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the 28th year of the event, and the first climb in the country will be held February 9 at the 31-floor Oakbrook Terrace Tower—the suburbs’ tallest building, which takes an average of nine minutes to climb. The corresponding Chicago event will take place
on March 10, when competitors can chose to climb one, two, three, or all four of the Presidential Towers. “When someone participates in the Fight for Air Climb, they often gasp for air when their lungs burn once they reach the top,” says ALA Executive Director Kristen Young. “This is similar to how it can feel for a person with lung disease every day.” The climbs raise money to help further the ALA’s mission of promoting awareness of lung diseases, raising money for research, and funding local educational programs to help children better manage their asthma and to encourage people to quit smoking. The events draw teams ranging from families to first responders to lawyers. Last year, Young says the youngest climber was 5, while the oldest was 73. They even have teams that are all kids, like local Girl Scouts troops who want to challenge themselves. Several corporations also field teams, including Redbox, Molex, DuPage Medical Group, ComEd, and Kohl’s. Many, including firefighter Richard Gray of the North Riverside Fire Department, do the climbs to support family members who have lung disease. “I started after my father received a right lung transplant in August of 2010,” Gray, 50, says. “Every year, I dedicate my climb to a family member who suffers from lung disease or who has passed away from it.” This month’s Oakbrook Terrace climb will be Gray’s ninth. He also participated twice in the Presidential Towers Climb in Chicago. Several area fire departments partake in the ALA’s First Responders Challenge. Firefighters must do the climb in full gear, including helmets, hoods, pants, coats, gloves, boots, and air packs, which can tack on an extra 45 pounds. Not to be outdone, the Oakbrook event also has a category for police officers. In 2018, Elmhurst took the top spots in both the fire and police challenges. For more information on the ALA Fight for Air Climbs, visit lung.org.
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Peterson started cooking as a young girl with her mother and owned a restaurant and a small catering company before appearing on several cooking competition shows, including Master Chef and Cutthroat Kitchen. The ESPN tour wasn’t the only football time Peterson has logged. Her oldest son, Alex, played at Butler, while her son, Luke, plays at Naperville Central. Her daughter Francesca also goes to Central. So, what will Peterson be serving on Super Bowl Sunday? “Super Bowl parties are the ultimate tailgate,” she says. “I’ll be hosting a big tailgate party this year and will be serving all sorts of favorites from the book: deviled bacon, a charcuterie table, chicken and waffle cupcakes, an epic chili bar, and bloody mary Jell-O shots.”
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tumped on what to bring to this year’s Super Bowl party? Football mom and Naperville resident Beth Peterson can help. Her book The Tailgate Cookbook was released in August by Cedar Fort, and features recipes that bring a new twist to traditional football food. Peterson draws from her days as a brand ambassador for Sam’s Club and Coke Zero, when she traveled around the country every weekend for two years on the ESPN Collegiate Game Day Tour. “Part of my job was to evaluate some of the top tailgates to find the best in the country,” says Peterson, 50. “It was incredibly interesting how regionality played a huge part in the food served at tailgates around the country—from jambalaya in Louisiana, to freshly caught salmon in the Northeast, to low country seafood boil in the Southeast.” Through her tailgating travels, Peterson noticed appetizers, side dishes, and desserts were by and large prepared by women, yet most available tailgate cookbooks focused almost exclusively on grilling recipes, traditionally the men’s domain. “The book highlights all of the dishes that women bring,” says Peterson. “It’s beautifully styled and photographed. Although men will enjoy it, the book has a feminine feel to it.” The Tailgate Cookbook features appetizers like crab, shrimp, and andouille gumbo dip; sushi donuts; and pomegranate guacamole; alongside such main dishes as adobo lamb pops with char-roasted poblano dipping sauce and a brown bag salmon; and winds up with dessert recipes, including hot chocolate grill cupcakes; Honeycrisp apple panna cotta; and coconut, lime, and avocado Popsicles. But don’t worry—there are still plenty of traditional tailgate food recipes as well. Nachos and deviled eggs are well represented, along with several chili variations.
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By Judy Goldman (Talese/Doubleday) When Judy Goldman’s husband reads a newspaper ad for an injection to alleviate back pain, the outpatient procedure sounds like the answer to his longtime backaches—until the procedure leaves him paralyzed. Overnight, Goldman finds herself thrown into a new role as his advocate, seeking solutions to help him win back his independence. By Gottman, Gottman, Abrams, and Abrams (Workman Publishing) Eight Dates offers an ingenious and simple-to-implement approach to effective relationship communication, providing a step-by-step guide for eight dates focused on make-or-break issues: trust, conflict, sex, money, family, adventure, spirituality, and dreams.
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DOWNERS GROVE Representative for the 6th Congressional District and amateur musician Sean Casten shares his favorite spots to jam By Lisa Arnett
No apostrophe needed A farmer named Pierce Downer founded the village in 1832. Though grammatically incorrect, the village is called Downers Grove rather than Downer’s Grove.
Sizing it up The Village of Downers Grove is 14.31 square miles, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Quick trip The shortest express train to Chicago’s Union Station from Downers Grove’s Main Street station via Metra’s Burlington-Northern Santa Fe line is 25 minutes.
Summer nights Downers Grove’s annual summer festival is Rotary GroveFest, held in late June.
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onsidering Representative Sean Casten’s background as a scientist, it is no surprise that he took a methodical approach to selecting which Chicago suburb to reside in. When relocating to Illinois in 2007—to cofound Recycled Energy Development in Westmont—Casten and his wife, Kara, wanted to raise their two daughters in a community that was as diverse as possible. “This is where things get really nerdy,” Casten says. “I built a spreadsheet with every town that was in a 20-mile radius.” He logged data for myriad factors—income, ratio of renters to homeowners, racial and religious diversity—and found Oak Park ranked first. “I talked to people out here and they said, ‘That’s great, but you don’t want to risk an Eisenhower commute every day.’ ” No. 2 on the list was Downers Grove, which charmed the Castens with its downtown district dotted with restaurants, shops, and historic fixtures such as the Tivoli. Read on for few of Casten’s favorites. ILLUSTRATION BY MAEVE NORTON
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“The single coolest thing that has happened in the Downers Grove community, that we did not remotely anticipate, was the Pierce Downers Parents’ Battle of the Bands,” Casten says. The annual fundraiser at this Irish pub has given Casten the opportunity to dust off his keyboard, and over the years the event has kickstarted the formation of a number of bands that play local venues. Ballydoyle is known for its Irish pub fare and plentiful beer taps and live music lineup. “It is an awesome place to play,” Casten says. 5157 Main St., 630.969.0600, ballydoylepub.com
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“The girls love Emmett’s,” says Casten of his daughters, Audrey and Gwen. “It’s our go-to.” The space is divided into three areas: a bustling bar, a cozy booth-lined dining room, and a private event space. House brews such as Cow Tipper milk stout and Peace Keeper American wheat ale are available anywhere you sit. 5200 Main St., 630.434.8500 emmettsbrewingco.com
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The Casten family digs the tacos at this cute counter-service shop, where the friendly staff stuffs corn tortillas with fresh and tasty fillings ranging from pineapple-topped al pastor to chipotle mayo-drizzled fried fish. Housemade salsas, crispy tortilla chips, thirst-quenching aguas frescas, and the namesake guacamole round out the offerings. 4948 Main St., 630.395.9373, guacntacos.com
“We certainly enjoy the Tivoli,” Casten says. When the movie theater first opened in 1928, it was the second in the country to show films with sound. In the basement of the same building you’ll find Tivoli Bowl, where Casten had his band have played. 5021 Highland Ave., classiccinemas.com/tivoli
In addition to stocking a slew of musical instruments and equipment, Evolution hosts concerts and lessons and operates a recording studio. Casten has also played at this music shop and venue, housed in a building with a unique history. “It’s the old Freemasons’ hall,” Casten says of the brick Tudor-style building with picturesque arched doorways. 923 Curtiss St., 630.541.5022 evolutionmusicstore.com
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think Downers has done a nice job of being very Jane Jacobs in its construction,” says Casten, referring to the Canadian-American author who championed mixed-use developments in cities. “A lot of mixed-use areas means there are always people out in the downtown.” Having places for people to live, work, and shop definitely contributes to making downtown Downers Grove a hub for residents and visitors. New bars and restaurants opened in the past year include rock-themed Cadence Kitchen & Co. (5101 Mochel Drive, 630.442.7631, cadencekitchen.co), beer/burger/ bourbon-centric Pierce Tavern (5135 Main St., 630.869.5333, piercetavern.com), and Orange & Brew (1027 Burlington, 630.541.3880, orangeandbrewbottleshop.com), where you can
sip craft beers at the bar or buy bottles to take home. Three new residential developments in Downers Grove have opened in the past year as well. Marquis on Maple (940 Maple Ave., the marquisonmaple.com) has 55 condos just a half block off Main Street, while the 89 apartment rentals at Burlington Station (5100 Forest Ave., liveindowners.com) are steps from the Downers Grove Library and the Metra station. The most recent to open is Maple & Main (1010 Maple Ave., mapleandmainapartments.com), a mixed-use six-story development with 115 apartments for rent and retail space on the first floor. The building features a lounge, pool, and sun deck with outdoor fireplaces and a picturesque wooden pergola visible from the sidewalk below.
