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Planning a Spring Break That Doesn’t Break You


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Yes, 20 years ago we had a vision for a Chicago suburban magazine that would celebrate the essence of what makes families stronger… an active lifestyle, strong family values, engagement with each other, concern for health and exercise, education and development…and oh yes, having fun! So much has happened during this time, including some name changes: Fit & Fun to Suburban Focus to Suburban Family. But, despite our moniker tweakings, the message has always been the same…and you, our loyal readers, have always been there.We are grateful for you, especially in this digital age that has left so many publication by the wayside. In fact, we are delighted to report that both magazine and digital are stronger than ever.We are also grateful for our many, many advertisers, who simply without their support, producing a magazine like Suburban Family would not be possible. It’s not very often that we step out from behind the curtain, but this is a special milestone, and we would like to recognize and thank some folks that have been with us for a good part of this journey: Laura Zolper,Tim Devine, Cory Ottenwess, Ken Balloun, Don Bunting, John Kenney, Don Melton,Wille and Virginia Young, Debby Reimer,Todd Noble, Karl Fauteck, Glen Suerte and Lou Fracassi. Last and most important are thanks to my wife, Sue Wolf, who truly is the person who breathed life into our magazine vision of 20 years ago! Here’s to many more successful years.

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by Lara Krupicka


oo often we hear the lament, “I need a vacation from my vacation.” And if that’s true at any time of year, it’s certainly true at spring break. But given a little planning and an intentional shift in attitude, your vacation can be a break no matter where you go or what you do. Here are three goals you can focus on to take a break that doesn’t break you: Relish family time With today’s fast-paced lifestyles, what often gets shortchanged is focused family time. Enter spring break as a great opportunity to reconnect - whether at home or away. But beware: it’s easy to get sucked into believing we should be doing activities or seeing sights and forget our companions. It’s important to remember children don’t need fantastic expe6 seasons

riences or exciting locations to make memories. What they’ll remember is the time as a family. “I truly don’t think you need to go to Africa, Europe or the Caribbean to make memories with your kids. To them, a vacation is about quality time with mom and dad -- it doesn’t matter where you are,” says Kara Williams, suburban family |

co-owner of As you plan your family’s spring break vacation this year, consider what you want family time to look like. Then plan accordingly. If family time means lounging around together or playing lots of board games or long conversations around the dinner table, structure your time and activities as much as you can to make those pursuits possible. March/April 2019

And don’t forget: family time can begin before the vacation itself. Kelly Merritt, author of The Everything Family Guide to Budget Travel explains, “Travel involves research and planning, which families can do together. Vacation planning brings the family together and fosters anticipation.” Pace yourself Taking kids on a whirlwind tour of a theme park destination or other tourist spot may be tempting. After all, you want to get the best value for your dollar. But in reality, quality over quantity may bring you the most benefits long-term. Decide ahead of time whether it will be worth the energy and possible frayed nerves to try to see everything. And if high cost is pushing you to over schedule, consider whether the timing is right. “It is never a good idea to go over budget or stretch your finances for the sake of travel. Part of the reason we travel is to free ourselves of the bondage of the daily grind we all face,” notes Merritt. “But if traveling is going to result in more stress than staying home, it’s best to sock away your savings until you can go and actually enjoy the trip.” Rather than take a long vacation extending from the day the kids get out of school (or prior) until the night before school resumes,

you may want to reserve time for a reentry period. Instead, save the fancier vacation for a longer time frame such as summer. “A week sounds like a long time,” says Kimm Pilditch, mother of three. “But it’s not really that much. Don’t make it overwhelming. Some of the funnest times we’ve had are times when we’ve not completely scheduled and had some down time.” Bridget Cahill, mom to three girls, agrees. She plans shorter trips, allowing a day or two at home for getting back on routine. “Keep it simple,” she suggests. “Shorten the trip a little. All you need is four or five days to get away.” Unplug and enjoy your surroundings For time off to be a break, there should be a shift from the ordinary. This is most easily done when vacationing away from home (and a primary reason many people choose to travel). But in our digitally connected age taking a break requires another layer of breaking away other than simple physical distance. It may also mean turning off digital devices. “That means, when you go on spring break, put away the laptops, and forget carpools, volunteer commitments and cleaning the house... just enjoy time together and deal with “real life” on your return,” says Williams. Instead, focus on what’s in front of you. Turn

your face to the sun and feel the sand under your feet at the beach. Pause to observe the individual brushstrokes of that painting in the museum. Taste, hear and smell what’s around you wherever you go. With this purpose in mind, you may choose to absorb the sights and sounds of areas closer to home. Pilditch chose this approach one year for her family when she planned a weeklong “staycation” in their city. “When we planned it we were thinking, ‘what things can we do to help us get a better understanding of the city we live in and how can we better appreciate it,’” says Pilditch. Helping your family take a break from the ordinary and make discoveries about the place where you vacation can be all it takes to make a great spring break. Says Cahill, “I love getting away from the monotony of being at home. It’s a nice vacation from the daily blah’s.” Wherever you go and whatever you do, review your goals for spring break. If you keep them simple and focus on family, a relaxed schedule, and unplugging to enjoy your surroundings, you’ll find yourself returning from break ready to take on the rest of the school year.


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hat’s the simplest way to celebrate spring? Get outside! The weather might still be a little iffy coming out of winter, but if there’s a glimmer of sunshine, embrace it by getting outdoors and spending time in the cool spring weather. Go for a bike ride with friends,

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a picnic with family members or even a long walk by yourself for quiet time in the sunshine. Celebrate the new season and feel the rush of the fresh spring air in your lungs. We’ve compiled quite a few spring time activities to try, so give them a go and enjoy the wonderful season. Boundless Adventures Boundless Adventures is more than just a zipline park! It’s an exciting new familyfriendly aerial adventure park experience for thrill-seekers, adventurers, tree-climbers, zip-liners and outdoor enthusiasts that’s coming to Wisconsin and opening this spring! With 120 obstacles, 19 ziplines and 9 courses with 4 different difficulty levels, there will be something for everyone! 9800 160th Avenue, Bristol, Wisconsin. For more information or to reserve your spot today, please visit wi-park or call 262-924-8626. [See our ad on Page 3.] suburban family |

Midwest Pond & Koi Society The Midwest Pond & Koi Society, MPKS, are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping, and plants. MPKS members range from the novice to experienced water gardener.The club has monthly meetings with topics about plants, ponds, and fish. Other activities include; auctions, a trade show, and a pond tour.You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting.Visit our web site www.mpks. org for more information. TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show Spring is in full bloom at the TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on April 25-28, 2019. Shop for yourself, your family, and friends for Spring products such as jewelry, fashion, accessories, gift, décor, beauty and gourmet items you can only find at a TransWorld’s JF&A Show. Get FREE gifts just for attending and buying at the show as well! KIDS DAY ON SUNDAY, APRIL 28th. Kids aged 9-16 can attend with an accompanying adult. Register kids on-site only and a $5 fee applies. They will receive a FREE gift from us as a thank you for being a future JF&A shopper. For complete details, visit our website at: to register. March/April 2019

Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon Come paddle with us on the beautiful Des Plaines River on May 19. Be part of the 62nd annual event that draws hundreds of canoeists, kayakers and stand-up paddler boarders to Libertyville, IL. Pro-racers to family friendly paddle along the full 18.5 mile marathon or the shorter 5.25 mile minithon. It’s a tradition for many paddlers - make it your tradition too. The Chicago Tribune last year listed the Marathon/Minithon on its “not to be missed bucket list”! For more info: 847-604-2445,; Cantigny Park Enjoy a free Easter Egg Hunt on April 13 and 14 from 9 am to 4 pm. Brunch with the Easter Bunny is served on those days as well—reserve your table today! Kid Rock music programs are set for March 19 and April 16, and don’t miss “Fly a Kite!” on April 19, the park’s first Family Fun Night of 2019. Visit Cantigny. org for a full calendar of events. Text PARK to 36000 for event reminders. Kohl Children’s Museum Kohl Children’s Museum - 17 interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth

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to 8.Through June, explore the world of building blocks like you’ve never seen them before in our Build It! exhibit, sponsored by Wintrust. Build giant structures, test earthquake-proof buildings, and recreate the Chicago skyline. 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview. 847-832-6600. [See our ad on Page 3.] Funtopia Adventure Parks Funtopia Adventure Parks in two awesome locations: Glenview and Naperville. Conveniently located Funtopia active entertainment centers offers tons of fun and challenging activities that are suited for visitors of all ages and skill levels. Come visit us and Have Fun, Be Active! Glenview: 224-432-5435. Naperville: 630718-4327 LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago Have the perfect Spring Break at the Ultimate Indoor LEGO® Playground with 2 rides, 10 LEGO build & play zones, a 4D Cinema and more! Visit between Now thru April 7 to join in on special events around the new “LEGO MOVIE 2”, including Escape the Aliens Zip Line, Build Your Escape Vehicle and character meet and greets. Visit for event details, spring break hours and to save on tickets. 601 N. Martingale Rd. Schaumburg, IL 60173. [See our ad on Page 5.]

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The Diary of Anne Frank

Who would know that the words they wrote as a thirteen young old girl would one day be so inspiring for the rest of mankind? Anne’s diary preserved and then published is full of words of hope. Come see this inspiring story!

March 8 - 30, 2019 By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman Through long months of hiding and amid harrowing circumstances, Anne Frank diligently wrote about her experience as a Jewish girl in Holland. This adaptation of Anne’s story, completed in 1999 by Wendy Kesselman, introduces new material from her unedited diary entries, giving us deeper insights into her personality. It is a play of hope that will leave you with a deep sense of gratitude and a renewed courage to face whatever circumstances come your way. Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets call 630.634.2100 or visit our website at [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.]

Stars on Ice

Fans attending this year’s Stars on Ice presented by Musselman’s tour will have an opportunity to experience Nathan Chen’s prowess live, along with extraordinary performances by Olympic Bronze Medalist and National Champion Mirai Nagasu; Olympic Bronze Medalist and National Champion Bradie Tennell; Olympic Bronze Medalist and four-time National Champion Jeremy Abbott, and three-time National Medalist Vincent Zhou.. Tickets for the 2019 Stars on Ice presented by Musselman’s tour are on sale now. Tickets start at $25 and are available at Limited on-ice seating is available upon request. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. 10 out & about

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love throwing parties, and I love having parties where everyone is able to enjoy themselves. Creating a party that is fun for adults AND kids is not the easiest thing, but over the years I have compiled a whole bunch of tips that could help make your party a success! 1. Don’t plan kid activities that require a lot of adult help. There are a lot of awesome ideas on Pinterest; however, you need to think about the reality

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of it. If you want to do face painting, an adult will need to be in charge, there will be a line of whiny kids impatiently waiting, and there will be requests for things that you probably won’t be able to draw. If you want to have a craft station for young kids, their parents will need to help them through it. If you plan some elaborate game, the adults will need to explain and referee. 2. Put out toys or activities where multiple children can play at the same time. Children are not great at sharing so why not eliminate a lot of the frustration and just put out toys and activities where a whole group of kids can have fun together. Set up a bubble station (DIY bubble solution and fly swatters works awesome). Have a whole bucket of

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balls (soccer balls, basketballs, footballs, and whatever is laying around your house). Create a ball pit (you can buy ball pit balls at the toy store to dump into a kiddie pool). Put out all of the ride on toys and bikes that you have so that there is plenty for everyone to use. 3.Take inside toys outside For a lot of our outdoor parties, I end up taking toys that typically belong inside, outside! It is fun for the kids to mix it up, and keeps them occupied. I have taken the pretend food toys out to the playhouse. I have taken all of the tents and tunnels that we have collected out to the backyard. I have taken cars, trucks, and even trains out to race on the deck. Inside toys take on a new life when they go outside, and it will keep

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everyone happy for hours. *Note: Put away your child’s favorite toys during the party. If they have a special toy that you know they are not going to want to share, just hide it out of sight during the party and avoid the meltdowns.

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Fleetwood Roller Rink

Fleetwood Roller Rink Fleetwood Roller Rink is a family owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) private parties and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages. For “health sake, roller skate.” Come visit us and join in our fun. Skating lessons available every Saturday at 1 p.m. Located at 7231 W Archer Ave, Summit, IL 60501. Call 708-458-0300. Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times at Like us at

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. Buy a wristband for only $10 (see details on ad). Contact us to book your next adventure of a lifetime. 701 W. North Avenue, Villa Park. 630-530-4649. Visit www.

Having a painting party sounds awesome, and I have thrown a party where I had water tables and kiddie pools. But in reality… they are more effort than they are worth. Messy parties are the kind of parties that sound fun in theory but end up being stressful. The parents have to keep a closer eye on their kids, they have to pack changes of clothes, they have to worry about getting messy themselves. It is easier to prevent mess where you can – although I am not guaranteeing that your child won’t go home without a few grass and mud stains. 5. Kid friendly food When planning the menu, make sure that there is kid friendly food included. My boys are picky eaters, and a lot of times they end up only eating chips and maybe some fruit when we go to a party. Hot dogs, mac n cheese, peanut butter and jelly… kids live on these kinds of foods; and parents will be thrilled if they get anything in their child’s stomach at a party regardless of the nutritional value. You can even set up a kid food and drink station where they can help themselves throughout the party – fun for the kids, easy for the parents. *Bonus tip: Stay away from little details The reason that parties can be such a headache for hosts is all of the little details. You don’t realize how much work all of those little details are until you are regretting all of it a week before the party. Cupcakes sound easy in theory, until you realize you have to ice them all. Small, elaborate decorations sound beautiful, until they get lost and go unnoticed in the chaos of the party. Having a candy bar where people help themselves is easier than you having to stuff 30 goody bags yourself. If you are going to do a DIY project, make sure that it has a big impact – like a whole balloon wall! The common thread throughout these tips is to keep it simple so that the kids can have a good time without needing their parents. So make it as easy as possible for everyone to do just that. Keep things kid safe, kid friendly, and simple; and the parents will enjoy themselves more too. Of course, hosting your event at one of the venues in this section will make the party even more hassle free.

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What Type of Camp Will Your Child Like?


By Cheryl Maguire

hen I was younger, I only had one choice for summer camp—the town camp. The town camp was a traditional all-day 6 hour camp with a heavy emphasis on sports. I was more of a bookworm than an athlete so this type of camp was not a good match for my personality. I remember coming home every day whining to my mom, “It was so hot and all we did was play (fill in a sport). Do I have to go to camp tomorrow?” By the end of the summer, I’m sure my mom wished there were other options for me. 14 active kids

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Now there are so many choices it can be overwhelming to figure out what type of camp would be a good fit for your child. Hopefully, the following descriptions will help you to match your child with the correct camp so you hear your child tell you, “Camp was so much fun today,” instead of what my poor mother dealt with daily.

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activities such as sports, swimming, art, and music. These camps are located at YMCAs, public schools, or private settings.

Is this a good fit for your child?

