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1. Classic Car Show
on Jackson Avenue
June 19 • 9am-12pm
NAPERVILLE–Weather permitting, enjoy
a leisurely stroll on Jackson, along the
Riverwalk and enjoy the looks of up to
100 Classic Cars in all makes and
models. Free to Attend. Cars will be
on display on Jackson Avenue, along
the Riverwalk, between Eagle and
Main Streets!
3. Centennial
Beach Now Open!
NAPERVILLE–Get ready for some
warm weather fun at Naperville’s fa-
vorite outdoor swimming destination!
Spend the day and enjoy the Beach’s
many amenities including a shallow
end slide, water play features, sand
beach, diving complex and more.
Bring your own food and enjoy a picnic
or grab a bite at Centennial Grill. Mem-
bership and daily pass information in
addition to facility information and
guidelines are available at web site.
4. Frida Kahlo: Timeless at Cleve
Carney Museum of Art In Glen Ellyn
GLEN ELLYN–Featuring a collection of pieces on loan from the
Museo Dolores Olmedo in Mexico City, “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” ex-
plores the life and work of one of the most well-known painters of the
20th century. With 26 original pieces on display, accompanied by a
historical exhibit that dives into the details of Kahlo's life. Additional
items on display include reproductions of Kahlo's distinctive clothing,
more than 100 photographs from throughout her life and a Kahlo-in-
spired garden. Presented in association with the McAninch Arts
Center at the College of DuPage, this exhibition is on display at the
Cleve Carney Museum of Art in Glen Ellyn.
5 Things to Do
5. Swedish Days 2021 • June 24-27
GENEVA–Geneva’s largest festival features a host of family-friendly activities
with live musical entertainment, a carnival, Kids’ Day fun, multi-ethnic food
plus great shopping in our historic downtown. Check the Chamber website for
updates, including details regarding a Chocolate Crawl planned for June 27.
Due to Covid-19, the Arts and Craft Show and parade are canceled this year.
Other events are subject to change.
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2. Kane County Flea Market
June 5-6 In St. Charles
ST. CHARLES–The Kane County Flea Market is the
place to find antiques, collectibles, and fancy
junque. The Flea Market is known as the "Best in
the Midwest or Anywhere," so come and find unique
items! $6 daily admission with free parking.
Painted Mural Part of Glen
Ellyn’s Community Wide
Exhibit Honoring Frida Kahlo
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The Schmoker
Hall Family
summer memories begins early in the
year for Dirk, Stephanie, Sophia (3),
and Emma (19 months) with a tradition
that began with Stephanie’s mom
when she was a young girl. Each May
Day the family creates May Day bas-
kets with flowers, candies, and small
gifts and delivers them to each one of
their neighbors without being identified
which provides giggles galore for the lit-
tle ones and smiles abound for the recip-
As soon as Stephanie completes her school
year teaching at St. Marks in St. Charles, the
summer transitions seamlessly with the creation of
a family bucket list inclusive of going to the zoo, hitting
every park in the area, making homemade ice cream and popsicles,
observing sunsets from their farm cliff, and watching movies under the
“We also follow astronomical happenings and were even
able to catch the comet on Sophia’s birthday last year,”
Stephanie says.
“We often watch the moonrise too and love to
star gaze and have the children join in all we
do. We call our outings adventures, and the
girls get so excited when we tell them we are
going on an adventure.”
Living on a farm offers unique memories of
their own kind. Last summer marked the
beginning of a new tradition of COVID
camping with the Hall cousins on the farm,
highlighted with catching fireflies. The envi-
ronment also allows for eating clean and
teaching the girls how to garden.
“We have pots on the deck, sensory gardens, a
veggie garden, and a flower cutting garden. We
cook from our garden; our girls love salads, fresh
veggies, and fruits, and love to go berry picking and hiking
in the woods.”
Summers are completed with lots of water and mud play, family vaca-
tions, and always end with a trip to the Sandwich Fair in September.
-Story by Kristen Kucharski, Photos by KimberleeB Photography
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The Wijangco Family
NAPERVILLE–Having three active boys in the
family makes for extremely dynamic summer
fun for the Wijangco family. Traditionally
speaking, Owen (12) plays baseball at Nap-
erville Little League, Carter (17) fishes many
different bass circuits and travels the U.S.
throughout the year, and Max (14) skate-
boards, snowboards, and mountain bikes.
Summers bring family fun to Centennial Beach,
fishing at May Watts Pond, hiking at Waterfall
Glenn, morel mushroom hunting, and gardening at
the garden plot through Naperville Park District; ho-
wever, they also visit Iowa quite a bit because that’s where
mom grew up and loves to share childhood traditions with her boys.
“Each summer we visit Decorah, Iowa and trout fish in the countryside.
It is beautiful, serene and one of my favorite activities with the boys. We
also visit a drive-in movie theatre in Maquoketa, Iowa and The Ma-
quoketa Caves State Park is an absolute must see if you go to Iowa - it
is a state park like no other,” Jill says. “You can hike through many
caves and it offers breathtaking hiking. If you do visit the Quad City,
you must try Whitey's ice cream and Happy Joe's pizza - taco pizza is
a must!”
Now that they boys are older, this summer Ray is taking them along with
other dads and their kids to the Boundary Waters of Minnesota where
they will portage (carry) their canoes for up to a mile from one body of
water to the next. This is Ray’s third year continuing a tradition that was
completed by Jill’s dad with her cousins’ years earlier. The boys
will canoe, camp, and fish for a week with absolutely no cell
service or civilization.
The Wijanco’s have a bit of practice with this type of life-
style. Ray is the Cubmaster for Pack 101 and Jill is the
Conservation Director for Illinois Bass Nation and was
a Den leader for Cub Scouts for five years. The family
works hard and plays hard.
Other adventures this summer include Ray and Owen
backpacking to Pitchard Rocks National Lakeshore in Mu-
nising, MI where they will camp for 4 days. Max is also
making his second trip to Camp Woodward which is a sleep-
away camp in Woodward Pennsylvania. Max will skateboard
and learn from the very best for an entire week and Ray will tag along
as a camp volunteer.
The Wijangco’s enjoy staging vacations surrounding their children’s pas-
sions. Last year, Jill and her mom went to Table Rock Lake in MO and
watched Carter at one of his fishing tournaments and they were able to
visit her mom’s childhood home in Steelville, MO on the way and it
brought back so many wonderful memories. Other memories include
traveling to Kentucky Lake for one of Carter's high school tournaments
and Ray and Jill enjoyed mountain biking while Carter was fishing.
