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CONTENTS

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Editor’s Letter

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The 630

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Books

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Better Together

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Move

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TRENDS Shop Little Barn Baby

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Home

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Market

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DINE Table for Two Mora on the River

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Recipe Beef Bourguignon

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Local Flavor

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NaperScene Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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Naperville native Nicky Lopez

GIVING BACK Humanitarian Young Eagle Flying Club

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FEATURES Living Legend The day MLK came to North Central ETC To-Do List Spotlight Alice Wood COVER ILLUSTRATION BY TAYLOR CALLERY

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EDITOR’S LETTER

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WRITTEN HISTORY

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hen author Dave Hoekstra contacted me in February with a story idea about Martin Luther King (shown above, with North Central College president Arlo Shilling), neither of us could have predicted the coming Black Lives Matter movement. His story focuses on civil rights in the ’60s, and I’m grateful we can share this historic perspective with readers now. The work that the community began 60 years ago to make Naperville a safer and more equitable place for all should give us hope. Although we are a long way from healing and from eradicating hatred, I believe it was—and is—a priority for the city’s past and current leaders. Please join us at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 16, as we further explore the repercussions of MLK’s historic visit. I’ll be moderating a panel discussion including Dave Hoekstra and sources he interviewed for this month’s cover story, “Living Legacy” (p. 54). Visit our website at napervillemagazine.com/register to be sent a link to attend the virtual event.

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INFLUENCERS, EVENTS AND ISSUES ON OUR WEST SUBURBAN RADAR

CALLED UP A Naperville native reflects on his first year as a second baseman in the MLB By Matt Le Cren

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icky Lopez will never forget May 14, 2019. That was the date the 2013 Naperville Central graduate made his major league debut for the Kansas City Royals. “It was unbelievable,” Lopez says. “I lived out my dream. No one can take it away from me now.” Lopez, 25, is the first NCHS player to reach the big leagues. He led the Redhawks to a sectional title his senior year under head coach and dean of students Mike Stock, who didn’t foresee him getting this far. “I never would have predicted it, but now seeing it play out, it should never have surprised me,” Stock says. “He has

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great athleticism along with the mental toughness to do well in baseball. “You’ve got to be able to be humbled and not lose your way. When struggles did come, he never made it worse. He always got through it quicker than others, and I think that’s something that resonated with every coach and teammate he had.” Lopez, who was selected by the Royals in the fifth round of the 2016 amateur draft after his junior season at Creighton, credits the tough competition he faced during high school and travel ball for preparing him for the pros. “I loved growing up in Naperville,” says Lopez. “Naperville was good to

me. Every team we played against was good. There was always great talent in Illinois and I think that’s what kind of shaped me.” Lopez became the Royals’ starting second baseman during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He says it was a surreal experience playing in empty ballparks. The Royals played both the Cubs and White Sox in Chicago, but his family, including parents Angela and Bob, weren’t allowed even to say hello to him at the hotel. “You can’t go out, you can’t be around people, and it kind of plays a mental toll on you,” Lopez says of the COVID-19 restrictions. “The regular fan doesn’t really know what it’s like because as a baseball player there’s a lot of ways to get your mind off the game—whether that’s getting dinner after a game or hanging out with friends, and we can’t really do that.” Lopez, whose family still lives in Naperville, is training in Arizona during the off-season. The Royals will visit Wrigley Field and Guaranteed Rate Field again in 2021, and Lopez is looking forward to it. “Hopefully, next year everything goes back to normal because I don’t think this is the way baseball should be played,” he says. “We want to be able to play the games with fans.” Count Coach Stock among Lopez’s many supporters. “He comes from a great family,” Stock says. “He stays in touch with the people he cares about and I’m lucky that we at Central are still part of that world.”

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Nicky Lopez made 100 starts with Kansas City during his major league debut in 2019.


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By Nicola Cornick (Graydon House) Trapped in a loveless marriage to a member of Queen Elizabeth I’s court, Amy Robsart hatches a desperate scheme to escape. Her plan’s devastating consequences echo through the centuries to the present, when Lizzie Kingdom discovers she is linked to this terrible secret.

By David McKnight (Portfolio) Americans are living longer than ever before. The hard truth is that no matter how much you save, you are likely to outlive your money or watch it be taxed into oblivion. This book lays out a comprehensive road map for a secure retirement. If ever there were a solution for the American retiree, it’s guaranteed tax-free income for life.

By Felicity Hayes-McCoy (Harper Perennial) Eager to cheer up her recently widowed gran, Cassie Fitzgerald persuades Lissbeg Library to set up a Skype book club, linking readers on Ireland’s Finfarran Peninsula with the U.S. town of Resolve, home to generations of Finfarran emigrants. But when the club decides to read a detective novel, old conflicts on both sides of the ocean are exposed and secrets emerge.

By Jamie Oliver (Flatiron) We’re all busy, but that shouldn’t stop us from having a tasty, nutritious meal after a long day at work or looking after the kids. Instead of changing what we typically buy week in, week out, Jamie Oliver gives new inspiration for our staple ingredients. With everything from fake-aways and tray-bakes to family and freezer favorites, you’ll find bags of inspiration to help you mix things up in the kitchen.

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BETTER TOGETHER

BACKYARD BLISS Unable to travel for their dream destination wedding, this couple brought Italy to Illinois By Lisa Arnett

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ara Zappani, 29, and Michael Castaldo III, 27, grew up in Bloomingdale attending the same schools, but managed not to meet until their upper-class years at Lake Park High School. “We bonded over our love of food together,” Castaldo says. “We’re big foodies and we love trying new foods and going out to eat,” Zappani says. Their connection was cemented when they introduced their parents and watched them instantly hit it off, too. “They met for the first time, and by the end of the night had planned a vacation together,” Zappani says.

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They continued to date through college in different parts of the state, and after graduation, both landed jobs in Naperville—Zappani at Partners Wealth Management and Castaldo at law firm Ottosen DiNolfo Hasenbalg & Castaldo. This past May, Castaldo proposed to Zappani in his River North apartment over carryout from one of their favorite restaurants, High Five Ramen. Zappani’s father grew up in Italy, so she had dreamed of a small destination wedding there; however, his recent cancer diagnosis and pandemic-related travel restrictions prompted a change in plans. “We thought, we want to do


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it sooner rather than later, because it’s important for my dad to feel good and be able to walk me down the aisle,” Zappani says. “Because [Michael’s] parents have such an amazing backyard, that was the first thing that popped into our heads. … We thought, we are going to bring Italy to us.” They enlisted Naperville-based wedding planner Cindy Shanholtz of Effortless Events to pull together the Aug. 29 wedding in a matter of weeks, starting with a ceremony at St. Hyacinth Basilica in Chicago followed by a Tuscan-inspired backyard reception at the Castaldo family’s Bloomingdale home. The party kicked off with a towering charcuterie display and welcome cocktails—prosecco and limoncello spritzers—served by Bellisimo Bar Company, a Piaggio Ape (Italian three-wheeled truck) converted into a mobile bar. Their 35 guests found their seats for the multicourse Italian dinner thanks to laser-cut wooden place cards adorning each table setting. The couple recently bought a home in Norridge and hope to plan a honeymoon when it’s safer to travel, perhaps next year. In the meanwhile, they’re

relishing the memories of their wedding day, from Zappani’s dance with her dad to the joyful moment her nieces, ages 2 and 5, joined her and Castaldo for their first dance together. “It was very important to us that everyone eat, drink, and have a good time,” Castaldo says. “Everything was just perfect.”

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MOVE

REACHING GOALS An EMOM workout from the head speed and strength coach for D1 Training Fox Valley By Cody Schaefer BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT

Using sports-science-backed training, sport and fitness goals can be accomplished using D1’s Five-Star Training programs, which include a dynamic warm-up, performance, strength, core and conditioning, and cooldown. PLAN Conduct a five-minute dynamic warmup consisting of upper-body twists, knee hugs, ankle pulls, jumping jacks, and arm circles. Perform the exercises described below in order every minute, on the minute (EMOM) for three sets of the prescribed repetitions. Finish with a three-minute cooldown of lying knee hugs, downward dog, child’s pose, and straight leg hamstring hold. EQUIPMENT Resistance band, bench or chair, and dowel or broomstick

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Stand about two feet in front of a knee-level bench or step. Lift one leg up behind and place top of your foot on the bench. (Your front foot should be far enough in front where you can comfortably lunge; hop around a bit to find the right spot.) Bend front knee to lower down until thigh is parallel to the ground. Push through heel to return to standing. Do 8 to 12 reps.

X PLANK

Starting in a high plank position, lift opposite leg and arm, holding for 2 to 5 seconds before switching sides. Do 12 to 16 reps.

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OVERHEAD SQUAT

Step on the resistance band with feet slightly wider than hip width. Grasp the band and extend both arms overhead. Keep weight centered, back flat, and band directly over the back of your head as you sit down into a full depth squat. Push through the heels or midfoot to return back to standing position. Do 8 to 12 reps.

Hold a hollow body position with core muscles active, shoulders and legs off the floor, arms and legs fully extended, holding a dowel towards the ceiling. Slowly rotate through the core, tapping the ends of the dowels on alternating sides. Do 12 to 16 reps.

