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Celebrating Our Beauty
Ladies, it’s time to celebrate YOU and that means loving everything about
yourself including your age and all that comes with it. As busy as we are,
we often find that pampering ourselves is last on our to-do list, but this month
we encourage you to make yourself a priority and focus on all that makes you
feel better about yourself– inside/out.
Loving our age means embracing all that comes with the years that have
passed us by. From extra weight and looser skin, to feeling more fatigued and
finding stubborn grays that pop up out of nowhere (a daily stressor for me at
age 47). All of these things can get us down and leave us feeling not quite like
ourselves, wishing our bodies were more like they used to be. But since this
is all part of growing old, we should embrace it gracefully and pick ourselves
back up. It’s also wonderful to know that in today’s modern age
there are many places to help us embrace our age with a lit-
tle bit more ease. This is what our pages this month are all
about. Thank you for reading and here’s to a year filled with
loving your age and embracing all that is YOU!♥
Lindy Kleivo
Publishing Director, West Suburban Area
February 2020
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Saturday, February 22
ST. CHARLES–The 9th annual
competition brings together some of
the most amazing Elvis performers
in the country!
5 Things to Do
DOWNERS GROVE–Get out of the house for a
weekend of fun, shopping and dining for all ages!
Watch carvers demonstrate their art in person
Friday evening under the lights at 5:30pm on
the southeast corner of Main and Curtiss
and on Saturday with live ice carving dem-
onstrations from 11am-3pm at the Main
Street Train Station as well as south of
5150 Main Street. Details at www.down
towndg.org or (630) 725-0991.
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NAPERVILLE– Recognized as a premiere remodeling company,
this 10,000 square foot showroom is truly inspiring. Family
owned and operated since 1996, HomeWerks specializes in full
service remodeling. The kitchen and bath displays are inter-
active, allowing visitors to experience many product features first
hand. With the focus of providing high quality products, profes-
sional installation and exceptional customer service, Home-
Werks has been a welcomed addition to the Naperville
community. HomeWerks Kitchen and Bath • 1154 E. Ogden
Avenue, Naperville (866) 265-8895 • www.myhomewerks.com
February 12-March 29
Paramount Theatre In Aurora
AURORA–Is success money? A
powerful job? A happy marriage?
Join us for the World Premiere of
The Secret of My Success, a hilar-
ious, heartfelt new musical based
on Universal Pictures film. Book
by Gordon Greenberg and Steve
Rosen. Music and Lyrics by Mi-
chael Mahler and Alan Schmuck-
ler. Based on the Universal
Pictures film, The Secret of My
Success, story by AJ Carothers.
Saturday, Feb 08, 2020
NAPERVILLE–Sure to satisfy a
sweet tooth, participate in 360
Youth Services 4th annual Choco-
late Walk held in Downtown Nap-
erville on Saturday, February 8,
2020 from 12noon 5pm. A great
treat for your Valentine! Attendees
will receive a fun Chocolate Tin
along with a map touring many
Downtown Naperville shops where
you’ll experience chocolate tasty
treats and chocolate surprises!
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WhirlyBall Grand Opening
(Jan 16)
WhirlyBall celebrated its
official Naperville debut with a
grand opening party benefiting the
Ronald McDonald House Charities
of Chicagoland & Northwest Indi-
ana. WhirlyBall is excited to share
the event raised a grand total of
$6,700 for a cause near and dear
to their organization. In addition to
games of WhirlyBall, guests en-
joyed bites and cocktails fueled by
The Pivot Room, Bowling and
Photos by Mike Catuara
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Choose from two of the most unique
venues in the city: Odyssey Chicago
River or Odyssey Lake Michigan. Hold-
ing up to 200 guests aboard Odyssey
Chicago Rive and 749 with Odyssey
Lake Michigan Custom Packages, it’s
no wonder so many choose Odyssey.
Couples will work with a dedicated
planner, choosing from all-inclusive
packages, or design your own. Let Chi-
cago's iconic skyline provide a beauti-
ful setting for your wedding photos.
Enhancements include custom décor
and florals, passed hors d'oeuvres, live
band, rooftop DJ, and more!
