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ach month this column is always that last thing on my to-do list. While the rest of the issue is in the safe hands of our production manager, who is preparing files for the printer, I’m trying to compose something relevant and elegant that reflects the issue. When I think back on the three Best of Naperville issues I’ve published (there are now 11 total), the top-ofmind word to describe them is data. While the highly anticipated issue is the byproduct of months of planning and marketing, it really all comes down to the votes. And though the selection process relies heavily on technology, it’s more intriguing than you would think. Once the voting is over, the data are downloaded and passed directly to a third party for validation (read: throw out fraudulent votes) and analysis. One of the most challenging aspects of this process is the company name variations that come into play. While we’re dedicated to a fill-in response so each category is fair and impartial, it requires the need for interpretation. For example, one voter might type “Wentz” for best music venue, and another might type “NCC” for North Central College, which is the campus on which Wentz Hall sits. Is the second vote thrown out, or is a judgment call made about the intention of the voter? This is the soft part of the science, the human decisions that need to be made along the way. This year a salon landed on the Best Photographer list, and we included a note to explain why. There was a two-way tie for a winner in one category, and a three-way tie for runner-up in another. The results are not always neat and tidy, but they are true. Integrity guides the way in every decision that is made. That, and our dear readers—this issue is about you and your votes. Enjoy.
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rom haircuts to training camp and security to social media, Nick Greene’s cover story is an intimate look at the daily life of Mitch Trubisky: While there are only 16 games during the NFL’s regular season, being a quarterback is a year-round job. It’s kind of like being the lone physician in a small town in this regard, and Trubisky assumed his duties after roughly three decades of medical malpractice by his predecessors. Bears training camp is less than two weeks away at this point, and Trubisky, a northeast Ohio native, is back in Chicago for just one day before he jets off to California for a last-minute tune-up with quarterback guru Adam Dedeaux. He’s taking advantage of his brief stint in town to get a haircut, which may explain why his baseball cap stayed glued to his head all morning…. Lawrence Funk’s barbershop is a block from the Harold Washington Library Center in the Loop, and the space is festooned with old-timey tonsorial accoutrements (there are multiple barber’s poles inside the shop). “He is literally a barber historian,” Trubisky says. Funk marvels at the quarterback’s curly bangs when he takes off his hat. “It’s been a month,” Tribusky says defensively, and he asks for his usual cut and some minor facial hair maintenance (the [playoff ] beard is staying). He sits in the main chair by the window, and on the mirror is a decal reading “Barber of the Chicago Bears.” Funk travels to Halas Hall to cut many of the players’ hair during the season, and he straight-razor shaves the dome of head coach Matt Nagy every week. “It’s part of his ritual,” Trubisky says.
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ince taking over in 2016, Smith is 9–27 and has failed to reach a single bowl game for the University of Illinois. The football team has been at its worst in conference games, going 4–23, including the first 0–9 league finish in school history. When Smith first arrived at Illinois, he signed a six-year contract. After three losing seasons, athletic director Josh Whitman gave him a two-year contract extension—likely in part due to the amount of money it would cost Illinois to terminate Smith. If the school decides to make a change, it is going to be costly: $4 million after the 2019 season, $2 million after 2020, and $1 million after 2021. In 30 years covering University of Illinois football for the Champaign News-Gazette, I’ve seen five coaches fired and one leave for another job. What’s it going to be for Lovie Smith? This season will help decide if the former Bears coach can turn Illinois football around.
YES If the freshman phenom is ready. St. Louis Trinity’s Isaiah Williams is the most highly anticipated quarterback to join the Illini since Isiah “Juice” Williams in 2006. The new Williams is expected to help right away. If Reggie Corbin hits 1K again. The tailback gained just 78 yards in 2017 before romping for 1,085 in 2018. Corbin is on the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, which goes to the nation’s top running back. If the offensive line keeps drilling. Four starters are back, and the lone departee, Nick Allegretti, is being replaced by Alabama transfer Richie Petitbon. Center Doug Kramer and tackles Vederian Lowe and Alex Palczewski are Chicago-area products. If he sweeps nonconference games. Akron, UConn, and Eastern Michigan went a combined 12–25 last season and lost gobs of players to graduation. Smith has never started 3–0 at Illinois. It’s time. If Lovie loses the beard. The coach’s thick, white facial hair is a hot topic among Illini fans on social media. The consensus: Please shave. They hope the beard has been part of the problem.
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NO If the defense can’t stop anybody. In 2018, the Illini gave up 63 points to Penn State, Maryland, and Iowa. The unit finished 123rd (out of 129) in points allowed. Yuck. If another star player gets hurt. The Illini are already without defensive end Bobby Roundtree, who suffered an off-season injury. Depth is an issue. If the crowds turn against him. When Smith was hired before the 2016 season, he had the full support of the Illinois fans. But after a 9–27 start, their patience is running out. If the staff changes don’t work. Bob McClain is taking over the offensive line. Former Illini Mike Bellamy is now coaching the running backs. Miles Smith, Lovie’s son, is working with the linebackers. Keynodo Hudson is now in charge of the cornerbacks. And, most important, Lovie Smith is now the defensive coordinator. Nobody else is to blame if the team continues to struggle. If the schedule is too difficult. The Illini face eight teams that played in bowls last season. Finding wins against Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, and Northwestern won’t be easy. The Illini figure to be underdogs in all those games.
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DEEP ROUTES Pro tips for taking a two-wheel spin through the suburbs By Mark Loehrke
hile many people tend to think of biking as strictly a summertime activity, true enthusiasts know it can be a year-round passion—with fall being one of its most comfortable and scenic windows of opportunity. So don’t sentence that two-wheeler to an off-season on the garage ceiling hooks just yet—get out there and pedal the ’burbs on one of these great trail recommendations from a few biking veterans.
With almost 33 miles of well-maintained and scenic pathways accessible from multiple points throughout several suburbs—and with plenty of great stops along the way—the DuPage River Trail is one of the area’s true standard-bearers for bicyclists of all ages, abilities, and interests. Naperville Bicycle Club member Umesh Tawari has been riding parts of the trail for the past several years, and his favorite portion, the 3.5-mile loop around Whalon Lake, is likely high on the list of many area riders. “The river trail to Whalon Lake is a particularly pretty ride with a lot of shade,” Tawari notes. “And the nearby Knoch Knolls Nature Center is a fun stop for kids and adults.”
GREENE VALLEY FOREST PRESERVE TO WARRENVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY As a member of the Downers Grove Bicycle Club for the past 10 years, Susan Hayse has worked out a number of favorite routes across the western suburbs, but one of her go-to options has long been this roughly 12-mile street/trail combo trip over parts of the DuPage River Trail north through downtown Naperville. “This route is good for new riders, good for families with older children, and fun for experienced riders looking for a ‘rest’ day,” she says. “And Naperville offers plenty of nice spots for refreshments along the way!”
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WAUBONSIE CREEK TRAIL Despite having biked over 100,000 miles in his lifetime, it’s extremely rare for Ed Barsotti to load up his bike on the car and drive somewhere for the sole purpose of going for a ride—almost all of his rides tend to start and end at his house, thus dictating his “favorite” routes. But portions of several of those favorites do take the chief programs officer of Ride Illinois (rideillinois.org) on popular area trails, including this almost-daily trip: “My favorite route is a short 7.2-mile round trip, six miles of which are on the Waubonsie Creek Trail in Aurora,” Barsotti says. “I ride it at the end of my work day at the home office, or for a short ride on weekend days when I don’t go for a longer ride somewhere else. I ride this trail five times a week, and maybe three times per week during winter (when it’s not covered by snow). Over 17 years, I’ve probably been on the trail over 3,000 times.”
OTHER AREA FAVORITES Springbrook Prairie Don’t be fooled by the seeming ease of the six-mile crushed-gravel loop—several challenging uphill stretches help turn this short-distance ride into a really decent fall workout. Fox River Trail The portion of this 43-mile trail that hugs the river and passes through Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles offers ample opportunities to stop for a relaxing coffee—or, better yet, a cone at the iconic Batavia Creamery. Illinois Prairie Path The mother of all area rails-to-trails efforts is this 61-mile, three-county behemoth skirting Naperville’s northernmost sections and connecting to dozens of nearby (and not-sonearby) communities.
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SCI-FI THRILLS A celebrated screenwriter debuts his first novel By Allison Duncan
here’s a science to the art of building suspense. Think of the shaking cups of water in the early scenes of 1993’s Jurassic Park, disturbed by an unknown predator— later revealed to be a T. rex—coming closer. Or the lightning strikes at the beginning of 2005’s War of the Worlds that spark paranoia of potential devastation yet to come. And if there is an academic approach to building suspense in these scenes, writer David Koepp has a PhD in the subject. He’s the celebrated screenwriter and director behind those big-screen blockbusters and others, like 2002’s Spider-Man and
1992’s Mission: Impossible, and his work has grossed over $6 billion worldwide. This fall, the Midwest native transitions from the screen to the page with his literary debut Cold Storage, an infectiously fun and cinematic read about three strangers who must work together to contain a highly contagious, deadly organism. The suspense builds early, when Pentagon bioterror operatives are sent to investigate a suspected biochemical attack in western Australia. Upon arrival, they come across a lone suitcase in the middle of the road 50 yards outside of town with no one and nothing else around it.
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The contents are a highly mutative organism—described as a frothy green fungus at once “alive” and “visibly seething” and “swelling at the seams with ready-to-spread spores”—capable of extinction-level destruction. Koepp illustrates the organism’s evolution in such a visceral way that when it rapidly adapts to breach level A hazmat suits, you wonder what’s next. But the threat is contained and later buried in cold storage deep beneath a little-used military repository. Decades later it evolves and escapes on its way toward world destruction that only Diaz and two unwitting security guards, one an ex-con and the other a single mother, can stop. Readers will undoubtedly experience a few belly laughs, courtesy of Koepp’s astute sense of humor. Among the novel’s best qualities are the breakneck pacing, which primarily takes place over the course of one fateful night, references to the modern-day threat of climate change, and—of course—learning the fate of humanity itself.
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HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS Students played matchmaker for these two East Aurora teachers By Lisa Arnett
t just so happens that at East Aurora High School, a lot of students in band also happen to take French. That’s a crucial detail in the story of how French teacher Sarah Birdsall, 33, and band director Joe Kulick, 27, came to meet. “The kids would kind of start teasing me, being like, ‘Hey Ms. Birdsall, you know that new band director? I think you guys are soulmates,’ ” she says. “It became a running joke the entire school year, but I never saw him because our school is so big.” When Birdsall volunteered to help chaperone the band’s trip to Disney World, Kulick’s colleague took fate into his own hands and assigned them to the same bus. It seemed their dear students
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were onto something: They became fast friends and later on a trip to Cuba with mutual friends, discovered they had a romantic connection. Kulick planned to propose on a Columbus Day weekend trip to New Buffalo, Michigan, but when Birdsall became suspicious, he decided instead to re-create one of their favorite early dates—a dinner at La Sorella di Francesca and dessert at Le Chocolat du Bouchard—a week before the trip. Kulick recruited their parents to decorate the balcony of their Naperville condo with roses, candles, and a garland of photos that chronicled their relationship. When he and Birdsall returned home, he popped the question. “It was truly like a fairy tale,” she says. “I was totally blown away.”
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They married June 8 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Naperville. “We loved the intimacy of the space. During the ceremony, it felt like everyone there was so close,” Kulick says. “Our pastor, Lucas King, wrote this incredible sermon about how being in love and being in a marriage is being both a teacher and a student,” Birdsall says. When the couple arrived at their reception at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton, they were greeted by friends and family at a surprise patio cocktail hour arranged by Birdsall’s mother, and dancing ensued once the party continued inside. Naturally, this musically inclined groom did extensive research before landing on Blue Water Kings for their wedding band. “They blew it out of the water. It was unbelievable,” he says. For their honeymoon, the couple took a Mediterranean cruise with stops in Barcelona, Spain; Florence, Italy; Mykonos, Greece; and Malta.
WEDDING DETAILS Venue First Congregational United Church of Christ, Naperville; Arrowhead Golf Club, Wheaton Bride’s attire Justin Alexander gown from Wolsfelt’s Bridal, Aurora Bridesmaids’ attire Jasmine Galleria, Lombard Hair and makeup Kim Piech Makeup & Hair Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire Wolsfelt’s Bridal Music Sue Flaatten (ceremony organist); Bluewater Kings (reception) Catering Arrowhead Golf Club, Wheaton Cake Oak Mill Bakery, Niles Invitations Minted.com Decor Tina Gregus, Twisted Vintage Decor, Chicago Florist Dean Futris, Phillip’s Flowers, Westmont Rings Tiffany & Co., Oak Brook Transportation Agapi Limousine, Naperville Videographer Petit Four Films, Chicago
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OLD PIECES, NEW LIFE How to revitalize furniture with a little creativity (and a lot of paint) By Mark Loehrke “
hey don’t make them like they used to” is a familiar refrain among furniture shoppers, who often long for the unique designs, classic craftsmanship or sentimental associations of an old end table or bookshelf. But can’t quite make those outdated pieces work amid their more contemporary surroundings. Decorative painter Laura Campbell believes that in many cases all it takes to bridge the gap between past and present—and to save money, update one’s home and help reduce waste in the process—is a good coat of paint. BEST BETS Campbell says end tables, bookshelves, and bedroom furniture tend to be the most common redo projects, especially when someone likes the look and size of a piece but it just doesn’t match their décor. Other popular candidates are items where the owners like the sentimental value, but not the look—like grandma’s curio cabinet or an old portable bar cabinet from the ’50s. “There’s a sense of pride when tackling a project, especially with a piece of furniture that has a special history or meaning to it,” she says. THE RIGHT MATERIALS Just about anyone can be a furniture rehabber, according to Campbell, as long as they do some solid prep work. This means having sandpaper, oil-based primer, quality paint, and a wax or polyurethane sealer on hand and ready to go. ESCHEWING PERFECTION Campbell says to start small with something small, like an end table or accent piece, and just let the muse take it from there. “Remember that there’s a little artist in all of us—it doesn’t have to be perfect,” she says. “Painting something with a perfectly smooth and flawless finish can be hard to do, but nowadays everyone likes the distressed/ worn look anyway.”
