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BEHIND THE STORY We were first introduced to Michelle Landriault in May of 2018 by UltiFit, which was pitching an “Obese to Beast” story on her incredible weight loss. But after speaking to her, we realized her gym experience was just one small facet of Landriault’s fight for health. Once a medical diagnosis was made, she could address her physical and mental heath issues in a holistic way. Read hers and two other stories of healing (p. 70).
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ike the residents profiled in this month’s feature “Fight for Health,” (p. 70) my son has been supported by a village of family, friends, and medical professionals in his battles with illness. In the spirit of camaraderie with all who have faced medical challenges, I recently dug up a list that I wrote during his 10-day stay at Children’s Memorial (above) in 2011: 1. 2. 3. 4.
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Health is a blessing that none of us appreciates the way we should. Vancomycin IVs really, really hurt. Visits from friends improve your health by at least 50 percent. High school theater kids think wearing disposable gowns, gloves, and masks is really cool and steal them for makeshift Halloween costumes. The Ronald McDonald House is a gift from God. You don’t really need makeup, a hair dryer, or fancy clothes. All you need is soap, a towel, and some comfortable shoes. And Diet Coke. There are a lot of diseases in the world, and you probably have one of them.
8. Therapy dogs make children very, very happy. 9. The power of prayer is stronger than fear or sickness. 10. Blood pressure is really important. 11. It goes like this: medical student, resident, fellow, attending. When you ask what the difference is, the answer is “about two years.” 12. An 11-year-old girl can write a profoundly moving letter to her sick brother. 13. A detested chore like emptying the dishwasher can be very comforting when you can’t come home often. 14. Good friends are about as important as air. 15. Family is more important than air. These insights have profoundly changed my priorities since, and I will forever be grateful for the support we received. I salute all of you who now are fighting your way back to health, and I hope your village is taking very good care of you.
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BRING ON BEST OF NAPERVILLE This year marks the 11th annual readers’ choice poll that celebrates area businesses
lthough the 40 categories of the Best of Naperville awards have changed slightly over the years, the list truly remains a comprehensive view of the businesses that dominate the local retail and services landscape. From the first Best of Naperville issue in 2009 (shown above), to the 10th that we published last August, it’s always our most popular issue of the year. On January 1 we begin the six-month voting process that determines your favorites. The 2019 survey is again organized into six business segments, and there are a number of categories within each. Readers can write in a favorite in all 40 categories, or choose just a few that resonate with them— visit napervillemagazine.com/best-of. We know that companies spend countless hours marketing the Best of Naperville poll to their customers, clients, and friends, and we truly appreciate the tireless work that 14 JANUARY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
people put into promoting it. From talking to winners over the years, we know that savvy marketing efforts lead to favorable results. Email blasts to customers, flyers stuffed in shopping bags, postcards in the mail, iPads on the bar counter—you name it, and local marketers have tried it. Best of (Naperville) luck to you all! “VOTE EARLY AND VOTE OFTEN” IS THE CHICAGO WAY, BUT WE DO HAVE A FEW RULES: • Online submissions are limited to one vote per email address; duplicate entries will be deleted. • Each vote will be authenticated through the email address provided. Votes that are not validated will not be counted. • Entries will be monitored and businesses will be contacted for suspicious voting patterns/ ballot stuffing.
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RIVERFRONT REVIVAL A vibrant new St. Charles emerges in 2019 By Mark Loehrke
he sight of cranes and other construction equipment is certainly nothing new to residents of the Tri-Cities of Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles, where plenty of new developments have sprung up to transform their formerly sleepy little communities along the Fox River over the past decade. But even by the busy standards of recent years, the pace of activity currently unfolding in St. Charles is something to behold. “Given the energized development environment here, we enjoy a strong mix of industrial, commercial, and residential development that supports anyone who wants to live, open a business, or just visit St. Charles,” says Mayor Ray Rogina. That development can be seen on several fronts throughout the city, 16 JANUARY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
ranging from a downtown upswing to a high-profile restaurant opening to a shopping mall reboot—all of which stand to redefine St. Charles in the years ahead: WEST SIDE STORY A new Wahlburgers restaurant is but one of the residential, commercial, and public projects taking shape on the city’s west side, including the new 250-unit Prairie Winds apartment community, the 78-home Anthem Heights subdivision, a new state-ofthe-art police station on the site of the former Valley Shopping Center, and the Prairie Centre project on the long-vacant St. Charles Mall site, which includes a plan for up to 670 new apartments and prime retail space.
THE DOWNTOWN SCENE As the city’s police force prepares for a move to that brand-new west side facility later this year, its soon-tobe-vacant station will be added to an ongoing downtown overhaul. Plans include the redevelopment of five blocks along First Street to create an urban vibe amid a mix of new restaurants, shops, plazas, and residences, as well as the opening of three new riverfront buildings containing retail, office, and residential components. CHARLESTOWNE CHEW While plans for a complete mixed-use revitalization of the Charlestowne Mall property—which include building new apartments and townhouses, reducing the size of the main mall building, adding freestanding commercial structures, and refurbishing anchors such as Von Maur and Classic Cinemas—have been floating around for nearly two years, this massive project remains very much in the conceptual stage until deals can be hammered out with developers.
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BURGER TIME It’s not often that the most highly anticipated development project in St. Charles is yet another new burger joint. But, then, few burger joints going up in retail parking lots carry the backing of some of the world’s most famous restaurateurs. In this case, the bold name in question is singer, actor, and celeb-abouttown Donnie Wahlberg, who lives in St. Charles with wife Jenny McCarthy and their family. Wahlberg lobbied his brothers and business partners (actor Mark and chef Paul) to make his adopted hometown the site of the first Illinois outlet of their family-run burger chain Wahlburgers. He’s told the City Council and various press outlets that he hopes the restaurant—which is set to open in early 2019 on a three-acre Meijer outlot at Route 38 and Randall Road—will bring jobs, resources, and reinvestment to the town he and his family have come to love. Not to mention a great burger, of course.
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DUPAGE DEMOCRATS County chairman reacts to monumental shift in local congressional leadership By Linda Girardi
he reality of breaking the GOP stronghold in DuPage County has settled in, as Representatives Sean Casten and Lauren Underwood head to their offices in Washington, D.C., this month as members of the 116th United States Congress. “We have finally reached a point that many of us thought would never happen,” DuPage’s Democratic Party chairman, Robert Peickert, says of the midterm election results. “DuPage County is no longer a red county. DuPage is blue.” Casten, a Democratic newcomer from Downers Grove, bested longtime Republican incumbent Peter Roskam of Wheaton in the 6th District. In the 14th District, Underwood of Naperville defeated Representative Randy Hultgren of Plano. With the exception of Bill Foster, who now serves in the 11th Congressional District, the Democratic 18 JANUARY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
Party has not won the offices of the 6th and 14th districts for decades (see sidebar). George W. Collins was elected in 1970 in the 6th District, and 1933 was the year Chester C. Thompson was elected in the 14th District. Peickert says DuPage County ended the Republican stronghold in RED TIDE TERMINATION Political aficionados have to go way back to trace how the offices of the 6th and 14th congressional districts—both of which cover the west suburbs—have shifted parties. 6th Congressional District Sean Casten, D, 2019– Peter Roskam, R, 2007–2019 Henry Hyde, R, 1975–2007 Harold R. Collier, R, 1973–1975 George W. Collins, D, 1970–1972
part due to the quality of candidates. “Prospective candidates were interviewed,” he says, “which was a big difference from the years in the past.” Casten and Underwood brought their own styles into the campaigns, Peickert says. “Sean had a way of communicating with people and Lauren raised issues that Democrats were overall concerned about.” President Trump and the demographics of DuPage County influenced the election as well, the Democratic Party chairman says, adding that Casten and Underwood will add to the effort to change the whole atmosphere in Washington when they take office January 3. “Sean and Lauren are willing to work across the aisle with Republicans on issues that are important to voters.”
14th Congressional District Lauren Underwood, D, 2019– Randy Hultgren, R, 2011–2019 Bill Foster, D, 2008–2011 Dennis Hastert, R, 1987–2007 John E. Grotberg, R, 1985–1986 Tom Corcoran, R, 1983–1984 John N. Erlenborn, R, 1965–1983 Elmer J. Hoffman, R, 1959–1965 Russell W. Keeney, R, 1957–1958 Chauncey W. Reed, R, 1949–1956 Anton J. Johnson, R, 1939–1949 Chester C. Thompson, D, 1933–1939
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NAPERVILLE NUANCES Chamber program offers an inside look at the historic and operational structure of the city By Hilary Decent
recently was invited to join a new pilot program offered by the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Naperville! Longtime members, as well as those new to the city, spend six weeks getting behindthe-scenes insight into the workings of the city. Whether you are a new resident or a native who has some time on your hands, this can be a great way to find out more about your community. Here are six things I learned:
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of Commerce is well respected by its members. For Ashley Strubel, a sales manager with Rightsize office furniture, the course was an opportunity to learn more about the community. “I live in Plainfield and I had never been to Naper Settlement before,” she says. “Learning about Naperville’s history helped me learn why some things are the way they are here.” During the course we visited six key places. At Edward Hospital we all learned what makes a good leader (and I personally learned that teamwork is invaluable when you lose your car in the parking lot). Christine Jefferies, president of the Naperville Development Partnership, taught us about the importance of commercial business on our taxes.
[The course is] aimed at people who want get in touch with the community and maybe become more involved.” —Beth Ann DeFranco
“It’s aimed at people who want get in touch with the community and maybe become more involved,” she says. “It’s really for anyone who lives here who wants to make Naperville a better place. This course just touches the tip, the next one will dive a little deeper.” For more information about the next course, contact the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce at 630.355.4141.
