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The merits and adventures of getting back to nature—in the rainforest.



46 The Technicolor Colony BY JANE AMMESON

Curacao’s multi-colored edifices marry the vibrance of the Caribbean with old-world tradition.

48 Two-Wheelers BY JEREMY GANTZ

A father and son sojourn through the beach towns and bike trails surrounding Lake Michigan.

52 Resorting Women BY GINA GRILLO


A lakeside vacation means something entirely different now than it did for our female ancestors.

54 The Story of Story BY JANE AMMESON

A wiser woman returns to her occasional college road trip destination to find things changed for the better.

56 Every Day’s a New Day BY DENISE DECLUE

A daughter experiences her mother’s transition from snowbird to permanent resident during the golden years.

58 London Calling BY MATT ERICKSON

London’s fast paced culture and timeless beauty combine to create the perfect travel destination.

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follow the same routine each time I start writing this letter: I look at what was going on last year. Golf, the Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox were all in full swing in May last year with dreams of Cup, Pennants and Championship trophies all dancing in my head.

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The Senior PGA tournament in Michigan was unlike anything I’ve experienced in spectator golf. We lived through three seasons in one weekend. But the single thing that I noticed being in the audience were the many volunteers who did such a terrific job of making the event a success. They were sunburned by the fourth day, it had been so hot and sunny. By Saturday, a cold rain and biting wind in the morning, eventually gave way to a sunny and balmy afternoon. Nevertheless, the folks working the event created a great experience for the golfers and spectators. Not long after that, the Ryder Cup was held at Medinah in Illinois, another occasion that brought amateur golfers out en masse to root on their favorite professionals and the USA Golf team. It was another spectacle that volunteers made into a pageant, where you could just see the months of preparation that went into the organization on the sidelines. Again I was fortunate enough to see it happen up close. The reason I mention the volunteers is because each year I’m responsible for different events tied into the communities we serve. Each time, I’m struck by the tireless work of volunteers who rally for the cause here in Northwest Indiana. While we are all thankful for the philanthropists who ultimately provide the money to turn dreams into reality, there are many people who are so generous with their time. When I attend one of these events, I see a bunch of people who have spent hours just to make something impossible happen or who want to give back to a school or cause in the best way they know how. The volunteers are the unsung heroes at these events, not the players or the participants. And you will likely never know their names, because that’s not why they are there. Just like the 300 plus that came out last year to work removing debris from the old Tolleston school building in preparation for the new Boys & Girls Club to be built. I am proud to say that the work is currently being done, and the kids will be playing in their new facility by early this fall. But we have a number of nice summer months between now and when we move in, so it’s time for golf, fishing with Tom Sourlis (that’s on my bucket list) and the grass and the yard work I have to do each year. But surrounded by family and friends, grill seems likeTwitter a small price for Retweet all the planned and Deliciouscleaning the Flickr unplanned fun we are about to have. Travel safe this Memorial Day weekend and don’t forget the invisible organizers who made these celebrations and events possible in the first place, and the who keep things going today. Digg Facebookgood people MySpace StumbleUpon BILL MASTERSON, JR. Slash Dot Delicious



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very year when we put the travel issue to bed, we do it with satisfaction and a certain degree of fascination. We can’t wait to see what happens next. Because the travel issue of Shore is the only edition of our magazine that does not require much work on the front end thinking of the topics that we have questions about, finding the best writer, researcher, archivist, illustrator and photographer, putting together the pieces of the puzzle. In other words, our usual process of collaborative invention and expression that goes into our work on the magazine. The travel issue, in its own unique way, just creates itself: We heard from Jeremy Gantz last summer about a bicycle trip he was planning with his father. Likewise Jane Ammeson traverses the minute, but not unheralded, town of Story, Indiana and the mystical, irresistible Curacao. There are always unexpected surprises, but the arrival of Denise DeClue’s story of her winter vacation spent in the guest cottage at the assisted-living facility where her mother lives, hit a poignant note, a universal chord. Many people are outlasting their best-laid plans. Reading her story of life among the ancients, I recognized so many of my contemporaries, who found a solution for a parent living alone somewhere in Florida. I know more than one avid golfer whose second set of clubs are stashed at his mother-in-law’s condo in Naples. How many Boomer snowbirds ditch the Lake Michigan weather for a couple of long weekends with their parents? I don’t have an exact number, but can tell you anecdotally, more and more. So much for the generation gap. I have a teeny, tiny vacation story of my own this year. I have been a frequent traveler to Mexico. My first trip I was 19, visiting my cousin Suzanne in San Diego, and we drove across the border together, stopping in Tijuana for margaritas and ending up at the family beach house just down the road a dozen miles. I visited the highlands and lowlands of Acapulco when I was single and Puerto Vallarta for several years in a row after I remarried. In 2010 my brother had a destination wedding in Cancun on the most perfect beach I’ve ever visited. In July last year, I got an email from a travel web site that vaguely sounded like a very discounted rate at the resort where the wedding took place. My genius sister-in-law said, “I’m all over this, we’re going to need a vacation by December,” booked it and five months later we were on the plane. At the hotel check-in the staff couldn’t find our reservation. Because we had actually pre-paid for a week at the more exclusive, smaller, semi-empty cottage village a five-minute cab ride away. Like Mitch Markovitz recently said in another context: I ended up in the place I always wanted to be. When I least expected it. That is my wish for you, may your next vacation be full of good surprises. See you next month!





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or a South Side kid like Mitch Markovitz, trains were everything. Clattering in the distance and whistling through the night when you were falling asleep and marking off day parts when you were awake. The glory days for passenger travel were fading in the 1960s, but Chicago was always a transportation center. Engineers would toss giant pieces of chalk, kids left pennies and nickels in the track beds to go back and collect later when they were squashed and everyone was repeatedly warned to stay away from the tracks. No kid could, not completely. But even then Markovitz had a unique perspective: His father was a commercial illustrator in Chicago who worked at Tree Studios, once a coveted row of workshops behind the Medinah Temple that is Bloomingdale’s now. Naturally Markovitz was focused on the excitement and pizazz of trains, like the Illinois Central Electric Suburban Service (the IC) trains that crackled along the city’s main thoroughfares and, of course, the posters. “I studied posters for a good portion of my life,” he explains. “I can remember being on a Boy Scout hiking trip in 1963 and seeing South Shore Line posters in the waiting room. I didn’t realize their value in 1963, but I thought the entire world revolved around the Illinois Central.” Markovitz’s art and railroad preoccupations only deepened over time even though the two are not naturally compatible. “In the era of the South Shore posters, the artists used a distinct kind of lettering and I developed my affinity for typography, typesetting and printing by making fake railroad tickets.” He also had a friend who discovered a complete cache of South Shore Line posters from the beginning in the early 20th century. Instead, Markovitz got the job that was “one of his lifelong childhood ambitions,” being a train conductor. And when graphics became very important for every business in the 1980s, he got the job he was supremely and perfectly qualified for. Markovitz was promoted to advertising director and chief illustrator for the South Shore Railroad where he happily worked for the next 17 years. While he was still working on the railroad, the Northwest Indiana Forum hired him to be the Founding Artist and Art Director for his original Just Around the Corner series of posters depicting life in Northwest Indiana. That led to a book Moonlight in Duneland, full of classic art from South Shore Line posters. He also did a Subway Series, in the 1990s that was exhibited at the New York City Transit Museum. He was been developing art for posters ever since. Recently he’s done a series for Atlantic City, N.J. and Starke County, Indiana. The artist Markovitz admires the most is Norman Rockwell, because, as he said, “You have to step inside the painting in order to make it successful.” And so, he is successful. Northwest Indiana, he says, is where he always wanted to be. “Our vacations were in Michigan City and the Dunes. I always wanted to be exactly where I ended up.” -PAT COLANDER

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I love podcasts. • Podcasts are the perfect complement to my daily routine. I listen to them in the shower, while cooking dinner, while washing up after dinner, and before going to sleep. • I subscribe to or have in the past subscribed to about 30 different podcasts, covering a wide variety of topics and issues. With so many podcasts to choose from, I choose my listening material largely depending on what I’m doing at the time, and of course the time of day.


frequently listen to Mysterious Universe—a rather hilarious radio show on all manner of supernatural topics, hosted from Australia—while getting ready for work, but I would never listen to it while trying to fall asleep, unless I want to lie awake for the next six hours wondering if that cobweb my cat is staring at is really a shadow person manifestation. A fantastic podcast to listen to at night is WNYC’s RadioLab podcast, a science podcast from New York City’s NPR station. Their sound editing and mixing skills are above average in the audio podcasting world, to the point that occasionally RadioLab seems over-produced, but still lovely. My favorite episode of this podcast is entitled Space, in which Carl Sagan’s widow explains what it was like in the early days of their relationship as they were assembling the Voyager probe together. It seems a little anachronistic to be so dedicated to podcast-listening. If you think about it, podcasts are basically today’s equivalent of the talk radio show, only anyone can do it, and anyone can have access to it, from anywhere in the world, through the wonder of iTunes. No fiddling with radio dials or interpreting speech through heavy static—unless the podcast in question has particularly terrible recording methods. Something I’ve noticed while listening to my podcasts is that when it comes to spoken programs, I’m a bit of an audio snob. If a podcast is recorded on bad equipment, the presenter has an irritating

voice, bad rhythm, is obviously reading from a script, or there is too much background noise in the podcast, I have to turn it off. The only thing I have found that can possibly fix any of these problems is the passage of time. Often, as podcasters learn more about their craft (or hobby, more likely), they learn better methods of recording and speaking. One of my favorite podcasts is The History of England, by someone called David Crowther based in the UK. In the beginning, the podcast was somewhat poorly recorded, with a little bit of static over the audio, but recently it has become much more professional. The lesson here is that you have to give podcasts a second chance. Although I admit I miss the sound of birds chirping in the background of the more primitive recordings—as Crowther has acknowledged that his podcast is (or was) created in his backyard shed. Crowther’s podcast is everything I could want in a history podcast—in-depth investigation of a topic, including an ongoing storyline, and frequent check-ins on daily life (during whichever century he’s exploring at the moment). Crowther’s encyclopedic knowledge of English history is only highlighted by his gentle delivery and snippets of dry British wit that sneak in every so often. I highly recommend trying The History of England.

So what is the appeal of podcasts? While the delivery method may seem antiquated—I’m visualizing my grandparents as children gathered around the family radio to listen to a favorite program—the content is cutting-edge and tailor-made for the information age. Podcasts can teach you anything, with dedicated shows like NPR’s How to Do Everything, or foreign language podcasts such as Coffee Break Spanish. There are literature podcasts, car podcasts, sports podcasts, religion podcasts, philosophy podcasts, and there are podcasts that combine all these elements. There are podcasts on more topics than I could begin to list. These shows are not only a way to learn, but a way to share information and connect with people you may otherwise never meet. A celebrity interview on a podcast is always more intimate than the same interview on a morning talk show, and allows the celebrity’s personality to shine through. Podcasts are perfect for today’s multitasking lifestyle, allowing listeners to get things accomplished while learning or being entertained. Ever try to do the dishes while watching a TV show? Even with the convenience of online streaming, you’re inevitably going to miss something crucial. I defy any viewer to focus on the



trangely enough, I never listen to podcasts while driving, even though I know that is the most preferred podcastlistening venue because it is often referenced within the podcasts I listen to. Because driving is my preferred opportunity to sing as loudly as I wish with no witnesses, and I just can’t give that up for another podcast. Podcasts are already starving my free time. And as my favorite history podcasts have taught me, life is short. Why be restricted by habit?

FIRST FRIDAYS A podcast mirror of the First Fridays event discussions hosted at the Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles County. Stellar speakers from the world of science and exploration inform the live audience, and eventually their listeners, about what’s happening on the cutting edge of their field. RADIOLAB WNYC’s science podcast is professionally recorded and produced on all manner of topics, including space, time, heat, truth, good and evil, and reality itself. Guests include not only scientists and public figures, but also some regular people who are able to give their own depiction of the issue at hand. TWILIGHT HISTORIES A high-concept audio play focusing on alternate histories and adventures from a first person perspective. Atmospheric sounds and quality narration allow the listener to transport him or herself to another world—or another universe entirely. LEXICON VALLEY Slate’s language podcast, hosted by Bob Garfield of NPR and Mike Vuolo. Lexicon Valley has significant mass appeal, as it explores the intricacies of modern language and how it relates to everyday life. MYSTERIOUS UNIVERSE A radio show from down under that covers all manner of supernatural topics, including UFOs, aliens, out of body experiences, sleep paralysis, abductions, cryptids and ghosts. Though these hosts are believers in most of these topics, they provide thoughtful discussion and some skeptical analysis of the latest in supernatural news.

WEDWAY RADIO Brothers Matt and Nate Parrish discuss the best of Disney parks and company lore, including rundowns on the perfect trip and favorite attractions per decade. Any Disney aficionado should listen to this podcast regularly. NERDIST Created by stand-up comedian and actor Chris Hardwick, the Nerdist podcast features celebrity guests from Zachary Levi (formerly of Chuck) to Dave Grohl (of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters). ALL SONGS CONSIDERED NPR’s popular music podcast, hosted by Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, will have you running to the nearest music website to download your new favorite hits. Another bonus is All Songs Considered’s Tiny Desk Concerts video podcast series, in which popular global acts play a short live show in the NPR offices. POP CULTURE HAPPY HOUR An offshoot of NPR’s Monkey See blog, and hosted by writer Linda Holmes as well as several companions from the NPR studios, Pop Culture Happy Hour is a light hearted discussion about the latest TV shows, movies and pop culture news. ON THE MEDIA NPR’s On the Media, hosted by Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield, examines the prevalent issues facing the media industry today, as well as examining how the media handles certain global stories and issues. HISTORY OF ENGLAND Hosted by David Crowther, this podcast covers the narrative of the English monarchy from the arrival of Cerdic, the forefather of the monarchy, to modern times. Currently, the podcast is progressing through the 14th century.

STUFF MOM NEVER TOLD YOU This podcast from and Discovery focuses on a woman’s perspective on gender issues. The hosts take a wry look at topics from the “glass ceiling” to vaginal rejuvenation.

BRITISH HISTORY PODCAST This podcast is based in Portland, Oregon and is undertaken by an immigrant from the UK who, interestingly, speaks with a full American accent. As fascinating as this is, the podcast is fascinating as well, with occasional sidebars into current events and archaeology. This podcast, unlike the History of England, began in prehistoric times, and is still covering the Anglo-Saxon period of British history.

BACKSTORY A podcast presented by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the American History Guys discuss various topics from the perspective of the 18th century, 19th century and 20th century. Topics range from Love Me Did: The History of Courtship to All Hopped Up: Drugs in America.

IN OUR TIME PODCAST Hosted by Melvin Bragg from BBC’s Radio 4, In Our Time covers a very wide range of topics, such as history, culture, religion, science, and philosophy. This podcast is structured like a round-table discussion, with about four experts taking turns to explain their point of view on a subject.

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SKEPTOID A short (about 15 minute) podcast dedicated to debunking unscientific myths, urban legends and conspiracy theories using skeptical thinking and logic principles. Brian Dunning has a fantastic radio voice and explains things with mass appeal. You’ll never look at a conspiracy theory the same way again.


image 100 percent of the time and do anything else. Audio podcasts are written with this restriction in mind. You aren’t missing anything. If you must go visual, there are video podcasts. Video podcasts are an entirely different realm of experiences that includes lectures and discussions but also cooking shows and step-by-step instructions that have rescued many an end user in a technological emergency. While I am not as much of a fan of video podcasts, I do sorely miss the Revision 3 cooking show Food Mob, on which Irish Chef Niall Harbison cooked a meal while talking with friends and interacting with the audience on social media. Unfortunately, the show’s parent company opted to pull the plug back in 2010, and I have never recovered. I don’t find it too strange to miss a podcast even three years after it has gone dark. After all, these people, these podcast creators, have been a big part of my life in an intimate way. NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour feels like going to a bar with friends to talk about our favorite TV shows. Food Mob felt like sitting in a friend’s apartment while he is making dinner. I am not surprised when I hear myself voicing my opinions to the brothers of WedWay Radio, especially when I disagree with them on the subject of the Disney parks.


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eople call or email our anti-corruption watchdog organization almost hourly with complaints about public officials and the agencies they run, and many revolve around cops and crime in the Chicago area, where most of our Better Government Association investigations originate. But friends in Shore’s readership area also reach out periodically, and even though issues in the beach communities of Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan are more mundane than the open gang warfare that claims so many innocent lives in some Chicago neighborhoods, they’re no less important to the participants. For instance, a friend in Ogden Dunes is concerned about the failure of police there to adequately notify all of the community’s residents about recent home break-ins. The tipster says the community’s system for sharing crime data requires residents to log into a database, which ill-serves older residents who don’t have or use computers regularly. Officials in Ogden Dunes tell me residents can also sign up for e-alerts and watch the community’s monthly meetings on cable, but my tipster points out that e-alerts also require digital literacy and the public meetings gloss over crime issues. More on that later . . . But fast forward to a morning in late February after Chicago got socked with a big snowstorm. Here’s what The Onion headline writers came up with in their satiric newspaper: “Snowstorm in Chicago Delays Hundreds Of Morning Murders.” Just what you’d expect from The Onion when the number of gang-related murders reaches epidemic proportions and becomes international news when they claim

innocent victims with brilliant futures. The text of The Onion story includes a police department “apology” for any would-be murderers inconvenienced by the snowstorm, assuring them that snow removal efforts will permit them “to resume slayings by the early afternoon.” Cold? Sure. But, like any successful Onion parody, or Saturday Night Live skit, it touches a painful nerve. As did something that occurred a few days earlier while I was warming up in the vestibule of a North Side restaurant. Twenty or so nicely dressed men sat at a table inside, and I knew they were cops when I noticed “M” cars with municipal license plates parked outside. Several of them looked my way, recognized me from my TV days, probably realized I was now a civic watchdog, and got nervous. Cops gathering for lunch is no big deal, but they freaked—talked among themselves—then got up and walked out, nodding sheepishly as they passed by. Afraid I had a camera and would bust them? Talk about a role reversal. But no surprise—that’s what’s happening in Chicago. Over the last decade police morale has plummeted for a variety of reasons: Tough contract negotiations, decreasing manpower and, most importantly, a feeling that City Hall and the police brass don’t have the backs of the street cops. The high-visibility prosecution of abusive or overly aggressive cops has left many rank-and-file officers hesitant to do their jobs proactively. They decided that tough law enforcement wasn’t worth it and reverted to what I’ll call a “Dunkin’ Donuts Mentality,” which means: Do your job but don’t take any chances. Drive around and answer calls but don’t try to guess where crimes might be occurring and don’t try to prevent them. Call it the bureaucratic approach to

law enforcement. We’ve come to accept that from the pencil pushers, but the stakes are higher in police work. When gangbangers and drug dealers aren’t aggressively pursued, and guns don’t get taken off the street, the murder rate skyrockets. Cop friends high and low in the pecking order confirm this scenario. By comparison, New York City has attacked its crime problem more effectively, and the stats prove it, especially the precipitous drop in homicides. A friend who had a big job in Illinois state government and now runs a consulting firm in NYC says the answer is simple: The Big Apple, under police chief Raymond Kelly, lets cops “stop and frisk” individuals who fit the profile of gangbangers and drug dealers. That raises troubling profiling and civil liberty issues that are now being sorted out in federal court, but it’s emboldened the NYPD and apparently cut the crime rate dramatically. Chicago hasn’t tried “stop and frisk” but city officials desperate for something to stop the bleeding could consider it. It may be un-democratic, like pieces of the Patriot Act, but the threat inner-city thugs pose to safe streets and civilized neighborhoods is more real than the menace of Bin Laden’s followers. . . . Meanwhile, back in Ogden Dunes, which is Mayberry compared to Chicago, why not simply keep up-to-date lists of crimes and the status of follow-up investigations in the municipal office for residents who prefer paper to digital communication? There you have it: Case closed. Now it’s back to the mean streets of Chicago, where it may be time for a probable cause-based stop-and-frisk policy. There you might have it. -ANDY SHAW

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Long before Chicago Shakespeare Theater announced the theater’s 2013-14 Season in March, discussions and drama behind the scenes about production preferences began two years ago. • “We are always talking about potential projects, but we also have to consider schedules, timing and availability before moving forward and making announcements,” says Chicago Shakespeare Theater Creative Producer Rick Boynton. • “Every season always promises variety.”


he new season includes William Shakespeare’s popular comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Artistic Director Barbara Gaines; Shakespeare’s epic history play Henry V, staged by acclaimed British director Christopher Luscombe; and Edmond Rostand’s classic romance Cyrano de Bergerac, directed by Penny Metropulos and featuring Harry Groener in the title role. Continuing what’s been a popular programming journey in recent season, Chicago Shakespeare Theater is offering another nod to Stephen Sondheim, a curtain gesture started with the Olivier and Jeff Award-winning Pacific Overtures in 2001 and most recently with the highly acclaimed productions like Follies 2011 and Sunday in the Park with George last year. For the new season, Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin is staging two musicals spanning Sondheim’s career, each with themes about pursuit of the American Dream. Gypsy will be produced in the Courtyard Theater, while Road Show, formerly under the title Bounce and reworked and premiered at The Public Theater in 2008, will be re-imagined by Griffin in the theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare. Both productions are scheduled to run simultaneously in two sister theater spaces. “Every production in the 2013-14 series will breathe new life into some of the most alluring characters to inhabit cherished, classic stories,” says Gaines. “From Falstaff to King Henry V, Cyrano to Momma Rose and the restless Mizner brothers, we will bring larger-than-life personalities into intimate proximity with our audience. Each production will illuminate the human condition—in love and war, success and failure—with bold drama, laughter and music.” Boynton, who started with Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 1995 working with casting, left from 2000 to 2005 to join the creative staff at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire before returning to Navy Pier’s fabled performance space dedicated to The Bard.

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Chicago Shakespeare Theater Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin directs Gypsy and Road Show by Stephen Sondheim, and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines directs Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor for Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s 2013-14 Season.

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instead of only black, a new color choice called Sepia. A review of an SRT product would not be complete without some track testing, so SRT arranged the use of Austin’s recently completed Circuit of the Americas, the first track in the US purpose-built for Formula One racing. But first was a 54-mile loop to get a taste of the Grand Cherokee SRT on the road. A perfectly comfortable and tractable driver, the SRT averaged an indicated 16.2 mpg of mostly highway driving, with a few stoplights and traffic snarls. On my first stint on the track I opted to use the paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Next time out, I got to ride along with none other than Gilles, a skilled track driver who competes regularly. He said he preferred to leave it in drive; in the sport setting the transmission will provide rev-matching downshifts, and will hold off upshifts on corner exits. In my later laps I did the same. Eight gears is a lot to keep track of, especially in an unfamiliar vehicle on an unfamiliar course. Riding along also gave me a chance to see the SRT pages in action, which show real-time torque and horsepower readings, as well as cornering, acceleration and braking forces. They are displayed on the new 8.4-inch screen in the center of the dash, but a racetrack is not where you want to take your eyes off your driving, so the information is automatically stored. Traction control was off in the track setting, though some stability control was still in use. You don’t feel the interventions unless you get really out of line, and often the way out is to apply more throttle. This Jeep is very fun and forgiving on the track. Gilles said the US will receive about 3,800 of the 5,200 units produced. Base price is $62,995, and includes one day of professional driver training at selected tracks around the country. -ANDY MIKONIS

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THE AUTHENTIC CITY MARKET The Mercado de Municipal de Sao Paulo

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he great cities of the world all boast their iconic markets. These markets not only offer the widest selection of fruits, vegetables and meats, but also present its visitors with worldclass comfort foods. There is London’s Burough Market where the best grilled Montgomery cheese sandwich can be found. In Mexico City’s La Merced, tostadas and quesadillas stuffed with stewed pork and Oaxaca cheese are the staples. In Madrid’s San Miguel Market, tapas of all sorts take the reign alongside glasses of steely Spanish wines. A trip to Sao Paulo this year landed me the opportunity to pilgrimage to the famed Mercadão (big market), as the local Paulistas call their central market. The Mercado Municipal de Sao Paulo stands as the bastion of the rich food culture of Brazil. The Mercadão is an imposing neo-Baroque architectural specimen of concrete and stained glass. It’s like Les Invalides and the Chartres cathedral all in the same breath. The architectural firm of Francisco Ramos de Azevedo designed the building in 1926. These glorious arched stained glass windows depict the farming heritage of Brazil that crowns the building was created by Russian artist, Sorgenicht Conrad Filho. Filho is also credited for his stained glass works in 300 churches in Brazil. The Constitutionalist Revolt in 1932 against the federal government of Gestulio Vargas sparked the 87-day Paulista War. The market’s opening was delayed when the market served as the garrison for the military. It wasn’t until January 25, 1933, when the market would eventually open to serve its actual purpose. My taxi driver dropped me off in front of one of the side entrances of the market. The bustling market could be intimidating to the first time visitor. Almost every inch of the Mercadão is overflowing with the bounty of land and sea. The long, glass atrium in the middle of the building casts an umbrella of natural sunlight to the 135,000 square-foot space occupied by 318 stalls and 1,500 workers. I wandered through every aisle; soaking in every scent, conversation and the visual parade of shoppers, lunch-goers and merchants going about their daily routine. I resisted the urge to graze at every possible food stall serving samples of charcuterie, cheese and fruit. Then there were the bottles of wines and olive oils that could have easily filled my suitcase. I had to remind myself that I was only at the beginning of my journey through South America and lugging these bottles through airports and subways might not be the smartest move. After about 500 clicks on my camera and an hour of curious exploration, I worked my way to the Gourmet Lounge on the mezzanine level to take in the sweeping views of the market activity and taste the highly touted mortadella sandwich at Hocca Bar. I ordered a cold glass of Quilmes and savored my softball-size mortadella with a generous squeeze of Hocca Bar’s fiery Molho de Pimenta in between each bite. As sweat beads dripped down by head, I couldn’t have thought of a more gratifying way to experience Brazil. -GEORGE AQUINO

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Hocca Bar’s mortadella sandwich

The market has an abundance of prepared foods such as this pickled Italian mix.

If I were to choose one must-experience place in each city that I visit, the city’s historic market would most likely be my choice destination. Markets have a way of luring me in—the smell of local coffee being roasted, the vivid colors of chili peppers on display, the rows of cured ham hung like Christmas lights, and the fruit vendor’s loud plea to sample his golden mangoes.

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What is the background of Fashion on the Shore and how long have you been involved with the project? We did this type of fashion show for the first time at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts three years ago and it was something we thought about doing for our special events program at the center. We thought it would be great to do a project runway type of show and thought it would be great to use top student designers— juniors and seniors—from design schools in the area. It was quite successful. It drew

a very good crowd and it was really fun. At the center, we’re always looking for how we can get more people in the door. Who helped work on that first show? One of the people I was lucky enough to work with was Nena Ivon. She had been one of the top buyers at Saks Fifth Avenue for years and she’s a style icon in Chicago. She had also done fashion shows for years. We met through a mutual friend and she helped us do the fashion show at Lubeznik. I

had been involved in fashion myself in the past but she brought a whole new level to the whole field of doing a style show. Shore Magazine covered it that first year and one of their staff members was a judge. Then later Pat Colander of Shore Magazine and Millicent Huminsky, who is head of travel and development for Southwest Michigan, decided the fashion show would work at the Heritage Museum in St. Joseph. What do you look for when choosing

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When it comes to fashion, Dani Lane is an expert possessing a keen sense of style and an interest in up and coming designers and eclectic works in the industry. • Lane, a graphic designer by profession, is the producer of Fashion on the Shore, the innovative style show scheduled for April 26 at Heritage Museum & Cultural Center in St. Joseph. She is the president of the board of directors of The Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City and is also on the board of Michigan City’s Dunes Summer Theatre. • A resident of New Buffalo, Lane grew up in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood and is a native of Los Angeles. • We talked with Lane about Fashion on the Shore and her personal fascination with style and the apparel design industry.

models for Fashion on the Shore? Models who are tall and slender. We’re not looking for emaciated but tall and slender because most of the designers build their clothes to fit sizes 2, 4 and 6. I can’t have models who aren’t going to fit their clothes. This is one of a kind clothing and we have to fit them to the models that very day. What initially drew you to the fashion world? When I was quite tiny, I read Vogue Magazine and (Harper’s) Bazaar and I loved Coco Chanel and Diana Vreeland who was a style icon. I just poured over old Vogues and Bazaars and my mother was very fashion oriented and dressed beautifully. Then I started sewing my own clothes and always sewed one of a kind designer type things. I would make dresses from paintings I had viewed. I went to the Art Institute and studied in the fashion and costume department. Although I didn’t graduate from there, I did attend there for awhile. Fashion and design has always been a huge part of my life. I’m just intrigued by it. Where do you see the fashion industry headed and are you happy with what’s out there? Oh yes. Definitely. Especially with some of the younger people coming out of the design schools. For instance, last year at the show, the level of the student designs was absolutely incredible and so was their creativity. Many of the clothes we saw last year were very wearable and very high quality workmanship. There was also creative, avant garde types of clothing made from wool or wire with a costume type of look. It was quite intriguing. Many of these students will be the top designers of the future.

