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PUBLISHER Glancer Magazine Inc PUBLISHINGDIRECTOR LindyKleivo Sales Marketing Founder EDITORIAL Kristen Kucharski Columnist Writer Mindy Kyle Columnist Writer Brianna Bartemeyer Features Writer PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Catuara Event Photographer Ruta Drulia Feature Photographer Laura Ramirez Nunez Feature Photographer CONTACTUS EDITORIAL Press Releases Community News Events editorial glancermagazine com ADVERTISING Digital Advertising Local Marketing Solutions advertising glancermagazine com SUBSCRIPTIONS Monthly Download Daily Digital www glancermagazine com Glancer Magazine highlighting the best of DuPage Kane Kendall Counties is produced by Glancer Magazine Inc Glancer Magazine GlancerMagazine com You ve Been Glanced and the Glancer logo are registered trademarks of Glancer Magazine Inc All rights reserved Magazine reproduction in whole or in part is strictly prohibited TABLE OF CONTENTS JULY 2023 JULY 2023 Vol 17 Issue 211 MIDSUMMERBLISS Girls This issue is about savoring summer and enjoying the many unique and exciting things that are happening throughout the western suburbs before the warmweather escapes us Featuring local girls of summer fun shopping dining events girl time trends glitter glam and more Subscribe for daily weekly and monthly updates at www GlancerMagazine com Copyright 2023 All Rights Reserved Glancer Magazine Inc MIDSUMMER BLISS JULY 2023 Savoring Summer Before It Escapes Us 5 Hello From Glancer Magazine Girls This issue is about savoring summer and enjoying the 7 Scene Around Suburbia in Downers Grove many unique and exciting things that are happening 9 5 Things to Do throughout the western suburbs before the warm weather 10 10 Trends In Girl Time Hot Spots escapes us We all love fall but for now it s still all about summer so we invite you and your favorite besties to have some midsummer fun with all that s featured on our pages this month from fun shopping dining events and girl time trends to where to find glitter glam and more You ll love getting to know a few local faces who share their love for their community in our cover story Girls of Summer Plus enjoy summer glitter and glam with this month s 7 Spectacular list and so much more 12 Cover Girls of Summer 20 Dining Cocktails Bar Chido More 22 Unique in Suburbia Kimmer s Ice Cream 21 Trendy Traveler Beverly Hills Hotel 26 Kitchen Beautiful Realtor Shares New Kitchen 28 Million Dollar Listing Tanglewood Hills Batavia 30 Literary Local Pat Camalliere ofLemont 31 Bliss 2023 WeddingGuide 43 Shop Gallery Featuring the Hottest Shops 57 On Stage Beauty the Beast at Navy Pier 59 Kitchen Design Meet Catherine Sanzeri 60 New In Town SweetGreen in Naperville 64 Realtor Elite Meet Debbie Lendino 66 Kid Stuff Harry Potter Event and More 68 Community Living Not to Miss Events Lindy Kleivo Founder and Publishing Director Lindy is Pictured at The Last Fling in 2019 with Mike Catuara Event Photographer for Glancer Magazine 80 Moms Little Black Book Plainfield River Tubing 82 Women Inspired Meet Chun Mei Chen 92 7 Spectacular Places for Glitter Glam www glancermagazine com Glancer Magazine JUNE 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 5

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YOU VE BEEN GLANCED scenearound suburbia VIEWCOMPLETEALBUMONLINE AT GLANCERMAGAZINE COM Downtown Downers Grove Farmers Market June 17 DOWNERSGROVE We had fun The market s 2023 season features live music and over 60 vendors offering fresh produce artisanal goods sweets and other creations Presented by the Indian Boundary YMCA providing educational and recreational opportunities for local kids and teens Held Saturdays from 7am 12 30pm through October 14 Photos by Mike Catuara 6 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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JULY 2023 5 Things to Do 2 Picnic In the Park POTTAWATOMIEPARK ST CHARLES Plan a fun day in the park with family and friends Enjoy all that this beautiful St Charles Park has to offer Make new memories with a unique variety of things to do Pottawatomie Golf Course Swanson Swimming Pool River View Miniature Golf Paddlewheel Riverboats Picnic Pavilion Rental and more www stcparks org location pottawatomie park 1 Naperville Ale Fest SUMMEREDITION JULY 8 NAPERVILLE Featuring over 150 unique craft beers and some of the area s favorite food trucks Situated on the grounds of the Naper Settlement with downtown Naperville as a backdrop it s the ideal setting to experience craft beer www napervillealefest com 4 Very Berry Summer Fest ATTHENAPERVILLE FARMER SMARKET JULY 9 NAPERVILLE If you love berries you won t want to miss this extra fun event on July 9 where you ll find berries GALORE Also be sure to visit fromJune through November you can shop 50 vendors every Saturday 7am12pm Located a Fifth Avenue Station 200 East 5th Ave in Naperville www napervillefarmersmarket com 3 Peach Festival at Windy Acres JUNE 8 9 15 16 GENEVA Enjoy all things peach Fresh peaches peach cobbler peachy Slu shies lunch at the grill peach beverages silo lounge and outdoor seating live entertainment family attractions peach pie peach jam farmers market shopping donuts apple cider donuts peach tarts peach ice cream bakery candy shop peach desserts tons of activities and more www windyacres farmstand com 5 Yoga and Beer JULY12 7 8pm TOWNSQUARE WHEATON Enjoy Free Yoga and Beer classes on Center Green at Townsquare in Wheaton Show your best downward facing dog Spend a beautiful summer evening under the stars taking a complimentary yoga class with Megan Aurich from Hot Worx All you need to do is bring your mat and after class grab a refreshing beer from 302 South What a perfect way to end the day Classes will be held at 7pm on July 12 and August 9 www townsquarewheaton com Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 9

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10 TRENDS 10 Midsummer Girl Time Hot Spots TRENDS Summer Is In Full Swing Enjoy Every Moment Enjoy the sunshine and long summer days at these unique hot spots that will have you and your besties relishing in the very best of summer fun this season 10 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine 1 Tuesday Night Markets AURORA Tuesday Night Markets will be held outdoors in the Fox Yard from 4 p m to 8 p m excluding July 4th Attendees can shop at 40 different vendors including local crafters and artisans bakers selling kettle corn funnel cakes and a beer tent with live music from 6 p m to 8 p m Children s activities include balloon twisting activity stations face painting and a bounce house www shopfoxvalleymall com events 2 Gardener s Art Festival NAPERVILLE The Gardener s Art Fest features one of a kind art from 25 local makers and artists as you stroll under the trees and listen to live music at The Growing Place in Naperville on July 8th at 10 a m In addition to shopping you can also enjoy learning about Forest Bathing Biophilic Design for the Home Plein Air Painting and fresh made to order pizzas www thegrowingplace com events gardeners art fest a breath of plein air

