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Autumn Attractions, Safe Trick or Treating, Fall Fashion & More
Welcome to our October issue! Filled with all-things autumn highlighting
family-friendly things to do, along with fall fashion trends & styles, fit-
ness and more– you’ll love this month’s pages!
October is one of the happiest seasons for families, filled with lots of
excitement– especially for kids. From pumpkin patches and apple or-
chards, to haunted houses and Halloween parties, calendars fill up fast
as residents get ready for spooktacular fun leading up to the big day–
October 31.
Though Halloween is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year
for kids, it unfortunately can be a scary time for some. This is because
of the food allergy epidemic that families are facing today and the risks
involved for kids with allergies while trick-or-treating. 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.
Happy Autumn and thanks so much for
reading! Your support means the world to all
of us at Glancer Magazine.
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Publishing Director, West Suburban Area
October 20
5 Hello From Glancer Magazine
7 Scene Around Suburbia
9 5 Things to Do
10 COVER Fall Style Influencers
14 Autumn Farmer’s Markets
16 Dining Delights
17 Cocktailing
18 10 Trends In Spooky Stops
20 Meet Penny O’Brien
21 Literary Local
22 Friends of Prentice Virtual Gala
24 Trendy Traveler: San Diego
26 Unique In Suburbia: Abbey Farm
28 Million Dollar Listing In Naperville
30 To Give, To Inspire: FVSRA
32 Kid Stuff: Fall Fun for All Ages
34 Around Town Fall Fun
35 Hello Kitty Cafe Is Coming!
36 Dental
37 Healthy Living
38 Fitness
39 Mom’s Little Black Book
46 Business of the Year 2020
49 Fabulous Family
50 The Art of Inclusion: Naperville
52 7 Spectacular In Enrichment
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FALL 2020
5 Things to Do
1. Fall Landscape Walk at
Farnsworth House • Oct 24, 10am
PLANO–Experience the relationship of The Farns-
worth House with its natural areas and landscape
on a leisurely autumn stroll through the grounds.
The group will discuss the history of the site,
the ideas of the Lanning Roper landscape
plan, and explore the tensions and dyna-
mism between the built space and the nat-
ural space. Discover the subtle beauty of
the interaction of the architecture with
the river, trees, and wildflowers in
Edith’s escape from the work day
world. www.farnsworthhouse.org
4. Plan a New Kitchen, Basement or Bath
NAPERVILLE– Recognized as a premiere remodeling company,
with a 10,000 square foot showroom in Naperville, HomeWerks
has a beautiful online gallery of photos and ideas to help you plan
your next remodeling dream come true. Now’s a great time to
start planning your next kitchen, bath or basement project!
Family owned and operated since 1996, HomeWerks specializes
in full service remodeling. The kitchen and bath displays are in-
teractive, allowing visitors to experience many product features
first hand. With the focus of providing high quality products, pro-
fessional installation and exceptional customer service
HomeWerks Kitchen and Bath • www.myhomewerks.com
3. Celebrate Fall
at Kellers Farmstand
PLAINFIELD–Apple Orchard re-opens
October 3. Fill your baskets up with
crisp fresh apples as you wander
the various orchards at Kellers
Farmstand. Taste the season by
relaxing and indulging in their
homemade iced pumpkin and
apple cider donuts then get your-
self lost in their Dinosaur themed
corn maze.
2. Volunteer with the
Naperville Park District
NAPERVILLE–Looking for a way to give back
to the Naperville community in a fun and engag-
ing way? Explore the vast volunteer opportuni-
ties that are available with the Naperville Park
District! From beautifying parks and the River-
walk to coaching youth sports and supporting
events, teens through adults can get involved,
feel a sense of accomplishment and meet other
friendly and like-minded community members.
5. Scarecrow Rows • October 21-31
GLEN ELLYN–Rows and Rows of Scarecrows will be lined up in Down-
town Glen Ellyn. Join the fun and see the handmade Scarecrows created
by community members, explore unique one-of-a-kind storefronts with their
decorated windows and dine the fall menu at one of our many restaurants.
Maps will be available from sponsoring businesses and on-line. Please
wear masks and remain socially distant. Sponsor a scarecrow for $45.
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Denise (Neicey) Knickrehm
BARTLETT/GENEVA–Faith is the foundation of what is
fashionable for Neicey. She grew up in the western sub-
urbs and has been blessed to be surrounded by an amaz-
ing family which includes her three children and eight
grandchildren. Even with the recent loss of her son, she
is encouraged knowing he is in a better place. She ex-
presses her emotions through her fashion wearing uplift-
ing, fun, romantic clothes with a boho trendy and
somewhat country flair, accessorized with beautiful
crosses and hats with inspiring words reminding her to let
Jesus Take the Wheel
Neicey loves all the hot Fall trends of neutrals mixed with
animal prints, raggy bottoms, cowboy boots, swing skirts,
romantic bohemian styles, and comfortable looks. She
says hats are all the rage this season, especially suede
and chenille with larger brims.
Her home and store boasts fashionable chic décor with
devotional enriching messages for daily life and she feels
blessed to experience both in and out of her boutique and
loves most of all her Woman’s Group at the Family Life
Christian Center in Carol Stream.
Everyday Neicey looks for what’s trending and the one
consistent, trendiest fashion of the season is expression
of kindness through words and actions.
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by Kristen Kucharski
Photos Submitted
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Natalie and
Allison Smith
GLEN ELLYN–Two single moms, four kids, a love for fashion,
and one big dream.
Natalie and Allison are from a small rural town in Charleston,
Illinois. They brought their big dream of opening a boutique to
Glen Ellyn and carried along with it the vibrant downtown
charm and pulsating ambience of the friendly tight-knit com-
munity they came from.
Natalie graduated with a degree in fashion merchandise and
tapped into her hands-on experiences to catapult the dream
shared with her sister, Allison for owning a business together.
The ladies are obsessed with the Fall popular trends of comfort
including joggers, sweatshirts, anything cute and stylish with a
relaxed fit; and the strong statement jeans are making this sea-
son with the cool memorable jackets.
Their simple, slightly edgy look is always classic and
timeless that transitions easily from day into night. With four
kids combined, Natalie and Allison love portable looks that can
go from business to the soccer fields and then out to their fa-
vorite places such as A Toda Madre, Fire and Wine, Maize and
Mash, and the new wine bar KOZE which will be opening soon
in Glen Ellyn.
