Elmhurst Magazine May 2023

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Elmhurst, the city of exceptional amenities

In this issue, we elaborate on the many outstanding activities, institutions and leaders that make Elmhurst such a great place to live, work, and entertain.

Our first example is on our cover. Elmhurst is home to one of the best hospitals in the United States, Elmhurst Hospital. We had the opportunity to tour the hospital with new President Kimberley Darey. If you have been there, you know how special it is in the way they treat patients and their families. If you haven’t been, the story gives you a tour. When the hospital moved from the downtown area to its current location at Roosevelt Road and York Road, Elmhurst Hospital was planned and built to be one of the nation’s best.

Speaking of Elmhurst Hospital, we covered their recent Chef Fest, which raised $88,000 for the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation to continue exceptional levels of health care.

Another group involving Elmhurst residents is Bridge Communities and their annual Wine, Women, and Shoes event. These women annually raise funds to help 100+ families in DuPage County to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Since spring is here, thoughts turn to the outdoors, which means thinking of the Elmhurst Park District. We sat down with Jim Rogers, Executive Director of the agency that runs 29 parks covering 475 acres which are chock full of ways to enjoy the outdoors. It takes a 140-page brochure to tell you everything that is offered. Get outside and enjoy what the Park District has to offer. Dive into that information, have some fun, and get some exercise.

For good measure and more outdoor good times, we also put the spotlight on the Club Shot & Beer beer garden. As long-time resident and Elmhurst Magazine writer Dave Noble describes, this location between York and Addison in the Elmhurst City Centre has become a unique find worth checking out.

Naturally, when we think of spring and the outdoors in Elmhurst, our thoughts turn to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In its 25th year, the parade on March 4 on Spring Road attracted a vast crowd, estimated at 25,000. It is now the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Chicago area. Check out our video of the parade at www.ElmhurstMagazine.com

Please read our Hello Spring listing of nearby activities for even more outdoor fun. Alternatively, consider the opening of Polo season in

nearby Oak Brook.

Another important tradition in Elmhurst is Signing Day for York High School student-athletes. That took place on April 12, and we captured the moment of the proud students, families, and friends.

If you want reading material and more, visit the Elmhurst Library. As Director Mary Beth Harper explained to our Elmhurst Magazine Contributing Writer, Chuck Fieldman, “It is one of the last places people can come every day and not spend a dime. It’s truly a gathering place and has a million and one uses.” The article also explains the Makery where you can make things. Besides reading material, you will also want to check out the Library of Extraordinary Things, a collection of items to help patrons learn something new or accomplish something on their to-do list.

Elmhurst has a lot of Americana in its history. One of the most exciting times was the era from 1908 to 1940 when Chicago-based Sears, put out a catalog of kits for building entire homes, with everything you needed, down to the last bolt. Elmhurst Magazine Contributing Writer Maureen Callahan recounts this fascinating era involving several homes in Elmhurst that are still standing.

We like to put the spotlight on leaders in the community. Indeed, one of them is Police Chief Michael McLean. He has been with the department since 2000, and last year he became Chief.

We say goodbye to First Folio Theater in nearby Oak Brook after 26 years and 81 shows. It is a reminder that Elmhurst Centre For Performing Arts will be an essential addition to the future of the arts in the area.

In that regard, we captured the Gala at the River Forest Country Club on April 15. You will recognize many who attended and supported the ECPA!

May is the month for Mother’s Day, so we share a tribute to mothers from famed life coach Jim Fannin, called “Women in the Zone”. It is a free seminar on May 18 for the first 75 women who sign up. Elmhurst Magazine will be there to share the points with you in the July issue.

Enjoy this edition of Elmhurst Magazine and let us know how we’re doing.

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LETTER from THE PUBLISHER $5 US Elmhurst Park District Police Chief Michael McKenna Elmhurst Public Library ELMHURST HOSPITAL’S Dr. Kimberley Darey, President Leading by Example Home & Design: Sears Homes York HS College Signings A Beer Garden in Elmhurst’s City Centre
14 TO-DOS Hello Spring 19 SPECIAL FEATURE Elmhurst Park District 23 SERVICE Police Chief Michael McKenna 27 COVER STORY Elmhurst Hospital 33 SPOTLIGHT Elmhurst Public Library 36 HOME & DESIGN Sears Homes 42 HIGH SCHOOL York HS Student-Athlete Signing D ay 46 FOOD & DRINK Beer Garden in Elmhurst City Center 49 COMMUNITY St. Patrick’s Day Parade 52 GIVING BACK Chef Fest for Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation 53 GIVING BACK Bridge Community Fund Raiser 56 TRIBUTE TO MOMS Free Seminar “Women in the Zone” 54 SPORTS O ak Brook Polo 58 DINING Wine Pairing 61 THE ARTS First Folio Theater Final Curtain 64 EXOTIC VACATIONS From Nova Scotia to Sweden
Cover photo by Victor Hilitski Dr. Kimberley Darey, President of Elmhurst Hospital



This is big. AdventHealth and UChicago Medicine are now partners.

You’ll have access to UChicago Medicine’s excellent specialty care and the latest clinical trials, right here in the western suburbs. Best of all, you’ll still experience AdventHealth’s whole-person care, treating body, mind and spirit.

Learn more at: HealthyChicagoland.org

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Maureen Callahan

Valerie Hardy

Julie Jonlich


Jennifer Frencl

Rachel Pavlovich


Adam Andrzejewski

Chuck Fieldman

Julie Janoski

Dave Noble

Kristina Taheri


Victor Hilitski

Greg Kozlick

Marcello Rodarte


Brian Ade

Gino Cosentino

Renee Lawrence

Cynthia Maquet

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Spring has sprung! Looking to get outside? Check out our list of activities to check out this spring and summer in the Western Suburbs.

Clarendon Hills

Farmers Market

Presented by the Clarendon Hills Chamber of Commerce • May 18 – October 26 at the Village Hall PlazaEvery Thursday from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The 2023 Clarendon Hills Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market features a variety of different vendors from the area. Buy fresh and buy local.

Summer Concert Series

Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival

Presented by the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce

June 3 – June 4 at Burlington Park • 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Located in the heart of historic downtown Hinsdale, the Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival has been a cherished tradition and is celebrating its 50th year. The show hosts 85-100 artists throughout the shady trees of Burlington Park.

Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals

Presented by Cosley Zoo

Superheroes in Wilder Park

Presented by the Elmhurst Art Museum • May 6 - July 30 at Wilder Park

Recurring daily

The art installation of eight lifesized superhero sculptures by area artists and youth groups is discoverable throughout Wilder Park. The outdoor installation will be a bold preview of the Elmhurst Art Museum's summer exhibition Marvelocity, featuring the iconic work of comics legend Alex Ross beginning on May 28.

Presented by the Downers Grove Park District

May 23 - August 15 at Fishel Park

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. The free concerts on Tuesday evenings feature rock, country, blues, and oldies. Doors open, and food and beverage sales begin at 6:00 p.m.

Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs or blankets.

June 3 at Memorial Park in Wheaton • The 5K/10K Race Start at 7:30 a.m.; the 1/2 Mile Kids Run Start at 8:45 a.m.

The Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 5K/10K & Kids' 1/2 Mile is hosted by the Cosley Foundation to raise funds for the animals at Cosley Zoo as well as exhibit development projects, public programs, and conservation projects.

