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AN APPLE A DAY Mom Life, Homeschooling, Healthy Kids, Fall Fun & More! This month we are celebrating September and that means back to school. Though this looks very different than last year for so many fam-ilies, including my own, it has most certainly been refreshing to see the kids back in their routine. Two of my girls are on the hybrid schedule and my special needs daughter, who is 10, is attending school all 5 days. It’s worrysome, but so far, it’s been a smooth transition. They love being back, and we are hopeful things continue to progress to Phase 5 for Illinois. I will say that our school district has done a wonderful job of creating a plan given the circumstances, and we are very thankful. Throughout the pandemic many moms decided to start homeschooling, and some picked up right where they left off last year. We feature some of these amazing moms in our Cover Story this month. We also feature 7 Spectacular Enrichment Programs for Kids and 10 Trends Moms will Love, plus so much more! We invite you to share these stories in social media by visiting our website. While you’re there, be sure to subscribe. Enjoy this issue and as always, thanks so much for reading. Lindy Kleivo Publishing Director, West Suburban Area lkleivo@glancermagazine.comSeptember 205 Hello From Glancer Magazine 7 Scene Around Suburbia 9 5 Things to Do 10 COVER Homeschool Moms 16 Autumn Farmer’s Markets 18 NEW! Best Neighbors EVER! 19 Special Needs News 20 Dining & Cocktails 22 10 Trends Moms Love 25 Literary Local 26 Friends of Prentice 28 Business of the Year 2020 30 NEW! Unique In Suburbia 32 Million Dollar Listing 34 To Give, To Inspire 36 Dental 37 Healthy Living 38 Fitness 39 Mom’s Little Black Book 41 Fabulous Family 42 Fall Shopping Around Town 44 Moms Black Book 50 Trendy Traveler 52 7 Spectacular In Enrichment www.GlancerMagazine.comTABLE OF CONTENTST E A M   G L A N C E R PUBLISHER Glancer Magazine, Inc. PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Lindy Kleivo EDITORIAL | Print + Digital Kristen Kucharski Columnist / Writer Mindy Kyle Columnist / Writer Brianna Bartemeyer Features Writer Stephanie Schmoker Dining Critic Tiffany Schmoker Dining Critic SALES / MARKETING Lindy Kleivo Publishing Director PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Catuara Features Photographer P U B L I C A T I O N S GLANCER MAGAZINE A West Suburban Chicago Lifestyle Magazine Featuring the Best of West Suburban Chicago for Communities In DuPage, Kane & Kendall GLANCERMAGAZINE.COM A Hyper-Local Daily Features Site Highlighting On Trend Stories for Communities In DuPage, Kane & Kendall GLANCER GO-TO GUIDE Highlighting Local On Trend Events + Deals for For Communities In DuPage, Kane & Kendall C O N T A C T  U S EDITORIAL Press Releases, Local Events, Community News ADVERTISING Digital Advertising + Local Marketing Solutions SUBSCRIPTIONS Monthly Soft Version + Daily Digital www.glancermagazine.comGlancer Magazine, highlighting the best of DuPage, Kane & Kendall Counties, is produced by Glancer Magazine, Inc. Glancer Magazine, You’ve Been Glanced and the Glancer logo are registered trademarks of Glancer Magazine, Inc. All rights reserved. Print and digital magazine reproduction in whole or in part is strictly prohibited. SEPTEMBER 2020 | Vol 19 An Apple a Day This issue highlights healthy families and healthy kids with a focus on mom life, back to school, homeschooling, eLearning and more! Also featuring fall real estate, dining & cabaret, fall fun and more!  Subscribe today at ©Copyright 2020 All Rights Reserved Glancer Magazine, Inc. Glancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 5SSEEPPTTEEMMBBEERR 22002200

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SCENE AROUND SUBURBIAGlancer Magazine • AUGUST 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 7scenearoundSuburbiaYou’ve Been Glanced!Photos by Mike Catuara More Event Photos Online’s Parade, Celebrating 13! • Wheaton • Friday, August 13Downtown Naperville Sidewalk Sale • August 2

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FALL 20205 Things to Do1. Fall Color 5K Run and Walk October 3 • Morton Arboretum LISLE–Run a socially distant race at The Mor-ton Arboretum on Saturday or Sunday, Oc-tober 3 or 4, or virtually anywhere. No matter when or where you run you will be supporting the Arboretum's work to plant and protect trees. Get the details and register online today! events/fall-color-5k-run-and-walk 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 • 3. Celebrate Fall Downtown Wheaton WHEATON–There is so much to enjoy Downtown Wheaton this season. From dining outdoors under the Hale Street tents, to taking the Architec-tural Tour at DuPage Historical Mu-seum, to shopping at fun boutiques like Jeans and a Cute Tops Shop and more! www.downtownwheaton.com2. Plan a Day on the Water at the Paddleboat Quarry NAPERVILLE–Enjoy some warm weather fun on the water at the Naperville Park District’s Paddleboat Quarry! Choose from a four-person paddleboat, one-person paddleboard or one- or two-person kayak for 20-minute or 40-minute rentals. The Paddleboat Quarry is open through September on non-school days. Visit online for fees and more details. paddleboatspaddleboardskayaking 5. St. Charles Jazz & Art Weekend September 10-13 • 10am-5pm ST. CHARLES–St. Charles Jazz Weekend is a four-day event that coordinates and promotes live jazz music in different St. Charles establishments. An array of St. Charles venues will take part in each year’s event featuring numerous jazz groups, including Grammy award winning Saxophonist Frank Catalano. Enjoy 16 Venues 25 Jazz Performances, 31 Public Art Attractions Glancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 9