They love working out at Hardgainers, Rise, and FFC and
shopping together at Good Roots and Enchantments.
Fashion takes a whole new meaning when planning your wed-
ding and Natalie is excited to have purchased her dream vin-
tage inspired classic ceremony dress and sleek, sexy fun
reception dress at Veiled by ChaCha in Glen Ellyn and Belle
Atelier in Chicago. She is blending saturated hues of cool and
neutral blush tones for her mix and match bridal party which
was perfectly staged for a crisp Fall wedding on October 9th.
Thankfully, both fashionable and flexible, the wedding is now
April 2021 in Scotsdale, AZ!
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Rajashree Basu of Naperville
According to Rajashree, owner of Krishna Fashion House in
Naperville, fashion is what makes us comfortable and con-
fident based on the occasion, place, and time of the day.
She loves the creativity and freedom to play with fabric and
colors which define individuals’ personalities and foresees
handcrafts with beadwork and threads-work embroidery as
a hot Fall fashion in greens, mint, burnt oranges and reds.
“Fall is my favorite season and I love everything about
it...Pickup and polish your boots and dress it up with your
ethnic wear to give a fusion look and make a statement,” Ra-
jashree says. “Scarfs and belts are an easy and a quick way
of accessorizing any simple dress into a fashionable one.”
Beyond fashion, COVID-19 has allowed Rajashree to culti-
vate her culinary skills as well and has infused many kinds
of cultural cuisine for new Fall flavors. She also loves gar-
dening and has her own organic vegetable and flower gar-
den at home. In her down time, she loves watching amazing
movies and web series with her family; after all, Krishna’s
Fashion House has its own designer label called “Lil-Doll”,
named after Rajshree’s mother Lily and mother-in-law Dolly,
which is an impressive series of ethnically designed sarees
and lehengas which has the best of Benarasi and Kanjee-
varam silk fabric. Only the best, named after the best of
Drape and design are the hottest ethnic trends this season.
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It's time to attend community open-air markets, also known as farmers markets. With many towns
bringing unique selections to their market, we encourage our readers to visit those located outside
of their neighborhood as well. There are so many surprises you’ll love! Open air markets are a great
way to celebrate the fall season....while shopping at the same time. Enjoy!
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DOWNERS GROVE – Downers’ Grove Farmers Market
At the Main Street Train Station on Burlington Avenue
7am to 12:30pm on Saturdays through Ocober 17
Since the mid-1990s, the Indian Boundary YMCA along with the vil-
lage of Downers Grove has jointly sponsored the Downtown
Downers Grove Market. With over 30 vendors in 2020, visitors enjoy
and fresh and organic foods from different farming vendors and also
find treasures from many downtown area businesses.
NAPERVILLE – Naperville Farmer’s Market
200 East. 5th Avenue, Naperville, Held Year Round
During June-November 40+ vendors hosted every Saturday 7am-
noon and during the winter select vendors are still onsite. Contact
them directly for availability. Enjoy a farm-to-table meal with a pleth-
ora of locally grown food. You'll also find an array products, perform-
ances and events, making this a great destination for the whole
GLEN ELLYN – Glen Ellyn French Market
546 Duane Street, Sundays, 8am-1pm
Visit downtown Glen Ellyn for locally grown produce, organic meats,
fresh flowers, baked goods, jewelry and much more. This French
Market is well known throughout the community and residents love
it. Each week you’ll have a chance to meet a local Not-For-Profit at
the French Market.
WHEATON – Wheaton French Market
Downtown Wheaton at Main and Liberty - Inside & Outside
Saturdays 8am-2pm through November 9
A French styled open air market where you will find fresh local pro-
duce, bread, cheese, meat,flowers, artisan foods & crafts, and gifts
for the home.
AURORA - Aurora Farmer’s Market
Water Street • Parking at Benton & Water Street
Saturdays 8am-12pm through October 17
Support local farmers, grab a bite to eat and enjoy beautiful down-
town Aurora. This year, the market will be following social distance
rules and everyone will be required to wear a mask. Please stay
home if you are sick. Vendors will handle products until sale. Please
note- no eating on site will be permitted.
BATAVIA – Batavia Farmer’s Market
Located on River Street & the Lot on Spring Street
Saturdays, 8am-12pm through October 17
The Batavia Farmers Market is located on River Street and in the
adjacent parking lot at Spring Street in Downtown Batavia. Held
each Saturday and hosted by Batavia MainStreet, the market has
made many changes in an effort to keep the market open and ac-
cessible to those who depend on it. Come out and support local
farmers. Grab lunch and enjoy it outside with a view of the Fox.
Then stroll downtown and stop in a shop or two. Masks are required.
Look for details about the new consumer and vendor expectations
at Batavia Farmers' Market . Photo by Batavia Main Street
ELGIN – Downtown Elgin Farmers Market
Located on Spring Street, Downtown Elgin
Friday, 3pm-7pm through October 16
Now in a new location, this area was selected to allow enough
space between vendor booths to observe a six-foot social distance
due to COVID-19. Last year over 1,000 visitors shopped the market
every week and so far, this has been another amazing year. This
season marks the 20th Anniversary of the Downtown Elgin Farmers
GENEVA – Geneva French Market
Located at South and Fourth Streets
Sundays, 9am-2pm through Early November
Come get your fresh fix of food, vegetables, flowers and more at
the Geneva French Market. This open-air market gives patrons an
opportunity to interact with a variety of local businesses each week.
This year's market will follow Illinois' health guidelines due to the
coronavirus pandemic.
MAPLE PARK – The Wiltse Farm Farmer’s Market
50W379 IL-38
Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm, Sundays, 9am-4pm
The Wiltse family has been growing and selling vegetables for four
generations. They open the greenhouse in the spring with quailty
greenhouse products and contiune with seasonal veggies from A to
Z through fall.
OSWEGO – Oswego Country Market
Sundays through October 18, 9am-1pm
Downtown Oswego on Main Street
This fresh air market is the best place to shop each week for locally
grown produce, fresh farm eggs, raw honey, delicious Wisconsin
cheese, and fresh baked bread. While spending time downtown,
stop to visit the many stores open during the Oswego Country Mar-
farmer’s markets
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Rejoice – Lounge, Eatery & Juice Bar
GENEVA–The talk of the town, Rejoice is a new age concept
on healthy, sustainable and locally sourced dining for the person
on the go or family goer looking to bring more healthy options
into their home or business. Quick options, healthy meals and
simple juices to get you on your way. Dine in one of their out-
door igloos! Fitting up to 8, these igloos will allow you to enjoy
your meal (mask free - if you so choose) because you will have
your own private, 8 seater experience in which servers can de-
liver food without coming inside your bubble. Fully weather and
UV controlled, you will be able to dine while watching the leaves
change and the snow fall; without the worry of the elements
ruining your good time. OK, how amazing is that?
