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It has been quiet a year--especially if you live in the Chicago area, with the rise of the beloved Chicago Cubs. Yes, the Cubs have been crowned World Series champions, and in this issue, Hinsdale Magazine talked to area Cub fans and asked them to share their special moments. We received a wide range of experiences, including 94-year old Ulysses Backas, a Clarendon Hills resident who attended Game 7 of the 1945 World Series at Wrigley Field, and Hinsdale resident Mike Giunta, who watched all four Cubs World Series victories at Wrigley and in Cleveland for the unforgettable celebration. You will see their photos and comments inside this issue, which highlights how everything JOFFREY came together for the Cubbies this year. BALLET’S ‘The Nutcracker’ Mike Ellis provides us a detailed summary STARING HINSDALE’S DYLAN SENGPIEL of the epic playoff run inside, along with a HOLIDAY pictorial of memorable moments on and off GIFT GUIDE the baseball diamond. Away from the baseball field and onto the theater stage, HM congratulates Hinsdale resident Dylan Sengpiel, who is featured on our cover. Dylan is 12 years old, and he is the only non-professional dancer to perform in the Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at the Auditorium Theater. He will be dancing as “Fritz,” and we wish him all the best. The ballet is set during the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. This week, Dylan is performing in Iowa at the new Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Enjoy Kerrie Kennedy’s article on p. 34. Hinsdale Magazine will be covering the “Amore” benefit hosted by The Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club (HJWC) on Feb. 4 at Salvage One in Chicago to support HCS Family Services. Mike Ellis’s article on p. 28 highlights the generous support of local businesses that sponsor the annual event. Every two years,

the HJWC selects an area charity, and has raised hundreds of thousands toward their goals. As you will read in Mike’s article, this year, HCS’s goal includes reaching out to meet the nourishment needs of additional residents of west suburban Cook County and existing communities in and around Hinsdale. The Hinsdale Central boys basketball team will be hosting the second annual Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic from Dec. 27 to 30. Hinsdale Magazine previews the 20162017 season with head coach Nick Latorre. HM will cover the games in the weeks ahead, and we look forward to seeing you in the bleachers. Our HM staff would like to wish all of our readers a happy and safe holiday season. I would like to personally thank all our Hinsdale Magazine advertisers that make it possible for to publish this magazine. Many of the businesses you see on these pages have been with us since we began publishing in 2011. There are too PLUS many to mention in this letter, but please let them know how much you appreciate their support of not only our magazine, but the community at-large. We cover many community events and local stories about our area residents, and it’s these loyal retailers, doctors, professionals and entrepreneurs that work closely with our team of designers, advertising representatives and editorial team to meet a monthly schedule. And remember, you can also see them and all of the stories and pictures in our digital magazine at








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Returning this winter to The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum brings exciting new features and reimagined experiences together for a one-of-akind holiday event perfect for all ages. In its fourth year, Illumination ushers visitors through a magical wintertime walk in the woods, surrounded by a kaleidoscope of vivid, colored lights and surprising and delightful interactive effects. Through January 2, 2017, 50 acres of the Arboretum’s majestic trees will undergo a transformation as their bare branches shine in hypnotic shades of blue, purple, green and hot pink. As visitors traverse the one-mile path, they will encounter a series of “experiences” woven throughout their journey, encouraging them to see trees in a different light. For more information about Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum, visit illumination.




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CONTENTS | December 2016 34 ON THE COVER Grand Jeté

Hinsdale dancer Dylan Sengpiel takes the leap from student to stage Photography by Jim Prisching


52 COMMUNITY SCENE Howl-o-ween Ball

The Wine Harvest Ball The Big Gig 5 Years of Smiles! SIJ Boutique Shopping Night Country Nights Sleep Out Saturday




Cheryl Chrzanowski | Julia Sinogeikina CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

16 CALENDAR January events 18 ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN Rustic Modern 20 OUT & ABOUT Everything that’s new around town


22 2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE ‘Tis The Season 28 GIVING BACK Helping hand 40 CUB FANS 2016 At Last! Cubs win the World Series 46 FEATURE STORY Savoring the moment 60 SPORTS Getting with the program 62 TECH KNOW Gadget Gifts 64 PEAK PERFORMANCE How’s your attention span? 66 SPIRITUAL INSIGHT Informal understandings

Julie Jonlich Kerrie Kennedy COLUMNISTS

Jim Fannin Errol Janusz Dan Meyer FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHERS

Daniel Garcia Kyle Hampson Jim Prisching ADVERTISING SALES

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CHECKLIST We see it all the time. People tend to wait until the last minute to address certain things in life, whether it be the smallest task of Christmas shopping or a very important, and not always easy responsibility of planning their retirement and estate.

plan is essential. Your family’s unique circumstances will create different goals and objectives as you look to retirement. Has my living situation changed? Were there any changes to the family this year that need to be accounted for?

With the end of the year upon us, it is a great time to meet with your financial planner. This will ensure that you’ve done everything you can this year to minimize your taxes, and make sure that you’re on track to meet your retirement goals.

Did you take your Required Minimum Distribution this year? You have until December 31st to make sure that you do not incur penalties. If this year was the year you turned 70 ½, you can delay your RMD until April 1 of 2017. Along those same guidelines, if you turned 59 ½ this year, you may now take IRA distributions without a 10% penalty. There are many important dates with regards to retirement planning, and you’ll want to review all of these with your advisor.

Charitable Gifting Many people take this opportunity to gift to charity, especially at this time of the year. Of course charitable giving is great for communities, and other institutions alike, but the gifts must be made prior to the end of the year to benefit personally from them on your taxes. Investments It’s been a pretty volatile year on for the stock markets, and now is a great time to review your investing strategy. Are you taking on too much or too little risk? Will you have enough money to retire? Are there any investments you’d like to sell prior to the end of the year to potentially offset any gains/losses? Retirement Planning Every financial situation is different, and is constantly changing, which is why an annual review of your

Life Insurance As times change, so do coverage needs, relationships, and family dynamics. You will want to ensure your beneficiaries are correct, premium costs are still able to be paid, and the eventual death benefit is enough to support your growing family. If you have an older policy, running a policy review could save you thousands of dollars in premiums! Don’t let this be a daunting task for you during this Holiday season. Check with your financial advisor to make sure you are maximizing your estate, minimizing taxes, and reaching your financial goals. If you don’t have one, we’d be happy to help!


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CALENDAR 12/2-11 Elf Jr. Buddy and friends take the stage in this delightful musical adaptation about everyone’s favorite elf.

12/18-23 Lunch with the Grinch Come enjoy lunch at Chuck’s while the real Grinch gets him self into some mischief! He will be walking around to take pictures and play with the kids, while we play the cartoon Grinch movie!

