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Glancer Magazine, November 2023

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BE JOLLY Let’s Celebrate the Season Together.... Welcome to our November issue themed 'Be Jolly!' As we welcome the holiday season with open arms and big smiles, this issue is your com-munity guide to all things festive and merry. Our 'City Sidewalks' feature takes you on a journey through our local neighborhoods, beautifully adorned with twinkling lights and festive dec-orations as we introduce you to countless holiday-inspired businesses. It's the perfect backdrop for your holiday strolls. Planning a holiday party? Our '10 Trends in Holiday Party Planning' list offers fresh and exciting ideas to make your party the talk of the neigh-borhood. From immersive experiences to pop culture themes, there's something for everyone. Sure to be a reader favorite, our Cover Story introduces a local designer who is reviving the charm of bygone eras through vintage designs. Her work adds a touch of nostalgia to the holiday sea-son. There's so much more to discover in this issue as you glance through the pages. Enjoy and remember to 'Be Jolly!' this holiday season. Subscribe today! Lindy Kleivo Founding PublisherNOVEMBER 2023TABLE OF CONTENTSPUBLISHER Glancer Magazine, Inc. PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Lindy Kleivo Sales & Marketing / Founder EDITORIAL Kristen Kucharski Associat Editor / Writer Mindy Kyle Writer Brianna Bartemeyer Writer Mila Vardiani Writer PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Catuara Event Photographer Ruta Drulia Feature Photographer Laura Ramirez-Nunez Feature Photographer C O N T A C T  U S EDITORIAL Press Releases, Community News & Events ADVERTISING Digital Advertising +  Local Marketing Solutions SUBSCRIPTIONS Monthly Download + Daily Digital www.glancermagazine.comGlancer® Magazine, highlighting the best of the best in DuPage, Kane & Kendall Counties, is produced by Glancer® Magazine, Inc., a privately owned and operated corporation lo-cated in Sugar Grove, Illinois You’ve Been Glanced® and the Glancer® logo are registered trade-marks of Glancer Magazine, Inc. Magazine reproduction in whole or in part is strictly prohibited. All Rights Reserved Copyright 2023-Glancer® Magazine NNOOVVEEMMBBEERR 22002233®Glancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 55 Hello From Glancer Magazine 7 5 Things to Do 8 10 Trends: Holiday Party Planning 12 Cover Story: Designer Jocelyn Reimann   17 On Stage: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory 18 RHON: Ikkai Sushi 21 City Sidewalks Holiday Guide 38 Dining + Cocktails: Calogeros 40 Literary Local: Creative Christmas on Kindle 42 Unique in Suburbia: All About Bubblehouse 44 To Give, To Inspire: Plainfield Turkey Drop 46 Trendy Traveler: Bungalows of Key Largo 49 Shop Gallery: Local Boutiques for the Holidays 60 Mom’s Little Black Book: Creamery in Lombard 62 Million Dollar Listing: Jefferson Estates Beauty 72 Kid Stuff: A New Collection at Arlo Hendrix 76 7 Spectacular: Experience Inspired Gifts Lindy is Pictured with Her Daughter Christmas Eve 2022

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3. Smile with with Santa ALL SEASON AT OAK BROOK  CENTER OAK BROOK–It's the most wonderful time of the year, Santa's here! Don't miss out on capturing tree-men dous family photos this year - make your4. Stroll the Glen Ellyn Holiday Walk FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24 • 5-8PM GLEN ELLYN–Celebrate the season as Down-town Glen Ellyn comes alive with twinkling lights, decorated storefront windows, the sounds of Christmas and Santa lighting the Christmas tree. www.glenellynchamber.comHOLIDAYS 20235 Things to DoGlancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 75. Enjoy the 11th Annual Illumination: Tree Lights MORTON ARBORETUM NOV 18-JAN 6 LISLE–See trees in a different light this holiday season during this annual event at The Morton Arboretum. Explore 50 acres of the Arboretum’s majestic tree collections while immersed in a spectacle of color, light, and sound. Named among the best holiday light displays in the U.S. last year by U.S. News and World Report, the 2023-24 season of Illumination will run from Nov. 18, 2023, through Jan. 6, 2024. www.mortonarb.org2. Feel the Magic with Cinderella at Drury Lane NOVEMBER 8-JANUARY 7, 2024 OAK BROOK–Experience the classic Rodgers + Hammerstein adaptation of Cin-derella this holiday season. Featuring the beloved songs “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” this magical musical is sure to en-trance families of all ages. www.drurylane.com1. Enjoy Twas the Night Before... BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL DEC 7-28 CHICAGO–Cirque du Soleil’s first holiday show, based on the classic poem “A Visit from Saint Nicolas” by Clement Clarke Moore. Memorable lines from this cherished classic inspired Cirque’s story about a jaded young girl who rediscovers the magic of the holidays. At Chicago Theatre. reservation to meet and take pictures with Santa today! Do furry members of your family want to join the fun? Bring them along to the designated Pet Nights! All dogs and cats are welcome to take magical pics with St. Nick. For Pet Night dates and reservations, please see the 'Events' tab on the ticket page at the website below.

