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LETTER from THE PUBLISHER

Hinsdale Magazine Surging Readership The Hinsdale Cooks! Kitchen Walk will feature seven Hinsdale homes, one of which is profiled in this issue. The Collins family has updated a Tudor revival designed by renowned local architect R. Harold Zook. Kitchen walk attendees will have the opportunity to tour the first floor of this home in May. Djordje Mihailovic, the son of Hinsdale-based Chicago Blast founder Aleks Mihailovic, has been honing his soccer skills since he could barely walk. All of his work in the backyard soccer field has paid off, and today, he competes for the Chicago Fire, the club he grew up rooting for. At the end of his rookie season, Mihailovic suffered an ACL injury, but with the help of Dr. Brian Forsythe, a Hinsdale resident and surgeon, he is back on the pitch. Today, Mihailovic is part of the U.S. Men’s National Team, which hopes to qualify for the 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup. Hinsdale Magazine wishes him all the best. On behalf of the Hinsdale Magazine staff, I want to thank our readers who have helped our online digital magazine surge to over 119,092 readers since we launched the on-line platform on www.HinsdaleMag.com and www.issuu.com/ HinsdaleMagazine. Our readership has expanded beyond our original four communities of Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills and Oak Brook to neighboring towns and a regional audience which has connected with Hinsdale Magazine via social sharing by simply clicking the “share” button. As of March 21, HM Digital has exceeded an amazing 905,000 impressions, thanks to you! You can get weekly updates to Hinsdale Magazine by simply enrolling your e-mail at the top of the page at www. HinsdaleMag.com. Remember to tell a friend, co-worker or business owner to get into HM, and be a part of the community coverage. Hinsdale Magazine will continue to bring in-depth reporting with feature articles on the interesting people, events and organizations that matter to our readers. Our newsroom is working to create thoughtful dialogue on the topics that are important to you. As your expanding community magazine, we are dedicated to promoting our area events, residents and businesses. Through in-depth features, event listings and

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coverage of important contributions and charitable causes, Hinsdale Magazine strives to encourage involvement in our community. We devote our innovative photography and creative content to sharing the history of our neighborhoods with our readers. Through our Medical Profiles in next month’s issue, we will inform our readers on various aspects of preventative healthcare. Each May and October, Hinsdale Magazine features the area’s finest doctors in all medical categories. We take great pride in sharing heartwarming articles and vital information on health, fitness and wellness. Look for this premier special advertising section featuring top area doctors. Advances in medicine are on the rise, and thankfully, our surrounding neighborhoods have professional, high-quality healthcare providers who are helping to drive these medical advances forward. These accomplished medical professionals have made an impact in our community through leadership, innovation and patient care. Watch for our “Hinsdale Home” pages this spring and summer, featuring home previews, and “On the Market” from leading real estate brokers, who specialize in all areas of real estate. HM understands our readers turn to their local realtors, who preview or highlight existing properties in this section. Inside the pages of Home & Garden and Architecture & Design, you will find inspirational home design ideas. Finally, Hinsdale Magazine welcomes our 119,000-plus readers to voice your favorite places in dining, retail and services establishments in our fourth annual Best of Reader Favorites survey. We will share our findings in the July issue. Your input is important to us, and will help local business and residents like you with project planning, shopping, dining and hiring the right pros. Whether it’s your best restaurant or boutique, you can help Hinsdale Magazine spread the word locally and regionally. Thank you for being a reader,

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CONTENTS | April 2019

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April calendar of events

22 HOME & GARDEN

Everyday living for the outdoors

24 ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

Comfort & Cuisine

30 OUTDOOR LIVING

The great outdoors

34 COVER STORY

Historic preservation

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39 REALTOR PROFILES

Real estate leaders

54 COMMUNITY SCENE Heartfest World War II day Maroon & Gold Montini gala

64 SPORTS

Playing the field ON THE COVER: Renovated Tudor revival home designed by renowned local architect R. Harold Zook, one of the seven homes on the Hinsdale Cooks! Kitchen Walk this May; photograph by James Caulfield