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10 TRENDS 3 Wine Down Wednesdays ST CHARLES Bring your favorite bottle of wine to relax and unwind with a smooth riverboat ride on July 19th and August 16th on the St Charles Paddlewheel River Boat Enjoy live music from local artists and the picturesque scenery along the Fox River Visit the Wine Exchange prior to the cruise and receive 10 off a bottle of wine by showing your boarding pass www stcriverboats com 4 Sidewalk Sale DOWNERSGROVE Join downtown Downers Grove businesses for the annual sidewalk sale on July 20th starting at 10 a m through July 22nd at 5 p m Shop the best of boutiques and stop for lunch al fresco www downtowndg org event downtown downers grovesidewalk sale 5 Unique Tent Dining WHEATON The Innovator Hale Street Tents return for another spectacular summer of outdoor dining live music and fun This months long event has become a community favorite attracting thousands of diners each year With live music throughout the summer the Hale Street Tents are a Downtown Wheaton destination not to be missed this summer www downtownwheaton com 2023 innovator hale street tents 6 Art Fair GENEVA For over 20 years the juried Geneva Arts Fair has risen in attendance and notoriety The fine arts show showcases fine artisans from around the country in a host of mediums from 10 a m to 5 p m from July 29 through July 30th Historic downtown Geneva serves as a picturesque backdrop for the outdoor fine arts show on Third Street in Geneva www genevachamber com events arts fair 7 Glamping CHICAGO The Gwen offers the city s first urban glamping experience perched on the 16th floor of the landmark McGraw Hill building The Gwen Lux Suite Terrace has picturesque views and boasts an expansive Lotus Belle tent measuring 16 feet in diameter featuring an eclectic bohemian aesthetic lavish furnishings a braided Indian jute rug with a Black Pearl bed as the centerpiece www thegwenchicago com accommodations glamping 8 Friends Trivia WINFIELD Gather all your friends and come out to Friends Trivia Night at Caliendo s Restaurant Bar July 16 6 p m to 10 p m Enjoy a night of entertainment while appreciating your favorite Italian food cravings from the scratch kitchen Unwind with a cold one or sip on something from the extensive beverage menu featuring signature martinis specialty cocktails and more www caliendos com 9 Sips of Summer A Cocktail Experience NAPERVILLE Celebrate the 90th anniversary of the end of prohibition with this year s Sips of Summer Cocktail Experience at Morton s Steakhouse on July 21st Get your tickets to enjoy four exquisitely crafted cocktails expertly paired with unique dishes all the while immersed in an ambiance inspired by the prohibition era www mortons com event sips of summer 10 Artisan Market YORKVILLE Don t miss the 2023 Market Season where local artisans and makers are spotlighted Open air markets bring back the best of summer and the excitement of finding a unique one of akind or hand made treasure Market hours are 10 a m to 2 p m starting July 8th at Viva La Funny www vivalafunny com pages artisan market Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 11

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COVER STORY Passionate Hardworking and Dedicated to their Profession by Kristen Kucharski Photos by RutaDrulia and Laura Ramirez Nunez 12 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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COVER STORY LaurettaliQsuleelette Primarily a stay at home mom to four kids 11 9 7 and 3 37 year old Lauretta appreciated the drinks food and atmosphere of rare date nights with her husband at R Urban Wine Bar in Lisle that she decided to work there She loves serving and adores her coworkers who support each other both personally and professionally Lauretta is also completely obsessed with the menu items at R Urban such as the crispy seasoned Brussels sprouts and pizza pollo with handmade dough Our Aperol spritz is extremely popular this summer Lauretta says I m also big on margaritas and we have a delicious spicy and skinny marg but of course being a wine bar our summer and ros flights are absolutely perfect for sipping on the patio Friendly honest and ambitious Lauretta has expanded her horizons to also include private bartending with her new mobile bar The Revel Ride And when she has free time she enjoys live music at other local establishments such as Evviva Piazza Bubblehouse Brewing Company or Basecamp I don t think I will ever leave this industry she shares Even with the craziness of four kids I love being able to get out of the house and meet new people My aunt once told me The days are long but the years are short and it is so true in every aspect so I try and take it all in and enjoy it all Kristen Kucharski Photos by Ruta Drulia Photography Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 13

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COVER STORY Natalie Allison glen ellyn WHEATON GLEN ELLYN ELMHURST Natalie Drake Allison Ohlander are sisters who continue to thrive in the marketplace Natalie graduated with a degree in fashion merchandise and tapped into her hands on experiences to catapult the dream shared with her sister Allison for owning a business together Their love for fashion and new trends prompted the opening of Blonde Boutique in Glen Ellyn in June 2017 now located at 498 Crescent Blvd The larger space allows us to showcase our extensive collection and create a memorable shopping experience for our customers of all ages Natalie says We carry the latest summer trends dresses of all types tons of floral prints many textures gauze lace and the perfect blends of trendy yet timeless styles from brights to neutrals cropped to oversized These two busy moms with four 4 kids combined love SETs for the summer basically any top and bottom with an exact match and pairing the outfit with cute sneakers We have created a fashion haven that encapsulates our Scandinavian heritage hints the word blonde and love for timeless style Natalie adds Always putting family first Natalie and Allison emit style elegance and loyalty and enjoy supporting their favorite local places like A Toda Madre Fire and Wine Maize and Mash KOZE Rise Train and shopping together at Good Roots and Enchantments Kristen Kucharski Photos by Ruta Drulia Photography Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 15

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CCOOVVCEEORRVSSETTROORRSYYTORY Tess Moon naperville plainfield NAPERVILLE PLAINFIELD Born and raised in Korea Tess studied Classical music composition and spent time as a musical director She then moved to Canada by herself and worked as an educator for 3 years followed by another move to the United States working as a paralegal ultimately landing in the real estate field All these experiences different countries and explorations opened my eyes on diversities different cultures and right attitudes towards them Tess says It is like a charcuterie little bit of everything At 34 years old Tess is now married with two step daughters and a son and is currently the owner and art director of That Board As a Traveling Food Artist she can unleash her creative spirit through themed events spectacular elevated grazing tables and custom taco bars The summer season brings festive fruit boards hand carved watermelon cakes and small bite displays of prosciutto honeydew cantaloup and Mozzarella balls bringing sweetness saltiness and juiciness together for a beautiful healthy and refreshing treat Tess is looking forward to their own annual summer pig roast party with Double D Pig Roasts as well as enjoying live music at Wine Cheese in Plainfield and taking her team to Michelin Star restaurants Kristen Kucharski Photos by Ruta Drulia Photography Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 17

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COVER STORY Silvena Stefanova geneva carol stream GENEVA CAROLSTREAM Born in Bulgaria Silvena moved to the United States at 9 years old graduated from Geneva High School in 2009 while concurrently attending cosmetology school at Cyndirella s Academy of Style Beauty in St Charles After graduating top of her beauty school the owner of Hot Heads Salon in Geneva took her under her wing until Brandon and Allison purchased the site and rebranded it under their OS Salons marking the Geneva location their OS2 Salon Now married with two children ages 8 and 10 Silvena is a hairstylist and extension specialist who loves working at the family owned establishment with additional locations in Mahomet and Bloomington She jokes that A good stylist is cheaper than a good therapist and always looks forward to going to work each day This summer the bobs texture volume curtain bangs are all super in she says This is definitely the time where it s all about embracing your hair s natural texture and making it extremely easy to style Everyone is looking for an effortless look The more simple the better As far as hair color anything goes Silvena personally loves customizing hair color for any individual that walks through the door ensuring that no one will ever have the same exact color as anyone else due to their specially formulated Aveda product line After spending time at the salon Silvena enjoys her family time in downtown Geneva and can t wait to check out the newest eateries such as The James First Watch and Hacienda Real Kristen Kucharski Photos by Laura Ramirez Nunez Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 19

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DINING COCKTAILS DINING 20 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine A DINING EXPERIENCE NEXT STOP DOWNERS GROVE BARCHIDOINVITESYOUOUT DOWNERSGROVE This authentic eatery is in its third summer and the menu just keeps getting better and better Bar Chido is located at 1012 Curtiss Street in Downtown Downers Grove Known for Taco Tuesday and a patio vibe like no other this hip hot spot for modern tacos other innovative Mexican fare plus specialty cocktails even has a taco takeout window The patio is open for lunch every Thursday Friday and Saturday and the menu is filled with lunching favorites and delish libations Tacos tequila and amigos Bar Chido stands alone and embraces its titles as as one of the coolest spots in the Western Suburbs Bringing his own twist of modern Mexican street food inspired by Cabo and Tulum to Downers Grove owner Sam Vlahos transformed the way we eat tacos drink tequila and most importantly have fun authentically Downers Grove became a better place to visit three years agom that s for sure Pictured The Ahi Tuna Tostada made with Furakake Seared Tuna Ponzu Macha Aioli Cabbage Curtido www barchido com

