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2. Enjoy Chocolate & Celebrate 19 Years DOWNTOWN WHEATON–Grahams second location in Wheaton was first opened in June of 2000 and serves as a quaint little retail shop and adds to the uniqueness that is downtown Wheaton. Homemade candies, ice cream and fudge are just a few of the yummy treats found here. Visit today to try a something fun! Graham’s Chocolates other lo-cation is in Geneva. 119 W Front St Wheaton. SUMMER 20205 Things to Do1. Treat Yourself to Flowers WHEATON– When only the most beautiful will do, head to Andrew's Garden in Wheaton. Reminis-cent of the finest flower shops in Paris and London, Andrew’s Garden is a European-style, full-service floral and fine gift shop, specializing in couture designs for wed-dings and events and more. Stop in the shop and choose a single special bloom or a vased arrangement for the evening’s dinner party. 131 West Wesley, Wheaton4. 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 specializes in full service remodeling. The kitchen and bath displays are in-teractive, 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 • 3. Support Local WEST SUBURBAN CHICAGO As Gov. JB Pritzker announced Phase 4 of his Restore Illinois Plan, busi-nesses and restaurants throughout the western suburbs felt some re-lief. But with capacity require-ments still in place and many residents not venturing out due to COVID-19, things are still very hard for local businesses. We encourage you to support these businesses as much as possible via take out or delivery, or online shopping. If you do visit a shop or restaurant, please follow psoted safety guidelines. #inthistogether #covid19 5. Enjoy a Polo Match OAK BROOK–For 2020, Polo fans can expect more adrenaline-fueled matches be-tween some of the world’s best players from neighboring teams and abroad. This summer marks Oak Brook Polo’s 98th season as one of the nation's oldest polo clubs in operation today and the fourth oldest sports property in Chicago. July matches in-clude July 12, Butler Challenge Cup – Chukkers for Charity and July 26, Oak Brook Polo Open – Village Appareciation Glancer Magazine • JULY 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 9

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COVER STORY10 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JULY 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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Awesome Auntby Kristen Kucharski Photos SubmittedIt’s been said that only aunts can love you like a mother, keep secrets like a sister, and share in the joys like a true friend. Family is very important to Katie. She grew up with two very special Aunts in her life and had the pleasure to travel to different places with both; Katie hopes to carry on the travel experiences with her niece and nephews, Caiden (12) and newly born twins, Ellie and Benjamin. Starting local, Katie has already traveled to Chicago with her nephew Caiden and treasures the memory of their experience at the SafeHouse when they worked together investigating secret passageways and in-teractive spy gadgets throughout the restaurant. She thoroughly en-joyed witnessing the crowning moment when Caiden figured out the secret passcode for their escape. Not that she is biased or anything, but she thinks he is perhaps the smartness and most handsome kid in town! Katie is looking forward to sharing similar experiences with Ellie & Benny as they get older. Regardless of how busy work gets for Katie, locating temporary housing for policyholders that have been displaced on an insurance claim, she always finds time for family, friends, and volunteering as the Marketing Chair for the Eyes to the Skies Festival in Lisle. Even dur-ing quarantine, she carved out virtual time to engage with her nephew via word games over texts, Zoom calls, and as the weather got warmer, a few outdoor social distance gatherings. Once things return to normal, she looks forward to taking her niece and nephews to the beach, the pool, get-a-ways to Lake Geneva and White-water Lake, and looks forward to planning more family outings and va-cations, with Italy being at the top of her list! Being an Aunt has become Katie’s favorite role in life, but she still man-dates four basic rules: 1. Bedtime is WHENEVER 2. The Answer is always YES 3. I will always have your back 4. Hugs are MANDATORYMeet Katie Palombit of Lisle/Algonquin12 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JULY 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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Summer is here and it’s time to treat yourself to some local din-ing and cocktail delights. Here’s a fun list to help get you started. Bon appetit! SUSHI DONE RIGHT NAPERVILLE–Part of a fun sushi dining