Cori's Kids Triathlon

Presented by the Oak Brook Park District

June 3 8:00 a.m. This friendly competition promotes exercise in a fun and energetic way. Kids will show off their skills and athleticism by participating in the three traditional triathlon events: swimming, biking, and running.

Andy Warhol:


A Life in Pop

Presented by the College of DuPage and the McAninch Arts Center

June 3 - September 10 at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art • Recurring weekly Wednesday - Sunday

Opening this June, the exhibition will feature a presentation of over 200 original works by iconic American artist Andy Warhol as well as educational and interactive offerings, including a historical timeline, video archive installation, Silver Cloud Room, an interactive mural, children's area, Studio 54-themed concession area and more.

WGA Men's Western Junior Championship

Presented by the WGA Men's Western Junior

June 19 – June 22 at Midlothian Country Club Times vary

The Western Junior is the oldest national junior tournament in the United States. It draws the top junior players from more than 40 states worldwide each year. The event has long been a testing ground

for future stars, including current PGA TOUR standouts like Tiger and veterans like Fred Couples.

Dog Admission Day

The Morton Arboretum

June 25 • 7:00 a.m.

Members and guests – and their furry friends - can explore the Arboretum on Dog Admission Day in June.

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Timothy Christian School

As a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Timothy Christian Schools is a preschool through 12th-grade college preparatory school located in south Elmhurst. It is committed to an excellence-driven academic program fostered by the eternally relevant morals, virtues, and values found in the Bible. Whatever a child’s goals are — they can reach them at Timothy Christian Schools.

From personalized and targeted instruction in the classroom, Timothy combines challenging programs with a Christ-centered community. Elementary and middle school students are placed in small groups to provide just-right instruction, whether intervention, additional practice, enrichment, or extension is needed. This continues through high school, where time is built into the day for one-on-one and small group instruction. Timothy has academically rigorous classes for students who need to be challenged. Teachers ignite academic growth and help students identify and nurture their God-given gifts and talents — one student at a time.

There’s a spot for every student, from clubs to athletics to performing arts. Timothy offers over 40 extracurriculars and co-curriculars, with many students participating in two or more activities. Many of the extracurricular programs compete on the state and national levels. Last year, the Mock Trial team won State and competed in Nationals.

In the last decade, Timothy has invested nearly $60MM into capital improvements — including a new middle school, a high school renovation, and, most recently, a new athletic stadium with a turf field, tennis courts, and track. Timothy has done it all without debt and is committed to having one of the lowest tuition fees for a private school with similar programming and size in the western suburbs. Timothy Christian Schools offers more for less.

Timothy is committed to excellence in every area of our school. But above all, it wants all students to leave Timothy with the conviction to live out God’s purpose for their lives — and do it all for His glory. ■

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The Elmhurst Park District

Enriching lives while having fun

The Elmhurst Park District is an integral part of Elmhurst and, in 2020, celebrated 100 years of operation. All told, there are 29 parks across 475 acres. Year-round there are 70 fulltime employees, and in the warmer months, there are as many as 700 part-time and seasonal employees. The Park District is the city’s largest employer of young people and is guided by a Board of seven elected commissioners who serve voluntarily.

Over the years, the Park District has planned and added programs and services so that residents can benefit from various activities that help the collective mind, body, and spirit. In

fact, it takes a 140-page brochure to cover it all. Once upon a time, brochures were printed and mailed to all 19,000 homes and apartments in Elmhurst. Today, in a nod to the conservation of trees and to adapt to the on-demand nature of our society, the brochure is online, and upon request, the Park District mails out only about 2,000 copies. Visit epd.org, and you can see the entire line-up of activities. To say they are comprehensive is an understatement. You can learn new skills, get plenty of exercise, or take an occasional stroll on one of the many miles of trails. The brochures are well-organized and easy to navigate.

Elmhurst Magazine sat down with Jim Rogers, Executive Director of the

Elmhurst Park District, at Centennial Park, the Park District’s newest park, in late March. We wanted to fully appreciate and report on how the Park District fulfills its mission of enriching lives while having fun.


I have spent 30 years with the Park District and, over the years, worked my way up through many different departments in the organization. I am a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional, as are many of our staff at varying levels. We also have staff who are Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists and Certified Playground Safety Inspectors. Staff at the Elmhurst Park District truly care

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Jim Rogers, Executive Director of the Elmhurst Park District

about providing quality programs, events, and facilities to the community!


We listen to the residents through surveys and feedback given to our employees and feedback from the employees themselves. And then, we use our collective best judgment and professional experience to figure out how to prioritize best the interests that result in the activities residents enjoy the most. We’re also about to begin a planning effort to review the District’s current and potential future offerings that will involve asking for residents’ input. I encourage everyone to share their thoughts and ideas when that process begins later this spring.


Centennial Park is a great example of listening to community feedback. We knew the neighborhood north of St.

Charles Road and east of York Road lacked access to a park, and we also heard that the community wanted more programs and services for adults. So when the former Redeemer Center building and land became available, the Board made the shrewd decision to purchase it and turn it into what’s now the Centennial Recreation Center and Centennial Park. So, in addition to a state-of-theart playground, we consolidated services in one facility to make it easier for seniors and adults to have access. The playground also has equipment geared toward all ages – from toddlers to seniors!


The spring brochure gave residents a chance to register for both spring and summer activities, including camps and aquatics and popular events such as our Egg Hunts. This spring, we offered four egg huntsone for children, one for adults, one for teens, and even one for dogs. We also listed many camps in our spring brochure, including dance, theatre, and sports, in addition to our popular day camp, Funseekers.


Our summer brochure, which was released in April features popular events like Eldridge Adventure Day, Park Palooza, and a new Concert in the Park. We also have an event just for adults called Bags, Brew & BBQ that was created in 2019 as a direct result of community feedback. The summer brochure also has some newly added camp options and trips. There’s really something for everyone!


Early on, because people were told to stay inside and not gather in crowds, use of the parks took a hit. As time wore on, however, people realized that getting out and getting some fresh air in the wide-open spaces of our parks was a good and safe thing to do, and residents started showing up more and more. Today, the parks are busier than ever, and it is good to see.


The University is right across the street from Wilder Park. Both of us are landlocked, so we find ways to work together. For example, through a cooperative agreement, ball fields for the men’s baseball and women’s softball teams have been developed in District parks, and we’re able to utilize campus parking lots for some of our events at the Wilder Mansion.


Well, the next thing we would like to bring to the community is a Dog Park. We’ve secured space east of Elmhurst Hospital at York and Roosevelt and have an approved master plan. Staff is currently working on finalizing design plans, permitting, and operations plans, and we plan to start construction and open the park in 2024.


The weather is getting nicer, and more people are heading out to take advantage of the community’s many beautiful parks. We hope you’ll look at our expanded program offerings in our current brochure, register, and take advantage of all the Elmhurst Park District has to offer! We look forward to seeing you. ■

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Chief of Police McLean leads the force

Police chief uses experience to lead Elmhurst department

Michael McLean has truly worked his way all the way up in the Elmhurst Police Department, from the moment of his first interaction as a teenager to being named Chief in September 2022.