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HUMANITARIAN

A family enjoys Cavalcade of Planes (2019)

Aviation takes local kids to new heights By Julie Duffin

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eonardo da Vinci never said the famous quote attributed to him: “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” But had he lived 500 years later, his obsession with birds and flying make it plausible that he would speak about the lure of aviation. Wayne Brazinski knows the obsession well, and he feels compelled to share flying experiences with others. In fact, he’s made it his personal mission to ensure area youth are able to experience the joys of flying and continue to return to the skies as much as possible. Brazinski is president of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 461 at Clow International Airport in Bolingbrook. In addition to being part owner of the flying school and maintenance shop, Brazinski works with the Young 18 NOVEMBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

Wayne Brazinski

Eagles program, which gives kids ages 8 to 17 the chance to fly for free in a general aviation airplane. Prior to COVID-19, the program offered flights for 50 to 100 kids each month. Although that number is lower now due to current restrictions, kids can still experience flight by appointment on a weekly basis. While some enjoy the one-time experience, others become inspired. “About one to one and a half percent of the kids we fly are struck by the spark. They knew it would be cool but had no idea they would be so taken with it,” he explains. Up until three years ago, a single ride was all the program offered. But seeing how some kids wanted more, Brazinski launched the Future Aviators of America. Through the FAA club, teens ages 12 to 18 can indulge their passion for aviation by participating in STEMtype activities, including Lego projects,

About one to one and a half percent of the kids we fly are struck by the spark. They knew it would be cool but had no idea they would be so taken with it.” —Wayne Brazinski have friends with the same interests. They don’t fit into one particular group. This club gives them a place to hang out with like-minded people.” One young woman has been particularly affected by the program. Becca

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rebuilding a 1929 Pietenpol, building pedal planes, and—of course—flying. “We create little aviators and hope some become big aviators one day,” he explains. Brazinski is especially cognizant of the fact that only six percent of professional pilots are female. “One of my initiatives is to promote females in aviation. Most young ladies in high school who are interested in flying don’t


(not her real name) took a Young Eagles flight when she was 10 years old. Her grandparents brought her as a diversion from the domestic violence she experienced at home. That flight changed her life. Finding the support and encouragement she needed, Becca gained confidence in herself and her abilities. “Since coming to that Young Eagles event, Becca went from failing to graduating middle school with honors. She went from being a shy, almost invisible young lady to a high-achieving leader and member of the student council,” he explains. After being mentored by Brazinski for five years, she now works at the airport and runs the FAA club. She even mentors another teen who faced similar abuse. Now 15, Becca recently was awarded a Give Something Back Scholarship, giving her a full ride to college.

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Another participant who caught the aviation bug went on to earn his master’s degree in aerospace, aeronautics, and astronautical engineering. He now works in propulsion engineering at SpaceX. In addition to Young Eagles, the EAA hosts a number of events at Clow airport designed to make flying accessible to all. “Most people don’t realize they could drive to Bolingbrook airport and find someone to engage their kid,” Brazinski notes. “We are trying to help people understand that the airport is more than a playground for the privileged. Anybody can afford to learn to fly. If you have an interest, you can do it.” More information about programs and events can be found at eaa461.org.

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1 Volunteers setting up the Promise Garden. 2 Darius and Karolina Barkauskas. 3 Auberge Walkers. 4 The Promise Garden represents the promise to remember, honor, care, and fight for those living with Alzheimer’s. 5 Bill Gallagher with his dog Finley.

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FIGHTING DEMENTIA More than 620 walked in support of those affected by Alzheimer’s By Michelle Dellinger

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idewalks and trails all over Naperville were put to heavy use on Sunday, September 13, in an effort to promote awareness and raise funds to battle the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. In Illinois alone more than 230,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s, and another 587,000 residents act as caregivers. Team Boom! Boom! Boom!, organized by the Parratore family, was named the top fundraising team at this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Naperville, raising more than $15,300 for care, support, and research. “Our family has been impacted by Alzheimer’s in many ways,” reads the team webpage. “Most recently, the patriarch of our family, Bob, has been affected. This year has been one of the more challenging, as we moved him into a memory care facility.” The Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) mobilizes millions of Americans to participate in the walk—held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide— which is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. The Naperville walk raised more than $198,000 to benefit the Illinois Chapter of the organization.

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DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE 2020. Let it be remembered there was magic. As we enter the season of giving, we want to thank you for the spirit of giving you have shown our Downtown Naperville businesses this whole year with your whole hearts. 2020 was an unexpected challenge. Yet in our deepest struggle we also found our most cherished gift—you. It was your patience, your kindness, and your patronage that kept us going. We pledged we would get through this together. And we have. You never wavered from our together promise: shopping, dining, and exploring in unexpected ways all the days as 2020 unfolded. As we enter the holiday season, we want to keep the magic alive and continue our pledge to you. To serve you with tried-and-true locally owned shops and nationally treasured stores that offer food, fashion, fitness, and fun … so we can all keep the magic alive, together. Our pledge extends also to our superior customer service, welcoming smiles and reminders of safety as we continue to encourage all visitors to mask up, maintain social distance, and adhere to posted guidelines as we step toward a brighter future. Thank you for the magic of giving. We wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season. —Downtown Naperville Alliance

Monday, November 2 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. Ooh, ah! Post Daylight Savings, this will transform Downtown Naperville into a magical wonderland with welcoming lights in recognition of special days in November and the magical holiday season. With over 300,000 lights to illuminate, lights will come on gradually through the evening and every night thereafter. Monday, November 11 VETERAN’S DAY City Carillonneur Tim Sleep will play a program of patriotic and inspirational music at noon. The 30-minute concert on the bells of the Millennium Carillon will honor those who are serving or have served in the armed forces to protect our country and freedoms.

Saturday, November 20 through December MAGICAL WINDOWS Come experience Magical Painted Windows—where windows become art—around Downtown Naperville, in various locations. Local artists will create picture-worthy, holiday winter window scenes to engage and delight. Locations will be revealed at downtownnaperville.com (with painting dates, too) so you can watch the windows come to life, in real time. Friday, November 27 to Sunday, November 29 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 downtownnaperville.com for special weekend sales.

Saturday, November 14 to Sunday, November 15 DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND Wander through the shops downtown all weekend for some early-bird holiday savings and stock-up sales! Enjoy musical entertainment and lively decorations around town, plus special holiday sales and surprises at many downtown shops. downtownnaperville.com

November 27–December 23 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 downtownnaperville.com starting November 20 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 14 through December 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. New for 2020: More colored animation along the Riverwalk—lighted trees will be animated to music, new displays, and an interactive lighted tree in Naperville Jaycees Park at Water and Webster Streets. naperlights.com

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

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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! Saturday, November 28 SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY 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, family-owned businesses. Special savings and surprises await you in downtown’s small business community of shops! Come downtown on Small Business Saturday, Saturday, November 28. Saturday, November 28, December 5, 12 & 19 SUPER SATURDAYS! Every Saturday be on the lookout for musical performers who will be around town singing holiday favorites from 1 to 3 p.m. When you’re spotted downtown shopping, our roving ELF may reward you with a Downtown Naperville gift card. Sunday, December 1 to 28 HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES From virtual Cooking Classes, virtual and in-person Holiday Painting Classes plus many other creative holiday events offering by downtown businesses. Details for the the Santa House and Ringin' in the New Year were not available at press time; visit the park district website for confirmation: napervilleparks.org.

Stay up-to-date on holiday activities and surprises by following Downtown Naperville on social media (Facebook = Downtown Naperville; Instagram = downtown_naperville) and sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletter at downtownnaperville.com.


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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 downtownnaperville.com for specific store or restaurant hours. 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. Buy in person at 4 convenient locations including Downtown Naperville Alliance offices at the Main Street Promenade (55 S. Main Street, suite 367), Trails & Tides (120 Water Street), J. McLaughlin (216 S. Main) or Karisma Boutique (232 S. Washington) or online at downtownnaperville. com and have them mailed to you or directly to the lucky recipient. Regular shipping is FREE—but remember to order early for timely holiday arrival! 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 downtown@naperville. net, 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 downtownnaperville.com and sign up to receive the weekly e-newsletter Downtown Naperville DTNaperville downtown_naperville 26 NOVEMBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

PARKING Parking in downtown’s four parking decks (City Hall Municipal Deck, Central Parking on Chicago & Jefferson, the Van Buren Parking Deck, or the Water Street Parking Deck) is easiest and quickest. Electronic signage can help guide you to open parking spaces. Parking is always free downtown. To help with quick curbside pick-ups, most downtown street spaces have a 30-minute time limit allowing for quick trips while parking lot and parking deck spaces offer longer parking intervals.

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 littlefriendsinc.org to view locations hosting Giving Trees or to make a donation. WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE November 6 to December 4—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 napervillesunrise.org


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Allegory Aloha Poke Balboa’s Cheesesteaks Bangkok Village BD’s Mongolian Barbeque Bistro du Bouchard Blue Sushi Sake Grill Catch 35 Chipotle Mexican Grill Egg Harbor Café Eggs, Inc. Einstein Bros. Bagels Elements Events & Private Dining P 101 Empire Burgers & Brew J 107 Everdine’s Grilled Cheese Co. K 400 Fat Rosie’s Taco & Tequila Bar P 108 Features Bar & Grill/ Club Mamalu U 501 Fiammé Naperville Q 300 Five Guys Burgers & Fries P 108 Frankie’s Blue Room

E 203 G 301 K K A E J F N J P J E F J J P P O K F E

401 405 304 202 302 303 105 108 109 108 307 203 113 201 101 105 100 403 307 201

Giordano’s Green Basil Vietnamese Cuisine Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Hizeman’s* Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House IKKAI Japanese Jackson Avenue Pub Jimmy John’s Jimmy’s Grill Jin 28 Lantern La Sorella di Francesca Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria MOD Pizza Nando’s PERi-PERi Noodles & Co. Northcott Liquorette Peanuts Bar & Grill Plank Bar & Kitchen Potbelly Sandwich Works Potter’s Place Q BBQ

G 301 Quigley’s Irish Pub O 107 Quiubo Q 300 Rosebud: Italian Specialties & Pizzeria M 112 Santo Cielo K 408 Seoul Taco Q 200 Shakou Naperville M 113 SixtyFour Wine Bar & Kitchen M 114 SixtyFour Reserve Room N 101 Sullivan’s Steakhouse K 406 Tapville Social F 309 Ted’s Montana Grill J 109 Two Brothers Barrel House F 307 Two-Nine M 110 Vasili’s Greek Taverna*

