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Home remodeling boom hits Hinsdale BY LARRY ATSEFF


t seems like you can’t go down any one street these days without seeing construction vehicles or hearing the banging of equipment, as people make additions and improvements to their homes. The activity in Hinsdale and similar west suburban communities and all over the country is one bright spot in an unprecedented difficult period in our history. Frankly, in the face of all the problems, we thought it would be useful to focus on this positive flurry of activity, so we spoke with several people connected to the housing market in different capacities to find out the causes.

from home. So for some, a home office makes sense. Others are making additional space or converting space for their children, as they deal with remote learning.”

Dennis Jones, chairman of Hinsdale Bank & Trust, points to several reasons for the activity.

Jones said another cause of construction is that money that would usually be expended on vacations is being applied to remodeling instead.

“Obviously, there is the fact that mortgage interest rates are very attractive these days,” Jones said. "People are refinancing and

“All of this, of course, adds value to homes,” he said. “Adding value means more return when one gets ready to sell.”

“While actual permits for new homes and

Hinsdale resident Dan Gjeldum, senior vice president of mortgage lending for Guaranteed Rate, described the heightened activity in the real estate market as triggered by “a confluence of events”. “First, COVID has caused a major move from urban living to suburban living,” Gjeldum said. “Second, you’re seeing the stock markets at all-time highs, which affords people the ability to invest in new or current homes. Last, mortgage rates are at all-time lows. When people have more money to invest and borrow at never-before-seen rates, it’s the ultimate opportunity.”

remodels in 2020 continue a recent trend of less activity, the number of open permits is currently about 900.”

According to Rob McGinnis, department head for community development in the Village of Hinsdale, “While actual permits for new homes and remodels in 2020 continue a recent trend of less activity, the number of open permits is currently about 900.” U.S. Census data indicates there are 5,966 18

housing units in Hinsdale as of June 2020, so that works out to nearly one in seven homes that are undergoing some construction activity right now.


- ROB MCGINNIS, Village of Hinsdale

are investing in their homes. With the pandemic, people have been home-bound much more than usual. They have been looking around and seeing things that they would like to improve, or they are rethinking how their homes can be used. Some are interested in improving the outside look of their home. Many in our community are fortunate to have jobs that allow for working

Laura Barber, a designer with Normandy Design Build Remodeling in Hinsdale, said the company had its best month in 41 years in business this past July. “As our name indicates, we specialize in major remodels, such as additions, new kitchens or bathroom renovations,” Barber said. “Homeowners come to us, because they love their neighborhood, the schools and the town itself—all the amenities, so they really don’t want to move. At the same time, as they have become more home-bound, they have noticed shortcomings. On top of that, with the pandemic, often there have been changes in lifestyles. Working at home is more prevalent, sometimes with more than one person. Kids are doing more homework at home as well. The kitchen, already ‘the heart of the home,’ has become even more multi-purpose. People are not only preparing more meals at home, but the kitchen table or kitchen island serves as a study space. Bottom line, spending more time at home, people just want to make it as comfortable as possible. That often leads to additions.”

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our kitchen, bath and add a laundry to an upstairs closet near the bedrooms. Jennifer did a fabulous job and she has such good

a boom. We saw how people were putting more focus on their homes, and how it could accommodate a lifestyle where husbands and wives were starting to work more from home. So, we started to orient our interaction with customers by offering virtual digital walkthroughs of what a design could look like, and once projects were underway, we could show them the progress that was being made. This approach made it easier for our staff to work from home and interact with each other, as well as with our customers.”

“Little did we know when we chose Synergy

Barber said when homeowners meet with them, they generally come with lot of ideas. “We’re good listeners,” she said, "and of course, we bring experience and a fresh set of eyes to look at what they have and what they want.”

that digital communications would be so timely when the lockdown hit in March. It was amazing how their software could give us a 3-D view of the designs from any angle, and how they kept us up to date with progress reports. We now have two islands, more prep space, new appliances and new flooring in a well-thought-out larger space.” - HOMEOWNER with Synergy Builders

Here’s a comment from Normandy client Susan P. “My husband and I asked Jennifer Cross to design a plan to remodel

taste! She was also extremely knowledgeable about building codes and plumbing issues, and she gave us excellent advice.”

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John Habermeier, owner of Synergy Builders, agrees that there is a lot of home construction activity these days, not only in Hinsdale, but in most of the western suburbs. “With us, it has been a matter of preparation meeting opportunity,” Habermeier said. “I noticed that about every ten years or so, there is a spurt in home building, and in 2017, we started planning to be more responsive to customers and more accommodating for our staff in anticipation of

David and Valerie Goliber, clients of Synergy Builders, described their experience with remodeling during these unique times. “We made a decision early in the year to update our 25-year-old kitchen,” David Goliber said. “It was old Formica and cast-iron fixtures,” Valerie Goliber said. “We had a little-used room next to the kitchen, and the floors were worn; so we thought it’s a good time to make a bigger kitchen, since we spent a lot of time there and so did friends visiting. We went to a home show at Pheasant Run [in St. Charles], and invited three remodelers to our home to choose from. We liked the chemistry between the Synergy folks and ourselves, and their digital remote approach to dealing with the project made sense to us.” “Little did we know when we chose

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Hinsdale Magazine | Around Town "We have been busy,” Bruss said. Another aspect to the housing boom is the fact that a Hinsdale address is in-demand. To get perspective about what homebuyers are looking for these days, we spoke with Colleen Wilcox of Compass in Hinsdale. “First, a home is more important than ever, and more central to people’s lives,” Wilcox said. “Second, folks who were moving into the city are now starting to come back. People who started in the city are now looking at the suburbs more seriously.”

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use of square footage, as well as a big shift to focusing on outdoor space.

Synergy that digital communications would be so timely when the lockdown hit in March,” David Goliber said. “It was amazing how their software could give us a 3-D view of the designs they had in mind, and how they kept us up to date with progress reports. We now have two islands, more prep space, new appliances and new flooring in a wellthought-out larger space.”

“People will see from our portfolio that we have the experience and creativity in-house to deliver on these trends and more," he said. “We also put our talent to work on major remodeling projects. There is currently a strong inventory of homes in the Hinsdale area that we feel have a lot of renovation potential.”

Valerie Goliber said they have not been able to welcome family since the Coronavirus pandemic commenced in March, and they are keeping their renovated kitchen a “big surprise.” "We can’t wait to have them all come over," she said.

Tillie Bruss, owner of landscaping company Jane Dilworth & Associates, said that with people staying home more, and not taking vacations, they have been looking out their windows at their backyards, and realizing that improving their outdoor appearance could also be a great investment.

“Old or young, they are looking at new and newly-remodeled, with the latest appointments and ‘right sizing’…more home offices and places for kids to study. When the pandemic hit in March, things really slowed down. Then, as people got their bearings and started to understand the size and nature of what all of us were dealing with, they started to focus on what they really needed and wanted.” As a result, the summer of 2020 became the “new spring,” as shown in this chart of Hinsdale house sales Wilcox provided:

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Not only are people moving into Hinsdale, but some are moving out. Older individuals, getting ready to retire, are looking at the

How has the pandemic affected the custom building market? Steve Sobkowiak and Ryan Dunham of Oakley Home Builders in Downers Grove said it is “alive and well in these times.” “Fortunately, there are people who are still very interested in a home built just for them who have heard about us," Sobkowiak said. “It all starts with the properties and lots, which are becoming more and more scarce. Sometimes, because they live in the suburbs already, clients have a lot and location, or they have an area in mind. Customers who want to move from the city will look to us to find a property. We have a good handle on desirable properties for sale out in the western suburbs.” Dunham points out that there is a growing trend in designing homes with more efficient 20


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rising home prices and remodeling, and thinking this may be a good time to upgrade their home, and cash in on the boom and move to a retirement setting. If one wishes to retire in Hinsdale, there is Eve Assisted Living. Other nearby assisted living settings include The Birches in Clarendon Hills and Villa St. Benedict in Lisle. Green Fields in Geneva offers several types of senior living settings. For a more active retirement lifestyle, there is Avenida in Naperville. Hinsdale is definitely not alone in the housing bustle. CEO Rich Barton of national real estate firm Zillow said in an interview with

CNBC in early August that, “The real estate market is beginning to show signs of a ‘great reshuffling,’ as people relocate to homes with more privacy and space to ease working from home.”

their living spaces, or get closer to family. With some employers not expecting to bring workers back into the office until there’s a COVID-19 vaccine, the work-from-home norm could last several more months.”