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OPEN GYM Take advantage of the mild weather this month with this outdoor workout from the fitness manager at Naperville Park District
Step under the machine arm to work quads, hamstrings, and glutes. Change the level of resistance by turning the knob on the base for this move that builds leg and hip muscle endurance.
By Kristina McGrath Low humidity and mild temperatures—and the impending threat of the cold weather to come—make September the perfect month to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Instead of hitting the gym, why not head to one of three local parks? Nike Sports Complex (288 W. Diehl Rd.), Meadow Glens Park (1303 Muirhead Ave.), and Commissioners Park (3704 111th St.) all have outdoor fitness stations, plus surrounding jogging paths. Jogging from station to station is a nice way to incorporate cardio into your day’s workout. GOAL Connect with nature, get some fresh air and vitamin D, and get in a great workout. Teens (13+) and adults can tailor the exercises for all fitness levels. Perform three sets of each movement, 10 to 15 reps, resting 60 to 90 seconds between sets.
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Push out to work your chest (chest press), and pull in to work your back muscles (seated row). Adjust the resistance under the seat.
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Multiple strength-building exercises for the upper body. Pull-ups work the lats, and dips work the chest and triceps.
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LIFESPRING MINISTRIES Giving hope to homeless women and children By Julie Duffin
anet Hershey knows what it’s like to be a single, teenage mom struggling with addiction. As a mother of two by the age of 18, she was fortunate enough to have the support of her family. Now she pays it forward by mentoring other women suffering from addiction, abuse, and financial difficulties as a volunteer through Lifespring Ministries. Located in Aurora, Lifespring is a division of Wayside Cross Ministries that provides long-term transitional living programs for homeless women. As a Christ-centered recovery program, Lifespring focuses on healing the whole person through Bible studies and 30 SEPTEMBER 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
biblical counseling, as well as classes in parenting, finances, cooking, nutrition, GED tutoring, computer skills, and résumé writing. Women live in the facility from six months to a year in adherence to strict rules designed to empower them to turn their lives around. “The program is very structured,” Hershey says. “It helps women to really look at their personal issues, figure out what brought them here, and what they need to do in order to break the cycle.” Housing is available both to individual women and those with children. Residents share cooking and house-
keeping responsibilities as they learn to work together and live in a cooperative environment. Hershey points out that working through issues together is a big part of the program. “When you are at the worst point of your life, and you end up at a place with other women who are at the worst point in their lives, it can be very challenging. Plus many [residents] are moms with very different parenting styles and abilities. They really have to be committed to the program in order to succeed.” If someone doesn’t follow the rules, they are asked to leave to make room for someone else. The need is so great that Lifespring turns away 24 families (about 40 to 50 children) and 14 women without children every month, simply due to a lack of space. Once residents graduats from the program they are able to receive 12 to 18 months of additional support, including living in one of Lifespring’s apartments. Regardless of where they live, Lifespring helps them furnish and set up their new homes with items
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there. I’ve been addicted. I got pregnant in my teens. I’ve been emotionally and physically abused. But now I’m a successful businessperson. If I can do it, so can they,” she says. “Lifespring truly cares about the people who stay there. I know God wants me there to help these women. Their pain is so much greater than mine.” Lifespring Ministry’s annual benefit dinner will be held on September 19 at Danada House in Wheaton. To volunteer, purchase tickets, or learn more, visit waysidecross.org/lifespring-ministry.
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he Edward Foundation raised $447,000 at its 26th annual charity golf tournament on July 15 at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont. More than 300 golfers enjoyed an afternoon of golf followed by dinner, an awards ceremony, and a silent auction. The winning team on Cog Hill’s Dubsdread course included Steve Chirico, Kelly Keegan, Walker Moore, and James Park. Other course winners included Joshua Hickey, John Saletta, Brad Schulman, and Ryan Yagoda. A helicopter ball drop—where participants paid for a chance to have a numbered golf ball dropped from a helicopter to land closest to the flag—was won by Tom Persin of Naperville. Dionne Miller, weekend sports anchor and reporter for ABC-7 Eyewitness News, was the event’s celebrity guest. The foundation, the charitable fundraising organization of Edward Hospital, was established in 1990 and has raised more than $52.5 million in its mission to support Edward Hospital’s community healthcare initiatives.
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t has been a team effort to bring an all-inclusive playground to the Lisle Park District, which is expected to begin construction in Community Park (1825 Short St.) this fall. The idea began with Lisle Park District director Dan Garvy, who also serves as president of SEASPAR’s Board of Directors, which led to discussions with Little Tikes and the nonprofit Unlimited Play. Matt Corso and Greg Pavesich from SEASPAR, Lisle resident Sharon Helderle, as well as a team of park district employees have also been involved in the project. A few months into the process, Lisle resident Jill Magsam Zmaczynski emailed Garvy with an inquiry about making new playgrounds more accessible, prompting him to invite her to join
the project. As a mother to a 3-year-old with a rare, genetic neuromuscular condition, Zmaczynski has a very personal connection to the cause. “When we go to a playground, [my daughter] looks for one or two pieces of equipment she can sit on,” she explains. “Her opportunities for interaction are limited, especially with me constantly by her side spotting her or moving her around.” Zmaczynski and her family are looking forward to a playground that will allow both her children to play side by side. “Making a playground inclusive doesn’t make it less appealing or functional for people who don’t need those inclusive aspects,” she notes. “The unique aspects make it more appealing for everyone.”
Discovery Playground, set to break ground this month, will create new opportunities for all children to connect, learn, and grow in a safe environment. The Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation is currently raising money to help offset the cost of the project. To make a donation or learn more about the fundraiser, visit lislepartnersforparks.org.—MD
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ALDEN OF WATERFORD 2021 Randi Drive, Aurora, IL 60504 630.851.7266 | aldenwaterford.com Living Well Is the Best Reward
he Alden of Waterford campus sits on 38 beautifully landscaped acres in Aurora. It offers a continuum of living options and care services, where residents and patients enjoy beautiful and comfortable surroundings, with the knowledge that their needs – from health care to socialization opportunities to enjoying the five-star amenities of a luxury hotel – can all be taken care of in a single location that helps people flourish and rejuvenate. The full range of services offered at the Alden of Waterford campus include the following:
your life as enjoyable and carefree as possible. With luxurious accommodations, fine dining and hotel-style amenities, we combine the comforts of home with the services you need. Memory care Alden Courts of Waterford provides a holistic approach to quality care and services, providing innovative memory care that includes a wellness dining program, unique life enrichment programs, family support and the convenience of specialized, skilled short-term rehabilitation and Medicare-covered services for those who need it.
Independent retirement living At The Lakes at Waterford and Alden Horizon, you are able to live the life you’ve always dreamed of – upscale accommodations in a community of active, interesting people. You’ll enjoy a variety of activities to engage your mind, body and spirit as well as the independence to get away from it all in a place you’ll be proud to call home.
Short-term rehabilitation Alden of Waterford offers innovative therapies that are designed to return you home as quickly – and safely – as possible. From our industry-recognized therapeutic treatments to our luxurious accommodations and indulgent amenities, you’ll enjoy a wonderful place to call home while you recuperate and rejuvenate.
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The Alden Waterford campus is located on the border of Naperville and Aurora on Randi Drive. For more information, call 630-851-7266.
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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 / SEPTEMBER 2019 39
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HARBORCHASE OF NAPERVILLE 1619 N. Mill Street, Naperville, IL 60563 630.848.9409 | HarborChaseNaperville.com HarborChase of Naperville Offers Unsurpassed Hospitality and Endless Possibilities
arborChase of Naperville offers an active and engaging retirement lifestyle, full of new friends, award-winning cuisine, generous amenities, superior concierge services and energizing social events. To help cultivate its emphasis on hospitality, the all-inclusive community is staffed 24 hours a day with associates and a concierge. “At HarborChase of Naperville, we want residents to enjoy life, make friends, and experience a high level of independence and freedom,” said Jennifer Conniff, Executive Director of HarborChase. “Every inch of our community has been thoughtfully designed and created to cater to the wants, needs and desires of our residents. We take care of the little things, so you’ll have more time to indulge your interests.” Residents have a wealth of activities to choose from every day. The Life Enrichment program at HarborChase offers a wide variety of cultural events, learning opportunities, entertainment options, religious programs and group events. The community features its own salon/spa, outdoor patios, courtyards, fire pit and beauty shop. “We work hard to ensure that residents have fun and energizing 40 SEPTEMBER 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
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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he glowing reputation that Villa St. Benedict (VSB) has garnered over the years is a direct result of the organization’s commitment to the philosophy of “Living Fully, Living Well.” As the bedrock of the culture at Villa St. Benedict, “Living Fully, Living Well” is more than just a mantra. It is a way of life that encompasses the whole you: mind, body and spirit. Numerous hands-on educational programs, social gatherings, rejuvenating health and wellness services and three dining venues give the seniors at Villa St. Benedict the freedom to design the life they have always pictured for themselves. One of the key pieces to “Living Fully, Living Well” is VSB’s Life Enrichment department. Laurie Freeman and her team are responsible for coordinating various interactive activities, from noodle volleyball to live musical entertainment. Their engaging work is the perfect testimonial as to why so many have chosen to call this boutique community their home. “Our team works so well together and our different talents help contribute to all of the various programs and special events
that we are responsible for,” Freeman shared. “The hard work our team in Life Enrichment does truly displays our core value of hospitality at VSB.” Another vital piece to the “Living Fully, Living Well” lifestyle is evident in the campus fitness center, through the work of Dr. Regina Schurman and her team., As the center’s administrator, Dr. Schurman oversees a group of Masters of Physiology students from nearby Benedictine University. Under her tutelage, the students serve as personal trainers and offer daily core and balance classes. Their goal is to help the residents get the most out of every class and to stay physically and mentally fit in the exercise process. To begin your personal journey of “Living Fully, Living Well,” please call 630-852-0345. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / SEPTEMBER 2019 41
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A DAY IN THE COUNTRY A converted 100-year-old farmhouse now hosts a variety of guests By Annemarie Mannion
ituated between 150 acres of prairie grasses and 500 acres of rolling hills, Emerson Creek was an ideal setting for the June wedding of Jenna and Arnie Fitzwater of Aurora. “We wanted something unique and different. We visited Emerson Creek and we immediately fell in love with it,” says Jenna, about the seven-acre farm in Oswego. “We were looking for rustic elegance, and this venue had that balance.” Emerson Creek (emersoncreek.com) features a renovated barn with chandeliers and ceiling fans and an attached tent for weddings and other events. It also offers a café and the Country View Shop, which are located inside a
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100-year-old farmhouse with a wide, welcoming porch where visitors often gather to take a break from shopping. The business is owned by Chris and Dave Demiduk, who had their own wedding in the white and gray barn nine years ago. “It was just a yucky old barn, but we cleaned it out. We put a lot of TLC into it and now it’s pretty,” says Chris, noting that people were soon clamoring to have their weddings there, too. Chris and a partner (who is no longer involved in the business) started Emerson Creek 23 years ago after Chris had worked at Nordstrom in Oak Brook. “I loved Nordstrom and the corporate world, but it was time for a
change, and time for me to do my own thing,” she says. In keeping with her retail background, her first endeavor was establishing the Country View shop, which sells a range of items including signs, clothing, purses, scarves, candles, handcrafted gifts, bridal gifts, and more, all priced between about $10 and $50. “We try to carry things that a lot of shops around us don’t have,” she says. Eventually, the business evolved to include a café that was first open just one day a week, and is now open Tuesday through Saturday. “We make everything fresh and the menu changes every two weeks,” says Chris. For the Fitzwaters’ wedding, 130 guests traveled down a long gravel road that leads to the farm where the ceremony and reception were held. The couple liked that the venue has many peaceful places and serene vistas. “It had a bunch of places for our guests to be,” says Arnie. “There were beautiful fields to look out at, or the hills.” Emerson Creek can accommodate up to 250 for a sit-down dinner and up to 225 for a buffet-style service. Because Emerson Creek’s kitchen is not large
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enough for large gatherings, food for weddings and other large gatherings is catered by My Chef of Naperville. The Fitzwaters had their wedding ceremony in the barn before guests moved into the attached tent for dinner. Later, guests were back in the barn for dancing. The staff at Emerson Creek helped arrange with a local business to deliver alcohol and provide dram shop insurance. Emerson Creek also offers rental services for items to make a wedding more elegant and fun, including table linens, farm tables, votives, photo booths, and backdrops—and even a camper that subs as a food truck. The business employs a staff of 50 including servers, bartenders, retail shop assistants, and more. “Our staff provides a lot of tender loving care,” says Chris. “You have to be that way to work here.” Café
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Whether visiting for a day of shopping and lunch or for a wedding, guests love the setting of Emerson Creek, Chris says. “People say, ‘Oh, my—it looks like we’re in Napa Valley!’ ” Chris says. The business also offers fun events like Yoga and Mimosas, a monthly gathering with yoga, a light breakfast, and a selection of juices. (Pro tip: bring your own Champagne.) “People come here to escape the hustle and bustle and craziness of life,” Dave says. The Demiduks say the Emerson Creek venue attracts visitors from Naperville, Rockford, Galena, Champaign, and points beyond. “It’s definitely a destination and that was what we wanted it to be,” says Chris. “We wanted to have a place that would be like no other.”
