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So if we have cannabinoid receptors, does that mean we’ve evolved to be potheads? Cannabinoid receptors actually exist to receive naturally occurring chemicals called endocannabinoids. Part of your mood is due to the presence of them in your brain. When you take THC, you’re boosting the effects of these natural endocannabinoids. Why does pot make you laugh? The parts of your brain that govern mood and emotion, such as the limbic system, contain particularly high numbers of cannabinoid receptors. THC bonks those receptors in your nervous system, causing something called fatuous euphoria. You feel tremendously happy — and when you’re happy, you’re prone to laugh your head off, even if someone’s not telling a fantastic joke. My friend said he drives better while high. Is he lying? Almost certainly. Cannabis has a negative effect on motor function, which makes getting behind the wheel while stoned a very bad idea.

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INFLUENCERS, EVENTS AND ISSUES ON OUR WEST SUBURBAN RADAR Justin Vahl, who was at Buffalo Wild Wings on the night of the alleged racist incident, speaks at a November press conference.

EPIDEMIC OF BIAS After a year of racially charged events, Naperville leaders discuss systemic community problems By Christie Willhite


n a rainy night in November, a crowd of concerned local residents gathered at Naperville’s Riverwalk with a singular message: Hate has no home here. They wanted to say it aloud, to make the statement clear. Because as cities across the nation have suffered violence fueled by hate, Naperville too has felt the impact of racism with seemingly increasing frequency. Here at home, it’s not the anonymous aggression carried out by members of the

alt-right movement. It’s close and personal. It might be the cashier, the couple eating at the next table, the child sitting next to yours in class. “I would be quick to acknowledge there is something happening nationally influencing what is happening locally,” says Stephen Maynard Caliendo, dean of North Central College’s College of Arts and Sciences and a political science professor with a focus on race and equality politics. “Four years ago it was wildly unfashionable to


display racism publicly,” he says. “People are much more comfortable embracing white nationalism and supremacism and embracing the beliefs of those movements.” In the last year, Naperville has experienced a series of independent incidents that have prompted some residents to take a closer look at how the city’s increasingly diverse population interact with each other. In July, a convenience store cashier told two Hispanic customers from

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THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY Naperville is a town with an annual Indian cultural festival, a Chinese school, and volunteers dedicated to celebrating the community’s diversity. But the city’s history hasn’t always been one that reflected inclusion. Recent research indicates that through much of the first half of the 1900s, Naperville likely was a “sundown town,” says Naper Settlement vice president Donna Sack. People of color would have been allowed to work in town during the day, but aggressively discouraged from living here—both through unwritten practice and restrictive real estate covenants, she says. The Naper Settlement staff is researching the last century, as the museum shifts from presenting only the story of the community’s pioneer settlement to presenting a more complete history of Naperville, Sack says. The evidence lies in community censuses: In 1880, the census shows 10 African Americans living in Naperville. Yet both the 1900 and 1940 censuses showed just one African American resident in Naperville, though the total population doubled from 2,600 to 5,200 over the time frame. After the federal Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968 and codified locally the same year, the 1970 census showed 43 African American residents in a community of 22,600, Settlement research shows. “It’s important to have a baseline understanding of our community’s past, as these topics are being talked about more,” Sack says. Using a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Naper Settlement is leading Naperville and five other towns in the north and west parts of the country as they research how sundown practices—and housing discrimination—influenced the communities’ development. Together, the participating organizations will create an online exhibit that will be available in 2021, she says. “Each town has a unique story, but we share the common element of exclusion,” she says. “It’s an amazing opportunity to work around this topic and be able to have a conversation about it. Knowing our history is a healthy thing.”


Naperville to go back to their country. In October, two white diners complained about a multiracial group being seated near them in the restaurant. And in November, a white student was charged with hate crimes for targeting a classmate with a racist post at one high school, while another school investigated a student using a racist epithet during a class activity. “What’s going on in Naperville is not unique to Naperville,” resident Kim White says. “What’s going on is not new to those of us who’ve experienced it. It’s maybe more to the fore.” “The key for us as a community, and as community leaders, is to speak out when we see it,” says Benny White, Kim’s husband and Naperville’s only black city council member. “The attitude has got to be, ‘not in my town.’ ” When he sought election in 2017, White ran on a platform of bringing the community together to create trust among community members and civic leaders, he says. To that end, he launched Naperville Neighbors United, an ongoing series of informal discussions to explore how race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other attributes affect residents’ experiences living and working in Naperville. “Naperville is a top city in the country. It’s a natural reaction to say [racist incidents are] not reflective of our town. There’s a tendency to be defensive,” he says. “We need to have the conversations that get people out of their comfort zones.” A recent Naperville Neighbors United discussion featured participants sharing personal stories of everyday racism, of other’s actions




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FIRST GIRL SCOUT Downers Grove native and former Olympian Cammi Granato gets her NHL shot


ockey has always been a part of Cammi Granato’s life. Growing up in a household of hockey-playing brothers, it was only natural for her to hit the ice as well to see just how far the game could take her—a journey that ultimately led to two successful stints with the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team (gold in Nagano in 1998, silver in Salt Lake City in 2002) and a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010. Other than a few broadcast opportunities with the NHL, however, Granato mostly focused on raising her family (with former NHL player Ray Ferraro) in Vancouver, British Columbia, once her playing career ended. But her love of the game persisted, which is why she couldn’t wait to jump back in when the expansion NHL franchise in Seattle (set to begin play in the 2021–22 season) offered her a position as a recruiting scout. 18 JANUARY 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

“For me it was just an opportunity to get back into hockey when the time was right,” she says. “I had my kids right away after I retired, so I had to turn down a lot of hockey opportunities over the years that didn’t really work with my family situation. But the idea of working with the Seattle franchise really excited me, because it’s so close to Granato (center) at the IIHF 2005 World Championship

where we live, and it’s really a perfect fit for where I am right now.” While the NHL franchise has yet to announce a team name, the headline when Granato started work for Seattle in October was predictably the fact that she was coming in as the first female scout in the NHL. But she doesn’t feel any added pressure as a pioneer for her gender. After all, this is just the latest stop in a hockey career that has been defined by defying expectations. “I’ve been in what’s considered to be a ‘man’s game’ for my whole life, so I try not to overthink that aspect of things—it’s just there,” she says. “I never identified myself as a girl trying to play hockey, I always just considered myself a hockey player. It’s other people that bring that stuff up, so there’s always a notion that maybe I have to prove myself a little bit more, but that’s nothing that I’m not used to.”


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By David J. Levitin (Dutton) Using research from developmental neuroscience and psychology, Levitin shows that 60-plus years is a unique developmental stage that—like infancy or adolescence—has its own demands and distinct advantages. The author reveals resilience strategies and practical, cognitive enhancing tricks everyone should do as they age.

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HINSDALE Journalist-turned-consultant Rob Johnson shares his favorite Hinsdale haunts By Lisa Arnett



lthough he grew up in St. Louis—and spent his high school years in Brussels, Belgium—Rob Johnson has called Hinsdale home for the past 16 years.

Johnson, 51, studied communications at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and became seriously interested in a broadcast journalism career while interning at CNN in Washington, DC. He worked at TV stations in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas before moving to Chicago to work as weekend anchor for ABC-7. After six years he moved on to CBS-2, where he was main anchor for 13 years. Encouraged by colleagues who lived in Hinsdale, Johnson and wife Stacy moved from their Lake View condo to Hinsdale in 2003. Two years later, they welcomed son Jaden, now 14. “The thing about Hinsdale is it’s just a nice little village. It just feels homey an it has this small-town feel to it,”

Johnson says. “They’ve done a tremendous job improving the downtown— the dining scene in particular.” Last year Johnson started his own communications consulting firm, where his services range from marketing to media training to crisis management. A hockey dad and a recreational player himself, Johnson is passionate about concussion awareness and heads up the Chicago Advisory Board for the Concussion Legacy Foundation. In 2016, he wrote a children’s book about the dangers of concussions called Timothy Trainor: Head in the Game. In his spare time, Johnson enjoys spending time with his family. Read on for a few of his favorite destinations.

Go the distance Hinsdale is 20 miles west of downtown Chicago and about 13 miles east of Naperville.


Dry times The Village of Hinsdale lifted its longtime alcohol sales ban in 2001, making way for an increase in restaurants in recent years. Theatrical eats The historic Hinsdale Theater on First Street was built in 1925 and now houses Harry & Eddie’s, a restaurant and bar. Top chef Chef Paul Virant, owner of awardwinning restaurant Vie in Western Springs, opened Vistro in Hinsdale in 2014. 22 JANUARY 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM



1. Wild Ginger Asian Cuisine

The Johnsons love to head here for casual family meals—either to dine in or carry out. “They have Thai, Japanese, Chinese—you can have almost any kind of Asian food you want,” Johnson says. “The prices are great. It just feels comfortable in there … and the service is spectacular.” 44 S. Washington St., 630.323.1888

2. Hinsdale Wine Shop

An avid wine fan, Johnson loves to shop for bottles of red—usually Cabernet in the winter and Pinot Noir in the summer—at this store owned by Sean Chaudhry. “There have been times he didn’t have something I was looking for, and he’s like, ‘I’ll get it’— and he gets it in days.” 12 E. Hinsdale Ave., 630.654.9862

3. Fuller House

This two-level hangout is a favorite of Johnson’s for catching up with buddies over a round of drinks. “It’s got a good bar scene and it seems like it’s always packed in there,” Johnson says. When hunger strikes, he usually orders the Southwest tostada salad or the chicken wings. 35 E. First St., 630.568.5466

4. Nabuki

This upscale sushi bar is a go-to for daytime dates with his wife, Stacy. “If Valentine’s Day or a birthday fell during the week when I had to go to work [at night], we would always do a special occasion lunch here,” Johnson says. He recommends the Stanley Cup maki, which rolls together crab and spicy shrimp, avocado, mango, cilantro, and sweet potato, topped with unagi sauce and chile oil. 18 E. First St., 630.654.8880

5. Alixandra Blue

This garden-level boutique stocked with stylish women’s clothing and jewelry is where Rob and his son, Jaden, come to shop for gifts for Stacy. “We can put together a really cool outfit in like 20 minutes … and the staff is terrific,” Johnson says. “Everything in there is cool … so I know I’m always going to get it right.” 2 W. First St., 630.455.0022,

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ark your calendar for these Hinsdale events on the 2020 schedule. The Village of Hinsdale has teamed up with Hinsdale Wine Academy and Taste of Home Catering to host first-time event Corks & Forks at the Lodge at Katherine Legge Memorial Park (5901 S. County Line Rd.) on February 21. Attendees will learn about pairing wine with food while savoring 12 tapas-style courses matched with 12 different wines. Tickets ($64/ person, 21+) are on sale now at The Hinsdale Cooks! Kitchen Walk, an annual tour of the village’s

most beautiful home kitchens, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year on May 8. The Hinsdale Women’s Society hosts the event on Mother’s Day weekend to benefit the Hinsdale Historical Society. For more details visit Notable summer events include the Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival (June), Farmers Market Mondays, (early June through mid-October) and Uniquely Thursdays, a BYOchair outdoor music series (June through August). For more details and to learn about other Hinsdale events, browse the events calendar at

