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Depending on your location, winter can be a time to enjoy the snow and ice. Who doesn’t love ice skating, skiing, building snowmen, and an exciting snowball fight? Let’s face it, after a while the winter weather is no longer fun or the temperature is way too cold to be outside. In this article, we will explore indoor winter activities and games for kids.

Board games

Board games are a classic indoor winter activity. Get out the classics such as the Game of Life, Monopoly, Clue, or Yahtzee. A more ac-

tive game such as Twister is a perfect way to get rid of some of that extra energy.

Bake something

Everyone loves cookies and cake! Grab the family cookbook and make your Grandma’s secret recipe or find a recipe online. You could have a cookie decorating contest or just enjoy decorating together.

Make paper snowflakes

Get out some white paper, fold it and make small geometric cuts. Your handmade snowflakes can be used to decorate your windows or make a tree ornament.

Build a fort

Building an igloo can be an entertaining outdoor winter activity. The indoor equivalent is building a fort. Grab your pillows

and blankets and build a fort in your living room! It’s the perfect hiding spot, and space for playing games, watching a movie, or reading a book.

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Do a jigsaw puzzle

Jigsaw puzzles have become more popular during the pandemic. It’s a great indoor winter activity. If you don’t already have a closet full of puzzles, find one on Amazon. Choose your favorite picture or design and the perfect number of pieces.

Send a letter or card

Sending letters and cards may seem old-fashioned. However, get out your arts and crafts supplies and make a card for your friend.Then write a nice note of encouragement, put a stamp on it and send it out. Getting a letter can make someone’s day!

Do a karaoke night in your living room

Pull out the karaoke machine and microphone. If you don’t have a microphone, grab a hairbrush. It’s a perfect makeshift microphone. Warm up your voice and sing your heart out!

Play hide and


Hide and seek doesn’t have to be an outdoor game. Most likely your kids already know the best hiding places in your house.The best part is that your whole family, including grandma, can play. Depending on the age of your kids, you can mix it up and play in the dark.


Maybe hide and seek is too traditional. Mix

up your hide and seek game by playing sardines. Have one person hide and everyone else seek. When you find the hider, you must hide with them. Depending on the size of your group, it can be a challenge to find a hiding spot to fit everyone.


Do you have any drama kings and queens in your house? A game of charades could be the perfect indoor activity. If you’re a Disney fan, act out your favorite Disney characters. Before you know it, everyone will be laughing.

Indoor bowling

Turn your long hallway into a bowling alley. A great way to reuse water bottles is to use them as bowling pins. Place a line of duct tape on the floor, find an indoor ball and start bowling.

Minute to Win It

Would you say you have a competitive family? Minute to Win It games can be fun for everyone! Try these:

Face the Cookie

Take an Oreo cookie and, with your head tilted back, place it on your forehead. Then attempt to move the cookie down your face from your forehead to your mouth. The first one to eat the cookie wins.

The Nut Stacker

Take six hex nuts and a bamboo skewer. Then stack the hex nuts on the narrow side using the skewer. The most stacked hex nuts or the first person to finish in a minute, wins it!

M&M Transfer

Place an eighth to a quarter cup of M&M’s in a bowl for each person. Then take a straw and transfer the M&M’s to a plate by sucking on the straw. See how many a person can transfer in one minute and you win it!

Cup Stacker

Take a stack of twenty-five Solo cups for older kids, and twenty cups for eight years old or younger. Move cups one at a time from the bottom of the stack to the top of the stack. Use a different colored cup or mark it with tape or marker to indicate the top cup in the stack.

Penny Stacking

Take a set of twenty-five pennies. Move the pennies from one point to another, stacking one penny at a time. Do not stack inside your hand.

Finally, just because you’re stuck indoors during the winter doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun. Hopefully, these ideas have sparked your creativity. In addition to playing outdoors this winter, stay indoors and have a blast

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The cold, gloomy days of winter are here and everyone can get bored. If you’re surrounded by snow, make a snowman, go snowshoeing or sledding. If you are stuck inside and still buried from new holiday gifts or have a room that has gotten out of hand, plan to tidy up as a family. Still at a loss for how to beat the winter blues...try these activites to keep your flock entertained.

For over 60 years, the world-famous Volo Museum’s 45 exhibits and 10,000 mechanical marvels guarantees to have something rare and amazing for everyone. Spend the day with hundreds of rotating classic cars, modern muscle cars and Hollywood vehicles, Jurassic Gardens indoor dinosaur experience, a hand-carved 1928 carousel hall, ice cream parlor, military museum, Disney display and one of the largest antique malls in the midwest.There’s no place like Volo Museum in the world! Open daily 10a to 5p. Visit www.volo- 27582 Volo Village Road,Volo, IL. [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.]

The Great Indoor Sidewalk Sales & Restaurant Week in Downtown Naperville! From January 13-16, participating Downtown Naperville shops will be cutting winter prices in preparation for the incoming spring fashions for The Great Indoor Sidewalk Sales! This is the perfect opportunity to redeem unused Downtown Naperville gift cards as they are accepted at 150+ merchants! Then bring your appetite to Downtown Naperville January 20-February 5 as Naperville Restaurant Week will showcase many downtown restaurants from casual to fancy dining with each venue providing either a prix fixe menu at an appetizing price or discounts on featured menu choices! Come Shop, Dine, and Explore in Downtown Naperville! For more information, visit www.

Need a change of scenery? Visit Creek Bend Nature Center located at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. There’s plenty to see and do – both inside and out!

The next time your stop-in for a visit, Creek Bend Nature Center will look a little different as a new tallgrass prairie exhibit has been installed! Crawl through the new fox den. Learn all about oaks. See what the Fox River could look like below the surface.View bison specimens in our prairie wild exhibit. Enjoy scavenger hunts, hikes and scheduled nature programs. At Creek Bend Nature Center, there’s always something to explore! Admission is always free. Creek Bend Nature Center is open: Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m. Mark your calendar: Maple Sugaring Days March 4-5, from noon – 3 p.m. LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. 630-444-3190.

Oak Park River Forest High School Japanese program is hosting our annual Japan Fest on Saturday, February 4 from noon till 4:00 pm, and we are open to public again! Please come learn about Japanese holidays and festivals by participating in fun craft, interesting activities and great games. Food is available to purchase (cash only). Admission is free. This is a great event for the whole family! 201 N. Scoville Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302.

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Join us as we celebrate 25 years of PaleoFest from March 3-5, 2023, with lectures from paleontologists around the world and special programming! Dino-lovers, rock collectors, & fossil diggers unite for an internationally attended festival. Many of the talks will focus on our speakers’ cutting edge research and amazing new discoveries. Learn about prehistoric animals and explore the halls of Burpee! 737 North Main Street, Rockford Illinois 61103 | 815.965.3433 | |

Stepping into LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is like you’ve just jumped into the biggest box of LEGO bricks ever! With over 3 million LEGO bricks under one roof and 2 stories of EPIC LEGO play, what will you discover? To see what else we have to offer, check out www.legolanddiscoverycenter. com/chicago/! Be sure to buy tickets online to guarantee your entry. Located at 601 N. Martingale Road, STE 130 Schaumburg, IL 60173.

ville has you covered for non-stop fun! In addition to WhirlyBall, there’s a multi-level LaserTag arena, eight bowling lanes, a four-lane VIP private bowling suite, and HyperBowling. Offering a relaxed yet elevated dining experience featuring fresh takes on classic American fare, an expansive collection of 24 rotating craft beer selections, and refreshing signature cocktails. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800, WhirlyBall. com/Naperville [See our ad on Page 3.]

Pick your own memories at Apple Holler orchard, family farm and sleigh ride winter wonderland! Enjoy great comfort food touched by the magic of apples at the Red Barn Restaurant, Bakery Café, Cider Bar and Farm Store. Four seasons of family fun for visitors to enjoy all year long! Apple Holler is the ideal rustic wedding venue located between Chicago and Milwaukee, WI, right off of I-94 at Exit 337, simply follow the signs to the FUN! (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100 or visit for further information. [See our ad on Page 3.]

Whether you’re celebrating an engagement, an anniversary, a team-building event, or raising funds for your not-for-profit, WhirlyBall Naper-

Learn to ski/snowboard or bring the family and friends for snow tubing. With six ski runs

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SAVE THE DATE Growing Cents Of Style Spring ONLINE Consignment Sale! March 7-March 11, 2023 THOUSANDS Of Gently Used Children’s Clothes, Shoes, Toys, Women’s Clothing, Home Goods & More. All At Just A FRACTION Of The Cost! @growingcentsofstyle You Won't Want To Miss This HUGE Event!!

and a double wide tube hill, Villa Olivia offers winter fun in your own backyard.We can even make our own snow! Book your winter fun online now at The season runs through March 5th (weather permitting). Villa Olivia is located at 1401 W. Lake Street in Bartlett. For hours of operation and weather related information visit or call 630-540-4199.

Jump into the world of Peppa Pig to explore and discover, interact and engage in 14 themed areas that are sure to be an unforgettable adventure with Peppa and her friends. Spark the imagination of your little piggies at Peppa Pig World of Play, an indoor family attraction designed for pre-school children and their families! Jump, laugh, play, imagine and giggle with the whole family! Visit our website to reserve your tickets today at

Get out of the house for a weekend of fun, shopping and dining for all ages! The Annual Downtown Downers Grove Ice Festival returns February 3-5, 2023. Watch carvers demonstrate their art in person Saturday & Sunday with live ice carving demonstrations on Saturday from 11am-3pm. The carvings will remain out as long as whether permits! Details at or 630725-0991.

