dreaming of a beautiful outdoor ceremony? With the scenic Fox River as your backdrop, recite your wedding vows on our Water-front Patio or in our lovely Rose Garden. Then move inside to either our newly-renovated Waterfront Ball-room or our spectacular, two-tiered Rainbow Room where you’ll share your first dance as a married couple amidst the multi-col-ored lights. Your guests will be enchanted with our historic splendor, pol-ished service, and spectacular cuisine. For your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, or reception, the expertise of our wedding staff will ensure that everything, from setting to decor, is abso-lutely perfect. Our wedding menus, from traditional to unique, are designed to provide elegant dining on your special day. Let Hotel Baker turn your fantasy wedding into reality! Our dedicated wedding con-sultants are ready to assist in planning every detail of your wed-ding… Hotel Baker, St. Charles www.hotelbaker.comGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 29

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BATAVIA Located along the famous Fox River less than one mile from Downtown Batavia, Revelry 675 brings Hollywood glamour to cou-ples in the Chicago Suburbs. This brand-new show-stopping wedding & event venue was designed by renowned celebrity wed-ding planner, Shuki Moran. Shuki personally oversaw every detail when creating this space to support bringing his clients' visions to life, streamlining the entire experience from dining and dancing to cocktails and décor in a gorgeous modern motif. Be it an intimate gathering or a huge celebration, our spacious venue features a 5,000-square-foot indoor reception space that can accommodate up to 300 seated guests with an open floor plan and a stunning custom bar. Your party can move between the indoor reception space and our gorgeous 2,200-square-foot out-door patio for a memorable cocktail hour. If a breathtaking outdoor wedding is your dream, our gorgeous natural views and sweeping lawn leading to the Fox River provide a spectacular backdrop for your ceremony and unforgettable wed-ding pictures. Our exceptional venue and unsurpassed experi-ence are sure to throw a party you and your guests will remember forever! Revelry 675 675 S River Street, Batavia | 630.940.8987 | Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 31

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A NON-ALCHOLIC BAR & EATERY GENEVA–New to the downtown Geneva area, The Water Bar is a fully vegan, gluten free and peanut free eatery for people of all walks of life. Here to make al-lergy sensitive eating the new norm; while providing an fun and engaging EATER-TAINMENT experience. The owners, Ron & Anna Anderson, wants to share that when you come to The Water Bar, know, you are walking into a facility that is 100% vegan, gluten free and peanut free. You don't have to worry about cross contamination because those items are not allowed within the facility whatsoever. “In a world riddled with food allergies and sensitivies, we felt that it was time to create a safe place for people of all walks of life to come dine where they did not have to check the food labels or live in fear that the food they were going to eat would harm them or their loved ones,” they shared. At The Water Bar you’ll enjoy everything from easy customizable bowls, salads and burgers to daily pastries, wedding cakes and frequent events; such as their coffee flights and cooking / baking classes and the Non-Alcoholic Bar. The Water Bar 315 W State St, Geneva (815) 214-9552 • NEXT STOP: GENEVATHE WATER BARDININGDINING + COCKTAILS32 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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DINING + COCKTAILSThe Fourth Ward, Something Unique Awaits in Downtown St. Charles ST. CHARLES–Midwestern cold, meet warm weather in a glass. The Fourth Ward is made with Aperol, honey, lemon, and gin from our private barrel of Barr Hill by Caledonia Spirits, making it easy to hold onto hope for sunnier days. We can’t wait! Now available at The Graceful Ordinary where you can experience refined rustic fare in a sophisticated, timeless setting along the scenic Fox River. CCoocckkttaaiillssFat Rosies Now Open In New Downtown Naperville Location NAPERVILLE–Fat Rosie’s is a fun, hip & festive family-friendly Mexican Taqueria featuring a modern take on traditional Mexican fare with small plates, shareable “street foods” & endless tequila. House specialties in-clude an array of mouthwatering handmade margaritas & sangrias. Fat Rosie’s joins the Francesca’s Family of Restaurants. Pictured is the Purple Basil with muddled blueberries, fresh basil, agave & house margarita mix. Located at 22 E Chicago Avenue. www.fatrosies.comThe Northcott, a Delightful Treat in Downtown Naperville NAPERVILLE–Modeled after the speakeasies of the Prohibition era, the Northcott Liquorette features absin-the fountains, liquor-infused teapot kettles, highly rated wine & rare whiskey acquisitions in a private, cocktail lounge setting. Consume without abandon & you too might find yourself hiding from the law. Pictured is The Northcott. Irish whiskey, apricot, pistachio, matcha & pineapple come together in this nod to Van Morrison. www.northcott.comGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 33