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Hinsdale Dentistry transforms hundreds of smiles per year. Just why are so many patients choosing this practice for cosmetic dentistry? Because they know that Dr. Harnois is an esthetics expert—not just regionally, but internationally. Combine his authority with the top-tier technologies available at his practice, and the decision becomes crystal clear. Hinsdale Dentistry has long been setting a standard for comfortable patient care, with the aid of multiple dental lasers and the iTero digital scanner for digital impressions. These tools provide more comfortable, precise and efficient treatment and give patients of all ages a new understanding of dental care. Whether Hinsdale Dentistry’s patients are children receiving fillings prepared with a water laser and no painful shots, adults prepping teeth for crowns or veneers, or anxious patients hoping to whiten their teeth without sensitivity or to avoid traditional impressions, the practice’s minimally invasive technologies revolutionize their experience. Dr. Harnois’ mastery of these tools has led to him becoming a sought-out trainer for emerging dental technologies and techniques. He travels throughout North America teaching other doctors to provide similarly exceptional treatment, sharing his skills as a clinician and esthetics authority.

DR. HARNOIS’ INTERNATIONAL LECTURING As a clinical trainer and lecturer for The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, and DenMat, the manufacturer of Lumineers, Dr. Harnois provides handson training and education to dental and medical professionals across the country. He shares his philosophy that every patient deserves the most gentle and minimally invasive cosmetic and metal-free dental treatments with natural results, and enables other dentists to elevate their patient care. THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF COSMETIC DENTISTRY (AACD) Dr. Harnois is a 10-year member of the AACD, which is considered the highest body of knowledge of esthetic dentistry. He is also one of the main presenters at their annual educational symposium each year. THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FACIAL ESTHETICS (AAFE) Dr. Harnois is the President of the Illinois American Academy of Facial Esthetics and trains dentists in Botox and dermal filler techniques. He is a nationally recognized leader in minimally invasive total facial esthetic techniques. Dr. Harnois has instructed thousands of healthcare

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professionals through both lecture and hands-on courses and is an outstanding instructor who is known for his coherent and interactive style. DENMAT, LUMINEERS MANUFACTURER Dr. Harnois partners with DenMat to train other dentists in minimally invasive esthetics. He provides hands-on preparation and placement of minimally invasive, ultra-thin, highly esthetic veneers, and educates other dentists on smile design and case consultation and evaluation. He has also authored their educational platforms for the last four years. As an educational leader for current dental technologies and minimally invasive procedures, Dr. Harnois is able to truly transcend and provide patients with unparalleled dental care. If you’re interested in learning more about a noninvasive smile makeover or full mouth rehabilitation, reach out today to schedule a complimentary consultation. We are offering specials on Lumineers smile makeovers—reach out today to learn more!

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TO•DO•LIST 4/11-13

Used Book Sale Thousands of books and hundreds of CDs and DVDs are in excellent condition at affordable prices. This is one of the biggest book sales in the western suburbs, with selections covering fiction, history, art, cooking, science, business, children’s books and more. www.booksalefinder.com/ IL.html#X4819

4/13-21

Easter at Cantigny Brunch with the Easter Bunny on April 13 and 14 includes a breakfast buffet, the Easter Bunny, facepainting and a balloon artist. cantigny.org

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Easter at the Zoo Breakfast with the Bunny is an all-you-can-eat buffet and a visit with the Easter Bunny at Brookfield Zoo. www.czs.org

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4/19-21

Superhero Convention Heroes & Villains Fan Fest celebrates comics, sci-fi, TV and movies with guest actors, contests, vendors and more. heroesfanfest.com/chicago

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Bunny Breakfast Enjoy a breakfast buffet or a fine brunch, plus a visit with the Easter Bunny, at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. www.mortonarb.org

4/20

Easter Egg Hunt Bring your baskets, hunt for treats and visit with the Easter Bunny. There will be festive activities and entertainment. www.hinsdalechamber.com

4/20

Easter Brunch Bunny Brunch buffet at Macy’s in Oak Brook includes entertainment for kids. macysrestaurants.com/bunny-brunch

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Bunny Brunch Enjoy a buffet at Lambs Farm in Libertyville, and then take a walk over to the Bunny Patch, where kids can do crafts, activities and take a photo with the bunny. www.lambsfarm.org

4/21

Easter Brunch The talents of new executive chef Victor Martinez will be on full display for a fresh spin on a longstanding holiday tradition at the Hilton-Oak Brook Hills Resort in Oak Brook. www.eventbrite.com

