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appy Holidays! I hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving, no matter how you chose to celebrate. As we move into the most wonderful time of the year, I’m excited to present our December issue, packed with uplifting stories. Our features this focus on stunning interior design elements for the winter season. Leslie Bowman, owner of The Design Bar in Burr Ridge, shares her favorite décor selections for the holiday season—some of them unconventional; all of them beautiful. Our cover story marries winter 2020 runway fashion and home style. In Country Vs. Town, we meet Alex Santau who has made Hinsdale home after growing up in Europe. The scientist shares her love of family, passion to bring science education to all, and her favorites in the country and on the town. We highlight Friends of Prentice and its Still Together, At Home virtual gala in Giving Back. The nonprofit’s 2020 fundraiser remained a monumental success despite COVID-19. Our Publisher’s Profiles this month highlight three local businesses that have their customer’s utmost well-being in mind. Botti Law Firm in Oak Brook takes a compassionate
approach while helping clients fight for their legal rights. Dr. Chirag Patel and Hansa Medical Groupe offer advice on helping seniors with anxiety and stress which may be especially concerning during this time of year. Northern Trust provides personalized service and planning for both individuals and businesses in its new Oakbrook Terrace location. And, Kerwell, a new premium CBD house in Downers Grove, guides clients on their journey to wellness through education and individually tailored plans. Kerwell’s products also make the perfect gift for friends and family this year. If you’re still finishing up your holiday shopping like me, we have some exquisite gems in our Holiday Jewels that are sure to help you check off that list. And we round out or final issue of the year with Kurt Beecken in Parting Words. After growing up in Hinsdale, Beecken was introduced to the classic style that emanates from the American South, and eventually found himself opening a boutique clothier in Chicago based on that influence. I encourage you to reflect on this year as you look forward to the new year. 2020 was most certainly a trying year for so many of us, but I like to focus on the silver linings. Among these silver linings, I have seen businesses change course to serve their clients, nonprofits pivot their fundraising events to continue to provide services to those in need, and community members who have stepped up to support these businesses, nonprofits, and each other. My favorite silver lining—the opportunity to spend more time with my sweet daughter during the pandemic shutdown. Cheers to a new year filled with health, hope, and happiness! Warmest wishes, Kemmie Ryan email@example.com
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THROUGH JANUARY 3 ILLUMINATION WHERE: The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
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THROUGH JANUARY 3 CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD AND HOLIDAY OF LIGHT WHERE: Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
WHEN: Timed entry beginning at 9:30 a.m. In a time of change, the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) continues its traditional holiday display for the 78th year. This year’s beloved celebration will feature 40 trees and displays decorated to represent the holiday traditions and cultures from around the world, as well as a four-story, floor-to-dome Grand Tree. The spectacular exhibit will feature a more spacious layout, as well as limited and time entry, to ensure social distancing. Registration is required. msichicago. org/explore/holidays-2020 As we go to press, some of the events listed may have changed or been postponed. With that in mind, we urge you to check the organization’s website to find out whether an event is still taking place, or has been canceled or rescheduled, before attending.
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THE BUZZ LIFE INSIGHT THERAPY COLLECTIVE proudly opened the doors to its new location in Hinsdale this fall. To celebrate, the mental health provider hosted guests for a ribbon cutting ceremony, outdoor reception, and small group tours of the new space on October 16. And while Life Insight has been a part of the community for 15 years, it’s excited to deepen those roots and connect with other local business, including those who participated in the grand opening: Vistro Restaurant provided its signature cuisine during the event, paired with Tee Tee’s Sweets for dessert, florals by Phillip’s Flowers and Gifts, and custom-branded face masks by Jak Creative Design. Founder and owner Sarah Stukas says it best, “I started Life Insight with the sole purpose of creating a home for our clients and therapists—a place where they could be supported, achieve the goals they set for themselves, and thrive in their lives, their work, and their relationships.” Life Insight is located at 115 South Vine Street, in Hinsdale. For more information, visit life-insight.com.
The WESTERN SUBURBS GIVING CIRCLE (WSGC) kicked off its fall season of giving on the heels of its tremendously successful 2019-2020 grant cycle. The nonprofit, which is one of six circles of the Councils of Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW), is comprised of leaders in health care, finance, law, education, design, IT, marketing, public relations, nonprofits, and more. With grants totaling more than $40,000, WSCG contributed to local organizations: Styles4Kidz, Legal Aid Society’s Human Trafficking Initiative, DuPage Early ChildNikki Cameron, Andrea hood Collaborative, Teen Parent Sidorow, Tanya Davis, Dr. Sonal Gupta Connection, and CFW’s Rapid Response Initiative. Established in 2016 with three founding members, the nonprofit has grown to 40 members in 2020 and has raised more than $130,000 for local women and girls. WSGC is currently accepting new members and hopes to grow its membership in 2021. For more information, visit cfw.org/what-you-can-do/western-suburbs-council-page.
