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TRAIN RIDES! Located just a short drive from Wisconsin Dells waterparks!

RIDE! A 55-minute round trip journey on 1900-era train cars SEE! Railroad displays and restored railway equipment EXPLORE! Our gift shop within an 1894 railroad depot PLAN YOUR VISIT Open Daily: June 3-Sept. 4 Open Weekends: Sept. 9-Oct. 15 Departure Times: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.* *Schedule differs during some special events.

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• July 1-2: Stars & Stripes Special bsite See We ore • July 22: Macaroni Express for M ils! Special • July 22: Margarita & Taco Train Deta Events • Aug. 26: Pizza Train and Beer Train • Sept. 16: Cajun Train / Wine on the Rails • Sept. 23-24: Guided Vintage Railcar Tours • Sept. 30: Elegant Dinner Train • Oct. 6-7-8: Autumn Color Weekend™ • Oct. 14-15: Pumpkin Special™ • Nov. 25-26: Santa Express™

Coach Train

Departs 3 times daily

Begin your visit in a restored 1894 depot. Browse Mid-Continent Railway Museum’s display train yard containing an extensive collection of historic railcars and railroad artifacts. Then climb aboard authentic early 20th century railcars for a 55-minute, 7-mile roundtrip train ride through rural Sauk County. A uniformed conductor will be your guide. ALL ABOARD!

Museum admission is FREE! Train rides require ticket purchase. Onboard dining requires reservations. Call or visit website for additional details.



E8948 Museum Rd., North Freedom, WI 53951 

 608-522-4261  800-930-1385

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Celebrate the Irish in you.

Gates open at 4:30 pm Adults: $5, Children (0-15 yrs): FREE 5:00 pm: Jimmy Keane 6:30 pm: Trinity Irish Dancers 7:30 pm: Big League Boys 9:00 pm: Modern Day Romeos


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Saturday, July 15, 4-11 pm

Gates open at 3:30 pm Adults: $5 | Children (ages 3-14) $3 4:00 pm: McNulty School of Irish Dance 4:45 pm: Small Potatoes 6:45 pm: Mulligan Stew 9:00 pm: Epic Rocks Museum Grounds, corner of Euclid and Vail. Free Fest Parking | Chairs and blankets welcome. Complete schedule at or call 847-255-1225.

Sponsor Support: Additional Sponsor Support: Allegra Print & Imaging of Elk Grove

All funds benefit the Arlington Heights Historical Museum |

Explore our new exhibit May 10 through Aug 27 THE PLACE WHERE AWESOME LIVES

BRING THE WORLD DOWN TO SIZE. May 10 - Aug 27, enter a child-sized laboratory to explore how scientists impact your health and wellness. Explore machines, processes, and technology that demonstrates the role science plays to keep your body healthy. See for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago • 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview • (847) 832-6600 •


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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Gayla Grace Sara Marchessault Teresa Anne Power Ashley Talmadge Sherry Wells EVENTS EDITOR Colleen Sall PUBLISHER Jim Wolf CO-EDITORS Sue Wolf Jim Wolf

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Suburban Family Magazine and target the Chicago suburban family consumer with valuable information on family activities, advice and resources. Suburban Family is published bi-monthly by Jameson Publishing, Inc. and is distributed free to the public through quality locations in the Chicago suburbs. The full edition is online at and Unless otherwise noted all articles, formatting techniques, photographs, artwork, and ad designs printed herein are the sole property of Jameson Publishing, Inc. and may not be duplicated or reprinted without Jameson Publishing’s express written permission. Suburban Family and Jameson Publishing, Inc. are not responsible for typographical or production errors or the accuracy of information provided by advertisers. The sponsored ads and editorial do not necessarily express the views of Suburban Family Magazine and Jameson Publishing, Inc. Readers should verify advertised information with advertisers.


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“Your local water gardening and koi club.”

JULY 21ST: Club Meeting Location: White Fence Farm, Romeoville IL Self-guided tours of ponds in the Chicago and Suburb areas.

JULY 22ND: North/Northwest Region Pond Tour JULY 23RD: Central Region Pond Tour JULY 29TH: South/Southwest Region Pond Tour JULY 30TH: South Region Pond Tour AUGUST 18TH: Club Meeting Location: Bohemian Crystal, Westmont IL


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ummer vacation is here. Just a few months to enjoy before kids head back to the classroom. Back to routines, homework, and regular schedules. It’s not unusual to feel as though our days are starting to get a little too relaxed at the end of summer. Goldfish and fruit snacks may start to become meals. Maybe the TV is on for a little longer than we mean for it to be. We parents start to count down the days until school starts. But wait! What if there was something you could do to save the remaining days of summer? A way to get your kids energy back up, suburban family |

or even your energy back up, and enjoy the last few days of school break? Sometimes all we need is exposure to an activity or event that we don’t do all of the time. A new experience can eliminate boredom pretty quickly. The end of summer vacation is the perfect time to pull out ideas you may have had about cool stuff to do with your kids – or let your kids do on their own – and use one or more of those to pump a little zest into the rest of your break. Here are a few ideas to help you get started. Painting. Projects that include lots of paint and several days to finish a painting simply do not happen all that often in school. Summer is a great time to let your kids enjoy the feel of a paintbrush in hand and create a piece of original art. Get July/August 2017

them a large surface to paint on (canvas, wood), paint, brushes, and then let them look for inspiration. Home improvement shows and magazines are great resources for ideas for paintings you can do at home. Kids can also paint fabric, dishes, or even old furniture that could use a facelift. Do you have a budding writer? Invite him or her to write a play or a movie. Encourage practice and memorizing lines. If there are several roles invite other kids to join in the fun and be actors.Are they ready to make videos? Give them a filming device and see what they can create. Planning a day trip. This is not meant to be labor intensive for mom and dad – this trip is up to the kids. Let your son or daughter use a map to find a place they would like to visit. Encourage answers to questions about distance, what you will do when you reach your destination, and what you will eat that day. Let them plan a trip and then actually take the trip, maybe even letting your kids read the map to help you get there. You will find pleny to choose from in the ‘Best Day Trips’ section in this issue. . Cooking day. Or baking day. Let your kids plan a meal for you and your family. They can look through cookbooks and choose recipes they would like to make, determine the ingredients needed, shop, prepare the meal, and serve.

Designing and building. What can your kids construct? Can they build an obstacle course in the backyard? Bridges for toy cars to ride over kiddie pools? Boats to race down a nearby creek? This can be as complicated as original designs or as simple as a craft kit from a local hobby store. Encourage conversations about the decisions that need to be made during the building process. When it’s time to try out the functionality of the finished product, maybe video tape the experience, interview the builder to get a live comment about how it went, and if desired, share with family and friends. Storing memories. Did your summer include a vacation this year? Do you have piles of pictures, printed or digital, that you would love to see organized into a scrapbook, photo album, or printed photo book? Photo storage and memory preservation projects can be completed with or without supervision. Invite your kids to create a piece of art that reflects a shared memory and the family can enjoy for years to come. The best part of any of these projects is that it gets kids engaged in activities that may require reading, following direction, solving problems, math, and even spatial reasoning. Not only will one of these cool projects get kids moving and grooving for the last days of summer, it can get them back into the routine of thinking like a student too.

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ith the warm weather securely upon us, it’s time to get the family out for a little adventure…and make some lifelong summer memories. You don’t have to go far to visit a local theme park, museum, or other day trip excursion. Those energy-filled kids will have a blast as they “unplug” and re-focus on the most important thing in life – their family! So, read through our extensive listing of great places, and plan that outing today. Bet you will have so much fun that you will want to come back to these pages again and again! 10 out & about

Summer fun starts right here! Mid-Continent Railway Museum

Take a step back in time! Climb aboard for a 55-minute round-trip train ride in historic railcars. Browse the museum filled with dozens of restored railcars and steam locomotives from the late 1800s and early 1900s and museum gift shop inside an 1894 depot. For more information, call 800-930-1385 or visit Mid-Continent Railway Museum, E8948 Museum Road, North Freedom, WI 53951. [See our ad on the Inside Front Cover.]

Donley’s Wild West Town

Providing Family Fun since 1974! Wild West Town is the perfect destination for families with children ages 3-12. Moms, Dads and Grandparents are sure to have fun too! Experience a day of fun panning for gold, shooting slingshots, pony rides, the ultimate live action packed Wild West Stunt show and so much more! All rides and attractions are included with admission! We look forward to your visit and can’t wait to show you our town! Union,

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IL. Visit or call 815923-9000 for more information.

TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show

The Summer JF&A Show is finally here! From July 20-23, 2017, TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show and SALE will present 250 exhibitors offering thousands of items, at wholesale prices, for you to buy and take home. You can shop for sales in jewelry, fashion, accessories, gift, beauty, home décor, housewares, and more, from leading wholesalers, distributors, manufacturers and resellers from around the world. It all adds up to a great time with FREE giveaways and gifts just for attending and buying. This is your special invitation to visit the July Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL– visit our website at: www. to register and for complete details. [See our ad on p. 7.]

Veggie Fest Chicago

One of the largest vegetarian food & lifestyle festivals in North America. Benedictine University, 5700 College Rd., Lisle, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm, August 12 & 13, 2017. Huge international food court; health professionals speaking on diet and healthy living; food demos by restaurant owners, chefs, and authors; incredible children’s tent with face painting, clowns, and crafts; live music - some of Chicago’s best bands; over 100 vendor booths; free admission and free parking. [See our ad on p. 23.]


Funtopia Adventure Park in Glenview is a place where kids and adults have a great time engaging in a variety of attractions such as indoor wall climbing, rope courses, caving systems, giant slide and many more, while challenging themselves physically and mentally in health-benefitting activities. We recommend booking in advance at www. Have Fun, Be Active! [See our ad on Page 4.]

Goodwill Shop, We Train, People Work. Look no further than your nearest Goodwill Store to find that unique and on-trend Back to School outfit guaranteed to impress your friends and family...and for so much less! Goodwill has the clothing, shoes and accessories for all your Back to School needs. Visit for your own, personal amazing look! [See our ad on the Inside Front Cover.] July/August 2017

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Jelly Belly Visitor Center

Sweet Tours at Jelly Belly Visitor Center Just a 30-minute drive from North Chicago, the Jelly Belly Visitor Center in Pleasant Prairie is a hub of family fun. Climb aboard the Jelly Belly Express for a train tour of the Jelly Belly warehouse, and learn about the company’s world-famous candy making through new HD/4K videos. Store 9 a.m.-5 p.m., tours daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 10100 Jelly Belly Lane, Pleasant Prairie,WI. 866-868-7522,

Community Concert Series

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Naper Nights at Naper Settlement

(Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute) AUG. 18 & 19

Naper Nights Community Concert Series will kick off this summer with an exciting line-up covering the best in rock n’ roll history. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy music under the stars on the beautiful grounds. Visitors will relax under the stars while enjoying cold drinks, delicious food and amazing music. Naper Nights will take place from 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights on July 21-22 and Aug. 18-19 at Naper Settlement located at 523 S. Webster St. in Naperville. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Tickets are on sale now.Visit


(Fleetwood Mac Tribute)


(Bruce Springsteen Tribute) Experience the “History of Rock” as outstanding bands play tribute to our rock and roll roots!

NAPERNIGHTS.ORG Naper Settlement Naperville, IL

DeKalb County Barn Tour

Sweet! Video Train Tours Daily 9–4 July 6 • Refreshed Tour Opening 9:00am Ribbon Cutting

First 500 adult guests receive a FREE 2-lb. bag of Belly Flops.

July 6–9 • Jelly Belly Carnival July 6 & 7 • 12pm-10pm July 8 • 11am-10pm July 9 • 11am-7pm Unlimited Rides July 7-9 12pm-4pm • $20 per person

20% off! *

*Excludes Belly Flops®, sale items, snack bar & activities Expires: 9/8/17 • Code: SubFam7/17

Jelly Belly Visitor Center 10100 Jelly Belly Lane • Pleasant Prairie, WI • 866-868-7522 Store Hours 9–5 © 2017 Jelly Belly Candy Company

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The DeKalb County Barn Tour on Saturday, August 12 is your opportunity to tour TEN livestock, grain, produce, and organic barns in the Waterman-Shabbona area, including Waterman Winery. The self-driving tour includes a guided tour of each barn, along with demonstrations, displays, family activities, and more.Tickets are $25 per carload and include a souvenir Guide Book with map. Advance tickets at, or at the door. Details at or or 815756-8737.

Entertainment Cruises

Bring the whole family on deck for a cruise aboard Spirit of Chicago! Enjoy delicious food, refreshing summer drinks, outdoor games and onboard entertainment, plus unbeatable skyline views you won’t find on land. Docked at Navy Pier, Spirit cruises daily with lunch, brunch and dinner options available. Now through August 31, take 20% off all Signature dining cruises aboard Spirit of Chicago. Use code SUBFAM20 when you book online or by phone. Some restrictions apply.

Kohl Children’s Museum

17 hands-on, interactive exhibits await, all designed to promote play through learning from ages birth though 8. This summer, take advantage of our 2-acre Habitat Park seasonal exhibit, July/August 2017

with a 10-piece sculpture trail, climbing structures, grass maze, sensory garden, and more! Also through August 27 visit Science + You, a child-sized laboratory ready to stimulate your scientific thinking. Admission is $12 for adults & children, $11 for seniors, and infants under 12 months and members are free. Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. 847/832-6600. [See our ad on page 5.]



Downtown Naperville

Visit Downtown Naperville This Summer! - Come “be in the mix” in Downtown Naperville. With our 100 shops – from national favorites to one of a kind boutiques plus over 40 restaurants, pubs, wine bars and more, and spas and fitness boutiques, there’s something for everyone! We have movies in the park, summer concerts – and don’t miss the Summer Painted Book Benches on display around Downtown Naperville. For a list of events and details, visit for or up to the minute updates, sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletter on the website or follow Downtown Naperville on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. (Coming Soon to Snapchat). [See our ad on the Back Cover.]

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Together we can end Alzeheimer’s Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Walks are held in September and October throughout Chicagoland. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! Start a team or join a team…go to or call 800.272.3900 today! [See our ad on p. 51.]

With a souvenir Guide Book and map containing the history of each barn and hand-drawn sketches, participants drive to each of 10 sites for a guided tour of the barn.

Tour Features:

• Guided tours • Farm equipment displays • Family activities • Rope making demos • Grain bin safety demos • Quilt raffle • Fresh market vendors • Photo ops • Guide Book signing • Wine Tasting $$

Tickets $25 per vehicle (buses extra). Advance tickets

at Day of at Rt. 30 parking lot in downtown Waterman or at any barn site.