Growing Cents Of Style is a SEASONAL ONLINE Consignment Sale March 7th-11th, 2023. THOUSANDS of gently used children’s & junior’s clothes, shoes, toys, women’s clothing, home goods & more. All at just a fraction of retail. Curbside pickup & shipping available for orders. Interested in selling? Register online at www.growingcentsofstyle. com. You won’t want to miss this HUGE event! Follow us on Facebook & Instagram for all the details!

Find fun this winter in Kenosha, WI. Explore the crisp air while skiing, snowboarding, tubing, or ice skating! Tour the lakefront while strolling along a sculpture walk or taking a ride aboard an authentic streetcar. Warm up at one of our many museums, art galleries, boutique shops or great eateries. Check out live theatre productions, concerts, and even comedy shows. You’ll never be bored here. Plan your getaway and find trip ideas at

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Snow is the best reason to get outside in the winter!

To keep your kids from winding up bored and at each other’s throats, it’s a good idea to have some activity ideas up your sleeve. This list goes beyond the classic snowman to try to beat the boredom and make the most of snowy days.

Buried (in snow) treasure hunt

Unleash your child’s inner pirate and send them off to find hidden loot. Hide a number of items in an area of snow (large or small depending on the age of your child) and let your kids know what you’ve buried (12 toy cars, 15 plastic dinosaurs, etc.). They’ll love digging to find the treasure.

Jump Snow Hurdles

Lightly pack a lot of basketball-sized snowballs and then use them to build a course of hurdles to jump over in a round of ‘Follow the Leader’.

Hula Hoop Challenge

Have you ever tried using ‘Hula Hoops’ all bundled up in winter clothing? Have a contest to see who can last the longest!

Snow Maze

Use shovels, snowshoes, or just your plain old feet to dig a maze at home around your yard or local park. Kids will love finding their way through the twists and turns.

Winter Bubble Blowing

On a really, really cold day take regular old “bubble juice” and wands outside to see the beauty that icy bubbles make. Kids will oooh and aaah when they see the cool shapes float in the air or land on surfaces in icy globes. See if they can catch the bubbles in their hands before they burst. Use a variety of wands to see an even bigger variety of icy bubbles.

Snowman Hat Trick

Build a plump, snowman in the yard/play-field. Make a game of taking turns trying to land a hat on his head by throwing it like a frisbee from 10 or so feet away.

Snow Paint

Fill spray bottles with water and food coloring. There’s no limit to the designs your child can create!

Snow Angels

Everyone can make snow angels, but who can do it the best? And if you are making them with your friends and family, making a snow angel family together is so much fun!

And, of course, you can lend a helping hand for an elderly neighbor by shoveling their driveway.

Bundle up, enjoy the winter wonderland, and then head indoors for a cup of hot chocolate for a perfect way to cap off a snowy, active day.

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Ski, Snowboard, and Snow Tube ENJOY WINTER SPORTS CLOSE TO HOME AT •Beginner to Advance Ski/Snowboard Runs • Quad Chair Lift • Rope Tows •Ski and Snowboard Lessons • Rental Equipment • Snow Tubing with Conveyor Lift • 100% Snow Making Ability •Ski Lodge • Ski Café Open through March 5th (weather permitting) Hours of Operation: Thursday 5–9pm, Friday 5–10pm Saturday 9am–10pm, Sunday 9am–8pm 1401 W. Lake Street • Bartlett 630-289-1000 • SKI LESSONS for age 4 through adult. SNOWBOARD LESSONS for age 6 through adult. Equipment rental available. Snow Phone: 630-540-4199 Winter Break January 2nd–6th Monday–Thursday 9am–10pm New Year’s Eve 9am–4pm New Year’s Day 1–9pm Jan 16 9am–8pm Feb 20 9am–8pm
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James Lumber Center

James Lumber Center’s spring season features Grammy award-winning bluegrass, energetic hip-hop and more!

“We are thrilled to bring an exciting and eclectic lineup to the JLC, including legendary artists with multiple Grammy nominations and TV/movie appearances between them,” says Alisa Baum, executive director. “This incredible season will help establish the JLC as a mecca of live entertainment for Lake County.”

• The Great DuBois, Sunday, January 22. A comedic variety showcase of juggling, aerial, magic, contortion and more, with free circus workshop.

• Bush/Marshall/Meyer/Meyer, Thursday, February 2. A supergroup with the legendary Sam Bush, multi-Grammy winner Edgar Meyer, Mike Marshall and George Meyer.

• LADAMA, Sunday, February 5. A quartet of virtuosic musicians from Brazil, Columbia, Venezuela and the U.S.

• Tab Benoit with opener JD Simo, Friday, February 24. Grammy-nominated, soulful Delta blues singer.

• Switchback, Sunday, March 19. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this award-winning duo.

• Natalie MacMaster/Donnell Leahy, Friday, March 24. Marquee Celtic superstars.

• Chicago Dance Crash, Sunday, April 23. This hip hop/contemporary dance ensemble performs “Keepers of the Floor.”

• Gangstagrass, Sunday, May 14. Creator of the Emmy-nominated TV theme song for “Justified,” this unique group combines bluegrass, hip hop and beyond.

Tickets online at; 847-543-2300; JLC Box Office, 19351 West Washington St., Grayslake, open M-F, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

including “Memory”, for the first time as it begins a new life, or let it thrill you all over again! Featuring new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton). Playing one week only February 21 – 26 at the James M. Nederlander Theatre.

ANNIE, the best-loved musical of all time returns in a new production celebrating family, optimism and the American spirit. The Chicago Tribune calls it “one of the best family musicals ever penned.” It’s the ultimate cure for all the hard knocks life throws your way. Playing March 7 – 19 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. For tickets visit (See ad on p. 13.)

Overshadowed Theatrical Productions

Broadway in Chicago

Broadway In Chicago has two upcoming productions that will make for an unforgettable family night out at the theatre. Share the experience of CATS, the beloved Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with breathtaking songs

The Wizard of Oz – January 20-February 4 We’re off to see the Wizard! Over ten generations have grown up loving this classic tale of an enchanted land – first as a beloved children’s book, then as an iconic Hollywood film. Now Overshadowed is bringing you an exciting stage adaptation of this legendary musical. It’s a show for the entire family filled with an immortal musical score including one of the greatest hit songs in musical history – “Over the Rainbow.” So follow the yellow brick road to Overshadowed. School

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Day Performances also available. Call for more information.

Located at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. To order tickets, please call the box office at 630-634-2100 or go to www.overshadowed. org. [See our ad on the Inside Front Cover.]

The Genesee Theatre – Waukegan

The Genesee makes your New Year’s Resolution of seeing more shows easier than ever!

On Thursday, January 26, TUSK: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute will be celebrating the legacy of Fleetwood Mac with their unforgettable chemistry. On Sunday, January 29, Lake Street Dive with Monica Martin, offers a chill, semi-acoustic evening of blues, folk, and jazz. On February 3 and 4, Lombardi, the Broadway Play, brings the intimacy of black-box theatre to the big stage. On Friday, February 10, one of country music’s biggest stars, Josh Turner, will grace the stage with his southern charm and baritone voice. On Thursday, February 16, The Commodores will perform hits from their 55-year career. The final weekend lines-up Little River Band, Rick Springfield, and Tim Allen back-toback, February 23, 24, and 25.Tickets are on sale now! The Genesee Theatre: 203 N Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL. Online: Box office: (847) 263-6300.

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GENESEE THE SPOTLIGHT IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK THE Sunday, January 29 7:00 PM Friday, February 3 7:30 PM Saturday, February 4 2:00 and 7:30 PM Friday, February 10 8:00 PM THE GENESEE THEATRE • 203 NORTH GENESEE STREET, WAUKEGAN, IL GENESEETHEATRE.COM • TICKETMASTER: 800-982-2787 • 847-263-6300 NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION: SEE MORE SHOWS! "Hypotheticals" and "Good Kisser" The Broadway Play "Your Man" and "Long Black Train"

Host a Hall of Fame HOMEGATE

From kickoff to the final whistle, taking your game day party to the next level starts with serving an all-star lineup of menu items. From starting-caliber appetizers to MVP-level main courses and a supporting cast of side dishes, dips like salsa and hummus can play the role of superstar when it comes to serving up game day grub.

(Family Features) One of the benefits of cheering on your favorite teams from the couch and bringing the tailgate to your literal home field is the availability of appliances you may not otherwise have access to at the stadium like the oven or air fryer. However, that doesn’t mean missing out on the action and being sidelined in the kitchen all game or that these recipes won’t travel to a tailgate.

With a flavor-packed, vibrant recipe, the lineup of Fresh Cravings Salsa offers a homemade-tasting alternative to softer, duller blends of jarred salsa. Made with high-quality ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes, crisp vegetables, zesty peppers and spices, the salsas make a perfect addition to these recipes from celebrity chef and entertainer George Duran, author of “Take This Dish and Twist It” and host of Food Network’s “Ham on the Street” and TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off.”

Kickoff your menu with an app like these Jalapeno Bacon and Salsa Biscuit Bites that meld together traditional tailgate tastes. Then put a Tex-Mex twist on a traditional favorite with this Enchilada Lasagna, perfect for feeding a crowd of hungry fans.