experience is the at-mosphere, right? You'll be excited to know that indoor seating is now open in many Water Street Naperville restaurants, in-cluding one or your favorite local sushi hot spots. Blue Sushi Sake Grill offers patio seating on Foyo Plaza and overlooking the Riverwalk, as well as indoor seating along the windows overlooking the patio. Blue Sushi also recommends reservations, for lunch or dinner, either online or by phone, and will continue curbside take-out. Photo by Blue Sushi Sake Grill Located on Water Street in Downtown Naperville DINING & COCKTAILSWEST SUBURBAN DININGDININGDINING + COCKTAILS14 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JULY 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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10 TREND #1 | Alter Brewing & Kitchen NEW ALONG THE FOX WITH EXPANSIVE OUTDOOR DINING AREA ST. CHARLES–Alter Brewing + Kitchen is the second location for Alter Brewing, and their first full-service restaurant. It’s nestled in beautiful downtown St. Charles along the Fox River, and right on Main St. (so you can’t miss it!). In ad-dition to their new food offerings, they have a 10-barrel brew house, 16 taps, pri-vate dining room event space, and an awesome all-seasons patio with a container bar. 12 S. First Street, St. Charles. TREND #2 | 302 Wheaton ADDED TO A VARIETY OF OUTDOOR DINING OPTIONS WHEATON–302 Wheaton and restaurants across town, including all along Hale Street, welcomed outdoor dining on May 29. 302 was created with a vision for a destination where family and friends could share in fellowship over a meal, game and great craft beer. The outdoor patio is loved by many. 302 W. Front Street, Wheaton. TRENDSIn West Suburban Outdoor Dining10 TRENDS 2020Downtown WheatonAlter Brewing St. Charles16 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JULY 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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TREND #3 | Another Round CHEERS! JUST ONE BLOCK FROM TRAIN STATION DOWNERS GROVE–Another Round is one of west suburban Chi-cago’s premiere sports bar featuring 2 bars, a couch area and a beer garden/patio that has fast become a local hot spot in outdoor dining. Guests love the full menu that is available late night. 5141 Main Street, Downers Grove TREND #4 | Blue Seas Saki Grill OUTDOOR DINING OVERLOOKING THE DUPAGE RIVER NAPERVILLE–Blue Sushi Sake Grill offers patio seating on Foyo Plaza and overlooking the Riverwalk, as well as indoor seating along the windows overlooking the patio. Blue Sushi also recommends re-servations, for lunch or dinner, either online or by phone, and will con-tinue curbside take-out. Located on Water Street in Downtown Naperville. TREND #5 | The Hen House A BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR PATIO  WHEATON–The Hen House of Wheaton restaurant and coffee bar is family owned, focusing on a more decadent but healthy alter-native to your average breakfast/lunch restaurants. You’ll feel re-laxed in this Urban Farmhouse setting with a beautiful outdoor patio to enjoy all summer long. The full-service Coffee Bar showcases classic Lavazza espresso inspired beverages, served hot or cold. Also serving signature alcoholic drinks such as thir Bloody Mary and seasonal selection of Mimosas. 1060 College Avenue, Wheaton TREND #6 | R. Urban Wine Bar HERE'S WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT HERE LISLE–R. Urban Wine Bar & Cafe is loved by pizza and wine lovers throughout the western suburbs. Located in downtown Lisle, they serve high-quality brick oven pizzas, a varietal of wines from around the world, along with a full bar and small bites in a trendy, comfort-able atmosphere. Outdoor seating is set up for you to enjoy! 4738 Main St., Lisle. TREND #7 | Potter’s Place ALWAYS HAPPENING. ALWAYS FUN. NAPERVILLE–If you haven’t already, you’ll for sure fall in love with this Downtown Naperville hot spot that’s always trending come sum-mertime. This local Mexican cantina has the largest outdoor patio in downtown Naperville and features daily live entertainment with an upscale martini lounge located upstairs called Two-Nine. TREND #8 | Bar Evolution RELAX & ENJOY APPETIZERS, COCKTAILS & LIVE MUSIC BATAVIA–Bar Evolution has fast become one of Kane COunty’s hot-test outdoor patios offering a limite outdoor menu currently to in-clude cockatils such as Grapefruit Cosmo and the Blackberry Hopper, along with appetizers such as Buffalo Chicken Dip and Chicken Fajita Flatbread. Enjoy a casual adult atmosphere, live music and tasty bites. 27 N. River Street, Batavia. TREND #9 | Craft Urban FOOD. COCKTAILS. LOCAL. GENEVA–Voted Best New Restaurant KANE County 2018, Craft Urban Kitchen sources local ingredients that are treated to creative New American preparations at this stylish Geneva retreat, where dishes are matched with suggested cocktail pairings. The outdoor dining area has been a wonderful place for residents to visit this summmer. 