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HomeSchool MomsMikaya Huggins of Sugar Grove Although very pleased with Kaneland’s curriculum and efforts, Mikaya’s pursuit of homeschooling her first grader (6) and kin-dergartner (5), with a one year old (1) in the background stems from the uncertainties, complications and risks associ-ated with COVID-19. Now in their sixth year operating the Sugar Grove Pumpkin Farm, a wholesale and retail family business raising beef cat-tle, chickens, goats, rabbits, barn cats, fish, two dogs and a hedgehog, Mikaya knows that homeschooling will offer it’s challenges while running a seasonal business and coordi-nating with her husband that works full-time at the Township Road District; but, she feels confident her background and networking connections will prevail. COVER STORYby Kristen Kucharski Photos Submitted10 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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Glancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 11Moms“I am currently working on a co-op with Alyssa De-koker of Sugar Grove,” she says. “We were intro-duced by our sons becoming best friends in Ms. McDonnell’s Kindergarten class, then we both tran-sitioned to homeschooling this year. She formulated a very small group of homeschooling mom’s and children, PreK-2nd grade. Together, we are very excited to share advice, support, organize STEM lessons and educational experiences while our children benefit from small group socialization with the use of Village Bible Church’s gymnasium.” With plans to re-enroll with Kaneland after COVID-19 is effectively defeated, Mikaya’s day is structured to match their ongoing curriculum and scheduled breaks; and although choosing to remove their chil-dren has been a heavy, difficult weight, she feels con-fident homeschooling for now is best for their family.COVER STORY

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Amy Schlenbeckerof Naperville Although homeschooling may be a new thought for many families this year due to the pandemic, Amy has been teach-ing her kids Danny (15) and Katie (14) for the past six years. “Honestly, I was completely against it at the beginning. I had all the typical "public school mom" questions - "How can I teach my kids?", " How will they socialize?", "What about ex-tracurricular activities?" "Prom?", "Can I deal with having my kids around all the time?", Amy shares. “Since we started, I have seen so many benefits. My daughter, who was behind in a few subjects, quickly caught up because we were able to tailor her curriculum to her needs. I see how we can use real life to help us learn as well and we do field trips and hands on learning to solidify what we have learned and en-courage the love of learning.” Amy has found there are many homeschool networks in the Naperville area community that keep them connected to var-ious events that provide age appropriate socialization as well as organized curriculum-based field trips. There are also dif-ferent ways to play sports as home schoolers, such as foot-ball with Crossroads Christian Youth Center in Big Rock, and some high schools allow you to play sports with them if you are enrolled part time. Serving on the board for the football team, as well as the Ac-tivities Chair for Boy Scouts, and actively volunteering with Harvest New Beginnings Food Pantry in Oswego keeps the Schlenbecker kids balanced with social, emotional, and civic skills. Homeschooling allows for individualized education plans; flexible schedules, as well as varied learning spaces such as the kitchen table, outside patio, couches, trampoline, you name it; however, also comes with the expected normal challenges of teaching your own kids. All in all, Amy has found that the benefits of watching her children learn and grow far outweigh any negatives and looks forward to an exciting new school year of new oppor-tunities. HOMESCHOOL MOMS14 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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AAUUTTUUMMNNffaarrmmeerr’’ss mmaarrkkeettssNAPERVILLE GLEN ELLYN LISLE WHEATON AURORA BATAVIA GENEVA SUGAR GROVE OSWEGO YORKVILLEFARMER’S MARKETS 2020OPEN AIR MARKETS INVITE YOU OUT TO ENJOY FARM FRESH DELIGHTS & MORE 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 summer....while shopping at the same time. Enjoy!16 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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DDUUPPAAGGEE NAPERVILLE – 95th Street Farmers Market Every Thursday, June 4-September 24, 3:7pm 95th Street Library Parking Lot, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive Join the Naperville Park District and Naperville Public Library for the annual 95th Street Farmers Market located in south Naper-ville. Shop homegrown offerings, locally grown fruits and veggies, homemade breads and jams and much more from a wide variety of local farmers and vendors. 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 res-idents love it. Each week you’ll have a chance to meet a local Not-For-Profit at the French Market. LISLE – Lisle French Market Downtown Lisle at Garfield & Rt 53 Saturdays 8am-1pm, June 20–September 26 This community treasure features fresh produce, plants, flowers, bakery items and more WHEATON – Wheaton French Market Downtown Wheaton at Main and Liberty - Inside & Outside Saturdays 8am-2pm, April 13-November 9 A French styled open air market where you will find fresh local produce, bread, cheese, meat,flowers, artisan foods & crafts, and gifts for the home. KKAANNEE AURORA - Aurora Farmer’s Market Water Street • Parking at Benton & Water Street Saturdays 8am-12pm, June 27–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 The Batavia Farmer’s 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 re-quired. Look for details about the new consumer and vendor ex-pectations at Batavia Farmers' Market . Photo by Batavia Main Street GENEVA – Geneva French Market Located at South and Fourth Streets Sundays, 9am-2pm 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. The market runs weekly from mid-May into early November. This year's market will follow Illinois' health guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic. SUGAR GROVE – Community Farmers Market Sugar Grove Village Hall Parking Lot Saturdays, 8am-12pm This market is complete with farm fresh dairy, meat, produce and more, brought by local farmers. Additional items include crafts, unique apparel and accessories, gift ideas such as hand painted wine glasses and more. Community spirit is felt throughout. Home to the Sugar Grove Corn Boil. KKEENNDDAALLLL OSWEGO – Oswego Country Market Sundays, June 28-October 18, 9am-1pm Downtown Oswego on Main Street Every Sunday, June through October, downtown Oswego opens up for the Oswego Country Market. 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 Market. YORKVILLE – Yorkville Farmer’s Market Yorkville Town Square Saturdays 10am-2pm, June 1–August 24 Summertime market featuring local vendors at Yorkville towns-quare, just blocks away from the charming riverfront. AUTUMNfarmer’s marketsFARMER’S MARKETS 2020Glancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 17

