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Physicist mixes local lore with innovative ideas to create craft distillery Photos by Joe Perez

8 ‘ADVENTURE WITH A PURPOSE’ An artist’s eye helps paleontologist Paul Sereno unearth the past 12 SCIENCE OF SPIRITS Physicist mixes local lore with innovative ideas to create craft distillery 14 ‘MY MUSIC KEEPS ME GOING’ School of Rock drummer doesn’t let vision disability hold him back

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Editor’s Note In honor of Father’s Day, June’s edition is dedicated to men. Even though I consider myself a feminist of sorts, I cannot deny that most of my favorite writers, TV personalities, artists and musicians are, indeed, men. I know how that sounds. But let me explain. It can be argued that women have only just begun being viewed as equals among men, and we still have a ways to go. But that’s not what this letter is about. This is about the evolution of man. As the roles of women continue to change, so do the roles of men. In many American families today, both parents are working, share household responsibilities and co-parent, which relieves women from having to assume the position of “domestic house-wife.” As men stand as pillars of support for their women, women are freer to pursue their own dreams and follow their convictions. The mentality is changing, and – as a woman – I am grateful for having such strong men in my life to foster characteristics of strength.

of becoming, which is probably a lot more than I can say for my grandmothers, or even my own mother. This month, we’ve come up with a few interesting local fellows to represent the XY chromosome. As a paleontologist and National Geographic Explorer, Paul Sereno has more than a few discoveries under his belt. The former Naperville resident has spent his career scouring the globe for prehistoric beasts, find out more about his adventures on Page 8. Other interesting men include physicist Derrick Mancini, who fused his love of science with craft spirits to create Quincy Street Distillery; and Glen Ellyn resident Ron Iorio, 67, a drummer with the School of Rock, doesn’t let a vision disability keep him from rocking out on stage. Happy Father’s Day, and thanks for reading.

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An artist’s eye helps paleontologist Paul Sereno unearth the past By ELIZABETH HARMON Paleontologist Paul Sereno has traveled to some of the most remote parts of the globe, where he has discovered a number of new dinosaur species. The determined fossil finder has braved tough terrain and sweltering heat, but a vital component to his success is one of the most unique: an artistic instinct that helps him visualize what he cannot see. “It’s being able to see something sticking out of the ground, and put it in your mind, and say that ‘it’s part of this,’ and ‘here’s where we need to dig,’” says Sereno, a professor of Paleontology at the University of Chicago, and a National Geographic Explorer. He calls his work “adventure with a purpose,” and his career has taken him to the western United States, the mountains of South America, the valleys of Tibet, and deep into the Gobi and Sahara deserts. He compares it to traveling to another planet, but without leaving Earth.

Naperville Central that Sereno’s Sereno’s curiosity and passion for adventure were nurtured during his artistic talent began to shape his childhood in Naperville in the 1970s. path. He worked hard to boost his “I was a kid when some of the first grades for college admission and resorted to studying a dictionary developments came in,” he says. at lunch in order to strengthen his “Our house was on what was then vocabulary. ‘the outskirts,’ and it was fun to go into the hinterlands by bike to explore.” With five brothers and sisters, Sereno rarely lacked the company. His parents encouraged their children’s interest in nature and science by involving them in park district activities and other outof-school learning opportunities. But, while his siblings excelled academically, Sereno marched to the beat of his own drum. “I was just happy to be out collecting butterflies and thought that life as Tom Sawyer would be a cool thing,” he says. “I credit my teachers for seeing through the rambunctious child that I was – and my parents for their patience.” It wasn’t until high school at

He entered Northern Illinois University as an art major, but a paleontology class, and a behindthe-scenes trip to the Natural History Museum in New York, changed his direction once again. “I saw the paleontologists at work, and knew it was what I wanted to be,” Sereno says. But the switch from art to science wasn’t the abrupt detour it may seem; he found that art complemented science. “My background in graphics and illustration helped me discover and visualize, which is as much a part of science as anything else,” he says. Sereno graduated from NIU in 1979 with a degree in biological sciences before entering graduate school

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at Columbia University in New York, where he earned a doctorate. In 1987, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago, and his field work began at about the same time. His first expedition to the foothills in the Andes Mountains in Argentina led to the discovery of one the earliest known dinosaurs – Eoraptor. About the size of a dog, Eoraptor lived about 230 million years ago. The animal’s name means “dawn raptor,” which references its early place in dinosaur evolution. Subsequent expeditions have taken Sereno to Wyoming, Asia and Africa, where his willingness to venture into remote and often dangerous locations, has yielded impressive results. In addition to dinosaur discoveries, Sereno and his team have also unearthed prehistoric crocodiles, fish, birds and early humans. Gobero, a site in the Sahara, dates back 5,000 to 10,000 years to when the area was green and inhabited, in succession, by two ancient human populations. In one burial, Sereno found the remains of a mother and two small children who were buried together holding hands. “When we brushed back the sand, some of our crew were in tears,” he says. “It was like we were brushing away the hands of time – 7,000 years.” They dubbed the burial “Stone Age Embrace.” His discoveries from the Green Sahara, and many of his fossilized creatures, will likely be exhibited in a museum in Africa that will be devoted to his findings. It is one of a number of projects Sereno is pursuing. In addition to teaching and field work, he is the co-founder of Project Exploration, which encourages and mentors inner-city kids who are interested in science. In 2009, President Obama awarded Project Exploration with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Through all of his work, Sereno hopes to pass along the lesson his parents taught him: to make the most of one’s talents, whatever they might be.

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“I was the least likely person to go into academics,” Sereno says. “Even into college, I didn’t like to write, but now I write all kinds of things. I think it’s a great thing to tell kids.”