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RUN FOR YOUR LIFE Alyssa Schneider, high school math teacher, cross-country coach—and Aurora’s very own Olympic-qualifying elite marathoner—sounds off on the one sport every kid should try: running By Cara Sullivan Really? Every kid? Yep. The key is to have them join a running club, and to do it while they’re young. For elementary school-aged kids, running clubs are more about being part of a team and building relationships than anything else. Getting too competitive too quickly can lead to burnout later on, so it’s important to put the emphasis on the fun parts of the sport while they’re little. But what about the kid who says “I hate running”? I’d say give it three weeks and then talk. I tell the girls I coach, either when they first join or when they come back from a break, you will hate it for three weeks. And it will feel like it’s not going to get better, and then all of a sudden it clicks. Start by alternating running with walking and slowly increase the time and distance. It takes a lot of patience. Can you recommend a few local running clubs? At Metea Valley High where I coach, our girls cross-country athletes have partnered with a few of the elementary schools in District 204 to start the Girls Who Run after-school program. For young athletes, I think some of the best running groups

are summer programs those sponsored by the local high school for summer running. What positive changes can parents expect to see in their kids once they join? Confidence! Running teaches kids that while reaching a long-term goal takes hard work, persistence—and a lot of highs and lows—that feeling of accomplishment when you get there makes it all worthwhile. There are obvious physical benefits, too. People really underestimate what 30 minutes of daily exercise can do for your body and mind. And if they play other sports, it’s a great way to build endurance. Obviously, the right shoes make all the difference. Any favorites? For starters, make sure you’re buying a running shoe. A lot of brands make athletic shoes that look cool, but aren’t supportive enough for training. I train in Nikes, but there are other good brands out there. I recommend going to a running store—Naperville Running Company, Geneva Running Outfitters, and Dick Pond Athletics are all great—where a staff member can help you choose the right shoe.



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HUMANITARIAN Jack Mayor at the 2018 Best Buddies gala in Nashville


ack Mayor has a gift for public speaking. He’s articulate and kind, charismatic, and enthusiastic. Amazingly, he doesn’t get nervous when speaking in front of a small group—or even an audience of thousands. That’s quite a talent when you are only 19 years old. It’s even more astounding for someone on the autism spectrum who was nonverbal until the age of 3. Jack’s skill would never have been realized if it weren’t for his experience in Best Buddies, a nonprofit that fosters one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

LIFE-CHANGING FRIENDSHIP A transformative relationship moves a young man to a new path By Julie Duffin 28 JANUARY 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

AN AMBASSADOR FOR HOPE Best Buddies saw something special in Jack and invited him to attend its annual leadership conference at Indiana University in 2017. During the event, he learned leadership and public speaking skills. By the end of the conference he was one of seven selected to speak during the closing events. “They saw something special in Jack and honed in on it. They gave him a platform to share his gift and the tools to use it. It totally changed his life,” Diana explains.


JACK AND JOSIE At the start of his freshman year at Neuqua Valley High School, Jack struggled to make friends. It was a difficult transition that left him feeling depressed, anxious, and hopeless. The school recommended Jack take part in its Special Olympics and Best Buddies programs. Through Best Buddies Jack met Josie—and his whole life changed. “She and I made one of those instant connections. She was my best buddy for half my freshman year and all of my sophomore year. Quite honestly, Josie changed my life,” he says. Jack and Josie spent a lot of time together, from going out to lunch to attending Best Buddies dances. She even cheered him on at all his Special Olympics events. “Their friendship is one of the most beautiful things I have ever witnessed,” his mom, Diana, explains. “She made Jack feel like everyone else, despite having autism. She gave him friendship and in turn, without even realizing it, also gave him his voice.”

Emma LaCosse, director of operations and programs for Best Buddies Illinois, remembers his speech. “It was phenomenal. Everyone stood in awe of his story, his delivery, and how charismatic he was in front of everyone.” Best Buddies founder Anthony Kennedy Shriver was particularity moved. “Right after Jack finished, [Anthony] thanked him for sharing his story and told him how people needed to hear it,” Diana explains. “Now Jack is a global ambassador … and speaks all over the world.” “It’s very exciting to share my story with different groups of people and get the word out that people like me are just trying to fit in,” says Jack. “Just like everyone else,” he adds. In addition to speaking, Jack also serves on Best Bud-

She and I made one of those instant connections. She was my best buddy for half my freshman year and all of my sophomore year. Quite honestly, Josie changed my life.” —Jack Mayor dies’ board of directors and has worked with Nike and Google to partner with the nonprofit’s jobs program. Currently, he and his mom are establishing a Best Buddies group for young adults in Naperville. “When students with disabilities leave high school, all their social opportunities go away,” Diana points out. “This group will be the first of its kind for young adults.” “Best Buddies is changing the world through the power of friendship,” says Diana. “They transformed Jack from a depressed, sad teenager into a young man who advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the world. ” Visit for more information on the Best Buddies program, including how to start a chapter at your school.


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he DuPage Foundation raised nearly $385,000 at its Masquerade Gala held on November 16 at the DoubleTree Oak Brook. Two hundred fifty attendees enjoyed an evening of mystique and music, including a dinner, auction, and entertainment by Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos. Tables competed in a version of “The Masked Singer” to determine who would award a $1,000 grant to an area not-for-profit of its choosing. The winning team, led by Naperville resident Katelyn Moon of the Driskill Foundation, selected the Career & Networking Center in Naperville as its grantee. The DuPage Foundation ( helps area residents and organizations realize their unique charitable goals, provides impactful support to our community’s not-for-profits, and fosters key partnerships to address critical issues affecting DuPage County. “Our Community Needs grant program supports the vital work of our local not-for-profit partners,” said Barb Szczepaniak, vice president for programs. “The financial support we received was tremendous. I was inspired to see such a strong commitment to helping those in need, right here, in our own backyard.”

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Brian and Roxanne Conrad with community relations coordinator Lisa Schwarz-Barry (center) and 200 donated snacks.

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helping to close the achievement gap by giving students from lower socioeconomic families a boost in school. In association with the nonprofit KidsLift, the Conrads hosted a table outside the Walmart in Glen Ellyn, asking shoppers to pick up extra snacks during their trips and to donate them after they finished shopping.

“We hope that by removing the barriers to donating—time and convenience—more people will be able to give,” says Brian. “Because people donated the snacks themselves, they can be assured that 100 percent of their donation goes directly to the kids most in need.” The company also donated backpacks in August.—MD


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hen local business owners Brian and Roxanne Conrad asked Indian Prairie School District 204 how they could help during the holidays, they were given a very definitive request. “The coordinator specifically asked for snacks, because they find that kids don’t get enough to eat during the day, and end up in the nurses’ office feeling sick,” says Roxanne. “By donating snacks, we’re helping kids stay focused and in class, not in the nurses’ office.” By filling that need, the Conrads and their company, 360° Painting, are



& BEAUTY G U I D E 2020


FORT HILL FITNESS Looking for a way to become more active and healthy this winter? Discover the Naperville Park District’s Fort Hill Fitness! You will find a friendly atmosphere and encouraging personal trainers and instructors who are all nationally certified. There’s no better place in Naperville to create a healthy lifestyle while connecting with the community. Fort Hill features a bright and inspiring, eco-friendly design and state-ofthe-art equipment. Due to the popularity of the group exercise program, a third group exercise studio was recently added to Fort Hill. With a menu of more than 55 weekly group exercise classes, choose from a variety of class formats such as Body Pump, Cycle, H.I.I.T., Yoga, Zumba and many more. Classes are even offered over the lunch hour. Fort Hill has over 8,500 square feet of fitness space, cardio and strength training equipment, an indoor track, and open gyms all included with flexible, 34 JANUARY 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

month-to-month fitness memberships. Fort Hill also offers small group training known as Premier fitness classes available by registration for both members and non-members. Popular choices include Strength and Conditioning for Youth, Barre Burn and TRX classes that use suspension training to build posture, strength and balance and flexibility. Fitness member Melissa I. has been working out at Fort Hill for two years. “My favorite workout at Fort Hill is cycle and my favorite group exercise class is FIT 45. Kim is a fantastic instructor who always is encouraging everyone to try their best and push a little harder during each class. I’m so glad to be back in the gym and taking steps toward a more active lifestyle.” Winter is an ideal time to become a Fort Hill Fitness member. During January, Fort Hill is waiving the enrollment fee—a $69 value! Stop by for a tour or visit for details.

LOCATION 20 Fort Hill Drive Naperville, IL 60540 (630) 995-8900


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dentistry, orthodontics, dental implants, oral surgery, periodontics, CEREC one-day crowns, and same-day emergency visits, as well as several cosmetic dentistry treatments including Invisalign clear aligners. Dental bonding, Opalescence teeth whitening, and porcelain dental veneers can all enhance the beauty of your smile. Individual treatment plans can fix imperfections such as discoloration, misalignment or misshapen teeth. For a complete list of services, hours, and insurance information, request an appointment and hear from patients about what makes Valley View Dental a warm and a unique place for dental care, visit the website and check out more patient reviews like below: “I was so excited to finally have found a dental practice that I am comfortable in and that I really feel like I could build a trusting and professional future with! Definitely recommend Valley View to anyone!”—Chelsea P. “They are always on time with your appointment and very courteous, informative and professional.”—Timothy B.

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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- theart 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. Amit Sud, general and cosmetic dentistry; Dr. Anita Verma, general and cosmetic dentistry; Dr. Kenny Robles, general and cosmetic dentistry; Dr. Punita Shukla, general and cosmetic dentistry; Dr. Anthony J Reganato, board-certified periodontist; Dr. Saleem Siddiqui, board-certified pediatric dentist; Dr. Parth Nanavati, endodontist; Dr. Parimal Sapovadia, board-certified oral surgeon; Dr. 36 JANUARY 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

Haitao Li, board-certified orthodontist; and Dr. Zak Messieha, dental anesthesiologist. 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 or the Facebook page at woodlakefamilydental.

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RAW RESULTS A new Geneva pet store caters to animal health By Annemarie Mannion


question emblazoned on the T-shirts that Krysta Fox and Jeff DiRe wear reflects the mission of Bruce & Willy’s (308 W. State St., 630.465.0727,, the pet food store they operate in Geneva: “What animal cooks their food?” Knowing the answer to that is a resounding “none,” the store, which opened in the summer, focuses on providing raw and natural foods, plus herbal, homeopathic, and whole food supplements for dogs and cats. “There is a lot of information and knowledge in this store. It’s not your typical pet store,” says DiRe. Much of that knowledge comes from Fox, who has long been drawn to loving and caring for animals. “When I grew up, we had pugs all my 38 JANUARY 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

life,” she says, referring to the breed of dog, “and I was an avid horseback rider.” That passion for animals drew her to career as a veterinary assistant. Besides working in the store, Fox works at Autumn Green Animal Hospital in Geneva and at Rivendell Veterinary and Chiropractic in Winfield. She began investigating raw and natural pet diets when her own dog, Bruce Wayne, a 9-year-old black pug, was afflicted with a spinal cord disease and other ailments. “It was really hard for me to find answers for foods on the natural side of things,” Fox says. “I had to do a lot of research on my own.” That quest led the couple to open a store that features half a dozen brands of raw foods, and high-quality treats.

