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the purpose of skating, sailing and hunting on its beautiful October is our “hoop dreams” issue in which we feature grounds. Hinsdale Magazine contributing writer Rosie Hinsdale area resident Fred Hoiberg on the cover. Fred sat Conway takes you on our “Club Tour” segment this month down with Hinsdale Magazine contributing reporter Beau on p. 76. Leone to talk about his upcoming third season as head coach of the Chicago Bulls, his college playing days and This issue would not be complete without a spotlight raising a family with his wife Carol. The Hoibergs have two on the Chicago Blackhawks, and we take you to the new children in college and twin boys at Hinsdale Central, and Western Springs home of Brian Campbell. The Stanley with the 2017-18 NBA season tipping off this month, we Cup champion now resides near other Hawks heroes in wanted to give you an exclusive look at the retooled Bulls. the area, including Joel Quenneville and Steve Konroyd of Hinsdale. Hawks fans will remember Brian’s 2010 HM goes from pro basketball to youth basketball victorious assist that led to the Cup with Breakaway Basketball founder Greg win against the Philadelphia Flyers, Ktistou. Greg is well-known throughout and HM contributing writer Christi the area as a respected teacher of the game Carras takes you inside their home of basketball. As a skills instructor to the for a conversation about family Hinsdale Inferno team, a feeder program GALA STYLE and life after professional hockey for Hinsdale Central, Greg emphasizes BREAKAWAY on p. 70. ball-handling to his young players, as BASKETBALL Rounding out the hockey coverage, they transition from 8-year-olds to highwe travelled to Tinley Park to school athletes. Greg graduated from Bettenhausen Alfa Romeo, which Downers Grove South High School before introduced the brand-new 2018 Alfa embarking on professional play in Europe. Romeo Stelvio. Winger Ryan Hartman When I first sat down with Greg, I was signed autographs for fans, and fielded impressed by his personal story. He was Chicago Bulls head coach questions alongside Konroyd and Pat one of the smallest players in high school, Boyle of Comcast Sportsnet. The and was actually cut from his seventhevent drew hundreds of fans, and was grade team. He went on to become an hosted by the Bettenhausen family all-state player, and earned a Division I and staff. scholarship. During his professional stint The Hinsdale Humane Society is and right after launching his Breakaway hosting its annual Howl-o-ween Ball at the Room and program, Greg was diagnosed with hypertrophic Board in Oak Brook on Oct. 28 from 8 p.m. to midnight, cardiomyopathy (HCM), and it was decision time. He and you can read more about the event and ways you can committed to Breakaway full-time to share his basketball volunteer and support the humane society on p. 52. You knowledge with thousands of young athletes who have will read about new executive director Tom Van Winkle, participated in his program over the years. Read the and the society’s planned new home at the former Robert complete story on p. 72 by contributing editor Mike Ellis. Crown Center for Health Education location at 21 Salt Fall marks the start of the basketball season, but here in Creek Lane in Hinsdale. the greater Hinsdale area, platform tennis takes center stage with hundreds of men and women competing throughout Visit us at www.hinsdle60521.com to read all the the local clubs. Ruth Lake Country Club is featured this digital magazines online, and join in the local conversation month, and dates back to 1922 when it was formed with by becoming a member today. SERVING HINSDALE, BURR RIDGE, CLARENDON HILLS & OAK BROOK

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PUBLISHER LETTER

26 ON THE COVER

FRED HOIBERG

Chicago Bulls head coach

Photography by Marco Nunez

62 COMMUNITY SCENE

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Glass Half Full Design Trends Healing Fields Blackhawks & Bettenhausen

16 TO DO LIST

October events

20 OUT & ABOUT

Everything that’s new and exciting around town

23 ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

Work hard, Play hard

35 MEDICAL PROFILES

Special Advertising Feature

40 HEALTH & WELLNESS

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45 FASHION & STYLE

Party perfect

52 GIVING BACK

Hinsdale Humane Society Bridge Communities The Young Life

70 SPOTLIGHT

Brian Campbell

72 SPORTS

Breakaway Basketball Ruth Lake Country Club

80 PEAK PERFORMANCE

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10/27

Spooky Seas

Families spend the night exploring the aquarium, including a pumpkin scavenger hunt, an aquatic presentation and seeing the Amphibians exhibit. Stay the night to sleep next to the fishes, or head home after the evening activities. sheddaquarium.org

10/28 Mary Beth and Rick Joutras, Howl-o-ween Ball 2016

10/6 - 8

Scarecrow Festival

Vote for your favorite handmade scarecrow, which includes live entertainment, arts and crafts, food, carnival and a petting zoo. scarecrowfest.com

10/7 - 8

Fall Bulb Festival

Find more than 200 varieties of bulbs, gourmet foods, gardening demonstrations, live music and kids’ activities. chicagobotanic.org/bulb

10/14

Girl Scout Day

Leslie Goddard will perform as Amelia Earhart. grauemill.org

10/14

Green Halloween

Have a “boo-rific” time at this “eek-o-friendly,”

healthy, green event. Stop in participating local businesses on the Green Pumpkin Trail to participate in free kids’ activities, including a pumpkin patch and kids’ costume swap; and collect healthy treats. downtownoakpark.net

10/14

Farm Festival

10/21

Hinsdale Fall Family Fest

Dress in your best Halloween costume and join the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce for a day of fun. Enjoy pumpkin decorating, entertainment, carnival games and inflatables. hinsdalechamber.com

10/21 - 22

Heritage Day celebrates fall with arts and crafts, a bluegrass band and colonial soldiers who fire a cannon on the hour at Fischer Farm. bensenvilleparkdistrict.org

Women’s Expo

10/14, 15, 21, 22

10/22-23, 29-30

Jack O’ Lantern Hike

Boo! at the Zoo

A family-friendly jack o’ lantern-lit hike to explore the night-life of owls, bats and spiders. mortonarb.org

The not-so-scary and funfilled event has something for the entire family to enjoy, including the corn maze, haunted hayrides and more! czs.org

Hear celebrity speakers, watch chef demos, and shop from 600 vendors featuring beauty and health products. chicagowomensexpo.com

Brick-or-Treat

Activities include trick-ortreating for LEGO bricks, life-size mini-figures, glow-inthe-dark build challenges and more. legolanddiscoverycenter.com

10/28

Walk & Fall Fest

Join the fun of a lively trick-or-treat parade through downtown La Grange. Afterwards, enjoy activities like pumpkin bowling, cupcake decorating and a scavenger hunt. lgba.com

10/28

Howl-o-ween Ball

Start planning your costumes now to make it a “spooktacular Howl-o-ween” of fun and fundraising for Hinsdale Humane Society’s homeless animals. hinsdalehumanesociety.org

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OUT&ABOUT

From people to products to places, everything that’s new and exciting around town by Kerrie Kennedy

HOME GROWN STYLE HAMPTONS LIFE Summer may be behind us, but it’s summer all day—not to mention rosé all day—at The Hampton Social, an upscale beach-themed River North restaurant, set to open in Burr Ridge later this month. “We have a good clientele base from the western suburbs, but we know they can’t always make it down here,” says Brad Parker, CEO of the Parker Restaurant Group. “So we wanted to bring the city and the Hamptons to them.” Just as the Chicago restaurant is located next to East Bank Club, The Hampton Social Burr Ridge will be located next to Lifetime Fitness, offering the same light and healthy menu that’s post-workout perfect. Geared around Northeast fare, the restaurant serves up a number of Hamptons classics, including lobster rolls, clam chowder, an oyster bar and a huge variety of rosés, including the frosé, a popular frozen-pink cocktail patrons like to sip while posing under the restaurant’s neon Rosé All Day sign, the “No. 1 Instagrammed” sign in the country. More than 2,000 square feet larger than the River North location, Parker expects The Hampton Social Burr Ridge will draw a wide audience that includes families. “We’re going to do holiday events and catering,” says Parker, noting the Burr Ridge location features an event room that can hold 60 to 80 people seated and 120 people standing. “We’re also building a food truck for the western suburbs, so people can have us cater their pool parties.” Until then, The Hampton Social will offer a yearround summer vacation. The Hampton Social is located at 701 Burr Ridge Pkwy. in Burr Ridge. For more information, visit thehamptonsocial.com.

