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SCENE AROUND SUBURBIAscenearoundSuburbiaYou’ve Been Glanced!Photos by Mike Catuara Visit Us Online for Hundreds of Additional Photos from Each of these Events at Naperville Ale Fest (Jun 13) The 7th annual Naperville Ale Fest featured over 200 unique craft beers, live music and some of Chicagoland’s favorite food trucks Photos by Mike Catuara Invite Us to Your Next Event www.GlancerMagazine.com4 • WESTERN SUBURBS• AUGUST 2019 • Glancer Magazine 2019 Sugar Grove Corn Boil (Jul 27) Great fun was had by all at this weekend-long annual festival. We hope to Glance you there in 2020! Photos by Mike Catuara Invite Us to Your Next Event www.GlancerMagazine.comSeptember2019_Layout 1 8/20/2019 12:04 PM Page 4

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TMTABLE OF CONTENTSSeptember 20194 Scene Around Suburbia 5 Hello From Glancer Magazine 7 5 Things to Do 9 Fabulous Family 11 Literary Local 11 West Suburban VIP 13 COVER: So! Stylish Residents 14 Fall Dining Delights 14 Savory & Sweet Sisters 16 Kid Stuff 17 Mom’s Little Black Book 19 To Give, To Inspire 21 Home Bliss: Design & More 22 Home Enhancement Guide 25 Feel Inspired 26 7 Spectacular Autumn Shopping ExperiencesFALL THINGS | Shop. Dine. Relax. Unwind. We invite you to glance through our September pages as we kick off our back-to-back fall issues loved by our readers each year. This month we highlight So! Stylish west suburban residents, Fabulous Families who give back, Dining De-lights and more. You’ll be inspired by our 7 Spectacular Autumn Shopping Ex-periences along with our variety of exciting Autumn Attractions listed throughout. Remember to subscribe so you don’t miss a single issue. We publish 12 issues annually and each has a unique theme with stories and photo features to match. Our talented team of writers, designers and photographers work hard to bring you a captivating issue each month. When you subscribe for just $10 annually, you will also receive a digital subscription complimentary to keep you updated each week. From upcoming weekend events and dining secrets to the hottest home design trends and boutique finds– our weekly content is loved by many! Enjoy♥ Lindy Kleivo Publishing Director, West Suburban Area lkleivo@glancermagazine.comPUBLISHER Glancer Magazine, Inc. PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Lindy Kleivo EDITORIAL | Print + Digital Kristen Kucharski Columnist / Writer Mindy Kyle Columnist / Writer Stephanie Schmoker Dining Critic Tiffany Schmoker Dining Critic SALES / MARKETING Lindy Kleivo Publishing Director PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Catuara Features Photographer Mike Mantucca Event Photographer PRINT + DIGITAL MONTHLY  A West Suburban Themed Issue Featuring the Best of DuPage, Kane & Kendall Each Month DIGITAL CONTENT | Daily + Weekly A Mobile Responsive Website at, Also Glancer Go-To Guide, Glancer Magazine’s Online Marketplace + Event Site Connecting Residents & Businesses COMMUNITY FEATURES Press Releases, Local Events, Community News ADVERTISING Print & Digital Advertising SUBSCRIPTIONS Receive the Printed Publication Monthly (12x/yr) PUBLISHED BY Glancer Magazine, Inc. 80 Main Street, Suite C Sugar Grove, IL 60554 (630) 277-8887 Glancer Magazine, highlighting the best of DuPage, Kane & Kendall Counties, is pro-duced by Glancer Magazine, Inc. Glancer Magazine, You’ve Been Glanced and the Glancer logo are registered trade-marks of Glancer Magazine, Inc. All rights reserved. Magazine reproduction in whole or in part is strictly prohibited. WEST SUBURBAN CHICAGO Featuring DuPage • Kane • Kendall September 2019 | Vol 18 | Fall Things Get ready to celebrate fall throughout Chicago’s western suburbs with this month’s pages– complete with shopping, dining and fall experiences that the entire family will enjoy. Visit ©Copyright 2019 All Rights Reserved Glancer Magazine, Inc. Subscribe Today!Get Listed In Your CategoryGlancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2019 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 5September FeaturesSeptember2019_Layout 1 8/21/2019 10:30 AM Page 5

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4. BREW AT THE BRIDGE 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! 3. DINE OUT IN  NAPERVILLE  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!Glancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2019 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 7FALL 20195 Things to Do2. 10TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST 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. 1. FALL CRAWL 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 SUNDAY AT SANDWICH ANTIQUE  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..... www.sundayatsandwichantiques.comSeptember2019_Layout 1 8/20/2019 3:03 PM Page 7

