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‘Rumors’ Flying Around New Trier BY EMILY SPECTRE DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

On a day that feels like the first real day of spring, when most teenagers are outside enjoying the weather, a group of New Trier High School students has instead elected to stay inside after school. This isn’t a punishment; the students are the 10 cast members of the school’s spring play, Rumors, by Neil Simon. “This has been one of the most fun shows I have directed because we are laughing all the time,” Ryan Dunn, director, told DailyNorthShore. Fun, high energy, fast-paced, hilarious — words that Dunn and the cast members used to describe the play. Rumors takes place in a tastefully appointed townhouse, where four couples have gathered to celebrate a 10th wedding anniversary, only to find the host (and deputy mayor of New York) has accidentally shot himself in the ear and his wife is nowhere to be found. What follows is a comedic farce of confusion and miscommunication, where all the guests are complicit in a cover-up no one entirely understands.  Dunn confessed he chose Rumors as the spring play because he has loved Neil Simon since he was in high school. And he really wanted to give the students an opportunity to act in one of the award-winning playwright’s comedies. “It’s funny Continued on PG 10

CLASS ACT ART SHAY: MARCH 31, 1922 – APRIL 28, 2018 BY DONALD LIEBENSON DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

Photographer Art Shay, an icon of the Chicago arts community, died April 28 of heart failure at his Deerfield home. He was 96. Michelle Monroe, co-owner of the Monroe Gallery of Photography, which represents his fine arts photography, considered him a Renaissance man. “It’s a huge loss,” she said in a phone interview. “He was a mentor; he guided us. We trusted him. You might never find someone like Art Shay; it’s once in a career.” Actor and collaborator Mike Nussbaum once compared Shay to the Woody Allen character Zelig. “He has been with all kinds of famous people at important moments in history, having taken their photographs or living with them as (he did) with Jimmy Stewart and Nelson Algren,” he told the Chicago Tribune in 2002. I interviewed Shay on a few occasions and always left his company thoroughly jazzed and inspired by the artistry of his work, his indefatigable creative drive, his passion for art and literature, and the enduring love for his wife of 67 years, Florence, who passed away from cancer in 2012. Shay’s photographs appeared in Life magazine, Sports Illustrated and other publications, and are exhibited in galleries and museums. Currently on display at the American Writers Museum in Chicago is the exhibition “Capturing Stories: Photographs of Writers by Art Shay.” He wrote three plays, roughly 80 books (including a 2002 autobiography, An Album for an Age, Nelson Algren’s Chicago and a series of sports how-to books, of which 40 Common Errors in Golf and How to Correct Them was his bestseller, according to his son, Richard). He was a blogger, a columnist, and also a champion racquetball player. “He’s one of our cultural treasures,” Thomas Continued on PG 10

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LIFESTYLE & ARTS 16 north shore foodie

Bella Via has been serving authentic Italian cuisine in Highland Park for exactly 20 years — this Sunday, May 13.

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Former Great Britain leader Tony Blair helped raise $2.5 million for the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

REAL ESTATE 18 open houses

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18 houses of the week

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NEWS CLASS ACT Cont. from PG 1 Masters, owner of Masters Gallery in Chicago, told me in 2010 upon hosting Shay’s first show of color photographs. In his 2002 play, Where Have You Gone, Jimmy Stewart? based on Shay’s experiences serving under the actor as a navigator flying bomber missions for the US. Army Air Forces, Shay’s character is aptly described as an “energetic old guy.” Indeed, he was undertaking projects at an age when most would have long accepted retirement. In his late 80s, he was in discussions with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan about a collaboration. Brooklyn native Shay worked for Life magazine after the war as a bureau chief in San Francisco. He moved to Chicago in 1948 with Florence, literally the love of his life, whom he met at a summer camp (she was a counselor; he a bugler). They married in 1944. They had five children, but one, Harmon, was murdered in Florida in 1972. The body was never found. Florence was his muse, his business manager and a literary force in her own right as the owner of Titles, Inc., a rare books store in Highland Park. In tribute, Shay mounted an exhibition at Columbia College Chicago, “My Florence,” which was later released as a book. They lived in Deerfield for six decades. Of Shay’s photography, Roger Ebert said that it “shakes you up, sets you down gently, pats you on the head and then kicks you in the ass.” Richard Shay said that his father was “a natural at getting the decisive moment; always able to get the picture that told the story.” Shay himself told Mike Thomas in Chicago magazine last month, “A photo is a biography of a moment that would otherwise have gotten away.” Shay created indelible photos of such 20thcentury notables as John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali when the latter was known as Cassius Clay. His friendship with writer Nelson Algren led to his most famous—or infamous—photo of a nude Simone de Beauvoir, the French feminist and writer who had just stepped out of the shower and was fixing

Art Shay and gymnast Kathy Johnson. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF RICHARD SHAY

her hair in the mirror. When she realized she was being photographed, de Beauvoir turned to Shay and said, “Oh, you naughty man.” For Monroe, Shay’s artistry is most vividly preserved in his street photography and photos of ordinary Americans. “He was personally intent on portraying every life as important,” she praised. “He saw the power, the pathos and the opera in their lives. He was a hero for the Everyman.”

Shay was esteemed in photography circles, but Richard, also a successful photographer (his father gave him his first camera when he was 5 years old and at the age of 10 he accompanied his dad on a Sports Illustrated assignment to shoot a Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers game), is gratified his father lived to see the recognition that came his way in his later years. Florence, he said, used to joke that Art would be famous after he was dead.

Just last year, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lucie Foundation. “The last opening of his (at Gallery Victor Armendariz),” Richard Shay recalled, “honest to God, for three hours, 20 to 30 year olds waited to talk to him about the pictures of Muddy Waters, Elizabeth Taylor, Martin Luther King Jr; a new generation who cared about people who had long since passed. He loved that.”