It’s camp time at the Wheeling Park District! Checkout: Tiny Tots and Lil‘ Campers for young ones, extended care and FLEX Camps for busy schedules, Teen Camp, Art Camp, Adventure Camp, Sports Camp, and more!

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Most of the activities are outside so if your child loves the outdoors and playing sports or team building activities then this would be a good type of camp for them. Since there is a variety of activities this would also be a good fit for a child that likes to try different things.

Sports Specialty sports camps usually are one sport such as baseball or soccer that the child plays either for 3 or 6 hours. Depending on where you live there may even be an option for tennis, golf, surfing or sailing camp. This type of camp is typically owned by private organizations. Some towns may have town operated sports camps.

Is this a good fit for your child? If your child loves a specific sport and would like to improve their skills, this would be a great option. It could even be a way for your child to try a sport that they might not otherwise have exposure to.

Art/Musical Theater Specialty art or musical theater camps focus solely on the arts. Musical theater camps typically showcase a production such as “Beauty and the Beast,” whereas in an art camp a child would use a variety of art mediums like painting or drawing. These type of camps are located in public schools or private organizations. In the public school setting the drama teacher usually runs the camp, and it isn’t widely advertised but it is available for anyone to participate. To find out more information call public schools in your area.

Is this a good fit for your child?

Is this a good fit for your child? If your child is curious and always asking questions about how/why things work, this may be a good match for them. If a child is interested in learning a new skill such as computer programming or speaking Spanish some educational camps offer that as well.

Overnight Camp/Sleepaway Overnight camp is when your child lives at the camp for either a week or longer period. There are Boy/Girl Scout camps and private residential camps. These camps tend to offer options such as sailing, boating, archery, horseback riding and other activities that may not be available close to your home.

Is this a good fit for your child? An overnight camp gives your child the chance to meet other kids from different states and countries. There is also more time to do activities and foster independence compared to traditional day camps.

Travel There are two types of travel camps. One type is when your child goes on day trips and the other type sometimes referred to as “teen tours” is when your child travels with a group for an extended period (usually a few weeks or a month). This type of camp is located at religious or private organizations.

Is this a good fit for your child? Some of these camps travel to places by a plane so it would give your child the chance to travel to a place that you might not have gone to as a family. If your child enjoys experiencing new destinations, then this would be a great fit for them.

How Can I Find These Camps?


A good place to start is asking friends and family where they sent their child to camp and if it was a positive experience for them. You could then call your local public school and ask about local camp programs. Private camps usually offer an open house during the year to allow your child to visit before signing up.

An educational camp focuses on learning a new skill or subject matter. Since it is camp and not school these types of camps tend to be hands-on with an emphasis on fun. These camps are located in public schools, museums, and colleges.

We also encourage you to check out our ‘Super Summer Camp Source’ which is chock full of great options of camps and classes for your children. to experience Be sure to tell them you saw it in Suburban Family..

If your child is creative and prefers the indoors, then these types of camps would be worth looking into. It may be a good way to introduce the arts to your child since most of these camps are time-limited for one week.

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Time, Camp One-of-a-Kind features exciting weekly and bi-weekly themes and activities that may include science, geography, zoology, art, fitness, history, games, and STEM learning. Your child will enjoy immersive field trips, educational experiences, cool gear, and healthy meals. Choose your favorite camps, or go all summer long. We offer summer programs for younger children too! Connect with us at 877.794.6704 or visit to learn more.

Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development Center for Talent Development’s Summer Programs offer advanced students, age 3 through grade 12, an exceptional opportunity to delve into a subject of interest, build upon their strengths, and connect with a community of peers. Half-day and full-day options are available at Northwestern University’s Evanston, IL campus and other Chicago-area sites. For more information, visit www.ctd.northwestern. edu/summer2019.

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Code Ninjas Transform your child’s love for technology and video games into an exciting learning adventure! Code Ninjas camps offer an interactive and fun environment for children to learn coding and robotics, build problem-solving & critical thinking skills, gain confidence, and have a blast with friends! Code Ninjas offers 10 different Technology Camps including Drone Programming, Minecraft Create, Game Builders Club and more! Camps are great for beginners and experienced learners ages 7-14. Register today! (See our ad on BACK COVER.)

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Invent your summer. Camp Innovate, at La Petite Academy®, is a great place to discover all the joys of summer. Your child will enjoy weekly themed experiences (exploring interesting subjects such as science, art, animals, history, and games), engaging activities, fun field trips, and healthy meals and snacks. Plus, campers get a brand-new T-shirt, water bottle, and backpack for summer adventures! Call 877.217.9530 or visit LaPetite. com/summer to learn more—and find your local school.

Good Times Summer Day Camp Good Times Summer Day Camp offers campers an exciting and active program for children ages 4-12. Each week is filled with incredible field trips, many hours of swimming, various sports, exciting guests, challenging crafts, special events, and a theme based cookout. We accommodate parent’s busy schedules by offering extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at no extra charge. Schedules are flexible – come only the days you want. Convenient locations in Illinois and Wisconsin. Busing available in some areas. For more information, please call 847-680-4884 or visit March/April 2019

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. .. SF ’s we e k l y n e ws l e tte r of “ f a m i l y f r i e n d l y ” t h i n g s t o d o! Go to School of the Art Institute of Chicago In SAIC’s camps, kids work together on a variety of fun projects, including painting, drawing, mixed-media, sculpture, printmaking, performance, digital art and more. One- and twoweek camps for students ages 4 to 13 begin in June. Located at 36 South Wabash Avenue Suite 1201, Chicago, IL 60603. 312-629-6170. Visit: (See our ad on p.. 15)

Camp Naper Naper Settlement, an award-winning outdoor museum, is a cultural campus of life-long learning, discovery and fun for all ages. Sprawled across 13-acres, visitors can explore its beautiful grounds and 30 historic buildings. Families can bring their little ones to the Early Learning Playscape and splash pad, or sign up their curious

camper for a summer camp program. Visit Naper Settlement April through October for the museum’s summer hours open Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM and Sunday 1-4 PM (closed on Mondays).Located at 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL. For more information, call 630.420.6010 or visit

Moraine Valley Community College FitRec Summer Camp Moraine Valley Community College’s FitRec Spend your summer with FitRec! Moraine Valley Community College’s FitRec is hosting recreational summer camp for ages 5-13. Campers will stay entertained with a variety of activities in our state-of-the-art facility. Half-day options are also available to fit your schedule. Add-on options include before & after care and swim lessons. Refer to our ad for dates and prices. 9000 W. College Pkwy., Building H, Palos Hills. For more information or to register, please visit or call (708) 608-4000.

Christ Community Church Camp Commotion At Camp Commotion 1st to 6th graders choose from 20 different activity focuses to

create the unique summer experience they want! Camp is offered at Christ Community Church in St. Charles every week from May 28th to August 9th. Kids can come for one week…or all 11. It’s only $120 per week (that’s less than $3.50 an hour). Extended care is available (regular hours are 9am-4pm). Register now at

Experience Camps Extraordinary midwest summer camp brings grieving boys and girls together for a one-week, sleep-away experience in August. At Lake of the Woods and Greenwoods in Decauter, MI, boys and girls from the Midwest and beyond will come together for free to spend one-week at camp for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. Along with swimming, arts and crafts, and team sports, the kids take part in bereavement activities including sharing circles where they are encouraged to talk about their grief. Experience Camps help grieving children feel “normal” and supported through friendship, teamwork, camp activities, and the common bond of loss. For more information about Experience Camps,

SEASPAR SEASPAR’s day camps are the perfect place for kids, teens, and young adults with disabilities ages 3-22 to spend their summer enjoying creative, social, and physical activities as well as fun community outings! Camps are located in Downers Grove, Lemont, and La Grange. Visit or call 630.960.7600 to find the perfect summer day camp for your child’s special needs!

Camp Wawbeek Located just north of Wisconsin Dells, Easter Seals Camp Wawbeek has been providing traditional camp experiences in an accessible environment to children and adults with disabilities since 1938. Specialty sessions for various age groups and interests are offered as well as sessions for veterans and their families. Imagine a Place where campers are free to be themselves and are valued for it. Where campers of all ages and abilities challenge themselves and set goals to make the most of their camp experience. Our campers have the time of their lives at a place they’ll never forget. Call 1-800-422-2324 to receive an application by mail or EMAIL eswcamps@ 20 active kids

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Rock ‘n’ Kids

Calling all toddlers to sing, dance and play the Rock ‘n’ Kids way! Tot Rock and Kid Rock are structured music and movement programs for children ages 1-5 that use a unique approach to music education! Since 1995, Rock ‘n’ Kids has been educating young children through imaginative play, sensory integration, fine and gross motor skills, and socialization. A variety of rhythm instruments and movement props are utilized and a new educational theme is implemented each session! Classes offered at park districts in the Chicago-land area. Enrolling now for our April session! Mo-

WILLOWBROOK ICE ARENA  FIGURE SKATING  HOCKEY  PUBLIC SKATE  Our new facility offers hockey classes, public skating, and figure skating classes. Next ‘Skate School’ session starts March 8th and runs until April 16th. Call for details about summer sessions. Our classes are managed and taught by Team USA, National/International Medalist & World Team Member Figure Skating Director Mary Beth Marley.

630-581-5044 201 63rd Street, Willowbrook, IL 60527

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Harper College InZone Camps

Hello Summer. Hello InZone! InZone, Harper College’s enrichment and sports camp fills your summer with fun and learning. Kids can expand their art creativity, develop outdoor education skills, create their own video games or become the master of STEM challenges, all while making new friends. InZone (ages 8-14) runs from June 3 – August 9. NEW: InZone Junior Explorers Camp (ages 6-8) features hands-on exploration of science, technology, art and play, and runs July 8 – August 2. Visit to learn more, request a catalog, and schedule your summer fun. Harper College CE, 1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067. 847.925.6300. (See our ad on Inside Back Cover.)

Willowbrook Ice Arena

Our new facility is offering hockey classes, public skating, and figure skating classes. The next Skate School session starts March 8th and runs until April 16th. Call for details about our summer sessions. Our Learn to Skate Program is managed by former Team USA, National/International Medalist & World Team Member Figure Skating Director Mary Beth Marley. (mbmarley@willowbrookicearena. com). Located at 201 63rd Street, Willowbrook.

Shady Oaks Camp

At Shady Oaks Camp, we create outstanding camp experiences that enrich the lives of our campers by providing outdoor fun and recreational opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.We strive to create a space for our campers that promotes safety, independence, supportive care and attention based on the individuals needs and goals. Because the Association is a not for profit, private organization the money to run camp must be raised by the parents.We are now accepting applications for membership into the Parents Association and Shady Oaks Camp for summer of 2019. Deadline to reserve spot for summer is May 15th, 16300 Parker Rd. Homer Glen, IL 60491. For more info visit

Downers Grove Park District

Downers Grove Park District summer camps offer adventures where kids will make memories that will last a lifetime! Check out actionpacked sport camps, teen trips, traditional day camps and our preschool camps. Unique 22 active kids

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specialty camps let kids delve into science, robotics, cooking, visual and performing arts. Campers can take a swing at our golf camps, discover the great outdoors with nature camps or explore their historical side at one of our museum camps. Before and after care is available.

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Children entering grades 2-8 in the fall are invited to join us Mondays through Fridays, June 17-28, for a two-week theatrical immersion while rehearsing for a production of Peter Pan Jr. Participants will learn lessons in teamwork, responsibility, and self-confidence. Singing, dancing, and acting will be an integral part of the program with a final performance in the Lemont High School Performing Arts Center. Space is limited.Visit for details..

Des Plaines Park District Summer Camps

Beautiful Lake Park features three wonderful summer day camps: Camp Chickagami has outdoor activities, special events and 2 field trips each week. Camp Opeka is packed with fun, including swimming. Adventure Camp features 2 weeks of exciting day trips. Our dedicated, experienced camp counselors make the difference. No wonder our campers come back year after year, and tell their friends, too! For more information, please call 847-391-5700 or visit

Sports Broadcasting Camp

Boys and girls 10-18 will have an opportunity to learn from the pros in the sports broadcasting industry. July 8-12, 2019. Meet sports celebrities. Make sports anchor, playby-play, and reporting videos. Host your own sports talk radio and PTI style shows. Participate in our famous camp trivia contest, and much more. Day/Overnight Options at Holiday Inn--Skokie. Check us out on, Twitter and Instagram @playbyplaycamps and For more information call 800.319.0884 or visit: or email:

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Cub Creek Science Camp Cub Creek Science Camp – Ages 7-17. Imagine a summer camp where you can eat breakfast next to a colony of lemurs, zoom down a zip-line and pet a camel before lunch, and play a camp wide game of Capture the Flag after dinner! We are that camp! With 300 animals including porcupines, foxes, parrots, lizards, miniature horses, a 6-element ropes course, and classes in chemistry, pottery, culinary, animal care, and many more, we are a truly unique summer camp experience! A/C cabins. ACA accredited. (573) 458-2125.

Wheeling Park District It’s Camp time at the Wheeling Park District! From Lil’ Campers and Tiny Tots to Adventure Camp, Sports Camp, Art Camp, Theater Camp, Dance Camp and Teen Camp, we offer options for ages one year to Grade 9. Payment plans, sibling discounts, and swim lessons available. Register today for memories and friendships to last a lifetime. Go to For more information, call 847-465-3333.

University of Illinois Summer Sport Camps University of Illinois, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has committed itself to the development of well-rounded summer sport camps for boys and girls. Young athletes have the opportunity to learn more about their sport, improve their skills, create new friendships and have fun at the same time. Campers receive excellent coaching, experience campus life, and meet athletes from a variety of backgrounds. To learn more about specific camp offering go to

Cantigny Junior Golf The “game of a lifetime” begins at Cantigny! Junior golf clinics for ages 4 to 15 are conducted by friendly professionals who use proven techniques that are both effective and fun for kids.At the Cantigny Youth Links, junior players enjoy their very own 9-hole course, complete with clubhouse and golf shop. Visit for more information and clinic registration, or call 630-260-8199.

