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HOME ESSENTIALS Spring Trends 2020 March is always a favorite for our readers. From beautiful kitchens to the latest in home design trends, and so much more. Our March pages bring a smile to many year after year, inspiring their springtime home updates. This month’s issue is themed Home Essentials, and as you turn the pages you will adore the countless highlights that our talented writing team has included for you. From our cover stories featuring Local Kitchens to Admire and Springtime Ready Realtors to Know, to our 7 Spectacular Home Design Showrooms to See, each fea-ture is just as inspiring as the next. You’ll also love our recurring features– such as Kristen Kucharski’s Dining Delights where she highlights restaurants that “feel like home”. Savory & Sweet Sisters share about a new eatery in downtown Lisle, and Mindy Kyle highlights a very special home-inspired charity in her To Give, To Inspire column. Page after page will leave you anticipating next month’s issue. Be sure to subscribe to have the magazine sent directly to your home. You’re going to love all that is being planned for the year! Enjoy and thanks for reading. Lindy Kleivo Publishing Director, West Suburban Area www.GlancerDaily.comTMTABLE OF CONTENTSMarch 20205 Hello From Glancer Magazine 7 5 Things to Do 9 Scene Around Suburbia 10 COVER: Local Kitchens to Admire 13 Spring Home Enhancement 14 Local Realtors to Know 16 Literary Locals 15 Local Business Spotlights 16 To Give, To Inspire 18 Dining Delights 19 Savory & Sweet Sisters 20 On Trend Downtown Glen Ellyn 22 #SUMMER2020: Camp Guide 24 Kid Stuff 25 Mom’s Little Black Book 26 7 Spectacular Showrooms to See PUBLISHER Glancer Magazine, Inc. PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Lindy Kleivo EDITORIAL | Print + Digital Kristen Kucharski Columnist / Writer Mindy Kyle Columnist / Writer Stephanie Schmoker Dining Critic Tiffany Schmoker Dining Critic SALES / MARKETING Lindy Kleivo Publishing Director PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Catuara Features Photographer Mike Mantucca Event Photographer PRINT + DIGITAL MONTHLY  A West Suburban Themed Issue Featuring the Best of West Suburban Chicago DIGITAL CONTENT | Daily + Weekly A Mobile Responsive Website at, Also Glancer Go-To Guide, Glancer Magazine’s Online Marketplace + Event Site Connecting Residents & Businesses COMMUNITY FEATURES Press Releases, Local Events, Community News ADVERTISING Print & Digital Advertising SUBSCRIPTIONS Receive the Printed Publication Monthly (12x/yr) PUBLISHED BY Glancer Magazine, Inc. 80 Main Street, Suite C Sugar Grove, IL 60554 (630) 277-8887 Glancer Magazine, highlighting the best of DuPage, Kane & Kendall Counties, is produced by Glancer Magazine, Inc. Glancer Magazine, You’ve Been Glanced and the Glancer logo are registered trade-marks of Glancer Magazine, Inc. All rights reserved. Print and digital magazine repro-duction in whole or in part is strictly prohib-ited. WEST SUBURBAN CHICAGO Featuring West Suburban Chicago March 2020 |Vol 19 Home Essentials This month we feature Local Kitchens to Admire, Springtime Ready Realtors to Know and so much more– our pages focus on home essentials for the season and so much more. Subscribe today online at ©Copyright 2020 All Rights Reserved Glancer Magazine, Inc. Glancer Magazine • MARCH 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 5March FeaturesWWW.URBANECHOSHOP.COMMarch2020_28pp_Layout 1 2/19/2020 2:51 PM Page 5

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2. SPRING VINTAGE SHOP HOP AT VINTAGE MARKET • MARCH 6 & 7 NORTH AURORA–Head to the Vintage Market in North Aurora on Rt 31 for this fun shopping event. From unique treasures to antique finds, you will find many different inviting displays at this multi-level vintage shop. For more details visit 20205 Things to Do1. DOWNERS GROVE WINE WALK • APRIL 30 DOWNERS GROVE–The 3rd Annual Wine Walk Downtown Downers Grove is Thursday, April 30, 5-8:30pm. Shop your way around downtown Downers Grove while enjoying 15 1oz tast-ings of wine. Discover new downtown busi-nesses and delicious wines. Tickets are $35 and will be available at Tickets are limited so act fast. This event did sell out last year! www.downtowndg.orgGlancer Magazine • MARCH 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 74. PLAN FOR SPRING HOME UPDATES AND VISIT THIS 10,000 SQ. FT. KITCHEN & BATH SHOWROOM  NAPERVILLE– Recognized as a premiere remodeling company, this 10,000 square foot showroom is truly inspiring. Family owned and operated since 1996, HomeWerks specializes in full service remodeling. The kitchen and bath displays are inter-active, allowing visitors to experience many product features first hand. With the focus of providing high quality products, profes-sional installation and exceptional customer service, Home-Werks has been a welcomed addition to the Naperville community. HomeWerks Kitchen and Bath • 1154 E. Ogden Avenue, Naperville (866) 265-8895 • 3. CHICAGO HOME SHOW  NAPERVILLE, LISLE, ST. CHARLES EVENT DATES The Home Shows, Inc Chicago Home Show brings homeowners and con-tractors together in a family-friendly setting close to home. Since 1976 The Home Shows, Inc in Oswego has been working in the con-struction area with a focus on marketing. They are a family owned and operated business providing some of the best ex-perience, most creative and the most shows produced in the Chi-cago suburban area. They have produced hundreds of events. March 14 & 15 • Sheraton Naperville-Lisle March 21 & 22 • Kane County Fairgrounds March 28 & 29 • Darien Sportsplex 5. RON ORY COMMUNITY GARDEN PLOTS NAPERVILLE–Plant and tend your own garden this year at the Naper-ville Park District’s Ron Ory Com-munity Garden Plots! Full-size and half-size plots are available for rent. Organic and raised ADA plots also are available. It’s a great way to grow fruits, veggies and flowers – especially if your home garden-ing space is limited. Registration information will be forthcoming in the 2020 Spring Program Guide or you can view details online at March2020_28pp_backup_Layout 1 2/18/2020 3:14 PM Page 7

