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“The Blue Men wear vinyl caps for every show. We cover their ears with the caps, then paint their heads blue with greasepaint makeup,” Rench, 41, says. It takes one cake of Blue Man makeup—per Blue Man, per show—to achieve the effect. Rench manages the wardrobe and makeup department by maintaining and altering costumes, fitting performers, keeping stock of everything they use, handling purchases and invoices, making decisions regarding their backstage run track, and working about five shows a week. “We also have frequent outside gigs, like television appearances, video, and photo shoots, and other engagements,”

she says. “We always enjoy taking the Blue Men out into the real world.” A few hours before each show, Rench sets up the dressing rooms and backstage items and catches up on laundry. She also helps the Blue Men into costume and makeup. Amid all of the hustle backstage, she also touches up the Blue Men’s makeup throughout the show before they go back on. “Many of us crew members describe our backstage flow as a well-oiled machine,” Rench says. “After the show, I help the Blue Men out of costume and reset all the items we’ve used, so that we’re ready to do it all over again for the next performance. I’m always looking for ways to keep things moving as smoothly as possible.” Rench began on the stage herself as a ballet and contemporary dancer, studying at Naperville’s DanceWest Ballet. After graduating from Naperville Central in 1995, she moved to Chicago to continue dancing and working various freelance jobs, then settled in Berwyn. Rench learned to sew at an early age from her seamstress mother. She started making clothes for herself and friends who were in bands in high school. Later, she was a freelance costume designer for several dance companies, including Thodos Dance Chicago, where she designed costumes for Ann Reinking for two Bob Fosse pieces Reinking had made famous. From there, Rench became wardrobe supervisor for Luna Negra Dance Theater and then River North Dance Chicago, with which she toured Russia for six weeks. When she’s not at the theater, Rench spends much of her time with animals, rabbit-sitting for people when they travel. She also has three rabbits herself. “One of them currently holds the Guinness World Record title of oldest living rabbit. He’s 16 and comes to the theater often,” she notes. Rench also brings her dog to work with her. “My dog, Sheri, spends a lot of time with the performers and the crew to help people relax,” she says. “We call it ‘Sherapy.’ ”

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The professors soon realized a connection with the growers was the perfect opportunity to provide students with interdisciplinary, experiential learning experiences. “As we moved along in this,” says Krystal, “we went from importing coffee to importing beans, and now we’re roasting coffee.” Utilized by professors and students in a variety of disciplines—including engineering, chemistry, marketing, and sales—the Coffee Lab was made possible in part by manufacturers who donated lab equipment and supplies. “The roaster has the capacity to be linked to a laptop,” says Krystal. “Our students are doing really interesting things with the roast profile.” The revenue generated by the wholebean and ground coffee will fund future

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t’s a medical fact that individual lifestyle choices related to diet and exercise can greatly influence one’s levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol. But for the one in every 250 adults dealing with the genetic disorder known as familial hypercholesterolemia (FH)—a chromosomal defect inherited from one or both parents that prevents the body from removing LDL cholesterol from the blood—an extra mile of jogging or increase in fruits and vegetables won’t substantially bring down an LDL number that may be nudging up to the 200 mark (under 100 is considered normal). “FH is definitely underdiagnosed and undertreated, and the impact of that is that if you have it, you probably have a five-times-greater chance of developing coronary disease as a result,” says Dr. Ann Davis, a cardiologist at Advocate Health Care. “If you couldn’t change it, this information wouldn’t really matter. But we have medications that can help reduce the risk for those negative outcomes.” In other words, while an FH diagnosis is certainly not the sort of news you want to receive, having that knowledge can be the impetus to start treating the problem with a statin, a cholesterol absorption inhibitor, or a newer PCSK9 inhibitor. Because the LDL numbers associated with FH are more than just high, they require more than just a little bit of attention. And if you have FH, your kids have a 50 percent chance of inheriting it, too, which makes knowing that much more important. “Just start by getting your numbers so you’ll be in a better position to figure out what’s going on,” Davis says. “Some people don’t want to find out about FH because they don’t like the idea of going on medication. But I don’t like heart disease, so we’re even,” she jests.

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Lie on back, with head and shoulders off mat, legs in tabletop position. Reach arms long a few inches above the mat and pump arms vigorously up and down, while inhaling for 5 pumps and exhaling for 5 pumps. Do this 100 times (10 full breath cycles).

SCISSORS LEG STRETCH

Lie on back, with head and shoulders off mat, with legs extended like open scissors. Use hands to lightly pulse top leg twice, pulling abs in deeper as leg comes toward the body. Keep legs as straight as possible; grab lower on leg if needed, while keeping upper body still. Switch legs and repeat for 5 to 10 sets.

CRISSCROSS

Lie on back, with hands behind head and legs in tabletop. Inhale as you curl head and shoulders up, working oblique muscles as you twist left shoulder to right knee, extending left leg out. Hold for 3 counts, exhale, and twist to the opposite side without lowering upper body. Repeat 6 to 8 sets.

SWIMMING

Lie on stomach, face down, arms overhead, with abs in and hip bones pressed into mat. Reach long through crown and gaze forward while lifting head and shoulders as you flutter arms and legs in a swimming motion for 10 to 20 counts.

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Sit up tall, arms reaching out to sides, with legs open just wider than hips and flexed feet. Inhale and twist tall to one side, keeping hips anchored to mat. Exhale and round forward, reaching pinkie finger to outside of pinkie toe. Repeat on other side; do 3 sets.

PLANK TO PUSH UP

From plank position, with shoulders, elbows, and wrists aligned shoulder-width apart, lower into 3 pushups, keeping elbows close. Pike hips up and “walk” hands back towards feet, rolling up through spine to standing position. Reverse and roll down into plank position. Repeat for 3 sets.

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Kneel on right knee, with right fist on mat, left hand behind head, and left leg straight out. Draw in abs and bring the leg up, parallel to the floor. Swing the leg forward, then back, keeping abs in, glutes tight, and hips still. Repeat on other side; do 5 sets.

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LOVING SEARCH A local woman’s ministry wraps the homeless in warmth By Julie Duffin

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hile some people go out of their way to avoid the homeless, Susie Barrto actively seeks them out. For over six years, the Naperville native has single-handedly helped thousands of people by collecting donated items and delivering them directly to those in need. Through her nonprofit Wrapped in Love, Barrto not only helps the homeless, she also raises awareness of the commonality we share. Wrapped in Love began as a way for Barrto to do something positive during a difficult holiday season. Disappointed that her children were spending Thanksgiving with her ex-husband, Barrto went for a drive and was moved by the sight of a homeless man. 30 MAY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

“I questioned how I could feel so sorry for myself when I had a warm house and plenty of food to come home to. I decided that I wasn’t going to spend Christmas feeling [that way]. Instead, I would collect blankets and food to help the homeless,” Barrto explains. When she posted her plans on Facebook, she was overwhelmed with donations and support. What she thought would be a one-time event quickly became an ongoing mission. Talking about that experience now still brings Barrto to tears today. She vividly remembers the first person they found that day, and how she and other volunteers gathered around him to offer support and prayers.