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LISLE–– Lisle Park District, in partnership with Unlimited Play Playgrounds, is excited to announce the opening of the community’s first, universally ac-cessible playground, aptly named “Discovery Playground,” located in Com-munity Park (1825 Short St., Lisle). With the help of the nonprofit, Unlimited Play, a generous donation from Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, and overwhelming support from local busi-nesses and residents alike, the project broke ground late summer, 2019. While there were some speedbumps along the way, the community came together to make the vision of an inclusive playground possible. Thanks to the tireless efforts and impressive skill of Lisle Park District Parks and Play-ground Specialists, the playground was constructed and officially opened to the public at a ribbon cutting on Saturday, August 29. As mentioned during the small ceremony by Lisle Park District Director, Dan Garvy, none of this would have been possible without the support of local organizations, in addition to Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, like SEAS-PAR, The Main Street Organization of Realtors, as well as great support from the Lisle community and beyond. The park district is proud to provide an inclusive, safe play space for all ages and abilities, and could not be prouder of the work done by parks staff to make the mission a reality. Director Garvy summed up the opportunity to bring this project to the com-munity, particularly during this difficult time period, saying “Let Discovery Playground, Opportunities without Boundaries, serve as a testament to what a community can do together, and be a beacon of inspiration and hope mov-ing forward.” Children and adults, with and without disabilities and/or critical illnesses, will have the opportunity to play, learn, and grow, in a space spe-cifically designed to remove physical and social barriers. Unlimited Play is a nonprofit organization that works with communities to build universally inclusive playgrounds to promote health and wellness and change communities by providing freedom of play for all children. The or-ganization helps plan, design, and build fully accessible playgrounds, allow-ing children – regardless of their abilities – to play together. The Lisle Park District provides a variety of leisure activities for people of all ages throughout the year. Park district facilities include Lisle Community Park; the Recreation Center which houses Gentle Learning Preschool, SEASPAR, the Senior Center, and multipurpose rooms; Sea Lion Aquatic Park; River Bend Golf Course; Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap and numerous neighborhood playgrounds and parks offering amenities such as tennis courts, ball fields, walking paths and picnic areas totaling close to 400 acres. It is the mission of the Lisle Park District to enrich the quality of life for people of all ages by providing constructive and creative leisure op-portunities. For more information about the Lisle Park District, please call 630-964-3410 or visit All-Inclusive Discovery Playground Officially OpenSPECIAL NEEDS NEWSGlancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 19

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September has arrived and with it comes many mornings, af-ternoons and evenings spent outside, enjoying all that makes Chicago’s western suburbs a beautiful place to live. Let’s start with the restaurants– especially those with a unique cuisine and a craft cokctail list to match. Enjoy! Brunch Like No Other GENEVA–If you haven’t tried the Brunch menu at Craft Urban in Geneva, then you are for sure missing out. Known for fun en-tree selections like Gotta Have Dem Sticky Buns, Kelly’s Piero-gis and the Brunch Tacos– this west suburban favorite is trendy and inviting. Their menu also boasts scrumptious options for lunch and dinner, as well as fabulous libations. Get ready for their new location opening in Downtown Aurora. How fun is that! DINING & COCKTAILSWEST SUBURBAN DININGDININGDINING + COCKTAILS20 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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DINING + COCKTAILSCCoocckkttaaiillssDININGPig Minds Vanilla Bitch Slap, Anyone? Now Available at Trendy Hot Spot Legends Grill & Bar In Woodridge WOODRIDGE–So many love Legends in Woodridge for the menu, the atmospher and the unique Beer List, including the popular Pig Minds Va-nilla Bitch Slap, as well as Great Lakes Oktoberfest. Both are currently on tap, along with many more. View a complete list online. This family-owned grill and bar features American pub fare, including our jumbo wings and shrimp. Also offering outdoor dining, pool tables and poker machines. Um, sounds like fun, right? Enjoy! The Perfect Pair In Sugar Grove Enjoy a ‘You Call It’ Martini & Shrimp Cocktail SUGAR GROVE–At the end of a long day, few things entertain the taste buds like some baby back ribs or a delicious steak that’s been grilled to perfection. Everything here is AMAZING! You’ll love their ‘You Call It Martinis’ paired up with the scrumptious Shrimp Cocktail. Other food favorites include prime rib, broasted pork chops, grilled salmon, sirloin burgers, and All-American BBQ ribs smoked in-house. Definitely worth a visit to beautiful Sugar Grove. It will soon become one of your new west suburban faves– trust us! www.thefiresidegrillesugargrove.comNew In Town & So Far, So Loved! Old Town Pour House In Naperville NAPERVILLE–Well, hello there! Old Town Pour House is a new restaurant and bar featuring 90 craft beers on tap and classic American food with a twist. With a mouthwatering menu and energetic atmosphere, we have found Old Town Pour House to be the perfect place for lunch, happy hour, and dinner. You will love the upbeat atmosphere and that they have a private party space for your next special event. Check out the Bottleneck Re-wards and become a member for fun savings. Oh, and the out-door patio is one of the best! Glancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 21