To round out the playbook, this Layered Mediterranean Hummus Salad can make

for an accompaniment to a variety of main courses. The cucumbers, olives, cherry tomatoes and other veggies are balanced by the savory taste of Fresh Cravings Hummus. Made with a short list of high-quality ingredients like chickpeas, tahini and Chilean extra-virgin olive oil, it has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Find more game-winning recipes made for homegating and tailgating at Enchilada Lasagna

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)

1 deli roasted chicken, skin and bones removed, shredded

2 tablespoons taco seasoning

1 cup chicken stock or broth

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

2 cups shredded Tex-Mex cheese blend

16 ounces Fresh Cravings Chunky Salsa, plus additional for serving

1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped nonstick cooking spray

6 flour tortillas (9 inches each)

1 cup tortilla chips, crushed

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 350 F.

In large skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Add onions and cook until soft and translucent, 4-5 minutes.

Add shredded chicken and stir in taco seasoning. Add chicken broth and bring to simmer, about 5 minutes.

Add cream cheese, Tex-Mex cheese, salsa and cilantro. Stir until cream cheese is melted and simmer 3-4 minutes until slightly thickened.

Spray square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place two tortillas in bottom of pan, folding over or trimming sides of tortillas to fit.

Spoon half chicken mixture over tortillas. Repeat then place remaining tortillas over top. Mix crushed tortilla chips with cheddar cheese and sprinkle over top. Bake 30 minutes, or until lasagna is bubbling and lightly browned.

Let stand 10 minutes then top with additional salsa before serving.

Jalapeno Bacon and Salsa Biscuit Bites


Yield: 16 biscuit bites

1 tube biscuit dough (8 biscuits total)

7 ounces grated mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup jarred jalapenos, chopped

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courtesy of chef George Duran

slices cooked bacon, chopped cup Fresh Cravings Restaurant Style Salsa nonstick cooking spray

Preheat air fryer to 350-360 F.

Divide each biscuit in half by pulling apart in centers. Use hands to flatten each biscuit into

In bowl, mix mozzarella cheese with chopped jalapenos, bacon and salsa.

Add heaping spoonful into each flattened biscuit and pinch each together tightly to form balls. Top each with small amount of salsa mixture.

Spray nonstick cooking spray in air fryer and, working in batches, cook biscuit bites 6-9 minutes until golden brown.

Serve warm.

If air fryer access is unavailable, biscuit bites can be baked 8-10 minutes at 400 F in oven, or until golden brown.

Elk Grove Park District

Elk Grove Park District is your place to celebrate your child's most special day! Gather your friends and family to experience one of our many beautiful and unique party spaces. Our facilities are open year-round and are budget friendly. If you are looking for a space to create your special event, we offer a wide variety of rentals for all budgets. If your child has dreamed of a party under the Big Top, we offer a 28 horse Carousel and Jumps n' Jiggles Play Zone or enjoy a Splashtastic event at Pavilion Aquatics Center.You can also rent gym space for a sports related party. Summer seasonal facilities including Pirates' Cove Children's Theme Park and Rainbow Falls Waterpark are cool places to celebrate on hot summer days. You can book your summer events beginning January 1 and the Carousel parties can be booked up to one year in advance. Visit to let us start planning your event. We are easily accessible from I-290 with ample parking.

Fleetwood Roller Skating Rink

Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family-owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) privates and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages plus for “health sake, roller skate” Come visit us and join in our fun. Instruction available every Saturday at 1 pm Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times. Located at 7231 West Archer Ave., Summit. 708-458-0300.

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Mental Health Matters

Loneliness & Isolation –Tips to Overcome These Challenges

Humans are inherently social animals who rely on interpersonal relationships for a variety of needs. When people experience healthy friendships, family dynamics, and even casual positive interactions with others, they feel a sense of belonging and satisfaction, which translates to better health. Unfortunately, when your social connections and relationships don’t meet your individual needs, feelings of loneliness and isolation may occur and can have potentially devastating consequences.

How do loneliness and isolation affect physical and mental health? Feelings of loneliness and isolation can significantly impact our health, especially when these feelings occur for an extended time. Unsatisfactory social relationships or connections can lead to a host of problems for both body and mind.

Physical health can be impacted by loneliness in surprising ways. According to the Centers for Disease Control in “Loneliness and Social Isolation Linked to Serious Health Conditions,” loneliness can significantly impact our health. It increases the risk for premature death, strokes, heart disease, heart failure, and other cardiovascular issues at levels comparable to those who smoke, are obese, or physically inactive.

Various studies have also shown correlations between loneliness or isolation and other complications, reports Amy Novotney in “The risks of social isolation.” These include poor sleep, decreased self-control, higher stress levels, and lower immunity, to name a few.

Mental health struggles can also develop from feeling isolated or lonely. This is true not only for adults but children and adolescents. On June 3, 2020, researchers published their findings in “Rapid Systematic Review: The Impact of Social Isolation and Loneliness on the Mental Health of Children and Adolescents in the Context of COVID-19.” Maria Elizabeth Loades et al. found depression, anxiety, and even suicidal ideation and attempts are potential issues resulting from a lack of sufficient positive and healthy social relationships.

Among older adults, extended social isolation may even increase an individual’s risk for dementia or cognitive decline, according to a 2019 study, “Are loneliness and social isolation associated with cognitive decline?” by Elvira Lara et al.

How are various demographics impacted by loneliness and isolation?

While all people require some level of personal connection and interaction, individuals and specific demographic groups may have different needs or struggles related to loneliness and isolation. Anyone can, at times, experience isolation from others. Those who lack close family or friends, have moved to a new place, differ from their community, or belong to any kind of outgroup are at risk of missing out on their desired level of social connection. Certain groups, according to the CDC, are particularly at increased risk of experiencing isolation and loneliness.

Single parents may have children around, but that isn’t enough to prevent feeling lonely or isolated from adults. Parenting, even with a partner, already comes with these challenges. It can be exacerbated if you’re also dealing with a challenging co-parenting situation or experiencing a loss.

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Seniors are a group significantly affected by social isolation. Experiences like divorce, becoming a widow or widower, children growing up and moving away, retirement, chronic illness, and moving to a retirement home or care facility can increase these feelings.

People with mental illness can have symptoms reappear or increase in severity if they don’t have access to a support network, including friends, family, or others to connect with.

Immigrants may face language barriers, differences in customs or local dynamics, or lack established social relationships. They may also feel incredibly lonely being away from their home, culture, or family.

Members of the LGBTQ+ community may be affected by discrimination and stigma. They may even experience loss of relationships with family and friends who don’t accept them, leaving them isolated from former social groups.

People with disabilities may experience increased isolation or feelings of loneliness depending on their individual situations. They may face barriers in communication, discrimination, stigma, or even physical im -

pediments preventing easier engagement in social relationships.

How to reduce isolation and loneliness

Unfortunately, dealing with loneliness and isolation is becoming a widespread experience. According to experts, most people from all walks of life report feeling a lack of social connection or relationships at some point in their lives. Sometimes experiencing these feelings is a consequence of larger problems like a pandemic where people need to maintain distance to stay safe.

Though it may seem impossible, isolation and loneliness do not have to become a

permanent state. Even if you must be physically apart from others, there are many ways to stay connected and build new social relationships.

• Reach out to friends, family, former coworkers, or neighbors who you haven’t talked to in a while or have lost touch with. Send an email, a letter, a text, or even pick up the phone and give them a call.

• In situations like a pandemic, where physical distancing is necessary for a while, it’s crucial to find ways to connect with others. Try scheduling social time such as regular video calls to catch up and even share a meal, movie, game, or activity together from your own homes. Find ways to get together safely outdoors in small groups, appropriately spaced apart.

• Join groups where you can connect with others through shared interests. A book club, cooking class, community college course, club sports team, fitness class, or community theater are a few possibilities. During a pandemic, look for virtual opportunities. It’s easier to maintain relationships when you have things in common – plus interest-based groups provide opportunities to connect with others in a structured but lower-stress environment.

• Technology opens up so many opportunities to make social connections and build virtual relationships with real people. You can join social networks and find groups for people in similar life situations, with similar interests, or just looking to connect with others. Just be conscious of how you’re using social media. Seeing other people’s “highlight reels” can actually increase the feeling of being left out.

• Volunteer for a cause that’s dear to your heart. You can find others who share similar interests or values while gaining satisfaction from giving back to your community. Especially consider working with populations who are at risk for loneliness. This way, you can help others while helping yourself.

• If you’re experiencing significant mental or physical health problems related to loneliness or isolation, speak with your doctor or mental health care professional. They can support you and direct you to various resources.

When feelings of isolation or loneliness become overwhelming, it’s hard to imagine how to change your circumstances. But with a little effort and perhaps some support, there are ways to create and maintain healthy social relationships and connect to others, regardless of our personal situation or the world around us.

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Depression in Seniors

How do you know if you or your loved one may have depression? Depression in older adults may be difficult to recognize because older people may have different symptoms than younger people. For some older adults with depression, sadness is not their main symptom. They could instead be feeling more of a numbness or a lack of interest in activities.They may not be as willing to talk about their feelings.

The following is a list of common symptoms. Still, because people experience depression differently, there may be symptoms that are not on this list.

• Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood

• Feelings of hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness

• Irritability, restlessness, or having trouble sitting still

• Loss of interest in once pleasurable activities, including sex

• Decreased energy or fatigue

• Moving or talking more slowly

• Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions

• Difficulty sleeping, waking up too early in the morning, or oversleeping

• Eating more or less than usual, usually with unplanned weight gain or loss

• Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts

If you have several of these signs and symptoms and they last for more than two weeks, talk with your doctor. These could be signs of depression or another health condition. Don’t ignore the warning signs. If left untreated, serious depression may lead to death by suicide.

Treatment, particularly a combination of psychotherapy and medications, has been shown to be effective for older adults. Treatment choices differ for each person, and sometimes multiple treatments must be tried in order to find one that works. It is important to keep trying to find something that does. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives.

Depression is common in people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Dementia can cause some of the same symptoms as depression, and depression can be an early warning sign of possible dementia.

For more information visit National Institutes of Health at

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Supporting Kids’ Mental Well-being

From the basics, like how to talk to your kids about mental health and keeping a routine, to more serious topics like community violence, and race and racism, these resources from On Our Sleeves® will help support you in your understanding of mental health concerns and teach you how to talk about mental health and wellness in an easy to understand manner.

Talking to your kids about mental health can be downright awkward. They may be reluc tant or have trouble finding words to speak about what they’re feeling inside. But these are some of the most important conversa tions you can have with your child. There are ways parents can spot early warning signs and help address their child’s needs.

“While there is still much to learn, we know more now about how to accurately diagnose and effectively treat pediatric mental health concerns,” says Nancy Cunningham, PsyD., Nationwide Children’s Hospital Big Lots Behavioral Health Services. “Early identification and intervention are key to addressing symptoms, promoting a child’s development, and helping a child to live a happier and healthier life.”

If you sense your child is struggling, Cunningham says the first step is to encourage them to talk – and that starts with establishing trust. Starting these difficult conversations with kids at an early age makes it easier as they grow older. Here, she provides tips for approaching difficult topics and initiating a healthy rapport with your child that will last a lifetime.

Model Openness

Share your feelings, challenges, successes and failures with your child in a way that is age appropriate. By doing so, you’ll demonstrate to them that it’s safe to talk about their own feelings and challenges.

Meet Them Where They Are

Quality time with your child is important. However, when you are ready to talk may be different than when your child is ready to talk

to you. Plan activities together that you know they enjoy. While you’re together, look for opportunities to talk about their friends, how school is going, or what they’re following on social media.

Let Them Fail

In non-dangerous situations, it’s healthy to allow your child to struggle and fail. If you take away their opportunity to learn from their mistakes, they miss out on the chance to gain confidence and resiliency.

Create a Safe Space

If you suspect your child is struggling, find ways to express your concern without seeming threatening or judgmental. Create a sense of safety by remaining calm and reassuring. Listen with understanding and validate their feelings. Be the kind of parent your child wants to talk to.

Sometimes Being Direct is Best

If you notice warning signs (such as shifts in behavior or personality, changes in sleeping or eating habits or loss of interest in activities) it’s sometimes best to initiate a direct conversation. Ask direct questions in a supportive, thoughtful manner. This conversation is easier if you’ve established a baseline of trust.

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Stay Connected to Your Pediatrician

Continue to schedule yearly well visits with your pediatrician. They can be your first line of support. They may be able to detect changes in your child’s behavior, and they are skilled at screening for depression, anxiety and substance abuse. If you have an immediate concern, make sure to reach out to them.

Include Your Child in the Solution

If you’re concerned that your child is struggling, ask how you can help before taking an action. For example, if your child is struggling at school, ask if it would be helpful for you to reach out to their teacher or school counselor. The more you can include your child in the process the better.

Find a Mentor

If your child is not comfortable talking to you, they might be willing to talk to another adult. Providing opportunities for them to open up is the goal. And often that’s easier with someone who’s not their parent!

Apologize When You’re Wrong

Parents are going to mess up. Getting it right more than not is the goal. When you do overreact or make a mistake, admit you were wrong and apologize. Not only will your children appreciate your truthfulness, it gives them permission to make mistakes too.

Practice What You Preach

If you’re really feeling stuck, seek help from the guidance of a therapist, physician or spiritual director for yourself. A trusted third party can provide a new perspective into your child’s behavior. It will also send a great message to your child that it’s okay to reach out for help.

Stop the Stigma

Children pick up on their parents’ attitudes. You may be perpetuating the stigma of mental illness without knowing it. Try to talk about emotional issues in a non-judgmental manner – the way you might talk about a physical illness.

If you notice any of these signs, talk with your child(ren) about their experience to get a better understanding. It also might be time to talk with their pediatrician, someone at their school or a mental health professional. There are scientifically proven and effective treatments for children who experience anxiety disorders.

On Our Sleeves® is a trademark of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. To learn more visit:

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Wellness Resource

Beyond Healing

Dealing with stress, depression, grief, family, relationships, identity, career, spiritual, or health issues? Struggling with mental or emotional health issues? Interested in alternative healing modalities? Or do you just want to learn and grow in certain areas of your life? We can help you!

Beyond Healing is a holistic counseling, wellness, and personal growth center where over 60 licensed professional counselors and certified wellness practitioners provide a warm, safe, accepting environment for individuals and families to heal and overcome from the obstacles that life has brought their way, and to flourish! Our goal is to help you to succeed in ALL areas of your life!

Our licensed counselors are approved providers with many insurance panels including BCBS Illinois, Cigna, Aetna, United Health Care, and others. We also have a sliding fee scale for those who qualify and are self-pay. Offices are in Homer Glen, Frankfort, and Chicago (Beverly) areas and we also do telehealth. We specialize in children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and group therapy. Call 708-737-7968 for appointments.We want to see you grow and thrive!

Timberline Knolls

Making a Real-Life Difference

Located in Lemont, Illinois, on a picturesque 43 acres,Timberline Knolls is a leading residential treatment center providing individualized care for women and adolescent girls (ages 12 and up) who are struggling with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, mood disorders and other mental health concerns. Each woman or girl who receives care at our facility follows a personalized treatment plan that is created specifically for them. Our compassionate and highly-trained team members work to provide a confidential, welcoming environment where residents can receive comprehensive care that meets their unique needs. Our treatment approach includes: dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), family systems, recovery principles, expressive therapies, and spirituality in a trauma-informed environment. The TK Academy, our on-campus school, is available for residents who wish to continue their educational goals. Outpatient services including a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), with supportive housing, are available in nearby Orland Park, Illinois, for adult women as a step down or direct admit.We are in network with most

major insurance companies. For residents seeking faith-based treatment we also offer The Grace Program. There are many questions when seeking treatment, we can help. For more information, call us today at 877257-9611 or visit

We are on Facebook, LinkedIn (Timberline Knolls), Twitter - @TimberlineToday and Instagram - @timberlinetoday.Timberline Knolls is located at 40 Timberline Drive in Lemont, IL, 60439.

Jade Orchid Wellness

“How does Chiropractic help with mental health? Chronic pain can also increase mental health dysfunction. With a chiropractic adjustment there is a “feel good” sensation with the pop or cavitation. This is the alignment of the spine which can improve function both physically and mentally. Many chiropractors also help in the area of nutrition as well as supplementation which is better for the body as a whole. Chiropractic, along with nutrition counseling and acupuncture, have been known to decrease depression and anxiety. In conjunction with other mediums including psychology systems such as biofeedback, chiropractic has been used as well to improve results.

At Jade Orchid Wellness, we use Chiropractic, Acupuncture, and other holistic mediums to help the body and mind reach its full potential. Our doctor, Dr. Doris Fregoso, has worked in the world of personal injury with the patients walking out in better mental health than before the injury.”

Located at 309 S. Main Street, Lombard, IL 60148. Call 331-307-7989.

Villa St. Benedict

The Heart of the Community

Villa St. Benedict is at the height of its beauty when the seasons are changing. As the winter months are here, we start to embrace this majestic time of year. This beautiful 47-acre campus is part of the original parcel of 500 acres purchased and still occupied by the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart since 1912. The heart of the community is the Sacred Heart Chapel.

Villa St. Benedict continues to be a unique senior community offering independent living, assisted living, and memory care with a mission statement based on the Benedictine tradition of hospitality.

As a continuing care community, our staff works tirelessly to provide excellent services. We work with the same respect and compassion you would receive from a member of your family. With a wide array of apartment sizes and villa homes, we have a perfect fit for your chosen lifestyle.

Living fully, living well – that’s comfort in VSB’s community! Villa St. Benedict is located at 1920 Maple Avenue in Lisle. Call a sales counselor at 630-852-0345 to arrange a tour or find out more by visiting

Recovery International Teen Mental Wellness

Power Your Mind:Tools to Build Resilience is a new workbook for teens that uses graphic novel panels to illustrate healthy ways of coping with stressful everyday situations. Power Your Mind can be used as a self-guided tool or as part of a group workshop. It provides ways for dealing with situations such as a running late for an event, insecurity about belonging to a group, or fearful anticipation in uncertain circumstances. The workbook teaches cognitive-behavioral techniques. You will learn more than 100 “tools” to help calm you when you get worked up about an average, common situation. For more information about this new youth program, email or visit www.

