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e wrapped up our summer in beachfront style month, with an end-of season excursion to the sandy dunes of Lake Michigan. It's a trip we enjoy taking, as it's a way to chill out, relax and embrace all that summer has given us, before the first day of school rolls around. That's a good thing, because as the kids get older, the excitement of the "first day" wanes. Jitters give way to groans. And where once a first day of school outfit took a full day of shopping, teenagers now roll out of bed with minutes to spare, donning the clothes that clearly declare "I didn’t want to be here" before grabbing a coffee and a pop-tart and heading out the door. Compared to the early days when they skipped to the elementary school bus stop with their lunch sacks swinging in their hands, it's a bit of a buzz-kill. But then, so is the end of summer. But worry not! Because just as we all fall back into the routines of the school year and summer winds down, our community is gearing up for an autumn season full of great local things to see and do. September gets started here in Downers Grove with the annual Harvest Fest taking center stage in Fishel Park, where thousands will turn out to run, eat, dance and partake in a variety of bountiful events and activities.

The boutiques in our downtown are bountiful as well, filled with great fall fashion and accessories, home décor treasures, and more. Plan a day out with friends along Curtiss Street, or make your shopping worth a little more by participating in the annual Girls Day Out Shopping Event, to support local elementary school PTAs. This fall promises much more in store, from parades and trick or treating to new friends in the downtown business corridor, like Pierce Tavern and Orange and Brew, at the ready to quench your thirst and fill your bellies. Yes, the return to fall schedules can mean lazy mornings turn into rushed breakfasts, and evenings making s'mores now are replaced with hours of algebra and history. But with so much offered in and around town this season, I encourage you to take a moment to catch your breath and enjoy the cooling air and the final moments of evening daylight with friends and family, right here in Downers Grove. Only 180 days to go. Thanks for reading,

Sherri Dauskurdas, Editor

PUBLISHER Daily Chronicle & Suburban Weekly Group Laura Shaw 630-709-4497 EDITOR Sherri Dauskurdas 630-427-6263 DESIGNER Carol Manderfield 630-427-6253 LOCAL SALES MANAGER Daily Chronicle & Niche Publishing Jaclyn Cornell 630-845-5234 CORRESPONDENTS Gabrielle Ghaderi, Jonathan Bilyk, Peter Stadalsky, Tom Witom PHOTOGRAPHERS Sachiko Eubanks This magazine is available by subscription for $24 a year. If you would like each month’s edition mailed to your home, send your request with payment information to Shaw Media, 7717 S. Route 31, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 or via email at

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OUT & ABOUT 7 HOMETOWN PRIDE Downtown Downers Grove a balance of historic charm and modern living. 10 FALL INTO GREAT EVENTS! There’s plenty on tap in the community this season. 12 RUN WILD THIS SEASON Take on a local 5k or other charity run and go feet first into fundraising for great local causes. 14 THERACORE COUMN Hip stability, for the long run. 15 RUN RIGHT Five ways to keep healthy as you hit the streats this season.

HOME & LIFESTYLE 16 RIGHT AT HOME Downers Grove retailer Home & Manor combines classic decor with international flair to fill your home with style.



19 LIFE SKILLS IN THE CENTURY OF TECH Suburban Superdad Jonathan Bilyk takes on the ‘simple’ tasks his generation left behind. 21 TRAVEL TO FAMILY Some of the most important journeys are the ones that take you home. 22 BARK IN THE PARK it's time for pet lovers to unite at the annual Barkapalooza pet walk and expo.


FASHION & BEAUTY 29 A DAY OUT ON CURTISS STREET This editor’s choice of great local finds highlights the shops and boutiques along the most stylish of side streets.

HEALTH & WELLNESS 30 LIFE IN BALANCE If you’re a little dizzy during the day, it’s nothing to take lightly. MaryLou Savino discusses the importance of good balance, how to keep it, and what it may mean if you’re feeling off-center.

BUSINESS & CIVIC 32 SAVE THE DATES! Christmas is just around the corner, and we’ve got the list of festivities you’ll need to fill your calendar and not miss a thing! 34 PAST WITH A PURPOSE The Downers Grove Womans Club is marking 50 years in 2019, and you can be a part of all the great work they do in the community. 36 ARTIST SHOWCASE Downers Grove native Laura Lein-Svencner shares her love of paper collage.

24 TOM’S COOKBOOK LIBRARY Fill your end of summer party menu with offerings from two new cookbooks. 26 GARDEN OF EATIN’ For chef Pamela Geralds of the Pinecone Cottage Tea Room, great food is as simple as stepping outside. 28 WINE FOR THE SEASON Pairing wine can be tricky, so we have tips for fall favorites, and a list of great local places to stock up.




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Downtown Downers Grove has what you crave in autumn, and all year long By SHERRI DAUSKURDAS


rom the time the first leaf turns gold to the heart of the holiday season, life is never more festive in Downers Grove than when fall comes calling! “Fall is busy in downtown Downers Grove,” says Erin Venezia, marketing director for the Downtown Downers Grove Management Corporation. “Strolling through downtown is always enjoyable, however, walking the tree-lined streets as the colors are changing on the leaves adds to the beautiful ambience. “I love stopping in to take a brief break from shopping at one of our delicious cafes, and maybe even have the opportunity to sneak one last al fresco dining experience before the winter chill settles in.” And this fall, Downtown Downers Grove Management is making sure you have plenty to see and do, all season through. From new businesses to old favorites, there are plenty of places to peruse and enjoy. New restaurants are opening to tempt your taste buds, and great annual events are on the calendar to fill your weekends with activity and excitement, its all right here, in downtown Downers Grove!

 Welcome home to Downers Grove This fall, downtown Downers Grove is excited to welcome three new businesses to town. Great Harvest Bread Company will open its shop at 5117 Main St., filling the streets with the aroma of fresh baked bread. Orange & Brew Bottle Shop and Tap Room joins the already burgeoning craft beer scene in Downers Grove, at 1027 Burlington Ave., and once the build is finished, visitors can enjoy a refreshing selection of beer and wine. Pierce Tavern has had residents curious for months, as it builds out its new

space at the corner of Curtiss and Main Street. Its menu promises everything from hand packed burgers and smoked meats to inventive wood fired pizzas, washed down with an ice cold beer or a great whiskey. In addition to the new restaurants approximately 265 new residential units will be open this season, as Downers Grove takes its place in urbanstyled living, offering a superb local selection of high end apartments and condominiums for residents seeking the benefits of a walkable, accessible downtown. -Continued on page 8 OUT & ABOUT SEPTEMBER 2018

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The Condominiums at Marquis on Maple will offer 55 units, and two separate highend apartment buildings, Burlington Station and Maple & Main, will be home to a total of 210 units, currently under construction, complementing an historic array of single family homes just steps from the heart of the community.