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10 TREND #1 | Hand Sanitizer Backpack Clips AVAILABLE AT BATH & BODY WORKS 3…2…1…Blast off to clean hands! Pair this light-up holder with your favorite PocketBac & watch germs take off like a rocket. The conven-ient silver tone clip attaches to your backpack, purse and more so you can always keep your favorite sanitizer close at hand. Designed ex-clusively for our PocketBac hand sanitizers, sold separately. Unicorns, Kittens and more designs available Visit today! TREND #2 | ‘Go Ask Your Father’ Mug AVAILABLE AT THE COLLECTIVE LHE+MAKERY IN LISLE If you’re the mom who frequently finds herself telling the kids to ‘Go Ask Your Father’ then we have the absolute perfect mug just for you! This shop in Lisle is adorably chic with the hottest trends, but this trend is our FAVORITE! Enjoy. www./ TRENDSTrends Moms Love & Where to Find Them10 TRENDS 202022 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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TREND #3 | First Year Mom Box A SPECIAL KEEPSAKE BY MUDPIE This washed wooden keepsake box has a stamped metal sentiment plate featuring a sliding lid with printed poem about mom and baby's sweet first year together. Arrives with 52 paper cards to record weekly milestone thoughts and memories. $29.00 • • Glen Ellyn TREND #4 | Bentgo Lunch Box KIDS DURABLE & LEAKPROOF LUNCH BOX The must-have lunchbox for kids this year is this leakproof, durable options avialble in many colors. Proportioned perfectly for a child’s appetite (rec-ommended for ages 3-7). Plus, drop-proof, rubber-coated edges and a sturdy design for active kids.$27.99 • Target • TREND #5 | Screen Savers Glasses BABIATORS® BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING NAVIGATOR GLASSES (Boys) All new Screen Saver glasses from Babiators will help you protect your chil-dren’s eyes from overexposure to digital screens. Babiators took the navi-gator style that kids and parents love and added blue light blocking lenses to create Babiators Screen Savers to make screen time safer for your family. Flexible rubber frame. Blocks 55% of blue light through Category 1 lenses Ages 6+ years • $22.00 • Von Maur • TREND #6 | ‘Faith Over Fear’ Tee A WAY TO STAY POSITIVE DURING THE PANDEMIC Words to live by. . . "Faith over Fear", this graphic tee is available in black or white and size S, M, L, XL available. $35 • Jeans & a Cute Top Shop Wheaton & St. Charles TREND #7 | Magnetic Calendar MELISSA & DOUG® • AVAILABLE AT LEARNING EXPRESS Keep life organized with this wooden magnetic perpetual calendar. Open the fabric hinged boards to reveal a calendar grid on one board, while the other board keeps all the magnets close at hand. A sturdy cord is attached for hang-ing. The wood framed dry-erase board include 133 magnets including years, months, days, and most holidays and childhood activities and a bonus magnet to customize. Ages 3+ 11.75''H x 15.5''W x 1''D • $19.99 • Melissa & Doug® TREND #8 | Taco Tuesday Cookbook A MUST-HAVE COOK BOOK FOR THE FAM! The Taco Tuesday Cookbook is your family's dream come true, because, if there's one thing we all can agree on, tacos are awesome. They're customizable. They're quick. They're tasty. And most importantly, they make us all happy! Inside, you'll find taco recipes for every week of the year, all of which are made with real-food ingredients--and most of which are ready in 30 minutes or less. There are also vegetarian, gluten-free, and paleo options throughout, so you'll be able to fully customize recipes based on your family's needs. Tortilla, salsa, drink, and dessert recipes make your taco night complete. $21.99 • M and Em’s Boutique • Glen Ellyn • TREND #9 | ‘Slay at Home Mom’ Hat SAY IT LOUD, WEAR IT PROUD...IT’S YOUR HAT–SLAY GIRL!  The 'Slay at Home Mom' Personality Hat Makes the Perfect Gift for the Special Mom In Your Life...or Treat Yourself. YOU DESERVE IT! ♥ $28.95 Urban Echo Shop • Sugar Grove • TREND #10 | Erasable Crayons I HEART ART ERASABLE CRAYONS Start the love for art with the inspirational heart shaped crayons. The I Heart Art Erasable Crayons are brightly colored and shaped into heart-shapes with 2 co-ordinating colors in each one. These easy to hold crayons can be twisted into an oval shape as well. Plus the heart crayons are erasable too! Recommended age 6 years to 12 years $11.99. Learning Express • Naperville, Glen Ellyn, Geneva • www.learningexpress.comGlancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 23