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Physicist mixes local lore with innovative ideas to create craft distillery By KELSEY O’CONNOR | Photos by JOE PEREZ Quincy Street Distillery is made up of equal parts creativity, science and history. Owner and founder Derrick Mancini worked as a physicist for 20 years before opening Quincy Street Distillery in Riverside in 2012. The craft distillery, one of the first in the state, currently produces 12 artisanal spirits, including whiskey, gin, vodka and even absinthe. The facility also includes a tasting room, speakeasy bar and retail shop. Mancini says his background in science has helped him with the production aspect of distilling, but local history also has been a significant source of inspiration. The Laughton Bros bourbon whiskey is named after two fur traders from the 1830s who ran a tavern in the area. Another bottle is named for 12 | JUNE 2016 | SUBURBAN LIFE MAGAZINE

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Bourbon Spring, a historic site just a short walk from the distillery. The distillery started sales in October 2012 and the cocktail bar opened in December 2013. As the first distillery in a historically dry town, Mancini expected potential resistance during the permitting process. But he says that the community and the local board of trustees have been supportive of the business since its inception. It didn’t hurt that Mancini, who lives a block from the distillery, has lived in the area for 20 years. When Mancini opened Quincy Street four years ago, there were only four other distilleries in Illinois. Today, there are about 28 total and Mancini expects that number to continue to grow. He should know, he was the founding mysuburbanlife.com/magazine


      president of the Illinois Craft Distillers Association. Craft distillers use small-batch methods that allow them to experiment, while major distillers produce spirits in bulk. “It allows us to revive styles and flavor profiles that may harken back to an earlier time or it could be brand new ideas that some distillers create,â€? says Mancini. “I think it’s that ability to put more variety in the marketplace that’s the biggest advantage of craft distillers.â€? You can see a sample of that variety in Quincy Street’s products. One unique option is a special release of an Illinois straight bourbon whiskey. Mancini says that Quincy Street is probably the only distiller in the state currently selling this type of spirit, which must be aged for two years and made entirely in Illinois. “We’re constantly innovating,â€? says Mancini. “For a very small distillery we produce a lot of different products.â€? Though relatively new to the area, Quincy Street has already become a fixture in the community. “The reaction has been very positive. We don’t really have any standalone bars in the village,â€? says Mancini.

  

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‘My music keeps me going’ SCHOOL OF ROCK DRUMMER DOESN’T LET A VISION DISABILITY HOLD HIM BACK By ERIC SCHELKOPF Glen Ellyn resident Ron Iorio beamed with pride sitting behind his drum kit as he rehearsed the song “Born to be Wild” with his fellow School of Rock bandmates. Even though the 67-year-old was born blind in his right eye and with very little vision in his left eye, he doesn’t let that stop him or slow him down. “My music keeps me going,” Iorio says. Iorio has played with several bands in his life and has been playing with the School of Rock band for almost two years. His story has helped to inspire students at the school. “He’s very passionate about his drumming,” says Marisa Boynton, general manager of the School of Rock in Glen Ellyn. “He has inspired adults at the school. He’s been a great influence on adults.” Because Iorio can’t read music charts, he plays mostly by ear. Iorio overcame another obstacle in his life when he recently received his high school diploma through the help of the Winnetka-based Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired. 14 | JUNE 2016 | SUBURBAN LIFE MAGAZINE

After enrolling in the school in 2012, he received his diploma in September 2015.

“If you want to play an instrument, whatever it may be, go for it.” - Ron Iorio, School of Rock drummer and Glen Ellyn resident

“I wanted to better my chances of finding parttime work,” he says. Iorio impressed the instructors there, including Debbie Worman. “As one of Ron’s first instructors at Hadley, I am just so proud of Ron and his accomplishment,” Worman says. “From the start, Ron knew that his goal of a Hadley high school diploma would take commitment and a lot of hard work ... . I was always impressed with his efforts. Although, he sometimes would express to me that the HOBBIES & CAREERS

‘lessons were getting harder and harder,’ he did not let this deter his efforts. He always kept his goal in mind and, when faced with a challenging lesson, would ask good questions.” During this time, she notes that Iorio’s sister, Jo Ann Ginger, was his “loudest cheerleader.” “I know Jo Ann offered encouragement and guidance to her brother as he worked on his courses with us,” she says. “We all need ‘cheerleaders’ in our lives to urge us on, and I know Jo Ann was her big brother’s loudest cheerleader.” Fellow Hadley instructor Ed Haines says Iorio “consistently demonstrated a commitment to education and a dedication to his goal of achieving a high school diploma.” Just like Iorio doesn’t let his disability hold him back, he hopes other people with disabilities also will not let anything hold them back, especially if they are budding musicians. “If you want to play an instrument, whatever it may be, go for it,” Iorio says.

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UNDER THE SUMMER SUN Taking proper precautions when things heat up

With Dr. Karl Vos, Elmhurst Hospital Emergency Services

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armer temperatures during the summer months encourage outdoor experiences and, for many of us, an uptick in the time we spend being active. And, while physical activity is great for overall wellness, it’s important to pay attention to the inherent dangers of hot weather fun. An average of 618 deaths, each year, are attributed to excessive natural heat exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Protect yourself against everything from sunburns to heat stroke by taking a few precautions when enjoying summer excursions. Here are a few tips to staying cool this summer. Hydrate. Prepare your body for warm weather by drinking more water than usual, especially before going outdoors. Eight glasses is a great daily goal, but hot temperatures warrant as much as twice that amount. Bring your own supply along so you can keep drinking while outdoors. And try to avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, as they can cause dehydration. Replace lost minerals. Sweating is your body’s way to cool itself down, but it also causes you to lose important minerals, or electrolytes. Work a sports drink into your hydration line-up in situations where you sweat excessively.

