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‘Tis the Season for Giving Thanks & Giving Great Gifts, Too!
November is here and Christmas is coming quick. This issue celebrates the season
with festive invitations, holiday-themed events and activities, shopping, dining and
From our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide to 7 Spectacular Holiday Shops Filled with Joy,
each page will delight our readers and help them get ready for the season with
countless ideas on where to shop and where to give back.
We are excited for our upcoming December issue– the last issue of 2019– featuring
15 Fascinating Faces of the Year nominated by area residents. Watch for an exciting
year ahead! In 2020 we will once again publish 12 uniquely themed issues for the
west suburban area. Send your story ideas today! 
November is a time to give thanks and we want you all to know
just how very thankful we are for your support and your reader-
ship. Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Lindy Kleivo
Publishing Director, West Suburban Area
November 2019
5 Hello From Glancer Magazine
7 5 Things to Do
9 Scene Around Suburbia
10 COVER: 2019 Gift Guide
13 To Give, To Inspire
15 Holiday Spotlights
16 The Wedding Page
19 Fall Dining Delights
19 Savory & Sweet Sisters
20 Kid Stuff
20 Literary Local
21 Mom’s Little Black Book
23 Fit & Fabulous at 50
25 Health + Beauty
27 Home Loves: Design & More
29 Real EstateLove
30 7 Spectacular Holiday Shops
Filled with Joy
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Mike Mantucca Event Photographer
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WHEATON–The 6th annual Wheaton Holiday
Housewalk, supporting Wheaton North’s award
winning show choir, Flight features local area homes.
Pictured is 310 W Evergreen St. A historical gem con-
structed and completed in 1853 by city founder Jesse Whea-
ton. This Georgian’s astonishing
restorations and beautiful updates to
modern living shows a true passion for
historical preservation. For tickets visit
DOWNERS GROVE–Downtown Downers
Grove kicks-off the Holiday Season with the
annual Gingerbread Festival Nov. 29-Dec.
1. The Gingerbread Festival offers some-
thing for all ages to enjoy: Gingerbread
Storytime, Tree Lighting Ceremony,
Gingerbread Man Hunt, vote for your
favorite Gingerbread House, visits
with Santa in his Gingerbread House,
Small Business Saturday, take a pic-
ture with the Gingerbread Boy and
Girl perusing town, Breakfast with
Santa & Complimentary Carriage
Rides. Details at www.down-
NAPERVILLE–What are you thankful
for this November? We’re thankful
for the various and tasty restau-
rants to choose from around Nap-
erville. With over 300 restaurants
to choose from, there are so
many options to satisfy your
taste buds. Now is also a
good time to look into catering
for a holiday party that you
may be throwing. Find the
perfect restaurant for your
occasion by visiting us online
Your guests are sure to leave
the party stuffed and wanting
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5 Things to Do
ST. CHARLES–St. Charles Park Dis-
trict offers family festive opportunities
this holiday season! Sign up now for
special visits with Santa! Polar Express
Storytime Train from LaFox Metra Sta-
tion to Gino’s East in Wheaton is avail-
able on Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 7 or 8. Santa
and his team of sled dogs will be at the
Woodland Santa Holiday Workshop on
Dec. 1 at Hickory Knolls. Enjoy a morn-
ing with the jolly ole guy himself at
Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 10 at Al-
exander’s Café. Advance registration
2. 2019 CUP OF CHEER™
NAPERVILLE–Get inspired at Naperville Garden
Club’s Cup of Cheer™ House Walk, Holiday Mar-
ket, and Tea. Tour four Naperville homes decorated
for the holidays. Shop the market for artisan gifts.
Enjoy the tea with homemade cookies. Receive a
commemorative teacup and saucer. Dates are
Thursday, December 5, 9am - 4pm for $55 and Fri-
day, December 6, 9am - 4pm for $40. For ticket
details visit
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You’ve Been
Photos by Mike Catuara
Visit Us Online for Hundreds of Additional
Photos from Each of these Events at
GiGi’s Playhouse Fashion
Walk (Sep 15) A wonderful af-
ternoon was had by all who at-
tended at Bolingbrook Golf Club.
