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Glancer Magazine, February 2024

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PRETTY PLACES Welcome to the February issue filled with captivating stories and in-sights designed to make your month truly memorable. Our cover story, 8 Locals to Love, shares the enchanting stories of residents who have woven their magic, creativity and passion into Pretty Places around town. From hidden gems to well-known favorites, these stories will in-spire you to explore your surroundings and support local all month long. In addition, our pages unveil 10 Trends in Spa Daying throughout Chi-cagoland featuring the latest in wellness experiences, including the re-juvenating practice of forest bathing and the cutting-edge world of new laser therapies. Whether you seek relaxation or revitalization, these trends are set to elevate your spa experience. As Valentine's Day approaches, we present 7 Spectacular Places to Celebrate with your Sweetie offering enchanting locales to create last-ing memories with your loved ones. Of course, we also bring you all your monthly favorites in dining, shop-ping, events, and more. Thank you for being part of our journey. We hope this issue brings joy, inspiration, and a touch of magic to your February. Lindy Kleivo Founding PublisherFEBRUARY 2024TABLE OF CONTENTSPUBLISHER Glancer Magazine, Inc. Lindy Kleivo, Founder PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Lindy Kleivo Sales & Marketing / West Suburban EDITORIAL Kristen Kucharski Associate Editor / Writer Mindy Kyle Writer Brianna Bartemeyer Writer PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Catuara Event Photographer Ruta Drulia Feature Photographer Laura Ramirez-Nunez Feature Photographer C O N T A C T  U S EDITORIAL Press Releases, Community News & Events ADVERTISING Digital Advertising +  Local Marketing Solutions SUBSCRIPTIONS Monthly Download + Daily Digital www.glancermagazine.comGlancer® Magazine, highlighting the best of the best in DuPage, Kane & Kendall Counties, is produced by Glancer® Magazine, Inc., a privately owned and operated corporation lo-cated in Sugar Grove, Illinois You’ve Been Glanced® and the Glancer® logo are registered trade-marks of Glancer Magazine, Inc. Magazine reproduction in whole or in part is strictly prohibited. All Rights Reserved Copyright 2024-Glancer® Magazine FFEEBBRRUUAARRYY 22002244®Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 55 Hello From Glancer Magazine 7 5 Things to Do 8 10 Trends: Spa Daying Trends for 2024 10 Cover Story: 8 Locals to Love 22 Dining + Cocktails: Lou Malnati’s Gives Back 26 The Wedding Page 2024 28 Unique in Suburbia: Le Chocolat 30 Million Dollar Listing: Stunning in Naperville 33 Literary Local: Angelique Burrell 34 Mom’s Little Black Book: Teatro ZinZanni 36 Community Living: Support Local 42 Trendy Traveler: Amangiri in Utah 44 On Stage: Illinoise at Navy Pier 45 Kitchen Redesign: Tupelo Lane 46 To Give, To Inspire: Macyn’s Jars 49 Shop Gallery: Local Boutiques in the New Year 58 Kid Stuff: Cupcakes, Parties and More! 62 College Time: Aptitude Testing Can Help 64 7 Spectacular: Places to Celebrate with Your Sweetie this Valentine’s Day Lindy is Pictured with Her Daughter at the Taylor Swift Era’s Tour Movie on the EMAGINE Big Screen in Batavia

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FEBRUARY 20245 Things to DoGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 71. Titanic – The Exhibit WESTFIELD OLD ORCHARD MALL SKOKIE–Embark on an awe-inspiring journey in an immersive, interactive tour of the Titanic with vast, jaw dropping, recreations of the ship’s interior and exterior. www.thetitanicexhibition. com/chicago/4. Disco Circus ARCADA THEATER FRIDAY, FEB 9 ST. CHARLES–Chicago- based disco/funk tribute band, The Disco Circus, creates a nostalgic experience by combining the energy and excitement of a 3-ring circus with the grooviest music from the 1970’s! www.arcadalive.com2. Chocolate Walk TOWN SQUARE WHEATON • FEB 24 WHEATON–Shopping is sweet at Town Square Wheaton! Held February 24, from 1-3pm for the first-ever TSW Chocolate Walk. Register for free and receive tastings of local-made artisan choc-olates inside various TSW shops and restaurants — along with steamy hot cocoa to keep you warm as you shop and stroll. Winter Whiskey Tasting MORTON ARBORETUM • FEBRUARY 23 LISLE–The NEW Winter Whiskey Tasting at The Morton Arboretum will take place from 5:30 to 9:30pm Friday, Feb. 23. Sample a se-lection of whiskeys curated by a team of ex-perts from Binny’s Beverage Depot while you warm up at a cozy fire pit on the patio of the Firefly Pavilion, a covered, open-air event space. 3. Galentines Fun! TREND + RELIC • FEB 8 ST. CHARLES–Grab your best gals and head to trend + relic for another fun Galentine's event! Live music, a valentine's themed photo booth and food & libations, cookie and floral pop up's, after hours will be another great time at the shop for all to attend. Don’t miss this fun event. 5-9pm at 1501 In-diana Avenue, Saint Charles.

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10TRENDSSpa Daying Trends for 2024Elevate Your Spa Day Experience The spa industry is constantly evolving, and 2024 brings a wave of innovative trends and treat-ments designed to elevate the spa day experience. From cutting-edge technologies like Opus Plasma treatments and Red Light Bars to holistic practices such as forest bathing and wholistic care, there's something for everyone seeking rejuvenation and wellness. Whether it's enhancing skin vitality or promoting mental well-being, these 10 trends offer a diverse range of options to look and feel great. Relax and enjoy. 10 TRENDS#1 | Opus Plasma Treatment DOWNERS GROVE–Opus Plasma™ is a state-of-the-art technology taking skin rejuvenation to a whole new level. To keep your skin looking youthful, the experts at Skin Med Spa use the Opus Plasma special technology to produce aesthetic changes; therefore, improving skin texture, enhancing elasticity, increasing thickness of skin, correction of fine lines, diminishing wrinkles, and improving skin tone. #2 | Red Light Bar CHICAGO–Enhance your winter glow at the Red Light Bar at Spa Space Chicago. Targeting the face, forearms, and wrists, this gentle radiance revitalizes skin by promoting collagen production while also aiding muscle recovery by accelerating healing, reducing tension, and improving flexibility. 8 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2024 • Glancer Magazine