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Why are people fascinated by runway shows? They’re fun. Everybody likes to look at new clothes even if they can’t wear them. It’s inspiring and it’s fun to watch and the shows are very high energy. There’s music and video and the girls are terrific.


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Reinventing the wheels


ee Ravenscroft was tired of seeing scrappers driving down the street with trucks overflowing with bicycles. “We knew there was a better fate for these bikes then melting them down,” he says. In 2000, Ravenscroft founded Working Bikes, a non-profit group that recaptures unwanted or discarded bikes and repairs them. The bikes are either sold in the group’s shop, shipped to developing countries in Africa, Central American and South America in partnership with other nonprofit groups or donated to local youth groups. The organization gathers about 9,000 bikes a year and rehabs about 2,500 of them. “We’re a recycling organization,” Ravenscroft says. “There are many other groups focused on biking versus cars and other transportation and energy issues. “What we’re doing is unique. We’re lucky to have such a large biking community so we can focus on recapturing bikes.” Ravenscroft, a retired electrical engineer from Oak Park, bought a 117-year-old warehouse in Chicago’s Little Village


neighborhood six years ago. It serves as the hub for Working Bikes. The brick building is packed with bikes of all shapes, sizes, colors, makes and models. Hand-made signs direct shoppers to racks of handle bars and various other parts. Over the years, the group created several collection sites as the project grew. They now boast 42 drop off locations in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa, including spots in Crown Point and Valparaiso. After rehabbing the donated bikes, they ship some of them disassembled, with extra parts included in the crates, to developing countries. “They know they have to fix the bikes,” he says. “They get 95 percent of them running. They’re in good condition. They are mostly from college students who buy them, bring them to campus and never ride them.” Other bikes are sold in the shop on the warehouse’s main floor to fund the charity work. Upstairs, about 10 volunteers work to repair the bikes a few days a week. Aaron Brown of Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood is the senior mechanic in the shop. He has been with Working Bikes for eight years and started as a volunteer. “It’s definitely better than knowing the money earned by your work is going into

some company owner’s pocket,” Brown says. “I definitely agree with the mission.” Jack Millerick of Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood is a retired Chicago firefighter. He volunteers as a mechanic with Working Bikes. “One of my neighbors had a bike drive and that’s how I got involved,” he says. “I’m a casual cyclist but I like to tinker. There’s people here from all walks of life.” In addition to the bikes shipped overseas, Working Bikes donates bikes in fleets to youth bike clubs in Chicago through the Boys and Girls Clubs and after school programs. “It’s all about getting kids active,” Ravenscroft says. They also participate in a number of sustainability events, green energy fairs and Earth Day celebrations. In the basement, Ravenscroft has his “mad scientist’s lab” where he creates pedal-powered “bike machines” that can power a record player and speakers, charge an iPod or cell phone or spin a globe, all for use at the fairs and events get kids interested in cycling. “We teach kids about working on bikes, about getting active, about science and engineering and recycling,” he says. “It’s all connected.” -LAURI HARVEY KEAGLE

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Harbor Country’s most gracious lakefront estate! Offering every amenity and state-of-the-art security, this 11,000 SF home brings unparalleled elegance to the lakefront lifestyle. Master suite, additional 5 br & 9 ba.

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This Craftsman-inspired, 5 br, 4.5 ba lakefront home in Grand Beach was built in 2005 & has approximately 4500 sqft of living space. The open concept design is casual yet sophisticated. Private master suite has gorgeous lake view.

Allegretti designed Lake Michigan Riviera home. Set on a 100 foot parcel overlooking Lake Michigan and set to enjpoy the wonderful sunsets. This very special home has 4 bedrooms with Lake views and 5 ceramic tiled baths.

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This 4 br, 4 ba exceptionally designed Adirondack-style lakefront home has 100’ of Lake Michigan frontage. No detail has been overlooked, w/ natural materials & textures used throughout the home. Gorgeous hand-hewn beamed ceilings.

Best value on the beach in Harbor Country! Located in the quaint and historic Village of Michiana this 3 br, 3.5 ba lakefront house delivers an incredible 120 ft of frontage with a very low, seawall-protected bluff. Great beaches.

Private woodsy beach getaway with over 120 ft of beautiful beach, plus 1.29 acres to enjoy all on a private long dead-end street. This cozy cottage has 3 br, 2 ba with multiple decks/patios to capture the lake views.

A great 3 br in demand Harbor Pointe Condominium unit. Upgraded kitchen with granite counters. Boat slip & garage. Enjoy Lk Michigan & Galien River Views in New Buffalo. Easy access to the sandy beach, boat slip or pool.

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Adorable ranch with deeded beach access and just steps from the harbor in New Buffalo. This 3 br, 1 ba cottage has an updated kitchen, roof & electrical. Beautiful landscaping, a huge backyard, and a rooftop deck for sunbathing.

PRIVATE BEACH RIGHTS! Short walk to Lake Mich beach. A move in ready 2 br, 2 ba Gordon Beach cottage. Fabulous private beach assoc in sought after Union Pier. Hdwd flr, fplc & parking all in a neat, affordable package.

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Here is your chance to own a well maintained 3 br, 2 ba home on a spacious 2 acre lot w/a large fenced in yard. This property is situated directly across the road from a wooded thicket which features seasonal views of Dayton Lake.

Hillcrest, the 100 year old historic site of the home of one of the founders & developers of Beverly Shores, is perched on the 2nd highest dune in NW Indiana making it uniquely private & offering panoramic views of Lake Michigan.

Beautiful 6 br custom contemporary home in Timberlane Esta tes. Just 1 blk to 3000 ft of private assoc deeded Lake Michigan beach! Entry door is a custom John Goldbaum mahogany/stained glass art piece! Foyer opens to 2-story Grt rm.

Water front gem! Custom new hom e situated on 1.4 acres w/104 ft on the St. Joseph River. Located on quiet culde-sac in top rated St. Joseph Public School System featuring 4 br, 3 ba, 2.5 car garage, ceiling fans, maple woodwork.

Charming year around home in Grand Beach. Walking or golf cart ride to beach, tennis, golf and the clubhouse. Located on a quiet street. This home is very open bright and airy. Great four seasons room that overlooks the woods.

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If these wheels could talk A DRIVING MILESTONE

We noticed we were precariously close to hitting the 100,000 mile mark on our car. This was a huge moment we had been eagerly anticipating, but only four of us were in the car. Luckily, our fifth family member was just within the remaining mileage, so we drove over to pick him up.


hen we got there, we turned over the keys to our teenage son, and let him have the honors. My wife Bridget blasted the Tom Cochran song “Life is a Highway” on the iPod, and five us cheered as the number changed from 99,999.9 to 100,000.0. We were all genuinely excited. I know these days 100,000 miles doesn’t sound like that much. But these are minivan miles, I’m talking about here. This car has seen and done it all. • Before we hit a thousand miles, my youngest son (who was three at the time) shoved a dime in the CD player— ruining it forever. We found out that the only way to replace the CD player was to remove the entire dashboard, and when they told us the price, we opted to drive the next 99,000 miles without a functioning CD player. • The first 30,000 miles covered 15 states, and included bouts of car sickness in at least four of them. The first one happened on a long road trip to Georgia before we figured out we needed plastic baggies in the back during long trips. • On the way home from that first road trip we had one of the most terrifying bathroom emergencies I’ve ever experienced. A writhing-in-pain newly potty-trained boy


forced us make a difficult decision in one of the worst possible neighborhoods of Chicago at night. In case you were wondering, even the scariest looking Walgreens has a restroom, and some of them have armed guards in the parking lot. • Around mile #50,000 the car was rear-ended at 30 miles an hour while we were in a funeral procession. Never volunteer to be the last car in a funeral procession. We started a cartoony domino effect with the other cars ahead of us. • I believe the first transmission went out at 61,000 miles, or approximately one thousand miles after the warranty ran out. • At the 75,000 mile mark we brought a new family member home in the minivan—a dog we rescued from an animal shelter in Kankakee. That dog is the only member of the family that is still thrilled to ride in the minivan EVERY SINGLE TIME. Of course, we also found out that she gets car sick too, and after one unfortunate incident on the way to soccer practice one night, she is no longer allowed to ride in the van on days she has been experiencing digestive issues. I’d explain it in more detail, but I can’t do it without gagging. • Around the 85,000th mile, our oldest son got his permit. He drives . . . the . . . car . . . with . . . very…strong . . . stops . . . and . . . starts. • At mile #90,000 a tire blew out on a mountainous and shoulder-less portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. We would still be there trying to figure out how to change the tire without getting killed if a Good Samaritan who apparently didn’t value his own life hadn’t stopped to help us. • The second transmission had a three year warranty that expired (I’m not exaggerating here) only three days before it died. If you’ve ever wondered whether or not those warranty numbers are strictly enforced or not, let me just assure you they are. I mention all of this not just to celebrate our impressive milestone, but to issue a word of warning to those of you looking to purchase a used car. When you get to the minivan section, keep on walking. The raw mileage numbers on those things do not tell the full story. -RICK KAEMPFER

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Over 10,000 benevolent guests attended The Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity gala at McCormick Place and raised more than $2.2 million for 18 local charities. Guests enjoyed elegant hors d’oeuvres and champagne while viewing the Auto Show, followed by a delectable dinner and live entertainment by American English and the cast of the Million Dollar Quartet.



1 Scott Fitzgerald, Justine Cervenka and Garry Valone 2 Heather Blackwell and Laura Kreid 3 Jim and Kelly Muno 4 T., Bett, Justyna and Nick Canning with Alex Lenik


5 Lauren Petty-Stoltz and Doug Stoltz


6 Michael Rizzo, Elizabeth FernandezCuervo, with Jacquelyn and Adam VanderBee 7 Nick Scafiezzo, Jacquie Stern and CJ Berg 8 Josette, Kate and Dominic Dannessa


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creative expression leap into the arts | schererville


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1 Khalid and April Al-Angary of St. John 2 Melvin Foggey and Dana Jackson, both of Merrillville



3 Cindy Ault of Schererville, Emily Smith of Hobart and John Cain of Crown Point 4 Holly and Tom Breese of Hobart 5 Shalonda Keith of Gary and Mary Golden of Miller Beach


6 Lexi and Jeri Mae Martinez of Schererville 7 Nancy Niequist Schoon of Gary and Kevin Boivin of Evanston

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Heritage MuseuM & Cultural Center 601 Main St. | St. JoSeph, Michigan Doors open at 4:30pM (ct) 5:30pM (et) reCeption & sHow at 5pM (ct) 6pM (et)

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Approximately 350 people attended the 6th annual event at the Halls of St. George. The evening included cocktails, dinner, dessert, raffle, silent auction and performances by the three organizations benefiting from the fundraiser: South Shore Dance Alliance, Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Southlake Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir.

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Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) presented its annual gala at the Four Seasons Hotel. WXRT’s resident Beatles expert Terri Hemmert emceed the event, which was attended by 300 patrons and raised more than $250,000 for CYSO’s music training and education programs. The award-winning Orchestra entertained guests with music by The Beatles.


1 Laura and F. Mikael Mleko of Arlington Heights



2 Jim and Kathy Fieweger of Chicago

1 Cheryl Harris, Janice Gonzalez and Verette Mims

3 Lauren and Rick Johnson of Chicago

2 Kim and Luke Griffin

4 Tony and Denise Pondel with Allen Tinkham, all of Chicago

3 Clyde Hammond and Tamala Williams


5 Michelle Miller Burns and Gary W. Burns of Chicago





4 Ken and Dana Branch with Kim and Marve Dyson 5 Rebecca and Arnie Klein with Paulo and Salone Berhanu

6 Florencio and Ritu Ferrao of Naperville


Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) held its 30th Black Creativity Gala and raised more than $400,000 in support of the annual program, which pays tribute to the culture, heritage and science contributions of African Americans. Guests socialized while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and lavish buffet stations. NBC 5’s Michelle Relerford emceed the program and entertainment was provided by After 7.



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dine with the chefs gala | merrillville

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This annual ball, sponsored by the New Buffalo Business Association, was held at Four Winds Casino’s Silver Creek Event Center. Guests participated in a silent auction and were delighted by an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and chocolate lovers desserts, followed by dancing to the sounds of The Whistle Pigs.


1 Christine and Jeff Waugh of Highland


400 guests attended the 12th annual Dine with the Chefs Gala at the Avalon Manor. Chefs from local restaurants and organizations donated time, talent and resources to prepare a seven-course dinner for guests. The event also featured a silent auction and raised $85,000 to support Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana. 1 Jeff and Kate Shebesta of Schererville

2 Bitsy and George Craft of Attica

2 Vickie and Peter Murdakes

3 Bill and Susan Hudson of LaPorte

3 Sarah and Wes Kotys of Valparaiso

4 Linda Dickinson, Juli Westergren and Migs Murray, all of New Buffalo

4 Geneva Osawe of Gary, Adrienne Lenoir of Chesterton, and Myrtle Lenoir with Jessica Amos, both of Gary

5 Mel and Beck Borglin of New Buffalo






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5 Gary and Shar Miller of Highland with Fred and Barb Belligio of Schererville


6 Visnja and Clay Howard of LaPorte


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artistic honors john hancock reception | harbert


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Art-lovers gathered at Red Arrow Gallery for a reception honoring Rolling Prairie filmmaker John Hancock and Lakeside poet Nan Baker. The evening also included food, drinks, a silent auction, poetry readings and live entertainment by the Gina McLaughlin Jazz Trio, crooners Buddy Carroll and Josh Fidelman, and the duet Sassafrass.

1 Judy Ferrara of Three Oaks with Elena Graham of Bridgman 2 Drew Tallackson of Michigan City, John Hancock of LaPorte, Doreen Bartoni with Allen Turner, both of Chicago 3 Isabelle and Barat Kothari of Chicago 4 Roy and Sue Quiriconi of Chicago with Bob and Jan Gildo of Harbert




5 Patty Panozzo of Michiana Shores with Arnie Saks of Michigan City


6 Michelle Rogers of Midlothian and Natalie Tanneroff of Bridgman



changing lives jazz & blues fest | valparaiso


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Celebrating its eighth year, this musical festival at the Valparaiso YMCA provided guests with great entertainment and food. The fest and fundraiser raises awareness for the community â&#x20AC;&#x153;Changing Livesâ&#x20AC;? campaign, which supports financial assistance and scholarship programs.

1 Irma and Kurt Wiese with Carriann Turner, all of Valparaiso 2 Steve and Julie Dalton with Kelly and Peter Coulopoulos, all of Valparaiso


3 Tammie and Kirk Alexander of Valparaiso 4 Jeff and Katie Balon of Valparaiso with Kim and Todd Syren of Chesterton 5 Cody Bischoff and Tabitha Smith, both of Valparaiso 6 Kristie and Garland Bridgewater of Milwaukee 7 Tony Shivley, Anastasia Bennett, with Michelle and Tony Cavanaugh, all of Valparaiso




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Approximately 55 guests gathered at The Grille at Harbor Shores to engage in lively conversations and enjoy a fourcourse dinner paired with four signature Journeyman Distillery cocktails. Bill Welter, owner and founder of Journeyman Distillery, presented a check for the First Tee Organization. 1 Dave and Janet Mack of St. Joseph 2 Lynn Reinke of Benton Harbor with Chris and Kathy Reinke of St. Joseph 3 Nancy and Robert Finnigan of St. Joseph


4 Mike Todman, Stephanie and Kyle Vandenberg with Lynn Todman, all of St. Joseph

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6 Bill Welter of Porter with Tiffany Daugherty of Michigan City

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5 Kathy Wirtz and Jack Slubowski of Benton Harbor

7 Jon and Julie McIver of Stevensville 8 Anna Russo-Sieber, Bobbi Gertel, both of St. Joseph with Susan Henshaw of Union Pier 9 Nancy Norwood Bowes with Brianne Schmidke, both of St. Joseph 10 Sarah and Matthew Conklin of St. Joseph 11 Deb and Mike Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor of Benton Harbor 12 Nancy Norwood Bowes with Brianne Schmidke, both of St. Joseph

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5pm CT, 6pm ET, Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main St, St. Joseph 269.983.1191. This fashion show features top student designers from colleges and design schools in the Chicago, Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan areas.


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Apr 13 Blue Chip Brewfest, noon-4:30pm, Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, 777 Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City. The third annual Blue Chip Brewfest features top microbreweries from around the nation—including Four Horseman Brewing Company, Bells, New Belgium, Greenbush, New Holland, Upland and more—showcasing the unique flavors of different brews. Apr 13 The Times Ultimate Garage Sale, 8am4pm, Porter County Expo Center, 215 E Division Rd, Valparaiso. Call 219.933.333 or visit garagesale for info. Open to the public, this large annual garage-type sale features collectibles and deals. Last year’s event drew thousands and featured 208 booths. Apr 15-20 28th Annual VU Jazz Fest, call for times, Valparaiso University Harre Union Ballroom, 1509 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5415. valpo. edu. The Midwest’s largest non-competitive jazz event spans six days and features a variety of jazz performers, including David Sanborn and Joey DeFrancesco, who will perform on Saturday evening.


Apr 25 Midwest Smoke Out, 5-10pm, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. The foremost event for cigar aficionados and luxury enthusiasts features dozens of big brands of premium cigars, spirits and luxury items. This event also allows participants to mingle with cigar visionaries. Apr 27 Taste of April in Paris, 11am-3pm, Old World Market, 76 Washington St, Valparaiso. 219.476.0700. A free wine tasting and more than 200 cheeses in stock will help participants learn how to pair different wines and cheeses. Guests can also enjoy live music, pastries and chocolates.

Apr 27-28 Garden, Pond and Patio Expo, 9am-5pm, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. Gardening and outdoor enthusiasts are invited to stroll through the meandering paths and see the newest designs and products to enhance backyards and outdoor living spaces from beautiful pond, garden and patio displays to plants, supplies, outdoor lighting, garden décor and more. May 4 15th Annual Car and Cycle Show, 9am4pm, Muster Pool Parking Lot, 8837 Calumet Ave, Munster. 219.836.7275. Attendees can enjoy a terrific display of more than 20 different car classifications, as well as cycles, competing for trophies at this annual event. Entry forms are available at Munster Town Hall and at local area business sponsors. Additional activities include an arts and crafts fair, a business fair, auto vendors, concessions and music. May 18 Crown Beer Fest, 2-6pm, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. One general admission tickets earns attendees the chance to sample beers from more than 30 Indiana craft brewers during this annual event. VIP ticket holders can enter at 1 p.m. Attendees must be 21 years or older and present a valid I.D. May 25 Jump into Spring Vendor and Craft Show, 9am-2pm, Avalon Manor, 3550 E Rte 30, Merrillville. 219.455.9725. Free and open to the public, this event showcases upscale local and regional vendors, crafters and businesses and features music, entertainment, raffles, door prizes, a kids’ corner and more.


Through May 4 Indoor Farm Market in South Haven, 11am-3pm Sat, Foundry Hall, 422 Eagle St, South Haven. 269.543.4658.

Produce and baked goods will be available for sale at this indoor farm market. Through May 25 Horse Drawn Trolley, Elm & State, downtown St. Joseph. Trolley riders can enjoy the clip-clop of hooves hitting the brick road mingled with the jangling of harnesses as a large Percheron pulls the trolley along the streets. Trolley rides offered weather permitting. Apr 26 A Golden Gala—An Evening with Luis and Tuesday, 6:30-9:30pm, Laketown Golf and Conference Center, 6069 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck. Benefitting Operation Injured Soldiers and Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance, this gala features hors d’oeurves, beer and wine, a silent auction and a book signing by Luis Carlos Motalván, former U.S. Army Captain and New York Times bestselling author of Until Tuesday—A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him, and Motalván’s beloved service dog, Tuesday. Apr 26-28 Art Attack, Harbor Country. 219.469.5332. 269.469.5409. Spanning the towns of Harbor Country, this art-filled weekend includes a full palette of colorful activities— artist’s demonstrations, exhibitions, theatre, music, wine tasting, open houses and more—at area galleries, inns and antique and specialty shops. Apr 28-Sept 29 Allegan Antiques Market, 8am-4pm, last Sun of every month, Allegan County Fairgrounds, 150 Allegan Co Fair Dr, Allegan. 616.735.3333. Antique hunters can browse the wares of nearly 400 antique dealers—including furniture, jewelry, collectibles, rugs and linens, silver and more—at this indoor-outdoor market. May 4 Round Barn Sangria de Mayo, Round Barn Winery, 10983 Hills Rd, Baroda. 800.716.9463. All are invited to celebrate


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The information presented in Essential Events is accurate as of press time, but readers are encouraged to call ahead to verify the dates and times. Please note that Illinois and most Indiana events adhere to central time, and Michigan events are eastern time.

May 5-Oct 6 Antiques on the Bluff, 10am-5pm, first Sun of every month, Lake Bluff Park, downtown St. Joseph. 269.985.1111. This annual fair on the shores of Lake Michigan is a premier event for antiquers, featuring more than vendors from around the Midwest. May 8 Great Gardens Party, 5:30pm, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 E Beltline Ave, NE, Grand Rapids. 888.957.1580. meijergardens. org. The signature spring fundraising event supporting the gardens and sculpture park, this gardens-themed party features a delicious sit-down dinner and a selection of beer and wine, as well as live and silent auction where guests can bid on rare plants, high-quality artwork and unique VIP experiences—including private dinners, international and domestic vacations, concert tickets and more. May 17 All Aboard! 5:30pm, downtown St. Joseph. Visitors will be transported on an unforgettable journey when a fleet of planes, trains and helicopters pull into downtown St. Joseph. This event features the unveiling of 26 sculptures decorated by area artists, as well as other festivities. The sculptures will remain on display through Sept 28. May 17-18 New Buffalo Spring Sidewalk Sales, downtown New Buffalo. A variety of retail shops throughout downtown New Buffalo will showcase new summer trends in clothing and accessories, as well as end of the season bargains, and participating businesses—shops, restaurants, lodging and attractions—will offer something extra special Friday and Saturday. May 18 BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass, 1-8pm, Whirlpool Centennial Field, downtown St. Joseph. This event celebrates spring and features live music from local blues bands Slim Gypsy Baggage, Sugar Blue Band and SteelDrivers; craft beer and regional wines and local BBQ.


Through Apr 27 Green City Market, 8:30am-1pm Sat, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 Cannon Dr, Chicago. 773.880.1266. This indoor market showcases local, sustainable food—meat, cheese, milk, vegetables, bread, fruit, herbs, potted plants, flowers and more. The market also features weekly programs, chef demonstrations, children’s activities and more. Through May 10 Lincoln Park Conservatory’s Spring Flower Show, 9am-5pm, Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N Stockton Dr, Chicago. Visitors can experience the beauty of spring before the weather even begins to warm up at this free annual flower show. Featured flowers include the direct descendants of the great azaleas that once bloomed at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and spring flowering annuals and perennials.

Apr 27 WordPlay Gala 2013, The Four Seasons Grand Ballroom, 120 E Delaware Pl, Chicago. 847.242.6012. writerstheatre. org/gala. Writers’ Theatre presents this spectacular evening supporting the company’s artistic excellence and education programs. Guests will enjoy an elegant, special performance and live auction at the Saturday Night Feverthemed event. May 1 Big Burn Chicago—Pipe and Cigar Show 2013, 4-10pm, Pheasant Run, 4051 E Main St, St Charles. 630.584.6342. The ultimate gentleman’s night out, this one event combines the world of premium cigars, craft beers, spirits and wines, as well as food, drink and live music all under one roof. May 3 Fashion 2013, 9am, dress rehearsal; 12pm, 3pm fashion shows; 5:30pm gala, Millennium Park’s Chase Promenade North, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago. Presented by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, this runway show is a celebration of contemporary fashion, art, architecture and design and combines painting, sculpture, performance, sound, body, installation, technology and theory in one spectacular multimedia show. The fashion show is presented three times during the day, followed in the evening by The Walk, the annual fashion show and benefit gala, which features a cocktail reception, followed by the fashion show and dinner. May 4 Steppenwolf’s Gala 2013, Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N Halsted, Chicago. 312.654.5632. steppenwolf. org. Members of Steppenwolf’s acclaimed ensemble reunite for this gala, serving as hosts for an exclusive 30-minute performance, an elegant cocktail reception and intimate seated dinner, an exciting live auction featuring extraordinary adventures with the artists, a live rock band and DJ and dancing with a chic after-hours lounge. The gala benefits the theater, allowing it to produce ambitious plays, impact a young audience through educational programs and more. May 14 A Taste for the Arts—Annual Gala, 6pm performance; 7:30pm gala & chef event, Harris Theater at Millennium Park, 205 E Randolph, Chicago. This highly anticipated event includes a performance from Chicago Academy for the Arts’ emerging artists, an exclusive dining experience on the Millennium Park Terrace with dazzling cuisine from an array of Chicago’s most talent chefs, a live and silent auction, a raffle, music, and more. Funds raised benefit Chicago Academy for the Arts’ programs and scholarships. May 16 22nd Annual Chicago Benefit Dinner, 5:30pm, Hyatt Regency Chicago’s Grand Ballroom, 151 E Wacker Dr, Chicago. 312.345.3232. This business-attire event begins with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and a program featuring alumni from Facing History and Ourselves classrooms. The dinner benefits international educational nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves. May 17 Voices of a Creative State Benefit Luncheon, Hilton Chicago, 720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.855.3105 ext 12. Arts Alliance Illinois’ inaugural benefit luncheon features a presentation by world-renowned cellist

and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, Yo-Yo Ma, about the powerful role that arts can and should play in the civic life of Illinois. May 31-June 2 Millennium Art Festival, 11am-5pm Fri, 10am-5pm Sat-Sun, Lake St & Michigan Ave, Chicago. Located in the heart of downtown, this annual art festival offers original works from more than 130 acclaimed artists in every medium—including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, sculptures, mixed media, painting, drawing, photography, wood and furniture. The event also features live music and festival fare from neighborhood restaurants.

exhibitions Indiana

Through Apr 21 Presence/Absence, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. Sergio Gomez and Mark Zlotkowski created this traveling exhibit with the intention of leading its audience to a deeper understanding of the viewer’s own visible and invisible experiences. Also, through Apr 21: Light Patterns—Paintings by Gosia Podosek. Through Apr 28 Studebaker at the Brickyard, Studebaker National Museum, 201 S Chapin St, South Bend. 574.235.9714. The three original Studebaker team cares are reunited at this exhibit, which focuses on Studebaker’s factory-backed teams in 1932 and 1933. The exhibit also explores Studebaker’s Pace Car history, with special focus on the 1952 race when Studebaker celebrated its centennial. Also, through Jun 2: A Trip through the Studebaker Factory. Through May 3 Civil War Memorial Exhibit, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 800.255.5253. Photos, artifacts and reproductions of Northwest Indiana Civil War regimental battle flags tell the story of the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County men who fought to preserve the Union and end slavery at this historical exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Also, through May 3: Chair’ish the Children; May 31-Jul 18: TRASHION— From Trash to Treasure. Through May 12 Drawing to Conclusion, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. This exhibit showcases the varied content, style and scale of eight contemporary Midwestern artists—Rick Lange, Christina Mrozik, Jennifer Nelson, Olivia Petrides, Monica Rezman, Lynn Retson, Matt Woodward and Monica Wulfurs. Also, through May 12: Line of Thought. Through May 12 Line of Thought, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. Members of the Area Artists Association interpret Line of Thought in a variety of mediums— including drawing, painting and photography—at this exhibit. Also, through May 12: Drawing to Conclusion; May 18-Jul 28: Construction Sites and Body Language. Through Jun 2 A Trip through the Studebaker Factory, Studebaker National Museum, 201 S Chapin St, South Bend. 574.235.9714.