4/25 - 5/5

The Wizard of Oz Young Dorothy finds herself in a magical world, where she makes friends with a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man, as they make their way along the yellow-brick road. theatreofwesternsprings.com

4/27

Arbor Weekend Celebration Plant tree seeds, investigate tree cookies and go on a hunt for five unique trees throughout the garden. www.mortonarb.org

4/27

Gwen Cooper Book Signing Frugal Muse Book Store presents a book signing by Gwen Cooper for her book My Life in a Cat House at the Pet Rescue & Resource Center in Hinsdale. www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org

4/28 - 5/12

Loop at Navy Pier This interactive art installation for all ages is located in Polk Bros Park, allowing the public to sit down inside and activate the illuminated musical mechanism, causing beautiful images inspired by 13 fairy tales to come to life. navypier.org/event/art-loop

Hinsdale Magazine’s event calendar is provided as a service to the Hinsdale area community. Hinsdale Magazine does not endorse or certify any of the community events listed herein or the accuracy of the listing of said events including dates. Please confirm dates and times with other sources. The information contained in this section is a simple listing of events happening around the area that the staff believes may be of interest to the general community.

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Hinsdale Magazine | Home & Garden

EVERYDAY LIVING for the outdoors When longtime Hinsdale resident Jeff Wingren’s father, Jan “Swede” Wingren, immigrated from Sweden in 1957, he started laying sod with a $5 wheelbarrow he bought at a garage sale. “He loved the outdoors and was very artistic,” Wingren said. From the start, “Swede” blended architecture and nature, and was soon recognized in the industry for his artistic use of hardscapes, natural lines, granite boulder walls and outcropping stone. “He was a visionary in the landscape industry,” Wingren said. For more than 60 years, Wingren Landscape has led the industry in all things outdoor. Today, the trend is to create outdoor environments that are enjoyed all year long. “The trend is to build smaller homes with larger outdoor living space,” Wingren said. “Homeowners are spending more time enjoying their backyard. Families are building larger outdoor living spaces to include patios, outdoor kitchens and water features to provide space for eating, cooking and entertaining.” Wingren Landscape has expanded “Swede’s” vision with attention to detail and customer service. With a staff of more than 100 employees, Wingren designs, builds and maintains beautiful landscapes in the Hinsdale area. “We have a staff of professionals who get to know the homeowners and how they use their outdoor space” Wingren said. “We work to ensure your landscape makes a great impression.” 22

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PLANTING TIPS Install spring annuals to add color and interest to gardens and containers. Add a fresh layer of mulch to beds and compost to gardens. Review outdoor landscape and living spaces for improvements, repairs and drainage. Inspect landscape irrigation and outdoor lighting. Review your existing landscape, including mature trees, with a professional in the spring.

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Hinsdale Magazine | Architecture & Design

Set the mood with a cluster of these low voltage matte gold mini pendants to create the perfect panache over an island or breakfast area. www.circalighting.com

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Cozy up to the kitchen table in this sleek architectural Kanan settee with an upholstered seat & back rest, and a stunning flat planed rattan frame. www.mcguire.com

Gather in comfort, while creating casual elegance with this terry classic wood dining arm chair slipcovered in a natural linen. www.serenaandlily.com 24

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Add a dash of pattern and color with these durable high performance pillows made from recyclable fibers. www.rhmodern.com www.ballarddesigns.com


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The Great OUTDOORS All the resources you need to turn your yard into an oasis this summer BY KERRIE KENNEDY

Alfresco Architecture

Founded in 1962 by Charles Vincent George, CVG Architects has long served both residential and commercial markets with a focus on community involvement. The company’s first major urban planning project was the Naperville Sesquicentennial Riverwalk, and since then, the firm has been involved in some of the most influential building projects in the Midwest, literally changing the fabric of the communities we live in by beautifying our surroundings, including our own backyards—from trellises to gazebos to swimming pool design. www.cvgarchitects.com

Dive In Could there be a better way to enjoy summer

than an in-ground pool in your own backyard? Barrington Pools, which has received numerous industry awards for their custom-designed pools, offers the latest in environmentallysustainable “green pools,” saltwater pool systems, highperformance cleaning and safety measures like automated pool covers. Even better, the company, which is licensed and bonded, makes the process seamless, handling everything from the building permit process to ongoing service after installation, which takes an estimated three to four weeks from ground-breaking. www.barrington-pools.com