Partially growing up in Villa Park, McLean’s first exposure to the Elmhurst Police Department came right after he graduated high school.

“I was just out of high school and had been interested in law enforcement,” he said. “I had heard about the Elmhurst Police Explorers and decided to get involved.”

The Elmhurst Police Explorers was created in 1982 and is designed to provide opportunities for youth, ages 14-21, to learn and participate in careers in criminal justice and law enforcement.

For McLean, it was while he played Little League Baseball in Florida that his interest in law enforcement was initially sparked. His family had moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, when he was in grade school, and the Little League


there was run by the Broward County Sheriff’s Department.

“I was exposed to a lot of deputies,” McLean said, adding that he eventually earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement from Western Illinois University.

He joined the Elmhurst Police Department in January 2000, after first working as a part-time police officer for the Naperville Park District.

“My focus, when I was first hired in Elmhurst as a patrol officer was to provide really good service to the community,” McLean said. “On probation as a new officer, I was just hoping to make it to the next week.”

McLean has done considerably more than simply make it to the next week as a police officer in Elmhurst. “I’ve had a blessed career to serve in a number of different capacities here,” he said.

During his initial assignment to the Patrol Division in Elmhurst, McLean made his way through many special-

ties, including field training officer, traffic unit officer, certified breath analysis operator, bicycle patrol officer, and crime prevention officer.

He was a DARE instructor for seven years and was recognized several times by both the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists and the Illinois Department of Transportation for outstanding DUI enforcement.

In 2004, McLean was assigned to the Community Oriented Policing Program and a year later was appointed to the Investigations Division as a school resource officer at York High School. As a detective, McLean investigated juvenile cases at Elmhurst schools and provided services to youth in the community.

McLean was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2007 and was assigned as a Patrol supervisor. In 2010, he became the Administrative Sergeant, responsible for recruitment and hiring of new officers, coordinating and planning incident management for special events in the city, and supervising community programs, such as DARE,

Peer Jury, and the Traffic Unit.

His Elmhurst resume also includes becoming a certified trainer in active shooter response, a program he presented to government, business, and educational institutions. McLean also educated young drivers as an Alive at 25 program instructor, teaching teens to make sound decisions behind the wheel.

McLean previously was assigned as the Deputy Chief of Administration & Investigations — from 2015 to 2018 — then as deputy chief of operations from 2019, until appointment as Interim Chief of Police in May of 2022 and Chief four months later. He is a certified Chief of Police by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

McLean holds top degrees and certifications within his field. While at the FBI National Academy, he studied executive leadership, organizational management, law enforcement wellness, media relations, and counterterrorism.

Now, he is in charge of a department that has about 100 employees, including 64 full-time and ten part-time officers. He said spending 22 years with the Elmhurst department before being named as Chief allowed him to “hit the ground running.”

“I spent the first month meeting with every employee, establishing vision and goals,” he said. “My management style is that I believe in developing our employees to be the best. I think about the big picture, establish the vision and then get out of the way and let them run with it. I don’t believe in micromanaging.”

McLean, who is married, with a 21-year-old daughter, a 19-year-old son and two dogs, said he’s a big believer in community policing.

“We do a ton of programs throughout the year and have great community support,” he said. “When the police and community come together, we’re a formidable force for good.” ■

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One of the best in the nation

In the mid-2000s, decision-makers for Elmhurst Hospital made two critical decisions. One: Since they were landlocked in downtown Elmhurst, which prevented them from growing, they would have to move to another Elmhurst location. Two: they would take the opportunity to redefine how the new hospital would treat patients and their families. They outlined these primary goals: clinical quality, safety, market growth, strong financial performance, and, above all, the highest patient satisfaction by adopting per-

son-centered care at the new hospital.

Groundbreaking occurred in May 2008, and the current hospital at 155 E. Brush Hill Road in Elmhurst opened in June 2011 after an expenditure of $450 million.

In 2000, Doctor Kimberly Darey, President of Elmhurst Hospital, also made some critical decisions.

After receiving a degree in chemistry and working as a pharmacist, she pivoted (as she calls it) in 2004 to become

an obstetrician/gynecologist because she felt her true calling was working directly with people to help them. She started in that role at Elmhurst Hospital in 2010, and she was just named President in February.

We recently spent some time with Dr. Darey as she took Hinsdale Magazine Group Publisher Scott Jonlich and Senior Editor Larry Atseff on a tour of the most tranquil yet state-of-the-art hospital one can ever experience.

She explained while we walked down

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Dr. Kimberley Darey, President of Elmhurst Hospital, has been on the medical staff at the hospital since 2010. Photo by Victor Hilitski

“Main Street”- the quarter-mile hallway on the main floor, “I took after my mom, who was a NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) nurse because I saw how hard she worked, yet how satisfying it was to her to really make a difference in people’s lives. I took after my dad, who told me always to be kind to people and that every successful relationship is one where everyone learns to give and take.”

A demonstration of Dr. Darey’s person-centered approach came just as we started our tour. She was answering a question when out of the corner of her eye; she saw a patient, some 50 feet away, who looked a little befuddled.

Dr. Darey excused herself, walked over to the patient, and asked how she could help. Thirty seconds later, the patient’s question was answered, and she went on her way, and Dr. Darey returned to our walk and interview.

We didn’t see or smell a hospital everywhere we looked on our tour, with people rushing with carts of linens or meals. Instead, we saw a quiet, beautiful setting that greets people who are under stress. It is designed to instantly give them a sense of calm relief that they will be in good hands. Even waterfalls in the east and west lobby entrances suggest a stable, peaceful environment.

The five-story structure, designed after

Prairie-style architecture, has 264 single-patient rooms. It offers a wealth of the latest medical services and equipment for inpatient and outpatient care. It has a state-of-the-art Cancer Center. The Emergency Department uses the latest in high-tech Emergency Services, such as electronic bridges with community EMS providers, so EKGs (electrocardiograms) can be done in the field and sent to the ER to initiate cardiac alerts sooner, activation of cardiac and stroke alerts from the field to expedite care, and use of ultrasound-guided IV insertions for difficult IV starts.

Doctors use the most advanced tech-

nology and procedures to treat severely calcified arteries, chronic total occlusion, atrial fibrillation, pulmonary embolisms, and many other conditions. A level IIe Special Care Nursery offers private rooms for low birth weight and premature infants. Elmhurst Hospital is also affiliated with Elmhurst University in offering practical training for students preparing to become nurses. It also provides therapy dogs and their trainers to help comfort patients.

Significantly, at the outset of design and construction, Elmhurst worked with Planetree, an organization with a more than 40-year history of partner-

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This magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) room comes complete with a simulated sky in the ceiling for patient comfort and relaxation. Moxi the robot delivers medications to patient rooms so that staff can spend more time with patients. Elmhurst Hospital is regarded as one of the best hospitals in the world by Planetree, a worldwide partner in healthcare that rates hospitals on quality of patient care.

ing with health providers to set standards that put the needs of patients first. In 2018, Elmhurst Hospital earned Planetree’s highest level of achievement: Gold Certification for Excellence In Person-Centered Care, becoming one of only 88 healthcare organizations worldwide, including 26 in the U.S., with Gold Certification.

Elmhurst has the only Planetree Gold Certification in Illinois. Planetree takes its name from the tree under which Hippocrates is said to have taught some of the first medical students in ancient Greece. The hospital’s primary decorative feature is a stylized Planetree leaf reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs.