Recreated from images from the museum’s archives, this exhibit replicates how the South Bend plant appeared during its peak period in the early 1950s and visitors can see the methods and materials used to build Studebaker automobiles. Also, through Apr 28: Studebaker at the Brickyard.


Through Apr 14 Great Lakes Chapter of the Guild of Scientific Illustrators Exhibition, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Rd, Niles. 269.695.6491. Guild members from Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin display their watercolor and ink works in this juried exhibit of illustrated florals and botanicals. Also, Apr 19-June 2: Bryan Whitney—Radio Flora. Through Apr 28 Building Blocks Exhibit, South Haven Center for the Arts, 600 Phoenix St, South Haven. 269.637.1041. southhavenarts. org. Showcasing the artistic talents of elementary students in the South Haven area, this annual exhibit features two galleries of vibrant colors of a child’s imagination. The exhibit is part of the South Haven Center for the Arts’ Community Outreach Program’s mission to enhance the experience of school-age children. Through Apr 30 Butterflies are Blooming, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 E Beltline Ave, NE, Grand Rapids. 888.957.1580. A living exhibit, Butterflies are Blooming features 40 different species of butterflies and moths from tropical regions around the world flying freely in the five-story tropical conservatory. Also, through Oct: Bernar Venet at Meijer Gardens. Through May 19 Sight and Feeling— Photographs by Ansel Adams, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo. 269.349.7775. kiarts. org. This exhibition of Ansel Adams’ Photographs from the KIA collection and local collectors suggests how the artist’s intuitive and emotional response to the landscape resulted in powerful and enduring photographs. Also, through May 26: Reflections—African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection; through Jun 9: The Arts of China and Japan—Selections from the Collection; Apr 20-May 8: Young Artists of Kalamazoo County; May 18-Jun 19: High School Area Show 2013. Through Jun 2 The Floating World— Ukiyo-e Prints from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.0271. krasl. org. This exhibition showcases 50 ukiyo-e prints from Japan’s Edo Period. Ukiyo-e means “images of the floating world” and refers to the theater and entertainment districts in Japanese cities. Apr 19-Jun 2 Bryan Whitney—Radio Flora, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Rd, Niles. 269.695.6491. fernwoodbotanical. org. A photographer/artist and Michigan native now living and working in New York City, Bryan Whitney creates delicate x-rayed botanicals that transform familiar organic forms—including cherry blossoms, tulips, and roses—into unfamiliar, ethereal, dreamy works of art that bring new excitement to the garden experience. Also, through Apr 14: Great Lakes Chapter of the Guild of Scientific Illustrators Exhibition.

MAY 2013

Apr 12 UNICEF’s Message of Hope Gala, 6:30-11:30pm, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago’s Grand Ballroom, 120 E Delaware Pl, Chicago. 312.222.9121. Hosted by the Midwest Regional Office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF this annual gala

features entertainment, exciting live and silent auctions, a raffle and the Message of Hope After Party.


Cinco de Mayo with Round Barn Winery’s new 2013 sangria, tasty DiVine rum cocktails, a mouth-watering taco bar from Cravings Bistro and Pub and a full line-up of Round Barn wines, brews and spirits.

essential events Illinois

Through Jun 2 Destroy the Picture— Painting the Void, 1949-1962, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago. 312.280.2660. mcachicago. org. Created post-World War II, the works in this exhibit respond to the physical and psychological destruction wrought by the war as artists ripped, cut, burned and affixed objects to the canvas in lieu of paint. The exhibit features approximately 100 works by artists from eight countries. Also, A; through Apr 28: Color Bind—The MCA Collection in Black and White; through May: MCA Chicago Plaza Project—Martin Creed; through May 5: William Kentridge; through May 12: Akram Zaatari; through Jun 18: Jason Lazarus; Apr 27-Aug 11: Amalia Pica. Through Jun 16 Fashion and The Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto, The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 312.922.9410. fieldmuseum. org. This presentation showcases clothing designs from the museum’s collections, selected by esteemed Chicago fashion designer Maria Pinto, whose works are also featured. Also, through Jun 9: Images of Afterlife. Through Aug 4 Sharing Space— Creative Intersections in Architecture and Design, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. From the powerful effect of color to the rigor of geometry, this exhibit presents architecture and design works that reveal common concepts and strategies across interwoven fields. Also, through May 12: Irving Penn— Underfoot, Picasso and Chicago and When Collecting Was New—Photographs from the Robert A. Taub Collection; through Aug 25: Late Roman and Early Byzantine Treasures from the British Museum; through Apr 28: Project Projects—Test Fit and Recent Acquisitions of Textiles, 20042011; through May 5: Danh Vo—We the People (detail), 2010-2013; through Jun 18: Cy Twombly—Sculpture Selections, 1948-1995; through Jun 23: Spot the Dog—Paw Prints!; through June 2: The Artist and the Poet and They Seek a City— Chicago and the Art of Migration, 19101950; through Aug 11: Kara Walker—Rise Up Ye Mighty Race!


Apr 27-Aug 11 Amalia Pica, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago. 312.280.2660. mcachicago. org. The artist’s first major solo museum show in the U.S., this exhibit includes many of Amalia Pica’s most significant recent works and new commissions— including drawings, sculptures, large-scale photographic prints, slide projections, live performances and installations. Also, through Apr 28: Color Bind—The MCA Collection in Black and White; through May: MCA Chicago Plaza Project—Martin Creed; through May 5: William Kentridge and Akram Zaatari; through Jun 2: Destroy the Picture—Painting the Void; through Jun 18: Jason Lazarus; May 18-Sept 29: Chicago Conceptual Abstraction; May 18-Oct 6: Theaster Gates—13th Ballad; May 18-Nov 10: Think First, Shoot Later— Photography from the MCA Collection; May 25-Sept 8: Gaylen Gerber. Opens May 17 Cosmic Wonder, Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 312.922.7827. adlerplanetarium. org. During Adler Planetarium’s new immersive space experience, the world’s most technologically advanced dome theater transforms into a virtual observatory, allowing viewers to see stunning space visuals in a new way. This live show tells the compelling story of

how, through time, humans have pieced together an understanding of the cosmos and invites audiences to ask questions and help scientists unlock modern mysteries of the unknown.

film Indiana

Cinemark at Valparaiso, 700 Porter’s Vale Blvd, Valparaiso. 800.326.3264, 219.464.0260. Playing new releases as well as the Cinemark Classic Series, Cinemark is the leading motion picture exhibitor. Cinemark at Valparaiso features roomy stadium seating and RealD 3D and digital presentations for an allaround quality movie viewing experience. Portage 16 IMAX, 6550 US Hwy 6, Portage. 219.764.7569. portage16imax. com. The brand-new Portage 16 IMAX showcases blockbusters as well as electrifying 3D films that are uniquely suited to the IMAX format. With projected images up to eight stories high and a spectacular, wraparound digital surroundsound system, this theater offers a totalimmersion moviegoing experience.


The Vickers Theatre, 6 N Elm St, Three Oaks. 269.756.3522. Home of the annual “Sound of Silents Film Festival,” this painstakingly restored turn-of-the-century art house screens a variety of notable independent films. A lofty, two-story gallery space, showcasing the works of Midwestern artists, is open to the public before and between shows. Further enhancing its art-house cachet, the Vickers hosts live music, performance art and poetry readings on its stage.


The Gene Siskel Film Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N State St, Chicago. 312.846.2600. This film centerrenamed in 2000 for its most passionate supporter, the late film critic Gene Siskelhas been exhibiting critically acclaimed, as well as entertaining “motion picture art” in its state-of-the-art facilities since its inception in 1972. Presenting more than 100 films each month, the center showcases cutting-edge, independent features and classic revivals, as well as premieres of new American and foreign films. From hosting the “Annual Festival of Films from Iran” to The Grapes of Wrath, the diverse offerings have quality in common. A focus on education is supported by guest lecturers, discussions and courses, and film-related exhibits can be viewed at the on-site gallery/café.

performance Indiana

Chicago Street Theater, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. Now in its 58th season of bringing live theatrical entertainment to the greater Northwest Indiana region, the CST presents a variety of plays and musicals each season, in addition to regularly scheduled theater classes for both adults and children. Apr 12-27: The Graduate. May 10-18: A Picasso; May 24Jun 8: A View from the Bridge. DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Campus. 574.631.2800. performingarts. The state-of-the-art,

150,000-square-foot facility, newly opened in 2004, is host to some of the world’s most celebrated artists. In addition, its stages showcase student, faculty and community performers, as well as the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Southold Dance, the Notre Dame Symphony, the South Bend Civic Theatre, and more. Apr 14: Tricia Park and Conor Hanick and Anna Cooper Sacred Music Voice Recital; Apr 17-21: Intimate Apparel; Apr 20: Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul; Apr 26: James Crawford Wiley Sacred Music Recital; Apr 27: Aaron Kortze Sacred Music Student Organ Recital. Apr 28: Notre Dame Band Chamber Ensembles Concert and Notre Dame University Band Spring Concert; Apr 30: Notre Dame Jazz Bands Spring Concert and ND Playwrights Now!; May 4: Nathan Gunn; May 10: Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!; May 16: This House; May 17: Notre Dame Band Graduation Concert; May 18: Notre Dame Glee Club Commencement Concert. Footlight Players, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. This community theater group has been entertaining audiences in Michigan City for more than 50 years with its productions of dramas, comedies and musicals. Apr 5-7, 11-14: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. 866.711.7463. World-class gambling and top-name entertainment combine to create an unprecedented experience at this 350,000-squarefoot casino. The Venue, the casino’s 90,000-square-foot entertainment facility, hosts some of the hottest Chicagoland entertainment. Apr 27: Jason Alexander; May 3: The Whispers; May 25: Hong Ngoc. LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra, performances in LaPorte and Michigan City, 614 Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.362.9020. This exciting orchestra offers a variety of concerts throughout the season, including classical, pops, chamber, children’s and family. Apr 20: Trumpet Invasion (LaPorte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St, LaPorte). The Memorial Opera House, 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. This renovated, 364-seat building—with red, white and blue stained-glass windows—was built as a living memorial to the Civil War veterans of Porter County. Built in 1893, the theater has a rich history as a venue for musical and dramatic performances. Apr 19-21: Gypsy. The Morris Performing Arts Center, 211 N Michigan St, South Bend. 574.235.9190, 800.537.6415. The home of the Broadway Theatre League, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and the Southold Dance Theater, the 2,560-seat Morris Performing Arts Center has enraptured audiences in the heart of downtown South Bend for more than 75 years. Apr 9: Celtic Woman—Believe; Apr 27: South Bend Symphony Orchestra’s German Heritage; Apr 28: Brian Regan— Live in Concert. Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, various venues. 219.836.0525. Conducted by the charismatic Kirk Muspratt, this professional orchestra performs concerts that range in atmosphere from the whimsical pops series to the edifying and inspirational maestro series, many of which offer pre-concert discussions with the conductor an hour before the concert. Apr 12: Mahler 2 (The Auditorium at Bethel Church, 10202 Broadway, Crown Point).

Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. starplazatheatre. com. With 3,400 seats arranged in two intimate seating levels, the theater consistently hosts premier performers year-round. With its convenient location in the heart of Northwest Indiana’s shopping and dining district and its proximity to the adjoining Radisson Hotel, the Star Plaza offers a total entertainment package to area theatergoers. Apr 18: Indiana Ballet Theatre’s Cinderella. May 3: George Lopez; May 8-12: Sesame Street Live—Elmo Makes Music; May 16: Ted Nugent. The Theatre at the Center, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. This theater, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, has the distinction of being the only professional equity theater in Northwest Indiana, and showcases the artistry of professional actors, musicians and designers from throughout the Midwest. Apr 25-Jun 2: What a Glorious Feeling. Towle Community Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. To honor its mission of nurturing and celebrating local talent in the arts, the Towle Community Theater presents exhibitions, theatrical productions and musical performances in the heart of downtown Hammond. Apr 11, 13: Laughing Stock; May 3-5, 9-11, 17-19: Jewtopia.


The Acorn Theater, 6 N Elm St, Three Oaks. 269.756.3879. The 250-seat Acorn is home to a carefully reconstructed, rare Barton Theater Pipe Organ and boasts bistro tables and occasionally offbeat entertainment options. Apr 13: Casey Abrams; May 25: Livingston Taylor. Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.3688. The Berrien Artist Guild has converted an old box factory into a multidisciplinary arts resource, housing galleries, studios, an art shop and a café. Visitors also can take advantage of the Box Factory as an entertainment venue, attending stage performances by singers, musicians, poets and actors. Apr 13: Doc Hosler and The Rusty Nails; Apr 20: The Natch’l Blues; April 27: Susan Harrison; May 4: Gina Mc Laughlin; May 11: The Women of Riversong; Jun 1: Lomax Big House; June 8: The Men of Riversong; Jun 15: A Concert of Portraits and Landscapes; Jun 22: Lake Effect Jazz Big Band; Jun 29: An Evening of Sinatra Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids. 616.454.9451 ext 4. Recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras, this Grammy-nominated symphony provides the orchestra for Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. The orchestra’s eight concert series with performances designed for young children through adults feature a wide range of repertoire. Apr 12-13: Boléro; Apr 14: The Listener; Apr 19-21: Cirque Mechanics; Apr 26-27: Bach’s St. John Passion. May 10-11: Beethoven’s Solemn Mass; May 16-17: Beethoven Symphony No. 6; May 17: New Horizons. Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, various venues. 269.349.7759. Founded in 1921, this outstanding ensemble entertains the Kalamazoo area with

The Livery, 190 5th St, Benton Harbor. 269.925.8760. As its name suggests, the Livery is a former horse stable, residing in the Arts District of downtown Benton Harbor. Not content to just offer its twelve taps of microbrew, an outdoor beer garden, an appetizing soup and sandwich menu, and a coffee bar, the Livery is also a venue for an eclectic variety of musical performances. Apr 13: Chuck Jagers and Slim Gypsy Baggage; May 10: Anne Hills. Silver Creek Event Center, Four Winds Casino, 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo. 866.494.6371. events. The Silver Creek Event Center is a 1,500-seat, multi-use facility that is located next to the casino floor. In addition to hosting concerts, the 70,000-squarefoot event center can be reconfigured to host a variety of meetings, special events, conferences and banquets. Apr 12: USBA Light Heavyweight Championship Title Bout; Apr 19: Robert Irvine; May 10: Tower of Power; May 24: Smashmouth; May 30: Fuel; May 31: Huey Lewis and the News. Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, various venues. 269.982.4030. This versatile orchestra offers a traditional Mendel Mainstage Series, small ensemble works in the Around Town Series, and the Performing Artists series, which showcases a wide range of styles with guest artists. May 11: Northern Lights (LMC Mendel Center Mainstage, 2755 E Napier Ave, Benton Harbor). Van Andel Arena, 130 W Fulton, Grand Rapids. 616.742.6600. vanandelarena. com. Ranked second on Billboard Magazine’s 2003 Top 10 Arena Venues for its size, this $75 million 12,000-plus capacity arena offers world-class family shows, concerts and sporting events to the increasingly popular Grand Rapids area. Apr 25: Kenny Chesney; May 14: Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon and Styx. West Michigan Symphony, Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts, 425 W Western Ave, Muskegon. 231.727.8001. With eight pairs of concerts a year, the West Michigan Symphony has played a leading role in the region’s cultural community for almost 70 years. It has helped bring a renewed vitality and life to the center of Muskegon and with it, the historic Frauenthal Theater, a 1,729-seat venue with extraordinary beauty, excellent acoustics and sight lines. Apr 19-20: Women as Muses. May 10-11: The 3 Broadway Divas; May 31-Jun 1: Season Finale.


Broadway in Chicago, various venues, Chicago. 800.775.2000. A joint venture between the two largest commercial theater producers and owner/operators in the U.S., Broadway in Chicago offers the finest of professional stage productions in multiple theaters, all residing in Chicago’s lively Loop. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W Monroe St. Through Sept 8: The Book of Mormon. Broadway Playhouse, 175 E Chestnut. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W Randolph St. Through Apr 14: Catch Me If You Can; Apr 16-21: American Idiot; Apr 23-May 5: Anything Goes. May 10-12: Shen Yun. Oriental Theatre, 24 W Randolph. Apr 2-May 5: Big Fish. The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University, 1 University Pkwy, University Park. 708.235.2222. The Center for Performing Arts is celebrating 11 years of promoting cultural enhancement on the South Side of Chicago through world-class performing arts productions and arts education. Mar 28: Celtic Crossroads; Apr 11: The Piano Men—A Musical Journey through the ’70s; Apr 17: Ed Asner as FDR; Apr 24-25: Anne Sexton’s Transformations. City Winery Chicago, 1200 W Randolph St, Chicago. 312.733.9463. citywinery. com. The city’s newest concert venue and only fully operational winery, will present an eclectic mix of the most respected names in pop, rock, jazz, blues and world music. Apr 8: Creed Bratton; Apr 9-10: David Grisman Andy Statman Quartet; Apr 12: Bill Bragg; Apr 19: Holly Near Band; Apr 20: The Proclaimers; Apr 21: Paris Combo; Apr 25: NOA (Achinoam Nini). Apr 26: Otis Clay; May 2: Southern Culture on the Skids; May 3: Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons; May 17: 10,000 Maniacs; May 21: Hot Club of Cowtown; May 25: Cathy Richardson Band. Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier, 800 E Grand Ave, Chicago. 312.595.5600. Prominently located on Navy Pier in Chicago, this venue mounts renowned productions of the plays of William Shakespeare, as well as works from distinguished American and international playwrights and directors. The theater’s mission to reach out to younger audiences is well accomplished with its offerings of children’s productions and student matinees. The architecturally dynamic structure houses both an engaging, 500-seat courtyard theater and a 200-seat black box theater. Apr 30-Jun 16: Henry VIII; May 11-26: Roadkill. Chicago Sinfonietta, Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 2205 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. In its pursuit of “Musical Excellence through Diversity,” the Chicago Sinfonietta—the official orchestra of the Joffrey Ballet— presents compelling, innovative works, often by composers and soloists of color. Apr 19-20: Arab Spring. The Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St, Chicago. 312.462.6300. thechicagotheatre. com. The Chicago Theatre has been a prototype for area theaters since 1921. With its lavish architecture and an elegant stage, the Chicago Theatre seats 3,600 and stands seven stories high. Apr 19-20: Jim Gaffigan; Apr 27: Diana Krall. May 1: Joe Bonamassa; May 4: Russell Peters; May 9: Paramore. Court Theatre, 5535 S Ellis Ave, Chicago. 773.753.4472. courttheatre.

org. The Court Theatre is a not-for-profit, professional regional theater that is located on the campus of the University of Chicago. Its mission to “discover the power of classic theater” is realized in its intimate, 251-seat auditorium. Through Jul 14: Save on Proof and Moliere; May 9-Jun 9: Misanthrope. The Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn St, Chicago. 312.443.3800. Since 1925, the Goodman Theatre has provided entertainment to the Chicago area; however, a new, state-of-the-art twotheater complex was completed in 2000—75 years to the day after the dedication of the original—and resides in the vibrant North Loop Theater District within walking distance of fine hotels and restaurants. Through Apr 14: Measure for Measure; Apr 13-May 12: The Happiest Song Plays Last; Apr 27-Jun 2: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph, Chicago. 312.704.8414. harristheaterchicago. org. Now in its fifth season at its home in the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, this modern state-of-the-art theater guarantees that the audience will enjoy a wide variety of performances in an intimate setting. Apr 10: Music Institute of Chicago’s Eat to the Beat; Apr 19-20: Chicago Sinfonietta’s Arab Spring. Apr 20, 24, 26, 27: Chicago Opera Theater’s María de Buenos; Apr 23: Fulcrume Point New Music Project’s ALTERED STATES; May 1: Eat to the Beat— The Seldoms; May 8: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Britten at 100; May 18-19: Ballet Chicago’s Balanchine + Beyond; May 20: Music of the Baroche’s Bach’s St. John Passion; May 21: John Waters; May 22: Ludovico Einaudi and his Ensemble’s In a Time Lapse; May 24: Pam Ann’s Cockpit; May 30: Chicago Academy for the Arts’ Eat to the Beat. Lyric Opera of Chicago, Civic Opera House, Madison & Wacker, Chicago. 312.332.2244 ext 5600. The world-class Lyric Opera enraptures audiences with its spectacular artistry, performing in one of the most unique theaters in the world. The recently refurbished Civic Opera House not only is an elaborate treasure on the inside, but it is architecturally distinctive as well, shaped like a throne facing the Chicago River. May 4-19: Oklahoma! Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago. 312.397.4010. Reflecting the modern atmosphere of the adjoining museum, the state-of-the-art MCA Theater features elegant oak-paneled walls and tiered seating, which guarantees that every one of the 300 seats can boast the best seat in the house. Apr 18: Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company’s Untitled Feminist Show; Apr 30May 1: eight blackbird with Nico Muhly and Bryce Dressner; May 7-12: L’Illusion Théâtre de marionettes—Under the Stars; May 1619: Back to Back Theatre’s Ganesh Versus the Third Reich; May 30-Jun 2: International Contemporary Ensemble’s David Lang—The Whisper Opera. Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.294.3000. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of today’s leading orchestras. Performances by the CSO are much in demand at home and in the most prestigious music capitals of the world. Led by renowned Italian conductor Riccardo Muti as its tenth music director, the CSO is working to fulfill his vision for the Orchestra-to

deepen its engagement with the Chicago community, to nurture the legacy of the CSO while supporting a new generation of musicians, and to collaborate with visionary artists. Performances held daily, except Wednesday. Apr 10: Emerson String Quartet; Apr 11-13, 16: Muti Conducts Bach Mass; Apr 13: CSO All-Access Chamber’s Bach Family; Apr 14: Staatskapelle Dresden; Apr 15: Open Rehearsal with Riccardo Muti; Apr 18-19, 23: Muti Conducts Beethoven 4; Apr 19: Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau; Apr 20: Bobby McFerrin’s Spirit You All; Apr 21: St Paul Chamber Orchestra; Apr 25-27: Muti and Pollini; Apr 27: Once Upon a Symphony’s Abiyoyo; Apr 28: CSO Chamber at the Art Institute of Chicago; Apr 28: Evgeny Kissin; May 1: Afterwork Masterwork’s Spanish Passion; May 2-4: CSO’s Spanish Passion; May 4: Get Up and Dance; May 5: SCP’s Jorge Federico Osorio; May 9, 11, 14: CSO’s Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade; May 10: MusicNOW’s Mercury Soul @ Metro; May 10, 12: Beyond the Score’s Sheherazade; May 13: Civic Orchestra’s Rivers—Nature. Power. Culture. May 15: SCP’s Yo-Yo Ma and CSO Musicians; May 16, 18, 21: CSO’s Beethoven 6; May 19: SCP’s MarcAndre Hamelin; May 20: SCO’s Corporate Night—Aretha Franklin; May 23-25, 28: CSO’s Revueltas Noche de los Mayas; May 24: SCP’s Obert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic; May 30-31: CSO’s Fray Plays Mozart. Paramount Theatre, 23 E Galena Blvd, Aurora. 630.896.6666. paramountaurora. com. Named “One of Chicago’s Top Ten Theatres” by the League of Chicago Theatres, the Paramount is renowned for the quality and caliber of its presentations, superb acoustics and historic beauty. Apr 12: Spring Gala; Apr 13-14 STOMP. May 18: Herman’s Hermits and Ides of March; May 19: Raffi. Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E Main St, St Charles. 630.584.6342. pheasantrun. com. Acclaimed throughout Chicago and the Midwest for its entertainment, Pheasant Run Resort features theater at its Mainstage and Studio theaters, comedy at Zanies Comedy Club, and live music, entertainment, art exhibits and shopping at its own version of Bourbon Street. Through May 19: 3. May 24: Side Effects May Include…; May 31: The Best of The Second City. Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N Halsted, Chicago. 312.335.1650. steppenwolf. org. The Chicago-based cast is an internationally renowned group of 43 artists, committed to the art of ensemble collaboration. Now in its 35th season, Steppenwolf continues to fulfill its mission by offering intriguing performances and taking artistic risks. Through Apr 28: The Birthday Party; Through Jun 9: Head of Passes. Apr 18: The Windy City Soul Club. Victory Gardens Theater, various venues. 773.871.3000. victorygardens. org. As one of the country’s most respected midsized professional theater companies, this Tony Award-winning theater is dedicated to serving playwrights and producing world premiere plays. Programs include five mainstage productions with emphasis placed on the development of an ethnically and culturally diverse community of arts. Through May 5: The Whale. May 24: BALL and Other Funny Stories About Cancer.

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Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Parkway, Chicago. 312.902.1500. A National Historic Landmark and a mainstay of Chicago architecture and theatre since 1889, the Auditorium continues to provide unparalleled ballet performances and a variety of artistic productions. Apr 13: River North Dance Chicago and Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic-Havana Blue; Apr 14: Eisenhower Dance Ensemble’s Motown in Motion; Apr 24-May 5: The Joffrey Ballet’s Othello. May 9: Good vs. Evil—An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert; May 10: Maximize Your

Life—Jillian Michaels; May 12: The Tenors’ Lead Your Heart; May 15: Music + Movement Festival; May 17: Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg’s Rodin.


a classical subscription series, annual holiday presentations, chamber orchestra concerts, free summer park concerts and various educational programs. Apr 19: Carmina Burana (Miller Auditorium, 2200 Auditorium Dr, Kalamazoo). May 5: Peter and the Wolf (Chenery Auditorium, 714 S Westnedge, Kalamazoo).

Come breathe in the blossom-sweet air of Southwestern Michigan. No place so close will refresh your spirits as much as this beautiful, fun-filled region along Lake Michigan’s shoreline.

Spring is popping up all over Southwestern Michigan! Good times begin naturally here.

It starts at our Lake Michigan shoreline where you can sail kites on brisk lake breezes. Race up and down towering sand dunes. Catch a mighty salmon or dip for wiggly smelt. Photograph our historic lighthouses. Kayak on mist-blanketed waters. Or watch the sun set in a blaze of fiery colors.

Fun continues beyond our water’s edge.

There are few places in the Midwest that are more sweetly scented in spring than our countryside. Acres of vineyards and orchards cover our rolling hills and river valleys with invigorating aromas. Golfers can play their favorite sport at dozens of challenging courses that offer tee times to fit your schedule. The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, was the site of last year’s Senior PGA Championship so you know the caliber of play you can enjoy. But we have plenty of courses for beginners and mid-range players, too. Break out the clubs and plan a family or friend outing in the coming weeks. But our great outdoors offer so much more in spring and summer.

Bike our scenic country roads. Go birding in our nature preserves. Picnic in a meadow flooded with wildflowers. Feel your heart pound at motocross races. Watch colorful wings flutter at Sarett Nature Center’s butterfly house. Hike through woods. Fill weekend after weekend with our festivals and fairs. And at the end of May start seeing all the wonderful trains, planes and helicopters pop up along St. Joseph’s streets during its summer outdoor art exhibit!

Explore our rich culture indoors.