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DINING COCKTAILS Cocktails HenHouse for Breakfast Lunch and the Prettiest Cocktails NAPERVILLE If you re a foodie with an appetite for adventure look no further than The Hen House in Wheaton With a menu that boasts a variety of delectable dishes a full service coffee bar and pretty cocktails this eatery has a little something for everyone Enjoy breakkfast lunch and mimosas and don t worry about feeling cooped up inside the Hen House also offers fantastic outdoor seating So grab your flock and head on down to this charming establishment for an outing you won t soon forget www thehenhouseofwheaton com Wine Canvass at Blackberry Farm Boardwalk WEDNESDAY JULY 12 6 30 8 30PM AURORA Pinot Noir meets the palette as an instructor guides you through your own custom canvas creation Bring a bottle of your favorite wine snacks a few friends and enjoy a lively social and creative night out bit ly 43RIumd Pina Colada Inspired at Craft Urban GENEVA AURORA Craft Urban restaurant and bar is a unique dining experience with two west suburban locations indowntown Geneva and downtown Aurora With their inventive summer menu and creative cocktails Craft Urban offers something for everyone Whether you re looking to spend an evening with friends or just try some of the local favorites you ll find it all here Each location also features a patio where guests can enjoy al fresco dining Enjoy their Pina Colada inspired cocktail Love at Midnight pictured here or 7 margaritas every Tuesday How fun www crafturban com Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 21

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UNIQUE IN SUBURBIA UNIQUE in Suburbia byBriannaBartemeyer Photos by Kimmer s Ice Cream TIMEFORSPARKLE KIMMER SICECREAM ST CHARLES When I have bad days I just eat lots of Chocolate Ice Cream and dance to the Lion King soundtrack It s really odd but it s true Blake Lively When has ice cream not made a situation better It simply has a way of melting away our worries There s comfort in the familiar Not having a favorite ice cream flavor is like not having a favorite color it s part of our identity For many of us it s nostalgic too It s running to catch the neighborhood ice cream truck or the celebratory summertime treat you share with your teammates If you re on the hunt for locally sourced ice cream we ve got the perfect spot Introducing Kimmer s Ice Cream This family owned and operated ice cream shop has three locations Elmhurst St Charles and Wheaton In 2010 its first location opened in St Charles Kimmer s homemade ice cream is handcrafted in single batches and frozen onsite at its Wheaton shop They feature 17 Always Flavors ie served year round and countless Sometimes Flavors With a recipe book that contains 200 flavors they re constantly perfecting and inventing Be sure to try the Aztec Hot Chocolate and Parent Trap Fun fact they bake and roll their waffle cones onsite And what s a cone without a bit of sparkle After all Kimmer s is the Home of the Sparkle Cone If you re looking for another excuse to wear your The Eras Tour outfit be sure to swing by Kimmer s on Wednesdays you will receive a FREE sparkle cone We re confident they d be Enhanted to see your Bejeweled outfit 22 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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TRENDY TRAVELER The Beverly Hills Hotel TrendY Traveler Tinsel Town s Playground Since Beverly Hills was Born Do you crave luxury with that extra touch of comfort and convenience Are you looking for a special weekend getaway with your bestie sister mother or daughter as part of a meaningful bonding experience Look no further than The Beverly Hills Hotel As one of the most iconic hotels in Los Angeles this landmark is known for its unparalleled level of service making it an ideal destination to relax and feel pampered during your stay Here s what you can expect from this beautiful hotel world class amenities like first class 24 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine accommodations with the iconic and picturesque swimming pool fine dining restaurants featuring celebrity chef menus inspired by international flavors countless shopping opportunities plus exclusive spa services perfect for intimacy and rejuvenation For over a century The Beverly Hills Hotel has been the spot for Hollywood s brightest lights the ultimate beacon of glamour She greets you like a movie star from the moment you pass the iconic signage step onto the signature red carpet and enter the grand lobby Welcome to the legacy

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TRENDY TRAVELER AN UNFORGETTABLE BLEND OF VINTAGE GLAMOUR AND MODERN LUXURY The Beverly Hills Hotel boasts a rich history and legacy that has lasted for over a century Originally opened in 1912 the hotel quickly became a hotspot for Hollywood celebrities and wealthy elites The iconic pink and green stripes which adorn the hotel s exterior have become synonymous with luxury and glamour Over the years The Beverly Hills Hotel has welcomed some of the most notable names in entertainment and politics including Marilyn Monroe Elizabeth Taylor and John F Kennedy Today it still retains its prestige and remains a popular destination for those seeking the ultimate Hollywood experience Its legacy as a symbol of old Hollywood glamour continues to inspire filmmakers artists and travelers from around the world NOTABLE GUESTS WHO HAVE STAYED AT THE HOTEL The Hotel has been a premier destination for travelers from all over the world offering luxurious accommodations and exceptional service Over the years the hotel has welcomed many notable guests from Hollywood celebrities to world leaders One of the most famous guests was Marilyn Monroe who stayed at the hotel in the 1950s Other notable guests include former U S President Barack Obama British royalty Prince William and Kate Middleton and pop icon Michael Jackson Each of these guests has left an indelible mark on the hotel s legacy and their stays have become part of its rich history Whether you re a fan of celebrity culture or simply appreciate the finer things in life a stay at this iconic hotel is sure to be an unforgettable experience THETIMELESSLIMELIGHT The iconic LA hideaway is famous for playing host to Hollywood royalty over the years From the deals made in the Polo Lounge to the romances conducted in the secluded bungalows this has been Tinsel Town s playground since Beverly Hills was born Here you are surrounded by 12 acres of tropical gardens and exotic flowers Beyond this the iconic LA palm trees stand tall against the brilliant blue sky You re in the centre of this famous city but the view is fresh and green and the air crackles with possibility www dorchestercollection com Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 25

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Kitchen Beautiful KITCHENDESIGN Local Realtor Shares Her New Kitchen Reflecting on the Value of Kitchen Renovation NAPERVILLE As a top performing Realtor with Baird Warner in Naperville Penny is proud to call the city her home for the past 23 years Using her professional expertise for the marketplace she knows the value of home improvements especially a kitchen renovation Home design changes faster than ever now because of HGTV Penny shares If I had done this kitchen two or three years earlier it would look completely different I slowly confirmed every change I wanted to make with the best return on investment ROI for future resale stainless steel workstation sink includes a cutting board draining rack Adding custom cabinetry to create a coffee bar provided added elements of convenience and storage The newly installed LED can lights and under cabinet lighting were by far the most unexpected improvement beyond the personal details that make her kitchen home I feel the whimsical backsplash burnished gold light fixtures and hardware as well as the Van Duesen Blue island were what made the kitchen a reflection of me Penny adds These personal touches keep the kitchen from appearing too sterile and like everyone else s A five burner Bosch cooktop Sharp drawer microwave Elica Range Hood and quartz countertops round out the finishing touches of a four week renovation project that now provides a peaceful quiet refreshing space filled with bright sunshine each morning Penny chose to keep the original cabinetry around the circumference but removed the original island and back cabinetry by the refrigerator The new custom island is 22 inches longer and 15 inches farther from the sink allowing ample walk around space A new 26 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine Kristen Kucharski Photos by Ruta Drulia for GlancerMagazine For more photos of Penny s Kitchen visit www glancermagazine com home design

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REAL ESTATE MILLION DOLLAR 1 299 000 627 Alberosky Way Batavia IL 5 bed 5 5 bath 6 566 sq ft listing 847 485 2000 Presented by Carolyn Morris Brokered by Berkshire Hathaway Starck Real Estate 28 WESTERN SUBURBS JUNE 2023 Glancer Magazine Luxury Living in Batavia Find yourself at home in this extraordinary custom creation by Barczi Builders known for their style sophistication and excceptional quality This home is fittingly situated among the elite homes of Tanglewood Hills Barczi is well known for exceptional attention to unseen details in the construction of their masterpieces foundations floors and walls the most important structural elements are designed with precision to ensure your dream of a quality custom estate is a reality for generations to come