Models walked the runway in
fashions from local area bou-
tiques. The Fashion Walk was
help in support of Down Syn-
drome Achievement and Aware-
ness programs at GiGi’s.
Photos by Mike Catuara
Invite Us to Your Next Event
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Relaxation, Restoration
nd Rejuvenation, Hand
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assage Geneva
GENEVA–Massage is the perfect gift for
everyone on your list, no matter what
style of massage they prefer. Whether it
is just to relax or to restore and rejuve-
nate the body, nothing can beat a per-
sonalized, hand-crafted massage
session with one of our exceptional ther-
apists. We’re offering the best deals of
the year on gift cards for this holiday sea-
son. Spread the joy! Stop by, call or visit
our website for a variety of specials.
(630) 232-7335, 507 S. 3rd St, Geneva
Give the Gi of Beauty
GLEN ELLYN–For the perfect gifts, visit
Perich Skincare & Makeup online or in-
side The Gnome Colony in downtown
Glen Ellyn. Give the gift of beauty or treat
yourself this season!  Hailed by editors
and women around the country as one of
the best eye creams they have ever
used, you will be the unsung hero of your
eye area after applying ANGEL EYES
eye cream from PERICH Skincare &
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trated botanical extracts of Vitamin A, B,
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room, Aloe, Algae and Rosemary that will
leave even the hardest skeptic in dis-
Naperville Park District Gi
Cards Make Great Gis
NAPERVILLE–Searching for the perfect
gift for everyone on your holiday list?
How about a Naperville Park District gift
card? They can be purchased in any de-
nomination and used for Park District
programs and events and redeemed at a
wide range of facilities including Centen-
nial Beach, the Paddleboat Quarry and
the Millennium Carillon. Make gift-giving
easy this year! Visit
giftcards for more information.
On Trend Essentials for
the Stylish at Heart
Urban Echo Shop features the latest
styles and must-have trends– from cloth-
ing and accessories, to home decor, gifts
and seasonal finds. The shop is an
adored virtual boutique with a pop up
shop opening seasonaly. Owned by a
Sugar Grove mom, Urban Echo Shop
offers unique gifts for everyone on your
list. Visit the shop today and have fun
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NEED The greatest
gift of the season
is that of giving
back to others
through the gift
of time, a car,
clothes, food, fi-
nancial assis-
tance, our
presence, and so
much more.
The gift of kindness, to
someone that may be not
used to receiving love, can be
shared through NAMI DuPage in
Wheaton whose mission is to provide
support, advocacy and education in
order to improve the quality of life of
individuals with mental illnesses and
their families. NAMI DuPage relies on
the remarkable generosity of the com-
munity for operational and program
It begins with our children and playing
builds strong brains, strong bonds,
and a bright future. Consider a dona-
tion to DuPage Children's Museum
(DCM) in Naperville to help Keep the
Play Growing! Funds raised go to-
wards new exhibits, programs, and
important community outreach that
makes the Museum accessible to all.
Every kid deserves a chance to ride
and play and you can support Project
Mobility in St. Charles and their Holi-
day Adaptive Bike Give Away by
participating in one of their fundraiser
events or food events www.project-
thirdpartyfundraisingevents and help
keep Riley’s dream of amazing gifts
under the tree alive!
Changing Children’s
Worlds Foundation
(CCWF) in Geneva
mission is for
every child and
adolescent to be
supported in
positive devel-
opment by care-
givers and
within loving, non-
violent families and
peaceful communities.
Through parent groups
and educational workshops,
they strive to promote a sense of
community and foster empathy. This
season, you can support them by at-
tending a fundraising event, donating,
or volunteering your time.
