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Make the Most of the Chicago Auto Show Car enthusiasts rejoice! The Chicago Auto Show is back and better than ever. This year, the largest auto show in North America will be open to the public Feb. 8-17. For many, it’s an annual tradition to go see the latest and greatest concept and production vehicles from the various auto manufacturers, but if you’re planning a new car purchase in the near future, I recommend you make the show a must. What a great opportunity to see, sit in and compare all of the vehicles you might want to consider. Sure, there will be plenty of flash and dazzle as carmakers vie for your attention, but all the sights and sounds are what create such an exciting atmosphere. If you’re serious about scoping out some candidates for your next purchase you’ll find plenty of valuable information among all the hoopla. Brand exhibits will be staffed with manufacturer’s representatives and local dealership sales staff to answer your questions. Pay attention to the attractive people speaking on those moving platforms, and you’ll learn about the newest performance, safety and technology innovations designed into the gleaming vehicles beside them. Interactive displays, rides and simulators
will abound for hands-on demonstrations of the newest vehicles and features. You’ll also find that outdoor test drives of certain models are available, giving you a chance to experience how these vehicles drive without the pressure you might feel when visiting a dealership. Just a few short decades ago, if you were interested in a new car the decisions were simple. Choose from a coupe, sedan, wagon and convertible. Select your preferred brand, number of cylinders, color and a few basic options, and that’s all you had to do. Those options included things like power steering and brakes, white sidewall tires, and believe it or not, a radio and heater. Before consumers became too concerned about gas mileage there were mainly only two vehicle sizes to consider: big and bigger. Modern cars are still available as coupes, sedans, wagons and convertibles, but now popular vehicle choices include hatchback, minivan, crossover and sport utility configurations as well. Currently more than a dozen high volume auto manufacturers offer U.S. buyers their own versions of these various body styles in every size imaginable. Complicating consumer’s decisions are the many new engine choices to power these numerous offerings. Clean diesels, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric powered cars are now available in addition to conventional gasoline engines. With such a wide array of vehicles available in today’s market it’s no wonder why many new car shoppers become overwhelmed by the buying process. There’s much to be considered in order for one to make a good vehicle choice. So, if you’re thinking about buying a new vehicle this year, be sure and take advantage of what the Chicago Auto Show offers. It’s
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The NSO Presents Mozart’s Masterworks Feb. 23 Sababa Feb. 8, 5:45pm. Temple Beth-El presents a concert by Jewish rock group Sababa. 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook; 847-205-9982; templebeth-el.org. Schoolhouse Rock Live Too! Feb. 8, 9, 15 and 16. The Highland Park Players production is inspired by the ’70s Saturday morning cartoon series. Meet the cast after the show. $10. Edgewood Middle School Theater, 929 Edgewood Road; 847682-4640; highlandparkplayers.com. Do I Hear a Waltz? Thru Feb. 9. The Music Theatre Company’s chamber musical presentation features a timeless love story, set in the enchanting city of Venice. 1850 Green Bay Road, Highland Park; 847-579-4900; themusictheatrecompany.org. Short Story Theatre Feb. 13, 7:30pm. Features Denise Kirshenbaum of Wilmette, Eileen Donohue of Evanston and David Edler of Vernon Hills. $10 at the door (one drink/one appetizer minimum). Cellar Gate Wine Bar, 524 Sheridan Road, Highwood; 847-748-8086; shortstorytheatre.com.
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pre-concert lecture by Jim Kendros takes place at 2:30pm. $8-$50. Sheely Center for the Performing Arts, 2300 Shermer Road, Northbrook; 847-272-0755; thenso.org. The Girl in the Freudian Slip Thru Feb. 23. Oil Lamp Theater’s lighthearted comedy follows New York psychiatrist Dr. Dewey Maugham, working thru his issues as well as his patients’. OLT is a BYOB establishment. $30. 1723 Glenview Road; 847-834-0738; oillamptheater.org. Corpus Delicti Feb. 27-March 23. MadKap Productions presents the story of Albert Durante, an African-American ex-con trying to build his life after being falsely sent to prison. $20-$35. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago; 773-404-7336; greenhousetheater.org. Port Authority Thru March 2. This series of interconnected stories explores the heart and soul of three generations of Irishmen. $35-$70. Writers Theatre, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe; 847-242-6000; writerstheatre.org.
NSSC Romantic Impulse Concert Series Feb. 23, 3pm. North Shore Senior Center hosts the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring music by Beethoven and others. $19-$25. 161 Northfield Road, Northfield; 847-784-6030; nssc.org.
Hospitality Suite Thru March 9. This comedic drama finds three representatives of a Midwestern industrial lubrication company at a Wichita Holiday Inn, fishing for a big sale to save their company. $35-$37.50. Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest; 847-735-8554; citadeltheatre.org.
Divine Genius Feb. 23, 4pm. The Northbrook Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart’s masterworks, Piano Concerto No. 23 and Symphony No. 39. Features pianist Roger Shen. A
Cabaret Thru March 16. See the musical theatre classic. Contains mature subject matter. $40-$48. 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire; 847-634-0200; marriotttheatre.com.
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The Art Center – Highland Park’s Youth Art Month Feb. 7-27. Features artwork by District 112 elementary/middle school and District 113 high school students. Opening receptions take place at 6pm Feb. 7 (Dist. 113) and 5pm Feb. 25 (Dist. 112). 1957 Sheridan Road; 847-432-1888; theartcenterhp.org.
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North Suburban Genealogical Society Meeting Feb. 8, 1pm. Tina Beaird explains the significance behind using original records for tracing your ancestors’ military service. Guests welcome. Refreshments served. Northbrook History Museum, 1776 Walters Ave.; nsgsil.org. Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago Circus Program Feb. 9, 10:30am. Performer Bobby Hunt presents “Circus Boy,” an intergenerational, interactive program. See demos of unicycle riding, balancing and juggling. Coffee hour follows the program. 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie; ethicalhuman.org. Chicago Political Item Collectors Meeting Feb. 9, 12-3pm. Dealers from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin display, trade and sell political pinbacks, posters and more. Children school age and above welcome. Free parking. Trinity International University Waybright Student Center, 2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield; email@example.com. High Tea with Amelia Earhart Feb. 9, 12pm. Presented by Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance, this event features a performance by historian/literary dramatist Leslie Goddard. Enjoy a four-course tea catered by High Tea by Gerri. $55, $65 at the door. Highland Park Community House, 1911 Sheridan Road; greatermidwestfoodways.eventbrite.com. St. Catherine Laboure Presentation Feb. 9, 12-1:30pm. Fr. Kevin Flaherty SJ: Director of Jesuit Formation at Loyola University presents “On Mission with Christ in Temptation.” Free-will offering. St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, 3535 Thornwood Ave., Glenview; 847-998-4704; stcatherinelaboure.com. Annual “The Sleds Are Coming” Event Feb. 9, 2-3:30pm. Hosted by the Lake Forest College Athletics Department in conjunction with the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, the event is both a sled hockey showcase and GLASA fundraiser. LFC graduate JJ O’Connor, captain of the GLASA Power Soccer Team, is honored. Enter a raffle for Chicago Blackhawks tickets and merchandise. Donations encouraged. LFC Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse; lakeforest.edu. Chicago Lighthouse Vision Rehab Center Lecture Series Feb. 11, 4-5pm. Dr. Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO, presents a lecture on genetics and hereditary disorders. Registration required. 222 Waukegan Road, Glenview; 847-5106200; chicagolighthouse.org/north Glenview Gardeners Program Feb. 11, 7pm. Features Jen Roberts, Community Garden Coordinator for the Glenview Park District’s Wagner Farm. Midwest Care Center, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview; glenviewgardeners.org. Covenant Village Northbrook Heart Health Presentation Feb. 12, 2:30pm. Northwestern Medicine CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
