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BEHIND THE SHOOT If only you could have smelled the amazing aroma coming from Liam Brex in early October, when we created the food photography for this month’s cover story. The gorgeous kitchen showroom in downtown Naperville was the perfect spot to host five suburban chefs and a photography team, who took over both kitchens. The Drake Oak Brook executive chef Ezequiel Dominguez and sous chef Isavel Vivaldo (shown) took on the sage stuffing (p. 86) that is a favorite of Drake owners Jim and Tely Nagle.
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y first Thanksgiving was nerve-racking, to say the least. After about 30 years of serving perfect late-November feasts, my mother decided to retire (prompted by a downsize) and was passing the turkey/stuffing/gravy baton on to me. I accepted the challenge with one caveat: that my Thanksgiving wouldn’t necessarily be her Thanksgiving. Both sides of my family include professional chefs, and the bar is very, very high: Store-bought is frowned upon, and homegrown is encouraged. But I have less oven space (and less ambition) than others, so things would have to shift to accommodate my kitchen (and my patience). I scoured the internet months in advance for recipes and instructions that made sense for my brain and my timeline. For most of us, it makes sense to prepare as much in advance as possible, mixing make-ahead dishes in with those can be served room-temperature, with little that needs to be done at the last minute. The frantic dash to the dining-room finish line—with water poured, wine opened, candles lit, and all dishes steaming hot—is a goal that requires a lot of forethought. Our beautiful cover story on pages 85 to 99—plus department stories like “Expert Advice,” “Market,” and “Recipe”—offer delicious and practical solutions for a home-cooked holiday from myriad suburban entertainment experts. We put this package together so you can start your holiday season off properly—concentrating on family and friends, celebrating each other and the blessings you’ve experienced this year.
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INFLUENCERS, EVENTS AND ISSUES ON OUR WEST SUBURBAN RADAR linois. Those laws are still in place and will be enforced,” DiSanto says. The law also prohibits cannabis use near someone underage, as well as near on-duty school bus drivers, police officers, firefighters, or corrections officers.
CANNABIS Q&A Local experts explain the nuances surrounding statewide legalization in 2020 By Christie Wilhite
llinois lawmakers who worked to allow the recreational use of cannabis envision a more-just state where minorities and the poor aren’t being targeted by the prohibition of a common drug—one that may be less harmful than alcohol. But detractors fear the Illinois we’ll see after the law takes effect January 1 will be a place where drug culture is normalized and police are left to navigate a minefield of legal questions the legislation doesn’t answer.
As suburban communities discuss whether to allow future recreational cannabis sales, we talked with Naperville Police Chief Bob Marshall and City Attorney Mike DiSanto to explore the impact the law might have locally. Generally, what changes when the law takes effect on January 1? Currently Illinois allows for medical cannabis use, and recreational users found in possession of up to 30 grams
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of cannabis receive a citation similar to a traffic ticket, Marshall says. Beginning January 1, recreational users 21 and older can possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower, five grams of cannabis concentrate, and 500 milligrams of THC (the active element in cannabis) when infused in other products. Visitors to Illinois are allowed half as much and are not permitted to leave the state with it. “Underage use and possession will still be illegal in Il-
Where will smoking and cannabis use be allowed? The law allows use only on private property, and bans use in cars and in public spaces like parks, schools, and city streets. Landlords and condo associations will be allowed to ban use as well. “It’s similar to the laws governing alcohol use, but in some ways, it’s stricter,” DiSanto says. “You can’t ingest it in a restaurant or any public place.” But Marshall points out that the law doesn’t define “private property.” “It’s not clear what that means. Is that only indoors, or can you smoke on the back porch or in your driveway? We’re still trying to figure out what it means,” Marshall says. “Clarifications could be brought about by case law. Officers may have to cite someone and have it run through the court system for a ruling.” Marshall says he can envision a homeowner hosting a gathering where people are smoking marijuana on private property, but the smoke and smell drift into the neighbor’s yard, irritating nonusers and testing the limits of what it means to use “near” someone underage. “That’s where we’re going to get the calls,” he says. “And parties where people under 21 are present, we will be
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monitoring that just as we do with underage alcohol use.” Down the line, the law allows businesses with recreational sales licenses to apply for permits for onsite consumption, opening the door to cannabis bars or restaurants serving cannabis-infused food, but DiSanto says officials haven’t seen that pursued yet. Will stores be popping up all over the suburbs? Initially recreational licenses are limited to existing medical dispensaries, which can apply now for those licenses. New vendors can apply for one of 75 dispensing licenses that will be available beginning May 1, and another 110 licenses available beginning December 21, 2021. Municipalities also are able to opt out of recreational sales. “The state has given us control over recreational cannabis businesses, and that’s the big issue before municipalities,” DiSanto says. Many local leaders are taking a wait-and-see approach, saying the state gave local governments little time to plan for what recreational sales and use would look like in their towns. Naperville has opted out until voters weigh in by referendum. The 3C Compassionate Care Center on Quincy Avenue was among the first medical dispensaries in the state to receive a recreational sales license, but it will not be able to begin general sales while the city’s ban remains in place. North Central College has announced cannabis will continue to be banned on campus. Similarly, Lisle is considering a local ban while eyeing a referendum. Bolingbrook has opted out, and Wheaton and Bloomingdale
plan to. Meanwhile, St. Charles, Bartlett, Lombard, and North Aurora plan to permit recreational sales. “In the zoning code, there are regulations of medical cannabis dispensaries, but the city doesn’t have regulations specific to recreational sales,” DiSanto says. “If that’s allowed in the future, I would expect requirements similar to the existing laws for medical dispensaries, and there are limits in the [state] law.” In Naperville, a medical dispensary is a permitted use in some industrial zones and could be allowed in some commercial areas, giving city officials some discretion over whether it would be appropriate in a specific location, DiSanto says. What other concerns does the law enforcement community have? Active with the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, which opposed the legislation, Marshall has been looking at the impact recreational use has had on communities similar to Naperville in Colorado, California, and Washington state. They’ve seen increases in driving under the influence, crashes and traffic fatalities, as well as in underage use and in overdosing, he says. “When I was growing up and friends were putting on the pressure, I could always fall back on, ‘It’s illegal and I don’t want to break the law’ as an excuse,” Marshall says. “Kids can’t use that anymore. I’m just concerned this will make it seem acceptable for them.” Illinois has a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of cannabis, Marshall says, but testing is an issue. There isn’t a reliable roadside testing
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LEARNING FROM COLORADO A look at a 2018 report that was published by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice Office of Research and Statistics five years after legalization in that state recognized the challenges involved with interpreting data. Its executive summary cited a lack of historical data, enforcement of conflicting regional laws, and decreasing social stigma (which can affect reporting trends) make it difficult to translate the findings (shown below) directly to outcomes.
Decrease in marijuana arrests between 2012 and 2017
Police officers trained to recognize drug use in driver behavior from 2012 to 2018
Decrease in DUI citations issued from 2014 to 2017
Increase in fatalities with cannabinoidpositive drivers
of adults used marijuana in the past 30 days (compared with 13.6% in 2005 to 2006)
Hospitalizations related to marijuana (compared with 803 in 2001 to 2009)
Increase in state revenue from taxes, licenses & fees
system for cannabis (like the Breathalyzer test for alcohol), and cannabis stays in the system beyond the effects of impairment. Police departments will be relying heavily on the experience of officers who are drug recognition experts, a designation achieved through a 40-hour training course, he says. Naperville currently has one officer with DRE training. Before the law takes effect, “we’ll be talking to the state’s attorney’s office about when we stop someone who appears to be over the limit and impaired [to ask] what kind of evidence will they want to see,” Marshall says. The law also creates a task force to establish best practices for determining whether a driver is under the influence. “The good thing is that we have models from other states that we can learn from,” Marshall says. “We’re trying to slow the process down and work through as many issues as we can.” How does the law go beyond the decriminalization law of 2016? Not only will possession of personal amounts of cannabis be legal, but records automatically will be expunged of past citations, arrests, and convictions for possession of amounts that are allowable under the new law—so long as the possession was not connected to a violent crime. People convicted of possession of larger amounts also can petition for expungement in the absence of a violent crime. The law also makes it easier for members of marginalized communities to become involved with the legal recreation cannabis business, by lowering startup costs and giving added weight to their licensing applications.
SOURCE: “IMPACTS ON MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION IN COLORADO: A REPORT PURSUANT TO SENATE BILL 13-283,” COLORADO DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
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erhaps in this era of streaming TV, the emotional twists and turns of the ongoing Fifth Avenue project north of downtown Naperville could be ripe fodder for a binge-worthy reality series. But until Hollywood comes calling, the drama will just continue to play out in council meetings and community coffee klatches as the city, neighborhood residents, and representatives of developer Ryan Companies try to find common ground on the 13-acre and now nearly $288 million development. Attempting to address community feedback—and pushback—to several previous proposals, the developer introduced a revised concept for the site in late September, one touting reduced density, more commuter parking, additional green space, increased sustain22 NOVEMBER 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
ability efforts and an affordable housing component (see sidebar). The new proposal slashes plans for 395 market-rate rental units down to 275–300, changes the number of row houses from 13–37 to 30–35, and eliminates an initial plan for 51 condominiums. As for one of the major sticking points of the original proposal, the new concept includes 1,934 commut-
AFFORDABILITY FACTOR Responding to a request from the City Council that at least 20 percent of the Fifth Avenue housing be classified as affordable, between 50 and 70 of the 375 to 430 multifamily and row house residential units included in the new Ryan Companies concept would be built and priced for households earning less than the average median income. In addition, 20 to 25 “workforce” units would have affordable rents, assuming a Naperville municipality or public employee single-person household income with no more than 30 percent of salary spent on rent and utilities.
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RIVERSIDE BRIDE A Naperville-loving couple weds on Water Street By Lisa Arnett
hough Gina Coleman and Tom Day both grew up in Wheaton and recently moved to Chicago’s Gold Coast, much of their love story revolves around Naperville. A friend of Coleman’s happened to be dating Day’s roommate, which led to their first meeting at a get-together of mutual friends in Naperville five years ago. They exchanged numbers and were in touch again the next day. “I don’t think we ever stopped talking since the day we met,” says Coleman, 26, a digital marketing account manager for C-4 Analytics in Chicago. “She likes to talk
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and I like to listen a lot,” says Day, 28, a sales arborist for the Davey Tree Expert Company in Wheeling. “We get along really well in that aspect!” They later moved into a Naperville apartment together and adopted a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Quigley, named for their favorite downtown Naperville pub. In the spring of 2016, Day popped the question to Coleman at home and surprised her with an engagement party of family and friends gathered on their building’s terrace. Their rehearsal dinner was in another beloved hangout, Empire.
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Their wedding began with an outdoor ceremony at Naperville Country Club, where they recited their vows under a greenery-draped wooden arch handcrafted by a friend. Day, a White Sox season ticket holder, surprised Coleman by bringing along their jerseys to wear for a photo op after the ceremony. Together with their bridal party, they boarded a bright white trolley and rode to the Naperville Riverwalk to take photos before their reception for 180 guests at Elements at Water Street in the Hotel Indigo. Though feasting, toasting, and dancing with their guests made for a night of celebration, one of their most treasured moments as a newlywed couple took place before the wedding reception even started. “We got to go into the reception space before the cocktail hour was over,” Coleman says. “It was so nice and quiet … and we got to walk around and see everything before anyone else came in.”
WEDDING DETAILS Venue Naperville Country Club and Elements at Water Street at Hotel Indigo, Naperville Bride’s attire Lovers Society gown from Lovely Bride, Chicago Bridesmaid’s attire Amsale gowns from Brideside, Chicago Hair and makeup Luxe Traveling Hair & Makeup Team, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire Men’s Wearhouse, various locations Catering Elements at Water Street at Hotel Indigo, Naperville Music Soda (ceremony musicians and reception band) Cake DeEtta’s, Naperville Florist Amy Constanzo, Aim Studios Invitations Mitch Rice, the bride’s uncle Rings New York Jewelers, Chicago Transportation Way To Go Trolley & Bus Rental, Palatine Videographer Anchored Films, West Chicago
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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Strategies to achieve the most house-proud season yet By Cara Sullivan
f your humble abode looks like something out of a Nancy Meyer film, then sure, there’s no place like it. But for the rest of us, getting our home to a state that’s even remotely celebration-worthy requires a whole lot of strategic sprucing—and that’s where Catherine Gibel, lead organizer at Naperville’s Less is More, comes in. THE METHOD Focus your efforts on guest spaces—the entryway, kitchen, living room, bathroom, and guest room—and leave the rest for #notnow. With a goal of wrapping things up a day or two before your hosting duties commence, schedule Gibel’s room-by-room action plan, below, into your calendar. The entryway Remove shoes, clothing, backpacks, sports equipment, mail— the stuff of everyday life that adds clutter. Maximize closet space by clearing out off-season and outgrown coats, then add extra hangers and a clean boot tray. Extra credit: Add an over-the-door hook rack for guests’ handbags. The kitchen Toss expired foods from the refrigerator and pantry. Clear the counter of paperwork, projects, off-season housewares, and infrequently used appliances. Mop the floors, clean the sink, and empty the dishwasher, garbage, and recycling bins. Extra credit: Place a serving bowl filled with citrus fruit on the counter. 28 NOVEMBER 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
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The living room Wipe down any flat surfaces, purging clutter along the way. Vacuum the rugs, sofas, and chairs. Fold throw blankets into a basket and spritz an essential oil spray on all fabrics (lemon and rosemary is her go-to). Extra credit: Set a vase of greenery or fresh flowers on the coffee table.