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#3 | DEXA Scan GENEVA/YORKVILLE–What’s a body made of? Body composition meas-urement with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) can look beyond weight and body mass index (BMI) to determine body fat mass and lean mass to provide an accurate picture of your body, chart change over time and pinpoint problems in the body’s arms, legs, android, gynoid before they occur at Fox Valley Orthopedics. #4 | Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy (PEMF) NAPERVILLE–Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy (PEMF) is an FDA ap-proved therapy at Naperville Healing Center which helps re-energize damaged cells by inducing electrical charges within the cell that restore it to its normal healthy state. PEMF is used to improve circulation and cell metabolism by penetrating every cell, tissue, organ and even bones to stimulate electrical and chemical processes in the tissues. #5 | Forest Bathing LISLE–Experience the healing and wellness-promoting effects of shinrin-yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest at the Morton Arboretum on February 19 and 24 from 1pm-3pm Open the senses, cultivate presence, and invite healing interactions during these mindful walks with a certified forest therapy guide. No two walks are the same so you will always enjoy a variety of awareness-raising exercises. adult-programs/forest-therapy-walks #6 | Wholistic Care NAPERVILLE–Wholistic Care offers an integrated holistic approach to a healthy body, mind, spirit connection as a whole, as opposed to parts through combined counseling, life coaching, and yoga therapy. Through this approach, therapeutic services help discover self-awareness, enhance wellness, and enable happiness within. #7 | Sankalpa Fest YORKVILLE–Sense of Samadhi Yoga in downtown Yorkville invites all to the Sankalpa Fest on February 24 from 9am-5pm for a day of wellness, yoga, meditation, metaphysical and so much more! Decide in the moment whatever class your intuition is guiding you toward! The day will be filled with workshops, lectures and yoga classes, as well as tarot cards, birth chart, and henna appointments available. #8 | Power Plate Therapy ST. CHARLES–Whole Body Vibration Therapy, otherwise known as Power Plate therapy at the LaCava Center for Integrated Medicine is used to im-prove circulation and build muscle strength. It may offer other benefits, in-cluding improving metabolism, reducing stress hormone presence and the presence of cellulite, improving lymphatic flow, reducing pain, and stimu-lating collagen production to improve skin. #9 | Infared Fitness Micro Workouts WHEATON/NAPERVILLE–HOTWORX is a virtually instructed exercise program promoting the benefits of infrared heat absorption, while complet-ing a 30-minute Isometric workout or 15-minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session. As the infrared heat penetrates your body causing you to sweat, the isometric postures further accelerate detoxification by physically removing the toxins from your organs through muscle contrac-tion. #10 | BroadBand Light Facial NAPERVILLE/OSWEGO–BroadBand Light (BBL Forever Young photo fa-cial) at Smooth Solutions Medspa uses the power of light to deliver heat into the layers of the skin, stimulating skin cells to regenerate and boost the body’s natural ability to fight the appearance of aging; thus correcting redness (caused by fine vessels) and age spots, and sun-damage (caused by excessive melanin) using the most powerful IPL device in the world with HERO (High Energy Rapid Output) technology. www.smoothsolutionsmedspa.com10 TRENDSGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 9

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10 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2024 • Glancer Magazine The Enchanting Stories of Residents Who Have Woven their Magic into Pretty Places Around Town

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This Local Salon Owner Shares on Her Passion–Refined Beauty NAPERVILLE–Origi-nally from Clifton, Illi-nois, Jennifer Alvarez fell in love with Naper-ville in 2005 when searching for a place to establish her career. A passion for education and entrepreneurship influenced Jennifer to open Refined Beauty in Naperville, a full-service salon and spa, in 2016. Refined Beauty is located in downtown Naperville in a two-story house, creating a unique home-like experience with a modern interior design. The salon is known for its expertise in hair exten-sions and luxury bridal services; this hidden gem is a must-try experience! Honored as one of the top 200 salons in the US and multiple bridal awards, Jennifer remains relentless and deter-mined to expand her busi-ness to create more ca-reer opportunities and provide a space for education. In addition to being a salon owner, she hosts a podcast, is a re-nowned speaker for industry events, and is an industry platform edu-cator. Jennifer is an SS Peter and Paul parishioner and enjoys support-ing local charities such as Dancing with the Celebrities fundraiser for the Career and Networking Center. Her husband, Ryan Alvarez, has been a local Naper-ville resident since 1985 and owns Re-fined Strategies, a full-service wealth management firm. She enjoys playing with her mini goldendoodle, Duffy, and traveling in her spare time. -Kristen Kucharski, Photos by Ruta DruliaJENNIFER ALVAREZGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 11

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Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 13The Founders of Amlu Tastings Share their Love for Food & Adventure NAPERVILLE–Friendship, silliness, and respect are what drew Anna and Venky together when their synergies perfectly complemented each other through a dance class. The duo's love of food, love to create, love to be adventurous, and love to share it all is what prompted the open-ing of Amlu Tastings in Naperville, a pop up personal chef’s tasting experience where the pair serves as chef and host to a multi-course fine dining experience. “Our menu is ever changing and we always tell stories through our food,” Anna adds. “It’s a journey that evokes love, memories, family and comfort. The specialness of our menu is very thoughtful and mindful, and is prepared via globally in-spired flavors influenced by travels, nature, art, beauty and tradition. “I come from a line of very talented chefs, so heritage and culture hold great mean-ing in my creations,” she says. “I love to bring old lost recipes to life and with a modern twist.” Anna and Venky feel the entire world is their community and also invest their services with Meals on Wheels, Hesed House, Konnect Chicago, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, and supporting the ‘girl child’ in India. Always ensuring time for each other, the cou-ple enjoys date nights by their fireplace at home, as well as sipping drinks at the Turf Room. -Kristen Kucharski, Photos by Ruta Drulia PhotographyAnna & Venky Venkatesh