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COUNTRY VS. TOWN ALEX SANTAU was born in Romania and grew up in Munich, Germany, before moving to the United States in 1996. This mother of two daughters—Victoria (6) and Emilia (4)—works as a Director of Academic
Excellence at the Institute of Food Technologists, the professional association for everything food science. Along the way to her current position, Santau has built an impressive resume—from studying microbiology at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and molecular biology at Purdue University, to earning a PhD in science education from the University of Miami and working as a professor of science education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for nine years. “In my work, I’m passionate about bringing science to all and making it about understanding the world around us rather than memorizing facts,” she says. When she isn’t working, Santau enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Chris, their daughters, and their dog, Ali Baba. “I’m passionate about inspiring our girls to be authentic, kind, and thoughtful. We are a multicultural family, and we place high value on education. I’d love to see more of the world and expose our kids to many cultures and languages.” Although Santau has had to put travel plans on the back burner during the pandemic, she has stayed busy taking classes on cooking and wine, and is working on that perfect pepper steak she learned to cook from Wolfgang Puck’s Master Class. As for volunteer work, she is a member of the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club, involved with the foundation named Feeding Tomorrow, and a supporter of a dear friend’s foundation ICU Baby in Miami. She shares some of her favorites in the country and on the town this month: EDITED BY KEMMIE RYAN / PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBIN SUBAR / STYLING BY THERESA DEMARIA HAIR AND MAKEUP BY SARA SALTANOVITZ FOR DISTINCT ARTISTS Mantra? Make good decisions. Best grooming tip? Start eye cream in your 20s. Guilty pleasure? Donuts. Grissini. A good tempranillo. Favorite foods? Cherries and anything truffled. Music you love? Anything that takes me back to Miami—Latin, reggaeton, electronica. Best advice ever given to you? Know your worth. Best advice you’ve given? Don’t waste time turning mediocre into great; focus on turning great into exceptional. Earliest memory? Summers in the Romanian mountain village Văliug with my grandparents. When you wake up, you? Hug my family, rub Ali Baba’s belly, and enjoy the per-
fect cup of coffee Chris makes for me. Before bed, you? Fall asleep on the couch. What’s on your bookshelf? Science and law books. Too few “fun” books, but I am reading I am Malala, finally. You can’t live without? My family, friends, and workouts. Love to escape to? The Maldives but would be ok with Tulum for now. Advice you would give to your younger self? It will all happen differently than you think, so let it.
W HE N I N THE COU N T RY W HE N I N TOW N Your style is? Classic and comfortable. In my mind: cashmere and jeans; in reality: Sweaty Betty. Can’t leave the house without? The dreaded phone, now mask. Transportation? The Bavarian mobile, representing Munich. Driving music? Anything but princess music. Place to eat? The usual suspects—Nabuki, Vistro, Fuller House. Shop? Mostly online but love Nabuki My Sister Kate for the girls. Best thing about countr y? Uniquely Thursdays. Running into friends. Worst thing about country? Waiting for freight trains to end. The perfect day is? In the summer, outdoor/pool time with my family, a backyard barbecue with friends, then a nightcap with Chris.
Your style is? Elegant. Can’t leave the house without? A good pair of footwear. Transportation? Metra or Lux Tux Transportation. Driving music? Currently J. Balvin. Place to eat? Elske is interesting. Shop? Oak Street. Best thing about town? The lake. Worst thing about town? Getting there. The perfect day is? Day date with Chris—coffee at L’Appetito, shopping, Pho for lunch (love 777!), couple’s massage and pool time at the Four Seasons, dinner, and drinks.