11 E. State Street, Geneva
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Taste the Art at Two Brothers Barrel House
Head to The Third Floor to Taste the Artisan Spirits
NAPERVILLE–With a private entrance that leads you and your guests to
an intimate lounge setting, The Third Floor sits atop the Two Brothers Bar-
rel House. Experience some of the best cocktails and best views in the
area, from a private rooftop patio that oversees the downtown Naperville.
Enjoy handcrafted cocktails from their professionally trained mixologists,
featuring Two Brothers Artisan Spirits and other handpicked spirits from
craft and local distilleries. Award-winning Two Brothers craft beer and wine
options are available, as well as elevated small plates featuring fresh, local
ingredients from our artisan kitchen. Enjoy the experience!
Cheers to Common Good Cocktail House
Toasting to Two Years In Glen Ellyn!
GLEN ELLYN–What a fabulously unique place. Common Good is a
cocktail house in the heart of Glen Ellyn where the talented Mixologists
make modern, classic, upscale, seasonal and sometimes whimsical
cocktails using fun techniques in a beautiful but low-key, friendly envi-
ronment. Their menu consists of a small, curated selection of seasonal
and classic cocktails, craft beer, and wine. Add this one to your list of
must-visit west suburban trending hot spots– for sure.
MORA on the River Is Here!
Enjoy Happy Hour on the Outdoor Patio
AURORA–This trending hot spot is in the heart of Down-
town Aurora near Paramount Theater.MORA brings the
essence of Chicago's dining experience to the western
suburbs featuring an eclectic medley of Asian and Sushi,
American & Italian style fusion cuisine…all under one roof!
Visit to enjoy Happy Hour on their patio and so much
more. MORA ON THE RIVER, 43 East Galena Boule-
vard, Aurora www.moraontheriver.com
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#1 | A Nightmare at West Main
The ghosts are coming out to play in the forest at West Main Com-
munity Park. Join us for a haunted hike through our spooky trails.
Evil lurks in the forest, so enter if you dare! This event is not suitable
for kids under 10 years old. Pre-registration is required, and tickets
are $10 per person. Every person needs to be registered. Please
arrive within the time frame that you sign up for. Register here:
#2 | Basement of
the Dead Haunted House
#1 rated Haunted House by more than 10 different public news
sources, including USA Today, Chicago Tribune, BuzzFeed, Haunt-
world, HauntedHouseChicago.com, Cosmopolitan & more, this
haunted house is not for the faint or weary. Enter at your own risk!
42 Located at 42 W New York Street, Aurora, At the Tivoli Plaza.
Trends In
Spooky West
Suburban Fun
10 TRENDS 2020
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#3 | 13th Floor Haunted House
In most buildings, the 13th floor doesn't exist, but in this one... it is very real,
but hidden. Can you take on the multiple terrifying themes? To prevent the
spread of COVID-19, the haunted house with limit the number of people
within the attraction, require face coverings and limit touching person items
by requiring guests bring a clear bag. Buy tickets in advance online.
#4 | Museum of Terror Pop-Up
This small 2-story exhibit is designed to get your bones chilling, body shiv-
ering, and hairs rising. This is a place where you forget about the natural
world and enter the supernatural realm of horror. features real-world stories
and horror depictions. It requires all guests to wear face masks. Opening
Oct. 15. Tickets range from $15 to $35 and must be selected during a
chosen time slot. Ppen weekends from 3 p.m. to midnight. See Eventbrite.
#6 | Dorm of the Dead
The haunted house is fully indoors, in a three-story vacant dormitory. Waiting
line for entrance is outdoors but some interactive attractions are planned.
No backpacks, bags or long coats allowed
#5 | Hoppers Haunted House
Your fears come to life as you enter a world where life and death are mean-
ingless. Fear like you have never felt before. Total darkness, blood curdling
clowns, with a new clown room and mortuary room. Also, meet the Bloodiest
Butcher in town. See website for COVID-19 guidelines.
#7 | Park After Dark Haunting
Reports of strange and mysterious activity have been coming out of the trails
and woods of Oswego.
There have been encounters with spooks, specters,
and spells that have terrified and permanently changed the witnesses. Some
never made it out at all. Meet up at the Civic Center (5 Ashlawn Ave, Mont-
gomery) to tackle the terrifying trail. Bring a flashlight to help guide you dur-
ing this interactive adventure. Rated PG-13 (for blood, gore, darkness, and
ghouls). Upon emerging from the woods, all participants receive gear com-
memorating their haunted trek. bit.ly/parkafterdark20
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#8 | Kuipers Haunted Forest
Even your youngest goblins and ghouls will enjoy the playfully scary Haunted
Forest as part of the fall fun at the Kuipers Family Farm. As part of a full day
getting a glimpse into life on a farm complete with hayrides, apple cider, and
pumpkin picking, stroll through the Haunted Forest at the Kuipers Family
Farm. It will raise the hairs on your neck and a giggle in your throat. This
mildly scary and fully fun Haunted Forest is suitable for kids all ages.
#9 | Nightmare at West Street
The ghosts are coming out to play in the forest at West Main Community
Park. Get ready for a haunted hike through the spooky trails. Evil lurks in
the forest, so enter if you dare! This event is not suitable for kids under 10
years old. Pre-registration is required, and tickets are $10 per person. Every
person needs to be registered Please arrive within the time frame you sign
up for. www.bataviaparks.org
#10 | The Ghost Tour of Naperville
The 2020 tour is called Voices From Beyond. Terrifying ghost-voice record-
ings from beyond the grave. A walking tour, with ghost hunting, through the
haunted streets of historic Naperville. There is about 1/4 mile of walking.
Enjoy true tales of these ghastly haunts. www.hauntednaperville.com
by Mindy Kyle
Photos Submitted
Lindsay Currie
Scritch Scratch
CHICAGO–This time of the year is perfect for a spooky story,
and Chicago author Lindsay Currie has a new one for your
middle-grade readers. Scritch Scratch follows the story of
twelve-year-old Claire Koster who becomes haunted by a
mysterious young boy after riding along on her fathers ghost
tour bus in Chicago. The boy from the bus wants something,
and Claire must figure out what…before it’s too late!