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TrendY Elvis Presley's Graceland 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd. THE HOME OF THE KING OF ROCK N’ ROLL AWAITS You've heard the music, now see the place Elvis called home. Ex-plore the beautiful mansion, walk the gardens where he found peace, tour the aircraft that he traveled on from show to show, and encounter Elvis Presley's Memphis entertainment complex for an unforgettable experience featuring legendary costumes, artifacts, and personal mementos from Elvis and his family. Graceland is so much more than a Mansion. It was the private re-treat of the King of Rock 'n Roll. It was where his family grew up, spent their time together and enjoyed life. Today, you're invited to explore Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland Mansion, and immerse yourself in his life and legacy at Elvis Presley's Memphis Entertain-ment Complex. Explore the personal side of Elvis Presley with an interactive iPad tour of Graceland Mansion, hosted by John Stamos and fea-turing commentary and stories by Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie. There’s Something for Everyone at Graceland TravelerTRENDY TRAVELER34 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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The tour of Graceland Mansion includes the living room, his parents’ bedroom, the kitchen, TV room, pool room, the fa-mous Jungle Room, his father’s office, the newly-enhanced Trophy Building, the Racquetball Building – newly-restored to how it looked in 1977, and Meditation Garden. Reserve a tour today! STAY IN THE GUEST HOUSE AT GRACELAND As Pricilla shared, Elvis would have loved to have his very own guest house on the property where his guests coule stay. Introducing an extraordinary resort hotel experience in the heart of Elvis Presley’s Graceland®! Located just steps away from the iconic Graceland Mansion, The Guest House at Graceland welcomes music fans, Graceland guests, Mem-phis visitors and groups from around the world with Southern hospitality, royal treatment and luxurious amenities that would make the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself proud. Plan a visit during the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Weekend coming up in March. Experience three days of jumpsuits, blue suede shoes and black leather with the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winners. Ultimate ETA Contest winners confirmed for 2023 include Victor Trevino Jr. (2022), Patrick Dunn (2021), Taylor Rodriguez (2019), Dwight Icenhower (2016), David Lee (2015), Brandon Bennett (2008), and first-ever winner Shawn Klush (2007), with additional announce-ments to come. This unforgettable weekend will include concerts, conversations, photo ops, and more! www.guesthousegraceland.comTRENDY TRAVELERGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 35

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Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 37James M. Nederlander Theatre March 14 - April 2, 2023 THERE IS ONLY ONE. HER VOICE IS UNDENIABLE. HER FIRE IS UNSTOPPABLE. HER TRIUMPH IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER. CHICAGO–An uplifting comeback story like no other, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical is the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock n’ Roll. One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner has won 12 Grammy Awards and her live shows have been seen by millions, with more concert tickets sold than any other solo performer in music history. Featuring her much loved songs, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Katori Hall and directed by the internationally acclaimed Phyllida Lloyd. TINA – The Tina Turner MusicalON STAGE

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CHICAGO STYLEThe Art Institute of Chicago will be Free on Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays through March 24 FREE WEEKDAYS The Art Institute of Chicago has flourished into one of the most recognized art mu-seums worldwide since it was founded in 1879. The museum is permanently home to over 300,000 works of art including such pieces as American Gothic by Grant Wood, Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, The Bedroom, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh and The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso and more. Now Illinois residents can see these historic masterpieces, and much more, completely free all through winter. STYLEChicago StyleFree Weekdays at The Art Institute38 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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New In TownNEW IN TOWNIntroducing The Spice House in Downtown Naperville NAPERVILLE–The Spice House opened their third location in their hometown of Naperville in late 2022. The Spice House is a pur-veyor of the finest spices, herbs, blends, and extracts to customers ranging from renowned Michelin-star chefs to home cooks. The Naperville location will also offer the brand’s newest in-store Scent Experience as the team walks each customer through the smells and variances of 20 different spices and blends teaching them about the subtleties amongst many varieties and what makes the qual-ity of these varieties unique to The Spice House. Celebrating Progress throughout the Western Suburbs of Chicagoby Kristen Kucharski Photos Submitted40 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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The Spice Bar hosts a rotating assortment of four different spices to taste test each month and customers can also expect to be walked through the origins of each spice, along with any fun facts, recipe and pairing suggestions, or differences they might note amongst the varieties. “Greater Chicago continues to be one of our most important markets,” says Allyson Lewis, CEO at The Spice House. “And our stores have proven extremely effective with showcasing first hand the unrivaled quality and selection we are known for. When it came time to launch our first location in the Western Suburbs, it was a no-brainer that it would be in Naperville.” Aromas and color fill the store, allowing the senses to wander in exploration. Introduce Us to a Business or Organization that’s New In Town editorial@glancermagazine.comNEW IN TOWNGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 43