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Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 17How the Founders of Bright Flower Event Add a Touch of Beauty to Everyday NAPERVILLE–Naperville residents, Daria and Viktoriia initially began their endeavor with the creation of a women’s club in their district. Initially from Russia and Ukraine respectively, the pair aimed to bring together all Russian-speaking women for mean-ingful conversations and psychological support. As the women’s club flourished, they re-alized the potential to contribute more to people’s lives and opened Bright Flower Event, a flower shop and event decoration busi-ness to evoke emotions, bring joy, and add a touch of beauty to everyday experiences. Located inside the oldest car wash on the west side of Naper-ville, the ambience provides an intriguing and distinctive setting with no walls separating the customers from the florists, allowing witness to the artistry and dedication that goes into crafting each floral arrangement. A hanging egg chair is the focal point offering a cozy and stylish spot for customers to relax and im-merse themselves in the art of floris-try. With two kids each and husbands and households to also maintain, Daria and Viktoriia’s mission revolves around cultivating happiness in women through the Women’s Club for Russian-Speaking Community; thus creating a platform where women can come together, and share the secrets of their success, happiness, and fulfilling family lives. Their presence extends beyond Bright Flower Events services, as they integrate into the fabric of the community while doing what they truly love. -Kristen Kucharski, Photos by Ruta Drulia PhotographyDaria Tereshchenko & Viktoriia Sedletska

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Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 17Ever Since She was a Little Girl, the Owner of Eye Candy Bake Shop Dreamed of Working for Herself GENEVA–At a very young age, Lorena discovered her fascination with the unique methods of custom cake design, and always dreamed of working for herself. Lorena has lived in Geneva the past 9 years with her husband Rene and their three kids. She enjoys strength training and keeping physically fit to help push through her 10+ hour work days as the owner of Eye Candy Bake Shop, a full-service bakery that specializes in gluten free pastries, cus-tom design cakes, as well as a large variety of Dairy Free, Vegan, Paleo, and Keto friendly desserts. The words of famed chef, Julia Child ring true for Lorena. Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it, as she has been voted Best Bakery in Kane County for four years straight, col-laborating with every individual to create a custom and memorable design based on their vision/theme. “Everything we make is made from scratch and made in house,” she shares. “My approach is to not only create a memorable flavor profile that tastes delicious but an aesthetic center piece that helps celebrate the occasion.” Resilient, strong, and creative, her future goals include expanding into a small café. In the mean-time, she immerses herself in the community by dining and purchasing locally, and is also a member of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. -Kristen Kucharski, Photos by Laura Ramirez-NunezLorena Allende

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Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 19It’s a Family Affair Rich in Tradition at Made In Italy Trattoria, a Local Favorite GLEN ELLYN–It’s all about family for Angelo Cavallino, who owns Made in Italy Trattoria along with his father Enzo and brother Gennaro. Their roots are in Naples, Italy and mama Lucia can also be found helping out on the weekends and sharing stories of their heritage. “What I love most about working with family members is knowing at heart we’re all on the same page and don't have selfish intentions, ” Angelo shares. This busy dad of 10-year old twins, and husband of 11 years to Cally, realized early on that working for himself allows him to maintain the family motto, help others without wanting anything in return. In the words of Michael Jordan, I can ac-cept failure ….but I can't accept not trying; so the family works tirelessly to also give back through fundraiser nights, donating 25% of sales that evening. Although working 7 days a week year round is challenging, he takes great pride in always bettering the business from what began as a dine-in restau-rant with homemade pastas, centered cut steaks, fresh fish, craft beers, and a growing list of wine and spirits, to in-corporating luncheon catering options, as well as affordable and delectable curb-side ToGo meal choices! On the rare opportunity, he can escape for some-one else to do the cooking, his first pick is always, SOGNO in Wheaton. -Kristen Kucharski, Photos by Ruta Drulia PhotographyThe Cavallino Family

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Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 21This Mother/Daughter Owns Happenstance and It’s Not Your Grandmother’s Boring Antique Shop OSWEGO–Originally from Downers Grove, Happenstance Goods’ owners Phyllis and Shannon are self de-scribed as smart, quirky women, ob-sessed with the number 13! The Mother/Daughter pair have been col-lectors since before they can even re-member, and in 2018, when Phyllis retired they opened their vintage store in Oswego, and recently just opened a second space inside of The Vintage Marketplace Com-pany in North Aurora. They are definitely not your grandmother’s boring antique shop. “We are purveyors of awesomeness and our shop reflects that,” Shannon says. “We spend a ridiculous amount of time stag-ing/merchandising, rearranging furniture, in order to create a new experience for our customers. We carry trending things like a set of Merry Mushroom Kitchen Canisters, typewriters, rotary telephones, cameras, and any-thing brass.” Known in the community for having a wide selection of antiques, vintage and cool stuff, they boast two levels of shopping offering refinished furniture, salvage, collectible glassware, art, vin-tage handbags, and more. They are also Elite Dixie Belle Paint retailers, of-fering two paint lines and all the acces-sories for DIY furniture projects. Members of the Oswego Chamber of Commerce and the Oswego Downtown Association, the duo also contributes to local charities, and takes great pride in making vintage the new New! -Kristen Kucharski, Photos by Laura Ramirez-NunezShannon Heckman & Phyllis Barber

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22 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2024 • Glancer Magazine HEART SHAPED PIZZAS & THE SPREADING HEARTS PACKAGE NAPERVILLE–It’s that time of year to spread the love, and Lou Malnati’s – the beloved Chicago pizza brand known for its legendary deep dish pizza and flaky buttery-crust – is dishing out the love with heart-shaped pizzas in Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Phoenix. For those that live across the country, Lou’s fans are covered from coast to coast with delicious heart-shaped Chicago-style pizzas and sweet selections from Windy City favorites available for shipping nationwide via Tastes of Chicago. Whether you’re looking for something special to serve your sweet valentine at home or one of Lou’s locations or want to spread the love to friends and family near or far, Lou Malnati’s has heart-shaped pizzas that you can share or ship from Tastes of Chi-cago, to make your loved ones happy. Lou Malnati’s teams up with Feeding America® local food banks, to donate $1 for every heart-shaped pizza ordered from one of our restaurants from February 1 – Feb-ruary 29, 2024 which will help provide 10 meals to neighbors in need. For guests looking to avoid the Valentine’s Day rush, half-baked or frozen heart-shaped deep dish pizzas can also be picked up from each location to take and bake at home. Spread the love with this special Spreading Hearts package and share a gift of love in more ways than one. The package includes one heart-shaped Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza, one heart-shaped chocolate chip cookie and two tiny pewter hearts, so your recipient can keep one and share one. Lou Malnati’s will donate a pizza to a local Chicago-area food pantry with every purchase. Please visit for more information. DININGDINING + COCKTAILSGIVE BACK WITH LOU MALNATI’SLOCAL DISH, FEBRUARY 2024

