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The Hinsdale Central football fandom is still abuzz about its program sweep of rival Lyons Township in mid September – just missing our October Hinsdale Magazine coverage. So, we proudly dedicate this Red Devil Reign issue highlighting the memorable homecoming weekend as Hinsdale Magazine photographer Courtney Huth captures all the colorful moments. We hope you enjoy the pictorial display of exciting football, cheerleading and all the pre and post game activities. You can also see all the photos that did not get into the issue at HM previews The Hinsdale Community House Ball with interviews with the gala event’s co-chairs Alice Waverley and Maria Dussias. The two alongside local volunteers, are putting the finishing touches this month on this year’s theme: “Making Spirits Bright” which is expecting hundreds of guests in support of The Community House – a landmark institution true to its name for over 75 years.

empowering women to become leaders that possess integrity, compassion and excellence in their lives. For music lovers who appreciate the guitar, Burr Ridge rock star Jim Peterik has published a guitar calendar for 2018 and it has the birthdays’ etched with all the famous guitar players in the world. Now you will never forget to send your guitar hero a card. Peterik is the co-founder of Survivor who wrote many favorite tunes from the 70s and 80s including ‘Eye of the Tiger’ for Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky 3. Who can forget the hit “Vehicle’ with his first band The Ides of March, ‘Hold on Loosely’ by 38 Special, and blockbuster smashes by ‘Survivor ‘The Search is Over’ and many more. Check out the HM “Music” page on the purple-haired musical genius in this issue on p. 48.





You won’t want to miss the December issue our Hinsdale Magazine staff is working on – featuring highlights from The Wellness House Ball and many HOLIDAY BALL other local events, activities and your PREVIEW favorite people in the communities Mother’s and daughter throughout the we serve in Hinsdale, Burr Rigde, greater Hinsdale area have a real good thing RED DEVIL REIGN Clarendon Hills, Oak Brook and with the National Charity League Hinsdale surrounding towns. If you want to read Chapter. It is now a group of over 200 moms more or send us your comments, please and daughters. The organization’s Hinsdale visit We welcome your input and chapter was launched by then President Wendy Davis a few appreciate the support over the past six years. Remember years back. Now Davis passes the torch to new President Jane to support your local advertising sponsors who make this Schuleit. Davis and Schuleit have enjoyed their years with magazine possible. young daughters and have encouraged local women to do the same. The organization is in 26 states, with 241 chapters and over 65,000 members. You will read in Madeleine Miller’s Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, article how the league honors the mother-daughter bond by HINSDALE CENTRAL HOMECOMING

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16 TO DO LIST November events


20 GIVING BACK Chicago Sports Summit Reveal Night

24 OUT & ABOUT Holiday Happening



39 SPOTLIGHT The Community House Holiday Ball

43 PROFILE National Charity League

48 MUSIC Jim Peterik

54 HEALTH The Skinny on perfect skin

64 ON THE COVER Red Devils reign over rivals Homecoming parade

80 PEAK PERFORMANCE by Jim Fannin Are you thankful?

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TO•DO•LIST ‘Tis the season for fun, family-friendly events in Chicago and the greater Hinsdale area! 11/16-1/7/2018 Holidays Around the World See trees decorated to represent many cultures, plus weekend ethnic song-and-dance performances. www. 11/17-1/1/2018 Christmas Lights See colorful tree lights and interactive lasers on a one-mile walk at Illumination. 11/17 Jingle Mingle Giveaways, crafts, concessions, and visits from characters. www.burr-ridge. gov/events/jingle-mingle 11/17-18 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Family events, tree-lighting parade and fireworks. www.themagnificentmile. com/lights-festival

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11/25-26 The Nutcracker Featuring the Chicago West Chamber Orchestra at the Hinsdale Central auditorium.

11/23 Thanksgiving Parade Featuring giant balloons, floats and marching bands in downtown Chicago.

11/26-12/17 Brunch with Santa Celebrate the holiday season with brunch and Santa. Brunches are held on Sundays only, with reservations available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information visit www.

11/24-26 Gingerbread Festival Weekend festivities in downtown Downers Grove.

12/1 Clarendon Hills Christmas Walk It is an evening of fun for the whole

52ND ANNUAL HINSDALE CHRISTMAS WALK The Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce will host its 52nd annual Christmas walk on Dec. 1. 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 www. for more information.

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12/10 Merry A holiday concert performance is the perfect way for your entire family to embrace the spirit of the season. The West Suburban Symphony will perform at Hinsdale Central High School at 3:30 p.m. The concert will include selections from George Frideric Handel’s famous oratorio, Messiah.

December 1st TRADITIONS Children enjoy the traditional miniature train rides on First Street between Washington and Garfield Streets.