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The bathroom Scrub the tub and/or shower. Wipe down the toilet, sink, mirror, and countertop, leaving only hand soap, lotion, and a candle. Mop the floor and empty the garbage can. Stock the vanity with extra toilet paper and tissues and refresh the hand towels. Extra credit: Fill the medicine cabinet with travelsized amenities.
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The guest room Empty a dresser drawer or two and clear hanging space in the closet. Dust and vacuum. Change the sheets and set out two clean bath towels and washcloths per person. Extra credit: Hang a framed chalkboard with a welcome message, your Wi-Fi network and password, and TV/coffee pot instructions.
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Start your holiday out with Geneva’s festive Holiday House Tour, December 6 & 7. This annual event features ﬁve architecturally unique homes decked with boughs of holly and festive Christmas décor. These lovely homes, aglow with holiday spirit, are sure to inspire decorating and entertaining ideas for your own home. Tickets are $35 each and go on sale in mid-October. Visit genevachamber.com for more details.
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CO-PARENTING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
The twinkling lights, the crackle of a ﬂame in the ﬁreplace, the sound of children’s feet scampering down the hallway Christmas morning to see what Santa has left under the tree - these are the moments we yearn for as the holiday season approaches. But for many families, the underlying feeling this time of year isn’t excitement and magic, it’s anxiety and stress. For many families, the idea of co-parenting and sharing time with your ex is anything but magical. Some families are sharing the holidays for the very ﬁrst time. While others are realizing it’s the last shared holiday with their child who is about to turn 18 and can soon
decide for him or herself where they want to spend it next year. The attorneys at Grunyk Family Law in Naperville understand the difﬁcult nature of co-parenting during the holidays and offer some strategies to these families that are applicable during the rest of the year as well. DEVELOP A THOROUGH PARENTING AGREEMENT Parenting agreements are legal documents that outline your rights and obligations as a parent and they address parenting time for every holiday and school break until the child turns 18. If they are drawn up incorrectly or insufﬁciently, it can cause a lot of frustration and a signiﬁcant loss of time and money down the road if they need to be re-written. These agreements are designed to protect your children, you and the other parent. They should be completed by an experienced family law attorney who is capable of offering the “what if” scenarios. It may be difﬁcult to envision these potential situations that would require referring back to the agreement, but preparation is crucial. Grunyk Family Law Partner Leah Setzen goes on to say, “The goal is to take the agreement and put it in a drawer and never look at it again - but it’s there if you need it. It covers everything.” COMMUNICATION Communication is key to all successful relationships. The same is true for co-parenting. From deciding whether to get your middle school child a cell phone for Christmas to allowing them to spend winter break in Mexico on vacation, open communication can mitigate a lot of confusion and frustration for parents and children alike. Compare calendars and plan ahead. If you feel like you need help communicating effectively, mediation may be an option for you. Mediation is a great problemsolving tool for co-parents. Furthermore, sometimes adjustments need to be made to a parenting agreement
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and mediation can be utilized for this purpose. Prior to 2016 the State of Illinois used terms like, “custody and visitation” to describe the rights of custodial and noncustodial parents. However, now the term “allocation of parenting time and responsibility” is used in an effort to suggest more ﬂexibility and compassion when addressing co-parents. It is also easier to make minor changes to the parenting agreement when circumstances change in a family. TRADITIONS: HONORING YOUR EX’S CUSTOMS AND MAKING NEW MEMORIES Many families have holiday traditions. Maybe it’s Christmas Eve at Grandma Nancy’s house, or maybe one parent celebrates a different religious holiday. Perhaps in a family with parents of the same sex, there is an issue over who gets to celebrate Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. When developing a parenting agreement, consider what’s important to you and the other parent involved. Which traditions can be upheld? Where is there some ﬂexibility? Adversely, if every year you are alternating where your children wake up on Christmas morning, don’t forget that YOU have the power to make ANY day Christmas. A positive attitude is vital when it comes to co-parenting. Your children will love spending time with you on Thanksgiving Day or the weekend before. It’s you they care about and the focus should be on the memories and the time spent together, not the speciﬁc date. The reality is, you’re going to have to share time with your ex, so focus on the time you have with your child and get excited about making new memories.
“Don’t try to control what you can’t. This is your chance to make new traditions.” -Associate Attorney Jessica Larsen
PLAY NICE AND SET A GOOD EXAMPLE Children know when their parents aren’t getting along. If you ﬁnd co-parenting during the holidays to be difﬁcult because of the other adult, imagine your child’s perspective. If you want to preserve the magic of the holidays, you need to keep your kids out of your disagreements. “Your children are learning from you, and you want them to learn about what a healthy relationship looks like,” says Partner Hilary Sefton. You may not like your ex’s new spouse or maybe you disagree over how much money to spend on holiday or birthday gifts, but putting your child’s needs ﬁrst is critical to co-parenting. Let that be the one thing you can agree on. Maybe you
Your kids are always watching you. Be mindful of the things you say in front of them.” - Partner Vicki Kelly
both attend the winter school concert or take a family picture. Simply greeting each other at a sporting event can help smooth a lot of tension and make communication and ﬂexibility easier in the future. These are the things you want your child to remember. Ultimately, you want to enjoy the holidays, and getting along is key to that even if just for the sake of your kids. Just because you are no longer with the other parent, doesn’t mean you can’t have a respectful and considerate rapport.
Co-parenting can be difﬁcult to navigate and doing so during the holiday season can be especially challenging. In a perfect world, both parents would be able to set their differences aside and come together to make memories as a family. However, when that isn’t possible, the strategies listed above can help to alleviate some of the frustration that comes with sharing this season with your ex and ensuring that your children experience the enchantment and wonder of the holidays. The attorneys at Grunyk Family Law are passionate advocates for all families and they have experience representing individuals of different cultures, religions and sexual orientations. Every family is truly unique and the Grunyk Family Law team tailors their approach to meet the individual needs of every client. They are committed to helping couples and families achieve their goals while maintaining dignity and self-respect.
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THANKFULLY GIVING Siblings team up in support of Aurora’s Hesed House
s the Thanksgiving season approaches and we reflect on what we are grateful for, family, friends, and good health often come to mind. Matt Hebel and Michelle Kolenda include Hesed House on that list. While they’ve never stayed at the homeless shelter, they have spent more time there than most as volunteers for the past 15 years. Located in Aurora, Hesed House is the second-largest homeless shelter in Illinois. More than 7,000 volunteers from over 90 area churches, businesses, and service organizations assist in its mission to help individuals and families experiencing homelessness. 34 NOVEMBER 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
Hebel and Kolenda—siblings who grew up in Naperville—run the Hesed House Ministry at Good Shepherd Church. Every other month, on the second Wednesday and Thursday, the duo coordinates all the volunteers needed to prepare and serve three meals at the shelter. That includes spending weeks collecting food and cash donations in order to provide the residents with dinner, breakfast, and a sack lunch. “We are very blessed with the donations we get at Good Shepherd. We’re able to make some really good meals,” Hebel explains. Hebel and Kolenda’s parents instilled a strong sense of service in their five
children—something the siblings are passing on to the next generation. “I’m pretty sure all of our siblings and spouses have served at Hesed House at one point. Michelle’s children have also served there,” Hebel says. His children are too young to help onsite, so they often bake cakes and cookies for the meals. “It’s an easy way for them to give back. They love it when I tell them how quickly their desserts went and how much they were appreciated,” he says. Hebel and Kolenda’s volunteer work is much more than just preparing and serving meals. “Because we’ve cooked and served there for so many years, it’s easy to forget that it’s not just about
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the food. It’s really about engaging the with the people staying there,” Kolenda explains. Her brother agrees: “The food is a need. The shelter is a need. But even more than that, the guests need human interaction, respect, and dignity. They may be struggling this week or this year, but they are just people and need someone to talk to. More often than not, they have a bigger impact on me than I probably have on them,” he shares. The siblings know firsthand the positive impact the shelter has. “There are countless stories that are touching and have had a big impact on me. There are some guests we see once and never see again. I judge it a success if I don’t see them the next time,” Hebel explains. “Then there are those we’ve been seeing since we started and have built relationships with.” One woman who spent a long time in the shelter
They may be struggling this week or this year, but they are just people and need someone to talk to. More often than not, they have a bigger impact on me than I have on them. —Matt Hebel with her two children now gives back to the volunteers by cooking for them during coordinator meetings. “Now that she’s back on her feet, she wants her kids to know that it’s important to give back,” Kolenda says. “I am truly thankful for Hesed House,” Hebel says. “It’s an amazing place. It’s somewhere that most people don’t want to go to, but when they need to, it’s there to help them with education, job skills, job placement, or even just a hot meal. Michelle and I love it.” “It’s amazing to me how many people don’t know there is a shelter so close to home,” Kolenda says. “There are so many ways you can get involved, even if you don’t belong to a church.” A list of volunteer and donation opportunities can be found at hesedhouse.org.
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FIRST LOOK A real estate open house with a cause
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1 Michael and Emily Hojjat. 2 Fabio Brancati, Dennis Delgado, Isabel Andrews, and Scott Gerami. 3 Rachel Rohn and Cathy Cundiff. 4 Tanjie Brewer and Nela Corcau. 5 The 12,000square-foot English manor boasts seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms on three acres of property.
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n October 4, over 100 people attended a fundraiser for Imerman Angels at a $4 million property for sale at 24W141 Hobson Road in Naperville. The fundraiser/open house marked the first time this Englishstyle home, inspired by a 19th-century castle, was open to the public. Guests previewed the 12,000-square-foot residence while enjoying fine wines, hors d’oeuvres, chocolates, live music, and a photo booth. Hosted by the property’s listing agents Fabio Brancati and Scott Gerami, the event raised nearly $1,000 for Imerman Angels; development director Isabelle Andrews was in attendance. The charity’s mission is to provide personalized connections that enable one-on-one support to cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers. Imerman Angels pairs individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers with “Mentor Angels”—people who have faced cancer themselves, and now volunteer to offer support to others in a similar situation. Parings are customized by type of cancer, age, stage, and location. For more information, visit imermanangels.org.
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layers from a men’s 50+ softball league through the Naperville Park District now have a third feather in their baseball cap: another gold medal from the 2019 National Senior Games. Eight players from the district’s rec league also make up half of a regional team, the Challengers, which is part of Senior Softball USA. The eight Naperville players on the Challengers team are: Chris Argianis, John Fieser, Rich Fleming, Steve Gadja, Larry Hall, George Pappas, John Patti (manager), and Tom Vancura.
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Patti (shown, seventh in back row) recalls one exciting moment in the 2019 competition: “In the third game, the Challengers trailed the Four Seasons (from Washington/Oregon) by eight runs going into their last at-bat,” says Patti. “With two outs and still trailing by six runs, 85-year-old Chris Argianis
stepped to the plate and hammered the ball deep into right center field for a grand slam. The inspired team then scored three more times for the victory.” With a batting average of over .600, the team looks forward to competing in the 2021 National Senior Games in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.—MD
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HEALING FIELD OF HONOR This inspirational display of the Stars and Stripes, Remembering a Century of Heroes and Heritage, again will be displayed on Rotary Hill. Flags in tribute to the American Legion, and the veterans who make up their ranks, are supported through donations, sponsorships, and volunteers. healingfield.org/naperville19
Thursday, November 7
DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE LIGHTS UP! Kicking off the holiday season, Downtown Naperville will officially come to light with treetops and rooftops illuminated for the very first night of the season at 5 p.m. Ooh, ah! This will transform Downtown Naperville into a magical wonderland with welcoming lights in recognition of special days in November and the magical holiday season. Stores will be open later this night, too!
Monday, November 11
VETERAN’S DAY Show appreciation to members of the armed forces at a Veteran’s Day remembrance ceremony at Rotary Hill, by the Millenium Carillon. Join Judd Kendall VFW 3873 at 11 a.m. for patriotic music and thoughtful reflection about the history of the day. 40 NOVEMBER 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
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Saturday, November 16 to Sunday, November 17
DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND Wander through the shops downtown all weekend for some early-bird holiday savings and stock-up sales! Enjoy around town musical entertainment and lively decorations, plus special sales and surprises at many downtown shops. www.downtownnaperville.com Saturday, November 16
ILLUMINATE MAIN STREET Come experience Main Street Promenade’s holiday walk-through ornament—the perfect spot for a family photo. Free and open to the public. 55 S. Main Street, by Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House. The ornament will be illuminated every night from November 16 until December 27.
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Thursday, November 28
NAPERVILLE’S TURKEY TROT The annual Naperville Noon Lions Turkey Trot 5K Run starts and ends at Naperville Central High School at 8 a.m. Visit www.napervilleturkeytrot.com for details. Many downtown eateries will be open for celebration post race and pre-turkey; visit www.downtownnaperville.com. Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 29
LITTLE FRIENDS PARADE OF LIGHTS! Bundle up and enjoy an evening of festivities, brightly lit floats and musical entertainment: 6:30 p.m. Join us as we get ready to welcome the parade! Musical entertainment from local school and performing groups will take place in front of the viewing stand at Jefferson & Webster Streets. 7 p.m. Little Friends Parade of Lights begins led by Grand Marshals Ray and Marilyn Jones along with their family, who have been longtime supporters of the agency! Alongside Little Friends staff, those they serve, their families, and friends, celebrate this exciting annual tradition featuring costumed characters, festive floats, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus! The parade will step off from Centennial Beach, traveling east down Jackson Street. The route will turn north onto Webster where it will pass by the viewing stand, then head west on Van Buren, ending at Naper School. This is a night not to be missed! 8 to 9 p.m. At the conclusion of the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with children at the Santa House at Jackson Avenue and Webster Street, on the Riverwalk. What a magical way to enjoy the holiday season downtown!
