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At Innovative Orthodontic Centers in Naperville and Shorewood, board-certified orthodontists Dr. Manal Ibrahim and Dr. Christine Gin use the SureSmile® system for their braces patients. It’s just one of the reasons they’re known as leaders in comfortable, accelerated orthodontics.

Reimagining Braces Treatment with SureSmile® Technology specifications, a robot is directed to bend shape-memory, alloy braces wires that offer accuracy to within one-tenth of a millimeter. The customized, prescription wires are then paired with self-ligating brackets for friction-free movement.

However, the term “accelerated” doesn’t mean the doctors This combination of technologies allows patients to get are rushing through treatment or cutting corners. In fact, it’s outstanding results with less discomfort and up to 29% just the opposite. Dr. Ibrahim and Dr. Gin are able to achieve faster than they would with conventional braces. The reaeven better results and they can do it in less time because son for this is because Dr. Ibrahim and Dr. Gin eliminate of their efficiency and the fact that the inefficiencies of old technology A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK and get rid of all unnecessary tooth they use a very powerful technology bundle to deliver unsurpassed movements, which is something BRACES ARE THE SAME braces treatment. AT EVERY ORTHODONTIC doctors spend about two-thirds of the total treatment time dealing PRACTICE, BUT THAT “A lot of people think braces are with when using traditional braces. COULDN’T BE FURTHER the same at every orthodontic practice, but that couldn’t be “Our approach with the SureSmile FROM THE TRUTH” further from the truth,” says Dr. custom-wire braces system means Ibrahim. “We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all at Innova- proactively planned orthodontics versus reactive treatment tive Orthodontic Centers. With the SureSmile system, we and the teeth take a more direct path to their final posicombine the straightening power of custom, prescription tions,” says Dr. Ibrahim. “Not only does this mean less time braces wires with the pinpoint accuracy of digital treatment in braces, it also means we’re able to design smiles that planning.” complement each patient’s unique facial features. Patients look their best and have an outstanding experience too” Dr. Ibrahim and Dr. Gin use SureSmile software to visualize how the teeth will fit together from every angle on a 3D, virtual model of a patient’s teeth. Based on the doctor’s

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Peer Preview

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The 630

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Books

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Better Together

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Move

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GIVING BACK Humanitarian Hope’s Front Door

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NaperScene Edward Foundation Golf Outing

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FEATURES DIY Oktoberfest Our definitive guide to 55 area breweries Quad County Urban League Theodia Gillespie discusses its mission ETC To-Do List Spotlight Don Gingold

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ome mark an anniversary or birthday by raising funds for a nonprofit, and that was how I celebrated a milestone last year—at a dinner in support of the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry in Aurora. When attending fundraisers in Naperville, I tend to run into the same active members of the community. But this dinner offered me the opportunity to meet a wider network of suburban philanthropists, one of whom was Theodia Gillespie (above). Although familiar with the Urban League, I had little knowledge of the breadth and scope of the work the Quad County arm of the civil rights group does here. This month writer Lisa Arnett enlightens us all (p. 70).

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CORRECTION The Specialty Desserts category was left off of our listing of the Best of Naperville winners in the September issue. Le Chocolat du Bouchard was the 2020 winner; Naperville regrets the error.


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BRAIN HACKER An excerpt from Rebecca Makkai’s feature “Moran Cerf Wants to Get Inside Your Head,” in the October issue of our sister publication, Chicago magazine

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’ve known Moran Cerf less than 24 hours when I start to worry he’s controlling my mind. To be fair, he’s been messing with my thoughts for a while before we finally sit down at Soho House in early December for drinks. Over the previous weeks, I’ve listened to him on podcasts and interviews as I’ve gone about my life. As I walk, headphoned, across the Northwestern campus where we both teach, I hear him talk about the possibility of directly connecting brains to machines. Cruising down the Edens, I hear him talk about influencing dreams through smells. Riding the moving walkway to Concourse C at O’Hare, I hear him wonder why April Fools’ Day is the one time when we treat the world with the skepticism it’s due. The 42-year-old neuroscientist has a 100-mile-an-hour French-Israeli accent, a gift for storytelling, and the ability to make me stop in the middle of the sidewalk and wonder if anything is real. One of the first things Cerf tells me, just minutes after we’ve greeted each other, is that when straight men and women shake hands upon meeting, they have a subconscious instinct to sniff their own hand afterward. (Keep in mind this was back in December, another human epoch.) This is regardless of whether the people are interested in each other, or whether one is 19 and the other 85. A gay man would sniff his hand after meeting another man, and so on. I’m smiling and nodding, asking follow-up questions, but I’m also racking my brain, trying to remember what I did after we shook hands.


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INFLUENCERS, EVENTS AND ISSUES ON OUR WEST SUBURBAN RADAR some locations may have changed to allow distancing to minimize the spread of coronavirus. In-person early voting runs through November 2 at the county offices and begins October 19 at satellite locations in government buildings, banquet halls, and shopping malls.

After vote-by-mail applications were sent, 100,000 DuPage County residents requested absentee ballots.

5. Vote by mail Lawmakers this spring expanded vote by mail as a safe alternative to in-person voting. Voters in both counties can request mail-in ballots by phone, email, web, or sending in a printed application. Ballots were mailed to voters beginning September 24—the first day of early voting—and must be completed and postmarked by November 3, though election officials urge residents to return their ballots as soon as possible. Track application and ballot status at ova.elections.il.gov.

Seven things to know about the general election By Christie Willhite

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o listen to political chatter is to hear one message: The November 3 presidential election is the “election of our lifetime.” Here are seven things to know about voting in 2020— especially knowing the coronavirus will impact how, when, and where we choose to vote.

come at the same rate. DuPage County also will ask voters three advisory questions to guide county budgeting decisions on stockpiling personal protective equipment and financial support of law enforcement. In Will County, referendum questions will be posed to voters in Orland Park and Homer Township.

1. What’s on the ballot? Beyond the marquee Trump/Biden matchup, voters will choose whether to return Democrat Richard Durbin to the U.S. Senate for a fifth term or replace him with former Lake County sheriff Mark Curran, a Republican. Voters also will select U.S. representatives, state legislators, and county-level officials, as well as deciding whether to retain judges.

3. Are you registered? Confirm your voter status by checking with the DuPage Election Commission (dupageco .org/election) or the Will County clerk (thewillcountyclerk.com/elections). Registration can be completed online up to 15 days before the election; in-person or mail-in registrations must be completed 27 days in advance. Voters also may register at their polling place on Election Day.

2. Yea or nay? Statewide, voters will decide whether Illinois should remove a constitutional provision requiring the state to tax all residents’ personal in12 OCTOBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

4. How to vote DuPage and Will Counties will have a full complement of polling places open November 3, though

7. Centennial anniversary However they vote, women may want to thank suffragists who marched, politicked, and persuaded lawmakers to ratify the 19th Amendment ensuring women’s right to vote in 1920. A century later, suburban women may be key to this election as both presidential campaigns court them. The strategy could swing the election: Nationally, more than 81 million women are registered to vote, about 9.6 million more than men. Locally, about 53 percent of registered voters are women.

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6. USPS controversy Under newly appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, the U.S. Postal Service this summer removed some mail-processing equipment and collection boxes, fueling concerns mailed ballots might be delayed and not counted. Facing public pressure, DeJoy in August froze operational changes—though he did not reverse previous actions. Voters can avoid delays by requesting and returning ballots as soon as possible. DuPage residents may hand-deliver ballots to drop boxes at the county complex or any early voting location. Will voters may drop their ballots in boxes at the clerk’s office, Naperville 95th Street Library, or libraries in six other towns.


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By Rumaan Alam (Ecco) A family travels to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a quiet vacation from New York City. Late one night, the owners of the rental home arrive in a panic with news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area—with the TV and internet now down, and no cellphone service—it’s hard to know what to believe.

By Vanessa Price and Adam Laukhuf (Abrams) Wine pro Vanessa Price explains how to create your own pairings while proving you don’t necessarily need fancy foods to unlock the joys of wine. Price offers delightfully bold wine and food pairings alongside hilarious tales from her own unlikely journey as a Kentucky girl making it in the Big Apple and in the wine business.

By Kathryn Nicolai (Penguin) Whether you struggle to fall sleep, wake up in the middle of the night, or are anxious as you move through the day, Nicolai offers bedtime stories as a healthy way to ease the mind before bed. Using her experience as a meditation and yoga teacher, Nicolai creates a world rich in sensory experience for you to slip into, quietly teaching mindfulness and self-compassion.

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FROM FIREWORKS TO FOREVER An Aurora couple celebrates their nuptials with a beautiful backyard bash By Lisa Arnett

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flowed naturally, and that’s how we’ve been ever since,” Garcia says. “We can do nothing together, we can do anything together, and it’ll lead into a conversation or complete silence and we will both be comfortable throughout.” After they discussed marriage as their next step, Diaz predicted a summertime proposal on their anniversary in 2019. So when Garcia proposed months earlier in January, she was caught completely off-guard. Garcia brought Diaz to her family’s church, Our Lady of Mercy in Aurora, under the guise of picking up her mother, and then popped the question right in the center aisle. “I let her walk in front of me and told her to stop and turn around and I was on one knee,” Garcia says.


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And so, they planned to return to the church to marry on July 3, 2020. “We had a family friend offer their beautiful house and backyard in Oswego [for the reception],” Diaz says. “We thought about it, but eventually said no because we didn’t want to impose.” Instead, they fell in love with Elements at Water Street in Naperville and booked a 100-person reception. But when forced to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they had to make some tough decisions. “We had a conversation about what is important to us. It’s getting married in our church. As long as it’s on July 3, we are getting married, even if it’s just the two of us and our parents,” Garcia says. “The party part was just extra. We had set our hearts on not doing anything [for a reception] because it just wasn’t worth the headache.” When the state’s reopening plan began to allow small gatherings, they decided to plan an intimate reception for 30 with about a month to spare. Luckily, their friends’ offer to host in their backyard was still on the table. Their DJ was still available, and their florist reworked her designs to suit a

casual outdoor soiree. Diaz booked a taco bar, ordered cupcakes, and mined her forgotten “Backyard Wedding” Pinterest board for decor ideas. “It was everything I’ve ever wanted and ever imagined for my wedding, even though we had other plans,” she says.

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MOVE

FULLY FIT A total body home workout from a trainer at The Edge By Devontae Washington REVERSE LUNGE TO FRONT KICK

This workout will increase your heart rate and improve muscle endurance, with no equipment needed—it’s all body-weight driven. Be sure to rest for 15 to 30 seconds between the exercises. WARM UP

Do 30 seconds of jumping jacks, then 30 seconds of high knees (sprint/run in place with knees raised to chest height). Then do 5 reps of walkouts, starting with feet hip-width apart. Bend from hips and place palms on the floor. Shift weight onto hands and walk them forward until body is in plank position. Walk hands back to start and repeat.