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DINING + COCKTAILSCheers to New Cocktails at Proof no. 5 in Wheaton SHARE A PLATE AND TASTE A COCKTAIL (or TWO) WHEATON–This favorite Front Street restaurant is located in the heart of Wheaton and leaves guests coming back again and again for its delectible and authentic menu selections, its swank yet com-fortable atmosphere and delightful cocktail menu– which just get better with some new additions. Pictured is the Valquiri made with plantation rum, lime juice, and cabernet reduction syrup. www.proofnumberfive.comCCoocckkttaaiillssTaylor Swift Wine Dinner at The Ivy ARE YOU READY FOR IT? February 8 • The Ivy WHEATON–Grab the gals and join in on the fun this month for a girls night out! You won’t want to miss this one. The Ivy invites you out for a 5-course Taylor Swift-inspired wine dinner. Call today for reserva-tions! Limited seating available. (630) 665-2489 Valentine’s Day Pairing Dinner WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 • BALLYDOYLE AURORA–Impress this Valentine's Day with a romantic dinner at Ballydoyle - Aurora! They're offering a special four-course dinner paired with specialty cocktails and live jazz music for your enter-tainment!  There is limited seating so get your tickets before they sell out! www.ballydoylepub.comGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 23

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26 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2024 • Glancer Magazine Get Matched with the Perfect Hair & Makeup Stylist for You EDMH is a network of freelance pro-fessionals who specialize in on loca-tion bridal beauty. They have created a streamlined 3-step process that will connect you with the perfect artist & stylist to enhance your natural beauty on your special day. You’ll love Elana Darrus Makeup. makeupartistchicago.netBook the DJ of Your Dreams and Choose Your Music Online Midwest Best DJs entertainment company loves to rock dance floors everywhere (including desti-nation weddings) so if you are looking for a DJ who will create the perfect vibe for your special day, check them out. With an online system in place to select your songs, you will find your experience to be simplified and oh, so fun! Located in St. Charles. Delight in Wedding Cake Succulents The wedding cake pictured is as beautiful as it is delicious. Designed with roses & succulents by The Quintessential Cake in Wheaton, guests marveled at its beauty while attending Santa Cielo at Hotel Indigo in Naperville for a wedding recently. Contact this cake decorator today for your special day! www.thequintessentialcake.comChoose this Quaint Boutique Hotel for Your Wedding Day The Herrington Inn & Spa is not your typical hotel. Overlooking the Fox River in Geneva, the boutique AAA 4-Diamond retreat offers a quaint and intimate ambiance, gracious, personalized hospitality and elegant yet eminently comfortable accommodations. Guests arriving at the hotel are greeted by charming, European-style architecture framed by gabled roofs, riverfront views, and a garden courtyard. It’s simply so beautiful. The Wedding Page2024 WEDDING TRENDS

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Le Chocolat du Bouchard “All you need is Love. But a little chocolate now-and-then doesn’t hurt.” –Charles M Schulz Have you ever noticed that there is a hot chocolate scene in nearly every winter Hallmark movie? It’s official. There is apparently no better combo than winter romance and chocolate. Hallmark knows best. Whether it’s a seasonal favorite or timeless tradition, there is comfort associated with those cozy connections. And these cozy connections seemingly bring out the nostalgia in us all - memories of snow days, sledding adventures, ski trips, cold nights by the fireplace, strolls down Main Street and falling in love. Speaking of love, did you know that chocolate contains a natural, organic compound called PEA (or phenethylamine). Also known as the ‘love drug’. One thing is clear – America loves its chocolate. And we’ve got just the spot for you: Le Chocolat du Bouchard in Naperville. Let the love affair begin! Le Chocolat du Bouchard, located in downtown Naper-ville, opened in 2004. After the owner traveled to Eu-rope, she fell in love with Paris. The lifestyle, culture, desserts, croissants … it was awe-inspiring. Once in-side, you will sense the homage to Paris - the exposed bricks, elegant chandeliers, quaint cafe tables, warm hues and decadent chocolates all around. With over 30 specialty drinks and over 300 specialty chocolate items, guests delight in the variety of tasty treats. Its Espresso bar features: specialty lattes, cappuccino, hot chocolates, mochas and martinis. Its bistro features: crepes, soups, salads, signature des-serts, milkshakes and ice cream. And don’t miss its chocolate shop and bak-ery! Must haves: Our Famous Carrot Cake and the Mexicocoa. -Brianna Bartemeyer, Photos SubmittedUNIQUEUNIQUE IN SUBURBIAin Suburbia28 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2024 • Glancer Magazine

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30 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2024 • Glancer Magazine MILLION DOLLAR lliissttiinnggBeautiful Naperville Home Nestled in the heart of Naperville, this fully restored American Four-Square home at 209 N Columbia stands as a testament to timeless elegance and meticulous craftsmanship. Boasting five spacious bed-rooms and four well-appointed baths, this residence offers a blend of classic charm and modern convenience. Custom millwork throughout is period matched to reflect the restoration. Upon entering, a beautiful foyer welcomes you, setting the tone for the refined interiors that fol-low. The main level impresses with its soaring 10 ceilings, creating an open and airy atmosphere throughout and the beauty contunues. (630) 369-2000 Presented by: Jeff Coros Brokered by: CENTURY 21 Circle REAL ESTATE$1,200,000 209 N Columbia St, Naperville 5 bed, 4 bath, 3,100 sqft

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In the Heart of the Community 209 N Columbia is not just a house; it's a masterpiece of architec-tural grace and thoughtful design. With its blend of historic charm and modern amenities, it offers a truly exceptional living experience in the heart of Naperville. REAL ESTATEGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 31

