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22 From The Editor 25 Talk Of The Town 26 Agenda 28 The Buzz 30 Country Vs. Town 34 Style 36 Beauty 38 Collector’s Corner 40 Home Style 74 Esquire 76 Dinner Date 82 Journeys 88 Design 90 Living + Giving
THE COVER Jennifer Steinhagen, the genius behind Book and a Chai, at home. Photography by Katrina Wittkamp / Styling by Theresa DeMaria / Hair and Makeup by Leanna Ernest / Wardrobe from Ikram
THIS PAGE Megan Flynn wears a dress by Terri Jon from Nieman Marcus. Photography by Ian McLeod / Styling by Theresa DeMaria / Hair and Makeup by Leanna Ernest
IN ITS PLACE Live Simply with Meg organizes Hinsdale’s most beautiful homes.
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March is a winner in my book. The first surprisingly warm days remind me of riding in a friend’s convertible Volkswagen Beetle with the top down to order afterschool fries and Diet Cokes at The Piccadilly on First Street as soon as the temperature cracked 50 degrees.

These days I love March because some of the best events happen. Hopefully you have tickets for the Hinsdale Kitchen Walk Luncheon on March 7 at Hinsdale Golf Club. Mark D. Sikes and Paloma Contreras are on the panel. Mark is a former colleague of mine and I so delighted for his incredible, muchdeserved success and the fact that he’s designed several Hinsdale homes over the years.

We have our own beautiful take on design and real estate in the annual Luxe Living section. Filled with influential professionals who can help anyone live their dream life, this one is a keeper.

Once you’ve purchased and decorated your dream home, you’ll want to read Everything in its Place, where Megan Flynn of Live Simply with Meg offers tips on home organization.

A Groovy Affair is a fun look inside the planning for Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club’s Spring benefit, themed Disco Dreams.

Country Vs. Town is a special treat this month. Often, our stars mention @bookandachai as their go-to for reading recommendations. Well, this month, Jennifer Steinhagen, the genius behind the account is spilling the rest of her recommendations. I am in awe of the community she has built, now cresting 70,000 Instagram followers, all while juggling a busy, beautiful life.

Our Publisher’s Profiles are always the place to find out about the incredible professionals among us. This month, Hinsdale Ortho and Loncar Realty share their knowledge.

Finally, Living + Giving is filled with the last of the lovely holiday parties. Enjoy the warm gorgeousness of the celebrations.

Wishing you a magical month of March. Make the most of the extra daylight and take us with you wherever your Spring Break travels lead.


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Hinsdale Living’s guide to the area’s people, places, and things that you must know about


A mesmerizing accessory complemented the best looks on the Versace Spring-Summer 2024 runway. The Medusa ’95 House, introduced at the collection fashion show in Milan, centers on a unique horizontal tote bag and a handbag that take inspiration from the Versace handbag of Diana, Princess of Wales. Each is crafted from a calf leather that is sourced in France for its particular and luxurious powder-like finish with a soft and warm sensation to the touch. Interiors are lined with a rich lamb leather and edges are hand painted in tonal colors for an especially luxe finish. Medusa is the most powerful and instantly recognizable symbol of Versace, symbolizing elevated beauty, rebellion, and empowerment. Carry this to capture the unbridled optimism of the nineties. Versace, 933 North Rush Street, Chicago, 312.445.9750, versace.com.





WHERE: Hinsdale Golf Club

Timeless Blue & White is the theme, in homage to honored panelist and king of the classic color combination, Mark D. Sikes, of Mark D. Sikes Interiors. Paloma Contreras, of Paloma Contreras Designs, who has a new book out celebrating the mix of vintage and modern elements in elegant homes is also a panelist. Hudson Moore, FREDERIC magazine senior design editor, will moderate this conversation on all things beautiful. The luncheon,

which benefits the Hinsdale Historical Society, is always a bright spot in the dreary dregs of winter. The Hinsdale Kitchen Walk will take place May 10, 2024. kitchen-walk.com


WHERE: The Community House

A wholly original musical theater experience, the Community Review returns to the Dick Johnson Memorial Stage in Kettering Hall. The Community House Players put on quite a show, singing, dancing, and weaving a narrative about the joys and foibles of living in Hinsdale. This evening of silliness benefits the programs at The Community House and promises a fantastic time. thecommunityhouse.org

MARCH 8 – 10 & 15 – 17


WHERE: MCA’s Edlis Neeson Theater

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, official school of The Joffrey Ballet, presents five world premieres. Choreographers Manoela Goncalves, Janil Mehta, Martha Nichols, Xavier Nunez, and Houston Thomasare the winners of the annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition. joffrey.org



WHERE: The Drake Oak Brook Tablescapes, the signature fundraising event of the Hinsdale Auxiliary, will feature five themed table designs. This year’s creations will include elevated themed décor, as well as a unique experience to complement each table theme. The tables will be raffled off to lucky winners, along with other carefully curated experiences and luxury items. Guests will enjoy a three-course lunch, live music, and shopping from some of the Western Suburbs’ premier boutiques. hinsdaleiws.com

Take a seat at the Kitchenwalk Luncheon
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March is tricky. Blissfully warm one day, reminiscent of a blustery island off the coast of Scotland the next. Reach for this mohair throw while reading or binge watching in the evening. Made in France by Brun de Vian-Tiran, the manufacture of noble fibers since 1808, it’s gorgeous and practical thanks to the vaporous effect of the mohair, a wonderfully sensual fiber. A true decorative accessory, the mohair throw gives a simple touch of elegance to your sofa, armchair or the end of your bed. A warm and extremely soft piece it will surround you with caring comfort. This elegant pink is irresistible, and it also comes in black for the color phobic. ligne-roset.com, 312.846.1080


One way to be certain the party is a-list involves cookies. If the treats being served or in the goodie bags are from Swedish Girl bakery, the host is in the know. This bespoke bakery is a labor of love for owner Kirsten Legner, who set out to make delicious food for her son after he was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. She’s accomplished that and more, developing recipes that shatter the expectations of what allergy-friendly cakes, cookies, and even bread can be. Everything is gluten and nut free, and the bakery happily works with guests who need dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan choices. Swedish Girl Bakery excels at custom orders of cakes, cupcakes, and cookies for celebrations and special occasions. Hint: place Easter and graduation orders early. If the craving for something yummy strikes while out and about, the newly opened store is stocked with goodies several days a week. Swedish Girl Bakery, 38 63rd Street, Willowbrook, swedishgirlbakery.com, 630.590.5252

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grew up outside of Seattle in Issaquah, Washington, one of the most beautiful places in the country. She rode ponies, played soccer, and explored the creek in her backyard before attending college at Washington State University (Go Cougs!). Even in our city of great teams, Jennifer remains an avid Seattle sports fan. She lives in Hinsdale with her husband Steve, children Jane and Walt, and a small barn of animals; one dog, three cats, and a fish named Tim. The kids attend St Isaac Jogues School and Jane will attend Fenwick in the fall.

Jennifer recently started a job at Sourcebooks, a prestigious publisher. For two years, she’s been building a community through her wildly popular Instagram account, @bookandachai. It’s a place for things she loves, and it resonates with many.

“I started @bookandachai two years ago as a space to flex my creativity and talk about the two things I love most books and chai. This summer I focused in on curating a reader’s lifestyle. We still talk books, but we also celebrate all things comfy and cozy,” she says. This includes the Top 5 with Bookandachai interview series with authors she loves. She also shares a monthly wrap-up and favorite Amazon finds. Other topics are birds, tennis, art, and Henry Cavil.

It’s a winning formula. What started with a few hundred followers is now a community of 70,000. “It’s a joy,” Jennifer says, adding “I love seeing how many readers are out there!”

Jennifer in her library. Wardrobe from Ikram


Mantra? Keep it light and positive. On your reading stack? Most recently, our online book club read Kristin Hannah’s The Women in February. What organizations do you support? Hinsdale Humane Society and the Leadershop in LaGrange. Favorite workout? Tennis at the Oak Brook Park District and Salt Creek Club or walking my rescue dog Rey with a


Your style is? “Tank top, flip flop, really nothing fancy” Favorite walk? Fullersburg Woods. Can’t leave the house without? A book and a chai. Place to celebrate? We eat at home often because my husband Steve is an incredible bbq-er and is constantly grilling or smoking something; steak, pulled pork, ribs, brisket, you name it. Steve’s Meat’s (trademark pending) are incredible. Best quick bite or hidden gem? Frankie’s Deli in Oakbrook Terrace - best meatball sub. Favorite festival or special event? The Sparkle of Hope luncheon benefiting Together at Peace. Best thing about the country? The best thing about Hinsdale is its walkability and sense of community. A fantastic library helps. People open doors and smile at one another. Also, drive-thrus. The perfect day is? When there is absolutely nothing that must be accomplished. I can pop in an audio book and head to Starbucks for my chai. Start a puzzle with the kids. Finish the puzzle without the kids. Have Steve grill a fantastic dinner and watch Slow Horses for the 82nd time with a cat on my lap.

friend. Beauty essential? Water and sunscreen. Guilty pleasure? Romantasy, a genre mash-up of romance and fantasy. Truth be told, I don’t even feel guilty about it. It’s an incredibly popular genre now. Hint: if you haven’t read Fourth Wing, you probably should. Music you love? 90s hip hop. Favorite spring traditions? Getting out of the cold and traveling somewhere warm for Spring Break. Advice you would give to your younger self? Water and sunscreen.


Your style is? Anthropologie meets Amazon. Favorite walk? When Steve and I lived in Roscoe Village we would walk to all the Cubs games, and I still love that walk down Addison. Can’t leave the house without? A book and a chai. Place to celebrate? La Scarola. Best quick bite or hidden gem? D’Agostino’s on Southport. Favorite festival or special event? We love cheering on the Seattle Mariners when they play the White Sox. Shop? The Last Chapter Book Shop - a romance only bookstore in Roscoe Village. Best thing about town? What’s not to love about Chicago in the summer? The perfect day is? Breakfast at Uncommon Ground and a Cubs game followed by a show at the Metro. Favorite book of 2023? The Wishing Game by Meg Shaffer.

Jennifer at home
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Switch up your anti-aging routine. During warmer months, I’m a fan of switching to a glycolic acid coupled with an anti-glycation serum.

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As the weather gets warmer, skin tends to be less dry so lightweight formulas will typically keep skin hydrated and balanced. Our beauty editor shares tips on how to transition your
routine from winter to spring Sunscreen.
formula is a lightweight mineral sunscreen that’s also sweat- and waterproof.
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extra hydration and touch-ups in-between washes.
sunless tanner.
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forget your hair. People tend to forget how seasonal shifts affect their hair. If you’re going to be doing more outdoor activities, consider that you may be washing your hair more and the regular use
lightweight conditioner is a good idea.
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neglect the skin below your neck. Your body needs a little attention after a cold winter. Consider a lotion with urea and natural moisturizing factors to get rid of dry scales and lackluster appearance. Be gentle with your eye cream. Spring is prime time for seasonal allergies. If you’re someone who experiences irritation and discomfort from pollen during this transitional season. Cooling eye masks can also help decrease inflammation and products with green tea which minimizes puffiness. 05
A lightweight lotion with ceramides, glycerin, and niacinamide will provide adequate moisture.




