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1. Best Selling Author Jennifer L. Holm with Anderson’s Bookshop • Jan 15, 7pm VIRTUAL EVENT–Join Anderson's Bookshops for a virtual event with bestselling author Jennifer Holm to discuss her newest middle grade novel, The Lion of Mars! Blast off with New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor-winning Jennifer L. Holm's out-of-this-world new novel about a kid raised on Mars who learns that he can't be held back by the fears of the grown-ups around him. Mars may be a world far, far away, but in the hands of Jennifer L. Holm, beloved and bestselling author of The Fourteenth Goldfish, it can't help but feel like home. www.andersonsbookshop.comJANUARY 20215 Things to Do3. Sidewalk Sale Downtown Glen Ellyn • Jan 14-17 GLEN ELLYN–Kick off the year with unbe-lievable savings while supporting Down-town Glen Ellyn boutiques. The Alliance of Downtown Glen Ellyn is very grateful for their sponsors – Pete’s Fresh Market, Du-Page Medical Group, and The Penn French Prop-erty Group. www.downtown glenellyn.com5. Free Home & Garden Show • Jan 16 & 17 OAKBROO –The Home and Garden Show returns to the beautiful Drury Lane Theater and Event Center on January 16 & 17 for its largest event with free admission and free valet parking. The event planner has shows planned all year long in the following locations– Arlington Heights, Naper-ville, Tinley Park, Romeoville, St. Charles, Crystal Lake, Lake County, and North Shore. www.freehomeshow.comGlancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 94. Ladies Night Out Comedy Tour • Feb 5, 8pm CHICAGO–Celebrating the recent breakthrough and rise of female come-dians, the Ladies Night Out tour features a formidable ensemble of eight fierce females casting their comedy spell in venues across North America. Hosted by Real Housewives of Atlanta alumna Nene Leakes, the tour fea-tures the razor-sharp wit of former The View co-host Adele Givens, multi-talented media personality Sherri Sheperd, The Real regular Loni Love, Janelle James (recent opener for Chris Rock), TV actress Kim Whitley and up and comer Melanie Comarcho. www.ticketmaster.com2. Leann Rimes LIVE In Concert February 5, 7pm • Genesee Theater WAUKEGAN–Perhaps best known for her Country crossover success with hits like How Do I and Can't Fight The Moonlight, the songstress is hitting the road and bringing along her hit-filled catalogue. Having sold over 37 million albums inter-nationally, the seasoned performer is still a forced to be reckoned with and her energy on stage is enough to have Country's young stars quaking in their boots.

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Modern Minded Women of 2021COVER STORYby Kristen Kucharski Photos by Mike Catuara Unless Otherwise NotedIntroducing 5 Driven, Creative, Multi-Tasking Masters10 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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Glancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 11NAPERVILLE–Alicia, PhD and JD from Northwestern Uni-versity, brings a lifetime of experiences to helping others maximize their potential for growth and success by using a scientific approach to workplace issues to create ethical and effective environments. She was born in Trinidad, West Indies; emigrated to Amer-ica as a high school sophomore; and was exposed to upper-level education that brought her in contact with many successful, motivated, and educated people. She began her career teaching traditional psychology courses at the undergraduate university level, was promoted to teaching organization behavior (OB) and organization de-velopment (OD) at the graduate school level and started her own company (RECA) as a private practice. Alicia is excited to witness modern approaches being used to resolve traditional problems, transforming effectiveness, and increasing bottom lines, while also addressing em-ployee needs and exacting loyalty. “I see recognition of women’s success. I see tolerance for issues that previously plagued the workplace but were ig-nored (e.g., equal pay, sexual harassment) dissipating, and a renewed respect for the all-encompassing value of women in society,” she shares. This independent businesswoman, wife, mother, and grandmother has a lot to balance on a daily basis and giv-ing up is never an option for Alicia; so, she conveys the same approach from her career to her family life and vice versa keeping a watchful eye on dreams and the efforts that lead to happy, meaningful, and successful lives. Her personal pursuit of happiness includes supporting nonprofit programs in her community, as well as nationally and internationally; she also hopes to start a foundation to make educational and other advancement opportunities more readily available to those less fortunate. Alicia Gittens McCareinsOwner, Research, Evaluation & Consulting Associates, LLCCOVER STORY

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12 • WESTERN SUBURBS • DECEMBER 2020 • Glancer MagazineCOVER STORYModern Minded Women of 202112 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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Glancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 13ST. CHARLES–Having been a hair stylist and salon owner for over 20 years, Jessi was frustrated for herself and her clients experiencing hair loss, lack luster strands, and breakage; so, in true entrepreneurial fashion, she created Ren Jord because conventional products were not work-ing. “I started researching and realized all the harsh chemicals that are prevalent in so many of our products,” Jessi says. “As a result, I passionately created a unique product line of organic hair treatments and my clients (and me!) were seeing amazing results and healthier hair!” The name originates from Jessi’s Norwegian heritage meaning “pure Earth” as Ren Jord only uses pure, organic ingredients found in nature and ensuring packaging and materials are also recyclable and compostable. Wife and mother of three children under the age of 8, she is constantly pulled in many directions and has tried to learn to live life organically as well – letting things happen as they will and always setting aside 15 minutes of ME time for yoga, meditation, and prayer to sustain the pres-sures of the day. “I think as a society- especially women, we think we need to “have it all together” and post pictures of only edited, positive photos on social media- instead of being more real, vulnerable, and transparent,” Jessi shares. “I always grow the most after I have gone through a difficult time.” Furthermore, she feels it’s important to share those tough experiences and lift each other up; and since Ren Jord is a new business, Jessi is excited to continue to grow and support local women-owned businesses in the community. COVER STORYJessi AtkocaitisFounder, Ren Jord Organic Hair CareProduct Photos by Lauren McLeod