How do you go from being a senior at Hinsdale Central to a stylist for the stars, not to mention a designer with your own clothing line? If you’re Tierney Burchett, you get an internship while in high school, graduate, pack your bags, move to L.A., and let it unfold. “I was super lucky to get started with Backstreet through my internship while in school,” Burchett says. “I just really hustled, and they asked me to go on tour.” Now 26, Burchett has added the likes of Usher and Megan Trainer to her client list, developing a reputation for her edgy, yet comfortable style. And this fall, she launched her own fashion line, Peripheral Apparel, a luxury sportswear clothing line for men and women featuring soft materials and well-cut pieces. “It’s all pieces you can wear everyday—hoodies, T-shirts, and tops—and still look like you have a style going on,” she says. “It’s casual wear with lots of intricate details.” If Burchett’s past success is any indication, her clothing line, now being worn by the Backstreet Boys, among others, is sure to be a huge hit. For more information, visit peripheralapparel.com.

SCARY FUN Just in time for Halloween, the recentlyopened Just Escape Room in La Grange offers a real-life, heart-pounding Houdini-esque experience—all in good fun. Operated by Clarendon Hills resident Brian Hoffman, the 1,900 square-foot facility houses three different rooms: The Secret, The Closet and The Attic. Each room is equipped with cameras, microphones, secret compartments, padlocks, special effects, as well as a variety of hints and clues that allow patrons to solve the “puzzle” of escaping from the locked room. Each room is timed (from 20 to 60 minutes), adding an element of pressure for those trying to work their way out. Designed to appeal to all age groups, Just Escape Room shouldn’t be confused with a haunted house—this is family-friendly, interactive fun that challenges patrons to use their brain power to figure out how to literally get out— and not everyone does. If you manage to get out of the attic, you’re smarter than 80 percent of those who’ve tried and failed. There’s always next time. Just Escape Room is located at 512 W. Burlington Ave. in La Grange. For more information, call 708-304-0007, or visit justescaperoom.com.


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Work hard, Play hard The latest in design products feature double-duty items for both residential and commercial use

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Henredon’s 1945 Collection features modern classics like the East End Etagere with oak solids, weathered oak veneer and Blumotion self-closing doors and drawers. It also boasts bar pulls with flannel suede and brushed black nickel that offer sleek modern shelving and storage for work and a stylish bar setup for play.


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Although gray is still prevalent, materials and finishes are shifting to warmer expressions of neutral, like these colors featured in Sherwin Williams’ 2017 Noir Collection. Black is one of the ways to achieve a low-key, easygoing style. It can be overlooked as a neutral, but works well as an accent wall, or as an alternative to white paint on doors, trim and cabinets. “Poised Taupe,” the company’s 2017 color of the year, is a modern classic, and the perfect balance of warm and cool. SHERWINWILLIAMS.COM


Jewel-toned rich velvets and wools from the Holly Hunt Great Plains fall collection feature unique performance yarns in geometric patterns and blendable neutrals suitable for contract work or residential use to create exquisite and practical spaces. HOLLY HUNT CHICAGO 222 MERCHANDISE MART #1428 CHICAGO

Refined neutral colors and eye-catching patterns like this Wilton looped wool/tencel Tempest Maze carpet resembling a classic Greek key pattern from Rosecore Carpet, the newest brand under the F. Schumacher & Co. umbrella, and Antrim’s hand loomed viscose/wool organic pattern Daphne carpet provide durable flooring and enhance any space. DESITTER CARPET 1 KENSINGTON AVE. LA GRANGE

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Hinsdale Magazine | Fred Hoiberg

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CHICAGO BULLS HEAD COACH FRED HOIBERG LEADS A NEW-LOOK SQUAD THIS YEAR BY BEAU LEONE

Hinsdale Magazine contributing writer Beau Leone sat down with current Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg at the team’s newly-redesigned practice facility, The Advocate Center, to talk about his transition from Ames, Iowa, to Hinsdale, family, professional connections, player development and what to except from the retooled Bulls this season. Hoiberg discussed everything from personal advice to how he made a career out of working in college and professional sports. Before coaching the Bulls, Hoiberg was a second-round pick out of Iowa State in 1995 who played for the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves. After

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his career was cut short in 2005 due to heart complications, Hoiberg took a job to work in the front office with the Timberwolves in 2006. He accepted an offer to be head coach at his alma mater Iowa State in 2010. Unlike most, Hoiberg is a man that never earned a technical foul during his playing career, and has received only one as a coach. He saves his frustration for more important things like his deep passions for growth and improvement. Hoiberg offered readers some valuable insight on his unique experiences that made him the man he is today.

BL: Tell me a little bit about growing up in Ames, Iowa,


place to raise a family, but it was great for me, because I developed a passion for Iowa State athletics at an early age.

BL: Who are some of your biggest influences and inspirations? FH: I think the guys that I played for going all the way

back to my college career—I had the opportunity to play for Johnny Orr for three years. Johnny was a legend in Ames, and one of the most respected individuals in Iowa State athletics. To play for Johnny was a big thrill for me, because he was a guy who really played the up-tempo style. I tried to emulate that when I got back and coached at Iowa State. When I look at my pro career, I played for Larry Brown, Larry Bird, Flip Saunders and Kevin McHale. With all the coaches I played for, I tried to pick out the things that I enjoyed [from] playing with those guys. I would say Kevin McHale had as big of influence as anybody. I not only played for Kevin, but I also worked for him when he was in the front office in Minnesota. It was great to be able to pick the brain of one of the smartest basketball players to ever play. I think I am the only guy in history to play for Bird and McHale. Those guys went from playing at a very high level, and then went into coaching. To be around Hall-of-Fame, top-50 players—in Bird’s case, you could argue top 5—was very important.

BL: What are some things you and your family enjoy doing in your free time? FH: Well, first thing is that in this business, there is not

Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg is entering his third season with the team this fall. Photograph by Bill Smith

going to school at Iowa State and eventually coaching there. What are some connections and relationships you made through Ames?

FH: I moved to Ames, Iowa, when I was 2 years old. I was

born in Lincoln, Neb. My dad took a job as a professor in the sociology department [at Iowa State] when I was 2. I grew up just a couple of blocks from campus. I was very fortunate to be a ball boy for the football and basketball programs. I had a great career at Ames High School. When I was a sophomore, my wife now—girlfriend at the time— was a senior, and we have been together since I was 16—so 28 years. Ames was a great place to grow up in and a great

a lot of free time. When we do get the opportunity in the summers, my kids are all avid golfers. I have an 18-year-old son who initially committed to play golf, and he has since de-committed to play basketball at Michigan State. I have twins that are going to be freshmen at Hinsdale Central High School, who just recently made the golf team. The fun thing for me to do on an off-day, or maybe later in the afternoon when I get out of the office, is to go out and play golf with the boys. My daughter is a junior in college, and when she is back for the summer, it is nice to go out and enjoy the great restaurants in the Hinsdale area, and have dinner with my family. Free time is precious in this business, but spending time with family is the most important thing to me.

BL: You mentioned that your son Jack was originally committed to play Division I golf, but has since chosen to play basketball at Michigan State. What ultimately led him to make that decision? FH: Jack was committed after his junior year. He was a part of the Hinsdale Central golf program that won a state championship at the time, which was their fourth in a row. He was fortunate to be on that team his senior year, and HINSDALE MAGAZINE, INC. | Hinsdale60521.com

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Hinsdale Magazine | Fred Hoiberg see how a great program works. He did not play a lot of basketball his junior year, just because they had a lot of seniors on that team, and he got a chance in the playoffs after Drew Shepherd broke his thumb. He had an excellent season of basketball his senior year, and he became the go-to guy on that team. He was not ready to give up that dream of playing basketball, and he eventually wants to get into coaching someday. I have known [Michigan State head coach] Tom Izzo several years now, after I got into the college coaching ranks. Izzo is such a wonderful person, and a great guy to learn from if he does want to get into that field eventually. When we took a visit, he fell in love with the program, campus, coaching staff and players. He is really looking forward to his time there.

