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LOVE YOUR AGE 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 www.GlancerMagazine.comTMTABLE OF CONTENTSFebruary 20205 Hello From Glancer Magazine 9 Scene Around Suburbia 7 5 Things to Do 9 Scene Around Suburbia 9 Introducing 11 The Wedding Page 12 COVER: 5 Beauty Influencers 15 West Suburban VIP: Tim Ryan 15 Local Business Spotlights 16 To Give, To Inspire 17 Dining Delights 17 Savory & Sweet Sisters 18 On Trend Downtown Glen Ellyn 20 Kid Stuff 21 Mom’s Little Black Book 22 7 Spectacular HealthyHot Spots PUBLISHER Glancer Magazine, Inc. PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Lindy Kleivo EDITORIAL | Print + Digital Kristen Kucharski Columnist / Writer Mindy Kyle Columnist / Writer Stephanie Schmoker Dining Critic Tiffany Schmoker Dining Critic SALES / MARKETING Lindy Kleivo Publishing Director PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Catuara Features Photographer Mike Mantucca Event Photographer PRINT + DIGITAL MONTHLY  A West Suburban Themed Issue Featuring the Best of DuPage, Kane & Kendall Each Month DIGITAL CONTENT | Daily + Weekly A Mobile Responsive Website at, Also Glancer Go-To Guide, Glancer Magazine’s Online Marketplace + Event Site Connecting Residents & Businesses COMMUNITY FEATURES Press Releases, Local Events, Community News ADVERTISING Print & Digital Advertising SUBSCRIPTIONS Receive the Printed Publication Monthly (12x/yr) PUBLISHED BY Glancer Magazine, Inc. 80 Main Street, Suite C Sugar Grove, IL 60554 (630) 277-8887 Glancer Magazine, highlighting the best of DuPage, Kane & Kendall Counties, is produced by Glancer Magazine, Inc. Glancer Magazine, You’ve Been Glanced and the Glancer logo are registered trade-marks of Glancer Magazine, Inc. All rights reserved. Print and digital magazine repro-duction in whole or in part is strictly prohib-ited. WEST SUBURBAN CHICAGO Featuring West Suburban Chicago February 2020 |Vol 19 Love Your Age This month we are celebrating our beauti-ful bodies– no matter how old we are. From beauty influencers sharing about the latest tips and trends in the beauty indus-try, to local area places that make people look and feel beautiful at every age, on the inside and out. Subscribe today online at ©Copyright 2020 All Rights Reserved Glancer Magazine, Inc. Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 5February FeaturesWWW.URBANECHOSHOP.COMFeb2020-2_Layout 1 1/22/2020 10:05 AM Page 5

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2. 9TH ANNUAL WINDY CITY ELVIS COMPETITION Saturday, February 22 ST. CHARLES–The 9th annual competition brings together some of the most amazing Elvis performers in the country! www.arcadalive.comFEBRUARY 20205 Things to Do1. DOWNERS GROVE ICE FESTIVAL • FEB 7-9 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 or (630) 725-0991.Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 74. PLAN FOR SPRING HOME UPDATES AND VISIT THIS 10,000 SQ. FT. KITCHEN & BATH SHOWROOM  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 • 3. THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS  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. www.paramountaurora.com5. DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE CHOCOLATE WALK  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! chocolatewalk20Feb2020_Layout 1 1/21/2020 10:31 AM Page 7

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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 LaserTag. Photos by Mike Catuara Invite Us to Your Next Event www.GlancerMagazine.comscenearoundSuburbiaYou’ve Been Glanced!Visit Us Online for Photos from this Event Magazine • FEBRUARY 2020• WESTERN SUBURBS • 9SCENE AROUND SUBURBIAFeb2020_Layout 1 1/20/2020 11:18 AM Page 9

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Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 11 TTwwoo PPiiccttuurree-- PPeerrffeecctt WWeeddddiinngg VVeennuueess 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! /chicago/groups/wedding-venueBBEEFFOORREECCeennttuurryy MMeemmoorriiaall CChhaappeell 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. HHootteell IInn SStt.. CChhaarrlleess 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, 2020 WEDDING TRENDSThe Wedding PageLOVE & MARRIAGEAA DDiissttiinncctt VVeennuuee ffoorr YYoouurr PPeerrffeecctt CCeelleebbrraattiioonn 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. EEnnjjooyy aa SSppaa TTrreeaattmmeenntt aatt HHoommee BBeeffoorree YYoouurr BBiigg DDaayy 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.comFeb2020_Layout 1 1/20/2020 7:14 AM Page 11

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ECrystal 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 Catuara12 • WESTERN SUBURBS• FEBRUARY 2020 • Glancer Magazine 5Beauty Influencers of 2020COVER STORYFeb2020_Layout 1 1/20/2020 6:54 AM Page 12

