KCR Kendall County Magazine - Winter 2021

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Kendall County MAGAZINE



Cedarhurst of Yorkville provides a place for loved ones to thrive PAGE 18 


A Q&A with a cast member of the Paramount Theatre’s “Cinderella” performance PAGE 24

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MAKING SPIRITS Meet Santa at the Oswego Christmas Walk Page 12

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The Ced Cedarhurst Promise Promise mis TM Cedarhurst We promise. If you’re not satisfied and decide to move out within your first 60 days, we’ll give you a complete refund.* Wolferman’s is a registered trademark of Harry and David, LLC and is used with permission. Offer valid through November 30, 2021. *Cedarhurst Promise™ program is only available at advertised community. Not applicable for respite or other short-term stays. Refund is available only if move out is a result of dissatisfaction with Cedarhurst community as documented throughout stay. Complete refund includes base rent, level of care charges, and community fee. Ancillary services fees (ex. additional transportation, pet fees and laundry charges) do not qualify for refund. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Please contact community for additional details. Void where prohibited.


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Editor's Note

Kendall County MAGAZINE


Published by Shaw Media Phone: 630-553-7034 news@kendallcountynow.com

Is it just me, or has 2021 flown by!? I was at my desk, sipping my first cup of coffee, when I suddenly realized there’s less than a month until Thanksgiving. By the time you’re reading this, it’s likely just a week until the holiday! I’m not yet ready for all the busy days of travel and planning, but I do know I’ll spend the next month dreaming of pumpkin pie and holiday decorations. My family’s holiday celebrations largely revolve around family and food. My siblings and I make Thanksgiving pies together … my specialty is chocolate chip cookie pie, but lately I’ve been branching out. On Christmas morning, we snack on slices of fruit Danish pastries while we open presents. After more than 18 months of distanced gatherings, I think we’re all looking forward to a slightly more normal holiday season, whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas. What makes you excited about this time? If it’s visits with Santa, childhood Hannah couldn’t agree more. As kids, my siblings and I visited with Santa once a year (at an event where the jolly man in the

suit looked increasingly like my grandpa, but who knows?). It was an annual highlight! A professional photo with Santa is free at the Oswego Christmas Walk. You can read more about that tradition on P. 12. If helping others is an annual tradition for you, this issue of Kendall County Magazine highlights several nonprofits that could use donations of your time or resources. Read more on P. 16, and remember that shopping local for gifts is another great way to support your neighbors. As we collectively enter this busy season, I hope you take some time for yourself to relax. I’m envisioning a night by the fireplace, snuggled up with this magazine, a book or even a holiday movie. You deserve it! Thanks for reading, and best holiday wishes to you and your family!

PUBLISHER Daily Chronicle & Suburban Weekly Group Laura Shaw lshaw@shawmedia.com EDITOR Hannah Hoffmeister 630-427-6263 hhoffmeister@shawmedia.com ADVERTISING Kristin Hawkins 630-385-4404 khawkins@shawmedia.com Shannon Eldridge 630-845-5347 seldridge@shawmedia.com DESIGNER Allison LaPorta 630-427-6260 alaporta@shawmedia.com

Hannah Hoffmeister, Editor CORRESPONDENTS Jonathan Bilyk, Kevin Druley, Patti MacMillan, Vicki Martinka Petersen, Melissa Rubalcaba Riske, Diane Krieger Spivak and Chris Walker.

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Santa greets some of his youngest fans at a workshop scene featured at the Oswego Christmas Walk. Photo by Wendy Greenslade, Locked In Photography.


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6 GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING Supporting local businesses for your holiday shopping supports the whole community — consider these 8 places 10 CALENDAR We’re looking ahead to holiday parades, visits with Santa and more — here’s what’s happening in Kendall County 12 MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT Meet Santa at the Oswego Christmas Walk, courtesy of a magical snow globe scene 16 NO GESTURE TOO SMALL Whether seeking resources or looking to give back, there are ample opportunities to make a difference in the community


21 IN A DAY’S WORK The lessons and skills that accompany essential jobs are invaluable, says Superdad 22 GRATEFUL EMPLOYEES Tom McCartney and Sharon Piet on recruiting and retaining talented workers




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24 ‘THE PERFECT SHOW FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON’ A Q&A with Tiffany Taylor, who plays a stepsister in the Paramount’s performance of “Cinderella” this winter

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Giving that keep on

Supportin ng local businesses for your holiday shopping supports the whole community — consider these 8 places

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ever has there been a better time to shop local. Be sure to mark your calendars for Nov. 27 — also known as Small Business Saturday. Here are some Kendall County places to consider for fun, exciting holiday gifts.