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FRESH OFF THE MARKET Take a peek inside the most exorbitant west suburban mansions sold in 2019 By Grace Perry
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710 S. COUNTY LINE RD. HINSDALE Have you ever been to a bougie country club, downed a couple gin and tonics and thought, “I could see myself living here forever”? No? Well, whoever built this house in 1913 sure did. The garage and driveway can accommodate 17 cars—let’s hope all those visitors cough up the membership fees. $2,750,000
509 RIDGEMOOR DR. WILLOWBROOK Look, no one was happy Cheers had to end. But to rebuild the entire set and put it in a suburban home? This 9,868-square-foot estate boasts a two-sided, all-wooden watering hole equipped to serve everything from gin martinis to over-the-top validations of dad’s masculinity. $2,025,000
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900 SOUTH ELM ST., HINSDALE Built in 2008, this striking modern home has more glass than a Tiffany exhibit. The downside? The string of strangers at the door asking residents to fix their iPads. The sleek swimming pool is just the width of a lap lane—don’t even think about splishing or splashing at this mansion. $2,971,500
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520 RAY ST., GENEVA Hate your neighbors? Well, meet your dream home! Two humongous lawns flank this estate to its east and west, accumulating three acres (that’s about two-and-a-half football fields) of Kane County property. If other people cause sadness, money—$2.1 million, to be exact—apparently can buy happiness in Geneva. $2,100,000
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ince Penny and John Bohnen formed the real estate brokerage County Line Properties in 1991, they’ve wanted to create a “builders’ boutique” that showcases talented craftsmanship. Last October that vision became a reality when John Bohnen reached out to resources he’s known and referred over the years to clients needing specialized services. “We are excited to bring this unique concept to the area. Original, tailor-made work will be generated out of the design center. This is not
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an assemblage of a line of products or vendors,” said Bohnen, a Hinsdale resident since 1947. This summer, his collection of accomplished artisans and craftsmen opened at the new County Line Home Design Center in downtown Hinsdale (110 S. Washington St., 630.789.3030), which offers homeowners distinctive and unique finishes. The center showcases businesses that specialize in everything from construction management and interior design to hardscapes and cabinetry.—MD
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HOME COOKING Crate & Barrel digs into Oak Brook dining with its first-ever in-store restaurant By Lisa Arnett
’ve often walked into a cool new restaurant and marveled that the decor looks like a page out of a chic furniture catalog. At Oakbrook Center, that’s literally the case, now that Crate & Barrel has opened its own restaurant. The Table at Crate (35 Oakbrook Center, 630.590.9444, tableatcrate .com) is located right inside the twostory home store and is filled with its merchandise, from the silverware in your hand to the velvet upholstered 58 SEPTEMBER 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
chair beneath your bum. What looks like a sleek art installation next to the open kitchen is actually, upon closer inspection, dozens of clustered plates, including teacups, saucers, and even deviled egg platters that look like soft sunbursts hanging on the wall. My server kindly informed me that pretty much everything is available for purchase. But let’s be honest: I already know Crate & Barrel has stylish decor. The question is, can they cook?
VEG OUT Crate & Barrel teamed up with Cornerstone Restaurant Group (which also runs nearby Michael Jordan’s Restaurant) and partner Bill Kim (shown at left) designed the menu. Though Kim is most known for awesome Asian fare at treasured Chicago eatery Urbanbelly, he says he’s thrilled to break out of that box here. “I feel like a bird that’s been let out of my cage,” he says. The menu is full of light, leafy options, such as a kale Caesar and a watermelon salad—which is just as pretty as the surrounding dining room, with magenta watermelon cubes, bright green snow peas, radish matchsticks, and briny shrimp on a bed of jet black forbidden rice. It lacked some punch, but asking for more of the savory agave-Dijon dressing did the trick. Deep-dish cauliflower lasagna is Kim’s gluten-free spin on the Italian classic that was served at his childhood Sunday dinners. “My mom used to make lasagna. … It was one of her go-to dishes,” he says. Baked in the cutest porcelain casserole dish, layers of thinly sliced cauliflower with ricotta, pecorino, and mozzarella are punctuated with just enough basil and oregano. It’s definitely delicious, but at $28, feels a little steep for a vegetarian entrée. Kim himself avoids eating lactose, so he’s used dairy alternatives in a number of dishes, including the mushroom fricassee, which features white corn grits from Kankakee-based Three Sisters Garden, tender mushrooms and Brussels sprout leaves in a pool of truffle-laced herb butter. Kim uses coconut milk in the grits to achieve a silky texture, but it leaves a tropical flavor that I found at odds with the truffle. Though Kim doesn’t have children, he says he had fun creating the kids’
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menu, which includes choices such as a meatball pot pie: a cup of meatballs and marinara topped with a puffed pastry square. It’s a tasty DIY meatball sandwich that will make a flaky, saucy mess and keep your kiddo occupied while you nosh. (Brownie points for the cute colorable menu and triangle-shaped crayons, which ingeniously don’t roll off the table.) SIPPING TIPS If the weather’s agreeable, dine under black-and-white-striped umbrellas lining the perimeter of the store, or take a drink up to the second-floor terrace. For an Instagram-worthy cocktail, try the Delicate Airs: a mix of gin, kumquat marmalade, fino sherry, and orange flower water served in a coupe garnished with a violet bloom. Nonalcoholic options, such as the spiced strawberry-inflected Berry Bliss, are balanced and nuanced—a welcome change from your stereotypical sugar-sweet mocktail. As of press time, tea service—which will feature Rishi tea, sparkling wines and a tea tower of bite-size treats—was set to debut soon. The walkup bar serving housemade pastries and coffee from Metric, a roastery located near Cornerstone’s office in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, is also a welcome alternative to the mall Starbucks just a few paces away.
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Whether patriotic refrains or rabble-rousing appeals, songs have become symbolic anthems of great movements in the U.S. The acclaimed ensemble Chicago a cappella presents tunes like the 1970’s women’s rights mantra “I Am Woman,” the anti-war sentiments of Bob Dylan, and more, as they illuminate the connections between music and history in this exciting concert inspired by the NPR series.
Friday, Oct. 11 at 8:00 pm Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville
Additional performances Oct. 13-27 in Oak Park, Evanston, and Chicago.
CRANBERRY SURPRISE Yield: 8 servings
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cup granulated sugar cup brown sugar cup real maple syrup cup water tablespoon ground cinnamon freshly grated nutmeg pound fresh cranberries navel oranges, peeled and cut into segments ½ cup chopped walnuts 1
In a 3-quart saucepan, bring sugars, water, syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cranberries, then continue to simmer, uncovered, stirring until the cranberries begin to pop. Remove from heat and stir in the orange segments and walnuts. Serve warm.
August 8–October 13 Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit Service.
NaperSettlement.org All exhibits are included in museum admission.
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This recipe is from Abbey Farms’ Fresh Flavors: Pleasing Pairings for the Holidays cooking class with chef Dave Voirin on September 5.
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LOCAL FLAVOR AMERICAN 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 ALLEGORY $$$ 224 South Main Street, Naperville 630.536.8862, allegorynaperville.com
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ARROWHEAD RESTAURANT AND BAR $$$ 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 BLACKBERRY MARKET $ 401 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn 36 South LaGrange Road, La Grange 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 $$ 108 North Hale Street, Wheaton 630.480.0458, theburgersocial.com
OAK BROOK TASTE Four Lettuce Entertain You restaurant brands will host a special culinary event on September 23. Chefs from Mon Ami Gabi, Beatrix, AnticoPosto, and Wildfire have created a four-course menu with wine pairings to showcase offerings from each location. $75/ person. Passed appetizers and first pairing at 6:30 p.m., seated dinner at 7 p.m. Call 630.586.9000 for reservations. Wildfire, 232 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. wildfirerestaurant.com
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THE CAPITAL GRILLE $$$$ 87 Yorktown Center, Lombard 630.627.9800, thecapitalgrille.com
EMPIRE BURGERS & BREW $$ 48 West Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.355.9000, empireburgerbar.com
THE LANTERN $ 8 West Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.355.7099, lanterntavern.com
CARNIVORE & THE QUEEN $$$ 2241 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove 630.541.9951, carnivoreandthequeen.com
FLAGSHIP ON THE FOX $$ 100 South Riverside Avenue, St. Charles 630.549.7672, flagshiponthefox.com
LE CHOCOLAT DU BOUCHARD $$ 127–129 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.355.5720, lechocolatdubouchard.com
CATCH 35 $$$ 35 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.717.3500, catch35.com
FOXFIRE $$$ 17 West State Street, Geneva 630.232.1369, foxfiregeneva.com
LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN $$ 204 South Washington Street, Naperville 331.215.5789, lepainquotidien.com
CHINN’S 34TH STREET FISHERY $$$ 3011 West Ogden Avenue, Lisle 630.637.1777, chinnsfishery.com
GRAND DUKE’S RESTAURANT $$ 980 West 75th Street, Downers Grove, 708.594.5622, granddukesrestaurant.com
MAIZE + MASH $$ 430 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn 630.547.2540, maizeplusmash.com
CITYGATE GRILLE $$$ 2020 Calamos Court, Naperville 630.718.1010, citygategrille.com CLUB ARCADA $$ 105 East Main Street, St. Charles 630.962.7000, clubarcada.com COLONIAL CAFE $ 1101 South Washington Street, Naperville 1961 West Galena Road, Aurora 1625 East Main Street, St. Charles 552 Randall Road, St. Charles colonialcafe.com COOPER’S HAWK WINERY & RESTAURANT $$$ 1740 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.245.8000, chwinery.com
GRANITE CITY FOOD & BREWERY $$ 1828 Abriter Court, Naperville 630.544.3700, gcfb.net
MEATHEADS SERIOUS BURGERS & FRIES $ 2555 West 75th Street, Naperville 630.355.6066, meatheadsburgers.com
HAMPTON SOCIAL $$$ 705 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge 630.219.0009, thehamptonsocial.com
MELTING POT $$$$ 4931 Route 59, Naperville 630.717.8301, meltingpot.com
HARRY & EDDIE’S $$ 29 East First Street, Hinsdale 630.590.9047, harryandeddies.com
MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE $$$$ 1751 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.577.1372, mortons.com
HOPVINE BREWING COMPANY $$ 4030 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora 630.229.6030, hopvinebrewingcompany.com
MOVEABLE FEAST + COMPANY $$ 112 North Hale Street, Wheaton 630.868.3777, moveablefeastandco.com
HOLY MACKEREL! $$$ 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard 630.953.3444, harrycarays.com
THE NEST BAR & GRILL $$$ 2001 Rodeo Drive, Bolingbrook 630.771.9400, bolingbrookgolfclub.com
DRAFT PICKS $$ 523 Fairway Drive, Naperville 630.904.1111, draftpicksnaperville.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
EDDIE MERLOT’S $$$$ 28254 Diehl Road, Warrenville 630.393.1900, eddiemerlots.com
IKE AND OAK BREWING CO. $$ 6315 Main Street, Woodridge 331.998.2907, ideandoakbrewing.com
PAISANS PIZZERIA $$ 2901 Ogden Avenue, Lisle 630.922.4100, paisanspizza.com
EGG HARBOR CAFÉ $ 175 West Jackson Avenue, Naperville 630.548.1196, eggharborcafe.com
IVY OF WHEATON $$ 120 North Hale Street, Wheaton 630.665.2489, ivyofwheaton.com
PARKERS’ RESTAURANT & BAR $$$ 1000 31st Street, Downers Grove 630.960.5700, parkersamerican.com
EGGS INC. CAFÉ $ 220 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.171.5555, eggsincorporated.com
JACKSON AVENUE PUB $$ 7 West Jackson Avenue, Naperville 630.904.9400, jacksonavepub.com
PEANUTS BAR AND GRILL $ 22 West Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.369.5200, peanutsbarandgrill.com
ELMHURST BREWING COMPANY $$ 171 North Addison Street, Elmhurst 630.834.2739, elmhurstbrewing.com
J. FLEMING’S ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS $$$ 18 North Cass Avenue, Westmont 630.434.0224, willbeyourchef.com
PERRY’S STEAKHOUSE & GRILLE $$$ Five Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630.571.1808, perryssteakhouse.com
EMMETT’S BREWING CO. $$ 5200 Main Street, Downers Grove 630.434.8500, emmettsbrewingco.com
JIMMY’S GRILL $$ 245 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.548.2500, jimmysgrillnaperville.com
PETE MILLER’S $$$ 3032 English Rows, Naperville 630.428.4242, petemillers.com
CRAFT URBAN $$$ 211 James Street, Geneva 331.248.8161, crafturban.com
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PIERCE TAVERN $$$ 5135 Main Street, Downers Grove 630.869.5333, piercetavern.com PIZZERIA NEO $$ 31 South First Street, St. Charles 630.377.8700, pizzerianeo.com PLANK BAR & KITCHEN $$ 120 Water Street, Naperville 331.401.5500, hotelindigo.com/napervilleil
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PRIMO $$ 29 South Third Street, Geneva 630.232.2280, allchocolatekitechenprimo.com R. URBAN WINE BAR & CAFE $$ 4738 Main Street, Lisle 414.909.1583, urbanwinelisle.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 SANTO CIELO $$$ 120 Water Street, Suite 509, Naperville 630.323.0700, stcielo.com
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SEASONS 52 $$$ 3 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630.571.4752, seasons52.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 $$$ 39 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.848.2255, tedsmontanagrill.com THE TURF ROOM $$ 1033 Kilbery Lane, North Aurora 630.906.9300, theturfroomrestaurant.com
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CANNED COCKTAILS Are ready-to-drink beverages class or crass? Here are some collective thoughts on what my friends and I chilled, shook, and poured over ice By Kathy Aabram
CARDINAL SPIRITS Bramble Mule A riff on the Moscow Mule, this red festive drink is bursting with hibiscus, raspberry, and ginger notes. The alcohol is imperceptible and the drink is on the sweet side, which makes it dangerous. Serve over ice with a twist of lime. We all loved it.
