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RAIL ROMANCE Rediscover America with six scenic train trips

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TRAVEL 7 HOPPS ON THE ROAD Wild and wonderful breweries worthy of the trip. 8 RIDE THE RAILS Scenic train trips showcase the beauty of North America, from sprawling plains to crystal clear coastlines. 10 KITSCH ON 66 Pack the car and take a journey down historic Route 66, the mother of all road trips. 12 GET APPY Trip planning made plain and simple with the help of great travel apps. 13 WANDERING WOMEN Women’s group excursions and specialized travel assistance make the girlfriends’ getaway a worry-free way to go.

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Pack the car and take a journey down historic Route 66, the mother of all road trips.

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14 YOUR FASHION DESTINATION Stacy Kalas of Stratford Square Mall has the best looks for your next trip. 16 GOING GRAY Discover the subtle and chic shades that are trending, for all ages.

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BUSINESS & CIVIC 21 RELATIONSHIP BUILDER Barb Szczepaniak brings people together for stronger community. 23 LIFE IN MOTION Glen Ellyn’s Ann Graham moves people, in class and in life.

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26 PERSONAL STYLE Well-known custom gown designer moves shop to western suburbs. 28 OUT-OF-THIS WORLD WEDDING VENUES Escape the ordinary at unique destinations for wedding and reception.

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Editor’s Note What an amazing year it already has been! It is hard to believe that winter is nearly behind us, a winter so warm and dry that we found ourselves strolling the neighborhoods, bird watching and playing in the yard. The unseasonably warm temperatures also have sparked, in many of us, a desire to get out there, get moving and see the world around us. In this March travel issue of Suburban Life Magazine, we hit road and rail to take you to places that will warm your heart and lift your spirits. We discover the romance of rail travel, through majestic mountains and patterned plains of North America, along crystal clear rivers and awe-inspiring coastlines. If driving is more your style then pack your car for a dose of nostalgia along the famed Route 66. Take a trip through the heartland of America – rich in history and community – and feel like you’ve stepped back in time. We’ve even got great spots to quench your thirst for cold craft beer when you wrap up a long day on the road. We have all the tips to keep you moving along smoothly as well, from handy travel apps for your smartphone, to the perfect

wine to complement those gorgeous views you’ll be enjoying on your journey. Stacy Kallas of Stratford Square has great trends in travel fashion, perfect for your trip and stylish enough to keep you in the vacation mood long after you’ve returned to your day-to-day. This issue is about planning your next adventure, but some say one of the biggest adventures of all is life itself, and who you choose to spend it alongside. If you’re planning a wedding we have some great local resources, from unique destinations for ceremony and reception to a talented custom dress designer right here in the western suburbs. We round things out with trends in beauty and wellness, and introduce you to amazing women making a difference in your communities. It’s all right here in the pages of Suburban Life Magazine, and just steps out your front door! Thanks for reading–

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WILD AND WONDERFUL BREWERIES WORTHY OF THE TRIP Story and photo by PAUL SCHNEIDER

There’s something about wild beers and wild places that just demand that you put them together. As a brewer with Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville – and an adventure lover – that’s how I like to plan my vacations. These seven breweries will take you from the sea to the mountains in the Pacific Northwest; surround you with “fourteeners” (mountains with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet) in Colorado; send you mountain biking in the Blue Ridge Mountains; and even steer you toward some hidden gems in the Midwest. Here are three road trips to enjoy wild and wonderful breweries and the great outdoors:

Œ The Pacific Northwest DE GARDE BREWING 6000 Blimp Blvd., Tillamook, Oregon 503-815-1635 | www.degardebrewing.com The beer at De Garde is as wild as the Oregon coast – quite literally. All of De Garde’s beers are spontaneously fermented, using only the naturally occurring yeast and bacteria in the air. Try half-pours of their funky, tart beers – many made with Pacific Northwest fruit. While you’re there: Head out to Cape Lookout State Park in the late afternoon and hike to the end of the cape for an awe-inspiring sunset with sweeping ocean views and a chance to see gray whales on their yearly migration. Return by headlamp. PFRIEM FAMILY BREWERS 707 Portway Ave., No. 101, Hood River, Oregon 541-321-0490 | www.pfriembeer.com Head inland and find a world-class Belgianinspired brewery perched deep within the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River. Go kitesurfing or take a stand-up paddleboard out on the river during the day (rentals and lessons

abound in town), then hit the brewery patio for the Frambozen – a lambic-inspired beer made with fresh raspberries; pair it with the pastrami burger. While you’re there: On the way back to Portland, put in 12 miles (out-and-back) on the Eagle Creek Trail. You’ll hike through lush moss and fern-filled temperate rainforest and end up at 175-foot-tall Tunnel Falls, where you can bask in the cooling spray of the falls as you pass through the tunnel behind them.