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February 2014 CALENDAR, PAGE 4 Group cardiologist Dr. Mica Eimer presents “Living with Chronic Heart Failure: When Failure is Not an Option.” Registration required. 2625 Techny Road; 847-412-7015; covenantnorthbrook.org. Kenilworth Union Church Adult Education Feb. 12 and 19, 7pm. Rick Elgendy, Ph.D. candidate in Theology at the University of Chicago and lecturer at Lake Forest College, presents and discusses the work of C.S. Lewis. 211 Kenilworth Ave.; kuc.org. Blend it Up with Rabbi Pivo Feb. 13, 9:30am. Congregation Beth Judea’s discussion series continues. Rabbi Jeff Pivo presents “Basic Texts: How to Tell a Siddur From a Mahsor From a Haggadah and On Down the Line.” Caribou Coffee, 4196 Route 83 (Sunset Foods Plaza); 847-634-0777; bethjudea.org. Alliance Francaise du North Shore Meets Feb. 13, 6-7pm. Meet fellow francophones for relaxed conversation. Listening in French encouraged. All levels welcome. No membership required for newcomers. Panera Bread, 1199 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette; email@example.com; afnorthshore.org. Northbrook Art Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago Program Feb. 13. Mary Erbach of the Department of Museum Education discusses how the Art Institute has used artwork from the permanent collections and artists’ original illustrations to create displays for people of all ages. Admission includes bus transportation and lunch. Registration required. 847-564-0915. Craft Top-Notch Cover Letters Feb. 14, 10:15am. Mary Beth BarrettNewman, president of 2nd Career Consulting, offers guidelines, tips and techniques for writing cover letters. $15/NM. Career
WhatsHappeningOnline.com Resource Center, Grove Cultural Campus, 40 E. Old Mill Road, Suite 105, Lake Forest; 847-295-5626; careerresourcecenter.org. Brushwood Center Winter Landscape Photography Program Feb. 15, 10-11:30am. Led by an REI Outdoor School instructor. Bring a camera, tripod, quick dry towel, small chair/stool and water bottle. Wear a hat and sunglasses and use sunscreen. Registration required. $20/M, $25/ NM. 21850 N. Riverwoods Road, Deerfield; 847-968-3343; brushwoodcenter.org. Hearts for Huntington’s Dinner Dance Feb. 15, 6pm. Enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing, while supporting families facing Huntington’s disease. Features an auction of local items and other surprises. Registration required. $70 ($23 tax-deductible). Hilton Chicago/Northbrook, 2855 Milwaukee Ave.; 847-975-2403; hdsa.org/il. ZIA Gallery Exhibition – Chicago! Thru Feb. 15. See works by Bob Rehak, Alex Devereux, Mark McMahon, Michael Bond, Ted Glasoe, Jeff Lewis, John Vlahakis, Jamie Link and Roland Kulla. 548 Chestnut St., Winnetka; 847-446-3970; ziagallery.net. The Arts of Life 2014 Awards Show and Fundraiser Feb. 16, 5-8pm. Features artists from both the Chicago and North Shore Studios, along with a dinner provided by Rogue Philanthropy, an organization dedicated to making practical improvements in services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Includes three-course vegetarian dinner and open bar. 50 percent of each ticket is a taxdeductible donation to TAoL. Registration required. $100. The Kenilworth Club, 410 Kenilworth Ave.; artsoflife.org. Orphans of the Storm Valentine Pet Showcase and Gift Wrap Thru Feb. 16, 12-6pm. Orphans of the Storm
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animal shelter partners with Northbrook Court for this holiday showcase and gift wrapping. Northbrook Court lower level (by Lord & Taylor); orphansofthestorm.org. Fitness Fun Holiday Clinic Feb. 17, 1-4pm. Game On! Sports Camp 4 Girls and Crossfit Lake Forest host this President’s Day winter workout for ages 4-12. Sessions start at 1, 2 and 3pm. Free admission. Crossfit Lake Forest, 825 S. Waukegan Road; 847-229-9959; gameonsportscamp.com. Illinois Audubon Society Lake/Cook Chapter Meeting Feb. 18, 7pm. Local birder Jeff Skrentny presents “Big Day Birding: Diary of an Enthusiast.” Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park; 847-831-0331; lakecookaudubon.org. Society of Active Single Seniors Third Tuesday, 7pm. This nondenominational club offers a variety of events. Refreshments served. St. Norbert’s Church’s Grace Hall, 1809 Walters Ave., Northbrook; 847-498-5231. Shabbat Dinner with Yaakov Parisi Feb. 21, 5:30-8:30pm. Hear the intriguing story of a Pastor and his wife, who arrive at the doorsteps of Judaism. Registration required by Feb. 17. $22, $9/child, $180/ sponsor (includes four). Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook; 2095 Landwehr Road; 847-564-8770; chabadnorthbrook.com. Northbrook Community Synagogue Young Family Service Feb. 21, 6pm. Join NCS for Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner. Registration required by Feb. 17. $18/adults. 2548 Jasper Court; northbrookcommunitysynagogue.org.
may apply to design, build and exhibit the 2014 Ragdale Ring, a temporary theatre to house summer concerts, performances, events and their audiences. The recipient receives a $15,000 production grant, studio, room and board. 1260 N. Green Bay Road, Lake Forest; 847-234-1063x26; ragdale.org. Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Nominations Thru Feb. 21. Nominees sought for Person of the Year. The 38th annual Recognition Lunch takes place April 9. Visit online for complete info. Winnetkanorthfieldchamber.com. Glenview Art League Youth Art Fair Feb. 22, 1:30-4pm. See youth artwork in various mediums – painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, jewelry and woodcarving. Attea School, 2500 Chestnut Ave.; glenviewartleague.org. Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism Author Event Feb. 23, 10:15am. Kenneth N. Green discusses his book “I’m From Division Street.” Includes a complimentary breakfast. Registration required. 1221 County Line Road, Highland Park; 847-432-7950; lakesidecongregation.org. Illinois Holocaust Museum Film Screening Feb. 23, 1:30-3pm. See “Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber,” then take part in a post-film discussion, featuring Gruber via Skype. Registration required. 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie; 847-967-4800; ilholocaustmuseum.org. Wilmette Historical Museum Workshop Feb. 23, 2-4pm. Learn to preserve heirlooms and photographs in their own collections. Bring one item for discussion. Registration required. $10/M, $15/NM. 609 Ridge Road; wilmettehistory.org.
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Adlai! Feb. 10, 1-2:30pm. Drawing from speeches, period photographs and other materials, Joe Bean’s presentation showcases Adlai Stevenson’s humor, dedication to world peace and concern for education, patriotism and participatory democracy. $9/M, $12/NM. Men’s Club Tuesdays, 10:30-11am. Women and guests welcome. + Feb. 11 – The Chicago Botanic Garden: A Tapestry of Beauty and Science + Feb. 18 – Uncovering Illinois’ Past + Feb. 25 – The Arab-Israeli Conflict Artifacts and Documents: Their Meaning amid Change Feb. 10 and 24, 1-2:30pm. Rabbi Weissberg reviews the Dead Sea Scrolls, Aleppo Codex, Holy Cross and Sarajevo Haggadah, discussing the issues around their meaning over time. $18/M, $24/NM. Morton Grove Campus Thomas Paine’s Bones Feb. 12, 1-2:30pm. Among our Founding Fathers, Thomas Paine had the distinction of being the most disliked at his death, to the point that his bones were taken to England to be buried properly. CLC historian/instructor Joyce Haworth tracks Paine’s influence across both the Atlantic and time. $9/M, $12/NM. The Life and Loves of Jack Benny Feb. 14, 10-11am. Storyteller Debi Gajewski takes you back to the days of vaudeville and radio talk shows, unveiling the story of one of the largest Chicago area comedy legends. $9/M, $12/NM.