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REAL ESTATE A BeautifulOasis The private backyard is simply so beautiful a true oasis The custom in ground pool is everything you ve been dreaming of surrounded by exquisite landscaping and more Complete with a hot tub 2 gas fire pits brickpaver patios and a gorgeous pergola with paver buttresses Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 29

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LITERARYlocal Pat Camalliere The Miracle at Assisi Hill LEMONT As Vice President of the Board of the Lemont Public Library District and archivist for the Lemont Area Historical Society Pat Camalliere has an inside track on where to research for her historical mystery book series All my books are set in Lemont says Pat People love to learn new things about the places near where they live Her current novel The Miracle at Assisi Hill is her fourth but all four can be read as stand alones The series features Cora Tozzi and friends in present day who team up to solve mysteries from various periods in the historic past The Miracle at Assisi Hill finds retired historian Cora Tozzi checking into a nearby convent to research and write about its history She finds herself wrapped up in a mystery from the life of a woman from Heaven a woman based on the Venerable Mother Mary Theresa by Mindy Kyle Photos Submitted Dudzik a real person who is only steps away from being canonized as a saint I decided to set the story in a religious setting because of my interest in the large number of religious communities in and near Lemont says Pat I wanted to base my book on a real person and when I learned about Mother Theresa Dudzik I believed that she and her story should be better known The Mystery at Assisi Hill along with her other books in the series can be found on Amazon and in Anderson s Bookshop in Downers Grove and at Smokey Row Antiques in Lemont KNOWA LOCALAUTHOR We d Love to Meet Them Introduce Us at editorial glancermagazine com 30 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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OSWEGO Venue 5126 is a venue like no other in the Chicago suburbs With our 7 acre property overlooking 300 acres of farmland you won t find this kind of midwest beauty and privacy anywhere else With our wedding coordinator in house florist stylist and DJ our team offers all you need to make your dream wedding a reality while taking off the pressure and stresses of wedding planning We are here with you every step of the way to ensure you can relax and enjoy your engagement Venue 5126 offers three ceremony locations while only booking one wedding a day so we can focus solely on you We have 2 outdoor locations The Pergola and The Field and one indoor location The Barn that offers an indoor outdoor experience After your ceremony you and your guests will enjoy cocktail hour in the barn and then move into our attached 3 peak tent for dinner After dinner you will dance the night away with your friends and family back in the barn and soak up the last moments of your special day Venue 5126 www venue5126 com

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ST CHARLES The Hotel Baker has established a tradition of elegance and personal service for our many married couples No matter the season our professional wedding specialists can assist you in creating a beautiful wedding with memories you will cherish for a lifetime Your guests will be enchanted with our historic splendor polished service and spectacular cuisine For your rehearsal dinner ceremony or reception the expertise of our wedding staff will ensure that everything from setting to decor is absolutely perfect Dreaming of a beautiful outdoor ceremony With the scenic Fox River as your backdrop recite your wedding vows on our Waterfront Patio or in our lovely Rose Garden Then move inside to either our newly renovated Waterfront Ballroom or our spectacular two tiered Rainbow Room where you ll share your first dance as a married couple amidst the multi colored lights Our wedding menus from traditional to unique are designed to provide elegant dining on your special day Let Hotel Baker turn your fantasy wedding into reality Our dedicated wedding consultants are ready to assist in planning every detail of your wedding Hotel Baker St Charles www hotelbaker com Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 35

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BATAVIA Located along the famous Fox River less than one mile from Downtown Batavia Revelry 675 brings Hollywood glamour to couples in the Chicago Suburbs This brand new show stopping wedding event venue was designed by renowned celebrity wedding planner Shuki Moran Shuki personally oversaw every detail when creating this space to support bringing his clients visions to life streamlining the entire experience from dining and dancing to cocktails and d cor in a gorgeous modern motif plan and a stunning custom bar Your party can move between the indoor reception space and our gorgeous 2 200 square foot outdoor patio for a memorable cocktail hour If a breathtaking outdoor wedding is your dream our gorgeous natural views and sweeping lawn leading to the Fox River provide a spectacular backdrop for your ceremony and unforgettable wedding pictures Our exceptional venue and unsurpassed experience are sure to throw a party you and your guests will remember forever Be it an intimate gathering or a huge celebration our spacious venue features a 5 000 square foot indoor reception space that can accommodate up to 300 seated guests with an open floor Revelry 675 675 S River Street Batavia Info revelry675 com 630 940 8987 www revelry675 com Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 37

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NAPERVILLE WhirlyBall Naperville has over 45 000 square feet of space perfect for your wedding An industrialchic vibe meets an adventure loving spirit with an artisan craft beer taproom style setting From bachelorettes to bumper cars we have everything in house you need for your wedding with a whirl WhirlyBall Naperville 3103 Odyssey Court Naperville 630 932 4800 www whirlyball com weddings Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 39

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AURORA The Blackberry Farm wedding team is excited to create an experience which delivers a lifetime of memories for you and your guests Our one of a kind setting features country elegance and personalized service that caters to your needs all at a value that can t be matched Planning the big day is a piece of cake We ll remove any stress answer all your questions and anticipate and communicate every detail in advance of your event Our space is flexible and beautifully appointed featuring rustic touches and country charm amidst Blackberry Farm s historic backdrop With a convenient location and ample parking The Barn at Blackberry Farm is the perfect showcase for your big day As you browse information regarding your wedding please note that ALL packages include table and chairs at no extra cost We hope to extend every hospitality to you along your decision making process and are here to answer any questions or schedule a tour at your request SPECIAL FEATURES Picturesque locations throughout Blackberry Farm Outdoor Ceremony Options Whiskey Barrel Cocktail Tables Rustic Bar Outdoor Patio and Lawn Space The Barn at Blackberry Farm Aurora www blackberryfarm com wine food dinner barn Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 41