“There are no fillers, dyes, sugar, flours, or preservatives—no junk. Not anything that animals should not be eating,” Fox says. The store carries such brands as Vital Essentials, Coco Therapy, and Answers Pet Food. “It’s like the Fruitful Yield for pets,” Fox says. Fox’s dog, Bruce, is a frequent visitor. He now uses a cart for getting around, but Fox says his overall health has improved while he’s been on a raw diet. “He has the heart of a lion,” says Fox. “He’s so happy and cute when he’s in his cart, wheeling around the store.” Fox started the business because she wanted to help others locate what they need to feed their four-footed friends a healthier, more natural diet. “I wanted to help the people like me who is looking for alternative food sources and health treatments,” she says. While Fox focuses on research and products, DiRe handles networking and customer service. One of those customers is Amy Larson of Batavia. She owns two dogs, Gnarly, a basset and pit bull mix, and Pi, a combo of boxer and feist.


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After trying various different diets, Larson started Gnarly on a raw diet about a year ago, hoping to cure her of numerous urinary tract and ear infections. “Once I switched her over to a raw diet, she hasn’t had a UTI since January—and she was having them once a month,” Larson says. Finding Bruce & Willy’s has only helped Gnarly’s health improve. Based on advice from the store, Larson switched the food she was feeding her pet. “I noticed that she has had even more improvements,” says Larson. “They switched me in the right direction.” Larson says the store’s expertise and devotion to the health of animals is what makes it unique. “The words that I’d use is that they are knowledgeable and caring,” she says. “They will answer all of my questions and talk to me even if I don’t buy anything.” Fox and DiRe say customers frequently discuss their concerns for their pets’ health, and they will try to find a diet based on their animal’s weight, activity level, and health issues.


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Switching an animal over to a raw diet of fresh, frozen food doesn’t have to overwhelming or expensive, says Fox. Most of her customers spend about $350 a month for pet food. Some spend as little as $5 for a can of goat milk to add to their dry food. “That’s already doing something that’s so much better for their pet’s health,” Fox says. The store’s fresh foods that don’t contain any synthetic vitamins or minerals. Fox says any pet that is eating a fresh, raw diet will lead a better life. “Any fresh food is going to increase their health and vitality,” she says.








A limestone surround and a striking pair of gas lanterns frame the home’s front entry. The light tone of the stucco exterior was selected to complement the limestone and contrast with the darker charcoal roofing.

Gridded windows by Pella provide visual interest, while letting ample light into the front of the home. “We opted for bronze over black; it has a little more warmth and is a little softer,” says Heather VanHoven, interior designer with Oakley Home Builders. A gridded glass Haas garage door provides a stunning focal point. “With it being a forward-facing garage, we were looking for a ‘wow’ factor on the front of the house,” VanHoven says. “You can’t see through it, which is good for privacy, but it gives you that reflective quality.”

Modern and traditional styles blend in this Glen Ellyn new build By Lisa Arnett





hen Kelly and Andrew decided to upgrade from their Chicago condo to a single-family home in the west suburbs, they took a recommendation from coworkers and met with Oakley Home Builders. “To find out we could stay in our price point and build exactly what we wanted with Oakley, it was kind of a no-brainer for us,” Kelly says. As luck would have it, Oakley co-owner Ryan Dunham found a property near his home in Glen Ellyn that checked all their boxes. “We fell in love with the quaintness of the town and the schools and everything,” Kelly says. “And we figured it’s not a bad thing to live close to your builder!” Their five-bedroom, six-bathroom home with a limestone and stucco exterior is a blend of their differing styles: Kelly is more traditional and adores French-inspired design, while Andrew’s style skews toward California modern. “So we like to say our home is Paris meets L.A.,” she says.


“We wanted our house to feel warm, but at the same time sophisticated,” Kelly says. For the kitchen, she envisioned cabinets in a dark, moody hue. After much consideration, Heather VanHoven, interior designer with Oakley Home Builders, suggested Benjamin Moore’s Iron Ore. “We looked at so many different paint colors; we looked at stains. When Heather found that color, I was just like, ‘That’s it!’ ” Kelly says. The charcoal inset cabinets contrast with the light countertops, brushed nickel hardware, and white oak flooring, which continues into the formal dining room. There, Kelly’s affinity for Parisian-inspired style shines in the herringbone floors, ornate molding, and glamorous glass chandelier from Hinsdale Lighting.

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“We just wanted it to feel like a spa, light and airy,” Kelly says of their master bath. Oversize Calacatta Gold marble tiles give the space a clean, modern look. “They were going for a marble that was more warm, versus one that has more gray,” VanHoven says. “And we went more contemporary with the cabinets, lifting them off the floor.” Chrome fixtures and a sleek oval freestanding tub by Signature Hardware ($2,249) complete the spa vibe. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / JANUARY 2020 41



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PROGRESSIVE MEAL PLAN The flavor unfolds at Wheaton’s Altiro Latin Fusion By Mark Loehrke


any diners have been conditioned to base their opinion of tapas on the actual cuisine being served—most often an array of Spanish-influenced appetizers and small-plate entrées, owing to the origin of the style. The reality these days is that “tapas” is just as often used simply as a descriptor for how the meal is intended to unfold, regardless of what’s actually being served. One’s tapas experience may or may not include a heavy emphasis on the Iberian-inspired olives, cheeses, and meat or seafood bites most commonly associated with the traditional definition of the form. The key notion, instead, may be the way the meal is served, spooling out dish by dish over the course of the evening, with a decided emphasis on sharing.


SHARE ALIKE So even though the menu at Altiro Latin Fusion ( includes several nods to Spanish flavors among its diverse offerings, the concept of tapas in play here definitely has more to do with the idea of a communal dining experience among tablemates in an intimate setting than any strict consensus on the food itself. The Wheaton restaurant, which opened in the fall, is one of five outlets in what has become a suburban minichain (a sixth was scheduled to open in Aurora in late 2019) from the husband-and-wife team of Roberto Avila and Erika Villanueva. Like its siblings, this location, tucked into a cozy corner spot at the north end of downtown Wheaton’s “restaurant row” on

Hale Street, features a clean, cool vibe with a lofted ceiling, modern art and understated lighting. The bar is a small but lively spot, cranking out a variety of pricey but satisfying Mojitos, margaritas, and sangrias, while the tables are set and spaced to encourage a full evening of sharing among duos and small groups. Meanwhile, the most outwardly Spanish-style dishes on the tapas slate are the Al Mejillon, featuring Prince Edward Island mussels, Spanish chorizo, roasted tomato; and the Ala Paella, a traditional mélange of tilapia, salmon, shrimp, mussels, and ahi tuna. While both of these are served with grilled rustic bread, most of the other items on the menu tend to have a Mexican lineage, with a variety of tacos and other tortilla-adjacent dishes dominating the proceedings. SAMPLE SIZE In attempting to assemble a full tapas experience for one’s table at Altiro, it’s important to keep in mind the “small plates” philosophy at work here, since few of the dishes are really meant to do the heavy lifting of a full meal on their own—portions are designed to allow for


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a procession of possibilities. For example, the guacamole trio includes some wonderful rotating flavors (such as apple and pear among our selections), but these are meant to be sampling allotments, as opposed to the overflowing molcajetes that one might find elsewhere. The Mexican street corn, too, arrives in a compact pot with just enough to give everyone a taste—and yet, is not to be missed. Likewise, the tacos deployed in groups of four are of the smallish, two- to three-bite street vendor variety. It’s enough to deliver the outstanding flavor combinations the kitchen is determined to convey—including a delicious Al Cameleon with garlic shrimp, bacon, lime, and avocado; and the Al Frito with beer-battered tilapia, avocado-chipotle aioli and cilantro slaw—but not necessarily built to leave big eaters feeling overstuffed. These taco quartets, in fact, most clearly demonstrate the true appeal of Altiro, with boards arriving in measured succession over the course of the evening, all while drinks are refilled, stories are shared, and numerous individual flavor encounters are built into a diverse dining whole.

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mild green chile peppers, chopped 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed 1 small can tomato paste 1 large can crushed tomatoes 1 large can diced tomatoes 1 teaspoon fresh thyme 2 teaspoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon cumin ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper


In a large pan, heat the extra virgin olive oil. Add onion, carrots, celery, green peppers, and garlic. Sauté until the vegetables soften.


Add broth and bring to a boil.


Reduce heat, add black beans, tomato products, spices, cilantro, and chiles. Simmer for 20 minutes, then enjoy.

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ARROWHEAD RESTAURANT AND BAR $$$ 26W151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton 630.653.5800, ARTISAN TABLE $$$ 1801 North Naperville Road, Naperville 630.505.4900, ATWATER’S AT THE HERRINGTON INN $$$ 15 South River Lane, Geneva 630.208.7433,

MON AMI GABI Known for its classic French dishes, Mon Ami Gabi recently introduced a vegan and vegetarian menu with a Parisian twist at its Oak Brook and Chicago restaurants. Start with onion soup with lentils and creamed onions, served with rustic toast. Then try one of three vegan entrées, including spiced cauliflower steak and frites topped with niçoise olive tapenade and lemon vinaigrette. 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook | 630.472.1900

MANNA KITCHEN Advances in vegan cooking are putting these specialty chefs in the spotlight, creating demand for their restaurants. Family-owned Manna Kitchen in Lisle brings a plant-based menu to the western suburbs. Come for fast casual comfort food like schnitzel battered in vegan sour cream with herbs and spices and a side of German potato salad. 2801 N. Ogden Ave., Lisle 630.536.8328,


Chicken three ways

THE CAPITAL GRILLE $$$$ 87 Yorktown Center, Lombard 630.627.9800, CARNIVORE & THE QUEEN $$$ 2241 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove 630.541.9951, CATCH 35 $$$ 35 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.717.3500, CHINN’S 34TH STREET FISHERY $$$ 3011 West Ogden Avenue, Lisle 630.637.1777,


my Morton, daughter of Chicago restaurateur Arnie Morton, knows a thing or two (now, three) about the restaurant business. With Stolp Island Social (5 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 630.340.4980), she brings her expertise and her famed take on steak to historic downtown Aurora, next door to the Paramount Theatre. Stolp Island is a long drive from Morton’s two other restaurants—the Barn Steakhouse and Found Kitchen, both in Evanston—but geography might work out in her favor. A seasonal kitchen and steakhouse, Stolp Island will source much of its offerings from surrounding farms, breweries, and distilleries in the western suburbs. A 1920s art deco flair is found throughout the space, laid out across

multiple rooms. Features include an updated take on Pullman booths, a wood-paneled lounge, and period fixtures, which all make for a more intimate experience. “The vibe is 1920s Aurora meets Coco Chanel today,” says Morton. Chef Steve O’Neill (Found Kitchen & Social House) will lead the kitchen. Menu items include roasted tomato hummus with smoked carrots, radishes, and baby gem; burrata and eggplant ragout; chicken three ways (braised, confit, and pan-seared with fregola and leek purée); and farm steak frites, a classic prep using cuts from Slagel Family Farm in central Illinois. Guests heading to Paramount Theatre will be treated to prix fixe menu options for a quality in-and-out pretheater dining experience.—KA