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Glancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2019 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 9fabulousMeet 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 Retterer’s. 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 FAMILIESMeet 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 shares. 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 MantuccaSeptember2019_Layout 1 8/20/2019 3:08 PM Page 9

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Glancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2019 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 11Literary Local STACEY MONTGOMERY 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 groups. Know a Local Author in DuPage, Kane or Kendall County? Introduce Us at editorial@glancermagazine.comWEST SUBURBAN VIPMEET NAPERVILLE NATIVE, TAMIR ARDON OF XYZ FILMS 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-tertainment. “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 Suburban CELEBRITYFamous Film MakerPhoto by Nicole Rivelli PhotographyCOMING IN OCTOBER! 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! Subscribe today for just $10 to start receiving the magazine at your home or business. Dig-ital subscriptions are free. Sign up today at Thanks for reading! September2019_Layout 1 8/20/2019 2:52 PM Page 11

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12 • WESTERN SUBURBS• SEPTEMBER 2019 • Glancer Magazine 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 Stylish GALSFrom 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 Kristen Kucharski Photos by Mike MantuccaSeptember2019_Layout 1 8/20/2019 5:41 PM Page 12

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Glancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2019 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 13BEFOREJill 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 back. “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 September2019_Layout 1 8/21/2019 10:33 AM Page 13

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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 Dining + ENTERTAINMENTFall Dining DelightsWEST SUBURBAN DININGBeans & Sweets 3344 S. Rte 59, Suite 108, Naperville (630) 210-8073 • Pastry Chef/Owner – Amanda Innes-Shareef THE SWEETEST SPOT IN NAPERVILLE 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 WEST SUBURBAN EDIBLES TO LOVESavory & Sweet Sisters Glancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2019 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 15DINING + ENTERTAINMENTSeptember2019_Layout 1 8/20/2019 5:08 PM Page 15

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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 Kid StuffSeptember 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 www.glancermagazine.com16 • WESTERN SUBURBS• SEPTEMBER 2019 • Glancer Magazine Avery Coonley School Secondary School Fair October 7 WEST SUBURBAN CHICAGO– Is your child 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 at 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-mals. 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 families. September2019_Layout 1 8/20/2019 12:43 PM Page 16

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Glancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2019 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 17WHAT MOMS LOVEMom’s Little Black BookMONTHLY COLUMNGoat 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-munity. 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 engage. 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 experience. 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. Overview 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 moms-little-black-book 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 1 8/20/2019 12:45 PM Page 17

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Glancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2019 • WESTERN SUBURBS •19Theatre-on-the-Hill / Broadway After School Bolingbrook 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 Bolingbrook. 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 communication, cooperation, compassion, confidence, 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 come. Mindy’s September Giving Inspira-tion: Have a clean-up party at a beach or a park. ABOUT THE WRITER 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. MONTHLY COLUMNTo Give, To InspireCOMMUNITY LIVINGSeptember2019_Layout 1 8/20/2019 12:46 PM Page 19

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LOOKING FOR A LUXURY MAINTENANCE FREE PROPERTY? If you are considering a change, contact Susan Colella– Baird & Warner Real Estate Professional who has a private luxury town home listing that she would like to share with you! It’s close to 6,000 square feet, plus the fin-ished basement features a wine cellar, the-atre, bar, gourmet kitchen, 5 bedrooms, sauna, steam shower & huge patio for entertaining. For a private tour of this one of kind masterpeice listed for $985,000 in the English Rows subdivsion of south Naperville, call Susan Colella today. Susan Colella, Baird & Warner, (630) 946-3813 Glancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2019 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 21VISIT THIS 10,000 SQ FT SHOWROOM HOMEWERKS KITCHEN AND BATH Recognized as a premiere remodeling company, this 10,000 square foot showroom is truly inspir-ing. Family owned and operated since 1996, HomeWerks specializes in full service remod-eling. The kitchen and bath displays are inter-active, allowing visitors to experience many product features first hand. With the focus of providing high quality products, professional in-stallation and exceptional customer service, HomeWerks has been a welcomed addition to the Naperville community. HomeWerks Kitchen and Bath • 1154 E. Ogden Avenue, Naperville (866) 265-8895 • www.myhomewerks.comFALL 2019100+ ZILLOW REVIEWS PENNY O’BRIEN–With 100+ Zillow reviews, Penny is the top-ranked individual agent in Naperville on Zillow. Her creative & aggressive marketing strategies set her apart. “I don’t just market myself,” she says. “I market a home in every one of my advertisements.” As a certified Real Estate Negotiation Expert, she lands the best price and terms for each client. In multiple-offer situations, it’s her broad negotiation experience that helps win the home. Her clients say they appreciate her candor in telling them what they need to do to sell their home, as opposed to what they want to hear. Penny O'Brien Broker | Relocation Specialist | Negotiation Expert • (630) 207-7001 • HOME + GARDENBUFF & COAT DOES COMMERCIAL FLOORS, TOO! Buff & Coat has refinished the floors of the Naper Set-tlement Pre-Emption house and recently re-sanded and re-finished the floors of the Naperville Women’s Club because they needed more than a simple Buff & Coat. We were glad to help! To request a free esti-mate for your office, facility, or home, call Ray Horan at 630-689-3800 or visit, Face-book, or Instagram. To request a free, in-home estimate, call Ray Horan at (630) 689-3800 or visit, Facebook, or Instagram. Facebook, or Instagram. HOME LOVEEnglish Rows, NapervilleDESIGNER BATHS, KITCHENS & MORE SKILL-BUILT REMODELING SPECIALISTS–This remodeling company has been making changes in the homes of customers just like you throughout Naperville and the western suburbs for over 20 years. Through the years they have built a rep-utation of Quality and trust which brings their cus-tomers back time and time again.Start planning your new kitchen, bathroom, basement or home improvement project today. Skill Built Remodeling Specialists - Excellence, Quality and Pride., (630) 742-1397September2019_Layout 1 8/20/2019 12:50 PM Page 21