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 HUDSON DESIGN HOUSE 76 Main St., Oswego Facebook: Hudson Design House This lifestyle boutique is sure to have something for everyone on your list. Hudson Design House is a treasure trove of vintage items, furniture, home decor, and women’s clothing and accessories. The store also partners with local artisans so you’re sure to find unique, one-of-a-kind gift ideas.

For those who enjoy a good vintage find, Warehouse 55 features repurposed furnishings in a variety of styles, from rustic farmhouse to modern contemporary. Other items include home decor, handcrafted notebooks, baskets and more. Vendors display their wares in booths on-site, or you can order online.

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Olde Farm Creek offers a wide collection of vintage farmhouse and industrial decor, including candles, vases and handcrafted signs. Or consider buying the Winter Farm Frills subscription box, which features never-before-sold items along with fall and winter holiday items. You can shop the store online anytime or in person during its weekend hours Nov. 19-21, Dec. 3-5 and 17-19.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned this past year, it’s the importance of taking time for self-care. Ginger Thomas Soap Company offers an array of gift ideas for stocking stuffers or those who could use a little me time. Products include handcrafted artisan soaps, bath bombs and sugar scrubs.


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 MELISSA JEAN BOUTIQUE 108 Main St., Oswego www.melissajeanboutique.com

For your trendsetting friends, check out the latest styles at Melissa Jean Boutique. Clothing ranges from comfy leggings for lounging around to stylish dresses for a date night. The boutique also sells jewelry, handbags and other accessories to round out your gift. Note that the showroom is open for events and by appointment.


Help youngsters tap into their creative talents with an annual Your Performing Arts Center membership. In-person and online private music lessons are available for a variety of instruments, including your voice! YPAC also offers dance classes for kids of all ages, from tumbling for infants and toddlers to hip hop and ballet for tweens and teens. Acting classes are also available.

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We’re looking ahead to holiday parades and visits with Santa — here’s what’s happening in Kendall County





All aboard the Oswego Holiday Express, which returns this year to provide a magical night for kids. Register online.


The Oswego Holiday Drive-Through Celebration starts at 4:30 p.m. It is estimated to take 10-15 minutes to drive through.


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Plano Rockin’ Christmas Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. at Plano High School. You can start lining up at 6 p.m.

Sandwich Park District hosts the Festival of Trees and Holiday Lane Craft Show. It's a holiday wonderland!
























Don’t miss Allegro Performing Arts’ two presentations of “The Nutcracker” ballet at Sandwich Opera House.

Lyon Farm hosts Christmas on the Farm, and again on Dec. 19. You’ll even find hot chocolate and cookies.

Oswegoland Park District hosts a free restorative yoga class from 5 to 6 p.m., designed to alleviate holiday stress.

Happy Kwanzaa to everyone who celebrates!

Hanukkah ends this evening. Happy Festival of Lights to all who celebrate!


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The winter solstice, or the shortest day and longest night of the year, falls on this day. It officially marks the beginning of winter.

Have you seen “Cinderella” at the Paramount Theatre yet? It’s showing through Jan. 9, 2022.

Christmas is 10 days away! Time to finish your holiday shopping and make some cookies.


It’s national maple syrup day — celebrate accordingly with pancakes or a maple-inspired dessert.

Edith Farnsworth House in Plano offers house tours on weekends through Dec. 19. A midcentury holiday scene awaits you!

If you celebrate, we wish you a very merry Christmas!

It’s New Year’s Eve! How are you planning to ring in 2022?