CLUB ARCADA $$ 105 East Main Street, St. Charles 630.962.7000, COLONIAL CAFE $ 1101 South Washington Street, Naperville 1961 West Galena Road, Aurora 1625 East Main Street, St. Charles 552 Randall Road, St. Charles COOPER’S HAWK WINERY & RESTAURANT $$$ 1740 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.245.8000, CRAFT URBAN $$$ 211 James Street, Geneva 331.248.8161, DRAFT PICKS $$ 523 Fairway Drive, Naperville 630.904.1111, EDDIE MERLOT’S $$$$ 28254 Diehl Road, Warrenville 630.393.1900, EGG HARBOR CAFÉ $ 175 West Jackson Avenue, Naperville 630.548.1196,

BARREL & RYE $$ 477 South Third Street, Suite 184, Geneva 630.402.0647,

BLACK ROCK BAR & GRILL $$$ 2740 West 75th Street, Naperville 630.445.8648,

EGGS INC. CAFÉ $ 220 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.171.5555,

BEATRIX $$ 272 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630.491.1415,

THE BURGER SOCIAL $$ 108 North Hale Street, Wheaton 630.480.0458,

ELMHURST BREWING COMPANY $$ 171 North Addison Street, Elmhurst 630.834.2739,

BLACKBERRY MARKET $ 401 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn 36 South LaGrange Road, La Grange

CADENCE KITCHEN $$$ 5101 Mochel Drive, Downers Grove 630.422.7631,

EMMETT’S BREWING CO. $$ 5200 Main Street, Downers Grove 630.434.8500,




CITYGATE GRILLE $$$ 2020 Calamos Court, Naperville 630.718.1010,

EMPIRE BURGERS & BREW $$ 48 West Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.355.9000,

THE LANTERN $ 8 West Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.355.7099,

PLANK BAR & KITCHEN $$ 120 Water Street, Naperville 331.401.5500,

FLAGSHIP ON THE FOX $$ 100 South Riverside Avenue, St. Charles 630.549.7672,

LE CHOCOLAT DU BOUCHARD $$ 127–129 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.355.5720,

PRIMO $$ 29 South Third Street, Geneva 630.232.2280,

LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN $$ 204 South Washington Street, Naperville 331.215.5789,

R. URBAN WINE BAR & CAFE $$ 4738 Main Street, Lisle 414.909.1583,

GRAND DUKE’S RESTAURANT $$ 980 West 75th Street, Downers Grove, 708.594.5622,

MAIZE + MASH $$ 430 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn 630.547.2540,

RBK AMERICAN GRILL $$ 994 Warren Avenue, Downers Grove 331.251.6780,

GRANITE CITY FOOD & BREWERY $$ 1828 Abriter Court, Naperville 630.544.3700,

MELTING POT $$$$ 4931 Route 59, Naperville 630.717.8301,

RED ARROW TAP ROOM $$ 216 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.536.8739,

HAMPTON SOCIAL $$$ 705 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge 630.219.0009,

MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE $$$$ 1751 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.577.1372,

SANTO CIELO $$$ 120 Water Street, Suite 509, Naperville 630.323.0700,

HARRY & EDDIE’S $$ 29 East First Street, Hinsdale 630.590.9047,

MOVEABLE FEAST + COMPANY $$ 112 North Hale Street, Wheaton 630.868.3777,

SEASONS 52 $$$ 3 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630.571.4752,

HOPVINE BREWING COMPANY $$ 4030 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora 630.229.6030,

THE NEST BAR & GRILL $$$ 2001 Rodeo Drive, Bolingbrook 630.771.9400,

HOLY MACKEREL! $$$ 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard 630.953.3444,

OLD TOWN POUR HOUSE $$ 1703 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.448.6020,

HUGO’S FROG BAR & FISH HOUSE $$$ 55 South Main Street, Naperville 630.548.3764,

PAISANS PIZZERIA $$ 2901 Ogden Avenue, Lisle 630.922.4100,

IKE AND OAK BREWING CO. $$ 6315 Main Street, Woodridge 331.998.2907,

PARKERS’ RESTAURANT & BAR $$$ 1000 31st Street, Downers Grove 630.960.5700,

IVY OF WHEATON $$ 120 North Hale Street, Wheaton 630.665.2489,

PEANUTS BAR AND GRILL $ 22 West Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.369.5200,

JACKSON AVENUE PUB $$ 7 West Jackson Avenue, Naperville 630.904.9400,

PERRY’S STEAKHOUSE & GRILLE $$$ 5 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630.571.1808,

J. FLEMING’S ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS $$$ 18 North Cass Avenue, Westmont 630.434.0224,

PIERCE TAVERN $$$ 5135 Main Street, Downers Grove 630.869.5333,

THIRTY O THREE $$ 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, 630.245.7650,

JIMMY’S GRILL $$ 245 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.548.2500,

PIZZERIA NEO $$ 31 South First Street, St. Charles 630.377.8700,

TRUE FOOD KITCHEN $$ 105 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630.716.3056,

FOXFIRE $$$ 17 West State Street, Geneva 630.232.1369,

SIXTYFOUR–A WINE BAR $$ 123 Water Street, Naperville 630.780.6464, SOVEREIGN $$$ 24205 West Lockport Street, Plainfield 815.556.8577, SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE $$$ 244 South Main Street, Naperville 630.305.0230, TAP IN PUB & CARVERY $$ 2155 CityGate Lane, Naperville 331.457.5798, TED’S MONTANA GRILL $$$ 39 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.848.2255, THE TURF ROOM $$ 1033 Kilbery Lane, North Aurora 630.906.9300,


TWO BROTHERS BARREL HOUSE $$$ 16 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.615.7100,

CHE FIGATA $$$ 2155 CityGate Lane, Suite 103, Naperville 630.579.3210,

ROSEBUD ITALIAN SPECIALTIES $$$ 22 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.548.9800,

TWO BROTHERS ROUNDHOUSE $$ 205 North Broadway, Aurora 630.264.2739,

CLARA’S PASTA $$ 6550 South Route 53, Woodridge 630.968.8899,

TRAVERSO’S RESTAURANT $$ 2523 South Plainfield-Naperville Road, Naperville | 630.305.7747

TWO BROTHERS TAP HOUSE $$ 30W315 Calumet Avenue West, Warrenville 630.393.2337,

FIAMME $$ 19 North Washington Street, Naperville 630.470.9441,

UP NORTH ALE HOUSE $$ 1595 North Aurora Road, Naperville 630.946.6494

FIRE + WINE $$$ 433 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn 630.793.9955,

VICTORY MEAT & SEAFOOD $$$ 116 North York Street, Elmhurst 630.359.5599,

FONTINA'S ITALIAN KITCHEN $$ 1767 West Ogden Avenue, Naperville 630.717.7821,

WALKER'S CHARHOUSE $$$ 8 West Gartner Drive, Naperville 630.637.6988,

GIA MIA PIZZA BAR $$ 106 North Hale Street, Wheaton 13 North Third Street, Geneva

A TODA MADRE $$ 499 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn 630.474.0969,

FRANCESCA’S PASSAGGIO $$$ 3124 South Route 59, Naperville 630.946.0600,

CHAMA GAÚCHA $$$$ 3008 Finley Road, Downers Grove 630.324.6002,

GIORDANO’S $$ 119 South Main Street, Naperville 630.428.2111,

CHUY'S TEX-MEX $$ 28250 Diehl Road, Warrenville 512.473.2783,

HARRY CARAY'S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE $$$ 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard 630.953.3400,

EL GRAN AGAVE $$ 1650 Maple Avenue, Lisle 630.541.8959,

IL SOGNO $$ 100 North Hale Street, Wheaton 630.682.5900,

ESTEBAN’S $$$ 1550 North Route 59, Naperville 630.579.3262,

LA SORELLA DI FRANCESCA $$$ 18 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.961.2706,

FAT ROSIE’S TACO & TEQUILA BAR $$ 47 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.328.0060,

WHEATSTACK $$$ 5900 South Route 53, Lisle 630.968.1920, WHITE CHOCOLATE GRILL $$ 1803 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.505.8300, WILDWOOD $$$ 477 South Third Street, Geneva 630.377.8325,

ITALIAN ANGELI’S $$$ 1478 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.420.1370, AURELIO’S $$ 1975 Springbrook Square Drive, Naperville 630.922.3600,

TUSCAN TAVERN $$$ 4571 Route 71, Oswego 630.554.9600, VAI'S ITALIAN INSPIRED KITCHEN + BAR $$ 916 South Route 59, Naperville 630.453.5200,


BIAGGI’S $$ 2752 Showplace Drive, Naperville 630.428.8500,

LIVIA ITALIAN EATERY $$$ 207 South Third Street, Geneva 116 East Schiller Street, Elmhurst

FOGO DE CHÃO $$$ 1824 Abriter Court, Naperville 630.955.0022,

BRACONI’S $ 796 Royal St. George Drive, Naperville 630.717.9530,

LOU MALNATI’S PIZZERIA $ 131 West Jefferson Street, Naperville 630.717.0700,

FRONT STREET CANTINA $ 15 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.369.5218,

BRICKS WOOD FIRED PIZZA & CAFÉ $$ 1763 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.799.6860,

MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY $$ 1847 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.536.2270,

MAGO GRILL & CANTINA $$ 641 East Boughton Road, Suite 152, Bolingbrook, 630.783.2222,

CAPRI SOGNO $$ 24102 West Lockport Street, Plainfield 815.733.5815, 52 JANUARY 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

MIDICI THE NEAPOLITAN PIZZA COMPANY $$ 135 Water Street, Naperville 630.445.8054,

NANDO’S PERI-PERI $$ 6 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.388.0193,

POTTER’S PLACE $ 29 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.355.9165, QUIUBO $$ 120 Water Street, Naperville 331.702.2711, UNCLE JULIO’S $$ 1831 Abriter Court, Naperville 331.444.1300,

ROKA AKOR $$$ 166 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630.634.7652,

TALLGRASS $$$$ 1006 South State Street, Lockport 815.838.5566,

SHAKOU $$ 22 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville 312 West Main Street, St. Charles

INDIAN BAWARCHI $$ 4250 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora 630.375.1600,

SHINTO $$$ 504 North Route 59, Suite 116, Naperville 1739 Freedom Drive, Suite 121, Naperville

BOMBAY JOE’S $$$ 462 North Park Boulevard, Glen Ellyn 888.502.5102,

SUSHI HOUSE $$ 175 West Jackson Avenue, Naperville 630.717.8888,

CUISINE OF INDIA $$ 1163 East Ogden Avenue, Naperville 630.548.9440,

THAI MEDALLION $$ 327 North Center Street, Naperville 630.305.0183,

DECCAN SPICE $$ 192 West Gartner Road, Naperville 331.701.7105,

BD’S MONGOLIAN GRILL $$ 221 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.428.0300,