 The Mountain West CROOKED STAVE ARTISAN BEER PROJECT 3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver, Colorado 720-550-8860 | www.crookedstave.com

CASEY BREWING AND BLENDING 3421 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, Colorado 970-230-9691 | www.caseybrewing.com Make your way west across the Rockies and end up in the Roaring Fork valley, northwest of Aspen. There you’ll find one of the youngest and most celebrated breweries in the nation. Troy Casey earned instant acclaim for his beers fermented and aged in oak and made exclusively with Colorado ingredients. Try any of the Casey Family Preserves, each made with a hefty, three pounds of fruit per gallon, but don’t sleep on the more mildly flavor, rustic saisons either. While you’re there: The valley is slow and lonely, but that’s the perfect setting for fly fishing in the Roaring Fork. With Gold Medal stream status, the river supports more than 1,000 pounds of fish per mile.

Drive or fly into Denver, and make straight for this brewery built on Brettanomyces, a wild yeast that Crooked Stave has harnessed for its signature farmhouse funk. Go for the Nightmare Ž The Southeast on Brett, a Brett-fermented beer aged on rotating WICKED WEED FUNKATORIUM 147 Coxe Ave., Asheville, North Carolina varieties of cherries and berries. While you’re there: Head out of town and spend 828-552-3203 | www.wickedweedbrewing.com a few days exploring Rocky Mountain National Park. The hike to Flattop Mountain from Bear Lake is a thigh-burner, gaining and losing nearly 3,000 feet over nine miles (out-and-back), but the views you earn standing atop the Continental Divide make it worthwhile.

Quench your thirst at the Funkatorium with Brett farmhouse beers and barrel-aged sours, such as Guajava – a golden sour ale aged in oak barrels with guava. While you’re there: Asheville is a Mecca of beer, barbecue and bluegrass, but fight the urge to rush there right away in order to spend some time in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hike 11 miles (out-and-back) to Gregory Bald in late June to catch a stunning wildflower display and big Appalachian views. Continue on the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch where you can camp or rent a creek-side cabin or barn apartment while you spend the days mountain biking the adjacent state forest trails. Rentals and guides are available on site. u Paul Schneider is a production manager at Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville.


Ride the rails Scenic train trips across the American landscape By ALLISON HORNE

The United States is known for its sprawling plains and beautiful rugged mountain terrain, and there’s no better way to take it all in than on a carefree trip along some of the continent’s most scenic railways. Railroads have been in the United States since the 19th century and, although they originally helped settle the west and aided in America’s industrial revolution, they also allow travelers and families to discover the vast sweeping beauty of the North American landscape. From the Great Lakes and Adirondacks to the Rocky Mountains and California coast, here are six train trips – many of which depart from Chicago – to consider for your next big American adventure.

¢ ALBUQUERQUE BALLOON FESTIVAL For anyone interested in a quirky yet familyfriendly adventure, this once-a-year trip takes guests from Chicago’s Union Station to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival. The 10-day tour, which takes off on Sunday, Oct. 1, aboard the California Zephyr, includes 15 meals during the Noted as one of the most scenic train trips in the trip, seven nights of hotel accommodations, world, this fall adventure is one not to be missed. and admission to all attractions along the way. Main stops include Grand Junction and Durango The trip departs Saturday, Sept. 30, from Union (an old mining town), Santa Fe and, finally, Station. Trips start at $1,995 and include four the scenic Albuquerque International Balloon nights in a hotel, food, and sightseeing options. Festival. Prices start at $2,795 with additional p SIX NATIONAL TREASURES For more information about this package, visit fees for upgrades or bedrooms aboard the From canyons to towering mountains, this americabyrail.com. train. Additional details can be found by visiting train trip encapsulates all of the beauty North ¢ CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR americabyrail.com. America has to offer. The 15-day trip departs For those who would rather not have a set from Chicago aboard the Empire Builder, and itinerary or simply want to travel across the spans 1,620 miles across some of the most scenic spots in the country. Stops include some country and see the sights, the California Zephyr provides the perfect opportunity. It runs of America’s most beloved national parks, including Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, Grand daily from Chicago to San Francisco. The trip travels through the plains of Nebraska and the Teton and Glacier National Parks. Pricing starts mountains of Colorado to Salt Lake City, before at $3,695 and includes 25 meals, 12 nights of hitting Sacramento and San Francisco. A few hotel accommodations, and sightseeing at all of the highlights include the Rocky Mountains, of the stops. There are several departure dates the Sierra Nevada, Moffat Tunnel, Winter Park, to choose from in June, July and August. Visit Donner Lake and San Pablo Bay. For a full list of americabyrail.com for further information on prices and availability, visit Amtrak.com. booking a trip. ¢ AUTUMN IN THE ADIRONDACKS This train trip is all about enjoying the scenery as the leaves start to change in the Adirondacks. Jump on board the Lake Shore Limited for a seven-day trip that cruises from Union Station to Lake Placid, Fort Ticonderoga, Utica, Raquette Lake and more.