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Zack Wirsum, Vice President and Head of Department, for Post War and Contemporary Art at Freeman’s | Hindman previews exciting

artwork offered at auction this spring.

Louise Nevelson (American, 1899-1988) |

Untitled, c. 1976-78

$150,000 - $250,000

In signature Nevelson fashion, Untitled (c. 1976-78) defies dimensional classification by equitably and effectively occupying the realms of both painting and sculpture. Uniformly coated in her hallmark unmodulated black paint, it is the considered arrangement of the geometric structural elements and the shadow play they generate that activate the composition of this wall hanging relief to draw the viewer into the powerful and pleasing picture plane. The scale and the orientation of the work read as a complex futuristic monolith covered in coded circuitry or as a stately door adorned in alien hieroglyphs waiting to be opened to reveal a portal to a compelling and expansive creative world of Nevelson’s design.

Al Held (American, 1928-2005) | Stereo III, 1975 $80,000$120,000

Stereo III (1975) is an extraordinary example of Al Held’s masterful hard-edge abstraction and economic minimalist approach employed at peak power. Perhaps taking a cue from the title, this two-tone painting slickly pairs a flatly applied white background with decisive yet delicate black linework in a cleverly choreographed dance of positive and negative shapes that visually evokes a sense of a schematics for a sound system resonating deeply across all frequencies. Cool and clean without being cold, the painting invitingly pulls you in while dually surrounding you with high fidelity gesture and form.

Larry Poons (American, b. 1937) |

Untitled, 1976 $50,000 - $70,000

Under Larry Poons’ direction and influence, gravitational physics and natural material movement create a heavy, abstract downpour of thick acrylic, painterly and visceral in Untitled (1976). The chunky, cascading bands of color, ranging from the pronounced bold yellow to the complementary whispers of violet and purple, both capture the painting process and form the final product as concept and construct on this long, narrow canvas. In the upper portion of the painting, speckled spatters of orange and brief glimpses of base layer white punctate the vertical rhythms allowing breaks in the expressive action.

Gertrude Abercrombie (American, 1909-1977) | Giraffe and Moon with Volcano (Giraffe and Volcano #2), 1951 $50,000 - $70,000 Marvelous and mysterious, as we would expect from the affectionately annotated “Jazz Witch,” Gertrude Abercrombie, Giraffe and Volcano #2 (1951) depicts an impossibly long-necked giraffe extending upward to kissing distance of a crescent moon in a lonely, surreal dreamscape flanked by a smoldering volcano and a solitary stone, at once out of place and eerily familiar. All or any of the elements are potential surrogate symbolic stand-ins for the artist; herself no stranger to isolation, otherworldly positioning, and the embrace of the magical night. The giraffe, more exotic than Abercrombie’s standard signifiers of the cat or the owl, surely appealed to her for the animal’s majestic yet awkward appearance, a contradiction aligned with her own self-image. As the giraffe is iconically featured ablaze in Salvador Dali’s masterpiece Inventions of the Monsters owned by the Art Institute of Chicago in Abercrombie’s hometown, her use of the beast could be a nod to one of the foundational figures of Surrealism.

The Post War and Contemporary Art department will present a live and online auction on April 24, with bidding beginning at 10 a.m. Bidding is available via Hindman’s Digital Bid Room, bid.hindmanauctions.com or the Hindman app. For more information, contact Zack Wirsum at 312280-1212 or zacharywirsum@hindmanauctions.com.

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Everything in Its Place

The ultimate luxury is a home free of clutter.

Beautifully decorated homes with exquisite art collections are wonderful, but without proper organization, it’s impossible for even the most picture-perfect abode to truly be the haven one needs. “I hear it all the time. Families build new homes with lots of storage and gorgeous spaces, and somehow, they’re still having trouble getting out the door in the morning or finding shin guards in time for soccer practice, says Megan Flynn, owner of Live Simply with Meg. As a wife and mother with a busy family and a professional background at the highest levels of non-profit, Megan knows how to get things done.

She swoops in to help families at various points in their home journey. She might be there to unpack and organize after move-in, to sort and stage before listing, or anytime clutter gets in the way of truly enjoying a home. She, like other professional organizers, works in any area of the home, from the kitchen and closets to the office, homework center, playroom, garage, and laundry room.

She puts things where they belong, not just where they happen to fit. Organizers create lasting system to prevent clutter from reappearing. Instead, with the pantry prepped and the mudroom methodical, each family becomes invested in keeping spaces tidy.

before,” says Flynn.

Megan is the genius behind many of the area’s most beautiful homes. “It’s been incredibly rewarding serving the Hinsdale community, and I have been so grateful for the many word-of-mouth referrals.”

Possibly because of shows like The Home Edit or too many mesmerizing Instagram Reels, organizing is a task many families don’t think about outsourcing. Instead, they put it off. It’s easy to shrug off decluttering and not make it a priority when it is on your own to do list. Or worse, a well-meaning relative tries their hand at setting up a system that never quite clicks.

It’s a gift, the ability to gently discard what isn’t working and arrange what’s left in a way that’s not only pleasing, but also functional. This skill set goes beyond purchasing baskets and clear containers. “That’s often where people go wrong. The containers are so tempting, it’s easy to grab a bunch at the beginning of the year or order online after scrolling by a beautiful social post. The wrong organizing tools will leave you more frustrated than

It’s also very personal to allow such close access. On the surface, professional organizing is about your belongings, but it is really about so much more. Like how you interact with those belongings, what they mean to you and how you wish to exist in your space. For this reason, trust is paramount. If you are motivated but overwhelmed, hiring a professional organizer can be very helpful. A professional organizer acts as a coach who is helping you get on track.

“We hire experts to handle lots of things that need attention in our homes. This is something that many people feel they should do themselves. It can cause a great deal of stress or feelings of guilt,” says Flynn. She adds, “There’s no need to add that pressure to yourself. Just as you would call a painter because they’re fast and efficient, call an organizer, I’ll take care of it.”

The next time a friend glides in looking serene with everything she and her crew need for the day, discreetly ask if she’s ever thought about hiring a home organizer. She just might tell you that the reason she’s feeling so blissful these days is a few strategic sessions with Live Simply by Meg.

Megan wears a dress by Alice + Olivia and shoes by Rene Caovilla from Nieman Marcus.
Megan wears a jacket by Sandro from Bloomingdale’s and a skirt by Nanushka from Nieman Marcus


The Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce celebrates a

Wcentury of enriching the community.

hen asked why they chose to call Hinsdale home, most people mention the charming downtown as a top reason. A vibrant village is made up of caring people, beautiful streets, great businesses, and destination events. The Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce have truly mastered this mix.

Chamber President Eva Field says, “The Chamber helps bolster Hinsdale’s reputation as one of the most desirable suburbs in the Chicago area. It’s here to see that the reputation continues, by providing services for the demands of our residents, and the organizational network on which the business community thrives.”

Now celebrating a 100-year anniversary, this vital organization truly exists in service to the economic well-being of the community. “The Chamber is the place people turn to when they find the working spouse has been transferred to the area. It answers the letters and calls from those seeking to know more about Hinsdale,” says Field.

Since its inception in 1924 at the Hinsdale Commercial Association, the Chamber has grown with the town, encouraging residents and visitors to linger longer. “We provide services for the demands of our residents, and the organizational network on which the business community thrives,” says Marketing Director Amanda Wagner.

For example, after an 85-year ban on bars and drinking establishments in Hinsdale was overturned by referendum in 2001, the

Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce began a campaign to attract restaurants to town. This effort included launching Uniquely Thursdays, which brought the party to the streets in 2002. Heading into its 22nd year in June, these Thursday night concerts with local food vendors and beverages have created lasting memories for generations of Hinsdaleans.

Even longtime attendees may not realize that each Thursday, Chamber members volunteer in the beverage tent and other key spots around Burlington Park. Chamber members also make magic at the Farmers Market, the Fine Arts Festival, and the Hinsdale Fall Festival in October.

The Hinsdale Christmas Walk dates to 1966 and remains a holiday must-do for most. The gorgeous greenery decorating the village is a joint effort between the Village and The Chamber of Commerce.

Members meet monthly to support one another, learn new skills, and collaborate. The meetings are filled with energy as entrepreneurs from every industry find ways to drive success. The Chamber Board of Directors is made up of especially dedicated members who volunteer their expertise to lead. Dan Janowick, Executive Director of The Community House, and Board Chair of the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce says, “Every business in our membership, large and small, plays a role in making a Hinsdale a destination.

hinsdalechamber.com, 630.323.3952

The 2024 Chamber Board of Directors Front row: Mark Wanless, Eva Field, Laura Liss, Jan Janowick, Gretchen Barnard Second row: Amanda Wagner, Christine Julian, Melissa Waters, Alan Singletary, Paige Logan, Ingrid Wittwer Back row: Jim Slonoff, J. Ford Sunderland, Bob Smith Joseph Molfese
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Sena Slavik wears a dress by Saylor and Jiesi Patrevito wears a dress by 16arlington, both from Nordstrom

A Groovy Affair

Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club unveils Disco Dreams

The Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club is known for its unwavering commitment to the local community, enriching the lives of neighbors and members through heartfelt philanthropic endeavors. However, this woman’s club is not just about philanthropy—HJWC is also known for hosting a pretty groovy party. Raising hope and raising funds in platform shoes and mirror-ball decor, the woman’s club is gearing up for its annual benefit gala, themed, Disco Dreams.

On Saturday, April 20, HJWC is hosting its highly anticipated fundraiser at Pella Signature, a Mediterranean restaurant located in Burr Ridge. The gala will be in a similar format as previous years, however, this one kicks off 2024 with a spotlight on its sponsor, luxury jeweler, CD Peacock.

“This year we decided to highlight our sponsors with a focus on four marquee events,” says Jiesi Patrevito, benefit managing co-chair. In addition to the gala, the woman’s club hosts the Education Fashion Show, a 5k Jingle Dash, and a Summer Soirée. Each of these events now has a featured sponsor, and for this year’s gala, it’s obvious that CD Peacock will add to all that glitters as the marquee sponsor for Disco Dreams.

“The partnership has been incredible, and we are so excited to continue to grow within our collaboration,” says Patrevito.

Gilded with the perfect partnership, party plans for this year’s benefit gala came to fruition organically. “We’re always thinking about new themes that excite both our club members and the community and with that, Disco Dreams along with our sponsor, became the obvious choice,” says Sena Slavik, benefit managing co-chair. “As soon as we shared this theme with the rest of our Benefit Lead Team, it was settled that we were going full disco and never looking back.”