12/2 Clarendon Hills Christmas Walk It is an evening of fun for the whole family. Shops stay open extra late, hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa are all a part of the celebration. events 12/3 Mistletoe Market Still have holiday shopping to do? Stop by the Mistletoe Market for some beautiful handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gifts from local crafters! 12/3 Uptown Holiday Ball Make plans now to attend the Uptown Holiday Ball at The Community House. We’re closing out our 75th Anniversary year in grand style with our annual holiday ball. 12/10 Ugly Sweater Run/Walk Wear your ugliest sweater for the Ugly Sweater Run 5K and after-party at Soldier Field. locations/chicago-illinois/

Hinsdale Christmas Walk Photograph by Marco Nunez


Hinsdale Christmas Walk The Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce will host its 51st annual Christmas walk on Dec. 2. The magical evening features Santa’s arrival, carolers, giant storybooks, ice-carvers, a trackless train and the annual tree lighting ceremony in Burlington Park. Visit

12/10-11 The Nutcracker North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie 12/11 Merry A holiday concert performance is the perfect way for your entire family to embrace the spirit of the season. concerts

12/11 Lunch with Santa Santa invites families for an afternoon of holiday cheer, including a light lunch, holiday music, crafts and games. 12/15 Merry Madness One-of-a kind gifts and much more!

NOW - 12/23 A Christmas Carol An annual holiday tradition at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. Families can have breakfast, brunch or dinner with Santa Claus on select performance dates. NOW - 12/24 Adventure to Santa DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda takes families on an all-new holiday adventure this season! 12/31 Timeless Traditions The Rat Pack is back as they perform their Las Vegas show at Oak Brook Hills Resort. Live entertainment and dancing. Complimentary hats, noise makers, balloon drop at midnight and much more! VIP package available. oakbrookhillsresortchicago. com

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 email is a simple listing of events happening around the area that we think may be of interest to our community.





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Rustic goes Modern with sleek pieces made of rugged materials By Julie Jonlich IIDA

1. Crafted from oak and finished in a weathered brown, the RH Grand Framed Glass Double Door Cabinet features clean lines and a straightforward aesthetic with slim, metal handles that add a modern touch.; 2. An abstract version of the traditional antler chandelier, this LED light-fixture, available in satin bronze or polished black chrome, has a hidden light source.; 3. A new interpretation of an American classic, the Thomas O’Brien Gallery Trestle dining table is crafted from oak solids and veneer.; 4. Made of 100-percent European and Brazilian hair on cowhide, this Kyle Bunting Hair Hide Vertigo rug delivers unmatched luxury.; 5. Upholstered in stain-resistant, sueded micro fiber, and trimmed with antique nickel nail-heads and sleek ebony wood, the Bernhardt Remy ottoman exudes simple sophistication.; 6. Striking and elegant, these handmade Los Caballos horse sculptures vary in size (7”-15”), and come in polished or dark bronze. | HINSDALEMAGAZINE



Everything that’s new and exciting around town by Kerrie Kennedy


SPIN SEASON ‘Tis the season—for indoor cycling! Cincinnati-based CycleBar, which has several locations in Chicago, has brought its affordable-butluxurious boutique fitness concept to Burr Ridge. Taking on some of the celebrity-driven, cultish spin studios like SoulCycle, where a single workout—if you can get in—will set you back a headspinning $30, CycleBar offers a less intimidating and less expensive workout ($22, but less if you buy a package), says Burr Ridge CycleBar owner Susan Grant, who moved here from Manhattan, where she rode at boutique cycling studios all over the city. “Some studios are very intense,” Grant says. “Our goal is to make it a little less scary by accommodating every type of fitness level, and taking care of everything for our customers—shoes, water bottle, earplugs—all they have to do is show up.” Offering classes that utilize technology as well as mindbody classes that don’t, CycleBar prides itself on providing something for everyone. And through its “Cycle Giving” program, which allows local charities to host “bike-a-thons” in a CycleBar studio, the company is giving back to the community as well. Burr Ridge CycleBar is located at 124 Burr Ridge Pkwy. in Burr Ridge. For more information, call 630-635-8530, or visit burrridge.

The tradition of lighting candles along streets on Christmas Eve may have originated in Mexico, but since 1965, it’s also been a Clarendon Hills tradition, thanks to Infant Welfare auxiliary chapter member Vi Humphreys, who developed a plan to sell luminaria (which means “little fires”) kits to raise funds for the organization, while turning the neighborhood into a thing of beauty every Christmas Eve. This year is no different, says Clarendon Hills Infant Welfare spokesperson Megan Hoff, noting that the luminaria kit sales raise an estimated $20,000 annually for the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, a fullservice clinic for mothers and children that cannot afford health insurance. “It’s a tradition that really brings the community together,” Hoff says. “It’s really neat to see the spirit of hope and the spirit of helping others on Christmas Eve.” Luminaria kits will be available for purchase at the Lions Park Pool in Clarendon Hills every Saturday and Sunday during the month of December, as well as at the Clarendon Hills Christmas Walk, Clarendon Hills Bank and Kramer Foods. For more information, visit

ONE STOP BEAUTY After opening Levato Salon & Skin Lab in September, owner Ashley Carlevato is ready to launch phase two of her eponymous salon. On Dec. 8, Carlevato will unveil her new skin lab during a launch party featuring stations with mini services, product reps on hand to give free skin consultations, and appetizers and drinks from Fuller House. According to Carlevato, the skin lab is not a spa—the concept is unique. In addition to facial procedures like micro-dermabrasion, the skin lab will feature a brow bar for tinting, threading and waxing, a lash bar for tinting, extensions and lash lifts, an on-site makeup artist, manicures and pedicures, and full-service waxing using both the traditional and organic sugaring methods. “With sugaring, it’s less painful, lasts longer and you get less ingrown hairs,” says Carlevato, noting that all of the products at her salon are organic, including her air-brush spray-tan line St. Tropez. “It lasts up to ten days,” she says, making it the perfect tan to get you through the holiday season. Levato Salon & Skin Lab’s launch party takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 8 at 29 E. First Street in Hinsdale. For more information, call 630-908-7146, or visit

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett. Comedy legend Carol Burnett takes readers behind the scenes for a look at her iconic weekly variety series, “The Carol Burnett Show.”

Mindful Beauty by Estelle Lefébure. 1980s supermodel turned French wellness sensation Estelle Lefébure offers the secret to long-lasting health and beauty through holistic and mindfulness practices.


A Hinsdale Magazine Gift Guide for all of the special people in your life by Kerrie Kennedy

Spy Ski School by Stuart Gibbs. The fourth in the Spy School series (ages 8 to 12), this one offers intrigue, high stakes and steep slopes, making for some entertaining holiday-break reading.



The Lego Architect by Tom Alphin. Inspire the budding architects in your household with a trip through the history of architecture—LEGOstyle. This book features blueprints and instructions for truly lofty LEGO projects.

Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten. Ina’s back with another cookbook, this one a delicious love-letter to her beloved husband Jeffrey, whom she calls “the first feminist I ever knew.”


2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist. Featuring more than 65 drink recipes paired with classic novels and wry commentary, this leather-bound book can be personalized with up to three initials.

Building Chicago: The Architectural Masterworks by John Zukowsky. Put your Chicago pride on the coffee table with this lavishly-illustrated book chronicling the masters of design that have shaped our city’s skyline over the last 200 years, from Louis Sullivan to Daniel Burnham, and Frank Lloyd Wright to Mies van der Rohe.