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The village plans to pull out all the stops for the annual event, which will feature a parade of emergency vehicles bedecked in holiday lights; a cast of beloved characters such as the Grinch, Buddy the Elf and Olaf the snowman; and attractions like live reindeer accompanied by Mrs. Claus. The free event takes place Dec. 3 and will include a 5:30 p.m. community tree lighting on the main stage, visits with Santa and two trackless holiday trains that can accommodate both the young and young at heart. Adding to the fun will be on-site ice sculpture carving, Siberian sled dog demonstrations and performances from community groups. And if that wasn’t enough, eventgoers can even whiz down an inflatable dual lane sled hill, says Julie Hoffman, Oswego’s community engagement coordinator. Returning for its second year will be the Oswego Holiday Drive-Through Celebration on Dec. 10 at the newly completed amphitheater, Venue 1012. Attractions will include light-up holiday displays, greetings from Santa and decorated public works vehicles. For details, visit www.oswegochristmaswalk.com.

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A favorite of families, the 15th annual Aurora Festival of Lights takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 26-Dec. 26 at Phillips Park. Santa Claus’ bustling toy factory, prancing reindeer, twinkling snowflakes and many more seasonal spectacles will wow in this drive-through event. While the dazzling displays — some of which are programmed to look as though they are moving — are offered free of charge, event organizers are requiring advance registration due to the festival’s increased popularity. (Last year alone saw more than 50,000 cars.) Volunteers stationed along the route will help to usher in the holiday spirit by accepting contributions for a variety of local charities from those passing by. To learn more and reserve a spot, visit www.aurorafestivaloflights.com.


Looking for an old-fashioned holiday experience? Head to Lyon Farm in Yorkville for children’s seasonal crafts, storytelling and a visit from the big man in the jolly red suit. Taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19, Christmas at the Farm will find little ones sharing wish lists with Santa and posing for photos while enjoying piping hot chocolate and Christmas cookies in a picturesque setting. If the weather permits, attendees can even hop a hayride to get a closer look at the 39-acre restored farm. Admission for the event, hosted by the Kendall County Historical Society, is $5 per person and cash only (children under 2 are free). For more information, visit www.lyonfarmkchs.org.

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Meet Santa at the Oswego Christmas Walk, courtesy of a magical snow globe scene By Kevin Druley Photos by Locked In Photography


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etermined to repeat the resounding joy she helped create last year, Wendy Greenslade is creating yet another magical display this winter.

Families who delighted in the “Santa’s workshop” motif, which allowed children to visit Santa Claus in a socially distanced manner in 2020, will find a life-size vintage snow globe display during the Oswego Christmas Walk on Dec. 3. Not to mention the big guy himself. As before, Greenslade and her husband, Jayson, developed the meticulous design and construction, which will be situated within Greenslade’s Locked In Photography studio at 74 Main St. in downtown Oswego.


“We wanted it to look nice and be something amazing that kids walk into and be in awe,” Greenslade says. Greenslade estimates some 400 families visited Santa during last year’s walk. The Santa visit is sponsored by the Oswego Downtown Association. Children posed for pictures free of charge adjacent to a Santa buffered by special glass that made the classic wish list exchange easy to decipher while providing a warm, homey visual. Getting a professional photo will be free again this year. Cringing at various photos of mall or department store displays in which large, utilitarian blocks of plexiglass separated St. Nick from his biggest fans, Greenslade then resolved to be different while also abiding by

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Santa will als o be available to greet familie s from noon to 2 p.m . Dec. 4 at the Cookie Walk !

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pandemic protocols. Angie Hibben still beams about the stream of positive feedback from a year ago. Given Greenslade’s profile, she anticipates similarly rave reviews this year.