NEW TRIER Cont. from PG 1 and I love comedies,” Dunn explained. With a cast of 10, Rumors had a large enough cast — many of Simon’s plays have even smaller casts — to put on at school, Dunn said. The students rehearsed for six weeks everyday after school for a couple of hours, spending more time rehearsing as they got closer to show time. While the spring play is open to the whole school, this year’s cast is comprised entirely of juniors and seniors, many of whom have participated in the school theater program since freshman year. Dunn has enjoyed working with a group that has mastered the fundamentals, allowing him to focus on the subtle elements in the play. “They were right into it, having fun,” Dunn said. Dunn is a physics teacher with a passion for theater. Before switching to a physics major in college, he majored in theater. Being involved in the after-school theater program has fed Dunn’s interest and kept things interesting. Max Rezek-TeWinkle, a senior, said Dunn was his first director his freshman year. “It was really cool to come full circle to have him be my first and last director at New Trier,” Rezek-TeWinkle

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said. He has found Rumors to be a fun experience, where the small cast has brought a lot of energy and excitement to rehearsals. “Yelling at each other has probably been the most fun part of the show,” Rezek-TeWinkle said. The timing of the play, which requires a lot of entrances and exits, has been challenging for everyone. Elise Reehl, a senior, spent a lot of time learning her lines, finding the fast pace a challenge. Reviewing her lines before going to sleep, as well as writing them out at the outset of the rehearsals, were two helpful techniques she utilized. As the cast heads into the final months of the school year, putting on a comedy seems to be the perfect way to end the year on a high note. “The play is hilarious. I don’t think I have ever laughed so much when I did in the initial read through of the play,” Isaac Slomski-Pritz, a senior, said. “Rumors” last performance will be May 11 at 7 p.m. at the New Trier McGee Theatre, 35 Winnetka Avenue, Winnetka. It also was performed on May 9 and May 10. For more information, visit www. newtrier.k12.il.us.

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Schools Out For Children’s Fair BY EMILY SPECTRE DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

When school gets out every June, it’s a tradition for Winnetka children and others from neighboring communities to head directly to the Winnetka Children’s Fair to mark the beginning of summer. The fair, hosted by the Winnetka Community Nursery School (WCNS), celebrates its 73rd anniversary this year. It will be held on June 8-9 on the Village Green in Winnetka. “It is very much the same fair it was 73 years ago,” Elizabeth Kelley, co-chair of the Children’s Fair, told DailyNorthShore. It’s a very popular tradition in Winnetka, with organizers expecting about 4,000 people to attend, as they do every year. “It’s really neat that we have been able to continue this tradition for the kids in this community for so long,” Kelley said, who attended the fair as a child growing up in Winnetka. Like Kelley, many parents have fond memories of attending the fair as children and look forward to sharing the experience with their own kids. That’s Children zoom down one of the Winnetka Children’s Fair’s most sought-after attractions: the slide. probably why fair organizers generally try to keep PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE WINNETKA CHILDREN’S FAIR the experience the same, using old-school paper tickets instead of anything digital. then choose a toy from the prize truck. The giant where they can ride ponies and check out a petting “We don’t want to lose the magic,” Kelley said. slide is also really popular, and of course, the candy zoo. Organizers added a tent last year where WCNS Children love to play games at the arcade, and castle is, too. Younger children enjoy Kiddie Land, teachers host an art project and are available to talk

about the preschool. The event takes a lot of advance planning by volunteer board members of the school, as well as the nearly 600 volunteers who pitch in throughout the fair. “It’s what makes it so special. You see people in the community stepping up and volunteering because they love the fair,” Kelley said. While people flock to the fair because of its tradition, over the years some things have been added. Kelley said this year organizers are hoping to get a local dad-band to play on Friday evening. For the first time this year, the fair will be open until 7 p.m. on Friday evening. Organizers hope families will decide to linger, enjoy some music, and have a picnic on the green. While the fair is all fun-and-games, it also benefits a great cause. WCNS is a nonprofit preschool that has been an early education pillar of Winnetka for over 70 years. All of the proceeds raised from the fair go toward the play-based nursery school. “It’s a wonderful school in the community,” Kelley said, whose three young children attend. For more information about the Winnetka Community Nursery School and the Children’s Fair go to www.winnetkacommunitynurseryschool.org.

Fort Sheridan Hosts ‘Jewel’ of a Tour previous tours have mainly been around the playground, but this year the tour will encompass a larger DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM area down to the southside of the Fort on Lyster Road.” North Shore history buffs don’t have to travel far Holabird and Roche, one of the few non-military to get an inside look at Fort Sheridan’s homes and architects who built Fort Sheridan, designed many mansions, where soldiers served our country from of the homes. Fitzgerald noted the slight differences in the con1888 until the 1990s. On May 19, the Fort Sheridan Historical Society is hosting “Our Historic Jewel III” struction of the Captains’ Quarters homes that had tour from 1 to 5 p.m. two windows on the third floor, while the Lieutenants’ Seven homes will be featured in this year’s Fort homes only had one third-floor window. The Artillery Building has a loft on the third level, Sheridan Historical Society (FSHS) tour. They include the Veterinarians Hospital, an Artillery Build- the mansions have three floors, and the duplexes are ing, a single-family Captains Quarters mansion, a two-story buildings. Most of the properties with Non-Commissioned Officer’s duplex, one of the basements have been beautifully redone, said FitzgerMunitions Warehouses, the Midwest Young Artists ald. Building (the old jail complete with jail cells in the The homes were built from 1899 in blond brick to basement) and the stables. blend in with the rest of the community, and when “Each stable had an arena inside for the horses to people started building new places, part of the requirerun and do practice jumps, because horses were big ments were having colors that would blend in. She in Fort Sheridan from the late 1800s to the 1930s added that muted colors such as black, white, beige and beyond,” said Donna Fitzgerald, FSHS founder. and dark green were used on doors and shutters. “Fort Sheridan paid very close attention to horses, An interesting example from last year’s tour involved cannons and guns and dedicated buildings that were the owners of a mansion that had to have a tree cut specific to those areas.” down to make room for an addition. The couple used Fitzgerald has been working closely on the event the lumber from that tree to create a built-in wall in with Anne Maxfield, vice president of the FSHS. their family room. Fitzgerald explained that Fort Sheridan has three “It’s stories like this, where people come away with loops: MacArthur, Scott and Logan Loops. These something and I enjoy learning so much from these were created for huge single-family homes for the tours,” said Fitzgerald. Earlier this year, North Shore Chapter of Daughcommissioned officers and commanders. MacArthur is named for General Douglas Mac- ters of the American Revolution recognized chapter Arthur’s father, Lieutenant General Arthur MacAr- member Fitzgerald with the DAR Historical Presthur Jr., who became the military governor-general ervation Recognition Award for her transformative of the American-occupied Philippines in 1900. They efforts to establish FSHS and advance the creation were the first father and son to each be awarded a of a permanent museum about Fort Sheridan. Medal of Honor. Fitzgerald said she was thrilled to accept the award, “Part of the intrigue is that we don’t do the same which was commissioned from the Master Homehouses over again,” said Fitzgerald. “The homes on owner’s Board in Fort Sheridan.