BL: What is a typical day like for Fred Hoiberg? FH: There are two different seasons. In the season, there

is not a lot of sleep that goes on. A lot of time during the season is spent in the office, and trying to prepare the team as well as possible to compete for an 82-game schedule. A typical day is to get up early to go to the office to watch film and edit to show the team. I meet with my staff two hours before practice. We get our offense and defensive edits together. We plan our practice for the day, depending on where we are in the schedule, whether it is training camp, early in the season or back-to-backs. We get a lot

not keep him off the floor. He is a guy who is here an hour before practice every day, and we put a lot of work in to develop his skill-set. [Bobby] Portis won a playoff game on the road for us in Boston. Denzel [Valentine] won some games for us with clutch fourth-quarter shooting as well. All the younger players have done a good job buying into what we are trying to do as far as getting them better as players.

BL: Obviously, all players have different talents and skillsets, but how would you go about coaching a guy like Jimmy Butler, versus a guy like Cameron Payne? FH: Well, it is a great question. I was very fortunate that I played ten years in the league, and played with all types of different personalities. Coming into the league, I was lucky to learn from guys like Reggie Miller and Mark Jackson, and even guys like Eddie Johnson and Ricky Pierce. I learned from very good veteran players with a lot of different personalities. I learned from how I interacted with different teammates. I love everything about Jimmy; he is one of the most competitive guys I have ever been around in my entire life. Kevin Garnett was another guy like that, who had a constant motor, never took a play off, and was a great example with his work ethic. Jimmy had as good of a work ethic as anyone I have ever been around. So we will miss that out of him—a guy who always took the challenge of guarding the best player, a guy to carry the load, and

“The great thing about the NBA is, it is just basketball. You can come in and not have to worry about being on the phone with a family or an AAU coach. It is strictly basketball. That is one of the things I enjoy most about being on this level.” –FRED HOIBERG of individual skill-work done for our younger guys before practice. After practice, it is getting into the weight room, and a little more individual work and film. They are busy and long days during the season. In the offseason, a lot of those first few weeks and months are spent getting ready for the draft. We were in Las Vegas for ten days for the [NBA] Summer League. It was great to see [first-round draft pick] Lauri Markkanen and the young guys develop after the trade that went down. After that, late July is a time to get ready for free agency and build your team. August slows down a little bit, but at the same time, with the dynamic of our team, we have a lot of young guys that have been in our gym really working and redefining their shots.

BL: What are some of your biggest offseason tasks? FH: The biggest thing with this group is skill development.

You look at a guy like Jerian Grant who shot 22 percent from [three-point range] his rookie year in New York, and he shot almost 40 percent last year. Two years ago, Christiano Felíco could barely crack our summer-league roster as far as playing time, and he has really grown as a player to make himself a very valuable player. You look at Paul Zipser as a late second-round pick that did not play a lot early in the season, but as the year went on, we could

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a guy who was always great down the stretch of games. Then you have younger players who are trying to establish themselves in the league like a Cameron Payne, who I think has a chance to be a very effective player with his instincts and the way he can play. He will get his chances with the young roster and the dynamic of our team. You try to learn and watch a lot of film with the young guys, and again, [for] the guys who have not gotten a lot of minutes, you try to get them as prepared as possible.

BL: Going off that and college basketball, how would you compare or even contrast the differences between coaching college and professional basketball? FH: The biggest difference in college is that there [are] so

many different things you have to manage. The recruiting takes so much of your time. The academics—making sure your guys are staying on track to get their degree, and going to class—also takes up time. I did like being a college coach, but I did not enjoy recruiting. I do not think any college coach enjoys recruiting, but I was good at it. One way we got talent at Iowa State was the transfer route. We were one of the first high-major teams that went that route, and now everybody is doing it. It is hard to recruit with teams like Kansas, Duke and Kentucky, but we found our niche


Hoiberg played and coached at Iowa State University before becoming the Chicago Bulls’ head coach in 2015. Photograph by Marco Nunez

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Hinsdale Magazine | Fred Hoiberg with transfers to get enough talent to compete for Big XII championships. The great thing about the NBA is, it is just basketball. You can come in and not have to worry about being on the phone with a family or an AAU coach. It is strictly basketball. That is one of the things I enjoy most about being on this level.

BL: How would you describe your coaching style, and how is it different now in the NBA versus the college game? FH: I guess the biggest thing for me as a coach is to look

at the team, and try and figure out what the best playing style is to give yourself the best opportunity to win. ... In my five years at Iowa State, we played a different system pretty much every year. I played traditional with a true point guard, but I also played a unique style with my fiveman (center) handling the ball and initiating offense. One constant we did have was playing up-tempo, and shooting a lot of threes. As much as possible, I recruited players who were talented shooters. A lot of times, it was a different player facilitating the offense just based on the talent of the roster—similar to what we have done [in Chicago, where] I played through Jimmy a lot, and let him initiate the offense. We have had guys who have been isolation players their whole career with guys like [Dwyane] Wade and Jimmy, but we have had a guy like [Rajon] Rondo who has led the league in assists on multiple occasions. When I look at last year’s team, we really took off when we had guys who were getting out and running. Rondo was throwing it ahead; Niko [Mirotic] had a great shooting [run] the second half of the season; [Robin] Lopez was a monster on the boards. Ultimately, the style I would like to play is getting the ball up the floor, spacing and shooting a lot of threes.

BL: In what ways did your heart affect your playing career

in the NBA?

FH: When I found out about my heart condition, I was in

the middle of my tenth year for my routine life-insurance exam, and I was rejected for the life-insurance policy we had signed up for, but they did not tell me why. I played the rest of that year, had the best year of my career, [and] led the league in three-point shooting. When the procedure was over, our team doctor sent me over to the Mayo Clinic, and they found out that I had a life-threatening condition that required open-heart surgery. I had the surgery in April about a week after the diagnosis, and it ended my career— which was very difficult for me not to go out on my own terms. It was hard to come to grips with, but on the other hand, I felt very fortunate that I found out about my heart condition before it was too late. The cardiologist basically told me that I had a ticking time-bomb on my chest, and I am very fortunate that I found out about it when I did.

BL: Did you feel like anything was wrong with you at the time? How should other people know or check to see if anything is wrong with their heart? FH: I found that after I had the surgery, I was fully

planning on going back to play, and I had a whole lot of

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“I feel that it is very important to talk about heart awareness, and be involved with organizations like the American Heart Association.” –FRED HOIBERG

complications. My heart went out of rhythm, and I had to get a pacemaker put in. I guess the biggest thing as a public figure is talking a lot about heart awareness. It is the No. 1 killer in the world. I talk to people about getting their heart checked, and I have talked to people about surgery and recovery to give them advice on the things that I went through. I feel that it is very important to talk about heart awareness, and be involved with organizations like the American Heart Association. I am heavily involved in the


Hoiberg has been with his wife Carol since they began dating in high school in Ames, Iowa, 28 years ago. Photograph by Marco Nunez

camp for kids with heart disease, and I speak every year to their group, and do a lot with that charity. It is important to talk about, because it affects a lot of people’s lives.

BL: When you first joined the Bulls in 2015, they had almost an entirely different core, with Rose and Butler being the primary pieces. Now there is a much younger roster. Did you envision this type of chance when you first joined the Bulls?

FH: I do not really think of it that way. You just live in the

moment, and try to do the best job with the group you have. That first year, it was hard; we led the league in injuries that year. We had ten rotation players that missed double-digit games, including two previous starters—[Joakim] Noah and [Mike] Dunleavy [Jr.]—who missed over 50 games. So that was tough to overcome. The biggest thing in the first year was that there were too many inconsistencies.