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The chamber’s inaugural Leadership Naperville! program
“The split between commercial and residential taxes are 25/75. Without commercial taxes, homeowners’ taxes would go through the roof. Economic developments lesson the burden on all of us,” she says. We learned that Naper Settlement is a museum that doesn’t live in the past. A tour of historic Naperville on the Naperville Trolley and a quick visit to the museum’s archive facility on Fort Hill Drive taught us that the city has always learned from history to develop a better future. At City Hall, state Representative Grant Werhli talked about the importance of balancing civic duty with work and family. We visited “the safest place in Naperville” when Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis showed us the emergency operations center below ground at the fire department, and finally we learned about the importance of volunteerism to all of the 80 nonprofits that are members of the chamber. Best of all was the opportunity to get up close and personal with the people who have their fingers of the pulse of Naperville. Whether you are looking to become a leader, or are simply looking for an insider’s view of the city, this is a great opportunity for personal growth. The chamber’s events manager, Beth Ann DeFranco, is hoping to run an extended version of the trial course late spring, and you don’t need to be a chamber member to attend.
The First Conspiracy
By Jennifer Robson (Harper Collins) Besieged by a harsh winter and burdened by shortages, the people of postwar London are enduring lives of desperation. Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers at the famed Mayfair fashion house, who forge an unlikely friendship when they are chosen to create Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown. By David R. Gillham (Viking) Having survived the concentration camps, 16-year-old Anne Frank reunites with her father, Pim, in newly liberated Amsterdam. Anne’s diary has been lost, and her dreams of becoming a writer seem pointless now. As Anne struggles to overcome her brutal memories, she grapples with heartbreak and, ultimately, the freedom of forgiveness.
By Stephanie Land (Hachette Books) Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, pulling long hours as a single mom to support her daughter. In Maid, she reveals what it takes for the poor to thrive in today’s society, navigating domestic labor jobs, higher education, assisted housing, and a tangled web of government assistance. By Brad Meltzer (Flatiron Books) In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. But unbeknown to Washington, these trusted men were part of a treasonous plan. In the months leading up to the Revolutionary War, these traitorous soldiers, along with others, launched a deadly plot against Washington himself.
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GOING TO THE CHAPEL After meeting in downtown Naperville, this sweet couple married at nearby North Central College By Lisa Arnett
hanks to the popularity of taking wedding portraits before the ceremony, the time-honored tradition of a groom seeing his bride for the first time walking down the aisle has become more rare. But when Brent Flickinger, 34, and Erica Price, 26, married at North Central College’s Koten Chapel, the Naperville residents both wanted that old-fashioned reveal. “It was probably the happiest moment of my life,” Flickinger says. “I couldn’t hold back the happy tears.”
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The couple said their vows in front of the chapel’s stunning stained-glass window, and instead of lighting a unity candle, they created a unity canvas. “We had our parents dip their thumbs in ink and make a heart, and then we each did one to connect the hearts,” Price says. Their first dance to the acoustic version of “Latch” by Sam Smith recalled the couple’s early days of friendship after meeting as employees at Ted’s Montana Grill in downtown Naperville. “Back when we were just friends, we
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SERIOUS SLUMBER Though he’s not a sleep expert, this ENT finds a common link to pediatric problems By Mark Loehrke
rom first working with airway and cardiac issues as an EMT to eventually developing an interest in cardiac surgery in medical school, Eric Gantwerker was certain that he wanted to specialize in otolaryngology (earnose-throat issues). But it wasn’t until his residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital that his desire to focus on working with kids within this area was solidified. And it wasn’t until he really got into practice that he came to understand that as a pediatric otolaryngologist, he wasn’t just treating the child on the examination or surgery table. “You actually have two patients to care for—the child and the parent,” says Gantwerker, who currently practices at the Loyola Center for Children’s Health in Oakbrook Terrace. “But I really enjoy trying to get the kids involved in their own care and creating that bond with the whole family as they progress through treatment.” In addition to common childhood ENT maladies such as ear and sinus infections, one issue that more of those families are dealing with these days— and one that Gantwerker believes parents should be on the lookout for— is sleep apnea. The condition causes excessive snoring or difficulty breathing at night, which can lead to a host of related sleep deprivation problems for little ones. “Sometimes it shows up in things that aren’t so obvious, such as kids who are having trouble getting potty trained, or are dealing with hyperactivity during the day,” he explains. “These may be tied back to the fact that they’re not getting the sleep they need. It’s the little nuanced things that we don’t always think about that could be a sign that something else is going on.”
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ARMS READY Get guns fast with moves from the head trainer at St. Charles’ Norris Rec Center By Andrea Masoncup If you run, cycle, or hike, your legs and lungs are accustomed to getting a good workout, but what about your upper body? Strong arms help hold you up while on the bike, and they help you power up hills, whether you’re running or walking. If your upper body has largely been ignored, the good news is it doesn’t take long to firm things up.
Hinge at the hips so upper body is near parallel to floor, dumbbells in hand with wrists below shoulders. Draw weights up to chest with palms facing away from you (supinated grip) by bending elbows and squeezing shoulder blades together (like you’re rowing a boat). Slowly lower weights back to starting position and repeat.
GOAL Increase upper-body strength, tone and define arms PLAN Perform 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 15 repetitions of each exercise EQUIPMENT Body weight, dumbbells, and exercise tubes TRICEP DIPS
Stand in front of a chair or couch seat. Place hands on seat with fingers pointing forward. Keep back flat and walk legs out in front of body. Bend arms and lower body toward ground, with elbows directly behind body. Straighten arms to complete 1 rep. Do 10 reps.
Attach tubing to the upper part of a door hinge. Sit tall on a stability ball or bench and grasp tubing handles. Keeping feet flat on the floor and chest high, pull elbows down and back, squeezing shoulder blades together. Pause and slowly return to starting position.
Grasp two dumbbells and stand with feet shoulder width apart and knees slightly bent. Bend forward at the waist until your back is parallel to the floor (keep knees bent), palms and dumbbells facing each other. Raise dumbbells up and out to the sides, moving from the shoulders only, until arms are parallel to the floor at shoulder level. Lower to starting position and repeat.
Start in a forearm plank. Keeping abs tight, spine long, and hips still, pick up right arm and right palm on ground. Repeat on left side, ending up in a high-plank position. Repeat, replacing right palm with right elbow and left palm with left elbow. That’s 1 rep.
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Extend both arms out to the side, bending arms at the elbows (like a goalpost), with dumbbells in each hand. Straighten your arms overhead and touch dumbbells together. Return to starting position.
Start in a plank position. Bring index fingers and thumbs to meet, forming a triangle under chest. Bend elbows and lower torso as close to ground as possible. Push through palms to straighten arms. Modify this move by dropping to knees. Do 10 reps.
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GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley supports individuals with Down syndrome
A local nonprofit coordinator now gives back to the organization that supported her daughter By Julie Duffin
hen Katie Vaughan’s daughter was born with Down syndrome, she and her husband were thrust into an unfamiliar world. “Zoe was going through things my friends’ children weren’t. As a family we were going through things no one truly understood,” Vaughan recalls. When her daughter turned 1, they visited GiGi’s Playhouse, a nonprofit that supports individuals with Down syndrome and their families. “When I walked into GiGi’s, I saw they got it. They understood right away all the different trials and tribulations that happen with a special needs child.” Feeling welcomed and accepted, Vaughan saw her daughter thrive. Now, in her role as site coor32 JANUARY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
dinator for GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley, she makes sure other families have the same positive experience. A PLACE OF ACCEPTANCE GiGi’s Playhouse was created to change the way the world views a Down syndrome diagnosis, and send a global message of acceptance for all. While many online support organizations exist, GiGi’s Playhouse is the only one with actual physical locations where people can gather for support. The nonprofit began in 2002 when founder Nancy Gianni gave birth to her daughter GiGi. When hospital staff realized GiGi was born with Down syndrome, the atmosphere in the room immediate-
PRACTICAL PROGRAMMING GiGi’s Playhouse offers programs that are educational and therapeutic and makes a lifelong commitment to its families. “All our programs are purposeful and advance different skills,” Vaughan explains. “Most importantly, they are all are free. We are 100 percent funded by donations, grants, and sponsorships, and 99 percent run by volunteers.” At GiGi’s Playhouse, families experience love, encouragement, and acceptance. “We are always looking for cele-
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ly changed from celebration to sympathy. After attending a support group in a sterile hospital room, Gianni was inspired to create a warm and welcoming place where families could come for resources and networking—a place where the diagnosis would be celebrated and supported. Gianni founded the first GiGi’s Playhouse in Hoffman Estates, and two years later opened a second location in Fox Valley. In only 15 years, the nonprofit has grown to 40 locations throughout the U.S. and Mexico, and has over 200 inquiries to open more sites. By 2020, the organization hopes to have a site in every major U.S. metropolitan area.
bration moments,” Vaughan explains. “Celebrating even the smallest successes is so important. It’s what makes people want to be a part of what we are doing and keeps them coming back.” Recently the nonprofit launched an initiative in schools and on social media called GenerationG, which inspires people to be more accepting, generous, and kind. “If we can help people appreciate those with differences, we’ll make the world a better place for everyone.”
If we can help people appreciate those with differences, we’ll make the world a better place for everyone.” —Katie Vaughn
Vaughan, a former teacher, became site coordinator in May 2018 after volunteering for several years with the preschool prep and literacy programs at GiGi’s Playhouse. In her current role, the Oswego resident and mother of two handles everything from coordinating programs and volunteers, to conducting administrative and marketing tasks. Vaughan also volunteers for the National Association for Down Syndrome’s welcome basket program by visiting families of newborns with Down syndrome in the hospital.