The tans will fade but the summer memories will last forever……as
every summer has a story.
We didn’t realize we were making memories; we were just having fun!
-Story by Kristen Kucharski, Photos Submitted
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The Horan Family
GLEN ELLYN–Traditions are very important to
Collin and Amanda Horan, and they look forward
to keeping old summer traditions alive with their
15-month-old daughter Bennett. Collin recalls
fond memories of family boat trips along the
Mississippi River while growing up in Iowa and
this is something they plan to continue for their
family as well. Amanda has great summer mem-
ories of the neighborhood kids getting together
and playing outside until dinner time and feels for-
tunate to live in a strong community like Glen Ellyn
to recreate the same for Bennett.
“We also look forward to building new traditions for our family like our an-
nual block party, fireworks at Lake Ellyn for the 4th, and traveling to visit
Lake Michigan,” Amanda shares. “We love attending all of the awesome
festivals that happen around the Western Suburbs each summer, such
as the Geneva Car Show and Country Road music festival in Glen Ellyn.
Another favorite is to have “farmer’s market dinners” where we go to a
local farmer’s market and create a whole menu from what is available
there. It has allowed us to meet some great local vendors and try new
foods and flavors.”
With a family motto of “Keep Having Fun” – making everything
they do an adventure while celebrating every milestone and
event, has allowed them to incorporate their business as
well, and achieve the perfect work/life blend.
“Our social accessory company, Line + Cleat is focused
around our love for life on the water so we usually are
planning our family vacations and day trips around areas
that lead us to a shoreline,” Amanda says. “We love that
we can accomplish great things for the business while
also giving our daughter some wonderful memories explor-
ing lake towns, boat rides, and days at the beach!”
At home, the work/life blend also involves membership with St.
Petronille Catholic Church, participation in the Glen Ellyn Park Dis-
trict Music Classes, serving as a board member of the Glen Ellyn New-
comers & Neighbors, as well as volunteering with Glen Ellyn Infant
Welfare. Amanda also feels blessed to be a part of the Glen Ellyn Mom’s
Village which has been a wonderful resource for her to connect with new
friends, introduce local events, and network with other moms of her com-
Life may take the Horan family down many paths, but their favorite jour-
ney always leads back to the beach. “Find Your Shoreline” is not only
the motto for their business, but the motto for their life.
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Concerts in Your Parks
All Summer Long
NAPERVILLE–Naperville Park District Concerts in Your Park is a
Sunday evening summer music series for families and neighbors;
each concert is held at a different neighborhood park. Bring your
lawn chairs and blankets for a FREE evening of outdoor musical en-
tertainment from 7pm to 8:30pm. Join your friends and neighbors
for the musical event coming to your area on June 13, 27; July 11,
18, 25; and August 1.
Summers Back at Centennial Beach
NAPERVILLE–Summer’s Back at Centennial Beach, so get ready for
some warm weather fun at Naperville’s favorite outdoor swimming des-
tination! Spend the day and enjoy the Beach’s many amenities includ-
ing a shallow end slide, water play features, sand beach, diving
complex and more. Bring your own food and enjoy a picnic or grab a
bite at Centennial Grill. Membership and daily pass information in ad-
dition to facility information and guidelines are available online.
Fathers Day Fun!
NAPERVILLE/CHICAGO– Friday, June 18 through Sunday, June
20 • $20 to $45 per person packages
How fun is this! Whirly Ball is offering a package that's ideal for
family gatherings to celebrate Dad this Father’s Day, WhirlyBall
will offer a Summer Series package which includes a special deal
on entertainment paired with food and drink. Reservations are
strongly recommended. Visit online for package types and inclu-
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See What’s Planned for Summer
AURORA–TICKETS ON SALE NOW! West suburban Chicago is all
a buzz as concert venues start to open up, inluding Aurora's River-
Edge Park, opening July 1. REO Speedwagon will play their first live
concert since the pandemic right here in Aurora. Forty million records
sold, 13 top 40 hits and millions of fans later, REO is still rocking the
rafters. Be there for this momentous event. Poi Dog Pondering will
be playing here on August 28 with many tribute bands playing in be-
tween to include Tusk, Hollywood Nights and Stayin’ Alive.
Photo by RiverEdge Park
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Naperville Woman’s Club
61st Fine Art & Artisan Fair
NAPERVILLE–After a year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Naperville
Woman’s Club (NWC) is proud to host the Naperville Fine Art and Ar-
tisan Fair (FAAF). The event will be held at Naper Settlement, 523
S. Webster Street, downtown Naperville. The FAAF – a NWC signa-
ture tradition for over 60 years – is a community celebration of the vi-
sual arts bringing over 100 talented artists, fine crafters, and gourmet
food vendors together to browse and shop in a perfectly charming at-
mosphere. Fair goers will also enjoy music, adult beverages, and
special activities: a participatory community mural, an immersive walk-
through scene drawn by famed 3D Chalk Artist Shaun Hays, a new
Petite Picasso area for kids’ activities and a balloon artist. The Fair
is free including admission to the Settlement.
For more information, visit
To volunteer, contact Nancy at
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Local World War II History Now on
Display at Naper Settlement
NAPERVILLE–Explore Naperville’s World War II history at
Naper Settlement this spring. Answering the Call: Naperville at
War 1941-1945 will engage visitors with a story that is almost
entirely local and personal.
Hear the stories of the Napervillians who served in all branches
of the military, Japanese internment workers who came to work
here, local "Rosie the Riveters" at Kroehler Manufacturing and
more! For more information, please visit
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#3 | Wheaton Art Walk
WHEATON–The Downtown Wheaton Association will be hosting this ju-
ried art festival in downtown Wheaton on Hale Street and Karlskoga
Avenue on June 12-13 from 10am-5pm. The Wheaton Art Walk will
showcase the work of many juried artists from around the world in a va-
riety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting,
sculpture and more. In addition to the incredible artwork available for
purchase, attendees will be able to interact with artists through demon-
strations and booth chats. Free Admission.
#4 | Batavia Boardwalk Shops
BATAVIA–Ten unique seasonal retail shops located at 114 East Wilson
Street at Route 25 and Wilson Street. The Shops are open now through
December 19, 2021. Shop hours are Friday 10am-7pm.; Saturday 9-
4pm.; Sunday Noon to 4pm. Stores include Farmdog Flowers, Gallery
of Wood, Wanerin’ Barefoot Farm, EV Creative, CatTalpa Manor, Pretty
Pages, New Moon Vegan, Bumblebee Cottage Apothecary, MoJo Re-
Creations, Black Angel Designs.