In part, the certification reads, “At Elmhurst, person-centered healthcare prioritizes the active participation of the staff with patients and their families throughout the healthcare process with an emphasis on partnership, compassion, transparency, inclusion, and quality.”

That was exactly what the leaders

envisioned when they planned for and built the current hospital.

Dr. Darey explains it this way, “This philosophy of patient care is woven into the fabric of every step we take in caring for our patients. This goes for every employee, every physician, and every volunteer that serves patients and their families.”

As we walked the building, we saw a typical single-patient room and how well it has been carefully thought out for patients and their families and the staff as they care for each patient. Rooms are equipped with a sofa-bed combination, a large flat-screen TV, and a full private bathroom. Rooms also have a section where hospital

We couldn’t help but admire the stained glass windows, decorative wood carvings, mosaics, and prairie-patterned light fixtures on the first floor. The walls are filled with photographs and art pieces. There is a milelong outdoor path for walking, several gardens, a flower store, a gift shop, a Starbucks coffee shop, and a cafeteria that serves a menu that is definitely not typical hospital fare. Naturally, there is also a spiritual center.

When we got back to Dr. Darey’s office, she said, “Yes, the entire building makes Elmhurst look and feel like a resort hotel, not a hospital. It truly helps to give patients a feeling of comfort, and serenity, as they are often under difficult circumstances.

staff can work, separate from patients and guests.

The hospital has lavender rooms so medical staff can take a break when needed. Speaking of staff, Elmhurst, like other health facilities, is continually faced with finding enough qualified staff. To cope, they recently added MOXI, a full-fledged moving robot to handle routine duties such as point-topoint medication delivery and other supplies. In essence, MOXI frees nurses to spend more time with patients.

But it is a hospital with state-of-the-art services and equipment. When you combine all of that with a dedicated, talented staff, it is why we rank with the best in taking care of patients. We are all extremely proud of all of it.”

She concluded, “I see my job is to remind everyone to look beyond their specialty and to think of how each of us is in a big, beautiful boat. The more we do our jobs well and keep patient-focused, and the more we row this boat in unison, it is good for everybody.” ■

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Elmhurst Public Library Director thrives in her job

It takes about 10 seconds of listening to Mary Beth Harper talk to realize she has deep passion for her job as director of the Elmhurst Public Library.

Harper began her job in Elmhurst in 2011 after a four-year run as director of the Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich and a tenure at the Palatine Public Library that included

about 15 years of part-time work and a five-year stint as assistant director.

“I came for a tour of the Elmhurst library and there was just something about it,” Harper said. “I said then that if the job as director ever comes up, I’m going to apply for it because there was just something about this place.”

The job as director of the Elmhurst

Public Library opened about four years after Harper took her tour. She applied for it and got the job. “Applying for the position here is one of the best decisions I ever made. I really embrace this career,” she said. “This community is fabulous They love their library.”

Harper said she never tires of looking out and seeing people taking advantage of the many different


things the library has to offer. “There are so many things people come here for, whether it is to check out a book or some of our other materials, use a study room, participate in some of the various activities we have, take advantage of our Makery, or something else,” Harper said.

The library’s Makery was installed in the basement of the building about five years ago as a do-it-yourself maker space for hands-on experiential learning. Some of the popular projects at the Makery have been etching a charcuterie board or wine glass using the laser cutter, customizing a mug, using the sublimation printer; customizing t-shirts, using heat transfer vinyl and the Cricut, a brand of cutting plotters, or computer-controlled cutting machines, designed for home crafters; and submitting a design for 3D printing. “The community has really embraced this,” Harper said of the Makery. “We have over 600 visitors a month using this, including some local businesses. It’s really been a fun place.”

Another non-book feature of the Elmhurst library is the Library of Extraordinary Things, which is a collection of items to help patrons learn something new, get something accomplished from a to-do list or try something they may not have at home.

The Culinary Cupboard collection is part of that Extraordinary Library and has many kitchen tools, pans and gadgets that can help make a dinner party a big success.“We have things like a waffle maker and an ice cream maker and many things for

crafting,” Harper said. “Something else we have here are board games for both adults and kids.”

Harper said she loves watching patrons take advantage of the many different offerings at the library. “One of my biggest thrills is seeing everyone cohabitating,” she said. “I can see the parking lot filling up every day. This truly is one of the last places people can come everyday and not spend a dime. It’s truly a gathering place and has a million and one different uses.”

Harper said she and her staff, which numbers just over 100, always are watching and listening in an effort to keep tabs on the interest of its patrons. “We notice what our community is asking for, anecdotally and with hard statistics, and we keep up on what’s going on in our field. We’re always scanning our environment, and one of the nice things about working in a library is we don’t compete with each other. We share all the time and get some great ideas from each other. I’m someone who really loves change.”

Sam Cresswell, head of circulation for the Elmhurst library, said Harper has great vision and embraces change in order to move the organization forward. “She unequivocally supports staff and empowers us, as managers, to make decisions and to lead our departments,” Cresswell said. “There have been so many opportunities that have been made available to staff under her leadership.”

Mary Smith, head of the Kids’ Library, called Harper “a dedicated

leader with a strong vision for the future of the library.”

“She continually pushes staff to strive for excellence and to anticipate trends in order to provide new and innovative services,” Smith said. “Her focus on providing excellent customer service is evident in the way she develops the staff, listens to patron, and fosters strong relationships with community stakeholders. She understands that a library is only as good as its board of trustees, its patrons, and its employees.”

While being director of the Elmhurst library, which has an annual budget of about $7 million, remains a passion and commitment for Harper, she does have a life outside of her job. The mother of four children, ages 22 to 32, and a baby granddaughter, Harper is a big music fan and loves to cook. ■

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Instead of looking online or working with a realtor to find your ideal home, imagine being able to order it from a catalog. Choose the number of bedrooms, room dimensions and finishes to meet your specifications, all within your personal price point. If you were looking to buy from 1908 through 1940, the Sears Modern Homes Catalog would have been the guide to your dream home.

Caveat emptor: you had to assemble it yourself! Or hire someone to do it for you.

Building a home from a kit was a massive challenge, but one gladly undertaken by thousands of that era. In a

period in which quality wood and labor were scarce, the kit circumvented the need for skilled carpentry. All studs, screws, lumber, and framing members were numbered and keyed to a detailed guide. It was all ready to be put together. The homeowner would (simply!) take their leather-bound instruction book, onto which their name was embossed in gold on the cover- and follow the exact directions of assembly.

According to the catalog, buyers who wished to assemble their own homes needed only an “elementary understanding of construction techniques.” The instruction manual sagely forewarned the customer to follow only their handbook and “not take any-

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Sears Homes offer a glimpse of a past that will stand well into the future
The Pasquesi home in Elmhurst is the Barrington model.

one’s advice as to how this building should be assembled.”

Elmhurst residents, Tom and Whitney Pasquesi, feel lucky to have found a Sears home in a beautiful neighborhood. For Tom, it’s his second time calling one of these architectural treasures home. He grew up just a short distance away in another Sears homethe appropriately named Elmhurst model.

