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May ushers in a month of outdoor activities, events and features of interesting people in our community. We hope that you enjoy this issue beginning with our cover story of Hinsdale Central’s Taylor Andrews who was crowned USA National Miss Illinois Teen! Taylor sat down with Hinsdale Magazine writer Mady Miller and talks about her opportunity to make a difference in the world starting with raising awareness about ocean polution. The sophomore student will be the first to tell you the pageant is not about the sparkling crown, but the ‘inner beauty” and being a better person. As you will read in her interview with HM, “It’s about kindness, self-expression and community service.” In a world flush with selfies, it’s refreshing to hear it from a 16-year old. May is for mothers and we feature the successful duo, Louise Juckniess and Kim Williams of Shop Melee in our Publishers’ Profile. These two Hinsdale moms and business women quickly grew their resale and on-line consignment business to #231 on the INC 500 fastest growing private companies and they talk to HM about the challenges of balancing family life while growing a start-up to from just an idea to a thriving business. Dr. Mira Albert also shares her story of balancing a career and motherhood. She talks about her busy life as a doctor, wife and mom of two young boys while growing a successful pediatric dentistry practice in Hinsdale. Dr. Albert is also a board member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and she gives our readers some tips on what parents should consider with their children’s dental health in our Medical Profiles section. Dr. Paul Denemark rounds out our Medical Profile issue with valuable information about oral health. As a Burr Ridge periodontist for over 25 years, Dr. Denemark believes in complete communication between a patient’s regular dentist, medical doctor and the periodontist for optimum health.

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The Oak Brook Polo Club begins its season Sunday, June 11th for the opening day of the 2017 Polo schedule. Themed ‘Chicago Polo Day’, the match will kick off another exciting year of “hockey on horseback” at Oak Brook’s Prince of Wales Field (2606 York Road), located just 17 miles from Chicago’s Loop. This year, the Club will play host to seven polo matches featuring both out-of-state and international teams. Hinsdale Magazine is a proud media partner for the third straight season and our staff looks forward to reporting every match and community scene this summer. I hope to see you there. The summer schedule includes the return of the “Commander’s Cup” and “Horses & Horsepower” events, in addition to the “Chicago Polo Cup” which features some of the Midwest’s best teams and players. The “International Polo Series” will feature visiting international teams eyeing to compete for some of Oak Brook Polo’s most prestigious trophies, including the Drake Challenge Cup and International Cup. You can purchase your tickets at www.oakbrookpoloclub. com. You can catch up on all the summer event coverage and read the upcoming previews in Hinsdale Magazine including the annual Walk for Wellness House on May 7. The largely popular community event is massive outpouring of support for the families who have been affected by cancer. The race will start and finish at 131 County Line Rd. at the Wellness House where the 5k and 3k runners and walkers will put their best foot forward to make a difference while having fun with friends and family. Remember to visit us daily at for updates on events and the stories of local people and events. Email us with your suggestions and comments. We would like to hear from you.




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USA National Miss Illinois shares her ‘National Platform’ and future plans

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HM talks with Shop Melee founders Louise Juckniess and Kim Williams

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TO DO LIST May/June events


ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN Who’s that girl?


HOME & GARDEN The backyard grows up


SPOTLIGHT Seeing it through


MEDICAL PROFILES Special Advertising Feature Dr. Paul Denemark Q&A Dr. Mira Albert Q&A


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Elmhurst Art in the Park A free juried show of fine art, craft and design, which is held rain or shine at Wilder Park in Elmhurst. www.rglmarketing

Neil Simon’s Rumors Neil Simon’s funniest play. A fabulous farce! theatreofwesternsprings. com


James and the Giant Peach You don’t want to miss this magical production for the entire family. james-giant-peach


Lilac Festival Enjoy lilac-themed events in Lombard, including concerts, plant sales, tours, a stroll through Lilacia Park, beer and wine tasting, and an art and craft fair.


Spring Art Festival This festival features art and music in Oak Brook. amdurproductions. com/spring-festival-offine-craft


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The annual Walk for Wellness House is held each year to make it possible to offer no cost psychosocial support to people affected by cancer around the Chicago area. The proceeds of this inspirational walk provide 20% of the yearly budget. This event has a 5k run and 3k option for walkers so perfect for any individual and families. All participants will receive a t-shirt and light breakfast. The race will begin and end at 131 County Line at Wellness House. Registration is required. For more information visit the audience thru what to expect and what to do in preparation for Sorority Recruitment on all college campuses across the country. | Hinsdale Magazine, Inc.


Memorial Day Parade Marching bands, bugle corps, and veterans’ groups, will march on State Street in Chicago.


La Grange Pet Parade Marching bands, floats, and a creative costume contest will highlight the pet parade.


Fine Arts Festival The lawn of the Mill is a perfect backdrop for more than forty of the area’s most talented artists who will exhibit and sell a variety of art for the home and garden. Festival features paintings, ceramics, mosaics, jewelry, photography, and more!

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Parton, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. This story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thoughtprovoking and even a little romantic. www.stagedoorfinearts. com/9-to-5

Buffalo Grove Art Festival Currently rated as one of the top 100 art festivals in the country, the 16th annual Buffalo Grove Art Festival hosts more than 100 juried artists from around the globe. amdurproductions. com/buffalo-grove-artfestival


Pet Walk & 5K Run A family festival with celebrity emcee Judy Hsu of WLS Ch. 7, local vendors, entertainment and demonstrations will take place. hinsdalehumanesociety. org


Hinsdale Farmers Market Regionally-grown farm-fresh produce and products are sold in a local outdoor marketplace during the summer. farmers-market



A tradition for more than 40 years, the show hosts 130 artists throughout the shady trees of Burlington Park. With the Burlington Northern rail system nearby, as well as Hinsdale’s upscale shopping district just south of the park, the show is easily accessible to all. Visit


Chicago Blues Festival Chicago’s biggest music festival brings top talent to Millennium Park.


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Uniquely Thursdays Join us in Burlington Park. Band lineup is coming soon. uniquely-thursdays


9 to 5 The Musical 9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly

Art in Bloom at Cantigny Park Enjoy a variety of artists, inspired activities, fresh ideas and a colorful weekend.


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Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival This festival will feature colorful hot-air balloon launches, flights and evening balloon glows, as well as a carnival (starts Wednesday), food court, craft booths, a kids’ area, live music and nightly fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

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Beautifully GROUNDED Hinsdale Central’s Taylor Andrews crowned USA National Miss Illinois Teen by Madeleine Miller | Photography by Jim Prisching

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Hinsdale Central’s Taylor Andrews and Miss Teen Illinois 2017

emember how exciting it was to be a teenager? You had your whole life ahead of you—an endless highway of possibilities. It was a time of self-discovery and new adventures—a story that was yours to write. But being a teen can also be a time of angst and awkwardness. Very few 12-yearolds are fully prepared for that next birthday. The good news is that there are opportunities out there for young people to develop the skills necessary to navigate life’s journey. Taylor Andrews of Westmont, 16, is in the fast lane of the highway of opportunity, and is embracing experiences that are helping her grow. The recentlycrowned USA National Miss Illinois Teen is having the time of her young life— making new friends, giving speeches, modeling beautiful clothes on stage, and all the while, building her self-confidence. But make no mistake—the USA National Miss Teen pageants are not just about looks. And Taylor is determined to get the word out that these are not “glitz” pageants, but scholarship pageants that offer a great way for young women to develop confidence, acquire important life skills, and promote the causes that are near and dear to them. “The focus of this pageant is on inner beauty,” Andrews said. “It’s about kindness, self-expression and performing community service, as opposed to how you look in a swimsuit. You get points for poise and personality, but the most important thing is how you plan to make a difference in the world.” Jacque Georgia is the pageant’s Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois state director, and is dedicated to helping young girls find their voices and reach their full potential. Continued on the next page

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“Just be yourself, because you’re special.” —TAYLOR ANDREWS