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Kicking Horse Pass, BC. First Passage to the West route. Photo by Rocky Mountaineer

p THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER This adventure is for mountain lovers and adventure seekers. The Rocky Mountaineer Train, which departs from Seattle, makes various stops in the Canadian Rockies. Trips can range in length from five to 12 days, and are priced at $2,300 and up. Amenities include all food, hotel stays and stops at the legendary Vancouver Lookout, Lake Louise (a must-see) and the rest of Banff Park. A valid passport is required for this trip. For further information on packages and deals, visit rockymountaineer.com or call 877-4603200. t GREAT LAKES FAMILY ADVENTURE Calling all families with young children! Embark on a five-day family adventure that ventures around the Great Lakes and includes stops in the Wisconsin Dells; Holland, Michigan; and at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum in Muskegon, Michigan. The trip departs from Chicago on Friday, Aug. 3. Pricing begins at $1,895 and includes four meals, four nights of first-class hotel stays, admission to all of the attractions and much more. For more information about this package, visit americabyrail.com. mysuburbanlife.com/magazine

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Get your kitsch on

ROUTE 66 By KELSEY O’CONNOR

Route 66 is affectionately known as the “Mother Road,” and it also happens to be the mother of all road trips. The roadway, which was completed in 1926, stretches across the country from the Midwest to the West Coast. Though the route typically can’t be found on modern maps, it doesn’t deter drivers from all over the world from taking what is largely considered the quintessential American road trip. Route 66 kicks off in Illinois, beginning in downtown Chicago and running 300 miles across the state. The journey takes road-trippers through charming small towns and past enough historic sites and delightfully-weird roadside attractions to quickly fill your Instagram feed. “I think what’s so iconic about Route 66 is the history and the entrepreneurship that occurs,” says Cory M. Jobe, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism. “It’s all about mom-and-pop restaurants and shops that bring people together.”

Here are several road-trip worthy stops along the legendary Route 66:

Joliet

Kick off your trip with a little bit of history. The Joliet Area Historic Museum focuses on the rich history of the Joliet area. The main gallery features interactive exhibits, such as a Route 66-inspired drive-in theater. Nearby is the Rialto Theatre, a historic vaudeville movie theater listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For lunch, take your pick of two renowned eateries. On the way into town, you’ll pass Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket in Willowbrook, which has been serving up legendary fried chicken since 1946. On the way out, you’ll pass right by the legendary Polk-a-Dot Drive In where you can grab a bite to eat and check out the plethora of memorabilia. 10 | MARCH 2017 | SUBURBAN LIFE MAGAZINE

Pontiac

“Pontiac has really embraced its history,” says Jobe. “It’s just a neat little town; it’s a must stop.” Check out some of that history at the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum, which displays an impressive collection of Mother Road artifacts. Classic car buffs will love the PontiacOakland Automobile Museum. Before you go, traverse one of three historic swinging bridges over the Vermillion River and make sure to snap a photo in front of the colorful Route 66 murals.

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Springfield

A road trip through the Land of Lincoln isn’t complete without a stop in Springfield. “You get a taste of both iconic Route 66 history and presidential history,” says Jobe. Learn all about honest Abe at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. At night, catch a double feature at the restored Route 66 Drive-In (opens in April). Swing by the classic Cozy Dog Drive-In, home of the “corn dog on a stick.” As you leave Springfield, keep an eye out for the stretch of hand-laid brick in Auburn that was part of the original Route 66.

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ROUTE 66 PHOTO CHECKLIST The Illinois stretch of Route 66 is full of fun, kitschy attractions where you can snap Instagramworthy shots. See if you can spot any of these funky, roadside photo opportunities: q GEMINI GIANT, WILMINGTON q PAUL BUNYON HOT DOG STATUE, ATLANTA q ABE RAIL SPLITTER STATUE, SPRINGFIELD q LAUTERBACH MUFFLER MAN, SPRINGFIELD q LIVINGSTON MUFFLER MAN, LIVINGSTON q WORLD’S LARGEST BOTTLE OF CATSUP, COLLINSVILLE q WORLD’S LARGEST COVERED WAGON, LINCOLN q HENRY’S RABBIT RANCH, STAUNTON

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You won’t want to miss charming downtown Atlanta. Check out the historic (and octagon-shaped) Atlanta Public Library and Museum, then grab some quarters and head to the Route 66 Arcade Museum to play a few vintage games. The revitalized Palms Grill Café, well known during the heyday of Route 66, serves up award-winning slices of pie with a side of nostalgia.

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Must-haves for the tech-loving traveler By YVONNE BENSON

You probably have three to five travel apps on your phone already, as it seems nearly impossible to get anywhere new without Google Maps; and Google Translate is a must during those near lostin-translation moments when you need to communicate in an unfamiliar language. Another go-to app you probably utilize is Yelp, which is excellent for finding great restaurants, museums or other items of interest.

But there are so many more! Here is a list of must-haves for the apphappy traveler:

¢ All-around apps TRIPADVISOR

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You probably can’t do much better than TripAdvisor for a great, all-around travel app. Not only does it help you with booking airfare, rental cars and hotels, it also makes recommendations for what to do when you arrive at your destination. HOPPER

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Hopper is amazing in helping users purchase tickets for flights. Not only does it search multiple airlines for the best deals, it also tells you the best dates to get the cheapest prices. You tell the app where and when you want to fly, and the app will automatically track price trends and alert your phone when it’s the best time to buy. You can buy tickets right through the app, too.