Bakery, Candy, Chocolate & Desserts F J F J J

310 102 207 104 111

Cinnaholic Kilwin’s Le Chocolat du Bouchard Molly’s Cupcakes Naper Nuts & Sweets

Coffee & Tea F O K I G

306 105 401 201 404

Adagio Teas Sparrow Coffee Starbucks— Barnes & Noble Starbucks Reserve Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea*

Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt F P J Q J I Q B

304 105 102 100 106 302 100 206

Cold Stone Creamery Cookie Dough Creations Kilwin’s Munchies Nutrition Hub Red Mango Smoothie King Sweet Home Gelato

Popcorn J 111

Naper Nuts & Sweets

SHOPS Apparel

Beauty & Spas

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Athletic J 109 The Annex— Naperville Running Co. F 201 Athleta B 208 lululemon athletica J 103 Naperville Running Company I 101 Pure Barre

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K 404 Couture Vision J 407 Sunglass Hut

J 404 Liam Brex Kitchen Design/ Ask Aunt V Q 200 Penzeys Spices A 305 Sur La Table J 303 Williams Sonoma

Children’s I 401 Bows & Babes I 204 Gap Kids E 304 Gotskind’s Shoes & Clothing F 205 Little Barn Baby Men’s & F 202 J 402 I 106 F 310 I 204 J 406 O 102 O 101

Women’s P Banana Republic Dean’s Fine Clothing P Eddie Bauer FILSON Gap J. McLaughlin London Skye Trails & Tides PARKING

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Women’s A 302 Ann Taylor B 209 Anthropologie P E 306 Chico’s E 308 European Living B 211 Evereve F 305 Francesca’s A 308 J.Jill K 404 Karisma Boutique A 303 LOFT A 301 Soft Surroundings I 203 Talbots A 307 White House Black Market PARKING

Barbershops C D K I B Q

407 100 103 301 204 300

Cornerstone Barber Shop C’zar Male Barber Lounge Floyd’s 99 Barbershop Henczel’s Barber Shop Mackhard Barber Shoppe Sport Clips

404 106 206 406 101 209 100 101 204 406 303 305 107 204 2flr 213 204 204 404 100 103 206 108 111 203 205 209

Amber Waves The Art of Hair Artistic Creations Salon Bella Lash Studio Benefit Cosmetics Bluemercury Concierge MedSpa C’zar Salon Spa Drybar Elegance Nail & Spa J & M Hair Studio Lisa René Hair Design LUSH Handmade Cosmetics MAC Cosmetics Mehndi Neo ME Spa Michael Graham Salon & Spa Perfection Beauty Boutique Pretty Convenient Salon Rose Thai Massage Salon Lofts Sephora SIS Nails & Spa Solaia Luxury Salon & Spa Ten Up Ulta Beauty Zano Salon & Day Spa Zazu Exchange

Books & Music E 305 K 401 K 102 J 204

Anderson’s Bookshop Barnes & Noble Christian Science Reading Room Purple Dog Records

Cards & Gifts J 406 Little Luxuries E 203 Paper Source E 302 SaraBoo Creek

Electronics & Coding I P B E

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Apple AT&T Store Naperville PC & Mac Repair uBreakiFix

Fitness & Health E 308 A 2flr

Abhyaasa Yoga Advanced Wellness of Main Street K 400 AIR Fit Naperville* A 2flr Bar Method Naperville P 302 Hot Yoga Naperville Q 200 Light Rx I 101 Pure Barre D 104 Pure Health & Wellness D 104 Riverwalk Therapeutic Massage F 308 Shyft B 204 YangRising Health & Wellness A 3flr Youth Rx & Weight Rx

Home Furnishings & Accessories B J J P J J K J E A

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Anthropologie Antiques of Naperville Beidelman Furniture J.C. Licht Company Little Luxuries Lovesac* Posh Home Studios Pottery Barn SaraBoo Creek Soft Surroundings

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BK Jewelry Costello Jewelry Co. Harry W. Yaseen Jewelers Lauren Rae Jewelry Boutique Naperville Jewelers Pandora

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Two Bostons Pet Boutique

Photography N 103 E 308

Alicia’s Photography Firefly Nights Photography

Shoes & Footwear J 109 I J E F J I

105 402 304 308 103 206

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108 406 308 302

Astrology Center Memory Keepers Peace Walgreens Drug Store

Toys & Games E 303 K 401

Anderson’s Toyshop Barnes & Noble

Wine / Wine Shops M 113 F 304

SixtyFour Wine Bar & Kitchen Tasting deVine Cellars

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HOTELS & LODGING O 104 E 203

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STORE LISTINGS APPAREL Ann Taylor Main Street Promenade 55 S. Main Street 630-357-7023 anntaylor.com Anthropologie 50 S. Main Street Main Street Promenade 630-305-8300 anthropologie.com Banana Republic 103 S. Washington 630-548-5509 bananarepublic.gap.com Chico’s 131 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-579-4207 chicos.com/store Dean’s Fine Clothing 226 S. Main Street 630-355-3007 deansclothing.com Eddie Bauer 108 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-961-3615 eddiebauer.com European Living 124 S. Webster 630-364-6381 europeanlivingchicago.com Evereve Main Street Promenade 50 S. Main Street 630-995-3530 evereve.com FILSON 41 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-228-1600 filson.com Francesca’s 25 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-428-9020 francescascollections.com Gap/Gap Kids 223 S. Main Street 630-961-2846 gap.com Gotskinds Shoes & Clothing 115 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-355-1811 il Negozio 35 W. Jefferson Avenue (2nd Floor) 630-326-8885 negoziostore.com

J. Jill 55 S. Main Street Main Street Promenade 630-983-5455 jjill.com J. McLaughlin 216 S. Main Street 630-300-5147 jmclaughlin.com Karisma Boutique 232 S. Washington Street 630-355-5554 LOFT 55 S. Main Street Main Street Promenade 630-355-5683 anntaylorloft.com London Skye 120 Water Street 331-814-3174 londonskye.com lululemon Main Street Promenade 50 S. Main Street 630-369-6811 lululemon.com Naperville Running Company 34 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-357-1900 runningcompany.com Peace 143 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-358-9642 peacenaperville.com Soft Surroundings 55 S. Main Street Main Street Promenade 630-696-4406 softsurroundings.com Talbots 217 S. Main Street 630-357-3680 talbots.com Top Fashion 233 S. Main Street topfashiontf.com Trails & Tides 120 Water Street 331-814-3736 trailstides.com White House Black Market 55 S. Main Street Main Street Promenade 630-305-9730 whitehouseblackmarket.com

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APPAREL—ATHLETIC The Annex by Naperville Running Company 20 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-995-3550 runningcompany.com Athleta 103 S. Washington Street 630-548-2628 athleta.gap.com lululemon 50 S. Main Street Main Street Promenade 630-369-6811 lululemon.com Naperville Running Company 34 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-357-1900 runningcompany.com Pure Barre 144 W. Jefferson Avenue (2nd Floor) 630-922-8803 purebarre.com/location /naperville-il

Mackhard Barber Shoppe 25 S. Washington Street 331-231-9863 mackhard.com

LUSH Cosmetics 119 S. Main Street 630-637-9016 lushusa.com

Sport Clips 22 E. Chicago Avenue 630-420-9800

MAC Cosmetics 108 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-637-3350 maccosmetics.com

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BEAUTY & SPA Amber Waves Art of Hair 232 S. Washington Street 630-961-1108 amberwavessalon.com Artistic Creations Salon 22 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-357-5467 artisticcreationssalon.com Bella Lash Studio 214 S. Main Street (2nd Floor) 630-453-5533 bellalashnaperville.com Benefit Cosmetics 214 S. Main Street 630-428-8557 benefitcosmetics.com/us/en

APPAREL—CHILDREN'S Bows & Babes 175 W. Jackson Avenue 630-946-6420 bowsandbabes.com

Bluemercury 42 W. Jefferson Ave 630-637-1007 bluemercury.com

Gap Kids 223 S. Main Street 630-961-2846 gap.com/products/gap-kids

Concierge Medspa 135 S. Washington Street 630-715-2853 conciergemedspa.com

Gotskind’s Shoes & Clothing 115 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-355-1811

C’zar Salon Spa 237 E. Jefferson Avenue 630-357-3444 czarspa.com

Little Barn Baby 123 S. Washington Street littlebarnbaby.com BARBERSHOPS Cornerstone Barbershop 4 S. Washington Street 630-355-7286 C’zar Male Barber Lounge 237 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-357-3444 cmbarberlounge.com Floyd’s 99 Barbershop 20 E. Jefferson Avenue 331-248-5247 floydsbarbershop.com Henczel’s Barbershop 109 W. Jackson Avenue 630-355-4847

Mehndi Neo 231 S. Washington Street 630-570-0068 mehndineo.com ME Spa 55 S. Main Street (2nd Floor) Main Street Promenade 630-527-9298 me-spas.com Michael Graham Salon & Spa 50 S. Main Street Main Street Promenade 630-946-6055 michaelgrahamsalon.com Perfection Beauty Boutique 25 S. Washington Street 773-851-8924 perfectionbeautybykaren.com Pretty Convenient Hair Extensions Studio 25 S. Washington Street 630-740-4528 prettyconvenient.net Salon Lofts 22 E. Chicago Avenue salonlofts.com/salons/naperville Sephora 132 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-778-1002 sephora.com

Drybar 144 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-689-1583 thedrybar.com/locations /naperville

SIS Nails & Spa 125 S. Washington Street 630-857-9918 emteahouse.com/sisnails

Elegance Nail & Spa 25 S. Washington Street 630-961-1111 elegancenailandspa.com

Solaia Luxury Salon & Spa 120 Water Street 630-453-5699 solaiaexperience.com

J & M Hair Studio 214 S. Main Street (2nd Floor) 630-699-0195

Ten Up 10 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-357-3322 10uphairsalon.com

