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e found some solid advice for brides-to-be in our February 2006 feature, “Attack of the Killer Bride.” Tina Blake’s kitschy and humorous piece begins with a recommended Surgeon General’s warning on engagement rings: This diamond may cause narcissism, mood swings, and divalike behavior. Eloping now greatly reduces risks to your friendships and familial relationship. Her tips allow the rest of us to perpetuate the Bridezilla stereotype, while enjoying a few laughs: 5 RULES FOR NEARLYWEDS 1 Recite the alphabet every time you feel the urge to discuss your special day—not everyone wants to debate the merits of a disc jockey over a live band.

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INFLUENCERS, EVENTS AND ISSUES ON OUR WEST SUBURBAN RADAR “At the end of the show, you don’t see a single phone out because everyone’s talking,” Dee said. “We want people to walk across the room to start a conversation.” Potential presenters can share their ideas on The People Tree’s website, thepeopletree.org. Founders select stories, then help storytellers hone their style and message.

People talk all the time, but we don’t usually get to the issues underneath.” —Producer/Director Claire Dee

STORY TIME The People Tree builds community with every tale told By Christie Willhite

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hen a family in Rachna Prasad’s Naperville neighborhood experienced a tragedy, she realized playground chats and status updates wouldn’t help her community heal. Neighbors needed to really talk to each other. Prasad started inviting friends like Claire Dee over for storytelling nights. Everyone prepared to share a personal story was welcome. “We found it broke down barriers,” Dee says. “People talk all the time, but we don’t usually get to the issues underneath.” Seeing how the stories sparked more intimate conversation, Prasad and Dee scaled up the experiment and in January 2018 launched The People Tree, a monthly show of regular people relating their experiences, emotions, and ideas. 16 APRIL 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

The shows sell out all 220 restaurant seats at Empire Burgers & Brew. “Everyone has this perception of Naperville, but by having the show, we’re showing the depth and breadth of the community,” Prasad says. “It’s such a beautiful thing.” Each night, eight storytellers deliver on a theme, such as April’s motif of “Lies, Confusion, and Practical Jokes.” Stories range from lighthearted to poignant, with diverse takes on the topic. “It’s a cliché, but it’s like a roller coaster with some thrills, some uncomfortable moments and anticipation,” season subscriber Susan Cheng says. “As the audience, we get taken along. It’s like listening to a good friend.” The People Tree shows start the same discussions organizers experienced in Prasad’s living room.

Erin Ambre workshopped her first story for five months before feeling ready to step onstage, only to find she hadn’t anticipated the glare of stage lighting. Unable to see the audience, she made a rocky start, she says. “At one point, I heard the audience laugh and that moment hooked me,” Ambre admits. “I knew I was making a connection with the audience. I knew they were with me.” Ambre has returned to The People Tree stage with her “personal triumph story” of forgiveness after her divorce and has told similar stories in storytelling venues in Chicago, Evanston, and Hyde Park. The People Tree “has changed me. I’m more confident,” she says. “Before, I was a listener. Now I know I have something to say, and it’s important.”

IF YOU GO What Two-hour storytelling shows When 7:30 p.m. on April 18 (“Lies, Confusion, and Practical Jokes”) and May 16 (“Coming of Age”) Where Empire Burgers & Brew, 48 W. Chicago Ave., Naperville Cost $18/person (21+) Tickets thepeopletree.org

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stimulation. Recently approved by the FDA, this noninvasive treatment involves delivering targeted magnetic wave pulses to the brain to help reset abnormal circuitry. The beams are targeted using neuronavigation, allowing for precise delivery of these waves to a specific area known as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex—fertile ground for the functional and structural disturbances that ultimately lead to depression. TMS is generally delivered in 20-minute sessions, with 25 to 30 sessions recommended for a successful course of treatment. While the treatment is as technologically advanced as it sounds, it’s just one more tool mental health professionals employ in the battle against

one of the defining health issues for America in the decades to come. “Our understanding of depression has changed with the advances of neuroimaging over the last decade,” says Dr. Saima Sabah, a consultant psychiatrist working with Mindful TMS Neurocare. “I am proud to be working with this new treatment modality for patients.”

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MADE FOR SHADE To celebrate Arbor Day on April 26, local arborists have a special request By Katie Dubow f you’re only going to plant one tree this year, I urge you to plant a white oak,” says Charles Shonts, district manager at Naperville’s the Care of Trees. “Besides being our state tree, they are native to Illinois, provide ample shade, offer food and habitat for pollinators, and live a very long time.” In 1907, almost 1 million Illinois schoolchildren voted for the oak, which was later specified as the white oak, as the official Illinois state tree. While white oaks can live an average of 300 years, even older specimens have been documented. White oaks get their name from the light appearance of the bark. Oaks provide gorgeous fall color, and on occasion show shades of red, gold, brown, yellow, and purple all on one tree. Plus, oaks support a wide range of animal species, including 534 types of butterflies. The white oak is as important to people as it is wildlife. Settlers in Illinois used its acorns to feed pigs and its wood to build homes. Today, the white oak is the most common oak in

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DuPage County and is the dominant tree in most of the county’s forests and woodlands. It provides more value than any other tree. “In the Chicago region, oaks provide more than $2 billion worth of flood control and other water management services,” says Andrew Hipp, a senior scientist in plant systematics and herbarium curator at the Morton Arboretum. But “today, oaks need our help. With only 17 percent of ancient oak forest area remaining in the Chicago region and similar oak loss throughout the world, human intervention is critical to ensure we don’t lose this important species.” PLANTING AN OAK White oaks can grow 80 to 100 feet tall. If given space to spread, the branches will create a massive canopy as wide as the tree is tall, making it an excellent shade tree. Shonts says to pick a spot where your tree will have plenty of room to grow. Make sure the tree is planted at least 20 feet away from above-ground wires, underground pipes or wires, sidewalks, and permanent structures like your home or garage. The white oak can be found in every county in the state. It grows best in upland areas and on slopes. It is not a tree that grows well in wet soil. Shonts suggests making the planting hole two to three times larger than the root ball to allow the new tree’s roots to spread out. Then position your tree so that the area where the roots meet the trunk is at or slightly above the ground. After watering, cover the planting hole with two to three inches of shredded hardwood or leaf mulch. Shonts warns: Do not over mulch the tree or “volcano” mulch, keep it two to three inches away from the trunk. Be sure to provide proper tree maintenance for strong, healthy growth. White oaks are subject to leaf eaters and other bark diseases.

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By Louis Bayard (Workman) When Mary Todd first meets Abraham Lincoln, he is on no one’s shortlist to be president. He’s a country lawyer lacking money and manners, with a gift for oratory. Rich with historical detail, the complex portrait of Mary and an evocation of the unformed man who would grow into one of the nation’s most beloved presidents. See the “To Do” Literary events for upcoming book signings in the area.

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By Sarah Knott (Sarah Crichton Books) In this original interpretation of mothering, Knott weaves a tale that begins with her own story, before expanding into maternity in other places and times through a trellis of tiny scenes to create a moving and visceral depiction of mothering—past and present—as both a shared and varied human experience.

By Taya Kyle and Jim DeFelice (Harper Collins) Taya Kyle entered a period of inconsolable grief after losing her husband, Chris, but this darkness served as a catalyst for growth. Working with American Sniper coauthor DeFelice, Kyle tells her own story and others, about Americans who have built extraordinary lives after traveling down life’s most difficult roads.


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DISCOVER

WHEATON A resident family of speed skaters share their favorite hometown hangouts By Lisa Arnett

Settling down Wheaton is the county seat of DuPage County and was named for two of its settlers, Jesse C. Wheaton and Warren L. Wheaton.

French fun Stroll open-air booths selling flowers, produce, gifts, and edibles at the Wheaton French Market, open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. from mid-April through mid-November at Liberty and Cross Streets.