 Fun-filled fall festivities But the true star of Downers Grove are the events, and fall has plenty to offer. While the Park District’s Harvest Fest is the “official” kickoff of the season, it’s just the beginning, as the village highlights everything from shopping excursions to school festivals, athletic events and holiday parades. Downtown Downers Grove hosts the Annual Girls’ Day Out Sept. 27, benefitting the participating local elementary school PTA organizations. Last year the downtown businesses donated more than $3,000 to the local PTAs from this fun annual event. “To support your favorite participating school is easy,” says Venezia. “Bring your Hall Pass (from your school) or pick one up in a participating business that day. Turn it in with your purchase and an automatic 10 percent of the purchase will go toward the participating school PTA you designated.” This year more than 20 businesses will be participating, and the school with the highest attendance receives an extra $250. It’s a playfully competitive way to support our local schools.

Downers Grove Harvest Fest


The day is filled with great deals and store specials for those participating with “hall

passes” for the event. Also, Anderson’s Bookshop will host children’s author and Illustrator Loren Lon at 6:30 p.m. In October, Downtown Downers Grove businesses will soon after embrace the Halloween season by inviting more than a thousand kids to paint Halloween scenes on business windows on October 20 in


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Tree lighting in Dowers Grove

Halloween in Dowers Grove

conjunction with the Downers Grove Rotary Club. Downtown Downers Grove Management Corp. and the Rotary Club of Downers Grove provide the water-soluble paints. The little artists arrive, from 9 a.m.- noon with their paint brushes, water, wipes, and a canned good for the FISH Pantry, before picking up their paints and finding a designated window to paint their masterpiece. These windows will serve as the decor for the hundreds of kids that will join the safe Trick-orTreating to take place downtown Downers Grove Sunday, Oct. 28. The children will trick-ortreat throughout the downtown at participating businesses from 1-3 p.m. Eager costume lovers can get an early taste of Halloween as Baird & Warner will host its free movie and costume contest at the historic Tivoli Theatre on Oct. 27. Families can enjoy a Pancake Breakfast benefitting Navigate Adolescence at Ballydoyle Restaurant & Pub on Saturday, October 20.

 Homespun holiday happenings Christmas lights adorn the buildings, trees and train station to help Downtown Downers Grove welcome the Holiday Season with the Annual Gingerbread Festival, which kicks off on November 23. Start the eveing with story time at the Downers Grove Library, then join the high school marching band for the procession down Main Street, as the community leads Santa to the village tree lighting. The weekend-long festival also features complimentary carriage rides, Holiday window decorating (and voting) and a crowd favorite, the annual Gingerbread House Decorating contest, hosted within participating businesses. “The community definitely gets involved during the Gingerbread House Contest,” Venezia says. There is a business category (open to all businesses small or large) as well as a family category (this can also include scout troops, nonprofits, etc.). These entry forms are available at or by contacting our office at info@ or 630-725-0991. The entry forms are due Oct. 26. Breakfast with Santa will be held at

a variety of restaurants on Sunday, November 25 and December 2, and Santa will be in his Gingerbread House in Downtown Downers Grove every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m., from Nov 24 through Dec 23. Downtown Downers Grove Management Corporation hosts the majority of the events held in the downtown. The office has just two staff members, therefore, volunteers are greatly appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering with Downtown Management Corp. you may contact Venezia or Executive Director, Linda Kunze at the office at or 630-7250991. But at the heart of it all are the members of downtown business community “The events would not be what they are without the downtown businesses,” Venezia says, adding the downtown businesses actively host events, sales, specials, trunk shows, speakers, etc. in their businesses. “The businesses are constantly supporting our community as whole, hosting fundraisers, donating to raffles. The downtown businesses will go out of their way to make sure you had a great experience in their store and hopefully found what you were looking for.” OUT & ABOUT SEPTEMBER 2018

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Catch some fun this fall! Back-to-school doesn’t have to mean the end of the fun! Embrace autumn with these other great local events in the coming weeks:

 Movie in the Park: 'The Incredibles” Friday, Sept. 14 8 p.m. Fishel Park, 1050 Grove St. FREE; All ages; Rated PG Celebrate the start of school with an outdoor showing of ‘The Incredibles’ at Fishel Park. Don’t forget your favorite low-rise chair or blanket. Refreshments will be available for purchase.  4th Annual SAP Ride for Veterans Saturday, Sept. 15 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. SAP Downers Grove 3010 Highland Parkway Downers Grove PRICE: $100 per bike Harley enthusiasts, veterans, and their friends and families will travel by police escort from SAP’s office in Downers Grove, to the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, WI. All proceeds for this charitable motorcycle ride will go to Fisher House Foundation, which provides housing for veterans and their families during illness or injury treatments. Fisher House Foundation


has helped veterans and their families save a total of $360 million dollars by providing a place to stay during illness or injury treatments. Those interested can register their bikes today ($100 per bike) on the event site above to come join the ride along Lake Michigan, meet other bikers, and give back to those who have served our country. Contact or call 617-335-5456  Boy Band Review Live @ Basecamp! Friday, Sept. 14 8 p.m. - 2 a.m. Basecamp Pub 5750 Lakeside Dr. Lisle BaseCamp Pub & Eatery Presents: " Boy Band Review Live at Basecamp! " Boy Bands Review has captured the hearts of fans with their show that transport audience members back in time to the days of frosted tips and hunky frontmen professing their undying love. For table reservations: basecampmarketing1@  Annual Bulb Sale Friday, Sept. 21 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. The Morton Arboretum 4100 Route 53 Lisle PRICE: Free with Arboretum admission Shop dozens of varieties of dutch bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, iris, alliums, crocus, fritillaria, and many more. Also, find pre-mixed bulb sets for the perfect combination of color, size, and shape for a beautiful spring display. Shop early for the best selection. The sale will take place while supplies last.  2018 Lisle Ale Fest Saturday, Sept. 29 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. PrairieWalk Pond 4713 Lincoln Ave., Lisle The sixth annual Lisle Ale Fest will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29 and will feature over 80 unique


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American beers, live music and local food. The will also feature one of the largest selection of Oktoberfest beers in the area. The goal of the Lisle Ale Fest is to showcase American craft beer while supporting the Lisle Community. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce and local service organizations.  Rockin' for the Cause, Benefitting the Kids Sunday, Sept. 30 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. Cypres Cove Aquatic Park 8301 Janes Ave. Woodridge Price: $10 noon to 3 p.m. $20 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. (100% goes to cause ) 2018 Rockin' the Cause in partnership with Woodridge Rotary Club, will be raising money for kids that cannot afford band instruments and lessons! If you donate a gently used instrument, it's free to get in! BAND LINEUP: (All of these bands have volunteered their time for the cause) 12-12:20 p.m. Bolingbrook Pep Band

12:30 - 12:50 p.m. Woodridge Concert Band 1 1-1:20 p.m. Woodridge Concert Band 2 1:30 - 1:50 p.m. Downers Grove Concert Band 2 - 2:30 p.m. Andy Salgado 2:30 - 3 p.m. Shannahan's Jam Band 3:15-3:50 p.m. Just Friends 4:05 - 4:40 p.m. GMRC 4:55-5:30 p.m. Pistol Pete 5:45-6:20 p.m. Johnny Gutierrez 6:35-7:10 p.m. Allman Brothers Trubute Band 7:25-8 p.m. Cryan' Shames 8:15-9 p.m. Chicago Experience Contact: Woodridge Rotary Club at woodridgerotary@

It was an idea born at a family birthday party in October 2011 that sparked Ellyn Nicodem and Jon Hoekema to open Friendly Stitches Sew and Vac. Hoekema was pastor of Horizon Community Church and Nicodem had just left a 28-year retail career, when the topic of a reliable place for people to buy or service sewing machines and vacuums at a fair and honest price was needed in the community.

committed to serving others and the community, and offers two different kinds of ongoing charity sewing events, as well as supports Horizon Community Church, Sharing Connections, and other groups. “We have created deep friendships with so many of our customers, and feel we are in a position to help others in numerous ways,” Nicodem says.