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ack when she was first setting out on the path of higher education, Dr. Manal Ibrahim decided to go in a different direction than her friends who were heading off to medical school. In choosing biomedical engineering to focus on designing prosthetic limbs, Ibrahim was looking to both make a difference in the lives of patients and indulge her creativity. But a chance run-in with an old friend soon got her thinking about dental school—and the rest, as they say, is history. After her first specialty in prosthodontics (essentially designing prosthetics for the mouth), Ibrahim soon found a home amid the rapidly changing world of her second specialty of orthodontics, leading her to the 2002 orthodontic breakthrough by Align Technology known as Invisalign. Fast-forward a decade and a half, and her Innovative Orthodontic Centers (IOC) practice is one of the top Invisalign providers in the world. “Invisalign is a great option for patients who might have been avoiding orthodontic treatment because they didn’t want to deal with braces and wires,” Ibrahim says. “The plastic trays are so much more comfortable and convenient.” Invisalign is but one example of the steadfast use of the very latest technology to assist in the diagnosis, planning, and execution for a variety of treatments at IOC. Because Ibrahim is still just as focused on the twin passions of patient care and technological innovation as she was when she first got into orthodontics. “In terms of predictability and efficiency and comfort, technology can have a significant impact on creating a great patient experience and outcome,” she says. “A lot of people think that orthodontics is the same as it was in the ’80s, regardless of where you go, but that’s just not true. Technology has truly been a gamechanger in this field.”
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FULL STRENGTH These compound moves stimulate multiple joints and muscle groups By Danica Osborn In addition to being a trainer at the Naperville Park District’s Fort Hill Fitness facility, I’m a busy mom of four—so I need my workouts to be effective and efficient. Because of this, I’m a sucker for compound multipurpose/multijoint exercises that give you more bang for your buck. Try out these moves for some great full-body conditioning with minimum time commitment.
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With abs engaged, start in a tabletop position with a medium-to-heavy weight in the right hand. Extend the left leg out parallel to the floor, engaging glutes. Keeping the left arm aligned to bear the body’s weight (stack the wrist, elbow, and shoulder), extend the right arm back parallel to the floor, then hinge at the elbow and bring the weight forward again. Repeat on the same side for 10 reps, then switch arms and legs. Modify Kneel with both knees.
GOAL Incorporate compound exercises that are time-efficient muscle builders PLAN 8–12 reps of each exercise EQUIPMENT Dumbbells, exercise mat BEAR CRAWL FLIES RENEGADE ROW BURPEE
Start in a plank position, holding two medium-heavy weights about shoulder-width apart. Keep the left arm tight against the body, row the right weight upwards, and hold for a moment while balancing on the other hand and feet, keeping hips square to the floor. Repeat with right arm, then spring up to feet and jump once, then return to start position. Modify Lower onto knees instead of a full plank, and step into standing and plank position, rather than jumping.
Start in a tabletop position on a mat—aligning wrists, elbows, and shoulders—with a light-to-medium weight in the right hand. Engage the core and lift knees off the floor so that they hover just above the mat. Perform 10 flies with the right arm, keeping hips square to the floor and a small bend in the elbow, while raising weight to shoulder height. Modify Keep knees on the floor and perform flies in tabletop position.
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Start with two heavy weights hovering just above your shoulders. Lift arms up into a shoulder press (avoiding locking out elbows), lower arms, then set the weights down on the floor just outside feet while performing a squat (feet aligned with hips). Jump back into a standing position and squat again to retrieve the weights. Return to starting position. Modify Use lighter weights and/or take the jump out of the move. Standing and squeezing the glutes at the top can activate a lot of the same muscles.
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Hold one heavy weight at chest height, with both hands in front of you. Keeping the weight stationary, step back into a reverse lunge so legs form two 90-degree angles, with your back knee hovering just above the floor. Alternate legs. Modify For a progression, add some plyometrics by jumping into the reverse lunge position as you alternate.
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Standing tall, holding two heavy weights down in front of you, with palms facing one another. Keeping your chest up and hips back, step right foot out wide to the side into a deep side lunge with toes and knees pointing in the same direction (one leg will be bent at the knee and one leg will be long and extended to the side). Perform one set of bicep curls, then push back into the starting position, driving through the whole foot. Repeat with left foot. Modify Use lighter weights, and/or modify depth of side lunge.
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Harley Jones takes on the ever-changing challenges of today’s teens By Julie Duffin
roviding services to youth, including substance use prevention education, counseling, and housing in the Naperville/Aurora area, 360 Youth Services has been a lifeline to area teens for over 45 years. Since January 2018, the nonprofit has been led by Naperville resident Harley Jones, a man with a passion for helping others and a vision for making the world a better place. Jones didn’t plan a career in nonprofit work—in fact, his plan was to become a history professor. “I studied history in school and began teaching at the college level, so I’ve always had an interest in something larger than myself,” Jones explains. It wasn’t until 32 FEBRUARY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
graduate school that he had an opportunity to try volunteer work. “I was the first one in my family to go to college, so I never volunteered in high school. When I went to college, I worked the entire time to afford it,” he explains. The pivotal moment came when Jones decided to volunteer with AmeriCorps. “Within two weeks of making that decision, I found myself on a Red Cross truck after the third hurricane hit Florida in 2004, handing out food and water to people who hadn’t had electricity for three weeks. I was hooked. That was really my first opportunity to volunteer or serve on a mission. It really changed my entire life, especially my career.”
We’re building a robust strategic plan to ensure we remain a dynamic and reactive community partner that continues to meet the needs of our youth.” —Harley Jones
Jones had just returned home after spending 45 days in Houston helping the victims of Hurricane Harvey, when the opportunity to work for 360 arose. “It came at the exact right time. Here was a great organization with an
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Jones spent 15 years with the Red Cross, running disaster relief programs, first in the Peoria area and then in Chicago. “I lived in Naperville almost six years while I was working out of the Chicago office, but I spent 90 percent of my time on the road, either in the city or traveling following disasters,” he says.
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LONG-STANDING, EVER-EVOLVING 360 Youth Services began in 1971 when a group of parents, community, and religious leaders recognized the need for professional youth-centered services in Naperville. They formed a council that eventually became the nonprofit organization Naperville Community Outreach. In 2011 the organization changed its name to 360 Youth Services to better reflect its mission and vision. Since taking the helm last year, Jones has been analyzing where the organization has been and where it’s headed. “We’re building a robust strategic plan to ensure we remain a dynamic and reactive community partner that continues to meet the needs of our youth,” Jones explains. “We’re also working to ensure that our wonderful and deeply committed staff members continue to have what they need to meet the challenges youth face now and in the future.” He raves about the professionalism and commitment of the 360 staff and is grateful for all those in the community who work tirelessly without fanfare. “360 is an organization with more than 45 years of work experience in the community. My hope is that as we move into the next 45 years, we can all make a commitment to focus on our youth as our best resource for the future.”
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NAPERSCENE 1 Don and Jane Brooks purchased this Blackhawks painting created during the live auction by Art Beat Live performance artist Elliott From. 2 State representatives Grant Wehrli, Keith Wheeler, and Tim Butler pose with Abraham Lincoln impersonator Michael Krebs in front of the Laughing Lincoln statue. 3 Dr. F. David Cox with Carolyn and John Roscich. 4 Guests peruse 10 silent auction items and 25 raffle baskets.
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Illinois actor Michael Krebs—spoke and posed for photos at the event. Guests also enjoyed a gallery exhibition by Century Walk artists, a virtual tour of art locations, as well as music and artistic performances. “Lincoln is probably the most written-about and sculpted president in history,” Century Walk board member Brand Bobosky stated. “We wanted our version to stand out by portraying him in his younger years, as the great storyteller he was.” The bronze-cast sculpture, created by Wyoming artist David Alan Clark, is the 50th location of public art installed by the local public art program.