TOKYO BAY SUSHI BAR & GRILL $$ 2775 Showplace Drive, Naperville 630.579.8880,

HYDERABAD HOUSE BIRYANI PLACE $$ 4448 East New York Street, Aurora 630.236.0600,

BLUE SUSHI SAKE GRILL $$$ 123 Water Street, Naperville 630.428.8500,

WOK’N FIRE $$ 120 East Liberty Drive, Wheaton 630.665.1440,

THE INDIAN HARVEST $$ 796 Royal St. George Drive, Naperville 630.579.9500,

DOMO 77 $$$ 4097 Healthway Drive, Aurora 630.692.0032,

YU’S BISTRO $$ 658 Route 59, Naperville 630.848.6998,

INDIA PALACE RESTAURANT $$ 242 East Geneva Road, Wheaton, 630.681.8002,

GREEN BASIL $$ 45 East Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.922.7700,


YERBABUENA MEXICAN CUISINE $$ 4732 Main Street, Lisle 630.852.8040,

ASIAN BANGKOK VILLAGE $$ 22 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.369.9757,

HOUSE OF EMPEROR $$ 1212 South Naper Boulevard, Naperville 630.983.8284, JIN 28 $$ 28 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.848.1828, KIKU JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE $$$ 2764 Aurora Avenue, Naperville 630.305.3355, MOSHI MOSHI $ 109 South Main Street, Naperville 630.355.5516,

EL TAPEO $$ 2100 Spring Road, Oak Brook 630.828.2044, MESÓN SABIKA $$$ 1025 Aurora Avenue, Naperville 630.983.3000,

GREEK BASILS GREEK DINING $$ 4000 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora 630.692.1300,


JK KABAB $ 572 Weston Ridge Drive, Naperville 630.778.5555, RUCHI INDIAN RESTAURANT $ 4S040 Route 59, Naperville 630.791.9792, SHIKARA RESTAURANT $$ 1620 75th Street, Downers Grove 630.964.1720, SHREE RESTAURANT $$ 1550 Route 59, Naperville 630.538.7000,


RAKU SUSHI $$ 850 East Ogden Avenue, Naperville 630.357.7633,

PARIS BISTRO $$ 2835 Showplace Drive, Naperville 630.357.1005,

BALLYDOYLE IRISH PUB $$ 5157 Main Street, Downers Grove 630.696.0600,

ROCK SUGAR $$$ 2022 Spring Road, Oak Brook 630.320.2641,

SUZETTE’S CREPERIE $$ 211 West Front Street, Wheaton 630.462.0898,

QUIGLEY’S IRISH PUB $$ 43 East Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.428.4774, NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / JANUARY 2020 53


Clients love them, but you haven’t

heard of them (yet). We uncovered five well-respected

experts—in everything from haircuts to

nutrition—known for

shaping suburbanites

into the best versions of themselves.






o ahead and unleash your pain. Liz Roman can take it. Whatever you’re feeling about your dieting struggles—anger, confusion, disappointment, utter and complete exhaustion—chances are Roman has not only been there but knows, firsthand, the liberation that comes with setting those emotions free. Conventional wisdom says that when it comes to athletics, star athletes don’t make the best coaches. What you want are the grinders, the persistent ones who didn’t make the team the first time around but found a way, somehow, to make the cut in the end. Perhaps that

same principle applies to nutrition and lifestyle coaches. Take Roman, for example. When she was 11 years old—after years spent hopping around like a Care Bear with a Mountain Dew habit—she suddenly began to slow down, feeling pain with every pirouette and attempted rebound. It was debilitating joint pain, the kind that doctors eventually diagnosed as children’s rheumatoid arthritis. No basketball. No dancing. No Rollerblading. In their place were pills—lots of them—which did little but add 60 pounds to her still tender, overburdened young frame. There were small victories in the years that followed—mostly because Roman’s mom dumped the drugs and redirected her daughter’s attention to inflammatory-fighting foods. But inevitably good times were followed by darker ones. GI pains. Numbers on a scale that bounded, up and down, like sprung bungee cords. And diets. Lots of diets, which she cycled through the way most people scroll through their movie queue on Netflix. It was only when Roman was dealt yet another blow after college—the diagnosis of an additional autoimmune thyroid disorder called Hashimoto’s disease—that she decided to abandon the “42 pounds in 42 days” diet fads and completely start over. Instead of chasing quick results, she chased their inverse: a gradual yet comprehensive lifestyle change. She started studying nutrition and racking up certifications, which emboldened her to stop vilifying food and start seeing it as a potential medicine. The results were so life-changing that she decided she might be able to do for others what she’d done for herself. Today, Roman, who lives in Bolingbrook, co-owns a nutrition coaching business called Lifestyle Nutrition, which works with clients across the United States. “I know every one of my clients on a very personal basis,” says Roman. “A weight-loss journey is about much more than food. You also have to look at the emotional and psychology side of things: where and why certain eating habits are formed. The thing I say to clients 25 times a day is ‘1 percent better everyday; that’s the goal.’ ” In many ways, the program she’s built mirrors her own journey. The first step is information gathering. She catalogs her clients’ dietary histories, medical

conditions, and emotional and psychology triggers. Her central tenet—what she asks all her clients to accept—is that they need to see weight loss not as a quick fix, but a long-term journey. Her next aim is to try to chisel away at the assiduous diet myths that hold sway over so many people’s lives. The greatest offender? The myth that whispers, “The less I eat, the less I’ll weigh,” which in many cases just isn’t true, due to the way our bodies and hormones adjust to a deep reduction in food. “I really have two client tracks,” says Roman. “The first one involves people who want more nutritional education about food (macronutrients or micronutrients) so they can develop a balanced intake plan. The other is generally clients who’ve developed really poor habits—who don’t understand what a good carb or healthy fat is—and need a whole new routine.” Coaching plans include individualized nutrition, goal setting, and strategic adjustments to help stay on track. And for that, Roman has a number of tools in her coaching toolbox. Food diaries. Meditation modalities. She even co-owns a local gym, Strength Republic in Lisle, because she sees strength training as a critical facet of a healthy lifestyle. But the real key, she insists, is education and a personalized touch. “I’m available to my client all the time, as long as I’m not sleeping or taking care of my 5-month-old,“ says Roman, who regularly communicates via text, email, and video calls. “We don’t just spit out numbers or send people a meal plan that says, ‘Here’s your breakfast, lunch, and dinner.’ ” All she asks in return is a threemonth commitment to her services, which are built to empower people, not keep them trapped in never-ending contracts. A members-only online group provides additional support. Roman says her most rewarding moments come not when she swoops in to save the day, but when her phone stops ringing and clients disconnect from her program. For with that silence comes the realization that Roman has done her job—listened enough, educated enough, supported enough—to the point where they can continue their journey on their own. “Confidence in who you are and the lifestyle you live—there’s nothing that matches. It’s the sexiest thing that a woman can wear.’ ”

Prevailing Plans We asked Roman to weigh in on keto and vegan lifestyles, two of the most talked about diets of the moment.



Originally used to treat epilepsy, keto is a low-carbohydrate diet gaining favor as a weight-loss strategy.

A vegan diet removes all animal by-products, including meat, dairy, eggs, and honey.


During ketosis, the body switches to using fat instead of carbs as its primary fuel source. When we remove an entire macronutrient from our intake, calorie intake typically dips, thus creating a deficiency, which leads to weight loss.

Carb intake is typically 45 to 60 percent, but protein intake must be at least 0.7 grams per pound to build muscle or maintain lean body mass. Fat intake should be no less than 0.3 grams per pound for optimal hormone production.


Keto allows all the bacon and butter, but it’s not a sound nutritional strategy. The majority of weight loss is water weight, especially at first.

Going vegan requires more than just removing meat/animal byproducts. It’s important to supplement a vegan diet properly.


A low-carb intake can potentially improve blood glucose levels and fasting insulin levels, but it’s essential to maintain healthy nutrients. If performed incorrectly, practitioners may experience the “keto flu.”

An ideal vegan intake includes fewer processed and more nutrient-dense foods, reducing gut stress from inflammatory and genetically modified foods. Be cautious of additives and fillers in meat alternatives.


Consider adding greens supplements (for micronutrients) and electrolytes (to ensure hydration). One’s body excretes water when restricting carbs along with sodium, a vital electrolyte. Potassium, calcium, and magnesium are also essential.

Consider essential supplements, like plant-based protein powder (try a variety of hemp, pea, soy, and brown rice for diversity and to reach daily protein targets), EAAs (essential amino acids), B12, zinc, and algae oil (omega 3s) to prevent deficiencies.


Progress carefully and gauge how your body reacts or consider keto variations, which allow for a slightly higher carb ratio.

Maintaining enough magnesium (to support sleep), vitamin D (especially in the wintertime), and vitamin C are important.



Wet Cupping


Pain Killer

Azlaan Arif is not one of those incense-sniffing New Age gurus who demands his patients ignore everything their MDs have ever told them. He does ask, however, that his Advance Sports Therapy patients consider pain-reducing therapies that’ve slipped through the cracks of traditional Western medicine. It pains him that so many patients arrive at his doorstep after bouncing around between primary care doctors, specialists, and physical therapists. “All health care,” he says, “should start with compassion.” Which is why he offers treatments, from hands-on manual therapies to specialized sports massage, that he’s personally seen benefit everyone from athletes to those suffering from hypertension and gout— even if large-scale clinical studies have yet to uncover why they work. Exhibit A? Wet cupping, an ancient, and trendy, pain-reducing practice that’s a personal specialty. 58 JANUARY 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

From afar, cupping looks like the opposite of massage, a means of pulling tissue instead of pushing it. Cupping is a way of creating negative pressure in areas where there is increased pressure in the body. It promotes better movement of blood and other fluids throughout the body by creating a vacuum. Massage can pull skin, but it’s limited. You can only pull so much with your hands, but by applying cups we can pull up a lot more tissue. You specialize in a form called wet cupping. How does that work? We begin with something we call a sliding cup technique. We apply a mild-grade lubricant to a patient’s tissue and slide a nonporous polycarbonate cup around the skin. We’re looking for areas of stagnation or congestion by seeing where the cup runs into resistance. If it starts to stick, we’ve pinpointed where wet cupping needs to be applied. What puts the “wet” in wet cupping? Once we find these areas, we remove the cup and gently lance the skin with a controlled scratch, often with a scalpel, but sometimes with acupuncture needles. These are very low-grade scratches, often lighter than a paper cut. Then the cup and vacuum is reapplied. Because this area has increased pressure, you start to see blood gently seep out of these little paper cuts. This may turn off some people. You have to remember that these cuts are so light that blood generally doesn’t come out until the vacuum is applied. That’s how it’s different from something like bloodletting. In bloodletting, you don’t need a vacuum, the blood moves out on its own. What happens inside the body during this process? In five to six minutes, bleeding will generally stop and the body will start healing itself with platelet recruitment. For fresh blood to get some-

where in the body, it’s not magically transported there. It has to travel from somewhere deeper. We’re seeing that by day two, people actually feel better and by day three they almost feel invigorated because now their bone marrow is replacing the lost blood. How does wet cupping reduce pain? It sedates the nervous system by creating a bigger space between nerve endings. First we sedate, then we treat. The lances decrease the amount of pressure on those nerves by allowing fluid to release. Most pain is pressure on a nerve; reduced volume always leads to reduced pressure. What do you use cupping techniques to treat? Primarily pain relief—mostly chronic, sometimes acute. We’ve also seen success in decreasing blood pressure with wet cupping, as well as relief for gout. And that essentially happens over time, as we’re able to decrease people’s uric acid and creatinine levels. There are actually clinical studies that show this online. Is it strange to see celebrities walking around with cupping markings like they’re a fashion statement? The markings are nothing more than blood and other fluid pooling under the skin. With wet cupping we remove most of the blood, so the markings are much lighter, and in some cases there are no marks, other than the little abrasions we create. Cupping may be chic with celebrity athletes, but it’s an ancient technique, isn’t it? I’ve found recordings from the Greeks and the Egyptians that seem to predate the recordings of Chinese medical texts. Both didn’t have access to glass or bamboo because it didn’t grow in those regions so they used hallowed-out bull horns as their “cups.” They lit a fire on (the skin) and scratched a person using the horn, creating a chimney effect.