For 85 years, Recovery International has been helping adults achieve better mental health using a peer-led, 4-step method and tools. Power Your Mind adapts this evidence-based program for young adults. For more information about Recovery International visit

Counseling With Maggie, PLLC

Reclaim Your Life

You’ve been feeling stuck for a while now. Your body is either in high alert or shut down, and your work and relationships are suffering. The cruelty you experienced in the past makes it hard to trust others and, worse yet, hard to trust yourself.

With the right tools to process and heal, you can release the tensions held in your thoughts, emotions, and body and become more fully and joyfully present to create the life you want. If you are ready to take the next step, call Maggie Reynolds, LCPC for a FREE 15 minute phone consultation at 773234-6515.

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Practice Self-Care for Better Mental Health

Happy New Year! It’s a time of big resolutions and new beginnings. It’s also the perfect opportunity to get better at taking care of our mental health. Let’s talk about three ways to start on the right foot this year by prioritizing your mental health!

No. 1: Put Boundaries in Place

Boundaries help protect you from feeling taken advantage of or disrespected. Establishing limitations protects your mental health by giving you a sense of control over your life. Therefore, learning to say “no” is a valuable life skill. It helps you maintain self-worth by empowering you to make choices that align with your values. When we say “yes” to every request, we’re more likely to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. By saying “no” mindfully with conviction and respect, you make time for the things that matter without overwhelming guilt and negativity.

When creating emotional boundaries, use your personal values as a guide. Recognize that these limits vary and can be flexible, depending on the situation and the people involved. Set aside social expectations and listen to yourself. Conserve your emotional energy to prevent resentment.

No. 2: Increase Self-Awareness

Increasing self-awareness means being more conscious of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. When you’re more self-aware, you can catch early signs of stress or anxiety and address them before they become more significant problems.

One way to be more self-aware is to keep a journal. This can help you track your moods, symptoms and triggers. It can also be a place to reflect on your daily life. Journaling helps keep you in perspective as it boosts your selfidentity and fosters self-growth.

No. 3: See a Counselor or Therapist

As you become more self-aware, you start to recognize issues that reduce your quality of life. It may be a problem that interferes with your life each day or something that causes so much shame or embarrassment that you make it a point to avoid others.

These issues may have made you develop unhealthy habits or make life changes that have negatively impacted your personal and professional relationships.

Therapy can help with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions, family dynamics, parenting support and more. Spending time with a professional allows you to explore your feel-

ings and unresolved experiences without judgment. Together, you can identify the obstacles, insecurities, and harmful habits keeping you from achieving optimal mental health.

No matter what steps you choose to take this year regarding your mental health, know that you’re not alone. Millions of people struggle with the same issues, and support is available.

Being a teenager can be tough, with higher levels of anxiety, depression, and anger among youth. Power Your Mind: Tools to Build Resilience is a selfguided program that teaches life coping skills to deal with everyday stressful events.

For a short video overview or to purchase a workbook, visit

Adults seeking better mental health through peer-led support meetings can visit

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Benefits of a Private School

Choosing a school for your child is a big decision.

To teach their children the necessary skills for an everchanging world, many parents are choosing private school education.

Schools are in the business of educating children. Private schools recognize the importance of educating parents as well. The price tag of a private school education might dissuade some parents from considering enrolling their school-age children. However, the benefits of private school are many, and it is critical for families to know their choices. Learning about the advantages of private school makes the cost of tuition a non-issue because a private school education pays dividends.

If the public school near you seems good, it may seem like the obvious choice. But if you can afford private school fees, it might seem like you should give your child exposure to a different kind of education.

How Does the Public School System Work?

In the United States, public schools are usually

run by the government at the state or local level. Funding for public schools comes from a variety of sources, including taxes, lottery funds, and federal grants. Public schools must follow certain guidelines set by the state or federal government, which means that they must offer a certain curriculum and hire certified teachers. However, public schools also have a lot of flexibility in how they operate. For example, some public schools offer specialized programs like gifted and talented programs or dual language immersion programs.

How Does the Private School System Work?

In the United States, private schools are usually run by religious organizations, non-profit organizations, or for-profit organizations. Private schools do not have to follow the same guidelines as public schools, which means they can offer a different curriculum and hire teachers without certification. However, private schools must still meet certain standards set by their accrediting body. Private schools usually have a smaller student-to-teacher ratio than public schools, which means that students receive more individualized attention. With the extra cashflow they have, private schools often have more and higher quality facilities too.

What About Kindergartens?

Kindergartens are usually run by private organizations, but they may also be run by public schools or religious organizations. Kindergartens typically follow a different curriculum than public or private schools, and they do not have to meet the same standards as public or private schools. However, just like with private schools, an independent kindergarten must still meet certain standards set by its accrediting body.

First, what’s the right social and emotional fit? You might look at things like athletics, the arts, and what’s outside the classroom. Second, where is your child at academically? What are their strengths and weaknesses? And what they need to be motivated and productive.

There’s no such thing as the perfect school. Nor will any school meet all your criteria. However, any school worth its salt needs to be clear about what it provides and what it doesn’t.

Many parents choose private schools if they are seeking a defined set of values and/or academic focus. This is in contrast to public schools that are required to enroll all stu-

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dents, thus creating a wide spectrum of values and academic achievement.

The reality is that choosing a school comes down to many factors, and your own situation is unique.

Private schools have the distinct advantage of a low student:teacher ratio, and are filled with students who are eager to be in school and love learning. Such positive can-do attitudes easily result in energetic, dynamic, and active classroom experiences. Children thirst to learn in a culture where it is cool to be smart.

Another advantage of private schools are the teachers. Private school teachers do not choose their profession for the paycheck. Nor do they benefit from the safety of tenure. They readily share their knowledge and passion for their subject matter. Driven by the school’s mission, they are on a constant quest for improvement through mentorship. And this collaborative, can-do behavior is mirrored in the students they teach.

In a private school environment, teachers have myriad opportunities to develop connections among community members: with parents as partners on the students’ educational journey. Small class sizes also provide teachers with

the ability to get to know their students very well. A close teacher-student relationship helps students feel known, understood, believed in and challenged to be their best.

Private schools prepare students for the future with academically rigorous curricula that also incorporate tough-to-teach skills like critical thinking, collaboration and proactiveness. In high school, they often will offer a wide variety of AP level courses, and encourage students to pursue a degree of choice upon completion of high school. Another plus is that private school students typically do very well on standardized tests and college entrance exams. Almost 100 percent of private school graduates go on to college and half of those attend highly selective colleges.

So how can parents weigh private schools versus public schools? The individual needs of the child should shape the choice for parents. For children with learning disabilities, not all private schools have support systems for children with learning disabilities, but some schools do a phenomenal job with students of different learning abilities. It’s important for families to ask what the school’s strengths are and their capabilities to really serve the child based on his or her unique needs.

The BLUE RIBBON FLAG is recognized as a trademark of excellence with NATIONALLY normed TEST SCORES in the top 15%… only 50 private schools throughout the country are eligible for nominations to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Our school asserts an advanced academic curriculum enhanced by computer and science labs, one-to-one Chrome books from 5-8, Chrome carts available to grades K-4, along with new iPads, Smart boards in all classrooms and yearly upgrades to curriculum through new materials.

Our teachers are State Certified and certified as Religious Educators; many have advanced degrees and keep up with professional development.

Comprehensive after-school, extra-curricular activities are offered to increase positive student growth. On-site morning and after school care is available to help ease the worry of working parents.

Financial Aid is also available. Please inquire at school. Pleasecalltodaytoschedulea PRIVATETOURwithourPrincipal~ Or,ifyouhaveanyquestions,pleasecall 630-257-6488 | 607SobieskiSt,Lemont,IL60439

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SS. Cyril and Methodius School provides an excellent Catholic education from preschool through Eighth grade in a compassionate environment that strives to develop each student spiritually, academically, physically, and emotionally.
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SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic School

SS. Cyril and Methodius School provides an excellent Catholic education from Pre-K through 8th grade in a compassionate environment that strives to develop each student spiritually, academically, physically, and emotionally. In 2019, SSCM was awarded a National Blue Ribbon, which is a trademark of excellence in education. This prestigious recognition is only awarded to 50 nonpublic schools throughout the nation. Our Philosophy is to guide each child to realize their unique talents and fulfill his/her potential. Our goal is to enrich and develop each student through Catholic Faith by promoting self-esteem, discipline, common sense, and courtesy in a positive, healthy, respectful and safe environment. Address: 607 Sobieski St, Lemont, IL 60439. (630) 257-6488.


SEASPAR is a special recreation association offering therapeutic recreation programs and services – including 2 multi-sensory room –for people with disabilities served by the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge, and the villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park, and Western Springs. Visit or call 630.960.7600 for more information about our year-round programming for all ages and all abilities!