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Glancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 15OSWEGO/NAPERVILLE–Becky has learned to train her mind to see the good in every situation, inclusive of the overall attention to one’s health due to the worldwide pan-demic. It has heightened her personal interest in the well-being of others, prompting an involvement with modern advancements to reduce exposure to the worrisome chemicals and compounds that surround us every day. She is passionate about working for a company that offers a new approach to modern health creating a haven for overall family wellness. Becky loves the clean label alter-natives, the flexibility of being able to create her own work schedule, the convenience of working from home, and navigating a new career that fits her active and healthy lifestyle as a busy single mom of three adult children. “Being happy and confident are the prettiest things you can wear,” she says. “Knowing who you really are is true beauty.” Becky feels she has untapped potential and is the happi-est she has ever been which is a strong statement coming off a year that has been difficult for many. As a board member, foster, and volunteer with animal control, as well as involvement with Family Counseling Services in Aurora, service work is a huge part of what keeps Becky balanced. Prioritizing lists of needs, wants, and must be done activ-ities for each day helps her maintain an organized sched-ule and ensure contentment in today’s busy modern world. COVER STORYBecky Rivich KeporosModere, Online Entrepreneur

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COVER STORYModern Minded Women of 202116 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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GENEVA/NAPERVILLE/BARRINGTON/CHICAGO–Beth would love to start her own modern beauty channel on YouTube, or another platform, in the next few years! She is inspired and en-couraged by the major online influencers, her mother, her daughter, as well as her career as the Director of Esthetics at Concierge Med Spa; after all, even on Beth’s most stressful days, she finds playing with makeup and tutorials is her number one way to decompress! As a working wife and mom of two young kids, she feels blessed for the support of her family, as well as to the modern advan-tages of working with a team of mostly women who understand life sometimes must come before work and jump in to help each other when needed. Beth found the confidence to pursue an education, career, and family from watching her own mother work hard to support her kids while always ensuring to care for herself, which included maintaining a strict skincare regime morning and night, never skipping it even after a long workday. “She has always supported me and has told me to take what I love and make a career out of it and I feel like I have done ex-actly that,” Beth shares. “Now with a daughter of my own, I hope that I can inspire her in similar ways. I hope she looks at me and sees a confident and hard-working woman and that she finds what brings her joy and goes for it!” Beth is thrilled by the modern trend of men also participating in antiaging treatments, as well as younger patients taking interest in the “prejuvenation process.” “I look at my mom who is 70 and compare her to what my grandma looked like at 70 and there is a huge difference just be-cause of the evolution of hair styling and coloring, oral care, and sunscreen,” Beth adds. “Now with all the developments in non-surgical procedures and medical grade skincare, the next gen-eration is going to look 40 when they are 70! It is so exciting!” COVER STORYBeth AlbertsDirector of Esthetics at Concierge Esthetics and Plastic SurgeryGlancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 19

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COVER STORYModern Minded Women of 202118 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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WHEATON–Working out - That's where it all started for NASM Certified Personal Trainer Val McMurrough. Her personal fitness regime was as much a mental escape as a physical one for her when she was feeling overwhelmed. Through exercise she was able to tune into her inner strength and regroup to carry on for the day; so, it comes as no surprise that when COVID-19 hit and closed most fitness centers, Val took what she knew best and brought fitness into people’s homes to help provide that mental and physical release to others also struggling. Her in-home fitness career began 9 years ago as her children Emma (17), Ava (15), Anna (13) entered the school years. She feels blessed to be married to her high school sweetheart who shares the same passion and together they will be also opening Eat The Frog Fitness in Elmhurst this Spring. “I am having the time of my life and I love working hard for my business, my clients, and my team. I honestly never saw a busi-ness coming my way,” Val says. “Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will! Stop thinking and start doing! Being uncom-fortable is totally normal, but if you are in action, you are winning not just watching.” Val is thrilled to be constantly evolving with current culture that meet fitness demands and looks forward to future innovations and revolution to provide an ideal experience and real results. Val McMurroughOwner, In Home Fitness by ValCOVER STORYGlancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 19

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10#1 | The Medical Spa Facial Facials are a soothing and refreshing rejuvenation treatment. Most facial treat-ments involve the gentle cleansing and moisturizing of the face, addressing signs of aging and other minor cosmetic concerns. While you can find facials at many traditional spas, there are a few key advantages of receiving a facial at a medical spa. A team of medical professionals is qualified to administer stronger facial treat-ments, which can mean better results. Plus, skin care experts know exactly what your skin needs based on your skin type and cosmetic concerns. Concierge Med-ical Spa offers the following facials– Laser facial via laser skin resurfacing, Vampire facial via Plasma, Acne facial and Traditional facial customized to your skin type. Treat your skin to a relaxaing and beneficial facial today. #2 | Float to Find Calm One of the hottest trends that is here to stay is floating to find clam and inner peace. If you are looking for a quiet space to just BE, we have found just that place at An-nica Float Club. Float in 10 inches of skin temperature water with 1,600 pounds of Epsom salt to keep you afloat even if you fall asleep. You have your own private Float Room and can control the underwater LED light and white noise. Annica Float Club is located at 4S100 N. IL-59 in Naperville, TRENDSTrends For Mind, Body and Spirit10 TRENDS 202120 • WESTERN SUBURBS •JANUARY 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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#3 | Get Physical in Nature Connecting with nature is good for the body & soul. One way is to join the Morton Arboretum’s Pine Pacer Challenge prompting you to get outdoors. Start 2021 off with their new running and walking challenge. Participants are invited to set a goal of 25, 50, or 100 miles, track their activities through the month of January, and submit mileage on the Arboretum's virtual result web-site to chart their progress. Though participants are encouraged to get their miles on site at the Arboretum, they can also simply run or walk around the block, on a treadmill, or anywhere else they enjoy. The goal is to meet a per-sonal challenge and enjoy the many health benefits of physical activity and spending time in nature. #4 | Above the Mask Beauty Services While the percentage of Americans getting manicures and pedicures has dropped 55% from 2019 to 2020, many above-the-mask beauty services have stayed strong. Permanent makeup (including eyebrow tinting and mi-croblading) have remained steady year over year. BOTOX®, fillers, and sim-ilar treatments have been consistent, as well. Lash extensions have only seen a 13% decrease. #5 | Cryotherapy Cryotherapy involves exposing your entire body to temperatures of -272° F for up to about three minutes. Using an open-chamber nitrogen gas-cooled system, your body quickly recognizes the quick drop in temperature and re-sponds by contracting blood vessels. Blood starts moving away from your extremities and into your core, where all of your vital organs are located. This change in blood flow allows your body to detox and flush away toxins through your kidneys and lymphatic system while filling your blood full of ox-ygen. French Medspa offers this service in St. Charles. Learn more online. #6 | Skincare for Communities of Color “‘Good skin’ is a luxury and status symbol in this country, and communities of color have been left behind,” says Caroline Robinson, MD, a board-certi-fied dermatologist based in Chicago. Next year, brands are making strides to correct this: Unilever-backed Melé will release six new products that are formulated for melanin-rich skin; a brand-new line called Eadem, which has already launched a content platform highlighting women of color, will debut a curated collection of skin-care products; and Thirteen Lune, a just-launched e-commerce site that sells products from brands founded by folks who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), will add new cre-ators to its docket. #7 | Rosemary as an Essential Oil ROSEMARY AS AN ESSENTIAL OIL Essential oils have become…well, essential in health and wellness circles for providing stress relief and other mind-body benefits. While lavender may help you snooze and eucalyptus can soothe sore muscles, rosemary essen-tial oil is another great option to have on your radar. That’s right: While rose-mary tastes great on roasted chicken with lemon zest and olive oil, you can actually enjoy the herb as an essential oil and use it as part of your wellness routine for its cognitive and stress reduction benefits. Learn more about rose-mary oil, as well as how best to use it, straight from trusted practitioners at the website above. Glancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 21 #10 | The Salt Spa It’s important to find a place for peace and connection. At Salternatives Spa in Geneva you can float into physical and mental bliss, breathe deeply in their salt room, release tension and toxins in our infrared sauna or melt into one of their signature g massages. You will also find relaxing and even heal-ing services or classes, or enjoy simply hanging out in their Relaxation Room to meditation, color, or engage in quiet conversation. Ahhh, peacefulness awaits. #9 | Hair Detox A detox plan for your hair is essential in 2021. Hair follicles get clogged with chemicals that are commonly found in conventional hair care products. These synthetic fragrances, parabens, PEG's, Phthalates, and sulfates greatly impact scalp health. When follicles are damaged with these harsh ingredients- its prevents healthy growth and healthy hair. Most hair loss is-sues are due to hair follicles being damaged or clogged- once you go through the detox phase and apply Ren Jord products- it helps stimulate and promote healthy scalp which will give you optimal hair growth. Healthy hair starts at the roots! #8 | The Gold Sculpting Bar According to, the at-home spa day is here to stay and it starts with a facial self-massage using a professional makeup artists Jillian Demp-sey’s 24K vibrating T-bar ($195). It not only leaves your face lifted and sculpted, it also leaves your face feeling refreshed and less puffy. Bonus: When you swipe it a few times vertically along your throat, this device erases “tech lines,” the horizontal wrinkles that form from looking down at your phone or other devices. This is one beauty gadget worth splurging for!