TWO BROTHERS ARTISAN SPIRITS Strawberry Vodka Lemonade You will taste the vodka in this surprisingly dry, delicious, and smooth drink. None of us were prepared to like it as much as we did. (I mean, strawberry lemonade is for kids, right?!) A tip of the glass goes to local purveyors (and brothers) Jim and Jason Ebel for this fine concoction.
GREENHOOK GINSMITHS Gin & Tonic This is not widely available in the Midwest, but Greenhook (greenhookgin .com) should expand beyond its East Coast origins soon. The gin is high quality and bites through the tonic with crisp and bracing satisfaction. It was a thumbs-up in our group. Drink one, and then open another to make sure you believe your own sense of good taste.
CUTWATER Tequila Lime Margarita Heavy on the booze and light on the margarita, this is the ready-made cocktail for tequila lovers. Or you could skip the can and just pour yourself a shot of tequila. Quarters anyone? None of us would recommend it.
NEW HOLLAND SPIRITS Blueberry Gin Lemonade Get past the blueberry smell and you’ll find yourself with a nicely balanced tart gin and lemonade. While none of us could taste the blueberry, we all liked this drink. A couple of us thought it could use a bit more gin, but overall it was very good.
CHICAGO DISTILLING Canned Old Fashioned with Blind Tiger Bourbon This pleasant-smelling drink is heavy on the cinnamon and ginger. Although the bourbon was strong, the drink lacks complexity overall. It may taste better when the snow is on the ground and the fire is roaring. We split on our opinions—the women liked it well enough, but the men, not so much.
KOLOA KAUA'I Mai Tai Cocktail Flat, cloyingly sweet, and heavy on the almond extract, we collectively hated this drink. (The addition of yellow #5 should have tipped us off.) None of us could taste the rum—it may have been there but we couldn’t drink it long enough to find out. Once you’ve had a real Mai Tai at the Monkey Pod in Maui, you just can’t drink this pale imitation. VITANI Cosmopolitan This is the drink for every Cosmoloving woman who is too tired to drag out the vodka, lime and cranberry juices, and triple sec. It’s flavorful, smooth, and balanced; decent over ice, but perfect when shaken.
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THIRTY O THREE $$ 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, 630.245.7650, hiltonlislenaperville.com/allgauers-restaurant TWO BROTHERS BARREL HOUSE $$$ 16 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.615.7100, thecraftsmannaperville.com TWO BROTHERS ROUNDHOUSE $$ 205 North Broadway, Aurora 630.264.2739, twobrothersroundhouse.com TWO BROTHERS TAP HOUSE $$ 30W315 Calumet Avenue West, Warrenville 630.393.2337, twobrothersbrewing.com UP NORTH ALE HOUSE $$ 1595 North Aurora Road, Naperville 630.946.6494 VICTORY MEAT & SEAFOOD $$$ 116 North York Street, Elmhurst 630.359.5599, victorymeatandseafood.com WALKER'S CHARHOUSE $$$ 8 West Gartner Drive, Naperville 630.637.6988, walkerscharhouse.net WHEATSTACK $$$ 5900 South Route 53, Lisle 630.968.1920, wheatstacklisle.com WHITE CHOCOLATE GRILL $$ 1803 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.505.8300, whitechocolategrill.com
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WILDWOOD $$$ 477 South Third Street, Geneva 630.377.8325, wildwoodsteak.com
ITALIAN ANGELI’S $$$ 1478 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.420.1370, angeliscatering.com AURELIO’S $$ 1975 Springbrook Square Drive, Naperville 630.922.3600, aureliospizza.com BIAGGI’S $$ 2752 Showplace Drive, Naperville 630.428.8500, biaggis.com BRACONI’S $ 796 Royal St. George Drive, Naperville 630.717.9530, braconis.com BRICKS WOOD FIRED PIZZA & CAFÉ $$ 1763 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.799.6860, brickswoodfiredpizza.com
Cheers to you! Geneva’s Festival of the Vine is the perfect blend of good wine, good food and good fun for the whole family. Taste wines from around the world. Sample mouth-watering specialties from Geneva’s acclaimed eateries at our Flavor Fare. Find unique gifts at our incredible Fine Arts and Crafts show. For eventss schedule and details, go to genevachamber.com. We hope to see you theree!
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estaurateur Wendy Reed opened the comfortable eatery Gaetano’s in downtown Batavia with a partner in 2014. But after a medical leave of absence last year, Reed took sole ownership of the business in 2019 and has rebranded the Italian restaurant with a new name: Veritá, which means truth in Italian. “The inspiration for the name comes from Roman mythology and the story of Veritas, the beautiful goddess,” says Reed. She worked closely with a designer to implement new signage, intended to attract the eyes of pedestrians and motorists passing the restaurant’s prime location at the corner of River and Wilson Streets, as well as to put her personal mark on the space. “This is about how our restaurant has evolved. We are upscale without being pretentious,” says Reed. “We
MOD PIZZA $$ 103 South Washington Street, Suite 113, Naperville, 630.544.3471, modpizza.com
think our love for the food shows in every dish we serve, and our love for our guests shows in how we welcome them in and invite them to be a part of our family for the evening.” Menu favorites include handmade pasta, crab cake al chipotle ai frutta, and filetto di chinghiale (Wild Boar tenderloin). veritabatavia.com Pappardelle al cinghiale
ROSEBUD ITALIAN SPECIALTIES $$$ 22 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.548.9800, rosebudrestaurants.com TRAVERSO’S RESTAURANT $$ 2523 South Plainfield-Naperville Road, Naperville | 630.305.7747 traversosrestaurant.com TUSCAN TAVERN $$$ 4571 Route 71, Oswego 630.554.9600, tuscantavernoswego.net VAI'S ITALIAN INSPIRED KITCHEN + BAR $$ 916 South Route 59, Naperville 630.453.5200, vaisnaperville.com
MEXICAN/LATIN A TODA MADRE $$ 499 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn 630.474.0969, atmrestaurant.com CHAMA GAÚCHA $$$$ 3008 Finley Road, Downers Grove 630.324.6002, chamagaucha.com
CAPRI SOGNO $$ 24102 West Lockport Street, Plainfield 815.733.5815, caprisogno.com
GIORDANO’S $$ 119 South Main Street, Naperville 630.428.2111, giordanos.com
CHE FIGATA $$$ 2155 CityGate Lane, Suite 103, Naperville 630.579.3210, chefigatakitchen.com
HARRY CARAY'S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE $$$ 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard 630.953.3400, harrycarays.com
CLARA’S PASTA $$ 6550 South Route 53, Woodridge 630.968.8899, clarasrestaurant.com
IL SOGNO $$ 100 North Hale Street, Wheaton 630.682.5900, ilsognoristorante.com
FIAMME $$ 19 North Washington Street, Naperville 630.470.9441, fiammepizza.com
LA SORELLA DI FRANCESCA $$$ 18 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.961.2706, miafrancesca.com
FIRE + WINE $$$ 433 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn 630.793.9955, fireandwine.net
LIVIA ITALIAN EATERY $$$ 207 South Third Street, Geneva 116 East Schiller Street, Elmhurst liviaitalianeatery.com
FOGO DE CHÃO $$$ 1824 Abriter Court, Naperville 630.955.0022, fogodechao.com
LOU MALNATI’S PIZZERIA $ 131 West Jefferson Street, Naperville 630.717.0700, loumalnatis.com
FRONT STREET CANTINA $ 15 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.369.5218, frontstreetcantina.com
GIA MIA PIZZA BAR $$ 106 North Hale Street, Wheaton 13 North Third Street, Geneva giamiapizzabar.com
MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY $$ 1847 Freedom Drive, Naperville 630.536.2270, maggianos.com
MAGO GRILL & CANTINA $$ 641 East Boughton Road, Suite 152, Bolingbrook, 630.783.2222, magodining.com
FRANCESCA’S PASSAGGIO $$$ 3124 South Route 59, Naperville 630.946.0600, miafrancesca.com
MIDICI THE NEAPOLITAN PIZZA COMPANY $$ 135 Water Street, Naperville 630.445.8054, mymidici.com
NANDO’S PERI-PERI $$ 6 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.388.0193, nandosperiperi.com
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EL GRAN AGAVE $$ 1650 Maple Avenue, Lisle 630.541.8959, elgranagaverestaurant.com ESTEBAN’S $$$ 1550 North Route 59, Naperville 630.579.3262, estebansdiningdancing.com FAT ROSIE’S TACO & TEQUILA BAR $$ 47 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.328.0060, fatrosies.com
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FONTINA'S ITALIAN KITCHEN $$ 1767 West Ogden Avenue, Naperville 630.717.7821, thefontinas.com
CHUY'S TEX-MEX $$ 28250 Diehl Road, Warrenville 512.473.2783, chuys.com
POTTER’S PLACE $ 29 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.355.9165, pottersplacenaperville.com
ROKA AKOR $$$ 166 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630.634.7652, rokaakor.com
TALLGRASS $$$$ 1006 South State Street, Lockport 815.838.5566, tallgrassrestaurant.com
QUIUBO $$ 120 Water Street, Naperville 331.702.2711, quiubomx.com
SHAKOU $$ 22 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville 312 West Main Street, St. Charles shakourestaurants.com
UNCLE JULIO’S $$ 1831 Abriter Court, Naperville 331.444.1300, unclejulios.com
BAWARCHI $$ 4250 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora 630.375.1600, bawarchinaperville.com
SHINTO $$$ 504 North Route 59, Suite 116, Naperville 1739 Freedom Drive, Suite 121, Naperville shintorestaurants.com
BOMBAY JOE’S $$$ 462 North Park Boulevard, Glen Ellyn 888.502.5102, gobombayjoes.com
SUSHI HOUSE $$ 175 West Jackson Avenue, Naperville 630.717.8888, mysushihouse.com
CUISINE OF INDIA $$ 1163 East Ogden Avenue, Naperville 630.548.9440, cuisineofindianaperville.com
BANGKOK VILLAGE $$ 22 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville 630.369.9757, thebangkokvillage.com
THAI MEDALLION $$ 327 North Center Street, Naperville 630.305.0183, thaimedallion.com
DECCAN SPICE $$ 192 West Gartner Road, Naperville 331.701.7105, deccanspicechicago.com
BD’S MONGOLIAN GRILL $$ 221 South Washington Street, Naperville 630.428.0300, gomongo.com
TOKYO BAY SUSHI BAR & GRILL $$ 2775 Showplace Drive, Naperville 630.579.8880, tokyobaysushi.net
HYDERABAD HOUSE BIRYANI PLACE $$ 4448 East New York Street, Aurora 630.236.0600, hhnaperville.com
WOK’N FIRE $$ 120 East Liberty Drive, Wheaton 630.665.1440, woknfire.com
THE INDIAN HARVEST $$ 796 Royal St. George Drive, Naperville 630.579.9500, theindianharvest.com
YU’S BISTRO $$ 658 Route 59, Naperville 630.848.6998, yubistronaperville.com
INDIA PALACE RESTAURANT $$ 242 East Geneva Road, Wheaton, 630.681.8002, indiapalacerestaurantwebs.webs.com
JK KABAB $ 572 Weston Ridge Drive, Naperville 630.778.5555, jkkabab.com
YERBABUENA MEXICAN CUISINE $$ 4732 Main Street, Lisle 630.852.8040, yerbabuenacuisine.com
BLUE SUSHI SAKE GRILL $$$ 123 Water Street, Naperville 630.428.8500, bluesushisakegrill.com DOMO 77 $$$ 4097 Healthway Drive, Aurora 630.692.0032, domo77.com GREEN BASIL $$ 45 East Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.922.7700, greenbasil-restaurant.com HOUSE OF EMPEROR $$ 1212 South Naper Boulevard, Naperville 630.983.8284, houseofemperorchinese.com
EL TAPEO $$ 2100 Spring Road, Oak Brook 630.828.2044, eltapeorestaurant.com
JIN 28 $$ 28 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.848.1828, napervillejin28.com
MESÓN SABIKA $$$ 1025 Aurora Avenue, Naperville 630.983.3000, mesonsabika.com
KIKU JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE $$$ 2764 Aurora Avenue, Naperville 630.305.3355, mykiku.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
SHREE RESTAURANT $$ 1550 Route 59, Naperville 630.538.7000, shreerestaurants.com
RAKU SUSHI $$ 850 East Ogden Avenue, Naperville 630.357.7633, rakusushi.com
PARIS BISTRO $$ 2835 Showplace Drive, Naperville 630.357.1005, parisbistronaperville.com
BALLYDOYLE IRISH PUB $$ 5157 Main Street, Downers Grove 630.696.0600, ballydoylepub.com
ROCK SUGAR $$$ 2022 Spring Road, Oak Brook 630.320.2641, rocksugarkitchen.com
SUZETTE’S CREPERIE $$ 211 West Front Street, Wheaton 630.462.0898, suzettescreperie.com
QUIGLEY’S IRISH PUB $$ 43 East Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 630.428.4774, quigleysirishpub.net
MOSHI MOSHI $ 109 South Main Street, Naperville 630.355.5516, moshimoshisushi.net
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What’s your go-to shop for a unique gift? What hits the spot when you need dessert? Who can save your outdated bathroom? We asked for your beloved businesses in Naperville, and you answered the call, casting more than 15,000 total votes. Read on for this year’s 50 favs—the 2019 Best of Naperville award winners. BY CHRISTIE WILLHITE ILLUSTRATIONS BY MAEVE NORTON
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SHOPPING AND RETAIL
BRI’ZAN COUTURE Known for personalized service, Bri’Zan offers two-hour appointments to ensure a bride can try on every dress she might like. Consultants listen to a bride’s vision and offer suggestions until, together, they find her dream dress. The boutique offers the same care for those shopping for bridesmaid, mother-of-thebride, prom, quinceanera, and other special event dresses. brizancouture.com
OCCASIONS The selection of distinctive jewelry, candles, serving pieces, home decor, holiday items, accessories, and more makes Occasions a must-visit spot for every gift-giving opportunity, whether shopping for a persnickety aunt, a fashionable friend, or the perennial hostess. Styles range from shabby chic to quirky to elegant. Most pieces are artist-designed, and every so often the boutique hosts artist events. 3027 English Rows Ave.