Keeping abs tight, step back with right foot and lower into a reverse lunge. Squeeze glutes as you push down through left heel and kick right leg in front of you as you straighten left leg. Do 10 reps, then repeat on other side, kicking left leg.

COOL DOWN

From a standing position, do 45 seconds of side stretches: Reach one arm up and over body, holding stretch, then switch sides. Then do 45 seconds of dynamic quad stretches: Reach behind one leg to grab hold of foot; push hip forward while lengthening quad. Finish with 45 seconds of toe touching, bending forward at the torso while letting fingers hang down toward toes.

T-ROTATION PUSHUP

In pushup position, perform the standard descent by touching chest to floor. Begin the ascent with a rotation onto the right sides of the feet, extending left arm with legs, torso, and shoulders rotating to the right. Return to start position and repeat, rotating to the left. Do 10 reps.

SUPERMAN LAT PULL

Lie face down on the floor with arms extended in front of you and your legs extended behind you. Engage your lower back and shoulders to raise your chest and arms off the floor. Engage lats and draw elbows in towards your chest, as if doing a pull-up, then extend your arms in front of you again. Do 10 reps. OCTOBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM 18 MONTH 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

SQUATS TO CALF RAISE

Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, then lower hips until thighs are parallel to the ground (or as close to this as possible). Squeeze glutes and push into heels to bring yourself back to standing. In a fluid motion from the standing position, raise to tiptoes and flex calf muscles, then lower slowly into next squat. Do 10 reps.

TWIST MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS

Start in a traditional plank—shoulders over hands and weight on toes. With core engaged, twist to bring right knee forward under left elbow. Return to plank to complete. Switch legs, bringing left knee forward to right knee for second rep. Do 20 reps, alternating sides.

ALT TOE TOUCHES

Lie down on your back with arms raised straight above head. Lift left leg and right arm up at the same time, then reach across and touch toes. Lower arm and leg, then repeat, lifting right leg and left arm. Do 12 reps, alternating sides.

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HUMANITARIAN

HOPE IN A CRITICAL TIME A local nonprofit braces for a tough season ahead By Julie Duffin

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ope’s Front Door in Downers Grove provides emergency assistance to some of the most vulnerable members of our community. This year, as the nonprofit celebrates its 20th anniversary, the need for its services is greater than ever. Hope’s Front Door often acts as a first responder to area residents facing a financial or medical crisis. When clients first arrive at Hope’s Front Door, many are either underemployed, unemployed, homeless, disabled, or senior citizens in need of support. Depending on their needs, clients receive food and transportation vouchers, help with acquiring prescription medication, and access to vision care and oral health providers. Once their immediate needs are met, clients are able to take advantage of the nonprofit’s education and self-sufficiency programs. “We help people move out of a crisis-to-crisis existence by providing tools and resources that empower them to make positive, long-lasting 22 OCTOBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

changes for themselves and their families,” explains executive director Janell Robinson. Clients can take advantage of financial literacy programs, work with a career counselor, and learn about making healthy lifestyle choices. COVID’S IMPACT Like many nonprofits, COVID-19 has severely impacted the organization. “We’ve had to make some real changes in the way we provide services to maintain social distancing. Now, instead of meeting face-to-face, we talk with clients over the phone and offer onsite distribution for goods and vouchers,” Robinson explains. They also had to adjust to working with fewer volunteers. Once the $600 unemployment benefit ended, visits to Hope’s Front Door increased dramatically. “Generally we help 5,600 individuals and children throughout DuPage County a year. Based on what we saw during the 2008 recession, we conservatively expect to

VIRTUAL GALA Hope’s Front Door will host a virtual Prohibition Gala on October 24. In honor of its 20th anniversary, every dollar raised will be matched by a donor. Information about the event can be found at hopesfrontdoor.org.

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see a 30 to 35 percent increase within the next 12 to 18 months,” Robinson points out. Once the moratorium on evictions ends and people lose their unemployment benefits, she expects the numbers to rise even higher. “It’s almost a perfect storm. We’re concerned it will be a really challenging fall and winter.” The increasing number of new clients also concerns Robinson. “We are seeing more and more folks who are new to us becoming financially insecure,” she states. Based on the 2008 recession, Robinson projects they could see up to 40 new households each month. She points out that for some people, it could be 24 months before they truly get back to where they were before COVID. Regardless, Robinson remains hopeful the government will offer more financial assistance to those in need. “People often feel disconnected and invisible during a financial crisis. It’s disheartening that we can’t meet faceto-face with people, but were able to talk with them on the phone and just listen,” she explains. “Our mission is to help people weather these types of storms, whether it’s due to a person crisis, a recession, or a pandemic. Having a listening ear is just as important as financial and educational assistance.” Robinson has worked at the Downers Grove nonprofit for the past 18 years. “I love what I do and I am tremendously proud and honored that folks really trust us to share their story. We must be doing something right if folks feel comfortable telling us what’s going on in their lives. And at the same time they also call and tell us when they’ve been successful because they want us to know they’re doing well. This crisis has impacted everyone, regardless of income or education. If we keep the mindset that we’re in this together as a community, I don’t think it’s beyond us to be able to help those who are struggling as a result of the pandemic.”


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he Edward Foundation raised $403,000 at its 27th annual Charity Golf Tournament on August 31 at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Palos Park—a historic public club with four challenging courses, including the storied shot-maker Dubsdread. More than 300 golfers donated funds through sponsorships, donations, raffles, and games, including a Million Dollar Shoot Out where three golfers were randomly selected to attempt a hole in one for $1 million. ABC-7’s sports anchor and reporter Dionne Miller was the event’s celebrity guest. After enjoying unlimited food and drinks on the courses, the winning team on Cog Hill’s Dubsdread course included Andrew Baasen, Justin Kochen, Teresa McDaniel, and Charles Glaser. The winning team on Cog Hill’s Course No. 1 included Steve Campanella, Kevin Kethcart, Mike Minetti, and Steve Moudry. All proceeds from the golf outing and gala this year will be directed to Edward Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, which supports financial needs due to the pandemic—including personal protective equipment and screening stations to keep patients, physicians, and staff safe.


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hen Sam Suleiman took the first step into changing his lifestyle and health habits, he never thought it would lead him to becoming part owner of a nutrition bar. He had spent the last decade working in the seafood industry—and was drinking and smoking and had some weight to lose. He began researching different methods of weight loss and came across a protein shake store that one of his friends owns in Indiana. “I lost 46 pounds and never felt like I lost the weight too quickly or lost vitamins and muscle,” Suleiman says. He was hooked. He then spent a lot of time studying how protein shakes can help with weight loss and gain, and frequently visited Nutrition Hub, a bar serving shakes, smoothie bowls, 34 OCTOBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

and teas in Frankfort. He was inspired to open up a Nutrition Hub of his own in his hometown of New Lenox in November 2019, and just opened up the doors to the downtown Naperville location in September. Naperville’s Nutrition Hub (26 W. Jefferson Ave., 815.919.1660, nutritionhubs.com) is in the former Marcus space next to Everdine’s Grilled Cheese Co., and Suleiman has high hopes of improving the nutrition habits of the Naperville community. “My family visits Naperville all the time, so when I saw the empty space I took it without even thinking,” Suleiman says. “I know how great downtown Naperville is. I called the landlord and asked to see the space and I signed the lease right there. I couldn’t resist.”

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With six locations around the Chicago area and Indiana, Nutrition Hub offers complimentary one-on-one nutrition coaching in addition to protein shakes, teas, iced coffee, aloe vera shots, protein bowls like acai berry, and oatmeal. The shakes, which can be made and purchased in the store each day—or bought as protein powder with recipes to make at home—serve as the first step in Nutrition Hub’s coaching program. For customers wanting to lose or gain weight, Suleiman’s team will coach them through challenges, ranging from three days to one month, with meal plans, challenges, workout plans, and weigh-ins. Here’s how it works: Clients are given a detailed meal plan with the amount of shakes recommended per day, meal and snack ideas, and at-home workouts tailored to the client’s age and type of exercise they are interested in. The team keeps clients accountable by having them come in for weekly weigh-ins and measurements, and by editing the meal and workout plan based on each week’s goals and how many days the client wants to spend on the challenge.

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The menu is primarily made up of protein shakes meant to be breakfast and lunch replacements or a quick snack. The shakes can be purchased on their own, or paired with an aloe vera shot to aid digestion and the absorption of nutrients, and an energy and metabolism boosting sugar-free tea to create a meal ($7.50–$9.50). Customers have a choice between basic, boosted, loaded, and mega energy levels that determine the amount of caffeine, ranging from 45 to 180 milligrams, and over 100 shake flavors—optional add ons include anti-aging collagen, probiotics, and fat burner. The shake flavors—split into categories like Peanut Butter Boss, Candy Cravers, and Fruit Lovers—are healthier than their names suggest, with 20 to 28 grams of protein, 200 to

My family visits Naperville all the time, so when I saw the empty space I took it without even thinking. I know how great downtown Naperville is. I called the landlord and asked to see the space and I signed the lease right there. I couldn’t resist.” —Sam Suleiman 250 calories, 10 to 14 grams of sugar, and 15 to 18 grams of carbs. They’re safe for all ages and pregnant women and can be made with regular, dairy free, or whey protein powder. Whether you want an afternoon pick-me-up while spending the day shopping in downtown Naperville (masked up, of course), are looking for a new protein powder for your breakfast shakes, or want to be coached through a weight loss or gain challenge, Suleiman’s team of fitness lovers will tailor your visit and guide you to be your best self.

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lthough COVID has disrupted almost every aspect of life, one change has been rather popular among those with tech-based careers: Goodbye Metra, hello home office. As corporate digs in the city give way to work-from-home paradigms, commute times disappear from the domestic equation. If open space and a more active, outdoor lifestyle is on your 2020 bucket list, here are three Illinois communities to consider: GRAND RESERVE Yorkville The 1,037 acres of this planned community—which boasts a nine-acre aquatic center and bike trails throughout—are nestled within Yorkville’s abundant attractions. Go rafting at Marge Cline’s 36 OCTOBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

Whitewater Course or launch a kayak from Saw Wee Kee Park along the Fox River (shown). The little ones will love a season pass to Raging Waves Water Park while parents will crave an affordable Play and Practice membership at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course and the Chad Johansen Golf Academy. Need more adventure? Check out the BMX tracks at Bristol Station Park or zipline through Rotary Park. LAKE HOLIDAY Somonauk If you’ve always wanted a lake house but can’t swing a second mortgage, Lake Holiday might be the answer. This

residential community surrounding a 328-acre manmade lake could be your one-and-done—it’s less than an hour from Naperville and 60 miles from the city. A property owners association manages over eight miles of shoreline— including 12 picturesque coves and three beaches—for its private membership of single-family homeowners. “The majority of our buyers come from Naperville,” says broker Nikki Lorenzen, a former resident who now manages Lake Holiday Homes. “We’d welcome some new faces!” LIBERTY GREEN Bolingbrook Adjacent to Bolingbrook Golf Club is a new active adult community (55+) that features single-family ranch homes. All homeowners have social memberships to the club, giving them access to the 76,000-square-foot clubhouse, golf shop, driving range and golf academy, restaurant, fitness center, and meeting areas (a.k.a. your new work conference room). “As boomers continue to work longer,” says Pulte’s Rob Getz, “the goal is to provide more options with easy access to recreational facilities close to job, family, and social interests.”