The main purpose of this gala is to assist in fulfilling as many grant requests as possible from local organizations. “We have new organizations applying for grants each year and this year, we have more organizations than ever asking for $50,000 grants,” says Patrevito. “It’s clear that in this economy, our communities need us more than ever and we hope to help fulfill their needs as best as we can.”

Last year, the woman’s club provided a grant to Pillars Community Health and Sharing Connections. PCH has ensured safe shelter and supportive services for victims of domestic violence and their children. “HJWC’s $50,000 grant enabled PCH to complete the new playground at Constance Morris House, providing much-needed recreational space for their youngest shelter residents,” says Patrevito. “We also provided a $15,000

grant to Sharing Connections which allowed them to purchase 60 bed sets to provide to children in low-income families.”

“We are excited to support local businesses and organizations and believe staying close to home will entice more people to support and attend,” says Slavik.

Disco Dreams promises to be a night of glam, luxury, and daring expressions. Expect heavy-passed hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, music, and other surprises. “We will also offer a VIP section which will have its own dedicated bar as well as some VIP tables and booths that will allow for private servers and premium spirits,” says Slavik. “We are also working on other perks for our VIP guests but those will be kept secret until the event so you will have to come to experience it for yourself!”

Most importantly, there will be a silent auction and raffles which will be released in advance and open for bidding to those both in attendance and virtual. “The evening will be filled with incredible moments and experiences,” says Slavik, “but the fundraising component is our top priority.”

The essence of HJWC lies in the spirit of coming together. For the woman’s club, Disco Dreams is not just a theme; it’s a reflection of the unity and shared purpose that has fueled the club’s endeavors. “The club and our members work so hard throughout the year and all this hard work and planning culminates to this night,” says Slavik. “We are so excited to see not just the woman’s club, but our community join together to make an impact.”

It’s clear this benefit gala is more than just a party. It’s a celebration of the collective achievements and the realization that when individuals come together with a common purpose, they can create something extraordinary. “My favorite part about all of this is the bonds formed between the chairs of the committee and seeing the positive impact an organization like HJWC can make within our communities,” says Patrevito. “Knowing we found a group of women who share the same passion for life, family, and philanthropy has been nothing short of inspiring.”

Pro tip: go glam. Think sparkly jumpsuits, short skirts, bell bottoms, high platform shoes, and big hair. But what makes this theme truly special is the endless interpretations it offers. “The sky’s the limit and there’s no such thing as too much,” says Slavik. The event encourages attendees to embrace their creativity and immerse themselves in the vibrant and lively atmosphere that disco dreams are made of.

Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club, hjwc.us.


Home Dreaming of Hinsdale in

Hinsdale and the surrounding communities are worldrenowned for their historic architecture, world-class interior design, and charming downtowns. Life here is all about celebrating family and entertaining on a grand scale—feats that require the expertise of home and design professionals to transform our living spaces into reflections of our individual lifestyles. With smart home technology trends evolving and more people working from home, these are the trusted experts we rely on to curate the stories of our lives. And yet, behind every fabulous home you’ll also find the real estate professionals who helped make that dream a reality. On the following pages, Hinsdale Living is proud to feature some of the area’s most sought-after interior designers, luxury homebuilders, landscape designers, and real estate professionals. We hope you find this Luxe Living edition as inspiring as we do.





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Third-generation builders Maxx and Jack Klein say that design/build is in their blood. The brothers are focused on ushering Airoom Architects, Builders and Remodelers into a new era by innovating and integrating cutting-edge technology into every aspect of the business. For more than 65 years, Airoom has been a premier home remodeling company with a reputation for designing and completing high-end projects with superior service and craftsmanship. Airoom has locations in both Lincolnwood and Hinsdale.


What elements define your style? Where do you find inspiration?

We love to use clean lines, natural materials, and plenty of light to create spaces that feel open and airy. We tend to incorporate unexpected details and textures to keep things interesting. We find inspiration everywhere—from nature and art to travel and history.

In your opinion, what qualities make an outstanding architect/ builder?

We believe the best architects and builders are those who are passionate about their craft, listen closely to their clients, and are constantly striving to innovate. They should also be excellent communicators, able to clearly explain their vision to clients and collaborate effectively with their tradespeople. Collaboration is key.

How do you decide which projects are a good fit for you and your firm?

At Airoom, we believe every home deserves exceptional design, and

our robust team of architects, designers, and builders allows us to tackle projects of all sizes with the same level of meticulous care and creativity. While we specialize in larger-scale renovations and new builds that leverage our full range of expertise, we’re always open to discussing unique projects that align with our passion for pushing boundaries and exceeding expectations.

What are the top architecture/building trends for 2024?

This year we have been seeing trends that reflect a renewed focus on well-being and maximizing space efficiency within our homes.

• Health & Wellness Retreats: Recognizing the importance of physical and mental health, homeowners are increasingly prioritizing dedicated wellness spaces. This could include adding saunas, steam rooms, or cold plunges, creating home gyms for convenient workouts, or even installing golf simulator rooms for entertaining.

• Curb Appeal Makeovers: Beyond the indoors, 2024 will see a surge in exterior renovations. Homeowners are eager to give their facades a complete transformation, that often includes new roofs, windows, doors, porticos, and siding.

Do you have a dream design project?

We recently booked our dream project. We’re partnering with Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois to design a home that fosters academic excellence, community, and brighter futures. This space will be a springboard for young people to rise above circumstances and achieve their full potential. It’s not just architecture; it’s building hope, brick by hopeful brick.

Airoom is located at 36 S. Washington Street in Hinsdale and 6825 N. Lincoln Avenue in Lincolnwood. For more information, call 847-3255447 or visit airoom.com.

Maxx and Jack Klein


Casselyn Tertell began her career in real estate in 2008 and never looked back. “I grew up around real estate and loved it. I knew the time and energy a successful career entailed and still felt drawn to its appeal,” explains Tertell, who now runs The Casselyn Group and is a coteam leader for the Signature Homes Group at Compass. “I pride myself on my ability to respond efficiently and make my clients consistently feel like a top priority, both during and after their transaction.” Today, Tertell is an award-winning managing broker with credentials that include being an Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR); Certified Negotiation Consultant (CNC); Graduate Realtor® Institute (GRI); Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Specialist (SFR); Sellers Representative Specialist (SRS); NAR 30 Under 30; Chicago Magazine Five Star Agent for 12 years; and a Real Estate Divorce Specialist.

What’s most rewarding about real estate?

Every day I get to help people find their perfect home. What is perfect to one person is not the same for another, so it is always changing, challenging, and exciting.

What do you think separates you from other real estate professionals in the business today?

I am very personable, advocate for my clients, and try to be as available as possible to them.

How do you leverage marketing to differentiate yourself from the competition?

I have definitely started leaning more into social media, as that is where many people spend their time. I also have a very good admin team behind me who handles my mailers, website, and social media, all with the same goal—to help my clients sell and buy homes.

How do you win a listing?

I give a detailed listing breakdown so the seller knows what to expect as the transaction progresses, listen to the clients input to find out what their ideal outcome is, and am honest with their home’s value.

What are your top staging tips?

Less is more. You’re selling a home—not your home—depersonalizing is important. I work closely with a local staging company who does an excellent job.

Casselyn Tertell is with The Casselyn Group and the Signature Homes group at Compass, 22 N. Lincoln Street in Hinsdale. For more information, call 630-988-8859 or visit casselyngroup.com. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and X @CasselynGroup or on LinkedIn at casselyntertell.



Artist and art dealer Christine Gebauer sees every bare wall as an opportunity. As the founder of Celestial Art Curation in Hinsdale, her goal is to help you find works of art to fill those walls without breaking the budget. A former corporate retail buyer, she is adept at spotting high quality pieces at affordable prices. Her Celestial Art Curation online business features some of her favorite works by local artists, organized by style and price range. Whether you’re buying a forever piece or testing original works with a monthly subscription, Gebauer is committed to helping you find something you love.

What elements define your style? Where do you find inspiration?

I represent a stable of artists, including myself, with a variety of signature styles. I curate artwork that is meaningful, expressive, and dimensional by artists who are passionate about creating and have a unique voice.

In your opinion, what qualities make an outstanding art dealer?

It is important to me to welcome everyone into the world of art regardless of their knowledge of art or budget. Art is for everyone, which is why I intentionally carry artwork at a variety of price points.

How do you include the client in your creative process?

Many of my clients are interior designers who acquire artwork on behalf of their clients. I often create custom paintings

inspired by a designer’s vision for a space. I have also created an entire series inspired by a local interior design firm and its signature aesthetic.

How do you use social media in your business? What are your handles?

As an art dealer, I strive to create beautiful and inspiring content to showcase the works of the artists I represent. Many clients follow along on social media to be the first to know when new artwork is available. As an artist, I use social media to share glimpses into my creative life and to foster connection with like-minded people. I can be followed on Instagram at @celestialartcuration or at @christinegebauer.

For more information about Celestial Art Curation, visit celestialartcuration.com.


In Hinsdale, County Line Properties established a lasting legacy in character, reputation, and ethics—shaping the region’s real estate industry. Courtney Bohnen Stach, daughter of former owners Penny and John Bohnen, continues this tradition at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate County Line. The merger with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate (BHGRE) aligns perfectly with the community’s values, offering trusted expertise in home-related matters. Stach is joined by Managing Broker, Dario Medina, who is deeply ingrained in the Hinsdale community. He has a background in sales and 17 years of real estate experience combined with an accounting degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Fordham. Medina is an accomplished leader who will guide the County Line team and their clients to success. This powerhouse duo, along with their amazing colleagues, drive Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate County Line toward the future, recognizing people seek a lifestyle as much as they seek a home. Medina and Stach are always looking to add more “legacy-makers” to their brokerage family.

What made you want to start a career in real estate?

Medina: When I was at a crossroads in my career in 2006, my brother, a real estate developer, encouraged me to make the leap into real estate. I immediately enjoyed working with different customers, all around town, with no two days ever being the same. I knew very quickly that it was the right industry for me.

What’s most rewarding about real estate?

Stach: Every day is different in the world of real estate. Your seasons change with the economy and your luck is tied not only to hard work but also to connections, your dedication, tenacity, and growing your savviness daily.

What do you think separates you from other real estate professionals in the business today?

Stach: I have some wonderful mentors. Real estate is not only a business, but it’s sharing a lifestyle and having an intuitive nature to anticipate your clients’ needs in this sophisticated market.

In real estate, what will never be replaced by technology?

Medina: Relationships built on trust and experience can never be replaced by technology.

Courtney Bohnen Stach & Dario Medina are real estate professionals with Better Homes and Gardens County Line office, 108 S. Washington Street in Hinsdale. For more information, call 630-789-3030 or visit clphomes.com. To contact Medina, call 312-401-2346 or email dario.medina@clphomes.com. Stach can be reached at 630-209-1115 or by email at courtneystach@gmail.com.



