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in the middle of the river, enjoying happy hour together. • A tween boy sinking his kayak in a foot of water (his screaming mother telling him to “Just stand up!”). • A young Rollerblading woman weaving back and forth to her music while wearing a rainbow T-shirt and matching leg warmers, who was totally “vibing” (whatever that means), according to my 19-year old. • A beautifully dressed older woman, with her hair and makeup done, walking her cat in a netted pet stroller. The pandemic has brought out the best in us, so it seems, and the river has saved me from a serious life of boredom and isolation. The trail’s inhabitants are so much more entertaining than Netflix.
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ore days than not, since the pandemic started, I’ve walked a three-mile loop along the West Branch of the DuPage River Trail near my home. Sometimes I drag a son or daughter (or basset hound) with me, but my usual companion is my friend and neighbor Debbie. When we started this ritual in the spring, we walked at the end of the day to take advantage of the warmth. Now, in the summer, avoiding the late-day heat motivates us to set morning alarms again—something we haven’t done regularly in quite a while. With no office or school commute, days start with more natural rhythms normally reserved for weekends and vacations. This walking routine has been my savior in so many ways. The exercise offsets the consequences of pandemic pacifiers—wine (see cover story), Netflix, and carryout—and ensures lengthy conversations throughout the one-hour hike. Sometimes we can hear the laughter of kids at the Naper Carriage Hill pool along the river, and sometimes we can hear (and see) things we probably shouldn’t. … As it turns out, the river is the perfect place to people-watch during these unusual times. In no particular order, here are our top five memories: • The woman smoking a joint on her patio, clad in just a bathrobe. • A guy gang relaxing in folding chairs on top of a wide, flat rock submerged
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hen the protests in the wake of George Floyd’s killing came to Chicago in late May, I felt like I needed to be there. I worried about potential clashes between protesters and police, especially in a city with a long, troubled history surrounding its law enforcement. Having a reporter documenting events in real time would add a layer of accountability. I went without an assignment from any media outlet, at least initially. I would just write about what I saw and post that and videos and photos on my Twitter feed. Though I had been a staff reporter for Block Club Chicago, I left that job a year ago to finish my journalism degree at DePaul University. I was not your ordinary undergrad. For one thing, I’m 29. And I spent five years in the Marine Corps, in the mechanized infantry, before getting out in 2017, as a sergeant, and pursuing journalism. I was in the middle of my finals, in fact, about to graduate, but reporting on the protests seemed more important. When I left my apartment that Friday, I had no idea I would be witnessing a war between a city and its police force. By the end of that weekend, I had seen moments that inspired me as a Chicagoan—moments that made me feel like the protests might lead to real changes. But I had also witnessed wanton acts of violence, rage, and destruction by both protesters and police. I watched my city burn and its stores looted, often while officers helplessly looked on from just blocks away.
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“A” FOR EFFORT Local school districts prepare to welcome students back By Christie Willhite
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“Our thinking has been: How do we get our kids back in school for face-toface instruction? We know that is what is best for their physical, emotional, and social well-being,” Bridges says. “With one of the guiding principles being we prefer face to face—because it’s best for the health of our kids—we said, ‘If this is what we want to happen, what are the steps we have to take to get there?’ ” Administrators in both districts outlined reopening plans for their school boards in mid-July that reimagine traditional attendance as a blend of in-person and remote education. By splitting the enrollment so that students alternate between being in class and learning remotely, administrators lower the number of students in a classroom at one time and create space for distancing. “The challenge for us will be to have differences among the levels,” says Bridges, noting that the strength of a unit district traditionally comes from providing continuity from kindergarten through high school. “Remote learning worked much better for high school students than for our youngest learners.” Both parents and teachers urged the district to incorporate real-time instruction for students learning from home, especially to help ele-
I could have a kindergarten student I would walk hand in hand to their classroom. All of that will have to change. And yet, we also want to make it is as welcoming as possible.”
mentary grade students and teachers connect, he says. “One thing we know as we pay attention to social/emotional learning, is it is difficult to develop online,” Bridges says. “We know we have to think differently.” Talley agrees, saying District 204 likely will offer additional training to help teachers—and in particular, those new to the career—build a classroom community when the class isn’t together every day. “One insight I think parents will appreciate is that as educators, we
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f everything goes well, area students could attend in-person classes this month for the first time since March, when schools closed to help minimize transmission of the coronavirus. But though the teachers and the classrooms will be familiar, school will be far from “normal,” as children, parents, and educators adapt to the state-issued guidelines meant to keep students, school employees, and families healthy. “It’s going to be a balancing act. I think of a typical day one of school— kids coming in and hugging teachers they haven’t seen, I could have a kindergarten student I would walk hand in hand to their classroom,” says Adrian Talley, who took the helm of Indian Prairie Unit District 204 as superintendent on July 1. “All of that will have to change. And yet, we also want to make it is as welcoming as possible.” In the new version of school, face coverings and social distancing will be required for students and staff members, along with symptom checks, group limits of 50 people, and increased cleaning efforts. Officials in D204 and their counterparts in Naperville Community Unit School District 203 have been planning how to reopen schools since closing their doors in March: tracking the state’s progress, monitoring safety recommendations, learning from a spring of remote instruction, and imagining how to bring it all together in a way that best serves children, D203 superintendent Dan Bridges says.
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hile most students are waiting to get back to class and activities with their friends, high school athletes are training in hopes they’ll get to compete this fall. The Illinois High School Association, which oversees high school athletics, has guided schools through opening conditioning camps for small groups in June and summer “contact days” practices in July—with the goal of building toward a traditional season, IHSA assistant executive director Matt Troha says. The IHSA’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee sought to provide advice for how schools could safely reintroduce sports under Illinois’s phased reopening plan, says Troha. “As athletes and coaches, when this started, the natural thought was: This is to get us ready for the season and to win. We were saying, we’re looking at it more from the mental and emotional aspect. [The committee members] think kids have been negatively impacted by this,” he says. “I think a lot of times, high school gets put in a box with college and pro sports. At the high school level, the sports team might be the reason they go to school, it might be their meal for the day, it might be their support network.” Planning for this school year began in the spring as the IHSA surveyed its members about what adjustments to the seasons and schedules would be most palatable. Across the board, member schools opposed moving fall sports later in the school year, Troha says. “What our membership did tell us is that they would like to see every sport compete, if possible—even if we have shortened seasons,” he says. Depending on when the state’s COVID-19 rates are low enough for the Illinois Department of Public Health to give the OK, fall sports may start as scheduled with full practices on August 10, or they may be delayed. If that’s the case, Troha says, the fall, winter, and spring seasons all could be pushed back. Seasons could be shortened, or the membership may decide to extend competition into next summer.
