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Editor's Note I’ll be Home for Christmas Fond memories of family and friends gathered around the holiday table with the warmth of the fire crackling, and Bing Crosby singing in the background warms my heart with anticipation for the winter season upon us. The nostalgia of beloved traditions, the crunch of newly fallen snow beneath my boots, and the innocence of my children’s eagerness for Christmas morning are just a few of the reasons the winter season is a favorite of mine. Welcoming the season to Kendall County are a surplus of holiday events that will surely make you feel as if the, “most wonderful time of the year” truly has arrived in your hometown. Fill your calendar with tree lightings, craft shows, kid-friendly events and a cookie walk after exploring the pages of this holiday publication. As you are marking your calendar, make certain to shop for those most special to you on November 24, as it is Small Business Saturday. Local Kendall retailers are excited to share unique gift opportunities unlike anything else you will find at a big box store. We have highlights from local businesses and more of what you can expect from retailers this holiday season. The heart of the holidays centers around the family table. Within this edition, find suggestions to help decrease your time in the kitchen, so you can spend more time with your loved ones. Kendall’s delicious catering or dine-in options will help create a stress-free party or gathering for your family. Lakeview

Grille, Upper Crust, and Rosati’s are just a few of the restaurants providing delectable menu selections this holiday season. DIY décor has become a favorite hobby of mine. Not to mention, a perfect option for date night or a girls’ day out when you are searching for something “new” to do. Fortunately for Kendall County, there is an abundance of opportunities to discover. Put the finishing touches on your home’s winter décor with a personalized sign from Board and Brush, or a unique ceramic piece from Arts on Fire. Discover those and other great locations as you peruse the pages to come. The dropping of outside temperatures often brings with it an increase in children’s activity levels. Check out our article on “Keeping the kids engaged during holiday break” to help fill those frigid days with fun for your kids. We’ve enjoyed previewing some of the best suggestions of events, shopping, and dining throughout Kendall County to help you create new or continued traditions with those closest to you. From all of us at Kendall County Magazine, we wish you each a peaceful and blessed holiday season!

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Published by Shaw Media 109 W. Veterans Parkway Yorkville, IL 60560 Phone: 630-553-7034 news@kendallcountynow.com PUBLISHER Daily Chronicle & Suburban Weekly Group Laura Shaw lshaw@shawmedia.com LOCAL SALES MANAGER Jaclyn Cornell 630-845-5234 jcornell@shawmedia.com ADVERTISING Kristin Hawkins 630-385-4404 khawkins@shawmedia.com Julie Harn 630-385-4402 jharn@shawmedia.com

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INSIDE OUT & ABOUT

HOME & LIFESTYLE

7 HOLIDAY-INSPIRED EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES ABOUND IN KENDALL COUNTY

21 LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT GIFT? DIY your gift list and add a personal touch

12 SHOP LOCAL THIS SEASON, AND RING IN THE SAVINGS

FAMILY IN FOCUS

DINING

14 KEEP KIDS ENGAGED DURING HOLIDAY BREAK

25 DINE OUT FOR THE HOLIDAYS, AND LEAVE THE WORK BEHIND

18 SUBURBAN SUPERDAD Life skills in the century of tech

30 GRILLING? No time like the present

TRAVEL 20 JUST CHILL Experience a serene escape along Lake Michigan’s frozen shores

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Holiday-inspired

events and activities abound in Kendall County By Kelsey O’Connor

Montgomery TREE LIGHTING The annual tree lighting ceremony in Montgomery will take place Sunday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. in front of village hall. Hosted by the village and the Greater Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, the event will feature a visit from Santa Claus, musical performances by area schoolchildren and free refreshments. 200 N. River St., Montgomery, www.ci.montgomery. il.us.

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FESTIVAL OF TREES Each year, village hall is brimming with decorated trees provided by local businesses. Residents can bring the whole family to admire the array of trees, vote for their favorites, meet Santa, and have cookies and cocoa. The trees will go up Friday, Nov. 30 and remain up for two weeks in December for viewing during business hours. 200 N. River St., Montgomery, www. ci.montgomery.il.us.