Cover and lather up. Look for lightweight, sun-smart clothing with built-in SPF to keep skin cool and protected. Apply sunscreen often, using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, to reduce risk of sunburn and sun damage. Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays (most do) and keep your head and neck covered by wearing a hat with a brim. Plan with temperatures in mind. When scheduling activities, think about the sun. Plan to be indoors during midday when temperatures are at their highest. Outdoor morning and dusk activities are great ways to start and end your day and are more comfortable and safe for your body. Take breaks. If you must be outdoors throughout the day, take regular breaks. Regularly seek a shady place or shelter for short periods to give your body the chance to cool down. If you or a loved one feels unwell during warm weather, move indoors or to a shaded area. Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat stroke – when the body becomes unable to regulate its own temperature. If you experience any of the symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, call 911 and take immediate steps to cool yourself down, such as taking a cold shower or covering yourself with a cool, wet sheet.

Symptoms to look for include: • Unconsciousness • Confusion or dizziness • Nausea or throbbing headache • Rapid, strong pulse • Extremely high body temperature • Red, hot and dry skin Lastly, it’s critical to check on elderly friends and family members and those who suffer from chronic illnesses or any condition that would make their bodies less tolerant to heat throughout spells of warm weather. Infants and children are also at risk, so keep a close eye on them to ensure their safety when temperatures are running high.

Karl Vos, MD, is a board certified emergency medicine physician with and Medical Director of Emergency Services at Elmhurst Hospital.

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YOGA REAL MEN DO

Male instructors clear up common misconceptions associated with the practice By SHONDA DUDLICEK

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ven though yoga was practiced by men in India 5,000 years ago, when the discipline was introduced to this country in the 1960s, it was practiced primarily by women.

Today, yoga may have the reputation of being a woman’s practice, but male yoga instructor Todd Combs extols the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of the practice. When Combs started practicing yoga several years ago, he couldn’t even touch his toes. Now, he not only can touch his toes, but he can plant his hands firmly on the ground. Combs, a yoga teacher and practitioner at Yoga by Degrees in Western Springs, Elmhurst and Downers Grove, used to lift weights, “probably more than I should have,” he says. “You go to a gym and there are people grunting

and throwing things around. I don’t go to the gym anymore. I lift my body weight and that’s adequate,” he says. “I used to push through my pain, now I listen to my body better.”

He says that yoga has even helped him get back out on the basketball court.

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“Men think it’s just stretching,” Barry says. “It can be very challenging physically.”

“The functional fitness aspect made me feel the best I’ve ever felt,” Richards says. “The body Combs also discovered that as a cyclist, he didn’t awareness aspect in space with shooting and do full inhales and exhales. defense, I’m more in the moment and able to read and know where the ball goes before it goes “Now I lower my heart rate by up to 10 points there. You pick up where the other person is just by breathing correctly,” he says. going to take it.” Tom Barry, a yoga teacher and practitioner at Prana Yoga Center in Geneva, considers yoga to Andrew Krause, a yoga instructor and co-owner of Sure Movements Yoga in Batavia, took up be a “very complete” practice. yoga to help with his martial arts training while “On the physical side, it’s really all about living in Thailand. flexibility and strength,” Barry says. “It’s a very grounding practice. It’s great for stress relief; all “I got into yoga, personally, as a supplement for other sports,” says Krause. “Yoga was the the physical breathing work, meditation – it’s all the key. Men tend to have less flexibility than perfect balance because it was the opposite.” women. Yoga is really beneficial in that and on The instructors admit that there are often more stress levels, too. Men hold that in. Breathing women than men in the classes they teach, but, and mental focus will help get it under control. according to U.S. News and World Report, men It’s really beneficial for everyone.” benefit just as much from a regular yoga routine as women. Barry recently started running to work – about “I have no soreness or pain,” Barry says of his run to work. “I’m building my stamina through breathing from yoga. It’s definitely for athletes; great cross training [and] great for mental focus, too.” Sean Richards, a yoga teacher at Next Yoga in Wheaton, suffered a sacroiliac joint injury that prevented him from playing basketball, so he took up yoga. “I’m a lot more grounded with my energy. I [have] my head on more tightly,” Richards says. “I used to smoke a pack a day, and I haven’t had one in three years. The breathing has grounded me in the present. It’s a stress reliever.”

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Combs says that first-timers shouldn’t worry about being judged in yoga classes. “The only judgment is what the early practitioners make on themselves. The whole community of yoga is so welcoming and kind,” Combs says. “Yoga meets you where you are. Yoga shows you to sit and be still. You don’t have to be doing something to have value. It’s OK to sit and observe and not be constantly moving and doing.”

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An ode to an American pastime By KEVIN TRUSTY

Babe Ruth once said, “Baseball was, is and always will be – to me – the best game in the world.” To anyone who has played, or is a fan of the American pastime, this statement rings true. It certainly does to me.

its chance. It’s a virtual chess match played on grass and dirt where outwitting your opponents is just as important as out-hitting them. And a single game could – technically – go on forever. It’s also a very haunted game. Each player is measured directly against the ghostly counterparts of eras long past. A deeper, richer history exists in baseball, and it is to be revered.

Like many children, I began playing baseball But, at the same time, it’s just a game and it’s around age 5 and continued playing through high supposed to be fun. school and slightly beyond, until it was time to I think many young players deal with undue “hang ’em up.” pressure to perform, whether it’s by their What I’ve realized as I’ve gotten older, however, coaches, families, teammates or – worse yet – is that the way I perceive the game has changed themselves. I was guilty of this many times as a drastically. player, and – looking back – it was damaging. Hindsight is 20/20 as we all know, but I can’t Growing up, I loved baseball and had fun playing help but wonder how things might have been it. But, sometimes, I allowed the pressure to different had I viewed playing baseball more as a limit my focus, which would spawn a feeling of privilege and less as a chore at times. disdain for the sport. There is a beauty and grace in baseball that is seldom found in other sports. It’s very much a team sport but focuses on the individual. It has no clock. It’s the only sport where the defense has the ball. You have to give the other team

“Oh, great, I have a doubleheader on Saturday when I’d rather be playing video games or riding my bike around,” I’d sometimes think. Part of that was just growing up, and the other part was not having the proper appreciation for a game that is forever intertwined with who we are as people. Just think of how many everyday phrases we throw around that stem from baseball: “Boy, Nick really swung for the fences on that deal!”; “Bill threw a curveball in today’s plans.”; “You knocked that report out of the park!” That’s a significant connection. Baseball has much more depth than what lies between the baselines. There are so many elements in and of the game, itself – its nuances, history and the lessons it teaches us that really show, for the better, how special it really is. This summer, when you’re playing baseball, watching it, reading about it, listening to it, studying it, writing about it or even just thinking about it, remember one thing: You should love it, too.