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GIVING BACK Honoree Dr. Michael Socol and Dr. William Grobman in 2019
riends of Prentice (FOP), a nonprofit organization working in partnership with Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital to fund innovative and leading-edge research benefitting the lives of women, raised nearly $600,000 at its annual fundraising benefit on Saturday, October 24. Themed Still Together, At Home, this is the first year that the gala was held virtually. Close to 1,000 guests tuned in from the comfort of their own homes. Mike Borders, Friends of Prentice Board President, along with Executive Director Kristen Field, co-hosted the event. “To say this was a big undertaking would be stating it mildly,” says Field, who joined FOP a year ago and now leads its board of 50. “But in this time of COVID-19, there is this desire of people to want to feel more connected. People don’t want to be standing on the sidelines if there is a way they can make a difference. We often surprise ourselves of what we’re capable of during challenging times.” Since 1983, FOP has raised over $20 million and awarded grants to more than 100 researchers and clinical programs. FOP’s annual grants initiative has funded projects in the areas of COVID-19 research, gynecologic oncology, mental health, heart disease, disparities in access to care, diabetes, HIV, uterine and pelvic medicine, genetic biomarker research, home health care outreach, and more. Funds raised during the gala go directly to research, education, and patient care programs at Prentice. This year’s gala featured one-of-a-kind online auctions, music from DJ Megan Taylor and The Dr. Bombay band, as well as a cocktail hour led by twotime James Beard award-winner and mixologist Belinda
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Chang. Emmyaward winning television host Val Warner served as emcee for the event that encouraged guests to “come together” virtually to honor the health care community while raising critical funds for medical research. In addition, the frontline health heroes, clinicians, and physicians who have received grants from Friends of Prentice shared highlights of their research and the positive impact the funding has had on the research conducted within their respective areas of women’s health. “If there was a silver lining from us having to make our gala a virtual event, it’s that it made it accessible to anyone who wanted to be a part of it and see what we were up to,” says Field, who explains the board made the decision to make the virtual ticket price free. “The FOP reach is great—so many people have a story and feel connected to our mission of providing crucial funds to clinicians and researchers who are shaping the future of women’s health care.” When planning for the gala began, Field put a stake in the ground and said the board would strive to raise what they had in past years. “Fundraising isn’t fixed—it’s always evolving,” Field says. “We knew with this being the first virtual gala, it was going to be the best one we ever had. At this dark time, we wanted this event to be a light and really bring our community together.” While Field is new to FOP, her roots in nonprofits and health care are deep. “My father and grandfather were both doctors and my mother was a nurse,” she says. “Although I didn’t go to medical school, I speak the language of ‘medicine’ and appreciate the importance for great health care and the need to celebrate our health care heroes. I’ve been reflecting on this a lot lately and the sacrifices our health care providers make day in and day out. We may never be able to truly thank them for all they do, but we can sure try.” To make a donation to FOP or learn more about the organization, visit friendsofprentice.org.
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OH, TANNENBAUM Forget everything you’ve heard about waiting until after Thanksgiving to put up that tree. Leslie Bowman and her interior design team at The Design Bar in Burr Ridge are reinventing the concept and extending it before and after the holiday season. WORDS BY SHERRY THOMAS / PHOTOGRAPHY BY HEATHER TALBERT
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s early as the Roman winter solstice of Saturnalia, the darkest time of the year was celebrated with light, festivals, and boughs of evergreen. The Christmas tree, dating to 16th century Germany, has been a Christian tradition for centuries— one that has been adopted by the masses as the holiday evolved into the 21st century. Along with that evolution came “rules” about when it was socially acceptable to put up the tree, how it should be decorated, and when you should take it down. But according to Leslie Bowman, owner and founder of The Design Bar in Burr Ridge, those mandates are about as outdated as the one that banned wearing white after Labor Day. “What we’ve been doing for the last two years with trees in the store is making them transition from fall to winter,” says
Bowman, explaining that people stopped following those tree rules a long time ago and that many put up their tree well before Thanksgiving. “A fall tree for Thanksgiving can morph into a tree for Christmas just by taking certain ornaments on and off and changing the décor.” While a tree is not mandatory for holiday décor, it can be the centerpiece and the starting point to transform your home from dark winter blah to a dazzling wonderland. “Thanksgiving is so late this year that if you wait until after Thanksgiving to put up your tree, it’s only going to be there for three weeks,” she says. “We’ve been giving demonstrations at the store since October for ways to give your tree a one-of-kind look.” If you’ve seen the trees at The Design Bar, you may have noticed the secret to Bowman’s Christmas tree success—layering. “You have to start in the middle with a tree,” she explains. “I think that’s the thing that’s kind of hard to understand. Our
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“They’re not traveling and not going out, so this is a time to make your house feel extra special.”
Tablescapes with elements of varying heights and textures decorated trees look a little bit different because we add the ornaments in layers from the center of the tree moving out.” Bowman is also not afraid to defy the rules about what belongs on a tree. “I try to think outside the box and put unusual items trees,” she says, adding that she will have at least two different themed trees in her own home this year. “I like things that are not your typical ornament. For example, we have some big wooden chains layered on a coffee table in the store … I put that on my tree.” When decorating a tree in the store, she and her team take some of the largest ornaments, often as big as eight inches, and literally stuff them into the center of the tree that is most often neglected. From the center, elements are layered in, whether they be flowers or garland or ribbon or strings of lights. Bowman says her most important word of advice when contemplating holiday décor is to remember that not everything has to match. “That’s the magic of the holidays,” she adds. “We often have people who have Christmas trees that have sentimental value and oftentimes we have a pretty Christmas tree that’s all glammy, but we also want a family Christmas tree.” The good news? You can have both and do them both well. “Layering is key,” Bowman explains. “Not everything has to be over the top holiday. You can have anything you want as long as you’re doing it in a way that coordinates. The important thing is not to be stuck in a corner with one theme or another.” One of Bowman’s favorite trees in the store right now has unusually long branches where ornaments can be hung and suspended as if in mid-air. There is even a tree in the store that stays up year-round. “We call it the dead tree and it’s literally just a twig tree that’s pretty to hang things on, regardless of what season it may be.” Bowman says in addition to the two main trees in her home,
she will likely also have a series of smaller trees in her foyer or on a console table—just for the ambient lighting and atmosphere. “Since it’s so dark this time of year, the lights of Christmas décor can make our homes really pretty,” she adds. “Given what we’ve been dealing with in 2020 with the pandemic, I think people are really looking forward to the holidays. They’re not traveling and not going out, so this is a time to make your house feel extra special.” The Design Bar is located at the Burr Ridge Village Center, 880 Village Center Drive, in Burr Ridge. For more information, call 630734-0000 or visit thedesignbars.com.