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Great Lakes Volleyball Center The Sports Performance Volleyball Center will hold Spring Academy clinics for Grades 8 thru College on March 23rd and 24th. The Academy series is for elite level athletes. The Great Lakes Center Youth Volleyball Academy will hold Development Clinics for Grades 3 – 6 on May 4th and 5th. All sessions focus on motor development and individual skill development by teaching both proper skill technique and introducing the young athlete to age appropriate game play as well for volleyball. The Great Lakes Volleyball Center is located at 579 N. Oakhurst Drive, Aurora, IL. 60502. For more info call 630-898-6400 or visit or email 24 active kids

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St. Charles Park District offers a variety of camp programs and schedules to guarantee summer fun for everyone – DAY CAMPS, FARM CAMPS, NATURE CAMPS & SPORTS CAMPS! Ages 3+ will enjoy all sorts of activities: outdoor fun, swimming, crafts, minigolf, science experiments, hikes, field trips and more. Before and after camp care available. Counselors are trained in CPR & First Aid. Reasonable rates. For more details, visit Address: 8 North Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174. Website:

Camp Anokijig Outrageous fun is around every corner at Camp Anokijig! For 93 years, we have nurtured independence, character, and confidence in our campers as they build positive values, friendships, and life skills through their experiences. We offer a huge variety of activities for campers to self-direct their own camp experience, build self-esteem, and create an enriching week of summer camp. Convenient, 1-week sessions offer valuable flexibility to accommodate busy family schedules. Be part of the family and catch the Anokijig spirit! For more information: or 920893-0782 (ACA Accredited). March/April 2019

Sun Safety at Camp

Sun safe behavior of children has been shown to be influenced by authority figures including parents, camp counselors and lifeguards. The American Cancer Society says severe sunburns in childhood can raise a person’s risk for developing skin cancer later in life. In the summer camp setting children spend weeks at a time cared for by young adults, aged 18-25, who have been shown to exhibit high risk UV radiation. While outside, kids and adults should always wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor or SPF of 15. Parents should look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Be sure to reapply the sunscreen after two hours or more often if you’re sweating or you’re in the water. Speaking of being near water, doctors say to use extra caution because the water can reflect the UV rays, causing you to sunburn even more quickly. In addition to sunscreen, experts say you should send your child to camp with sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to protect their eyes from sun exposure.

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onsidering a sleep-away camp for your child this summer? Here are few tips to make the experience an adventure they'll remember long after the campfire songs are mere echoes in their ears. Determining readiness. Overnight camps vary in size, scope and age, welcoming campers anywhere between the ages six and 19. Most kids are ready for an overnight camp by age eight or nine. Whether or not a child is ready for overnight camp depends on their personality and physical and emotional maturity. Kristina Marchuk, mom of three, says her oldest daughter Katelyn, 14, went to her first overnight, a week-long Girl Scouts camp, when she was 11, and her younger daughter Alyssa, 6, a Daisy in the Girl Scouts, will go to her first overnight camp this summer. Try day camps to help you introduce your youngster to the camp experience. Marchuk says sleepovers with grandparents and occasional overnights with their

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Girl Scout troops also helped her daughters prepare for extended sleep-away camps. Consider the length of the camp. Because Alyssa is younger and hasn't spent many nights away from home without at least big sister present, Marchuk chose a shorter three-day camp to see how she does. "I'm more nervous about Alyssa. She's going into second grade and will only be seven by the summer," Marchuk says. "I'm glad they offer that option to get the kids acclimated to spending time away from parents." Trish Barnes, the Executive Women's Director and K-2 Women's Director at Camp Kanakuk, and a mom of three children and three step-children ranging in age from 12 to 30, says choosing the right duration of camp definitely depends on the child and your goals. "The first year I sent my oldest son just for a week because I knew two weeks or a month would have been tough on him. A week would have been out of his comfort zone, but not so overwhelming where it would spin him into anxiety," Barnes says. "My middle son? He was the complete polar opposite. He was ready to go for a month right off the bat." March/April 2019

Set goals. Besides learning new skills, children learn how to collaborate and live in community while at camp, gaining self-confidence and independence through problemsolving and teamwork. "The camping world is an unbelievable place where you can help your kids learn how to face disappointments, have a voice, make new friends or just get outside their comfort zone and try something new in a very safe environment," Barnes says, who has worked at Kanakuk for 26 summers. "It's such a great accomplishment for a kid to get to do that away from home so that they know they accomplished that on their own." Also, include your child in deciding on a camp. Maybe they wish to hone a specific interest like a sport they enjoy or want to try a variety of new activities like canoeing, horseback riding or zip-lining. Research the camp. Do you want a faithbased camp or a more secular type of environment? Where is the camp located? Are you seeking a camp that offers a smattering of activities or one that specializes in one of your child's interests like art, music or a specific sport? Look at the camp website. Talk to other parents for referrals. Visit the camp and talk to the camp director. Ask about counselor to camper ratios, safety policies and how the camp manages situations like homesickness, anxiety and medical situations. And listen to your intuition. Does the environment feel safe and well-organized? Is the staff kind, attentive and nurturing? Manage expectations. Explain to your child that they need to stick with the camp through its duration. By seeing things through to the end, they will grow more independent in their ability to make decisions and more resilient to adversity and discomfort-skills which will prove invaluable as they grow into adulthood. "Coming home is not an option. Let them know that the expectation is that they are going to finish because once you start something, you want to finish it. The only reason you wouldn't finish something is because you are in harm's way or it's going to be ethically, morally bad for you," Barnes says. Arrive prepared. Together with your child, spend time gathering everything they'll need at camp. Through diligent research, careful preparation and a positive attitude, you'll lower any anxiety they may have and set them up for a successful sleep-away camp experience. March/April 2019

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ne of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism and become familiar with the typical developmental milestones that your child should be reaching. What are the signs of autism? The timing and severity of autism’s early signs vary widely. Some infants show hints in their first months. In others, symptoms become obvious as late as age 2 or 3. Not all children with autism show all the signs. Many children who don’t have autism show a few. That’s why professional evaluation is crucial. The following “red flags” may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child exhibits any of the following, please don’t delay in asking your pediatrician or family doctor for an evaluation:

• Stereotyped or repetitive speech, motor movements or use of objects • Excessive adherence to routines • Ritualized patterns of verbal or nonverbal behavior • Excessive resistance to change • Highly restricted interests that are abnormal in intensity or focus • Hyper or hypo reactivity to sensory input or unusual interest in sensory aspects of the environment No two people with autism are the same. There is no single behavior that is always present in every individual with autism.. For more info visit Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability. Children with ASD have difficulty with social communication/interaction and exhibit restrictive and/or repetitive patterns of behavior. There is a wide range of ability among people with ASD. Some people with ASD are gifted and others need significant levels of support to ensure their health and well-being.


By 6 months Few or no big smiles or other warm, joyful and engaging expressions. Limited or no eye contact. By 9 months Little or no back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions By 12 months • Little or no babbling • Little or no back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving • Little or no response to name. By 16 months Very few or no words. By 24 months Very few or no meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) At any age • Loss of previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills • Avoidance of eye contact • Persistent preference for solitude • Difficulty understanding other people’s feelings • Delayed language development • Persistent repetition of words or phrases (echolalia) • Resistance to minor changes in routine or surroundings • Restricted interests • Repetitive behaviors (flapping, rocking, spinning, etc.) • Unusual and intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights and/or colors

People with autism have challenges in the areas of social communication/interaction and restricted/repetitive behaviors. A few examples: Social Communication/ Interaction • Difficulty establishing or maintaining back-and forth conversations and interactions • Inability to initiate an interaction • Problems with shared attention or sharing of emotions and interests with others • Abnormal eye contact, posture, facial expressions, tone of voice and gestures, as well as an inability to understand these • Lack of interest in other people • Difficulties in pretend play • Engaging in age appropriate social activities • Problems adjusting to different social expectations. • Restrictive/Repetitive Behavior 28 education central

People with ASD – at any age – can make significant progress through therapy and treatments, and can lead meaningful and productive lives. Experts agree that early diagnosis and early intervention are critical – early intervention leads to positive outcomes. Physical Therapy for a Child with Autism Physical Therapy (PT) helps children master skills related to independent mobility and gross motor function, and is one of our core services. In PT, we work to enhance and restore mobility, functional competency and independence, and other neurological, developmental or orthopedic delays and/or disabilities. Licensed physical therapists utilize individualized therapy plans implementing exercise, specialized techniques/devices to encourage independence at home, school and in the community.

Occupational Therapy for a Child with Autism The primary occupation of childhood is to grow, learn and play - allowing the child to live life to their fullest potential. Occupational Therapy (OT) focuses on developing sensory-processing abilities, motor skills, coordination, peer interaction, play and self-care skills to participate in daily life activities. We offer a comprehensive evaluation and customized treatment plans. Speech-Language Therapy for a Child with Autism Speech-Language Therapy strengthens children’s communication and feeding skills so they can participate fully in daily activities and achieve success. Speech-Language Therapy addresses language comprehension, pragmatics, speech-sound production, voice, fluency, along with oral motor and feeding skills. Therapists use years of experience in typical and atypical speech and language development to offer a fun and engaging environment for children to learn and develop their skills. Early detection and early intervention is the best way to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities gain greater independence. Easterseals offers many treatments and therapies for children with ASD, including occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology (AT), inclusive day care, and support for parents and siblings. Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley offers these services at centers in Villa Park, Naperville, and Elgin.To get started or learn more, call 630.282.2022.

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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 in need of orthopaedic care, specialized plastic surgery, cleft lip and palate repair, physical rehabilitation, and spinal cord injury care 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

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SEASPAR is a special recreation association providing year-round, all-ages recreational programs and services to individuals with disabilities in the communities of: Brookfield • Clarendon Hills • Darien Downers Grove • Indian Head Park • La Grange La Grange Park • Lemont • Lisle Western Springs • Westmont • Woodridge

Summer Day Camps SEASPAR’s day camps are the perfect place for kids, teens, and young adults ages 3–22 to spend their summer enjoying creative, social, and physical activities as well as fun community outings!

SEASPAR also offers weekly programs, special events, trips, the Wonders MultiSensory Room, Special Olympics athlete training, and much more! First-time campers get $10 off camp fees! Call or visit us online for a camp guide with coupon.

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In 2014, SEASPAR built Wonders, the first MultiSensory Room within a municipal building in the country. Wonders is located at the Lisle Recreation Center – Door 8, at 1925 Ohio Street in Lisle. Wonders features interactive equipment that pleases the senses in a variety of unique and soothing ways. It primarily benefits individuals of any age with: Autism/autism spectrum disorders, ADHD., Sensory processing disorders, Dementia. Benefits of visiting Wonders include: • Improved mood. • Fewer disruptive behaviors. • Decreased anxiety. and fear • Improved communication. • Enhanced interpersonal interactions. Wonders’ specially-designed equipment appeals to the auditory, tactile, olfactory, and visual senses: Several items are also available for individuals to move around the room as they please. Examples include the Jumbo Love Bug, aromatic stuffed animals, weighted blankets, and more. Visiting Wonders requires registration through SEASPAR. For more information, call 630.960.7600. or visit:

Shriners Hospitals for Children® Chicago improves the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, conducting innovative research, and offering outstanding educational programs for medical professionals. Children with orthopaedic conditions, rehabilitation needs including spinal cord injuries, and plastic surgery needs including cleft lip and palate are eligible for care, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. All care and services are provided in a compassionate, familycentered environment. For more information, please visit Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley Offering services from A to Z to meet the needs of each child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). At Easterseals, every child with ASD has an individualized therapy plan to help them reach their goals at home, school and in the community. Services include occupational, physical and speech-language therapies, behavioral and social work services, assistive technology and support for parents and siblings. Visit AutismServices for more information. SEASPAR SEASPAR is a special recreation association offering therapeutic recreation programs and services – including summer day camps and a multi-sensory room – for people with disabilities served by the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge, and the villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park, and Western Springs. Visit or call 630.960.7600 for more information about our year-round programming for all ages and all abilities! Creative Corners Preschool Creative Corners Preschool provides every student with a quality early childhood experience by creating an atmosphere where they can grow socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually through an engaging and explorative curriculum. The Illinois Early Learning & Development Standards are used in the teaching of academic skills to build a strong foundation, achieve benchmarks, and assure school-readiness. Creative Corners offers families a variety of programs for children ages 2–6, with flexible schedules to meet all needs. Contact: Jeanette Berard, Recreation Supervisor at the Des Plaines Park District, 2222 Birch Street, Des Plaines, IL 60018. 847-391-5700

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9 Simple and Sustainable Ways to Become Healthier By Jennifer Bucko Lamplough and Lara Rondinelli Hamilton


round the new year, most of us vowed to make drastic changes to our diet or lifestyle. For some that meant adopting a strict (and joyless) diet or signing up for hardcore fitness classes that meet at 5:00 a.m. (despite the fact that you’re horribly out of shape). It’s no wonder these resolutions are often shortlived. When it comes to making lasting changes to your diet and lifestyle habits, slow and steady wins the race. There’s no doubt that committing to eat healthier and get more exercise were great New Year’s resolutions. But unless your new practices are sustainable, any progress you make could be short-lived. Small diet and lifestyle changes over time that aren’t too disruptive stand a better shot at becoming permanent healthy habits. Whether you want to lose 30 pounds, get better control of your diabetes, or achieve a similar health goal, it’s best to make small but powerful changes. Eventually, you’ll see results. March/April 2019

If you’re ready to take some small yet mighty steps toward better health this year give these tips a try. Cut out sugary drinks immediately. Sugary drinks like regular soda, fruit drinks, energy drinks, and sweet tea raise your blood glucose and add empty calories to your daily intake. Even though it can be a hard habit to kick, do all you can to eliminate these drinks from your diet. Replace them with fresh water, low-fat milk, flavored suburban family |

calorie-free carbonated water, and unsweetened tea and coffee. Purge the junk food. Cookies, chips, sweets, and other snacks are hard to resist when they are an arm’s length away.The best way to avoid them is by removing them from your home. But don’t worry. When you’re craving a snack, you can try a healthier whole food option, like slices of avocado, a handful of nuts, kale chips, a small serving of Greek yogurt, a piece of fruit, veggies family wellness 31


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. .. SF ’s we e k l y n e ws l e tte r of “ f a m i l y f r i e n d l y ” t h i n g s t o d o! Go to Eat veggie noodles in place of pasta. For a great pasta substitute, sample the veggie noodles trend. Veggie noodles are a delicious, lower-carb option that can be eaten in place of grain-based pastas. A kitchen tool called a “spiralizer” quickly and easily turns vegetables into “noodles,” or you can use a standard vegetable peeler for a similar result. For even more convenience, you can now find these spiralized veggies in the freezer or produce section of many grocery stores. Try noodles made from zucchini, sweet potato, carrot, or spaghetti squash. Top them with chili, Bolognese sauce, or use them to make a cold “pasta salad” or noodle dishes like Pad Thai. Hint: You can also try cauliflower, butternut, or broccoli “rice” in place of regular rice for a lower-carb option. Schedule in exercise five days a week. What you write on your calendar and allot time for is more likely to get done. Your workouts don’t have to be extra rigorous to be effective. Just taking a brisk 30-min-

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ute walk each day—or at least five times a week—is a great way to get your heart rate up and kickstart weight loss and improved health. Of course, if you’d like to take up running or sign up for a cardio class, go for it! But if you are sedentary, it’s important to start slow and build up your endurance so you can maintain your new routine! But don’t do ONLY cardio. Get in some strength training too (even if you’re watching TV at the same time). Strength or resistance training makes your body more sensitive to insulin and can lower blood glucose. It also helps to maintain and build strong muscles and bones. The American Diabetes Association recommends doing some type of strength training at least two times per week. Activities include using weight machines, free weights at the gym, or resistance bands; exercises that use your body weight to work your muscles like squats, lunges, planks, wallsits, and push-ups; or activities that build and keep muscle like heavy gardening. Do at least some of your exercise outdoors. There’s nothing wrong with going to the gym, but if you’re feeling unmotivated to do your normal indoor routine, take your workout outside. The fresh air is invigorating, and studies show that being in nature decreases stress and promotes positive emotions. So be sure to trade out some of your time on a treadmill for a walk or jog in a local park. Or do lunges, push-ups, and other strength training in your backyard for a change of scenery. Shake up your sedentary workday every chance you get. Sitting at a desk all day can negatively impact your health. If the nature of your work causes you to be sedentary for eight hours a day, look for chances to build more movement into your day. For example, take a tenminute walk after lunch, get up and move a little each hour (even if it’s just a walk to the water fountain or restroom), park farther away than you normally would, take the stairs instead of the elevator. There’s no reason your resolutions have to be painful, punishing, and ultimately unsustainable. Making more manageable changes—that you will actually enjoy—is a better game plan for success. Make 2019 the year you finally shift into a healthier lifestyle and start moving toward building a better you. March/April 2019

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besity is a rising epidemic today and more and more children are considered obese than ever before. What can parents do to help their kids beat obesity and stay healthy?