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HOLIDAY SHOWS AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATER The Paramount Theater in nearby Aurora offers a variety of holiday shows. In Second City’s “Holidazed and Confused”, the famed comedy group performs their hilarious spin on the holidays. On Mondays in December, the historic theater screens Christmas movies for just $1. Here’s the line up: “Scrooged” at 7 p.m. Dec. 3; “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 7 p.m. Dec. 10; “The Muppet Christmas Carol” 7 p.m. Dec. 17, and “The Polar Express” 10 a.m. Dec. 24. 23 East Galena Boulevard, Aurora, www. paramountaurora.com.

Oswego HOLIDAY EXPRESS AT BLACKBERRY FARM The Holiday Express takes off from Blackberry Farm, among thousands of glittering lights, festive activities and visits from Santa and his elves. The decorated train will run continuously around Lake Gregory on Dec. 2-3, Dec. 8-10 and Dec. 15-17. Friday hours are 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 15; Saturday and Sunday hours for all other dates are 2 to 6 p.m. 100 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora, www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.

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OSWEGO HOLIDAY EXPRESS Take a magical trip to the North Pole aboard the Oswego Holiday Express. Kids and parents can put on pajamas and hop on the trolley at Santa Station for storytelling, caroling and more. Sip some hot cocoa from the Village Grind and meet Santa and his real reindeer. Trains depart every 20 minutes during each session: Thursday, Dec. 6 – 4 p.m. or 6 to 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 – 4 to 5:30 p.m. or 6 to 7:15 p.m.

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Saturday, Dec. 8 – 2 to 3:30 p.m., 4 to 5:30 p.m., or 6 to 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 – 2 to 3:30 p.m., 4 to 5:30 p.m. or 6 to 7:15 p.m. Note: Thursday trip will be a sensory-friendly experience with minimal loud noises or flashing lights. 810 Preston Lane, Oswego, www. oswegolandparkdistrict.org.

2018 CHRISTMAS WALK Kick off the holiday season at the Oswego Christmas Walk on Friday, Nov. 30. Every year, thousands of families flock to downtown Oswego for this cherished community event. The evening includes the lighting of the village’s official tree (after it’s been saved from the Grinch), horsedrawn carriage rides, trips on the Toyland Train through downtown and the Silent Light Parade led by Santa himself. Downtown Oswego, www. oswegoil.org.

COOKIE WALK Indulge in the tradition of the annual Cookie Walk in Downtown Oswego at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Begin by purchasing your Cookie Walk tin for $10 (cash only) at Floral Expressions, Page’s Popcorn, or Hudson Design House. Then, fill your commemorative tin with one unique baked good from each shop. Make certain to purchase your tin in advance as supplies are limited. | WINTER 2018 |

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CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS VICTORIAN STYLE Experience a Victorian Christmas at the Little White School Museum. This free event is hosted by the Oswegoland Heritage Association. Visitors can craft holiday decorations to add a special touch to their own home. Children ages 3 and up are welcome with an adult. Pre-registration is recommended, walk-ins welcome. Event is 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9. 72 Polk St., Oswego, www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org.

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR Browse an array handmade crafts at the Oswego Senior Center. The free holiday craft fair on Saturday, Nov 17 will feature up to 75 crafters and artisans in the gymnasium, dining room, library and hallways. There will be door prizes, raffles, food and homemade cookies for purchase from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 156 E. Washington St. Oswego, www. oswegoseniorcenter.org.

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Dec. 1 at the Sandwich Fair Grounds. There will also be a day-long Kris Kringle craft market on the grounds. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be at 4:30 p.m. at Veterans Park, followed by a Christmas Village, trolley tours, and a living nativity scene at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. The Festival of Trees will begin at 11 a.m, Sunday, along with the Kris Kringle craft market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the living nativity scene at 5 p.m. Various locations, www.sandwichparkdistrict.org.

39TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY CRAFT SHOW Sandwich is known for its craft fairs, and none are more festive than Christmas in the Country on Nov 10 and 11. More than 1,500 people attend each year, as vendors from all over gather to display their wares at Sandwich High School, middle school, and Lynn G. Haskin Elementary schools. Shuttle service will be provided between the schools. Admission is $3 and will benefit the Sandwich Band Parents Association. Various locations, www.sandwich-il. org/craft-fairs.

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french toast, pancakes, and some of the best biscuits and gravy around. Tickets are $8 for non-members; children under 6 eat free. The Sportsman Club is nestled in the woods and offers activities like including trap shooting, camping, pistol and archery ranges and fishing. 1011 Hartman Trail, Sandwich, www. sandwichsportsmansclub.com.

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Nov. 17, the Circle Center Grade School will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with carnival games, bake sale, shopping circles, concessions, and an opportunity to meet Santa. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at www.yorkville.il.us/ register, with all proceeds will to the school’s PTO. 901 Mill St., Yorkville, www.yorkville. il.us.

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Grab your tickets now for the annual production of this heartwarming tale about the true spirit of Christmas at the Sandwich Opera House. Shows will be 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Tickets are $10 and will benefit the Gil Morrison Memorial Scholarship Fund. 140 East Railroad St., Sandwich, www. sandwichoperahouse.org.

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No Christmas season is complete without a visit from Santa. Families can enjoy a hot breakfast, games, crafts, activities, and a chance to sit on Santa’s lap. The breakfast is from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Beecher Community Center. Tickets are $6. Pre-registration is available online at www. yorkville.il.us/register or by calling 630-5534357. 908 Game Farm Road, Yorkville, www. yorkville.il.us.

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PRIVATE VISITS WITH SANTA Skip the lines and the crowd by scheduling a one-on-one encounter with Santa Claus. The Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department is offering families the chance to have a private 15-minute visit with Santa for $20 a family. Santa will be in town at the Recreation Administration Office from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Reserve your time slot at www.yorkville.il.us/ register. 201 W. Hydraulic Ave., Yorkville, www.yorkville.il.us.

CHRISTMAS AT THE FARM Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas on the farm with the Kendall County Historical Society from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Lyon Farm hosts this family-oriented event with crafts for kids, a storyteller,

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Shop local this season,

and ring in the savings BY: Aimee Barrows

Kendall County communities come alive during the holidays, and to kick off the shopping season, many merchants are offering specials and promotions on Small Business Saturday to encourage residents to think local when purchasing gifts. 12 KENDALL COUNTY MAGAZINE

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Small Business Saturday is Nov. 24, and shoppers can enjoy discounts at many of the area’s small, locallyowned businesses. Not only can you find unique items that can’t be found at big-box stores, but you’ll enjoy warm, personalized service in a pleasant shopping environment. The best part about shopping local is you’re supporting the business owners and their families, while your tax dollars stay right here in Kendall County. President and CEO of the Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce Angie Hibben says that many business owners will celebrate Small Business Saturday with refreshments and special offers. “I like to support these businesses and I did a lot of

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my Christmas shopping last year on that day,” she says. “You’ll find unique things in local shops. They carry items you can’t find elsewhere.” Hudson Design House, at 76 Main St. in Oswego, is a lifestyle boutique that specializes in unique furniture, home décor, specialized goods from artisans and makers, as well as authentic vintage items. Its owners are planning special in-store promotions for Small Business Saturday, which is one of the retailer’s best days of the year. Leslie Hilderbrant, co-owner, says her store has been so successful because it offers inspirational vignettes and a vibrant mix of new and vintage pieces that shoppers want. “We have goods that

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people won’t find at big-box stores,” she says. “Shoppers are supporting the community and the downtown. They want to support local businesses and be a part of the community.” Kim Schulz, the owner of Kimberly Ann Home Decorating at 67 Main St. in Oswego, is on a first-name basis with many of her customers and prides herself on providing personalized service and recommendations. She explains that traffic on Small Business Saturday has increased because shoppers are looking for that “small-town feel.”