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t Third Street’s north end in downtown Geneva you’ll find what might be one of the coziest alfresco hideaways in the suburbs. Just walk down the ivy-covered alley between wine bar Preservation and sandwich shop Atlas Chicken Shack. When you see the pergola-covered bar and trees strung with cafe lights, you’ve arrived. Though you won’t see the name in prominent signage, it’s called Social Bar, says Lawrence Colburn, who owns both Preservation (513 S. 3rd St., 630.208.1588, preservationgeneva .com) and Atlas Chicken Shack (511 S. 3rd St., 331.248.0592, atlaschickenshack.com). Here, diners can order off Preservation’s menu or from the walk-up window at Atlas. Both restaurants have had their own outdoor seating (a sunken stone patio and umbrel40 OCTOBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

la-topped picnic tables, respectively) for years, but Social Bar made its warmweather debut last summer. Squeezing in shoulder to shoulder at the bar or dropping in on a whim, though, are vestiges of the past, at least for now. To reduce crowding, reservations are required and tables are safely spaced the requisite six feet apart. GOOD TO GRAZE Preservation’s food menu is eclectic and conducive to grazing. Cheese and charcuterie boards are a specialty here—made infinitely clear not just by Colburn saying so, but also by the frequency they passed by my table in the hands of servers, making their way to awaiting diners. Colburn and chef Scott Nickell’s skills for sourcing impeccable imported meats and cheeses shines in

other dishes, too. The sheep’s milk blue cheese from Wisconsin-based Belgioioso that accompanied the tender steak skewers was so buttery and mild that it made converts out of me and my date, both longtime blue cheese haters. Delicate slices of ham from Indianapolis maker Smoking Goose topped off layers of smoked pork, melty Swiss cheese, and crunchy pickle slices on a crunchy baguette in the Cubano. The Korean pork belly tacos, a recent addition to the menu, tingle all the right taste buds with chili aïoli, tangy kimchi, and crunchy carrot spears, all wrapped up in griddled tortillas. I also tried the cheddar biscuit topped with pulled chicken and tomatillo sauce, but wasn’t a fan; next time I’ll save room for a fried chicken sandwich from Atlas instead.

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LOCAL FLAVOR the casual elegance of a local bistro serving Italian and American cuisine with the entertainment and excitement of bowling and bocce. Enjoy outdoor dining on its expansive patio, listen to live music every Friday and Saturday night, or curl up under a blanket and enjoy s’mores by the fire pit. Chief culinary officer Cesar Gutierrez highly recommends trying the maple-glazed salmon. “Our sustainably sourced salmon is beautifully served with ancient grains, fresh-cut cucumber and grape tomatoes, pesto, and delicious house-made pepper sauce,” he says. “The balance of nourishing ingredients and great flavor makes this dish just perfect for everyone.” pinstripes.com/oak-brook

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ven though the weather is getting cooler, there is still time to take advantage of three great outdoor dining and entertainment venues in the area: The Piazza is a 35,000-square-foot warehouse-style venue (the former Foundry) with a large outdoor patio area. Located in Aurora just outside Fox Valley Mall, the Piazza specializes in sports, live music, and private parties. Outdoor sand volleyball courts are available for competitive and recreational play. The venue also features line dancing under the stars, trivia nights, DJs, live music, and dancing. Inside, the sports bar boasts 22 projection TVs and 140 flat screen TVs, off44 OCTOBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

track betting, slots, shuffleboard tables, pool tables, and an indoor tobacco shop and lounge. “People absolutely love the Salerno’s pizza. It’s also available for pickup and delivery,” says assistant manager Brian McManaman. “We also offer a great selection of bar food and apps. Our cheese curds, nachos, and wings are big favorites,” he continues. “People love our chicken wraps and pastas, too.” Be sure to take advantage of the half-price weekday deals: cheese pizzas on Mondays and burgers on Wednesdays. piazzaaurora.com Pinstripes offers year-round sophisticated fun and is a perfect spot for outdoor dining. Located just steps from Oakbrook Center, Pinstripes combines

Brunch at Topgolf

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Bocce ball at Pinstripes

Topgolf is a spacious outdoor golf entertainment complex in Naperville, where the competition of sport meets your favorite local hangout. Players hit golf balls containing computer microchips that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while also awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. The venue offers an upscale, laid-back experience that features climate-controlled hitting bays, event spaces for groups of all sizes, and an expansive food and drink menu. Topgolf features 102 golf bays over three floors, over 200 HDTVs, free Wi-Fi, a rooftop terrace with fire pit, lively bars, and a full-service restaurant. Be sure to try the cinnamon-sugar dusted doughnut holes, which you can inject with chocolate sauce, raspberry jelly, or Bavarian cream. Customer favorites also include the Buffalo, barbecue, and Asian sesame wings, the fried chicken sandwich, and burgers made with Angus ground chuck, short rib, and brisket. top-golf.com


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After a 20-year career as a fashion and beauty executive at Estée Lauder and Yves Saint Laurent, Jill Clark is more than familiar with luxury and fine details. While Jill loved the corporate lifestyle of planes, trains and automobiles, she wanted a bit more flexibility in her work schedule. She also had a burning desire to build her own business. Jill loves the quote from MJ in Finding the Game within the Game: “Find what you love doing and then find a way to win at it!” As a college basketball star herself, she always set high goals.

“Transferring my expertise in fine details, visuals and textures to the real estate business was a seamless one. I love being different.” Another favorite quote “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” Different by using social media boosting methods to expose property to attract buyers to listings—she has movie tours at all her properties no matter the price point, stages her properties and presents exquisite

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luxe brochures—all to tell the best story of the property for buyers. As a 26-year resident of Naperville, she has lived in White Eagle Golf Club, also a plus to Clark. “I love living in Naperville,” she says.“The schools are extraordinary, the downtown area features fine retail shops, restaurants, the library, Riverwalk and so much more. Our park district is one of the best in the country and offers so many events throughout the year. It’s truly a magical place to live and raise a family.”

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JILL CLARK

Seventeen years later, Clark has never looked back—even if she does continue to use her fashion-forward and designer skills in the homes she showcases in the marketplace.


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MARINO COSTELLO

SECOND GENERATION PROPRIETOR COSTELLO JEWELRY COMPANY, SINCE 1979 “Hey my longtime friends, thank you for making us number one again! You still have my word you will find the most unique designs anywhere priced only in such a way a business can when you do everything in house! No bogus going out of business sales , no inflated retail pricing just to give a disingenuous discount, the real deal, always and forever. Thank you for 40 plus years and thank you in advance for the next 40+! God bless!”—Joe Costello “Thank you for voting us Best Of Naperville all! Costello's is here for you during these strange times, and we are always adapting and evolving to the world around us.

I encourage if you haven't already, to come see what Costello Jewelry is all about. Have a cup of coffee in our showroom and browse our collection of the finest designs and rarest gemstones. We pride ourselves in ‘piece unique’ one of one designs that you just will not see anywhere else, from the newly popular Montana Sapphires to exceptionally vivid Tourmaline from Mozambique, and everything in between!” —Marino Costello

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SHANNON DREXLER

OWNER, AMBER WAVES SALON

We at Amber Waves hold ourselves to the highest of standards and have chosen to bring these standards to our clients. As a Full-Service Hair Salon, we continue to strive to bring the best of the best out in each other and our clients everyday! I opened Amber Waves in 1996 at 26 years of age. Both of my parents had their hands in the hairdressing world of the 60s at one point in their careers. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to become a hairdresser. It’s been a dream to share my passion with a tremendous team. They’ve inspired me to grow and be open to change throughout our 25 years. I’m grateful for my mentors and thank them for supporting me—Denise Provenzano, Geno Stampora, Julie Cassidy, my daughter Magee, and my son Sam. The long-term growth and success of Amber Waves will continue to depend on our strong ability to attract and retain top talent, maintain our core values, continue philanthropy within the community and provide exceptional service to our clients.

We at Amber Waves pride ourselves on our commitment to succeed within our industry and with you, the guest. Enthusiasm is a state of mind! Thank you Naperville for the acknowledgment of “Best of Naperville,” we couldn’t be more grateful!

232 S Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540 | 630-961-1108 | amberwavessalon.com 48 OCTOBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

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Mike Strom, Tony Ducato, Christine Ducato, Gil Ducato, Mike Ducato, Sr. and Mike Ducato, Jr.

DUCATO FAMILY

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RELIABLE HOME IMPROVEMENT OVER 50 YEARS IN NAPERVILLE Reliable is family-owned and operated and has been in business for over 50 years serving Naperville and the western suburbs. As a ‘true’ traditional family-owned and operated company, they have over 30% of the employees that are made up of Ducato family members. The younger generations are bringing new technology, new design ideas, combined with the same construction quality, that has helped grow the business for the past 5 decades. One of the center pieces of growth is the 15,000 square foot showroom and design gallery that is open to the public

and located in Naperville. The showroom and design gallery is one of the largest in the Chicagoland area. Featuring full-size kitchens, bathrooms and common living spaces. Displays feature the most current trends in design options such as Bluetooth and Green Technology applications.

Success didn’t come overnight for Reliable, it has been a consistent effort over 50 years in business, to continually strive to be the best.

With cutting-edge design, customer service and high quality construction, Reliable has become one of the top respected home remodeling firms in the western suburbs. They’ve won the Best of Naperville ‘Home Remodeler of the Year’ for the past 6 years in a row! Reliable offers Home Video Consultations free of charge and abides by all CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of their clients and team members.

Reliable understands what it takes to add asset value to homeowners. “It’s the experience that most customers appreciate from us, when going through home remodeling and we want to make sure our customers get high-quality craftsmanship and design, but also their entire experience is at that same level.” Director of Marketing, Christine Ducato.

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BILL GILL

BAIRD AND WARNER REAL ESTATE NAPERVILLE – DESIGNATED MANAGING BROKER Bill Gill has been the Designated Managing Broker in Baird & Warner’s Naperville office for the last 13 years and in real estate for over 30 years.