Kevin Trusty is a Shaw Media digital marketing specialist and – as a member of the Society for American Baseball Research – a baseball historian.


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BODY CONFIDENCE Transform your look by embracing your shape

Getting up in the morning is a lot easier when you know what fruit or mathematical tool you are shaped like. Need help finding an outfit for a pear- or rectangle-shaped figure? Well, most women fall into one of five body shape categories. Here are the five body shapes, traits associated with the type and the celebrities who fit into each category.

PEAR CELEBRITIES: Kim Kardashian, Eva Mendes, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Katherine Heigl

WEDGE CELEBRITIES: Naomi Campbell, Demi Moore, Renee Zellweger, Teri Hatcher

RECTANGLE CELEBRITIES: Natalie Portman, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson and Hilary Swank

BODY: The pear shaped woman often has a lower body that is wider than her upper body; a bottom that is rounded; and a waist that is well-defined.

TRAITS: Also compared to an inverted triangle, the wedge-shaped woman often has a broad chest and wide shoulders with a narrow waist and hips.

TRAITS: The rectangle-shaped woman has a waist, hips and shoulders that are similar in width.

BEST ASSETS: Shoulders and torso

BEST ASSETS: Legs

BEST ASSETS: Arms and legs

APPLE CELEBRITIES: Drew Barrymore, Queen Latifah and Jennifer Hudson TRAITS: For the apple-shape woman, most of the weight is located above the hips, which are narrow, and her back, ribs and shoulders are broad.

HOURGLASS CELEBRITIES: Beyonce, Salma Hayek, Scarlett Johansson and Halle Berry TRAITS: Shoulders and hips are similar in proportion and set off by a small waist. BEST ASSETS: Curves

BEST ASSETS: Legs

“Be determined and embrace your body, and then dress it up!” Once you’ve discovered your body’s shape, it’s probably time to update your wardrobe. Some boutiques will employ a personal shopper to help you find outfits to fit your unique figure. At Norabella boutique in Glen Ellyn ask for Jamie. Warm weather is finally here, which means that the less flattering areas of our bodies are no longer being covered up by coats, sweaters and long sleeves. So, find out your body shape, and work with what you’ve got. There is no cookie-cutter approach to style. The great fun and exciting thing about fashion is that anything goes. If what you choose makes you look great and feel pretty, then wear it!

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Fashion designer Coco Chanel had it right when she said, “You can be gorgeous at 30, charming at 40 and irresistible for the rest of your life.” Then again, everything that the French fashion icon did for women and fashion, in my opinion, was just perfect...but I digress. We all spend money on our husbands, kids and pets, but we often forget about ourselves. Nothing makes a woman feel pretty than a new outfit that fits. So, when you’re looking for an outfit – it doesn’t matter if you are a CEO, rock star or a mother of five – dress up your best features by knowing what they are to begin with.

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A few words of advice. When it comes to style, be determined and embrace your body, and then dress it up; feel good about yourself no matter your size or age; and make YOU a priority.

Sharon Dotson is the owner and operator of Norabella Boutique in Glen Ellyn Photo by Joe Perez

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A DEVOTED VOICE

Chorus conductor Emily Ellsworth expands musical horizons of children By MELISSA RUBALCABA RISKE Though Emily Ellsworth began her career as a professional singer, these days, the Wheaton resident shares the stage with young performers as a teacher and choral conductor.

Pianist Bill Buhr met Ellsworth through Opera for the Young, and saw, first-hand, her passion for the stage, her skills in performance and her desire to teach.

Ellsworth is completing her 20th season as a full-time artistic director and touring chorus conductor with Anima Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, which is in its 51st season.

“She is especially aware of the importance music can have on a young life,” Buhr says.

“I love sharing my passion for really great music with young people, working in community and expanding musical horizons,” Ellsworth says.

“I was very lucky to grow up with great music,” she says. Ellsworth attended college and graduate school, continuing to study music and voice, and – along the way – she developed a love of teaching, as well. She spent 20 years teaching vocal performance at various colleges in California, North Carolina and Illinois. “I was lucky that I always loved to teach,” Ellsworth says. “I loved helping someone else go further down the path.” In 1990, Ellsworth started the Illinois chapter of Opera for the Young, bringing opera – in scaled-down stage productions – into schools. In addition to her role as founder, Ellsworth also was a performer. She says that she enjoyed the opportunity to spark elementary and middle school students’ enthusiasm for an art form many had never experienced previously. The program included opportunities for the students to learn parts of the show and join performers on stage for a part of the performance.

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Anima Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus has programs for children in kindergarten through high school. “We treat them like young artists, not just kids who like to sing,” she says. “We’re honored to perform regularly with the greatest musical groups in the city, such as Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Grant Park Symphony at Millennium Park.”

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As a child growing up in LaGrange, Ellsworth loved to sing in her church and school choirs. Her grandmother was a singer, and her mother was a pianist. Ellsworth says the house was always filled with music of many different styles and genres.

Buhr was reunited with Ellsworth when she accepted a full-time role with Anima in 1996. While Ellsworth teaches and leads as a vocal conductor, Buhr accompanies her on the piano.