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Hinsdale Magazine | Fred Hoiberg We went 7-1 against Toronto and Cleveland, who were the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference. We had a lot of bad losses that year to sub-.500 teams. That second year, not a lot of [experts] predicted us to be a playoff team. We played a lot of younger players, and got them a lot of valuable experience. We were one of five teams to play five different first- and second-year players; the others were Philadelphia, Phoenix, Miami and New York. We were the only team out of that group to make the playoffs. We found a way to play our best basketball when it mattered most, and I thought we were playing as well as anyone in the East. Unfortunately, we lost Rondo to the broken thumb after going up 2-0 on Boston, and it very easily could have cost us that series. We had that injury in the end, but who knows what could have happened? Not that we would have been guaranteed to win that series or go beyond it, but I would have taken our chances with the way we were playing at that time of year.

not going to rush him to get back from his knee injury he had last year, but he shoots it with ease, [and] he is an unbelievable athlete. You could argue he is the most athletic player in the league right now. I am excited to mix him in with Lauri Markkanen, our seventh pick from the drat, and Kris Dunn, who I think has a bright future in this league. He is going to get an opportunity to get a lot of minutes. This year is all about figuring out which of these young players is going to be a part of our core moving forward, and going out and competing on a nightly basis.

BL: Tell me a little bit about the Bulls organization. How does it compare to other clubs and front offices? FH: I think the Bulls have as good of a fan-base as any team

in the league. I look back to my playing days in Chicago after the dynasty. We did not have successful teams as far as the win-loss record, but the fans showed up every night. One thing I know is, if you lay it on the line and play hard, this fan-base will respect you. We want to play an exciting style of basketball, and hopefully we can do that.

BL: Being a former shooting guard yourself, and the overwhelming amount of talent at the guard position, how do you feel about the NBA becoming a guard-dominant league?

BL: What are some things you want to get better at, and where do you see yourself five to ten years down the line?

FH: It really has changed from when I first got into the

FH: That is a great question—I don’t know. The biggest

league. One of the rules when I got into the league with the illegal-defense rule, there was a lot more isolation-type

thing in this business is, you have to live in the moment, and try to do the best job you can with the guys on your

“I was always the first guy in the gym, whether it was high school, college or pros. Set your goals high, and see where that leads you.” –FRED HOIBERG of basketball to pick on a matchup and expose it. Now with being able to zone a little bit more off the ball has taken some of that away. You look at the teams that have been very successful offensively, it is the teams that have great movement and are very unselfish. The three-point shot has really taken over our game. Teams that can make you pay from the outside are very difficult to defend— especially teams that have playmakers in the frontcourt like Draymond Green, Marc Gasol [and] Nikola Jokic. That is what we are looking to do this year by having a lot of movement, get the ball up the floor quickly with pace, space the floor—especially when we get [Zach] Lavine back. I am looking forward to coaching this group.

BL: What are your goals for this upcoming season? FH: I think the biggest thing when you have a young group

like this is getting them to go out and compete every time we take the floor. There should never be an excuse for [not] laying it all out there when we have as many young guys as we do. I am really looking forward to getting Lavine back healthy. He was really a third option last year on a team with tons of young talent in Minnesota that averaged 20 points in not a big, featured role. I love his talent. We are

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roster. We need to be better offensively—there is no doubt about that. We were sixth in the league in defense last year, and third in the league in defense after the All-Star break. Not a lot of people realize that, but we were only behind San Antonio and Golden State after the All-Star break last year. We have to get better and more consistent on the offensive end of the floor. Again, it is building those habits to get better during the offseason in those areas.

BL: What is some advice you would give to kids in Hinsdale who have dreams of either working in college or pro sports? FH: I think the biggest thing is developing a work ethic.

To do that at an early age is very important. My goal was to play professional sports. I was the player of the year in Iowa for both football and basketball; I ran track, and was second in the state meet in the high jump, and got first in the relay; so that was all very important as far as developing toughness. I know it has changed now that kids really focus on one, maybe two sports, but it was very important for me to play multiple sports. I was always the first guy in the gym, whether it was high school, college or pros. Set your goals high, and see where that leads you. n


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Dana Santi, owner of Dana Santi Pilates, has opened a new studio in Clarendon Hills. Her classic approach to Pilates keeps the integrity of Joseph Pilates’ original work, while appealing to clients young and old. By Rosie Conway Photography by Daniel Garcia

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ana Santi’s Pilates, while new to the Clarendon Hills area, isn’t exactly new. Much like the exercise itself, Dana Santi Pilates Studio is rooted in classical traditions and longevity. “Joe Pilates created something that works, and we don’t have to reinvent it,” says Dana Santi, studio owner and a level one Pilates instructor. In 1996, Santi began training as close to the source (Joseph Pilates) as you can get. She was certified through the New York Pilates Guild in 1998, while studying under Juanita Lopez and Romana Kryzanowska. Kryzanowska worked in the New York studio with Pilates himself before becoming his protege in the field. Classic Pilates, such as is taught in Santi’s studio, aims to keep the integrity of the original teachings of Pilates and Kryzanowska—which is no easy feat in this day and age of varying degrees of boutique Pilates offshoots and styles. Santi opened the first Pilates studio in La Grange, The Pilates Core, in 2002, before opening a temporary location in Downers Grove in 2015. The Downers Grove location, called Dana Santi Pilates, was closer to home for Santi, a mother of two young children. Santi has a loyal following of clients from her original Pilates Core in La Grange who followed her to Downers Grove. Settling in Clarendon Hills made sense to

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Santi to accommodate both new and longtime clients. “Downers Grove was never an intended permanent place,” Santi says. “So when I found this space in Clarendon Hills, I knew it could work. It was a good happy medium.” An added bonus is the train, which provides quick and easy access to the city for Santi’s out-of-town clients. Once a month, Santi hosts workshops and conferences for teachers and enthusiasts alike. “Being by the train is very beneficial for my out-of-town clients,” says Santi, who has hosted clients from as far away as Australia. “They are so used to train travel that it makes visiting us and Chicago very easy for them.” Santi also offers teacher training courses and continuing education classes for certified Pilates instructors. Santi, along with three other instructors whom she trained, teach a variety of classes at her studio, including private, semi-private, Dana Santi Pilates small group instruction and mat recently opened a studio in downtown classes. Her mat classes follow Clarendon Hills. Joseph Pilates’ specifically-ordered exercises that allow the body to be worked uniformly. All her equipment is made by Gratz Industries, an 80-year-old manufacturing company, and continues to be used by classic Pilates instructors throughout the world to this day. A new class to Dana’s Clarendon Hills studio is the prime class. This class consists of three to four students who work with equipment, then on the mat, and then back to the equipment. “Everybody gets their entire session in,” Santi says. “Pilates was always intended to be this system of exercises—work on the mat helps the reformer, and in turn, the reformer helps the mat exercises. The goal is to get the client to work out more independently, in a way, without them realizing it.” Santi, a founding member of the Authentic Pilates Union and a regular guest instructor of the online phenomenon Pilates Anytime, remains humble when talking about her lifelong passion. “I wouldn’t call anyone a ‘master,’ really,” she says. “The training is a lot of work, but it’s a lot for a reason. In Pilates, you are a student forever.” n For more information, visit danasantipilates.com, or call (708) 482-0258.


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Changes are happening at the Hinsdale Humane Society. From a new executive director to a massive facilities upgrade in the works, the society had quite an eventful summer, as it now prepares for its third Halloween-themed costume party at the Howl-o-ween Ball on Oct. 28. In late June, new executive director Tom Van Winkle replaced longtime predecessor Lori Halligan. Van Winkle spent 14 years in corporate America before he began volunteering as a dog-walker and cat-socializer at an animal shelter in Peoria, where he grew up. He said he “fell in love with the animal shelter world,” and proceeded to accept a position as the executive director of the Animal Care League in Oak Park in 2005, where he spent eight years. From there, Van Winkle said he spent some time as a development officer at a couple of non-profit organizations, before accepting the executive directorship at Hinsdale Humane Society (HHS) when it became available this summer. “Two things that really jumped out at me were, [the] staff is really, really good; I was very lucky to inherit the staff,” Van Winkle said. “And the board of directors is phenomenal; they 52

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really are a great group of people that seem to want to run the business, and they want to make the shelter a better place for the animals and for the community.” Van Winkle expressed interest in working collaboratively with the community, which he said has formed the vital part in supporting HHS over the past six decades. “We’re looking at this holistically: animals saved, animals kept out of the shelter, but also how we give back and work with the community, and become an integral part of the community, because they’ve supported us very nicely for so many years,” he said. About a month after hiring Van Winkle, the society announced that it had reached an agreement with the Robert Crown Center for Health Education (RCC) to acquire the latter’s facility at 21 Salt Creek Lane off of Ogden Ave. and the Tri-State Tollway in the northeast corner of Hinsdale. “We’ve been in this location for 60 years,” Van Winkle said. “By shelter terms, we’re on the smaller side of things, but the number of communities we touch is much larger than what our physical size shows.”


