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October is such a fun-filled season for residents, filled with lots of outdoor, autumn-
themed things to do–especially for families. From pumpkin patches and apple or-
chards, to haunted houses and Halloween parties, calendars fill up fast as residents
are busy celebrating the season. If you love Fall as much as our #TeamGlancer
does, you will love this month’s pages highlighting many exciting and unique things
to do throughout the western suburbs.
Autumn is also a time to bring added awareness to food allergies. This Halloween
we encourage all homes to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project which raises
awareness of food allergies. Simply place a teal pumpkin on the porch to show trick-
or-treaters that you also offer non-edible treats. You don’t have to stop passing out
candy, you would just make non-edible treats available as well in a
completely different bowl to remain careful. Ideas include stickers,
pencils and other fun items available online at Oriental Trading
Co. and at local Party City stores. Enjoy this issue, thank you
SO MUCH for reading and happy Fall!
Lindy Kleivo
Publishing Director, West Suburban Area
October 2019
4 Scene Around Suburbia
5 Hello From Glancer Magazine
7 5 Things to Do
9 Fabulous Family
11 COVER: Be Together this Fall
13 The Wedding Page
15 Fall Dining Delights
15 Savory & Sweet Sisters
16 Kid Stuff
17 Mom’s Little Black Book
19 To Give, To Inspire
21 Home Bliss: Design & More
23 Home Enhancement Guide
25 Literary Local
25 So! Stylish Gal to KNow
26 7 Spectacular Local
Fall Traditions to Love
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FLEA MARKET • Sunday, October 13
SANDWICH–Grab your bestie and enjoy a re-
laxing day in Sandwich! Timeworn Productions
welcomes you to the Sunday At Sandwich Antique
Flea Market featuring Antiques, Industrial, Vintage,
Furniture, Garden & Everything else in between. While in
town don’t forget to visit the many antique shops and restau-
rants Sandwich, Illinois has to offer. The coordinators of this event
strive to provide both guests and dealers an outstanding experi-
ence. www.sundayatsandwichantiques.com
DUPAGE–October is Arts DuPage Month, a
31-day celebration of the arts throughout
DuPage County! Coordinated by Arts Du-
Page, a DuPage Foundation initiative,
Arts DuPage Month showcases the
rich cultural landscape in the region.
Community members are invited to
explore the local art scene and en-
gage in its offerings. Participating
organizations will extend special in-
centives including discounted
tickets, unique receptions, and
exclusive guest appearances to
attendees. All Arts DuPage
Month events are listed on
artsdupage.org, your online guide
for arts and entertainment.
NAPERVILLE–It’s October, which
means it’s officially fall and Hal-
loween season in Naperville.
Gather some of your friends
or family for some food and
boos at one of Naperville’s
300 restaurants. Head to an
event before or after indul-
ging in some great food
and company. There’s so
much to explore and eat!
Visit DineNaperville.com to
find your next favorite
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FALL 2019
5 Things to Do
Fri & Sat, October 18 & 19, 6:30-10PM
$20/Guest • Free Admission for Members
NAPERVILLE–Enter the netherworld of
Naper Settlement to experience over a dozen
sinister attractions, spooky vendors, and
spine-chilling performances during this an-
nual celebration of the occult. Please be
aware that access to the Martin Mitchell Man-
sion haunt is limited. Tickets available at
Elevate your ensemble with an
unmatched look that will keep the
compliments coming and heads
turning! Now you know why
superheroes wear capes and by
reading this now you know the
The Gnome Colony Co. is the
place to find the truly fabulous
ones. Price points $98-$148. 485
North Main Street, Glen Ellyn
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Ann Celine and Frank Walsh and their three boys, Cole (17), Pierce (14), and De-
clan (12) are all actively involved in their parish, St. Mary of Gostyn, and support
and volunteer for many events, including adopt-a-family programs, coaching
Downers Grove Panther Youth Football, and supporting local charities such as
Noah’s Hope and Corey’s Goal.
Ann Celine also volunteers to assist the Hinsdale Central Mock Trial Team prepare
for annual competitions, since that’s where she personally found her passion for
law as a member of the high school team in 1987. She also shares her experience
having also worked as an Assistant State's Attorney for the DuPage County State's
Attorney's Office for over 15 years, prosecuting and trying hundreds of misdemean-
ors and felonies, including murder, sexual assault and domestic violence offenses.