Kelly Browning, owner of Arts on Fire, 217 E. South St., Plano, was happy to say that Small Business Saturday is now one of her busiest and most successful days of the year.

“Shopping local on Small Business Saturday, or any time of the year, helps local families, as most small business owners live in town,” she says. “So you’re able to put money back into the community, whether it’s supporting local families, and your tax dollars stay local.” Katie Ilic, is co-owner of Board and Brush, a new DIY studio where guests create art from wood, says her business at 83 Templeton Drive in Oswego has been successful because of community support. She says many of her customers are local residents. “Shopping local is super-important and it means a lot to us,” Ilic says. “We’re from this community and to have the community support us means everything. This year is our first Small Business Saturday, so we’ll definitely be offering some good deals and special workshops to celebrate.”

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Like a winter storm, holiday break time can blow in before you know it, bringing with it a house full of children complaining “I’m bored!” Here’s a helpful list of area businesses and organizations that offer everything from painting to woodworking, bowling to magic shows, archery, movies and more to help keep your youngsters busy, and help you keep your sanity, too: ARTS ON FIRE IN PLANO, schedules themed kids’ camps during winter break on a daily and weekly basis, with no age limit. “We have a variety of different projects on a walk-in basis, too, for parents or whoever is taking care of the kids,” says owner Kelly Browning. Everything from pottery to painting, canvas, wood sign making project any time during studio hours, Dec. 21 through Jan. 7.

Pottery painting lets you pick a piece you’re interested in painting, including figurines, boxes, mugs, plates and bowls, ranging from $5 to $45. There’s a studio fee of $5 for kids and $7 adults. Projects for older kids include ornaments, sun catchers and plates, canvas and board art. Arts on Fire, 217 E. South St., 630273-2119. www.artsonfireplano.com BOARD & BRUSH, in Oswego, has also scheduled a number of children’s events, including family friendly afternoon crafts for ages 12 and older on Sundays Dec. 23 and 30. The do-it-yourself wooden sign workshops combine creativity with a willingness to learn new skills. Includes instructions, materials and

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a design to distress, sand, stain, paint and customize. Board & Brush, 83 Templeton Drive, 630-383-7219. www.boardandbrush. com THE SANDWICH OPERA HOUSE presents two shows during winter break. Sunday, Dec. 16 is the Smarty Pants Holiday Balloon Show, where kids can find magic, slapstick comedy, and the world’s biggest holiday-themed balloon props and creations. Find more information at www.smartypantsworld.com. On Dec. 20 is the Jingle Bell Express, American Eagle Show for all ages. It’s a fast-paced revue featuring more than 20 favorite holiday songs, including some singalongs. Find more information at www. americaneagleshows.com. Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St., 815-786-2555. www.sandwichoperahouse.org

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THE ARCHERY PLACE, in Montgomery is a great place for active youngsters interested in learning how to handle a bow and arrow. They offer week-long, three-hour indoor winter break camp from Dec. 31.to Jan. 4, including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s

Day for ages 8 to 12. Choose mornings or afternoons. “We have Beginner Archery 1 and 2 in a weeklong camp,” says coach Kevin Helwig, USA Archery level 3 training coach and USA Archery certified judge. “We add activities through the USA Archery program Explore Archery. Plus, we have games to allow them to participate and perform what they learn.” Students learn archery range safety and other skills, earning their own dog-tag medal after completing tasks. “We get more in-depth than what you see on TV,” Helwig says. “They get a good, well-rounded archery experience using real equipment. On the last day we have a fun activity where we combine archery and art. We’re a gateway into archery.” If adults want to join in the fun, The Archery Place also has activities for families to enjoy together like bowmageddon, a Nerf-war type game played with foam-tipped arrows. The Archery Place, 1725 Crescent Lake Drive 844-910-6100, www.tapintoarchery.com/