Seasonless Beauty

Known for their reliable work, reasonable prices and excellent results, CNC Lawn Care Inc. is a staple in the western suburbs, providing design, contraction and maintenance services to both commercial and residential sites. Authorized Unilock and Belgard contractors, the company specializes in carefully combining plantings and hardscapes to create functional outdoor spaces that have year-round interest—a crucial consideration in the Midwest. cnclawncareinc.com

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Wind Proof Furniture

For anyone who’s ever had to deal with fly-away patio furniture, family-owned Linly Designs has a solution: high-quality outdoor furniture that’s made to withstand even the strongest of gusts. The top-ofthe-line products come with 20-year warranties on frames and seven-year warranties on finishes, and Linly stands behind the craftsmanship of each piece it makes. Whether you have your heart set on bright-yellow cushions, lipstick red or a blue and white nautical theme, Linly has what you’re looking for, with more than 100 fabrics and trims to choose from. www.linlydesigns.com

Life-Inspired Landscaping Based in

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Personal Vision Whatever your

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION Zook Tudor revival one of seven homes to be featured on Hinsdale Cooks! Kitchen Walk in May BY MIKE ELLIS

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renovated Tudor revival home designed by renowned local architect R. Harold Zook will be one of seven homes on the Hinsdale Cooks! Kitchen Walk this May. Located on County Line Road just south of 47th Street in southeast Hinsdale, the interior of the 1928 home has been updated by the Collins family, which purchased the property in late 2016, and moved in at the end of last year. Homeowner Mimi Collins has previously resided in several homes in Hinsdale, and has also redone a number of homes in the region. Collins said she knew the previous owners, whose family

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had possessed the home for roughly six decades. “I just always loved it; it’s one of those houses that you always loved,” she said. Upon purchasing the property, Collins said it “needed a ton of work” on the inside. “It had good bones, but it needed everything—plumbing, electrical,” she said. The exterior of the home is fortress-like, covered with stone, while also containing a number of signature Zook elements, such as a chevron pattern in the back of the home and a “spider-web” window near the front entrance. To enter the home, one passes through a tunnel-like passage, profusely


aligned in stone, up to the front door. But the interior is not at all the cold and cavernous atmosphere the provincial exterior would lead a visitor to anticipate. “I kept a lot of interesting details, and then tried to raise ceilings where I could; update it where I could, yet keep the integrity of the Zook,” Collins said. Prior to the renovation, Collins said the inside of the home did feel “dark and dreary,” but she worked to create a more modern and commodious layout, while retaining some of its original elements. Collins preserved the original spiral staircase, working with Clarendon Hills-based Michael Abraham Architecture to open up a nearby wall. She also kept the original metal windows and wood floors, the latter of which she refurbished to blend nicely with the otherwise updated interior. Some of the original windows had been replaced over the years; Collins said these appeared “mismatched,” and she accordingly replaced them with windows that more closely resemble the originals. “I kept what I could, and then the other ones, I tried to mimic,” she said. Collins said all of the doors are original—with the exception of one that was “not salvageable”—but repainted to produce a more consistent appearance throughout the home. In addition, Collins retained all three fireplaces, one of which is on the first floor and will therefore be viewable on the kitchen walk. This custom fireplace exhibits both the geometrical eye and creativity of Zook, incorporating one of his famous chevron patterns above the mantel. What was once the dining room has been converted into a more spacious kitchen from the original. The kitchen is a blend of modern and traditional, as Collins said she attempted to keep it “Old World.” “It kind of feels like you’re in Europe,” she said. The former kitchen is now a cozier room with noticeably lower ceilings than the rest of the first floor, and is most remarkable for the clover-like ceiling pattern inspired by the same shapes Zook employed on the outside of the home. Collins had a second, more prominent Zook “spider-web” installed into the rear door, as she said guests often miss the one in the closet window at the front of the home. In the rear of the home, she transformed a garage—which was insufficient to accommodate two vehicles—into a spacious below-grade room with sliding double-doors. Since the property is quite large, Collins teamed with Abraham on constructing a recently-completed coach-house adjacent to the main home. Upon scanning the perimeter of the coach-house, which