The idea for Lindsay’s new book originated with the history
behind the ‘ghost’ at the heart of it. “One of my personal pas-
sions is obscure or forgotten Chicago history,” says Lindsay.
“Although the book is fictional, I spent hours at the Chicago
History Museum scouring materials to make sure I not only
had my facts straight, but that I was including as much local
history as I could in this book.”
Scritch Scratch is not Lindsay’s first foray into writing ghost
stories for the middle-grade readers. The success of her
debut novel, The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street, paved
the way for her to continue writing her spooky stories for kids.
Lindsay Currie’s books can currently be found in bookstores
and online retailers.
We’d Love to Meet Them! Introduce
Us at editorial@glancermagazine.com
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35th Annual Fundraising
Benefit Themed “Still
Together, At Home”
to Be Held Virtually on
Saturday, October 24th
Friends of Prentice (FOP), a
non-profit organization working
in partnership with Northwestern
Medicine Prentice Women’s
Hospital to fund innovative and
leading-edge research benefit-
ting the lives of women, is host-
ing its 35th annual fundraising
benefit, themed Still Together, At
Home. Due to Covid-19, this is the first year that the gala will
be held virtually on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Shifting the
gala online is a shining example of how the non-profit is
adapting to the current climate in order to still raise critical
funds needed to award doctors and clinicians grants needed
to continue their life saving research across all areas of
women’s health.
Friends of Prentice is inviting Chicago's business, philan-
thropic leaders and anyone interested in a fun night in, to
‘come together virtually to honor the
healthcare community while raising
critical funds for medical research.
The goal of this years gala is to
raise $750,000 that will be awarded
to physicians and clinicians at Pren-
tice Women’s Hospital. The new vir-
tual format will invite guests to sign
up and receive a link to view a live
event from the comfort of their own
homes and “host” a virtual table
while bidding on once in a lifetime
auction items.
Since 1983, Friends of Prentice has
raised over $20M and awarded
grants to more than 100 researchers and clinical programs.
FOP’s annual grants initiative has funded projects in the areas
of Covid-19 research, gynecologic oncology, mental health,
heart disease, disparities in access to care, diabetes, HIV,
uterine and pelvic medicine, genetic biomarker research,
home health care outreach and more. Funds raised during
the Benefit go directly to research, education, and patient care
programs at Prentice.
For information and tickets to Still Together, At Home, please
visit www.friendsofprentice.org/gala
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Legacy International Center Provides Something
for eEeryone
San Diego is an ultimate destination for family travel. The idyl-
lic weather and oceanside setting enhance a community filled
with entertainment and adventure the entire family can enjoy.
An option like Legacy International Center offers a first-of-its-
kind experience and place to stay in San Diego with amenities
like a 126-room hotel, conference center, theater and the In-
ternational Experience Center, an interactive attraction for all
ages celebrating the nations of the world, to fit a wide range
of interests.
“San Diego has been my home since 1959 and I’m thrilled to
bring this vision to life in such a beautiful and vibrant com-
munity,” said Dr. Morris Cerullo, the centers creator. “San
Diego is an incredibly diverse city and we look forward to wel-
coming people of all cultures, faiths and backgrounds.”
Plan your family getaway to San Diego with these tips for
places to stay and things to see and do.
So Much
to Love In
San Diego
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Where to stay: Although the options to oc-
cupy your days in San Diego are nearly
endless, a family-friendly home base is
essential for a successful getaway.
The boutique-style five-story hotel at
the Legacy International Center
features 126 rooms and suites in
a variety of room types to fit
nearly any budget. The hotel also
offers a world-class spa and
salon with a full menu of indul-
gent treatments and a private
pool for soaking in the Southern
California sun. If you’ll be mixing
a bit of business with pleasure, the
center houses 6,000 square feet of
meeting space with convertible
rooms to fit a wide variety of group
What to do: You won’t have to travel far to find
plenty to delight family members of all ages. Within
the International Experience Center, visitors can find galleries
that offer immersive stories told via floor-to-ceiling video projec-
tions. There’s a thrilling 4-D, 100-seat motion theater where
guests can experience “Wings Over Israel,” a full sensory “hang
gliding” tour of Israel complete with sights, sounds and scents.
The Legends of Lightfall exhibit offers interactive games that can
transport visitors to an underground world overtaken by copper-
wings, dragons and power pirates. Or explore an underground
maze of stone chamber catacombs showcasing massive original
works of biblical art by world-renowned 3-D illusion artist Kurt
Where to eat: Finding delicious ways to fuel all the family fun
can be an exciting adventure of its own. For a fine dining experi-
ence, consider an Italian prime steakhouse, Theresa’s, with inti-
mate indoor dining and an open-air patio. For more casual fare,
The Fountains serves up unique twists on American favorites
with indoor and outdoor plaza seating.
What to see: Indoors and out, you can take in
art and create memorable experiences vir-
tually everywhere you turn. For example,
The Pavilion Theater is a 500-seat,
multi-use performing arts theater fea-
turing a variety of programming from
movies to live performances. Or
take time to wander the open-air
Legacy Plaza, where a 110-foot-
long Western Wall made from au-
thentic Jerusalem Gold limestone
pays tribute to the famed Western
Wall in Jerusalem. It also features
a vibrant international market
where guests can discover goods,
foods and spices from around the
How to get there: A convenient destina-
tion you can access easily makes a vacation
more enjoyable. The Legacy International
Center is in close proximity to Interstate 8, as well as
the San Diego International Airport, and it’s conveniently located
on the San Diego trolley line.
For more information, visit www.legacysandiego.com
Exploring San Diego
Don’t miss these must-see destinations during your stay in
San Diego.
Balboa Park: an urban cultural destination with museums,
theaters, gardens and more
The San Diego Zoo: a world-famous zoo featuring more
than 3,500 animals, interactive experiences, kids’ programs
and attractions
Beaches: 70 miles of coastline with beaches that cater to
your interests, whether it’s building sandcastles with the kids
or learning to surf
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AURORA–Do you wish you could bottle up
this time of year? Brisk autumn air, bucolic
getaways, fall foliage, sweater weather and
bonfire nights. Yes, please! For many mid-
westerners, it’s a cherished time of year. With
the changing seasons, there is an excitement
that fills the air … a sense of hope and antici-
pation. If you’re looking to bottle up some out-
door fun and joy-filled memories this fall, stop
by Abbey Farms in Aurora.