the street could be in Highland Park. We have no church, synagogue or gathering place -- and the whole idea was to put a museum in the water tower.” The mission for the museum is to have a retrieval of information on soldiers who have gone through Fort Sheridan. Fitzgerald recalled connecting with someone a few years ago whose dog tags were dug up from World War I in France. She added that the FSHS needs to raise more funds before it can begin work on the museum. As an added bonus to the tour, those interested can visit the Fort Sheridan Cemetery, where German Prisoners of War are buried. Each visitor on the May 19 tour will receive “Our Historic Jewel III,” the FSHS publication, which includes a directory with a map of Fort Sheridan.

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The FSHS will present “Our Historic Jewel III” Historic House Tour of Fort One of the Fort Sheridan houses featured on the tour. Sheridan Saturday, May 19 PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF FORT SHERIDAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY from 1 to 5 p.m. Pre-paid and day of ticket sales will be “I wanted to start a Historical Society because the available at the Water Tower on May 19. For more inboard is broken into two different towns: you can formation about the Fort Sheridan House Walk, visit Forthave a Highwood address, while your neighbor across SheridanHistoricalSociety.

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Wondering Where The Flowers Is? BY EMILY SPECTRE DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

This year’s late spring may have been disappointing for Chicagoland gardeners anxious to get their hands dirty, but thankfully the extended winter weather did not ruin spring blooms. “We are not aware of anything that was ruined this spring,” Tim Johnson, senior director of horticulture at the Chicago Botanic Garden, told DailyNorthShore. According to Johnson, it is when warm temperatures occur early in the season, followed by cold weather, that spells trouble. That’s when plants may bloom early, only to be damaged by a cold snap. Gardeners might also be tempted to plant spring annuals too early, only to find the cold weather has returned, Johnson said. This April was one of the coldest on record for the area, with days repeatedly hitting temperatures in the 30s and some snowfall. The Chicago Tribune reported that the Chicago area experienced a record 16 days at 32 degrees or lower in April

tional Weather Service. In a late spring such as this year, the trees, bushes and ground cover remain dormant until temperatures begin to rise, Johnson said. During this long, cold spring, the Botanic Garden took advantage of the extra time to prune while plants remained dormant, such as common shrubs like viburnums and dogwoods. While some Chicago-area gardeners may have seen bulbs — Magnolia tree in bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden. such as daffodils or tulips — that popped — the previous record was set in 1873-74. Typi- up only to get burned by a frost, Johnson said not cally, the average monthly temperature in April is to worry, the cold may have affected the plants, but approximately 49 degrees, according to the Na- it won’t kill them. Pansies tend to be a popular

spring annual that are the most cold tolerant, Johnson said. When shopping for perennials, Johnson advised looking for plants that are in the same state as those in your garden. Some plants for sale locally are imported from other states and can have a full leaf, when local plants are still bare. Those plants can be at risk in a cold spring like this year, Johnson said. Staff members of the Botanic Garden carefully monitor the weather, choosing to delay planting if the weather looks dicey. For instance, one of the Botanic Garden’s most popular displays is a big meadow full of California poppies. Johnson said the Botanic Garden typically plants about 5,000 poppies in mid-April. But this year they decided to delay planting by about 7 to 10 days because of the cold weather, Johnson said. With the area now experiencing spring-like temperatures that appear here to stay, the Botanic Garden spent last week planting to give visitors an opportunity to see spring blooms. Some of the plants in bloom at the Botanic Garden right now include daffodils, pansies, tulips, magnolia trees and forsythia, Johnson said.