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current shelter will devolve to the village, which already houses a number of its service facilities along Symonds Drive including police, fire and public works. Van Winkle said he is optimistic that the new shelter will be open by fall 2018.

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Van Winkle said before he arrived, the society’s board of directors determined that it wanted to expand, and the RCC building became available. While its name is the Hinsdale Humane Society, the organization’s reach is significantly broader, as it has contracts with nine local municipalities to take stray animals: Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Oak Brook, Westmont, Western Springs, La Grange, La Grange Park and Indian Head Park. Shifting its base from the more confined location at the corner of Elm Street and Symonds Drive to a more high-profile spot near two major highways will enable easier access to HHS from all over. “This is going to give us a much larger footprint, which is wonderful, because then we can bring more animals in, and do more adoptions,” Van Winkle said. “But it also gives us a chance to really transform ourselves from what’s viewed as the ‘nice, community shelter’ to what we really are, which is more of a regional-type shelter.” Van Winkle said the society is currently going through the zoning and permit process with the Village of Hinsdale, as it is seeking to modify the interior layout of the existing building. The

The Howl-o-ween Ball supporting HHS is returning to Room and Board in Oak Brook for the second straight year later this month. “They’ve been such a great partner,” said Mistie Lucht of Hinsdale, who is chairing the fundraiser for the second time. “The event was so great last year that now we’re just adding more excitement to it, and tweaking what we did last year to make it better and better.” Lucht said the plethora of furniture that adorns the floors of the showroom helps to create a relaxing, hospitable atmosphere unique to this event. The costume ball will feature a professional auctioneer, live auction, silent auction and paddle game. Among the new features of the event is the “VIP room,” where guests will earn a first look at the preliminary plans for the society’s newly-acquired facility off of Ogden Ave. “Those people will get the first sneak-peek at the plans for Robert Crown,” Lucht said. “They will be the first ones to see renderings of what it could look like.” Lucht said HHS unveiled a social media campaign to highlight prospective costume garb late last month, adding that she wants guests to feel comfortable in their costumes. “We want people to not be afraid to come, because they think they need something fancy,” she said. “We had everything from a simple banana costume to very complex Bruno Mars [last year]. It ran the whole gamut.” Lucht said HHS is expecting to sell out its capacity of more than 300, and after raising $85,000 at last year’s fundraiser, the goal is to exceed that total at the third vintage this month. n The Howl-o-ween Ball will be held on Oct. 28 from 8 p.m. to midnight at Room and Board, 2525 W. 22nd Street, in Oak Brook. Tickets went on sale on Sept. 1, and are available online at the humane society’s Web site, www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org.

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BRIDGE COMMUNITIES Helping DuPage County families BY CHRISTI CARRAS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL GARCIA

Tim MacKenzie arrived home from a trustee meeting at Union Church of Hinsdale in 2001 feeling disillusioned. He remarked to his wife Mary that he would rather roll up his sleeves and get to work bettering the community than sit at meetings. The following Sunday at church, the associate pastor offered him the opportunity to do just that by joining the church’s new partner organization, Bridge Communities, a not-for-profit organization which provides homeless families in DuPage County with temporary housing and mentorship programs in an effort to enable them to live independently. “I tried to ignore what [the associate pastor] was saying, but Mary pointed out that those were the exact words I had used, and what I wanted to do,” MacKenzie said. The MacKenzies have volunteered at Bridge for 16 years, mentoring homeless families on how to become self-sufficient by teaching them skills such as budgeting and balancing a checkbook. On Nov. 4, the pair will participate in Bridge’s annual fundraising event, Sleep Out Saturday, in which community members voluntarily spend a night outdoors to raise awareness for homelessness. Since their first client assignment, the couple has helped what Mary estimates to be around 12 families become independent homeowners, according to

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Ann Pitcher, a communications contact for the organization. However, not every family with whom the MacKenzies have worked has made it through Bridge’s program. For many, the series of mandatory checkpoints, which include going over receipts with mentors, and asking permission to spend money on certain luxuries like a family trip to Great America, proves too demanding. These cases are particularly challenging, Mary said, because after hard work put in on both sides, the family will either voluntarily withdraw from the program, or have to be asked to leave after multiple warnings to get back on track. “That’s really, really hard to see that, but sometimes we just have to weigh the value of the resources that are burned through somebody that is not going do what they’re supposed to do,” she said. At times, clients’ struggles with the process have caused Tim to question the value of his own work with Bridge. A meeting at Westmont Public Library during which he attempted to teach a woman how to balance a checkbook remains carved in his memory as the time he almost gave up. The woman assured him that she understood his calculations, as he demonstrated how to arrive at the correct number; but later on Tim realized he’d made a mistake—the

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number he’d deduced was not correct at all, and she had only pretended to keep up with the math. “Eventually we got it, and eventually she was successful, but I’ll never forget that moment,” he said. “I’m supposed to be trained as a Bridge mentor, and it’s very easy to just say, ‘This is too hard.’ ... It put me in her spot of how it can be very frustrating.” But the families and their mentors are both rewarded for their hard work when clients successfully complete the two-year program and transfer to a home of their own, Mary said. One of her clients was so overcome with emotion at the sight of the twobedroom condo she’d been able to acquire after her time with Bridge, Mary said she began to sob.


Tim and Mary MacKenzie of Hinsdale have been volunteering with Bridge Communities for the past 16 years.

An approximately 800-square-foot space for the woman and her three children may have been underwhelming to some, Mary said, but to her, it was a worthy product of the effort she had put in to build a better life for her family. “She just couldn’t believe that this was going be her place, and that she was going be able to afford it,” Mary said. “That was a really touching moment for me, that this meant so much to her.” Though volunteering at Bridge has been a fulfilling experience for the MacKenzies, Tim acknowledged that mentorship can be a bigger commitment than the average community member can take on. However Bridge, does offer less time-consuming ways to get involved, like November’s Sleep Out Saturday, he said.

Around 2,000 DuPage County residents participate in the event each year, and Tim said he estimates the event raises more awareness for homelessness in the community than any other Bridge activity. Whether they sleep in tents or boxes, participants garner public and media attention for their actions, and consequently, for the organization and its goal to eradicate homelessness in DuPage County. “I would say of all the things Bridge does...this is the one that has the biggest widespread emphasis,” Tim said. Community members can also find work at Bridge on a local level through its partner organizations. Though most of Bridge’s partners, like Union Church, are faith-oriented, local branches without ties to a church also exist, like

the Hinsdale mentorship group Mary founded called Lives in Transition. “They’re coming at it from a different direction, but the services are identical to what a local church might be doing,” she said. The ability to instill in its clients the necessary tools to live independently is what Mary said she admires most about Bridge, and what sets it apart from other organizations. “It’s not a handout,” she said. “It’s a program where they have to work hard, and there are expectations. ... They’re really trying to change their lives, so that when they do leave the program, there’s hope for them.” n

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Young Life will host a fundraiser at Hinsdale Golf Club in Clarendon Hills on Oct. 12.