Berries. Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cranberries are packed with antioxidants, which are cancer-fighting molecules. Berries are also a great source of fiber. We like them fresh, but they can be enjoyed frozen (great in smoothies) or in dried form as a tasty snack.” Citrus Fruits. Oranges, clementines, grapefruit, lemons, and limes are great providers of vitamin C and soluble fiber. Pack oranges or clementines as a snack since they travel well.

Vinay Saranga M.D., a child psychiatrist and founder of Saranga Comprehensive Psychiatry, offers this advice: Talk to Your Child: A conversation about weight needs to be handled delicately so that you don’t hurt your child’s feelings. It’s important to be empathetic while educating yourself and your child on the detrimental effects of added weight. It’s best to let your child guide the conversation to keep an open line of communication. While speaking with your child about his/her weight, refrain from making statements and ask questions instead. For instance, instead of saying “You’re not very active” rephrase it into a question “How can you become more active?” Encourage Healthy Eating Habits: Eating a balanced diet is a great way to help control weight. Be sure that your child is eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and buy whole grain foods instead of white. It’s also best to limit beverages loaded with sugar and opt for more water. Let your child get creative with his/her water by adding some fruit to naturally sweeten it and make it more exciting. Go slow: If you introduce too many new things at once you may overwhelm your kids. Go slow and remember that every little step helps you accomplish the bigger goal of better health. For example, every meal might not be 100% low fat or low sugar, but a good place to start might be to reduce the serving of salt or sugar you use to prepare a dish, slightly reduce portion sizes, exchange water in place of soda or juice, and offer a serving of veggies at each meal. Make Activity a Family Event: Being active at least 30 minutes a day is a great way to help remove excess weight and strengthen muscles. Brainstorm with your child some outside activities that he/she enjoys and make a plan. Even if you don’t have much time during the week to be active with your child, make activity a family event on the weekends. 34 family wellness

Cruciferous Veggies. Cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and bok choy are rich in fiber and a plethora of phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals. Incorporate them into a plate of crudités at your next gathering.

Go to a park, take a walk in nature, or visit a zoo.Those include lots of walking and provide some education along the way. Include Your Child in Healthy Decisions: Children want to feel included in family decisions so let them participate in the healthy decisions. Ask your child what he/she would like to have for dinner or where he/she would like to go on family activity day. Including your child increases the likelihood that your child will stick with a healthy lifestyle. Set the example: Children are always watching every move their parents make. If you want your children to eat better and be more active, you must also model this behavior.You lose credibility with your kids if you tell them to do something but you don’t practice what you preach. Get help: There are a lot of food choices, recipes and recommendations out there, and sometimes it can all be confusing. When in doubt about what’s right for your kids, always talk to their pediatrician or seek the advice or a dietician or nutritionist who can help clear up any confusion or questions you have. Keep reading to learn the superfoods to include in 2019 and beyond from Cassandra Verdi, MPH, RD, coauthor of Diabetes Superfoods Cookbook and Meal Planner (American Diabetes Association. suburban family |

Dark Leafy Greens. Spinach, collards, kale, romaine lettuce, mustard greens, watercress, and Swiss chard are nutrient powerhouses that provide vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, and iron. They are also very low in carbohydrates! Pair them with other superfoods to create delicious salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, omelets, or soups. Fish High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. The American Diabetes Association recommends that most people eat fish at least two to three times per week. Some fish are packed with nutrients called omega-3 fatty acids, which play a role in heart and brain health. These include salmon, trout, sardines, anchovies, herring, Pacific oysters, and Atlantic and Pacific mackerel. In addition to healthy fats, fish also provide vitamin D and calcium. Healthy Fats. Diabetes nutrition guidelines have shifted away from promoting a low-fat diet in recent years. Newer research shows that when planning meals for diabetes, it’s more important to look at the type of fat you’re eating rather than the total amount of fat. Healthy fats may help with blood glucose management and lower the risk of heart disease. Sources include most plant-based oils (olive, canola, corn, etc.), avocados, olives, nuts, nut butters, and seeds. Herbs and Spices. While there is still a body of evidence building about the benefits of various herbs and spices, many of these plant-based ingredients have been associated with health benefits. Not to mention, they don’t add any extra calories, carbs, or sodium March/April 2019

to your dishes. So these are one of the best ways to flavor your food! Lean Protein. Lean fish, shellfish, eggs (especially the egg whites), and poultry without the skin fall into this category.These foods are high in protein and contain little fat and no carbohydrate. Protein has less of an effect on blood glucose levels, so unless you follow a vegetarian eating pattern, it’s a great idea to incorporate these foods into your meals in portions that fit your meal plan.

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Legumes—Beans, Peas, and Lentils. These budget-friendly, plant-based proteins are also an excellent choice at mealtime! Legumes also include bean-based foods like hummus, edamame, and soy products. For 1/2 cup of beans, you get about 15–20 grams of carbohydrate, but you also meet approximately 1/3 of your daily fiber needs. They also provide magnesium, folate, potassium, and iron.

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Low-Fat Milk and Yogurt. Milk and yogurt provide important nutrients such as calcium and protein and are usually fortified with vitamin D. When it comes to milk, opt for nonfat milk whenever possible. And for yogurt, always compare nutrition information on labels in the yogurt aisle to determine the best pick.


The AMITA Health Pediatrics Institute makes it easy to access academic-level pediatric care, with specialists in more than 60 areas and specialty clinics in Hinsdale and Hoffman Estates. Our Center for the Pediatric Brain treats nearly every neurological condition to help ensure healthy cognition and development. Even our hospitals and ERs are designed for kids and families, with pediatric-trained nurses, radiologists, surgeons and Child Life Specialists. We’re committed to caring for kids. In sickness and in health.™

Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.They also have a lower glycemic index than regular potatoes, so they won’t affect your blood glucose as much. They are a starchy vegetable, so it’s important to eat them in small portions—1/2 cup cooked has about 15 grams of carbohydrate. Tomatoes. These nonstarchy vegetables are packed with nutrients including vitamins A, C, and E, as well as potassium. They also are high in lycopene, an antioxidant that has been linked to many health benefits.

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Whole Grains. Whole grains include oats, whole wheat, barley, brown rice, quinoa, farro, and even popcorn. Try to make most of the grains you eat whole grains! It’s a simple swap from white rice to brown rice or from white bread to a nuttier, more flavorful whole wheat. Whole grains provide dietary fiber and have been linked to heart health, which is important for people with diabetes because of their increased risk of heart disease. Whole grains also offer a host of vitamins and minerals.



The best news is, superfoods aren’t just good for you; they taste great too! And with the Diabetes Superfoods Cookbook and Meal Planner, you’ll have plenty of quick, creative, and healthy new recipes to enjoy in 2019. March/April 2019

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SIGN UP FOR A RACE! By Kathleen Trotter


e all have moments of low motivation. I love exercise and I still periodically feel stuck in a fitness rut. If someone who makes their living encouraging others to exercise can sometimes feel unmotivated, then anyone can. Instead of feeling deflated by momentary wanes in motivation, use lackluster energy and restlessness as data — a neon sign flashing “Try something new.” 36 fitness first

Consider a race. Racing will reinvigorate your routine. It requires a structured plan, creates purpose, and makes you feel like an athlete; it builds a “have to–ness” into your workouts. Plus, paying and picking a date creates accountability. Never raced? Start with a 5k run or a “try-a-tri” triathlon. Did a 5k last year? Amp it up.Try a 10k or half marathon.

A few things to keep in mind Know yourself: Feed on friendly competition? Find people and groups motivating? Race with a friend or sign up for a training group. Solo achiever? Train and race alone. Identify what will make you the most motivated. Do that. Make goals not wishes: Take the time to “set suburban family |

yourself up for success” — a failure to plan is a plan to fail. Figure out in advance the WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, and HOW you will train. WHERE and WHEN will you work out? Will you join a gym and use the treadmill? A running group? Need help being accountable? Get a fitness buddy. WHAT exercise will you do? Will you train for a running race? A triathlon? A duathlon? WHEN is race day? Don’t just say, “I will race this summer.” Pick a distance and a date. HOW will you fit in your training? What accommodations do you need to make? Do you need to rearrange who will drive the kids to school? Do you need to block off time during your work day? Establish long-term and short-term goals. Breaking goals down into smaller, more manageable pieces can help you avoid feeling March/April 2019

overwhelmed. Your long-term goal might be a half marathon. Targeted short-term goals could then be a 5k race in 8 weeks, a 10k race in 12 weeks, and a half marathon in 6 months. Learn from yourself and others. Have you been sidelined by an injury? If so, consider implementing a targeted “pre-hab” for that weak link. Raced before and been successful? What did you do well? Work to replicate those choices. Learn from others — read appropriate literature, talk to successful friends, etc. Implement any strategies that speak to you and your lifestyle. Don’t JUST run!!! Running is a fantastic fullbody, do-anywhere, efficient, effective, and accessible — not to mention exhilarating and highly addictive — workout. It offers the potential for gradual progression and neverending fitness goals. Running is also hard on the body. The repetitive nature stresses your joints, tendons, and ligaments. Cross-train, strength train, do core work, stretch, and maximize the recovery process by prioritizing sleep, hydration, nutrition, and self-massage techniques such as the foam roller. Consider a triathlon: In a triathlon you swim, bike, and run, which means built-in cross training. Don’t be intimidated by the three sports — there are many short races. Start

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with a try-a-tri (usually 350-metre swim, 10-kilometre bike, three-kilometre run) or a sprint-distance triathlon (usually 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike, five-kilometre run). Progress gradually: Always give your body time to adapt. Build the intensity, frequency, and duration of your workouts up gradually. Space out your workouts. Newbie runners should run two to three times a week on non-consecutive days. Have plans and goals — but be flexible. Know your health “destination” — such as improved health and/or a particular race — but “re-route” as needed. Training derailed and can’t make your intended race pace? Run with a slower friend — pace them. Roadblocks are an inherent part of the health process. Take each bump in-stride. Learn from the experience and course correct as quickly as possible. Kathleen Trotter is a fitness expert and overall health enthusiast. In her new book YOUR FITTEST FUTURE SELF: Making Choices Today for a Happier, Healthier, Fitter Future You [Dundurn Press | January 2019] she takes a functional approach to personal fitness and helps readers learn how to effectively factor their OWN personal health, work/home schedule, and overall lifestyle into their overall fitness plan and goals in order to achieve their “fittest future self.”

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2019 Annual

Race Guide

The absolute best way to keep yourself running is to find a race in the 2019 Annual Race Guide. Just sign up, pay for it, and put it on your calendar. A fixed race date will help you stay focused, and keep you on a regular running schedule. Nothing feels better than crossing the finish line. A beginner can run any race — you just need to allow enough time to train for it. Check back for race updates in each bi-monthly edition.


Oak Forest Fleadh 5K Run/Walk. Oak Forest. Broken Oar’s Shiver Run 5K Run/Walk and Kids 5K. Barrington.


The CORE Indoor Triathlon Timed Swim, Bike and Run. Lemont. 38 fitness first

Running o’ the Green 8K Run. Tinley Park.


Dublindee Kilted 5K Run. East Dundee. Shamrock Beer Run 5K Novelty Run/Walk. Arlington Heights.


American Lung Association Fight for Air Climbing event. Chicago. 312-940-7007.


St. Paddy’s Day 5K Run/Walk. Naperville. Deer Park St. Paddy’s Day 5K, 10K, and Kids’ Dash. Deer Park. Fox Valley Winter Challenge Trail Race 10K Run. Geneva. suburban family |

McHenry Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. McHenry. Chicago St. Paddy’s Day 5K and 8K Run/Walk. Chicago.


Amita Health St. Paddy’s Half Marathon and 5K. Bolingbrook. March Madness Half Marathon. Cary. St. Patrick’s Day Ride 16, 20 and 36-Mile Bike Rides. Wheeling.


MeltFest 5K Run/Walk. Rockford.


Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K Run and 2-Mile Walk. Chicago.

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March4Meg 5K. Evergreen Park. Chicago Lakefront 50K George Cheung Memorial Race. Chicago.




April Fools 5K Run and Kids’ Dash. Bloomingdale. Arny Johnson 10-Mile and 5K Run. Rockford. Chi Town Half Marathon and 10K Run. Chicago. World Health 5K Run/Walk. Chicago. Mistwood Hole in Run 5K Run/Walk. Romeoville.


The Good Life 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Oak Park.

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Shake It Off 5K Run/Walk for Parkinson’s Research. Bolingbrook. Fun Run in Color 5K Novelty Run/Walk. Wheaton. Saw Wee Kee Spring 3-Mile Trail Run. Oswego. ABC/25 Get Burped Challenge 5K and 1-Mile Run/Walk. Arlington Heights. Spring Chance BQ.2 Boston Marathon Qualifier. Geneva. Wintrust Lakefront 10-Mile and 5K Run. Chicago. Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run/Walk. Chicago. Sunset Marathon Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Run. Chicago.


Champion of Trees 10K Run. Lisle. March for Babies 3-Mile Fundraising Walk. Lisle.


Bunny Rock Chicago 5K and Egg Hunt. Chicago. Bunny Wabbit Run 5K, 10K, 15K Run and Kids’ Dash. Libertyville. Earth Day 50K, 15-Mile and 5-Mile Run. Crystal Lake. Sly Fox Half Marathon and 10K Run. St. Charles.

APRIL 27, 2019

8th Annual DuPage Human Race

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 DuPage Human Race Sat. 4/27 at 9 AM 5k run/USATF certified & 2-mile walk Benefits 50+ DuPage charities in one race Esplanade in Downers Grove 630-407-6458 March/April 2019

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Joliet Park District Faraway 5K Obstacle Course Race. Joliet. March for Babies 3-Mile Fundraising Walk. St. Charles. Barnyard Dash 5K Blackberry Farm. Aurora. Juvenile Justice Council SKY 5K Run/Walk. Yorkville. Batavia Mothers’ Club Fox Trot 5K Run. Batavia. Run with the Lions 5K Run/Walk. Warrenville. TCS Run, White and Blue 5K. Shorewood. Race to Wrigley 5K Run/Walk. Chicago.


