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Suburban Life APRIL 2014


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Young dancers find opportunity, acclaim at Salt Creek PAGE 10

Ears and emotion

Elmhurst Symphony builds performance prominence PAGE 8

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Inside Arts & Entertainment 8 EARS, AND EMOTION – Elmhurst Symphony builds performance prominence in the Midwest. 10 EN POINTE – Young dancers find opportunity, acclaim at Salt Creek Ballet Company. 12 ART FOR ALL – Suburban art leagues offer access to the novice and assistance to the accomplished through programming, promotions and public relations.

Dining & Entertaining 17 AN ALL-INCLUSIVE EVENING – Drury Lane blends food and show for night out that rivals the big city. 18 CINEMA-ESCAPE – All-in-one movie concept makes date night a destination. 20 PAIRED, WITH FLAIR – Wine and food paring isn’t tough, if you follow Alixe’s simple rules. 21 TICKET TO RIDE – Columnist Vicki Martinka Peterson hops the rails in search of the perfect pizza.

Family in Focus 23 CAN I GET A LITTLE RESPECT? Columnist Michelle Stien weighs the pros and cons of being the “heavy” when it comes to parenting. 24 BEYOND THE BOOKS – Shelve your old ideas about the local library. Fountaindale Public Library has digital services to meet all your techie needs.

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28 ARTISAN ATTIRE – from jewelry to jackets, bags to baubles, local artisans of fashion are lending their creative designs to our personal style. 30 WARM UP YOUR POST-WINTER COMPLEXION with helpful tips form Elegant Salon.

Home & Lifestyle 32 DESTINATION: DOWNERS GROVE – Historic Downers Grove offers dining, shopping and a dynamite downtown. 34 JUST DANCE – Celebrity Dance Studio will get you up on your feet and out on the dance floor, with lessons in salsa, swing and more. 43 HOME AND HEARTH – take your day outdoors with tips for the perfect patio, from Crockett Construction.

Health & Fitness 44 IN GOOD HANDS – Holland Chiropractic has new leadership, consistent philosophy. 45 SMILE SAFE – Protect your teeth and know your options when accidents happen.

Out & About 46 ARTIST SHOWCASE – Ian Mitchell Wallace of Glen Ellyn shares his wathercolor, “the Good Night Ladies”. 48 SCENE IN THE SUBURBS – Patrons gather for a hospital “wall-breaking” in Elmhurst and others take in a comedic celebration at College of DuPage with actor Jim Belushi. 50 CALENDAR – Lectures and art exhibits, live music, films and more fill the calendar this month, across our communities.

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ere, in the communities we call home, arts and entertainment converge on the suburban scene. Dinner theaters and deluxe movie houses beckon us on date night. Burgeoning ballet companies and active art galleries call us to our own artistic pursuits,

Some of our best spots for enjoying the arts are in the heart of our own downtowns. This month, we take in the delights of Downers Grove, highlight some great spots to enjoy in nearby Naperville, and feature three pizza places along the train line, the perfect spots to finish a day of creative endeavors.

In the pages of Suburban Life Magazine this month, we celebrate these outlets of human expression in our towns, and converse over what these opportunities offer to both the avid artist and the enthusiastic patron.

There’s so much to see and so many stories to tell. It’s all right inside these pages, and just outside your door. We are glad to have you with us as we paint a picture of life in the suburbs.

We stop in at Peabody Mansion for a Baroque performance by members of the acclaimed Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. We visit the rehearsal of the senior dancers of Salt Creek Ballet Company, as they prepare for an upcoming performance at the new MacAninch Theater at College of DuPage.

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Looking for inspiration? Wander the galleries or take a class at one of our community art leagues, special spots to spark your own creative journey. But if you like your art with a side of social life, you’ll find it a one of several “paint and sip” locales around our towns. These clever spots pair cocktails with painting classes and even host private parties where you can try out your skills with a glass of vino in hand.


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The students at Salt Creek Ballet Company in Westmont combine passion diligence and flat-out talent as they develop into career dancers. We chat with director Christina Salerno, former students and soloist with the Royal Ballet, about what makes Salt Creek such a special place. Page 10. Photo by JASON ADRIAN PHOTOGRAPHY


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Ears and Emotion From modest birth, Elmhurst Symphony matures into bold player in local arts By ELIZABETH HARMON


ehind the scenes at the Elmhurst Symphony, orchestra manager Alison Gaines attends to hundreds of details – creating budgets, scheduling performers, communicating information about rehearsals, performance details such as attire, parking and even working with the stage manager to make sure stage seating is arranged so everyone can see the conductor. Not every piece requires every orchestra member, so Gaines painstakingly schedules the needed performers well in advance, and punting when those last minute substitutions are inevitable. She also serves as assistant conductor and the symphony’s principal bass violist. “Concert days can be pretty long,” she said. When second trombonist Ralph Maxson joined the Elmhurst Symphony in 1962, the forty-member amateur orchestra practiced in a local junior high. Today, the symphony has more than 70



players, many of them professionals, and is under the direction of noted conductor and Northwestern University faculty member Dr. Stephen Alltop. It has been recognized by the Illinois Council of Orchestras as one of Illinois’ most innovative orchestras and has also been praised for its educational programs and community involvement. “In my opinion the Elmhurst Symphony is one of the best, if not the best, community orchestra in Illinois,” said Maxson, of Oak Brook. Celebrating its 53rd season this year, the Elmhurst Symphony typically performs five concerts at Elmhurst’s Christian Reformed Church, and an additional four or five concerts at different venues throughout the area. Concerts frequently include additional performers, including the Elmhurst College Choir, Chicago’s Apollo Chorus, the Agape Ringers handbell ensemble and dancers from the DuPage Dance Academy. In

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January, actors from Oakbrook’s First Folio theater company dramatized the Symphony’s performance of Igor Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale.” This season’s final concert, scheduled for May 10, will feature music from Walt Disney’s “Fantasia,” ad guest strings players from the York High School Symphony Strings, who will perform Mussorgsky’s “Night On Bald Mountain,” alongside the Elmhurst Symphony. “Collaboration is our thing. It weaves a strong fabric between the symphony and the community,” said music director Alltop, who described the symphony as a nexus for artistic collaboration in the area. Planning for the season begins about a year in advance, and collaborative opportunities are one of the things Alltop considers when selecting music. Other criteria include local traditions, such as January’s baroque music concert, audience preferences and commemorating events such as a composer’s birth, or the anniversary of a significant piece.

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The May 10 concert will include a performance of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” which marked its 100th anniversary in 2013. “It’s one the most influential orchestral pieces and an opportunity to introduce everyone to the Rite of Spring as spring comes back,” Alltop said. About 60 percent of the orchestra members are volunteers, and when paid musicians leave, many vacancies are filled from the volunteer ranks. Auditions are held in August and September for the upcoming season. In the month leading up to each concert, the symphony will practice about six times and musicians also practice individually. On concert nights, the players participate in a pre-concert warm-up about an hour before. “We go over anything that’s an area of concern. Then I put down my bass, step onto the podium and conduct while Stephen sits out in the concert hall to make sure the sound is balanced correctly,” she said. For Maxson the rehearsals and performances are “an opportunity to play the world’s finest


classical music with really fine musicians.” Education also is an important part of the Symphony’s mission. Each year, ensembles from the symphony visit District 205 schools. The Robert Stanger Young Artist Auditions give student musicians a chance to compete for the chance to perform a concerto movement with the ESO. Concert goers also learn too. NIU Music professor Ted Hatmaker offers a free concert preview, prior to each performace at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, and Alltop also introduces each piece with a few comments. “By the time the audience hears the music, they know a few things about it,” Alltop said. Yet he adds that the key to enjoying classical music isn’t only in the head, it’s also in the heart. “People can be self-conscious about what they know,” Alltop said. “But if you have ears and emotions, that’s really all you need.” Concert tickets can be purchased online at


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At Salt Creek Ballet Company, skilled direction and unwavering dedication give dancers a step up in their careers By WENDY FOSTER

Under the guidance and direction of Zhanna Dubrovskaya and Sergey Kozadavey, dancers with Salt Creek Ballet Company in Westmont continually advance to professional dancing careers all across the world. Photos by Jason Adrian Photography



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n a large, open studio space in the western suburbs, dancers are lacing up their toe shoes and warming up for rehearsal of their upcoming performance. They will work for two hours an evening, under the direct guidance of Sergey Kozadavey and Zhanna Dubrovskaya, formerly worldwide performers of classical and contemporary ballet with the Maly Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. Their goal – perfection at their performance of Carnival of Animals, at the MacAninch Arts Center in May.

