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September 21
OSWEGO Head to Prairie Point
Community Park on Saturday, Sep-
tember 21 for Oswego’s eighth an-
nual Brew at the Bridge Craft Beer
Festival! Sample some of the great-
est local brews, delicious food, and
spend a beautiful fall day in the park.
Bring the entire family for live music
and a great afternoon. Admission is
free and tasting packages are only
$20! Visit
to find out about early access and our
all Chicagoland lineup!
NAPERVILLE–Fall is here and
there are countless dining
ideas for the entire family to
enjoy. Now that the kids are
back in school, treat them to
their favorite lunch or dinner
at their favorite restaurant
for a way to celebrate.
Enjoy fall dining around
town all month long. Visit
to explore all the options
Naperville has to offer!
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FALL 2019
5 Things to Do
Friday, October 4, 5-10pm
Saturday, October 5, 12-10pm
Experience Naperville’s German festival like never
before! Traditional cuisine and German beer will be
overflowing in a giant heated tent, with lively Oom-
pah music during the day and over-the-top rock on
Saturday night. Guests will enjoy new event fea-
tures including: an expanded draft menu, profes-
sional pumpkin carver, and new competitions
during family-time on Saturday from 12-
4pm.$15/Adult, $10/Youth (4-12). Free Admission
for Members.
September 19-22
GLEN ELLYN– The best of both worlds!
Fall Fashions from the best local bou-
tiques are shown in Downtown Glen
Ellyn over a delicious luncheon at A
Toda Madre or Rue. Each participant
receives an awesome swag bag valued
at over $100! September 19-22
FLEA MARKET • Sunday, October 13
SANDWICH–Greab your bestie and enjoy a
relaxing day in Sandwich! Timeworn Produc-
tions welcomes you to the Sunday At Sand-
wich Antique Flea Market featuring Antiques,
Industrial, Vintage, Furniture, Garden & Ev-
erything else in between! While in town don’t
forget to visit the many antique shops and res-
taurants Sandwich, Illinois has to offer! We
strive to provide both guests and dealers an
outstanding experience! Happy picking.....
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Meet the Retterer Family
of Sugar Grove
The Retterer Family finds great joy in giving back to people in many ways
through the blessings, learnings, gifts, and talents that God has provided
them. They wholeheartedly believe that a family that serves together will
grow together and one of their favorite Bible verses is Ephesians 2:10: “For
we are Gods workmanship created through Jesus Christ to do good works
that He has prepared in advance for us to do”.
Living through actions, David and Jennessa are going on a mission trip in
October with Christ Community Church in Aurora who is partnering with
Chosen Children in Nicaragua to do light construction on their schools and
church, as well as host a baseball clinic for the children.
Volunteering is not new for the Retterers. As a family, they have sponsored
a child in Ecuador through Compassion International and pack meals for
Feed My Starving Children.
Lalia (8), Ella (7), Nova (5), and Alaina (3) are being taught at a young age
to love and serve their community, and each is homeschooled in the early
years. They enjoy baking with mom, playing music with dad, going fishing
and to the movies; but mostly love hosting friends at their home. Around
town, the family enjoys the Sugar Grove Corn Boil, eating at Genoa Pizza,
and finding the best Mexican food in town.
The Retterer’s try to live simply and always ensure they are doing onto others
as they would wish others to do onto them. –Kristen Kucharski
Meet the Keen Family
of Naperville
The Keen family is dominated by females and tradi-
tionally known around town for some major girl
power on and off the soccer and Lacrosse fields.
Dad, Michael, and mom, Colleen, can typically
be found with the girls managing or referee-
ing a sports team, volunteering at an Indian
Prairie School District PTA event, teaching
religious education classes at Holy Spirit
Catholic Community Church in Naper-
ville, or visiting Edward Hospital with
their therapy dog.
They know the footprint their large
family can make on the community
and have ingrained volunteering in all
five girls, MaryFaye, Ellie, Francys,
Molly, and MaryEdythe for years.