March for Babies 3-Mile Fundraising Walk. Arlington Heights and Chicago. McHenry County Human Race 5K Run/Walk and Toddler Race. Crystal Lake. Naperville Women’s Half Marathon and 5K. Naperville. Miles for Smiles 5K, 1-Mile Run and Kids’ Dash. Oswego. Ravenswood Run 5K Run and Kids’ Race. Chicago. Stepping up to Wellness 5K Run and 1-Mile Run/Walk. Libertyville. Walk MS 1- and 3-Mile Fundraising Walk. Chicago, Deerfield and Rockford.


Techno Trot 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Half-Mile Run. Winthrop Harbor. Cinco de Miler 5-Mile Run. Chicago. 16th Annual Run for the Kids: Superhero Hustle 5K Run/2 Mile Walk Sat. 5/4 at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit Children with Developmental Disabilities & Delays 830 S. Addison Ave, Villa Park 630-620-4433 Hanover Township Sprint 2 Spring 5K Run/Walk. Elgin. Run to Remember 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Run. Chicago. A Safe Place EmpoweRun 5K Run/Walk. Libertyville.

SUNDAY, MAY 5 Walk to Cure Arthritis Chicago: Sunday 5/5 Benefits the Arthritis Foundation Run Thru the Hills 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk. Lake in the Hills. Southwest Half Marathon and 10K. Palos Heights. Breathe Deep North Shore 5K Fun Run and 2-Mile Walk. Deerfield. 21st Great Western Half Marathon Sunday, 5/5 at 8 AM Sycamore Speedway A point-to-point, USATF Certified, RRCA Championship Event Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Illinois March for Babies 3-Mile Fundraising Walk. Woodstock. Walk MS 1- and 3-Mile Fundraising Walk. St. Charles, Naperville, Oak Lawn and Orland Park. Walk for Wellness House 5K Run, 3K Walk Sunday, 5/5 Registration open at 7 AM Event begins at 8:00 AM Wellness House, Hinsdale 630-654-5191 Illinois Lupus 1- and 3-Mile Fundraising Walk. Vernon Hills.

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Makin’ Strides for Strays Fundraising Walk. Naperville. Village of Willowbrook’s 5th Annual Spring Fling 5K 1m Kids Fun Run & Community Fair Sun., 5/5. Pre-race registration starts 7:30 a.m. Race starts 9 a.m. 1m Run starts 10:00 a.m. Community Fair runs 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Portion of proceeds to Gateway SRA Borse Community Park, 208 Midway Dr. 630-323-8215

SATURDAY, MAY 11 Groovin’ in the Grove 5K & 10K Sat., 5/11 at 9 a.m. 5K Run & Kids 1K, 1/2K, 100 Yd Dash Warrior Fitness Challenge USATF & CARA certified Benefits Sharing Connections Midwestern University, Downers Grove Starved Rock Country Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K. Ottawa. Quarryman Challenge 10-Mile and 5K Race. Lemont. Pink 5K Run/Walk Saturday 5/11 at 8 AM USATF & CARA certified Team and individual registration accepted. Benefits Hinsdale Hosp. Foundation Oak Brook Park District 1450 Forest Gate Rd. Oak Brook 630-990-4233


SUNDAY May 5, 2019 7:30 AM: Registration/Packet Pick Up 9:00 AM: 5K Run/Walk

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Komen Chicago Race for the Cure 5K Run/Walk. Chicago. Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Run. Barrington. Cooley Run 5K. Huntley.


Universal Sole Four Mile Classic Run/Walk. Chicago. She Runs the Fox 5K Batavia.


Frontline OCR 5K Obstacle Race. Byron. Got2Run for Education 8K and 2.62-Mile Run/ Walk. Arlington Heights. Walk to Cure Arthritis Libertyville: Saturday 5/18 Benefits the Arthritis Foundation suburban family |

Walk to Cure Arthritis 1- and 3-Mile Fundraising Walk. Mettawa. Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run. Northbrook. Night Nation 5K Novelty Run. Chicago. StemStep 5K Run, Family Walk and Kids’ Dash. Chicago. G.L.O.W. 5K Run. Naperville. Walk for Dyslexia 5K Run/Walk. Bloomingdale. Girls on the Run 5K Run. Joliet. Lilac Mutt Strut 5K Run. Lombard.


Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon, 10k and Junior Dash. Chicago. Sock Hop Hustle 5K Run/Walk. Olympia Fields. The Backbones Annual 5K Run, Walk and Roll. Prospect Heights. Chicagoland Spring Marathon and Half Marathon. Schaumburg. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides 5K Fundraising Walk. Chicago. Dash for the Dogs 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Family Walk. Barrington. Des Plaines River Canoe, Kayak and SUP 18.5-Mile River Race and 5.25-Mile Minithon. Libertyville. Chicago Promise Walk 5K Run/Walk. Elk Grove Village. Darien Dash 10K/5K Run and Kids’ Fun Run. Darien.


J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge 3.5-Mile Run. Chicago.

SATURDAY, MAY 25 Run For The Brave 5K Run/Walk/Ruck Saturday, 5/25 at 8AM Benefiting Illinois Veterans Plainfield, Illinois 630-302-2638 SALUTE, INC. 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk. Arlington Heights. Bubble Run Chicago 5K Novelty Run. Joliet. Soldier Field 10-Mile Run. Chicago. Western Springs 42nd Annual Tower Trot Sat. 5/25 8:30 a.m. 10K, 5K, & Fun Run, plus Double Run (10K & 5K). CARA & USATF certified Benefits Healing Hearts for Ashley Grand Avenue Community Center 4211 Grand Avenue, Western Springs. 708-246-9070 March/April 2019


MB Bike the Drive Up to 30-Mile Bike Ride. Chicago. MMTT Youth and Elite Triathlon. Geneva. Race to the Flag 5K Run/Walk. Westmont.


BAPA Ridge Run 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, and 1-Mile Kids’ Run. Chicago.


Walk to End Lupus Now 1-Mile Fundraising Walk. Chicago. Autism Speaks 3-Mile Fundraising Walk. Chicago. Chicago Gospel Run 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and Half-Mile Kids’ Run. Chicago. Cori’s Kids Triathlon Timed Swim, Bike and Run. Oak Brook. Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 10K, 5K and HalfMile Kids’ Run. Wheaton. Dash for Detection 5K Run/Walk for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Chicago. Great Steps Neurofibromatosis 3-Mile Fundraising Walk. Naperville. Illinois Lupus 1- and 3-Mile Fundraising Walk. Chicago Heights. Whipper Snapper Youth Triathlon. Arlington Heights. Girls on the Run 5K Run. Grayslake. Run the Ridge 5K and 1K Run/Walk. Burr Ridge.


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LaGrange Rocks 5K Run/Walk Friday, June 7 at 7:00 PM 5K run/walk and kids races USATF and CARA certified Start/Finish Cossitt Avenue and Willow Springs Road, LaGrange Benefits The LeaderShop’s Youth Programs 708-579-5898

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Fight for Air Ride 2- or 3-day bike ride from Crystal Lake to Lake Geneva, WI.



Walk and Roll 5K Run/Walk, 10K Skate, 15K Bike and Kids’ Dash. Chicago. PurpleStride 5K Fundraising Run/Walk. Chicago. Trot Against Trafficking 5K Run, 1-Mile Walk and Kids’ Race. Take Steps Chicago Fundraising walk. Chicago.


Tunnel to Towers 5K Run. Lake Zurich. Girls on the Run 5K Run. Chicago. ET Batavia Triathlon, Duathlon, Youth Splash and Dash, and Kids’ Dash. Batavia. Honor Ride Chicago Non-Competitive Bike Ride. Evanston.

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North Shore Classic Half Marathon and 5K. Highland Park. Run for the Roses 5K and Kids’ Run. Roselle. Run for the Zoo 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run Sun. 6/2 at 7:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run, Kids Safari Stampede Obstacle Course, USATFcertified Benefits Lincoln Park Zoo Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago Take Steps Fundraising Walk. Naperville. Tour de Cure Fundraising Ride with multiple route options. Aurora.


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ABC7 Gibbons 5K Run and 3K Walk. Chicago.


Christmas in June 2-Day Event with 5K Run/ Walk, Kids’ Run. Lisle.

SATURDAY, JUNE 15 The DASH Through Des Plaines 5K and 1-Mile Presented by Millennium Bank Benefits the Des Plaines Park District Scholarship Fund Sat., 6/15 at 8 a.m. USATF Certified 1500 E. Prairie Ave., at Pearson St. Register online at LM5K 5K Run/Walk. Villa Park. Superhero 5K Run/Walk. Palatine.


Father’s Day 10K/5K Run and Kids’ Dash. Cary. PrairieFest 5K Run and 1-Mile Dog Jog. Oswego. Father’s Day 5K Run/Walk. Wheaton. Oktoberfast 5K Run. Itasca. itascaoktober1 Itasca 2/1/19 10:37 AM

Run Mag Mile 10K and 5K Run. Chicago. GLASA Twilight Run, Rock, Roll 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Race. Lake Forest.


Bike MS: Tour de Farms 2-day event with multiple route options. St. Charles. Fun & Fit Family Day 5K Run, 2-Mile Walk and Kids’ Dash. Libertyville. Miles for Melanoma 5K Run/Walk. Chicago.


Swedish Days Ride Bike tour over paved country roads. Maple Park. Take Steps Fundraising Walk. Glenview.


Chicago 10K Run. Chicago.


Freedom Four 4-Mile Run. Glen Ellyn Park District. Firecracker 5K Run/Walk. Warrenville. Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th 4-Mile Run and 1K Kids’ Race. Elmhurst. Great Western Freedom 4-Mile Run, 2-Mile Walk and Kids’ Dash. St. Charles.


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Frontier Days Stampede 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Arlington Heights.


5K Run! to End Homelessness 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Run. Chicago. McHenry River Run 10K and 5K Run/Walk. McHenry. Warrior Dash 10K, 5K and 1-Mile Obstacle Races. Joliet.


ET Lake Zurich Triathlon Olympic and Sprint Swim, Bike and Run. Lake Zurich.


Usole Burgers & Beer 5K Run. Chicago.


Sundowner 5K Run, Splash Dash, and Kids’ Races. Joliet.

SATURDAY, JULY 20 Splashes, Dashes & Spokes Youth Triathlon Saturday, July 20 at 8:30am Otter Cove Aquatic Park St. Charles 630-513-6200 March/April 2019

10K Run • 5K Run/Walk • Kids Safari Stampede Obstacle Course

SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019 Register at for the wildest race in town! All proceeds help keep the zoo free and open to all. • Mini obstacle course for kids to express their inner animal • USATF-certified, chip-timed courses • Beautiful route winding through Lincoln Park Zoo’s historic grounds • Limited-edition tech shirt • TEAM CHALLENGE: Largest team, fastest team, and biggest fundraiser win fun prizes!


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Participants who donate a minimum of $25 will earn a commemorative medal!


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Train for Success T raining for an upcoming race is exciting. Developing a training plan that keeps you moving toward your goals without injury is key. Many factors contribute to a successful training season. You need to be realistic in your goal setting, only increase your speed/distance in small increments, rest adequately, hydrate and eat right. These are the things we hear all the time but what else can you do?

Research supports that a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) will decrease the stress to lower extremities and prevent injury. Do you know your BMI? If not you can easily figure it out with an online BMI calculator. A healthy BMI will range from 18.5-24.9. Set a BMI goal for yourself if you are outside of that range. If you want to know how to set your BMI goal contact a trusted health care professional. The literature shows a link between improved core strength and posture with a decrease in both the number and severity of injuries. Very few athletes are properly trained in breathing, core activation and upright postural control while running. Endurance athletes tend to focus on the training hours and neglect the body postures and core stability needed to reach their goals safely. Is your posture normal and do you activate your core effectively? Try this test, from picture 1. Stand with your back against a wall and feet 2 inches from the wall, hip width apart. The back of your head, your

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Picture 1 shoulder blades and your butt should be touching the wall. There should be a space behind your neck and your low back. Feel the muscles needed to attain this posture. These muscles should be firing during every workout! Evidence suggests that alignment of the lower extremity from the hip to the ankle during training can predict the incidence of injury. Typically, poor alignment is due to a lack of hip stability strength, a decrease in hamstring length, a loss of rotational range of motion at the hip and tight calf muscles. Alignment is key in helping your body properly absorb the abnormal forces associated with training. Do you know how you line up? One quick assessment you can do is to stand in front of a mirror, on one leg. Slowly begin a single leg squat. Watch what happens to your knee. If your knee starts to cave in toward your opposite leg you have weak lower extremity stabilizing muscles. Clams and wall rainbows are designed to strengthen your gluteus medium and improve alignment. See pictures 2 and 3 to start improving now! Injuries are expensive to treat and take

Picture 3 time away from training. By following these evidence based tips, you can optimize your body position during training to avoid getting hurt. This information will help you focus on preventing injury, keep you running and saves money from health care costs. Wouldn’t you rather spend that money on a race entry fee? Physical therapists are trained to identify and fix alignment problems. There are exercises specific to your problem that you can do to improve your alignment. For more in-depth assessment of alignment or a running form analysis go see a Physical Therapist. Michelle Fink, PT Cert. MDT Owner Perform Physical Therapy , Inc 7023 S Willow Springs Rd. Countryside, IL. 60525 Michelle is an avid runner, biker and adventure racer. She has done over 10 marathons, 3 Boston marathons, the half Ironman, the Ascent up Pikes Peak and multiple 200 mile relay races.

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Fiesta Del Sol 5K Run/Walk. Hanover Park. Hemingway Running of the Bulls 8K Run. Oak Park. Humana Rock n’ Roll Chicago 2-Day Event with Half Marathon, 10K and 5K. Chicago. Insane Inflatable 5K Novelty Race. Joliet. Wauconda Park District Kids’ Triathlon. Wauconda. Finish with the Flag Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids’ Dash. Hoffman Estates.

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Wauconda Park District Adult Olympic and Sprint Triathlon. Wauconda. Chicagoland Inline Marathon, Half Marathon and 7K. Hoffman Estates.

THURSDAY, JULY 25 Run for Gus 5K Run, 1-Mile Walk and Kids’ Race. Chicago.



Muckfest Chicago 5K Obstacle Mud Race. Grayslake.


Glenview Park Center Sprint Triathlon and Aqua Bike Race. Glenview. Splash Pedal Dash Triathlon/Dash Pedal Dash Duathlon. Schaumburg.

Rugged Maniac 3-Mile Obstacle Course Race. Wilmont, WI. Tough Mudder 5K Obstacle Mud Race. 2-Day Event. Rockford.


Chicago Triathlon Sprint and International Distance courses plus Kids’ Triathlon. Chicago. Fort2Base 11.5- and 3.45-mile Run. North Chicago.


