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Glancer Magazine, May 2023

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H4 Training’s Annual Fashion Show (Apr 20) WHEATON–It was a beautiful evening as H4 Training collaborated with local shops and boutiques to show the latest spring styles at its 7th Annual Fashion Show held at the Wheaton location. The fashion event featured the latest styles from Jeans & a Cute Top Shop (Wheaton & St. Charles) along with House of 423 (Batavia) and Salt & Wilde (Geneva), and Magnolia Soap of St. Charles. Photos by Mike Catuara YOU’VE BEEN GLANCEDscenearoundsuburbiaVIEW COMPLETE ALBUM ONLINE AT GLANCERMAGAZINE.COM4 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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MOM’S FAVES This Month, It’s All About Mom! This month’s issue celebrates moms throughout the community in honor of Mother’s Day. Featuring Moms Helping Moms on our cover unveiling unique groups that are making a difference locally, and the moms behind them. Also featuring 10 Trends in Celebrating Mom Locally (you’ll love this list) and 7 Spec-tacular Places Where Mom Can Relax (she’ll love this list). Kristen Kucharski invites you along on a fun adventure in mak-ing chocolate treats locally in her Mom’s Little Black Book fea-ture, and our Women Inspired feature highlights local mom and CEO of Truly Engaging, Brenda Baird of Glen Ellyn. There is so much to love about this issue! Thank you so much for reading and supporting my first baby. Happy Mother’s Day! Lindy Kleivo Founder/Publishing Director MAY 2023TABLE OF CONTENTST E A M   G L A N C E R PUBLISHER Glancer Magazine, Inc. PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Lindy Kleivo EDITORIAL | Print + Digital Kristen Kucharski Columnist / Writer Mindy Kyle Columnist / Writer Brianna Bartemeyer Features Writer SALES / MARKETING Lindy Kleivo Publishing Director PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Catuara Features Photographer P U B L I C A T I O N S GLANCER MAGAZINE A West Suburban Chicago Lifestyle Magazine Featuring the Best of West Suburban Chicago for Communities In DuPage, Kane & Kendall GLANCERMAGAZINE.COM A Hyper-Local Daily Features Site Highlighting On Trend Stories for Communities In DuPage, Kane & Kendall GLANCER GO-TO GUIDE Highlighting Local On Trend Events + Deals for For Communities In DuPage, Kane & Kendall C O N T A C T  U S EDITORIAL Press Releases, Local Events, Community News ADVERTISING Digital Advertising + Local Marketing Solutions SUBSCRIPTIONS Monthly Download + Daily Digital www.glancermagazine.comGlancer® 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 trademarks of Glancer Magazine, Inc. All rights reserved. Maga-zine reproduction in whole or in part is strictly prohibited. MAY 2023 | Vol 17, Issue 209 MOM’S FAVES This month, it’s all about local moms! As you turn the pages you will find many ways to celebrate her all season long. Plus, we feature many local area moms who are making the world a brighter place with their passion and love for community. Subscribe for daily, weekly and monthly updates at ©Copyright 2023 All Rights Reserved Glancer Magazine, Inc. MMAAYY 22002233®4 Scene Around Suburbia 5 Hello From Glancer Magazine 7 5 Things to Do 8 10 Trends: In Celebrating Mom Locally 10 Cover: Moms Helping Moms 16 To Give, To Inspire: Kayla’s Hope 19 5 Faves: Mom’s Faves this Season 20 Mom’s Little Black Book: Kilwin’s Elmhurst 23 Shop Gallery Featuring the Hottest Shops 36 Dining & Cocktails: Nautica Bowls 39 On Stage: Aladdin 42 New In Town: The Parlour in Glen Ellyn 45 Kitchen Design: Meet Catherine Sanzeri 46 Million Dollar Listing: Naperville Beauty 48 Women Inspired: Meet Brenda Baird 51 Literary Local: Wendy Altschuler 54 Trendy Traveler: Sensory Friendly Myrtle Beach 57 Unique In Suburbia: Brown Butter Cafe 58 Community Living 64 Kid Stuff: Spring Things & More 66 Summer Camps & More: 2023 Guide 81 2023 Wedding Guide 92 7 Spectacular Places for Floral Finds 94 Word Search: Mother’s Day www.glancermagazine.comGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 5Lindy is Pictured Last Month with Her Daughter Madison at Illinois State University While Attending Mom’s Day for Her Sorority, Tri Delta

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3. Lilac Time 2023 Held In Lombard • May 6-21 LOMBARD–Lilac Time in Lom-bard for 2023 is an event that celebrates the beauty and fra-grant blooms of Lilacs. Every year, thousands of people flock to Lombard to take part in this two-week celebration of natu-ral beauty. The festival in-cludes a parade, craft shows, concerts, fireworks displays, wine tastings, food booths, and many other fun activities. There's something for everyone to enjoy during this annual ex-travaganza of nature, artistry, and good food. Be sure to mark your calendar so that you don't miss out on the beautiful festivities in Lombard! 1. Moose Cruise Nights and Friday Night Live Downtown Downers Grove DOWNERS GROVE–Sponsored by the Moose Lodge with live entertain-ment at the Main Street Train Sta-tion and more! www.downtowndg.orgMAY 20235 Things to Do4. 2023 Midwest Tulip Festival Kuiper’s Family Farm MAPLE PARK–Enjoy a stunning display of thousands of multicol-ored tulips. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of nature while taking pic-tures, making memories, and picnic-ing with friends. The festival features live music, food vendors, craft booths, and more. Pick out some fresh-cut tulips or multi-colored bouquets to bring home! 5. The Rustic Fox Farmer & Artisan Outdoor Market The First Saturday May-September NORTH AURORA–The Rustic Fox Out-door Market is a monthly market focused on bringing you fresh eats, artisanal goods, and highlighting other local small busi-nesses. www.therusticfoxhome.com2. Spring Fling & Market at Cantigny Saturday, March 13 WHEATON–Cantigny Park is planning a spring celebration with a full day of fun activities for the whole family on Saturday, May 13. Spring Fling & Market is all about flowers, gardening and Mother’s Day shopping in a fun, festival atmosphere. The event is free with $10 per car admission. Event hours are 10 am to 4 pm. www.cantigny.orgGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 7

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10TRENDSWays to Celebrate Mom LocallyCelebrating Mom Has Never Been More Enjoyable Celebrate Mom this May with beautiful brunches, creative crafting events, wine walks, garden gatherings and more to show her how much you love & appreciate everything about her. #1 | Wine on the Fox OSWEGO–Get ready for the wine-tasting event of the season! Gather with friends and family for Wine on the Fox on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 in Oswego along the banks of the Fox River. Taste from more than 100 regional wine selections, enjoy live music and tasty local food. #2 | Mother’s Day Craft Show AURORA/NAPERVILLE–Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Mother's Day Craft Show at Fox Valley Mall on May 6-7th during mall hours each day. Shop more than 50 local vendors and crafters set up through-out the mall on the upper level and lower level outside of Round One. 10 TRENDS8 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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#3 | Floral Design Workshop DOWNERS GROVE–Alter Brewing Company in Downers Grove will host a Floral Design Workshop on May 11th at 7 p.m. just in time for Mother's Day! Guests will receive one beverage and learn the fundamentals of successful floral design, including form, flower and color selection, vase prep, mechan-ics, and design from an experienced event florist. Create your very own flo-ral design filled with the freshest seasonal blooms. #4 | Pre-Mother’s Day Breakfast GENEVA–Moms deserve to feel special for the whole weekend. Enjoy break-fast with the wonderful moms in your life during this annual breakfast in the Little Traveler’s Atrium Café on May 13th at 9:30 a.m.. This year, a very spe-cial guest, harpist Nichole Young will fill the cafe with beautiful music. #5 | Champagne Toast Brunch WINFIELD–The clubhouse and tent at Kline Creek Golf Club will host mom with a Champagne toast and present a brunch buffet highlighted by a carving station, omelet station, seafood options, and a large array of desserts on May 14th. Guests will also enjoy live music and mother’s day crafts for the kids. #6 | BYOB Mother’s & Meditation Yoga GLEN ELLYN–Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with a peaceful morning of yoga on May 13 from 9am-11am at the Lake Ellyn Boathouse. Bring your drink of choice to enhance your experience as Ackerman SFC instructors guide you through your practice. Participants receive a goody bag and a raf-fle ticket for a chance to win gift baskets from local businesses. #7 | Golf or Park Brunch WHEATON/WINFIELD–The chefs at Cantigny are planning an exceptional brunch buffet on May 14th at both Le Jardin at Cantigny Park and the Red Oak Room at Cantigny Golf that will include a hand-carved Herb-roasted Striploin, a made-to-order Omelet Station, shrimp cocktail, imported cheeses, and delectable entrees including Shrimp Scampi Ravioli, Cajun Chicken Mar-sala, and Cajun Mahi Mahi. #8 | Brunch on the Farm AURORA–Treat mom to a special day at Blackberry Farm on May14th! Start the day with a beautiful brunch and then spend the afternoon at Blackberry Farm enjoying all the amenities. www.blackberryfarm.Info #9 | She ROCKS It: Celebrating Women Who Rock Awards Gala 2023 NAPERVILLE–An Annual Celebrating Women Who ROCK Awards Gala is a signature event for She ROCKS It and will be hosted at The Matrix Club in Naperville on May 21st at 2 p.m. Celebrate and honor the accomplishments of women who have done amazing, impactful, life-changing things to em-power, inspire, motivate, encourage, and uplift others. The afternoon will in-clude a 3-course meal, vendors, and networking opportunities. #10 | 25th Annual St. Charles Fine Art Show ST. CHARLES–Celebrate all things beautiful at the 25th annual St.Charles Fine Art Show will take place on May 27th and May 28th on Riverside Avenue between Main Street (Rt 64) and Illinois Street in downtown St. Charles. Free admission and parking available. Live mural painting, paint a car event, art activities, feature tent, live music, and more! 10 TRENDSGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 9