“People are spending an average of nine hours more per day at home,” Barton said. “Zoom meetings are changing the way families think about space and privacy. Home offices are in high-demand. Backyards are more desirable than parks and gyms. Work-from-home policies are eliminating the commute for many. There’s an endless list of considerations.”

Barton said the pandemic has also “accelerated the trend of people fleeing large, expensive U.S. cities.”

“Millions of people are considering moves for a slew of reasons, mostly to right-size

While home-shopping is up everywhere, he said Zillow is seeing a “deceleration of migration” to cities, and expects it to continue. Although you may have to do a little more maneuvering to get through town these days, in the end, all the activity is healthy for the community and those who live in it. HINSDALE MAGAZINE | HinsdaleMag.com



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After 100 years, Butterfield Country Club flourishes with a modernized golf course and freshly-renovated facilities Clubhouse ground-breaking circa 1920


utterfield Country Club (BCC) is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, will be forestalling its celebratory festivities until the summer of 2021.

A century ago, the western suburbs looked quite different than they do today. What is now developed subdivisions or neighborhood blocks was formerly in many places acres of farmland and open fields. Around 1920, a group of affluent Oak Park and River Forest residents were seeking a country club. Although they resided near Oak Park Country Club, according to writer Tim Cronin, they were prohibited from joining the club due to their Roman-Catholic beliefs. Accordingly, this intrepid group of Catholics collaborated and stumbled upon roughly 195 acres of farmland along Midwest Road north of 31st Street in what is now Oak Brook. At the time, the area was virtually uninhabited.

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centennial book, which will be published next year. ... “Everything has changed, except that the golf course is still there 100 years later.” BCC opened its first nine holes in 1921, and progressed to a full 18 the following spring. By 1930, the club unveiled the last nine of its 27 holes, which are combined alternately to form several distinct sets of 18s. “Typically, [we] have an official 18 [holes] that we deem for that day, that week,” Butterfield member Brian Mazzocchi said. “And then the odd-9 is always open.” While we observe a number of enduring private golf clubs in the region, such as Hinsdale Golf Club, Ruth Lake Country Club and La Grange Country Club, Cronin said Butterfield has fared better than many of its contemporary clubs. “The fact that they have been able to last this long is impressive,” he said. “There are many clubs that opened in the ‘20s that didn’t make it to the ‘30s.”

The group established Butterfield Country Club in 1920, hiring accomplished golf architect William B. Langford to design a golf course.

Cronin said one such club was Mill Road Farm, located just south of Conway Farms Golf Club in north suburban Lake Forest, which he described as “harder than Medinah No. 3,”

“The first address for Butterfield was Hinsdale—it was the closest town,” said Cronin, who is working on Butterfield’s

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said. “I think he did a really nice job.”

yet failed to survive the second World War.

Butterfield Invitational In 1951, BCC member Ted Wooley, a golf pro who was born in England and owned a golf equipment company based in Chicago, began the Butterfield Invitational, which has continued for nearly seven decades, attracting some of the top amateur golfers in the region. “It remains a huge event,” Cronin said. “Usually, it’s a four-day [event], with three days of team play.”

Azinger described the new course as a “championshipquality track,” adding that Butterfield was approached by the PGA in 2016 for the opportunity to host a senior major championship in 2018. “We just didn’t feel like it was the right fit,” he said. According to Azinger and Mazzocchi, when a club hosts a professional tournament, it essentially turns its golf course over from the membership to the PGA for a considerable period of time.

“Everything has changed, except that the golf course is still there 100 years later.”

In 2013, BCC followed up its golf course redesign by redoing its pro shop, and then added a platform The annual invitational tennis facility the next year, concludes with a fireworks - TIM CRONIN joining many private clubs display. in the region that have “It’s very much anticipated embraced the popular winter sport. to those who play in it,” Cronin said. “That’s really the “It’s a nice building where a lot of our members have competition angle that Butterfield hangs its hat on.” birthday parties,” Azinger said. “It’s really different than the clubhouse. It was meant to be a really casual lodge experience.”

Course and facility renovations

By the mid-2000s, Butterfield prepared to undertake a course renovation like many clubs across the country, in light of improved golf equipment and technology. An architect worked on a comprehensive renovation of the existing course in 2009 and 2010, removing dozens of trees to create a more open setting. “A lot of these courses have tree-line, and you really don’t see the rest of the course,” BCC general manager Scott Azinger 26


Mazzocchi said paddle has “become huge” at Butterfield. BCC constructed a new pool and snack bar in 2015, concurrently finishing off a basement with three golf simulators, a fitness facility, pool cafe and tennis pro shop. “It was really an upgrade that was needed,” Azinger said. Lastly, the club most recently completed a three-phase renovation of its clubhouse, highlighted by the addition of a pristine pub that exudes a formal restaurant atmosphere,

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while making one feel as if they are dining on a golf course through the employment of floor-to-ceiling windows. “It’s a bar that’s in the middle of a nice, casual area that looks like it would be [in] downtown Chicago,” Azinger said. Altogether, Azinger said Butterfield spent approximately $12.5 million on facility improvements over the last five to six years. “That’s good to have behind us when we hit the pandemic,” he said. ... “All of this was trying to target to have everything ready for the centennial.”

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Centennial celebration Butterfield’s centennial celebration, which has been in the works for at least five years, was originally scheduled for Aug. 15, but as a result of the pandemic limiting large gatherings, it was shifted to Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. “We had a full day, and we thought we’d probably have between 800 and 1,000 people here that evening,” Azinger said.

Mazzocchi’s in-laws joined Butterfield when she was 2 years old, and today, they are watching their own kids grow up at the club. Cronin said BCC “hasn’t changed much over the years, and that is, I think, partly by design.”

Mazzocchi said the club had an “awesome” night planned, including fireworks and musicians such as professional singer John Vincent and the band Your Generation, who would play music spanning the decades of BCC’s existence. Butterfield had also prepared a centennial golf event for the same morning, and was considering a flyover to capture images at different times of the day. While all of the festivities will be put on hold until next summer, the club will be able to carry over its newly-fashioned centennial logo—an amalgamation of current and previous BCC designs—to 2021. “It’s kind of like a hybrid from a few of our logos,” Mazzocchi said. Even after 100 years, Azinger said Butterfield is “very healthy,” with full membership and a waiting list. “It’s a desirable place to be,” he said. Mazzocchi said one of the reasons the club has continued to flourish is its generational line of members. “That’s the beauty of Butterfield Country Club,” he said. Photo Marcello Rodarte



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After cooking around the world, award-winning chef, Kevin Hickey returns to his childhood home of Bridgeport, and re-invents a family business. Photo Marcello Rodarte


evin Hickey’s family has lived in Bridgeport a long time. This sixth-generation Chicagoan said his first Hickey ancestor came to the Archer Ave. neighborhood of Bridgeport from Ireland in the 1850s. Hickey grew up down the street from what is now his awardwinning Duck Inn restaurant on Eleanor Street. “Growing up, I started cooking out of semi-necessity”, Hickey said. “My parents split up, and my mom was a single mother. She worked in politics, and was gone a lot at night.”

the freezer. I would teach myself how to bone them out by watching Julia Child.”

and bartender of the year by the Chicago Tribune.

This December, The Duck Inn will celebrate its sixth anniversary. In those six years, Hickey’s pre-Prohibition tavern just off the Chicago River at the Loomis Street bridge has served Chicago’s

What’s unique about this corner restaurant in Chicago’s booming Bridgeport neighborhood is that it’s not the first Duck Inn to be owned by a member of Hickey’s family. “My great-grandfather died at a pretty early age, and left my greatgrandmother with six children and a family business that she lost during the [Great] Depression,” Hickey said. “So, she opened a diner at 35th and Ashland, and called it The Duck Inn. She ran it for a few years, somewhere around the mid-‘30s till the early ‘40s. She put my grandfather through school, and bought the family business back and closed The Duck Inn. I thought of calling my restaurant River Cafe, but a friend heard the story about The Duck Inn and said, 'I’ll never, ever speak to you

“I started out by spiking the Chef Boyardee ravioli with dried oregano and garlic. There were always Cornish game hens in the freezer. I would teach myself how to bone them out by watching Julia Child.”