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LITERARYCREATIVE MARKETING STRATEGIES 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 be-lieves in professional staging and offers it as a complimentary service. With a reputation for “good-looking listings,” she helps clients realize a higher return and quicker sale. Penny says “Staging transforms a home from average to amazing”. Penny O'Brien Broker Relocation Specialist / Negotiation Expert (630) 207-7001 • Read Penny’s Local Industry Expert Column at PPeennnnyy OO’’BBiieenn24 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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FRIENDS OF PRENTICE 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 year’s 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 CARING + SHARINGGIVING BackGlancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 27

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Karisma Boutique The ‘Best of the Best’ 2020 Reader’s 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 forever. View Inside the Boutique & Share Online at Karisma Boutique, 232 S Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540 630-355-5554 • BUSINESSBUSINESS OF THE YEARof the year28 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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BUSINESSBUSINESS OF THE YEARKarisma Boutique, Naperville’s “hidden gem”, was named after Ginger’s daughter, Jen Hoeft, who has amazing charisma and travels with Ginger to worldwide trade shows to purchase unique apparel and accessories, and more.Glancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 29

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30 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer MagazineKIM ROTH FINE ART STUDIO Cultural artifacts. Cave paintings. Hieroglyphics. Sculptors. History shared and communicated its stories through art. It represented our universal language, brought people together and inspired the world around us. The power of art is just as evident today; espe-cially as it pertains to our children. Art improves cognitive development, emotional intelligence and creativity (just to name a few!). The importance of art, in our children’s lives, is undeniable. Kim Roth - Fine Art Studio, located in Naperville, offers an inspiring space for creativity and curiosity to blos-som. In 1998, Kim stepped away from her corporate accounting career to raise her five children in Naperville. During this time, she renewed her love of art and began commissioning painted portraits. In 2010, she enrolled at The School of Representational Art, located in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood. In-spired by her classical training, Kim began teaching classes in her home. Her passion for Representation Art became evident - specifically in the depiction of people, flowers and nature. Due to popularity, KR-FAS opened its doors in 2014 - hosting online and in-person (indoor and outdoor!) classes to children, teens and adults. In fact, some of her online students are from Oregon, Wisconsin and West Virginia. “For me, drawing and painting is a chance to set aside my worldly concerns and focus on something beautiful … the World needs beauty. Beauty pro-vides hope!” - Kim Roth If you are seeking some blue-light-free fun, grab a paintbrush. Art is a perfect medium for reflection, observation and imagination. Enjoy! #quar-antineart UNIQUE IN SUBURBIAUNIQUEin Suburbiaby Brianna Bartemeyer Photos Submitted

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PERSONABLE, ENERGETIC & CREATIVE REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL SUSAN COLELLA OF BAIRD & WARNER 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) 946-3813Susan ColellaREAL ESTATEGlancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 31UNIQUE

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MILLION DOLLAR lliissttiinnggIncredible New construction in North Naperville located in Saybrook Pool Community. Modern Farmhouse Design. features include 4 bed, 4.1 bathrooms, first floor office and a 9 ft basement. Large bedrooms, all with ensuites. Open concept with great flow. 10 ft ceilings on the first floor. Expansive Great room with ample natural light! Gourmet kitchen designed for entertaining. Close to school, Downtown Naperville-tand Train! Your this incredible home today.$1,199,990 4 bed • 4.5 bath 3,900 sqft • 0.26acre lot 304 E 11th Ave, Naperville(630) 974-5697 Presented by: Nathan Stillwell Brokered by: john greene REALTORREAL ESTATE32 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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MILLION DOLLARMILLION DOLLAR LISTINGModern Beauty. Ready to Deliver. This family home is ready for you and yours. Make new memories inside this spacious one-of-a-kind home situated in the beautiful Saybrook neighborhood. Glancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 33

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To Give, To InspireCARING + SHARINGA Monthly Caring + Sharing Column34 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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GLEN ELLYN–Starting the new school year has been a unique stress for parents these last few weeks. Will we have hybrid in-school learning? Will we have remote learning? Will my children fall behind? Will they be mentally and socially impacted? Although valid con-cerns for all parents, these is-sues become exacerbated within our low-income families. Research shows that lower income children are less likely to participate in online learning and have less available support at home. This is where the Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center has been able to step-up to assist and expand to help more children this fall. The GECRC mission is to help children from low-income families acquire the nec-essary skills in academics and social interaction to move successfully through grades K-12 by provid-ing after-school and summer programs which em-phasize literacy and community involvement using the talents of teachers, volunteer tutors, GECRC staff and a variety of local organizations. In the fall of 2003, GECRC became a 501c(3) non-profit corporation in order to better serve the greater Glen Ellyn community. Since then, they have opened after school programs at Abraham Lincoln and Churchill Elementary Schools, Hadley Junior High and their newest program this fall at Glen Crest Middle School allowing them to serve students living in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights and Lombard. Last year, GECRC was able to support 186 students in their after school program and 115 students in their summer pro-gram. “Our students interact with a vari-ety of tutors, some that are close to their age and others are college students, parents or retired teachers,” says Leah Harding, GECRC Executive Director. “It is impactful to young learners to know that so many people are there to support them, encourage them, and help them reach their potential.” Starting September 15th, GECRC students will begin working with volunteer tutors online to assist students remotely with their e-learning assign-ments while at home. Volunteers will be asked to sign-up for hour slots between 4-5:30pm. More volunteers are also needed to launch their new program at Glen Crest Middle School. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the “Volunteer Questionnaire”, which can be found on their website at pplication. To learn more, visit . ABOUT THE WRITER Mindy Kyle is passionate about helping people discover what brings them joy and to live a full, healthy and happy life. She has her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from DePaul University and is a vet-eran of Chicago’s theater and commercial world as well as a graduate of the Second City Improv School. Mindy lives in Naperville with her husband, three children and the cutest dog in the land. VIEW MINDY’S MONTHLY COLUMN AT Ellyn Children’s Resource Center to the Rescue CARING + SHARINGGlancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 35