SNAPSHOT Taylor Andrews and her mom, Dr. Cindy Andrews

“I want to break the stigma of what a pageant girl is supposed to be,” Georgia said. “These girls become part of my family, and my job is to make sure that each one realizes how special she is. When these young women walk out of here, they will have acquired skills that they will continue to build upon their entire lives.” As USA National Miss Illinois Teen, Andrews will receive approximately $100,000 in prizes, including a full-ride scholarship to Troy University. Andrews said it was just a fluke how she got involved in the world of pageants. She received a letter in the mail when she was 12 years old encouraging her to enter the Miss Teen Chicago pageant. Up for the adventure, she competed, and was the second runner-up out of 121 girls in her age group. In the last four years, Andrews has been a contestant in five pageants, consistently placing near the top. In her quest for the crown, she continually “tweaked little things,” and her perseverance finally paid off. Andrews’ national platform is raising awareness about ocean pollution. “I am passionate about undoing the damage done by all the garbage that’s been dumped in the ocean,” she said. “Everything is connected to the environment, and everyone is affected by it. In my role as USA National Miss Illinois Teen, I will encourage corporations, schools and government to make a difference through plastics recycling and reusable water bottles.” Andrews is very involved in community service. She volunteers for three weeks each summer as a camp counselor, makes blankets for hospital patients, and participates in other worthy causes, such as Hinsdale Humane Society fundraisers and Make-A-Wish and March of Dimes events. She will also be speaking at area elementary schools about the Crown C.A.R.E.S. (Creating a Respectful Environment in Schools)

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anti-bullying program. An honor-roll student and cheerleader at Hinsdale Central who is involved in the school ecology club, Andrews aspires to become a marine biologist and environmental lawyer, and to raise a happy family. And no one is a bigger cheerleader for Andrews than her mom, Dr. Cindy Andrews. “I am so proud of her seeking out challenges, and working toward something bigger than herself,” said Andrews, president of a trial consulting firm in Chicago. “She will have such a positive impact on the world she lives in.” Hannah (Smith) Bohn was Miss Illinois 2011, and placed in the top ten in the Miss America pageant. “Competing in both of these scholarship pageants opened up a whole new world for me,” Bohn said, “and I know it will do the same for Taylor. This magical experience will be the springboard for the next chapter in her life, just as it was for me.” This July, Andrews will compete for the national title of USA National Miss Teen in Boca Raton, Fla. “Participating in these pageants has been an amazing experience,” she said. “I’ve become more confident, and have developed so many skills. Even if a girl doesn’t win a crown, she will benefit enormously from this experience.” Andrews offered some words of encouragement for young women. “Don’t be afraid to fail, whether you’re competing in pageants or pursuing other dreams,” she said. “Just be yourself, because you’re special—there’s no one else in the world like you.” n Visit for more information.

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Who’s that girl? You know her face when you see it, but do you know who she was? Hinsdale Magazine takes a look at art’s most iconic women. BY J U LI E J O N LI C H

She needs no introduction. Mona Lisa (Leonardo da Vinci, 1503-06) is by far the best-known work of art in the world. Famous for her enigmatic smile and considered a woman of virtue with a noble spirit, Lisa Gheradini (1479-1542) was born in Florence, Italy. Married in her teens to Francesco Giocondo, a cloth and silk merchant, Lisa lived a comfortable and ordinary middle-class life. Gheradini was considered a woman of style. Look closely, and you will see she has plucked her eyebrows, a common practice for genteel women. Dressed in the Florentine fashion of her day, Lisa’s dark garments and black veil were Spanish-influenced high fashion, not a depiction of mourning for their first daughter, as was once believed. Her final years were spent in a Florentine convent, where she died at the age of 63. Centuries after Gheradini’s death, Mona Lisa became the world’s most famous painting, and took on a life separate from Lisa, the woman. Now the property of the French Republic and on display at the Louvre in Paris, the Mona Lisa is visited by about six million people every year. Its insured value is said to be more than $1 billion, making it the most valuable painting in the world. The painting is thought to have been commissioned for their new home and to celebrate the birth of their second son.

Woman in Gold Painted in a dazzling gold-flecked 1907 portrait by Gustav Klimt, the original “hippie”. Adele Bloch-Bauer was a wealthy member of Viennese society, and hostess of a renowned salon, where she entertained prominent composers, authors and artists. The daughter of an Austrian business tycoon, Adele was known for throwing frequent parties. She married Ferdinand Bloch, a banker and sugar manufacturer in 1899. Bloch-Bauer had no children - the result of three tragic births. She was often seen carrying a gold cigarette holder when it was very unusual for women to smoke.In the summer of 1903, her husband asked Klimt to paint his wife’s portrait, Woman in Gold, for her parent’s anniversary. Bloch-Bauer is seated on a gold throne in front of a starry background complimenting her rich robe. Her hands positioned to conceal a disfigured finger. She wears a jeweled choker given to her from her uncle as a wedding present. She died suddenly in 1925 of meningitis in Vienna at the age of 43. In 2006, cosmetics magnate Ronald Lauder paid a record 4135 million for the painting which hangs in the Neue Galerie on Manhattan’s upper east side.

American Icon Recognized as the most iconic sex-symbol of all time, Marilyn Monroe, as painted by Andy Warhol in 1964, continues to be a major pop icon 55 years after her death in 1962 at the age of 36. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Monroe was in and out of foster homes, state care and the guardianship of family friends. She married her next-door neighbor, James Dougherty (later a legendary LAPD detective), at the age of 16 to stay out of an orphanage (they divorced four years later). Marilyn was also famously married and divorced to New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller. The only remaining painting in Warhol’s shot Marilyns. Turquoise Marilyn sold to hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen in 2007 for $80 million from Chicago plastics manufacturer Stefan Edlis.

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HM Publisher’s Profile | Shop Melee


RESALE Shop Melee near Top of INC 5000! BY S C OTT J O N LI C H | PH OTO G RAPHY BY DAN I E L GAR C IA

SHOP MELEE, Founders of Shop Melee, Louise Juckniess and Kim Williams



ouise Juckniess was no different than many Americans dealing with overflowing closets and an abundance of household items that presented a challenge to home organization back in 2000. The Hinsdale wife and mother of two wanted an easy way to gain value from those “gently-used” items by selling them and converting the assets into cash. Juckniess saw an opportunity to scale and launch a business to help others cash in on their items too. “I started selling my families’ and friends’ items out of my house for about ten years as a hobby at night with the goal of recycling perfectly good items, and putting money in everyone’s pockets,” she said. The concept became too big for the house, so Juckniess reached out to friend Kim Williams to see if she would like to partner up to launch a business, and move it outside the home. “We started this crazy ride together called Shop Melee in 2012,’’ said Juckniess, who witnessed the popularity of online consignment shops in the wake of the Great Recession, bringing a tidal wave of new online stores for consumers to buy and sell used clothing. Fast forward four years to 2016, and the Hinsdale duo grew the Willowbrook-based

company to No. 231 in the country on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies. Shop Melee had a three-year growth of 1,724 percent, with a 2015 annual revenue of $2.4 million in the consumer products and services sector. It is Chicagoland’s largest estate sale company, running up to eight estate sales a week, and featuring more than 20 team members who execute selling, pricing, staging and evaluating everything from costume jewelry to valuable antiquities. “Our goal is to simplify people’s lives, recycle items, declutter homes and turn everything into cash for our clients,’’ Juckniess said. Juckniess and Williams combined their past experiences to run “the front and back of the house,” according to Williams, a marketing and customer service expert who manages the online business and sales development. Juckniess’s vision and organizational management provided the logistics that allowed the company to scale to its current growth. “We were very excited to find out that we had achieved this status after years of blood, sweat and tears, and a lot of laughs,” Juckniess said. Williams reflected on the company’s rapid rise. “Louise and I believe in Shop Melee and its unique place in today’s world,” she said. “We

Our goal is to simplify people’s lives, recycle items, declutter homes and turn everything into cash for our clients.” —LOUISE JUCKNIESS

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HM Publisher’s Profile | Shop Melee invested our time and money back into the business to see it grow, and that was a good feeling. With an amazing team behind us, Louise and I feel honored to have come this far with just our own investment of time and energy.” Juckniess agreed with Williams, recalling their biggest challenge was obtaining enough capital to get the business to be self-sustainable, while larger U.S. corporations were raising millions of dollars in IPOs (initial public offerings). “We have spent many hours developing, tweaking, improving our business model, so that we can continue to grow and sustain in the marketplace,” she said. “We had a lot of fun, and a lot of time and effort invested in growing Shop Melee. I believe our entire team is proud to have reached this achievement.’’