Since 2014, Baird & Warner Naperville has been the #1 Real Estate office listing and selling homes in Naperville and the seven surrounding communities. “We are the oldest residential real estate company in the country AND Naperville.” Bill said. “I do not list and sell homes personally. My role is to hire and help our Real Estate Brokers provide the highest level of service to home sellers, home buyers, investors, landlords and tenants. I like that my focus is singular in nature. Our office was so honored to be voted The Best Realty Company in Naperville. My Brokers do such a great job!” “So… If you need real estate brokerage services, please contact one of my agents. If you are interested in a career in real estate, please call me!”

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Bill and his wife Patty live in Naperville and have 5 adult children. Outside of work and family, Bill occupies his time collecting antique vehicles and road racing vintage sports cars.


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FACES OF LOCAL BUSINESS Mike Bomberger, Culinary Director (left) and Brian Goewey, Restaurateur (right)

BRIAN GOEWEY & MIKE BOMBERGER

BG HOSPITALITY GROUP: GIA MIA | LIVIA ITALIAN EATERY At the core of a Chef, there is more than just an undeniable passion for food.

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a dream a reality, thoughtful planning, having entrepreneurial foresight, and building a strong management team.

Over the last 25 years, in transitioning from Chef to Restaurateur, I have been humbled by the degree of planning, foresight, and leadership that is demanded by such a rewarding hospitality business. I opened Fire + Wine with business partners in 2012. In 2015, I ventured out on my own and opened GIA MIA in Wheaton followed by three more locations. The sweet namesake is named after my youngest daughter Gianna.

helped me along the way. In 2017, Mike joined our team as Culinary Director as we opened two Livia Italian Eatery locations, further propelling ourselves forward with a transition to a finer take on Italian dining. Livia is named after my oldest daughter. Working with longtime friend Mike, as well as the rest of the talented team members under BG Hospitality Group, has been an experience akin to growing a family, both pertaining to our colleagues and our guests. “We are thrilled to be on this journey together,� says Chef Brian.

One of my lifelong mentors and friend, Executive Chef Mike Bomberger has

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FACES OF LOCAL BUSINESS Pictured left to right: Danya A. Grunyk, Hilary A. Sefton, Victoria C. Kelly, Leah D. Setzen

GRUNYK FAMILY LAW YOU DESERVE A DIVORCE WITH DIGNITY

right. The Grunyk team believes that every client and case is unique, feeling like they have not won a case unless a client has achieved their goals.

We are a community of families. We are in this together, we will get through this together. With a focus on achieving positive outcomes in an amicable fashion, they

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The Grunyk Family Law team invites you to follow them on social media @grunkfamilylaw.

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The award-winning team at Grunyk Family Law balances their over 75 years of collective experience with a current and creative approach to family law. A commitment to their clients, and compassion for the Naperville and DuPage community has made this firm a staple of the Fox Valley area. Their strength and success as a firm has been built on two important principles; the strong relationships they establish with their clients and community, and their unyielding commitment to doing what is

prefer to use alternative methods of dispute resolution whenever possible. The compassionate Grunyk Family Law team is ready and available to support you and your family through the divorce process and unique social distance guidelines of our community courts.


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DAN & KEVIN KITTILSEN

DJK CUSTOM HOMES, INC.

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DJK Custom Homes is a family owned and operated local custom homebuilder and remodeler. With over 30 years of experience DJK Custom Homes has earned a well-known reputation in the local community for designing and building the most unique and award-winning custom homes that are Sustainable, Healthy, and Efficient for all generations. Dan and Kim Kittilsen followed their dreams over 32 years ago and opened the doors to DJK Custom Homes, Inc. to design and build the most impeccable custom homes in the community. From

its inception, to today, they continue this strong passion along with their son Kevin. With their passion for progression driving the entire team at DJK Custom Homes to build the homes of the future ... today.

“We hope to share our passion for building homes of the future with new homebuyer’s and their families throughout the creation and building of their dream home in Naperville, Plainfield, and surrounding communities.” The team at DJK Custom Homes strives to stay ahead of current building practices by building new homes that are 100% committed to exceed ENERGY STAR and EPA Indoor airPlus guidelines, in order

to deliver homes that will last a lifetime and provide a safe and healthy living environment to all homeowners. DJK Custom Homes has been recognized nationally by the USGBC for building homes throughout Naperville that have achieved LEED Platinum certification. DJK Custom Homes has opened their new LEED Platinum certified model home in the Heart of Downtown Naperville at 532 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL. “Thank you for voting us Best Builder in Naperville 3 years in a row!”

Building for the Future... Since 1988

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Sustainable • Healthy • Efficient

532 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540 | 630-369-1953 | djkhomes.com | buildgreen@djkhomes.com NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / OCTOBER 2020 53


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NORTHERN TRUST

ROGER MCDOUGAL, SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR Northern Trust has always valued the personal touch, recognizing the individual needs of our clients as we provide tailored, expert advice to help them further their unique goals. When COVID-19 shocked the world earlier this year by halting in-person meetings, Northern Trust was quickly able to leverage our robust technology platforms as we shifted to a virtual model. In addition to personal, one-on-one virtual meetings with advisors, clients benefited from an assortment of virtual events with thought leaders including health experts from Johns Hopkins and economic experts from Northern Trust, including our chief investment strategist and chief economist.

We are proud that, even in these difficult times, our clients have continued to receive the exceptional service Northern Trust has offered since its founding in Chicago in 1889. Leading with advice, we recently launched our Northern Trust Institute to help clients confidently move forward with advice grounded in real-world outcomes. Through the Northern Trust Institute, more than 175 of the firm’s top experts collaborate to analyze behavioral patterns and pinpoint the strategies that have been most effective for our clients. We curate the resulting insights around important points in clients’ lives, positioning them to achieve optimal wealth outcomes while cultivating their unique passions.

We look forward to helping you navigate wealth’s challenges and opportunities from our new Oakbrook Terrace office. Please contact us to learn how we can help you achieve your unique goals.

One Tower Lane, 24th Floor, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 | 630.932.6911 | northerntrust.com 54 OCTOBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

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Drawing from more than 130 years of experience advising wealthy families, Northern Trust today serves more than 25% of the Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans. Our DuPage team continues to anticipate the needs of our clients, bringing Northern Trust’s expertise to each client in a way that is tailored for the current environment while remaining committed to our local communities.


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PENNY O’BRIEN

BROKER ASSOCIATE BAIRD & WARNER NAPERVILLE

If there’s one word that consistently comes to mind regarding Baird & Warner agent Penny O’Brien, its “hustle!” In a recent review, a client of Penny’s wrote, “Bottom line, we got the house because our Realtor was better than theirs!” With more than 146 Zillow reviews, Penny is the top-ranked individual agent in Naperville.

Serving the western suburbs, Penny sold more than $29 million in real estate last year, placing her in the top 1% of all Naperville agents. Penny is a creative and aggressive marketing strategist, a certified stager and seller representative specialist. Penny strongly believes in professional staging and offers it as a complimentary service to her clients. Penny notes that her secret to success is listening to her clients well, molding her approach to suit their needs, and communicating with them in the way they prefer, noting that “real estate is a personality-driven business.”

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Penny is a certified Real Estate Negotiation Expert, landing the best price and terms for each client; and, in multiple offer situations, her broad negotiation experience helps win the home!

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KAREN PREVITI

OUR WAX SALON | EUROPEAN WAX CENTER Karen Previti is proud owner of three European Wax Center locations and says now is the perfect time to try waxing and make it a part of your personal care routine. “Starting a waxing regimen in fall/winter is ideal because it takes 2-3 growth cycles to get your hair on the same cycle. Once you get into a regular waxing routine, results will last longer between reservations.” Waxing frees up time in your busy schedule! Spend less time on daily hair removal and enjoy smooth skin for weeks at a time. Waxing, once considered a luxury, is more affordable than ever. “We offer packages and flexible payment plans,” says Previti, “allowing more people to feel confident and afford our luxury service”. We always ensure high sanitation standards to keep guests and employees as safe as possible. European Wax Center uses a proprietary Comfort Wax® unavailable elsewhere. The four-step process each Wax Specialist follows will prepare, protect, and pamper your skin.

Thinking about trying a wax? Your first wax at European Wax Center is free!* Be sure to let your hair grow at least a quarter of an inch before your first visit.

Bloomingdale | Elmhurst | Naperville East | 630-394-2001 | waxcenter.com 56 OCTOBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

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*Call 630-394-2001 for details on specific free and discounted offers or visit waxcenter.com


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KIM SCOTT

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BROKER ASSOCIATE BAIRD & WARNER NAPERVILLE

Kim Scott is among the top 1 percent of Baird & Warner’s Realtors in Naperville and Her hard work brings in anywhere from $12 to $18 million in sales volume per year. She has been recognized by the company with Founder’s Club status and is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. “Luxury buyers are my biggest market. A harder sale, but a very diverse business.”

Having come to the U.S. from the UK and working in Chicagoland real estate for 14 years, Kim notes her biggest accomplishment is that 90 percent of her business is referrals from family and friends.

Besides her endearing English accent, it’s Kim’s personality that is a major component of what makes her so successful in the industry, “I think my clients like my energy, honesty, and the fact that I do what I say I’m going to do. I look after them the best I can, and am elated when they get to finally move into a house they love!”

“My friends — now my family — refer me business every time, and for that I am very, very grateful,” she says. “I work hard for my friends and do not find it difficult to switch from friendship to business.”

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RAY HORAN BUFF & COAT HARDWOOD FLOOR RENEWAL

In 2010, Ray Horan launched Buff & Coat Hardwood Floor Renewal in Naperville.

Now, the company is celebrating a successful decade of beautifying hardwood floors throughout Chicagoland. Buff & Coat provides an affordable alternative to resanding dull, worn, scuffed and scratched hardwood floors with a dustless, odorless, done in one day process that leaves

floors beautifully renewed and protected. Full sanding and installation services are also available. The company has serviced hundreds of Naperville homes and landmarks like the Pre-Emption House at Naper Settlement and the Naperville Women’s Club old stone church. Ray is active at St. Raphael in Naperville within the Knights of Columbus and is the Past Grand Knight. For a safe, free, in-home Buff & Coat estimate, call 630-689-3800 or visit buffandcoatnow.com.

630-689-3800 | buffandcoatnow.com

JOAN KAUFMAN We convert dreams to reality. Partnering with a loyal core group of skilled craftspeople, to orchestrate designs and implement the vision.

“We most cherish the long-term relationships we have kept with our clients, team members and colleagues.”

unique mission and focus is creating harmonious spaces using materials that are healthy for you and the environment! We partner with you to achieve your personal or company goals through project management and design including lighting, fabric, finishes, and furnishings.