BOOKISH Inspiring books for everyone in your life

Kate Spade New York: All in Good Taste by Kate Spade. Leave

The Dogist: Photographic Encounters With 1,000 Dogs by Elias Weiss Freidman. A photographic tribute to our four-legged friends, The Dogist celebrates the spirit and character of the dogs in our lives.

Superficial: More Adventures From the Andy Cohen Diaries. “Real Housewives” fans will love this starstudded, gossipy look into the life of social butterfly Andy Cohen.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Jo Malone Christmas Cracker. Pamper your holiday guests by putting a Christmas cracker at every place setting. Inside, they’ll find three welcome treats: Basil & Neroli cologne, Blackberry & Bay body and hand wash, and Mimosa & Cardamom body crème. $45 at


Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara & Eyeshadow Palette. The perfect stocking-stuffer, this iconic mascara, which renders extensions and false eyelashes unnecessary, comes with a bonus five-color eyeshadow palette. $29.50 at

Alluring gifts for pretty people

Chanel Mini Brush Set. The right tools make all the difference. Featuring a powder brush, a contour face brush, an eyeshadow brush, a blending brush and an angled shadow brush, the travel-ready set comes in a pouch with a mirror. $125 at

Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Collection.

Original Penguin Rocks gift set. A

Exotic and mysterious, this two-piece set features Velvet Orchid Eau de Parfum— an oriental floral fragrance with notes of black orchid, cool citrus, honey and rum—along with a 2.5-oz. hydrating emulsion. $120 at

true American classic, Original Penguin made its mark in the 1950s with its fresh, oriental blend of crisp apple and Italian bergamot with masculine notes of sunbleached woods, brushed suede, sea moss, musk, amber and sandalwood. This iconic gift set includes two Eau de toilette sprays, shower gel and an after-shave balm. $70 at

Marc Jacobs La Coquette Collection. Create a classic Parisienne look with Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Eyeliner, the perfect nude nail polish, a sheer pink lip gloss and a chic mirror for discreet touch-ups. $55 at




2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Stay warm at the game and around town with a Bears beanie complete with pompom. $24.95 at Campus Colors in Hinsdale,

Keep it cool with a Chicago Cubs Raglan Bones’ Mesh Trucker Cap. $24 at

SPORTY Gifts for fans, athletes and tailgaters alike. Bullseye! This NBA Chicago Bulls wood-finish dart cabinet set makes the perfect addition to any man-cave. $100 at

Celebrate a great moment in history with a commemorative front page poster from the Nov. 3 issue of the Chicago Tribune. Framing is available. $48 at store,

Put your pride on display with a Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series champions hooded sweatshirt. $54.95 at Campus Colors in Hinsdale,

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Helping hand Local businesses assist in fueling HJWC’s annual benefit by Mike Ellis | Photography by Kyle Hampson

SPONSORS Local business sponsors are instrumental to the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club’s fundraising effort for beneficiary HCS Family Services.

he Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club (HJWC) will host its annual benefit, “Amore,” at Salvage One in Chicago on Feb. 4, supporting HCS Family Services, its beneficiary for the next two club years. Through past benefits, the HJWC has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for area charities devoted to caring for underprivileged children, such as Bridge Communities and Hephzibah Children’s Association. But the festivities of the benefit evening and more importantly, the fundraising totals

emanating from the gala and related club activities would not be possible without the generous support of businesses in the community functioning as sponsors. This year, the HJWC has placed an emphasis on establishing lasting relationships between prospective sponsors and HCS Family Services, working to creatively generate exposure for these businesses and organizations, while also particularly seeking out ones that are likely to continue their partnerships with HCS even after the club’s two-year relationship wraps up. “We were really looking to hopefully create Continued on page 30



“I was stunned to learn that there are children in every school in our area that suffer from hunger insecurity. HCS stands out in my mind, because they are making great strides in servicing families that have fallen on difficult times with compassion and grace.” – DR. MIRA ALBERT | HINSDALEMAGAZINE



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relationships for HCS—not only to sponsor our own benefit, but we have this unique opportunity being partnered with an organization in our own community,” benefit underwriting chair Katie Crotty said. Returning major sponsors include Oak Brook-based A. Marek Fine Jewelry and Hinsdale Bank & Trust. “When we first opened the store eight years ago was the first year we helped sponsor the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s [Club],” said Romana Malinowski, store director at A. Marek. Malinowski, a Hinsdale resident, and Barbara Bradford, owner

backyard. “Hunger isn’t necessarily an issue that I ever thought would impact a fortunate community like the one we live in,” she said. “I was stunned to learn that there are children in every school in our area that suffer from hunger insecurity. HCS stands out in my mind, because they are making great strides in servicing families that have fallen on difficult times with compassion and grace.” Other businesses and organizations have pledged their support to this year’s benefit due to their past involvement with HCS Family Services, including Citadel Information Management and

“It’s a great organization. ... It’s very touching to see that we’re helping families, children that are in need. I think in this area, a lot of people don’t understand that there is a need; but there truly is.” – MARY HENTHORN of the luxury boutique jeweler, said they are happy to support their friends and customers in the community. “We have friends in the community who we want to support— and they are not only friends, they’re our customers,” Bradford said. “And we like to support what our customers are interested in or passionate about.” Jennifer Stout, marketing manager at Hinsdale Bank & Trust, said as a community bank, it likes to partner with “worthwhile community organizations.” “Hinsdale Bank is excited to be a sponsor of the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club event this year,” Stout said. “We’ve partnered with them in the past, but it’s exciting for us to know that we’re supporting HCS Family Services as well.” Stout said the bank is especially pleased to see the HJWC working with Hinsdale-based HCS Family Services, which Hinsdale Bank & Trust has supported in previous endeavors. “We really see the impact that we’re having on our community, and helping local families and people that are really benefiting from all that they do right here in our hometown,” she said. Other returning sponsors are not just local business owners, but also club members themselves, such as Dr. Carrie Thangamani of Hinsdale, owner of CHT Orthodontics, and Dr. Mira Albert of Hinsdale, owner of Brush Pediatric Dentistry. Thangamani, who has been an HJWC member since she moved to Hinsdale about five years ago, said she was motivated to join to meet new neighbors, while also contributing to children’s causes, as she believes it is part of one’s “civic and personal duty to give back.” “It was a great philanthropic effort within the community, and it supports not only the community, but the surrounding west suburban areas,” she said of the HJWC. ... “It was [also] a great way for women to get to know one another—especially for those that are new in the community.” Albert, who has sponsored HJWC benefits since she opened her practice, said HCS has opened her eyes to issues in her own



Evergreen Bank Group. Paul Swenson, president and CEO of Westmont-based Citadel Information Management, and Donna Cooper, senior vice president of Citadel Information Management, have both volunteered with and served on the board of HCS Family Services. “I like the history that’s involved with Hinsdale—having a local charity,” Swenson said. Mary Henthorn, executive vice president with Evergreen Bank Group, has served as an HCS Family Services board member since 2014, and currently functions as its treasurer. Henthorn said that Evergreen Bank employees have also worked with HCS’s mobile food pantry, and made personal donations to the organization. “It’s very rewarding,” she said. “It’s a great organization. ... It’s very touching to see that we’re helping families, children that are in need. I think in this area, a lot of people don’t understand that there is a need; but there truly is.” Henthorn described the partnership between the HJWC and HCS Family Services as “a gift and a miracle.” “It will allow us to open the school-based pantry [at Anne M. Jeans Elementary School in unincorporated Willowbrook], to be able to sustain that going forward, and do some of the things that we wanted to do in terms of growing the outreach that we weren’t able to do, because we were constricted from lack of funds,” she said. Through funds raised at “Amore” and during the club year, benefit managing chair Irene Wood said the HJWC is hoping to assist HCS Family Services in expanding its reach to meet the nourishment needs of additional residents of west suburban Cook County, as well as its current constituents in Hinsdale and surrounding communities in DuPage County. n

Tickets to “Amore” are sold out. For more information about the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club, visit To learn more about HCS Family Services, visit

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At Last!