Q&A | LOUISE JUCKNIESS HM: How did you come up with the name Shop Melee? LOUISE JUCKNIESS: We had a different name originally, but had an issue with trademarking the name, so everyone brainstormed for a new name. Kim’s sister, Alicia, came up with “melee,” which means organized chaos, and we thought that was a perfect name for our business. HM: You are the human resources manager too. Tell us about your staff, and how you managed the business during your growth? LOUISE JUCKNIESS: Our team has been awesome, and is obviously an integral part of the growth we have experienced. They all understand that this business is sometimes chaotic and emotional for some of our clients, due to their circumstances. They are all very flexible and great with each of our customers.

Q&A | KIM WILLIAMS HM: What advice do you have for online shoppers when they buy or sell with an online consignment store? KIM WILLIAMS: If you are looking to consign, talk to us first before you throw anything away. We can find almost any item a new home, or donate to someone in need. Call us and we can guide you through the process, and help facilitate the opportunity. The sky is the limit. If you are looking to buy something, always consider checking our Web site or estate sales first. In this day and age, there is simply no reason

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to pay full-price for anything. Repurposing and recycling is responsible and feels good; it just makes sense. HM: What has been the biggest challenge? KIM WILLIAMS: Probably the biggest challenge is that since this is our business that we built with our own hands, we take it very personally. As such, we try to please everyone, which is not always easy. I can honestly say, though, we try our absolute best, every hour of every day. There are a lot of emotions attached to our clients’ lifelong collections and treasures, as well as their current life-situations. We take this very seriously, and respect their belongings as if they were our own. Privacy is very important in protecting the integrity of our clients and their belongings. HM: How has the family/work balance been with each of you having two children? LOUISE JUCKNIESS: We both work extremely long hours, but we both find time for our families. My son (25) and daughter (24) are both living on their own, and have their own careers, so that does help me with balancing. It is important to spend time with my family, so we make time, and then work sometimes later in the night answering e-mails, checking listings, etc., in order to make our family/ work life balance. KIM WILLIAMS: I feel lucky to work close to where I live and where my kids are currently in school. I try and be as efficient as I can between 9 [a.m. and] 4 [p.m.] so that I can make every baseball and basketball game, get dinner on the table, and still share life with my family. The family has always been a priority to Louise and I, and I think we have set up and built our business with that priority in mind. Being a working mom has afforded my family some amazing opportunities and blessings, because my two boys have learned to respect my time and how important it is for each family member to contribute in order to have a happy household. The more everyone helps each other, the more quality time we do have when we are together. They have always been genuinely interested in my business, and have supported me 100 percent. I have always hoped to set a good example for my boys by showing them that you can be a wife and mother that works hard, as long as you keep your priorities in order. We are fortunate. n

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the backyard grows up Outdoor living spaces expand, enhance the use, prestige and value of your home by Paul Kelma


nce upon a time, the backyard was a simple place for the patio or deck, a barbecue grill, chairs and a table, lawn with a play-set, trees and plantings around the edges. No more—the backyard has graduated to the “outdoor living space.” Yours can be where you relax to the sound of running water or the flickering of a fire pit, cook for a family gathering or a gourmet meal, quietly enjoy a book or magazine, play video games or watch sports on a big-screen TV, check out the latest news or research a favorite topic on the Web, enjoy intimate conversation, play with kids or grandkids, dance or exercise, cultivate favorite plants or raise a vegetable garden—or just do nothing. But the sheer complexity of the project, and the options and ideas you can find everywhere on the Internet, can make your head spin. Experts in the field of landscape design recommend you start this way: Step 1: Think of your yard as another family room or great room, but without the restrictions of fixed walls, doors and windows. Step 2: Decide the different ways you can and might want to use it. Step 3: Accept that to work, it needs to be a blend of functional use, atmosphere, décor and personality. Step 4: Get help. The days of do-it-yourself are gone. Technology, materials, options, designs, colors, plantings and lighting are now piled on top of more mundane aspects like home architecture and lot dimensions. There are zoning, setback, drainage and other municipal requirements to consider. All are vital, and the domino effect of one colliding with another can be disastrous and costly. Alan Watkins, president of the Oak Brook-based Illinois

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Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ILASLA), recommends some basic steps:

Do a little homework by assembling your own

materials, such as any blueprints and other design documents your homebuilder may have provided. An important one is a plat, which reveals important details, such as dimensions, easements and other critical information.

Use a resource

like the Web site to help you review ideas, trends and possibilities. This site has many images and articles, plus a huge breakdown of resources like architects, contractors and other professionals. Watkins said this can save you from a time-consuming, scattered search of the Internet.

Visit the IL-ASLA Web site

(, which can give you more ideas, as well as a list of designers and builders in your area. IL-ASLA has about 600 licensed members, about two thirds of them in the Chicago area. Watkins said planning ahead is critical, and the homeowner can help the designer or builder by having a good idea of how they want and need to use the outdoor space.

“Try word-of-mouth referrals. Chances are, you have relatives, friends, neighbors and business associates who have outdoor living spaces and experiences with such projects,” Watkins says. For example, do you want plantings to be native and seasonal as an environmental and educational experience for you and your children? How do you want to accommodate different age groups, such as children or grandchildren? Are the activities passive or active? Do you value growing your own food plants over storebought items? How often do you entertain, how big are the gatherings, and are they formal or informal? And how much of a social impression do you want to make? Do you want a more intimate, private space, where you can work via the Internet, listen to music or watch TV, or hold private meetings?

Do you want to create a certain atmosphere with amenities like multi-color LED lighting, ponds and fountains, plantings that draw wildlife, or architectural features such as pergolas and gazebos? Your imagination is unlimited. Ideas abound. But of course, there is a cost. Don’t panic. When you sit down with your chosen designer, contractor or architect, you may discover that outdoor living space projects can range from a few thousand dollars to more than $1 million. Watkins said it is “important not to get ‘sticker shock’ over the initial design.” A good designer will present you with alternatives and timelines to go with them, he said. Also, “The design process takes some time in order to achieve what the homeowner is looking for,” Watkins said. “It can be implemented in phases, and still achieve everything they are looking for over time.” n

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Seeing it Through Hinsdale village president Tom Cauley discusses why he decided to pursue an historic third term by Mike Ellis | Photography by Daniel Garcia


insdale’s village president is embarking on his third four-year term this month, having won a contested election by a narrow margin last month. Tom Cauley, a 27-year resident of the village, moved to Hinsdale from Riverside, having relocated to the Midwest since attending college at the University of Notre Dame. (Cauley is a native of Pittsburgh.) Cauley’s public service career commenced ten years ago, when he was endorsed by the Hinsdale Village Caucus to serve as a village trustee, and won a “quasi-contested” election, with four candidates