Ellsworth says one of the biggest challenges, these days, is the children’s and their families’ busy schedules, as the chorus includes members from DuPage County, as well as Kane and Cook counties “It’s a juggling act, and we’re constantly trying to find ways to be accessible to new families,” she says.

always evaluating her teaching style, searching for ways to break down the process and help students to learn and develop.

The chorus has a commitment to helping students who want to learn and provides scholarships to students with financial need.

Ellsworth enjoys watching her students develop a passion for music. She also loves how the chorus incorporates musical styles and songs from around the globe.

“If a child likes to sing, we can take them the rest During its history the chorus has performed on of the way,” Ellsworth says. “Every child has a six continents, helping singers to understand voice.” that music can bridge language barriers and Buhr says that Ellsworth is well-suited as a cultural differences. Music can be a pathway to teacher and choral conductor, as she brings her greater cultural understanding and appreciation, extensive performance background and her deep says Ellsworth. understanding and knowledge of the singing “Singing, in so many ways, is peacemaking process. Buhr, who is also a professor at the work,” Ellsworth says. College of DuPage, credits Ellsworth’s ability to instruct her young students. He says she is

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT Smart eating for a healthy brain

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he list of brain-related problems grows longer as we age. As we age, diseases – such as dementia – can impact our quality of life. Can what we eat make a positive impact on staving off mental decline? Studies suggest that our diet can help to keep our brain from declining.

IS IT A DIET OR A WAY OF LIFE? There are a lot of diets out there and some of them target improved brain health, such the MIND diet, which helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease with brain-healthy foods. We have known for a while about the positive benefits of antioxidants and the push to get seniors to eat more blueberries. The MIND diet is composed of groups of foods from which seniors can choose during meal preparation. Also, living in a senior community with a comprehensive meal plan can take on the brunt of preparing healthy meals for you.

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When it comes to food, studies suggest that the color of food is important. Studies have shown, via MRI scans, that foods that are blue or purple in color affect the brain in a positive way. Scientists believe that the correlation has to do with special phytonutrients that are found in foods with blue or purple pigmentation.

A good way to help your overall health status is to focus on foods that help all of your body’s systems. Your doctor may have some suggestions, but a nutritionist or dietician may have better answers that fit easily into your lifestyle.

Other foods in the MIND diet include leafy green vegetables, beans, whole grains, lean meats and fish, olive oil and wine.

If you are concerned about brain function, then consider upping the number of blue foods and berries in your daily diet. One last concern is to consider sugar intake. Some berries, such as dried blueberries may be treated with sugar. A good tip is to read the label and find foods that are naturally sweetened.

HOW IMPORTANT IS COLOR WHEN IT COMES TO DIETS? In the Korean culture, meals are based on color. Meal composition comes from five color palettes. The idea is that each color of food represents a partial list of nutrients and vitamins. By combining foods from the five major color groups, each meal becomes balanced or complete in terms of nutrients. Blue foods, such as blueberries, blackberries and purple cabbage, fall into the category of foods that help our brains. One of the potential problems of using a specific brain diet is that you may rob your body of nutrients that help support other body organs, such as your heart. Some foods also interact negatively with certain medications, such as blood thinners. It can be worthwhile to talk with your doctor before making a radical change to your diet.

FAMILY in FOCUS

In the meantime, enjoy life and good health, but think about “smartifying” your diet by adding quality foods that help your brain function. u For more information on how to have a healthy and active lifestyle, download a free guide at lexingtonsquares.com for tips to staying happy, healthy and active.

Renee Cerveny is Executive Director at Lexington Square Senior Residence in Lombard

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SET THE SCENE Create an inviting space for alfresco entertaining With NANCY WINGREN

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Short on space? A few square inches can go a ¢ COLORFUL DECOR fter spending the winter long way. Tight budget? Work with what you This year’s trendy outdoor fabrics have indoors, it doesn’t take already own. No garden or greenery? No big deal. something for everyone, from bright, bold colors to warm, subdued hues. Look for quatrefoil prints much to compel us to This summer, add bright bands of color and and wide stripes, bold throw pillows, rugs and patterns, warming fire elements and multiuse venture outside – to bask under accent pieces. Move beyond the simple grill out umbrellas. Carry color themes throughout the sunny skies or gather with friends back by using cooking accessories that extend space by interspersing planters and ottomans with foundational pieces. for cool, conversation-filled nights. beyond your indoor kitchen. are a few options to help get your backyard, ¢ FIRE ELEMENTS If you’re planning to dine, entertain Here Cozy flames aren’t just for the colder months patio or deck ready for outdoor living this – or for fire pits situated in the center of your summer. or lounge outside, then it’s time backyard. Fire pit tables incorporate the warmth to rethink how your outdoor living ¢ ACCENT SEATING and coziness associated with a fire pit but at a Similar to indoor seating, outdoor accent chairs smaller, more dinner-appropriate size. Propane space looks and feels. add visual interest to a space while also creating extra seating for entertaining. Accent chairs come in many different styles and materials, and you can choose to have cushions or not, depending on the style of chair.

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TOPGOLF IS MORE THAN YOUR AVERAGE FAIRWAY By MELISSA RUBALCABA RISKE

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hether you are a traditional golfer looking for a new spin on the game or someone new to the game looking for a fun activity with friends and family, Topgolf in Wood Dale might be the perfect summer destination.