In 2014, she was appointed to serve as an Associate Judge in the 18th Judicial
Circuit Court, DuPage County and has presided in both criminal and civil court-
rooms, including traffic court, domestic violence court, arbitration and DUI court.
In February 2019, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously appointed her as a Cir-
cuit Court Judge for 18th Judicial Circuit Court, and she will run in the 2020 election
in order to hold her position as the Presiding Judge of the Misdemeanor and Traffic
Somehow Ann Celine manages to balance work and family time with the help of her husband Frank, who works in general contracting management, to
remain fully present in their boys’ active athletic lives of football, basketball, baseball also enjoying family vacations to Cooperstown, NY for famed
Family is extremely important to the Walsh’s and they relish traditions such as constructing a large backyard ice rink each winter and hosting an annual
Turkey Bowl! They are also blessed to share their home with Ann Celine’s mom, Dorothy, who spreads wisdom and love throughout the house.
-Kristen Kurcharski
Photo by Mike Mantucca
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Fall is the season to enjoy old traditions while creating new memories at local events,
such as the first annual Fairgrounds Fall Fest at the Kendall County Fairgrounds
in Yorkville on October 12th. Come out for a day of food trucks, hand crafters mar-
ket, trunk or treating and so much more!
Another first to try this season is Hinsdale’s Wine Walk on October 17th sponsored
by the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce and Village of Hinsdale; and of course, not
to miss oldies but goodies are the Downtown Naperville Fall Wine Walk on October
6th, Witches Night Out Naperville on October 10th, and All Hallows Eve at Naper
Settlement on October 18th and 19th.
Unique one day activities include Wheaton Haunted Halloween Flea Market Oc-
tober 19th at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton. This event will showcase
products like vintage clothing, collectibles, mid-century modern, vintage furniture,
vintage jewelry, vintage decor and much more.
Throughout the western suburbs, there is so much fun for all ages and the Morton
Arboretum certainly offers something for everyone the entire month of October.
“The Fall Color Festival celebrates the most brilliant season at The Morton Arbore-
tum in Lisle,” says Jenelle Hardtke, Special Events Manager. “At this time of year,
Arboretum visitors are immersed amid hundreds of thousands of trees from across
the globe that are saturated in fiery orange, warm gold, and vivid crimson. From hik-
ing and biking across miles of trails to driving scenic roads across spectacular vistas
to visiting our award-winning Children’s Garden or enjoying our many fall-themed
events, such as Scarecrow Trails, Walking Plays, and the Glass Pumpkin Patch,
Trick or Trees, Cider and Ale Festival, or the 5K Fall Color Run and Walk. The sea-
son provides a multitude of options for everyone’s visit.”
Seasonal favorites always include costumes and candy and Downtown Geneva
comes alive for this annual Halloween tradition. Children can get a head start on
their Halloween candy collection at Geneva's Downtown Trick-or-Treating event.
Families can enjoy a free, fun and safe environment in the City's central business
district on October 24th. Glen Ellyn’s Halloween Festival & Trick or Treat on Oc-
tober 26th will also be sure to be a Spooktacular Event with a parade, trick-or-treat-
ing, live entertainment, crafts, and games. The Naperville Junior Woman’s Club
will teach a safety lesson on trick or treating safety and the kids will be able to prac-
tice at Safety Town on October 26th. Costumes are encouraged!
The Halloween festivities are not just for kids. Bring your dogs and dress-to-impress
at Geneva’s Peck Farm Park’s FREE Howl O’ Ween Dog Parade on October 26th!
Prizes will be awarded for most creative, funniest, and scariest costumes.
Enjoy Moonlight Hayrides with the entire family on Fridays and Saturdays from Oc-
tober 4th through October 19th at Primrose Farm in St. Charles or challenge the
teens and grown-ups in your family to the great Escape the Barn on October 11th
and 12th.
Mark your calendars for a Fall-tastic season this year! -Kristen Kucharski
Visit www.GlancerMagazine.com for Many More Fall Themed Local Happenings
Be Together
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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
www.qcenter.com, (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 appoint-
ment. 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 & specials
online. www.conciergemedspa.com
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 – Who is ready for some good o’ fashioned fall fun? The
season is filled with countless activities happening throughout the western sub-
urbs– and many of them are food-inspired. Here are a few of our favorites.