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by Mindy Kyle Photos SubmittedAngelique Burrell A Mark in the Road NAPERVILLE–Every time Naperville resident and English teacher Angelique Burrell saw skid marks on the road, she would try to imagine what could have caused them. “When my family started taking cross-country road trips for vacation each summer, my thoughts shifted to wondering what it would be like if someone really could see the stories behind the marks,” says Angelique. Angelique’s first young adult novel, A Mark in the Road introduces Mason, an 18-year-old boy who has the ability to see the cause of every skid mark in his mind like a silent movie. When his on-again-off-again crush Addie begs him to drive her cross-country to help her move, he must face his greatest fear – the open road. Until he learns that a woman driving on The Loneliest Road in America is missing and the skid marks near her car might hold the clue to what happened. On their long road trips to and from Tahoe, Angelique’s family would stop in small towns and at various attractions along the way. “On our second trip west, we discovered the Loneliest Road in America,” says Angelique. “As we traveled, I took notes on my phone, and that became my research. It was the best kind of research.” A Mark in the Road, winner of this year’s Illinois Author Project compe-tition, can be found at Anderson’s Book Shop in Naperville and the store’s website. It is also available for sale online, wherever books are sold. LITERAARRYYlocalKNOW A LOCAL AUTHOR?  editorial@glancermagazine.comGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 33

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Cirque, Comedy, Collations CHICAGO–Teatro ZinZanni offers a unique and captivating din-ing experience that combines gourmet cuisine with world-class performances. As we ventured into this immersive dinner show, the evening was immediately filled with laughter and acrobatics. Upon entering the intimate space, we were immediately trans-ported to a bygone era of glamour and spectacle. The venue's vintage ambiance sets the stage for an unforgettable night of en-tertainment. The ornate surroundings, adorned with mirrors and rich fabrics, create an atmosphere that blends seamlessly with the thrilling acts. We had prime seating in the Center Ring which offered front row treatment for the centric stage boasting the ability to rise and lower, guaranteeing spectacular views from any seat in the house. The ticket price includes a 4-course meal including an appetizer, salad, entree choice, and a dessert. Each dish is thoughtfully crafted to complement the evening's artistry, ensuring a sensory delight for the palate, and timed perfectly to the performance, al-lowing for a relaxing culinary journey throughout the evening. MOM’S little black book34 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2024 • Glancer Magazine Photos by SamuelRose @duorosetrapzee

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As the first course is served, the lights dim, and the stage comes alive with a burst of energy. A cast of talented performers, including comedians, musi-cians, and acrobats take center stage, captivating the audience with their skillful acts and engaging personalities. Our personal favorite was the mag-ician and comedian, Lucy Darling, played by Carisa Hendrix. She engaged the crowd and pulled-in members of the audience for captivating and hilar-ious acts sprinkled in-between the world of whimsy and wonder. Throughout the evening, the show seamlessly in-tegrates with the dining experience, creating a dy-namic and interactive performance. We seriously were laughing heartily at a comedic sketch one mo-ment and marveling at the breathtaking acrobatics the next. The trapeze acts pushed the boundaries of aerial technique with eye-catching tricks and en-thralling style, an amazing aerial hoop perform-ance, a fascinating hair hang aerlist, and a mouth dropping contortionist. Teatro ZinZanni's eclectic mix of entertainment ensures there's something for every taste, making it an ideal choice for the perfect adult night out! Even the waitstaff, clad in elegant attire, added to the overall charm, providing impeccable service that made you completely forget the outside world for a couple hours. Additionally, parking was easy, convenient, and affordable as the venue also dis-counts the rate. An unforgettable night not to be missed. OVERVIEW Teatro ZinZanni Chicago 32 W. Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 488-0900 Hours: Check website Price $: Starting at $99 which includes multi-course meal ABOUT THE WRITER Kristen Kucharski’s days are never dull, her kids are never bored! Over the years #MomsLittleBlackBook has explored hun-dreds 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 ac-tivities, excursions, day trips, weekend get-a-aways, and road trips while rediscovering 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, dis-cover!”MOM’S LITTLE BLACK BOOKGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 35Photos by SamuelRose @duorosetrapzee

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36 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2024 • Glancer Magazine COMMUNITY LIVING 2024OAK BROOK Wine, Women & Shoes! Bridge Communities Invites You to Kick Up Your Heels at Dazzling Wine Women & Shoes Fundraiser OAK BROOK–Sip, strut and sparkle at the most glamor-ous soiree of the season! Bridge Communities will host its fourth annual Wine Women & Shoes event at the Oak Brook Hills Resort on Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 11am-4pm. Bridge Communities’ sip-sational event will feature delec-table wine and bubbly tastings, a shoppable multi-de-signer marketplace, a savory lunch, exciting live and silent auctions, a fabulous fashion show, a chance to win your dream closet, and much more. Proceeds from the event benefit the 100+ families facing homelessness served annually by Bridge Communities. For more information, visit online today. bridgecommunities

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DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE Girls Night Out Fun! NAPERVILLE–Springl is here! Plan a GNO. Pinot’s Palette is the best night out in Naperville! It’s a fun-filled, party at-mosphere 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 Vir-tual 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 be creative!COMMUNITY LIVING 2024Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 37

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COMMUNITY LIVING 2024NAPERVILLE Get Your Whirly On! NAPERVILLE- From friendly competition and enter-tainment to exceptional food and drink, WhirlyBall Naperville provides the perfect venue for all ages and occasions. The two-story “eatertainment” com-plex features a variety of activities including Whirly-Ball, LaserTag, HyperBowling and bowling plus private event spaces for groups of any size. Round out your event with customized menus featuring The Pivot Room’s selection of elevated American fare and 24 rotating craft beer taps. Book your event today! party time!38 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2024 • Glancer Magazine

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40 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2024 • Glancer Magazine Join the Naperville Park District for the 2024-2025 school year! Register Today for P rgRegistegigREPRESrrererisisgEegegReRegigREReRsteste oaday fr Today fay fOCHOfofofyOdadar Todr Todr TodTay fyO rroofOOLrrrorororfofofOoo org/preschools.eschoolools & Pollywogs PrtoadsT or yeschool AcademNPD Pror y fodaer ttgiseRr!r!arareaeaololhohochchscsc2202024-24-224240202e2e2heheororfofoctcticicisisrkrkararPaPaleleililrvrvererNaNaheheininJoJoJJoiointhnthe Ne Napeaperrvivilllle Pe PaarrkDikDistristricct ft foorthrth0022005s5scchhooool yel yeaanapervilleparkPreschool NAPERVILLE–Naperville Park District provides two excellent preschools – NPD Preschool Academy and Toadstools and Pollywogs – across three different locations. Both programs are guided by the philosophy of learning through play, while focusing on a curriculum based in literacy, problem solving, math and science and social-emotional well-being. Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is in progress. preschoollearning!COMMUNITY LIVING 2024

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COMMUNITY LIVING 2024Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 41DOWNERS GROVE Welcoming New Businesses Downtown Downers Grove DOWNERS GROVE–The variety of small businesses, amazing owners and community support makes downtown Downers Grove the destination it is today. The area welcomed Costello Jewelry and Lu-kumadness and they look forward to welcoming Vintage Charm & 1126 in the coming months! The Annual Ice Fest will be held February 2-4, 2024! Join in for a fun winter weekend when more than 50 ice sculptures will line the side-walks of downtown Downers Grove, aling with live ice carvings taking place and great shopping and dining! www.downtowndg.orgprogress!