will be open to guests during the kitchen walk as well, one is likely to observe a rather close resemblance to the Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge, which was also a Zook design, that was relocated to the Hinsdale park of the same name south of County Line Road. “It’s not exact, but it’s pretty close,” Collins said. Collins described the coach-house as an “open concept” that is “more lofty” than the main home. “It looks like the house, but it’s more of a fresher version of it,” she said. The garage has been shifted to the coach-house, consisting of both a double and single apartment. And like the exterior of the main home, the coach-house also features a signature Zook chevron that careful observers will note. “This land was always here, and just empty,” Collins said. “I try to make [the coach-house] look like it’s always been here.” n The Collins home will be one of seven featured on the annual Hinsdale Cooks! Kitchen Walk, presented by the Hinsdale Historical Society Women’s Board, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 10. General admission to the kitchen walk is $50 for tickets purchased in advance, and $60 for tickets purchased the day of the event. A limited number of VIP trolley tickets are available for $100 apiece, which will open to the general public on April 3. Proceeds from the walk benefit the women’s board. For more information about the walk, visit www.kitchen-walk.com.

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Tracy Anderson Amy Avakian Amy Duong Kim Geri McCafferty


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People don’t necessarily want smaller houses, but they want more efficient houses.

Past life. I was a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney; then later, I served as general counsel for a company. After having three children, I got my real estate license in 2006, when my youngest was three. I think being an attorney (I still am) teaches you to think in a certain way. It allows me to see things on a bigger picture, and helps with negotiating and explaining to clients how the contracts work, and what the deadlines are. I think it also helps when talking to other attorneys working on the deal. I can’t do both, but it is a helpful thing to have. The right stuff. People still really like an open kitchen to family room area. They also want mudrooms, a place for a home office and a finished basement. Homes at any price point need to be staged. You need to have it look like a Restoration Hardware catalog. HGTV has ruined us. Location, location. People want to be able to walk to town. They want a quiet street in an area where all the elementary schools are good. Generally speaking, schools are super important, which is why people gravitate towards places with highly-rated schools, like Hinsdale, Western Springs and Clarendon Hills.

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Secret menu. The Private Listing Network, a network within the MLS that isn’t set up for the public, is a great way to premarket a property, as well as a great way for buyers to jump in early on something. It’s set up for people who are planning on putting their property on the market, but not quite ready. Shifting styles. The whole Marie Kondo mindset about tidying up and looking at what you have and what you really want has created a shift. People don’t necessarily want smaller houses, but they want more efficient houses. Like, “why do I need a formal living room if all I’m going to do is walk through it?” Some people don’t want a dining room; they just want more flexible space. Up and coming. I think Riverside and Brookfield are two places where you can get more for your money (a $500,000 house in Brookfield is probably going to be one of the most expensive homes there), but they still offer a lot. They’re close to the city, the schools are usually ranked pretty well, they have a trainline to the city, and their downtowns are becoming more of a destination.


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Amy Avakian KoenigRubloff Realty Group 312.925.5402 aavakian@koenigrubloff.com amyavakian.koenigrubloff.com

I think my involvement in the community really helps me add value as a real estate agent.

Past life. I started out as a convertible bond salesperson, which has really translated well into real estate. I’m good at pairing people up with their needs, and obviously my negotiating skills come in handy. Born and raised. I grew up in Hinsdale; my family moved there when I was in first grade. Then I lived downtown for ten years, and my husband and I decided to came back to the western suburbs. We ended up in Western Springs, where we’ve been for 13 years. Cha-cha-cha-changes. The sizes of some of the houses have dramatically increased in Hinsdale. It started in the ‘90s and early 2000s, with all the tear-downs and people taking advantage of the bigger lots. I feel like the same trend is happening in Western Springs and La Grange. When I was growing up, I didn’t know anyone with a basketball court in their basement. Local expert. I focus on the western suburbs, because I think I’m in a better position to serve my clients when I actually know the neighbors, the schools and all the amenities. As an insider,