Glen Ellyn Park District Holes & Knolls

“Swing” into Holes & Knolls Mini Golf for a whole lot of fun this summer! The course includes 36 holes of beautifully landscaped grounds everyone from tots to grandparents will enjoy. Plan to stay for the day as Holes & Knolls is surrounded by endless opportunities for family fun including a splash park and adventure playground. There are also snacks and ice cream in the Maryknoll Café. Address: 845 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn.

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Information For site locations visit or, or contact or, or call 815-756-8737.

Sponsored by the Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center and the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association (DAAHA), DeKalb, Illinois

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Wauconda Rodeo

Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce IPRA Rodeo on Sat. July 15th & Sun. July 16th @ the Golden Oaks Rodeo Grounds on Rt.12 & Case Rd in Wauconda. The largest professional rodeo in the state features dazzling routines by the Midwest Renegade Equestrian Drill Team, flashy trick riders & fun antics from rodeo clowns. PLUS championship Saddle Bronc, Bareback Bronc & Bull Riding, Steer & Tie-Down Roping and Cowgirl Barrel Racing. Enjoy food, a beer garden & live music or try your skill on our mechanical bull. Sunday is family day w/a free petting zoo, $3 pony rides & $2 moonwalk. Gates open @ 5pm on Sat. & 1pm on Sun. (847)526-5580

Downers Grove Park District Summer Concert Series

FREE live concerts will bring music to Fishel Park in Downers Grove all summer long. Hosted by the Downers Grove Park District through August 29, Tuesday evenings will be rockin’ with a full lineup featuring jazz, rock and roll, pop, country music and so much more! Concerts begin at 7 pm. Food trucks and beverages are available for purchase. Downtown Downers Grove. For the full lineup and more information, visit

Grayslake Antique & Vintage Flea Market!


A fantastic variety of antiques, vintage, estate jewelry, vintage clothing, collectibles, comics, tv/movie memorabilia, furniture, vintage jewelry, decor, lighting, home, vintage experts, decorative arts, design, shabby chic, old toys, advertising, coins, and more! July 8 & 9 + August 12 & 13! Show Sat. 9am to 4pm and Sun. 9am to 3pm / $7 (TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE GATE). Free parking. *Children 12 and under free with adult. Lake County Fairgrounds,1060 E Peterson Rd.Grayslake, IL. Zurko Promotions: 715-526-9769. www.


MARKET Antiques • Collectibles • Jewelry • Furniture

Vintage & More! Indoor & Outdoor Vendors


July 8 & 9 August 12 & 13 September 9 & 10 October 7 & 8 November 11 & 12 December 9 & 10

Lake County Fairgrounds 1060 E Peterson Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030 MARKET HOURS: Saturday 9am - 4pm & Sunday 9am - 3pm / $7 Children 12 yrs & younger free w/adult. Free Parking

General Admission Tickets (Adult and Child) are all available online at: • 715-526-9769 BRING YOUR FLASHLIGHT OR LANTERN!


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Wauconda Rodeo 2017 Coupon

$3 OFF Tickets Online or at the Gate :


Adult $15 Child 5-11 $6

Valid July 15th & 16th 2017

Under 5 Free

May not be combined with other offers. No copies accepted.

Questions? 847-526-5580

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Summer in the Park Town of Cicero

Come out to Cicero and enjoy ‘summer in the park’ on Mondays 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Cicero Municipal Center, 50th & Cermak. Sundays and Wednesdays from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in June, July and August at the Cicero Community Center, 34th & Laramie . You’ll find a variety of family friendly things to enjoy, such as: extreme machines, circus, rodeo, wresting, Bmx Stunt, western, sports and much more. For more info call Special Events at 708-6563600x288. July/August 2017

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Summer in the Park


June thru August

Every week Sunday & Wednesday 5:30pm-8:30pm

Cicero Community Park 34th & Laramie

Monday 5:30pm-8:30pm

Cicero Municipal Center 50th & Cermak Rd. July/August 2017

• Extreme Machines • Circus • Rodeo • Wrestling • BMX Stunt Show • Western • Sports and more... suburban family |

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Summer Fun at Cantigny Park

Affordable family fun awaits your visit to Cantigny Park in Wheaton! Awesome Family Nights are set for July 21 (Touch-a-Truck) and August 18 (T-Rex). Concerts are every Sunday and some are especially for young families. Movies in the Park every Friday night, too! These and other events are free with paid parking ($5 weekdays; $10 weekends). Parking is free the first Wednesday of every month.Visit Cantigny. org to see the full Summer Events Guide.

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Camp Local with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County

Come can get away from it all — without spending it all. Big Rock Campground in Big Rock and Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin offer camp sites with electric and water hookups for RVs or tents. Both campgrounds are within beautiful forest preserves where you’ll enjoy hiking trails, fishing and more. Sites range from $10 to $25 per day. Come ‘Camp Local’ with us! Call 630-444-1200 or see

Des Plaines Park District Lake Park Marina

Camp Local!

Forest Preserve District of Kane County campgrounds are open May 1 - October 31

In beautiful Lake Park, the marina offers paddle boat, kayak, and fishing boat rentals April through October. Lake Opeka is well stocked with a wide variety of fish. Boating can be added to birthday parties and outings, and sailing lessons are available. Enjoy lunch and snacks in the clubhouse overlooking the lake and golf course. 1015 Howard Avenue, Des Plaines 847-391-5730 www.DPParks.or

Des Plaines Park District Mountain View Adventure Center

This challenging 18-hole mini golf course features a gold-rush mining town theme, with waterfalls, obstacles, and some rather interesting signposts. Step up to the plate in one of six Batting Cages, with a full range of softball and baseball pitches. Free Skate and BMX parks. Concessions and picnic shelter.A great place for parties and outings. 510 E.Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines, IL 847-391-5733

Crystal Lake Park District Blast on the Beach

Big Rock Campground at Big Rock Forest Preserve 46W499 Granart Rd., Big Rock

Paul Wolff Campground at Burnidge Forest Preserve 38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin

Call our campground hotline at 630-444-1200 or visit

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An end of summer tradition since 2012, the Crystal Lake Park District Blast on the Beach continues to be FREE due the generosity of Crystal Lake Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. Saturday, August 5 (rain date August 6), 3-9 pm. Main Beach (300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake) Craft Fair: 3-7 pm; Fun Fair: 3-6 pm; Black Diamond Treasure Hunt 4 pm (sharp); Music by Dick Diamond and the Dusters 6 pm. Beer, wine, food vendors. July/August 2017


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Reed’s Canoe Reed’s Canoe Trips are an ideal recreational activity for groups of any size, from a family adventure to large church, school, or park district outing with an adventure close to home. The three trips we offer range in length from approximately 2 hours to a full 6 hours on the water, and are suitable for either new or experienced canoeists. Since the Kankakee River is located only an hour south of Chicagoland, even our longest trip will fit into a one-day outing! 907 N. Indiana Ave, Rt. 50, Kankakee, IL Call for information or reservations: (815)WE CANOE or visit:

Kankakee, Illinois (WE CANOE)

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Putter’s Peak Miniature Golf

Offering exciting and memorable trips from a few hours to an entire day in length, on the clean and beautiful Kankakee River—some of the best fishing and canoeing waters in Illinois!


Trips available seven days a week.

Enjoy mini golfing in a tropical setting around tiki statues, through a cave, atop the volcano, around turquoise waterfalls, streams and ponds. This 18-hole course is perfect for all ages. Enjoy lunch in our Hawaiian-themed Clubhouse where we serve a variety of beverages, food and snacks to satisfy your hunger. The Links & Tees Clubhouse is also available for birthday parties or as a meeting venue. For more information, please call (630) ADDPARK, option 4.

Maxson’s Restaurant & Riverboat Maxson’s Restaurant has been in business in Oregon, Illinois since 1952. It offer’s glass enclosed dining with stunning views of the Rock River. The Pride of Oregon Paddleboat takes guests on a scenic 15 mile round trip lunch and dinner cruises. Maxson’s can host events up to 260 people in the restaurant, 200 on the sprawling deck, and 149 on the Riverboat. Located at 1469 IL Rt. 2, Oregon, Illinois 61061. Perfect setting for a day trip or your next special event. For more information call 1-815-732-6761 or visit

Go Ape Stay cool under the canopy with Go Ape! Catch a breeze on a zip line, navigate challenging suspended obstacles high up in the forest canopy. Go Ape at Bemis Woods features both a Treetop Adventure and Treetop Junior course, so there is an adventure waiting for all ages and the perfect family outdoor experience. 1100 Ogden Ave., Western Springs, IL 60154. 18 out & about

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Stay cool under the canopy this summer with Go Ape in Bemis Woods. Now offering a Treetop Junior course, so bring the entire family out for a summer adventure!


1100 Ogden Ave Western Springs, IL 60558

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*Valid until 12/31/17. Excludes 07/04, 09/04 and 11/24. Code must be entered at the time of booking. Only valid at Bemis Woods. See website for participation details.

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Native Amerian Cultural Center The center is open year round in the historic 1863 Train Station in downtown Lockport and is located on the I & M Canal State Trail. A Native American non-profit organization who assists with repatriation, protection of sacred sites and educates the public about Native American culture. Save the date for the 23rd Annual Native American POW WOW. Join us on September 23 & 24 for Midwest Soarring’s Harvest POW WOW. at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster Street in Naperville. Enjoy dancing, drumming, cultural demonstrations, vendors, children’s activities, food and much more! For more information and a full schedule visit our website www.harvestpowwow. com. or call 708-257-4300.

Naperville Bites and Sites Eat, drink and discover historic downtown Naperville as you see the city’s sights from a local’s view. Share and cherish time together with your family and friends! We have a passion for telling stories and creating unique experiences that allow people to connect through food. Join us for a one-of-a-kind authentic Naperville experience today! For tickets go to or call EZTIX at 630-626-5030.

FOOD TOUR Food tasting and cultural walk of Naperville

Enjoy a culinary and cultural experience through Naperville’s historic neighborhood. One delicious taste at a time! EXPERIENCE Beautiful downtown & DISCOVER: Naperville and Riverwalk Delicious food tastings

from specialty food stores

Unique and authentic

family run restaurants

Charming streets and historic architecture from the 1800’s

Hidden works of art, sculpture

and murals throughout the area

Fun facts on the history that

Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. Celebrate summer with a family-friendly Downtown Tour of Chicago. The tour highlights top Chicago landmarks including Skydeck at the Willis Tower, Art Institute, Adler Planetarium, Navy Pier, the Hancock Tower featuring 360 Chicago and more. Hop on hop off tours of Chicago, as well as private trolley rentals available for your event. Book yours today! 773-648-5000. or

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JULY Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival – 6/30-7/2. Showcase of 95 unique artists overlooking 385 “acres of majesty.” 847-835-5440. Arlington Heights Frontier Days Festival – 6/30-7/4. Live music, carnival, parade, family activities, 3v3 Soccer, Stampede Run, arts and crafts marketplace, food. Arlington Heights. Mount Prospect Lions Club 78th Annual Village Festival – 6/30-7/4. Fireworks, Carnival, Live Music, Beer, Food, Car Show. Melas Park, Mt. Prospect. Naperville Ribfest – 6/30-7/3. Large festival with top food vendors, rib contest, topnotch entertainment, carnival rides, games, fireworks on the 4th. Noon-10 PM Knoch Park, Naperville. July/August 2017

Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival – 6/30-7/2. Daily launches of hot air balloons and balloon glows, carnival, children’s area, craft fair, live music, nightly fireworks, food. 630-541-6095. Morton Grove Days – 6/30-7/4. Parade, carnival, food court, entertainment, and fireworks on the 4th. American Legion Memorial Civic Center, Morton Grove. Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest – 6/30-7/4. Parade, entertainment, food, family day activities, arts and crafts. Palatine. 847-604-0288. Taste of Oak Brook – 7/3. Features cuisine from Oak Brook restaurants, live bands, petting zoo and fireworks display. 4 PM. Oak Brook. 630-368-5005f Bensenville LibertyFest – 7/4. Parade, entertainment, food, beer tent, fireworks. Bensenville. 630-766-8888. Palos Hills Friendship Festival – 7/6-9. Food, petting zoo, carnival rides, bingo, live music, car show. Palos Hills. 708-598-3400. Rockin’ Ribfest – 7/6-9. BBQ cook-off, live music, car show. Lake in the Hills. 847-742-3378. Millennium Art Festival – 7/7-9. Artwork, live performances. Michigan Ave., Chicago. suburban family |

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It’s summertime and Chicagoland’s fairs and festivals are under way! Enjoy local community celebrations with a variety of entertainment, food, live music and craft fairs this season. The area’s premiere summertime events can be found in this issue. Be sure to look for the Sept./Oct. issue of Suburban family for the area’s best fall festivals.

