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DOUBLE DUTY A newly ordained priest’s unique father-son relationship By Christie Willhite
son said, ‘Why don’t you figure out what vocation God’s calling you to and then figure out your job?’ ” At the time, son Andrew had just begun his seminary study. Though faith had been important in his family—he attended Catholic middle school, high school, and college—he had first pursued a career outside the church and didn’t anticipate his own father would follow him into the seminary. Peter says that initially both Andrew, now 33, and his older son, Michael, 35, worried they would lose their father to the church. Peter arranged to attend Mundelein Seminary so he could stay close to Michael’s family in Park Ridge RARE SACRAMENT Because Roman Catholic priests take a vow of celibacy, it is unusual to have a father and son both in the priesthood. It’s possible when a married member of the clergy—such as an Episcopal priest—converts to Catholicism or in situations like Peter Infanger’s, when fathers become widowers. Yet the same weekend Peter was ordained, Rev. Edmond Ilg was ordained in Newark, New Jersey, with his son, Rev. Philip, vesting his father at the ceremony.
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as well as to Father Andrew serving in the Diocese of Milwaukee. Father Andrew says watching his dad while he was growing up has helped guide him as a priest. He tells a story of his teenage brother explaining he’d been rear-ended. Though the accident wasn’t Michael’s fault, Peter asked how he could’ve prevented it. “He was teaching us there’s always something you can do to make things a little better regardless of the situation,” says Father Andrew, who in August became associate pastor at St. Robert Catholic Church in Shorewood, Wisconsin, and campus ministries chaplain at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His father applied that philosophy to his marriage, which was challenging at times, he says. “He spent 25 years or more trying to love,” he says. “Seeing that in his marriage probably helped me to become a priest. The first image of God’s love is the love between parents.” Father Peter, too, believes his life experience is an asset he brings to his service at St. Walter. “I do try to say I’ve made some big mistakes, I’ve learned a lot, and hopefully it can help you in the same way it has helped me,” he says. “They’re looking for witnesses, someone who has been there. I’ve been there.”
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or his ordination into the priesthood, Peter Infanger was to invite a priest to give him his vestments during the ceremony—an honor often reserved for a spiritual mentor. And so, in a ceremony fittingly occurring Father’s Day weekend, Father Peter was welcomed into the priesthood by the Rev. Andrew Infanger, his own son. “To me, it’s all kind of one thread,” says Father Peter, ordained by the Diocese of Joliet at 65 and now parochial vicar at St. Walter Catholic Church in Roselle, to explain how family history and his son’s counsel helped him find his calling. Father Peter says he was a typical Sunday churchgoer until he had a “spiritual awakening” at age 34. His wife, Michelle, died unexpectedly in 2013, prompting him to “ask all the big questions.” “When I started to look ahead, I realized I wanted to quit my job and do something meaningful,” he says. “My
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Every time I came home from college, there was something new happening.” —Julianne Sitch 16 SEPTEMBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
QUICK FACTS Natural resources The Oswegoland Park District—which includes not only Oswego, but also parts of Montgomery, Plainfield, and Aurora—has 1,290 acres of parkland, 64 parks, and 20 miles of trails for hiking and biking. Back in 2021 PrairieFest, Oswego’s annual summer festival, has been featured on the Cooking Channel and Food Network. Native culture The land that is now Oswego was first owned by the local Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi tribes. Full speed The village has some storied racing history: A drag-racing strip called Oswego Drag Raceway was paved in the 1950s and hosted race events until the ’70s.
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ulianne Sitch has spent much of her life on the soccer field, with her professional career taking her as far as Sweden and Australia. The former Chicago Red Stars player—who recently rejoined the team as assistant coach—made her first soccer moves growing up in Oswego. “Every time I go back to Oswego, I just feel like it’s home,” says Sitch, who is 36 and the youngest of three children. Her parents both grew up in Aurora and moved their family of five to Oswego when Sitch was in second grade. She started playing soccer at age 5 and also did gymnastics, track, basketball, volleyball, and softball. “I remember playing softball … and always going to Dairy Hut [for ice cream] after the game and you’d see all the other teams there,” she says. Popular destinations for visitors to Oswego include the riverfront at Millstone Park (4669 Mill Road), wooded enclaves at Waa Kee Sha Park (4700 Reservation Road), and 18 holes to play at Fox Bend Golf Course (3516 U.S. 34). Sitch fondly remembers play-
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HUMANITARIAN STOPPING A SILENT KILLER Nearly 60 young adults die every week from sudden cardiac death, according to a study published by the American Heart Association. After a number of local students died unexpectedly from SCD, Marek was determined to do something. “It’s the biggest challenge we face as cardiologists. SCD occurs most often in people who aren’t aware they have a heart condition, so we don’t get the opportunity prevent it,” he explains.