Leslie Bowman is the founder and Design Director of the award-winning, interior design studio and retail showroom, The Design Bar, located in Burr Ridge Village Center. With an approach that streamlines and simplifies the design process at any stage, The Design Bar serves as a lifestyle brand, bringing each home’s story to life. Guided by Bowman’s creative vision and hightouch approach, the studio welcomes clients with its inspired décor collections and approachable shopping experience.

In your opinion, what qualities make an outstanding interior designer?

An outstanding interior designer is able to be malleable; not be attached to any one particular design style. I pride myself in having the ability to determine what my client’s life style is and then design from there. The way they live and what is important to their everyday life is more important to me than determining whether they like modern, traditional, or transitional design.

How do you decide which projects are a good fit for you and your firm?

It is important that I have synergy with my clients. Through the years, I have come to understand that the client/designer relationship is a two-way street. Not only is the client choosing me, but I am also choosing them. Since we work primarily on large scale projects, we are often with our clients for over a year at a time, therefore, it is important that we are able to work together as a team and have mutual respect for one another.

How do you include the client in your creative process? My initial meeting with my clients is to go through their design inspirations to get an understanding as to what elements in their inspiration photos speak to them. In addition, I have clients pull photos of elements that they do not like as sometimes it is easier to understand what they want through that process.

Leslie Bowman Design & The Design Bar is located in the Burr Ridge Village Center, 880 Village Center Drive in Burr Ridge. For more information, call 630-734-0000 or visit thedesignbars.com. You can also follow Bowman and The Design Bar on Instagram at @thedesignbars and @lesliebowmandesign.


With a background in finance, design, and fashion, Dawn McKenna’s sophisticated marketing, branding, and social media presence has made her and her team, the Dawn McKenna Group (DMG), a leader in luxury real estate and the No. 4 team in the nation among all brokerages. She is joined by Lauren Walz, McKenna’s first addition to DMG, who works with McKenna serving DMG’s Western Suburbs clients and growing DMG nationally—now No. 1 in Illinois, Southwest Florida, and Park City, Utah.

What’s most rewarding about real estate?

Working with people to find their dream homes and setting the stage for their continuing stories. It always comes back to the people and the relationships we build along the way.

What do you think separates DMG from other real estate professionals in the business today?

As a team, we listen, we learn, we grow. We are experts in our field but also closely tied to our clients wants, needs, and goals and do everything we can to help reach those goals.

How do you leverage marketing to differentiate yourself from the competition?

Our agents are real people with interesting lives, stories to share, and valuable experience in the field. We promote them to the marketplace, so that our clients get to know a friend; not just a sales representative.

In real estate, what will never be replaced by technology?

The personal connection. At DMG our agents know their territories and the lifestyles they offer because they live there and live those lives. They connect on a personal level.

What would you tell an agent that wants to work in the luxury market?

Be more energetic and knowledgeable about your market than the other agents. Your business and knowledge must extend outside of real estate into industries and topics such as taxes and tax planning, financial modeling, design, and current economic events. Clients lean on you for answers and intel on how global markets of all kinds are impacted and impact real estate. You need to have this knowledge and a team of experts behind you.

Dawn McKenna and Lauren Walz are with Coldwell Banker’s Dawn McKenna Group, 8 East Hinsdale Avenue in Hinsdale. To contact McKenna, call 630-546-3763 or email dawn@dawnmckennagroup.com. To contact Walz, call 708-846-5676 or email lauren@ dawnmckennagroup.com. For more information about Dawn McKenna Group, visit dawnmckennagroup.com, follow them on Facebook at thedawnmckennagroup, or on Instagram @thedawnmckennagroup.


One of the leading real estate agents and full-service brokers in Chicagoland and a recipient of numerous awards, Lina Shah has been serving the buying and selling needs of her clients since 2008. A luxury real estate broker, she is the No. 1 agent in Oak Brook, and is consistently ranked in the top 1 percent of Coldwell Banker agents worldwide. Her unique upbringing and vast professional background, skills, and strong work ethic give her an edge providing consistent excellence in all matters of real estate.

What’s most rewarding about real estate?

My work, my passion allows me to meet and develop meaningful connections with my clients and achieve their real estate goals. It is an honor to have clients put their trust in me to assist them in one of most important decisions in life.

What do you think separates you from other real estate professionals in the business today?

I put a lot of effort into understanding the needs of my clients and tailoring their real estate experience to those needs. I am the biggest advocate for my clients, providing my deep local knowledge, expertise, experience, and guidance and I blend that with their needs throughout all aspects of the buying or selling process.

In real estate, what will never be replaced by technology?

Personal attention and being available for your clients at all times.

How do you win a listing?

My track record of success in selling homes, my in-depth knowledge and understanding of the market, my innovative marketing tailored to each listing, white glove service, personal attention, my expertise, full service, guidance, and always being present at every step of the selling process.

What are your top staging tips?

Who do you go to when staging a listing? Staging is key to selling a home. I assist in staging sometimes with sellers’ own furniture, help declutter, and suggest changes like paint and decor, that may be needed. There are a couple of local staging resources I use if the property is vacant.

If you could help any celebrity client buy or sell a home, who would it be?

I have assisted several high-end executives and public figures sell and buy homes. Whether they are celebrities or not, I would work just as hard for all my clients.

Lina Shah is with Coldwell Banker located at One Parkview Plaza, Suite 100, in Oak Brook, 312-593-4818, linashah.com.


Hinsdale real estate specialist Geri McCafferty with @properties Christie’s International Real Estate, is dedicated to making her client’s homebuying or selling experience one that exceeds expectations. She works to ensure a successful transaction and build long term client relationships that lead to future business and referrals. McCafferty has 46 years of experience in the real estate industry, first as an expert in relocation for major corporations, before expanding into residential real estate. This business savvy, results-oriented professional is passionate about helping home sellers and buyers achieve their real estate goals. A Military on the Move and First Responder trained agent, she is certified in staging and relocation.

What made you want to start a career in real estate?

I have always been in real estate. I began as a weekend secretary, found I loved the industry, and then spent the next 25 years in relocation. I enjoyed working with my clients and their employees so much that I decided to make the move into residential real estate joining Brush Hill Realtors in 2005. Two years ago I moved to @properties Christie’s International Real Estate and had my best years yet.

What’s most rewarding about real estate?

To see how happy and excited my clients are when we find the perfect home or when my clients sell their home and move on to another chapter in their lives.

In real estate, what will never be replaced by technology?

In my opinion, technology will never replace the insight and personal touch of a professional realtor. I will always want to have face to face time with my clients. It allows me to get to know my clients and to learn the naunces they desire in a new property.

Geri McCafferty is with @properties Christie’s International Real Estate in Hinsdale, 30 South Lincoln Street in Hinsdale. She can be reached at 708-431-6635 or gerimccafferty@atproperties.com.


Hinsdale native Jack Brennan has inked more than $30 million in sales across the Western Suburbs since 2022. Brennan with @properties Christie’s International Real Estate, brings fresh energy, deep knowledge, and an unwavering work ethic to his real estate transaction from the city to the suburbs. His high-touch personality, attention to detail, commitment to communication, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment makes his service second to none.

In real estate, what will never be replaced by technology?

The role of a capable and competent broker will never be replaced by technology. While advances through vehicles like artificial intelligence will undoubtedly expand and enhance our abilities, the consumer will continue to find much needed confidence and value from the advisor-like relationship with their broker.

How do you leverage marketing to differentiate yourself from the competition?

For me, it’s about creating individual marketing personas for each home. Truly understanding the property and, beyond that, the lifestyle that the next owner(s) will be living in their new home allows us to custom-tailor a marketing strategy that drives results—with an emphasis on measurable mediums so that our clients can track effectiveness. Marketing without a method is a waste of resources and leaves your client’s success story to chance.

What are your top staging tips?

Less is more when preparing a home for the market but too bare and you’ve lost an opportunity to help highlight the personality within. With a majority of sellers remaining in their home during the sales cycle, my staging strategy is a combination of the client’s current furnishings with new pieces from my own inventory that work to sophisticate the space—always with a focus on showcasing the room, not the furniture.

Jack Brennan is with @properties Christie’s International Real Estate, 30 S. Lincoln Street in Hinsdale. For more information, call 630-532-0011, email jackbrennan@atproperties.com, or visit brennangroupchicago.com. You may also follow him on Instagram @jackbrennanre, on Facebook at JackBrennanRE, or on LinkedIn at jack-brennan.



Recognized as a high level power broker with @properties Christie’s International Real Estate, Katherine Karvelas has earned distinction as a top 1 percent performer in Chicagoland and ranks among the top 1.5 percent of brokers nationwide. Her achievements have garnered attention in prominent publications such as Crain’s Chicago Business, The Real Deal, and MSNBC. Karvelas brings a wealth of expertise and is known for her adept negotiation skills, deal structuring, and extensive network. While she is data-driven, Karvelas values the autonomy to think creatively—a key factor in successfully closing deals. Through strategic connections, she facilitates collaborations and mutually beneficial relationships among clients and associates. Beyond her professional success, Karvelas actively supports local nonprofits and holds influential roles as an advisor for SuperFile, a security software startup, and serves as a Board member for the University of Chicago Medicine Hinsdale Hospital.

What do you think separates you from other real estate professionals in the business today?

Unparalleled negotiation skills and the ability to naturally connect with others. I pride myself on fearlessly advocating for my clients—leveraging market expertise to negotiate deals that exceed client’s expectations. I also have an unwavering commitment to securing the best outcomes for my clients; this has earned me a stellar reputation as a top-tier negotiator and record setting performer in the industry. My background in leadership, business, and construction also sets me apart.

What are some of the latest trends in the luxury real estate market?

Smart Home Technology, state-of-the-art security systems, work-from-home areas, along with luxe and transitional living spaces. Think lounge space versus traditional living room. Health and wellness is also trending with in-home spa amenities, sport courts, and workout rooms.

In real estate, what will never be replaced by technology?

The human experience. The emotional elements and experiences that exist in residential real estate deals and negotiations can only be conveyed and understood by a natural human. Technology is merely a tool for us to use, in addition to the skills and knowledge we possess.

Katherine Karvelas is a broker with @properties Christie’s International Real Estate, 30 S. Lincoln Street in Hinsdale, 630935-8150, katherine@katherinekarvelas.com, katherinekarvelas. com. You can also follow her on Instagram @kkarvelasre.

Katherine Karvelas pictured at her premier listing 65 S. Cabernet Court in Burr Ridge. For more information, visit cabernetestate.info.


Consisently top ranked as one of the most successful real estate professionals serving Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Western Springs, Westmont, Downers Grove, Burr Ridge, and surrounding western suburban communities, @properties Christie’s International Real Estate broker Kelly Kirchheimer prides herself on providing the highest level of customer support and satisfaction. Her patience, creativity, and business savvy continues to land her in the top 1 percent of Chicago realtors. Kirchheimer earned an MBA and led technology sales teams prior to bringing her entrepreneurial spirit to real estate. Today, she is passionate about the community, her clients, and does her part to give back to charity and support local events.