211 James Street, Geneva. TREND #10 | Eden on the River SITUATED ALONG THE BEAUTIFUL FOX RIVER ST. CHARLES–In sharing their love of the Mediterranean’s delicious flavors, the owners of Eden on the River use wholesome ing-redients, and bright spices. All dishes are made from scratch, using the freshest of ingredients that truly speak to the simplicity, intensity, and richness of the Mediterranean culture. They also feature world-class wine, beer and spirits program served in a chic but relaxed ambience. Eden on the River is situated along the Fox River with a beautiful outdoor dining area like no other. www.edenstcharles.comAnother Round, Downers GroveEden on the River, St. CharlesGlancer Magazine • JULY 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 17

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CELEBRATING LOCALThe community never sleeps for Essential Workers. They’re the people working in hospitals and grocery stores, on farms and in meatpacking plants. They’re keeping public transit, shipping and utilities running; as well as sanitizing and disinfecting our places of business. They are our local heroes.Glancer Magazine • JULY 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 23

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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 be-lieves 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 Penny O’Bien24 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JULY 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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MILLION DOLLAR listingCentral Park Place Naperville: Luxury Condos are located in the heart of downtown Naperville. This unique project incorporates the original Nichols Library building in its existing location on the site. The new building is designed to compliment the original architec-ture of the Library. The building boasts an exclusive rooftop terrace/deck for residents. Each unit has a pri-vate terrace and two underground parking spots. Only 17 total units total, Phase 1 is SOLD OUT.$1,200,000 3bed • 3.5 bath • 2,858sqft 110 S Washington St., Unit 303 Downtown Naperville (773) 750-9535 Presented by: Katherine Minott Brokered by: john greene REALTORREAL ESTATE26 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JULY 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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REAL ESTATECity Feel. Suburban Appeal. Unit 206 is an end unit featuring 3 bedrooms plus a study, 3.5 baths, a great room, kitchen/dinette and laun-dry room. The city living you desire perfectly situated at the center of Naperville.Glancer Magazine • JULY 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 27

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To Give, To InspireCARING + SHARINGA Monthly Caring + Sharing Column28 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JULY 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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As hundreds of people peacefully rallied in many of our communities following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, vandals and looters also took to the streets wreaking havoc on several busi-nesses in our downtown areas. Aurora was one of the towns that was hit hard with the violence, and some small business owners, like Maria de los Angeles Saltijeral who owns I of the Angeles, found themselves protecting their stores with baseball bats and boards on their windows. Early the next morning, volunteer clean-up crews were busy clearing away debris and broken glass, showing their support of their community. By the time opening business hours arrived, all was cleared away, but many of the stores’ windows remained boarded. Then came the beautifiers. “It all started with a call from Sherwin-Williams offering to donate mistinted paint and some paint supplies,” says Jen Evans, Public Art Director of Aurora Public Art Com-mission. “Then Home Depot donated plywood, and the donations started coming in from everywhere.” A call went out on social media to reach out to as many artists as possible for help in painting pictures of hope, beauty and community on the boarded-up windows. “We had so many artists come down that there were more artists than walls,” says Jen. “The compilation of artists from town with all different backgrounds has been beautiful.” One of the volunteer artists, Gin Ingram and her daugh-ter, Nadia, based their painting off of the theme “Love 1 Another”, found in many of Prince’s songs. Another volunteer, Cherilynn Gnadt, wanted to depict a community coming from darkness