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NAPER SETTLEMENT–Built in 1864, the charm and
elegance of Century Memorial Chapel comes through
in its original stained glass windows and decorative
hand stenciling. The curved buttresses, carved pews
and globe lighting highlight the Gothic Revival style of
architecture. This historic wedding venue was moved
in 1970 from Jefferson and Ellsworth Streets in Naper-
ville to its present site as the cornerstone of Naper Set-
tlement, a history museum. With seating for up to 175
guests, this nondenominational chapel is the perfect
setting for your wedding ceremony.
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Hotel Baker is a boutique hotel located in downtown St. Charles.
The unique, romantic atmosphere on the banks of the Fox River
has made the historic hotel a natural choice with couples from all
over Chicagoland. Since the property reopened, weddings and pri-
vate parties have become its specialty. The outdoor garden and
patio offer picturesque river views while the interior rooms are ele-
gantly appointed to compliment the building’s Old World elegance.
Hotel Baker, 100 W. Main Street, St. Charles, (630) 584-2100,
The Wedding Page
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ST. CHARLES–Baker Community Center
located in downtown St. Charles is a historic
building that offers today’s amenities includ-
ing tables & chairs, a full kitchen, elevator
access, AV equipment, sound/lighting op-
tions even an outdoor terrace and a piano.
From weddings to baby showers and birth-
day parties or business meetings, Baker
Community Center has the space to meet
the needs of an intimate gathering or large
event. Inquire today! Call (630) 584-1055.
Treat your wedding party to a spa day
AT HOME! Concierge Medical Spa is the
first mobile medical spa designed to bring
the expertise of skin care professionals to your home.
This concept helps clients who find it difficult to take
time out of their busy schedules to make a spa appoint-
ment. Concierge also offers Express Spas located
through the suburbs that make it easy for you to stop
in for a quick treatment or add on a service when you’re
already out and about. View a list of services
and specials online. www.conciergemedspa.com
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Crystal Krueger | St. Charles
When Crystal was younger, she suffered from facial hair and struggled with
finding permanent solutions to alleviate her feelings of embarrassment; so,
she put herself through electrolysis trade school and opened her own salon,
Simply Crystal Electrolysis & Skin Care in St. Charles. She loves helping
others feel strong mentally and physically while finding solutions that make
them feel beautiful in their own skin and confident within themselves.
After struggling with many health issues over the years, Crystal knows the
value of taking care of your body inside out and believes in Farmhouse Fresh
skin care products that are vegan, organic, and gluten free. She also believes
in surrounding yourself with good people and appreciates her husband, grown
children, and amazing clients.
Kathi Buzinski | Glen Ellyn
Kathi became a stylist at 18, a business owner at 21, and thrives on staying
fresh with the trends, such as being Ouidad certified. Her two daughters are
her driving force to be a definitive role model and carry positive, warm energy
from her home to her salon; thus resulting in women who feel confident, beau-
tiful, and strong when they walk out the door.
As a Glen Ellyn resident and business owner, she feels proud to be a local
who supports locals. She believes that pampering oneself is the core of over-
all wellness and that true beauty lies in life’s balancing act family, fun, and
the foundation of good work ethic; and when life throws her a curve ball, she
finds peace with her furry dog pal.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the
beauty of their dreams.” Glancer Magazine’s Beauty Influencers of 2020 cap-
tivate the most stunning qualities of all that is magnificent inside and out.
by Kristen Kucharski
Photos by Mike Mantucca
and Mike Catuara
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Laura Benarosch | Naperville/Geneva
Laura has been with Concierge Medical Spa for 7 years and active within the
beauty industry for 15. She takes great pride in her extensive knowledge of all
products and services through extensive research and knows whole heartedly
that a happy girl is a beautiful girl, and self-love is extremely important.