“It was so emotional, that at one point, the woman leading the prayer couldn’t continue. Suddenly, the man we were helping started praying over us and what we were doing. It was the most beautiful prayer I ever heard,” she recalls. “I looked up and saw that a whole group of people gathered around us. It was incredibly powerful. At that moment I knew this was what I was supposed to do.” Barrto, who works as a hairstylist, does this work in her spare time. “I love creating a bridge between people in need and those who want to give. People know when they drop an item off, it will be in the hands of someone who needs it that weekend,” she states. “While we can’t fix everything, we all can do something to lighten someone’s burden and let them know there are people who care.” During this exceptionally cold winter, Barrto distributed items several times a week throughout the Chicago area. She recalls one man she met outside of Walgreens: “He was extremely grateful for the things I brought him, but he

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he Naperville Police and Fire Departments hosted the 15th annual St. Baldrick’s event on Saturday, March 23 at the Chicago Naperville Marriott. The signature head-shaving fundraiser benefits the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to raising money for children’s cancer research. The evening kicked off with an opening ceremony led by the Naperville Fire Department’s Honor Guard and Pipes and Drums, Naperville Fire Explorers, Naperville Police Explorers, and the Lockport Township High School Junior Air Force ROTC. Emcee Andy Hampton led a program of remembrance and celebration of survivorship. Over 40 people shaved their heads in a show of solidarity with kids who are battling cancer. This year’s event held special meaning for the Highlands Heroes Team from Highlands Elementary, who were supporting one of their own students undergoing pediatric cancer treatments. In addition to the shaving fun, the event featured a dedicated kids’ room, a silent auction, and several raffles. As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation (stbaldricks.org) supports experts working to find cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers. 32 MAY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

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senior community should be more than just a place to live. It should be a place to thrive, in a family-like environment. And since no one knows better than you or your loved one what defines a fulfilling life, Cedarhurst will provide you the space to chart your own path. Currently celebrating our one-year anniversary in Woodridge, our senior living community offers a beautiful, pet-friendly campus, multiple living space options, and expert and committed caregivers, as well as all the amenities you expect, with a few you may not. Choice is key to living life your way at Cedarhurst. We’ll work with you or your loved one to create individualized care plans that meet each resident’s particular needs: • The care you want and need. The right balance of structure and freedom creates an environment of enrichment and contentment. Assisted living includes maintenance and housekeeping at your disposal and help with completing daily tasks. Those affected by memory loss can take advantage of customized individual therapy and living spaces. Respite care and adult day options are also available. • Room to move. Cedarhurst offers a selection of 85 assisted living apartments and 24 memory care apartments in a variety

of studio and one- and two-bedroom floor plans, surrounded by functional and well-appointed common areas. • Year-round activities to stimulate mind, body and soul. Social events, cocktail hours, book clubs, fitness club, movie center, game room—engage as much, or as little, as suits you. (But we’re betting on much.) • Family feedback and participation. All activities are open to family members and friends. We welcome input from our residents’ personal support network and are eager to partner with a family caregiver for particular services. • Convenient onsite therapy. Through EmpowerMe Wellness, residents can receive physical, occupational and speech therapy, plus pharmacy services, without leaving the community. • Limited Time Offer: Ask about getting more space for less, and waiving additional fees for spouses. Senior living residents have reached a point in their lives where they’ve earned the right to choose the best ways to spend their time. By keeping the accent on the living in senior living, Cedarhurst strives to provide a friendly, social community atmosphere of freedom for the resident, and peace of mind for the family. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / MAY 2019 37


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things to look forward to every day,” said Conniff. “Whether it’s live entertainment, an educational class, a movie, a shopping excursion or an organized fitness class, our associates strive to make sure that there is truly something for everyone to look forward to every day.” Residents also enjoy the award-winning Chef’s Fare Dining Program, featuring a high level of customization at every meal. In additional to delicious seasonal cuisine, HarborChase also has an exhibition kitchen, wood-fired oven, bistro and cocktail lounge. “We pride ourselves in providing farm-to-table, from-scratch meals using fresh, seasonal ingredients,” says Conniff. “Our culinary team is dedicated to both surprising and delighting our residents. Our chef-developed menu is focused on healthy, nutritious, flavorful and regionalized cuisine. It’s just another way we celebrate senior living every day at HarborChase.” For more, visit www.HarborChaseNaperville.com.


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…Mind, Body & Spirit. Daily life on our 47-acre campus is diverse and engaging, as we encourage our residents to take advantage of everything that Villa St. Benedict has to offer. Our dedicated “Life Enrichment” team provides a calendar of programs and entertainment that are both informative and captivating. The state-of-the-art “Performance Enhancement Center” offers fitness classes and modern gym equipment to help you stay healthy and active. Enjoy gourmet meals cooked up by our in-house “Culinary Department” led by our Executive Chef. Dine in our convenient Bistro and five-star Dining Room, or enjoy a light meal and cocktail at happy hour in our Villa Center Lounge with a breathtaking view of our grounds. Our beautiful villa homes and spacious apartment options offer all of the comfort and relaxation that you would expect from a community built on hospitality and the feeling of home. Our

staff works tirelessly to provide our residents with excellent services, with the same respect and compassion you would receive from a member of your family. The hallmark of our community is in the Benedictine Tradition in which we were founded, with the guidance of the Benedictine Sisters. Welcoming of all faiths, our “Sacred Heart Chapel” provides Daily Mass and a serene location for peaceful reflection. Discover the keys to “Living Fully, Living Well” at Villa St. Benedict by calling (630) 852-0345 and scheduling your personal tour today! NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / MAY 2019 39


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new spot in downtown Naperville is guaranteed to tempt your sweet tooth with its tasty array of center-filled cupcakes and other sweet treats. Standing in line at lunchtime recently, Gretchen Frantz, a student at North Central College, called Molly’s Cupcakes her new favorite place. The store at 30 West Jefferson Street offers many varieties of fresh cupcakes that are baked daily. Besides classic flavors, Molly’s bakes center-filled cupcakes in tantalizing tastes such as peach cobbler, salted caramel butterscotch, chocolate mouse, cake batter, cookie monster, and blueberry cheesecake. One cupcake, dubbed the Ron Bennington, features chocolate cake with a peanut but42 MAY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

ter filling topped with ganache and crushed butterscotch. There are always 14 center-filled cupcakes on the menu and two seasonal flavors. “I love the cookie monster and the cake batter,” says Frantz, who hails from New Town, New Jersey. “It tastes just like the cake batter you make at home.” CLOSE COLLABORATORS The Naperville franchise is owned by wife-husband duo Stephanie and James Jacobson. They first discovered the shop when they were living in Lincoln Park, the site of the first Molly’s. “We used to go to Molly’s once a week,” says Stephanie. “Since tasting a Molly’s center-filled cupcake, we fell in love with the product and the brand.”