¢ Lodging These days, it’s relatively easy to find a hotel online when making travel plans, however, these two apps might provide an alternative to traditional hotel booking. AIRBNB

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Airbnb connects users with residents who rent out their apartment, home or spare room. Don’t worry, you can read the reviews about the residents and chat with them ahead of time to give you peace of mind. It’s a great way to have a less expensive place to stay, without out sacrificing quality, in an area where hotels are more expensive. Plus, Airbnb prides itself on offering offbeat accommodations, such as treehouses, yurts, silos, tiny houses and even sailboats. HOTEL TONIGHT

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Hotel Tonight is another app that works at finding last-minute hotel deals. It’s like the Marshall’s or TJ Maxx of hotels. Hotels might have cancellations or rooms available that night that it’s willing to make available for a discounted price. This works well if you have last-minute travel plans or maybe you unexpectedly find yourself stuck somewhere overnight.

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¢ Virtual Tour Guide GUIDES BY LONELY PLANET

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Deciding what to do or where to eat in a new place can be completely overwhelming. Instead of sorting through user-review apps, such as Yelp or TripAdvisor, and Guides by Lonely Planet simplifies the decisions in a couple of ways. First, it allows you to explore places ahead of time and add them to your trip folder. Second, It also tells you what’s nearby when you arrive at your destination. Minube is another app that works similarly.

¢ Transportation CITY MAPPER AND SIDEKIX

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Getting around in a new city can be completely overwhelming so City Mapper and Sidekix make it painless. City Mapper works by helping you navigate public transportation, including buses, trains and even rental bikes. It identifies popular sites in the city and helps you figure out how to get there on your own. Sidekix is a little different. It specializes in guiding users on foot. Pedestrians can go against traffic on one-way streets, cut through alleys and walk through parks – and Sidekix knows that.

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THE RISE OF GIRLS TRIPS AND SOLO TRAVEL By CHRIS WALKER

It takes guts to travel. Especially when traveling to mysterious destinations that are thousands of miles away from home. It’s even gutsier to travel alone, and, possibly, even more so if you happen to be female. According to Lonely Planet, the rise of solo travel will continue this year. In a survey, 51 percent of respondents said that they will be taking their next holiday solo, according to www. bookyogaretreats.com – which has seen a large amount of traffic to its women-only retreats. Gutsy Women Travel, a leader in the travel industry in hosting an assortment of fullyescorted trips all over the world, provides a helping hand to like-minded women seeking adventure and trips catered to women. “There is a gutsy woman inside each of us; one who occasionally needs to make time for herself to refresh and renew her mind, spirit and body,” it states on the travel company’s website, gutsywomentravel.com. Gutsy Women Travel offers a variety of trips to Africa, Asia and the South Pacific, Europe and Latin America. Some of the trips offered this summer include Machu Picchu and the Galapagos (15 days); Safari Serengeti: Tanzania Lodge and Tented Safari (12 days); and a Grand Baltic Sea Voyage (13 days), to name a few. Terri Henderson, owner of Geneva Travel and Cruise, says that she has seen more women mysuburbanlife.com/magazine

traveling, some of whom are choosing to go solo, but hasn’t come across many trips specifically geared just for women. A river cruise can be a great way for women to get their feet wet with solo travel or for women traveling in small groups, says Henderson, who recently booked an Asian cruise vacation for a solo female traveler. “…It does seem like it’s something many are looking to do,” she says. Guided tours are another way for women to enjoy travel on their own, because it is easier to make friends with the group members with whom you are traveling. “With the tour guides and others along to help, it’s not like you’re really traveling on your own,” says Henderson. Darrellynn Hanes, a 30-year-old McHenry resident, has served countless curious travelers for 17 years at Worldwide Traveler in McHenry. As someone possessing a lengthy list of places she has visited, Hanes shares a great deal of knowledge on group travel, catering trips to women looking to have a good time together. “From what I’ve seen, it’s definitely been more common for friends and family to travel together as a group and to enjoy the experience,” says Hanes. “I’m sure some have been doing it, but I haven’t heard much from women looking to travel solo. We’ve had some bachelorette-type trips, and things like that, and I’m happy to help FASHION & BEAUTY

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them so that their trip is a safe and secure one.” One trip, in particular, that has garnered a lot of interest is the Inca Trail in Peru. “We’ve had more inquiries for that in recent years, and Costa Rica is also a popular one,” Hanes says. “There’s a lot of details involved in these kind of trips, so we’ve been happy to see people seeking us out for assistance so they get the most out of their vacation time and dollars.” Whether you want your next trip be a girlfriends getaway or a solo adventure, there are more reasons why you should go then why you shouldn’t. “People shouldn’t be held back from seeing something they want to see. So, if they want to travel, they should do it,” Henderson says.