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COMMUNITY LIVINGCHICAGO–The Wild Things 2023 Conference invites na-ture enthusiasts from across Illinois and beyond to learn about the flora, fauna, and natural history of the Prairie State! Join a community of volunteers, conservationists, and natural resource professionals at the 2023 Conference to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Illinois Nature Pre-serves. We're thrilled to welcome you again to learn and share your expertise with our community. We've put together an excit-ing lineup workshops and sessions from regional and na-tional experts, plus meet & greets, video content, exhibitors, and sponsors. With dozens presentations and discussion panels to choose from, the in-person program engages a diverse range of topics, research, and skills, and plenty of opportunities to meet with friends, old and new! You can add a boxed lunch at checkout; there is also several dining options near the conference venue. Plus, be sure to join the celebratory evening happy hour featuring poster sessions, music by Na-ture Sound DJ Alex Braidwood, and more! This year, there is a hotel block available for the nights of Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25. As a Wild Things attendee, you will receive access to a negotiated rate for your stay when you book by February 6. For those who are unable to attend in person, there will be a virtual program featuring a selection of our most popular presentations. Students can also access discounted admis-sion for the in-person program (please use a .edu email ad-dress to register). For more information on Wild Things 2023, please visit Things 202342 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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COMMUNITY LIVINGNAPERVILLE Get Your Whirly On! 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 “eater-tainment” complex features a variety of activities including Whir-lyBall, LaserTag, HyperBowling and bowling plus private event spaces for groups of any size. Round out your event with cus-tomized 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 • celebrate!Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 43

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DOWNTOWN DOWNERS GROVE Love Big, Support Small in Trending Downtown Downers Grove DOWNERS GROVE–The variety of small businesses, amazing owners and community support makes downtown Downers Grove the destination it is today. Downtown Downers Grove looks forward to welcoming Bonita Bowl and Poundcake Bakery in the next cou-ple of months. The Annual Ice Fest will be held February 3-5, 2023. Join this fun winter weekend when ice sculptures will line the sidewalks of down-town Downers Grove, LIVE ice carvings will be taking place and great shopping and dining will be available all weekend long. Visit online for all the details. www.downtowndg.orgCOMMUNITY LIVING44 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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PINOT’S PALETTE Girls Night Out Fun! NAPERVILLE–Fall is here! Plan a GNO. Pinot’s Palette is the best night out in Naperville! It’s a fun-filled, party atmosphere where you and your friends, family or date can talk, laugh, paint and sip. You don't need any art experience – their talented local artists will guide you step-by-step through the night painting. Follow their instructions or go rogue and end up with a one-of-a-kind masterpiece! They also offer Mosaic Classes, Chunky Knit Blankets, Take Home Painting Kits, Virtual Live Streaming, In Studio and Virtual Private Parties! • Aprons and supplies provided • Snacks are welcome • Real wine glasses – no paper or plastic • There’s always rockin’ music Pinot's Palette Naperville 175 W. Jackson Avenue Downtown Naperville COMMUNITY LIVINGGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 45

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NAPERVILLE  PARK DISTRICT Fitness On Tap NAPERVILLE–Enjoy a workout with a chaser with Fort Hill Fitness’s Fitness on Tap Series. Sweat, stretch and strengthen in a one-hour class held at a local brewery. Each participant receives a ticket to redeem for a beer in the tap-room immediately following the event. Grab a friend and register for an upcom-ing fun and rewarding workout event. Learn more online! www.napervilleparks. fitnessontap COMMUNITY LIVING46 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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COMING MARCH 12 Celebration of Tables GLEN ELLYN–Tickets are available for Celebration of Tables, the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry’s annual fundraiser in partnership with Glen Ellyn Newcomers & Neighbors Club. The event will be held on March 12, 2023, at Arrowhead Golf Club in Whea-ton. Similar to a house walk but with tables, the afternoon will feature 20+ tablescapes designed by local individuals and busi-nesses that will inspire hundreds of attendees as they stroll around looking for creative ways to entertain. Light bites and libations will be served. “Early bird” individual ticket price is $55 through Feb. 15. From Feb. 16 – March 10, the cost is $65 per ticket, with the cost at $75 at the door on March 12. Raffle tickets are also available in advance. All proceeds benefit the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry and its efforts to “Make Hunger History" in DuPage County. Tickets are available online. COMMUNITY LIVING48 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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NOW ENROLLING Preschool In Naperville NAPERVILLE–Looking for a preschool experience for your child that is nurturing and positive, and sets them on the path for a bright future of learning? Naperville Park District is the place! Our preschool programs are guided by the philosophy of learning through play with a curriculum an-chored in literacy, cooperative learning, social-emotional well-being, prob-lem-solving and more. Choose from the NPD Preschool Academy or Toadstools and Pollywogs Preschool. Enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year is in progress. To learn more and register, visit online today! learning fun!COMMUNITY LIVINGGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 49

