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Capture That Family Vacation Feeling

FROM HOME By Deanne Haines


re you missing the fun and adventure of a far-away family trip this year? Capture that vacation feeling closer to home with these seven activities. The best part? Your family still reaps the benefits of a memory-making, family bonding experience to reminisce about years later.

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May 21st: Club Meeting

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Jun 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th:Garden Centers MPKS table with Pond Tour Maps & Club Info Visit web site for garden center locations.

June 19TH: Club Meeting Topic: Myron & Ellen of Kloubec Koi Farm Hidden Gardens, Willowbrook IL


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Participate in a new family adventure Trying new activities outside your comfort zone is often a highlight of a vacation. You can find adventures close to home that offer the same thrilling excitement. Has your family ever gone mountain biking, kayaking, or ziplining? What about learning how to ride a horse, play disc golf or stand-up paddle board? Choose an activity no one in the family has done before and learn something new together.


Pitch a tent and camp under the stars Sleeping under the stars can help your family feel worlds away even while in your own backyard or a local campground. Pitch a tent and suburban family |

escalate the fun with unique food cooked over a fire. Hot dogs and s’mores may be the family favorite, but other campfire fare can take it up a notch. Cook meat kebabs, bacon wrapped around bread dough, even grilled cheese sandwiches over the fire. Before darkness settles in, take the kids on a scavenger hunt for rocks, sticks or leaves of a certain shape or color.Then, gather around the fire and tell stories. Waking up to sunshine overhead and birds singing right outside your tent is a peaceful reminder you’re far from your usual routine.


Hike in a new-to-you park Hiking increased in popularity last year due to COVID-19 shutdowns and social distancing requirements. In fact, the OutMay/June 2021

Take your adventures to new heights! The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a one-of-a-kind adventure park that will Exhilarate, Educate, and Entertain adventurers of all ages and abilities. From ropes courses, ziplines, and climbing walls, to mountain biking, hiking trails, and paddlesports, to adventurous dining options, movies and concerts, and so much more, you can explore, play, and experience adventure outdoors like never before. Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Head to to learn more.

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Escape to Africa via a livestreamed safari Do your kids love seeing animals in their natural habitat? Is an African safari on your bucket list? It’s a dream of Lisa Leffel and her family of four, but for now they experience the thrill of an African safari from home by tuning in to the livestream of WildEarth’s daily safaris. Not just an ordinary virtual visit to Africa - a camera operator actually tags along with a naturalist on a safari through different African parks and livestreams the whole thing. Kids love tuning in because it’s so unpredictable – it broadcasts in real time whatever the team happens to stumble on that day. Leffel enjoys the unscripted commentary by the

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Plan a themed dinner with global cuisine and ambiance to match Sampling local food can be a fun part of a vacation. Create that experience at home by trying your hand at a new recipe (or order takeout!) consisting of foods from a favorite vacation destination – or a place you hope to visit. Hawaiian luau or Mexican fiesta anyone? Pair fun beverages to match the meal and tailor the ambiance by playing music from the area, decorating for the destination and the part. FB even LIKEdressing fill 12.17:Layout 1 12/15/17



experienced guides. “There is always something new to learn because no two safari drives are the same.” Viewers can talk via the chat function and ask questions about what they’re seeing. The guide answers questions in real time on the livestream. Live safaris are streamed twice a day on WildEarthTV’s YouTube channel or Facebook page.



door Industry Association found that hiking rose in participation more than any activity measured in April, May and June of 2020 compared to those months in 2019.That’s not surprising since families were eager to get out of the house while still being active and staying safe. Hiking can be a great way to explore new sights and make family memories – especially if you plan a day of it. Pack a picnic, watch for wildlife, and pose for pictures along the trail – everything you’d do if you were hiking hundreds of miles away on a family vacation.

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Create an all-out destination day at home

If you want to take the themed dinner idea to another level, meet Stephanie Williams, mom of 3. Her family had to cancel a trip to Disney due to COVID lockdown, so she got creative. “We felt the kids needed a little pick-me-up, so we came up with three staycation days,” says Williams. The plan? Take her family on a trip to Disney, Las Vegas and a Jamaican cruise without ever leaving their house. With packed suitcases and (fake) airline tickets in hand, the family of five boarded the airplane (rows of seats in the living room) and took off for their ‘destination’ – airline snack and drink included! The Disney day included Mickey Mouse t-shirts for all, Mickey Mouse pancakes and a makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. The kids experienced a thrilling adventure as they watched virtual rides on TV while sitting in baskets rocked back and forth by mom and dad.Then the family all took part in a Minion drawing session following a “How-to” video.Williams’ favorite day was the cruise where they began with a safety check (everyone wearing their floaties), and then spent the day lounging on a hammock on the island (aka backyard), doing outdoor crafts, May/June 2021


grabbing snacks and drinks from a makeshift tiki bar, playing in the inflatable pool, coloring their own souvenir t-shirts and playing bean bag toss.They topped off the night with a fancy captain’s dinner and karaoke talent show. As for the Vegas day – well, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.The entire family had a blast with the elaborate ‘vacation’ days.

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Catch the sunrise or sunset Research a local spot that captures the beauty of the sunrise or sunset in a magical way. Grab your kids (and your camera!) to experience the gorgeous glow on a hill or reflecting off water, a couple miles away or a couple hours from home. Sure, your kids may have early bedtimes or like to sleep in in the mornings, but those habits often get thrown out the window during vacation anyway. What better way to escape your normal routine, get away from the real world and experience the golden hour in the great outdoors? If your family is getting stir-crazy and wanderlust is setting in, capture that vacation feeling by recreating travel experiences closer to home. It may not be a typical vacation, but the family bonding is real, providing fun family memories for years.


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he upcoming summer may not look like summers of the past but with the abounding resources available in this issue and a little planning, you can discover the joys of the season again. Visit Naperville! The Sun is shining; restaurants are opening their outdoor seating; hotel rooms are being booked. Practice your golf swing on one of six golf courses or walk along the Riverwalk. Then, discover various attractions, such as Topgolf, Naper Settlement or DuPage Children’s Museum. Make it the perfect staycation by booking a room at a wonderful Naperville hotel. Check out to explore the calendar of events, attractions and accommodations. We hope to see you soon! [See our ad on the Back Cover.] Arlington Heights is Open for Business! Arlington Heights is open for business, offering an abundance of opportunities to shop, dine, and play! Discover exciting Downtown ambiance with some of the most unique and eclectic boutique stores in the Chicago area. Savor Chicagoland’s best outdoor dining atmosphere with Arlington Alfresco. Your table awaits you now, with over 30 Downtown restaurants and eateries and 100+ throughout the community. And stay for live theater… outdoors! As the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre presents the beloved musical Little Shop of Horrors, with outdoor evening performances through June 19th. For more great experiences, visit www.DiscoverArlington. com. [See our ad on Inside Back Cover.] All the Best of Naperville on Water Street Water Street is your spot to shop, dine, spa, stay and celebrate! Anchored by the beautiful Hotel Indigo and nestled along Naperville’s famed Downtown Riverwalk, Water Street invites you to discover fabulous restaurants offering everything from sushi to tacos to ice cream, Mediterranean to wine-pairings and cocktails with the best-ever sunset view. Escape to an award-winning experiential spa and 10 out & about

salon, discover gift and apparel shopping for men and women or plan your dream wedding or event here! www.waterstreetnaperville. com [See our ad on Inside Front Cover.] WhirlyBall Whether you’re planning your next date night, work outing or family gathering, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! Choose from a variety of activities including WhirlyBall, LaserTag, HyperBowling and bowling. Enjoy delicious food, craft beer and signature cocktails at The Pivot Room, open for lunch and dinner daily. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800. www.whirlyball. com [See our ad on Page 3.] Ottawa, Illinois The Middle of Everywhere Ottawa, Illinois is a vibrant tourist destination located 80 miles outside of downtown Chicago. It is often considered to be “In the Middle of Everywhere,” located in the heart of the state, central to several major Illinois cities and drive markets, and within a stone’s throw of many diverse activities–from lush and natural outdoor areas to renowned cultural and historic attractions. Those who visit Ottawa, Illinois take note of its friendly and neighborly, hometown feel. Ottawa Visitors Center. www. 815-434-2737 [See our ad on Page 5.] Authentic Adventure Awaits in Lemont Only 45 minutes from Chicago, Lemont is the perfect place for your friends and family to enjoy great outdoor activities, surrounded by a historic downtown with quaint shops and dining to satisfy any palate. Enjoy biking and walking along the I&M Canal path, or enjoy the nation’s largest outdoor adventure park – The Forge: Lemont Quarries. End the day enjoying a meal at one of a variety of familyowned restaurants. Your authentic adventure starts at [See our ad on Inside Front Cover.] The Forge: Lemont Quarries The Forge is a one-of-a-kind outdoor adventure park located near downtown Lemont. Our motto is: Adventure comes in endless suburban family |