Scissor Artist Forget about your father’s snip shop. The C’zar Male Barber Lounge Eric Sowa has resurrected on the second floor of C’zar Salon Spa is your grandfather’s barbershop: an oak-paneled, appointment-only throwback to a time when men embraced proper pampering. “We want clients to be so relaxed they fall asleep in their chair,” says Sowa. Pick you bliss: Imported Italian shampoos. Hot towel facials. Straight shaves. Or just lean back and let him scissor one of these trending cuts.

The O.G. The barbershop equivalent of a little black dress. It’s always in style: short on the sides—show as much or as little skin as you like—with just enough length on top to comb it or keep it messy. Think David Beckham: Tightly cropped sides generate an angular, chiseled look, ideal for your next soccer game or close-up.

The Brad Long-flowing locks—a staple of the ’70s—are back, thanks to Brad Pitt’s “shag sexy” look in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Length everywhere, pushed effortlessly to the sides, commands attention when surrounded by brawny beards and handlebar ’staches. These low-maintenance cuts grow out with panache, ensuring you won’t need a trim for up to six weeks.

The Part This riff on the stiff, hypergelled combover made popular by Mad Men retains a slick, carved-in side part without all the glossy goomba starchiness. Easy to comb and maintain, it sends all sorts of different but alluring signals: respected professional, pillar of the community or, better yet, really eligible bachelor.


Kenra Platinum Texturizing Taffy, $22 Especially in an updo, this styling product gives the hair a beautiful separated and textured look. It’s also great for calming static in hair—a little will go a long way. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, $21 Think J-Lo look in a bottle. Available in every tone imaginable, this pomade defines the brows without making them look overfilled, plus it holds up in the hot-tocold weather swings of our unpredictable Illinois climate.


Fresh Face

Sometimes the only difference between a stress-spewing “Where’s the Xanax?” bridezilla and an unflappably cool bride-to-be comes down to one thing: damn good makeup and hair. Take it from Tamara Alicia, who works with 300 brides every year as the owner of Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry. Striking looks make for stress-free nights. Tamara began carving out her bridal niche as a young cosmetologist, when others avoided the pressure of wedding assignments. “I loved the energy of it; the rush of getting things right” she says. Now, Tamara offers clients a signature look. “It’s romantic meets glam,” she says. “Shimmer on the eyes, natural smokiness, and J-Lo skin.” Every winter, however, she offers makeup workshops for the masses, which utilize the following products.


Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, $54 A go-to primer that checks all the boxes: It’s thin, lies evenly, doesn’t affect the color of applied makeup, and doesn’t break down throughout the day. This primer is perfect for teenagers, seniors, and everyone in between.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, $27 This must-have concealer redefines the phrase “full coverage” by smoothening and brightening skin—never clumping in pores—and creating a taught look.

Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer, $30 Two rules for bronzers: Avoid products that have an orange glow (think bad tan) or contain shimmer, as the shine fights your highlights. This favorite— available in four shades— avoids both, plus includes a built-in mirror.

Mac Pro Longwear Fluidline Eyeliner in Blacktrack, $19 This waterproof gel eyeliner delivers the perfect shade of black, somewhere between midnight and dark gray. Its texture and color shapes the eye, rather than encouraging the No. 1 eyeliner sin: overtly harsh and dark hues.

Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play Hairspray, $19 Nobody wants an overtly structured look, which is why Tamara’s go-to hairspray provides holds without stiffness. Ideal for curvy hairstyles or when experimenting with new looks, as it keeps hair moldable and shiny.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30, $32 This ultralightweight, emollient-based moisturizer helps adhere makeup to one’s skin without pushing it away. Thanks to its ability to prevent blotchiness while protecting skin, it’s reportedly a Kim Kardashian favorite.

Mac 263 Brush, $21 This synthetic magic wand is perfectly pitched, making it ideal for all skill levels. Plus, Tamara says it holds its shape longer than any other brush on the market.

Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation, $78 Great foundations act like a second skin. Even with multiple layers, this oil-free gel wonder has a smooth, natural look. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / JANUARY 2020 61




erobics classes? Cross-fit camps? Closed-circuit biking classes? Ryne Gioviano remains relatively open-minded when it comes to the fat-burning fitness fad of the hour. He thinks any move off the couch is a step in the right direction. The one exception? Large-group fitness boot camps. Boot camps represent, he says, the antithesis of what he does at his own gym, Achieve Personal Training & Lifestyle Design in Aurora, which focuses on individualized attention and smallgroup work. It’s a three-step process: Individualized assessments identify a

client’s goals and health needs, followed by one-on-one training sessions to ensure proper form, and finally group workouts that max out at three clients for every one coach. “I think personal trainers should be more like lifestyle managers,” says Gioviano, who first dreamed of being a fitness trainer while playing soccer in eighth grade. “Fitness is just one aspect of health; if you’re looking for real progress, you have to look at other factors like nutrition, sleep quality, and stress management.” Gioviani’s unconventional approach—think of it as the fitness

equivalent of holistic medicine— focuses as much on breaking down the mental barriers (that cause us to short-circuit our aims) as teaching the physical exercises needed to melt fat or develop muscle mass. After years spent working in big-box gyms, Gioviani realized that a onesize-fits-all approach was the primary reason why so many New Year’s fitness warriors signed up for classes in January and dropped out by March. If you signed up with a trainer who was personally into bodybuilding, he’d train all his clients like bodybuilders; trainers who focused on running would treat everyone like they were headed for a marathon. “When I was younger, it was always difficult to work with someone who said they wanted to get healthier, but didn’t do the things required to reach that goal,” reflects Gioviani. “I knew I had to find a better way to get through to them.” So he decided to tackle that alltoo-common problem at an oblique angle, by taking motivational interview courses and studying cognitive behavior. As a result, he began asking more probing questions. If a client said they wanted to lose weight, Gioviani wanted to understand the emotions behind why weight loss was so important to them. “Fat loss is a surface goal,” he says. “There’s always something else underneath.” By unearthing these deeper motivations—what Gioviani describes as “tying an emotion to a goal”—he can individualize his pep talks by using the same words and rationales that his clients use themselves. “A trainer can’t motivate others as much as people can motivate themselves,” says Gioviani, who’s become the go-to trainer for a number of area high school swim programs. What a good trainer can do, however, is give every client as much individual coaching and physical direction as they need. With good form comes a boost in self-confidence, which is when Gioviano transitions his clients into small-group training sessions. “It’s amazing how much camaraderie is built in some of our groups,” says Gioviani. “I’ve seen real friendships formed. People come out to support each other at powerlifting meets, which keeps everyone moving forward together.”

Weight Loss Series Complete 2 to 3 sets of 8 to 10 repetitions of each exercise, with 45 seconds rest between exercises. Alternate between A1 and A2 for the total amount of sets before moving to the B/C group exercises. Equipment needed Dumbbells, exercise step or box, exercise band

A1 Kettlebell Goblet Squat to Overhead Press While standing, hold kettlebell at chest. Squat down, as if sitting between knees. Exhale while pushing feet to floor, then return to starting position. Without stopping, press kettlebell over head and back to starting position.

B1 Dumbbell Reverse Lunge to Step-Up With dumbbells in each hand, step backward into a lunge position. Then step forward with your back leg— beyond starting position—onto a step or box. Your last leg up should be the first to come down to starting position.

C1 Single-Leg Romanian Deadlift Hold a dumbbell in one hand while pushing hips back until they reach the same-side leg behind you. Keep lower back flat and get long. Push heel of bottom leg into ground and return to starting position.

A2 Dumbbell RDL to Bent-Over Row Standing with dumbbells in front of thighs, push hips back with a flat back in a safe, yet bent-over, position. Squeeze shoulder blades while rowing dumbbells toward body, then back to start.

B2 Alternating Dumbbell Floor Press Lie on your back with knees bent, dumbbells in each hand. Slowly lower dumbbells with elbows at a 45-degree angle to body until upper arm touches the floor. Exhale, returning dumbbells to starting position.

C2 Side Plank with Band Row Lie on side, with bottom elbow on ground and opposite hand holding a band. Elevate hips until body is a straight line. Pull band toward body with top arm, squeezing shoulder blades back. Repeat and switch sides.


SHOULD WE STAY MARRIED? 6 make-or-break issues to consider before making January your divorce month BY LISA PISHA, MS, LMFT

The idea of a separation and/or divorce crosses the minds of many who’ve lost the hopeful, dreamy visual of growing old watching the sunset together. When that gives way to the day-to-day mundane and—at times—resentful life of adulting and divide, the waters turn murky and confusing, often keeping you in a holding pattern. If you’re finding yourself stuck there, you may get some clarity and direction thinking about six important considerations.


RESPECT IS A MAJOR ISSUE IN THE RELATIONSHIP. One of the most common reasons couples seek counseling is that one or both of the partners no longer feel respected by the other. While money, sex, or parenting might be what gets them in the door, the lack of respect is what shows up weekly. Feeling disrespected in a relationship is a common reason for ending one, but it can also be the breaking point that gets the two of you talking. Respect hinges on a lot of other emotions, such as love, admiration, and a willingness to learn and be influenced by the other. What often happens instead is that small seeds of resentment grow into giant houseplants of contempt and disgust. Love simply can not grow in that environment, and it damages the way you start to see yourself as well. While contempt is something that can be remedied, it takes a tremendous amount of will and work to reframe it. If this is something that’s saturating your relationship and you or your partner are unwilling to or cannot change, it might be time to have an honest conversation about the state of the union and the direction you’re leaning toward.