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HOME DESIGN PEP UP YOUR SPACE WITH THE PEP LINE ST. CHARLES – Have you ever stared at photos of beautifully designed homes and wished you could shop everything pictured? A curated line of “designer-approved” goods hand selected by a pro and placed in one accessible shop? The Pep Line in downtown St. Charles by Pep-peard Design interior designer and owner, Shannon Peppeard, offers just that! Shannon has been working with clients to create amazing spaces in their homes for over 16 years. Her timeless yet modern aesthetic quickly gained traction in the industry and her work has been featured in numerous magazines including HGTV Magazine and Modern Luxury In-teriors. The Pep Line features a line of curated goods hand selected by Shannon that she herself uses in many of her client’s homes. The shoppe carries a wide variety of goods for the home including furniture, artwork, lighting, rugs, drapery, pillows and accessories. The Pep Line won Kane County’s “Finest Furniture Store” & “One of the Finest Home Decor Stores” by Kane County Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards. It also has been featured on the Emmy-winning CBS travel series, Destination TV, as one of Chicago’s hottest businesses. Both The Pep Line shoppe and Peppeard Design studio are located under one roof inside the historic Collins House giving visitors a taste of how the products look inside a real home. The Pep Line also hosts frequent after-hours events in their space - evenings to sip and shop with friends and get design tips from Shannon. For more information on the The Pep Line visit The Pep Line & Peppeard Design 201 Cedar Ave, St. Charles | 630-549-7088 | Photography by Margaret Rajic Shop Gallery52 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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Shop GalleryON TREND ESSENTIALS VISIT ONLINE OR IN NORTH AURORA NORTH AURORA–Urban Echo Shop features on trend essentials for the stylish at heart– from clothing and acces-sories, to home decor, unique furniture, gifts and seasonal trends. Owned by local mom and her daughter in Sugar Grove, Illinois, Urban Echo Shop was created to be an adored virtual home-town boutique where only the latest styles and trends are fea-tured. Residents are invited to 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. ON TREND ESSENTIALS FOR THE STYLISH AT HEART Located Inside The Rustic Fox 1790 Town Centre Dr., North Aurora • Vendor #3 At the Entrance to the Left54 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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Shop GalleryTWO LOCAL BOUTIQUES FEATURING LIVERPOOL’S HOTTEST STYLES WHEATON & ST. CHARLES–Jill Card opened Jeans and a Cute Top after years of working in retail and corporate sales jobs, wearing boring suits, un-comfortable panty hose, and predictable white dress shirts. The name was in-spired by her first date with her husband when she asked, “What should I wear?” and her husband replied: “Jeans and a cute top.” When Jill was getting ready for that first date, she didn’t have a great pair of jeans or a cute top in her closet and had to borrow an outfit from her sister, a flight attendant with a much more fun wardrobe. As she got older, Jill couldn’t find any great jeans for women in their 30s and 40s. Stores catered to teenagers or grandmas. The unflattering ‘Mom’ jeans filled in that age gap. Now, in Jill’s closet, you’ll find about 40 pairs of jeans. She has 8-10 pairs in regular rotation. Her go-to, favorite pair is the Gia from Liverpool—the denim is super soft and keeps its shape. Jeans & A Cute Top is the solution for women who don’t want to look ridiculous trying to dress like their daughters but also refuse to settle for shapeless lounge wear. Jill hand selects every item in the store, going to trade shows looking for style over trend, and finding affordable, beautiful clothes that work for all women, not just size 0 models. You will find Jill working the floor of one of her shops every day—she is committed to changing the world for women one great fitting pair of jeans at a time. Expires 2-28-2356 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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SO LOVED! SO BEAUTIFUL! LOVE and TREAT Yourself this Year! Stop in for some DRESS Inspo! Gowns are arriving daily and we are so excited to help you get ready for your next Special Occasion. Follow us online today: instagram– @special_occasions01 facebook– @SpecialOccasionsBatavia website– Become a part of Special Occasions. Make an appointment to find your dream dress or just stop in! 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 Oc-casion. Special Occasions 2 N Batavia Ave., Batavia, Illinois (630) 406-1515 Shop Gallery58 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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OVER 45 VENDORS GALENTINE’S CELEBRATION THURSDAY • FEBRUARY 9 • 5-9pm 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 vin-tage 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, de-sign, 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, includ-ing girls night out boutique events GRAB YOUR BESTIES FOR THIS FUN AFTER-HOURS EVENT Ferbuary 9 – Enjoy Shopping Fun All Night Long! trend + relic, 1501 Indiana Avenue, St. Charles, Illinois (630) 803-5253 • www.trendandrelic.comShop GalleryJulie Norkus Fragments60 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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I WANT CANDY! CLARENDON HILLS–What is the fascination with candy? For some, it could be their longest-standing relationship. Candy (and sugar) are fondly linked to positive memories - life celebrations, holidays and impulse check-out-line-purchases. It is a symbol of happiness. Whe-never and wherever the occasion, it leads to joy. And there is a good reason; our bodies naturally release the feel-good hormone (dopa-min) when we eat sugar. In moderation, candy has been linked to a variety of health benefits too - it increases energy, helps mood, and reduces stress and anxiety. If you're on the hunt to satisfy that sweet tooth, we’ve got just the place for you. Introducing: I Want Candy! in Clarendon Hills. I Want Candy! opened its doors on May 4, 2018. They are known in-ternationally for its luxury lollipops. That’s right - luxury. These small-batch, artisanal lollipops are handmade - carefully designed, poured, wrapped and packaged in its Clarendon Hills commercial kitchen. It's a process they’ve coined as ‘concept-to-confection’. In fact, clients have the opportunity to create their own lollipop designs, too. Inside the shop you will find a unique assortment of shaped, layered, flavored and image lollipops. However, you will also find: cotton candy, CrispyCake marshmallow rice treats, caramels, gummies, and chocolates. Its most popular treats, include: milk chocolate-cov-ered oreos, giant peanut-butter cups, cotton candy, gummi bears and (of course!) lollipops. IWC products can be found at the Adler Plan-etarium and The Field Museum in Chicago, too. This one-of-a-kind shop is sure to have you crushing this Valentine’s Day season. What’s not to love?UNIQUEby Brianna Bartemeyer Photo Submitted in SuburbiaUNIQUE IN SUBURBIA62 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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PERSONABLE, ENERGETIC & CREATIVE REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL SUSAN COLELLA OF BAIRD & WARNER This proud Naperville resident shares that helping local sellers and buyers doesn’t feel like work making it easy to be dedicated and results oriented When she is hired to list a home she gains much of the mar-keting 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. Re-styling 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 2023. Susan Colella, Baird & Warner, (630) 946-3813Susan Colella64 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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DDRREEAAMM KKIITTCCHHEENNHOMEWERKS Home Remodeling Gallery Online NAPERVILLE– Recognized as a premiere remodeling company, with a 10,000 square foot showroom in Naperville, HomeWerks has a beautiful online gallery of photos and ideas to help you plan your next remodeling dream come true. Now’s a great time to start planning your next kitchen, bath or basement project! Family owned and operated since 1996, HomeWerks special-izes in full service remodeling. The kitchen and bath displays are interactive, allowing visitors to experience many product features first hand. With the focus of providing high quality products, pro-fessional installation and exceptional customer service HomeWerks Kitchen and Bath • Susan ColellaGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 65