Laura strongly believes if you look good, you feel good and when you feel good,
you are confident. Laura is extremely passionate about educating individuals
about whole beauty –inside and out- in order to build confidence and achieve
She appreciates working for a company that shares this belief and is equally
zealous about serving the community with charity events such as “Peels for do-
nations to PAWS,” which support doing good for yourself while doing good for
Tairi Grace | Yorkville
As a licensed clinical social worker and the owner of Grace Holistic Center for
Education and Sense of Samadhi in Yorkville, Tairi believes beauty is emotional,
physical, mental, and spiritual. She self-reflects daily to be mindful of the energy
that she is translating to those around her. Her goal is to live a life like the late
Ram Dass and treat everyone equally regardless of their beliefs or background.
Tairi is a strong believer that the mind-body connection and mind-body tech-
niques such as yoga and meditation have paved the way as a proactive wellness
technique helping with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders; as well as in-
creases flexibility and strength allowing a person’s true beauty to shine from the
inside out.
Positivity, mindfulness, and self-care are the foundation of beauty.
Terry and Tami Abraham | Hinsdale
At 40 and 42 years old, Terry and Tami combined years of diverse business ex-
perience to open I Design Salon & Blow Dry Bar in Hinsdale. They strive each
day to have a strong, positive impact in the community and the environment.
The beauty and personal fulfillment of their family life, inclusive of two adult chil-
dren and a new granddaughter, translates to their professional life as they put
their heart and soul into every detail from watching the beautiful transformation
of a client and the immediate impact it has on them physically and emotionally;
to supporting clients local charities such as, Wellness House in Hinsdale; the
Angel Harvey Family Health Center of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago;
and Teen Cancer America.
Salon to support - an ultimate beautiful experience.
Special Thanks to these West Suburban Beauty Influencers for Sharing their
Stories of Inspiration and Success with Our Readers. Find Each Story Online
at www.GlancerMagazine.com for Posting and Sharing In Social Media
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Valley View Dental offers an array of
general and cosmetic dentistry, peri-
odontal, dental implants, oral surgery,
and orthodontic procedures, including
traditional braces, Invisalign, teeth whit-
ening, CEREC one-day crowns and even same day emergency visits. With a large staff
of multi-lingual doctors, on-site labs at each location, and extended business and weekend
hours, Valley View Dental has the ability to treat patients according to their own schedules
and convenience. Stop by and see why others in the community have trusted Valley View
Dental for almost 20 years. Valley View Dental www.vvdental.com. Located In Naperville,
Montgomery & Romeoville.
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This proud Naperville resident shares that helping
local sellers and buyers doesn’t feel like work mak-
ing it easy to be dedicated and results oriented
When she is hired to list a home she gains much
of the marketing inspiration from her sellers when
she asks what do you love about your home?”
From there she designs high end customs book-
lets with professional photography & drone shots,
descriptions of updates, & develops unique ways
to target the right buyers on the internet. Restyling her listings with professional
staging , 3D tours great for out of state buyers and constant follow up with all
parties are all included for her recipe of success! Susan is currently meeting
with sellers & buyers now in anticipation of a thriving Spring market~ Call luxury
listing agent Susan Colella anytime to discuss your real estate goals for 2020.
Susan Colella, Baird & Warner, (630) 946-3813
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PENNY O’BRIEN One word that consistently comes to clients’ minds when
they think of Penny O’Brien is “hustle.” As a Seller Representative Specialist,
she loves meeting with sellers to discuss pre-market home improvements and
guide them to make their home “showtime ready” when it hits the market. She
strongly believes in professional staging and offers it as a complimentary serv-
ice. With a reputation for “good-looking listings,she helps clients realize a
higher return and quicker sale. Penny says “Staging transforms a home from
average to amazing”.
Penny O'Brien Broker | Relocation Specialist
Negotiation Expert • (630) 207-7001 • penny.obrien@bairdwarner.com
Read Penny’s Local Industry Expert Column at www.GlancerMagazine.com
world renowned model and actress Jennifer
Gimenez, Naperville Resident Tim Ryan
and Jennifer are considered a Celebrity
Power Couple and are the most sought-
after speakers in the country for Sub-
stance Abuse - Suicide Prevention -
Mental Health - Opioid Crisis - Eating Dis-
orders - Prison Reform - Treatment & Re-
covery - Prevention - Harm Reduction -
Body Image - Self Esteem Leadership -
Motivation – Inspiration.