ShawChicago presents “Village Wooing” Feb. 14, 1-2pm. ShawChicago presents this staged reading of the romantic comedy, featuring a love affair beginning on the high seas aboard the pleasure ship Empress of Patagonia between a grouchy travel writer and shop girl on holiday. $12/M, $15/NM. The Romantic Violin of Fritz Kreisler Feb. 17, 1-2:30pm. Jim Kendros explores Kreisler’s many hits, including “Love’s Joy” and “Salute to Love.” $8/M, $11/NM. Morton Grove Campus Robotics: Intriguing Issues or Technology and Humanity Feb. 18, 1-2:30pm. David Hacker discusses the history of robotics, its current applications and the issue of artificial intelligence. $9/M, $12/NM. The Musee du Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay Feb. 19, 10-11:30am. The Louvre is almost as old as Paris itself, while the Musee d’Orsay opened in 1986. Tish Robinson explores their intriguing histories and the transformations of the structures themselves. $10/M, $13/NM. A Day at the Oscars Feb. 19, 12:30-2pm. Filmmaker and scholar Reid Schultz provides his lively, no-holdsbarred discussions about the best and worst films of 2013 and the nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards. $12/M, $15/NM. Rosie! A Tribute Feb. 20, 1-2:30pm. Heather Moran creates a musical tapestry from the 40-year career and colorful life of Rosemary Clooney,
Learn the game of Mah Jongg Feb. 24 thru March 24 at the North Shore Senior Center. accompanied by Chicago jazz musician Damian Espinosa. $10/M, $13/NM. Morton Grove Campus Chicago in the Golden Age Feb. 21 and 28, 1-2:30pm. The Golden Age is arguably the first modern age in American history, with Chicago at the center of America’s renewal. Tobin Hartnell discusses Chicago’s role in defining modern American CALENDAR, PAGE 5 Libertyville Mundelein Community Associates of the Art Institute Program Feb. 25. Enjoy a luncheon and lecture by Highland Park artist Beth Shadur. Registration required by Feb. 18. DoubleTree by Hilton, 510 East IL Route 83, Mundelein; 847-367-4713. Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove Pizza Fest Feb. 26, 5-8pm. Enjoy a variety of local pizzas at this benefit. Non-perishable food items are also collected. Slices are $2, and drinks and dessert items are $1. $2 admission. Buffalo Grove High School, 1100 W. Dundee Road; bgrotary.org. My Best Friend’s Closet Fourth Anniversary Event Feb. 27, 6:30pm. Features “Project Runway’s” Peach Carr, Zapatista, Salon Vole, Fresh Skin and more. Enjoy food and drinks, live music, a raffle, surprise guest appearance and mini-makeovers by Cos Bar and Studio S. Ten percent of the proceeds and raffle benefit the Samuel Sommer Fund to support pediatric cancer research. 1780 Green Bay Road, Highland Park; 847-681-0002; mybestfriendsclosethp.com. Lake Forest College Art Exhibit Feb. 27-March 31. Chicago-based artist Kate McQuillen’s project “No Such Agency” takes a look at the impenetrable nature of the NSA. An opening reception is held at 7:30pm Feb. 27. Albright and Sonnenschein Galleries, 555 N. Sheridan Road; 847-735-5019; lakeforest.edu. Undercroft Gallery Art Exhibit Thru March 2. The exhibit features Dr. Noreen Cashman’s 13-piece show “Collage on Demand.” A reception is set from 5-7pm Feb. 28. Christ Episcopal Church (lower level), 410 Grand Ave., Waukegan; 847-622-7081.
culture. $20/M, $26/NM. Beginning Mah Jongg Feb. 24-March 24, 9:30-11:30am (Mon). With Shirley Merar’s guidance, learn this fascinating game or brush up your skills. A Mah Jongg card is provided. $49/M, $59/NM. North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield; 847-784-6030; nssc.org. Townley Women’s Club of Deerfield Luncheon March 5, 11:30am. Magician William Pack presents “Discovery of Magic.” Registration required by Feb. 24. Wilmette Golf Club, 3900 Fairway Drive; 847-945-4931. NAMI CCNS Family-to-Family Education March 5-May 28, 7-9:30pm (Wed). For families of adult loved ones dealing with mental illness. Registration required. New Trier Northfield High School, 7 Happ Road, Northfield; 847-716-2252; namiccns.org. Rock Out Melanoma Battle of the Bands March 8, 7:30pm-12am. Glenview-based Skin of Steel hosts its first major fundraiser to benefit a national Melanoma Tissue Bank network, with a branch at Northwestern’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chicago. Bid on a silent auction, eat, drink and dance. Registration required. $75. Fields Volvo Northfield, 770 Frontage Road; rockoutmelanoma.eventbrite.com; skinofsteel.org. Northbrook Woman’s Club Foundation Scholarships Thru March 15. The foundation offers scholarships to Northbrook residents graduating from high school or who are current college/technical school students. Applications are available at guidance offices and by written request. Visit online for complete info. Northbrookwomansclub.org. Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Community Grant Proposals Thru April 16. Proposals for projects and programs are sought, supporting local organizations and programs that improve quality of life for Evanston residents. Projects should demonstrate a need not supported by the organization’s ongoing operating budget and not exceed $3,000. Club meetings take place 7:15-8:30am Tuesdays at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1818 Maple Ave. Evlrc.org.
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TEENS Computer Hacking – Arduino Feb. 17, 3-4:30pm. Program tiny computers called Arduino (ar-dwee-no) microcontrollers, to do cool things using LED lights, circuits, sensors – maybe even lasers. Registration required. Grades 6-12.
CHILDREN Summer Camps Offer Early Bird Discounts Most camps offer a discount for early registration if paid in full by Feb. 12. Camp fun begins June 9 with the one-week Summer Warm-Up. Four-week camps begin on June 16 with Session I, with Session II beginning July 14. Enjoy an extra week of activities Aug. 11-15 with Awesome August Camp, open to grades K-7. Visit online or call for complete info.
Mocha and More Feb. 21, 7-8pm. Discuss “Why We Broke Up” by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman. Drinks are complimentary, and the first seven registered participants receive a free copy of the book. Suggested for grades 8-12. Starbucks on Cherry
Cosmic Skating Event Feb. 15, 7:30-9pm. This Northbrook Sports Center event for junior high students features a Valentine’s Day theme. Skate with a DJ and enjoy club-style lighting, games and activities. $5, $3 skate rental. School’s Out Fun Trip Feb. 17, 9am. Children can enjoy a School’s Out Fun trip to the Field Museum for a day of exploration among the wonders of the world. Includes transportation, supervision and admission. Bring a nut-free lunch and drink, and meet at the Leisure Center. Extended care available. Registration required. Indoor Golf Lessons March 2. Kids can learn to play golf indoors on Sunday mornings at Greenbriar Gym with the Park District. Winter Stars classes are held under the direction of Michael Wenzel, an Illinois PGA Junior Golf Leader. Sessions focus on skills development, with a low student-to-coach ratio. Registration required. FAMILY Customer Appreciation Event Feb. 22, 4:30-6:20pm. To thank loyal customers and welcome new ones, the Park District offers a free family skating event at the Northbrook Sports Center. Included are free admission and rental skates, on-ice games, a short demo by talented ice athletes and prizes. All ages. “Goodnight Moon” – The Musical Thru Feb. 22, 10am and 1pm (Sat). The Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences presents an adaptation of the classic children’s book. $12. Northbrook Theatre ADULTS Hall of Fame Nominees Sought Thru March 1. The Park District is accepting nominations for its Hall of Fame and Sports Hall of Fame. Visit online for complete info. Adult Open Hockey The Northbrook Sports Center offers Open Hockey for adults from 9:30-11pm Wednesdays and 9:50-11:50pm Fridays. New players are welcome. Beginner Open Hockey runs from 7:30-8:30pm Thursdays in a non-
FAMILY Love Your Library Week Feb. 8-14. An all day event takes place Saturday with raffle prizes. Attend programs during the week, and wrap up the event with a Valentine’s Day jazz concert. Stomp Your Feet with Amy Lowe Feb. 15, 10-11am. Enjoy songs such as “I Like Gum” and “Brighter than Fireflies.”