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PAVE Fashion Show Fundraiser (Feb 8) Nearly $20,000 was raised for PAVE on Saturday Feb 8. It was a powerful even-ing and the room was filled with beautiful people, incredible fashion and food, luxury cars and cocktails, and a whole lot of passion for creating change and leading the way in the national movement in shattering the silence of sexual vi-olence. The stunning philanthropic fashion show, produced by Creative Director, Alicja Modela and Events, was hosted at Naperville’s Italian Autos and featured fashion designers from Project Runway and the Oscars Design Challenge, including, Elda de la Rosa, Borris Powell, and Shernett Swaby who premiered new styles and trends on the red carpet. Justin Roman, the Chicago Bulls entertainment host and radio DJ, along with Whitney Reynolds of PBS and iHeartRadio, hosted the live auction to raise funds benefitting PAVE (Promoting Awareness and Victim Empowerment). The funds raised will be used to support the new program launch at area high schools for sexual violence education beginning at Lake Park High School in Ro-selle the week of March 16th.Photos by Mike Catuara Invite Us to Your Next Event www.GlancerMagazine.comscenearoundSuburbiaYou’ve Been Glanced!Visit Us Online for Photos from this Event Magazine • MARCH 2020• WESTERN SUBURBS • 9SCENE AROUND TOWNMarch2020_28pp_backup_Layout 1 2/18/2020 3:15 PM Page 9

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IInnssppiirreedd bbyy VVoogguuee LLiivviinngg,, RReemmooddeelliissttaa JENNY LYTLE, DOWNERS GROVE Jenny spent a lot of time on Instagram for inspiration: Vogue Living, Williams Sonoma Home, One Kings Lane, deVOL kitchens, and Remodelista, to find the perfect modern home with vintage / classic design elements to complete their new kitchen this past April. She worked with Oakley Builders in Downers Grove to create a clean look en-suring plenty of cabinets to hide all her cooking gadgets; as well as ensure a light and bright space with a wall of windows so she can look outside and ap-preciate the changing seasons. Jenny most treasures her La Cornue range where her grandparent’s teapot sits. Jenny looks forward to creating memories with her husband and two children in the heart of their new home. 10 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MARCH 2020 • Glancer Magazine KitchensCOVER STORYby Kristen Kucharski Photos by Mike Mantuccato AdmireMarch2020_28pp_backup_Layout 1 2/18/2020 3:17 PM Page 10

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UUssiinngg EExxppeerriieennccee ttoo GGuuiiddee tthhee DDeessiiggnn LISA CLEAVER, GLEN ELLYN Being a Realtor for 15 years, Lisa has seen a lot of kitchens and knew exactly what features she wanted for own her busy family of four. She was grateful for designer Susan Klimala at The Kitchen Studio in Glen Ellyn who helped meld all her dream elements into a beautiful, functional design. Lisa loves her fun bar area and beverage fridge; appliance garages on either side of the stove; the pull-out cabinets; the tile mural behind the range and the glass cabinets with in-cabinet lighting; the gold accents; and the mitered 2” countertop on the island. The open concept of the kitchen and large island make for the perfect place for the family to gather and catch up each day while dinner is being prepared. Glancer Magazine • MARCH 2020• WESTERN SUBURBS • 11COVER STORYMarch2020_28pp_backup_Layout 1 2/18/2020 3:17 PM Page 11