Topgolf opened more than eight years ago, and it has established itself as a prime location for golfers, as well as those looking for a great way to relax with friends and enjoy food, drinks and entertainment. It was the second Topgolf location to open in the U.S., says Jack Sheehan, marketing manager at the Wood Dale location. Today, there are 24 Topgolf locations across the U.S. and plans on the horizon for several more to open in the next year. Last year, a Topgolf location opened in Naperville, located off of Route 59 and I-88, where towering nets and its three-story facility can be seen from quite a distance. “We’ve had a lot of success here,” Sheehan says. “It’s been a good foundation, and it’s growing very quickly.” Topgolf is more than just a driving range. The golf balls are embedded with microchips, allowing

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the player to track his or her ball’s distance and location. The player uses computer monitors, located in each bay, to tally points earned for hitting targets dispersed throughout the course. “The games are fun for avid golfers, as well as first-timers,” Sheehan says. Don’t own clubs? Not a problem. Free club rental is available for junior golfers and adults. The family-friendly destination also features special programs for children throughout the year, including the annual summer academy where students as young as age 6 can take classes. In the classes, the teacher to student ratio is 1-to-5. T.J. Johnston, golf services manager at Topgolf Wood Dale says the summer programs are quite popular, and it’s not unusual for them to sell out. “The kids love it,” Johnston says. “This is a legitimate way of getting them into golf.” Guests can opt for practicing in a private lesson area with a certified PGA professional at Topgolf U or join a group class. Johnston says she loves the Wednesday night ladies lessons because she can work on her game and grab a post-lesson cocktail.

cocktails. A fan favorite is the Tipsy Palmer, made of sweet tea vodka, Citron vodka, ice tea and fresh lemon – a perfect accompaniment while watching friends take turns hitting targets from one of the three floors of golf bays. Guests can choose to dine in their bay or at the two restaurant locations, which feature a seasonal menu that includes sandwiches, salads, burgers and starters, such as Bacon Mac’N Cheese Spring Rolls and Mushi – a location favorite that can only be described as the merger of a burrito and a sushi roll. “The food here is what surprises people the most,” says Sheehan, who added that one of his favorite menu items is a dessert – doughnut holes accompanied by three flavors that guests can inject directly into the doughnuts. The facility is open year round, as it has heaters located in the bays to keep golfers warm on chilly days. Summer days and evenings are when the place gets busy, as golfers and friends enjoy the patio. The location is open until midnight during the week and until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. (No reservation is necessary.) Also, there are weeknight leagues in which guests can play for prizes and meet other golfers.

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MAN CAVE ESCAPES WHY GO HOME WHEN YOU CAN GO OUT? By CHRIS WALKER

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man cave escape is a place of refuge, where a man can be amongst other men doing the very same thing. So, instead of going home after a long day of work to hang out in your basement, why not escape to a neighborhood bar or cigar lounge for a little camaraderie? Those looking primarily for a laid back spot for drinks, namely cold, draft beer, should sample a local dive bar, such as the Squirrel Cage Tavern in Lisle. Appearing worn down and well broken in, the family-owned establishment has been around since the pull-ring tab era. It’s a hidden gem that has proven to be a great place to simply get away for a few cold ones. Accepting cash only, the dive bar sells frozen pizza and dares its patrons to try Malort. “I’ve stopped in a few times over the years,” says customer Phil Darin of Joliet. “Sometimes you just want a cold one with a chaser of Malort without any hassle.” Cigar lounges often provide a slightly different vibe than a local bar. They exude a club-like atmosphere for men to savor a cigar while watching a sports game on TV, reading the

daily newspaper, playing chess or unwinding over a friendly game of cards. One such place is the Humidor Cigar Lounge in Downers Grove and Westmont. The Westmont location is BYOB (bring your own alcoholic beverages) and features three lounges: the warm and inviting Avo, the more intimate Ashton and an exclusive lounge for Davidoff members. The Downers Grove location’s Ashton lounge comfortably accommodates up to 30 guests at a time. “We were really busy at night with guys coming out to watch the Hawks,” says Joe Rubino, tobacconist at Humidor Cigar Lounge. “Now that it’s summer, some guys grab and go, but – during the week – since some guys work at home, they choose to do it here and enjoy a cigar in a more relaxing environment. At night people enjoy watching sports in an environment that’s like a bar but minus the beer.” Humidor features comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi, complimentary coffee, an espresso bar, soft drinks, bottled water and – most importantly

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for the cigar aficionado – a fullystocked 500-square-foot humidor. Humidor prides itself on its excellent cigar offerings, which include highquality tobaccos and popular brands. “You have to kind of be a cigar guy to begin with to find us, and usually people are finding out about us through word of mouth,” Rubino says. “What I’ve learned is that the guys are pretty close here, and there’s some pretty good conversations. I tell people that we’re like the final stand for freedom of speech.” Rubino says the camaraderie and friendships fostered through a passion for cigars was one of the things that initially attracted him to the business. “You could pull up in your parent’s station wagon next to a guy in his new Ferrari, and it doesn’t make a difference – cigars brought you together,” he says. “What happens a lot of times here is customers get to know each other and it leads to business opportunities or going golfing. It’s really kind of cool.”

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SEIZE THE SUMMER with the Wheaton Park District

Where there’s a healthy park district, there’s a healthy community. Since Chicago Magazine named the city of Wheaton as one of Chicago’s healthiest suburbs, you might expect the Wheaton Park District to be thriving. And it is. Through special events, programs, and services, the park district helps 800,000 people access recreation and activities every year. Its 800 acres line roads and residences with precious open space; and it offers more than 1,200 youth and adult programs, such as pottery classes,

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nature hikes, zookeeper experiences, day trips for seniors, yoga classes and more. The park district maintains and operates 54 parks, 65 athletic fields, a zoo, two preschools, a golf course and clubhouse, two pools, a marsh, a challenge course, a museum and a barrier-free, universally designed playground for Wheaton’s 56,000 residents and beyond. The park district hosts 14 annual special events – such as the Taste of Wheaton, Fun Run in Color and Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 5K/10K – that draw tens of thousands of visitors to the community, where they can both attend the event and support local businesses. The events themselves are both sustainable and charitable.