For more information about Now in its seventh year, Friendly products, services and classes at Stitches sells quality sewing, Friendly Stitches Sew & Vac, visit quilting and embroidery machines as well as vacuums. It’s service department repairs any make or model of the machines or vacuums. And Friendly Stitches encourages customers to come in and talk to them about their needs to find a solution together.

“We envisioned a store that would interact with and benefit the community,” Hoekema says. “We envisioned a store that would interact with and benefit the community. In order for that to happen, we knew that we needed the right people, people of good character with experience in this field. Our people have many years of experience with sewing machines and vacuum cleaners, having used them, sold them, trained on them or repaired many different makes and models.” Friendly Stitches is totally

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Stepping up, and out for charity Looking for a way to get outside and enjoy a little fall weather while supporting a great local cause? Try a run! There are many 5ks, 10ks, walks and runs to choose from this fall, offering support and building awareness for things from prostate cancer to animals in need of good homes.



SEPT. 9 5K RUN 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. 3K WALK 8:05 a.m. - 9 a.m. Chicago Prostate Cancer Center 815 Pasquinelli Drive Westmont Adult $35, Child (6-17) $20 Race/IL/Westmont/ RunWalkforProstate CancerAwareness The 8th Annual Run & Walk for Prostate Cancer Awareness is hosted by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago and Chicago Prostate Cancer Center. The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting prostate cancer awareness, early detection, and funding programs for patients such as free prostate cancer screenings and prostate cancer support groups. The Chicago Prostate Cancer Center was established in 1997. The center works alongside the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago to encourage awareness and prevention of prostate cancer, patient support groups, education, and research. In addition to a 5K run or 3K walk, there will be live music, raffles, auctions, facepainting, and more. For those participating in the 5K run, medals and ribbons


Runs and walks supporting local causes throughout the season

will be awarded to the three fastest runners for males and females in each age group.


SEPT. 16 1 BLOCK JAGUAR JUNIORS RUN 8:30 a.m. (preschoolers ages 3-5) 1 MILE KIDS RUN/WALK 9 a.m. (kids in grades K-6) 5K RUN/WALK 9:45 (open to everyone) Whittier Elementary School 536 Hill Street Downers Grove If registered on or before September 7: Adult $25, Child (grades K-12) $15 If registered after September 8: Adult $35, Child $25 Jaguar Junior: $15 The Jaguar Jog is the Whittier

PTA’s fall fundraiser. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Whittier PTA to fund programs that benefit the students of Whittier Elementary School. A post-race party will take place at Whittier, complete with music, food trucks, and an awards ceremony.

 DOWNERS GROVE 5 & 8 MILER RACE FOR THE DOWNERS GROVE PARK DISTRICT SEPT. 29 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Lincoln Center 935 Maple Avenue Downers Grove If registered between Aug. 18 to Sept. 26: $50 for 5-mile race, $60 for 8-mile race Day of Registration: $55 for 5-mile race, $65 for 8-mile race harvest-fest-5&8-Miler


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West Suburban Humane Society presents:

Sunday, Sept. 30th

 FALL COLOR 5K RUN AND WALK SEPT. 30 8 a.m. The Morton Arboretum (630) 968-0074

Early Bird Registration (through August 18): $40 Standard Registration (August 19-September 22): $45 Race Week Registration (September 23-Saturday, September 29): $50 Race Day Registration: $55 Experience the challenging certified USATF course that follows the East Side Main Route through rolling terrain and a beautiful canopy of trees. Runners will receive a technical T-shirt and entrance to a new post-race party featuring live music with a complimentary beer for runners ages 21+. A Kids Dash will also take place beginning at 9 a.m. Children 2 to 4 years old will run 50 yards, 5 to 6 year olds will run a quarter of a mile and 7 to 10 year olds will run a half mile. After the race, participants are invited to spend the day exploring the Arboretum’s 1,700 acres. New this year, 5K runners can make their race even more meaningful by fundraising. Every dollar raised supports the Arboretum's mission.

 RUN 4 PAWS 5K OCT. 6 9 a.m.

McCollum Park 6801 Main Street Downers Grove Regular Registration ( Jun 16 Sept. 9): $30

Late Registration (Sept 10 Race Day): $35 2K walk: $25 ($35 on Race Day) The Run 4 Paws 5K is a petfriendly race that benefits Magnificent Mutts & Meows Rescue, a nonprofit all-breed dog and cat rescue. Awards will be given to top male and female runners in each age division.

 SCARECROW SCRAMBLE OCT. 13 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Lisle Community Park Route 53 & Short Street Lisle 5K RUN/WALK: $35 (Aug. 14 - Sept. 13), $40 (Sept. 14 - Oct. 9), $45 (Race Day) Youth Run (Ages 5-11): $25 (Aug. 14 - Sept. 13), $30 (Sept. 14 - Oct. 9), $35 (Race Day) TOT DASH (Ages 2-4): $8 scarecrowscramble.html The annual Scarecrow Scramble helps provide recreation scholarships to low-income families and the Lisle Teens with Character Program. In addition to the race, there will also be music, food and drinks, hayrides, a costume contest, crafts, vendors, and more.


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West Suburban Humane Society invites you to take a stroll with us to benefit the homeless animals at our shelter. Many of these animals have been abused, abandoned or injured, and all receive whatever type of veterinary care that is needed.

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visit or call 630.960.9600 ext. 25 Great Prizes based on collected pledges— the more you collect the more you win!

• Event Entrance at 9:00am • Micro-chipping will be available for a small fee and “Vet Advice” for free • A blessing for the animals will be given at 10:00am • Don’t want to walk? Just shop with our vendors • Clowns, Face Painting, Balloon Sculptures • Breed Specific Rescue Groups • Kids and Kindness Zone—A special area for kids • Free pet bag, food, music, events Come with or without a dog, bring the family but no other pets, please. Event Entrance Fee is $20 per adult (children 12 and under free). Walkers with $100 or more in collected pledges WALK FREE! All pledges are due on or before event date.

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The annual race will kick off Harvest Fest in Downers Grove. Both the 5-mile race and 8-mile race begin at the Lincoln Center, feature a course through scenic Downers Grove, and finish at Fishel Park. Awards are given to the top finishers in the male and female age divisions immediately following the race.

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HIP STABILITY, for the long run By KYLE KIBLER


xercise is medicine. Staying active provides physiological changes within the body that include, but are not limited to improving cardiovascular health, impacting bone density, and obviously increasing muscular strength, allowing people to keep doing what they love to do for as long as humanly possible.