forms. From our high-adventure ropes course, mountain biking, paddlesports, to outdoor laser tag, adventure dining, concerts & movies, and more, The Forge has something for everyone of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Check out all we have to offer at www. Oswego Country Market Visit the Oswego Country Market from 9:00am to 1:00pm every Sunday from June 6 - September 26. Enjoy fresh air shopping with plenty of choices to buy fresh, locally grown produce, specialty foods, meats, cheeses, baked goods and handmade items. Oswego’s Country Market is located on Main Street in charming downtown Oswego. Street parking is available. Follow the Market on Facebook at “Camp Local” with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County! Looking for a nearby escape (and a return to outdoor, family fun)? Camp Local with us! Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin and Big Rock Campground in Big Rock offer tent and RV camping with electric and water hook-ups. Take a hike. Catch a fish. Enjoy time away, under the stars. Camp sites range from $15 to $35 per day. Campgrounds are open May through late October. Call 630-444-1200 or visit for details. 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, road trips, and a pond tour. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting. Visit our web site for more information. St. Charles Fine Art Show Browse the work of 100’s of artists across a variety of mediums including clay/ceramics, digital art, sculpture, jewelry and photography. Free admission and parking. Sat., May 29 and Sun., May 30. 10 AM-6 PM. Downtown St. Charles. May/June 2021


OTTAWA UNCORKED June 5-6 Enjoy wine from nearly 20 Illinois wineries! Sample and purchase wines made right here in Illinois, many of which are the product of Illinois-grown grapes. Fabulous food, amazing live music, outdoor arts and crafts market and much more! Downtown Ottawa 815-434-2737 [See our ad on Page 5.]

It’s Fairs and Festival season and although many of our local favorites have had to cancel again this year, many others are moving forward following the CDC guidelines to ensure a safe and fun time for all. Please check with organizer before you go as circumstances may have changed since time of print. Skokie Festival of Cultures – Multi mini events in May. Cultural booths, folk music, dance, arts and crafts. Check back for locations in Skokie. Wine on the Fox – 5/1 & 2. Entertainment, food and premier wine tasting. Hudson Crossing Park, Oswego. Lilac Time Fair – 5/1 – 16. Art and craft vendors, food, entertainment and free Kids Zone. Downtown Lombard. Food Truck Festival – 5/7. 5 to 10PM. 20 local and regional food trucks, art and live music. Benton St., Aurora. Chocolate Festival – 5/14-16. Chocolate vendors, live music, children’s activities and roaming performers. Downtown Long Grove. KITES IN FLIGHT May 23 Chicago Kite will fill the skies above Heritage Harbor with colorful, awe inspiring kites of all sizes and designs. Watch the graceful beauty of the kites and wander through the craft and food vendors. Ottawa, IL 815-434-2737 [See our ad on Page 5.] Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest – 5/29-30. Local tribute bands, family entertainment, arts and crafts vendors. Sheffield Ave., Chicago.

JUNE Taste of Wheaton – 6/3-6. Carnival, arts and crafts, and entertainment. Downtown Wheaton. Lincoln Park Wine Fest – 6/4-6. More than 80 varietals, food/wine pairings, artists and dancing. Jonquil Park, Chicago. May/June 2021

Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival – 6/5-6. Show hosts 130 juried artists, food and kids’ activities. Downtown Hinsdale. Old Canal Days – 6/10-13. Arts and crafts, carnival, entertainment, food, beer and wine tent. Downtown Lockport. Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest – 6/1113. Local wine, fresh lobster, live jazz and outdoor market. Downtown Ottawa. Old Town Art Fair – 6/12-13. Artists, urban garden walk, music and kids’ activities. Old Town Triangle Historic District, Chicago. Wells Street Art Festival – 6/12-13. Six-block art fair with music and kids’ play area. Old Town, Chicago. Riverside Arts Weekend – 6/12-13. Juried artists, fashion show, live entertainment, kids’ activities. Guthrie Park, Riverside. Blues on the Fox – 6/18-19. Popular blues artists perform at this annual event. Children welcome with parents. RiverEdge Park, Aurora. Chicago Pride Fest – 6/19 – 20. Legendary two-day street festival all about LGBTQ+ life, culture and community. Chicago. Wauconda Fest – 6/24-27. Carnival rides, wine tasting, car show and more. Main St., Wauconda. Swedish Days Festival – 6/24-27. Entertainment, carnival rides, kids’ activities and parade. Geneva. Homer Community Festival – 6/24-27. Carnival, live music, parade and fireworks. Heritage Park, Homer Glen. Strawberry Fest – 6/25-27. Unique, strawberry-centric food, pie eating contents, carnival rides and entertainment. Downtown Long Grove. Festival of the Arts – 6/26 – 27. Hundred juried artists from around the world in a variety of mediums. Highland Park. Pride in the Park – 6/26-27. National and local music acts celebrating the LGBT community. Grant Park, Chicago.

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Golf Links & Tips Golf Tip: Body Pivot - One of the most important parts of our golf swing is the body pivot. Understanding the correct way to rotate the body key to hitting good shots. The pivot includes rotation of the body and the shifting of weight from the start of the swing to the finish. A correct pivot movement creates power and promotes solid impact with the golf ball. Backswing Pivot: Start yourself in an athletic golf posture and start to rotate the torso around the spine while maintaining your upper body tilt. Shift weight and build pressure onto the trail foot as you rotate away from the target. At the top of the backswing, your lead shoulder should point downward toward ground, and weight should be balanced on the inside of the trail foot. 12 out & about

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Ron Skubisz, Manager & PGA Golf Pro 845 N. Second Avenue in Pottawatomie Park. 630-584-8356

Pro at St. Charles Park District. Take a tip from the master of family entertainment – DisneyTM, which continually stresses the need to view the world through the eyes of a child. By playing from the same tees and using clubs that will travel the same distance as your child’s stroke, you will get to spend quality time during the round and create a realistic goal for your child of hitting shots further than you. I highly recommend practicing on a putting green or short game practice area that provide a great opportunity to teach proper posture, grip and alignment. One of my favorite activities is to form teams among family members and create competitions. The ultimate benefit is improvement in putting and short game which account for nearly 70% of the shots taken in a normal round of golf. Remember the goal is to have fun, be creative, and let your child create games that are fun through their eyes while instructive in the FB LIKE fill 12.17:Layout 1 12/15/17 fundamentals through your eyes.



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Downswing Pivot: Shift weight toward the target onto the lead foot to initiate the transition from the top of the backswing to the downswing. Uncoil the muscles that were rotated around the spine during the backswing and maintain the body tilt and posture. At impact, your hips should be rotated open to the target slightly more than the shoulders and keep your head (and eyes) in a steady position to ensure solid contact with the golf ball.


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By Kimberly Blaker

o your child’s birthday is just around the corner, but you don’t have time to plan and prepare the perfect party? Don’t despair. There are plenty of fun places to hold kids’ parties that’ll save you time in planning, preparation, and cleanup. Most importantly, your birthday child and guests will have a blast. Try some of these party places for kids of all different ages.When you call, ask what amenities are available and included. Many sites provide invitations, food and cake, balloons and decorations, a private party area, a gift for the birthday child, and other special birthday services. Also, ask questions to make sure it will be a safe environment for your guests during the pandemic. In particular, what are the mask and social distancing requirements for both employees and guests.