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MEET THE TRAINER H4 Training specializes in individualized personal training, in a small group setting, while always adding new exer-cises and equipment to improve client results. Gabe Davilaof Oswego/Aurora ACE (American Council on Exercise certified trainer), PN1 (Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification) Gabe believes that online and at-home options are a niche trend that will continue to grow along with other digital of-ferings; however, it cannot replace the aesthetical fitness results that are generated when working with a personal trainer educated on the most up-to-date science and pro-gramming incorporating the right balance of recovery days and stretching. “No matter what you do, pick a mode of exercise that you can consistently do and make sure it's fun, so that way you keep coming back to it” Beginner Cardio Tips • Short, intense cardio sessions that are (10-30 minutes) • Supplement cardio with strength training to burn more fat • Cardio is anything that gets you heart pumping for a prolonged duration • Hill walks and sprints burn calories and great for the legs • Cardio after strength training for better results Glute Tips: • Do direct glute exercises that isolate your buns • Squats/lunges too • Use exercises that involve different planes of motion: side lunges/lateral band walks • Training the glutes/lower body 2-3 times a week • Eat your protein! trainer tipsLOCAL SPOTLIGHT24 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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LOCAL SPOTLIGHTtrainer tipsMEET THE TRAINER H4 Training specializes in individualized personal training, in a small group setting, while always adding new exer-cises and equipment to improve client results. Taylor Block of Geneva Taylor strongly urges people to stop comparing themselves to others with the reminder that if you set small goals for yourself, you are more likely to stick with it over the long run. She believes anything is possible if you have a posi-tive mindset and are willing to work hard toward your goal. "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard” Healthy Eating Tips • Half your plate should be veggies • Eat the rainbow • Plan ahead before grocery shopping and stick to the outer aisles in the grocery store • Start tracking your food (not calories) to look for healthier changes • Stop cutting carbs. Lots of carbohydrates contain vitamins and minerals our bodies need. Instead, focus on the types of carbs you're eating. Belly Buster Tips • Watch out for sneaky sugars like in natural fruit juices • Portion control! Eat smaller portions • Don't eat while distracted • Drink more water • You can't spot treat. Belly fat comes off by losing overall body fat. Glancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 25LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

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26 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021 • Glancer MagazineMEET THE TRAINER H4 Training specializes in individualized personal training, in a small group setting, while always adding new exer-cises and equipment to improve client results. Jordan Scott Reyes of Chicago NASM Certified personal trainer, B.A. in Exercise Science, Certified Precision Nutrition According to Jordan, people will be more data driven due to the advances in wearable technology and will start to focus on the holistic aspects of health such as sleep and recovery rather than just the "faster, stronger" approach. Finding a program, a trainer, an at-home based fitness model, or a gym/studio that you ENJOY will make all the difference in keeping a consistent workout regime. “Every individual is different, but everyone needs move-ment - so find something that helps you move to be a better you.” Guilty “Healthy” Pleasures Tips • Halo Top Ice Cream • Kodiak Protein Pancakes • Smoothies with Almond Milk • Justin's Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. • A GoMacro "Protein Pleasure" bar heated up exactly 9 seconds in the microwave! Big Guns/Fit Arms Tips • Change up your volume and intensity. Low heavy reps to High Lighter reps • Add variety to tempo - "burn" out reps, slow concentrated tempos, isometric pauses • One-arm high-cable curl • One-arm side raise while maintaining a lateral lean • Cross-body Triceps extension trainer tipsLOCAL

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30 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021 Healthy Options Made From Scratch GENEVA–Woodgrain Pizzeria takes fast-casual dining to the next level. At Woodgrain, they specialize in hand-crafted, fast fired pizzas and fresh salads. New to Geneva on Randall Road, it’s become a favorite destination in just a short time. A perfect choice whether you’re looking for a quick meal on the go, or a satisfying sit down dining experience with friends and family. Scrumptious, indeed! Your food is always made-to-order with a large selection of premium quality ingredients including vegan and gluten-free options, making is a local healthy choice. Wood-grain’s authentic italian open hearth oven bakes classic hand-stretched dough to perfection in less than 5 minutes. Wow! So, whether you’re a carnivore, vegan, or a gluten-free pizza lover, this local hot spot has something to satisfy your taste buds. View the menu at DINING DELIGHTSWEST SUBURBAN DININGDININGDINING + COCKTAILS