to grow stronger and filled it with cocoons bursting into color. Regarding the artwork, Maria ex-plained, “It took me out of a dark place. You focus so much on the negative, and it drains your energy. When you find how caring others can be, it fills you back up.” Mary Garcia, her neighboring business owner that runs My Daughter’s Dress, said the efforts brought her to her knees in tears of joy. “Hon-estly, it made me feel like I was not alone, and this com-munity is going to be here for me every single step of the way.” And what will happen with all this beautiful art when it comes down? There are no concrete plans, but Jen’s hope is they will be able to collect the boards and hire local artists to put it all together as a permanent sculp-ture somewhere in the city. Watching these com-munities coming together as one, reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Ernest Hemingway that cur-rently hangs in my writing office, “We are all broken; that’s how the light gets in.” 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 Chi-cago’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 the Aurora Public Art Commission Helped Keep Aurora Positive CARING + SHARINGGlancer Magazine • JULY 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 29

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FAMILY DENTISTRY WITH A WIDE ARRAY OF SERVICES Valley View Dental offers an array of general and cos-metic dentistry, periodontal, dental implants, oral surgery, and orthodontic procedures, including traditional braces, Invisalign, teeth whitening, 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 Den-tal 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 al-most 20 years. Located In Naperville, Montgomery & Romeoville. Valley View Dental DENTALHEALTH + WELLNESS30 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JULY 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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HEALTH + WELLNESSCONTINUING TO CARE FOR YOU Keeping your family well is your top priority right now and at DuPage Medical Group, it's theirs too. They recognize that your healthcare needs don’t disappear during a pandemic like this, which is why they're continuing to serve their patients safely at their clinics and through virtual visits. Whether you need primary or specialty care, you can connect with your physician securely on your mobile device or computer through the MyDMG Health app. Visit face-to-face with a provider via video visit, message with a physician over e-Visit or schedule your next in-office appointment online, all from the comfort of home. Take care of your family’s healthcare to-do list today at 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. YOGA & GONG  MEDITATION TOGETHER IN ONE  BATAVIA–Through holistic healing and shamanic healing, the center offers differ-ent services from cultures around the world to bring balance and harmony to your physical and emotional planes. Find unique classes like drum circles, restorative 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 pri-vate Float Room and can control the underwater LED light and white noise. Annica Float Club, 4S100 N. IL-59, Naperville, www.floatnaperville.comhealthy livingGlancer Magazine • JULY 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 31

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HEALTH + 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. • WESTERN SUBURBS • JULY 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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Kid StuffStay Connected NAPERVILLE–Let DuPage Children’s Museum be your go-to resource for helpful in-formation on child devel-opment, caregiver support, and fun learning opportuni-ties including Museum tried-and-tested, hands-on activities that can be done at home. Explore the power of play through a variety of channels; follow the Museum on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. We miss seeing everyone. Please share with us what you’ve been doing to keep busy. Let’s con-nect! (630) 637-8000 • Frontier Kite Fly Festival • August 30 NAPERVILLE–Join the Naperville Park District, KidsMatter and The Branch Naperville Moms for the Frontier Kite Fly Festival on Sunday, August 30 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm at Frontier Sports Complex. This free event is filled with activities for the whole family! Watch gigantic kites perform exciting stunts, have fun with kids' activities, witness the annual police and fire department obstacle race, enjoy live music and entertainment and much more. www.napervilleparks.orgLet’s Talk About Cats! Let’s talk about cats! On July 6, Anderson Animal Shelter invites kids to learn all about cat body language and how cats communicate with us! Children ages 6-8 