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Pro Sports Figures and Community Leaders Tackle Youth Violence in Chicago

Janie Petkus, Hinsdale resident asks the panelists a question at the 2nd Annual Chicago Sports Summit

The lack of role models for Chicago youth is a major reason teenage boys turn to violence. That was the consensus of a group of celebrity sports figures and Chicago leaders who spoke at the recent second annual Chicago Sports Summit. “Most of the children who come to live with us have had no father figure in their home,” said Fr. Scott Donahue, president and CEO of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. “Most have had their trust violated by adults in one way or another, whether through abuse, neglect, or violence.” Jarrett Payton, son of the late


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Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph, sports medicine physician for Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, introduces panelists at the 2nd Annual Chicago Sports Summit

Walter Payton and former NFL player, said, “many of these kids who only know the block they live on, turn to violence, because their peers do.” Chicago Blackhawks alum Jamal Mayers and Chicago Bulls alum Horace Grant, who now serve as ambassadors for their teams, acknowledged their coaches and team sports kept them out of trouble. “Without my religion and my sports, I would be in jail or dead today,” Grant said. Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx, who grew up in the Cabrini Green housing complex, credited her high-school cross-country team for teaching her about commitment, and influencing her to pursue law, and then become the first African-American to become Cook County State’s Attorney. Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and his wife Bria, who also participated in the summit, have created a program to develop leadership skills for inner-city youth. Payton, Grant and Mayers also volunteer their time to help at-risk youth. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a surprise appearance at the event, and encouraged the audience to pay it forward. “It’s not about my kids, or your kids,” Emanuel said. “It’s about our kids.” For more information, visit

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TURN A $14,000 TAX-FREE GIFT INTO A $1,500,000 GIFT…AT NO EXTRA COST! A headline sounding more like the used car salesman’s pitch we’ve all been cautious about. However, this is no joke or trick. By becoming informed and knowing current tax laws, you could be saving you and your heirs millions of dollars upon your and your spouse’s death by strategically planning your estate and taking advantage of the many tools available. There are many opportunities the tax law provides that the affluent community neglects to take advantage of, gifting being one of the most important.

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One of the most important and strategic ways to gift is to use your gift exclusions to fund life insurance. To start, current tax laws allow individuals to gift up to $14,000 per year per person, and $5.49 million over one’s lifetime. Advisors and accountants urge those that are financially able to gift to do so, and the reasoning is clear. By gifting this money out of your estate, you are protecting your assets from federal estate taxes, gift taxes, and transfer taxes. Essentially, what you don’t give away using your gifting limit (while you’re alive and well) will become automatically devalued by as much as 50% upon your death if you fail to plan properly. There are many ways to gift, but here is one strategy that is the most beneficial way to gift to your heirs tax-free.

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Holiday Happenings By Mike Ellis

With Christmas items appearing on retail shelves and the holiday season right around the corner, we explore some upcoming happenings, events and activities that have become seasonal traditions in Hinsdale and surrounding communities.

Christmas tree sales - Clarendon Hills Lions Club If you’re considering an authentic tree for Christmas this year, the Clarendon Hills Lions Club will have dozens available for your procurement later this month. The Saturday before Thanksgiving, Lions club members unload a bevy of trees with the assistance of Hinsdale Central athletes and other intrepid volunteers in the Lions Park Pool parking lot at the end of Byrd Court in Clarendon Hills. The trees are then organized and made available for sale, starting the day after Thanksgiving. These tree sales comprise the largest annual fundraiser for the Lions club, which was formed in 1950, and donates approximately $30,000 per year to a variety of local non-profit initiatives including The Community House and DuPage PADS. Its primary work consists in fundraising for vision-related causes, such as Salt Creek School for the visually-impaired. To access the pool lot, you can either approach

from the west on Byrd Court in Clarendon Hills, or from the east on Hinsdale Ave., passing under the Ill. Rte. 83 viaduct. And for the icing on the cake, you can pick up holiday luminaria at the same site, courtesy of the Clarendon Hills chapter of the Infant Welfare Society.

Sherry Party - Children's Home + Aid The Hinsdale auxiliary of Children’s Home + Aid (CH + A) is probably best known for its Derby Day benefit the first Saturday each May, coinciding with the Kentucky Derby. But the auxiliary hosts another annual fundraiser in early December known as the Sherry Party, which can also be traced back a number of Continue on p. 26


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decades. Over the past several years, the Sherry Party has been hosted at The Green Goddess Boutique in downtown Hinsdale, with store owner Elyce Rembos donating a portion of the proceeds raised that night to the auxiliary. However, with The Green Goddess presently closed for remodeling, a fresh venue was requisite this year. “This holiday tradition is a great way to visit with friends, and get some holiday shopping started,” said Erin Walsh, publicity chair for the Hinsdale auxiliary. Sherry Party attendees are obliged to bring a gift for a child CH + A serves at one of its Chicago area facilities. Founded in 1883 by a Presbyterian minister in downstate Illinois, Children’s Home + Aid is a Chicago-based non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children in need and their families. Each year, CH + A serves upwards of 40,000 children in families in more than 60 counties across the state. This year’s Sherry Party will be held at Blue Mercury in downtown Hinsdale on Dec. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. Blue Mercury will donate ten percent of its proceeds that night to the Hinsdale auxiliary.