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GLAM IT UP This may be a year we all want to forget but that’s even more reason to make Christmas 2020 one to remember. Leslie Bowman and her team at The Design Bar offer these five tips and trends to watch for. LIGHT BRIGHT Bowman says many artificial trees this year might come pre-lit but that doesn’t mean you can’t layer in another type of light. “I’m seeing more trees with two different sized bulbs to create different looks,” she explains. “There are the larger, round, more old-fashioned bulbs as well as little LED light-up bulbs.” Something that is simplifying the art of holiday lighting are the abundance of battery-operated options. “So many things we have in the store now run on batteries and are operated on timers,” Bowman adds. “That’s kind of nice because you don’t have to run around and turn them off. We also have these beautiful snow globes that light up so it’s nice to be able to put them in places where you don’t have light or an outlet.” Another trend to watch for are lightup garlands and the use of non-traditional lighting to bring the Christmas tree to life. COLOR UP When it comes to colored lighting, Bowman says all trend reports point to a white Christmas. “I don’t see colored tree lights much anymore,” she says. “Colored lights are not as in as the white lights.” But that doesn’t mean color can’t be a part of your décor. One thing she’s noticing is that the traditional Christmas green is being updated by younger generations into something more organic and modern. “I’m seeing a lot of this really pretty green that’s more chartreuse.” Browns and bronzes are also back in a big way. At The Design Bar in Burr Ridge, she even has a tree that is decorated in hues of blush pink and burgundy. One new tool for adding color to a tree or any holiday vignette is the pick that is used in floral arrangements. It can be used for holding ornaments or even a simple spray of holly leaves. Giant flowers are another way to add a pop of color, but her favorite discovery of the season are Chinese lantern flowers in velvet and gold—the perfect complement to any tree or tablescape. DECK THE ORNAMENTS Everyone has at least one container of tried and true holiday ornaments. Some were inherited with beloved family memories; others made by children. To make a tree more cohesive, Bowman says the key with ornaments is to mix and match. She recommends layering ornaments of various sizes, textures, and materials. “The teardrop shape is very in right now,” she says. “If you like a more glammy tree look, be sure to layer the crystal in with more organic pieces like wood and organize it so it’s
Ornaments layered on a Christmas tree at The Design Bar toned down a bit.” Need a good example? She recommends checking out the store where they have a tree on display with 30 different types of ornaments in a variety of shapes, sizes, and color. TABLESCAPES & MANTELS (OH MY) The tree is an essential piece of the holiday décor but it’s not everything. Equally important are mantels (if you have them) or the tablescapes you create throughout your home. “When it comes to tablescapes and mantels, you have to make sure you have varying heights of items, along with different textures as well,” says Bowman. “You want to use layers with texture and then mix in some smooth ornaments.” When it comes to tablescapes, the sky’s the limit. One fun thing Bowman and her team have been doing is using wallpaper as the base for tablescapes and other holiday arrangements. “Instead of using an actual table runner, this creates a different feel. You then lay items on top of that; just make sure they don’t get too high.” HOLIDAY SCENT-SATIONS Nothing sets the mood like the smell of a Christmas tree, campfire, or even freshly baked cookies warming the kitchen on a cold winter’s day. Bowman says holiday scents are an essential finishing touch to your home décor, whether it’s a beautiful holiday candle or one of the new diffusers available at her boutique. “Some of the diffusers have porcelain flowers,” she explains. “It’s not like a candle where you have to burn it. It’s just a really pretty décor item that accents your coffee table.” Another way to bring fresh scents into your home during this time of year is a natural wreath or evergreen boughs for the mantel. It gives you the smell of a real tree without the mess.
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FASH ION X INTERIORS A change in season means an opportunity to update your wardrobe. And with New York Fashion Week’s Pre-Fall and Fall/Winter hitting the runway December 6 through 10, we’re exploring some of the industry’s most desirable trends. However, a winter style update isn’t just for your wardrobe. Looks from this season’s runway easily translate into chic home design as well. We take a look at three major trends—warm and cozy faux fur and shearling, festive plaid, and elegant animal prints curated by Hinsdale-based interior designer, Courtney Casey of Courtney Casey Interiors. Prepare to have the most stylish winter yet in this marriage of fashion and design.