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TRAVEL + STYLE =

Your Fashion Destination With STACY KALLAS

Are you planning a spring break trip this year? This season’s runway looks are the perfect fit for your travel plans. From seaside stripes to cold shoulder looks, and crisp white lines to comfy athleisure wear, it’s all what’s hot for the spring season, according to Elle and InStyle magazines. Let’s start with those stripes. Need I even elaborate on this fashion statement? Seaside striped dresses and shirts scream vacation even when you are not on vacation. Buy them, wear them on your cruise, then bring it all back home with your favorite white pants and jewelry for work wear. You’ll look cool and at ease wherever your destination. Who doesn’t love the white shirt dress? Clean and unpretentious, you’ll be this season’s fashion statement when you wear it crisp, with simple jewelry and your favorite sandals. My favorite look has made it to the runways again this year: off the shoulder shirts and dresses. Fun

and playful, you can wear them on your trip or out on the town when you come home. Vacation should be about ease and relaxation, so pack up your athleisure wear before setting out. Comfortable goes a long way. This season’s looks also incorporate great colors so go bold, and make a statement with your color! Choose from pinks, yellows and flower prints. And before you walk out the door, pair your favorite outfits with a really awesome summer bag. This season there are plenty of options to pick from that are perfect for your vacation! From small strap-over purses to big handled bags, in an array of colors from yellow and orange to your staple black. Your style. Your pick. There you have it… wherever you travel this season make sure your destination is great fashion!

Stacy Kallas is the director of marketing and advertising at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale. She has served as a director for super regional shopping centers throughout the Chicago area for more than 15 years. She highlights current fashion trends and stores within Stratford mall.

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GOING GRAY

Discover the subtle and chic shades that are trending across the ages By KELSEY O’CONNOR

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ray hair never has been considered an especially youthful look -- until now. Shades of this once aged color are the latest hair trend taking the beauty by storm, with an array of social media stars and A-listers showing off their gorgeous gray locks. Whether it’s subtle highlights or all-over color, millennials and middle-aged women are putting their own modern twist on “going gray.”

“It used to be so taboo to even have gray in your hair,” says Paige Calderone, a hair stylist at Mario Tricoci in Oak Brook. “Now, these platinums and grays are all becoming a trend and it’s making you look more youthful. It’s kind of ironic that it’s been flipped around.” This versatile trend encompasses the whole spectrum of gray, from icy ombré and smoky pastels to straight-up silvers. Grace Bruno, a stylist, colorist and salon manager at A Shear Encounter in Elmhurst, says cooler tones have been the most popular. Her clients have been opting for soft lilacs and slate-inspired grays. 16 | MARCH 2017 | SUBURBAN LIFE MAGAZINE

“It’s a beautiful trend, but there’s an edge to it,” says Bruno. “These women want something edgy, but they don’t want bright colors in their hair.” She says most of her clients trying the trend are in their 20s, inspired by the many young celebrities who have been going for gray. Shadow roots are another popular twist on the trend. The hair starts out darker at the roots, then fades into shades of gray or a silvery bayalage. Not only does this look super modern, it also minimizes upkeep. If your hair is naturally darker, your roots will be less noticeable as your hair grows, which potentially means fewer trips to the salon. If you’re looking to test the waters, Bruno suggests an ashy shade of cool blonde. It’ll give you a gray-inspired hue that’s both subtle and on-trend. Or just try a little bit of color. “You don’t have to go full-on gray,” says Bruno. “It could be a couple strands for some softness around your face. Just the tips at the bottom are a great way to see if this something that works for you.” The process of going gray differs depending on your current hair color, maintenance preferences and personal style. Typically, it includes FASHION & BEAUTY

lightening or bleaching the hair and then adding toner to achieve the desired shade of gray. The most important part: the consultation. Communication can help ensure you and your colorist are on the same page. “We all have our phones on us and it’s a great tool when talking to colorists and stylists,” says Calderone. “Social media photos can help show what you’re thinking and give the professional a better idea of what you want.” Worried gray locks will age you? The secret is a trendy cut. “The color and the cut are a marriage,” says Calderone. “They need to go together.” Gray hair looks stunning on extremely long hair with light layering throughout. Or try a longer bob with lots of texture spray and curls or waves from hot tools. “You have to be ready commit to the look,” says Calderone. “It’s all about the ‘wow’ factor. If you have this ‘wow’hair color and don’t have a great shape and a great cut, it can look really blasé.” Those interested in going gray also have to be ready to commit to a little extra upkeep. Going to the salon every few weeks for a toner can keep mysuburbanlife.com/magazine


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Hemp oil a growing choice for those with inflammation With BOB LISTECKI

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here is a revolution occurring in the drug therapy world. The lowly hemp plant – so famous for strong rope in days before nylon and Dacron – is surfacing as nature’s very potent anti-inflammatory. And for those suffering the many diseases with inflammation as their root cause, this is promising news. Control inflammation and the symptoms, as well as the suffering, go away. Enter Colorado Hemp Oil, a nutritional supplement by QuickSilver Scientific. With its nano-emulsified 300 delivery system, it promises to fix a lot of health conditions, at least 33 listed on our hand out. How does it work? Well, hemp contains two primary effective parts: • tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is what produces the euphoric and psychedelic effects. But ,whereas marijuana buds may contain as much as 30 percent THC, hemp rarely contains more than .03 percent THC. • cannabinoid (CBD) is the medical side of the plant’s makeup, accounting for up to 40 percent of the plant’s extract. It is being researched for its use as a beneficial partner in treating a variety of ailments and symptoms. In hemp, CBD has no side effects and drug screens are negative.

Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system with 50 CB1 gene receptors and 250 CB2 gene receptors, ready to respond to the helpful anti-inflammatory effects the CBD delivers. Your body receives the benefit of the plant without experiencing any psychedelic effects. Hemp oil or hempseed oil, such as Colorado Hemp Oil, is obtained by pressing hemp seeds. It is dosed under the tongue, in just a few pumps, and held for 30 seconds, swallowed and followed with some fluid. (But don’t eat for 10 minutes.) Forty percent of the drug reaches the blood in the first 30 seconds. The half-life is 24 to 31 hours, so once daily dosing works. Relief has been reported within 2 hours. Because there is no THC in the hemp oil, urine drug tests are negative. It is available over-the-counter – no card or prescription needed – in 30 and 50 ml sizes lasting about 15 to 60 days depending on patient response.

¢ FACTS ABOUT HEMP: — HEMP, with virtually no THC, has no psychedelic effects. — HEMP is legal to purchase over the counter in all 50 states — HEMP is food or supplement as it is rich in protein and Omega fatty acids, and has a high fiber content — HEMP also is used in the manufacturing of textiles, building materials, paper products and plantbased plastics

Visit us at Glen Ellyn Pharmacy to find out more about Colorado Hemp Oil and its possible uses and benefits. Bob Listecki is a Pharmacist at Glen Ellyn Pharmacy-An Integrative Health Center, located at 486 Roosevelt Road in Glen Ellyn. He has served the community’s health needs for 58 years.

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RELATIONSHIP BUILDER Barb Szczepaniak brings people together for stronger community By MELISSA RUBALCABA RISKE

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hen it comes to work, there are no two days that look the same for Barb Szczepaniak. Some days she’s a matchmaker bringing together potential donors and nonprofit organizations. Other days she’s out in the community gathering information about programming, community needs and how organizations are working to answer the call to help others.

including the DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform Board, the DuPage Homeless Continuum of Care leadership committee, the DuPage Workforce Investment board and the Impact DuPage Steering committee. “I want to learn about the needs of the community,” Szczepaniak says. “I really enjoy the opportunity to communicate about the needs and the opportunities.”

“I couldn’t have picked a better job,” Szczepaniak Her job also brings her directly to the says. “To be able to work with so many people organizations in the community as she helps and to make the connections is so fulfilling.” them prepare for the foundation’s grant As the vice president for programs at the DuPage application process, reviewing with them the Foundation, Szczepaniak finds her role evolving components needed to apply and plan for how to as she is the link between the foundation, donors use a grant. and the hundreds of organizations serving “We want to be a resource for the community,” DuPage County residents. she says. “One of the best qualities [of Szczepaniak] is her strong desire to make connections,” says Dave McGowan, president and chief staff officer for the DuPage Foundation.

And in yet another role, Szczepaniak works on the DuPage Foundation Initiatives, including the launch of the countywide Arts DuPage and Bright & Early DuPage. The education initiative Szczepaniak joined the DuPage Foundation in has brought together community partners to 2008. The foundation provides grant assistance better serve at-risk children and their families. through its endowment while also working Szczepaniak says before the initiative, many of directly with donors who have a special area the organizations were working independently of interest. Much of her work falls behind the and finding it a challenge to reach out to scenes, she says, as she serves as an advocate residents, share the message or find those in for local organizations to donors seeking ways to need. Now, the community partners can share support the community. resources and engage those who can benefit from the available programs and support, “I think what surprises me is how appreciative Szczepaniak says. the donors are,” Szczepaniak says. “Many are unaware there are so many nonprofit organizations in the community and there is such a need for these services in DuPage County.”

“It’s everybody sitting at the table working collaboratively to help the kids get what they need,” Szczepaniak says. “I’m really proud of the initiatives.”

It’s her role to know as much about the community and the organizations working to benefit the residents of the community. She serves on several local boards and committees

The education piece is one close to Szczepaniak’s heart. Before joining the foundation she was the executive director for the Elmhurst School District 205 Educational Excellence Foundation

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where she was involved in fundraising as well as grant programming. And before that work as a mother of three she was a parent volunteer at her children’s preschool, schools and church. “As a volunteer I felt more engaged in the community,” Szczepaniak says. “I felt like I was utilizing my professional skills, which helped me transition from being a stay-at-home mom back into the work force.”