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Bristol Renaissance Faire – 7/8- 9/4. Unique medieval fair. Jousting, sword swallowing, magic. 16th century dances, crafts and music too. 10 AM-7 PM Sat. and Sun. Kenosha, WI. 847-395-7773. Frankfort Bluegrass Festival – 7/8-9. Concerts by top national and local bluegrass bands, workshops, food and kids’ activities. Frankfort. 815-469-6321. Glendale Heights Fest – 7/12-16. Live music, carnival rides, line dancing, food and kids’ activities. Glendale Heights. 630-909-5305. out & about 21


Itasca Fest July 13 – 16 Live music, Carnival rides, Food vendors, Flea market, Car show, Health fair. FREE admission and parking. Washington Park, Itasca Sponsored by the Itasca Lions Club 630-773-0835 Bastille Days – 7/13-16. French-themed festival with live music, international marketplace, chef and wine demos. Milwaukee. 414-271-1416. Taste of Westmont July 13 - 16 Kidzapalooza Night Carnival Special, Battle of the Bands & More! Restaurant Food Vendors, Craft Show, Beer & Wine Tent, Carnival Wristband Specials Live Music, Kids Activities & More! Downtown Westmont On Cass Avenue 630-829-9378 Taste of Park Ridge – 7/13-15. Live music, food, movies, face painting, family fun zone. Park Ridge. Vernon Hills Summer Celebration June 13-16, 2017 Children’s activities, music, carnival rides, food & more. Headliner: Toad the Wet Sprocket Century Park in Vernon Hills, IL Best of Countryside Carnival –7/13-16. Amusement rides, live music, food, beer tent. Countryside. 708-707-0688. McHenry Fiesta Days – 7/13-23. Multi-day music festival with car show, amusement rides, craft fair, parade. McHenry. Arlington Heights Irish Fest July 14th (5-11pm) & 15th (4-11pm) Live music & food from Harrington’s Arlington Heights Historical Museum grounds, corner of Euclid & Vail 847-255-1225 [See our ad on Page 4] The Big Greek Food Fest – 7/14-16. Cooking classes, live music, dancers, kids’ activities and food. Niles. 847-647-8880. Windmill City Festival – 7/14-16. Pet parade, bags tournament, diaper derby, craft and vintage market. Batavia. 22 out & about

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Chicago Open Air – 7/14-16. Over 40 bands, gourmet man food, craft beer. Bridgeview. Pitchfork Festival – 7/14-16. Bands, food, crafts, prizes. Union Park, West Loop, Chicago. Chicago Park District. 312-742-PLAY. Plainfield Fest – 7/14-16. Rides, food, music, bags competition, pizza contest. West Electric Park, Plainfield. El Gran Festival Columbiano – 7/15-16. Columbian marketplace, artists, musicans and cuisine. Chicago 773-777-8898. Ethnic Arts Festival – 7/15-16. International art, dance, spoken word, visual arts and cuisine. Evanston. 847-448-4311. Naperville Ale Fest – 7/15. Sample 200+ unique craft beers. Live music and food. Naperville. Sacred Heart Germanfest – 7/20-23. German food, Carnival rides, bingo, live music, kids activities, Lombard. Kane County Fair – 7/20-23. 4H Fair, livestock judging, live bands, championship bull riders, demolition derby. Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles. 630-584-6926. Downtown Block Party – 7/21-22. Live entertainment, kids activities and food from local restaurants. Mt. Prospect. 847-392-6616. Forest Park Music Fest – 7/21-23. Live bands, two beer gardens, sidewalk sale, carnival. Forest Park. 708-366-2543. Taste of River North – 7/21-23. Tasting portions by local chefs, live music, morning workouts. Chicago. 312-633-2600. Geneva Arts Fair – 7/22-23. Artisans in all media are showcased. Geneva. 630-232-6060. Baconpalooza-Swine & Wine Sat. 7/29 from 10AM – 4PM Kishwaukee Fest Parade & Street Dance Fri. 7/29 from 7PM – 10PM. Downtown Dekalb, IL 815-756-1263 EAA Airventure – 7/24-30. Unique aviation family fun with air shows, live music and activities. Oshkosh, WI. Tickets: 920-426-4800. DuPage County Fair – 7/26-30. Annual fair features live music, tractor pull, rodeo, racing pigs, petting zoo, talent show. DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton. 630-668-6636. Lake County Fair – 7/26-30. Truck and tractor pulls, flower show, talent contests, rodeo, demolition, music. Grayslake. 847-680-7200. Algonquin Founders’ Days – 7/27-30. Cardboard boat regatta, dog and cat show, parade, bake off, fireworks. Algonquin. 847658-5340. July/August 2017

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Friday, August 4th 5-11 pm Food Booths & Beer Tent

5 pm Riley Elmore 7 pm The Remedy 9 pm 7th Heaven Saturday, August 5th 8 am Car Show Registration 10 am–3 pm Car Show Organized by Countryside Customs 12-11 pm Food Booths & Beer Tent

1:45 pm Mariachi Ameca 3:15 pm Warrenville’s Got Talent 4 pm Super Stolie Children’s Entertainer 5 pm Denny Diamond 7 pm Libido Funk Circus 9 pm Hillbilly Rockstarz Downtown Warrenville Near the intersection of Rt. 56 (Butterfield) & Batavia Rd. Sponsored in part by the City of Warrenville Hotel Motel Tax Grant

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RidgeFest Thurs. - Sun. July 27-30 Music, carnival, food, beer garden & more Chicago Ridge 708-425-7700 Prairie Fest – 7/27-30. Food, music, fireworks, carnival, bingo. Wood Dale. 630-766-4900. Proud American Days – 7/27-30. Baby contest, beef cook off, live entertainment, military tribute. New Lenox. Sugar Grove Corn Boil – 7/27-30. Concerts, fireworks, kids’ activities. Volunteer Park, Sugar Grove. 630-449-7999. Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival – 7/29 9 AM. Twenty paddlers move in unison in the spirit of teamwork from ancient China. Asian culture, food. visit www. Streamwood Summer Celebration – 7/2830. Parade, fireworks, carnival, and entertainment. Streamwood. 630-736-3803. Taste of Wisconsin – 7/28-30. Live music, chef demonstrations, and family friendly exhibits and activities. Kenosha, WI. 262-496-9400. Glenview Summer Art Fair – 7/29-30 . Over 100 artists exhibiting, children’s acitivities, food, music. Glenview. 847-724-4007.

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AUGUST McHenry County Fair – 8/1-6. Bands, motocross racing, tractor pulls, farm exhibits. Woodstock. 815-338-5315. Northbrook Days – 8/2-6. Bocce ball tournament, carnival rides, games, raffles, live music and Taste of Northbrook. Northbrook. Summer Chi.Ill Music Festival – 8/3-6. Tropical rock music. Benefits Cornerstone Services. Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles. Kendall County Fair – 8/3-6. Livestock show, 4H auction, tractor pull, demolition derby, karaoke contest, music. Yorkville. 630553-2860. RomeoFest 4 Days Filled with Fun! August 3-6, 2017 Live Concerts, Carnival Rides, Great Food & Drinks Fireworks Friday & Sunday 9:30pm 900-1050 W. Romeo Rd., Romeoville, IL 815.886.6222 [See our ad on Page 3.]

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Destination Asia Cultural Festival – 8/4-6. Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food, sumo wrestling. Floating lantern Fri night 6 PM. 630-968-0074. La Grange Endless Summer Fest – 8/4-6. Rides, entertainment, food, and music. Gordon Park, La Grange. 40th Annual Summer Daze of Warrenville Aug. 4 (5-11:30PM) & Aug. 5 (10AM-11:30PM). Featuring live music, food & car show. FREE admission and parking. Downtown Warrenville Near the intersection of Rt. 56 (Butterfield) & Batavia Road 630.393.7279

Vasa Park 35W217 Rt. 31, South Elgin, Illinois Children 12 and under FREE 815-788-1630

Taste of Orland Park – 8/4-6. Showcases some of Orland Park’s finest eateries. Live entertainment, kids activities. Orland Park. 708-403-6100. Taste of Roselle – 8/4-6. Food, entertainment, bingo, carnival and craft show. Roselle. 630-980-2000. Art and Soul on the Fox – 8/5-6. Juried artist show. Downtown Elgin.

The 13th Annual World of Faeries Festival Aug. 5th (10am-7pm) & Aug. 6th (10am-5pm). This is a fantasy festival and we encourage you to come in costume. Showcases music and a vendor village along with family entertainment. Vasa Park, South Elgin 815-788-1630 Gurnee Days – 8/10-13. Rides, races, bike rodeo, ice cream eating contest, car show, music, food. Gurnee, IL. Illinois State Fair – 8/10-20. Big-name musical entertainment, livestock, 4H exhibits, carnival, food, tractor pulls. Springfield. 217782-6661. Riverfest Express – 8/17-20. Entertainment, craft show, trolley rides, and fireworks. Aug 16 is “A Special Night for Special Kids”. Carnival rides, entertainment and food for children with special needs and their families at no charge (pre-register). South Elgin. 847774-1151. Taste of Elmwood Park – 8/10-13. Local restaurant food, entertainment, crafts, bocce tournament. Elmwood Park. Ginza Holiday Festival – 8/11-13. Enjoy Japanese food, culture and entertainment. Chicago. 312-943-7801. The Fest for Beatle Fans – 8/11-13. Celebration of the Fab Four with music, art, lectures, contests and marketplace. Rosemont. 866-THE-FEST.

12th Annual Veggie Fest Chicago One of the Largest in North America August 12 -13, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. FREE Admission – FREE Parking International Food Court, Live Music, Children’s Activities, Food Demos, Speakers, over 100 Vendors and More! Benedictine University 5700 College Road, Lisle IL Lisle, IL. 630-955-1200 French Connection Day – 8/13. Day-long festival of music, food, art and family fun. 10AM-4PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630260-8162 or Venetian Festival – 8/16-20. Water ski show, lighted boat parade, carnival, fireworks. Lake Geneva, WI. Milwaukee Irish Fest – 8/17-20. 100+ acts celebrating Celtic culture, plus contests, lessons. Milwaukee. 26 out & about

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HOUBY FEST 2017 October 5 - October 8 Tues., Oct. 3 - Pageant Wed., Oct. 4 - Houby Bowl Fri., October 6

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2-3:15 Caliente: R&B with a latin groove 4-5:30 Chicago Tribute Anthology: Tribute to Chicago call Cynthia (708) 656-3600 Ext. 288 6:15-7:45 R Gang: Motown & Soul or Patti: (708) 656-3600 Ext. 258 July/August 2017 suburban family | & about 27 8:30-10 7th Heaven: #1 Festival out Band


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Chicagoland Country and Swing Dance Festival – 8/18-20. Workshops, competitions and dance parties. Rosemont. 765-563-1111. Sangria Festival – 8/20. Hand-crafted Sangria, Spanish food and arts, flamenco dancing, ethnic live bands. Humboldt Park, IL. 773-907-8602. Vintage Days – 8/19-20. Celebration of all things vintage with makers/collectors offering their wares. Bluegrass music, cold beer, retro family activities. 10 AM-6 PM. Long Grove, IL. Farm to Fork Fest – 8/23. Adults-only celebration of fresh, seasonal, regional foods prepared by top chefs. Heritage Farm, Schaumburg. Tickets: 847-985-2115. Will County Fair – 8/23-27. Demolition derby, rodeo, beer tent, carnival, livestock exhibits, entertainment. Will County fairgrounds, Peotone. 708-258-9359. Little Italy Fest West – 8/24-27. Italian food specialties and performers. Addison. 630962-7000. DeKalb Corn Fest – 8/25-27. Auto fest, corn boil, kid fest, bags tournament, live music. DeKalb 815-748-CORN. Naperville Wine Festival – 8/25-26. Wine seminars, chef demonstrations, wine sampling, entertainment, food. Naperville. 888-

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695-0888. Downtown Street Fest – 8/25-27. Live music, local food vendors, kids’ activities. Palatine. Taste of Highland Park – 8/25-27. Food and beverages from local eateries, live entertainment and professional artwork. Highland Park. 847-926-4300. Zoo Brew – 8/26-27. Beer tasting event with over 80 beers and live music. Brookfield Zoo. SUBFAM FILL small 12.16:Layout 1 12/14/16 708-688-8000.

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Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts – 8/26-27. Juried fine arts show. Live music. Glen Ellyn. 630-272-6627. Port Clinton Art Festival – 8/29-30. Showcase of more than 260 artists’ work. Highland Park. Buffalo Grove Days – 8/31-9/4. Carnival, bingo, parade, bags tournament, disc golf tournament, entertainment. Buffalo Grove. 847-459-2500.

SAVE THE DATE Naperville Jaycess Last Fling Sept. 1 - 4 Nationally Recognized Bands, Family fun Land, Carnival, Parade and more! Downtown Naperville

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~ Fall Fest Des Plaines Sept. 15th (6-11pm), 16th (noon-11pm) & 17th (noon-7pm) A Three-Day Family-Friendly Festival! Great bands, carnival rides, food, fun family activities. FREE Admission. Lake Park, 2200 Lee St., Des Plaines

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*Event is subject to change, delay or cancellation. Talent can only meet as many fans as time allows. You must have a wristband to attend the meet & greet. Wristbands distributed at Family Fun Land on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 10am, Sunday, September 3, 2017. Must be present to receive wristband. One wristband per person, available while supplies last.

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Limelight Theatre Company Oswegoland Park District’s Limelight Theatre Company is proud to present Annie! In this family-friendly, classic musical, the positively plucky orphan Annie sets out to find the parents who left her on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage. Performing July 26-29 at 7:00pm at Oswego High School, 4250 Route 71 in Oswego. Tickets can be purchased online for $12 Adult or $8 Student/Senior. Tickets will also be available at the door for $14 Adult or $10 Student/ Senior. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

Overshadowed Theatre Disney’s & Cameron Mackintoch’s Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical. July 14 August 5, 2017. Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that ‘Anything can happen if you let it’. Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, and astonishing stagecraft. Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets, visit overshadowed. org or call 630-634-2100. [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.]

Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017

Thursday, Aug. 31st at7:30 PM and, Friday, Sept. 1st at 7:30 PM. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. The 65-city tour celebrates the 10th anniversary of the recordbreaking “Soul2Soul II” tour, Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL 60018. Phone: 847.635.6601. 30 out & about

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Westmont Park District Ty Warner Spray Park Come out to visit our zero-depth spray park cushioned by a safe and soft resilient rubber surface. Based on a nautical theme, water sprays and squirts through a whale’s tail, an anchor, a mast and a number of other ground level spouts. You can even crawl over our ferocious alligator and run through a spray tunnel! The spray park attraction is $3 for Westmont children and $5 for non-resident children. Adults are always free! The Backstop Concession Stand is just down the path from the Spray Park, and has tons of sweets and treats for everyone.Visit: or call 630.963.5252

Rockford Park District Magic Waters Waterpark Visit Magic Waters Waterpark to experience the 75-foot Double Dare Drop speed slides, as well as Illinois’ largest wavepool, adventure ride, five-story body slide, Splash Magic River and Tiki Island, a water paradise for kids where a 1,000 gallon pineapple bucket spills to the delight of guests! Some rides have height restrictions. Enjoy cabana/patio rentals, picnic area, tube/locker rentals, variety of food options; family changing area, and more. The park is a smoke-free facility. Free parking.Visit for hours, fees, ticket purchase, discounts/specials. July/August 2017

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Itasca Park District Caribbean Paradise Waterpark Itasca’s Caribbean Paradise Waterpark offers a summer full of fun for the whole family. Our Caribbean themed features an 8-lane lap pool with a large zero-depth entry, vortex and separate diving well with 1 & 3 meter boards and a drop slide, a 185-ft. waterslide, and a separate zero-depth family interactive pool with in-water playground, and interactive play pieces. Concessions are available at the Snack Shack. Host your birthday parties, private rentals, and group outings for your family’s or company’s enjoyment at our beautiful facility. Call today for more information at 630-773-1213 or visit SUBFAM FILL small 12.16:Layout 1


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Bartlett Aquatic Center Take a wild ride at the Bartlett Aquatic Center and experience a New Way to Play! Amenities include an eight-lane lap pool with a zero-depth entry section, tube slide, lazy river, water based zip line, drop slide, two body slides, and spray playground, a sand-play area, and a concessions area. Available for private rentals, group outings and birthday parties. 620 W. Stearns Rd., Bartlett, IL 60103. For hours of operation and more information call 630.540.4800 or visit www.