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10TRENDSIn Holiday Hosting and Party PlanningPlan the Best Holiday Party Yet! As we approach the holiday season, it's time to start planning those unforgettable holiday parties. This year, there are some exciting new trends that promise to make your holiday party anything but ordinary. From colorful palettes and creative ballooning to themed menus and immersive experiences, 2023 is all about stepping up your game and hosting an event that truly stands out. Here are 10 hot trends in holiday party planning for 2023. #1| Holiday Brights for Your Color Theme This year, modern and colorful is the go-to trend. Say goodbye to traditional red and green and hello to a vibrant mix of bright, cheerful colors that will make your holiday party pop. From hot pinks and metallics, to teal blues, silvers and more. #2 | Creative Ballooning Balloons aren't just for kids' parties anymore. Creative ballooning, such as balloon arches, sculptures, or centerpieces, can add a whimsical touch to your holiday party. From word shapes such as a JOY or 2024, to color themes that will leave your guests in awe, ballooning can add so much to your decor, photo ops and more. 10 TRENDS8 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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#3 | Themed Menus One of the most exciting trends in holiday party catering for 2023 is the rise of themed menus that tell a story. No more settling for ordi-nary - opt for menus that take guests on a culinary journey. One idea might be “A Taste of the North Pole” where you could serve Snow-flake Shrimp Cocktail, Polar Peppermint Pie and more novelty dishes. #4 | Ugly Sweater Contest Make your holiday party fun and interactive with an ugly sweater contest. This is a great way to get everyone involved and create some laughs. You could also alter the theme to a "Festive Pajama Party." This idea keeps the fun and casual spirit of the Ugly Sweater Contest but adds a cozy twist. #5 | A Curated Celebration Curated Celebrations are all about personalization and attention to detail. An example of this trend could be a "Winter Wonderland" themed office holiday party. Every aspect of the event, from the decor to the food, is meticulously planned and coordinated. The venue is transformed into a snowy landscape with white drapes, fairy lights, and frosted centerpieces. #6 | Live Music Nothing sets the mood like live music. Whether it's a local band or a solo artist, live music can add a touch of class and entertainment to your holiday party. A live jazz band could play classics from greats like Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday, setting a sophisticated and fes-tive atmosphere, while a tribute band can liven up the modd playing favorites that all of your guests love. For a traditional holiday feel, consider hiring carol singers or a Christmas brass ensemble. #7 | Going Green Sustainability is a hot topic, and it's making its way into holiday parties too. Think eco-friendly decorations, sustainable catering op-tions, and waste reduction strategies. Examples of this include using biodegradable confetti, fresh flowers, homemade party crackers and food decorations. #8 | Mocktails With the rise in sober celebrations, mocktails are becoming a pop-ular choice for holiday parties. These non-alcoholic beverages can be just as creative and delicious as their alcoholic counterparts. Pop-ular recipes include Sparkling Berry and Pomegranate Mocktail and the Crean-Raspberry Martini made with syrups. #9 | An Immersive Experience Take your guests on an adventure with immersive experiences. This could be anything from a murder mystery game to a virtual reality experience. Some fun ideas include ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ or ‘Immersive Theatrical Fun’ where you collaborate with a theater group to create an immersive experience where guests become part of the story. How fun! #10 | Pop Culture Themes Embrace the world of pop culture with a themed holiday party. Whether it's a favorite movie, TV show, or a big event from the year, a pop culture theme can make your holiday party unique and mem-orable. On eidea is ‘A Christmas Story Party’. Celebrate with a trib-ute to this beloved holiday film. Serve Ovaltine, display a leg lamp, and encourage guests to dress like their favorite character. 10 TRENDSGlancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 9

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COVER STORY12 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine a very vintage christmasLocal Designer Shares Her Inspo

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GLEN ELLYN/AURORA–Jocelyn Reimann, a vintage enthusiast and owner of The Green Door, has been spreading the joy of a vintage Christ-mas in the Chicago area for over two decades. With her business nestled inside Warehouse 55 in both the Aurora and Chicago location, she brings the charm of yesteryears back to life through her meticulously curated col-lections. Reimann's love for the character, patina, and historical narratives of older items is evident in her work. Her own home, a harmonious blend of new and old, leans heavily towards the latter, mirroring her passion for vintage items. However, it's during the festive season that Reimann's passion truly comes alive. To her, a vintage Christmas is the pinnacle of joy and nostalgia. Her collection of Shiny Brites, old lights, bottle brush trees, Santa mugs, tinsel, and more are not just holiday decorations; they are vessels of joy and car-riers of happy memories. These vintage treasures, when arranged into displays and vignettes, can transform any space into a winter wonderland straight out of a storybook. (continued)COVER STORYGlancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 13The Magic of Christmas Bringing the Charm of Yesteryear Back to Life through Her Designs, Meet Local Designer Jocelyn Reimann

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COVER STORYa very vintage christmas14 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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COVER STORYResiding in Glen Ellyn, Reimann eagerly anticipates decking her halls each year. The moment when she unpacks her Christmas decor is filled with anticipation and excitement. Each item, hand-picked and cherished, is a testament to her love for the vintage aesthetic and her dedication to recreating that magical, old-world Christmas charm. Through The Green Door, Reimann invites everyone to experience the magic of a vintage Christmas. Her work goes beyond selling items; it's about sharing a piece of history, reviving the age-old Christmas spirit, and cre-ating a sense of joy and nostalgia that only a vintage Christmas can provide. For those looking to add a touch of vintage charm to their holiday celebrations, a visit to The Green Door at Warehouse 55 promises a magical journey back in time. -Lindy Kleivo, Photos Submitted Glancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 15

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AT PARAMOUNT THEATRE IN AURORA November 8, 2023-January 14, 2024 AURORA–This fantastical musical follows young Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa Joe as they join four other Golden Ticket winners to tour the magical and mysterious choco-late factory of eccentric “Candy Man” Willy Wonka. When the factory gates are opened, experience the lifechanging journey through a world of “Pure Imagination,” revealed with Wonka’s army of curious “Oompa-Loompas.” Who will win the lifetime supply of choco-late? STEP BEHIND THE GATES AND DISCOVER WHAT AWAITS. When you arrive at Paramount you’ll be greeted in our Grand Gallery, transformed into a Christmas wonderland with a two-story fully decorated tree. CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International www.paramountaurora.comCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryON STAGEPhoto by Amy Nelson PhotographyGlancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 17