Creek students have used their training to pursue related careers in costume and set design.

Among them is young Connor Hamilton, just 11 years old, and winner of the prestigious HOPE award at the Youth American Grand Prix, the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition.

“Our goal is always to provide a great opportunity for people to attend a high -quality performance without traveling far. Our ticket prices are reasonable, and we often have a meet and greet so that the audience can meet with some of the costumed characters.

Salt Creek Ballet trains dancers from as early as 2 ½ years old. And there are now more than 350 students at the Westmont school. The company provides professional level performance opportunities to dancers ages 15-18, and approximately 2,650 dancers have come through Salt Creek Dance Company since its inception in 1985.

Consistent though its prestigious history, Salerno says that Salt Creek Ballet has retained its three-fold objectives. “The first is that we’re trying to present professional style dance performances to area audiences.” The Salt Creek Ballet Company now has nine public performances each year including seven of The Nutcracker, and two spring productions.

“Secondly, we’ve always tried to provide high level performance opportunities to our dancers,” Salerno says. “It’s been really nice to see how our company has grown. The technical level of what our dancers can accomplish is so much more now than when I was a student.”

“We train them to become dancers, or to be able to express themselves through dance,” says executive director Christina Salerno.

Lastly, Salt Creek’s mission is to encourage an appreciation and awareness of dance within the community at large.

She ought to know. She’s come full circle… the perfect career pirouette. She began at Salt Creek as a student there from 1986 until 1992. After having danced through her three high school years at Downers Grove South High School, she graduated early to attend a dance school in San Francisco. Salerno then enjoyed a dance career as a soloist with Boston Ballet, Zurich Ballet and Royal Ballet in London, before returning to the Chicago area, when she rejoined Salt Creek as the director of development and communications in 2008, becoming the executive director in 2009.

“We have a vibrant outreach program in which we go into the school districts, libraries and more, with dance programming.” Salerno says that she has loved watching Salt Creek Ballet grow and prosper in the community. Her experience with Salt Creek which has spanned several decades, has been “really, really wonderful.”

Salerno is just one of what is an impressive number of Salt Creek dancers to have gone on to successful professional careers. Salt Creek alumni, Salerno says, have move on to perform with dance companies including Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance, Radio City Music Hall, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, River North Dance Company and many more. Other Salt

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Salt Creek Ballet Company’s executive director Christina Salerno returned to the school, where she studied as a child, after a successful solo career.


Creative inspiration found at your local art league By STEPHANIE KOHL


here’s a lot of talk about supporting the arts. But if you want to find a place that supports the artists directly, look no further than a nearby art league or artist’s guild.

Since 1957, the DuPage Art League has worked to make sure art opportunities were available for everyone interested in pursuing and studying fine art. The school and gallery, located at 218 W. Front St., in Wheaton, offers a variety of programs, classes and workshops to its members, as well as gallery space for its artists to display work. “It’s a place for local artists to gather and talk about art,” says Sally Hines, vice president of publicity and promotions. “It’s a place for kids to gather for art.” The classes offered cover various mediums, with the exception of sculpture and pottery, and are taught by teachers with art degrees and art education degrees. The not-for-profit organization is funded through memberships, class fees and donations. Its 437 members come from across the suburban landscape. “I’ve been taking classes there now for years,” says Diana Mitchell, president of the art league.


“It’s just a gem. It really is. You can put your work in shows. There’s a variety of classes and the teachers are great. I think that art is such a wonderful experience.”

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Mitchell says following retirement, she had a desire to pursue her interest in art. A long time Wheaton resident suggested the DuPage Art League. Although before attending a class, Mitchell was worried about fitting in, since she had no experience, but it took only one class to ease her concern.

Rottsolk said the DuPage Art League offers an important service to the community because there are so many people interested who are looking to pursue it without being graded or enrolling in a program.

“I found there were all levels of talent and I didn’t feel out of place,” she says. Because of its mission to make art accessible to all, the DuPage Art League offers scholarships and encourages local groups to come in for tours. “We give lots of tours,” Mitchell says. “We try to get art out there.” Classes are available for those ages six-years-old and older and of all skill levels. Mitchell added the DuPage Art League offers a great opportunity for children who are home schooled to get their art lessons in. Ellen Rottsolk has taught at DuPage Art League for at least 10 years. She previously was a high


“I love to share my enthusiasm, my love of art,” she said. “I just want to share it. It’s a wonderful thing.”

“You can come and develop at your own rate,” she said. One of her students is Winfield resident Chuck Showalter. He has taken classes since August 2012. “I retired and after about 14 months of retirement I had to do something and this seemed like a good idea,” he says, adding his father was a commercial figure artist and illustrator. Showalter takes several classes including oil painting, portrait, gesture drawing, advanced drawing and pastels. “Every piece I do is never quite exactly as I want, but that’s the learning curve,” he says. At LaGrange Art League, the community is encouraged to come in and peruse the art on m y s u b u r b a n l i f e . c o m /m a g a z i n e


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display, as a welcome respite from the busy day. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday and the offerings change every month.


“The quality of the framed artwork that fills the gray walls will surprise you,” says publicity chairman Nancy Miller. “Take your time. A comfortable bench is nearby, in case you feel the need to sit and rest or just ponder a painting or photo that you like.” It’s a great place to find a unique gift for a friend or a special item for yourself. “There are several large cases of jewelry, cards and pottery, and you can buy just about anything you have found in the gallery,” she says. Should you wish to frame something, that service is available, as are open classes in a variety of media, levels and times of the day to suit your needs. Classes run four sessions a year with workshops in between. “You will feel a creative energy hit you when you enter the studio.”

La Grange Art League is a non-profit, fine arts

organization, that is run by volunteers. We are dedicated to education in the visual arts, to promoting art awareness and to exhibiting the work of our members. Along with a list of classes in a wide variety of mediums, we also offer workshops and free demonstrations by well-known artists, field trips from local schools and a Holiday Boutique, that is a favorite each year! Our gallery is open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday - Saturday. You can come in to browse, buy a painting, a photograph or other handmade item, like a card, jewelry, a piece of pottery or a hand painted scarf. We also offer complete framing services.