I’m really able to help them navigate the various towns. Community helper. I’m on the school board election committee, and I started a kids camp called Safety Village. Growing up, I had a sister who passed away in a traffic accident with a bus. My other sister and I opened a second one in Western Springs. I think my involvement in the community really helps me add value as a real estate agent. Opportunity awaits. I think you can find great opportunities in all of our towns—Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Western Springs, La Grange, Burr Ridge, Downers Grove and Oak Brook—even if your budget is on the lower end. There’s such a variety of inventory, and there are all kinds of tiers. Friend and neighbor. It doesn’t end with the sale—I remain a friend and a resource after my clients move in. I like to keep in touch, let them know about activities, social clubs to join, newcomer meetings. I have a client coming from the city who’s not moving in the area until summer, and I just let her know that Little League sign-up is right now, so she wouldn’t miss it. It’s very helpful to have an internal pulse on the area.

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Amy Duong Kim Duong Kim Global 773.295.4387 amy.duongkim@compass.com www.duongkimglobal.com

At Compass, I work in both the western suburbs and in the city. I really enjoy them both.

A little bit city, a little bit country. I’ve been a top producer

generation, and they’re initially buying, because they want a

for 15 years now; seven of those years have been in the city.

house for their pet. Eventually comes the kids, and then the

At Compass, I work in both the western suburbs and in the

conflicting ideas of what to do. Should we move? Do we want

city; I really enjoy them both.

to stay in the city? All the pros and cons. I can help them either way. It’s cool to be part of that initial conversation, and

Livin’ the Hinsdale life. I’ve lived in Hinsdale for six years

deciding the game-plan for the client.

now. I have two kids, and I’m now pregnant with my third. I’m a member of the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club, and I love

Matchmaker, Matchmaker. I really am kind of a matchmaker

it; I’ve met so many fantastic people through that. I think it’s

for my buyers. Every buyer is unique (last year, 30 percent of

important in my job to be an active member of the community.

my buyers came from other countries), and I try to figure out what is the right place for them. A lot of my clients of different

Sweet spot. I would say anything under $1.3 million is moving

ethnic descents like to have a first-floor guest bedroom,

very fast in the Hinsdale area. I think people are being cautious

because they have older relatives who come to visit for

with not over-spending on their homes. Everybody wants new

extended stays, and can’t do the stairs. It’s all about figuring

construction, but that comes with a price. I personally love

out who your buyer is, and then matching them with the right

doing rehabs, and I have clients who do too. They’re totally

location and the right home.

open with doing work. Turnkey always does really well, but also location plays a huge part. People want to be within

Marketing master. We do amazing marketing for our

walking distance to a train.

properties, virtual tours, target marketing on social media and even drone hubs. I have a listing in Burr Ridge that sits on ten

Millennial madness. Millennials are the largest pet-owning

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acres, and we used a drone hub to take an aerial video.


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Geri McCafferty Baird & Warner, Chairman’s Club 708.431.6635 geri.mccafferty@bairdwarner.com gerimccafferty.bairdwarner.com

One of my favorite aspects of the job is helping buyers find the right home in the right area.

Past life. I started selling real estate in 2005, but before that, I was in the relocation business. My clients were major companies like Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Kentucky Fried Chicken. I helped their employees move from place to place, and it really gave me an expertise that comes in handy now. Transplant pro. I work with a lot of transferees who come from all over the country. They chose this area because of the schools and convenient location to the city and airports. Depending on where they’re coming from, sometimes it’s sticker-shock (Texas), and sometimes they find they get a lot more house than what they’re used to (California). Either way, I enjoy helping acquaint them to the area, and helping them find what they need. Setting the stage. I’m a certified staging consultant, so I know how to help sellers get their homes in top condition. It starts with removing a lot of furniture and packing things away. You have to make it easy for buyers to walk through and visualize themselves in your home. You don’t necessarily have to change the cabinets and countertops, but it’s important to make it as clean and fresh as possible. Look at the competition so you know what’s moving. The pictures have to be perfect. A pillow cannot be out of place.