#5 | Morton Arboretum Human+Nature
LISLE–The Morton Arboretum’s summer outdoor art exhibition,
Human+Nature will inspire awe and wonder as it connects people and
trees. Internationally renowned artist Daniel Popper created five 15- to
26-foot-tall sculptures exclusively for the Arboretum that will be featured
in various locations across its 1,700 acres, leading guests to areas they
may not have explored before. It will be his largest exhibition to date
anywhere in the world.
#6 | Wines & Finds
GLEN ELLYN–Taste, explore & celebrate at Downtown Glen Ellyn’s pre-
mier wine tasting and shopping event on June 18 from 5-8pm Only 150
tickets will be sold! Begin by bringing your ticket to Cabernet & Co (434
N. Main St.). You’ll receive your Wines & Finds tasting glass and a pro-
gram detailing the participating businesses. Each store will offer two
wine selections to taste and light appetizers specifically chosen to pair
well with the wines. Shop and enjoy!
#7 | Live and Uncorked
AURORA–Bring a blanket, picnic basket and your favorite craft beer or
bottle of wine while enjoying an evening of great music at Blackberry
Farm in Aurora. Live & Uncorked is for ages 21+ Thursdays evenings
at 7pm from June 17 through July 29 featuring popular bands such as
Dick Diamond and The Dusters, Libodo Funk Circus, Strung Out, Billy
Elton, Second Time Around, Semple, Voyage.
#8 | PrairieFest
OSWEGO–We’ve got a lot to celebrate this Summer! PrairieFest might
need until Labor Day to get our full-scale fun together – but the Oswe-
goland Park District has a dedicated Summer Carnival coming to Prairie
Point Park in Oswego over Father’s Day Weekend. Plan for Thursday,
June 17-Sunday, June 20 for thrills, rides, and midway games. Visit Prai- for Summer Carnival hours or to learn more about the
bands and entertainment coming together for the Labor Day Weekend,
September 3-6, PrairieFest event.
#9 | Naper Nights
NAPERVILLE–Naper Nights Concert Series Returns to Naper Settle-
ment on July 16-17, August 13-14, and September 17-18. Get ready for
a summertime tradition that features cold drinks, great food, and fab-
ulous music! Naper Nights explores major historical milestones and their
effect on pop culture with themed musical tribute concerts. Rock out
with your community as you eat, drink, dance, and hear the area's best
tribute bands perform your favorite rock, pop, country, and soul hits!
This year’s line-up includes tributes to the Beach Boys, Rolling Stones,
Dave Matthews Band, and more! For tickets, please visit
#10 | Downers Grove Farmers Market
DOWNERS GROVE–Sponsored by the Indian Boundary YMCA and Vil-
lage of Downers Grove, the Downtown Downers Grove Market has of-
fered the community everything from fresh food to crafts and live
entertainment. With more than 100 vendors, there's something for ev-
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About Kerwell Premium CBD House
NAPERVILLE–At Kerwell, we strive to recharge your health and peace of mind
through our curated collection of pure, premium, 100% Hemp, CBD products. It
is our mission to locally source the best natural products, provide a premium se-
lection and a learning atmosphere to help educate and inspire the community to
elevate their beauty, health and wellness routines with a CBD lifestyle.
CBD enhances our bodies own ability to repair and correct irregularities. CBD
doesn’t intervene in anything on the inside of us. CBD works by interacting with
receptors in your body called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Your ECS
regulates stress, sleep, pain, anti-inflammatory, immune system, mood and much
more. It’s always working to keep your body in its optimal state.
Visit us online 24/7 at
and let us help get you on the
road to a new and healthier lifestyle.
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Make Your Reservation Today
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 “eater-
tainment” complex features a variety of activities including Whir-
lyBall, LaserTag, HyperBowling and bowling plus private event
spaces for groups of any size. Round out your event with cus-
tomized menus featuring The Pivot Room’s selection of elevated
American fare and craft beverages. Book your event today!
Whirlyball Naperville
3103 Oddyssey, Naperville
(630) 932-4800
Love unconditionally. Be loyal. Enjoy the outdoors.
Play. Walk more. Express gratitude. Live simply.
Greet loved ones with enthusiasm. These aren’t
just pandemic reminders - these are important
teachings from our furry family members.
“Everything I know I learned from dogs.”
-Nora Roberts
Dogs aren’t just pets - they’re an extension of the
family … and a reminder that family doesn’t have
to be blood. The human-animal bond is unlike any relationship; it’s a re-
lationship that provides physical, mental and emotional support. It’s no
surprise that dog owners are looking for ways to spoil their four-legged
friends. In fact, we can thank Millennials for the uptick in pet consumer-
ism - they’re responsible for the growth of premium dog food. Enter
Happy Dog Barkery.
In April 2004, Happy Dog Barkery opened its doors in
Downers Grove. This beloved shop just celebrated its
17th anniversary! The ‘barkery’ is a women-and-
family-owned, pet-specialty retailer that features an in-
house dog bakery. They make the following: cookies,
cakes, stews, froyo, donuts, meatloaf, pill dough, soft
pretzels, chips & liver and liver mac & cheese. It’s all
about variety! All recipes are regulated by the Depart-
ment of Agriculture, too. Fun fact - HDB gets spent
grains from Alter Brewing, a local brewery. Spent
grains are lower in carbs, gluten-reduced, high in fiber
and high in protein - a sustainable way to repurpose
and upcycle food locally!
As warmer days are upon us, be sure to treat your pooch to some well-
deserved froyo! Peanut butter, banana, berry and maple bacon are stan-
dard menu flavors - but, speciality favors are sprinkled in seasonally.
Cheers to tasty new memories - it’s sure to be a tail-waggin’-good-time!
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Why So Many LOVE VAI’S
NAPERVILLE–If you’re on social media, you have probably seen
many shares, “likes” and positive reviews about VAI's Italian In-
spired Kitchen+Bar located in Naperville near Fox Valley Mall on
Route 59.
As Savory & Sweet Sister’s shared in their March 2019 review of
the restaurant, Vai’s has a generous space to host large groups
and private events. Whatever the event– Vai’s is the place to have
it! As we thoroughly enjoyed our food, a couple got engaged just
a few tables away and then were whisked to a private dining area
to be further surprised by family. Along with the generous space,
the owners have generous hearts and a vision of sharing their new
space with the community hosting fundraisers.