Their credibility comes from years of struggling
themselves with these issues, despite each having a suc-
cessful career and seemingly perfect life.
Tim’s struggles with heroin landed him in prison for drug-related convictions and although
he was released only 14 months later, he used that time wisely to fully engage in a 12-
step based program, as well as lay the foundation for a business plan that would ulti-
mately seek to help others with addiction issues.
“What we need are more programs that are long term for drug cases, people need sub-
stance abuse treatment and mental health help not jail,” Tim shares. “We need one to
two year very structured programs; we have a pandemic going on and everyone wants
to point the finger, but we need more solutions.”
Tim and Jennifer now spend their time between Los Angeles and Naperville, currently
living at Hotel Arista in Naperville as they search for a new town home and enjoy eating
at Lou Malanti’s and Rosebuds and going to the DuPage Children’s Museum. His foun-
dation, A Man in Recovery (www.amirf.org) is also based in Naperville where they run
family support groups, assist anyone in treatment and speak all over Illinois; thus Nap-
erville will always be home.
Although Jennifer and Tim speak nationwide to schools, communities, colleges and cor-
porations (www.timandjennifer.org), Tim’s personal recovery will always come first and
“You can watch a person’s actions. Less talking and more action. I live in the depths of
others peoples’ worlds of addiction from talking to a family, doing interventions, getting
people into treatment, running a foundation, speaking nationwide with my wife and work-
ing for a substance treatment center www.abetterliferecovery.com,” he says. I still go to
4 -12 step meetings a week for myself, see an outside life coach and keep my circle
very small. I only want to be around positive people who make me a better person.”
He and Jennifer are currently working on a reality-based docuseries, starting a podcast
and Jennifer is back acting as well. Their days are very full but filled with purpose and
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I am a busy mom as
many of you are. I
have three children,
a high-schooler, a
middle-schooler and
a grade-schooler. Be-
sides juggling all their
activities and three differ-
ent school programs, I am
challenged each day with helping
them navigate their emotional diffi-
culties, relationships and their sense
of self-worth. I can only hope that I
am making a good impact on them.
However, there are many teens in
our communities who don’t have that
person or role model they can turn to
for support and advice, possibly hin-
dering their emotional development.
Heart Haven OutReach, fondly re-
ferred to as HO, steps up to the
plate by reaching out to the youth of
Bolingbrook, Romeoville and the sur-
rounding areas to offer a safe-haven
for adolescents experiencing emo-
tional difficulties and challenges in
their lives that might not otherwise
have the resources they need to
guide them.
Conceived in 2004, HO offers phys-
ical, social, intellectual, emotional
and spiritual components of devel-
opment in their programs, including
support groups, one-on-one mentor-
ing, life skills, monthly community
service programs, tutoring, and lead-
ership building. “This program not
only gives our youth in need a place
to belong and somewhere to be
loved without strings, but also gives
opportunities for them to participate
and connect in our community,” says
Ryan Lawrence, Executive Director
of Heart Haven OutReach. “We want
youth that feel hopeless to come in
and realize there is hope for them,
and they have a pur-
pose.” Weekly, the
organization offers
13 different sup-
port and mentor-
ing programs and
had 436 youth
participants at-
tend, a number
that increases each
Volunteers are vital to the suc-
cess of Heart Haven OutReach,
whether it is becoming a mentor, fa-
cilitating support groups, tutoring,
participating in activities and field
trips, or working behind the scenes.
As well, there is always a need for
help in planning and running events
and fundraisers. Guiding the devel-
opment of strong character in our
teens helps to promote a positive fu-
ture for them and a strong com-
For more information on Heart Haven
OutReach programs and volunteer
opportunities, visit www.hearthaven-
outreach.org .
Mindy’s February Giving Inspira-
tion: Randomly buy flowers for a
busy mom you know.