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More than $90,000 in event proceeds are donated annually to local nonprofits, such as CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates of DuPage County. CASA is an organization that recruits, trains and supports volunteer advocates to represent the best interest of children, who – through no fault of their own – find themselves in juvenile court because of neglect or abuse. Another local nonprofit that receives proceeds from park district events is the People’s Resource Center, which offers food, clothes, technology, rent assistance, education/tutoring, jobs and neighbor-to-neighbor kindness to 32,000 DuPage County residents per year, according to the park district. If this high level of civic engagement sounds

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PHOTOS FROM LEFT: Lincoln Marsh Summer Camp in Wheaton. Independence Day parade in downtown Wheaton. Cosley Zoo Uncorked Wine Tasting in Wheaton.

like it should be celebrated, hold your confetti until July. The month of July is when the National Recreation and Park Association, along with thousands of park districts nationwide, celebrates National Park and Recreation Month.

Nemetz, superintendent of marketing and special son, John, 14, is on the Autism spectrum. events at the park district. “Our [park district] believes every kid deserves the right to participate, not 99 percent – 100 Wheaton resident Dan Wagner, senior vice president of government relations at The Inland percent,” Wagner says. “They provide an aide for Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc., thinks the John for inclusion in programs like Aquaventures, Camp Good Times, Awesome August, canoeing, park district deserves to be celebrated. fishing, archery and more.” “The minute we could sign our kids up for [park

Started in 1985, the month-long recognition of services and space offered by park districts across the country will be marked with pool district] programs, we absolutely did,” Wagner parties, ice cream socials, trivia nights, movies in says. “Super Tots is where we started off, and the park and more. they’ve probably done every camp.” “National Park and Recreation Month invites Dozens of programs offered each summer people to recognize and appreciate how park revolve around nature, animals, sports, districts improve their daily lives, whether swimming, history and more. it’s through better fitness or participating in Wagner and his wife, Lisa, a political fundraiser special events or just taking a walk in a park on and founder of Lisa Wagner & Company, have your lunch break or after dinner,” says Kristina four children – three are triplets and the couple’s

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The group participation, Wagner says, helps John discover his interests. “It’s terrific to have your kids involved and learn what they do and don’t like,” he says. “You get a taste of something for a few years and, if it’s not your thing, you move on. John likes personal training, running, riding his bike, swimming and all the different fun things they do at camps.”

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“We live in an incredible community and the park district is a big part of making it so incredible. The park district is just one of the best-run government agencies around.” – Dan Wagner, Wheaton resident

Cosley Zoo in Wheaton

The Wagner family is a longstanding patron of Wheaton Park District camps, programs and services. “The minute we could sign our kids up for WPD programs, we absolutely did,” says father Dan Wagner (right), senior vice president of government relations at The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. Pictured with the Wagners is Michelle Artis (second from left), Parks Plus Fitness Center Assistant Manager. Photo courtesy of Lisa Wagner.

-Continued from page 35 Being outdoors “instead of staying inside with video games” is another plus, Wagner says. “It’s a holistic part of education,” Wagner says. “Your education doesn’t stop the last day of the school year. With WPD, you get the social skills, the time outdoors, [you learn] about interactions and relationships. You want them to have muddy knees.” Since its incorporation as a municipal body in 1921, the district has significantly increased its acreage, facilities and services, while also winning the NRPA National Gold Medal for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management four times in a 20-year span. Part of the park district’s prominent position in the community comes not only from its size, but also from its many special facilities, such as Cosley Zoo, Arrowhead Golf Club, DuPage County Historical Museum, Lincoln Marsh Natural Area, Parks Plus Fitness Center, Rice Pool & Water Park, Northside Family Aquatic Center, Prairie Path Mini-Golf Course, The Rail Skate Park, Sensory Garden Playground and more. 36 | JUNE 2016 | SUBURBAN LIFE MAGAZINE

Such diversity allows the district to create memorable experiences for residents and visitors to the area. “There’s 5K runs, swimming, the sledding hill at Northside Park,” says Wagner. “Some of our best family memories are going to Cosley Zoo at Christmastime, having snowball fights, drinking hot chocolate and visiting Santa Claus. At Halloween time, the kids love going through the cornstalk maze; we’ve probably been to the zoo a thousand times.” Sometimes it’s the simplest activities that stand out most. “Then there’s just the parks,” Wagner says. “Going to Dairy Queen, getting ice cream, and going over to Kelly Park is just great. My wife and I constantly go for walks around Seven Gables [Park]. She works out at Parks Plus [Fitness Center]. Lincoln Marsh blows my mind. I’m so, so happy we moved to Wheaton, and people don’t necessarily realize what a great park district we have.”

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It may be considered near impossible to offer everything for everyone all of the time, but the park district does its best to meet the needs of the community it serves. “We live in an incredible community and the park district is a big part of making it so incredible,” Wagner says. “The park district is just one of the best-run government agencies around.”

u To learn more about the Wheaton Park District, National Park and Recreation Month, and how park districts improve a community’s health, happiness and success, visit wheatonparkdistrict.com and nrpa.org.

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EDITOR’S CHOICE:

Dad’s can be difficult to buy for. Yes, you could go the standard route by picking up items considered stereotypically “manly” – sports equipment, golf gear, fishing tackle – or something along the lines of a “Best Dad Ever” T-shirt, but why not stray from the norm. Bypass that department store Father’s Day gift display and try shopping local for that one-of-a-kind find for the man who probably taught you how to ride a bike and tie your shoelaces.

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JUNE 2016 TASTE OF WHEATON

WHEN: Thursday, June 2, through Sunday, June 5 WHERE: Memorial Park 208 W. Union Ave. | Wheaton The annual Taste of Wheaton will feature a Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals, traditional festival food, carnival rides, art in the park, children’s games, an arts and crafts fair, a beer and wine garden and business expo. For more information, visit wheatonparkdistrict.com/events/ taste.