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CARDIAC CARE A doctor’s quest to find and help at-risk students By Julie Duffin
oung Hearts for Life has been quietly making a difference in our community for the past 14 years, but most residents don’t hear about the program unless they have a child in high school. Even then, the opportunity to take advantage of a free heart screening for students may get missed or tossed aside as unnecessary. However, if you’ve ever heard stories of young adults suddenly dying while playing sports or in gym class, you know how important early screening can be. 20 SEPTEMBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
Founded by Dr. Joseph Marek in 2006, YH4L offers free electrocardiograms to students in an effort to detect conditions that cause Sudden Cardiac Death. Since its inception, YH4L (www. yh4l.org) has grown into the largest screening program in the United States. To date, it has evaluated over 258,000 students and identified 3,100 who were previously unaware they had a heart condition. The program is free thanks to support from Edward-Elmhurst Hospital and a vast array of community volunteers.
In a series of Wall Street Journal articles, Marek learned doctors in Europe were successfully using EKGs to identify at-risk students. He approached local hospitals to get funding and held his first screening at a junior high school where, with help from volunteer medical personnel, they screened 86 students. Satisfied the progress worked, he began looking for ways to scale up the number of screenings. “These conditions, although they are not rare, are not common. You really have to sift through a lot of kids to find the ones who are at risk,” he explains. His biggest challenge became finding a workforce. Marek discovered he could successfully train community volunteers to use the EKG equipment in 90 minutes. “After the training session, volunteers are prepared to do an EKG the next day, and quite honestly they do them better than what people get at a doctor’s office or outpatient facility. We proved this in a medical study that was published in a peer-reviewed journal,” he states. “Plus as parents, they know how to put the kids at ease in order to run the tests effectively and efficiently.” As the number of screenings increased, so did the community’s awareness. “Our mission at YH4L is not to
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do EKGs—our mission is to reduce the devastation from the sudden death that occurs in these young adults. Screening is one part. We also want to raise awareness about the syndrome and help people be prepared for a cardiac emergency,” he states. Because of that, YH4L runs a Gold Heart Family support group for those who have lost a child to SCD. They’ve also established a junior board for students interested in helping their cause. “We found there were a lot of kids interested in why we were doing screenings and in what YH4L was all about,” program director Kathy Marek, the founder’s wife, explains. The board currently comprises 52 students from 17 different high schools. Dr. Marek is also working on a program to help schools create Emergency Action Plan training for school staff members. With recent COVID restrictions, the nonprofit is implementing new ways to continue screenings. “Before COVID-19 we were able to do 2,300 EKGs in one day. With social distancing, we’ll be more limited now, but we are committed to doing something,” Kathy Marek assures.
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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 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-totable, 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 narborchasenaperville.com. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / SEPTEMBER 2020 25
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VILLA ST. BENEDICT 1920 Maple Avenue, Lisle, Illinois 60532 630.852.0345 | villastben.org Keeping spirits high at Villa St. Benedict (VSB) is not a one-person job – It Takes a Villa(ge). This mentality has spread throughout the community, and each team has stepped up to make sure we are abiding by social distancing guidelines while providing the best services for our residents and staff. A vital part of our Villa(ge) is our Life Enrichment team. Margaret Scanlon and her team are responsible for coordinating various activities, such as outdoor chair Zumba (pictured above), ice cream socials, and virtual lectures for independent and assisted living residents. Daily activities for all residents continue to keep the mind and body active, including outdoor walking groups, scavenger hunts, gardening, and arts and crafts programs. The Culinary team has also provided fun and delicious events for the residents. 26 SEPTEMBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
Outdoor seating and indoor dining options provide gathering spaces for neighbors and friends while practicing social distancing at six feet apart. Events such as Chef’s Chris Flyte (four course meal of creative dishes) and Wine Pairing Dinner allow residents to be part of the chef-prepared gourmet dining experience that they have been accustomed to while living at VSB. At these activities and others, it became an “all hands on deck” mindset. This is not uncommon at the boutique community of VSB. “They do a wonderful job tak-
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COOL RIDE Sweet Mary’s offers ice cream on the go, via bicycle By Kathy Cichon This story originally appeared in our sister publication, the Naperville Sun, and is reprinted with permission.