Two Highland Park Temples Merge: ‘From Strength To Strength’ BY JULIE KEMP PICK DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

When members from Congregation Solel and Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism voted to form a combined congregation with 650 families, it was all about creating a stronger single community. “Memberships at all congregations have dipped,” said Rob Lindner, president of Lakeside Congregation. “The thing that is very unique and is not part of the trend is we combined two strong temples a mile and a half away from each other with incredibly similar values. We decided to do this while we still had many choices, because when you’re in a multi-choice situation and you can pick the best of the choices, that’s the ideal way to go.” Holly Krakow, president of Congregation Solel, added, “When the members voted in April, they were voting on what their hearts told them, instead of what they thought the state of their synagogue was.” She explained that the demographics of the temples are the same. Though the sizes of the congregations are slightly different, Lakeside and Solel have about the same amount of older families, younger families and empty nesters. Professional staff from both synagogues will become a single team at Solel’s current location, 1301 Clavey Road, including Rabbi Evan Moffic, Rabbi Isaac Serotta, Cantor Jay O’Brien and educators Vanessa Ehrlich and Ashley Plotnick. Rabbi Moffic was a 16-year-old student when he first met Rabbi Serotta, who was the head of education at a Milwaukee temple. “He has been a mentor to Rabbi Moffic,” said Krakow. “They have such a respectful relationship and the way they discuss, decide and operate together is so flawless that they’re a very special team.” Lindner added that as a young rabbi, Rabbi Moffic probably called Rabbi Serotta for his input

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The team behind the merger, from left: Educators Vanessa M. Ehrlich and Ashley Plotnick, Cantor Jay O’Brien, Rabbi Evan Moffic and Rabbi Isaac Serotta. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER

on different ideas, but now they are two colleagues who work very well together as “co-equal rabbis.” When will the newly formed congregation decide on a new name? Lindner said when the temples were putting the whole organization and concept together, they decided to get input and wisdom from all of the families, so the name will be decided through a subcommittee structure. “We also wanted to be sensitive and respectful to the fact that we’re doing this from strength to strength and nobody is ignoring anybody else,” said Krakow. “We’re coming from equal positions and we didn’t want to be the typical four-named synagogue and use all of our names. We’re choosing a fresh new name that is new to all of us, because we

truly are creating something new.” Lindner explained that one of the reasons the congregations decided that the Solel building was the more appropriate of the two is because it didn’t require major renovations. The building was completed in 1963 and the chapel was added in 2001, along with a new administrative wing in 2010. “If we had decided that Lakeside would be the final location, then it would’ve been a much more complex and expensive project,” said Lindner. “The flexibility of the building at Solel was a big selling point for being able to put this whole matter together, and the Lakeside building just doesn’t have that same kind of flexibility.” Some of the minor renovations will include putting Lakeside’s arc into the main sanctuary and

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readjusting the administrative office to create equal space for the rabbis and increase space for office personnel. Lindner said the congregation will be selling the Lakeside building. The presidents look forward to combining traditions by incorporating the best of both programs. “We’re both founded on social justice philosophies and that was the culminating thing that brought us together,” said Krakow. In addition, Lakeside’s Adult Enrichment program with weekly guest speakers has been very popular. Lindner said an increasing number of Solel members have joined in on this event which includes a free breakfast and is open to the community. The congregations have created 18 different working groups which cover everything from administration to facilities to finances. Lindner said the next step is each group or subcommittee will have a co-chair and those co-chairs will reach out to the different subcommittees to decide how to handle issues. Krakow added that volunteers are still needed and any congregant is welcome to join a committee to help make decisions. The presidents told DailyNorthShore what they are most excited about the merger. “I’m excited that we get to take the old traditions of our founding members that are so secure and that we could make it more diverse and more updated for our population,” said Krakow. Lindner is not only thrilled about combining wonderful ideas from Lakeside and Solel, but he welcomes hearing more ideas from members who are speaking up for the first time as well as new members. “The possibility to restructure your programs and your outlook are never greater than when it’s a brand new organization and being able to build up on a foundation that these two great organizations have is super exciting,” said Lindner. THE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND


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When Bella Via celebrates its 20th anniversary on May 13, owner and executive chef Maurizio LoBosco will be reunited with his very first customer. “We invite him every year on our anniversary. He tells his grandsons that he was the first customer of Bella Villa,” said LoBosco. “I took a picture with him when he came here for lunch on May 13, 1998.” LoBosco is grateful for having many loyal customers who come in two or three times a week. “I know the customers by name and what they’re usually going to order, as they rotate their dishes during the week,” said General Manager Carmela LaValle. “We make them feel like family.” LaValle began her 15-year career with Bella Via as a junior at Highland Park High School. LaValle is not the only longtime employee. Event Director Amir Bloom has been at Bella Via for 18 years, and the head chef, sous-chef and bus boy have been at Bella Via since it opened. “We work as a team, and it’s a big accomplishment that we’ve been together so long in the restaurant business,” said LoBosco. LoBosco grew up in Palermo, Sicily, and left his family at 17 when he emigrated to the U.S. When he first came to Chicago, he started as a dishwasher washing dishes from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 4 to 11 p.m. he worked in an Italian restaurant. At night he would listen to Rosetta Stone to learn English and fall asleep wearing headphones. He worked for a few years before he studied at Kendall College in Evanston to become a chef. LoBosco heard that the restaurant was available and liked the high ceilings, so he decided to put the authentic Italian cooking skills he learned from his mother to good use. She would cook delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners for the family every day. Bella Via took over the site that previously housed Pizza Mistero at 1899 Second Street. “I barely spoke English when I opened Bella Via,” said LoBosco. “I was a shy and scared 26-yearold.” LoBosco said the former restaurant was open for about a year and seated about 38, which is a fraction of the more than 400 guests, including the banquet rooms, that Bella Via can serve today. When Bella Via opened there were no Italian restaurants in downtown Highland Park. After Renaissance Place opened, Rosebud moved in. At one point, LoBosco said, there were about five Italian restaurants in Highland Park. “Then all of the other Italian restaurants left, but we’re still here.” LaValle added, “We’re like the neighborhood spot - family owned, family operated and we employ the kids from the schools.” LoBosco credits Bella Via’s success to serving good quality food — not quantity. “Italians don’t believe in doggie bags to take home. We believe that you eat it, enjoy it and that’s it,” he said. Some of Bella Via’s specialties include • The Beef Short Rib Ravioli is a homemade ravioli filled with beef short rib, cooked with chianti