VAI’s serves American/Italian Contemporary food. Artisan small
plates. Wood fired pizza. House made pasta. A huge wine selec-
tion. Check out their new outdoor patio - it’s amazing!
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Saki Flights & Craft Cocktails
Head Downtown Naperville for this Delightful Treat
NAPERVILLE–Blue Sushi Sake Grill offers a creative sushi experi-
ence for purists and adventurers alike. Guests enjoy an energetic
dining experience, unique in atmosphere with the food and drink to
match. A large maki, sashimi and nigiri menu is complemented by
Asian-inspired starters, entrees, soups, salads, desserts, and an ex-
tensive drink menu that includes premium cold sake. Blue offers
happy hour food and drink specials every day, including weekends.
Life Is Better at the Hampton Social
BURR RIDGE–Inspired by the feeling of long summer days spent on the
coast, The Hampton Social is the perfect place to imbibe and relax. The
"Rosé All Day" lifestyle, coastal-inspired cuisine and hand-crafted cock-
tails creates the perfect social atmosphere. A playful, modern espcap
worth celebrating at this coastal-inspired restaurant hotspot. Multiple lo-
cations. Our favorites are Burr Ridge, Streeterville and River North.
A Happy Hour So Delightful
Head to Ditka’s for Happy Hour from 3-6pm M-F
OAK BROOK–Some words of inspiration from football legend Mike
Ditka—"The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare." So
let's prepare by eating a good meal at this supper club that doubles as
a hall-of-fame to the former coach of the Chicago Bears. The walls are
lined with tributes and Ditka's personal mementos. Try one of these
original dishes—French Onion and Sauerkraut "Hangover Soup,"
Black and Blue Tuna "Puttanesca," Training Table Pot Roast or Cow-
boy T-bone with Soupy Red Beans. Guests love visiting for the legen-
dary Happy Hour help Monday through Friday from 3pm-6pm.
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Bringing Dinner
Back to the Kitchen Table
Diane and Richard Beaulieu absolutely loved the convenience of Entrée
Kitchen for nightly dinners in a world of work, sports, and everyday busy-
ness. They were regular clients when they took over ownership in 2009.
Richard maintained his job as a Forensic Accountant, but also now holds the
titles of CFO, Delivery Man, IT and Maintenance Guru for Entrée Kitchen;
while Diane loves having complete autonomy to do whatever is necessary to
take care of their kitchen team and customers on a day-to-day basis while
balancing their family life of raising their three teenage sons who are active
in swim, the Civil Air Patrol, band, and orchestra. The family works together
to support local school PTAs by offering fund-raising programs.
Although it may appear, Entrée Kitchen is like other “meal prep” companies,
there are many factors that set them apart, such as the bonus of being able
to get right to cooking without the need of a knife and a cutting board to do
all the prep first. This allows most of their meals to be freshly cooked in about
30 minutes versus 20 minutes of prep work first, before the cooking process
even begins.
Made-to-order entrees can be customized to include organic meat upgrades
on many of our entrees, as well as other substitutions or eliminations to meet
specific dietary restrictions; and unlike most companies, Entrée Kitchen al-
lows the option of drop in and same day ordering from their well-stocked
freezers with over 40+ different entrees, as well as a full complement of sides,
desserts, bread, and appetizers too.
An additional option is “Our weekly fresh menu, called Delicious Dinners in a
Dash.” Diane says. “These entrees are available Monday afternoon through
Friday and cook in 30 minutes or less. Plus, we will also have four Mother's
Day Specials, a special grilling menu for Father’s Day, and offer a monthly
Budding Chef's Program specifically geared toward getting the kiddos get to
help out in kitchen.”
With over 900 entrees in their database, finding a family favorite will be diffi-
cult, but bringing dinner back to the kitchen table has never been easier!
Entree Kitchen
26W276 Geneva Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188
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Walt Disney Imagineers worked hand in hand with local arti-
sans and cultural experts to create Aulani, A Disney Resort &
Spa. Inspired by the natural wonders and rich traditions of
Hawai‘i, Aulani Resort is the ultimate family getaway—cele-
brating the beauty, history and welcoming spirit of the island.
Located in Ko Olina, meaning “fulfillment of joy,” Aulani Resort
spans 21 acres along the island’s leeward coast. Perfectly posi-
tioned on a beautiful lagoon with a white-sand beach, Aulani Re-
sort is truly a vacationer’s paradise—and only about a 20-minute
drive from Honolulu Airport.
With 112 miles of shoreline, O‘ahu is a nature lover's paradise
with tons of things to do for families. Aulani, A Disney Resort
& Spa is nestled in the vibrant Ko Olina community and just a
short distance from Honolulu, Waikiki and Kailua—havens for
world-class shopping, dining, sightseeing and cultural activ-
A Family
Escape to
Aulani In
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Aulani Resort offers family fun and surprises at every turn.
Snorkel in private Rainbow Reef lagoon, splash in the misty
grotto, play in pools with special Disney touches, and dine at
restaurants with menu choices for adults and children. Your
vacation is better together at Aulani Resort!
At Aulani Resort, adults, teens and kids each have special
places to call their own. While adults reconnect, children love
the complimentary kids club that taps into cool island culture
and stories. Teens quickly discover the water sports, spa,
salon, teen-only activities—and beachy snacks at the Lava
Shack. Everyone’s happy!
Something unique is that
Aulani offers family spa services so
all ages can enjoy a relaxing spa experience. D
iscover spa
therapies and salon treatments for nearly every member of your
family. Kids love the PAINTED SKY: HI STYLE STUDIO where
girls and boys ages 3 to 12 will love getting a fun fashion trans-
formation—and a brand new look—with a Painted Sky, HI Style
Studio stylist…and a little pixie dust! The full-service salon at
Laniwai offers a variety of services for men, women and kids
ages 5 and up.
Like a Hawaiian valley flowing from mountains to sea, Aulani
Resort takes you on an exploratory journey of your own design.
Our beautiful accommodations are the perfect place to come to-
gether and discover the luxurious, Hawaiian-inspired elegance,
modern amenities—and the welcoming spirit of aloha. Get cozy
in one of our soothing standard rooms—or spread out in a gor-
geously appointed suite or Villa boasting separate gathering
Experience Aulani Resort, combining the wonder of Disney with
the beauty of Hawai’i in one legendary vacation destination. Ex-
plore exciting activities and share exhilarating moments amidst
pristine beaches and natural beauty on the island of O‘ahu.