rying to navigate parenting a middle-school or high-school student is always a challenge. Many parents are searching for ways to help their children make better choices, engage in social media in a positive way, and connect with their peers and to the community at-large. To help with overscheduled, pressured teens, many parents in the western suburbs have turned to Young Life, an interdenominational Christian organization with both local staff and a large volunteer network that mentors adolescents. “Since our founding in 1941, the method of helping teens grow in their faith and connect with Jesus Christ has remained the same,” said Tyler Mallory, area director of Young Life in Hinsdale. “Our platform works. In the last 76 years, our ministry went from one high school in Dallas to a presence in every major city in over 102 countries worldwide. It has just exploded.”   Aside from helping high-school students, Young Life has expanded to help middle-schoolers, teen moms, kids with special needs and more. “Statistically, anxiety and depression as well as drug and alcohol abuse rates are highest in affluent communities,” Mallory said. “Moreover, kids in affluent communities can perceive and experience their parents’ lack of presence to the same degree as kids in low-income, single-parent families.”   Young Life leaders believe in the power of presence. Caring adults within Young Life—the real leaders of the mission— pursue kids who are unchurched or spiritually indifferent, and build bridges of friendship. Leaders log many hours with kids—where they are, as they are. They listen to teens’ stories, and learn what’s important to them. All gatherings take place in private homes, and leaders will often be found at local high-school sporting events, concerts or extracurricular activities simply connecting with the teens in their world. “We love teens for who they are—regardless of their response—, and we simply live life with them,” Mallory said. “And in building those consistent friendships, we share the hope of Jesus Christ.” The programs of Young Life are actually secondary to the relationships. According to Mallory, once a student reaches junior or senior year, it is common for him or her to want to become a student leader, and subsequently reach out to other students and share their life and their faith with them. “We have over 70 student leaders now who are pursuing underclassmen and middle-school students,” he said. “The beauty of what we do is, we are not parents, and we are not peers; so we sit in a sweet-spot where we can love kids unconditionally, and at the same time, invite them into something more.” The Young Life ministries are divided up by age: WyldLife for seventh- and eighth-graders and Young Life for highschoolers. Each program features “club” and “campaigners.” High-school clubs meet every Monday night, and middle-

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Area director Tyler Mallory and more than 100 high-school students attend a typical Young Life gathering.

school clubs meet every Sunday night. Club is considered a “party with a purpose,” where participants sing songs, play games, watch skits and listen to their leaders share a message about Jesus. “The leaders of those meetings have earned the right to be heard,” Mallory said. “Kids don’t care what you have to say until they know that you care.” Campaigners, a small-group community for highschoolers, meets every Thursday night. Meetings can be topic driven—like discussing “what is social justice?” Or students can read the Bible together, and dig in to how it relates to their life as students. “The hope with campaigners is that we are equipping kids to walk out their faith, ask hard questions, and to share their faith with others,” Mallory said. Young Life camping—another piece of the ministry— involves high adventure, food and professional speakers that understand and respect high-school and middle-school kids. At Young Life’s camps, kids are treated to resort-quality facilities, for which the organization has become known.   “It’s a place where kids can unplug and be free of distraction,” Mallory said. “Every spring and summer, we get to take hundreds of kids from our local area on camp and short-term mission projects that become powerfully transformative experiences in their lives.” On Oct. 12, Young Life will host its annual fundraiser at Hinsdale Golf Club. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., guests will mingle and enjoy beverages and crudités. Guests will then participate in a program that highlights the ministry of Young Life through guest speakers and powerful videos that bring the experience to life. Michael Kanis is this year’s keynote speaker, and will share his personal story of loss and connection to the Young Life family. At the end of Kanis’s speech, there will be an opportunity for people to financially partner with Young Life.   “This is our primary fundraiser,” Mallory said, “and our goal for the evening is to raise $310,000—our annual

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budget. One hundred percent of our budget comes directly from community support, and this event is paramount to our ministry.”   Young Life has had a significant impact locally already, having been a part of the Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Oak Brook, Burr Ridge and Willowbrook communities since 1951, serving 750 kids annually. There are also roughly 100 adults involved in some capacity. One such parent who has long touted the benefits of Young Life is community board member Effie Stojka. “Young Life was a great opportunity, during [my son] John’s high-school years, to be involved in a community of kids and parents all seeking purpose and identity in Christ,” Stojka said. “Our culture tries to tell us that wealth, grades and beauty are what’s most important, but in fact, those are all fleeting, and I want my family grounded in something better.”  Stojka said that tragedy can strike at any moment, and children need a safe place to go where they feel loved, accepted and cherished. “If I am not available, I want to know that my kids have a community and other caring adults like Young Life leaders to rely upon,” she said. “For me and my family, Young Life has become that community.” Mallory said Young Life leaders view themselves as “social architects.”   “We create spaces and environments where kids can be themselves, be free of the world’s expectations, feel loved by their peers and adults, can ask hard questions, and thrive in relationships with one another,” he said. When asked about the best part of his job, Mallory said, “Watching kids move from death to life and being transformed by the Gospel—that’s why we exist as a ministry.” n For more information, visit hinsdalecentral.younglife.org, call 630-325-5212, or e-mail Tyler Mallory at tylermallory@ gmail.com.


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Julie Jonlich Interiors hosted a Fall Trends open house. Guests had hors d’oeuvres and desserts from Topaz and Sweet Ali’s Bakery, while previewing the design industry’s fall introductions, including Sherwin Williams’ Color of the Year, Phillip Jefferies Wallcoverings’ Art of Style line, the new Holly Hunt/Dedar textiles and Julie Jonlich Interiors design boards featuring products from Atelier Cabinetry, DeSitter Flooring, Henredon Furniture and Nanz Hardware.

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2,976 flags aligned in perfect rows, one for each American killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, were staked into the ground along the north side of Oak Brook Road, and east of Oak Brook Public Library. Attached to each flag was a card which included a name and brief biography in the Healing Field flag display. Visitors were able to walk among them, and remember the tragedy that is forever burned in our nation’s memory. 2

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OFF THE ICE Brian Campbell discusses retirement from hockey and his plans to join the Chicago Blackhawks’ front office By Christi Carras Photography by Daniel Garcia

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ormer Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Strathroy, Ontario in 2010 after he assisted on the cup-winning goal against the Philadelphia Flyers. Now he’s adopted a new hometown—Western Springs. Campbell played for the Blackhawks for four seasons (200811; 2016-17) before he announced his retirement from professional hockey in July. He is continuing his involvement in the Blackhawks organization as a special advisor while he and his wife Lauren raise their two daughters, 4-year-old Harper and 2-year-old Everley, in Western Springs. “The Midwest [has] obviously very friendly and pleasant people, so we’re lucky enough to be on such a great street with great people around us,” Campbell said. Campbell skated through 342 games as a Blackhawks defenseman, but he said many of his most cherished memories come from moments off the ice, bantering with his teammates in the many locker rooms, planes and restaurants in which the team found itself while on the road. He recalled being stranded for a few days at a hotel in San Jose, Calif., where the team traded hockey sticks for video game controllers, playing Mario Kart to pass the time. Who the best hockey player was on the team is up for debate, but Campbell said Niklas Hjalmarsson ruled at Mario Kart. After Campbell disclosed that his personal favorite Mario driver was Luigi, Harper brought the conversation back to the present, interrupting to ask her dad, “What’s Mario?”


Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell stands with his family at his new home in Western Springs. Campbell and his wife Lauren have two daughters, 4-year-old Harper and 2-year-old Everley.

Now that his hockey—and team video game-playing days—are behind him, Campbell and his family prefer to spend their time outdoors, swimming at Butterfield Country Club, and taking strolls through downtown Western Springs. “And we like playing at the park,” Harper said. In fact, the whole family had just taken a trip to the park that morning, though there was some debate between Campbell and his daughter as to whether they started their day at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. “It was 8 [a.m.], believe me,” he said. Though Campbell enjoyed his time playing for the Blackhawks, an organization he said always goes above and beyond to provide its players with what they need to succeed, he probably would not have settled in the Chicago area if it weren’t for his wife, who grew up in Burr Ridge. They had previously lived in Florida for five years while Campbell played for the Panthers, but Lauren said she prefers Chicagoland suburbia for its four seasons and small-town atmosphere. “There’s just something about the Midwest,” she said. “It’s so homey.” The close proximity to the local preschool and elementary school, the kindly neighbors and the ample youth organization opportunities are all perks of raising a family in Western Springs, Lauren and her husband agreed. And because Western Springs is home, their daughters, who will begin ice-skating lessons later this year, will grow up rooting for the Blackhawks as their dad maneuvers the business side of the organization. So far, Campbell said he has been easing his way into Blackhawks administrative work under his new title of special advisor, negotiating with