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vying for three open seats. Two years later, the caucus endorsed Cauley for the office of village president, and he began his first term in May 2009. Four years later, he ran unopposed, and secured his second term in 2013, this time without the endorsement of the caucus. During Cauley’s tenure as president thus far, the village board’s noteworthy accomplishments include launching a road construction program, working to finish developments like Garfield Crossing and another at 55th Street and County Line Road, and moving from the “credit watch” to a AAA bond rating. Cauley said compared with when he began

despite the village’s increased investment in roadway serving, he believes the village is now a “more efficient improvements, many of the residents he spoke with on organization,” and that the board works “more the campaign trail are still dissatisfied with the quality of collaboratively.” the roads in the village. “I view running the village as like running a small company,” he said. “It’s a service company, and the Cauley said the program began with an emphasis on residents are the customers.” resolving existing flooding issues, and that the village also had to devote considerable funds to separate sewers, as This spring, Cauley sought a third term, and defeated it was sued by the Environmental Protection Agency for trustee Laura LaPlaca, the caucus-endorsed candidate, having too many combined sewers. by a margin of fewer than 125 votes (1,617 to 1,500, according to DuPage and Cook County election results). “We’re halfway through the program, but I think While some residents applauded Cauley for the work residents don’t see the progress, because a lot of it’s been below ground,” he said. ... “As soon as my next term starts he has done thus far in the village, others criticized him on May 2, we’re going to more aggressively attack the road for seeking a third term—an unprecedented number in the program.” history of the village. When asked why he pursued another term, Cauley Since the road reconstruction work has already been said he enjoys the job, would like to see the road program lined up for 2017, Cauley said the village cannot initiate he started through to completion, and wants to oppose any new projects this year; but instead, it is looking to the proposed widening of the Tri-State Tollway. ratchet up repaving efforts. “The democratic process is working,” he said. “If “We’re trying to pull forward a lot of the repaving people thought I had been in the work, which doesn’t require any job too long, they could have not engineering,” he said, adding voted for me.” that the village is shooting to The plan is to compress the complete two to three years’ Although he acknowledged that term limits are practical road program, and get all of it done worth of repaving this year. under certain conditions, Cauley This summer, construction will within the next couple of years.” said there is no great need for occur in downtown Hinsdale, as them in the environment that roads within the central business —TOM CAULEY exists in the Village of Hinsdale. district will be repaved. Nicor is currently repairing gas-lines “Where term limits are more downtown, and Cauley said needed is where you have a their work should be completed by July 4. He said much situation where a politician is actually handing out jobs of the construction will be completed at night, and that to employees,” he said, “and where the politician has having conversed with downtown merchants, the village financial interests or the ability to appoint people that is confident the roadwork “will not adversely affect any of kind of makes his position more of a permanent position. the businesses.” That’s not the case in Hinsdale.” Cauley said out of the entire village staff of roughly As for road reconstruction plans, Cauley said the board 120 employees, only one resides in Hinsdale; and most hopes to expedite that process as well. of the contractors the village hires hail from outside the “The plan is to compress the road program, and get all community. of it done within the next couple of years,” he said. “It’s not a situation where you can develop a machine in Hinsdale like you can in some cities or municipalities,” PARKING RELIEF he said. Perhaps no topic has been more universally discussed in Hinsdale in recent years than downtown parking. ROAD REPAIRS With the new Hinsdale Middle School likely on its As Cauley begins his third term, he and the current way up, it would be accompanied by a 189-space parking garage and deck, with the village having the right to the board are prepared to jump right into the road program. garage portion, and District 181 utilizing the deck on top. During Cauley’s first term, the board initiated a 15-year, $90 million road program that he said is now “Why this is such a good deal for Hinsdale is, a lot of “halfway done.” residents don’t want an unsightly parking garage structure, and a lot of residents don’t want an underground parking If you reside in Hinsdale, and your street hasn’t been facility,” Cauley said. ... “So the benefit of the middle redone, you’re not alone: Cauley acknowledged that

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HM Spotlight no idea what the substance of what they’re talking about involves.” Tollway board members are not publicly elected, but are rather appointed by the Governor of Illinois, which Cauley believes contributes to the manner in which they conduct business. “They’re used to getting their own way; they’re used to bulldozing over people—and I think that that’s the plan here,” he said. As for the oasis, if the tollway decides to permanently close the facility, that could potentially jeopardize the village road program. The village derives roughly $450,000 through the oasis from sales tax at its restaurants and gas stations on an annual basis. TOLLWAY EXPANSION That money is placed in Last month, Hinsdale the village’s general fund, but They’re used to getting their Magazine reported extensively Cauley said Hinsdale has been own way; they’re used to bulldozing allocating about $2 million on the possibility that the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority from this fund towards the road over people—and I think that (ISTHA) may widen the Triprogram in recent years. that’s the plan here.” State Tollway (Interstate 294) “Taken collectively, it’s the by one or two lanes on each side largest sales and food and —TOM CAULEY from Balmoral Ave. near O’Hare beverage tax generator in the Airport to 95th Street in Hickory village,” he said. ... “We need Hills. that revenue in order to continue the road program.” If pursued, this plan would entail the reconstruction of the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe railroad bridge, the While Cauley believes the village needs to “step up our temporary or permanent closure of the Hinsdale Oasis, opposition” to prospective widening, Hinsdale’s neighbor and the possible reduction of space between tollway sound to the east is of a different view. walls and residents’ backyards and green space in parks. Western Springs village officials have stated there is Since the IHSTA board has never spoken publicly nothing its village can currently do to oppose expansion, because no official plan has been passed or even released. about its plans for the Tri-State, Cauley said “at this point, we can only guess” about the impact such a project would Furthermore, Western Springs village president have on village parks and homeowners in east Hinsdale. William Rodeghier and village manager Patrick Higgins are on record that it is their opinion that Hinsdale’s village He said the village engineer estimated that the sound president candidates made the subject into a campaign wall could migrate between 12 and 30 feet westward, issue. depending on how many lanes are added. “The tollway is the least transparent entity I have ever Cauley flatly disagreed with this assessment. dealt with,” Cauley said. “They are as secretive as any “I think this is exactly the right time to oppose organization I’ve ever seen.” [expansion],” he said. “I think Western Springs is wrong. I’ve spoken to former board members of the tollway, and While the tollway board does publish an agenda prior they say that this is the right time to get the residents to its meetings, in Cauley’s opinion, these agendas are involved. I’ve spoken to former state senators who said that “vague.” this is the right time to get the tollway involved. “When we approve a contract in an open meeting, the contract is online; you can get it; you can see what it is “This was not a campaign issue; I think both candidates you’re improving,” he said. “We go to these meetings, and took the same view that this was something we opposed.” n you sit around, and they’re approving things—we have school is that you can build a parking structure into the hill there, have it exposed on the north side, so that it’s not unsightly, because it’s not a structure you can see, and it’s not underground.” Cauley said the plan is to shift merchant and employee parking to the garage, where they will park for free. According to a study the village commissioned, approximately 15 percent of the downtown street parking is occupied by business owners and employees; and moving this group to the garage should open up the 85 percent parking capacity the same study recommended for the downtown. Cauley said the garage “should alleviate all of the parking issues that we have downtown.”

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Balancing work and motherhood BY ANYA UPPAL

Dr. Mira Albert recalls as a child how she could not resist what most kids her age love—apple juice and candy. Unfortunately, around the age of 7, she had a few cavities filled, and had “absolutely the greatest experience at the dentist.’’ That’s when she remembers first deciding to become a dentist. “Growing up and in college, I was that kid who always worked with children, whether it was babysitting in the neighborhood, being a camp counselor or lifeguard, or working in a preschool,” said Albert, who combined her love of science, working with her hands and working with children. “Pediatric dentistry was a perfect fit for me as a profession. I momentarily considered general dentistry in my third year of dental school when I had my first challenge treating an apprehensive child.” Back on the path to the specialty of pediatric dentistry in her fourth year of dental school, Albert spent much of her fourth year of dental school interviewing at various residency programs around the country, before arriving in Chicago. “Children don’t have an innate fear of the dentist, so a positive or age-appropriate experience can be foundational in shaping great lifelong attitudes,” she said. Albert reminds parents that while kids love to eat candy and drink sugary drinks, it’s when they go to the dentist that they may discover the consequence of consuming large amounts of sugar at high frequencies. As a National Spokesperson of the AAPD, Albert said that nearly one third of all children experience a cavity between the ages of two and five. Albert says it’s essential that parents choose a pediatric dentist to ensure that their dental health is properly addressed.

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Dr. Albert’s patient, Addy D., sustained an alveolar jaw fracture at age 2; she is now 10.

“The most important step you can take in your child’s oral health is to see a board-certified pediatric dentist by age 1, and choose a pediatric expert when you have the opportunity,’’ Albert said. “[When] children have sugary foods and beverages, they are more susceptible to cavities, and should be taking extremely good care of their teeth,” Albert said. “Begin brushing the teeth with a smear of fluoride containing toothpaste twice per day as soon as the teeth come in. All children should be screened for developing orthodontic issues by age 7.”