Throughout your stay, you’ll discover a one-of-a-kind vacation
Activities and Entertainment Showcasing Disney Storytelling
–Encounters with Disney Characters
–Recreational Fun for All Ages
–A Complimentary Kids Club
Wondrously Themed Pools, a Lazy River,
Rapids & Waterslides
–World-Renowned Disney Service
–Luxe Accommodations with Magical Disney Touches
We celebrate the dads in our life in the month of
June and what better way than to take them on a
Brewery Tour in the middle of Starved Rock
Country! Awesome Ottawa Tours boasts a
plethora of history tours guided by Ottawa’s
own Tom Aussem who is rich in knowledge
about the finer fascinating details of this small
Although it was a tough pick as the Wine
Through Time tour was tugging at us strongly,
and the Obscure Bike Tour sounded like a unique
way to caravan through time; with dads in mind this
month, we selected the Brewery Tour at Tangled Roots
Brewery, and we plan on returning in October to try the an-
nual haunted tour which partners with the Paranormal Research In-
stitute for a reality experience of its own kind.
The brewery tour started with tasting hops and barley, and we
learned the ins and outs of making beer. We were inside and out-
side, upstairs and downstairs, and saw the kettles, fermenters,
washers, and the like, including the bottling line which was reminis-
cent of Laverne and Shirley and inclusive of our own reenactment
of ‘Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!’ because it
just had to be sung. We took home souvenir caps, discovered the
art brewing, and were engrossed in the history of the building, the
owners, and the town, and how it all came together.
Of course, the tour also included a complimentary flight of farm to
foam craft beer which was enjoyed with our amazing dinner at Tan-
gled Roots Brewery.
After the tour, Tom shared other highlights of Ottawa
and encouraged us to visit Buffalo Rock State Park
which overlooks the Illinois River. We enjoyed a
short hike, amazing view, and a personal en-
gagement with the three buffalo on the premise
that interacted with us and provided many
laughs and unexpected memories.
Just a short 52-minute drive from home, it felt
like we were a million miles away for the day.
Awesome Ottawa Tours provided an engaging
afternoon of something unique and different,
and we cannot wait to go back for another experi-
Starved Rock Country’s only guided history tours. Seven unique
tours to choose from. Drive, bike, walk, hike, brewery, and wine
Awesome Ottawa Tours
624 Court Street, Ottawa, IL
(815) 343-4940 •
Hours: Tours available 7 days a week
Price $: Price Varies Depending on Tour
Naperville mom Kristen Kucharski graduated from Illinois State Uni-
versity in 1992 with an International Business Degree. She has two
energetic daughters and her house is always full of children.
Kristen’s column titled, Mom's Little Black Book, is a monthly feature
written for moms who are looking for ways to keep their kids busy.
Read her past columns at
by Kristen Kucharski
Photos Submitted
MOM’S lile black book
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Trend + Relic Offers More than Just Home Decor
tST. 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, furni-
ture & art and they have a variety of clothing & accessories, too. Each of the wonderfully talented mer-
chants have created beautiful spaces in the shop as well as local markets so you will find some of
your very favorites here.
Owned by Karri and Heather, together they bring years of retail, decorating, design, staging and paint-
ing experience to the shop. Their vision was to bring a unique shopping experience to Saint Charles
like no other– creating a space that felt inspired, comfortable, friendly and passionate. At trend + relic,
we are confident that you will experience all that and more.
You will also find monthly paint classes which include ‘How To’ and ‘Make and Take’ workshops. Call
the shop or visit to learn about upcoming classes, including girls night out boutique events
trend + relic, 1501 Indiana Avenue, St. Charles, Illinois • (630) 803-5253 •
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Kevin Peterson’s Passion for
Repurposing Vintage Shines through
In His Latest Project, Giving this 1964
Travel Trailer New Life
NAPERVILLE–Kevin enjoys and appreciates
a "Vintage" element to everything, from ve-
hicles to buildings. He believes nothing
should be discarded and through adaptive re-
use and restoration, everything can have a
meaningful and continued life.
“I grew up with a father who said that ‘you can
do just about anything, if you have the right
tools and the right teacher. So, never be afraid
of a challenge,’ Kevin says. “With that in
mind, this work on the trailer has been won-
derfully enjoyable.”
Referring to the 1964 Travel Trailer, a COVID-inspired purchase in
November 2020. He and his wife, Janet began discussions on their
love of travel and finding a way to travel more, but on their own
‘Influenced by my father, I have built many construction projects and
restored and worked on numerous vintage cars and motorcycles
since I was nine years old,” Kevin says. “So, this project seemed
like a perfect blend of all of that expertise.”
With a refresh of the exterior accent color remaining, the project is
about 99% completed. Since November, Kevin gutted the interior
and re-designed and re-built the 7 x 10-foot space into a more func-
tional modern design. The remodel included a layout change of the
kitchenette and mechanical closet to provide a separate Porta-Potty
room and more storage, new lighting, flooring, countertops, cabi-
nets, a new dinette table, microwave, and electric cooktop.
“This was truly a ‘mini house’ project that involved the disciplines of
carpentry, cabinet making, woodworking, laminating, electrical,
plumbing, painting, staining, etc.,” he says. “I found an old Armoire
that I used one of the doors for the Porta-Potty Room and cut the
other one up for new drawer fronts. The drawer pulls are from an
old 1960's cabinet; the Metal Art Feather (gifted to my wife from a
Native-American artist) on the kitchenette face is
decorative as well practical, for a towing security
strap for the Kitchenette drawers; the Live-edge
Walnut shelf was milled from a tree that I had
taken down on our property, and most of the wood
used on the project is from scraps that I had in my
Most importantly, behind every successful ren-
ovation or adaptive re-use includes passion and
needs to have and tell a story. According to Kevin,
without that depth, it is just replacing materials
and appliances, and the like, without a soul.
Kevin feels blessed to have a wonderful wife and
adult children to share his lifelong passions of ren-
ovating spaces throughout his 30 years of owning
his architectural practice that included some well-
known suburban projects such as:
A 10,000 square foot Dairy Barn designed to be re-used as a Sin-
gle-Family home.
• The Woodstock Theater involved the renovation of the original His-
toric 1920's theater (Ground Hog's Day fame) as well as a major
expansion that spans 3/4 of a City block in the Woodstock Down-
town area
• The Lake Theater in Oak Park, The Tivoli in Downers Grove, The
York Theater in Elmhurst and numerous others.
• The renovation of the historic Bank building in downtown St.
Charles also included a major expansion on a very challenging site.