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Friday, November 29 to Sunday, December 1
HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS WEEKEND Shop Downtown Naperville with amazing holiday offers all over downtown! Enjoy BIG sales and fun this special holiday weekend at all downtown stores and restaurants. Don’t get gobbled up by your computer! Bring your family downtown and do your holiday shopping with the personalized assistance of Downtown Naperville shops! Visit www.downtownnaperville.com for special weekend sales. Friday, November 29
FAMILY DAY & NIGHT DOWNTOWN! Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend by bringing the entire family downtown for a lively day leading up the Little Friends Parade of Lights. Get your holiday shopping done together and make lunch and dinner reservations early to have a front row seat. November 29–December 20
COME FIND THE ELVES! Come find all of Santa’s magic elves hiding out in downtown shops! They may be hiding in the store windows or inside the business. Children of all ages are invited to visit www. downtownnaperville.com starting November 22 to print off a list of where the elves may be found—with many chances to win prizes if they find them all! They’ll be hiding, come find them! November 29–December 20
LETTERS TO SANTA MAILBOX Santa is very eager to receive the holiday wish lists of kids! Find the painted Santa Mailbox near Main Street and Van Buren by the Van Buren Parking Lot (across from Giordano’s). Drop in your letter including your wish list and Santa’s magic elves will fast-track letters right to Santa Claus for review! Best of all, kids will receive a personalized note in the mail! No postage required or cost. Just remember to include your return address. Ho, Ho, Ho! (See Santa in person too at the Santa House on the Riverwalk). Through the Holiday Season
NAPERVILLE SUNRISE ROTARY HOLIDAY LIGHTS DISPLAY – WATER STREET Naper Lights, a holiday light display, will be creating a Winter Wonderland at Water Street. The display, a gift to the community organized by Naperville Sunrise Rotary, features several giant holiday lights displays, decorated light poles and trees. The event is free to the public and donations to Naperville Sunrise Rotary are welcomed. www.naperlights.com 44 NOVEMBER 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
Saturday, November 30
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY IN DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE! Keep the holiday shopping traditions alive and support Downtown Naperville’s many wonderful small businesses! Shop Local and find wonderful and unique gifts at downtown’s many quaint familyowned businesses. Special savings and surprises await you in downtown’s small business community of shops! Come downtown on Small Business Saturday, Saturday, November 30! HOP ABOARD THE FREE HOLLY TROLLEY In honor of Small Business Saturday, hop on board the free Holly Trolley and trolley your way around downtown while you support downtown’s Small Businesses! Five convenient pick-up and drop-off locations, including the Main Street Promenade, Trolley Stop on Jackson Avenue (just west of the Santa House), Main & Chicago (near Cookie Dough Creations), Chicago & Washington and the Van Buren Parking Deck. Hours: Saturday, November 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Sunday, December 1 to 28
HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES Sign up for fun Holiday Cookie Classes at Sur La Table including Holiday Cookie Decorating, Snowflake Macarons, Gingerbread House & Ornaments, Make & Take Cookies and Teen 2-day Winter Series classes. Visit www.surlatable.com or call (630) 428-1110. Or make memories together with Holiday Cooking Classes with Aunt V at 222 S. Main Street. Visit www.AskAuntV.com.
Saturday, November 30, December 7, 14 & 21
SUPER SATURDAYS! Every Saturday, look for the Downtown Holiday Headquarters Tent at the corner of Main & Jefferson from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first 250 visitors to arrive each Saturday will receive a free holiday goodie (must be present to receive). We will have maps for you, Downtown Naperville gift cards and T-shirts for purchase, plus info on Elves, Santa and more. Visit www.downtownnaperville.com to see what SUPER SATURDAY surprise will be available. Saturday, November 30 to December 22
SANTA HOUSE Take a magical trip to visit Santa on the Naperville Riverwalk at the Santa House at Jackson Avenue and Webster Street. Admission is free and photos with Santa may be purchased for a nominal fee. General Hours are November 30 to December 22. Visit www.napervilleparks.org/santahouse for updates and special nights. December 1 to 24
HOLIDAY SHOPPING WEEKS/WEEKENDS Check www.downtownnaperville.com for updates on special holiday sales and events happening downtown. Downtown Naperville shops & restaurants welcome you this holiday season! 46 NOVEMBER 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
Sign up for fun Holiday Painting Classes at Pinot’s Palette including Catching Snowflakes, Cheerful Moment, and All is Calm. Don’t miss Chunky Blanket Making classes, too. Visit www.pinotspalette.com/Naperville for more details. High tea anyone? Sign up for the Holiday High Tea Party at Le Chocolat du Bouchard or Let’s Be Merry Wine Flight event. Visit www.lechocolatdubouchard. com or call (630) 355-5720. Visit www.downtownnaperville.com/events to stay up to date on all holiday happenings! December 6 to 22 (Open select days)
YULETIDE FESTIVAL & FAIR Make your Holiday merry and bright at the new Yuletide Festival and Fair! Experience the joy of the holiday season with live entertainment, local art and craft vendors, wintry food and beverages from local restaurants and breweries, and more! Stroll through Naper Settlement’s historic grounds decorated for the holiday season with twinkling lights and plenty of holiday spirit. Yuletide Festival & Fair runs Friday through Sunday from December 6–22: Fridays 2–10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Admission is FREE! Visit www.NaperSettlement.org/Yuletide for more information. (Follow signs for parking at Naper Settlement & Naperville Central High School).
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Saturday, December 7
SANTA SHUFFLE FUN RUN Start and end at Naperville Running Company! This 3-mile fun run or walk through Downtown Naperville starts at 8:30 a.m. Not a timed race; come in your Santa suit or funniest ugly sweater. Prizes and surprises for best holiday attire, sponsored by New Balance. Breakfast goodies after compliments of DeEtta’s. Free to participate but please RSVP at www.runningcompany.com TUBA CHRISTMAS CONCERT This free annual event will be held at 11:15 a.m. in front of U.S. Bank in Downtown Naperville at 136 S. Washington.
Sunday, December 8
DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE HOLIDAY COOKIE, SWEETS & TREATS WALK Participate in Downtown Naperville’s fifth annual Holiday Cookie Walk, in partnership with Little Friends, from 12 noon to 5 p.m.. At check-in attendees will receive a commemorative souvenir Cookie Tin along with a map touring many Downtown Naperville shops and restaurants. You’ll end the day with a tin full of custom made (prewrapped) holiday cookies, sweets or treats (one treat per entry, per stop). They’ll be refreshments and special surprises and savings at each stop, too. For ticket information, on sale starting November 11, visit www.downtownnaperville.com.
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Cookie Walk Tuesday, December 31
RINGIN’ IN THE NEW YEAR This free, outdoor family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration will take place at the base of the Carillon, located on the Riverwalk near Rotary Hill. Enjoy the final day of 2019 shopping, dining, and celebrating downtown leading up to a 6 p.m. countdown. Festivities start at 5:30 p.m., with Carillon music for children, hot chocolate, bells and glow sticks (while supplies last); countdown at 6 p.m. The midnight celebration will feature Carillon music starting at 11:30 p.m., with bells tolling at midnight. Happy New Year in 2020!
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SHOP, DINE AND EXPLORE HOLIDAY SHOPPING HOURS (hours vary by location) Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Check www.downtownnaperville.com for specific store or restaurant hours. PARKING Parking in downtown’s four parking decks (City Hall Municipal Deck, Central Parking on Chicago & Jefferson, the Van Buren Parking Deck, or the new Water Street Parking Deck) is easiest and quickest. Electronic signage can help guide you to open parking spaces. Parking is always free downtown. Cab service is also a good option, and valet parking is offered at numerous restaurants. An idea? Take a Tuk Tuk (331-777-0332) or Za Car (815-6099705) for trips to and from downtown. Or, reserve the Naperville Trolley to pick your group up and bring you downtown and back home! (Visit their websites for price and reservation information.) DOWNTOWN POST OFFICE HOURS Need to mail packages out of town? The downtown Washington Street Post Office (5 N. Washington) is open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., next to Naperville Bank & Trust. Shop and ship in one trip! PERSONAL SHOPPING ASSISTANCE Need ideas of what to get someone and/or help getting it mailed? Email email@example.com, subject line: NEED PERSONAL SHOPPING HELP. Provide us with the age of the person you’re buying for and a suggested amount you’d like to spend. We’ll reply with great ideas and direct you to the right stores for further help to purchase or mail. DOWNTOWN INFORMATION Keep up to date on downtown holiday happenings: Visit www.downtownnaperville.com and sign up to receive the weekly e-newsletter Downtown Naperville DTNaperville downtown_naperville 52 NOVEMBER 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE HOLIDAY GIFT CARDS! THE PERFECT GIFT! Not sure what color, size, what their favorite spa or restaurant is? Downtown Naperville gift cards make shopping simple! For use at more than 160 shops, spas and restaurants, gift cards come enclosed in a handsome gift jacket and may be purchased in any amount from $10–$500, in person or online. Visit www. downtownnaperville.com for details.
A FEW WAYS TO GIVE BACK LITTLE FRIENDS GIVING TREE A number of local offices, businesses, and organizations host Giving Trees on behalf of Little Friends. This program provides holiday gifts for children, adults, and families in financial need and served by Little Friends. In addition to ensuring that clients can lead their best life, Little Friends works hard to see that those families that need extra assistance receive it. Visit www.littlefriendsinc.org to view locations hosting Giving Trees or to make a donation. WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE November 8 thru December 8, donate slightly used winter coats, jackets, hats, gloves, scarves and mittens for the needy organized by the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise. Over 50 collection boxes will be placed in the community. For a list of locations, visit www.napervillesunrise.org DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE T-SHIRTS! Limited supply. Give a Downtown Naperville T-shirt to one you love this year. Net proceeds will benefit Special Spaces Chicagoland, an organization (supported by Naperville Central High School students) who help create dream bedrooms for children with life threatening illnesses. For purchase details, visit www.downtownnaperville.com.