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Northbrook Public Library ADULTS Those Were the Days Radio Players Feb. 10, 7pm. Radio players perform beloved shows from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, from comedy to mystery. Registration required. Literary Discussions + Feb. 11, 7pm – “Bridget Jones’ Diary” by Helen Fielding, led by Tracy Gossage + Feb. 12, 10am – “Nemesis” by Philip Roth, led by Benjamin Goluboff + Feb. 18, 10am – “Leon and Louise” by Alex Capus, led by Nancy Buehler + Feb. 26, 7pm – Books on Tap discussion group, held at the Landmark Inn Looking Ahead to Spring Fashions Feb. 13, 7pm. Jan Alberts presents tips on updating your wardrobe for parties, weddings, graduations and vacations. Registration required. Writing Workshop – Using the Memory Feb. 15, 2pm. Led by mystery author Kathleen Anne Fleming. Concert and Commentary with Jim Kendros Feb. 18, 7pm. Composer and music
researcher Jim Kendros celebrates Mozart, performing highlights from “Symphony #39” and “Piano Concerto #23,” featured at the upcoming Northbrook Symphony Orchestra concert. Registration required. Adoption from A-Z Feb. 22, 2:30pm. Attorney Sally Wildman discusses the types of adoptions available and various resources. Space is limited. Registration required. 847-272-2958 Academy Awards Film Discussion Feb. 23, 2pm. Independent filmmaker Reid Schultz presents his 22nd pre-Oscar night discussion. An Evening with Emily Dickinson Feb. 25, 7pm. Betsey Means of WomanLore portrays the enigmatic poet in this onewoman performance. Registration required. Urban Forest Feb. 27, 7pm. Restoration expert Stephen Packard explores and shares details regarding Somme Preserves’ three ecosystems – prairie, savannah, and oak woodland. Registration required. CHILDREN Board Game Smackdown Feb. 17, 10am-12pm. Prepare for a dice rolling battle of wits. Registration required. Grades 4-8. Chat and Chew Feb. 20, 4-5pm. Featured is “Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917” by Sally M. Walker. Registration required.
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Northbrook Senior Center ACTIVITIES Take Charge of Your Diabetes Workshop Feb. 13, 9-11:30am. This six-week workshop helps you manage the disease and reach personal goals. Registration required. Valentine’s Day Lunch Feb. 14, 11:30am-1pm. Enjoy lunch, entertainment, musical games and a singalong with Dr. Burton Fischman and The Great American Songbook. $19/M, $29/NM. Leisure Center Lunch and a Movie – “Argo” Feb. 20, 12-3pm. Registration required. $9/M, $12/NM. Fun and Easy Cooking: Cooking from Your Pantry Feb. 24, 1-2:30pm. Learn what foods to keep on hand and recipes to make with them with instructor Jill Roter. Take home three individual meals and recipes. Registration required. $25/M, $35/NM. Leisure Center TRIPS “Gypsy” Feb. 19. Head to the Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier for a performance of “Gypsy,” plus lunch at Riva. Registration required. $109/M, $119/NM. 3323 Walters Ave.; 847-291-2988; nbparks.org.
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Seeing the Forest Through the Trees – Coping with Divorce Divorce is a significant life event that can leave families emotionally and physically exhausted. Adults who divorce must acclimate to the reality of coping with significant life challenges (e.g., children, finances and work) without the support of a significant other. After years of marriage, these changes can be significant for the adult and require considerable effort to Dr. Michael Clatch create and maintain change. Children experiencing divorce will also need to change their routines. In addition, they will also often have a wide range of emotions, which may impact all aspects of their lives from school to friendships. These emotions can result in a wide range of behavioral difficulties for the child and can include a regression in behavior (thumb sucking after years of abandoning the habit) or acting out (problems at school, lack of attention to authority, declining grades, etc.). Although a divorce is a disruptive and difficult time period, those experiencing this event can make it through and can move forward to a better and healthier state. When divorce occurs, there is often a tendency to focus on the immediate issues impacting the child or family. As a result, parents and children may lose sight of the bigger picture and focus on issues that may not be as important to the overall health and well being of the family. Because of this situation, moving forward after divorce is similar to the challenge of seeing the forest through the trees. However, there are some practical steps that you should consider to
help your family make this transition. If you have children, you will need to define a new relationship with your ex-spouse. This relationship will require you to work together to meet the needs of your children. Co-parenting is often a term that is utilized to describe the relationship that develops between ex-spouses following a divorce. Defining this relationship will be critical for setting boundaries and ensuring that your children know what to expect. This framework and support will also be critical to ensuring that your children’s needs are met. Creating a co-parenting relationship with your ex-spouse can be a challenging process. However, it is essential for ensuring that your children have the long-term
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structure that they need to meet their physical and emotional needs. Moving forward after divorce also requires communication with your children. Set time aside each day or week to talk with your children about what they are experiencing. What concerns do they have? What do they need? How do they feel? Communicating about divorce and its impact provides your children with the ability to express their emotions and feel as if their needs are being met. Communication can be difficult because it may initially bring up emotions that children and adults want to avoid. However, talking about these feelings and getting them out into the open will be helpful for healing and for
moving forward. Here again, it is important to remember that you are focusing in the long-term development and success of your children. By addressing difficult emotions early in the aftermath of a divorce, these issues can be addressed and settled instead of having a long-term effect on your child’s emotional stability. Although much of moving forward after divorce focuses on the children and their needs, it is important for ex-spouses to recognize that they also need time to heal and to grieve the loss of their marriage. Divorce is a very traumatic process, as most couples do not marry with the intention of seeking a divorce at sometime in the future. Realizing that your expectations of marriage have not been met and coming to terms with the reality of what has occurred will be important for you to move forward. The process of divorce often results in emotions that are similar to the grieving process. Loss has occurred and ex-spouses must acknowledge this reality when moving forward. The pathway for healing that you choose may include counseling or support groups, or possibly the decision to begin dating again. Regardless of what choice you make, you must be conscious of the need to repair your health and wellbeing. Awareness of this issue will be critical for you to maintain balance in your life and respond to the needs of your children and exspouse. Over time, this will make it easier for you to cope with your loss and move on with your life. Dr. Clatch practices at the Courage to Connect Therapeutic Center, 2400 Ravine Way, Suite 600, Glenview. For more info, call 847-347-5757 or visit couragetoconnecttherapy.com.
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1. Molly D’Esposito of Northfield received two framed paintings from North Shore Senior Center’s Executive Director Jordan Luhr during the Center’s annual meeting on Jan. 14. The works commemorate the completion of D’Esposito’s two-year term as Board Chair. New board members include David Barth of Northbrook, Ellen Butkus of Evanston, Claire Cross and Julia Johnson of Northfield, and Jim Herst of Highland Park. Northbrook’s Arthur B. Muir succeeds D’Esposito as the new Board Chair. 2. Michael Mazzei, Sr. Vice President and Managing Broker of Koenig and Strey’s Northbrook office, welcomes Kate Campbell as a broker associate. The Glenview resident held positions as a project manager, customer service representative and educator. Relocating from South Africa, Campbell lived on the East Coast before settling in Illinois. For info, visit koenigstrey.com.
3. North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park has received recognition for Aliza Drumm, Director of Informal Education, who has been awarded the title of “Conservative Jewish Educator,” a new credential from the Jewish Educators Assembly. A second award was given to high school youth group “BEANS USY” at the International Convention of United Synagogue Youth, held in New Orleans. The chapter led in charitable donations for North American USY chapters, collecting a total of $8,433.56. For info, visit nssbethel.org. 4. In December, Brian I. Gordon and Murray A. Gordon – president and CEO of MAGA Ltd. in Riverwoods, respectively – presented a trio of long term care planning presentations, including a Forbes/NAPFA panel discussion. Topics included cost of care, care options, future demographics and more. For info, visit maga.com.