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Q: Can you tell us how you balance family and a career? A: I have been married for about 12 years, and my husband, Sherif Albert, is a general dentist who owns a nearby practice in Downers Grove. His office is really calm and laid back. While he adores children, he’s the first to tell families that he’s married to a pediatric dentist, and their kids might love my practice more than his. We have two awesome little boys. Needless to say, we spend a ton of time at the baseball diamonds, and telling them not to wrestle. Our life is constantly on the move, but I wouldn’t change a thing. Q: Has your perspective on your profession changed since becoming a mother? A: My perspective changed the instant I held my oldest son for the first time. Motherhood is a club, and you get inducted the moment you have your first child. All the formal training in the world is great—but the best training is my experience of being a mother and the things I learn every day when it comes to my profession. It brings empathy, humor, understanding of child development and a major connection both to parents and to my little patients. Not to mention having every word to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse song branded in my mind never hurts with the tiniest littles. Q: What advice do you have for mothers who are juggling careers and a family? A: My advice to mothers who are juggling careers with family is the book LeanIn by Sheryl Sandberg—read it! I bought this book over and over again for many friends. As Sheryl puts it, “Done is better than perfect.” I have thrown many birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese, not because it’s beautiful or perfect, but because it gets done, my kids have a blast, and I don’t have to spend 20 hours prepping, and another three cleaning up. I think just about anyone can appreciate that time-savings. While sometimes challenging, it’s also so important to try not

Dr. Mira Albert and her two sons.

to get caught up in nonsense, and not to be too hard on yourself. Don’t let anyone, including you, try to put your light out. I also think it’s really important to have peers you can relate to. I belong to a small LeanIn circle made up of working moms in our area from very diverse industries. While we would love to get together more than a few times every year, we often text or e-mail about various struggles or comedies that occur in our lives, and we admire and support one another for the hard work we all put in at home and on the job. We celebrate professional successes and personal ones— and most importantly, we drink a little wine, and look forward to Sheryl’s new book! Q: What do you like to do in your free time? A: Now that both of my boys are in school, I actually do find some time for myself. I don’t see patients one to two days per week, depending on the week. I do a ton of administrative activities and meetings on those days, but I try to get a workout in, see friends, run errands, tackle the never-ending to-do list, and do my drop-offs and pick-ups. I learned to wake-surf last summer, which is one of my absolute favorite things to do. One last thing I do is take the first week of summer vacation off with my boys. This will be my third year doing it. We usually head into the city a day or two, go to the pool, and just kind of hang out with no huge agenda. When I tuck my kids in at night, my hope is that these are the times they remember about their childhood, and they simply know that their mom was trying to do her best. n

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Dominik Dubravec, DDS, MMSc, PC Periodontics | Implant Dentistry | Oral Medicine LOCATION 1900 Spring Road, Suite 205, Oak Brook, IL 630.573.0369 SERVICES • Dental Implants • Periodontal Treatment • Bone Regeneration • Gum Grafting • Extractions • Scaling and Root Planing • Laser Therapy • Oral Cancer Screening

DR. DOMINIK DUBRAVEC, attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated with a Bachelors degree in biology. He then went on to the Loyola School of Dentistry where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. From there he was awarded a National Institute of Health scholarship to attend the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He completed a Fellowship in Surgical Immunology at Harvard Medical School and received a Master of Medical Science degree. He completed his residency in periodontology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. This program focused on the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases, all aspects of oral and plastic surgery as well as intense training in implants.

Dr. Dubravec has served as President of the Illinois Society of Periodontists, Kankakee District Dental Society, and South Suburban Chicago Dental Society. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Periodontology and Dental Implantology, the Illinois State Dental Society, the Midwest Society of Periodontists, and a number of other professional organizations. Dr. Dubravec was awarded the partners in Clinical Research Grant by the American Academy of Periodontology. He is currently working with researchers from a number of Universities including the Universities of Bern Switzerland and London England. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on implants and periodontology, and he has published numerous articles.

After graduation he was recruited by the University of Chicago for a teaching position in the Department of Surgery. After teaching and practicing at the University he purchased his current practice in Kankakee. He began practicing in Kankakee in 1990 and left his position at the University in order to give his full attention to his private practice, with offices located in Oak Brook, Frankfort and Kankakee, allowing Dr. Dubravec the opportunity to more effectively serve patients.

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DR. PETER T. HARNOIS, a Hinsdale Central alumnus, is no stranger to the Greater Hinsdale community. A 1982 graduate of the University of Illinois’ College of Dentistry, Dr. Harnois has been practicing dentistry in Hinsdale for over 31 years. Dr. Harnois is currently the President of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. He lectures internationally to properly educate and train his fellow dentists around the country on emerging technologies in dentistry that he utilizes in his own practice, such as Botox® and Lumineers®. His philosophy is to provide the most gentle and minimally-invasive cosmetic and metal-free dentistry with natural results. He offers NuCalm®, a natural sedation approach that relaxes patients and eliminates their dental fears and anxieties.

DR. MICHAEL J. KOWALCZYK graduated as a valedictorian from Oak Park - River Forest High School in 2004. He graduated with honors from Emory University in Atlanta and obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Kowalczyk completed a post-graduate residency at the University of Florida where he gained skills in wisdom teeth extractions, surgical implant placement and sedation dentistry. In 2013, he received his Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. DR. JON ASIMAKOPOULOS graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2016, where he received a degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. He also obtained additional post-graduate training specific to endodontics. Dr. Jon currently serves on the University Relations Committee for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is thrilled to be joining Hinsdale Dentistry, as he shares the practice’s commitment to unparalleled patient communication and staying abreast of developing technologies. Dr. Jon believes that patients should expect an unwavering effort from their doctors to provide uncompromising care, and that it is our responsibility to deliver with a commitment to excellence. HINSDALE DENTISTRY’S roots date back to 1969, when it first opened its doors in Downtown Hinsdale. Dr. Peter T. Harnois grew up in Hinsdale, and is actively involved in the community. Hinsdale Dentistry’s practice is located at a new state of the art, high-tech facility, overlooking Salt Creek and Fullersburg Woods. We would love to hear from you—schedule an appointment online at


Peter T. Harnois, DDS Michael J. Kowalczyk, DDS Jon Asimakopoulos, DDS Hinsdale Dentistry LOCATION 911 N. Elm Street, Ste 230 Hinsdale, IL 630.323.4468 SERVICES The dentists and entire team at Hinsdale Dentistry are committed to providing worldclass dental care to their friends and families in Hinsdale and surrounding communities. Hinsdale Dentistry utilizes cutting-edge dental technologies to supply the gentlest patient treatments. It also provides a broad range of treatments and technological options. The practice has the ability to save lives with early cancer detection through Oral Cancer Screening. Its providers can now straighten adult patients’ teeth in 6 months or less with Six Month Smiles®, a cosmetic braces system.

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A DEEPER CONNECTION Local periodontist discusses correlation between dental and general health BY ANYA UPPAL

Burr Ridge periodontal specialist Dr. Paul Denemark wants everyone and their doctors to think about their gums during their next medical exam, as it is perhaps the most overlooked area of the human anatomy. According to Denemark, many people are unaware of the importance of good gum health. The gums, also known as the gingiva, line the mouth and provide a seal around the teeth—a shield to protect your body from bacteria that can enter through one of the only openings in your body which leads directly into your blood stream and vital organs such as your heart and lungs. Before you run to the bathroom to grab your dental floss, Denemark outlines some key facts and precautions you can take to have and build a strong “front-line” with your gums to fight off infection in the most crucial and obvious place—your mouth. Denemark reminds patients that the area where the tooth and the gum meet is highly susceptible to potential infection, which is the main issue regarding why people get gingivitis, a gum disease which causes inflammation of the gums. “As a problem, it has become more and more popular amongst the medical profession now, because they realize the gravity of what gum health has on overall health,” Denemark said.