The Pasquesis feel their current home, the Barrington model, is unique when compared with modern homes today. They have enjoyed fixing it up and making it their own. During a renovation, they uncovered a brick chimney used for incineration, which was original to the house. Wedged in with baseball player Frank Robinson’s 1964 card, they also found the home’s bill of lading- the boxcar’s receipt of the home kit when it arrived at the railroad station- a century ago.

Originally marketed at $2,606, the Sears Modern Home Catalog described the Barrington model this way:

The Barrington retains the dignity of an old English home and has the practical interior of modern American architecture. Whether you consider economy, beauty, or convenience as of first importance, the Barrington home assuredly meets these and every point of merit with satisfaction. Exterior features at once stamp the mark of quality. The well-balanced projection at the front forms the entrance, leading to a tapestry brick terrace, guarded by a decorative railing. Sided with wide shingles and exposed fireplace chimney.

Timing, as they say, is everything. The housing market is no exception. In the period the Barrington home was built, people were just starting to work their way out to the suburbs. It is estimated that in 1900, only about 8,000 Americans owned cars. One decade later, Ford introduced his Model T, enabling

people to get out of the city and head to newly developing areas.

By the end of World War I, housing analysts predicted the need for at least a million new homes to keep up with the flood of immigrants through Ellis Island. Sears Modern Home sales skyrocketed in the 20s, when their largest catalog was published. With more than 450 available house designs, there were outhouses, garages, barns, and chicken coops to boot.

At that time, Sears and Roebuck claimed one buyer in four as a current customer. Existing faith in a recognized brand played a large part in the success of a mail-order home that came to symbolize the iconic American dream. While other companies such as Montgomery Ward and Aladdin Homes had offered house-building kits since the late nineteenth century, their numbers paled in comparison. Sears held the advantage of brand recognition.

Customers selected a design from the Modern Homes catalog and sent in a dollar, which bought them a full set of blueprints and estimated bill of materials. When the buyer placed the order, the dollar was applied toward the purchase price. Working blueprints and the exact bill of materials followed.

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“We think it’s very special to raise our kids in a house that has taken care of so many families before us,”
Left: Sears blank order form. Middle: The home’s original bill of lading, Frank Robinson’s 1929 baseball card found during renovations. Right: Brick chimney for old incinerator, part of initial build

Shortly after the paid home order was received, a loaded boxcar, sealed in wax from Sears’ forty-acre mill in Cairo, IL, arrived directly at the customers’ local railroad station. Each community handled the deliveries differently, but in most towns, the railroads allowed buyers 24 to 48 hours to break the seal, take inventory of the contents, and unload the tens of thousands of pieces. That was a lot of trips by wagon or, if you were lucky, Model T, to the building site! This is why so many Sears homes are found within a two-mile radius of railroad tracks.

Certain communities had the advantage of a switching roundhouse and railroad sidings, and customers were therefore afforded more time to unload. At times, there was room on the track for the car to remain seven to ten days while being unloaded. Such is the case in several communities with a high number of Sears homes.

Sears estimated the average assembly time of a house to be 90 days, although most took longer. About half of the buyers built the homes on their own, often with the help of family and friends. Other less courageous buyers hired carpenters or builders to assemble the home for them.

Masonry was not included in the kit price. Block, brick, cement and plaster were additional costs borne by the homeowner. The bill of materials


$146.25 – price of the lowest priced model -the Golden Rod Cottage.

$5,140 – price of the largest model, the Magnolia 250 - number of kit homes shipped monthly at the pinnacle of popularity

5 – number of years the typical home loan lasted

6 – percent of interest on the loan

32 – number of years Sears offered home building kits

70,000-100,000 – total estimated number of houses sold

advised how much of each input was necessary, depending on the particular model. Electrical, plumbing and heating equipment were not included in the kits, either, but were available from Sears for an additional cost, at three different price points for the “good, better or best,” grade.

Many zip codes in Illinois, as well as Michigan and Ohio, can offer the address of at least one Sears home.

The exact numbers are unknown, due to an unfortunate purge of records when the housing department closed. Elgin had the largest known collection of Sears homes in the country, with more than two hundred.

Sears homes were named after cities in the Midwest, with 107 names having originated from Illinois cities and villages. One such model, the Elmhurst, is featured here. It is unclear whether the home model was named for Elmhurst, IL or Elmhurst, MI. House models were first named in the 1918 Sears Modern Home Catalog- the bungalows, foursquares and colonials were previously numbered.

The largest order Sears ever received for its homes was placed by Standard Oil in 1918 in the amount of $1 million. This sum bought 192 modest two-story homes for refinery workers and miners in Carlinville, Wood River, and Schoper, IL. Two thirds of these homes are still standing today-a testimony to their standard of quality and craftsmanship.

Sears’ sales hit its pinnacle in 1929 at $12 million. There were 48 sales offices from Washington to Chicago. Despite its hugely successful operation, 1932 marked the beginning of the end of the housing division, as the Great Depression took hold and plummeting sales ensued. By 1940, the department was completely shuttered, and the plant sold to its employees. Shortly thereafter, they began building crates for shipping large aircraft overseas for the war effort.

Over decades, some have been repurposed into anything from funeral homes to boutiques to taverns. Unlike other homes which define moments of history, such as the unique but short-lived, steel Lustrons, Sears homes are anything but oblivious. They have earned a place in American housing history. ■

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An Elmhurst model, found in Elmhurst
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competing at the next level

Next to opening days and playoffs, top athletes at York High School also look forward to Signing Day.

On April 12, student-athletes, families and friends gathered for the symbolic signing recognition ceremony. Twenty-six were honored. Last fall, another five were recognized at the start of the current school year. The list to the right names the students, college/university they will be attending and their sports.

Nine will be involved with Football, followed by Baseball with four. Three will be participating in either Cross Country/Track, or Lacrosse or Soccer. Two will be playing Basketball, and two will be playing Softball. There is one Bowler, one Wrestler, one Swimmer and one playing Volleyball.

Congratulations, not only to the athletes and their supporters, but also to Athletic Director Rob Wagner, and the entire coaching staff.


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Student-Athletes Competing in Collegiate Athletics


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Lily Beerhalter


Pennsylvania College of Technology

Carnegie Mellon University

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Marshall Bell

JJ Bolden

Brendan Flemming

Joe Hernandez

Rose Jensen

Jack Korzeniowski

Thomas Kowalski

David Loch

Ellis McAdoo

Lance McCann

Ella Papoccia

Katelyn Pratt

Madison Peck

Reece Richardson

Elmhurst University

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Elmhurst University

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Carnegie Mellon University

Rochester Institute of Technology

University of San Diego

St. Thomas More School

Air Force Academy

Carthage College

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University of Dayton

Teegan Roach College of DuPage

Jack Rozmus

Charlie Specht

Matt Vezza

Thomas VanDaff

Sean VanSleet

Tommy Vlahos

Kelly Watson

Brooke Woolfe

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A one-of-a-kind find in the heart of downtown Elmhurst

Clearly, the secret is out. Once a hidden gem nestled between the bustling activity of York and Addison streets in downtown Elmhurst, the massive beer garden of The Club Shot & Beer has become a destination spot for local diners and shoppers who enjoy having a drink outdoors.