Light Rx Face & Body 22 E. Chicago Ave. 630-420-4210 lightrx.com

Ulta Beauty 103 S. Washington Street 630-718-0609 ulta.com

Lisa Rene Salon 117 Aurora Avenue 630-355-8281 lisarenesalon.com

Zano Salon & Day Spa 35 S. Washington Street 630-428-4001 zanosalons.com


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Zazu Exchange 135 S. Washington Street 630-355-2230 zazuexchange.com BOOKS & MUSIC Anderson’s Bookshop 123 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-355-2665 andersonsbookshop.com Barnes & Noble 47 E. Chicago Avenue 630-579-0200 barnesandnoble.com Christian Science Reading Room 16 E. Jefferson Avenue 630-355-6512 csnaperville.org/ReadingRoom Purple Dog Records 231 S. Washington Street 773-682-7725 purpledogrecordsonline.com CARDS & GIFTS Little Luxuries 212 S. Main Street 630-357-1536 Paper Source 215 S. Main Street 630-778-8925 papersource.com/925 Peace 143 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-358-9642 peacenaperville.com SaraBoo Creek 107 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-428-3671 saraboocreek.com DRUG STORE Walgreen’s 400 S. Main Street 630-357-0450 walgreens.com ELECTRONICS Apple 120 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-536-5400 apple.com/retail/mainplace AT&T Store 423 S. Washington Street 630-961-0884 att.com Naperville PC Repair 25 S. Washington Street 630-776-2711 napervillepcrepair.com uBreakiFix 118 S. Webster Street 331-472-4292 ubreakifix.com

EYEWEAR Couture Vision 232 S. Washington Street 630-369-3937 (EYES) couture-vision.com Sunglass Hut 201 S. Main Street 630-428-4793 sunglasshut.com FITNESS & HEALTH Abhyaasa Yoga 124 S. Webster Street 630-358-9642 (YOGA) abhyaasayoga.com Advanced Wellness of Main Street Main Street Promenade 55 S. Main Street, Suite 294 630-428-2000

HOME FURNISHINGS & ACCESSORIES Anthropologie 50 S. Main Street Main Street Promenade 630-305-8300 anthropologie.com Beidelman Furniture, Inc. 239 S. Washington Street 630-355-5770 beidelman-furniture. myshopify.com JC Licht Co. 419 S. Washington Street 630-961-1771 shopjclicht.com Little Luxuries 212 S. Main Street 630-357-1536

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Bar Method Naperville 55 S. Main Street, Suite 211 Main Street Promenade 630-544-3431 barmethod.com/locations/naperville

Hot Yoga Naperville 400 S. Main Street 630-428-9644 hotyoganaperville.com Pure Barre 144 W. Jefferson Avenue (2nd Floor) 630-922-8803 purebarre.com/location/naperville-il

Pure Health and Wellness 213 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-435-0100 purehw.com Riverwalk Therapeutic Massage 213 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-538-1366 massageontheriverwalk.com Rose Thai Spa 232 S. Washington Street, Upper level 630-815-4584 massagebook.com/Naperville ~Massage~rose-thai-spa Shyft 39 1/2 W. Jefferson Avenue, (2nd Floor) 630-206-0265 shyftnaperville.com YangRising Health & Wellness 25 S. Washington Street 708-846-9514 yangrising.com

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Posh Home Studios 208 S. Washington Street 630-416-2020 finishesnaperville.com Pottery Barn 9 W. Jackson Avenue 630-369-4260 potterybarn.com SaraBoo Creek 107 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-428-3671 saraboocreek.com JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES BK Jewelry 105 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-983-8557 bkjewelry.net Costello Jewelry Co.
33 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-355-1311 costello.net Harry W. Yaseen Jewelers 226 S. Washington Street 630-357-0660 yaseens.com Lauren Rae Jewelry Boutique 14 W. Jackson Avenue 630-717-1111 shoplaurenrae.com Naperville Jewelers 120 Water Street 630-718-9036 napervillejewelers.com Pandora 119 S. Main Street 630-525-7800 memorablecharms.com KITCHEN & CUISINE Liam Brex & Ask Aunt V 222 S Main Street 630-848-0222 liambrex.com

Penzeys Spices 22 E. Chicago Avenue 630-355-7677 penzeys.com Sur La Table 55 S. Main Street Main Street Promenade 630-428-1110 surlatable.com Williams-Sonoma 9 W. Jackson Avenue 630-369-4167 williams-sonoma.com PAINTING & POTTERY Pinot’s Palette 175 W. Jackson Avenue 331-457-5440 pinotspalette.com/naperville Pottery Bayou 210 S. Washington 630-718-9823 pottery-bayou.com PETS Two Bostons Pet Boutique 103 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-357-7621 twobostons.com PHOTOGRAPHY Alicia’s Photography 32 W. Chicago Avenue 630-961-5777 alicias.com Firefly Nights Photography 120 S. Webster Street 630-585-7959 fireflynightsphotography.com SHOES & FOOTWEAR The Annex by Naperville Running Company 20 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-995-3550 runningcompany.com Clark’s Shoe Store 112 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-369-9660 clarks.com Dean’s Fine Clothing 226 S. Main Street 630-355-3007 deansclothing.com Gotskind’s Shoes & Clothing 115 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-355-1811 il Negozio 35 W. Jefferson Avenue (2nd Floor) 630-326-8885 negoziostore.com Naperville Running Company 34 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-357-1900 runningcompany.com

Top Fashion 233 S. Main Street topfashiontf.com SPECIALTY SHOPS Astrology Center 20 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-577-7238 Memory Keepers 216 S. Main Street, Suite 2A 630-717-0278 memorykeepersonline.com Peace 143 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-358-9642 peacenaperville.com Toys & Games Anderson’s Toyshop 111 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-355-2665 andersonstoyshop.com Barnes & Noble 47 E. Chicago Avenue 630-579-0200 barnesandnoble.com WINE/LIQUOR SHOP Sixty Four – Wine Bar & Kitchen 123 Water Street 630-780-6464 sixtyfourwinebar.com Tasting deVine Cellars 21 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-420-9463 (WINE) wineweb.com


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FOOD & DRINK DESSERTS Cinnaholic 41 W. Jefferson 630-857-9575 cinnaholicnaperville.com Cold Stone Creamery 23 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-369-5646 coldstonecreamery.com Cookie Dough Creations 22 W. Chicago Avenue 630-369-4833 cookiedoughcreations.com Kilwin’s Naperville 36 W. Jefferson Avenue 331-472-4236 kilwins.com/naperville Le Chocolat du Bouchard 127-129 S. Washington Street 630-355-5720 lechocolatdubouchard.com Molly’s Cupcakes 30 W. Jefferson Avenue 331-204-3940 mollyscupcakes.com

Starbucks Reserve 203 S. Main Street 630-778-8614 starbucks.com Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea 110 S. Washington Street sweetwaterscafe.com RESTAURANTS Allegory 224 S. Main Street 630-536-8862 allegorynaperville.com Aloha Poke 215 S. Washington Street 630-857-9090 alohapokeco.com

Elements Events & Private Dining 123 Water Street 630-717-2800 elementsnaperville.com Empire Burgers & Brew 48 W. Chicago Avenue 630-355-9000 empireburgerbar.com Everdine’s Grilled Cheese Co. 24 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-544-6626 everdines.com Fat Rosie’s Taco & Tequila Bar 47 E. Chicago Avenue 63-328-0060

Jimmy John’s 19 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-355-9411 jimmyjohns.com

Q BBQ 103 S. Main Street 630-637-6400 q-bbq.com

Jimmy’s Grill 245 S. Washington Street 630-548-2500 jimmysgrillnaperville.com

Quigley’s Irish Pub 43 E. Jefferson Avenue 630-428-4774 quigleysirishpub.com

Jin 28 28 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-848-1828 napervillejin28.com

Quiubo 120 Water Street 331-702-2711 quiubomx.com

La Sorella di Francesca 18 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-961-2706 miafrancesca.com

Rosebud 22 E. Chicago Avenue 630-548-9800 rosebudrestaurants.com

Lantern Tavern & Grill 8 W. Chicago Avenue 630-355-7099 lanterntavern.com

Seoul Taco 206 S. Washington Street 331-401-5105 seoultaco.com

Lou Malnati’s 131 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-717-0700 loumalnatis.com

Shakou Naperville 22 E. Chicago Avenue 331-472-4976 shakourestaurants.com

MOD Pizza 103 S. Washington Street 630-544-3471 modpizza.com

SixtyFour – Wine Bar & Kitchen 123 Water Street 630-780-6464 sixtyfourwinebar.com

Nando’s Peri-Peri 16 W. Jefferson Avenue 630-388-0193 nandosperiperi.com

SixtyFour – Reserve Room 123 Water Street 331-472-4767 sixtyfourreserveroom.com

Noodles & Company 207 S. Washington Street 630-369-3332 noodles.com

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The stained glass and millwork surrounding this nine-foot front door is original to Naperville’s Case Mansion, built in 1904. Current owners Mike Isaac and Adam Stachowiak have maintained the integrity of the original architecture while updating the home’s amenities for family life. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / NOVEMBER / MONTH2020 2019 37


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Geneva’s Little Barn Baby opens in downtown Naperville By Emma Jackson

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he perfect gift for the new mom or baby in your life is right around the corner, now that Geneva’s rustic chic baby store, Little Barn Baby, has opened in downtown Naperville (123 S. Washington St., littlebarnbaby.com). As a sister store to the home decor boutique Little Red Barn Door, Little Barn Baby sells baby, children’s, and moms-to-be clothing, plus decor and toys. Owner Sylvia Torres had found success in the Geneva area with her first store, Little Red Barn Door, which opened in December 2017, and recently opened a second home store. They’re both located inside the Berry House in Geneva. The baby section was so 38 NOVEMBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

popular that she opened a boutique just for baby items in December 2019. “We carried a small selection of baby gifts inside the shop, and our customers kept asking for more,” Torres says. “When the opportunity came available to open Little Barn Baby within the same block as Little Red Barn Door, we decided it was a sign to expand.” With clothing ranging in sizes from newborn through 5T, art prints, books, feeding essentials like wooden plates and utensils, furniture, toys, hooded towels, and more, Little Barn Baby offers an array of unique gifts. Many of the items encourage positivity and well-being—like Slumberkins, which help ease kids’ stress and anxiety with