Creating muscular balance within your core and pelvic stabilizing muscles can help prevent or reduce low back pain. By strengthening your gluteus medius you reduce the strain placed through other muscles that could otherwise be compensating for the weakness or imbalance. This could take the pressure off of tight, sore hip flexors or piriformis muscles. Simple exercises, such as “clams” (laying on your side, while lifting your top leg) or even just practicing standing on one leg works the glute medius. When exercising these muscles, focus should be put on body alignment and feeling the muscles fire that are supposed to be working. Your body finds ways to compensate for weak muscles.

The “core” is a hot topic area that is emphasized within the fitness and rehabilitation industries, however the “core” is a poorly defined area, which leads to inefficient training and a lack of consistent results. A person’s core, for the purposes of our discussion, encompasses all of the structures and muscles within the trunk, and that provide stability so the extremities (arms and legs) can perform movement efficiently. Efficiency will be a key point throughout our conversation, as I believe we can all agree that we would like to do as little as possible to produce the best results possible. Muscles that provide hip stability, are included in the “core”. Training these muscles efficiently can save time, prevent aches, pain, and injury, and allow people to continue to do the things they love. The body works in a pattern of regional interdependence, which means that body regions alternate responsibilities between stability and mobility, allowing for that efficient movement we discussed. Developing hip muscles can directly affect the areas above them (the low back) and below them (the knees). One important muscle that provides hip stability is the gluteus medius. This muscle helps to abduct and internally rotate the hip. So strengthening this muscle helps stabilize the pelvis and can benefit walking, running, and activities that require single leg stance or balance. This is an important muscle to train!


Balance is important throughout all phases of life. Balance is utilized in everyday activities as well as sports. And as people get older, balance is essential to prevent falls and maintain independence. Strengthening your gluteus medius aids in pelvic stability and helps improve balance, helping to ensure you stay upright. Strengthening your glutes also can help prevent or reduce knee pain! The knee is an inherently stable joint, and most knee dysfunction is a product of weakness or mobility restrictions through the hips or ankles (which translates back to that theory of regional interdependence). Weak glutes lead to increased stress and inefficient loads transferred through your knees.

Long story short, it is very important to keep your gluteus medius strong. If any of this content resonates with you or if you would just like more information about healthy and efficient strengthening strategies, then contact a physical therapist today and discuss how you could be able to improve the way you move or perform on a daily basis. Physical therapists are movement and biomechanical experts that can help you do the things you would like to do without pain! Through new legislation in the State of Illinois, you can go directly to a physical therapist for treatment without a script from a physician. Kyle Kibler, PT, DPT, CSCS; Doctor of Physical Therapy at TheraCORE


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FIVE WAYS to stay injury free when you run From the physical therapy experts at Theracore



One of the most common weaknesses in runners is in their gluteus medius. This can cause hip drop during the stance phase of running and result in knee, ankle and back pain. There are hundreds of ways that a PT can teach you how to strengthen your glutes, but an easy exercise to start at home is to lie on your side with your back up against the wall, knees bent, and lift your top leg up and down like a “clam”.



This can be very difficult for runners as the season progresses. The more we run, the hip flexors get tighter, pulling the lumbar spine forward and anteriorly tilting the pelvis. This can lead to lumbar spine and hip pain. Two things can be done to combat this posture and keep your spine in a more neutral position. One, stretch the hip flexors by performing a kneeling lunge. Leaning away from the back leg, or placing the back foot on the seat of a chair will increase the stretch. Two, strengthen the lower abdominals or “core muscles”. One of the best exercises for this is a plank hold on elbows.



Increasing the mobility in your thoracic spine and hips is a great way to improve your stride length, respiratory capacity and prevent injury. Roll down the sides of your thigh and across your upper back daily or prior to your run.

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At home in Downers Grove International home décor company finds niche in suburban market By GABRIELLE GHADERI

Home & Manor International in Downers Grove opened its doors less than a year ago, but the history of the business goes back generations, beginning some 53 years ago in India.

open the business in Downers Grove because they felt the area had a “rich history of family and tradition.”

“When our father died in 2013, we decided not to leave this business behind, but instead, take it to a greater height,” says owner Rehan Ansari. The family brought their father’s legacy to the United States, and Downers Grove, in November 2017.

“Ninety-percent of our products are hand weaved, handloom weaved, organic and hypoallergenic” says Ansari. The business carries ready to use home decor products such as throw pillows, area rugs, bedding sets and ottomans but also specializes in customizing product to fit specific customer needs. “Being the manufacturer, there is no middle man or third party involved anywhere.

“It was the natural thing to do, as this business is ingrained in our blood,” Ansari says. But while continuing the family’s home decor business seemed to be the right thing to do, it was not a simple one. “There are always many obstacles when trying to bring over a business from overseas and establish a brand name in the U.S.” says Ansari “Manufacturing and bringing so many different products from foreign countries under one roof at Home & Manor, was an uphill task.” Despite the challenges Ansari faced, he persisted, and along with co-owners Sheikh Aslam Parwez and Alam Naushad, chose to


And tradition is important for Ansari, as many products are constructed by traditional means.

“Our job is not done until [the] customer feels happy and fully satisfied,” Ansari says. “Everyone should be able to design their home in luxury without having to sacrifice their entire budget. In addition to keeping products affordable, Home & Manor also commits itself to the manufacturing of products in compliance with sustainable practices. All products are REACH compliant, a designation which addresses the production and use of chemicals and their potential hazards to human health and the environment. Home & Manor also has a zero tolerance policy for child labor. The

business is continuously exploring ways to promote responsible social and environmental practices within the industry Since the opening of Home & Manor in Downers Grove in 2017, the business partners have begun creating an online presence in hopes to extend their reach of service. Ansari says he also hopes to expand the business to several retail locations in and around the Chicago area.


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An adorable independently owned interior design shop with unique finds and eclectic selections of new, vintage and re-purposed items. 914 Curtiss Street Downers Grove 630-964-1258

You never know what you need until you find it here!


When you need a little extra help bringing the look of your home together, turn to Dream Interiors. Whether you are putting the finishing touches on a newly-remodeled room or getting ready to design the living space of your dreams, Dream Interiors offers professional, award-winning creative services that include color selection, space planning and window treatment design 5122 Main Street Suite 200 Downers Grove 630-810-1389

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Home Helpers


providing quality, compassionate in-home care

Since 2008, Home Helpers of DuPage Suburbs has been providing quality, compassionate home care assistance to the elderly or individuals struggling with disabilities in their client’s homes. “Our mission is to be the most trusted and respected home care agency assisting families and their loved ones in our communities,” says owner Michael Gonzalez. It’s a mission stemming from personal experience and prompted his decision in opening the Downers Grove-based business. Gonzalez’s grandmother needed home care, and during that time he realized quickly that families alone couldn’t do all the work without suffering emotionally and/or physically. “That insight allows me to treat our families with much respect and empathy with their crisis situation,” he says. “The people that work for me are special and care about our mission deeply.”

For the last 10 years, he has enjoyed being able to provide peace of mind to families concerned about their loved ones, and always doing right by the client, he says. He credits having strong principles, perseverance and honoring his clients as the driving force for himself and to continue to evolve his businesses as the industry changes rules and regulations. Home Helpers provides companion care, personal care, Alzheimer’s and Dementia care, as well as 24-hour care and quality companionship for seniors. Home Helpers serves the communities of Downers Grove, Lisle, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Addison, Wood Dale, Bensenville and southeast Plainfield.