Immaculate Conception Grade School

As an educational ministry of Immaculate Conception Parish, we partner with parents to prepare students for lives as Catholic leaders. As Christians empowered by the Holy Spirit,

sage, concern, and service to the community. We teach students to live lives that embody these values, are centered in Christ, and strive for their greatest academic potential. We invite you to schedule a tour and take a closer look. Pre-K 3 through 8th Grade. Contact: Mrs. Sheila Wachholder, Office Manager at Registration for 2022-2023 is Now Open. Address: 132 Arthur Street, Elmhurst, Illinois 60126. 630.530.3490

Wheaton Bible Preschool

Our engaging curriculum introduces children to age-appropriate, early learning activities. Developed for preschoolers 2.5 through pre-kindergarten, children can explore, play, and learn to love God and others in our beautiful facility with 50+ play centers. Our licensed, nine-month program is designed to stimulate and develop a strong cognitive foundation in compliance with Illinois early learning standards for preschoolers. We provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to explore science, crafts, music, math, reading readiness and more! Gwen Wujciga, Preschool Director | (630) 876-6674 | | 27W500 North Avenue West Chicago, IL 60185 | | Call or visit our website to schedule a free tour

Write Right Stylus

Improving kids’ handwriting just got a whole lot easier! Write Right Stylus is the first tablet stylus designed for children to help with grasp and penmanship. Whether playing games, doing homework, or practicing letter formation, Write Right is trusted by thousands of schools and parents because it is functional with all touch screen devices, requires no battery or charging, and ultimately helps kids gain confidence in their handwriting. Because of its symmetrical design, it can be used by both right- and left-handed writers! Learn more on our website at www. or find us on Amazon!

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Help Children Succeed in School

Children spend half of their waking hours in school or doing school-related activities. Studies show that children whose parents are involved in their education do better in school than children whose parents are not involved. Parental involvement in children's education is a stronger indicator of student success than a family's cultural background or socioeconomic level, or a child's natural individual academic capability.

Here are two ways you can help your child succeed in school:

1. Set up a regular study time at home

Completing homework helps children learn and retain new information, improves their understanding of subject matter and enhances academic performance. Begin with small improvements and work toward establishing the ideal homework setting. Some helpful suggestions:

Choose a "learning-friendly" location.

• Keep the area quiet and free of distractions.

• Schedule a study time that best fits family routines.

• Break up study time for children who have difficulty with concentration.

• Require your child to finish his or her homework before enjoying other activities.

2. Communicate effectively with school staff

This may not always be easy to do, but it can be extremely beneficial to your child's success. Some helpful suggestions:

• When attending school activities like conferences or open houses, be prepared to discuss concerns you want to address. If necessary, write down questions and take notes during discussions with teachers or administrators.

• Begin communicating with school staff members when things are going well for your child. Don't wait until there is a problem to talk to teachers or administrators.

• Let teachers know that you appreciate their work.

• When there are problems, address them early, when they are small. Work with school staff members as a team to identify a problem, determine the best solution and follow through by taking action.

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Sending Teens to Summer Camp

Summer camp seems the perfect summertime solution for elementary-age kids so they don’t sit around the house bored and so they can make friends and learn new things while having fun. As our children grow out of their “little kid years,” we sometimes forget they still need those kinds of experiences they had when they were younger, just in a different form. Maybe the thought hasn’t crossed your mind that your teen might need to find a fun summer camp. Your teen should be babysitting, mowing lawns, working at the pool, making TikTok videos, hanging around with friends, right? Well, sure! But why not send teens off for a week or more of summer fun and learn-

ing this year for a break? Here are some great benefits for teens attending summer camp:

Maybe your teen will learn how to pack food for the homeless, teach kids how to read or work on a project that will benefit the community, like cleaning up a playground or fixing equipment. Teens even could learn how to paint a house, care for the yard of an elderly person who is unable to do so anymore … or they may even learn how to plan and build a house for someone in need.

Learning how to give back. Community service camps offer a great chance for teens to make a difference and help out in the community, while also learning lifelong skills. Kids get to spend their days helping others, which just feels good to everyone involved.

Deepening faith. If your teen enjoys church youth groups and activities, a church or other organized religious camp might be just the ticket. The day might begin with a church service, followed by breakfast, then a hike and some time spent in the cabin with friends memorizing Bible verses for a competition at the end of the week. Later there could be singing songs around a bonfire while roasting s’mores.

Working as a team. Your child will be meeting kids of different ages and who are from different backgrounds. Learning how to get along and work as a team is a huge life skill that will be reinforced at camp. Some camps even have kids do team-building and trust activities to help them get to know each other. Standing on their own. Let’s face it. As our kids get older, they start to grow away from us. They are simply preparing to head out on their own and they are also preparing you for that transition by perhaps being a little distant.They are stuck in between childhood and adulthood, and it’s a confusing time.

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Going away to camp for even a short period of time helps teach independence.A daily structure at camp is already in place, which teens need to follow. Because parents aren’t the ones doing the nagging, teens don’t tune out, but rather respect other adults and learn from them.

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Appreciating everything. Away from screens, a person finds it easier to focus on nature, learning, forming relationships and more. Being away from parents, kids will come home with a new appreciation for what it takes to be in a family and help out in the running of the household. Your teen will probably also appreciate funny things like a full pantry that’s open all day, a comfy bed and privacy!

Teen summer camp has so many benefits that cover all the bases, including physical, social, mental and spiritual. As for the rest of the summer? Well, your teen can spend plenty of time doing those odd jobs to help pay for camp next year!

SUMMER CAMP SOURCE coming in the March/April issue.

Get on your feet! Rock ‘n’ Kids provides music, movement and imagination classes for 1-5 years at park districts in Chicagoland! Tot Rock and Kid Rock are interactive and educational, with each class including songs and rhymes, basic dance steps and movements, fine and gross motor skills, rhythm instruments and movement props, imaginative play, socialization and fun! We are also available for mobile music and dance parties! We have been singing, dancing, and playing for over 28 years! Get more information at

Sports Performance Volleyball

The Great Lakes Center offers youth volleyball programs ages 3 years old to 12th grade. Looking for world class training? Join us this summer for our Sports Performance Summer Camps offering skill camps from beginners to elite level players for both boys and girls. Week long camps offered in a variety of skills from 1st Contact, Setting, Attack/Block/Pass/ Serve, Middle Blocker, All Skills, Fundamentals and more! Sign-up today!

Big Blue Swim School

Big Blue Swim School is coming to Glendale Heights! They will offer weekly, year-round 30 to 45-minute swim lessons for children beginning at just three months old, seven days a week. Big Blue sets itself apart from other swim schools with 90-degree, ultra-clean water, a comfortable viewing area to watch swimmers; plenty of private changing rooms, fall-proof, anti-microbial flooring throughout the facility and free Wi-Fi. Located at 145 W Army Trail Rd Glendale Heights, IL 60139

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You Might Be Making At The Gym

As people begin to act on New Year’s Resolutions and Fitness

Goals, you must remember just paying for a membership doesn’t guarantee the results you want.

While the first step to transforming your body is, in fact, deciding to commit to restructuring your lifestyle at the gym and in the kitchen, it is common for people to make mistakes that jeopardize their progress. These mistakes can chip away at their enthusiasm to work out and ultimately result in people giving up on their goals.

“As a trainer, my job consists of helping clients assess where they are and where they want to be. Giving them a clear pathway helps avoid mistakes that often cause people to quit too soon and forfeit their goals,” says Vince Sant, the co-founder and lead trainer of V Shred, the online training platform that has taken the world by storm in recent years.

Vince says these are some of the most common mistakes people make when starting off their fitness journey.

1. Failing to Assess Your Body “People who are new to working out and get a few workouts from a friend and head into the gym without analyzing their bodies with a trainer.” This becomes harmful because these people are not trained to pinpoint their body’s imbalances, where their weaknesses lie and how their body is compensating subconsciously. “They go to the gym pay for the membership and spend months doing exercises incorrectly and damaging their joints and their back.”


. Failing to Set Realistic Goals

Nowadays a lot of people scroll through social media and try and mimic the amount of weight being lifted and want a six pack in two weeks. When you set major goals with an unrealistic time frame you are setting yourself up for disappointment. A lot of what a trainer does is manage your goals and give you honest timelines to get you there. “We cheerlead you through the rough times and the plateaus,” says Sant.


Consistency is Key

New gym goers lose their excitement over working out a few weeks in. They start skipping workouts and making excuses. This will add to the time it will take for you to reach your goals and may even hinder your enthusiasm overall. Push yourself through the first few months of working out and eating nutritiously. Make a habit out of working out. Consistency will become easier once you start seeing those desired results


. Delaying Your Workouts Into The Night

“Here’s a pro tip: If you want consistency to be an easier hurdle to overcome… Plan to workout in the morning. The morning will always be more available than your night. We also tend to make more excuses at night and let things override our plans to work out,” says Sant.


Giving Up When You Hit A Plateau

If you hit a plateau it means you have consistently been doing the same routine for an extended period of time. Kudos for the consistency, but that is just one part of getting the results you want. “You need to learn or get guidance on how to effectively change your workouts to continue challenging your

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repetitions per set that you can lift per move-

ment easily leads to plateaus and lack of interest. Record what you are doing, perform it consistently and then increase intensity to avoid plateaus.



For many, stretching is common sense. Many people still ignore the importance of it.Working out without stretching can lead to reduced muscle mind connection, poor form and muscle strain. Stretching helps your range of motion and aids in preparing you mentally and physically for the workout ahead.

. Failing to take an Active Rest Day

Many people go all out the first few weeks of their fitness training looking desperately for quick results.This is not wise.Taking a rest day allows your muscles to heal. An active rest day is a day where instead of training at full power you incorporate some sort of low-intensity cardio or HIIT training. This way you keep your body active and don’t let any soreness settle in while still resting from your much more comprehensive workouts.

It is important that before beginning a fitness journey you assess where you are and where you want to be. Seek out help from trainers at your gym or through an individualized online program like V Shred.