It’s a match. One of my favorite aspects of the job is helping buyers find the right home in the right area. I like to take my buyers to different towns and explain what each town has to offer, so they can start focusing on an area that meets their needs. It’s a very individual thing. You really have to know how to read people and ask questions if you’re going to help them find the right fit. Is it important to be near the train? The airports? Certain school districts? Parks? You really have to listen. From renter to buyer. I’ve noticed lately there are a lot of buyers who came to the area as renters, and now that they’re comfortable in the community, want to settle in and be buyers. They’re usually at the starting price-points, and that really starts driving the market. People who sold at $600,000 would then move up to $800,000 or $900,000. Senior set. Empty-nesters represent another chunk of buyers. Most of them want to downsize, but they don’t necessarily want to leave their towns and neighborhoods—they’re looking for townhomes and ranch-style homes in the area. I have one buyer looking for a ranch-style with a first-floor laundry, and it doesn’t matter if it has a basement or not, because they probably won’t use it.

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MEND A HEART HEARTFEST PHOTOS BY DANIEL GARCIA

Several hundred west suburban residents attended the annual Heartfest fundraiser for children with congenital heart defects at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook on Feb. 16. The event, presented by the Mend A Heart Foundation, relocated from The Community House in Hinsdale to the Hyatt Lodge for the first time. The new space aptly accommodated the fundraiser, with silent and live auction items non-intrusively scattered throughout the main room. A number of attendees entered into a raffle that featured three prizes of $500, $1,500 and $5,000, respectively. During the program, emcee Scott Marshall alluded to the fundraising target of $1 million since the foundation’s inception above a decade ago, which was achieved that night. Jennifer Weil of Hinsdale, the mother of a six-year-old child, Alex, who was born with only one ventricle, shared her story with guests.

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WORLD WAR II VETERANS DAY PHOTOS BY DANIEL GARCIA

The eighth-grade class at Hinsdale Middle School (HMS) participated in World War II day to culminate its unit on the same subject on Feb. 20. The HMS jazz band and choir performed for the guests, and students rotated through break-out sessions hosted by six World War II veterans, a weapons collector, a memorabilia expert and two grandparents of eighth-grade students who shared stories of their time as children growing up in wartime England and Belgium. Magda Brown, an Holocaust survivor, ended the day with a moving and memorable account of her experience.

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MAROON & GOLD MONTINI GALA It was a celebration of Lasallian education at Montini Catholic’s 28th annual Maroon & Gold gala on March 9 at The Abbington in Glen Ellyn. Every spring, Montini parents, alumni and friends look forward to the gala, which includes live and silent auction items, split-the-pot games and other fun, with earnings going to support the Lasallian college preparatory school’s mission of shaping the leaders of tomorrow, both academically and spiritually.

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“Service above self” can be rare in the world, but two young high-school students from Hinsdale are setting an example for their peers and the community every month when they volunteer to help children, veterans and others with disabilities experience the freedom of zero-gravity and scuba-therapy through the Downers Grove-based non-profit Diveheart. Jackson and Connor always approach their volunteer work at Diveheart with a smile on their faces. Their kindness, consideration and empathy when helping Diveheart participants with disabilities is refreshing to observe. Their patience and workmanlike attitudes inspire volunteers of all ages who surround them at the Diveheart Scuba Experience programs. “These young men, with their humility and earnest approach to service, give us great hope that the future of our community and the humanity that contributes to its success… is in good hands,” said Jim Elliott, founder and president of Diveheart. JACKSON, WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN SCUBA-DIVING WITH DIVEHEART?

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after my first time there, I knew that this was the perfect place for me. The people at Diveheart are incredible, their knowledge about scuba-diving is limitless, and their passion to help others enjoy the sport is inspiring. They have taught me so many things; not just scuba-diving, but being able to do things that you thought you couldn’t. The thing that makes Diveheart special is, they focus on what you can do, rather than what you can’t. They have countless programs over the U.S. helping anyone they can. You also do not need to be a certified diver to volunteer at Diveheart. There are a number of opportunities that one can volunteer for, but if you are interested, you can become certified through Diveheart. CONNOR, IS THIS YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH SCUBA-DIVING?