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Oak Brook Park District Indoor & Outdoor Family Aquatic Center This summer, enjoy Oak Brook’s outdoor oasis! This unique splash pool features three shallow water slides, zero depth entry, tot friendly spray zones, picnic lounge, and even a fire pit.The park opens through Labor Day weekend, weather permitting, and admission is included in the Indoor Family Aquatic Center daily fee (R/NR Adult: $10/$12,Youth: $6/$8). Aquatic Birthday Parties includes admission for 20 guests, choice of pizzas or hot dogs, chips, beverages, designated party area, paper products, party hostess, and certified lifeguards. Indoor AND outdoor aquatic facilities are available and party packages start at only $210. 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523. Call 630-990-4233 or visit for more info.

Des Plaines Park District Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center This Chicagoland summertime family destination has activities from mild to wild: 2 giant slides in Otter’s Run; drop slides & cliff dives in Sea Lion Falls; a 550-foot lazy river, and the expansive Dolphin Bay leisure pool. Island Café has delicious lunches, snacks and ice cream treats. Spend an hour or a fun day in the sun! 2025 Miner Street, Des Plaines, IL 847-391-5740

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St. Charles Park District Otter Cove Aquatic Park

Themed around a river otter and his friends, Otter Cove features exciting activities that appeal to every water enthusiast, from the most energetic cannon baller to the most laid-back floater. Speed down the salamander slides. Enjoy an inner tube ride along turtle creek. Flitter around Dragonfly Den. Hop all over the Frog Bog. Exercise in the Crayfish Canal. These exciting water attractions and green open space offer thrills and relaxation for all ages. For more details, visit or call 630-513-4377.

Wheeling Park District Family Aquatic Center

There’s no shortage of things to entertain your water enthusiast at the Wheeling Park District Family Aquatic Center. Some features include Tsunami Splash, Lily Pad Lagoon,Volcano Valley, Paradise Falls, Willie the Whale Toddler Slide, Zero Depth Entry Pool, sand play areas and lap lanes. Group and party rentals available for families or organizations. Concessions sold at the CafÊ. Ask us about our swim lesson program. For more details, visit or call 847-465-3333. 34 out & about

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Village of Hinsdale Community Pool


Summer is in full swing! The Village of Hinsdale Community Pool offers an outdoor swimming facility for the entire family! Featuring a 50-meter pool with 25-meter L shape, zero -depth walk in wading pool with play features, a sand play area, and a diving well with drop slide, 2-1M diving boards and a 3M diving board. Pool passes are on sale! Also available are 10 visit passes and NEW Neighborly Rates! Visit: for more information. [See our ad on Inside Back Cover.]

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Outrageous Fun awaits at Raging Waves – Illinois’ Largest Waterpark! Located Minutes from Aurora in Yorkville, IL, 45 acres of summer fun includes 20 water slides, ¼ mile long lazy river, huge wave pool, multiple kiddie areas, and more! Visit for our latest deals and to learn more about Illinois’ Largest Waterpark.

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Pottawatomie Golf Course

conversation about flowers, natural areas, local critters, the Fox River and more. Introducing a new generation of players to the great game of golf will drive new life into this fantastic sport (pun intended).

Ron Skubisz, PGA Golf Pro 845 N. Second Avenue, St. Charles 630-584-8356

Tip: One of the things that makes golf such a great game is that the entire family can play. Despite different skill levels, all players can participate and have fun. If you are playing golf with young children or those new to the game, I believe following the DisneyTM principle of viewing the world through the eyes of a child is appropriate. If your child can only hit the ball 50 yards, a 400-yard par 4 hole will look like a mile. At Pottawatomie, playing from the front tees allows kids to have a reasonable chance of success. To even out the odds, parents or those golfers will a little more experience, could try playing from the same tees and select a club that will allow you to hit the ball the same distance as your child.The reward will come when your child shouts with pride and joy that they hit it farther than you. With young junior golfers, spend time walking hole to hole with them to instill the great walk & talk aspect of the game in them. Pottawatomie offers an abundance of scenic views and challenges to spark a 36 out & about

Arlington Lakes Golf Club

Facility of the Arlington Heights Park District 1211 S. New Wilke Road, Arlington Heights 847-577-3030 Tim Govern Golf Operations Manager PGA Professional There is an old saying in golf that you drive for show but you putt for dough. If you are looking for the quickest way to shave a few strokes from your score, it can be found practicing for a few minutes before every round on the practice green. Every golf course’s greens are generally a little different. Some

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are faster than other, softer etc. Spending just a few minutes before every round can prove to be invaluable. A good way to get a feel for the speed of the greens is to really focus on distance control. Lay down 4 different balls from 20 feet or so away from a hole and try to see if you can stop within a 1 foot radius of the cup. Allow enough time before you tee off to Repeat this little drill four or five times before every round and watch your scores drop in a hurry! Lay down 4 different balls from 20 feet or so away from a hole and try to see if you can stop within a 1 foot radius of the cup. Allow enough time before you tee off to Repeat this little drill four or five times before every round and watch your scores drop in a hurry!

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Tips to Make Outdoor Parties


ntertaining is one thing, but dazzling your guests with an outdoor party sensation is another. Summer can be the best time of year for outdoor parties. From twinkling lights to patterned tablecloths, every detail counts when it comes to impressing family and friends. It may feel like a lot of pressure to live up to expectations, but your party can be both simple and elegant with a few easy tips.

Start early

Early is never early enough when it comes to planning a rock-star summer gath­ ering. Check to see if you have enough utensils, make sure everything is in place and that there is enough food for your guests. Prepare weeks in advance, if possible, to make sure you have all the materials necessary to throw your dream outdoor party. 38 celebrate!

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Spice up the invitations The perfect invitations can do three things. First is tell the basics: what, when and where.They can also tell guests what to bring along with them. Of course, invitations should also be appealing to the eye. This is your time to get a little creative and catch guests’ attention before the big event.

Show your style You want your guests to be as comfortable as possible. Make sure to dress tables and chairs with cushions and tablecloths. Mix it up and show off some of your personal flair with bright colors or fancy patterns. It’s easy to celebrate summer with styles that bring summer vibes to life.

Light up the party Brighten up the big day or night with some candles, lanterns or sparkling lights. In case of wind or weather, try to purchase covered candles to increase the chances the flame will stay lit. Make sure everyone can see the hard work you have put into the party.

Less mess meals No one likes messy meals, especially at a summer party. Put together a menu that isn’t

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stressful on the cook or stressful on your guests to eat. Dropping sauce on a white summer top is a party no-no.

Rain, rain, go away Always prepare for the worst. If clouds roll in on party day, make sure you’re ready. You can simply move the party indoors at the drop of a hat. Tents can also help keep the party going outdoors in case of precipitation.

Brighten it up It’s finally summer and that usually means flowers everywhere. Pick out an arrangement and make it the focal point of each table. The bright colors can draw your guests in and make them want to appreciate the beautiful nature around them.

Make your own games Give the kids something to do and make it fun. While the adults visit, the little ones need something to keep themselves busy. Whether it’s bubbles or water play in the heat, something to mix it up can help keep them occupied.

Jam it out Keep the music low and cool. There is no need to blast your speakers across the entire

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yard. Play your favorite jams, but nothing too crazy. The music can really set the mood of the entire party and make or break the atmosphere.

Cool it down The summer heat is blazing and sometimes being outside can be miserable. Make sure your guests stay comfortable, even in the heat. Lay out handheld fans, lots of water and even some towels.Your guests will want to stay hydrated so they can party on. Find more summer party tips at

Celebrating our 22nd year! Tot Rock and Kid Rock Music & Movement Classes (ages 1-5 years) offered at park districts in the Northwest Suburbs. Music and Dance Parties (ages 1-8 years) Sing, Dance, Play! Enrollments being accepted now at your park district!

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Overshadowed Princess Parties

Celebrate your child’s birthday with Overshadowed Theatrical Productions! Overshadowed offers two ways to celebrate a special day. Enjoy a unique celebration starring your birthday boy or girl! Watch your guests shine as they perform a play at Overshadowed’s Headquarters complete with lights, and sound! or: Watch your birthday person shine as a favorite storybook character arrives at the party! We have many characters to choose from (based on availability). Call now so we can begin to plan to make your special day...extra special! For prices and availability, call 630-634-2100 or visit www. for more information.

Rock ‘n’ Kids

Kid Rock! - Your little ones will scream with delight at a Kid Rock ‘n’ Roll party! A musical parade, the freeze dance, parachute games, a balloon celebration and more...our music and dance parties for 1-6 year olds are filled with fun, fun fun! Sing, dance and play the Kid Rock way! For more information, visit or call 847-961-6584.

Odyssey Fun World

The place for out of this world family fun for all ages! Plan your next birthday party here. Two fun locations with 150+ arcade and redemption games, a 4-story soft play center, Laser Tag, numerous exciting indoor rides, and great food. All summer long we offer Go Karts, Mini Golf, Bum-

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per Boats, Hydro Racers (like Go-Karts on Water!), a ZIPLINE (30 feet high!), and an Inflatable Kidz Park at our Tinley Park location and Paintball at our Naperville location! Visit for exclusive discounts, or call 708-429-3800. 19111 S. Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, and, 3440 Odyssey Ct., Naperville

Safari Land

Let Your Adventure Begin! Safari Land has everything you need for a complete adventure. Whether it’s bowling, video games, rollercoaster, kiddie carts, food or other fun, Safari Land is the place for your party. Come ride the tiger terror...take a spin in our 360 degree, full-motion, 3D flight simulator,…play in our soft play area, or throw some strikes during cosmic bowling. Contact us today for additional event information and to book your next adventure of a lifetime. 701 W. North Avenue, Villa Park. 630-530-4649.Visit

Fleetwood Roller Rink

Celebrating our 60th anniversary (established 1957). Fleetwood Roller Rink 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 [See our ad on p. 7]

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Helping Kids Conquer Back to School Fears

By Gayla Grace

om, I’m not sure I should have signed up for Calculus and AP English,” says Adam, a high school junior. “I’ve heard both classes are really hard at my school.” Adam, a smart student who doesn’t want to disappoint his parents, lacks confidence in his ability to keep up with the work required in his upcoming classes. His main fear centers around academics.

going to a different middle school. She worries about who she’ll eat lunch with and whether she’ll have anyone to talk to in the mornings. Avery’s fears are focused on the social aspects of school.

Adam’s younger sister, Avery, is entering middle school and she’s nervous about her new school environment. Avery doesn’t make friends easily and many of her friends will be

Acknowledge the Fear When our kids recognize and put words to their fears, we can then help them cope. Questions from Avery’s mom like, “What are

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As our kids head back to school, they have fears that range from finding the right bus after school to whether they’ll pass all their classes to graduate.A child’s personality, learning style, academic needs, social and emotional development and prior school experiences contribute to their fears and how they handle them. As parents, we can help our kids adjust to upcoming change and cope with whatever fears they face with the following strategies:

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you concerned about as you start middle school-the lunch period, making new friends?” will get Avery talking. As she expresses her fears, her mom can acknowledge them by saying, “I know it can be scary to start a new school. Do you remember when we first moved here and how well you adjusted to your new school, new church, and new soccer program in the community?” She could also remind Avery of her wide base of friends in elementary school and encourage her to talk about how she made friends before. If a child has had a challenging or traumatic issue at school, it’s important to acknowledge the problem and help the child separate the past from the present. For instance, just because Avery encountered a mean-girl friendship last year that shattered her confidence doesn’t mean she can’t equip herself to manage it better in middle school. Stressful situa-

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tions provide opportunities for kids to practice life skills, with our support and words of wisdom, that carry into adulthood. Minimize Drama Surrounding the Fear Adam’s fear of passing Calculus might bring up memories of our own failures in high school. When these thoughts surface, it’s best to keep a lid on how much we say. Positive statements that remind Adam of his previous successes in difficult classes will help dissipate his fears. Brainstorming ideas, such as using a tutor or his brainy friend next door when necessary, will empower him past his fear. Watching children struggle with fear sends many parents into rescue mode. Instead of helping them face their fear, the parent finds a way of escape. Adam doesn’t need to enroll in a different class because he’s nervous about Calculus. He needs reminders of how he has succeeded in the past and encouragement that will enable him to plunge through. “It’s a wise parent who realizes not only that our children watch us and repeat our words, but they also take their cues about how to react to life from us,” says Sherry Surratt in her Thriving Family article, “’Mom, I’m Scared.’”

“If we over-react, we send messages of worry that can enable our children’s fear.” We hinder our children from the maturing process when we magnify the problem and take over to solve it. Facing fears and learning how to cope with stressful situations is a normal part of healthy development. Teach Your Child to Ask for Help In a new school environment, it’s likely that Avery fears getting lost in the halls. First-day anxiety can be relieved by teaching her that help is only one question away.Teachers are prepared to help new students navigate large buildings with hard-tofind classrooms. Older students can also provide friendly guidance to newcomers. School counselors are equipped to provide assistance when students need answers to more difficult situations. If Avery encounters bullying from mean girls, asking for a counselor’s help alerts school administration of a problem that might need addressing on a larger scale and protects Avery from behavior that could escalate. Reminding kids they don’t have to face their fears alone gives them confidence to face a new environment and walk through challenging situations.

Help Your Child Build Resiliency Children who have a resilient attitude fare better with whatever life presents. Parents can’t predict every circumstance a child will encounter, but can help nurture strong attributes. The American Psychological Association offers the following ten tips to help build resilience in children and teens. (http://www.apa. org/helpcenter/resilience.aspx) • Make connections (friends, family support, church) • Have him or her help others (contribution) • Maintain a daily routine • Take a break (when overly stressed or worried) • Teach your child self-care • Move toward your goals • Nurture a positive self-view • Keep things in perspective and maintain a hopeful outlook • Look for opportunities for self-discovery • Accept that change is part of living Resiliency enables our kids to face their fears head on and gives them confidence to overcome them. Back to school fears are real and kids need help coping with what worries them. As parents, we can help our children adjust to upcoming change and conquer their fears by modeling and teaching healthy development skills and coping strategies.