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RHON • NOVEMBER 2023Inside Ikkai Sushi NAPERVILLE–Tucked away in downtown Naperville, is a hidden gem that offers a din-ing experience reminiscent of New York City. With only a few tables and bar seats, the atmosphere at Ikkai Sushi is intimate and exclusive, giv-ing you a personalized din-ing experience. One of the standout features of Ikkai is its commitment to serving the freshest sushi in the area. They source high-quality ingredients to ensure that every dish is fresh and wanting more.NOVEMBER 2023 RHON Real Housewives of Naperville18 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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ABOUT REAL HOUSEWIVES  OF NAPERVILLE You may have seen us around town, we are the fabulous four who believe you can never be overdressed for any occasion. We are four friends who met through the power of social media. We absolutely love exploring Naperville and beyond to discover the best restaurants, shops and businesses. We believe in supporting our communities and recommending all the places we truly love. Mila brings the west coast vibes, Ashley is all about quiet luxury, Katie lives life in color, and Natalie is the life of the party! If you see us out, be sure to stop and say “hi”. Instagram: realhousewivesofnaperville Email: When it comes to sushi rolls, Ikkai is all about creativity. When you look at their menu you will notice they have created a flavor profile that's unlike anything you've tried before. Our absolute favorite is the “Yolo” Roll, which is a unique and unforgettable creation. It is shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, jalapeno, cucumber, topped with filet mignon, basil mayo, asparagus and gold flakes! The name "Yolo" suggests that it's something you should try at least once in your life for a mem-orable dining experience! While the “yolo” is our group favorite, we also have our own personal favorites. Mila is obsessed with the 109 roll which features crab, avo-cado, and cream cheese with baked salmon on top. Natalie gets the “hangry” roll, we attribute this to her being hangry often, but also that it’s a deep-fried roll filled w crab and cream cheese! Ashley raves about the Main St roll which has a crab tempura base with crab salad on top. And Katie holds with a classic, the spicy tuna roll! Basically, we haven’t met a roll we didn’t love! If you’ve followed us for a while, you know we love sushi, and Ikkai has always been our favorite sushi spot. It's a testament to the restaurant's quality and appeal. And if that isn’t enough to get you to try it, consider the fact you may spot some of the Real Housewives while dining there, which only adds to its allure. RHON • NOVEMBER 2023Watch for a new Real Housewives of Naperville feature in every issue of Glancer Magazine as they unveil a beautifully unique, fun and fabulous local find that they recently visited. Subscribe today! Glancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 19

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DOWNERS GROVE Celebrate ths Season in Downtown Downers Grove DOWNERS GROVE–You are invited to celebrate Small Business Weekend November 24-November 26. On November 24, watch as Santa helps light the Community Tree at 4:30pm. The Gingerbread House Contest will run November 24-December 4, and on display until December 10. Vote for your favorite business in the Holiday Win-dow Contest, November 24-December 10. Complimentary horse drawn wagon rides will be on Sunday, November 26, 1-4pm. The Gin-gerbread Man Hunt & Candy Cane Cash Rewards will be held throughout the holiday season. Complimentary visits with Santa in his Gingerbread House Saturdays and Sundays 1-4pm, November 24-December 17. Strolling community carolers will be spreading holiday cheer Saturdays and Sundays, November 24-December 17. This is the perfect opportunity to explore our retailers for one-of-a-kind gifts, enjoy self-care at one of our barbers or salons, or take a break in one of our restaurants. Shop & dine small this holiday season and you will be giving a gift that will continue to give back! www.downtowndg.org22 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine CITY SIDEWALKS...BUSY SIDEWALKS ♪♫

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DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE 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 celebrate!Glancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 23CITY SIDEWALKS...BUSY SIDEWALKS ♪♫

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WHEATON Christmas at Cantigny WHEATON-Visitors to the inaugural “Christmas at Cantigny” celebration will experience dazzling light in-stallations throughout the gardens and grounds of the 500-acre Wheaton estate, the former home of Robert R. McCormick. In addition, the newly renovated McCormick House, lavishly decorated for the holidays, will be open to the public for the first time since 2019. Watch for exciting “pop up” attractions and activities during the festival, including photos with Santa and car-oling groups. A temporary ice-skating rink outside the Visitors Center will stay open all winter. Christmas at Cantigny opens on Friday, December 1. For hours, ticketing and other information, visit online. 24 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine 26 • WESTERN SUB-CITY SIDEWALKS...BUSY SIDEWALKS ♪♫magical!

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OSWEGO Holiday Express OSWEGO–Join in the tradition this holiday season! All aboard to kiddos young and old, as the Oswegoland Park District pres-ents the Oswego Holiday Express. Magical “trains” depart Santa Station the weekend of December 8-10 for the North Pole. Put on your pajamas, don your warmest ap-parel, and head to the top of the world on a magical journey. Mrs. Claus will greet you, you'll enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, and meet Santa! Register online. winter adventure!Glancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 25CITY SIDEWALKS...BUSY SIDEWALKS ♪♫

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GLEN ELLYN Make Your Holidays Safe & Brighter The holidays are upon us and there is not a better time to make sure that your home’s electrical is protected, up to date and ready for your holiday festive gatherings. Prepare your home now with safety checks, out-door lighting upgrades and protection, new indoor light fixtures, can lighting, dimmers or accents. Enjoy your holidays with a fresh bright new look and peace of mind. Hi-Lite Electrical are not just electricians, but pro-fessionally qualified electrical consultants who bring a holistic approach for a safe home and en-vironment. or (630) 897-4300CITY SIDEWALKS...BUSY SIDEWALKS ♪♫Glancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 27

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AURORA Holiday Express at Blackberry Farm AURORA–Bring the family for a magical and mem-orable experience – just like visiting the North Pole! Blackberry Farm is a winter wonderland amid thou-sands of twinkling lights, festive holiday decorations and happy holiday music. Take a ride on the Holiday Express train – a charming tour around scenic Lake Gregory – and enjoy a hay wagon ride, too. Back in the historic pioneer village, you’ll enjoy crafts, a reindeer food bar, story readings of holiday classics at the one-room schoolhouse and…a special visit with Santa. Tickets go on sale November 9 at 9 a.m. Holiday Express at Blackberry Farm 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora, Illinois ● 630-892-1550 28 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine CITY SIDEWALKS...BUSY SIDEWALKS ♪♫

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NEW TO NAPERVILLE The Matrix Club NAPERVILLE–: Transcend your holiday festivities at The Matrix Room & Meg's Lounge, located in Naperville's new state-of-the-art venue, The Ma-trix Club. Evoke your senses with globally inspired cuisine and craft cocktails in our international live music lounge. Let us create a unique experience for you to celebrate the holiday season! new and exciting!Glancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 29CITY SIDEWALKS...BUSY SIDEWALKS ♪♫