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SPECIAL ENCOURAGEMENT Though the work might be difficult at times, Vaughan looks no further than to her daughter for inspiration. “Zoe has so many challenges, yet she keeps going with a smile on her face. She has so much perseverance and brings joy to so many people,” Vaughan explains. “When you have a child with special needs you truly understand what’s important. Being able to love people and have love in return is really what we are all here for. That’s what I feel people with Down syndrome show the world. That’s why it’s so important to support them and this community.” For more information about GiGi’s Playhouse, including its Chicagoland fundraising gala on February 2, visit gigisplayhouse.org. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / JANUARY 2019 33
Providing holiday hope for area children
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1 Nicole Kreger, Stephen Chassee, and Brian Kollias. 2 (Standing) Daniel Adam, Bill Heiman, Juan Morales, Stephen Chassee, Nicole Comis, and Patrick Kackert with (kneeling) Toys for Tots DuPage Chair Rita Kollias and Brian Kollias. 3 Kari Burg, Jen McDonnell, and Heather Gottfried. 4 Gala guests put donated gifts under the tree. 5 Rich Colasante and Angie Rendina.
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he ninth annual DuPage County Toys for Tots Gala was held November 9 at the Hilton Lisle/ Naperville, kicking off the holiday season by collecting over 200 toys and raising nearly $7,500 for the foundation. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, desserts by Dark Horse Pastries, and an open bar at the cocktail party while bidding on raffles, snapping pics in the photo booth, and dancing. Danielle Tufano, program director and morning show cohost at 95.9FM The River, emceed the event. “I have so many happy memories of Christmas as a child. It breaks my heart to know there are children out there who won’t have the same kind of memories,” says Nicole Comis, who organizes the annual event. “I want to help DuPage County Toys for Tots fulfill their motto: Every Child Deserves a Little Christmas.” The Toys for Tots Foundation assists the U.S. Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas. In DuPage County alone, Toys for Tots provided toys to over 27,000 children last year.
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CENTER FOR DENTISTRY WE CREATE BEAUTIFUL SMILES At Center for Dentistry, we strive to make our office a place in which you want to come to and enjoy your experience every time. You should expect to find the latest technology; it is part of our commitment to provide patients with the best care available. We make it a priority to ensure that your time in our office is a relaxing, rewarding experience. Whether it is catching up on CNN, ESPN, a favorite program, or hearing your favorite music, our patients are catered to in a comfortable setting. Our first priority is our patients. We seek to understand you and your needs and what it is that you are looking for. Our patients are not just our patients; they are members of our extended family that we continue to grow with the passage of time. We strive to meet our patientsâ€™ needs and ensure that
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we achieve complete satisfaction. Recent advances in dental technology are outstanding. Whether it is one hour in office whitening by Boost, minimally invasive micro dentistry to fill a cavity without a shot or drill, porcelain restorations done in office in one visit with our E4D CadCam system, Neuromuscular Dentistry or a cosmetic makeover, we are constantly searching and striving for new and better ways to serve you. Our mission statement: Practice committed to excellence in dental care, where patients are treated as guests. Where the most modern technique and state-of-the-art technology are available. Where continuing education is considered a part of our responsibility to our patients. Where treatment is always provided in a caring and comfortable environment.
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GILVYDIS VEIN CLINIC Contrary to popular belief, varicose veins are not just a cosmetic, female or elderly problem—the bulging, twisted veins can affect anyone at any age. These unattractive leg veins can cause you to suffer from significant discomfort such as swelling, achy, itchy or burning sensations in the legs. And if left unresolved, varicose veins can also have potentially serious health consequences such as skin ulcers, open wounds, blood clots or a pulmonary embolism, a dangerous and sometimes life-threatening condition. Dr. Rimas Gilvydis is a board-certified vascular and interventional radiologist and is the founder of Gilvydis Vein Clinic in Geneva and Sycamore. Dr. Gilvydis has spent nearly two decades treating vein disease and has more than 20,000 successful vein procedures to his credit, giving him an expertise that sets him
apart from others. With cutting-edge, minimally invasive leg vein treatment options, Gilvydis Vein Clinic provides quick and convenient in-office treatment with excellent results that require little to no discomfort or downtime—and no scarring. Gone are the old-school treatments of vein stripping and open surgery. In fact, procedures are so much simpler that most patients typically return to their normal activities the very next day. “It’s not normal for your legs to ache at the end of the day,” says Dr. Gilvydis. “For most people we treat, it’s almost a life-changer. Many of our patients often say they wish they would have undergone treatment sooner.” If you’re suffering from leg vein issues, contact Gilvydis Vein Clinic to schedule a free vein screening.
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VALLEY VIEW DENTAL A MISSION TO TREAT EVERYONE LIKE FAMILY For nearly 20 years, founders, Dr. Paul Singh and Dr. Pradeep Khurana have shared their vision of uncompromising excellence in dentistry by offering superior service and the latest in state-of-the-art dental technology, innovation and training. With three west suburban Valley View Dental locations, it has fast become the preferred dental practice in the area. The convenient south Naperville dental office near 111th & Rt 59, is located in the Naperville Marketplace shopping center with Caputoâ€™s Fresh Market, T. J. Maxx, and Pet Smart, is celebrating over 10 years, and still going strong. Area families are invited to experience why so many residents are pleased with both Catherine Rhim, DMD and Homam W. Saadi, DDS, MS. The dentists at this location are here to provide peace of mind and outstanding dentistry in the Naperville community. No matter if you need a routine visit or are in the middle of a dental emergency, this friendly team is here for you. This bi-lingual and very diverse group at Valley View Dental is passionate about 40 JANUARY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
overall health, maintaining the highest level of accreditation and pursues ongoing education to stay current with the latest cutting-edge trends in dentistry. By combining gentle care, genuine concern, and experience, integrated with relaxed, spalike environments, including amenities like complimentary beverage areas, beautiful treatment rooms (with the most comfortable soft leather chairs), blankets, flat screen TVs featuring live entertainment. This large, warm and passionate staff of dental professionals has added extended business and weekend hours and on-site labs to fit their patientâ€™s needs. The practice offers family and cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, dental implants, oral surgery, periodontics, Invisalign, BOOST in-office teeth whitening, CEREC one-day crowns and even same day emergency visits! For a complete list of services, hours, to find insurance information, request an appointment and hear from patients about what makes Valley View Dental a warm and unique place for dental care, visit their website.
LOCATIONS 3103 111th Street, Suite 131 Naperville, IL 60564 (630) 904-5600 441 North Weber Road Romeoville, IL 60446 (815) 372-0100 1078 Ogden Ave Montgomery, IL 60538 (630) 923-0900 www.vvdental.com
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FORT HILL FITNESS Looking for a way to work fitness into your life? Discover the beautiful, two-story fitness center, indoor track, and gymnasiums at Naperville Park District’s Fort Hill Activity Center, and start a new fitness routine that will keep you motivated all winter long. This nearly 80,000 square foot facility offers cardio and weight training equipment, access to the walk/jog track, open gyms and a menu of more than 50 weekly group exercise classes—all included in fitness memberships or available to nonmembers on a daily or activity fee basis. Choose from a range of classes such as Body Pump, Cycle, Total Body Conditioning, Pilates, Yoga, Zumba and many more. Lunchtime classes also are offered. Premier fitness classes are available by registration for both members and non-
members. Popular choices include Strength and Conditioning for Youth, Simply Barre and the 30- or 55-minute TRX classes that use suspension training to build posture, strength, balance and flexibility. Fitness member Mike I. has been working out at Fort Hill for over a year and a half. “What brought me here were the lunchtime classes that allowed me to get a great workout in a short amount of time. What’s kept me here are the outstanding facilities and the great instructors.” Winter is an ideal time to begin your membership at the Fort Hill Fitness Center. During January, Fort Hill is waiving the enrollment fee—a $69 value! Stop by for a tour or visit www.napervilleparks.org/forthillactivitycenter for details.
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SALVINO PLASTIC SURGERY A FULL-SERVICE PLASTIC SURGERY PRACTICE Salvino Plastic Surgery is a full-service aesthetic surgery center based in Hinsdale. Michael Salvino, MD is a double boardcertified surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and American Board of Surgery. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Conveniently located in Hinsdale, Dr. Salvino offers the complete spectrum of aesthetic surgery, with a special focus on breast surgery, including breast augmentation, breast lifts and breast reconstruction. When considering any aesthetic surgery, it is important to find a well-qualified surgeon who performs high volumes of the particular surgery you may be interested in. Almost as important as finding a medically qualified aes-
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thetic surgeon is finding a surgeon who you can relate to and be comfortable with performing your surgery. With an approachable personality, Dr. Salvino wants all patients to feel at home, and strives to relieve any anxiety a patient may feel about having surgery. Dr. Salvino strongly believes in treating people the way he would like to be treated. Whether you are considering simple procedures, such as Botox and dermal fillers, or more extensive aesthetic surgery, Dr. Salvino encourages you to take time to look into Salvino Plastic Surgery. Consultations are always free. The combination of surgical excellence, caring personalities, and patient priority will serve you well. Dr. Salvino and staff invite you to visit them at Salvino Plastic Surgery to learn more about their practice.
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WOODLAKE FAMILY DENTAL A MULTI-SPECIALTY PRACTICE FOR ALL AGES At Woodlake Family Dental the priority is to deliver quality care in a comfortable and convenient setting. The practice was established by Dr. Anita Verma and Dr. Amit Sud in 2007. Dr. Sud and Dr. Verma graduated from New York University College of Dentistry. They have a state-of- the-art dental practice that utilizes the latest technology. Over the years Woodlake Family Dental has added all dental specialities to its staff, so that patients have the opportunity to have all their dental needs addressed under one roof. All of the specialists at the practice are in-network providers with most major insurance carriers. The specialists are Dr. Anthony Reganato, board-certified periodontist; Dr. Lynse Briney, board-certified pediatric dentist; Dr. Saleem Siddqui, board- certified pediatric dentist; Dr. Haitao Li, board-certified orthodontist; Dr. Parimal Sapovadia, board-certified oral sur-
geon; Dr. Julia Nguyen, endodontic specialist; and Dr. Parth Nanavati, endodontic specialist. The doctors and staff are highly trained and dedicated in the work they do. Woodlake Family Dental believes that informed patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their health and well being. There is an extensive section on the practice’s website that covers a full array of topics associated with dental diagnoses and treatments. There are also articles about the latest trends in dentistry, some of which are written by the doctors on staff. The website also offers scheduling requests and downloadable patient forms. Woodlake Family Dental offers evening and weekend hours. Office hours are Monday 9 am–5 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 9 am–7 pm, Thursday 9 am–6 pm, Friday and Saturday 8 am–4 pm.