“The house was always full of food, and my sister would say, ‘Cook us something.’ I’d have to dig around the freezer, cupboards and everything to come up with something. I started out by spiking the Chef Boyardee ravioli with dried oregano and garlic. There were always Cornish game hens in


last three mayors and both local and national celebrities. They’ve also won numerous restaurant-of-the-year awards from national publications and Michelin Bib Gourmand status over the last four years. Both Hickey and bartender Brandon Phillips have been named chef

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1937 photo including Hickey’s grandmother and great-grandmother at the original Duck Inn

Continued from the previous page again if you don’t call it The Duck Inn.” Hickey said the development of the river, particularly the building of the Chicago Park District’s Eleanor Boathouse across the street, was influential in his decision to buy the Eleanor Street property, which had been empty for a while. “The original owners of this bar were bridge tenders—the father and son,” he said. “They used to tend bar. They didn’t work in the bridge house. They would work in the bar, which had a window at the end of the bar, and would run to open the bridge.”

The restaurant orders 200 to 300 fresh

said. “When we do shows or events like Taste the Nation and James Beard, we don’t do duck, because we have a menu with so many other things. The duck promotes itself.” This neighborhood gastro–tavern combines Hickey's multicultural Bridgeport upbringing with his superb culinary skills. The result is a menu that offers contemporary versions of both well-known and new American dishes.

“I thought about calling my restaurant River Cafe, but a friend heard the story about The Duck Inn and said, 'I’ll never, ever speak to you again if you don’t call it The Duck Inn.”

Being so close to the river and with the boathouse across the street has allowed The Duck Inn to team up with City Winery’s riverwalk location. Although the current situation does not allow for the two restaurants to do boat-tours down the river from the Riverwalk to Eleanor 32

Boathouse, Hickey says they have been wildly successful the last three years, and hope to do them again—adding that Duck Inn guests can still arrive by boat and dock at the boathouse, provided their vessel clears the low-freight bridge near Halsted and Canal.

Photo courtesy Kevin Hickey


Pekin ducks per week from a local farm, sometimes selling up to 50 ducks per night. Hickey encourages pre-ordering their signature rotisserie duck, and says they do sometimes sell out. “We don’t promote the duck at all,” he

“When I was growing up in this neighborhood, my family was so mainstream American,” he said. “All of my friends and neighbors were first-generation; some of them weren’t even born here. I was really envious of my friends families cooking multi-course meals.” The Duck Inn’s creative American menu also extends to cocktails. Beverage

director and master bartender Brandon Phillips is known for creating fun, innovative cocktails with an awesome presentation that reflect the city’s local flavors. On the day we visited, Phillips crafted refreshing, complex cocktails with exotic ingredients mixed to perfection, and poured into striking drinking glasses. Come fall, Phillips will be bringing back his Autumn Kaleidoscope: a delicious, dark, whiskeybased smoking cocktail that evokes the feeling of fall.

trophy, it had my father’s and uncle’s names listed on the team.” Hickey said one of the reasons they decided on the mid-century décor was from taking the year the building first opened, 1918, and the year Hickey opened The Duck Inn, 2015, finding

Halsted, the redevelopment will include a 1,600-person performance venue with a brewery, restaurant, banquet space and an outdoor beer garden. The Duck Inn will do all food and beverage. After working in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years, and perfecting his craft in Beverly Hills, Dublin, London and Atlanta, Hickey loves living and working back in Bridgeport.

“We don’t promote the duck at all. When we do shows or events like Taste the Nation and James Beard we don’t do duck, because we have a menu with so many other things. The duck promotes itself.”

Although most dining currently takes place outdoors in The Duck Inn’s well-designed garden, which includes original artwork by Kimski chef Won Kim, the bar and dining room boast a welcoming mid-century modern décor. Hickey’s classic hi-fi console record player sits just next to the bar. Guests are welcome to bring their own vinyl on Sundays, when the restaurant is open for brunch. There’s also a collection of bowling trophies, which are sentimental to Hickey. “Ironically, when we were cleaning out the basement, I found these bowling trophies that belonged to the original owner,” he said. “When I dusted off the name plates on the 1971 championship

Hickey’s signature rotisserie duck

1962 to be in the middle of that timeperiod.—It was also the year Hickey’s parents moved onto Eleanor Street.

At home, he can look out his front window of the renovated 1860s house he bought from his father, and see boats go by.

“The city has done an amazing job with the river,” Hickey said. “It’s gorgeous.”

In addition to opening two new restaurants at TimeOut Market, which include Duck Inn Dogs (sold at Standard Market and Mariano’s) and Decent Beef, Hickey said he is working with multiple partners on an exciting project in the neighborhood involving the old Ramova theatre. Located at 35th and

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Bartender Brandon Phillips creates a Harvey Wallbanger.

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It takes a village

Oak Brook Infant Welfare continues holiday fundraising tradition through virtual format

Their Village: the dedicated women of the Oak Brook Chapter and the Auxiliary BY MIKE ELLIS


ike many organizations, the Oak Brook chapter of the Infant Welfare Society (OBIW) auxiliary will shift gears this holiday season when it conducts its signature fundraiser, Mistletoe Medley, virtually, as a result of Coronavirus restrictions.

event, followed by a Tuesday afternoon luncheon and fashion show. The large corridor at Drury Lane overflows with local boutiques, as ladies browse various tables for fashions, jewelry

committed and so business-savvy in putting on this huge affair every year,” OBIW treasurer Sonal Gupta said. “They think of every single little detail.” According to chapter President Lou Smeja, who has also cochaired the fundraiser the past two years, Mistletoe Medley typically attracts more than 400 attendees for its Monday night event and between 500 and 600 on Tuesday.

“These women that have been involved in this

organization for decades are just so committed and so business-savvy in putting on this huge affair every year. They think of every single little detail.”

The chapter has presented Mistletoe Medley in person every year since 1973, raising more than $4.5 million - SONAL GUPTA– Treasurer, Oak Brook Infant Welfare Society aggregately over the Last year, Smeja said course of the past 47 the organization raised years, translating to nearly $100,000 per and an assortment of other goods. $160,000 for the Infant Welfare Society of year. After lunch, attendees enjoy a fashion Chicago (IWS), which provides an array Held annually at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace the week after Thanksgiving, Mistletoe Medley consists of a Monday night cocktail party and preview 36


show, produced by Zzazz Productions. “These women that have been involved in this organization for decades are just so

of healthcare services for families in and around the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side of Chicago, the site of its Angel Harvey Family Health Center.

She said this figure was “over and above” the chapter's usual donation, which is generally more than $100,000.

as a teacher and joined the chapter, said she was unaware how much work was required to make the event run smoothly.

“It's always been such a highlight and a great way to kick off the season with wonderful vendors and a great fashion show,” OBIW corresponding secretary Laura Bieselin said.

“I participated in the Monday night event forever, and I had no problem getting involved,” she said. “But I had no idea how hard the work was.”

The chapter has also forged an enduring partnership with Allison Rosati of WMAQ Ch. 5, who functions as emcee annually. “She has really been very dedicated to our organization,” Smeja said. Gupta, an Oak Brook native who has been attending the event sporadically since her childhood, said despite the lapse of time, “it's really stuck to its roots." However, she said the “flavor” of Mistletoe Medley changes from year to year, depending on the selected theme. Susan Heil, principal of the Susan and Eleanor Heil Family Foundation, attended Mistletoe Medley in 2018 as a guest of Oak Brook chapter member Susan Santefort and longtime donor Nives Rizza. Touched by the work of IWS, Heil made a donation from her foundation that year.

Besides the social benefits derived from chapter involvement, many of its members are attracted by the opportunity to support the work IWS does with uninsured and underinsured individuals at the clinic. “I think the biggest thing for me was when I toured the facility that we support,” Smeja said, “because it really made me realize how much we do—the dental machines we've paid for, and the chat-rooms.” Smeja’s fellow Oak Brook Chapter member and Auxiliary Co-president Liz Berglund, who joined the chapter in 2013, said she felt an “immediate connection” to the IWS auxiliary and its extensive history after being introduced to it by a friend. “In 1913, a group of civic-minded women in the Kenwood area of Chicago came

Dr. Thomas Shanley, president and CEO of Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago

“It’s a remarkable, state-of-the-art facility, filled with capable, compassionate professionals and staff who make the patients’ health and well-being their top priority,” said Clift, who serves as board secretary.

“We have come to rely on each other as partners

in the care of children. It is impossible for Lurie Children’s to do what we do best without having partners like IWS doing what they do best.”

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s always about the children," she said. "When they’re in need, we need to - DR. THOMAS SHANLEY – president and CEO, Ann and Robert H. Lurie respond—especially at a Children’s Hospital time like this, when our country is confronting a pandemic and a host of other domestic together to support the work of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago,” challenges.” Berglund said. “At a time According to Smeja, planning for the when women’s roles were far fundraiser commences about March, when more limited, this vanguard of committees for donations, centerpieces, volunteers made a difference— invitations and the cash raffle are well before that phrase became assembled. Smeja, who attended the part of the vernacular.” Monday night preview party for a number Berglund has found her of years before she retired from her career experience with OBIW rewarding and meaningful.