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Winter Break Camps NAPERVILLE–Winter Break Camps Looking for some winter break and holiday fun for your child? Naperville Park District has you cov-ered with Winter Break Camp programs for ages 3-15. Choose from a variety of sports, arts, and fun, hands-on experience-based camps. Registra-tion is in progress. fun!30 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine CITY SIDEWALKS...BUSY SIDEWALKS ♪♫

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32 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine CITY SIDEWALKS...BUSY SIDEWALKS ♪♫The Merriest, Cheeriest Season Starts in Aurora AURORA–Aurora Downtown once again is Santa’s home away from home. The merriest, cheeriest season starts in Au-rora! Come one, come all, and enjoy over one million lights this Holiday Season as Aurora transforms into a stunning and wel-coming winter wonderland. The City of Aurora -- with a little elf help – is living up to its motto as the City of Lights when it comes to this year’s holiday lighting. Show your spirit and join us for our highly acclaimed Winter Lights Celebration which kicks off the Holiday Season on Fri-day, November 17 at 6:00 pm with an enchanting yet energic, holiday-enthralling parade followed by the ever-cherished downtown tree-lighting festivities including fireworks, Food Trucks, music, and memory-cherishing time with St. Nick. Aurora’s downtown business and entertainment district is sure to impress as you stroll along our beautiful streets. Make sure to take in the sights from our historical GAR Memorial Mu-seum with its Santa’s village look-and-feel to the completely authentic and traditional Christkindlmarkt. Don’t forget to try the Hot Cocoa or Glühwein! Aurora awaits you. Enjoy the beauty of the season and plan your visit today. Our restaurants and retailers are here to wel-come you for your holiday enjoyment. For more information, visit 2023 Aurora Winter Lights. P.S. Special tips from Mrs. Claus. Aurora’s Downtown Cocoa Crawl is December 1st -- see Events. And make sure to stop by the Aurora Regional Fire Museum on December 2nd or December 9th between 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm for a free photo with Santa. He’s got you on his list!

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Glancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 33CITY SIDEWALKS...BUSY SIDEWALKS ♪♫Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum LISLE–See trees in a different light this holiday season during the 11th annual Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Ar-boretum, running Saturday, Nov. 18, through Saturday, Jan. 6, in Lisle, Illinois. Explore 50 acres of the Arboretum’s majestic tree collections while immersed in a spectacle of color, light, and sound. Visit with family and friends to stroll a new 1-mile ADA-accessible paved path while listening to curated seasonal music and en-joying four new light displays and returning favorites. Warm up beside a crackling fire while roasting marshmallows for s’mores or enjoy a hot seasonal beverage or libation from the concession tents along the trail. The exhibition is closed select Mondays and on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Illumination is generously sponsored by Invesco QQQ, ComEd, and Duly Health and Care.

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CITY SIDEWALKS...BUSY SIDEWALKS ♪♫NAPERVILLE Get Your Whirly On! NAPERVILLE- From friendly competition and enter-tainment to exceptional food and drink, WhirlyBall Naperville provides the perfect venue for all ages and occasions. The two-story “eatertainment” com-plex features a variety of activities including Whirly-Ball, LaserTag, HyperBowling and bowling plus private event spaces for groups of any size. Round out your event with customized menus featuring The Pivot Room’s selection of elevated American fare and 24 rotating craft beer taps. Book your event today! party time!34 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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NAPERVILLE Holly Jolly Days Happening at Naper Settlement December 8, 9, 15 and 16 NAPERVILLE- Celebrate the wonder and joy of the holi-day season with holiday crafts, stories, and more at Naper Settlement’s Holly Jolly Days on December 8, 9, 15, and 16! Learn how reindeer shoes are made with a special story-time and demonstration by the blacksmith at the forge. Create your own holiday crafts to take home, listen to Christmas stories, and end your visit with a special family photo at the Victorian Christmas photo stop at Pine Craig Mansion. Visit the museum’s holiday exhibit, Santas Around the World, to see the fascinating characters who populate the lore surrounding the celebrations that come at the darkest time of the year. The exhibit also discusses the origins of some of our favorite holiday traditions. CITY SIDEWALKS...BUSY SIDEWALKS ♪♫Glancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 35jolly fun!

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CITY SIDEWALKS...BUSY SIDEWALKS ♪♫Glancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 37Holiday Open House Weekend Downtown Naperville NOVEMBER 11 & 12 NAPERVILLE–Wander through shops in Downtown Naperville all week-end for some early-bird holiday savings and stock-up sales! Enjoy fes-tive decorations around town, plus special holiday sales and surprises at many downtown shops!While you’re downtown, be sure to check out all the new fall fashions hitting the shelves as this is the perfect time to use your Downtown Naperville Gift Cards… accepted at 150+ down-town merchants.‘Tis the Season to Shop Magnolia Bath & Soap Co. LOCATED DOWNTOWN ST. CHARLES ST. CHARLES–It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Magnolia Soap! This local area shop offers the most ador-able, plant-based, phthalates and paraben free products for you and everyone on your holiday gift list. Visit is today!