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always want to see our children,” he says. “It’s most important that we have a program where children are being challenged, where children are learning, and where we address the social/ emotional learning.” Administrators and staff still are addressing myriad issues as they figure out how to apply the Illinois Department of Public Health’s phase 4 reopening recommendations in a school setting. How and where is it safe for children to eat lunch? Can they play on the playground and maintain distance? How do you keep kids separated in the halls, at their lockers, and in locker rooms? “How we do lunch, bathroom breaks—all of those things will have protocols in place,” Talley says. “Everyone will have to understand, it just won’t be the same as it was at the beginning of last year.” Talley, who began planning with D204 leaders weeks before his official start date, says the team has been looking for options that minimize movement and the likelihood of virus transmission. At the elementary level, for example, children might stay in their classrooms as the adults come to them to teach art, music, or differentiated instruction. Or in high schools, hallways and stairwells could become one-way to better allow for spacing, he says. “High-transmission activities are when people are not wearing masks. To me, the only activity that is really required during the school day where a mask is not worn is eating and drinking,” says Dr. Jennifer McNulty, director of the emergency pediatric department and medical director of pediatrics at Edward Hospital in Naperville. “I would suggest that waiting several months to start indoor gym, choir, or music may be necessary.” These activities all involve deep breathing and forceful exhalation— activities directly linked to the spread of coronavirus, McNulty says. Such classes may need to meet outdoors and with increased distancing if they’re to occur. With all the changes, the key to success will be ensuring students have the guidance, support, and understanding they need to navigate this new normal. “We have to work with the children and be human about it all,” Talley says. “The (health) guidance is one thing and we will follow it, but we have to be human about it.”
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SUMMER LOVE Despite pandemic-related obstacles, this pair found a way to marry By Lisa Arnett
t was 11 years ago when Catherine Healy and John Waris, both now 30, met. They worked summer jobs at the same Chicago law firm, she as a receptionist and he in the mailroom. “She was the first person I saw every morning when I came into work,” says Waris, now a director of corporate strategy at OCC in Chicago. “It was a good day when she was there and a bad day when she wasn’t. She was my favorite person to talk to, so much so that some mail went undelivered.” During a trip to Hawaii in 2019, Waris surprised Healy with a proposal on an
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early morning walk. “The sun was rising just as he was down on one knee,” says Healy, a nurse at Rush University Medical Center. “It was the perfect moment.” They enlisted the help of wedding planner Amy Harloe of Oswego-based Happily Ever After to plan a May 9 ceremony at Holy Family Church in Chicago, followed by a reception for 300 guests at the Harold Washington Library Center. “We both come from very large Irish Catholic families,” Healy says. “We were looking to have a big celebration with all our loved ones and just have a good time.”
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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, they scrambled to reschedule the reception to later in the year; however, they still held out hope to marry at Holy Family on May 9. Just a few weeks before, the church staff called to notify them that the Archdiocese of Chicago was closing and the City of Chicago was not issuing marriage licenses. “We were pretty devastated … but we just kept saying, we have each other, we have our health, we have our families, they have their health,” Healy says. “But we kind of made up our minds that, where there’s a will there’s a way, and we were determined to get married somehow.” Healy’s sister stepped in with a last-minute plan. “Her mother-in-law is the religious education director at Holy Cross Church in Batavia. They heard our story and said they would be more than happy to let us get married there as long as it was under 10 people, John and I included.” With the Archdiocese of Rockford still open and Kane County still issuing marriage licenses, all the stars aligned for them to say “I do” on their intended wedding date. Healy’s mother reached out to the family’s local floral shop, Homewood Florist, and they threw together a last-minute bridal bouquet of ivory hydrangea, blush roses, and eucalyptus. Healy adorned it with tiny portraits of her late maternal grandmother as well her sister and her paternal grandmother, who were not able to attend. “They are three very important women in my life that couldn’t be there; I kept them with me that way,” she says. For her “something blue,” she donned sky-blue flats embellished with beaded flowers. She borrowed her mother’s earrings and wore her grandmother’s pearl bracelet for “something old.” Her gown was her “something new.” Waris’s uncle, a priest, performed the ceremony with their parents in attendance, while the rest of their loved ones watched live via Zoom. “When my dad walked me down the aisle, this was my first time [since the pandemic started] being around my parents without a mask on,” Healy says. “I was very anxious about [safety] altogether, so my dad actually gave a little elbow bump to John instead of shaking his hand, at my request.”
The couple still hopes to have their big family reception to celebrate at some point, but it’s hard to say when that will be safe to host. “To us, the marriage was the most important part of the whole thing,” Waris says. “The reception is fun and that’s where you get to see everyone, but at the end of the day, it’s a party and there was a much more serious thing happening in the world.”
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FULL STRENGTH An Exercise Coach trainer shares a low-impact workout to activate everything By Luke Davidson SQUAT
This full-body strength workout is safe, effective, and efficient—nothing crazy, just a series of simple, well-performed exercises to activate and fatigue your muscles, every other day, in 20 minutes or less. PLAN Remember these key points as you go through the workout, doing one set of each exercise: • Breathe continuously throughout each set (don’t hold breath). • Stop if form begins to deteriorate or muscles become fatigued. • When 12 reps or 120 seconds can be performed, attempt a more challenging exercise variation. • Each individual repetition should take about 11 seconds to complete (about 5 seconds each direction, with a 1-second pause in transition periods). • Transition to next exercise as quickly and safely as possible.
Start with feet in parallel position, shoulder-width apart, toes pointed out slightly. With a slight hip and knee flexion, lean torso slightly forward, with neutral low back and neck position, eyes forward. Slowly descend to an 80- to 90-degree knee flex. Pause, then slowly ascend to start position. Modify: Hold weights with arms straight down at sides.
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Lie on back with knees bent, ankles crossed, arms at sides. Slowly rise up, curling shoulder blades up and feet off the mat, while pushing lower back into the floor and maintaining rhythmic breaths. Once fully fatigued, lower slowly to complete set.
Stand with feet in a parallel stance, maintaining a slightly forward lean. Hold dumbbells, keep elbows pointing slightly out with neck and low back in neutral position, eyes forward. Slowly draw elbows up and back, squeeze the shoulder blades together, and slowly lower dumbbell.
Stand holding dumbbells, with feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. Slowly raise weights up laterally to shoulder height, with elbows bent, then rotate above head. Slowly lower back to sides.