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TRENDY TRAVELERTrendY A New Holistic and Integrative Wellness ExperienceTraveler42 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2024 • Glancer Magazine WELLNESS IN AMANGIRI’S BREATHTAKING NATURAL SURROUNDS Amid the starkly beautiful and untouched desert in southern Utah lies Amangiri, a tranquil sanctuary looking out over the Colorado Plateau. Amangiri has always focused on creating a serene setting for relaxation and rejuvenation, with the Aman Spa at Amangiri be-coming a destination in its own right. In celebration of the resort’s 15th anniversary this year, new holistic and integrative wellness experiences draw on the natural elements of earth, wind, fire and water, offering the chance to renew body, mind and soul. Wild Wellness Earth and wind come together for Yoga on the Rocks, with a short hike to the top of a rock formation in the desert for a one-of-a-kind yoga experience high above the valley floor. Breathtaking 360º views of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument set the scene for Amangiri’s resident fitness and yoga specialist, Connie Beingessner, to guide a personalised movement session focused on breathing patterns, using the visual reference of the horizon for deeper balance and grounding.

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TRENDY TRAVELERFire and water are combined during Thermal Therapy sessions led by Amangiri’s expert practitioners. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the desert, experience the therapeutic use of the sauna, steam room, and cold plunge, creating a powerful wellness experience which aids in phys-ical recovery and promotes mental clarity. Surrounded by water, a unique and natural grounding element, participate in an Ai Chi session delivered by an Amangiri therapist. Drawing upon Tai Chi and Qi Gong, a four-thousand-year-old practice of harmonising mind, body, and breath to optimise the flow of energy, known as ‘qi’, the session promotes overall health and a long-lasting sense of relaxation. Exclusively available at Camp Sarika and in Amangiri’s suites with heated private pools, Aqua Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on therapy using the support of water to perform stretching and massage, drawing on the healing power of the water. Sensory Wellness The wide-open horizon and remote silence found in the heart of Amangiri’s desert landscape encourages a relaxed pace and practice of self-care. This season, Amangiri has expanded grounding practices such as a Mind-fulness Walk to focus on sensory interactions with the natural elements, including the unique sights and sounds of the environment. Pair the Mind-fulness Walk with Intentional Silent Time for a micro digital detox. Also new this season, the ASMR Wellness Session (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Responses) clears the mind and engages the senses. Taking place in the Flotation Pavilion, the wellness experience rouses tingling sensations which travel down the body in response to sensory changes including soft chimes and whispered communication, ambient lighting, and gentle physical touch, stimulating a sense of serenity which lasts long bey-ond the therapy. Dark Exposure Sessions encourage balance and harmony while experi-encing a form of sensory deprivation. Intended to be a solo experience, enter a light-proofed space in the Floatation Pavilion to begin meditating, with a focus on affirmation and breathwork, supporting connection to self and acceptance of mind. In-Pavilion Wellness at Camp Sarika For elevated comfort at Camp Sarika, new Wellness Journeys have been launched within the privacy of each tented pavilion. The first, an Open Sky Sound Journey, starts with a hike to the nearby natural amphitheatre for an enchanting sound bowl experience promoting relaxation, wellbeing and a euphoric sense of expansion, followed by a therapeutic massage. The second, a Mindfulness Path Journey, begins with a walking meditation from the pavilion, followed by breathwork, guided meditation, yoga, and myofascial release, focusing on re-patterning the chains of connective tis-sue in the body for greater postural support. The experience concludes at the Pavilion with Fire Pit Aromatherapy. Using essential oils in ice, incense, and dried plants to melt or burn in the amber-hued fire, a guided med-itation uses aroma stories representing the stark desert surrounds and movements of nature. Beginning with earthier base notes of woods and spices, followed by etheric aromas of herbs and florals, the session cul-minates by re-grounding through reversal of the aroma progression. Lastly, the Oasis Wellness Journey is centred around the healing power of water, with Ai Chi or floating mediation, aqua board yoga and a water shiatsu massage within the private heated plunge pool of the tented pa-vilion. Desert Wellness For those staying at Amangiri or Camp Sarika, the Desert Wellness Es-cape provides the opportunity to design a bespoke three-night all-inclusive wellness retreat. Tailored to suit individual wellbeing goals, enjoy two 60-minute movement or mindfulness sessions, such as yoga, strength train-ing, myofascial release, Thai Boxing and guided meditation, promoting greater physical and mental flexibility. Additionally, experience three 60-minute personalised treatments such as a nourishing massage, a purifying wrap and polish and an Aman Advanced Facial which incorporates Aman’s Essential Skin, restoring skin's youthfulness and radiance. Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 43

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44 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2024 • Glancer Magazine Chicago Shakespeare Theater A New Kind of Musical Based on Sufjan Stevens’ Acclaimed Concept Album CHICAGO–Illinoise transforms Grammy and Academy Award-nominated Stevens’ land-mark album into a genre-bursting theatrical experience that inspires hope. With a story crafted by Tony Award winner Justin Peck (New York City Ballet, Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story) and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury (Fairview), and orig-inal choreography by Peck, Illinoise glows around a campfire as virtuosic dancers, singers, and a live band take you on a mighty journey. Following a premiere presentation at the Fisher Center at Bard College in summer 2023, Illinoise will mark its official press opening at Chicago Shakespeare on Navy Pier, the gateway to the state alongside Lake Michigan. Stevens‘ acclaimed 2005 concept album is known for its lush orchestrations and inventive portrayal of the state’s people, landscapes, and history—complete with UFOs, zombies, and predatory wasps. This work weaves together delicate folk narratives about blossoming queerness, orchestral anthems destined for cinematic montages, and jazz tunes about the state’s ghost towns. This stage adaptation made its world premiere last year at the Fisher Center at Bard. STAGEOriginal Company Members Ben Cook and Ricky Ubeda / Photo by Matt Murphy