– Bowling parties are a fun form of recreation for kids of all ages. Preschoolers can score every time with bumper bowling, while teens can go cosmic for glow in the dark fun. Add to the amusement by offering small prizes for low and high scores and the most and fewest gutters. – Preschool and early elementary children thrill at invitations to these parties. They can play kiddie arcade-style games, win tickets for prizes, hop on coin-operated rides, and romp in soft play areas. – Head to a wave pool or water park where big kids can ride the waves, swish down water slides, take a plunge, and go on tubing adventures. What better way cool off and party on a hot summer day? Indoor water parks a fun alternative for the colder months. Check with your nearby farm, ranch, or apple orchard to find out what activities are offered. Many include hayrides, petting zoos, corn mazes, apple picking, and more. These are perfect for fall birthdays. – Recreation and fitness centers offer a wide variety of activities for birthdays, including gymnastics, swimming, basketball, and arts and crafts.

When sending out invitations, be sure to mention that everyone will be required to wear masks. You could even offer to provide a fun dinosaur or butterfly disposable mask for each child.

– Check with your local dance studio for birthday party packages. Some offer professional dance instruction and allow food and party treats to be brought in, so the whole shebang is done right there.

- Roller skating rinks are again gaining popularity, and most offer a choice of inline or roller skate rentals for today’s kids. Also, consider ice-skating and ice or a roller hockey party as a fun alternative.

– Big kids will be in awe to see one of their favorite performers in concert. For young children, look for a kiddie musical adventure offered by an area musician or music center.

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– Young kids love to create. So schedule a craft party at a fabric shop, craft store, or scrap-recycling center where kids’ activities are offered. – Kids will thrill at testing their skills and cunningness in a game of laser tag. These centers often offer on-site party areas and birthday packages. – For a simple and inexpensive toddler or preschool party, McDonald’s, Burger King, and other fast-food joints are an excellent choice. Children can crawl through a playscape and dive into a pool of balls while enjoying their favorites: hamburgers and French fries. Call ahead to make your reservation. - Family fun centers offer a variety of entertainment, including batting cages, miniature golf, video games, bumper boats, and go-carts. – Kids of all ages will be thoroughly engrossed and entertained at one of the many hands-on science museums. The party-goers can try out gadgets, watch or participate in experiments, play instruments, construct, and much more. – Daredevils won’t want to miss one of these exciting quests. Look for a rock climbing gym in your area where party guests can do rock climbing with a professional instructor. – Give your teen some fun in the sun with a beach bash. Contact the park for information on volleyball equipment and to make a reservation for a covered picnic area. Look for a spot with horseshoes and plenty of sand, and don’t forget the beach balls, pizza, and cooler of pop. May/June 2021

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– Theme parks make for big-time fun for older kids who are content to take only one or two guests. When planning the guest list, don’t forget to budget meals, snacks, and drinks, which add up quickly in theme parks.

When planning your child’s party, keep in mind what’s important is not how perfectly the party goes. Instead, it’s that your birthday child and guests have fun. To ensure success, follow these tips:

– Parties away from home don’t have to be costly. Reserve a shelter at a nearby park with a large, fenced-in, frontier-style playscape. Little ones can run, climb, and play to their heart’s content. Bring along your party supplies and set up under a pavilion. To keep things simple, call ahead for pizza delivery.

• Keep the guest list manageable to avoid confusion, and conflict. The number of guests should correspond with the child’s age or slightly over.

– An afternoon canoe excursion for teens is the ultimate in outdoor fun. Contact canoe rental facilities for details. Bring along pop and a picnic lunch, and make sure the food stays in the chaperone’s canoe where it’ll be safe from tips. Don’t forget balloons for water balloon fights during rest stops.

• Send out written invitations. Verbal invitations are easily forgotten. Also, it can leave parents of the invited child wondering whether the invitation was approved by the birthday child’s parents.

–Zoos are an excellent source for birthday entertainment. Many offer party packages that include meals, cake, invitations, live animal presentations, and more.

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• Request an RSVP with a specific deadline, so there is time to invite others should the guest list fall short. Be sure to include your phone number and email address. • Offer your child choices for the party, ask for input, and allow them to assist in planning.

• Include all details on the invitation, including a start and end time, address and directions, phone number, and what guests need to bring, such as a bathing suit and towel. • Play it safe, and set a rain date for outdoor parties. • Keep the length of the party within reason. Unless it’s a sleepover or special event, preschool parties should be limited to one hour, and two to three hours for older children.

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From friendly competition and entertainment to exceptional food and drink, WhirlyBall Naperville provides the perfect venue for all ages and occasions. The two-story “eatertainment” complex features a variety of activities including WhirlyBall, LaserTag, HyperBowling and bowling plus private event spaces for groups of any size. Round out your event with customized menus featuring The Pivot Room’s selection of elevated American fare and craft beverages. Book your event today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800. www.whirlyball. com [See our ad on Page 3.]

Sno Daze Tropical Sno is the leader in the Hawaiian Shave Ice for BEST flavors and people worldwide recognize the Tropical Sno name. We specialize in private parties, Girl Scout badge workshops and corporate events. Book us for your next awesome event or visit our Caribbean themed shops for your next sweet summer treat! Our customers are at the heart of everything we do! 7667 S. Harlem Ave. Bridgeview, IL 60455 or 12230 S. Harlem Ave. Palos Heights, IL 60463. 708-458-2216.

wristband includes: Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars, Merry-Go-Round, Monkey Jump, Soft Play Area, Max Flight Simulator, Roller Coaster & Kiddie Go-Karts. Free parking and a perfect spot for birthday parties! For more information visit or call 630-530-4649.

From bridal showers to rehearsal dinners to business gatherings, Mon Ami Gabi’s Parties & Special Events Team is available to help you create your own personalized private dining experience, paying attention to every detail from menu selection and design to wine pairings and floral arrangements. Mon Ami Gabi offers two private rooms and semi-private spaces affording multiple table configurations, as well as a/v capabilities.Treat your guests to our signature Steak Frites, boutique French wine pairings and decadent dessert. Inquire at or call

our team at 630-472-1900. Mon Ami Gabi is located at the Oakbrook Center mall, near Neiman Marcus at 260 Oakbrook Center Oak Brook, IL 60523. [See our ad in Dining Out section.]

MISH MASH Adventures is an indoor urban adventure where teams of 2-6 players work together to complete the challenges that are behind every door. Each challenge and room is different, taking 3-5 minutes to successfully complete. Some are physical, like the floor is lava and some are logic, but you won’t know until you open the door! Private bookings for parties and team building available. MISH MASH is located in Fox Valley Mall, Aurora, IL and is open 7 days a week. SUBFAM for 30% OFF ONLINE BOOKINGS. Book online at or call 630-907-7263.

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 708-4580300. Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times at Like us at

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hen we were kids, life was simpler. Many of us just hung around the house during the summer and played with neighborhood friends, or maybe attended a local day camp sponsored by our school or city. Well, nowadays there are camps for everything you can imagine! It can be quite confusing, and even stressful, trying to find the right camp for our kids. It is even more challenging this summer with Covid, as we want to make sure our kids are safe at camp. We are facing big decisions as we try to balance our child’s health safety with them having a fun time. Sometimes we even have to choose different camps for each of our children based on their interests or needs. Looking for an in-person, small group, art camp experience in Bartlett? Great for ages 6 & up, these camps explore a range of fun fine art and craft activities! Register for one of our weekly 3-Day themed camps in the morning or afternoons. To reserve your spot, go to or inquire at Registration begins May 1st, spots are limited! 18 active kids

Finding the best camp is essential for our children’s comfort and growth. Camps can offer them experiences and tools to go out in the world and discover who they are and what they want to become. A child can only truly grow if given the freedom and chance to gain confidence by exploring new ideas and activities, and eventually finding their passion.

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If you are struggling to find the right camp for your child this summer, take this fun and easy quiz. You will be able to discover which type of camp is the best fit for your child.

A. Music B. Physical education C. Math or science D. My child likes a variety of classes

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How would you best describe your child? A. Artistic B. Athletic C. Brainy D. Adventurous

What is your child’s favorite subject in school?

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What is your child’s favorite activity after school?

What’s your child’s favorite rainy-day activity?

Tally up your answers and match the letter you mostly chose to the type of camp below.