For more information please visit the website www.woodlakefamilydental.com or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ woodlakefamilydental.
LOCATION 2879 West 95th Street, Suite 131 Naperville, IL 60564 (630) 753-9955 www.woodlakefamilydental.com NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / JANUARY 2019 43
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How did you get involved in owning King Keyser? The short story is that both Rick and I had worked at different ski shops. We’re both ski enthusiasts and have a common interest in love of skiing. We both knew wanted to eventually own a ski shop. Neither of us wanted to be a cog in someone else’s corporation. We wanted to own something ourselves and control our own destiny.
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ment, they provide a range of services from checking bindings, to fitting boots or waxing a snowboard or skis. For kids who crave outdoor fun, the store offers the Trolls Ski & Snowboard Club for ages 9 to 16. In the 10-week program, skiers and snowboarders of all levels and abilities travel by bus to Wisconsin, visiting Wilmot or Alpine Valley. Membership in the club is $350, and each trip costs $50. Here’s what Loufman says about how he and Johnson share their passion for hitting the slopes.
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What are benefits of having boots custom fitted? Performance and comfort is enhanced for sure. The boot matches your foot shape specifically and it takes under an hour to do. What are some new trends in ski equipment? Everything is getting lighter. The new frontier is lighter materials that still offer high performance. It’s an advantage all around. They’re easier to transport and carry. They’re not heavy on your feet when you’re going up the lift. It makes it more fun all around. Why shop at King-Keyser for outdoor clothing? We know winter clothing and how to dress people for winter weather. We have down and synthetic clothing that’s insulated and as warm as down. We have apparel that’s waterproof and breathable. For downhill skiing we offer Atomic, Nordica, Blizzard, and Head. For snowboarding, we carry Burton, Capita, and K2. Anything we recommend is stuff we’ve tested ourselves. What do kids enjoy about the Trolls club? It’s a fun Saturday. It’s very social. They get to ski and have some independence. What do you offer that an online shop cannot? A full-service specialty ski shop is becoming kind of a rarity now. At our shop, you can see it, touch it, experience it, and have a conversation with someone who knows all about it. We’re very plugged in to the pulse of the ski industry. We have people coming from all over for that experience.
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The Circles of Love oil painting by Angela Graefenhain “represents how we are all interconnected with each other,” says the artist.
The shape of the Tango LED Pendant in gold leaf by Modern Forms ($629, lumens.com) mimics the round glass table below.
This corner accent piece was purchased at A Chair Affair, the annual fundraiser for Bridge Communities.
An ornate glass and wood table from India sits atop a contemporary American rug (Verve rug, midnight, $599, West Elm), blending East and West.
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When purchased, the rooms in the Poli home were much more segmented, says Graefenhain. “The goal was to open up the space and have one large room, which is very inviting and cozy.” A door panel from India provides interesting detail under the glass of a dining table purchased in Singapore. “I love that you can see through it visually,” says the designer. “It gives it so much character and warmth.” Streamlined, modern furniture from Room and Board fits the scale of the narrow family room.
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lthough its quaint exterior blends beautifully with others near the historic district, the unique interior decor of Peter and Dotsie Poli’s new home reflects 12 years spent abroad. A painting from Vietnam, a table from Singapore, and a statue from Cambodia provide both visual interest and personal meaning in the couple’s newly refurbished Dutch modern home. “I wanted something that had character,” Dotsie, an international education consultant, says about their home search after moving back from Singapore in 2017. Instead of building, the couple worked with architect Thomas J. Ryan, builder C.T. Schillerstrom, and interior designer Angela Graefenhain to gut a 1950s square ranch that Dotsie says “had great bones.”—MD
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The Polis collected artwork throughout their travels in Asia, including this painting from Vietnam that now hangs in Dotsie’s home office. “Peter went out to grab breakfast one morning,” she says, “and he came back with this giant rolled canvas.”
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The ubiquitous home furnishings and decor catalogue is entering the retail scene, opening its flagship Atlanta store in 2018, and now has a dozen stores, including Oakbrook Center (level 1, near Sears and L.L. Bean). 2210 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630.686.9982, ballarddesigns.com
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This new dealership has an exclusive focus on electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, and is run by two former Tesla product specialists, Seneca Giese and Trip Jacobs. Research available cars, the benefits of electric vehicles (fuel and maintenance savings, safety, and reducing pollution), plus charging at home and on the road using Current’s slick website, powered by local tech company Dealer Inspire. 1551 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 855.438.3838, currentautomotive.com
A new café serving organic food—catering to keto, Paleo, and vegan diets—plus coffee and cold-pressed organic juices is coming to downtown St. Charles. 1 West Illinois Street, St. Charles kavadiem.com
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After enjoying a local cult following at artisan markets, Oswego-based Mia’s Wish recently opened its flagship store at the Promenade. Handcrafted soaps, skin and lip balm, face masks and scrubs, perfume, aromatherapy, and bath and men’s products are made with all-natural, soothing ingredients.
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A PLACE TO HIDE Pierce Tavern is a homey hangout for wood-smoked eats and boozy treats By Lisa Arnett
iven that downtown Downers Grove’s newest restaurant, Pierce Tavern, is located in one of the village’s oldest buildings, it makes good sense that it’s operated by siblings with deep dining roots in the area. Sam and Patricia Vlahos grew up in their father’s restaurants around the western suburbs. “I think his most recognizable was Jonathan’s steakhouse in Lombard, which he ran for 35 years,” Sam says. After opening Fuller House in Hinsdale in 2015, the siblings wanted to replicate the concept in other west suburban downtowns. When the historic stone building on the corner of Main and Curtiss streets in Downers Grove became available, they easily envisioned
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their next venture. “We grew up in Oak Brook and went to all Downers Grove schools,” Sam says. “We always wanted to do something in Downers.” Inside, you’ll find antler chandeliers, lighting made from twisted rope, and reclaimed barn wood. As a nod to the building’s storied history as Downers Grove’s first bank and first library, there’s a column tiled in pennies and bills, plus a wall covered with books. And the place is named, of course, for village founder Pierce Downer. A BIT TIPSY The owners call Pierce Tavern “a neighborhood hideout,” even months after the September opening. The only
problem? It seems that everyone wants to hide out here, fueling an hour-plus wait on weekend nights. If you can’t score a table, catch a barstool on either side of the bar, or in front of the open kitchen, for a casual date night. The Vlahos siblings hired a bar director to create a cocktail menu unique to Pierce Tavern, and it leans heavily on spirits infused in-house. The light and bubbly Gone With the Gin features smoked rosemary-infused gin, while the Merchant Man pleases the palate with brown butter-infused bourbon, chocolate-walnut bitters, vanilla demerara sugar, and a single oversize ice cube. With a price tag of $10 a pop, the value is definitely there and I’ve no doubt shelled out more for much less impressive options at other spots around town. Sam says the cocktail program has proved so popular that they may follow suit and level up the drinks at Fuller House too. SMOKING ALLOWED The food menu is borrowed mostly from Fuller House, with some new
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dishes in the mix, such as juicy seared pork chops with peppery bacon-andpeach relish, dreamy white cheddar grits, and garlicky sautéed spinach. A domed wood-fired oven visible in the open kitchen turns out Neapolitaninspired pizzas ranging from the simple, traditional margherita to the Sunny Side Up pie with an egg and bacon. There’s also a smoker at work, cooking low and slow to make tender meats, such as the brisket that’s stuffed in tacos topped with fried onion strings and white barbecue sauce. Though downtown Downers Grove has seen a few new restaurants established in the past year or two, it’s still a pretty sleepy scene after 9:00 p.m. That makes Pierce Tavern’s latenight kitchen—which serves food until 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and 11:00 p.m. on weekends—just right for a bite after a movie at the nearby Tivoli Theater. Truth be told, though, I’d destroy an order of the fried calamari—with sweet chili sauce, flecks of fried basil, and spicy sambal mayo—any time of day or night.
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Yield: 4 Portions 2½ pounds boneless beef short ribs, cut crosswise into 3” pieces 4 cups Burgundy wine 4 cups yellow onion, peeled, cut into julienne 2 tablespoons garlic cloves, peeled 4 cups button mushrooms, sliced 1 sprig rosemary 3 sprigs thyme 1 each bay leaf salt and black pepper, to taste 2 cups olive oil 8 cups low-sodium beef stock ¼ cup butter 1
Remove excess fat from short ribs, place into a plastic container, and cover with wine, onion, garlic, mushrooms, rosemary, thyme, and bay leaf. Marinate for 12 to 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
Remove short ribs from marinade and dry with paper towels. Season on all surfaces evenly with salt and pepper. Strain marinade, reserving liquid and vegetables.
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Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in two batches, brown short ribs on all sides, about 8 minutes per batch. Transfer browned ribs to plate and set aside.
Reduce heat to medium and add reserved onions and garlic. Cook gently until soft and caramelized, about 15 minutes.
Add mushrooms and continue to cook for about 10 minutes, deglazing pan.
Add reserved red wine and cook until liquid is reduced three-quarters. Remove any foam that comes to surface.
11 Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. 12 To serve, spoon celery root purée (see recipe below) onto a plate and place short ribs on top. CELERY ROOT PURÉE 4 cups celery root, peeled, cut into 2-inch cubes 2 cups russet potato, peeled, cut into 2-inch cubes 4 ounces butter 8 ounces whole milk, warmed 1 tablespoon salt ½ teaspoon white pepper 1
Cut the potato and celery root into 2-inch chunks and place in a medium pot, covering with salted water. Cook vegetables until very tender, about 30 minutes. Drain, discarding cooking liquid.