This unique, family-friendly farm is owned by
the monks of Marmion Abbey. After opening
to the public in 1949, their love of community
has proved evident through their various seasonal offerings, hos-
pitality and stewardship. Once a corn farm and dairy operation, this
property now boasts 220 acres of adventure and fun - including
Kane County’s largest corn maze (12 acres!), a
farmers market and pumpkin farm. Be sure to
step inside the Nagel Farmstead Emporium
Store to enjoy some baked goodies - try the
award-winning apple cider donuts! Everything is
baked on-site and sure to satisfy any sweet
This year will mark 85 years since the first
Christmas trees were planted at Abbey Farms.
Come this holiday season, guests will have an
opportunity to hunt around a 180-acre tree farm
for the perfect tree! They offer ‘U-Cut’ and pre-
cut Christmas trees. Check out Pine Tree Cafe
this winter too, as Chef Dave will be serving up
some tasty weekend favorites. And did you know that brewing beer
is a centuries-old monastic tradition? Ask for a sample of Abbey
Farms’ Marmion Abbey Ale. Prost!
in Suburbia
by Brianna Bartemeyer
Photos Submitted
This proud Naperville resident shares that helping local sellers and
buyers doesn’t feel like work making it easy to be dedicated and re-
sults oriented When she is hired to list a home she gains much of
the marketing inspiration from her sellers when she asks “ what do
you love about your home?” From there she designs high end cus-
toms booklets with professional photography & drone shots, de-
scriptions of updates, & develops unique ways to target the right
buyers on the internet. Restyling her listings with professional stag-
ing , 3D tours great for out of state buyers and constant follow up
with all parties are all included for her recipe of success! Susan is
currently meeting with sellers & buyers now in anticipation of a thriv-
ing Spring market~ Call luxury listing agent Susan Colella anytime
to discuss your real estate goals for 2020.
Susan Colella, Baird & Warner, (630) 946-3813
Susan Colella
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Enjoy fabulous amenities and convenience when you
make this gorgeous home yours, including walking dis-
tance to Metra train, downtown, and farmers market.
10ft ceilings greet you on the 1st floor, and comfort and
elegance intertwine to create a stunning living space.
The spacious kitchen features stone countertops, large
island, and prof grade SS appliances, including brand
new high-end oven range & dishwasher. So much
square footage for the price!
6 bed • 5.5 bath
4,668 sqft • 9,222 sqft lot
720 N Brainard St, Naperville
(630) 369-9000
Presented by:
REALTOR® Walt Burrell
Brokered by:
Coldwell Banker Realty -
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So Much Space.
Move-In Ready.
The 2nd floor has 3 additional bed-
rooms, laundry room, and loft. An en
suite 5th-bedroom on the 3rd floor offers
even more flexible living space. Work
out or entertain in the finished lower
level w/wet bar, home theater, and 6th
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To Give,
To Inspire
A Monthly Caring + Sharing Column
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AURORA–Since March, many
of us have felt challenged to
find a new definition of recre-
ational and social activities. I
have seen Zoom parties, Zoom
fitness, virtual races, classes
and club meetings among sev-
eral in-person, social distanced
activities. The Fox Valley Spe-
cial Recreation Association
(FVSRA), who provides a di-
verse range of programs to en-
able residents with disabilities
of all ages to experience active, healthy, and play-
ful lifestyles, was met with the same challenges.
“Within the last few months, we’ve transitioned to
virtual programs,” says Alex Engelhardt, FVSRA
Executive Director. “We’ve provided over 75 virtual
and modified in-person programs per week ranging
from fitness, arts and crafts, educational programs,
dances and more.”
FVSRA, formed in 1976, is an extension of the Ba-
tavia, Fox Valley, Geneva, Oswegoland, St.
Charles, Sugar Grove Park Districts and South
Elgin Parks and Recreation Department. By pro-
viding support, fitness, education, and recreation
to over 1200 individuals with disabilities a year,
they empower their participants to reach their max-
imum capabilities using the least restrictive envi-
ronment. “FVSRA provides a sense of purpose
and feeling of belonging,” says Alex. She explains
that along with support, they focus on volunteerism
within their programs including showing apprecia-
tion for our first responders, being a companion to
someone in a nursing home, hosting a coat drive,
or cleaning up a park after and event. “We rely on
our community for support and
are so thankful we can support
them in return.”
Funding for scholarships and spe-
cial projects such as the Carolyn
Nagle Sensory Room and the Dr.
William Kelly Resource Library
comes from the Fox Valley Spe-
cial Recreation Foundation
(FVSRF) which typically hosts two
large scale fundraisers throughout
the year, but both were canceled
due to Covid-19. FVSRF is looking to raise funds
and awareness on a smaller, more intimate level
through Friend-raisers. They have created three
Friend-raiser kits including a Bags Tournament,
Outdoor Movie and Left Center Right game, or you
can create your own that is unique to you and your
friends. They are also looking for dedicated vol-
unteers to assist with programs and special events.
Maybe you have a passion you would like to teach
to their participants, or you have time to be a lis-
tening ear to someone in need.
For more information on FVSRA and their pro-
grams or volunteering, visit www.fvsra.org
and if
hosting a Friend-raiser is interesting to you, visit
Mindy Kyle is passionate about helping people
discover what brings them joy and to live a full,
healthy and happy life. She has her Master
of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from
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 Naperville with her hus-
band, three children and the cutest dog in the
How Fox Valley Special Recreation
Association Has Adapted During The Pandemic
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Fall Is Fun
at DuPage
Children’s Museum (DCM),
we’re experts at making
learning FUN! We’ve
created virtual programs
that will inspire young
learners to make big discov-
eries about science, engineering, math, and art. Choose from
a variety of 45-minute STEM with DCM labs (times vary) or
our Arts & Maker After School program (M – F, 3 – 5 pm).
Don’t miss Pumpkin Palooza coming up on Saturday, October
24 in the Museum’s parking lot!
(630) 637-8000 • www.dupagechildrens.org
Pumpkin Fest at Cosley Zoo • October 1-31
WHEATON–Taking in the beautiful fall colors at Cosley Zoo is a must-do! See
the animals in the crisp fall air, listen to the squeals of excitement from the
children conquering the straw pyramid and take in the hundreds of pumpkins
scattered on the zoo’s lawn. Apples, gourds, pumpkins, cider, cornstalks, and
various sizes of straw bales are available to purchase. Regular admission
rates apply. www.