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A beacon of light in dark times for teens By Julie Duffin
hile the past several months have been difficult for everyone, teens have been uniquely impacted. With the cancellation of in-person classes and all the events and activities associated with the end of the school year, teens have experienced drastic changes to their already stressfilled lives. That’s why organizations like Erika’s Lighthouse are more important than ever in helping teens navigate and overcome feelings of depression. Erika’s Lighthouse was founded in 2004 by Virginia and Thomas Neuckranz after their daughter, Erika, lost her life to depression. They founded the Winnetka-based organization with the goal of creating educational materials and resources to increase depression awareness in schools and in the community. Sixteen years later the non24 AUGUST 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
profit’s education programs are used in middle and high schools throughout Chicagoland and the country. “We focus on depression education, but with a very positive spin. Our core messages are, ‘There is hope,’ and ‘You are not alone,’ ” explains executive director Brandon Combs. “We are unique in that we offer a train-the-trainer model. Our resources empower educators to deliver depression and suicide-prevention programming within their classrooms.” The programs offered are adaptable for individual classrooms as well as district-wide implementation. “In some schools we have one teacher using the curriculum while others use it districtwide in every sixth-grade classroom or ninth-grade health class,” Combs explains. Erika’s Lighthouse also offers teen empowerment clubs, which
If you need help, seek it. There are so many people willing to help. There are so many people willing to listen. We just have to be brave enough to come forward.” —Brandon Combs
are turnkey programs that are peer-led and encourage dialog around positive mental health. Erika’s Lighthouse resources are available to everyone, free of charge on its website (erikaslighthouse.org), regardless if a school district participates in its programs. In addition to a downloadable parent handbook, the website features a depression discussion guide and video program. “We outline discussion questions for parents who are concerned, yet don’t know how to bring it up in a way that doesn’t sound obnoxious or overwhelming,” Combs says.
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FINANCING CHANGE SNL star, Chicago comedian sets up COVID-19 protester fund By Nina Metz This story originally appeared in our sister publication, the Chicago Tribune, and is reprinted with permission.
n June Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Redd tweeted that he was looking to create a relief fund for front-line protesters who may have contracted COVID-19: “I would hate for my people fighting for justice [to] struggle later because of it,” he wrote. “If you would like to help, let’s connect!” A day later he set up a GoFundMe. By June 4 he had raised $250,000. He’s since upped the goal to $400,000, and at press time he had raised $362,000.
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Redd primarily grew up in Naperville and started his comedy career in Chicago, but for the past several years he has been based in New York for SNL. That meant the first few months of the pandemic he was “solo quarantining,” as he put it, in New York. More recently he drove to Mississippi, where he is now staying with family just outside Jackson. “My pops is high risk and I was on my way to see him,” Redd said.
That meant Redd couldn’t risk taking part in recent protests. “I felt kind of hopeless,” he said. “How can I be a part of the change without putting my family in danger? And I thought, there’s a lot of ways to fight— so what if I put together a relief fund? “Actually my first thought was, ‘Somebody should do this.’ And I kept thinking that. And then I thought, ‘Well, I should do this.’ ” Two months ago the COVID-19 Protest Relief Fund was born. Redd has a sizable profile thanks to SNL, with more than 50,000 followers on Twitter. But his celebrity—and the influence that comes with it—is still new to him. “There’s a little bit of impostor syndrome sometimes, like forgetting that I’m visible enough to make something happen,” he said. “I’ve been broke longer than I’ve had anything, so I guess that part of my brain always works first: Somebody should do this; there has to be somebody with big pockets and fame. And then it’s like, I can do that.
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Chris Redd recently launched a relief fund to aid protesters of racial discrimination.
KUDOS “I had never made a GoFundMe in my life, so I had to research ‘how to make a GoFundMe.’ There was a lot of work on the back end to set this up; it was a real crash course for me. But we’ve got it to a solid spot and we’re really excited to start giving this money away.” The funds will be directed to a number of small Chicago organizations listed at covid19protestrelief.com, including West Side United, the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Black Youth Project, and Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberty. All of the money raised will go directly to the organizations; none of it will be used to cover administrative costs. Redd understands there are pitfalls to avoid: Recently the Minnesota Freedom Fund was criticized for not being fast enough about donating the $30 million it had raised in just a matter of weeks. “That’s why it was very important to me that I build a network of organizations and reputable people and advisers that have a connection to these communities so I know exactly where the money is going and how it’s helping,” Redd said. “There’s full transparency in how we’re going to move as we get all this paperwork done. I have a whole team of people. My accountants and lawyers [are] making sure we’re covering all our bases and this thing can function as smoothly as possible and keep everything above board.” Redd is collaborating on the fund with fellow Chicago comedy performer Lisa Beasley. They are both members of the sketch and improv group 3Peat. “Chris and I are best friends—he’s like my brother,” said Beasley. “I always work closely with him on anything he wants to do outside of TV stuff—like, ‘Hey, I want to do a show in Chicago,’ or anything to do with Wakandacon [which Beasley helped produce]. He knows that I’m a good person to have on the ground.” Beasley helped to set up the website with the creative services company Electric Fun. She is also helping to manage the fundraiser itself, working with the Chicago organization Poverty Alleviation Charities. Redd is a PAC board member as well. “Chris is using his hard-earned success not only to help others but to
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“That’s why I’m so proud of this Black Lives Matter movement now. Because of the pandemic, more people are at home and on the internet, and it’s like, ‘Yeah, police brutality sucks. Can y’all please stop killing us?’ “So I call it The Great Blacklash of 2020, and I hope that sticks. We’re not going to take these employers abusing us and paying us less. We want to be out here living our lives too.” A petition signed by more than 2,000 people has been circulating, calling for Second City to hire Beasley to run the theater in the wake of Alexander’s departure. Is that something that interests her? “No,” she said. “This is my first time even acknowledging that the petition is out there.” Though she doesn’t want the job, the petition has been a meaningful source of validation. “I was reading through it and I was crying because at one point Second City really had me out here thinking I was so bad to want equal treatment,” Beasley said. “I was trying to give them ideas and I was trying to work with them for so long and trying to incorporate my past experiences with Black colleges and integrate more Black actresses so
that we could have understudies. “But they just weren’t ready. They were not equipped to pull off any kind of high-level ideas. I didn’t know at the time that they were just completely inept and incompetent at basic job skills. “My concern now is the Black people who truly want to make people laugh— for real—and who are talented. Where do they get to shine?” Does she think Second City can fix what ails it? “You know, God moves in mysterious ways,” she said with a laugh. “I wouldn’t put anything past God.” Redd is a little more hopeful. “We’ll be keeping an eye on that,” he said. “It’s a great resource for the city. I would have gotten into comedy a lot different if that place wasn’t there.” For now, he’s focused on the COVID19 Protest Relief Fund. “It’s really cool that the people who follow me on Twitter are passionate about the things that I’m passionate about,” he said. “With so much hate in the world, it’s so amazing to see the compassion and the love from so many people. Reading the messages of why people are giving, it’s amazing. It brings a light into these dark times.”