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Above: The Seafood Salad at Bella Via in Highland Park. Right: Bella Via owner and executive chef Maurizio LoBosco. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER

and mirepoix of carrots, celery, onion finished with a chianti reduction sauce and topped with diced carrots and zucchini. • The Vitello Saltimbocca is made from thinly pounded veal medallions, spinach, prosciutto, mozzarella, lemon butter and white wine. • The Involtini Di Melanzana is a rolled stuffed eggplant with ricotta cheese that’s baked in the oven with tomato sauce. LoBosco said the seafood salad is a popular appetizer and the mini-meatballs are a big hit with the kids. Additionally, Bella Via serves about a dozen different pasta dishes with just as many sauce options. LaValle said LoBosco’s

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original concept and recipes have remained the same. “We’re still old fashioned with tablecloths on every table,” said LoBosco. “I’m only 47, but I still believe in the old traditional eating.” “It’s classic but we’ve added some modern accents,” said LaValle. To celebrate Bella Via’s 20th anniversary on May 13, LaValle said they will have a large party in the banquet facility for their regulars, with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and wine stations. The event will coincide with Mother’s Day where ,weather permitting, families can also enjoy one of two outdoor dining options. “Adjacent to the party facility we have a garden patio with live music in the summer. It’s a hidden gem,” said LaValle. There is also outdoor seating in front of the restaurant on Second Street. LoBosco enjoys having customers taste the traditional Italian food that he grew up with, and he’s grateful to be a part of such a welcoming community. “We’ve become like family with many of our customers,” said LoBosco. “So many people have tried to help us by offering advice, and we’re just so appreciative. That’s what I like about Highland Park, because they want us to succeed and we plan to be here another 20 years.” Bella Via is located at 1899 Second Street, Highland Park. For more information call: 847-681-8300. THE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND


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Socials 2018 Humanitarian Awards Dinner Illinois Holocaust Museum Photography by Mariah Smith

More than 2,000 people attended the annual awards dinner at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The evening honored Mitchell Feiger and Pamela L. Netzky with the Humanitarian award. The evening’s keynote presentation featured the former prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Right Honorable Tony Blair, in conversation with veteran television newscaster and producer Bill Kurtis. More than $2.5 million was raised to support the educational mission of the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

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‘Syd’ solidifies ‘D’ — and then some Future DePaul center back Parker impacts action all over the pitch for New Trier’s soccer team BY BILL MCLEAN SPORTS@NORTHSHOREWEEKEND.COM

Her coach likens it to a war cry. It could also be considered a primal scream’s first cousin. “It’s a ‘Syd thing’,” New Trier senior soccer back Caroline Iserloth says of Trevians teammate Sydney Parker’s delightfully loud reaction to a Parker goal. Parker, a 5-foot-10 center back and a 2017 Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association Class 3A all-stater, usually belts out the celebratory shout with a simultaneous, downward thrust of her arms. “That’s pure joy, pure excitement,” New Trier soccer coach Jim Burnside says. “I love it. She screams like that for her teammates; it’s never about her.” The DePaul University-bound Parker scored a goal against Evanston and struck for another against Lake Forest High School in a pair of home victories last weekend in Northfield. The 3-1 defeat of Evanston on May 4 and the 2-0 downing of LFHS on May 5 upped NT’s sparkling record to 16-0-2. Parker paces the reigning Class 3A state runnerup with 12 goals — after leading a 24-3-1 squad with 19 (to go with 6 assists) and helping it notch

“You know what else she is?” the coach adds. “Kind and caring.” Parker’s future soccer home, DePaul, shared the Big East regular-season title last fall with a conference mark of 3-2-4 under 10th-year coach Erin Chastain, a former Northwestern University assistant women’s soccer coach and the sister-in-law of all-time USA Soccer great Brandi Chastain. The Blue Demons’ 2017 roster included former North Shore standouts Lucy Edwards (Lake Forest High School, ’14), Bina Saipi (New Trier, ’16), Adrian Walker (LFHS, ’16) and Gwen Walker (LFHS, ’17). DePaul freshman back Jackie Batliner played for Barrington’s Class 3A championship team last spring; Barrington edged three-time reigning state champion New Trier 1-0 on penalty kicks after two overtimes. “My parents (Carl and Karla, a former volleyball player) have been there for me throughout the years, with my mom offering her support in many ways and my dad pushing me and encouraging me to train,” says Parker, whose quality time with her father includes watching NFL games on TV. Off the pitch, way, way away from the 50-50 soccer balls she’d likely win at an alarming rate in a match, Parker’s lighter side emerges. If her mood calls for her to dance near teammates or friends in a New Trier hallway, Parker has the moves to cut — no, shred — a rug. “A great dancer,” Iserloth says of one of the best center backs in program history. “Sydney is the happiest person I know.” Burnside, a soccer coach with more than 450 career victories at the prep level, ranks among the most passionate coaches in Illinois. Nothing pumps him up more than watching a well-executed corner kick result in a goal. Or viewing a tenacious Trevians back thwart an opponent’s rush with a courageous tackle. “Sydney,” Burnside says, “inspires me … inspires me to be a better me.” Burnside says the laudatory words outdoors with his inside voice. The echo of Parker’s post-goal war cry had finally faded.

“She’s aggressive, tough, intelligent, driven, the whole package.”