Kiddie Academy

At Kiddie Academy we believe the best learning happens during play. From family style dining to character education, parents can rest assured that our proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum gives your child a full day of learning and fun. In addition, Kiddie Academy sets the standards for safety, education and trust because we understand children need to thrive in an environment that’s as clean, safe and nurturing as home. Call to schedule your tour today! http:/

Des Plaines Park District, Creative Corners Preschool,

Creative Corners Preschool, at the Des Plaines Park District, for ages 2–5 Our professional, caring teachers create an atmosphere where your child will grow socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually, through a variety of engaging and explorative curricula.We use the Illinois Early Learning & Development Standards to build a strong academic foundation, achieve benchmarks, and school-readiness. SMART Technology. Classes in English, and fully-immersive classes in Spanish. 2, 3, and 5-day options, and monthly payment plans available. Registration for the 2017-2018 school year is open now! Des Plaines Park District, 2222 Birch Street, Des Plaines. 847-391-5700

Hanover Park Park District’s Preschool

The Hanover Park Park District’s Preschool program provides a safe and nurturing learning environment to encourage the progression of socialization skills, motor skills, and emotional development while encouraging independence, self-expression and listening skills. Our students are prepared for kindergarten through the learning areas of numbers, math, letters, writing, reading, colors and shapes. 1919 Walnut Ave. Hanover Park, IL 60133. Call Liza Nicol, Recreation Supervisor, 630-837.2468 ext. 132. Email: l.nicol@ Visit: 42 education central

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e’re finally get used to our summer routines and soon we have to start shopping for school supplies. A new school year means new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school. In order to help you and your child with special needs get off to a successful start of the new school year, consider these helpful back-to-school tips to make the transition a little easier and help reduce the child’s anxiety. Have a clear understanding of your child's individual educational program (IEP). Know when the IEP expires and if your child is up for reevaluation this year. If you're unsure, contact the school about holding an IEP review meeting. Being knowledgeable about your child's IEP and their disability can help you become a better advocate for them. Stay up-to-date on special education legislation, news, and events. Make digital copies of the IEP as you may have to send to various professionals throughout the year, and it's very handy to have them available via email.

dents; special arrangements can often be made in advance of the first day of school to help your child learn how to navigate the hallways as they go from class to class and how to get to and open their lockers in a timely fashion. It's important to establish and practice a routine that will happen in the mornings and evenings once school starts well in advance of the first day of school. Begin to practice getting up early enough to catch the bus, walking in a line, doing circle time. If your child takes the bus, call to make sure everything you expect to be in place is ready. Contact the school nurse ahead of time to make sure all medications and care plans are in place. Before school starts, make arrangements to take your child on a tour of the school so they can locate new classrooms, library, cafeteria, gym and restrooms. For middle and high school stu-

The key to a successful experience for our children lies in the partnership between school and home. Being an involved advocate who wants to work with the school will help to make the year as successful as possible for your child.

Set up a binder to keep track of special education meetings, documentation and sequential order of IEPs. Keep track of all communication; emails, phone calls, notes homes, conferences, with dates and times and nature of content. Attend the Back-to-School Night, Open House, and parent-teacher conferences. Meet school staff and the therapy team; ask teachers about their daily routines and how those routines are implemented. Communicate with the new teacher any helpful information about working with your child and any concerns that should be considered for their special education needs. Let the teacher know some proactive strategies teachers can have in place about your family structure, your child’s likes and dislikes, what sets her off and what calms her down. Ask the teacher to go over the daily classroom routine so that you can review it with your child. Discuss the services and accommodations with your child so that they know what to expect when school begins. July/August 2017

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Sun safety


Cooling off in the summer is a fun way to beat the heat. Before hitting the pool or beach, make sure to brush up on important reminders for protecting skin and keeping family members safe from heat exhaustion or heat stroke under the sun’s hot rays. The following are a few important tips to survive the scorching summer climate:

• Drink fluids often, especially those containing electrolytes

• Avoid sugary drinks, including those with

caffeine and excessive alcoholic beverages

• Wear light clothing and wide brimmed hats • Remember to take breaks to move indoors or under the shade periodically

• Apply and re-apply sunscreen with a high

sun protective factor (SPF)  B • e sure to cover the most-missed sunscreen spots: ears, scalp, lips, eyelids, edges of clothing and tops of feet

Water safety

Once it’s time to hit the water, whether on the beach or in a pool, remember water safety at all times. Here are some tips for the entire family to splash safely:

• Swim with a trained buddy or partner in safe areas only

• Use proper floatation devices • Do not drink and swim • Jump in feet first • Always supervise children in all bodies of water

Fire safety

For all those family grill and chill moments, it’s important to remain safe given the frequent use of open heat and fire. Here are some helpful pointers to tame the flame during those upcoming summer cookouts, nighttime campfires or patriotic fireworks displays:

• Allow only adults around fire tools, lighters, fireworks and matches

• Keep an eye on fires at all times, from

sparks to flames  S • ecure a safe spot for starting a fire • Be prepared with safety compliant fire extinguishers and water sources nearby • Extinguish all fires properly


ummer is finally here! The sun is out and everyone’s favorite outdoor activities like sunbathing, swimming and lighting bonfires are in full swing. Knowing the proper steps to stay safe this summer will keep the fun in the sun going strong. DuPage Medical Group, which remains the largest independent, multi-specialty physician group in the Chicago area, has key tips and takeaways to share with summer revelers of all ages. 44 family wellness

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DMG has more than 600 primary and specialty care physicians throughout the Chicagoland suburbs, including at its locations in Elmhurst, Bloomingdale, Naperville, Joliet and beyond, should you need to seek medical assistance before, during or after summer celebrations. Learn more about these experienced doctors, or take a moment to view and download DMG’s full-color infographics outlining these seasonal safety tips by visiting and searching the keywords “summer safety.” July/August 2017



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uring the summer months’ children can take advantage of the warmer weather and longer days by spending more time outdoors doing yoga. In fact, yoga can be an effective tool for dealing with numerous childhood challenges such as autism, ADHD, obesity, and stress; it teaches not only physical skills such as flexibility, strength, stamina, balance, and coordination, but is also a valuable method of stress reduction through conscious breath and focus.

Your backyard is the perfect place for kids to not only be outside in the fresh air during the summer, but also to enjoy some fun yoga poses. Children with autism who practice yoga begin to feel more calm and comfortable in their bodies; as a result they begin to experience less anxiety and it becomes easier for them to control their behavior and emotions. These colorful pictures depicting how to do poses can be very helpful for children with autism, as they are visually oriented. Simply holding Tree pose, for instance, is very effective in helping autistic children focus and develop their attention. With their feet firmly planted on the ground and their mind focused on breathing, it is much easier to feel a sense of control over themselves and of their surroundings. . Tree pose is also a great posture for children with ADHD, as it helps them to build better focus and concentration. Yoga helps children

with ADHD by boosting attention and focus while reducing impulsivity and hyperactivity. Besides autism and ADHD, our youth are facing the challenge of obesity. Children are leading an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, and anecdotal reports suggest that yoga can reduce obesity. Kite pose can also be practiced outdoors, and is great for weight loss as it slims the waist and trims excess hip fat. Illustration by Kathleen Rietz and excepted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids, written by Teresa Anne Power

At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago, our mission is simple: deliver world-class care to children who need it most – regardless of their ability to pay. For over 90 years, thousands of families with children affected by orthopaedic conditions, cleft lip and palate, spinal cord injury, and rehabilitation needs have come through our doors with hopes of finding the very best pediatric specialty care. Under our roof, those hopes are answered every day — by physicians, nurses, and specialists using the latest technology, innovative research, and a collaborative, family-centered approach. It’s how the 22 Shriners Hospital locations provided care to over 121,000 children last year alone.

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coliosis is a common spine condition often found in adolescents. Roughly 3 million new cases of the condition are diagnosed in the United States each year, with a majority of them identified as idiopathic scoliosis — a type of scoliosis that presents in children between 10 to 12 years old.

there is currently no known cause or prevention method. It’s also very common for parents to ask if bad posture or heavy backpacks could have caused their child’s scoliosis. While these two things may be associated with other spine and back conditions, they do not cause scoliosis,.

1. Early diagnosis is key It’s important for parents to make sure their children are receiving regular checkups so that conditions like scoliosis can be diagnosed and managed early.

2. Most cases of scoliosis have no known cause. Scoliosis is a very interesting disease, because

4. Only a small percentage of scoliosis patients require treatment. Only about 30 percent require bracing, and about 10 percent actually require surgery, Sponseller assures. If your child is diagnosed with scoliosis, don’t be scared. Scoliosis is a very manageable condition when diagnosed early. For children who are still growing, an external torso brace can be used to prevent further worsening of the scoliosis while the child grows. Even when wearing a brace, most children live normal lives and participate in the same activities as their peers.

Paul Sponseller, M.D., pediatric orthopaedic expert and director of the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, provides five facts about scoliosis that all parents should know before their child’s next physical.

Common signs of scoliosis include uneven shoulders or hips, but it is generally a painless condition that may go unnoticed until a routine exam or physical.

child is the first in the family to develop the condition.

3. Scoliosis runs in families. When parents hear scoliosis runs in families, they often say, ‘But nobody in our family has it,’” says Sponseller. “But in reality, it’s likely that someone does or did and it went unnoticed because it was a very mild case.” Of course, there are also instances where a

5. Surgery, if needed, has good outcomes. While it may be a hard decision to make, having surgery done earlier tends to be simpler, as less of the spine needs to be fused. Perhaps more importantly, he says, is your child being in good overall health and having the support of his or her family during recovery. Parents should also work with their child’s school to determine a plan for the time the child will miss during recovery — usually one to two months. For more information go to

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By Ashley Talmadge

ou’ve finally got your exercise regimen in place, and you’re seeing results from that daily run through the streets of your neighborhood, or your boot camp classes in the park. But what happens to your workout during the wilting hot summer months?

vary 10-15 degrees between the direct sunlight and the shade. And high humidity limits evaporative cooling, since the air is near saturated with water vapor.” Because of this, exercising in hot, humid weather can elevate the body’s core temperature to a dangerous level, resulting in muscle cramps, heat exhaustion, or even life-threatening heat stroke. (See Sidebar 2) Both Wells and Calandrino advise that the effects of dehydration and heat injuries are cumulative. Being dehydrated one day can lead to heat exhaustion the next. And if you’ve suffered heat exhaustion, it will take a while for your body to recover. “ You can avoid putting yourself at risk by being prepared,” says Calandrino.

It’s important to take the heat seriously, but that doesn’t mean you need to give up your healthy habits. A few adjustments to your schedule and routine can make all the difference. Hydration—it’s not all hype. Rule number one for successful summer workouts? Stay hydrated. Adam Wells, PhD and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, is an assistant professor of Exercise Science at the University of Central Florida. He says it’s a good idea to check your hydration level before you start exercising. “You may already be dehydrated prior to engaging in exercise,” says Wells. He adds that urine color is a good gauge—the darker your urine, the less well-hydrated you are. Light yellow (like chablis) means you’re good to go. Deep amber (like apple juice) means you’d better drink some fluids first. Wells says that sweat rates average between 1 and 1.5 liters per hour during exercise, and this volume must be matched by fluid intake to maintain proper hydration. Experts agree that during a typical workout (under 90 minutes), hydration can be maintained by sipping plain water. During high intensity or longer workouts (more than 2 hours), sports drinks and gels can help replace electrolytes, like sodium and potassium, which are lost through prolonged sweating. Stavros Kricos is a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and has been training athletes for ten years. “I cannot stress enough the importance of proper hydration,” he says. “You would be surprised how many things are affected—sleep, metabolism, organ function, recovery time, brain health, bone health.” Proper hydration also means not overdoing it. Hyponatremia (“water intoxication”) can 48 fitness first

result from rehydrating with large amounts of fluid, exceeding what a person sweats out and thus diluting electrolyte concentration. The condition can be life-threatening and is associated mostly with endurance sports; some say slower and smaller athletes are more at risk. However,Wells says hyponatremia is relatively rare and “ will likely occur only after extended exercise in the heat, and in conjunction with electrolyte loss through sweat.” Kricos agrees, saying, “While hyponatremia is a concern, it pales in comparison to the threat of dehydration.” (See Sidebar 1) Seek shadows, shade, and shelter. Adjust your schedule to avoid midday heat, find shade in your environment, and know when to celebrate the innovation of air con. Amy Calandrino has been running for about three years, specializing in shorter distances up to half marathons, combined with high intensity interval training. To stay on track through the summer, she says, “I train before 9am or after 5:30pm—never in the heat of the day. It only took one 9:30am run to realize that it's just too hot!” Wells adds, “ The heat index—how hot it actually feels when humidity is factored in—can suburban family |

Fresh air and varied scenery add to the pleasure of exercising outdoors. But there are times when it’s just safer to jog on the treadmill or pedal over virtual hills in the spin room. If you don’t already have a membership, check the local gym for day passes and monthly specials. Many also offer deep discounts on class packages and memberships through Groupon and other daily deal sites. Slooowww down. Calandrino says she’s also learned to ease up her pace during the summer months. “I’ve found that slowing down during the hot season doesn’t hinder my long-term performance at all,” she says. “When the weather cools off again in the fall, I can’t wait for my pace to quicken. With consistent and conservative training, I’ve been setting new personal records each season.” There’s science to support Calandrino’s experience. Recent research suggests that when done correctly, training in the heat can improve subsequent performance under both hot and cool conditions. Just as with altitude acclimation, heat acclimation maximizes oxygen consumption. In addition, it decreases the body’s core temperature, both at rest and while exercising. Even if your pace feels sluggish during the summer, your body is still working hard and benefitting from the workout. Come cooler weather, you may be surprised to find that you’ve actually gained ground. July/August 2017

Sign up for an endurance race. Take on a new challenge, support a good cause or run/walk/roll for the health of it. Be certain to select an event within your range of conditioning and consult a physician before beginning any exercise program. NOTE: The 2017 Annual Race Guide and a more comprehensive listing of the July and August races can be found on our website and HTML version at www.chicagosuburbanfamily. com Check back for updates in every bi-monthly issue.