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Other fun places to take the kids during winter break: A LADY AND HER TOOLS. A do-it-yourself woodworking workshop where you’ll find your pre-cut wood project waiting for you. Instructors go step-by-step and offer assistance in assembling projects, which kids can take home the same day. A Lady and Her Tools will offer kids’ workshops during winter break. Check the website during November to see specific projects that will be available. 61 S. Madison St., Oswego, 331-4254381. www.aladyandhertools.com. CLASSIC CINEMAS. Matinee Shows Before 6 p.m. are $6; general admission tickets for children and seniors over 60 are $6 all day. Regular general admission tickets are $8 and there is a $2 additional cost for 3D movies. Tickets are $5 all day Tuesdays excluding events and 3D charge. Check website for films and showtimes. Cinema 7 Sandwich, 101 Duvick Ave., 815786-1999, www.classiccinemas.com/sandwich, HOMETOWN LANES. Bowling is a classic wintertime activity. 209 W Main St., Plano 630-552-4177. www. facebook.com/Hometown-Lanes-160970594649/

FOX VALLEY FAMILY YMCA. The local Y has facilities in Plano and Sandwich. Check website for upcoming events. Plano: 3875 Eldamain Road, 630-552-4100; West Branch: 707 S. Main St., Sandwich, 815-786-9998. www.foxvalleyymca.org/ KENDALL COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE. Call or visit their website beginning the second week of November for information on themed winter camps. 110 W. Madison St., Yorkville, 630- 553-4025. www.kendallforest.com/. NCG CINEMAS. Call the week of Nov. 12 for winter break specials. 1505 N. Bridge St., Yorkville, 630-7085151. www.Ncgmovies.com. OSWEGOLAND PARK DISTRICT. The park district offers two kids’ programs during winter break. Open gym is Friday Dec. 21, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday Dec. 22 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at its Boulder Point gymnastics facility, 0 Boulder Hill Pass, Montgomery. A hands-on Artistic Adventures Camp, for ages 4 to 7 is 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27 to 28, at the South Point facility, 810 Preston Lane, Oswego. Little Scientists takes place Jan. 3 and 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. for children ages 5 to 7 at the South Point location. Preregister on the park district website or by phone. 313 E. Washington St., Oswego, 630-554-1010. www. Oswegolandparkdistrict.org.

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 SUBURBAN SUPERDAD 

A salute to those who help keep things ‘chill’ With JONATHAN BILYK

There are few things that can make a child of the 21st Century lose his cool faster than losing power.

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Kids today can otherwise be quite resilient, from what I’ve seen, educated as they are in processes and techniques my peers didn’t even stop to consider.

“We’ll be fine.” “Yes.” “No.” “Get a glass of cold water and sit outside.” “Nice try.”

But kill the power? Now, you’ve got problems. “Why aren’t the lights working?” “Can I still get into the refrigerator?” “No wifi? Now what will we do?” Thankfully, despite the seemingly never ending roll of storms that so characterized our summer months and left neighborhoods and communities all around ours suffering the doom of blackouts, my young ones didn’t come face to face with what is (thankfully) one of their worst nightmares: An evening, at home, with no wifi –no streaming Netflix, Disney, Nickelodeon or Pandora – as the house plunges into darkness. However, we did not escape entirely unscathed, as one of the final storms of the summer dealt a lightning strike very close to our house. It seemed at first a passing blow. Days would go by before the real damage surfaced. As the thermostat logged the steady march upward of the temperature inside the house, it became clear that our air conditioner was no longer working. Once the oldest of my young ones learned this, panic quickly set in. “What will we do?” “Can we sleep here?” “Will we have to leave?” “It’s getting so hot!” “Can I sleep over at my friend’s house?” Then came the answers from Dad, interspersed with 18 KENDALL COUNTY MAGAZINE