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n December 2, Naperville Century Walk hosted its Bicentennial Birthday Bash in conjunction with the State of Illinois’s 200th birthday. The event included the dedication of the Laughing Lincoln sculpture in Central Park, followed by an afternoon of fundraising and celebration at North Central College’s Wentz Hall. Mayor Steve Chirico and state representative Grant Wehrli unveiled the sculpture of a 30-year-old Abraham Lincoln sitting on a cornerstone. Its placement marks the site of the first DuPage County Courthouse in the heart of DuPage’s oldest community, Naperville. President Lincoln—portrayed by
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the time has come to embark on this much-needed campaign,” says WSHS board president Jennifer Bahlmann. “Our goal is to build a responsible and efficient shelter that provides dignity and safety for the animals, all while designing a special place that will attract more visitors for adoption and public education.” Cochairs Colette Loesher and Roy Thygesen lead the capital campaign. Loesher, a Wood Dale resident, serves as senior vice president and regional manager at Old Second National Bank. Thygesen, a resident of Downers Grove, is the northern Illinois market chairman at Busey Bank. Located on Ogden Avenue several blocks east of Belmont Road, the new facility will be constructed on land the organization already owns. Groundbreaking is slated for late spring or early summer 2019. To make a donation, visit wshs-dg.org.—MD
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and eye-opening experience. It was a very successful launch to the KPI program in Cambodia, which will only continue to grow and impact society.” The Geneva resident was referred to KPI by St. Francis High School assistant varsity soccer coach Anne Poulin, who chose Zimmer for her success on the soccer field, as well as her leadership qualities. The Wheaton Fire Department recently raised more than $2,000 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association through its Fill the Boot campaign. The International Association of Firefighters is the MDA’s largest supporter, raising $558 million since 1954.
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Zimmer was tasked with teaching respect through playing games and guiding discussions. She says that working with the children really impacted her life. “Playing and interacting with children, despite language and cultural barriers, was a beautiful experience as I was able to connect with them through soccer. … The trip was a huge learning
The Edward Foundation has awarded $20,000 in scholarships to these Edward Hospital student volunteers, who greet visitors, deliver flowers, transport patients, and assist behind the scenes at the hospital: Crista Thyvelikakath (Waubonsie Valley), Claire Dause (Benet Academy), Alana
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Bus riders going to H.C. Storm Elementary on Friday mornings are somewhat older than the district’s typical student—by a few decades. Senior residents of Batavia’s the Holmstad retirement community have been volunteering one day a week at the school to help kindergarteners and first- and second-grade students with their reading skills for the last three years. Principal Anne Paonessa appreciates having community partners providing student support, and loves the intergenerational aspect of the partnership with the retirement community. “The group from Holmstad have so much to offer
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SHOP Here’s what Husami says about the store and how he and his business partner, Greg Armich, started working together. What was the genesis of Syrah Home? I was a corporate lawyer who fell in love with lighting and tried my hand at designing it. I was thinking of leaving the (legal) field and my wife said, “Go for it.” We’d met Greg when he had a furniture store in Logan Square. We were like, “Wow. This store is great.” Greg and I hit it off and kept in touch, and eventually I popped the question [about creating a store]. It was a mutually beneficial cooperation. What makes the lighting and the furniture cohesive? Both have this handmade element —it’s the common denominator. The furniture has these beautiful colors and hand carvings, and the lights have the handmade shades. They pair very well together. What types of home design styles does the furniture work with? It’s suitable for any setting—even modern. The colors, the hand carving—they add a touch of eclectic charm.
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co-owner Mateen Husami, who is just as fascinated by the illumination they provide as he is with the interesting shadows the shades cast. The store at 233 South Main Street, which was previously located in Evanston, is in the heart of downtown Naperville, where people can pop in to find everything from Turkish mosaic chandeliers to Thai silk scarves to rustic furniture or hand-hammered shades in copper or other metals.
How does your co-owner find the artists who design the furniture you carry? Greg is a “roughing it” type of traveler. He goes into the alleys and finds these workshops that make the pieces by hand using reclaimed wood. Our prices range from $150 for a side table to $1,000 for a large cabinet. Our prices are good because we don’t have middle men. We go direct to the workshops. You could go to Home Depot to get a light, but this is all handmade. What does lighting mean to you? Light is functional, but it’s also beautiful. The shadows are what create the mystery. They reflects the passage of time, and isn’t everyone, since they were little, mesmerized by their shadows? Can you describe the range of lighting fixtures the store offers? There are globes made of spun wire that create striations of light and have a very organic feel. There are hand-
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anene Salomon and her husband took on an ambitious five-phase overhaul of their Lisle home in 2016. “We needed to update the whole house,” says Salomon. “It was really dark and closed off.” The two-year project managed by Joan Kaufman of Interior Planning & Design totally transformed the contemporary house. “I loved this project,” says Kaufman. “It’s pretty rare that you have a client that lets you be creative.” Kaufman’s spa-like plan for the master bathroom created such a relaxing oasis for the couple that it resulted in a 2018 design excellence award by the American Society of Interior Designers’ Illinois chapter.—MD 42 FEBRUARY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
A traditional sofa is purposely absent from the Salomon’s cozy front living room. “People like chairs better for conversation,” explains Kaufman. Other creative features of the room include a repainted bedroom armoire, plus carpet that was cut and bound into the shape of a circle—which Kaufman says is much less expensive than purchasing a round rug. “It’s a very conversational room,” says Salomon. “If I have some girlfriends over we’ll have a glass of wine in there, or if we sit in there and read, we’ll pop in with a book.”
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TABLE FOR TWO restaurant in downtown Naperville (224 South Main Street, 630.536.8862, allegorynaperville.com). “I put my own blood, sweat, and tears into getting this place just the way I wanted it, and I have my hands on everything we’re doing—from the design to the menu to the music.” PROLOGUE That drive to put his mark on every aspect of Allegory starts with the look and feel of the room itself, which features reclaimed barn wood, metal siding, and end-grain wood flooring that Mason spent six months crafting and installing by hand (with the help of his retired father), in an attempt to give the place the intimate, relaxed vibe of a cozy backyard get-together. Mission accomplished on this front, as it quickly becomes hard to even recall just how different the place felt as the longtime home of Heaven on Seven. The story continues across the compact but wide-ranging menu, which follows no distinct pattern other than a decided focus on madefrom-scratch dishes utilizing seasonal,
STORY TIME Chef-owner Christopher Mason’s Allegory tells his evolving tale By Mark Loehrke
iven the substantial payingof-dues time and effort and that goes into it, the longgestating dream of opening one’s own restaurant is usually about much more for the proprietor than just selling food. A grocery store sells food, and a restaurant sells a story. So after a long career of helping other people realize
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their restaurant visions as an industry consultant, it’s more than fitting that Chris Mason decided to incorporate the notion of storytelling right into the name of the first place he could truly call his own. “Over time, I hope the story I’m telling is my own,” Mason says of Allegory, his eclectically personal
locally grown ingredients. Rotating— based on availability and Mason’s restless whims—are a handful each of appetizers (smalls), salads (foliage), sandwiches (hands-y), and entrées (biggs), all complemented by a drink menu that includes a variety of local beers, a well-chosen selection of Italian and French wines, and several imaginative cocktails. VORACIOUS READERS Digging into those various chapters of the menu is where the fun really starts,
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Allegory is a cozy new eatery in downtown Naperville.
I put my own blood, sweat, and tears into getting this place just the way I wanted it, and I have my hands on everything we’re doing— from the design to the menu to the music.”
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as we perused the fancifully titled choices before settling on a shared pair of table-setters in the Dorf of Sorts salad—Mason’s piled-high take on the classic Waldorf, replete with cranberries, grapes, apple chunks, and candied walnuts—and the tempura squash rings appetizer, lightly fried and nicely spiced wedges. While entrées like pan-seared trout and pheasant pot pie beckoned from the “biggs” slate, we opted for a couple of sandwiches for our main course and never looked back. The standout of the Veg Out for veg-heads and meat-eaters alike was the delectable pretzel bun into which it was tucked. (If Mason and his crew are actually baking these things onsite, ask for about a dozen to take home.) On the other side of the table, meanwhile, the Phil E. Sangwich was inspiring plenty of brotherly love with its fire-roasted red and green peppers, a trio of gooey cheeses, and a heap of succulent prime rib commingling atop a thick bed of sourdough. Despite being grouped with the other sandwiches under the “hands-y” label, this was a knife-and-fork experience all the way. Of course, no good story can be complete without a well-written ending, but our initial concern upon not seeing dessert options on the menu was allayed as our server ticked off five tempting possibilities. And while settling on grandma’s pumpkin pie (a largely straightforward take on the autumnal classic) amid a host of more adventurous-sounding options may have seemed like a missed opportunity for one last unexpected twist in the story of this night, it instead brought us back to that feeling Mason was trying to create all along: The comfort of home.
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Buffalo milk butter is produced with pasteurized creams from the buffalo milk collected from Parma and Reggio Emilia family-owned farms in Italy. An eight-ounce block of the Delitia-brand butter can be purchased in the Che Figata Market for $7.50.
BLUE CRAB WITH TAGLIATELLE AND BUFFALO BROWN BUTTER Yield: 2 servings 10 2 1 1 ¼ 2 4 12 ½ 2 1
blue crab claws slices bacon, diced shallot, sliced clove garlic, sliced lemon, juiced tablespoons sage, finely diced ounce buffalo milk butter ounces tagliatelle pasta winter squash, diced sprigs thyme tablespoon parsley, chopped extra virgin olive oil brown sugar salt and pepper
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set a pot of salted water to boil. Toss peeled, diced squash with thyme, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and olive oil on a cookie sheet. Roast for 30 minutes or until tender, not mushy. Do not overcook.