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22 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2019 • Glancer Magazine The Art of Organization CLOSET FACTORY–A personalized storage solu-tion built around you; that is Closet Factory. Our team of space-enhancing master designers take pride organizing any space in your home. Our goal, from simple to spectacular is to create a storage so-lution tailored to you. We are proud creators of more Time, Space and Peace every day. This is our pas-sion 100% guaranteed by a lifetime warranty. Reserve your complimentary in-home consultation 866-ART-2-ORG (866-278-2674)Home ENHANCEMENT2019 FALL GUIDEEasy Dining Room Update ROSELAND DRAPERIES–Interested in an easy and affordable dining room update? Add a splash of color and make your chairs look like new with reup-holstery! Roseland will bring fabric samples, perfect for reupholstery, right to you. This project can be done in just weeks and you’ll be amazed at the dif-ference. Tie in some new table linens and a dec-orative centerpiece, and the whole room will look like new! Call Roseland Draperies & Interiors at (630) 355-1565. Premiere Kitchen Remodeler THE KITCHEN MASTER–The Kitchen Master is the premier kitchen and bathroom remodeling contractor in Naperville, Illinois. From initial design through comple-tion, your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project will be delivered on time and on budget with an unwavering focus on quality. Our start-to-finish approach means you don’t have to worry about the details, whether it’s a com-plete kitchen renovation, a bathroom refresh, or a smaller remodeling project. You’ll get the finest results from Naperville’s best kitchen and bath remodeling company. HOME + GARDENSeptember2019_Layout 1 8/21/2019 6:35 AM Page 22

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HOME + GARDENGlancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2019 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 23WEST SUBURBAN REAL ESTATEChicago’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! LocalLISTING TO LOVE♥4139 Royal Mews Circle, Naperville Offered for $429,900 Luxurious Completely Updated Town Home Todays Buyer Will Love. Hardwood Floors, Freshly Painted, And Added Full Bath To Main Level. 2 Master Bedrooms Plus 1 Bedroom/Office On Main Level & A Super Teen Suite In Huge Finished Base-ment. Exquisite Interior Features Deluxe Open Concept Kitchen~Breakfast Bar, Gra-nite Countertops, Ss Appliances & Huge Walk In Pantry~ Outdoor Spaces~Covered Front Porch, Private Deck Great For Grilling & Balcony. Roughed In For An Elevator. Attends Neuqua Valley HS Call Luxury Listing Agent Susan Colella at (630) 946-3813 LocalLISTING TO LOVE♥September2019_Layout 1 8/21/2019 6:36 AM Page 23

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24 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2019 • Glancer Magazine HEALTH + BEAUTYSeptember2019_Layout 1 8/20/2019 12:54 PM Page 24