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After calls throughout the next morning to arrange service, a technician – Greg, was his name - at last pulled into the driveway early in the evening, and quickly diagnosed the problem: The component that regulates the condenser had failed. Likely cause? A power surge (read: Lightning strike.) Thirty minutes after he pulled in, Greg was on his way to the next service call, thanks to an innate ability to quickly and smoothly diagnose the problem, using only his eyes, his ears, his hands, his mind, a voltage meter and a couple of hand tools. But in that intervening half hour, we had a bit of time to chat as he ran his diagnostics to confirm everything was working properly. He shied from sharing war stories of his travels around town, or even from his decades in the business. Instead, Greg preferred to lament what he saw as the impending death of his industry. It was hurting, as he said it, for qualified technicians and young ones willing to be trained and one day replace him and other aging techs and shop owners as they approach retirement. He lamented the number of young people, including some from his own family, who recoil in horror at the thought of working outside with their hands, preferring to pour themselves and their children into computer coding and other deskbound pursuits. He did not ask what I do for a living, and I did not tell. Nor did I share my plans to enroll my young ones in

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computer coding classes, to ensure they develop the skills everyone believes they will need in our digital reality. In the end, he packed up his tools, swiped my card on his noticeably high-tech portable card reader, and headed toward his van. I suggested more young people may choose to head into his profession once they recognize what life might be like without the HVAC creature comforts we take for granted, and the pay they could demand. Greg paused and smirked a bit. “Or perhaps they can just ask Amazon to install their parts with a drone,” he said. We shared a laugh, and he was on his way. And while she never got to meet him, my daughter that evening made sure to thank God for the technicians willing to log long hours in terrible conditions, often with little thanks, to ensure our modern life goes on, so kids, and their parents, keep their cool.

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Just chill People from the Chicago area love Lake Michigan. The ability to traverse a gorgeous sand beach and zone out for a while, staring the expanse of the great lake, and all just a couple hours from home? The adoration is understandable. Try to rent a house on the Lake Michigan shore in summer and you’ll realize just how popular it is. Places from Monticello to Muskegon get booked up seasons in advance, with some families coming back year after year to the same place. But while the allure of the summer beaches is without question, consider setting out to our Midwestern neighbors ‘round the lake once the air chills, and experience what this land of bluffs and byways has to offer in the colder season.

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At the Indiana Dunes, towers of sand pour gently into the icy lake, and more than 70 miles of hiking and biking trails through dunes, forests, marshes and prairies are transformed from beachside escape to winter wonderland, even more peaceful and relaxing than it was in July, if that’s possible. And with camera in hand, you’ll find little as breathtaking as the area’s signature lighthouses, now draped white in icy elegance, that dot the coastline town after town. It’s well worth the boots and the parka.

The Chocolate Museum is home to one of the largest collections of chocolate memorabilia in the world – including a 1,300-year-old Mayan chocolate pot – among the hundreds of tins, containers and chocolate boxes of all shapes and sizes. The collection extensively features nostalgic American chocolate companies.

 COFFEE AND CHOCOLATE After taking in the wonder of the St. Joseph Lighthouse, you’ll surely relish a warm up with a cup of rich coffee or cocoa, and something equally decadent to eat. A favorite spot of mine is Clifford’s Coffee Canal in nearby Benton Harbor, where you can sip on some of the most deliciously prepared coffee drinks you’ll find anywhere, fill you stomachs with delightful breakfast and lunch treats – most organic and locally sourced – all while taking in a quaint view of the St. Joseph River. The owners, who once owned a plant nursery, fill their café with a variety of succulents and flowers available for purchase year-round, and so juxtaposed against the icy landscape of Michigan in winter. The South Bend Chocolate Factory and Museum offers personal tours at the top of each hour, at which you can bear witness to all of the factory processes, including panning, enrobing and more. For an extra special treat, you'll dip a chocolate spoon,