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Shop Gallery HOMEDESIGN PEP UPYOURSPACE ST CHARLES Have you ever stared at photos of beautifully designed homes and wished you could shop everything pictured A curated line of designer approved goods hand selected by a pro and placed in one accessible shop The Pep Line in downtown St Charles by Peppeard Design interior designer and owner Shannon Peppeard offers just that Shannon has been working with clients to create amazing spaces in their homes for over 17 years Her full service design firm Peppeard Design offers a timeless yet modern aesthetic and her work has been featured in numerous magazines including HGTV Magazine and Modern Luxury Interiors Her brick and mortar shoppe The Pep Line features a line of curated goods hand selected by Shannon that she herself uses in many of her design client s homes The shoppe carries a wide variety of goods for the home including furniture artwork lighting rugs drapery pillows and accessories The Pep Line has been featured on the Emmy winning CBS travel series Destination Chicago Both The Pep Line shoppe and Peppeard Design studio are located under one roof inside the historic Collins House giving visitors a taste of how the products look inside a real home Visit the shoppe or book yourself a Pep Van Styling session Shannon and her team will load up the van with Pep Line goods and give a room of your choice a refresh all in one day For more information on The Pep Line and Peppeard Design visit thepepline com The Pep Line Peppeard Design 201 Cedar Ave St Charles 630 549 7088 www thepepline com www peppearddesign com Photography by Margaret Rajic 44 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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Shop Gallery ONTRENDESSENTIALS VISIT ONLINE OR INNORTH AURORA NORTHAURORA Urban Echo Shop features on trend essentials for the stylish at heart from clothing and accessories to home decor unique furniture gifts and seasonal trends Owned by local mom Lindy Kleivo and her daughter in Sugar Grove Illinois Urban Echo Shop was created to be an adored virtual hometown boutique where only the latest styles and trends are featured Residents are invited to sit back and relax while browsing the shop s simplified trend collections online or shop at The Rustic Fox where you will find over 120 unique vendors Each day is a new day at Urban Echo Shop ONTRENDESSENTIALS FORTHESTYLISHATHEART Located Inside The Rustic Fox 1790 Town Centre Dr North Aurora Vendor 3 At the Entrance to the Left 46 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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Shop Gallery TWOLOCALBOUTIQUES FEATURINGLIVERPOOL ALLSUMMERLONG WHEATON ST CHARLES Jill Card opened Jeans and a Cute Top after years of working in retail and corporate sales jobs wearing boring suits uncomfortable panty hose and predictable white dress shirts The name was inspired by her first date with her husband when she asked What should I wear and her husband replied Jeans and a cute top When Jill was getting ready for that first date she didn t have a great pair of jeans or a cute top in her closet and had to borrow an outfit from her sister a flight attendant with a much more fun wardrobe As she got older Jill couldn t find any great jeans for women in their 30s and 40s Stores catered to teenagers or grandmas The unflattering Mom jeans filled in that age gap Now in Jill s closet you ll find about 40 pairs of jeans She has 8 10 pairs in regular rotation Her go to favorite pair is the Gia from Liverpool the denim is super soft and keeps its shape Jeans A Cute Top is the solution for women who don t want to look ridiculous trying to dress like their daughters but also refuse to settle for shapeless lounge wear Jill hand selects every item in the store going to trade shows looking for style over trend and finding affordable beautiful clothes that work for all women not just size 0 models You will find Jill working the floor of one of her shops every day she is committed to changing the world for women one great fitting pair of jeans at a time www jeansandacutetop com Expires 7 30 23 48 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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Shop Gallery HOMEDESIGN UNIQUESTYLEEXPERIENCE GENEVA The Cottage Geneva is a shop that makes you feel like you re home This small shop is warm and cozy with a beautiful blend of new and vintage home d cor With a cottage farmhouse style the shop offers a welcoming experience for customers to find that special item that elevates their own home Owner Jonna Kelleher a former emergency room nurse unfortunately lost both her parents in her teens leaving her moving from home to home at a young age Losing the comfort of home so young gave her the determination to offer that cozy comfort of home to others It was last year while traveling in Traverse City Michigan that her husband Sean encouraged her to go after her dream of owning her own shop A few months later The Cottage opened in The Berry House in downtown Geneva The Cottage has made many new relationships with its customers who share the same passion of curating a cozy home environment Jonna encourages customers to curate a style that they re passionate about and she loves to inspire others that they don t need design experience to make their home beautiful The Cottage carries a wide variety of handcrafted furniture by her husband Sean as well as greenery planters barware kitchen essentials and antiques Everything in the shop is hand selected by Jonna and curated with her heart Come stop by The Cottage where you ll find Jonna decorating the store with either her vintage finds or new arrivals to inspire you to love where you live even more home The Cottage Geneva 227 S Third St Ste 103 Geneva 847 409 5834 www thecottagegeneva com 50 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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Shop Gallery 52 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine HOMECOMING 2023 WE REHAVINGABARBIEMOMENT Stop in for some DRESS Inspo Gowns are arriving daily and we are so excited to help you get ready for your next Special Occasion Follow us online today instagram special_occasions01 facebook SpecialOccasionsBatavia website www specialoccasionsontheavenue com Become a part of Special Occasions Make an appointment to find your dream dress or just stop in Founded by Mary Marconi Popiel in 2009 the shop s attention to detail makes the ordinary more extraordinary giving you a shopping experience that you will not forget Special Occasions does not simply sell dresses this local dress boutique sell dreams Visit today for your next Special Occasion Special Occasions 2 N Batavia Ave Batavia Illinois 630 406 1515 www specialoccasionsontheavenue com

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Shop Gallery This Old Vintage OVER 45VENDORS 3 YEARANNIVERSARYEVENT CelebrateWith Us at Our Upcoming Anniversary Event ST CHARLES trend relic is an experience that shoppers remember as this unique multi vendor marketplace has carefully selected experienced merchants who are artisans builders refinishers and painters boutique owners and more each offering the most special items to adorn your home and make you feel beautiful The talented merchants work hard to create and curate unique items both vintage and new Many of the treasures that you will find at trend relic have been handcrafted including jewelry candles furniture art and they have a variety of clothing accessories too Each of the wonderfully talented merchants have created beautiful spaces in the shop as well as local markets so you will find some of your very favorites here Join in on the fun as trend relic celebrates its 3rd Anniversary this July FRIDAY JULY7 5pm 9pm Hippie Gourmet Food Truck Live Music from Sticky Gumbo Trio Lenny Lou Creative Fun Photo Booth and a Storewide Sale SATURDAY JULY8 10am 9pm Dom s Local Pizza Drip Drop Roastery Coffee Cart Lenny Lou Collective The Sweetest Adventure Cotton Candy and a Storewide Sale SUNDAY JULY9 10am 9pm Dom s Local Pizza Drip Drop Roastery Coffee Cart Lenny Lou Collective and a Storewide Sale trend relic 1501 Indiana Avenue St Charles Illinois 630 803 5253 www trendandrelic com 54 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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Susan Colella PERSONABLE ENERGETIC CREATIVE REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL SUSAN COLELLA OF BAIRD WARNER As a full time high sales producing Realtor with Baird and Warner s Naperville office for 10 years Susan shares that helping local sellers and buyers doesn t feel like work making it easy to be dedicated 24 7 to her clients I realized early on that I was obsessed with real estate when my close friends remarked Susan tell us another story about real estate or when I helped a client secure a home contract on my birthday and I remarked I sold a house on my birthday what a great gift Life is all about perspective for Susan and her positive work ethic creative solutions and working above and beyond allows her to offer clients extraordinary experience The old saying that if you do what you love in life you never work a day applies for Susan since LISTING HOMES is her passion Reach out to Susan today Susan Colella Baird Warner 630 946 3813 56 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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ON STAGE Beauty and the Beast at Navy Pier COURTYARDTHEATRE JULY 14 AUGUST 20 CHICAGO Disney s Beauty and the Beast a 75 minute family musical takes the stage at the Courtyard Theater on July 14 through August 20 2023 This summer fall under the spell of this tale as old as time based on the Academy Award winning Disney film Dazzling production numbers including the beloved title song and Be Our Guest will fill the Courtyard Theater making your heart soar And after the show join us in the lobby to meet costumed members of the cast for conversation autographs and photos The beloved fairytale recounts the story of Belle a young woman in a provincial town and the Beast who is really a prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress If the Beast can learn to love and be loved the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self But time is running out If those lessons aren t learned soon the Beast and his household will be doomed for all eternity Music by Alan Menken lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice book by Linda Woolverton and directed by Amber Mak www navypier org events disneys beauty and the beast Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 57

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Kitchen Design Photo by Mike Catuara Meet Award Winning Designer Catherine Sanzeri CATHERINESANZERI ISANAWARD WINNING HOME DESIGNER WITH A 5 000 SQ FT SHOWROOM LOCATEDINKANECOUNTY BATAVIA With a background in construction and interior design owner Catherine Sanzeri saw a need for affordable quality cabinetry and kitchen design so she opened West DuPage Cabinets and Granite in 1997 and has been leading the market as a custom home builder since Her talented team continues to fill a niche in the west suburban home design marketplace by providing a full range of products to fit every budget while providing lifestyle focused designs with top industry designers As a proud member of the NKBA and KCMA this womenowned establishment guarantees absolute satisfaction I just love what I do so every day is a dream for me Catherine says THE DESIGN PROCESS The talented design team will visit your home for a consultation take measurements and look at the lifestyle components of the home and family then create a custom masterpiece incorporating the latest products that meet the specific needs of each homeowner The entire process is coordinated by West DuPage Cabinets Granite providing total satisfaction and the end result is a stress free process from design to build including designer privilege discounts on appliances and fixtures INDUSTRY TRENDS Catherine noted that the industry is always changing with future trends leaning towards larger islands coffee bars and entertainment spaces including a wine refrigerator in the kitchen and more features to accommodate larger groups She also says that natural woods and stains are trending for 2023 LEADING THE WAY One of Catherine s most cherished projects was when her team designed and built a first floor master suite for a client whose husband had MS and could no longer walk up the stairs The improved quality of both of their lives was a gift to see shared Catherine Stories like this are why the company has received many awards and accolades through the years including Best of the Best in Kitchen and Bath Remodeling 2017 2018 2019 2020 and 2021 in addition to Glancer Magazine s Best of the Best Kitchen Designer for Kane County in 2021 West DuPage Cabinets and Granite 143 S Batavia Avenue Batavia 630 414 2363 www westdupagecabinetsandgranite com Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 59