Fitness Events




SATURDAY JAN 28 F3 Half Marathon and 5K. Chicago.





Geneva Park District’s 13th Annual Super Shuffle 5K 10:00AM at Geneva Middle School South, 1415 Viking Drive, Geneva

After-Race Game Day Party: 10:00am-noon at Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva super-shuffle-5k/

Tackle the Tri. Oak Brook.


Cupid’s Undie Run. Chicago.

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Frozen Gnome 10/K/5K. Crystal Lake.
Fat Tire Race. Lemont.
Sole Valentine’s Trail Challenge Chicago.

January & February

Here’s your source for current and upcoming great events. Event information is subject to change without notice, therefore, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm – and be certain to tell ‘em you saw it in Suburban Family Magazine!

If you have an event of regional interest, we’d love to hear from you. Send to “Great Events” Fax: 866-7794320, E-mail: Mail: P.O. Box 1266, Westmont, IL 60559. Deadline for inclusion in the March/April issue is Friday, February 10th



KIDS Dive In Movie – Water slides, splash zone and the movie Frozen. Leisure Pool at Vaughan Athletic Center. Pre-purchase tickets. 6-8PM. Fox Valley.


TEENS Dodgeball and Pizza at the CORE – Drop

off your teens, grades 5-7 at The CORE gym. There will also be bored games and cards. 6-8PM. Lemont.


KIDS Pokémon Club – Meet to play and talk Pokémon with other trainers. Bring cards or play with the library’s, or bring other Pokemon items for show and tell. Ages 6+. 6-7PM. Nichols Library, Naperville.

FAMILY Flurries ‘N Fun –Bring your skates and

chill out at the ice rink for some winter fun. 5:307:00PM. Kemmerling Park, Roselle.


FAMILY Bald Eagle Days – The Quad Cities celebrates the annual return of these majestic birds each winter. Join us at the QCCA Expo Center. January 6-8, see webpage for hours and admission prices.

FAMILY Flick and Float: Harry Potter – Potter in the Pool at Waterworks. Register. 6-8PM. The Water Works, Schaumburg.

OUTDOOR Guided Nature Walk – The full moon will be rising during these brisk walks at Churchill Park. All ages. 6:30-7:30PM.

TRIVIA The Challenge: Live Quiz Game – Show off your knowledge as you compete for prizes during this friendly quiz game featuring pop culture, music, animals, history, geography and more. Register with a team or let us help you find one. 7-8:30PM. Mayslake.


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Matter Community Job Fair – Individuals seeking summer, seasonal or year-round, part-time employment are invited to job fair representing 50 area businesses. 10AM–1PM. Fort Hill Activity Center, Naperville.


FAMILY Midwest Train Show – DuPage County Fairgrounds. 9AM - 3PM. Wheaton.


SENIORS Senior Bingo – Join us for FREE Bingo at the CORE Gym, 1-2PM. Must register in advance.


ADULT 80s Bingo Night – 1980’s music, costumes and bingo. Prizes awarded for best costume. 5-6:30PM. Register. Plainfield.

ART Masterpiece Framing – Learn the framing process from Artist and owner of Masterpiece Framing demonstrates mat cutting, glass cutting and frame assembly. 5PM. Bloomingdale Artists Association. Bloomingdale. Contact Bev at


KIDS Frozen Fest – Meet your favorite Frozen characters! Hot Cocoa, coffee, cookies and photo ops will be available. Free, pre-register. 10AM-12PM. Polar Plaza, downtown Glen Ellyn.

ARTS and CRAFTS Handmade Market Chicago –Browse locally made items including funky jewelry, glass pendants, clothing, handbags, crafts and more, The Empty Bottle, Chicago.


FAMILY Monarch Cheerleading Championship

– Presented by Spirit Brands and held at the Lake County Fairgrounds. 9AM-3PM. Grayslake.


KIDS Pokémon Club – Meet to play and talk Pokémon with other trainers. Bring cards or play with the library’s, or bring other Pokemon items for show and tell. Ages 6+. 6-7PM. Nichols Library, Naperville.


ADULTS Trivia Night at 95th Street Library –Test your knowledge on a variety of topics. Compete individually or part of a team. Register. 6:30PM. Naperville.

ADULT Donut Bingo – Enjoy a Wednesday morning donut, socializing and a few games of Bingo! RSVP one week in advance. Ages 18+. 9:45-11AM.


ADULT Bunco Party – roll the dice at this monthly Bunco party. Four games of Bunco, lunch and prizes. 11:30AM-2:30PM. Register. Plainfield.


FAMILY Frozen Family Fun – Ages 4-10. Bring the family for an evening of Frozen fun activities inside, including crafts, games and a visit from a special Frozen Queen. Birchwood Rec Center. Palatine.

KIDS Kids’ Night Out – Take the night off while your kids enjoy an evening of fun! Ages 4-12 Fort Hill Activity Center. 6-9PM. Pre-register.


CONCERT Sounds on the Fox – Concert in the “park” but indoors! Bring snacks and beverages and enjoy music at Prisco Community Center. 7-9PM.


CONCERT Concertofest – Union Church of Hinsdale hosts 6 solo artists and their instruments. 18+. 2:30PM. Purchase tickets in advance. Hinsdale.

OUTDOORS Frosty Fest – Hike on a self-guided trail like the Illuminated Snowflake Trail. Finish with hot cocoa and roasted marshmallows by the fire. Purchase tickets online. Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia.


CONCERT Concertofest – Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church hosts 6 solo artists and their instruments. 18+. 3:00PM. Purchase tickets in advance. Hinsdale.

DOG SHOW – Cool Cluster Dog Show – Presented by the Chain of Lakes Kennel Club, 1/25-29. 8AM-5PM. Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake.

KIDS Koala Valentine Adventures – Create fun Valentine projects with premade stuffed Koala and have fun making crafts from down under. Ages 4 – 10. 12 - 2:00PM. Pre-register. The Art Studio, Mount Prospect.



ADULT Donut Bingo – Enjoy a Wednesday morning donut, socializing and a few games of Bingo! RSVP one week in advance. Ages 18+. 9:45-11AM.

TEENS Dodgeball and Pizza at the CORE – Drop off your teens, grades 5-7 at The CORE gym. There will also be bored games and cards. 6-8PM. Lemont.


KIDS Pokémon Club – Meet to play and talk Pokémon with other trainers. Bring cards or play with the library’s, or bring other Pokemon items for show and tell. Ages 6+. 6-7PM. Nichols Library, Naperville.

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CONCERT DuPage Symphony Orchestra Mini Concert at the Library – Featuring a string quartet and a question and answer session will follow the performance. 7:30-8:30PM. 95th St. Library, Naperville.

FAMILY Cocoa and Bingo – Enjoy bingo with family and friends, unlimited hot cocoa and chances to win prizes. Register. 6:30-8PM. Prisco Community Center.

FAMILY Family Movie Night at Sheil – Sheil Community Center Park will be showing Maverick: Top Gun, PG-13. Free. 6-8:30PM. Chicago.


ADULT Chocolate Weekend at Morton Arboretum – Celebrating the beloved cacao tree with a variety of chocolates and unique items with a chocolate twist. 9AM-4PM. Morton Arboretum. Lisle.

FAMILY Ice-A-Palooza – This free outdoor event features ice skating, concessions, games and character visits. 11AM-1PM. Central Athletic Complex, Wheaton.

FAMILY Japan Fest – Oak Park River Forest High School Japanese program hosts their annual Japan Fest. 12-4PM. Oak Park.

KIDS Victorian Valentines – Create your own Victorian-style valentines with feathers, beads and fabric. DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium. 1-3:30PM. Wheaton.

FAMILY Winter Fair – Bundle up because this indoor/outdoor event is full of hot chocolate, games, crafts and more. 1:30 – 4:0PM. Sunset Knoll Recreation Center, Lombard.


ADULT Chocolate Weekend at Morton Arboretum – Celebrating the beloved cacao tree with a variety of chocolates and unique items with a chocolate twist. 9AM-4PM. Morton Arboretum. Lisle.

FAMILY American Cheerleading Championship – Lake County Fairgrounds. 9AM-3PM. Grayslake.

FAMILY Midwest Train Show – DuPage County Fairgrounds. 9AM - 3PM. Wheaton.


SENIORS Senior Bingo – Join us for FREE Bingo at

the CORE Gym, 1-2PM. Must register in advance.


Kids Valentine’s Stories & Crafts – Make delicious treats and homemade cards. 5:30-7:00PM. CRC Chestnut, Roselle.


FAMILY Indoor Drive-In Movie Night – A cardboard box and decorations will be supplied to each child to create a car with their family that they can sit in to enjoy the featured presentation, “The Jungle Book”. Movie starts at 6PM. Register in advance.

KIDS Kids Night Out – Take the night off while your kids enjoy an evening of Valentine fun! Ages 4-12 Fort Hill Activity Center, Naperville. Kids will make hearts, write Valentine letters to parents, play heartand-seek, Heart Beat and more. 6-9PM. Pre-register.


FAMILY Spring Valley Winter Fest – This family event features snowshoeing, outdoor games, s’mores and cocoa around the fire. Dress for the weather. 123PM. Nature Center at Spring Valley, Schaumburg.


FAMILY Spring Valley Winter Fest – This family event features snowshoeing, outdoor games, s’mores and cocoa around the fire. Dress for the weather. 123PM. Nature Center at Spring Valley, Schaumburg.