DELTA SONIC This franchise aims to be a one-stop shop for routine car care and maintenance. In addition to the ride-through car wash with hand drying, Delta Sonic’s service menu features interior detailing, oil changes, and light repairs, along with free selfserve vacuums. Memberships offer customers a set monthly fee or discounts for services. The Naperville location includes a gas station, convenience store, and Dunkin’. deltasoniccarwash.com
COSTELLO JEWELRY COMPANY A classic jewelry store in the heart of downtown Naperville, Costello strives to offer fine jewelry at fair prices. The store, which has a second location in Glen Ellyn, staffs full-time artisans and gemologists to offer original pieces. Jewelry repairs, adjustments, cleaning, and appraisals also are available. costello.net
TWO BOSTONS PET BOUTIQUE When dog lovers want to spoil their pooch, their favorite destination is Two Bostons, where they’ll find unique treats, toys, food, clothes, and more. The Naperville shops— downtown and in Springbrook Prairie shopping center—even feature bakery items especially for pets. The staff is eager to help customers find items suited for their pets, even if their furry friends are cats. twobostons.com
Brighton Auto Detailing
The Diamond Gallery of Naperville Fey & Co. Jewelers
Dog Patch Pet and Feed Pet Supplies Plus
Fuller’s Car Wash
PHILLIP’S FLOWERS AND GIFTS Customers can choose every bloom in a custom-crafted bouquet, or be on their way in a matter of minutes with one of the prepared options that come in an array of sizes, colors and flower combinations. The shop offers wedding services, funeral arrangements, and corsages, and will deliver locally directly or nationwide through FTD and Teleflora. Floral- and garden-themed gifts are available in the Ogden Avenue location of this family-owned west suburban chain. phillips-flowers.com
CONTINENTAL MOTORS GROUP Customers say it’s the knowledgeable, attentive staff that sets Continental Motors Group’s Acura, Audi, and Mazda dealerships in Naperville apart from the competition. Family-owned and operated, Continental also is known for its support for community causes, providing cars for families in need through Loaves and Fishes’ CARES car donation program and raising money for groups such as DuPage PADS, Inside Out Club DuPage, and Turning Pointe Autism Foundation. continentalmotors.com
§§ Celidan Creations §§ Trudy’s Flowers
§§ Gerald Auto Group §§ Fair Oaks Ford Lincoln
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DEAN’S CLOTHING Dean’s, a downtown institution since 1959, carries upscale business attire and weekend wear for men and women. Made-to-measure men’s suits and dress shirts are crafted to fit each individual. An in-house tailor helps customers achieve a personalized fit. With Dean’s selection of accessories, jewelry and shoes, customers can put together a complete outfit—or wardrobe. deansclothing.com RUNNERS UP
§§ JoS. A. Bank §§ Trails & Tides
FOOD, DRINK & HOSPITALITY BARBECUE
SHARKO’S BBQ Awarded honors for Best Sauce at Naperville’s first Ribfest, Sharko’s BBQ now serves diners with two Naperville locations. Here the spotlight is on ribs, and the menu also includes brisket, chicken, and turkey sandwiches, along with meats sold by the ounce or by the piece. Families especially will enjoy the free soft-serve ice cream cones to finish off their meals. sharkosbbq.com RUNNERS UP
§§ Q-BBQ §§ Gemato’s Wood Pit BBQ
AURELIO’S PIZZA Thin, crispy crust. Just the right cheese and toppings to order. Square-cut pieces instead of slices. Aurelio’s pizza has many distinctive qualities, but fans say what lifts it above the ordinary is the signature sweet sauce. The menu includes six specialty pizzas, in addition to the build-your-own options, plus an array of appetizers, thick crust and stuffed pizzas, calabreses, sandwiches, and pasta dishes. aureliospizza.com
LITTLE ITALIAN PIZZA If you’re just ordering pizza from Little Italian, you’re missing out on some of the restaurant’s tastiest dishes. Start with the bruschetta or sausage and peppers, then head for the homemade lasagna or gnocchi quattro formaggi. Or try the traditional parmigiana—this hand-breaded and fried dish is baked with mozzarella and marinara and served over rigatoni, but save room for the homemade tiramisu. Little Italian also hosts private parties and will cater your event. littleitalianpizza.com
CATCH 35 As a premier seafood and steak restaurant, Catch 35 brings in fresh seafood for signature dishes like Chilean sea bass, Alaska king crab legs, seared yellowfin tuna, and Sichuan scallops, as well as seasonal favorites such as Alaskan halibut and Georges Bank cod. Customers say the food is as delicious at lunch as at dinner. A halal menu, including a choice of chicken or steak, is available when requested 24 hours in advance. catch35.com
Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House
Little Italian Pizza Lou Malnati’s
Che Figata Francesca’s Restaurants
Chinn’s 34th Street Fishery
GO SOCIAL Celebrate the 2019 winners by tagging Naperville magazine in your photos and using #BestofNaperville2019 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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FOOD, DRINK & HOSPITALITY CHINESE SPECIALTY DESSERTS
MESÓN SABIKA This famed eatery describes itself as “a taste of Spain,” a phrase meant literally for a restaurant that specializes in tapas. Diners are encouraged to order a sampling of three or four Spanish-flavored dishes to eat on their own or to share with the table. The restaurant itself is a converted 1847 mansion, seating diners in various rooms that afford a feeling of exclusivity. Situated on four acres, Mesón Sabika’s beloved brick patio is a place where food lovers can enjoy a meal and some sangria away from the bustle of nearby downtown Naperville. mesonsabika.com RUNNERS UP
Empire Burgers + Brew Potter’s Place ROMANTIC RESTAURANT
MESÓN SABIKA See outdoor dining, above RUNNERS UP
Sullivan’s Steakhouse Francesca’s Restaurants
SMALLCAKES CUPCAKERY AND CREAMERY When a little cake would make a big difference, readers say to head to Smallcakes. The cupcake bakery features a standing menu of 15 flavors—classic chocolate and vanilla plus specialties like hot fudge sundae, birthday cake, lemon drop, and red velvet— along with 18 flavors each month, including gluten-free varieties. Customers rave about the Smash, a layered cupcake-and-gelato delicacy. The Ogden Avenue shop even offers dog-friendly cupcakes. cupcakeshopnapervilleil.com RUNNERS UP
§§ Le Chocolat du Bouchard §§ Beans and Sweets
EGG HARBOR CAFÉ This downtown spot for traditional breakfast comfort foods features eggs from cage-free hens raised on a diet free from antibiotics and hormones. When possible, other ingredients are organic, local, and sustainably sourced. The result is hearty, delicious breakfasts, brunches, and lunches that keep diners coming back for more. A gluten-free menu includes pancakes and cinnamon rolls, and coffee served in a carafe for the table is a special touch. Guests can enjoy the scenic Riverwalk, including Dandelion Fountain and a charming covered bridge, just steps away. eggharborcafe.com RUNNERS UP
§§ Buttermilk §§ Butterfield’s Pancake House
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HOUSE OF EMPEROR A Cantonese-style restaurant with an extensive menu, House of Emperor serves dishes as individual entrées or as part of a multicourse buffet for the table. The fresh lobster and Peking duck are customer favorites, along with the Hong Kong-style eggplant. The menu is available for carry-out orders, and the staff easily handles the largest of parties dining in. houseofemperorchinese.com RUNNERS UP
§§ MingHin Cuisine §§ Chinese Kitchen
NAF NAF MIDDLE EASTERN GRILL Founded in Naperville in 2009, Naf Naf has grown into a chain of nearly 40 restaurants in the Midwest with an eye toward further expansion through franchising. Each location serves a menu of fresh products, including locally baked pitas and handmade chicken shawarma and falafel from recipes that made the first Naf Naf a hit. nafnafgrill.com RUNNERS UP
§§ Basil’s Greek Dining §§ Pita Inn
THE INDIAN HARVEST The restaurant offers a sizable dinner menu with vegetarian options along with chicken, lamb, seafood, and rice specialties, but Indian Harvest may be best known for its lunch buffet. The selection introduces diners to a smaller sampling of the full menu, and is served with tandoori chicken and naan. Catering is available. theindianharvest.com RUNNERS UP
§§ Cuisine of India §§ Deccan Spice
SULLIVAN’S STEAKHOUSE An upscale steakhouse in the heart of downtown Naperville, Sullivan’s prepares hand-cut steaks to diners’ specifications and pairs them with complementary sides like the popular garlic mashed potatoes. Regular customers say the lengthy cocktail menu and tasty desserts enhance the meal. Sullivan’s bar features an appetizer-and-meal menu of its own, with live music Thursday through Saturday. sullivanssteakhouse.com RUNNERS UP
§§ CityGate Grille §§ Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House
LAVAZZA Naperville offers plenty of choices for coffee aficionados, but readers say it’s worth seeking out Lavazza in Hotel Arista. The Italian coffee chain is known for its espresso and creative coffee drinks, such as the popular Orange Mocha Mio. Baked goods, plus breakfast and lunch options, round out the menu. The café has a street entrance, with street and garage parking, making it a convenient place to meet friends and associates. hotelarista.com
AUR BAR Aurelio’s highly rated pizza is only part of the restaurant’s story. Aur Bar serves a lengthy beer list dominated by local brews and craft beers, both bottled and on tap. A beer of the month and a changing collection of featured beers encourage customers to try new and seasonal brews. aureliospizza.com
TAP IN PUB & CARVERY Fans not only can watch their favorite teams on the TVs throughout Tap In Pub’s bar and restaurant, but they also can compete themselves. HD golf simulators allow golfers to test themselves against famous courses, such as Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, and Bethpage Black. The food itself can be a contest—the Ultimate Smash Challenge dares the hungry to polish off a fourpatty burger and a pound of fries in 30 minutes or less. tapinpub.com
ZORBA LOUNGE An upscale, contemporary lounge in Hotel Arista, Zorba mixes creative, tasty cocktails and serves quality liquors. With black leather couches and benches around sleek glass coffee tables, Zorba invites associates to discuss business over a drink and friends to share memories over a nightcap. hotelarista.com
Red Arrow Tap Room Empire Burgers + Brew
Bottoms Up Sports Bar & Grill
AUR BAR Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House
Crosstown Pub & Grill
PHO THIEN VIETNAMESE KITCHEN While regulars love the pho menu at Pho Thien, they can’t get enough of the restaurant’s weekend special: bun bo hue. The soup starts with pork and beef bones, plus lemongrass, annatto, and shrimp paste, and is topped with herbs, lime juice, and extras. Customers also declare the smoothies are a special treat. phothienkitchen.com
MY CHEF CATERING Whether you need casual noshes for an intimate gathering, breakfast for a corporate meeting, or an elegant dinner for hundreds of wedding guests, My Chef has the menu to make the event special – from a picnic with burgers, brats and kebabs, to a wedding dinner centered around beef tenderloin or Chilean sea bass. mychef.com
§§ The Bangkok Village Restaurant §§ Yum Yum Thai
§§ SanguCHE §§ Chef By Request
HISTORIC HOLD The first Best of Naperville issue was published in August 2009, and the winners were celebrated at a late-summer event at Mesón Sabika.