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LIFE IN MOTION

Glen Ellyn’s Ann Graham moves people, in class and in life By MELISSA RUBALCABA RISKE

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xercise can take many different forms of movement, but for Ann Graham of Glen Ellyn it takes great music and choreography of Jazzercise to keep her committed to a healthy, active lifestyle. Graham owns Jazzercise Fitness Centers in Glen Ellyn and Schaumburg and you’ll find her teaching classes six times a week between the two locations along with managing operations. “There are so many reasons why I love what I do,” Graham says. “Not just working out, but going beyond that to celebrate customers’ health celebrations, from weight loss to lower blood pressure.” Jazzercise began more than 45 years ago and has evolved through the years. The 60 minute classes combine cardio and strength exercises choreographed to music. Graham says when it comes to the latest music on the radio she probably has more of it in her phone’s collection than her college-age daughters. Graham started as a Jazzercise customer more than 10 years ago and became a certified Jazzercise instructor seven years ago. Four years ago she became the owner of the Glen Ellyn location and about two years ago she added the Schaumburg location. A business school graduate and CPA with a prior career in accounting and finance, Graham says she never imaged her career path would lead to where she is today. Graham says she thrives in the challenges and success of being a small business owner. “There are so many reasons why I love what I do,” Graham says. “Not just working out, but going beyond that to help customers achieve their health and fitness goals. We foster a sense of community that not only offers fitness but also a positive, encouraging environment that

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celebrates health, well-being and friendships.” Her customers range in age from teens to octogenarians and she recently celebrated a customer’s 90th birthday. And while she refers to those at her fitness centers as customers, instructor Christy Brave says it’s quickly evident that Graham knows almost everyone as an individual. “She connects with people,” Brave says. “It’s really a happy place and very welcoming as well as a really hard workout.” She has been there for her customers celebrating a life event such as a wedding or a job promotion. She has also been there to support customers through difficult times and says including those who have dealt with illnesses and cancer. Brave says Graham’s connections extend beyond the fitness studio and into the local community as well by hosting fundraising events and even teaching classes outside of the fitness centers to promote health and wellness. Graham says her competition isn’t other fitness centers or exercise fads, it’s the clock and the couch. “I try to encourage people to get more exercise and really you’ve got to make time for exercise,” Graham says. “It doesn’t take much to get exercise, now we just need to make time for it now, or we’ll be making time for lengthy doctor appointments and health complications later.” Graham says her healthy, active lifestyle is important for herself as well as the role model she serves as for her three daughters. “My mom died suddenly when she was 60 years old of a heart attack,” Graham says. “There is such a void in my heart with her loss, especially knowing that my three daughters never knew

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their grandmother. I’m so proud, as I know my mom would be, of the healthy impact that I strive to make in the lives of others as well as being a role model for my girls.” And as an instructor Graham has witnessed her customers’ success and health improvements, celebrating the milestones and achievements and continuing to spread a message about making a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. “I really do think of exercise as a personal 401K and every hour that we invest in our health will yield an incredible return on investment not only now but especially as we age,” Graham says.

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Variety is the spice of life (and wine!)

With MIKE AND CYNDI ALLAS

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hat is the most consumed varietal of wine in the world? Would you believe it’s not a single varietal at all, but a blend of varietals? Some of the most complex, expensive, and sought after wines in the world are blends.

Blending grapes can greatly enhance the aroma, color, body and finish of a wine. Take Cabernet and Merlot for example, Merlot is added to Cabernet to soften the finish and give the wine suppleness. On the flipside, Cabernet (when added to merlot) inserts assertiveness and structure. Other grape variables may be added to a wine to provide a more appealing bouquet on the nose. When winemakers blend grapes it gives them control of the finish product – a chance to fulfill their vision of how they want their wine to taste.

was created in California via 6000 submissions to describe wines being produced with at least two of the noble grapes of Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec). “Merit” is to represent the quality of the wine and “Heritage” is to honor the centuries-old art form of grape blending. Keep in mind that in the United States, a wine need only be comprised of 75 percent of a varietal to be labeled as that varietal, (i.e. 75 percent Cabernet can be called “Cabernet”) and up to 25 percent can be other blending grapes and not ever be listed on the label. When drinking Old World wines you need a little knowledge to help navigate the proverbial field of landmines that is viticulture. Two places known for red blends are France and Spain.

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Bordeaux represents some of the most famous wines in the world. Any wine that carries the How do you know when a wine is a blend or not? moniker Bordeaux is a blend. The blend will be either Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant or In the United States usually it is spelled out for you as simply a “Red Blend.” These can be of any Merlot-dominant depending on which side of the combination the winemaker would like. Some of Garonne river the grapes were grown. Though Bordeaux can be extremely expensive, it doesn’t our favorites include: have to be. We recommend Légende ($15.99) • Ca’Momi Rosso (Napa $10.99), and and Chateau La Bridane ($38.99). • Treana Cabernet/Syrah (Paso Robles $33.99)

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from this region usually contain Tempranillo, Garnacha and Mazuelo grapes. Try Finca Valpiedra Reserva ($48.99) Priorat is another major wine region of Spain, and a personal favorite of mine. It is here blends of Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet, Merlot and Carignan grapes come together to produce a complex wine that has many New World characteristics. Due to low yields and high demand, these wines tend to be a little pricier, but Prior Scala Dei ($23.99) is excellent and reasonably priced. Whatever your fancy, we encourage you to break from the single varietal and try some red blends. See if you can pickup on the differences in taste, aroma and mouth feel. And most of all, enjoy your wine! Mike & Cyndi own Tannins Wine Bar in Elmhurst. With over 50 years combined experience in the hospitality industry their approach to wine is relaxed, uncomplicated and always drink what you enjoy!