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“As a problem, it has become more and more popular amongst the medical profession now, because they realize the gravity of what gum health has on overall health.” —DR. PAUL DENEMARK

“It is crucial to keep good oral hygiene, and get checked for gum disease by a dentist. You could be walking around with a severe infection, and it doesn’t hurt until it becomes involved in the deeper structures of the jaw bones.’’ Symptoms of gingivitis include swollen gums, bleeding and pain in the gums. Bad breath is also common with the infection. “The odor from the gases of the bacteria are living in areas deep inside the gum where there is very little oxygen, and then when things [start to move], the gases get liberated and the odor comes out...which is essentially decaying flesh,” Denemark said. Having proper gum health is crucial to one’s health, because it not only affects the mouth, but other parts of the body as well. Denemark said that the body’s response creates a higher level of inflammation that can translate to other areas of the body, and that there is a direct correlation between gum disease and diabetes. “I’ve had cases...where patients have had diabetes, and when we have cleared up their gum disease, their diabetes gets better,” he said. When Denemark performs a surgery on the gums, he uses lasers to remove the infection. The lasers are a source of light energy that is absorbed into the infected tissue, which is darker in color. The darker tissue becomes vaporized, and then is removed, while the healthy tissue stays and regenerates, restoring the actual tissues that are supposed to be there. Denemark added that the awareness of dental health is low and should start to be taken more seriously. He said it is a part of the human body that needs to be treated with great care, just as one would other parts of the body.

A: I can’t stress enough that if you have bleeding gums, there is a problem. You need to run to the dentist in the same way you would run to the physician if your eyeball was bleeding! When you see blood in your mouth, that is your red flag to have it checked out.’ Q: How is poor health linked to symptoms of gum disease? A: For years, we have known there has been a connection between systemic types of diseases and conditions and the relationship between that pathway into the body through the mouth. We know there is a correlation between gum disease and pre-term lowbirthweight babies. If the mother has gum disease going into a pregnancy, there is a higher incidence. It is not necessarily the bacteria, but it’s the body’s response creating a heightened level of inflammation that can translate to other areas of the body. Women thinking about having babies should be screened and checked for gum disease, and should be treated. Patients with gum disease are inhaling bacteria, because of the large quantities in their gums, and this can potentially lead to lung infections.’’ Q: Tell us why you became a periodontist, and how your practice has progressed over the years? A: Periodontics is a marriage of dentistry and medicine. Having tried to help patients become healthier as a general dentist, I felt limited. I became a periodontist, because I saw that. We are held to a different standard as dentists and dental professionals. We need to know additionally about patient’s overall health. Living and working in the area for the past 25 years, I have come to know many of the fine physicians and dentists, and [am] pleased to say they are more knowledgeable about the connection between medical and oral health. Patients wanting total body health need to thoroughly discuss [their] health concerns with both physicians and dentists, and include a periodontist. In this day and age, few are actually thinking about dental health, when we know what a direct impact it has on overall health.

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DR. LOITERMAN, has become one of Chicago’s premier vein treatment specialists with more than 30 years of experience in administering sclerotherapy, laser treatments and vascular surgery. Our primary goal is to provide each patient with the highest level of care by using the safest, most effective, and affordable medical treatments available for varicose and spider veins. We regard each patient as an individual with unique needs. To achieve the best possible results for your vascular condition, we will listen to your concerns, carefully explain your treatment options, and develop a customized treatment program designed to achieve the best results in the most cost effective manner for each patient. Often listed, over the years in Castle-Connelly and other guides, as a top vascular specialist in Illinois, Dr. Loiterman specializes in circulation disorders. In the last 10 years, the majority of his practice time has been dedicated to varicose and spider vein treatment. Using the latest advancements in technology and methods, Dr. Loiterman has successfully treated thousands of patients. Dr. Loiterman graduated from The Mt. Sinai School of Medicine of New York University, located in New York City, in 1979. After finishing his residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Loiterman completed

an additional fellowship residency at Chicago RUSH-Presbyterian- St. Luke’s Center, in vascular surgery. The American Board of Surgery awarded him board certification in 1985. He is also a member of the Midwest Surgical Association, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Surgery. In addition to running a successful medical practice, Dr. Loiterman was also an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, as well as an Instructor of Vascular Surgery at Columbia University, in New York, and St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. Dr. Loiterman was inaugurated as the Chicago Medical Society’s 162nd president in 2010. He currently serves as a director on the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce Board and has been continuously affiliated, for 29 years, with La Grange and Hinsdale Hospitals which have become part of the AMITA health system. For most people, varicose veins and spider veins, a common and mild variation of varicose veins, are simply a cosmetic concern. Unfortunately, for others, varicose veins can cause significant discomfort and are often a sign of a more serious problem. D R . D AV I D L O I T E R M A N Hinsdale Magazine, Inc. |



California Dreamin’

L.A.’s ‘chill’ cousin offers a peaceful alternative BY KERRIE KENNEDY

With the Santa Ynez Mountains as its backdrop

and the Pacific Ocean as its coastline, Santa Barbara is arguably one of the most beautiful towns in California. So it’s no surprise that numerous celebrities—Oprah Winfrey being one of the most prominent—have chosen to live under the radar along this stunning stretch of California’s central coast. Just 95 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, with its Spanish Colonial architecture, red-tiled roofs and temperate climate, is often called “The American Riviera,” and stands in stark contrast to its neighbor, whose traffic, smog and crime are a constant drain on the psyche. Meanwhile, Santa Barbara’s “chill” vibe, lack of traffic (almost everything is accessible within 15 minutes by car), friendly residents, charming boutiques and great restaurants, makes it the perfect place to experience California’s weather, wine and cuisine—with L.A. as a mere bookend.

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COASTLINE Situated on a south-facing section of coastline, the longest such section on the West Coast of the United States, Santa Barbara lies between the steeply-rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

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Nestled in the Montecito

foothills, the San Ysidro Ranch, with its elegantly-appointed private storybook cottages complete with fireplaces, outdoor Jacuzzis and ocean views, is without a doubt the ultimate romantic hideaway. Named the No. 1 hotel in the U.S. by Forbes magazine, this historic hotel has hosted everyone from Winston Churchill and Bing Crosby, to Audrey Hepburn and Lucille Ball. Vivien Leigh and Laurence Oliver were married at the ranch, and John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy honeymooned here. In addition to its stunning setting and accommodations, San Ysidro Ranch features a full-service spa, and is home to The Stonehouse, one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Santa Barbara, where guests can dine on regional cuisine under the stars on an ocean-facing deck with a wood-burning fireplace and heated stone flooring.

SAN YSIDRO RANCH Private cottages and suites wind along San Ysidro’s hillside.


California is synonymous with

surfing, and one of the best beaches for it is Santa Barbara’s Rincon Beach, where surf champions ride the waves. If surfing’s not your thing, you might prefer a weekend of wine-tasting instead. The Urban Wine Trail features 17 different wineries, all within walking distance, each with its own unique wines, vibe and dining options. For something a little more kid-friendly, head over to the city’s Monarch Butterfly Grove, one of the most beautiful sites in SoCal; or Lotusland, a 37-acre rare botanical nirvana of exotic plants; or the magical Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Afterward, take in a night at the Granada Theatre, home to the world-class Santa Barbara Symphony and State Street Ballet, among others.

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URBAN WINE TRAIL Taste some of the finest wines produced in Santa Barbara County, all within blocks of downtown and the beach.

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Relax and enjoy an evening of market cuisine and local wine on the American Riviera at Bouchon.


A favorite of none other than Julia Child, La Super-Rica Taqueria still draws fans, who line up out the door for the fresh, delicious fish tacos, tamales and overall seriously good Mexican food. For something a bit fancier, try Bouchon, a French restaurant that celebrates the region’s Spanish, Mexican and American history, or The Lark, a shared dining eatery featuring locally-sourced, responsibly-grown seasonal ingredients, not to mention great outdoor seating. Or pick up the makings of a French picnic—cheese, charcuterie and wine—at C’est Cheese on Santa Barbara Street. For dessert, head over to the legendary McConnell’s, whose artisanal ice cream is considered among the best in the country.