CowaLUNGa Bike Ride. Gurnee.


Naperville Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon, Aqua Bike, and Kids’ Triathlon. Naperville.


Illinois Lupus 1- and 3-Mile Fundraising Walk. Naperville. Stan’s Donut 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Chicago.


Woodridge Rotary Mini Triathlon and Kids’ Triathlon. Woodridge.



Twilight Shuffle 5K Run/Walk. Libertyville.


Itasca Oktoberfast 5K Run. Itasca. Run Mag Mile 10K and 5K Run. Chicago. GLASA Twilight Run, Rock, Roll 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Race. Lake Forest.

Through Des Plaines Des Plaines Park District· Annual Sk Run/Walk -- Presenting Sponsor --


Saturday, June 15 • 8:00a We'ue added The Millennium Mile A new 1-mile run that starts behind the 5k.

The Dash Through Des Plaines is our annual 5k run/walk where the people are fun, the community out to cheer, and it all benefits the The Park District Scholarship Fund. The flat course, through tree-lined streets in downtown Des Plaines, starts & finishes on Prairie & Pearson Street, but it doesn't end there: The after-party is at Tap House Grill in Metropolitan Square, where the food and drinks go on & on. Mark your race calendar today! Read more at Chip timed • Race shirts • Gear check • Medals... and more!

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4th Annual Bike for the Kids Distances include 2-mile family bike ride and 12, 25, 50 and 100 mile routes Sun. 9/8 at 12 p.m. Proceeds benefit Children with Developmental Disabilities & Delays 799 S. McLean Blvd., Elgin 630-620-4433 Naperville Trails Half Marathon. Wheaton. Brookfield ZooRunRun 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Kids’ Dash. Brookfield. Hero Hustle 10K, 5K Races and 1-Mile Obstacle Run. Glenview.

Fox Valley Kids’ Marathon 1.2-Mile Race. St. Charles. Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Fundraising Run/ Walk. St. Charles. Highlander Assault 4, 8, 12 and 24-Mile Obstacle Course Races. Holiday Hills.


Fox Valley Marathon, Half Marathon and 20Mile Race. St. Charles. Illinois Lupus Walk 1- and 3-Mile Fundraising Walk. Chicago. Quad Cities Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, 5K, 1-Mile and Kids’ Race. Moline.



Light the Torch 5K Night Run/Walk. Wheaton.


Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Fundraising Run/ Walk. Elk Grove Village. Terrain Race 2-Day Event with 5K and Kids’ Obstacle Races. Joliet. Venus de Miles Women’s 64- and 24-Mile Bike Ride. Wilmette.

Race Judicata 5K Run/walk. Chicago. judicata. Last Chance BQ.2 Boston Marathon Qualifier. Geneva. Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Fundraising Run/ Walk. Glenview.


SEA Blue Prostate Cancer 5K Run and Walk. Lincoln Park.



Chicago Half Marathon and 5K Run. Chicago.

Photo courtesy of St. Charles Park District,Youth Triathlon DeKalb Corn Classic 10K and 5K Race. DeKalb. KidFitStrong Fitness Challenge Completionbased Obstacle Course. Naperville. Have Fun? You Won! Kids’ Triathlon. Oswego.


Youth Triathlon

Saturday • July 20 8-11am James O. Breen Community Park St. Charles, Illinois

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Competition Groups: Ages 5-7 (#18143), Ages 8-10 (#18144) & Ages 11-15 (#18142)





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Kid-friendly, kid distances & kids only! SWIM the Crayfish Canal at Otter Cove, BIKE a closed parking lot course in the park and RUN the trails/grass. Race distances vary per age group. This is a Chronomix timed event. Awards and goody bags to all participants! Registration Fee: $40 per child (Early Bird Rate until July 6) $60 per child (July 7-20)

A great way to stay active and have fun!

Giant Steps for Autism 5K Walk. Sugar Grove. NAMI Run for Mental Health 5K Run/Walk. Batavia. Prairie State Half Marathon, 10K and 3.5-Mile Race. Long Grove. Montgomery River Run 5/10K. Montgomery.


Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Fundraising Run/ Walk. Crystal Lake. Bucktown 5K Run. Chicago. Race for the Kids 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Chicago. Let’s Move Elgin 10K/5K Run and Kids’ Race. Elgin. Rotary Run 10K, 5K and 3K Races. Hinsdale.


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International Chicago 5K Run. Chicago. Des Plaines River Trail Marathon, Half Marathon and 50-Mile Race. Vernon Hills. Scarecrow Scramble Nighttime 5K Run/Walk

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and Kids’ Race. Lisle.


Bank of America Marathon. Chicago. World’s Largest Corn Maze 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Spring Grove.


Country Sole Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Run/ Walk. Chicago. Light the Night Fundraising Walk. Chicago and Oak Brook. Pumpkins in the Park 5K Run and Kids’ Sprint. Chicago.


Run with the Nuns 5K Run/Walk. Lemont. This Runs for Jack 5K Run/Walk. Glen Ellyn. Light the Night Fundraising Walk. Glenview. Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon and 5K Run. Naperville. Red Eye 5K Run. Joliet.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 Moraine Valley Community College Health, Fitness, & Recreation Center Halloween 5K Run/Walk Children’s 1K Race Sat. 10/26 at 9 a.m. USATF-IL certified Family activities included.


Healthy Driven FraidyCat 5K, Ghost Run 10K and Meow Mile. Oswego.

NOVEMBER SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Cantigny 5K Sat. Nov 2 at 9AM Cantigny Park, Wheaton Beer Run 5K Run. Hoffman Estates. Hot Cider Hustle 2-Day Event with 8-Mile Run and 5K Run/Walk. Wheaton.


Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Run and 2-Mile Walk. Chicago. Ooh La La Chocolate Half Marathon and 5K Run/ Walk. Geneva.


Gobbler Hobbler 10K and Mashed Potato Mile. Oswego. March/April 2019

Chill William’s Veterans Day 5K Run. Chicago.

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Jingle Bell Run. Western Suburbs, Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Arthritis Foundation.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28 22nd Annual Naperville Noon Lions 5K Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Morning, Thurs. 11/28 at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit individuals with Vision and Hearing disabilities. Naperville Central High School, 440 Aurora Avenue, Naperville


Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 Moraine Valley Community College Campus 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Kid’s 1K Race at 10 a.m. Proceeds from the race will go toward the Moraine Valley Foundation, which provides need-based scholarships to students including FitRec employees.

Chicago Turkey Trot 8K/5K Run and Kids’ Race. Chicago. Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run. Elmhurst. Long Grove Turkey Trot 8K/5K Run and Kids’ Dash. Long Grove. McHenry Turkey Trot 5K Run. McHenry. North Shore Turkey Trot 10K and 5K Run. Highland Park. Bonfield Express 5K. Downers Grove.


Schaumburg Half Marathon and 5K. Schaumburg.


Annual 5K


Lion’s Club Reindeer Run 5K Run. Wheaton. Viking Dash Trail Run 15K, 10K, 5K and 13.1Mile Races. 2-Day Event. Crystal Lake.


Arctic Frog Endurance Run 50K, 25K and 15K Races. Libertyville. Jingle Bell Run. Chicago History Museum. Arthritis Foundation.


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Thanksgiving Morning (November 28) starting at 8:00 a.m. RACE LOCATION

Naperville Central High School, 440 Aurora Avenue, Naperville. Proceeds benefit individuals with Vision and Hearing disabilities

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Here’s your source for current and upcoming great events. Event information is subject to change without notice, therefore, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm – and be certain to tell ‘em you saw it in Suburban Family Magazine! If you have an event of regional interest, we’d love to hear from you. Send to “Great Events” Fax: 866-779-4320, E-mail: Mail: P.O. Box 1266, Westmont, IL 60559. Deadline for inclusion in the May/June issue is Friday, April 12.

MARCH FRIDAY, MARCH 1 FAMILY Fish Fry Fundraiser – Enjoy an all-you-caneat fish fry with proceeds benefiting SEASPAR’s recreation programs for individuals with disabilities. Seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 PM. Wheatstack, Lisle. Tickets available at SEASPAR. org or 630-960-7600. SATURDAY, MARCH 2 FAMILY Dog Admission Day - Visitors can bring their dogs with them to hike the Arboretum’s 16 miles of trails. Dogs are not allowed in any of the Arboretum’s buildings, the Children’s Garden or Maze Garden. $5 per dog plus Arboretum admission. 7 AM-sunset. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. ADULTS Body Mind Spirit Expo – Retail exhibitors offer everything from natural and holistic health products to spiritual books, enlightened art and crystals. Healers provide treatments from massage and yoga techniques to intuitive readings. $14 weekend admission includes free lectures, demos and admission to exhibit hall. 10 AM-7 PM. Midwest Conference Center, Northlake. 541-482-3722, Ext 2;; FAMILY Chords For Kids – A band concert for children with special needs and their families. 7PM. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. FREE admission. RSVP 630-637-7469.

FAMILY Opera Performance – Opera soprano Ce-

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leste Martino presents Girls Who Love Too Well!, a comical journey of anecdotes and her favorite opera arias. The program is entertaining and informative, highlighted by Martino’s extraordinary voice. Free with paid parking. 4 PM. Le Jardin at Cantigny Park, Wheaton.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5 SENIORS Mardi Gras Celebration – Celebrate Fat Tuesday with a catered lunch and live entertainment. For ages 60 and up. 11 AM-2:30 PM. Lemont Township Community Center. Fee, call for reservations 630-257-0515.

ADULTS Fundraiser – Benefiting the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, The Black & Red Bash includes cocktails, dinner, raffles, live and silent auctions, and a special performance of The Cher Experience featuring Lisa McClowry. 5:30-10 PM. The Abbington, Glen Ellyn. For reservations call WDSRA Foundation 630-681-0962.

FAMILY Greenhouse Tour – Take a behind-thescenes look at the park’s spring bedding plants and the beginning stages of its summer plant series on this guided tour. The greenhouse is normally closed to the public. Free with paid parking. 11 AM. Cantigny Park Greenhouse, Wheaton. Register at

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 ADULTS Body Mind Spirit Expo – Retail exhibitors offer everything from natural and holistic health products to

FRIDAY, MARCH 8 FAMILY Mother Son Dance – Embark on a safari adventure at the Mother Son Ball: It’s a Jungle out There! The event includes dancing, light refreshments, photos and reptiles. Ages 3-12 with an adult. 6-8:30 PM. Clauss Rec Center, Roselle.

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FAMILY Campfire in the Cabin – Escape the cold for an evening of fun around the fireplace. Enjoy a short hike through the woods to Merkle Cabin for stories, songs and hot chocolate. Ages 2 and up. 6:30-8 PM. Spring Valley Nature Center, Schaumburg. Fee, SATURDAY, MARCH 9 FAMILY Free Spring Infinity Fest – Join Infinity Foundation for a morning of playful family fun including play shops, magic, music, and arts and crafts. For parents and children ages 3 and up. 9 AM-12:35 PM. Infinity Foundation, Highland Park. Register at

FAMILY Free Musical Performance – Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and selected works by Mozart will be presented by the Christ Church Choir along with a professional orchestra and soloists. 3 PM. Christ Church, Oak Brook.

FAMILY Free Fitness Event – The “Fit-Nut Fest” includes group fitness and exhibitor demonstrations, personal training, healthy food tastings, take home recipes, massages, personal body screenings, prizes and giveaways. 9-11:30 AM. Fountain View Recreation Center, Carol Stream. csparks. org.

FAMILY Free KidsFest – Discover and celebrate the flora and fauna of the South American tropical rainforests. Children may come dressed as their favorite rainforest animal. Event includes hands-on educational activities, a scavenger hunt and crafts. 10 AM-2 PM. Oak Park Conservatory.

TEEN/ADULT First Aid and CPR/AED Certification – Training and certification for CPR and AED use for adults, children and infants along with first aid techniques. 1-3PM. Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, Glen Ellyn. Register at

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FAMILY St. Patrick’s Parade – Watch the antics of cheerful leprechauns, listen to award-winning local marching bands, watch colorful floats glide down the street and pay tribute to the walking units of veterans. 2 PM. Downtown St. Charles. ADULTS Pour & Pair Fundraiser – Mix and mingle with local artisans and history buffs to learn and taste what goes into making hand-crafted delicacies and drinks. This artisanal food and drink event benefits the Arlington Heights Historical Museum. Ages 21 and up. 7-9 PM. Arlington Heights Historical Museum. Purchase tickets at SUNDAY, MARCH 10 ADULTS Disabilities Discussion Panel – Join in a discussion about welcoming and working with people with disabilities. 10-11 AM. Congregation Etz Chaim, Lombard. 630-627-3912. ADULTS Polar Plunge – Take the plunge into the frigid waters of Twin Lakes in support of Special Olympics Illinois. Plungers will receive incentive prizes based on the amount of money they raise. Registration starts at 10 AM, the plunge starts at 12 PM. Twin Lakes, Palatine. Register at ADULTS History Presentation – Learn about the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the Good Roads Movement in Illinois. This presentation will investigate the intertwined histories of the abolition movement, President Lincoln’s role in emancipation and the Women’s Suffrage movement. 4-5 PM. Century Memorial Chapel, Naperville. TUESDAY, MARCH 12 SENIORS Let’s Do Lunch – Enjoy corned beef and cabbage, fresh fruit salad, rolls and dessert for lunch followed by bingo. Ages 60 and up. 12-2PM. Maryknoll Clubhouse, Glen Ellyn. Register at WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 KIDS Catapult Basketball – Join the STEAM Team in creating a portable basketball court using a cardboard box and catapult. Grades 4-8. 4:15 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register at ADULTS Art Demonstration – Create unique and dramatic drawings using powdered graphite pencils and Yupo paper. 7 PM. Bloomingdale Park District Museum. Fee, call to register 630-624-9545 or email ADULTS MasterMoms: Sleep for Children – Join Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Dr. Kymberly Larson, as she educates moms about proper sleep for children and adolescents. Bring a beverage of your choice, light snacks and dessert provided. 7-9PM. Lake Ellyn Boathouse, Glen Ellyn. Register at