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FOOD, DRINK & HOSPITALITY
LIVE MUSIC VENUE
JACKSON AVENUE PUB Set in a cozy brick building downtown, Jackson Avenue Pub strives to serve creative, gourmet bar food paired with local and craft beers. Specialty burgers are built around a choice of halfpound Angus beef, grilled chicken breast, or black bean and quinoa vegetarian patty, with unique combinations of toppings, all served on a selection of buns, including a pretzel bun and a gluten-free option. jacksonavepub.com
CRESS CREEK COUNTRY CLUB The banquet room in the plantation-style clubhouse overlooks Cress Creek’s golf course, providing an elegant setting for events and celebrations, while the attentive staff helps plan and see to every detail. In addition to hosting parties, business events, and wedding receptions, Cress Creek welcomes wedding ceremonies both indoors and outdoors, against the sweeping backdrop of the North Side golf course. cresscreekcc.com
BRIGHTSIDE THEATRE Proudly proclaiming itself as the only professional theater company performing in downtown Naperville, BrightSide each year stages an eclectic season that may feature award-winners, premieres, classics, and modern works. The upcoming season opens with A Christmas Carol: The Musical and features the drama Steel Magnolias, the rom-com Mamma Mia!, and a concert version of the musical Nine. BrightSide’s Youth Project will stage Frozen Junior. brightsidetheatre.com
WENTZ CONCERT HALL Renown for its stellar acoustics that can be tuned to a performer’s liking, Wentz Concert Hall is home to North Central’s fine and performing arts and draws a broad variety of venerable and contemporary touring performers (jazz musician Herb Alpert and improv comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood headline the upcoming season). Both the Chicago Sinfonietta and the DuPage Symphony Orchestra perform their concert seasons at the venue. finearts.northcentralcollege.edu
HOTEL ARISTA An independent boutique hotel, Hotel Arista is a getaway all on its own. Guests find contemporary rooms and suites well-appointed with smart TVs, Bluetooth speakers, televisions embedded in the bathroom mirror, and even a choice of slumber style from the pillow “menu.” With a spa and fitness center in the hotel, and on-site restaurants Che Figata, Zorba Lounge, Lavazza, and the Tap In Pub & Carvery, guests may not want to leave. hotelarista.com
Empire Burgers + Brew Ted’s Montana Grill
Elements at Water Street Mesón Sabika
Hotel Indigo Chicago Marriott Naperville
Board & Barrel
JAPANESE AND SUSHI
SHINTO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI LOUNGE Sushi may come second in Shinto’s name, but it’s first in the hearts of customers, many of whom make the most of Mondays, when the dishes are half-price. The sushi’s a bit of a fusion, marrying traditional flavors with cream cheese, jalapeños, or Sriracha. The hibachi menu features steak, seafood, and vegetarian selections. shintorestaurants.com RUNNERS UP
§§ Kiku Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge §§ Blue Sushi Saki Grill
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TED’S MONTANA GRILL In an upscale setting that echoes a classic western saloon, Ted’s serves a menu of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrées where bison is the star ingredient. Diners can select either bison or beef steaks, and burgers are offered as a choice of bison, beef, or chicken. Customers celebrate the complimentary pickles, hearty sides, and tasty desserts and cocktails, as well as the restaurant’s commitment to sustainability. tedsmontanagrill.com
SANGUCHE Named for the Peruvian word for sandwich, SanguCHE boasts serving “epic Peruvian sandwiches” drawing on the flavors of Indigenous, Spanish, Italian, African, and Asian cuisine. Fresh ingredients and recipes developed by co-owner Cesar Chang, a chef who trained at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute of Lima, set the sandwiches apart. Customers also love sides like the Peru poutine and treats like the alfajores cookies, which are available daily until they run out. sangucherestaurant.com
HUGO’S FROG BAR & FISH HOUSE Decidedly upscale with a multicourse menu, Hugo’s caters to the seafood lover with fresh salmon, tuna, Chilean sea bass, plus specialties like whitefish, shrimp, crab legs, and lobster. Gibson’s prime Angus beef is served in a variety of cuts. Regulars enjoy the signature frog legs, plus the elevated cocktail and dessert menus. Live music and seasonal alfresco dining add to the Main Street Promenade experience. hugosfrogbar.com
§§ Quiubo §§ Fat Rosie’s
§§ Jackson Avenue Pub
PERSONAL SERVICES & WELLNESS
INNOVATIVE DENTAL PARTNERS This practice strives to offer comprehensive service, providing complete care for families, offering pediatric and adult dental care, as well as orthodontics. The practice has a welcoming, spa-like atmosphere, and uses the latest technology to ensure treatments are safe, gentle, minimally invasive, and effective. innovativedentalpartners.com
MIKE MARTIN PHOTOGRAPHY Photographer Mike Martin focuses on senior portraits, taking time with each teen to capture natural, relaxed photos that show their personalities in this pivotal year. Martin turns Naperville’s natural areas and iconic locations into backdrops for his two-hour sessions, and adds studio lighting to flatter his subjects. Family portrait sessions also are available. mmartinphotography.com
STUDIO LUXE HAIR SALON Even if you don’t know what to do with your hair, the stylists at Studio Luxe do. Clients praise the staff for listening, then knowing how to combine the right cut with color and other treatments to compliment the client’s look. Stylists regularly take classes—sometimes even traveling abroad—to stay on top of trends and techniques. The salon uses Davines color and products. studioluxehair.com
Riverwalk Family Dental Gantos Dental Group
Veronica Adams Photography
Solaia Salon & Spa
The Zazu Exchange*
Zazu Salon & Day Spa
TURN OF EVENTS The Best of Naperville awards event is taking a brief hiatus in 2019, but a new and exciting format will be launched in 2020—stay tuned!
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PERSONAL SERVICES & WELLNESS CHIROPRACTIC PRACTICE MEDICAL PRACTICE/GROUP
ME SPA When you need to recharge, Me Spa can make you feel like you’ve found a resort amid the bustle of downtown Naperville. The spa features a range of restorative massages and body treatments—from the 30-minute reflexology foot treatment to the 80-minute organic herbal body contouring wrap. Classic and deep tissue massages ease aches, soreness, and tension, while the relaxing hot river stone massage melts away stress. The full-service spa also offers facials, waxing, and manis and pedis. Thoughtful touches include fuzzy robes, heated neck wraps, a foot bath before services, and a relaxation room where clients continue to unwind afterward. Clients say the zero-gravity pedicures are not to be missed. me-spas.com RUNNERS UP
Solaia Salon & Spa Tilson Chiropractic FamilyCare FULL-SERVICE SPA
ME SPA See Massage, above RUNNERS UP
Solaia Salon & Spa Zazu Salon & Day Spa
DUPAGE MEDICAL GROUP Since 1999, DMG has provided a continuum of patient care from pediatrics and primary care physicians to specialists, simplifying the process of coordinating on behalf of the patient. With more than 700 physicians in more than 100 locations, DuPage Medical Group treats about a third of the county’s population and is the state’s largest independent multi-specialty physician group. Practices offer video appointments, and all use the MyChart digital records service that even has an app allowing users to make appointments, message doctors, and view test results right on their phones. dupagemedicalgroup.com RUNNERS UP
§§ Edward Medical Group §§ Naperville Women’s Healthcare
ROSENBERG & PARKER Founded in 2016 when partners Blake Rosenberg and Heather Parker merged their individual practices, Rosenberg & Parker provides legal services in residential real estate transactions such as preparing or reviewing sales contracts, reviewing and resolving title issues, and preparing documents for closing. Rosenberg draws on his previous experience handling closings for a title company, and Parker’s background includes financial services litigation and mortgages. rp-legal.com RUNNERS UP
§§ Heather Ryan Law §§ Grunyk Family Law
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TILSON CHIROPRACTIC FAMILYCARE This comprehensive practice treats adults and children, helping patients find pain relief and healing through adjustments in conjunction with laser, massage, or vibration therapies; intersegmental traction; and kinesiology. Tilson’s professionals also can help athletes and weekend warriors overcome and stave off injuries. tilsonchiropractic.com RUNNERS UP
§§ Advanced Health of Naperville §§ Elite Recovery Chiropractic
CALAMOS WEALTH MANAGEMENT Providing clients with personalized guidance through a team of financial and legal experts, Calamos coordinates all through a wealth adviser who keeps the individual’s unique challenges and goals at the forefront. Family financial planning may focus on preparing for college or retirement, estate planning, philanthropic giving, and more. wm.calamos.com RUNNERS UP
§§ Edward Jones §§ Ledebuhr Wealth Management
ORANGETHEORY FITNESS In small group classes that focus on cardio and strength training, Orangetheory clients (and trainers) monitor their fitness in real time. Using high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, the ever-changing workouts are designed to push clients’ heart rates into the target orange zone on a wearable monitor that connects to displays on treadmills and other equipment. The theory? Spend enough time in the orange zone and your body continues to benefit after the workout (the “Orange Effect”) for even better results. orangetheoryfitness.com RUNNERS UP
§§ Beyond Measure Fitness Training §§ Olympus Executive Fitness Center
BRYAN W. RUBACH Dr. Bryan W. Rubach is the director of the Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery, which provides both surgical and nonsurgical treatments to help clients enhance their self-image. He was involved in the initial clinical research on laser resurfacing, and brought CoolSculpting and other treatments to the Chicago area. cclscosmetic.com RUNNERS UP
§§ John Bull Jr. §§ James Ferlmann
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CONSTRUCTION & REAL ESTATE
RELIABLE HOME IMPROVEMENT In business since 1967, Reliable offers start-tofinish services on home remodeling, improvements, and additions with in-house designers, architects, job superintendents, and craftsmen. The firm specializes in finishing basements and updating kitchens and baths. A 15,000-squarefoot showroom (open to the public), features full-size vignettes of kitchens, baths, and more, to spark client creativity. reliablehomeimprov.com
C.B. CONLIN LANDSCAPES Whether you’re looking to turn your yard into a lush oasis or dreaming of a stone patio with a fireplace and an outdoor kitchen, C.B. Conlin Landscapes has the design expertise to make it happen. The company designs and installs landscapes; imagines and installs pool decks and patios with a focus on natural stone, brick, and precast concrete; and creates pergolas, decks, and more. cbconlin.com
JOHN GREENE REALTOR As a family-owned boutique Realtor, John Greene staffs full-time agents who have a deep knowledge of—and commitment to— the community. Backed by supportive training, agents not only help clients find their next house, they offer the Realtor’s City Guide and business recommendations to help newcomers feel at home. John Greene also provides commercial, land, and industrial real estate services. johngreenerealtor.com
DJK Custom Homes
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DJK CUSTOM HOMES Whether you want to select the finishing touches for your new home or prefer to design your dream house from floor plan to cabinet pulls, DJK offers the experienced architects and design experts to make your vision a reality. The builder, founded in 1988 by Dan Kittilsen and his wife, Kim, crafts high performance houses that emphasize energy efficiency. DJK’s Eco-Smart line includes the city’s first homes to qualify for LEED platinum-level certification. djkhomes.com
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ROOM by ROOM FROM GLAM TO FARMHOUSE, LOCAL DESIGNERS SHARE INSPIRATIONAL TIPS FOR EVERY HOME STYLE BY LISA ARNETT
oday’s modern home isn’t just about the ever-popular open floor plan. Dining spaces are becoming more casual. The study has become more useful than ever with the rise of remote work. The formal living room (as it once was) is all but dead—instead, families are converting the space into a playroom or forgoing it altogether—making the family room the primary gathering and entertaining space. And, of course, every homeowner needs a blissful master bedroom for the day’s end retreat. We asked four local designers to walk us through the creation of these rooms in homes around the western suburbs. Whether you’re in the throes of a home remodel, or just daydreaming about a redesign, prepare to be inspired.
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For an offbeat twist, Bowman positioned artwork on either side of the bed. “I just wanted to incorporate them a little bit differently than you might typically see,” she says. “You don’t have to put anything over the headboard.”
The table legs, vase, and lamp base all feature different metallic finishes. “Trying not to be too matchy with things, and mixing metals, will also help to keep the space timeless as well … as metals go in and out of trend,” Bowman says.
PHOTOS BY ERIN MCCARTHY (ROOM), KAREN HOOD (BOWMAN)
The Design Bar, Burr Ridge
This Western Springs master bedroom is a picture-perfect example of design director Leslie Bowman’s “transitional glam” style, which mixes formal, glamorous pieces with organic elements.
Draperies in a charcoal geometric shibori fabric inspired Bowman to decorate the room in shades of gray, from light gray paint on the walls to the deeper tone of a dramatically tall upholstered headboard. Paired with white bedding, that headboard provides a neutral base for pillows in a whimsical gray print that could be switched with other colors years later, or even seasonally. “You can add in blue; you can add in hot pink; you can add in green … you could even throw orange in there and it would look pretty,” she says.
And her one tip for a bedroom? “Never buy the whole bedroom set,” Bowman says. She especially likes nonmatching nightstands. For this room, she used an oval table on one side and a bed table with iridescent capiz shell drawers on the other.
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Built-in drawers beneath the window seat provide bonus storage, while the tweedy seat cushions and striped pillows lend a pleasing punch of pattern.
Michael Abrams Interiors, Chicago
At this family’s newly built home in Hinsdale, the study was separate from the rest of the open-concept first floor— including its neutral tones and white trim. “It gave us the opportunity to do something very different and dramatic, with doing a dark trim color that we don’t have anywhere else in the house,” Michael Abrams says. 84 SEPTEMBER 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
The rug, with its subtle geometric print, was Abrams’s springboard for the room’s palette of ivory with shades of slate blue. “It provides some contrast [against the darker floor, trim and walls] and it has that subtle hint of slate blue-gray undertone, so I think that really pops.”
A desk, credenza, and side table—painted white and slate blue, respectively— provide storage in the form of pull-out trays to hide equipment such as a printer or shredder, along with a few file drawers. “We are seeing so much less demand for file space these days,” Abrams says. “People are not heavy paper users as they were.”
PHOTOS BY MARCEL PAGE PHOTOGRAPHY (ROOM), PICTURE PERFECT HOUSE (COLLANDER)
DINING ROOM Grass cloth wallpaper on all four walls provides a rich, organic-looking texture. “The grass cloth is a natural material with an underlying hint of that slate [blue color],” Abrams says.
White sheer curtain panels with a geometric pattern add a contrasting softness to the room’s hard surfaces.
LAUREN COLLANDER LC Interiors, Naperville
PHOTOS BY SCOTT SHIGLEY
Dark iron hardware on the credenza and window seat drawers matches the iron chandelier and sconces. “I like to layer in lighting sources and give as many different sources as possible … so you can have different lighting levels depending on the day or what you’re doing,” he says.