can sign up to join in at 11 am and kids age 9-12 can join in at 2 pm. For more information about all of our virtual camp ses-sions and to register: Click for More Kid Stuff!38 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JULY 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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DUPAGE LIVINGA Willow & MapleFairies are a Family Affair NAPERVILLE–Adam Chasen and Jen Ullrich live in Naperville with their four kids, three dogs, an ugly frog, and a huge tank of fish. A blended family, Jen has a 13-year-old daughter (Emma) and Adam has a 13-year-old son (Max) and twin 15-year-old daughters (Bella and Amelia). Their Naperville home was built in 1958 by the builder Don Tosi. Tosi built many mid-century modern homes in the area and they fell in love with theirs and moved in about six years ago. As kids, the two both had a passion for the Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute and have loved miniatures ever since. They began their own creative adventure starting with a miniature version of their house that they called 125 1/8 and have been expanding the fairyland adventure for several years. The in-stallation has drawn hundreds of visitors to their home at the corner of Willow and Maple Lane just south of downtown Naperville. If you come by around dusk, you can see inside of the stores thanks to Adam’s custom lighting fixtures that illuminate everything from the pathway to the diner to the MetroGnome music store. Adam built everything by hand including most of the interior pieces. Jen says he is an absolute genius creator and maker - he carves, molds, electrifies, welds - he does it all - the water features, every-thing. He even hand-cast the cement blocks used to build the light-house. Adam's background is construction, and he built restaurants in Chicago and homes in the Gold Coast and on the North Shore. He is an expert in design/build and applies all that knowledge to the small scale too. The entire family comes up with ideas and Adam makes them real. “Every piece takes a ton of hours and skill. He loves to do it. It makes us both really happy to be able to do something fun for the neighbor-hood,” Jen shares. “We have visitors from all over the area and people walk by or ride by on their bikes and yell all kinds of nice compli-ments. It brings us a lot of joy.” Visitors of all ages enjoy the fairyland, leaving be-hind nice tokens and letters, including from a woman who had traveled to Ireland and brought back the mushrooms that are now in the fairy lawn. Another neighbor's young son wrote tiny little letters that are now inside the music store. Inside Wings and Things, the first store in Fairyland, are things from Jen’s child-hood collected from her Great Grandma Emma. The most recent addition to the fairy stores includes little paper hearts with BLM added to the store windows. Working in Human Resources at Edward-Elmhurst Health, Jen has a heart with an eye for community focus. She also extends that passion to teaching in the Bridge Communities job readiness pro-gram. Jen and Adam look forward to sharing the joys of their Fairy-land with the entire community. If you visit, please stay on the sidewalk and be careful. Keep Fairy-land around for everyone to enjoy.-Kristen KucharskiSOMETHING DIFFERENTGlancer Magazine • JULY 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 43

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One Big Happy Meet the Krake Family of Oswego OSWEGO–With seven (7) kids there are never really any typical days for the Krake family of Os-wego. According to Lindsey (mom), “It’s con-trolled chaos - some days more control, some days more chaos; but, always fun.” While David (dad) works as an accountant, Lind-sey is a stay at home mom who keeps everyone going in the right directions at the right times! David (18) will be going to college to study cinematography in the Fall, leaving Lindsey and David to manage the other six schedules through Oswego Community School activities, partici-pation in various programs at Community Christian Church in Nap-erville and Harvest New Beginnings Church in Oswego where Brendan (17) also plays in the church band; the multitude of Tae Kwon Do sessions; robotics competitions for Alyssa (15); and cre-ative play and art projects with Alli (9), Chloe (8), Emma (6), and Coen (4). Grounding their family in the core belief of working hard, having fun, and helping others, the Krake family feels lucky to have so many people they can count on for love and support. Growingup in the western suburbs and living across the world from Kobe, Japan to Milwaukee, WI, and back to Oswego, IL again, the Krake’s value the gift of giving back to local and global charities and strongly encourage others to donate time or