Dry times The City of Wheaton was famously dry for nearly 100 years, having banned alcohol sales from 1887 until 1985.

College town Wheaton has two Metra train stops on the Union Pacific West Line: one in downtown Wheaton and a second at College Avenue, near the campus of Wheaton College.

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heaton does not have an Olympic speed skating track, but a trio of speed skaters are still happy to call it home. Four-time Olympic speed skater Nancy Swider-Peltz (above), 62, grew up in Park Ridge and pursued a career in competitive speed skating while attending Wheaton College. The opportunity for her husband and classmate, Jeff Peltz, 60, to coach football on campus led them to stay and raise their children—Nancy Jr., 32; Jeffrey Jr., 29; and Johnny, 25—here. “We love the community and the schools,” Swider-Peltz says. Coached by their mom, Nancy Jr. and Jeffrey Jr. also pursued competitive speed skating (see sidebar). Though they commuted back and forth to Milwaukee to train at Pettit National Ice Center countless times over the years, Wheaton always remained home base. “Downtown Wheaton has a small, old-time feel, and though some things are coming in that are new, there are shops that have been there forever,” Nancy Sr. says. ILLUSTRATION BY MAEVE NORTON


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Sibling speed skaters Nancy and Jeffrey Swider-Peltz

Adams Park

Just one square block in size, this pint-size park has benches, picturesque pergolas, and short walking paths. “This is the place I meet people in the summer,” Nancy Jr. says. “It’s fun to be by the fountain and just sit.” It’s also adjacent to the Wheaton Public Library, which has three floors, a tech center, a café, and a quiet room with a fireplace. “My mom involved us all in the library when we were younger—the book club and reading nights,” Nancy Jr. says. Main Street between Wesley and Seminary

Five & Hoek Coffee

This coffee shop has a special place in Nancy Jr.’s heart, because it’s where she and fiancé Danny Puknaitis—a Naperville firefighter and son of Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis— got engaged. She now works here as a barista and recommends the protein bombs and oat milk lattes. Jeffrey Jr. is set to paint a mural in the shop’s new space when it expands next door. 114 N. Main St., 630.909.3480, fiveandhoek.com

Bricks Wood Fired Pizza

The wood-fired oven at this cafe turns out thin-crust pizzas, as well as toasty French bread sandwiches. “It’s good, fast, quality food,” Nancy Jr. says. “I sometimes work the afternoon-to-closing shift at Five & Hoek and my coworkers will bring me dinner from there.” 103 E. Front St., 630.784.4620 brickswoodfiredpizza.com

The Little Popcorn Store

“If you’ve got kids, they’ll just go crazy here,” Nancy Sr. says of this legendary candy emporium built in the alley between two buildings. Because of the close quarters inside, lines often extend out the door. “As a kid, you see rows and rows of candy … and it seems like it reaches up to the ceiling,” Nancy Jr. says. “I love caramel, so I loved getting the Bullseyes … and my dad would sometimes get the popcorn.” 111¼ W. Front St., 630.690.7712 littlepopcornstore.com

Mi Casa Restaurant

Jeffrey Jr. is a fan of this family-owned Mexican restaurant located north of downtown. “This family, they literally have seen me through all my ups and downs,” he says. “The food is so good, and whenever I go in, the owners have their kids there doing homework and they’re so happy to see me.” His go-to order is chips with salsa and the carne asada burrito. 1720 N. Main St., 630.668.4774

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he Swider-Peltz family has myriad competitive speed skating credits to their name. In 2002, Nancy Sr. and Nancy Jr. were the oldest and youngest speed skaters to compete in Olympic Trials at ages 45 and 14, respectively. Nancy Sr. was the first U.S. Olympian to ever compete in four winter games—1976, 1980, 1984, and 1988—and has coached the Park Ridge Speedskating Club since 1985. Coached by their mother, Nancy Jr. and Jeffrey Jr. have competed internationally at the Speed Skating World Cup, as well as the World Championships. Nancy Jr. competed in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and placed ninth in the 3,000-

meter event and fourth in the team pursuit. Since retiring from competition, the Swider-Peltzes have visited local schools to speak about navigating the successes and failures of competing as elite athletes. As of press time, Jeffrey Jr. had just completed a speed skating-inspired gallery show as part of his senior project as a studio art major at Wheaton College. After graduation, he plans to work as a freelance artist and promote his own clothing line, Uesay Apparel. Nancy Jr. coaches beginner speed skaters and also hand-makes leather journals and engraved wooden art pieces sold through her online boutique, NancyJr.com.

Because of the train [in Wheaton], there’s an old-timey, central feeling and you get that quaintness.” —Nancy Swider-Peltz Sr. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / APRIL 2019 25


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farm in Addison. A recovering alcoholic himself, Tews created a safe environment that allowed clients to work during the day and receive counseling in the evenings. What started as four-bedroom cottage has now grown into a residential program housing 32 men and 12 women. In addition to these facilities, Serenity House offers both adult and adolescent outpatient services, DUI programs, and seven recovery homes in Addison, Villa Park, and Naperville. Mark Buschbacher has been serving as executive director for Serenity House for the past two years, after a successful 30-year career in the health

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coaching career after. I’ve been climbing to get to the top where he’s at.” Stine has coached with several Hall of Famers, including Larry McKeon and John Jackson. He was an assistant coach when the Redhawks won the Class 6A state title in 1999, and succeeded Hall of Famer Joe Bunge as head coach in 2006. “I think it’s awesome,” says Naperville Central assistant coach Andy Nussbaum, who has worked with Stine for 25 years. “It’s hard to follow a Hall of Famer, and it’s hard to live up to your dad, but Mike has done that and then some. “He’s been so great for our football program and our school. There are a lot of things that go on in our football program that people don’t know about, and

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LIFE OF THE PARTY This transformative husband-and-wife team creates charming, dreamy spaces for weddings and more By Annemarie Manion

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hen Ivi Rizzato entered the banquet room where her wedding was held last year, she burst into tears of happiness as she saw for the first time how the humdrum room had been turned into just the venue she had always dreamed about. “I wanted a mystical fairy tale—all white and pink with accent trees,” recalls Rizzato, who lives with her husband, Matthew, in Chicago. “The uplighting really helped. The whole room had a pinkish-purple glow.” The decor of the room, which was dominated by dull brown hues and brass, had been transformed into her vision thanks to the efforts of the Satin Chair, an Ogden Avenue business in 48 APRIL 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

Naperville owned by Travis Meils and his wife, Natalia. The couple started the business in 2009 supplying chair covers and table linens, and found a market as the country was recovering from the recession. “A lot of banquet halls weren’t remodeling their spaces or buying new chairs,” Travis says. “Everybody wanted covers for the chairs that weren’t looking too fresh.” Over the years, the business has grown to include backdrops, ceiling and wall draping, lighting, chandeliers, trees, dance floors, centerpieces, and anything else needed to turn a run-of-the-mill space into something truly magical.

“Over the years we just kept adding things. We’d get requests from brides and we’d say, ‘Why not?’ ” says Travis. “The draping really transforms a space,” adds Natalia. “You can make the VFW look like a totally different venue.” Travis, who previously had a landscaping business, had been studying for his pilot’s license when they started the the Satin Chair. Natalia, who is from Ukraine, had worked in marketing and business, but always had a passion for decor. She used to decorate her church for the holidays. “We always had to come up with something from scratch,” she says. “My country didn’t have all the amenities this country has.” The Satin Chair often works with clients who’ve pored over Instagram and Pinterest looking for ideas that will make their weddings stand out. Natalia says people often think they will not be able to achieve the look they yearn to have. “They’re seeing all these things, but they don’t think it’s affordable or reachable, or that it’s too hard or complicated,” notes Natalia. “But we can create any vibe they want.” The Meilses agree that most couples want a wedding that isn’t cookie-cutter. “They want the room to feel like it matches their characters,” Travis says. “They want it to be very personalized.” The business has planned weddings with many different themes. For a Game of Thrones wedding they decorated in grays and black with red lighting. For another with a winter wonderland theme, snowflakes were projected on the walls. And a couple who loved the Beatles enjoyed a projected yellow submarine on the dance floor. An outdoorsy look is a very popular request for clients.