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Glancer Magazine • MARCH 2020• WESTERN SUBURBS • 13Spring Home♥RRuussttiicc PPllaanntteerrss ffoorr YYoouurr PPoorrcchh AVAILABLE AT URBAN ECHO SHOP – Vintage, rustic and farmhouse chic, these metal planters will add the per-fect touch to your porch or patio decor this spring. Many to choose from online at Sugar Grove-based Urban Echo Shop. Also, choose from an adorably chic array of bird-houses that will add charm to your outdoor living space. Free shipping for orders over $50. Shop for apparel, ac-cessories, home decor & more. CCllaassssiicc CCoouunnttrryy CChhaarrmm YYoouu’’llll LLoovvee Blend classic country charm with a timeless white kitchen, garnish with brightly colored fruits and flowers and watch the compliments flow right in. Native Trails 30” Concrete Sink in “Ash”Finish, $1,668 IIvvoo WWiinnggbbaacckk CChhaaiirr ttoo AAdddd CCoozziinneessss COMFY & STYLISH – From breathing life into a little-used corner to providing a handy spot in the bedroom for that reading nook you’ve always wanted, ac-cent chairs bring personality and versatil-ity to spaces both big and small. $250+ www.wayfair.comGGllaassss JJaarr DDeeccoorr wwiitthh aa PPeerrssoonnaall TToouucchh CLEAN & ELEGANT – These versatile vases add the perfect fin-ishing touch for your traditional or farmhouse-inspired home. These decorative accents are a great ad-dition to any living room end table, dining room table, or entryway console table. Add a few stems of your favorite flower to give it that personal touch. Available at your favorite craft or home decor shop.EENNHHAANNCCEEMMEENNTTMarch2020_28pp_backup_Layout 1 2/18/2020 3:20 PM Page 13

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Penny O’Brien Baird & Warner, Naperville Penny has lived in six states with her husband and two children and was a relo-cation client herself when they moved to Naperville 19 years ago. Since then, she has immersed herself into the community sponsoring neighborhood events, supporting the Waubonsie Valley's Color Run & Silent Auction, and participating in various gym membership to enjoy overall health and wellness with the benefit of good friends and great comradery. She is high energy and brings lots of hustle to her real estate career which re-sults in repeat and referral business. Penny is a Certified Staging Consultant, Sellers Representative and Relocation Specialist, and has earned the Innovative Property Marketing Award; Founder's Club Award; Top 1% Sales & Units Award; and accrued over $29 million in sales in 2019. Her digital marketing and online presence, in combination with open houses and print media offers sellers the ultimate marketing exposure for their home. Penny is present and trendy and focusses on keeping her marketplace relevant, even incorporating lifestyle videos for her high-end listings. In a constantly changing real estate market, she has the flexibility and know-with-all to be always in front of the next big movement. -Kristen Kucharski 14 • WESTERN SUBURBS• MARCH 2020 • Glancer Magazine Realtors to KnowSPRINGTIME READYMarch2020_28pp_Layout 1 2/20/2020 9:27 AM Page 14

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Chris Cash, Keller Williams Infinity Naperville and West Suburbs Chris always wants to be remembered by her clients and the community as a person who comes from contribution – providing customer service that lasts a lifetime while creating relationships that become like family. She recalls assisting her clients in purchasing a late 1800's farmhouse style home in Geneva. To-gether they discovered the history of the home as well as some hidden treas-ures. She feels so fortunate to have helped them with the renovation details. Her background in Advertising and Interior Design allows her to find creative ways to market homes and professionally stage her listings which ultimately brings more showings and higher offers. See also assists her buyers in furnish-ing their new homes. With the Spring Real Estate Market around the corner, Chris suggests clients contact her 4-6 weeks prior to wanting to put their home on the market and take advantage of her "12 Step Preparation List"; therefore, ensuring a stress-free move. Regardless of where you are moving, Chris can match clients with their dream home anywhere across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. Referrals to va-cation destinations like Turks & Caicos, Mexico, and Honduras are her favorite. For every sale, Chris donates to the local humane society. Susan Colella Baird & Warner, Naperville Susan’s education and background in Sales and Marketing, along with her strong business sense, negotiating skills and design abilities provide the com-petitive edge she needs in the Chicago area real estate market. As a Certified Luxury Marketing Specialist, Certified Relocation Specialist, and Certified Stag-ing Consultant, she adds renewed inspiration by attending seminars with Tom Ferry, Brian Buffini, and Matthew Ferrara to name a few. According to Susan, it’s never too early to start preparing your home for the Spring market with a neutral color palette including creams, whites, and neutral grays and incorporate the help of a professional stager to maximize space and presence. She reminds clients to also think about the exterior; such as her most memorable listing in West Tamarack of Naperville that had a vacation style back-yard inclusive with an inground pool, gazebo, and outdoor fireplace which ulti-mately fostered the quick sale of the home. When Susan is not working, she enjoys spending quality time with her two amaz-ing daughters and boyfriend enjoying a meal at her favorite restaurant, Santo Cielo. She also loves yoga and playing piano; as well as supporting local char-ities such as Cal’s Angels, 360 Youth Services, and the Good Will Network. Stories by Kristen Kucharski, Photos by Mike Mantucca Unless Submitted Glancer Magazine • MARCH 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 15March2020_28pp_backup_Layout 1 2/18/2020 3:22 PM Page 15