A. Music lessons B. Playing a sport C. Robotics or science club D. Participating in a bunch of different activities with friends

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Which type of birthday party would your child most likely choose? A. B. C. D.

Dance party Indoor soccer or gymnastics Science museum Every year it’s different

What does your child usually do on weekends? A. Goes to theater rehearsal B. Has a game C. Competes in a robotics or math tournament D. Mixes it up with bike rides, art projects, and shooting hoops

What is your child’s favorite role in a group project? A. Presenter B. Collaborator C. Researcher D. Fills in wherever needed

Listening to music Running around the house Playing a video game Inviting a friend over to hang out

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Which would be your child’s dream vacation? A. Seeing Broadway shows in New York City B. Touring sports stadiums around the country C. Visiting science museums D. Doing something different every day including hiking, playing on the beach, and amusement parks

What would your child hope to achieve at summer camp? A. B. C. D.

Starring in a musical Being team captain Creating an app Trying new things

What does your child want to be when he/she grows up? A. Movie star B. Coach C. Engineer D. No clue

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B. Sports Camps Sports camps usually consist of only one sport that a child plays throughout the day. The main goal is for participants to improve their skills by focusing extensively on a sport they love. Depending on where you live, you can find all types of sports camps like tennis, golf, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, or gymnastics. It is also a way for your child to try a new sport or something only offered during the summer, such as surfing and sailing. C. Science/Tech Camps


Specialty art and musical theater camps focus specifically on the arts. Some may offer a variety of art forms to choose from, such as pottery, woodworking, painting, and photography. Others focus solely on one type of art, such as sewing camp or band camp. Musical theater camps are quite popular and typically showcase a production after a few weeks of rehearsals. Art camps come in all lengths and locations.You can sign your child up for a oneweek-long art camp at your local recreational center or find multi-week overnight art camps where they can truly hone their craft.

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If your child loves to code, build, and tinker, then a tech camp may be the right fit. These types of camps make learning about science and technology fun and exciting for kids. They also provide an opportunity for kids to dive deeper into a subject they love, such as working on a science experiment, designing a website, or programming a robot.You can find science and tech camps through local schools, colleges, and museums. D. Traditional Camps

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Traditional camps are what you think of when you envision summer camp—canoeing, hiking, archery, relay races, swim lessons, and crafts. They can be considered “jack-of-all-trades” camps because they offer all types of activities for children to try. If your child enjoys exploring and experiencing new things and has not yet found one specific activity that they are passionate about, then a traditional camp is a wonderful choice. They are very common and can be found all over. Some are day camps, while others are overnight experiences where your kids can also learn more independence skills. Overnight camps also offer a more rustic, outdoorsy experience with campouts, cabins, campfires, and activities on the lake. May/June 2021

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Schaumburg on Stage June 9th to July 9th

JUNIOR WORKSHOP One great place, two great camps! SCHAUMBURG ON STAGE Seussical Jr. Workshop Ages 8 to 14 You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown Ages 10 to 18 Camps end with full live performances. COVID precautions. Space is Limited. Visit or call 847-278-7185 for complete details. Financial scholarships available Schaumburg on Stage

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amp directors around the region have made it a priority to provide a safe experience for children and staff. You will find many camps in this section that are planning in-person sessions this year! Help your child discover new passions and register for one NOW! Chicago Red Stars

Soccer Made In America

Chicago Red Stars camps are back and better than ever! We have a variety of training programs for every young player and position. Our new curriculum and world class coaching is designed to bring out the best in each athlete. Our camps are specifically tailored for aspiring female soccer players who want access to and insights from the best coaches and players in women’s soccer. Each camp and clinic will be a unique experience that helps players see and play the game at a higher level. And training with friends is always more fun, we offer group discounts! Learn more about our College ID, Day, Elite, Goalkeeper and Technical camps at

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Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, LaGrange, Lemont, Lisle, Oak Brook, Warrenville, Western Springs, Westmont, and many more.

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Center for Talent Development’s Summer Online Programs offer advanced students, PreK through grade 12, an exceptional opportunity to delve into a subject of interest, build upon their strengths, and connect with a community of peers. Flexible asynchronous and live online course options available. For more information, visit suburban family |

Soccer Made In America Welcome to Soccer Made In America Training Camp, a high quality program for players 4 17. The SMIA training program is designed to provide the most complete soccer training for both individual players and teams of all levels and abilities. Each camp is designed to teach players proper technical and tactical skills while enjoying playing the game of soccer. The SMIA clinicians are well recognized for providing personal attention to every participant. Since 1984 thousands of children have kicked the ball for the first time in a Soccer Made in America training program. Many have gone to compete at collegiate, professional, Olympic and national team levels. Come experience a great week at a Soccer Made in America camp. For camp schedule go to or call 630-2576900 for more information.

Downers Grove Park District Summer Camps Downers Grove Park District summer camps offer nearly 100 adventures where kids will make memories that will last a lifetime! Check out action-packed sport camps, teen trips, traditional day camps and our early childhood camps. Unique specialty camps let kids delve into science, robotics, cooking, visual and cultural 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. Lincoln Center; 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove, 630.963.1300. Lyman Woods Nature Center; 901 31st St., Downers Grove, 630.963.9388. Downers Grove Museum; 831 Maple Ave., Downers Grove, 630.963.1309. Downers Grove Recreation Center; 4500 Belmont Rd., Downers Grove, 630.960.7250. For more info visit: May/June 2021

Schaumburg On Stage Two Great Ways to Have Fun this Summer: Seussical Jr. Musical Workshop June 9th to July 9th. Ages 8 to 14, Monday-Thursday 9 am to noon. You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown Musical Theater Camp June 27th to August 7th, Ages 10 to 18, Tuesday-Thursday 10 am to 3 pm Live performances at the end of each camp. All Covid Precautions Taken Visit or call 847-278-7185 for complete details.


Speed and Hurdle Camp Benet Academy Are you looking for ways to improve your athletes speed? Brian Quick is the acclaimed boys head track coach at Benet Academy. Brian is also a certified personal trainer, youth exercise specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a past Illinois masters sprint champion. He continuously inspires high performance athletes with his caring, encouraging, and enthusiastic coaching style. The camps are for any athlete of any sport grades 6-12. For more info




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Camp Galileo Rediscover Summer Fun at Camp Galileo, preK – rising 8th graders engage in hands-on art, science and outdoor activities that build their creative confidence and deliver unforgettable fun—all in a worry-free, COVID-safe setting. Save $25 per week before May 3rd! When you book for 3 weeks you’ll save $175, that’s $25 per week, plus $50 savings for weeks two and three. 50+ locations. Optional extended care. Learn more at

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Ever wanted to make your own film? Get the skills to bring your stories to life at FACETS Film Camps for kids and teens ages 8-17. With virtual, hybrid, and in-person camp options, including the flagship Film 101 camp and 10 specialty camps, FACETS Film Camps give families multiple opportunities for fun, safe, and affordable summer activities. Wednesday, June 23 through Friday, August 27, 2021. Virtual camps are hosted on Zoom and accept enrollments from anywhere in the U.S. Hybrid and in-person camps take place at FACETS (1517 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL) and are only available Chicagoland residents. Pricing: Between $350 to $500 for each camp session. Deadline for cancellations is two weeks prior to the start of each program with a $100 cancellation fee. Enrollment link:

Camp Naper! at Naper Settlement

The Kiddie Academy CampVentures® program turns your child’s ordinary summer vacation into an unforgettable summer of fun and exploration. Our program inspires imagination through exciting activities, outdoor adventures, field trips and special visitors, while balancing the individual needs and interests of each child in our care. CampVentures awakens a world of fun, learning and friendships for your child.

Get ready for a summer of learning and exploration at Naper Settlement’s Camp Naper! Children will embark on interactive learning adventures while exploring art, STEM, history, and more. Camp Naper will inspire your child to learn about the past and make connections to the future! All camps include supplies and a snack and are led by experienced, adult counselors. Camps are recommended for children entering grades 1-6 in the fall, unless otherwise noted. Learn more at

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Addison Park District Join the All Stars for fun at the Addison Park District Summer Day Camp. Our acclaimed camps will help children make new friends, build positive relationships, stay active and have fun while creating lasting memories. Camp includes supervised hikes, sports, plant a children’s garden, arts and crafts, dance parties, and fitness and movie days. The program will operate in small groups which will enable participants to receive individual attention in a fun, safe environment.