Kevin also stays busy as a Board Member of Kids Matter, The Avery
Coonley School, Chair of the Naperville Historic Commission, and
a member of the Chamber of Commerce Team B2B, and when time
permits, he pursues his other passions of aviation, vintage cars,
motorcycles, cooking, art, guitar, and skiing.
He lives life on his terms and shares his talents graciously.
-Kristen Kucharski, Photos Submitted
To Share Story & View More Photos, Visit
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River Location
The Perfect Home for an Active Family!
One of the largest properties on the Du-
Page River. Access the river from your
own backyard for Kayaking, Rafting and
Fishing. Ride your bike down the street to
the well known Dupage River Trail, ideal
for cycling, running and hiking
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View Remodeling Gallery Online
NAPERVILLE– Recognized as a premiere remodeling company,
with a 10,000 square foot showroom in Naperville, HomeWerks
has a beautiful online gallery of photos and ideas to help you
plan your next remodeling dream come true. Now’s a great time
to start planning your next kitchen, bath or basement project!
Family owned and operated since 1996, HomeWerks special-
izes in full service remodeling. The kitchen and bath displays are
interactive, allowing visitors to experience many product features
first hand. With the focus of providing high quality products, pro-
fessional installation and exceptional customer service
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In Home Consultation
NAPERVILLE–Have you every wished you had a friend in interior design? Well, you do! Invite Nona
Jo’s in to see your space.
Why is it so easy to help a friend design her space, but when it comes to your own house you freeze
up? Don’t worry; Non Jo’s design team understands! Their team will work with you to make the right
choices that fit your style. Whether you are building, remodeling, or refreshing your house, they’ll be by
your side for every decision. From flooring, paint colors, kitchen and bath remodels to custom furniture,
window treatments, artwork, lighting, and accessorizing, we will transform your house into a home.
The Nona Jo’s Design Team gets excited about transforming any space. No project is too small or too
large. Their consultation process is friendly and relaxed. The first step is to set up a Walk and Talk. Two
designers will visit your home, get a feel for your spaces, take measurements, and listen to your vision
for the project and understand your needs. Next is a followup e-mail reviewing the visit and prioritizing
the project. Then together you can decide the plan.
Learn more today at
Summer Design
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by Mindy Kyle
Photos Submitted
From the Fire into the Garden:
A Healing Journey
In 1995, when author and licensed clinical social worker, Deb-
orah Marqui received a terminal diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s
lymphoma, she knew her healing journey would have to in-
corporate not only her body but also her mind and spirit.
“Cancer diagnosis has a way of waking you up to life,” says
Deborah. “I knew I would need to embrace a meditation prac-
tice and found being attentive to nature brings you back to
your senses and keeps you in the present moment.” Deborah
felt called to create a beautiful and peaceful retreat setting
that would help others connect with God through nature and
offer a path to healing the soul. The Healing Gardens at her
Stone Hill Farm was creatively built with serene, wooded
paths and colorful perennial gardens and is open to others as
a meditative sanctuary.
Cancer free from the lymphoma since 1996 and in remission
from breast cancer in 2002, Deborah has written her intimate
and soul-baring memoir, From the Fire into The Garden: A
Healing Journey, that takes the reader through the “fire” of
suffering cancer into the creation of her Healing Gardens.
What began as journal entries to make sense of the sudden,
shocking reality of a terminal diagnosis became a powerful
raw account of the author’s transformational journey.
To read and gain a deeper understanding of Deborah’s soul
journey, you can purchase her book on Amazon and Barnes
and Noble and in Townhouse Books in St. Charles. It can
also be purchased when visiting the Healing Gardens at
Stone Hill Farm. To learn more, visit www.healinggardens
We’d Love to Meet Them! Introduce
Us at
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This proud Naperville resident shares that helping local sellers and
buyers doesn’t feel like work making it easy to be dedicated and re-
sults oriented When she is hired to list a home she gains much of
the marketing inspiration from her sellers when she asks “ what do
you love about your home?” From there she designs high end cus-
toms booklets with professional photography & drone shots, de-
scriptions of updates, & develops unique ways to target the right
buyers on the internet. Restyling her listings with professional stag-
ing , 3D tours great for out of state buyers and constant follow up
with all parties are all included for her recipe of success! Susan is
currently meeting with sellers & buyers now in anticipation of a thriv-
ing Spring market~ Call luxury listing agent Susan Colella anytime
to discuss your real estate goals for 2021.
Susan Colella, Baird & Warner, (630) 946-3813
Susan Colella
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To Give,
To Inspire
A Monthly Caring + Sharing Column
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Suicide Prevention
Services Batavia
This past year has been
hard on so many of us. I
see often in the news
health reports showing in-
creases in loneliness, de-
pression, anxiety and
unfortunately suicide. We
all need to watch out for
each other. This is why organizations such as Suicide
Prevention Services (SPS) out of Batavia become so in-
valuable. SPS’s mission is to open minds, restore hope
and save lives through prevention, intervention and post-
“My mom, Ellen Weber, died by suicide in 1979,” says
Stephanie Weber, Executive Director of Suicide Preven-
tion Services as well as a licensed clinical professional
counselor. “At that time, there were no services avail-
able for those who had a loved one die from suicide.
SPS is one of few organizations in the United States to
have prevention, intervention and postvention under one
roof.” Their prevention services take the form of educa-
tion and training through workshops and presentations
tailored to the needs of an organization, school or
agency. Here they can teach the community warning
signs, risk factors, and resources available and put more
people on alert. Intervention is their 24/7 Hotline. SPS
is one of the centers for the National Suicide Prevention
Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) and has a local depression
hotline (630-482-9696) as well. The organization’s ther-
apists are also available to handle walk-ins, appoint-
ments and referrals from schools and third parties.
Postvention is for the aftermath of suicide including in-
dividual and family counseling and their support group,
Survivors of Suicide, which is for family members or
friends who have sur-
vived the death of a
loved one. SPS also
offers SOSA (Survi-
vors of Suicide At-
tempts) for anyone
who has tried to take
their life but lived.
SPS has four major
fundraisers a year.