Mindy Kyle is
the owner of Be
Inspired Stu-
dios and is pas-
sionate about
helping people
discover what brings
them joy and to live a full,
healthy and happy life. She has her
Masters in Fine Arts degree in creative
writing from DePaul University and lives
in Naperville with her husband, three chil-
dren and the cutest dog in the land.
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community living
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FEBRUARY 2020–This month brings cold weather, open fires, and best of all -
romantic dinners throughout the western suburbs.
A special Fall in to Love Wine Dinner event will be held on February 11 at Fox-
Fire in Geneva. 5 Lovely Wines paired with 5 courses. Take a ride down a cou-
ple’s journey through the words of wine. Wines including, Result of a Crush,
Touchy-Feely, and Primal Scream will be served with a select dinner menu.
Enjoy a Victorian Valentine Dinner on February 14 at the Pinecone Cottage
in Downers Grove. The four course meal will consist of Potato-Leek Soup;
Strawberry, Chevre, Fennel and Orange Vinaigrette Salad; an entrée of your
choosing served with Wild Mushroom Potato Gratin, and Braised Baby Vege-
tables, and a dessert selection.
Have fun watching a princess performance while eating a beautiful brunch and
meeting Rapunzel, Belle, Ariel, and the Snow Queen at Bolingbrook Golf Club
on February 15.
A 2020 Valentine’s Day Farm Dinner will be hosted at Heritage Prairie Farm in
Elburn on February 15. You and your sweetheart will enjoy sweet potato ga-
lettes, lobster with burst tomato & lemon ricotta gnocchi, and sirloin with bacon
brussels, and much more!
Don’t miss the first annual Corks & Forks event on February 21 at The Lodge at
Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge in Hinsdale. Taste twelve unique wines
chosen by Hinsdale Wine Academy…each paired with a tapas style course pre-
pared by Taste of Home Catering. Enjoy time spent with friends while learning
the basics of wine and food pairing.
Wildfire Steaks, Chops & Seafood in Oak Brook will feature a Brassfield Estate
Wine Dinner on February 24. The evening will feature a custom five-course menu
of food and wine pairings, along with a winery representative as guest speaker.
Menu highlights include lobster and artichoke crudité, crispy duck breast, artisan
cheeses, and chocolate mousse cake. -Kristen Kucharski
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Jet’s Pizza
Naperville locations:
3344 South Route 59 • (630)904-7777
720 E Ogden Avenue • (630)922-1111
Owners: Mike Genzer, Jose Sanchez & Tom Mazzola
There is Chicago style, New York Style and then Detroit Style pizza. In 1946
a Michigan couple used a rectangular pan that once held auto parts to nestle
their pizza– resulting in an irresistible, thick golden crust that has caramel-
ized cheese and bubbled brown edges. Detroit style pizza was born.
In 1978 Michigan native Eugene Jetts was on his way to buy a house, but
his passion for pizza took over. Instead, he signed a lease on a space, and
along with his brother, they opened the first Jet’s Pizza with the goal of hav-
ing a better pizza. They use only the best mozzarella, and grate it each day.
The dough is also prepared each day by hand and ingredients sliced daily.
Add Mamma Jetts’ secret sauce recipe and the result is an amazing pizza!
Today, they boast over 400 locations in twenty states– most being independ-
ently owned and operated.
Mike Genzer, Jose Sanchez and Tom Mazzola share ownership and love for
this distinct pizza crust. We met with Sanchez and it was evident he had a
love for his customers. His philosophy is basic, keep your customers happy
and they will be back for more. A few of our favorite combos are the BBQ,
that has BBQ sauce and then topped with bacon, grilled chicken and red
onions. The Super Special is topped with pepperoni, ham, mushrooms,
onions and green peppers and is a customer favorite. Make sure to add the
turbo crust for a flavor boost! Both the deep dish bread and jet’s bread is
mozzarella topped with butter, garlic and Romano served with ranch or ma-
rinara dipping sauce. The deep dish bread uses the signature Detroit style
crust and we couldn’t resist dipping it in the house made ranch.
If you are not into the Detroit style crust, Jet’s Pizza also offers thin, hand
tossed, New York style, gluten free and cauliflower crusts. The vast menu
includes sandwiches, salads and wings. A little something for everyone in
the family.