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Painters’ pairing Social experience blends wine and whimsy by M. GRACE TUCKER


roups, couples and singles are all welcome at a social and interactive art experience. Throw in some wine, appetizers and conversation and you’ve got a complete evening or afternoon outing. The concept is simple: art lessons offered in a relaxed atmosphere. At Bottle and Botega in Glen Ellyn, guests can bring wine or beer if they wish and the studio provides everything else: glassware, plates, cutlery, napkins, and of course all the art supplies. and the lesson. Staff also taps area businesses, such as Olives and Vinnies, for light snacks. The events basically start the same way, said franchise owner Lynn Day. The first 30 minutes are spent mingling, setting up your space and



getting comfortable. Guests are then guided through the art process by art teachers: they learn how to make a basic sketch, choose colors and mix paints. Guests are then taught how to layer their paint on their canvasses. The final half hour is spent on details. “We always make sure that people have time to finish their paintings,” said Day. “We take pictures throughout the entire evening.” Day stresses that the non-artist is most certainly welcome at Bottle and Botega. “We bring out the artist in everyone,” she said. “We love people who are beginners; we uncork inner their inner artist.” The combination of wine and art is certainly nothing new, but lately locations like Bottle

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and Botega have grown in popularity. Startups, franchises, and even stand-alone events of the sort are popping up across the suburbs. They’ve become commonplace for girls nights out, bachelorette and birthday parties, family day events and fundraisers. “It’s a great girls night out,” said Day. “All of you can sit, chat and paint for three hours. You can’t sit and chat in a restaurant like that.” The Glen Ellyn location has two studios and can hold multiple events at the same time; public painting parties are offered every day of the week. Vino vanGogh is a similar art “edutainment” company, and hosts events solely existing neighborhood wine and coffee bars, restaurants and other venues. Pinot’s Pallete, like Bottle and Botega... Some sessions are themed. For example one evening may focus on a specific master such as Van Gogh or on city scape painting. Fridays at Bottle and Botega are designated for pizza and painting, certain Saturday afternoons are

family friendly and couples/best friends are encourage on certain Saturday evenings. “At the public events, when a single guest joins in they get seated within the group,” said Day. “We’ve also had Meet-Up groups here as well. “ Day pointed out that it is a great date night choice as well. “It’s non-threatening date experience. You can do something together and still be part of a greater whole,” she said.

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Naperville welcomes Pinot’s to downtown Pinot’s Palette, an upscale “paint and sip” franchise in the heart of downtown Naperville opened in December, just in time to serve as a welcome respite to the chill of winter. A two-hour or three-hour painting class offers guests a local, trained artist to lead the session, all of the art supplies, and their favorite cocktails available for purchase from the bar. Franchisees, Pamela Bartlett and Christa Juergens, both Naperville residents, say feedback from the local community has been incredibly positive. Pinot’s Palette began as a single, Houstonarea studio in 2009 and now boasts 65 locations in 27 states. For more information on becoming a franchisee, or to reserve a spot at an upcoming class, visit www.


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lassic shows, outstanding surroundings, and big name talent are just a few of the things you’ll find at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook. But if you are seeking a little more that the standard night at the theater, it’s a perfect choice for the perfect night. Drury Lane is more than just a theater—they also have dinner and banquet side of the venue that adds to the allure of a live show.

Drury Lane blends food and show for night out that rivals the big city By ALLISON HORNE

than the days when Anthony DeSantis first opened its doors 30 years ago, but one thing remains the same—it’s still a family enterprise.

“It’s kind of like one-stop shopping,” artistic director William Osetek says. “You can come to the theater and dine before the show and stay here for the night.”

Now owned by Anthony DeSantis’ five grandkids, the Drury Lane Theatre has become a standard for theater in the Chicago area. Although Anthony passed around eight years ago, his legacy still lives on with his grandkids as the theater embarks on its 30th season this March.

Unlike other dinner theaters, Drury Lane has a separate dining area in addition to the 1,000seat theatre. Theatergoers can choose to see a performance only, or they can opt to purchase a dinner/theatre package, making Drury Lane a top-notch suburban alternative to the expensive theaters downtown.

The building, which was custom-made for the DeSantis family to live and work, has been modified over the years to keep up with current trends. Renovations have been made to all of the dining spaces, the French room, the theater, and the entire 1,000-square foot building recently was re-carpeted and painted.

Still family owned and operated by the heirs of original owner Anthony DeSantis, prices for shows at Drury lane are usually half of what an evening of theater downtown costs, and tickets start at around $30.

The looks may be different, but the same family and employees are behind keeping its doors open on a daily basis. Drew DeSantis, one of the five grandkids that share ownership of the building, serves as a producer for the shows.

“It’s obviously a really tricky time with the economy, and entertainment and treating yourself is one of the first things that you give up if you’re struggling,” Osetek says. “Having a place that still offers the quality that we do with the inexpensive ticket price is how we have sustained our audience. It’s a real success story for the DeSantis family.”

“Everyone kind of has their own role,” he says. “Some of our employees have been with us for years and I have known them my entire life. It’s home for every one of us.”

Drury Lane Theatre may look a little different

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The arrival of the 30th season has led to extra planning for the performances chosen this year. One of the productions that the staff has been looking forward to is the season opener, “Les Misérables.” ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

“We had been looking for a long time for the entire season shows because it’s the most important decision we make,” Ostecek says. “We knew we wanted to do something epic for the first show of the 30th anniversary.” A winner of eight Tony Awards, Les Misérables follows the story of convict Jean Valjean as he risks his life for the people he loves. The production at Drury Lane will run from the end of March through Sunday, June 8, and is directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell. “Les Mis is hands-down the biggest production that we have ever put to the stage,” Osetek says. “It has the most actors, most musicians, most technical aspects, and it dwarfs everything we have ever done. It’s just one of those shows that’s as big as it gets.” The subscription series also includes “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Camelot,” “West Side Story,” and “The Game’s Afoot,” which will be directed be Osetek. “We’ve been here for 30 years and we will be here for another 30 years,” DeSantis says. “My grandpa brought this theater from nothing, and although the personality has changed over time, our vision is to continue to keep Drury Lane a regional powerhouse.” SUBURBAN LIFE MAGAZINE | APRIL 2014 | 17


T All-in-one movie concept makes date night a destination By YVONNE BENSON

ime for a night out? Dinner and a movie is a common choice. And today, an array of posh, luxury movie theaters have just the formula for a complete movie-goers experience. Combining dining and movie into a single location, the idea is about a good time all at once. Destinations such as Studio Movie Grill in Wheaton, Hollywood Palms in Naperville, Hollywood Blvd. in Woodridge and the Yorktown Theater in Lombard have created an evening at the movies that’s perfect for date night, family night, girl’s night out and even the occasional fund-raiser “Our focus is on the guest experience” said Lynn McQuaker from Studio Movie Grill in Wheaton. “You become a guest the moment you purchase your ticket and step through our doors.” Throw out the door any preconceived notions of sticky floors and teenaged staffers. When it comes to these dinner theaters. Quality service is the name of the game.



“At the push of a button, guests can experience Studio Movie Grill’s distinct kitchen-to-chair delivery and a skilled team trained to serve without compromising the view.” McQuaker explains. That means that your dining partner can order another cocktail during the movie without disrupting your captivation with a critical plot point. For people who are concerned that movies are non-social activity, Studio Movie Grill breaks the mold by encouraging face-time just as much as film engagement. “Our lounge and lobby areas are made for comfort and are designed to encourage our guests to socialize. With 100% reserved seating, patrons can enjoy themselves both in the theater or lingering at the bar before or after their movie, and never feel hurried to get to their seat, providing a no-rush feeling.” An evolving dining menu, offering Ceviche Lettuce Wraps and Blackened Chicken Salad, a Gouda Bacon Burger, and Artisan Pizzas mean movie-goers can enjoy the same standards of dining as a modern m y s u b u r b a n l i f e . c o m /m a g a z i n e

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nearby restaurant. Beer, wine and premium signature cocktails round out the menu, and the experience. But the blend of signature spirits, trendy menus and hot movies hasn’t always been available. Ted Bulthaup opened the first dinner theater in Indianapolis more than 20 years ago. “It has a lot to do with granting liquor licenses to theaters. Someone had to have those laws removed,” he explains. In 2003 Bulthaup brought his dinner theater concept to Naperville when he opened Hollywood Palms. Traditional movie theaters are called exhibitors,” he says. “People just go to see a movie. I consider us to be in the hospitality business so we take a whole different approach to how we do things. We bring the stuff out throughout the entire movie. The servers check on people every 20 minutes. There’s a lot of training because they have to work in the dark and can’t disturb people.” Part of the appeal isn’t what you see on the screen at Hollywood Palms, but what you see in the lobby. The place is reminiscent of a production company stock room, filled with props, memorabilia, live palm trees and a huge waterfall. But it’s not just about the visuals at Hollywood Palms. Other dining cinemas, it’s about an entire experience. “We don’t do things like other people,” Bulthaup said, “It’s against the rules.” m y s u b u r b a n l i f e . c o m /m a g a z i n e

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Entertaining is a high stakes thing for most people. Let’s face it, when you invite someone to your home you want to show your best side. So serving the perfect wine with the perfect food becomes very important. But (and this is a big but) you also have to keep in mind who you are entertaining. Let’s say your boss is coming over and he only drinks a light, sweet wine and you’re serving a standing rib roast. Traditional pairing says you should serve a heavier, full-bodied red wine. But the boss isn’t going to like that. So what do you do?