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support a movement that will define his generation,” said PAC founder and executive director Heather Whinna. “I’m thrilled that he asked us to help with the logistics of his fundraiser. “As you can imagine, inequity is intrinsically tied to racial discrimination and it is our goal at PAC to use art as a conduit to transform passive compassion into immediate assistance … [and] just when I thought I couldn’t get any luckier, Lisa Beasley entered the picture.” Beasley and Redd are both Second City alumni and they were among the group of Black performers who sent an open letter to the comedy hub calling for an investigation into racial discrimination, abuse, and sexual assault. Christina Anthony (Mixed-ish), Amber Ruffin (Late Night With Seth Meyers), and Sam Richardson (Veep) were among the alumni who also signed the letter. Earlier this month, Second City owner Andrew Alexander stepped down from his post after several Black performers— including Brooklyn Nine-Nine writer Dewayne Perkins and Beasley herself—detailed allegations of racism they experienced at the comedy theater. “That open letter speaks for me and the collective of people that I stand by,” said Redd. “Like any institution, it has issues. There are really good things I got from that place, but that was in spite of the fact that there was a lot of bull---- too. “We had a call before we wrote that letter and I sat with four or five different generations of people talking about some of the worst experiences that I’ve ever heard. We just want people to be able to have fun creating without having to fight this uphill battle and deal with all this distracting discrimination.” Beasley is also the cofounder and creative director of the inclusion company the Nova Collective, and she said that for her the lead-up to the open letter was about “recognizing that what I’ve been through has been a lot—and to keep it to myself is a form of oppression to me.” Remaining silent doesn’t help, she said. “People from the ’hood, poor people, people who’ve been so disadvantaged— sometimes you get the feeling of, what do I have to lose?” she said. “I don’t have anything! So I’m not going to stop speaking up.
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SHOP martial arts fighter, but stopped both after suffering severe head trauma. “I miss the rush. I have a need for adrenaline that I only get from kickboxing and MMA fighting,” Matthews says. “Now I go to the gym instead. It clears my head.” Despite his capabilities and athleticism, Matthews has found his true calling in barbering. But the COVID19 pandemic is a new opponent he is fighting to save his three barbershops in
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A BARBER’S BATTLE A former Golden Gloves champion fights to survive the pandemic, the Mackhard way By Emma Wolf
espite the many family members and friends who doubted his ability to build his own business from the ground up, Mackhard Barber Shoppe owner Steven Matthews successfully did just that. “Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, I learned the value of a dollar at a young age,” Matthews said. “Not
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Naperville, Downers Grove, and Elmhurst. Since the March stay-at-home order the revenue at his barbershops has dropped more than $40,000. “This was definitely the most eye-opening experience since I opened shop 10 years ago,” Matthews says. “It’s terrible to see how my staff has suffered during this time.” Despite the difficulties his Naperville shop has faced during the pandemic, Matthews has persevered, remaining determined to see his business grow through it all. “Naperville is one of my favorite locations to have a shop in and I am very grateful that it survived through this,” Matthews says. “Naperville residents have donated to my shop with everything from encouraging texts and phone calls to gift cards. It fuels me to keep going.” In addition to barbering, Matthews does everything from cleaning to ordering products in his three Mackhard shops, but he also has managers for each of his stores to help with the daily operations. “Cutting hair helps me build personal relationships with my clients. It makes me feel like a part of the community,” Matthews says. “I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.”
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THE FORGE Opened in July, a new adventure park brings extreme outdoor sports to a southwest suburban landscape at Lemont Quarries By Phoebe Mogharei This story originally appeared in our sister publication, Chicago magazine, and is reprinted with permission.
emember ropes courses, those weathered lines strung through the woods that give campgoers rug burn? The Forge, which claims to have the tallest one in North America, at 120 feet, takes the genre to the next level (literally), with an obstacle course that includes ziplines, climbing walls, and rappelling. The adventure park is a partnership between the suburb of Lemont and three Chicago businessmen, which means that even though you’ll have to pony up for the aerial activities, there’s no admission to hike, bike, or kayak on 260 of its 300 acres. Jeremie Bacon, CEO of the investment tech group Imagineer, teamed up with Chris Gladwin, founder of the big data companies Cleversafe and Ocient. The two bonded over a love of ultramarathons—you know, those races for people who think marathons are too short. Bartly Loethen, counsel at Tucker Ellis, completes the trio. They wanted to bring the types of adventure sports you can find in Colorado to Chicago, adjusted to our lack of, say, mountains and whitewater rapids. This is also a test run—Bacon says their goal is to build “30 parks in 30 years” across North America.
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Craggy terrain The park runs along the Des Plaines River. It takes advantage of the unusual topography: The old Joliet-Lemont limestone quarries, which sit within its boundaries, are now filled by a natural spring and will be used for canoeing and other paddle sports. The complex also includes a wooded laser tag course and a mountain bike trail, as well as pump tracks—a series of small hills, or “rollers,” you can traverse without pedaling by generating momentum with your body positioning.
When COVID-19 did to the Forge what it’s done to everything else: paused it. A soft opening originally planned for May 25 was canceled; the launch was then moved to July 17. The park is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Labyrinthine routes Five octagonal structures make up the main obstacle course, and you can follow 15 paths: Channel your inner Spidey on cargo nets, crawl through tunnels, and balance on rope bridges. Or zip over to 90-foot climbing walls. The challenge levels range from actually-this-is-my-first-rodeo to professional climber. Nods to Chicago The main tower is designed to look like the Willis Tower splitting apart. Just as you can see the burbs from the top of the skyscraper, Bacon says, you can see downtown Chicago from the top of this tower. Which is almost as adrenaline-boosting as having the Skydeck glass crack underfoot (as it did last summer).