Combine the vegetables, butter, milk, salt, and white pepper into a blender or food processor and purée until smooth. If more liquid is needed, add more milk.
8 Add short ribs and beef stock, then bring to a boil. Cover with an oven-proof lid (or foil) and transfer to oven. 9
Cook 5 to 6 hours, or until meat is spoon-tender but still retains a pink interior.
10 Transfer short ribs to a platter. Spoon fat from surface of sauce and discard. Add butter and cook over medium heat until butter is melted.
Recipes courtesy Mon Ami Gabi executive chef Nelli Maltezos
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LOCAL FLAVOR AMERICAN ADELLE’S FINE AMERICAN FARE, $$$ 535 West Liberty Drive, Wheaton 630.784.8015, adelles.com ALLGAUER’S $$ 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle | 630.245.7650 hiltonlislenaperville.com/allgauers-restaurant ARROWHEAD RESTAURANT AND BAR $$$ 26W151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton 630.653.5800, arrowheadgolfclub.org ARTISAN TABLE $$$ 1801 North Naperville Road, Naperville 630.505.4900, chicagomarriottnaperville.com
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BOARD & BARREL $$ 218 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.555.1212, restaurantnaperville.com THE BURGER SOCIAL $$ 108 North Hale Street, Wheaton 630.480.0458, theburgersocial.com THE CAPITAL GRILLE $$$$ 87 Yorktown Center, Lombard 630.627.9800, thecapitalgrille.com CATCH 35 $$$ 35 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.717.3500, catch35.com CHINN’S 34TH STREET FISHERY $$$ 3011 West Ogden Avenue, Lisle 630.637.1777, chinnsfishery.com
BARREL & RYE $$ 477 South Third Street, Suite 184, Geneva 630.402.0647, barrelandrye.com
CITYGATE GRILLE $$$ 2020 Calamos Court, Naperville 630.718.1010, citygategrille.com
BLACK ROCK BAR & GRILL $$$ 2740 West 75th Street, Naperville 630.445.8648, blackrockrestaurants.com
CLUB ARCADA $$ 105 East Main Street, St. Charles 630.962.7000, clubarcada.com
NEWLY OPENED B.GOOD This fast-casual, farm-to-table chain in Springbrook Prairie Pavilion serves wraps, salads, burgers, fries, meatballs, bowls, and smoothies using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. 2555 West 75th Street, Naperville 331.213.2705, bgood.com
ALLEGORY After a substantial remodel of the former Heaven on Seven space, Chris Mason brings elevated American comfort food to downtown Naperville. 224 South Main Street, Naperville 630.536.8862, allegorynaperville.com
IKE AND OAK BREWING CO. This new Seven Bridge spot features craft beer brewed onsite and handmade artisan pizza, plus an indoor/outdoor beer hall. 6315 Main Street, Woodridge 331.998.2907, ikeandoakbrewing.com NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / JANUARY 2019 61
EDDIE MERLOT’S $$$$ 28254 Diehl Road, Warrenville 630.393.1900, eddiemerlots.com EGG HARBOR CAFÉ $ 175 West Jackson Avenue, Naperville 630.548.1196, eggharborcafe.com EGGS INC. CAFÉ $ 220 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.171.5555, eggsincorporated.com ELMHURST BREWING COMPANY $$ 171 North Addison Street, Elmhurst 630.834.2739, elmhurstbrewing.com EMMETT’S BREWING CO. $$ 5200 Main Street, Downers Grove 630.434.8500, emmettsbrewingco.com EMPIRE BURGERS & BREW $$ 48 West Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.355.9000, empireburgerbar.com FOXFIRE $$$ 17 West State Street, Geneva 630.232.1369, foxfiregeneva.com
Sip your way through downtown Wheaton at this oenophile-friendly event from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on January 19. Enjoy 12 one-ounce tastings at 20 retail and dining locations, including Ivy, Jeans & a Cute Top Shop, Kimmer’s, and Muldoon’s. Ivy owner Dick O’Gorman, a board member of the Downtown Wheaton Association, says the event committee started the wine walk three years ago. “It took off very, very well,” he says. “I think we had 500 people come through here last year. It’s just plain fun.” Ivy serves cheese, meat, and chocolate in a private room off the patio (shown), where guests can enjoy food and wine around the outdoor fire pits. Tickets are $25, which includes a souvenir wine glass. For more information, including a list of participating venues, or to purchase tickets, visit downtownwheaton.com.
COLONIAL CAFE $ 1101 South Washington Street, Naperville 1961 West Galena Road, Aurora 1625 East Main Street, St. Charles 552 Randall Road, St. Charles colonialcafe.com COOPER’S HAWK WINERY & RESTAURANT $$$ 1740 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.245.8000, chwinery.com 62 JANUARY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
THE CRAFTSMAN BY TWO BROTHERS $$$ 16 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.615.7100, thecraftsmannaperville.com CRAFT URBAN $$$ 211 James Street, Geneva 331.248.8161, crafturban.com DRAFT PICKS $$ 523 Fairway Drive, Naperville 630.904.1111, draftpicksnaperville.com
HAMPTON SOCIAL $$$ 705 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge 630.219.0009, thehamptonsocial.com HARRY & EDDIE’S $$ 29 East First Street, Hinsdale 630.590.9047, harryandeddies.com HOPVINE BREWING COMPANY $$ 4030 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora 630.229.6030, hopvinebrewingcompany.com HOLY MACKEREL! $$$ 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard 630.953.3444, harrycarays.com HUGO’S FROG BAR & FISH HOUSE $$$ 55 South Main Street, Naperville 630.548.3764, hugosfrogbar.com IVY OF WHEATON $$ 120 North Hale Street, Wheaton 630.665.2489, ivyofwheaton.com JACKSON AVENUE PUB $$ 7 West Jackson Avenue, Naperville 630.904.9400, jacksonavepub.com
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GRANITE CITY FOOD & BREWERY $$ 1828 Abriter Court, Naperville 630.544.3700, gcfb.net
J. FLEMING’S ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS $$$ 18 North Cass Avenue, Westmont 630.434.0224, willbeyourchef.com JIMMY’S GRILL $$ 245 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.548.2500, jimmysgrillnaperville.com THE LANTERN $ 8 West Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.355.7099, lanterntavern.com LE CHOCOLAT DU BOUCHARD $$ 127–129 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.355.5720, lechocolatdubouchard.com LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN $$ 204 South Washington Street, Naperville 331.215.5789, lepainquotidien.com MAIZE + MASH $$ 430 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn 630.547.2540, maizeplusmash.com MEATHEADS SERIOUS BURGERS & FRIES $ 2555 West 75th Street, Naperville 630.355.6066, meatheadsburgers.com
Chef and owner Todd Davies has created an elevated and fresh aesthetic throughout his multiple rooms and industrial bar to create an urban dining experience with quirky, fun, ever-changing food and cocktail menus. This restaurant has quickly risen to be the center of downtown Downers Grove as a place to go on a date, gather the family, neighbors, or throw a party.