Fall means fun on Friday October 11th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Maggiano’s
Little Italy in Naperville. A family-style dinner including stuffed mushrooms, clas-
sic bruschetta, chopped salad, baked rigatoni, meatballs, ravioli with pesto alfredo
and chicken picatta followed by tiramisu and apple crostada will be served during
game show and trivia night where everyone plays at the same time! How fun (and
filling) is that!? 
It may be Fall but you can still enjoy the Sounds of Summer on October 18th from
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cantigny Golf Course Club House in Wheaton. Sing and
dance to the tunes of Trés Mustache while enjoying food and drink features on the
Cantigny Golf patio.
Don’t miss an unforgettable evening full of exquisite cuisine paired perfectly with
the finest Duckhorn Vineyards wine at Morton’s The Steakhouse Naperville
on October 26th at 6:30 p.m. Morton’s and Duckhorn Vineyards, a Taste of Two
Legends, will feature passed appetizers such as prosciutto wrapped figs and
herbed goat cheese, then Maine lobster avocado salad; SRF Gold Manhattan
Steak; and assorted farmstead cheese paired with various reds and whites. Oh
my goodness, YUM! 
Join the annual Fill the Bowls Sunday Brunch FUNdraiser at Gaslight Manor Ban-
quets in Aurora on October 27th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Taste Fox Valley's
finest with soups and samplings from over 20 of the area's best restaurants. Morn-
ing mimosas, raffles, silent actions and live music from talented guest artists are
all part of the fun!
The fall season also brings football and the Flagship on the Fox in St. Charles
is the West Suburbs newer high-end places for entertainment and sports. Enjoy
local beer and whiskey and the crisp fall weather on the patio or take a sway on
their giant swing. Menu includes unique appetizers, fresh ground beef burgers,
specialty grilled cheese options, sandwiches, salads, soups, wraps.
-Kristen Kucharski
Fall Dining Delights
Woody’s Orchard
3223 Creek Road, Plano
(630) 247-9300 • www.woodysorchard.com
Owners- Doug and Laura Nelson
As the chill returns to the air it brings with it many fall favorites. Pumpkin spice, pump-
kin patches, cozy sweaters with boots and of course all things apple. We ventured
out to Plano in Kendall County to a new apple orchard. Doug and Laura Nelson
opened Woody’s Orchard last fall. Laura shared with us that the idea arose after her
father-in-law bought a train for his Grandkids. Deciding that an apple orchard was a
perfect place to share and enjoy a ride on the train, they went to work. From that day
on Laura and her husband Doug researched everything they could on apples.
Laura took us on a tour of their high-density orchard and we learned about all of the
growth since last year, along with their future plans. Her apple tree knowledge and
passion were evident as we sampled apples right off the tree. Our favorite is the Kin-
dercrisp which is a smaller version of the Honeycrisp. Both sharing the tart, yet sweet
flavor and crisp texture. The Kindercrisp is a perfect size to eat on the go or for school
lunches. The Ruby Mae variety is a beautiful apple that rivals that of Snow White’s
apple. It has a sweeter flavor and has a texture similar to a Red Delicious. The or-
chard offers twenty varieties for picking or purchasing in their store.
It wouldn’t be fall without an apple cider donut, or two or three. Get there early as
they make them fresh every morning at 8am and by the afternoon they are gone! The
iced blueberry donut is just as delicious and offers that comfort you get from a warm
blueberry muffin. The buttery caramel apples are a perfect mix of salty and sweet
when dipped in nuts. Hungry for a bigger bite? Try the pulled pork sandwich paired
with an apple cider slushy.
Woody’s Orchard is open Wednesday through Sunday 10am-6pm. They have a
pumpkin patch, hay rack and a unique kids play area. This Fall take
a drive out to the country, sip on some hot or cold cider while en-
joying the crisp air. Just make sure to grab an apple cider
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 editorial@glancermagazine.com.
Savory & Sweet Sisters
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Fall Is Full at DCM
NAPERVILLE–Build, wonder, discover,
think, play, and more the possibilities are
endless at DuPage Children’s Museum.