cocoa after. 7:30-8:30PM. Ackerman Park, Glen Ellyn. Register at KIDS Little Leprechauns – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with stories, fun crafts and a special treat. Ages 3-5 with an adult. 10-11 AM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Fee, register at FAMILY Pond & Koi Society Club Meeting – Join the Midwest Pond & Koi Society’s monthly meeting to discuss construction of a pond. Everyone welcome, you don’t need to be a member to attend. Home Run Inn, Darien. Call for reservations 312-409-2081, SATURDAY, MARCH 16 FAMILY Royal Ice Princess Breakfast – Enjoy a Royal breakfast with the Ice Queen. Be prepared to “let it go” and have some fun – costumes welcome! 8:30 AM. Le Jardin at Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Fee, register at TEEN DIY Craft Station – Get in touch with your creative side at the craft DIY station. Grades 6-12. 11 AM- 6 PM. Evanston Public Library. FAMILY Pot of Gold Climb – Come and try your luck at climbing for “gold” and other treasures on the climbing wall. 1-3 PM. The Club at Prairie Stone, Hoffman Estates. Register at FAMILY Mother Son Game Night – Bring mom, grandma or an aunt to enjoy a variety of games, pizza and dessert. Ages 5-10. 6:30 PM. Pavilion, Elk Grove Village. Register at SUNDAY, MARCH 17 ADULTS Chapel Open House – Planning a wedding or renewal of vows? Brides and grooms will meet rental attendants and tour the chapel during this special open house. 11 AM-2 PM. Century Memorial Chapel, Naperville. FAMILY Spring Palette Art Show – Browse colorful oil paintings, watercolor paintings, prints, pencil drawings, glass and sculpture all by local artists. Event includes demonstrations, a raffle and some treats. 11 AM-4 PM. Gregg House Museum, Westmont. FAMILY Free Maple Syrup Festival – Celebrate the arrival of spring with a special day of activities including crafts, games, tree tapping and maple syrup history with syrup samples to taste. 11 AM-3 PM. River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 KIDS Shamrock Shuffle – Parents and their little ones are invited to celebrate St. Patty's Day with a fun musical session of songs, instruments and imaginative play. Ages 1-5 with an adult. 10-10:45 AM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Fee, register at WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 ADULTS Free Guided Nature Walk – Enjoy a casual walk led by the Glen Ellyn Park District’s Naturalist. Learn a little about the parks, including efforts underway to improve the natural features, and look for interesting wildlife and plants along the way. 9-10:30AM. Churchill Woods Forest Preserve, Glen Ellyn. KIDS Art Explosion Books – Make a book that will show off your art in a big way! Grades K-3, parents encouraged to attend. 4:15 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Registration open to library cardholders, THURSDAY, MARCH 21 FAMILY Make Dinner a Selfless Act Fundraiser – Dine out for lunch or dinner and support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program, which funds recreational programs for residents in need. 11 AM-9 PM. Houlihan’s, Naperville. Visit to digitally save or print the event flyer and bring it to the restaurant. FRIDAY, MARCH 22 KIDS Tween Night – Hang out, listen to music and compete in exciting games and contests. Grades 4-5. 7-9 PM. Pavilion Multipurpose Gym, Elk Grove Village. Fee, register at SATURDAY, MARCH 23 FAMILY Opera Performance – Save a drive to downtown Chicago as singers from Sinfonietta Bel Canto perform a repertoire that will delight and inform opera aficionados along with those who are new to this musical art form. Free with paid parking. 4 PM. Le Jardin at Cantigny Park, Wheaton. SUNDAY, MARCH 24 FAMILY Mom & Mini Day Out – Moms and daughters will enjoy a special day with games, crafts, shopping and pampering. Ages 5-10. 11 AM-3 PM. Chicago Marriott Naperville. Fee, MONDAY, MARCH 25 KIDS Pop-Up Adventure Playground – Drop in for a morning of free play, stocked with loose parts like card-

THURSDAY, MARCH 14 SENIORS St. Pat’s Luncheon – Wear your green, dance a little jig and eat some Irish food. Enjoy a specialty drink and great entertainment. Ages 55 and up. Community Recreation Center, Schaumburg. Fee, register at parkfun. com. FRIDAY, MARCH 15 FAMILY Free Moonlit Hike – Bundle up for a moonlit walk in nature and search for nocturnal animals, tracks, and discuss adaptations for winter conditions. Stay for hot March/April 2019

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade & River Dyeing – March 16. Enjoy one of Chicago’s most beloved parades and traditions. Dyeing of the Chicago River is at 9 AM, and the parade begins at 12 PM. Chicago Flower & Garden Show – March 20-24. Admire more than 700 plant varieties including roses, hydrangea, tulips, hyacinth, azaleas, veggies and more at the “Flowertales: Every Garden Has a Story to Tell” Flower & Garden Show. Navy Pier. Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo C2E2 – March 22-24. See your favorite pop culture TV and movie actors, voice artists, and authors. Enjoy art, exhibits (comics, gaming, anime, toys), panel discussions, autograph sessions, and special events. McCormick Place.

Shedd Aquarium Asleep with the Fishes – March 1, 15 and April 5, 19. This overnight event includes animal and science activities, an aquatic presentation, animal encounters, aquatic crafts, a scavenger hunt and a Caribbean reef feeding dive.

Maple Syrup Festival – March 23 and 24. Come and see the entire maple syrup-making process from tapping the tree and collecting the sap, to boiling it down into syrup. Take a walk through the sugar bush, enjoy storytelling, make a maple craft, warm yourself by the fire and taste real maple syrup fresh off the fire. North Park Village Nature Center Park.

Chicago Polar Plunge – March 3. Plunge into the chilly waters of Lake Michigan in support of Special Olympics Chicago. 10:30 AM. North Avenue Beach. Register at Family Day at the Museum of Contemporary Art – March 9 and April 13. This free monthly program features workshops, open studio sessions, gallery tours and perboard boxes, paper, tape and more. All ages welcome. 10 AM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. THURSDAY, MARCH 28 FAMILY Bingo and Pizza – Bring the whole family for a fun afternoon of bingo. The event includes 12 games of bingo, prizes, a snack, pizza and a drink. Ages 5 and up. 12:15-1:30 PM. Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Hall, Naperville. FRIDAY, MARCH 29 KIDS How to Be a Chess Detective – Learn how to see creatively and recognize opportunities to gain the upper hand from chess pro Bennett A. Joseph. Grades K-8. 10 AM-12 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Registration open to library cardholders,

APRIL MONDAY, APRIL 1 ADULTS Lecture Series: April Fools! – Join a game of “Two Truths and a Lie” about Colonel Robert R. McCormick’s Family. Attendees will hear three stories, two of which are historically accurate and one downright false. Free with paid parking. Suited for ages 14 and up. 3 PM. McCormick House, Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register at TUESDAY, APRIL 2 FAMILY Garden Tour – On this guided stroll, an expert from Cantigny Horticulture will discuss the park’s collection of flowering trees, shrubs and wildflowers and answer questions. 11 AM. Cantigny Park Visitors Center, Wheaton. 52 great events

Randolph Street Market Festival – March 30, 31 and THURSDAY, APRIL 4 ADULTS Cantigny Gardens 2019 Preview – Enjoy a free presentation by Cantigny Horticulture (about 90 minutes) highlighting the park’s plant selections and plans for the main gardens, golf course and Idea Garden, spring through fall. Free with paid parking. 9 AM. Cantigny Park Visitors Center, Wheaton. KIDS DIY Bath Fizzies – Make your very own bath fizzies and discover a great way to relax. Grades 6-12. 7 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register at FRIDAY, APRIL 5 KIDS Nerf Battle Night – Enjoy an action-packed night of Nerf gun battles. Participants are able to bring their own Nerf blasters from home, but additional equipment will be provided. Ages 6-9. 6-7 PM. Langendorf Park, Barrington. Fee, register at SATURDAY, APRIL 6 FAMILY Breakfast with the Bunny – Take your picture with the bunny and enjoy a breakfast of French toast, eggs, sausage, bacon and juice. Handmade crafts will be on sale. 9 AM. Garden Terrace, Elk Grove Village. Registration required, FAMILY Zoo Goes Blue for Autism – Brookfield Zoo is collaborating with Autism Speaks to take part in the annual Zoos Goes Blue campaign. Throughout the day, special Zoo Goes Blue activities will be taking place for families with children on the autism spectrum, including a quiet hour on the Carousel, a sensory-friendly Dolphins in Action presentation and special animal Zoo Chats. 10 AM-5 PM. Brookfield Zoo., 708-688-8000.

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April 27-28. More than 200 vendors showcase their antique housewares, furniture and clothing at this indooroutdoor festival. One of a Kind Spring Show® – April 26 – 28. The show features a variety of exceptional work from independent artists from across North America and beyond. The Mart, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza. Chicago Wine Fest – April 27. Enjoy great food and live musical performances while sampling some of the best varietals from around the world. Sessions at 12, 3:30 and 7 PM. Lincoln Park Zoo. Free Ancient Earth Day – April 27. Learn all about ancient trash and recycling. Practice creative engineering and innovative thinking to solve problems with limited resources, and use recycled and natural materials to craft your own Ancient Earth Day-inspired creations. 1-3 PM. Oriental Institute Museum. Treehouses Exhibit – Through June 2. Set foot into an indoor treehouse and explore who and what is living in the trees through stereoscopic viewfinders, tracking clues, natural artifacts and sounds. Roam from tree to tree to discover the many habitats that trees provide for animals large and small. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. and sons are invited to a fun-filled sports event. Participate in a variety of exciting sport competitions, make a craft and enjoy a snack. Ages 4-9. 11 AM-12 PM. Meineke Recreation Center, Schaumburg. Fee, register at FAMILY Day Art Workshop – Families are invited to participate in hands-on STEAM activities inspired by the interdisciplinary ideals of the Bauhaus. Available to all ages. Free with museum admission. 1-4 PM. Elmhurst Art Museum. TEENS Tween Night – Tweens will enjoy an evening of dodgeball, wiffle ball, rock climbing and interacting with friends. Each participant will receive a piece of pizza and water bottle. 4-7PM. Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, Glen Ellyn. Register at SUNDAY, APRIL 7 FAMILY Chicago’s Sweet Candy History – For most of its history, Chicago produced about one-third of the nation's candy. Learn the history of these tasty treats and explore what made Chicago such an ideal location for candy makers. It’s delicious fun. 4-5 PM. Century Memorial Chapel, Naperville. TUESDAY, APRIL 9 SENIORS Let’s Do Lunch – Enjoy a catered lunch followed by an Easter egg hunt with prizes and treats. Wii bowling and card games will also be available. Ages 60 and up. 12-2PM. Maryknoll Clubhouse, Glen Ellyn. Register at WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 ADULTS MasterMoms: Interior Design Tips – Learn “Designer Secrets” to making your home more beautiful and comfortable with Interior Designer, Sarah Coe. Bring a beverMarch/April 2019

age of your choice, light snacks and dessert provided. 7-9PM. Lake Ellyn Boathouse, Glen Ellyn. Register at ADULTS The Four C Notes Concert – Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute performs, with proceeds benefiting SEASPAR’s recreational programs for individuals with disabilities. 7 PM. Tivoli Theatre, Downers Grove. Tickets or 630-960-7600. FRIDAY, APRIL 12 FAMILY Father Son Nerf Battle – Grab your dads, grandpas or uncles and come out for a Nerf Battle! This action-packed evening will have fathers and sons competing in a variety of different nerf battles. Prior to the competition, pizza and dessert will be served. 6:30 PM. Jack A. Claes Pavilion, Elk Grove Village. Fee, register at KIDS Middle School Mania – Come hang out with your friends and DJ Ry Guy for some open gym fun! Grades 6-8. 7:30-9:30 PM. Westfield Gym, Bloomingdale. SATURDAY, APRIL 13 FAMILY Health and Wellness Fair – Discover tips and resources for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Courts Plus Health and Wellness fair will feature raffles and giveaways, free health screenings, personal trainers and samples from local vendors. 9 AM-12 PM. Courts Plus, Elmhurst. PETS Hound Egg Hunt – You and your favorite Next May hound will want to hop Coming on over to Town Square for aJune special 2019 Hound Egg Hunt! Dogs will hunt for eggs filled with treats and have their picture taken with the Easter bunny. Event includes a souvenir photo, eggs, raffle entry and goody bag for the first 200 dogs. 10 AM. Town Square, Palatine. Register at FAMILY Egg Hunt on the Island – All ages are invited to search for treat-filled eggs and enjoy free crafts, snacks and trolley rides. 1-3 PM. Stolp Island, Aurora. FAMILY Spring Fever Festival – Bring the whole family to this fun-filled spring festival featuring egg decorating, music, crafts, games, snacks, and a special guest appearance from the Easter Bunny. Ages 2 and up. 2-3:30 PM. Vaughan Athletic Center, Aurora. Fee, register at

and imaginative play. Ages 1-5 with an adult. 10-10:45 AM. Cantigny Park Visitors Center, Wheaton. Fee, register at WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 ADULTS Free Guided Nature Walk – Enjoy a casual walk led by the Glen Ellyn Park District’s Naturalist. Learn a little about the parks including efforts underway to improve the natural features, and look for interesting wildlife and plants along the way. 9-10AM. Churchill Park, Glen Ellyn.

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FAMILY Free Drive in Movie – Have some fun kicking off the holiday weekend with a special drive in showing of the movie Coco. The event also includes a bounce house, concessions and free giveaways. 6:30-10 PM, movie will play at dusk. Melas Sports Complex, Mt. Prospect. ADULTS Anticancer Living Presentation – Learn how you can reduce cancer risk and support treatment by focusing on six key areas of health and wellness. 7-8:30 PM. McDonald’s University Campus, Oak Brook.

. .. SF ’s we e k l y n e ws l e tte r of “ f a m i l y f r i e n d l y ” t h i n g s t o d o! Go to KIDS Candy Science – Join the STEAM Team and learn about science with sweet candy experiments. Grades 4-8. 4:15 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register at THURSDAY, APRIL 18 KIDS Easter Celebration – This holiday celebraarticles:Layout 1 2/18/19 3:44 PM tion will include stories, songs and crafts about bunnies, eggs and chicks plus a special treat. Ages 3-5 with an adult. 10-11 AM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Fee, register at

KIDS Flashlight Egg Hunt – Bring your flashlight and hunt for prize-filled eggs under the stars! Refreshments will be served. Ages 9-13, children must be accompanied by an adult. 7:30-8:15 PM. Knoch Knolls Park, Naperville. Fee, register at KIDS Flashlight Egg Hunt – Grab your flashlight to search for eggs filled with candy and toys. Redeem one of the “100 Year Special Eggs” for a grand prize basket. Ages 7-10. 8:30-9PM. Churchill Park, Glen Ellyn. Fee, register at PageFRIDAY, 1 APRIL 19

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ADULTS Only Egg Hunt – Leave the kids at home for an adult-only egg hunt. Search for hundreds of eggs filled with coupons, gift cards and candy. Ages 21 and up. 8:30-9:30PM. Lake Ellyn Boathouse, Glen Ellyn. Fee, register at SUNDAY, APRIL 14 FAMILY Free Musical Performance – The Passion: A Modern Musical Drama will be presented by the Christ Church Choir along with a professional orchestra and soloists. Family-friendly presentation; childcare available. 9 AM and 10:45 AM. Christ Church, Oak Brook.