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C’ZAR SALON SPA 237 E. Jefferson Avenue 630-357-3444 DRYBAR 144 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-689-1583 ELEGANCE NAIL & SPA 25 S. Washington Street 630-961-1111 J & M HAIR STUDIO 214 S. Main Street (2nd Floor) 630-699-0195 LIGHT RX FACE & BODY 22 E. Chicago Avenue 630-420-4210 LISA RENE SALON 117 Aurora Avenue 630-355-8281 MAC COSMETICS 108 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-637-3350 ME SPA Main Street Promenade 55 S. Main Street (2nd Floor) 630-527-9298
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MEHNDI NEO 231 S. Washington Street 630-570-0068 MICHAEL GRAHAM SALON & SPA Main Street Promenade 50 S. Main Street 630-946-6055 PERFECTION BEAUTY BOUTIQUE 25 S. Washington Street 773-851-8924 (Karen) 630-244-0317 (Tricia) PRIVATO SALON 25 S. Washington Street 630-740-4528 SALON LOFTS 22 E. Chicago Avenue SEPHORA 132 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-778-1002
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LITTLE LUXURIES 212 S. Main Street 630-357-1536
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NAPERVILLE PC REPAIR 25 S. Washington Street 630-776-2711 NERD RANGERS 200 S. Main Street 630-780-6446 UBREAKIFIX 118 S. Webster Street 331-472-4292 EYEWEAR
ULTA BEAUTY 103 S. Washington Street 630-718-0609
PEACE 143 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-358-9642
COUTURE VISION 232 S. Washington Street 630-369-3937 (EYES)
ZANO SALON & DAY SPA 35 S. Washington Street 630-428-4001
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SUNGLASS HUT 201 S. Main Street 630-428-4793 FITNESS & HEALTH
ZAZU EXCHANGE 135 S. Washington Street 630-355-2230
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SILKY SMOOTH WAXING 221 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-687-1130
ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP 123 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-355-2665
APPLE 120 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-536-5400
SIS NAILS & SPA 125 S. Washington Street 630-857-9918
BARNES & NOBLE 47 E. Chicago Avenue 630-579-0200
AT&T STORE 423 S. Washington Street 630-961-0884
ABHYAASA YOGA 124 S. Webster Street 630-358-9642 (YOGA) ADVANCED WELLNESS OF MAIN STREET Main Street Promenade 55 S. Main Street, Suite 294 630-428-2000 BAR METHOD NAPERVILLE Main Street Promenade 55 S. Main Street, Suite 211 630-544-3431 HOT YOGA NAPERVILLE 400 S. Main Street 630-428-9644 KROEHLER FAMILY YMCA 34 S. Washington Street 630-420-6270 PURE BARRE 144 W. Jefferson Avenue (2nd Floor) 630-922-8803 PURE HEALTH AND WELLNESS 213 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-435-0100 RIVERWALK THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE 213 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-538-1366
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SHYFT 39 1/2 W. Jefferson Avenue (2nd Floor) 630-206-0265
LAUREN RAE JEWELRY BOUTIQUE 14 W. Jackson Avenue 630-717-1111
YANGRISING HEALTH & WELLNESS 25 S. Washington Street 708-846-9514
NAPERVILLE JEWELERS 120 Water Street 630-718-9036
HOME FURNISHINGS & ACCESSORIES
ANTHROPOLOGIE Main Street Promenade 50 S. Main Street 630-305-8300 BEIDELMAN FURNITURE, INC. 239 S. Washington Street 630-355-5770 JC LICHT CO. 419 S. Washington Street 630-961-1771
PANDORA 119 S. Main Street 630-585-7800 KITCHEN & CUISINE
LIAM BREX & ASK AUNT V 222 S. Main Street 630-848-0222 630-717-0716 PENZEYS SPICES 22 E. Chicago Avenue 630-355-7677
LITTLE LUXURIES 212 S. Main Street 630-357-1536
SUR LA TABLE Main Street Promenade 55 S. Main Street 630-428-1110
POSH HOME STUDIOS 208 S. Washington Street 630-416-2020
VITA SANA 232 S. Washington Street 630-857-3922
POTTERY BARN 9 W. Jackson Avenue 630-369-4260
VOM FASS 121 S. Washington Street 630-857-9936
SARABOO CREEK 107 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-428-3671
WILLIAMS-SONOMA 9 W. Jackson Avenue 630-369-4167
SOFT SURROUNDINGS Main Street Promenade 55 S. Main Street 630-696-4406
ALICIA’S PHOTOGRAPHY 32 W. Chicago Avenue 630-961-5777 FIREFLY NIGHTS PHOTOGRAPHY 120 S. Webster Street 630-585-7959 SHOES & FOOTWEAR
THE ANNEX BY NRC 20 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-995-3550 CLARK’S SHOE STORE 112 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-369-9660
PAINTING & POTTERY
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JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES
BK JEWELRY 105 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-983-8557
PINOT’S PALETTE 175 W. Jackson Avenue 331-457-5440
DEAN’S FINE CLOTHING 226 S. Main Street 630-355-3007 GOTSKIND’S SHOES & CLOTHING 115 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-355-1811
ASTROLOGY CENTER 20 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-577-7238 MEMORY KEEPERS 216 S. Main Street, Suite 2A 630-717-0278 PEACE 143 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-358-9642 SERENDIPITY RESALE SHOP 12 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-357-3610 TOYS & GAMES
ANDERSON’S TOYSHOP 111 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-355-2665 BARNES & NOBLE 47 E. Chicago Avenue 630-579-0200 WINE/LIQUOR SHOP
COSTELLO JEWELRY CO. 33 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-355-1311
POTTERY BAYOU 210 S. Washington Street 630-718-9823
HARRY W. YASEEN JEWELERS 226 S. Washington Street 630-357-0660
TWO BOSTONS PET BOUTIQUE 103 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-357-7621
IL NEGOZIO 35 W. Jefferson Avenue (2nd Floor) 630-326-8885
SIXTY FOUR – WINE BAR & KITCHEN 123 Water Street 630-780-6464
NAPERVILLE RUNNING COMPANY 34 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-357-1900
TASTING DEVINE CELLARS 21 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-420-9463 (WINE)
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CINNAHOLIC 41 W. Jefferson 331-305-4514 Opening Soon KILWIN’S NAPERVILLE 36 W. Jefferson Avenue 331-472-4236 LE CHOCOLAT DU BOUCHARD 127-129 S. Washington Street 630-355-5720 LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN 204 S. Washington Street 331-215-5789 MOLLY’S CUPCAKES 30 W. Jefferson Avenue 331-204-3940 NAPER NUTS & SWEETS 10 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-355-5330
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ADAGIO TEAS 27 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-428-2556 DAVIDSTEA Main Street Promenade 50 S. Main Street 630-548-1435 SPARROW COFFEE 120 Water Street 630-384-8940 STARBUCKS RESERVE 203 S. Main Street 630-778-8614 STARBUCKS 22 E. Chicago Avenue 630-527-9311 STARBUCKS CAFE Inside Barnes & Noble 47 E. Chicago Avenue 630-579-0200
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ICE CREAM & FROZEN YOGURT
COLD STONE CREAMERY 23 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-369-5646
SWEET HOME GELATO Main Street Promenade 50 S. Main Street 630-210-8457 POPCORN
COOKIE DOUGH CREATIONS 22 W. Chicago Avenue 630-369-4833
NAPER NUTS & SWEETS 10 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-355-5330
KILWIN’S NAPERVILLE 36 W. Jefferson Avenue 331-472-4236
ALLEGORY 224 S. Main Street 630-536-8862
MUNCHIES ROLLED ICE CREAM 22 E. Chicago Avenue 630-355-8880
ALOHA POKE 215 S. Washington Street 630-857-9090
RED MANGO 111 W. Jackson Avenue 630-904-0994
BALBOA’S CHEESESTEAKS 22 E. Chicago Avenue 630-400-8268
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BAR LOUIE 22 E. Chicago Avenue 630-983-1600 BD’S MONGOLIAN BARBEQUE 221 S. Washington Street 630-428-0300 BISTRO DU BOUCHARD 127-129 S. Washington Street 630-355-5720 BLUE SUSHI SAKE GRILL 123 Water Street 630-305-3099 CATCH THIRTY-FIVE 35 S. Washington Street 630-717-3500 CHIPOTLE 22 E. Chicago Avenue 630-718-9420 EGGS, INC. 220 S. Washington Street 630-717-5555 EGG HARBOR CAFE 175 W. Jackson Avenue 630-548-1196 EINSTEIN BROS. BAGELS 22 W. Jackson Avenue 630-416-9888 ELEMENTS EVENTS & PRIVATE DINING 123 Water Street 630-717-2800 EMPIRE BURGERS & BREW 48 W. Chicago Avenue 630-355-9000 EVERDINE’S GRILLED CHEESE CO. 24 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-544-6626 FAT ROSIE’S TACO & TEQUILA BAR 47 E. Chicago Avenue 630-328-0060 FEATURES BAR & GRILL 10 W. Chicago Avenue 630-416-3310
FIAMME NAPERVILLE 19 N. Washington Street 630-470-9441 FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES 22 E. Chicago Avenue 630-355-1850 FRANKIE’S BLUE ROOM 16 W. Chicago Avenue 630-416-4898 FRONT STREET CANTINA 15 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-369-5218 GIORDANO’S 119 S. Main Street 630-428-2111
GREEN BASIL VIETNAMESE CUISINE 43 E. Jefferson Avenue 630-922-7700 HUGO’S FROG BAR & FISH HOUSE Main Street Promenade 55 S. Main Street 630-548-3764 IKKAI 109 S. Main Street 630-355-5516
JACKSON AVENUE PUB 7 W. Jackson Avenue 630-904-9400 JIMMY JOHN’S 19 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-355-9411 JIMMY’S GRILL 245 S. Washington Street 630-548-2500 JIN 28 28 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-848-1828 LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN 204 S. Washington Street 331-215-5789
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LA SORELLA DI FRANCESCA 18 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-961-2706 LANTERN TAVERN & GRILL 8 W. Chicago Avenue 630-355-7099 LOU MALNATI’S 131 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-717-0700 MIDICI THE NEAPOLITAN PIZZA COMPANY 135 Water Street 630-445-8054
MOD PIZZA 103 S. Washington Street 630-544-3471 NANDO’S PERI-PERI 16 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-388-0193 NOODLES & COMPANY 207 S. Washington Street 630-369-3332 NORTHCOTT LIQUORETTE 50 W. Chicago Avenue 630-355-9000 PEANUTS BAR & GRILL 22 W. Chicago Avenue 630-369-5200 PLANK BAR & KITCHEN 120 Water Street 331-401-5500
QUIGLEY’S IRISH PUB 43 E. Jefferson Avenue 630-428-4774 QUIUBO 120 Water Street 331-702-2711
SEOUL TACO 206 S. Washington Street Opening Soon!
SUSHI HOUSE 175 W. Jackson Avenue 630-717-8888
SHAKOU NAPERVILLE 22 E. Chicago Avenue 331-472-4976
TED’S MONTANA GRILL 39 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-848-2255
SIXTYFOUR – WINE BAR & KITCHEN 123 Water Street 630-780-6464
THIRD FLOOR BY TWO BROTHERS 16 W. Jefferson 630-615-7100
POTBELLY SANDWICH WORKS 236 S. Washington Street 630-579-1234
RED ARROW TAP ROOM 216 S. Washington Street 630-536-8739
POTTER’S PLACE 29 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-355-9165
ROSEBUD 22 E. Chicago Avenue 630-548-9800
SIXTYFOUR – RESERVE ROOM 123 Water Street 331-472-4767
TWO BROTHERS BARREL HOUSE 16 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-615-7100
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SANTO CIELO 123 Water Street 630-323-0700
SULLIVAN'S STEAKHOUSE 244 S. Main Street 630-305-0230
TWO-NINE 29 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-961-2929
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HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS
FROM DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE 1. BOOKS, GAMES OR TOYS Get him or her a great new book, or book-of-the-month, from Anderson’s Bookshop or Barnes & Noble, or find a game for all ages and toys for little ones, too!
5. OOH LA LA SPA You can’t go wrong with a spa package or services for hair, nail, mind or body from places like ZANO’s, Solaia, Zazu, Michael Graham, C’Zar, or Amber Waves.
2. SOMETHING SWEET OR SAVORY Give them a pint of gelato or ice cream, with a certificate for a pint of their choice each month or season from shops such as Sweet Home Gelato, Kilwin’s, or Cookie Dough Creations. Or try candies from Naper Nuts & Sweets, Le Chocolat du Bouchard or more, plus bakery treats from Cinnaholic, Molly’s Cupcakes, Le Pain Quotidien or more.
6. FITNESS GEAR Give running shoes, athletic apparel, or fitness classes at places like Bar Method, Pure Barre, Shyft, Hot Yoga, or Abhyaasa Yoga.
3. FOOD AND DRINK There are a myriad of restaurant certificates and craft beers or wines to give, plus seasonal coffee or teas and supplies from David’s Tea, Adagio Tea, Starbucks or Sparrow. Or try olive oils or chocolates from Vom Fass, or create an amazing gift basket with all of the above. 4. CLOTHING AND JEWELRY A furry sweater, a new shirt/tie, shoes, pajamas, socks or slippers, or a gift certificate are always popular. Don’t forget matching bling, from fine to flashy, like a necklace, earrings, charm or watch. (And, don’t forget about Fido—he may want a new sweater, collar or dog treats, too, from Two Bostons).
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7. HOME & TECH GADGETS Get gadgets, to make their lives easier, like Apple watches, iPhones, iPads, cases and covers. Find new home accessories, hostess gifts or home decor at many downtown shops. 8. EXPERIENCES Give the gift of painting, cooking, pottery and coding classes, or try wine or olive oil tasting, crafting, or even a staycation night a Hotel Indigo. 9. COSMETICS GALORE Find new perfume, glamorous makeup or great tools of the trade at five high-end beauty stores that can offer personal recommendations for any age. 10. DON’T KNOW? Let them decide. Downtown Naperville Gift Cards may be used anywhere downtown. They can decide where to use it—to shop, dine, spa or stay! For a list of businesses, visit www.downtownnaperville.com.
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! e l l i v r e p a N , u yo To you, our loyal customer: As a member of the Dean’s family, you are our reason for being at Main & Jackson for 60 Years! We are honored, Naperville, that you’ve chosen us as your valued source for the best in fashion & service. We thank you for making the celebration of this 6 decade milestone possible with the legendary service and quality you’ve come to expect from us. We have you in mind as we re-define what it means to be the best clothing store in Naperville for men and women.
From our beginnings in 1959 as a boy’s store who supplied school uniforms to the cutting edge men’s and women’s fashion brands of today, we’ve come a long way together, and we celebrate you for every moment of that success. Here’s to the decades ahead, and to the history we have shared, thank you Naperville; we are grateful.
Greg DeGeeter, Owner, Dean’s Fine Clothing for Men & Women
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SHOP Curtain and cushion fabric in the Naperville Filson were sourced from WWII half shelters. Clockwise below Men’s Skagit jacket ($495), rugged twill tote bag ($195), women’s handmade vest ($495).
RUGGED QUALITY From workwear to field gear, Filson appeals to those who refuse to stay inside
anding in Seattle in the 1890s was ideal timing for Clinton C. Filson, a former Nebraska homesteader and railroad conductor who became a purveyor of rugged outdoor wear sold to fortune hunters headed to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. C.C. Filson’s Pioneer Alaska Clothing and Blanket Manufacturers, which opened in 1897, is still going strong, and today the company is simply known as Filson. When the demands of prospectors for durable clothing faded, Filson continued to thrive by providing high-quality, dependable outerwear for hunters, anglers, and other outdoorsmen. Today, the store sells men’s and women’s clothing, luggage and bags, work cloth72 NOVEMBER 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
ing, and accessories, all designed to withstand even the harshest weather or treatment. Filson has recently expanded into selling clothing made from lighter weight, high-tech materials, as well as an expanded women’s line. After opening the business’s 14th U.S. store in Naperville this fall (14 W. Jefferson Ave., filson.com), retail manager Jonathan Knobel discusses what makes Filson unique. Why locate in Naperville when so many brick-and-mortar retailers are struggling? There’s a gigantic following for Filson in this area; we can see that from our online orders. There is such history in
[Naperville’s] downtown. It is an old, historic place and that fits well with our company. For years most of our business was wholesale. But now we’ve had such success with our retail stores. People really like seeing the products in person— they make such a good impression. As old as we are as a company, we’re still, in some ways, like a startup in terms of our physical retail stores.
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SHOP Why do you think shoppers seek out the brand? A: In contrast to the push for people to buy really inexpensive products online without really thinking about it, we’re seeing a huge trend of people who want quality products and high-quality outdoor wear. They’re dancing to our tune. Sustainability has become more of a factor for people who are concerned about the environment. If you replace an item once instead of buying 10 replacements, that’s a big thing and it’s good for the environment.