After a 108-year drought, the Chicago Cubs win the World Series, and Cubs fans celebrate.

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The journey was supposed to be easy.—That’s right, according to many baseball experts, the Chicago Cubs—a franchise that had amassed the longest championship drought in the history of American professional team sports—were supposed to have a relatively comfortable path to the World Series in 2016. But for a team that won 103 games during the regular season laden with young talent in the lineup and experience and depth in the pitching rotation, it was ultimately an unwavering confidence and belief that contributed more to the Cubs winning one of the closest World Series ever contested



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than any qualities that could be measured by experts. Coming off of a 97-win season and appearance in the National League Championship Series (NLCS) in 2015, the North Side was a popular free-agent destination in the offseason, as the Cubs signed outfielders Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward, and veteran starting pitcher John Lackey, mixing postseason experience with a youth movement led by first baseman Anthony Rizzo and third baseman Kris Bryant. The regular season went as many anticipated, as the Cubs cruised to their first National League Central division

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title since 2008, leaving the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates in the rear-view mirror. But as the postseason commenced, it quickly became apparent that Chicago’s path to the World Series would be rife with obstacles, as they opened against the San Francisco Giants (2010, 2012 and 2014 world champions) in the National League Division Series (NLDS). Game 1 of the NLDS served as a precursor to the drama that would follow throughout the postseason. Aces Jon Lester and Johnny Cueto dueled through seven scoreless innings, until the Cubs’ Javier Baez hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning that reached the left-field basket to lift his team to a 1-0 victory. After Chicago took a 2-0 lead with a 5-2 win in Game 2, the series shifted to the Bay Area, and San Francisco wasn’t about to bow out quietly. The Cubs appeared on their way to a sweep in Game 3, taking a 3-0 lead in the second inning, but the Giants chipped away at starter Jake Arrieta, before rallying against the Cubs bullpen to take a 5-3 advantage in the eighth inning. Bryant homered to tie the game in the ninth, but ultimately, it was the Giants that stayed alive on a walk-off double by Joe Panik in the 13th inning. San Francisco built on its momentum in Game 4, and the series seemed to be headed back to Wrigley Field when the home team led 5-2 after eight innings. But a questionable bullpen that hampered the Giants throughout the season proved to be their undoing, as the Cubs mounted a miraculous fourrun rally in the top of the ninth inning, capped off by an RBI single by Willson Contreras, to win the series, 3-1. In the NLCS, the Cubs would square off against another traditional National League power, the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 2016 iteration of the Dodgers was not the typical, star-studded roster of

yesteryear, but rather a gritty, pesky team led by baseball’s best pitcher, Clayton Kershaw. After a Miguel Montero grand slam helped to propel Chicago to an 8-4 win in Game 1, Los Angeles suddenly seized the momentum with back-to-back shutouts in Games 2 and 3. With the Dodgers leading 2-1, the Cubs opened Game 4 visibly nervous at the plate, but the second time through the order, the lineup pummeled 20-yearold L.A. starter Julio Urias, and went on to cruise to a 10-2 victory. Game 5, the last game in Los Angeles, followed a similar pattern, with Lester holding the Dodgers to one run over six innings, before the Chicago lineup exploded in the eighth inning for five runs. The Cubs won the game, 8-4, and headed back to Wrigley with a chance to clinch their first National League pennant since 1945. On a brisk Saturday evening, only Kershaw stood in the way of a trip to the World Series. After the Cubs failed to score off of the Dodgers’ ace in Game 2, Dexter Fowler led off Game 6 with a double, and was driven in by Bryant. Leading 2-0 after the first inning, the Cubs did not allow luck or untimely errors to enter into the outcome, as they chased Kershaw from the game after five innings, while starter Kyle Hendricks held Los Angeles scoreless for 7 1/3 innings. Ahead 5-0 in the ninth inning, the Cubs punctuated their first pennant in 71 years with a double play to end the game. One obstacle remained in the way of the North-Siders achieving their ultimate goal—and that obstacle would be the toughest opponent the Cubs would face in the 2016 playoffs: the American League-champion Cleveland Indians. While some questioned Cleveland’s ability to compete with the All-Starfilled Cubs without two of their starting pitchers and a key position player, the Indians relied on the formula that Continued on the next page

Welcome, baby “W”—Brodie Ford Waichulis

My husband and I have been rooting for our favorite baseball team for many years. We have always hoped for the Cubs to go to the World Series, and ultimately win! In early October, my husband said to me, “I didn’t realize our baby may be born during the World Series games. I really hope you’re not in labor during an opportunity I may get to go to one of these games.” Knowing that my due date was Halloween, we were unsure when our munchkin would indeed arrive, if he would interfere with us attending games, and if we would have a true “World Series baby!” Sure enough, I was in labor with baby “W” for the final games. (I was glad we didn’t have to drive to Northwestern Hospital, in rush-hour, during game-time—seeing that the Cubs were playing their final two games in Cleveland.) Our lucky charm made his debut on the first of November. The Cubs were playing Game 6. Not only did we fly the “W” after Game 6, but baby “W” brought more luck to Chicago, as we flew the “W” for Game 7— World Series champions! Brodie Ford Waichulis, our legitimate Chicago Cubs World Series baby, kicked off November 2016 for us! Go Cubs, go! —LINDSEY WAICHULIS | HINSDALEMAGAZINE



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pushed them past Boston and Toronto: build a lead after six innings, and turn the game over to nasty relievers Andrew Miller and Cody Allen. Implementing this formula, Cleveland built a 3-1 series lead, including a pair of wins at Wrigley Field in Games 3 and 4. And after their commanding 7-2 victory over the Cubs in Game 4, the Indians had flipped the expected narrative of the World Series, and appeared on the verge of their first world championship since 1948. Meanwhile, in the Cubs clubhouse, questions abounded: were they too inexperienced and impatient at the plate—was Cleveland better built to win a short playoff series? In a must-win Game 5, Chicago once again turned to Lester, and demonstrated the perseverance of a team that would not go down quietly. Trailing 1-0 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, Bryant got a hold of a Trevor Bauer pitch, and belted it out to left-center field, tying the score. The Cubs would go



on to score two more runs in the inning, and clung to a 3-2 advantage late, as closer Aroldis Chapman held the Indians at bay in 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief. As the series shifted back to Cleveland for Game 6, scarcely anyone could have imagined that the Indians had held their last lead in the series in the fourth inning of Game 5. Shortstop Addison Russell and communication in the Cleveland outfield headlined Game 6, as Russell knocked in two runs on a ball that dropped between Indians center-fielder Tyler Naquin and right-fielder Lonnie Chisenhall, before hitting the first grand slam in World Series play since Paul Konerko in 2005 in the third inning. A 9-3 Cubs win forced a decisive Game 7. For two franchises that had waited a combined 176 years for a World Series title, a winner-take-all Game 7 was both an exciting and painful prospect. While one club would prevail in thrilling fashion, the other would have to wait at least another year for a championship,

Chicago Cubs super-fan Amy Liss at three years old and today.