Harper College InZone  Summer Camps  Join us on campus this summer! InZone, Harper College’s enrichment and sports camp is returning with in-person camps from June 14 through August 13. Fill your summer with fun (and educational!) activities including arts, sports, music, and more. One-week morning and afternoon sessions fit your family’s summer schedule. Camps available for ages 6-14. Learn more and register now: Harper College CE, 1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067.  Email  or call 847.925.6300 with inquiries or questions.

CAMPVENTURES by Kiddie Academy of Lemont

All Day Adventures. All Summer Long. CampVentures® will turn your child’s ordinary summer vacation into a summer of STEM activities and exploration. Kiddie Academy’s CampVentures® program inspires imagination through exciting activities and special visitors, while balancing the individual needs and interests of each child in our care. Awaken a world of fun, learning and friendships for your child! 15907 127th St, Lemont. 630-914-9990.

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Creativity From The Heart Children’s Studio Art Camps Does your child love to draw, paint, sculpt, or just create? Join our art camps where students will create clay bobble heads, sew their own fruit stuffed animals, learn to paint amazing landscapes, draw optical illusions and more! Each week features two camps with small in-person groups great for ages 6 & up. Space is limited so inquire today at or visit

Rock ‘n’ Kids! In-person and virtual music, movement and imagination classes for 1-6 year olds! Enroll now through your park district or our website!

Rock ‘n’ Kids In-person and virtual music, movement and imagination classes available for 1-6 years in the Chicagoland area! Tot Rock, Kid Rock and Rockin’ at Home programs are Interactive and educational, with each class including songs and rhymes, basic dance steps and movements, fine and gross motor skills, rhythm instruments and movement props, imaginative play, socialization and fun! Sing, dance, and play the Rock ‘n’ Kids way! We have been having fun with music for 26 years! Get more information at

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Good Times Summer Day Camp Good Times Summer Day Camp offers campers an exciting and active program for children ages 4-14. Each week is filled with incredible field trips, many hours of swimming, various sports, exciting guests, challenging crafts, special events, and a themebased 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 Libertyville, Wheeling, Deerfield, & Glenview. Busing available in some areas. For more information, please call 847-680-4884 or visit [See our ad on Inside Back Cover.]

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BIG Gymnastics offers a variety of themed summer camps and clinics including: Princess Camp, Ninja Camp, Gymnastics Camp, Bars Clinics, Back Handspring & Tumbling clinics! Summer Camps and Clinics are for ages 3 and up and are divided into age groups. BIG provides a safe, clean and airconditioned gym with experienced coaches for all camps/clinics! Call 630.323.6244 for more information or register online at! May/June 2021

Lombard Park District Lombard Park District is excited to offer fullday camp programs to children entering grades 1-5. Our camps are designed for your child to have a fun, safe and memorable summer. Days will be filled with arts and crafts, sports, games and a variety of enriching activities. With a variety of registration options, the Lombard Park District has a camp fit for everyone’s schedule and needs. For additional questions regarding the Day Camp program, please visit


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Allergy Parents Consider Totally Normal By Pam Moore


efore we found out our younger child had severe, life-threatening food allergies, we kept the kids’ emergency information on a crumpled piece of paper, shoved in a drawer between the vegetable peeler and the wine opener. But when our daughter was 8 months old, we went to the allergist, hoping to figure out why she was chronically congested and why nothing we tried could touch her eczema. Going into the appointment, I was hopeful. Leaving the appointment, I was deflated. We learned our baby was allergic to eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, and wheat. We had strict instructions to keep the EpiPen with her at all times, to avoid letting someone who had so much as eaten a peanut kiss her, and to schedule a follow-up appointment. In the weeks following the diagnosis, I cried overwhelmed tears whenever I thought about it. Could I protect my baby from the danger of a rogue cashew? Would I be able to trust anyone else to keep her safe? Would she miss the chance to be a normal kid? Fear consumed me. It has been a year since we got the diagnosis and I still worry. I plan ahead for everything 28 family wellness

when food is involved. But just as friends and family assured me it would, living with allergies has become our new normal. If any of the below feel normal to you, welcome to the world of parenting an allergic kid, where a random piece of food at the playground is just as scary as a rattlesnake sighting.


You don’t think twice about telling anyone, whether it’s a babysitter, a friend, or an overly friendly grandma-type in line at the bank, “Don’t feed my kid.” You’d hang a “Do Not Feed Me” sign around her neck, like they have at the zoo if it were socially acceptable.


When the gluten-free, casein-free, dairyfree, soy-free chicken nuggets are on sale you buy 10 packages.

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Your kids’ baby doll is prone to bouts of “anaphylactic.”

You read food labels compulsively. You know all the 18-syllable words that dairy, wheat, nuts, and eggs hide in.


You think nothing of digging through the trash to retrieve food packaging at a friend’s house in order to see the ingredient list.


Your toddler brags to babysitters that she knows how to work the EpiPen. And suburban family |

though you’ve never verified whether or not this is actually true, she’s seen you show enough sitters how to do it that you’re pretty sure it is.


When you arrive at any park/library/indoor play area/friend’s living room, you scan the floor for potential allergens. You do it again whenever a new child arrives. You do it again even if no one new has arrived, just to be on the safe side.You know people probably assume you’re a helicopter parent.You are too busy looking for rogue peanuts to care, though.


When you are invited to a social gathering, you consider a number of factors including: the time of the event, your relationship with the host, how long you plan to stay, whether or not young children will be eating (and dropping) allergens, and the host’s personal experience with allergies. You use this matrix to determine whether 1) you will attend, 2) you will interrogate the host about the menu in advance, 3) you will casually inquire about the menu when you arrive, or 4) just bring your own safe meal—although you know you will bring your own food in the end, regardless.


Your three-year-old bakes “birthday cakes” (piles of blocks heaped atop the lid of a shoebox) that she boasts are “dairyfree, gluten-free and vegan.” May/June 2021


You are used to putting the fear of God in everyone who watches your kid, and you prefer it that way. Well, not everyone. You wish your mom would be more scared.


You have the local gluten-free, dairy-free bakery’s number stored in your contacts, and you have memorized their hours. You keep a few of their cupcakes in the freezer so you can bring your kid a safe treat to any birthday party or social gathering at a moment’s notice, and you don’t gorge on them until after the kids go to bed. Well, sometimes you do, but you always replace them ASAP.


Your baby’s first taste of ice cream is not actually ice cream, but vegan, gluten-free lemon basil gelato, and it’s not because you’re crunchy hippies (even though that is exactly what you are, by most people’s standards)


Your sister blows up your phone with photos not of your nephew, but of ingredient lists on the foods she’s considering buying when you visit, to make sure they’re safe. You are beside yourself with gratitude. You feel extra bad for being such a shit to her when you were kids.


The best birthday party you ever went to was the one where the host reached out to you in advance to find out exactly what your baby was allergic to and went out of her way to make special, allergen-free pancakes for her.


When you fly, your diaper bag is stuffed with multiple days’ worth of safe snacks because although air travel with a toddler is unpredictable, you can depend on one thing: None of the free, processed, delicious snacks they give out on the plane are safe for your child.


You keep your kids’ emergency information up-to-date in a special plastic folder that is always stored in the same place. You’ve stuck a neon yellow piece of duct tape across the front, where you’ve listed all the allergies and your address because 911 doesn’t know where you’re calling from when you use a cell phone. In said folder, five pieces of paper are devoted to the child with allergies. The child without allergies gets one measly page.


You can’t wait for your allergic child to start talking—not because you want to hear all the sweet, funny things she will say (although you do), but because you will sleep better when she can say, “I have food allergies.” But, who are you kidding? You’re a mom. Better sleep is a fantasy. May/June 2021

Expert Offers Tips on Managing Migraine and News On Latest Treatment June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month


early 40 million Americans have migraine and it is one of the ten most disabling medical illnesses, according to the World Health Organization. However, because it is an “invisible” disease, it’s often overlooked and misunderstood. For National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, and to help the millions who have migraine, Merle L. Diamond, MD, headache neurologist and president, managing director, Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago, has advice to share.