How much For the moment, founding annual memberships are $225 for adults and $185 for youths. When that deal is over (no expiration date yet), annual memberships will be $260 for adults and $200 for kids. Day passes are $70 and $55. (The park includes a child-friendly zone that mimics the course without actually getting 5- to 12-year-olds 120 feet into the air.) For now, to enforce social distancing, reservations are required; see forgeparks.com. ’Rona rules The Forge has a protocol in place: Like everywhere else (we hope), visitors have to stay six feet apart, with properly spaced lines marked on the ground in queues. No more than 10 people are allowed on any attraction at a time, and the park limits the overall crowd. Masks and under-helmet head coverings are required. Before you enter, you will get a contactless temperature check. And bring your credit card: The Forge won’t accept cash for the time being. ILLUSTRATION BY MARISA SEGUIN
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DRIVE RIGHT UP Marco’s Kitchen in LaGrange gains fans with curbside dinners By Lisa Arnett
or a chef preparing to open a new restaurant, the moment when final permits arrive and you’re cleared to open for business is the pinnacle of excitement. For Marco Conte of Marco’s Kitchen (26 S. LaGrange Rd., 708.603.2129, marcoskitchen.com), that anxiously awaited moment came just as the pandemic hit. “All the restaurants were closed,” says Conte, who grew up cooking in his family’s Italian restaurants in Detroit before moving to Chicago in 2004 to work as executive chef of Cafe Amano, a French-Italian bistro in downtown Elmhurst. “It took me about a week to regroup and we decided we would start doing curbside dinners.” The original concept for Marco’s Kitchen was a global menu featuring fare inspired by Conte’s travels, from Italian to Mexican to Middle Eastern. “When
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I was in Alexandria, Egypt, a few years ago, I jumped into a taxi and stayed with [the driver] the entire day and had dinner with his family,” Conte says. The curbside offerings are keeping in the same spirit and amassed a loyal following over the spring and early summer. AROUND THE WORLD Every Sunday evening Conte releases menus for dinner pickups later in the week; diners can call the restaurant starting Monday morning to make their reservation and prepay. Each threecourse dinner has a specific theme and a set price (usually $40 to $50 for two people, $80 to $100 for four). Past hits include a Bourbon Street dinner with shrimp étouffée, a French meal with lobster bisque, and a Spanish feast with assorted tapas. Wine add-ons (most around $20 a bottle) are an easy way
LOOKING AHEAD At full capacity Marco’s Kitchen seats about 40 guests. As of press time, Conte was making plans for what service will look like with indoor dining. “We’ve measured the dining room and we’ll open with five tables that will seat four guests each,” he says. “For the first month or so, we’re going to try to maximize our seating by trying to set and seat tables every two hours.” It will be a welcome shift for Conte to be able to offer the full a la carte menu that he originally envisioned for his restaurant. Whatever you order, be sure to save room. “We are really big on dessert,” he says. Though Marco’s Kitchen may have made its debut at a challenging time, this sounds like a sweet ending, indeed.
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to complete curbside meals without an added stop at the liquor store. The Mexican meal I ordered midJune was an impressive value for $40. Housemade tortilla chips provided the perfect crispy scoop for salmon ceviche with diced cucumber and tomato. A fruit salad of sliced papaya, pineapple, mango, and watermelon came with a side of chili-lime salt for sprinkling. The main course, slightly spicy enchiladas stuffed with shreds of roasted chicken, paired well with sides of creamy pinto beans and grilled spears of zucchini and yellow squash. For dessert, cinnamon rice pudding was a comforting treat. Portions don’t look huge at first, but there were plenty of leftovers for a lunch the next day. Conte and his staff bake their own breads in a massive oven that was left in the kitchen from a previous restaurant concept. “I was amazed when the technician went in there and told me the oven was built in 1928,” Conte says. “He said that the oven was designed as a workhorse oven to bake huge amounts of bread and designed to run 24 hours a day. [It’s] insulated with powdered seashells, which holds high heat temperatures the best. The inside of the oven can be at 650 degrees and the outside is cool to the touch. The technology from that slot in time is amazing.” Past creations have included a seeded Italian loaf served with a charcuterie platter for Father’s Day and rustic country bread for a Napa Valley–themed meal.
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RECIPE NECTARINE SPINACH SALAD Yield: 4 servings
¼ cup olive oil, extra virgin 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed 1 tablespoon peach jam ½ teaspoon kosher salt black pepper, freshly ground 8 ounces fresh spinach 2 nectarines, thinly sliced 1 cup pecans ¾ cup feta cheese, crumbled ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced 50 AUGUST 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
TO MAKE LEMONPEACH VINAIGRETTE 1 In a bowl, whisk first 5 ingredients together. Taste for seasoning. 2
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IVY OF WHEATON $$ 120 North Hale Street, Wheaton 630.665.2489, ivyofwheaton.com
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LE CHOCOLAT DU BOUCHARD $$ 127–129 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.355.5720, lechocolatdubouchard.com
PLANK BAR & KITCHEN $$ 120 Water Street, Naperville 331.401.5500, hotelindigo.com/napervilleil
GRAND DUKE’S RESTAURANT $$ 980 West 75th Street, Downers Grove, 708.594.5622, granddukesrestaurant.com
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CH We were humbled by the enthusiasm and patience of our guests and staff during such a trying time. All were extremely cooperative with reopening measures and very encouraging when we started delivery and curbside pickup. Has there been any upside to the shutdown? BG We have partnered with several delivery services, implemented online ordering, and tested several different types of to-go packaging in order to still provide excellent food quality and service, albeit from a social distance. CH Before the shutdown, we weren’t offering curbside or delivery. And now, it’s likely that both will be added permanently. This addition has added a convenience to guests and wine club members.
ining in Illinois has changed dramatically over the last four months. Local restaurants have risen to the challenge and along the way have learned new valuable lessons. Naperville interviewed Brian Goewey, owner chef/restauranteur of BG Hospitality Group (Gia Mia, Livia Italian Eatery) and Tim McEnery, founder and CEO of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, to see how they are faring.
What has surprised you about doing business during the shutdown? What lessons have you learned?
BG The leadership team reviews menus regularly. We have modified the takeout menu to only include items that will travel well so we can maintain the integrity of the food. We also offer family-style menus that are economically priced for families going through financial uncertainties, and offer many different choices within these packages.
BG We have become even more aware of how what we do operationally affects our guests and communities. Our employees and guests are our No. 1 asset and we are grateful for their flexibility. Without them, we would not be where we are today.
CH We’ve taken some of the biggest crowd favorites and added them to the patio, inside, curbside, and delivery menus. This has helped ensure guest satisfaction and alleviates some of the pressure on the kitchen, while staff slowly returns.