“It’s awesome how each member can get something completely different out of an experi-
ence because we each interacted with different people in our unique way,” MaryFaye
Compassion, faith, and a strong work ethic are at the core of the Keen family, and Colleen had
a vision to use this girl power to create a family run business with everyone involved.
“Sweet Mary’s evolved naturally and started with their love of ice cream and the experience it creates
when sharing with friends,” MaryFaye says. “The community is the best part of Sweet Mary’s and we
have the best time engaging our friends and neighbors at block parties, athletic games, farmers markets,
school fundraisers, and neighborhood events.”
The family started this business on the basis of sharing smiles and creating positivity through ice cream, and
has been amazed at how the simplicity of an ice cream bike can help empower some young girls with business
confidence and sense of purpose. –Kristen Kucharski
Photos by
Mike Mantucca
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What Are Your Big Dreams?
AURORA–Aurora author, Stacey Montgomery has created a series of
prompted journal books aimed at children. Her latest book, What Are Your
Big Dreams? is the 6th in the series and provides a space for goal setting
through a series of engaging, fun and thought-provoking prompts. The writer
is encouraged to think about their goals and dreams and to take steps to reach
them. She wrote What Are Your Big Dreams with girls ages 8-12 in mind, but
truly, it is a great tool for boys, older kids and adults as well.
Stacey has a law degree, but instead of practicing law, she decided to pursue
her passion illustrating, writing and working with kids. “With my series of
guided journals and the workshops I offer, I am living my dream,” says Stacey.
To ensure that her books stay on theme, she has an editorial team of three to
help ensure content makes sense, is age appropriate and is impactful. Other
books in her “My Super Powers!” series include What’s Your Super Power?,
What Makes You Believe in Yourself? and Why is Different so Awesome?
You can find Stacey’s guided journals on Amazon, through her website, , and she also sells directly to schools and youth
Know a Local Author in DuPage, Kane or Kendall County?
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HOLLYWOOD, CA–It’s exciting when Hollywood comes to the west suburbs of Chi-
cago and more exciting when two Naperville natives and celebrities sit face to face
at the Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove for an interview. Entertainment journalist,
radio personality, and film critic, Sarah Adamson conducted two Q&A’s with Tamir
Ardon, Head of Documentary with XYZ Films to discuss his recently produced release
of the doc-hybrid film FRAMING JOHN DELOREAN starring Alec Baldwin.
Glancer Magazine was also part of the scene and interviewed the Steeple Run Ele-
mentary, Kennedy Jr. High, and Naperville North High School graduate, Mr. Tamir
Ardon and learned what he loves about Naperville and so much more!
“I have a lot of fond memories of growing up in Naperville,” Ardon says. “I loved at-
tending the Last Fling before every school year started, and I was proud to be voted
Mr. NNHS my senior year.”
His family still lives in Naperville so when Ardon’s in town, you might spot him at his
favorites like Portillo’s or Oberweis, sporting his DeLorean that he found in 1997, in
the classified ads in the Chicago Tribune Newspaper.
“I saw BACK TO THE FUTURE at the age of 5 years old at The Tivoli Theater in
Downers Grove, so it was a special honor to play my film, FRAMING JOHN DE-
LOREAN, on the big screen there,” Ardon says. “Certainly Alec Baldwin’s involvement
in my DeLorean film has been an amazing opportunity. He helps to elevate the film
and certainly brings more exposure to it.” Ardon is pictured above with Baldwin.
Ardon was always mesmerized by television and film. In College he starred and pro-
duced a local cable access show in southern Wisconsin called “The Dr. T and Paul
Show.” It was a live call-in show where he played Dr. T, the board certified doctor of
love; and although he was earning his Masters in Science in Anatomy and Cellular
Biology from Rush Medical University; this ‘doctor of love’s’ passion remained in en-
“You only live once,” Ardon says. “I decided to apply to UCLA’s graduate program
for Producing, and the rest is history.”