Molly’s is the brainchild of founder John Nicolaides who named the business in honor of his third-grade teacher, Miss Molly, who brought cupcakes to school for kids’ birthdays. Molly’s gained notoriety when it won top honors in “Cupcake Wars,” sponsored by the Food Network. “The peach cobbler cupcake won season 1,” says James, who notes that item is made with a vanilla streusel cake, cinnamon peach purée filling, and whipped-cream frosting topped with a peach slice. “It’s just a unique combination of flavors that comes together really well,” he says. The Jacobsons decided to invest in Molly’s because they wanted to move closer to where they grew up. Stephanie went to Neuqua Valley High School, and James went to Bolingbrook High School. “Molly’s was a way for us to come home and really dive back into the community,” says James. The Naperville store has a pastel-hued, whimsical decor that features PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN JENNINGS


echoes of childhood. A massive blackboard with a periodic table—including abbreviations for dry ingredients, like vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon—covers one wall. A long bar, where patrons can choose from shakers filled with sprinkles and other toppings, features gigantic swings for seating. And an open kitchen lets people see bakers at work making the cupcakes. “We loved the feeling of the store and the set-up,” says Stephanie. “It feels very nostalgic, and takes you back to grade school.” FRESH APPEAL The cupcakes at Molly’s are made in small batches daily. “Everything is fresh,” Stephanie says. “We don’t use any premade batters or mixes. The ingredients are fresh and pure and the cupcakes are baked daily.” For anyone who wants to be a cupcake renegade, the store will accommodate. Customers are invited to create their own favorites by choosing cake and frosting flavors, plus a variety of tasty toppings for decoration. “It’s a fun concept and the cupcakes are made right in front of you,” says James. “It’s very popular among children who want to make their own.” A center-filled cupcake is $3.75, and customers get the 12th free when ordering a dozen. The minis with frosting and no filling are $1.60, and the create-your-own cupcakes are $2.75. Molly’s also has a gluten-free chocolate cupcake, as well as two vegan offerings plus a variety of other sweets, including homemade ice cream, cookies, brownies, bars, and mini pies. As more people are choosing cupcake displays over large cakes for weddings, corporate parties, and other gatherings, Molly’s stands ready to answer that need. Couples planning their weddings are invited to schedule a time for a tasting. “We can show them how to showcase the cupcakes,” says James. The Naperville Molly’s Cupcakes is really a passion project for the couple. “This is our baby,” says James. “It’s a 24-hour-a-day job and something we’re always thinking about.” As for which flavor is her favorite, Stephanie says it’s hard to decide. “I try a new cupcake every day,” she says.

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ROOMS WITH A VIEW Waterfront properties in the Chicago suburbs? For a cool $2.5 million– plus, it can be done By Michelle Dellinger

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5 BERSEEM COURT, OAK BROOK This triple-lot estate will be considered a fixer-upper to most looking in this price range, but 200 feet of waterfront property just off the Tri-State clarifies the main selling point: location, location, location. Remodel the existing home, or tear it down and build the dream, or several, on 3.37 acres in Ginger Creek subdivision. $3,747,000

831 DIANE LANE, NAPERVILLE Can a 10,000-square-foot, four-story mansion be cute? If so, this one is sooo adorable. Nestle up to one of six fireplaces, then take a dip in the indoor pool—or the DuPage River, which is just past the fire pit (boy, do these people like fires). When that fatigues you, retire to the master suite or game room/theater via elevator. $2,500,000

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1555 WADSWORTH, WHEATON This two-acre estate, which overlooks a private natural pond, went on the market last month after a yearlong renovation. Altruistic owners Rich and Carrie Berg have announced they’ll donate half the profits from the project to charity. $2,499,000


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511 JACKSON AVENUE, NAPERVILLE A double lot in downtown Naperville? Priceless. OK, it’s not exactly on the water, but there’s no need to find parking when little Susie wants to swim— this mansion is directly across from Centennial Beach. Stroll to the pool, library, restaurants, and shops, or stay in and cook around a kitchen island that seats 10. $2,490,000

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Breakfast, lunch and early evenings just got a little more Italian for Lisle commuters and residents, as Caffe di Moda inhabits Marq on Main, the residential development going up in downtown Lisle. The menu will include LaVazza espresso and coffee drinks, focaccia, piadine, panini, salads, and fresh vegetable sides, as well as freshbaked Italian pastries. 1012 Burlington Ave., Lisle caffedimoda.com

After a brief departure, Rick Motta—the beloved 88-year-old barber—is back in business at a new location. Walk-ins and appointments are welcome on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1220 W. Ogden Ave., Naperville 630.479.4257

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to downtown Naperville’s fashion-forward block on Main Street, including Anthropologie, Evereve, J.Crew, and Soft Surroundings. In a release, Horne described SoHo as a “one-stop-shop for wardrobe staples, fun new trends, and everyday luxury.”

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Restaurateur Rich Labriola (Labriola Bakery Café, Neapolitan Pizzeria, La Barra) has opened his 11th Chicagoland shop in Oakbrook Terrace—its first drive-through location, and the largest Stan’s yet, including an outdoor patio.

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TABLE FOR TWO craft beer list is either doing most of its business hosting kids’ parties or likely not doing much business at all. In fact, keeping up with the Joneses in the beer battle today means not only offering a wide array of interesting options but, in many cases, brewing some of those choices right on site as well.

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thought. It’s true, kids: Once upon a time, unless you were at one of the very few odd beer-focused eateries, there were probably only two or three tap handles behind the bar, and maybe half a dozen domestic and imported bottles from which to choose. These days, of course, the script has been flipped entirely, and a restaurant without a lengthy and well-curated

PIES PLUS Those pizzas can and should wait just a bit, however, because passing on the starters would be a serious miscalculation. One of the most welcome developments on the local dining scene in recent years has been the cheese curd renaissance, wherein a fair number of new arrivals have been frying up some of the most commendable versions of these irresistible dairy bombs to be found south of the Wisconsin border. Ike & Oak’s gloriously salty and greasy take can most certainly claim a spot of honor in this growing movement. Another standout from the pregame slate is the rich and creamy crab and artichoke dip, served warm in a Mason jar alongside toasted focaccia wedges. When it comes to main dishes, pizza is clearly the star of the show here, but whether you're opting for the ultrathin and blistered crust of a Neapolitan, or

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SEVEN BRIDGES BREWS To that end, the tall, gleaming brew tanks are the striking visual focal point of the room at Ike & Oak Brewing Co. (6315 Main Street) at the Seven Bridges complex, a relatively new entrant to the burgeoning west suburban craft beer scene. Inside those tanks are the creations of head brewer Nathan Tertell, who arrived in Woodridge by way of notable stops at Two Brothers, Lagunitas, and Baderbrau, and is now churning out the small-batch hazy IPAs, fruit-forward hefeweizens, and sour ales (best sampled in a flight) upon which Ike & Oak is hoping to stake its claim in a crowded market. But this isn’t just a taproom. With a menu focused largely on creative takes on Neapolitan- and Roman-style pizzas, executive chef Michael Reid is clearly looking to not only complement the beer selection, but to let even nonbeerheads know that Ike & Oak is a great place for a meal—with or without an accompanying brew.


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the thicker, heartier Roman, the 16 possibilities are anything but straightforward. While traditionalists can certainly find a simple and well-executed fourcheese or pepperoni pie to get the job done, it’s curve balls like the shepherd’s pie, apple-and-squash, or wild boar sloppy joe options that turn pizza at Ike & Oak into something of an adventure. Among the handful of nonpizza options, meanwhile, the spicy chicken-fried chicken sandwich is a deliciously hardto-handle, four-napkin mess. And while it’s likely to be those bold pizzas and craft beers that draw the masses to Woodridge, do not pass on dessert (your chocolate-accented stout doesn’t count). Ike & Oak could swap out any one of those brew tanks in the window for a showcase slice of the decadent Mississippi mud pie and draw in just as many customers. They may even want to whip out their phones and share that pie with the world.

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RECIPE

Yield: 15 pancakes ½ 1 4 2 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 2

cup all-purpose flour teaspoon baking powder tablespoons sugar eggs, separated teaspoon kosher salt cup whole milk cup ricotta cheese teaspoon vanilla bean paste tablespoon lemon zest tablespoon lemon juice tablespoons canola oil whipped cream fresh blueberries maple syrup

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Serve the pancakes with whipped cream, blueberries, and maple syrup.