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WHAT’S FOR DINNER? NAPERVILLE–Picture it, Sicily 1923, or is it 2023 and you are at Calogero’s Old World Italian Pizza in Naperville?! From the moment you step into Calogero’s and meet the owner, Salvatore, you will quickly understand the passion he has for the authentic food he creates. Salvatore's background and the inspiration behind Calogero's is truly heartwarming. Growing up in an Italian American home with his father hailing from Sicilia, he carries with him cherished memories of family gath-erings and delicious meals shared with loved ones. It's evident that he's taken those meaningful experiences and translated them into his restaurant, where he has recreated that sense of warmth, togetherness, and mouth-watering cuisine for his customers. Salvatore’s dedication to using the highest quality ingredients and artisan methods is evident in every dish I’ve tried and what sets them apart from other places. It's clear that the focus on quality and authenticity is a top pri-ority, making Calogero's a must-visit for those seeking exceptional and unique culinary experiences in Naperville. Every time I go to Calogero’s I must get pizza! My absolute favorites: The Crudo- Italian plum tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto di parma, arugula, shaved parmigiano and basil. The Marinara- a true Sicilian experience, a pizza with basil and thinly sliced garlic on top and no cheese! This pizza highlights the simple yet bold flavors of authentic Italian cuisine. And of course, you can’t go wrong with the classic Margherita! All their pizzas are made using the highest quality ingredients, imported and domestic. The pizza dough is made using their natural starter (sourdough) and 100% certified Italian grains. This not only adds a depth of flavor to their pizzas but also makes them suitable for those with gluten intolerances, which is a great option for a wider range of pizza lovers. Of course, no Italian meal can end without a dessert! My top favorites in-clude the homemade Tiramisu, the Rainbow cookies and the Panettone which is a naturally leavened bread that undergoes a 3-day process and makes a great gift during the holidays! Dining at Calogero's is a delightful journey into the heart of Italian American tradition, offering not just a delicious meal but an experience filled with nos-talgia and flavor. Now that’s Amore! –Mila Vardiani www.calogerosoldworld.comLOCAL DISH: CALOGEROSWEST SUBURBAN DININGDININGDINING + COCKTAILS38 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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DINING + COCKTAILSHead to Beatrix Happy Hour for Snacks & Hand-Crafted Cocktails MONDAY - FRIDAY, 4-6PM OAK BROOK–Enjoy 1/2 priced snacks including Local Burrata, Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts, Chicken Meatballs, and more! Plus, sip on $5 local beer, $6 select wine, and $7 hand-crafted cocktails. Available at the bar, lounge and patio dining only. Make a reser-vation today!, Cocktails + Causes Held by Achieve Health and Wellness THURSDAY • NOVEMBER 9, 7-9PM BOLINGBROOK–For every beverage sold, Dr. Fisher of Achieve Health & Wellness will be donating $1 per drink to M.U.S.T. Cares. How amazing is that! Come on out and support this great cause and have a fun night out. Cash bar, light appetizers will be provided. Held at Goat & Vine Restaurant + Winery in Bolingbrook. View Event on Eventbrite.comToast the Season with a Scrumptious Specialty Cocktail at Morton’s NAPERVILLE–What began in Chicago in 1978 is now one of the most award-winning steakhouses around. West suburbanites love visiting Morton’s Naperville location for dinner and also drinks. It’s a popular destination for a plate of Bar Bites and a glass of wine at Bar 12-21, or a relaxing dinner after a busy day. Every detail, from the succulent steaks and seafood and vast wine selections to the seamless service, makes Morton's the classic dining experi-ence. www.mortons.comGlancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 39

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Glancer Magazine Photos SubmittedJennifer Rizzo Creatively Christmas Kindle Edition WEST SUBURBAN CHICAGO–If you’re looking for a creative outlet for your Christmastime craftiness, look no further! This yuletide guide was written and designed by lifestyle blogger and all- around crafty girl, Jen-nifer Rizzo.Sparkly doily banners, snowball jingle bells, and burlap gift bags are just some of the 35 hands-on projects featured in this holiday how-to, which will take your home to new levels of merry and bright. Readers will also find a pictorial tour of Illinois homes decorated for the holiday season, as well as some simple but inspiring decorating tips for your most festive holiday home. THE perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer for your bff. And oh heck, buy one for yourself while you’re at it! Jennifer Rizzo is the owner of Jennifer Rizzo Design Company and has produced projects for Country Living magazine, Romantic Homes mag-azine, and She also teaches in-person and on-line classes. Jennifer creates content at and shares her creative spirit all year long- not just throughout the holidays. She shares, “I be-lieve there is an inspiration that is inside of all of us, and that we were meant to share it as a gift. I love making unique home decor and I love writing. I retail my hand-made home décor on-line and in boutiques and retail stores across the United States. I teach creative hands-on workshops, in person and on-line. I love watching people's creativity bloom. My 30+ house online holi-day house walk at is still going strong, and I love seeing the different ways people decorate their homes. Jennifer lives just outside of Chicago with her husband and three chil-dren and lots of ideas waiting to be worked on! You can find her working on her current projects at Download Creatively Christmas on Kindle at LITERAARRYYlocalKNOW A LOCAL AUTHOR?  editorial@glancermagazine.comGlancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 41AVAILABLE IN KINDLE EDITION ONLY