Meanwhile, brown diced bacon in a sauté pan until crispy. Remove pieces, saving fat and drippings.
Add claws, garlic, and shallot to pan of drippings, stirring to ensure even cooking. When partially cooked, add ½ cup water. Cover and cook 2 minutes, or until hot.
Remove claws. Discard the onion, garlic and water.
Reheat the pan to medium-high, add buffalo butter and cook until browned with a nutty scent.
Add sage, pasta, claws, bacon, and roasted squash.
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Drain pasta and add to pan with other ingredients.
10 Add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste to brighten and round out the flavors. 11 Plate and enjoy this romantic meal for two. Recipe courtesy Che Figata executive chef and founder Mark Grimes
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LOCAL FLAVOR AMERICAN ADELLE’S FINE AMERICAN FARE, $$$ 535 West Liberty Drive, Wheaton 630.784.8015, adelles.com ALLEGORY $$$ 224 South Main Street, Naperville 630.536.8862, allegorynaperville.com ALLGAUER’S $$ 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle | 630.245.7650 hiltonlislenaperville.com/allgauers-restaurant ARROWHEAD RESTAURANT AND BAR $$$ 26W151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton 630.653.5800, arrowheadgolfclub.org ARTISAN TABLE $$$ 1801 North Naperville Road, Naperville 630.505.4900, chicagomarriottnaperville.com ATWATER’S AT THE HERRINGTON INN $$$ 15 South River Lane, Geneva 630.208.7433, herringtoninn.com
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BARREL & RYE $$ 477 South Third Street, Suite 184, Geneva 630.402.0647, barrelandrye.com BLACK ROCK BAR & GRILL $$$ 2740 West 75th Street, Naperville 630.445.8648, blackrockrestaurants.com BOARD & BARREL $$ 218 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.555.1212, restaurantnaperville.com
THE BURGER SOCIAL $$ 108 North Hale Street, Wheaton 630.480.0458, theburgersocial.com CADENCE KITCHEN $$$ 5101 Mochel Drive, Downers Grove 630.422.7631, cadencekitchen.co THE CAPITAL GRILLE $$$$ 87 Yorktown Center, Lombard 630.627.9800, thecapitalgrille.com CATCH 35 $$$ 35 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.717.3500, catch35.com CHINN’S 34TH STREET FISHERY $$$ 3011 West Ogden Avenue, Lisle 630.637.1777, chinnsfishery.com CITYGATE GRILLE $$$ 2020 Calamos Court, Naperville 630.718.1010, citygategrille.com CLUB ARCADA $$ 105 East Main Street, St. Charles 630.962.7000, clubarcada.com COLONIAL CAFE $ 1101 South Washington Street, Naperville 1961 West Galena Road, Aurora 1625 East Main Street, St. Charles 552 Randall Road, St. Charles colonialcafe.com
NEWLY OPENED BEATRIX Lettuce Entertain You’s city coffeehouse-meets-restaurant concept will open its first suburban location this month in one of Oakbrook Center’s outlets. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, the menu emphasizes comfort food with a healthful twist—try the turkey, sweet potato, and greens “neatloaf,” quinoa cakes with poached eggs, or chili- and chocolate-glazed salmon. 272 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630.491.1415, beatrixrestaurants.com
MOVEABLE FEAST + COMPANY Wheaton natives Matt and Ashley Marquez have expanded their culinary endeavors—including a Geneva café/catering company of the same name and Aurora’s Company 251 wedding and event venue—to include a full-service restaurant with a twist. The downtown Wheaton eatery will offer counter- and full-service dining, plus a walk-up window for a quick coffee or bite to go. 112 N. Hale St., Wheaton 630.868.3777, moveablefeastandco.com NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / FEBRUARY 2019 55
HAMPTON SOCIAL $$$ 705 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge 630.219.0009, thehamptonsocial.com
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HARRY & EDDIE’S $$ 29 East First Street, Hinsdale 630.590.9047, harryandeddies.com HOPVINE BREWING COMPANY $$ 4030 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora 630.229.6030, hopvinebrewingcompany.com HOLY MACKEREL! $$$ 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard 630.953.3444, harrycarays.com
Resident chef Brad Hudetz (Green Street Smoked Meats, Alinea, Spiaggia) and his brother Justin have opened a fast-casual kitchen in Plainfield centered around a massive 4,200-pound, wood-burning smoker they have dubbed “Smoke Force One.” Shipped direct from Mesquite, Texas, the smoker now resides in Station One Smokehouse (15025 S. Des Plaines St., Plainfield, 815.271.6328, stationonesmokehouse.com), an old firehouse they converted into an authentic Central-Texas barbecue experience. “The renovation of our town’s longtime firehouse has been quite an undertaking,” says Justin. “We’re happy to say that although the space looks very different, we have taken many measures throughout our decor to pay homage to the building’s history.” The brisket, pastrami, pork, sausage, and chicken are all sourced from Midwest farmers. Try the Frito Pie—smoked brisket chili served with queso and pickled jalapeños piled in a bag of Fritos—or the (Sunday-only) Bloody Mary, topped with celery, pickled vegetables, pork belly, and brisket burnt ends.
COOPER’S HAWK WINERY & RESTAURANT $$$ 1740 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.245.8000, chwinery.com THE CRAFTSMAN BY TWO BROTHERS $$$ 16 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.615.7100, thecraftsmannaperville.com CRAFT URBAN $$$ 211 James Street, Geneva 331.248.8161, crafturban.com DRAFT PICKS $$ 523 Fairway Drive, Naperville 630.904.1111, draftpicksnaperville.com EDDIE MERLOT’S $$$$ 28254 Diehl Road, Warrenville 630.393.1900, eddiemerlots.com EGG HARBOR CAFÉ $ 175 West Jackson Avenue, Naperville 630.548.1196, eggharborcafe.com 56 FEBRUARY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
EGGS INC. CAFÉ $ 220 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.171.5555, eggsincorporated.com ELMHURST BREWING COMPANY $$ 171 North Addison Street, Elmhurst 630.834.2739, elmhurstbrewing.com EMMETT’S BREWING CO. $$ 5200 Main Street, Downers Grove 630.434.8500, emmettsbrewingco.com EMPIRE BURGERS & BREW $$ 48 West Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.355.9000, empireburgerbar.com FOXFIRE $$$ 17 West State Street, Geneva 630.232.1369, foxfiregeneva.com GRANITE CITY FOOD & BREWERY $$ 1828 Abriter Court, Naperville 630.544.3700, gcfb.net
IKE AND OAK BREWING CO. $$ 6315 Main Street, Woodridge 331.998.2907, ideandoakbrewing.com IVY OF WHEATON $$ 120 North Hale Street, Wheaton 630.665.2489, ivyofwheaton.com JACKSON AVENUE PUB $$ 7 West Jackson Avenue, Naperville 630.904.9400, jacksonavepub.com J. FLEMING’S ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS $$$ 18 North Cass Avenue, Westmont 630.434.0224, willbeyourchef.com JIMMY’S GRILL $$ 245 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.548.2500, jimmysgrillnaperville.com THE LANTERN $ 8 West Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.355.7099, lanterntavern.com LE CHOCOLAT DU BOUCHARD $$ 127–129 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.355.5720, lechocolatdubouchard.com LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN $$ 204 South Washington Street, Naperville 331.215.5789, lepainquotidien.com MAIZE + MASH $$ 430 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn 630.547.2540, maizeplusmash.com MEATHEADS SERIOUS BURGERS & FRIES $ 2555 West 75th Street, Naperville 630.355.6066, meatheadsburgers.com
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HUGO’S FROG BAR & FISH HOUSE $$$ 55 South Main Street, Naperville 630.548.3764, hugosfrogbar.com
MELTING POT $$$$ 4931 Route 59, Naperville 630.717.8301, meltingpot.com MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE $$$$ 1751 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.577.1372, mortons.com THE NEST BAR & GRILL $$$ 2001 Rodeo Drive, Bolingbrook 630.771.9400, bolingbrookgolfclub.com OLD TOWN POUR HOUSE $$ 1703 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.448.6020, oldtownpourhouse.com ORANGE & BREW $$ 1027 Burlington Avenue, Downers Grove 630.541.3880, orangeandbrewbottleshop.com PAISANS PIZZERIA $$ 2901 Ogden Avenue, Lisle 630.922.4100, paisanspizza.com PARKERS’ RESTAURANT & BAR $$$ 1000 31st Street, Downers Grove 630.960.5700, parkersamerican.com PEANUTS BAR AND GRILL $ 22 West Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.369.5200, peanutsbarandgrill.com PERRY’S STEAKHOUSE & GRILLE $$$ Five Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630.571.1808, perryssteakhouse.com PETE MILLER’S $$$ 3032 English Rows, Naperville 630.428.4242, petemillers.com PIERCE TAVERN $$$ 5135 Main Street, Downers Grove 630.869.5333, piercetavern.com PIZZERIA NEO $$ 31 South First Street, St. Charles 630.377.8700, pizzerianeo.com PLANK BAR & KITCHEN $$ 120 Water Street, Naperville 331.401.5500, hotelindigo.com/napervilleil PRIMO $$ 29 South Third Street, Geneva 630.232.2280, allchocolatekitechenprimo.com RBK AMERICAN GRILL $$ 994 Warren Avenue, Downers Grove 331.251.6780, rbkdg.com NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / FEBRUARY 2019 57