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Maison Atia Madeline faux fur in black, maisonatia. com; Veronica Beard black multi color asymmetrical dress, Sweet William, sweetwilliaminc.com.
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Hinsdale’s Courtney Casey spent more than a decade at iconic fashion brands like ELLE, Marie Claire, and Glamour, before she decided it was time to take her love of home styling to the next level. Inspired by trends both on and off the runway, she blends form and function. This winter she shares a few of her stylish finds.
SHEAR GENIUS Visby bench, jaysonhome.com
Four Hands Ashland armchair, Courtney Casey Interiors, courtneycaseyinteriors.com
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Maison Atia Genevieve trench coat in light blue, maisonatia.com. Diane Von Furstenberg jumpsuit, saksfifthavenue.com. Stella McCartney shoes.
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Missoni Whittier pillow multi, abchome.com
Painted plaid wallpaper by Porter Teleo. Artwork by Fahamu Pecou from Conduit Gallery. Eames chair and ottoman by 1st Dibs. Hermès blanket. All available through Tracy Hardenburg Designs, hardenburgdesigns.com. Photography by Par Bengtsson
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Veronica Beard plaid wool coat and geometric silk pleated skirt, Sweet William, sweetwilliaminc.com
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WILD SIDE Bunny Williams Home Naughty Miss Bunny throw in leopard, bunnywilliamshome.com
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Boathouse and Main Lodge path
When the whole world was first forced to social distance, it ironically resulted in more connection than ever—digital connection, that is. So in an effort to shed light on the true meaning of social distancing, we visited the far-flung fringes of the Adirondacks in Upstate New York to unplug during a weekend retreat in the middle of nowhere.
WORDS BY COREY SCARANO / PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF LAKE KORA
e were just under an hour away from our destination when our phone service officially cut out. Not like “oh, I have only two bars available” but like calls-can-no-longer-be-completed, Google-Maps-app- won’t-load kind of cut out (luckily, thanks to being told that this would happen, we came prepared with printed directions). We were on Route 28, the east-to-west state highway that cuts through New York’s North County—and, in our case, the section that slices through the Adirondack Mountains’ Sargent Pond Wild Forest past lake after lake, then south toward Little Moose Mountain Wilderness en route to our final destination: A resort housed in a historic multi-building Great Camp property set in Long Lake, New York. Despite the lack of cell service, the level of remoteness still
didn’t really hit me until our car took its final turn off Route 28 and ambled south, down the long, winding dirt road for our final five miles. The closest “major” city was more than an hour’s drive away in Tupper Lake, which is actually more of a village with a population of 3,600 and likely more miles of snowmobile trails than actual roads. Later, I learned that the tagline for the 1,000-acre retreat where we were staying— which was formerly owned by Teddy Roosevelt’s Lieutenant Governor of New York, Timothy Woodruff, from 1898 into the early 1900s—is “Stay Where the World Can’t Find You.” Indeed, there really is no better place to disconnect from tech than in the Adirondacks, a six-million-acre forested wilderness packed with pristine waterways, boreal forests, and the Northeast’s 46 famous 4,000-foot peaks. My basecamp for the weekend: Lake Kora, Woodruff’s historic Great Camp shrouded in pines and set on the northeastern edge of
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Seaplane arriving at Lake Kora
a private 500-acre lake of the same name, roughly 70 miles south of the Adirondack Regional Airport in Saranac Lake (one of the communities that Cape Air serves). My fellow tech-free travel companions: My partner, Trent, and our 2-year-old Australian Shepherd, Rocko (yes, Cape Air offers dog-friendly flights). Despite it being late, close to 10 p.m. when we arrived on Friday night, we were immediately greeted by the sound of a golf-cart pulling up behind us at the Main Lodge, piloted by the manager of Lake Kora, the sneaker- and smile-clad Cameron Karger. After a quick check-in inside the incredibly maintained stone structure, once the blacksmith’s workshop and today a welcoming main lobby, we hopped back into our car to follow Karger in his cart about 30 seconds down the pebble road to two waterfront cottages with sprawling grass fields on either side. Simply known as Cottage 1 and 2 (and the special dog-friendly accommodations), Cottage 1 was to be our home for the weekend. There are six additional stone and timber cottages dotted along the waterfront, which in totality offer 12 authentic guest rooms, all with original furnishings and fixtures carved more than a century ago by Lake Kora’s own on-site craftsmen. Think majestic stone hearths laid with firewood, spacious wood-walled bathrooms with vintage soaking tubs, soft fluffy robes, and bed linens along with various seating and dining areas. In our cottage, we even had a full kitchen and living room where classic, well-
loved board games were stacked atop the dated television that looked, very purposely, unused. And at this time in late June, it wasn’t just this two-story cottage that was all ours, but the storied Great Camp in its entirety. The property, which is only available to book entirely for groups of up to 25 guests, wasn’t to reopen for its July-through-October season for another week, so it really exclusively was “our home away from home for the weekend,” as Karger put it while helping us with our bags and showing us around the cottage. Our dog seemed to understand it, too: Before we could even open a single suitcase, a big splash