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NEWINTOWN New In Town Celebrating Progress throughout the Western Suburbs of Chicago by Kristen Kucharski Photos Submitted SweetGreen NAPERVILLE SweetGreen is piloting a new concept in downtown Naperville that leverages technology to serve customers fresh healthy food The first restaurant for SweetGreen is now open for business and powered by automation accelerating the industry s adoption of advanced technology and taking steps toward the future of dining The Sweetgreen Infinite Kitchen is designed to enhance the customer experience and food quality with a focus on fresh ingredients precise food proportioning fast service and friendly hospitality Every day their team members create plant forward seasonal and earth friendly meals from fresh ingredients and produce that prioritizes organic regenerative and local sourcing 60 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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NEWINTOWN Guests can watch the technology at work from dispensing greens and dressing bowls and plates to evenly dispersing ingredients and mixing salads Team members add the final touches at the finishing station with a sprinkle of herbs or a scoop of avocado The new restaurant format also brings in a new Tasting Counter brand storytelling digital screens and a revamped merchandising strategy for an authentic sweetgreen experience at every touchpoint In support of its mission to build healthier communities by connecting more people to real food Sweetgreen is bringing on a local impact and partnered with the restaurant s grand opening donating meals to Loaves Fishes for each meal sold that day Loaves Fishes is an anti poverty hunger relief agency serving food and leadership services to the Naperville and DuPage county community Sweetgreen Naperville is located at 223 South Main Street open from 10 30 a m to 9 p m daily with indoor seating and an outdoor patio available for dining in as well as pickup and delivery options available on order sweetgreen com order sweetgreen com Introduce Us to a Business or Organization that s New In Town editorial glancermagazine com Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 61

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G L E N E L LY N Don t Be Left in the Dark Hi Lite Electric Keeps Your Life On Whenever you have electrical interruptions emergency needs or repairs we are here Hi Lite Electric are not just electricians but professionally qualified electrical consultants who bring a holistic approach to creating the safest and most professional home electrical environment From emergency services safety checks repairs upgrades interior exterior lighting home improvements new appliance integration electronics generators to EV stations you ll receive prompt and qualified service Since 2006 we have serviced Kane and DuPage counties and all our work comes with a 90 day parts and 1 year labor warranty When it comes to electric we keep your life on www hilite electric com or 630 897 4300 Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 63

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PURPOSEFULLY DRIVEN Debbie s community ties since 1995 gives her an enthusiastic edge when working with buyers and sellers Her professional down to earth approach with unwavering commitment to her clients has enabled her to build up a vast network of referrals over the past 8 years Attention to detail combined with an exceptional understanding of the marketplace genuine care for people attentive listening skills and dedication to fulfilling client s goals is abundantly evident I LOVE people and the journey that takes us from A to Z I believe we all have a story to tell and that story begins at home Debbie shares For much of my adult life I was known as a working stay at home PTA mom wife and was led to a new full time career as a 50 year old single mom It took perseverance patience and trust in the process to transition to Debbie Lendino john greene Realtor trusted advisor extraordinaire Debbie s strong ability to negotiate and problem solve support her business that has been predominantly built on referrals open homes and networking She is confident yet humble compassionate yet persistent knowledgeable yet always learning She relies on jgR s tools to maintain a powerful post close process for her buyers and sellers and has an impressive social media presence that aids in marketing her listings As Naperville and western suburban real estate continue to tilt toward a seller marker home sales overall are heading toward stabilization A slight cool is a good sign for Debbie s buyers who are coming off the sidelines even with risen interest rates Creative financing and a decrease in competitive multiple offer scenarios will allow her buyers stronger purchasing power moving forward But we do need inventory and property values continue to rise just at a slower rate NOW is a great time to market your home Utilization of john greene Realtor s technology is unmatched she says Always fresh always something NEW excellent Debbie says I love being a part of an organization that supports each other a cheerleader to new agents mentoring small groups collaborating with business partners brainstorming with outside agents networking volunteering these all align with my purpose As a top performing agent it brings Debbie great joy to build on her referral base and provide an elite experience for her clients She is purposefully driven and happy to help Kristen Kucharski Photos by Mike Catuara AWARDS ACHIEVEMENTS Rookie of the Year 2015 for john greene Realtor Top Performer President s Club 2015 Present at john greene Realtor Mainstreet Organization of Realtors Top 2 in Sales Volume and Number of Transactions Top 3 in Northern MLS Chicago Agent Magazine Who s Who for 2022 Most Innovative Marketer 2020 for john greene Realtor CONTACT DEBBIE Debbie Lendino CSC SFR Broker john greene Realtor 1311 S Route 59 Naperville Office 630 820 6500 Cell 630 596 3672 DebbieLendino johngreeneRealtor com

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Kid Stuff Cinderella Coming to Drury Lane Theatre November 8 January 7 2024 Once upon a time in a faraway land a young woman wished for a life as beautiful as a fairytale Experience the classic Rodgers Hammerstein adaptation of Cinderella this holiday season in Oak Brook www drurylanetheatre com Kids Donut Tasting Thursday July 13 10 11am GENEVA Join Graham s 318 for a Kids Donut Tasting Each kid will be given four donut holes that match our donut theme that week to judge based on appearance smell feel and taste They will rate each category on a five star scale and determine which donut was their favorite This is a selfguided activity so one parent must be present to assist the kid in this donut tasting Each ticket comes with four donut holes a tasting sheet a cup of chocolate milk and a certificate at the end DONUT THEME HINT E I E I O 10 kid Tickets required www 318coffeehouse com 66 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine Harry Potter Event Saturday July 29 12 1pm Arlo Hendrix at Wilson Street Mercantile 222 E Wilson Batavia BATAVIA Stop by Arlo Hendrix to meet the beloved fictional character Harry Potter for Wizard Weekend This event is a dream come true for Harry Potter fans as they will have the chance to get up close and personal with the wizarding world s hero Take a photo grab an autograph and take home a vinyl sticker This is a free event but come early we expect a lot of traffic and only have Harry here for one hour It is first come first serve www arlohendrix com

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KID STUFF ADVENTURE INNAPERVILLE Play More this Summer with DuPage Children s Museum NAPERVILLE DuPage Children s Museum DCM inspires families to laugh learn and love spending time together Every visit is an adventure that will spark curiosity nurture creativity and lead to new discoveries Make a splash in AWEsome Water build with real tools in the Construction House feel the wind on your face in AWEsome Air roll through Make it Move explore light and shadow in Creativity Connections and enclose the entire family in one giant bubble Save the Date for Transportation Zoo Saturday July 22 9am 1pm Join us in the Museum s parking lot to explore some exciting vehicles at this family favorite Touch A Truck event Imagination drives your play as you take part in transportation themed activities Transportation Zoo is an experience the whole family can enjoy www dupagechildrens org adventure awaits Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 67

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COMMUNITY LIVING NAPERVILLE Get Your Whirly On NAPERVILLE From friendly competition and entertainment to exceptional food and drink WhirlyBall Naperville provides the perfect venue for all ages and occasions The two story eatertainment complex features a variety of activities including WhirlyBall LaserTag HyperBowling and bowling plus private event spaces for groups of any size Round out your event with customized menus featuring The Pivot Room s selection of elevated American fare and 24 rotating craft beer taps Book your event today Whirlyball Naperville 3103 Oddyssey Naperville 630 932 4800 www whirlyball com summer fun 68 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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COMMUNITY LIVING music fun NAPERVILLE Naper Nights 2023 NAPERVILLE Get ready for a summertime tradition that features cold drinks great food and fabulous music at Naper Settlement s Naper Nights Naper Nights celebrates historic milestones in music and pop culture with themed tribute concerts during the summer The July 14 lineup features tributes to Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters On July 15 rock out to tributes to Green Day and Weezer Naper Nights wraps up August 18 19 with tributes to Neil Young Dixie Chicks Taylor Swift and more Complimenting the tunes are tasty food and beverage selections from local vendors as well as engaging children s area activities guaranteed to keep the entire family happy and rocking out For more details and to purchase tickets visit the link www napernights org Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 69