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FAMILY DENTISTRY WITH A WIDE ARRAY OF SERVICES Valley View Dental offers an array of general and cosmetic dentistry, peri-odontal, dental implants, oral surgery, and orthodontic procedures, including traditional braces, Invisalign, teeth whitening, CEREC one-day crowns and even same day emergency visits. With a large staff of multi-lingual doc-tors, on-site labs at each location, and extended business and weekend hours, Valley View Dental has the ability to treat patients according to their own schedules and convenience. Stop by and see why others in the com-munity have trusted Valley View Dental for almost 20 years. Valley View Dental Located In Naperville, Montgomery & Romeoville.PERSONABLE, ENERGETIC & CREATIVE REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL SUSAN COLELLA OF BAIRD & WARNER This proud Naperville resident shares that helping local sellers and buyers doesn’t feel like work making it easy to be dedicated and results oriented When she is hired to list a home she gains much of the mar-keting inspiration from her sellers when she asks “ what do you love about your home?” From there she designs high end customs booklets with professional photography & drone shots, descriptions of updates, & develops unique ways to target the right buyers on the internet. Restyling her listings with professional staging , 3D tours great for out of state buyers and constant follow up with all parties are all included for her recipe of success! Susan is currently meeting with sellers & buyers now in anticipation of a thriving Spring market~ Call luxury listing agent Susan Colella anytime to discuss your real estate goals for 2020. Susan Colella, Baird & Warner, (630) 946-381316 • WESTERN SUBURBS• MARCH 2020 • Glancer Magazine COMMUNITY NEWSCREATIVE MARKETING STRATEGIES PENNY O’BRIEN – One word that consistently comes to clients’ minds when they think of Penny O’Brien is “hustle.” As a Seller Representative Spe-cialist, 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 stag-ing 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 aver-age to amazing”. Penny O'Brien Broker | Relocation Specialist Negotiation Expert • (630) 207-7001 • Read Penny’s Local Industry Expert Column at SUPPORT LOCAL AUTHORSKAREN BEDORE, ANOTHER LIFETIME Aurora resident, Karen Bedore is a huge fan of the medieval/Renaissance time period, especially in Italy that fostered many amazing artists and musicians. The combination of that love and being a big fan of Doctor Who, inspired a curiosity of going back in time to meet some of the greats and see the world through their eyes. “I am a hopeless ro-mantic,” says Karen, “and with my husband being an artist, the subject is close to my heart.” Another Lifetime is the story of twenty-two-year-old Aria Carucci who was left stunned that a recent discovery of a work from fifteenth-century artist Enzo Benenati was ac-companied by a sketch of a woman who could be her twin. Her research to uncover the truth takes a universal turn and slides her back in time to 1459 Florence. Thrown to-gether by chance, Aria and Enzo fall in love, only to be at the mercy of the hands of fate. The book is the first book in a trilogy series. Enzo’s Story, the second book was released in 2018, and the final book in the series will be released later this year. Another Lifetime and Enzo’s Story are currently available through Amazon. ELLEN SHUBART, WHAT’S WITH CHICAGO? Life-long Chicago resident, Ellen Shubart, has had an interest in history, architecture and preservation for a good part of her life. With her B.A. in American His-tory, M.A. in African-American History and M.S. from the Art Institute of Chicago in Historic Preservation along with her journalistic background, she was a natural to be tapped to pen the Chicago book in Reedy Press’s What’s With series highlighting differ-ent cities. What’s With Chicago? highlights the his-tory of Chicago but goes more deeply into the lesser-known events and practices of the city. “I in-cluded, for example, Chicagoans’ practice of putting out folding chairs on the street to “call dibs” on their parking spaces,” says Ellen, “and I focused a good deal on the foods of Chicago because that reflects its immigrant heritage.” Now retired, Ellen is a docent – unpaid volunteer – at the Chicago Ar-chitecture Center and hosts tours in and around the city. She finds the stories and history of the city’s architectural styles so fascinating; she knew it would be imperative for her to include them in any book she would write about Chicago’s history. Along with being available on Amazon and in local Barnes and Noble bookstores, look for Ellen and her presentation at one of your nearby libraries. -Mindy Kyle LLiitteerraarryy LLooccaallssGET TO KNOW V FUSION STUDIO  GENEVA–V Fusion Studio trainers (pictued above) take consideration to increase your quality of life when creating classes. Local area owner, Rachel Kowal, is currently pursuing her master’s degree in exercise physiology, and she bases all classes in the latest research. The current schedule has a variety of effective, fun, and unique classes. V fusion will improve your core strength, endurance, and physique safely so you “train for life” with this popular fitness studio. You’re invited to come out and see why so many love it! Enjoy 30-days of unlimited classes for just $95 or try one week for FREE when you mention Glancer Magazine. V Fusion Studio, 129 W State, Geneva, www.vfusionstudio.comS P O T L I G H T SMarch2020_28pp_backup_Layout 1 2/18/2020 3:23 PM Page 16