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COVER STORYHonoring Moms Who are Passionate About Helping Other Local Momsby Kristen Kucharski Photos Submitted10 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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Meet Jenn Carr of St. Charles/Geneva ST. CHARLES/GENEVA–Throughout Jenn’s life, she has strived to embody Ma-hatma Gandhi's famous words, Be the change you wish to see in the world. She understands the importance of taking action to bring about positive change which is why in March 2023 she assumed the role as ambassador and co-host of The Mom Walk Collective in Geneva with another mother, Shelby Reints. Founded initially by Jamie Easton who was struggling with balancing the new changes of motherhood, marriage, work, and friendships, The organization was formed to cultivate in-person and online social gatherings for mothers to find their village and raise the next generation. “What I love most about it is the sense of community it provides for mothers and their children,” Jenn says. “I have been able to build friendships not only for myself but also for my daughter, Nova (7 months). It's a wonderful feeling to connect with other mothers who understand the joys and challenges of motherhood and to have a safe space where we can share advice, commiserate, and support each other. It's a wonderful feeling to be a part of something that is helping mothers feel less alone in their journey.” The group is connecting families to local businesses and contributing to the sus-tainability of what makes their community unique, while also serving as an enriching experience of friendship and support. “When I moved to St. Charles, I wanted to get involved and make an impact in the community, but I was uncertain about how and where to begin. It wasn’t until I be-came a mother and recognized my own personal need for local mom friends that I discovered The Mom Walk Collective and I am honored to be a part of something that is helping mothers,” Jenn adds. Check out upcoming monthly events on their Instagram at @TheMomWalkCo.Geneva. COVER STORYGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 11

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Glancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 13COVER STORYCOVER STORYMeet Caroline Dutcher of Naperville NAPERVILLE–Caroline relocated from Jacksonville, Florida to Naperville with her husband Brock, and their two children, Jack (5) and Olivia (2). After graduating from the University of North Florida, she obtained her real estate license and worked as a marketing associate for one of Florida’s Top Producing Real Estate Agents for six years before becoming a stay-at-home-mom. She now holds the title of FIT4MOM Naperville Playgroup Captain. As the FIT4MOM Naperville Playgroup Captain, she plans weekly themed playgroup events after Stroller Strides full body workout especially designed for Mamas and their kids. The Playgroups are designed for kids of all ages to enjoy through play-time, stories, crafts, sensory bins, scavenger hunts, and more. “There are not enough words to describe how much I love this Community and Fit-ness Program. Not only do you get a great workout but all the monthly social events, weekly playgroups, the specialists that come to provide education related to your motherhood journey and the village of moms that comes along with them is just the absolute best,” Caroline says. “I love how FIT4MOM offers a variety of classes from morning to evening classes, from prenatal, to postpartum, and beyond. The support, the bond, all the advice you get, the incredible, hands-on instructors and the lifelong friendships you create are all what makes this fitness program so special.” She is looking forward to the following upcoming Fit4Mom events: Waterpark Family Outing, Chalk & Bubble Fun, Mom’s Day out – Spa Day, Mother’s Day Celebration / Mommy & Me Photoshoot, Flower Pot Finger Paint Craft, Mommy and Me After-noon on the Train, Spring Color Scavenger Hunt, Book Club, Father’s Day craft, and Mom’s Night Out – Girl Scout Cookie & Wine Pairing. With summer upon us soon, Caroline might also be found playing golf, going on family bike rides, playing games, or watching sporting events with her husband and friends.-Kristen Kucharski, Photos by Mike Catuara

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Glancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 15COVER STORYMeet Patty Cavanagh of Glen Ellyn GLEN ELLYN–With two kids in college, Patty’s “Mom” role has translated into a consultant who offers advice while listening and watching Katie (21) and Jack (19) live their life as independent college students. As a 21 year resident of Glen Ellyn, Patty’s spare time is filled with pick-leball, golf, travel, and meeting up with friends and family, but sticking to Dolly Parton’s words, find out who you are and do it on purpose, Patty took over all aspects of running Glen Ellyn Mom’s Village when it’s founder Alicia Donovan moved back home to Minnesota in May of 2020 to con-tinue her Mastermom Talk Series. Glen Ellyn Mom’s Village is a storytelling platform with created content that informs, educates, inspires and connects businesses to the greater community. It is a passion project that has organically become a business of its own. In January of 2023, it became an LLC establishing partnerships with Stroll GE Magazine and Innovation Dupage to highlight individuals and businesses. As a Content Creator, Patty is also able to work with corporations and or-ganizations to create UGC content and offer sponsored posts. “One of my favorite things that I do is connect, collaborate and cheer for people and businesses in our Chicagoland area,” she says. “I love meet-ing people, creating community and supporting small businesses. I love learning about their story and sharing it with our followers.” Glen Ellyn Moms Village is a very engaged, loyal group that thrives on supporting each other. -Kristen Kucharski, Photos by Mike Catuata Unless Otherwise Submitted

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To Give, To InspireCARING + SHARING16 • WESTERN SUBURBS • APRIL 2023 • Glancer Magazine A Monthly Caring + Sharing Columnby Mindy Kyle Photos Submitted

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Kayla’s Hope ST. CHARLES–Our thoughts and emotions are often just that – ours. Sharing those feelings when you are down is intimidating as you don’t al-ways have an explanation for sadness or depression. In a world that seems to be screaming dissension, ugli-ness and tragedy, sources for kindness, love and under-standing get lost, especially with those navigating mental illness. Kayla’s Hope Foundation out of St. Charles is working to change that by offering assistance to those who struggle and hope to those who need it most. The foundation was established in 2018 by the Lehmann family in loving memory of their daughter and sister, Kayla Brooke Lehmann, when she lost her battle with severe depression. “Kayla loved to create and listen to music and read more books than most people do in a lifetime,” says Ruthie Lehmann, Kayla’s mother and Founder of Kayla’s Hope. “She felt isolated in her depression even though she was sur-rounded with loving friends and family. She wanted more than anything to be happy.” Their mission is to help remove the stigma of mental illness and change the way we see and care for those suffering. The foundation works on programs to pro-vide more care, kindness, and hope…especially for youth, as well as contributes financial support to mental health organizations and grants scholarships to high school seniors with a passion for music, literature, or psychology. “We want people to know it is okay to not be okay,” says Ruthie, “and it’s so important to seek help and feel comfortable doing so.” Since its inception, Kayla’s Hope Foundation has raised nearly $200,000 to help fund and achieve their goals. It is important for them to also create opportunities to spread encouragement and kindness to the com-munity. One of the ways they have achieved this is the de-velopment of Kayla’s Kind-ness Rock Garden located in St. Charles in the Fox Mill Subdivision. The rocks are painted by the community and at events with uplifting messages, beautiful art and lots of hope. Take a rock if you need a reason to smile or add a rock or two if you want to spread kindness. Recently, the foundation had its biggest annual fund-raising event - Kayla’s Hope Week. It runs the first week of April with a kick-off of a Masters Golf raffle, si-lent auction, a free family-friendly rock painting event and culminates with the Hope Blooms Celebration event night. There are many opportunities for the community to get involved no matter what age. For more information or to donate, you can visit or follow them on social media – Facebook: KaylasHope03 Instagram: @Kaylashopefoundation and Twitter: @kaylashope2022 ABOUT THE WRITER Mindy Kyle is passionate about helping people discover what brings them joy and to live a full, healthy and happy life. She has her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from De-Paul University and is a veteran of Chicago’s theater and commercial world as well as a graduate of the Sec-ond City Improv School. Mindy lives in Naperville with her husband, three children and the cutest dogs in the land. VIEW MINDY’S MONTHLY COLUMN AT in 2018 by the Lehmann Family in Loving Memory of their Daughter & Sister, Kayla Brooke Lehmann CARING + SHARINGGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 17