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FAMILY DENTISTRY WITH A WIDE ARRAY OF SERVICES 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 DDEENNTTAALLHEALTH + WELLNESS36 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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CONTINUING TO CARE FOR YOU 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 BEAUTIFY & RELAX  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 NUMBER ONE PROVIDER OF  COOLSCULPTING IN THE MIDWEST 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. YOGA & GONG  MEDITATION TOGETHER IN ONE  BATAVIA–Through holistic healing and shamanic healing, the center offers differ-ent services from cultures around the world to bring balance and harmony to your physical and emotional planes. Find unique classes like drum circles, restorative yoga and gong meditation here. Healing Arts Metaphysical Center 4 E. Wilson St., Suite 101, Batavia, www.healingartsmetaphysical.comFLOATING IS THE NEW CALMING TREND 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 pri-vate Float Room and can control the underwater LED light and white noise. Annica Float Club, 4S100 N. IL-59, Naperville, www.floatnaperville.comHEALTH + WELLNESShheeaalltthhyy lliivviinnggGlancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 37

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HEALTH + Locations In Wheaton & GenevaGET 1-ON-1 PERSONAL TRAINING AT H-4 TRAINING, TWO SUBURBAN LOCATIONS WHEATON & GENEVA–It’s time to take care of #1 with H4 Training! This program is best for individuals with very specific needs who require dedicated attention. H-4’s sessions focus on the specific goals of each client with workouts tailored to each person. Visit online to learn more and to check out the many other programs available to you. Watch for a Q & A at written by H4 Training's founder, Hank Ebeling, Local In-dustry Expert in the Fitness category. H4 Training Wheaton & Geneva locations.’s Lile Black Book38 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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COMMUNITY LIVINGFITNESSMONTHLY COLUMNWHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT! This is me! My very first #MomsLittleBlackBook @GlancerMagazine adventure without my girls since 2009 when I first started writing the column. It’s September and it’s Back to School; and although it looks very different for most this year due to remote learning and COVID-19 accommodations, it looks substantially differ-ent to me as both my girls are away from home living on college campuses. I am officially an empty nester and this month I put the Mom back in #MomsLittleBlackBook as I gathered my friends and set off on the St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboat specialty BYOB Sunset Cruise for Ages 21+. Yes – I was adulting – a strange new word other than MOM! We packed our appetizers and drinks and boarded the boat for a peace-ful evening with a bluegrass band and striking skyline. I enjoyed friendship and laughter in a whole new way and truly felt like I was a million miles from home. We met new people and experienced a first-hand appreciation for the rivers that flow in our backyards while cruising safely at 30-45% capacity, allowing for 6-foot distancing from those outside our social bubble. Even though I cannot say enough wonderful things about the adults only BYOB Sunset Cruise just 45 minutes from home, I am also ex-cited to share all of the other all-ages opportunities available such as the sunset cruises for any age; kid cruises with specialty themes like princesses and pirates and story times; History Cruises; Birding by Boat; Yoga & Cruise; and so much more! The boat sails through October so there is still plenty of time this year to take advantage of these pure and simple escapes on the Fox River. As for this mom, well you might just find her aboard the Monarchs & Margaritas cruise on September 12 enjoying snacks and beverages on the Pottawa-tomie veranda before boarding the riverboat to learn more about the important role the Fox River plays in the monarch’s stirring saga. Overview Enjoy travel from the era of Mark Twain through a green corridor of scenic beauty. Both boats have open-air upper decks for un-obstructed sightseeing and the lower decks have windows that can be closed in cool or rainy weather. Public tours are reasonably prices from May to October. Enjoy recurring events, such as Kids Cruises, Sunset Cruises, Storytime Cruises and many more Private charters available, too. St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboats 8 North Avenue, St. Charles, IL (630) 584-2334 • Hours: Varies depending on cruise selected. Price $: Varies depending on cruise selected. ABOUT THE WRITER Naperville mom Kristen Kucharski graduated from Illinois State Uni-versity in 1992 with an International Business Degree. She has two energetic daughters and her house is always full of children. Kristen’s column titled, Mom's Little Black Book, is a monthly feature written for moms who are looking for ways to keep their kids busy. Read her past columns at’s Lile Black BookGlancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 39