sponsors, and generally learning the ropes of running a professional hockey franchise. “I don’t have a set schedule, but it’s something that I want to grow into,” he said. ... “I want to learn the business, so I can maybe, hopefully, keep climbing in the organization on the business side, and see where it takes me.” Shortly after Campbell announced his retirement from the ice, Blackhawks president John McDonough reportedly joked that he may have hired Campbell as his eventual replacement. But Campbell said upward mobility in the Blackhawks organization is a serious goal of his. “That is kind of what I’m trying to learn right now, and obviously, I’ve got a lot to learn,” he said. “He’s been so good to me, John, and all the people in the organization, so I feel like there’s a lot of opportunities for me.” One avenue of professional hockey Campbell won’t be exploring anytime soon, however, is coaching. While he said he considered that route briefly, after meditating on the time and travel commitment, he ultimately decided coaching would not be conducive to raising a young family. “I know I see [Blackhawks head coach] Joel [Quenneville] does a lot of work,” Campbell said. “He’s there many hours and on the road all the time, so it’s not something that I want to get involved in yet.” He does, however, eventually plan on helping with youth hockey clinics organized by the Blackhawks. Though he said his involvement with

kids’ hockey initiatives won’t be at the forefront of his work for the franchise, he believes hockey is a helpful gateway to future opportunities and connections for young athletes. “I think it’s just a great beginning for kids to be involved in, whether it takes you to the NHL or nowhere,” Campbell said. “It’s great to learn your people skills that way.” For now, Campbell is focused on fostering a productive environment for three kids in particular: Harper, Everley and a baby boy on the way. “We just want to provide as many opportunities for them,” he said, “so I think, obviously, the U.S. has so many opportunities for kids to be successful, and [you] work hard and see where it takes you.” n

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Hinsdale Magazine | Sports

BREAKAWAY BASKETBALL

FOUNDER GREG KTISTOU PROVIDES PATH TO FUTURE HINSDALE CENTRAL HOOPSTERS By Mike Ellis Photography by Daniel Garcia

Over the past decade, Hinsdale Central has turned out a number of premier high-school basketball talents, developing into a program that consistently competes for top honors in the West Suburban Silver. Student-athletes like Matt Rafferty, George Kiernan and Peter Blust were instrumental in cultivating the Central boys basketball program—and all three of these young men worked to hone their skills locally through Breakaway Basketball. Founded by Greg Ktistou (pronounced “Thee-stew”), a native of Downers Grove who played professionally in Europe, Breakaway works with kids from first through 12th grade, concentrating on skill development. Unlike most extracurricular basketball programs, Breakaway does not consist of any travel teams, and rather focuses all its energies on player improvement. “All these kids play on different teams, and they’re all in one gym with us as one family with the same mentality of ‘let’s get better,’ ” Ktistou said.

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Founder of Breakaway Basketball, Greg Ktistou

After roughly six years in business, Breakaway has blossomed into the largest skill development company in Illinois, working with more than 6,000 kids each year through its partnership with about 150 basketball programs across Chicagoland. But the program would probably never have ascended to its present heights if Ktistou had never seen his playing career come to an abrupt end. Growing up, Ktistou played competitively at Downers Grove South, before proceeding to Eastern Illinois University for two years, and then completing his collegiate career at Carthage College. After graduating, Ktistou went on to play professionally overseas in Greece for several years. “When I was playing, I had some injuries along the way,” he said, “so it allowed me the opportunity to coach high-school basketball.” Returning home briefly, Ktistou spent time as an assistant coach at his alma mater and Hinsdale South, and


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Hinsdale Magazine | Sports at the age of 28, accepted an offer to become the head coach of the boys varsity squad at Downers Grove North. But less than six months later, he elected to give pro basketball in Europe another shot, resigning his position at DGN. “At the time, a lot of people thought I was crazy anyways, because I was in my 20s chasing the dream of playing professional basketball,” Ktistou said. “When I say I was playing professional basketball, it wasn’t like I was playing professional basketball, making all this money; I was playing professional basketball just as if I was teaching. It afforded me a little bit of a living, but a lifestyle where I was traveling, seeing the world—and me and my wife were on that, loving it. ... For me, I was living my dream.” In the meantime, Ktistou had been working with local kids, running an AAU team for free that practiced at The Community House in Hinsdale between 2004 and 2009. “That was the place where I kind of got a chance to develop my philosophy as a coach, and just my methods of teaching,” he said. Shortly thereafter, Ktistou started Breakaway Basketball. “The real reason why I started Breakaway was, I was a seventh-grader that got cut,” he said. ... “And then fastforward to my senior year in high school, I’m an all-state player on a Division I scholarship.” Roughly a year after launching Breakaway, Ktistou came home over Christmas from Germany, where he had been playing the previous three years. While home, he was seized with sudden pain in his chest region, and thought he was having a heart-attack. “I go to the hospital—my heart hurts, my chest hurts, my arm’s burning,” Ktistou said, adding that he was just in his early 30s at the time. Doctors conducted an angiogram, and ruled out a heartattack, but did not know what he had experienced. Sending Ktistou along to Northwestern Medicine, doctors there quickly determined he had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a disease in which the heart muscle becomes irregularly thick, making it more difficult for the heart to pump blood. “[The doctor] goes, ‘Your playing days are over,’” Ktistou said. According to Ktistou, HCM—which often eludes detection—was responsible for the untimely deaths Reggie Lewis of the NBA’s Boston Celtics and Hank Gathers, who played basketball at Loyola Marymount. “I did three things: I played hard, I lifted hard and I coached—that’s what I did with my life,” Ktistou said. “And two of those things got taken away that day: I couldn’t lift hard anymore, and I couldn’t play anymore.” After a couple of days wallowing in the disappointment of never being able to take the court competitively again, Ktistou fully committed himself to Breakaway. “I was building my company with one foot in playing

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and one foot in my company,” he said. “That was the day I put both feet in building my business; and from that day, we took off.” In the early stages, Ktistou had humble aspirations for the program, stating that he was just striving to make $2,000 per month. “My company was never based on money; it was based on solely waking up every day, and wanting to do what I loved to do, and that was coach and motivate and inspire kids,” he said. Today, Breakaway has locations in Westmont, Oak Brook, Plainfield and Frankfort, and will be coming to The Community House next spring. Ktistou said the first point of emphasis at Breakaway for young athletes is ball-handling, which he believes is essential for basketball players to develop a complete game. “Kids cannot enjoy playing basketball until they first can learn how to handle the basketball,” he said. “Dribbling the basketball is the most important skill for every young player.” He said the program also works hard with kids to develop good shooting form, not always simply looking to make shots, but “doing things the right way—building the right habits, and eventually those right habits are going to lead to the success.” “It’s very difficult for a kid to understand that it’s okay to miss,” Ktistou said. “They think if they miss, they did [badly]; and we try to get them to understand [that] missing is part of the process; mistakes are part of the process.” Ktistou said developing fundamental skills like proper ball-handling and shooting are essential if a player is to excel in organized basketball, because once these skills are acquired, the athlete can proceed to concentrate on more nuanced development, such as screening, cutting, floorspacing, court vision and rebounding technique. “We try to take a kid, make him a basketball player, and that basketball player can get plugged into any system,” he said. “If the kid is fundamentally-skilled and has some basketball IQ and has some competitive spirit about him, that kid can play in any system.” Above all, Ktistou said the object is to mold not only the child’s basketball skills, but also a work ethic that can lead to success in any endeavor, adding that he tells parents, “If all we do is make their kid a better basketball player, then we’ve done them a disservice.” “It’s understanding the focus that’s necessary, the work that’s necessary, the perseverance that’s necessary, and the patience,” he said. “And we teach that with basketball.” n For more information about Breakaway Basketball, visit www.breakawaybasketball.com.