This Valentine’s Day Jet’s pizza is serving up heart shaped piz-
zas. For a sweet, treat pair that with a fresh baked large
chocolate chip cookie or a warm brownie to share.
Jet’s motto, life is short. Eat better pizza. Let’s get Jet’s!
ABOUT THE CRITICS Stephanie (right) & Tiffany (left) Schmoker are west suburban sisters
who have always shared a love for dining out and they also enjoy cooking together. They
came from a family of 7 and grew up on farm with fresh fruits, veggies and more. Watch for
their review of a different west suburban restaurant in each issue of Glancer Magazine. Invite
them to your eatery at editorial@glancermagazine.com.
SSaavvoorryy && SSwweeeett SSiisstteerrss
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Pay It Forward
Stop into Paying It Forward, Glen
Ellyn’s newest ladies’ luxury con-
signment boutique, to find all the
brands you want for less—while
also shopping for a cause! 20% of
all proceeds are donated to local
breast cancer charities. With a
large selection of shoes, hand-
bags, dresses, workout clothes,
and more from brands like Gucci,
Burberry, Tory Burch, Hunter, and
Lululemon, you’ll walk out looking
good and feeling good.
546 Duane St., Glen Ellyn
(630) 450-6891
The Gnome Colony
BOUTIQUE– Come experi-
ence why people all over
Chicago and surrounding
suburbs are seeking out this
unique one of a kind shop-
ping destination! With
women's apparel in all sizes,
home decor, accessories,
jewelry, skincare, makeup,
fine fragrances and more,
you will see first hand why
women are flocking to this
shopping experience on
Main St. in downtown Glen
Ellyn! 485 N Main St, Glen
Ellyn, (630) 793-5284
Shawn Sargent Designs
CREATIVE BOUTIQUE–Step into this creative
boutique and surround yourself with beautifully
handcrafted home decor, kitchen goods, lifestyle
and gift items. Find fresh, contemporary patterns
with a quirky vibe on items like the best-selling
Microwave Bowl holders, all made in-house and
designed by artist/owner Shawn Sargent. Also,
find unique items by local makers– from all-nat-
ural bath and body to ceramic vases and more.
Experience the kids’ classes, Sip & Sews, pri-
vate parties & beautiful rental space for events.
Inspire joy! 501 Pennsylvania Ave, Glen Ellyn,
(630) 474-9359 www.shawnsargentdesigns.com
Gather & Collect
THRIFT SHOP– Local neighborhood thrift
shop, packed to the rafters with an ever-
changing array of eclectic home goods
with a side order of snarky, fun, and edgy
novelty gifts. Offering a mix of vintage art,
books, pottery, industrial finds, upcycled
treasures, and global goods. With cele-
brated local makers in jewelry, soaps, can-
dles, stationery, and honey. You will enjoy
curated BOHO clothing, purses, scarves,
and ties. Specializing in Potentially Offen-
sives – patches, pins, stickers, mugs, and
inappropriate cards and political satire.
473 N. Main, Glen Ellyn, (630) 469-2558,
Courier Travel
TRAVEL AGENCY– Their qualified experts have
been assisting travelers for nearly 30 years, plan-
ning every detail of unforgettable vacations and
seamless business trips to perfection. They have
personally been to destinations worldwide, stayed
at the top hotels and resorts, sailed aboard a wide
range of cruise ships and embarked on the most
memorable tours. They also have established re-
lationships with the travel industry's best cruise
lines, hotel chains and tour providers, enabling
them to provide special offers and amenities you
won't find anywhere else even online. They help
you travel better. 532 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn,
(630) 469-0511, www.couriertravelinc.com
The Prince’s Table
Gracious Style for Castle and Cottage.
Showcasing the Best of American and
European Artisans.
Beautiful statement jewelry. A treasure
trove of unique gifts as well as engrave-
ables from baby cups to curated photo-
graph frames to serving trays all with a 1
-2 day turnaround. Most trays include free
monogram. Premium cashmere wraps
and scarves, luscious candles and scents.