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a stuffed animal paired with a book about topics like emotions and problem solving and an affirmation card—and items from Bella Tunno, which just came out with a new kindness line of teethers and bibs with sayings like “Kindness is cool” and “Choose joy.” After searching for the right place to open her second baby store, Torres says she jumped on the opportunity right away when she heard the former Marbles the Brain Store space in


Quincy Mae cardigan, $40, dress, $40, and socks, $35

downtown Naperville was available. The Naperville store is even bigger than the Geneva store and has a space where kids can play while parents shop. Torres works with many local artisans to sell their goods in both Little Barn Baby and Little Red Barn Door. The handmade bibs from Jennifer Kaye and reading pillows from Desmond Brown Design are a couple of the items made local, and the Itzy Ritzy teethers and accessories are made in Naperville. The Naperville store also includes a small selection of Little Red Barn Door items in a Gifts for Mom section, such as plants, mugs, and vases. After receiving many requests for welcome-baby gift baskets, Little Barn Baby will soon launch a gift box collection that will

We love being able to provide a space where the community can find a unique gift for a loved one.” —Sylvia Torres include some baby gift favorites and something special for the parents. Since many of the items are made locally, they are typically not found at bigger baby stores or Amazon. “We have a curated selection of items that we have handpicked based on each brand’s story, and we love being able to provide a space where the community can find a unique gift for a loved one,” Torres says. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / NOVEMBER 2020 39


HOME “We needed a master bath for the homeowners,” says designer Lauren Collander, “but it had to be worthy of the house.” Turn-ofthe-century materials and styles— natural stone walls and floor tile and wall paneling—were balanced with modern touches. “I really wanted to make sure it felt as if it had always been there,” she says.

Constant renovations are typical with an older home, but the couple’s bathroom proved to be the largest project. “Adam demoed the entire bathroom area himself,” says Collander. “The room was down to the studs when I was brought in to help with the design. He’s more of a team member than a client.”

GRAND ESTATE Couple honors historic home

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enovations are mandatory with a century-old farmhouse, and Adam Stachowiak is up for the challenge. With husband Mike Isaac and designer Lauren Collander, Stachowiak has managed the thoughtful renovation of the Case Mansion, purchased by the couple in 2014. After two generations of the Case family rejuvenated the property, caretaking now continues with Isaac and Stachowiak. Tossed: carpet, cement board, and old wiring. Kept: stained glass, leaded crystal doors, and respect for the history of the house. “We really tried to maintain the grandeur of the home, while still updating it,” says Stachowiak. “That was the biggest accomplishment.”

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The decision to paint the original woodwork in the foyer did not come easily, but after four or five years the couple started to consider a big change to the entrance. “When you walked in the house, it felt gloomy,” says Stachowiak. “With Lauren’s help I picked out some colors and inspiration photos.” The couple ended up rebuilding the stairs, risers, and spindles, but the paneling and newel posts are original. “Painting the foyer welcomed the family into the home,” says Collander, of LC Interiors. “We left enough elements that were stained, but this was the break from the dark wood.”

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LIVING LEGACY: THE DAY MLK CAME TO NAPERVILLE ONLINE EVENT MON. 11/16 7 P.M.

An exposed radiator serves as a warm shower bench next to a large glass shower (not shown). Additional radiators behind the tub were framed out under the windows to keep the eye’s focus on the outside view: a large fountain surrounded by native plants and trees.

November 21 marks the 60th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech to the North Central College community in 1960—a pivotal event in the ongoing work of Naperville residents at the forefront of the city’s civil rights crusade. Join Naperville magazine editor and moderator Michelle Dellinger for a panel discussion centered around Dave Hoekstra’s feature, “Living Legacy.” Hoekstra, a Naperville native, researched MLK’s visit for a fascinating cover story in the magazine’s November issue. Other event panelists include sources he interviewed: • Rev. Bob Burkhart is a retired pastor who heard Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech when he was a senior at North Central College. Inspired by Dr. King’s speech, he became engaged in the civil rights movement in the ’60s and throughout his career became involved in additional issues of peace and justice. • Dave Hoekstra is an award-winning Chicago journalist and a 1973 graduate of Naperville Central High School. He has written several books, including Reminiscences From the Civil Rights Era to Today. He wrote and coproduced the 2001 Emmy-nominated The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement for WTTW-Channel 11 in Chicago. Bruno the Bernese mountain dog guards the home, which was constructed by the Birn Concrete Block and Tile Co. starting in 1904. At the time it was the largest and most expensive residence made of stone in the area. Stachowiak says the homebuilder’s hobby was flowers. “We still have irises around the fountain today that are original to his collection,” he says.

• Dr. Ann Keating is an author and North Central College professor of history who provides commentary on the college community and national sentiments as the civil rights movement in the ’60s unfolded. Illustration by Taylor Callery

• Rev. Dr. Lynn Pries was the North Central College campus chaplain from 1994 to 2014, who was part of the 50th anniversary commemoration of King’s visit in 2010, featuring acclaimed activist-author Cornel West. • Tina Wetzel is the daughter of Rev. George St. Angelo, the minister and chaplain who invited MLK to speak at North Central College, who discusses her parent’s civil rights work and the threats her family faced. • Dr. Benny White is Naperville’s first African American city councilman, elected in 2017, who has been actively involved in the city’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. He is a West Point graduate and veteran and a former board member of Indian Prairie School District 204 and the Fire and Police Commissioners.

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TABLE FOR TWO

A MULTILAYERED SAGA

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The tempting prologue of Aurora’s evolving Mora project By Mark Loehrke

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the menu at Mora on the River (43 E. Galena, 630.660.3519, moraontheriver .com). Not only is the “Asian” designation from Morales’s Oak Park, Plainfield, and Bolingbrook Mora Asian Fusion outlets absent from the restaurant’s name, but the slate is something of a hodgepodge, with a handful of sushi rolls sharing space with a few pasta dishes, a flank steak, a hamburger, and a smattering of Asianinspired hot plates. Again, what’s the story? THE LONG GAME It turns out Morales isn’t being indecisive with this crazy quilt of a menu. Rather, he’s simply getting out ahead of his long-term plan to build out this Aurora location as a multilayered flagship of his Mora empire. Eventually, he

says, each story of the restaurant will be a distinct culinary experience, with the main floor offering the kind of signature Asian fusion dishes that diners have come to love at his other Mora sites, a speakeasy-style steakhouse in the basement, an Italian eatery on the second floor, and a rooftop deck that will feature great views, cocktails and small-plate selections from the other levels. Morales hopes to have the main floor ready for guests by early 2021, with the other levels opening one at a time every four to five months—and the rooftop welcoming its first revelers by May. In the meantime, his team spent the summer and fall test-driving a few selections on the patio that will eventually show up on each of those menus, kind of a “greatest hits” of things to come. At press time the patio was closed for the season.

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hat, exactly, is the story with Mora on the River in downtown Aurora? The first thing one notices about Jason Morales’s latest project—aside from the prime location just across the Fox River from the Paramount Theatre—is that it is very much a work in progress. The vintage riverfront building was clearly more framework than finished product upon our late September visit, with Morales’s team spending the summer and fall working alfresco for guests dining on the adjacent outdoor patio while construction continued inside (a conveniently smart play considering the pandemic-related restrictions in effect). “This is really an ideal location,” Morales says. “Downtown Aurora has a lot of positive momentum right now, and the Paramount is going to help make winter a busy season for us, which is not what restaurants normally experience. And during the nicer weather, the courtyard is perfect for outdoor dining and street parties—that social aspect is huge for us.” The second and somewhat more confusing aspect arises upon a perusal of


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CHAPTER ONE While the river actually runs by the other side of the building, its flow can nevertheless be heard from Mora’s charming and cozy outdoor space, which the restaurant intends to keep open as deep into autumn as the weather (and some strategically placed heating) allows. Our Sunday evening visit precluded us from taking advantage of that morning’s brunch offerings or the popular Wednesday-night ramen bowls, but the wide-ranging regular menu offered plenty of terrific tastes of things to come. We decided to share a collection of hot and cold plates, including a straightforward California roll from the sushi menu, some spicy crispy tofu, a well-prepared flank steak, and—on Morales’s recommendation—both the adobo fried rice (a Filipino fusion favorite that he says is one of his most popular items) and the crunchy Brussels and kale salad. This this last dish proved to be the knockout of the night (and this coming from someone who has never been even mildly impressed by kale). Downtown Aurora is quiet right now: The Paramount marquee is dark, and Mora on the River is still very much at the beginning of a bigger story yet to be told. But based on this prologue, at least, it’s certainly going to be one worth reading in full when the time comes.

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RECIPE THE ULTIMATE BEEF BOURGUIGNON Yield: 4 servings 2

tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more as needed 4 ounces bacon, sliced crosswise into thin strips (¼-inch x 1-inch pieces) 2 pounds boneless beef chuck, trimmed, and cut into 1-inch cubes sea salt and ground black pepper 1 carrot, peeled and sliced into ¼-inch-thick rounds 1 large yellow onion, medium diced 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour 2 cups full-bodied red wine, such as Chianti or Merlot 2–3 cups low-sodium beef broth 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 large garlic cloves, minced 3 sprigs fresh thyme, tied with butcher’s twine 2 bay leaves 15 pearl onions (estimate) 2 tablespoons butter at room temperature 8 ounces cremini or button mushrooms, trimmed and quartered 1⁄3 cup sherry vinegar 3 tablespoons chopped fresh, flat-leaf parsley INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and make sure there is enough clearance for the Dutch oven with the lid on the top rack.

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Add oil to a large Dutch oven set over medium heat. When oil is shimmering, add bacon and sauté until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer bacon with a slotted spoon to a bowl and reserve bacon fat in the pan.