 WINTER…WINE NOT? Most Midwestern wine lovers are well aware of the offerings in Southwest Michigan wine country. But while many of the area’s wineries shutter their doors and close their taps for the season, those that remain open are worth a visit. The tasting rooms are less crowded, so conversation ensues with the winery folks, and you’ll learn a little more, taste a little longer, and come away with a great appreciation of the wine of the region. Baroda is a great place to begin your winter wine journey, with destinations that include Dablon Vineyard, where the tasting room offers a peek at winemaking in process, or Gravity Vineyard, which might just have the best views in winter, thanks to its glassed-in tasting room with floor to ceiling windows all around. You’ll feel you’re right in the vineyard, without the winter chill. And if you’re bold enough to travel a little further north and take on winter in the the wine region of Leelanau near Traverse City, you might consider the outdoorsy adventure of the Leelanau Ski/Snowshoe Wine Trail, which stretches 7.5 miles and connects two wineries and an artisan cider manufacturer.

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At Arts on Fire in Plano, you can make ceramic or glass pieces, or create your own unique artwork in their 4,000-square-foot studio. Owner Kelly Browning says that DIY décor and gifts are growing in popularity because more people are looking to add a personal touch to gift-giving. During the holidays, Arts on Fire carries holidaythemed ceramic items such as Santas, reindeer, snowmen and lighted Christmas trees. “Handmade gifts mean more,” Browning says. “Hand- or foot-printed gifts are popular, and we can make impression ornaments with clay of a child’s hand, or you can put a print on ceramics. “When you make your own home décor, you can customize the colors and designs. You’re not limited to what’s on the shelf at a store. They can also be great conversation pieces.” Board and Brush in Oswego is a DIY studio where guests create personalized signs from pinewood. One of the best parts about this studio is you don’t have to have a lot of artistic ability to create a beautiful piece. Guests choose one of more than 250 customizable designs. Board and Brush staff members can help you sand and stain the wood and assemble the signs. The studio offers several workshops a month and is the perfect spot for a family bonding experience, girls’ night out or for private special events. “Making these signs is an accomplishment. People are so proud to show their families and friends that they made them from scratch,” says Katie Ilic, co-owner of Board and Brush. “You can pick your own colors and designs and put your name on it. The quality of designs is above and beyond what you’d find in a store. The finished product looks professional and is beautifully assembled.” Ilic says that she and her husband work to ensure that all of their customers have fun and that they go home with a quality piece that they’re proud to hang on their wall.

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“Besides going home with the finished product, people can enjoy three hours of bonding time with friends or family, and have a memorable experience,” Ilic explains. “[DIY gifts] are a growing trend. It gets harder to shop for people because you don’t always know what they need. It’s a personalized gift for anyone of any age.” Quilting long has been a popular hobby, and handmade quilts can make unique gifts for anyone on your list. At Sewing Etc. in Yorkville, quilters can find patterns and fabric for just about any theme or design, as well as any size. The shop also hosts teaching workshops for aspiring quilters. Manager Judy Brammel says the store carries more than 5,000 bolts of fabric, everything from sports team logos, occupations, animals, seasonal patterns and more. “Quilts are a great gift because they’re unique and artistic. They can be customized to anyone’s interests,” she explains. “There’s no one quilt that’s the same, and they’re nice because they’re made by a family member or friend.” For those who want to get their hands a little dirtier, check out A Lady and Her Tools in downtown Oswego, a DIY home décor and furniture studio, where guests learn how to use hand tools to build coffee tables, end tables, signs and more items out of wood. Co-owner Alex Almodovar says coming to one of the workshops and creating something with their hands is very empowering for their guests. “This is something different. It’s a growing experience and a bonding experience,” she explains. “They can learn new techniques while making a personal, customized piece.”