20 shutouts last spring. The talented, hardworking back also blasts free kicks and plays a vital role on Trevians corner kicks. “She’s the heart of our team, filled with positive energy,” Iserloth says. “Such a tremendous presence … on and off the field. Sydney motivates me. I count on her; we all do. And she is a good person, a humble person.” Parker was a very good soccer player when a left ACL tear marred her freshman season. The FC United club soccer veteran then made an impact all over pitches in 2016, as NT captured its third straight Class 3A state championship. “Soccer is such a team sport, and that’s what I like about it more than anything else,” says Parker, who first played AYSO soccer at the age of 4 and honed her dribbling and shooting skills in backyard sessions with her father, Carl, a former defensive lineman at Eastern Illinois University and the brother of former Baltimore Colts defensive end

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Notable: New Trier sophomore forward-midfielder Emma Weaver scored two goals, including an unassisted tally, and assisted on senior back Sydney Parker’s goal in the Trevians’ 3-1 defeat of field. The Wildkits’ goalkeeper had to make a high Evanston’s visiting Wildkits in a Central Suburban save to prevent the hosts from taking a 1-0 lead. League South girls soccer match on May 4. Weaver “Some of that leg power is natural,” Burnside, then finished with an unassisted goal and an assist coach of the CSL South champions, says. “The rest in NT’s defeat of visiting Lake Forest High School of it you can attribute to hard work, to the time the following day. Freshman forward Mia Sedgwick Sydney spends throwing weights around in the delivered the assist on Weaver’s first goal in the weight room. It’s pretty impressive, her game overall, contest with Evanston, and junior keeper Meghan her commitment to the game. She’s aggressive, Dwyer recorded the win in the CSL South finale tough, intelligent, driven, the whole package. for both schools.

SHE'S EVERYWHERE: New Trier senior all-stater Sydney Parker tracks the ball during earlier action this spring. She will play soccer at DePaul University. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER

Steve Parker. “It’s also physical, very physical at times, and fun,” she adds. “But the team atmosphere — there’s nothing better than that in soccer.” Not long after running a curl route out of a cluster of Trevians before a corner kick against Evanston last weekend, Parker — a member of the FC United U19 Developmental Academy club team — crushed a direct free kick from near mid-

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He makes ’em go Durbin serves as the catalyst for Lake Forest High School's red-hot baseball team BY KEVIN REITERMAN SPORTS@NORTHSHOREWEEKEND.COM

In between games of a doubleheader the other day, Caleb Durbin appeared at ease. The Lake Forest High School senior shortstop went into relax mode during an interview session. He smiled. He joked. Which is a quite the departure for the seriousminded and laser-focused Durbin. You just don’t see that side of him, when he’s playing between the lines. The kid is just as fierce on a baseball field as he is on a wrestling mat. Or, on a football field, for that matter. Ray Del Fava has picked up on Durbin’s “new” persona. “He’s not a rah-rah guy, but we’ve seen his personality come out a little more this season,” said the Lake Forest head baseball coach. “The other kids on the team like being around him. They know he’s a winner. “He’s just one of those kids who goes about things the right way,” the coach added. “He never taunts guys on the other side. Never boasts. Never says ‘boo’ to the umpires.” Life is good — if not completely perfect — right now for the 5-foot-7, 165-pound Durbin. He survived the Durbin Slump of 2018. It’s well behind him. Ancient history. But going through it had to be a little unnerving — even for Durbin. The kid who had 50 hits in 100 at-bats last spring started the season in confounding fashion. Insanely so. Nothing went right for him in a four-game set in South Carolina. Where is Caleb Durbin and what have you done with him? He collected exactly 0 hits in 13 at-bats on that spring trip. He was a weak popup waiting too happen. “He wasn’t hitting anything with authority,” noted Del Fava. “He’d tell you that.” Well, you can call off the search party. Durbin is alive and well. With bat blazing. His numbers, all of a sudden, have taken off in comet-like fashion. Durbin, who reached base in 12 straight at-bats last week (8 hits, 1 walk, 3 hit by pitches), has upped his average to .358. “I wasn’t worried about [the tough start],” said Durbin. “I was a little rusty coming off wrestling. I just tried to get into a rhythm. “A lot of this game is mental,” he added. “I just needed to keep things simple. Try not to do too much.” Durbin had some history to fall back on. “I went 1-for-20 during my sophomore year [on varsity],” he said. “I learned from that.” And, along the way, Durbin received some valuable advice from one of his former club coaches: Joe Ferro. “When I was with the Lakeside Legends, Coach Ferro told me that there’s no such thing as a slump,” said Durbin. “Because every time you go to the plate, you have a chance to make a difference. “Those words have always stuck with me,” he

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IT'S GO TIME: Lake Forest High School’s Caleb Durbin runs the bases during an earlier game this spring. He has stolen 34 bases in 35 attempts during the past two seasons. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER

added. Despite that tough start, Del Fava never lost confidence in his consummate leadoff hitter. Never took him out of the first hole. And look now. After beating visiting Mundelein 4-1 and its ace — 6-foot-7 Steven Sanchez, an Arkansas recruit — on May 7, Lake Forest finally went over the .500 mark (12-11-1). With the red-hot Durbin, who doubled home a key run in the win over the Mustangs, leading the way, the Scouts are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games. “You can see that he’s our catalyst,” said the LF coach. “It’s not a coincidence that we struggled when Caleb struggled. He’s the one that gets our offense going. Durbin has risen from the ashes. During his current 12-game hitting streak, he’s 19-for-38 (yup, .500 again) with 21 runs, 12 runs batted in and eight extra base hits. On the season, he has swiped 15 of 16 bases. He has struck out … just twice. But here’s the remarkable part: Durbin is doing all this — and playing one of the game’s most demanding positions — with a labrum tear in his right shoulder. Hard to believe. Not really. Not for Durbin. He sustained the injury while playing cornerback in a Week Four football game — a 36-7 loss against visiting Warren. He didn’t miss a series. He was

having too much fun defending 6-5 superstar receiver Micah Jones, a Notre Dame recruit . In fact, Durbin — who played only one season of football at the school — kept his starting job and never missed a practice the rest of the way. “I played through it,” he said. “It got better.” And somehow, he “played through” the entire wrestling season with the labrum injury and ended up qualifying to the Class 3A state meet at 160 pounds. “Never a thought that I wasn’t going to wrestle,” said Durbin. “No matter what, I was going to grind it out.” Son of Regis Durbin, Sr., a former wrestler at Northwestern University, and brother of Regis Durbin, Jr., a state champion and current wrestler for the Evanston school, he wound up making his mark. His 107 career wins surpassed his brother’s win total: 95. “That’s one of the only things that I have on him,” said Durbin, who wound up setting five school records, including most technical falls in a season. Putting up gaudy numbers is sort of what he does. Last spring, as CEO of Manufacturing Runs for the Scouts, Durbin put together one of those unparalleled seasons. His totals were stark.