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What are some of your products people might know? We used to outfit the U.S. Forest Service, and we still sell their jacket that we’ve been making since the 1920s. It is called the Mackinaw wool cruiser and it’s made in the U.S. All of our heritage products are made in the U.S. It sells for $395. Do you offer lighter weight outdoor wear? We started about five years ago. That was to answer the demand of people who were saying, “Hey guys. I’d love to buy a nylon rain jacket from you.” When people are packing ultralight or running a marathon, we don’t expect them to pack a waxed cotton jacket. The Skagit jacket ($495) is a great foul-weather jacket. It has neoprene cuffs, which is like wetsuit material. It keeps moisture from going in your sleeves. What is the decor of your new store like? We want people to feel like they’re in their friend’s cabin. We have accents in the store—hand-carved eagles and fish—that are made by craftsmen in the Pacific Northwest. Our stores always represent where we come from and the products we’ve been making for so long. What else makes your products unique? We offer a lifetime guarantee. If you’ve had one of our jackets for 10 years and the zipper breaks, we’ll fix it. Or, if it can’t be fixed, we’ll replace it. We stand by our products and it costs nothing [for the consumer]. It’s part of what you get when you make a purchase.
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“Often a trick we use is that we order Books by the Foot,” says Christina, referring to the online used book retailer. “We also like to mix interesting objects and art, so it feels collected and gathered. It gives the home a feeling of patina.”
This original painting by South Carolina artist Raven Roxanne hangs in the dining room, but originally was in the Park and Oak studio. A high contrast between the walls and furniture, plus intriguing details, add visual interest.
A trim carpenter built the shelving and framework, then the cabinet company measured after for the doors—a huge cost savings, says Christina. Grasscloth wallpaper (Manila hemp by Phillip Jeffries) covers the ceiling around a Kelly Wearstler cubist chandelier (top, $1,719) from Circa.
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laine and Jennifer Reames’s move to the suburbs started innocently enough, at a friends’ barbecue. “We met all their neighbors. Everyone was so welcoming, and there were kids riding their bikes,” says Jennifer. “It was perfect for the next step in our life.” The couple, who was expecting their first child at the time, couldn’t find a home to renovate, so they decided to build—but knew they needed assistance. “I felt very overwhelmed with bringing a new baby home and picking out all these things,” says Jennifer. Designers Christina Samatas and Renee DiSanto from Park and Oak and Island Construction builder John Pembroke were the perfect team to take on the project. “They helped pull us out of our comfort zone a little bit, and do things that we couldn't visualize, but it ended up feeling exactly like us,” says Jennifer. “Seeing it all together is more than we imagined.”—MD
The French range in the family’s white-on-white kitchen really stands out. “Our oven is probably one of the big features,” says Jennifer, “and people always comment on it when they come over. It’s beautiful, and it helps break up some of that white.” The stainless steel oven is offset with brass accents, and the two metals are mixed consistently throughout the kitchen for a timeless appeal. The marble oven hood (not shown) is also unique, and posed some building challenges due to its weight. “There was a lot of back and forth with the builder,” says Jennifer. “It was one of the bigger hurdles that we had to get through.”
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READY TO ROLL Shakou’s fifth installment lands in Naperville By Mark Loehrke
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ing distance of its River Square location, the question is whether Shakou can handle the heat (so to speak) of this town’s well-populated sushi scene—beyond the eye candy, that is. “The vibrant downtown Naperville dining scene is a perfect fit for our concept of bringing the city vibe to the suburbs,” says Mackenzie Bach, general manager of the Naperville location. “While there a few choices for sushi, our diverse menu and unique atmosphere offer patrons a dining experience like no other in town.” The diversity of the menu backs Bach’s claim as one of Shakou’s notable substance-over-style selling points, with a wide array of sushi and sashimi choices complemented by an impressive selection of hot entrées and noodle bowls. If there’s a sushi nonbeliever at the table, he or she will have no problem finding
something beyond the go-to California roll. The list of hot and cold appetizers is a good place to get an early feel for this diversity, with traditional options like the just-right crab cakes sharing space with can’t-miss prospects like the delectable bacon-wrapped scallops. Meanwhile, the style element of Shakou is reinforced by the splashy and wide-ranging cocktail program, where colorful concoctions like the blackberry mojito and the Scarlet Night (made with Rabbit Hole bourbon and cinnamon-infused hibiscus syrup) compete for attention with specialty martinis like the Asian pear and the Fire N Ice, which features jalapeño-infused iichiko shochu with mango and passion fruit purées. Bach says the restaurant’s bento boxes are a popular choice at lunch, but the full menu is actually available all the time. So whether it’s 11:30 in the
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hile the worlds of politics and entertainment may be notorious for putting style over substance, the restaurant industry is far less forgiving of these commonly misplaced priorities. For as much as a grandiose opening of an impossibly chic scene is sure to pack diners in for a few frenzied weeks or months, if the kitchen isn’t able to back up the design sizzle with competent dishes, the whole endeavor is likely to wind up a literal flash in the pan. Downtown Naperville is, in fact, an excellent microcosm for this Darwinian dining phenomenon—there are simply too many truly tasty places to waste time on a second or third visit to a beautiful room with a middling menu. One could be forgiven, then, for casting a skeptical eye at the sleek urban vibe on display at the latest suburban outpost of the Shakou family of Asian eateries (22 E. Chicago Ave., shakourestaurants.com). With its lofted ceiling, ultra hip design elements, seductive lighting, low-slung sofas and expansive storefront windows, the Naperville restaurant joins its brethren in proudly wearing style on its well-tailored sleeve. But given the plethora of great options within actual walk-
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morning or 11:30 at night, diners can also choose from signature maki rolls like those we sampled on our visit—the Green Dragon with shrimp tempura, crab, and cucumber drizzled with spicy mayo, or the vegetarian Midori with Asian sweet potato and asparagus. Indecisive souls, or simply those with a flair for the dramatic and/or nautical, can summon one of Shakou’s two- or four-person sushi boats to enjoy a sampling of several creations, while the entrée slate includes everything from staples like salmon teriyaki and chicken katsu to less-expected fare like braised short rib or a Berkshire pork chop. If there’s any room for dessert (and there’s always room) the pyramid is an engineering wonder of rich chocolate mousse shaped into the titular polyhedron, offering a perfect balance of style and substance to round things out.
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Yield: 3 dozen rolls 1 1 1 ½ 1 2
cup boiling water cup lukewarm water cup butter, divided cup sugar tablespoon salt packages (just under 2 tablespoons) yeast 6 cups flour 2 eggs DIRECTIONS FOR DOUGH Note: Make the dough the night before your holiday dinner. 1
Dissolve sugar, salt, and ½ cup butter in boiling water; allow to cool.
Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water.
Add first water mixture to yeast mixture after it has cooled.
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Add 3 cups of flour to liquid, then beat in bowl of standing mixer or hand mixer.
Add 2 eggs and beat again.
Add enough of last 3 cups of flour to make dough stiff, but still a little sticky.
Cover bowl with towel and refrigerate dough overnight.
DIRECTIONS FOR BAKING ROLLS Note: This process is much easier with a helper who will pick up the rolled-out rolls and dip them in butter for you. 1
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Melt ½ cup butter and pour it into a large cake pan. Set pan on a plate (or any object) so that it is at an incline toward you, and the butter runs down to the bottom.
On a floured surface, roll out about half of the dough. This will require a lot of flour and quick rolling because it shrinks back fast. With a floured plastic child’s cup (what we use at our house) or a biscuit cutter, cut out rolls in circles. As they are cut, pick up (or
ask someone else to pick up) each roll and dip it the pile of butter and then gently fold it in half and press it in place in the top corner of the pan. Repeat this with all the rolls, forming rows going up and down the pan. There is not really space between the rolls, but they are not crammed together either. They will rise together and bake all together, but they are easy to break off. Melt more butter if needed. 5
Allow rolls to rise for about 45 minutes. If you need them to rise for longer because the turkey is still in the oven, set them in a cool place. If you need them to rise faster, place them on top of the warm oven.
Bake rolls 10 to 15 minutes, or until just browned.
Serve rolls warm, in a basket wrapped in a towel.
Recipe courtesy Blackberry Market’s Anna Davidson
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Passion for craft spirits is exponentially growing, and the number of distillers is expanding equally to meet demand. Often, consumers have little access to niche brands and flavors they crave, but a new company’s mission is to provide customers with unprecedented access to the vast world of craft spirits. Illinois-based BigFish Spirits (bfspirits.com) has teamed up with partner distilleries to deliver products purchased by phone, website, or mobile app. Wheaton resident Charles Pierce is a new loyal customer. “I tried BigFish for the first time and the selection on the website is outstanding and the ordering process is so simple,” he says. “I will definitely use their service again, and plan on telling my friends about this site.” Product categories include international, award-winning, farm-toglass, organic, and sustainable spirits like Eau Claire Distillery gin from Canada and Hendricks Family Distillery moonshine and vodka from 84 NOVEMBER 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
Wisconsin. There is even a fall spirits collection that includes Appledore rum from Tall Ship Distillery and French roast coffee vodka from Forsaken River Spirits. And the website includes hundreds of cocktail recipes to help connoisseurs blend the unique spirits into home cocktails, like the Autumn Smash (below) from Myer Farm Distillers. AUTUMN SMASH 1/4 ounce simple syrup orange wedge maraschino cherry 2–3 dashes plum bitters 2 ounces Cayuga Gold barrel-aged gin 2–3 figs Muddle orange wedge, cherry, figs, bitters, and simple syrup in a shaker cup. Add ice and gin and shake vigorously. Strain drink over ice in a rocks glass.
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MESA MANILA Migel Santos and his family have opened a “turo-turo”-style Filipino restaurant. Literally translated to “point point,” this style of dining allows guests to point to what dishes they want from a steam table to pair with their rice before they dine in or carry out. 2764 Aurora Ave., Ste. 104, Naperville 331.305.4042, mesamanila.com
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Catch 35 has recently revamped its menu to feature new dishes developed by chef Eddie Sweeney. His new take on seafood and steaks highlights sweet, sour, and spicy tastes: Hong Kong–style salmon with sweet and sour dashi broth; and bacon, duck, and shrimp dumplings. The menu is broken into three main sections: Chilled, The Catch, and The Farm. Staying true to its roots, fan favorites on the menu—like pan-roasted sea bass, roasted bone marrow, and scallop surf and turf—have been enhanced.
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A Rockwell-esque holiday—and not the fiasco at the Christmas Vacation table—requires planning. Project management is key, and the best party planners begin weeks in advance. Having a strategy is non-negotiable, but our timeline is meant to be customized for your holiday, in volume and speed. The timeline below makes some assumptions: 12 guests who arrive at 3 p.m., dinner at 4 p.m., dessert at 5 p.m.—MD TWO WEEKS AHEAD • Confirm guest list to ensure you have enough chairs, linens, place settings, etc.; buy table decor, glassware, and utensils, if needed. • Order turkey (p. 90) to be picked up on Tuesday, November 26. • Finalize the menu, order place card supplies (p. 89) and flowers for centerpiece (p. 96). ONE WEEK AHEAD • Get tables, chairs, dishes, and linens out of storage; clean and/or iron if necessary. • Give the house a first-floor overhaul (p. 28); start staging rooms. • Purchase nonperishable groceries and table wine (p. 92–95). • Finalize grocery list and clean out pantry and refrigerator. • Make seating chart and place cards, then finalize timeline. TWO DAYS AHEAD • Cut and cube bread for stuffing (at right). • Assemble pots, pans, and serving dishes. • Make cranberry-apple relish (p. 90) to give flavors time to develop. • Pick up fresh turkey and purchase perishables. ONE DAY AHEAD • Make dough for rolls (p. 82) and prepare dessert (p. 98). • Set table, prepare bar (p. 88), and prep appetizers. • Prepare potatoes (p. 96) and squash (p. 97).
THANKSGIVING DAY 9:00 a.m.
Prepare stuffing for bird (or casserole dish).
Remove turkey from refrigerator and prep.
Chill drinks, prep coffee, and preheat oven.
Put turkey in oven and whip cream for dessert.
Clean counters, do dishes, tidy first floor, and open wine. Remove cranberry relish and butter from refrigerator to achieve room temperature.
Take coats and make drinks as guests arrive.
Check temperature of turkey at thigh; when 165 degrees remove from oven and let rest. Finish vegetable dishes.
Fill water glasses, light candles, remove rolls from oven, place stuffing in serving dish, carve turkey.
Place dishes on table and enjoy time with family.
Preheat oven for dessert.
Put cobbler in the oven and start coffee.
Serve dessert with ice cream.
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Yield: 10 servings 12 ½ ½ 3 1 ⁄3 3
cups brioche bun, diced cup unsalted butter small onion, diced cups celery, diced cup turkey giblets tablespoons fresh sage, chopped 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper 6 bay leaves 6 tablespoons curly parsley 3 eggs 3 cups turkey stock 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut bread into 1-inch cubes and spread evenly on a sheet pan and toast lightly in the oven for 5 minutes; set aside in a large bowl.
In a large and deep skillet, melt butter over low heat. Add onion and celery, sautéing slowly until the vegetables are translucent. Add turkey giblets, salt, pepper, and sage, stirring to combine.
Toss as many bread cubes as the pan will hold in the butter vegetable mixture. Whisk eggs in small bowl, then add into pan and fold into mixture until evenly coated.
Pour contents of skillet over remaining bread cubes in large bowl. Use your hands to toss until all the bread has some sage buttery goodness on it. Taste for seasoning; add more salt, pepper, or sage to taste.