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1. Tidbit Bowls Charming tidbit bowls are a great addition to your kitchen’s prep and entertaining. Find them Downtown Glen Ellyn– home to one of the freshest and most innovative stores for cooks, entertainers, and food lovers. Marcel’s Culinary Experience www.marcelsculinaryexperience.com2. MOST HATED, A NOVEL Real Housewife of Toronto, former Allure Magazine editor and reality TV show producer Kara Alloway is the go-to expert on reality TV, giving viewers an inside look on all things REAL HOUSEWIVES all around the world in her new releasel, “Most Hated” JENI’S ICE CREAM Put the phone on, “do not disturb.” It doesn’t take a genie with three wishes to grant what Mom wants this year: peace, quiet, and ice cream. Give her all three with the ‘Not Now, Mom’s Busy Collection’. Have it shipped directly to Mom’s doorstep and include a personalized gift message. (You have to include a gift message—Mom raised you right!). 11 Illinois locations, including Oak Brook and Naperville. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams mothers-day5. MYBEVI TUMBLER Help mom keep her Pinot Grigio chilled with a MyBevi Tumbler. She can fill it with her favorite wine or enjoy a latte that stays hot the entire night. A hydra-tion tumbler, like these pictured here, would also be perfect! All MyBevi pro-ducts are vacuum insulated and stain-less steel, keeping your drinks hot or cold for hours. You can also now en-grave MyBevi bottles with any custom-ization you'd like! With 800+ positive Amazon reviews, get your coffee fix for the day or quench that thirst with ice-cold water. Splash resistant. www.mybevi.com4. LET’S GO GIRLS This 'Let's Go Girls' Oversized Fit Personality Tee is adorably chic with vintage script pink typography. If mom loves Shania Twain or anything country, she’ll love this unique top just as much as we do! S/M & M/L Urban Echo Shop Available Online & at The Rustic FoxGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 195 FAVES

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20 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine Chocolate Creations! I have two guilty pleasures in life - Flaming Hot Doritos and Choc-olate. I love them both dearly so it doesn't take much for me to reward myself and completely justify my actions with a giant bag of each - afterall, it's Mother's Day! Combining my love for adventure with my love for chocolate was a total win-win with Kilwin's Kitchen Experience. This might be Elmhurt's best kept secret as one cannot discover them on Kil-win's website; however, with a quick call to local store manager, Megan Gavin, you can schedule a group of maximum 8 to play Chocolatier for an hour. Better yet, this activity works for anyone 5 years old and up and can be tailored to all abilities. Each experience is customizable. Megan's enthusiasm and tal-ents exude as she leads the class so patiently and skillfully, while maintaining lightness and laughter. We each started with a tray boasting one giant handmade marsh-mallow, one pretzel rod, one oreo cookie, one graham cracker square, a decorative sugar candy, sprinkles, and a stick. Megan led us through the basic steps to make each item. MOM’S little black book

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Glancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 21Who knew a hammer and a giant 10 lb. block of chocolate were the beginning steps of each de-licious piece!?! Although some moms might enjoy a nice relaxing massage to reduce their stress, I personally found smashing a massive chocolate bar equally as satisfying for the same end result! We next added our chunks to the melter and learned the fine art of dipping items. Some of us dipped with diligence and perfection, while others of us (me!) giggled and dipped like a young child with no regard to exterior appearances. We learned how to secure the stick in the marsh-mallow and lay the sugar candy with grace. We sprinkled in orderly fashion and designed with ripples and swirls. The experience was com-pletely fulfilling to watch a simple food item de-velop into a divine edible crafted creation. The highlight of the session was learning how easy Nonpareil Candies are to make - even I couldn't mess them up! The afternoon was incredibly relaxing and enjoy-able and was indeed a multi-sensory experience that will excite your senses. Kilwans is "Sweet in every Sense since 1947". OVERVIEW Kilwins Elmhurst features Hand-Crafted Choco-lates, Mackinac Island fudge, caramel apples, and 32 flavors of Original Recipe Ice Cream. Watch in store treats being made in the kitchen window or become a chocolatier for the day in a Kitchen Experience. Kilwins Elmhurst 148 North York Street, Elmhurst (630) 903-6056 Hours: By Appointment Price $: Prices vary based on experience selected ABOUT THE WRITER Kristen Kucharski’s days are never dull, her kids are never bored! Over the years #MomsLittle-BlackBook has explored hundreds of kid friendly things to do in our surrounding community and on the road. As her girls have grown and gone away to college, she continues to enjoy unique activities, excursions, day trips, weekend get-a-aways, and road trips while rediscover-ing my own passion for adventure with friends, girls nights outs, and date nights. In her words “Life is a journey–might as well have fun along the way. Go, fly, roam, travel, voy-age, explore, discover!”MOM’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK

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Shop Gallery H O M E D E S I G N PEP UP YOUR SPACE ST CHARLES Have you ever stared at photos of beautifully designed homes and wished you could shop everything pictured A curated line of designer approved goods hand selected by a pro and placed in one accessible shop The Pep Line in downtown St Charles by Peppeard Design interior designer and owner Shannon Peppeard offers just that Shannon has been working with clients to create amazing spaces in their homes for over 16 years Her full service design firm Peppeard Design offers a timeless yet modern aesthetic and her work has been featured in numerous magazines including HGTV Magazine and Modern Luxury Interiors Her brick and mortar shoppe The Pep Line features a line of curated goods hand selected by Shannon that she herself uses in many of her design client s homes The shoppe carries a wide variety of goods for the home including furniture artwork lighting rugs drapery pillows and accessories The Pep Line has been featured on the Emmy winning CBS travel series Destination Chicago Both The Pep Line shoppe and Peppeard Design studio are located under one roof inside the historic Collins House giving visitors a taste of how the products look inside a real home Visit the shoppe or book yourself a Pep Van Styling session Shannon and her team will load up the van with Pep Line goods and give a room of your choice a refresh all in one day For more information on The Pep Line and Peppeard Design visit thepepline com The Pep Line Peppeard Design 201 Cedar Ave St Charles 630 549 7088 www thepepline com www peppearddesign com Photography by Margaret Rajic 24 WESTERN SUBURBS MAY 2023 Glancer Magazine