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Crystal Mountain’s Ski and Spa Dispel Cabin Fever My first thought when pulling into the village that is the Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa was “Wow!” A horse-drawn surrey jingled past a European-styled lodge, as snow fell and the setting sun cast an Aurora Borealis type of glow. The resort is about 28 miles south of Michigan’s Traverse City. I flew into TC’s Cherry Capital Airport and drove over to Crystal Mountain. Once there, I didn’t need a car. The resort is actually a small, charming village Jodie Jacobs where everything from slopes and restaurants to its lodge, ski equipment place, condos and cabins are within easy walking distance. A car would have been useful if staying at a Mountain Top Townhome, where both the drive up and views are gorgeous. Skiers staying there tend to exit out the back door and slalom down the slope. I loved my comfy cabin, complete with a kitchen if I wanted to cook. It would have been perfect for a family or girls’ escape. I liked the bench just inside the door, where I put on my ski pants and shed snowy boots. The boots were mine to borrow from the resort while staying here. I came here because learning to cross-country ski was high on my bucket list and I didn’t have to bring equipment or boots. I could have tried any of the resort’s sports. Crystal Mountain has all level hills and snow-sport instructions from downhill, snowboarding or cross-country skiing. The resort’s ski school and terrain has received high marks from ski publications and
visitors. My cross-country instructor never lost patience with our struggling group of beginners. Not being a veteran skier, I worried about how to dress for northern Michigan below the Upper Peninsula. Fortunately, the staff at a suburban Chicago sports store knew what to recommend. Properly suited in Under Armour wear, ski pants, jacket, gloves and hat, I was never cold. Instead, getting a cross-country workout, I shed the jacket in favor of its vest. The bonus was that after years of fighting Chicago’s windy winters, I now knew how to dress when back home. Skiing meant I didn’t have to worry about all the food I downed. Breakfast was a hearty, yummy buffet in the Wild Tomato Restaurant and Bar, with lunch of soup and sandwiches in the Lodge’s Clipper Café facing the slopes. For me, evenings were about relaxing in Kinlochen’s (The Lodge) Thistle Pub and Grill, a fine dining restaurant. It specialized equally in feeding man-sized hunger with perfectly prepared, aged steaks and offered light meals of fish and healthy veggies. Although some guests were back out on the lighted slopes, skiing down freshly fallen, glistening snow, I looked forward to returning to my cabin after dinner to plan the next day. Should I try snowshoeing or check out the Spa, a LEED-certified, 18,500-foot facility with an indoor pool? Decisions, decisions! Crystal Mountain is about a five-hour drive north of Chicago, and west of Cadillac, Michigan. Located at 12500 Crystal Mountain Drive in Thompsonville, it’s about a 40-minute drive if flying into Traverse City. For more information, call 877-767-0204 or visit crystalmountain.com. JODIE JACOBS
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It’s February, and that means one of the biggest months of the year for chocolate. Instead of buying a box for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day, why not treat them to a homemade decadent delight, perfect for a romantic dinner for two? The fact that it’s still cold outside makes this even more special, since it will warm you from head to toe – especially when you add the liqueur! Chef Kim Bisk It’s also great because you have to take your time eating it. There are a variety of things you can set out to dip in the chocolate. I’ve listed ideas at the end of the recipe, but it’s really up to you. That means more time to chat and stare into each other’s eyes. Awwwww.
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1. How many martyred saints are believed to be named St. Valentine? a. 12 b. 14 c. 7 d. 16
8. In what year did Hallmark launch its first Valentine’s Day product? a. 1913 b. 1915 c. 1917 d. 1919
2. Ancient Egyptians used to mummify people with this organ intact because they believed it was the only part of the body necessary for the trip through eternity. a. heart b. liver c. lung d. eye
9. Which Roman goddess was known as the goddess of love? a. Vesta b. Juno c. Venus d. Diana
3. This February holiday was originally observed on Feb. 14. a. Lincoln’s birthday b. Washington’s birthday c. Mardi Gras d. Groundhog Day
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School Happenings Glenview Methodist Preschool Dad’s Breakfast Glenview Methodist Preschool kids honored their dads – and some granddads, too – at the annual Dad’s Breakfast on Jan. 18. Drawings and narrations from the kids about their dads decked the hall. Kids and their special guests went from room to room painting each other’s faces, designing new ties for dads to wear, playing indoor table hockey and painting woodcraft cars, sleds, snowmen and hearts. Glencoe Junior High Project Musical The Glencoe Junior High Project presents the musical production “Lucky Stiff,” an offbeat comedy based on Michael Butterworth’s 1983 novel “The Man Who Broke The Bank at Monte Carlo.” Performances take place Feb. 6-9 in Central School’s Misner Auditorium, 620 Greenwood Ave., Glencoe. Tickets are $12.50, with all proceeds supporting GJHP. District 109 Kindergarten Registration District 109’s Kindergarten registration is
held from 1-7pm Feb. 12 and 7:30am-12pm Feb. 20 at the District Center. Registration packets are available online at dps109.org. Parents with children turning 5 on or before Sept. 1 are encouraged to contact the school CONTINUED ON PAGE 21
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Age: 6 years Breed: Domestic Shorthair Mix Gender: Female My Story: Aurora was adopted in 2008, but recently returned due to a family illness. Front paw declawed, she loves to be petted. Feather toys and a warm bed are two of Aurora’s favorite things! She lived in a home with other cats and would do well with other felines.
Age: 7 years Breed: Hound/Retriever Mix Gender: Female My Story: Everyone calls this sweet, gentle girl Libby! She loves toys, walks and running in the yard. Libby would do best in a home without small children or other pets. She has been at Heartland for some time and is well loved, but needs a home of her own!
Age: 3 years Breed: Domestic Shorthair Mix Gender: Female My Story: Pandoora is a beautiful tortoiseshell/ calico mix with lots of orange markings. She came to Heartland from another rescue group about a year ago. Pandoora’s waiting to bring happiness into your life and be part of a family. She is such a sweetheart, and just wants to be loved!
Heartland Animal Shelter, 2975 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook; 847-296-6400; heartlandanimalshelter.net.
Age: 4 years Breed: Wirehaired Terrier Gender: Male My Story: Bobo has been passed over for some time now, and we can’t figure out why. He’s fun-loving and popular with shelter volunteers. Bobo likes to take walks and is good on leash. He knows some commands and learns quickly with treats.
Age: 4 years Breed: Domestic Shorthair Gender: Female My Story: Marni is a gem, and won’t be at the shelter long. She gets attention from just about everyone. Marni’s not at all aloof, and will come right up to you as if to say, “Why don’t you take me home right now?” So why don’t you? You won’t be disappointed.