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“This is so important to the kids,” says Hibben, treasurer of the Oswego Downtown Association board and president/CEO of the Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce. “The parents feel comfortable, Santa — because Santa is older — Santa is safe. The kids feel safe. The parents feel safe, but yet it’s magical.” The snow globe display is expected to feature fans blowing artificial snow inside an octagonal design, resembling a winter wonderland of a vintage globe, Greenslade says. Glass windows will be situated on the sides and top. The barrier didn’t seem to deter visitors a year ago. “We were seeing kids be less afraid of Santa. We were seeing them be so

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happy, and they did not feel like, ‘Hey, because I wasn’t sitting on his lap, I didn’t have my holiday experience,’ right?” Greenslade says. “So this year, we were like, ‘OK, maybe we can keep that same concept even though everyone wants to break free of that concept.’ But we can still protect our Santa. We can still protect each child and be very respectful of that purpose.” Families can augment the experience as they wait for Santa simply by being in line. Greenslade’s studio lies inside the DIY woodworking workshop A Lady and Her Tools, which is set to offer a selection of special, hands-on activities targeted to kids. For more information on the event, visit Locked In Photography on Facebook. Greenslade is eager to observe how visitors take to her spin on the Christmas season. “It’s just something l like to be known for,” she says. “It’s fun. It’s my favorite holiday.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: These photos are from last year’s display. The 2021 vintage snow globe scene was still under construction at press time.


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Whether seeking resources or looking to give back, there are ample opportunities to make a difference in the community By Melissa Rubalcaba Riske | Photo provided by Nettie Badgley


ometimes it’s simple: a smile and wave to a neighbor as you collect your mail. A thank-you as you pick up your morning coffee. These things can make someone feel appreciated.

Each small interaction, like a ripple on the water, can have an effect. And that goes as well for those bigger gestures. Buying a few extra groceries to donate to the local food pantry will help a family have more nutrition on the table. Adding an extra pair of warm mittens to your shopping cart to drop off at a collection spot in town will keep a child warm at recess.

While we may have the intention of helping others, sometimes it can seem there aren’t enough hours in the day. Nettie Badgley of Yorkville wanted to volunteer, but couldn’t find the avenue while juggling family and work. In 2015 this led her to create her own chapter of 100+ Women Who Care Oswego, Montgomery, Yorkville. Badgley says she enjoyed her time volunteering back in her single days, but when she moved further south and started her family, she wasn’t able to find an


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“There’s no raffle baskets, no bake sales, no pressuring friends,” Badgley says. “This is really grassroots.” Once an organization is selected for the donations, it can’t be nominated again for a specific length of time. While just shy of the full 100 members, the collective donations add up. Recently donations have totaled $9,000, allowing the group to make a real impact with local organizations including CASA Kendall County, local food pantries and the 3:11 Project. organization that worked with her limited time. She had participated in the Naperville chapter of 100+ Women Who Care and decided to establish a chapter in Kendall County. The premise is that 100 women meet four times a year and at each meeting they nominate a local nonprofit or cause. The nominations are dropped in a hat, and during the meeting, a few of the nominations are drawn. The nominators then present on their suggested organizations before a group vote. Each member writes a check for $100 to the nonprofit that garners the highest number of votes.


Additionally, members learn more about the nominees, broadening awareness of the organization and its mission. Some members have even become involved with the nominated organizations. Badgley says this was how she learned about a local food pantry’s need for help with managing data entry and answering phones — now she volunteers. “It’s a way I can give back and it’s so easy for me,” Badgley says. Whether it is adding a collection during the holiday season or finding your organization to donate your time and resources, there is no gesture too small when it comes to supporting the community.

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Come shop our great downtown shops!


Don’t miss this annual holiday favorite tradition!


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Pre-purchase a cookie tin and stroll around downtown grabbing treats from all participating businesses! More details to follow.





Ticket sales will start in mid January.

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 AURORA AREA INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRY 1110 Jericho Road, Aurora www.aurorafoodpantry.org Donations accepted Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monetary donations accepted online.  FOX VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES 1406 Suydam Road, Sandwich www.fvoas.org/index.html With a focus on helping older adults live independent lives, this organization coordinates home services and adult day activities.

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Oven Roasted Turkey • Homemade Mostaccioli C ur bsid e Pi ck up Honey Mustard Glazed Baked Ham Plus Sage Stuffing with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Green Bean Casserole • Michigan Salad • Dinner Rolls & Butter Dessert: Holiday Fudge Platter

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per person for parties of 10 or larger

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LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST Cedarhurst of Yorkville focuses on each resident’s needs, providing a place for loved ones to thrive By Chris Walker Photos provided by Cedarhurst Senior Living


eing a primary caregiver can be a full-time job. It can also be difficult to balance with your other family responsibilities, career, errands and personal tasks. Thankfully, at Cedarhurst of Yorkville there are kind and friendly health care professionals who thrive as caretakers to your loved ones while providing peace of mind for you.