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Shop GalleryON TREND ESSENTIALS VISIT ONLINE OR IN NORTH AURORA NORTH AURORA–Urban Echo Shop features on trend essentials for the stylish at heart– from clothing and acces-sories, to home decor, unique furniture, gifts and seasonal trends. Owned by local mom, Lindy Kleivo and her daughter in Sugar Grove, Illinois, Urban Echo Shop was created to be an adored virtual hometown boutique where only the latest styles and trends are featured. Residents are invited to sit back and relax while browsing the shop’s simplified trend collections online or shop at The Rustic Fox, where you will find over 120+ unique vendors. Each day is a new day at Urban Echo Shop. ON TREND ESSENTIALS FOR THE STYLISH AT HEART Located Inside The Rustic Fox 1790 Town Centre Dr., North Aurora • Vendor #3 At the Entrance to the Left26• WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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Shop GalleryTWO LOCAL BOUTIQUES FEATURING LIVERPOOL THIS SPRING WHEATON & ST. CHARLES–Jill Card opened Jeans and a Cute Top after years of working in retail and corporate sales jobs, wearing boring suits, un-comfortable panty hose, and predictable white dress shirts. The name was in-spired by her first date with her husband when she asked, “What should I wear?” and her husband replied: “Jeans and a cute top.” When Jill was getting ready for that first date, she didn’t have a great pair of jeans or a cute top in her closet and had to borrow an outfit from her sister, a flight attendant with a much more fun wardrobe. As she got older, Jill couldn’t find any great jeans for women in their 30s and 40s. Stores catered to teenagers or grandmas. The unflattering ‘Mom’ jeans filled in that age gap. Now, in Jill’s closet, you’ll find about 40 pairs of jeans. She has 8-10 pairs in regular rotation. Her go-to, favorite pair is the Gia from Liverpool—the denim is super soft and keeps its shape. Jeans & A Cute Top is the solution for women who don’t want to look ridiculous trying to dress like their daughters but also refuse to settle for shapeless lounge wear. Jill hand selects every item in the store, going to trade shows looking for style over trend, and finding affordable, beautiful clothes that work for all women, not just size 0 models. You will find Jill working the floor of one of her shops every day—she is committed to changing the world for women one great fitting pair of jeans at a time. Expires 5-30-2328 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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HOME DESIGN UNIQUE STYLE EXPERIENCE GENEVA –The Cottage Geneva is a shop that makes you feel like you’re home. This small shop is warm and cozy with a beautiful blend of new and vintage home décor. With a cottage farm-house style, the shop offers a welcoming experience for customers to find that special item that elevates their own home. Owner, Jonna Kelleher, a former emergency room nurse, unfortunately lost both her parents in her teens, leaving her moving from home to home at a young age. Losing the comfort of home so young gave her the determination to offer that cozy comfort of home to others. It was last year while traveling in Traverse City, Michigan that her husband, Sean, encouraged her to go after her dream of owning her own shop. A few months later, The Cottage opened in The Berry House in downtown Geneva. The Cottage has made many new relationships with its customers who share the same passion of curating a cozy home environment. Jonna encourages customers to curate a style that they’re passionate about and she loves to inspire others that they don’t need design experience to make their home beautiful. The Cottage carries a wide variety of handcrafted furniture by her husband, Sean, as well as greenery, planters, barware, kitchen essentials and antiques. Everything in the shop is hand-selected by Jonna and curated with her heart. Come stop by The Cottage where you’ll find Jonna decorating the store with either her vintage finds or new arrivals to inspire you to love where you live even more, home. The Cottage Geneva 227 S. Third St., Ste. 103. Geneva (847) 409-5834 Shop Gallery30 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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BEAUTIFUL DRESSES SPRINGTIME INSPO Stop in for some DRESS Inspo! Gowns are arriving daily and we are so excited to help you get ready for your next Special Occasion. Follow us online today: instagram– @special_occasions01 facebook– @SpecialOccasionsBatavia website– Become a part of Special Occasions. Make an appointment to find your dream dress or just stop in! Founded by Mary Marconi-Popiel in 2009, the shop’s attention to detail makes the ordinary more extraordinary, giving you a shopping experience that you will not forget. Special Occasions does not simply sell dresses– this local dress boutique sell dreams! Visit today for your next Special Oc-casion. Special Occasions 2 N Batavia Ave., Batavia, Illinois (630) 406-1515 Shop Gallery32 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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OVER 45 VENDORS SUMMER NIGHTS SOIREE • MAY 25 Grab Your Besties and Come and Shop Your Favorite Local Stores From 5-9pm at Our Shop in St. Charles Hosted by What One Woman Sees, Wild Eyed Home & Danuta Loane Ceramics ST. CHARLES–trend + relic is an experience that shoppers remember, as this unique multi-vendor marketplace has carefully selected experienced merchants who are artisans, builders, refinishers and painters, boutique owners and more each offering the most special items to adorn your home and make you feel beautiful. The talented merchants work hard to create and curate unique items, both vin-tage and new. Many of the treasures that you will find at trend + relic have been handcrafted including jewelry, candles, furniture & art and they have a variety of clothing & accessories, too. Each of the wonderfully talented merchants have created beautiful spaces in the shop as well as local markets so you will find some of your very favorites here. Owned by Karri and Heather, together they bring years of retail, decorating, de-sign, staging and painting 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, includ-ing girls night out boutique events trend + relic, 1501 Indiana Avenue, St. Charles, Illinois (630) 803-5253 • www.trendandrelic.comShop Gallery34 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine This Old Vintage

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LOCATED AT 8 W GARTNER IN NAPERVILLE NAPERVILLE–Nautical Bowls serves açaí bowls packed full of superfood ing-redients that are organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, plant-based, have no refined sugars, and are packed with essential vitamins and nutrients to fuel a full life. The founders of Nautical Bowl are passionate about living life to the fullest. “You are what you eat” rings true around here and when you eat Nautical Bowls, you are being filled with powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants go to work in your body, getting rid of whatever bad toxins are clouding you. Toxins not only come from our food–they are everywhere in the world around us. Eating healthy is just one piece to the healthy journey! At Nautical Bowls, they like to take care of the food piece of this health journey for you. They care about educating and inspiring their guests to take steps to live their best best life. Their entire menu is what they like to call, “guilt-free”–aka, you can devour everything they offer & be set up for success! Nautical Bowls truly values a healthy & active lifestyle, which means they will al-ways provide their guests with ingredients that will FUEL you right, to FEEL right. Fuel is one part of a healthy lifestyle, relationships are another. At Nautical Bowls, they like to prioritize both. Visit this super amazing place today! You will love it. www.nauticalbowls.comNEXT STOP: NAPERVILLENAUTICAL BOWLDININGDINING + COCKTAILS36 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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DINING + COCKTAILSMartinis & More at Gibson’s Steakhouse in Oak Brook OAK BROOK–Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse has been a Chicago icon since partners Hugo Ralli and Steve Lombardo opened its doors in May of 1989. The classic American steakhouse is the first in the country to be awarded its own USDA certification pro-gram. Gibsons Prime Angus Beef is featured along with fresh fish, classic cocktails (Martinis included), an extensive wine list and exceptional service. Celebrities, Chicago visitors and loyal neigh-borhood residents love to visit. Join them today!  www.gibsonssteakhouse.comCCoocckkttaaiillssEnjoy the Slushie Sensation Happening at Evolet Eve WARRENVILLE–Evolet Eve provides a cozy, hip, beautiful place to relax and reconnect with your favorite people. This local hot spot brings quality “Big City” libations to the ‘burbs! With an al-ways-changing menu so guests don’t get “bored”, Evolet Eve serves up unique must-haves including Wine and Bourbon Slu-shies! Join their Wine Club to receive fun and unique surprises here and there. This place is adorably quaint and cozy AF with a beautiful outdoor patio you’ll love! www.evoleteve.comNew Spring Cocktails Have Arrived at Granite City in Naperville NAPERVILLE– You’re going to love these new Spring cocktails– Spiked Raspberry Lemonade, Spring Awakening, Blooming Berry Cooler, and Bourbon Smash. Get into the spring spirit & try 'em today! Granite City Food & Brewery is a polished casual restau-rant with an on-site brewery. The restaurants showcase an open kitchen featuring chef developed, handcrafted made-from-scratch cuisine, including innovative signature entrees and more. www.gcfb.comGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 37

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PERSONABLE, ENERGETIC & CREATIVE REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL SUSAN COLELLA OF BAIRD & WARNER As a full-time high sales producing Realtor with Baird and Warner’s Naperville office for 10 years, Susan shares that helping local sellers and buyers doesn’t feel like work—making it easy to be dedicated 24/7 to her clients. “I realized early on that I was obsessed with real estate when my close friends remarked, ‘Susan tell us another story about real estate’ or when I helped a client secure a home contract on my birthday and I remarked, ‘I sold a house on my birthday—what a great gift!’” Life is all about perspective for Susan, and her positive work ethic, cre-ative solutions, and working above and beyond allows her to offer clients extraordinary experience. The old saying that if you do what you love in life you never work a day applies for Susan since LISTING HOMES is her passion. Reach out to Susan today! Susan Colella, Baird & Warner, (630) 946-3813Susan Colella38 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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Susan ColellaA WHOLE NEW THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE CADILLAC PALACE THEATRE • CHICAGO • MAY 17-28 CHICAGO–Broadway's most extravagant musical is coming to you! Based on the beloved Disney movie of the same name, Aladdin follows a plucky young hero as he tries to win the heart of Princess Jasmine and keep his magic lamp (Genie included) from the clutches of the evil Jafar! Featuring music by Alan Menken and a book by Chad Beguelin the Broadway production opened in 2014 and was greeted with enthusiastic reviews and five Tony nominations. Spectacular fun for all the family, the show has launched in-ternational productions in Japan, Germany, and the UK. With a brand new version of the tour set to hit the road in 2022/23 season, don't miss your chance to see this glittering production today. AladdinON STAGEGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 39