YOU DREAM ABOUT LIFE ALONE, NOT JUST TIME TO YOURSELF. It can be so easy and enticing to romanticize life alone when the world in which you and your partner live is so difficult. While this can be the visual that gets you through the day, spending time plotting your escape isn’t a good sign. If you’re doing this, chances are you’ve passed the hurt and grief stage of your relationship’s demise. You’ve spent a lot of time thinking you’ve tried fixing things and have come to terms with you or your partner never changing. Before you make a move, though, consider that your partner truly might not have any idea that this is where you’re at. While difficult, opening up about your desire for independence, peace, a sense of calm, and feelings of wanting to leave may help pivot your relationship into a better direction—or at least offer that direction you’re looking for. Often when we’re honest, we open the door for others’ honesty as well. You may be surprised at what you’re met with here, and get the response that gives you clarity.


THE MAJORITY OF YOUR FRIENDS ARE DIVORCED. I often tell a story to my clients about how I hated capri pants for the first two years after they’d hit the market. I. Hated. Them. Yet everywhere I went, there they were. I hated them until one day I didn’t. The marketing worked—what I constantly saw, I started to want. This is how the human brain works. We’re deeply influenced by what’s around us it has a big impact on the lens we look through. If you’ve been thinking about ending your marriage, take a look at the people you’ve been hanging around. If the majority of them are divorced, you might want to change up your social circle to get some new perspective. When you’re in a relationship that’s in a bad place, being single can look so sparkly, fun, and free. Remember there’s struggle on both sides of the fence, and what you don’t finish in one relationship often gets brought with you into the next one.


YOU ALREADY FEEL LIKE YOU’RE BY YOURSELF. Loneliness is no joke, but your marriage should be the one place where you feel a healthy sense of attachment and belonging with your partner. I’m not talking about codependency here—nor am I rooting for epic independence, either—but if you’re in a relationship where you feel alone, change is necessary for your mental wellness. Outside of doing things together—like creating what John Gottman calls “rituals of connection”: mealtimes, holidays, the rhythm of the home—feeling known by your partner is a big indicator of a healthy relationship, and many couples reach out for therapy because this is missing from their marriage. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of transactions in a relationship you’ve been in for a long time. “How was work?” “Did you make that doctor’s appointment for so-and-so?” That’s not the work. The work is letting your partner see inside yourself by sharing something near to you, something that truly only you would know. The growth is in the share. Before you decide whether separating or divorce is a viable option for you, and if it’s safe to do so (meaning there’s no physical, mental, or verbal abuse present in the relationship), make it a goal for you both to become more vulnerable with one another.


YOU HAVE CHILDREN TOGETHER. The research has wavered a bit on this topic over the years, as have people’s general thoughts on this issue. This is a deeply personal decision, and many factors go into a divorce or separation when it comes to kids. But know this: Oftentimes the issues you had with your partner’s parenting style do not go away after a divorce. On the contrary, they can actually grow in intensity, and in most cases, there might not be much you can do about it. Do we owe it to our children to stay married? I don’t know, but here’s one thing I do: We owe it to our children to be healthy adults handling conflict respectfully, pragmatically, and lovingly. We also owe it to our children to show them what loving relationships look like, because we are the models. Having children does not necessarily prevent you from separating or divorce, but it does give you the ultimate responsibility, however, to model humanism.


YOU’RE FINANCIALLY DEPENDENT. Fair or unfair, finances do play a role in making this decision, and can inhibit your options if you cannot support yourself without your partner’s income. If you’re financially dependent on your spouse, educate yourself about your family’s finances, be in the know about expenses, and start getting a really good idea of how much your lifestyle costs—whether you’re considering leaving or not. This is also a good time to think about what you could live without and what your absolute necessities would consist of. I also advise meeting with other professionals who can contribute to knowledge surrounding this idea. Financial planners, lawyers, and career and life coaches can be incredibly helpful here to shed some light on how to get on your feet through a separation or divorce.





Beauty and the Beast

Through January 19 THEATER

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Once upon a time on a bitter winter’s night, a young, selfish, and vain prince finds a beggar woman asking for shelter. Disgusted by her appearance, he sends her away. The old woman transforms into a magical enchantress who places a curse upon the prince to appear as hideous on the outside as he is on the inside. Given a magical rose, he must learn to love and find love in return before the last petal drops, or he is doomed to remain a beast forever. But who could ever learn to love a beast? $36–$74. Various times. Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Through January 19 THEATER

MARY POPPINS Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins flies to the stage delivering magic, whimsy, and enchantment through memorable songs and a timeless, heartwarming story. Nominated for seven Tony Awards and based on the Academy Award–winning film and the beloved children’s novels, the “practically perfect” musical is for the entire family. $55–$70. Various times. Drury Lane, 100 Drury Ln., Oakbrook Terrace. January 4



COMMUNITY JOB FAIR Individuals seeking year-round, summer, or seasonal part-time employment are invited to learn more about job opportunities at approximately 50 area businesses and the Naperville Park District by attending the 2020 Community Job Fair. Cohosted by the Naperville Park District and KidsMatter, this free event is intended for a variety of job seekers, from high school students (ages 15 and up) to senior adults. Free. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Dr. Addresses in event listings are located in Naperville unless otherwise noted. Please verify event details with sponsor organizations; events are subject to change after the press deadline. Email your event for consideration, 45 days in advance, to, subject line: calendar. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / JANUARY 2020 67

Various times. Naperville Central High School Auditorium, 440 W. Aurora Ave.

Mary Poppins

January 11 TRAIN SONGS OF AMERICA Folk musician Dean Milano presents an engaging musical program of train-themed songs from America’s past—both well-known favorites and a few obscure selections. The program includes a slide show featuring photos and artwork of trains throughout history. All ages welcome and registration is required. Free. 2 p.m. Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. January 11 MUSIC

January 5–March 4

January 10



FUSEDCHICAGO The Sum of the Parts explores the use of repetition, seriality, and multiplicity in creating works of art. FUSEDChicago is an organization of Midwest artists who share an interest in encaustic, a method of making art using pigmented wax fused to a surface by heat. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Various times. North Central College, Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St. January 8–12 SPECIAL EVENT

CHICAGO BOAT, RV, & SAIL SHOW The Midwest’s largest indoor boat show offers a variety of power and sailboats, high-tech RVs, and a glimpse of summertime fun. Board, view, and shop over 600 boats and 100 RVs. View the latest in outdoor and marine accessories and technology and attend a variety of educational seminars. Advance online tickets are $15. Various times. McCormick Place, South Building, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago. 68 JANUARY 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

AN EVENING WITH JAZZ TRUMPETER ART DAVIS One of Chicago’s leading jazz trumpet artists, Davis has had a varied career, including touring with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, and Rosemary Clooney. Fellow members of the college’s jazz studies program will be joining Davis for this concert. $22/adult; $17/student or senior. Madden Theatre at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave. January 10–19 THEATER

THE WIZARD OF OZ Follow a distraught Dorothy Gale as she is swept away on an adventure over the rainbow and begins a journey down the yellow-brick road to get back home. With a new group of friends, ruby slippers and her brains, heart, and courage in tow, not even a wicked witch can keep her from discovering the magical power of home. Performances Friday through Sunday. $13/ticket purchased in advance; $15/ticket at the door.

MOZART MAGIC Mozart’s genius in composing for wind instruments will be on display with two of his magnificent and engaging divertimenti for woodwinds. The contrasting sounds of strings will be enjoyed in the sparkling Divertimento in F Major. Stravinsky’s neo-baroque Octet will feature both winds and brass. To conclude the concert, all instrumental forces will combine in a surround-sound performance of Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus. $30. 2:30 p.m. Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook.



MLK Tribute Concert

January 16

January 18



ADULT HIKE Join a naturalist on a wintry morning hike at Knoch Knolls Park to learn about local wildlife. The program is free, but registration is required. 10 a.m. Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Rd. January 17–February 23 FAMILY

January 12 THEATER

HYPROV: IMPROV UNDER HYPNOSIS Hypnosis and improv—two art forms that have mystified and entertained audiences for decades worldwide—come together as masters of their crafts unite. How it works: 20 volunteers from the audience will be put under hypnosis by Asad Mecci, and methodically and hysterically whittled down until the five best are left onstage. Enter Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) to improvise with the top five while they are still under hypnosis. $55–$70. 4 p.m. Belushi Performance Hall, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. January 12

ENCHANTED RAILROAD Marvel at a world of tiny enchantment: Intricate miniature model railroad trains wind through a two-level display of tree collections from around the world—magnificent scenery that the whole family can enjoy. Included in park admission. $15/adult (18–64), $13/senior (65+), $10/child (2–17). Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. January 17 FAMILY

PIZZA & BINGO NIGHT Families are invited to spend a Friday evening playing bingo, eating pizza, and winning prizes. $15/family of four; $5/additional family members. 6:30 p.m. Prairie Activity and Recreation Center, 24550 W. Renwick Rd., Plainfield.

WEDDING SHOWCASE Meet with an array of quality local vendors at this up-close and personal wedding showcase. Free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. January 19 MUSIC

MLK TRIBUTE CONCERT Chicago Sinfonietta has presented a concert to celebrate the birth and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. since its inception—a testament to its mission of diversity, inclusion, and equity. This year’s concert includes Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain,” “The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection” Symphony) and other pieces. $49–$63. 3:00 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. January 19 MUSIC

TRIO GASPARD Making their U.S. tour debut, this trio (violin, cello, and piano) has won three major international competitions since its inception in 2010, at the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in Weimar, the Fifth


INDOOR TRIATHLON The ET Indoor Triathlon Series 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 a.m. LifeStart Central Park, 4225 Naperville Rd., Lisle.

Trio Gaspard

January 16 LECTURE

THROUGH THE EYES OF PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR Artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, portrayed by Scott Shepard, intimately demonstrates the triumphs and trials of his life. Renoir expressed through his painting his childlike delight with the visible world of everyday life. The life of Renoir, the most universally beloved of the impressionists, was proof that nice people don’t always finish last. Bring a sack lunch at 12:30. The lecture begins at 1 p.m. Free. 12:30 to 2 p.m. 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Rd. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / JANUARY 2020 69

CABIN FEVER CURES Local opportunities to play in the snow and on the ice abound in the ’burbs. Grab a hat, gloves, and some vitamin D as you slide and skate at these wintry outposts. 70 JANUARY 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

OUTDOOR ICE SKATING Bundle up, grab your skates, and head to one of Naperville’s five outdoor ice rinks. Centennial Park (500 W. Jackson Ave.), Commissioners Park (3704 111th St.), and Nike Sports Complex (288 W. Diehl Rd.) rinks are lighted until 10 p.m. Meadow Glens (1303 Muirhead Ave.) and Gartner Park (524 W. Gartner Rd.) rinks close at dusk. Check the status of a rink online. Free.


CROSS-COUNTRY SKI & SNOWSHOE RENTAL When four inches or more of snow has accumulated on the arboretum grounds, guests are invited to cross-country ski and snowshoe. Equipment rental is available. Free with regular admission. $15/adult (18– 64), $13/senior (65+), $10/child (2–17). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Rte 53, Lisle.