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Glancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2019 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 25FAMILY DENTISTRY WITH A WIDE ARRAY OF SERVICES Valley View Dental offers an array of general and cosmetic dentistry, peri-odontal, dental implants, oral surgery, and orthodontic procedures, in-cluding 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 Dental has the ability to treat patients ac-cording to their own schedules and convenience. Stop by and see why others in the community have trusted Valley View Dental for almost 20 years. Valley View Dental Located In Naperville, Montgomery & Romeoville.HEALTH + BEAUTYFALL 2019FEEL INSPIRED20% OFF COOLSCULPTING WESTERN SUBURBS–Look & feel beautiful in 2019 with Concierge Medical Spa. They offer non-invasive procedures of aesthetic services: skin rejuvenation, hair removal, injectables and body con-touring– just to name a few. Their highly trained staff is specialized in the latest aesthetic medical treatments, custom-izing each treatment specifically for you starting with a complimentary consulta-tion. Book your consult today & receive 20% off CoolScupting when you mention Glancer Magazine. See ad for specials. DENTISTRY FOR THE QUALITY MINDED WESTERN SUBURBS–Dr. Lakota and is Team have been serving families in Naperville and Plain-field for over 23 years in a very personal and com-passionate way. Through their advanced training at the Las Vegas Institute, Dr. Lakota and his Team offer a unique combination from complete Family dentistry to Cosmetic, Invi-salign, TMJ and Sleep Apnea. In using the most advanced technology in Neuromuscu-lar Dentistry such as Computerized Jaw tracking and EMGs, Dr. Lakota and his Team has helped numerous patients with headaches, jaw and neck pain, along with identifying airway issues in children that contribute to issues with ADD and ADHD. To see how Dr. Lakota can serve your family needs, visit his website at - Kristen Kucharski THE ART OF MICROBLADING  WESTERN SUBURBS–Microblading is the artistic technique of tattooing individual hair strokes with a handheld toolcalled a microblade. Unlike traditional tattooing, which uses a machine, microblading art-ists hand draw each hair to match the color and coarseness of your eyebrows. The result? Gor-geous, natural looking eyebrows.If your eyebrows are blonde spares, over tweezed or not having great shape or have no eyebrows this technique will give you definitely natural looking eyebrows. Learn more about Eva & her service at www.naturallookbyeva.comNatural Look by EvaDr. Mike Lakota Ogden DentalThe Valley View Dental TeamThe ThinFastMD TeamMEDICALLY MONITORED WEIGHT LOSS WESTERN SUBURBS – At ThinfastMD we specialize in Medically Monitored Weight Loss throughout the Chicagoland area. Our weight loss programs are specifically customized and tailored to each patient’s health and weight loss goals. Whether you want to lose 5 lbs before a special occasion, or 50 lbs to live a healthier medi-cation free life, we are committed to getting each of our patients to their goal. Our long-term relationship with our patients not only ensures that they achieve a better lifestyle, but continue to maintain one well after meeting their goals. Dr. Ghani, our medical director, and the rest of the ThinfastMD team have over 3 decades of weight loss experience. We are ready to take you on a path for a lighter and healthier you! Come see us in Naperville or Arlington Heights for a complimentary consultation for Botox/Fillers with our injector Mona Mahmood! www.thinfastmd.comDr. Ghani Medical Director ThinFast MdSeptember2019_Layout 1 8/20/2019 12:55 PM Page 25

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BEFOREYour 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 at Home Before Your Big Day Treat your wedding party to a spa day AT HOME! Concierge Medical Spa is the first mobile medical spa designed to bring the expertise of skin care professionals to your home. This concept helps clients who find it difficult to take time out of their busy schedules to make a spa appoint-ment. Concierge also offers Express Spas located through the suburbs that make it easy for you to stop in for a quick treatment or add on a service when you’re already out and about. View a list of services & specials online. www.conciergemedspa.comBoutique 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, 2019 WEDDING TRENDSThe Wedding PageTwo 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 more! /chicago/groups/wedding-venueLOVE & MARRIAGEA “Wow!” Experience For All Creative Cakes has been making award-win-ning wedding cakes the past 30 years in the Chicagoland area. Earlier this year, Creative Cakes opened a Design Studio located in the Promenade Building in Downtown Naperville. What makes Creative Cakes stand out is their personalized service, high-quality ing-redients, skilled creative team, unique pro-ducts, and their eagerness to educate their customers. Schedule an appointment at the Design Studio for a complimentary cake con-sultation to sample their outstanding cakes, fillings, and buttercream. (708) 614-9755 Glancer Magazine • SEPTEMBER 2019 • WESTERN SUBURBS • 29September2019_Layout 1 8/20/2019 4:33 PM Page 29

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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. vintage-market/ 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-able. 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-house. 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. 1.AUTUMN SHOPPING EXPERIENCES2.6.5. 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. 4.5.30 • WESTERN SUBURBS • SEPTEMBER 2019 • Glancer Magazine 7.3.September2019_Layout 1 8/20/2019 4:22 PM Page 30

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