He now runs the documentary division at XYZ Films, a production and sales company
based in Los Angeles, and is also the Executive Producer on a film to be released
later this year called, YOU DON’T NOMI.
Glancer Magazine is glad to have gotten to know Tamir Ardon and looks forward to
more of his exciting films! -Kristen Kucharski
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Be Together this Fall
Don’t miss the October 2019 issue of Glancer
Magazine celebrating Fall Togetherness.
From family traditions to seasonal events, ac-
tivities and more!
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the magazine at your home or business. Dig-
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Claudia Carmichael of Naperville
As a child, Claudia loved to play dress-up and tested her cutting and coloring
skills on many neighborhood pals! Years later, after earning her marketing de-
gree and working for a pharmaceutical company, she realized how much she
loved fashion, style, and cosmetology and began “experimenting” again during
playdates with her kids’ friends and their moms.
After receiving her certification, she opened Cuts by Claudia. Along the way,
opportunities included learning and working for celebrities and fulfilling her ulti-
mate dream - styling for Fashion Week NY.
“I almost fainted when I got the call,” Claudia says. “I was born with a unique
eye for beauty, fashion and style. I would notice trends and mimic them; realizing
beauty is about creating balance between makeup, hair and clothes for each
unique person.”
Claudia took her passions into hair care products and developed her own line,
Organic Hair Care (OHC), which has been in swag bags for top named celebri-
ties at the Grammys, Emmys, and Academy Awards, and is also sold at Oswald’s
in Naperville and via Amazon; but, what makes OHC most special is that it was
created for her own son’s sensory sensitivities and was the ultimate solution to
eliminating irritation. Claudia hopes are to connect with a local autism organi-
zation to create brand awareness while giving back. Pictured Above
The Fuller Family of Glen Ellyn/Naperville
Naperville residents, Kim Fuller and her daughters, Mackenzie (23) and Emmerson
(20) live and breathe fashion, each with their own style and flare. Mom loves the Girl
Next Door look – cute mixed with the simplicity of timeless classics; Mackenzie has
a casual uncluttered modern style that goes from corporate America to nightlife easily;
and Emmerson is always up-to-date on the latest trends keeping the family on their
toes for running their two Glen Ellyn boutiques, MandEm’s and Meredith Jaye, which
carry everything from infant to adult apparel, accessories, gifts, and room décor.
The Fullers love Fall and are excited to incorporate the season’s upcoming trends
into each of their personal looks.
“Hottest seasonal styles include snakeskin, animal prints, camo, classic sweaters
and weekend sets. Colors are the classic warm tones of fall, such as burnt orange,
mustard, grey, black and deep blush,” Kim says. Hair accessories like barrettes,
headbands, and scarves are huge right now along with graphic tees, paired with ev-
erything from denim to a printed midi skirt.”
Throughout all the seasons, Kim, her husband and daughters support many local
schools, charities and women’s shelters through donations of clothing and home ac-
cessory items. Pictured on the Cover and Top Left
From local suburbia to shaping Hollywood’s red carpet, these stylish residents are on spot on with the latest trends– from sassy hairstyles and
gorgeous handbags to jaw-dropping accessories, and all the hot colors of the season. They know how to incorporate timeless traditions with a pinch of fad
for eye popping sizzling looks for Fall.
by Kristen Kucharski
Photos by Mike Mantucca
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Jill Card of Winfield
Local Jeans and a Cute Top Shop owner Jill Card has been busy at sidewalk sales,
trips to market, and gearing up for exciting changes that are happening at JCTS.
Shop trend-setting and handpicked fashion that is on point for the Fall season from
adorable dresses and tunics to leggings, shoes, and accessories; everything you
need for your fashionable, always-evolving wardrobe.