During this time of year, it’s more im-
portant than ever to help prevent
homelessness and hunger in the
western suburbs of the Chicago-land
area and SARET Charitable Fund in
Wheaton provides hope when hope
seems impossible. They restore dig-
nity to individuals or families facing a
current economic and life crisis and
the organization seeks creative tools
to help move families toward eco-
nomic stability. Give the gift of dignity
by contacting
All in all, this holiday season, make a
difference in your community and
connect on common grounds with
friends like those that started The
Courtyard in Hinsdale with their love
of interior design and their desire to
help others. This dedicated group of
volunteers created a place to pur-
chase previously-owned, high-quality
furniture and home accessories while
supporting The Wellness House and
those affected by cancer. Continue to
share the spirit at www.shopthecourt-
–Kristen Kucharski
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Everyone Loves Downtown Naperville Gi Cards
NAPERVILLE–The Perfect Gift! Give the gift that allows them to choose with a Down-
town Naperville gift card! For use at over 165 shops, restaurants, and spas in Down-
town Naperville. New designs to choose from including the any occasion card,
holiday cards and birthday too. No fees to purchase. May be purchased in person or
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In my humble
opinion, we
should all take the
time year-round to
thank and honor
the men and
women who work so
diligently for our coun-
try and for our freedom.
This month, we shine a spe-
cial spotlight on their service as we
celebrate Veteran’s Day around the
country. However, St. Charles res-
idents, Craig Steichen and Matt
Steichen (father and son) have dis-
covered a way to keep their veteran
tribute alive throughout their whole
favorite season football season.
Operation Warrior Wishes, formerly
called All32in17, really began in 2012
as just a bucket list dream to be the
first father and son team to visit all 32
football stadiums in one season.
Once they found it was possible, they
budgeted and planned the trips but
still felt there was something missing.
They wanted a way to give back
while they took their journey, and
they came up with hosting wounded
warriors as their guests to each
game as a thank you for their serv-
The inspiration for the mission was
from Craig’s brother, Ken, (Matt’s
Uncle) who was a wounded warrior
and Matt’s Grandfather, Leo, who
served in the navy, both heroes in
Craig and Matt’s eyes. “We thought
giving these military veterans an op-
portunity to get out and have a great
experience at a game was an ave-
nue to say thanks as well as raise
awareness for a good cause,” says
Craig. At the end of their journey,
they visited their 32nd stadium in a
record time of 103
days. After extend-
ing into playoffs
and the Super-
bowl, they had
honored 75
warriors in
total. As Chica-
goans, Craig
and Matt were
thrilled when
former Chicago
Bears coach, Mike
Ditka mentioned them on
ESPN Monday Night Football and
offered to pay for their entire trip. The
financial contribution was accepted
but instead put to good use to create
the 501c3 now named Operation
Warrior Wishes. This year they will
host their 5,000th hero.
Along with attending fundraisers and
making donations, the community
can get involved by volunteering their
time and nominating a hero of their
own. For more information on Oper-
ation Warrior Wishes, visit www.war- .
Mindy’s November Giving Inspira-
tion: Donate a turkey to a family in
Mindy Kyle is the
owner of Be In-
spired Studios
and is passionate
about helping
people discover what
brings them joy and to
live a full, healthy and happy life. She
has her Masters in Fine Arts degree in
creative writing from DePaul University
and lives in Naperville with her husband,
three children and the cutest dog in the
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Since 1989, Career Vision helps
people discover their natural abil-
ities and develop the skills that
support satisfying and successful
careers through programs that
address the needs of youth,
young adults in the early phase
of career launch, and adults
managing their careers.
Career Vision is committed to the
highest professional standards and
offers programming locally and na-
tionally via online sessions with face-to-
face computer technology, or via in-office
one-on-one sessions.
Aptitude testing begins at age 16 and continues through adulthood to assist
students deciding on post high school endeavors, adult career changers,
those caught in workforce transitions, those returning to work, and those con-
sidering more schooling or encore careers.
With over 20 open testing dates in the next two months, including Saturdays,
find out what your future holds today! -Kristen Kucharski
View and Share West Suburban Business Spotlights at Contact Us Today to Spotlight Your Business
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The Art of Good Eating
LISLE– Experience something new and exciting for lunch in Lisle! The Art of Good
Eating recently opened for lunch as they continue with servicing private dining
parties, local cooking classes, catering and personal chef service, there is some-
thing for everyone!