urious and intrigued looks from passersby are common when Sweet Mary’s Ice Cream bicycle is cruising through the neighborhood. “I’ll ride down the street and people will be looking. And they’ll say ‘What’s that?’ ” Naperville resident Edye Keen says. “Seeing their faces is just really kind of funny because they don’t really know what it is. They haven’t really seen it before, but at the same time love the idea of it.” Run by the five Keen sisters—all of whom have Mary in their first or middle names—the business is in its second year of operation. When the Marys are not busy with special events like birthday or block parties, they ride the electric bike around area neighborhoods selling frozen treats. “Our whole mantra of the business is to share smiles,” MaryFaye Keen says. “And what better way than to bring ice cream out?” 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
The Marys include MaryFaye Margaret, 20, a junior at St. Louis University; Ellie MaryColleen, 18, a freshman also attending St. Louis University; Frannie (Francys MaryPatricia), 17, and Molly MaryClare, 15, both students at Neuqua Valley High School; and Edye (MaryEdythe Gallery), 13, who attends Scullen Middle School. The idea for Sweet Mary’s came in winter 2018–19. While brainstorming possible job opportunities for the younger sisters, who were not yet old enough to get a traditional teenage job, the family thought of an ice cream business (sweetmarysicecream.net, 630.362.4527). “And then we kind of wanted to revamp the idea of the creepy ice cream truck,” MaryFaye says. “We wanted to make that more fun and open.” It also lent itself to the Keen family’s passion for being active and outdoors. “This kind of idea encapsulated all that,”
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she says. “It just kind of evolved super naturally after that. All of a sudden we had a name and a color scheme. And everybody seemed really excited that we could go out and sell ice cream as a summer gig and share some smiles with some of our friends and the local community. It’s turned out to be the best summer gig that a girl could have in the summer.” While visiting family in the Los Angeles area in spring 2019, mom Colleen and MaryFaye took a trip to Ferla Bikes, which makes specialty bicycles including those for ice cream and coffee vendors. “We were out there actually to visit my cousin. … I absolutely fell in love with the design of it and I could absolutely see this coming together. Then by May  we were ready to go.” Going through the permitting process last year was both fun and eye opening, MaryFaye says. “The City of Naperville didn’t actually have a category for us. They didn’t know whether we were a food truck or just a pushcart, so we kind of put them in a tough spot,” she said. “But it was cool working with them trying to figure out where do we fit in.” While they can customize the menu for an event, the Marys sell mainly prepackaged novelties. Sweet Mary’s gets its ice cream from a Blue Bunny distributor, which delivers to their home in the Tamarack Fairways neighborhood. “They show up with a giant ice cream freezer to our house and unload a bunch of boxes and we keep them here in our freezers,” MaryFaye says. Typically, the weekends for Sweet Mary’s means working events such as birthday parties and car parades. The
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All of a sudden we had a name and a color scheme. And everybody seemed really excited that we could go out and sell ice cream as a summer gig and share some smiles with some of our friends and the local community. Itâ€™s turned out to be the best summer gig that a girl could have in the summer.â€? â€”MaryFaye Keen MaryFaye said. â€œSweet Maryâ€™s is kind of set up perfectly to be a more social distancing thing in the fact that we can come to you and weâ€™re all outside, in open air.â€? As more places continue to open, they are booking more events, including some graduation parties scheduled for August. The business has expanded beyond Naperville too, with events taking place in Woodridge, Warrenville, Aurora, and Romeoville. The sisters have even seen the business inspire others. Two brothers Frannie and MaryFaye babysit created their own business plan after seeing the Sweet Maryâ€™s bike. â€œIt was so cute seeing how inspiring this cart can be and how motivating it is to get kids moving and to get them thinking about how they could have their own business and be entrepreneurs,â€? MaryFaye said. â€œAnd that was a really cool.â€?
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hen seeing their clients’ vintage chinoiserie vases and plates, Rachel Alcorn and Bryn Wulf of Two Hands Interiors knew they were onto something in Anne Thar and Kevin Cuff ’s Western Springs home. The inspiration set the stage for the soft blues in the color palette of a 2019 remodel. “Rachel and Bryn really tried to get my style,” says Anne. “They went through the first floor and nailed what I wanted. The wallpaper in the bathroom (shown far right) is the first sample they submitted—I immediately loved it.” 34 SEPTEMBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
Homeowners Anne Thar and Kevin Cuff came by their stoneware collection naturally—both of their mothers also had a variety of the blue and white Asian-inspired dishes; a portion is seen here on the dinette off the kitchen. “I really love blue and white pottery,” says Thar. “We have glass cabinets in the kitchen that have teapots and Spode plates that were my husband’s grandmother. I found some in resale shops, but my mom also collected it— she loved ginger jars.”