Beyond just cute clothes, JCTS is all about community from supporting Wheaton
Warrenville South H.S. Orchestra and the Student Excellence Foundation to the
Tri-City Family Services Fashion Show on September 24th at Club Arcada Spea-
keasy & Restaurant in St. Charles. Don't miss out on this year's opportunity to
celebrate a night out with the girls to check out the latest clothing trends, while sup-
porting beauty from the inside-on-out! Pictured Above
Kasey Hoag of Batavia/Geneva
Geneva resident, Kasey Hoag feels blessed to own multiple Six+Cypress locations
with her partner Abby Lang who runs the Wentzville, MO location while she runs
the Batavia, IL location. They have each always loved fashion and tend to wear
classic, timeless pieces, paired with something that is trendy, but won’t break the
“We are busy moms, I have four kids and Abby has three, so quick, easy, and af-
fordable are key,” Kasey says. “This Fall, animal prints are huge, along with orange,
rust, greens, and a lot of neutrals like Taupe; I love a bralettes because their easy
to pair with any basic item, yet gives that pop!”
She loves watching her kids try on things in the store and is in awe of each of their
personal styles. Whenever you go shopping, Kasey suggests trying on one piece
that you would normally never wear, and you might be surprised to find your new
favorite style!
Kasey’s children go to Batavia Public Schools and her youngest to Batavia Nursery
School, so she is actively involved with the Batavia boosters selling spirit wear,
supporting fundraisers, and assisting local families in need.
Her family enjoys the Kane County Flea Market each month and eating at Batavia’s
hidden gems. Pictured Above
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WESTERN SUBURBS – This Fall, west suburban Chicago promises a variety
of Dining Delights for all to enjoy. Here are a few of our favorites–
Named one of the top 100 restaurants in America, Naperville now is home to
Shakou Restaurant. The Shakou Vibe is known for stylish decor, delectable
cuisine and exquisite service bringing the city life close to home. Award winning
Chef Sang Choi has constructed an eclectic menu fostering only the freshest
ingredients with unique options including a sushi bar, bento boxes, Signature
Maki, and traditional dinner choices.
Also new to town is Godavari Naperville, a fine dining restaurant built to serve
top notch Indian Food to the very urban needs of Chicago's biggest suburb.
Highlights include Halal food served in the dining room or catered to your home
or special event. The restaurant also features two banquet halls which can host
nearly 200 people.
Taste local craft beer and boutique wines while passing the Charcuterie at Fox-
Fire on State Street in Geneva on September 7th, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their
Hopp on the Vine event. Enjoy popular vendors such as Sam Adams, Louis
Glunz Wine, and Elevage Wine served in a customized souvenir glass.
Also on September 7th, join the third annual TW Group, Inc. Craft Beer Fest,
sponsored by Hinsdale Bank & Trust. This year’s event will take place at Ty
Warner Park in Westmont from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will feature 20 breweries
from different areas, over 40 different creative beers, and two food trucks. Pro-
ceeds benefit the Wellness House in Hinsdale and The People’s Resource
Center of DuPage County.
Join Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton for a Spanish Wine Dinner evening in-
cluding dinner paired with various Spanish wines and live music on Thursday,
September 19th at 6 p.m. in the Ballroom. Wine provided by Jody Ames &
David Sarrett from Heritage Wine Cellars. -Kristen Kucharski
Fall Dining Delights
Beans & Sweets
3344 S. Rte 59, Suite 108, Naperville
(630) 210-8073 •
Pastry Chef/Owner – Amanda Innes-Shareef
Saturday mornings are busy at the Beans and Sweets pastry shop. It offers such a
delightful sensory experience. The smell of warm gooey cinnamon rolls and coffee
float through the air while customers sharing conversations of delight can be heard.
They rush in and out to grab their favorite sweet treats before they are gone. Custom
cake orders line the back cabinet. Pastry Chef and owner Amanda greets everyone
with a smile and knows all of her customers and their favorites. In just a year and a
half since Beans and Sweets has opened Amanda has grown such a following.