The upcoming events are the 5K at the Batavia River-
walk (June 5th), the “Here for Life Walk” in St. Charles
that memorializes loved ones lost to suicide (September
11th), the “Harvest of Hope” Brunch at the Aurora Coun-
try Club (November 21st), and their Christmas Eve fund-
raiser where those who contribute receive a luminaria
bag with their loved one’s name written on the front and
a lit candle inside that is then placed on the walks of
Suicide Prevention Services is “Here for Life” and invites
the community to attend or volunteer at any of their
events. Donations are always welcome. Members of
the community can also become involved by training to
be a hotline paraprofessional volunteer for the 24/7 hot-
line. More information about SPS and their services can
be found on their website,
Mindy Kyle is passionate about helping people
discover what brings them joy and to live a
full, healthy and happy life. She has her
Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing
from DePaul University and is a veteran of
Chicago’s theater and commercial world as
well as a graduate of the Second City Improv
School. Mindy lives in Naperville with her hus-
band, three children and the cutest dog in the
Batavia Organization Restores Hope & Saves Llives
through Prevention, Intervention & Postvention
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PENNY O’BRIEN – One word that
consistently comes to clients’ minds
when they think of Penny O’Brien is
“hustle.” As a Seller Representative
Specialist, she loves meeting with
sellers to discuss pre-market home
improvements and guide them to make their home “showtime ready” when
it hits the market. She strongly believes in professional staging and offers it
as a complimentary service. With a reputation for “good-looking listings,” she
helps clients realize a higher return and quicker sale. Penny says “Staging
transforms a home from average to amazing”.
Penny O'Brien Broker
Relocation Specialist / Negotiation Expert
(630) 207-7001 •
Read Penny’s Local Industry
Expert Column at
PPeennnnyy OOBBiieenn
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More Growth for Trending Downtown Area
DOWNERS GROVE–A variety of small businesses, amazing owners and com-
munity support makes downtown Downers Grove the destination it is today.
Downtown Downers Grove is continuing to welcome new businesses, de-
spite the pandemic. This month the community welcomes Dated to Ren-
ovated at 926 Warren Avenue. We look forward to welcoming Eiffel
Waffle at 1028 Curtiss and Rybell’s Blow Dry Bar at 5221 Main Street.
Plan your day to explore downtown Downers Grove! The boutiques will
help you find the perfect gift for dad or the grad in your life! Don’t forget to
pick-up a treat for yourself, too!
The restaurants and cafes can please every taste bud. The extended out-
door has returned, offering many alfresco options in addition to indoor, de-
livery and pick-up.
Keep your eye out for beautifully painted windows at 15 downtown businesses,
during the month of June, as part of the EQDG Pride celebration of Pride Month.
Locations In Wheaton & Geneva
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.
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What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that focuses on the spine and other
joints of the body, and their connection to the nervous system. The word
chiropractic means “to be done by hand.” Chiropractors use adjustments
to restore joint function and support the nervous system. Accidents, falls,
and postural stress can cause subluxations, which are misaligned verte-
brae within the spine from its normal position. Subluxations put pressure
on the nerve roots and can decrease function of nerve signals between
the body and the brain. Left unresolved, they can lead to chronic con-
ditions. The weight of a dime on a spinal nerve can reduce transmission
by as much as 60% (Chang Ha Suh, PhD. Spinal Biomechanics Expert).
Chiropractic Care at Naperville Chiropractic and Massage also includes
soft-tissue therapies, massage, lifestyle recommendations, fitness coach-
ing and nutritional advice.
Naperville Chiropractice & Massage is located at 47 E. Chicago
Avenue, Suite 332-B in Downtown Naperville.
Love Your Spine!
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Kids Will Love the New
Rainbow Cone In Lombard
LOMBARD–Store no. 2 opens after 95 years of success in Chi-
cago. Since 1926, Chicago's iconic Rainbow Cone has drawn
pastel ice cream-lovers from far and wide to its pink, pastel-ified
store on South Western Avenue in South Side. But now, nearly
100 years later, the brand added a second location on East
Roosevelt Road in Lombard and the kids will LOVE it! Get ready
for some photo opps, too.
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Family Kid Rock
aat Cantigny
WHEATON– Wiggle, giggle, dance
and sway, have some fun Kid Rock
way! Kid Rock is a movement-based
learning and imaginative play class
with music. Join in for music that
really can’t be “beat”!
Held at Cantigny’s Rock Garden
Parent/Child Program
1-6 Years, with Adult
Four-Week, In-Person
Session from 6/11-7/2
DuPage Children’s
Museum Opens June 5
NAPERVILLE–On Saturday, June 5 DCM
reopens for general admission. Guests can
expect the same high-quality early learning
experiences (and fun) but with new prac-
tices in place such as timed admission and
reduced capacity to help keep everyone
safe. Tickets need to be purchased in ad-
OSWEGO–We’ve got a lot to celebrate this Summer!
PrairieFest might need until Labor Day to get our full-
scale fun together – but the Oswegoland Park District has
a dedicated Summer Carnival coming to Prairie Point
Park in Oswego over Father’s Day Weekend.
Plan for Thursday, June 17-Sunday, June 20 for thrills,
rides, and midway games. Visit for
Summer Carnival hours or to learn more about the bands
and entertainment coming together for the Labor Day
Weekend, September 3-6, PrairieFest event.
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Now Open!
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Valley View Dental offers a full array of general dentistry services,
cosmetic dentistry, periodontal, dental implants, orthodontics proce-
dures, and oral surgery. This includes Invisalign, BOOST Teeth
Whitening, CEREC one-day crowns, and same-day emergency
visits guaranteed. With a large staff of bi-lingual doctors and staff,
on-site labs at each location, extended business and weekend
hours, Valley View Dental has the ability to treat patients according
to their own schedules and convenience with all Covid-19 precau-
tions taken. Stop by and see why others in the community have
trusted Valley View Dental for over 20 years.
Located In Naperville, Montgomery & Romeoville
Valley View Dental •
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All About Aptitude Testing
What are you doing after high school? After college?
Are you going to college? Do you need help to find the right
career choice?
The Career Vision Aptitude Advantage can help.
Aptitudes identify your strongest talents and the jobs you
would enjoy, and be good at doing. Combining your aptitudes
with your interests, Career Vision shows you specific career
choices. There are resources about college majors, job out-
look, and what you need to prepare 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
this reputable organization based out of Glen Ellyn a call.
Their assessment process is a positive and objective way to
give you the confidence to make good career choices. And,
your Personal Career Consultant will take time to discuss the
test results with you and also go over all of your choices.
If you are going to college and want to know why and 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 people find their best career
Career Vision •
• (630) 469-6270
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WESTERN SUBURBS–Transform your life today! In Home Fitness
By Val & Team brings the workout to your home! Busy schedule?
Not ready for a public gym?
In Home Fitness by Val & Team provide private personalized work-
outs with real results! Whether you have a home gym or not, they
provide everything you need.
In Home Fitness by Val, brings professionalism and fitness expertise
to you. Enjoy the convienience of an in-home workout appointment.