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St. Charles location (12 S. First St., 331.901.5949, alterbrewing.com). With an expansive patio perched on the west bank of the Fox River (complete with a heated seasonal enclosure for the chilly months ahead), Alter is indeed embracing water in a whole new way as it looks to become a key component of the bustling dining and nightlife district of First Street. “The riverfront location in St. Charles speaks for itself and literally checks every box a restaurateur could ask for,” says Alter Brewing president Ken Henricks. “We have an amazing community of people, the vibrant energy of a downtown business district, and a fantastic natural ambiance and setting adjacent to one of the most gorgeous stretches of the Fox River.” BREWS AND VIEWS The solid first impression of the location in St. Charles doesn’t start and end at the river, however. Just as in its original Downers Grove location, Alter maintains the theater of a production brewery as an integral part of the aesthetic here with the brewhouse acting as something of the heartbeat of the room. The massive tanks can be viewed from nearly
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every corner of the restaurant, creating a distinct design theme throughout and providing a definite awe factor—particularly for those who truly appreciate the craft brewing process. For an operation that most local beer aficionados can agree already has the brewing piece of the puzzle well in hand, the question then is largely a matter of whether Alter can match that level of accomplishment in a restaurant operation. Henricks says he and his team had the awareness to realize early on that they had a skill-set gap in branching into hospitality that needed to be filled, which is how experienced pros like director of hospitality Bart Vivian and executive chef Eric Klekamp came to join the St. Charles operation. “We really like our product and our processes are pretty good,” Henricks says, “but we absolutely nailed the people side of this equation.” WASH DOWN YOUR BEER… Alter’s beloved beers are complemented on the drink menu by a well-conceived cocktail program, featuring potential soon-to-be craft favorites like Pepper in the Rye, a rye whiskey and (brace yourself ) jalapeño recipe. The food
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RECIPE CRANBERRY LEMON ALMOND BISCOTTI Yield = 2 logs (approximately 24 biscotti)
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large eggs, room temperature cup granulated sugar cup canola oil zest from 1 large lemon* teaspoons baking powder teaspoons vanilla extract* teaspoon salt cup slivered almonds, chopped* cup dried cranberries* cups all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar. Add canola oil and whisk again. Add lemon zest, baking powder, vanilla extract, and salt and lightly whisk again. Add chopped almonds and dried cranberries and mix with a spoon to get to get the nuts and cranberries wet. Add flour and mix with spoon until fully incorporated.
Lightly flour a work surface and knead dough about 10 turns. It does not require a lot of kneading; just compact the dough as if making a snowball. Divide dough in half.
Shape each half into a log—2 to 3 inches wide by 8 to 9 inches long— and place on ungreased cookie sheet, spacing them apart from each other.
When cooled, carefully transfer the logs to a work surface and cut, using a serrated knife, into ½-inch slices. Place slices back on cookie sheet with cut side down. Return to the oven and continue baking for an additional 20 minutes until brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Once cooled, store in a zip-lock bag in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for at least two weeks.
Recipe from William Reichman’s internet baking series, Bill the Baker (billthebaker.com)
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4 Bake in the oven for 35 minutes. Carefully remove logs from cookie sheet and place on wire rack to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Leave the oven set at 350 degrees.
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WEINGARTEN TENT SixtyFour Wine Bar & Kitchen in Naperville’s Water Street District has two options for outdoor seating—the patio in back of the restaurant along the river and the festive outdoor tent east of the restaurant. The Weingarten tent often offers live music and themed wine events. “Those diners wanting to enjoy the lively, fun atmosphere of our outdoor seating should make reservations, but for those who seek a more quiet, reserved experience we still offer the Reserve Room for an indoor experience,” says owner Loren Beadle. With 64 wines by the glass, you may need to come back a few times. 123 Water St., Naperville sixtyfourwinebar.com
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GILLERSON’S GRUBBERY Against the backdrop of a cool brick façade, take an outside seat at one of Gillerson’s tables under the signature black umbrellas. Gillerson’s is serving its award-wining burgers and craft beers in patio seating on dedicated street space in downtown Aurora, thanks to help from the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. Outdoor dining has been so well received by the community that “we’re looking at ways to offer permanent outdoor dining,” says owner Dan Emerson. While you’re enjoying the attentive service and warm weather, try the Rebel Duck burger, prepared with steak burger, pork shoulder, bacon, white cheddar, and fried onion strings. Check social media for special evenings with live music or outdoor movies.
THE TABLE AT CRATE Technically it’s not a patio, but it’s better—the Rooftop Lounge atop the Table at Crate, which overlooks the Green in the heart of Oakbrook Center. Sure, you can do outdoor seating on the groundlevel patio at Crate & Barrel, but the Rooftop Lounge is a singular experience, with seating for up to 18 people. Go early to try the lounge's twist on afternoon teatime (think cupcakes and tea-infused cocktails). The ever-changing menu is created by culinary director and James Beard Award finalist Bill Kim, including several vegetarian and gluten-free options. For lunch and dinner, work your way through a menu of fresh salads, tartines, healthy bowls, and entrées. It’s a perfect place to unwind with a craft cocktail or glass of rosé.