When you step through the front door of this Woodridge home, the dining room is the very first thing you’ll see. “[The family] wanted this ‘wow’ moment, and they also wanted it to be a more casual dining space,” says interior designer Lauren Collander, owner of LC Interiors.
A round wooden table sets the laid-back tone from the start. “I wanted the room to feel as large as possible … and with the darker table and darker floors, it feels bigger,” she says. Collander selected the cognac leather chairs for their warm hue and durable, kid-friendly finish.
A board-and-batten wall painted charcoal gray adds architectural detail, while a matte black metal chandelier with smoky glass orbs draws the eye upward. “It’s triangularly shaped, so it offers a different geometry than the round table … and really coordinates with geometry of the chair legs,” Collander says. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / SEPTEMBER 2019 85
GABY ALONSO-CARMONA Urban 1111 Design, Lombard
For this home remodel in Wheaton, the homeowners hired principal interior designer Gaby Alonso-Carmona to transform their family room into a more adult space where their three children could also be comfortable.
“The formal living room became a playroom, so they wanted the family room to be a place where they can entertain and not feel embarrassed about it,” she says. The result is light and bright with an eclectic farmhouse vibe.
Alonso-Carmona positioned a cleanlined modern sofa across from the fireplace and softened it with an armful of pillows. A pair of gray chairs with nailhead trim, and square ottomans in a cowhide motif, round out the seating options. “It’s also soft place for the kids, so nobody’s running straight into the fireplace,” she says.
To outfit the existing shelves, Alonso-Carmona shopped the other rooms of the family’s home and repurposed some accessories that matched the farmhouse feel; she also added some new pieces, such as the curvy gold sculptures on the mantel. “Metal, geometric pieces don’t go out of style,” she says. “I always try to integrate them into any of the decors I do, traditional or ultramodern.” 86 SEPTEMBER 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
PHOTO (ROOM) BY T. GREENE PHOTOGRAPHY
Alonso-Carmona whitewashed the original tan stone fireplace and replaced the original smaller mantel with this chunkier reclaimed wooden beam.
“I wanted to bring in a rug that was very forgiving to kids and animals but would still look lush and beautiful,” Alonso-Carmona says. This woven sisal and wool rug is “fairly indestructible—it won’t absorb any liquids or things of that nature.”
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“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.”
The Big IDea
The key to consistent and sustainable economic development is understanding how startups, innovative brands and vibrant downtowns attract and retain world-class talent and drive healthy growth. My goal, as Managing Director of Innovation DuPage, is to identify new economic development opportunities in the greater DuPage region. Innovation DuPage (ID) offers entrepreneurs a roadmap for transforming ideas into viable commercial ventures. There is an intentionality to the process that enables entrepreneurs to efficiently build a startup by searching for product/market fit rather than blindly executing on assumptions. Startup founders receive guidance from vetted mentors while they craft a scalable business model, define their value proposition and collect customer insights; therein enhancing their unfair advantage in the marketplace. We are creating a safe environment for entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds; where uniquely qualified teams are nurtured as their minimum viable projects (MVP) develop into flourishing businesses. ID connects novel thinking to a solid infrastructure of resources available throughout the entrepreneurial ecoverse. Tapping into the power of “we” forges partnerships that strengthen the entire community. Through strategic partnerships with Argonne National Laboratory, Choose DuPage and College of DuPage we are showcasing DuPage County’s economic vitality to the world. These significant differentiators are accelerating regional growth.
The Kahlo Mystique
When a Billion is Not Enough In 2021, the attention of the world –scratch that– the universe, will be fixated on DuPage County as Argonne powers up America’s first Exascale supercomputer. Exascale computing is capable of a billion billion (a quintillion) computations per second. The federal government is investing $5.7 billion into three Department of Energy (DOE) nextgeneration systems, applications and supporting software; this includes $500 million for Argonne to launch the first system, dubbed Aurora. Exascale is critical to advancements in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data visualization and machine learning. The US, China, Europe and Japan are currently engaged in a supercomputer race. Aurora will enable the US to advance its position in revolutionary technological development, scientific discovery, innovative healthcare, efficient energy and national security. This is an unrivaled opportunity for economic development. If. We. Plan. For. It.
From Frida to Exascale With the world squarely focused on the DuPage region over the next two years, we have an unparalleled opportunity to create evocative growth in our community. Frida will engage her admirers in a fixed gaze while Aurora draws the eyes of the innovation ecoverse as the Nation’s first Exascale system comes online. There is much more to share about Frida and Aurora in the coming months. Just wait until we start discussing Extreme-scale Scientific Software Stacks…I’ll bring the wine, we’ll make an evening of it.
Leadership and investment from College of DuPage (COD) brought the vision of ID to life. COD is now earning national recognition for the 2020 Frida Kahlo exhibit coming to the McAninch Arts Center.
P.S. If you are working on a startup and want to connect to the entrepreneurial support services of Innovation DuPage, reach out to me at ID@InnovationDuPage.org.
Frida Kahlo is arguably the most famous female artist of the 20th century, an international feminist icon and a shining symbol of strength and empowerment. In the summer of 2020, an exclusive exhibition of 26 original Frida Kahlo works and 150 digital images showcasing her life will be on loan from the Dolores Olmeda Museum in Mexico. The MAC’s Cleve Carney Art Gallery will transform into an immersive museum experience with a childrens’ area, garden exhibit and historical timeline.
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The reach and gravitational pull of this exhibit cannot be overstated. It is the largest Frida Kahlo collection to grace the Chicago area in the last 40 years. Estimates of the economic impact range from $8 to $13 million. 535 Duane Street, Suite 100.
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“Genius doesn’t fade just because we stopped watching.” Travis Linderman has served as director for three venture incubators prior to his selection as Managing Director of Innovation DuPage. He founded a startup with Princeton University, secured venture capital backing, scaled rapidly and enjoyed a successful IP acquisition. Travis has spearheaded capital campaigns that have raised over $600 million for technology development.
Bark at the Park
TO-DO LIST September 1 SPECIAL EVENT
BARK AT THE BALLPARK Bring your dog and celebrate family Sunday, where you can meet the team during pregame autographs and enjoy $3 bottomless popcorn and $3 bottomless fountain drinks. $9–$100. 6 p.m. Impact Field, 9800 Balmoral Ave., Rosemont. chicagodogs.com
gang of cronies they’re not going to be pushed into the gutter. Based on the 1992 movie, Newsies is a rousing musical nominated for eight Tony awards, winning Best Choreography and Best Score. $36–$74. Various times. Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Ave., Aurora. paramountaurora.com September 5–October 6 THEATER
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NEWSIES High in the skyscrapers of New York City, Joseph Pulitzer is plotting a way to increase the revenue of his declining newspaper, while down in the streets, newsboys hawk papers on corners barely making enough to survive. When Pulitzer raises the price of the paper, delivery boy Jack Kelly organizes a strike to show Pulitzer and his
HOLMES AND WATSON Three years following the mysterious “death” of Sherlock Holmes at Reichenbach, there have been many who’ve claimed to be Holmes, all debunked as impostors by the faithful partner of the sleuth, Watson. But now three separate men insist that they are the infamous literary master, having survived that encounter at the Falls. Full of twists and turns, this is a riveting and clever adventure from award-winning
playwright Jeffrey Hatcher. $40–$42. Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Playhouse Theatre, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. athemac.org September 6 LECTURE
DOES AI SPELL THE END OF SOCIAL INTERACTION? Artificial intelligence (AI) has implications for almost every aspect of our lives. The fears that it has evoked, however, sometimes seem to outweigh the possibilities. In this talk, Dr. Justine Cassell will describe some unexpected results about how social interaction can support and improve task performance in people, and how social interaction can profitably be integrated into AI. Justine Cassell codirects the Yahoo-Carnegie Mellon University InMind partnership on the future of personal assistants and was a founding
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codirector of the Simon Initiative on Technology-Enhanced Learning. $8. 8 p.m. Fermilab Ramsey Auditorium, Pine St., Batavia. events.fnal.gov September 6–8 FESTIVAL
FESTIVAL OF THE VINE Taste the autumn bounty while enjoying a flower market, an arts and crafts show, and live musical entertainment. Sip wines from around the world and sample mouth-watering international specialties prepared by Geneva restaurateurs. Check the website for details. Downtown Geneva. genevachamber.com September 7 FITNESS
GLOW BALL SCRAMBLE Enjoy the course in a whole new light: after dark. This nine-hole, four-person scramble is designed for golfers ages 18 and up. Entries will be limited to the first 18 teams (72 players). Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and a shotgun start will begin the play at 8:30 p.m. $160/ team. Springbrook Golf Course, 220 W. 83rd St. golfnaperville.org September 7 MUSIC
CABERNET CABARET: FOREVER YOUNG Called CabCab for short, this bringyour-own-picnic concert (adult beverages allowed for ages 21+) features dance-worthy songs that will make you feel young again. $30–$50. 8 p.m. Arranmore Farm + Polo Club, 34 Rance Rd., Oswego. arranmorefarmandpoloclub.com September 7 SPECIAL EVENT
TAILS ON THE TRAILS Enjoy a “paw”-fect day out with your pup, meandering down the arboretum’s 16 miles of hiking trails. Shop from local businesses and organizations in the pet expo, watch special demonstrations, and meet dogs available for adoption. $5/dog, $15/adult, $13/ senior, $10/child (ages 2 to 17). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Rte. 53, Lisle. mortonarb.org September 7 FESTIVAL
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music featuring six bands over 10 hours make this inaugural event a welcomed addition to the festival scene. 95.9 The River’s Nick Jakusz broadcasts live from the event from 5 to 7 p.m. $20–$35. Noon to 11 p.m. 2 Fools Cidery, 1665 Quincy Ave. 2foolscider.com September 7 SPECIAL EVENT
PORKSTOCK The 11th annual Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Cook-Off welcomes more than 60 teams in the largest amateur competition in the state of Illinois. All proceeds from the event benefit the homeless families served by Bridge Communities. Free. Downtown Glen Ellyn. glenellynbackyardbbq.org September 7–8 ART
FINE ARTS FESTIVAL Browse the works of almost 50 artists, listen to live music, and get creative in the kids’ art area. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Main St., downtown Downers Grove. downtowndg.org September 7–8 SPECIAL EVENT
REVOLUTIONARY WAR REENACTMENT Join Cantigny and the North West Territory Alliance at this Revolutionary War reenactment and encampment. Get a feel for camp life, experience a battle, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the 18th century. Free with $10 paid parking. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. cantigny.org James Patterson
September 8 DANCE
SACRED The Edward Foundation is partnering with Dr. Sangita Rangala, medical director of the Edward Hospital Care Center, and Anand Dance to produce Sacred, a live Indian dance event. Proceeds from this celebration to honor survivors of child abuse benefit the Care Center, which provides medical examinations, evidence collection, and related referral services for sexually abused children in a nine-county area. $15–$100. 2:30 to 5 p.m. Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. eehealth.org/sacred September 8 FESTIVAL
FRIDA FEST Featuring entertainment by Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl, Mariachi Monumental de México and headliner Artrageous. Enjoy music, live visual art, live dance, authentic Mexican food vendors and more in the kickoff to the yearlong celebration of Frida Kahlo leading up to the Frida Kahlo 2020 Exhibition coming to the Cleve Carney Art Gallery in the summer of 2020. Free. Noon to 9 p.m. Lakeside Pavilion, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. atthemac.org September 10 LITERARY
JAMES PATTERSON Dr. Dylan Reinhart wrote the book on the psychology of murder, and he and detective Elizabeth Needham have solved cases that have baffled conventional detectives—but the sociopath they’re facing this time is the opposite of a textbook case. James Patterson presents his newest book, Killer Instinct, followed by a Q&A. Ticket includes one presigned copy of the book and admission for one person. $35. 8 p.m. Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. andersonbookshop.com September 11 SPECIAL EVENT
HEROES OF 9/11 Join local first responders for the solemn dedication of Cantigny’s newly installed September 11 memorial, comprising steel beams from New York City’s World Trade Center building. The exhibit is near the existing Big Red One garden in front of the museum. Free. 4:30 p.m. Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. cantigny.org
September 13 FAMILY
A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES Bring your snacks and chairs for an outdoor viewing of Mary Poppins Returns. Free. 7 p.m. Frontier Sports Complex, 3415 Book Rd. napervilleparks.org September 13–14 SPECIAL EVENT
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WEDDINGS & EVENTS
CLASSIC CAR SHOW Classic and vintage cars, trucks, hot rods, street rods, customs, motorcycles, and more will be featured at this classic and custom auto event. Enjoy food vendors, family activities, and live music, including jazz group Michael Bazan Trio Friday evening at 6 p.m. Free. Friday, 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Baltria Classic Cars 4200 Main St., St. Charles. stcharleschamber.com
In partnership with 360 Studios Naperville, Arranmore hosted our first Sunset Yoga in 2017. Over 500 yogis centered their mats on our polo fields by a setting sun. In 2019 Arranmore will host 4 Sunset Yoga sessions.
September 13–November 3
THE COLOR PURPLE Join the heroic journey of Celie, an African American woman in the South during the early 1900s, as she navigates the love she has for her sister, the strife of being in an abusive relationship, and her adoration for her beloved children. This heart-wrenching musical is based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker and earned 15 Tony Award nominations, including the win for Best Revival of a Musical. PG-13. $45–$65. Various times. Drury Lane, 100 Drury Ln., Oakbrook Terrace. drurylane.com
SATURDAY, SEPT 7TH Cabernet Cabaret, affectionately known as “CabCab”, is the event that started it all and continues to be our highly anticipated signature event. This open-air concert is held on the pristine and expansive lawn of Arranmore Farm + Polo Club. You’ll be treated to an eclectic mix of music performed by our favorite hand-selected local stars, who have come together to form the one-of-a-kind cover band of your dreams.