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“Being a primary caregiver can be an extremely daunting and an exhausting task these days,” says Sam Prinster, vice president of marketing and communications for Cedarhurst Senior Living. “Many caregivers have expressed that they no longer get to ‘visit’ with their loved ones and enjoy their time spent together, and don’t know where to draw the line between caregiving and actually enjoying being someone’s son, daughter or grandchild. We never want that guilt from a primary caregiver, and we work

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so hard to be able to foster those relationships once more.” Offering assisted living and memory care in the northwest part of Yorkville, Cedarhurst remains faithful to one big idea: Every person should feel loved, valued, supported and able to safely live life to the fullest. “Our commitment is our intense focus on each resident and really understanding them uniquely as an individual and how they’re thriving,” says Prinster. Loved ones prosper at Cedarhurst as they build

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connections with their caretakers and other residents. “It’s not just about meeting their physical needs, but their mental and emotional needs as well,” Prinster says. “Our residents need these types of connections with any caregiver to continue to nurture their morale and sense of purpose.”

We know our residents come with vibrant and meaningful connections to those they love, and living at Cedarhurst never means giving up those relationships who make our residents who they are.”

It’s families joining families at Cedarhurst, which has 57 communities throughout the Midwest and the South in addition to its Yorkville location.

At Cedarhurst, friends and family members are welcome into its extended circle. Prinster says the team works to keep family members in the loop to support their loved ones.

“We love to share experiences and life with our residents we serve,” Prinster says. “However, we also value the importance of family and friend relationships prior to becoming part of our family.

“As time progresses, we keep in contact with our family members to ensure that their loved one is receiving the utmost, personalized care and consistently keep them updated with any changes



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in health,” she adds. Cedarhurst has quickly become home sweet home for its residents, who not only benefit from a caregiving team that’s beyond compare, but also from an array of amenities, including fullservice dining. “Life enrichment staff, full-time chefs and 24-hour professional caregivers surround our residents with constant support and care they deserve,” Prinster says.  CEDARHURST OF YORKVILLE 4040 Cannonball Trail, Yorkville 630-454-8442 www.cedarhurstliving.com/ cedarhurst-yorkville-il


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The facility offers on-site physical, occupational and speech therapies. It has a variety of floor plan options, including accessible apartments, suites, bathrooms and balconies; 24-hour emergency call system; individual climate controls; expanded cable TV;

and available Wi-Fi and telephone hook-ups. “We have a large dining room with available private dining space for special events with friends and family and a large recreation area with nostalgic games,” Prinster said. “Our residents love enjoying our charming living room and sitting areas to enjoy a book, or a game with friends.” The private movie theater is “always a hit,” she adds. Cedarhurst features a full-service beauty shop, barbershop and private spa as well as plenty of comfortable, scenic outdoor spaces. Residents enjoy socializing with family, friends and fellow residents — and pets, since residents are allowed to have furry friends.


Resident-centered life enrichment programs are part of the daily routines within the community, including intergenerational programs, activity programs, music and pet therapies, exercise and fitness sessions, social functions and parties, weekly religious services, shopping and errand services, community events and shuttle services for activities and appointments. “We unfailingly respect every resident as an individual,” Prinster says. “We help with the nuisances so residents can turn their attention to where it belongs — and their community life, social outings, activities and family visits can become undistracted joys again.”

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here’s nothing quite like starting the day at 5 a.m. with piles of diapers. Not to mention toilet paper, tissues and other assorted personal hygiene products.

Thankfully, they were all of the pre-soiled variety, still packed in boxes, stacked on pallets, waiting to be put on shelves.