Gift of the Season - Hinsdale Junior Woman's Club Through the years, the Hinsdale community has become acquainted with the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club’s annual benefit, a creative winter collaboration fueled by the high expectations set and raised with each successive year. But for more than two decades, the club has also been organizing Gift of the Season, an event that allows less fortunate members of the community to acquire some goods just in time for Christmas. This year, the HJWC has “adopted” 200 children from HCS Family Services and members’ families. On the day of the event, they compile their “wish-lists,” and procure a combination of toys, hats, gloves and more, under the watchful guidance and supervision of HJWC members. If you think you might like to donate to this cause, toy drive bins will be placed throughout the community at the following locations: The Community House, Hinsdale Starbucks, Burr Ridge Starbucks, Whole Foods (Hinsdale) Starbucks, Weller Dental and Hinsdale Advanced Eye Care. The HJWC will be collecting items for Gift of the Season as well as additional children’s charities in these bins. Recommended donation items include toys, hats, gloves, gift wrap, pajamas and coats. Gift of the Season will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Hinsdale on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Graue Mill wreath-hanging Hinsdale Garden Club If you’ve driven down York Road along the Hinsdale-Oak Brook border around Christmastime, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen a large, festive wreath hanging on the side of Graue Mill, high above the ground. You can thank the Garden Club of Hinsdale for beautifying the mill each holiday season, as members work feverishly to prepare and decorate the wreath inside the mill before taking it out to be hoisted up by DuPage County Forest Preserve officials. Club members bring a variety of evergreens from their gardens, such as junipers, holly, white pines and scotch pines. They then assemble 18inch boughs, and wire them together on a six-foot frame. In just a couple of hours, this assortment of plant varieties is transformed into an enormous wreath spanning about six feet in diameter. The garden club has been responsible for preparing the wreath for roughly the past three decades, and it functions as one way the club can give back to the community. After the wreath has been positioned, it hangs at the mill until March.


These tree sales comprise the largest annual fundraiser for the Lions club, which was formed in 1950.



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Illumination - Morton Arboretum Illumination returns to Morton Arboretum in Lisle on Nov. 17 this holiday season, and will run through Jan. 1, 2018. This annual event is a one-mile outdoor walking tour along a paved path that winds through 50 acres of the arboretum’s diverse tree collections. Through innovative lights, projections and music, the winter foliage is enlivened. Given the frigidity of the season, seating, warming, concession tents and fire pits are present along the route. New to Illumination in 2017 is the “Illumedallion,” which is described as a “glowing, wearable” device that “reacts to the spectacular sights and sounds along your journey.”




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Reveal Night The Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club (HJWC) unveiled its 2018 benefit date, location and theme on “reveal night” at The Community House on Oct. 10. Starting like a monthly conventional club meeting, the evening quickly evolved into a decorated celebration of the theme— ”Samba to Stop Hunger”—in the fieldhouse. The benefit will be held at Carnivale in the West Loop on Feb. 24. Proceeds from the benefit will support Hinsdale-based HCS Family Services.

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Young Life Eastern DuPage recently hosted its annual fall fundraiser at Hinsdale Golf Club. Over 200 people attended, and heard keynote speaker Michael Kanis share a heart-wrenching story about the loss of his daughter, and the role Young Life played in the last year of her life. $122,000 of the ministry’s $310,000 budget was raised. Young Life impacts more than 800 teenagers in the Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Oak Brook and Burr Ridge community.

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Making Spirits

Bright Community House volunteers light up the holidays By Mike Ellis

The Community House has a history of making a difference in Hinsdale and surrounding communities that dates back more than seven decades. Through the Charlie's Gift Autism Center, the Willowbrook Corner youth program, professional counseling services and the new Ly Hotchkin Arts Program, the Hinsdale-based non-profit organization has established a knack for offering diversified services across more than a half-dozen towns. But there's a lot that goes on at The Community House (TCH) every day that local residents are apt to overlook or take for granted. This year's holiday ball, adopting the theme "making spirits bright," places the emphasis on the everyday aspect of The Community House (TCH), as it offers a bevy of programming for local residents of all ages. "What we're trying to highlight this year is, ways that The Community House puts a smile on people's faces when they walk through the doors," ball co-chair Alice Waverley said, "and that can be from young infants coming to kinder-music classes, to kids coming to art classes." TCH played a crucial role in molding the community perspectives of Waverley, her fellow co-chair Maria Dussias and their respective families. Continue to p. 40



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hen I first moved here 12 years ago, we didn’t really know many people in this community,” Dussias said. “So the first place we came to for our family was The Community House.”