What’s most rewarding about real estate?

These are really important times in people’s lives and we have the honor to help navigate those. It is really a privilege to be a part of something so special. Our homes mean so many things to us and can represent all sorts of aspirations, dreams, and milestones.

What do you think separates you from other real estate professionals in the business today?

Relationships are really important to me and I want people to be happy for as many years as it makes sense for their real estate choices. I use and share data to drive our decisions, and at the end of the day, I am really diligent in being sure we are making the right choices for people. I also network extensively nationwide to continually evolve and improve on our client experience.

How do you leverage marketing to differentiate yourself from the competition?

I try to be true to myself and my voice while providing valuable information.

In real estate, what will never be replaced by technology?

Aside from valuations, it is really the relationships that realtors have with their clients that no technology will ever replace. Humans are complex and when we are talking about the choices people make of where to raise families and spend most of their waking hours, they really want a human touch to help with navigating the right fit and validating the investments.

Kelly Kirchheimer is a licensed Realtor with @properties Christie’s International Real Estate, 30 S. Lincoln Street in Hinsdale. For more infrormation, call 773-960-2745 or visit kellykhomes.com. You can also follow her on Instagram @kellykirchheimer1.



For Hinsdale native Kris Berger, real estate is a way of life. In this competitive market, she ensures her clients don’t miss out on a single opportunity. With more than 25 years of experience and more than $500 million in sales, Berger is the team’s go-to source of knowledge in the Western Suburbs and the city. With a degree in art and an extensive design background, this creative professional is known for her ability to see the potential of a home—whether you are buying or preparing to sell—and guide her clients through their transactions. It’s no wonder she has consistently placed in the Top 10 agents in DuPage County and is with Compass, the number one real estate company in the nation.

What made you want to start a career in real estate?

I was initially doing design work for the models in condominium buildings in the city, and then worked in commercial real estate. When our son, Weston, was born, we then moved to La Grange and gut rehabbed our first house. I started looking for cute houses for my friends to redo, and/or for my husband and I to flip, that is before HGTV existed! And it just organically happened that I sold six homes in a matter of my first year and went on from there and here I am now.

What do you think separates you from other real estate professionals in the business today?

I really don’t consider myself just a realtor. I consider myself my clients’ real estate consultant for life. I have an outreach of top agents all over the country, whether you’re looking to buy/sell a property in Illinois or any other state. I have personal connections with my sphere of the best of the best realtors all over the country to help my clients wherever they are.

Kris Berger and her Kris Berger GroupCOMPASS are located at 1 Grant Square, Suite 201, in Hinsdale. For more information, visit krisbergergroup.com or follow them on Instagram @krisbergergroup.



For 34 years, Mike McCurry has lived in the Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills area and has helped others do the same. As a full-time realtor specializing in Hinsdale and the surrounding area, his Mike McCurry Group with Compass Real Estate has served more than 1,700 local families and businesses. Consistently ranked in the top 1 percent of realtors, McCurry is proud that 74 percent of his buyers and sellers are repeat clients or referrals from past clients.

What do you think separates you from other real estate professionals in the business today?

Real estate isn’t about buildings; it’s about people. I’ve invested in and earned the trust of my community by serving them with integrity and tenacity. I stop at nothing to advocate for my clients and my community.

How do you leverage marketing to differentiate yourself from the competition?

My team invests a lot of resources into producing content that promotes local businesses, spotlights the unique aspects of our towns, or features the amenities available to current and future residents. When we invest in the communities and ensure that everyone is educated on how wonderful they truly are, the homes we place families in are even more valuable.

In real estate, what will never be replaced by technology?

Technology is a gamechanger in every industry and real estate is not immune from that. There’s a lot I love about technology. It’s improved the ways I serve my clients in many ways. However, I come from a time in real estate when a handshake really meant something. I refuse to believe that humans will allow AI to strip us of our ability to create and maintain meaningful connections with other humans. There’s something exceptionally special about walking down the street, seeing a familiar face, and having an impromptu conversation about something meaningful and important. Relationships can’t be replaced by technology.

Mike McCurry and his Mike McCurry Group are with Compass, One Grant Square in Hinsdale. For more information, call 630-447-9393 or visit themccurrygroup. com. You can also follow him on Instagram @mikemccurrygroup or on Facebook at MikeMcCurryGroup.



Larysa Domino, a top broker with @properties Christie’s International Real Estate, has made helping clients make sound investments in the place they call home her specialty. A Northwestern University alumna with a B.A. in Economics, CPA, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Domino knows numbers. Her core business principle is that a comprehensive market analysis creates competitive advantages for all—whether that involves pricing and preparing a listing or negotiating an offer. Domino’s background in corporate finance mixed with her hands-on attitude give her a competitive advantage, something that can be attributed to her many repeat buyers and sellers in Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, and the surrounding communities.

Market trends you anticipate in 2024?

The laws of supply and demand always hold true. There are very few homes on market with buyer demand peaking. I expect continued quick sales for sellers at great prices in the 2024 spring market.

Areas of the home one should invest in?

The kitchen and primary bathroom are key in resale. The majority of buyers truly appreciate when they are renovated. Amazing primary closets are also great for resale, because many sellers forget to focus on that very important area.

Advice for a new agent?

Setting goals is key. Hard work is a strong second and outworking other agents will give you a clear advantage. The real estate business is what you put into it, and it takes time to build your business. Be patient.

Larysa Domino is with @properties Christie’s International Real Estate located at 30 S. Lincoln Street in Hinsdale. For more information, call 630-5618331, email larysadomino@atproperties.com, or visit atproperties.com/agents/7514/larysa-domino. You can also follow her on Facebook @thedominoeffect.realtor and on Instagram @larysadominorealtor.

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For interior designer Michelle Linn, design is personal. The Hinsdale-based founder of Michelle Linn Design Co. started her design journey at Harrington Design Institute in Chicago while designing a showroom at the Merchandise Mart. Her mix of color and neutral palettes, along with personal touches, give her a distinct style that clients have come to love.

How would you describe your design philosophy?

Not everything needs to break the bank but investing in good pieces is worth it over time. Mix in more economical items to fill in and finish that can easily be rotated as your taste evolves. I describe it as Rolex and Timex.

What sets you apart from your competition?

I don’t find competition in design; it is too personal of a relationship.

What inspires you right now?

Inspiration comes from everywhere—travel, magazines, endless books, your surroundings, your history, each other.

Design trends you are most excited about in 2024?

Color in either bright or rich tones to bring warmth into a monochromatic room.

Trends you think people should avoid?

Probably trends in general should be avoided but if you love something it can be done well, and it will always work.

Where do you enjoy shopping for client designs?

No place is off limits. I’ve come up with some very cool stuff in some crazy places. It always makes for a great story.

Best thing about 2024?

I’ve had a lot of growth this last year in size and scope of projects which then led to the business side of my company needing to expand to support it.

Most looking forward to in 2024?

More of last year ... growth, learning, and beautiful projects.

Michelle Linn Design Co. is located at 566 Woodland Avenue in Hinsdale. For more information, call 630-6550551 or visit michellelinndesign.com.

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As the No. 1 Hinsdale real estate broker for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Megan McCleary has a reputation of professionalism, high quality service, and exceeding expectations. She is consistently a top performer in the Western Suburbs, a community she’s called home for two decades, and has placed in the top 1 percent of brokers in the nation for more than a decade. Her client-centered approach and luxury real estate expertise have resulted in her award-winning career.

What made you want to start a career in real estate?

My light bulb moment was when I was having a glass of wine on my front porch with my girlfriend. We were talking about real estate and she encouraged me to go for it. After building several homes, I became obsessed with real estate. Additionally, I developed relationships in my community serving on several philanthropic boards and was seen as a doer, coupled with a background in sales—a great foundation for a real estate career.

What’s most rewarding about real estate?

Helping my buyers and sellers make a major life transition. They are buying or selling a home where memories have been made or will be made. I take this seriously and am sensitive to the magnitude of what home means.

What do you think separates you from other real estate professionals in the business today?

When I work with clients, they work with me, not a junior agent. I have an incredible team which affords me the time to be with my clients, providing concierge level service to help alleviate the stress and maximize results.

In real estate, what will never be replaced by technology?

The personal touch. Our elite team at McCleary Group understands that luxury is about delivering a bespoke experience that caters to unique desires—providing personalized attention and ensuring every detail is meticulously taken care of.

What are your top staging tips? Who do you go to when staging a listing?

The goal is to appeal to the broadest base of buyers. I am one of the very few real estate brokers that has a professional interior designer as part of the team. I am also a certified stager. You only have one chance to make a first impression and I want it to be a good one.

Megan McCleary is with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago’s Hinsdale office. For more information, call 312-8489370 or visit mcclearygroup.com.



Mark Speers and the team at King’s Landscape Design have one goal in mind while working with their clients— bringing a homeowner’s outdoor living dreams to life. For the past decade, Speers has spent his time working closely with clients to design around their unique needs. His degree in Landscape Architecture from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, coupled with stellar installation crews, make King’s Landscape Design the premier team for any outdoor living project.

What elements define your style? Where do you find inspiration?

I lean towards a contemporary design style with a focus on balance, simplicity, and clean lines. However, every project requires its own distinctive design identity that correlates to the homeowner and the home itself.

How do you include the client in your creative process?

Every project begins with an on-site consultation with our clients. Together, we review the property, inspiration photos, project examples, budget, and the client’s wish list in order to come up with a collective vision. We then create a strategy to refine the concepts to best meet the client’s needs. We are in constant communication from start to finish via email, phone, text, and in-person meetings to ensure that we have fully captured our client’s dream.

What are some surprising elements you’ve incorporated?

Whether it be an open-roofed pergola, or a completely roofed shade structure, there has been an increased interest in incorpo-

rating some form of shade and protection from the elements to extend the seasons and add functionality to the outdoor living space. Recently, we have been incorporating aluminum louvered roof structures into our projects. The louvered roofs are motorized, allowing you to open the roof on a beautiful day, or close the roof when the sun is overbearing or the threat of rain is present. With the customizable options of heaters, ceiling fans, and lighting, these structures provide the perfect refuge for any outdoor living space.

King’s Landscape Design is located at 16W280 Jeans Road in Lemont. For more information, call 630-323-3757 or visit kingslandscapedesign.com. You can follow the company on Facebook at kingslandscaping or on Instagram @kingslandscapedesign.



Interior designer Susan Klimala knows how to find the “wow factor.” With two decades of experience and multiple regional and national design awards, she and her TKS Design Group are in tune with what it takes to make a space sing—from the big picture to the almost imperceptible little layers. In addition to business acumen acquired at a Fortune 500 company, her credentials include being both a Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer (CKBD) and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). She describes herself as a down-to-earth, problemsolver who tells it like it is, isn’t afraid to take risks, and is creatively alive—always laughing.