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Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 45KKiittcchheenn RREEDDEESSIIGGNNCABINETS & MORE NAPERVILLE–If you're looking to give your kitchen a fresh and updated look, professional cabinet refinishing is the way to go! With Tupelo Lanes Designs amazing service, you can transform your cabinets and breathe new life into your kitchen in no time. Say goodbye to out-dated and worn-out cabinets and hello to a stylish and modern space. As professional cabinet refinishing experts, we have the skills and expertise to make your cabinets look brand new, using high-quality materials and techniques. Don't wait any longer, take action now and give your kitchen the makeover it deserves with professional cabinet re-finishing! We over (60) 5-star reviews on Google and have been voted best Cabinet Refinisher on Next Door for 3 years running. Offering quick quotes and can be reached: 630-200-3295, email or Free Quote | Cabinet Painting & Door Replacement | Tupelo Lane Designs

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To Give, To InspireA Monthly Caring + Sharing Column46 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2024 • Glancer Magazine by Mindy Kyle Photos by Katie O’Brien Photography

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Macyn’s Jars Central DuPage Hospital WINFIELD–Having to visit a hospital emer-gency room is stressful, but for children or adults with intellectual disabil-ities, not quite under-standing what is happening, serves up another layer of fear. After a personal emer-gency room visit, Kellyn Vandewalker experi-enced such generosity from her community, it made her and her family want to find a way to give back. In the winter of 2021, Kel-lyn was attacked by a dog while babysitting and was rushed to the hospital, then quickly transferred to Chicago because the bridge of her nose was gone. A few days later, her family started a Go Fund Me page to help mitigate the expenses that Kellyn and her hus-band, Alec, would endure during the following months and surgeries. The Go Fund Me donations opened their eyes to the generosity of their community. “We knew our friends and family would help support us,” says Kellyn, “but when it mattered, the entire com-munity rallied. It was a humbling experience.” As a family, they wanted to find a way to give back, and came up with a way to provide a small comfort to those needing it. Kellyn and her four sisters had an idea to create mason jars full of fidget toys to be handed out to the children or adults with intellectual disabilities that find them-selves in an ambulance or the emergency room. “To see a kid who is terri-fied, change expressions to a huge smile – that is what makes our team smile,” says Kellyn. Cre-ating a 501c3 and nam-ing it Macyn’s Jars, the organization is now ex-panding into multiple hos-pitals a month. This month they announced the addition of Central DuPage Hospital which not only has one of the biggest pediatric ERs in the area, but also will be handing the jars out on the pediatric floor. To donate to Macyn’s Jars and help them ex-pand to many more hos-pitals, visit their website at where you will find a donor box or a link to visit their Amazon wish list to purchase jar fillers ABOUT THE WRITER Mindy Kyle is passionate about helping people discover what brings them joy and to live a full, healthy and happy life. She has her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from DePaul University and is a veteran of Chicago’s theater and commercial world as well as a graduate of the Second City Improv School. Mindy lives in Naperville with her husband, three children and the cutest dogs in the land. VIEW THIS MONTHLY FEATURE AT Mason Jars Full of Fidget Toys for Children and Adults with with Intellectual Disabilities who Find Themselves in an Ambulance or at the Emergency Room CARING + SHARINGGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 47

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OVER 45 VENDORS trend + relic Featuring Only the Best and Most Unique Furniture, Jewelry, Art, and Other Bespoke Items ST. CHARLES–trend + relic is an experience that shoppers re-member, as this unique multi-vendor marketplace has carefully selected experienced merchants who are artisans, builders, re-finishers and painters, boutique owners and more each offering the most special items to adorn your home and make you feel beautiful. The talented merchants work hard to create and curate unique items, both vintage and new. Many of the treasures that you will find at trend + relic have been handcrafted including jewelry, candles, furniture & art and they have a variety of clothing & accessories, too. Each of the wonderfully talented merchants have created beautiful spaces in the shop as well as local mar-kets so you will find some of your very favorites here. trend + relic, 1501 Indiana Avenue, St. Charles, Illinois (630) 803-5253 • www.trendandrelic.comShop Gallery52 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2024 • Glancer Magazine

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Shop GalleryON TREND ESSENTIALS TWO SPACES AT THE RUSTIC FOX 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, Lindy Kleivo and her daughter in Sugar Grove, Illinois, Urban Echo Shop was created to be an adored virtual hometown boutique where only the latest styles and trends are featured. Residents are invited 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 Left & Near the egister54 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2024 • Glancer Magazine

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GORGEOUS STYLES LET THE PROM PLANNING BEGIN 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 online today: instagram– @special_occasions01 facebook– @SpecialOccasionsBatavia website– Become a part of Special Occasions. Make an appoint-ment to find your dream dress or just stop in! Founded by Mary Marconi-Popiel in 2009, the shop’s at-tention to detail makes the ordinary more extraordinary, giv-ing 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 Spe-cial Occasion. Special Occasions 2 N Batavia Ave., Batavia, Illinois (630) 406-1515 Shop Gallery56 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2024 • Glancer Magazine

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Kid StuffBook a Birthday Bath Bomb Party! MAGNOLIA SOAP & BATH IS LOCATED DOWNTOWN ST. CHARLES ST. CHARLES–Magnolia Soap & Bath Co. in St-Charles provides plant-based essentials for the whole family. This local area shop offers the most adorable, plant-based, phthalates and paraben free products for you and your lit-tle ones AND it makes the perfect place for a party. magnoliasoapandbathstcharlesil58 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2024 • Glancer Magazine Community Bunny Brunch SUNDAY MARCH 10 • 11am YORKVILLE–Enjoy this exciting family event for all includingBrunch by Ginger and Soul!, an egg hunt, face painting, DJ, games, balloon guy, petting zoo and so much more. Plus, a photo with the Easter bunny! Grace Holis-tic Center for Education, 201 Garden Street, Yorkville Most Adorable Finds SMALL BATCH COLLECTION NOW  AT ARLO.HENDRIX BATAVIA–Get ready for the newest collection at Arlo.Hendrix. This cozy collection is filled with bamboo pjs, cotton lounge sets & everyone’s favorite crochet crewnecks! Up to size 6/7. From newborns to size 9/10, there's something for everyone in the family. Stay updated in social media: @arlohendrix_babyoutfitters and