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New In TownNEW IN TOWNThe Parlour at Park & Oak GLEN ELLYN–Local residents Christina Samatas (Wheaton) and Renee DiSanto (Glen Ellyn) re-cently opened The Parlour and the expansion of Park & Oak Collected after successfully running Park & Oak Design in Glen Ellyn since 2015. Following the trending market to host events in cozy, intimate spaces that are inviting and per-sonal, The Parlour invites the com-munity to gather and feel welcomed for a quick cocktail and conver-sation, or a special event like a birthday celebration or graduation. Guests can also browse decor, and gather inspiration for their own homes throughout the space. Celebrating Progress throughout the Western Suburbs of Chicagoby Kristen Kucharski Photos Submitted42 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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“One of the great joys of our lives has been working with fam-ilies to create timeless and classic homes that are a true re-flection of themselves,” Renee says. “It occurred to us along the way that we wanted to welcome friends, family and clients into a place that felt like one of our own homes, a cu-rated experience that would bring our portfolio to life. So that’s how the idea of The Parlour at Park & Oak was born.” Historically, the parlour is the room in a home dedicated to entertainment and conversation. To stay true to their interior design roots, they felt this was an obvious choice name for their new space. Their showroom is broken up into different areas of the home, each specifically tailored to exhibit the design concepts they feel most passionate about. Boasting a unique menu of flavorful cocktails, Renee loves them all but her go-to is their speciality drink with pear, cham-pagne and elderflower that has a light crisp flavor perfect for the summer. Christina and Renee are known in the community for creating homes that are visually stunning, yet functional and comfort-able. Their work, rooted in the art of timeless style, is driven by the belief that design can be used to create feelings of comfort and happiness. It combines the best of their individ-ual aesthetics for a unique look and this is easily translated to The Parlour! Introduce Us to a Business or Organization that’s New In Town editorial@glancermagazine.comNEW IN TOWNGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 43

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CATHERINE SANZERI IS AN AWARD WINNING HOME DESIGNER WITH A 5,000 SQ FT SHOWROOM LOCATED IN KANE COUNTY BATAVIA–With a background in construction and interior design, owner Catherine Sanzeri saw a need for affordable quality cabinetry and kitchen design, so she opened West DuPage Cabinets and Granite in 1997, and has been leading the market as a custom home builder since. Her talented team continues to fill a niche in the west suburban home design marketplace by providing a full range of products to fit every budget while providing lifestyle-focused designs with top industry de-signers. As a proud member of the NKBA and KCMA, this women-owned establishment guarantees absolute satisfaction. “I just love what I do, so every day is a dream for me,” Catherine says. THE DESIGN PROCESS The talented design team will visit your home for a consultation, take measurements and look at the lifestyle components of the home and family; then create a custom masterpiece, incorporating the latest pro-ducts that meet the specific needs of each homeowner. The entire process is coordinated by West DuPage Cabinets & Granite providing total satisfaction and the end result is a stress-free process from design to build, including designer privilege discounts on appli-ances and fixtures. INDUSTRY TRENDS Catherine noted that the industry is always changing with future trends leaning towards larger islands, coffee bars and entertainment spaces, including a wine refrigerator in the kitchen and more features to accom-modate larger groups. She also says that natural woods and stains are trending for 2023. LEADING THE WAY One of Catherine’s most cherished projects was when her team de-signed and built a first floor master suite for a client whose husband had MS and could no longer walk up the stairs. “The improved quality of both of their lives was a gift to see!” shared Catherine. Stories like this are why the company has received many awards and accolades through the years including Best of the Best in Kitchen and Bath Remodeling 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, in addition to Glancer Magazine’s ‘Best of the Best’ Kitchen Designer for Kane County in 2021. West DuPage Cabinets and Granite 143 S. Batavia Avenue, Batavia (630) 414-2363 Meet Award Winning Designer, Catherine SanzeriPhoto by Mike CatuaraKitchen DesignGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 45

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MILLION DOLLAR lliissttiinnggThe Perfect Home This stunning custom Luxury Estate boasts 10,960 square feet of ex-quisite craftsmanship beautifully showcased throughout including nat-ural stone and hand scraped hardwood flooring, exceptional millwork, 6 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen and state of the art amenities, including the 35x18 indoor pool and hot tub that overlooks the secluded yard, terrace and river. Nestled along the banks of the DuPage River and conveniently located just minutes from downtown Naperville & train. The lower level features an indoor pool and hot tub, which is ex-tremely rare in Illinois, providing year-round relaxation and enter-tainment. $3,000,000 831 Diane Ln, Naperville 6 bed, 6.5 bath, 10,960sq ft(630) 674-3488 Presented by: Michael LaFido Brokered by: eXp Realty REAL ESTATE46 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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Four Levels of Luxury An elevator takes you to all 4 levels. As you enter the grand foyer, you'll be greeted by soaring ceilings and an elegant stair-case. The main level offers a formal living room, a dining room, a huge 2-story home office/library, and a spacious family room with a fireplace that overlooks the indoor pool. The gourmet kitchen is a chef's dream, with high-end appliances, custom cabinetry, and ample counter space. REAL ESTATEGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 47

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WomenInspiredINSPIRING WOMEN TO CELEBRATE THEIR SUCCESSESby Kristen Kucharski Photos SubmittedWOMEN INSPIRED48 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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Meet Brenda Baird Watterson, Local Mom, CEO & Philanthropist GLEN ELLYN–While originally born in Toronto, Canada, Brenda was raised primarily in Wheaton. She began her career in the Investment Banking in-dustry, catapulting to Vice President of the firm; however after the birth of her two sons, she realized the importance of staying home for her family. Along the way, her marriage ended and she joined her family printing company, Truly Engaging, which she now holds the title of CEO. “One of the most inspiring things for me as CEO, is to see some of the women we have hired out of very difficult situations re-invent themselves,” Brenda says. “They come in every day and work as a team and the satisfaction and pride they take in themselves is visible. We hire many part time high schoolers who eventually join our team after graduation. Additionally, we have developed creative work scenarios for women re-entering the workforce and need flexibility; as well as immigrants who have come to be part of our team through various relief organ-izations. Many have been part of our company for over 15 years and continue to be integral to the trajectory of our growth.” Brenda works diligently to live by the words from her mother, “We are Blessed to be a Blessing”. Now remarried to Brian Watterson, her family has grown from three to eight, and although bal-ancing work and home life is challeng-ing, they all work hard to appreciate each other and celebrate successes to-gether. “Communicating with each other and our adult children whether through group texts or coveted phone calls re-minds us that our blended family is still one of our richest bless-ings.” Loyal, generous, and tenacious, Brenda’s passions run deep in her faith. She continuously gives back to her staff and the community with participation in WBENC, Pinnacle Global Net-work, Outreach Community Center, Hope Speaks, and The Ross K. MacNeill Foundation.. KNOW AN INSPIRING WOMAN? INTRODUCE US TODAY!  editorial@glancermagazine.comWOMEN INSPIREDGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 49

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by Mindy Kyle Photos SubmittedWendy Altschuler Perfect Day Chicago: Grab-and-Go Itineraries for Everyone CHICAGO–As a Chicago-based seasoned professional travel and adventure writer, Wendy Altschuler has covered destinations across the globe for several high-profile publications. She has appeared on WGN and WLS as a travel expert, discussing fun and interesting things to do in Chicago and beyond. When asked to write a book about her hometown, she jumped at the chance. “I’ve been writing about Chicago for years,” says Wendy. “It’s a real treat to have a tangible book to share with others that includes my favorite places in the city.” While it is easy to create a day of visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, Navy Pier’s Centennial Wheel and Millennium Park, Perfect Day Chicago: Grab-and-Go Itineraries for Everyone also highlights the many hidden treasures to be found throughout Chicago’s neighbor-hoods, like Oz Park, the Chicago Cultural Center’s Tiffany dome, or the Violet Hour Speakeasy. Grab an itinerary to build a day of sight-seeing or string them together for a week away in the Windy City. “I really had a boots on the ground approach and visited businesses and locales in person,” says Wendy. “All of the photographs in the book are mine or are sourced by me, and I did my best to learn as much as possible before writing the book.” Perfect Day Chicago is sold everywhere books are sold, including fun places like the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. LITERAARRYYlocalKNOW A LOCAL AUTHOR?  We’d Love to Meet Them! Introduce Us at editorial@glancermagazine.comLITERARY LOCALGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 51

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TRENDY TRAVELERTrendY Autism- and Sensory-Friendly Vacations Made Possible Year-Round at The Beach April was World Autism Month, and Visit Myrtle Beach and the communities along the 60 miles of coastline have been com-mitted to creating an autism- and sensory-friendly destination throughout the year since 2016 so we wanted to share it as thi smonth’s Trendy Traveler feature to keep Autism awareness in the spotlight. As a recognized autism-friendly destination, Myrtle Beach con-tinues its increasing efforts to provide a safe, accessible, and wel-coming destination for all, including a sensory-friendly pledge and numerous initiatives to promote and foster inclusivity throughout the region. “We believe that everyone belongs at The Beach, and our top priority at Myrtle Beach is to provide an inclusive destination for visitors of all abilities," said Karen Riordan, President and CEO of Visit Myrtle Beach. "Families with children diagnosed with autism often feel vacations are out of their reach — and we want to change that. At Visit Myrtle Beach, we believe in the re-storative and life-altering power of travel and continue to further our efforts to provide greater support and access to memorable vacation experiences for all."Myrtle Beach: A Sensory-Friendly Destination for AllTraveler54 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine Photo by