But for the six years following high school, this was how the majority of my days started as a member of the early morning stock and backroom team at the local big box store. From there, only the scenery changed, really, as the action moved into the store’s dim backroom, where the remaining hours — until about 2 p.m. — were spent climbing ladders, maneuvering forklifts, processing and unloading trucks, baling cardboard, sweeping floors and generally doing whatever else needed to be done to keep the freight moving throughout the store. It was in many ways the very definition of a “crappy job.” But it was, in many other ways, a perfect job — for me, anyway, at that time of my life. For starters, it fit perfectly into the schedule of the busy college student I once was, giving me the flexibility and income to graduate college without a mountain of debt. (Don’t worry: This column is not going to turn into “Random Old Dude Launches Tirade v. Today’s Students.”) Beyond the obvious benefits, the job imparted invaluable skills and priceless knowledge. The team was diverse. Female. Male. Young students and wandering souls. Less young retirees. Single moms and other folks working second jobs, trying to make ends meet. Black, white, Latino, Asian, gay, straight, | WINTER 2021 |

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Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, atheist. Name a demographic, and over those six years, I likely worked with them or for them, and got to know them, for at least a brief time.

preparing burgers and other tasty takeout treats. And, yes, those retail workers, stocking shelves, ringing up orders and otherwise getting us what we needed, as close to when we needed it as they could.

My Spanish improved markedly, from un poco to almost passable, más o menos.

The months of often thankless work endured by these workers is why I am not very surprised to hear so many have had enough.

I found my voice, and could make myself heard in a room full of adults without offending (too often). The importance of being on time and ready to work was impressed, and reimpressed. Workplace disputes became easier to spot and avoid, or at least navigate. I learned how to be familiar — but not too friendly — with bosses, and how to rally coworkers to the defense of a colleague singled out by the aforementioned bosses. But perhaps most importantly, I came away from those first six years in the working world knowing the world runs on these jobs — and having a deep respect for those willing to work them. This should have never been clearer to us than over the past 18 months. When so many of us retreated to the safety and comfort of our living rooms, it was those working the crappy jobs who kept the world spinning. I can’t possibly name them all. But you know who we’re talking about here. The certified nursing assistants and other health care workers, covered in PPE, supporting doctors and nurses in our overburdened hospitals. The plumbers, HVAC techs, electricians, carpenters and others who responded to our needs for repairs and maintenance. The truck drivers who worked tirelessly to haul the freight we need to stock our pantries with the necessities of life. The meat packers who kept our supermarkets stocked, our backyard grills sizzling. The fast food and other restaurant workers who kept


But equally so, the color will always rise in my cheeks anytime anyone wonders, “Who would want to work these crappy jobs, anyway?” I shudder to think what the world would be like without the jocular crew who turned out to blacktop my driveway on a brutally hot summer day. Or the people who have dutifully picked up my household’s mountain of trash at the curb every week. Or the kids out whacking weeds that never slow their ceaseless attempted conquest. Among so many other lessons, I can only hope to impart that appreciation to my young ones as they rush headlong toward joining the working world. That, and a healthy knowledge that, in reality, all jobs are essential — and most jobs are only as crappy as you make them.

 Jonathan Bilyk writes about the triumphs and travails of being a modern-day dad who legitimately enjoys time with his family, while tolerating a dog that seems to adore him. He also doesn’t really like the moniker “Superdad” because it makes it sound like he wants to wear his undergarments on the outside of his pants. (Also, the cape remains on back order.) KENDALL COUNTY MAGAZINE 21

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f you have met any member of our team, you know our favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. The simplicity of stepping back to reflect on one’s blessings can be so powerful. It is far too easy to get caught up in the stress of deadlines and the daily grind and to forget about the many privileges we have. Thank goodness we have a national holiday that directs us to take time to reflect with family and friends.