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“We do a lot of parties for local businesses, especially for groups of 40 to 60 people, and we have some nice corners for parties of 15 to 20,” Lakeview Grille owner Jimmy Ratos says. “We can customize menus so it’s a really nice meal and not like a banquet.” For eight years, Lakeville Grille has been the location for some unforgettable parties. Maybe yours could be next? “We’ve had some people come in who really want to treat their staff for one day because they’ve busted their butts for them all year,”

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Ratos says. “We can help make that day really special, which is great.” Upper Crust in Yorkville has its special Jingle Bells menu available throughout the holiday season. Guests can choose two entrees from turkey, lasagna or honey baked ham and also enjoy stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, 7-layer salad, rolls and butter, dessert and more. Upper Crust caters smaller parties of under 10 people as well as much larger gatherings. The smokers are always running at Southbank Original Barbecue in Yorkville. It’s the choice for those who really love barbecue and want to serve pulled pork, tri-tip sirloin, hog wings and more it as part of their holiday celebration.

you to provide a meal to make your holiday celebration special. Although customers may think of Ivana’s primarily as a breakfast and lunch spot, it also provides a true taste of Europe so those looking for blintzes, stuffed cabbage rolls, pierogi, Polish sausage, Hungarian-style pork chops and more for their holiday celebration will want to give them a call. You could get pizza for your holiday parties in 1983 when Uncle Lar’s first opened in Plano, and stores were packed with shoppers hunting for prized Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. Today, you can still get Uncle Lar’s pizza while the hot toys are Scruff-A-Luvs and Pomsies and you can buy them online from the comfort of home.

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New owners Selaine and Jerry Stegmann bought Uncle Lar’s last December and have added a 16-inch pizza and new menu items, including wings, cheesy breadsticks, beefs rolls and a chicken bacon ranch roll one of the employees created that Selaine calls “really amazing.”

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Where else can you go for a crèmefilled peppermint long john other than My Sister’s Lil Donut Shoppe? They’ll also have plenty of Christmas cookies, coffee cakes, donuts, potato rolls and more.

for parties at home or at the office. “Pizza is our base, but we also have salad and appetizers,” Selaine Stegmann said. “And we’re adding a 16-inch pizza for bigger parties.” Rosati’s also sells a lot of pizza. With locations in Yorkville and Sandwich, the longtime Chicago-area favorite also has catering packages, featuring Italian meatballs, beef, pasta dishes, salads and more. For those looking to skip cooking at home or looking for food for a holiday work party or youth sports team party or another party for that matter, Rosati’s likely has something that will feed the whole gang.

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For pies, cookies and definitely more, Angie’s in Sandwich is a wise choice for baked goods. Like many people, owner Angie Davis knows how crazy the holidays can be and how seeking a pro like herself to do the baking makes life a whole lot easier. Her creations are delicious. “We make holidays easier on people at home so they can enjoy family and holiday parties without spending hours in the kitchen,” Davis said. “I was that mom who baked all those cookies and spent days on end with all the multiple products and mixing and packaging and labeling it all and then delivering. And when you think about it, whenever you go to a party you bring a dish to pass or a gift to pass. We can do that for you so you have more time to enjoy the holidays.”

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CLEVELAND BBQ SAUCE (Makes 3 cups) Serious barbecue aficionados, it seems, won’t let an arbitrary date on the calendar define when they can or cannot fire up the grill.

• 2 cups cider vinegar • 1 small red onion, quartered • 1 large garlic clove, smashed • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce, plus 1 Tbl. of sauce from the can • 3Tbl. bourbon • 1 tsp. coriander seeds • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

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• 1 cup Bertman Ball Park Mustard or other brown stadium-style mustard • 1/2 cup yellow mustard • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup • 1 Tbl. soy sauce • 2 tsp. kosher salt • 1 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

In a medium saucepan, combine the vinegar, onion, garlic, chipotle in adobo, bourbon, coriander and paprika. Bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the flavors come together, about 10 minutes.

Cleveland BBQ Sauce (recipe follows) goes well with Mabel’s Pork Ribs. It joins the established barbecue sauce lineup that includes Carolina, Memphis, Kansas City and Texas.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the chipotle puree, brown and yellow mustards, maple syrup, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Strain the vinegar mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into the mustard mixture (discard the solids) and whisk until smooth and combined.

To keep the sauce from burning, Symon recommends basting grilled foods only during the final stages of grilling.

Use immediately or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to one month.

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