Amanda’s story starts back in a small town in her Grandpa and Grandma’s house.
She would sit in the kitchen while her Grandpa baked cinnamon rolls, banana oatmeal
cookies, and breads and Grandma mixed up her oatmeal cake and poppy seed Bundt
cake. She marveled at how a simple egg white could turn into a delicious meringue.
That stirred her creativity and passion for baking that can be tasted every day.
Cupcakes fill the glass cabinet with four weekly flavors, along with standard chocolate,
vanilla, and red velvet. Cookie Butter, Cookie Dough, Sherbet, and Lemon Blueberry
are just a few of our favorites. The creative cupcake flavors are executed perfectly,
moist and baked fresh daily. They will keep you coming back each week. Macarons
are a specialty and the Galaxy is out of this world! Its delicate outside is swirled with
shades of blue and adorned with stars then filled with a chocolate ganache and a but-
tery caramel.
Tarts of all sorts of flavors; smores, lemon meringue, and fruit will make it difficult to
pick just one! But Amanda doesn’t stop there. She fills the cabinet with whoopie pies,
bars, brownies, cookies, muffins, coffee cakes, and the most amazing cinnamon rolls.
Beans and Sweets offers kids camps, adult baking and cookie classes. Space is lim-
ited and these classes fill up quickly. Or schedule a birthday party that is sure to be
a sweet success.
This September celebrate back to school with a special treat and a
cold glass of milk. School themed sugar cookies and cupcakes
will fill the case. Make sure to get there early as these sweet
treats won’t be around for long!
ABOUT THE CRITICS Stephanie (right) & Tiffany (left) Schmoker are west suburban sisters
who have always shared a love for dining out and they also enjoy cooking together. They
came from a family of 7 and grew up on farm with fresh fruits, veggies and more. Watch for
their review of a different west suburban restaurant in each issue of Glancer Magazine. Invite
them to your eatery at
Savory & Sweet Sisters
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Explore the Arts with
Your Little Ones at DCM
NAPERVILLE–DuPage Children’s Mu-
seum is the perfect place to introduce chil-
dren to the arts in a family-friendly
environment. Create your own works of art
in The Studio, view more than 55 pieces
of professional artwork displayed through-
out the Museum, and attend a Tiny Great
Performance™. Viewing, talking about,
and creating art with your child helps build
important critical thinking skills, inspires
creativity, boosts confidence, and more.
Plan your visit today!, (630) 637-8000
September has arrived! Fall is in the air and it’s one of the most beautiful times of
the year to enjoy the great outdoors. Make the most of your weekends with
these fun ideas. Also, promote learning all year long with these fabulous pro-
grams and activities available to your little ones. Here’s to a great month ahead!
See more fall-inspired events & activities at
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Avery Coonley School
Secondary School Fair
October 7
ready for a challenge? Come visit the annual
Secondary School Fair, hosted by The Avery
Coonley School, on Monday, October 7, 7-
9pm, on our historic campus in Downers
Grove. Meet with representatives from over 50
secondary schools from across the country
and Canada, including day and boarding
schools. This informative event is open to the
public and free to attend. Both parents and stu-
dents are encouraged to attend. Learn more
Visit and Explore Knoch
Knolls Nature Center!
Fall is the perfect time to explore 224-acre
Knoch Knolls Park, which is home to the
beautiful Knoch Knolls Nature Center! Enjoy
plant, animal and environmental exhibits,
special programs and events for all ages and
much more. The Nature Center is home to the
Park District’s Toadstools and Pollywogs Na-
ture Preschool and it’s a great place to host a
private special event or birthday party. Visit
knochknollsnaturecenter for more info.
Have Fun Together
Down on the Farm!
ST. CHARLES Experience farm life! At
Primrose Farm, explore restored farm build-
ings, visit with farm animals and agricultural
interpreters, stroll through 100+ acres of his-
toric and modern rural landscapes and climb
up on a vintage tractor near the fruit orchard.