KIDS Underwater Eggstravaganza – Egg hunts, entertainment, games and prizes are part of the fun. Egg hunts will be in the zero-depth pool and scheduled by age group throughout the evening. Ages 1-11 years old, all children must be accompanied by an adult. 6-8 PM. The Water Works, Schaumburg. Fee, register at

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FAMILY Party for the Planet – During this fun-filled event, participate in green-themed craft activities, help staff plant flowers and a tree, visit with representatives at the Eco Expo, and find about the animals at special Zoo Chats. 10 AM-5 PM. Brookfield Zoo. TUESDAY, APRIL 16 KIDS Bunny Hop – Parents and their little ones are invited to a fun Easter-themed session of songs, instruments March/April 2019

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adult. Check-in begins at 9:15 AM. Maryknoll Park, Glen Ellyn. Fee, register at KIDS Aqua Egg Hunt – Put on your bathing suit and search for eggs in the pool! 10 AM. Splash Central, Bartlett. Register at FAMILY Fun Night: Fly a Kite! – Bring the family for an evening devoted to kite flying! Bring your own kite or purchase a kit. Weather permitting, Chicago Kite will demonstrate some larger, fancier models. Free with paid parking. 5:30-7:30 PM. Parade Field at Cantigny Park, Wheaton. FAMILY Koi & Pond Society Club Meeting – Join the Midwest Pond & Koi Society’s monthly meeting to discuss growing beautiful roses. Everyone welcome, you don’t need to be a member to attend. Bohemian Crystal, Westmont. Call for reservations 312-409-2081, SATURDAY, APRIL 20 FAMILY Naperville Jaycees’ Egg Hunt – This longtime annual Naperville Jaycees tradition promises there will be lots of colorful eggs to find. The Jaycees also will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit Loaves & Fishes at the event; no glass containers. Event parking is limited. Ages 1-8. 9 AM. Frontier Sports Complex Softball Fields, Naperville. FAMILY Egg Hunt – Join the Elmhurst Park District at the annual Easter egg hunt in Wilder Park. Come early to meet the Easter Bunny and get ready for the egg hunt starting at 10 AM. The egg hunt will be followed by a Doggie Eggstravaganza including prizes for the best dog costumes. Wilder Park, Elmhurst. FRIDAY, APRIL 26 FAMILY Free Arbor Day Celebration – Bring the family to celebrate Arbor Day with the Arlington Heights Park District and the Village of Arlington Heights. Enjoy refreshments, entertainment, presentations and a tree planting ceremony. 9:30 AM refreshments, 10 AM program begins. Greenbrier Park, Arlington Heights. FAMILY Arbor Day Tree Planting and Story Time – Celebrate Arbor Day with a visit from Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat. Enjoy a group reading of Curious George Plants a Tree, and join in to plant a tree in the Children’s Garden. Free with Arboretum admission. 11 AM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. PETS Dog Dayz – Come bring your furry friend for an event dedicated to them! Enjoy a kiddy pool, temporary dog park, treats and dog-friendly vendors. Don’t have a dog? Come meet some adoptable dogs from local shelters. The fee for this event is two donation items for participating shelters or a monetary donation. 4:30-6:30 PM. Community Center Senior Parking Lot, Rolling Meadows. SATURDAY, APRIL 27 ADULTS Shredding Event and One Day Zero Enrollment – Bring documents to be shredded; limit of 2 large cardboard banker boxes or paper bags not to exceed 10 lbs. per item. No need to get out of your vehicle as volunteers will unload your boxes (boxes will be returned to you). Zero Enrollment at Fort Hill Fitness Center will be offered on this day only. 8-11 AM. Fort Hill Activity Center, Naperville. 54 great events

FAMILY Bike Swap – Need a bike? Have a bike to sell? Do both at the annual Bike Swap sponsored by the Arlington Heights Bicycle Club. Bike drop off 8-9:15 AM, Bike sale 10 AM-2 PM. Centennial Park, Arlington Heights. Pre-register items for sale at FAMILY World Penguin Day – This fun-filled event will feature penguin-themed activities and crafts, special zoo chats and opportunities to meet penguins up close. 10 AM-3 PM. Brookfield Zoo.

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. .. SF ’s we e k l y n e ws l e tte r of “ f a m i l y f r i e n d l y ” t h i n g s t o d o! Go to ADULTS Free Wedding Decor Resale Shop – Keep your wedding or upcoming special event on budget with the Annual Decor Swap. Find slightly used and unused items such as vases, candles, centerpieces, shoes, guest books and more. 10 AM-1 PM. Wilder Mansion, Elmhurst. FAMILY Earth Day Fair – This free event includes children’s activities, eco-friendly vendors, green living tips, energy-saving information, and more. 1-4 PM. Fort Hill Activity Center, Naperville. KIDS Superhero Smash – Bring out your superhero for an afternoon of games, crafts, snacks and real-life superheroes. Ages 2-9. 2-3:30 PM. Eola Community Center, Aurora. Fee, register at ADULTS Chicago Zoological Society Fundraiser – The 38th annual Whirl fundraising gala at Brookfield Zoo with feature a cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, a raffle, live auction and paddle raise. Proceeds support the animals at Brookfield Zoo as well as the Chicago Zoological Society’s conservation, education and research programs. 6:30 PM. Brookfield Zoo. Register at or 312-553-2000. SUNDAY, APRIL 28 FAMILY Autism Speaks Walk – Start a team, join a team or come on your own. Walk and fundraise together to enhance the lives of people living with autism. 9 AM. New Trier High School, Northfield. Register at

ONGOING FAMILY Troll Hunt – Troll sightings have been reported in the wood of The Morton Arboretum! Visitors can seek out six enormous trolls created from reclaimed wood by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. Free with Arboretum admission. Daily in March and April. 7 AM-sunset. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. FAMILY First Fridays – 3/1 and 4/5. First Fridays is a free monthly night of arts and culture in downtown Aurora. Enjoy art openings, live music, family-friendly activities, suburban family |

trolley rides and more. 5 PM-Midnight. Downtown Aurora. FAMILY PaleoFest – 3/2 and 3/3. Experience fossil fun for the whole family! Explore hands-on paleo stations, venture through unique exhibits, take a workshop and learn from world-renowned paleontologists. Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford. KIDS Winter Play – Enjoy wintertime fun in the Children’s garden such as painting snow or building a fort. Free with Arboretum admission. Daily in March, weather permitting. 11 AM-3 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. FAMILY Arbor Reading Adventures – This interactive drop-in story time includes nature-based stories, crafts and an adventure walk in the Sterling Morton Library and throughout the grounds of the Arboretum. $5 per child plus Arboretum admission. Wednesdays and Fridays in March. 11-11:45 AM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. ADULTS Women of Faith Conference – 3/8-3/9. The IF: Western Suburbs Women’s Conference will include live worship and biblical teachings, giveaways, raffles, food, and shopping where all proceeds benefit under-resourced women both locally and globally. Christ Church, Oak Brook. Register at FAMILY Free Nature Discovery Days – 3/10, 3/24. Enjoy fun hands-on activities, games, crafts and experiments. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 1-4 PM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Naperville. ADULTS Free Heart’s Desire Exhibit – Contemplate the power of love at the Heart’s Desire: Reflections on Love & Marriage exhibit. View unique 19th and 20th-century wedding dresses alongside images of the brides who wore them. Explore romantic traditions including flowers, cake accessories and exquisitely detailed valentines spanning 100 years. Sunday, Tuesday-Friday 1-5 PM and Saturday 10 AM-5 PM. Through March 17. Elmhurst History Museum. FAMILY Orchid Exhibit – Nicholas Conservatory is teaming with color! View hundreds of tropical orchids creatively displayed in a warm tropical exhibition area. There is something for everyone including orchid sales, presentations and workshops. Through March 17. Tuesday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM, Saturday and Sunday 10 AM-3 PM. Nicholas Conservatory, Rockford. ADULTS Art Exhibit – Browse a collection of artwork created by members of the Bloomindale Artists Association. Select works offered for sale. Through March 19. Monday/ Wednesday/Friday 10 AM-5 PM; Tuesday/Thursday 10 AM-7 PM; Saturday 10 AM-2 PM. Masterpiece Framing, Bloomindale. 630-624-9545. FAMILY Windy City Coin Op & Antique Advertising Show – 3/30, 3/31. This unique pop culture event features collections of vintage slot machines, penny arcade games, pin-ball machines, video games, comics, antiques and more. Saturday 9 AM-5 PM, Sunday 9 AM-3 PM. DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton. Fee, ADULTS Raising a Teen in a Contrary Culture – 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18. Join Moms with Teens in exMarch/April 2019

ploring the book Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture by Mark Gregston. Learn about new parenting styles and ways to engage with teens. 9:30-11:30 AM. Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington. Fee, call to register 847-765-5000. ADULTS Theater Production – 3/8-3/24. BrightSide Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Fridays and Saturdays 8 PM, Sundays 3 PM. Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, Naperville. Tickets available at FAMILY Free Nature Discovery Days – 3/10 and 3/24. Learn about animal babies through hands-on activities, games, crafts, experiments, nature books and more. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. 1-4 PM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Naperville. kknc. FAMILY Women’s History Month – Celebrate women’s history month with special presentations and programs throughout March. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register at FAMILY Maple Syrup Hikes – 3/9-3/24. A sure sign that spring is on the way is the tapping of maple trees. Join a one-hour hike and witness the wonder of turning sap from sugar maple trees into sweet maple syrup. Hikes are available on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-2 PM. Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods. Fee, registration required ADULTS French Cooking Classes – 3/16 and 4/20. Learn how to prepare classic French dishes with Executive Chef Bruce Williams. 10 AM-12 PM. Mon Ami Gabi, Oak Brook. Call for reservations 630-472-1900.

9-16 can attend with an accompanying adult. Register kids on-site only and a $5 fee applies. FAMILY Arbor Weekend Celebration – 4/264/28. Celebrate Arbor Day in the Children's Garden. Plant tree seeds, investigate tree cookies and go on a hunt for five unique trees throughout the garden. These are self-guided, hands-on discovery activities. Free with Arboretum admission. 11 AM-4 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. FAMILY Woodcarving Show – 4/27 and 4/28. “Artistry in Wood,” presented by North Suburban Carvers, features many of the Midwest’s finest woodcarvers exhibiting their work and offering one-of-a-kind items for sale. Visitors will see a wide variety of carvings and carving styles, plus demonstrations. Free with paid parking. 9 AM-4 PM. Cantigny Park Visitors Center, Wheaton. FAMILY Free Art Exhibit – Get hands-on with the works of master artist Marc Chagall at the Chagall for Children exhibit. Create mosaics, weave tapestries, use touch screens to digitally alter Chagall’s masterpieces, create flower arrangements, conduct symphonies and even insert yourself into one of his paintings. Through April 7. Arlington Heights Memorial Library. KIDS Build It! Exhibit – Calling all little architects: experience a twist on an old favorite—the building block! Explore the seven stages of block play with a wide selection of unique and interesting blocks of all shapes and sizes. Through June 30. Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview.

FAMILY Free Nature Exploration – Nestled on the east bank of the Fox River, the Red Oak Nature Center is surrounded by 40 acres of lush forest and wildlife habitat. Enhance your hiking experience with a Nature Exploration Bag filled with activities, tools and information on a variety of topics including caves, birds, insects and geocache. Tuesday-Friday 9 AM-4:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday 10 AM-3 PM. Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia. FAMILY Interactive Exhibit – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, brings to life the themes presented in the award-wining PBS Kids series. Play, sing, explore and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from the Neighborhood. Through May 12. DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville. FAMILY Art Exhibit – The work of a renowned comic book artist is coming to the Dunn Museum. Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross will feature a mini documentary and both 2D and 3D art including some of Marvels greatest heroes and villains. March 9 through September 8. Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM and Sunday 12-5 PM. Dunn Museum, Libertyville. FAMILY Free History Exhibit – Take an interactive journey through Elmhurst history at the By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst exhibit. See the award-winning tabletop map filled with photos from various eras, explore fascinating object towers on different themes and watch a video on Elmhurst history. Sunday, Tuesday-Friday 1-5 PM and Saturday 10 AM-5 PM. Elmhurst History Museum.

PET SHOW Chicagoland Family Pet Expo – An unbeatable, one-stop venue for pet products and services! March 15, 16 & 17. Arlington International Racecourse, Arlington Heights. FAMILY Ape Awareness Weekend – 4/6 and 4/7. Swing over to Brookfield Zoo to hang out with the apes that live in the zoo’s Tropic World. The event will feature special Zoo Chats about each of the species as well as ape-related activities. 10 AM-5 PM. Brookfield Zoo. FAMILY Fox River Arts Ramble – 4/13 and 4/14. Experience art from Aurora to Elgin. Visit participating galleries and enjoy an art-filled weekend in downtown Aurora and all along the Fox River. 10 AM-5 PM. Downtown Aurora. FAMILY Easter Egg Hunt – 4/13 and 4/14. Hundreds of plastic eggs will be hidden on the property at this colorful rain or shine event for all ages. The format is “open house” so come at any time during event hours both days. Take a photo with the Easter Bunny, make a craft and watch the movie “Peter Rabbit” at the Visitors Center. Bring a basket or decorate a carrying bag. 10 AM-4 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. FAMILY Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories Show – 4/25-4/28. Spring is in full bloom at the TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Shop Spring products such as jewelry, fashion, accessories, gift, décor, beauty and gourmet. KIDS DAY ON SUNDAY, APRIL 28th. Kids aged March/April 2019

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Catch 35 Seafood & Steaks Whether it’s a casual evening out or lunch with friends, Catch 35 delivers the freshest seafood in Chicago and suburbs. Dive into Catch 35’s Lent Fish Frenzy menu featuring fried, grilled, and steamed seafood specials all day, every day during Lent. All you care to enjoy Fish Fry is available every Friday at Catch 35 Naperville from March 8th thru April 19th, 2019. Prime cuts of beef and free-range chicken dishes round out the menu. Stop in for lunch-Catch 35’s lunch menu offers Signature plates, crispy seafood platters, and entrée salads. The vibrant and lively atmosphere at Catch 35 paired with customizable menus is perfect for your next private party. Check out our daily bar and dining specials on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or at Locations: 35 W. Wacker, Chicago, 312-346-3500 and 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630-717-3500.

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Mon Ami Gabi Mon Ami Gabi is the perfect place to host your holiday event. Let our seasoned Catering Manager Jessica help you plan your special occasion from start to finish. With two private rooms located off the main dining room, both feature glass paneled French doors, deep mahogany wood, rich leather banquettes and a mosaic tile floor. Treat your guests to our signature Steak Frites, boutique French wine pairings and decadent dessert. To inquire, contact Jessica today at




Grabbing lunch at Oakbrook Center? Enjoy Mon Ami Gabi’s Express Lunch menu. For $19.95, enjoy a three-course meal complete with choice of Soup Du Jour or Salad, entree items like Classic Prime Steak and Atlantic Salmon, and choice of Chocolate Mousse, Sorbet Du Jour or Un Profiterole for dessert. SAVE THE DATES! French Classics Cooking Classes with Executive Chef Bruce Williams, 10am to 12pm on Saturday, March 16 and April 20. Call 630-472-1900 for more information or to make a reservation. Mon Ami Gabi is located at the east side of Oakbrook Center mall, near Neiman Marcus at 260 Oakbrook Center Oak Brook, IL 60523.



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Shikara 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.

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