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LOCAL FLAVOR AMERICAN

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1910 BAR, $$ 30 West State Street, Suite 200, Geneva 630.845.9100, 1910geneva.com ADELLE’S FINE AMERICAN FARE, $$$ 535 West Liberty Drive, Wheaton 630.784.8015, adelles.com

NEWLY OPENED RIVERLANDS BREWING COMPANY This new craft brewery and taproom was opened by St. Charles natives who wanted customers to feel like part of the family. Enjoy housemade brew like Pride of the Fox and Pulp Tart Peach, plus guest taps such as Overfrüt and No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider. See the website for the food truck and special event schedule. Open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. 1860 Dean Street, Unit A, St. Charles, riverlandsbrewing.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

GRAND DUKE’S RESTAURANT The suburban spot for modern eastern European and American fare has reopened at a new location. Home-style Lithuanian menu items include potato pancakes with shredded duck; Mamaliga polenta with eggplant, peppers, crème fraîche, and feta; borscht with meatballs; pierogis with caramelized onions; and spurgos served with Nutella and strawberry marmalade. 980 W. 75th St., Downers Grove, 708.594.5622, granddukesrestaurant.com NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / MAY 2019 57


station, seafood, and more. Unlimited French Champagne poured tableside. 4 p.m. seating exchanges brunch items with an array of dinner entrées and sides. 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. seatings. $59/adult, $29/child 12 and under. Elements at Water Street, 123 Water St., Naperville. elementsnaperville.com HILTON CHICAGO/ OAK BROOK HILLS RESORT This lavish brunch for Mom includes a chef-driven buffet, a fashion show, kids’ activities, and complimentary mimosas for the ladies. $53.95/adult, $19.95/child ages 5 to 12 (ages 4 and under free). 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. seatings. 3500 Midwest Rd., Oak Brook. oakbrookhillsresort.com HOTEL BAKER Brunch at the historic waterfront hotel will include omelet, waffle, seafood, and carving stations, along with traditional breakfast and lunch dishes, plus dessert. $55/adult, $27/ child ages 4 to 12 (3 and under free). 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 100 W. Main St., St. Charles. hotelbaker.com

HONORING MOM Celebrate the special woman in your life at one of several area events on May 12 BOLINGBROOK GOLF CLUB Custom omelets, carving stations, a wide assortment of desserts make for a relaxing celebration. $49.95/adult, $27.95/child ages 4 to 12 (ages 3 and under free). 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Discount for members. Bolingbrook Golf Club, 2001 Rodeo Dr., Bolingbrook. bolingbrookgolfclub.com BROOKFIELD ZOO Enjoy a Champagne brunch featuring an omelet and carving stations, plus accom58 MAY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

paniments, a sweets table, and more. Afterward, take Mom on a walk through the zoo to see her favorite animals. Reservations are required. Price includes zoo admission and parking. $42.95/ adult, $32.95/child ages 3 to 11. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. seatings. Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. czs.org ELEMENTS AT WATER STREET Classical breakfast favorites including eggs Benedict, a made-to-order omelet station, Belgian waffle bar, carving

MESÓN SABIKA A special station-style Mother’s Day Brunch includes popular tapas, a carving station with prime rib, a complimentary mimosa for each adult, desserts made to order, and an outdoor grilling station (weather permitting). Reservations required. $49.95/adult, $22.95/child ages 7 to 12 (6 and under free). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1025 Aurora Ave., Naperville. mesonsabika.com PHEASANT RUN Pheasant Run Resort celebrates amazing women with breakfast favorites. $42.95/adult, $19.95/child ages 5 to 12 (4 and under free). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations recommended. 4051 East Main St., St. Charles. pheasantrun.com

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Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at Brookfield Zoo

LUCILLE RESTAURANT Find eggs Benedict, French toast, baked Atlantic salmon, and more at 10 gourmet food stations. Mimosas, Bellini’s, and a Bloody Mary bar keep the adults grinning while kids will be wowed by their own buffet. Reservations required. $60/adult, $16/child ages 6 to 12, $10/ child ages 3 to 5. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lucille Restaurant, 100 Drury Ln., Oakbrook Terrace. lucillerestaurant.com


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 $$$ 15 South River Lane, Geneva 630.208.7433, herringtoninn.com BARREL & RYE $$ 477 South Third Street, Suite 184, Geneva 630.402.0647, barrelandrye.com BEATRIX $$ 272 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630.491.1415, beatrixrestaurants.com BLACK ROCK BAR & GRILL $$$ 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 NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / MAY 2019 59


COOPER’S HAWK WINERY & RESTAURANT $$$ 1740 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.245.8000, chwinery.com CRAFT URBAN $$$ 211 James Street, Geneva 331.248.8161, crafturban.com DRAFT PICKS $$ 523 Fairway Drive, Naperville 630.904.1111, draftpicksnaperville.com EDDIE MERLOT’S $$$$ 28254 Diehl Road, Warrenville 630.393.1900, eddiemerlots.com EGG HARBOR CAFÉ $ 175 West Jackson Avenue, Naperville 630.548.1196, eggharborcafe.com EGGS INC. CAFÉ $ 220 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.171.5555, eggsincorporated.com ELMHURST BREWING COMPANY $$ 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 HAMPTON SOCIAL $$$ 705 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge 630.219.0009, thehamptonsocial.com HARRY & EDDIE’S $$ 29 East First Street, Hinsdale 630.590.9047, harryandeddies.com

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

OLD TOWN POUR HOUSE $$ 1703 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.448.6020, oldtownpourhouse.com

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

ORANGE & BREW $$ 1027 Burlington Avenue, Downers Grove 630.541.3880, orangeandbrewbottleshop.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

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

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

PIERCE TAVERN $$$ 5135 Main Street, Downers Grove 630.869.5333, piercetavern.com

LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN $$ 204 South Washington Street, Naperville 331.215.5789, lepainquotidien.com

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

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

PLANK BAR & KITCHEN $$ 120 Water Street, Naperville 331.401.5500, hotelindigo.com/napervilleil

MEATHEADS SERIOUS BURGERS & FRIES $ 2555 West 75th Street, Naperville 630.355.6066, meatheadsburgers.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

PRIMO $$ 29 South Third Street, Geneva 630.232.2280, allchocolatekitechenprimo.com RBK AMERICAN GRILL $$ 994 Warren Avenue, Downers Grove 331.251.6780, rbkdg.com RED ARROW TAP ROOM $$ 216 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.536.8739, redarrowtaproom.com

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

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

SANTO CIELO $$$ 120 Water Street, Suite 509, Naperville 630.323.0700, stcielo.com

HOLY MACKEREL! $$$ 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard 630.953.3444, harrycarays.com

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

SEASONS 52 $$$ 3 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630.571.4752, seasons52.com

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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 TAP IN PUB & CARVERY $$ 2155 CityGate Lane, Naperville 331.457.5798, tapinpub.com TED’S MONTANA GRILL $$$ 39 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.848.2255, tedsmontanagrill.com

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ZORBA LOUNGE $ 2139 CityGate Lane, Naperville 630.579.4100, zorbalounge.com

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HITthe ROAD Our exploration guide to five great Midwest cities that families can get to in five hours or less BY LISA ARNETT

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Summer vacation planning starts … now! If you’re looking for a warm-weather adventure with your kiddos without spending a full day in the car, a long weekend trip to one of these five neighboring states could be just the ticket. For each destination, we’ve zeroed in on our favorite family-friendly attractions— think museums, zoos, and child-friendly fests—and even mapped out a halfway point to stop for a bathroom break. It’s time to fill up the gas tank, grab some snacks, and go! DES MOINES, IOWA