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who switched gears to focus on roasting coffee, Handlebar Coffee Roasters features some of the best coffee in Santa Barbara, not to mention some delicious pastries and a sweet patio. For “happy hour,” Intermezzo, a lively bar featuring environmentally-friendly local wines on tap, imaginative cocktails and a gorgeous European-style courtyard, is the perfect place to take in the local scene. Continued on page 62

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1. Vintage vibe. Be kind to

the planet by buying jewelry with a past, like this Redondo statement ring featuring champagne citrine (a favorite of Hollywood legend Rita Hayworth), along with diamonds, rubies and rose gold platinum. The ring is available at Bella Rosa Galleries on State Street, specializing in estate, vintage and antique jewelry.

2. In the swim. Part of the Santa



Barbara scene for 48 years, the Bikini Factory carries designer swimsuits (including sought-after Brazilian brands) to fit all different body types and sizes.

laid-back Santa Barbara vibe at Angel on Coast Village Road, where you’ll be tempted by the embroidered denim, soft cashmeres and overall understated luxury. 4.

4. Montecito chic. Located

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3. Cali cool. Pick up a little of that

above his gourmet deli, the aptlynamed Upstairs at Pierre Lafond in Montecito features a well-curated selection of Taschen books, jewelry, Italian handbags and works from a number of local artists.


5. That’s a wrap. Channel

your inner hippie with a scarf from Indonesia or India—perfect for those chilly California evenings— at Tienda Ho on State Street, a funky shop in the heart of Santa Barbara.


Surf’s Up. Catering to the world’s greatest surfers, Channel Islands Surfboards Flagship Store on Anacapa Street is the place to go for a cuttingedge, performance-driven board. 6.


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The Community House welcomed more than 700 members of the community to Robbins Park to feast on 12,000 eggs. The warm and sunny day was ideal for the kids to enjoy hunting for eggs. The event included an egg hunt, a petting zoo filled with farm animals (the baby goats were a crowd favorite), and Easter-themed crafts inside The Community House. “The park and the building were filled with families enjoying each other, seeing neighbors and making new friends—a true community event,” said Dan Janowick, program director at The Community House. The annual event is sponsored by the Hinsdale Rotary Club, and presented collaboratively by The Community House and the Village of Hinsdale Parks and Recreation Department.


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Roughly 200 ladies from the western suburbs shopped a variety of local vendors at the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club’s (HJWC) inaugural Shopping for a Cause night at The Community House in Hinsdale on April 11. Vendors ranged from new local establishments like Nourished Table & Home, Kelley Clark, Levato Salon & Skin Lab and Barre3—which will soon open in downtown Clarendon Hills—, to at-home businesses like Donna Mittelstadt of Clarendon Hills, an independent ambassador for India Hicks. Co-chair Karin Rohn said the HJWC sold out its 40 vendor tables, and “had to turn people away,” adding that she “couldn’t be happier” with the first year of the event. Proceeds from the event will go towards the HJWC Charitable Foundation, with its funds being divided amongst local charities at the end of the club year this spring.








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HM | COMMUNITY SCENE Misericordia Women’s League


More than 450 people supported a North Side non-profit organization by attending the Misericordia Women’s League’s annual “March Madness” fundraiser at the Hilton-Oak Brook Hills Resort in Oak Brook on March 17. Early in the evening, guests enjoyed cocktails and bidding on silent auction items, as they watched first-round games in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on flat-screen TVs. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Misericordia, a North Side campus that provides a home for more than 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities.


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1. Susan Stefaniak, Ann Payne and Maureen Thomas; 2. The Mulhern School of Irish Dance performed; 3. Catherine Ann and Jim Welch; 4. Event emcee Rob Johnson of WBBM Ch. 2; 5. Brian Shannon, Kitty Shannon, Katie Shannon, Sister Rosemary Connelly, Jim Shannon, Kate Boyle and Mark Boyle

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After a long winter, the Mill reopened on April 18. Graue Mill and Museum will be kicking off its 67th season featuring its two-ton French buhrstones which are once again grinding. Last year’s repairs that stabilized our millrace, basement sub-floor and gear-works are complete. The mill will host its annual Fine Arts Festival on June 3 and 4. Other events include craft beer-tasting, a Civil War encampment, cornfest family fun day, and the annual Girl Scout day. For more information, please visit

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MAKING WAVES Hinsdale Swim Club goes the final lap By Anya Uppal

Hinsdale Swim Club (HSC) recently completed a record-breaking 2016-17 shortcourse season. Fifty-two swimmers—37 percent of the team—qualified for postseason regionals and/ or the Illinois state championships. During the state championship, club members achieved a top-eight podium finish, including Kendall Pickering, 12, who placed first in the state for the 200-, 100- and 50-yard backstroke, second in the 100-yard individual medley, third in the 50-yard freestyle, and fifth place in the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley; Caroline Kramer, 12, who took sixth place in the 50-yard breaststroke and eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke; and Phoebe Paarlberg, 12, who took sixth in the 50-yard freestyle. Adding to the HSC’s victories, two of its women’s relay teams also finished third in state. Relay members included Kramer, Pickering, Paarlberg, Haley Dynis and Margaret Scheuerman, all aged 12. Also during the state championship, a total of 14 team records were broken. “This is the strongest team we have had since I came to the club five years ago,” head coach Matt Rowe said. Based on their success this season, 20 Hinsdale Swim Club members have also qualified to compete at the National Club Swimming Association age-group championships and junior nationals, which will take place this month in Orlando, Fla. Hinsdale Swim Club is a year-round, competitive swim team. n

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HINSDALE SWIM CLUB MEMBERS Margaret Scheuerman, Haley Dynis, Caroline Kramer and Kendall Pickering (all 12 years old) celebrate a third-place finish in the state 400yard medley relay with their head coach Matt Rowe.

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• 2016-2017 teams competing: Mayors Cup Las Vegas, Presidents Day Showcase Arizona, Capital Area Soccer League/CASL North Carolina, Ohio Elite Showcase Cincinnati, Crossroads Showcase Indianapolis, John Telly Showcase Memphis, Nike Academy Showcase Illinois • 2016-2017 Ten OBSC players participating at Olympic Development/ODP State teams

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DESTINATION: STANFORD LAX! Santuli takes one last shot for Red Devils


By Mike Ellis | Photography by Daniel Garcia

insdale Central senior Anna Santulli is preparing to start her collegiate lacrosse career at prestigious Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., in the fall, but first, she will take her final crack at capturing a state high-school title this spring. Santulli’s family is synonymous with Central lacrosse—especially girls lacrosse—, as her twin sisters were integral parts of Hinsdale’s last state championship squad in 2007, and her older brothers Peter and Matthew both played on the boys’ team at Central as well. “My dad was always really into lacrosse, because he played lacrosse as a kid, and his brothers played lacrosse,” Santulli said. “I guess once my sisters started playing, it kind of started the trend in my family.” Santulli started playing lacrosse in first and second grade, joining camps that her sisters operated while they were in high school. While girls lacrosse is not as physical in nature as the boys game, Santulli said checking is permitted. “There are a lot of rules around it, so we can’t get too physical; but it’s a really fun game to watch, and it’s a growing game as well,” she said, adding that the sport is most popular on the East Coast, but is burgeoning in the Midwest and out West. For most of her young career, Santulli has played attack, functioning as a primary scoring weapon for the Red Devils throughout her four years at the school. Between her sophomore and junior years at Hinsdale, the team underwent a coaching shift, with Dan Hartman—head coach of the school football team—and assistant coach Maggie Zentgraf taking the reins, as lacrosse advanced from its previous designation as a “club sport” at Central. “My experience has been great,” Santulli said. “I love the coaches now, and I loved the coaches two years ago. The change was a great opportunity for

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the team to adapt to the change, and the coaches are great.” Between her freshman and sophomore years, Santulli attended a number of camps and tournaments, attracting the eye of Stanford and other universities with strong girls lacrosse programs. “Those summers weren’t the most fun; they were a lot of work,” she said. “But it was really fun to visit a lot of schools, and get the sense of where I want to go.” During November of her sophomore year, Santulli committed to Stanford—which may seem like an early decision, but she said it has helped her become more acquainted with her future teammates. “For girls lacrosse, it’s really normal to commit around your sophomore year,” she said. ... “It continues to get younger and younger.” With her college career approaching this fall, Santulli said she is “getting more and more excited as the year goes on,” and knows a girl on the New Trier team that is also committed in her graduation year. “The girls in my class I know really well by now, since we’ve known each other for two or three years,” she said. “I’m just really excited to get the opportunity to play at Stanford for the education, and for a great experience with the team.” This season, Hinsdale Central has played on the East Coast in Washington D.C., squaring off against some elite competition, but Santulli said a number of games have been canceled due to weather. “As a team, we’re trying to take each game individually,” she said. ... “Of course, we’re always going to have the goal of winning state, but by focusing on each game, that really makes us grow as a team. We’re staying competitive in practice.” During Santulli’s career at Hinsdale, the girls have been knocking at the door of the state’s elite, but like every other team in the state since 2009, have been unable to solve the riddle of Loyola Academy.