July Relay For Life – For all area events, please go to relayforlife. org/relay/findevent. Run the Runway at CEA – Sat. 7/1 at 8 AM 5K Run and 1mi. Walk. USATF certified. Wheeling. 847-537-2580 ext 111. Freedom Fun Run – Sun., 7/2 Tot Trot at 7:45 AM, 1 Mile at 8:00 AM, 5K at 8:30 AM. Sandwich Park District. Knights Park, Sandwich. 815-786-8044. Stampede Run – Sun. 7/2 at 7:30 AM 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ race. USATF certified. Arlington Heights. stampede@ Uncle Sam 5K and Kid’s Dash – Sun. 7/2 at 8 AM. Tap House Grill, Palatine. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Family Fitness Run – Tues. 7/4 at 7:15 AM 10K, 5K Runs and 2K Fitness Walk. USATF certified. Barrington. 847-620-4500. Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th – Tues. 7/4 at 7:15 AM 4 mi Run and 1K Kids’ race. CARA and USATF certified. Elmhurst. 630-269-4872. Firecracker 5K Run/Walk – Tues., 7/4 at 8 AM 5K Run/Walk. 50-yard Dash (Ages 3-6) and 100-yard Dash (Ages 6-10) Certi-

fied {Scenic} Course IL-09121-JW. 3S260 Warren Ave. Warrenville, IL 60555. 630-393-7279. Great Western Freedom 4 – Tues. 7/4. 4 mi Run, 2 mi Walk & Kids Dash. USATF and CARA certified. St. Charles. 630-2483091. Freedom 4 – Tues. 7/4. 4 mi Run. Glen Ellyn. 630-858-2462. Independence Day 5K – Tues. 7/4. 5K Run/Walk. Riverside. 708-442-7025. Stars and Stripes 5K – Mon. 7/4 at 8 AM Tinley Park. 708342-4200. Chicago Challenge – Sat. 7/8 at 1 PM 5K Novelty Run/Scavenger Hunt. Chicago. Chinatown 5K – Sat. 7/8 at 8 AM 5K and Youth Runs. Chinatown, Chicago. 312-882-3188. Expanding Lives Annual 5K – Sat. 7/8 at 8 AM 5K Run/ Walk. Benefits Expanding Lives. Northfield. 773-676-4208. The Frontline OCR – Sat. 7/8 at 7:30 AM 5mi. Obstacle Run. Lockport. Michael Browning Memorial Run to Remember – Sat. 7/8 at 8 AM 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Michael Browning Memorial Scholarship Fund. West Chicago. Rundevous Race – Sat. 7/8 at 8:30 AM 4 mi Adventure/ Novelty Race. Benefits Crystal Lake Food Pantry. Crystal Lake. 815-814-1100. Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 – Sat. 7/8 at 7:30 AM 10 mi Run. Benefits Big Rig Books. Darien. 708-352-0081. 5K Dash ‘N Splash– Sun. 7/9 at 7:30 AM 5K Run/Walk. Hanover Park. 630-837-2468. 5K Run! To End Homelessness – Sat. 7/15 at 8:30 AM 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Run. USATF Certified. Benefits A Safe Haven Foundation. Montrose Harbor, Chicago. 773-435-8374.

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Lake Zurich Triathlon – Sun. 7/9 at 6:30 AM 1.5K swim/40K bike/10K Run. Also Sprint Tri. USATF certified. Lake Zurich. 847727-2681. Miles for Melanoma – Sun. 7/9 at 8:30 AM 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Melanoma Research Foundation. Montrose Harbor, Chicago. 800-673-1290. Answers for Angels 5K – Sat. 7/15 at 8:30 AM 5K Run/Walk. USATF Certified. Tinley Park. 815-600-3215. Christmas in July 5K/10K – Fri. and Sat. 7/15-16. 5K, 10K, Santa Claus Fun Run and ultra races of 6, 12 and 24 hrs. USATF Certified. Lisle. 847-894-0461. The Glo Run – Sat. 7/15 at 8:55 PM 5K Run/Walk Novelty Run. Chicago. 224-757-5425. Hemmingway 8K Running of the Bulls – Sat. 7/15 at 7:45 AM Oak Park. Hot Doggy Dash and Splash – Sat. 7/15 at 10 AM. 3K walk/ run (run with pets optional). Dog splash party at end of race. Addison. 630-233-7275. Lake County Runway 5K Run/Walk – Sat. 7/15 at 9:30 AM Benefits Wings of Mercy. Grayslake. 616-396-1077. McHenry River Run – Sat. 7/15 at 8 AM 10K and 5K Run/ Walk. USATF Certified. McHenry. 815-363-2100. Humana Rock and Roll Chicago Half Marathon – Sun. 7/16 at 6:30 AM USATF certified. Chicago. 800-311-1255. Run for Hunger – Sun. 7/16 at 8 AM 5K Run/Walk and ½ mi Kids’ Fun Run. USATF certified. Benefits multiple local food pantries. Elmhurst The Universal Sole Burgers and Beer 5K Run/Walk – Mon. 7/17 at 7 PM Benefits Girls in the Game. Soldier Field, Chicago. 773-868-0893. Sundowner 5K – Thurs. 7/20 at 7 PM 5K and Youth Runs. USATF and CARA certified. Joliet. 815-741-7275.


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GETTING HYDRATION RIGHT Fluid needs vary widely from person to person, and from day to day. Factors may include: physical condition, body type, duration/intensity of workout, weather. Tips for proper hydration: • Check weight before/after your workout. • Check urine color before/after your workout. • Sip water or a sports drink during exercise. • Avoid “chugging” your drink all at once. • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages before/during exercise. The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) recommends: • 14-22 ounces water 2 hours before exercise • 6-12 ounces water or sports drink every 15-20 minutes during exercise • After exercise, slowly drink 16-24 ounces water or sports drink for every pound lost during workout.

TIPS FOR SAFE SUMMER EXERCISE • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, and a hat with a brim. • Check the weather forecast and prepare. • Exercise with a buddy or group. • Heart disease, diabetes, and other medical conditions can hinder the body’s ability to withstand heat. Take extra precautions. • Be aware of medication side effects; some suppress thermoregulatory function and/or the ability to sweat. • Water sports rule! Try swimming, kayaking, or jogging in the surf. • Keep your cool with “cool wear.” (See cooling wraps, towels, headgear, vests, and more at www. or at your local sporting goods store.)

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Splash Pedal Dash Triathlon/Dash Pedal Dash Duathlon Sun. 7/30 at 6:30 AM. Meineke Recreation Center, Schaumburg 847-490-7015. special-events/triathlon-duathlon Bob Leonard 5K Run/Color Run – Sun. 7/30 at 7:30 AM 5K Run and 1K Family Color Run. St. Charles. 630-479-8116. Northwestern Run For Walk – Sun. 7/30 at 7:30 AM 4.1mi Run, 5K Walk and Kids’ Dashes. USATF and CARA Certified. Evanston. 847-467-3758. Run for Veterans 5K– Sun. 7/30 at 9 AM 5K Run/Walk. Burr Ridge. 630-654-8181.

Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way, Schaumburg

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Elmhurst Cycling Classic– Fri. 7/21 at 11 AM Amateur and pro divisions, bike parade. Elmhurst. Eggs & Legs 5K Run/Walk – Sat. 7/22 at 8:30 AM Benefits Fischer Farm. Bensenville. 630-766-7015. Sunset Half Marathon – Sat. 7/22 at 5:30 PM Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Run/Walk, Kids’ Dash and Glo Run. USATF certified. Hoffman Estates. 224-757-5425. Venus de Miles Ride and Run – Sat. 7/22 at 8:45 PM Women’s 60mi. and 25mi. bike rides and 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Greenhouse Scholars. Lake Forest. 303-459-5467. BTN Big 10K – Sun., 7/23. 10K Run/Walk. at 7 AM. 5K Run/ Walk. at 8 AM. Grant Park, Chicago. 847-243-8500. Mention code: BTNFAM17 at register for FREE item. Chicagoland Inline Marathon – Sun. 7/23 at 7:30 AM Marathon, Half Marathon and 7K Inline Skate Races and Kids’ Dash. Hoffman Estates. 224-757-5425. Get Your Rear in Gear – Sun. 7/23. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Colon Cancer Coalition. Tinley Park. 952-378-1237. Naperville Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk– Sun. 7/23. Naperville. 516-803-2304. Wauconda Triathlons – Sun. 7/23 at 6:30 AM Sprint and Olympic distances. Kids’ Triathlon on 7/23. Wauconda. 847526-3610. Summer Sunset 5K – Wed. 7/26 at 6:15 PM 5K Run/Walk and Youth Runs. USATF Certified. Benefits FRTR Youth Scholarship Fund. Geneva. Run For Gus – Thurs. 7/27 at 5 PM 5K Run/Walk & 400m Kids’ Race. CARA Certified. Benefits Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital. Diversey Harbor, Chicago 312-227-4000. CowaLUNGa Bike Ride – Sat. 7/29 - 7/31. Covers 190 miles between Illinois and Wisconsin with option of biking fone, two or three days. Respiratory Health Association. 312-628-0210. Gratitude and Grace Race – Sat. 7/29 at 8 AM 5K Run/Walk and Youth Runs. USATF Certified. Benefits Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Feed My Starving Children. Lisle. 847-421-4544. Walk to End Splashes, Dashes & SpokesAlzheimers Youth Triathlon – Sat. 7/29 at 8am. Kid-Friendly, Kid Distances, Kids Only. Otter Cove Aquatic Park. 3615 Campton Hills Road. St. Charles, IL 60175. 630-5136200. Illinois Sepsis Challenge – Sat. 7/29 at 9 AM 5K Fun Run and Walk.. Benefits Sepsis Alliance. Orland Park. Insane Inflatable 5K – Sat. 7/29 at 8:30 AM 5K Novelty/ Obstacle Run. Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet. 815-722-5500. Glenview Park Center Sprint Triathlon – Sun. 7/30 at 6:30 AM 300 yd. swim, 10 mi bike, 5K Run. Glenview. 847-724-5670.

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Food Fest 1 Mile Race Thurs., 8/3 at 5:45 PM Kicking Off RomeoFest! 900-1050 W. Romeo Road Romeoville, IL 60446 815-886-6222 KIDS 2K for Kids Fun Run – Sat. 8/5 at 9AM This 1.25-mile race is for kids ages 4-10. Newton Park. Glen Ellyn Park District. I Tried A Triathlon – Sun. 8/6 at 8 AM 250yd Swim, 6mi. Bike, & 2mi. Run. Oswego. 630-554-1010. Naperville Sprint Triathlon – Sun. 8/6 at 7 AM 20K Bike, 5K Run, 400m Swim. Naperville. 504-454-6561. Homestretch for Heroes 5K Walk/Run – Tues. 8/8 at 6:30 PM Arlington Park Racetrack, Arlington Heights. Western Suburbs Lupus Walk Sat. 8/12 at 9am 1 or 3 mile walk routes Benefits the Lupus Society of Illinois Naperville Riverwalk, Naperville 312-542-0002 Amazing Race – Sat., Aug. 12 at 9 AM. Prisco Community Center. Teams of 4 race through fun, mental and physical challenges for prizes, pizza and bragging rights. T-shirt for all participants. 630-859-8606 Blues on Barton – Sat. 8/12 at 8 AM 5K and Kids Run. Benefits American Brain Tumor Association and local families. Oswego.

ECFA 5K 4Kids – Sat. 8/12 at 8:45 AM 5k Run/Walk, 1/2 mi. Kids Fun Run, Toddler Trot. Wheaton. 630-653-6400. Illinois Warrior Dash – Sat. 8/12 at 8:30 AM 5K Obstacle Run. Benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Channahon. 312-725-7722. Western Suburbs Illinois Lupus Walk – Sat. 8/12. 1mi and 3mi Walks. Benefits Lupus Society of IL. Naperville. 312542-0002. Barrington Honor Ride and Run – Sun. 8/13 at 7 AM 20/30/50mi. Bike Rides & 10K/5K Runs, 1mi. Fun Run & 1mi. Kids’ Ride. Benefits Ride 2 Recovery. Barrington. Chicago 10K – Sun. 8/13 at 8 AM 10K Run/Walk. Benefits Special Olympics Chicago. Grant Park, Chicago. Woodridge Rotary Mini Triathlon Sun. 8/13/17 Main Event (7 AM) 250 yd. Swim, 6.2 mi. Bike, 2 mi. Run Kids’ Event (10:30 AM) 100 yd. Swim, 3.1 mi. Bike, 1 mi. Run Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park Woodridge 630-353-3329 . Cori’s Kids’ Triathlon – Sat. 8/19. Swim, Bike, Run. Promotes healthy habits and physical activity for Kids’ ages 6-14. Riverside. 708-442-7025. SuperRun Chicago 5K – Sat, 8/19, 8am – 12pm.Ned Brown Preserve, 1005–1767 W Higgins Rd Elk Grove Village. Benefits UPS for Downs. 847-895-2100.

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High Holiday Hustle Sun. 8/20 at 8:00 a.m. 5K Run/Walk & 1 mi. Family Stroll USATF Certified FREE family friendly activities Open to Everyone! Lombard 630-627-3912 [See our ad on p. 9.] Aurora Duathlon – Sun. 8/20 at 7 AM 2 mi. Run, 20K Bike, 2 mi. Run. Blackberry Farms, Aurora. 312-617-9551. WindRunner 10K – Sun. 8/20 at 8 AM USATF and CARA certified. Wheaton. Life Time Chicago Super Sprint and Kids’ Triathlon – Sat. 8/26 at 7 AM Swim/Bike/Run or Sprint. Foster Beach, Chicago. Parkie’s 5K – Sat. 8/26 at 8 AM 5K Run/Walk. Bolingbrook. 630-739-0272. Rugged Maniac – Sat. 8/26 at 9 AM 5K Obstacle Run. Joliet. Scott S’cool Scoot – Sat. 8/26 at 8 AM 5K Run and 3K Walk. Naperville. Tough Mudder – Sat. 8/26 at 8 AM 10-12mi. Obstacle Run. Rockford. 718-414-6726. Fort 2 Base Race – Sun. 8/27 at 7 AM 10 nautical miles (11.5 mi) or 3 Nautical Miles (3.45 mi). CARA Certified. Great Lakes Naval Station, North Chicago. 312-925-6067. Verizon Half Madness – Sun. 8/27 at 7 AM Half marathon. USATF and CARA certified. Benefits Batavia Food Pantry. Batavia. 630-244-5224.

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Save the Date Step Up For Prostate Cancer! SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Sun. 9/10 in Lincoln Park, Chicago Family Fun Zone, Free lunch, live entertainment Proceeds benefit Us TOO International Enter code: SFAMILY17 to receive $5 off per entry fee Bike for the Kids Sun. 9/17 Distances Range from 12 miles – 100 miles plus a 2.5 Mile Family Ride Course Opens: 6:30AM Family Ride: 1:30PM Benefits Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley 799 S. McLean Blvd. Elgin, IL 630-620-4433 bikeforthekids Walk To End Alzheimer’s Walks throughout Chicago and Suburbs During September and October Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois 800.272.3900

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Naper Nights,. Photo courtesy of Naper Settlement 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!


5:30-8:30 PM, Elmhurst City Centre, 630-833-1457.

If you have an event of regional interest, we’d love to hear from you. Send to “Great Events” Fax: 866-779-4320, E-mail: mail@ Mail: P.O. Box 1266, Westmont, IL 60559. Deadline for inclusion in the Sept./Oct issue is Friday, Aug. 18.