Fall is full of family fun, from a Pajama
Party to Dog Tales, a STEM night, and
more. Pumpkin Palooza is Saturday, Oc-
tober 26. Come in your costume and join
us in celebrating the season! Enjoy special
activities including DIY Pumpkin Maker-
space, FrankenBuddy creation, Touch-a-
Tractor, and more. Don’t forget, Fridays
during the school year the Museum is
open until 8:00 p.m.
www.dupagechildrens.org, (630) 637-8000
October is here! Fall is in full swing and it’s one of the most beautiful times of the
year to enjoy the great outdoors. Make the most of your weekends with these
fun ideas. Also, promote learning all year long with these fabulous programs and
activities available to your little ones. Here’s to an enjoyable fall season for you
and yours. See fall-inspired events & activities at www.glancermagazine.com
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Have Fun Together
Down on the Farm!
Experience farm life! At Primrose Farm, explore
restored farm buildings, visit with farm animals and agricultural in-
terpreters, stroll through 100+ acres of historic and modern rural
landscapes and climb up on a vintage tractor near the fruit orchard.
Exciting and educational activities await you in the farmyard! Drop-
in programs offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sat-
urdays, featuring hand-milking a Jersey cow, gathering eggs from
the chicken coop, grooming a draft horse or feeding the animals.
Ventriloquist – Steve Brogan
Presents Bringing Laughter to Life
SUGAR GROVE–Known for his quick witted, crisp,
clean comedy and over 25 years of making people
laugh, Steve Brogan, Comic Ventriloquist, is truly a one-
of-a-kind comedian with the unique ability to pull the au-
dience into his performance. Steve now brings his cast
of characters with a dynamic and interactive show to the
Auditorium stage. A career comedian/ventriloquist,
Steve’s opened for The Drifters, The Eagles, The Temp-
tations and has been seen on Good Morning America,
The Today Show and Comedy Central.
Saturday, October 26 • 7 p.m.
Sugar Grove Auditorium
$19 Adults
(plus a small convenience fee)
$14 children 12 & under (plus a small convenience fee)
Tickets are available at www.waubonseetickets.com
Naperville Park
District Hayrides
NAPERVILLE–Hop on a hayride
and enjoy the fall weather and
beautiful scenery at either Knoch
Knolls or Seager parks. Family
and group hayrides are available
Fridays-Sundays in October. Plus,
the extra-special Halloween Hay-
ride at Knoch Knolls adds a spe-
cial dash of Halloween fun!
Hayride fee includes hot choco-
late and apple cider and a bonfire.
Participants may bring food or ing-
redients for s’mores to cook over
the bonfire. View additional details
and registration info at
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’s L
ack B
Haunted History
Most know by now that
October is my favorite
month of the year! I
love love love haunted
houses and every-
thing about Halloween
and the Fall season!
My girls and I have
frequented just about every
ghost tour or haunted house in
the area, as well as every corn maze
and hayride within miles, so I am al-
ways seeking a new twist for our
eternal passion.
We have gone to the Statesville
Haunted House in Joliet, which
many assume is the Joliet Prison,
but in fact, it is not. Old Joliet Prison
is now officially offering tours of their
abandoned facilities. There are four
different kinds of tours - the History
and Photography tours rec-
ommended for ages 10 and up and
the Haunted or Guard tours rec-
ommended for those 16 and older.
Having teenagers and asking them
to hang with mom on a Friday night
doesn’t usually bode well, but the in-
trigue of exploring the inner depths
of Cell-0117, the prison chapel with
defaced confessionals, the hospital
with barred windows, and the pad-
locked segregation cells, was
enough to earn their company for a
couple of hours.
Captivating! Absolutely spectacular!
The stories shared by the docents
on the Haunted Tour, covering the
darker side of the Historical Prison,
were indeed the more grim stories
but incredibly engaging given the
setting of the stained-glass, dusk lit
abandoned chapel and flashlight
glow of the decrepit hospital. We got
to see the inside of cell block 0117
and the original 1858 segregation
cell. The real “fear” set-in when the
guide advised us not to
close the door of the
cells, as she had no
way of getting us
I can see why the
Haunted Tour is rec-
ommended for 16 and
up, but I would highly
recommend the History or
Photography tour for the younger
kids or scout activities. Truly a fas-
cinating experience of living history.