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Blue Sushi Sake Grill
§§ Empire Burgers + Brew
§§ Yogi’s Cafe
§§ Kiku Japanese Steak House and Sushi Lounge
§§ Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House
E N T E R TA I N M E N T V E N U E
§§ Shinto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge
BrightSide Theatre RUNNERS-UP
§§ Hollywood Palms Cinema
§§ Little Pops New York Pizzeria Trattoria §§ Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
§§ Empire Burgers + Brew §§ Wentz Concert Hall
LIVE MUSIC VENUE
§§ Wentz Concert Hall
§§ MEDITERRANEAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN
§§ Chicago Marriott Naperville
Naf Naf Grill
§§ Hotel Arista
Mesón Sabika RUNNERS-UP
§§ Santo Cielo §§ Sullivan’s Steakhouse
§§ Basil’s Greek Dining
§§ Pita Inn
M E X I C A N / L AT I N
§§ Cuisine of India
§§ Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House
§§ Deccan Spice
I TA L I A N
§§ La Sorella di Francesca §§ Rosebud Italian Specialties & Pizzeria
§§ Red Lobster
§§ Front Street Cantina
Pho Thien Vietnamese Kitchen RUNNERS-UP
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SPECIAL EVENT VENUE
Cress Creek Country Club RUNNERS-UP
§§ Mesón Sabika §§ White Eagle Golf Club S P E C I A LT Y D E S S E R T S
Le Chocolat du Bouchard RUNNERS-UP
§§ Molly’s Cupcakes §§ Smallcakes SPORTS BAR
Crosstown Pub & Grill RUNNERS-UP
§§ Bottoms Up Sports Bar & Grill §§ Jimmy’s Grill STEAK
Sullivan’s Steakhouse RUNNERS-UP
§§ Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House §§ Morton’s The Steakhouse
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Trager Healing RUNNERS-UP
Amber Waves RUNNERS-UP
§§ Michael Graham
§§ Tilson Chiropractic FamilyCare
§§ Solaia Luxury Salon & Spa
§§ Whitney Chiropractic
D E N TA L P R A C T I C E
Naperville Bank & Trust/Wintrust
Innovative Dental Partners RUNNERS-UP
§§ Living Well Dental Group
§§ M. Brown Financial Advisors §§ Wells Fargo Advisors
§§ Small Smiles
L AW F I R M
The Law Office of Scott A. Brower
Beyond Measure Fitness Training RUNNERS-UP
§§ Crossfit 630
§§ Heather Ryan Law §§ Marker & Crannell
§§ Pure Barre
F U L L- S E R V I C E S PA
Me Spa RUNNERS-UP
§§ Mario Tricoci §§ Solaia Luxury Salon & Spa
§§ Massage Envy Naperville North §§ Solaia Luxury Salon & Spa
DuPage Medical Group
Phillip’s Flowers & Gifts
§§ Jos. A. Bank
§§ Affordable Hearing Solutions
§§ Celidan Creations
§§ Trails & Tides
§§ Edward Medical Group
§§ Trudy’s Flowers
M E D S PA
Blue Seas Med Spa
§§ Bark-A-Lounge Pet Salon
§§ Little Luxuries
§§ Center for Cosmetic & Laser Surgery
§§ Nona Jo’s
§§ Steph’s Tail Waggers Doggie Spa
§§ Truly Skin Aesthetic Center
HOME DECOR TIE
Key Mortgage Services RUNNERS-UP
Firefly Nights Photography RUNNERS-UP
The Upscale Tail RUNNERS-UP*
§§ Sudzy Puppy
Little Luxuries AND
Nona Jo’s RUNNER-UP
§§ Home Goods
Two Bostons Pet Boutique RUNNERS-UP
§§ Dog Patch Pet and Feed §§ PetPeople
§§ Compass Mortgage §§ Inlanta Mortgage
Costello Jewelry RUNNERS-UP
§§ Fey & Co. Jewelers §§ Naperville Jewelers
Bri’Zan Couture RUNNERS-UP
§§ Evereve §§ Karisma Boutique
§§ Lindsay Chan Photography §§ Veronica Adams Photography
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TAKE O The wisteria vine hanging over the pergola is a big hitâ€” especially when it blooms in the spring.
Bluestone and Indiana limestone hardscape materials were used to coordinate with the architecture of the house to complement the building materials, which were instant classics.
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IT OUTSIDE 5 G R E AT YA R D S TO INSPIRE YOUR FALL FUN BY MICHELLE DELLINGER
Outdoor living spaces have grown in popularity and amenities for years, but the restrictions caused by the coronavirus have spurred an even greater demand for unique and functional yards. Whether you want to expand your living space, reconnect with family and nature, or amp up your grilling game, these suburban retreats are sure to jump start creative ideas to beautify your landscape.
The back patio is loaded with seasonal containers to match the colors and textures of each season.
TERRACE VIEWS A PERGOLA TAKES CENTER STAGE IN THIS BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE C O N C E P T A landscape design for new construction that was timeless and functional, with a focus on entertaining B U D G E T Details upon request When they built their Hinsdale home in 2010, Tony LoBello’s clients wanted their new home to quickly look like it was an established part of the neighborhood. Hydrangeas, roses, and boxwood were used to give the landscape an organized but loose feel—nothing overly formal. LoBello’s team from Mariani Landscape incorporated a large terrace in the back patio, as the family loves to gather and entertain. The terrace was broken up into subspaces to avoid a vast, empty feel. The outdoor “rooms” include an outdoor kitchen, a dining area, and a lounge space to cook, eat, and hang out or read, and are delineated using masonry patterns on the ground. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / SEPTEMBER 2020 55
THIS EXPANSIVE OUTDOOR SPACE MAKES THE PERFECT 19TH HOLE C O N C E P T An extravagant custom backyard that includes several living and entertaining spaces, with unique and custom touches throughout B U D G E T $970,000
Question: What does a million-dollar backyard include? Answer: Everything. A chef-quality kitchen. Multiple fire and water features. An entertainment pavilion cooled by a water mister. Audio, lighting, fountain, and sprinkler systems that all can be controlled remotely. And yes, a putting green—even though an actual golf course backs up to the property. From the custom fire tables and LED lighting to the U-Cara retaining walls with carved limestone caps, no detail—or expense—was spared at this home in northeast Aurora. “This project is all the bells and whistles that people want now,” says Jim Rose, owner of JR’s Creative Landscaping. And although the construction details are impressive, Rose thinks the plantings are as cool as the hardscape.