Exciting and educational activities await you
in the farmyard! Drop-in programs offered
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and
Saturdays, featuring hand-milking a Jersey
cow, gathering eggs from the chicken coop,
grooming a draft horse or feeding the ani-
GiGi’s Playhouse
Fox Valley
Fashion Walk 2019
BOLINGROOK–Inaugural Fashion
Show for GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Bolingbrook Golf Club
All proceeds will benefit individuals
with Down syndrome and their
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Goat Giggles!
My entire family was
coming to town for our
annual reunion, and I
routinely have the
honor of being in
charge of games and
activities. Our family
ranges in age from new-
born babies to relatives in
their 80s, all of which are active
and ready for the next adventure.
I came across Blue Sky Farm in
Sugar Grove and quickly realized I
had found our match. Sugar Grove
resident and farm owner, Ellen Beau-
lieu is passionate about her goats,
mini-horses, mini-donkey, and dogs.
She is certified in Animal Assisted Ac-
tivities and Therapy and shares the
benefits of their love with the com-
As we exited our cars, we were
greeted by joyful dogs with wagging
tails that walked us to meet the goats.
From my two-year old nephew to my
79 year old aunt, we were all smiles
ear to ear as we approached the cute
little baby goats. We were doubly
blessed that just 24 hours earlier, a
doe delivered, and we were able to
meet day old kids as well. The tod-
dler, tween, teens, and seniors were
all vying for a chance to interact with
the little ones, and Ellen’s right hand
gal, Charlie, was right there to help us
We started our adventure with Open
Kid Kuddles, which is available to
anyone, any age. We got the oppor-
tunity to intermingle with the goats
and mini-horses in their home envi-
ronment. Plenty of ahhhhs, oooohs,
and awes ensued from this personal
Next came, Goat Yoga, typically avail-
able to anyone eight years and older.
We laid out our mats and began with
poses that invited the goats to actively
participate with us by
climbing on our backs,
sharing our mats, or
lying under our legs.
The giggles were
harmonious with the
calm of the barn.
This was the perfect
all ages experience to
unite the family in an all-in-
clusive activity.
Blue Sky Farm creates a place to con-
nect to animals, the earth and each
other through Goat Yoga classes,
cuddle time with the goats, private
parties and special events tailored to
all ages and all abilities, including tod-
dlers, seniors, and special needs.
Blue Sky Farm Goat Yoga
8S890 Mighell Road
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
(630) 774-9211
Hours: Check website for open Kid
Kuddles and Goat Yoga times. You
can also schedule ‘Goats to Go’ to
your own personal event; Book Pri-
vate Animal Interactions and Parties.
Price $: Starting at $15/person
For Hundreds of Mom’s Little Black Book Adven-
tures for All Ages,Written by Kristen through the
Years, Visit
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
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/ Broadway After
Since I was a kid,
I was a theatre
geek. Whatever
show was avail-
able for me to au-
dition for, I did. I
was on stage in
school, college and well
into my 20’s and 30’s. It
seems that my kids might have
tapped into that same passion for
creating characters and honing their
talents. I have to say, it gives me so
much joy to see them shine on stage
and know they are loving what they
are doing. They are lucky to have so
many more options to perform in the
schools and communities than I ever
did. One of their favorite programs is
Broadway After School, a children’s
off-shoot of the 501c3 not-for-profit
organization, Theatre-on-the-Hill in
Since 2001, Theatre-on-the-Hill, a
full-time community theatre, has
been producing the finest musicals,
comedies, dramas and theatre edu-
cation year-round at the Bolingbrook
Performing Arts Center. Broadway
After School, the concurrent junior
program exclusively for grades 3-9,
produces four musicals annually en-
gaging many children and their fam-
ilies. All registrants for auditions in
these programs are cast, often with
four shows and double casts to give
more children the opportunity to have
a larger role. The organization is
committed to diversity and inclusion
and encourage performers of all eth-
nicities, gender identities, abilities
and ages to audition. “Our mission is
Teaching Life Skills Through the
Arts,” says Michael Fudala, President
and Artistic Director for both Theatre-
on-the-Hill and Broad-
way After School.