Give an experience as a gift for the holidays. Cooking class gift certificates avail-
able. Easy purchase with a phone call. Your Next Party. Custom Made by Chef
Tom. Explore the possibilities at
Place Your Order Before 11-12-19
Receive a Complimentary Batch of Homemade
Chocolate Brownies (Serves 12)
ue Cui
Open Select Days – Dec 6-22
NAPERVILLE–Make your Holi-
day merry and bright at the new
Yuletide Festival and Fair! Ex-
perience the joy of the holiday
season with live entertainment,
local art and craft vendors, wintry
food and beverages from local
restaurants and breweries, and
more! Stroll through Naper Set-
tlement’s historic grounds dec-
orated for the holiday season with
twinkling lights and plenty of holi-
day spirit. Yuletide Festival & Fair
runs Friday through Sunday from
December 6-22: Fridays, 2-
10PM; Saturdays and Sundays,
11AM-10PM. Admission is FREE!
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Your Wedding Day
esigned To Amaze
Sitting on 95 acres along the beautiful Fox River,
Q Center offers a variety of indoor and outdoor
venues ideal for your wedding day needs and
dreams. From a rustic outdoor pavilion to elegant
ballrooms seating up to 800 guests, your day is
fully customized with a team of talented planning
and culinary professionals to assist. When the
day is done, enjoy quality relaxation in guest rooms
only steps away from the main event. Q Center,
1405 North Fifth Avenue, St. Charles, (630) 444-4049
Enjoy a Spa Treatment
at Home Before Your Big Day
Treat your wedding party to a spa day AT HOME! 
Concierge Medical Spa is the first mobile
medical spa designed to bring the expertise
of skin care professionals to your home. This
concept helps clients who find it difficult
to take time out of their busy schedules
to make a spa appointment.
Concierge also offers Express Spas
located through the suburbs that make it easy for you to
stop in for a quick treatment or add on a service when
you’re already out and about. View a list of services & spe-
cials online.
Boutique Hotel In St. Charles
Hotel Baker is a boutique hotel located in downtown St. Charles.
The unique, romantic atmosphere on the banks of the Fox River
has made the historic hotel a natural choice with couples from all
over Chicagoland. Since the property reopened, weddings and pri-
vate parties have become its specialty. The outdoor garden and
patio offer picturesque river views while the interior rooms are ele-
gantly appointed to compliment the building’s Old World elegance.
Hotel Baker, 100 W. Main Street, St. Charles, (630) 584-2100,
The Wedding Page
Two Picture-Perfect
edding Venues
Choose from two of the most unique
venues in the city: Odyssey Chicago
River or Odyssey Lake Michigan.
Holding up to 200 guests aboard
Odyssey Chicago Rive and 749 with
Odyssey Lake Michigan Custom
Packages, it’s no wonder so many
choose Odyssey.
Couples will work with a dedicated
planner, choosing from all-inclusive
packages, or design your own. Let
Chicago's iconic skyline provide a
beautiful setting for your wedding
photos. Enhancements include cus-
tom décor and florals, passed hors
d'oeuvres, live band, rooftop DJ, and
A “Wow!”
Experience For All
Creative Cakes has been making award-win-
ning wedding cakes the past 30 years in the
Chicagoland area. Earlier this year, Creative
Cakes opened a Design Studio located in the
Promenade Building in Downtown Naperville.
What makes Creative Cakes stand out is
their personalized service, high-quality ing-
redients, skilled creative team, unique pro-
ducts, and their eagerness to educate their
customers. Schedule an appointment at the
Design Studio for a complimentary cake con-
sultation to sample their outstanding cakes,
fillings, and buttercream. (708) 614-9755
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WESTERN SUBURBS – It’s that time of year when we spend more time at the
table enjoying family and friends while reminiscing about the year before us and
the blessings to come.
Try something new and different this season at Naperville’s newest restaurant,
Poke Brother’s now open at 4931 S. Route 59. Amid your holiday shopping you
can still eat healthy while on the go - fast and casual - enjoy quickly building your
own “sushi in a bowl” before hitting the black Friday sales.