The eyes of first-time visitors often light up as they enter the bright, inviting, and strikingly clean 5,000-squarefoot space directly behind the 59-year-old tavern. Opened in 2017, The Club’s beer garden features a shipping container that has been transformed into a full-service bar, a large tented area, and brightly colored benches and chairs. Nearly 100 beer and liquor signs adorn the perimeter fencing, and potted flowers are hung throughout the space.

The beer garden is open most evenings from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. during warm weather months, and there is often free live music on the weekends. Outdoor games like bags and Jenga are available to play, and ample couch seating and fire pits provide multiple areas for groups to gather. While The Club does not serve food, customers frequently bring in their own or have something delivered.

In addition to a backdoor entrance leading from The Club’s inside bar, the beer garden can be reached from a pair of walkways on York St. Having

dinner in town followed by drinks at The Club has become a common ritual for local diners.

“What many people didn’t realize is that we are walking distance from two dozen restaurants,” says Dan Mowrer, whose family owns and operates The Club. “But they finally found us, and we’ve seen a steady increase in foot traffic over the last two years.”

Much of the beer garden’s recent success has come from private and semi-private parties. The space can

hold up to 300 people and has the flexibility to accommodate numerous types of celebrations and gatherings. Birthday parties, York High School

reunions, corporate events, parent outings, and even a wedding reception have been held in The Club’s beer garden.

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Decorated with neon signs, beer memorabilia, and other trinkets, the outdoor bar is the centerpiece of the beer garden. Large concession windows on each side of the bar open up and allow customers to walk up and order drinks or simply take a seat and watch sports on the television and chat with the bartenders. Although there are plenty of beer choices to qualify the space as a “beer garden,” there’s also a large variety of hard seltzers available along with wine and a spirits menu that includes high-end whiskeys, scotches, and tequilas.

The atmosphere in the beer garden

is lively. Upbeat music is played when there isn’t a live performance, and the crowd is a diverse mixture of local residents and visitors from nearby towns.

Open since 1964, The Club is located at 111 E. Addison St. and is perhaps the most well-known “dive bar” in Elmhurst. Updates to the inside bar over the last decade or so include the installation of numerous HDTVs, a roll-up garage door facing the sidewalk on Addison, and Saturday night “Turtle Races,” which take place from March-November. ■

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

For the 25th year, on Saturday, March 4, an estimated 25,000 people lined the streets for the Spring Road St. Patrick’s Day Parade. And once again, the parade watchers were as dressed up as the marchers. The annual event has become an opportunity for many volunteer organizations and city services to show their colors and for residents to cheer on all the good things they can enjoy in Elmhurst.

The parade is now ranked as the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Chicago area, featuring over 80 floats, marching units, animated characters, local organizations, businesses & clubs. Irish dancers, the Shannon Rovers pipe band, and local team mascots – Benny the Bull, Southpaw & Tommy Hawk - marched in the parade. For the 11th time in history, the men of the World-Famous Elmhurst Armpit Orchestra entertained attendees with the world’s largest drum. ■

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The Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation raised $88,000 at Chef Fest, which was held for the first time since 2020 in February at the Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace. The event included a variety of signature menu items produced by chefs from 22 prominent local restaurants, bakeries and caterers who donate their time and talent. Proceeds from Chef Fest support future service enhancements to ensure Elmhurst Hospital maintains its commitment to delivering state-of-the-art healthcare to the community.

For more information, visit www.emhfoundation.org/events or call the EMH Foundation at (331) 221-0388. ■

Chef Fest

➁ Chef Fest was held for the first time since 2020.

➂ Guests line up to taste samples from Gia Mia.

➃ Guests tried samples from Pazzi Di Pizza.

➄ The Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation Chef Fest featured 22 area restaurants, bakeries and caterers.

➀ Laura Koch enjoys some of the culinary offerings.
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Wine Women & Shoes

In early March, Wine Women & Shoes took place at the Oak Brook Hills Resort. Hundreds attended to sip, savor and shop for a cause. The high-energy event featured fun and philanthropy combined with wine and bubble tasting, boutique shopping, fashion show, gourmet luncheon and chances to win vacations and experiences. Proceeds of from the event benefit families facing homelessness served by Bridge Communities. The mission of Bridge Communities is to transition homeless families to self-sufficiency by working with partners to provide mentoring, housing, and supportive services. Every year, over 100+ families in DuPage County are served by Bridge Communities and support from the Wine Women & Shoes event help ensure families never have to face another moment of homelessness again. ■

Guests from Hinsdale Guests from Downers Grove Guests from Elmhurst MC Kerry Doucet of Elmhurst


The Oak Brook Polo Club

The 2023 Oak Brook Polo Club starts its 101st season on June 25. For those interested in Polo, perhaps for the first time, here are some basics to help understand and appreciate the game.


Six Chukkers (periods), seven minutes and thirty seconds each. The field is 300 yards long and 160 yards wide. On the end line at each end are goal posts, 24 feet apart. Points are scored by hitting the ball between the posts. Each time a goal is scored the teams change direction of play. It’s like hockey on horseback. It is legal to “hook” the hitter’s mallet. The game is very physical and can be dangerous. In between chukkers there is a four minute break for players to change ponies and get a drink. After three

chukkers there is a ten-minute “half time.” With time-outs for penalties and the like, a typical match lasts one and- a-half hours.


There are four players on the field for each team, wearing a jersey numbered l through 4. The roles of each player are:

l. The Forward: Always out in front waiting for a pass.

2. The Hustler: Quick and aggressive with fast ponies.

3. The Pivot: The quarterback.

4. The Back: Defender. There are no goalies. Needs to be very physical and have a good backshot.

Helmets are required, and some have face masks. Players wear padded knee guards with long boots. Some may choose to wear elbow pads.

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It’s a solid bamboo cane with a hard wood head. The mallet ranges from 50-54 inches in length and you hit the ball with the side of the mallet, not the end. All players must hold the mallet in the right h and; lefthanded play is not allowed


Today’s polo b all is solid plastic,weighing 1/4-lb., and is a little larger than a baseball. Historically polo balls were made out of wood.


They are called ponies. Most are former race horses, high -speed Thoroughbreds with exceptional abilities. The tail is braided to stay out of the way of the mallet. The mane is clipped off so the player can see the ball, and to prevent the reins from being tangled in the mane. The idea is for each player to have six ponies - one for each chukker.


The saddle is English. A girth, over-girth and breastplate help hold the saddle in place. Two sets of reins are used. A martingale, a part of the harness, keeps the pony from th rowing it’s head and blocking the player’s view. The lower legs are wrapped for support and protection.


Players actually stand up in the stirrups when hitting the ball. The shots are made from the “off” side, which is the right side of the horse. The left side is called the “near” side. With reins in the left

hand and a mallet in the right hand, the player is only holding on with his legs.


Players are rated on a scale of minus - 2 to l 0 . Beginners start at minus 2. In handicap matches, each team adds up the ratings of its players to arrive at a team rating. The difference of the two teams’ ratings is awarded as points to the lesser skilled team as the beginning score of the game.


When you hear the umpire blow the whistle it ‘s just like basketballsomebody foul ed. The other team gets a free hit. The most common foul is crossing the line. Forty percent of all the points in a game are scored from the foul line.


Polo is governed by the United States Polo Association. The rules are so complex it takes over 80 pages in the USPA Rule Book just to explain them.