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Most furnishings in the home are new, says Bowman, as the couple didn’t bring a lot from their starter home in the city. She helped them choose comfortable, but refined, pieces that weren’t too fussy, including this John-Richard console table, a Bernhardt sectional, and Caracole accent chairs.

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A close look in the kitchen reveals a two-tone treatment that “creates some visual interest in the space,” says Bowman. The hue of the refrigerator and hood provides contrast to the white cabinets, as do the door style and hardware in the refrigerator column. Another design solution that Bowman used was a pie-shaped island to help circulation in the space. “It’s larger, so it can be used for entertaining, but if it was a square or rectangle, it would cut into the area where you would walk,” says Bowman.

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hen a couple works with a developer to build their dream home, it’s typical for Leslie Bowman, owner and designer with the Design Bar, to help a couple make flooring, fixture, and furniture selections. But she recently worked with a Chicago couple who had a unique option when building their home—they also were able to choose who would live next to them in the suburbs. In total, four sets of friends worked with Burr Ridge–based McNaughton Brothers to navigate the rezoning process to turn a five-acre parcel into a five-home cul-de-sac. “I knew two of the couples growing up in the Burr Ridge-Hinsdale area,” says Bill McNaughton. The fifth home was purchased later in the process, and McNaughton says the five families are now all friends. “It really couldn’t have worked out any better.”—MD


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The drop-in hours—every Wednesday and Friday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.—give local teens time to come together to learn, create, and socialize in a safe environment. Activities include teen-initiated art, games, STEM programs, fitness programs, and more. Alive Center CEO Kandice Henning says, “Parents on the south side of Naperville have been asking for an Alive Center for years. We are really

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A DRAMATIC ENTRANCE Supper’s back in style at Carnivore & the Queen By Lisa Arnett

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hen it comes to dining out, the west suburbs have plenty of seasonal shared-plates spots and upscale bars with fancy burgers on the table and sports on the TVs. When husband-and-wife team Chris Matus and Kelli Lodico-Matus opened their first restaurant, Carnivore & the Queen in Downers Grove in February, they decided to go an entirely different direction. “What we’re doing is bringing back that bygone era of the supper club,” Matus says. As a kid growing up in the ’70s, Matus has fond memories of dining at supper clubs on family vacations in 60 APRIL 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

Minocqua, Wisconsin. Though Lodico-Matus was never enthused about continuing that vacation tradition with their kids—“Can you get a tan there?” she’d say to her parents—she surprised Matus with a birthday trip there three years ago, and the family had a blast visiting half a dozen supper clubs in a few short days. “They all have their signature thing,” Lodico-Matus says. “Some have prime rib. … [At another] they have this huge cheese spread that you can have at the bar and you get a drink there first and then they take you to your table.” What they all share is the desire to showcase

START WITH A DRINK Cozied into the corner of a strip mall, Carnivore & the Queen is a sexy little space with dark, inky walls and gilded accessories. For an intimate date, ask for one of the pillow-strewn booths; for a more social meal, opt for the eightseat bar or high-top communal table. “We wanted to take the old paneling and walleye and bluegills that you would normally see in a Wisconsin supper club and transform it into a cool, swanky [place where] I feel like I’m in downtown Chicago, but here I am tucked into Downers Grove,” Matus says. A supper club visit traditionally kicks off with a cocktail, and the drink menu here was thoughtfully crafted with local spirits, such as gin from Skeptic Distillery in Melrose Park and rye from Almighty Spirits in Northbrook. There are four different takes on the old-fashioned, including Wisconsin-style (made with brandy and the requisite cherries and orange wedge) and a new-school twist with basil-infused elderflower liqueur. For a real showstopper, though, order a drink finished in the tableside smoking chamber, such as the rye-based Civil War. A bartender will wheel over a drink cart and place your cocktail inside a hinged glass box that fills with cherry wood smoke. Moments later, he’ll open the door so the aromatic smoke wafts out of the chamber as you retrieve your glass. Theatrical, indeed. HOPE YOU’RE HUNGRY The Matuses both went to culinary school and have worked in hotel, catering, and restaurant settings, but their family recipes fuel much of the menu. “I learned at a very young age to cook

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the owners’ family recipes and treat diners to an evening-long experience— and that’s what the Matuses are aiming for with their modern take on a classic supper club. Lodico-Matus came up with the name while on a walk one day. “The name Carnivore & the Queen to me sounded indulgent, grandiose, and a bit … theatrical?” she says. “I thought it described our personalities … and it stuck! Most importantly, everything on our menu are foods we like to eat and indulge in—with no guilt.”


from my mom,” Lodico-Matus says. Inspired by the wedge salad with homemade dressing that her mother used to make, she’s serving an iceberg wedge topped with sweet candied bacon, tangy marinated tomatoes, charred corn, and one of four housemade dressings (the Ooo-Lala Garlic was my personal fave). The salad is part of the restaurant’s five-course supper, an impressive value at $35. Other courses include citrusy walleye ceviche with dreamy house-baked bread, a relish tray with creamy beer cheese, and olive-gorgonzola dip and roasted chicken with root vegetables. There are 10 or so other entrées— including garlicky shrimp de Jonghe, mussels with little neck clams and a bone-in rib eye—that you can order separately or as part of the supper for an upcharge. The most decadent choice is a 22-ounce double-cut veal chop topped with lump crabmeat.

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“[When someone orders it,] the restaurant comes to a halt because it’s huge,” Matus says. “It looks like what Barney [Rubble] would be driving in The Flintstones.” There’s just one dessert on offer: a killer Key lime pie made from a treasured Matus family recipe that incorporates ginger for a touch of spice and salted cashews for a rich, nutty crust. If you’re not a pie fan—and in that case, you’re missing out—there are also some thoroughly throwback dessert drinks, such as a grasshopper or brandy Alexander. At the evening’s end, I left refreshed to see a new restaurant zigging while everyone else is zagging. This modern supper club remix is a novel addition to the local dining scene—and a cure for the common date night.

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TUNA TATAKI Yield: 4 SPICY RED ONION 1 jumbo red onion ½ teaspoon ginger, grated 2 tablespoons soy sauce ½ tablespoon peeled garlic, grated 2 tablespoons rice vinegar ¼ tablespoon Korean chili flakes 1 tablespoon sugar 2 tablespoon rice bran oil 1

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Sauté ginger, garlic, and chili in rice oil. Add red onion and sweat lightly, stirring constantly. Add sake, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar, then bring to a quick boil and cook until onions are al dente. Strain and reserve.

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APPLE MUSTARD DRESSING 1 Granny Smith apple, grated 3 tablespoons white onion, grated 5 tablespoons rice vinegar 6 tablespoons Yamasa soy sauce 3 teaspoons sake ½ tablespoon caster sugar ¼ tablespoon shichimi 5 tablespoons roast sesame seeds ½ tablespoon fresh garlic paste ½ tablespoon fresh ginger paste ¼ tablespoon spring onion 2 tablespoons brown mustard seeds 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon rice oil 4 tuna fillets 1 Mix the apple and onion in a medium bowl with the rice vinegar. 2

Combine soy sauce, sake, caster sugar; whisk to dissolve. Add shichimi, sesame seeds, garlic, ginger, spring onion. Add to apple mixture.

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Warm the mustard seeds in a small pan gently to extract oils and flavor. Crush seeds with the back of a knife and add to dressing.

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Add sesame and rice oil to finish. Place the tuna fillet in a Ziploc bag with half the dressing; marinate for at least 10 minutes (or overnight).