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MILLION DOLLAR lliissttiinnggAn Architectural Gem This architectural gem located in Geneva is an absolute must see. Located in the heart of it all– within walking dis-tance to Metra, restaurants, shops, public library, walking trails and more. Marvelously designed interiors and high end finishes along with a gorgeous kitchen with open floor plan makes this home perfect for entertaining. $1,300,000 613 Creekside Dr, Geneva 4 bed, 4.5 bath(773) 775-5500 Presented by: Joanna Stawarz Brokered by: American Realty &, Inc. (773) 775-5500 REAL ESTATE66 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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Beautiful Throughout This home is ideal for big famlies. It is spacious throughout and has a full, walk out basement with plenty of storage rooms and a large door leading to a paved patio. The wooded backyard creates vacation-like feelings with a deck is situated perfectly to enjoy anytime during a day. REAL ESTATEGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 67

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WomenInspiredCREATING A LIFE OF PURPOSE & INSPIRATIONby Kristen Kucharski Photos by Mike Catuara

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Meet Tammey Morris of Batavia– EMT, Local Mom & So Much More! AURORA–Tammey was sick as a teenager and felt blessed to be surrounded by those who helped support her along the way. She always knew she wanted to give back some-how, so when she stumbled on an Emer-gency Medical Technician (EMT) Class in College, it was the perfect launch to a career she fell in love with as a first responder. In 1995, she tested for a professional full-time Firefighter/Paramedic position at the City of Naperville and proceeded to work and even-tually raise her two children as a single mom. In January 2021, Tammey further challenged the promotional exam of Lieutenant, scoring number one out of 25 candidates, catapulting to her current title, Lieutenant of EMS. As a 5’3”, 125 lb. female in a male dominant occupation, odds were against Tammey; however, she pursued everyday with pos-itivity. “If you try and fail, that does not make you a failure but a trier. If you never try, that is what makes you a failure,” she adds. “It takes courage and determination, but you might surprise yourself at what you really are capable of. Hard work does not see gender, size, age, color, or ethnicity.” This has paid off for Tammey as she re-cently earned the George Winckler Award honoring her for exemplifying integrity, honesty, dedication, kindness, and heart. “I felt humbled. I have been working for over four years on developing a culture change, procedures and policies for the Naperville Fire Department with the goal of bringing resiliency by promoting a healthy, positive and aggressive approach to heal-ing properly after significant incidents and/or high stress incidents firefighters en-dure daily either professionally or per-sonally.” Tammey has garnered many other acco-lades over her 30 year career including Naperville Exchange Club: Firefighter of the Year 2002, Naperville Board of Fire and Police Commissioners: The Commissioner’s Award 2019, and Naperville Fire Department and Naperville Police Department: Medal of Valor 2019. This inspiring woman still finds time to travel, workout, attend concerts, and spend time with family and friends. She is also ac-tively pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Fire Service Administration and Psychology.WOMEN INSPIRED