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18 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JULY 2020 • Glancer MagazineGlancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 29DINING + COCKTAILSCCoocckkttaaiillssCheers to Foxtail In Downers Grove Adding to the Downtown Charm DOWNERS GROVE–The Foxtail is a lively cocktail bar and Mediterra-nean restaurant located in the heart of downtown Downers Grove on beautiful Main Street. Using the best ingredients while providing a great atmosphere has made this locale become a fast favorite for residents througout the western suburbs. Offering brunch, lunch, a raw bar and dinner, Foxtail has adapted to the latest COVID-19 crisis by providing an enclosed outdoor eating area along with curbside pick-up. If you love scrumptious dining selections, craft cocktails and live music, be sure to add Foxtail to your list of must-visit hot spots for 2021. www.thefoxtaildg.comGeneva’s Preservation Wine Bar A Carefully Curated Wine List Paired with a Cocktail Line-Up that Takes Mixology to New Dimensions GENEVA–Have you been? Preservation Bread & Wine is a restaurant, cafe and wine bar focused on preserving traditional preparation methods to offer flavorful sandwiches, cheeses, meats, savory bites and desserts paired with a first-class selection of wine, beer and spirits. Enjoy first-class wine & cocktails. Simply so divine with a heated patio open for seating. Hot Pear Cider Is So Loved and For Good Reason Visit Empire In Downtown Naperville & Order One Today NAPERVILLE–Cheers to winter and Empire’s Hot Pear Cider. It’s de-lightful and cozy– perfect for cold January afternoons. Made with half spiced apple cider, half fresh squeezed pear juice, cinnamon sticks, & vanilla beans served either zero-proof or (even better) w/ a shot of your favorite spirit. Come grab a glass & warm up on this beautiful day. DINING

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TRENDY TRAVELERTrendY Rocky Mountaineer brings its luxury train journeys to the Southwest United States in 2021 with the Rockies to the Red Rocks route, a two-day rail journey between Denver, Colorado, and Moab, Utah, with an overnight stay in Glen-wood Springs, Colorado. Rocky Mountaineer operates multi-day, daytime train journeys that feature incredible scenery, regional cuisine, and attentive service in its spacious, glass-domed train coaches. The com-pany has long had the goal of expanding its routes to bring its train travel experience to showcase new destinations. This new route will be in addition to the three rail routes that run in Western Canada, between Vancouver and the Canadia n Rockies towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. "Rocky Mountaineer will bring a new luxury train tour to ex-plore the historic rail route between Denver and Moab. Over the past 30 years, Rocky Mountaineer has become renowned for our world-class train travel experiences, and now we are opening our newest train experience in the region where train travel history began," said Peter Armstrong, founder of Rocky Mountaineer. "This region, with its magnificent scenery, na-tional parks, vast opportunities to explore, will delight millions." See the Unseen West Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Traveler30 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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Glancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 31TRENDY TRAVELERRocky Mountaineer will launch the route with a preview season of 40 depar-tures across 10 weeks from August 15 to October 23, 2021. The company is working with local tourism organizations, hotels and tour operators to curate custom vacation packages that feature tours, activities, and stays in Den-ver and Moab, so guests can experience even more of the region. "The work to find a new route has been underway for several years as we needed to find a spe-cial location with many of the same features we have in Western Canada – incredible scenery, iconic destinations, and the option for an all daytime, multi-day journey that is best experienced by train. Rockies to the Red Rocks will have all of this and more, and is an opportunity to bring our award-winning Rocky Mountaineer experience to showcase the epic scenery of the Southwest United States," explained Steve Sammut, president and chief executive officer of Rocky Mountaineer. "The coronavi-rus pandemic has had a devastating impact on the travel industry, and there is continued uncertainty of when tourism will recover. However, we believe American trav-elers, and those from around the world, will be eager to explore this region by rail with us and we look forward to welcoming them in 2021 and beyond." The two-day rail journeys, including a one-night hotel accommodation in Glen-wood Springs, will start from $1,250 USD plus tax per per-son. Travellers can reserve a place on a 2021 departure with a refundable deposit of $25 USD by contacting their travel professional or Rocky Moun-taineer directly. Guests can also visit to sign up for information on the Rockies to the Red Rocks route. About Rocky Mountaineer Rocky Mountaineer has offered luxury train journeys between Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies, showcasing the best scenery Western Canada has to offer, for over 30 years. Rocky Mountaineer is a must-do travel experience that offers unparalleled journeys in its spacious glass-domed train coaches thanks to the incredible scenery, delicious cuisine, attentive service, and social atmosphere. Since it was founded in 1990, Rocky Mountaineer has wel-comed more than 2.2 million guests and become the largest privately owned luxury tourist train in the world. Rockies to the Red Rocks

Page 32 Locations In Wheaton & GenevaGET 1-ON-1 PERSONAL TRAINING AT H-4 TRAINING, TWO SUBURBAN LOCATIONS WHEATON & GENEVA–It’s time to take care of #1 with H4 Training! This program is best for individuals with very specific needs who require dedicated attention. H-4’s sessions focus on the specific goals of each client with workouts tailored to each person. Visit online to learn more and to check out the many other programs available to you. Watch for a Q & A at written by H4 Training's founder, Hank Ebeling, Local In-dustry Expert in the Fitness category. H4 Training Wheaton & Geneva locations. + WELLNESS34 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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FITNESSHEALTH + WELLNESSIntroducing Dr. Aleesha Fischer NAPERVILLE–Dr. Aleesha Fischer, the founder of Naperville Chiro-practice & Massage, was born in South Dakota. She played basket-ball and volleyball in high school and college. She went to NSU in Aberdeen, SD, obtaining a Biology Major. During undergraduate school she shadowed many different medical professions. She fell in love with chiropractic and the natural way of healing. She started chiropractic school at Northwestern Health Sciences University and graduated there in 2004. She moved to Las Vegas, got married and started working. After 2 years working as a chiropractic associate, she bought the practice and worked there until moving to Illinois in 2012. After taking a break to raise her daughter, she decided she really missed helping people feel their best so when an opportunity came up to open an office Downtown Naperville she took it. “I am very passionate about helping people get out of pain as well as getting the spine and nervous system functioning at its best. So many think pain and not feeling well is normal and part of aging, but I disagree, so many conditions can be helped with chiropractic care. Pain is exhausting and decreases quality of life. I want to help my patients stay strong and active which will lead to a full, happy, pro-ductive life.” shared Aleesha. Naperville Chiropractice & Massage is located at 47 E. Chicago Avenue, Suite 332-B in Downtown Naperville. Glancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 33