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SHINTO $$$ 504 North Route 59, Suite 116, Naperville 1739 Freedom Drive, Suite 121, Naperville shintorestaurants.com SUSHI HOUSE $$ 175 West Jackson Avenue, Naperville 630.717.8888, mysushihouse.com THAI MEDALLION $$ 327 North Center Street, Naperville 630.305.0183, thaimedallion.com TOKYO BAY SUSHI BAR & GRILL $$ 2775 Showplace Drive, Naperville 630.579.8880, tokyobaysushi.net WASABI RESTAURANT & BAR $$ 5130 Main Street, Downers Grove 630.395.9959, wasabidownersgrove.com WOK’N FIRE $$ 120 East Liberty Drive, Wheaton 630.665.1440, woknfire.com YU’S BISTRO $$ 658 Route 59, Naperville 630.848.6998, yubistronaperville.com
INDIAN BAWARCHI $$ 4250 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora 630.375.1600, bawarchinaperville.com BOMBAY JOE’S $$$ 462 North Park Boulevard, Glen Ellyn 888.502.5102, gobombayjoes.com CUISINE OF INDIA $$ 1163 East Ogden Avenue, Naperville 630.548.9440, cuisineofindianaperville.com DECCAN SPICE $$ 192 West Gartner Road, Naperville 331.701.7105, deccanspicechicago.com HYDERABAD HOUSE BIRYANI PLACE $$ 4448 East New York Street, Aurora 630.236.0600, hhnaperville.com THE INDIAN HARVEST $$ 796 Royal St. George Drive, Naperville 630.579.9500, theindianharvest.com INDIA PALACE RESTAURANT $$ 242 East Geneva Road, Wheaton, 630.681.8002 indiapalacerestaurantwebs.webs.com
EL TAPEO $$ 2100 Spring Road, Oak Brook 630.828.2044, eltapeorestaurant.com
JK KABAB $ 572 Weston Ridge Drive, Naperville 630.778.5555, jkkabab.com
MESÓN SABIKA $$$ 1025 Aurora Avenue, Naperville 630.983.3000, mesonsabika.com
RUCHI INDIAN RESTAURANT $ 4S040 Route 59, Naperville 630.791.9792, ruchinaperville.com
SHIKARA RESTAURANT $$ 1620 75th Street, Downers Grove 630.964.1720, shikaradownersgrove.com
BASILS GREEK DINING $$ 4000 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora 630.692.1300, basilsgreekdining.com
FRENCH MON AMI GABI $$$ 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630.472.1900, monamigabi.com PARIS BISTRO $$ 2835 Showplace Drive, Naperville 630.357.1005, parisbistronaperville.com SUZETTE’S CREPERIE $$ 211 West Front Street, Wheaton 630.462.0898, suzettescreperie.com TALLGRASS $$$$ 1006 South State Street, Lockport 815.838.5566, tallgrassrestaurant.com
SHREE RESTAURANT $$ 1550 Route 59, Naperville 630.538.7000, shreerestaurants.com
IRISH BALLYDOYLE IRISH PUB $$ 5157 Main Street, Downers Grove 630.696.0600, ballydoylepub.com QUIGLEY’S IRISH PUB $$ 43 East Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.428.4774, quigleysirishpub.net
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a guy in a Blackhawks T-shirt. It was Feldman, of course, and the friendship was seamless. “We quickly discovered we spoke the same language,” says Feldman. The pair logged long hours together during harvest, eventually hatching a dream to create their own wine label and bring the fruits of their labor to their hometown. “We had this grand idea that if we could get this Sonoma wine to Chicago, we’d have eight million potential sales,” Feldman recounts with a laugh. The conversations continued into 2018, after both moved onto to other jobs—Cherny as business manager for a wine group in Napa, and Feldman as a vineyard manager in Sonoma. In his new role, Feldman had access to vineyards where he could purchase fruit at a deep discount. When he shared this with Cherny, the friends deemed it their golden opportunity. “We put our noses to the grindstone and tapped into our Midwestern blue-collar work ethic,” Feldman recalls. Within 10 weeks, they had secured a processing facility, label designer, licensing, permitting, and grape contracts. They chose the name Source & Sink—a nod to the positive flow of energy from vine to grape—and cranked out 750 cases of wine.
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he duo behind wine label Source & Sink don’t come from wine-aficionado families. Nor did they enter college aspiring to vineyard life. Each grew up in the Chicago area, but their paths never crossed in Illinois. Just like their farming practices today, their partnership, they say, happened organically. As a Colorado State student in 2007, Rande Feldman (shown left) jumped at the opportunity to take a for-credit gig harvesting grapes in Sonoma, California. One season on the vineyard and he was hooked: The Deerfield native would go on to intern at a winery in the South of France; travel the globe to work harvests in Western Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa postgraduation; and eventually return stateside to begin an assistant winemaker position at a Sonoma Valley vineyard. Meanwhile, hometown boy—and Naperville Central alum—Aaron Cherny (shown right) had embarked on a finance career after college, working for Jim Beam while residing in Wicker Park. When his division was eliminated in 2017, he hightailed it to Sonoma armed with a severance check and a longing for change, and landed an internship with a vineyard. On his first day he met
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BOTTLE SHOP In addition to all of the Binny’s locations, you can find Source & Sink at these Chicago wine stores: IN FINE SPIRITS Andersonville CRAFT & BARREL Lake View OFF PREMISE Lincoln Park LOCAL FOODS Clybourn Corridor JOE’S WINE CELLAR Wicker Park GARFIELD’S BEVERAGE WAREHOUSE Wicker Park & Bucktown
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WINES OF INTENTION Source & Sink’s initial offering comprises five wines: Cherny and Feldman used the flagship Red Field Blend as their ticket into the Chicago market (see left). Feldman calls the field blend style “uniquely Californian” and says Source & Sink’s 2018 vintage enlists three varietals grown on rocky soil, yielding a deeply textured wine. For the 2019 version (which was set to be bottled in July), five grapes combine to an entirely different result, flavor-wise. “The deconstructing and reconstructing [of this wine] takes a lot of evaluating and reevaluating,” says Feldman. “It’s not simply, ‘Let’s take whatever’s left over and throw it together,’ ” he adds. Cherny likens the process to that of creating a pot pie, carefully prepping individual ingredients before simmering to create the delicious end product: “We farmed all the varietals separately and aged the wines independently to elevate the concept and make the best possible wine.” You can also find the label’s 2018 rosé on local shelves. Cherny says that although rosé has had a moment of late, it’s sometimes treated as an afterthought during production. “You can qualify anything as rosé: There are no rules on its manufacturing,” he says. On the contrary, he calls Source & Sink’s “a wine of intention,” adding that instead of enlisting grapes that didn’t make the cut for other blends, he and Feldman press juice straight off the selected grapes’ skins, as is tradition in Provence.