Click for More Kid Stuff!
Walks, Talks & Stories for Kids
Creek Bend Nature Center, Kane CountyMAPLE 
St. CHARLES–Enjoy stories, explore the outdoors at Creek
Bend Nature Center, and learn how to create beautiful things
with nature! Each new monthly video will feature a book read
by a St. Charles Public Library librarian, introduce a fun craft
for you to do at home, and highlight a monthly StoryWalk®.
No registration is required for this free program. Creek Bend
Nature Center is located within LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles.
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by Kristen Kucharski
Photos by Mike Catuara
Virtual Glass Pumpkin Patch
October 14-October 18, Hosted by Morton Arboretum
LISLE–Morton Arboretum’s popular and well-loved Glass Pumpkin Patch
returns, in an online format, with handblown glass art this month. Shop on-
line and explore a stunning array of glass pumpkins at this year's virtual
sale. Curbside pick up will located at Thornhill parking lot. A link to the sale
will go live at the Armoretum’s website at 7am on Wednesday, October 14.
For more information and shopping instructions, see the A Guide to the
2020 Glass Pumpkin Patch Event.
Howl-o-ween Pet Portraits
October 18, 12-3pm
Dog Patch Pet and Feed
Hosted by Fetch Portraits
NAPERVILLE–Attend a one-of-a-kind Holiday Pet Portrait
Pop-Up Session! $40 Session fee for your pet includes
professional photography on a one-of-a-kind Halloween-
themed set (new every year) with a 13-year team who's
photographed over 8,000 dogs together! Cats, bunnies,
etc. are also welcome...people and kids, too. Order
prints/merchandise/digital downloads online after the
event. A 5x7 Print is our gift to you (tax and shipping
apply). Get a Fetch Portrait and make some memories!
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NAPERVILLE–Hello Kitty Cafe on the road! The original Hello Kitty
Cafe Truck, launched at Hello Kitty Con 2014, began as a sweet idea
to offer supercute treats to fans in Southern California. Today, there are
two Hello Kitty Cafe Trucks bringing smiles and treats to fans and
friends across the US and Naperville is on its lists of stops this October.
The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is returning to Main Street Promenade on
Saturday, October 10! Come say hello near Sur La Table between
10am-7pm and pick up some supercute treats & merch, while supplies
last! We welcome all friends to wear masks and practice social distanc-
Learn how The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is creating a comfortable and
safe environment for their guests and staff here: https://bit.ly/2YOwj9u
*subject to government travel restrictions*
The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Is Coming to Naperville
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Valley View Dental offers an array of general and cos-
metic dentistry, periodontal, dental implants, oral surgery,
and orthodontic procedures, including traditional braces,
Invisalign, teeth whitening, CEREC one-day crowns and
even same day emergency visits. With a large staff of
multi-lingual doctors, on-site labs at each location, and
extended business and weekend hours, Valley View Den-
tal has the ability to treat patients according to their own
schedules and convenience. Stop by and see why others
in the community have trusted Valley View Dental for al-
most 20 years. Located In Naperville, Montgomery &
Romeoville. Valley View Dental www.vvdental.com
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Keeping your family well is your top priority right now and at DuPage Medical
Group, it's theirs too. They recognize that your healthcare needs don’t disappear
during a pandemic like this, which is why they're continuing to serve their patients
safely at their clinics and through virtual visits.
Whether you need primary or specialty care, you can connect with your physician
securely on your mobile device or computer through the MyDMG Health app. Visit
face-to-face with a provider via video visit, message with a physician over e-Visit
or schedule your next in-office appointment online, all from the comfort of home.
Take care of your family’s healthcare to-do list today at www.ScheduleDMG.com
ST. CHARLES–Let this spa
help you disconnect and im-
prove your health, beauty and
relaxation with specialized
massages, meditation, in-
frared sauna, and reiki energy
work. Complete your visit with
a natural hair or nail treatment
to feel as beautiful outside as
you do inside.
Tranquility Spa
113 N. 2nd Ave., St. Charles
WESTERN SUBURBS–Concierge Medical Spa is a luxury medical
spa with highly trained physicians, nurse practitioners and esthe-
ticians offering the most comprehensive esthetic medical services.
From body contouring to highly advanced future-forward restor-
ative and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, our esthetic experts
are some of the best in the industry. As the number one provider
of Coolsculpting in the Midwest and Top 200 in the country of Al-
lergan injectors, our services produce excellent results and have
high client satisfaction. www.concier
BATAVIA–Through holistic healing and sha-
manic healing, the center offers different
services from cultures around the world
to bring balance and harmony to your
physical and emotional planes. Find
unique classes like drum circles, re-
storative yoga and gong meditation
Healing Arts Metaphysical Center
4 E. Wilson St., Suite 101, Batavia,
NAPERVILLE–Find a quiet
space to just BE. Float in 10
inches of skin temperature
water with 1,600 pounds of
Epsom salt to keep you afloat
even if you fall asleep. You
have your own private Float
Room and can control the un-
derwater LED light and white
noise. Annica Float Club, 4S100
N. IL-59, Naperville,
hheeaalltthhyy lliivviinngg
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Locations In Wheaton & Geneva
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. Watch for a Q & A at GlancerMagazine.com
written by H4 Training's founder, Hank Ebeling, Local In-
dustry Expert in the Fitness category.
H4 Training
Wheaton & Geneva locations.
Mom’s Lile Black Book
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The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine,
bracing, and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be?
—it is the same the angels breathe. — Mark
Twain, Roughing It, Chapter XXII, 1886.
Darien resident, Jaro Krupa otherwise known
as Jaratron, thoroughly enjoys taking people
of all ages in the air to experience the freedom
of free flight while ensuring safety via a tandem
ride with a certified instructor. He has taken his
own children as young as 5 years old and loves
growing his flying family through sharing the joys
of paragliding. His enthusiasm and comfort are con-
tagious, and you feel nothing but secure as you take
Having been skydiving, hang-gliding, jet packing, and cliff jumping
– I was so excited to find paragliding within an hour drive of my
house. When I arrived, I met Zipper and Frenchie and discovered
that everyone gets a nickname after their first flight, so was eager
to claim my own.