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JOUR NEYS Dining on the Boathouse dock
echoed from the shore. He was already neck-deep in the lake, relishing a nighttime dip. As for us, we were treated to a three-course meal handdelivered from the property’s farm-to-table kitchen, including a salad that had the freshest mozzarella I had ever tasted and a dish of deliciously seasoned, seared chicken breast over a creamy, flavorful risotto. Dessert came in the form of a candied basil-adorned chocolate tart and a bottle of pinot noir hand-selected by Karger from the stone cellar. After dining, what would have usually been a night spent scrolling through our social media while Netflix rotated through shows in the background instead evolved into a wine-fueled game of Yahtzee. And once we did head to bed around midnight, I swear, I’ve never fallen asleep faster ... and I didn’t even pack my trusty white-noise machine. The artificial nature sounds I usually play on loop were, to my delight, performing live just outside our wide-open windows. That’s exactly how we woke up on Saturday morning, too. Birds chirping, water splish-splashing, and one very eager dog crying at the door. After a breakfast of coffee, thick-cut French toast, and fresh-picked blueberries in the Great Room, the main dining room home to a family-style 20-foot dining table, we were ready to have ourselves a day. But where to begin? We had no agenda, no schedule, nowhere to be, or people to see. It felt strangely freeing—but that was precisely the goal. So we just started exploring. A short walk from our cottage, the sprawling building known as “The Playhouse” houses an all-wooden bowling alley, a squash court, ping pong tables, and a full commercial kitchen. Elsewhere on the walkable property, there’s a tennis court, a two-story spa (in what was formerly the Ice and Meat House), an outdoor roller rink, and a boathouse right on the water where you can take your pick of sailboats, canoes, motorboats, and various other pleasure crafts to enjoy on the water. In the middle of the lake, a whimsical, two-bedroom house sits on a small island, what I imagined
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to be the perfect retreat for honeymooners or perhaps a writer looking to knock out a few pages. It was all very reminiscent of the days when the camp was owned by Woodruff, where gondolas imported from Venice plied the lake, semi-tamed bears resided near the cabins and posed in group photos, and telephone service was installed as early as 1903. After a morning spent exploring the various buildings, we were eager to get out in the natural setting that inspired these Adirondack-style structures themselves. While the Adirondacks are known for some of the most breathtaking mountains and ribbons upon ribbons of hiking trails, because Lake Kora is already so deep in the wilds, you don’t need to stray far to find a hiking trail and scenic overlook. In fact, miles of wellmaintained walking paths traverse the grounds, including one that encircles the main lake and one that leads past winding brooks, towering pines, and across a wide meadow up to Green Top Hill, the highest point on the property. Our afternoon was spent hiking around the property, in which we allowed our dog to navigate and select our every twist and turn.
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Sky view of Lake Kora
Getting “lost” here was easy and enjoyable, not only because it all somehow feels as safe as home, but because ultimately, the trail always leads back to the water. This was confirmed each time our fearless and furry leader circled back to his pack, soaking wet from a fresh dip in the lake just ahead. As we strolled, we marveled not just at the panoramic lake views but at the 3,750-foot Blue Mountain that, from where we stood at the peak of Green Top Hill, rose above the other surrounding ranges about 25 miles away to our northeast. But we also slowed our walk to coo at the many bunnies that crossed our path or take in the various scattered hollowed-out logs filled with succulent gardens that looked like something out of a fairy tale. “How epic would a family reunion here be?” Trent stated more than a few times as we walked. And when we came across the breathtaking chapel on-site, the brick exterior decorated in colorful climbing vines, we thought, “Destination wedding? Our whole family is from New York, after all ... ” We woke up to a rainy last day, which was somehow an entirely different kind of beautiful to experience: The lake rippled in dark shades of navy, making me take even more notice of the towering evergreens lining the lake’s edge. Karger knew we had to hit the road in just a few hours, so he took it upon himself to pack us a picnic basket of sandwiches, snacks, and refreshments to help maximize our time on the lake. After all, a little rain was not going to stop us. We threw on some
Island Cabin balcony
ponchos from the cottage closet and grabbed a canoe and a couple of fishing rods from the Boathouse. Within minutes, as I munched on lemon cake, Trent felt a tug on his line after his first cast. I watched, surprised at his luck, as he giddily reeled in a glittering-green smallmouth bass. “Did you get that on video?” he yelled. “With what phone?” I replied. We both laughed. It would only be a few more hours until we were back home and able to—albeit reluctantly—turn our phones back on, at which point we would assess their battery life and have to comb the corners of our condo for the appropriate charger. But as for our “mental” batteries, I wasn’t worried about those in the least. I knew they were already fully recharged. For more information, visit lakekora.com.