RED ARROW TAP ROOM $$ 216 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.536.8739, redarrowtaproom.com
TAP IN PUB & CARVERY $$ 2155 CityGate Lane, Naperville 331.457.5798, tapinpub.com
WALKER'S CHARHOUSE $$$ 8 West Gartner Drive, Naperville 630.637.6988, walkerscharhouse.net
SANTO CIELO $$$ 120 Water Street, Suite 509, Naperville 630.323.0700, stcielo.com
TED’S MONTANA GRILL $$$ 39 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.848.2255, tedsmontanagrill.com
WHEATSTACK $$$ 5900 South Route 53, Lisle 630.968.1920, wheatstacklisle.com
SEASONS 52 $$$ 3 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630.571.4752, seasons52.com
THE TURF ROOM $$ 1033 Kilbery Lane, North Aurora 630.906.9300, theturfroomrestaurant.com
WHITE CHOCOLATE GRILL $$ 1803 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.505.8300, whitechocolategrill.com
SHARKO’S BBQ $$ 1715 Freedom Drive, Naperville 4931 South Route 59, Naperville sharkosbbq.com SIXTYFOUR–A WINE BAR $$ 123 Water Street, Naperville 630.780.6464, sixtyfourwinebar.com SOVEREIGN $$$ 24205 West Lockport Street, Plainfield 815.556.8577, sovereigntap.com SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE $$$ 244 South Main Street, Naperville 630.305.0230, sullivanssteakhouse.com
TWO BROTHERS ROUNDHOUSE $$ 205 North Broadway, Aurora 630.264.2739, twobrothersroundhouse.com TWO BROTHERS TAP HOUSE $$ 30W315 Calumet Avenue West, Warrenville 630.393.2337, twobrothersbrewing.com UP NORTH ALE HOUSE $$ 1595 North Aurora Road, Naperville 630.946.6494 VICTORY MEAT & SEAFOOD $$$ 116 North York Street, Elmhurst 630.359.5599, victorymeatandseafood.com
WILDWOOD $$$ 477 South Third Street, Geneva 630.377.8325, wildwoodsteak.com ZORBA LOUNGE $ 2139 CityGate Lane, Naperville 630.579.4100, zorbalounge.com
ITALIAN ANGELI’S $$$ 1478 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.420.1370, angeliscatering.com AURELIO’S $$ 1975 Springbrook Square Drive, Naperville 630.922.3600, aureliospizza.com
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BIAGGI’S $$ 2752 Showplace Drive, Naperville 630.428.8500, biaggis.com
FIRE + WINE $$$ 433 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn 630.793.9955, fireandwine.net
LA SORELLA DI FRANCESCA $$$ 18 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.961.2706, miafrancesca.com
BRACONI’S $ 796 Royal St. George Drive, Naperville 630.717.9530, braconis.com
FONTINA'S ITALIAN KITCHEN $$ 1767 West Ogden Avenue, Naperville 630.717.7821, thefontinas.com
LAVAZZA ESPRESSIONS $ 2155 Citygate Lane, Naperville 630.579.4100, lavazzanaperville.com
BRICKS WOOD FIRED PIZZA & CAFÉ $$ 1763 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.799.6860, brickswoodfiredpizza.com
GIA MIA PIZZA BAR $$ 106 North Hale Street, Wheaton 13 North Third Street, Geneva giamiapizzabar.com
LIVIA ITALIAN EATERY $$$ 207 South Third Street, Geneva 116 East Schiller Street, Elmhurst liviaitalianeatery.com
CAPRI SOGNO $$ 24102 West Lockport Street, Plainfield 815.733.5815, caprisogno.com
FRANCESCA’S PASSAGGIO $$$ 3124 South Route 59, Naperville 630.946.0600, miafrancesca.com
LOU MALNATI’S PIZZERIA $ 131 West Jefferson Street, Naperville 630.717.0700, loumalnatis.com
CHE FIGATA $$$ 2155 CityGate Lane, Suite 103, Naperville 630.579.3210, chefigatakitchen.com
GIORDANO’S $$ 119 South Main Street, Naperville 630.428.2111, giordanos.com
MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY $$ 1847 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.536.2270, maggianos.com
CLARA’S PASTA $$ 6550 South Route 53, Woodridge 630.968.8899, clarasrestaurant.com
HARRY CARAY'S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE $$$ 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard 630.953.3400, harrycarays.com
MIDICI THE NEAPOLITAN PIZZA COMPANY $$ 135 Water Street, Naperville 630.445.8054, mymidici.com
FIAMME $$ 19 North Washington Street, Naperville 630.470.9441, fiammepizza.com
IL SOGNO $$ 100 North Hale Street, Wheaton 630.682.5900, ilsognoristorante.com
MOD PIZZA $$ 103 South Washington Street, Suite 113, Naperville, 630.544.3471, modpizza.com
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ROSEBUD ITALIAN SPECIALTIES & PIZZERIA $$$ 22 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.548.9800, rosebudrestaurants.com TRAVERSO’S RESTAURANT $$ 2523 South Plainfield-Naperville Road, Naperville | 630.305.7747 traversosrestaurant.com TUSCAN TAVERN $$$ 4571 Route 71, Oswego 630.554.9600, tuscantavernoswego.net
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Our friends at El Gran Agave in Lisle have given us a romantic twist on the traditional martini. Their creamy, boozy Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini recipe includes just three ingredients: strawberry liqueur, chocolate liqueur, and tequila. Um … yes, please. To make this Valentine treat, combine 3 ounces Tequila Rose, 4 ounces Don Julio 70, and 4 ounces Godiva chocolate liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice. The romance begins when the cocktail is strained into a martini glass swirled with red chocolate syrup. The restaurant tells us this drink is best enjoyed with plenty of hugs and kisses.
VAI'S ITALIAN INSPIRED KITCHEN + BAR $$ 916 South Route 59, Naperville 630.453.5200, vaisnaperville.com
MEXICAN/LATIN A TODA MADRE $$ 499 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn 630.474.0969, atmrestaurant.com CHAMA GAÚCHA $$$$ 3008 Finley Road, Downers Grove 630.324.6002, chamagaucha.com CHUY'S TEX-MEX $$ 28250 Diehl Road, Warrenville 512.473.2783, chuys.com EL GRAN AGAVE $$ 1650 Maple Avenue, Lisle 630.541.8959, elgranagaverestaurant.com ESTEBAN’S $$$ 1550 North Route 59, Naperville 630.579.3262, estebansdiningdancing.com FAT ROSIE’S TACO & TEQUILA BAR $ 47 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.328.0060, fatrosies.com
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FOGO DE CHÃO $$$ 1824 Abriter Court, Naperville 630.955.0022, fogodechao.com FRONT STREET CANTINA $ 15 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.369.5218, frontstreetcantina.com MAGO GRILL & CANTINA $$ 641 East Boughton Road, Suite 152, Bolingbrook, 630.783.2222, magodining.com NANDO’S PERI-PERI $$ 6 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.388.0193, nandosperiperi.com POTTER’S PLACE $ 29 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.355.9165, pottersplacenaperville.com QUIUBO $$ 120 Water Street, Naperville 331.702.2711, quiubomx.com UNCLE JULIO’S $$ 1831 Abriter Court, Naperville 331.444.1300, unclejulios.com YERBABUENA MEXICAN CUISINE $$ 4732 Main Street, Lisle 630.852.8040, yerbabuenacuisine.com NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / FEBRUARY 2019 61
ASIAN BANGKOK VILLAGE $$ 22 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.369.9757, thebangkokvillage.com
KIKU JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE $$$ 2764 Aurora Avenue, Naperville 630.305.3355, mykiku.com
SHINTO $$$ 504 North Route 59, Suite 116, Naperville 630.637.8899, shintoexperience.com
MOSHI MOSHI $ 109 South Main Street, Naperville 630.355.5516, moshimoshisushi.net
SHINTO SUSHI $$ 1739 Freedom Drive, Suite 121, Naperville 331.229.8197, shintorestaurants.com
MUNCHIES $ 22 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.355.8880
SUSHI HOUSE $$ 175 West Jackson Avenue, Naperville 630.717.8888, mysushihouse.com
RAKU SUSHI $$ 850 East Ogden Avenue, Naperville 630.357.7633, rakusushi.com
THAI MEDALLION $$ 327 North Center Street, Naperville 630.305.0183, thaimedallion.com
GREEN BASIL $$ 45 East Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.922.7700, greenbasil-restaurant.com
ROCK SUGAR $$$ 2022 Spring Road, Oak Brook 630.320.2641, rocksugarkitchen.com
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PIZZA THE PLEASURE OF
RUMINATIONS ON CRUSTS, SAUCES, AND TOPPINGS AT 10 NAPERVILLE PIE PARLORS
STORY BY CARLY BOERS PHOTOGRAPHY BY OLIVIA KOHLER
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hicagoans are an especially fanatical group of pizza connoisseurs. Everyone has personal ideas about the best kind of cheesy delight. We won’t attempt to convince you that the crisp edges of thin crusts are superior to deep-dish, or that you’ve committed geographical treason when you order pie-shaped wedges (we’re talking to you, Pieroni’s customers). Here instead, we present you with the skinny (no pun intended, as pizza is decidedly undiet) on 10 local joints that fit our qualifications: a Naperville address with no more than three overall locations. Although we’re not antichain—with a nod to our friends at mainstays like Lou Malnati’s and Aurelio’s, and Water Street newcomer MidiCi—our goal here is to introduce readers to a wide range of pizza personalities. From classy, date-worthy spots to hole-in-the-wall dives, your next slice of the saucy, gooey bread of life is but a phone call away.