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TRENDY TRAVELERHighlights of sensory-friendly services and programs available throughout the Grand Strand include: In conjunction with the Champion Autism Network (CAN) and TravelAbility, Visit Myrtle Beach launched The Beach is for everyBODY: Sensory-Friendly Pledge in 2022. To date, more than 150 businesses along the Grand Strand have pledged their support or re-ceived CAN certification. Partici-pating organizations are committed to welcoming guests with autism and other neurodiverse disabilities through tangible and meaningful actions designed to support residents and visitors. Myrtle Beach International Airport has launched its participation in the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Pro-gram. The program provides a discreet way for travelers with a hidden disability, including autism, to self-identify, alerting air-port personnel that they may require additional assistance or patience throughout their travel journey. Individuals wishing to utilize the program can request a sunflower lanyard at one of the two information booths in the terminal (pre-security at bag-gage claim and post-security near Nacho Hippo and Gate A2). The airport also offers a "Quiet Room" in the baggage claim area to give families a space to decompress before or after a flight. The Autism Travel Card offered by CAN (formerly the CAN Card) is a simple way for guests to identify their family as one that includes someone with autism, without needing to say a word. Participating restaurants, hotels and venues have been trained in the needs of individuals with autism and their families and to provide a special or expedited service. Autism Travel Cards are available online at AutismTravel.Club for a $7 mem-bership fee and offer several benefits including services and discounts with participating businesses. Participating hotels, including the 15 properties of Vacation Myrtle Beach and many others, help create a safe and sen-sory-friendly experience for children with Autism and their fam-ilies, including room placements, removing potentially dangerous or trigger items from rooms, coordinating unique ex-periences and more. Wait staff at participating restaurants are trained to seat guests in a quiet space, expedite meals and check outs as needed, and handle potential sensory-overload situations with under-standing and compassion. Myrtle Beach attractions offer services such as trained staff, special programming and discounts to families that present the Autism Travel Card. Examples of the available experiences include SkyWheel Myrtle Beach where fam-ilies receive expedited attraction access along with discounted tickets and Rip-ley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach where noise-cancelling headphones and special pricing are available. During the month of April, the team at CAN has put together a month-long campaign called, "You're Invited!" The campaign includes events and promotions at partner businesses, including sensory-friendly attraction and movie days, special SkyWheel illu-minations, and community gath-erings, such as beach sweeps in the town of Surfside. Through Project Lifesaver, Myrtle Beach area police and tourism professionals are trained to administer a GPS tracking band program for children who are prone to wandering off or are at risk of be-coming lost. Those wearing the band, whether on the wrist or ankle, can be quickly located by search teams and returned to families/caregivers. This summer, Visit Myrtle Beach will be launching a new chil-dren's book, titled Splish, Splash, Squawk! Finding Joy in a Sensory-Friendly Vacation. In partnership with author and illus-trator, Lynda Farrington Wilson, the book will help to encourage families with children on the autism spectrum to vacation to-gether through a fictional story that helps readers discover the joy and wonder in a family vacation, despite the overlooked challenges of acclimating to new environment, and experi-ences. For more information on Myrtle Beach's autism-friendly offer-ings and accessible trip planning resources, visit About Myrtle Beach, S.C. Myrtle Beach isn't just a beach. It's The Beach. Popularly known as the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach is one destination made up of 14 unique communities that stretch 60 miles along the northeast coast of South Carolina. Families, couples and those in search of a warm welcome will find more than just a day at The Beach when they come together to connect and enjoy vibrant entertainment and family attractions, including world-class golf, shopping and fresh coastal Carolina cuisine. From the moment you arrive, you'll find you belong at The Beach – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. For additional information on tourism offerings in the Myrtle Beach area, visit online or call (888) Myrtle-1. www.visitmyrtlebeach.comGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 55

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Glancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 57BROWN BUTTER CAFE & BAKERY “The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.” –Oscar Wilde ST. CHARLES–Satisfying and healthy. That certainly is a winning combination we look for in many facets of life. Over the years, gluten-free foods have been hit-or-miss. For some, gluten-free foods are simply a dietary trend. For others with health-related issues (ie: gluten intolerance and Celiac Disease), it’s a necessary lifestyle choice one must adopt. With a rise in food sensitivities and food restrictions, it can be chal-lenging to navigate simple joys … like eating with friends, class-mates and loved ones. While food is a nourishing necessity of life, it’s a catalyst for connectivity too - it brings us together. Yes, we find joy in the tastes and smells of food - but, also our associations … namely the company we share. Introducing: Brown Butter Cafe & Bakery of St. Charles. This gluten-free, nut-free and soy-free cafe & bak-ery opened its doors in November of 2022. They specialize in delicious, allergy-friendly donuts that are baked fresh daily - including some vegan options. Something for everyone! And its breakfast and lunch menu is served all day. Pop-ular must-tries are its Original Salted Brown Butter Donut, Cinnamon Roll Cake, Cheddar Ja-lapeno Bread and Build-Your-Own Breakfast Cas-serole(s). Its bread is sourced from Breadsmith in St. Charles and its beans are sourced from Fresh Ground in Geneva. We are feeling very optimistic that this will be one of your new favor-ite spots! Enjoy a taste of the sweet life … we think you will like them a hole lot. UNIQUEby Brianna Bartemeyer Photos Submitted in SuburbiaUNIQUE IN SUBURBIA

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DOWNTOWN DOWNERS GROVE Shop, Dine, Enjoy in Trending Downtown Downers Grove DOWNERS GROVE–The variety of small businesses, amazing owners and community support makes downtown Downers Grove the destina-tion it is today. Downtown Downers Grove welcomes Bonita Bowl and Poundcake Bakery. Lots of fun to be had this month in Downtown Downers Grove. Moose Cruise Nights and Friday Night Live The Moose Cruise Night, sponsored by the Moose Lodge is located on Warren Avenue between Forest and Main as well as Lot A, 4:00-8:00pm. Warren Avenue will be closed from Forest to Main. Space is limited and registration not available. The Live Entertainment will be held 5:30-8:00pm at the Main Street Train Station, sponsored by Downers Grove Downtown Management Corp. See schedule online.. www.downtowndg.orgCOMMUNITY LIVING58 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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PINOT’S PALETTE Girls Night Out Fun! NAPERVILLE–Springl is here! Plan a GNO. Pinot’s Palette is the best night out in Naperville! It’s a fun-filled, party atmosphere where you and your friends, family or date can talk, laugh, paint and sip. You don't need any art experience – their talented local artists will guide you step-by-step through the night painting. Follow their in-structions or go rogue and end up with a one-of-a-kind master-piece! They also offer Mosaic Classes, Chunky Knit Blankets, Take Home Painting Kits, Virtual Live Streaming, In Studio and Virtual Private Parties! • Aprons and supplies provided • Snacks are welcome • Real wine glasses – no paper or plastic • There’s always rockin’ music Pinot's Palette Naperville 175 W. Jackson Avenue Downtown Naperville COMMUNITY LIVINGGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 59

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COMMUNITY LIVING60• WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine NAPERVILLE Get Your Whirly On! NAPERVILLE- From friendly competition and entertainment to exceptional food and drink, WhirlyBall Naperville provides the perfect venue for all ages and occasions. The two-story “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 24 rotating craft beer taps. Book your event today! Whirlyball Naperville 3103 Oddyssey, Naperville (630) 932-4800 • celebrate!

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62 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine COMMUNITY LIVINGNAPERVILLE  PARK DISTRICT Paddleboat Quarry NAPERVILLE–Enjoy some paddleboat, paddleboard, or kayak fun on the water at the Paddleboat Quarry, located along the Naperville Riverwalk from spring through fall, weather permitting. Rent watercraft and purchase a variety of snacks and bever-ages at the nearby Riverwalk Quarry Rent-als (formerly the Riverwalk Café). Visit for hours of operation, fees, and additional de-tails.