Since 1990, Interior Planning & Design has been creating amazing interiors that are beautiful and comfortable. Our

Renew your environment - renew your life! 710 E. Ogden Ave. Suite 570, Naperville, IL 60563 Showroom/Studio: 630-848-2119 | Mobile: 630-293-0618 58 OCTOBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

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KEVIN KOZOL HOUSE CALL MUSIC LTD

When my wife and I started House Call Music, we wanted keep families at the heart of the business. I grew up in a musical house where my father played piano and I was fortunate to start lessons at 6 years old. When I play the piano and I see my two little girls dancing in the living room, it brings back so many great memories of when my dad would play for my sister and I.

Our vision in House Call Music is to spread the joy of music and provide a community where all students can thrive and be successful.

Music is more important now than ever and we are here to help get you started. It’s never too late!

To register, visit our website at housecallmusic.com. 815-258-5499 | kevinkozol@housecallmusic.com

LIGHT SOURCE LIGHTING

Light Source Lighting has two showrooms and a great website for any kind of lighting, ceiling fan or unique decor.

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See the light, see the difference For over 23 years their company has offered the very best in customer service, great brands from all over the world and the latest in lighting technology. Their showroom design in Plainfield and Plano is constantly changing to reflect the decor

of the day as well as what is on the horizon. The staff at Light Source Lighting can guide customers through overwhelming projects, such as new home construction or simply replacing a light. When a visit to the showroom isn’t possible, the website is a great tool to inspire ideas. The staff at Light Source Lighting are just a phone call away, where helpful tips and product information is available.

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OUR DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO 55 AREA BREWERIES AND THE BEST CRAFT BEER THIS SIDE OF THE MISSISSIPPI The enthusiastic brewers we spoke to are masters eager to teach others about the endless intricacies of their hoppy craft. Whether you book a tour, pop a squat in the beer garden, or pick up a six-pack to go, let our listing lead you. Prost, Chicago! By Mark Loehrke | Calligraphy by John Kenzie 60 OCTOBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM


Brewery Guide

Beer Selection Key

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K KITCHEN & BEER

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Alter Brewing Co. DOWNERS GROVE TR

The crew at Alter has built one of the most respected brands in the ’burbs over the past five years, cranking out ever more creative and sought-after brews from its comfortable, unassuming taproom. 2300 Wisconsin Ave., alterbrewing.com BEER SELECTION

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ST. CHARLES K

Alex Makowski took over as head brewer this past summer, introducing some new flavors while continuing the auto-themed tradition of the family that also runs Pride gas stations. 1825 Lincoln Hwy., 93octanebrewery.com

LOMBARD

Old World tradition meets New World sensibility at this family-run upstart, where scratch-made farmhousestyle saison beers are the focus. 844 N. Ridge Ave., afterthoughtbrewing.com

BEER SELECTION

All the tastes and techniques that Alter fans have come to love from the Downers Grove taproom get a shiny riverfront showplace in the Tri-cities, accompanied here by an ambitious new food menu. 12 S. First St., alterbrewing.com BEER SELECTION UNIQUE BREW

“Heavy Squeeze is an unfiltered lemon wheat ale that combines the refreshing zing of lemon with a balanced sweetness for the perfect summer beer drinking experience.”

BREWER’S CHOICE

“Our newest beer is called Wingman: a gluten-reduced golden ale. A portion of the proceeds support Folds of Honor, an organization that provides scholarships to the children/family of fallen or disabled service members.”

NEW LENOX K

BBGB Brewery & Hop Farm NORTH AURORA K

The notion of “locally grown hops” takes on new meaning at this sustainable concept from the folks behind Hardware restaurant, given that the majority of those little buds (six species) are growing next door at the onsite farm. 2000 W. Orchard Rd., eathardware.com BEER SELECTION BREWER’S CHOICE

UNIQUE BREW

“Doppelapfelstrudelweiss is our most unique beer right now. It is an imperial apple strudel Berliner Weiss, made with Waldmeistersirup. It’s a delicious take on an apple cider beer we did in collaboration with Elmhurst Brewing Co.”

Arrowhead Ales Brewing Co.

3 Floyds Brewing Co. MUNSTER, INDIANA K

WORTH THE DRIVE

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With its heavy metal imagery, out-of-the-way setting and legendary Dark Lord Day annual release event, 3 Floyds has cemented northwest Indiana as one of the birthplaces and strongholds of the Midwestern craft beer firmament. Even as large-scale production for flagships like Gumballhead and Alpha King have shifted to a massive new facility across town, it’s well worth the drive to experience the original brewpub where it all got started. (Note: While production in the brewery and distillery continue, the brewpub is closed “indefinitely” due to COVID-19. Beer, merch, and packaged food are available curbside.) 9750 Indiana Pkwy., 3floyds.com

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“Misty’s Cream Ale was a summer seasonal that became a year-round offering due to popular demand. It’s a very light easy drinker that has become as popular as our flagship Earl the Pearl American pale ale.” UNIQUE BREW

“Our Saison Marilyn, named for the brewer’s late mother, is considered a ‘super saison,’ weighing in at around 8.3% ABV. It’s brewed with orange peel and three kinds of peppercorns to lend extra complexity to the bold aroma and flavor.”

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Afterthought Brewing Company

“If we’re talking year-round offerings, probably our Hopular Kid extra pale ale, or Alterior Motive IPA. These two core beers and have been pillars of our tap list since near the beginning of Alter.”

Named for the subdivision in which founder Mike Bacon got his start as a home brewer, Arrowhead is now a destination for beer and food lovers alike. 2101 Calistoga Dr., arrowheadales.com

Alter Brewing + Kitchen

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Belly Up Beer Co. WESTERN SPRINGS

Joe Fornari’s small operation follows the blueprint of the scrappy craft brewing story to the letter, epitomizing the slow climb from hobby homebrewer to wider recognition. bellyupbeer.com

Black Horizon Brewing Co. WILLOWBROOK TR

The classic three-buddiesjust-brewing-some-beer concept is personified in Black Horizon’s laid-back taproom, where the trio’s creative craft concepts provide the refreshment to complement an evening of old-school board games and foosball. 7560 S. Quincy St., blackhorizonbrewing.com

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This off-the-beaten-path labor of love from brewer Alex Drayer and his crew has built a steady, loyal fan base in the Tri-Cities over the past two years. 303 N. Fourth St., dandgbrewery.com

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Opening a new taproom just in time for the onset of the pandemic wasn’t exactly an auspicious start to Steve Newman’s brewing journey, but with the beer-loving community showing up over the past few months for patio pours and growler refills of his English-style ales and German-style lagers, the future looks bright. 1059 W. Orchard Rd., brotherchimpbrewing.com BEER SELECTION BREWER’S CHOICE

“Although, our West Coast IPA For the Masses is extremely popular, our brown ale with coffee and a touch of vanilla is fairly unique and well balanced.”

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“We just brewed a Grodziskie. It’s a Polish oak-smoked wheat ale. It kinda reminds us of smoked sausage. But it is somehow refreshing, light, and delicious. We just brewed it for our second anniversary. It’s definitely a style you don’t see much with a flavor unlike many beers.”

Dry City Brew Works WHEATON TR

The tucked-away location off Main may be hard to find for first-timers, but a few hours at the bar, on the sofas, or out on the back patio will make almost anyone feel like a regular. 120 N. Main St., drycitybrewworks.com BEER SELECTION UNIQUE BREW

“Pumpkin Pyro is a porter we brew each fall. Partnering with our friends at Steamboat BBQ, we smoke pumpkin over sugar maple for several hours before adding it to the boil kettle. This imparts a subtle smokiness to a solid porter and a smooth mouthfeel with no pumpkin spices added. The beer was used in Steamboat BBQ’s award-winning chili at the annual Wheaton Chili Cookoff in early November.” BREWER’S CHOICE

“Providence Coffee Milk Stout utilizes coffee beans roasted by our neighbors at Five & Hoak Roasters and has been on tap since the day we opened. A light bodied stout with a smooth—never bitter—coffee flavor and aroma, that is a customer favorite and has proven a solid gateway beer for people hesitant to try dark beers.”

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Andrew Polykandriotis and his wife, Melissa, run this three-year-old operation which helped bring the craft beer party to Joliet, offering live music and fresh popcorn alongside its rotating selection of brews. 218 E. Cass St., elderbrewingco.com

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Local owners Frazer Donaldson and Pete Dolan are passionate about not only brewing great beers, but pairing those creations with a food menu full of creatively delicious selections. 171 N. Addison Ave., elmhurstbrewing.com BEER SELECTION BREWER’S CHOICE

“The Schwartz, our German black lager, because it’s rare to see this style these days, and ours is very dark, malty, and refreshing, with low alcohol.”

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Founded in West Dundee in the late ’90s by Andy Burns, the Emmett’s empire has since expanded to multiple locations, including this mainstay of Downers Grove’s main drag. 5200 Main St., emmettsbrewingco.com BEER SELECTION

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Energy City Brewing

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There’s always something new and different coming out of Batavia, thanks to a shared dedication to the science and experimentation of craft brewing from brewmaster David Files and wife/co-owner Heidi. Pick up a constantly rotating selection of specialty beers via drive-through pickup on Saturdays. 917 First St., energycitybrewing.com

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The Wheaton outlet of this west suburban minichain features the same wide-ranging food menu and rotating selection of interesting brews as its brethren. 121 W. Front St., emmettsbrewingco.com BEER SELECTION UNIQUE BREW

“We use a variety of hops from the New World in our World’s End IPA that impart notes of tropical fruit. The hop aroma and bitterness is balanced with malty sweetness.”

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Foreign Exchange Brewing Co. AURORA

Few local places are as committed to the industry’s well-known spirit of collaboration as Foreign Exchange, where everyone from fellow brewers to local bakeries stand as potential partners on the next great concoction. New brewpub due in early 2021, foreignexchangebrewing.com

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You’re just as likely to discover a new favorite band as a new favorite ale at this music-friendly taproom situated inside an historic renovated firehouse. 15025 S. Des Plaines St., garagebandbrewing.com BEER SELECTION UNIQUE BREW

“Our Coffee Nitro Milk Stout is made with Guatemalan coffee roasted by our neighboring business Krema Coffee House.”