Dussias said her children—now all away at college— played flag football and Jodie Harrison basketball, while she joined the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club (HJWC), which uses Kettering Hall at The Community House each month to hold its club meetings. “It has so many different services that it offers to our community, and we’re so fortunate to have it right here,” she said. Waverley, who lives about a block away from TCH, said the non-profit organization was one of the neighborhood selling points used when she and her husband Braden purchased a home in Hinsdale in 2001. "I knew nobody; it was my first fall here," she said. ... "In October, I was at the top park right in front of The Community House here...and I met a mom, and she said, 'You're new in town; you have to go to the Hinsdale Community Preschool in the basement of The Community House, and you have to join the [Hinsdale] Junior Woman's Club.' "And that was the best advice she ever gave me, because through going into the preschool, and being at The Community House, and through the junior woman's club, I met so many friends here." Waverley learned about the annual holiday ball

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through literature posted at the preschool, and asked a committee member she had met through the school whether she and her husband could join their table.

“We’d love to get a lot of that sold online before the ball,” Waverley said. “It gives people a chance to socialize more that evening.”

"And we've been to every ball since," she said.

Guests will be treated to dark-green and velvet shades complemented by gold accents under the distinguishing eye of event planner Kristina Taheri of Hinsdale.

Accordingly, the co-chairs are striving to highlight the manifold day-to-day offerings at The Community House through this year's ball, from youth leagues, theatre programs and fortnightly dancing, to arts programming, active adults and even a weekly Sunday church service. "There are so many different things that happen at The Community House," Waverley said, "and I think that people in our neighborhood sometimes are not aware of everything that happens here. So our theme this year is to try [to] highlight the variety of ways that The Community House affects those of us that live in this community and the surrounding communities." For the first time, the ball will feature a live auction, which Dussias said will include "at least two to three destination trips," one of which will be to the tropical getaway of Cabo San Lucas. Chicago radio personality and Hinsdale resident Eric Ferguson will serve as the auctioneer. "The program will be a little bit different than it has in the past," Waverley said. "It's still going to be the kickoff party of the season. I love the holiday ball, because it is the day that I feel like the holidays truly start. It is such a fun event; you see so many people you know; and it's such [a] holiday spirit." The wine auction will be held in Kettering Hall, with wines being made available online beforehand as well, highlighted by a Black Friday sale the week before the ball.

“We’re trying to make it a little more fun, a little livelier and a little different,” Waverley said. “I think every year, the chairs try to do something new; so we’re trying to interject our own personality into it this year.” Waverley described the dinner atmosphere as “stellar,” relating the swift, yet thorough transformation the fieldhouse undergoes for the holiday affair. “It takes your breath away when you look at that room—that transformation that happens from a gym, where kids a few days before are playing basketball, or adults are playing pickleball...and then it’s just a beautiful, candlelit dining room,” she said. In planning out the details, Waverley said she and her fellow co-chairs have made an effort to be “costconscious” out of respect for the fact that the ball is the largest fundraiser for TCH each year. “It’s what keeps the lights on, the programming going.” The 2017 Community House Holiday Ball will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 415 W. Eighth Street in Hinsdale. Up to 450 people can attend the ball, with tickets available at The Community House or online at

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By Madeleine Miller For most of us, our teenage years were a whirlwind. There was homework, school activities, hanging out with friends, parties and growing into our new roles as young adults. We didn’t spend a whole lot of quality time with our moms or our dads…unless it was debating what outfits were appropriate to wear to school. Just imagine if you and your daughter could do something meaningful together. To learn and grow as a dynamic team, while helping others in

your community. Well, now you can! National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) was created exclusively to foster mother and daughter relationships through a commitment to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.

league honors the mother/daughter bond by empowering women with the skills and the confidence to lead, inspiring a legacy of social awareness and compassion, and demonstrating integrity and excellence in everything they do.

Operating in 26 states, with 241 chapters and 65,000 members, NCL endeavors to develop strong women leaders who are serving and impacting their communities today, and for generations to come. The

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we could do something meaningful together during these years. Time with your daughters becomes very precious. Many of us have more than one daughter in the organization. With increased homework and sports commitments, this has given us the chance to grow together through philanthropy work and leadership opportunities.” The organization operates a program called The NCL Experience—6 Year Core Program. It’s a personally tailored curriculum developed by each chapter for the daughters, and guides them as they move from year to year. The program begins in seventh grade, and is completed during the girls’ senior year in high school. Each grade level meets separately throughout the year, and has its own board and other leadership positions. Each level also holds its own meetings. NCL accomplishes its goals using three pillars: Community Service, Leadership and Cultural/Education. Girls and their mothers can join NCL when the daughters are starting seventh grade, but no later than ninth grade. This is because the program is not as effective if they only participate in it for a few years. The six-year program is designed to expose girls to ageappropriate cultural and education/ leadership opportunities, as well as focus on specific philanthropies each year. Mother members are called Patronesses and Daughter members are called Ticktockers. “As Mothers, we believe that we are an organization in which all of our daughters will feel comfortable and empowered to grow as leaders,” Davis said. “Many of our classes are filled with girls who would never have known each other without this common bond. This is a way for them to expand socially and as leaders outside of their school settings.” Hinsdale resident and current president Jane Schuleit added, “These are smart, talented and generous young women who are using this opportunity to not only serve the community, but also to practice and develop their leadership 44 | HINSDALE MAGAZINE