What is migraine?

Migraine is more than just a headache; it is a disabling neurological disease with different symptoms and different treatment approaches compared to other headache disorders. People with migraine can experience severe head pain, sometimes throbbing, pounding or pulsating, several times a month, lasting from four hours to several days. Additional symptoms of migraine may also include sensitivity to light and sound and/or feeling nauseous. Worse still, many of my patients tell me they frequently can’t continue with their day because of their migraine, and in the past before current pandemic times, they had often missed important events like weddings, parties and school graduations. They also lose out on employment opportunities. It’s a very disabling disease.

What causes migraine?

The exact cause isn’t really clear, but genetics and environment do play a role. In fact, migraine often runs in families. There are certain “triggers” that can cause migraine, which affect people differently. Some triggers include stress, certain foods, dehydration, too much or too little sleep, changes in weather, seasonal allergies, hormonal changes in women, and head injury.

Merle L. Diamond, MD, headache neurologist and president, managing director, Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago

What can you tell us about treatment?

Because migraine affects people differently, I work with each individual to come up with a plan. One approach I use with my patients for when a migraine strikes is to prescribe an acute treatment for migraine in adults called Nurtec® ODT (rimegepant). Nurtec ODT is not indicated for the preventive treatment of migraine. It is important not to take Nurtec ODT if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. For most people, Nurtec ODT can start to work within an hour and last up to 48 hours. It melts on or under the tongue, eliminating the need for water, making it a convenient option. In clinical trials a small number of patients, about 2 percent, experienced nausea.

What do you recommend for people who suspect migraine?

I recommend that if people are experiencing multiple days of painful headaches, along with the other symptoms mentioned above, to see their doctors. If a physician’s response doesn’t properly address concerns, then people should seek a second opinion. There are many ways to manage migraine pain. And an expert in migraine and headache medicine is a good place to start.

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ven before COVID-19 limited social contact with friends, family and colleagues, many adults experienced loneliness and depression due to limited contact with others. Now, a year after the pandemic forced many people into even greater levels of isolation, the issue of social isolation is especially prevalent in Americans over the age of 50. Despite the physical implications of a global pandemic, research shows the mental health stakes are high, too. A nationwide survey, commissioned by Barclays, found that half of Americans over the age of 50 said the isolation from their friends and family has been more challenging than concerns over health risks they may face. Social isolation has provided plenty of time for Americans to reflect on their priorities. The majority of Americans surveyed (90%) have re-evaluated their post age-50 goals and put spending more time with family at the top of their lists. In fact, the most common first thing 50-plus Americans will do once COVID-19 is over is to see and spend time with their families (41%). “While restrictions are beginning to ease, many older adults are still isolated from friends and family, and that takes a toll on their mental well-being” said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of the AARP Foundation. “We must do all we can to help older adults, who have suffered greatly during COVID-19, strengthen the social connections that are so essential to their ability to lead longer, healthier lives.” 30 family wellness

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For example, AARP Foundation’s Connect2Affect platform equips older adults with the tools they need to stay physically and mentally healthy and connected to their communities. The AARP Essential Rewards Mastercard from Barclays is helping fund the foundation’s work to increase social connection with donations based on new accounts and eligible purchases, up to $1 million annually. A little creativity and a commitment to filling time productively can help reduce the strain of being alone until it’s safer to resume social activities. Use technology to connect with loved ones. Video chats and traditional phone calls can help you feel connected even when you can’t be together in person. While a dropin call can be fun, consider arranging regular visits with kids and grandkids. If you schedule calls throughout the week, you’ll have something regular to look forward to and can benefit from a check-in that affirms everyone is healthy and safe. Make time for physical activity. Staying closer to home may mean you’re not getting the exercise you once did, but it’s important for your health to stay active. Regularly using your muscles helps keep your body strong, and even light physical activity a few times suburban family |

each week can help keep your cardiovascular system fit for better heart health. Regular exercise can also provide a range of positive mental health outcomes, including reduced stress, anxiety and depression, and improved memory. Volunteer in your community or consider virtual volunteering. Helping others is a way to release feel-good endorphins for yourself. While your limited social calendar may afford you some extra time, inquire with local nonprofits about how you can contribute to their causes. Especially as funding for charitable organizations has dropped, volunteers are still essential to most nonprofit organizations, whether the help comes in person or virtually. Even from a distance, you may be able to help with tasks like making calls to donors, assisting with mailings or planning fundraising campaigns. Learn a new hobby or skill. Another way to fill your free time, and reap some positive energy, is to explore a new hobby or skill. The personal satisfaction of learning and focusing your mental energy on something that interests you can help offset the disappointment of being away from those you love. (Family Features) Find more resources that support older adults at May/June 2021

DEMENTIA SHOULD NOT DEFINE HER. Artis helps her be who she’s always been.


Artis Senior Living of Bartlett: 1035 S. IL Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103 Artis Senior Living of Elmhurst: 123 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst, IL 60126 Artis Senior Living of Lakeview: 3535 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60657 Artis Senior Living of Wilmette: 335 Ridge Road, Wilmette, IL 60091

What can our family do for your family? Alvernia Manor offers Independent and Assisted Living, Short Term Stay, and Adult Day Services. Learn more about us, and take a tour of our beautiful surroundings. Call us at 630.257.7721 Alvernia Manor 13950 Main Street Lemont, Illinois 60439

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Go on a treasure hunt by geocaching. Using a GPS, treasure seekers enter a specific set of coordinates and then attempt to find a hidden container at the location. Check out to find out more.



Pick a recipe and let your child apply their knowledge of measuring and fractions while you cook or bake together.


Check out a book on a famous artist like Vincent van Gogh. Let your child create their own rendering of one the artist’s masterpieces and then frame it.


Take a self-guided walking tour of your town and study the architecture. Look for geometric shapes or Greek or Roman influences.

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Have a lemonade, Popsicle or cookie stand. Help your child make a budget, buy supplies, and balance the accounts. Research and choose a charity to donate the funds to.


Visit a museum. From art and history to science and creative play, there are a variety of interesting museums all over the country with exhibits geared toward kids.

By Janeen Lewis


ummer is a magic time for kids, but according to the National Summer Learning Association, research shows that children experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. How do you combat brain-drain during the summer, but still give your kids the carefree break they deserve? Try some of these fun and easy ways for the whole family to combine time off with activities that give the brain a boost.

Tour the historical buildings in your town.


Attend your city’s summer reading program. Most summer reading programs have special activities and prizes for children and adults. Have a friendly family competition to see who can read the most minutes.


Summer doesn’t have to be screen-free. There are many apps that make reading, science, social studies and math fun. Choose educational game apps that review skills your child learned during the year.

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Grow a garden together. See who can grow the biggest watermelon. Visit a Military cemetery or battlefield or go to a reenactment.

Make homemade ice cream in a bag and talk about physical properties and changes. Food. com or have recipes for this sweet homemade treat.


Learn about other ethnicities. Attend a cultural festival, start learning a foreign language or visit an ethnic restaurant in your community.

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Take a creek walk together and sketch pictures of living things in a creek habitat.

Go strawberry, blueberry, or blackberry picking and make a pie together. Talk about what the Pi symbol in Math means.

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Play a game that hones logic skills, like Clue. Help clean up your favorite park. Recycle as much trash as you can.

Play a trivia game with your family asking questions about the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July.


Pick a vacation destination. Using a scale map and ruler, figure out how many miles and approximately how many hours it will take to get there.


Send post cards to friends and family members from all the places you visit this summer, even if you just take day trips. Let your child write the message.

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Draw your family tree together before a family reunion.

Talk with the oldest person in your family at the family reunion. Help your child write down some of the interesting stories.


Let your kids design and construct an obstacle course in the backyard. Invite the neighbors and have a parents versus kids’ race.

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Go camping and tell stories around the camp fire.

Make a scrapbook of your summer together. Let your kids write the captions.

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Put Your Best




By Sherry Wells

arm weather has arrived inviting us to jump into our favorite outdoor sports after quarentining all winter. However, a quick move into high physical activity when your feet are not quite ready can cause major injuries to the feet ruining those plans for a summer of fun.