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Alixe Lischett is owner of Cabernet and Company in Glen Ellyn. She offers her 20 years of expertise in the wine industry to the DuPage County community.

1. The lighter the food--the lighter the wine. Serving a simple roasted chicken? Pair it with a slightlyoaked Chardonnay. The caramel and butter qualities of Chardonnay will enhance the chicken’s flavor. What you don’t want to do is serve chicken or turkey with a highly acidic wine like Sauvignon Blanc. Poultry tends to be dry and if you pair it with an acidic wine that will just accentuate the dryness. Not pleasant. Another option would be the low or medium sweetness level of Riesling. Try one that says Riesling, QbA, Kabinett or Spatlese on the label. Stay away from Auslese and Trockenauslese unless you’re pairing it with dessert. Also try bratwurst grilled outside and served with nicely chilled Riesling? Perfect! 2. Green salad or seafood salad? While you should consider sauces and such, a good place to start is with a lighter white wine like Pinot Gris or Viognier. As it gets warmer, try a dry Rosé. Sauces are extremely important when pairing food and wine. You always have to consider the predominant flavors, be they in your sauce or your main ingredient. 3. You’d think cheese would be simple, but not always. Simply spoken, the creamier the cheese, the lighter and more acidic the wine ought to be. Sauvignon Blanc for example is a good choice. The drier, nuttier the cheese, the heavier the wine. Shiraz, Merlot or Cabernet work well. “In between” cheese? Choose an “in between” wine. It’s not too difficult…until you get to blue cheese. Blue cheese pairs really well with Port. But that’s after dinner. If you’re having it before dinner pair it with an old vine, jammy red Zinfandel.


4. The spicier the food--the less acidic and dry the wine. It can be difficult to pair spicy food with wine. If the wine is too dry or acidic it fights with the spiciness of your dish. Your taste buds never get a break from the heat and ultimately all you taste is the spice. Next time you order Thai or Chinese or Mexican for that matter, try it with a dry Riesling or QbA. Or if Riesling just isn’t your thing – have a beer. 5. Italian food. This is a no-brainer – choose Italian wine. You don’t even have to think about it. Go with regional pairing. Red sauces go with Tuscan Chianti’s. With Bronzino, try Vermentino. Roasted meats up in Verona? Try a Valpoicella or Nebbiolo. Thinking regionally makes all the difference. 6. When it comes to fish, it really depends on the type. Lighter sole or sweet grouper (again you have to keep in mind preparation and sauces) usually pair well with white wines. Salmon or tuna? You can go either white or red. Red wines like Pinot Noir, Beaujolais or a light Syrah are great with Salmon, but so is Chardonnay. 7. The other white meat - Pork is extremely versatile when it comes to preparation, and when it comes to pairing. Usually, I would suggest red wines such as Pinot Noir, Beaujolais or Syrah. (Very similar to what I would pair with salmon.) And like salmon, you can also go with a big, oaky, buttery Chardonnay. 8. That big juicy T-Bone, or any other red meat, cries out for red wine. For that boss who only drinks sweeter, lighter wines, keep your preparation simple and pair it with Pinot Noir. For your neighbor who loves a big wine, grill the steak and pair it with Cabernet. It’s the perfect combination. Or shake it up a little and try a Bordeaux (Cabernet/Merlot blend). For burgers on the grill , ribs or any barbecue, a nice, peppery red Zinfandel or Shiraz from Australia make the ,match. So, so many options. 9. And if it all gets too confusing....just go to your local wine shop, tell them what you’re preparing and ask for their help. It’s easiest that way.


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Vicki Martinka Petersen enjoys taking long train rides through the western suburbs to her job as a media relations specialist for a health care association in Chicago. She believes Chicago isn’t the only fun destination along the train line and is sharing what the suburban train stops have to offer.

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Pizzeria pleasures From icy, snow covered roads to frozen switches along the railroad tracks, commuting can be extra challenging this time of year. Sometimes after a long ride I’ll take the night off from cooking and pick up a pizza on the way home. Of course, there are plenty of other occasions to put the chef’s knife back in the block and order a pizza. No matter the reason, your next thin crust, thick crust, pan or double dough is only a train stop away. The only challenge will be keeping the box shut until you get home. „First stop – Bella Bacinos in La Grange (south of tracks, 36 S. La Grange Road, www. Pizzas here are hand-made and fired in a wood burning 700-degree oven to create authentic Napoletana wood fire pizza. There are more than 20 types of pizza on the menu. If you want a side of date night with your pizza, Bella Bacinos delivers. Wicker chairs surround the copper plated tables under the glow of white lights that dot a maze of wooden beams below the open ceiling as Italian music plays in the background. I tried the Salsiccia e Funghi – Italian sausage, tomatoes, mozzarella and mushrooms – one of 20 specialty pizzas on the menu. If you’d rather stay in with the family, Bella Bacinos offers carryout and delivery of menu items, including wine. „Second stop – Baldinelli Pizza in Hinsdale (south of tracks, 32 Hinsdale Ave., www.baldinellipizza. com). Tucked away off the beaten path in downtown Hinsdale is this hidden treasure, located along the alley by the Garfield Avenue

parking lot. Open for more than 30 years, Baldinelli Pizza boasts being Hinsdale’s oldest pizzeria. Primarily designed for carryout and delivery orders, there are a few high tables and chairs if you’re looking to dine in and enjoy a quick slice on the way home. There are nine specialty pizzas, including the “Longtime Favorite” - sausage, onion, pepper and mushrooms. A favorite in my house too, I loved the slight differences, like using both green and yellow peppers and red onion instead of white. Or you can make your own pizza from a combination of more than 20 ingredients, including banana peppers and eggplant. „Last stop – Angelo’s Pizza in Downers Grove (south of tracks, 1001 Curtiss St., www. Another pizza institution, Angelo’s Pizza has been serving Downers Grove since 1959. The walls by the order counter proudly display the owner’s extensive hat collection of sports teams and places he’s visited. In addition to carryout and delivery, people can enjoy their pizzas in the new dining area. Flat screen TVs and vintage photos of downtown Downers Grove line the brick covered walls and light fixtures made of a cluster of wine bottles hang over the tables. During my visit I had to try the Angelo’s Special – cheese, sausage, mushroom, green pepper and onion. It’s one of six specialty pizzas on the menu. To mix things up, there are more than 20 ingredients from ricotta cheese to hamburger to make your own pizza classic.