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H4 TRAINING GET 1-ON-1 PERSONAL TRAINING AT H-4 TRAINING, TWO SUBURBAN LOCATIONS WHEATON & GENEVA–It’s time to take care of #1 with H4 Training! This program is best for individuals with very specific needs who require dedicated attention. H-4’s sessions focus on the specific goals of each client with workouts tailored to each person. Visit online to learn more and to check out the many other programs available to you. H4 Training. Wheaton & Geneva locations. LIVING70 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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Blood Sugar Stability Weight, Aging, and Health Optimization Chronically elevated blood glucose (sugar) increases resistance to in-sulin in your body. This is associated with many negative health out-comes and a shorter overall lifespan. It is well known that elevated blood sugar over time causes type 2 diabetes. Additionally, added sugar in-creases the rate of biological aging. Elevated sugar triggers systemic inflammation, this leads to DNA damage which then causes altered ge-netic expression. With altered genetic expression, risk for diseases such as alzheimers and cancer also increase. Balancing your blood sugar on a consistent basis is an excellent strategy for aging well and lowering your long term risk factors. In 2015, the CDC reported that over 30 million Americans have diabetes and 84 million Americans have pre-diabetes. While the typical education from one’s doctor sounds like “you need to eat better and exercise”, this ad-vice is full of little context or actionable tools. If you’re looking to take your health into your own hands and decrease your long term risk factors, there are a variety of lifestyle habits and strategies to help you do so. First and foremost, focus on a diet high in high-quality protein. Animal products that are well sourced offer a rich abundance of nutrients and the high protein content helps to stabilize internal blood sugar levels. Stress is another thing that can elevate blood sugar levels on a consistent basis. Implementing a daily meditation prac-tice will help to keep stress hormones lower which will help support healthy blood sugar levels. Lastly, moving your body regularly is an ex-cellent approach to teaching your body how to properly utilize and burn up glucose as fuel. This does not need to mean strenuous activity, but meeting your daily 10,000 steps can make a world of difference to your longevity and wellness. The most important takeaway here is understanding that you have con-trol over your ability to regulate your blood sugar levels, which means you have an element of control over your long term health and wellness. ABOUT THE WRITER Katie McManigal is a board-certified nurse practitioner who specializes in functional and regenerative medicine. Her mission and passion are in bringing optimal health to each individual she serves. Katie completed her nurse practitioner degree at Purdue University and went on to open Peak Health Institute in Warrenville, IL. Peak Health Institute is a functional medicine and lifestyle clinic devoted to providing residents with the tools needed to optimize their health. Learn more at LO CA LlndustryEXPERTⓇⓇAnti-Aging LOCAL INDUSTRY EXPERTFITNESSHEALTHY LIVINGGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 69

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Managing Your Weight through the Holiday Season The holiday season is an exciting time of the year. Family, holiday events, delicious food, gift giving, and the excitement of the little people in our lives. But for many, the holidays also bring on an element of stress. Particularly for those whose health concern is managing their weight. Is it possible to both enjoy the holiday season and not ‘de-prive’ yourself, but also avoid holiday weight gain? Luckily, the answer is yes! At Peak Health Institute we are passionate about creating a lifestyle that is based in nutritionally dense foods. This is what gives you the fuel to be actively engaged and accomplish all of the things you desire. We also believe that community, stress relief, and life enjoyment are high on the list of importance. Our metabolism boost is an excellent way to keep your body processing fatty acids, detoxifying the added element of toxins. This is a great option for maintaining through the sea-son. If you’re looking for solutions to jumpstart your weight loss journey, we also offer customized lab testing, advanced weight loss protocols, and full hormone analysis. At Peak we offer solutions to help you achieve the health you deserve. Peak Health Institute 3S517 Winfield Rd, Warrenville (630)791-9335 HEALTH SPOTLIGHTHEALTHY LIVINGGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 71

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74 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine Who Work Out Kristen Kucharski Photos by Mike CatuaraThey say couples who work out together, stay together and these two local area couples have proven this to be true. Working out with your significant other has many benefits, such as increas-ing your emotional bond. Meet these four area residents who share a love for working out at H4 Training in Wheaton and Geneva. CouplesHEALTHY LIVING

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Buffy Higgins-Beard and Greg Beard WHEATON–Greg and Buffy are planning a cycling tour in the hills of Tuscany this Fall. To prepare, Greg has planned cyclocross/gravel cycling rides including Rough Road 100, Barry Roubaix, and the Horribly Hilly; while Buffy will begin bike commuting the 52 miles RT to work. Additionally, they both workout at 5 a.m., a few days a week at H4 Training in Wheaton. Weightlifting with TRX and HIIT are central to their weekly plan and they hold each other ac-countable to clean eating by weekly meal planning which al-ways allows for a little dark chocolate, red wine, and blue cheese! “H4 does a great job offering challenges to improve habits - eating, working out, stretching…” Buffy says. “Having some-one alongside you is a great help.” Making their health a priority is balanced with serving on the Equality Dream Team Board, Boy Scouts of America Board, Pathway to Adventure Council; as well as being active members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Geneva. Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 71HEALTHY LIVING

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Stephanie Dawkins and Bob Palmer GENEVA–Since 2017, as two of the original H4 Training Geneva clients, Stephanie and Bob workout three times a week at 5:00 a.m. “Nothing like starting the day out right,” Stephanie says. “We keep each other accountable and go at 5 a.m. because we know that it is the only time that life won’t get in the way.” They also feel a true commitment to their 5 a.m. workout group and don’t want to let them down either. Staying fit and improving strength; as well as taking care of their bodies by eating healthier supports their physical and mental health to enjoy other activities like hiking, kayaking, and exploring at least one National Park per year. Living in Geneva for 15 years, they balance life in their tri-city bubble of ongoing events like Wine, Cheese & Trees, Swedish Days, Festival of the Vine, the Super Shuffle, Oh La La, and The Lopp. In addition, you might also find them indulging in their guilty pleasure at Dairy Queen.Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 71HEALTHY LIVING