Hinsdale resident Wendy Davis is a founding board member and past president of the Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills chapter.

skills by serving on their class boards. They are amazing, and I am so proud of them all.” The Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Chapter currently has 225 members. Its membership classes are already filled to capacity. The chapter can only take new members in the youngest and newest grade level. If class sizes become too big, they lose the ability to teach the leadership and education components effectively. And, chapters don’t bond as well when they’re too large. Chapter members volunteered 3,200 hours in 2016, and are on track to volunteer more than 4,000 hours this year. The impact, however, is probably

much greater than 4,000 hours. When a mother and daughter give an hour to The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills to play a game of Bingo, for example, this one hour touches the 15 or so senior citizens who attend. The actual value is at least 15 hours, or even more, as it may be the one thing that brightens their entire day. Thirteen local charities benefit from the kindness of NCL’s HinsdaleClarendon Hills Chapter. These include DuPagePads, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Family Shelter Service, Hinsdale Historical Society and the Wellness House. NCL’s philosophy is to expose the daughters to many different ways that they can serve their

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communities. The hope is that they will find a calling to a specific type of charity work and enjoy a lifetime of giving back. Each spring, the league hosts a National Convention at which all the chapters and their leaders attend to exchange ideas, learn new ways of doing things and connect with like-minded women from all over the country. The HinsdaleClarendon Hills Chapter hosts an Annual Tea—a celebration of their year together. At the event, outstanding members and the senior graduating class are recognized. They also host a Fall Kick-off, which is a regathering after the summer to launch their new year and goals as a chapter. “I am so proud to be a part of this chapter,” Davis enthused. “I’ve watched my oldest daughter graduate from the program, and my middle daughter will graduate this spring. NCL has truly been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done with my daughters. It has helped us bond and connect during the very busy middle and high school years. We’ve all made lifelong friendships through our experiences. And we’ve also had a lot of fun!” Visit https://www.nationalcharityleague. org for more information.


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Hinsdale Magazine | Music



Jim Peterik, a Burr Ridge resident and Grammy Award winner, has a new guitar calendar for 2018, which is nothing less than every guitar fanatic’s fantasy. Every month of the year displays a grouping of Peterik’s extensive and significant guitar collection, photographed in stunning detail in every possible location of his house. “I decided it was time to share my lifelong passion for guitars,” Peterik said. “My collection is approaching 200 instruments, but as I tell my wife, I never buy them—they just follow me home!”

Included in the calendar are the birthdays of some of the most iconic guitarists on the planet. Peterik also gives personal insights into the significance of the guitars displayed, and includes a section of him onstage with some of the great artists with whom he has collaborated through the years. A native of Berwyn, Peterik is the founder of the Ides Of March and formerly of Survivor. He wrote and co-wrote memorable songs including “Eye of the Tiger,” which won international recognition in Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky 3. Peterik jumped on the national stage with his hit “Vehicle” in the early 1970s. The artist is seen occasionally in local restaurants and stores with his trademark purple hair and stylish threads. His calendar is available at, as well as at and at bookstores and retailers everywhere. For more information, including in-store calendar signings and appearances at guitar shows and record events, visit 48 | HINSDALE MAGAZINE

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Hinsdale Magazine | Giving Back

Hinsdale Humane Society Fuller House Locals teamed up at Fuller House in downtown Hinsdale on the evening of Oct. 4 to raise funds and preview the Hinsdale Humane Society’s (HHS) third annual Halloween gala, the Howl-o-ween Ball.

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The gorgeous evening consisted of a meetand-greet of puppies available for adoption (undoubtedly the hit of the night), as they frolicked, snuggled and snoozed amid hundreds of guests that visited the restaurant and patio throughout the evening. Retail partners Heavenly Beasts and India Hicks showcased items, with India Hicks donating proceeds of its sales back to HHS.

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Balancing act BY ROSIE CONWAY At Barre3 in Clarendon Hills, striking a balance between exercising, nourishing and connecting is the key to optimal health.

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If you love doing yoga, Pilates and cardio fitness, but don’t have the time to dedicate to three separate workouts, Barre3 in Clarendon Hills might be worth exploring. Rooted in the three core values of “exercise, nourish and connect,” Barre3 is more than just your typical workout.

What sets her studio apart from others, according to Pain, is the adaptability of her instructors to each individual client’s needs. “All instructors are highly trained in how to provide the different modifications, so that anybody can walk in here and get a challenging and inspiring workout,” Pain said.

“Yoga, Pilates and ballet barre are all blended together in a balanced way,” said Mariel Pain, Barre3 studio owner and fitness instructor.

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro athlete, a teenager or an octogenarian, Barre3 can modify workouts to suit your specific requirements and fitness goals.