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18 • WESTERN SUBURBS• MARCH 2020 • Glancer Magazine A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD OF  PLAINFIELD Naperville’s Show-alter Roofing, founded by Dale Showalter in 1979, believes they have found their calling in providing for the need of a safe place to call home. Serving the com-munity has always been important to Showalter from the very beginning, so in 2014, the company formed an official 501(c)3 organization they named A Roof Over Your Head and base out of Plainfield. This not-for-profit would be able to take on larger projects, fundraise and make a bigger impact on the people they serve by providing full roof replace-ments, roof repairs, household re-pairs, wheelchair ramps and many other accessibility features to those in need. “Coming home to somewhere safe and secure at the end of the day, makes the struggles many people face that much easier to overcome,” says CJ Martin, President of A Roof Over Your Head. “Providing needed accessibility makes a huge difference in being able to live, cook, and bathe unimpeded by your home.” CJ re-calls the story of a local veteran they served years ago that was wheel-chair bound and forced to use what was essentially an outhouse be-cause his home’s bathroom was not accessible. The addition of a few ramps and grab handles allowed him the opportunity to care for himself. Early on, A Roof Over Your Head did a handful of repairs and 1-2 larger projects a year, but with the help of Dave Haidle, a local master car-penter, pastor and longtime friend of Dale’s, the number of projects the organi-zation could take on grew. Dave al-most single-handedly completed well over a hundred tasks, repairs and jobs for A Roof Over Your Head before passing away suddenly in August 2018. Since his pass-ing, they have re-structured the or-ganization and joined other not-for-profits to multiply efforts and invest in making needed homes safe and functional. Last year, Showalter Roofing received the National Roof-ing Contractors Association Com-munity Involvement Award amongst 3,500 companies from all 50 states and 35 countries. For more information on volunteer-ing, donating or attending an event for A Roof Over Your Head, head to or check their Facebook page @donatetoa-roof. Mindy’s March Giving Inspiration: It’s the start of spring cleaning. Clear out and donate clothes, home items, and books that you no longer need. ABOUT THE WRITER Mindy Kyle is the owner of Be Inspired Stu-dios and is pas-sionate about helping people discover what brings them joy and to live a full, healthy and happy life. She has her Masters in Fine Arts degree in creative writing from DePaul University and lives in Naperville with her husband, three chil-dren and the cutest dog in the land. MONTHLY COLUMNTToo GGiivvee,, TToo IInnssppiirreecommunity livingMarch2020_28pp_backup_Layout 1 2/18/2020 3:33 PM Page 18

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March is all about home design and beautiful kitchens; but during renovations one might seek a home cooked meal with fresh ingredients; so, enjoy the comforts of these Feels Like Home restaurants throughout the Western Suburbs. Enjoy a Sunday roast like your grandmother used to make at one of Kane County’s most unique restaurants. The Balmoral Restaurant in Campton Hills, owned by Colin Smith, is modeled after the dining halls of Balmoral Castel in Scotland right down to the place settings of golden cutlery, fine crystal, and banded dinnerware depicting scenes of Scottish flora and landscapes. Located at 116 South Main Street, in the heart of downtown Lombard is the simplest of all types of home architecture and the most distinctive, a white Colonial style house. Known as The Alice Gray House by the Lombard Historical Society, this home is now ROSEMARY and JEANS, a locally owned and operated, family-friendly, new restaurant serving menu items with ingredients that strive to be locally sourced and only natural. What many people don't know about Katy's Dumplings in Westmont is that it's named after the owner's wife. Since 2007, Katy's Dumplings has handmade their noodles and dumplings, in addition to the traditional cold dishes found in the front fridge. Its recipes are passed down from generation to generation originating from a small village in Northern China. YiaYia’s Café in Hinsdale honors grandmothers around the world by serving you the finest home cooked meals with generous portions, warm-hearted service and only the best and freshest ingredients. Additional freshness comes from the recently opened, Stolp Island Social Sea-sonal Kitchen and Steakhouse in Aurora, next to the Paramount Theatre. This restaurant is the product of multiple generations of restaurateurs dedicated to the art of food and hospitality with a commitment to sustainability sourcing from local farms and ranches serving the highest quality food. -Kristen Kucharski Visit for more unique articles just like this one, highlighting themed area restaurants. Dining + ENTERTAINMENTFFeeeellss LLiikkee HHoommeeWEST SUBURBAN DININGGlancer Magazine • MARCH 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 19DINING + ENTERTAINMENTCaffe di Moda 1012 Burlington Avenue, Lisle • (630)541-6375 Owners: Joe and Nicole Di Braccio A TASTE OF ITALY IN LISLE You don’t have to travel to Italy anymore for the perfect croissant or to share a cappuccino and conversation with a friend in the piazza. In downtown Lisle’s new development area is an Italian Café that will transport you across the ocean. Having lived in Italy Joe and Nicole Di Braccio missed the café’s they frequented. They dreamt of the slightly sweet pastries, simple deli sandwiches and a cup of Lavazza coffee. Their dream came true last June 2019 when they opened the door to Caffe di Moda. Although they have been open less than a year, they are a favorite among locals. With exceptional service, fresh food with imported and locally sourced ingredients and an impressive space it is clear the Di Braccios except nothing less than the best. Upon entering Caffe di Moda you are first struck by the design and use of space. The light pours in the large glass panels while the smells loft through the air teasing your appetite. Artwork from local artists and vivid stripes adorn the walls. The large outdoor patio will bring many people together this summer like the piazzas Joe and Nicole remember so fondly from Italy. Caffe di Moda offers breakfast and lunch options along with catering. The crois-sants are buttery, flaky and delicious. Options include classic, chocolate and apricot. The imported savory Gouda filled croissant is just perfect. Rustic Ital-ian bread toasted and topped with strawberries, ricotta, and white cream bal-samic is light and slightly sweet and is the perfect accompaniment to a cappuccino. For something a little salty and sweet try the salted butter caramel swirl. For a little morning energy enjoy the egg bites, breakfast paninis or power bowl with eggs, chicken, sweet potatoes, avocado, and sweet peppers. The sandwiches are simple and allow the flavors of the main ingredients to come through. Salami, capicola topped with fresh mozzarella and giardiniera on focaccia makes up the Palermo. The Chicken Pesto and Veggie Caprese are a few other tasty options. Joe loves being part of something bigger and looks forward to find-ing more ways to vibe with the community. He welcomes Moms groups and having an eighteen-month old he understands the need for a family friendly space. Let’s all meet up at the piazza! ABOUT THE CRITICS Stephanie (right) & Tiffany (left) Schmoker are west suburban sisters who have always shared a love for dining out and they also enjoy cooking together. They came from a family of 7 and grew up on farm with fresh fruits, veggies and more. Watch for their review of a different west suburban restaurant in each issue of Glancer Magazine. Invite them to your eatery at SSaavvoorryy && SSwweeeett SSiisstteerrss WEST SUBURBAN EDIBLES TO LOVEMarch2020_28pp_backup_Layout 1 2/18/2020 3:34 PM Page 19