When the family comes to town this season bring them to enjoy American inspired,
artisan meals made with farm-to-table ingredients, while sipping on the in-house
crafted cocktails, in an easy to relax atmosphere at the newly opened Chime &
Stave in Campton Hills.
Glen Prairie Local Flavor in Glen Ellyn can save you the hassle and host the
entire family for Thanksgiving dinner on November 28th from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. be-
ginning with Harvest Butternut Squash Bisque and Poached Pear and Organic
Greens followed by Kauffman Farms Turkey, Organic Scottish Salmon, potatoes
and vegetables.
While in the tri-city area, swing by the new La Mesa Modern Mexico in downtown
St. Charles on the scenic Fox river. If you are tired of leftover Turkey try out the
vibrant traditional Mexican inspired menu with new age modern flare, unique mar-
garitas, craft cocktails and the largest selection of Tequilas you can find in the sub-
The lights are beginning to twinkle and the tree will soon be up, so start it off right
with a breakfast buffet with Santa and your family on December 2nd at Maggiano’s
Little Italy in Oak Brook. The buffet includes an assortment of pastries, baked
french toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, orange streusel coffee cake, zucchini bread,
fran's potatoes with roasted peppers & onions, seasonal, sliced fresh fruit and and
delicious candy bar.
Enjoy these fun favorites and when in doubt, remember that there’s always where over 360 dining options are featured.
-Kristen Kucharski
Holiday Dining Delights
Ginger & Soul
131 East Hydraulic Street, Yorkville • (630)440-4017
Chef/Owner: Kate McNamara
Manager: Andrea Hasko-Marx
Tucked next to the Fox River in downtown Yorkville, this quaint delectable restaurant
of such caliber will keep you wanting more. Owner and Chef, Kate McNamara started
the catering company Ginger and Soul in 2016. With such success the natural next
step was to open a dining experience like no other in the area. The combination of
the eclectic American fusion menu, ingredients sourced from Kate’s garden, local
farms and businesses and the cozy atmosphere makes this a destination dining ex-
We were greeted by our server, Kim Kolkmeyer, who was friendly and attentive. We
found a seat by the fireplace and enjoyed the picturesque view of the Fox River. Even
though the space is cozy the tables have ample room to relax. Kim recommended a
Blackberry Mojito Mocktail that was bursting with berry flavor and an Old Fashioned.
We started with the baked Brie that was accompanied with prosciutto wrapped pears,
and candied pecans that had an interesting hint of cherry.
Next, we shared an Autumn Salad that was a nice balance of market greens, goat
cheese, julienne apples, roasted beets and tossed with a light maple tahini dressing.
The warm rolls that came to the table were delicious and the plate was adorned with
cinnamon butter flowers.
Just when we thought the food couldn’t get any better our entrees arrived. Chefs
Kate McNamara, Craig Kierelko, and Jake Merz know their way around the kitchen.
Customer Renee Larque recommended her favorite dish the Beef Short Ribs beside
creamy polenta with a coriander chutney. The Lobster Roll is simply one of the best
we have ever had. A fresh baked roll topped with butter poached lobster. Another
favorite combination is the Turkey Gouda on a pretzel bun topped with honey mustard
and green apple. The homemade pickles also pack a punch of flavor. A fun find on
the menu is the Bibimbap bowl which consists of rice, smoked pork, pickled carrots,
roasted zucchini, mushrooms topped with a fried egg, cucumber wasabi dressing and
furikake sprinkles. A light dish that layers the flavor.
Our final course was a sweet ending to a delightful meal. A comfort-
ing Oatmeal Cream Pie and a slice of Concord Grape Pie were
just what we needed to end the evening. Definitely a great find!