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921 Curtiss St., Downers Grove Michael Gonzalez 630.515.1185

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Life skills in the century of tech With JONATHAN BILYK

It’s hard to overstate the importance of cable television to the life and childhood memories of one who straddles the dividing line between Gen Xer and Millennial.

of Trafalgar and Waterloo.) While a discussion of the musket and bayonet drew me in, I soon took note that this infantryman of legend also carried a sewing kit and cooking gear.

In ways that a full-fledged Millennial may find hard to understand, at a time in which we would have puzzled over terms like “World Wide Web,” and “smartphone,” or “Google” just sounded funny, those dozens of channels were a window to the world, helping us learn so much, in so many varied ways, for better and worse.

The 13-year-old version of me, I suppose, had never contemplated the fact that, in addition to shooting and stabbing colonial rebels, Napoleonic French imperial regulars, and other enemies of the realm, the Redcoats also needed to feed and clothe themselves – aspects of soldiering that appeared to make fighting wars a bit easier to manage.

Of course, while we had dozens of channels to choose from, we usually just spent hours scrolling through the onscreen guide or flipping mindlessly through the channels, until we landed on one of the same two or three we always decided to watch anyway.

In that moment, while I had had no real interest in either cooking or tailoring for survival, I decided those would probably be useful skills to develop. But being a typical American teenager of the 1990s, I decided I also had more important things to do, like watch baseball, be stupid with friends and play endless rounds of board games. Ordering pizza was so much easier than cooking freshly hunted game over an open fire, in any event.

For me, this meant the flipping usually ended at either ESPN, the History Channel or The Learning Channel (before Trading Spaces and similar ilk turned it into a never-ending ream of shows about house flipping and home design.) And while Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter consumed far too much of my summer evenings, it was when baseball season ended that the programming on the other two channels often captured my attention, helping me learn a few important facts, while absorbing a large assortment of trivia. Among the random nuggets, one that still stands out today had to do with the equipment of the colonial British soldier – the classic “Redcoat” – as in “The British are coming!” and tea barrels bobbing in Boston Harbor. (Or, if you’re still loyal to The Crown, the battles

But fast forward a few years, and now I’m married, sitting on the couch on a weeknight, now with my wife by my side – still flipping mindlessly through channels until we land on the same two or three channels we always watch. While I remain a frequent flier on ESPN in moments of solitude, the remote now usually took us to Trading Spaces and house-flipping shows (which, as a new property owner, was suddenly more relevant and entertaining), or The Food Network. And it was there people like Bobby Flay, Ina Garten, Masaharu Morimoto, Emeril Lagasse, Guy Fieri and – personal favorite – Alton Brown became familiar company. Amid never-ending streams of “golden brown

and delicious,” the memory of that British soldier, sitting against a tree, cooking a meal while sewing his coat, came rushing back – along with the knowledge I had done next to nothing to cultivate my own culinary skills. We have since dived headlong into the 21st Century and cut the cable TV cord, yet the Food Network has remained an essential part of this suburban dad’s life, as its online trove of recipes, advice and restaurant recommendations have helped keep the good food flowing. And while the sets of Iron Chef, Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen aren’t calling my name, and nothing cooked by my hand will ever earn a fist bump from Guy on Triple-D, most dishes have moved from “Hey, it’s hot, and at least we won’t starve” to “This is actually quite good.” They might even earn a salute from that British soldier – unless, perhaps, he were somehow the ancestor of a certain foulmouthed British celebrity chef, who no doubt would berate even my best dishes as, , “rubbish,” while dressing me down for not knowing how to properly mend my apron.  Jonathan Bilyk writes about the triumphs and travails of being a modernday 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.) FAMILY IN FOCUS SEPTEMBER 2018

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Kitchens for the Average Joe & Jane Have you put off doing your kitchen long enough? Is this the year you have vowed to do something with your cabinets? Have the horror stories of kitchen remodeling made you afraid to even think about it? With prices approaching and surpassing $100,000 for full kitchen remodeling, it is no wonder the Average Joe and Jane feel a little overwhelmed. Enter Kitchen Tune-Up! This locally owned (Downers Grove) National Franchise has been offering minor kitchen remodels for 24 years. Marty Ceranec, the owner, has won numerous awards from KTU for Sales, Customer Service, and Creativity. He received the highest award in 2000 when he won National Franchise of the Year After Year, is a three time Angies List Super Service Award Winner, and in addition appeared on the Noon Show on WGN TV last year with Dina Bair. We offer Kitchen Solutions for Any Budget. “I think some people get sticker shock when they look at the price of redoing an entire kitchen and are overwhelmed. We work with clients every day who have the same anxieties,” says Marty. The bulk of our work the last few years has been Door Replacement & Full Refacing. We’ve been getting numerous calls to paint existing Cabinetry White, We offer a better solution in that we replace the doors with


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factory finished ones & paint the boxes to match. Now besides a different color you also have a new door style with soft close concealed hinges. A Great combination! Why have they been so successful? “I think it’s because we follow our trust points (below). Simple things like showing up on time and returning phone calls which is often lacking in the remodeling industry. I have chosen to keep the business small so I am involved in every job with my two long time installers. By doing this we have become well known as experts in Minor Kitchen Remodeling.” Kitchen Tune-Up also offers cabinetry upgrades such as glass doors, new soft close hinges, soft-closing dovetail drawers, and full extension rollouts When questioned about any regrets, Marty replies, “We often get calls to update the kitchen when the owner is ready to sell. We always wonder why they didn’t do it earlier so they could have enjoyed it.”

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The Glass-Half-Full Guy:


This weekend I drove up to the woods of Rothbury, Michigan for my family reunion. We are getting together for the first time in more than 30 years. I never have met most of my relatives from the Dutch side of the family, so it was a giant social of strangers, who remind me an awful lot of myself! We pieced together family trees, played ridiculous games, told crass jokes, and I heard old stories of my dad being shot at with a shotgun shell stuffed with paper. Having traveled many parts of the world, one thing I noticed very quickly is how important ‘family’ is to many cultures, even our own. When I had returned home from one of my six-month, cross-country epics, I realized how focused on my own priorities I’d become, putting family events on the backburner. Since my brother and I moved out, everyone naturally dispersed and took interest in their own life’s path. So, I started to make it a point to visit my parents for dinner, every Sunday, at their home about one hour south of my own. It’s become

our Sunday tradition, and a very important part of our week. Our relationship has grown so deep and special over the past four years of dinners, we hardly ever miss a week. It’s so easy to get absorbed in my career and personal life and not realize I haven’t talked to a certain relative in months, or even years. I noticed this potential for a huge gap in my life, created by years of not making an effort to see family. I see a lot of my peers experiencing the pressure of “being somebody important” in our professions. It’s not uncommon for us to sacrifice family and friends for our employers. But I’ve come to the conclusion that for myself, family and friends have to come first. Because work is always going to be there, and when 30 years have past, I don’t want to have missed the best years, and the best people, of my life. Most of my family is spread out all across the country, so I can’t simply pop in and say “hello.” But I can load my car up with a bag of clothes and hit the road on some weekend for get-togethers, whether those are large

family reunions, or a weekend crashing on my cousin’s couch. I know that when I’m old, sitting in my rocking chair sipping lemonade, I won’t for a second be rehashing memories of successful business moves or working weekends. Rather I’ll be cherishing moments like these with family, beating everyone in a game of limbo. The greatest currency we have is time, and it can never be saved, only spent. I must be wise in the ways spend my time because I only get one chance. I don’t see myself not being a travel-aholic, but whether I’m on the road or in the grind, I always will make time for the ones I love. u Peter Stadalsky is an Aurora resident and adventurer. He shares his travel experiences with a “glass-half-full” view of the world.