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It’s not every day that people are willing to “go jump in a lake” – particularly in the winter – let alone do so with thousands of other people, including members of the law enforcement community. But that’s exactly what will happen on various weekends in February and March as part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Illinois, presented by GEICO. The event has grown from one location in 1999 to 20 locations across the state this year. The Polar Plunge series will kick off with a SUPER Plunge – where participants raise a minimum of $2,500 and plunge into Lake Michigan once an hour every hour for 24 hours – Feb. 21-22 at Northwestern University’s North Beach in Evanston. Any adventurous soul is invited to join law enforcement officers, as well as media and business and civic leaders from their community by donning bathing suits, costumes or any clothing of choice (just no wet suits!) to jump in a lake. Each plunger must collect a minimum of $75 in donations that will be used to support Special Olympics programs in Illinois. Plungers are encouraged to form teams to spread the fun. Each team member must raise the minimum of $75 in donations and all team members’ individual fundraising totals will be merged to form a combined team total. Teams are placed into divisions based on size and are awarded prizes for the most money raised. All plungers receive gifts, compete for prizes, and enjoy food and camaraderie with other chilly participants. The more money a plunger raises, the more chances they have to win a four-night trip for two adults to Cancun, Mexico with accommodations at Riu Peninsula, courtesy of Apple Vacations. For every $500 a plunger raises, he or she will get an entry into the drawing for this grand prize. Individuals and teams can register for the
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With the spring residential real estate market rapidly approaching, homebuyers and sellers will all face the contract negotiating process. This can often be one of the most challenging elements of the real estate buying or selling experience. Real estate contracts differ from most business transactions, as both parties may have an emotional connection to the property. In order to succeed in the negotiation process, it’s helpful to: Be prepared. After several years of it being a “buyer’s market,” this spring there will likely be a shift. Multiple offers could once again become the norm. Before starting your search, it’s a good idea to make sure you have already researched your areas of interest and have received a pre-approval letter from a reputable lender. Pre-approval letters differ from pre-qualification letters because they require submitting tax returns and W-2s. Be first. Being the first buyer to put an offer in writing has its advantages. If the initial offer is compelling, you can avoid a bidding war altogether. Sellers like to know that the person buying their home is going to love it as much as they do. Given the choice between similar offers, sellers may go with a lower offer if they feel an emotional connection with a particular buyer. Writing a personal note to accompany your offer can make all the difference. Be inquisitive. Not every seller is strictly motivated by price. Find out what is most important to the seller at the beginning of the negotiation to avoid making an offer that will put the seller on the defensive. If possible, ask questions about why they are moving, when their ideal closing date would be, and if there is anything you can do to make their move easier. If possible, find some common ground. If you are flexible with your timing, it might make a difference to a seller who has not yet found their next home, or who would prefer to finish out the school year if they have school-aged children. Be creative. If both parties are motivated, and the deal just doesn’t come together, it’s time to get creative. Other items to consider in the negotiating process include personal property such as furniture and artwork, payment of property taxes and transaction
fees, and financing tools such as loan discount points or seller financing. Another point of negotiation is the inspection. If you know you are going to do some renovations to the house, you might propose taking the home “as is” to make your offer really stand out. Keep everything on the table, and keep the conversations going so the deal doesn’t fizzle. It is also important to remember that the real estate transaction does not end when the contract is signed. Above all, play nice and be fair – it will go a long way when sitting at the closing table. Contributed by Beth Alberts, a full-time, full-service Broker Associate at Baird & Warner. Having been part of one of the most successful teams on the North Shore, she specializes in representing buyers and sellers of residential real estate. Reach her at 773991-2560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ravinia Highlands a Quaint Little Secret Rich in history, Ravinia Highlands is a quaint little secret, nestled next to Ravinia Festival near the lake in Highland Park. Storybook houses evenly adorn 10 blocks of tree-lined streets, just west of the Metra line. Streets such as Pleasant Avenue are known for their friendly neighbors and 1950s feel. There are over 300 “trick-or-treaters” every year for a street-wide Halloween block party, complete with margarita tent for the parents. Other fun times include a large formal block party in the summer, regular impromptu block parties on holidays, men’s golf tourney, women’s book clubs and an annual Turkey Bowl football game at Thanksgiving. The location is ideal – it’s why most people moving into Ravinia neighborhoods never leave. For city commuters in the ’burbs, the Metra train is the only way (express about 35 minutes) into the city during rush hour. Otherwise, it is an excruciating one-and-ahalf-hour drive for all routes imaginable – double for snow days. If you decide to live a little west of the stops – e.g. west Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook, Buffalo Grove – and drive to Metra, add on another 15-30 minutes as suburban traffic is just as horrid in rush hour. Ravinia Highlands’ neighborhood is one block away from Metra and some neighbors don’t leave their house until they hear the train approach. As for education, Highland Park District Schools, and with special regard to Ravinia Elementary, are second to none. Phenomenal teachers, updated school programming and resources, extraordinary music teachers (spectacular school-wide performances), creative and engaging art teachers (projects are proudly displayed all over our house), super fun gym teachers, fantastic support staff and excellent leadership are the norm. Students and parents are friendly, too. There is a nice mix of working and stay-
at-home parents. Bullying is nipped in the bud and students learn respect from day one. Children with special needs are mainstreamed well, while gifted children are challenged by an augmented curriculum. They have a volunteer “no tree nut/peanut” policy and do a good job of minimizing risk without singling out the food allergy kids. As for entertainment and other conveniences, if not going downtown for a date night, you can hop the Metra to Highwood (10 minutes max), enjoy a nice meal, hit a bar (we like the Irish pub) and get home safe in plenty of time to relieve a babysitter. Or, just walk down our street to one of the restaurants or pub on Roger Williams to meet up with neighborhood regulars or catch a glimpse of Billy Corgan at his tea house, then stop by Walgreens for your to-do list and walk two blocks home. Ravinia Festival is a three-block walk, and neighbors taught us how to arrive early to set up a front spot on the lawn, walk home to meet friends or gather children, then get back for the 7pm show. Enjoy a cocktail or two and walk home safely. You don’t even need to pre-buy tickets, because if a neighbor doesn’t have extra, someone is usually reselling lawn passes at the gate, even for the most popular soldout shows. As a bonus, the neighborhood association gives you passes (four per night) to let your friends park on your street for concerts anytime. You’ll be the most popular friend come summertime. Join the fun!
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Making Sure Your Commercial Lease Works for You Leasing commercial space is a fact of life for many business owners. The expense of commercial leasing is considerable, but cost is not the only factor to consider when leasing a commercial space. The following are a few tips for business owners when negotiating their commercial space lease. Enlist some professional help. While seasoned business owners may be able to negotiate their commercial lease on their own, new business owners often benefit from the services of real estate brokers and real estate lawyers. Real estate lawyers can negotiate your lease, explaining key terms and conditions that may prove confusing to first-time business owners. Real estate brokers can help you find the right location, and many real estate brokers have a long working history with landlords. Such relationships can make the negotiating process easier, and they also can benefit business owners looking for the best possible location for their businesses. Real estate brokers often get first choice at the most desirable locations, so teaming up with an established real estate broker can increase your chances of landing a desirable property. Emphasize affordable renewal options. The length of commercial leases favored by small businesses is often similar to the length of a lease on a private residence. Though the language might be more complex than that of a private residence lease, the length of a commercial lease agreement is typically one to two years. But business owners must be diligent regarding renewal options and the cost of such renewals. Come the end of your lease terms, you don’t want to be met with a considerable and unexpected hike in rent just as your business is starting to take off. Work to get the most favorable renewal options possible so more of your operating budget can go into your products and not toward your lease. Pay attention to extra fees. Many commercial leases include fees in addition to the monthly rent. Maintenance fees are common, and there may even be a separate set of maintenance fees when sharing commercial space. During lease negotiation, ask to see a list of the costs and fees current tenants typically incur each month.