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Heat a medium skillet on medium high until hot and remove tuna from marinade.

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Sear tuna for 2.5 minutes on each side for medium rare (2 on each side for rare; 3 on each side for medium).

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Slice into 1/2-inch slices, top with spicy red onions, and serve with apple mustard dressing.

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WHITE CHOCOLATE GRILL $$ 1803 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.505.8300, whitechocolategrill.com WILDWOOD $$$ 477 South Third Street, Geneva 630.377.8325, wildwoodsteak.com ZORBA LOUNGE $ 2139 CityGate Lane, Naperville 630.579.4100, zorbalounge.com

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BRICKS WOOD FIRED PIZZA & CAFÉ $$ 1763 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.799.6860, brickswoodfiredpizza.com CAPRI SOGNO $$ 24102 West Lockport Street, Plainfield 815.733.5815, caprisogno.com CHE FIGATA $$$ 2155 CityGate Lane, Suite 103, Naperville 630.579.3210, chefigatakitchen.com

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

ANGELI’S $$$ 1478 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.420.1370, angeliscatering.com

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

AURELIO’S $$ 1975 Springbrook Square Drive, Naperville 630.922.3600, aureliospizza.com

FIAMME $$ 19 North Washington Street, Naperville 630.470.9441, fiammepizza.com

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

BIAGGI’S $$ 2752 Showplace Drive, Naperville 630.428.8500, biaggis.com

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

WHEATSTACK $$$ 5900 South Route 53, Lisle 630.968.1920, wheatstacklisle.com

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

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

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

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GIA MIA PIZZA BAR $$ 106 North Hale Street, Wheaton 13 North Third Street, Geneva giamiapizzabar.com FRANCESCA’S PASSAGGIO $$$ 3124 South Route 59, Naperville 630.946.0600, miafrancesca.com GIORDANO’S $$ 119 South Main Street, Naperville 630.428.2111, giordanos.com HARRY CARAY'S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE $$$ 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard 630.953.3400, harrycarays.com IL SOGNO $$ 100 North Hale Street, Wheaton 630.682.5900, ilsognoristorante.com LA SORELLA DI FRANCESCA $$$ 18 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.961.2706, miafrancesca.com LAVAZZA ESPRESSIONS $ 2155 Citygate Lane, Naperville 630.579.4100, lavazzanaperville.com LIVIA ITALIAN EATERY $$$ 207 South Third Street, Geneva 116 East Schiller Street, Elmhurst liviaitalianeatery.com LOU MALNATI’S PIZZERIA $ 131 West Jefferson Street, Naperville 630.717.0700, loumalnatis.com MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY $$ 1847 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.536.2270, maggianos.com MIDICI THE NEAPOLITAN PIZZA COMPANY $$ 135 Water Street, Naperville 630.445.8054, mymidici.com MOD PIZZA $$ 103 South Washington Street, Suite 113, Naperville, 630.544.3471, modpizza.com 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 70 APRIL 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM


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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 $$$ 1550 North Route 59, Naperville 630.579.3262, estebansdiningdancing.com FAT ROSIE’S TACO & TEQUILA BAR $ 47 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.328.0060, fatrosies.com FOGO DE CHÃO $$$ 1824 Abriter Court, Naperville 630.955.0022, fogodechao.com

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YERBABUENA MEXICAN CUISINE $$ 4732 Main Street, Lisle 630.852.8040, yerbabuenacuisine.com

ASIAN BANGKOK VILLAGE $$ 22 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.369.9757, thebangkokvillage.com

JIN 28 $$ 28 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.848.1828, napervillejin28.com KIKU JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE $$$ 2764 Aurora Avenue, Naperville 630.305.3355, mykiku.com

SHAKOU SUSHI $$ 312 West Main Street, St. Charles 630.444.0850, shakousushi.com SHINTO $$$ 504 North Route 59, Suite 116, Naperville 630.637.8899, shintoexperience.com

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

MOSHI MOSHI $ 109 South Main Street, Naperville 630.355.5516, moshimoshisushi.net

BLUE SUSHI SAKE GRILL $$$ 123 Water Street, Naperville 630.428.8500, bluesushisakegrill.com

MUNCHIES $ 22 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.355.8880

DOMO 77 $$$ 4097 Healthway Drive, Aurora 630.692.0032, domo77.com

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

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

ROKA AKOR $$$ 166 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630.634.7652, rokaakor.com

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

HOUSE OF EMPEROR $$ 1212 South Naper Boulevard, Naperville 630.983.8284, houseofemperorchinese.com

SHINTO SUSHI $$ 1739 Freedom Drive, Suite 121, Naperville 331.229.8197, shintorestaurants.com SUSHI HOUSE $$ 175 West Jackson Avenue, Naperville 630.717.8888, mysushihouse.com THAI MEDALLION $$ 327 North Center Street, Naperville 630.305.0183, thaimedallion.com

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YU’S BISTRO $$ 658 Route 59, Naperville 630.848.6998, yubistronaperville.com

SPANISH

TALLGRASS $$$$ 1006 South State Street, Lockport 815.838.5566, tallgrassrestaurant.com

INDIAN

EL TAPEO $$ 2100 Spring Road, Oak Brook 630.828.2044, eltapeorestaurant.com

BAWARCHI $$ 4250 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora 630.375.1600, bawarchinaperville.com

MESÓN SABIKA $$$ 1025 Aurora Avenue, Naperville 630.983.3000, mesonsabika.com

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

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

FRENCH

DECCAN SPICE $$ 192 West Gartner Road, Naperville 331.701.7105, deccanspicechicago.com

INDIA PALACE RESTAURANT $$ 242 East Geneva Road, Wheaton, 630.681.8002 indiapalacerestaurantwebs.webs.com JK KABAB $ 572 Weston Ridge Drive, Naperville 630.778.5555, jkkabab.com RUCHI INDIAN RESTAURANT $ 4S040 Route 59, Naperville 630.791.9792, ruchinaperville.com SHIKARA RESTAURANT $$ 1620 75th Street, Downers Grove 630.964.1720, shikaradownersgrove.com SHREE RESTAURANT $$ 1550 Route 59, Naperville 630.538.7000, shreerestaurants.com

IRISH

PARIS BISTRO $$ 2835 Showplace Drive, Naperville 630.357.1005, parisbistronaperville.com

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

BALLYDOYLE IRISH PUB $$ 5157 Main Street, Downers Grove 630.696.0600, ballydoylepub.com

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

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

QUIGLEY’S IRISH PUB $$ 43 East Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.428.4774, quigleysirishpub.net

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After the vows are recited and the first dance is waltzed, every wedding guest is ready for the sweet stuff. Though a wedding cake should provide the decadent finale to a joyous day, it also should reflect the vibe of the celebration at large. We enlisted the expertise of local bakers to share how they created specialoccasion cakes in distinctly different styles, from an oh-so-trendy naked cake to a towering, sparkly stunner.

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Wedding confections for any style celebration, from modern to traditional


Yellow cake provides just enough contrast against white buttercream. “We can do a seminaked cake with chocolate or fruit flavored [frosting], but 99 percent of the time, it’s vanilla buttercream,” says Michelle Adams, CEO of the Sugar Path in Geneva.

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TRADITIONAL For a classic bridal look

“This cake is an example of really clean and simple design,” says Toni Marie Cox, chef and proprietor of Toni Patisserie in Hinsdale and Chicago. The cake itself is vanilla génoise, a French-style sponge cake, filled with lemon mousse and raspberry preserves. Cox frosted the cake with Swiss meringue buttercream, which is made with egg whites, sugar, butter, and vanilla extract that’s whipped to a smooth, creamy texture. “We use a really high-quality butter—it’s 82 percent butterfat—so it has a really nice balance of richness and the meringue helps to lighten it up.”