Shop at boutiques and galleries in our quaint Victorian-era towns. Find antiques. Play arcade and laser tag games. Win at our gaming resort. Whirl around and around on our magnificent carousel. Jam with the live music performers in our concert venues. Retrace history in our museums. Stir your soul with our plays. And make memories in ways only you can in our children’s museums.

Savor the juicy goodness of farm-fresh fruits.

The sweetly scented orchards and gardens of spring turn into baskets of plump, juicy berries, sun-sweet peaches and fresh-today vegetables

in summer. Many of our farms welcome you to pick your favorite foods. Others have markets brimming with baskets of goodness. You can also let our renowned chefs enthrall your taste buds at an eclectic selection of restaurants. Sip our award-winning wines — then bring home bottles of your favorite vintages from more than a dozen local wineries. Satiate your sweet tooth with handdipped chocolates, mountain-high ice cream cones and buttery European-style pastries.

Rejuvenate with a wonderful night’s sleep.

At day’s end, you’ll find amenityfilled hotels to lakeside cottages to quaint bed & breakfast inns to campgrounds where you can refresh before enjoying another day of adventures. You’ll feel so at home … it’ll be hard to leave.

So come to where good times pop up all year long. Visit or, or call 269-925-6301 for lots more ideas and great places to stay.

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Where fun pops up all year long! This year, have more fun. Go where good times pop up like umbrellas on our sandy beaches. Where your favorite music plays in our indoor and outdoor concert venues. We’ll pour you a glass of our award-winning wines or brews. Send you whirling on a carousel. Golfing or kayaking along rivers. Fill your days with rollicking festivals or refreshing solitude. And offer you a welcoming place to sleep along Lake Michigan’s shores… after the sun paints our horizon with crimson gold. 269-925-6301

Colonial charm in crystal blue

Curacao and 182-year old Rif Fort, with its long terrace running parallel to the water, now house restaurants and shops and is adjacent to the spectacular new Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino. Need a place to stay? The historic ocean front Sirena Bay Estate which dates back to the 1700s was where Emily Maynard spent nine days pondering who to give a rose in last year’s finale of The Bachelorette and is available for weekly rentals. But no matter the allures of Willemstad, there is more to Curacao than just this jewel of a Caribbean city. Stretch out in the sun on one of the islands 38 pristine beaches. Don snorkels or dive suits and explore the myriad of dive spots including the 12.5 mile National Curacao Underwater Park and such favorite sites as the sunken Tugboat, the Mushroom Forest, considered a top dive because of its coral formations and even the remains of a wrecked plane. Hop on a charter boat or rent a catamaran and sail through turquoise waters. Swim with the dolphins at the Dolphin Academy and visit the Curacao Sea Aquarium where, if you’re feeling very brave, there’s snorkeling with sharks and sting rays. Head west to Christoffel Park, traveling along the coastline through the wild and rugged outcroppings of rock where delicate orchids peek from tiny crevices and flowering cacti and twisted divi divi trees are part of the arid landscape known as kunuku. Whether it’s a milestone birthday, a big life changing event or recovering from an illness, many islanders prove to themselves and the world that they are back in the game

The charms of Dutch Colonial Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its rainbow palette of gabled buildings accented with louvered shutters and white gingerbread trim, never lose their appeal. The winding cobblestone streets and alleyways of this 17th century city, located on Santa Anna Bay, are crowded with art galleries, restaurants, shops and little plazas shaded by acacia trees. WORDS BY JANE AMMESON


njoy a scoop of Lover’s, a super creamy island made ice cream or a slice of Dutch Apple Cake at the Iguana Café while watching the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge swing open and close letting walkers cross between Punda and Otrabanda districts of the city. Stroll to the Floating Market, a Curacao tradition where boats from Venezuela, 38 miles away, tie up in early morning along the quay, displaying their wares of brilliantly colored fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers, mounds of glistening fish and such Caribbean specialties as tamarind candies and sugar cane. Take in the smells—and if you’re hungry, the tastes—of the foods cooked by vendors along the docks. Pause in Jo Jo Correa, a lovely plaza just across the street where artisans sell their wares. The eight forts still standing on Curacao reflect the island’s need for security through the centuries. Waterfort, originally built in 1634 and replaced some two hundred years later


photography [top] by JANE AMMESON; [below] iSTOCK

by trekking to the top of Curacao’s highest point, the 1237-foot Cristoffel Mountain. But you don’t need a reason to enjoy the climb or the park’s wild life such as blue iguana (get over it, they’re all over the island), the rare Curacao white tailed deer said to have been imported from South America some 500 years ago, brightly colored birds and even an occasional donkey or two. Not up for a mountain climb? You can also tour the park on horseback, rent a mountain bike or take a Jeep tour. The park is also crisscrossed with hiking trails geared towards all abilities from the challenging Orchid Route to an easy meander that leads to the magnificent Landhuis Savonet. Built in 1662, burned by the British almost 150 years later and then rebuilt shortly after, Landhuis Savonet is one of the oldest of Curacao’s 55 remaining landhuizen or plantation houses. Situated at the park’s entrance, the fabulously restored landhuis now houses the Museum of Natural and Cultural History known for its state of the art exhibits. Head to the charming village of Westpunt nestled atop a ridge at the western point of the island. Try the fried iguana—an island specialty—at Jaanchies in Westpunt, a family run business which opened 75 years ago. Or order pizza fired in a wood burning stove using island woods and topped with locally sourced toppings at Sol Food. Check out two unique Westpunt’s beaches—Playa Santu Pretu and Playa Forti tucked away in secluded coves and famed for their black sand made from surf pounded volcanic beach stone. On the way back, take a turn to visit the gallery

of artist Serena Israel who creates vividly painted and voluptuously shaped figurines called Chichis, the island name for eldest daughter or sister. Visitors to Serena’s Art Factory, her studio in Santa Caterina near the Curacao Ostrich Farm, can paint their own Chichis during a two-hour workshop that Israel offers. The less artistically inclined can buy one of these hand-painted and individually designed ladies. Be sure to visit Den Paradera, the magical botanic and historic gardens tended by famed herbalist Dinah Veeris. Take a guided tour through the Curacao Ostrich Farm and try an ostrich steak with garlic mayonnaise and an African milk tart at the farm’s Zambezi Restaurant which specializes in African cuisine. And remember, there’s never enough time to do it all in Curacao so plan on coming back soon.



icycling is many things: exercise, transportation, recreation. For me, a bike commuter averse to gyms, it’s one thing above all others: adventure. The best way to discover and explore new neighborhoods and landscapes, to see the world from new angles, is on the seat of a bicycle. It’s ideal for encountering all the sights, sounds, smells and people automobiles render inaccessible. Last year, I decided to see Lake Michigan from new angles. It is the centerpiece of the Upper Midwest, but I’ve always thought of it as an ocean surrogate because I’m a New Englander at heart: When I see water all the way to the horizon, I instinctively think of the vast churning Atlantic Ocean and remember growing up a few miles from Cape Cod Bay. So as spring warmed to summer, I began dreaming of ways to get to know the region better, to learn the lake that ties it together. I moved to Chicago six years ago, and fell in love with urban cycling

soon after. Since then I’ve pedaled through the far reaches of the city but never pushed farther than Northwest Indiana and the western exurbs. So I hatched a plan to circumnavigate the lake’s southern reaches on bike, with a big assist from my father and the cross-lake ferry that leaves daily from Milwaukee during warmer months. We’d make a lake loop over a long Labor Day weekend: ride the commuter rail up to Kenosha, Wisconsin, bike north from there to Milwaukee, and then pedal south from Muskegon through Michigan and Indiana and back home. Four days and 350 total miles, 227 by bike and 79 by ferry. At least that was the plan. As I and my father—who gamely flew from Boston to join the adventure—quickly found out, the bestlaid plans often go astray. Thankfully, though, serendipity can transform a challenge into unexpected pleasures. In our case, serendipity also saved us from my own ambition.



A MAN, A DAD AND A PLAN the sun rose. We snaked through post-industrial Racine’s sleepy neighborhoods, detoured around closed trail sections, and carefully negotiated dusty orange-coned construction zones. After missing a turn in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and finding ourselves in territory loathed by cyclists the world over—a busy four-lane road with small shoulders—there was a sudden somber moment. I noticed a roadside memorial, and looked up to see the Sikh gurdawa where a crazed white supremacist had killed six people less than one month earlier. I didn’t expect this inland part of the trip to be particularly stunning, and it wasn’t. When the lake appeared

through the trees of Grant Park in South Milwaukee, we coasted downhill to a beach and I ecstatically jumped in. After riding through the thickly forested park along a high bluff dramatically framing the lake—the highlight of the day for me, by far—we reached our destination: Sheridan House, a “Boutique Hotel & American Bistro” in Cudahy, a leafy lakeside town just south of Milwaukee’s port. It was the closest lodging to the most crucial part of our plan: the Lake Express ferry leaving early the next morning. After dinner and a few soothing local Lakefront Brewery beers we collapsed into sleep, oblivious to the wrench about to be thrown our way.

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Chicagoland’s sprawl is massive but no match for the commuter rail train that carried us quickly through North Shore suburbs and into Wisconsin on the last day of August. We embarked from Metra’s terminus in Kenosha, our bicycles laden with panniers full of high-energy snacks, water and maps, in case of iPhone failure. By 9 a.m. we were on the Kenosha County Bike Trail, a nearly 20-mile path heading north toward Racine. Like all rail-to-trail conversions, which reinvigorate fallow land for public use, it was flat and easygoing, giving us plenty of time to acquaint ourselves with the backyards and pre-harvest fields full of food that slipped past as




Lake Express advertises its highspeed ferry as a “fun, fast, and easy transportation solution.” But when we arrived at the checkout counter at 5:15 a.m. and learned the ferry had just been canceled indefinitely due to an engine failure, “nonexistent” seemed a more apt descriptor. As a gorgeous salmon-orange sunrise lit up the lake, we sat fuming, staring at the ferry that refused to cooperate with our wellcrafted plan. On any big bike trip, you ultimately survive by your wits: tires go flat, maps and weather predictions are wrong, cell phone coverage is spotty. But this was a challenge of another order. Because we planned to cover so many miles per day on the lake’s east side, a delay of only a few hours meant we’d never make it back to Chicago on Labor Day. (Maddeningly, Amtrak, Greyhound and the Northern Indiana commuter rail don’t allow unboxed bikes on board.) Our plan, which had seemed so solid the day before, was on the verge of collapsing after we had biked only 35 miles and barely seen the lake. After a flurry of morning phone calls, a possible solution emerged. If the ferry was resurrected in time for the next morning’s 6 a.m. departure, we could rendezvous in St. Joseph with some friends on Labor Day as they drove south from a weekend in Leland, Mich., near Traverse City. It was a long shot, but the only option other than turning back to Chicago in bitter defeat. We booked another night at the excellent Sheridan House and hoped Lake Express’ mechanics were talented. As it turned out, our second day in Milwaukee was full of memorable serendipitous moments showcasing some of the Midwest’s best qualities. Milwaukee and its environs, thankfully, abound with well-marked bike routes. We pedaled past the city’s landmark winged Art Museum as the city woke up, pausing for an outdoor breakfast at an Alterra’s coffee shop in Veterans Park. My father, whose longest stay in the Midwest was for boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes 45 years ago, was struck by the hospitality extended to us throughout the weekend. “Someone always seemed to be there to direct us to a trail or street when our maps failed us,” he remembers.

[Clockwise from top left] A view of the Milwaukee skyline as it recedes from the deck of the Muskegon ferry; A diocese graveyard near the bike path, Michigan; Nowhere Special, Michigan; The beginning of the Kenosha Bike Trail; The Muskegon ferry, used to transport cyclists and their bikes over the lake waters.

After lunch at a vibrant farmers’ market, a cyclist approached us as we studied a map. Soon he was leading us to what he said was an overlooked local gem at the end of a grand driveway: the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s gothic headquarters, surrounded by rare old growth forest. We bid him farewell and ventured into the cool ancient woods. A few hundred yards along a footpath, a small cemetery appeared in a clearing, the final resting place of hundreds of nuns and priests who had given their lives to the church. The oldest 19th-century tombstones offered German names, a reminder of Milwaukee’s earliest history. Quieted by the utter silence of the scene, we slowly emerged from the forest, ready for the adventure’s next chapter, wherever it might unfold.

A phone call woke us up at 4:30 a.m. the next morning: the ferry was back in action and would leave at 6 a.m. All was not lost, and soon Milwaukee’s skyline was receding into the horizon. The 200-foot-long catamaran cruised at about 25 m.p.h., which doesn’t seem fast until you walk onto the vessel’s roof deck and nearly fall over due to intense gusts and 3 to 5 foot swells. Then the

motion sickness warning issued by the captain during departure makes sense. As I slowly made my way back to the cabin, with nothing but water in all directions, it was abundantly clear that Lake Michigan is more inland sea than lake. The calm and narrow entrance to Muskegon’s long harbor was a welcome sight, and soon we were heading south through what I’d been waiting for: Michigan’s semi-forested rolling countryside, punctuated by small towns, farms and rivers, and the occasional car or deer. The lake, now to our right, was never far away, often peaking through a curtain of trees or at the end of a driveway. In other words, we entered cycling paradise. We never really left it during the next two days as we made our way south about 100 miles through Grand Haven, Holland and South Haven. During one stop, my father explained the main reason he loves to bike. There’s a certain Zen state that I sometimes reach,” he said. “The changing terrain and multisensory experiences occupy just enough of my mind that I don’t think about anything else, which is very relaxing.” Despite extreme heat and a few major hills, we both found it easy to

Ignore any salesman who says you need to spend thousands for reliable two-wheeled transportation. My 1985 Schwinn Le Tour made this trip just fine, and chances are the bike you already enjoy riding will be up to the task. Here’s what you do need if you’re planning your first multi-day trip with hotel lodging:

Lake Express charges $100 for a one-way cyclist, $168 for a round-trip, including all taxes and fees. Buy tickets at If you do head across the lake with your bike, get to know the excellent Milwaukee by Bike map ahead of time. The Oak Leaf Trail (paved) snakes south along the lake from the ferry, and is a highlight.


With Google Maps’ bike route suggestions getting better every month, smartphones are a long-distance cyclist’s new best friend. But batteries die and receptions fails, so don’t head into an unfamiliar countryside without actual

maps. Michigan’s Department of Transportation sells maps highlighting bike trails and lowtraffic routes for $5 each. (PDF version can be downloaded for free.) When all else fails, ask a local what to do. They usually know.


The key to a safe and successful ride is having the right equipment and knowing how to use it. Do a day trip with the following before setting out from home for longer adventures. Two rear waterproof panniers ($150): These are essential for avoiding back pain. I recommend Ortlieb’s Back-Roller Classics, but my father was satisfied with his Axiom Typhoons. Both are capacious, durable and will last decades. A rear rack ($30-50, plus installation): aluminum is fine, unless you’re hauling bricks. Panniers attach to this. Confirm your bike’s frame can handle one before buying. Lights ($25): Blinking front and rear lights are crucial for staying visible, aka safe. Spare tubes, tire levers, and hand pump: Flats happen. Be prepared. Water bottles ($5): You can outfit older bikes with bottle cages.

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reach that Zen state of relaxed concentration on the way to St. Joseph. (A mandatory stop at New Holland Brewery may have helped a bit; bicycles and craft beer go hand in hand.) Just as important, we stayed on pace for our mid-afternoon Labor Day rendezvous, making sure not to linger long near South Haven harbor’s lighthouse, which reminded me of Cape Cod. As with any good bike trip, what remains in mind months later are the unexpected encounters: an Amish couple visiting South Haven surprisingly curious about our outfitted bikes and destination. A massive coal plant appearing suddenly around a bend, and the half-mile-long freight trains feeding it. A child playing outside at dusk cheering us on. A final moment of almost

absurd friendliness marked our finish line in a St. Joseph park overlooking the lake. After getting off our bikes, a woman excitedly asked where we’d come from. We recounted the trip, and she was so excited that she asked her husband to take her picture with us. Exhausted and sweaty, we obliged, and I couldn’t resist feeling a small pang of pride. Against all odds, we had somehow found a lucky ride home, which miraculously appeared an hour later. (We also found a place to stow our bikes for pick-up later on—thanks to Boulevard Inn and Bistro.) No, all did not go according to the original plan. But by the end of day three, as we collapsed in a Saugatuck motel after riding 50 miles in grueling heat, we both knew that was for the best. To have completed the original route would have been more work than fun, allowing no time to stop and appreciate the lake— which was, of course, the whole point. Sometimes things have to go awry to fall into place.

Charting your own bike-friendly trip is easy with Google Maps—save and print your own map after letting the application know you’re biking. It’s harder to know what’s most scenic. Southwestern Michigan easily beats southeastern Wisconsin when it comes to biking: the area around Little Black Lake, just south of Muskegon, was lovely, and Blue Star Highway, which hugs the lake all the way from Saugatuck to Benton Harbor, is peaceful thanks to Interstate 196, which attracts almost all traffic.





VICTORIAN ERA PROPRIETORS & PASTIMES As I pack a small suitcase for another summer getaway to Southwest Michigan, as I throw in a bathing suit, sun screen, beach towel, sundresses, and camera . . . I can’t help thinking about how different this trip would be for a woman traveling the same route over a hundred years ago during the late-Victorian era. ot only was the convenience of the Amtrak express train from Chicago to St. Joseph not an option, but solitary travel for the female tourist, on train or steamer, was very rare and considered most unsuitable for “the fairer sex.” With the construction of the railroad in 1890, the “electric roads” provided a faster and more practical option from Chicago than prior transport by stagecoach or Lake Michigan steamer. The resort histories of Berrien and Harbor counties were destined for new greatness, as the lives of the areas resorting women were about to change. Chicagoans poured into Southwest Michigan from the heat-soaked, soot-filled city to restore themselves with a breath of clean country air, sparkling lake vistas, cooling westerly breezes, and an abundance of fruit orchards and farms, all of this virtually a world away from their urban environs. As the popularity of Berrien and Harbor counties grew, so did the ingenuity of a handful of women, who went from taking on boarders and offering home-cooked meals to running small hotels and inns. They eventually progressed to taking on an expansive role in the success of this growing resort culture. At a time when few vocations were deemed acceptable for

women, in destination towns like Union Pier, Lakeside, St. Joseph, Coloma, Paw Paw Lake, and South Haven, local women were finding ways to break free from society’s limiting expectations. Leaning into their natural and ‘acceptable’ talent for keeping up hearth and home, this small but esteemed group of female resort entrepreneurs found ways to manage their own destinies. Mrs. O.W. Woodward, of Woodward House in Paw Paw Lake, was listed in an issue of The Resorter. Of her reputation it said, “The Woodward House so favorably known and the credit is due to Mrs. O.W. Woodward, for her place is ‘Just Like Home.’” Lydia Wilkinson, dubbed “Renaissance Woman of Lakeside” from 1902, worked with her husband to run the Pine Bluff Hotel resort in Lakeside. Lydia, along with her neighbor Maud Perham, saw a need and so began the area’s first taxi service for tourists, meeting Chicago visitors to Lakeside at the railroad station in their Model T’s and offering transport to area lodgings.



“We are enjoying this lovely place and the children are growing brown and rugged,” wrote a summer visitor to Lakeside. Beach etiquette being quite different then than it is today, in areas where the water was shallow enough near the shore, it was possible for a women to bathe in complete privacy. The ladies used “bathing machines”— small wooden houses pulled by horses into the water that allowed the women to change from petticoats into swim-wear without losing her sense of decorum. In 1890, general beach wear for women included a heavy flannel or wool dress, in black or dark color, with stockings and laced swimming slippers and caps. By 1900 it was becoming clear that the clumsiness of the bathing costume was preventing women from actually swimming. It wasn’t until 1910 that women began to enjoy swimming as sport, as the reduction of billowy fabric of bathing dresses and bloomers allowed for styles more practically adaptive to the female form. By 1915, a woman could go beyond just frolicking in the waves while holding onto a rope fastened off-shore, to athletic competition and swimming alongside the men. Oh yes, how far we’ve come. When I think personally of my world travels, for me Southwest Michigan is still where I find my best summer days, the fun-loving girlish version of myself, a reconnection to the wildness of Lake Michigan, and a place that leaves me soothed and cared for whether traveling with family, friends, or solo. For this next trip, I will include a special day of solitary adventure, and as the sun reclines at the close of that day, I will order a glass of wine and drink it alfresco. Sitting within view of Lake Michigan, I’ll make a silent toast to the magnificence of these resorting women—and I will do this simply because I can.

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Mrs. Wilkinson’s contributions to resort life in Lakeside were abundant, hosting open air teas and hikes along Lake Michigan’s shoreline. The Pine Bluff Resort would later become the Chikaming Country Club, where Jane Addams of Hull House fame would become their noteworthy first member. Jane Addams sought refuge on the shores of Southwest Michigan throughout her life, maintaining a cottage in Lakeside and returning regularly for personal reprieve from her burgeoning work with immigrants and the poor of Hull House. Southwest Michigan’s coastline was growing in popularity, and at such a rate that the larger resort properties like The Whitcomb, The Naomi, Plank’s Tavern and the Golfmore were becoming overrun with summer visitors, leaving tourists in search of a more peaceful getaway beyond what the poplar hotels in town could provide. In an excerpt from her family history, Jane GranzowMiles writes of the history of the Manley Resort on the St. Joseph River. “In the summer of 1905 a stranger knocked at my Grandmother’s door,” she writes, referring to the door of the Manley House, surrounded by apple, peach and pear orchards. The stranger was invariably looking for a quiet country stay and a home cooked meal. By the summer of 1907 Mrs. Manley was first listed as having a “boarding house on the Joseph River Bluff, one mile from town, large grounds, good house everything pleasant, accommodations for $1.25 per day, $7.00 to $8.00 per week. Meet boats or trains on request.” In the years that followed, Manley House would become a successful resort property capable of serving upwards of 120 guests. There were other resorting women of course—some not mentioned here, some listed in the September 1897 issue of the Resorter under the headline, “Resort Proprietors, Business Men and Men of Influence in Lake and River Resorts.” The piece included Mrs. C.S. Jenks, Proprietor of Pleasant View Farm, Mrs. A.W. Rapelje, Proprietor of The Maplewood Hotel, Mrs. Spink, Proprietor of the Spring Bluff Resort. Not listed was Mrs. Cummings, who along with her husband, ran the first lodging house for travelers in New Buffalo. With this wave of resorts came the opportunity for acceptable summer pastimes for women, that allowed them to connect more freely with nature and rejuvenate in this setting of beaches, dunes, orchards and ravines.

When I was a student at Indiana University, my friends and I would follow the winding country roads in the rolling hills of rural Brown County, stopping to poke around in antique stores and order coffee and persimmon pie at the small town cafes. WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY JANE AMMESON


well . . . a different story. Sure, the general store, built in 1916, retained its tin roof and mottled, rusted metal front, the gas pumps still sat out in front and an old Coca Cola machine stood on the porch, but now flowers cascaded out of window boxes and people came to dine in the farm-to-fork destination restaurant that now occupied the first floor. The basement had morphed into the “Story Still”, so named because moonshine was made in the basement during Prohibition (and probably before and after as well). The town’s houses and mill, restored to their 19th century glory, are now dedicated for overnight guests. “Brown County lost half its population between 1930 and 40,” owner Rick Hofstetter, a lawyer and avid preservationist, tells me as we walk through the Story gardens where produce for the kitchen is grown. “Because this was so far off the beaten path, it never was torn down for a sub-division. Story is perhaps the best preserved 19th Century rural village in Indiana.” Wanting to be “faithful to the history of the place,” Hofstetter made sure all work done on the general store and homes where Story residents lived in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and now are the inn’s guest houses, used lumber indigenous to Brown County and produced in a local sawmill. They tried, as much as possible, to follow the techniques similar to those of craftsmen from a century ago. “As long as I have stewardship of this building and this village, its character will not change,” says Hofstetter. This commitment to the past may be one reason why ghosts are said to remain. While at Story, it isn’t unusual to run into a ghost tracker loaded down with equipment. A woman dressed in blue is said to haunt the second floor and she’s honored with a guest room named after her. She doesn’t seem to do much more than show up every once in a while—most often after guests have imbibed a different type of “spirits” in the tavern. And the grand Victorian home on top of the hill, built in 1851 to be occupied by Doc Story and his family, is said to be inhabited by a ghost or two as well. But besides electric lights and indoor plumbing (both features relatively new to Story), there’s one other change for the better: no pickled baloney on the menu. For more information on the Story Inn call 812.988.2273 or visit

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s we traveled along the edges of the Hoosier National Forest, further and further away from I.U., the roads became narrower, rising up and down, curving here and there until the ride had an almost roller coaster feel to it. It was on one such trip that we stumbled across Story, a hamlet on the verge of being a ghost town, its only occupant the woman running an old general store. Outside was a hand pump for water (with a conveniently placed tin cup which everyone seemed to use without a cleaning in between) and gas pumps with the intriguing feature of being topped by glass crowns. Inside, amongst dusty items we bought pickled baloney—the house specialty- which we washed down with Nehi pop. Measured by these standards, Story had been a much grander place a century before. Founded in 1851 by Dr. George Story, it was the largest settlement in the area, and between 1880 and 1929, the village had two general stores, a non denominational church, a school house, grain mill, sawmill, blacksmith forge, post office and slaughterhouse. But by the time we arrived, the old grist mill had been abandoned, and the houses either empty or simply gone. Even the road west, once connecting Story to Bloomington, dead-ended at an old iron bridge connected to the site of an old town that was flooded to create Lake Monroe, cutting off easy access to Bloomington and further isolating Story. It seemed, at the time to literally and figuratively be the end of the road for Story. Most ghost towns remain that way, vanishing bit by bit as the years eat away at brick, wood and memories. People die, or move on, and only ghosts remain. I often assumed that was to be the fate of Story, but one day, on a whim, I made the turn that took me back there. It was the same curvy road, tracking the small winding creek dipping high and low and narrow with little or no room for error. But when I made the last curve, Story was . . .




ell, like, kinda-sorta. We’re at Village on the Isle visiting my 89-year-old mother in Venice, Florida. “Everyday’s a new day” is their motto. The joke around here is that every minute is sometimes a new day—because nobody remembers much of anything for very long. Really, it’s a mean joke about some very nice people in a very nice place. And of course, the joke’s on us, since we’re all going in that direction. Another joke (kinda-sorta, a joke) is that at this very moment we’re all the youngest we’ll ever be. I love my mother a lot and we’ve had many good days despite a few rocky patches. Most of the time, especially when I review pictures of her over the sixty-some years we have known each other, I think she is terrific. She’s smart and funny. (For years she was a star in her local comedy troupe.) She took care of me when I was a baby and a child and a teenager and a young woman—and now it’s time for my siblings and I to take care of her. Kinda-sorta. Because our mom has decided to take care of herself. Mostly. When mom decided to sign up for Independent Living at a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community) she gave her children “middle-aged independent living” as well. Like many of her generation, who remember parents taking care of their aging parents at home, she vowed never to be a burden on her children. After these folks won the big world war, their congresses passed laws to ensure they would never be totally dependent on their families. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Home Health Care and Hospice have made it possible for them, and for many of us baby boomers, to live securely in the middle class. Sooner or later many of us will face the question of when or whether mom should go “to a home.” (I say “mom” because dads usually die earlier.) It gets to the point that you can’t ignore it anymore. Sometimes she lets the dishes go for days. The yard is a mess; she can’t kneel down and weed like she used to. You see her food wrappings in the garbage—ice cream, cookies, frozen pizza. Her house needs painting, a new roof. That moldy stuff is starting to crawl out of the shower.