FAMILY Spring Valley Winter Fest – This family event features snowshoeing, outdoor games, s’mores and cocoa around the fire. Dress for the weather. 123PM. Nature Center at Spring Valley, Schaumburg.


Happy Valentine’s Day

January/February 2023 FRIDAY,

SENIORS Galentine’s Day Celebration – More details in the Active Adult Newsletter. 11:30AM-1PM. Plainfield Township Community Center. Plainfield.


ADULT Donut Bingo – Enjoy a Wednesday morning donut, socializing and a few games of Bingo! RSVP one week in advance. Ages 18+. 9:45-11AM.


ADULT Bunco Party – roll the dice at this monthly Bunco party. Four games of Bunco, lunch and prizes. 11:30AM-2:30PM. Register. Plainfield.

THEATER Winter Stage: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” – Bring the whole family out to support the arts with our Winter Stage production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” February 16-18. 7-8:30PM, Additional 2PM showing the 18th. Prisco Community Center. Purchase tickets online.


FUNDRAISER Wine, Beer, Spirit Tasting Fundraiser – Delicious samplings, plus a silent auction, music and dancing. 6-10PM. Register. Bartlett.


ADULTS Winter Beer Festival – Featuring craft brews from the Chicago area. Heated and lighted tents, camp fires, outdoor seating and food trucks. 3-7PM. Westmont.


ADULTS Team Trivia – Join the Arlington Heights

Historical Society for an evening of fun and challenge. 47PM. Arlington Lakes Golf Club. Fee. Register.


ADULTS Library Lovers Bingo – Bingo cards and chips provided at the Fox Valley Eastgate Branch Public Library. 6:30-7:30PM.

KIDS Pokémon Club – Meet to play and talk Pokémon with other trainers. Bring cards or play with the library’s, or bring other Pokemon items for show and tell. Ages 6+. 6-7PM. Nichols Library, Naperville.

TEEN Snow Tubing – Take a day trip to Villa Olivia for tubing fun! Fee includes 2 hours of tubing and an inner tube. We will stop at Culver’s on the way home for lunch. Register. 10AM-2:30PM.

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ADULT Lake County Craft Beer Festival – Features local, regional and national breweries, distilleries and wineries samples, plus music, food and games. Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake.


ADULTS Chicago Golf Show – February 24-26. Over 180 vendors, a 4500 square foot demo area and special appearances from top PGA professionals. Donald E. Stephens Center, Rosemont.

ADULT EDUCATION Caregiver Stress-Busting Program – This 9-week program teaches stressmanagement techniques and coping strategies for caregivers and your loved ones. Downers Grove. Call 630-719-6670 for information.

EXHIBIT In Pursuit of Happiness: Immigrants in Our Communities – October 28-May 14. Examine diverse stories of area immigrants as told through first-person accounts, objects, video and more. FREE. Elmhurst History Museum,

EXHIBIT Tallgrass Prairie Exhibit – Featuring fox dens, scavenger hunts, hikes and nature programs Monday – Thursday: 10AM – 4PM. Creek Bend Nature Center, St. Charles.

FAMILY Ice Castles Wisconsin – Award winning frozen attraction using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand placed by ice artists. Includes LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides and more! Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

FAMILY Open Swim – Open swim times at the Water Works, Schaumburg! Wednesdays 5:30-8PM, Fridays 4-8PM and weekends 12-5PM. Children may not be left unattended.

FAMILY – RV & Camping Show – Feb 16-19. the Midwest’s largest RV show and super sale with 400 new RVs on display. Donald E. Stephens Center, Rosemont.

OUTDOOR Visit the Arboretum with Dogs –January 22 and February 19, dogs will be allowed on the grounds. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.

OUTDOOR Eagle Watching in the Quad Cities –Eagle watches offered in the historic Clock Tower and prime outdoor viewing locations. For times and information, check

OUTDOOR Farmhouse Tours: Keeping Your Family Healthy This Winter – Learn about “sick foods’ in the 1890’s and how candy was used as medicine in these special guided tours. Saturdays in Jan. and Feb. 10AM-4PM. Kline Creek Farm. West Chicago.

OUTDOOR Polar Plaza Synthetic Ice Rink – Rink is open until February 14, 2023. Free to residents and area visitors. The rink has a synthetic (plastic) which replicates an ice surface. Glen Ellyn.

OUTDOOR Newton Park Sled Hill – Enjoy sledding on the only designated hill located near Newton Park. Sledding only during daylight hours. Users determine if conditions are appropriate.

OUTDOOR Snowshoe Rentals – Must be at least 2 inches of snow, 2-hour rentals at the Bartlett Nature Center Trails. All rentals must be returned by 4PM M-F and 2PM on Saturday.

OUTDOOR Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon – Through March 5. ree admission, fee for skate rental.

OUTDOOR Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink –Open all season long. Cicero.

OUTDOOR McCormick Tribune Ice Rink – Open through March 5. Free admission, fee to rent skates. Online skating tickets required.

SENIORS Weekly Movies – Mondays at noon, Tuesdays at 1PM and Wednesdays at 11AM. Catch a free movie with friends. Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center. Naperville. See web page or activity catalog for movie list.

TOURS Black History Month Tours – Take a tour with award winning Chicago historian for a perspective changing neighborhood tour. Feb 4 - Feb 25. DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago.

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Join us for Naperville Restaurant Week

Naperville’s Annual Restaurant Week is here! From January 20th through February 5th, Restaurant Week is all about celebrating the culinary community of Naperville. Participating restaurants provide discounts or prix fixe menus. Indulge in a familiar favorite or try something you’ve never had before! Curious about Naperville restaurants? Our dining guide features one-of-a-kind eateries like Quigley’s, Sharko’s BBQ, and Meson Sabika, as well as classic favorites like Maggiano’s Little Italy, Catch 35, and Aurelio’s Pizza. Find every meal, from breakfast to lunch to dinner to a late-night snack in Naperville. Go to to find more information on our 300 restaurants! [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.]

Catch 35

Fresh flavors for the New Year, Catch 35 offers the freshest seafood and from the farm dishes in downtown Naperville and Chicago’s loop. Join us for lunch or dinner! Our all day menu features favorites such as Szechwan scallops, Maryland style crabcakes, pan roasted Chilean sea bass, and so much more.

There is more than fresh seafood at Catch 35! With from the farm dishes like grilled skirt steak, braised beef short rib, and the house burger, our menu offers a variety for all to enjoy. In addition, Catch 35 Naperville offers a casual, neighborhood wine & cocktail bar serving fresh oysters, sliders, tacos, and much more. Perfect for afterwork cocktails or meeting up with friends and family. Every Monday celebrate at Catch 35 with half off select bottles of wine.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for special offers. Contact us at 35 S.Washington St. Naperville, Illinois 60540 – 630-717-3500. Dine in, delivery, & curbside pickup available. Visit

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Located in Oak Brook Center, Beatrix is an all-day restaurant, coffeehouse and meeting place open for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, happy hour and weekend brunch! Plus, celebrate your next event with Beatrix catering or in our private dining room accommodating groups of up to 65 guests seated.


Biaggi’s is a casual Italian restaurant with 3 locations in the Chicagoland area offering large portions of affordably priced, authentic Italian dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients available. Relax in a comfortable, inviting dining room while enjoying your meal from an extensive selection of pastas, soups & salads, pizza, fresh seafood, steaks and desserts. Signature dishes include Fettuccine with Lobster, Ziti al Forno and White Chocolate Bread Pudding.

Open daily for lunch and dinner, Biaggi’s Chicagoland locations include Algonquin, Deer Park or Naperville. For a complete menu or additional information visit


Located in Oakbrook Center, Beatrix is an all-day restaurant, coffeehouse and meeting place open for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, happy hour and weekend brunch! The menu features healthy meets deli-cious options, and is known for its iconic coffee and bakery counter, including signature cookies and in-house pastry favorites. Plus, celebrate your next event in the private dining room accommodating groups up to 65 guests, or enjoy Beatrix catering. 630-491-1415 272 Oakbrook Center.

Antico Posto

Antico Posto is a cozy Italian cafe and wine bar serving Italian classics. Located in Oakbrook Center, signa-ture dishes include Chicken Meatballs with arrabbiata sauce, Hand-Stretched Brick Oven Pizzas, House-Made Gnocchi and Baked Eggplant Parmesan. Dine in the main dining room, order catering for an at-home celebration, or enjoy the intimacy of Antico Posto’s private dining room. 630-5869200. 118 Oakbrook Center.


miss this opportunity to attract our readers to your restaurant. Call 630-863-7183 to reserve your space! in the March/April issue’s DINING OUT section. Free listing included!

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TICKETS 847.543.2300 19351 W. Washington Street, Grayslake James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts Spring 2023 Performing Arts Series Award-Winning Music • Awe-Inspiring Dance • Pure Spectacle The Great DuBois Sunday, January 22 4 p.m. Switchback Sunday, March 19 4 p.m. Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy Friday, March 24 8 p.m. Bush/Marshall/ Meyer/Meyer Thursday, February 2 7:30 p.m. LADAMA Sunday, February 5 4 p.m. Chicago Dance Crash Sunday, April 23 4 p.m. Gangstagrass Sunday, May 14 7 p.m. Tab Benoit with Special Guest JD Simo Friday, February 24 8 p.m.