ORDER IT delivery/carryout BEST PIE Ed’s Special, a mélange of feta, mozzarella, provolone, and Parmesan cheeses, plus diced tomatoes, black olives, and onions
ORDER IT in house BEST PIE Braconi’s Signature, simply topped with sausage and fresh basil and served on wheat crust
Chicago-style with a Balkan bent
Crust styles galore, available buffet-style for the indecisive
Owner Eddie Feka is a self-taught chef from Albania with a penchant for bread, and it’s reflected in his pies’ memorable dough. But make no mistake: Save for a sprinkling of outside-of-the-box toppings (gyros meat, feta) and specialty pies like the aforementioned, this is a Chicago pizza joint through and through. The restaurant commemorates its 30h anniversary this year and though the counter-service space is rather bare bones, Feka runs a warm, Cheers-like operation, calling customers by name and teaching his staff to do the same.
For over a decade, the family-owned, family-run pizzeria has dabbled in styles ranging from cracker-thin to pan, and you can sample them all on the lunch buffet, which offers five rotating pies daily. The homemade wheat crust is a fan favorite, as is the gluten-free version, which packs more flavor than many of its peers. Make a note to stop by when spring hits—the serene back patio is a great spot to sip a glass of Chardonnay with your pie. Or dine in the Pradel Room, which contains memorabilia from former Mayor George Pradel’s career in law enforcement.
1550 N. Route 59, 630.369.8600 adamospizzaandcatering.com
796 Royal St. George Dr. 630.717.9530, braconis.com
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Little Popâ€™s Lasagna pizza features meatballs, sausage, and ricotta. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / FEBRUARY 2019 67
GM Jason Trakan prepares Traversoâ€™s Signature pizza: sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, and onions. 68 FEBRUARY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
braised chicken breast, red onions, smoked bacon, and fresh basil
ORDER IT delivery/carryout BEST PIE The appropriately named God Father—a combo of Italian beef, onion, and giardiniera
Toppings are king at this simple carryout and delivery operation. Brothers George and Sam Syreggelas took over the eight-year-old business last year, and according to George, the goal is to use crust as vehicle for building deep layers of flavor, instead of a means for haphazardly loading on cheese. He recommends the ultrathin crust, a light and crisp style he likens to what’s traditionally served in Chicago taverns. Those looking for a little more heft will find both New York and pan-style options on the menu.
Pizzas customizable to the hilt
Open since 2010, Cassano’s enlists family recipes, including several straight from the owner’s “Nana.” You’ll find all the crust choices (thin, thick, and stuffed double-thick), but keep things simple by focusing your efforts on the cracker-thin version, which allows tangy sauce and myriad topping options—including shrimp, French basil, and roasted red peppers—to shine. You’ll find neither frills nor alcoholic beverages, but you can place your order, belly up and wait with a cold one next door at White Tavern, then grab your grub and eat it at the bar. 421 E. Ogden Ave. 630.305.0300, cassanospizzeria.com
Bubbly crusted, oak-fired oven pies ORDER IT in house BEST PIE The prosciutto-crowned namesake Fiammé takes bestseller rights, but for a rare treat, try the Montanara—a margherita pizza built on crispy-chewy dough that’s been flash-fried, then baked Looking for a date-night-worthy pizza spot? This warm, decidedly upscale spot is the city’s best bet. Food-wise, 27-year-old chef Preston Gasper holds fast to the restaurant’s Neapolitan roots, going so far as to enlist imported double-milled 00 Caputo flour in his dough. Pizzas hit the 800-degree oven for two minutes before emerging with their characteristic leopard-spotted crust. Got dietary restrictions? Fiammé has you covered, churning out gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan pies using separate utensils. 19 N. Washington St. 630.470.9441, fiammepizza.com
JOHN AND EDDIE’S
Flavorful toppings take center stage ORDER IT delivery/carryout BEST PIE BBQ Chicken, with a ranch dressing/barbecue sauce base, oven-
1468 E. Chicago Ave. 630.470.9397, johnandeddies.com
Hearth-baked pizza that has withstood the test of time ORDER IT in house BEST PIE The Combination, a trusty standby generously topped with sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, and black olives Cranking out pies (on crusts ranging from extra thin to deep-dish) since 1974, Little Italian continues to pack its checkered tablecloth-covered booths with hungry families and its spacious bar with pizza and sports fans. The restaurant changed hands in the ’90s, but the iconic pizza remains unaltered. Try the house-style crust —a hand-tossed beauty that strikes the ideal balance between flimsy and gut-busting. 373 E. Bailey Rd. 630.983.8200, littleitalianpizza.com
LITTLE POP’S PIZZERIA
Hand-tossed New York-style pies ORDER IT in house BEST PIE Lasagna pizza with a hearty combo of meatballs, sausage, and seasoned ricotta After realizing Naperville was devoid of the pizza they grew up on, native New Yorkers Mike and Vicki Nelson persuaded their nephew to share a few recipes from the Little Pop’s he runs in upstate New York. They quickly honed in on the style they so dearly missed and the rest is
history. Hand-tossing dough, using a modest amount of sauce, and sticking to the basics when it comes to toppings, they also throw in a little regional flavor by enlisting high-quality Wisconsin cheese. Should you manage to keep your pizza-consumption in check, finish with housemade tiramisu. 1819 Wehrli Rd. 630.210.8084, littlepopspizzeria.com
Usual-suspect toppings atop artfully braided crust ORDER IT delivery/carryout BEST PIE The Pieroni, a generously sauced ’za packing sausage, mushrooms, green pepper, and onion Aaron Keller started working at Pieroni’s in 1990 when he was just 15 years old. For a decade, he put in his time, prepping doughs into the shop’s much-loved signature braids—and never questioning why. In 2000, the pizza joint he grew up in became his own when he bought out the current owners. Today he employs a small but mighty staff, training them to get to know and retain his loyal guests, and yes, braid those crusts. 541 W. 87th St. 630.983.8414, pieronispizza.com
An under-the-radar purveyor of budget-friendly pies ORDER IT delivery/carryout BEST PIE Rocco’s Western Style, a barbecue sauce–based creation with Italian sausage, bacon, and onions Though this long-standing joint has changed ownership since opening, it maintains the momand-pop feel, churning out family pleasing pizzas at modest prices (when is the last time you fed the whole crew for $20?) from its tucked-away digs in the corner of the Naperville Plaza shopping center. Choose from all the familiar suspects—thin crust, double dough, pan, and stuffed—but follow the regulars’ lead and go thin. 192 W. Gartner Rd. 630.369.8899, roccospizzanaperville.com NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / FEBRUARY 2019 69
Square-cut, thin and crispy ’za with cheese blanketing nearly every millimeter ORDER IT in house BEST PIE The White pizza, a light but succulent gem drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and topped with garlic, ricotta cheese dollops, diced tomatoes, and fresh basil
UNCLE PETE’S PIZZA
Oversize pies delivered in a hefty, Chicago-style crust ORDER IT delivery/carryout BEST PIE Gus’ Glory, an Italian beef in pizza form that’s topped with juicy meat and hot peppers
Brothers Mike and Paul Traverso have the restaurant biz in their DNA: Their father and uncle ran a string of taverns and pizza joints, both in the city and suburbs (the first Traverso’s is still going strong after more than 40 years in Orland Park). In 1993, they debuted this cozy, family-friendly nook, where their 80-something mom—“Mama T,” who was raised in northern Italy—still drops by to make ravioli by hand and perform quality control of her Old World recipes.
Started in Chicago in 1947 and churning out pizza locally since 1980, Uncle Pete’s has zero fluff on the menu: Save for garlic bread and pop, you’ll find pizza and only pizza. Under the guidance of owner and Naperville native Jay Becker for more than three decades, the kitchen whips up fresh dough daily, creates its own piquant sauce, and offers a surprising amount of fresh veggies as toppings. You’ll find a fine thin crust, but focus your stomach space on pan-style—and be warned that a medium tips the scales at a whopping five pounds.