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WHISKEY ACRES DISTILLING CO. Illinois … our Land of Lincoln and beloved ‘Midwest Nice’ state has given us: Wrigley Field, Betty White, deep-dish pizza, Harrison Ford, Starved Rock, Por-tillo’s, Walt Disney, Twinkies and McDonald’s. Out-side of the famous names and iconic buildings, Illinois is a leader in agricultural production too - spe-cifically corn. This sustainable powerhouse-of-a-grain supports our economy, environment and everyday lives - it’s in our cleaners, carpets, food, fuel … and whiskey. Yes, WHISKEY. Enter Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. Whiskey Acres, located in DeKalb, began production in 2014 and is Illinois’ first certified-farm distillery. This estate distillery was founded by 4th and 5th generation farmers. The goal was to diversify its of-ferings, showcase its high-quality grain (thanks to Illinois’ rich soil!) and share its passion with friends and family. Whiskey Acres worked with Dave Pickerell (RIP), a whiskey industry legend, to master the highest-quality distilling practices in the industry. Much like grape varieties, the same is true for corn. Every year, the farm grows 16-24 different varieties of corn - not all of them become whiskey. Whiskey Acres truly picks the ‘cream-of-the-crop’. And its impressive ‘Seed-to-Spirit’ process allows for everything to be managed in-house. This 2,000 acre farm boasts: a historic tasting room, vis-itor center, large flagstone patio, whiskey garden, pro-duction building, barrel warehouses, farm buildings and grain bins. This award-winning distillery produces year-round, seasonal and limited-release spirits. Nicino is a seasonal favorite - a liqueur made with walnuts from Morton Arboretum, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon and cloves. As they say, “great whiskey isn’t made - it’s grown.” Cheers to a new year! Watch for Unique In Suburbia in each monthly issue of Glancer Magazine. UNIQUE IN SUBURBIAby Brianna Bartemeyer Photos SubmittedUNIQUEin Suburbia34 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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Glancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 35UNIQUEUnique Local Process Every year, the farm grows 16-24 differ-ent varieties of corn - not all of them be-come whiskey. Whiskey Acres truly picks the ‘cream-of-the-crop’. And its im-pressive ‘Seed-to-Spirit’ process allows for everything to be managed in-house. UNIQUE IN SUBURBIA

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MILLION DOLLAR lliissttiinnggDowntown Naperville living awaits. Just steps from the Riverwalk, Centennial Beach, Nichols Library, and all of the fabulous the shopping and dining the downtown area offers. This unique 6 bed 6 bath home is over 6,000 square feet on 4 finished levels. A stunning 2 story foyer entrance welcomes you into this beautiful custom home. Just gorgeous!$1,199,000 6bed • 5.5bath 4,536 sqft • 7,514 sqft lot 624 Stevens St, Naperville, IL(630) 369-9000 Presented by: Nikki Genthner Brokered by: Coldwell Banker Realty - Naperville36 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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Beauty & Location This exquisitely designed dream home is freshly painted with floors refinished, a paver driveway and patios. The park is just 1/2 block away. There are many unique and custom touches in this home and the location is unbeatable. Glancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 37REAL ESTATE

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HOME DESIGN + DECORHHOOMMEE DDEESSIIGGNNHOMEWERKS Plan a New Kitchen, Basement or Bath NAPERVILLE– Recognized as a premiere remodeling company, with a 10,000 square foot showroom in Naperville, HomeWerks has a beautiful online gallery of photos and ideas to help you plan your next remodeling dream come true. Now’s a great time to start planning your next kitchen, bath or basement project! Family owned and operated since 1996, HomeWerks special-izes in full service remodeling. The kitchen and bath displays are interactive, allowing visitors to experience many product features first hand. With the focus of providing high quality products, pro-fessional installation and exceptional customer service HomeWerks Kitchen and Bath • 38 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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HOME DESIGN + DECORNONA JO’S Also Providing In-Home Consultation The popular Naperville home accessory & gift boutique offers a wide arra of services. From silk floral arrangements and window treatments, to in-home consultation. Let them see your space… Why is it so easy to help a friend design her space, but when it comes to your own house you freeze up? Don’t worry; Nona Jo’s understands! Their team will work with you to make the right choices that fit your style. Whether you are building, remodeling, or refreshing your house, they’ll be by your side for every deci-sion. From flooring, paint colors, kitchen and bath remodels to cus-tom furniture, window treatments, artwork, lighting, and accessorizing, we will transform your house into a home. No project is too small or too large. Learn more today at www.nonajos.comHOME DESIGNBeautiful SyleGlancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 39

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ON THE FOXFishermen, Birdwatchers and Wildlife Viewer's Secluded Paradise – One of a Kind Riverfront Property In Oswego This unique ranch has been completely redone with an open floor plan and fabulous river views from every room and it is now on the market. What a beautiful find! This home has unbelievable river-frontage to the west, and bordered on the southeast side by a natural limestone abutment. A private bridge spans the small Cedar Run Creek running through the prop-erty with views towards a small waterfall. Super secluded, yet close to everything. Absolute phenomenal fish-ing with smallies, cats and walleyes and spectacular views of Amer-ican Bald Eagles overwintering up and down the river. Nestled between two parks and the fox river bike path; walkable to down-town Oswego and Violet Patch Park. Carlisle Wide Plank Hickory Floors, Baseboard Hot Water Heat, KraftMaid Cabinets, Custom Oak Trim with Tung Oil Finish, Granite Countertop, Fireplace and a hidden MB Walk-in-closet. Architectural plans for a second story are available. Schedule a tour today. Presented by Brian Hilgen of Re/Max Of Naperville.$450,000 1703 State Rt 25 Oswego, Illinois 2bed / 1bath 1,854sqft 1.12acre lotREAL ESTATELOCAL LISTING TO LOVE40 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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PERSONABLE, ENERGETIC & CREATIVE REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL SUSAN COLELLA OF BAIRD & WARNER This proud Naperville resident shares that helping local sellers and buyers doesn’t feel like work making it easy to be dedicated and re-sults 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 cus-toms booklets with professional photography & drone shots, de-scriptions of updates, & develops unique ways to target the right buyers on the internet. Restyling her listings with professional stag-ing , 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 thriv-ing Spring market~ Call luxury listing agent Susan Colella anytime to discuss your real estate goals for 2020. Susan Colella, Baird & Warner, (630) 946-3813Susan ColellaREAL ESTATEON THE FOXGlancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 41