Use the stuffing to stuff a turkey, or place in casserole dish. Pour about 3 cups of turkey stock over the stuffing, and bake, covered, for 30 minutes.
Recipe courtesy The Drake Oak Brook chef Ezequiel Dominguez | RB
ILLUSTRATION BY JOHN KENZIE
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AURELIA Yield: 1 cocktail
HONEY SYRUP 1 cup honey 1 cup water 1 ⁄3 cup ginger, peeled and sliced 1
Combine honey, water, and ginger in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool for 1 hour. Strain, discarding solids, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
COCKTAIL 2 ounces Old Forester 1920 1 ounce honey syrup 11/2 ounces pear nectar ¼ ounce lemon juice dehydrated pear candied ginger 1
Combine bourbon, honey syrup, pear nectar, and lemon juice in a shaker filled with ice; shake for 10 seconds.
Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with dehydrated pear and candied ginger.
Recipe courtesy El Tapeo lead mixologist Jay Anich | RB
BAR TIP Crystallized or candied ginger can be purchased at Trader Joe’s or Target. Pear slices can be easily dehydrated in the oven; check online for directions.
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Create order (and beauty) at your table with step-by-step instructions from Paper Source By Danny Montelongo | 1
Assemble prescored paper bag place cards, copper washi tape, and a pair of scissors. Affix washi tape in two vertical strips along left side of card. Trim tape on each side to fit.
Using paper in three fall colors, use a five-leaf branch punch to cut out three leaves for each guest.
With a bone folder, gently curl the ends of each leaf up to add dimension to the embellishments.
Glue leaves onto the lower half of the place card, under the score line, starting with the top leaf first. Overlap each leaf, using alternate angles. 2
Using a white gel pen, write each guest name centered on the bottom half of the place card. Cards can be placed on a folded napkin on each dinner plate, or on the table just above the plate.
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Talkin’ Turkey Holiday advice from an Illinois family that has been in the business for over eight decades By Shonda Talerico Dudlicek
CRANBERRYAPPLE RELISH Yield: 3 cups
1 pound fresh cranberries, finely chopped 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and finely chopped 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup apricot preserves 12 ounces frozen raspberries, thawed and drained 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint 1
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, except for the mint; chill.
Stir in mint at serving time.
CHEF NOTES This recipe is very fresh tasting and not as sweet as traditional cranberry sauce. It’s a twist on the standard ingredients, and different enough that our family asks for both kinds every year. A food processor works great for chopping cranberries.—Thirty O Three Chef Oscar Garcia | RB 90 NOVEMBER 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
fter 86 years of raising, dressing, and selling birds, the owners of Ho-Ka Turkey Farms in Waterman have some, um, sage advice on prepping and cooking the Thanksgiving feast. Most important: Always use a meat thermometer, says Robert Kauffman, owner and son of founder Howard Kauffman, after whom the farm is named. “Fresh will sometimes cook a little faster than thawed from frozen,” he says. “Fresh is easier to work with, but they both taste the same.” Kauffman is the household cook, which dates back to being the youngest and spending a lot of time in the kitchen with his mother, Lois. He simply roasts the turkey using the open pan method and prefers an 18-pound turkey for the table. “Eighteen pounds is just a nice size; it fits nicely in the roaster and feeds everyone,” he says. Turkeys sold for Thanksgiving are usually 18 weeks old. “Hens will have more meat on them up to the mid-20-pound range,” Robert says. “If you
want a 30-plus pound turkey, it will have to be a tom,” he says, referring to a male bird. Roast a fresh turkey at 325 degrees until thigh temperature is 180 degrees and the breast/stuffing is 165 degrees. Stuffing can add anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes to the total cooking time. Wife Susan Kauffman says Ho-Ka’s 60,000 turkeys receive consistent TLC with the same people caring for them from “day one to end day. They’re not stressed at all, not being moved or shuttled back and forth.” Ho-Ka sells frozen turkeys all year, but offers fresh turkeys only in November. If using a fresh turkey, it’s best to let it sit for a couple of days to age, Susan advises. Ho-Ka turkeys are priced at $1.99 per pound for frozen, and $2.99 for fresh. But prices may increase due to recent feed shortages, which affects pricing. RB
GOBBLER GROCERS Fresh Ho-Ka turkeys are sold at the company store in Waterman (just west of Sugar Grove, Big Rock, and Hinckley) in November, as well as the 18 suburban locations below. “Our turkeys have a richer flavor and denser texture due to the ration of the feed, the personal handling of the birds and the care we give them,” says owner Robert Kauffman. “They are locally grown and processed. We take care of everything ourselves.” Addison Caputo’s Aurora Prisco’s Family Market Batavia Berkeley Finer Foods Geneva Josef’s Elegante Meats & Deli Hinsdale Kramer Foods Naperville Caputo’s Casey’s Foods Garden Fresh Market Kreger’s Central Foods Oakbrook Terrace Pete’s Fresh Market Plainfield Tischler’s Market Tony’s Fresh Market St. Charles Blue Goose Warrenville Family Foods Westmont Nature’s Best Market Standard Market Wheaton Wheaton Meat Co.
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Spin the Bottles Ensure your holiday season stays jolly and bright By Peter Gianopulos |
lthough we may all yearn for a holiday season filled with snowswept walks, festive get-togethers, and some well-deserved free time, the reality can be quite different. Before you know it, Thanksgiving gives way to a gauntlet of open houses, holiday-themed gift exchanges, and New Year’s festivities. Fortunately, there’s a simple stress-busting cure-all for the season’s potential pitfalls: more wine. Find the right bottles—or better yet, the perfect case—and you have your gift list taken care off, plus some holiday “medicine” of your own to sip when the stress levels rise. Just ask John D’Alexander, a Court of Master–certified sommelier who oversees the wine program at Che Figata in Naperville. He’s been offering skilled wine recommendations for decades at a number of elite Chicago restaurants—fixtures including Les Nomades, Grace, and Everest. “Wine can enhance a moment,” says D’Alexander. “You can certainly sit around a fire during the holidays and have a good time with your family. But if you have an amazing wine in your glass, it makes a memorable moment even more enjoyable.” To ensure your holidays are festive, D’Alexander has compiled his ultimate holiday mixed case of wine.
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2018 KLAUS PETER KELLER RIESLING, $28 This bone-dry German
2016 DOMAINE LOUIS MICHEL CHABLIS GRAND CRU GRENOUILLES, $60
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Orange wines like this stun-
of fresh-picked peaches
for only $60 a bottle? Yes,
wine with a backstory that’s
ner from Umbria have been
holiday miracles are possible,
a can’t-miss conversa-
made for centuries by stor-
and sun-dried apricots—is the Swiss Army knife of D’Alexander’s
thanks to the Michel family, who
tion-starter. Years ago, Didier
ing white gapes and their skins in
repertoire. It pairs with just about
have been producing wines since
Dagueneau left the family’s iconic
clay pots, sealing them with honey,
anything, from turkey to lobster
the 19th century. They’ve bottled a
wine business to race motorcycles,
and burying them. The result is a
tails. Its producer, Klaus Peter Keller,
dazzling counterargument to the
fly planes, and go dog sledding.
100 percent natural white wine—
also makes one of the world’s finest
California cliché that says all Char-
Before passing away from a plane
with a Halloween hue—that drinks
Rieslings: the exquisite 14-per-
donnays should taste like they’ve
crash, he returned home to infuse
like a red. You get big tannins,
cent-by-volume G Max, which
matured in an oaked butter churn.
his daredevil spirit into his family’s
clove, and winter spice flavors, plus
retails for $600 and up. That’s
This grand cru Chablis, fermented
wines. This single-vineyard beauty
a full-bodied mouth feel—minus
built like a linebacker—round and
in stainless steel, tastes the way
retains the classic grapefruit profile
the sulfur and histamines that
big-bodied—but this entry-level of-
the French terroir intended: vibrant,
of a Sauvignon Blanc, then smoth-
can lead to red wine headaches.
fering is leaner, yet just as versatile.
smooth, and clean. It’s the perfect
ers it with more smoke than a bar-
Don’t tell Aunt Edna, but it’s also
Expect razor-sharp acidity, some
acidic counterbalance to cheese
becue pit. Think gunflint and citrus
perfect for moisturizing unwanted
limestone, and a boatload of com-
courses, chicken, and fruit platters.
in a glass, an ideal companion for
fruitcakes. Just dip and serve.
pliments from anyone who tries it.
Your in-laws—and wallet—will
hams and smoked delicacies.
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2018 COULY-DUTHEIL CHINON RENEE ROSÉ, $14
2015 BONNY DOON VIN GRIS DE CIGARE, $16
2016 MONTES PURPLE ANGEL, $61
2015 E. GUIGAL CÔTERÔTIE BRUNE ET BLONDE DE GUIGAL, $50
There’s a complicated
If you think wine labels
Here’s a Chilean monster
calculus to determining
with cupcakes and dancing
made with carménère
This is the ideal wine for
just how much wine to buy
unicorns are fun, you’re in for
grapes, which some critics
those interested in delving
for the holidays. Buy too little and
a treat. In honoring the real-life 1936
have called “a wine from another
people start to whisper. Buy too
declaration in Châteauneuf-du-Pape
planet” because it’s so powerful.
Côte-Rôtie in the northern Rhone
much and the Christmas budget is
that outlawed UFOs from landing in
Think spiced fruit, dirt, and bramble.
Valley. This rich and complex bottle
kaput. Fortunately, this Loire Valley
local vineyards, winemaker Randall
Whenever someone tells D’Alexan-
is deeply “animalistic,” full of tobac-
rosé is an evergreen choice, which
Grahm named this rosé “le cigare
der they like big California cabs, he
co notes and game meat. It’s ideal
can be sipped all year round. It’s
volant,” or “flying cigar,” the French
smiles, pulls this out and pours. “As
for a country Christmas celebration:
made with Cab Franc, rare in rosés,
sobriquet for flying saucers. Fortu-
soon as they take a sip, they say,
venison, rich charcuterie, and a
which adds spicy bell pepper notes
nately, this bottle is otherworldly in
‘Now, that’s big and powerful!’ ” he
to a traditional strawberry-rose
its own right, including its funny UFO
says. “It’s one of those moments
But it’s also impeccably smooth as
melody. Given the price tag, it’s a
label. This California surprise pairs
where you think you’ve been
it blends together grapes from two
steal in any season.
flawlessly with soups, salads, and
enjoying something, then you find
of the best vineyards in the Côte-
spicy sides, thanks to a floral—and
something even better and you
Rôtie—the Brune and Blonde—for a
extremely luscious—profile that’s as
can’t help but ask, ‘Where has this
rich experience like no other.
creamy as strawberry yogurt.
been my whole life?’ ”
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deeper into the Syrahs of the
2017 MERKIN VINEYARDS CHUPACABRA, $24
2004 YIANNIS ECONOMOU SITIA, $62
2015 GLAETZER AMON-RA SHIRAZ, $71
2002 KRUG CLOS D’AMBONNAY BLANC DE NOIRS BRUT, $2,000
Bargain-hunters take note:
After years spent working in
This is hands down, the
One of the trendiest wines
Chateaux Margaux with the
most fail-proof gift wine on
When D’Alexander was a
of late is being produced—
legendary Italian winemak-
D’Alxander’s list. Why? This
sommelier at Les Nomades,
believe it or not—in the town
er Giacomo Conterno, Yiannis
100 percent Shiraz from Australia is
of Jerome, Arizona. Named Ch-
Ecaneumu took his wisdom back to
made from ancient vines that are
bottle of 1995 Clos D’ambonnay
upacabra, after the mythological
his native Greece to much acclaim.
over 130 years old, which translates
and encouraged him to take a sip.
shapeshifting Mexican demon, the
He’s known for resting his wines
to a sparse number of grapes and
Suddenly, he was seeing stars. “It
varietals used to produce this wine
for up to a decade before bringing
über-concentrated flavors that taste
changed me forever,” says D’Alexan-
change every year. The vintage
them to market, often releasing
like black cherry and dark plum.
der. Yeasty with tons of fruit, it’s ex-
is a beauty: a blend of Grenache,
them out of order. Perhaps the
It’s not made to be popped open
ploding with so many flavors it’s like
Syrah, and Molvedre that produces
2000, then the 2001, followed by
anytime soon. In fact, D’Alexander
fireworks on the tongue. Although
a luscious juicy fruit flavor and
the 1998. The result is one of the
recommends storing a bottle for a
$120 Krug Grand Cuvees are avail-
a light body that weds well with
great, unheralded red wines to pair
few decades—just long enough for
able, the D’Ambonnay is something
seafood and chicken. It’s served
with desserts. Think raisins, prunes,
the giver to be invited back for a
special. It’s been produced only five
in wine bars across New York,
and blackberry pie in a glass, which
one-of-a-kind thank-you party.
times, when conditions were ideal.
in part because the winemaker,
slices through sugary wintertime
If you’re planning to pop an import-
Maynard James Keenan, is the
treats with true élan.
ant question this season, this is the
lead singer of the band Tool.
a customer brought in a
Champagne for the moment.
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A few quick tips from Hinsdale Flower Shop for creating a holiday centerpiece By Megan Mitchell |
RUSTIC CUT TRUFFLE POTATOES Yield: 8â€“10 servings
5 pounds potatoes (Peruvian, sweet, and Yukon Gold), diced 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped 4 tablespoons olive oil salt and pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons truffle oil shaved fresh Parmesan 1
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Wash and rough chop potatoes, then place in bowl. Add olive oil, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper; mix until coated.