In recent years, the Angel Harvey clinic has expanded its services to embrace men, in addition to the women and children that it has always served. IWS has also added dental, optical and mental health services to

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“The work of the Infant Welfare Society is inspirational, and I’m also thankful for the friends I have made along the way,” she said.

Carolyn Clift, IWS Board of Directors

Carolyn Clift, a former General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer with Health Care Service Corporation, joined the IWS board of directors in 2013, and described her first visit to the Angel Harvey Family Health Center as “overwhelming.”

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okay; I think we'll give a decent amount,” she said.

offer a more diversified and comprehensive experience for its patients.

Bieselin said OBIW has been discussing a possible video fashion show, and would

hopes the community will continue its support of Mistletoe Medley and the Oak Brook chapter under different conditions this holiday season, given the immense amount of labor members past and present have employed in putting it together through the years.

Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago is IWS’s main referral for primary“People should care treatment know that it’s an regarded as high-risk extremely well-putand for surgeries together event,” she that cannot be said. “I think that performed onsite, - CAROLYN CLIFT– secretary, Infant Welfare Society board of directors this organization also providing does great work, speech and occupational therapists for Infant Welfare’s like to work with vendors to showcase some and I think they're always looking for new membership to bring new ideas, and to Child-centered Health and Advanced of their products electronically. Therapies (CHAT) program. Lurie “It's such a special event, and I know that support the ladies who have been doing president and CEO Dr. Thomas Shanley many people start their holiday season with this [from] time immemorial.” described the relationship between his [Mistletoe Medley],” she said. “We hope For more information about Mistletoe Medley hospital and IWS as “mutually beneficial, that people will continue that tradition this and the Oak Brook chapter of the Infant providing both institutions with excellent year virtually and next year in-person.” Welfare Society auxiliary in general, visit www. resources for sharing knowledge regarding And, Oak Brook's Sonal Gupta said she oakbrookchapterinfantwelfare.org. effective prevention and intervention methods, benefiting patients and advancing Oak Brook Chapter President Lou Smeja and Auxiliary Co-President Liz Berglund community pediatric healthcare.”

“[The Angel Harvey Family Health Center is] a

remarkable state-of-the-art facility, filled with capable, compassionate professionals and staff who make the patients’ health and well-being their top priority.”

“We have come to rely on each other as partners in the care of children,” Shanley said. “It is impossible for Lurie Children’s to do what we do best without having partners like IWS doing what they do best.” Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all gatherings in Illinois have been restricted to 50 people or fewer in Phase 4 of the “Restore Illinois" plan. Accordingly, Bieselin said OBIW decided “it was in the best interest of our auxiliary” to postpone the in-person Mistletoe Medley fundraiser till next year, and adopt a virtual concept this year. “It will be different, but the spirit of giving will hopefully still be alive and well,” she said. Details of the virtual fundraiser are still being finalized; however, Smeja said there will likely not be a live presentational aspect as in previous years. Invitations were disseminated to roughly 1,300 previous supporters of OBIW the week after Labor Day, which is earlier than the chapter would normally issue invitations for the in-person Mistletoe Medley. In consequence of the modified format and a local business community unable to pledge the same support via sponsorships and donations as in past years, Smeja said the chapter had to reduce its pledge from previous levels. “We haven’t pledged as much to the organization this year, but I think we’ll do 38


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A Helping Hand Community Memorial Foundation working together with non-profits


he last five months have confirmed what we know to be true: namely, that by working together, we are stronger. Community Memorial Foundation and its partners have a shared vision of collaborating to create the healthiest region in the country, and we have not lost sight of this singular focus throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the outbreak, the foundation has witnessed the creativity, courage and resilience of its grantee and community partners. Their dedication and commitment to provide essential health services, food, housing, counseling and other human services has inspired us to listen, learn and respond to local needs. In April, the foundation launched a "rapid response fund," awarding nearly $250,000 to 26 local non-profit partners working to address the COVID-19 outbreak in the western suburbs. This funding helped expand telehealth tools for essential primary and behavioral health care services, as well as address health and human service gaps for the disproportionately affected. We also joined



other funders in supporting the Chicagoland Community COVID-19 Response Fund, which supported many local organizations.

Community Memorial Foundation and its partners—AMITA Health, the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce, the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the West Suburban Municipal Conference— highlighted more than 30 "Regional Rock Stars" as a way to showcase the many ways our neighbors are going above and beyond to support the community during the pandemic.

The foundation is also celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. When we launched our anniversary program in January, we could not have imagined that its themes of strength, resilience and fiscal sustainability would be so relevant and timely. Our focus throughout the year has been on building the resilience of our grantee partners through an enhanced capacity building program and special grant opportunity. This special, general operating grant is being offered in addition to our spring and fall grant cycles, and will extend our giving beyond the foundation’s required five-percent payout in 2020. Resilience, generosity, responsiveness. We see these ideals modeled by our neighbors and community partners, and we strive to exemplify them as well. Our vision states that we are building the heathiest region in the country—together, with the community; and that shared commitment is more important now than ever.

Assistance League Assistance League’s 100-plus volunteers are committed to reshaping our programs to the new conditions. Our membership continues to grow, as more people are looking to for ways to help in our local communities. We welcome new members. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact us at membership@ alcw.org.


ith the shelter-inplace order in March, Assistance League was forced to suspend most of its programs, and cancel its traditional spring fundraiser. We adjusted by participating in an online fundraising event which, coupled with strong fundraising earlier in the year, allowed us to finish the spring financially ready to meet the greater need we are seeing in the community.

As the economic impact of the pandemic continues to grow, Assistance League looks for areas where needs were not being met. Working with our partner agencies this summer, we learned that many of their food pantry clients desperately needed basic toiletries. We delivered more than 400 bags of soap, shampoo, toothpaste and other items. Other new services included summer school supplies for homebound students, and select kitchen items, paper products and educational materials for homeless families forced into temporary housing during the shelter-in-place order. All of Assistance League’s regular programs are budgeted to increase in anticipation of the growing need in the community. Each is adjusting to the new constraints and demands.

Just one example is our Operation School Bell winter coats program, which provides new winter coats to elementary students in need. Because the schools now have limited access and, in many cases, remote learning, our delivery model has had to change. We are working with principals and social workers to make the appropriate modifications, including offering a curbside pickup option for parents. Assistance League’s premier fundraiser, Books & Brunch, is virtual this year. Evening Edition’s live-stream broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10. We hope the 500-plus women who have supported us in the past and their friends and family will join us for an entertaining evening of interesting and lively author conversations with Gloria Chao, Sonali Dev, Chris Jones and moderator Andrea Thome. While you’re watching, you can purchase signed books, participate in special raffles, bid in the silent auction, and learn about special shopping opportunities at local businesses. To purchase a ticket or learn more about how you can support Books & Brunch, go to www.alcw.org.

Bridge Communities the occasion in recent months:

Employment services

Bridge’s employment team has worked tirelessly to help its families navigate furloughs, layoffs, the unemployment process, educational hurdles and more, brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bridge’s job readiness workshop has switched to a virtual format, with lots of positive feedback from Bridge clients. Bridge has provided clients with access to LinkedIn learning classes so they can boost their employable skills, and Bridge has also maintained a running list of job opportunities. And everyone’s hard work is beginning to pay off: Bridge families are now at an 18 percent unemployment rate, down from a high of 43 percent in May.


n these uncertain times, donors, supporters and community partners have rallied together in support of the families Bridge Communities serves. Bridge thanks residents for being a lifeline to homeless families in the community. Despite the struggles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued to house, mentor and provide supportive services to DuPage County homeless families because of your support. Here’s just a few examples of how Bridge friends and families have risen to

Nutrition program

The nutrition team has continued to partner with The GardenWorks Project to provide at-home organic gardens for Bridge families, and the West Suburban Community Pantry has increased Bridge families’ access to healthy, fresh food via its mobile pantry. Plus, Green Earth Harvest and The Conservation Foundation have granted ten families with biweekly produce boxes.

parents, including connecting families to safe childcare and day-camps, remote support groups and ACT tutoring, virtual meet-ups, parenting classes, summer activity boxes and more. This spring, Bridge held a virtual spirit week for families, volunteers and staff. And this summer, friends made sure kids received all the needed school supplies to start off the school-year. To help keep homeless families housed and safe during these chaotic times, Bridge needs community supporters. Here are some ways to make a difference for Bridge families this fall: • Sign your family up to fundraise and sleep out (or in) on Sleep Out Saturday at www.sleepoutsaturday.org. • Become a volunteer mentor for a homeless family. Contact suzanne. thibeault@bridgecommunities.org for details. • Hold a cleaning or personal-care product drive. Contact vicky.joseph@ bridgecommunities.org for details. • Make a donation at www.bridgecommunities.org.