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GLEN Ellyn20 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MARCH 2020 • Glancer Magazine Pay It Forward CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE– Stop into Paying It Forward, Glen Ellyn’s newest ladies’ luxury con-signment boutique, to find all the brands you want for less—while also shopping for a cause! 20% of all proceeds are donated to local breast cancer charities. With a large selection of shoes, hand-bags, dresses, workout clothes, and more from brands like Gucci, Burberry, Tory Burch, Hunter, and Lululemon, you’ll walk out looking good and feeling good. 546 Duane St., Glen Ellyn (630) 450-6891 The Gnome Colony BOUTIQUE– Come experi-ence why people all over Chicago and surrounding suburbs are seeking out this unique one of a kind shop-ping destination! With women's apparel in all sizes, home decor, accessories, jewelry, skincare, makeup, fine fragrances and more, you will see first hand why women are flocking to this shopping experience on Main St. in downtown Glen Ellyn! 485 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, (630) 793-5284 Shawn Sargent Designs CREATIVE BOUTIQUE–Step into this creative boutique and surround yourself with beautifully handcrafted home decor, kitchen goods, lifestyle and gift items. Find fresh, contemporary patterns with a quirky vibe on items like the best-selling Microwave Bowl holders, all made in-house and designed by artist/owner Shawn Sargent. Also, find unique items by local makers– from all-nat-ural bath and body to ceramic vases and more. Experience the kids’ classes, Sip & Sews, pri-vate parties & beautiful rental space for events. Inspire joy! 501 Pennsylvania Ave, Glen Ellyn, (630) 474-9359 www.shawnsargentdesigns.comGather & Collect THRIFT SHOP– Local neighborhood thrift shop, packed to the rafters with an ever-changing array of eclectic home goods with a side order of snarky, fun, and edgy novelty gifts. Offering a mix of vintage art, books, pottery, industrial finds, upcycled treasures, and global goods. With cele-brated local makers in jewelry, soaps, can-dles, stationery, and honey. You will enjoy curated BOHO clothing, purses, scarves, and ties. Specializing in Potentially Offen-sives – patches, pins, stickers, mugs, and inappropriate cards and political satire. 473 N. Main, Glen Ellyn, (630) 469-2558, www.vintageshopglenellynil.comCourier Travel TRAVEL AGENCY– Their qualified experts have been assisting travelers for nearly 30 years, plan-ning every detail of unforgettable vacations and seamless business trips to perfection. They have personally been to destinations worldwide, stayed at the top hotels and resorts, sailed aboard a wide range of cruise ships and embarked on the most memorable tours. They also have established re-lationships with the travel industry's best cruise lines, hotel chains and tour providers, enabling them to provide special offers and amenities you won't find anywhere else — even online. They help you travel better. 532 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn, (630) 469-0511, ON TREND IN DOWNTOWNThe Prince’s Table GIFT & COLLECTIBLES SHOP Gracious Style for Castle and Cottage. Showcasing the Best of American and European Artisans. Beautiful statement jewelry. A treasure trove of unique gifts as well as engrave-ables from baby cups to curated photo-graph frames to serving trays all with a 1 -2 day turnaround. Most trays include free monogram. Premium cashmere wraps and scarves, luscious candles and scents. The perfect gift and free giftwrap awaits you at The Prince's Table. Trending Now: Romantic Valentines Follow Us and Like Us - Mention This Ad and Receive a Free Gift w/Purchase 530 Duane St, Glen Ellyn • (630) 469-4150 March2020_28pp_backup_Layout 1 2/18/2020 3:36 PM Page 20