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day of fun

25th annual Barkapalooza brings pets, owners together

For 25 years, the West Suburban Humane Society in Downers Grove has celebrated everything dog-related at its annual Barkapalooza. This half-day, family-friendly fest for dogs (and their people) returns to Lisle Community Park on Sunday, Sept. 30, giving pet owners, prospective pet adopters, and all-around pet lovers an opportunity to raise money for homeless dogs and cats while enjoying a great day in the park. For a $20 donation to the Human Society, participants can take part in the Dog Walkathon. This registration fee gets each entry to the events, a Doggie Goodie Bag , Bandana for the dog, photo certificate and more. But entrants are encouraged to collect pledges for the walkathon, and all proceeds will support the West Suburban Humane Society. Here is an example of what the money raised can accomplish: $50 - $99 in pledges provides shelter care for a dog or cat for one week.

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$100 - $299 in pledges provides vaccinations for 60-100 animals. $300 - $499 in pledges provides ear mite

treatment for 70-140 cats. $1,000 - $2,499 in pledges provides spaying or neutering for 40-100 animals. $2,500 in pledges provides 100 bags of dog food. Children 12 and under may walk for free and all receive a free goody bag for registering in the walk. Walkers with $100 or more in collected pledges will have their registration fee waived and walk for free. Participants may set up fundraising websites by visiting wshs. Animal lovers can explore the Pet Expo at Barkapalooza, where a wide variety of petfocused vendors such as The Happy Dog Barkery, Bow Wow Tique, Pampered Pooch Couture, and more will be featured along with breed specific rescue groups of all sorts from Shih Tzus to Shar-peis. Pet owners may have their pets micro-chipped on site for $35, a fee which also benefits the West Suburban Humane Society. A blessing for the animals will be given at


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10 a.m. to kick off the event, and the Skydogz Frisbee Team and the West Suburban Humane Society Alumni Agility Dogs will also perform. For the kids, there will be clowns, face painting, balloon sculptures, a “Kids and Kindness Zone,” scavenger hunt, and other games. Food trucks and food vendors will be onsite throughout the event with human food, dog treats, and refreshments for all. Barkapalooza takes place rain or shine, and there is no entry fee to attend the expo. Parking is free and plentiful. For more information, visit

 BARKAPALOOZA WALK AND EXPO Sunday, September 30 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Lisle Community Park 1825 Short Street, Lisle


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Tom’s Cookbook Library with TOM WITOM

Kick back in the dog days of summer with a different kind of book…a cookbook! And we’ve got just the person to lead you in the right direction, Journalist Tom Witom has written extensively for years about food and the food industry. His quick and simple reviews, known as Tom’s Cookbook Library, are featured regularly in our sister publication, the Kane County Chronicle.



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‘Savannah Celebrations’ goes for tried and true “Savannah Celebrations” (Pelican) shines a light on simple Southern party menus. Its author, Martha Nesbit, draws on extensive experience as a food editor, columnist and restaurant reviewer for the Savannah Morning News. Nesbit has assembled a diverse collection of 16 special-occasion meals from christening parties and simple fish suppers to wild game dinner and Gullah cooking which refers to the combination of African and Low Country cultures. The book includes more than 150 recipes. A good side dish in the chapter on birthday parties is Summer Vegetable Stir Fry (recipe below). SUMMER VEGETABLE STIR FRY (Serves 8) • 2 Tbl. olive oil • 2 zucchini, pared lightly and sliced into 1-inch sticks • 1 or 2 yellow squash, pared lightly and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds • 1 large onion, cut in slivers • 1 large green pepper, cut in strips • 1 large red pepper, cut in strips • 1 large yellow pepper, cut in strips • 1 garlic clove, minced • 1 (14-oz.) can whole tomatoes, roughly chopped, with juice, or 1 can diced tomatoes, with juice • 3 Tbl. parsley, washed and chopped • 1 Tbl. fresh dill, chopped • 1 Tbl. fresh basil, chopped • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

An alternative to boozy cocktails “Session Cocktails” (Ten Speed Press) highlights the latest trend to captivate creative bartenders: low-alcohol drinks for any occasion. The book represents the work of food and drinks writer Drew Lazor and the editors of Punch, a James Beard Award-winning online magazine that covers wine, spirits, beer and cocktails. Session, in this context, refers to leisurely consumption of fresh-flavored low-alcohol beverages. Readers (both professional and home mixologists) will find more than 60 inventive recipes. Typically, a session cocktail contain no more than 3/4 ounce of strong spirit. Under a header “Rules of the Low-ABV (alcohol by volume) Drink,” strong spirits such as scotch, aquavit and other potent spirits are recognized as flavorful seasonings, rather than the base of your drinks.

Here are a couple classic cocktails re-created at low proof: SESSION MARGARITA


• 1 1/2 ounces Manzanillla Sherry • 3/4 ounce tequila or mezcal • 3/4 ounce orange liqueur (preferably Combier) • 3/4 ounce lime juice • Bar spoon agave syrup • Pinch of salt

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Put all the ingredients in a shaking tin, add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice, then garnish with a lime wheel.

1 ounce sweet vermouth 3/4 ounce rye whiskey 3/4 ounce amontillado sherry 1/2 ounce dry vermouth 2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Put all the ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a coupe, then garnish with a lemon twist.

In a large stir-fry pan, saute zucchini, squash, onion, peppers and garlic in olive oil until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and juice. Sprinkle on herbs. With pan uncovered, allow mixture to simmer over low heat about 10 minutes more. Turn off heat. Sprinkle on Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. DINING & ENTERTAINING SEPTEMBER 2018

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amela Geralds started out as a gardener. Now married 36 years to husband Paul, they began gardening together in their first Downers Grove home, using up all the space on an adjacent empty lot to embrace their mutually held passion for growing herbs and vegetables.


Themed four-course afternoon tea is the highlight, complemented by special events for young and old, beautiful dinners perfect for the patio, and culinary classes to boot.

That passion soon would develop into a beloved local business in Downers Grove, where Geralds blends her penchant for fresh produce with her culinary acumen to the delight of local diners.

“We had so much excess of green beans I started selling them at the end of my driveway,” Geralds explains. “Soon people were knocking on the door to see what else I had – so I started selling more. I canned the excess and sold that as well.”

Pinecone Cottage Tea House and Catering has operated for more than 16 years now, building a following among both local neighbors and tea enthusiasts across the western suburbs.


But the whole thing began one fateful summer, when the Geralds experienced a bumper crop of green beans in their own garden.