The best place for a kinda-sorta permanent vacation


Or she called you after she drove somewhere and doesn’t know how to get home. Oh boy, you think, somebody has to help take care of her. And it’s probably you. Your life is about to change, and so is your mom’s. But there are options, and our generation is exploring many of them. Mom can move in with you, or the other way around. My friend Susie is doing this hard work with her mom, as she did with her dying dad. It’s very hard and I admire her a lot. But many people just can’t do what she does and they make other choices, sometimes based on finances; sometimes, not. There are nursing homes and assisted living facilities and contractors who will turn Little Johnny’s old bedroom (he’s 42 now) into a hospital room for your mom. There are even fabulous “granniepods”—back yard trailers that plug into your electric and gas and give mom her own apartment where the swing set used to be. I got lucky with my mom. When she turned eighty, she started thinking about the next twenty years. Let’s face it, nobody much thinks about those years before they’re—well—if they’re lucky, when their parents get close to eighty. And many of us are thinking about it now. For the next 18 years about 8,000 baby boomers will be turning 65 every day—and many have parents in their eighties. And guess what’s

photography courtesy of DENISE DECLUE





Top: Denise Declue with her mother. Above: Denise’s mother when she was younger.

the fastest growing segment of the population—people over eighty. Tom Kelly, in his early sixties, a handsome, disciplined man (he recently lost a couple hundred pounds)is the CEO of my mom’s place, Village on the Isle, a CCRC that was featured in a PBS documentary Retirement Revolution several years ago. (PBS is coming back again this spring). He’s proud of the work he and Katherine Margraf LHRM (Licensed Health Risk Manager), the COO, an attractive slim blonde woman in her 40s, have done. They are continually rehabbing their retirement village, bringing it’s standards up to snuff and beyond. Village on the Isle, which was in financial trouble a decade ago, is now earning gold stars and

winning citations. Kelly and Margraf know the “elderly business” inside out, and they are legitimately proud of the caring, well-run faith-based institution they have built. So, for us, and for herself, mom made the right choice. We know she is safe, we know she has nutritious meals available every day, that she has many social options from which to choose and that there is a nurse on duty in case there is a problem. We also know that if she has another stroke, or a heart attack, or breaks a bone, she can recuperate in Village on the Isle’s excellent Skilled Nursing Center, and when daily life is too much of a struggle for her, additional help is available next door in the Assisted Living section. And I’m learning from my mom that if we have bad day, she’s going to forget about it tomorrow, and I am, too. Because tomorrow, after all, is kinda-sorta a brand new day for everybody. Everybody dreams about dying suddenly in their sleep, but that hardly ever happens. People’s bodies fall apart, a little here, a little there. A pill for this, a pill for that. We forget things. We circle the wagons. We become accidents waiting to happen. A CCRC guarantees that we’ll have a familiar place to be and appropriate care as our systems start shutting down. As Tom Kelly says, “If you don’t plan how to control your life in advance, you’re going to find yourself making crisis decisions. It’s easy to make a bad decision in a crisis, and you might find you’ve dealt yourself out of the game.”

his web site aggregates real-estate news by area like a Craigslist for over-55 living. Advertisements are marked clearly and there is basic information about most of the communities, though you will have to dig to find faith-based or other communities of interest like, where Denise’s Mom lives. Typical listings specify whether the properties are new or resale and give information about the distance to the beach or specify if it is a mobile home. The web site also gives basic price range and the type of recreational amenities. Many of the condos and facilities in Sarasota County start at about $100,000. Retirement communities are big business in Florida, and there is strict oversight in the state. Recently Florida passed a law which requires detailed disclosure of financial information to prospective residents at countinuing-care facilities. An estimated 30,000 Floridians live in assisted-living communities and the industry generates $2 billion. About one-third of Americans over the age of 65 move, though only a small percentage leave their home state. But of those who move, according to AARP, about 25% will end up in Florida, more than any other state. AARP is one of the most trusted organizations with information about housing for seniors and retirees. The Retirement Housing Council is an association of retirement housing owners and operators for seniors in Florida with articles like 5 Ways to Avoid Outliving Your Retirement Savings and Workers Saving Too Little to Retire. Chambers of Commerce sites typically have a section to assist prospective residents who are considering moving to Florida with links for housing, healthcare, taxes and driver’s licenses. The community of Venice where Village on the Isle is located has a list of basic re-location information to access at: TheVeniceArea/RelocationInformation/ tabid/97/Default.aspx

The timing has never been better to visit one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hottest destination cities




Sun streams from above London’s Borough Market as The Globe pub sits in the background.

 A royal guard

stands watch in front of the Waterloo Barracks at the Tower of London, the building that houses England’s crown jewels.

in as possible, would be a mistake—even knowing doing them all might not be possible. Some of the most brilliant views of a brilliant city can be seen from the London Eye, a towering Ferris wheel that sits on the River Thames and formerly the tallest of its kind in the world. The cars hold upwards of 25 people and from the uppermost points, you’ll have panoramic views of the city. It’s also the most popular tourist attraction in the United Kingdom—so you won’t be alone waiting in line for it. Just across the Thames on the Westminster Bridge is perhaps the most famous structure in the history of England—Big Ben, along with the Palace of Westminster, which houses England’s government. “Big Ben” actually is just the bell; it sits in what official is Elizabeth Tower,

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alk across Westminster Bridge toward the Houses of Parliament, then listen to Big Ben chime the hour. Wait shoulder to shoulder with the masses to watch the famed changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Stand in the middle of Trafalgar Square or Piccadilly Circus, spin around and make a panorama in your head. Marvel at the majesty of the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, which has been this city’s icon for more than 300 years. There are thousands of ways to do London, and they’re probably all the right way. Give some credit to the 2012 Olympic Games. Give some credit to the newest James Bond flick. Give some credit to the vintage and retro-hip “Keep Calm and . . .” messages you now see everywhere. London has always been a fashionable spot, but perhaps never so much as right now. Like all of the world’s major cities, London is not short on iconic landmarks. To visit, especially for the first time, and not take as many of them


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Westminster Palace, home of England’s Parliament, and Big Ben, as seen from across the River Thames, are two of London’s most enduring icons.

renamed for Queen Elizabeth II. Before you walk across the bridge, though, wide-angle photos of it all are a must from the banks looking across the Thames. From Big Ben, it’s an easy and pleasurable walk to hit up London icons like Westminster Abbey, which gives St. Paul’s a run for its money as England’s most famous church. If looking at cool buildings is your thing, it remains one of the preeminent examples of Gothic architecture in the world. And if you just want to be in the footsteps of history, it’s the royal wedding site of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011, as well as Queen Elizabeth II to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947. It’s hard to say no to watching the proceedings at Buckingham Palace, or walking past the home of the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street. Walk through St. James’s Park, which has the fame of New York’s Central Park, but with perhaps twice the charm. It’s cozily between the palace and the Horse Guards Parade, where there’s a daily changing of the guard on display in the parade ground—a stunning example of British pomp and splendor.



London’s Underground, affectionately known as “The Tube,” is the oldest subway system in the world and one of the largest.


London’s financial district is deserted on weekends, but bustling throughout the week.



he Tower of London and Tower Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, the West End theater district, Trafalgar Square, Chinatown, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, museums galore like Victoria & Albert’s, doubledecker sightseeing buses and the classic red phone booths, shopping at landmark department stores like Harrods . . . they all need to be done. But there are two ways to have a more authentically London near-local experience. And the first will help you accomplish hitting many sites on your to-do list. You have to head Underground—the London subway system, or as the locals call it, “The Tube.” The sheer size of London’s Underground can be positively daunting and even confusing if it you let it be. But some of my most cherished first-visit memories come from hurrying down staircases or escalators to catch the next Northern Line train at Embankment to Tottenham Court Road to change to the Central Line out to Notting Hill. Buy an “Oyster Card,” load it up and start riding to hit the spots on your list. You’ll quickly see that the Underground is one great big site to explore, itself. From the subway advertising posters to the different styles of tile on the walls, each stop is

The famed Tower Bridge as seen from the Tower of London, a nearly 1,000-yearold castle that is arguably the most famous in England.

 Barrels of olive varieties


wait to be dished up at London’s Borough Market.

London’s Borough Market provides all manner of food vendors, including fresh wild game at this stall featuring rabbit, pheasant, wild boar and more.


The Victoria & Albert Museum is one of London’s most popular.

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Underground subway stops are all across the city, including this one in Piccadilly Circus.

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unique. Of personal before-you-die-ness for me was taking the tube to the St. John’s Wood stop and walking a few blocks to the zebra crossing—where The Beatles strolled for one of the most famous album covers of all time: Abbey Road.


ut for my money, my favorite part of the London experience is hitting any number of open-air markets. There are markets that specialize in antiques and collectibles. There are those that have a more alternative bent. There are some that resemble the best and the worst of a typical American flea market. And, of course, if you want to spend three hours sampling cuisine of every kind before finally deciding on your meal, only to realize you’re already full, there are some great food markets. Portobello Road Market will have you checking out some high-end antiques (on Saturdays), clothes and, no doubt, the perfect unique souvenir to take home from your trip. You also can see Notting Hill of Julia RobertsHugh Grant movie fame.

Patrons flock Camden Market to London’ is worth a visit, Borough Market though depending for dozens on your tastes you upon dozens of might feel out of food vendors. place. The word “counterculture” comes to mind, and you’ll see more than a few punk rock kids and plenty of knockoff T-shirts, purses and headphones. But some of the food stalls are great for some mid-shop snacking. Of particular note, though, is Borough Market, near London Bridge. Think of a dried meat or cheese, and it’s there. Sweets of any kind. Wild game. Meat pies. Breads and pastries. It’s all there for locals to take home for that night, but there are dozens upon dozens of stalls there to make it for you for in-market dining. Hit all the sites in the guidebooks that you can. But you’ll be fascinated at just how much of a local you’ll feel like if you take the tube a few stops and get a “spot of supper” at an open market. In the grand scheme of must-see destinations in any lifetime, London hangs out in the upper echelons of any list, patiently waiting for you—probably sipping tea and eating a biscuit.


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Borough Market Big Ben/Parliament Tower of London Buckingham Palace Westminster Abbey Trafalgar Square Hyde Park River Thames walk Victoria & Albert’s Museum The West End St. Paul’s Cathedral Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre London Eye Chinatown The Original Hard Rock Cafe Any authentic British pub Harrods Abbey Road Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace Portobello Market

Costa Rica





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A red-eyed tree frog whose peeping-like call could be heard in the tall plants at night in Cahuita on the east coast of Costa Rica.

The Poas Volcano in Central Costa Rica is an active volcano with a turquoise-colored lake and steaming fumaroles releasing high amounts of sulfur into the air.

They say that turning 40 is a milestone. You’re over the hill, middle aged, officially old. I may not feel old, look old, may not even be old in many people’s eyes, but it’s undeniably a big deal, the big 4-O. Turning 40 was a landmark of sorts for me, a nice neat number that demarcated a stage in my life. My 20s were for grad school, starting my career, and getting married. My 30s were having kids, buying a home, establishing a family. My 40s, who knows what that will bring, although I have my plans. So I thought it would be a good idea to celebrate this milestone, acknowledge this decade-long rite of passage, and live life. I headed with my family to Costa Rica, and I knew this would not be an Eat, Pray, Love-trip of such life-changing, albeit sappy, proportions; but what I didn’t know was that this adventure would become part of my psyche and spirit as I continue my days ahead.


me begin by admitting that I am a bit of an anxious person, and so setting off for a country filled with tarantulas and snakes and bugs with horns and venom and crawly jointed legs was going to be a challenge for me, I knew that, especially with my two boys, Sid, 10, and Frank, 7, in tow. I hated to imagine going mama bear on an army of ants, but in order to experience the splendor of nature, I had to abide. We began our trip in Punta Leona near Jaco, an enormous resort with rainforests and oceanfront, so it was a good way to ease into the unbridled wilderness that is Costa Rica and we rode in at night. The entire country gets dark at 7 p.m. no matter the time of year, so that took some getting used to. An evening feast of seafood paella and crème brulee also helped to make my nerves a bit more settled, but still, I wasn’t sure what sort of terrain we were dealing with yet, as nightfall shielded my eyes from what I had imagined as an Indiana Jones-type setting rife with monstrous shelled beetles and writhing serpents. Staying in the rainforest means awaking to moisture so dense the window in your room is like a bathroom mirror after a shower.

A Golden Orb Spider

to watch your little baby sweet pea honeybuns you love with all of your being rocket, held only by what appears to be a thread, across an abyss of trees and sky, high enough in the air to require waivers to be signed? Yes. After being asked about a dozen times if I was okay, by our guides and everyone else in the tree, I finally let myself ease a little, enough to appreciate what I had then determined would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.



decided to head up to Monteverde, up in the mountains, inland in the cloud forests, and on the way we stopped at a bridge over the Rio Tarcoles. Cars were parked along the side of the two-lane road as others whizzed past at dizzying speeds. We parked too and walked, single file, along the narrow roadside to the center of the bridge. There below was a herd, a gaggle, a pack—whatever they call a large group of crocodiles, all wading in the shallow current of the brown water. I had never seen a crocodile in the wild before, let alone so many. I counted and there were over a dozen. We stood, peering over the edge of the handrail, as someone a few yards away threw pieces of bread at the explosive entourage below. The beasts went from looking like peaceful logs in the water to snapping razors in a split second. Nothing entertains more than two young boys, nothing except a zip line perhaps, than a bunch of crocodiles ferociously attacking food. So when a few of the crocodiles turned their attention from the sailing pieces of bread to a nearby purple gallinule, a bird that was a strange

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Stepping outside was a revelation. The tree canopies towered overhead, taller than anything I had ever seen. Lush foliage of plants and flowers and trees and vines and bushes covered the ground like a multicolor carpet—emerald, scarlet, vermillion, amber, lime, fuchsia. I stood agape, listening to the cacophony of birdsong. Like an orchestra, they were different tones, some higher in pitch, some lower, but what was even more spectacular here was that they were different volumes as well—some from high in the canopy, some right at my feet. I was surrounded, and it was brilliant. My husband and sons stood pointing in all directions. Everywhere you looked there was something to see. Eating breakfast in the outdoors, particularly in the Costa Rican rainforest, can be an exercise in defense. Even though we were served from an array of sumptuously foods, like rice and beans (the national dish), mango and papaya, queso, and even a funnylooking but tasty little fruit called a mamon chino which was like a guinep or a lychee, that still doesn’t mean you don’t have to defend your food like you’re fighting for survival. Descending from every corner of the latticed shelter were capuchin monkeys, vying for their share of croissants and toast. I’ve seen Night at the Museum, I know how these little creatures can be cute but thieving, so although I may have left to snap a few of them with my camera, as they came close enough to touch, I made sure to have my husband stay to defend our breakfasts. Some other diners weren’t as lucky as the monkeys made off with a few treats. Also descending from the nearby hill was a number of strange raccoon-like creatures that were skinnier and larger. I have come to learn that this specie is called a coatimundi, known to locals as the pezote (pronounced pay-zoe’-tay). They’re very cute and we were told that some tourists even try to pet the animals and soon find out that they bite and are more ferocious than they appear. I decided to steer clear and keep eating my fruit. While in Punta Leona, we took part in a bird watching tour. Good thing, because even though these feathered creatures are everywhere, I can’t seem to see a single one of them on my own! Our guide pointed out a pair of scarlet macaws in a faraway canopy, a mandibiled toucan, roufoustailed humming bird sitting on a wire, green heron, common tody-flycatcher, hoffmann’s woodpecker, orange-chinned parakeet, and a blue-crowned mot-mot. Suddenly I felt like a bird watching expert, having seen so many exotic species, however I would never be able to spot such elusive species by myself again, nor would I be able to identify them even if I did. “Hey look a big red bird!” I could exclaim, but that would be about the extent of it. Not that I wouldn’t like to be a big-time bird watcher, I just don’t have the recall for it. Bird watching was definitely something I could get used to, as was taking a canopy walk. I like to walk, hike, do it all of the time in my native Indiana dunes, so why not here in the canopy? I had seen the foot bridges in the Costa Rican guidebooks, and I’m not afraid of heights, so we signed up and showed up bright and early to see the most flora and fauna. It was only after we had all put on our helmets and harnesses that I realized my idea of canopy walk and their idea of canopy walk are two different things. A canopy walk is another term for zip lining. As my two boys were thrilled beyond words at what lay ahead, I was speechless as well, and turning back, I soon realized, was not an option if I ever wanted to be mom of the year. Was it spectacular? Yes. Was it exhilarating? Yes. Was it the mental edge of the precipice

Author Heather Augustyn stands with her boys, Frank and Sid, photographed by her husband, Ron, at the base of the Arenal Volcano.

vipers coiled around a tree branch, a mammal called an agouti that looked like a small capybara, a red tree frog, and a tarantula in its hole. Our guide pointed these creatures out with his flashlight and I never felt afraid, even when I saw the tarantula. Instead I felt like I was seeing something that humans rarely see—the rainforest at night, hidden under cover of nightfall, the time when the nocturnal emerge and the diurnal sleep.

But A Capuchin monkey waits in the rafters of a restaurant to raid tourists’ breakfasts in Punta Leona.


combination of indigo, green, and yellow chicken, my sweet pea honeybuns suddenly turned into savage Romans rooting for a gladiator. No matter how stealth the crocodile, though, the avian acuity was far more keen. Monteverde was a bit treacherous to get to. Those Costa Rican roads aren’t exactly what I would call a road. It’s more like a bunch of boulders strewn together with some dirt with a crater thrown in every yard or so. And it’s about as wide as one car—that is all. So when another car comes to pass from the other direction, moving over means hanging from a cliff or driving into a mountaintop cow pasture or entering into the fields of coffee bushes. During one of these passes we actually spotted a boa constrictor attempting to escape the nearby roadside weed whacking crews armed with gaspowered saws and machetes, and by the look of it, he had already been wounded, perhaps fatally. Settled into our cabin in the Monteverde forest where a mother sloth napped in the canopy with her baby on her chest, we ventured out at dusk to start a flashlight safari, just in time for the night rains in the cloud forest. Drenched from head to toe, we spied a sleeping keel-billed toucan with her colorful beak taking shelter under a cluster of leaves, two kinkajous playing on a branch in the canopy, two side-striped

Costa Rica is wild. It is not always led to you by a guide, and so there were times on our travels when I didn’t have the pleasure of viewing the deadly and creepy from afar, and in fact, there were times when they were right in my face. I had just finished lazing about in hammock outside our cabin in Cahuita, a small town on the Caribbean-side of the country, when I decided to go exploring with my camera. Looking up in the trees for birds and sloths, down on the ground for leaf-cutter ants, and next to me for agouti or paca, I sauntered smack into a massive web of fine, delicate silk stretched like kite string on the wind. I knew what this meant. Spider! I ran screaming backward, swatting the air, swatting my hair, flinging my arms in a crazy dance as if I were on hot coals—“Get it off me!! Get it off me!” I was able to focus on the area of my retreat and there saw a tangle of scurrying skeletal-like legs clamoring for a grip, swinging from a bungee of web. I learned later that this three-inch specimen was called the golden orb spider. I would never acquire an appreciation for her, despite our close personal relationship. Spiders and snakes may be creatures of acquired acceptance or admiration, but I preferred to focus on the aspects of Costa Rica that didn’t require so much effort and, in my estimation, were teeming with more grandeur and splendor, like the still-active Poas volcano. The fumeroles expelled billowing plumes of white sulfuric clouds next to a calm turquoise lake in the caldera. I also preferred the hills of cattle nestled among the coffee plantations and guava trees, pastoral scenes of the simple life as we climbed the crater-ridden roads. I favored the morpho butterflies whose iridescent azure wings never failed to catch my eye, the golden star fruit that grew in such abundance they dropped from trees like rays from the sun, the hot springs that soothed my skin with warm waters from the earth. Perhaps above all though, Costa Rica’s beauty came from its people. In greeting to one another, stranger and friend alike, they exclaim, “Pura vida!” This means “pure life,” and it is not a marketing slogan, it is a way they live. It is a humble life, an exposed life, an exuberant and enthusiastic life. But it is also a compassionate life, because they give this greeting to you. With this same sentiment, instead of a common “you’re welcome,” or a “de nada,” they respond, “con mucho gusto,” which means “it’s my pleasure.” This is a difference that is not subtle. It reflects the gracious giving nature of the people of Costa Rica. They do not try to appease because they want a tip or money, like many other countries I’ve visited. They treat visitors like they are family. They have a reverence for their land and a devotion to all people who live on it. This is a sentiment, a way of life, that I will take with me as I live into my 40s and beyond, more extraordinary and impressive than a walk into a spider web or a glimpse of a scarlet macaw. It is a gift the Costa Rican people have given me—the gift of simplicity, respect, humanity, curiosity, and living with passion.

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d Drier was 10 years old when he first started working as a delivery boy, earning 25 cents a week at the Union Meat Market in downtown Three Oaks, Michigan. The butcher shop, owned by Englishman Alec Watson and located in what was formerly a wagon repair shop, already was well established, having opened for business in 1875. Drier would go on to clerk for the market, his wages rising to a princely $6 a week and by 1913, he had saved enough to buy the business, renaming it Drier’s Meat Market. In time, his son Ed Drier Jr. would take over, smoking the hams and stuffing the sausages that have been the tradition here since the 1800s. Over the years, the fortunes of Three Oaks have waxed, waned and then waxed again. Carolyn Drier, who as a youngster used to ride her bike to work in her father’s store, remembers the time not so long ago when Drier’s was one of the few businesses still going on the block. But now, Three Oaks has

re-emerged, its historic downtown bustling with thriving stores and restaurants, a movie theater, winery and theater all housed in renovated Victorian era commercial buildings. Drier’s has changed very little. Its pre-Civil War front includes four-paned windows that pre-date plate glass. Entrance is through a century old wooden screen door into a room where the planked flooring is strewn with sawdust. Ask for Drier’s bologna (a secret family recipe of all-beef with salt and pepper in a natural casing and shaped like a horse shoe) and Carolyn Drier will take a ring down from the many meat hooks that have been hanging from the ceiling since Watson first opened the market and slice off the amount you want. Pick out the freshly made brats or the house made country paté-like liver sausage or the 4-year aged Herkimer County white cheddar cheese and Drier weighs and then wraps the meat in white butcher paper, adding up the totals in black ink on the outside of the paper. The hams and bacon on display come from the century plus smokehouse outback.

JUNE DRIER’S HAM LOAF 1½ Drier’s ham ground 1 pound fresh ground pork 1 cup bread crumbs 1 tablespoon brown sugar ½ cup chopped onion ½ cup chopped green pepper 2 eggs 1 tablespoon Drier’s mustard 1 teaspoon Drier’s seasoning salt

Mix all together. Put in loaf pan and bake one hour at 350 degrees. Good quality, freshly smoked bacon is rich with flavor. One of Carolyn Drier’s favorite recipes is to caramelize the bacon with a syrup made of brown sugar and water with just a touch of red pepper to add some zest. Drier’s may be celebrating their hundredth anniversary this year, but that doesn’t mean they’ve gone modern. “We were placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in the 1970s,” says Drier who adds, showing a knowledge probably born of their many Chicago customers, “My dad always said, that isn’t something you can give a case of whiskey to someone to get that designation.” Despite being a small town butcher shop, Drier’s has famous fans. The recently deceased actor Larry Hagman liked their hams and tucked away on the shelves amidst condiments and crackers is a letter he wrote extolling their taste. Nearby, is a photo of Carl Sandburg taken by famed photographer Edward Steichen. Sandburg had a summer home nearby and this was a favorite place. Carolyn Drier returned to the store full force after divorcing in 1988 (she’s since remarried) and though the days are long, she has no plans to retire anytime soon. “When my dad died in 1994 I knew I wanted to try to keep the market open,” she says, pausing to contemplate even the thought of retiring. “It’s kind of unsettling to say goodbye to your parents when they’re going to Florida and then getting a call saying your father died.” But she says, waxing philosophical, it probably was best it happened so quickly after a lifelong enjoyed of working in the business that he loved, because it would have been too hard emotionally for him not to be able to physically come into the store every day. “I never want that to happen to me either,” she says. “I can’t even picture myself not being here.” Not surprisingly, given that she grew up around food, Carolyn Drier loves to cook. “Reading a cookbook is like a novel for me,” she says. And so several years ago, Drier decided to put together a cookbook.

“I thought it would be great CARAMELIZED to have a cookbook for all of BACON our products,” she says noting 12 slices Drier’s thick-sliced bacon that she has been collecting ½ cup light brown recipes for decades. sugar, packed The book, Dining Designed 2 tablespoons water ½ teaspoon ground by Driers: Carolyn’s Collection red pepper (Key Ingredient $23) is 240 pages and is sold at the store. Preheat oven to 375 “Some of the recipes are quite degrees. Line cookie old,” says Drier, “such as my sheet pan with foil. grandmother’s Sweet and Spray wire rack with Sour Green Beans with Bacon. Pam and place rack I associate the smell of food in pan. Cut bacon with a place in time and this in half, arrange in recipe is my grandma’s cottage single layer on rack. in Gull Lake.” Combine sugar, Drier’s not only smokes water and red hams, bacon, they make their pepper. Brush over own mustard, seasoning salts, bacon. Bake bacon links of liver sausage so rich for 20 to 25 minutes that it tastes like pate and even or until browned. their own hot dogs. May be prepared “We have five different ways ahead for up to to do macaroni cheese using my three days. wonderful cheddar,” says Drier. “One is a Crockpot recipe that you don’t even have to cook the noodles beforehand. I also have Drier’s Meat Market recipes for ham because people 14 South Elm St are always asking for them and I Three Oaks, Mich. include tips on how to slice it so 888.521.3999 it goes further.” Since the early 1900s, Drier’s has been making a German bologna (which is not anything like what is sold in grocery stores) that Drier describes as more like a salami in a natural casing. “Our bologna is good eating just the way it is,” says Carolyn Drier, “but I also include recipes for using it too.”


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BARTLETT’S GOURMET GRILL & TAVERN 131 E Dunes Hwy 12, Beverly Shores. 219.879.3081. Bartlett’s is a gourmet grill by husband-and-wife team Gary Sanders and Nicole Bissonnette-Sanders. Located in the heart of the National Lakeshore, Bartlett’s has a cozy but very modern ambience. The menu is an exceptionally creative take on upscale roadhouse-type food. Starting off the meal are appetizers such as andouille sausage corndogs and surf & turf potstickers, as well as family style offerings like Low Country spiced boiled peanuts and smoked venison sticks. Entrées include 5-hour pot roast, whitefish fillet and linguine bolognese, ranging in price from $10 to $20. The wine list is modest but well-crafted.


BISTRO 157 157 W Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.462.0992. Trained in Paris at Le Cordon Bleu, chef and owner Nicole Bissonnette-Sanders has created a menu of classics—like a decadent sautéed veal and gulf shrimp, a pork rib chop with apple horseradish ham, and an herb-rubbed roasted half chicken— combined with her own creative takes on nouvelle cuisine with a number of fresh fish selections. Desserts include black chocolate-infused confections that have become standard for fine dining, and also sorbets and ice cream made from fresh fruit. There are some treasures on the extensive list of bottle wines, and many solid choices by the glass. BLACK EYED P SMOKEHOUSE CANTEEN 110 West 9th Street, Michigan City. 219.809.2045. The Black Eyed P Smokehouse Canteen of Michigan City is the home of the gourmet woodfire turkey. The owners have created a special cooking technique with a custom-made smoker and combined good old-fashioned cooking with innovative technology to create a delicious and juicy turkey. The signature woodfire cooking process is also used for turkey breasts, Cornish hens, chicken wings, and ribs.