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Bubblehouse Football season is here! As the colors change and temperatures change … one thing remains the same - America’s love of football. We celebrate inside our beloved sta-diums, outside at tailgates, glued to our couch or venture to a favorite brewery. If you’re look-ing for a new brewery, we recommend Bubble-house Brewing Company in Lisle. This soon-to-be-favorite brewery just celebrated its 2 year anniversary! After years of planning and saving, Bubblehouse opened its doors in the fall of 2021. This is a family-owned and family-friendly tap-room (bring the kids!). Its patio is dog-friendly, too. There is a curated collection of board games to bring out your competitive & nostalgic spirit - Clue, Yahtzee, Outburst and Crokinole … just to name a few. Hungry? They’ve got you covered. Boom Box Burgers continues to be a patron favorite. This family-owned, pop-up tent is frequently on-site to serve up its delicious, made-to-order smash burgers. And its Pizza Phone is up and running - just walk up, place your order and Brasi’s Pizzeria will deliver. #genius As you cheer alongside fellow fans, there’s an ample amount of craft beer to enjoy. Currently enjoying: That Escalated Quickly (banana, clove spice & green pear), Sploot (coriander & orange peel) and Smoky Poofs (chocolate, coffee & rye spice). Be sure to try Tails of Rescue, too! This collaboration supports the West Suburban Humane Society’s mission (10% of every pint sold will be donated to WSHS). Be sure to check out BB’s calendar for upcoming events, live music and food truck schedule. Here’s to craft beer, good conver-sation and community. UNIQUEby Brianna Bartemeyer Photos SubmittedUNIQUE IN SUBURBIAin Suburbia42 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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Plainfield Turkey Drop PLAINFIELD– Twenty-four years ago, in 1999, the Ford Family of Plainfield brought two turkeys to the Morningstar Mission in Joliet for their Thanksgiving. The next year, friends and family offered to help the Mission as well, and the Ford Family put together the idea of a Turkey Drop to help donate for Thanksgiving dinners to those in need. Each year since its inception, the number of donated turkeys has grown steadily. Last year, over 600 turkeys were collected. The Fords hosted the drop for ten years until it got too big for one family to handle. Now the men and women of the Plainfield Moose Lodge, along with the Ford family, host the event every year. With so many turkeys being collected, donations can bene-fit more local groups including, the Plainfield Food Pantry, St. John’s Church, and the Plainfield School District 202 families through Bags of Hope for the dis-tribution of Thanksgiving baskets. “You may have heard the saying, ‘A burden heavy to one is borne lightly by many,’ ” says Anthony Scala, Chairperson for the Turkey Drop and past Governor/President of the Plainfield Moose Lodge 2491. “This saying is at the core of the Moose organ-ization and what makes us unique in our Lodges and local communities.” The Moose organization is about caring for one another’s needs and celebrating life to-gether and with a membership of over a million members, their presence is felt in over 1500 com-munities across all 50 states and four Canadian prov-inces, plus Great Britain. “My favorite part is to see the faces of satisfaction from the families that are do-nating and the sense of gratitude of those receiving. It’s a time when families should be together around the table for the holidays,” says Scala. This year The Plainfield Tur-key Drop will be collecting frozen turkeys the Saturday before Thanksgiving, No-vember 18th from 10am-2pm at the Plainfield Moose Lodge at 16310 S. Lincoln Highway. Cash donations are also accepted, and the money collected will be used to purchase additional turkeys. Making a cash donation NOW instead of the day of the drop in November is appreciated so bank-ing can be done and turkeys can be reserved. Please make checks payable to the Plainfield Turkey Drop (not the Moose) and mail them to the Lodge address above. Any additional information can be found on their website. Happy Thanksgiving, all! 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 de-gree in creative writing from DePaul University and is a veteran of Chi-cago’s theater and commercial world as well as a graduate of the Second City Improv School. Mindy lives in Nap-erville with her husband, three children and the cutest dogs in the land. VIEW MINDY’S MONTHLY COLUMN AT Year The Plainfield Turkey Drop will be Collecting Frozen Turkeys the Saturday Before Thanksgiving, November 18 at the Plainfield Moose Lodge CARING + SHARINGGlancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 45

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TRENDY TRAVELERTrendY Nestled in the Heart of the Florida Keys Picture this: palm-fringed shores, crystal-clear waters, and endless adventures at Bungalows Key Largo, the ultimate paradise for two best friends seeking an unforgettable escape. As we stepped onto this luxurious, all-inclusive resort, nestled in the heart of the Florida Keys, we embarked on an incredible journey of relaxation, adven-ture, and friendship. After landing at the nearby Miami International Airport, we took the short hour drive through the scenic Florida Keys and were immedi-ately welcomed with valet service and a refreshing tropical drink. The striking overwater bungalows immediately captured our hearts, offering a private and serene haven that blends seamlessly with the surroundings. Waking up to the sound of gentle waves and warm sunshine, we took in the solitude of our own little private backyard with morning coffee before indulging in a leisurely breakfast overlooking the ocean. The all-inclusive nature of this resort means that every meal is a culinary delight and a food lover's paradise. Each day, morning, noon, and night, we savored the flavors of fresh seafood, tender steaks, tropical cuisine, and authentic Mexican at the various re-sort's restaurants. Top shelf drinks and bartender specialities added to the splendor. Blissful Bungalows: An All-Inclusive Getaway in Florida KeysTraveler46 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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TRENDY TRAVELERAs most know, GlancerMagazine #MomsLittleBlackBook loves ad-venture so the plethora of water activities engaged our senses throughout our stay, such as snorkeling among the vibrant coral reefs, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and getting our daily dose of exercise on the water trike! Wow that’s harder than it looks!! We then hopped aboard The Tiki Cruise and circled among luxury homes and mangroves at just the right speed for appreciating music, ambience, and a refreshing frozen cocktail; but best of all, the Sun-set Cruise was by far the highlight of our stay aboard the catamaran that offered charcuterie and wine, and sailed along the serene waters, providing an up close and personal experience as the dol-phins played in our current. The evening was filled with shared laughter as we overlooked the depths of the ocean and the magic of the resort on the horizon. We ended the night with beachside ka-raoke and uninhibited dancing with the entire crowd swaying to-gether to Sweet Caroline! After days filled with adventure and exploration, guests can sur-render to the tranquility of the resort's spa. The signature treatments, including facials, body wraps, and relaxation in the Zen Garden, prompting most to also indulge in a relaxing beachside massage af-terwards. My personal decompression was taking advantage of the bicycles that are also available at every cabin to stroll along the palm tree covered trails and sandy beaches. Bungalows Key Largo is not just an all-inclusive resort; it's a desti-nation that fosters connection, adventure, and relaxation. It's a place where best friends and couples can create priceless memories that will last a lifetime. Glancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 47

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48 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine 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 Colella