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tress and anxiety are common among our senior population. Although they have been through a lot in their lives, sometimes this causes worry and angst. There are also thoughts of their own mortality and the impact on who they might be leaving behind. We all experience stress and occasional anxiety. Having intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations is considered an anxiety disorder. Panic attacks are when intense anxiety occurs within minutes. Examples of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder (social phobia), specific phobias, and separation anxiety disorder. In seniors, depression often goes along with anxiety. Both can affect memory, worsening conditions like dementia or cognitive decline. Many seniors have anxiety related to their declining health, stress of obtaining medical care, and loss of independence and relying on family members. Guilt of burdening their family can lead to withholding health issues or even ignoring serious conditions like cancer, delaying diagnosis, and leading to worsened prognosis. Common signs of anxiety to watch for include excessive worry or fear, refusing to do routine activities or being overly preoccupied with routine, avoiding social situations, overly concerned about safety, racing heart, shallow breathing, trembling, nausea, sweating, insomnia, muscle tension, feeling weak and shaky, hoarding/collecting, depression, selfmedication with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants. There are treatments for anxiety disorders. Biofeedback, therapy,
counseling, exercise, yoga, interacting with others all are everyday conservative measures that can be implemented right away for mild to moderate types of anxiety. Medications are also helpful, including antidepressants like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and anti-anxiety ones like Benzodiazepines. These are all available by prescription only from a licensed professional. I often advise against any over-the-counter medication as dosing is not always known, side effects can worsen the situation, and active ingredients are often not known, which can lead to interactions with other medication being taken. Our stress level and anxiety as a society have been at an all-time high, mainly related to the pandemic and all the changes we have had to endure. For seniors that has meant separation from family, loneliness, reduced appetite, and heightened hopelessness. On a bright side, our medical team has helped many of our seniors through this time, with frequent on-site visits and wellness checks, FaceTiming family during appointments, and giving back some of that hope that was lost. My medical group continues to help seniors as the pandemic forges ahead, by teaming up with nurses, family members, other facility staff, and various ancillary service providers to help the mental health of all our seniors. On behalf of Hansa Medical Groupe, have a safe and wonderful holiday and new year. Hansa Medical Groupe has offices at 5250 Old Orchard Road, Suite 300, in Skokie, and in Chicago, 847-920-0902, hansamedicalgroupe.com.
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orthern Trust’s office in Oakbrook Terrace provides goals-based planning and portfolios to manage the complexities and generational challenges of wealth, in addition to their flexible lending and cash-management services to meet business and personal needs. The bank recently moved its offices in Chicago’s Western Suburbs to a new location in the Oakbrook Terrace Tower. “We’ve been on a multi-year journey to consolidate our advisory team in the Western Suburbs in a new, all-encompassing location, which is what we just completed in the Oakbrook Tower,” says Roger McDougal, Managing Director of Northern Trust’s west suburban wealth management business. “Northern’s long-standing focus on wealth management has shaped and informed our holistic approach. In our office, portfolio managers, trust advisors, bankers, and wealth advisors are right next to each other working with clients as a team,” McDougal says. “Our bankers are deeply involved with direct lending to clients’ businesses as well.” “We provide proactive lending and cash management solutions to middle market business owners throughout the Chicago area and beyond. Our team is comprised of experienced bankers that provide thoughtful and tailored advice on the best way to finance working capital needs, equipment purchases, owner-occupied real estate expansions and purchases, add-on acquisitions and recapitalizations,” says Curt Bambule, Banking Team Lead. “All of our credit decisions are made locally, which allows us to act quickly so business owners can capitalize on timely opportunities. Business owners receive the personal attention that you might find at a community bank, but with resources and expertise found at the premier institutions in the country. Because we have experts from multi-disciplines on our team, we are uniquely positioned to provide business owners with valued advice throughout their journey, including succession planning and wealth transfer strategies.” Recently, the bank launched The Northern Trust Institute, which brought together 175 of the top advisors within the organization. Kristin Weaver, Trust Advisor Team Lead and member of The Institute, explains that it is a compilation of the firm’s best thinking across a wide variety of topics affecting clients. “It is incredible to see the amount of information and collaboration used to refine our advice and tailor it to unique client experiences,” Weaver says. “This collective expertise allows our advisors to anticipate our clients’ needs, deliver insight at critical times, and empower clients to make strategic decisions.”