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Respect? Can I Get A Little

I’ve accepted the fact, that in this lifetime, I never will be deemed as “the heavy” in situations involving my children. Despite the fact I am the caregiver for about 75 percent of their daily lives, I am surely not the one who is the disciplinarian in the house. I find myself saying, “Wait until your father gets home!” at least three times a day. From the time we all rise in the morning, and as the day chugs along, my frustration mounts. I find that whenever I tell the kids something, it seems I have to say it at least 14 times. In many cases, the fifteenth time I am screaming. Still, they still don’t listen. I think back to when I was growing up and consider my own mother. I was deathly afraid of her. She was five-foot nothing and I think I outweighed her by the time I was in the eighth grade, yet she instilled the fear of God in us. She was a single mom raising two boys, as well as me. When her mere petite body didn’t intimidate us, she had a stern voice and a metal yardstick to get us in line. Don’t be alarmed; she never actually hit us with the yardstick. It was more of a threat and she used it to chase my brothers up to the top of their bunk beds where they would hide, just out of her reach. All she had to do was hit that thing on the side of the bedframe and the sound was enough to scare any thirteen-year old boy into submission. My mom didn’t have the luxury of falling back on “Wait until your father gets home,” because my dad wasn’t there to step in when my mom’s efforts failed. Perhaps that’s why we knew when to shape up. But it also meant she had to spare m y s u b u r b a n l i f e . c o m /m a g a z i n e

the softer, more comforting aspects of being a mom. I look at my own relationship with my children versus their relationship with their father and I am envious – not only that they respect him, but also that he is able to stop and have fun with them. He has the ability to come in from work with a fresh perspective on their wild and crazy antics and jump right in. When they get out-of-hand, he hasn’t been battling them for the last 12 hours and isn’t on his last nerve, so he can speak to them in a voice that doesn’t sound like that of a screaming banshee.

that he is jealous of me because I get to spend more time with them. When they sneak into our bed at night with a bad dream, he’d trade the elbows in his rib cage and breathing in his ear to have them snuggle up with him instead of me. And despite his best efforts, I’m the one who makes waffles “just right”. While I long for at least a little respect and sometimes that metal yardstick, the bottom line is this: my husband and I each have our roles in this operation. I’m fortunate that I have a partner who gives me the means to be the kids’ comfort, and is there to pick up where I leave off.

Of course, along with “fun dad” comes the fact that even he doesn’t listen when I reprimand, and when a half-hour of making fart noises finally breaks me down, it is my husband giggling right along with my young children that infuriates me. (Have I mentioned he is my third child?) When bedtime rolls, he comes in for prayers and for all of us to share a favorite part of the day. He gives hugs and kisses and then makes his way downstairs. It is then that the kids request “snuggle time” with yours truly. Despite my frustration, (and desire by that time of night for them to Just. Go. To. Bed.) I can’t complain when their sweet little faces ask for one last hug. When they wake in the middle of the night, they call for “mommy.” When they are hurt or scared, when they need help or comfort, I’m the one they seek out. It is hard to be the “heavy” when you are a softie most of the time. While I am envious of my husband, he has told me FAMILY IN FOCUS

Write This Down with Michelle Stien

Michelle Stien is a stay-at-home mom of two children, ages 4 and 6. Her mother always told her to “write this down,” so she is sharing her experiences with other suburban women to help them deal with the craziness of being “Mom.”



Beyond the

Fountaindale marks successful year in the digital arena by M. GRACE TUCKER


helve your old ideas about the local library. Fountaindale Public Library has digital services to meet all your techie needs. Studio 300, a media laboratory located in the Fountaindale, is about to celebrate its first anniversary. While it was an eventful year – there was that flood that displaced the studio and all its equipment for a few months – manager Jeffery Fisher says the studio is settling in quite nicely into its original mission of being a multimedia resource to Bolingbrook residents and businesses. Studio 300 is a state-of-the-art lab, capable of meeting nearly anyone’s media needs: record your band, edit family video, hold an electronic meeting. Recently patrons have used the facility, located in the lower level of the library, for everything from recording music to editing video to collaborating on school projects. “Any given day is unique,” Fisher says. The most requested service at the studio is digitizing: transferring analog videos or printed photos or music albums or cassettes into digital formats.



“People come in with a project and our staff helps them get started,” he says. “Very often they don’t know what they need to do, they just have an end result in mind. We help them achieve that end result.” In October, a mother came in with the hope of creating a video scrapbook of her son, who soon would be joining the service. “She was a complete ‘techno-phobe’ but she came in knowing what she wanted to accomplish. She brought in VHS, printed photos and all sorts of memorabilia. She set a goal for her herself and worked at it everyday. Soon she was working on two iMacs simultaneously, editing video, converting images and more. She got hundreds of images and about 10 hours of footage edited down to two hours. She was able to give DVDs away to family members as gifts.” The audio offerings were very popular from the beginning, he says. “Recently, there was a young man who was seeking an opera scholarship; he used the recording studio to create his audition ‘tape.’ We also get quite a few podcasters coming in to do their shows,” Fisher says. “People bring in some very interesting projects. The other m y s u b u r b a n l i f e . c o m /m a g a z i n e

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day a playwright was in one of the recording booths, using Google Hang out, to collaborate with someone in Los Angeles. They were able to run the dialogue and he was able to record it as well.” The Group Collaboration Room allows cooperative work across six devises, such as laptops, e-readers, tablets, etc. “The staff loves to use that room for trainings,” Fisher says. “But other groups appreciate it as well, because you can see what everyone is working on without getting up to see what everyone has on their screens.” For those looking to get started there are about 40-50 classes specific to Studio 300 offered in a month. People can learn to navigate the abundant software available; much of which is professional grade, currently used by media professionals. “We can also schedule one-on-one with someone who wants more than what we offer in classes. We offer a video based training website that is free when you’re in the studio. It’s a very large selection of lessons on all methods of media.”

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Life is too short to wear boring clothes! When you are looking for something special in apparel and accessories, you will love the choices offered at Baubles & More. The Downers Grove shop carries all of your favorite boutique lines of apparel at discounted prices, and with more than 1,000 pieces of costume jewelry in stock, you will always find the perfect piece at Baubles & More. Daily shipments ensure that new things come in as fast as they fly out. Baubles and More has built a reputation for making sure you look and feel good when you leave the store. Upscale Discount Boutique 5121 Main St # 1, Downers Grove (630) 434-4441

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Uncovering the perfect dress for your more formal occasions can be a challenge, as department stores and dress shops are often low on inventory and slim on sizes. But at Formally Hers in Hinsdale, those problems are solved. This upscale consignment shop has hundreds of gorgeous gowns and cocktail dresses, as well as a great selection of shoes, evening bags and jewelry. From elegant daytime attire to gowns for prom and mother of the bride, Formally Hers is the perfect solution to your fanciest of occasions. Located above Hinsdale Furriers 33 E 1st St, Hinsdale (630) 455-0136

Jeans & a Cute Top Shop Find the outfit you’ll wear this weekend, at Jeans & a Cute top Shop in Wheaton. Inside the cheerful store you’ll find an array of trend-conscious fashions – jeans and jackets, tops and scarves, shoes and bags – among an inventory that’s always evolving. But more than just a great selection of casually clever attire, you’ll find helpful staff at Jeans & a Cute Top Shop, and skilled, personal denim fittings without an appointment. Update your look at the store’s new expanded location! 210 West Wesley Street, Wheaton Other locations open in Downers Grove and St. Charles m y s u b u r b a n l i f e . c o m /m a g a z i n e



Artisans of style

Local designers blend form and function into fabulous fashion Fashion is art you wear, every day. It expresses your own sense of style and becomes a personal statement, often as distinct as your own skin. So when you are searching for that form of artistic expression, look to local fashion designers, artisans of style, right here in our communities!

CIRCLE OF STONES At Circle of Stones in LaGrange, owners Rebecca Martin and Cory Gunterman have created a unique interactive shopping experience that blends boutique and art gallery into one. At Circle of Stones, you can find artisan jewelry, crystals, clay and tribal pieces.