Arranmore Farm + Polo Club is a wedding and event venue located on over 300 acres of pristine lawn. Unwind and indulge in laidback luxury at its finest - complete with breathtaking views + a charming historic farmhouse.
September 14 MUSIC
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MERCURY If you enjoyed Rami Malek’s Oscar-winning performance in Bohemian Rhapsody, then you must see Murcury, an intimate, personal, and operatic look at Freddy Mercury’s life story, which is told by five cast members as they help the audience get to know the rock legend. $20–$40. 8:00 p.m. Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. finearts.northcentralcollege.edu September 14 SPECIAL EVENT
MIND OVER MATTER TRIVIA NIGHT Enjoy a lively competition where teams of six to 10 people battle other teams to see who has the greatest knowledge
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of all things trivial. Each team has its own table and answers questions together. Proceeds benefit TriCity Family Services, a provider of counseling services and other mental health programs to clients of all ages and all income levels. $20/person. 6 p.m. Batavia Moose Lodge, 1535 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva. tricityfamilyservices.org September 14 SPECIAL EVENT
VIKING OKTÖBERFEST This fall brewery event features live music by the Wayouts and the Telltale Hearts, sausages from Aurora’s Wurst Kitchen, and special brews from Solemn Oath. Family-friendly programming will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($10/adult, free for kids 12 and under). Evening events (21+) will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Solemn Oath Brewery, 1661 Quincy Ave. solemnoathbrewery.com
RAISING TWINS Sage advice from a pediatrician mom of twin boys. Local author Dr. Shelly Vaziri Flais offers tips and strategies for surviving and enjoying the first few years of twins’ lives in Raising Twins. To join the signing line, purchase the book. $17. 2 p.m. Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. andersonsbookshop.com September 14–15 FESTIVAL
DEPOT DAYS Celebrate what it was like to live in Lisle 100 years ago, with demonstrations of blacksmithing, hay bailing, corn grinding, basket weaving, lace making and more. Free. 12 to 5 p.m. The Museum at Lisle Station, 921 School St., Lisle. lisleparkdistrict.org September 15 FITNESS
WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S Join others to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. This three-mile walk calls on participants of all ages and
abilities to join the fight against the disease. Registration begins at 8 a.m., the walk begins at 10 a.m. North Central College Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St. alz.org September 15 SPECIAL EVENT
OH, BABY EXPO This event is designed to help with the transition into parenthood and life with an infant. Enjoy shopping from vendors with unique baby and children’s products, or learn something new at the informative sessions. Free admission. $22/VIP ticket. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sheraton Lisle Naperville Hotel, 3000 Warrenville Rd., Lisle. induoevents.com September 19 SPECIAL EVENT
SWING FORE HOUSING DuPage Habitat for Humanity hosts its 12th annual golf event, one of 66 Liberty Mutual Invitationals played across the country. The event features a hole-in-one grand prize trip for two golfers to St. Andrews, Scotland, plus $2,500 in cash, along with over $350 in golfer giveaways. The winning foursome will receive an invitation to play in the National Finals at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, home of the Ocean Course
September 14 OVER THE EDGE Operation Support Our Troops is partnering with Over the Edge in hosting a rappelling fundraiser at Hotel Arista, Naperville’s tallest building. Participants are required to raise a minimum of $1,000 to take part in the rappelling activity at the “Courage” level. The event will also offer food, music and interactive displays. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hotel Arista, 2139 City Gate Ln. citygatecentre.com September 14 SPECIAL EVENT
FARM TO TABLE: FALL HARVEST Make butter, apple cider, and cornmeal as you learn the history of these foods during a 90-minute hands-on program held in partnership with the Culinarian Historians of Northern Illinois. Register online. Ages 18 and up. $15. Sessions start at 1, 1:15, 1:30 and 1:45 p.m. Kline 92 SEPTEMBER 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
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along with Cobra King F9 Drivers. A challenging day of golf will be capped off with a cocktail reception, an awards luncheon, and a silent auction. Proceeds go to help families build safe and affordable housing. $225/person, $800/foursome. 9 a.m. Seven Bridges Golf Club, 1 Mulligan Dr., Woodridge. chicagolandhabitat.org September 19
Cantigny Car Show September 15
Fall Festival October 12
LIFESPRING BENEFIT DINNER This 15th annual fundraiser will include dinner, live and silent auctions, raffle prizes, and more. Proceeds benefit programs that provide housing to women and their children who are homeless due to addiction, abuse, or financial setbacks. $100/person, $800/table. 5:30 p.m. Danada House, 3S501 Naperville Rd., Wheaton. waysidecross.org September 19 FITNESS
SUNSET YOGA Center and balance your body, mind, and spirit with an outdoor sunset yoga class led by instructors from 360Fit. Outside food and nonalcoholic drinks are welcome. A cash bar will be available. $28. 5:30 p.m. Arranmore Farm + Polo Club, 34 Rance Rd., Oswego. arranmorefarmandpoloclub.com
Cantigny 5K November 2
Welcome to Cantigny! This was Colonel Robert R. McCormick’s gift to the community and all 500 acres are yours to enjoy. Plan your visit today at Cantigny.org • Spectacular Gardens • McCormick House • First Division Museum • Banquets/Weddings/Golf Outings • Championship Golf • Special Events
CANTIGNY PARK 1s151 Winfield Rd Wheaton, IL 60189 630.668.5161 Cantigny.org CANTIGNY GOLF 27w270 Mack Rd Wheaton, IL 60189 630.668.8463 CantignyGolf.com
September 20 MUSIC
BATTLE OF THE BANDS In partnership with Rock Academy music school in Downers Grove, hear 10 or more bands comprising young musicians take their turn onstage for about 15 minutes each. The winning group receives a paid gig at Cantigny Park in 2020. Free with $5 parking. 5 p.m. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. cantigny.org September 20
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AN EVENING OF JAZZ In 2010 pianist Chris White completed his doctoral of musical arts in jazz performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Toronto native has recorded two CDs, Young at Heart and Tributaries. Joining White for this concert will be fellow members of the North Central College’s highly esteemed jazz studies program. $22/adult, $17/senior or student. 8 p.m. Madden Theatre at North
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Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave. northcentralcollege.edu/show
September 20–November 10 ART
INSIDE OUT OUTSIDE IN Explore a new thematic installation by artist Donna Castellanos that brings the inside out, and the outside in. For each piece in this exhibition, everyday objects have evolved into new assemblages. Look closely and you’ll find denim jeans, antique books, old computer equipment, soccer balls and more, all transformed into a new light. Visitors are also invited to explore their creativity in a community interactive area. By using vintage typewriters, guests may contribute memories, stories, and insights into a shared collection of handmade books that become part of the exhibition. Free. Various times. Schoenherr Gallery in the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. northcentralcollege.edu/show
BREW AT THE BRIDGE Hudson Crossing Park will be filled with fall colors and samplings of some of the finest beers from emerging and established craft breweries in the area for the eighth annual craft beer festival. Ticket includes a souvenir tasting glass, tasting guide, five two-ounce brewery tastes, and three two-ounce home-brew tastes. $20–$30. 1 to 7 p.m. Hudson Crossing Park, S. Harrison St., Oswego. brewatthebridge.com September 21 FITNESS
RUN 4 HOME DuPage Pads’ 15th annual 10K and 5K CARA- and USATF-certified race
will appeal to serious runners, casual joggers, and walkers. The Kids Corner will feature games, prizes, face painting and more. Following the race, attendees are invited to stay for music, refreshments, and awards. $15–$40. 8 a.m. DuPage Pads, 703 W. Liberty, Wheaton. padsrun.org September 21 SPECIAL EVENT
CHICAGO SINFONIETTA: GET OUT The live concert experience of filmmaker Jordan Peele’s Get Out—nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture—comes to Chicago in this Midwest premiere. Score composer Michael Abels conducts the Chicago Sinfonietta as it accompanies the film with Abels’s heart-pounding music. $29–$68. 7:30 p.m. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B Wells Dr., Chicago. chicagosinfonietta.org September 21 FAMILY
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HORSIN’ AROUND This fun-filled equine activity day may include painting demonstrations by the horses, self-guided barn tours, tractor-drawn hayrides ($5/person; under 5 ride free), up-close-and-personal visits with the Danada herd of horses and more. Free. Danada Equestrian Center, 3S507 Naperville Rd., Wheaton. dupageforest.org
September 21–22 FESTIVAL
HARVEST POW WOW Sponsored by the Midwest Soarring Foundation, the 25th annual traditional Pow Wow is a time to celebrate life, renew friendships, and share the Native American culture through dance, drumming, art, archery, and storytelling. $12/adult, $9/senior, $7/ child ages 3 to 12. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. harvestpowwow.com September 21–22 FESTIVAL
PASSPORT EUROPE FESTIVAL Treat your senses to live music ranging from Spanish flamenco to Polish polkas and Italian jazz. Marvel at dances from Ireland, Germany, and Greece, or try your hand at hurling, enjoy authentic European cuisine, and take a hike through European tree and plant collections. Members are free; nonmembers are $15/adult, $13/senior, $10/child ages 2 to 17. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Rt. 53, Lisle. mortonarb.org September 21–22 SPECIAL EVENT
RIVERWALK FINE ART FAIR Established in 1985, the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair is among the top-rated art fairs in the nation. The two-day
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event draws thousands of art-conscious citizens from near and far. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Naperville. napervilleartleague.com September 24 SPECIAL EVENT
FALL FASHION SHOW Delivering a unique twist to the traditional fashion show concept, this event empowers females of all ages, races, sizes, and backgrounds to connect inner and outer beauty and achieve their definition of beauty. The event includes an Italian dinner buffet, raffles, cash bar, and fashion show. $35. 6 to 8 p.m. Club Arcada Speakeasy, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. trifamilyservices.org September 28 CHARITABLE
BIG GIG The Edward Foundation’s 29th annual gala, 1001 Nights, includes cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner, dancing, and a live auction. The winner of the Ultimate Experience raffle will choose $2,500 in cash or a vacation package for two in New York; Napa Valley, California; or Scottsdale, Arizona. The gala is the foundation’s largest
fundraiser of the year and supports Edward Hospital programs and services that directly impact patients. $425. 6 p.m. The Westin Hotel, 70 Yorktown Ctr., Lombard. eehealth.org
art, performing in many of America’s greatest theaters and music halls. $28/ adult; $14/child (ages 18 and under). 8 p.m. Fermilab Ramsey Auditorium, Pine St., Batavia. events.fnal.gov
COVENANT LIVING AT THE HOLMSTAD BAZAAR Shoppers can find something for everyone—from baked goods, wood and needlecrafts seasonal wreaths, designer knits, plants, quilts, along with secondhand treasures such as jewelry, furniture, books, and household items. There will be a free drawing for cash prizes and a handmade quilt. Free. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Covenant Living at the Holmstad, 700 W. Fabyan Pkwy., Batavia. coliving.org
LIGHT THE TORCH 5K This run/walk is a unique race through downtown Wheaton after sunset. Race through luminary lanes and end with a street fest of music, carnival rides, and food trucks. $35. 7 p.m. Downtown Wheaton, 120 E. Liberty Dr., Wheaton. wheatonparkdistrict.com September 28 FESTIVAL
HARVEST FEST Celebrate fall with a day of fun for the entire family. Enjoy live entertainment featuring Suburban Cowboys from 1 to 3 p.m., DJ Coach Josh from 3 to 5 p.m. and ARRA from 5 to 7 p.m. A children’s area features bounce houses, crafts, face painting and more. Local food trucks will serve food and adult beverages for purchase. Free. 12 to 7 p.m. Fishel Park, 10636 Grove St., Downers Grove. dgparks.org
September 28 MUSIC
MYSTICAL ARTS OF TIBET Featuring the famed multiphonic singers of Drepung Loseling monastery, Mystical Arts of Tibet is endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a means of promoting world peace and healing through sacred performing
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THOMAS RHETT The country superstar showcases his diverse musical sensibility By Mark Loehrke GENRE LABELS I’m always trying to figure out where country music is heading, and this record (Center Point Road) has that perfect balance of pop-leaning progressive and the songwriting side, which is the truest side. If you record in a genre, then you are recording in a box and that’s not how music was supposed to be made. There are a lot of things on here that are pop and hip-hop influenced. GETTING PERSONAL I never in a million years thought I’d be writing records like I am now. After my first record, there weren’t many songs that were personal about me, because I didn’t know that it was OK to do that—it really wasn’t until about “Die a Happy Man,” [that I did] and I was still nervous to put that song out. But when I saw what it did, it really opened a lot of doors to say, “Hey, maybe if I do write personally then this will really resonate with a lot of people out there.” SCREEN BREAK I think the thing to do in country music these days is to have a gigantic video screen, a bunch of lights, and then play a bunch of your music videos behind your songs. But I’ve noticed a lot of fans start to just watch the music video rather than watching the show. So we’re not going to do video screens—period—this year. We’re going to make the biggest light show anybody’s ever seen. We’ll make it like an event, and like every song has its own unique experience to it. September 14 at United Center 1901 W. Madison, Chicago Tickets: $59.75–$104.75, ticketmaster.com 96 SEPTEMBER MAY 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
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As a sister pub of Chicago magazine, Naperville is the premier lifestyle publication of Chicago's west suburbs. Our readers look to us for t...
Published on Aug 26, 2019
As a sister pub of Chicago magazine, Naperville is the premier lifestyle publication of Chicago's west suburbs. Our readers look to us for t...