Children’s services:

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District 181 Foundation honor a special teacher with a donation to the foundation. This year, families showed their appreciation for our teachers, as they met the challenges of remote learning, by giving 30 percent more than the previous year. All our planned spring events and speakers had to be canceled. Our volunteer board continued to meet virtually, and we appreciate the new board members who joined us throughout the spring. From the onset of the pandemic, the District 181 Foundation assessed its event and programming calendar, and adapted to best serve students, parents and teachers.


hroughout the pandemic, the District 181 Foundation has remained committed to responding to the current challenges, and continuing to support students, teachers and parents in our district. In May, the foundation hosted its annual teacher appreciation online fundraiser: an opportunity for parents and students to

Our KIDS grants program flourished, as we encouraged students to think of community service projects they could do from home. The annual student art exhibit went virtual, with an online art show curated by the D181 art teachers and compiled by the foundation. And, in lieu of the reception, we delivered yard-signs to celebrate all the student artists. For teachers, we invested $28,000 in summer training opportunities focused on improving their ability to provide quality E-learning and remote learning experiences for students. More than 100 teachers

representing all nine district schools have participated in a variety of training programs funded by the foundation. We also hosted a webinar with expert Lisa Damour about how to manage stress, anxiety and parenting during COVID-19, which was attended by more than 600 parents and community members. The District 181 Foundation is a proud beneficiary of the Rotary Run Charity Classic. This fun community event is virtual this year. Register online at www. rotaryruncharityclassic.com, pick your distance, receive a T-shirt and run or walk between Sept 20 and Oct 4. Children get a winner’s ribbon when they finish. As the new school year begins, we are committed to supporting programs that enhance the hybrid and remote learning plans for District 181 schools, giving students quality extracurricular experiences, and providing parents with resources they can use to support their children during these difficult times. For more information about the District 181 Foundation, how to become involved or to make a donation, visit www.d181foundation.org.

Diveheart education, website redevelopment, database retooling and office and dive locker duties. Volunteers from around the country who usually assist Diveheart on trips continue to be supportive virtually, but we miss them in person.


raditional fundraising has been devastated, and Diveheart is down significantly year to date. We’ve been creative and adaptive, and have recouped some back, but it has been a challenge. Volunteers have been helping us with outreach and



Since Diveheart pushed all of its trips, trainings and pool programs to 2021, it has increased our outreach and education programs. In Downers Grove for example, we hand out free pandemic pick-up mesh bags for trash pick-up when people are on their walks. We work with clubs and school art groups to take old scuba gear and turn it into scuba art. We do weekly Saturday morning outreach and education programs at farmers market displays outside of Diveheart world headquarters at 5100 Main Street in Downers Grove. Diveheart also recycles wetsuits to make yoga mats and coasters, helping the environment and people with disabilities through its programs. Retooling is the word we use to service and upgrade our dive locker, office,

database, website, equipment and more. Our hopes are to come out on the other side of this pandemic stronger. Diveheart is hoping that a promised-land donation will come through in the last half of this year, so that it can announce and begin to fundraise for a facility that will include the deepest warm-water therapy pool in the world, where researchers and therapists from around the world can grow and realize the benefits of adaptive scuba and scuba therapy internationally.

DuPagePads Hotel-placed clients receive intensive support, including weekly deliveries of food and essential supplies, and wellness checks conducted every 48 hours by our team of case managers. Our staff continues to assess needs, develop housing plans, assist in accessing eligible entitlements like critical healthcare, and prevent isolation. In addition, program staff are continuing to refer job-prepared clients to the career employment solutions program.


he local outbreak of COVID-19 caused DuPagePads to adapt its support models to protect the safety of clients, volunteers and staff.

DuPagePads made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend interim (overnight) housing at all of its 29 shelter sites. The agency adjusted by implementing emergency temporary housing, utilizing hotel rooms across the county to provide access to shelter for the duration of the pandemic. Since March 1, DuPagePads has provided 141 clients with emergency housing in 100 hotel rooms across DuPage County.

DuPagePads has developed the moving home initiative to assist all hotel-placed clients in securing stable housing with ongoing case management support. Advancing more than 30 households from hotels to stable housing, DuPagePads continues to allocate resources towards transitioning all clients into a secure home, with the food, furnishings and support needed to meet their basic needs. Active housing plans are in place for twothirds of the current hotel-placed clients on the path from homelessness to housing stability during this crisis period. The agency continues to provide street outreach services for those experiencing homelessness during the pandemic, as well as food, essential supplies and intensive support to clients in its network of 147 supportive housing apartments.

Donors and volunteers continue to support DuPagePads’ solutions and efforts with needed donations, new household goods and food drives. Individual contributions and COVID-19-related grant funding support have enabled the agency’s emergency temporary housing program to provide 43,050 meals and 14,350 nights of shelter since early March. DuPagePads is grateful for the generosity of the Hinsdale community, as it works to end homelessness throughout COVID-19 and beyond. Through the support of countless volunteers at each of its Hinsdale-based shelter site at Redeemer Lutheran Church, individuals and families experiencing homelessness were greeted with warmth, safety, sustenance and connections to resources to help regain stability. Together, these sites provided 1,722 nights of shelter, and more than 4,000 means to prevent hunger. Additionally, the soup ministry housed at Union Church of Hinsdale has come together to feed our clients in emergency temporary housing every Friday since mid-April. Learn more about how you can support the moving home initiative or make a donation towards ending homelessness for our neighbors in need by visiting www.DuPagePads.org/donate today.

HCS Family Services and figuratively, at the heart of Hinsdale. Within these historic walls, our pantry operations have changed dramatically as a result of the pandemic, yet our commitment is unwavering. To keep our guests, staff and volunteers safe, we shifted our in-person shopping experience to a no-contact, drive-through service delivery in which our dedicated volunteers and staff place full carts of nutritious and plentiful food and personal-care products directly into awaiting car trunks. And the need has been extensive, with 5,100 individual cars served between March 30 and Aug. 25, equating to approximately 20,000 people served from our Hinsdale pantry and our Anne M. Jeans Elementary School pantry in unincorporated Willowbrook.


mid a global pandemic, eating well and having access to food are more important now than ever. For 83 years, HCS Family Services has existed based out of the Hinsdale Memorial Building—a building that has always stood, both literally

Critical to operations are the dozens of volunteers who continue, in the face of change and uncertainly, to show up masked every weekday to engage in activities such as food rescue from local grocers, sorting and packaging food, food inventory, food transportation to and from our two pantry locations—and, critically, food distribution

three days per week. In Hinsdale, our community members have sprung to action, dropping off donations in the red bins located outside our entryway doors, rolling up their sleeves to volunteer, and supporting us financially to purchase additional food, milk and eggs, among other things, in response to the increased need. Our community partners, such as the Hinsdale Public Library and the Village of Hinsdale, have demonstrated patience as we have navigated the challenging logistics required to respond to the hundreds of cars traveling through our shared circle drive. Our community neighbors around the memorial building have shown compassion and understanding as people pass through their streets to receive our services amidst a very busy construction season. Nobody knows what the future holds as we navigate these strange times, but we do know that at the heart of all we do is our commitment to people we serve, and our overwhelming gratitude to our Hinsdale community, with which we offer an enormous thank-you. HINSDALE MAGAZINE | HinsdaleMag.com


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Hinsdale Humane Society


ike most non-profits weathering COVID-19, the Hinsdale Humane Society has faced fundraising shortfalls due to canceled or postponed events and dwindling donations. In response, staff members came up with a number of new initiatives to keep awareness of our animals top of mind, and to share ways supporters and friends can help. Live-streaming adoptable pets has allowed us to show our animals to everyone during a time when the building has been closed

to visitors. Our “bad drawings” online fundraiser turned participants’ pet photos into custom artwork created by a team of volunteer artists. Front-porch photos raised funds by photographing people and their pets from a safe distance on our front porch. Dog washes provided a socially-distanced event to attendees, as we scrubbed their pups.

Society was incorporated back in 1953. Winners will be pulled live on Facebook and Instagram weekly.

Animal care, socializing and medical treatment have continued on without interruption since the pandemic began. Adoptions went to appointment only, allowing us to keep everyone safe, while still getting more animals into homes than ever before thanks to a surge in adopters. And our low-cost vaccination clinic and pet food bank, held twice a month, is available to help everyone during this difficult time.