Cox finished off the base of the cake by piping on a simple pearl border with Swiss meringue buttercream.

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Cox prefers to use edible flowers on her cakes; this one features blue delphiniums, white lisianthus, Champagne anemones, and white heather arranged in an asymmetrical design. “When I’m putting flowers on a cake, I like to have your eye move around the cake a little bit,” Cox says. She also garnished the cake with fresh plums to coordinate with the couple’s sweets table that featured an assortment of fruit-themed treats, including marzipan figs and candied citrus slices. “I loved that one plum that just seems to be casually placed on the stand,” Cox says.


GLAM

For a dazzling black-tie bash For finishing touches, Greatrix added a matte black “Mr. & Mrs.” topper and white blooms provided by the couple’s florist.

Inspired by the bridesmaids’ gold lace gowns, Greatrix created edible lace by pressing a sugarbased paste into a mold. When dry, “it bends like lace, it feels like fabric and it’s flexible,” she says.

When you have a big guest list, you’ll need a big cake. Victoria Greatrix, owner and pastry chef at the Quintessential Cake, designed this dramatic beauty to feed 175 guests at an elegant and formal holiday season wedding. Though it appears to be five tiers, it’s actually six, with the tallest tier made from two identically sized tiers stacked one atop the other. Taking a cue from the couple’s gold glitter invitations, Greatrix dusted the second and top tiers with sanding sugar that she dyed gold to match the lace details. “[The bride] wanted something festive because it was a Christmas wedding,” she says. To emulate sequins, Greatrix cut tiny discs out of fondant, painted them gold and applied them one by one to the cake’s first tier. She also wrapped real fabric ribbon around the base of each tier.

The Quintessential Cake 611 W. Front St., Wheaton 630.489.2253 thequintessentialcake.com

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RUSTIC

For a boho barn wedding As rustic-chic barn and backyard weddings gained popularity, “naked cakes” became a musthave for couples looking for a more casual look for dessert. “Naked cake is pretty much how it sounds: It’s cake without any or without a lot of frosting on the outside,” says Michelle Adams, CEO of the Sugar Path. A true naked cake has frosting between the layers but none on the exterior; a seminaked cake, like this one, has just a thin coating of buttercream that allows the texture and color of the cake to peek through. The choice is not only about appearance, Adams says: “Some people pick out this cake mainly because they do not like frosting.” The Sugar Path 315 W. State St., Geneva 630.262.3353 thesugarpath.com

Adams thinks that thoughtful garnishes can make this work for any style of celebration. “You can definitely make a naked cake look very rustic for a farm wedding, or you can also make it look great in an industrial setting … or a more elegant venue, where the flowers start at the top and go all the way to the bottom,” Adams says.

MODERN

“It’s upscale and chic with a little bit of edge,” says Julie Lopez, owner and designer at Julie Michelle Cakes, of this black and gold masterpiece. “I like to create taller tiers. … I just think it’s a more modern take on a wedding cake.” The first and second tier are six inches tall, versus the traditional four inches. “It’s fun because you add more cake layers on the inside: six layers of cake and five layers of filling,” she says. “Sometimes it’s hard for the venue or catering [staff ] to cut it, but they take one for the team for the price of beauty.” The top tier has four cake layers with three layers of filling. “It’s the perfect size to save for your one-year anniversary,” she says. Jet black fondant is a head-turning alternative to traditional bridal white. “A lot of people are nervous about eating it or getting black in their mouths, but you really don’t,” Lopez says. “Oftentimes the fondant will just peel right off at the end of your slice, so you don’t even have to eat it.” Lopez used two different metallic mediums to give the fondant its sparkle. First, she mixed gold luster dust—a decorative metallic powder—with lemon extract to make an edible paint. She applied it using a thin wire rather than a paintbrush. “I would dip it in the paint and pull it across the surface … the more wild, the better,” she says. Next, she applied edible gold foil. “It comes in three-by-three-inch squares and if you breathe, it will just blow away; it’s so beautiful and thin,” Lopez says. “I added that on and used a paintbrush to disperse it so it was more organic.” To give the top tier some contrast, Lopez mixed a bit of white fondant into the black fondant to achieve a marbled effect. “The top little guy, there should be a little something extra to him so he doesn’t get lost,” she says. 78 APRIL 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

Julie Michelle Cakes 300 W. Front St., Harvard 312.800.3101 juliemichellecakes.com

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ROMANTIC

Cali Girl Cakes 681 W. Boughton Rd., Bolingbrook 630.863.7935 caligirlcakes.com

For a feminine fete “This is our most popular design,” says Alicia Gozum, owner of Cali Girl Cakes. A crown of fresh pale pink and white roses provides texture and polish. “We can also do silk flowers or we can make paste flowers,” she says. Gozum coated the top tier in meringue buttercream before covering it with pink fondant. She then used a diamond-shaped tool to create a dimensional geometric pattern that resembles quilting. “You can’t press too hard or you’ll cut the fondant, but if you press too lightly it won’t make an impression,” she says.

Candy pearls called dragées mark the corner of each diamond shape. “We use a very thin paintbrush and put a little dab of water on it and handattach each dragée,” Gozum says. The bottom tier is covered with pink buttercream rosettes that are piped on by hand. “We use a onemillimeter star tip [on a pastry bag] and then we just go row by row,” she says.

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Royal Treatment

From the Queen Mother and Princess Diana, to Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, royal weddings have always been cause for celebration. Not one, but two royal weddings in 2018 are influencing this year’s everything— from rings and florals to gowns and getaways. We scoured the suburbs for all things regal, so every local groom and bride can tap into that royal British vibe. By Michelle Dellinger

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here have been 66 monarchs of England and Britain over the last 1,500 years, and there are no less than 58 living descendants of Queen Elizabeth II, including three generations of princes, dukes, and princesses in the country’s current line of succession. Much less complicated is the lineage involved in Don and Donna Wolsfelt’s family business—daughters Dawn and Vicki Wolsfelt now own and manage the expansive bridal and prom salon in Aurora. Wolsfelt’s has evolved from a floral business to a full-service bridal salon with 10,000 square feet of wedding and bridal party dresses, tuxes, and accessories. Four decades in the business have given Dawn and Vicki a broad look at 2019 wedding dress styles. “Long sleeves are definitely a trend right now,” says Donna, including off-the-shoulder styles. Both sisters agree that the streamlined looks that all royal brides choose are trending in 2019. “Simple, classic, and understated are all very strong,” says Vicki. Brides who want a touch

of individual style can look for an underlying color, or accessories like veils. “Cathedral veils are making a huge comeback,” says Vicki. “It adds a lot of drama to the look of a gown.” Although veils come in a variety of lengths—from 20-inch modern veils that just cover the face, to dramatic cathedral-length veils like Meghan Markle’s—Vicki recommends adding a long, coordinating veil to any dress with a soft-flowing skirt. “It looks very romantic and whimsical,” she adds. Sue Cerelli, who owns Bri’Zan Couture in Naperville, agrees. “Cathedral-length veils that are very embellished are absolutely on trend right now.” Bri’Zan specializes in custom-designed dresses and veils, so brides can add sleeves or embellishments to create any style. “We can customize veils to match the dress exactly. Not many stores do that.” Although she agrees that the clean, classic looks of the royal weddings have influenced today’s styles, a lot of Cerelli’s brides are adding three-dimensional elements to their gowns, such as encrusted crystals and pearls. “It adds the perfect, elegant touch to any gown and silhouette shape. All-over sparkle is very daring and sophisticated. You want it to be classic, but on-trend as well, with some modernization.” The elegant Olyssia gown from Maggie Sottero (The Crystal Bride, Geneva, $900 to $2,100) features a bateau neckline similar to Meghan Markle’s, with lace illusion sleeves and a detachable overskirt.