IN A NUT SHELL: Don’t hit your horse or anyone else’s with your mallet. You can’t play left-handed. No dangerous riding. Abusive play and foul language are not allowed. If a player comes off his or her horse or off the field, the clock can continue to run; if a horse falls down, stop the clock. The team with the most points at the end of six chukkers wins. If the game ends a tie they play sudden death overtime.

The Butler family, starting with Paul Butler 101 years ago, has long been involved with the sport of Polo. From Paul to son Michael and daughter Jorie, they learned the game and managed the Oak Brook Polo Club. Michael, in particular, was known for hosting matches with well-known celebrities, including King Charles III of England.

Sadly, last November, Michael Butler passed away at the age of 96. He was a strong supporter of not only Polo but his sister Jorie’s “Friends of Conservation” movement in Africa. To honor Michael, Jorie’s daughter, Reute Butler, has organized a benefit luncheon on June 25 in Oak Brook, the day of the first match.

Visit friendsofconservation.org to learn more.

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“Friends of Conservation” to honor Michael Butler at June 25 Polo Season Opener

MOM: World’s Greatest Coach

From the moment I took my first breath, she was there….smiling ever so brightly. Her voice soothed me. Her touch guided and comforted me. She was the first person I saw when I opened my eyes and the last person when I fell asleep. She coached me day after day to be the best I could be.

After all these years, I’ve realized the motherly impact on my life. All my thoughts were formed from the mirror image of her care and concern. She molded my manners and hygienic routines. She coached my ability to communicate. Most of all, she filled my mind with possibilities. My dreams have been fueled by her belief in me!

She placed me on a pathway of ultimate self-discipline. She yelled, pleaded, begged, demanded, punished, rewarded, hugged, and kissed her ways of living into the fabric of my mind. My decision-making ability today was born and reared by her.

She helped me focus my energies on the tasks at hand and made me realize when I was off-track. She planted seeds of belief, expectancy, and knowing. She helped me grow into the confident person that I am.

She let me fail many times, only to pick me up after the lesson was learned. These moments were her greatest gifts. Through my failings and her guidance, I learned the dynamics of risk and reward that I still use today.

Mom, you taught me about family and tradition, and I value them because of you. You made the holidays special, and they radiate in my memory like they were yesterday.

You have been behind the scenes in the reality movie of my life. You were

the producer and director. You helped me write and re-write the script. With every chapter of my life that ended, you were always there at the beginning of the next one. And through each page until now, you have never asked for credit. You always let me be the star. Your sacrifices mostly went unnoticed, and not once did you complain or demand attention.

I placed you on a roller coaster of emotions as you watched me grow. Even though I tested you in every way, your intuition never wavered in its relentless pursuit of my overall well-being. Today, I see this as nothing short of amazing.

You were at every major event in my life. You cheered for me when I was failing and beamed with pride when I was a success. You have been the one constant in a world of variables. Your consistency is remarkable.

Several years ago, I booked a speaking tour in Europe and was told by my mom about her upcoming surgery. She said, “Don’t be alarmed, but I’m having a stent placed in my heart while you’re gone. Please know I’ll be fine.” Much to her disapproval, I postponed the tour and flew to Kentucky to be by her bedside. After a successful surgery, I waited patiently for her recovery.

Hours passed. Sensing something was wrong, I demanded to see her. After two hours, I learned my mom was dropped off her operating room table, and her kidney was sliced, leading to kdney failure. My mother looked me in the eye from her deathbed and commanded with a whisper, “Take S.C.O.R.E.® to the masses. Promise me.” And with a heavy heart, I proclaimed, “I will, Mom. I promise. I will.” With that said, she died.

The mission became very clear within weeks of the passing of my mom.

“Take S.C.O.R.E.® to the masses.”

I have opened a new coaching and training center in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, to continue fulfilling this promise to my mother. I will share the message and secrets of my S.C.O.R.E.® Success System with the masses through coaching, training, seminars, retreats, and speaking events.

For our inaugural grand opening, in honor of my mother and all women, I am conducting a “Women in the Zone™” in-person keynote event on Thursday, May 18th. This powerful event is completely free to the public for the first 75 attendees who register. If you are unable to physically attend, the event will be live-streamed across the Jim Fannin Brands Network for all to stream. Not only will you hear from me, Jim Fannin, but you will also hear from two incredibly empowering women, entrepreneur, Epic Living™ Coach, and founder of The Transformation Network™, Dr. Pat Baccili, Ph.D. and champion tennis player, international coach, and supermom, Ann Grossman. This truly is a changeyour-life event.

We would love you to attend. If you are interested in this event, go to Jimfannin.com, and sign up through our events page!

I know my mom would be proud of what I am doing!

Mom…you are the world’s greatest coach. I love you, and thank you for who you have shaped me to be. I would give up all my earthly possessions to have lunch with you one more time.

I’m sure you may feel the same about your mother. Now (if possible), go call your Mom!

Be in the Zone!

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Spring is in the air, and it is time to shift from comfort foods to lighter fare. Give this guide a glance to find the best fork + cork combos. Scott Harris Hospitality’s Davanti Enoteca’s Wine Expert, Kristen Jackson, shares the best wines to pair with some favorite dishes.

Domaine Rougeot

Romain La Combe

Bezin, Meursault, Burgundy, France

The subtle oak will not overpower the delicate fish.

Marielle Michot, Pouilly-Fume Brings out the flavor of the dressing.


This low-cal tropical fish brings a tender, flaky texture and slightly sweet flavor to your dish. Lightly season, marinate, grill, and plate. And don’t forget to pour with an ideal match.


Caesar salad can serve as a starter or the star of any lunch or dinner. Whether in its pure form – crisp romaine lettuce accented with the garlicky goodness of Caesar dressing and the salty, nutty flavors of shaved Parmesan – or topped with grilled chicken, shrimp, or salmon.

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Terlan, Pinot Grigio, Italy

Enhances the flavors of the vegetables.


Hit the local farmers’ market and select some of your favorite fresh vegetables. Cook the veggies and some angel hair pasta – prepared al dente, of course – and mix these together in a light, lemon Parmesan cream sauce. Buon appetito!


For a heartier entree still ripe with the flavors of the season, grill a succulent rack of ribs. Select a wine pairing to create a delicate balance to the ribs’ glaze – whether it is on the sweeter or zestier side.

Carpazo, Tuscany, Italy

Complements the range of BBQ marinades.

Pelissero, Langhe Nebbiolo

Rustic wine suits a salty and fresh salad.


Caprese salad is a light but satisfying dish that is as beautiful as it is delicious. This dish offers vibrant colors and flavors of heirloom tomatoes, coupled with the delicate creaminess of sliced burrata or fresh mozzarella and sweet basil accents. Top the salad with raw or pan-seared prosciutto and an aged balsamic vinegar drizzle to take this seasonal classic to the next level.


Lou Malnati’s deep dish may have gotten you through the winter months, but now that swimsuit season is here, it’s time to trade it in for this lighter option. Go guilt-free with this “salad meets pizza” meal.

Melene Rose, Central Coast, California Provides freshness and light companion.