Our care for the caregivers program brings much needed pet therapy to AMITA healthcare staff during a time when they need a boost the most.

To finish this year strong, we launched a humane heroes membership campaign so individuals can support us through monthly donations in exchange for member perks, exclusive stories, animal-welfare "bling" and more. A Queen of Hearts raffle kicks off on Sept. 22, the date the Hinsdale Humane

A new online store features unique animalwelfare messages on everything from shirts and hats to mugs, and debuts in September providing a great way for supporters to purchase gifts for themselves or others, all while helping homeless animals.

Last but not least are a number of planned giving opportunities for loyal supporters of our mission, including a new program called lasting love, which allows people to plan for their pets’ possible future should they predecease them. Even in the midst of a worldwide crisis, we are in awe of the generous individuals, businesses, partner shelters and other organizations that have stepped up to help us, so we can help the animals and the community.

Loaves & Fishes Community Services to decrease the number of volunteers by about 85 percent because of CDC guidelines on how many people could be together, and that they needed to be socially-distanced. This required a major shift in process. We also saw a dramatic drop in our food supply. Approximately 60 percent of our food had come from our grocery partners prior to the pandemic through “food rescue;” however, as many people grocery shopping over-bought, and at the same time, the food supply was interrupted, our prior rescued food supply dwindled. We are having to purchase more food now to meet the need.


oaves & Fishes Community Services is very grateful for the wonderful support shown during this challenging time, when we saw a marked increase in those needing help. Given the very fluid situation in which some gifts that come via third-party events will not be possible, we continue to actively fundraise. A significant challenge was having



When the pandemic hit, Loaves & Fishes had to rapidly change its food distribution process. In the past, clients shopped inside our facility in a market. When it became necessary to limit the number of people inside the building at the same time the need was escalating dramatically, we went to a curbside delivery model. Clients could drive up and open their trunks, and volunteers would put boxes of healthy food into their cars. Each client received about 100 pounds of healthy food that included

fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, meat and other staples. Prior to the pandemic, we were regularly serving approximately 750 families a week; now we are serving nearly 1,000 families a week. At our satellite facility in Bolingbrook, the number of families seeking help tripled. We have also seen an increase in the number of people requesting emergency assistance for rent or utilities. We expect that this need will continue, as our clients are most impacted by the economics of the situation. We do not expect the need to decrease; in fact, as the situation continues, the effects will long be with us. September is Hunger Action Month, and we hope people think of becoming involved in some way, whether through contributions, volunteering or hosting a food drive or virtual food drive. Additionally, Giving Tuesday is a significant day for us, and will be especially so, given the extraordinary challenges of the pandemic.

Pillars Community Health regardless of insurance status, something that has changed for so many individuals and families as businesses delay reopening or lay off staff.


n the midst of a global pandemic that has led to job-loss, mass illness, mental health woes and a spike in domestic and sexual violence cases, the services of local non-profits are perhaps more needed than ever. Pillars Community Health is a 99-year-old non-profit provider of health and social services, with nine locations in the western suburbs. The organization provides medical and dental care, mentalhealth and substance-use disorder services and domestic- and sexual-violence services—

In March and April, the organization worked quickly to adapt its services to the changing needs of the community. It launched virtual visits for mental-health and substance-use disorder clients; introduced telehealth visits for medical and dental patients, as well as curbside visits for some conditions; and moved domestic-violence shelter residents to an offsite, secure location where social distancing would be possible. By June, the organization had opened three COVID-19 testing sites, and reopened services at its family health center located on-site at Anne M. Jeans Elementary School in unincorporated Willowbrook. Domestic and sexual violence advocacy staff have continued to accompany survivors to courthouses, police stations and emergency rooms; and the organization has provided continuous 24-hour hotline service for behavioral health and domestic- and sexualviolence crises. “Witnessing first-hand the response of our

organization and our staff to the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m proud to be part of an organization that is invested in the success of our communities,” said Stephen J. Ryan Jr., chair of the Pillars Community Health board of directors. As the agency prepares for its 100th anniversary celebration beginning in January 2021, it is looking ahead to future innovations needed to meet the community’s needs, and planning virtual events to raise support for ongoing services. “We are so grateful to our supporters who have stood by us these last 100 years, and especially these last few months,” president and CEO Angela Curran said. “It’s not lost on us that we are in the middle of a recession, and our supporters and funders are as committed as ever to helping us carry out our mission. It is a testament to the power of generosity and the strength of this community in the most trying of circumstances.” Learn more about Pillars Community Health at www.PillarsCommunityHealth.org, or call 708-PILLARS (708-745-5277).

The Community House art classes and fun games and activities for kids—even distanced visits from the Easter bunny. Since reopening in June, we have seen the importance of connected and engaged communities. Families need a place to enjoy programs safely; kids need places to socialize and play; and the at-risk families in the Willowbrook Corner neighborhood need our support more than ever. Our programming is back, in adapted formats, for the community take part in.


ike so many organizations and the world, COVID-19 brought The Community House to a standstill. For the first time in nearly 80 years, our facility was closed for an extended period of time. We explored what it meant to be the hub of community activity when gathering in groups wasn’t possible, and came to embrace that our mission isn’t dependent upon any building. Individuals and families craved social interaction and community engagement, and during quarantine, we partnered with the community in tele-therapy in our counseling center, regular at-home video

To continue to be of service to families, we are launching remote learning support for students in District 181. Students can carry out the remote portion of their schoolday, separated into school pods and in small

numbers, at The Community House with support from our staff and with academic support from the Village Tutors staff. This will be an important service to the community as we all pull together to support one another. On Oct. 24 and 25, we are inviting the community to participate in the 13th annual Walk the Walk for Mental Health. With high levels of stress and anxiety, we hope to host an open conversation about mental wellness. All individuals and families should be talking about ways to manage their mental wellness, know warning-signs to look for in family and friends and know where to turn if they need professional help. The walk will raise funds for the counseling center at The Community House, and increase our ability to service clients without access to high-quality mental-health care. As it does not receive tax support, The Community House depends on individual donations to exist. To learn more, get involved or donate, visit www. thecommunityhouse.org.



Hinsdale Magazine | Giving Back

Wellness House


ellness House programs educate, support and empower people affected by cancer to improve their physical and emotional well-being. Because of the health risk posed by COVID-19, Wellness House temporarily stopped all in all in-person programs on March 12. The Wellness House team immediately challenged themselves to find new ways to provide programs with as little disruption as possible. Although Wellness House had offered a small number of online programs prior to COVID-19, the infrastructure to offer all programs online was not in place. The team moved quickly, however, to design and implement a new virtual model. On March 16, Wellness House began offering programs online, so participants did not need to leave the comfort and safety of their homes to access these programs. When the decision was made to move programs online, the Wellness House staff challenged themselves to adapt programs as necessary for the online environment and move nearly all in-person programs to an online platform. Wellness House also added new programs to address specific needs resulting from the pandemic. These have included: • Story-time for children; • Relaxation techniques for children, teens and adults (separate groups); • COVID-19 and cancer—medical experts explained the implications of COVID-19 for cancer patients and provided tips for 48


staying safe; • COVID-19 food safety and cancer— Wellness House’s oncology dietitian discussed food safety and cancer during the pandemic; and • COVID-19 resources—a social worker shared resources available during the pandemic, from grocery delivery options to unemployment benefits. In addition to supporting live programming, the new online platform has made it easy to record programs, which participants can now register for and view online at their convenience. Since March 16, 1,323 people made nearly 22,000 visits to Wellness House programs. This strong demand indicates not only the success of the new online model, but also the need for Wellness House programs. Even after a return to in-person programs becomes safe, Wellness House plans to continue to offer many online and recorded programs based on positive response. While the pandemic has dominated the news and everyday life for many families, coping with the effects of cancer has not taken a back-seat for the patients and families Wellness House serves. In fact, the pandemic has made coping with cancer even more challenging, as healthcare systems become overwhelmed and financial resources are strained. • “It has been very beneficial to my health and my mental stress.” • “The connection is so important for those that almost never get out and who are home

alone. I go to more classes now than I did before. It is a much better use of my time.” • “It has been a real blessing to have the yoga classes. I’m feeling much better—not as achy, more flexible and increase in energy. I hope that you will continue with these online classes.” • “These classes have helped me so much during these recent stressful times." • “It gives me a daily sense of purpose. It makes me feel better about the situation (cancer and COVID). It gives me strength and hope. I am so very calm these days, and am a productive part of my family. I feel like I can contribute to my family's unit, instead of hinder it with my illness and stress." This year, our annual Walk for Wellness House went virtual. On June 28, people in Hinsdale, across Illinois and around the country walked or ran a course in their own neighborhoods. Even though we didn’t gather in person this year, that didn’t put a damper on people's generosity. With more than 2,500 donors, we raised $568,109, hitting 90 percent of our goal. We are so thankful to the community for supporting the mission of Wellness House during this critical time. This year we celebrate our 30th anniversary, changing lives past, present and future. Our annual ball will be held virtually this year on Oct. 17, 2020, with specially-created menus by BOKA Restaurant Group. Join us for a meaningful night that will support our mission and celebrate 30 years. For more information, go to wellnesshouse.org.