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Chaidez has been sewing and designing clothing since she was 9 years old, and knew from that young age that she was passionate about fashion. She had worked for the previous owner of Dame Couture for several years before taking over the business in January. Chaidez is inspired by the fabric she uses to make her dresses. She frequently uses silk in her custom dresses because she said it’s breathable, light and comfortable, and also silk works well with the minimalist style of dresses she makes.

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f you’re looking for a bohemian or vintage-inspired dress, Dame Couture is the place to go. The custom bridal shop, which recently moved from its Evanston location to a new home in Addison, is owned by Daniela Chaidez, and caters to brides who are looking for a more bohemian, minimalist look for their wedding day. And while the boutique sells dresses from independent designers from all across the country, Chaidez also can custom-design a gown just for you.

“A simple dress with one fabric from shoulder to floor is popular. Just a clean WEDDING

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Downtown D ownt La Grange line with no embellishment that says less is more,” she says. “A lot of our vintage dresses have a lace element because it brings back a different era. We have mostly non-traditional dresses.” Chaidez said she is drawn to designing wedding dresses because she loves being a part of the most important day in a woman’s life. She is involved in the process from initial consultation, to taking measurements to seeing the bride’s face as she puts on the finished dress for the first time. Brides will love the intimate, welcoming feel of the shop and the meticulous attention that Chaidez and her team offer.

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“What draws brides to us is personalized attention because we’re by appointment only,” Chaidez says. “That one on one connection is important for me to understand what the bride wants on her wedding day.

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u For more information about Dame Couture, visit www.damecouture. com. 1576 W. Lake St. Suite 103, Addison (847) 773-9061.

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ith so many amazing places available, the wedding of your dreams is right outside your front door! Here are a few of our favorite unique spots to say “I do.”

PEABODY ESTATE Oak Brook

Built in 1919, Mayslake Hall on the historic Peabody Estate is a registered national historic landmark, magnifying the medieval traditions of the early 16th-century English design that descended from the Tudors. And while renovation on the estate is ongoing, the Hall is perfect for wedding receptions, and is air-conditioned and is available for rental June and September. Mayslake Hall can accommodate a maximum of 100 guests, plus a small head table, for a plated dinner event (including room for a bar and dance floor), or 120 for a cocktail-style reception. A second area, the e Event Hall at the Mayslake Peabody Estate was the former chapel in the retreat mysuburbanlife.com/magazine


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1008 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove | 221creations.com | 331.777.4979 wing built by the Franciscans in the 1950s, and boasts stained-glass windows with towering ceilings. The Event Hall is heated, but not air conditioned and is available for rental October – May, accommodating a maximum of 120 guests including the head table, with a dance floor for a plated dinner event, or a cocktail-style reception.

BROOKFIELD ZOO If you’re looking for a venue that’ll make your wedding guests go wild, the Brookfield Zoo has you covered. That’s right, the same place you adored as a youngster is ready and waiting for you to become the main attraction at what will be the most talked about occasion of the year. Your guests will

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Also available is the Portiuncula Chapel, making the Peabody Estate a single destination wedding venue for your entire day. The chapel is a replica of the original in Assisi, Italy, which is named for the “little portion” of land where St. Francis of Assisi received his call to serve the poor.

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-Continued from page 29 enjoy “Cocktails with the Animals” in one of the zoo’s magnificent wildlife habitats-from the deserts and rain forests of far-off lands, to the underwater world of our famous bottlenose dolphins. You get to choose the backdrop to begin your adventure. The unique pavilion spaces at Brookfield Zoo can accommodate a variety of reception sizes – from small intimate gatherings to 2000 guests for an elegant dinner and dancing – boasting beautifully landscaped grounds as background. You own wedding consultant, completed by a full events staff and a distinctive culinary team make this venue choice a hassle-free alternative to the traditional banquet hall.

DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE EXPERIENCE Marriage is all about partnership, and there’s a suburban wedding plan that embodies that spirit. The Downtown Naperville Premier Wedding Experience begins with a ceremony in the historic Century Memorial Chapel at Naper Settlement. Built in 1864, this restored Gothic Revival chapel provides unique ambiance for a truly memorable occasion, Follow the ceremony by photos on the beautiful grounds at the Naper Settlement and adjacent Riverwalk as you and your guests stroll to cocktail hour at Elements at Water Street inside Hotel Indigo Naperville Riverwalk. Located on the 2nd floor of Hotel Indigo, the ballroom comfortably seats 250 guests, with a beautiful riverfront view. uThis pscale boutique hotel shawcases local art, rustic wood tones and antique touches that continue to immerse guests in the history of the neighborhood while providing a a perfect backdrop for bridal photos SM-CLS0266951

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