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Clients can build a bracelet at the “charm bar,” learn to wire beads by hand or design your own simple jewelry. One hundred square feet of gemstones, African beads, Czech glass, crystals and more are on hand, and the workspace is available for up to fifteen people to enjoy. Relax in the store’s workshop anytime, and make use of tools, receive design help and get inspired by the items available. Should you have a special event coming up, like a wedding or a prom, artisans at Circle of Stones can help you to design custom special event jewelry to gift and wear. In addition to hand-made jewelry, rare imported goods, and wonderful objects, Circle of Stones also features the works of local artists, potters, textile designers and weftworkers for sale in its La Grange Gallery.

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We all feel them this time of year, the dreaded endof-winter blues. Winter has left behind a list of damage to more than just the pavement! Low temperatures, low humidity, and strong harsh winds have depleted your body’s natural oils, and left your skin in shock. To combat the elements and bring your complexion back to life, follow some essential tips: Make sure your home is properly humidified. Even in early spring, cold dry weather can continue, and your furnace running doesn’t help. If you don’t have a humidifier built onto your furnace, you can purchase a portable one. Ideally you should keep your home at a relative humidity between 30 and 55 percent. When shampooing, use products for dry hair, which offer a Ph between 4.5 and 6.7. Use


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DOWNERS GROVE Burgeoning business and entertaining events create rich community By TOM WITOM


owners Grove has flourished since 1832 when Pierce Downer, joined by a handful of early settlers, founded the town.

Many historic remnants remain intact, reminders of the town’s rich history even as the current population has grown to an estimated 49,399 residents. “We try to maintain a balance between our history and our progression to the 21st century,” says Linda Kunze, executive director, Downtown Management Corporation (DMC). Since the late 1990s her organization has served business and property owners to promote a strong central business district. Monies raised from a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) and Special Service Area taxes have funded infrastructure redevelopment, including new sidewalks, streetlights and a 791-space parking deck. Kunze says a majority of downtown businesses are family-owned – a unique situation that fosters building a personal connection with customers. One payoff is high occupancy levels: 98 percent from 2009-2011; 94 percent in 2012; 93 percent last year, and now back up to the 98 percent level, she notes. The DMC sponsors multiple events that engage public participation. Every February it runs an ice sculpture festival. In the spring, it organizes a Wedding Walk – this year it’s on April 6 – in which merchants bring together everything the prospective bride or groom might require, from dresses and invitations to photographers and jewelers. The organization sponsors Summer Nights Classic Car Show every Friday night from May 16 to Aug. 29; Downtown Sidewalk Sale in July; and, on Sept. 6-7, the Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival, a juried event that typically draws 7,000 visitors. In addition, DMC and Indian Boundary


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YMCA co-sponsor the annual Downtown Downers Grove Market which features a mix of 70 vendors offering everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to children’s books, spices, jewelry and glass art. It will run Saturdays from May 10 to Oct. 18 from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kunze says the town’s diverse housing mix – from condos and apartments to new and old homes – serves to attract a younger demographic. Newcomers also find entertainment and recreation options, good schools, a well-regarded library and excellent healthcare facilities. Historic Tivoli Theater, built in 1928, was the country’s second facility designed specifically for sound motion pictures. Owned by Classic Cinemas since 1976, Tivoli shows current movies and hosts live professional performances


throughout the year. The Downers Grove Public Library gets a lot of use. Average daily visitors are 2,000, and Director Rick Ashton says in 2013 the number of books, videos, CDs and periodicals checked out from its 300,000-item collection numbered just under one million – or almost 20 items for each resident in town. Starting in April, he says the facility will undergo a “substantial renovation” program involving interior repairs, upgrades and new furnishings. Meanwhile, more than 150 restaurants of every stripe – seafood, steak, American, ethnic, vegetarian – stand ready to sate a broad spectrum of appetites. Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse on Finley Road was identified in February as one of Yelp’s top 100 U.S. dining spots. Gatto’s Restaurant & Bar and Emmett’s m y s u b u r b a n l i f e . c o m /m a g a z i n e

Eastern European Ale House are among perennial favorites as are Parkers’ Restaurant & Bar, Ballydoyle’s and Angelo’s Pizza. Downers Grove’s strategic location appeals not only to visitors and residents, but it’s a magnet for business and industry, says Michael Cassa, president and CEO of Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation.

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Cassa also describes Ellsworth Business Park as “one of the largest industrial parks in the county” and cites the area’s extensive commercial sector, with retail shopping corridors from 75th Street on the south to Butterfield Road on the north in addition to the thriving downtown. One popular downtown venue, Lemon Tree at 935 W. Burlington Ave., opened in 2010 and serves as a gourmet market, bar, caterer and sitdown bistro (Zest). It provides consumers with a fresh look at new products – not something seen at standard markets, says Michael Neumann, marketing director. Earlier this year, the business acquired the coffee shop space at the Metra and renamed it Lemon Tree Grind. It serves java from Chicago-based Bow Truss Coffee Roasters. In 2013, Forbes Magazine recognized Downers Grove as one of “America’s Friendliest Towns.” At the time, Mayor Martin T. Tully declared: “Many in the community agree that efforts to keep Downers Grove a great place to live, learn, work and play are important.” He added that this honor “demonstrates that those efforts not only are essential, but have been very successful.”

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Socializing, one step at a time by M. GRACE TUCKER

It’s called social dancing for a reason. Ann Garvey owner of Celebrity Dance Studio, 2115 63rd Street in Downers Grove, can’t say enough about the enjoyable aspects of ballroom dancing. “We really want our students to learn; when a dance is really broken down, you can really learn and you gain confidence and succeed.” The teachers at Celebrity offer ballroom and Latin dances that include waltz, tango, foxtrot rumba cha-cha, swing, salsa and much more. Students range from beginners to competition level dancers.

some, after awhile, they find out it’s not just a lesson or two. All of a sudden they get the bug. They get it. They realize that there’s so much more to what they thought: it’s fitness, fun, community,” said Garvey. “Let’s be honest, we should all be doing healthy things. However, great intentions can become mundane. The fast dances (swing, cha-cha, salsa, etc) are great for cardio exercise. But most importantly it’s fun and you can use it for more than exercise, you can use it in social situations. It’s pretty awesome,” said Garvey.

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attention to singles and couples, group classes provide an opportunity to meet new people. “It’s people who get to know each other through the group process. One teacher teaching several people. There may be an assistant. We rotate partners, you make new friends and get some exercise,” said Garvey. Celebrity Dance Studio doesn’t leave its student stranded on the dance floor once they have the cha-cha down pat.