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Glancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 63COMMUNITY LIVINGFARM FRESH IN OSWEGO Oswego Country Market June 4-September 24 OSWEGO–Shop Fresh, Shop Local at the Oswego Country Market! Pre-sented by the Oswegoland Park District, the Market runs from 9:00am to 1:00pm every Sunday from June 4 - September 24. Enjoy fresh air shop-ping with plenty of choices to buy locally grown produce, specialty foods, and handmade items. Oswego’s Country Market is located on Main Street in charming downtown Oswego. Visit for more information or follow the Market on Facebook at sunday funday

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Ultimate Karate Kid Night Out Saturday, May 13 • 5-8pm NAPERVILLE–Parents, enjoy a night to yourselves and let us handle the rest! Kids, bring a friend and join us for a night of learning new weapon skills, sparring with padded weapons, pizza, and movies! (All friends must be ac-companied by a parent or guardian.) Cost is $30 per student. Event by True Balance Karate. Kid Stuff64 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine Head to JoJo’s ShakeBAR for a Cool Spring Treat DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE–JoJo's hits the sweet spot every time. If you’re looking for someplace fun to visit, this is the perfect place! Whether you live near or far, a trip to JoJo’s will be be a super fun and memorable experience. It’s almost like your on va-cation for a day. Be sure to check out the swinging chairs in the upstairs dining room by the tree house. Oh, so fun! Make your re-servation on Open Table’ Flower Potting Workshops MAY 6 & 7, MAY 13 & 14, MAY 20 & 21 • 10am & 2pm GENEVA–Plant your own Flower Pot at Windy Acres Farm Green-house. Dig in the dirt and create a spring masterpiece to take home and enjoy. Plan on getting a little dirty when planting. Come ready to be cre-ative while planting your own arrangement! Fee is $20 per child, in-cludes flower pot, flowers, soil, and yummy slushy drink. Make your creation at the farm and take home to enjoy and care for this season! Great for creativity, responsibility and achievement.

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KID STUFFADVENTURE IN NAPERVILLE Explore, Wonder, & Discover at DCM NAPERVILLE–Kids and adults together have a blast exploring hands-on exhibits, making new discoveries, and creating lasting memories at Du-Page Children’s Museum (DCM). Make a splash in AWEsome Water, put on a cape and “fly” through AWEsome Air, build with real tools in the Con-struction House, explore the forces of gravity in Make it Move, and then refuel for more play at Bean Sprouts Café. A day of play is a day well spent! You and your family will laugh, learn, and love spending time together with a trip to DCM. Join us for an evening of comfort and creativity at a Pajama Party on Friday, April 28, 5–8pm. (630) 637-8000 adventure awaitsGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 65

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Naperville Park District Summer Camps NAPERVILLE–Give your kids a great summer camp experience where they can meet new friends, learn new skills and enjoy active time outdoors. Naperville Park District offers camp experiences for pre-school-high school. Choose from day camps or special-in-terest camps including ath-letics, arts, nature and more. Enthusiastic, skilled instructors help kids get the most from their experience. camps Glancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 67

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Now Enrolling for Grace Holistic Center for Education In Yorkville Grace Holistic Center for Edu-cation, we are a whole-child fo-cused school. Their dynamic education model helps students grow academically, while also becoming more mindful, learn-ing life skills and feeling like part of their family. Grace Holistic Center for Edu-cation serves grades PreK through 12th grade, where your children will experience educa-tion for the mind, body and spirit. 68 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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Summer Quest Camp at Arrow Acton NAPERVILLE–Arrow Accel-erated Academy's camp ses-sions allow campers to experience one of the coolest parts of Acton learning: Quests! During these two-week ses-sions, learners will immerse themselves in a hands-on proj-ect related to the theme of the camp. Themes include Choco-late Quest, Theater Quest, Sur-vivor Quest and Busness Bootcamp. Full or half day. Ages 5-14. Indoor & outdoor. Project based. Glancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 69

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A Great Escape is Closer than You Think! Fox Valley Special Recreation Association offers a variety of day camp options, across the Fox Valley region, tailored to campers of all abilities and ages 5 - 22. Campers enjoy fun activities in a safe and caring environment, create new mem-ories, and make lifelong friends! Camps Run M-Th from June 12 to July 27 For information, contact Day Camp Manager Michelle Hast-ings at or (630) 907-1114 70 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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Summer Tinkering Camp at DuPage Children’s Museum With full-day and half-day op-tions for Campers ages 4–11 years, budding engineers will find joy in the challenges, knowledge in the failures, and the confidence and ability to keep trying. Tinkering Camp provides children with a cre-ative, safe environment to col-laborate with peers as they explore concepts in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Confidence will soar as Campers bring their imagi-nations to life! summer-camp Glancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 71

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Summer Day Camp SEASPAR’s summer day camps are the perfect place for kids with disabilities to enjoy a classic summer ex-perience! Offerings include the full-day Kids Camp for ages 5-12 and Teen & Adult Camp for ages 13-22. Half-day camps are also avail-able. Visit for more information. Res-idency requirements apply. 72 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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Glancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 73COMMUNITY LIVINGPRIMROSE FARM  How to Play Golf as a Family ST. CHARLES–Having fun is most important when introducing your children to the game of golf. Let’s take a tip from the master of family entertainment – DisneyTM, which continually stresses the need to view the world through the eyes of a child. By playing from the same tees and using clubs that will travel the same distance as your child’s stroke, you will get to spend quality time during the round and create a realistic goal for your child of hitting shots further than you. I highly recommend practicing on a putting green or short game practice area that provide a great op-portunity to teach proper posture, grip and alignment. One of my favorite activities is to form teams among family members and create competitions. The ultimate benefit is improvement in putting and short game which account for nearly 70% of the shots taken in a normal round of golf. Remember the goal is to have fun, be creative, and let your child create games that are fun through their eyes while in-structive in the fundamentals through your eyes. Pottawatomie Golf Course Ron Skubisz, Golf Course Manager & PGA Golf Pro 845 N. Second Avenue in Pottawatomie Park (630) 584-8356

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74 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine PRIMROSE FARM  Barn Dance Fun! ST. CHARLES–There’s no better way to swing into spring or get a (Lindy) hop on summer than with the annual Barn Dance at Primrose Farm on Saturday, May 20 from 6-10pm. With music provided by Chicagoland’s own 10-piece swing band, Shout Section, and dance lessons courtesy of Geneva’s own Vargo’s Dance, this evening under the stars at the Farm promises to be a jive-hot step back in time. Just as taking a break from the rigors of seasonal chores at events such as barn dances was a popular form of entertainment for families back in the 1930s, so was the chance to show off the fruits of their harvest and talents in their kitchen with a pie-baking contest. Bring a home-made pie to compete for bragging rights. And learning swing dance can be that much more fun if one dresses in costumes of the era. Anyone wearing period appropriate clothes from the 1930s and 1940s can choose to participate in a costume competition. This “People’s Choice” contest will reward creativity and authenticity in capturing the era through vintage clothes and accessories, so get ready to raid grandma’s closet or sift through area thrift stores. Advanced tickets: $17/person – Tickets at the door: $20/person COMMUNITY LIVING

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H4 TRAINING GET 1-ON-1 PERSONAL TRAINING AT H-4 TRAINING, TWO SUBURBAN LOCATIONS WHEATON & GENEVA–It’s time to take care of #1 with H4 Training! This program is best for individuals with very specific needs who require dedicated attention. H-4’s sessions focus on the specific goals of each client with workouts tailored to each person. Visit online to learn more and to check out the many other programs available to you. H4 Training. Wheaton & Geneva locations. LIVING76 • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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FITNESSHEALTHY LIVINGGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 77CAREER VISION APTITUDE TESTING CAN HELP STUDENTS CHOOSE MAJORS AND CAREERS What are you doing after high school? You know further edu-cation is important. Do you need help finding the right career choice? The Career Vision Aptitude Advantage can help. Aptitudes identify your strongest talents, the jobs you would enjoy and be good at doing. Combining your aptitudes with your interests, Career Vision reveals your career choices. You also receive resources about college majors, job outlook, and preparation needed for those careers. If you have asked “What should I study?”, “What will I do after college?” and want to learn how Career Vision can help, give them a call. Their assessment process is a positive and an objective way to give you confidence to make good career choices. And your Personal Career Consultant will take time to discuss the test results with you and go over all your choices. If you are going to college and want to know what to study, reach out to Career Vision today. If you have graduated col-lege and still haven’t found your best fit, the professional con-sultants at Career Vision can help you, too. For over 30 years they have been helping students and adults find their best ca-reer choices. Career Vision • • (630) 469-6270CCOOLLLLEEGGEE TTIIMMEE