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COMMUNITY LIVING let s go NAPERVILLE PA R K D I S T R I C T Paddleboat Quarry NAPERVILLE Enjoy some paddleboat paddleboard or kayak fun on the water at the Paddleboat Quarry located along the Naperville Riverwalk just west of Eagle Street The Quarry is open from mid spring through fall weather permitting For fees and hours of operation visit online today www napervilleparks org paddleboatquarry 70 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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COMMUNITY LIVING SUMMERFUNINOSWEGO Let s Golf OSWEGO Fox Bend Golf Course is Oswego s own welcoming and challenging public course Owned and operated by the Oswegoland Park District Fox Bend boasts plush fairways mature trees and meticulous greens This 6 890 yard par 72 course tests golf skills of all levels with 34 well positioned sand traps and water coming into play on ten holes Weekday rates weekend rates twilight rates and specials are available Book your tee time online or by calling the Golf Shop at 630 554 3939 www foxvebdgolfcourse com summertime fun Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 71

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COMMUNITY LIVING DOWNTOWNDOWNERSGROVE Shop Dine Enjoy in Trending Downtown Downers Grove DOWNERSGROVE The variety of small businesses amazing owners and community support makes downtown Downers Grove the destination it is today Downtown Downers Grove welcomes Bonita Bowl and Poundcake Bakery Lots of fun to be had this month in Downtown Downers Grove Moose Cruise Nights and Friday Night Live The Moose Cruise Night sponsored by the Moose Lodge is located on Warren Avenue between Forest and Main as well as Lot A 4 008 00pm Warren Avenue will be closed from Forest to Main Space is limited and registration not available The Live Entertainment will be held 5 30 8 00pm at the Main Street Train Station sponsored by Downers Grove Downtown Management Corp See schedule online www downtowndg org 72 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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COMMUNITY LIVING P I N O T S PA L E T T E Girls Night Out Fun NAPERVILLE Springl is here Plan a GNO Pinot s Palette is the best night out in Naperville It s a fun filled party atmosphere where you and your friends family or date can talk laugh paint and sip You don t need any art experience their talented local artists will guide you step by step through the night painting Follow their instructions or go rogue and end up with a one of a kind masterpiece They also offer Mosaic Classes Chunky Knit Blankets Take Home Painting Kits Virtual Live Streaming In Studio and Virtual Private Parties Aprons and supplies provided Snacks are welcome Real wine glasses no paper or plastic There s always rockin music Pinot s Palette Naperville 175 W Jackson Avenue Downtown Naperville www pinotspalette com naperville Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 73

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COMMUNITY LIVING FA M I LY F U N Blackberry Farm AURORA Blackberry Farm with its variety of attractions and amenities quite literally offers a leisurely stroll down memory lane both historically speaking and for generations of families who ve made visiting the park an annual tradition The Fox Valley Park District s history museum Blackberry demonstrates the re creation of pioneer life through educational experiences and hands on fun With unlimited rides on the replica steam engine train hay wagon paddle boats carousel and ponies included in the admission price Blackberry presents parents the opportunity to relive their childhood memories through the eyes and sounds of their little ones today A seasonal destination Blackberry also steps center stage during the summer months that feature Live Uncorked a seven concert series that spans different music genres to appeal to all tastes The fall season bursts with color during Pumpkin Weekends and winter begins with Blackberry aglow in twinkling lights and festive music as families hop aboard the Holiday Express sip hot chocolate and whisper their secret lists to Santa On average Blackberry welcomes around 120 000 visitors per season which this year runs from May 1 to Sept 30 before seasonal weekend events begin in October Blackberry Farm 100 S Barnes Road Aurora Illinois www blackberryfarm info 630 892 1550 74 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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COMMUNITY LIVING PA D D L E W H E E L R I V E R B O AT S All Aboard for Riverboat Fun on the Fox River ST CHARLES Enjoy travel from the era of Mark Twain through a green corridor of scenic beauty of the Fox River aboard the St Charles Paddlewheel Riverboats in Pottawatomie Park Both boats have open air upper decks for unobstructed sightseeing and the lower decks have windows that can be closed in cool or rainy weather Public tours are reasonably prices from May to October Coming soon are Wine Down Wednesdays in July BYPB Sunset Cruises the Riverboat Eco Float on Aug 10 and Monarchs Mimosas on August 27 For more details and to purchase tickets visit online today www stcrivercruises com Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 75

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COMMUNITY LIVING Pure Barre sidewalk sale 2023 76 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine SUMMERTIMEFUN Downtown Naperville Sizzling Summer Sidewalk Sale NAPERVILLE Downtown Naperville s Sizzling Summer Sidewalk Sales Businesses in Downtown Naperville are taking it to the streets for the annual summer sidewalk sales Enjoy sizzling summer savings inside and out during these four special days Thurs Sun July 13 16 It s also a great time to use any Downtown Naperville gift cards that you have laying around as they re accepted at 150 downtown merchants Be sure to check out the 2023 Summer Sculptures during your visit 19 uniquely painted dragonfly benches are on display throughout the downtown through mid September Vote for your favorite online through August 31st Come shop dine and explore in Downtown Naperville www downtownnaperville com

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COMMUNITY LIVING SUMMERTIMEFUN Aurora Downtown AURORA Aurora Downtown hosts a full summer of events from First Fridays to Alley Art Festival First Fridays a popular monthly event features art live music and more at dozens of participating venues throughout downtown Summer dates are June 2 August 4 and September 1 No event in July It s free and all ages are welcome Music Market on Stolp Ave is a new outdoor market and live music event Free to enter the six week series is from 5 p m to 8 p m on Wednesdays starting July 12 Movie Nights at Mundy Park will screen Men in Black on July 27 and Almost Famous on Aug 24 Bring a chair and enjoy a free movie under the stars Alley Art Festival welcomes dozens of local and regional artists to downtown for a fun free spirited event from noon to 5 p m on August 26 www auroradowntown org Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 77

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COMMUNITY LIVING BLACKBERRYFARM Live Uncorked Concert Series AURORA Bring a chair and snacks to enjoy this BYOB evening full of great music at Blackberry Farm in Aurora Purchase your tickets online or at the door tickets purchased before the day of the concert lock in an early bird rate Live Uncorked season passes are a great option to enjoy all 8 concerts for a discount Live and Uncorked is for ages 21 identification will be required and checked prior to entry for all guests Doors open at 6 15 p m LIVE UNCORKED LINEUP THURSDAYS AT 7PM June 8 Libido Funk Circus June 15 Hello Weekend June 22 Billy Elton June 29 Yankee Cowboy July 6 Infinity July 13 R Gang July 20 Dancing Queen July 27 Semple www foxvalleyparkdistrict org summerconcerts 78 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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COMMUNITY LIVING so fun NAPERVILLE FUN The Last Fling 2023 NAPERVILLE The 2023 Naperville Jaycees Last Fling is a FREE family friendly festival Labor Day Weekend and a fun farewell to summer Non perishable and monetary donations will be accepted at each gated entrance Visit the Business Expo Beer Garden Food Vendors and Jackson Avenue Stage for live music Hairbangers Ball headlines 9 1 Too Hype Crew 9 2 16 Candles 9 3 and Hi Infidelity closes the weekend 9 4 The Family Fun Area is located within the Riverwalk Amphitheater The Carnival is open all weekend special needs patrons have priority seating Sunday 9 3 details to follow Attend the Labor Day Parade Monday 9 4 at 10AM followed by a Veterans Lunch in the Sponsors Tent Proceeds are donated to area nonprofit organizations www lastfling org Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 79