What elements define your style? Where do you find inspiration?

We specialize in eclectic, thoughtful, detail-oriented, personalized design. We are not afraid of color, and if there’s a rug with a detail versus a plain rug, we will likely choose the detail. As far as inspiration, many times our inspiration comes from our clients—a piece of art, a scrap of fabric or even a piece of wallpaper that they’ve been holding onto—we really do pride ourselves on creating deeply personal designs!

How do you decide which projects are a good fit for you and your firm?

The best projects for our firm are where the client has seen our website or social media, read our reviews, or spoken with someone who has used our team and is excited about working with us because of what they’ve seen and heard. When we are on the same page aesthetically, and clients give us a fair amount of creative freedom, this is typically going to result in our best work. We are a design-build firm as well, so we tend to attract clients who want a one-stop shop and appreciate our ability to provide a consistent experience all the way through the process from beginning to end.

How do you use social media in your business? What are your handles?

We love sharing on social media—new projects, design trends, team outings! See our work and follow along on Instagram @tksdesigngroup.

For more information about TKS Design Group, call 630-858-4848, or visit tksdesigngroup.com.



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The marital home can be one of the more complicated assets to handle; simply because it is an emotionally charged one. With the help of experienced counsel, one can make a logical decision that works for the whole family. Let me break down some of the options available:


If the couple decides to sell the home, they will split any money made in the sale. This is determined by how much the home sells for, minus the cost of the remainder of the mortgage, realtor fees, or any other expenses incurred from selling the house.

If the house is still on the market, but every other aspect of the divorce has been agreed upon, the spouses do not need to wait for the house to sell to finalize the divorce. Instead, the marital settlement agreement can clearly outline how to split any funds from the sale of the house. Often, it will also dictate how the parties will communicate with the realtor, respond to offers, and maintain the house while it is on the market.


If the spouses decide not to sell and that one of them will keep it, this becomes much more complicated. First, the couple needs to determine the value of the house. They can agree to use a website like Redfin or Zillow or a current market analysis from a local realtor to determine the house’s worth. If they do not agree on the value, they can get an appraisal from a certified real estate appraiser. Each party is entitled to half of the home’s equity in the divorce. If the parties are unable to come to an agreement on the value of the home, and therefore the equity in it, the court will most likely order that it be sold.

If one party keeps the house, they are responsible for compensating the other party for their share. This can be done by giving

the spouse a different asset of a similar value, splitting checking or savings accounts differently, or paying the other spouse in another way.

Additionally, the party keeping the house will need to refinance, removing their spouse from the mortgage and the deed within a reasonable amount of time.


In some cases, the parties may decide to continue jointly owning the home for a few years. Typically, this is done to allow children to stay in the same home and school district they were previously in.

Sufficed to say, there are many ways to divide the value of the familial home. However, this can often be a contentious issue because in addition to the home typically being the largest asset they have, it is also one that people tend to be very emotionally attached to and oftentimes, people will make emotional, rather than logical or smart, decisions when they want to stay in their residence.

Although it is difficult, we urge clients to take a very close look at their finances before determining if staying in their home is a realistic and smart financial decision. Many times, their emotions can cloud the reality of moving from a dual income and the major monthly expenses of owning a home. However, in some cases, staying in the home is the smartest decision for one party—the mortgage payment may be extraordinarily low, and they know they won’t be able to afford something similar with rising real estate prices.

Regardless, whether or not to stay in the home is a serious financial decision that should be made logically with legal counsel.

Michone J. Riewer is an attorney with Strategic Divorce in Lake Bluff, 847-234-4445, strategicdivorce.com.

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Prepared to be awed. In its quest to celebrate the physical beauty of the Mediterranean and the glory of its cooking, Pella Signature in Burr Ridge had built the most dashing new dining room of last 2023, complete with an ambitious menu brimming with spit-roasted meats and plenty of high-end seafood.

Mushroom Lumache

I’ve studied in Italy. I’ve vacationed in Italy. I have profiled quaint seaside trattorias and Michelinstar restaurants, from Rome to Lake Como. In all my travels, across a country that may be God’s greatest gift to culinarians, I have yet to encounter a single slice, square, pan or sheet-cake of focaccia quite like the one currently being served at Pella Signature, the irresistibly charming ode to pan-Mediterranean cooking in Burr Ridge.

It would be defamatory, in my opinion, to refer to this focaccia as simple old bread. It’s not flat. It’s not doughy. Nor vaguely pizza-like. Mac’s focaccia has been molded to look like an oversized Italian biscuit or savory muffin. It’s light and fluffy, studded with Castelvetrano olives, and then baked to a mahogany hue usually reserved for Louis XIV furniture.

Mac, who’s spent the much of the last decade dazzling tourists at the Wynn in Vegas and its sister casino, the Encore, doesn’t overwork the gluten in her dough. In fact, she barely mixes it, knowing that a lighter touch will produce a billowy, crenulated interior. The dough is poured into molds lined with olive oil, which allows the oil to seep and into the inner folds of the focaccia, creating an interior that’s almost custard-like. It’s nothing less than an opulent, flaky-skinned olive-oil bonbon for the ages.

One bite into our meal at Pella, and


I was completely smitten. Not just with our opening bread course, but the entire sprawling, go-for-broke, you-deserveto-be-pampered vibe of the place. It’s charming and grandiloquent, without ever being kitschy.

Sometimes, after just one dish at a restaurant, you know you’re in good hands. You can lean back in your chair, knowing that everything to follow, for the rest of the evening, will live up to that first expected shockwave of surprise and delight. Which is exactly what Pella Signature delivered the whole night through.

I am no accountant nor general contractor, but it’s clear to me that owners Maya and Alex Spasov have given new meaning to the phrase “spare no expense.” I invite you, for instance, to consider the sheer chutzpah required to greenlight a 500-plus seat restaurant that boasts seven different dining room, three bars and a 4,500-square-foot glass-enclosed atrium, bedazzled with ceiling lights and the kind of retractable roof usually reserved for NFL stadiums.

I drank it all up. Its food, opulence, and ambition. Sometimes, a night spent twirling pasta at a cozy trattoria or tearing into a plate of lamb chops at a family-run taverna will do. And sometimes, especially during the winter, we all secretly crave a little spectacle.

I loved the fact that Pella’s glass bar pays homage to Venetian glassmakers. And I like a restaurant where its


Pella offers an extensive wine list, as well as by the glass offerings, but the cocktail list plays with classic Mediterranean ingredients in the cleverest of ways.

Garden of the God:

This extraordinarily light, almost spa-worthy sipper, amplifies all those subtle notes of juniper and angelica root from the gin by pairing it with an elderflower liquor, spritz of lemon, cucumber, and prosecco. It’s vegetal and light, a perfect aperitif or pairing for the house’s oysters and seafood tower.

Pomona’s Rhey:

This is a pineapple demerara old fashioned spiked with citrus bitters. All the classic smoky flavors you’d expect but jolts of tropical sweetness. It’s a great foil for steak and Pella’s roasted meats, especially its mostarda chicken.

Atrium at Pella Signature


executive chef references The Odyssey as inspiration and talks about open-hearth cooking—wood-fired meats and spit-roasted chickens and whole-roasted branzino stuffed with pinwheels of lemon—as if it’s the cure to all of society’s ills.

Think of it this way: Pella Signature is a taste of the Las Vegas Strip closer to home. It reserves a whole section of its menu to meat cooked in tagines. It serves $250 seafood towers with bouillabaisseflavored aioli and seems willing to sources Wagyu beef from a small family-run farm in Michigan.

Pella’s current executive chef must walk into his jaw-dropping 5,000-square-foot kitchen every day and pinch himself. I would, too. It’s a culinary playpen. You’ve got flat tops. A pair of inverted shawarma rotisseries allow the team to suspend fruits and veggies over the rotating meats and baste them with Mediterranean juices. There’s, of course, a wood-fired pizza oven that bakes flatbreads and finishes off proteins. And then there’s the chef’s pride and joy: an open wood-fired hearth with a Santa Maria style grill.

Should you order the whole roasted Spanish branzino—and you should—he will sandwich lemon, salt, pepper, thyme into the fish’s cavity, slather an herb marinade onto its flesh and then lock the branzino into a specially designed grill basket.

It’s a brilliant little tool designed to be the same shape as a whole fish. The kitchen will roast your branzino above the open hearth, wheeling a series of grills up and down so that they are just right distance from burning wood. The contrails of smoke and all those spittles of fire will do all the rest. All that glorious direct and indirect heat will crips up the fish’s skin, yet keep its cavity moist,

tender, and gently infused with just the right amount of smoke.

The Spasovs have named their restaurant after the ancient Macedonian city of Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great. At one time, Pella was an epicenter of trade, a hub for the exchange of ideas, of art and, of course, spices and recipes from across the globe. Thus, the restaurant hopes, over time, to pay homage to entire Mediterranean world, from the shores of North Africa to Europe.

For now, I recommend you let the chef de cuisine take you on a tour of the menu’s more exotic offerings. Let him brine you a chicken—the secret ingredient in his saltwater mix is seaweed—and paint the skin of his chicken with his signature mostarda, a Dijon mustard blended

Olive Focaccia Tiramisu

with charred apples and pears, an homage to the salty-sweet preparations that dominated Europe during the Middle Ages.

For your pasta course, try the handmade lumache, a snail shaped pasta, which the chef steeps in a mushroom tea. The lumachel is tossed with more friends of the forest, thick slices of beech mushrooms, truffles, and tiny bits of asparagus—the latter a brilliant verdant addition—that have been slowly sauteed in a veggie broth. The entire dish is finished with a butter, so that all those pungent flavors stick tight to every curl of pasta.

The only dish that might offer more richness per square inch is a rather brilliant short rib “marmalade” risotto. The dish takes three days to prepare, a series of steps which gradually reduces the short rib, veal stock, red wine, carrots, and onions into a savory jam. This marmalade is smeared over the risotto and then finished, in a glorious bit of overindulgence, with bone marrow. All of this, I might add, is served with a chaser of port, which cuts through all those unctuous flavors with a final palate-cleansing blast of blackberry and caramelized raisins.

If you’re interested in enjoying your meal in Pella’s most stunning room, the aforementioned glass-enclosed atrium, remember to make a reservation early, as walk-ins are often relegated to one of the restaurant’s other dining rooms. Trust us, it’s worth the early planning.

Remember how I mentioned Vegas? Here’s a dining space that’s feels like it was lifted from a wing at the Bellagio. Thirtythree tables. Trees swaddled in tiny Christmas lights. Moonlight streaming down from the glass rafters. And a bar made from onyx that seems like it glows in the dark.

Suffice to say, everything seems to twinkle and wink at you in here especially if you finish your meal the same way you should start it, by ordering something from Maria Mac’s dessert list.