Turkey and chicken can be ordered with one of three distinct flavors—herb and garlic, Caribbean jerk, or Cajun. CIAO BELLA 1514 US 41, Schererville. 219.322.6800. The cuisines of three different regions of Italy are featured at the newly opened Ciao Bella, a ristorante, pizzeria and wine bar. Patrons can sample a 12-inch gourmet pizza with a creative array of toppings like the Pizza Quattro Stagioni— tomatoes, artichokes, prosciutto and black olives—or the sauceless Pizza Al Fichi topped with goat cheese, figs and onions and drizzled with a balsamic glaze. For those who like more traditional pies, there are thin-crust options with toppings such as sausage, fresh garlic, salami and jalapeños. Or try such entries as Ciao Bella’s signature dishes, Rigatoni Boscaiola— spicy Italian sausage and rigatoni noodles topped with a tomato cream sauce—and the Chicken Pollo Ala Romana, a chicken breast sautéed in a white wine sauce with roasted tri-color peppers and then sauced in a tomato cream. There’s also a great selection of seafood, pork and beef. Desserts change frequently, but the tiramisu is always on the menu. The extensive wine list focuses on European and Californian wines. Delivery and take-out available. DON QUIJOTE 119 E Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.462.7976. Proprietor Carlos Rivero’s authentic Spanish cuisine, lively and friendly atmosphere, and conviviality with his return customers make this downtown Valparaiso restaurant a destination for Chicagoans and Michigan residents alike. The exciting menu features dozens of small courses, including a well-known classic paella with saffron rice and fresh-grilled seafood chunks. Grilled steaks and lamb and veal chops are abundant and cooked according to family recipes handed down for generations. The house specialty is a flan-textured vanilla cake. Lunch entrées average $15, dinner $25.

DUNELAND BEACH INN 3311 Pottawattamie Tr, Stop 33, Michigan City. 800.423.7729. Duneland Beach Inn is nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood just outside of New Buffalo, Michigan. The newly remodeled circa-1924 Inn houses eight guest rooms as well as the superb restaurant, catering to loyal locals and Chicagoans. Begin your Duneland Beach evening by unwinding in the cozy bar with one of their signature ice-layered martinis, or select from an extensive wine list like none other in the region (prices range from $26-$336), or simply relax with a cold craft beer after a day at the beach. For dinner, choose the tranquil outdoor patio or the comfortable dining room. The dinner menu includes special chef’s features such as prime steaks, fresh fish and seafood, and seasonal cuisine. Culinary staff uses the freshest ingredients available for dishes like seared ahi tuna with soba noodle salad, veal chop Wellington, Maryland-style jumbo lump crab cakes, wasabicoconut-encrusted Florida grouper, seafood risotto with black truffle oil, grass-fed filet of tenderloin, or a small plate designed for those with a lighter appetite. Looking for a casual dinner? Choose the best fresh burger in the area, tender smoky baby-back ribs, or the best fried chicken. For the total experience conclude the evening by reserving one of the restful, reinvigorating Jacuzzi suites with private bath and peek-a-boo shower in the inn. GAMBA RISTORANTE 455 E 84th Ave, Merrillville. 219.736.5000. The former owners of the Venezia Bar & Grill and Venezia Café, Benito and Hilda Gamba, have combined their efforts into the grand Gamba Ristorante. Located in Merrillville, this restaurant is housed in an architectural masterpiece, which is hard to miss with its circular design and copper roof. Modeled after upscale restaurants in exotic European locations, the menu offers classic Italian cuisine. The risotto alla Milanese features Arborio rice with saffron, “just like in Milan,” and the wine room boasts storage space for 1,000 bottles. A

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Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria marries the authentic traditions of Naples, Italy with rich local flavors and a balance of ingredients in tempting combinations, served in a rustic and inviting atmosphere. The expertise that goes into every perfectly wood-fired, rustic pizza comes from owners Chris Bardol and his wife, Kristy. “We are passionate about providing an authentic gathering place Chris Bardol, owner Stop 50 to the community. We use 170-year-old traditions from Italy in preparing pizzas with the freshest local ingredients possible.” “The fundamental philosophy is eating what is in reach. In other words, using what is being harvested and then letting the quality and freshness speak. The fire itself is more than just a means to cook. For centuries fire has served as a focal point of gatherings. “It still is today, and is our only method of cooking.” The staff shares his enthusiasm. At every table, service is knowledgeable and welcoming, Stop 50 Wood creating what Bardol calls “a Fired Pizzeria positive vibe.” 500 S El Portal Michiana Shores, Ind. “We want customers to feel 219.879.8777 like they’re a part of something special,” says Bardol.

One of Executive Chef Mike Rueth’s favorite moments in life is convincing a guest to think outside the box. “I love encouraging people to try new things, so there is nothing better for a chef than to witness your guests taking a bite of something they had thought they didn’t like…and they end up finding it surprisingly delicious,” explains Rueth. “It happened to me all the time when I was a kid.” Chef Mike Rueth Sunday afternoons at Rueth’s grandparent’s home created his love of cooking. “I would be in there helping my grandma and Aunt Pattie peel potatoes, and never felt more content,” he recalls. “Baking and cooking was always a very relaxing thing for her and to this day, work to me is my own form of stress relief. The kitchen can actually be very therapeutic.” Giving up a business career in favor of attending The California School of Culinary Arts, Rueth spends much of his time outside of Gamba’s traveling and looking for inspiration. “California has an abundance of amazing produce and seasonal organic ingredients that I love utilizing here,” says Gamba Ristorante Rueth. “This is a time of a real culinary 455 E 84th Dr enlightenment in Northwest Indiana. It’s Merrillville, Ind. not just about a blue collar steak and 219.7365000 potatoes type dish anymore.”

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bite & sip banquet hall holds up to 200 people and looks out onto an open courtyard. GAUCHO’S 597 US Hwy 30, Valparaiso. 219.759.1100. At Gaucho’s, diners enjoy delicious and unique cuisine invented by the Gaucho cowboys of southern Brazil, who provided meats for the people of Brazil with their famous “Churrasco” barbecue. At Gaucho’s, this centuries-old traditional feast is created tableside as servers bring such offerings as filet mignon wrapped in bacon, chicken parmesan, pork sausage, garlic-roasted turkey breast, merlotmarinated leg of lamb, and a variety of other meats, during Gaucho’s traditional Brazilian-style dinner experience for $39.95. Seafood selections on Wednesday and Friday—just $29.95—include crab legs, shrimp, tilapia, perch, tuna, mahi mahi, salmon and clam strips, or add the meat selections for $45.95. All dinners include a 35-item salad bar, Brazilian mashed potatoes, and fried bananas. The lunch menu offers a large selection of sandwiches and salads. Start or finish dinner in the Twisted Martini Lounge upstairs for cocktails, cigars and live entertainment in a modern, intimate setting. GINO’S STEAK HOUSE 1259 W Joliet St, Dyer. 219.865.3854. 600 E 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.769.4466. The chefs at Gino’s, who have more than thirty years of combined experience, use only the freshest ingredients in their homestyle cuisine. Starters include traditional minestrone soup from a family recipe, salads with fresh, locally grown produce, and crusty bread with crocks of butter. The nineounce prime steak tops the menu and is itself topped with Roquefort cheese in its most popular rendition. All main dishes are served with the restaurant’s signature marinated peppers, and entrées include fish and lobster delivered daily. The dessert menu features créme brûlée and various cheesecakes, but the housemade tiramisu is the highlight—a rich blend of coffee, chocolate and cream cheese flavors. A premium selection of wine, beer and cocktails is available at the full-service bar, and there is a special children’s menu so the entire family can enjoy the dining experience.


GIOVANNI’S 603 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.6220. This classic upscale Italian bistro is a local favorite, with charm, gracious service and an extensive menu. Innovative selections include a variety of appetizers, and specials are paired with recommended wine by the glass. A crab cake salad with fresh mozzarella and Bibb lettuce is a staple for lunch, and all entrées are accompanied by hot and crusty garlic Parmesan cheese rolls. You can indulge in a traditional multi-course Italian dinner or order by the item. For lighter fare, soups, salads and pizzas are served with cheerful dispatch. Sumptuous dinners include a renowned Veal Scallopine Piccata, served in a white wine sauce, and scampi sautéed in garlic, lemon, thyme and butter. The wine list is extensive but educational, and the desserts range from classic tiramisu to real Italian gelato. Lunch entrées average about $12, while dinners cost $18 to $25. KELLY’S TABLE 5 7 2 7 N 6 0 0 W, M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.872.5624. kellyscreekwood. com. Tucked away amidst 30 acres of woodland, the Creekwood Inn, built in the 1930s as a second home, is a delightful spot for those wanting to get away. But you don’t have to spend the night to enjoy a great repast at Kelly’s Table, located inside the inn. It’s here that chef/

proprietor Patricia Kelly Molden creates a seasonal menu using the local bounty of the neighboring farms and orchards. Recent appetizer offerings include a rich Onion Soup Savoyarde with egg yolks and cream, topped with Gruyère toast as well as crabmeat and artichoke-stuffed mushrooms. Entrées range from the simple but delicious chicken tetrazzini to grilled cumin-crusted tuna with a mango habanero salsa, and rabbit braised in wine and served with summer vegetables. Fresh pumpkin custard—topped with whipped cream and flavored with Grand Marnier and crystallized ginger—and chocolate mousse served in chocolate tulip cups accompanied by a berry sauce are among Molden’s to-die-for desserts. For cocktails, consider Kelly’s Table Cosmopolitan: a delightful concoction of Absolut Citron, Triple Sec, Chambord, lime and cranberry or a capirinha made with Brazilian cachaça, fresh limes and turbinado sugar. LIGHTHOUSE RESTAURANT 7501 Constitution Ave, Cedar Lake. 219.374.9283. Stunning water views through floor-toceiling windows are perfect for sunset aficionados and are just one more reason to stop at this restaurant nestled on the eastern shoreline of Cedar Lake. Executive Chef Ken McRae draws upon his 25 years of culinary experience in creating a menu with such signature dishes as steaks—offered blackened or Cajun style upon request and served at a sizzling 500 degrees for the ultimate in flavor— plus lake perch and Chilean sea bass. For more casual fare, offerings include burgers, salads and pastas. There’s an emphasis on local products from nearby farms and ice cream from Fair Oaks Dairy Farm. Bottles of wine are half price on No Whine Wednesdays. LUCREZIA 428 Calumet Rd, Chesterton. 219.926.5829. 302 S Main St, Crown Point. 219.661.5829. Lucrezia has been a Northern Italian favorite since owners Michael and Nada Karas first opened it in the mid-nineties, in a historic downtown Chesterton building. Several years later, the couple renovated the William Barringer Brown Mansion just off the downtown square in Crown Point, continuing their fine dining tradition. (In fact, Lucrezia won a 2006 and 2008 ROSE Award for “Putting Porter County on the Map.”) Signature dishes include chicken Vesuvio—slow cooked chicken served in a rosemary garlic sauce with roasted potatoes and fresh vegetables— and roasted lamb shank braised in its own juices accompanied by roasted potatoes and braised red cabbage. Specials include veal medallions with mustard and mushrooms topped with a roasted brandy cream sauce. Not to be missed is the zuccotto, a sinful domed-shaped chocolate sponge cake filled with white chocolate mousse and pistachios and sauced with both chocolate and raspberry. Lunch entrées average $20, dinner $30. STONEY GARDENS 110 W 9th Street, Michigan City. 219.879.8997. . Dedicated to creating moist, flavorful meats, the founders of Stony Gardens decided to take advantage of their engineering background and their passion for great flavor. The Stony Garden co-owners created a special smoker that would allow for the poultry to cook thoroughly, yet remain flavorful and juicy throughout. Stony Gardens also offers catering services with a variety of southern-fusion choices such as greens, Caribbean salad, pasta salad, rice and beans, cornbread, peach cobbler and more.

STRONGBOW INN 2405 E US 30, Valparaiso. 800.462.5121. The menu at this classic institution still includes a wide variety of turkey selections, but with daily specials that include barbecued pork ribs, seafood choices, prime rib and other comfort foods, one would never guess that the bakery and restaurant started as a sandwich stand during the Depression. Many families have had Thanksgiving catered by Strongbow— the meticulously prepared traditional meal that can be ordered as take-out is virtually indistinguishable from that produced by a family team working in the kitchen for ten hours. Also, the bakery has exploded with a range of treats created daily, including cinnamon rolls, cakes, pies, brownies, fruit tarts, truffles, crème brûlée and strawberry napoleons. Lunch entrées average $8, and dinner is $18. TEQUILA RESTAURANTE 110 S Main St, Crown Point. 219.661.8226. Striving to exceed any and all expectations of a typical Mexican restaurant, Tequila Restaurante offers a revolving menu that pairs fresh, seasonal offerings with the staff’s longtime traditional family recipes prepared in a scratch producing, labor-intense kitchen. Hearty plates are delivered to white linen, flower and candle adorned tables by devoted professionals. There’s something for everyone, starting with tableside guacamole, hand-cut carne asada, a build-your-own-plate of tacos, tostadas, sopes, enchiladas, tamales and flautas, as well as fresh ahi, mahi mahi, and sea bass tacos, to 21-day aged filets, one-pound pork chops and bone-in rib eyes. The seasonal cocktail selection boasts scratchmade 21-ounce margaritas and house drinks as well as a boutique of perfectly paired wines. Established in 2009, Tequila Restaurante takes great pride in its current “on the square” location, offering a oneof-a-kind “Mexperience” in its eclectic social dining room (children’s menu available), tequila cantina (21 and over) or outdoor seating (weather permitting). Reservations strongly suggested. VENICE ITALIAN STEAK HOUSE 275 Joliet St, Dyer. 219.322.8565. A quality restaurant with pickup and delivery services available, Venice Steakhouse offers a wide array of cuisines, from Italian-inspired meals to steakhouse classics. The menu includes dinner house specialties such as chicken saltimbocca, veal medallions, and roasted whitefish. In addition to a variety of dishes, the eatery provides a stylish atmosphere for socializing and dining. Guests can mingle in one of the two outdoor dining areas—a glass-encompassed patio and an openair patio—as well as enjoy a marble bar indoors. WILLIAM B’S STEAKHOUSE at BLUE CHIP CASINO 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City. 888.879.7711 ext 2118. Named after Boyd Gaming Corporation’s chairman and CEO William S. Boyd, William B’s is a world-class steakhouse in the tradition of the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas. Executive Chef Rudy Paniuagua advises that you should not over-grill a great steak: “The flavor of the meat and the marbling should speak for themselves.” Rib eyes, T-bones, filet and porterhouse are the centerpiece of the menu—and all the little extras are available, including creamy horseradish, sautéed onions and mushrooms, and au poivre sauce with shallots, butter, cracked peppercorns and cognac—but you will also find fresh seafood, occasional exotic selections like ostrich, and exquisite pasta

dishes, prepared in-house. There is a complete cocktail menu (the traditional martinis are excellent), as well as a fivestar wine list and complete appetizer and dessert selections. The average cost of dinner is $25, and reservations are highly recommended.


BISTRO ON THE BOULEVARD 521 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.6600. This American Bistro on Lake Michigan has a welldeserved and unrivaled reputation in Southwest Michigan. The view through the French doors overlooking the bluff is spectacular no matter what season, though dining outside on the porch has its own special charm, particularly at sunset or on a starry summer night. The interior of the dining room and cozy adjacent bar is impeccable. The menu changes frequently to accommodate seasonal, fresh and available fruits and vegetables, much of which are grown locally, but the basic entrée list—created by executive chef Ryan Thornburg, who worked as the restaurant’s sous chef for three years when it first opened—is extensive. Thornburg’s menu items include horseradish crusted salmon accompanied by sautéed spinach in a Michigan cherry vinaigrette, steak frites—a tallgrass 8-ounce top sirloin with pomme frites and herb butter—and crispy duck confit with sweet potato perogies, micro greens, and walnut vinaigrette. Prices are reasonable, starting at $14 for the All American Burger with bacon, smoked gouda, lettuce, and tomato, to steaks for around $30. Be sure to check out the last Wednesday of the month sushi menu for such delights as seaweed salad with sesame dressing, shrimp tempura, avocado and cucumber with wasabi topikiko—as well as the choice of sakes. Reservations are always helpful, especially on the weekends. COPPER ROCK 11111 Wilson Rd.,New Buffalo. 866.494.6371. dining/copperrock.asp. A meat lover’s delight, this upscale restaurant features Midwestern USDA Prime steaks aged for 42 days in their Himalayan Salt Brick Locker as well as a nice selection of seafood including cold water lobster, fresh seasonal oysters, crab cakes, king crab legs and colossal shrimp. For serious carnivores, there’s the 55-day dry-aged 26-ounces bone-in rib eye while oenophiles will love the 450 selections of wine by the bottle or 40 selections by the glass. Must try sides are the truffled lobster mac ‘n cheese made with aged white cheddar and truffle cheese sauce, cavatappi noodles and chunks of lobster meat and the Copper Rock Cheesy Fries—giant fried potato wedges smothered in truffle cheese sauce, crispy pancetta lardons and scallions. The Copper Classic Dinners offer a three-course selection of starters, entrees and desserts from a list including such selections as a grilled Kurobuta pork chop with apples, caramelized onions and mashed sweet potato, roasted chicken breast stuffed with king crab meat accompanied with asparagus, demi-glace and Hollandaise sauces, and chocolate mousse dome and crème brulèe. THE GRILLE AT HARBOR SHORES 4 0 0 K l o c k R d , B e n t o n H a r b o r. 269.932.4653. The 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course is the picturesque backdrop for the Grille at Harbor Shores. The new clubhouse restaurant will be open seven days a week during golf season (April-October) and will schedule selected open days of the week in the off-season. Executive Chef Mark Smith’s


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bite & sip menu plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be focused on locally grown and sustainable food including a range of daily and weekly specials. While the lunch menu will have a variety of sandwiches, burgers and entrée salads, dinner will feature steaks, poultry, dish and signature dishes, also a complete wine list. HARD ROCK CAFE, Four Winds 11111 W ilson Rd, New Buffalo. 800.494.6371. dining/hard_rock_cafe.asp. Hard Rock’s energy pulsates in perfect synergy with Four Winds, making it a must stop for those who thrive on live entertainment, late night dining options, rock and rock memorabilia (nobody does it better than Hard Rock Cafe) and well prepared American style food while staying close to the casino action. Adjacent to the gaming area, the two level, 12,000 sq. ft. Hard Rock features seating for 275, live entertainment and, of course, a large gift shop area. Beyond their Legendary Burgers like the 10 ouncer topped with seasoned bacon, Cheddar cheese, crisp fried onion ring, lettuce, tomato and pickles, there’s grilled salmon, smokehouse offerings like BBQ ribs and chicken as well as smoked pulled pork, a weekend breakfast buffet and happy hour. The kids’ menu features crispy chicken drum sticks tossed in their signature sweet Hickory BBQ Sauce, hot dogs and oven roasted chicken salad. For dessert, make the hard choice between such sweets as chocolate mousse, strawberry cheesecake, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and chocolate peanut butter pie. RYEBELLE’S 518 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.281.0318. Ryebelle’s is a romantic and elegant destination for fine American cuisine. The restaurant features a comfortable dining room, exceptional service and fine American cuisine. The menu includes favorites such as juicy burgers and cheesy pizza, fresh seafood and hearty steaks. The restaurant offers rooftop dining overlooking scenic Lake Michigan. SIX.ONE.SIX at JW MARRIOTT HOTEL 235 Louis Campau Promenade NW, Grand Rapids. 616.242.1500. ilovethejw. com/dining.html. Bringing the best through the door on the front end is the hallmark of this luxury hotel, located in this Michigan town on a growth trajectory. The menu is simple, and executive chef Justin Dalenberg satisfies the most discerning palate. Size, freshness and outstanding taste characterize the seafood. The mussels, oysters, salmon, tuna and scallops are cooked flawlessly and served in a variety of ways, including raw, grilled and poached in herb and broth combinations that coax out and mix perfect flavors. Locally produced poultry, particularly the duck breast, gets an excellent treatment with specially designed, hand-cut vegetable sides. Steaks, chops and filets are held to a high standard, and the wine pairings exceed expectations. But the extras make the entire experience so memorable: the perfect martini with a choice of olives; spiced butter and cheese selections served with a variety of freshbaked crackers and breads; a cheese plate presented with separate garnishes for each type and slice; and housemade desserts, including a thick, rich and dense crème brûlée in multiple flavors. Even the coffee is a treat, especially when complemented by an aged Porto. The architecture, spacious interior design, orchestrated and technically perfect lighting, and impeccable service combine

to create an atmosphere that enhances the experience. Entrées average $25-$35. The specialty drink (the bar features a wall of blue Skyy Vodka bottles) and the wine list, like the menu, are high-quality and carefully chosen. Reservations are a very good idea; while the restaurant, Mixology bar and the atrium lounge fill the vast expanse of the first floor, at certain times on the weekends every seat is taken, and there may be a short wait. TABOR HILL WINERY & RESTAURANT 1 8 5 M t . Ta b o r R d , B u c h a n a n . 800.283.3363. Tabor Hill Winery’s restaurant is all at once elegant, urbane and semi-casual. Its windows afford ample, rolling vineyard views; the menu is sophisticated. Chef John Paul Verhage, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, gives a modified California-cuisine touch to signature dishes like raspberry chicken and the salmon wrapped in grape leaves. The extensive appetizer menu includes items like mini Morel Mushroom Pizzas and Kobe Beef Carpaccio. Though the restaurant is easy to find—just a half hour north of South Bend and 20 minutes east of New Buffalo—it’s not always easy to get in. Reservations are suggested—but those who wander in unannounced can sip at the complimentary wine bar or purchase a glass and enjoy it on the stone terrace overlooking the vines. Tabor Hill produces a wonderful variety of award-winning wines, but for those who desire a harder libation, a full bar awaits. WILD DOG GRILLE 24 Center St, Douglas. 269.857.2519. Sam Kendall, co-owner of the Wild Dog Grille, says their Italian-inspired cuisine, with a newage twist, has been delighting the public ever since they opened their doors in June 2007. Start out with fresh spring rolls stuffed with crab meat and wrapped in a thin rice paper, or try the crab cake served with three dollops of Creole rémoulade for a flavor enhancement. Another tasty option is the pesto spinach cheese dip served with flat breads fired fresh in the stone oven. Their trademark stone oven pizzas are fired in the best stone oven on the market for an oldworld, thin-crust flavor. Fresh-cut steaks, such as the popular filet mignon and New York strip, are exceptional. Finish the meal with a vanilla panna cotta made from scratch from the chef’s family recipe, the Oregon berry cobbler or a Key lime tart. The restaurant has a liquor license, and the owners pride themselves on offering a laid-back atmosphere with the quality of high-end restaurants. Prices go up to $25.95 for the filet mignon, with most selections under $20.


BALAGIO RISTORANTE 1 7 5 0 1 D i x i e H w y, H o m e w o o d . 708.957.1650. Now in a new location, this popular Italian restaurant has changed its menu offerings, with many entrée prices now under $12.95. Some of the specialties created by chef/owner Mike Galderio include chicken scaloppini-thin breast cutlets quickly sautéed with white wine-Italian sausage and roasted red peppers served with braised escarole, and a salmon club sandwich with broiled salmon, crisp bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato. There are also Galderio traditional family recipes like the chopped salad with chicken, salami and hearts of palm, housemade marinara sauce

GIBSON’S STEAKHOUSE 1028 N Rush St, Chicago. 312.266.8999. The traditional fresh seafood and aged steak restaurant’s reputation for quality and service never varies, and the clientele is often as famous as the food. If you are going to have a martini once in your life, the front-room bar would be the right place. (You can also select food from a special bar menu or the dinner menu.) The same can be said for the mammoth portions of layer cake or à la mode desserts that are as daunting visually as they are gastronomically. Start the diet tomorrow, live like a rock star todayyou can even choose which rock star from the autographed photos plastered all over the staircase walls. Though the Rush Street location is the flagship and standard bearer, there is another Gibson’s in Rosemont and related hotspots next door (Hugo’s Frog Bar) and a couple of blocks away at RL (Ralph Lauren), where a similar menu is the staple. Reservations are a must, unless you want to hang out in the crowd, which is plenty of fun too. The array of choices for wine and cocktails is dizzying and so are the portions; be prepared. Entrées average about $35, but you can go much higher. Be prepared to valet park-it just makes sense. GLENWOOD OAKS RIB & CHOP HOUSE 106 N Main St, Glenwood. 708.758.4400. The Jarosky family has been serving a solid menu of steaks, chops, fresh seafood and vegetables for a generation, with specials that reflect newly popular items or vegetables in season. But the clientele returns again and again for the staples, which include Angus steaks and chops, sautéed fresh lake perch, oysters Rockefeller done à la Isabelle, and salads of crunchy iceberg lettuce with house dressing. Armadillo eggs—fresh jalapeño peppers stuffed with cheddar, fried and served with salsa and sour cream—are the ultimate in comfort food. Dinner entrées average $20; lunch entrées run in the $12 range.

THE PICKWICK SOCIETY TEAROOM 122 Kansas St, Frankfort. 815.806.8140. F o o d a n d beverages are part of the experience in this charming and comfortable shop/ bakery/restaurant, whether you are browsing antiques or just stopping for a minute as you work your way through the fascinating downtown historic community. But the tea is definitely special; Pickwick serves only Octavia Whole Leaf Tea, and a never-ending pot for two costs $5.50. The selections are wide-ranging, including black, oolong, green, white, herbal and every flavor from English breakfast to Rooibos & Roses. A thoughtful menu has a dozen luncheon combinations with salads, sandwiches, cheese plate, quiche, fruit and vegetables, and garnishes averaging about $7. Sides include green salad, fruit salad and soup. Pastries, breads and cookies can be combined or consumed individually. A popular choice is a scone with clotted cream and jam for $2.75. Choose from two dozen kinds of finger sandwiches such as ham and pineapple spread on a corn muffin, spinach and cheese on a filo triangle, or fig merlot spread with cream cheese on white. A dozen breads include chocolate tea and 14 kinds of homemade scones. Cookiesincluding madeleines, carrot oatmeal raisin, or cranberry hazelnut shortbreadare $.75 apiece or $8 per dozen. SIAM MARINA THAI CUISINE 16846 S Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park. 708.862.3438. Chef-proprietor Tammy Pham has evolved into a legend for her mastery of a full menu with dozens of vegetarian options as well as traditionally spiced and marinated poultry dishes. The spring rolls and peanut sauce are prepared in-house daily, along with special soups. The authentic pad Thai has a loyal following, and fresh coconut works in many of the dishes, including dessert. A multi-course lunch averages $12, dinner $15. SMITH & WOLLENSKY 318 N State St, Chicago. 312.670.9900. This big-city steakhouse is the most independentminded, high-quality chain on the planet. Perched overlooking the Chicago River at Marina City, its turn-of-the-century persona with exterior lattice-work trim and interior polished wood floors and brass accessories is a welcome contrast to its futuristic home. The menu is as solid and dependable as jewelry from Tiffany’s or a Brooks Brothers suit. The menu includes simply grilled seafood and porterhouse for two when available. There are three 10-ounce lobster tails to choose from-South African, Tristan Island and Australian. Try not to miss the famous split-pea soup, although, as expected, it’s rich. Full dinners start at $25 and go up. Even though there are 450 tables and booths, reservations are strongly recommended.

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JENNY’S STEAKHOUSE 20 Kansas St, Frankfort. 815.464.2685. 11041 S Menard Ave, Chicago Ridge. 708.229.2272. The Courtright family has an impressive history and credentials in the culinary world of South Chicago and the nearby suburbs, and the Frankfort location is just the most recent addition to the roster. The menu has scores of familiar and comforting staples like classic chicken Parmesan and a legendary Gambriliano Italiano with sautéed sausage, chicken breast, Vesuvio potatoes, peppers, zucchini, onions, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and white wine over fettuccine. The signature steak is an 8-ounce filet with garlic and bleu cheese, and you can have it with Jack Daniels sauce for an extra $2.50. Meals always include soup, potato, vegetable, bread and bruschetta, and the wine list is impressive and right on. Soup, early-bird and homemade specials change daily-Monday, for instance, you can get split pea soup, pot roast with potato pancakes, and Mama’s meatloaf-but even the regular selections are imaginative. Where else can you get a bottle of Dom Perignon with two surf-and-turf dinners for $235? Jenny’s will even text you drink

special information-all you have to do is register. Prices average less than $10 for appetizers, soups, salads, wraps and sandwiches on the lunch menu, and the median price for steak is $20. Most other entrées come in at somewhat less; the sea scallops are $16.95, for instance. An 8- to 9-ounce prime rib at $10.95, a half slab of ribs at $9.95, and braised ox tails at $8.95 are just a few of the bargains on the early-bird menu.


and spaghetti and meatballs. There’s an extensive wine list as well as live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings. Private dining is available for any group from 10 to 200, either family style or custom designed.