Upon entering, clients are greeted at the front desk by Barre3 ambassadors, children’s play lounge staff or Pain herself. Across from the front desk is a retail section of Barre3-branded items, filled with everything from workout clothes to mason-jar glass bottles. “These are wonderful items that I’ve tested myself,” Pain said. “I love all them all.” A bench over cubbies lines the hallway, where clients can store shoes and other personal items, mingle with other clients, or prepare for class. The studio itself is climatecontrolled, and holds a maximum of 26 clients. Each client has a designated spot along the ballet barre (bracket to bracket) with an individual workout ball for future use in the classes. During the workout, clients also use light, handheld weights, yoga mats and straps, depending on the instructor’s preference. They also offer facecloths for when clients are working up a calorie-torching sweat. Clients spend the first ten minutes of class with a warm-up that includes some dynamic stretching to elevate the heart-rate. After that, clients use the basics of the Barre3 classes, which consist of three components: holding, small movements and big movements. All three in balance work to create better posture, elongate the muscles and build strength and flexibility. There is also leg work at the barre or on the floor, combo work, seat


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it,” Pain said. “With a doctor’s blessing, he or she can come in, and the instructor will adapt to their needs.” Barre3 is also proud to give back to charitable causes. On Aug. 25, Barre3 hosted a benefit night, where proceeds were given to Lurie Children’s Hospital. “We had a number of couples come to that event, which was wonderful to see both men and women,” Pain said. “A lot of men discovered that they love it too.” The symbol of a triangle is seen in throughout the studio, because it is a symbol of balance. That balance that is also represented by the “3” in the Barre3 brand name. “We need to exercise, nourish our bodies and connect with others in a meaningful way,” Pain

said. “So this studio provides places to connect with other clients as well.” A common-area tea lounge is nestled just off the studio with a working gas fireplace and comfortable, inviting benches. All tea is free, but donations are accepted, and proceeds are donated to a charity-of-the-month. “In the tea lounge, clients can mingle with each other, or just grab a book and relax before and after class by themselves,” Pain said. “It’s a perfect place to sit and have a meaningful conversation with likeminded people.” There is also a children’s play lounge that holds a number of children while parents work out. “I’ve hired all the baby whisperers myself,” said Pain, a mother of four young boys. “We take care of the kids in a caring and loving, warm way.” For Pain, it was a struggle to find a workout with daycare, so she had limited chances to take care of herself. After discovering Barre3’s online classes in 2011, Pain was able to take any of the 10-, 30-, 40- and 60-minute classes online. “I was able to select the time-limit or press the pause button on my computer if I had to,” she said. The downtown Clarendon Hills location is also beneficial for Barre3 clients, who can attend a 5:45 a.m. class, then shower up in the Barre3 facilities, and jump on the train to work. “The one class that is waitlisted for a while is our 5:45 a.m. class,” Pain said. “People love the early workouts.” It’s the all-encompassing, three-part component that ultimately attracted Pain to this workout format, and she couldn’t be happier.

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Hinsdale Magazine | Health



octor Christina Steil is often reminded of a photograph when she thinks about the importance of preventative skincare. The picture captures a 65-year-old woman who sat at the same window-side desk while working as a secretary for 30 years. The side of her face that was exposed to the window is lined and eroded with wrinkles and blood vessels, while the other side appears 30 years younger, Steil said “You don’t want to find out about all the things you could have done when you’re 80 if you want to have nice skin,” Steil said. The dermatologist, who graduated from medical school at the University of Chicago in 1995 and completed her


residency in 2000, founded her own skincare business, CSC Dermatology, inHinsdale because she wanted to work where she lived. As November, or National Healthy Skin Month approaches, her mantra for Hinsdale residents who wish to maintain clear skin is: prevent causes of skin damage as early as possible “If people are just preventative, they can minimize a lotof trips to the dermatologist,” Steil said. The key to preventing inflammation from causing cosmetic or medical issues later onin life istopair a simple daily cleansing and moisturizing routine with a healthy diet, Steil said. The face wash can beas common and inexpensive as a Dove bar of soap, and the moisturizer should have anSPF level of 30 or higher to protect against the sun.

The number one thing is just getting up, cleansing your face and then protecting it. It’s way cheaper to protect. It’s more effective to protect. —Doctor Christina Steil

Aggressive rubbing of the face and use of hot water or soap with exfoliating beads when cleans-ing is unnecessary and can actually cause damage in the form of visible blood vessels, Steil said. Instead of scrubbing harder, she recommended washing a second time if one feels heor she has failed to remove every layer of oily film the first time around. Steil also warned tobe mindful of cheaper SPF products that appear to have the same ingredients as more expensive ones from legitimate, science-based companies. Though the makings may bethe same, the ways in which they are formulated can cause major disparities in their effective-ness, she said. For example, a less expensive sunblock that contains 10% zinc oxide, just like that of a higher cost, may not have the correct formula to ensure the sunscreen disperses properly and covers the entirety of one’s skin. “If you’re wearing a daily SPF, and you’re still getting a tan, you’re not putting on enough, you’re not reapplying enough, or maybe that product is just in notHinsdale, formulated Reach our readers Burr properly for your activity level,” Steil said. Additionally, Steil said one should Ridge, into consideration take the day’s schedule when deciding what Hills types and of sunblock products to use Clarendon Oak Brook on his or her face. A basic, daily SPF product is sufficient for an average work or school day, she said, but one might opt for a sweat-resistant lotion, for example, if he or she ison the A DVE way out for a run. RTI S I N G I N Q U I R I E S