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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 goals. 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 others. 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 for Posting and Sharing In Social Media Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 13Feb2020_Layout 1 1/20/2020 6:58 AM Page 13

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family Dentistry FAMILY DENTISTRY WITH  A WIDE ARRAY OF SERVICES 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 Located In Naperville, Montgomery & Romeoville.14 • WESTERN SUBURBS• FEBRUARY 2020 • Glancer Magazine COMMUNITY NEWSFeb2020-2_Layout 1 1/21/2020 8:13 PM Page 14

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PERSONABLE, ENERGETIC & CREATIVE REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL SUSAN COLELLA OF BAIRD & WARNER This proud Naperville resident shares that helping local sellers and buyers doesn’t feel like work 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) 946-3813Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 15COMMUNITY NEWSCREATIVE MARKETING STRATEGIES 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 • Read Penny’s Local Industry Expert Column at WEST SUBURBAN VIPTIM RYAN: LIVING A LIFE OF  PURPOSE AND CONNECTION  WEST SUBURBAN CHICAGO–Married to 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 ( 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 (, Tim’s personal recovery will always come first and foremost. “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,” 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 connection. AA MMaann IInn RReeccoovveerryyPhoto SubmittedSHOULD I GET MY  FLOOR DONE IN WINTER? Sure! With Buff & Coat’s truly dust-less, odorless process, you won’t have to open windows or doors for fresh air. We complete the job in hours and leave you with a simply beautiful, refinished floor in your choice of matte, satin, semi-gloss, or high gloss topcoat. It may be cold and gray outside but inside, you'll only see gorgeous hardwood! Call Ray at (630) 689-3800 or visit S P O T L I G H T SFor Monthly Real Estate Tips and Trends, Read Penny O’Brien’s Blog at Under Real EstateFeb2020_Layout 1 1/20/2020 6:47 AM Page 15

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16 • WESTERN SUBURBS• FEBRUARY 2020 • Glancer Magazine HEART HAVEN OUTREACH IN BOLINGBROOK 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 H₂O, 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, H₂O 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 year. 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-munity. For more information on Heart Haven OutReach programs and volunteer opportunities, visit . Mindy’s February Giving Inspira-tion: Randomly buy flowers for a busy mom you know. ABOUT THE WRITER 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. MONTHLY COLUMNTToo GGiivvee,, TToo IInnssppiirreecommunity livingFeb2020-2_Layout 1 1/21/2020 9:06 PM Page 16

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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 Dining + ENTERTAINMENTLLoovvee IIss IInn tthhee AAiirrWEST SUBURBAN DININGGlancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 17DINING + ENTERTAINMENTJet’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 A LITTLE BIT OF DETROIT IN NAPERVILLE 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 SSaavvoorryy && SSwweeeett SSiisstteerrss WEST SUBURBAN EDIBLES TO LOVEFeb2020_Layout 1 1/20/2020 6:22 AM Page 17

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GLEN Ellyn18 • WESTERN SUBURBS • February 2020 • Glancer Magazine Pay It Forward CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE– 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.comGather & 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, www.vintageshopglenellynil.comCourier 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, ON TREND IN DOWNTOWNThe Prince’s Table GIFT & COLLECTIBLES SHOP 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. Trending Now: Romantic Valentines Follow Us and Like Us - Mention This Ad and Receive a Free Gift 530 Duane St, Glen Ellyn • (630) 469-4150 Feb2020-2_Layout 1 1/22/2020 10:00 AM Page 18

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20 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2020 • Glancer Magazine Kid SSttuuffffLove 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 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.orgMom & 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 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! 1 1/20/2020 6:11 AM Page 20

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Glancer Magazine • FEBRUARY 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 21WHAT MOMS LOVEMMoomm’’ss LLiittttllee BBllaacckk BBooookkMONTHLY COLUMNUnderwater 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-ion. 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! Overview 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. Diveheart 900 Ogden Avenue #274 Downers Grove, IL 60515 (630) 964-1983 Hours: Check website for class sched-ule and locations Price $: Free ABOUT THE WRITER 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 1 1/21/2020 10:06 AM Page 21

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1.Ten Friends Blow Dry and Style Shop Naperville 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 Geneva/Naperville 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 3. Amazing Lash Studio Naperville/Lombard/Geneva 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. 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. 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, 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 EllynThis 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.1.PLACES TO TREAT YOURSELF6.5.4.22 • WESTERN SUBURBS • FEBRUARY 2020 • Glancer Magazine Mindy Kyle, Features WriterFeb2020_Layout 1 1/21/2020 11:06 AM Page 22

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