JR’s Creative Landscaping contracts with Southwest Greens for the installation of maintenance-free synthetic putting systems, which are designed and constructed by certified pros.
The main patio surface was constructed using Unilock’s Beacon Hill Flagstone, a highend product that is wear- and frost-resistant.
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PHOTOS COURTESY MARIANI LANDSCAPE (PREVIOUS SPREAD). JR'S CREATIVE LANDSCAPING (LEFT) AND BY MARINA STORM/PICTURE PERFECT HOUSE (RIGHT)
The home’s original landscape dates back almost a hundred years. It is believed to have been designed and constructed by the renowned Morton Arboretum.
The bottom of the hillside was excavated to form a large level surface for the construction of a pétanque court, an outdoor game similar to bocce that the homeowners enjoyed during their trips to France.
A set of stone steps lead down to the mezzanine level lounging space flanked by two towering spruce trees—the last remaining from the original garden design.
SIDE SANCTUARY DESPITE A CHALLENGING TERRAIN, A WOODED LOT GETS REIMAGINED C O N C E P T Transform a century-old landscape design to enhance living and recreation space, while preserving historically significant features B U D G E T $250,000–$300,000
Situated on a corner lot in downtown Naperville, this home’s side yard is its largest area, with a steep slope that drops 28 feet from the front of the house to the rear of the property. After peeling back tons of thick underbrush and fill, C.B. Conlin discovered the remnants of a terraced landscape. A series of quaint rubble walls and rustic stone steps were found to be in good condition, a discovery that altered Scott Lucchetti’s design approach and guided methodical site operations sensitive to the aging structures and ancestral trees. To access the outdoor living area, an opening was cut through the sunroom, leading out to a graceful new staircase that connects to the main dining patio.
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COZY TRANSITION A HARDSCAPE PATIO PROVIDES BEAUTIFUL BRIDGE BETWEEN DECK AND GARDEN C O N C E P T The design accommodates a dining area on a raised deck (not shown), providing spillover space for entertaining into the lounge area with a fire pit. B U D G E T $40,000 to $50,000
When Jim and Karen Giroux decided to replace the original paver patio of their northeast Naperville home, a neighbor provided a referral to Michael Kehl of Bruss Landscaping. “We went in not knowing what we wanted,” says Karen, “and Mike came out with something spectacular.” He even dug out Karen's perennials (black-eyed Susans, peonies, clematis, and bee balm) and reinstalled them after the patio construction. “We are so happy with everything,” says Karen, who says the family uses it a lot—especially during the pandemic. “We just had our daughter’s wedding shower out there, and it was the perfect space for it.”
Lighting was the final touch that provides both safety and aesthetics. The lighting leads from the deck steps all the way out into the backyard, and there are a few LED accent lights on nearby trees to provide subtle ambiance.
The retaining walls—Unilock Quarrystone—allowed for minimal steps leading directly off the deck and provided raised planting beds for the homeowners’ existing garden.
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PHOTOS COURTESY BRUSS LANDSCAPING (LEFT) AND HURSTHOUSE (RIGHT)
The gas fire pit allows for a clean and easy focal point, says landscape architect Michael Kehl, and is surrounded by walls and multiple levels to create visual interest and provide a cozy atmosphere.
The year-round fountain features a biological filter that picks up particulates, plus a UV light that purifies the water.
FOUNTAIN FOCUS A SPECIAL WATER FEATURE THAT IS FULL OF LIFE AND LOVE C O N C E P T A raised structure with sound that serves as a focal point for the porch B U D G E T $25,000 Only 335 people live in Millbrook, but the west suburban town is also home to a unique population—the butterfly koi in Bob Hursthouse’s front yard. The landscape designer and his wife moved southwest of Yorkville seven years ago, and after finishing a front porch project, they focused on the view from the private area where they often sit. “We wanted another element to make this a special spot,” says Hursthouse. Taking cues from the architecture, which includes a granite boulder fireplace and chimney, Hursthouse designed a 1,200-gallon fountain that allows the koi to be active all year long. The cast-iron sugar kettle that serves as the fountain’s ornament is a personal touch that was purchased in the French Quarter—a nod to the heritage of his wife, who was born in Baton Rouge. “It’s something really, unique. As it oxidizes, it gets this really cool patina.”