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First Folio Theater at Mayslake leaves audiences wanting more

Oak Brook’s First Folio Theater has dropped the curtain for the last time. The theater, located on the grounds of Mayslake Forest preserve- first as an outdoor venue, then later within the Peabody Mansion- went dark in February. After 81 shows over 26 seasons, which won 7 Jeff Awards, (a Chicago-area theater award) and received nominations for 40 moreFirst Folio is now a memory.

The theater was the vision of founding member David Rice’s late wife, Alison C. Vesley. They met on a production of Promises, Promises at a community theater in Lisle, 1979. Both had worked in professional theater since the early 80s. Vesley directed and acted full-time for several theater companies during the following decade while Rice taught drama and theater at Morris Community High School. “One day after school, she

told me she had an idea,” Rice relayed. “She had read about some locals who wanted to turn the estate at Mayslake into an arts center.”

Aware of the lack of non-musical professional theaters in the area, they decided to take a chance. That chance panned out into two and a half decades of their joint dream coming

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First Folio founders, David Rice and late wife Alison C. Vesley, outside Mayslake Guests await the start of Jeeves in Bloom in the estate’s transformed theater space

true. As Rice was still teaching fulltime, Vesley took the reins and began an aggressive fundraising campaign. “Alison had people meet her at Mayslake and showed them what she had in mind,” Rice said. “People saw her vision and were anxious to get involved.” It took hard work and dedication to get the project off the ground, but perseverance saw them through.

First Folio attracted top artistic talent. There was a core group of actors, directors, designers, and technicians

who hung their proverbial hats here. As time went on, they developed a pool of talent from which to pull, depending on the production. Sometimes crew members brought ideas for shows to Vesley and Rice, which they were often able to put on wheels. “Every decision, from start to finish, was a collaboration between Alison and myself,” said Rice. “It was always a partnership.”

The theater’s eponym, First Folio, was the name of the initial collected edition of William Shakespeare’s plays. Fittingly, the playhouse started out hosting outdoor Shakespearian productions, for which it came to be known. But there were many memorable shows. As the non-profit chugged along, more plays were incrementally added.

By 2004, the Peabody Mansion had been renovated enough to be opened to the public, with several spaces suitable to host theatrical productions. In 2006, First Folio hosted the inaugural production of The Madness of Edgar Allen Poe, written by Rice himself. Artistically and financially, it was the theater’s most successful show. It had

six scenes, which were performed in five different rooms of the mansion. The audience walked from room to room between scenes and thereby got a short tour of the manor house.

Rice’s decision to retire and close the theater was multi-faceted. Vesley’s passing seven years ago forced him to take a careful look at things. Slowly,

he began to think about retirement. He pointed out that many “endeavors of the heart,” such as theaters or restaurants, that begin with a vision, tend to struggle when the founding artist, or chef, retires. After much discussion with the board, they concluded it would be difficult to keep the theater going without him. “So, we decided it would be best to close in a purposeful and mindful manner,” he said.

Rice hopes that another local, professional theater will open one day in the area. Other than Drury Lane for musicals, there aren’t many opportunities to attend professional theater in the western suburbs. “There are some great community theaters,” he said, “but there’s room for more of the arts in this area.”

Rice and his girlfriend plan to do some traveling in retirement. A playwright himself, he has several shows in various stages of development. He will also continue to audition at other theaters. “I’m hoping some show needs a good old character actor,” Rice said, smiling. “I’ll be around.” ■

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“As with many endeavors of the heart, I have seen theaters die an ignominious death after the founding artist leaves. So, we decided to close the theater in a mindful manner,”
The Madness of Edgar Allen Poe was the theater’s most successful show Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night -one of the theater’s iconic outdoor plays

ECPA Spotlight Giving Gala

ECPA, the Elmhurst Centre for Performing Arts presented a reimagining of their annual Spotlight Giving Gala on Saturday, April 15th at River Forest Country Club. The sold out even had a lively crowd of 200 who gathered to celebrate the past successes of ECPA and get the first glimpse into the future of this beloved non-profit. Guests were

treated to updated renderings of a facility that will span from 109 W. First Street west and around the corner north on Addison Avenue as well as results from an economic feasibility study updated in 2023 in partnership with the City of Elmhurst. To become a Sponsor, Volunteer, or Donate to ECPA, email Shawna Roubitchek at ECPAelmhurst@ gmail.com ■

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➀ Men of SPIRITO! ➁ Angela Anast, Emily Copher, Andria Evans, Jodie Leahey ➂ Bridget Kennedy, Rachel Richardson, Marianne Gunkel, Rachel Jordan, Carla Ammons, Kristin Owen ➃ Gala Sponsor: Kelly Stetler, Compass and her Team present a Champagne Toast to the guests of the 7th Annual Spotlight Giving Gala. ➄ Steve & Jennifer Mauck; Mike & Melissa Damewood, Giving Gala Sponsor: Jeanine & Dan Grant ➅ Where the Harp Is, Janelle Lake

Exotic Summer


This summer, get far away from it all

Travel, of any kind, enhances us as people. It’s a great way for kids to learn. It’s an opportunity to see firsthand that our way of life is just one of many, and for all our differences, there are quite a few commonalities. The very act of getting up and leaving familiar surroundings forces us to learn new things, dabble in different languages and do as locals are doing.

Now that restrictions are lifted, go somewhere you’ve always dreamt of going.

Here are a few suggestions and why they’re great for kids:

Nova Scotia/Cape Breton/ Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada

The Canadian Maritimes are a great place to spend some time in the summer. Nova Scotia’s fresh air, miles of windswept coastline and buckets of ship-to-shore seafood make this picturesque area a beautiful but not-too-touristy destination for families. To the east, Celtic traditions abound on Cape Breton via its copious opportunities of Gaelic music and dance and stunning Highlands National Park. On PEI, one of Canada’s oldest settlements, kids will enjoy running on the red sand beaches, climbing the lighthouse near Charlottestown and visiting the iconic Anne of Green Gables house and museum.


Archipelago of Stockholm, Sweden

Made up of thousands of little islands in the Baltic Sea is the Stockholm Archipelago. It’s truly where modern architecture meets its historical, outdoorsy counterpart of Nordic roots. First spend a few days touring this crown jewel of a cosmopolitan city, then get your Viking cap on to explore the 150 settled islands. Hop on with a tour company to see the highlights or rent a kayak for the ultimate escape into nature. Either way, wooden houses dot small coastal towns and charming villages.

Disko Island, Greenland

Largely covered in ice, Greenland is the world’s largest misnomer. Except for Disko Island, off the west coast, which is very green. It also has the distinction of being the biggest island off the coast of the world’s biggest island. The island’s main town, Qeqertarsuaq, was settled by whalers in the 1700s and is one of Greenland’s oldest settlements. There is a hotel, café, museum, and art gallery. Go whale watching or dogsledding, even in summer! It’s a great place to watch- and listen to- the Northern Lights. Get there before the rest of the world finds it.


Once known as British Honduras, Belize is easy, because it is English-speaking. Mexico Rock is an ideal spot for snorkeling, swimming, fishing and relaxing. While exploring the colorful town of San Ignacio, feed iguanas or learn how to turn raw cocoa beans into drinking chocolate. Hike up Mayan ruins at Cahal Pech, then drive 35 minutes to Chaa Creek, where you can visit the nearby Morpho Butterfly farms to see the rare, blue butterflies. Observe toucans, or hundreds of other species of birds as you ride horseback through the jungle. ■

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