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healthier skin should eat antioxidants like fruits and greens, as well as foods that contain omega fatty acids, like salmon, Steil said. “Sometimes just putting people on a healthy diet can change their skin,” Steil said. To determine when one should be concerned about his or her skin for reasons beyond appearance or general health, Steil recommends every person see a dermatologist for a full skin check by the age of 20 to look for any odd, potentially harmful marks. Though many unforeseen blemishes that surface are just a harmless sign of aging, Steil said the majority of melanoma cases can be identified by new moles that can come in different hues ranging from colorless to faint pink and black. “Melanomas can be difficult because they don’t always have tobe dark and black like the pic-tures you see in the magazine,” Steil said. When it comes to identifying melanoma, Steil said marks that should be cause for concern are those that seem tobe unusual and grow abnormally fast when compared to other freckles and moles on the body. However, many will never have to worry about skin-related disease, especially if they follow the above steps to protect their skin from an early age, Steil said. As far as extra steps to take for more cosmetic reasons, such as anti-aging, Steil said the kind of treatment one should receive isentirely based on his or her personal budget, comfort level and goals. “We’re all going to make it through life and sail through ifwe don’t do all this stuff,” Steil said. “But it’s way better to have nice skin.”




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Hinsdale Magazine | Remembrance

Healing Fields Oak Brook’s Dedication to 9/11 The True Patriots Care Foundation and the Village of Oak Brook hosted a Healing Field® flag display where 2,976 American Flags were posted in perfect rows and columns in an awe inspiring tribute to honor those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Area residents were invited to visit the Healing Field display and walk amid the flags. Those who visited a Healing Field display in surrounding communities knew to expect an inspiring and memorable event, and those who were the first time visitors found that the amazing display must be experienced to be fully appreciated. The Healing Fields were open for visitors at any time. The formal events and ceremonies during the week included: • Thursday, September 7th, 2017 • Friday, September 8th, 2017


2,976 flags aligned in perfect rows, one for each American killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 • Saturday, September 9th, 2017: All day blood drive with special Candlelight Service starting at dusk

• Sunday, September 10th, 2017: This was the ‘Main Event’. Starting which started 11 AM with reading of the names and other tributes and honors. Motorcycle ‘Ride to Remember’ started in Woodstock and arrived in Oak Brook • Monday, September 11th, 2017: Village ceremony with Fire Department.





rookfield Zoo will be lit with more than one million twinkling LED lights, and select animal habitats will remain open along with restaurants and gift shops.

A full schedule of music and live entertainment, costumed characters, a model railroad display and more will add to the magical ambiance. Area residents can celebrate the holiday season with family and friends at Chicagoland’s largest and longest-running lights festival. Brookfield Zoo’s 36th annual Holiday Magic, presented by ComEd and Meijer, invites guests to sing to the animals, and enjoy professional ice-carving demonstrations, magic shows, a 41-foot talking tree, and special visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus through Dec. 17. In addition to this holiday extravaganza, the Chicago Zoological Society mission is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature.


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Thanks. Thank you. Thanks a lot. Thank you very much. Thanks for everything. Thank heavens. Thank goodness. Thanks a bunch. Thank my lucky stars. Thanks a ton. Are you aware you can say “thanks” in more than 465 languages? But even with so many tongues verbally expressing their gratitude, do they mean it? “Thanks” is said a lot, but not sincerely expressed nearly enough. Holding back and holding onto your feelings of gratitude will eventually find you regretful, and possibly lying on a bed of loneliness. What or who make you thankful? What causes feelings of gratitude? Is it for the stuff you’ve acquired over a lifetime? If you had to choose between the great memories of your mother and father or your wealth, would you forgo all that you possess? Does the social or economic status you’ve acquired lead your list of thankfulness? For every rung climbed on a ladder of success, there was someone that held out his or her hand to you. You learned from so many as you ascended the pyramid of prosperity. Are you thankful? Is your thankfulness about the friends you’ve made along the way? Is it for your positive health and wellness? Is it for your family? Of course, they’re probably near the top, if not the very top of your list. Is it your faith? Most have their faith as a cornerstone for simple, balanced and abundant living. Thankfulness is for many things, but it’s mostly for the people in your life. You can pay back your

financial debts, but you’ll go to your grave in debt to those that have been kind. The gift of kindness is more than giving. It’s sharing, and it comes from a place of gratitude. And it is the sharing of your gratitude that has such profound impact on both the giver and the receiver. Make two lists this Thanksgiving season for what you are truly thankful. 1. Make one list about everything you are thankful (health, career, home, etc.) 2. Next, make a list of people that you are thankful to know. Then bathe in your thankfulness while the lists permeate your mind. Now—do the amazing! Send out a gesture of kindness by making a small deposit into the “happy” bank account of all that have touched you. Send a note or e-mail of gratitude. Call them. Go visit in person. It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice. As a “thought-ometrist,” I wish you 20-20 vision for your future. Let your gratitude pave the way to what you want in your life. Thanks. Thank you. Thanks a lot. Thank you very much. Thanks for everything. Thank heavens. Thank goodness. Thanks a bunch. Thank my lucky stars.—Thanks a ton for reading my columns in Hinsdale Magazine. Be thankful!