The World Series games brought Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley staff and families together in great Cubs spirit. With children singing “Go Cubs, Go” in the hallways, and spirit days that filled the halls with red and blue, it made even our biggest White Sox fan get involved and sport some Cubs gear. Most of the celebration surrounded the “world’s biggest” Cubs fan, relationship coordinator Amy Liss from Downers Grove, who has enough Cubs gear to share with all staff members that needed it. She has been a Cubs super-fan since attending her first game at the age of three. —EASTER SEALS DUPAGE AND FOX VALLEY STAFF


while adding 2016 to its aggregated misery. In Game 7, the Cubs played like the “Cubs” of bygone years at times, committing three errors, allowing two runs to score on a wild pitch, and relinquishing a lead just four outs from a world title. But the outcome of this game—which would also determine the outcome of the season—would be different. Fowler led off the game with a home run against Cleveland ace Corey Kluber. After some scoreless frames, the Indians knotted the score at 1-1 in the third inning. In the top of the fourth, the Cubs retook the lead with a pair of runs on a sacrifice fly and RBI double by Contreras, and then doubled their advantage to 5-1 in the fifth inning, behind a Baez solo home run that knocked Kluber out of the game. Seemingly having completely lost control of the series, Cleveland began to turn the momentum in the bottom of the fifth. Designated hitter Carlos Santana walked with two outs, and Cubs manager Joe Maddon replaced Hendricks with Lester. Second baseman Jason Kipnis then put the ball in play in front of the plate, and catcher David Ross’s throw sailed past Rizzo, placing runners at second and third. Facing Francisco Lindor, Lester fired a ball that bounced well in front of home plate that got past Ross, allowing not one, but two runs to score, as the Indians trimmed the gap to 5-3. After Ross—playing in his final game—homered in the top of the sixth to re-extend the Chicago advantage to three runs, Lester pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings, as the Cubs moved just six outs from their first World Series since 1908. With two outs and no one on base, Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez started an improbable rally with an infield single. Maddon lifted Lester for Chapman, whom the Indians benefited from facing in both Games 5 and 6. Left-fielder Brandon Guyer battled to a 3-2 count,

before drilling a line-drive to right-center field, scoring Ramirez from first base. This set the stage for center-fielder Rajai Davis, who after fouling off several pitches, golfed a 2-2 pitch down and in for a line-drive home run over the leftfield fence that tied the game at 6-6 in the blink of an eye. After the teams exchanged scoreless ninth-inning frames, Game 7 of the World Series entered extra innings for the first time since 1991. The game was paused for a 17-minute rain delay, and resumed with designated hitter Kyle Schwarber singling sharply off of Cleveland reliever Brian Shaw to lead off the tenth. Following an intentional walk to Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, who had won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals in 2015, delivered the go-ahead double into left field. A Montero single extended the Cubs’ lead to 8-6, before Bauer entered the game and held the bases loaded. In the bottom of the 10th, Guyer and Davis again collaborated to trim the deficit to 8-7, but the Indians had run out of miracles, as Mike Montgomery induced right-fielder Michael Martinez to ground softly to Bryant, who flipped the ball to Rizzo for the final out, as the Cubs clinched their first World Series championship in 108 years. n

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While most Chicago fans were glued to their televisions on Wednesday night, Nov. 2, waiting to see if the Cubs could break their 108-year-old championship drought, our staff at Bannerville USA was hard at work, preparing the championship banners that would hang around the city at the Cubs victory parade. In a 25hour time-span, we printed and installed 278 banners for Grant Park. Our production team worked without sleep through the night so that our installation crews could begin hanging the banners on Thursday morning. Congratulations to our entire staff and the Chicago Cubs! —KEN AND PATTI SITKOWSKI, BANNERVILLE USA, BURR RIDGE

“Hinsdale residents Todd Martin and his son Spencer watch the thrilling game seven of the World Series. On the edge of their seats, they are caught on camera in the bottom of the 8th before the two-run home run by Cleveland to tie the game!” Continued on the next page | HINSDALEMAGAZINE


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Angi Courtney, physician’s assistant in the interventional radiology suite at Hinsdale Hospital; Angie wearing the late David Struck’s favorite Cubs sweater and his hat, while holding his memorial program.

I had the pleasure of taking care of a patient at Northwestern whom we were treating for cancer. He was a die-hard Cubs fan, and we always reminisced about the Cubs. As it became clear that his illness was terminal and he was near the end of his life, he told me that it was his dying wish to see the Cubs in the World Series. He made me promise that if the Cubs ever made it into the World Series, that I would always think of him. Shortly after his death, his wife sent me a package with his favorite Cubs sweater and hat. I kept it tucked away in my closet for ten years. We were fortunate enough to go to Game 3 and Game 5 of the World Series. I wore David’s Cubs sweater and hat to both of those games in honor of his memory. It certainly has brought us good luck! I even wore it watching games from home. With the help of the Internet, I was able to track down his wife in Naples, Fla. Of course, she remembered sending Dave’s sweater and hat. She was over the moon with excitement! —ANGI COURTNEY





“Every day, Molly and Lindsey ask to hear the “Cubs song” to which they sing, ”Hey, Chicago, what do you say, the Cubs are gonna win today!” —SAMANTHA GOSS

1. Joe and Karen Hood tie the knot on Aug. 13, 1994, after meeting before a Cubs game in Wrigleyville in 1991; 2. After losing Games 3 & 4 at Wrigley, Mike Giunta and son Jackson hoped to bring some luck to the Cubs in Game 5; 3. Eric Pitcher, sporting his favorite prophetic






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T-shirt the day of the World Series win; 4. Cubs players celebrate after winning the World Series; 5. Mr. Cub, Hall of Famer Ernie Banks.; 6. Pitcher Jon Lester’s dog, Ruger, was being trained by Smart Dogs Training & Lodging during the World Series; 7. Rita and Eddie Schraps were lifelong Cubs fans. Born in Chicago in 1914 and 1893, respectively, they watched the Cubs on their black-and-white TV in their un-air-conditioned apartment for 30 years (photograph circa 1980); 8. First time the Wrigley Field marquee reads, “Cubs win,” after a World Series; 9. Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs; 10. Elsie Rudman, residents and staff are all decked out in their Cubs outfits and celebrating the World Series championship at Villa St. Benedict, Independent Living in Lisle; 11. On top of the world, Sara Clarkson and daughter Sofia Howson sport Cubs apparel from the top of the mountain in Montserrat, Spain, on the morning of Nov. 3, just hours after the Cubs won Game 7 of the World Series; 12. Hinsdale residents celebrate at the Cubs victory parade. | HINSDALEMAGAZINE


“I took the streetcar to 63rd and Halsted, took the El [train] to Wrigley Field, got off at about 5 o’clock in the morning.” —”ULY” BACKAS

Ulysses Backas (Age 23) was a US Navy 3rd Class Electronic Technician Mate in 1945.