I could not have imagined how easy it would be to run behind a
pickup truck while tethered to a parachute that quickly grabbed the
air and lifted us off the ground. I felt like a kid again as I giggled
when my feet defied gravity and the wind breezed across my face.
Freedom. That was the feeling. Freedom of stress, freedom of
worry, freedom of anything that had previously consumed my mind.
Amid 2020, I was relaxed….and it felt amazing.
Jaro passed the toggles to me and guided me to take control of our
destiny. He pointed out the clouds and swirls and trained me how
to read the sky to gain direction. He was easygoing and confident.
It was amazing to hear about the young kids he pro-
vided tandem rides too, as well as how far he had
traveled independently.
A truly unique and close to home experience
that makes you feel a million miles from reality.
I earned my wings, and earned my nickname
- only to be disclosed to fellow paragliders!
Premier paragliding and powered paragliding
school in the Midwest providing tandem rides,
equipment, and lessons. West suburban and Dar-
ien resident Jaro Krupa guides paragliding, powered
paragliding, and kitesurfing and hopes you will become
part of their flying family! Tandem rides for any age – even
as young as 5!
Chicago Paragliding
34001 E 1900 N Road, Cullom, IL 60929
(708) 935-0177 • www.chicagoparagliding.com
Hours: Flights Vary Depending on Weather
Price $: $250-300 Tandem Rides/Check for Groupons
Naperville mom Kristen Kucharski graduated from Illi-
nois State University in 1992 with an International
Business Degree. She has two energetic daughters
and her house is always full of children. Kristen’s col-
umn titled, Mom's Little Black Book, is a monthly fea-
ture written for moms who are looking for ways to
keep their kids busy. Read her past columns at
Mom’s Lile Black Book
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WESTERN SUBURBS–Transform your life today! In Home Fitness
By Val & Team brings the workout to your home! Busy schedule?
Not ready for a public gym?
In Home Fitness by Val & Team provide private personalized work-
outs with real results! Whether you have a home gym or not, they
provide everything you need.
In Home Fitness by Val, brings professionalism and fitness expertise
to you. Enjoy the convienience of an in-home workout appointment.
Val and her team can't wait to help you on your fitness journey! First
session is FREE.
In Home Fitness by Val
Photo by Ashley Summers
Fall Styles & Accessories
Find the hottest trends at
this Glen Ellyn boutique.
Pictured is the Golden Lit
Button Down ($49) and the
Aria Ring Bag ($64); also
the Gather Here Mini Pillow
M & Em’s, Glen Ellyn
(630) 469 - 6040
Available at Jeans & a Cute Top Shop
The classic jean jacket with amazing recovery from the
Love by Liverpool collection. Your go-to layering item
that adds the perfect touch to any outfit made with com-
fortable fabric that won’t stretch out! ($119)
Jeans and a Cute Top Shop • Wheaton & St. Charles
www.jeansandacutetop.com - ORDER ONLINE!
Grateful. Thankful.
Welcome your guests
with signs of inspiration
this season. Chic fall
decor and more avai-
alble at Nona Jo’s in
Saturday, Oct 14, 9-3pm
Over 110 vendors on dis-
play. Come shop for unique
treasures and trendy finds.
Free admission. Grand
Geneva Resort and Spa
7036 Grand Geneva Way,
Lake Geneva.
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GENEVA–V Fusion Studio trainers (pictued above) take con-
sideration to increase your quality of life when creating
classes - and now also virtually (join facebook page). Local
area owner, Rachel Kowal, is currently pursuing her master’s
degree in exercise physiology, and she bases all classes in
the latest research. The current schedule has a variety of ef-
fective, fun, and unique classes. V fusion will improve your
core strength, endurance, and physique safely so you “train
for life” with this popular fitness studio. You’re invited to come
out and see why so many love it! Enjoy 30-days of unlimited
classes for just $95 or try one week for FREE when you men-
tion Glancer Magazine. V Fusion Studio, 129 W State,
Geneva, www.vfusionstudio.com
JOIN TODAY! www.vfusionstudio.com
Quality of Life
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Karisma Boutique
The ‘Best of the Best’ 2020 Readers Choice
Awards Business of the Year
Chosen from Thousands of Entries Submitted by West Suburban
Residents, Introducing Karisma Boutique of Naperville
Very similar to the challenging times of today, back in 2009 when Ginger Makowski
decided to open her store in downtown Naperville, she was also in the midst of an
unsettled time in her personal life. Mother of three, Ginger had always thought
she would start a charitable organization and volunteer when she retired, but when
circumstances shifted, she dug deep and pursued her dream of opening a retail
store. She did not have a solid plan and just ran with it and along the way found
it to be the most satisfying thing she has ever done outside of raising her children.
Karisma Boutique, Naperville’s “hidden gem”, was named after her daughter Jen
Hoeft who has amazing charisma and travels with Ginger to worldwide trade
shows to purchase unique apparel and accessories, jewelry, scarves, purses, hats,
shoes, home decor, candles, lotions, and various gift items.
“We are usually buying weekly which brings in new arrivals a few times a week,”
Ginger says. “It's been a challenge recently as I like to hand pick our merchandise,
but I have had to rely online at this time which makes it difficult. We pride our-
selves in exceptional customer service, incredible selections, affordable pricing,
and also guarantee our product 100%. Satisfaction is extremely important to us.”
This has been an extremely difficult year for the Boutique and without the im-
promptu live online shows followed by personal delivery and curbside service,
Ginger is not sure she would have made it through. She is eternally grateful for
her customers and staff for keeping the dream alive and she is just as surprised
as the next to see masks as the fashion statement of 2020!
Ginger consciously gives back to the community by attending many charity events
and hosting in store parties for her customers. She thoroughly believes it is not
always about making the sale, as it is to bond a relationship that is treasured
View Inside the Boutique & Share Online at www.GlancerMagazine.com
Karisma Boutique, 232 S Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540
630-355-5554 • www.karismaboutiqueshop.com
of the year
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Karisma Boutique,
Naperville’s “hidden
gem”, was named after
Gingers daughter, Jen
Hoeft, who has amazing
charisma and travels
with Ginger to worldwide
trade shows to purchase
unique apparel and
accessories, and more.
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The Kiest Family of Oswego
“Don’t let fear hold you back from trying something
new”….that’s the Kiest family motto and it shines in
everything they do. Born and raised in Illinois and
Oswego residents since 2005, David and Melissa
have been married 23 years and have two daugh-
ters, Eva (20) and Alyssa (15).