When it came time to design the house replacing the 3,000-square-foot summer home theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d enjoyed for 15 years, Mary and Kevin Beyer knew they wanted to take full advantage of their waterfront property on scenic Gull Lake in Hickory Corners, Michigan. But Mary Beyer wanted a home with a street presence while her husband opted for a home with a definitive lake presence.

Highfield, a $1 million 5,297-square-foot summer home built by Falcon Custom Homes and featured in the 2012 Home Builders Association of Greater Kalamazooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 22nd Annual Parade of Homes, is the weekend home of Mary and Kevin Beyer.


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“They talked to different designers before working with us,” says Angela Mulder, director of sales and marketing for Visbeen Associates Inc., a Grand Rapids and Chicago based architectural firm which won 12 American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) last year. “They weren’t happy with their ideas.” Wayne Visbeen, the AIA and IIDA certified president and founder of Visbeen Associates, was able to combine both visions to design Highfield, a $1 million 5,297-square-foot summer home built by Falcon Custom Homes and featured in the 2012 Home Builders Association of Greater Kalamazoo’s 22nd Annual Parade of Homes. “The home was created for entertaining and to maximize the view of the lakes,” says Mulder about the five bedroom and four and a half bath house. “The couple have adult children so to give them privacy there’s a two bedroom apartment over the garage. Outdoor living is enhanced with screened in porches and Wayne designed a boat bar that literally looks like the rear of a boat complete with a fog machine where smoke comes out of a pipe. There’s also another boat bar outside.” The boat bar, with its rich mahogany features, is a homage to the vintage watercraft of yesteryear before the

High ceilings and large windows accented with granite counters, white trim and warm colors make this splendid home warm and friendly. The two-level kitchen is great for cooking and entertaining.

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GROUNDS advent of fiberglass. Other special touches include five stall and three stall garages as well as one with space enough to accommodate the necessary toys of lake living such as boats, fishing gear and watercrafts such as jetskis. Two of three bedrooms have walk-outs and the master bedroom features a private deck overlooking the landscaped garden fronting the water. A screened in porch connects the dining room to the lakefront without impeding the view. The kitchen, with its two level island, is great for entertaining and a walk-in pantry with its sliding door can hold all the viands necessary for feeding large crowds.


The yard fronting the water has a stone pathway leading to the docks and almost every room in the home’s upstairs has a view of the lake. High ceilings, large windows, granite counters, white trim and warm toned colors accented with nautical themes which tie into the owners’ love of water make the home inviting rather than baronial. Heated hickory wood floors are a stylish way to keep feet from getting cold. Though the original property was a heritage home, it also was definitely just for warm weather having no central heating and, awkwardly because of the way the ground slopes down to the water, access to the front meant walking down steps. The new home is multi-leveled with an indoor bridge providing easy access from the guest quarters and main street entrance to the lakeside living and entertainment areas. “It’s a unique design even for us in the custom home business,” says Mulder. “It certainly is perfect for what the couple wanted.”

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[Clockwise from top left] The Beyers wanted to have a home with both a lake and street presence and Visbeen & Associations, a Chicago and Grand Rapids architectural firm, helped them achieve their dream. The couple love to entertain and the home has bedrooms for family spending the night. Heated hickory wood floors add to the comfort of those living there. The boat shaped bar is a homage to the vintage wood behavior. The view of Gull Lake can be seen from many of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s windows including the spacious dining room.


120 S Main St, Crown Point. 219.663.1506 This hometown boutique with an uptown flair is located in the historic Metcalf Apothecary building built in 1881. The original built-in walnut cabinetry houses trendy fashions, unique gifts, home decor, artisan jewelry, vintage finds, art and fair trade items. Copper Butterfly is a friendly family-owned business and supports “Shop Local.”

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CK BUILDING & DESIGN CORPORATION 877.448.1516. With more than 20 years of experience, the builders at this company specialize in custom homes and green building, as well as renovations and remodeling. CK Building works throughout Lake and Porter Counties in Indiana and Will and Cook Counties in Illinois. DEAN’S LANDSCAPING 238 Kennedy Ave, Schererville. 219.864.9078. Dean Savarino and his team at Dean’s Landscaping specialize in designing outdoor rooms for the home. Using a variety of hardscape structures such as patios, walkways and retaining walls, combined with other materials and patterns, Dean’s can create a custom backyard for each customer. Customers should call to schedule a consultation. FIELDSTONE CABINET COMPANY 800.339.5369. Since 1979, Fieldstone Cabinetry has been creating custom kitchens and baths. With more than 90,000 door, finish and specie combinations, the options are endless for either new construction or remodeling products. A comprehensive line of internal organization accessories and decorative embellishments are also available.


MARUSZCZAK APPLIANCE 7809 W Lincoln Hwy, Schererville. 219.865.0555. For decades, this award-winning, family-owned company has been selling and servicing major home appliances in the Munster area. Its broad inventory includes refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washer/dryers and more, made by virtually every brand in the market. The company is factory-authorized to service everything it sells, and professional in-house delivery and installation services are also available. MIDWEST WIND AND SOLAR 866.430.0518. Midwest Wind and Solar, LLC specializes in solar electric, solar thermal and wind

systems for the residential, commercial, municipal, educational, and agricultural sectors throughout the Midwest. They also provide grant writing, certified site analysis, design, installation, maintenance, and training. With over 25 years of electrical, automation and project planning experience, Midwest Wind and Solar assures superior results. OMNI ENTERTAINMENT 1151 Southpoint Cir, Ste D, Valparaiso. 219.464.1832. Omni Entertainment provides custom electronic design solutions for both residential and commercial clients. Services include custom installation of home theaters, multi-zone audio and automated lighting systems, as well as telephone, video security and background music systems for commercial properties. STEINER HOMES 4825 W 100th Ln, Crown Point. 219.916.3744. Steiner Homes offers affordable homes throughout Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties. The in-house residential home designer works with clients’ ideas, either from a previous plan or starting from scratch. Clients can build on their own lot, or Steiner has access to a variety of lots throughout the area. A variety of features are available, and Steiner is committed to keeping those options at the highest quality and most affordable price. SUPERIOR CONSTRUCTION 2045 East Dunes Highway, Gary, Ind. 219.886.3728. Superior Construction is the premiere large construction firm in Gary, Ind., having built such notable structures as Saint Mark’s Church, Lew Wallace High School, the Virginia Hotel, and the Memorial Auditorium. Today, that legacy continues, with their safety priority and awards as one of the top companies in that arena in the state.


LINDAL CEDAR HOMES 23160 W M 43, Kalamazoo. 269.668.3332. lindal.

com. This top-volume dealership works thoroughly with each client in every stage of the home-building process, including planning, design, site evaluations and builder assistance. Top-quality cedar is the highlight in Lindal’s custom homes. MC COLLUM ARCHITECTS 16109 Red Arrow Hwy, Union Pier. 269.469.9211. This full-service architectural firm has spanned 40 years and 100 miles, and has built everything from urban to second home communities, low to upscale housing, single family to multi-family homes, tiny boutique restaurants and even upscale urban eateries. The firm is involved with renovating and creating new housing, amphitheaters, day care centers, and special community development projects designed to create flexible environments. WATER PLACE 18853 W US 12, Ste 3, New Buffalo. 269.231.5153. The Water Place is a decorative plumbing and hardware products superstore. With whirlpools, faucets and cabinets, this facility has “everything you need for plumbing services.”

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ARCHITECTURAL ACCENTS, INC 9760 Indiana Pkwy, Munster. 219.922.9333. This architectural millwork shop specializes in one-piece curved wood molding and radius millwork. In addition to radius casings for windows and doors, Architectural Accents can customize products for any shape and wood specie. THE BEACH HOUSE 619 E 3rd St, Hobart. 219.942.0783. The 1,000-square-foot showroom at the Beach House features “beachy,” cottage-style home furnishing and accessories. In the store’s lower level, The Wicker Gallery, custom orders are accepted. The store began as and still houses an upscale showroom of very

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FENKER’S HOME FURNISHINGS AND GIFTS 1 1 1 4 L i n c o l n w a y, L a P o r t e , I n d . 219.362.3538. At Fenker’s Home Furnishings & Gifts, they offer quality home furnishings for every room of the home. Fenker’s carries furnishings for the living room, dining room, den, bar, sunroom and more. They also offer delivery service, clock repair, and design services, and are always available with friendly and helpful advice and recommendations. HOMENCLATURE 1948 45th Ave, Munster. 219.697.2548. This furniture store’s ever-changing high quality inventory includes new and gently used home furnishings-complete living room sets, armoires, footstools, candlesticks and more-and original one-of-a-kind décor. Homenclature offers a range of styles from traditional, modern and contemporary to retro and eclectic. INDIANA FURNITURE 1 8 0 7 E L i n c o l n w a y, Va l p a r a i s o . 219.465.0545. Since 1980, this family-owned and -operated company has offered quality home furnishings and customer service. A wide range of home furnishing providers are represented here, including Ashley, Lane and La-Z-Boy. LIKE NEW HOME FURNISHINGS BEACH HOUSE & WICKER GALLERY 619 East 3rd St, Hobart. 219.942.0783. This home decor store offers gently used high quality furniture in their retail space. The store also offers selection of new furniture in their Beach House and Wicker Gallery. MARY & MARTHA HOME ACCENTS 2044 45th Street, Highland. 219.924.3820. Mary & Martha offers a wide selection of home accents to help shoppers find the perfect accent piece. Their Highland showroom is filled with gorgeous lamps, unusual wall décor, artful centerpieces and other unique home accents that make a statement in home décor. MC INTERIORS 1102 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.872.7236. MC Interiors offers a variety of home décor products including window treatments, floor coverings, draperies and upholstery. Services include free in-home consultation and estimates, plus installation of drapery, blinds, carpet, hardwood and ceramic flooring.


ALAN ROBANDT 114 E Front St, Buchanan. 312.560.7482. Alan Robandt, formerly an antique dealer who owned Alan Robandt & Co. in Chicago, moved to Buchanan to open a new shop that goes by nearly the same name. This time, though, while antiques are in the mix, the inventory is more modernized and eclectic.


BLUE STAR ANTIQUE PAVILION 2 9 4 8 B l u e S t a r H w y, D o u g l a s . 269.857.6041. bluestarantiquepavilion. com. Antique lovers travel from all over to arrive at this Destination mall, voted “Best of the Best” in a four-state area. BSAP features more than 175 dealer booths of quality antiques, collectibles and other fun merchandise. Even non-antiquers will appreciate the diverse inventory. Patrons can also try “Brewtiquing,” at the on-site award-winning Saugatuck Brewing Company.


CUSTOMS IMPORTS 430 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.9180. This exotic gallery hosts a large, distinguished inventory of global art, furniture and antiques from India, Indonesia, China, Morocco and Vietnam. Dee Dee Duhn’s showroom features teak root benches, textiles, Indonesian pottery, unique new furniture and an extensive mirror gallery. Claudia Lobao’s Global Dreams jewelry can also be found here. HARBOR TOWN INTERIORS 613 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.7774. Harbor Town Interiors offers home décor items such as furniture, mattresses, bed coverings, rugs, and home accessories. Gift items and full service design consultation are available. MARCO POLO 13565 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.6272. This is where antique meets modern. In a shop that mixes mid-century with primitive, industrial with rural, and a range of lighting and art with oddities and curiosities from around the world, Brian Overley and Alan DeBaugh show collections that are at once functional, relevant, and beautiful.


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RED ARROW GALLERY 13648 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.1950. Red Arrow Gallery is the largest gallery in southwestern Michigan dedicated to bringing art lovers a vast selection of art from the most talented and unique artists in the area. The collection includes oils, acrylics, sculptures, jewelry, art lamps and sculptural furniture. The gallery offers a varied collection of fine art by established well-known artists as well as talented emerging artists. Furniture artists are available to design and construct one-of-a-kind pieces that could be the centerpiece of a home. SANCTUARY at CUSTOMS IMPORTS 430 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.9180. Born out of a desire for inner peace amidst the nation’s current economic turmoil is Sanctuary, the new storewithin-a-store at Customs Imports. Owner Dee Dee Duhn has dedicated this space to feature items promoting quiet and tranquility, including art, music, candles, fountains and incense. SAWYER HOME & GARDEN CENTER 5865 Sawyer Rd, Sawyer. 269.426.8810. The Sawyer Garden Center offers a large inventory of items for the garden, including annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees, plus a variety of high-quality lawn accessories. A large gift shop and gourmet shop—featuring produce, breads, sauces and cheeses—are also on site.

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BAYBERRY COTTAGE 510 Phoenix St., South Haven. 269.639.9615. One of South Haven’s most well-known shops, Gwen DeBruyn’s Bayberry Cottage features home furnishings and accessories which include furniture, wall décor, rugs, florals and bath and body products.

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ARNELL CHEVROLET 2 3 9 M e l t o n R d , B u r n s H a r b o r. 219.787.9200. One of Northwest Indiana’s largest auto dealers features an impressive inventory of new and used Chevrolets, Hummers and Corvettes. Parts, servicing and financing are also available. B&E MARINE 31 Lake Shore Dr, Michigan City. 888.603.2628. This family-owned and -operated boat storeslash-marina features a large inventory of new Sea Ray and Boston Whaler models, along with an ever-changing selection of used and brokerage boats. Its waterfront location allows B&E Marine to provide on-the-water services, including boat slip rental, storage, hoists and fuel dock. DORMAN GARAGE, INC 1317 Lake St, LaPorte. 219.324.7646. With more than twenty years of experience, Dorman Garage specializes in classic car restoration. Aside from offering restoration services, there is also a large inventory of restored classic automobiles for sale. HARBOR AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 9 9 1 1 W 3 0 0 N , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.879.6789. This auto dynamo features new and pre-owned vehicles by Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, GMC, Honda, Jeep and Pontiac. On-site parts, servicing and financing are also available. THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON SHOP OF MICHIGAN CITY 2968 N Hwy 421, Michigan City. 219.878.8885. While the Harley-Davidson brand needs no introduction, the Michigan City store stands out in the crowd, being a member of the largest Harley dealer in the state. A large selection of new and pre-owned motorcycles are available for purchase or for rent. The store also offers accessories, repair services and periodic events. LEXUS OF MERRILLVILLE 3957 US Hwy 30, Merrillville. 219.769.4545. Lexus vehicles and customer-service focused sales teams can be found at this dealership, which features new and pre-owned vehicles—including luxury and sport sedans, SUVs and convertibles. Financing, vehicle services and parts and accessories are also available. SCHEPEL AUTO GROUP 2 9 2 9 L i n c o l n H w y, M e r r i l l v i l l e . 866.724.3735. This renowned auto dealer in Northwest Indiana offers new and pre-owned vehicles by Cadillac, Hummer, Saab, Buick and Pontiac. The experienced sales staff, plus the extensive online inventory, helps consumers find the car most suited for their needs. Repair services are also available.



RUSSELL’S FOREIGN CAR REPAIR 8754 US Hwy 31, Berrien Springs. 269.473.3088. This dealer alternative provides service, repairs and maintenance during the vehicle’s factory warranty and beyond. Russell’s Foreign Car Repair services all imported car makes, but specializes in upscale European and Asian vehicles.

BARK & MEOW 108 Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.477.3600. For nearly six years, this pet accessory boutique has featured clothing and toys for dogs and cats. Bark & Meow also carries a large selection of treats like bacon cheese balls, tuna sticks, bagels and, of course, the almighty dog bone. SCHOOLHOUSE SHOP 278 E 1500 N, Chesterton. 219.926.1551. This quaint collection of shops—located inside a schoolhouse built in the 1800s—features a wide array of gifts, antiques and home décor. Adelaide clothing boutique and the Magic Pantry—which features Marilyn’s Bakery products—are popular favorites at this shopping destination. WHITING FLOWER SHOP 1341 119th St, Whiting. 219.659.0326. Established in 1900, this reputable flower shop offers a large variety of floral styles, for an equally large variety of occasions. In addition to flowers, the shop carries a wide selection of giftware and collectibles, as well as plants.


THE CHRISTMAS TREE 2675 Mizpah Park Road, Benton Harbor. 269.849.3360. This year-round Christmas store is located 4 miles north of St. Joseph, Michigan. The store boasts beautiful, unusual, sparkling Christmas gifts and decorations, as well as gift ideas for other holidays and occasions. POSSESSIONS 25 Center St, Douglas. 269.857.1925. Possessions Gift Shop, located in downtown Douglas, is a destination where visitors can find an array of novelty items, as well as necessities. The gift shop holds clothing, jewelry and home accessories. It also features original art by local artists Lisa Doezema-Schulist, Krista Ardensen, Brandy Schroeder, Eva Snow and Greg Gale.


HOMEWOOD FLORIST 18064 Martin Ave, Homewood. 708.798.0326. Serving the Chicago area for more than 40 years, this full-service florist offers friendly and prompt service. Homewood Florist boasts a large inventory of fresh flowers and also specializes in tropicals, plants, European gardens, high-style floral, silk and dried arrangements, and gourmet and fruit baskets.

range of services is available for all kinds of events, including catered foods and beverages, bands, tents, tables and more. For 10 years in a row, Great Lakes Catering has been voted Northern Indiana’s premier caterer and special event planner. COLLINS CAVIAR 113 York St, Michigan City. 219.809.8100. Mother and daughter Carolyn and Rachel Collins are in their 25th year of business in the caviar industry. Theirs is the only caviar house in North America to exclusively produce American freshwater caviar. After gaining national recognition, the pair moved to Michigan City three years ago, where they continue to produce traditional caviars. SEATTLE SUTTON’S Various locations, Indiana and Illinois. Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating (SSHE), a family-owned Illinois-based company, offers a convenient no-gimmick approach to healthful eating. The meal program is scientifically designed, tested and has over 25 years of proven results. SSHE prepares tens of thousands of healthy, delicious meals weekly and its innovative approach has helped thousands of people achieve and maintain weight loss without the planning, shopping or cooking for themselves.


OLIVE MILL 220 Culver St, Saugatuck. 269.857.5900. The Olive Mill offers imported and flavored olive oils, nut oils, aged balsamic vinegars, and dipping spices for bread, along with chips and dips, tapenades, spreads and sauces. Patrons can sample from the wide variety of olive oils and balsamic vinegars in the store, and items can be purchased online as well. Several tasty gift sets are available, as well as serving pieces and bath and body creams, oils and shampoos. The Olive Mill also has locations in Geneva and Naperville, Illinois.

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CENTER FOR IMPLANTS, SEDATION AND COSMETIC DENTISTRY 890 Richard Rd, Ste A, Dyer. 219.227.5084. The doctors at this state-of-the-art dental office—Dr. Irfan Atcha, Dr. Jasmine Sandhu, Dr. Nilofer Khan and Dr. Romal Sediq—specialize in full or partial implant services. The staff at the center is up to date on the latest technology and offers a pleasant, peaceful and even fun experience with friendly service and a gentle touch.

FAIR OAKS FARM 856 N 600 E, Fair Oaks. 877.536.1194. This family-owned and operated dairy farm is one of the largest in the United States. The Dairy Adventure gives visitors an up-close experience, including a tour of the cheese factory, where all different types of cheeses are made, and the birthing barn, where about 80 calves are born every day.

CARE POINTE EAR, NOSE AND THROAT DOCTORS 801 MacArthur Boulevard, Munster. 219.836.2201. The otolaryngologists at Care Pointe spend most of their time listening to understand patients’ concerns, and responding with the best treatment options. CarePointe Ear, Nose, Throat and Sinus Center uses the most advanced and up-to-date techniques and treatments, such as minimally-invasive sinus treatments, in-office CT Scanning, balloon sinuplasty, and allergy testing to accurately diagnose and quickly treat patients.

GREAT LAKES CATERING 701 Washington St, Michigan City. 219.898.1502. With a combined 150 years of experience, Ed Kis and family have formed one of the area’s leading catering companies. A full

CENTER FOR OTOLARYNGOLOGY 9120 Columbia Ave, Ste A, Munster. 219.836.4820. Bethany Cataldi, D.O., specializes in ear, nose and throat surgery and facial plastic surgery. In fact, she is the only female facial plastic

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surgeon in Northwest Indiana who’s been specifically trained in surgery of the face, head and neck. Dr. Cataldi’s expertise in such procedures exclusively ranges all spectrums, from topical treatments like skin peels, to hair removal, to full nasal construction. COMMUNITY HOSPITAL 9 0 1 M a c A r t h u r B l v d , M u n s t e r. 219.836.1600. This awardwinning hospital is a not-for-profit acute care facility with 354 beds and a medical staff of more than 530 physicians. Community’s services include a surgery center, oncology center, women’s diagnostic center, pain clinic and rehabilitation center. One of the hospital’s newest endeavors is the daVinci Surgical System, which is a cutting-edge technological system for prostate cancer. FRANCISCAN PHYSICIANS HOSPITAL 701 Superior Ave, Munster. 219.922.4200. Franciscan Physicians Hospital offers nearly 50 medical specialties and subspecialties in a 63-bed acute care hospital setting. Physicians and staff provide award winning services, state-of-the-art technology and best-in-region staffing ratios to deliver the highest quality of care. An endovascular program led by world-renowned Dr. Paul Jones provides NWI patients the best in heart care. FRANCISCAN ST. ANTHONY HEALTH 301 W Homer St, Michigan City. 219.879.8511. This acute care hospital, serving LaPorte, Porter and Berrien Counties, boasts an integrated health care network that is made up of an intensive care unit, a new birthing unit, an emergency department, behavioral medicine, rehabilitation services, medical surgery units, oncology, pediatrics and a multidiscipline physician practice. FRANCISCAN ST. MARGARET HEALTH 5454 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.932.2300. One of the largest acute-care hospitals in Northwest Indiana, Saint Margaret Health offers myriad services in their Dyer and Hammond locations as well as multiple off-site facilities. The hospital offers all private inpatient rooms, a wide variety of health care services, and state-of-the-art technology. METHODIST HOSPITALS 600 Grant St, Gary. 219.886.4000. 8701 Broadway, Merrillville. 219.738.5500. With two fullservice campuses in Northwest Indiana, these not-for-profit, community-based hospitals have a reputation for being one of the region’s leading health care providers. Methodist’s physicians, staff and volunteers proclaim a dedication to quality service, with specialties in multiple areas of physical and mental health, including cardiovascular, oncology, neuroscience, rehabilitation and behavioral health. OBSTETRICAL & GYNECOLOGICAL ASSOCIATES, INC 1101 E Glendale Blvd, Ste 102, Valparaiso. 877.462.6249. weunderstandwomen. com. The board-certified obstetriciangynecologists—Drs. Murphy, Rutherford, Short, and Strickland—at this clinic specialize in pregnancy care, family planning, infertility and menopause, along with general women’s wellness. Patients are made to feel at ease because of the clinic’s state-of-the-art equipment and a skilled staff. PINNACLE HOSPITAL 9301 Connecticut Dr, Crown Point. 219.796.4150.

This acute care hospital prides itself on its small facility; with only 18 beds and 5 operating suites, each patient receives high-quality care and undivided attention. Owned and operated by physicians, Pinnacle offers a full range of specialties, including orthopaedics, spinal surgeries and women’s health, and is the home to the Indiana Breast Center, led by Dr. Marylyn Rosencranz. PORTER REGIONAL HOSPITAL 85 E US 6, Valparaiso. 219.263.4600. 3630 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.364.3000. 650 Dickinson Rd, Ste 150E, Chesterton. 219.926.7755. The new Porter Regional Hospital is a five-story 430,000-square-foot center with all private patient rooms sitting on a 104-acre site with room for growth far into the future. With ten facilities in two counties, Porter provides health care that is recognized on local, state and national levels and offers a continuum of specialized services such as emergency/trauma, cardiology, family medicine, surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, oncology, sleep lab, physical rehabilitation care and more. ST. MARY MEDICAL CENTER 1500 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 219.942.0551. Known for its outstanding patient care, this nonprofit, acute care hospital has 190 beds and a medical staff of more than 300 physicians. Services featured include an award-winning joint replacement program, comprehensive bariatric and weight loss services, women’s diagnostic center with same-day results, acute care rehabilitation, functional/integrative medicine, heart valve institute, and multiple outpatient facilities throughout Lake and Porter counties.


UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICAL CENTER 5841 S Maryland Ave, Chicago. 773.702.1000. discover. Since 1927, the University of Chicago Medical Center has been one of the Midwest’s most reputable hospitals. Aside from basic health care, the Medical Center consists of a children’s hospital, a maternity and women’s hospital, multiple outpatient facilities, and the renowned Pritzker School of Medicine.

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MUTUAL BANK, KATHY SELLERS 307 W Buffalo St, New Buffalo. 269.469.5552. Kathy Sellers is a Mutual Bank agent who services both first-time home buyers and seasoned investors. Mutual Bank specializes in investments and wealth management for businesses and personal clients.

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COLDWELL BANKER, DAWN BERNHARDT 2110 N Calumet Ave, Valparaiso. 219.241.0952. Dawn Bernhardt is the go-to agent for homes in Chesterton’s luxurious Sand Creek subdivision, along with other properties in Porter, LaPorte and Lake Counties. The website offers an abundance of resources for both buyers and sellers.

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COLDWELL BANKER, DONNA HOFMANN 219.331.1133. Donna Hofmann, Coldwell Banker and Residential Brokerage, specializes in residential properties in the Indiana Dunes. McCOLLY REAL ESTATE Various Locations. Since 1974, McCOLLY Real Estate has provided superior service by understanding personal needs. Whether the customer is a first time home buyer, resale, commercial, land, new construction or luxury home buyer, McColly is there to provide the best options. From purchase to financing to rentals and relocating, we provide one stop real estate with you in mind throughout our local communities, nationally and internationally. SOURCE ONE REAL ESTATE 855 E North St, Crown Point. 219.662.5445. This independent real estate company provides residential and commercial real estate sales to individuals, small businesses, large corporations,

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AMERICAN HOMES, SHARON HALLIBURTON 4532 Red Arrow Hwy, Stevensville. 269.208.3862. For more than 30 years, Sharon Halliburton has specialized in property management, having been licensed as a real estate agent and a broker more than 10 years ago. Her expertise covers residential, lakefront and vacation properties, plus farms, golf courses and vineyards. COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE 10 N Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.3950. New Buffalo’s premier real estate firm features properties in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Both the in-office staff and the Coldwell Banker website offer multiple services and resources for buyers and sellers. HARBOR SHORES REALTORS 584 Lake St, Saugatuck. 269.857.3900. Principal broker Tammy Kerr and team specialize in helping their clients buy and sell properties in the Saugatuck/Douglas area. Each of the agents are members of the National Association of REALTORS. HARBOR SHORES RESORT 269.932.1600. Southwest Michigan’s biggest, most talked about project is underway in Benton Harbor. The residential community will include a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, marinas, an indoor water park and a luxury spa. The property is surrounded by two rivers and five beaches. Custom home sites and cottages are available. LAKE PARK PLACE 301 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.429.6666. This new, sevenstory condominium development is being constructed in the historic building that was formerly the YWCA. Residents can choose from 10 floor plans, each of which come with a private balcony. Other perks include an indoor parking garage, indoor pool and 10 years of free golf at two nearby golf courses. ORCHARD LAKE DEVELOPMENT 269.695.9100. Carefully placed among the trees, thirty lakefront homes have been beautifully designed to take full advantage of the peaceful woods and water vistas. To insure comfortable, as well as scenic living, features include vertical cedar siding, huge windows, wraparound porches, and spacious, open floor plans. Orchard on the Lake balances high-quality construction with low-impact land development, thus preserving and enhancing the existing natural landscape.