If you like what she’s done with focaccia, you’re going to love what she’s done with tiramisu. Surprise, surprise, it’s not flat; it’s vertical take on tiramisu. Mack bakes her own ladyfingers and soaks them with a coffee syrup. She builds upward from there. A Kahlua whipped cream; a thin wafer of white chocolate embossed

with the Pella emblem. Crunchy crumbles are packed around the dessert. And just when you assume that theatricality is over—that Pella is all “Vegas’d out”—your server will come bearing a silver pitcher of coffee toffee sauce.

It’ll look like she’s pouring Turkish tea. She’ll pour small pool onto the crowning disk and then wait as the sauce burns a hole through the top of the dessert straight down to the center of the plate. So, when you pierce the mascarpone mouse, the coffee will burble out of the sides like a chocolate lava cake. It will swirl around the sides of the crumbles, until the whole affair tastes like a Mozart chocolate bar.

You can scoop up three different flavors of coffee—the sweet sticky toffee-like syrup, a creamy Kahlua liquor flavor in the ganache and a final blast of expresso from the soaked ladyfingers— and you’ll understand that sometimes we all deserve a little escapism. Sure, less can be more, but at Pella, why settle for a little sliver of the Mediterranean when the kitchen is prepared to serve you the entire Mediterranean table in one postcard-worthy setting.

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Argentina’s first female winemaker, Susana Balbo , has opened a new adults-only hotel located in the famed wine region of Mendoza. SB Winemaker’s House & Spa Suites offers an exquisite destination for gastronomes, oenophiles, and adventure seekers.

Ihave always loved Argentina for its cultural combination of European customs and Latin American traditions, its diverse landscapes that include forests, deserts, mountains, and thousands of miles of ocean shoreline, and its similar time zone making jet lag a nonissue. This, however, was my first trip to the heart of Argentina’s wine country, Mendoza; a visit that made me fall in love with this South American gem all over again.

My hostess, Susana Balbo, is the owner of one of the country’s most successful wineries and the recipient of numerous international awards. She has dedicated four decades to the wine industry overcoming numerous obstacles in the male-dominated business to achieve her distinguished position as the country’s first female winemaker. The winery is family-run by Susana and her children José and Ana.

During the pandemic, Balbo and her daughter, Ana Lovaglio Balbo, decided to create a luxury boutique hotel on the site of Ana’s former home. The frequent and globe-trotting travelers hoped to combine the best features of their favorite hotels with the intimacy of a stay with a dear friend. Although the mother-daughter duo works in the family winemaking business together, opening SB Winemaker’s House & Spa Suites in the spring of 2022 marked their first foray into hospitality.

For transit, I chose Copa Airlines because of its modernity and 90+ percent on-time performance rate. After a short 30-minute drive from the Mendoza airport, we approached a dramatic black gate on a quiet residential street. The gate slowly opened to reveal a tree-lined brick lane leading toward the Winemaker’s House, a stately mansion surrounded by seven spa suites.

The main estate at SB Winemaker’s House & Spa Suites in Argentina


As we entered the estate through a courtyard, we were greeted by Sergio Roggerone’s Tree of Life. This enormous work of art is rich in symbolism as the vibrant flowers symbolize strength and femininity, entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment while the birds represent family—two perfect symbols for this motherdaughter endeavor. As Balbo explained how the artwork reflected her life, it became evident that spirituality, love, and consciousness would permeate every aspect of the property’s design.

Another work paying homage to Balbo’s extraordinary career hangs in the modern living room. Mujer Rural, a black-and-white photograph by Brazilian artist Sebastião Ribeiro Salgado Júnior, was a gift to Balbo for her work presiding over the W20 Summit as a congresswoman for Argentina. The room was also home to several pieces crafted from the property’s fallen trees including two mammoth pieces of petrified wood that flanked the fireplace.

Beyond the living room, I found a dining room, a wine cellar with top Argentine and global wines, a separate room for the Chef’s Table experience, a cozy bar, and a tasting room. Outside, a heated pool and expansive kitchen/outdoor dining area sprawled

across the property.

As we left the main house, undulating pathways led to the seven glass-walled suites tucked behind volcanic rock walls. Each suite is aligned with one of the seven chakras. My suite—number 2— represented the second chakra, “courage.” The expansive quarters boasted a warm, neutral color palette except for the couch and artwork, which bore the golden hues associated with the suite’s chakra. In alignment with Balbo’s goal of women empowerment, much of the property’s furniture, furnishings, and accessories are produced by female entrepreneurs. My suite’s décor incorporated local leather and natural materials, a highlight being the traditional blankets of dyed llama wool made by rural Argentinian women.

I was over the moon to discover that the suite contained a sauna, a steam room (that doubled as an experience shower), a massage table, and an enormous egg-shaped bathtub surrounded by glass walls. The bathtub overlooked a private garden with a café table, two heated tile-embossed recliners, and a fire pit.

Once settled, a masseuse arrived for the 15-minute “welcome massage.” Unlike the cursory welcome neck massages offered at many luxury hotels, this was a full body massage including my head and feet—a dream greeting for the weary traveler.

The main estate’s living room showing Sebastião Ribeiro Salgado Júnior’s Mujer Rural and the petrified wood flanking the fireplace Bar in SB Winemaker’s House Spa Suite with in-room sauna


The property offers a myriad of activities from cooking classes to spa treatments to in-suite workouts to lazy poolside afternoons and is a short stroll from the charming town of Chacras. With the help of the Experience Curator, we also discovered a bevy of off-site adventures.

Our first outing was to Susana Balbo Wines in the heart of Luján de Cuyo followed by a picnic on the winery’s picturesque grounds. While admiring the views of the vineyard and its backdrop of snow-capped mountains, we enjoyed traditional Argentinian dishes that were paired with a selection of the finest wines in Balbo’s portfolio, which includes four outstanding labels—Crios, Signature, Nosotros, and BenMarco. A surprising array of exotic birds joined the party; their animated chirps provided a chorus to our leisurely picnicking.

For our second adventure, we explored Argentina on the hotel’s private seaplane courtesy of VisionAir VIP a company Balbo

founded with Patrick Schmidlin, a Swiss visionary, entrepreneur, and pilot. VisionAir VIP’s 8-seat Cessna Grand Caravan-Ex Amphibian C208B, the only one of its kind in Latin America, allows guests to reach the most remote treasures of nature in the lap of luxury—taking adventure to new heights.

While VisionAir VIP offers multi-day adventures to Patagonia to the south and Cafayate to the north, we opted for the one-day tour. After take-off, we flew over Mendoza’s vineyards and headed deep into the Andes for breathtaking vistas. Our flight continued toward San Rafael flying over crystalline salt flats and bodies of water. We landed on a lake near a deserted island as a flock of pink flamingos took to the skies. With two darling wicker picnic baskets in tow, we deplaned for an island hike and toasted our arrival with champagne and a gorgeous spread of fruit and cheese.

On the next leg of our journey, we flew low over Argentina’s sand dunes and mirror lakes and deep inside one of Argentina’s largest canyons before landing at La Riveria. La Riveria is a residential development spearheaded by Schmidlin, who dares one to “experience the uniqueness of paradise.” I have my eye on a La Riveria homestead surrounded by vineyards in the shadow of the Andes.

SB Winemaker’s Experience Curator also arranged our third and fourth adventures— visits to two ranches owned by the Palma family. Located in the foothills of the Andes, Estancia El Totoral is a 90-minute drive from the SB Winemaker’s House. Ricardo

Susana Balbo Vineyard Susana Balbo Vineyard Living room of Estancia El Totoral

and Analicia Palma have six gorgeous children—we had the great pleasure of meeting three—Agustina, Paula, and Clara, who each exuded warmth and hospitality. Our evening began with appetizers at the wine bar set high upon a hill overlooking the eight-bedroom ranch and surrounding vineyards. We then moved to the family’s dining room for a dinner punctuated by laughter and toasts.

The family’s second ranch, Rancho é Cuero, is located high in the Andes. An exhilarating, hour-long drive took us pummeling through streams, over bumpy terrain, and around switchback roads. Upon arrival, we encountered scenery so beautiful it seemed like a movie set. Quaint ranch houses stand on the edge of a rockbottom stream beloved by fly fishermen. Golden grass peppers the rocky floor and billows in the wind, framing snow-covered, mistshrouded peaks wearing a beard of shrubbery. Atop my Criollo, the native horse of the Pampas known for its long-distance endurance, I followed a gaucho through rivers, around a huge body of water, and up and up into the mountains. The gaucho explained that if we continued our trek, we would end up in Chile as the Palma property extends to the Chilean border and even contains a glacier! Donning wool ponchos, we rejoined our hosts for post-ride fireside appetizers followed by a feast of wine, salads, and barbecued Argentinian meats at the outdoor pavilion while serenaded by the rushing river.


After days of exploring Argentina’s incredibly diverse terrain, it was time for my “Frutos de la Vid,” a 3-hour SB Wellness Deluxe Ritual. The masseuse arrived at my suite and instructed me to begin the ritual with a steam bath and sauna to calm my mind and prepare my skin for the full-body grape seed exfoliation treatment. After a special restorative shower washed away the exfoliant, I enjoyed a luxuriant body hydration wrap. This extraordinary experience culminated with a divine 50-minute massage all while Nora Jones’ sultry voice softly filled my room. It was so lovely to have this entire experience in the privacy of my suite.

Another wonderful “spa touch” was arriving home from a day’s adventure, to find an aromatherapy bubble bath waiting for me— an exquisite end to a spectacular day.


The hotel’s culinary crown is La VidA, a restaurant developed by Ana and helmed by Chef Flavia Amad. Its Argentinian cuisine exudes bold flavors with high-quality, locally sourced, and organic ingredients.

A highlight was a gastronomic journey inspired by the hotel’s signature art piece, Tree of Life. The 14-course dining experience was influenced by the artwork’s seven main motifs, including roots, stems, flowers, birds, branches, fruits, and insects. Each course was a work of art paired with an outstanding wine. The pièce de résistance was Flavia appearing tableside to share her culinary interpretation of each element—it gave new meaning to a Chef’s Table experience.

Our Experience Curator also suggested two local, off-site restaurants, evidence of Balbo’s sincere support of community businesses. Zappa is a farm-to-table eatery with Mendozan cuisine in Chacras, and Soberana is a culinary haven featuring Argentinean classics and global favorites in Mendoza. I highly recommend both!

A bit less local, but an absolute gem is Hornero—the main restaurant for La Morada Lodge, a small boutique hotel in the heart of the Uco Valley. Tucked in the foothills of the Andes, this meal was enjoyed mountainside with an extraordinary view and a six-course tasting menu, paired of course with spectacular regional wines.

Calling all well-heeled wine lovers and adventure seekers—SB Winemaker’s House & Spa Suites is No. 1 on my list. I am in great company as the hotel was highlighted on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2023 Hot List of Best New Hotels and Travel + Leisure’s 2023 It List of Best New Hotels.