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To Give, To InspireCARING + SHARINGA Monthly Caring + Sharing Column42 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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GIGI’S  PLAYHOUSE IN AURORA For many of us with school-aged children, we have spent months learning to switch edu-cational gears to remote learn-ing. It hasn’t always been easy, but we have found ways to adapt to circumstances bey-ond our control. Organiza-tions like GiGi’s Playhouse, a place for families and the com-munity to learn about and celebrate the diagnosis of Down syndrome, had to also become creative on how to continue their thera-peutic services. Normally, individuals gathered at the Achievement Center for educational and training programs and ac-tivities in an environment of total acceptance. There are over 50 free-standing Playhouses throughout the United States and Mexico, and the Fox Valley Center in Aurora has had the honor of working with over 400 families. Programs are offered 100% free so that the cost will never be a barrier to achievement. When Covid restrictions hit last March, the organization did not hit pause and continued with their lifetime com-mitment to their families by launching a national vir-tual and on-demand platform named GiGi’s at Home. The Fox Valley location has already accumulated 1,000 hours of virtual programming. One of GiGi’s most popular programs is their literacy tutoring. Their 1:1 program is designed to be a suc-cess-oriented guide to help students gain skills and confidence that will carry over into school, home and the com-munity. “We understand that individuals with Down syn-drome learn differently, and our aim is to make our program easy, motivating, and success-ful,” says Katie Vaughan, Site Coordinator for GiGi’s Play-house Fox Valley. “We cele-brate each students’ ‘best of all’, meaning expecting partici-pants to do just a little better than the week before.” This spring, GiGi’s Playhouse will be introducing their newly enhanced 1:1 math tutoring. Right now, they are looking for a number of literacy and math tutors to volunteer and help keep these programs running successfully. Tutors need to be at least 16 years old. They are also looking for committee and board members to help execute programs and leaders of their therapeutic programs like GiGiFIT. They have their GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge launching on January 5th! To learn more about volunteering as a literacy or math tutor and the many programs available at GiGi’s Play-house and their GiGi’s at Home virtual platform, visit 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 hus-band, three children and the cutest dog in the land. VIEW MINDY’S MONTHLY COLUMN AT Newly Enhanced 1:1 Math Tutoring Program for Individuals with Down SyndromeCARING + SHARINGGlancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 43

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CREATIVE 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 service. 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 PPeennnnyy OO’’BBiieennFABULOUS44 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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familyGlancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 45by Kristen Kucharski Photos by Mike CatuaraThe Barley Family GENEVA/NAPERVILLE–Take that trip, do the adventure, ex-plore, and live your life to the fullest - “Always Go” – that is the motto Geneva residents, John and Ashley Barley and their three children Declan (11), Scout (3), and Banks (1) – and what an ad-venture it has been as the owners of Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville which opened in 2012. As entrepreneurs their free time has been consumed by the brewery but through Solemn Oath they remain wildly active. Each year they work with dozens of charitable organizations ac-ross Chicagoland including the Naperville Parks Foundation, the Naperville Area Humane Society, and many others. This year during the pandemic they also had the opportunity to work with some fantastic organizations including My Block, My Hood, My City and Grocery Run Club. Beyond that, they would typically be either travelling or driving to and from Declan's hockey games across the Midwest with the Geneva Cyclones youth hockey or-ganization. In March, many things changed for the Barley family. John lost his father, best friend, and business partner to cancer right when the world was shutting down and the business dynamic had to shift dramatically. The market for 60% of their on-premises draft sales had disappeared like a light switch and they had to adapt quickly to survive as a business. Although the year has been a year filled with punch after punch after punch, the Barley’s maintain their “just do it” attitude and persisted on with the camaraderie, hustle, and love of their pa-trons, family, and each other. With the support of the City of Naperville, in June they built a massive outdoor space called the Solemn Oath Community Beer Garden providing plenty of space for social distancing. Now dur-ing the winter months, it has been converted to a majestic forest fairy tale called the Solemn Oath Community Dome Forest. The Barley’s always live life to its fullest! Like many, the pan-demic has given them a lot more time together, but the nature of their business does not allow for working remotely; however, whenever they are at home as a family, the music is on and every single person is singing and dancing…..“it breeds confidence, humor, and support of each other.”FABULOUSFABULOUS FAMILY