Turn oven down to 350 degrees and spread potatoes on a large sheet pan.
Roast potatoes for 45 minutes, turning every 12 to 15 minutes so they cook evenly.
Once roasted, place the potatoes in a serving dish and drizzle with the truffle oil. Top with shaved Parmesan and serve hot.
Recipes courtesy Pheasant Run Resort executive chef Tiffany Tooker | RB
Hydrate flowers the night before by making fresh cuts and placing in a vase with floral food.
Clean the stems by removing leaves that will be under the water line, which prolongs life.
Use more than one style of flowers and foliage to create a variety of textures and colors.
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WARM BUTTERNUT SQUASH Yield: 10 servings
1 cup pecans, chopped 1 tablespoon butter, melted pinch sugar 2 large butternut squash (approximately 5 pounds each), peeled, seeded, and chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup dried cherries 2 tablespoons honey 3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled pinch cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir pecans, butter, and sugar in bowl. Place the pecans on an oiled or sprayed sheet pan and roast for 10 minutes; reserve.
Place the squash on a second oiled or sprayed skillet; drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Roast squash for 15 minutes, then toss the pecans on the same skillet and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
Place squash and pecans in a serving dish (or keep in skillet), then lightly mix in honey and cherries. Top with crumbled goat cheese and serve.
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CAST IRON BOURBON CARAMEL APPLE COBBLER Yield: 8 servings
2 sticks butter, divided 21/2 pounds sweet or tart apples, peeled and sliced 11/2 tablespoons lemon juice 11/2 cups brown sugar, divided 11/2 teaspoons cinnamon ¾ cup flour, divided pinch of salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Melt 1 stick of butter in sauce pan, then add apples, lemon juice, 1 cup brown sugar, cinnamon, and ¼ cup flour. Cook until sauce thickens and apples are fork tender (about 5 to 8 minutes). Pour apple mixture into an 8-inch cast iron skillet.
Cube remaining stick of butter and mix with 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl; crumble over top of apple mixture. Bake until crisp and bubbly (10 to 15 minutes). Top with bourbon caramel sauce (see page 106 for recipe) and ice cream, if desired.
Recipe courtesy Eaglewood Resort & Spa executive chef Nebojsa “Nesha” Miljkovic |
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FOOD STYLING BY ELENA MAGLIO-BARONI
You H A V E W H A T I T T A K E S H O S T Thanksgiving ?
S TA R T H E R E
How are your cooking skills?
Well, my ramen noodle skills are on point.
Sure, I can follow a recipe.
… anything else?
Um. Sob uncontrollably on the kitchen floor?
Why don’t I have my own Food Network show yet?
Your brother promised to bring beer, but just showed up emptyhanded. Now what?
Tap into your emergency booze stash in the basement.
Uncle George dropped the cranberry sauce, spilling it everywhere. Now what?
BY GRACE PERRY | ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOHN KENZIE
Uh, what centerpiece?
Run out to the one Jewel that’s still open—it’s worth the dinner delay!
Uncle Ted just mentioned the 2020 to your politically divided family. What do you do?
Bring out the pie. That can’t fight if their mouths are full! Give Uncle George a piece of your mind. C’mon, man!
Put on a smile, clean up the mess, and serve dinner. The show must go on!
JUST HERE TO EAT PIE Look, we all have different strengths. Some involve throwing lavish holiday dinners, and some of those involve enjoying said dinners. Your strength is the latter. Let the cooks do their thing. So take shots of whipped cream from the can when no one’s looking—there wouldn’t be a party without partygoers, right?
How many decorative gourds are in your centerpiece?
Why don’t I try it blindfolded this year, just for a little challenge?
TURKEY WHISPERER Color us impressed! You’re ready to rise to the challenge of feeding a brood of hungry loved ones this Turkey Day. Whether Aunt Irene picks another fight with Uncle Joe, the kids’ table gets rowdy, or the sweet potatoes come out weirdly goopy, you can handle it. You’re the holiday hero every family needs. We salute you.
Wait, let me watch this YouTube video real quick …
ENTERTAINER-IN-TRAINING Hosts with the most aren’t just born, they’re created. While you haven’t quite earned that title yet, you’re well on your way. We’d recommend assisting your elder kitchen czar this year: Set that table, chop those vegetables, watch that timer. Put in the work this holiday season, and you just might be able to fly solo next year.
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TO-DO LIST Through December 29
OLIVER! The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance among a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow, takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family. $53–$63. Various times. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. marriotttheatre.com
WAKE UP YOUR SPIRIT BREAKFAST Enjoy an uplifting morning featuring Chris Norton, professional speaker and author. After Chris suffered a spinal cord injury playing college football, he was given a 3 percent chance of feeling anything below his neck. Norton will share how he turned his 3 percent chance into an opportunity to inspire people every day, as he defeated the odds. Attendees will also hear from a DuPage Pads program participant whose life has been transformed by the agency’s housing programs and support services. $50. 7 to 8:30 a.m. Abbington Banquets, 3S002 Ill. Rte. 53, Glen Ellyn. dupagepads.org
CHEERS FOR VETERANS Enjoy this ninth event honoring the servicemen and servicewomen, and their families, who continue to defend our freedom and protect our country. Evening activities include silent and live auctions and a guest speaker. Proceeds help area veterans with home repairs and renovations. 5:30 p.m. $175. 5:30 p.m. Embassy Suites, 1823 Abriter Ct. nrfov.org November 7–December 22 SEASONAL
’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY EXHIBIT A historic look at a seminal story written in 1823 that continues to endear itself to contemporary audiences.
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Free. 10 a.m. to noon. 195 Fox Valley Center, Aurora. shopfoxvalleymall.com
November 9 DANCE
AILEY II The venerable Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which forever changed the perception of American dance more than 60 years ago, highlights the next generation of boundary-breaking dancers with Ailey II. $39– $48. 7:30 p.m. Belushi Performance Hall, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. atthemac.org November 9 MUSIC
Told through community-provided collections in partnership with the Golden Glow of Christmas Past. Free for members and Naperville residents. $4–$5.25 for nonresidents. Various times. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. napersettlement.org November 7
PHOTOS COURTESY MARRIOTT THEATRE AND BY KAREN MUEHLFELT, KYLE FROMAN
EYEWITNESS: MY JOURNEY TO THE HAGUE Before April of 1992, Isak Gasi was a world-class athlete and community leader, content to live a quiet life with his wife and infant daughter in the Bosnian city of Brcko. He never could have dreamed that within just a few short years, he would come face to face with Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic and others indicted for war crimes, as a lead prosecution witness at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Isak Gasi’s Bosnian War experiences propelled him into a prominent and ongoing role as a witness for the prosecution at the Hague tribunal. He has lived in the United States for the past 16 years, working in a technical field. This event is part of the First Division Museum’s popular series, A Date With History. The monthly programs feature an evening of lively discussion with authors, panelists, historians, and special speakers. Free. 6:30 p.m. Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. cantigny.org
November 8–December 7 EXHIBIT
CLAYMIRTH GROUP AND TANYA LUNINA ClayMirth is a local group of friends and potters who have shown their work throughout the Fox Valley area since 2001. Their work is diverse and ranges from sculptural pieces to functional art for everyday use. Photographer Tanya Lunina works in digital and film. Her exhibit Melancholy highlights the beauty and aesthetics of the late fall. The opening reception will be on November 8 at 6 p.m. The exhibits in both galleries can be visited during regular public hours: Thursday–Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. waterstreetstudios.org
LOVE + LIGHT: THE DIWALI CELEBRATION RETURNS Join Chicago Sinfonietta for its second Diwali concert, heightened this year by themes of musical mythology, familiar traditions and magical color. Listen as East meets West through Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and a reimagined performance of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite with accompanying Indian dance. $10–$62. 8 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. finearts. northcentralcollege.edu November 9 SPECIAL EVENT
BREW IT FORWARD Thank those who served for America’s freedom by attending a beer tasting benefiting the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. The tasting will be in the Tank Park outside the First Division Museum. Family Activities and music will be available. Each threeSanta’s Arrival
November 9 SPECIAL EVENT
SANTA’S ARRIVAL Fox Valley Mall will welcome Santa Claus to his Aurora/Naperville-area home, and families are invited to join the processional as Santa arrives by trackless train on the upper level and descends the stairs to take his place in the mall’s Santa set on the lower level (near Round 1 Court). Children can have professional photos taken with Santa (photo prices vary), eat cookies, make a Santa door hanger craft, and enjoy balloon twisting, face painting and visiting with live reindeer from the North Pole. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / NOVEMBER 2019 101
ounce beer tasting will be $2, 3 for $5, or 7 for $10. 1 to 4 p.m. Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. cantigny.org
Veterans Day Concert
November 9 MUSIC
CHILDREN OF METROPOLIS: SCRAP ARTS MUSIC Five extraordinary, virtuosic, and innovative drummers transform “scrap” into “art,” and “arts” into “music,” creating unforgettable performances using instruments artfully crafted from industrial scrap. More than just a concert, their performances are an intense blend of choreography, gymnastic agility, percussive precision, unique sculptural instruments, and, in this case, film. $35/adult, $18 child 18 and under. 8 p.m. Ramsey Auditorium, Pine St., Batavia. events.fnal.gov
TEDXNAPERVILLE TEDxNaperville is an immersive, daylong, Chicago-area disruptive ideas conference where bright minds, experts, business leaders, and visionary thinkers come together to explore unique and challenging concepts across every industry and all interests. $95. 1 p.m. The Yellow Box, 1635 Emerson Ln. tedxnaperville.com
GENEVA WOMEN’S CLUB ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW Join the Geneva Women’s Club for a fun-filled day of holiday shopping from a variety of talented crafters and artisans. Enjoy live musical entertainment, food, face painting, and even a visit from Santa Claus. Proceeds benefit local Fox Valley charities. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5/adults, Free/children 12 and under. Geneva High School, 416 McKinley Ave., Geneva. genevawomensclub.org
November 9 SPECIAL EVENT
BLUE NOTE RECORDS This spectacular celebration of the 80th anniversary of Blue Note Records presents a lineup of new talent. Pianist James Francies, saxophonist James Carter with his Organ Trio, and vocalist Kandace Springs showcase the current swirling, stylistic, and diverse state of jazz music. $55–$65. 6 p.m. Belushi Performance Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. atthemac.org
BRIDES & BUBBLES Amazing dress and jewelry boutiques, outstanding caterers and bakers, lavish decorators, and everything needed to create the perfect wedding day will be at this expo. Additionally, there will be vendors for a bachelorette party, honeymoon, and beyond. Free. $27/VIP package. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sheraton Lisle Naperville Hotel, 3000 Warrenville Road, Lisle. eventbrite.com
OCEAN TO PLATE This gourmet dinner will be prepared by Catch 35 chef Eddie Sweeney and expertly paired with wine. Proceeds benefit Loaves and Fishes Community Services. $150. 6:30 p.m. Catch 35, 35 S. Washington St., loaves-fishes.org November 11 PARADE
VETERANS DAY PARADE The City of Aurora recognizes the dedication of local military servicemen and servicewomen who have served our country at the annual parade. The event steps off at the corner of Benton and Broadway at ends at the G.A.R. Memorial Hall, where an Honoring All Who Served ceremony will take place. The ceremony includes a military rifle salute by veteran organizations at 11 a.m., the exact time the armistice was signed that ended World War I. 10:15 a.m. Downtown Aurora. aurora-il.org November 11 SPECIAL EVENT
VETERANS DAY CONCERT The annual Christ Church concert held to honor and recognize veterans includes patriotic and sacred selections presented by a 100-voice Chancel Choir and Women’s Ensemble the internationally acclaimed Chicago Brass Band and the Singing Men of Oak Brook. Free. 3 p.m. Christ Church Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Rd., Oak Brook. christchurch.us/oakbrook 102 NOVEMBER 2019 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM
FISHING: ILLINOIS SMALLMOUTH ALLIANCE EARLY SHOW Sit with some of the area’s best fly tyers as they demonstrate their talents on a variety of patterns at Chicagoland’s only fly-fishing show. Bring the kids for a free tying program, and shop from select vendors. $10/adults age 13 and up; free/children 12 and under. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mayslake, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. dupageforest.org
VETERANS DAY COMMEMORATION Spend Veterans Day evening at the First Division Museum. Meet local community veteran groups who epitomize the spirit of Veterans Day by giving back to those who have served us. Ceremonies and performances include 5 p.m. Veterans Day Remembrance and Quilts of Valor Quilt Ceremony and 6 p.m. Trickster Art Gallery Native Veteran Drum Circle and Dance. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Cantigny
First Division Museum Lobby, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. cantigny.org November 11
But who could ever learn to love a beast? $36–$74. Various times. Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. paramontaurora.com
about the hobby and how model trains work. Free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org
VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION To honor the men and women who have proudly served our nation, the Chicago Zoological Society invites the public to a special Veterans Day ceremony at Brookfield Zoo’s Discovery Center. On Veterans Day admission to the zoo is free for all guests. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 8400 31st St., Brookfield. czs.org November 13–January 19 THEATER
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Once upon a time on a bitter winter’s night, a young, selfish and vain prince finds a beggar woman asking for shelter. Disgusted by her appearance, he sends her away. The old woman transforms into a magical enchantress who places a curse upon the prince to appear as hideous on the outside as he is on the inside. Given a magical rose, he must learn to love and find love in return before the last petal drops, or he is doomed to remain a beast forever.