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Goldfinger Brewing

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Buffalo Creek Brewing

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Named for the Polish brewer and great-great-grandfather of owner/brewer Tom Beckmann, this newcomer has found a pandemic breakout star in its highly sought-after original lager. 513 Rogers St., goldfingerbrewing.com

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While beer lovers have been singing the praises of Mike Marr’s beers for years, the best way to truly experience the full idea of what he had in mind when he opened Buffalo Creek is to make the drive to Long Grove to check out his impressive Bavarian-inspired taproom. It features a 25-foot cathedral ceiling and an adjoining biergarten patio that invites patrons to enjoy a pint among the pines. Try the signature Marrvelous, a German-style Kölsch, or Red Headed Stepchild, made with mountains of real strawberries. 360 Historical Ln., buffalocreekbrewing.com

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The Freedom Drive corridor outlet of this national chain is known for its four madeon-site signature brews and rotating seasonal options. 1828 Abriter Ct., gcfb.net

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Many hops and fruits that find their way into owner Gary Meyer’s creations come from the New Lenox homestead where he nurtured his homebrewing hobby over more than two decades before getting into full-time brewing in 2016, opening the current taproom in 2018. 1005 W. Laraway Rd., hickorycreekbrewingil.com

Hop Butcher for the World DARIEN

As the name implies (a change from the original South Loop Brewing Co.), the focus in Darien is on the almost endless possibilities to be found in the humble hop—and these guys seem intent on pursuing every flavor and aroma in the IPA realm. 1000 N. Frontage Rd., hopbutcher.com

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Fox Valley Mall (in whose parking lot it resides) may be slowly succumbing to an unforgiving retail landscape, but Doug and Jan Isley’s seven-year-old brewpub is still going strong with its solid food menu and locally influenced beer. 4030 Fox Valley Center Dr., hopvinebrewingcompany.com

The creations of veteran brewer Nathan Tertell (Two Brothers, Lagunitas, Baderbräu) complement a food menu that leans heavily on Neapolitan-style pizzas incorporating Ike & Oak’s ale yeast in the dough of their chewy, blistered crusts. 6315 Main St., ikeandoakbrewing.com

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“Chatahoochee Delight (Pastry Sour) has a tart and fruity taste with a peach cobbler flavor, including the tastes and aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. A bit of lactose is added for a creamy mouthfeel.”

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The small-batch operation continues its steady growth trajectory with plans to soon open a full-fledged brewpub in the former Brixie’s in Brookfield to abet its exceedingly popular six-year-old Willow Springs taproom and patio. 501 Willow Blvd., imperialoakbrewing.com BEER SELECTION UNIQUE BREW

“Our anniversary beer Quiet Giant is a 14% ABV barrel-aged beer that we released in June. We brew multiple variants that include different spirit barrel aging treatments, as well as different combinations of fruit, nuts, and spices.”

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“Floyd Morningsides’ Sour Old Ale is one of a kind. Sweet and sour upfront, this mixed fermentation sour finishes clean (and slightly sour). And at 9% ABV, this dark, malty beer stays true to the Old Ale designation.” BREWER’S CHOICE

“Potentially the most dangerous beer in the western suburbs, our Brew Monkey was named for our brewmaster. When he’s behind the glass, working in the brewery, he often has people coming up and tapping on the windows. And why dangerous? It has a sweet, fruity character to it, but this Belgian Tripel is so smooth that you don’t even realize it has a 10% ABV.” NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / OCTOBER 2020 65


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While almost every brewery tries to offer some version of the Oktoberfest experience, few can boast the expansive space and traditional accoutrements of a legitimate Munich biergarten. The O’Hare departures flying overhead and the roar of traffic from nearby I-294 notwithstanding, there’s little to diminish the spirit of German “Gemütlichkeit” at this bastion of Bavarian festivity. 5500 Park Pl., hofbrauhauschicago.com

Lunar Brewing Co. VILLA PARK TR

Lunar definitely gives off more of a dive bar vibe than most taprooms in the area— albeit a dive bar with a very high-level beer selection. 54 E. St. Charles Rd.

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“While not unique or necessarily unusual, we will have an English Dark Mild in regular rotation on the tap list. It’s not a very popular style, but it’s a great classic that you just don’t see too often.” BREWER’S CHOICE

“Our LaGrange Lager is a light, crisp, refreshing easydrinking light lager.”

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With raves for the diverse food selection matching those for the beer lineup, it seems only a matter of time before More grows into something … more. 126 S. Villa Ave., morebrewing.com

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While the inner taproom may be more refined, the outer taproom at Miskatonic is where you’ll find the true beer nerds—chatting up the staff and enjoying their pints of West Coast Wizard with a clear view of the working brewhouse and cellar. 1000 N. Frontage Rd., miskatonicbrewing.com BEER SELECTION UNIQUE BREW

“What we currently have is Soubrette—a wild golden ale (a yeast-fermented American brew with less body, hop and malt) that we age in Chardonnay barrels. We then added different floral elements to give it a unique twist.”

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MyGrain Brewing Co. JOLIET K

Until Vince Turrise and Greg Lesiak opened MyGrain in 2017, Joliet was one of the most populous cities in America without a brewery. Also unusual? This brewpub is situated in one of the most unique locations in the western ’burbs—the lower level of Joliet’s old Union Station. 50 E. Jefferson St., mygrainbrewing.com

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The crew at Metal Monkey has built a loyal following of locals and out-of-towners alike at its comfortable, heavy metal-themed taproom over the past four years. 515 Anderson Dr., metalmonkeybrewing.com

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Thanks to the pandemic, LaGrange may have to wait a little longer to get its first craft brewery. In the meantime brothers Matt and Lucas Bumba and head brewer Erik Pizer have been selling meal kits via an online butcher shop/ marketplace while working to polish plans for a fall opening. 75 S. La Grange Rd., milkmoneybrewing.com BEER SELECTION

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Brewing in Lombard since 2014, the Noon Whistle crew recently expanded the original taproom, shifted the bulk of production to a new facility in Naperville (dedicating the Lombard site to more experimental brews), and added a kitchen with a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, and flatbreads. 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., noonwhistlebrewing.com

The recently expanded taproom will help absorb the crowds when Mother Nature eventually shuts down the popular patio overlooking the I&M Canal. 431 Talcott Ave., pollyannabrewing.com BEER SELECTION

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“We are known for our NEIPA Gummy series (Gummypocalypse, Squishy Gummy) and Sour Smack series (Smack That, Swanky Smack). The selection rotates throughout the year so customers always have a new variation to try.”

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“Cozmo Pale Ale is our flagship beer and is a must-try any day of the year. The crisp and balanced beer features Falconer’s Flight hops and gives off a grapefruit nose and light orange hue.”

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A prime downtown location makes this taproom a convenient spot to grab a brew after a stroll along the river or a ride on the nearby trails. Try Oktoberfest, a traditional German-style Märzen, available in the fall. 61 Main St., oswegobrewing.com BEER SELECTION UNIQUE BREW

“We brewed Snap Cocoa Pop as an experimental “pastry” stout a couple of years ago, and folks loved it. It is an extremely full-bodied imperial milk stout with chocolate rice cereal, cocoa nibs, lactose (milk sugar), and vanilla, ringing in at 12% ABV.”

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The newest of Pollyanna’s locations features live music, large garage doors that open to the outdoor patio, and—of course—a wide selection of the brewery’s signature creations. 106 S. Riverside Ave., pollyannabrewing.com

Noon Whistle Brewing With a new brewhouse taproom set to open in September, Naperville beer lovers will now be able to share in the Lombard tradition of cracking that first beer when the noon whistle blows. 1748 W. Jefferson Ave., noonwhistlebrewing.com

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This passion project from two Goose Island veterans has grown into one of the most popular and widely respected brands in the western suburbs over the past six years. 509 Stevens St., penrosebrewing.com BEER SELECTION

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“The Fun Size Milk Stout is brewed with peanuts, vanilla, cocoa nibs, and sea salt.”

Riverlands Brewing Co. ST. CHARLES TR

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“Every year, we brew a ‘Spontaneous’ beer here at the brewery and then take the wort in a coolship (a stainless vessel) to a local farm where the wort sits outside all night to be naturally inoculated with yeast from the air. We then transport the beer back to the brewery and age it in oak barrels for the next one to three years.”

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The recent pandemicinspired addition of an outdoor beer garden gives fans of this Tri-Cities up-andcomer a new fair-weather option for enjoying their favorite brews. 1860 Dean St., riverlandsbrewing.com BEER SELECTION BREWER’S CHOICE

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“Our go-to amongst staff would be our Dryft Mosaic IPA, a subtlely hopped and nice crushable IPA to get you through the day.”

“Yellow Kayak, our house German Pilsner, is without a doubt our Head Brewer’s beer of choice. Light and well-balanced, he’ll tell you that he drinks this more than any of our beers.”

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The Bolingbrook outlet of this national chain is a nightly draw for hungry and thirsty visitors to the Promenade complex. 639 E. Boughton Rd., spbhospitality.com BEER SELECTION

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The craft brewer of choice for the shopping mall set has been a mainstay at Yorktown for nearly a dozen years. 94 Yorktown Shopping Center, spbhospitality.com BEER SELECTION

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If the Candy Bar Brown Ale don’t satisfy your sweet tooth, you can always move to the food menu and try a brownie topped with stout-infused fudge sauce. 28256 Diehl Rd., spbhospitality.com

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“Twelve is a nitro-poured Scottish 70 shilling session ale at 3.7% ABV. Very few brew this style of beer in the U.S., so it is rarely seen on tap.”

Skeleton Key Brewery WOODRIDGE TR

Nothing says “paying it forward” like expanding your operation to offer classes and a hands-on incubator for aspiring craft brewers. 8102 Lemont Rd., skeletonkeybrewery.com BEER SELECTION UNIQUE BREW

“Our popular ‘Migratory’ Toasted Coconut Golden Ale is unusual because you most often find coconut in dark beers, but the light golden ale base really helps it shine. We toast our coconut by hand and add it to the fermenter within a day for maximum freshness. The result is a nutty, toasty coconut aroma and flavor.”

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John Barley has spent the better part of the past decade steadily building Naperville’s original homegrown craft brewery into one of the area’s most beloved and respected labels. Check out the 4,200-square-foot outdoor beer garden. 1661 Quincy Ave., solemnoathbrewery.com BEER SELECTION

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This longtime neighborhood spot in downtown Geneva was brewing traditional, straightforward beers for its Swedish vardshus long before the craft beer boom arrived. 306 W. State St., stockholmsbrewpub.com

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This multilevel concept devotes plenty of attention to its food and cocktail programs, but it wouldn’t be a Two Brothers outlet without a beating heart of craft beer love. 16 W. Jefferson, twobrothersbrewing.com BEER SELECTION

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“Mike’s Blend (5.4% ABV) is a perfect ratio of our State Street Pilsner and our Third Street Ale at the tap. The Pilsner opens up the complex malt flavors of the brown ale while still retaining a crisp finish.”