Hinsdale Magazine | Ruth Lake Country Club

LAKE BELIEVE

Ruth Lake Country Club was founded in 1922 for families and friends to enjoy both summer and winter sports. After a golf course renovation and major enhancement project in recent years, Ruth Lake proudly stays true to that dream. BY ROSIE CONWAY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL GARCIA

From its inception, the intention of Ruth Lake Country Club has always been simple: keep the land primarily for its members to enjoy leisurely summer and winter activities. Ninety-five years later, that simple intention remains the same. Club president Ted Shepherd said that “there are three things that equally contribute to making Ruth Lake the special place it is today: its membership, its facilities and its staff.” Ruth Lake was founded by nine local businessmen

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who enjoyed “skating, sailing and hunting” around the property for years. Linus Ruth, for whom the club was named, was a big proponent of preserving the lake as a bird sanctuary and winter and summer sport location. The original memberships consisted of 250 members, and were intended to be extended to Hinsdale residents only. Through the years, the membership has grown to over 400 member-families. While the club has more than 40 individuals who have been members for upwards of 30 years, it continues to invite new members, including many


Ruth Lake Country Club resides in the southwest corner of Hinsdale, adjacent to the Golfview Hills neighborhood.

sons and daughters of current members who are carrying on the family legacy. “Over the last three years, we’ve invited 70-plus families to join our membership,” Shepherd said. “Our family environment and our recent enhancements have been major factors in attracting the next generation of members.” The original golf course was designed and built in the early 1920s by William Langford, and Arthur Hills renovated the course in 2004. Today, it is one of the mostsought after 18-hole courses in the western suburbs.

“Our layout is great”, Shepherd said, “and our conditioning is even better, as proclaimed by the members and visiting guests from other clubs. Our greens are some of the best in the country.” In 1925, a clubhouse was constructed on its present location, and a pool was added in 1959. Since then, the club has undergone several enhancement projects that keep with the original integrity of its founding members, but also appeal to the modern family and member. In the mid-’90s the club razed the original clubhouse and

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A northwest view of Ruth Lake Country Club

built a new one, along with a new pool complex. In 2015, a comprehensive enhancement project was completed, with the club adding both platform tennis (paddle) courts and a new first tee complex. Ruth Lake replaced the cart-bag station with an underground facility, dug an additional golf course irrigation well, and installed a new pump station. “The cart barn blocked a beautiful view of the lake, so we moved it underground, out of sight,” Shepherd said. “Moving that allowed us to redo the first tee complex, which provides a unique experience.” The new complex includes a putting green that rolls right into the first tee. The project also included the expansion of the men’s locker room and upper dining patio, and a full renovation of the pool house with additions of a screened-in dining area, a dedicated junior room, and a new kiddie pool. The pool area was updated to accommodate newer, younger families joining the club. The pool improvements complement the “cabana”, an elevated deck that sits adjacent to Ruth Lake, creating beautiful views of both the lake and the golf course.

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Ruth Lake’s state-of-the-art paddle hut is enjoyed by its members all year, and is in full-swing from October through March.


The men’s and women’s platform tennis leagues host local and regional clubs. The sport’s popularity has skyrocketed over the last five years.

“The paddle complex addition has been very beneficial to the club,” Shepherd said. “We are now active 12 months of the year. The camaraderie built from paddle also carries over into the summer. It’s great to see people playing golf who met while playing paddle.” The paddle hut, adjacent to the four new courts, measures approximately 1,300 square feet, and is not only useful for the platform tennis participants, but provides an appropriate venue for off-season parties. When asked about what makes Ruth Lake such an attractive place for families, Shepherd didn’t hesitate. “The people that make the difference here are the people who run the club every day,” he said. “Ruth Lake is fortunate to have a group of long-tenured, professional staff members. Kevin Kennebeck, our general manager, is an incredible individual, who does a wonderful job in operating our club. His experience from other top-tier clubs provides us with the leadership we require.” Ruth Lake’s head golf professional Mark Labiak has been at the club for more than 20 years, and is the current president of the Illinois PGA.

Shepherd said Labiak is well-respected not only in Chicago, but across the country. Dan Marco, in his 17th year as the club’s golf course superintendent, is responsible for the immaculate, premier conditioning of the golf course. Thomas Birmingham, executive chef, and Michael Probst, food and beverage director, lead a team that more than satisfies the high dining demand at the club. And Brian Page, head tennis professional of 27 years at the club, is another of the individuals that Shepherd said “makes Ruth Lake as wonderful as it is.” The members at Ruth Lake are proud of their club, keeping the original intent of the founding members: to have a place where its members can come together to enjoy various activities. “I’m so proud of what we have here: the great membership, the terrific facilities and the outstanding staff,” Shepherd said. “It is wonderful, not only for the members, but also for the community as a whole.” n

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Hinsdale Magazine | Peak Performance

THE SECRET SUCCESS KEY How do you set personal records? How do you stay the course when there are so many distractions? How do you juggle all that life throws your way? How can you shorten the road to success? There is a secret tool peak-performers have used to be successful. It keeps you on-course to a positive end result. It’s called the 90-­Second Rule “link” technique. Most of us visualize before we want something to happen; however, there is another way to use visualization that has served my clients for over 40 years. This simple technique has saved hours of waste, and helped link performances together into a chain of success. During my tennis-teaching days, I would spend 60 to ­70 long hours per week on the court, giving lessons to client after client. My mission was simple: help all those I taught reach their full potential. One lesson would leave, and another was waiting to begin. Because I had so many clients, it was easy to forget what I worked on the previous week with each person. In order to create continuity in the lessons, and produce the best tennis player possible, I discovered this simple technique. After every tennis lesson, I invested 90 ­seconds (sometimes less) to visualize (in movie format) next week’s lesson for the departing client. In addition, I visualized him or her as the best tennis player they could be. 90 ­seconds—done. And then I would clear my head, and begin my next lesson. One week later, my subconscious mind would pull from my memory exactly where I left off. Without missing a beat, this lesson-flow eventually unlocked their potential. How can this 90-­Second Rule tool be applied to your life? • After every phone call, visualize the next phone call or interaction with the same person. See it positively. • After every meeting, visualize the actions desired in finished state. See the next meeting with the results in hand. • With your clients or customers, see their next move

as successful with it leading to their desired outcome. 90 ­seconds is all it takes. • With your children, see them successful within 90 seconds of reprimanding or punishing them. • Within 90 seconds of an argument, see peace and harmony in your mind. Add 90 ­seconds to the end of every performance. It is this small amount of time that connects the dots to setting records and manifesting life-visions. After swiftly evaluating or analyzing your last performance, close the door on it. Now wield the 90-­Second Rule “link” technique as follows: • Get in the moment. • Relax your jaw, eyes and entire face. • Reduce your breathing to six to eight breaths per minute. This requires longer inhales and exhales. After some practice, this only takes a few seconds. • Start your mental movie. Approximately 83 percent of all people visualize as if they’re looking through their eyes in real life. Approximately 15 percent of visualizers see in their mind’s eye as if they are looking down upon a movie set, typically from the right side. Approximately two percent see no images in their mind’s eye. The first two ways work the same. The last way also works—although you physically don’t see anything (thinking it will still program your subconscious). Which way do you visualize? • The key to impactful visualization is to incorporate all of your senses with the imaginary mental movie. In addition to sight, this includes applying hearing, taste, touch and smell to your mini-­movie. • When you are in public, it is essential that you are not aware of what others may be doing or thinking. Get locked in the moment—full engagement. This may take practice. Many can visualize with their eyes

JIM FANNIN Columnist Burr Ridge resident Jim Fannin is a world-class thought leader and coach with 43 years of experience in life, business and sports. To learn about his thought management programs, visit jimfannn.com and tune-in to his weekly podcast, The Jim Fannin Show.

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wide open; however, most require the eyes to be shut for them to be effective. Former MLB pitcher Orel Herschiser has used the “link” tool after an opposing hitter belted a home run against him. He shut his eyes on the mound during the game, and pictured striking him out as the opposing player was literally rounding the bases for home plate. The next time Orel faced him, he struck him out. Why does this 90-­Second Rule technique work? It works, because your subconscious mind does not know the difference between fantasy and reality. Proof of this occurs when you awake from a nightmare. Startled and shaken, you awake with dilated eyes, increased heartrate, shortness of breath and perspiration dripping from your brow. The mental movie playing in your mind while in a deep sleep seems so real that your body reacts to it as if it were so. This is the only reason visualization works. Your subconscious mind does not know the difference between fantasy and reality. Connect your performances together with the 90-­Second Rule “link” technique. This tool has been used successfully in the NFL, MLB, MLS and NBA; on the ATP, PGA and LPGA Tours; as well as in boardrooms and classrooms globally. Each performance is a stepping-­ stone to success. Envision your successful next step before you take it. n

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