Justin Alexander’s timeless long-sleeve crepe dress (Wolsfelt’s Bridal, Aurora) features a fit and flare silhouette with a bateau neckline, similar to Meghan Markle’s Givenchy dress (p. 80).

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CLASSIC COUTURE


Attendants in British royal weddings tend to be children— relatives or kids of the bride and groom’s inner circle.

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RITE OF PASSAGE

Whether in a Bentley, Rolls-Royce, or horse-drawn carriage, royals always ride to or from Windsor Castle in swanky style, while commoners struggle to get a glimpse of the royal wedding procession along the Royal Borough of Windsor. Reception ride or getaway car? Live out the latter— and your 007 fantasies—cruising away in a rented Aston Martin Vantage from Exotic Car Collection (exoticcars.enterprise.com).

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hile uncommon in American weddings, it’s British tradition to have children serve as bridesmaids and pageboys. Both 2018 royal weddings included 10 children in the bridal party; Prince Harry’s included his nephew Prince George and niece Princess Charlotte (Prince Louis, all of 3 weeks old, did not attend). Although white flower girl dresses are pretty common at any David’s Bridal

(davidsbridal.com), we came up short finding a local vendor for the British Blues and Royals frock coats for the juvenile gents in your ceremony. But if suburban malls don’t have it, you don’t need it… Head to Wave Kids at Stratford Square Mall (Bloomingdale) or Kidco at Yorktown (Lombard) to find formal attire for the smallest members of the your wedding party.

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loral trends in 2019 are all about a neutral, white and green palette, says Jason Williquette, who is the lead wedding designer at Flowers for Dreams. “That lush green gardeny type of vibe is definitely different than a stuffy floral-forward look,” he says. “Adding blooming branches with delicate organic texture is a newer way of looking at floral pieces.” Floral designs for royal weddings are heavily influenced by meaningful gestures. Williquette recently worked with a bride who grew up in the South, so magnolia branches and gardenia meant a lot to her family. “We’ve also seen a slight trend in the use of delicate blossoms,” he says, “like stephanotis, which is a very classic floral choice that the previous generation carried.”

This bride’s cascading bouquet of stephanotis and lily of the valley mirrors the flowers her mother carried, adding local spirea blooms as a modern twist.

Every royal wedding bouquet since Queen Victoria’s ceremony in 1840 has included a sprig of myrtle, which symbolizes hope and love.

Kate Middleton’s 12-carat blue sapphire engagement ring originally belonged to Harry, not William. After Princess Diana’s death in 1997, Prince Charles encouraged his sons to choose mementos from her possessions. Harry chose the engagement ring and William chose a Cartier watch, but the brothers made a royal swap when William decided to propose to Kate. While it’s not likely that locals would enlist Garrard’s of London— the Crown Jeweller—to create their engagement masterpiece, local companies carry similar nontraditional rings adorned with colored stones. This white gold 4.20-total-caratweight ring by Vanna K can be ordered with any shape and size of diamond or gemstone in the center (Rogers & Hollands, Aurora, $24,000). NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / APRIL 2019 83


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CONSUMMATE CLOSET This killer capsule wardrobe sparks all the joy PHOTOGRAPHY BY OLIVIA KOHLER | STYLING BY BETH BERLIN

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udos to Marie Kondo for closets recently liberated from ancient, nonfitting remains. You’ve thanked formalwear (that wasn’t worn) and concert T-shirts (that shouldn’t have been) for their service. Now what?

We asked Chicago stylist Beth Berlin to assemble a capsule wardrobe that is full of mixand-match possibilities. These versatile, must-have pieces will integrate seamlessly with current favorites, giving you a wardrobe that truly sparks joy this spring (and beyond). On Anita Plaid moto jacket, $160, black pleat-detail shell, $59, from White House Black Market. Demi-bootcut jean, $128, from J. Crew. Black cowboy-inspired boots by Charles David, $189, from DSW. See page 102 for additional credits. Hair and makeup: Cathleen Healy (Distinct Artists), Model: Anita Alam (MP | Factor). NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / APRIL 2019 85


Gold hexagon earring, past season, from J.Crew. Medium wash denim trucker jacket, $98.50, and camel relaxed sweater hoodie, $98.50, from Banana Republic. Tortoise clamp bracelet, $24.50, from J.Crew. Black essential cropped flare trousers, $98, Anthropologie.

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Gold crescent necklace, $22, and gold bangles, $26, from Francesca’s. Cream bxlouse with contrasting piping, $19.99, and belted pleated skirt, $69.90, from Zara. Tortoise clamp bracelet, $24.50, from J.Crew. Simone mule by Bleecker & Bond, $69.99, DSW. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / APRIL 2019 87


Black two-button schoolboy blazer, $148, from J.Crew. Printed empire waist dress by A.L.C., $595, from Nordstrom. Black cowboy-inspired boots by Charles David, $189, from DSW. 88 APRIL 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM


Tortoise hoop earrings, $19.50, J.Crew. Washable Merino side-stripe sweater in light camel, $79.50, and paper-bag waist denim skirt, $89.50, from Banana Republic.

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Naper Settlement

TO-DO LIST EXHIBIT

SIGN OF THE TIMES: THE GREAT AMERICAN POLITICAL POSTER The hard-working American political poster first appeared in the 1844 presidential election, and it has attempted to catch both eyes and votes through the use of powerful visual language ever since. This national traveling exhibit showcases a variety of poster styles, design trends, and printing technologies that have been employed to create

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

these powerful campaign messengers over a span of 168 years. Sign of the Times features 50 colorful, high-quality reproductions of the most exciting and rarely seen presidential campaign posters in our country’s history. Free. Various times. Elmhurst History Museum, 120 East Park Avenue, Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org Through May 12 EXHIBIT

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 parent’s 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 Through October 30 FITNESS

WEDNESDAY WALKING CLUB When it comes to outdoor activity, there is no better way than an active stroll around Naper Settlement’s 13-acre museum campus. Check in at the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center, then log your minutes (not miles). No registration is required. Earn reward tickets to Naper Settlement programs and events. Wednesdays, from 8 to 9 a.m. April 3 to October 30. Naper Settlement, 523 South Webster Street. napervillesettlement.org April 4–14 THEATER

1984 Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 brings us the story of Win-

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featuring an elaborate buffet, mimosas, photos with the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt in the Easter Village. $60/adult, $16/child ages 6 to 12, $10/child ages 3 to 5 (free for 2 and under). 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. lucillerestaurant.com HOTEL BAKER ST. CHARLES This historic, riverfront hotel offers a breakfast and lunch buffet, including roasted leg of lamb, smoked bay scallops, a custom waffle station, and an assortment of desserts. $55/ adult, $27/child ages 4 to 12 (free for 3 and under). 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. hotelbaker.com

EASTER FEASTS Where to eat in the suburbs on Sunday, April 21 ABBINGTON DISTINCTIVE BANQUETS GLEN ELLYN Brunch features traditional favorites such as eggs Benedict, fresh jumbo shrimp, smoked Norwegian salmon, cooked-to-order pasta, prime rib and more, including complimentary Champagne. $43.50/adult, $20/child ages 5 to 12 (free for 4 and under). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. abbingtonbanquets.com ARROWHEAD GOLF CLUB WHEATON This traditional Easter brunch includes waffles, blintzes, and an omelet station. $47.95/adult, $24.95/child ages 5 to 12 (free for 4 and under). 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. arrowheadgolfclub.org BOBAK’S SIGNATURE EVENTS WOODRIDGE Brunch includes traditional offerings, along with world cuisine, a carving station, and a chocolate fountain, plus gourmet sweets made by the in-house pastry chef. The Easter bunny will be on hand to greet young guests. $39.95/adult, $18.95/child ages 3 to 12 (free for 2 and under). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone for reservations: 630.968.7778. signatureevent.com BOLINGBROOK GOLF CLUB BOLINGBROOK Custom omelets, carving stations, and a wide assortment of desserts create a relaxing celebration. $49.95/ adult, $27.95/child ages 4 to 12 (free 92 APRIL 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