With true entrepreneurial spirit the family is not afraid
to follow their dreams, such as opening a gym where
they learned together to work hard and follow proper
nutrition, while also gaining amazing confidence from
the personal hands-on experience. As an active
family who loves to hike and bike; raft on the Fox;
and play tennis together, it was the perfect fit to bring
their passions into their daily grind while appreciating
the quality time.
A healthy lifestyle combined with a great work ethic
are ingrained in the Kiest family. Dave has served as a soldier in the U.S.
Army Special Forces, is a former Yorkville and Oswego Police Officer and
continues to serve our country in his current position; Eva is attending Wau-
bonsee Community College, finishing up her Associates degree and works
as a server at a local restaurant; Alyssa is a Sophomore at Oswego High
School, and is involved in Tennis and Cheer; and Melissa has been a Pro-
fessional Photographer for over 15 years, owns, Melissa
Jean Boutique in Oswego, and is also a Real Estate
Broker for Brummel Properties in Oswego and enjoying
the low interest rates and hot market.
They love Fall Fashion as much as they love fitness fan-
cying the new fall styles like letter necklaces, metallics,
cardigans and chunky sweaters, balloon sleeves, coun-
try inspired fringe, and of course, the fun faux leather
leggings and skirts. The girls are into the boyfriend
jeans, distressed jeans and crop style tops with chunky
necklace chains and coordinating masks!
The Kiest family is a busy family that also finds time to
take part in organizing and running events which help
raise money for wounded vets and the local food pantry.
They are members of the Oswego Chamber of Com-
merce and the Downtown Oswego Association, and are
active administrators of the Oswego Area Nightlife and
Events and Real Women of Oswego Facebook groups.
A family that loves to dream big, enjoy life, and make it happen!
Introduce Us at editorial@glancermagazine.com
fabulous family
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by Kristen Kucharski
Photos Submitted
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NAPERVILLE–The Naperville Art of Inclusion group started in June
of 2020, shortly after George Floyd's death in May. A visitor to Nap-
erville, Tyler Marcus, from Downers Grove, reacted to a mural that
he felt did not reflect diversity. Since that time, Marcus has met with
Century Walk's Brand Bobosky and has learned that there are 35
other pieces of artwork in Naperville's Century Walk collection that
do reflect diversity.
The Art of Inclusion committee painted its inaugural piece of inclu-
sive-focused art entitled “Naperville Together” on Saturday, Sep-
tember 26, on the Naperville Township Parking lot at 139 Water
The live street painting concept was inspired by Naperville Central
sophomore Mia Hernandez. With the support of Art Committee
chairs Sophia Forero and Crystle Saylor, an amazing plan was de-
veloped by project leads Sangeeta Pande and Julie Kulak. In ad-
dition to the artists above, contributing artists also include Dr. Alicia
McCareins, Sarah Knight Adamson, Brand Bobosky, Eddie Bedford,
Carolyn Finzer, Mauricio Forero, Rebecca Hernandez, Madeline Lei,
Zhuyu Lei, Rich Lo, Tyler Marcus, Victoria May, Evelyn Murillo,
Ramya Roddom, Peter Thaddeus, and Sarah Uy.
With a continued focus on bringing Naperville Together, the local
community was invited to participate in the artistic process by plac-
ing their handprint in the letter N at any time between 9 am, and 1
pm. A welcome ceremony was held at 1 pm to thank the sponsors
and community leaders for their contributions and efforts resulting
in this concept becoming reality. Art of Inclusion’s mission is to
create public art that reflects the diversity of Naperville and pro-
motes unity and inclusion in our community.
At of Inclusion
by Lindy Kleivo
Photos by Joel Vissia
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5. Windy Acres Fall Festival
GENEVA–Whether you are staying for
an hour or the day, your group will
surely make memories that will last a life-
time! Enjoy the Beer Garden highlighting
their Fall Ales, Seasonal Cider and Pumpkin
spiked beverages and Brand New Apple Cider Slushies.
Also, live music on the weekends. Bring a lawn chair and
take in the outdoor fun. Running through October 31st,
7 days a week from 9am to 6pm.
1. Aurora Food Pantry’s
Trunk or Treat
Held at Spartan Athletic Park. Bring the
kids out to enjoy the decorations and
collect candy and other kid-friendly
goodies. If you or your business
would like to participate, contact
Becky at rdunnigan@
4. Sonny
Acres Farm
more than 125 years, genera-
tions of the Nagel family made
Sonny Acres Farm one of Chicagoland’s
favorite destinations for family fun.
Today, the family tradition continues as
the Joyaux and Fontana families have
stepped in to make sure the farm, festiv-
ities, and most importantly your family
traditions can live on for generations to
come. Read more about the tradition, the
transition, and what you can continue to
expect from your favorite family farm.
3. Bengston’s Pumpkin
Farm & Fall Fest
HOMER GLEN–A family-owned
and operated Pumpkin Festival that has
served the Homer Glen area for over 40
years. Lcated just 40 minutes outside of
Chicago. Bring your family, friends, and
smiles! www.pumpkinfarm.com
2. Goebberts Pumpkin Patch
& Apple Orchard
HAMPSHIRE–A family-owned pumpkin patch and
farm market, celebrating its 72nd year in 2020. The
Fall Festival is what they are known for! Offering a full
day of family-friendly activities that are sure to delight
kids and grown-ups of all ages. Have fun picking ap-
ples and enjoying the many fall attractions. Order
tickets online. www.goebbertspumpkinpatch.com
7. Kuipers Family Farm
MAPLE PARK–Take a country drive out to this faily fa-
vorite located in Maple Park. The kids will enjoy farm
animals, tractors, a jumpy pillow, pig races, a haunted
forest and so much more! Mom and dad will love the
treats, pumpkins and specialty shop.
6. Johansen Farm
BOLINGBROOK–Enjoy the fall season with
fun attractions at this well-loved pumpkin farm that has
become a family tradition for so many. Enjoy a petting
zoo, tasty autumn treats, pumpkins galore and more
much more! www.johansenfarms.com
COVID-19 can’t stop the seasons from changing and that’s why we invite you to get outdoors and celebrate the beauty of Autumn. Sweater weather is here
and many local area farms and outdoor locales have prepared their facilities so you and yours can enjoy all that fall has to offer in a safe and enjoyable way.
Finding that perfect pumpkin, sipping hot apple cider 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 are 7 Spectacular Stops for Pumpkins & Hot Cider Fun
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