Walking tours of the Old Joliet Prison
lead by docents and trained tour
guides from the Joliet Area Historical
Museum. Select from three different
tours: History or Photography Tour
(Ages 10 and older) and Haunted or
Guard Tours (Ages 16 and older).
Joliet Prison Tours
1125 Collins Street
Joliet, IL 60432
Hours: Dates and times vary
depending on tour selected.
Price $: Starting at $15/person.
Group/School rates available.
Naperville mom Kristen
Kucharski graduated
from Illinois State Uni-
versity in 1992 with an
International Business De-
gree. She has two energetic
daughters and her house is always
full of children. Kristen’s column titled, Mom's Lit-
tle Black Book, is a monthly feature written for
moms who are looking for ways to keep their kids
busy. Read her past columns at www.glancerma-
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It happens all the
time. I make a
large meal for my
family and so
much of it is left
over, whether still
on my kid’s plates or
in the cookware.
Sometimes our left-
overs get eaten, some-
times they don’t.
Eating and food supply establish-
ments also often find themselves with
surplus food that they do not have use
for. In Naperville, the Touch My Heart
Fresh Market program found a way to
make use of that surplus by picking up
food from various sources and deliv-
ering it to Special Needs Group
Homes and families in need.
The organization began distributing
end-of-day breads, bagels and pas-
tries from Panera in 2010. Since then
they have grown their list of surplus
food sources allowing them to deliver
food four times each week.
“The Group Homes we serve are only
allocated a small amount of money
each month through the state to meet
the food, dietary and toiletry needs of
the home,” says Rick Montalbano, Jr.,
President and CEO of Touch My
Heart. “The TMH Food Distribution
Project is helping to relieve a huge fi-
nancial burden by supplying food
items and allowing for the state funds
to be spent on other needed items.”
TMH runs large outreach events
where the special needs community
can come together and be loved and
not judged; 80% of this community are
wards of the state and 20% still reside
with their aging families/caregivers.
Their aim is to enrich lives not only
with nutrition, but rec-
reation, education
and socialization
as well.
events, spon-
sorship pro-
grams and
contributions are
how this project is
supported. Along
with funds, they are
currently seeking do-
nated office/warehouse space
for storage and refrigeration of food
and nutritional products to enable
them to expand their reach to more of
the community. Contributions of gas
and store cards for supplies are also a
big help. There is plenty of opportunity
to jump in and volunteer for pick-ups,
sorting, distribution and events. “We
are always having fun,” says Rick.
“There is food to be shared! It is se-
riously like a constant party.”
For more information on Touch My
Heart and their activities and pro-
grams, visit touchmyheartusa.org
Mindy’s October Giving Inspiration:
A fall cleaning of your pantry to find
canned goods that could be donated
to a food drive or an organization like
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 land.
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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-
ing. Family owned and operated since 1996,
HomeWerks specializes in full service remod-
eling. The kitchen and bath displays are inter-
active, allowing visitors to experience many
product features first hand. With the focus of
providing high quality products, professional in-
stallation and exceptional customer service,
HomeWerks has been a welcomed addition to
the Naperville community. HomeWerks Kitchen
and Bath 1154 E. Ogden Avenue, Naperville
(866) 265-8895 • www.myhomewerks.com
FALL 2019
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 re-
turn and quicker sale. Penny says “Staging transforms a
home from average to amazing”.
Penny O'Brien Broker | Relocation Specialist | Negotiation
Expert • (630) 207-7001 • penny.obrien@bairdwarner.com
Buff & Coat has refinished
the floors of the Naper Set-
tlement Pre-Emption house
and recently re-sanded and
re-finished the floors of the
Naperville Women’s Club
because they needed more
than a simple Buff & Coat. We were
glad to help! To request a free esti-
mate for your office, facility, or home,
call Ray Horan at 630-689-3800 or
visit buffandcoatnow.com, Face-
book, or Instagram.
To request a free, in-home estimate, call
Ray Horan at (630) 689-3800 or visit
www.buffandcoatnow.com, Facebook, or
Instagram. Facebook, or Instagram.