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CCaammpp NNaappeerr FFoorr GGrraaddeess 11--88 NAPERVILLE - Camp Naper offers kids in grades 1-8 fun, unique, hands-on ac-tivities, with advanced tracks for older campers. With over 20 camps to choose from, campers can mix it up with a new camp each day in a Camp Naper Sam-pler pack, or adventure for a full week in one theme. All camps run from 9AM-3PM and drop off begins at 8AM. For more in-formation, call (630) 420-6010 or visit SSuummmmeerr CCaammpp aayy BB..RR.. RRyyaallll YYMMCCAA IInn GGlleenn EEllllyynn GLEN ELLYN-Few experiences are as spe-cial as camp, where kids and teens have fun while building self-confidence, gaining independence and creating their own com-munity. The B.R. Ryall YMCA summer camps provide youth with supervised activ-ities that nurture their spirits, challenge their minds and strengthen their bodies—while teaching values, teamwork, conflict res-olution and leadership skills. Chose from Traditional Full-Day Camps (K-8th); Billy O'Donnell Basketball Camps (3rd-6th); Summer Sports Camps (3rd-6th); Camp Fantastik (ages 3-6); Boys Only Camp (grades 2nd-4th) CCaammpp WHEATON–By design, HoneyRock camp programs build upon each other year after year, challenging campers with appropriate responsibility to reveal and nurture their God-given gifts. Away from the distractions and pressures of every-day life, campers can ask big questions, learn how to navigate life away from home, and see God at work in new ways. This is what makes HoneyRock "a place apart" - a powerful learning environment for youth and young adults. summer-camp/SSuummmmeerr CCaammpp aatt GGeenneevvaa PPaarrkk DDiissttrriicctt GENEVA - The Geneva Park District offers traditional day camps, specialty camps, gymnastics camps, nature camps, and sports camps. Our camps focus on providing opportunities to all participants to grow personally by devel-oping a positive self-image and learning to treat themselves and others with re-spect. Camps teach participants to ap-preciate diversity, become better leaders, and develop a variety of specific skills and assets through various outdoor ex-periences. For ages 3 to 18 years. • WESTERN SUBURBS • MARCH 2020 • Glancer Magazine March2020_28pp_backup_Layout 1 2/18/2020 3:46 PM Page 22

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24 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MARCH 2020 • Glancer Magazine Kid SSttuuffffGet the Wiggles Out at DuPage Children’s Museum NAPERVILLE–Keep little ones active with a trip to DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM)! Splash around in AWEsome Water, “fly” through the Wind Tunnel, flatten a penny in How People Make Things, let imaginations run wild during Story Time, refuel in Bean Sprouts Café, and so much more. The Mu-seum is the perfect place to exercise both mind AND body while having FUN! Coming up on Saturday, March 28 - Get ready to bug out at Bug Bonanza., (630) 637-8000Kids Night Out March 20 NAPERVILLE–Enjoy a night out while your child enjoys a night of fun activ-ities at Kids Night Out! Held at Nap-erville Park District’s Fort Hill Activity Center, kids ages 4-12 are enter-tained for three hours with dinner in-cluded. Activities include games, crafts and special treats that are themed to the time of year. Register online or at Fort Hill Activity Center. Fitness members must register in person or via phone to receive pro-gram discount. Bunny Time 2020 Egg Hunts, Brunch & More WESTERN SUBURBS– For all things Easter, visit our Bunny Time! section online at where we will feature fun events, activities, visits from the Easter Bunny, easter egg hunts and more! You won’t want to miss this extensive list of Easter hap-penings throughout the western suburbs this Spring. Kids Running Series Spring 2020 Geneva • April 26 – May 24 GENEVA– Healthy Kids Running Series is a five (5) week running program in the spring and fall for kids Pre-K through 8th grade. Each HKRS Series takes place once a week and offers age appro-priate running events including the 50 & 75 yard dashes, the 1/4 mile, the 1/2 mile and the 1 mile run. Held at Gunnar Anderson Country Forest Preserve in Geneva. Geneva/HealthyKidsRunningSeriesSpring2015GenevaIL West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 14 • 10am-2pm NAPERVILLE–The West Suburban Irish’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is family-oriented, cele-brating the community as a whole, the diver-sity of our community, and Irish-American heritage and culture. Kids love it for the many fun characters marching the streets of down-town Naperville, along with the fun suprises they receive along the parade route. Too fun! Bunny Time 22002200March2020_28pp_backup_Layout 1 2/18/2020 3:48 PM Page 24