FAMILY Gardens Bike Tour – Visitors will be escorted on a leisurely ride with plenty of stops at park attractions. Ages 8 and older. 6:30 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Also 8/10. Register


ADULTS Citizenship Class – Class will cover 100 civic exam questions, N-400 application and the English interview portion. Must be legal resident. 1 PM. Wauconda Area Public Library. CAR SHOW Final Auto Show – Volo Auto Museum hosts its final car show with VooDoo A Go Go #5 featuring flame shooting cars and live music. 10 AM-5 PM. Volo Auto Museum. Volo, IL. 815.385-3644.

FAMILY Post Parade Activities – Moonwalks, inflatable obstacle course, penny carnival, face painting, music, dancing. 1-4 PM. Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn. FAMILY Juggler – Andy Head performs a high-energy, award winning comedic juggling act,. Helen Plum Library. 630-627-0316 x 251.


ADULTS Bird Watching – Learn all about one of America’s favorite birds, Purple Martins. 7:30 AM. Cantigny Golf, Wheaton. FAMILY Japanese Game Day – Games, crafts and an outdoor movie. Children’s Garden. 11 AM-4PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL. 630-968-0074.


FAMILY Storytime in the Gardens – Join Winfield Library Staff to explore favorite stories and activities. 10:3011:30 AM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register Winfield Library 630-653-7599. HOBBYISTS Elmwood Park Sports Card and Memorabilia Show – Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks and Dan Hampton of the Chicago Bears scheduled to appear. 5:30-8:30 PM, Elmwood Park Parks and Recreation Center, 708-259-4606.



FAMILY Theater – COD’s Theater Department presents three “Plays on Words,” interactive performance. Lawn seating, chairs and blankets welcome. 12-1 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.


FAMILY Vintage Baseball Game – Witness “America’s Pastime” as it was played during Civil War Times. 1 PM. Also 8/20. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.

FAMILY Sundae Funday – Celebrate National Ice Cream Day. 12-12:30 PM and 4-4:30 PM. Prospect Park Splash Pad. 630-692-5127.

FAMILY Dino Digs – Preschoolers and an adult can enjoy science and the world around them through stories, songs and activities. 1PM. Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Kenosha. 262-653-4140.





FAMILY Cavalcade of Brass – Watch 9 drum and bugle corps compete. 7pm. Benedictine University, Lisle. 224-567-8171. FAMILY Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta – Build a boat or just watch the race. Prizes for winning race and the most spectacular sinking. Noon. Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn.

KIDS All About Chicks – Children can hold baby chicks, visit the hatchery and learn about chickens, paint eggs and gather eggs from the nest. 10 AM-12 PM. Blackbery Farm, Aurora IL. 630-892-1550. KIDS LEGO Madness – Kids can challenge themselves to learn new techniques with the monthly theme, or try free building.6 PM. Bloomingdale Public Library. 630-529-3120. ADULTS Monthly Meditation – Integrate a calming and joyful meditation practice into your life. Bring a yoga mat or towel for seated and supine exercises on the floor. 7 PM. Itasca Community Library. 630-773-1699. 54 great events

FAMILY Japanese Game Day – Games, crafts in the Children’s Garden. 11 AM-4PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL. 630-968-0074.

ADULTS Gardening – Get great ideas for your own garden by touring Cantigny’s “garden for gardeners.” 11 AM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. ADULTS “The Spirited Botanist” – See demonstrations of how to make alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks featuring fruit, vegetable and edible flowers. Enjoy the drink, too. 6:30 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Also 8/9. Register 630-260-8162 or

FAMILY Bikers, Branches and Bites – Enjoy vehiclefree roads, live entertainment, and a food truck social. 4:30 PM -Sunset. Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL. 630-968-0074. FAMILY Theater – Shakespeare: “As You Like It.” Outdoor play surrounded by gardens. 6 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Rain date 7/23. Register

ADULT iPad/iPhone Help Desk – One-on-one assistance from a volunteer to help with Siri, texts, photos, apps. 9 AM-12 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register 630627-0316, ext. 237.


ADULTS Garden Photo Tips – Receive advice from skilled horticulture volunteer. 6:30 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 8/17. Also Register 630-260-8162 or

FAMILY Movie in the Park: The Jungle Book – Take in a show, preceded by a craft project. Dusk. Lake Foxcroft Park. Glen Ellyn Park District.

FAMILY Storytime in the Gardens – Join West Chicago Library Staff to explore favorite stories and activities. 10:30-11:30 AM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register with West Chicago Library



FAMILY Block-to-Block Dance Party – Dance to disco dance music as well as watch local dance troupes perform. suburban family |

CONCERT Family Concert – Critically acclaimed performer provides comedic show for whole family. All ages. July/August 2017

7 PM. Cardholders may pick up tickets Youth Services desk starting Sat, 7/1. Helen Plum Library. 630-627-0316 x 251. FAMILY Campfire Night – Take time to enjoy peaceful night air while seated around a fire listening to stories, singing songs and making s’mores. Enjoy a night hike around a pond. Bring blanket or chair. 7-9 PM. Wildwood Nature Center, Park Ridge, IL. 847-692-5127.

cient prayer method based on the early Christian, contemplative tradition. 8:45-3 PM. Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm, St. Charles. 847-658-2716. HOBBYISTS Midwest Pond and Koi Tours – Visit member’s gardens and ponds in the S/SW suburbs. Tour maps available. 9AM-5PM. Tickets 312-409-2081.


ADULTS Date With History: Elvis’ Army – Author Brian McAllister Linn will discuss his book “Elvis’ Army: Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield.” available for purchase and signing. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.

FAMILY Featured Events Night – Touch-A-Truck, game show fun, classic cars, live music, movie (8:30 PM). 5:30-7:30 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Next night, 8/18. More info


ADULTS The Strategic Resume – Learn how to craft effective resumes with help from The People’s Resource Center. 7 PM. Also 8/3. Glen Ellyn Public Library.

FAMILY Lisle Park District Family Fun Fest – Fair games, children’s activities, inflatables, prizes. All ages. 6-8:30 PM. Community Band Shell. 630-964-3410.


KIDS Balloon Twisting Workshop – Rock start balloon artist teaches how to make cool balloon sculptures. Ages 8-13. Parents welcome. 3 PM. Register starting 7/15. Helen Plum Library. 630-627-0316 x 251.

HOBBYISTS Midwest Pond and Koi Club Meeting – New members welcome. 7-10 PM. White Fence Farm, Romeoville, IL. Tickets 312-409-2081.


CONCERT Rockin’ For The Troops – Star lineup of bands performs with portion of proceeds supporting Operation Support Our Troops. Kane Country Cougars Stadium, Geneva, IL. Gates open 2 PM. 630232-8811.

HOBBYISTS Midwest Pond and Koi Tours – Visit member’s gardens and ponds in the S/SW suburbs. Tour maps available. 9AM-5PM. Tickets 312-409-2081. CONCERT Carillon – Enjoy a one-hour musical performance of carillon bells on a warm summer evening and watch lights illuminate on Evening Island. Pre-concert carillon tours and demos 5:30-6:30 PM. Concert 7 PM. Chicago Botanic Garden. 847-835-5440.


ADULTS Discussion Panel on “Chicago In The 1970s: Music, Sports and Radio” with notable guests on Chicago’s scene. 2 PM. Elmhurst History Museum Reservations


ADULTS Dragonflies and Daiquiris – Indoor event to learn fascinating facts about dragonflies while enjoying a delicious drink. Ages 21 and over. Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL. Register 630-719-2468.

FAMILY Summer Jazz in the Park – The Glen Ellyn Jazz Ensemble performs. 7PM-9PM. Newton Park. Glen Ellyn Park District.

FAMILY Annual Kite Fest – Kite stunts and tricks by pros, plus free kit building, kite lessons and a candy drop. 11 AM. Berens Park, Elmhurst. 630-993-8900. FAMILY Cardboard Boat Regatta – Fun and creative event to design and float cardboard boats. Prizes awarded. All ages. 9:15-11 AM. Sea Lion Aquatic Park, Lisle. 630-964-3410.



SENIORS Active Senior Expo – Learn about local organizations dedicated to improving health, wellness, fitness and lifestyles. 9:30 AM-2 PM. William Tell Holiday Inn, Countryside. 630-620-6347. FAMILY Summer Family Fun Series “Disco Culture and Style” – Learn about disco culture and dance style. Ages 5-12 with an adult. 10:30 AM-12 PM. Elmhurst History Museum Education Center. Register

ADULTS Youth and Vitality Workshop – Learn strategies to eliminate pain and overcome issues like migraines, allergies, sleep apnea and other ailments. 10:30 AM. Crystal Lake Family Wellness. Register 815-788-7504.


HOBBYISTS Midwest Pond and Koi Tours – Visit member’s gardens and ponds in the Central suburbs. Tour maps available. 9AM-5PM. Tickets 312-409-2081.


ADULTS The Strategic Resume – Learn how to craft effective resumes with help from The People’s Resource Center. 9:30 AM. Glen Ellyn Public Library. gelibrarymarketing@


HOBBYISTS Midwest Pond and Koi Tours – Visit member’s gardens and ponds in the N/NW suburbs. Tour Coming Next..third 6/20/17 2:19 Page 1 expert 1ADULTS Rose Garden TourPM – Horticulture maps available. 9AM-5PM. Tickets 312-409-2081. page.:Layout will lead tour of 12,000 square foot garden, home to more than 1,000 rose bushes of nearly 75 varieties. Cantigny Park, TEENS ACT Practice Test – Increase confidence for real Wheaton. test. Results will be available by phone, email or an appointment with the C2 Education Program Director. 9 AM. Glen Ellyn Public Library.





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KIDS Lunchtime Performance – Pack a lunch and a blanket and experience the fun of Jigglejam, “the hottest kid’s band to hit Chicago.” 12-12:45 PM. Algonquin Area Public Library. 847-658-2716.


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City Events Navy Pier Independence Day Fireworks -- Whether you’re viewing them from the dock or aboard an evening cruise, fireworks are the perfect way to end your day at Navy Pier. 9:30 PM. Complete weekly fireworks summer schedule Millennium Park Summer Film Series – Enjoy free movies at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Popular films shown on 40-foot LED screen with state-of-the-art sound. Pack a picnic dinner to enjoy with your friends and family. 6:30 PM Tuesdays through 9/5. 312-744-5000. Chicago SummerDance – Enjoy the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park with a 4,900 square foot recycled product dance floor – 48 different live bands. Fridays-Sundays through 9/10. Taste of Chicago – July 5-9. Outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining scene. The food is comple-

mented by live music and activities for the whole family. Grant Park. 312-744-3316. 109th Annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac – July 15. Watch “The Mac,” as it starts at the Chicago Lighthouse just east of Navy Pier and continue to Mackinac Island MI. View Parade of Boats, with festivities at Navy Pier, 10 AM-2 PM. Chinatown Summer Fair – July 16. Iconic annual celebration of Asian culture. Lion dance procession, arts and crafts, food, music and more. 10 AM-8 PM Chicago. Wicker Park Fest – July 29-30. Large neighborhood street festival with music, food, performances, art installation exhibits, special children’s events and activities. 12-10 PM. 773-384-2672. Chicago Air and Water Show – August 19 and 20. Military jets, parachute teams and acrobatic planes perform. 10 AM-3 PM North Avenue Beach, Chicago. Taste of Greektown – August 27 and 28. Hellenic pride takes center stage with this culinary fest featuring live music and dancing. Chicago. 773-868-3010. The Art Institute of Chicago – “Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist.” Through 9/10. Gauguin’s works defy categorization. Exhibit explores his unconventional media and methods. Chicago. 312-443-3600. Chicago Botanic Garden – “Nature Nights.” Saturdays, 7/98 7/15, 8/5, and 8/12. Roam the Garden after hours and uncover the mysteries of nature at night. 5-7:30 PM Chicago. 847-835-5440.

Field Museum of Natural History – “Jurassic World: The Exhibition” Through 1/7/2018. Imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking animals. Chicago. 312-922-9410. Gold Coast Walking Tour – Gaze at ornate architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan, step onto a rare woodblock alleyway, and take in Chicago’s early mansions, including the Archbishop’s Residence. 10 AM. Chicago History Museum. 312-642-4600. Museum of Science and Industry – “Robot Revolution.” Through 2/4/2018. Explore how robots, created by human ingenuity, will ultimately be our companions and colleagues, changing how we play, live and work together. Chicago. 773-684-1414. Adler Planetarium – “Open Design Studio with LEGO.” Every 3rd Saturday of the month. Families work together to complete models. 11 AM -12 PM. Chicago. Register 312-994-4000. Chicago Baby Show – August 26-27. Largest show for new and expectant parents with over 3,000 visitors. Products and experts on-hand to answer questions. 10 AM-4 PM. Shedd Aquarium – “Jazzin’ at the Shedd” 5-10 PM Wed. through 9/13. Bring your family and friends to the Shedd to hear some of the city’s finest musicians while you enjoy beverages and light refreshments. Take advantage of extended hours to visit with your favorite animals. Chicago. 312-939-2438.

FAMILY Touch-A-Truck/Kid’s Toy Sale – Explore trucks/emergency vehicles, meet police and firefighters. Sale same time and venue. All ages with an adult. 10 AM-12 PM. Centennial Park, Addison. 630-233-7275. PETS Dog Days – Bring your dog for everything canine. Entertainment, vendors. Dogs must be current for vaccinations with tags. All ages family event. 10AM-4 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.

pacted popular culture and is still talked about. Ages 5-12 with an adult. 10:30AM-12 PM. Elmhurst History Museum. Register

New members welcome. 7-10 PM. Bohemian Crystal, Westmont, IL. Contact


ADULTS Wine Art and Walk – Stroll around Meadow Lake and browse handmade, nature-themed pieces by local artists with a glass of wine. Ages 21 and over. 11AM-5PM. Also 8/20. Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL. 630-968-0074.



KIDS Food Drop-In Program – Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer with frozen treats, picnic lunch and outdoor fun. 1-3 PM. First-come, first-served. Helen Plum Library. 630-627-0316 x 251.


FUNDRAISER American Legion Pasta Dinner – Cantigny Post 556 invites community to all-you-can-eat meal with trimmings. All ages. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. www.


FAMILY Gardens Bike Tour – Visitors will be escorted on a leisurely ride with plenty of stops at park attractions. Ages 8 and older. 6:30 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register FAMILY French Picnic Under The Stars – “French Connection Day” themed picnic (available for pre-purchase) and enjoy live music and stargazing. Bring a telescope or use a provided one to view stars, planets and perhaps a meteor shower). 6-11 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register www. TOUR DeKalb County Barn Tour – Self-driving tour to visit 10 livestock, grain, product and organic barns in the Waterman and Shabonna, IL, area including Waterman Winery. Guides at each site. Advance Tickets 815-756-8737.