English Rows, Naperville
remodeling company has been making changes in
the homes of customers just like you throughout
Naperville and the western suburbs for over 20
years. Through the years they have built a rep-
utation of Quality and trust which brings their cus-
tomers back time and time again.Start planning
your new kitchen, bathroom, basement or home
improvement project today. Skill Built Remodeling
Specialists - Excellence, Quality and Pride.
www.skillbuilt.com, (630) 742-1397
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The Art of Organization
CLOSET FACTORY–A personalized storage solu-
tion built around you; that is Closet Factory. Our
team of space-enhancing master designers take
pride organizing any space in your home. Our goal,
from simple to spectacular is to create a storage so-
lution tailored to you. We are proud creators of more
Time, Space and Peace every day. This is our pas-
sion 100% guaranteed by a lifetime warranty.
Reserve your complimentary in-home consultation
866-ART-2-ORG (866-278-2674)
Get Ready for the Holidays
ROSELAND DRAPERIES–It’s not too soon to start
getting your home ready for the holidays! Roseland
Draperies can make it stress-free with a free shop-
at-home appointment this fall! Although we are the
expert in window treatments, we’re also the go-to
company for complete room make-overs. Our shop-
at-home service includes reupholstery, bedding,
table linens, paint consultations, interior design guid-
ance and yes, gorgeous window treatments. Sched-
ule your free appointment today by calling (630) 
Premiere Kitchen Remodeler
THE KITCHEN MASTER–The Kitchen Master is the
premier kitchen and bathroom remodeling contractor in
Naperville, Illinois. From initial design through comple-
tion, your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project will
be delivered on time and on budget with an unwavering
focus on quality. Our start-to-finish approach means you
don’t have to worry about the details, whether it’s a com-
plete kitchen renovation, a bathroom refresh, or a
smaller remodeling project. You’ll get the finest results
from Naperville’s best kitchen and bath remodeling
company. www.thekitchenmaster.com
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320 Bethany Court, Naperville
Offered for $1,249,500
Custom-built. 6 total bedrooms, 6 1/2 baths & 3 car garage. 3 levels of fine
finishes! Professional kitchen with pot filler, instant hot water, island, & bever-
age center. Marble luxury master bath with heated floors. 2nd floor laundry
with 2 washers & 2 dryers! Basement is a true recreational retreat. Open,
green space in private backyard. Walk to pool, schools, & parks
Contact Alexa Mimi Wagner, 630-460-6256, #1 Agent Naperville 2018
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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
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Valley View Dental offers an array of general and cosmetic dentistry, periodon-
tal, dental implants, oral surgery, and orthodontic procedures, including tradi-
tional braces, Invisalign, teeth whitening, CEREC one-day crowns and even
same day emergency visits. With a large staff of multi-lingual doctors, on-site
labs at each location, and extended business and weekend hours, Valley View
Dental has the ability to treat patients according to their own schedules and
convenience. Stop by and see why others in the community have trusted Val-
ley View Dental for almost 20 years. Valley View Dental www.vvdental.com.
Located In Naperville, Montgomery & Romeoville.
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R.G. ZIEMER | The Ghost of Jamie McVay
WARRENVILLE–October is the perfect time to share a spooky ghost story. War-
renville writer, R.G. Ziemer, can help with that with his new fiction book and classic
ghost story, The Ghost of Jamie McVay. As a junior high language arts teacher,
he felt there just weren’t enough fiction books for teen-aged boys and wanted to
write a novel with a main character that appealed to both boys and girls.
Ziemer’s main character, Brian Krueger, has had some hard times and moves to
a new town where on a gravel jogging path, he encounters the ghost of Jamie
McVay. He and his new friend, Sharon, set out to discover the secrets of the truth
behind the ghost and his quest for redemption and are set on a path to try and
prevent a catastrophe on Halloween night.
While writing, Ziemer researched the history behind the interurban railroads like
the Elgin, Aurora and Chicago line that once ran on what is now the Illinois Prairie
Path. “My sons and I frequently rode our bikes on the Prairie Path,” says Ziemer.
“The story developed from letting the imagination loose in that setting.”
The Ghost of Jamie McVay can be found online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
as well as many local independent bookstores.
Know a Local Author in DuPage, Kane or Kendall County?