PRUDENTIAL RUBLOFF PROPERTIES 439 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.8300. Since 1930, Rubloff has been one of the premier real estate firms on the local scene. Serving clients all along Lake Michigan’s southern coast and beyond, the certified sales associates at Rubloff proclaim great success in buying, selling and renting properties along the lakeshore. SHORES OF SOUTH HAVEN 300 Kalamazoo St, South Haven. 269.637.8555. This reputable firm provides assistance

with development, sales and leasing of condominiums, single-family, vacation and retirement home sales, along with lots, boat slips and commercial property. Shores also manages and leases property for investor-buyers.


DEWITT PLACE 900 N DeWitt Pl, Chicago. 312.642.7020. This 82-unit vintage building, built in 1924, offers corporate housing, temporary furnished apartment rentals and long-term temporary housing solutions. These studio and one-bedroom apartments come with a variety of amenities, including a fully equipped kitchen, wireless Internet access, DirecTV satellite service and an exercise room.

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COSMEDIC SKIN & BODY CLINIC 210 E 86th Pl, Merrillville. 219.795.1255. 58 E Walton, Chicago. 312.377.3333. Dr. James Platis, who has been featured on local and national news programs and has been applauded by Dr. Phil, specializes in all forms of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, particularly breast surgery, body contouring and facial aesthetic surgery. Less invasive procedures include tanning, waxing and facials. EBONY & CO 888.909.5911. Ebony & Co. is a licensed cosmetology firm specializing in bridal and special events. They hold special events for clients and anyone interested in their services, and strive to provide the best cosmetology services in Northwest Indiana. ELLE SALON 113 W 8th St, Michigan City. 219.874.3553. This upscale salon, situated in Michigan City’s historic district, offers full-service hair care, plus manicures, pedicures and facial waxing. Retail products include skin care, body care, a men’s line, wooden styling tools, a full line of Aveda products, and other calming items such as Aveda teas, candles and oils. REVERIE SPA RETREAT 3634 N 700 W, LaPorte. 219.861.0814. Located on more than fifty acres of deep woodlands, this spa retreat offers an imaginative menu of personal luxury care which includes facials, massage therapy, reflexology, botanical treatments, envelopments and azulene waxings. There are four guest rooms blending calming Asian and classically antique influences and a dining room, which serves twentysix people vegetables from the garden and other goodies. STUDIO ONE 9228 Indianapolis Blvd, Ste 3, Highland. 219.923.1915. Dennis Schram and his staff at Studio One present a home-away-fromhome atmosphere at their salon. Seven stylists work on the floor, and they offer a range of services including hair, nails and massages. VANIS SALON & SPA 221 US 41, Ste J, Schererville. 219.322.5600. 1620 Country Club Rd, Valparaiso. 219.465.6414. 107 N Main St Ste A, Crown Point. 219.663.5200. One of Northwest Indiana’s premier salons, Vanis features a well-trained, professional staff for hair care, nail care and spa body treatments. Group and corporate retreats (for four to twenty people) can be arranged.


HEATH & COMPANY 419 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.4247. This Aveda-concept salon is one of the familiar businesses greeting visitors to New Buffalo from the south. Owner Rick Heath and his staff gel their expertise and friendliness, making a trip to this salon more of an experience than a necessity. Services include hair care, nail care, massage therapy and waxing.


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GLENWOOD OAKS 106 N Main St, Glenwood. 708.758.4400. The private dining rooms at Glenwood Oaks can accommodate 20 to 250 guests. Valet parking, complimentary wedding cake and free limousine services are available.


AVALON MANOR 3 5 5 0 E U S 3 0 H w y, M e r r i l l v i l l e . 219.945.0888. Along with exceptional service, the Avalon Manor boasts elegant interior décor, exclusive bridal suites and a stunning staircase that leads into a beautiful ballroom. CASA DEL ROMA 7 1 2 C a l u m e t A v e , Va l p a r a i s o . 219.465.0478. This fullservice banquet facility offers a wedding chapel, catering services for up to 700 people, and a quaint Italian ambience. There are five banquet rooms from which to choose, to accommodate any size and style of wedding. CENTER FOR VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1950. Up to 450 guests can share in your joy at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, which features a variety of table options, glass and crystal table settings, and elegant extra touches. The center offers visually stunning elements, including crystal chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor brick terrace. FRED ASTAIRE VALPARAISO BALLROOM 2759 W. Morthland Dr. Valparaiso, Ind. 219.242.8643. The Fred Astaire Valparaiso Ballroom is the only Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio in Northwest Indiana, with the largest ballroom floor in NWI. For those looking for ballroom lessons, ballroom groups, or ballroom parties or socials, Fred Astaire Valparasio Ballroom is the best selection. Their instructors have years of experience and continue their training and education throughout the year. LUBEZNIK CENTER FOR THE ARTS 1 0 1 W 2 n d S t , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.874.4900. This art center is a sophisticated venue that can transform a wedding into its own work of art. Located on Michigan City’s lakefront, the building features impressive architecture both inside and out. With fine art, photography and sculpture as a backdrop, its three galleries, including the library with its lake view, provide a variety of spaces. Capacity of main gallery: 150 banquet, 250 cocktail.

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BLUE CHIP CASINO, HOTEL & SPA 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 888.879.7711. The casino portion of Blue Chip features 65,000 square feet of gaming, all on one level, including more than 2,100 slot games and all the classic table games. The 22-story Spa Blu Tower features a state-of-the-art hotel, luxury spa and convention center. Dining options include It’s Vegas Baby! and The Game, along with the fine-dining restaurant William B’s Steakhouse. HORSESHOE CASINO 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. 866.711.7463. The legendary Jack Binion’s Horseshoe is one of Indiana’s largest casinos, located just minutes from Chicago. More than 46,679 square feet of gaming space includes 2,000 slot machines and 49 table games such as blackjack, craps and roulette. The pavilion’s many dining options include Jack Binion’s Steakhouse, JB’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Village Square Buffet and Uno Express.


FOUR WINDS CASINO RESORT 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo. 866.494.6371. Four Winds offers 130,000 square feet of gaming. Patrons can enjoy 3,000 slots, featuring the area’s biggest progressive jackpots and a large selection of table games including blackjack, craps and traditional and automated poker in a World Poker Tour poker room. Dining includes three restaurants, from Copper Rock Steakhouse to an all-you-can-eat buffet.

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BLUE HERON INN 1110 Lakeside St, LaPorte. 800.575.3880. Situated on scenic Pine Lake in LaPorte, the Blue Heron Inn features luxury rooms with jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. Guests can choose from a variety of room selections and special packages. Floating boathouses-equipped with a queen bed, sofa and outside deck-are also available for lodging during the summer months.

CASTLE FARMS 5052 M-66 North, Charlevoix. 231.237.0884. This historic venue, known for its unique charm, elegant décor and outstanding customer service,

INN AT ABERDEEN 3 1 5 8 S S t a t e R d 2 , Va l p a r a i s o . 219.465.3753. Located in the beautiful and prestigious Aberdeen neighborhood, just minutes from downtown Valparaiso, the Inn at Aberdeen is a comfortable and convenient place to stay. A variety of unique rooms and suites are available, as well as a Flavia coffee and tea bar, a full gourmet breakfast every morning, and all of the amenities needed for both a personal and business stay. A conference room is available for business meetings and private parties.

THE BOULEVARD INN AND BISTRO 521 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.6600. St. Joseph’s famous hotel is available for small, intimate wedding receptions, as well as for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and morningafter brunch. The inn can also be a place for guests to stay, no matter where the wedding takes place.

TALTREE ARBORETUM & GARDENS 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. This breathtaking 360-acre reserve is filled with formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies. Visitors can hike on the trails or view themed displays such as the Native Plant Garden, Oak Islands and—new this year—the Railway Garden. Several outdoor concerts and special events take place at Taltree throughout the season.

THE RADISSON HOTEL AT STAR PLAZA 800 E 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.769.6311. This Northwest Indiana staple recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation, which means new carpets, wall coverings, draperies and upgraded bathrooms and beds—Sleep Number!—in the guestrooms. The hotel also features modern meeting facilities, a spa, two swimming pools and whirlpools, and several restaurants and lounges.



BE OUR GUEST 269.487.9530. Be Our Guest has the best in style and comfort that Southwest Michigan has to offer, providing housing and customized concierge services. Local housing accommodations range from condominiums and family-style houses to Lake Michigan estates. JW MARRIOTT 235 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids. 888.844.5947. Grand Rapids’ newest attraction is the luxury hotel JW Marriott, which accommodates 340 well-appointed rooms and suites on 23 floors. Other amenities include wireless Internet access, 32-inch flat-screen TVs and luxurious bedding. Guests residing on the Concierge Floors have access to the stylish Concierge Lounge.

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THE BACH INSTITUTE AT VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY Center for the Arts, 2510. 1709 Chapel Dr., Valparaiso. 219.464.5073. The institute was established to ensure the legacy of the music and theological perspective of Johann Sebastian Bach for future generations. The Institute explores the life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach from its proper historic, musical and theological context through faithful and artistic performances, seminars and other academic activities. INDIANA WELCOME CENTER 7 7 7 0 C o r i n n e D r, H a m m o n d . 219.989.7770. Sandy beaches, four lakefront casinos, arts and culture, family activities, historical sites, thousands of restaurants and year-round events and festivals are all just a short drive away from both Chicago and Southwest Michigan. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Indiana Welcome Center will help visitors plan their trips to Lake County.

NEW BUFFALO BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 888.660.6222. The New Buffalo Business Association is made up of more than 100 members representing New Buffalo and neighboring communities. OX-BOW 3435 Rupprecht Way, Saugatuck. 269.857.5811. Ox-Bow offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages in their career. With year-round programs that cater to degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow is a protected place where creative processes breakdown, reform, and mature. As much as Ox-Bow is a place, it is also an experience. Through its affiliation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ox-Bow offers one and two-week courses for credit and non-credit for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. ROUND BARN WINERY 10983 Hills Rd, Baroda. 800.716.9463. r o u n d b a r n w i n e r y. c o m . L o c a t e d i n a historic round barn in Southwest Michigan, Round Barn Winery produces some of the premier Michigan wines from local grapes and ingredients. Tastings and events available. SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN TOURIST COUNCIL 2300 Pipestone Rd, Benton Harbor. 269.925.6301. The natural attractions of Southwest Michigan—the dunes, miles of scenic Lake Michigan beach, rivers and parks with hiking trails and biking paths—offer beauty in every season. The friendly staff at this nonprofit organization can assist travelers whether they seek solitude or a group learning experience. ST. JOSEPH TODAY 421 State St, St. Joseph. 269.985.1111. Visitors to St. Joseph will find a variety of helpful information—on shopping, dining and events—at this welcome center. St. Joseph Today is a nonprofit organization that assists and encourages local business and tourism development. TABOR HILL WINERY 1 8 5 M t Ta b o r R d , B u c h a n a n . 800.283.3363. Located in Lake Michigan’s wine country, Tabor Hill produces a range of dry, semi-dry, sparkling and dessert wines and alcoholfree sparkling fruit juices. Today, with 55 acres of estate-grown grapes and 400 acres of local produce from neighbor growers, the winery has expanded its

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ALBERT’S DIAMOND JEWELERS 711 Main St, Schererville. 219.322.2700. Besides the fact that Albert’s showcases 12,000 square feet of jewelry, the store in itself is an entertainment destination. A bar, largescreen TV, dance floor and karaoke are among the many ways that patrons can let loose while browsing every type of fine jewelry imaginable. Brands include Cartier, Breitling, Omega, Tacori, Roberto Coin, David Yurman, Mikimoto, with more than 100 feet of bridal jewelry on display. ELEGANCE WEDDING AND EVENING WEAR 2820 Highway Ave, Highland. 219.923.0977. With a dedication to its customers and commitment to excellence, Elegance Wedding & Evening Wear is a one-stop shop for all bridal needs, including gowns, jewelry and invitations. ENGSTROM JEWELERS 820 E Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.369.6580. A new fixture of LaPorte’s downtown is a branch of the Munster-based Engstrom Jewelers. Offering fine-quality jewelry, diamond and gemstones, as well as repairs and custom design, Engstrom adds a shimmer where once was a pawn shop. Brands include Gelin Abaci, Citizen Watch and Movado. INDIAN SUMMER, CHESTERTON 131 S Calumet Rd, Chesterton. 219.983.9994. This women’s clothing boutique offers casual and contemporary clothing and jewelry from around the world. Indian Summer features brands such as Sympli, Oh My Gauze, Connie’s Moonlight, Minnetonka, Big Buddha and San Miguel shoes. The Chesterton shop offers a large selection of apparel, jewelry and accessories, while the original New Buffalo storefront continues to feature its quality inventory for those on the other side of the lake. JUDEE’S 1104 Indiana Ave, LaPorte. 219.324.6443. Owner Judee Gartland and her daughter frequently travel to the garment districts in New York and Chicago to build the inventory in their store, which is situated in a stately Victorian home in downtown LaPorte. Clothing for all occasions is available here, including formalwear. Designers include Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, Neon Buddha, Alex Evenings and Brighton bags and accessories.

their doors in 1940, three generations of the Binder family have helped Martin Binder Jeweler grow from a small watchmaking shop to a destination for the finest diamonds, jewelry, Swiss-made timepieces, writing instruments, and giftware. Their services include custom jewelry design, engraving, jewelry repairs and watch servicing.


CRESCENT MOON 413 Phoenix Street, South Haven. 269.637.5119. Situated in downtown South Haven, this boutique features women’s apparel that ranges from dressy to casual to sportswear. Brands include Lole, Fresh Produce, and Pure. Also available are shoes, jewelry and home décor items, including Mariposa serving pieces. DK BOUTIQUE 213 State St, St. Joseph. 269.983.7313. This contemporary women’s clothing boutique in downtown St. Joe offers limited edition designer apparel, cool new accessories and the latest designs in jewelry from Pandora Jewelry. With something for everyone, from teenagers and older, DK Boutique provides the most current styles that are full of flair. EVE BOUTIQUE 318 State St, St. Joseph. 269.983.4372. This boutique for women is a longtime favorite among visitors to downtown St. Joseph. Owned by Rachel Arent, Eve specializes in artisan-designed clothing and trendy jewelry and accessories. Some of the more popular designers found here include Linda Lundstrom, Lee Andersen, Sympli, Painted Pony and Fenini. Eve’s selection of linen clothing is wildly popular among customers. IVELISE’S YARN SHOP 1 6 0 1 L a k e s h o r e D r, S t . J o s e p h . 269.925.0451. Ivelise’s Yarn Shop is a full service knitting and crochet shop celebrating 50 years of continuous business in Southwest Michigan. The shop offers a large selection of yarns, featuring Madelintosh, Malabrigo, Lor na Laces, Cascade, Stonehedge, Plymouth and many more. There is also a large selection of both bamboo needles and addi Turbos. STUDIO K 43 E 8th St, Holland. 616.393.7900. This contemporary women’s boutique adds a spice of new flavor to Holland’s impeccable historic downtown district. Clothing (for work and play) from designers such as Trina Turk, Fashionista, Hale Bob and Joe’s Jeans are available in sizes two to twelve. A distinctive collection of handmade jewelry, belts and purses can also be found here.

LIGHTHOUSE PLACE PREMIUM OUTLETS 6 0 1 W a b a s h S t , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.879.6506. Located near the lake in the historic district of Michigan City, this aptly named outlet store has become one of the largest shopping destinations in the region. With 120 outlet stores in an outdoor village setting, patrons will find savings at places like Burberry, Coach, J.Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.

THIRD COAST SURF SHOP 212 State St, St. Joseph; 110-C N Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.932.4575. With two stores a short drive from Chicago in beautiful St. Joseph and New Buffalo, Michigan, Third Coast Surf Shop is the Great Lakes premier source for everything freshwater surfing. Their online surf shop offers the Lake Michigan surfing forecast and order surf clothing, accessories, and gear. They also offer Great Lakes surf schools, lessons, and rentals for all ages.

MARTIN BINDER JEWELER 23 Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.462.5931. Martin Binder Jeweler is a family-owned jeweler located in downtown Valparaiso, IN. Since opening

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NORTHWEST INDIANA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 1040 Ridge Rd., Munster. 219.836.0690. The orchestra, a group of 75 rostered professional musicians is under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor, Kirk Muspratt. The orchestra plays a full season of subscription concerts, in addition to a number of educational outreach initiatives, designed to allow interaction and personal involvement by students represented in each program.

FERNWOOD BOTANICAL GARDEN & NATURE PRESERVE 13988 Range Line Rd, Niles. 269.695.6491. Situated on 105 acres of cultivated and natural land, Fernwood is composed of gardens, forests and trails for visitors to peruse. An art gallery, fern conservatory, nature center, cafe and gift shop are also on site, and there are several learning and enrichment opportunities as well.

original output of 2000 gallons of wine annually to more than 150,000 gallons. The winery also includes a restaurant and tasting room.


INSPIRATION WOOD 642 E. Inspiration Road, Westville. 219.983.9922. Inspiration Wood is a serene, private environment perfect for retreats, meetings or reunions. Nestled among 60 acres of soaring pines, woodlands and grassy meadows, Inspiration Wood is a tranquil and peaceful setting perfect for any occasion you might have. The Wood encourages wholesome recreation and provides a positive setting for learning and growth.

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[taurus] APRIL 21-MAY 20 Key Words in May: our personal efforts and endeavors. You adore the month of May in a special way—a loving way that’s bestowed on no other month of the year. The weather is usually warm and agreeable, the morning glories, the lilacs and the lilies of the valley are in bloom, and situations in life just seem to go your way. But this isn’t the time to relax. May is the month in which to surge ahead with focus and a gentle aggressiveness. Your goal: to maximize the gains made during the past months. SIDESTEP: an uncharacteristic disregard for detail.

[cancer] JUNE 21-JULY 22 Key Words in May: A determined agenda. And this agenda is forever a secret one—for no one has even the slightest idea as to what you want, desire or truly need. You, however, are crystal-clear on the subject, regardless of the subterranean routes that your agenda may take. Know this—love and unrelenting devotion, whether it’s a person, a place or an idea—are at its core. Forgetting the past, think. What do you want? Using your own very appealing and no-nonsense way, now is the time to go after it. So go! SIDESTEP: overindulgence. [leo] JULY 23-AUGUST 22 Key Words in May: The mountain top. And this is where your career goals dwell. True to form, you never give up on a cherished idea or a magnificent career objective. Once you have a plan, a project or an entity in your sights— that’s it! You intend to reach it, no matter how arduous the climb. May is the month during which to pace yourself; the competition is of little importance, but your energy level is. Do whatever is required to maintain your diet and exercise regimen. Now climb! SIDESTEP: a refusal to consider another point of view. [virgo] AUGUST 23-SEPTEMBER 22 Key Words in May: People, plans and projects—near and at a distance. Ideas, outlines, blueprints, spreadsheets and proposals now exist. Or at least they should. Detail, a monumental interest of yours, is called for. Include vivid images of what you want to develop. At the same time, dissolve (in your thoughts) whatever and whomever is holding you back or causing you to feel uncertain about your skill and ability. Equipped with that superb sensitivity of yours—always ready to help others—apply it now to your own projects. SIDESTEP: scattering your energy. [libra] SEPTEMBER 23-OCTOBER 22 Key Words in May: The inner lining. It’s that part of clothing hidden from view, but creates the structure and the strength of the garment. In astrology, the inner lining is your eighth house of revitalization on all levels—mental, emotional, physical, financial, spiritual. Governed by the earthy Taurus, you can depend on this sector whenever outside conditions seem uncertain. By focusing on Taurean steadiness, you regain your balance. Now’s the time to relish total renewal—and to move ahead with matters firmly in hand. SIDESTEP a reluctance to become still.


[scorpio] OCTOBER 23-NOVEMBER 22 Key Word in May: Alliances and agreements. With your legendary ease, style and glamor, you are, nonetheless the loner. And with equal ease, style and glamor, you’re at the center of all meetings, discussion groups and private dinners. Through all this, you have a single and immovable

objective; namely, to create an agreement or a special arrangement to your liking. Nothing else is acceptable. May is your month to take situations and involvements to the next level. And it couldn’t come at a better time. SIDESTEP: all last-minute changes. [sagittarius] NOVEMBER 23-DECEMBER 21 Key Word in May: Your working environment. Love, laughter and fun—that’s your public face. But not this May; definitely not this month. Now, during this vital cycle, you’re thoroughly submerged in work-related matters that involve facts, figures, calls, emails, text messages and meetings—those that are out in the open and those that are extremely private. Why? Because late-breaking situations demand it, if you’re to sign a new contract or special agreement next month. Take your time. You can do this. You are, after all, brilliant. SIDESTEP: verbal aggression. [capricorn] DECEMBER 22-JANUARY 19 Key Words in May: Simplicity. That’s the way you like things—all things—neat and clear-cut with fine lines. This includes your relationships (personal and business), your sense of creativity and your well-paces ability to speculate, to take a chance. Often looked upon as the unquestioned leader of whatever group you find yourself in, you’re still ready to sacrifice yourself for that which you love. Cautious thing that you are, it rarely comes to that. This May, just streamline all of it and start anew. SIDESTEP being out of control—physically and mentally. [aquarius] JANUARY 20-FEBRUARY 18 Key Words in May: Building blocks. You’re an extraordinary problem-solver, especially if it’s other people’s problems. Now, however, the concerns are yours. And for you, the emphasis in May is on your base of operations—where you live and where you work. You’ve tried to go around it, even through it. Stop! Instead consider building on it. Keep in mind what’s involved when you build. First, there’s a blueprint—a detailed plan which you need before you take another step. So start drawing. SIDESTEP going East, North, South and West simultaneously. [pisces] FEBRUARY 19-MARCH 20 Key Words in May: Your point of view. With fresh new ideas in the forefront, the month of May is certainly an extraordinary time in which to reach out to others. Whether by phone, email, text message, the U.S. postal service or a personal appearance (scheduled or surprise), there’s much for you to tell, to explain, even to sell. Know that you and your entire lifestyle will benefit greatly from whatever contacts you now succeed in establishing. And for good measure, let love and warmth permeate your message, no matter the form. SIDESTEP too low a profile. [aries] MARCH 21-APRIL 20 Key Words in May: Divine numbers. This is a very significant cycle for you. Involved now are your financial resources—what you earn, what you spend, the ways in which you save; above all, the ways be which to increase your income. About that sought-after financial increase: for you, a basic system is in play. Move ahead at a slow and even pace and make changes only if you feel absolutely comfortable and secure about the new shift. And investigate the details within everything. SIDESTEP forgetting how important your personal bookkeeping really is.

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[gemini] MAY 21-JUNE 20 Key Words in May: Confidential calls and meetings at high speed. This describes the workings of your mind—at all times and under a variety of circumstances, developments and new situations. May, however, is a unique time of the year, a time when you relish thinking and talking about secret strategies with secret confidants. Or, more significantly, alone! Whichever method it is, the object is to create new and dynamic plans and blueprints geared to advancing whatever idea is now closest to your heart. SIDESTEP: the unkind remark—yours, of someone else’s.

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May 25 VOYAGEUR RENDEZVOUS Grand Kankaee Marsh 21690 Range Line Rd, Hebron During this fun and educational event, visitors travel back more than 250 years and learn how Northwest Indiana’s original settlers lived and traded along the Grand Kankakee River.

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RIVERFRONT CONCERT SERIES 7pm Thursdays Riverfront Park on Water St South Haven This summer concert series includes jazz, classical, folk and contemporary music on the beautiful lakeshore. Concerts are free to the public.

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COBE CAR CUP 103RD ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Begins at Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St Crown Point. 219.663.1800 Cars of all makes and models will cruise from the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point, through Cedar Lake, to downtown Lowell in celebration of the Cobe Car Cup’s 103rd Anniversary.

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St and Lake Shore Dr, Chicago This exhibit explores the intricate biology and physiology of some of the world’s most spectacular creatures. This exhibit showcases more than 100 animal specimens that have been preserved through the process of plastination, which replaces the body’s fluids with plastics to incredibly detailed effect.

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with white fish. “Oh, I bought this in 1930, about the same time I got this book,” Lillian said, holding out a tattered copy of The Razor’s Edge, with the price of 35 cents printed on the cover. I thought she was just about to get to her affair with Ernest Hemmingway, when she mentioned that she had a friend who worked for Mayor Daley. Did I know him? (I worked for the City for many years and know quite a few people who worked by LOIS BERGER for Mayor Daley.) No, I said, I never heard of him. Later on I googled the name of Lillian’s friend and learned he was a Deputy As close friends have done for ages, we swear to keep Mayor to Richard J. Daley. I knew she had secrets we ultimately share with other friends, then make great stories to tell, but she wasn’t going to spill. Lillian is 90 years old and has been those friends swear to keep secrets that they end up coming to this spa for 40 years. Lillian may hearing back from somebody else we already told and see some of us again, so she’s keeping her mouth shut. swore to secrecy—and what a surprise the secret isn’t a But that didn’t stop anyone else, Terri, secret anymore. If you don’t want it out there, you have to who’s 50 and lives in Dallas admitted, “My keep from saying it to anyone. Although I understand the daughter hates me.” We knew why. She showed me a photo of her daughter and principle, I have never mastered that technique. the girl had a face that resembled Javier Bardem while somehow Terri looks more like Salma Hayek. Sixty-two-year-old Jean who lives in Baltimore blurted out, “My husband drives me crazy since he retired and now, all he does his is why I was happily shocked to discover is read, read, read loathsome, depressing memoirs instead of a place in the real world where there are no enjoying our life together.” secrets: Ixtapan Spa in Ixtapan de la Sal, Mexico. I couldn’t really figure out why, but noticed that Jean was Recently I visited the spa with my friend Mary overly opinionated and the only one of the girls who just to escape the brutally cold Chicago complained about the check. Sharon 52, from New York, weather. But it proved to be a who had a too-tight facelift, said: “We just found out much better experience than I my brother is bi-polar. For years we thought he was just expected: Yes, there were the crazy!” Best of all, attractive, white-haired Sandra from expected massages, facials, water Zumba, Dallas said, “I was married three times, two divorces, long walks, golf, sun and warm weather. one died. At 70, I am living the best years of my What was unexpected was the women— life…alone!” most of them complete strangers—and their I was racking my brain for dirt on myself: I once reaction to total freedom of conversation. went on a fixed-up date with Lenny Bruce, but In the pool, at lunch, dinner, waiting for he didn’t like me and it ended early. I also opted a massage or facial or during long walks, out of telling the story of how I was married to I was shocked to learn: Lila, 45, from New the mob for two weeks. I hadn’t even unpacked Hampshire, loves her husband more than the wedding presents, they came and got he loves her. An athletically-built blonde my husband, wrote me a check and sent me and blue-eyed Lisa told me she is six inches away. I guess they knew I would never be able taller than her five-foot-four and bald to keep quiet. So I made up a story about husband. Fifty-two-year-old Sherri from shacking up with Frank Sinatra. And everyone Long Island confided that she hadn’t slept believed it including my friend Mary. in the same bedroom with her husband As for the rest of the ladies, the truth for 10 years. Sherri appeared miserable— had set them free. Group therapy, but even in Mexico—so I figured there was without the burden of ever having to another side to that story. During an see anyone again. Except Lillian. I was intense game of Scrabble, I learned that cordial and invited everyone to stop in Peach, a pleasant 50-year-old from Connecticut and see me in Chicago. But they won’t. was celibate for the past 10 years. For the first And there will never be an embarrassing five years of celibacy her husband was sick, but moment meeting husbands, siblings or after he died she lost 50 pounds and is now children that were so thoroughly dissected considering and judged in our week-long respite. And then there was Lillian. She stuck out in Of course, I had basically lied about everything the chattering girl crowd because she was a lot with the exception of my age. I look so young, older than everyone else. I wanted to hear her I’m sure no one believed me anyway. secrets, so I admired her black cotton dress



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