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What Is PRP? Platelet-rich plasma is a substance that your functional medicine provider derives from your blood. Research suggests that PRP en-courages cell repair and soft tissue healing. Concentrated platelets from your own blood are injected into an injured joint or your skin through controlled injury, like microneedling, to take advantage of your body’s own natural growth factors and healing capabilities. The growth factors in plasma control inflammation and healing, thus rejuvenating your skin or decreasing pain and inflammation in your joints. Essentially, PRP helps your tissue heal itself. PRP is derived directly from your own blood. We’ll take a blood sample from you and run it through a centrifuge. This centrifuge separates your red blood cells, white blood cells, and plasma. We will then take the concentrated plasma and inject it into your joints or onto the controlled injury on your skin, whichever is appropriate for your treatment. Microneedling with PRP The amazing thing about the human body is its incredible ability to heal itself. PRP capitalizes on your body’s innate ability to thrive under the right conditions. Health optimization isn’t all supplements, nutrition, and hormone therapy; sometimes, the best way to opti-mize your health is by looking at what’s already inside you. Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is sometimes called “liquid gold” be-cause of its powerful restorative capabilities. If you want to optimize your wellness by harnessing your body’s natural ability to heal itself, call Peak Health Institute today to schedule your joint injection or microneedling with PRP near Naperville today! Peak Health Institute 3S517 Winfield Rd, Warrenville (630)791-9335 HEALTH SPOTLIGHTHEALTHY LIVINGGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 79

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GLEN ELLYN At The Abbington, we believe in making your dreams come true. That’s why we go out of our way to make sure your special day is magnificent. Take one look at our impressive architecture and stunning sur-roundings and you will see why we’ve been named "The Jewel of the Western Suburbs." Add that to our finely appointed ball-rooms, full service staff and world class cuisine and you'll find yourself in a celebration that is sure to be the portrait of perfec-tion! Our staff dressed in black tie attire, greets you at our entrance in our spacious and elegant foyer, then escorts you to your ball-room. Right before your very eyes, we open the doors, and you experience our ambiance: beautiful table settings, white glove service, dazzling chandeliers, marble bars, gleaming maple wood dance-floors, flowing full-length linens, and culinary mas-terpieces soon to be enjoyed by your guests. Your Event. Our Unparalleled Service. Abbington Distinctive Banquets 3S002 Il Rte 53, Glen Ellyn • (630) 942-8600Glancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 83

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NAPERVILLE WhirlyBall Naperville has over 45,000 square feet of space perfect for your wedding. An industrial-chic vibe meets an adventure-loving spirit with an artisan craft beer taproom-style setting. From bachelorettes to bumper cars, we have everything in-house you need for your "wedding with a whirl!" Whirly Ball Naperville 3103 Odyssey Court, Naperville | 630-932-4800 Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 85

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AURORA The Blackberry Farm wedding team is excited to create an ex-perience which delivers a lifetime of memories for you and your guests. Our one-of-a-kind setting features country elegance and personalized service that caters to your needs – all at a value that can’t be matched. Planning the big day is a piece of cake. We’ll remove any stress, answer all your questions, and anticipate and communicate every detail in advance of your event. Our space is flexible and beautifully appointed, featuring rustic touches and country charm amidst Blackberry Farm’s historic backdrop. With a convenient location and ample parking, The Barn at Blackberry Farm is the perfect showcase for your big day. As you browse information regarding your wedding, please note that ALL packages include table and chairs at no extra cost. We hope to extend every hospitality to you along your decision-mak-ing process and are here to answer any questions or schedule a tour at your request. SPECIAL FEATURES Picturesque locations throughout Blackberry Farm, Outdoor Ceremony Options, Whiskey Barrel Cocktail Tables, Rustic Bar, Outdoor Patio and Lawn Space The Barn at Blackberry Farm Aurora • Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 87

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ST. CHARLES The Hotel Baker has established a tradition of elegance and personal service for our many married couples. No matter the season, our professional wedding specialists can assist you in creating a beautiful wedding with memories you will cherish for a lifetime. Dreaming of a beautiful outdoor ceremony? With the scenic Fox River as your backdrop, recite your wedding vows on our Water-front Patio or in our lovely Rose Garden. Then move inside to either our newly-renovated Waterfront Ball-room or our spectacular, two-tiered Rainbow Room where you’ll share your first dance as a married couple amidst the multi-col-ored lights. Your guests will be enchanted with our historic splendor, pol-ished service, and spectacular cuisine. For your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, or reception, the expertise of our wedding staff will ensure that everything, from setting to decor, is abso-lutely perfect. Our wedding menus, from traditional to unique, are designed to provide elegant dining on your special day. Let Hotel Baker turn your fantasy wedding into reality! Our dedicated wedding con-sultants are ready to assist in planning every detail of your wed-ding… Hotel Baker, St. Charles www.hotelbaker.comGlancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 91

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BATAVIA Located along the famous Fox River less than one mile from Downtown Batavia, Revelry 675 brings Hollywood glamour to cou-ples in the Chicago Suburbs. This brand-new show-stopping wedding & event venue was designed by renowned celebrity wed-ding planner, Shuki Moran. Shuki personally oversaw every detail when creating this space to support bringing his clients' visions to life, streamlining the entire experience from dining and dancing to cocktails and décor in a gorgeous modern motif. Be it an intimate gathering or a huge celebration, our spacious venue features a 5,000-square-foot indoor reception space that can accommodate up to 300 seated guests with an open floor plan and a stunning custom bar. Your party can move between the indoor reception space and our gorgeous 2,200-square-foot out-door patio for a memorable cocktail hour. If a breathtaking outdoor wedding is your dream, our gorgeous natural views and sweeping lawn leading to the Fox River provide a spectacular backdrop for your ceremony and unforgettable wed-ding pictures. Our exceptional venue and unsurpassed experi-ence are sure to throw a party you and your guests will remember forever! Revelry 675 675 S River Street, Batavia | 630.940.8987 | Glancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 91

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3. Charcuterie Workshop LISLE–Who doesn’t love a great charcuterie board; who the heck knows how to make one? Your turn to learn at R.Urban Wine Bar & Cafe on May 10th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Learn to make a gorgeous board to im-press your family and friends - and not only are you going to learn how, you are actually going to get to take your own custom board home with you on a beautiful Lynn & Liana Charcuterie Board that is yours to KEEP! 2. Run for the Roses Dinner Club NAPERVILLE–Rally in the long-standing festive traditions of The Ken-tucky Derby horse races at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant on May 9th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Don your colorful hats, fascinators, and fedoras for the ultimate cele-bration of The Run for the Rosés. Wine and dine through an evening highlighted by specialty wines and an exclusive dinner menu. illinois/naperville4. Wine and Wreaths SUGAR GROVE–Ladies Night Out at Rosewood Farm will celebrate with wine and dried flower hoops on May 11 from 6:30pm-8pm. Relish in an evening guiding your very own custom wreath while indulging in wine and light appetizers. 1. Forest Therapy Experience WHEATON–See the land in a whole new light and experience the natural world in a deep and profound manner on the grounds at Our Lady of Angels while walking the Peace Path. Jeanne Iovinelli, Certified Forest Therapy Guide will lead a slow and deliberate walk that incorporates a series of gentle invitations, transitioning from movement to ‘sitting and noticing’, and ends with a tea ceremony. event/forest-therapy-experience/Now’s the Perfect Time for Mom to Relax Relaxation is essential for moms’ well being. It is important for moms to make time for themselves and engage in activities that bring joy and promote relaxation. This month we feature wine, walks, workshops, and, of course, wistful laughter and joy- all ways for mom to relax this month and all season long. Here are 7 Spectacular Palces Where Mom Can Relax..... PLACES WHERE MOM CAN RELAX2. • WESTERN SUBURBS • MAY 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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6. Moms & Mimosas OSWEGO–Mother’s deserve at least one additional day in May to have their awesomeness celebrated! Don’t miss an afternoon of smooth sounds by renowned DJ Lawrence, unlimited mimosas, delicious desserts, hors d'oeuvres, raffles. Each attendee will take home pre filled goody bags with fun feminine favs hosted by Pomp and Purpose at 123 W. Washington St., Suite B-10, Os-wego. West Suburban Wine Crawl NAPERVILLE–Chicago's West Suburbs Wine Crawl is coming May 20th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ex-perience a private food, wine, and spirits extravaganza in select cities that includes trips to popular wine bars, wineries, and restaurants. The fun will include prizes and giveaways and so much more! 7.5. Afternoon Tea BATAVIA–Invite your favorite people to spill some tea with on Sunday, May 28th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Tea Tree. Sip and shoot the breeze during an afternoon tea service that will include a selection of loose-leaf teas, soup, finger foods and a sweet snack. 5.Glancer Magazine • MAY 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS •

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