“Everything in life is about practice. We like to encourage that,” said Garvey. “We open the studio on (certain) Thursdays from 8:30 to 10 p.m. for open dance practice party.” Garvey also points out that students get together to dance outside of the studio. “All the people that dance here know where to go dancing. So when you come here you ge to know other people and they out to dance and now you have a community of people to go out with and

then you start meeting more people.” Celebrity Dance Studio offers group and private instruction, wedding packages, competitive dance, pole fitness, as well as, youth Latin and hip hop classes. The studio is offering a special introductory offer on its website,

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NAPERVILLE Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria Located in the heart of downtown Naperville, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria has been providing a family friendly atmosphere and deep dish pizza to residents of Naperville for more than 20 years. The décor of the Naperville Lou’s has stayed true to the buildings original purpose as a firehouse with buckets and ladders incorporated into the design. While deep dish reigns at Lou’s, they also have a selection of pastas, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and, of course dessert! This location is open daily for lunch and dinner. Services include dine-in, carry-out, delivery, and catering. Private spaces are available for special events or occasions. Photos by Jodi Michelle Photography

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Zazú SALON Zazú Salon, located in the heart of downtown Naperville, is one of five locations in the Chicago area. As an industry leader in education, Zazú continues to provide every technician with extensive training, and offers the latest and highest quality of salon and spa services. Please stop in for a complimentary consultation today. 135 S. Washington, Naperville (630) 355-2230

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Looking for something to stir the creative spirit in your child, or a step up from the typical house party mix and mingle? Look no further than Marbles, The Brain Store. Its array of brilliant gifts and games bring out the intellectual spirit in all of us. You’ll find puzzles the push the limits, daVinci-designed projects to spark their scientific side, and great games to keep the whole part pleased. This unique shop re-defines the “toy store” to bring out the kid in all of us! 123 S. Washington St., Naperville (630) 355-6250 42 | APRIL 2014 | SUBURBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


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HOME and Hearth with Jen Crockett

Enjoy the Great Outdoors! By now after this long cold and snowy winter, we are all looking forward to the bright sunny and warm days of summer. Your backyard is a favorite gathering space for cooking, relaxation and entertaining during the wonderful warm weather. Creating a functional as well as a beautiful outdoor living space requires careful planning. You want to consider the architectural design of your home, the space that can be used, enclosure from the elements as well as budget, function, and layout. When dreaming and creating your outdoor space, consider a beautiful deck space for seating as well as effective lighting for safe evening entertaining. Go big with an outdoor kitchen for convenience as well as beauty and function. Save time from making constant trips back and forth to your indoor kitchen. You can be enjoying family and friends while preparing great meals in your outdoor kitchen and not miss any of the activities.

uCrockett Construction Inc., is a full service contractor specializing in both residential home improvement and light commercial new construction and remodeling. Whether it’s the perfect addition to an existing home, or adding warehouse space to your growing business, Crockett Construction Inc. has the expertise, processes, and professional management approach to turn your plans into reality, on time, and on budget.

The grill is usually the center of any outdoor kitchen. In addition to the grill, consider adding a refrigerator, sink, enough counter space for your food prep areas and perhaps a pizza oven. To enhance a great entertainment area in your outdoor kitchen, adding a bar with plenty of seating will compliment this area. Fire pits are another great addition to any outdoor space. Besides adding warmth on a cool evening it creates a perfect spot for family and friends to gather and maybe even enjoy some roasted marshmallows and great memorable times together. A gazebo or a pergola can provide beauty as well as shelter from the elements while still enjoying the open air. There are many options to consider when contemplating a beautiful as well as functional outdoor area. A well planned space can add years of enjoyment as well as increased value to your home. Warm and sunny days are coming soon so start planning your outdoor oasis now.

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Holland Chiropractic has new leadership, consistent philosophy Dr. Dunne has been a part of Holland Chiropractic for 14 years, but began his journey as a patient when he was 15 years old. During high school, Dunne was an athlete, and while wrestling in a qualifying tournament, he injured his back and was unable to wrestle. His parents brought him to see a specialist, who worked with sports injuries. There, he was given muscle relaxants, but they didn’t help. The Cadet Nationals were about six weeks away, and Dunne was disheartened, as there would be no way for him to compete given the pain he was experiencing. Dunne’s grandmother recommended he go to see Dr. Holland at Holland Chiropractic Center. An exam and x-rays revealed a rib dysfunction and a misaligned vertebrae, with muscle spasms. He received several treatments and the problem was

resolved, allowing him to compete in the Cadet Nationals in Kansas City, MO pain free. That treatment convinced Dunne he wanted to become a chiropractor, and he returned to Holland Chiropractic, where it all began. He looks forward to helping young athletes, with the hope they may find their own inspiration in what they do. January 2013 marked a new chapter of the Holland Chiropractic story. Holland retired and passed the torch to Dunne. The transition has been a smooth one, because of the dedication and hard work of all the staff at Holland Chiropractic and Rehab. “Success at Holland Chiropractic Center is based on one simple philosophy,” Dunne says. “The patient is our number one priority. It all starts with a quality, caring staff and a commitment to excellence.”


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SMILE SAFE THIS SPRING Protect your teeth and know your options when accidents happen

I think it’s safe to say that we’re all hopeful this brutal winter is behind us! As the temperatures begin to normalize, everyone is eager to get outside and enjoy the spring. This means outdoor fun for adults and kids. Whether it’s just starting up the backyard grill, playing some basketball with friends, or getting the kids out to soccer practice, we all want to do something active outside. I think it’s important to discuss some precautions we can take to protect our teeth this year! If you or your child play a contact sport, you need to understand damaging your teeth is a lot easier than you think. Sometimes, all it takes is a stray elbow while playing basketball or a foot to the face while playing soccer. Accidents do happen. Consider wearing a sports mouth guard while playing. Mouth guards are not just for boxing or football anymore. Although not required, you’ll find many NBA players using mouth guards regularly to help avoid injury. Ranging from inexpensive mouth guards that you mold yourself, to custom fit mouth guards made by fitness companies and fitted by your dentist, there is a menu of choices when it comes to protecting your teeth. By clenching into a mouth guard you not only protect your teeth from an errant hit, you also protect them from slamming into each other and chipping, or biting your tongue or lips (or worse, injuring your jaw joint). So be smart about it! If you regularly play a contact sport, trust me: protecting your teeth from injury is worth the annoyance of wearing a mouth guard.

This leads to the next questions: If you do get injured playing a sport, what should you do? It really all depends on the type of injury.

}DENTAL EMERGENCIES Whenever one of our patients calls with a tooth-related emergency, we give them pretty straightforward advice. Anything with significant bleeding, pain or loss of consciousness definitely warrants a trip to the emergency room. The doctors there are experts at handling trauma to the face, and will stop any bleeding, place stitches, whatever it takes to get the situation under control. Unfortunately, the ER is usually not well-equipped to deal with tooth-specific emergencies. They’ll typically give you antibiotics and pain medication and tell you to see your dentist if you’ve chipped or cracked a tooth. In such a situation, the chipped or cracked tooth may become very sensitive very quickly. This is because the nerve inside the tooth may have become exposed during the accident. Sometimes the treatment is as simple as bonding a composite resin filling material to rebuild the chipped area. Other times the trauma is so severe that the tooth will require root canal therapy to keep you out of pain and properly restore the tooth. In either case, the tooth often will have a good long-term prognosis if you see your dentist as soon as possible after the trauma.


As soon as the tooth is knocked out, pick it up by the white part(the crown) and rinse the whole tooth lightly under cold running water to clean any dirt or contaminants. Then try to re-implant the tooth into the socket. Bite down lightly on a towel to hold the tooth in place, and go to see your dentist immediately. If for some reason you can’t get the tooth back in right away, again, clean the tooth with water, but then place it in a cup of milk right away. Again, go to see your dentist as soon as possible. The quicker the tooth is re-implanted the higher the chance that it will survive (we’re talking about a couple of hours, not a couple of days). The dentist will typically splint the tooth to the surrounding teeth using a flexible wire, prescribe appropriate medication and get you back in for follow ups. Root canal therapy will very likely be needed on the tooth to prevent any long term infection and to help properly restore it. Spring is finally here, and we all want to get out there and enjoy it. But remember to be safe. Take the appropriate precautions and be prepared to deal with emergencies. Saqib H. Mohajir DMD, FADIA

Dr. Mohajir is a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society and is a Fellow of the American Dental Implant Association. He maintains a private practice in Lemont, Illinois.