November 15–January 19
MARY POPPINS Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins flies to the stage delivering magic, whimsy, and enchantment through memorable songs and a timeless, heartwarming story. Nominated for seven Tony Awards and based on the Academy Award-winning film and the beloved children’s novels, the “practically perfect” musical is for the entire family. $55– $70. Various times. Drury Lane, 100 Drury Ln., Oakbrook Terrace. drurylanetheatre.com November 16 FAMILY
MODEL RAILROAD MADNESS! All aboard for a day full of model train fun. Drop in at the Elmhurst History Museum’s Education Center to meet local model train enthusiasts and collectors from Chicagoland T-Trak. See their innovative track layouts and learn
WHEATON HOLIDAY HOUSE WALK The Wheaton Holiday Housewalk has become a tradition for many who want to see some of the most beautiful homes in Wheaton decorated in holiday splendor and only open to the public for this one day a year. The homes are all located in historic downtown Wheaton. Proceeds benefit Wheaton North Flight, a competitive ensemble that performs locally and nationally. $35–$40. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Downtown Wheaton. wheatonholidayhousewalk.com November 16 MUSIC
THE MIDTOWN MEN Stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys bring to life the greatest hits of the 1960s. $65–$75. 7:30 p.m. Belushi Performance Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. atthemac.org
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REMARKABLE RUSSIANS Internationally renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine joins the DuPage Symphony Orchestra to perform Aram Khachaturian’s exhilarating Violin Concerto in D Minor. This virtuoso showpiece incorporates musical elements from folk songs and dances of the composer’s native Armenia, perfectly capturing the exotic flavor of traditional folk melodies and the rich diversity of customary dance rhythms. $15–$43. 7:30 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. finearts.northcentralcollege.edu November 16 SPECIAL EVENT
THANKSGIVING GRATITUDE WALK Prepare for Thanksgiving in a new way, and contemplate what you’re grateful for on a leisurely guided walk. Jot down your reflections and, if the mood strikes, you may share them with the group. Ages 18 and up. $5. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Register at the walk, online or at 630.206.9566. Mayslake, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. dupageforest.org
cians. Explore the Sound XI continues the popular tradition of theatrically lit and staged performances from every nook and cranny of Wentz Concert Hall. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged. $3–$10. 7:30 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. finearts.northcentralcollege.edu November 22
ILLUMIBREW Be among the first to see Morton Arboretum’s Illumination’s newest features while sampling seasonal beers, ciders, and meads from popular Chicagoland breweries stationed along the path. Warm up by a crackling fire with a cozy drink or roast marshmallows for s’mores. Then venture indoors to enjoy music and a full dinner menu in the Ginkgo Restaurant. Tickets include 12 three-ounce tastings and entry to Illumination. Designated driver tickets are also available. Must be 21 or older. $25 to $60. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Ill. Rte. 53, Lisle. mortonarb.org November 23–January 5 SPECIAL EVENT
November 22 MUSIC
EXPLORE THE SOUND HOLIDAY CONCERT Explore the Sound is back and this year, in a holiday version featuring North Central College Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Chamber Singers, Cardinal Chorus, and guest instrumental musiIllumination: Tree Lights
nation will highlight the many gifts of trees: natural beauty, increased feelings of peace and calm, homes for wildlife, and the air we breathe. This year’s event will debut a new route with a more spacious pathway. $6–$18. Various times. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Ill. Rte. 53, Lisle. mortonarb.org
ILLUMINATION: TREE LIGHTS In this unparalleled spectacle of color, light, and sound, guests will be awed and delighted to see returning favorites and surprising new sights, including Tree Fascination—a brilliant digital projection of immersive color and pattern on a grove of Eastern white and Scots pine trees. Illumi-
WASHINGTON STREET MARKET Shop talented artisans showcasing vintage, handcrafted and repurposed furniture, jewelry, home accessories, and small-batch edibles. $5–$20. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St. washingtonstreetmarkets.com November 23–December 22 SEASONAL
CHRISTMAS AT ABBEY FARMS Join in the tradition of hunting for your very own Abbey Farms–grown Christmas tree, or select a fresh precut fir tree from Father Andrews’s family in upper Michigan. Whether it’s Christmas trees, the Pine Tree Cafe, the yummy bakery, or a tractor ride, Abbey Farms grows memories and traditions. Check the website for times and other special events. Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Rd., Aurora. abbeyfarms.org November 24 LITERARY
THE BUSH SISTERS Join former first daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush in celebration of their first children’s book, Sisters First. The book illustrates the magic of sisterhood, and how we are all stronger, braver, and smarter when we stick together. The authors will read from the book and discuss how important it is to put your loved ones first, including personal stories of what it was like growing up together in the White House. Ticket admits one person and includes one pre-signed copy of the book. $27. 2 p.m. Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. andersonsbookshop.com November 25 SPECIAL EVENT
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guidance on creating a lovely floral centerpiece. A variety of seasonal fresh flowers and greenery will be used. Adults only. $50/nonmember, $45/ member. Cantigny Greenhouse, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. cantigny.org November 28 FITNESS
NAPERVILLE TURKEY TROT Burn off all those extra calories (before you eat) at the annual Naperville Turkey Trot. Online registration only. Walkers are welcome and are asked to finish in one hour. Only running strollers are allowed. Proceeds benefit the work of Naperville Noon Lion Foundation and Club. $30â€“$35. 8 a.m. Naperville Central High School, 440 W. Aurora. napervilleturkeytrot.com November 28 FITNESS
DAN GIBBONS TURKEY TROT Join thousands of others for the 35th annual 5K fun run raising money for local food pantries. To date, the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot has raised nearly $3.9 million and keeps all money raised within DuPage County. $35â€“ $40. 7 a.m. Park Ave. and Adell Pl., Elmhurst. dangibbobsturkeytrot.org NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / NOVEMBER 2019 105
November 28 FITNESS
WHEATON TURKEY TROT All ages and levels of runners/walkers are welcome for this fun 5K course through the Emerson neighborhood, including Graf Park and the DuPage County Fairgrounds. Long-sleeve tech shirt to each registered participant. Post-race bottle of water and snack provided. Net proceeds benefit Emerson Elementary School, as well as Bear Necessities. $20–$25. 7 a.m. Emerson Elementary School, 119 S. Woodlawn St., Wheaton. raceroster.com November 29 SPECIAL EVENT
BOURBON CARAMEL SAUCE RECIPE Yield: 8 servings 1 1/4 1/2 1 1
cup sugar cup water cup heavy cream tablespoon bourbon (optional) pinch salt (optional)
Simmer sugar and water on medium heat, swirling pan (not stirring) until a deep amber color is reached (about 15 minutes; watch closely to avoid burning).
Remove from heat and slowly add cream while stirring. Add pinch of salt and bourbon and place back on low heat for another minute, while stirring.
Transfer to heat-safe dish or bottle and let cool. Store covered in refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving, or simply microwave jar for 30 seconds before each use, without affecting texture or flavor.
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HOLIDAY WALK Celebrate the holiday season as downtown Glen Ellyn comes alive with twinkling lights, decorated storefront windows, the sounds of Christmas, and Santa lighting the Christmas tree. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Downtown Glen Ellyn. business.glenellynchamber.com November 29 FITNESS
REINDEER RUN Grab your glow sticks and running shoes for the second annual Reindeer Run! With a two-mile course entirely within Brookfield Zoo, adults and kids can “fun run” under the lights and be the first to see the lights of Holiday Magic. Stick around after the Reindeer Run for music, drinks, food, and Animal Ambassadors. $22–$27. 5:30
p.m. Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Rd., Brookfield. czs.org November 29–December 1 SEASONAL
GINGERBREAD FESTIVAL Downtown Downers Grove kicks off the Holiday Season with the annual Gingerbread Festival. The Gingerbread Festival offers something for all ages to enjoy: story time, tree-lighting ceremony, gingerbread manhunt, gingerbread house competition, visits with Santa in his gingerbread House, breakfast with Santa, complimentary carriage rides, a holiday window display contest, and more. Free. Various times. Downtown Downers Grove. downtowndg.org November 29–December 15 THEATER
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MUSICAL A spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens’s well-known story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others, greeting Christmas cheer with an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” However, thanks to the guidance of three ghosts, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful, “Happy Christmas!” $25–$30. Various times. Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth Ave. brightsidetheatre.com Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic PHOTO COURTESY CHICAGO ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY, WHEATON PARK DISTRICT
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gaze with wonder at the 20-foot singing, dancing Christmas tree. The festival is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday. Free. Donations encouraged. Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Dr., Aurora. aurorafestivaloflights.com
Cosley Festival of Lights & Tree Sale
November 30–December 28 SEASONAL
November 29–December 22 THEATER
SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAY REVUE: THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Chicago’s famed sketch and improv comedy theater returns to Aurora with another hilarious take on the holidays. Break out the eggnog, throw on your Santa hat, and get ready to laugh through the holidays. The Second City has the perfect present for you, and it’s something you’ll love! If you like the holidays, you’ll love this show. If you hate them, you’ll love it even more. $37. Various times. Copley Theatre, North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. paramountaurora.com November 29–December 26
ELMHURST HOLLY TROLLEY On Saturdays in December the Holly Trolley connects three shopping districts: Elmhurst City Centre, Spring Road, and York Vallette. In addition to the stores and restaurants in these areas, the trolley will connect residents to many holiday events. Free. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Elmhurst City Centre, 147 N. York St., Elmhurst. exploreelmhurst.com November 29–December 30 SEASONAL
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS & TREE SALE Cosley Zoo has more than 2,400 trees in four varieties ranging from 3 to 12 feet. Wreaths, greens, and garland are also available for purchase. All proceeds from this event benefit Cosley Zoo. Free. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily; lights come on at 3 p.m. Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. cosleyzoo.org
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS @ PHILLIPS PARK One of the largest free outdoor drivethrough holiday light displays in Northern Illinois, the Aurora Festival of Lights, returns for its 13th year with even more dazzling displays that will delight both adults and children. Delight in the twinkling, shimmering snowflakes high above the trees, and
November 30–December 1 SPECIAL EVENT
FIREFLY MARKET Kick off the holiday shopping season by “shopping small” at an indoor market filled with 100 artisans who share a passion for handmade, farmhouse, repurposed, industrial, vintage, and home decor. $5 in advance, $6 at the door. 10 a.m. DuPage County Fair-
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grounds, 2015 Manchester Rd., Wheaton. fireflycandlemarket.com November 30–December 31 SEASONAL
BROOKFIELD ZOO’S HOLIDAY MAGIC Visit Chicagoland’s 38th annual largest and longest-running lights festival with over 1 million twinkling LED lights, a 41-foot talking tree, a skating rink, ice carvers, and more. Saturdays and Sundays in December; and Thursday, December 26, through Tuesday, December 31. Included in admission. $15–$22. Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Rd., Brookfield. czs.org December 1 MUSIC
A MILLION DOLLAR CHRISTMAS: PRESLEY, PERKINS, LEWIS & CASH Join the smash hit cast of Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash for a rip-roaring holiday show that’ll have the audience rockin’ around the Christmas tree. Featuring a full catalog of classic rock ‘n’ roll hits, plus a special selection of heartwarming holiday tunes. $45–$65. 4 p.m. Belushi Performance Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn. atthemac.org December 1 SEASONAL
FARMHOUSE MUSEUM TOUR: CHRISTMAS MEMORIES Discover Victorian holiday traditions and explore the lifestyle of a farm family on this tour of the farmhouse museum. Learn how the home was a place for work as well as relaxation and how it served as the building block of the rural community. Free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Rd., West Chicago. dupageforest.org
MARKETPLACE AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale & Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce Present th
Hinsdale’s 54 Annual Christmas Walk • Santa’s Arrival & Tree Lighting 5pm • Cookie’s Carousel • Kiddie Express Train • Animated Holiday Characters & Carolers • Giveaways and More
y, Dec. 6,, 2019 Friday, 5 pm - 8 pm In downtown Hinsdale
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COLIN MOCHRIE & BRAD SHERWOOD The longtime scene partners bring their two-man, seat-of-their-pants show to North Central College By Mark Loehrke
Brad I got involved in improv after seeing a group perform in college— it was like seeing magic and comedy at the same time. Scripted comedy requires writing and working, which I try to avoid.
KEYS TO A GOOD PERFORMANCE Colin For me, it’s being relaxed enough to walk onstage with absolutely nothing, but trust in myself and my partner—and the belief that we’re all going to have fun. Brad To always listen and react to what’s happening onstage. If you’re thinking too hard inside your own head and trying to come up with something funny, you’re out of the scene. It’s an odd type of Zen—to think quickly and not second-guess yourself.
A WORKING RELATIONSHIP THAT REALLY WORKS Brad Traveling the world to play like a couple of 8-year-old boys has been the greatest job I’ve ever had, and I hope it never ends. Colin Agreed—just the sheer fun of being able to do what we love, in a job that didn’t exist when we were growing up, is really hard to beat. It’s great being onstage with someone you know so well. I usually know where Brad is going in a scene, but when I don’t, I trust him enough to follow and see what happens.
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Colin Mochrie (left) and Brad Sherwood (right)
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EARLY IMPROV IMPRESSIONS Colin The immediacy and sheer fun of it hooked me right away. Scripted comedy is tougher, because you have the writer’s point of view, directors or producers with their input, etc. I love that with improv, we succeed and fail on our own merit.
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As a sister pub of Chicago magazine, Naperville is the premier lifestyle publication of Chicago's west suburbs. Our readers look to us for t...
Published on Oct 30, 2019
As a sister pub of Chicago magazine, Naperville is the premier lifestyle publication of Chicago's west suburbs. Our readers look to us for t...