People wanted more , so they started hosting small events at their home –showers luncheons, small parties – “We knew it was time to expand.”


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those who’d rather drop-in unannounced, Geralds provides a special “Sweet and Savories” lunch menu, in which she puts a lunch time spins on her afternoon tea offerings. Special dinners are hosted periodically as well, something Geralds says they are looking to expand this fall, in a supper club format, on a more regular basis. Photo by Sachiko Eubanks

So they opened Pinecone Cottage Tea House, named in tribute to the home (and garden) they shared in Downers Grove. And Geralds says some 75 percent of the vegetables, herbs and greens in her recipes still come from her personal garden. “And if we don’t grow it, I like to use things that are grown locally,” she says. Jams, curds and preserves are made in traditional Elizabethan methods, but the tea menu itself is anything but classic. Instead, Geralds pulls inspiration for her monthly selections from her travels around the world, drawing on her experiences

tasting regional food, taking local culinary classes and experiencing the food grown in each area. September offers a Mediterranean focus, offering such items as a minted cucumber and feta salad, Herbes de Provence green bean and brie frittata, and melon zabaglione. October will offer a garden-to-table theme, inspired by late summer jaunt to Iowa for the seed savers exchange, where eating local always is the focus. The tea pairings are equally delightful, with recommendations of both hot and iced varieties and a host of loose tea available for the taking. The Pinecone’s unique cooking

classes also are a highlight of its offerings, and often follow the theme of the monthly teas, or feature another seasonal focus. “People tell me it’s like a culinary adventure,” she says. “Yet it’s homey and comfortable, like going to Grandma’s.” September offers a Mediterranean class, and October a garden-totable focus, plus a bonus class featuring pumpkin favorites to welcome the Halloween season. November? Holiday pies, of course, plus an annual culinary class favorite featuring Thanksgiving side dishes.

“Our restaurant takes on a whole different vibe at night ,” she says. “Especially during these last warm nights when we can enjoy eating outdoors.” But until then, you’ll find Geralds in her garden most mornings, elbow deep in edible flowers, herbs and greens. “When I am there I feel connected to the earth, “ she says. “It’s very meditative…being connected to nature. I’m out here almost every day, picking stuff. “This is the time,” she adds. “I love fall in the Midwest, and I think those of us who live in this part of the country really enjoy our autumn. The nice days we get are so special. It’s kind of a magical time of the year.”

The teas and the classes require reservations to attend, but for DINING & ENTERTAINING SEPTEMBER 2018

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Wine for all seasons Please your palate by pairing great wine with fall favorites

Fall is harvest time, and a bounty of flavors are at your fingertips. This year, pair those favorite dishes with the perfect wine to complement. Here are a couple great choices, from Julie at the Dowers Grove Wine Shop: Fall is the season for squash, and a favorite is the nutty taste of roasted butternut squash, appearing in everything from soups to stews to ravioli. To complement your butternut recipe, try a Chardonnay, slightly oaked or un-oaked. “Add the butter to your squash, and you do not need that aroma in your wine,” she says. “Or perhaps try a Viognier!” If you are serving red meat, or perhaps adding it to the squash by way of a stuffing, consider a Pinot Noir or Chianti as the perfect complement, she suggests. Cool fall nights are the perfect time for a cozy fire in the backyard pit, and an equally good reason for s’mores. The gooey marshmallow and chocolate

goodness lets you embrace the end of summer with the nostalgia of a campout, while basking in the glow of a crackling flame. But what to drink? S’mores can be a tough pairing, Juie suggests, so when in doubt, choose sparkling wine. “Or, add dark chocolate to your s’mores and a Tawny Port would be nice.” Whatever your fall menu offers, the wine shops in Downers Grove have you covered. Fill your wine rack at one of these great local purveyors. DOWNERS GROVE WINE SHOP 1202 75th Street 630-322-9100 | CELLAR DOOR 5150 Main Street 630-241-2030 | CELLAR 406 406 75th Street 630-968-2088 |

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A WeDAY OUT ON CURTISS STREET hit up clever Curtiss for boutique buys and fashion treasures. If you’re looking for a way to spend a lovely fall afternoon in Downers Grove, or a chance to catch up with girfriends, sisters or your dear Mom, the shops in Downers Grove are a great place to begin. Whether you head out the front door for a quick walk downtown, or choose to drive andpark in the centrally located garage, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for and have a good time doing it. We recently strolled along Curtiss Street, known for its boutiques, gift shops, and eclectic array of treasures at the ready. Here’s what we found:

with some of the cutest blouses, stylish jeans and trendy shoes you can find in the suburbs. We were especially fond of two great items: the chiffon-sleeved thermal top was loose and comfy, with the perfect amount of cozy to cut the chill of the evening autumn air, and the Liza mid rise fringe jeans let us cover up our legs as we stroll the tree-lined streets, while still holding onto our beachcomber spirit just a bit longer. Together, it’s the perfect pairing to close out summer in style.


1008 Curtiss Street 331-777-5263 Evelyn Jane is more than just a fashion destination, it’s a multisensory experience. Its eclectic blend of home décor, gift and fashion merchandise called us to stay longer, looking for that hidden treasure, while the alluring scent of candles hung lightly in the air. There’s a clever line of purses by Haiku, made smartly from recycled water bottles. We have seen this sort of thing before, but never quite this stylishly done. It’s a great spot for gifts as well, like the notebooks, pen sets and stationary supplies. We left with a journal donning an inspirational message, a parting gift for our summer intern!

 BANGLE BOULEVARD 1005 Curtiss Street 630-541-3167 Bangle Boulevard is a fashion apparel boutique and beauty bar created in 2014. Offering hand selected clothing and accessories, this shop is more than bangles,

 ADORN512

1010 Curtiss Street 630-541-8168 Begun as a second career by a hardworking nurse seeking a creative outlet, Adorn 512 came to Downers Grove boasting elegantly simple jewelry and accessories. From bracelets to pendants, rings to hair clips, all the pieces are handmade in Chicago. One of our favorites is the morse code necklace, in gold, silver or colored silk, and customizable to any simple phrase. Options even are available to support great causes. Choose STRENGTH and 20 percent of proceeds go to METAvivor. Choose SOS, and 15 percent goes to NAMI. We also are particularly fond of the Greta Ring. Dainty as a single, perfect for stacking, and available in four colors: charcoal, snow, rose gold, black.

 ANGELO’S PIZZA  STYLE STUDIO 1015 Curtiss Street 630-852-1304

Style studio is one of those stores you can lose yourself in. From the window, it beckons you off the sidewalk much like an anitique mart, with an eclectic array of products in the windows, from home décor and gifts to dresses and shawls. Once inside, the mix is just as inviting, as racks give way to little tables, filled with odds and ends and thoughtfull gifts. There’s plenty of Vera Bradley bags and accessories to choose from, if that’s your thing, though we found ourseves drawn to the kitchen tools, and most particularly, the wine canteens and no-spill wine glasses, perfect for the patio, pool or picnic!