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HOME DESIGN IT’S TIME TO “PEP” THE HALLS! 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 designer and owner, Shannon Peppeard, offers just that! Shannon has been working with clients to create amazing spaces in their homes for over 17 years. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines including HGTV, House of Markor, and Modern Luxury Interiors. The Pep Line features a line of curated goods hand selected by Shannon that she herself uses in many of her client’s homes. The shoppe carries a wide variety of goods for the home including furniture, artwork, lighting, rugs, drapery, pillows and accessories. Crowned “Finest Furniture Store” & “One of the Finest Home Decor Stores” by Kane County Reader’s Choice Awards, The Pep Line also was featured on the CBS series, Destination TV: Chicago, as one of the area’s hottest businesses. Both The Pep Line shoppe and Peppeard De-sign studio are located under one roof inside The Collins House giving visitors a taste of how the products look inside a real home. The Pep Line hosts frequent after-hours events in their space - don’t miss their annual Holiday Open House on Wednesday, Nov. 8th! Visit for the full events schedule. The Pep Line & Peppeard Design 201 Cedar Ave, St. Charles | 630-549-7088 | Photography by Jessie Dore & Kelly Vanderploeg Shop Gallery52 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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OVER 45 VENDORS A MONTH OF EVENTS Don’t Miss these Fun Events Happening • Jingle While You Mingle – November 3 • Holiday Ladies Night – December 8 ST. CHARLES–The Vintage Shop Hop is a two-day, self-guided road trip to any of over 400 vintage and antique shops, ladies' boutiques, home decor stores, up-scale consignment and barn sale events-and trend+relic is on the list! Don’t miss this fun & unique event. Plus, Witches Night Out will have giveaways, fairyhair and more! The Boo Bash will be filled with tricks & treats, photos galore and so much more. trend + relic is an experience that shoppers remember, as this unique multi-vendor marketplace has carefully selected experienced merchants who are artisans, builders, refinishers and painters, boutique owners and more each offering the most special items to adorn your home and make you feel beautiful. The talented merchants work hard to create and curate unique items, both vintage and new. Many of the treasures that you will find at trend + relic have been hand-crafted 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. trend + relic, 1501 Indiana Avenue, St. Charles, Illinois (630) 803-5253 • www.trendandrelic.comShop Gallery54 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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Shop GalleryON TREND ESSENTIALS TWO SPACES AT THE RUSTIC FOX 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 Left & Near the egister56 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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GORGEOUS STYLES FALL IN LOVE WITH BEAUTIFUL 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 appoint-ment to find your dream dress or just stop in! Founded by Mary Marconi-Popiel in 2009, the shop’s at-tention to detail makes the ordinary more extraordinary, giv-ing 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 Spe-cial Occasion. Special Occasions 2 N Batavia Ave., Batavia, Illinois (630) 406-1515 Shop Gallery58 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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Chill-Iglooing in Style NAPERVILLE–As the holiday season approaches, there's no better way to celebrate than by indulging in a frosty treat or delicious hot chocolate with friends. And what better place to do so than Creamery where an unforgettable igloo experi-ence awaits you? These private igloos, adorned with twinkling lights and festive decorations, provide an enchanting setting for you and your family and friends to enjoy your favorite ice cream treats or hot chocolate bar. The igloo experience at Creamery is not just about the ambi-ance; it's about creating lasting memories. Each igloo can comfortably accommodate a small group up to six (6), making it an ideal spot for a cozy get-together. Inside, you'll find plenty of seating and a dedicated heater to keep you warm even on the chilliest of nights. Now, let's talk ice cream! Creamery is renowned for its wide variety of delectable flavors, ranging from classic vanilla and chocolate to exotic creations like brown butter bourbon truffle or roadrunner raspberry. Whether you prefer a classic scoop in a cone or a loaded sundae with all the fixings, Creamery has you covered. MOM’S little black bookA New Adventure Monthly!60 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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What's more, they offer a range of dairy-free and vegan options, ensuring that everyone can savor the sweetness of the season. And don't forget the toppings – a smorgasbord of sprinkles, sauces, and crunchy delights to customize your ice cream just the way you like it. Better yet, this same experience is offered as a Hot Chocolate Bar also! But the real magic happens when you combine the irresistible dessert of choice with the charm-ing igloo setting. The soft glow of the lights, the laughter of those you love, and the pure joy of indulging in sweet treats come together to create a holiday experience you won't soon forget. So, this holiday season, head to Creamery for an enchanting igloo experience. Celebrate the magic of the holidays with a touch of frosty de-light or sip of cocoa – because nothing says "happy holidays" quite like it! OVERVIEW A cornerstone of south Chicago since 1981, The Creamery is a family-owned business dedicated to bringing smiles to adults and kids alike. It's not just a tasty treat, but an experience to be shared. The Creamery ice cream shops welcome you to cozy up in a heated igloo to enjoy one of their fa-mous dessert experiences this holiday season. Locations in Lombard, Lemont, Homer Glen, Manhattan, and New Lenox. Creamery 506 E. St. Charles Place Lombard, IL 60148 (630) 519-4377 Hours: Check website to secure reservation Price $: Prices vary depending on experience selected ABOUT THE WRITER Kristen Kucharski’s days are never dull, her kids are never bored! Over the years #MomsLittleBlackBook has explored hun-dreds of kid friendly things to do in our sur-rounding community and on the road. As her girls have grown and gone away to col-lege, she continues to enjoy unique activ-ities, excursions, day trips, weekend get-a-aways, and road trips while rediscovering my own passion for adventure with friends, girls nights outs, and date nights. In her words “Life is a journey–might as well have fun along the way. Go, fly, roam, travel, voyage, explore, discover!”MOM’S LITTLE BLACK BOOKGlancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 61

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MILLION DOLLAR lliissttiinnggJefferson Estates Beauty True luxury without any compromising. This property is considered the best lot in the Jefferson Estates Subdivision, with ample privacy, a walk-out basement, and no neighbors to the west or North of the house. Perfect for entertaining year round with multiple levels to en-tertain or just enjoy in privacy. The Entire property is turnkey from top to bottom with most updates made from 2020-2022. Wolf, Subzero, Bosch, Kohler, everything, including the craftmanship, is top-of-the-line throughout... Ample flex space with a first-floor bedroom ensuite and 6th bedroom in the walk-out basement with full bath, bar, bonus room, etc. 4 car garage with 2 EV Chargers. Truly amazing.(630) 618-6225 Presented by: Oriana Van Someren Brokered by: COMPASSREAL ESTATE$2,499,000 252 Claremont Dr, Naperville 6 bed, 6.5+ bath, 7,500 sq ft62 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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Updated Throughout 252 Claremont has been updated with the finest finishes and im-provements from top to bottom by the current owners. Well over $800,000 has been put into the property since it was purchased from the first owner 10 years ago. Hardwood floors throughout the home adding to its unique charm and beauty. This property is simply stunning throughout. REAL ESTATEGlancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 63

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

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CAREER 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 TTIIMMEEGlancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 67

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TTHHAANNKK YYOOUU!!Glancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 69KITCHEN REDESIGN Thank You! A NOTE FROM THE OWNER  “I am thrilled and deeply honored to express my heartfelt gratitude for being voted the "Best of the Best" as the owner of Tupelo Lane Designs. This recognition is not just an award, but a testament to the dedication of our talented team and the trust our clients place in us. Every brushstroke and color choice is driven by passion, and this award reaffirms our commitment to excellence. We are truly grateful for the support of our clients and the Glancer Magazine readers who have made this possible. Thank you for this incredible honor; it inspires us to continue trans-forming homes with beauty and precision.” -Michele Fenton, Owner