money to help others stay healthy and safe. Always enjoying outdoor activities, the family recently took advantage of an im-promptu photo shoot that included custom t-shirts identifying the timeline of the family’s progression: Mom and Dad of course are the ‘Executive Producers’ ....David, as the first child, is ‘The Original’ ....Brendan, up next is ‘The Remix’ ....Alyssa, the first daughter, brought ‘A Fresh New Beat’ ....Alli, as the second girl, is ‘Remastered’ ....Chloe is their ‘Mix Tape’ ....Emma is the ‘Encore’ ....and Coen closes out the show as the ‘Mic Drop’ The daily production of life with the Krake’s requires everyone to do their part. Lots of planning, scripting, storyboarding, and ev-erything in between to create the final master copy. by Kristen Kucharski Photo SubmittedFABULOUSfamilyKENDALL LIVING44 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JULY 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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KENDALL LIVINGA VIRTUAL FAMILY DANCE PARTY Sat, July 18 • 6-7pm • $15/Family ZOOM EVENT–You’re invited to an Under the Sea Family Dance Party hosted by your favorite mermaid! Be part of her world as you join Ariel in this hour-long virtual event filled with dancing, activities and raffles the whole family will enjoy! All ages are welcome at this interactive Zoom! event. Each family will receive a mailed invitation from Ariel and parents will receive additional activities to pair with the dance to enhance the experience all from home! Please note, registra-tions that are taken after July 10 are not guaranteed to receive the mailed invitation. Register today KIDS GO WILD FORT BUILDING July 7 or 9 • 9am-12pm OSWEGO–The Little Rascals have nothing on these builders! Kids Go Wild heads to Waa Kee Sha to build forts using wood, hammers, nails, blankets, and duct tape. It’s a morning of learning skills to match their imagination as kids create and con-struct. Kids should bring: a hammer, safety glasses, and a sack lunch. How fun! Hosted by Oswegoland Park District. For ages 7-14. Visit to register.SUMMER READING 2020 Running through August 1 OSWEGO–Have you signed up for Summer Reading? It is easy, just log on to your Beanstack account with Os-wego Public Library and register. There are lots of easy challenges for the kids to complete. Sign up the whole family. Read. Investigate. Discover. Perfect for children, adults and young adults, too. Your Kendall Living News to editorial@glancermagazine.comGlancer Magazine • JULY 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 45

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St. Charles Park District Garage Sale Fundraiser • July 24-25 • 8am-4pm ST. CHARLES–Got stuff? Got stuff you don’t want? Get rid of it with the help of the St. Charles Park District’s Community Garage Sale. Not only do you clean up while cleaning out, the 2-day event helps raise funds for the park district’s popular teen center, STC Underground. Held on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 from 8am to 4pm, the sky’s the limit when it comes to what goes. Un-cram those closets and de-clutter that den! You keep all the profits from your sale while the proceeds of the registration fees help support STC Underground’s dynamic roster of pro-grams and activities for all middle and high school students, ages 11 to 19, residing within School District 303’s boundaries. Registration fees ($20 Early Bird Rate effective until July 17; $30 from July 18-22) entitle each participant to have their address listed in the event pro-motion guide, which is distributed throughout the community and viewable online. Sellers also receive a promotion kit that includes attention-getting yard signs and balloons. Ads in local and Chicagoland newspapers also help drive buyers to the event, which included more than 100 homes last year. Participants may pick up their information packet, yard sign and bal-loon at the STC Underground on Thursday, July 23 between 1 and 9pm. For more information, contact the STC Underground at (630) 513-4321 or KANE LIVINGSUPPORT STUDENTS IN District 303 through STC Underground 46 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JULY 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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GET TO KNOW V FUSION STUDIO  GENEVA–V Fusion Studio trainers (pictued above) take con-sideration to increase your quality of life when creating classes - and now also virtually (join facebook page). Local area owner, Rachel Kowal, is currently pursuing her master’s degree in exercise physiology, and she bases all classes in the latest research. The current schedule has a variety of ef-fective, fun, and unique classes. V fusion will improve your core strength, endurance, and physique safely so you “train for life” with this popular fitness studio. You’re invited to come out and see why so many love it! Enjoy 30-days of unlimited classes for just $95 or try one week for FREE when you men-tion Glancer Magazine. V Fusion Studio, 129 W State, Geneva, www.vfusionstudio.comJOIN TODAY! www.vfusionstudio.comQuality of LifeGlancer Magazine • JULY 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 51