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After all that shopping, we were in need of some refreshment, and while we really want to check out the new Pierce Tavern on the corner, it wasn’t quite ready when we visited. So we stopped instead at Angelo’s, the longest running restaurant in town, open since the 1950s. The drinks were cold and the thin crust pizza was crispy and delicious, as heralded, in an atmosphere that was casual and friendlye. Our only regret was that the weather was just too hot to enjoy the patio. I guess summer is holding on for a little bit longer.


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Life in balance

Whether it's muscle weakness or medication affects, physical therapy can help you step out with confidence By SHERRI DAUSKURDAS


eople talk a lot about living life in balance. Work and play, family and friends. But what happens when it is your physical balance, not your philosophical, that’s off? What risks can poor balance pose in your daily life, and how can these risks be mitigated, and balance restored? “The most common balance problems we see in adults is with walking, or poor gait patterns due to weakness,” says MaryLou Savino, owner at BeFit Physical Therapy and Pilates in Downers Grove. “Other kind of balance issues are more neurological in nature, like Parkinsonism type disorders, which also cause muscle weakness that affects gait and ambulation.” The biggest risk with poor balance is most definitely falling, Savino says, causing injury, fractures, and expensive hospital stays. Balance issues can also perpetuate weakness, and falls with head injury can cause concussion and memory problems in the elderly. “When people fall due to poor balance, they tend to become fearful, which will usually lead them to more gait issues with walking,” she explains. “They will walk slower with smaller steps, more narrow base of support, or get into bad habits of ‘furniture’ walking (reaching for walls or pieces of furniture for support). “All of which just creates more weakness and more poor balance!,” she


says. “It can be a vicious cycle!” “Balance is a use it or loose it kind of thing,” Savino explains. “If we are not active and don't practice activities or exercises specifically for our balance, we can tend to loose it. So often, balance problems are an issue of muscle weakness and lack of practice, she says. These kinds of things can be improved with proper exercises for strengthening and specific balance activities that are both static and dynamic in nature. “In PT, we help improve strength, restore function and reduce fall risks by correcting balance issues,” Savino says. “The treatment varies based on what we find on the evaluation and what the cause of the balance issue is.” Beyond weakness, other balance issues may be due to vertigo (vestibular) issues, which require more specialized physical therapies, like the kinds offered at Be Fit. “This type of therapy is more specific to what is causing the vertigo,” she says. For example, sometimes vertigo is caused by BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). This is when crystals (otoconia) break free from the inner ear and float into one of the semi-circular canals causing dizziness with certain head movements. “We correct this condition with repositioning maneuvers. The maneuvers depend on which canal the crystals are trapped in,” Savino says.”


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Other neurological issues leading to poor balance would be things like Parkinson's or parkisonism type disorders, multiple sclerosis, Ménière's disease. Additionally, things like blood pressure, blood sugar levels, cardiac conditions, medications, anemia, dehydration, and anxiety can affect balance and stability, and need to be taken seriously.

Someone should seek help for balance issues sooner rather than later, she warns.

And now, thanks to a recent ruling that allows patients in Illinois direct access to physical therapy, people can go straight to a physical therapist for help, bypassing their regular doctor and saving time and money in the process.

“Prevention is always key with balance because, as I said before, it's a 'use it or loose it sort' of thing. So once you have retrained your balance and strength you have to continue with a maintenance program. “

“They can see their physical therapist first to determine the cause of their problem and develop a treatment plan,” she says.

“If it is affecting how you walk or your daily activities, or if you are unable to do normal daily things because of the balance issues, seek help. Or if you have fallen and find yourself loosing your balance more easily than you used to,” she added.

 MaryLou Savino, owner at BeFit Physical Therapy and Pilates in Downers Grove


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Save the dates

For the annual Gingerbread Festival in downtown Downers Grove

Christmas lights adorn the buildings, trees and train station to help Downers Grove welcome the holiday season with its Annual Gingerbread Festival, which kicks off on November 23 in the heart of downtown Downers Grove. The Downers Grove Public Library hosts a special holiday storytime, and those in attendance will then join a procession, led by a Downers Grove High School Marching Band, as they direct Santa Claus aboard a fire truck to the annual tree lighting ceremony. Santa Claus and the mayor light the Downers

Grove tree high on a riser, so just about everyone at the train station and on Burlington between Mochel and Main Street can see them. It’s a great festive way to welcome the holiday season, right here in Downers Grove. And don’t forget the entire Thanksgiving weekend is full of events, and there are even more throughout the weeks that follow in downtown Downers Grove! Here are some upcoming holiday dates to mark on your family calendar:

ď‚— Small Business Saturday November 24 Vote for your favorite Holiday Windows and Gingerbread House hosted within participating businesses. ď‚— Visits with Santa Every Saturday and Sunday November 24 through December 9 1 to 4 p.m. ď‚— Breakfasts with Santa November 25 and December 2 Held at a variety of Downers Grove restaurants

ď‚— Complimentary Carriage Rides around downtown Downers Grove November 24-25


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Handmade ornaments are needed to decorate the downtown holiday tree! Please consider a gingerbread themed ornament project. Ornaments need to be at least eight inches in diameter and be made of weatherproof material. No sharp edges, pointy ends, or heavy materials please. The string or twine for hanging should be looped and 10 to 12� long. A form for entry is available at Deliver ornaments with the form to PUBLIC WORKS, 5101 Walnut Ave. by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9. Ornaments will not be returned. Questions? Call (630) 434-5700


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After 60 years, Downers Grove Woman’s Club still a source of local support Are you looking for a place to lend a hand in your community? A locally-committed group of likeminded people with whom you can work to make Downers Grove stronger? Look no further than the Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club. Celebrating 60 years in 2019, the club is a non­profit organization composed of local women who act as a committed source of emotional and financial support throughout Downers Grove and surrounding areas. It all began in 1959, when a group of women got together on the second floor of a Park District building that was at Fairview and Maple Avenues, where Hummer Park is now located. The group’s first service project was a “reading hour” at the public library. Today, community projects include a variety of financial contributions to in­need organizations, annual recognition of educators and students, and community service volunteer efforts. Last year, through fundraisers and corporate partnerships, the Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club raised more than $30,000 to support more than 15 charities impacting local


This fall, in celebration of the club’s 60th year, it will be awarding a $10,000 grant to a deserving local charity or non­ profit that shares the mission of supporting community members in need.

children, high school students, senior citizens, the abused, the homeless, victims of tragedy and families in need.

The Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club knows that it “takes a village” and we are so grateful for our dedicated members, generous corporate partners and supportive community. We welcome you to impact our community through the power of giving.

The group’s efforts supported the District 99 Chapter of Operation Snowball, ­an alcohol and other drug use prevention program focusing on leadership development to empower youth.

Our membership year is September through May. We meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month (3rd Tuesday on months with Holiday conflicts) at 7:00 p.m. at Emmett's Ale House in Downers Grove.

Volunteers annually provide Thanksgiving Day meals to local families, wrap presents for needy children during the holiday season, and support the education of incoming kindergarten students at its annual Safety Town School. Other fundraising efforts include Mother & Son Gym Jam, the Downers Grove Handmade Market, and an annual Casino Night.

On September 25, the group will be hosting a prospective members social. To find out more about becoming a member of the Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club, to sponsor an initiative or make a donation, visit www.dgjwc. org.


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