LACROSSE Santulli will play college lacrosse at Stanford University starting this fall.

To classify the Ramblers as a powerhouse in girls lacrosse would probably be an understatement, as they have claimed eight consecutive state championships, including a win over Hinsdale Central in 2015. “I feel that there’s a little bit of just the idea of Loyola gets everyone a little bit uneasy,” Santulli said. “Each game is really close against Loyola—like a point or two away. We’re always right there with them, but they are a really good team, and they really know how to play with each other well, and they have a really great coach.” Santulli said her team finds extra motivation when facing Loyola and perennial contender New Trier. “Honestly, those games are the most fun by far,” she said.

“Our team looks forward to the New Trier and Loyola games all season long, and that’s what we work towards, is to beat those teams.” Santulli recounted her most memorable experience playing lacrosse at Hinsdale as upsetting New Trier in the state semifinals in 2015. “That was by far one of the most exciting games I’ve ever played in,” she said. “Our team worked so well together, and it’s just one of those games that sticks in my mind.” But the impregnable obstacle that is Loyola still stood between Hinsdale and the state trophy in the championship game. The Red Devils seized a two-goal advantage early in the second half, and appeared to be poised to halt the Ramblers’ streak at six straight state titles. But Loyola caught fire down the stretch, scoring the final four goals of the contest to defeat Hinsdale, 6-4. Santulli said Yasmain Hamood, one of Central’s top players in 2015, was sidelined by a pair of yellow cards early in the contest, and that Loyola face-guarded her as the game wore on. “That year, we were a little bit of a firsthalf team, and couldn’t always finish our games second half,” she said, “but that’s what we’re really working on this year, and I think we’re doing really well in that sense.” This year’s Central squad is a young one, featuring only two seniors (one of which is Santulli). Despite their youth, Santulli said her teammates spend a lot of time together away from the playing field, and are a closeknit group. “I’d say that this year is one of the years more than ever that our team is really close,” she said. If the Red Devils are to overcome Loyola, and ascend to the state summit for the first time in a decade, Santulli said it all boils down to trust. “We just have to make sure our team is in high focus—we just have to go into the game with a game-plan...knowing exactly what we’re going to be able to do to beat them,” she said. “We just have to know that we always have each other’s backs, and I can trust anyone on the field to catch a pass, or that they can pass to me.” n

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Together, we can accomplish anything Champions-to-be envision success. He or she sees in their mind’s eye the desired future outcome. A strong vision wakes the champion up in the morning, and tucks him or her into bed at night. Shared vision is more potent; it helps groups accomplish (typically) more than the individual. Synchronized vision is extremely powerful, and it’s here that anything and everything is possible. Why shared vision?—It creates inspiration, passion, security and a common guiding light to follow. We also need social interaction; we require intimacy, companionship and togetherness. We seek partnerships in life, business and sports. Teams, companies, families and other organizations can accomplish more together than apart. Groups with synchronized shared vision achieve the most. Shared vision is impactful, because workloads can be shared. Each participant can either build on strengths or defend the weakest flanks. The “good cop, bad cop” interrogation method is based on shared vision of discovering guilty parties. Group networking to benefit the whole also comes into play, and this can further a group’s goals exponentially. Shared vision is a glorious psychological interaction. It is uplifting, and it resonates with harmony and unity. It is the cohesive bond of positive mental, physical and spiritual action and interaction. Here are a few areas in which shared vision can take two or more people to great heights: Couples: Shared vision brought you together, and the lack of it will tear you apart. Get on the same page; see what you want as a couple. With shared vision, your success formula is 1 + 1 = 3. You and I together equal more than apart, or what’s the point? Parenting: Couples that parent from an agreed set of principles and values have the best foundation for raising a self-disciplined, focused, confident, relaxed and pleasant child. A shared vision of developing a world-class decision maker can be beneficial in coaching your kid to greatness. Both parents need to be on the same page, or their children will eventually

figure out how to find the weak link. Family: Many families lack shared vision—especially in a house of teenagers. Take the time to understand everyone’s point of view. Activate a “vision night” to share individual visions and seek common ground where the family can act as a cohesive unit inside and outside the home. Teams: Sports teams and other competitive groups that have shared vision will together battle any and all adversity. A collective mindset wrapped in shared vision is a tsunami-like energy force that is relentless in the pursuit of excellence. Shared vision blankets and smothers slumps, and elongates a collective “zone” mindset until it vanquishes the competition. Company: Most companies have shared vision within the “inner-circle” leadership team, but it doesn’t always flow smoothly downstream. Every employee would like to be an integral part of something greater than him or herself. Each person needs acknowledgment and positive feedback in how they are contributing to the whole. Create the overarching vision of the company, and share it with everyone. Make all employees feel relevant in manifesting this vision. Community: Communities can have shared vision of being inclusive, safe, clean, productive and open-minded to all residents’ opinions. Small neighborhoods usually make up most communities. See the macro picture; know the history of your community, and where it will be in the future. Become active; engage within the community vision, or rally around a new vision that the community needs. Country: Yes, a country can have shared vision for the majority of its population. Positive direction based on hope trickles down to the living rooms of every person. What needs to happen for shared vision to become reality? Here are a few examples: Commitment: Commit to your part of the whole. All that you commit (time, energy, money, contacts) flows with the overall commitment of the group and into the overall vision.

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Sacrifice: In order to make a partnership or team great, each person needs to sacrifice time, money and/or energy. This is a sacrifice of assets for the benefit of the group that an individual could be using in other areas. Compromise: This requires “give and take.” Giving concessions to the other team member or members in order to benefit the whole can be the lynchpin that advances the team towards greatness. Empathy: Great partnerships thrive when each participant sees through the eyes of the other partners, feels what they feel in their heart, and hears what each person said and meant. Each partner then understands and feels what others are experiencing from their point of view. Empathy spawns clarity and better decision-making. Passion: When shared vision generates intense emotion that induces positive action, the partnership will flourish. This passion is highly contagious, and can entice others to either join or up their game. Focus: Shared vision doesn’t always harbor shared focus. This requires intensely-channeled energy from each participant, with the collective energy flowing towards positive results. Optimism: Shared belief, hope and expectancy is a requirement for shared vision to manifest. Each person needs to believe and expect his or her individual tasks and goals will add value to the collective whole.

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Relaxation: Shared vision does not guarantee a smooth ride to success. Each person needs to relax if and when adversity arrives. Worry, anxiety, fear, nervousness, apprehension and concern can all hobble the group, and prevent manifesting the vision. Relaxation stabilizes the group, and negates all external and internal distractions. Discipline: In order for shared vision to manifest into reality, discipline with well-defined goal-setting and corresponding strategies and tactics is required. The self-discipline of each partner will advance tasks like stepping-stones towards the group vision. Together, we can accomplish anything. Partnerships can and do work; however, be aware that if two partners always agree, one is not needed. Friction, opposing viewpoints, devil’s advocate thoughts and statements, and check-and-balance protocol are all healthy, as long as shared vision remains intact. Peruse your life. Know you are not alone. Activate or implement shared vision in all your current teams, groups and partnerships. It can and will bring enjoyment, satisfaction, extreme productivity and leveraged results. Shared vision is desperately needed to advance agendas and pave a pathway to success. Can you go it alone?—You can; however, most successful people surrounded themselves with people that believed in their vision, and cared enough to tell them the truth in order to turn dreams into reality. Partner up. n

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