DEEPENING ROOTS There’s no mistaking that this wine is made by Chicagoans—and largely for Chicagoans. “We’re super-proud Midwesterners who wear Chicago on our sleeves, so we decided to put it on our bottles, too,” says Cherny. “Born in Chicago, Grown in the West” is splashed across the label, which also takes design cues from Chicago world’s fair signage and ticket stubs. For Cherny, now 35, and Feldman, 33, returning home on business is a treat. It’s a time to catch up with parents, siblings, and friends, and haunt old favorite restaurants. Dinners out look at a bit different than they used to, however: “Instead of the guy at the table with the corporate expense account, I’m now the guy trying to sell my wine,” Cherny laughs. When it came time to produce 2019’s wine, Cherny and Feldman rented equipment and space from NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / AUGUST 2020 67
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the winery where they first met. With increased resources and a little bottling help from friends (who are compensated with pizza and beer), they ramped up production to 1,400 cases and added new varietals. Although Chicago remains a top priority, the line has made its way into the D.C. and New York markets, and the duo has set their sights on the entire Midwest.
GOING ALL IN Despite speedy growth, Source & Sink is still a fledgling label—a fact Cherny relishes. “Because we’re still small, we have the opportunity to farm vineyards ourselves and can really express the uniqueness of the fruit [we harvest],” he says. He and Feldman source from a half-dozen farms, maintaining close relationships with farmers and painstakingly nurturing the soil and crops through organic and sustainable practices. One such partnering farm, Kimberly Vineyards, is a historic nine-acre Sonoma Valley property that’s home to century-old olive trees and grape vines that took root before Prohibition. When Feldman and Cherny—who had been on the hunt for a Zinfandel source for their 2019 vintage—learned the property was in a transitional phase, they approached second-generation owner Kimberly Eisert about a partnership. Eisert, who was concerned with the health of her vineyard after years of conventional farming, was immediately impressed by Feldman’s knowledge of Sonoma Valley and its history. Moreover, Feldman
and Cherny’s plan to convert to organic farming felt like the right move. Less than two years in, the union has proved hugely beneficial to both parties. “Rande and Aaron have taken the soil health to the next level,” says Eisert, who has never experienced such a hands-on approach from the winemakers her family has worked with. Whereas others visited a few times annually, she sees Feldman weekly, and appreciates how both men log quality time among the vines. “The bottom line is that Rande and Aaron behave as stewards of the land,” she says, emphasizing their intimate familiarity with the property’s terrain, water flow, and land characteristics. “Our farm is singing, literally: the frogs, birds, ravens, bees, turkeys, crickets, and coyotes,” she adds. It seems the vines appreciate their new caretakers, too—they have gifted Feldman and Cherny with abundant fruit, including the sought-after Zinfandel. Source & Sink’s newly released 2019 lineup includes 80 cases of single-varietal Zinfandel, and the grape also features in the year’s Red Field Blend. In February they’ll bottle their first Cabernet, which will utilize Kimberly Vineyard grapes. They dream of seeing it on the menus at their favorite Chicago steakhouses. But for now they’ll continue to focus on spreading the gospel of Sonoma Valley wines throughout the Midwest and beyond. “We’re grateful we were able to put this dream together though determination and hardheadedness,” says Cherny. “Ultimately, we plan to make this how we support ourselves and get by in the world,” he adds. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / AUGUST 2020 69
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YOUR VOTES ARE IN!
This has been a tough year for small businesses, and there has never been a better time to celebrate those that have endured. Hats off to the 2020 Best of Naperville finalists who have been nominated by our readers as best-in-class. Winners will be announced in our September cover story. Finalists are listed in alphabetical order.
If you missed out on casting one of the 18,925 total votes in this year’s poll, you can still be a part of the fun throughout the year. Celebrate the 2020 finalists by tagging Naperville magazine and by using the hashtag #BestofNaperville2020 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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TO-DO LIST Through August 31 FAMILY
STORYQUEST Children start your quest at the Anderson’s Bookshop interactive summer reading adventure. Receive your first BookWyrm companion when you purchase a StoryQuest paperback title at any Anderson’s location. andersonsbookshop.com Through September 10 SPECIAL EVENTS
CHICAGO DOGS Baseball is returning to Impact Field as the Chicago Dogs play all 2020 home games at their award-winning ballpark in Rosemont. Limited seating follows social distancing guidelines. Saturday theme nights include Jimmy Buffet and Star Wars, and on Family Sundays $3 bottomless popcorn and $3 bottomless drinks are offered. $12 to $85. Impact Field, 9850 Balmoral Ave., Park Ridge. thechicagodogs.com Through September 22
eantry, and thrill of its 98th polo season. Matches are typically held on Sundays. $12/adult; free for children under 13. See the website for themed events and tailgating details. 1 p.m. Oak Brook Polo Grounds, 800 Oak Brook Rd., Oak Brook. oakbrookpoloclub.com Through October 11
THE GREAT MIDWESTERN ROAD TRIP Pack up the station wagon and take a nostalgia-fueled journey to the classic Midwest summer vacation of the 1940s through the 1970s. Explore the iconic destinations Chicago-area families visited and what they encountered along the way—from roadside attractions and tourist traps to memorable resorts and restaurants. See family vacation photos, video, maps, kitschy souvenirs, road signs, and more. Pick up a family activity sheet to play road-trip bingo. Online reservations are required. Free. Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. elmhurstmuseum.org
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OAK BROOK POLO Known as one of America’s oldest polo clubs in operation, the Oak Brook Polo Club welcomes a limited number of tailgaters to experience the magic, pag-
ville. These locations were selected by online voting in January 2020. Free. 7 to 8:30 p.m. August 2, Queensbury Greens, 1520 Brookdale Rd.; August 16, Gartner Park, 524 W. Gartner Rd.; August 23, Ashbury Park, 1740 Conan Doyle Rd. napervilleparks.org
August 2, 16, & 23 MUSIC
CONCERT IN YOUR PARK This Sunday evening music series brings concerts to parks throughout Naper-
SCRIBBLE MONSTER This local band is the featured artist for the Naperville Park District Children’s Lunch Hour Entertainment. Before attending, please review the COVID-19 participation guidelines for outdoor events. Free. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 95th Street Community Plaza, 3109 Cedar Glade Dr. napervilleparks.org August 4–27 SPECIAL EVENT
MOVIES AT MISTWOOD A new drive-in movie experience will take place each week all summer (Tuesday, Friday, Saturday) and will feature a variety of fun movies from different genres. Preregistration is required; parking lot opens at 7:45 p.m. The movie begins at dusk, and packages/tickets include one parking spot. Every Sunday, Mistwood Golf Club will announce which movies will be showing