Before we get too nostalgic, ask yourself if your employees feel grateful for their work environment, pay and benefits. How do you show them that they are appreciated? If your company’s retirement plan does not have contemporary features — or worse yet, if you don’t have a retirement plan for your employees — you may find yourself in a difficult spot. A TICKING TIME BOMB? My college buddies traditionally reunite each fall at a former housemate’s lake home in northern Wisconsin. This year, the group was larger than usual, which only meant that the stories and recollections were even more abundant. I found one new attendee’s life story post-graduation especially poignant, as it relates to the subject of this article. Let’s call him “Mike” to protect his identity. Mike is now 58 years old and splits time between his homes in Florida and Minnesota. He has been semi-retired for 15 years thanks to the success of a company that he and two partners started when he was younger and which has done phenomenally well. We’ll call this company “Widget Distributor B.” What really caught my attention was why the company ever started in the first place. It turns out that Mike was a salesman for “Widget Distributor A.” Mike, another salesman and their manager were hardworking and one day approached the owner to request that a 401(k) plan be established so that they could save for their retirement. When the owner learned that it would cost him $2,000 to establish the plan for his employees, he quickly discarded the request and instructed them to get back to work. This turned out to be a bad decision.


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For Mike and his two coworkers, the owner had created a culture where the employees did not feel valued. Nine months later, they left together and started Widget Distributor B with one of their top priorities being to treat their future employees with the same care that they would treat their future customers. Their success has been greater than they could have ever imagined as they grew their company to dwarf their prior employer. Top talent from their industry, including from Widget Distributor A, came knocking on their door as the word was out that Widget Distributor B was the place to be! One can only imagine the regret and pain that the owner of Widget Distributor A still feels today. How shortsighted he was.

RECRUIT, RETAIN, REWARD. One of our firm’s niches is working with private business owners, and today one of the biggest concerns we hear is about the challenges they face in recruiting, retaining and rewarding talent. The good news is that workplace retirement plans have become even more featureand cost-competitive! There are also ways to contractually mitigate both your potential fiduciary and administrative liabilities. With the battle for talent intensifying, there has never been a better time to review your current offering or to start a new plan if you have not yet done so. For more detail and insight, you are welcome to contact us. We would be happy to help assure your lifestyle and legacy, as well as your employees’!

This material is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal or tax advice and is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified attorney, tax advisor, or plan provider.

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A Q&A with Tiffany Taylor, who plays a stepsister in the Paramount’s performance of “Cinderella” this winter By Chris Walker | Costume rendering by costume designer Theresa Ham, headshot provided by the Paramount Theatre


ooking for a family holiday adventure? See if you can “fit” the Paramount Theatre’s presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” into your schedule this holiday season. While you probably know the story of this princess, you’ve never seen it like this as this mesmerizing new production brings a reimagined take on the classic children’s story to downtown Aurora.

I would watch it with my mom so often. I was always a huge princess fan, so seeing a princess that looked like me was eye-opening and exciting even at an early age. I also loved the Filipino prince — I’m half Filipino myself, so I would always pretend like Cinderella

Recently, Kendall County Magazine talked with local actor Tiffany Taylor, whose dream to perform at the Paramount will come to life as she plays Joy, one of Cinderella’s wicked stepsisters. This interview has been edited slightly for length.  KENDALL COUNTY MAGAZINE: What are your first memories of “Cinderella”? TIFFANY TAYLOR: Watching the Brandy and Whitney Houston version as a child. I had the VHS tape of it and


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and the Prince were my mom and dad. Not to mention the incredible vocals in that movie. Whitney has always been an influence for me vocally and that started around that time too. I do love the classic Disney cartoon version. It played a big role in my childhood as well.  KENDALL: What do you like most about “Cinderella”? TT: My favorite thing about “Cinderella” is its message: to always be kind and grateful no matter what life brings you. I have to remind myself of this, and I’m working on being kinder to not only others, but myself especially! Cinderella keeps her head held high in spite of the adversity she faces, which is so admirable.  KENDALL: Why should folks come out and see the show? TT: This production is one of a kind. Everyone is incredibly talented and we are so excited to bring this story to the Paramount stage. (Director) Brenda Didier and the rest of the directing and design teams have a vision for the show that is so exciting, and we’ve all been collaborating to make this the perfect show for the holiday

season. The designs are incredible!  KENDALL: What’s it like to perform on a stage with such a rich history? TT: Working at the Paramount has been a dream of mine since I was a teenager first starting out in theatre. I went to JCA (Joliet Catholic Academy) and the drama club would take field trips to see the shows and we couldn’t stop talking about them for weeks. It almost doesn’t feel real that I’ve been able to turn my dream into a reality in such a short amount of time. I’ve been coming to see shows here for about eight to nine years and each one has been better than the last. I’m so lucky to be working in such a beautiful space.  KENDALL: Are you more of a glass slippers for a night out on the town or a cozy slippers and snacks, chillin’ on the couch kind of gal? TT: I have strong roots in both. I love stepping out with my friends and having a night on the town, but I also really appreciate my R&R after a long day. If I had to pick, I’d say glass slippers. There’s so much out there to enjoy and I want to soak in every minute of it.