MELTING POT $$$$ 4931 Route 59, Naperville 630.717.8301, meltingpot.com MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE $$$$ 1751 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.577.1372, mortons.com THE NEST BAR & GRILL $$$ 2001 Rodeo Drive, Bolingbrook 630.771.9400, bolingbrookgolfclub.com OLD TOWN POUR HOUSE $$ 1703 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.448.6020, oldtownpourhouse.com PAISANS PIZZERIA $$ 2901 Ogden Avenue, Lisle 630.922.4100, paisanspizza.com
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PARKERS’ RESTAURANT & BAR $$$ 1000 31st Street, Downers Grove 630.960.5700, parkersamerican.com PDQ $ 167 Danada Square, Wheaton 630.315.7135, eatpdq.com PEANUTS BAR AND GRILL $ 22 West Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.369.5200, peanutsbarandgrill.com
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PERRY’S STEAKHOUSE & GRILLE $$$ Five Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630.571.1808, perryssteakhouse.com
RED ARROW TAP ROOM $$ 216 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.536.8739, redarrowtaproom.com
TAP IN PUB & CARVERY $$ 2155 CityGate Lane, Naperville 331.457.5798, tapinpub.com
PETE MILLER’S $$$ 3032 English Rows, Naperville 630.428.4242, petemillers.com
SANTO CIELO $$$ 120 Water Street, Suite 509, Naperville 630.323.0700, stcielo.com
TED’S MONTANA GRILL $$$ 39 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.848.2255, tedsmontanagrill.com
PIZZERIA NEO $$ 31 South First Street, St. Charles 630.377.8700, pizzerianeo.com
SEASONS 52 $$$ 3 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630.571.4752, seasons52.com
THE TURF ROOM $$ 1033 Kilbery Lane, North Aurora 630.906.9300, theturfroomrestaurant.com
PLANK BAR & KITCHEN $$ 120 Water Street, Naperville 331.401.5500, hotelindigo.com/napervilleil
SHARKO’S BBQ $$ 1715 Freedom Drive, Naperville 4931 South Route 59, Naperville sharkosbbq.com
TWO BROTHERS ROUNDHOUSE $$ 205 North Broadway, Aurora 630.264.2739, twobrothersroundhouse.com
PRIMO $$ 29 South Third Street, Geneva 630.232.2280, allchocolatekitechenprimo.com
SIXTYFOUR–A WINE BAR $$ 123 Water Street, Naperville 630.780.6464, sixtyfourwinebar.com
TWO BROTHERS TAP HOUSE $$ 30W315 Calumet Avenue West, Warrenville 630.393.2337, twobrothersbrewing.com
SOVEREIGN $$$ 24205 West Lockport Street, Plainfield 815.556.8577, sovereigntap.com
UP NORTH ALE HOUSE $$ 1595 North Aurora Road, Naperville 630.946.6494
SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE $$$ 244 South Main Street, Naperville 630.305.0230, sullivanssteakhouse.com
VICTORY MEAT & SEAFOOD $$$ 116 North York Street, Elmhurst 630.359.5599, victorymeatandseafood.com
Q-BBQ $$ 103 South Main Street, Naperville 630.637.6400, q-bbq.com RBK AMERICAN GRILL $$ 994 Warren Avenue, Downers Grove 331.251.6780, rbkdg.com
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WALKER'S CHARHOUSE $$$ 8 West Gartner Drive, Naperville 630.637.6988, walkerscharhouse.net
BIAGGI’S $$ 2752 Showplace Drive, Naperville 630.428.8500, biaggis.com
FIRE + WINE $$$ 433 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn 630.793.9955, fireandwine.net
WHEATSTACK $$$ 5900 South Route 53, Lisle 630.968.1920, wheatstacklisle.com
BRACONI’S $ 796 Royal St. George Drive, Naperville 630.717.9530, braconis.com
FONTINA'S ITALIAN KITCHEN $$ 1767 West Ogden Avenue, Naperville 630.717.7821, thefontinas.com
WHITE CHOCOLATE GRILL $$ 1803 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.505.8300, whitechocolategrill.com
BRICKS WOOD FIRED PIZZA & CAFÉ $$ 1763 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.799.6860, brickswoodfiredpizza.com
GIA MIA PIZZA BAR $$ 106 North Hale Street, Wheaton 13 North Third Street, Geneva giamiapizzabar.com
CAPRI SOGNO $$ 24102 West Lockport Street, Plainfield 815.733.5815, caprisogno.com
FRANCESCA’S PASSAGGIO $$$ 3124 South Route 59, Naperville 630.946.0600, miafrancesca.com
CHE FIGATA $$$ 2155 CityGate Lane, Suite 103, Naperville 630.579.3210, chefigatakitchen.com
GIORDANO’S $$ 119 South Main Street, Naperville 630.428.2111, giordanos.com
ANGELI’S $$$ 1478 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.420.1370, angeliscatering.com
CLARA’S PASTA $$ 6550 South Route 53, Woodridge 630.968.8899 clarasrestaurant.com
HARRY CARAY'S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE $$$ 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard 630.953.3400, harrycarays.com
AURELIO’S $$ 1975 Springbrook Square Drive, Naperville 630.922.3600, aureliospizza.com
FIAMME $$ 19 North Washington Street, Naperville 630.470.9441, fiammepizza.com
IL SOGNO $$ 100 North Hale Street, Wheaton 630.682.5900, ilsognoristorante.com
WILDWOOD $$$ 477 South Third Street, Geneva 630.377.8325, wildwoodsteak.com ZORBA LOUNGE $ 2139 CityGate Lane, Naperville 630.579.4100, zorbalounge.com
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LA SORELLA DI FRANCESCA $$$ 18 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.961.2706, miafrancesca.com LAVAZZA ESPRESSIONS $ 2155 Citygate Lane, Naperville 630.579.4100, lavazzanaperville.com LIVIA ITALIAN EATERY $$$ 207 South Third Street, Geneva 116 East Schiller Street, Elmhurst liviaitalianeatery.com LOU MALNATI’S PIZZERIA $ 131 West Jefferson Street, Naperville 630.717.0700, loumalnatis.com MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY $$ 1847 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.536.2270, maggianos.com MIDICI THE NEAPOLITAN PIZZA COMPANY $$ 135 Water Street, Naperville 630.445.8054, mymidici.com MOD PIZZA $$ 103 South Washington Street, Suite 113, Naperville 630.544.3471, modpizza.com
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Below, Michelle Landrialt took baseline fitness levels and photos when starting a fitness program at UltiFit. She has since lost an additional 40 pounds.
Whether it’s an eating disorder, cancer, or a rare syndrome, grappling with an illness changes life—completely. Naperville magazine recently spoke with three area residents who have battled emotional and physical burdens. Although their conditions are unique, they all share the same mission: to empower and teach others what they have learned. MODEL CRUSADE
Although Michelle Landriault’s plus-size curves were always supported by her modeling colleagues, the Geneva resident found her health numbers were “borderline everything” and she had a high body mass index. “It was [no longer] about the ‘beauty aspect,’ ” Landriault, 36, says. “The weight was starting to take a toll on my heart.” After a metabolic endocrinologist diagnosed her with binge eating disorder (BED), Landriault went on a courageous weight-loss journey and lost almost 130 pounds in two years. First, Landriault retrained her body how to eat properly again. She took medication to help control her eating and began seeing a therapist to uncover the root of her emotional binges. After losing 90 pounds, she joined the adult fitness program at Naperville’s UltiFit, which includes progress testing every six weeks.
“I cannot explain to you how far I’ve come in so little time,” Landriault says. “In my first 90 days, I was able to do double where I started. In February 2018, I weighed 355 pounds. Now I’m 316. I’m able to move in ways I never have before. Life is so much easier.” But Landriault thinks working out three times per week at UltiFit is easier than eating right. “Once you get there, you bust your butt for 50 minutes, and it’s over,” she says. “With eating habits, it’s a constant battle all day long. My therapist gave some great advice. She said, ‘Michelle, motivation is crap. No one is motivated—they are planners, who have committed to a schedule. Motivation is a pretty word people use, but it’s all about planning.’ ” Sticking to the plan is paramount to losing weight, but the body also goes through a lot of changes that result in what Landriault calls “an emotional roller coaster.” She encourages people NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / JANUARY 2019 71
to be transparent and share what they are going through with friends, family, and doctors. Landriault writes about her weight loss, dealing with BED, makeup, and fashion on her blog, Michelle Swoons (michelleswoons.com). Landriault started out as a makeup artist in 2003. She now teaches at the College of DuPage and recently launched her own makeup line, F.A.C.E., which stands for Facts, Action, Compassion, and Empowerment. “I loved playing in my mom’s makeup and watching my Nana put on her face every day,” she says. “I was never popular at school. Getting bullied and never fitting in made it a bit hard in high school. Makeup saved me.” Through her work in makeup and weight loss journey, Landriault hopes to empower others to get healthy and to stick to their goals. “Getting treatment for BED made me aware of the issue and gave me courage to get help,” Landriault says. “I’ve learned more about myself these past two years than in my entire lifetime.”
Ever since Naperville physical therapist Wendy Wagner was a child, she’s been labeled a “medical mystery.” Constant headaches. Dislocated joints. Sprained everything. After years of pain, injuries, surgeries, and tests by dozens of medical specialists, at age 49, she can finally give a diagnostic name to her battle: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). The Ehlers-Danlos Society defines EDS as “a distinctive problem with connective tissue, which is what the body uses to provide strength and elasticity.” It’s generally characterized by overly flexible joints and stretchy, fragile skin. For
Wagner, EDS resulted in difficulty healing after surgery and weakness and increased elasticity in her ligaments. “I’ve had several reconstructive knee and wrist surgeries,” Wagner says. “The greatest impact, however, has been on my cervical spine, which resulted in continuous headaches for most of my adult life.” Every day, Wagner struggles with wrist pain that makes it difficult to hold or carry things. Writing and typing are painful, and she has to do them in small increments. She also has constant head and neck pain because her neck isn’t strong enough to hold her head on her spine. “I was devastated when I finally heard the words ‘Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.’ As a physical therapist, I was familiar with the course of the disease and had trouble admitting I was headed down that path,” Wagner says. “When I got home, I found the strength to say out loud, ‘I am Wendy, and I have a disability.’ ” After the diagnosis, Wagner embarked on a mission to help herself, only to find there are few doctors who understand the rare condition. As she explored treatment options and pain-relieving techniques for herself, Wagner realized not one physical therapist in the Chicago area treated EDS patients like herself, so she decided to start offering her services to others (wendy4therapy.com). Wagner posted a question in an EDS Chicago Facebook group that read, “I am a PT, and I have EDS. Would any of you be interested in traveling to Naperville for PT services?” Within four hours, 26 people responded, including one from Wisconsin and another from Indiana. Wagner believes physical therapy is one of the few viable solutions for EDS patients. With very specific exercises, she works to strengthen the muscles that cross over joints, so they can provide the stabilization that the faulty ligaments cannot. In addition to symptom management and EDS education, she also provides information on core strengthening, energy conservation, anti-inflammatory nutrition counseling, ergonomics, and pain-relieving techniques. “After numerous hospitalizations and years of continuous headaches,” says Wagner, “I’m happy to report that between 60 minutes of daily physical therapy, plus substantial lifestyle modifications, I’m finding pain relief I didn’t think was possible.”
THE POWER OF PRODUCE
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John Graves’s son Brandon always wanted to open a small, premier produce company in his hometown of Plainfield. After his son’s college graduation, Graves and his wife, Maria, invested in Brandon’s dream, and Peter Rubi Produce (peterrubi.com) opened in 2012. Six months later, John was diagnosed with cancer—a fast-spreading undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma—in his leg. He was given eight months to live.
After receiving the news, his wife hugged him, said, “Were going to beat this,” and marched off to the kitchen to make juice drinks. Maria had been studying nutrition and the benefits of boosting the immune system, and food would be one of their weapons to battle cancer. “After making peace with God and knowing he is in control of all things, we started our new journey fighting cancer,” Graves, 57, says. “We met with an army of doctors, but I opted out of chemotherapy treatments and fired my oncologist. He was too negative. With such a short time left, why surround yourself with people you don’t want to spend time with?” Surgery removed the first tumor, but the soft tissue cancer only grew back to its original size two months later. Graves completed 25 days of radiation therapy and then had a second surgery to completely remove his rectus femoris (quadricep) muscle. After that, a spot was discovered on his lungs. Before his next doctor visit, he and his wife were at a spiritual retreat in Michigan, and the group prayed over him for healing. At his next follow-up visit to the doctor’s office, a nurse told him the spot was gone.