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Praying Through Clenched Teeth In the face of the carnage recently wrought by hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and shootings, people are asking: Where is God in all this? If God is so great and good, then why does He allow such suffering?

governments that use aid money to pad their lifestyle… to ordinary people who keep building homes in the path of notorious weather cycles… malevolent or misguided human choices are the Number One reason for disease, destruction, and premature death on this planet.

greatness, or existence of God. But, even if we reject God, we are still left with suffering or the action of evil, and this reality ought to invite us to ask WHY? Why so much pain in a world of such plenty? What is our part in it? And where will we find the power to change?

When my uncle was murdered by bankrobbers… When my cousin was beaten to death at age 24… When my sister’s baby turned out to be terminally deformed and my brother’s fiancée was left disfigured and brain-injured in an accident not of her making… When witnessing the hollow eyesockets of people in the developing world, living on dust and garbage… I have asked these questions myself. How about you?

If human sin could be faced and hearts and minds changed… If self-sacrificing love could become the motivating force and not simply an occasional feature on the evening news before the next commercial for the latest idolatry… If we could make loving our neighbor as we wish to be loved our preeminent priority, I wonder what percentage of the agonies of this world might go away?

The Redemption of Suffering

I wish I had an answer that eliminated all doubt, dismay, or discomfort. As the famous historian, George F. Kennan, once wrote, however: “The truth is sometimes a poor competitor in the marketplace of ideas.” It is “complicated, unsatisfying, full of dilemmas, always vulnerable to misinterpretation and abuse.”1

And how might we also be able to deal more creatively with a SECOND source of misery. Much suffering is the necessary downside of a having a world with dependable and interdependent physical laws. Think about this with me.

The Reality of Suffering

But this does not stop the truth from being true. Suffering is a reality of life we must all face. How we do that depends a lot on what we believe about the reasons for suffering or the course of its redemption.

The Reasons for Suffering There are two preeminent reasons for agonies of this world, and the FIRST is neither pleasurable nor popular to consider: A great deal of suffering is the result of tragic, wicked, or stupid human choices. A gunman showers bullets on a crowd of concert-goers. A Hollywood mogul uses his power to violate women. A suburban shopper spends money on another luxury item that could have fed the hungry or brought relief to disaster victims. From companies that poison the environment with harmful chemicals… to third-world 1

The clear majority of the time, we are immensely grateful for cell-growth and gravity, for the action of wind and water, for the way that the shifting of the earth’s plates creates mountains, valleys, and plains. It is impossible, however, to have a world with such overwhelmingly positive forces and not have occasions where they interact in such a way that creates pain. Again, were a cure to human selfishness found, there would be ways of mitigating this downside considerably. There would be ways of moving people out of famine-prone regions or of not building homes where they are prone to destruction by hurricanes and floods. There would be ways of investing more fully in the suppression of disease in ourselves and others – or in the recovery and care of people caught in the confluence of this world’s physical forces. It is more convenient to see or experience suffering and rail against the goodness,

George F. Kennan, American Diplomacy: 1900-1950 (New York: Signet Books, 1951), p. 56.

Tim Keller, The Reason for God, p.53.


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The religious tradition I come from posits two perspectives that have seemed to help some people endure the agonies that don’t go away. The first idea is that God is with us in our suffering. The Cross is an image of this – a sign that far from being distant or uncaring about our pain, God feels it with us. Sometimes I can’t remove your suffering, he says. Sometimes I can’t explain how it fits into a larger plan. But this I promise you: I know what you’re going through. I will never leave you nor forsake you. The second perspective some of us hold onto is the belief that a day is coming when suffering will be undone. In the final book of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, a climactic moment comes when little Sam Gamgee discovers that his friend – the great wizard Gandalf – is not dead but alive. Sam cries out: “I thought you were dead! I thought I was dead myself!” And then Sam asks an immensely important question: “Is everything sad going to come untrue?” The answer that faith gives to that question is--yes. One day, by the Grace that holds this Universe together, everything sad is going to come untrue. This does not mean that the sad things will not have happened. It does not mean that they will not have hurt terribly. But the assurance of God is that, in the end, the joy “will somehow be greater for having once been broken and lost.”2 Given what I’ve seen recently, and have experienced of suffering, and belief about God, I’m trusting in that. ■

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