ABOUT THE CRITICS Stephanie (right) & Tiffany (left) Schmoker are west suburban sisters
who have always shared a love for dining out and they also enjoy cooking together. They
came from a family of 7 and grew up on farm with fresh fruits, veggies and more. Watch for
their review of a different west suburban restaurant in each issue of Glancer Magazine. Invite
them to your eatery at
Savory & Sweet Sisters
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Take Time to Connect at
DuPage Children’s
Museum In Naperville
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 cre-
ating lasting memories. A day of play is a
day well spent! You and your family will
laugh, learn, and love spending time to-
gether with a trip to DuPage Children’s
Museum (DCM). The holidays are almost
here… DCM memberships make special
gifts that give all year long., (630) 637-8000
The most wonderful time of the year has arrived! Fill it with joy and happiness for
the little ones in your life with these unique holiday-inspired events, programs
and activities. West suburban Chicago offers many festive and fun things to do
that will keep the whole family smiling. Here’s to a merry & bright season for you
and yours. See more holiday events & activities at
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Mary Poppins
at Drury Lane
Nov 15-Jan 19
OAKBROOK –Introducing Disney &
Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Pop-
pins, a musical based on the stories
of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney
Film. Mary Poppins flies to the stage
to delivery whimsy, excitement, and
memorable songs to a story that will
melt your heart. Nominated for
seven Tony Awards and winner of
the Olivier Award for Best Theatre
Choreography, Mary Poppins is a
must see for the entire family. Based
on the Academy Award-winning film
of the same name and the beloved
children’s books by P.L. Travers,
Mary Poppins is an entertaining ad-
venture of enchantment and fun.
Mary Poppins is Rated G. Order
tickets online at
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LORI ORLINSKY | Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All)
When Lori Orlinsky’s daughter, Hayley was three, she decided she didn’t want to
go to preschool anymore because she was the shortest kid in class. Her teachers
hung up a growth chart in the classroom, and Hayley’s name was at the bottom.
It was the first time she ever felt different from her peers. Unable to find a book
on the benefits of being short, Lori decided to write one. Through clever rhymes
and beautiful illustrations, Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All) teaches kids to ac-
cept themselves and embrace their unique differences which make them special.
“Being 5’1” myself, many of the situations in the book came from my own personal
experiences growing up,” says Lori. “For example, my mom having to put my hair
up in a high ponytail so that I could ride the roller coasters.” And of course, Hayley
helped by articulating all of her own daily struggles with being short.
Lori explains that the book isn’t just a book for short kids. It has universal mes-
sages about self-acceptance, self-confidence and bullying prevention for all kids,
no matter their size.
Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All) can be found on Amazon and locally at Barnes
& Noble and Barbara’s Bookstores.
Know a Local Author in DuPage, Kane or Kendall County?
Introduce Us at
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Twinkle Twinkle
Little Star
It was like running
down the stairs on
Christmas morning
when the pack of lit-
tle girls came
squealing down the
basement stairs. As
they rounded the cor-
ner, they saw a magical
princess-like setup of
whimsical teepees, personally
adorned with each of their own
names. Each teepee was setup just
perfectly with a miniature night-stand,
boasting a water bottle and sleep
mask. Inside were the friendly smiles
of little teddy bears sitting atop soft air
mattresses ready to greet them and
engage their imaginations for a per-
fect slumber party or playland.
The girls giggled and played for hours
as they enjoyed some pizza and juice
and pretended to have a sleepover
just as if they were teens, and the
moms were grateful they didn’t have
to do the setup or take down as that
was all handled by the owner of
Whimsical Teepees, LLC thus provid-
ing a hassle-free experience for all to
The best part is that there are so
many themes, so this is not just for
wannabe princesses, but there is a
wide selection of setups including
Super Heroes, Camping, Boho/Tribe,
Unicorn, Mermaid, Flamingo & Pine-
apples, and other creative means to
meet the imagination. The teepees
can be setup for an afternoon play-
date or overnight slumber party and
Whimsical TeePees, LLS services the
western suburbs including Naperville,
Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia, Sugar
Grove, Oswego, Wheaton, Glen
Ellyn, Hinsdale, Plainfield, Joliet, and
pretty anywhere in the Chicagoland
With the holidays upon us
and plenty of days off of
school, it’s the perfect
opportunity to invite
the gang over for a
unique experience
right in the comfort
of your own home.
If you are having
family in town and
worried you might not
have enough beds for ev-
eryone - Whimsical Tee-
Pees’ mattresses are full-sized
single mattresses, so even your older
guests can enjoy the comforts of a pri-
vate tent for the night!