SLED HILLS Sledders should bring their own inner tubes or plastic sleds. Wooden sleds and metal-runner sleds are not permitted. In addition to Rotary Hill on the Naperville Riverwalk, the following hills are located in neighborhood parks and close at dusk: Arrowhead Park (711 Iroquois Ave.), Brook Crossings (1015 95th St.), Country Lakes Park (1835 North Aurora Rd.), Gartner Park (524 W. Gartner Rd.), and May Watts Park (804 S. Whispering Hills Dr.). Rotary Hill closes at 9 p.m. except on Fridays and Saturdays, when it remains open until 10 p.m. Free.

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. Saturdays and Sundays, and school holidays. $10. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blackwell Forest Preserve, Warrenville.

FOUR LAKES ALPINE SNOWSPORTS For over 60 years, Four Lakes has provided DuPage residents with skiing and snowboarding fun. The Snowsports School teaches students to ski and snowboard safely, in control, and proficiently. Private lessons and equipment rental are available for an additional fee. Slope tickets $20–$30. Check the website for weather-dependent hours of operation. Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports, 5750 Lakeside Dr. Lisle.


International Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna, and the 17th International Chamber Music Competition in Illzach, France. $18. 2:30 p.m. Fermilab Ramsey Auditorium, Pine St., Batavia. January 19 MUSIC

LARRY GATLIN & THE GATLIN BROTHERS The award-winning Gatlin Brothers have been dazzling audiences for more than 60 years at numerous concert halls, festival stages, television shows— including The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show— and even the White House on several occasions. The brothers have seen their music top the charts and touch the lives of fans of all ages. $49–$99. 3 p.m. Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles.

GENEVA RESTAURANT WALK The Geneva Chamber is pleased to highlight the city’s culinary excellence by offering an entire week of delicious discounted dining at some of Geneva’s finest restaurants. See website for participating restaurants. January 23–26

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. $13/adult; $3/child (ages 6–11; free for 5 and under. Various times. Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Dr., Schaumburg.


CHICAGOLAND FISHING, TRAVEL, & OUTDOOR EXPO For both the novice and experienced angler, this annual event offers the Bacon Bash

January 24–February 9 SPECIAL EVENT

NAPERVILLE RESTAURANT WEEK For two special weeks, Naperville restaurants 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. January 24–26 THEATER

NEW PHILHARMONIC: THE MERRY WIDOW So many men, so little time. Hanna Glawari has all the money to save the bankrupt country of Pontevedra and all the eligible bachelors in Paris, but what she wants is her long-lost love. This exciting operetta concludes with a party a la Café de Maxim’s complete with dancing girls. Sung in English. 72 JANUARY 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

$57–$59. Various times. Belushi Performance Hall, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. January 25 MUSIC

JIM PETERIK’S WORLD STAGE Over the length of Jim Peterik’s spectacular career, he has worked with and developed lasting relationships with a long list of fellow (and remarkably talented) artists. Eighteen years ago, Peterik had the idea to record an album and mount a subsequent concert celebrating these friendships and collaborations. Thus began World Stage. The CD and show were an immediate sensation, as Peterik pushed his own envelope into different styles and refined those with which he had already had significant success. Audiences were thrilled to see such a rich array of stars together on one stage, playing their own hits and Peterik’s collaborations, interacting with Peterik and the other guests in ways heretofore unseen. $60–$70. 8 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. January 25 SPECIAL EVENT

BACON BASH Come dig into a veritable pork-apalooza of delectable treats. Baconand pork-inspired dishes from some of the best restaurants and chefs in the Chicago area, including Avanzare


January 20–26 SPECIAL EVENT

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers

Italian Restaurant, Michael Jordan’s Restaurant, Northern Fork, Rackhouse Tavern, Broken Barrel Bar, Lee N’ Eddies, Lady Gourmet’s Popcorn, and more. Beer and several full bars will be available. 21 and older. $22–$65. 12 to 3 p.m. Waterford Banquet and Conference Center, 933 S. Riverside Dr., Elmhurst. January 25 SPECIAL EVENT

WINTER WINE WALK Enjoy 12 one-ounce tastings in a souvenir wine glass at various downtown merchants. $25/ticket purchased in advance; $30/ticket at the door. 3–6:30 p.m. Downtown Wheaton. January 25 SPECIAL EVENT

TERRY FATOR “America’s Got Talent” winner Terry Fator, along with the help of his puppet pals, entertains with his celebrity impressions, singing, comedy, and ventriloquism. $79–$249. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. January 25–April 12 EXHIBIT

SANDRA JORGENSEN This exhibition of Jorgensen’s work— including a never-before-printed photo series of Chicago Imagists in their homes and the re-creation of a

mural commissioned for a Chicago Public Library—will recognize Jorgensen’s accomplishments, and will place her work amongst the larger stories of Chicago and Midwestern artists. Included with admission. $15/adult; $12/senior. Students and children under 18 free. Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. January 25–26

Cor Cantiamo


HUSKY HEROES Watch demonstrations of husky sled-pulling and skijoring, a winter sport where the dogs pull a person on skis. Children and adults can visit the dogs and sled teams, inspect equipment, and have pictures taken with the rigs. Information will be available about husky adoption for those who fall in love with these canine champions. $15/adult (18–64), $13/senior (65+), $10/child (2–17). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Rte 53, Lisle. January 26 MUSIC

COR CANTIAMO Cor Cantiamo is a professional, 24-voice touring choral ensemble, founded with the mission to perform and promote contemporary choral music and foster new composers for the art form. Since their inception in the spring of 2009, the choir has emerged

as an energetic and accomplished vocal ensemble, receiving accolades for their performances. Free. 3 p.m. Christ Church Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Rd., Oak Brook. January 26 SPECIAL EVENT

BBQ BRISKET MASTER CLASS Get a front-row seat to a barbecue experience that will elevate your cooking to a new level. Whether you want to conquer the cul-de-sac, elevate your current game, or learn competition tricks, this class covers it all. The instructor provides in-depth real-world experience into the craft of producing award-winning barbecue. $100. Noon to 5 p.m. Wannemaker’s Home and Garden, 1940 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove. January 27 THEATER

HOLOCAUST PLAY READINGS: REMEMBERING CHILDREN’S VOICES These readings use the power of theater to commemorate the Holocaust, its remembrance, and its contemporary lessons during International Holocaust Memorial Day, Yom Ha Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), and Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass). Free. 7 p.m. Irion Hall, Buik Recital Hall at Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. January 28 SPECIAL EVENT

Husky Heroes

NATIONAL TREASURE ESCAPE ROOM Work with others to uncover a series of puzzles using elements of the room to “escape” and find the next National Treasure. Free. Registration required. 3 p.m. 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Rd. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / JANUARY 2020 73

prising 75 mixed voices, the St. Olaf Choir is hailed as the nation’s premier a cappella ensemble, renowned for its artistry and beauty of sound. $30/ adult; $10/student. 7:30 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

Whiskey Dinner

January 31 & February 1 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 p.m. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Rte. 53, Lisle. January 30



WINTERFEST Lake Geneva’s Winterfest is a 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.

ST. OLAF CHOIR For more than a century, the St. Olaf Choir has set the gold standard for choral singing, performing for millions around the world. During its 2020 National Winter Tour, the choir will celebrate two milestones: the 100th anniversary of its first tour to the East Coast, as well as the 30th anniversary of conductor Anton Armstrong. Com-


CHOCOLATE, CHEESE & WINE TASTING Enjoy an evening of wine, chocolate, and cheese tastings from around the world. Admission ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, tastings of over 35 wines, and chocolate/cheese samples. All tastings will be available for purchase on the day of the event.

January 29–March 1 THEATER

JEEVES SAVES THE DAY The indefatigable Jeeves and his balmy employer Bertie Wooster return for an all-new adventure in the world premiere of Jeeves Saves the Day, a new comedy by Margaret Raether based on the works of P.G. Wodehouse. Once again, Bertie finds himself suffering the slings and arrows of misfortune at the hands of his relatives, caught between the magisterial machinations of his fierce Aunt Agatha and the plaintive pleadings of his cousin Egbert. Throw in the imperious Sir Roderick Glossup and you’ve got another priceless predicament that cannot be overcome—unless one calls upon the redoubtable Jeeves to save the day. $34–$44. Various times. Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. 74 JANUARY 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

Knoch Knolls Nature Center


January 29–February 2

Proceeds benefit to the Glen Ellyn Park District Scholarship Fund. $40/ ticket in advance; $45/ticket on day of event. 4:30 to 8 p.m. Reserve 22 at Village Links, 485 Winchell Way, Glen Ellyn.

Terry Fator

Award nominee is sure to please. $70–$75. Various times. Drury Lane, 100 Drury Ln., Oakbrook Terrace. January 31 CHARITABLE

MAD FORE PLAID Enjoy 18 holes of minigolf, raffles, appetizers, and awards at this 21+ event benefiting both the DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation and the Wheaton Public Library. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Shotgun start at 7 p.m. $45/individual; $160/foursome. Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., Wheaton.

January 31 & February 1 CHARITABLE

DODGIN’ 4 DOUGH The 13th annual dodge ball event brings together elementary, middle, and high school students—as well as adults—for fun and friendly competition. Proceeds benefit support service projects for students locally, nationally, and internationally. $25/per person. Various times.

January 31 FAMILY

January 31–March 29 THEATER

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Come away with Jerry Mulligan, an American GI doing his best to make it as a painter in the bustling city of Paris following the end of World War II. The

storied streets of the City of Lights become the dance floor to a ravishing and passionate voyage into art, friendship, and love. Set to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, this fourtime Tony Award winner and Grammy

POTTERY: PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT Enjoy a night out while your children ages 7 to 12 have fun learning basic pottery hand-building techniques. All materials provided. $22/resident; $33/ nonresident. 6 to 8 p.m. Studio One, 604 Sindt Ct.




JOHNNY IGUANA The founder and pianist for the Claudettes looks forward to kicking off 2020 in Aurora By Mark Loehrke AN ECLECTIC SOUND I’ve been in punk bands and blues bands, but with the Claudettes I decided to take those barriers down and express all the music I love in one thing. I’ve come around to calling it “garage cabaret,” because the music has kind of a punky energy to it, but it’s rooted in blues, jazz, and soul. A lot of times when a group merges punk and blues it tends to be centered on the guitar, but ours is focused on the piano—almost as if Ray Charles had a ’60s garage band.

PEOPLE MAKE THE WORLD GO ’ROUND I’ve had experiences in the past where the musicians I was playing with were really stressful to be around, and it’s so much better to be in a band with folks I enjoy and who make me feel relaxed and happy. The people in this group are so talented, but even more than that, the energy and the kinship we have is really special and rare. January 24 at The Venue | 21 S. Broadway, Aurora Tickets $10–$15 | 76 JANUARY MAY 2019 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM


EMBRACING EVERY PERFORMANCE Every time we take the stage, we just try to think about how lucky we are and to realize that we don’t really know how many more times we’ll have the opportunity to do this. So we focus on making it special and memorable for both the audience and for ourselves.

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