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TRENDY TRAVELERTrendY TravelerTRENDY TRAVELERIf you’re looking for a uniquely splendid trip with memories to last a lifetime, we have just the place. Complete with wordly tradition, mod-ern sophistication and exquisite service– this historical gift is located on Mackinac Island in upper Michigan. Introducing Grand Hotel. Since 1887 Grand Hotel beckons guests to a bygone era of old-world hospitality and charm. Experience the tradition of Afternoon Tea in the Parlor, dressing up for dinner, nightly dancing to the sounds of the Grand Hotel Orchestra, and sitting in a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch with views of the Straits of Mackinac. This National Historic Landmark has always embraced its rich history, while keeping up with current times. That means today, guests enjoy modern amenities while the hotel’s origi-nal architecture and charm have been tastefully preserved. Contributing greatly to the hotel’s ambiance is the relaxed atmosphere of Mackinac Island, where cars are not allowed and the horse and carriage and bicycle are favored modes of transportation. 397 Rooms and No Two Are the Same Grand Hotel’s design has been influenced by esteemed in-terior designer, Carleton Varney of Dorothy Draper & Co. Each of the hotel’s 397 guest rooms feature their own unique style and theme. Pictured here is the Musser Suite which was named after The Musser Family. From 1933 through 2019, the Musser family has preserved the history and tradition of Grand Hotel, thoughtfully improving the grand experience of every guest for over 85 years. In Oc-tober 2019 a new chapter began for Grand Hotel as Pivot Hotel and Resorts, the luxury division of Davidson Hotels & Resorts took over the management for owner, KSL Cap-ital Partners. Grand Hotel on Michigan’s Mackinac Island50 • WESTERN SUBURBS • JULY 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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TRENDY TRAVELERGrand Hotel is known for its named rooms. These unique guest rooms reflect the lives of several U.S. Presidents and First Ladies, various historical time periods, decorating styles, and prominent historical figures and events. The decor of each of the Named Rooms has been influenced by interior designer Carleton Varney and features an individual thematic design, furnishings and ambiance. Our favorite named rooms are the First Lady Rooms that are decorated to reflect each First Lady’s personality with unique colors, decor and memorabilia, with the Jacqueline Kennedy Suite whch is truly stunning. You can take a virtual tour of the Laura Bush Suite and the Lady Bird Johnson Suite online at the hotel’s website. Rich In History Grand Hotel has immense historical signifgance dating back to 1886 when Mackinac Island became a summer getaway with limited accommodations. Land was purchased by the Mackinac Island Hotel Company which was formed by The Michigan Central Railroad, Grand Rapids and Indiana Rail-road, and Detroit and Cleveland Steamship Navigation Company. A complete timeline following the construction of Grand Hotel can be found online. It is truly an amazing com-pilation of all that makes this hotel what it is today. A Top Destination for Families Thanks to many activities , the readers of Travel + Leisure Family magazine rate Grand Hotel as one of the 10 kid-friendliest resorts in the U.S. and Canada. Grand Hotel was also recognized as a top resort in the family category in the 2015 Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. A Distinctive Destination America’s True Grand Hotel was named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as One of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Grand Hotel has also received a number of distinguished awards: view the list. If you’re looking for the perfect summer getaway, we invite you to Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island for the trip of a life-time. Grand Hotel is rich in history, a place where time moves at the pace of horse-drawn carriages and bicycles. You will never forget the spectacular views from a rocking chair overlooking the Straits of Mackinac from the world’s longest porch. For more details, visit www.grandhotel.comGlancer Magazine • JULY 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 51

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