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Glancer Magazine • MARCH 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 25WHAT MOMS LOVEMMoomm’’ss LLiittttllee BBllaacckk BBooookkMONTHLY COLUMNSLIDES, SMILES, SNACKS By the end of 2020, both of my daugh-ters will be away at college. I have heard time and again that I will miss these days when my house is completely silent in just 4 short months. It is fun to watch our kids live their next chapter and watch our friends’ kids also grow and raise the next generation of #MomsLittleBlackBook adventurers! Newly opened Playroom Café Two in Naperville was the perfect setting to bring my daughter and her girlfriend and her girlfriend’s precious little girl to experience a new level of fun through different eyes. I had no prob-lem getting right back on the floor and fully engaging in the action. Playroom Café Two is bright and welcoming, clean and charming. The owners are personable and on-site, and the lay-out makes it easy to see your kids from any corner of the café. The various sections are well defined and offer enough variety of activities to keep the little ones entertained for hours. She loved the ball pit which had the cutest wooden jeep structure that you can drive, climb, or take the slide directly to the balls. The wooden train table was also a big hit, but I most loved the baby/toddler area that was slightly guarded by a sit-wall and provided foam blocks, manipulatives, and the ability to still see all areas of the playroom - so if you have children of varying ages, you are able to keep on a eye on both at the same time. The well-designed space also in-cludes a perfect climbing structure for older kids, plenty of ride-on toys, and an amazing wooden pretend kitchen area with realistic foods, utensils, and a shopping cart! Endless opportunities to explore, burn energy, and engage with friends. Overview The café has an en-vironmentally friendly wooden play structure, ball pit, natu-ral wood toys, several pretend play areas, sep-arate baby area all designed for children 6 months to 6 years. The café serves coffee, smoothies, sa-lads, paninis, and plenty of organic snacks. Playroom Café Two 2075 Calamos Court Naperville, IL 60563 (630) 946-6879 Hours: 9am to 6pm Monday through Thursday; 10am-7pm Friday and Saturday; 10am-2pm Sunday Price $: $12 Child; $10 Sibling, Baby 6 months to 12 months $8 Monday through Friday; $15 Child; $12 Sibling, Baby 6 months to 12 months $10 Saturday and Sunday ABOUT THE WRITER 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 chil-dren. 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 featured-bloggersMarch2020_28pp_backup_Layout 1 2/18/2020 3:49 PM Page 25

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4. THE PERFECT DESIGNS FOR KITCHEN AND BATH, GLEN ELLYN An 8,500 square-foot kitchen and bath showroom at Drury Designs is filled to overflowing with ideas and inspiration. Everything you need to design your room is right here. You can see and touch cabinets, countertops and appliances while an expert designer assists you with your dreams. 512 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn, 3. CREATE YOUR DREAM PROJECT NAPERVILLE A visit to the 10,000 square-foot HomeWerks Kitchen and Bath design center will inspire you to create that dream room. The interactive displays allow visitors to experience many product features first-hand. Recognized as a premiere remodeling company, HomeWerks will make sure your new rooms will be everything you had hoped. 1154 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville. 1. THE KITCHEN OR BATH OF YOUR DREAMS, NAPERVILLE From traditional to modern and everything in between, the team at Kitchen Master is ready to help you make your design dreams come true. Visit the 4,000 square foot showroom and let your thoughts and ideas become the inspi-ration for the perfect kitchen or bath. 600 Industrial Dr., Naperville. 4. FOR THINGS IN LIFE THAT ARE SET IN STONE, OSWEGO Offering over 60 colors of in-stock granite and marble and top name brand quartz to look through, Gra-nite Corp has something that will fit your project. There is also an array of locally built cus-tom cabinets for that original touch. Their selec-tion changes weekly, so come visualize your look. 1501 US Hwy 34, Oswego. www.granitecorp.com2. HOME RENOVATIONS AS DISTINCTIVE AS YOU ARE, YORKVILLE Bring your unique vision to life for kitchen, bath and other home renovations at the Her-itage Home Design Showroom. Peruse over 10,000 square feet with over 20 displays and count-less samples, ideas and inspirations. 129 Commercial Dr., Yorkville 7. THE LATEST TRENDS ON DISPLAY, St. CHARLES Check out the latest trends from the popular design shows at the Kitchen and Bath Design Store. Upon entering the store, you will encounter a 10’ x 16’ foot wall full of unique and top-quality cabinet hardware to rival the best displays. To custom-ize your design, visit the quartz countertop and faucet/bath accessory selection centers along with several cabinet and appliance displays. 2422 W. Main St., #1A, St. Charles 6. THE ART OF FURNISHING YOUR WORLD, GENEVA 610 HOME is committed to offering sophisticated design to the savvy and urban-minded shopper. Find something perfect for you within the 4,200 square-foot warehouse filled with an eclectic mix of new and vintage home furnishings and accessories. 610 S. First St., Geneva. So, you are going to take the plunge this spring and start that home renovation you have been considering. Don’t know where to start to gather design ideas? Look no further than some of our local showrooms that house massive selections and displays created specifically to inspire your creativity. Spend an afternoon wandering through new and unique products and discover the elements that will make your dream room a reality.1.LOCAL SHOWROOMS TO SEE6.5.4.26 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MARCH 2020 • Glancer Magazine Mindy Kyle, Features WriterMarch2020_28pp_Layout 1 2/19/2020 1:41 PM Page 26

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