“I couldn’t believe her. I asked if there was a mistake. Had I inhaled a bug?” says Graves. “She laughed and said I had received a miracle.” After five years, Graves was declared cancer-free. “Is there a cure for cancer? That’s not the right question. The reality is we all have cancer in our bodies. Cancer cells are good cells that have gone bad,” Graves says. “Can we change our body’s environment before the cancer is created? Once we have cancer, can we change the environment so that our immune system can kill the cancer cells before cancer kills us?” Graves believes strengthening the immune system is key to keeping cancer at bay. He is on a mission to partner alongside people to help them live healthier lives through education, direction, and produce. The Graveses offer seminars at the store to share their nutritional knowledge, such as the recent Clean Eating with John and Maria. “Peter Rubi Produce and Peter Rubi University are all about providing the products and information to feed your body and soul to live life well,” Graves says. “Maria and I know our purpose—to radically change lives.”
Above, Peter Rubi Produce owner and cancer survivor John Graves is a nutritional advocate for those facing illness.
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THE MORNING MAINSTAY HAS EVOLVED INTO MORE THAN JUST A CUP OF CAFFEINE, INFLUENCED BY BOTH URBAN SOPHISTICATION AND GLOBAL ALTRUISM By Carly Boers
PHOTOS COURTESY FIVE & HOEK
one are the days of settling for a subpar caffeine fix or trekking into the city to score the perfect pour-over. “The community demands good coffee at this point,” says Tyler Fivecoat of five-year-old Wheaton roaster and café Five & Hoek. “We have people in their 30s and 40s moving out from the city and wanting specialty coffee,” he continues. “It’s fun to show them that we care about coffee as much as places in the city do, and that our product delivers.” Around the time Five & Hoek debuted, Chris Ptacek and some like-minded coffee-craving friends took matters into their own hands and began home roasting. “I was crazy jealous of the quality of coffee you could get in the city, and there weren’t roasteries in the western suburbs at that point,” he recalls. Due to demand from friends, Ptacek’s side hustle snowballed. He and his partners started with a 386-square-foot café and roastery, quickly outgrew that, and can now accommodate 50 at their Plainfield shop, Ten Drops. Instead of roasting just enough to supply friends, they now go through up to 1,500 pounds of beans per month. Fivecoat and Ptacek are in good company, as the western suburbs are in the midst of a craft coffee boom. For coffee fans, the benefits go beyond tasty beverages: These companies are innovating, educating, and supporting both coffee farmers and the community in the process. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / JANUARY 2019 75
COFFEE CONSCIENCE Sourcing is top-of-mind for any roaster, and has piqued consumer interest too. “It’s the same reason you see farm-to-table restaurants,” Fivecoat explains. “People now want to know what kind of coffee they’re drinking, who the farmer is, where it was grown, and how it was roasted,” he adds. We’ve all heard the buzzwords: direct trade, fair trade, direct sourcing. After realizing “fair trade” isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be when it came to the payment of farmers, Cody Lorance of Endiro Coffee in Aurora decided to walk away from the label. “We instead focus on creating meaningful relationships with farmers, and that has become the defining mark of our company,” he says of Endiro, which his partner, Gloria Katusiime, started in Uganda as a means to raise money for local children. Now the business—comprising five Ugandan cafés and a location in Lorance’s hometown of Auro-
the cafes FIVE & HOEK
114 N Main St, Wheaton fiveandhoek.com
Sourcing from: Catracha Coffee in Honduras and Long Miles Coffee in Burundi TEN DROPS 14903 S Center St, #104 Plainfield, tendropscoffee.com
Sourcing from: Duromina in Ethiopia, Las Lajas in Costa Rica, and Mauro Reyes in Columbia ENDIRO COFFEE 29 W New York St, Aurora endirocoffee.com
Sourcing from: Endiro Growers Uganda in Bukalasi COMPASS CAFE 2244 95th St, Naperville thecompass.net/about/cafe
Sourcing from: I Have a Bean growers in Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, and Sumatra Ten Drops and Compass Café (inset) 76 JANUARY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
ra—contracts with 250 growers in Uganda, making them the country’s highest-paid farmers by fivefold. Lorance and his team regularly log time with the farmers, teaching them how to properly fertilize and prune in order to maximize output. “We want to see every family in the village we work with get out of the extreme poverty scenario, and we’ve already helped a lot of them,” he says. Here on the home front, Endiro furthers its mission by teaming up with organizations that support kids. The café hosts a monthly event for a nonprofit, allowing representatives to wait tables, wash dishes, tell customers their story, and collect a percentage of the day’s sales. By partnering with World Relief and even hiring employees with refugee backgrounds, Lorance seamlessly combines his background in advocacy and social work with his passion for coffee. Plainfield’s Ten Drops crafts occasional charity coffee releases, creating a barrel-aged coffee and donating $5 per bag sale to causes both local and global, including food banks, water and animal charities, and a Guatemalan nonprofit that aids women-run businesses.
From an office building in south Naperville, Compass Café carries on the charitable mission of the adjacent Compass Church, but aims to be a gathering place for more than just churchgoers. “Yes, we have the church affiliation and we’re happy to talk about it. But more than that, we want to be welcoming to the community,” says manager Angela Mosshamer, who notes that the café keeps early morning and evening hours to cater to those coming and going from nearby schools and activities. One of four church-affiliated coffee shops in Naperville, Compass looks to differentiate itself by pouring coffee from esteemed Wheaton microroaster I Have a Bean, which, incidentally, has a heavy altruistic component: The prison ministry employs ex-convicts and helps them transition back into the workforce.
PHOTOS BY LEX GORDAN/TEN DROPS AND COURTESY COMPASS CAFE, ENDIRO
A TEAM EFFORT Considering the burgeoning coffee scene, one might think these fledgling business owners are fiercely competitive. But it’s quite the opposite, according to Ten Drops’ Ptacek. “There’s none of that. It’s more, ‘Do you want some help?’ or ‘Do you need some time on our roasters to make extra batches?’ ” he says. Endiro’s Lorance says west suburban roasters keep in touch via a Facebook page, and are quick to support and encourage one another. “We really feel like we’re in it together. Our competition isn’t each other, but maybe bad coffee drinking habits,” he says. “Maybe Starbucks,” he offers, laughing. Adds Ptacek, “I firmly believe you can’t corner the market in coffee. You can only fit so many into your space, and there are enough people needing coffee to go around.” Coffee shop owners are also eager to team up with other local businesses. At Five & Hoeck, a breakfast sandwich is made with a bagel from nearby County Farm Bagels and coffee-infused cheese created in collaboration with Lombard’s Modern Artisan Cheese Company. A partnership with Dry City Brew Works produces a milk stout that Fivecoat says has a cult following in Wheaton. Similarly, Ptacek notes that in any given month, Ten Drops’ coffee infuses beers in at least two local breweries, plus a rum at neighboring Tailwinds Distillery. “It’s not a money thing. It’s just an opportunity to be a flavor component in some great products, and it’s a lot of fun,” he says. They’re making sure customers are having a blast too—and learning a little along the way. “Our mantra is coffee, connection, and community,” says Fivecoat, who trains his staff to welcome and educate customers about the complexities of coffee, meeting them where they’re at and “not being a jerk about it.” Ptacek loves the educational component too. “Just learning that straight-up coffee can have different flavor notes—without dumping in sugary syrups—is really enlightening. Once people realize the depth of coffee, this becomes fascinating to everybody,” he says.
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DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST Trapped in her provincial life, a young and intelligent beauty risks everything to become the heroine of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle of enchanted misfits and a terrifying beast. $60–$75. Various times. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oak Brook. drurylanetheatre.com
THE WIZARD OF OZ Stuck on a Kansas farm with her aunt, uncle, and dog Toto, Dorothy Gale wishes for a better and more exciting life. When a twister hits, Dorothy is whisked away to the wonderful world of Oz, a fantastical place full of munchkins, a cowardly lion, a tin man with no heart, a living scarecrow … and a wicked witch who will do whatever it takes to stop her. $36–$69. Various times. Paramount Theatre, 23 East Galena Boulevard, Aurora. paramontaurora.com
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DUPAGE ARCHITECTS EXHIBIT The rich architectural history in DuPage could not have been achieved without the talent and skill of some amazing men. Explore the individuals behind the designs in this fascinating exhibit. $4/adult, $2/child and senior. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 East Wesley Street, Wheaton. dupagemuseum.org
SNOW TUBING Take a thrilling 800-foot snow tube ride down Mount Hoy when three inches or more of snow covers the hill. District tube rental required. $10. Saturdays and Sundays, and school holidays. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Blackwell Forest Preserve, Warrenville. dupageforest.org January 11–12 SPECIAL EVENT
WHISKEY DINNER Dine on a decadent meal, perfectly paired with whiskey cocktails, while listening to an engaging and educational talk from Jillian Farrell, a whiskey expert who has studied wine and spirits for more than 12 years. Live music and a view of Meadow Lake make this dinner a festive way to kick off the year. Ages 21+. $90/member, $100/nonmember. 6:00 p.m. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. mortonarb.org
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HOLIDAY AFTERNOON TEA This traditional tea service features a selection of finger sandwiches, scones, fancy cakes, and tea. $18/child, $26– $32/adult. 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Thursday to Sunday. Hotel Arista, 2139 City Gate Lane. citygatecentre.com
January 12 MUSIC
TRUMPET GLORY: GERMAN BAROQUE MASTERS An array of dazzling baroque works featuring glorious music for trumpet and a boldly imaginative harpsichord concerto by C.P.E. Bach. Featuring members of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. $30. 2:30 p.m. Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 West 31st Street, Oak Brook. elmhurstsymphony.org
Chicago’s celebrated Polish community is a vital part of our city’s spirit. The acclaimed singers of Chicago a cappella will explore the rich variety of music from Poland, from traditional folk songs to compelling new works by rising Polish composers—including many in their North American debut. This captivating musical celebration of Poland is not to be missed!