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Dry the beef thoroughly with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Return Dutch oven to medium-high heat. When the fat is shimmering, working in batches to avoid crowding the pan, add the beef and sear, turning as needed, until browned on all sides. Transfer seared beef to bowl with

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bacon. Reduce heat to medium and add the carrot and onion to the pan; sauté until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. 4 Return the beef and vegetables to the Dutch oven and season lightly with salt and pepper. Sprinkle flour over and toss to lightly coat. Slowly stir in wine and add enough broth to just cover the meat. Stir in tomato paste, garlic, thyme sprigs, and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover the pan and place in preheated oven for 1½ to 2 hours. The meat is done when a fork pierces it easily.

TIPS One of the best-known French dishes, beef bourguignon (like most stews) is best made a day or two in advance so the flavors can mingle and develop. Frozen pearl onions will work in this recipe; however, fresh will have better texture and flavor. Peeling pearl onions is easier after a short blanch. Recipe courtesy of Sur la Table

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BREWING AWARENESS By Julie Duffin

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arlier this year, Weathered Souls Brewing in San Antonio created the Black Is Beautiful initiative, a collaborative effort in the brewing community to raise awareness about racial injustice, providing a platform to show that the brewing community is an inclusive place. The brewery created an imperial stout base, then put out a nationwide call for brewers to use the recipe to put their own spin on it. Proceeds are donated to local organizations supporting equality and inclusion. Since June, over 1,100 breweries in all 50 states plus 21 countries have created their own versions of the beer, including 30 in the Chicago area. We spoke with Charles St. Clair, co-owner 50 NOVEMBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

and co-operator of Black Horizon Brewing in Willowbrook, about his involvement. St. Clair is the only Black owner of an active brewery in Illinois. What is Black Horizon’s spin on the recipe? We brought the original recipe down from 70 to about 18 IBUs (international bittering units) just to smooth out the beer. Then we added a little flaked rye to give it some spice and oats to make it a nice smooth seasonal beer at about 8.7 percent ABV. We put some of the initial batch into cobalt bourbon barrels that we’ll release this winter. We’ll probably do the original and a variant raspberry cheesecake imperial stout.

St. Clair and his partners Kevin Baldus and Alex Stankus opened Black Horizon Brewing in July 2017. Prior to that, St. Clair served 24 years in the military, retiring as a captain in 2008. He went on to get his master’s degree from DePaul University and currently works as a senior network engineer for a law firm in Chicago. Follow Black Horizon Brewing on Facebook for information on when its remaining Black Is Beautiful beer will be released.

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LIVING LEGACY This month marks the 60th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech to the North Central College community, a pivotal event in the ongoing work of Naperville residents at the forefront of the city’s civil rights crusade Story by Dave Hoekstra Illustrations by Taylor Callery NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / NOVEMBER 2020 53


The city of Naperville was ready to take off in 1960.

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ore than 1,500 acres were annexed that year, marking the largest physical expansion in Naperville’s history. The city was beginning its shift from rural town to large suburb, both in geography and in mentality. Harper Lee’s social justice novel To Kill a Mockingbird was released in 1960 at the same time locals were flocking to Cock Robin for a milkshake. Change was in the air. How would entrenched small-town minds respond?

“I have thought about you and the North Central College community since I visited there some months ago. I will always remember the rewarding experience that was mine at that time.” Martin Luther King Jr.

On November 21, 1960, Martin Luther King Jr. visited Naperville at the invitation of North Central College’s chaplain. King had just been named co-pastor of his family’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and was president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Black minister–based organization that was at the forefront of the civil rights movement. He was a moral compass beginning to point north. The invitation to speak was extended by Rev. George St. Angelo (1921–2012). Chapel service at North Central is no longer mandatory, but in the ’60s attendance was required, and St. Angelo arranged a variety of speakers at the services, including King. 54 NOVEMBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

The day began with a prayer breakfast. King, who was 31, was picked up from his Chicago hotel by George and his wife, Betty. While driving, St. Angelo told King about his school’s commitment to service and justice. King responded with a telling question: Would his children be admitted to North Central College? King’s North Central speech was titled “Stride Toward Freedom,” and contained excerpts from his 1958 book of the same name in which he honored the nonviolent teachings of Gandhi and emphasized that Blacks be treated as equal citizens in the United States. Both the book and the speech were based on King’s experiences with the 1955–56 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. King spoke at an 11 a.m. prayer breakfast, then networked with North Central students in the afternoon. He delivered a second speech in the early evening at Pfeiffer Hall—a historic venue that still houses the podium from which King spoke. Another artifact from that day—a picture of King meeting the new North Central College president, Arlo Schilling—still hangs in the entrance of the school library. Despite that documentation, Ann Durkin Keating, author and professor of history at North Central College, says there’s no archive of King’s speech at the school. “It was at the end of the term, and we don’t have a record of it,” she says. “We surmise [the speech] was for freedom. Martin Luther King is visiting white suburbia across the North in 1960–61, looking for support. And he’s getting it. It’s really King introducing the Southern civil rights movement. And he’s not [yet] well known.” But King was known well enough that his visit to Naperville carried controversy with it. The college received threats about King’s appearance, including a letter from


the Ku Klux Klan, but Schilling did not bow to public pressure. In a 2010 North Central historical retrospective, St. Angelo talked of the heightened awareness of the Naperville Police Department. “They guarded the place where [King] took a nap, and when my wife and I drove Dr. King back into Chicago, they gave us a police escort all the way to Hinsdale. The point I’m making is, I don’t think they wanted [MLK] to come.” Despite these circumstances, King remembered his visit fondly. Almost a year later, on September 6, 1961, King wrote a letter to Schilling. In part, he wrote, “I have thought about you and the North Central College community since I visited there some months ago. I will always remember the rewarding experience that was mine at that time.” To understand the motivation of St. Angelo to bring Martin Luther King Jr. to Naperville, one first must understand St. Angelo’s background, as explained by Tina St. Angelo Wetzel—the middle of the reverend’s three

children. George was a native of quaint Huntingburg, Indiana, where his father owned a men’s clothing store and was active in the local chamber of commerce. Brother Gordon (1927–2011), who also attended North Central College, was the chair of the Indiana Democratic Party and an early supporter of John F. Kennedy, then a senator. “The trajectory of what happened to Dad in his life started all this,” Wetzel says, referring to her father’s work. “His parents were involved in civil rights. When he was a boy his family had a cross burned on their lawn by the KKK.” Unpredictable moments with more weight also changed Reverend St. Angelo’s life. He joined the United States Army after graduating from North Central. St. Angelo was trained as a German translator in the Signal Intelligence Corps and was assigned to the 1945 liberation of the Dachau concentration camp, where he interrogated Nazi guards and administered medical care to survivors. Approximately 10,000 of the 30,000 prisoners were sick at the time of liberation.

Historic venue Pfeiffer Hall houses the podium from which King spoke at North Central in 1960.

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A statue of journalist Genevieve Towsley sits outside the Barnes & Noble in downtown Naperville.

“When he saw what he saw … ,” says Wetzel, as her voice trailed off, “… it totally changed his life. That’s when he went into the ministry.” Reverend St. Angelo was ordained at North Central College in 1949, the same year he married his wife, Betty, after meeting her in the college’s library. Betty’s father was also a minister. After serving in northwest Indiana and Indianapolis, St. Angelo was named the first chaplain at the college in 1955. At the time, every North Central College student was required to take religion classes, and this commitment to spiritual teaching—including issues of justice—resonated with King. Up until his 1966 retirement from the ministry, St. Angelo invited others such as Henry Kissinger and journalists Eric Sevareid and Howard K. Smith to talk about social justice. Referring to these initiatives, Tina says, “North Central stuck their neck out.”

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The Work that St. Angelo did at the college was singularly important, but perhaps even more impactful was the lasting legacy that he grew outside of campus—in Naperville, and in the surrounding communities. Rev. Bob Burkhart was in attendance the morning of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at North Central. “It was impressive in terms of the spirit of dealing with injustice,” says Burkhart, now 81 and retired in Morton Grove. “It changed my life. My ministry was being shaped in his justice commitments that remain with me, but even stronger in these days of hatred and division. His spirit is with me.” During the 1960s, Burkhart participated in demonstrations as part of an ecumenical group advocating for justice in Lincoln Park. Between 1987 and 2007 he was pastor at Central United Methodist Church in Skokie. King’s visit upset social norms in Naperville in more ways than one. In 1960 Naperville’s population was 12,000, and “it was overwhelmingly white,” says Keating. “There was no place in Naperville for him to stay.” In her 2018 story on MLK’s visit, Susanne Baker, a reporter for the Naperville Sun (a publication owned by Tribune Publishing, the publisher of Naperville magazine) wrote that a North Central student chauffeured King to a hotel in Chicago—he was not welcome to stay in Naperville, despite his invitation to speak there. In the 1950s and 1960s, Naperville Sun columnist Genevieve Towsley (1907–95), a friend of the St. Angelos, wrote about race issues like these. According to the 2008 book Naperville’s Genevieve (A Daughter’s Memoir) by Caryl Towsley Moy, the first column her mother wrote for the Naperville Sun in 1954 led to the integration of Centennial Beach. North Central hosted a conference that included free


swimming sessions for participants, but Black conference participants were not allowed to swim at Centennial Beach at the time. Moy, who died in 2010, wrote, “The conference director called Mother to tell her about the situation. He asked if she had known about this policy. She had not, and was outraged.” Towsley contacted church pastors to attend a steamy City Council meeting in September 1954 about the policy. Moy wrote, “One member voiced his disgust that this Sun writer had the gall to tell Naperville government what to do.” But since no one in Naperville could produce a policy that prohibited Blacks at Centennial Beach, people of all colors were suddenly welcome to swim at the park district facility. Historian Keating further explained Towsley’s influence: “Genevieve was forceful in writing about what students faced. There were African American students in the 1950s and 1960s. And they had a great deal of trouble in town. They had a great deal of trouble on campus. King’s visit somewhat tied into the transition of [North Central] presidents. The new president was interested in civil rights and Schilling supports Reverend St. Angelo. But he’s also working alongside people at the seminary. The college also begins to work for the first time with the pastor at St. Peter and Paul [Catholic Church]. Naperville then had a group of clergy who got together and began to address the fact there were no people of color living in Naperville.” John Turpin was one of North Central’s Black students at the time, and is now a member of the North Central College Athletics Hall of Fame. A 1961 graduate, Turpin was a running back who was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings. A story headlined “Discrimination: An Unsolved Problem in Relationships of North Central, Town” appeared in the May

18, 1961, edition of the college newspaper. As one of a few Blacks on campus, Turpin told the newspaper, “If you are Negro, you can be anything you want as long as you keep your hands in your pockets.” As a student-athlete attending a college at the forefront of civil rights discussions, Turpin and others were in uncharted waters. After an injury ended his professional football career, Turpin worked in television before receiving a master’s degree in economics from Stanford University in 1972. His career in the entertainment business included a stint as international tour manager for Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation tour from 1990 to 1992, a testament to his success despite racial obstacles.