Cub fans Ulysses Backas and his wife Rosette were married in 1952. They have been Clarendon Hills residents since 1955 and have two children.


MOMENT Clarendon Hills resident who attended the Cubs game in 1945 by Mike Ellis | Photography by Daniel Garcia



Most Chicago Cubs fans had not seen their team play in the World Series at Wrigley Field until this October, but at least one man from Clarendon Hills did. Many Walker Elementary School families know Ulysses “Uly” Backas, 94, as a neighborly man that reads to children at their school, but they might be surprised to learn that he is perhaps the only current Clarendon Hills resident that attended the last game the Cubs played at Wrigley Field in the World Series. 1908 was, of course, the last time the North-Siders had won the series, but they had last clinched the National League pennant in 1945, setting up a World Series collision

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with the American League champion Detroit Tigers. The series would come down to a decisive Game 7, and Backas was determined to experience the game in person. Growing up on the South Side, he was the only Cubs fan in his neighborhood. After returning from service in the Navy during World War II--which had just concluded two months earlier in August--, Backas was at home on leave, staying with his parents. On the morning of Oct. 6, 1945, he asked his mother to wake him up at 3:30 a.m. so he could head to the ballpark--a request that confounded his mother, a European immigrant that was not acquainted with baseball. “I took the streetcar to 63rd and Halsted, took the El [train] to Wrigley Field, got off at about 5 o’clock in the morning,” Backas said. Backas said people made fires on the street beyond right field to keep warm overnight. “Those of us that were there had heard rumors that there were seats available,” he said. Backas said he sat on Addison Street with other GIs home from the war “hoping against hope that something might happen.” He finished listening to the StarSpangled Banner, when “all of a sudden, a well-dressed man came out, and he said, ‘All you fellas, standing-

Pages from the 1945 World Series program Chicago Cubs vs. Detroit Tigers.

room only—follow me.’ “ The man that addressed Backas and his peers was Andy Frain, head of all ushers at major sporting events in Chicago at the time. “So, we got in [to Game 7 of the World Series] for nothing,” he said. Backas said he didn’t really recall how the game played out, as the details blended in with the many other games he has viewed over the years. The Tigers jumped on the Cubs with a five-run first inning, which was all Detroit ace Hal Newhouser needed, going the distance en route to a 9-3 Tigers win. “The last few years, I’ve had a lot of fun when I’m out on the streets, and I see someone with a Cub hat or Cub jersey, and I’ll walk up to them and I’ll say, ‘Have you ever met a man that saw the Cubs in a World Series?’ “ Backas said. ... “And I say, ‘You are now.’ “ n

Not only did Backas attend Game 7 of the 1945 World Series, but he was also an acquaintance of the late William “Billy Goat” Sianis, the man that originated the “Curse of the Billy Goat.” Backus knew Sianis through his ownership of the Billy Goat Tavern, a popular sports bar on the West Side near Chicago Stadium. Prior to Game 4 of the 1945 series, Sianis attempted to enter Wrigley Field with his goat, Murphy. Cubs owner P.K. Wrigley was willing to allow Sianis to enter, but refused to admit Murphy, much to the former’s chagrin. Sianis allegedly declared that the Cubs would never win another World Series so long as the goat was prohibited from Wrigley Field. The Cubs went on to lose the game and the series, 4-3. | HINSDALEMAGAZINE



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About 300 area residents showed off a myriad of creative costumes at the second annual Howl-o-ween Ball to benefit the Hinsdale Humane Society (HHS) at Room & Board in Oak Brook on Oct. 29. The event, restyled the Howl-oween Ball after being known as the Black Cat Ball last year, was also relocated to a new venue at the Oak Brook furniture store, which created a unique setting, as guests danced and socialized amidst upscale beds and couches. Costumes were equally extravagant and elaborate in the event’s second year, ranging from a pair of Willy Wonkas and Mary Poppins, to a gamut of Star Wars characters. HHS executive director Lori Halligan saluted co-chair Mistie Lucht and public relations and events director Robin Carroll for their efforts in organizing the evening. Emcee Ereka Vetrini conducted a live auction that included vacation packages and luxurious diamonds, while also explaining the significance of HHS, which found homes for more than 1,000 animals last year.




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3 Photography provided by Edward-Elmhurst Health 1. Brenda and Tom Harter, Mike Isaac and Adam Stachowiak; 2. Dr. Scott Berger and Debby Berger; 3. Auctioneer David Goodman leads the live auction at the Edward Foundation’s annual gala.

The Edward Foundation raised $950,000 at its 26th annual gala, The Big Gig: Immersion, on Oct. 22 at The Westin Lombard. Nearly 800 people attended the event, which is the largest fundraiser of the year for the foundation, which supports Edward Hospital programs and services that directly impact patients. A portion of the funds raised this year will help fund expansion and renovation of the Edward Cancer Center on the Edward Hospital campus in Naperville. The Edward Foundation was established in 1990, and has raised more than $43 million in its mission to support Edward Hospital’s community healthcare initiatives, invest in the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technology, recruit world-class medical professionals, and deliver the highest quality care to almost 1.7 million patients within the area it serves. For more information about the foundation, call 630-527-3954, or visit www.

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1. Brush Pediatric Dentistry team out in front of York Theatre in Elmhurst; 2. Dr. Mira Albert with a few attendees to see a private screening of “Trolls;” 3. Donations and prizes



Brush Pediatric Dentistry team and attendees had a blast celebrating their 5 year “Brushiversary!” One hundred patients were treated to a private screening of the Dreamworks animation Trolls movie at The York Theatre in Elmhurst. The message of the movie is to choose happiness and joy— generosity brings good things to everyone. Patients had fun posing with friends, family and The Brush staff on their “Rainbow Carpet.” Classic Kids Photography captured the fun, and one lucky family was the recipient of a sitting with them! Another family was the lucky winner of a birthday party, complete with goody bags and a birthday cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes, at Goldfish Swim School in Burr Ridge.

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Photography by Mike Ellis 1. A number of local vendors showcased their products at the 13th annual boutique shopping night at St. Isaac Jogues Parish; 2. Amy Phillips of Clarendon Hills examines an item

Dozens of ladies from Hinsdale and surrounding suburbs browsed an assortment of products and gifts while supporting a worthwhile cause at the 13th annual boutique shopping night at St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Hinsdale on Nov. 10. Ladies scanned clothing, jewelry and more at the tables of 33 vendors spread out across the church, getting an early start on their Christmas shopping. All of the proceeds directed to St. Isaac Jogues from the event go towards the WIN (women in need) grant, which supports distressed parishioners. The parish raised about $10,000 through last year’s event.