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Given the craft beer tidal wave that has emerged in its wake, it’s hard to remember back to a time when Jim and Jason Ebel’s original industrial park taproom was considered an odd curiosity rather than ground zero for an artisan empire. 30W315 Calumet Ave. W., twobrothersbrewing.com BEER SELECTION

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Locals rejoiced when Two Brothers decided to take over this historic property, knowing that the space would be well preserved and utilized, while they themselves would be well fed and refreshed. 205 N. Broadway, twobrothersbrewing.com BEER SELECTION UNIQUE BREW

“Our signature beer is Domaine DuPage. This French Country Ale is a ninetime award winner and one of the most iconic craft beers in the industry. It boasts a toasty caramel sweetness with just enough hops to cleanse the palate. Truly original, this flagship beer is a perfect dinner companion.”

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Wood-fired pizzas and creative sandwich options complement the tasty brews (not to mention whiskeys, cocktails, and wines) at this newish industrial-chic brewpub in downtown Glen Ellyn. 486 Pennsylvania Ave., 2houndred.com BEER SELECTION

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If you like what you’re drinking in the taproom, chances are many of the ingredients and supplies used to brew it are available around the corner at the brewery’s sister supply shop, Chicago Brew Werks. 14903 S. Center St., werkforcebrewing.com BEER SELECTION UNIQUE BREW

“Something that sets us a part are our experimental brews

and barrel program. Barrel Aged Farmhouse Vultures—a saison aged in Cabernet French oak red wine barrels and heavily fruited with blackberries and raspberries— has won gold medals at the national Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers.”

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The agrarian spirit of this small exurban community is well represented in the Obscurity crew’s dedication to locally sourced ingredients for its barbecue-heavy food selection, craft beers, and mead at this recently opened brewpub. And truth be told, most Naperville residents will likely be surprised to discover just how nearby a seemingly edge-of-the-world place like Elburn really is. 113 W. North St., drinkobscurity.com BEER SELECTION UNIQUE BREW

“Our most unique offering is our Craft Mead, or honey wine. Probably the world’s oldest alcoholic drink, mead is essentially fermented honey and water—but it can also be flavored with fruits, spices, grains and/or hops—and has a long and glorious history.”

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The brewery’s third and current moniker honors the Prohibition-era tales of booze supposedly flowing freely throughout Westmont’s history, as opposed to any propensity for actually making whiskey. 1115 Zygmunt Cir., whiskeyhillbrewing.com

Wolfden Brewing BLOOMINGDALE TR

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“Each of our Zombie series of golden pastry ales is inspired by a different dessert or treat (like Key lime pie or Kolaczki) and usually contains ingredients like milk sugar, vanilla, fruit, or graham crackers.” BREWER’S CHOICE

“Our Highlander Strong Polish pilsner is my favorite because it is crisp with plenty of hoppy character and easy to drink. I’ve always wanted to showcase a beer based on my Polish heritage. It’s brewed using a generous amount of Lubelski hops from Lublin, Poland.”

For those skittish about tossing back a pint inside the circa-1851 structure (that’s been dubbed the “most haunted brewery in Illinois”), owners Krys and Katie Wolf made sure there’s plenty of non-paranormal space to spread out in the expansive beer garden out back. 112 W. Lake St., wolfdenbrewing.com BEER SELECTION

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By Lisa Arnett

QUAD COUNTY URBAN LEAGUE’S 45 YEARS OF SERVICE

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Theodia Gillespie

Despite 2020’s challenges, the QCUL forges on Social programs, public policy, education, job training, housing and community development, entrepreneurship, quality of life—the work of the Aurora nonprofit is as varied as the people it serves. Naperville magazine sat down with president and CEO Theodia Gillespie to discuss her mission, her vision, and the injustices brought to light in recent months, all in the midst of a global pandemic. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / OCTOBER 2020 71


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he growing momentum behind the Black Lives Matter movement this summer has served as a powerful reminder of the injustice plaguing our communities. “George Floyd was the match that ignited the flame,” says Theodia Gillespie, president and CEO of Aurora’s Quad County Urban League. “These conditions [of inequality] have existed for a long time. What Urban Leagues … are working on is to … have policy and things in place so our children and our grandchildren do not have to experience what has happened in the last five months.” That work has been long-standing, both locally and nationally. The Quad County Urban League was founded in 1975 to support civil rights, racial justice, and economic empowerment for African Americans and other people of color in DuPage, Kane, Will, and Kendall Counties. The QCUL is one of 90 organizations under the umbrella of the National Urban League, a historic civil rights organization dedicated to equality and social justice since its founding in 1910. Gillespie started working for the QCUL in 1984 after studying social work and psychology at Southeast Missouri State University. She started in the education department, working on a program called Tomorrow’s Scientists, Technicians and Managers, which exposes minority middle and high school students to careers in math, science, technology, and business through field trips, projects, and study sessions. TSTM is just one program in the league’s varied lineup of services, which range from employment assistance and financial literacy education for adults to tutoring and college-prep programs for students. “[TSTM] was exciting for me because it allowed me to really expose young people to careers they were not as comfortable with

PREVIOUS SPREAD: PHOTO BY DOT WARD; THIS SPREAD: PHOTOS COURTESY QUAD COUNTY URBAN LEAGUE

(top) A solar panel installation demonstration in 2019 by a ComEd trainer in Construct, a nine-week workforce development training program. (bottom) Quad County Urban League volunteer Kerri Sims conducts a mock interview with Devonte Pointer, a 2018 Construct participant.


Theodia Gillespie, president and CEO of the Quad County Urban League

“We are not just for low-income individuals. Yes, we are here to help those who are down and out, but we are also here to provide that support for those individuals who may just need a little more push and support to get to the next level of their lives and their careers.”

and probably didn’t think they could pursue,” Gillespie says. She moved to St. Louis for two years before returning to Aurora and the QCUL in 1987—and she’s been there ever since. “I feel that I’m doing good and that’s what I need to be doing,” Gillespie says. “I worked my way up from education coordinator to program director, and from there I became president and CEO.” The league has remained committed to its original mission. “Everything we do at the Urban League is: How can we make a difference for individual lives and for their family and what they can contribute back to their community?” Gillespie says. “It’s about giving them the tools and resources to take care of their family and invest in the community in which they live. That’s my life.” Gillespie also serves on the boards of a number of local organizations, including the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry, the Waubonsee Foundation, the Fox Valley Park Foundation, Amita Health Mercy Medical Center Aurora, and the Dunham Fund. “It’s been my focus to partner with organizations that have similar goals and objectives as the Urban League to help individuals by providing the resources and the tools they need to be successful,” Gillespie says. Together with local corporate partners, the league offers a number of job-training programs. Every spring, ComEd and Nicor sponsor Construct, a nine-week training program to prep participants for entry-level jobs in utilities, technology, Construction, and related fields. Every fall the six-week Nicor Gas Career Academy prepares participants for careers in the utility industry, and Propel by Prologis does the same for the logistics industry. The latest Construct program was just a few weeks underway when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Starting in February, participants were meeting Monday through Thursday for coursework in math, mechanical concepts, and other industry-specific skills. On Fridays, NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / OCTOBER 2020 73


they attended events with partnered companies to learn about job requirements, interviewing, and résumé writing. “Once the pandemic happened, our events and stuff, they came to a halt,” says Construct participant Chaz Smith, 37. The league had to quickly pivot to virtual instruction for the program. “They provided us all laptops and we attended online classes every day,” Smith says. “We kept the ball rolling, we met every day, we studied online. We didn’t miss a beat.” Smith enrolled in the program to transition to a career with more long-term stability. “I spent a lot of time working in steel mills, which was a nonunion job. I was living week to week, check to check,” he says. Shortly after Smith started the Construct program, he lost his job as a warehouse worker due to pandemic-related layoffs. “[The QCUL] offered a lot of relief. They offered grocery cards; they paid my phone bill,” Smith says. “I was waiting for unemployment for almost a month because everything was so backed up. The program was really there for me.” Shortly after Construct ended this summer, Smith was hired as a civil Construction laborer for a ComEd subsidiary. “I have never been in a union before; I have great benefits and I pay into the union retirement plan,” he says. “I have a level of comfort now and I know that I’m not going to fall down to minimum wage again. This is definitely a career.” In a year that has already brought so much hardship, Smith feels encouraged to be starting a new chapter. “We are in a pandemic; 2020 has been terrible so far,” Smith says. “But honestly, I feel like I’m having a great year. I put in hard work in every day. I never missed a class, and it really paid off.” Despite the pandemic, fall is always a busy season for the QCUL. As of presstime, Gillespie was looking forward to its sixth annual Women’s 74 OCTOBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

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Chaz Smith, participant in the Quad County Urban League’s Construct job-training program

“When the pandemic really hit, I was laid off from [my job.] I was really in a bind. You get kind of low, thinking, ‘What am I going to do?’ Money is not coming in anymore. I can’t go get a job; everyone is laid off and it’s quarantine. I was really depending on the program.”


Empowerment Summit, which this year featured keynote speakers and fireside chats in a virtual format on September 17. The event also spotlighted more than a dozen local residents as Women of Power Honorees, including state comptroller Susana Mendoza, Wheaton College chief intercultural engagement officer Sheila Caldwell, and Cook County Young Democrats chairwoman Chakena Sims. Like many nonprofit organizations, the QCUL relies on an annual gala fundraiser to fuel its operating budget. Instead of hosting the Annual Equity Gala—a black-tie event that typically brings in about $200,000 in donations—in late October at a local hotel, the QCUL is planning a virtual fundraiser on October 24 to celebrate its 45 years of service with the help of sponsors. Individual tickets start at $75 and are available online at qcul.org. The organization is always seeking new volunteers to assist with everything from career coaching to mentoring. This fall, volunteers are especially needed to support two crucial initiatives, Gillespie says. The first is voter registration and voter education in preparation for the November 3 general election. “This is a heavy part of our civil rights arm,” Gillespie says. “We want people to understand their [voting] rights and what they need to do to exercise that right.” The second need is tutors for school-aged children and young adults. “The biggest concern we have right now is the impact on our children of color in terms of the education gap,” she says. “We would like to get more individuals to volunteer to tutor and help parents with education instruction that children will need during this time. Remote learning is going to have a huge impact on communities of color. I’m really concerned about the African American community the most, because the gap is wider for us than any other ethnic group.” Prospective volunteers can fill out a form online at visit qcul.org/get-involved.

(top) Students at Codeverse, part of the Tomorrow’s Scientist Technicians and Managers/Mathematicians Youth Mentoring Program for ages 11 to 18. (bottom) Participants learning to read meters in the Nicor Gas Career Academy, a six-week Workforce Development Training program for careers in the utilities industry.