“It changed my life. My ministry was being shaped in his justice commitments that remain with me, but even stronger in these days of hatred and division. His spirit is with me.” Rev. Bob Burkart

Keating said, “From the late 1950s until 1965, George St. Angelo is really critical to this story. He encourages other people from Naperville to move into civil rights and join across the metropolitan area with others.” A cultural pivot point for Naperville was the 1965 appearance of Freedom Ride organizer and Congress of Racial Equality director James Farmer at North Central College. Two weeks after his appearance, three busloads of students and Naperville-area residents left the NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / NOVEMBER 2020 57


college for Selma, Alabama, to support civil rights leaders in protesting voter discrimination. The road trip took place in the aftereffects of the March 7 “Bloody Sunday,” when police attacked civil rights demonstrators with billy clubs and tear gas on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. In the March 26 edition of the North Central college newspaper the Chronicle, student Cathy George quoted Farmer’s Naperville speech as the reason she jumped on the bus: “One can’t be neutral today … if you are a bystander you are not innocent … the greatest crime of all is the crime of silence.”

“I’ll never forget the day I saw a young Black boy riding his bicycle in Naperville with a little white girl on the handlebars. You’ll never know how happy that made me.” Rev. George St. Angelo

Wetzel said her father kept in touch with King occasionally, and he briefly spoke with him while in Selma. “Dad always said when he came to North Central the world was not on his shoulders yet,” she recalled in a conversation at a restaurant near campus. “When they met up in Selma in 1965, Dad said he was a changed person. He was not relaxed. People had high expectations for him.” Reverend St. Angelo and the Naperville-area social justice warriors went to Selma and back in 48 hours. “They had to come back to school,” his daughter says. “In Selma, the 58 NOVEMBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

FBI found Dad and said someone wanted to put a hit on him. But they still crossed the Pettus bridge.” The bridge was named after Edmund Pettus, a U.S. senator from Alabama and a leader in the Alabama Ku Klux Klan, according to Smithsonian Magazine. Back in Naperville, St. Angelo gave a sermon on March 25, 1965, in the North Central College Chapel about the group’s experiences in Selma. He concluded, “One of our students was sitting on the ground as we were waiting for our buses to come home. A little girl came to him and asked if he was leaving. He rather shamefully said, ‘Yes, we have to go to Chicago, back to school.’ The little girl patted his head and said, ‘Thanks for coming,’ and leaned down and kissed him on the cheek. Joy abounds where love abounds. I don’t believe there is a superior race—but if there was one in Selma last Sunday, it was not white.” The St. Angelos did not confine King’s dream of equality to the college campus. In January 1964, Betty and George St. Angelo, Rev. Richard Tholin (dean at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston), and Dick Eastman (a North Central College English teacher) met to establish a Fair Housing Commission in Naperville. The commission was established in 1965 and by April 1968—the same month of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination—a Fair Housing ordinance was sent to the Naperville City Council. It was voted down 3 to 2. The committee’s work not only lacked city support—the members were threatened as well. “We had a swastika and the words ‘n----- lover’ spray painted on our garage,” Wetzel says. Tholin became part of a group of seven plaintiffs who sued DuPage County for promoting racial discrimination in housing,


which resulted in Naperville becoming one of the earliest Chicago suburbs to create a fair housing ordinance. “I remember Mom and Dad going into Chicago all the time for NAACP meetings,” Wetzel says. Tina’s mother, Betty, played a pivotal role in this work, in both her home and community. Reverend St. Angelo was an avid reader who never learned to use a computer, so he wrote in longhand. Betty would type up manuscripts when needed. Her skills also benefited generations of Naperville high school students who knew her. She began work in 1968 as a secretary in the English department at Naperville Central, and in 1977 she moved to Naperville North, where she spent 20 years as secretary to the principal. She died in 2015 at the age of 91. Because of their work here in the Chicago area, the St. Angelos’ vision of the civil rights movement became known across America. When North Central College hosted a 50th anniversary commemoration of King’s visit in 2010, acclaimed activist-author Cornel West spoke to a packed Pfeiffer Hall—just two years prior to Reverend St. Angelo’s death. Between 1994 and 2014 Rev. Lynn Pries was college chaplain. He declared the West appearance as one of the best moments in his years of ministry. “Cornel said it was an honor to be in the same room as Dr. King had been,” Pries said. “And it was an honor to be in the presence of the chaplain [who] invited Dr. King. The audience voiced their appreciation with loud applause. George was beaming.” After being introduced, West knelt on the stage to shake the hand of Reverend St. Angelo, who was sitting in the front row with his family. “He said, ‘This man had the courage and the vision,’ ” Wetzel recalls. “[Her brother] Steve and I got Dad up. The students and fac-

ulty paid for West to come. A group of girls sitting next to Dad shouted, ‘We didn’t know this was him!’ Do people know all this happened in Naperville?” St. Angelo quickly answered her question: “No, I truly believe that.” “Dad was an optimist,” Wetzel continues. “At the 50th anniversary reception my Dad said, ‘I’ll never forget the day I saw a young Black boy riding his bicycle in Naperville with a little white girl on the handlebars.’ He said, ‘You’ll never know how happy that made me.’” Every meaningful journey takes time. A new path for Naperville was made in 1960. And today there is a renewed effort to find a place for everyone on a road where all dreams can take flight.

Shoes worn by an NCC student in Selma were included in Naper Settlement’s 2017 exhibition Freedom: A History of U.S.

Dave Hoekstra is an award-winning Chicago journalist and a 1973 graduate of Naperville Central High School. He has written several books, including The People’s Place: Soul Food Restaurants and Reminiscences From the Civil Rights Era to Today. He wrote and coproduced the 2001 Emmy-nominated The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement for WTTW-Channel 11 in Chicago. NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / NOVEMBER 2020 59


Sugar Skull City

Through November 15 SPECIAL EVENT

SUGAR SKULL CITY Aurora Downtown is honoring Day of the Dead, the beloved Mexican cultural tradition, from October 15 to November 15. Join in celebrating Dia de los Muertos with art, activities, specials, videos, shopping, and much more. Take a self-guided walking tour of decorated storefronts, participate in a Sugar Skull scavenger hunt, vote on Sugar Skull art prints by local artists, and enjoy an evening of Day of the Dead celebrations at First Fridays from 5 to 11 p.m. on November 6. See the website for more details. Downtown Aurora. auroradowntown.org

a.m., with additional broadcasts at noon and 4 p.m. Angela Sanchez, keynote speaker, will recount her story of overcoming homelessness, graduating from UCLA, and now supporting homeless students. Audience members also will hear from a DuPagePads program participant whose life has been transformed by the agency’s housing programs and support services. Proceeds from the event will provide needed support and services to families and individuals who are ending their homelessness with renewed hope for a place to call home. $25/person, $250/virtual table of 10. Various times. Virtual. dupagepads.org November 7 FAMILY

November 4 CHARITABLE

WAKE UP YOUR SPIRIT Be a part of the solution to ending homelessness by participating in DuPagePads Wake Up Your Spirit Day. The 18th annual inspirational breakfast-turned-virtual day starts with a live viewing during breakfast, from 7 to 8:30

TAKE AND MAKE VETERANS DAY ACTIVITY Since World War I, families have hung flags in their windows with stars representing relatives serving in the military. The community is invited to make a “Thank You” flag as part of the First Division Museum’s celebration of Veterans Day 2020. Drive through lot 5 of the

Cantigny Park Visitor’s Center parking lot and pick up a take-and-make craft. All craft parts and instructions are included. Free; suggested donation to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. 10 a.m. to noon (or until supplies last). Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. cantigny.org November 7 CHARITABLE

HIGHFALUTIN ART TRIVIA NIGHT Do you know your impressionism from your expressionism? Is it Manet or Monet? Test your knowledge of art, artists, and art history at Water Street Studio’s first art trivia night. Compete in teams of four to win swag and impress your friends and neighbors with your cultural sophistication. Hosted by Water Street’s director of education, certified art genius, and famed improv performer Doug Grier, the evening will also feature a raffle to win original art created during the evening by resident artists. $37.50. 7 p.m. Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. waterstreetstudios.org

Addresses in event listings are located in Naperville unless otherwise noted. Please verify event details with sponsor organizations; events are subject to change after the press deadline. Email your event for consideration, 45 days in advance, to info@napervillemagazine.com, subject line: calendar. 60 NOVEMBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

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VISITING ARTIST SERIES Chicago-based artist Ayanah Moore joins University of Chicago professor Darby English for a conversation on Moore’s work, which considers notions of gender and Blackness and generates alternative histories through cultural artifacts. English is a professor of art history and director of the Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago. Free. 1 p.m. Facebook Live. atthemac.org November 11 SPECIAL EVENT