The perfect gift and free giftwrap awaits
you at The Prince's Table.
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530 Duane St, Glen Ellyn • (630) 469-4150
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Love to Play, Love
to Learn at DuPage
Children’s Museum
NAPERVILLE–Naperville - With February
being the month of love, let’s celebrate the
love of play! Ignite a lifelong love for learning
by making it fun and doing it together. Play
is one activity the whole family can enjoy.
Explore, create, build, wonder, discover,
think, play, and more at DuPage Children’s
Museum. Love Bug Dance is February 13
from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join us for a special
evening with good music, tasty treats, and
fun activities!
(630) 637-8000\
Kids Night Out
Feb 21 & March 20
NAPERVILLE–Enjoy a night out while
your child enjoys a night of fun activ-
ities at Kids Night Out! Held at Nap-
erville Park District’s Fort Hill Activity
Center, kids ages 4-12 are enter-
tained for three hours with dinner in-
cluded. Activities include games,
crafts and special treats that are
themed to the time of year. Register
at napervilleparks.org or at Fort Hill
Activity Center. Fitness members
must register in person or via phone
to receive program discount.
Enchanted Railroad
at The Morton Arboretum
Now through Feb 23
LISLE–All aboard! Marvel at a world of tiny
enchantment! Watch an intricate miniature
model railroad wind through magnificent
scenery that the whole family can enjoy.
Watch as more than 10 model trains wind
through a two-level display of tree collections
from around the world. The trains run at a
child-friendly height to thrill even the littlest
fan. www.mortonarb.org
Mom & Mini Day Out: Valentine’s Day Edition
February 9, 11am-2pm • The Abbington
GLEN ELLYN– The Mom & Mini Day Out™ Event celebrates Moms
and their daughters with 5 different “corners”: CRAFT, GAME,
SNACK, PAMPERING & SHOPPING! Enjoy a hand-selected small
group of vendors for you and your mini to shop from with products
for moms and daughters. For ages 4-12 but all are welcome.
Each attendee receives a free raffle ticket! Winners must be pres-
ent. Visit www.induoevents.com t order your ticket.
For the Love of Chocolate
Chocolate Walk, Naperville
February 8
NAPERVILLE–Sure to satisfy a sweet tooth,
participate in 360 Youth Services 4th annual
Chocolate Walk held in Downtown Naperville
on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 12noon –
5pm. A great treat for your Valentine! Attend-
ees will receive a fun Chocolate Tin along with
a map touring many Downtown Naperville
shops where you’ll experience chocolate tasty
treats and chocolate surprises!
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We Are All Equal
If you know me well,
you know I love a va-
riety of activities, in-
cluding personal
support and respite
care on the week-
ends; as well as host-
ing Special Survivor
Games for Indian Prai-
rie School District’s stu-
dents with multi-needs.
One of my greatest adventures is
hanging out with a young lady that is
always up for my next big idea! She
shares my spirit of wanting to discover
new things and I love her determination
and willingness to explore the un-
known. We have been kayaking in
Wheaton, stand-up paddle boarding in
Naperville, hiking in Lemont, and an-
chored bullseyes with a cross-bow in
Montgomery. We have a long list of
local adventures to try; and of course,
a couple of bucket list items, like meet-
ing The Rock the one and only
Dwayne Johnson, the master of thrill,
fun, and excitement!
While making this list, she added
scuba diving; so, the search began for
local options for beginners. We discov-
ered Diveheart in Downers Grove.
Diveheart works with individuals who
have a variety of disabilities, including
physical and developmental disabil-
ities, vision and hearing impairments,
amputations, traumatic brain injuries,
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and
more. Diveheart seeks to help its par-
ticipants “Imagine the Possibilities” in
their lives.
She is all about not only imagining the
possibilities, but making those a reality,
which I absolutely love! Registering for
scuba diving was easy and FREE! Yes
Free! Our first class was at the YMCA
in Elgin and our next at Oak Lawn High
School. As with all the activities we do,
she was a natural. The volunteers at
Diveheart provided guidance and sup-
port and she dove in hook,
line, and sinker! No pun
intended! Each month
she achieves a new
skill with her eye set
on seeking certificat-
Watching the vol-
unteers work with the
individuals of varying
abilities is an amazing
experience. Watching my
young friend live a life of no
boundaries in priceless!