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Forest Therapy Walk
TO-DO LIST Through September 10
Through September 24
CHICAGO DOGS Baseball is returning to Impact Field as the Chicago Dogs play all 2020 home games at their award-winning ballpark in Rosemont. Limited seating follows social distancing guidelines. Saturday theme nights include Jimmy Buffett and Star Wars, and on Family Sundays, $3 bottomless popcorn and $3 bottomless drinks are offered. $12 to $85. Impact Field, 9850 Balmoral Ave., Rosemont. thechicagodogs.com Through September 22 SPECIAL EVENT
OAK BROOK POLO Known as one of America’s oldest polo clubs in operation, Oak Brook Polo Club welcomes a limited number of tailgaters to experience the magic, pageantry, and thrill of its 98th polo season. Matches are typically held on Sundays. $12/adult; free for children under 13. See the website for themed events and tailgating details. 1 p.m. Oak Brook Polo Grounds, 800 Oak Brook Rd., Oak Brook. oakbrookpoloclub.com
95TH STREET FARMERS’ MARKET Shop for fresh produce, homemade goods, and other delights on Thursdays in this open-air market. Check the website for evolving COVID-19 guidelines. 3 to 7 p.m. 95th St. Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Rd. napervilleparks.org Through September 31 FITNESS
PADDLEBOAT QUARRY Rent a paddleboat, paddleboard, or kayak in the quarry, located along the Naperville Riverwalk. Paddleboats carry up to 4; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Paddleboards and kayaks may be rented by those 13 and over, but an adult must be present to sign a waiver. Rental fees vary; see the website for details, including participant guidelines. napervilleparks.org Through October 11 EXHIBIT
THE GREAT MIDWESTERN ROAD TRIP Pack up the station wagon and take a nostalgia-fueled journey to the classic
Midwest summer vacation of the 1940s through the 1970s. Explore the iconic destinations Chicago-area families visited and what they encountered along the way—from roadside attractions and tourist traps to memorable resorts and restaurants. See family vacation photos, video, maps, kitschy souvenirs, road signs, and more. Pick up a family activity sheet to play road-trip bingo. Online reservations are required. Free. Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. elmhurstmuseum.org Through October 12 SEASONAL
FARMERS’ MARKET Find farm-fresh produce, meat, seafood, and homemade baked goods at this weekly summer market. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burlington Park, 30 E. Chicago Ave., Hinsdale. hinsdalechamber.com Through October 17 SEASONAL
FRENCH MARKET The summer tradition of obtaining fresh foods directly from vendors continues in downtown Wheaton. Both vendors and shoppers will be required
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to follow evolving health and safety measures. Check the website for current guidelines. 8 to 9 a.m. for vulnerable populations; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for all. Downtown Wheaton, Main Street and Liberty Drive. wheaton.il.us September 3 FITNESS
SENIOR FALL SCRAMBLE This enjoyable 18-hole format uses the best shot from each four-person team selected as the recorded shot. Any amateur golfer 55 years of age or older with an official USGA handicap is eligible to play. Entry fee includes greens fee, cart fee, range balls, prizes, and lunch. Trophies will be awarded to the winners. Call 630.378.4215 to register. $55. 8 a.m. Naperbrook Golf Course, 2220 W. 83rd St. golfnaperville.org
pursued by generations of researchers and there have been many popular science books and articles that imply that such a theory could be right around the corner. In this talk, Fermilab’s Don Lincoln will explain the current status of this quest and give the audience a sense of the prospects for completing Einstein’s dream, ending with an honest assessment of the likely timeline. Lincoln is a recipient of the 2013 Outreach Prize from the European Physical Society and the 2017 Gemant Award from the American Institute of Physics. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Registration required. Free. 7:30 p.m. Online. events.fnal.gov September 12 SPECIAL EVENT
PHOTO BY MORTON ARBORETUM (FOREST THERAPY WALK), KEYSTONE/GETTY (EINSTEIN) AND COURTESY THE FRENCH MARKET
NATURE WALKS Discover new and exciting nature facts and finds as you explore Fullersburg Woods on a casual 45-minute walk with an experienced naturalist. Walks leave at the top of the hour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages; under 18 with an adult. $2/person (credit card only). Registration not required. Questions? Call 630.850.8110. Fullersburg Woods, 3609 Spring Rd., Oak Brook dupageforest.org September 11 LECTURE
EINSTEIN’S UNFINISHED DREAM Albert Einstein spent the last decades of his life trying to work out a theory that would explain all known phenomena. He failed, but his vision has been
BACK TO THE BACKYARD The 12th annual Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Cook-Off welcomes entries into the largest amateur competition in the state of Illinois. To comply with state guidelines, teams will cook at their homes and turn their entries in at a central location in Glen Ellyn. Entries will be judged onsite by Kansas City Barbecue Society–certified judges. Results will be livestreamed. All proceeds from the event benefit the homeless families served by Bridge Communities. glenellynbackyardbbq.org September 12 CHARITABLE
AUTUMN AFFAIR The Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation will hold its 16th annual Autumn Affair as a virtual event. The Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year supports Elmhurst Hospital programs and services that directly impact patients. Event details will be announced soon; see the website for details. 7 p.m. emhfoundation.org September 13 CHARITABLE