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Virtual Glass Pumpkin Patch

Through October 11

Through October 17

October 1–31

EXHIBIT

SEASONAL

FUNDRAISER

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

FRENCH MARKET The summer tradition of obtaining fresh foods directly from vendors continues in downtown Wheaton. Both vendors and shoppers will be required 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 October 1–31 SEASONAL

PUMPKIN FEST See the Cosley Zoo animals in the crisp fall air, listen to the squeals of excitement from the children conquering the straw pyramid, and take in the hundreds of pumpkins scattered on the zoo’s lawn. Apples, gourds, pumpkins, cider, cornstalks, and various sizes of straw bales are available to purchase. Wheaton residents and members are free; nonmembers are $7 + processing fee. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. cosleyzoo.org

VIRTUAL CRYPT RUN/WALK The largest cemetery run in the country is back and it has gone virtual in 2020. This isn’t your average virtual race—prepare to be immersed in the macabre history of Chicago as you make your way through one of several creepy curated courses or design your own nightmare. There are kid-friendly/ faint-of-heart versions too. Registration includes a T-shirt, face mask, haunted Illinois audio tales throughout the 5K, 10K, or 1K course options, as well as livestream entertainment throughout October. Proceeds benefit Best Buddies of Illinois. $30 cryptrunwalk.com October 2 SPECIAL EVENT

FIRST FRIDAYS Experience art, music, and more at more than a dozen venues throughout downtown Aurora. 5 to 11 p.m. Downtown Aurora. auroradowntown.org

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October 3

October 5

FAMILY

CHARITABLE EVENT

October 3 & 4

October 5–November 13

FITNESS

SEASONAL

CREATURE DOUBLE FEATURE Enjoy a double feature of Beetlejuice and Ghostbusters outside on the big screen. Register for a reserved spot on the hill and bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Each spot will hold groups of six per 10-foot-by-10-foot square, assigned at check-in. Attendees must wear a face covering when coming and going and when social distancing cannot be maintained. Prior to attending event, please read safety guidelines online. No concessions will be sold. $10/reserved spot. 7 p.m. Van Kampen Stage, 1800 Short St., Lisle. lisleparkdistrict.org

ARBORETUM FALL COLOR 5K RUN AND WALK Satisfy your inner champion during a socially distant race through a scenic, rolling course at the Morton Arboretum. The run takes place on the East Side roads. Advanced registration required; start time must be selected during registration. The event fee includes a T-shirt, race packet, race bib with timing strip, access to run or walk the 5K course without vehicle traffic, and boxed water at the start and finish line. Run either day, or virtually. $37/ member; $42/nonmember. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL Route 53, Lisle. mortonarb.org

Virtual Crypt Run/Walk

COSLEY ZOO CLASSIC Join the Cosley Foundation for the 37th annual Mike Williams Cosley Classic Golf Outing. Tee off to support the important work of Cosley Zoo and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon at the beautiful Arrowhead Golf Club. All event proceeds support the zoo’s mission to create connections between people and animals that will inspire lifelong conservation of the natural world. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, low-contact contests, and lunch on the course. $400/twosome; $800/foursome. 10 a.m. Arrowhead Golf Club, 26W151 Butterfield Rd., Wheaton. cosleyzoo.org

SCARECROW CONTEST Take part in this festive event at Lyman Woods, open to all organizations, civic groups, families and businesses. Rally up your Scout troop, local club, or officemates and choose to construct either a traditional scarecrow, or a sharecrow—a scarecrow made with wildlife-friendly edible ingredients. Prizes will be available in different categories, and scarecrows will be displayed along the trails at Lyman Woods through October for all to see. Visit the website for more information and applications, available through October 4. $10/entry; free to visit. Lyman Woods Nature Center, 901 31st St., Downers Grove. dgparks.org Arboretum Fall Color 5K Run and Walk

October 10 SPECIAL EVENT

BIRD WALK St. James Farm is a great birding venue in all seasons. Join us at this wonderful 600-acre property, part of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. Cantigny bird walks are conducted in partnership with the DuPage Birding Club. Beginning birders and kids at least 8 years old (accompanied by an adult) are always welcome. Enjoy the full walk or stay for as long as you wish. A limited number of binoculars will be available. Meet in the main parking lot. Free. 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. St. James Farm, 2S541 Winfield Rd., Warrenville. cantigny.org October 10 FITNESS

FALL SCRAMBLE One of the last opportunities to enjoy tournament play for the season, this 18-hole format has the best shot from each four-person team selected as the recorded shot. Any amateur golfer 18 years of age or older with an official USGA handicap is eligible. Entry fee includes greens fees, range balls, and lunch. Trophies will be awarded to the winners. Call 630.848.5060 to register. $65/player; $260/team. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Springbrook Golf Course, 2220 W. 83rd St. golfnaperville.org October 10 FITNESS

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tured a bit different this year to comply with all health guidelines. A half-mile youth run is available for ages 5 to 11, and participants can also sign up for the virtual 5K and running in the safety of your own neighborhood. Participants must register online in advance; registration ends Wednesday, October 7 at noon. $40/adult. $30/youth. Youth Run first wave begins at 5:30 p.m.; the 5K Run/Walk first wave begins at 6 p.m. Lisle High School. 1800 Short St., Lisle. lisleparkdistrict.org

Bird Walk

October 10 SPECIAL EVENT

October 11 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

GARDEN PHOTO TIPS Put on your walking shoes, grab your camera, and take a walk with a veteran Cantigny volunteer photographer. You’ll receive guidance and enjoy general photo chat as you stroll slowly through the gardens. Be sure to register online Scarecrow Contest

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as the group will be limited to 10 individuals. Free with paid parking. 2 to 3 p.m. Cantigny Visitor Center, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. cantigny.org October 13 LECTURE

FERMILAB ART GALLERY TALK Fermilab artists-in-residence Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher will be discussing their work and the creative process of translating complex subjects—such as infinity, scale, and time— in this program, “Artists as Translators: Expressing Immense Ideas on a Human Scale.” Registration required. Free. 7:30 p.m. Online. events.fnal.gov October 14 LITERARY

VICTORIA “V.E.” SCHWAB Anderson’s Bookshops welcomes New York Times best-selling author V.E. Schwab for a virtual event to celebrate her new genre-defying tour de force, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue! Schwab has written more than a dozen books, including the acclaimed Shades of Magic series, Villains series, This Savage Song, and Our Dark Duet. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post, and more, and has been optioned for television and film. Schwab will be in conversation with fellow New York

Times best-selling author John Scalzi. This ticketed event requires advance purchase of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue! Purchase includes a copy of the book and access to the event. The first 100 people receive a personalized custom bookplate; the next 200 receive a signed custom bookplate. Remaining ticket holders will receive a signed Tor bookplate. All will receive a custom Addie art print, commissioned by Schwab for this tour. $10–$30. 6 p.m. Online. andersonsbookshop.com October 14–18 SPECIAL EVENT

VIRTUAL GLASS PUMPKIN PATCH The Morton Arboretum Glass Pumpkin Patch returns, in an online format, with handblown glass art. Virtually explore a dazzling online collection of handblown glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs. Shop online and pick up curbside at the Thornhill parking lot. A link to the sale will be posted on the website October 14. Free. Online. mortonarb.org October 23–December 20 EXHIBIT

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT: ARCHITECTURE OF THE INTERIOR Through detailed reproduction drawings and photographs, this exhibit illustrates the myriad ways—both obvious and subtle—in which Frank Lloyd

PHOTOS COURTESY CANTIGNY, DOWNERS GROVE PARK DISTRICT

A WALK TO REMEMBER The 16th annual memorial event sponsored by Share is going virtual in 2020. Share is a support group for those who have experienced a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or neonatal death. Participants are encouraged to walk their chosen route on or around Oct. 10. The event includes an online memorial service that day, featuring music, poetry, and a reading of baby names, as well as photos of walk participants. T-shirts will be available for preorder when registering. Participants will pick up a packet with program information prior to the event that includes the Facebook Live link. Register online by Sept. 15 if you would like your baby’s name read during the event. EEHealth.org/walktoremember


Wright created the visual character of an interior space, with each object acting as an essential detail of the large whole. Online reservations are required for this national touring exhibit from International Arts & Artists. Free. Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. elmhurstmuseum.org October 24 FAMILY

MONSTER MADNESS A festive autumn fun fair filled with friendly games, ghouls, animals, and goodies. Perfect for ages 10 and under. Families can register for time slots based on availability. Noon to 2 p.m., 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., or 5 to 7 p.m. $10/ punch card. Lisle Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio St, Lisle. lisleparkdistrict.org October 24–25 MUSIC

THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS New Philharmonic will broadcast its performances from the McAninch Arts Center for online audiences. American

composer John Williams has written some of the most popular, recognizable, and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history. Williams has won 24 Grammy Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. With 51 Academy Award nominations, he is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. The American Film Institute selected Williams’s score to 1977’s Star Wars as the greatest American film score of all time. Hear selections from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Superman, E.T., Harry Potter, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Jaws. Purchase tickets online and experience a virtual performance with the Mac’s New Philharmonic. October 24, 7:30; October 25, 3 p.m. $40/household. Virtual. atthemac.org October 27 FAMILY

KID ROCK MUSIC All little pumpkins ages 1 to 5 years old are invited to a Spook-tacular dance

party (with an adult). Have fun singing songs about decorating pumpkins, wearing costumes, trick-or treating, and more. A variety of musical instruments and movement props will be used. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Registration required. No parking fee. $10/member child; $12/nonmember child. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Cantigny Park, Joseph Medill Room, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. cantigny.org October 31 CHARITABLE EVENT

BLOOD DRIVE To help with the ongoing need for blood donations during the coronavirus pandemic, the Naperville Park District is hosting a blood drive at its Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center in partnership with Versiti Blood Center of Illinois. Appointments are encouraged to ensure social distancing guidelines can be followed. Call 800.7TO .GIVE or visit versiti.org/IL to register. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community Hall, 305 W. Jackson Ave. napervilleparks.org

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SPOTLIGHT

DON GINGOLD Your “Ghost Host” again takes the outdoor stage as emcee for a Summer Place Theatre autumn tradition Interview by Mark Loehrke CONJURING SCARES IN AN ALREADY SCARY WORLD We like to focus on things that are very escapist—ghosts and monsters and things like that—as opposed to some kind of apocalyptic or viral story. We don’t need to use reality to scare people right now— it’s scary enough. READING THE ROOM Even though some of our shows are G-rated while others are PG-13 for older kids, we still get some smaller kids at the later shows. But the nice thing about even some of the more intense stories is that at the end, our storyteller always gives a sly little smile so the audience knows that the tale has concluded, the twist has been sprung, and everything is fine. A THEATRICAL LIFELINE The rest of the Summer Place world has been upended and canceled entirely for the time being. But storytelling really lends itself well to spacing people out and being outside and keeping everything really safe. So we’re looking forward to providing people with a little bit of relief and a creative outlet for getting away from their day-to-day pandemic concerns.

Ghost Stories in the Park … In the Dark October 2–4 | Tickets: $7 Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, Naperville summerplacetheatre.org napervilleparks.org

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