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Restoring local control State Rep. Deanne Mazzochi introduces legislation to increase municipalities’ regulatory power over 5G installations BY MIKE ELLIS


tate Rep. Deanne Mazzochi, R-Elmhurst, introduced new legislation that would give municipalities more power in regulating 5G communications devices at the Tower Green in Western Springs on Aug. 13.

be small, unobtrusive, able to be worked into existing telephone poles,” Mazzochi said.

Mazzochi was joined by Western Springs village president Alice Gallagher, Clarendon Hills village president Len Austin and Hinsdale village trustee Luke Stifflear, representing the three west suburban communities that have attracted the most interest from telecommunications companies thus far.

She further said telecommunications

According to Mazzochi, what is actually being proposed are “hornets’ nests of dense cell-phone towers going up over our children’s playgrounds.”

Back in the winter, prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, many concerned residents of Clarendon Hills, Western Springs and Hinsdale pressured their respective village governments to develop more stringent 5G guidelines. But the existing legislation largely curtails local purview over prospective installations, only permitting them to approve guidelines related to aesthetics.

“These legislative provisions will return transparency, local control and rights back to our communities and our homeowners.”

In 2018, the Illinois General Assembly approved the current smallcell wireless act. “Legislators and municipalities alike were told that 5G installations [would] 52



companies could submit permit applications to construct “potentially thousands of new poles or box-ways in front of people’s homes.” “Concerned residents have seen that several of these canisters contain radiation exposure warnings,” Mazzochi said. “They don't want that in their backyards.”

Working with all three villages and various residents and activists, Mazzochi has prepared house bill 5818, also known as the “protect me from 5G” act, for the consideration of the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield. “It’s time we put some enforcement teeth behind the promises and representations of FCC compliance that telecommunications companies make

when they install 5G wireless canisters in your neighborhood,” she said. “And if you cannot comply with those basic, minimum FCC standards, you have no place in our neighborhoods.” The new regulatory powers the bill would confer on municipalities include:

1. Radio frequency monitoring— enable municipalities Would to require a monitoring plan, and track and record daily levels of radio frequency emissions that are produced by 5G equipment;

2. Noise monitoring— Would authorize the requirement of written reports that analyze acoustic noise levels for 5G facilities and associated equipment;

3. Environmental restrictions— could require Municipalities certification that a service provider completed a federal environmental assessment;

4. Equipment restrictions— Would allow municipalities to require equipment be replaced with the smallest commercially-used and available equipment;

“All of this is in the legislation, and it reflects the very real concerns that our district residents have about the impacts that these new wireless sites are going to have on their health, on their property values and on their privacy; while at the same time acknowledging the realities of the fast-paced and growing digital world that we live in,” she said.

“This bill is about opening up the process, providing our residents with more information about their community, and returning some of the authority back to us—authority that we should retain at the local governing body,” she said.

Austin said the most difficult issue related to 5G is “transparency,” by which he means that villages don't know which providers will be submitting applications, or if there are multiple companies that will want to engage them.

“[5G equipment] will be in everybody’s front-yard,” he said. “The way that the current legislation is written, all of the major telecommunications companies have the flexibility to put a pole up in your front-yard or your public right-of-way, with absolutely no input whatsoever from your local boards or local zoning [authorities]. That means

“That makes it, on our end, virtually impossible to see the future as to what this is going to look like,” he said.

Stifflear said he is “very supportive” of the bill, and believes most residents are as well.

Austin said residents “simply want answers that we can't give them, because we don’t have them.”

service providers must submit new applications when seeking to replace existing equipment with 5G;

“This is our community that we raise our families in, that we’re proud of; and we don’t want Clarendon Hills village president Len Austin speaks to see it littered at the 5G press conference in Western Springs. with multiple poles in multiple locations,” he said. that a company such as Verizon could “We don't want to deny that the put a pole up in your front-yard; technology is needed, but we want to T-Mobile could put a pole up in your make sure that it is done in a fashion neighbor’s front-yard; and then AT&T that is not detrimental to our property could put one up in the next yard. It values.” would be an absolute blight on all of

7. Below-ground devices— Would allow municipalities to

Gallagher thanked Mazzochi for sponsoring the bill.

require subterranean installation of 5G facilities and related devices, especially as new technology becomes available;

of authority when providers seek to use easements.

“The Village of Western Springs is pleased to work together with Rep. Mazzochi in drafting this legislation,” she said. “It is so important to keep our residents informed on this issue, and the village board is pursuing every avenue to give Western Springs as much control as possible.”

In summary, Mazzochi said these legislative provisions “will return transparency, local control and rights back to our communities and our homeowners.”

Gallagher said house bill 5818 “will allow us to make rules about the size and placement of small-cell wireless facilities and the associated equipment throughout our village.”

5. Alternate location authority— Would authorize the proposal of 5G facilities to be located on existing poles, and within 200 feet of a requested location of any proposed poles;

6. Closing application loopholes— Municipalities could clarify that

8. Easement rules— Municipalities could require proof

our communities.” At the same time, Stifflear said the proposed legislation is “not a bill that prohibits going forward,” encouraging all local residents to support it. “It is not a bill that is going to limit our telecommunications access,” he said. “It just gives control back to us to control aesthetics, control timing and control locations.”



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“We’re always so proud of and excited about the support that we receive in very different ways from area businesses,” said Jim Elliott, founder and president of Diveheart in Downers Grove. “Case in point is local automobile dealership owner Bill Kay. For more than 20 years, Bill’s generosity and expertise have helped Diveheart achieve our mission.” A non-profit organization, Diveheart provides scuba-diving instruction and opportunities for children and adults with disabilities and wounded veterans. Diveheart's office is located in Downers Grove, and the organization has chapters around the world. Diveheart's participants include individuals with almost any level of cognitive, physical or emotional disability. Bill Kay, a Naperville resident, owns area Chevrolet, Honda, Nissan, Buick, GMC 56


and Ford dealerships. Kay first learned about Diveheart in 1999. “I was planning a trip to Hawaii for the new millennium, and wanted to get certified for scuba-diving,” he said. “My cousin recommended Jim, who is an outstanding scuba instructor. Jim worked with me, and I was certified in time for my trip.” Elliott subsequently helped Kay to become a certified rescue-diver. Kay said that from the start, he has been impressed by Elliott's passion. “I can’t say enough good things about Jim and his dedication to Diveheart,” he said. “Running the organization as a fulltime volunteer, he sacrifices so much to help people with disabilities experience something that they otherwise would not be able to do. I started by donating a vehicle to Diveheart many years ago. My

family’s foundation has also made financial contributions to Diveheart throughout the years.” Kay's generosity extends to him sharing his expertise. “I guess I'm the go-to guy that keeps Jim on the road,” he said. “Jim does a tremendous amount of traveling, supporting the Diveheart cause. I make sure his vehicles are maintained, and on occasion, I will arrange the sale of a donated vehicle for him. I also am on the board of directors of the Angelfish Foundation, which supports Diveheart.” “Reliable transportation is so important to our ability to provide our services,” Elliott said. “Bill's generosity is essential to that. We are grateful to him for everything he does for our organization.”

Hinsdale Magazine | Education

Back-to-(public) school updates and alternatives BY LARRY ATSEFF

As our August issue went to press, we gave readers the District 86 plan for opening this Fall. It originally involved a “hybrid” model. (Go to hinsdalemag.com to see the article in a digital version of our August issue and all prior print issues.) We included a proviso that things might change, and that the Board was prepared to make changes. And on August 12, “the state updated guidance from the Illinois Department of Health and the Illinois State Board of Education”, and the board moved to the remote learning model. It should be noted that at the most recent District 86 Board Meeting, residents raised their concerns about the shift. Board President Kevin Camden responded by saying, “If you want to get kids in the classroom, continue to be angry. Just shift who you’re angry with and focus attention on elected officials.” Go to d86.hinsdale86.org for the latest guidance from Superintendent Tammy Prentiss on the Remote Learning model. Or go to d181.org for the latest on K-8 grades. For those still looking for alternatives, below is a quick checklist, and an introduction to an alternative that has recently been co-founded by Hinsdale resident Alice Locatelli, called Co-Pod.