Diveheart is a nonprofit tax-exempt
501(c)(3) organization. The purpose of
Diveheart is to provide and support
educational scuba diving programs that
are open to any child, adult or veteran
with a disability. They have discovered
the forgiving; weightless wonder of the
water provides the perfect gravity-free
environment for those who might other-
wise struggle on land. Underwater,
we’re all equal.
900 Ogden Avenue #274
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 964-1983
Hours: Check website for class sched-
ule and locations
Price $: Free
Naperville mom Kristen Kucharski graduated from
Illinois State University in 1992
with an International Busi-
ness Degree. She has
two energetic daughters
and her house is always
full of children. Kristen’s
column titled, Mom's Little
Black Book, is a monthly
feature written for moms who
are looking for ways to keep their kids busy. Read
her past columns at
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1.Ten Friends Blow Dry and Style Shop
Dry winter hair turns luxuriously soft when
you treat yourself to a special deep con-
ditioning treatment at Ten Friends.
Want to try something new? Come in
sip a mug of tea or a glass of fine wine
and let their expert stylists give you a
signature blow-out and style. 2720
Showplace Drive, Naperville,
5. Concierge Med Spa
Let this year be the year to present a better
you. Remove impurities and replenish your
skin with your choice of resurfacing facials
and chemical peels or consider diminishing
stubborn fat and reshape your body with
Cool Sculpting®. 1 W. State St., Geneva and
135 S. Washinghton St., Naperville,
4. Kohler Water Spa
Burr Ridge
Really spoil yourself at Kohler Water Spa
where you will discover the natural restorative
properties of water through a number of relaxing
treatments. Before your spa services, delight your
senses in the Circle of Tranquility, a self-guided water
journey that includes a 25-foot whirlpool with a cascading
waterfall and cool water plunge. 775 Village Center
Drive, Burr Ridge www.kohlerwatersspaburrridge.com
3. Amazing Lash Studio
Ever dream of having thicker,
longer, darker and more glamorous
lashes? Get your new look at Amazing
Lash Studio where their stylists will attach
semi-permanent eyelash extensions to give
you that glamorous look for weeks. 2720
Showplace Drive, Naperville. 228 B York-
town Center, Lombard. 1440 Commons
Drive, Geneva. www.amazinglashstudio.com
2. Limelight Med Spa, Plainfield
Burt & Will Plastic Surgery and Dermatology
Rid yourself of wrinkles and refresh your look with Botox
Cosmetic Treatments, Dermal Fillers and much more.
Plastic surgeons, Dr. Tripti Burt and Dr. Neena Will, will
guide you to your desired look, and if you are ready, consult with
you on that particular plastic surgery you have been thinking about.
24600 W. 127th St. #240, Building B, Plainfield. www.burtplastic-
7. Pur Bliss Med Spa, St. Charles
Relax, renew and revitalize at St. Charles’s premier
med spa with treatments to meet all your beauty needs,
including Botox and fillers, lash and brow tinting, skincare,
laser hair removal and supervised medical weight loss. Dis-
cover which services are perfect for you. 2015 Dean St., Suite
2, St. Charles, www.purblissmedspa.com
6. Michael Perich Skincare, The Gnome Colony, Glen Ellyn
Sit down in Michael Perich’s chair located in his whimsical store,
The Gnome Colony, and let him introduce you to his customized
skincare and make-up line that attracts women from all over the
western suburbs. While you are there, explore the store and treat
your senses to the fairytale magic that surrounds you.
485 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn
This month as the focus turns to celebrating the people you love, don’t forget to focus on the most important one, you! Show yourself a little love and treat
yourself to relaxation, rejuvenation, and maybe a little something to give yourself a new or more youthful look. Just a few hours of self-love can resonate in
your soul for months. Find the perfect treatment you’ve been dreaming of at one of these fabulous specialty spots.
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