for 3 and under). 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. bolingbrookgolfclub.com CATCH 35 NAPERVILLE There’s something for everyone at this brunch featuring cheeses, beef tenderloin, maki rolls, and seasonal fruit. Breakfast items include crème brûlée French toast, fruit crepes and more. Kids’ selections include macaroni and cheese and chicken strips. $39.95/ adult, $16/child ages 4 to 10 (free for 3 and under). 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations required. catch35.com CHE FIGATA NAPERVILLE Italian dishes headline this Easter brunch, including blue crab giardiniera, limoncello French toast, grilled swordfish, mushroom and porcini risotto, olive oil cake, a gelato bar, and more. $55/adult, $18/child ages 5 to 11 (free for 4 and under). 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations required. chefigatakitchen.com CITYGATE GRILLE NAPERVILLE Easter brunch at CityGate Grille features breakfast and lunch, kids crafts, and photos with the Easter Bunny. $44.95/adult, $19.95/child ages 6 to12, (complimentary for ages 5 and under). 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. citygategrille.com DRURY LANE OAKBROOK TERRACE Celebrate Easter Sunday with food and fun for the entire family,

MESÓN SABIKA NAPERVILLE The mansion’s station-style brunch includes an assortment of its most popular tapas, a carving station, and a complimentary mimosa for each adult. Easter egg hunts will take place throughout the day, weather permitting. $49.95/adult, $22.95/child ages 7 to 12 (free for 6 and under). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations required. mesonsabika.com THE MORTON ARBORETUM LISLE Celebrate Easter with chef-carved prime rib, made-to-order omelets, pasta and more, while overlooking Meadow Lake. $61/adult, $34/child ages 4 to 12 (free for 3 and under). 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3 p.m. seatings. mortonarb.org PHEASANT RUN ST. CHARLES Resort guests and locals alike are welcome at family events, including two Easter egg hunts, a petting zoo, and crafts. Family photographs will be taken in the Garden Atrium. $42.95/adult, $19.95/child ages 5 to 12 (free for 4 and under). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations required. pheasantrun.com THIRTY 0 THREE RESTAURANT LISLE This award-winning brunch features over 100 decadent items, including unlimited Champagne, sushi, a carving station, biscuits and gravy, smoked salmon, and more. Reservations required. $45.95/adult, $22.95/child ages 6 to 12 (free for 5 and under). 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. doubletree3.hilton.com


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DYNAMIC DUOS From classical to classic rock and pop, musical theater and opera, Chicago a cappella shines a spotlight on your favorite songwriting and performing duos from the past few hundred years. Where else could you find Mozart and Da Ponte, Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto, Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Gilbert and Sullivan, Simon and Garfunkel, George and Ira Gershwin, and the Captain and Tennille all in the same room? $20–$43. 8:00 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 East Chicago. chicagoacapella.org April 6 FAMILY

SPRING TROUT SEASON OPENER Try your luck on Silver, Pickerel, or Grove Lakes at Blackwell, Pratt’s Wayne Woods, and Wood Dale Grove forest preserves. Anglers 16 and older must carry a valid Illinois fishing licenses with inland trout stamps. All ages. Free. No registration. Multiple locations. dupageforest.org April 6 CHARITABLE

BENEFIT BALL DuPage Children’s Museum annual Benefit Ball Play Soiree will include cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and dancing. $350. 6:30 p.m. The Esplanade Lakes Ballroom, 3500 Lacey Road, Downers Grove. dupagechildrens.org

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SCHUG WINE DINNER This Sonoma, California, winery is known for its Carneros chardonnays and pinot noirs, but it produces some wonderful Cabernets as well. Alex Schug will make a presentation during the dinner about the wine pairings. 6:30 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. dinner. $88/ person + tax and gratuity. Email info@ sixtyfourreserveroom.com to make a reservation. sixtyfourwinebar.com April 13 FITNESS

FUN RUN IN COLOR This untimed 5K run/walk is for people of all ages and abilities. Runners are encouraged to wear light colors and are showered along the route with vibrant dyes made from safe, food-grade, biodegradable cornstarch, turning each racer into a brilliant color palette by the time he or she crosses the finish line. With wave starts, four color stations and a final color toss at the after-party, you’re guaranteed to go home wearing colors you’ve never worn before. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Play for All Playground and Garden Foundation. $35. 8:30 a.m. Memorial Park, 208 West Union Avenue, Wheaton. downtownwheaton.com Karen Kingsbury

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SPRING MARKET Talented vendors with a focus on vintage, handmade and repurposed furniture, jewelry, home accessories, and personal products offer their products in this one-day market. $5. 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Naperville North High School, 899 North Mill Street. washingtonstreetmarkets.com April 13 SPECIAL EVENT

CELEBRATE EASTER Wheaton’s annual event includes an Easter egg hunt with thousands of eggs filled with candy, an Easter bonnet contest, and bunny train rides through the park. 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Memorial Park, 208 West Union Avenue, Wheaton. downtownwheaton.com April 13–14 ARTS

FOX RIVER ARTS RAMBLE The second annual Fox River Arts Ramble is a two-day, self-guided arts tour featuring nearly 50 arts-related locations from Aurora to Elgin. 2019 participants include 116 Gallery, Aurora Art Studios, Geneva History Museum, Murano Midwest Gallery, and many individual artists. Free. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Downtown Aurora. foxriverarts.com April 13–14 FAMILY

EASTER EGG HUNT Hundreds of plastic eggs will be hidden on the Cantigny property at this colorful rain or shine event for all ages. A map issued at the parking booth with guide you to activity locations. The format is “open house,” so come at any time during event hours both days. Take a photo with Mr. or Mrs. Easter Bunny and enjoy a craft project at the Visitors Center. Bring a basket or decorate a carrying bag. Free with parking $5. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. cantigny.org April 14 THEATER

THE PASSION: A MODERN MUSICAL DRAMA Since its premiere in 2004, The Passion has become a Palm Sunday tradition. The Passion powerfully tells the story of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection through song. This 50-minute mod96 APRIL 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

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ern musical drama is presented by a 100-voice choir, 40-piece professional orchestra, and 11 professional soloists, including members of Lyric Opera of Chicago. This family-friendly event includes a multimedia presentation. 9 and 10:45 a.m. Christ Church Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook. christchurch.us April 14 FAMILY

PARTY FOR THE PLANET During this fun-filled family event, participate in green-themed craft activities, help the staff plant flowers and a tree, visit with representatives at the Eco Expo, and find about the animals at special Zoo Chats. Free with admission. $21.95/adult, $15.95/child (ages 3–11). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st Street, Brookfield. czs.org April 14 FITNESS

THE CHAMPION OF TREES 10K Find your inner tree champion at this ninth annual 10K race, as you run on a springtime morning surrounded by trees from around the world. Runners will find a challenging course with rolling terrain as they follow the Arboretum’s road on the east side. $50. 8 a.m. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. mortonarb.org April 17 CHARITABLE

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April 19 FAMILY

FLY A KITE! Cantigny’s monthly Family Night series begins a fourth year with an evening devoted to kite flying. Bring a kite or purchase one at Cantigny for $3. Wind permitting, Chicago Kite will demonstrate some larger, fancier models. Free with $5 parking. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Parade Field, Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. cantigny.org April 19–20 FAMILY

HOP AROUND THE SHOPS Spring sales and specials will abound over Easter weekend in Downtown Naperville in a variety of shops. Enjoy numerous on items for spring wardrobes or home decor. Downtown Naperville. downtownnaperville.com