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LOCAL INNOVATORby Kristen Kucharski Photos by Mike CatuaraWEDDINGS 202040 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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SHOPPING + STYLE410 W. Fifth Avenue Naperville • 355-4488 www.nonajos.com42 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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SHOP FALLSHOPPING + STYLEWAREHOUSE 55 FALL MARKET Saturday, Sep 19 10-5pm Warehouse 55 is a unique collection of vintage finds, repurposed furnishings, mixed with many one of a kind accessories. Here you'll find something for every aesthetic- from MCM, rustic farmhouse, cottage chic and modern contemporary. www.warehouse55.shopNONA JO’S FALL OPEN HOUSE Thur-Sat • September 17 Be among the first to see what’s new in autumn décor and get a sneak peek at some of the new Halloween favorites. Plus, save 20% off your entire purchase for all three days! Masks are required & shopper capacity may be limited. www.nonajos.comDUPAGE DOUBLES Saturday, September 12-14 • 7-1pm ONLINE for the Fall/Winter Consign-ment Event. Shop a huge selection of children’s clothes (newborn to teen), shoes, accessories, baby gear, toys and more. Everything you need in one stop all from the comfort of home! September 14 is the 50% off sale. 2ND ANNUAL LAKE GENEVA FALL CRAFT & VENDOR EVENT Saturday, October 14 • 9am-3pm There will be over 110 vendors on dis-play. Come shop for unique treasures and trendy finds. Please see the list below for confirmed crafters, direct sales and local businesess. Free ad-mission. Grand Geneva Resort and Spa 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva. Join the facebook page today at Events by Stacy. Join the Vendor FB group - Events by Stacy for more infor-mation. Glancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 43

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Kid StuffPlay to Learn at DuPage Children’s Museum NAPERVILLE–Create, build, discover, think, wonder, and more! Explore ways you can play to learn at home with your child by connecting with DuPage Children's Museum on Facebook or Instagram. Play leads the way to building more confidence, practicing important problem-solving skills, learn-ing to cooperate, and strengthening the bond between child and caregiver. Keep an eye out for fun outdoor activities being planned for September and October! (630) 637-8000 • 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.cosleyzoo.orgClick for More Kid Stuff!In Bloom through Labor Day Hurry! Sunflower Festival Ends September 7 MAPLE PARK–You may know it for its super fun corn maze, pumpkins, and apples come Fall each year, but Kuiper's Farm has something new to make you smile. Based on their belief of connecting people with Agriculture and each other, the popular Maple Park farm thought to bring another beautiful Ag product to their guests; fresh cut sunflowers and some fantastic photo opportunities! www.youpickfun.com44 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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AT HOME : THEN & NOWThen & Now46• WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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Stunning Home Remodel NAPERVILLE–During the shutdown when people started to spend more time at home, remodeling projects came to the forefront to include interior sport courts, more casual, family centered use of spaces, and outdoor living areas open to the environment with fire-places, bars, and comfortable seat-ing areas. Bruce George of Charles Vincent George (CVG) Architects in Naper-ville loves mixing custom design with a sense of community well-being into all his projects which he has been shar-ing through a Before & After Photo social media series showing the dramatic possi-bilities of change. “We are a community focused firm that serves both the residential and commercial market sectors,” Bruce says. “Our work is focused on creating unique designs that will ulti-mately enhance the community. From designing award winning res-idences to projects like the Riverwalk, local community clubhouses, and downtown businesses where we create architecture that fits into what makes Naperville great.” He has had fun including his personal residence in the Before & After Series. “When you love what you do the lines blur between your job and your hobby,” he says. “The exterior changed significantly a few years back. It went from a 1920’s brick Tudor style with a detached garage to a much larger shingle style with dormers, a large front wrap around porch and an attached garage. Most recently, at my wife’s suggestion (or was that a demand), the kitchen and dining area were updated. I kept the flooring from our original 1998 home conver-sion that we liked and opened the space up between the dining and kitchen area, up-dated all the finishes to a more transi-tional, lighter brighter space that was more open than compartmentalized. It has changed the look and feel of the entire first floor of the home. The dif-ference is remarkable.” Still on his bucket list is creating an in-door golf driving range; but like most of his clients, he too always has a budget to consider. Bruce loves working for his family owned company and feels proud they have been in-volved in the Naperville Chamber for over 50 years supporting Naperville service organizations such as the Rotary Club and community projects, such as the Riverwalk & Millennium Carillon, as well as providing Pro-bono services to programs like Hesed House when they are in need of Architectural services. More excitement of anticipated change is soon to come for the Nap-erville community at the multi-story River Main development on the Northwest corner of Main and Water Street, and the redesign of the Ogden Mall in conjunction with the expected development of the new Naperville Costco that will enhance the City’s aesthetic and make for an even more viable business community. From home to busi-ness, past to present, never doubt the power of potential. -Kristen Kucharski Send Your Glancing the Gallant Nominations to AT HOME AROUND TOWNThen & NowGlancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 47

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GET TO KNOW V FUSION STUDIO  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.comJOIN TODAY! www.vfusionstudio.comQuality of LifeGlancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 49