Whimsical Teepees creates the most
magical themed sleepover parties,
providing an unforgettable experience
for kids. They setup the teepees and
come back the next day and take
them down. Nothing to do but count
the stars!
Whimsical TeePees
(779) 707-5083
Hours: Call to Schedule. Servicing
Chicagoland area including the West-
ern Suburbs.
Price $: Starting at $135
Naperville mom Kristen Ku-
charski graduated from Il-
linois State University in
1992 with an Inter-
national Business De-
gree. She has two
energetic daughters and
her house is always full of
children. Kristen’s column titled,
Mom's Little Black Book, is a monthly feature
written for moms who are looking for ways to
keep their kids busy. Read her past columns at
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Marcelle Doyle of Wheaton
Not having the time is not an excuse for not taking care of yourself, and Mar-
celle is living proof that it is all about time management. She works as a buyer,
as well as manages the charity fashion shows for Jeans and a Cute Top Shop
in Wheaton, and just opened Aurelio’s in Winfield with her husband Tim, who
also stays busy as a general contractor. With three kids in college across the
country and working multiple jobs, Marcelle quickly realized that being 50
meant working out and eating healthier was mandatory if she wanted to re-
main fit and mentally on top of her game.
She loves going to H4 Training in Wheaton and targeting routines that reach
every part of her body, while also hitting the Wheaton College Track for a good
cardio workout afterwards. Marcelle uses her Apple Watch with the Lose It! App
to hold her accountable for food, activity, and hydration. She has made simple
adjustments like switching to 45 calorie Prosecco called SYLTBAR, snacking on
roasted almonds, and adding more salmon to her menu to help keep her balanced.
Muscle mass and mental health are the key drivers to Marcelle finding the time to
give back to her well-being.
Robin Pietrucha of Geneva
As she approaches 50 this year, fitness and good nutrition are more
important than ever to Robin as she keeps up with her two teenage
daughters and anticipates celebrating her twentieth wedding anni-
Her journey toward wellness didn’t begin because of numbers on a
scale, but rather her wantonness to be her best-self on the inside and
out; and as a result, for the first time in her life, Robin looks forward
to going to the gym at H4 Training in Geneva because she is seeing
her efforts payoff in muscle strength, toned arms and legs, countless
inches disappearing, and the loss of 15 pounds.
Beyond her personal training group at H4, Robin receives daily mo-
tivation from uplifting and positive Instagram posts of famed personal
trainers such as, Erin Opera and Kelly Leveque. She ensures to
maintain a healthy diet by snacking on avocado toast and eating at
local restaurants that provide sensible menu options such as, flat-
bread pizza with cauliflower crust and mushrooms at Livia in Geneva.
At almost 50, Robin is in the best shape ever and is seeing great re-
sults, which makes it easier than ever to stick with it!
Fit & Fab
Each Amazingly Strong & Inspiring, these West
Suburban Women Share on Being Fit & Fab at Fifty
by Kristen Kucharski
Photos by Mike Mantucca
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If you are considering a change, contact Susan
Colella– Baird & Warner Real Estate Professional
who has a private luxury town home listing that
she would like to share with you!
It’s close to 6,000 square feet, plus the fin-
ished basement features a wine cellar,
theatre, bar, gourmet kitchen, 5 bed-
rooms, sauna, steam shower & huge
patio for entertaining.
For a private tour of this one of kind
masterpeice listed for $985,000 in
the English Rows subdivsion of
south Naperville, call Susan Colella
Susan Colella, Baird & Warner,
(630) 946-3813
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Recognized as a premiere remodeling company,
this 10,000 square foot showroom is truly inspir-
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HomeWerks specializes in full service remod-
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providing high quality products, professional in-
stallation and exceptional customer service,
HomeWerks has been a welcomed addition to
the Naperville community. HomeWerks Kitchen
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(866) 265-8895 •
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Festivities bring excess foot
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Call Ray at (630) 689-3800 or visit
English Rows, Naperville
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The Kitchen Master is the premier kitchen and bath-
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Chicago’s west suburban real estate market boasts a variety of unique homes
for sale in beautiful neighborhoods with award-winning school districts and
more. We invite you to schedule a tour of this featured property today and get
to know this listing agent for your next move!