Photography by Mike Ellis 1. Bill and Wendy Murphy, Scott Jucovics; 2. Beth Nordby and Lauren Mathelier; 3. Lauren Walsh, Dyan Ruth and Anne Deis

More than 300 attendees donned their best country attire and enjoyed an evening of dinner, dancing, mechanical bull rides and much more at “Country Nights,” the Notre Dame Catholic Church dinner dance and auction at Butterfield Country Club in Oak Brook on Nov. 4. More than $100,000 was raised, making “Country Nights” the most successful fundraiser ever for the parish. Proceeds from the event provide needed funds for parish ministries that include adult education, a food pantry and many service programs to help the underprivileged. Funds also help to subsidize the parish school and religious education programs.






Photography provided by Sleep Out Saturday 1. St Peter Geneva; 2. Ean Czech, Andy Cameron and Jonathan Pedersen; 3. Danielle Nutter, Julia Voss and Maya Perez; 4. Johnny Yanez



An estimated 2,000 kids and young adults bundled up for Sleep Out Saturday in yards and parking lots across DuPage County on Nov. 5. For one night, members of church youth groups, student organizations and scout troops experienced what it’s like to not have homes and warm beds, while supporting Bridge Communities, a transitional housing and mentor organization for families that have lost their homes. From within cardboard boxes and tents on a very chilly night, they created awareness of the growing need for shelter for west suburban at-risk families, and raised more than $100,000 to support Bridge Communities.

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GETTING WITH THE PROGRAM Head coach Nick Latorre has built a boys basketball program at Hinsdale Central rooted in discipline, unselfishness and toughness by Mike Ellis | Photography by Kyle Hampson The 2016-17 Hinsdale Central boys basketball season is underway, and although some faces have changed, the system developed by its head coach is continuing intact. Since arriving at Central in 2011 after previously coaching at Driscoll Catholic, Nick Latorre has coached some standout athletes that have continued their playing careers in college, and more importantly, instilled a competitive culture rooted in “discipline, unselfishness and toughness.” “I think that our guys have bought into a style that we need to play,” Latorre said, adding that thus far this season, his team has demonstrated a strong work ethic in practice. “We need to practice really hard; we need to play really hard; we need to execute.” When Hinsdale Magazine attended a tryout at Central last month, we observed exhausting drills designed to build up athletes’ endurance and conditioning for the upcoming season. “Our goal every year is to play up to our capabilities,” Latorre said. “We don’t really have expectations as far as wins and losses.” Returning regulars from last year’s squad include senior guards Jack Hoiberg, Chris Eck and Tomas Misiunas, as well as junior guard Trevor Hamilton. Because the Red Devils graduated an extremely talented, experienced class of seniors in 2015, a number of younger players like the aforementioned studentathletes received the opportunity to acquire some valuable playing time last season. Hoiberg, the son of Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg, transferred from an Iowa high school last year, and began to grow more comfortable within the Hinsdale



HMsports Hinsdale Central held boys basketball tryouts last month, and is preparing to host its second annual holiday classic after Christmas.

system at the end of the season. His disciplined brand of basketball is complemented by teammates like Eck and Misiunas, who play with boundless energy. Latorre said he is also expecting contributions from seniors Danny Ahern, Anthony Brescia and Nate McGowan, as well as from sophomore guard Matt Rush, whose sister Gabrielle currently plays at Princeton, and is the most prolific scorer in the history of the Central girls program. “I think Matt Rush will play a significant role,” he said. Senior guard Michael Yaeger is currently suffering from an injury, but Latorre said the team hopes he will return by the end of the regular season. The Red Devils’ season commenced at the end of last month at the “Hoops for Healing” tournament at Naperville North and Oswego High Schools. This is the second consecutive year Central has competed in this tournament, and Latorre said his team was looking forward to the opportunity to assess its level against schools like Naperville North, which began the season ranked among the top 20 teams in the state. “We’re just kind of hoping to see where we’re at,” he said. “It’s going to be a good measuring stick. ... It’ll be a good opportunity to play against somebody else.”

After three games that include a collision on the road with archrival Lyons Township, the Red Devils will compete at the second annual Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic from Dec. 27 to 30. In last year’s tournament, Hinsdale developed as a team, gaining valuable experience for the conference season by competing in multiple overtime games against quality opponents. This year, Hinsdale Central will welcome schools from across the Chicagoland area, including Homewood-Flossmoor and Marian Catholic from the south suburbs, Maine South and Stevenson from the northern suburbs, and Lincoln Park and Westinghouse from the City of Chicago. Latorre complimented athletic director Dan Jones and acclaimed tournament director Joe Spagnolo for their work on developing the tournament, and said he hopes the holiday classic will continue to grow as the community becomes more acquainted with it. “We’ve added a few new teams this year, and I expect it will be a little bit better this year,” he said. ... “It’s great for our program, it’s great for our kids; and I think it can be a long holiday tradition.” After the holiday classic wraps up, the Red Devils will dive into the bulk of their West Suburban Silver schedule in the new year. “Our conference is loaded; our conference is really good,” Latorre said, adding that he anticipates LT, Downers Grove North, Oak Park-River Forest and York will present the stiffest challenges this year. He said in conference play, “every night is a dogfight,” as the league is filled with “a lot of great teams and a lot of great coaches.” “There’s no gimmes on our schedule—inside or outside of our conference.” n You can watch the Hinsdale Central Red Devils in action at the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic from Dec. 27 to 30 in the school gymnasium. The Red Devils will also host six consecutive home games between Jan. 20 and Feb. 4, including a rematch with Lyons Township on Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Postseason play begins on Feb. 27. To view a full schedule and team roster, visit | HINSDALEMAGAZINE


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HOW’S YOUR ATTENTION SPAN? What’s the bottom line for increasing your attention span, and producing better results? Here are 21 proven tips and tools: 1. Prepare to focus. Turn off your smartphone; stay off the Internet. 2. Eliminate potential noise distractions; be in an environment free from distractions. 3. Visualize your task completed in a finished state. See it as if it’s so and as it will be. 4. Perform activities that you enjoy. 5. Do what you’re good at doing, as opposed to someone performing a difficult task or a new task. If it is a new or difficult task, then check your ego at the door—especially if your expectation and reality do not match. Relish the challenge of something new or difficult. A thick-skinned mentality with a tolerance for mistakes and a dash of optimism will prevail. 6. Avoid replaying the past—especially if it is negative. 7. Proper sleep and rest ensure longer attention spans. 8. Avoid hunger when performing tasks that require focus. If you feel hungry, your focus already diminished 20 minutes earlier. Eating small portions every two to three hours will prevent this. 9. Always narrow your focus after going to the bathroom or eating. Pay attention, golfers; select small targets after short breaks on the course. 10. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Losing one percent of body water causes your attention span to drop by up to ten percent. 11. Change behavior immediately when focus wanes. Pick up or slow down the pace, or restructure the situation by altering strategy and/or tactics. 12. Develop a strong mental vision that wakes you up and puts you to sleep at night. This vision will pull you through potential distractions and other external challenges to your attention span. 13. Continuously bolster your confidence by inspiring and motivating yourself with short affirmations of encouragement, such as, “I am accurate,” or “I am here now.” 14. Periodically turn off your brain for 30 to 90 seconds. This simple reboot works. 15. When you lose focus, re-focus within 30 seconds by redirecting your energy and/or narrowing your focus to smaller objectives. 16. Take a complete, non-thinking, ten-minute break. Get up and take a brisk walk. 17. Physically change where you are performing (if possible). Restructure the environment.