The capital of Iowa, Des Moines (catchdesmoines.com) lies in the center of the state, with its namesake river flowing through downtown. There’s plenty of architecture to feast your eyes on, from the dramatically columned Iowa State Capitol to the glass geodesic dome of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (909 Robert D. Ray Dr., 515.323.6290, dmbotanicalgarden.com). 308 miles, 4.75 hours west via I-88 and I-80 On the border of Illinois and Iowa along the Mississippi River, the Quad Cities (visitquadcities.com) is a prime spot to stretch your legs. At Schwiebert Riverfront Park (101 17th St., Rock Island), the kids can traverse the playground and interactive fountain while parents take in stunning views of the waterfront, picturesque bridges, and Arsenal Island. SIGHTS In downtown Des Moines, the 4.4-acre John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park 2 (1330 Grand Ave., desmoinesartcenter.com) offers Instagram-worthy photo opps. The Science Center of Iowa 3 (401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy., 515.274.6868, sciowa.org, $9–$13/person) features a planetarium for stargazers, a native Iowa habitat exhibit for nature-lovers, and a Small Discoveries space for itty-bitty museumgoers. The free State Historical Museum of Iowa (600 E. Locust St., 515.281.5111, iowaculture.gov) impresses with a woolly mammoth skeleton replica, a six-foot-wide hand-painted Rand McNally globe, and three vintage airplanes suspended in flight. And adrenaline junkies of all sizes will love riding the coasters, bumper cars, and water slides at Adventureland 1 (3200 Adventureland Drive, 515.266.2121, adventurelandresort.com, $40–$45/person), just northeast of Des Moines in nearby Altoona. EVENTS The Iowa State Fair (3000 E. Grand Ave., 800.545.FAIR, iowastatefair.org, $4–8/person) draws more than a million people over its 11-day span (August 8–18) with carnival rides, agricultural demos, and grandstand concerts. This year’s musical acts include the Chainsmokers, Hootie & the Blowfish, Pentatonix, and Zac Brown Band. DISTANCE PIT STOP

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ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

About 45 minutes due west of Detroit, near the base of Michigan’s thumb, Ann Arbor (visitannarbor.org) is home to the University of Michigan campus and a lively downtown district lined with boutiques, antique shops, breweries, and restaurants. While in town, don’t miss the legendary Zingerman’s enterprises, which include a café, deli, creamery, and bakery (zingermansdeli.com), and keep your eyes peeled for miniature fairy doors (urban-fairies.com), a whimsical public art project of sorts by “fairyologist” Jonathan B. Wright. DISTANCE 264 miles, 4 hours east via I-94 PIT STOP You’ll happen upon the quaint lakefront town of New Buffalo (newbuffaloexplored.com), which is a little short of halfway through the trip. Stop for a bite to eat and play a few games in the arcade at retro burger joint Redamak’s (616 E. Buffalo St., 269.469.4522, redamaks.com). SIGHTS Curious kiddos will dig the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum (220 E. Ann St., 734.995.5439, aahom.org, $12.50/person) for its interactive STEM exhibits that show how things work, from the internet to tornadoes to the human body. The brand-new Museum of Natural History (1105 N. University Ave., 734.764.0478, lsa.umich.edu/ummnh, free) opened in mid-April on the campus of University of Michigan, where exhibits about fossils, DNA, and planet formation share space with working research labs in the Biological Sciences Building. At the Yankee Air Museum in nearby Belleville (47884 D St., 734.483.4030, yankeeairmuseum.org, $8–10/person), visitors can sit in a KC-135 cockpit, design their own airplane art, and scope out a variety of aircraft flown in WWII and the Vietnam War. For a once-in-alifetime experience, book a flight on planes such as a B-25 Yankee Warrior or Waco Biplane ($95–$450/person). Also nearby in West Bloomfield, tweens and teens can traverse zip lines and aerial rope courses at Tree Runner Adventure Park (6600 W. Maple Rd., 248.419.1550, treerunnerwestbloomfield.com, $1.19–$43/person), and there’s also a junior park ($21/child) for ages 4 to 7. EVENTS The Ann Arbor Summer Festival (a2sf.org) celebrates arts and entertainment in June and July via ticketed indoor performances and free outdoor concerts, movies, and kid-friendly activities.

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ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

Located on the western bank of the Mississippi River, St. Louis (explorestlouis.com) is Missouri’s second-biggest city, next to Kansas City. Though first-timers to the city must not miss the iconic Gateway Arch (11 N. 4th St., 877.982.1410, gatewayarch.com, $8–16/person), there’s plenty more to do while in town, from eating tasty St. Louis–style barbecue to seeing a classic St. Louis Cardinals 1 game (mlb.com/cardinals). DISTANCE 274 miles, 4 hours southwest via I-55 PIT STOP Hop off the highway in Bloomington-Normal (visitbn.org) for a walk along Lake Bloomington’s (lakebloomington.com) 18.5-mile shoreline or a round of mini golf at Miller Park (1020 S. Morris Ave., 309.434.2651, bloomingtonparks.org, $5/person). SIGHTS If your kiddos love animals, spend some time at Grant’s Farm 4 (10501 Gravois Rd., 314.843.1700, grantsfarm.com, free admission, $15/car for parking), an animal refuge built on the former Busch family estate. You can meet the famous Budweiser Clydesdales, bottle-feed a baby goat ($1.50), and ride a camel ($6) or the carousel ($2). At St. Louis’ children’s museum the Magic House 3 (516 S. Kirkwood Rd., 314.822.8900, magichouse.org, $12/person), visitors can watch model trains, make gigantic bubbles, pretend to be construction workers, or climb a three-storytall beanstalk. Claims to fame at the Saint Louis Zoo (Government Dr., 314.781.0900, stlzoo.org, free admission, $2–$8/person for attractions) include a sea lion show, safari tours, stingray cove, and a railroad, reopening this spring after renovations. This season’s lineup at the Muny (1 Theatre Dr., 314.361.1900, muny.org, $15–$105/person)—the biggest, oldest, outdoor musical theater in the country—includes Cinderella (July 8–16) and Matilda (August 5–11). EVENTS See St. Louis favorite Circus Flora 2 (3401 Washington Blvd., 314.827.3830, circusflora.org, $10–$60) perform a one-ring circus show June 6–30 under its signature bright red big-top tent. The Whitaker Music Festival hosts free outdoor concerts at the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Blvd., 314.577.5100, missouribotanicalgarden.com, $5–14/person) on Wednesday evenings all summer long; arrive early to wander the Children’s Garden before the music starts. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / MAY 2019 69


INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

Indiana’s capital city (visitindy.com) is located smack dab in the middle of the state, about halfway between Chicago and Louisville. In addition to hosting the hallowed Indianapolis 500 race, it is also home to some lovely attractions, including the largest children’s museum in the world. DISTANCE 204 miles, 3.5 hours southeast via I-65 PIT STOP In plain sight from the highway, a stop at Fair Oaks Farms (856 N 600 E Fair Oaks, Fair Oaks, 877.536.1194, fofarms.com) won’t take you far off course. Grab a quick snack from the counter-service café, or commit to a variety of ticketed farm experiences to visit the calf birthing barn (where 80 to 100 calves are born daily), climb a 22-foot-tall milk carton, and explore the pollinator garden, among many other educational exhibits ($15–$30/person). SIGHTS At the 250-acre White River State Park (801 W. Washington St., 317.233.2434, whiteriverstatepark.org) you can cruise the city’s Central Canal—via kayak, paddleboat, or gondola ride—or explore one of seven museums situated along the waterfront, including the NCAA Hall of Champions (ncaahallofchampions.org) or the Indianapolis Zoo 3 (indianapoliszoo.com). The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 1 (3000 N. Meridian St., 317.334. 4000, childrensmuseum.org, $10.50–$32.50/person) is the world’s largest, with indoor exhibits ranging from an international space station to a Paw Patrol–themed play area (through July 28). Outdoor activities include a pedal car racetrack, mini golf course, fitness path, and handicap-accessible treehouse. At Trader’s Point Creamery 2 (9101 Moore Road, 317.733. 1700, traderspointcreamery.com) in nearby Zionsville, take a tour of the working dairy farm and finish with a meal at the Loft restaurant or an ice cream cone from the outdoor Dairy Bar. EVENTS Legions of fans descend on the city each spring for the Indy 500 (indianapolismotorspeedway.com, $60–$200); this year’s race is scheduled for May 26. The monthlong 500 Festival (500festival.com) starts May 1, leading up to race day with a half marathon and 5K (May 4), a rookie run for kids (May 11), and a parade (May 25, $10–$40/person). 70 MAY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

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GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN

If you can put your feelings about football aside, Green Bay (greenbay.com)— located on Wisconsin’s eastern shore—offers ample fun for families with young children, from a nationally recognized train museum to an old-school amusement park.

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DISTANCE 219 miles, 3.5 hours north via I-94 and I-43 PIT STOP Milwaukee (visitmilwaukee.org) is the logical halfway point, so why not stop at Sprecher Brewery Co. (701 Glendale Ave., Glendale, 414.964.2739, sprecherbrewery.com) to try its famous root beer on tap? SIGHTS At the Green Bay Botanical Garden (2600 Larsen Rd., 920.490.9457, gbbg.org, $5–$10/person), explore the whimsical Stumpf Hobbit House; a new butterfly exhibit (June 1–August 31); and the children’s area, featuring a vine maze, tree house, and sensory garden. First opened in 1892, Bay Beach Amusement Park (1313 Bay Beach Rd., greenbaywi.gov, free admission, rides $0.25–$1.00) offers classic carnival-style rides such as a Ferris wheel, Tilt-A-Whirl and bumper cars, plus the Zippin Pippin, a wooden coaster. The National Railroad Museum (2285 S. Broadway, 920.437.7623, nationalrrmuseum.org, $7.50–$10/person) is a must for train fans who can scope out the 1955 Aerotrain, the 1932 GG-1 electric locomotive, and the Union Pacific 4017 Big Boy—the biggest steam locomotive in the world. It’s worth the $2 ticket upgrade to take a 25-minute tour of the museum aboard a full-sized diesel-powered train. EVENTS The city’s annual summer arts festival, Artstreet (mosaicartsinc.org/artstreet), runs August 23–25 and features live music and hands-on projects for kids. Or visit during Green Bay Restaurant Week (gbrestaurantweek.com) July 11–18 to take advantage of lunch and dinner specials at participating restaurants around town. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / MAY 2019 71


This year marks my 21st of riding the BNSF line from Naperville to Chicago, five days a week, which means that I’ve endured about 10,000 trips between Fifth Avenue and Union Station. Ten thousand. The BNSF has the largest number of daily commuters year after year—no other line comes close. I’ve seen or heard just about everything—good or bad—that could possibly happen to a fellow human in a closed environment. 72 MAY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

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OVERSTIMULATION

Despite my filtering efforts, there have been quite a few times I couldn’t stand the words coming out of some loudmouth, or the smell of someone’s fast food, which motivated me to rise up from my seat and move to the next car. Moving doesn’t always work, however—the next car might not have any open spots. I solved the odor problem, but now I have to stand.

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CATTLE CALL

I feel for those who drive into Chicago every day. When they do occasionally ride the train, what I hear is that they feel like a piece of meat—cattle, if you will—when getting off at Union Station. It’s terrible! How do I put up with all these people? I always respond with a nod and comment that sitting in the first car will eliminate that problem. If you’re sitting in the first row of the classroom, you don’t know how many kids are behind you.

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PARKING PROBLEM

Decades ago, when I got my first monthly train pass, I also paid a $25 deposit to be put on the waitlist for parking, which can take up to 20 years. Passes are so valuable they are literally willed to offspring. After 18 long years—of arriving before 7 a.m. to grab a limited daily spot, or taking the Pace bus, or riding my bike—I have been granted an official spot. The day my plastic windshield pass came in the mail, I leaped for joy.


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Ever heard of the quiet car? Us Regulars know it’s the second car from both the front and back of the train—important to know and easy to figure out, as there are signs posted. But it’s supposed to be a “quiet” car, not a “silent” car—another important point. I had a conductor pass me his business card once, who told me the Rules I needed to know to be an effective leader in the education of Rookie Riders, or Innocents.

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You see all types in the quiet car—the makings of a nice beef stew is right there, every day, when you’re dealing with the public. It’s heavy on the beef—as in complaining about the noise made by some unknowing Innocent. Sometimes the Unhappys (the know-it-all daily riders), really go off breaking the quiet rules they hold near and dear, as they scream at an Innocent. Metra would make a killing by fining the whining that goes on.

MAD RUSH

So what time is rush hour? I don’t know exactly when it starts in the morning, but a few weeks ago I happened to be in the quiet car (see left) heading out of Chicago on the 6:20 p.m. I couldn’t help but overhear two gentlemen arguing—in the quiet car, no less—about the question of when rush hour ended, exactly. It wasn’t pretty. It was typical, however. Each of the men was right, and they both

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stood their ground, explaining to those of us (sitting quietly by) why his position was correct. Then they got louder— way over the top and well beyond the quiet car Rules of Engagement. One of them might have been a Rookie Rider. I think both were having a bad day, and I think the tall dude needed to go to the bathroom, the way he kept fidgeting.

HAPPY HOUR

Now, have you ever heard of the liquor car? Yeah, they used to sell booze on the train. Anything you wanted—as long as it was a hard drink to get drunk fast before you made your stop on the way home. I heard tell of a line that still operates this type of car—north line, of course. You know, where all the big shots live. Those Glenview types. Now that’s the car you want to be in.