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Besides hitting .500, his on-base percentage was a bulging .602 and his on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) was a preposterous 1.302. He scored 40 runs, stole 29 of 29 bases and struck out a grand total of four times. And, in the offseason, Durbin came to a stark realization. “[Division I] college coaches don’t care much about your stats,” he said. Not so with Division III Washington University in St. Louis. The Bears saw him at a couple of showcases and made a convincing “come play us” call. It figures to be a good fit for Durbin, who will major in economics. “Washington is getting a gem,” said Del Fava. “Caleb’s ceiling is so high.” Durbin, meanwhile, is looking to stay hot — he’s three hits away from breaking the school’s all-time hits record (111), which is held by JR Reimer, a senior at Northwestern — and continue his job of mentoring the young players on LF’s varsity. “It’s been awesome playing side by side with him this year,” said sophomore third baseman Breck Nowik. “He loves the game. Makes every play. “And he’s a great teammate,” Nowik added. “He’s always giving me in-game feedback. Always talking to me. I look up to him just like he used look up to Cal Coughlin [a former LF player who now plays at Texas Christian].” THE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND


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Cleared … to take off Promising Highland Park High School vaulter Kirsch on a quest to achieve loftier heights BY KEVIN REITERMAN SPORTS@NORTHSHOREWEEKEND.COM

He’s hard to miss with that patriotic red, white and blue bandanna. The same goes for those bright, neon-orange spikes. “My shoes,” says Highland Park High School junior Ben Kirsch, “are not a style choice. “The headband,” he adds, “is.” Say hello to a different kind of athlete: the pole vaulter. Fun for him is doing something different than more than 99.9 — or some number like that — percent of the population. “Pole vaulting is pure adrenaline rush,” says Kirsch. “You’re upside down. You’re flinging in the air.” What’s not to like, right? “There’s no sport like it,” he adds. Fear? It never crosses his mind. Kirsch leaves that to his mother, Jamie. Talk about love for a son. Now she, according to him, “is scared of heights.” And yet, Jamie Kirsch, mother of four athletic boys, can’t bear not to watch her son take flight and hurl into space. “She comes to every single meet,” says the vaulter. “She’s my biggest fan.” In fact, Jamie was there — in the pole vault area — when the Giants competed in the Lake County Invitational on May 3 at Deerfield High School. Kirsch didn’t have a breakout performance that day. Just a consistent one. He cleared 12-6 — which remains his personal best — to share fourth place with Libertyville senior Colin Beattie. He used that meet to unleash his speed, his strength and his dare-devil mentality. The technique? That part is still a work in progress for the dedicated, hard-working Kirsch. “He’s still piecing it all together,” says HP pole vault coach John Daniel, a former college vaulter who cleared 15-1. Daniel believes that he’s got a pretty special pupil in Kirsch. “Anything can happen on any given day,” Daniel says. “You just need that moment, when it all clicks. “And that could happen for Ben,” the coach adds. Kirsch’s competitiveness has a way of seeping out, when he’s on a pole-vault runway. There’s a reason for that. You should see him compete against his brothers — and cousins — at family gatherings. Board games like Monopoly and Settlers of Catan especially pique his interest. “When the family is all together, there’s never a dull moment,” says Kirsch. “Whatever we do, it’s pretty competitive. His older brothers — ex-HP discus and shot

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THINGS ARE LOOKING UP: Highland Park High School’s Ben Kirsch clears a height in the pole vault at the Lake County Invitational. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER

put thrower Doug, who is attending Illinois State University, and ex-HP long and triple jumper Nick, who is attending Carthage College — have always brought the best out of sibling No. 3. “They’ve always pushed me,” says Kirsch, who also has a younger sibling, Gabe, who is a freshman hurdler and leaper for the Giants.

“We’re always trying to prove who is the most athletic person in the family.” He definitely owes a debt of gratitude to brother Nick. “He’s the one who told me to try pole vaulting,” says Kirsch. “And once I tried it, I fell in love with it. Instantly.” Teaming up with senior pole vaulter Ben

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Zavell also has been a benefit for Kirsch. “They do a good job of keeping each other motivated,” says Daniel. “They push one other.” Zavell matched his personal best of 12-0 to finish tied for ninth in the highly competitive Lake County Invite. The communication between the two vaulters is vital — and continuous. “If it weren’t for Ben, I don’t think that I’d be where I’m at as a vaulter,” Zavell says. “We’ve progressed together. “He’s just very athletic,” he adds. “I am strong. But Ben is extremely strong. And he’s got that whole aura thing going, too.” Kirsch, who used to play golf at the school, decided to “go all in” with pole vault, when he went up and over at the CSL North freshman meet two seasons ago. The adrenaline hit him that day. After making 8-6 at his very first meet of the season, Kirsch made a significant jump by clearing 10-0 and winning the league title. Now, he’d like to be mentioned in the same sentence as former HPHS great Eddie Smoliak, a two-time medal winner at the state track and field meet who is now competing at the University of Illinois. “I really want to beat his school record,” says Kirsch, referring to Smoliak’s 15-3 mark. “And I think that I can get that done by next year. “I know that I have the speed and strength,” he adds. “I just need to get the proper technique down. I work on my form every day.” And, he’s constantly looking for a competitive edge. He frequently clicks on YouTube to watch phenom Mondo Duplantis, a high school senior from Louisiana. “Watching him is unbelievable,” Kirsch says of the world junior record holder (19-5 ½). “He’s just 18. It’s crazy to see how good he’s gotten.” There might be a reason why Kirsch ended up on a pole vault runway. There’s lineage — and it goes back a ways. One day, the Kirsch family had a “Hey look at this!” moment. “I’ve learned that my great grandfather [on his mother’s side] was a vaulter,” says Kirsch. “My grandmother [Ronna Shapiro] found some pictures. She said, ‘Hey look at this!’ “I had no idea,” he adds. “But it looks like pole vaulting runs in the family.” And that patriotic thing? No doubt, that’s been passed down as well. There’s a reason why he wears a stars-andstripes bandanna. “I’m a patriot,” he says. “I go all out for the Fourth of July. “One of the best parts of a track meet is the National Anthem,” Kirsch adds. “That’s my time to focus.” THE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND


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A-one Antiquarian BY BILL MCLEAN ILLUSTRATION BY BARRY BLITT

Once a month, while growing up in Glenview, Lee Thinnes rearranged the furniture in her second-floor bedroom. Her parents, Leonard and Amelia, must have looked at each other and smiled on the first floor as they heard a bed roll, a bureau skid, a desk inch closer to another wall in the room. Their industrious, exceptionally creative daughter had envisioned a better use of space in her room and insisted on transforming it all by herself. Once again.

The designer community in Chicago is starving for this kind of access to rare, beautiful pieces.

Clockwork … without the ticks and the tocks. “I remember vividly taking a tour of my friend’s house [in La Grange Park] and being mesmerized with the design in each room and thinking, ‘ Wow!’ ” says Thinnes, now the founder and owner of Lee’s Antiques in her current hometown of Winnetka. “I was just a child, maybe 8 years old. I also remember, in high school, flipping through copies of Architectural Digest in our family room and devouring the pages. “The magazine’s pictures and words enthralled me.” Count on Thinnes’ exquisite mix of rare antiques — including a stunning 18th century George II gold gilt mirror; a late 19th century French Louis XVI settee alongside a Midcentury Modern ebonized credenza; and a chic 1970s Lucite waterfall chandelier — to captivate attendees at the Second Annual Chicago + Art + Design Show at the historic Chicago Merchandise Mart May 18-20. Thinnes will be one of more than 80 national and international exhibitors responsible for widening the eyes and dropping the jaws of clients and designers at the Dolphin Promotions-produced showcase. Some of the other exhibitors: Trinity House Paintings f rom London, New York and the Cotswolds; Nally Jewels f rom New York; and new ex-

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hibitor Martine Boston Antiques from Limerick, Ireland. “The designer community in Chicago is starving for this kind of access to rare, beautiful pieces,” says Thinnes, a Glenbrook South High School graduate who adored playing the Parker Brothers board game Masterpiece in her youth and continues to have an affinity for art histor y, par ticular l y French art history. “If yo u l o ve i n t e r i o r design, you’re in for a treat. I am thrilled to be a part of an extraordinary show in Chicago; it will exemplify what the design scene is all about in our great city.” The opening night (May 17, 6-9 p.m.) benefit will be hosted for the first time by the Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, offering the serious collectors the opportunity to shop the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show before the public first traverses the seventh floor of the expansive mart the next day. “My parents pushed me toward business, even though they knew how much I loved design,” says Thinnes, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and became a star employee in advertising and pharmaceutical sales in no time, with New York City serving as one of her early professional stops. “I felt like I had earned my ‘MBA’ in New York without going to school in New York,” Thinnes adds with a smile that belongs smack dab in the middle of a print ad for a toothpaste brand. “But I never lost my passion for beautiful things. My [late] father, always wearing a fedora and the owner of a North Shore hair salon, was elegant; my mother is elegant. Both loved beautiful things. Many years ago I worked during the summers with my mom, who managed an architectural firm, and now she helps me with my business [which opened in 2006], pulling things together for me, developing systems, running the show at times. Such a valuable and creative re-

source, my mom.” I meet the wife of Andrew, a rabid fan of architecture and design, and the mother of their two sons (Henry, 16, and Marquette University student Francis) at Leonidas Café Chocolaterie in Evanston. L ee Thinnes orders a double espresso and a chocolate croissant. I look around the cozy restaurant near the corner of Central Street and Green Bay Road and think, for a moment or two, I’m in Europe. Perfect. “I travel to Northern Italy each year, to see my go-to sources, and I usually order something similar to this when I’m there,” Thinnes says. “Designers and individuals come to me with antiques in mind, and it’s my job to find the pieces for them. What I love to do is enter a room, look around it and edit it. Sometimes that takes me only 10 minutes, but it takes me longer to do that in my rooms at home. I also have this knack for mixing time periods in one room, arranging, for example, 1930s-style pieces with furnishings and other objects f rom the 1980s and making the blend work.” Debonair Leonard died right around the time his daughter launched Lee’s Antiques. Glenview ’s former little interior designer that could must have had her father in mind, as well as her mother, when she came up with the motto for her antique/interior design business: Life becomes more joyful when you surround yourself with beauty. “Family has always been my first love,” Thinnes says. “I’ve been most fortunate that my family members, all of them, also love design. I even ask my sons, after showing them a piece, ‘Yes or no?’ And, when I discover a stunning antique, through what I think is luck, I feel my father’s presence. He’s in there … in that room with me.”

Lee Thinnes

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The North Shore Weekend East, Issue 293  

The North Shore Weekend East is published weekly and features the news and personalities of Wilmette, Kenilworth., Winnetka, Northfield, Gle...

The North Shore Weekend East, Issue 293  

The North Shore Weekend East is published weekly and features the news and personalities of Wilmette, Kenilworth., Winnetka, Northfield, Gle...