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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. LIVING70 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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Kid StuffPicture-Perfect Holiday Outfits SUGARPLUM DREAMS COLLECTION NOW  AT ARLO.HENDRIX BATAVIA–Get ready to sprinkle a little extra magic into this holiday season with the delightful range of children's apparel and goodies at this local chil-dren’s boutique. From picture-perfect holiday outfits that will make cherished memories, to cozy bamboo and ther-mal pajamas that will keep your little ones snug all night long– plus a fun new toy! From newborns to size 9/10, there's something for everyone in the family. Enjoy exclusive offers including complimentary gifts, local delivery, and pickup throughout the next two months. Make Arlo.Hendrix your one-stop des-tination for all your holiday shopping! Stay updated in social media: @arlohendrix_babyoutfitters and online at www.arlohendrix.comBreakfast with Santa DECEMBER 10, 17, 23 • THE DRAKE OAK BROOK OAK BROOK–Spread the holiday cheer with Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Drake’s annual Christmas Brunch. Enjoy a delectable spread for the whole family to enjoy and a kid’s room to keep your little ones entertained. Brunch will be on Sunday December 10, Sunday De-cember 17 and Saturday December 23 from 10am-2pm. www.opentable.com72 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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KID STUFFADVENTURE IN NAPERVILLE Play. Learn. Together at DuPage Children’s Museum TAKE TIME TO CONNECT NAPERVILLE–Life gets busy; take time to connect. Kids and adults together have a blast exploring the Museum’s hands-on exhibits, making new discoveries, and creating lasting memories. Make a splash in AWEsome Water, put on a cape and “fly” through AWEsome Air, build with real tools in the Construction House, 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 DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM). The holidays are almost here… DCM memberships make special gifts that last all year long. (630) 637-8000 adventure awaitsGlancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 73

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Glancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 75DANCING IN ST. CHARLES 3rd Street Dance ST. CHARLES–In the heart of historic downtown St. Charles, 3rd Street Dance stands as a testament to the vision of owner and di-rector, Alice Williams. Williams grew up in St. Charles, and 27 years ago, embarked on a mission to create a non-competitive dance stu-dio that inspires students to believe in themselves, spread joy and build lifelong friendships. It’s a home where, as she says, “Kids can be kids, have fun, and find their best friend.” At 3rd Street Dance, students embrace the beauty of dance without worrying about external pressures. As the only local St. Charles studio affiliated with the national organization More Than Just Great Dancing®, they takes pride in providing a quality curriculum and a safe and nurturing environment for its young dancers to grow and flourish. Dance has the power to bring about positive change in a com-munity. 3rd Street Dance give back, organizing charity events and fundraisers, using passion for dance to raise awareness for local causes. These experiences teach young dancers the value of em-pathy, compassion, and the joy of helping others. The studio’s non-competitive approach to dance has allowed count-less children to discover the joy of movement and creativity without the fear of judgment. As Williams continues to champion the belief that “kids should be kids for as long as humanly possible,” the 3rd Street Dance legacy lives on by offering a variety of classes focus ing on fun, learning, and growth. Join this exciting journey of devel-opment, creativity, and friendship at 3rd Street Dance. www.3rdstreetdance.comdance!KID STUFF

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4. Raksanna NAPERVILLE/AURORA Mysterious, sensuous, and beau-tiful are words used to describe belly dancing. This art form has steadily grown in popularity and encourages a new-found freedom and self acceptance through the oldest recorded dance of humanity. This gift of fun offers an award-winning experience that runs year-round for beginners and up. 4.2. Marche GLEN ELLYN–Spread the love (and the curd) with an ongoing series of classes designed to widen your appreciation for all things fromage. This gift is appropriate for the novice to the cheese whiz. Marche classes are structured yet informal and in-clude class outline, tasting notes and plenty of cheese and wine. Classes range from making your own charcuterie boards, cheese boards, appetizers, and more, etc. www.marche496.com3. Spirits & Spice OAK BROOK–Take your taste buds on a flavor tour and learn to make custom cocktails, participate in sample whiskey or tequila experiences, and appreciate weekly wine tastings with the gift of spirits and spice at ongoing Oak Brook events. 1. Fox Valley Winery OSWEGO–Give the gift of participa-tion in the world of wine through a Fox Valley Winery Wine Club Gift Membership. The perfect gift for wine lovers and clients. Whether you prefer red, white, dry or sweet, you’ll find the perfect wine for your palate. Also enjoy experiences such as making your own wine labels, tasting rooms, and art classes such as painting and Ginger-bread House Making. GIVE THE GIFT OF A FUN & UNIQUE EXPERIENCE THIS SEASON Looking for a fun and unique gift this holiday season? Why not give the gift of an experience at one of these local area establishments? From wine-inspired activities and cooking classes, to belly dancing, candle making and grill-your-own, here are 7 Spectacular Gift Giving Experience you and yours will love.EXPERIENTIAL INSPIRED LOCAL GIFT card76 • WESTERN SUBURBS • NOVEMBER 2023 • Glancer Magazine

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6. The Water Bar ST. CHARLES–The Water Bar is a fully vegan, gluten free and peanut free eatery for people of all walks of life. Here to make allergy sensitive eating the new norm; while providing fun and engaging EATERTAINMENT experiences such as Paint & Pour events, Cupcake Decorating, and Mocktail Classes. Indigo Creations NAPERVILLE–Relax, restore, and be inspired through unique events such as candle making. Learn about the science of candle making with this hands-on experience, and go home with a homemade candle to burn or gift. Choose from at least four phthalate free, non-toxic fragrances. 5.7. Gyu-Kaku NAPERVILLE–Gyu-Kaku is a Japanese BBQ (yakiniku) restaurant concept brought to you from Japan. Yakiniku's literal translation is grilled meat such as beef, chicken, pork, and seafood! Customers are most excited for the experience of grilling their orders at their own individual table while en-joying an ice cold mug of beer or authentic sake. 7.6.Glancer Magazine • NOVEMBER 2023 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 77

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