One of the most important ways to obtain good foot health is to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle throughout the year so extra weight does not suddenly adversely impact your feet. If you feel any discomfort with your feet, have them evaluated by your orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon before beginning an active exercise program. Remember, the feet are the body’s shock absorbers. Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons use medical, physical, and rehabilitative methods as well as surgery to treat patients of all ages. Tips for keeping your feet pain-free: Warm up exercises such as a short period of walking and stretching. Stretch again after exercising. Be sure to wear footwear that is specific to the sport. Appropriate training for the specific sport. Impact sports such as running will place greater stress on your feet. Cross-training with “feetfriendly” non-impact activities, such as swim-

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ming, biking, elliptical trainers, and steppers. Stephen J. Pinney, MD, of San Francisco, CA, says, “Walking puts more stress on your feet than you might think! Every time you take a step 2-3 times your body weight goes through your feet, more if you are running.That is a lot of cumulative force going through the sole of the foot and the various tendons that control the movement of the foot. This repetitive loading can predispose to many common "chronic" foot conditions such as metatarsalgia, tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis. Metatarsalgia is a painful condition involving the forefoot. It occurs when the tissue in the sole of the forefoot gets irritated and painful from the repetitive loading especially if the force is concentrated in a localized area in the forefoot. He continues, “Tendinitis occurs when a tendon gets excessively overloaded just like a rope that starts to fray after it is subject to wear and tear.The body responds to this type of tendon injury by sending inflammatory mediators to the area and this is what leads to the pain and swelling associated with tendinitis. Depending on which tendons in the foot

are excessively loaded will determine which part of the foot will develop tendinitis. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of chronic heel pain. It develops as a result of repetitive microtrauma to the heel region. As Dr. Pinney says, “The plantar fascia is a dense tissue that is found in the sole of the foot beginning at the heel bone. With each step a person takes this tissue is loaded. If someone increases the amount of walking they do, walks on hard surfaces, or gains extra weight they may suffer repetitive microtearing of the plantar fascia insertion. This will lead to heel pain, particularly first thing in the morning which is a characteristic sign of plantar fasciitis. To keep those feet healthy, always remember: • Proper shoe wear that is appropriate to the specific sport • Proper evaluation by an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon • Adequate training • Stretch before and after exercising • Mix activities through cross training

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Sign up for an endurance race. Take on a new challenge, support a good cause or run/walk for the health of it. Be sure to check the official race website for the most up-to-date information as circumstances may have changed since time of print. THE 2021 ANNUAL RACE GUIDE from the March/April issue can be found on our website. Check back in every issue for updates.

Saturday, June 5 | 8:00am | Oak Brook Park District

Sponsored by the Cori Sikich Foundation Don’t miss the Oak Brook Park District’s annual Cori’s Triathlon! This friendly competition promotes exercise in a fun and energetic way. Kids will show off their skills and athleticism by participating in the three traditional triathlon events: swimming, biking and running. All events will be socially distant.


$30 per person $35 per person after May 5 $40 per person on day of event

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VIRTUAL Walk MS 1- and 3-Mile Walk. Multiple suburbs and Chicago. VIRTUAL Chicago Promise Walk for Preeclampsia. VIRTUAL WBEZ 91.5K. Chicagoland. register (5/1-31) VIRTUAL A Safe Place EmpoweRun 5K Run/Walk. Libertyville. (5/1-31) VIRTUAL Run Walk Ride for Lupus. (5/1 – 31) VIRTUAL The Michael J. Fox Foundation's 5K/10K/Half Marathon. (5/7-9) VIRTUAL Run for 102 5K & 1 Mile Run Run. LaGrange Park. (5/9-15) VIRTUAL BT5K Your Way. Livestream. get-involved/bt5k/ (5/8-22)


Highlander Assault 4, 8, 12 and 24-Mile Obstacle Course Races. Holiday Hills.


Walk for Wellness House. Multiple locations. Techno Trot 5k Run/Walk And ½ Mile Kids’ Race. Winthrop Harbor. Great Western Half Marathon. St. Charles. Run to Remember 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Run. Chicago. VIRTUAL Walk MS 1- and 3-Mile Walk. Multiple suburbs and Chicago.


Lemont Quarryman Challenge 5K and 10-Mile. Lemont. Pink 5K Run/Walk. Oak Brook. suburban family |

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VIRTUAL Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Run. Barrington.


G.L.O.W. 5K Run. Naperville. Lilac Mutt Strut 5K. Lombard. Walk to Cure Arthritis. Chicago + Libertyville. USole Four Mile Classic Run/Walk. Chicago. VIRTUAL Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides 5K Walk. Chicagoland.


Walk to Cure Arthritis. Chicago. Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run.


She Runs the Fox. Batavia.


CARA Spring Trail Race 10K at The Forge. Lemont. Walk and 5K Run to Help Children with Dyslexia. Bloomingdale. Got2Run for Education 8K and 2.62-Mile Run/ Walk. Arlington Heights. VIRTUAL World Vision USA 6K Run. signup6ktoday (5/22)


CARA Spring Trail Race 10K at The Forge. Lemont. Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon, 10k May/June 2021

and Junior Dash. Chicago. Chicagoland Spring Marathon and Half Marathon. Schaumburg.


Race to the Flag 5k Run/Walk. Westmont. Virtual Spring 5k Run/Walk. Brookfield Zoo. CZS. org/SpringRun2021.

JUNE VIRTUAL Run for the Zoo. Lincoln Park, Chicago. (6/5-13) VIRTUAL ABC7 Gibbons 5K Run/3K Walk. Chicago. (6/17-20)

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SAVE THE DATE Western Springs 44th Annual Tower Trot Sat. 9/18 8:30 a.m. 10K, 5K, & Fun Run, plus Double Run (10K & 5K) Benefits Healing Hearts for Ashley Grand Avenue Community Center 4211 Grand Avenue, Western Springs. 708-246-9070

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Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals. Wheaton. Run For LIFE 5k. Batavia Riverwalk. VIRTUAL Chicago Mini-Walk to Defeat ALS. Chicagoland.


Take Steps Chicago Walk. Chicago. Lake Geneva Wine Run 5K. Lake Geneva,


The LeaderShop’s LaGrange Rocks 5K Run/ Walk. LaGrange.


Take Steps Walk. Naperville.


Naperville 10K. Naperville.


Run Your Mutt Off 5K. Warrenville. Bike MS: Tour de Farms 1-day event with multiple route options. St. Charles. VIRTUAL Purple Stride 5K Run/Walk. Chicago. May/June 2021

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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 that you would like included in the calendar section, please send an e-mail to: Deadline for inclusion in the July/ August issue is Friday, June11.

MAY SATURDAY, MAY 1 BENEFIT Virtual Diamond Anniversary Ball

– Online gala and fundraiser for GI Research Foundation. 6 PM. Free to attend, but donations are appreciated. KIDS Harry Potter Day – A wizardly afternoon making crafts and playing themed games for ages 6-12 yrs. 1-3 PM. Fee. Heritage Park, Wheeling. KIDS Everything on Wheels – Explore a variety of vehicles on display for kids to climb on, explore, honk horns and learn about. All ages. 10 AM-1 PM. Old Quarry School Parking Lot, Lemont. Free.

SUNDAY, MAY 2 VOLUNTEER Clean Up – Help to keep The Forge public trails clean and free of a trash. 9 – 11 AM. The FORGE: Lemont Quarries. Main St., Lemont.

SATURDAY, MAY 8 ADULTS Craft Brew Tap Take Over – Pre-register

to enjoy tastings of select brews , music, games, food. Fee $15, must be 21+. White Pines Golf Club, Bensenville. Register ADULTS Barrington Wine Walk – Enjoy a “Sipping Saturday” while visiting many unique stores. 2– 6:00 PM. Downtown Barrington. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance online at ART Maker’s Open House – See beautiful gardens and grounds, historic building architecture and interiors. 10 AM. – Noon. Arlington Heights Historical Museum. Register. ART Drawing Together: As Community, As Friends – Create positive, uplifting, and inspiring images using sidewalk chalk at the facility or draw at home – on sidewalks and driveways. The Art Center Highland Park. LECTURE Alchemy and the Origins of Chemistry – Explore the world of alchemy from a historical sci38 great events

ence perspective. 10:30 AM. Lizzadro Museum. 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook. Register. NATURE Breakfast with the Birds – Early morning walk to look for colorful migratory birds such as warblers and orioles. 7AM to 3PM. Spring Valley Nature Center, Schaumburg. Register. SHOP Bloomin’ on Canal – Celebrate Moms in a fun and floral way. Floral windows and decor, a free floral photo op, fresh floral bouquets, individually wrapped cookies, coupons, gifts, and more. 9 AM - 4 PM. Downtown Lemont. VOLUNTEER Clean Up – Help to keep The Forge public trails clean and free of a trash. 9 – 11 AM. The FORGE: Lemont Quarries. Main St., Lemont.