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Kid StuffWinter Fun at The Forge Ice Skating Shelf LEMONT–It wouldn't be the holiday season without this classic winter activity! Lace-up your skates and glide ac-ross The Forge's Ice Skating Shelf. Teleport yourself to childhood mem-ories and create new mo-ments to cherish with loved ones this winter season at The Forge. Skate rentals are included in your reservations, so you don't have to dig out yours from the back of the closet! Reservations are required to skate. Due to current COVID-19 policies to comply with the Stay At Home Advisory, private family bookings are currently the only available option for booking. www.forgeparks.comIce Castles at Lake Geneva January 2020 - February 2020 LAKE GENEVA–Built with thousands of lit-up icicles, the interactive Ice Castles display at Destination Geneva National features tricked-out tunnels, thrones, slides, and fountains. This Instagrammable ice kingdom will be yours to discover through early March, if Mother Nature allows. Winter never felt so royal! Stay at the Suites & Cottages at Geneva National -- and walk to Ice Castles! This ex-perience is weather dependent. for More Kid Stuff!Frosty Fest Red Oak Nature Center Saturday, January 30 BATAVIA–Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate winter! Families are welcome to join us at Red Oak for Frosty Fest where you can go for a snowman scavenger hunt on our snowflake trail, build your own frosty friend and enjoy seasonal snacks while warming up by the fire. Everyone 3 years and up must purchase a ticket for entry. Adults are discounted. Order tickets today! 3-6pm www.redoaknaturecenter.infoLITERARY46 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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Glancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 47by Mindy Kyle Photos SubmittedP.J. HarteNaus of Glen Ellyn/Galena Belden Boy Series Meet long-time Glen Ellyn resident, educator and author P.J. HarteNaus, who four years ago retired from 35 years of teach-ing and moved to historic Galena, home of her award-winning and anti-bullying Belden Boy Series books. “My last assignment for my Master’s Degree in Education asked us to create something educational for children,” says HarteNaus. “I was asked to help save a boarded up, 1859 one-room schoolhouse in Galena - Belden School.” This proj-ect and her bullying experiences from childhood and those of her students inspired her to write The Adventures of Peter McDugal, the first book in her unique series. The Belden Boy Series is a set of tales of the ups and downs of friendships back in the late 1800’s. Each of the books helps children understand all sides of bullying: the victim, the bully, and the bystander. Along with selling her books on Amazon and online at , HarteNaus drives the Belden Boy Book Mobile, a 1953 green Chevy farm truck named Mary Jane to schools, farmers markets, book fairs and storefronts to market her books. “Full of bales of hay, flowers and buckets of my books, Mary Jane attracts everyone!” HarteNaus also holds the Belden Boy Writing Camp each summer in the real setting of the Belden School and invites children who are interested in becoming budding authors. KNOW A LOCAL AUTHOR?  We’d Love to Meet Them! Introduce Us at editorial@glancermagazine.comLITERAARRYYlocalLITERARY LOCAL

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FAMILY DENTISTRY WITH A WIDE ARRAY OF SERVICES Valley View Dental offers a full array of general dentistry services, cosmetic dentistry, periodontal, dental implants, orthodontics proce-dures, and oral surgery. This includes Invisalign, BOOST Teeth Whitening, CEREC one-day crowns, and same-day emergency visits guaranteed. With a large staff of bi-lingual doctors and staff, on-site labs at each location, extended business and weekend hours, Valley View Dental has the ability to treat patients according to their own schedules and convenience with all Covid-19 precau-tions taken. Stop by and see why others in the community have trusted Valley View Dental for over 20 years. Located In Naperville, Montgomery & Romeoville Valley View Dental • DDEENNTTAALLHEALTH + WELLNESS48 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021 • Glancer Magazine

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SWING INTO ACTION AT SPRINGBROOK AND NAPERBROOK GOLF COURSES NAPERVILLE–Golf season will soon be here! Ladies (and gents), be sure to add Naperville’s two favorites to your list of must-play 18-hole golf courses. Come Springtime, Springbrook and Naperbrook will be ready for great weather, while offering challenging golf and the best rates, practice time on the range and relax-ation post-round on our welcoming patios with food and drinks. Tee time reserva-tions and more online. Naperville Park District’s Springbrook & Naperbrook Golf Courses BEAUTIFY & RELAX  ST. CHARLES–Let this spa help you disconnect and im-prove your health, beauty and relaxation with specialized massages, meditation, in-frared sauna, and reiki energy work. Complete your visit with a natural hair or nail treatment to feel as beautiful outside as you do inside. Tranquility Spa 113 N. 2nd Ave., St. Charles NUMBER ONE PROVIDER OF  COOLSCULPTING IN THE MIDWEST WESTERN SUBURBS–Concierge Medical Spa is a luxury medical spa with highly trained physicians, nurse practitioners and esthe-ticians offering the most comprehensive esthetic medical services. From body contouring to highly advanced future-forward restor-ative and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, our esthetic experts are some of the best in the industry. As the number one provider of Coolsculpting in the Midwest and Top 200 in the country of Al-lergan injectors, our services produce excellent results and have high client satisfaction. www.concier-RESTORATIVE YOGA & GONG  MEDITATION TOGETHER IN ONE  BATAVIA–Through holistic healing and sha-manic healing, the center offers different services from cultures around the world to bring balance and harmony to your physical and emotional planes. Find unique classes like drum circles, re-storative yoga and gong meditation here. Healing Arts Metaphysical Center 4 E. Wilson St., Suite 101, Batavia, www.healingartsmetaphysical.comFLOATING IS THE NEW CALMING TREND NAPERVILLE–Find a quiet space to just BE. Float in 10 inches of skin temperature water with 1,600 pounds of Epsom salt to keep you afloat even if you fall asleep. You have your own private Float Room and can control the un-derwater LED light and white noise. Annica Float Club, 4S100 N. IL-59, Naperville, www.floatnaperville.comHEALTH + WELLNESShheeaalltthhyy lliivviinnggGlancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 49

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GET TO KNOW IN HOME FITNESS BY VAL AND HER TALENTED TEAM  WESTERN SUBURBS–Transform your life today! In Home Fitness By Val & Team brings the workout to your home! Busy schedule? Not ready for a public gym? In Home Fitness by Val & Team provide private personalized work-outs with real results! Whether you have a home gym or not, they provide everything you need. In Home Fitness by Val, brings professionalism and fitness expertise to you. Enjoy the convienience of an in-home workout appointment. Val and her team can't wait to help you on your fitness journey! First session is FREE. In Home Fitness by Val SpotlightPhoto by Ashley SummersF I T N E S SGlancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 51

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52 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021 • Glancer MagazineTREASURE CHEST SHADOW PALETTE • $65 WHEATON–Nine sea-inspired matte to luminous shadows in serene hues for a variety of summertime looks. Palette shades include: Shell Game (matte), Waterlily (luminous), Coral Reef (matte), Warm Sands (matte), Mermaid Kisses (matte), Mystic Waters (luminous), Golden Dreams (luminous), Treasure Hunt (matte), Azure (semi-matte) Merle Norman Cosmetics 123 N Main St, Wheaton, IL 60187 (630) 668-6685 • BBEEAAUUTTYY MOM’S lile black bookMOON PUDDING BEIGE LIP BALM • $38 GENEVA–A beauty journey to the milky way of your lip dreams. Subtle spice, luxuriant moisture and an always-per-fect beige that make you feel out of this world. This formula is thoughtfully com-posed. It is paraben and pthalate free, not tested on animals and is poured into a glass, not plastic, jar. Odalisque Beauty Apothecary 101 S 3rd St, Geneva (630) 232-2070 SPRING LIP KIT • $55 NAPERVILLE–Soon, Winter will be over and we will be thinking about Spring. Don’t mis out on the perfect Spring Lip Kit by Looks Cosmetics. It includes the Dusty Pink Jumbo Lip Stick Pencil, Plumping Lip Gloss in Dainty and Luxury Matte Lipstick in Poppet Looks Cosmetics A West Suburban Business makeup/new-lip-kitsSHOPPING + STYLE