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Matilda

TO-DO LIST Through June 2 THEATER

MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET Ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop, the neighborhood has looked upon the Nowaks’ 20-foot shrine as a beacon of hope and faith. But a deathbed confession reveals a secret that brings the family legend into question, along with great fun. Heartfelt and hilarious. Adult themes and language. $38–$40. Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Playhouse Theatre, 425 Fawell Boulevard, Glen Ellyn. atthemac.org Through June 14

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KINKY BOOTS Charlie Price is a reluctant shoemaker. Lola is a fierce drag queen. These two could not be any more different, but

when they find common ground in shoes, they see a whole new world of possibilities open up to them that will turn their small town upside down, and just might save Charlie’s failing shoe factory. With a Tony Award–winning score, this regional premiere of Kinky Boots will tear up the stage. $36–74. Various times. Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. paramountaurora.com Through June 23 THEATER

MATILDA Wonder and amazement abound with this award-winning musical. Based on the beloved novel, Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical tells the tale of a precocious 5-year-old girl with special talents. Facing many obstacles caused by her family and school, the book-loving Matilda befriends her teacher and helps the woman to reclaim her life. $55–$65. Various times. Drury Lane

Theatre, 100 Drury Ln., Oakbrook Terrace. drurylanetheatre.com Through October 30 FITNESS

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DESTINATION KOHLER This immersive wellness experience will awaken guests’ minds and challenge the body through a robust selec-

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tion of programming, including fitness and yoga sessions, health-conscious dining, and stimulating educational sessions led by nationally renowned gurus Daphne Oz and Anna Kaiser, in addition to Kohler’s own industry experts. Overnight and single-day packages are available. The American Club, 419 Highland Dr., Kohler, Wisconsin. americanclubresort.com May 3 CULINARY

FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL The fifth annual Food Truck Festival brings more than 30 local and regional food trucks to the monthly First Fridays art crawl for a night of food, art, and live music. 5 to 10 p.m. Benton St., downtown Aurora. auroradowntown.org

lead full, productive lives. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, and inspirational stories, plus live and silent auctions. $95. 6:30 p.m. Hilton Lisle/ Naperville, 3003 Corporate West Dr., Lisle. spectrios.org May 4 & 11 LECTURE

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 S. Webster St. napersettlement.org May 5 FITNESS

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PARTNERS WITH VISION GALA This gala benefits Spectrios Institute for Low Vision, an organization dedicated to helping individuals with low vision Destination Kohler

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ceeds 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 N. County Line Rd., Hinsdale. wellnesshouse.org

WALK FOR WELLNESS HOUSE Cancer survivors, families, friends and volunteers will gather in support of people living with cancer at this annual fundraiser. Participants may choose between a 3K walk and a 5K run. Pro-

May 7 LITERARY

SARAH BLAKE The New York Times bestselling author of The Postmistress presents her new novel The Guest Book, the story of the Miltons, an old money family who for three generations spend their summers on an island off the coast of Maine— sharing lobster boils, summer flings, and a heavy, unspoken grief. When two young idealistic men enter their lives, the family must contend with their own legacy of buried secrets. To join the signing line, purchase the book from Anderson’s Bookshop. 7 p.m. Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson St. andersonsbookshop.com


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May 10–11 MUSIC

CELEBRATE! A TAPESTRY OF AMERICAN MUSIC Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale presents an all-American program, with music ranging from folk to spirituals, as well as from American composers Morton Lauridsen and Dan Forrest. Special guest Dr. Keith Hampton will conduct his piece “Celebrate!” $9–$19. Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 11 at 3:00 p.m. College Church, 335 E. Seminary, Wheaton. gewchorale.org May 10-11

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QUILT SHOW Over 300 quilts will be on display, plus a merchant mall, raffle baskets, special drawings, demonstrations, “Hidden Treasures” sale, and featured quilter, Svetlana Gluskin. NIU has an onsite cafe and restaurants are nearby. $7. Friday, 12 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Northern Illinois University Naperville Campus, 1120 Diehl Rd. riverwalkquilters.com May 11

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COCKTAIL CONTAINER WORKSHOP Learn about cocktails that use fresh herbs to enhance their flavors by learning how to grow herbs. Select three to plant in a wooden box and take home your new cocktail container! And get ready to start muddling right away—take home a few recipe cards, too. All plants, soil, and container are

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CHICAGO SINFONIETTA The Sinfonietta puts its own spin on the concept of “the tribute” with an exceptional program dedicated entirely to musical portraits spanning genres and centuries. From David Schiff ’s love letter to icons Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan, to the allusively autobiographical Edward Elgar composition Enigma Variations, this string-centric performance featuring violin virtuoso Regina Carter is a fitting finale to the season. $10–$62. 8 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. finearts. northcentralcollege.edu May 11 FITNESS

WARRIOR FITNESS CHALLENGE This 30th annual 10K, 5K, and 1K race is sponsored by the Midwestern University Sports Medicine Club to benefit 78 MAY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

Sharing Connections. Participants 14 and older can add the Warrior Fitness Challenge to their race registration for an additional fee, which provide a fitness testing score graded by official military personnel. The results are based on a two-minute push up test, a two-minute sit-up test, and time for the 5K race. Points are awarded based on performance and age. Mother’s Day flowers will be given to all moms. $17–$47. 7 a.m. Midwestern University, 555 31st St., Downers Grove. raceroster.com May 15 SPECIAL EVENT

TROUT UNLIMITED The Oak Brook Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s Spring Fling has something for everyone: fishing information for Midwest locations for trout, steelhead, salmon and smallmouth bass; fly tying workshops for novice and experienced tiers; Orvis and DuPage Fly Fishing representatives with their latest 2019 fishing gear and apparel; door prizes for all attendees plus a bucket raffle featuring fishing gear and other prizes; and a free dinner featuring grilled bratwurst

and hot dogs for attendees. 5 to 9 p.m. White Eagle Homeowners Clubhouse, 4265 White Eagle Dr. obtu.org May 16–19 SPECIAL EVENT

TASTE OF GLEN ELLYN The annual Taste of Glen Ellyn is a family event featuring live entertainment, a youth community stage, a 5K run, food, beverages, carnival rides, crafts, and a business expo, plus the French Market Grand Opening. Main St. and Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Various times. business.glenellynchamber.com May 17 EXHIBIT

WORLDS OF WONDER: REMEMBERING CHICAGOLAND’S AMUSEMENT PARKS Chicago has had its share of jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring amusement parks, from the rotations of the first Ferris wheel at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, to the ups and downs of the Bobs at Riverview. This new exhibit celebrates Chicago’s favorite destinations for fun and thrills, from early trolley parks and suburban

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included in the class price. $40. Noon to 4 p.m. Greenhouse Transplant Area at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. cantigny.org


attractions like Kiddieland, Santa’s Village, and Dispensa’s Kiddie Kingdom. Learn about the signature rides and iconic venues through rare photos and video, memorabilia, advertisements, and intriguing artifacts. Free. Various hours. Elmhurst History Museum, 120 East Park Avenue, Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org May 17 MUSIC

HOLLYWOOD A CAPPELLA Chicago a cappella pays homage to award-winning Hollywood music from the Golden Age and beyond. The gala concert features dinner, a silent auction and raffle, and a heartfelt tribute to our honorees. Songs include “Moon River,” “The Way We Were,” “I’ve Had the Time of My Life,” “Skyfall,” and more. The legendary Radio Hall of Famer Terri Hemmert of WXRT hosts the evening. This year’s Tribute Award goes to Christopher Bell, chorus director at the Grant Park Music Festival; Friend of the Year is Ann Cole. $175–$250. 6:45 p.m. Venue West, 221 N. Paulina St., Chicago. chicagoacappella.org

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DEEP-SEA BIOLUMINESCENCE The deep sea is the largest ecosystem on the planet—and the least explored. It is a world without sunlight, but not without light. Edie Widder will describe recent insights into the part living light plays in the deep sea and some of its applications and impacts in hunting cancer, pollution, giant squid, and neutrinos. Widder, best known for capturing the first video of a giant squid filmed in the deep sea, is a gifted speaker who has done 3 TED talks with more than 5 million views. She is also

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May 17–19 SPECIAL EVENT

CHOCOLATE FEST Thousands will convene in Long Grove to experience three days of Old World charms, family frills, delicious handmade chocolates and continuous live music. $5/person (ages 12 and under free). Friday noon to 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Historic Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove. longgrove.org May 18 SPECIAL EVENT