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KID STUFFLEARNING FUN IN NAPERVILLE Explore with Ada Twist and Friends at DCM BEAT THOSE WINTER BLUES WITH A NEW EXHIBIT & MORE NAPERVILLE–Be an engineer, an architect, a scientist, a leader, an artist, and more as you explore your passions in the exhibit The Questioneers: Read. Ques-tion. Think. PLAY! at DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM). Based on the best-selling series of books by author Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts, the inquisitive Questioneers characters Ada Twist, Rosie Revere, Iggy Peck, Sofia Valdez, and Aaron Slater celebrate diversity, creativity, curiosity, bravery, and resilience in this STEAM-based exhibit – Opening in February! (630) 637-8000 adventure awaitsGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 59

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Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 61DANCING IN ST. CHARLES 3rd Street Dance ST. CHARLES–In the heart of historic downtown St. Charles, 3rd Street Dance stands as a testament to the vision of owner and di-rector, Alice Williams. Williams grew up in St. Charles, and 27 years ago, embarked on a mission to create a non-competitive dance stu-dio that inspires students to believe in themselves, spread joy and build lifelong friendships. It’s a home where, as she says, “Kids can be kids, have fun, and find their best friend.” At 3rd Street Dance, students embrace the beauty of dance without worrying about external pressures. As the only local St. Charles studio affiliated with the national organization More Than Just Great Dancing®, they takes pride in providing a quality curriculum and a safe and nurturing environment for its young dancers to grow and flourish. Dance has the power to bring about positive change in a com-munity. 3rd Street Dance give back, organizing charity events and fundraisers, using passion for dance to raise awareness for local causes. These experiences teach young dancers the value of em-pathy, compassion, and the joy of helping others. The studio’s non-competitive approach to dance has allowed count-less children to discover the joy of movement and creativity without the fear of judgment. As Williams continues to champion the belief that “kids should be kids for as long as humanly possible,” the 3rd Street Dance legacy lives on by offering a variety of classes focus ing on fun, learning, and growth. Join this exciting journey of devel-opment, creativity, and friendship at 3rd Street Dance. www.3rdstreetdance.comdance!KID STUFF

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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 TTIIMMEEGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 63EDUCATION NEWS

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4. An Evening in Spain 6-Course Dinner Pairing • Feb 14 YORKVILLE–Two Brothers Taphouse Annual Valentine's day dinner will feature a 6-course meal that will take you to Spain on February 14! Make you reservation for this year's Valentine's Day dinner with each course paired with a Two Brothers beer or cock-tail! Doors open at 6pm- the first course will begin promptly at 6:30. 2. Valentine Day Wine Pairing Dinner • Feb 10 OAK BROOK–Treat your sweet to a 4-course Valen-tine’s Day Wine Dinner at Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook’s Piazza restaurant pop-up (2815 Jorie Blvd) on Sunday, February 10 at 6pm. Your loved ones can enjoy a butler-passed cocktail recep-tion with hors d'oeuvres, a meticulously paired 4-course meal crafted by Execute Chef Leonard to divine palettes with an ex-clusive selection of wines, alongside a live string duo to fill the air for the evening. 3. Dinner & Improv Comedy Show • Feb 10 WINFIELD–Don't miss this Valentine's Dinner & Improv Comedy Show at Klein Creek! Featuring BABS Comedy Club and Rob Russo for Live Entertainment on February 10th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy a delicious Four-Course Dinner while relaxing and listening to all of your favorite tunes and then be ready for an evening of belly laughs during a hysterical Improv Comedy Show. Specialty Valentine's Cocktail Menu and dessert too! 5. Valentine’s Dinner at The Firehouse Chicago • Feb 14 CHICAGO–Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner at The Chicago Fire-house Restaurant on February 14! Select from unique selections and enjoy the exquisite tastes of this popular date night hot spot. Formerly Engine Company 104 of the Chicago Fire Department, the Chicago Firehouse Res-taurant infuses thoughtfulness into every detail. www.chicagofirehouse.com1. Valentine’s Day Party with Bhagyashree • Feb 10 DOWNERS GROVE–Celebrate Valentine's Day with the en-chanting Bollywood Actress Bhagyashree at a glamorous in-person party at Ashyana Banquets & Events on Feb-ruary 10th. Dance the night away to the beats of Bollywood music and enjoy a memorable evening filled with love and entertain-ment. www.ashyana Enjoy Time Memorable Together Out on the Town Looking to ignite romance and create cherished memories with your sweetheart this month? Explore the charm of West Sub-urban Chicago, where an array of romantic experiences awaits. From intimate dining hotspots to side-splitting comedy clubs, these local gems offer the perfect setting for a memorable date night. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply reveling in each other's company, these spectacular places promise delightful experiences that will enrich your love story. PLACES TO CELEBRATE WITH YOUR SWEETIE2. • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2024 • Glancer Magazine Love!

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6. Miskatonic Craft Kitchen NAPERVILLE/DARIEN–Look for the lighted Ce-cilia to guide you to Miskatonic Craft Kitchen that just opened in Naperville. It offers an array of globally inspired and locally sourced dishes that pair perfectly with their lo-cally made #LovecraftBeer. The menu focuses on fresh seasonal ingredients, house made sausages, and share-able plates. Additionally, checkout the ongoing events at the Darien location. 7. An Organically Inspired Dinner with 500+ Wines GENEVA–Casual elegance, relaxed fine dining, and profound culinary experiences can be found at chef-owned Mandrake, a unique, boutique restaurant featuring rotating, seasonally inspired conceptual small plates, ing-redients sourced right from their own organic farm, hand-crafted cocktails, and an exceptionally curated, award-winning wine list of over 500 fine wines. 7.6.Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2024 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 65

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