KIDS Science Adventure: Wondering Why? – Experiments and exploration for students completing grades 1-3. 9-11 AM. Lederman Science Education Center, Fermilab, Batavia IL. (630) 840-8258.




ADULTS “The Spirited Botanist” – See demonstrations of how to make alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks featuring fruit, vegetable and edible flowers. 6:30 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register FAMILY Movie in the Park: “Sing” – Take in a show, preceded by a craft project. Dusk. Newton Park. Glen Ellyn Park District. FAMILY Summer Family Fun Series: Wacky Sports Promotions – Learn about how Disco Demolition Night im56 great events

FAMILY Summer Jazz in the Park – The Glen Ellyn Jazz Ensemble performs. 7PM-9PM. Lake Ellyn Park. Glen Ellyn Park District. ADULTS Grown-Up Play Date – Splash in Wonder Pond, Hike to Evergreen Lookout, dance to live music. Children’s Garden. Ages 21 and over. Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL. 630-968-0074. FAMILY Featured Events Night – MusIc, Cars and TRex. Meet Ranger the T-Rex, enjoy live music, movie in the park (8:30 PM), food trucks on-site. 5:30-7:30 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. More info

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KIDS Back to School Bash – Kids in grades 6-8 can enjoy a live DJ, a waterslide and a concession stand that stays open until 9PM. 8PM-10PM. Sunset Pool. Glen Ellyn Park District.


FAMILY Vintage Baseball Game – Witness “America’s Pastime” as it was played during Civil War Times. 1 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.


KIDS Art Class – Witness “America’s Pastime” as it was played during Civil War Times. 1 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.


LECTURE “Renovating the House of Tomorrow” – Learn about the futuristic model home designed for the 1933-34 Century of Progression Exposition. 12:15 PM. Lecture Hall at Chicago Architecture Foundation. 312-922-8687.


ADULTS Entrepreneurship Roadmap to Success – For serious entrepreneurs pre-launching a business, existing small business owners seeking funding, or early-stage startups needing a blueprint for growth.9 AM-12 PM. College of DuPage. Contact


CAR SHOW Berwyn Route 66 Car Show – 10,000 attendees line up to be wowed by the best car enthusiasts July/August 2017

along historic Route 66 (Ogden Ave). 708788-8100. GARDENING Heirloom Garden Show – Rare and specialty fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs are displayed and sold by Midwestern growers. 11 AM-4 PM. Garfield Farm Museum, St. Charles, IL. 630-584-8485.


GARDENING Heirloom Garden Show – Rare and specialty fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs are displayed and sold by Midwestern growers. 11 AM-4 PM. Garfield Farm Museum, St. Charles, IL. 630-584-8485.


TEENS Adventure Club - Fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and adventure stories can join for crafts, movies, snacks, and discussion. Ages 11-16. 3:30 PM. Registration required. 708-485-6917 x 140. CRAFTERS Knack for Knitting or Knot - Meets 7-8:30 PM. LaGrange Public Library. 708-215-3200.


CONCERTS Free Concerts – Enjoy music from different bands and performers all summer, something for everyone kids, families and adults. Various dates and times. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.

FAMILY Children’s Garden Hours – Explore the fouracre garden and new outdoor play spaces. Extended hours til 8:00 PM Tues. and Thurs. through August. Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL. 630-968-0074.

CONCERTS Naper Nights – Lawn chairs, blankets, friends and families welcome. Various bands. Fri. and Sat. 6/16-17, 7/21-22, 8/18-19. 5-10 PM (most nights). Naper Settlement, Naperville, IL. 630-420-6010.

FAMILY First Fridays Aurora – Families, couples, friends can evenings of fun, art, live music, dance, food and specials by local businesses. Every first Friday of the month excluding January and July. Hours vary 5 PM-midnight. Downtown Aurora, IL.

CONCERTS Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon – Bring a picnic and your family and friends. Lunchtime Saturday recitals, Sunday afternoon concerts Tuesday evenings. Rotary Hill, Naperville. CONCERTS Rockin’ In The Park – Various bands. Thursdays through 8/31. 7-10 PM. Fireworks after every concert. FREE. MB Financial Park, Rosemont, IL. 847-349-5008.

FAMILY Movies – Family-friendly films through Fri. 8/25. Fridays 8:30 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.

CONCERTS Summer Concerts In The Park – Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony and Orchestra concerts Tuesdays through 7/28. 8-9:30 PM. Hodges Park. All ages. 847-6925127.

FAMILY Movies – Fun, free movies shown after dusk at Naperville’s Central Park. 7/7, 7/29, 8/11 and 9/8. 630-420-6270.

ADULTS Lifetree Café – Join members as they welcome others to “Come Join The Conversation” sharing stories of compelling people and discuss how God impacts every day life. 7 PM. The Pointe, Crystal Lake. 815-575-4745.

CONCERTS Summer Music at Independence Grove – Enjoy swimming, fishing, boating and hiking at the preserve before evening concerts. Tuesdays 7:30 PM through 8/8 except for 7/4. Libertyville. 847-968-3497.

VOLUNTEERING Restoration Seed Workday – Work with volunteers to make seasonal improvements. Also 8/30. 12-3 PM. Native Seed Nursery, Grayslake, IL 847-276-5379.

CRAFTERS Library Quiltmakers – Make a masterpiece in fabric, with all quilts donated to Ronald McDonald House. Fridays 10:30 AM through 8/4. Ages 9 and up. Brookfield Public Library. 708-485-6917.


VOLUNTEERING Restoration Seed Workday – Work with volunteers to make seasonal improvements. 12-3 PM. Native Seed Nursery, Grayslake, IL 847-276-5379.


ADULTS Line Dance Classes – 7 PM. Immanuel Lutheran Church, Downers Grove, IL 630-533-5233. KIDS Fuzzy Friends First Aid Station – Children can attend to their stuffed animal with a “nurse” on hand to take x-rays and help with the bandages, both will get a sticker. 10-11 AM. All ages. Elmhurst Public Libray. (630) 279-8696.


FAMILY History Museum Tours – Arlington Heights Historical Museum provides a free tour of all 5 of its buildings on the last Saturday of each month. All ages. 9 AM. 847-255-1225.

EXHIBIT Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died – Exhibit displays the Steve Dahl Comiskey Park “Disco Demolition” night and its impacts. 7/9-10/8. Other related events 7/12, 7/23, 8/2. Monthly children’s activities. Elmhurst History Museum. 630-833-1457. EXHIBIT Origami In The Garden – Explore the clean lines and delicate folds of 25 origami-inspired metal structures scattered around the Visitor Center. Through 10/22. Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL. 630-968-0074. FAMILY Brookfield Zoo Summer Nights – Families and couples will enjoy live music, roaming kids’ entertainment, food, beer and wine garden, and laser show every night. All ages. Through 8/12. 4-9 PM. 708-688-8000.

FAMILY Naperville Municipal Band Performances – Enjoy themed performances. Prize drawings, baked goods. All ages. Tues. 6/8-8/17.7:30 PM. Central Park, Naperville, IL. 630-778-9994. FITNESS Woodfield Walkers. Get on the path to personal fitness by joining this free club. Walking hours MonSat 8-10 AM, Sun 9:30-11 AM. Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg. 847-330-0220. KIDS Science and You – Young children become scientists as they learn about health and nutrition, use science tools, explore, experiment and investigate with a caregiver. Ages 2-10. Through 8/27. Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview, IL. 847-832-6600. REENACTMENT Military Through The Ages – Witness a reenactment timeline with actors ranging from ancient Rome to Operation Desert Storm. See progression of weapons, clothing and technology. 7/29-30, 10 AM- 4 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. THEATER – North Central College Community Summer Music Theater presents “Once Upon A Mattress,” a musical comedy version of “The Princess and the Pea.” Ages 8 and up. 7/28-29, 8/4-5 at 7:30 PM and 7/30-8/6 at 2 PM. 630-637-7469.

ADULTS Naperville Area Diversity Dinner Group – Naperville Area Diversity Dinner Group offers respectful discourse - Discussion, Dinner and Democratic Decision making. Groups of 10-12, couples/singles decide on potluck dinner/ topics once per month at member homes. 720-205-8944. ADULTS Wednesdays, Woods and Wine – Unwind after work with live music and drinks in Arbor Court. Wednesdays 6/7-8/30. 5-8 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL. 630-968-0074. ART Sculpture on the Prairie – Now through 10/28, view 11 outdoor sculptures and meet artists. 10 AM. Fine Line Creative Arts Centre, St. Charles, IL. CELEBRATION American Indian Veterans – Spectators welcome for this gathering of music, art, dance, guest speakers and awards presentations. All ages. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Dtricetails visit July/August 2017

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hances are that you have some sort of personal connection with the senior living industry. Either a grandparent, parent, aunt, or someone you know is either in a senior living community, or really should be. The industry has been around for a long time. But the quality of care has been stuck in the 1960s and has not kept up with times. Even though we call them communities, they are still run like institutions. No wonder our elders do not want to join any of them. After visiting more than 100 assisted living and memory care communities, Nader Kameli became convinced that a completely new approach was desperately needed— a more human approach. Kameli is CEO of Bright Oaks Group, an innovative assisted living company based in Illinois. “People do not want to lose control of their lives and become part of a pre-programmed life that is decided for them by strangers. I do not blame them. Would you want this for yourself?” Kameli said. To create Bright Oaks’ new concept of senior living, Nader and his colleagues went straight to the source, talking with hundreds of older adults and observing their way of life. From those who were happy, excited and energetic, learning what made them that way; and from those who were lonely and unengaged in life, learning what pushed them in that state of living. What emerged from the study was that social contact, purpose to wake-up in the morning, going to bed feeling good about the choices they made that day, and experiences they gathered as a result of those choices, gave life its meaning. This learning resulted in creation of a new way of living together at Bright Oaks. “What truly sets us apart is our new concept of Purposeful Family Living, in which we bring people together as members of one family—not as residents, care providers, or employees—and give them control to live life the way it should be,” he said. Bright Oaks family members live a life rich with social interaction, mental stimulation and personal growth in a community of people who have similar interests. Living at Bright Oaks means becoming a member of a multi-generational family living

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in a household with others who feel that life is good and living is exciting. Bright Oaks leadership is certain that Purposeful Family Living can slow age-related decline and sometimes even reverse some of its effects, based on scientific evidence that shows higher quality of life comes from social stimulation and engagement, not medication and isolation. Bright Oaks is not a hotel, nor is it a holding place for the elderly. It is literally a community of neighborhoods, home to exceptional people of all ages. Bright Oaks families live together, work together and play together every day, sharing history and experiences with others, enriching everyone’s lives in the process. That’s why Bright Oaks communities are called Assisted Independence— because they provide independence at all times, with assistance on demand. Living as family at Bright Oaks comes with certain social responsibilities, just as within one’s own family. Younger, extended family members help their elders with physical challenges; older, wiser members offer the next generation the benefit of their wisdom and experience. “Most of all, everyone must respect others and appreciate the value they bring to the family,” Kameli said. All Bright Oaks communities offer the very latest in design, home-style architecture and lush landscaping, with meals served family-style, and amenities and luxuries to meet each family member’s needs and expectations. But what is truly unique at Bright Oaks is the way people live together, having control of their lives, and being there for each other as family members would. At Bright Oaks, memory challenges are addressed with the latest understanding that comes from the body of knowledge in this industry and the field of neuropsychology, and services that are designed to make life more comfortable and still rewarding. It is not enough to offer safety and security to residents. As a place to live life, Bright Oaks brings continued life enrichment to residents of our New Journeys, that excites their day, calms their senses and exercises their mind. Visit or for more information.

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Catch 35 Catch 35, a true Seafood and Steak house, located in the heart of downtown Naperville, offers a seasonal variety of fresh seafood like Alaskan Halibut, Block Island Swordfish and Maryland Soft Shell Crab. Don’t miss out on Catch 35’s Australian Lamb Chops with Maitre d’Hotel butter, fingerling potatoes, creamed spinach, and roasted garlic. Celebrate the summer with a Catch 35 Grilling kit featuring fresh seafood and premium meats. Each grilling kit includes signature

sauces, seasonal sides, a whole pie, and grilling guide by Chef Eddie. Ask your server for more details. Sit back and relax on our pet-friendly patio with Catch 35’s extensive wine list. Catch 35 offers a private party space for your next celebration dinner or business luncheon. Visit and discover our 3 course Prix Fixe menu only $37. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Locations: 35 W. Wacker, Chicago, 312-346-3500 and 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630-717-3500.

Mon Ami Gabi Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro located on the east side of The Oakbrook Center Mall, near Neiman Marcus. We’re open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, along with weekend brunch available Saturday 11:30am - 3:00pm and Sunday 10:30am - 3:00pm. We also host a variety of events: Gather your friends and sharpen up your cooking skills at our monthly cooking classes on Saturday, July 15 and Saturday, August 19. Learn how to make some of our most popular summer menu items with a demonstration by Executive Chef Bruce Williams. And, join us for our Night at the Cabaret Wine Dinner and Can-Can Show on Monday, July 24 and on Monday, August 21. To secure a spot to our events or to make a reservation, please call 630-472-1900 and visit our website at CHICAGO 35 West Wacker Dr 312.346.3500

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Shikara, an authentic Indian restaurant is a truly unique addition to those craving the deep, rich flavors of the populous land. Indian cookery is among the world’s most distinctive and enticing cuisines, one whose influence can be discerned in culinary traditions around the globe. Over the generations, Indian food has taken on many shapes and forms, absorbing culinary techniques found in both eastern and western regions of the world. Through years of experience, our chefs can now offer a perfect balance of both the traditional as well as the contemporary forms that Indian cooking has developed. Now, food connoisseurs can take delight in the various dishes that taste as exotic as their names. This company has been in the Restaurant, Catering & Banquet business for more than 20 years. 1620 75th St.,Downers Grove. 630-964-1720.




Nothing’s better than patio weather. Enjoy summer on our patio along with our new Garden to Glass cocktails that just arrived in May. From a Spicy Charred Pineapple margarita to a Blueberry Rosemary Lemonade, there is something for everyone. Pairs great with one of our lighter appetizers like spiralized beet chips or chicken lettuce wraps. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.

VinoTHAI Well-known for its vibrant, flavorful Thai cuisine and friendly staff, Vinothai’s has long been a top choice for diners looking to tour the tastes of Thailand. Every family recipe is carefully prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients available. Please let us welcome your next dine-in or take out. We serve lunch specials Mon.- Fri. 11:00 - 3:00 p.m. VinoThai’s is located in East Gate Commons, 3825 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. We are open every day for lunch and dinner. For reservations call 630443-8461. Visit SUBFAM FILL small 12.16:Layout 1


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