Tim Baltz, Roger McDougal, Kristin Weaver, Curt Bambule Expertise and wisdom around managing wealth is particularly important during times of uncertainty like we’re experiencing now, and Northern Trust’s advisors can help provide a steady hand. Northern Trust was recently named Best Private Bank in the U.S. by Financial Times Group and The Banker magazines and commended for its industry-leading approach to Goals Driven Wealth Management. “Our Goals Driven Wealth Management approach allows us to understand our clients’ specific financial goals and construct a portfolio that gives us the highest probability of achieving those short- and long-term goals,” says Tim Baltz, Investment Team Lead. “This gives our clients a high degree of confidence as we live with volatile financial markets.” The local experts in Northern Trust’s Western Suburban office include executives who live in the communities the office serves, including Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Hinsdale, and LaGrange Park. They know the market. “Our experts can help you and your family create a customized plan unique to you and your goals. This plan is the basis for an ongoing conversation that allows the plan to be optimized and aligned along the way to make sure you reach your financial goals and achieve the desired outcome for what is important to you, regardless of market conditions,” McDougal says. “I’ve found clients are more confident when they have a thorough understanding of how to achieve their financial goals. When they do, they can be much more resilient in adverse times.” Northern Trust is located at One Tower Lane, 24th Floor, in Oakbrook Terrace, 630-932-6911, northerntrust.com.
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SON OF HINSDALE, AND THE SOUTH Hinsdale native Kurt Beecken applies what he learned growing up in Hinsdale, and during his travels throughout the American South, to his Chicago custom clothing shop, Henry David.
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couple of years ago, Kurt Beecken found himself back in Hinsdale early on a Saturday morning and stopped into Page’s Restaurant for a bite to eat. Though he hadn’t been to Page’s in more than 15 years, it took no time for the waitress to recognize him and ask him if he was having his usual—a grilled cheese sandwich, fries, and root beer. While Beecken was growing up in Hinsdale in the ’90s, he would often have breakfast at Page’s with his father, Dave Beecken. Dave, wearing a finely tailored Hart Schaffner Marx suit, would then catch the train to his private equity firm downtown. On that Saturday a few years ago, a rush of memories came flooding back which reminded Kurt of what made Hinsdale such a special place to grow up. “I remember as a kid we could just hop on our bikes and ride around town for hours and not have to worry about a thing,” Kurt says. “We knew all of our neighbors and the owners of the shops downtown. I don’t think there’s a better place to grow up.” “Hinsdale has always been a caring community where neighbors looked after each other, especially kids,” adds Dave. “Kids could walk to or from the village center without fear.” It was in high school that Beecken’s love affair with the American South was kindled. He attended boarding school at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School in Sewanee, Tennessee, or “The Mountain” as it’s referred to in local parlance, and became enamored with the values and tastes of the classic southern gentleman. “Kurt has always loved clothes. We bought him a blue blazer for church when he was about 7 and he posed for us in front of the
fireplace,” Dave says, “At an early age he was giving me advice on which tie went with which suit and shirt.” After high school and some time in college in Wisconsin, Kurt traveled extensively throughout the south, and developed a fondness for cities like Charleston and Atlanta, and his appreciation of classic southern tastes grew. “I just liked the classic styles of clothing and accessories, and the hospitality that I saw when I traveled throughout the South,” he says. “It reminded me of my roots in Hinsdale, the respect for each other and the spirit of friendship that people had.” In his mid-20s, Kurt landed a job working in a custom clothing shop, where he met master tailor George Moya. He was immediately impressed with Moya’s ability to create custom clothing that didn’t just look good and fit well, but that reflected a client’s individual style. Two years later, Kurt founded Henry David Clothiers, and brought in Moya to allow the shop to offer bespoke clothing and tailoring. He runs the shop with a mashup of the values instilled in him when he was young, and the spirit of the American South that he came to admire during his travels. “Many custom clothiers can make you a suit, but for me the relationship is more important than the sale,” he says. “Just like my upbringing was rooted in strong relationships, I’m interested in getting to know my clients, their personalities, and what makes them tick. When I can do that, their clothes won’t just look good and fit right, their clothes will be a reflection of who they are.” Henry David Clothiers is located at 135 South Clinton Street, in Chicago, 630-291-8853, henrydavidclothiers.com.
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Pop Local Holiday Shopping
Saturday, December 12 | 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Join us for a special Holiday Market at Burr Ridge Village Center, shop a unique mix of local vendors, visit with live reindeer and knock out your holiday shopping list!
Story Time With Mrs. Claus Sunday, December 6 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm Sunday, December 13 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus at Barbara’s Bookstore (or virtually). Pajamas, blankies and teddy bears welcome! Space is limited for your safety. RSVPs required.
Edwards Realty Company’s Pop Local program aims to create an exciting community destination through a carefully curated mix of retail, community and event offerings from local small businesses and entrepreneurs. Visit www.ShopPopLocal.com to learn more and explore new businesses at Burr Ridge Village Center Owned and Managed by:
Strolling Holiday Characters Sunday, December 20 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Greet Santa & Mrs. Claus as they stroll the center.
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