“Life skills like
team building
and many more
flourish in a cre-
ative, non-com-
petitive setting.”
These two programs
are exclusively run by vol-
unteers, so if theatre is something
that interests you, there are plenty of
opportunities to assist onstage, back-
stage, with props and costumes, or
just supporting and attending the per-
formances. Fundraising for this
501c3 not-for-profit is mainly through
program advertisements, ticket sales
and direct donations. If you would
like more information you can visit
them at or .
They hope to continue to grow their
theatre family for many years to
Mindy’s September Giving Inspira-
tion: Have a clean-up party at a
beach or a park.
Mindy Kyle is the
owner of Be In-
spired Studios and
is passionate about
helping people dis-
cover what brings
them joy and to live a
full, healthy and happy life.
She has her Masters in Fine Arts degree in
creative writing from DePaul University and
lives in Naperville with her husband, three
children and the cutest dog in the land.
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If you are considering a change, contact Susan
Colella– Baird & Warner Real Estate Professional
who has a private luxury town home listing that
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It’s close to 6,000 square feet, plus the fin-
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For a private tour of this one of kind
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Recognized as a premiere remodeling company,
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Buff & Coat has refinished
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English Rows, Naperville
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The Art of Organization
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Premiere Kitchen Remodeler
THE KITCHEN MASTER–The Kitchen Master is the
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tion, your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project will
be delivered on time and on budget with an unwavering
focus on quality. Our start-to-finish approach means you
don’t have to worry about the details, whether it’s a com-
plete kitchen renovation, a bathroom refresh, or a
smaller remodeling project. You’ll get the finest results
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Chicago’s west suburban real estate market boasts a variety of unique homes
for sale in beautiful neighborhoods with award-winning school districts and
more. We invite you to schedule a tour of this featured property today and get
to know this listing agent for your next move!
4139 Royal Mews Circle, Naperville
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Valley View Dental offers an array of general and cosmetic dentistry, peri-
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Your Wedding Day
Designed To Amaze
Sitting on 95 acres along the beautiful Fox River, Q
Center offers a variety of indoor and outdoor venues ideal
for your wedding day needs and dreams. From a rustic
outdoor pavilion to elegant ballrooms seating up to
800 guests, your day is fully customized with a
team of talented planning and culinary
professionals to assist. When the day is done,
enjoy quality relaxation in guest rooms only
steps away from the main event. Q Center,
1405 North Fifth Avenue, St. Charles, (630) 444-4049
Enjoy a Spa Treatment
t Home Before Your Big Day
Treat your wedding party to a spa day
AT HOME! Concierge Medical Spa is the
first mobile medical spa designed to bring
the expertise of skin care professionals to your home.
This concept helps clients who find it difficult to take
time out of their busy schedules to make a spa appoint-
ment. Concierge also offers Express Spas located
through the suburbs that make it easy for you to stop
in for a quick treatment or add on a service when you’re
already out and about. View a list of services & specials
Boutique Hotel In St. Charles
Hotel Baker is a boutique hotel located in downtown St. Charles.
The unique, romantic atmosphere on the banks of the Fox River
has made the historic hotel a natural choice with couples from all
over Chicagoland. Since the property reopened, weddings and pri-
vate parties have become its specialty. The outdoor garden and
patio offer picturesque river views while the interior rooms are ele-
gantly appointed to compliment the building’s Old World elegance.
Hotel Baker, 100 W. Main Street, St. Charles, (630) 584-2100,
The Wedding Page
Two Picture-Perfect
Wedding Venues
Choose from two of the most unique
venues in the city: Odyssey Chicago
River or Odyssey Lake Michigan.