2523 Plainfield-Naperville Rd. 630.305.7747, traversosrestaurant.com
815 N. Washington St. 630.357.5111, petesza.com
Between a stint as Giordano’s corporate chef to his intensive study at Italy’s oldest pizza school, certified pizzaiolo Leo Spizzirri knows his way around deep-dish, Neapolitan-style, and everything in between. At the year-old North American Pizza & Culinary Academy in Lisle, he inculcates both restaurant chefs and home cooks in the art of pizza-making. Here, his seven must-have items for crafting perfect pies at home. TOOLS WORTH THE INVESTMENT Pizza stones—but not the round kind. “You stick your pizza on that little target, and cheese ends up all over your oven, your smoke alarm goes off, dog is barking,” Spizzirri says. Instead, use a rectangular stone on each of your oven’s racks to emulate a brick oven. ($28.99, Target) Digital scale—For the most accurate results, weigh your ingredients instead of measuring them. ($20–$149, Williams Sonoma) Digital thermometer—If you’re really going to do it right, you’ll need to check the temperatures of your dough and water. “You’re dealing with a living, breathing thing, so you’ll want to make sure you’re maintaining the correct environment,” he says. ($14.95–$69.95, Sur La Table) GAME-CHANGING INGREDIENTS Italian 00 flour—This finely ground, superabsorbent variety is a must to properly anchor your dough. ($2.09, Caputo’s) High-quality olive oil—“Buy the best you can afford, because you don’t need a lot,” Spizzirri says, adding that the oil not only lends flavor, but actually affects crust quality. Try Colavita. ($11.99, Zeppe’s Italian Market) San Marzano tomatoes—“These are from a specific region in Italy, and they’re just delicious,” says Spizzirri, who is partial to Mutti, a Roma variety from Parma. ($20.94/six 14-ounce cans, Cost Plus World Market) Fior di latte (“Flower of the Milk”)—Spizzirri says you won’t find a mozzarella richer, creamier, or more suited to your pizza than this one, made from fresh cow’s-milk mozzarella. ($7, gourmetfoodstore.com) 70 FEBRUARY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
Two of Fiammé’s woodfired pizzas: Pistachio Pesto (top) and Fiammé (bottom)
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5 WAYS TO
YOUR RELATIONSHIP BY LISA PISHA, MS, LMFT
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As the creator and founder of Grow in Naperville—a private mental health practice offering therapy, coaching and groups—I focus on cultivating wholehearted individuals, couples, families, and communities. We’re all capable of growing, we all need to feel like we belong, and we all have a story to tell that defines us. It’s this kind of self-discovery and vulnerability that make magic connections happen between people. Whether you’ve been in a relationship for weeks, months, or years, there’s always room to grow together. Here are five ways to do it.
PAY ATTENTION TO SMALL MOMENTS
We forget so easily how to have fun and play, and unfortunately the fun things are often the first to go when we’re crunched for time. Running kids around, busy careers, and bustling lifestyles seem to leave little time for more than just the basics. And if there are tensions between the two of you, time together can sometimes be sabotaged with arguing or more serious conversations. All of that aside, couples still need to have fun together. Playing is so incredibly important to a relationship because it gives us an awesome opportunity to connect with our partners as friends and see them in a different role, one that’s more vulnerable—but also less restrictive—and simply put, more fun. Life can be hard and relationships are hard work. Everyone needs a break, and even just a little play can deepen your connection by adding a positive shared experience together. Playing together doesn’t have to take a lot of time, energy, or space. When I encourage couples to add play into their lives, sometimes that looks like a fun date night doing something out of the ordinary, but more often than not, it looks like finding a joke to share, playing a board game, or sending one another funny memes. Play can be simple or elaborate—just make sure it’s in there somewhere. Believe it or not, even adding a little playfulness to a heated argument has great potential to snuff it out.
This is the part that’s usually missing in a relationship when people talk about feeling “disconnected.” Rarely do grand gestures make people feel truly connected to one another. Really getting to know and grow together happens by taking note of the intricacies of your partner’s life. It requires time and effort, yes—but it’s so important for connection. When I talk with clients about this, I often refer to it as whether or not you or your partner is picking up on what’s being put down. (The same thing works with friends and other family members, too.). Every moment is an opportunity for connection, whether it’s something great, but especially if it’s not. We all throw out statements—moods and body language. I call that “putting it down”— we’re literally putting something out there onto an imaginary table in front of us all the time. The connection happens when our partners pick up what we’ve put down and take note of it. This requires great listening, intent noticing, and follow-up. Did your husband or wife tell you about a significant part of their day? Does he or she look sad? Is there something on his or her mind? Ask questions about it, touch base, and make the effort to follow up. How do you do this in real time? Listen to the inflection in your partner’s voice, pay attention to body language, and, quite simply, notice when they walk into a room. Many couples I work with have been together a long time and have forgotten how to NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / FEBRUARY 2019 73
make eye contact with their partner. It sounds simple, and it is. So start there and build up. THREE
FIGURE OUT WHAT’S YOURS, MINE, AND OURS We are faulty beings. None of us is perfect, yet we get so defensive when we’re called out on our imperfections. Or we use them as a mirror to reflect someone else’s not-so-great moments. Think of a Venn diagram. The two circles that overlap in the middle— these represent ourselves, our partners, and our relationships. The parts that intersect are the “ours,” but the rest are either the “yours” or the “mine.” We all have our life experiences, expectations, and ideas that we come into relationships with, and those continue even as our relationships grow. It’s so easy to ignore our own limitations and focus on someone else’s, to throw judgment or criticism or to feel entitled. It’s much harder to look at our own personal behaviors, ideas, and shields that we might be adding. Personal reflection can be so powerful in a relationship, because it makes us aware of what’s not working for us and helps change happen. But even more so, when you share what you’ve reflected on, it’s an opportunity to be humble and vulnerable, allowing your partner to do the same. FOUR
SHARE YOUR STORIES—THE ONES IN YOUR HEAD AND ON YOUR HEART— WITH ONE ANOTHER Our brains are so wired for storytelling that they will spin off a lie before they sit with uncertainty. And because we all have that Venn diagram (mentioned above) between us, we always plenty of ammunition to create a story about something. Whether it’s something in our own past or based off of a previous 74 FEBRUARY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
encounter, there are so many reasons we create the stories we do. Sharing even the most outrageous assumptions with one another leaves little room for misunderstanding and hurt. Being able to say, “In my head, I was making up that you…” can take connection to a whole new level. FIVE
FEED THE RELATIONSHIP, NOT THE EGO This one’s a big one, and it ties in with No. 3. In order to feed your relationship, and not your own personal ego, sometimes you have to put down the thing that you’re defending for the greater good of your relationship. This is like an extended version of “choosing your battles,” but with some Zen to it. How much is “being right” really worth to you if you walk away having hurt someone else in order to win the argument? You may have won that one, but you may also have inflicted pain or dismissal of your partner’s feelings in order to do so. For the ego, that’s a win; but for the relationship, that’s a definite lose.
Almost every one of these ideas comes with the caveat of being vulnerable with your person. That vulnerability—the space between putting something down and waiting to see if it’s going to be picked up—is one of the most difficult human emotions to sit with. But it’s also the place where the magic happens, where deep connections, and intimate moments take place. You can only go so far without growing, and that’s something we’re all capable of.