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SOCIAL BUBBLE CINEMA I think I speak for all ages when I say that it is al-ways more fun to be surrounded by your family and friends than to be in a roomful of strangers that might be kicking your seat, talking to much during the movie, running up and down the aisles, chewing their popcorn too loudly, or spoiling the movie ending. Let’s face it – we like to be with “our people” and have grown to fully appreciate them more than ever during the last nine months of living through a pandemic. As we learn to live in our new environment, I am grateful for the businesses that are adapting to provide clean, safe, and private spaces for families and friends to enjoy entertainment while maintaining a prudent social bubble. Appreciating a Bears game on the big screen, reminiscing treasured family home videos, binge watching a favorite Netflix series, or tak-ing advantage of a seeing a new release film can all be done in the privacy of your very own cinema, with your very own crew. Take pleasure in knowing you can spread out in a huge theater while appreciating your favorite drinks and select menu items with your social bubble besties. Have you ever watched a Hallmark movie and the gentleman rents out the entire theater as a surprise date for just him and his special someone? This is your chance to recreate moments you thought were only made for movies, but now you can make them your real-ity! I have created many unique memories that I never dreamed possible during this pandemic by thinking outside the box, so the Box Theater private venue option is no different! Like Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Life is what you make of it. Always has been. Al-ways will be”. OVERVIEW Hollywood Blvd. is offering never-before-seen pricing on private theater rentals as low as $99 on weekdays. Show a current DVD released film, stream from a service, view current sporting events, game, and more. A chance to enjoy a movie with friends and family in a clean, safe, and private environment. Hollywood Blvd. Cinema 1001 W. 75th Street, Woodridge (630) 427-1880 • Hours: Call for Private Rental Opportunities Price $: Varies based on Selection ABOUT THE WRITER Naperville mom Kristen Kucharski graduated from Illi-nois State University in 1992 with an International Business Degree. She has two energetic daughters and her house is always full of children. Kristen’s col-umn titled, Mom's Little Black Book, is a monthly fea-ture written for moms who are looking for ways to keep their kids busy. Read her past columns at Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 53by Kristen Kucharski Photos Submitted MOM’S lile black bookMOM’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK

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Glancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 55SHOPPING + STYLEVELVET GRACE All Things Beautiful for the New Year OSWEGO–New Year, New Hope, New Ideas. Be inspired when you peruse through the creatively displayed home decor, inspirational art, unique gifts, stylish women’s ap-parel, stunning jewelry, candles and the easy-to-use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Nestled in charming log cabins right out-side of downtown Oswego, Velvet Grace is worth the trip with TWO shops to enjoy! 4025 US 34 Oswego • (630) 636.6570 SHOP NOW BBOOUUTTIIQQUUEEBEAUTIFUL

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Glancer Magazine • JANUARY 2021 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 57SHOPPING + STYLESPECIAL EVENT Naper Settlement Wedding Showcase • January 16, 2021 NAPERVILLE–Naper Settlement’s Wedding Showcase on Janu-ary 16 features over 30 local vendors from every niche of the bri-dal industry, including photographers, florists, bakers, and more! In the historic setting of the Pre-Emption House, Meeting House, and Century Memorial Chapel, couples will have one-on-one per-sonal consultations with vendors to help them plan their big day. A 90-minute timed entry ticket is required for all guests. Tickets are available at 10-11:50AM, 12:10-1:50PM, and 2:10-4PM. Register for tickets at

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5. Massage Therapy NAPERVILLE–If you have a hectic life-style, you know that being constantly on-the-go is just part of the routine. However, taking the time for massage therapy can be a useful tool that can help you continue performing at your very best. This is due to the fact that a massage can do more than clear your con-science and ease your muscles. Massage Therapy can keep your body in tip-top shape to help you - be you! 1. Integrative Care NAPERVILLE–Integrative medicine is fo-cused on finding solutions to achieve op-timal health. This integrative, science-based approach looks at the big picture, taking into consideration the complex network of interactions in a patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. Not only is your genetic makeup taken into account, so are internal issues re-lating to your spirit and mind as well as physical, social, and environmental factors that affect overall body function. 4. Fun, Friends & Fitness programs-events/active-adults/ AURORA–Love for life and experience knows no age. If you’re 55 or older, you can connect with those who share your passion for an active lifestyle. This program at Prisco Com-munity Center offers diverse, engaging senior events and programs. So perfect!3. In-Home Fitness WESTERN SUBURBS–This team of trainers guide you though customized program-ming in your home gym (al-though a gym is not required). Working from home along with a busy life-style makes it challenging to travel to a public gym. Pretty cool!7. Healing the Hurt Massage GENEVA–Whether you are looking to relax from stress, relieve pain, or let go of tension in tight muscles, you will benefit from a session from Aire's therapeutic healing touch. Located inside of In-victus Health+Recovery on Kirk Road. Schedule a time today and start feeling fabulous!Goodbye 2020, hello 2021! With this renewed spirit and positive attitude, there is no better time than now to start feeling fabulous again! Whether you are wanting to enhance how you feel mentally or physically, or both– this month’s 7 Spectacular list invites you to get excited and engage by learning more about the local programs we have featured. Each is unique in their own way, and ready to help you achieve totaly fabulousness this January! • WESTERN SUBURBS • JANUARY 2021• Glancer MagazinePROGRAMS TO MAKE YOU FEEL FABULOUS6.4.6. Nexus Small-Group Training WHEATON & GENEVA–Nexus by definition is a means of connection between members of a group or things in a series; link; bond. To H4 the name Nexus truly defines what their small group training is all about and that is a bond and connection - some-thing we all need right now!2. Yoga for Beginners WHEATON–Take a beginner friendly yoga class. YBD 1 introduces the fundamental hatha yoga poses and incorporates them in to a basic “Vinyasa flow” with an emphasis on proper alignment and breathing techniques. Students will also receive a brief introduction of yoga philosophy and terminology in this class to further their understanding of this an-cient practice. Heated to 80° F to 85° F and complemented by great music. Namaste!

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