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TRENDY TRAVELERTrendY We found the BEST resort for famlies....and PETS, too! Families are going to love this and for good reason! Instead of scurrying to find boarding for your beloved pet come Spring Break or your next family vacation, bring Fido along! The Surf & Sand Hotel on Florida’s Pensacola Beach wel-comes pets for all guests. Located on the quiet waters of Lit-tle Sabine, just across the street from the Pensacola Beach Pier, the Surf & Sand Hotel is among the first of the hotels on Pensacola Beach to offer pet-friendly accommodations. How perfect is that?  “I think a lot, if not most people consider their pets to be family. Our goal is to create an unforgettable destination for your family vacation, and that includes the furry members of your family. Pets are just more fun, and we are the FUN hotel,” said general manager Amanda Donaldson. The Surf & Sand pet policy does not have any size or breed restrictions, but pets must remain on a leash and in pet des-ignated areas. The pet-friendly hotel rooms will have an added pet fee of $40 per night. There is a grassy pet walk-ing area along the east side of the hotel, and pets are wel-come to enjoy the hotels private beach at the rear of the building on Little Sabine bay.Pet-Friendly Pensacola Resort50 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2020 • Glancer MagazineTraveler

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THE HAYES FAMILY of SUGAR GROVE What happens when you put a financial advisor, music teacher, teenager and grandma together in quarantine for five months? Surprise theme days and dress-up dinners that center around family favorites including TV & movie characters; Disney villains; musicians; comic book characters; Disney characters; 80’s theme characters; cartoon characters; Uni-versal Studios characters; Stranger Things; and book char-acters. When the quarantine hit in March, Eric, a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley, began working from home while Emma (16) transitioned to e-learning through Kaneland High School. During this time, grandma also became a frequent visitor, so beat the boredom, Jennifer initiated “surprise theme days” every Thursday where the entire day, such as board games, meals, movies, crafts, etc. would center around that theme to add a little fun to the daily doldrum. Shortly after, Emma, came up with the idea of adding Tues-day night “dress-up theme dinners” that she shared with the family through a Power Point presentation, allowing for each member to create and assemble their costume for the fol-lowing week as a surprise to be revealed as they walked into the kitchen each week. The Hayes family is used to spending quality time together, even outside the home. They are readily building an air-plane in a hangar at the Aurora Airport and are active par-ticipants in the EAA (experimental aircraft association). They also love to travel as a family and Emma works in the community at Strides in Motion therapeutic riding facility. Although the family misses some parts of “normal” life that they look forward to seeing again, they feel the quarantine has brought them together in ways that were impossible just six months ago. -Kristen Kucharski fabulous familyFABULOUS FAMILYGlancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2020 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 53

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1. Elite Tutoring Place NAPERVILLE–Recognizing that each stu-dent is unique, their team tailors individ-ualized programs to fit your student's needs. With their one-to-one instruc-tion, devoted tutors, and flexible scheduling, your child's academic standing will advance. This is guar-anteed by the company. They offer a free ACT test, free diagnostic as-sessment and they follow Common Core. www.elitetutoringplace.com5. Learning Ascent Tutoring TRI-CITIES–Founded in 2002 to offer better tutoring solutions, their tutors have helped hundreds of students in the Tir Cities. Their professionals know and work with local school district curricula. Familiarity with the curriculum allows tutors to identify and correct the root of problems. They can even help your child to better comprehend and complete home-work assignments. www.learningascent.com4. KLA Schools NAPERVILLE–KLA Schools motivates and ex-poses students to various ca-reers like Architect, Doctor, Dentist, Chef, Pilot, Police officer, Fire Fighters, Farmer, Attorney, Engineer, Entrepre-neur etc., by having expert guest speakers who are experts in their chosen field to come and inspire them. For ages 3+ educational field visits to places re-lated to their field of study to understand how the concepts are implemented in real-life. Many more enrichment oppor-tunities available here. www.klaschools KUMON  Learning Center WESTERN SUBURBS–Here, stu-dents advance through the program at their own pace. The emphasis on individ-ualized learning helps kids become fo-cused, motivated and self-reliant. Kumon monitors each child’s progress to ensure comprehension before moving on to a new concept. With a strong academic founda-tion, critical thinking and problem solving abilities, your child has the potential to achieve whatever he or she desires. www.kumon.com2. Mathnasium WESTERN SUBURBS–Helping kids in grades 2-12 understand math by teaching the way that makes sense to them. When math makes sense, kids leap way ahead – whether they started out far behind or already ahead in math. Their formula for teaching kids math, the Mathnasium Method™ has transformed the way kids learn math for over a dec-ade across 700+ centers in the US and Canada. 7. Trinity Preschool LISLE–A variety of optional Enrichment classes for 3, 4, and 5-year old enrollees. Enrichment classes are offered for exposure, practice, refinement, & challenge. Enrichment classes vary: some are for a mixed age group, others are for 4 & 5’s, and one is for children who will be attending Kindergarten the following Fall school year. Montessori Academy GLEN ELLYN–Their mission is to become an educational model of choice within the communities that they serve through: • a dynamic learning experience guided by Montessori philosophy. • a superior spiritual, social, and physical academic environment. • a climate of joy, respect and freedom within limits.’s back in session and whether the kids are in school or at home eLearning, as parents, we want to give them the tools to help them succeed. From brain training and test prep, to tutoring, creative play and cognitive assessment, there are many enrichment programs helping available to your family. Outside help is often an important part of a student's education, providing one-on-one attention, enrichment, and other support. Here are 7 Spectacular Education En-richment Programs to help:1.EDUCATION ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS6. • WESTERN SUBURBS • JULY 2020 • Glancer Magazine

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