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MOM S little black book ARIVERRUNSTHROUGHIT PLAINFIELD Living in Naperville I am fortunate to be so close to the DuPage River and Fox River access points to take full advantage of tubing and kayaking fun between Memorial and Labor day One of the most relaxing afternoons can be spent floating along the DuPage River with your friends and family all tied together in a circle of tubes This summer was a rare occurrence where I got to take advantage of spending a MomsLittleBlackBook adventure with my two daughters who were home for a short stay Linking up with another mom and her daughter we packed our coolers full of snacks and cold drinks and took the short ten minute drive to Plainfield We hopped aboard the Plainfield River Tubing Shuttle that brought us to the south end of town and dutifully assisted us getting on the river in a perfect circle with our cooler tube easily accessible to all While floating downstream you forget you live in a city of nearly 200 000 people All your worries slip away as you pass ducklings riverfront lemonade stands and nearby neighbors playing the Pina Colada song 80 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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Good conversation great music and sunshine ensued for the next 3 hours as we floated down the river with no cares in the world You can stop at shell island and chat with other rafters or simply stay in your tube and wave as you pass on by This is an all ages activity and since you can pack your own coolers it becomes an extremely affordable activity for the whole family or your posse of friends Pack your water shoes bring your sunscreen and get ready for the perfect summer escape while leaving the transportation and tubes to Plainfield River Tubing and enjoy the simplicities of life OVERVIEW Begins Ends It s easy Meet at the tent at West Electric Park Countryman Dr Plainfield IL on the west side of the river and then shuttle to Eaton Preserve for your beautiful trip down the Dupage River back to West Electric Park Tubes and shuttle service provided Lifejackets available Plainfield River Tubing West Electric Park Countryman Drive Plainfield IL 331 223 7665 Hours Every Saturday and Sunday between Memorial Day and Labor Day weather permitting Price 30 Tube 15 Medium Cooler Tube 20 Large Cooler Tube 5 Paddles ABOUT THE WRITER Kristen Kucharski s days are never dull her kids are never bored Over the years MomsLittleBlackBook has explored hundreds of kid friendly things to do in our surrounding community and on the road As her girls have grown and gone away to college she continues to enjoy unique activities excursions day trips weekend get a aways and road trips while rediscovering my own passion for adventure with friends girls nights outs and date nights In her words Life is a journey might as well have fun along the way Go fly roam travel voyage explore discover MOM S LITTLE BLACK BOOK Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 81

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WOMEN INSPIRED IMPACTING THE HEALTH JOURNEY OF OTHERS WomenInspired 82 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine by Kristen Kucharski Photos by Laura Ramirez Nunez

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WOMEN INSPIRED Chun Mei Chen Naperville Oswego OSWEGO Chun began her career in Investment Consulting then transitioned to Corporate Finance and advanced as Senior Executive Although she loved what she did after the birth of her daughter seven years ago Chun realized the importance of having work home equilibrium As women we come across many obstacles along the way I believed in finding the balance that makes me happy It s different for everyone and that s ok You do you she says feeling wholly validated by the words of W P Kensella that success is getting what you want happiness is wanting what you get Chun s passion to live a healthy lifestyle led her to open iLoveKickboxing Oswego It is by far the most rewarding job I ve ever had and I love the freedom of owning my own business she says with a smile I love the adrenaline rushing kickboxing classes It is effective and such an amazing stress relief I love making an impact on other people s health journey and watching the transformations happen right before me It s incredibly fulfilling As a wife mother and businesswoman time management is essential for balance Chun has learned to knock out critical items first while leaving the rest for another day as to always find quality time for her husband and daughter She loves cooking trying new restaurants attending concerts biking doing crafts traveling and volunteering for PTA events Driven compassionate and generous Chun encourages all women to find their passion do the research and go for it Life is short go after your dreams KNOWANINSPIRINGWOMAN Introduce Us editorial glancermagazine com Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 83

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COMMUNITYLIVING H4 TRAINING GET 1 ON 1 PERSONALTRAINING ATH 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 H4 Training Wheaton Geneva locations www h4 training com services personal training FITNESS 86 WESTERN SUBURBS JULY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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COMMUNITYLIVING COLLEGE TIME CAREERVISION APTITUDE TESTING CAN HELP STUDENTS CHOOSE MAJORS AND CAREERS What are you doing after high school You know further education is important Do you need help finding the right career choice The Career Vision Aptitude Advantage can help Aptitudes identify your strongest talents the jobs you would enjoy and be good at doing Combining your aptitudes with your interests Career Vision reveals your career choices You also receive resources about college majors job outlook and preparation needed for those careers If you have asked What should I study What will I do after college and want to learn how Career Vision can help give them a call Their assessment process is a positive and an objective way to give you confidence to make good career choices And your Personal Career Consultant will take time to discuss the test results with you and go over all your choices If you are going to college and want to know what to study reach out to Career Vision today If you have graduated college and still haven t found your best fit the professional consultants at Career Vision can help you too For over 30 years they have been helping students and adults find their best career choices Career Vision www careervision org 630 469 6270 Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 87

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CARING SHARING Dedicated to Creating a World of Love and Kindness Before Money The Love and Kindness Project NAPERVILLE In late 2016 Naperville resident Karyn Ross author TEDx speaker consultant and founder of The New School for Kind Leaders was seeing a growing trend of unkindness in the world I saw it in how our leaders spoke and acted I saw it on TV I saw it on social media and I saw it when I traveled all over the world speaking and teaching for my job says Karyn Unkindness has become an epidemic Wanting to do something to start a kindness movement Karyn had the idea to create small green buttons with red hearts on them and slips of paper with messages such as Plant Kindness and Grow Love and Practice Kindness The idea was to anonymously leave buttons and slips wherever she was airports restaurants grocery stores for people to find Three years later in 2019 Karyn founded The Love and Kindness Project Foundation A registered 501 c 3 charity The Love and Kindness Project Foundation LKPF is dedicated to creating a world of love and kindness before money Unlike many public charities LKPF focuses not on raising funds but on raising kindness especially with adults because adults solve world problems and raise kind kids The foundation s kindness is facilitated by giving out at no cost including shipping Love and Kindness Buttons hosting kindness events providing downloadable material for those interested in kindness activities and handing out micro grants to help others create their own Kindness Projects Resources are available in many different languages Every single person can be kinder background language and economic circumstance is never a barrier says Karyn Since LKPF began they have given out over 40 000 Love and Kindness buttons and given businesses schools and individuals all over the world micro grants of up to 250 00 to fund kindness projects of their own When the foundation first started it was supported by the cashback Karyn received from her visa cards from work travel and from the royalties of her books As a kindness raising organization LKPF never expects anyone to donate though it is kind and greatly appreciated THE HEART COMPANY donates 1 per bottle to LKPF of its vegan fragrance KINDNESS in a bottle and this past Giving Tuesday LUSH North America featured the foundation in all of its stores and online as well as donating all of the sales from the Snow Fairy Bath Bomb It is more important for people to do an act of kindness in return for our materials or help That s what will change the world For more information on The Love and Kindness Project Foundation or to order buttons or donate visit The Love and Kindness Project Foundation Non Profit Foundation Site or follow them on social media to get a free EveryDayKindness idea Facebook The Kindlies Instagram lovekindnessprojectfoundation ABOUT THE WRITER Mindy Kyle is passionate about helping people discover what brings them joy and to live a full healthy and happy life She has her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from DePaul University and is a veteran of Chicago s theater and commercial world as well as a graduate of the Second City Improv School Mindy lives in Naperville with her husband three chil dren and the cutest dogs in the land VIEWMINDY SMONTHLYCOLUMN AT www GlancerMagazine com to give to inspire Glancer Magazine JULY 2023 WESTERN SUBURBS 89

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