DON’T LET THE SHOW STOP THERE! CHECK OUT THESE SHOWS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: Catch “The Nutcracker” ballet at 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 5 at Sandwich Opera House, performed by Oswego-based Allegro Performing Arts. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.sandwichoperahouse.org.

“CINDERELLA” debuts at the Paramount Theatre on Nov. 10 and goes through Jan. 9, 2022!

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“A Christmas Carol,” the classic tale of Scrooge, is scheduled for two performances each on Dec. 4 and 5 at the Little White School Museum. The show is being put on by the Limelight Theatre Company, run by the Oswegoland Park District. “A Christmas Carol” will be performed as a radio play, in which actors remain stationary and use their voices, expressions and costumes to communicate as opposed to acting out the scenes. According to its website, the Limelight Theatre Company has been performing this type of show for more than a decade. Learn more at www. limelighttheatrecompany.org.


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SOCIAL BURNT BARREL SOCIAL BOASTS FINE BOURBON AND SO MUCH MORE By Diane Krieger Spivak | Photos provided by Burnt Barrel Social


he name gives it away if you’re a bourbon aficionado. The main focus of Burnt Barrel Social is, of course, bourbon, as barrels are charred in order to impart flavor to the spirit.

“It just kind of fit our theme,” says operating partner Matthew Strong, who started busing tables at 15. “Bourbon has always been a passion of mine. It’s got a lot of history behind it. It’s been in our country


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for a very long time and it takes a lot of time and effort to make, and I’ve respected that profession very much.” The Yorkville spot serves up bourbon from all over the country and all over the world — domestically as well as Japan and Canada. “We have a little bit of everything for everyone, and we support local distilleries out of DeKalb,” says Strong. Its bestselling cocktail is an Old-Fashioned using Old

Forester bourbon. The spirits don’t just stop at bourbon, however, says Strong. The venue offers a full bar, including craft beer and seasonal cocktails with freshly squeezed juices. Everything is made from scratch, like the smoked Manhattan or a traditional whiskey sour with egg white froth. The restaurant’s smaller food menu allows for more

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focus on the preparation of dishes, from sandwiches to salads. Meats are also locally sourced, including from Ream’s Meat Market in Elburn and Makowski’s Real Sausage Co. in Chicago. And they make a killer burger. “We have one burger,’’ says Strong. “It’s a create-your-own burger and you can put anything you want on it, from some of our house vegetables to some of our meats. It’s our No. 1 seller — a 10-ounce black angus beef burger out of Wisconsin and we handpack them and put our own seasoning on top that we’ve created to give it some good flavor, then we cook it on the grill.” The next most popular menu item is the steak sandwich — New York and rib-eye cuts marinated in-house and served on a fresh Americana roll. “It’s very tender; it’s delicious,” says Strong. Another popular menu item is a marinated New York and rib-eye steak salad, with fresh mixed greens.

“We always have a seasonal soup of the day, made fresh in-house,” he adds. Some of the most requested are tomato bisque and Wisconsin beer cheese. One can’t exclude dessert, which is also locally sourced. The bourbon bar is a warmed chocolate bar with caramel and pecans covered in bourbon barrel sauce. The ambiance is rustic and modern at the same time. The bar top is cut from a single oak tree from northern Wisconsin, and the tabletops are liveedge oak. A beautiful heated patio includes awnings for shade. Something worth keeping in mind for next year: The patio showcases live music Thursdays and Fridays in spring and summer, mostly classic rock with a little bit of funk. “With COVID we’ve almost quadrupled the size of our patio,” says Strong. “Our customers love it. We love it.”


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