For more information, visit susanabalbohotels.com, visionair.vip, lariveria.com, estanciaeltotoral.com, laranchoecuero.com, lamoradalodge.com, and copaair.com.

VisionAir VIP seaplane La VidA restaurant at SB Winemaker’s House Andes Mountains viewed from VisionAir VIP seaplane
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Studio W Interiors transformed this Hinsdale home for a growing family


The original mantle was the traditional trio of green marble, brass, and brick. Diana Wagenbach and her Studio W Interiors team ushered the living room forward two centuries with this monumental slab of marble.


Diana dubbed the project “House of Doors No More”. This graceful archway allows for natural flow from one room to another, echoed by a complementary window and door leading outside.




The play of organic shapes and ethereal tones creates a dining room that’s equally welcoming for family dinners and elegant celebrations. A sleek lighting fixture proves that chandeliers don’t need crystals to shimmer.


The transformative power of paint in full effect for an informal living space. Studio W kept the beautifully crafted built-in cabinets and perfected the vibes in a shade of gray.

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A Roaring Holiday Ball

On December 2, 450 people danced and dined at The Community House in support of the Willowbrook Youth Development Initiative, presented by Portillo’s and Parc Ferme, and co-chaired by Emily & Sean Maissami, Mary & Michael Osanloo, Sabrina & Aluizio Ribeiro, and Nicole & Rick Schroeder. Thanks to the dedicated Holiday Ball leadership, including Wine Sale Co-Chairs

Jeanne & Andrew Hendrie, Sarah & Ryan LeStrange, Kelly & Eric Rausch, Kiersten & Andrew Tomson, and the generosity of many, this year’s event raised over $600,000 in support of essential programs and services. These vital services include childcare, after-school and summer camps to improve literacy, career exploration, financial education, and trauma-informed counseling and community-based recreation through athletics, the arts, and enrichment programming. thecommuityhouse.org

Anne & Alex Shire Mandy Steinmetz, Kenna Brody, Jaclyn McNamara, Emily Campbell Laura Cordaro, Alexandra Bhatiani, Jen Werle, Kelly Cunningham Karen & Richard Eck Tess Caruso, Jessica Sherwood
Rino & Megan Burdi Ivan & Olena Petrov Monica & George Chiperi Nithin & Paula Malhotra Jeanne & Andrew Hendrie Pamela Shaplin, Christine Bedi, Jessica Halkias

Jingle Dash

Families sprinted, rolled, and strolled through the streets of Hinsdale for the well-attended and ultra-festive Jingle Dash. The Health Committee of Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club (HJWC), chaired by Kaisa Katz and Megan Martin, planned this terrific morning as an opportunity to appreciate the season with some joyful movement. Mission accomplished! In its fifth year, Jingle Dash attracted more than 250 participants, all of whom seemed to be smiling. Members are hard at work on their upcoming benefit, Disco Dreams. hjwc.us

Photography by Ian McLeod Santa & Mrs. Claus, Kaisa Katz, Megan Martin Gina Savastano, Liz Ewing, Casey Rheaume, Jessica Punzo The Brennan Family The Kunitz Family Diana Obradović and Mila Christy Drew, Katherine Wessel The Keating Family The O’Donovan Family The Gebauer and McNamara Families

The Children’s Ball

The Children’s Research Fund’s signature event, “The Children’s Ball,” was presented by Jewel-Osco and Hinsdale-based investment firm OceanM19. Aptly themed “Curiosity Cures,” more than 900 Chicagoans came together for the black-tie gala hosted by 2023 Children’s Research Fund Campaign and Children’s Ball co-chairs Dr. Elizabeth and Andrew Reyes. More than $3.75 million was raised to help reach a total of $4.65 million for the organization’s annual campaign. The funds raised through the Children’s Ball will go toward the Children’s Research Fund’s current three-year, $9 million commitment to Advanced Therapeutics at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. luriechildrens.org.

Photography by Ana Miyares

Will Bartels Clifford Banks, Tom Heneghan, Dr. Tom Shanley Kate Gibbons, Lauren Shanley Camille Lee, Briana Heneghan, Clifford Banks, Caitlin Heneghan, Michelle Banks Emily and Alex Groden Yung and Peggy Lim Brendan and Colleen Carroll Tulsi Gaonkar and Jason Davis Co-chairs Dr. Elizabeth and Andrew Reyes Aaron and Nichole Charfoos

Hinsdale Assembly

Every December, a group of debutantes, accompanied by honor guards, are celebrated for their year of service and social events at the Hinsdale Assembly Ball. This gorgeous family affair is thrilling from the receiving line through the last waltz. The efforts of the Hinsdale Assembly, directly benefit the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation. Since 1963, with the loyal support of the community, over $3.25 million has been donated. Hinsdale Assembly have endowed the Wellness Garden, Digital Mammography Initiative, Third Floor Family Surgical Center of the Patient Pavilion, and $1,000,000 toward the AdventHealth Cancer Institute Hinsdale. Most recently, a timely and critical two-year commitment benefiting Hinsdale Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services was completed.The Hinsdale Assembly is supporting a five-year, $250,000 commitment to help fund the renovation of the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Hinsdale Hospital. It was a glorious night for these exceptional young people, one which will have long-lasting benefits for the community. hinsdaleassembly.org

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Holiday Party

Butterfield Country Club glittered as did guests at an end-of-the-year celebration of Saint Isaac Jogues. The holiday party gave parishioners opportunities to connect with friends and celebrate the good works of 2023. Giving projects include collecting more than 4,200 pounds of food during the spring Seeds of Service event, a clothing drive, turkey donations, and Adopt-A-Family. This dinner dance is a holiday highlight. sij.net

Sue & Joe Gurgone Amanda & Paul Mancini Natalie & Mike Ryan Carol & Tony Burlinski Nora & Dan Lewis Emma Schramko & Brendan O’Donnell Jack Hamilton & Janice Skala, Margie & Fran Connelly Sarah Mainers, Amy Molfese, Gina Hardy Eric & Pam Malchow Claudine & Chris Schramko Cristina & Mike Camara Tina & Ian Laterreur

Silver Tea

As the sun streamed into host Megan Pack’s beautiful home, guests enjoyed a lovely tea service at St. Isaac Jogues Council of Catholic Women’s annual Silver Tea. The spirit of friendship and community filled each exquisitely decorated room. Donations will support grants and educational events for women and help those in need. The Silver Tea is a much-loved annual tradition. sij.net

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As many Hinsdale residents already know, Hinsdale Orthodontics has a long history of treating local patients and their families. What really sets them apart, however, is their commitment to treating the whole child throughout their dental development lifespan. This deep-seated commitment has recently led the orthodontic practice to unveil a new service to their patients in addition to braces and clear aligner care, Hinsdale Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry now offers pediatric dentistry, and they’re the only practice in Hinsdale to offer both.

So, what is it that makes Hinsdale Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry’s dual pediatric orthodontic approach so impactful? In short, this comprehensive manner of care allows Dr. Susan Blair and Dr. Nick Riccio to assess your child’s dental development throughout every major growth milestone, helping them to combat dental anxiety, start orthodontic treatment when the time is right, and walk them through new life phases with comfortability and familiarity.

As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Blair has spent years working with children, learning to curb dental anxiety by making treatment feel fun and exciting. The team makes an effort to teach children the “why” behind oral hygiene in a light-hearted and easy-to-understand manner that puts kids at ease, even when dental checkups are new to them. Something any parent can appreciate.

Not only are Dr. Blair and Dr. Ricco board-certified practitioners, but they are also parents and understand the full picture. Being a dual pediatric dentist and orthodontist is Dr. Blair’s self-confessed dream job, and this passion is evident in her work. She takes the time to get to know each patient and their families, learning about their lives and interests as she goes.

Her training as a pediatric dentist allows her to have a deeper understanding of the growth and development of facial structures and dentition, which enriches her skills as an orthodontist in turn.


Husband-wife dream team are excited to now offer pediatric dental services at Hinsdale Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, featuring the area’s ONLY dual board-certified specialist in orthodontics and pediatric dentistry, Dr. Susan Blair.


In fact, Dr. Blair is the area’s only dual board-certified pediatric dentist and orthodontist, a testament to her expertise.

When the pediatric dental side of your child’s oral health makes way for orthodontic treatment, Dr. Blair and Dr. Riccio, a husband-wife team, work together to provide expert braces and aligner treatment plans that make their smiles picture-perfect.

Operating on a patient-first model, Dr. Riccio shares the commitment to serving patients and their evolving needs that his wife does. As a trained expert in the Damon® brace system, Invisalign®

clear aligner therapy, cutting-edge 3D imaging, and LASER gum sculpting, he makes it a goal to meet every patient’s aesthetic and functional needs, whatever they may be.

Together, the Hinsdale Orthodontic & Pediatric Dentistry team believes in making the process of dental care—from start to finish—a fun and memorable experience for their patients.

Hinsdale Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry is now accepting new patients. Call 630-325-0100 or visit hinsdaleortho.com for more information.

Dr. Nick Ricco and Dr. Susan Blair with their son.

From Drab to Dream Home

Gabriela and Brandon Loncar’s recent Hinsdale home renovation demonstrates to their real estate clients how a creative vision and cosmetic upgrades can transform any property.

When Gabriela Loncar first saw photos of the 1953 Hinsdale home that her husband and business partner, Brandon, found and fell in love with, she was more than skeptical.

“I was like no way,” says Gabriela, a licensed broker and partner with her husband in their Loncar Realty firm. “Then, after walking in and listening to Brandon’s crazy vision, I leaned over the kitchen countertop and started to see the vision come to life.”

These long-time sweethearts (they’ve known each other since age 11 and dated through middle school and high school) had already renovated several homes but something about this one immediately felt special.

“Our construction expertise helps us work with buyers to see the value in purchasing a home as-is, making easy cosmetic updates to enjoy for years, and selling for a profit later,” she says, explaining that the home they were about to take on had a great layout, but the colors were all wrong. “We knew that if we made cosmetic updates to make the colors more timeless and neutral that the return

on the investment would be great when we go to sell.”

Soon after that original tour, she began drafting the kitchen floor plan, knowing they had a 30-day window to get it all done.

“We have this process down to a science. The old kitchen was demolished and on the driveway an hour after we closed,” she says. “We added wood floors to the places that previously had carpet and started working on the bathrooms and kitchen simultaneously.”

Gabriela says the couple could not be happier with their project and hope their transformation can be an inspiration for both buyers and sellers.

“Whether it’s a small paint job or a major kitchen/bath renovation, we have tackled it all,” she says. “Presentation is everything for Loncar Realty and our sellers, and when we implement easy cosmetic changes, properly stage the home, and showcase it all with our high quality marketing, our listings sell for top dollar.”

For more information about Loncar Realty, call 630-918-1150 or visit loncarrealty.com.

The Loncar’s updated kitchen. Brandon & Gabriela Loncar in their remodeled living room.





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