CLAYSPACE POTTERY SHOW ClaySpace is a nonprofit clay arts studio that provides a home for the growing clay arts community. ClaySpace’s resident artists will be exhibiting and selling a variety of their functional and sculptural pieces. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors Center at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. cantigny.org May 18 FITNESS

G.L.O.W. 5K The Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy will host the 18th annual 5K family run/walk to support literacy, fitness, and family. Proceeds benefit enriched literacy opportunities for learners within the Naperville community. $45/adult, $35/child ages 12 and under. 7 p.m. 5th Ave. and Plank Rd. naperglow5k.com

May 18 FITNESS

COUGARS 5K The eighth annual Cougars 5K Run/ Walk is a unique event for competitive runners and families looking to enjoy a memorable morning at the ballpark. Runners, walker, families with strollers—all are welcome. There’s no better way to end a race than right at home plate. Participants will receive a high-five from Ozzie and Annie during the final turn while getting a look at themselves on the video board as they cross the finish line. $33–$38/adult, $10–$15/child. 7 a.m. Northwestern Medicine Field, 34w002 Cherry Ln., Geneva. milb.com/kane-county May 18 SPECIAL EVENT

BARN DANCE Twist, twirl, and spin your way into summer with an evening of dancing and live music. Experience a traditional 1930s barn dance, complete with swinging music and dance lessons. Not a dancer? You’re still invited to stroll through a barnyard lit by twinkling lights, appreciate the aroma of fresh cut flowers, greet the new farm animal babies, take a wagon ride around the property and participate in the pie baking or costume contests. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Food and beverages are available for purchase. 6 to 10 p.m. Primrose Farm, 5N726 Crane Rd., St. Charles. primrosefarmpark.com May 18–19 SPECIAL EVENT

CIVIL WAR DAYS In May, Naper Settlement transforms into an 1863 Civil War encampment

May 18 CULINARY

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ROARS AND POURS Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a novice, Brookfield Zoo’s inaugural Roars and Pours offers an opportunity to sample wines from around the world. This 21-and-over-only event gives guests the chance to come early and visit with their favorite animals and then venture over to the Pavilions to sample more than 30 wines. There will also be opportunities to have up-close experiences with several of the zoo’s animal ambassadors. $45–$65. 4 to 8 p.m. Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. czs.org

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Cavalcade of Planes

where visitors can meet famous figures of the past, like Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Tubman. Hundreds of reenactors participate, staging a 2:30 p.m. battle complete with blasting cannons and marching infantry. This family-friendly event features food, fun, and shopping on Sutler’s Row for traditional Civil War–era reproduction products. Guests can enjoy the historical sounds of a 13-piece brass band, have a free vintage photograph taken, and hear the Gettysburg Address and more. $15/adult, $10/child (ages four to 12). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. napersettlement.org May 19 MUSIC

PICOSA The final concert of Picosa’s season takes the audience through the vast and rich journey of life, filled with joy, complexity, wonder, and loss. The program includes pieces from Shulamit Ran, Chinary Ung, Devid DeVasto, and Aaron Copland, plus six featured musicians. $10 to $25. 7:30 p.m. Buik Recital Hall, Elmhurst College, 190 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. picosamusic.com

May 23 CULINARY

RED OAKS FARM DINNER The Chefs of Cantigny are preparing a five-course farm dinner with wine pairings to be served outdoors in the gardens of Cantigny Park. Dinner will feature local producers and showcase the items that would have been found to be growing at the original Red Oaks Farm of Cantigny. $110. 6:30 p.m. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. cantigny.org May 24–September 15 EXHIBIT

NATURE CONNECTS: ART WITH LEGO BRICKS Visitors of all ages will enjoy the craftsmanship of 15 awe-inspiring displays created from nearly half a million LEGO bricks, found along pathways through the Arboretum’s east side. Discover an eight-foot-long dragonfly with a wingspan to match, a peacock showing off its magnificent plumage, and a monarch butterfly sitting on top of a milkweed plant. New highlights include a bee midflight, an oak tree sprouting from an acorn, and a pleated woodpecker with a bright crimson

crest. These imaginative displays are the work of New York–based artist Sean Kenney. Free with regular admission. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. mortonarb.org May 25 & 26 SPECIAL EVENT

ST. CHARLES FINE ART SHOW The 21st annual St. Charles Fine Art Show showcases the work of 100 juried fine artists in mediums including clay/ ceramics, digital art, drawing/illustration, fiber, jewelry, photography, glass, mixed media, painting, printmaking, sculpture and wood. All are exhibited and available for sale during this outdoor event which is free to the public. 10:00 a.m. Riverside Drive, Downtown St. Charles. downtownstcharles.org May 26 MUSIC

ROSIE AND THE RIVETS Rosie & the Rivets perform the best danceable music of the 1950s and early 1960s, along with some current hits with a retro twist. Not your typical “oldies playing oldies” band, they perform a high-energy show that’s fun for all ages. Early rock, rockabilly, girl group, surf NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / MAY 2019 81


June 1 SEASONAL

GROW IT FORWARD Growing vegetables is a worthwhile endeavor—but not everyone has access to the materials to do so. Learn how to successfully grow great tomato and pepper plants while helping others. Individuals who commit to sharing one (or more) of the plants—or share the produce from the plants, or even the knowledge or growing space with a neighbor— will receive two tomato plants and two pepper plants. Advanced registration is recommended; free with paid parking. 9 a.m. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. cantigny.org

vintage, modern and Ford Tri-Motor place. Skydiving, formation flying, vintage aircraft rides, and helicopter demonstrations will be offered as well. Food vendors will be on site. Buy tickets online; $5/adult, $3/child (ages 5 to 12). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clow International Airport, Bolingbrook. cavalcadeofplanes.com June 1 FITNESS

COSLEY ZOO RUN Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 5K/10K and Kids 1/2 Mile Kids events are hosted by the Cosley Foundation to raise funds for the animals at Cosley Zoo, as well as exhibit development projects, public programs, and conservation projects. The 5K/10K events are CARA certified and the course is USATF certified. 7:30 a.m. Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton. cosleyzoo.org

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LAKE GENEVA RESTAURANT WEEK Local restaurants will offer delicious dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

at exceptional prices. Reservations are recommended. Wine tastings, cooking classes, and more will also be offered. Various times. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. visitlakegeneva.com June 2 SPECIAL EVENT

WINE WALK Enjoy wine, food, and live entertainment at the annual Downtown Naperville Wine Walk. Ticket includes wine and food tastings and a souvenir glass. Proceeds benefit Arranmore Arts. 12 to 5 p.m. $40/person (age 21+). Downtown Naperville. arranmorearts.org June 4–August 20 MUSIC

SUMMER CARILLON CONCERTS Talented carillonneurs from across the country and the world will delight concertgoers with an evening of music. These free Tuesday evening performances are held rain or shine (unless there is lightning). Picnicking on the lawns surrounding the tower is welcomed. 7 p.m. Millennium Carillon, 443 Aurora Ave. napervilleparks.org

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MELISSA VERDECIA The Miami-born dancer performs with Ballet Hispánico in Glen Ellyn By Mark Loehrke AN EARLY CALLING I decided that dance was something I wanted to pursue at the age of 6—I remember it vividly. It was at my ballet school’s first summer recital, and the moment I took the stage and realized I was pouring out my emotions into a vast dark space where every single audience member’s eyes were fixed on me, and where the warmth of the lights illuminated my every movement, I was hooked. My young self recognized this feeling as something unique and as a calling—to perform, to share, to dance.

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