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Relax and Breathe! The month of February always makes me think of those I love the most. My daughter’s stole my heart the day they were born and spending quality time with them is always my favorite thing to do! We stole a “day at the beach” to reconnect and rejuvenate. Sinking our toes in the pebbled oasis of the HaloTherapy room at Breathe Salt Therapy was just the ticket to force us to relax and go off the grid for an hour. We not only had some good laughs and great conversation with friends, we were also able to take advantage of the natural advantages of dry salt therapy during the winter months that fight off things like Bronchitis, Al-lergies, Sinusitis, Pneumonia and the like, while also reaping the benefits of skirting skin conditions such as Eczema, Der-matitis, Acne, Wrinkles, and Signs of Aging Skin. What’s super cool about this space is that it is available for in-fants 6 months and up! With RSV Season upon us - Halo Kid sessions are a fun and natural, holistic approach to hosting a unique playdate with other parents and kids while hanging out MOM’S little black book78 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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in the Halo Therapy Room and playing with sand buckets and shovels while taking in the health and wellness benefits. Parents can sit and relax while kids “dig” in the vast “sandbox”. Need a day to yourself to practice self love? Treat yourself to a specialty massage or float your cares away weightless atop 1400 pounds of magnesium in a warm bath of water! The options to decompress and love yourself are abundant!!! On the way out the door, we paused once again to set our feet upon the warm salt foot domes. The immediate exhale and resound-ing “ahhhhhhhh - you’ve gotta feel this” ex-tended our stay even when we thought there couldn’t possibly be more! I could have never anticipated the peace and depth of this #MomsLittleBlackBook adventure as a great way to spend the day with my kids! OVERVIEW Breathe Salt Therapy is a place of healing, growth, and wellness providing the maximum benefit for halo therapy, infrared sauna, floata-tion, foot detox, and massage therapy. Breathe Salt Therapy 2611 N. Bridge Street Yorkville, IL 60560 (234) 273-2843 Hours: By Appointment Price $: Prices vary based on experience selected ABOUT THE WRITER Kristen Kucharski’s days are never dull, her kids are never bored! Over the years #MomsLittleBlackBook has explored hundreds of kid friendly things to do in our surrounding community and on the road. As her girls have grown and gone away to college, she continues to enjoy unique activities, excursions, day trips, weekend get-a-aways, and road trips while re-discovering my own passion for adventure with friends, girls nights outs, and date nights. In her words “Life is a journey–might as well have fun along the way. Go, fly, roam, travel, voyage, explore, discover!”MOM’S LITTLE BLACK BOOKGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 79

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CAREER VISION APTITUDE TESTING CAN HELP STUDENTS CHOOSE MAJORS AND CAREERS What are you doing after high school? You know further edu-cation is important. Do you need help finding the right career choice? The Career Vision Aptitude Advantage can help. 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 have asked “What should I study?”, “What will I do after college?” and want to learn how Career Vision can help, give 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. If you are going to college and want to know what to study, reach out to Career Vision today. If you have graduated col-lege and still haven’t found your best fit, the professional con-sultants at Career Vision can help you, too. For over 30 years they have been helping students and adults find their best ca-reer choices. Career Vision • • (630) 469-6270CCOOLLLLEEGGEE TTIIMMEECOMMUNITY LIVINGGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 81

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Kid StuffValentine’s Clay Kids Night Out COLOR ME MINE • February 10 GENEVA–Drop off your Kiddos to create a fun Valentine themed clay that will keep you smiling year after year. They’ll have help creating a clay pot or mug like the ones pictured! and after the clay is fired they can paint it at no additional cost. This is a drop off event for kids 7+. and Me Bakery A VISION FOR INCLUSION IN HER COMMUNITY Local Mom Employs Adults of all Abilities NAPERVILLE–This small team of creative and enthusiastic bakery artists serves a purpose grander than merely delighting your taste buds (though they do that too)! The founder, who adopted two girls with Down Syndrome, always had a vi-sion for inclusion. Her daughter Mila (nicknamed Moose) loved to bake from an early age and so began the vision of Moose & Me, where adults of all abilities are emplyed. Support this baker today! Kid's Valentine Paint Party STUDIO 60 ART CENTER • February 14, 4:30-5:45 OSWEGO–This fun event invites kids to enjoy a painting experi-ence filled with love on Valentine’s Day. Kids will paint a Valentine canvas with acrylic paint. They can change up colors and patterns, bringing out the little artist in each of them. • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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KID STUFFADVENTURE IN NAPERVILLE Add Up the Fun & Learning NAPERVILLE–Every visit to DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) is an ad-venture that will spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and lead to new discov-eries. Jump, climb, play, draw, build, and explore – Math Connections has taken over the second floor at DCM. Math is in everything we do. Through math, children learn how to solve problems, exercise critical thinking skills, and develop abstract and creative thinking strategies. COMING UP: Celebrate an evening of love, friendship, and family with your little “Love Bugs” at DCM’s Love Bug Dance on Thursday, February 16 at 5:30pm. Plan a visit to DuPage Children’s Museum, where you and your family will laugh, learn, and love spending time together. adventure awaitsGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 83