WEDNESDAYS, WOODS AND WINE WHEN: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays in June WHERE: The Morton Arboretum 4100 Route 53 | Lisle

This month, the Morton Arboretum will host Wednesdays, Woods and Wine – an event featuring live music and drinks in the Arboretum’s courtyard. The event costs $10 a person. For more information, visit www.mortonarb.org.

JAZZ IN THE PARK

WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 15 WHERE: Maryknoll Park in Glen Ellyn During the event, the Glen Ellyn Jazz Ensemble, a 16-member group, will play a mix of popular Big Band tunes. Jazz in the Park brings a touch of Ravinia to Glen Ellyn. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and picnic dinner. In case of rain or severe weather, the concert will be cancelled. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in parks.

SUMMER NIGHTS CLASSIC CAR SHOW

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, June 10 WHERE: Downtown Downers Grove An array of Classic Cars will line the streets in downtown Downers Grove while hundreds of families enjoy the display. All classic cars are welcome on Main Street from Maple to Franklin, and the featured cars will be on Curtiss Street. Featured vehicles must be pre-1985, and – each week – a trophy will be awarded to the “best” featured car. The featured cars change weekly. This week’s theme will be Model “T” and “A” Ford Clubs Night. The event also will feature live music from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free to attend. For more information, visit www. downtowndg.org. 38 | JUNE 2016 | SUBURBAN LIFE MAGAZINE

ZUMBA IN THE PARK

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11 WHERE: Fishel Park, located on Grove Street in Downers Grove Zumba in the Park will maximize caloric output, fat burning and total body toning with Latin and international music. The class features aerobic and fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. The class is free to attend. For more information, visit www.dgparks.org.

LOMBARD ALE FEST

WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11 WHERE: Lilacia Park and Downtown Lombard (located along St. Charles Road and Main Street in Lombard) The Lombard Ale Fest is Lombard’s premier craft beer festival. The third annual fest will be a celebration of summer seasonal beers, food and live music. The event will include more than 80 craft beers from around the country and some of the Chicago area’s favorite food trucks. The proceeds from the festival will benefit nonprofit organizations in the Lombard community. The cost to attend is between $15 and $70. Tickets are available at www. lombardalefest.com.

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LISLE WOMAN’S CLUB 2016 GARDEN GAIT

WHEN: The craft fair will begin at 10 a.m. and the garden walk will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 12 WHERE: The Museums at Lisle Station Park | 921 School St. | Lisle The Lisle Woman’s Club will presents their annual Garden Gait walk and free craft fair. The day will begin at Lisle Station Park with the craft faire opening at 10 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. The Garden Walk will begin at 11 a.m. and features five private gardens located throughout the Lisle community. Tickets cost $15 and are available for purchase through June 11. Day-of ticket prices are $17 and will be available at the starting point. The event will feature raffle baskets. For more information, visit www. LisleGardenGait.net.

The third annual Wines and Finds is a wine tasting and shopping event in downtown Glen Ellyn. Tickets cost $30 before June 10 and $35 at the door (should tickets not sell out.) Visit www.downtownglenellyn. com for more details and to purchase tickets.

In its 30th year, the Kids Fishing Derby is a friendly fishing competition for kids ages 15 and younger. Participants should bring their own gear, but bait will be provided (while supplies last). The event is free. To register, call 630933-7248.

The Lisle Wine Extravaganza will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the incorporation of Lisle. Wine aficionados will receive 10, 1-ounce pours from a selection of more than 100 different varieties of wine from Malloy’s Finest Wine & Spirits. There will be a small selection of beer to sample, as well. The fest will also feature live music from Tres Moustache and food from Lisle area restaurants. General admission is $35. For more information, visit www.lislechamber.com or email info@lislechamber.com.

Attendees can choose their own nature adventure during Eldridge Adventure Day – an outdoor, family-friendly event featuring a fishing contest, carnival games, face painting, food trucks, bug hunts, guided nature walks, pony rides and a petting zoo. The event is free. For more information, visit www.epd. org/news/eldridge-adventure-day.

The Cantigny Fine Art Festival is one of the park’s biggest events of the year and a Father’s Day Weekend tradition. The two-day Art in Bloom Festival will feature a juried art show, nearly 100 exhibiting artists, activities and crafts for kids, demonstrations, live music, food and more. The event is free with paid parking ($10). For more information, visit www.cantigny.org.

WHEN: 5 ot 8 p.m. Thursday, June 16 WHERE: Downtown Glen Ellyn

LISLE WINE EXTRAVAGANZA

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 12 WHERE: Eldridge Park, located off of Spring and Butterfield Roads, in Elmhurst

WHEN: Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19 WHERE: Wilder Park 175 Prospect | Elmhurst

WINES AND FINDS

WHEN: 8 a.m. Sunday, June 12 WHERE: Blackwell Forest Preserve, located off of Butterfield Road and west of Winfield Road in Warrenville

ELDRIDGE ADVENTURE DAY

CANTIGNY ART IN BLOOM FINE ART FESTIVAL

WHEN: 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18 WHERE: The Museums at Lisle Station Park | 921 School St. | Lisle

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p CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25 WHERE: The Morton Arboretum 4100 Illinois Route 53 | Lisle The third annual Craft Beer Festival samplings from more than 40 breweries. Food from guest restaurants and concessions will be available for purchase. Attendees can bring blankets and chairs for live music by country rock band Summer Son. Tickets cost between $50 and $75. For more information, visit www.mortonarb.org.

ROTARY GROVEFEST

WHEN: Thursday, June 23, through Sunday, June 26 WHERE: Main Street and Burlington Avenue in downtown Downers Grove The Rotary GroveFest will feature carnival rides, food, a business expo, entertainment, a handmade market, a festival of cars and craft beer festival. For more information, visit www.rotarygrovefest.com.

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