Val and her team can't wait to help you on your fitness journey! First
session is FREE.
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Photo by Ashley Summers
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All Things Beautiful for Summer
Take a drive and visit Velvet Grace in Oswego, it’s worth the trip!
Wander through our two boutiques which are packed with the un-
expected combinations of home decor, wall art, frames, women’s
apparel, jewelry, accessories, candles, uncommon trinkets and
more. Our design specialists are here to help with décor ideas,
accessorize an outfit, or choose the perfect gift that speaks to your
heart and soul. Also, Velvet Grace is a proud retailer of the #1,
easy-to-use, Chalk Paint®, by Annie Sloan and we can guide you
with your first project.
4025 US 34 Oswego • (630) 636.6570
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Destination Dress Boutique Since 2009
Special Occasions has been charming area residents throughout Chicagoland
since 2009 as a premiere destination location for beautiful gowns, dresses and evening
wear. Guests travel from near and far to experience the selection of their dream dress
in person, not just online. Upon entry into this beautiful downtown Batavia shop, you
are welcomed by an array of unique dresses that you can touch and feel, offering you
endless possibilities as you search for your dream dress, along with a knowledgeable
stylist who is there to guide you. Here, you will find each season’s most sought after
styles and must-have dresses. Founded by Mary Marconi-Popiel in 2009, the shop’s
attention to detail makes the ordinary more extraordinary, giving you a shopping ex-
perience 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! Enjoy 50% Off Select Gowns
2 N Batavia Ave., Batavia, Illinois, (630) 406-1515
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Jeans and a Cute Top Shop Invites You In
WHEATON & ST. CHARLES–So many LOVE Jeans and a Cute Top Shop, a
women's contemporary apparel boutique in downtown Wheaton and St. Charles.
Residents travel from all over Chicagoland to shop this unique boutique. The
Wheaton store also features a curated pre-loved collection of boutique brands
that have been "bought back" from their customers and resell for $10-$40. If you
have gently worn items, just a few years old, from respected boutiques or clothing
stores, bring to the Wheaton store. If accepted, we pay $5 Cute Cash for each
item. Cute Cash can be redeemed in any Jeans and a Cute Top Shop. How fun
is that? Visit the shop in Wheaton or St. Charles or shop online today. Summer
2021 is here. Be sure you are fashion ready.Photos by Mike Catuara
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Visit Online or at the Local Pop-Up
NORTH AURORA–Urban Echo Shop features on trend essentials for
the stylish at heart– from clothing and accessories, to home decor,
furniture, gifts and seasonal trends.
Owned by a mom 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 sit back and relax while browsing the shop’s simplified trend
collections. Each day is a new day at Urban Echo Shop.
1790 Town Centre Dr., North Aurora • Vendor #3 • At the Entrance
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2.. Wine and Hop
Tasting Tours
Wine Tasting Tours all
visit three of six vineyards in-
cluding Rocky Waters, Fer-
gedaboudit, Massbach,
Stone Cliff, Sunset Ridge
or Galena Cellars, and
you will receive 5-9+
tastings per each of the
locations. Hop Tours
visit three of four loca-
tions: one vineyard
and one or two unique
drinking establishment
from the 1850's and/or
a distillery, receiving
one drink at each loca-
3. See the Mississippi
MUSCATINE, IA–One of the most photo-
graphed Iowa state parks, at Wildcat Den
State Park, you can hike, explore, or camp.
Wildcat Den State Park is one of the most
unique parks in Iowa, combining natural
beauty and solitude, unique trails and preser-
vation of historical structures. Trails wind
through a variety of terrain, leading to geolog-
ical formations along the trail’s sandstone
bluffs, such as “Steamboat Rock,” and the
“Devil’s Punch Bowl." Visit the Pine Creek
Grist Mill, the oldest working grist mill between
the Mississippi River and the Rocky Moun-
tains, for a glimpse into Iowa’s past.
1. Swim with
the Dolphins
The Indianapolis Zoo is
the only place in the Mid-
west where you can get in
the water with dolphins!
This 90-minute Dolphin In-
Water Adventure pro-
gram includes 30
minutes of poolside and
in-water time with the
trainers and dolphins to
sample feeding a dol-
phin, signaling for be-
haviors and lots of
up-close, hands-on
animal interactions.
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Sometimes summer brings on a new kind of busy–from sports for the kids to family birthdays and holiday celebrations, like July 4th.
Most summers many just do not have the availability to plan a full blown vacation. This month’s list has just the right answer with one-
day destinations that are perfect for a quick get away. They won’t break the bank and they won’t take up all of your time, but they will
fullfill you and your family, giving you that much needed break. Here are 7 Spectacular Destinations for a One-Day Get Away. Enjoy!
6. Enjoy a Tour of Lake Delavan
DELAVAN, WI–Climb aboard the Lake Lawn Queen, De-
lavan Lake’s two-level 76-foot cruise boat! The Queen will
take you on a tour of Delavan Lake and its shores, which
boast five Frank Lloyd Wright homes and other historical landmarks.
The open-air top deck offers comfortable lounge seating and amaz-
ing lake views from every angle while the climate-controlled main
level provides various seating options and panoramic windows.
5.. Horseback Riding Along the Trails of Oregon
OREGON, IL–Ride 200 acres of wooded trails at White Pines
Ranch. Conveniently located just 90 miles west of Chicago and
only 30 miles south of Rockford, their bridle trails have rolling hills,
creek crossings, lots of beautiful hardwood trees, and wildlife.
Deer and other wildlife are often spotted. Their trails are suitable
for beginners but beautiful enough to be interesting for more ex-
perienced riders. Our riders just enjoy nature and being on the
back of a horse! Riders must be 14+ and no pony rides available.
4.. Mediate at the Japanese Gardens
ROCKFORD, IL–The Anderson Japanese Gardens have
been carefully designed and constructed using elements of
stone, water, plants, pagodas, bridges, water basins, and
more. All elements work together to inspire calm and tranquility in
guests. The placement of every rock, alignment of every tree, and lay-
out of all paths has been made with careful consideration to provide
many wellness opportunities throughout such as Sound and Gong Bath,
Yoga and Pilates, Mindful Art, Tai Chi, Mediation, and more.
7. Visit The Bahai’i House of Worship
WILMETTE, IL–One of only eight continental Baha’i Houses
of Worship in the world. It is the second Baháʼí House of
Worship ever constructed and the oldest surviving. A unique
experience both inside and throughout the outdoor
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