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EASTER EGG HUNT Fourteen thousand eggs will be “hidden” among the four ball fields at Frontier Park Sports Complex, divided by age groups, at the Naperville Jaycees annual egg hunt. At 9 a.m., the horn sounds, and hundreds of kids and parents scramble across the outfields to get the eggs. Special prizes are available, as well as a visit from the Easter Bunny. Arrive 30 minutes early, as parking is limited. Free event; please bring a food donation for Loaves & Fishes. Frontier Park Sports Complex, 3380 Cedar Glade Road. naperjaycees.org

he relentlessly searches for the parents he knows need him. Quickly discovering he too is a musical prodigy, Evan surrenders himself to the symphony of sounds and follows the music. In this inspiring love story, music is everywhere, but will it lead Evan home? Internationally acclaimed director John Doyle, who earned a Tony Award for Sweeney Todd and also staged the Broadway revival of The Color Purple starring Jennifer Hudson, directs this world premiere stage adaption of the critically acclaimed Warner Bros. film. $36–$69. Various times. Paramount Theater, 23 East Galena Road, Aurora. paramountaurora.com

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AUGUST RUSH Evan Taylor, an 11-year old orphan, believes in music like some believe in fairy tales. In a cruel twist of fate, Evan’s mother, an accomplished classical cellist, and his father, the lead singer of a rock band, don’t even know he exists in this world. Even after so many years gone, Evan has not given up hope as

JAZZ TROMBONIST TIM COFFMAN Tim Coffman, a member of the New Standard Jazz Orchestra, is one of the most active trombonists and instructors in the Chicago area. This series is copresented by Flashpoint Creative Arts, a nonprofit organization promoting improvisation as an invaluable life skill and presenting innovative

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artistic and educational experiences meant to draw people into the improvisatory process. $17–$22. 8 p.m. Madden Theatre, 171 East Chicago Avenue. finearts.northcentralcollege.edu April 26–27 SPECIAL EVENT

ABC GARAGE SALE This is a garage saler’s dream! Over 100 participants open their garages for this citywide Geneva treasure hunt. Stop by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce at 8 South Third Street on April 24 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to pick up maps, signs, and instructions. Sales run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. genevachamber.com

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HANDMADE MARKET For over 25 years, the Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club has sponsored the Handmade Market, featuring Chicago-area crafters and artisans. This year, over 80 crafters will showcase the newest trends in the handmade marketplace, from clothing and accessories to home decor, apothecary, and specialty items. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. O’Neill Middle School, 635 59th Street, Downers Grove. dgjwc.org April 28 MUSIC

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member, care giver, or medical professional, music can create or strengthen bonds of family, friends, or associates and enable joy to break through anxieties, pain, and uncertainty. $12–$18. 3 p.m. Pfieffer Hall, 310 Benton Avenue. napervillemensgleeclub.org April 28 THEATER

THE WONDER BREAD YEARS A fresh and funny salute to Americana, The Wonder Bread Years—a one-man comedy show starring Pat Hazell (former Seinfeld writer—is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between standup and theater. From sitting at the kids’ table, to riding in the way back of the Country Squire Wagon, The Wonder Bread Years is a comedy for baby boomers everywhere. $39–$44. 3 p.m. Belushi Performance Hall, 425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn. atthemac.org April 27 CHARITABLE

FREE TO FLY GALA Featuring a “Golden Age of Hollywood” theme, the night will be filled with the sounds of Libido Funk Circus, a martini luge, and more. Guests are invited to put on their festive, movie-inspired attire and enjoy the music, food, and silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit those who seek safety and support while escaping abusive relationships. $175. 5:30 p.m. Bobak’s Signature Events, 6440 Double Eagle Drive, Woodridge. familyshelterservice.org 100 APRIL 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

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THE WHIRL This black-tie event will highlight the 100th anniversary of the land donation to the Forest Preserves of Cook County for the express purpose of creating a modern zoo. The cocktail hour features opportunities for up-close experiences with animal ambassadors, followed by dinner and dancing. The evening also includes a raffle, live auction, and paddle raise. Proceeds benefit Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Zoological Society’s conservation, education, and research programs. 6:30 p.m. $700. Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st Street, Brookfield. czs.org April 27–28 SPECIAL EVENT

WOODCARVING SHOW The North Suburban Carvers and Cantigny Park present a fine art exhibit of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted collectible woodcarvings, turnings, wood-burning art, ornaments, and special occasion gifts from many of the Midwest’s best woodcarvers. Free with $5 parking fee. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. cantigny.org April 27 SPECIAL EVENT

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people living with cancer at this annual fundraiser. Participants may choose between a 3K walk or a 5K run. Proceeds benefit Wellness House, a place offering cancer patients programs in exercise and nutrition, stress management, support groups and counseling, information, and education and child/ family programs. $30–$40. 7 a.m. Wellness House, 131 North County Line Road, Hinsdale. wellnesshouse.org

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ANNA QUINDLEN Grandmotherhood has arrived for the novelist and celebrated journalist Anna Quindlen. The joy of that new bond in her life inspired her latest book, Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting. Her expression of how this new chapter has opened her heart and eyes fills Nanaville, and is relatable to other grandparents or grandparents-to-be. Admission includes one copy of the book and access to the signing line. $30. 7 p.m. Stevenson Hall at North Central College, 131 South Loomis Street. andersonsbookshop.com

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PIANO MAN Mike Sigman brings the music of Elton John and Billy Joel to life in a show that pays them the ultimate tribute. With a hand-picked group of some of the most versatile musicians, and Mike’s uncanny ability to mimic the voices of these two megasuperstars, Piano Man is a solid and authentic tribute band. $25. 8 p.m. Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 East Main Street, St. Charles. pheasantrun.com April 28 FITNESS

NAPERVILLE WOMEN’S HALF MARATHON & 5K The City of Naperville will play host to the newest community event for female runners of all ability levels with the third annual Naperville Women’s Half Marathon and 5K presented by Naperville Running Company at Naperville Central College. This unique format, offered to women only, will again turn the streets of Naperville into a show of force as the fitness movement continues to expand. The event features competitions for all ability levels of running or walking in either the half 102 APRIL 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

PARTNERS WITH VISION GALA This gala benefits Spectrios Institute for Low Vision, an organization dedicated to helping individuals with low vision lead full, productive lives. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, inspirational stories, and live and silent auctions. $95. 6:30 p.m. Hilton Lisle/Naperville Hotel, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle. spectrios.org May 4 & 11 SPECIAL EVENT

BLACKSMITHING 101 Learn the art of blacksmithing with an introduction to safety, tools, and the forge in this two-session class. Participants will learn hammer techniques while making an item to take home. For adults 18 and up. Reservations are required. $150/adult. Naper Settlement, 523 South Webster Street. napersettlement.org May 5 FITNESS

WALK FOR WELLNESS HOUSE Cancer survivors, families, friends and volunteers will gather in support of

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KEVIN BOZEMAN The local funnyman shares his secrets for being a successful comedian

WRITING AND PERFORMING You can write all the jokes in the world, but it doesn’t actually become a joke until someone laughs at it. Creating new content, staying fresh, developing a timing and a delivery, all starts with writing and performing. ENERGY OF A LIVE PERFORMANCE Standup is one of the purest forms of art, in the sense that you’ve created something and you instantly know if it’s good or not by the response of the audience. I also love to make people laugh.

BEING A 2015 SEMIFINALIST ON LAST COMIC STANDING LCS was dope. It definitely ranks up there with my other standup experiences. I wanted to go further, but making it to the top 40 after they had looked at over 5,000 comedians is something to feel good about. In the end, it’s all about validation. Everyone needs it in their line of work, and with standup, entering comedy competitions is a good way to validate that the way you write, the way you perform, and your overall thought process is good enough.

The multitalented Bozeman, who played college basketball at Wisconsin-Whitewater, is a Downers Grove resident who has over 25 years of comedy experience. For a tour schedule or to purchase his new album, 2 Parent Love, visit kevinbozeman.com. 104 APRIL MONTH 2019 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

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