Locatelli is a mom of two, and has experience leading product and operations in the field of education technology. She holds a Master's in education from Stanford University, an MBA from Chicago Booth and a bachelor's in computer science from Emory University. First the checklist: 1. Switching students from public schools to private institutions. Local examples are Timothy Christian School or St. Isaac Jogues. 2. Moving or relocating school district.



3. Finding a full-time tutor who will come to your home. 4. Home-schooling. Parents take on the teaching role. For help in getting started, you can go to Home School Legal Defense Association (hslda. org), or you can read "How To Home School," written by Jennifer Day for the Chicago Tribune, Aug. 16, 2020, in the "Life" section.

And, then there is Co-Pod, an example of necessity being the mother of invention. “Co-Pods are small groups of students, typically gathered in a common location, to engage in learning activities," Locatelli said. "Co-Pods sometimes complement remote learning being provided by a classroom teacher. Co-Pods can also be used for homeschooling. Co-Pod is flexible.” Here’s how it works. A typical Co-Pod includes three to four students of similar age and grade. Caregiving is often in a cooperative style across multiple adults. Students go to Parent A’s house on Monday, Parent B’s house on Tuesday, Parent C’s house on Wednesday, and so on. There is often a remote teacher on the screen or an in-person teacher or tutor in the room to guide learning. In a way, it works like a dating service, and it is free. Interested parents should go to thecopod.com to see how their children can become members of a pod. WBBM Ch. 2 just ran a video clip on Aug. 25. The concept is already up and running in Highland Park.




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Hinsdale Magazine | Neighborhood Find

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Downers Grove’s Brookeridge neighborhood flies under the radar BY MAUREEN CALLAHAN 60





f you’re looking for Rick Sparke, try looking up. Rick, a seasoned Southwest Airlines pilot, and his family are residents of Brookeridge, a unique fly-in community located in Downers Grove. Walk through his garage/hangar, past his airplane, and you’ll find yourself on the runway—literally.

As I sat down to interview Sparke on his deck, a yellow Aeronca Champion landed and taxied 60 yards behind us. In clear weather, one may expect eight or ten takeoffs and landings a day. The airstrip, initially owned and operated by an air cargo business, was here before the fly-in community. By the mid-1960s, increasing air traffic and noise from the cargo flying was becoming a community concern. A group of 16 residents approached the business owner and acquired the land, forming the Brookeridge Homeowner’s Association. By the mid-1970s, the airport and fly-in community were established. The neighborhood is closeknit, annually holding an Easter egg hunt, summer picnics, a Halloween party and Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. Neighbors often congregate in a hangar for Friday night happy hours. The Brookeridge Airport Association (BAA)—separate from the homeowner’s association—allows members access to the airstrip. There are 26 shareholders, most of whom live in the community. Membership fees include upkeep, i.e. sealcoating, paving, snow-plowing and law-mowing of the runway, in addition to access to the fuel-pump. Most of the houses with runway access are owned by pilots, but you need not fly to live here. Surprisingly, only a handful of residents are active airline pilots, with a few retired ones as well. Most fly for a hobby; a few are cargo pilots. This area is unique to Downers Grove. Actually, it’s unique to anywhere. “There are fly-in communities around the U.S.,” Sparke said, “but they’re mostly in much less populated areas. It’s uncommon to find something like this so relatively close to a couple of major airports.” So, how did Rick’s career take flight?


“I always wanted to be a pilot,” he said. “As a kid, I loved Superman, because he could fly.”

Robert Burns, a retired Naval flight surgeon. He had an office right in his hangar. It’s how I discovered this area.”

Growing up, Sparke’s family mostly drove. His first time on an airplane was at 11 years old, when his family flew to a wedding in Texas.

The neighborhood wasn’t a tough sell for Sparke’s wife Michele either. Every September, Brookeridge hosts a fly-in: a chance for small-aircraft pilots to visit the community for a “$100 burger.” Guest pilots fly their planes here and stay for a barbeque at a homeowner’s hangar.

“When we touched down, I told my

“Today, the winds are out of the east, so everyone is using runway No. 9.” -RICK SPARKE mom I wanted to fly,” he said. “She said it would be over her dead body. But I never got over that flight.” The realization of his childhood dream began as a flight instructor after graduating from Comair Aviation Academy in Florida. From there, Sparke worked a few years for Delta connection Comair, before being hired by Southwest more than a decade ago. While Brookeridge seems an obvious choice for the Sparke family home, he said he “honestly didn’t know this neighborhood was here when we moved to Downers Grove.” “Pilots are required to have a physical every six months,” Sparke said. “Shortly after moving to town, I found Dr.

“The donation is usually around $100, which covers the cost of refueling your airplane,” Sparke said. A random postcard sent to all the pilots in Illinois led to the Sparkes’ attendance at the 2015 fly-in. “My wife loved the neighborhood,” he said. “An off-duty realtor showed us a couple houses that day. By December, we were moving in. So, it’s not a place we went looking for, but it’s a place we love.” Acquisition of the Piper Cherokee, Sparke’s airplane, followed the next year. It’s a six-seater, six-cylinder that he calls “the mini-van of the air.” In nice weather, the family is up in the air at least once a week. Sunday afternoons often find the Sparkes flying to Lake Geneva or Bloomington for lunch, or going for hundred-dollar-burgers in Rochelle. The Sparke “flight crew”— Emily, Andy and Charlotte—love flying Continued on next page. HINSDALE MAGAZINE | HinsdaleMag.com


Hinsdale Magazine | Neighborhood Find to see relatives as close as Peoria and as far as Birmingham, Ala. The plane cruises at about 150 m.p.h, so flights typically take about 35 to 40 percent of the time it would take to reach the same destination if driving. Like Brookeridge, most flyin communities are classified as uncontrolled airports, meaning there is no airport building or control tower. Safety is maintained solely amongst pilots themselves to coordinate takeoffs and landings, using a system called Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF). Pilots start broadcasting their intentions for landing about five miles out on the frequency by identifying the airplane tail number and where they intend to land. Other flying aircrafts in the area then make their intentions and locations known over CTAF. All runways, even ones at major airports, are numbered based on magnetic north, which is 360 degrees. The zero is omitted from the number of degrees, starting with 360, to determine the runway number. Brookeridge



Airport is runway No. 9 to the east and No. 27 to the west, indicating it is 90 degrees to the east and 270 degrees to the west. “You usually want to take off and land into the wind,” Sparke said. “Today, the winds are out of the east, so everyone is using runway No. 9.” For safety reasons, the BAA approves residents’ planes, mindfully considering proposals from the standpoints of safety and noise level. In general, the size of the airstrip dictates the type of aircraft allowed. Obviously, you won’t see any Airbus A380s here. Currently, the biggest plane in the community is a turbine-powered Piper Mirage 350. A monthly fee provides residents a key to the fuel tank at one end of the airstrip. “Most of the planes you see here have engines like a car,” Sparke said. “My plane runs on 100-octane unleaded fuel.”

pilots can come and go as they like. It’s an instrument approach, meaning the pilot gets electronic lateral and vertical signals, so he or she knows when to start the descent. The signals keep the plane above any obstacles and terrain, and center it above the midline of the runway for a safe landing. “If you’re in contact with air-traffic control, they can vector you onto the approach,” Sparke said. “Weather and conditions don’t play a huge role in whether or not a flight happens.” The public is welcome to attend the annual fly-in to see some airplanes up close, and spend an afternoon in this niche community. Unfortunately, this September’s fly-in has been canceled. It usually takes place on the Saturday after Labor Day, so next year’s event will likely be held on Sept. 11. Watch the BAA website for details, http://www.ll22.org/fly-in/.

The primary runway is 2,813 feet long, with paved parallel taxiways on either side. It is illuminated at night, so


Brookeridge by the Numbers • 2,813 feet – the length of Brookeridge runway 9/27 • 80 – number of houses in the community • 75 – percentage of run way-access houses owned by pilots • 14 – number of years Rick has flown for Southwest • 30 to 40 – number of non residents that usually attend the annual fly-in • 6 – number of cylinders (and seats) in Rick’s Piper Cherokee • 100 – number of octanes the Piper Cherokee runs on • 747 – an airplane you’ll never see on this runway PHOTO BY ALBERT MIRANDA



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