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ALL CHILDISH THINGS Four of the greatest Star Wars fans of all time come up with the perfect heist: steal the greatest collection of Star Wars figurines ever—from the Kenner Toy Warehouse itself. Can the four friends escape their own personal Darth Vader and survive the Death Star of the Law? $29–$44. Various times. Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 West 31st Street, Oak Brook. firstfolio.org Through February 24 FAMILY
ENCHANTED RAILROAD Marvel at a world of tiny enchantment: an intricate miniature model railroad wind through magnificent scenery that the whole family can enjoy. Watch as more than 10 model trains wind through a two-level display of tree collections from around the world. The trains run at a child-friendly height to thrill even the littlest fan. Included
in admission. $15/adult (18–64), $13/ senior (65+), $10/child (2–17). Various times. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. mortonarb.org
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SNOW TUBING Take a thrilling 800-foot snow tube ride down Mount Hoy when three inches or more of snow covers the hill. District tube rental required. $10. Saturdays and Sundays, and school holidays. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Blackwell Forest Preserve, Warrenville. dupageforest.org Through March 3 THEATER
DEFIANCE Power, love, and responsibility—who owns it, who wants it, and who deserves it? A 1971 Marine Corps base becomes a collision course over race, women, and the exacting cost of doing the right thing. $38–$40. Various times. Play-
HEART’S DESIRE: REFLECTIONS ON LOVE & MARRIAGE When Cupid’s arrow strikes, the love that grows is celebrated and communicated through a variety of romantic gestures and traditions. Contemplate the power of love represented in unique and never-before-displayed 19th- and 20th-century wedding gowns. View photos of local brides who wore these special dresses—including a black gown from the late 1800s—and learn about the history behind modern wedding attire. Explore an array of exquisitely detailed valentines spanning 100 years, including a few vintage “vinegar valentines” and other romantic tokens of affection. The community is invited to bring a nonreturnable copy of a personal wedding photo to leave behind in the exhibit. Free. Various hours. Elm-
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DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD: A GRR-IFIC EXHIBITION This exhibit brings to life the themes presented in the award-winning PBS Kids television series created by the Fred Rogers Company that follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends. Step into Daniel’s neighborhood, where he and his friends help young children navigate their world, and parents guide their journey. Play, sing, explore, and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from the neighborhood, which brings the wisdom and life lessons of Fred Rogers to a new generation. DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 North Washington Street. dupagechildrens.org
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THE PRODUCERS Under the right circumstances, a producer could make more money with a flop than he could with a hit—and so begins one of the most hilarious cons in musical theater history. Max Bialystock used to be the king of Broadway, but after producing one too many flops, he’s now just a has-been, forced into seducing little old ladies for money. After an off-the-cuff comment from his accountant Leo Bloom, dollar signs go off over his head (as well as “beautiful girls wearing nothing but pearls”). With the reluctant help from Bloom, Max goes in search of the worst musical ever. Will it be a flop? It better, or they might find themselves in prison. $38–$69. Various times. Paramount Theatre, 22 East Galena Boulevard, Aurora. paramountaurora.com
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MAMMA MIA! The international megahit uses the greatest songs of ABBA to tell a hilarious story of marriage, family, and finding where you belong, proving that in the end, the winner takes it all. Come see why more than 54 million people worldwide have laughed and danced to this unforgettable jukebox musical. $63. Various times. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. drurylanetheatre.com February 8–10
$7/adult, $4/senior (kids under 18 free). 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 East Main Street, St. Charles. kennedyproductions.com February 8 through 17 THEATER
GOD OF CARNAGE Grove Players of Downers Grove presents its winter show by Yasmina Reza. Described as a comedy of manners … without the manners, this play won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play. Rated R for language. $17–$20. Various times. Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove. groveplayers.org
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SEUSSICAL In this fantastical, magical musical, some of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters are lovingly brought to life, including the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and all of the Whos of Whoville. These classic, colorful tales are brought together by Jojo, a young “thinker of strange and wonderful thinks.” This special one-hour presentation for kids
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(and parents) of all ages is followed by a question and answer session with the cast. Various times. Marriott Lincolnshire, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. marriotttheatre.com February 8 LITERARY
ANGIE THOMAS On the Come Up! is the highly anticipated second novel by Angie Thomas, the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling, award-winning The Hate U Give. After a presentation and Q&A, the film version of The Hate U Give will be shown in the auditorium while the author signs books in the lobby. Admission includes a copy of On the Come Up! $29. 7:00 p.m. Community Christian Church, 1635 Emerson Lane. andersonsbookshop.com
Watch the orchestra at work for the first hour, then join Maestra Schubert and the DSO musicians for refreshments and conversation at break time. A string instrument petting zoo will also be available. Free for students and subscribers; $5 for all others. 7:30 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 East Chicago Avenue. dupagesymphony.org February 9 MUSIC
FROM THE HEART OF EUROPE Experience two pinnacles of the 19th century: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, with soloist YooJin Jang, and Dvorak’s Symphony No.6 in D Major. $15–$38. 8:00 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 East Chicago Avenue. dupagesymphony.org February 9 SPECIAL EVENT
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OPEN DRESS REHEARSAL AND INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO Join the DuPage Symphony Orchestra for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the dress rehearsal for its February 9 concert, From the Heart of Europe.
THE ICE (CUBED) FEST Brave the cold and plan a day with the family in downtown Wheaton to tour the many ice sculptures sponsored by and displayed outside local businesses. Be sure to stop by Martin Memorial Plaza from noon to 3:00 p.m. to enjoy a live ice-sculpting demonstration. Free.
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CHICAGO AUTO SHOW The annual auto show features 1 million square feet of exhibit space showcasing 1,000 domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks, sport utility vehicles, and experimental or concept cars. Special days include Women’s Day (February 12), Hispanic Heritage Day (February 15), and Family Day (February 18). Bring three nonperishable food donations from February 13 to 15 for a reduced ticket coupon; donations will benefit clients of A Safe Haven Community Food Pantry. Various times. $13/adult, $7/senior or child (ages 7–12). McCormick Place, 2301 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. chicagoautoshow.com
GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT The Great Backyard Bird Count is a free, fun, and easy event that engages birdwatchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part, from beginning birdwatchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world. audubon.org
CHICAGO A CAPPELLA: POLISH SPLENDOR Chicago’s celebrated Polish community is a vital part of the city’s spirit. This concert celebrates the rich variety of music from Poland, old and new. Singers will bring to life traditional folk songs and compelling new works by rising Polish composers—including many making their North American debuts. $20–$43. 8:00 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 East Chicago Avenue. chicagoacappella.org
WINTER WINE AND WHISKEY FEST Come out of your winter hibernation and warm up at Brookfield Zoo. Enjoy wine and whiskey samples in a fiveounce commemorative glass, hors d’oeuvres and live music by Red Carpet Riot, plus meet-and-greets with animal ambassadors. $75/member; $85/nonmember; $45/designated driver. 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Brookfield Zoo, 8400 West 31st Street, Brookfield. czs.org February 23 CHARITABLE
IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S ME The Second City takes shots at heartbreak, missed connections, and the mire of human relationships. This is the perfect romantic comedy for Valentine’s Day—even a first date will find something achingly familiar to laugh at, thanks to comedy’s newest generation of writers and performers … who all fit squarely into the “it’s complicated” category. $32–$46. 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Belushi Performance Hall, 425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn. atthemac.org 80 FEBRUARY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
ELIZABETH LETTS A new historical fiction story relates the connection between L. Frank Baum’s widow, Maud, and young Judy Garland in the making of The Wizard of Oz. A can’t-miss-this title for fans of the classic 1939 film, Elizabeth Letts visits to share the back story of over the rainbow. To join the signing line, purchase the author’s latest book, Finding Dorothy, from Anderson’s Bookshop. 2:00 p.m. Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 West Jefferson Avenue. andersonsbookshop.com
EMERALD DINNER The annual Emerald Dinner is a fundraiser for the West Suburban Irish and St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Entertainment includes the Chicago Irish Band and the McNulty Irish Dancers. $80. 6:00 p.m. White Eagle Country Club, 3400 Club Drive. wsirish.org February 23 SPECIAL EVENT
WEDDING SHOWCASE This showcase is a great opportunity for busy couples to plan their dream wedding. In the historic setting of the Pre-Emption House and Century
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ET INDOOR TRIATHLON The ET Indoor Triathlon Series presented by Experience Triathlon is a great way to become a triathlete or test your training for the outdoor race season. It’s fun and enjoyed by athletes of all levels—from first-timers to veterans—as you set your own pace. 7:00 a.m. $35. LifeStart Fitness Center, 4225 Naperville Road, Lisle. experiencetriathlon.com February 25 LITERARY
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SPRING STYLE WEEKEND Ladies of all ages will be heading to downtown Naperville for a full weekend of fashion, food, and fun, celebrating style and the colors of the season for spring 2019. Check website for list of activities, including spring sales and a fashion show at Empire Burger Bar. downtownnaperville.com Celtic Nights: Oceans of Hope
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TINY GREAT PERFORMANCES Made up completely of French horns, the DuPage Horn Ensemble loves to show off this wonderful, mellow brass instrument and everything it has to offer. This child-friendly concert will get kids on their feet, both dancing and clapping along, as they listen to Irish jigs, graceful waltzes, lively marches, and more. Free with $10–$12 admission. 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 North Washington Street. dupagechildrens.org March 3 DANCE
CELTIC NIGHTS: OCEANS OF HOPE Through a lively mix of traditional Irish dance rhythms, complicated footwork, and legendary Irish songs, Oceans of Hope captures the essence of Irish history. $56–$66. 7:30 p.m. Belushi Performance Hall, 425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn. atthemac.org March 3 CHARITABLE
A CUP OF HOPE Guests will enjoy sparkling wine, an extensive selection of loose teas, finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, and assorted pastries and scones while learning tips and trends in gardening. Proceeds benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank. 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. $100. Embassy Suites, 1823 Abriter Court. solvehungertoday.com 82 FEBRUARY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
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SILENT SAMARITANS BREAKFAST This annual event is a gathering of community members who support the mission of SamaraCare, to provide counseling for women in need due to difficult circumstances—such as abuse, divorce and job loss, etc.—regardless of their ability to pay. The keynote speaker is Katherine DeWitt, associate professor and the clinical coordinator at South University in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. DeWitt will speak about the adverse impacts and victimization of social media on adolescents and vulnerable populations. 7:15 a.m. Hotel Arista, 2139 City Gate Lane. samaracarecounseling.org
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