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Biaggi’s a Sweet Valentine’s Treat As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s only fitting that we turn our attention to love affairs. Not the boy-meets-girl-and-they-fall-inlove sentimentality about which books are written and movies are made. We’re talking about affairs of the palate, not the heart. Traditionally, Feb. 14 is the day for wine and roses, chocolates and cards, Cupid and cooing. In the Chuck Pecoraro restaurant business, it’s referred to as “deuces wild,” since most if not all of the reservations are for coosome twosomes. This year, romantic dining isn’t limited to one evening, as many places are cooking up special treats for a three-night weekend. Fortunately, the North Shore is fertile territory for restaurants that offer the proper menu and motif for romantic encounters of the culinary kind. If you prefer to add an Italian flavor to the occasion, Biaggi’s in Deerfield would be a good destination. Housed in a handsome building on the fringe of a shopping center, Biaggi’s catches the eye from the outside and seduces the senses inside. The spacious interior struts a posh Rocky Mountain lodge profile with urbane overtones, with a huge centerpiece bar and open kitchen as focal points. Some 180 seats are spread over a terraced backdrop decked out in bold stone, wood, leather, moody lighting and crackling fireplace. Tables are arranged to assure
privacy, booths are designed for intimacy. As part of a 23-location national chain, Biaggi’s endows most of its Italian cooking with a northern stamp. Sauces are predominately lighter and creamier, compared to the heavier tomato-based type synonymous with the southern style. Dishes with Bolognese, Milanese and pesto designations are typical of the northern brand. We had a sneak preview of chef Chad Melinger’s special Valentine dinners for Feb. 14, 15 and 16, and they have all the right elements for some enchanted eating – and evening. The three-course repast is tabbed at $35 per person, plus tax and tip – a reasonable rate for cuisine and ambiance of this caliber. You can order from the regular menu as well. First-course options are Lobster Bisque (garnished with snippets of lobster and creme fraiche), Formaggi di Capra (baked goat cheese with marinara sauce and Kalamata olives on toasted baguette) or Insalata Ricardo (arugula tossed with lemon vinaigrette, avocado and asiago cheese). The bisque is dense and delicious with rich lobster flavor. For the main course, there’s Chicken Romesco (basted in nutty sauce with garlicparmesan fettucine), Grilled Ribeye (prime aged steak with mashed potatoes, asparagus and smoked tomato sauce) or Hawaiian Marlin Picatta (fresh seafood seasoned, seared and served with cappellini and lemon caper cream sauce). And finally, for your sweetheart’s sweet tooth, there’s a trifecta of tempting desserts. Choose from Chocolate Creme Brulee (with fresh strawberries and cloud of whipped
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Heading to the Heart of the Holy Land Upon finding out I would be visiting Israel, it became of paramount importance that I visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem to place a prayer between the famous stones. As an American who grew up Catholic, there was the sense that all my unanswered prayers could simply have been the result of my lack of proximity to this ancient, holy place. While being in Israel wouldn’t transform me into one of the “chosen people,” Carrie Levi it would at least put me in closer proximity to large numbers of them. I hoped for the possibility that God would get me mixed up in the shuffle and look more favorably upon my prayers. My husband was born in Israel, so I looked at him as my official tour guide – forgoing most of my own research on Israeli culture and norms. I did know that it was hotter than an oven, and I must dress to avoid melting. I started my day in Jerusalem dressed in leggings, a racer-back tank top and running shoes. It quickly became too hot, so I ducked into a restroom to change into running shorts. We made our way down to the spacious plaza, where we had to clear security. After gathering my things from the conveyor belt, I saw my husband was already far ahead of me, keeping pace with our Jerusalem-in-ThreeHours guided tour group. With the Wall in my sights, I happily hurried after them. A police van intercepted me, screeching to a halt. The officer flung his entire torso out of the van window, yelling angrily at me in Hebrew. I couldn’t understand him, as none of what he was saying contained the handful of polite greetings I had learned so far. He began aggressively waving his arms, motioning for me to leave the plaza. Terrified of losing Jason, I begged him to let me stay. He began hitting his arms with his hands and pointed at me – the international sign for “Your bare skin is offensive.” Fighting back tears, I dropped my daypack, pulled out a scarf and covered my shoulders. Next, he pointed towards my legs. I felt like saying I couldn’t think of one good reason to even make pants in this country, but instead pulled my leggings out of my bag, too scared to move. I pulled them on over my running shoes and shorts, creating the impression of an adult diaper just as Jason finally returned. The two of them began an exchange in Hebrew, which helped defuse the situation. I was finally free to go, sweaty and shamed. Approaching the Wall, I noticed it was divided into two sections by a fence – a spacious area to one side, and a significantly smaller section to the right. Jason informed
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Bonaparte, Khan, Tzu – Generals of Tic Tactics Every kid’s menu at every restaurant that provides them always includes a few games of Tic-Tac-Toe. It’s a staple. It’s simple. And it’s why you are about to be addicted to an updated classic game. Techlife has been heads down, testing Tic Tactics by Hidden Variable Studios to ensure our readers would fall in love. Okay, who are we kidding, we have been playing games all in the name of fun. Dave Kaufman Tic Tactics takes the game we all know and adds just enough complexity that adults and kids alike can play and discover what’s old is new again. Tic Tactics is a multiplayer, free game for both Android and iOS. The game starts with what looks like a big Tic-Tac-Toe board, a 3×3 grid. Looking closer, each square of the board is subdivided again into another 3×3 Tic-Tac-Toe board, providing a total of nine little games of Tic-Tac-Toe that make up the big board. The goal is simple; get three in a row in any direction of the big board to win. How To Play Tic Tactics Each player at the start of the game places nine of their Xs or Os spread amongst the board. Tic Tactics won’t allow a user to complete a line in this initial setup phase, by taking away squares as you place each of your symbols. After both players have placed their initial moves, X goes first. Each player then alternates playing a piece.
The strategy is that each move impacts the full big board. When you place a piece, the location corresponds to the placement of the next piece by your opponent. Place a piece in any of the little boards’ upper right corners and the next move made by your opponent will be in the upper right corner little board. Once a user does play three in a row on any little board, they own that square on the big board. Getting three in a row on the big board wins you the game. Tic Tactics Strategy My first time playing I had some questions, and Techlife’s strategy section should help new users as well as experienced players. What happens if a little board has a “cat’s game,” or a draw? If the last piece of a little board is played (nine in total) and the board is a draw, both players get to claim that board as a wildcard toward the goal of three in a row on the big board. This can include winning someone the big board. Just because a little board is claimed, the empty squares on the little board are still in play, but they hurt you. A lot. Avoid getting into a situation where your opponent keeps forcing you to play in a little board that has already been won. Each little board has one square that, when played, makes the next play on that same little board. Use these squares wisely, both on offense and defense. Giving up a little board isn’t a bad thing. Be willing to sacrifice a little board. When you start Tic Tactics, you will notice your rating is 1500. This is because the game uses the Elo rating system. Invented by Arpad Elo, the system allows the Tic Tactics server to try and set up fair matches between random
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Benjamin Schlechter, Owner of North Shore Aesthetics greatest challenges I faced was early on in practice when I started to advertise my services. The local competitors were less than pleased as they had never marketed their services, and felt it was inappropriate in the local market to do so. I ignored their threats and concerns and forged ahead. Of course, they now all advertise their services, but I am proud to have paved the way!
Benjamin Schlechter M.D., F.A.C.S. recently opened North Shore Aesthetics – a second office location in Northbrook – where he provides the full range of Plastic and Reconstructive procedures. A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, Dr. Schlechter resided in the Chicago area for both his medical school and plastic surgery training, finally fulfilling his dream of opening an office in the area. He is in his 19th year of private practice in Pennsylvania, where he has a busy cosmetic and medical practice in addition to a full-service medical day spa, The Spa at Spring Ridge. North Shore Aesthetics offers not only the cosmetic and medical services of Dr. Schlechter, but also laser and skincare services and the Ideal Protein Diet program, provided by his well-trained staff. WH! How did you get your start in this business? DBS: Upon finishing my Plastic Surgery residency, I elected to return to my hometown to join my longtime friend and mentor in his private practice. At the time, he was offering me an opportunity to grow his practice, but I had to buy in as a partner from day one and I was given no formal salary. I hit the ground running, and ran from the emergency room to hospital clinics to local events, building a name for myself in the community, as I had been away for 15 years with my schooling and training. WH! Tell us about one person who has been instrumental in the success of your business. DBS: My wife Ivy Zazove, a Chicago native, has been my business partner, marketing, and financial manager since I opened The Proserpi-Schlechter Center for Plastic Surgery in 1995. In medical school, very little was taught about the business of medicine, so when she jumped in and put her marketing and finance MBA to use, it was the finishing touch that the business needed to thrive and grow. She was instrumental in the opening and success of the medical spa, and the driving force behind opening the new location in Northbrook. She currently manages the Pennsylvania office, oversees the spa, does all of the marketing and financial aspects of all three businesses and works as my primary cosmetic coordinator in both medical offices. She is the glue that holds everything together in the office. WH! How long did it take to get your business model right? What were the challenges? DBS: The business model is constantly evolving, much like the cosmetic industry in general. In the spa, I think we have developed a good model for growing our business from within using our existing patient base, while at the same time marketing to the local community to expand the business each year. Last year, the spa grew 33 percent in its seventh year in business, while many such entities have closed their doors. One of the
WH! What non-work related items do you have on your desk and walls in your office? DBS: Aside from many photos of my family, it is apparent to anyone entering my personal office that I am a huge sports fan, as evidenced by my sports memorabilia. I obviously follow the local Philly professional teams, but also display a lot of University of Michigan memorabilia, as my three children all attend the school, for which they joke I am an honorary alum!