18. Deal with negatives that might spill over from other areas or arenas of your life. Replace these negative thoughts by envisioning what you want in your life. 19. Avoid idle chit-chat, making eye-contact with others, judging others or thinking as a victim. Also, avoid the disgusting cousins of should’ve, could’ve and would’ve—they can’t help your attention span. 20. Set small tasks or goals with well-defined timelines. 21. Place mental and physical breaks first, before you begin to perform. Also, before your year, quarter or month begins, schedule vacations and days off first. Bonus tip: Soak your head in very cold water. That’s right—after 15 to 20 seconds, the submerged capillaries and blood vessels in your face will constrict. Then, remove your head from the water, and open your mouth as wide as possible. With the blood now rushing back into your face, concentration is ready to be launched. Focus on your next task at hand. This tool has been used in Super Bowl, World Series and Wimbledon locker rooms. Sometimes, you just need to freeze your head. What can you do with increased attention span? A New York Times best-selling author and client of mine was struggling to hold his attention span while writing. With newfound notoriety, he was becoming distracted by a zillion outside forces. This is how he changed his focus, and went on to write more bestsellers: The night before this talented author was going to write his novel, he took a late-night bath. While soaking in the tub, he envisioned his book in a movie format. He literally saw the next chapter in his mind, as if he was watching a movie. Within 30 minutes of deep sleep, he relaxed, closed his eyes and watched his characters take form in his mind. He had ascertained from experience that his optimal creativewriting time was between 8 and 10 a.m. After a modest, but consistent breakfast, he would stretch and then prepare to write. He shut off his phone, and everyone in his home knew he was not to be disturbed. As he sat at the computer screen at 8 a.m., he began writing the movie script as he mentally saw it from his bathtub the night before. He wrote five days a week. After 10 a.m., he did some research, but very little in terms of actual writing. Today, he’s still writing best-sellers, and his mental focus process remains the same. Manage your concentration, and maximize focus. Stretching your attention span will keep you more efficient, and increase your odds of reaching or exceeding amazing goals, while setting personal records. Stay in the “zone.” n

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Informal Understandings IT’S AGAINST THE RULES People start thinking and doing strange things as the holidays come around. Have you noticed that? I heard about this group of youngsters that got this wild idea that it might be okay to collect some unused food, and give it to some of the poorest families in their area. They thought, maybe one of the local supermarkets might be willing to give away some of its excess merchandise to meet the needs of struggling families. “Oh, I’m very sorry,” the store manager said. “We used to do that sort of thing all the time, but now with all the health regulations, inventory controls and such, it’s against the rules.” A man driving down the street passed an old car on the side of the road with its hood up. Beside it stood a person in shabby clothes with his thumb out, hoping to hitch a ride. For a second, the driver considered stopping. Then, just as quickly, there swept over him the familiar warnings: “Don’t pick up hitch-hikers. You never know what kind of crazies are out there.” “I’d like to help,” he thought as he watched the dejected figure recede in his rear-view mirror, ”but it’s really against the rules.” You know the rules, don’t you? “Don’t talk to strangers.” “Be careful to whom you open up with your feelings.” “Look out for No. 1.” “Don’t be foolish.” “Care too much, and people will walk all over you.” In subtle ways, we all learn the rules about how far and to whom we can extend ourselves without risking trouble.

together... The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together.They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” (Is. 11:6-9). It’s a crazy belief really, this idea that natural enemies could ever dwell with one another in peace—except that now and then, people have dared to stake their lives upon it. On Christmas Eve 1914, World War I temporarily came to a halt on the front between France and Germany. Only five months into the war, more than 800,000 people had already been killed or wounded. And yet, as the sun went down, a strange spirit settled across the lines. It began when British soldiers raised lighted Merry Christmas signs towards the German lines. In a matter of moments, both sides were singing Christmas carols across the battlefields to each other. Christmas morning dawned with officers on both sides unable to prevent their troops from leaving their trenches and meeting the “enemy” in no-man’s land for songs and conversation. Exchanging candy and cigarettes, German, French and British soldiers passed Christmas Day in peace along miles of the front. So pervasive was the spirit of reconciliation that along some stretches of the front, the spontaneous truce continued all through the 26th, neither side willing to fire the first shot. At long last, the war resumed when fresh troops arrived, and the high command on both sides issued a decree stating that further “informal understandings” with the enemy would be punishable as treason.

THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS And that’s good in a way. Those kinds of rules grow out of practical human experience with the dark side of life in human society. We need to know “the rules”—if only to be reminded that we live in a world where sin and evil are all too real. But as helpful as “the rules” are at times, are they the ultimate standard by which to live your life? What happens when the rules begin to really rule us—when the legitimate desire to protect ourselves from error or harm results in dividing us from one another, like so many separate soldiers each running for cover? Today, we’re living in a society in which the rules seem to be getting sharper, and the divisions between us even greater. It’s black lives versus blue lives; it’s Americans versus immigrants; it’s Republicans versus Democrats; it’s red-blooded men versus blueblooded women; it’s Christians versus Muslims versus Hindus versus Jews versus atheists. Everywhere we look these days, it feels like the battle-lines are being drawn more deeply, the suspicion or ignorance is growing, and the walls are getting higher. How do you feel about that? In ancient Israel long ago, a prophet had a vision of a different kind of world—a world in which natural enemies would set aside their familiar fears and ways of relating to one another, and instead find a common life. “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling

DARING A DIFFERENT WAY Now and then, often around this season of the year, someone wakes up to the possibility of exercising treason against the conventional rules that keep people so separate, and leave us with the world we have. Maybe that’s why a certain grocer ultimately changed his mind, and gave out as many apples and donuts as a group of young people could carry to the poor of their community. Maybe that’s why a certain driver turned his car around and picked up a hitchhiker, who turned out to be not an axe-murderer after all, but instead a newfound friend. Maybe that’s why some courageous partisans in Springfield or Washington will persevere in crossing the aisle till we have the revolution we need in our political culture today. Maybe that’s why an old resentment, or an offputting appearance, or a social division will not stop you from doing something this week that forms a constructive alliance, where before there was only a canyon. There are some enemies that are genuinely, irredeemably and permanently dangerous, and we’re stupid or naïve to think we can make peace with them. But are there as many of them as the spirit of our age encourages us to think? What might happen if we sought to form more “informal understandings” with some of them? I wonder if this would not bring forth a better world. n

DAN MEYER CONTRIBUTING WRITER Dr. Dan Meyer is the senior pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook.





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