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Djordje Mihailovic has returned for his first full season with the Chicago Fire since 2017. Photo provided by Chicago Fire Soccer Club

playing thefield Young soccer phenom bounces back from ACL injury BY MIKE ELLIS

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local professional athlete is seeking to advance his career after recovering from an ACL injury he suffered two seasons ago. Djordje Mihailovic, 20, a native of southwest suburban Lemont, grew up playing soccer on a field his father Aleks furnished for him after purchasing an adjacent property. A former professional soccer player himself, Aleks encouraged his son to play the sport from a very young age. “As soon as I could start walking, my dad probably put a ball on my foot, and I just started dribbling it,” Mihailovic said. Mihailovic committed himself to the game, and used his spacious yard to his advantage. “Every day after school, every day, every night, I would be in the backyard trying to improve something, or just play for fun,” he said. “Just always being with the ball obviously helps development as a young player. I think that my parents doing that, I was really grateful for that.” At roughly six years of age, Mihailovic started on his

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father’s club team, the Hinsdale-based Chicago Blast, which generally only embraces kids eight years and older. “As soon as I was able to play, my dad threw me right in with [the older kids],” he said. Mihailovic competed with the Blast until he was 14, when he progressed to the Chicago Fire Academy. “I think I owe what I am today, because of my time with my dad’s club,” he said. “If it wasn’t for playing for the Blast, I wouldn’t have been a professional soccer player.” Several years after commencing with the Fire academy, Mihailovic’s hometown team drafted him in 2017 at just 18 years of age. “I was definitely honored,” he said. ... “It’s special to play for a team that I supported throughout my whole life. I was a fan of [the] Chicago Fire, and for them to see me as a player that could contribute to the first team is something that I’ll always have.” But in the team’s final playoff game at the end of the 2017 season, Mihailovic’s burgeoning career took a sudden detour when he suffered an ACL injury.


“At first, I didn’t think it was a serious injury, because I Mihailovic said. “That’s the main objective of the national never really had a serious injury before that,” he said. team.” Mihailovic underwent surgery with Dr. Brian Forsythe, a As far as developing the talent of a professional athlete Hinsdale resident and board-certified orthopedic surgeon with like Mihailovic, his father Aleks said the key is “installing Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. proper technique and fundamentals.” Forsythe said the surgery is an outpatient procedure, “If those things are messed up at the beginning of a whereby doctors effectively “reconstruct the anatomy.” player’s career, it’s going to constantly fight against quality,” After the operation, he said patients he said. “The sooner kids are taught generally have the option to go home the proper technical execution, and be able same day. to immediately apply it into their game, “The ACL is a very important ligament the better players they’re going to be in which tethers the femur and tibia bones the long run.” Djordje said “always wanting to together, and it provides rotational improve, and never being satisfied” has stability to the knee,” Forsythe said. “So been integral to his development as an when an athlete tears his or her ACL, athlete. they’re functionally unstable.” When conducting the procedure with In light of Djordje’s recovery from elite athletes like Mihailovic, Forsythe said the ACL tear, Aleks said he has “become he usually employs a piece of their patellar an inspiration to a lot of kids” who have tendon or tibial bone, and drills a socket in suffered devastating injuries across the —DJORDJE MIHAILOVIC a sort of tunnel on either side of the kneenation. This season, Djordje said the Fire joint. He said the stability of the knee is have their sights set on the Supporters’ “restored” upon completion of the surgery. Shield—which is awarded to the team “In many respects, the easiest part about this process is with the best record in Major League Soccer (MLS)—as well the surgery itself,” Forsythe said. ... “Most of the work and as the U.S. Open and MLS Cups. blood, sweat and tears is performed by the player and athletic- “I think every goal of a professional organization is to win the championship at the end of the year,” he said, “and we training and physical-therapy staff.” Never having experienced a serious injury previously, have three opportunities—we have the [U.S.] Open Cup, the Mihailovic said he didn’t know what to expect during his Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup. And I think those three rehabilitation. After two or three months, he said he was trophies are all goals of ours.” n “barely jogging,” and after four or five months, he said he was “barely playing with the ball.” Mihailovic briefly returned to action during the latter half of the Fire’s 2018 season, but said he is feeling much more fully healed this year. In addition to competing with the Fire, Mihailovic also recently received a call-up to the U.S. Men’s National Team, scoring a goal in his first contest with the national team against Panama in January. Mihailovic described last year as a “transitional period” for the team, and expressed his gratitude on having been selected to the squad. He said the objectives for the team are to qualify for the 2020 Olympics, as well as the 2022 World Cup, after the disappointment of failing to qualify for soccer’s most prestigious global event in 2018. “Before that, we qualified almost Aleks and Djordje Mihailovic. Photograph by Daniel Garcia every World Cup for 20, 30 years,”

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