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by Mindy Kyle Photos SubmittedLucy Dallman Little Girls, Little Girls GLEN ELLYN–Long time Glen Ellyn school teacher Lucy Dallman had the idea to create a series of books with a combination of music, artwork and meaningful messages for a wide range of au-diences. She rounded up her collaborators, Billy Van Duzor (music) and Katherine Trumbull Fimreite (artist) to develop their first book, Little Girls, Little Girls. “This book was created out of love and a desire to leave a message for my grand girls and Billy’s daughters,” says Lucy. “It evolved into an anthem for girls and women of all ages.” Little Girls, Little Girls is a beautiful picture book based on an orig-inal song of the same title. The illustrations within the book are watercolor landscapes which depict the lyrics of the song. The book includes a QR code directing readers to a website where the song can be heard. The final pages of the book contain the piano and guitar music for the song. The lyrics remind girls and women that their stories are important, and it is imperative for them to be heard. Lucy and her team decided to sell their book exclusively through Independent Bookstores. Local stores include: Anderson’s in Naperville, The Bookstore in Glen Ellyn, Town House Books in St. Charles and Prairie Path Books in Wheaton. Little Girls, Little Girls was one of the top selling children’s books of 2022 at both Ander-son’s and The Bookstore. LITERAARRYYlocalKNOW A LOCAL AUTHOR?  We’d Love to Meet Them! Introduce Us at editorial@glancermagazine.comLITERARY LOCALGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 85

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4. Experience Dive Training Together NAPERVILLE–Get your feet wet and Discover Scuba. If you two want to know what it feels like to breathe un-derwater, you’ll want to sign up hand in hand for Dis-cover Scuba in Naperville. After a brief introduction of the equipment and a discussion of safety rules, you’ll both be ready to jump in the pool and experience the thrill of scuba diving. All you need to do is show up – they will supply the water, equipment, and the fun. 2. Head to Mish Mash Adventures AURORA–You two will love this urban adventure where teams work to-gether to complete the challenges that are hidden behind every door. This is an environment where you can es-cape and play, all while challenging yourself and your team. Some phys-ical, some mental, some a combina-tion of both. If you two grew up wishing you could be on all the TV adventure game shows such as Double Dare™, American Gladi-ators™, and Legends of the Hidden Temple™ – this place was created for you. 3. Game Night & Flight Tasting YORKVILLE–If you two love games & wine then you’ll love this adventure! The second Wednesday of the month is Game Night and Flight Night at Critical Grind Board Game Cafe at the Flight Tasting Room & Bottle Shoppe. Flight has over 200 craft beers, meads, ciders, wines, and craft sodas. Critical Grind will bring an assortment of board games and a game master to help facilitate game play. 1. Enjoy a Magical Mystery Tour CHICAGO–Magical Mystery Tours specializes in customized mystery trips where travelers set the pa-rameters and complete a survey. Then, a a trip is put together based on those specifications with a weather forecast, pack-ing list, and flight departure time sent to you & yours. Trav-elers discover their destination upon arriving at the airport! How adventureful is that!? www.magical-mystery- tours.comADVENTURE AWAITS! There’s nothing better than spending time with those we love....while doing what we love. For couples who love to stay active with adventurefilled activities, we have the perfect list for you! Active adventures create vivid memories and fun photo oppor-tunities to keep for a lifetime. Here’s 7 Spectacular PLACES FOR COUPLES WHO LOVE ADVENTURE2. • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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6. Winter Trail Challenge ST. CHARLES–Enjoy the beauty of winter running together outside in nature! This race is back again at the 131 acre property at Hickory Knolls Nature Area with an extremely diverse landscape environment featuring re-stored woodlands, wetlands, prairie and savanna. A tech-nical challenge, double track with a highest elevation of 876 feet hosted on March 5th. 6.7. Bocce Ball OAKBROOK–Rival your partner in a game of bocce. The meticulously maintained bocce courts are the ideal venue to come together for a great time! Plush seating and professional, game-side food and beverage service invite you to connect, play, and change your frame of mind. 7.5. Take a Backyard Hero BBQ Master Class Together DOWNERS GROVE–Roll up your sleeves and get ready to work together with championship BBQ instructors on February 25 at Wannemaker's Home and Garden. Learn to cook hot and fast on drum smokers, which produces exceptional results very quickly on all cooker types. Get hands-on with pork shoulder, ribs, and the mac daddy fatty! Small class size ensures you and yours will get an immersive in-depth BBQ experience 5.Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 83

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