Einstein’s Unfinished Dream
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. This year’s event won’t be a large in-person gathering. Take part in an interactive online experience, then walk in your community. act.alz.org
September 13 SPECIAL EVENT
GARDEN PHOTO TIPS This walk is all about taking better photographs. Put on your walking shoes, grab your camera, and go for a hike with a veteran Cantigny volunteer photographer. Registration required. Free with paid parking. 2 to 3 p.m. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. cantigny.org September 14 FITNESS
THE GOLDEN AGE OF GOLF Channel your inner Payne Stewart and join others for a blast from the past. Participants will wear their most outrageous golf gear and get ready for a day of fun and networking at the annual Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce golf outing. Rather than a shotgun start, each player will select a tee time to report to the green this year. Golfers will enjoy food stations and a beverage cart service while playing. Nongolfer tickets are available. Preregistration required. 8 a.m. $225/single; $900/ foursome. Springbrook Golf Course, 2220 83rd St. naperville.net September 14 CHARITABLE
GOLFTOBERFEST Willkommen! Get your foursome together for TriCity Family Services’ Oktoberfest-themed golf outing. Show your support for mental health and come play the green(s) at Prairie Landing Golf Club, voted by Golf Advisor as the No. 2 public golf course in Illinois. The event includes breakfast, greens fee and cart, on-course games, a German-themed luncheon, two drink tickets, and more. Proceeds benefit TriCity Family Services, a provider of counseling services and other mental health programs to clients of all ages and all income levels. $165/golfer; $660/foursome; $40/online golfer; NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / SEPTEMBER 2020 61
$35/lunch only. 8 a.m. Prairie Landing Golf Club, 2325 Longest Dr., West Chicago. tricityfamilyservices.org
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copy of the new book and admission to the Zoom call. $7 to $33. 7 p.m. Online. andersonsbookshop.com
FOREST THERAPY WALK On this two-hour walk you will experience a series of guided, gentle invitations to open the senses, cultivate presence, and invite healing interactions between people and the natural world. Conclude with a tea ceremony, with tea made from edible plants foraged along the trail. Program participants must comply with current public health guidelines. $27. 1 to 3 p.m. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Rt. 53, Lisle. mortonarb.org September 17â€“18
played on an 1890s farm. Everyone in the group must wear masks that cover the nose and mouth. All ages; under 18 with an adult. $15 per group up to 10 people. Register online or call 630.876.5900. dupageforest.org
STEP UP FOR LITTLE FRIENDS VIRTUAL 5K Rally your friends, family, and networks to support Little Friends. Choose to take a walk or run a 5K during the week of September 20 to 27 in the neighborhood, at a park, on a treadmill. Proceeds will provide critical resources to the clients of Little Friends which is especially important during these difficult times. $30. littlefriendsinc.org September 26
EGG COLLECTING Join this first-time opportunity at Kline Creek Farm. Register and then bring up to nine friends or family members to collect eggs from the chicken coop to take home. (The number of eggs you collect will vary.) As eggs are collected, a costumed interpreter will teach the group about chickens and the role they
September 18 LITERARY
CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI New York Times best-selling author Christopher Paolini presents his new novel To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. Paolini will be in conversation with famed voice actress Jennifer Hale, who reads the audio version of the book. The first 100 ticket holders will receive a signed
EVERGREEN This gala for the Morton Arboretum is the annual fundraising event to support the institutionâ€™s mission to plant and protect trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. This yearâ€™s virtual gala advances the Arboretumâ€™s leading-edge science, benefiting trees locally and globally. Online. mortonarb.org
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ANNE HANLEY The watercolor artist brings her unique batikinspired works to the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair By Mark Loehrke
Riverwalk Fine Art Fair September 19–20 on Jackson Avenue napervilleartleague.com afhanleyart.com
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW Batik is an ancient artistic method that I’ve tried to make very contemporary. Traditional batik is made using dyes or wax to layer colors on cloth. But I found a wonderful rice paper that reacts to the wax similarly, and now I’ve been doing batik work on rice paper for the past 20 or so years.
GETTING TO WORK I’m a very intuitive painter. I tend to come into my studio and get right into drawing a little bit and then I just start painting. I see inspiration in everything: plants, figures, shadows. My family has been going to the Lake Michigan shoreline for many years, so I’ll often find an idea there.
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ARTISTIC SIGNATURE My bright florals and figure pieces tend to be the most popular—they’ve always been my mainstay. I developed a piece called Columbine With Blue Circle around 2007 that has become my signature piece. Now it shows up underneath a lot of my abstracts.
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