4147 Royal Mews Circle, Naperville
Offered for $455.000
Impressive Victorian inspired townhome with an ELEVATOR that takes you to all 4
luxurious levels. Maintenance free & includes water usage. 2 master bedrooms, fin-
ished basement makes a wonderful 3rd bedroom, 2 fireplaces, front porch, balcony
and deck great for grilling! Luxurious features include central vac, hardwood floors,
white crown moldings & open concept chef's kitchen.
Call Luxury Listing Agent Susan Colella at (630) 946-3813
PENNY O’BRIEN – One word that consistently comes to clients’ minds when
they think of Penny O’Brien is “hustle.” As a Seller Representative Specialist, she
loves meeting with sellers to discuss pre-market home improvements and guide
them to make their home “showtime ready” when it hits the market. She strongly
believes in professional staging and offers it as a complimentary service. With a
reputation for “good-looking listings,” she helps clients realize a higher return and
quicker sale. Penny says “Staging transforms a home from average to amazing”.
Penny O'Brien Broker | Relocation Specialist | Negotiation
Expert • (630) 207-7001 •
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3. Warehouse 109
Holiday Market In Plainfield
This seasonal event is so popular, this year they are
hosting two Holiday Markets with different vendors
at each one. Sip a custom holiday cocktail and
roam the warehouse full of vintage and unique
gifts from local vendors. November 10 and No-
vember 24. 14903 South Center Street #109,
1. Nona Jo’s Cup of Soup
Holiday Open House In Naperville
Come on in November 14th-16th for a cup of
soup and some treats at Nona Jo’s Holiday
Open House. Walk through their visually en-
ticing seasonal displays of home treasures,
and get a head start on your holiday shop-
ping with 20% off your entire purchase.
410 W. 5th Avenue, Naperville
5. Washington Street Holiday Market
In Naperville
Looking for that perfect holiday gift for a
teacher or hostess or perhaps a little some-
thing for yourself? Get your jingle on and head
over to Naperville North High School for two spe-
cial days of shopping handcrafted ornaments, jew-
elry, small batch edibles and vintage decorations.
November 23-24th. 899 North Mill Street, Naper-
7. Christkindl Market, Chicago
Put your fuzzy hat and gloves on and take a city
holiday shopping excursion to the Christkindl
Market, a favorite holiday tradition right in Daley
Plaza. Make sure to get your hot spiced wine to
keep you warm as you explore this German-style
market with vendor’s products from around the world. Open daily
from November 15th-December 24.
6. Naperville Sip Shop and Share
Chicago Marriott, Naperville
What’s better than enjoying wine tasting and holiday shop-
ping in the same night? When it also gives back to local fam-
ilies in need this season. You get your free wine glass at entry
to fill with holiday cheer, shop away and have a chance at over 50
raffle prizes as well. Thursday, December 5. 1801 North Naper
Boulevard, Naperville. Search event on
Tis the season to go shopping….falalalala. Whether it is time to add to your holiday home decorating or search out those unique gifts, these holiday-themed
stores and markets will surround you with ornaments, seasonal flora, wreaths, artisanal décor, and all things joyful. Grab yourself a peppermint mocha or
hot chocolate and a friend or two and roam the aisles until your bags are full of holiday magic.
4. Holly Jolly Market at
The Vintage Market In
North Aurora
Have a holly jolly time on No-
vember 9th and 10th at The Vintage
Market for their 3rd annual Christmas Open
House, their largest event all year. Over 70 ven-
dors showing their holiday gifts and décor fill the
marketplace, so you can take the day to wander and
be inspired. 211 S. Lincolnway St., North Aurora
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2. Geneva Women’s Club Annual
Holiday Arts and Craft Show
In Geneva
For the 45th year in a row, the
Geneva Women’s Club brings you a
trove of handmade holiday crafts along with lots
of home-baked treats for sale. Skate on over to
Geneva High School on Sunday, November 4
to check out their holiday cheer and give back
to local Fox Valley Charities. 416 McKinley Ave.,
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