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IAN MITCHELL WALLACE | Glen Ellyn “THE GOOD NIGHT LADIES” WATERCOLOR From the moment he could pick up a pencil Ian Mitchell Wallace has cultivated a creative life. He is a watercolorist, illustrator, and graphic designer, in addition to being a classically trained instrumentalist and club DJ. In undergraduate school, Lawrence University, he pursued both sides of his creativity, finishing those studies with degrees from the college in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting and the conservatory in Euphonium Performance. His senior exhibition entitled “The Gilded Gaze: Gold Leaf and the Element of Seduction” earned him a merit-based award in technical and conceptual excellence and encouraged him to develop his series of gilded watercolors in his new home of Chicago. For the next two years he showed the Gilded Gaze and other smaller illustrative series in galleries and shops around the Midwest and Western parts of New York. Most recently he has become a member of the Illinois and National Watercolor societies and, from his involvement, promotes the production of postmodern figurative watercolor works. His latest exhibition was “Allegory & Emblems” at If These Walls Could Talk gallery in Aurora featuring hybrid print and watercolor banners with an upcoming show at Error Plain in Chicago later in 2014. All of his works may be viewed on his home website:


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It was a knockout at Elmhurst Hospital last month, when members of both the hospital and the Elmhurst College campus communities came together to launch the construction of the Elmhurst College Simulation Center, a 4,600-square-foot laboratory and classroom space.

Hundreds gathered at College of DuPage for the grand opening of the $35 million MacAninch Arts Center renovation. The event which featured comedian Jim Belushi, benefitted the John Belushi Scholarship Fund and other campus programs.

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THROUGH APRIL 13 – SUPERIOR DONUTS, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at Village Theatre Guild, at 2S720 Park Blvd. In Glen Ellyn In this comedy-drama by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts, Arthur owns a rundown donut shop in Chicago’s Uptown. Franco, his eager young African-American employee, wants to change the shop for the better. Hope clashes with hopelessness as their unlikely relationship develops. Tickets are $18. For more information, cal 630-469-8230 or visit THROUGH JUNE 8 – LES MISERABLES, Wednesdays – Sundays at Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center, at 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace In celebration of their 30th Anniversary, Drury Lane Theatre presents this legendary musical, based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel. Travel through three turbulent decades of 19th century France, filled with romance, passion, suspense and humanity. Tickets start at $45 with lunch and dinner packages available. For more information, call 630-5300111 or visit APRIL 11, 12 & 13 – 2014 SPRING FESTIVAL – AN ARTS & CRAFTS AFFAIR, Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Odeum Expo Center, at 1033 North Villa Avenue in Villa Park There will be over 350 artists and vendors offering handcrafted wares of artwork, unique home decor and furniture, personalized gifts, holiday furnishings, metal crafts and more. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for children under 10. Free parking. Fro more information, call 630-941-9292 or visit APRIL 12 – MINI-MASTERS TOURNAMENT, 12 p.m. at Miner Mike’s Golf Course, at 6801 South Main Street in Downers Grove Come out and test your skills against Downers Grove’s best mini golfers. Players will be broken down into age groups, depending on enrollment, and compete in one full round

of golf. The winners will then compete in a tournament of champions to determine the best mini golfer in town. For ages 6 and up. Cost is $10 per golfer. Register in advance at APRIL 12 – MARK TWAIN AND THE LAUGHING RIVER, 6 p.m. at Fitzgerald’s, at 6615 Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn In the acclaimed one-man show, the wit and wisdom of American humorist Mark Twain comes alive. Jim Post blends his skills as a storyteller, actor, historian and musician, portraying the adventures of Twain’s youth to his early writing career right up to the point of his first big successes. Tickets are $20. For tickets and more information, call 708-788-2118 or visit APRIL 12 – APRIL IN PARIS, 7:30 p.m. at Maple Street Chapel, at 220 S. Main St. in Lombard Paris-born cabaret singer Claudia Hommel will perform a potpourri of songs celebrating the Paris of Edith Piaf, Juliette Greco, and Yves Montand and the Paree of Sammy Cahn, Vernon Duke, Duke Ellington, and Cole Porter. Tickets are $20 each. For more information, call (630) 627-0171 or visit APRIL 12 THROUGH 20 – SPRING FLOWER SHOW, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at Wilder Park Conservatory, at 225 Prospect in Elmhurst View beautiful spring flowers in the newly restored conservatory and greenhouse. For more information, call 630-993-8901 or visit APRIL 13 – DOWNTOWN GLEN ELLYN WEDDING WALK, 12 to 4 p.m. starting at Veiled by Cha Cha, at 524 Duane in Glen Ellyn Find inspiration from a variety of bridal vendors. Also includes drawings for a variety of prizes and swag bags for the first 50 brides. Advance tickets are $10 per bride and $5 per guest; tickets the day of the walk are $12. For more information, visit

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APRIL 13 – XILIN LANTERN FESTIVAL, 6:30 p.m. at Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College, at 310 E. Benton Ave. in Naperville The performance will feature Xilin Dance Troupe, Jilin Song and Dance Company from China, Illinois Shaolin Kungfu in Naperville, Chicago Sinfonietta, the unique Crazy Violin show, and students from North Central College. Tickets are $10-$20 each. For more information, visit APRIL 19 – EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA, 10 a.m. at Varble Park, at 1000 W. Wood Street in Bensenville This egg hunt will be held outside so dress according to weather. Bring a basket or bag to hold your eggs. Each child will be allowed to find 8 eggs. Find one of three golden eggs and win a basket filled with toys. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos. Bring a camera or purchase an instant print for $2. For children ages 2-7 years old. Advance registration required. For more information, call 630-766-7015 or visit APRIL 19 – EASER EGG HUNT AND SPRING CELEBRATION, 11 a.m. at Cantigny Park, at 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton Visit with the Easter Bunny, make an Easter craft and see the baby animals. Bring your own basket. All eggs will have a prize inside and special prizes will be awarded. Please, a limit of five eggs per child. No registration required. Activities are free; parking fees apply. For more information, call 630-668-5161 or visit APRIL 24 THROUGH 27 – ROBIN HOOD PRESENTED BY THE CHILDREN’S THEATRE OF ELGIN, at 9:45 a.m. On Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m on Sunday at The Hemmens, at 45 Symphony Way in Elgin This musical puts a modern twist on a famous legend, performed by local young people in grades 2 through 9. Tickets are $8-$12 each. For more information, call 847214-7550 or visit APRIL 26 – DINE N’ DASH, 9 a.m. at Clauss Recreation Center, at 555 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Roselle This is a unique four person team race that combines running a 5K with an eating competition. There will also be various mini fitness and food competitions for spectators and racers to compete in during the event. Prizes will be awarded. Registration is $80 per team. For more information and to register, call 630-894-4200 or visit www.rparks. org. APRIL 26 – EARTH DAY FESTIVAL AND 100 MILE FARMERS’ MARKET, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Town Center, at 110 W. Lies Road in Carol Stream Shop over 30 vendors while learning how to reduce your carbon footprint. Most vendors offer products and services originating within 100 miles of Carol Stream. Includes interactive nature workshops and children’s activities. Free admission. For more information, call 630-784-6100 or visit APRIL 27 – PARTY FOR THE PLANET, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Brookfield Zoo, at 1st Ave. and 31st St. in Brookfield Learn ways to truly make a difference for animals across the globe. This year the focus is on the African Painted Dogs, medium-size dogs that live on the Savannah and are more endangered than elephants, rhinos and lions. This event also includes the Eco Expo, live entertainment and activities for the entire family. Admission is $16.95 for adults and $11.95 for seniors and children ages 3 to 11. For more information, call 708-688-8000 or visit APRIL 27 – WEST SUBURBAN SYMPHONY “HARMONY” CONCERT, 3:30 p.m. at York High School, at 355 W. St. Charles Road in Elmhurst Balance and beauty abound in this spring concert featuring works by Schubert, Prokofiev, Poulenc and Tchaikovsky. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, $5 for teenagers and free for children age 12 and under. For more information, call 630-887-7464 or visit www.westsubsymphony. org.

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