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it explores career education in cosmetology, the culinary arts, health care, the military, and more. Free. 7:30 p.m. Online. alivecenter.org
August 21 FAMILY
WONDER A Night at the Movies, a family-friendly outdoor movie series, presents Wonder. Free. 8 p.m. Rotary Hill, 443 Aurora Ave. napervilleparkdistrict.org August 22
that week via their Facebook page. Registration links go live at 5 p.m. the day before each movie night. Mistwood Golf Club, 1700 W Renwick Rd., Romeoville. mcwethystavern.com/drive-in August 6 FAMILY
CHEKIDS LASAGNA MAKING Chef Tom, along with his young daughter, will create a take-home family meal featuring Che Figata’s lasagna recipe. Each pan will feed a family of four to six people. Advanced registration required. $40. 5 p.m. Che Figata Italian Bistro, 2139 City Gate Ln. chefigatakitchen.com/events August 8 FAMILY
PAPER CRAFTS Colonel Robert McCormick owned and operated the Chicago Tribune for over 40 years. Normally in August the Cantigny creates a family program that highlights McCormick’s paper mills. Instead, this year it will provide paper related crafts for guests to do at home. Craft packets will be handed out while supplies last, on a firstcome, first-served basis. Free with paid parking. Noon to 2 p.m. Cantigny Joseph Medill Room, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. cantigny.org
when local artist Super Stolie performs. Before attending, please review the COVID-19 participation guidelines for outdoor Events. Free. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 912 Sindt Ct. napervilleparks.org
MOZZARELLA BALL MAKING Chef Austin will present a mozzarella-ball-making demonstration featuring a fresh summer salad with ingredients harvested from the Chefs’ Garden shared by Che Figata and nearby CityGate Grille. Price includes mozzarella and fresh vegetable tasting, and a glass of Prosecco. Advanced registration required. $40. 1 p.m. Che Figata Italian Bistro, 2139 City Gate Ln, Naperville. chefigatakitchen.com/events
CHEKIDS PIZZA MAKING CLASS Chef Austin will lead child participants in making Che Figata’s Roman-style pizza, sharing the specifics of his technique, and will conclude with them eating their pizzas. Advanced registration required. $25. 5 p.m. Che Figata Italian Bistro, 2139 City Gate Ln. chefigatakitchen.com/events August 14 MUSIC
CHARANGUEO Rene Avila’s quartet is the only band in the Midwest that plays this traditional music from the ’40s and ’50s that came from Cuba—considered the New York style, which was developed in the states in the ’60s and ’70s. The Charangueo ensemble plays a wide range of Afro-Cuban styles including salsa, chacha, guaguancó, danzón, guajira, guaracha, mambo, and son. 6 p.m. Cantigny Golf Clubhouse Patio, 27W270 Mack Rd., Wheaton. cantignygolf.com
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WHERE AM I GOING? Join The Alive Center for its monthly online series, which helps teens explore their options for the future. This month
VINTAGE BASEBALL Enjoy an afternoon of America’s pastime as it was played more than 100 years ago. The rules of 1858 apply as the DuPage Plowboys take on the Valparaiso Colonels. Free with paid parking. 1 to 3 p.m. Cantigny Parade Field, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. cantigny.org August 22–23 SPECIAL EVENT
WINE AND ART WALK The Morton Arboretum’s fifth annual event is a juried selection of naturethemed artwork from approximately 50 artists. Multiple wines, beverages, and Wine and Art Walk
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snack stations will be located around Meadow Lake Trail, as well as live music each day. Date-specific, timed-entry member passes and guest tickets are currently required in advance, to ensure paced arrivals and moderated attendance levels. Each person visiting must reserve a member pass or ticket in advance online, including children. $15/ adult; $13/senior; $10/child. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Rt. 53, Lisle. mortonarb.org
Doggie Walk & Talk
August 23 SPECIAL EVENT
DOGGIE WALK & TALK Hang out with your hound for a walk and talk. Which breed was bred for royalty and protected from theft by the punishment of death? Which are linguistic geniuses? Discover the amazing stories, talents, and history of (hu)man’s best friend. Registration required. Call 815.886.1467 to register. Ages 18 and older. Free. 9 to 10 a.m. Whalon Lake, 1480 Royce Rd. reconnectwithnature.org
August 29 CHARITABLE
NIGHT TO END HUNGER The community is invited to virtually gather together “as one” to raise funds in support of those who face hunger and financial crisis. A ticket or sponsorship includes a delicious dinner from a local restaurant or caterer, wine, and link to watch the event live. The event
will include silent and live auctions, raise-the-paddle, and more. The auction this year will also include unique experiences and services donated by the Loaves & Fishes family and supporters. Over the past few months, Loaves & Fishes has seen a significant increase in those needing help. Before COVID-19, Loaves & Fishes served approximately 765 families a week but are now serving approximately 1,000 families a week. Meeting this increased need can only be possible through the support of the community. $150. 7:30 p.m. Online. loaves-fishes.org September 13 CHARITABLE
WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S Join others to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Following a broadcast opening ceremony, this three-mile walk in your own neighborhood calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. Register online. act.alz.org
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REGINA BRENT The ongoing work of Naperville-based Unity Partnership takes on renewed urgency here at home By Mark Loehrke
s an advocate and mediator across the administrations of multiple Chicago mayors and Illinois attorneys general (before retiring in 2014), Regina Brent had seen tension between minority populations and local police departments bubble up and dissipate on many occasions over her long career in public service— both in the wake of high-profile cases from across the country and in smaller, more day-to-day incidents locally. Understanding that the troubling issues underlying citizen-police relations were never going to go away on their own, she and the late Ronald Allen, another community activist, founded Unity Partnership (unitypartnership.org) in 2016. Their vision was to foster dialogue and find commonalities among people looking to make change by focusing on the three pillars of criminal justice (law enforcement, courts, and corrections), youth engagement, and community outreach. The organization’s activities and events have since garnered a fair amount of local attention, but never more so than in late May and early June this year, when the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers sparked weeks of outrage and massive protests in cities and towns across the country. “I never thought I would witness something like that in my lifetime,” Brent says of the video of the Floyd incident. But she also believes that as the initial protests have subsided, the appetite for dialogue, discussion, and—most importantly—concrete action has increased substantially. And in that, she sees the light of hope emerging from an extremely dark place. “Hope comes from history. We as a people have made it through so much by taking our pain and making it work for us,” she explains. “So I’m excited to see what happens now as we stay strong and do the work to forge lasting change. As Dr. [Martin Luther] King said, ‘If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.’ Well, we’re at the table and we plan on staying there.”
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