January 13 DANCE
SWAN LAKE Prince Siegfried sees a magnificent swan, and as he takes aim, the swan turns into a beautiful woman, Princess Odette. Sergei Radchenko, Russian National Ballet Theatre’s artistic director, brings one of the most technically demanding ballets to life. Featuring iconic scenes, the ethereal beauty of the corps de ballet, and Tchaikovsky’s magical masterpiece, the ballet tells the timeless tale of love’s triumph over evil. $39–$59. 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Belushi Performance Hall, 425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn. atthemac.org
Saturday, Feb.16 at 8:00 pm Wentz Concert Hall Naperville on the campus of North Central College Additional performances Feb. 9-10 in Evanston and Oak Park, and at Chicago’s historic Copernicus Center Cente ter on Feb. 17.
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January 19 MUSIC
I AM KING: THE MICHAEL JACKSON EXPERIENCE If you never saw the King of Pop live in concert, this is your chance to see why Michael Jackson was one of the greatest entertainers in pop music history. Starring the critically acclaimed Michael Firestone, and featuring an incredible cast of Broadway and Las Vegas dancers, I Am King: The Michael Jackson Experience faithfully recreates the “Man in the Mirror’s” amazing showmanship. $37–$57. 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 23 East Galena Boulevard, Aurora. paramontaurora.com January 19 LITERARY
BRAD MELTZER Taking place during the most critical period of our nation’s birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington’s character, but also illuminates the origins of America’s counterintelligence movement, leading to the modern-day CIA. Each ticket
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of Martin Luther King Jr. since its inception—a testament to its mission of diversity, inclusion, and equity. This year, former Project Inclusion Freeman conducting fellows Kellen Gray and Kedrick Armstrong will take the podium for a breakout performance, which includes a spoken-word performance of King’s speeches. $10–$75. 3:00 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 East Chicago Avenue. chicagosinfonietta.org
January 20 FITNESS
Museum, 120 East Park Avenue, Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org January 19–May 12 EXHIBIT
ENCHANTED RAILROAD Marvel at a world of tiny enchantment: an intricate miniature model railroad wind through magnificent scenery that the whole family can enjoy. Watch as more than 10 model trains wind through a two-level display of tree collections from around the world. The trains run at a child-friendly height to thrill even the littlest fan. Included in admission. $15/adult (18–64), $13/ senior (65+), $10/child (2–17). Various times. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. mortonarb.org
DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD: A GRR-IFIC EXHIBITION This exhibit brings to life the themes presented in the award-winning PBS Kids television series created by the Fred Rogers Company that follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends. Step into Daniel’s neighborhood, where he and his friends help young children navigate their world, and parents guide their journey. Play, sing, explore, and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from the neighborhood, which brings the wisdom of Fred Rogers to a new generation. DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 North Washington Street. dupagechildrens.org
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HEART’S DESIRE: REFLECTIONS ON LOVE & MARRIAGE When Cupid’s arrow strikes, the love that grows is celebrated and communicated through a variety of romantic gestures and traditions. Contemplate the power of love represented in unique and never-before-seen 19th- and 20th-century wedding dresses and exquisitely detailed early 1900s valentines from the EHM collection. Explore romantic tokens of affection—including candy boxes, photos, and ephemera— that share the secrets of the heart with loved ones and the community at large. Free. Various hours. Elmhurst History 80 JANUARY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
LUNAR ECLIPSE & NIGHT HIKE View the celestial event of the year: a total lunar eclipse. Take a moonlit night hike with naturalist Renae Frigo through the park before the eclipse. The partial eclipse begins at 9:33 p.m; the full eclipse is at 10:41 p.m. and the maximum eclipse starts at 11:12 p.m. Free. 7:30 p.m. Lake Ellyn Boathouse, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn. gepark.org
January 20 MUSIC
FIFTH HOUSE ENSEMBLE: UNCHAINED MELODIES Praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse,” the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble harnesses the collaborative spirit of chamber music to reach beyond the traditionally perceived limits of classical music. The ensemble’s artistic, educational, and civic programs engage theater groups, video game designers, corporate innovators, and folk bands to share stories as diverse as the communities it serves. 2:30 p.m. $18. Fermilab Ramsey Auditorium, Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. events.fnl.gov January 20–February 3 SPECIAL EVENT
NAPERVILLE RESTAURANT WEEK The Naperville Restaurant Week will showcase many restaurants throughout town—from fast casual to formal dining. Each venue will provide either a prix fixe menu at an appetizing price, or discounts on featured menu choices. See website for participating restaurants. dinenaperville.com
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includes a copy of the new book and admits one or two adults. $36–$47. 1:00 p.m. Community Christian Church, 1635 Emerson Lane. andersonsbookshop.com
INDOOR TRIATHLON The ET Indoor Triathlon Series presented by Experience Triathlon is a great way to become a triathlete or test your training for the outdoor race season. Set your own pace in this fun event for all, first-timers to veterans. $35. 7:00 a.m. LifeStart Central Park, 4225 Naperville Road, Lisle. experiencetriathlon.com
an entire week of delicious discounted dining at some of Geneva’s finest restaurants. Dine on the 9s: participating restaurants will offer lunch and dinner menus for either $9, $19, $29, or $39. No coupon or ticket is necessary; just mention to the server that you would like the Restaurant Week offering. See website for participating restaurants. genevachamber.com January 24–27 SPECIAL EVENT
CHICAGOLAND FISHING, TRAVEL & OUTDOOR EXPO For both the novice and experienced angler, the annual event offers the latest in fishing and outdoor gear, as well as an extensive lineup of seminars with local and national fishing professionals and hands-on family activities. Purchase the latest gear and equipment, book adventurous getaways, and browse the newest fishing boats on the market. $4–$15. Various times. Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 North Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. sportshows.com/chicago January 26 LITERARY
PATRICIA TOHT & JOSH FUNK A fun slumber party is the setting for an empowering fashion show in Dress Like a Girl by author Patricia Toht. Breakfast is all the more fun when Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast show up in Mission Defrostable by Josh Funk. To join the signing line, purchase the book(s) from Anderson’s. 11:00 a.m. Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 Jefferson Avenue. andersonsbookshop.com
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January 26 MUSIC
DIAMOND LIVE In honor of Neil Diamond’s birthday, Pheasant Run offers a tribute concert like no other. Steve Richards performs songs like “The Last Picasso,” “Done Too Soon,” and his newest, “The Freedom Song.” Richards has appeared on America’s Got Talent and The X Factor. $25. 8:00 p.m. Pheasant Run, 4051 East Main Street, St. Charles. pheasantrun.com January 26–27 MUSIC
DIE FLEDERMAUS Johann Strauss II’s beloved operetta waltzes into the heart with familiar melodies, witty repartee, and delightful charm. The cunning Dr. Falke plays a joke on his good friend Eisenstein as a little revenge for a night of carousing gone awry. As his scheme unfolds, subplots hilariously pile up, eventually converging at an extravagant masquerade ball hosted by a Russian prince. Deceptions and disguises among friends and lovers give way to affection, laughter, and Champagne for all. $10–$59. Various times. Belushi Performance Hall, 425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn. atthemac.org
WINTERFEST Lake Geneva’s Winterfest is a nine-day festival that celebrates art, winter, family, and fun. Events include the Human Dog Sled Race, the Abominable Snow Race, magic shows, helicopter rides, a chili contest and more. Winterfest also hosts the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition, where 15 teams of talented sculptors and artists create works of art out of snow blocks. Various times. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. visitlakegeneva.com January 26–February 24 THEATER
ALL CHILDISH THINGS Four of the greatest Star Wars fans of all time come up with the perfect heist: steal the greatest collection of Star Wars figurines ever—from the Kenner Toy Warehouse itself. Can the four friends escape their own personal Darth Vader and survive the Death Star of the law? $29–$44. Various times. Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 West 31st Street, Oak Brook. firstfolio.org January 31–March 3 THEATER
DEFIANCE Power, love, and responsibility—who owns it, who wants it, and who deserves it? A 1971 Marine Corps base becomes a collision course over race, women, and the exacting cost of doing the right thing. $38–$40. Various times. Playhouse Theatre, 425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn. atthemac.org February 6–March 17 THEATER
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THE PRODUCERS Under the right circumstances, a producer could make more money with a flop than he could with a hit—and so begins one of the most hilarious cons in musical theatre history. Max Bialystock used to be the king of Broadway, but after producing one too many flops,
he’s now just a has-been, forced into seducing little old ladies for money. After an off-the-cuff comment from his accountant Leo Bloom, dollar signs go off over his head (as well as “beautiful girls wearing nothing but pearls”). With the reluctant help from Bloom, Max goes in search of the worst musical ever. Will it be a flop? It better, or they might find themselves in prison? $38–$69. Various times. Paramount Theatre, 22 East Galena Boulevard, Aurora. paramountaurora.com February 7–April 14 THEATER
MAMMA MIA! The international megahit uses the greatest songs of ABBA to tell a hilarious story of marriage, family, and finding where you belong, proving that in the end, the winner takes it all. Come see why more than 54 million people worldwide have laughed and danced to this unforgettable jukebox musical. $63. Various times. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. drurylanetheatre.com February 8 MUSIC/FAMILY
OPEN DRESS REHEARSAL & INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO Join the DuPage Symphony Orchestra for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the dress rehearsal for their February 9 concert the next day, From the Heart of Europe. Watch the orchestra at work for the first hour, then join Maestra Schubert and the DuPage Symphony Orchestra musicians for refreshments and conversation at break time. A string instrument petting zoo will also be available. Free for students and subscribers; $5 for all others. 7:30 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 East Chicago Avenue. dupagesymphony.org February 9 MUSIC
FROM THE HEART OF EUROPE Two pinnacles of Romanticism usher in 2019: Beethoven’s captivating Violin Concerto, Op. 61, and Dvorak’s tuneful Symphony No. 6 in D Major. Beethoven’s masterpiece comes to life with the “fiery virtuosity” and “impeccable intonation” of Concert Artists Guild Competition Winner YooJin Jang as soloist. $15–$38. 8:00 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 East Chicago Avenue. dupagesymphony.org
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