THEY SERVED: STORIES FROM VETERANS Each veteran has a unique story to tell. This Veterans Day, join us virtually as veterans of the First Infantry Division share stories of their service. Major Casey Wolfe is a proud second-generation Big Red One soldier. He served in the division from 2011 to 2015 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. Wolfe is currently in the Army Reserve and serves as the logistics officer for a Regional Support Group based in Kansas. Tom Brown served with the First Infantry Division, 10th Calvary, from 1966 to 1968. While in Vietnam, Brown served as a combat infantryman and as a mortar crewman. He is a Purple Heart recipient. Registration required. Free. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Online via Zoom. cantigny.org

LEE ROCKER Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning, and rocking his giant upright bass as a founding member of the Grammy-nominated music group and MTV pioneers the Stray Cats. The Cats’ worldwide mega hits included “Stray Cat Strut,” “Sexy and Seventeen,” and “Rock This Town,” the latter of which is listed by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 most important songs in rock. In addition to touring with the Stray Cats, Rocker has toured and performed with the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, and John Fogerty. Free. 7:30 p.m. Online. atthemac.org

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November 14–29 FITNESS

November 14 CULINARY

TREE TO TABLE: APPLE PIE Come to Lyman Woods to learn all about the transformation of apples into one of America’s most iconic and delectable treats. From apple cultivation and local orchard history to the making of apple desserts from their Victorian-era recipes, join in for a sweet journey into all things apple pie. This all-ages program will be held indoors and outdoors, so please dress for the weather. $6/person. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Lyman Woods. 901 31st St., Downers Grove. dgparks.org Lee Rocker

VIRTUAL 5K TURKEY TROT For more than 23 years, the Naperville Noon Lions Turkey Trot 5K has welcomed citizens of Naperville and area communities to join with their friends and families and get a little exercise before celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. Keep this holiday tradition by joining the Virtual Turkey Trot 5K. Send your results and photos, and the nonprofit will celebrate you on its Facebook page and Instagram account. Choose your favorite course and run or walk Thanksgiving morning (for those who love traditions), or anytime between November 14 and 29 (for those who need a little flexibility). Packets will be mailed to all registered participants. $35/adult; $30/youth, ages 10 to 14; $25/youth, 9 and under. Virtual. napervilleturkeytrot.com November 16–30 FITNESS

HOLIDAY LIGHTS 5K RUN/WALK Kick off the holiday season by joining the fifth annual virtual 5K run/walk to benefit Mooseheart. Run, walk, or stroll at a location and time that’s most convenient for you. Create a team and get others to join the fun while fundraising for Mooseheart Child City & School. You can still stop by the Mooseheart campus to see the annual Holiday Lights Display and safely drive through the campus from November 27 to December 31. Registration is open through November 13. $20 to $40/ adult; $10 to $20/youth, 12 & under. Virtual. moosecharities.org NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM / NOVEMBER 2020 61


HONORING VETERANS

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lthough more difficult because of the pandemic, there are a variety of ways to commemorate Veterans Day 2020 in a safe way. In addition to the events listed in this section, here are four meaningful ways to honor the meaning behind the holiday: 1. Donate to a veterans’ charity or service organization. Contributions to Disabled American Veterans (dav. org), the American Legion (legion. org), or your local VFW chapter (vfw. org) support programs for disabled veterans and U.S. military families. 2. Participate in the Veterans Day Moment of Silence at 1:11 p.m. on November 11. Taking time to quietly pause and join your thoughts with thousands of other Americans, ensures attention to the purpose of Veterans Day. 3. Visit a veteran memorial, cemetery, or VA Hospital near you. The DuPage County Veterans Memorial in Wheaton (115 County Farm Rd.), Oak Woods Cemetery’s Confederate Mound in Chicago (1035 E. 67th St.), and Hines VA Aurora in North Aurora (161 S. Lincolnway St.) are some local options. 4. Watch a movie about veterans. Five films from Variety’s “Best Films About Veterans’ Return Home” depict authentic and unflinching portrayals of veterans transitioning to civilian life: Lioness (2008), In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen (2012), American Sniper (2014), Megan Leavey (2017), and Thank You for Your Service (2017). 62 NOVEMBER 2020 / NAPERVILLEMAGAZINE.COM

November 19

November 21

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THE WORLD OF JULIETTE KINZIE: CHICAGO BEFORE THE FIRE When Juliette Kinzie first visited Chicago in 1831, it was anything but a city. An outpost in the shadow of Fort Dearborn, it had no streets, no sidewalks, no schools, no river-spanning bridges. And with two hundred disconnected residents, it lacked any sense of community. In the decades that followed, not only did Kinzie witness the city’s transition from wild country to industrial center, but she was instrumental in its development. Join North Central College history professor Ann Keating as she shares this fascinating look at Juliette Kenzie’s Chicago. Registration required. Free. Noon to 1 p.m. Online via Zoom. cantigny.org. November 19 CULINARY

LOST CHAPTERS WINE DINNER The Lost Chapters are an ever-changing palette of enticing wines from Napa Valley–based J. McClelland Cellars. While fifth-generation winemaker Paul Scotto searches for just the right barrel lots to fit the profile of each bottling for his family winery, those he deems deserving of their own place become the Lost Chapters—and most likely would not be repeated in future vintages. A wild-game-themed menu is being prepared by the chefs at CityGate Grille to pair with the wines. $130/person; 30 person maximum. 6 to 9 p.m. CityGate Grille, 2020 Calamos Ct. citygategrille.com November 20–January 3 SEASONAL

ILLUMINATION: TREE LIGHTS The Morton Arboretum’s Illumination: Tree Lights returns for its eighth year as a reimagined driving experience, allowing visitors to remain in the warmth of their vehicles while taking in the exhibition. Guests can tune in to a customized musical soundtrack on their radios while driving. The new paved route will take guests deeper into the Arboretum woods than ever before, and features five new visual exhibits. Illumination will be open holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas, in addition to New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. $29 to $49 per vehicle. Various times. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Rte. 53, Lisle. mortonarb.org

KASHMIR The Led Zeppelin tribune band re-creates the experience of a ’70s Zeppelin show utilizing authentic vintage stage gear, costumes, and special effects, with great attention to detail in a nonpretentious way. Kashmir authentically plays Zeppelin’s music using only the equipment of the era, with great respect and admiration. 9 p.m. $20 to $25. The Venue, 32 S. Broadway, Aurora. themusicvenue.org November 21–22 FITNESS

TURKEY SHOOT Everyone is eligible to play in this festive, holiday golf event that tends to wrap up the golf season. This fun, nine-hole scramble format has five-person teams playing each course in a “cross country” set up. All participants receive a turkey, and the group with the lowest score for the day will get the biggest birds. Two separate Cross Country Turkey Shoots will be held: one at Naperbrook Golf Course on November 21 and one at Springbrook Golf Course on November 22. $40/person, $200/ team. 10 a.m. Naperbrook & Springbrook Golf Courses, 2220 W. 83rd St. golfnaperville.org November 21–December 23 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 farm in upper Michigan. Abbey Farms grows memories and traditions. Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Rd., Aurora. abbeyfarms.org Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic

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November 27

November 27–December 30

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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

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS & TREE SALE Cosley Zoo has more than 2,400 trees in four varieties ranging from three to 12 feet in height. Wreaths, greens, and garland are also available for purchase. All proceeds from this holiday 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

November 27–28 SEASONAL

HOLIDAY HOMECOMING WEEKEND Holiday Homecoming is one of the Midwest’s most spectacular holiday events and is the official kickoff to the holiday season in St. Charles. The event features seasonal music, holiday movies, store discounts, and sleigh rides, along with a Santa House and mailbox. A new Holiday Tree Trail along First St. and the Riverwalk will be lit by area organizations. Various event locations and times. Downtown St. Charles. stcholidayhomecoming.com

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November 27–29 THEATER

A CHRISTMAS CAROL This family-friendly 70-minute show, adapted for College of DuPage’s College Theater department by William J. Norris, tells the beloved tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who learns both that change is always possible, and the great joy of caring for those less fortunate. $16. Various times. Online. atthemac.org

November 27–December 31 SEASONAL

BROOKFIELD ZOO’S HOLIDAY MAGIC Visit Chicagoland’s 39th annual largest and longest-running lights festival, with over a million LED lights, a 41-foottall tree, 600-foot tunnel, and largerthan-life LED animal sculptures, all at Brookfield Zoo. Saturdays and Sundays from November 27 to December 31. Included in admission. $18–$25/person. 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Rd., Brookfield. czs.org

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SPOTLIGHT

ALICE WOOD The new director of gift planning for the DuPage Foundation gets to work Interview by Mark Loehrke ALL IN THE FAMILY My grandfather, the Honorable Win Knoch, would say that “any community worth living in is worth doing for,” and his love for DuPage County was something that all of his grandchildren were well aware of. His legacy of philanthropy in Naperville and DuPage County is something most people wouldn’t necessarily know about, but we’ve all experienced it. Communities throughout the county have been the beneficiaries of so many selfless individuals and organizations, but there are still needs that are unmet here. That’s where my work with the DuPage Foundation has become my mission in life.

MAKING GOOD BETTER My primary goal is to raise awareness about the work that is being done by the DuPage Foundation to support nonprofits and their mission to improve the quality of life for everyone in DuPage County. Combining resources while serving as a catalyst for coordinated impact is the highest and best use of everyone’s charitable giving, and that’s the DuPage Foundation in a nutshell. Every gift matters. Every gift makes a difference. And together, we can change our world for the better.

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A HIDDEN GEM I think the DuPage Foundation is the best-kept secret in DuPage County, but it’s a resource that everyone should know about and anyone can support. It’s like the United Nations of philanthropy—we have donors and volunteers that lift up worthwhile causes like food pantries, animal welfare organizations, affordable health care organizations, environmental causes, cultural outlets, and so much more. It’s amazing to see what can come from combining resources to match the needs of a community, and the DuPage Foundation has that in spades.


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