Introduce Us at editorial@glancermagazine.com
From local suburbia to shaping Hollywood’s red carpet, west suburban Chicago is
filled with many stylish residents who are on spot with the latest trends– from sassy
hairstyles and gorgeous handbags to jaw-dropping accessories, and all the hot
colors of the season. They know how to incorporate timeless traditions with a
pinch of fad for eye popping sizzling looks for Fall. Here’s one of them.
Tracy Ftacek of Oswego/Plainfield
Tracy was born and raised Alaskan. At 21, she became a salon manager where she
fell in love with the industry and graduated from Trendsetters School of Beauty in An-
chorage Alaska. She went on to work as an International Trainer for John Paul Mit-
chell Systems and made her way to the States to feed her passion for other cultures.
“I saw first-hand the impact I could make in someone’s life and it inspired me to grow
into a business owner,” Tracy says. “Pretty Convenient Extension Studio offers artists
an opportunity to focus their cut, color and styling on extension clients alone.”
She adds Fall trends include long hair with lived in color; hand-tied hair extensions
compatible for braids, waves and texture creating muted looks that translate into
fresh, natural-skin makeup, and clothing featuring oatmeal and weathered grey tones
paired with a black or soft coral.
Tracy is married with two kids, one who runs track for Oswego East and is one of the
top 10 Triple Jumpers in Illinois, so with any free-time Tracy is sideline cheering her
daughter on to victory. She also finds time to give back to the community through
My Daughters Dress which provides discounted hair and makeup for high school stu-
dents to attend prom. -Kristen Kucharski
Visit us online to meet many more Stylish Local Gals at
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1. Morton Arboretum In Lisle
Fall is the most brilliant season at the Morton Ar-
boretum where you can hike or bike the many
trails decorated with thousands of trees ablaze
with colors of fiery orange, warm gold and
vivid crimson. Grab a coffee and wander,
and you may run into a homemade scare-
crow or two. www.mortonarb.org
4. Abbey Farms In Aurora
For a memorable family day, get
lost in this farm’s 12-acre corn-
maze, the largest in Kane County.
Explore the many fun activities spread
out on this 40-acre farm, grab a craft beer or
glass of wine in the big tent and end your day with
an evening gathered around the large firepit.
2. Kellers Farmstand In Oswego
Fill your baskets up with crisp fresh
apples as you wander the various or-
chards at Keller’s Farmstand. Taste the season
by relaxing and indulging in their homemade
iced pumpkin and apple cider donuts then get
yourself lost in their Alice in Wonderland
themed corn maze. www.kellersfarmstand.com
7. Sonny Acres Farm In West Chicago
Grab a funnel cake or a fresh baked donut and
meander around Sonny Acres Farm’s festival full
of rides, attractions and fall shops. Jump up onto
the hayride and enjoy the view. If you dare, choose
the haunted hayride or maybe visit their haunted barn for chills.
6. Naper Settlement Oktoberfest and
All Hallow’s Eve In Naperville
Grab your Alpine hat, lederhosen and beer stein on Oc-
tober 4th and 5th and get immersed in the lively Oompah
music while you try traditional beers and authentic foods. Or
wait until later in the month to be haunted by creatures and be
eerily entertained at All Hallows Eve.
3. Scarecrow Festival
In St. Charles
Leisurely stroll through the historic town of St.
Charles during their annual Scarecrow Festival
and be greeted by over 100 handmade and me-
chanical scarecrow displays. Live music, perus-
ing the arts and crafts show and the carnival is
the perfect way to spend a fall day.
The sun shining through the vibrant colors in the trees and the crispness in the air make for an ideal day to get out, enjoy the fall weather and visit some of
your favorite fall locales. Finding that perfect pumpkin, picking apples and tasting the fresh fall baked goods are all of what makes the season special.
Whether it is an old favorite or a new adventure, here some local fall traditions to love.
5. Sugar Grove Pumpkin Farm
and Produce In Sugar Grove
Enjoy a day at this vintage farm searching
for your favorite fall season décor with a variety
of corn stalks, straw bales, ornamental corn, mums
and over sixty varieties of pumpkins and gourds. It’s
the perfect place to hunt down that special family
pumpkin for this year’s carving event.
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October 2019
Be Together this Fall
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