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WH! The one business tool I can’t live without is: DBS: A good camera. I have a photo studio in both offices to take before-and-after pictures of my work. The most visited aspect of any plastic surgeon’s business website is the before-and-after photo gallery. WH! What life or work experience taught you a valuable lesson? DBS: In August of 1980, I was trimming brush on a horse farm when the chainsaw I was using kicked back, almost cutting off my left index finger. Dr. Sergio Proserpi of Proserpi-Schlechter CPS masterfully put my finger back together, and from that day forward I changed from wanting to be a veterinarian to going to medical school and becoming a plastic surgeon, specializing in hand surgery. WH! What is your favorite part of your business? DBS: The most rewarding part of my business is the responses I receive from satisfied patients – in the form of personal letters and verbal gratitude, or just tears of joy in their eyes. It is hard to explain the satisfaction in seeing someone who never took their shirt off stand before you crying following a gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts) surgery. Hanging in my lunchroom is a before-andafter picture of a 7-year-old boy, with a note attached thanking me for “fixing his ears so now he doesn’t get teased anymore.” It doesn’t get better than that! When I have that occasional challenging patient, I pull out my box of personal notes, read through them and remember all of the thanks and praise I have received over the years for the service I have provided. WH! What is the motto of your business or your mission statement? DBS: I understand that elective surgery can be a life-changing decision, one that is not made easily by most patients. I aim to educate my patients, advise them based on my expertise and guide them to make the right decision for themselves, even if the answer is ultimately to do nothing. The patient is my top priority, and I am committed to helping them realize their appearance goals with the highest level of care, professionalism and quality of results I can provide. This philosophy has served me well over the past 19 years, and I am sure it will do the same in my new office at North Shore Aesthetics. North Shore Aesthetics, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1404 Techny Road, Northbrook; 847-393-4770; northshoreplasticsurgeon.com. Consultations are complimentary.
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The Olive Tap Opens in Highland Park The Olive Tap opened at the beginning of December in Highland Park, joining the family of Olive Tap franchises across the country. They carry award-winning, small batch, artisan-produced extra-virgin olive oils from around the globe and balsamic vinegars of Modena, Italy – bottled on site. Also available are a variety of gourmet sauces, tapenades, dipping spices and more. 1852 1st St.; 847-681-9000; theolivetap.com. Wheeling’s 971 North Pack & Ship Offers Broad Variety 971 North Pack & Ship in Wheeling now offers a wide range of packaging and shipping supplies, including corrugated boxes, tape and a variety of cushioning. In addition, the business provides a choice of shipping methods thru carriers such as FedEx, DHL and USPS. Also available at the independent mail and parcel center are mailbox rentals, copy services and postal services. 971 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 847-215-5202; 971north.com.
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Debbie Pickus, Co-Owner of Title Boxing Club He went on to found Title Boxing Club with boxer Danny Campbell. WH! Tell us about a work experience from which you learned a valuable lesson. DP: I learned a lot from my experience as the Group Fitness Department Head at Lifetime Athletic. In those 18 months, I really learned about developing programs that keep members happy, as well as how to deal with employees. The most valuable part of that experience was probably getting fired from the position. It taught me about bouncing back and not giving up, leading me to own my own company rather than working for others. I am now partners with several brilliant people in the fastest growing franchise in history. Debbie Pickus – co-owner of Title Boxing Club in Northbrook with Melissa Nelson – possesses a wealth of fitness experience. A black belt, Pickus (pictured above at right) has taught fitness and martial arts classes for more than 15 years, and been in fitness management for the last four. She believes physical fitness is the key to a strong mind and body, and her goal is to introduce their popular workout to the community. WH! What was your very first job? DP: I worked at Osco Drug when I was 16. WH! Name one person you’d consider a hero or role model and explain why. DP: Tom Lyons, the CEO and founder of Title Boxing Club. At 20 years old, several of the male patriarchs in his family died. Having a wife and child on the way, he was forced to quit college and go to work selling travel (timeshares) door to door. One of the best reps, Lyons took over and became owner of the company, which is still hugely successful. SCHOOL HAPPENINGS, PAGE 10 office where their child will attend. Valentine’s Day Party Schedule Since Feb. 14 is a school holiday, District 30 students celebrate Valentine’s Day on Thursday, Feb. 13. Maple School’s Student Council hosts a Valentine’s Day Breakfast from 7:30-8:20am, with Wescott and Willowbrook School students having their Valentine’s Day parties at 11am. Libertyville Elementary District 70 students in kindergarten thru fifth-grade hold classroom parties beginning between 1:15 and 1:30pm Feb. 13, as Feb. 14 is a Teachers’ Institute Day. Schools involved in holding the parties include Adler Park, Butterfield, Copeland Manor and Rockland. Forest Bluff Montessori School Parent Child Series At 8:45am Feb. 20, Montessori education expert Paula Polk Lillard gives the first lecture of the winter/spring Parent Child Series, “Tending to the Young Child’s Spirit.” The lecture is followed by questions and discussion. Co-founding Lake Bluff’s Forest Bluff School in 1982, she has served on the board of directors of the Association Montessori Internationale, and has authored a number of books and articles on Montessori theory and practice. For more information, visit forestbluff.org. Wescott Third Graders Spread Warmth Instead of having students play games or eating treats during their holiday party in December, Wescott School third grade room parent Carmen Michael had a different idea. She asked teacher Karen McCluskey if the children could get involved with a special project, benefiting those in need. The activity involved tying two soft blankets together, which were later donated to Project Linus, a non-profit organization providing homemade blankets to children in need.
WH! Tell us about the best business trip you’ve ever been on. DP: The Beach Body Summit in Vegas, with the likes of Shaun T, Tony Horton and others. I also rep Beachbody products and workout programs. WH! How did you get your start in business? DP: In April, my partner and I went into the Title Boxing Club in Northbrook on a Groupon. We loved the workout and were planning on joining the club – I wanted to teach there. We began talking to the head trainer and found out these were franchised and that ours was for sale. We started talking to the owner and then the franchise development group. After going through discovery day – franchises have them for prospective franchisees – we negotiated buying that location and two other territories, taking over the Northbrook club on July 1! CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 District 70 Raises More than $3,000 for Disaster Victims Libertyville Elementary District 70’s fundraiser “Sheltering From the Storm” raised more than $3,000 thru coin collection jars set up in school offices. The $3,402.30 raised from the district-wide fundraiser will go to help downstate Illinois residents hurt by a tornado last fall, as well as Filipinos left devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. The fundraiser was begun by the school district’s character building program committee, Character Counts. iRead for 112 Foundation Kicks Off The 112 Education Foundation held their second annual iRead for 112 Foundation kickoff Jan. 11 at the Highland Park Public Library. Nearly 600 people attended the festivities, which included book signings from 11 area children’s authors, performances by storyteller Chris Fascione and readers from District 112 staff, as well as local elected officials. The program fosters students’ love of reading while raising money for author visits. Students record their reading minutes and collect donations. Last year, students read over 2,000,000 minutes, raising more than $27,000.
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WH! What exciting things are on the horizon for your business, and where will it be in five, 15 and 30 years? DP: We have just launched Power Nutrition, which has a pre-workout supplement, protein recovery drink and several other products. We’ve created great relationships with fitness wear companies such as Lululemon and Athleta, and are excited to have some special events with them. We are beginning cross promotion with other fitness centers, and are about to launch a punch card program and corporate team building events. I’ve been talking to some great companies about bringing their people in, so we’re in the process of creating some pretty spectacular programs. We are also planning to launch some kids’ classes. Keep an eye out in February for some of these new items. Within five years, we intend to have two to three more clubs open, including locations in Evanston and Glenview. 15 years? Either my kids will be running this, or it’ll be sold and I’ll be on an island somewhere. Or, I’ll own 20 of them!
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