Holding up to 200 guests aboard
Odyssey Chicago Rive and 749 with
Odyssey Lake Michigan Custom
Packages, it’s no wonder so many
choose Odyssey.
Couples will work with a dedicated
planner, choosing from all-inclusive
packages, or design your own. Let
Chicago's iconic skyline provide a
beautiful setting for your wedding
photos. Enhancements include cus-
tom décor and florals, passed hors
d'oeuvres, live band, rooftop DJ, and
A “Wow!”
xperience For All
Creative Cakes has been making award-win-
ning wedding cakes the past 30 years in the
Chicagoland area. Earlier this year, Creative
Cakes opened a Design Studio located in the
Promenade Building in Downtown Naperville.
What makes Creative Cakes stand out is
their personalized service, high-quality ing-
redients, skilled creative team, unique pro-
ducts, and their eagerness to educate their
customers. Schedule an appointment at the
Design Studio for a complimentary cake con-
sultation to sample their outstanding cakes,
fillings, and buttercream. (708) 614-9755
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1. Emerson Creek Vintage Market
Oswego • September 11 & October 9
Set on seven scenic acres of farmland, Emerson
Creek is the perfect location for shopping in the
country. Find vintage, antique and handmade
treasures throughout their 3200 sq. foot barn
and surrounding tents. Find time to grab a bite
to eat in their Tea Room or Café.
4. Festival of the Vine Arts
and Crafts Show
Geneva • September 6-8
Jump into a great fall getaway in
Geneva where you can sip wines
from around the world and sample spe-
cialties prepared by Geneva restauranteurs while
shopping their extensive flower market and finding
those unique gifts at the fine arts and crafts fair.
Sept. 6-8th
2. Sunday at Sandwich Antique Flea
Market • Sandwich • October 13
It’s one of the largest treasure hunts around. Ex-
panding across the Sandwich Fairgrounds are
vendors with antique, vintage and shabby chic
furniture, old signs, and collectibles galore. Give
yourself enough time to peruse it all. Food avail-
7. West End Arts Festival
LaGrange • September 7 & 8
Browse the work of fine artists from across the
Midwest. This free festival celebrates art in various
forms and features over 60 noted artist’s displays.
In between shopping, enjoy local chefs giving culinary
demonstrations while you sip wine and listen to jazz.
6. Naperville Riverwalk Fine Arts Fair
Naperville • September 21-22
Take a beautiful fall walk down Naperville’s Riverwalk at
this two-day affair and shop the juried art show where artists
exhibit their original work and share their talents with the com-
munity. View interesting paintings, sculptures, jewelry, metal art
and a variety of craftsmanship.
3. Fall Style Weekend
Naperville • October 4-6
For a whole weekend focused on fall fash-
ions, head to downtown Naperville for Fall
Style Weekend where sales and specials
abound in each store. Be caught shopping
on Friday, and you could win a shopping treat
or gift card! On Saturday morning, join ladies
for a Fall Fashion Show at Sullivan’s Steak-
It’s Fall. The air is crisp and just cool enough for a sweater. It’s a great time to get outside, grab a cup of coffee and leisurely walk through these unique
markets, fairs and downtown events. Fall is a beautiful time throughout Chicagoland. Spend your days out and about and have fun discovering new art,
new fashions and vintage treasures. Shop your mornings and afternoons away while creating new memories with family or friends. Visit one or two or visit
all. Here are 7 Spectacular Fall Shopping Experiences for you to enjoy.
5. Kane County Flea Market
St. Charles • September 1,
October 5 & 6
With over 600 dealers each month, you’ll be sure
to find unique furniture, vintage wares, sports and
entertainment collectibles and much more. The
Kane County Flea Market takes over the Kane
County Fairgrounds the first Sunday of each month
(and the preceding Saturday) to give you a whole
weekend shopping experience.
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