SUNDAY, MAY 9 HISTORY Virtual Lecture: The Codebreaker and the POW –Gripping family saga recounts the heroic work of military and civilian codebreakers of WW11. Register. Naper Settlement.

FRIDAY, MAY 14 CONCERT Virtual Spring Concert – The Glen

Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale will present “The Season of Hope.” 4 PM. GEWC YouTube channel. More info at HISTORY White Glove Tour – Behind the scenes look at some of the 50,000 artifacts in museum’s collections. 6- 7:30 PM. Arlington Heights Historical Museum. Register. NATURE Wildflower Walk – Join a naturalist to view many wildflowers. Ages 16 and up. 10 – 11:30 AM. SALE Spring Flower and Plant Sale – Annuals in pots and flats , premium hanging baskets , specialty annuals, grasses and more. 9 AM-5 PM. Bloomingdale Park District Maintenance Building, 259 Springfield.

SATURDAY, MAY 15 SALE Spring Flower and Plant Sale – Annuals

in pots and flats, premium hanging baskets, grasses and more. 9 AM-5 PM. Bloomingdale Park District Maintenance Building, 259 Springfield. NATURE Free Wood Chips – pick up free wood chips while supplies last. 8 am – 1 pm. Blackwell Forest Preserve, 29W220 Mack Road in West Chicago. VETERANS Armed Forces Day – Picnic celebration featuring brats and beer. Free for active and retired Military. Noon – 2 PM. Register.. Legion Park, 111 Main St., Lemont.

SUNDAY, MAY 16 FAMILY Spring Fest – Food, jewelry, pottery, suburban family |

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MONDAY, MAY 16 NATURE Spring Bird Walk – Get to know nearby

nature with Barrington area naturalist. Bring binoculars. 7:30 AM. Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills. Register 312-450-8206.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19 VIRTUAL Believe and Achieve Awards – A cel-

ebration of greatness. SEASPAR (the South East Association for Special Parks and Recreation) will host its 11th annual Believe and Achieve awards night virtually. Viewing party available for participants. 7PM. Free on Youtube, Facebook, and on

THURSDAY, MAY 20 KIDS Lilo and Stitch's Luau – Dress up in Hawaiian

attire, play games and create sea treasures. 6PM to 7:15PM. Ages 3 and up. Community Recreation Center, 505 N Springinsguth Rd., Schaumburg.

SATURDAY, MAY 22 ADULTS Wine Walk – Sip, stroll, and shop through-

out Historic Brick Street in Downtown Delavan, WI. 3:30 7:30 PM. Reserve at DOGS Summer Bark-B-Q – Enjoy summer fun with your favorite four-legged friend at the Bark Park! Registration includes picnic lunch, games and treats for dogs. 12 – 12:45pm. Carol Stream. KIDS Reading the Rocks – Interpretive in-person program outdoors in the rock garden with Geologist. Explore inside the Museum and take the scavenger hunt quiz. Ages 6 and up. 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Lizzadro Museum, Oak Brook. Register

SUNDAY, MAY 23 BOATING Canoe and Kayak Marathon – The 64th Annual Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon includes an 18.5-mile marathon along the scenic Des Plaines River. Heats beginning at 8 AM. Libertyville. Register: CRAFTS Summer Kick Off Craft Fair – Find great homemade décor, treats, accessories, and more. Register. Free. Hoffman Estates Park District. FAMILY Kids in Flight – Kids crafts, vendors, fun and food! Special Kite candy drops throughout the day. 11 AM - 4 PM. Heritage Harbor of Ottawa.

FRIDAY, MAY 28 CHARITY Food for Health Golf Outing – ShotMay/June 2021

gun Start: 1 PM. Dinner: 5:30 PM. Orchard Valley Golf Club, Aurora. Register

purchase tickets in advance. Clow International Airport, Bolingbrook.

SATURDAY, MAY 29 ART St. Charles Fine Art Show – Browse the work

SUNDAY, JUNE 6 CONCERT Concert in the Park– A cultural evening

of 100 artists across a variety of mediums including clay/ ceramics, digital art, sculpture, jewelry and photography. Free admission and parking. 10 AM-6 PM. Downtown St. Charles. NATURE Lake View Nature Center – Home to engaging and educational nature programs! Open House. Noon – 3 PM. 17W063 Hodges Rd. Oakbrook Terrace.

SUNDAY, MAY 30 ART St. Charles Fine Art Show – Browse the work

of 100 artists across a variety of mediums including clay/ ceramics, digital art, sculpture, jewelry and photography. Free admission and parking. 10 AM-6 PM. Downtown St. Charles.


WEDSDAY, JUNE 2 CHARITY Scott R. Triphahn Annual Golf Outing – Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club, 1400 Poplar Creek Drive, Hoffman Estates. 8AM – 5PM. Register.

THURSDAY, JUNE 3 HISTORY Virtual Veteran Voices – First Code

Talkers explores the use of Native American languages for secure military communication in the US Armed Forces. Zoom. 7 PM. First Division Museum, Wheaton. Free with registration.

with Mariachi Monumental. FREE. 5 PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. CONCERT Drive-In Dreams – Naperville Men's Glee Club will be performing a variety of uplifting music in the parking lot of the Yellow Box Community Church in Naperville. FAMILY Calvalcade of Planes – Event including aircraft, skydiving, formation flying, helicopter demonstrations, food and more. Open 10 AM - 4:00 PM. Must purchase tickets in advance. Clow International Airport, Bolingbrook. FAMILY Cardboard Boat Regatta – Families build their own seaworthy boat out of cardboard and duct tape provided by the park district. 12– 2PM. 235 Lions Drive, Barrington. FAMILY Frontier Kite Festival – Presented by the Branch Naperville Moms. Frontier Park, Naperville. Free. 10 AM – 4 PM. FAMILY Adventure Day – A day of nature exploration and discovery. 10 AM. Eldridge Park, Elmhurst. Register.

TUESDAY, JUNE 8 VIRTUAL LECTURE Brookfield Zoo Environmental Quality Program – Learn about comprehen-

sive environmental programs to ensure the animals’ habitats are the best they can be. 7 PM. Donation appreciated.


FRIDAY, JUNE 11 BENEFIT Posh Picnic – Outdoor elegance, music, farm-to-table delicious food. 6 PM. Heritage Prairie Far, Elburn.

SATURDAY, JUNE 12 HISTORY Virtual Veteran Voices – Learn the his-

tory behind medic’s service in World War II. Zoom. 11 am - 12 PM. First Division Museum, Wheaton. Free with registration NATURE Bird Walk – Bird walks are conducted in partnership with the DuPage Birding Club. Beginning birders and kids at least 8 years old (accompanied by an adult). Cantigny, Wheaton. Register.

SUNDAY, JUNE 13 CONCERT Concert in the Park– High-energy

performances funk, R&B and rock styles. FREE. 5 PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. FAMILY Aurora Pride Drive –Aurora's 2nd Pride Event kicks off with a drive to view decorated homes and businesses to celebrate Aurora Pride 2021. Downtown Aurora.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16 FAMILY Parking Lot Bingo – Players receive a

goody bag, 10 bingo cards, and the chance to win prizes. Armstrong Park South Parking Lot (391 Illini Drive). 10 – 11AM. Carol Stream. Register.

FRIDAY, JUNE 4 CONCERT Concert in the Park– Grab a blanket

and lawn chair for a concert under the stars. FREE. 7 PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. FAMILY Lake View Nature Center – Enjoy animal encounters., fishing demos, nature walks, games and crafts. 4 – 7:30 PM. 17W063 Hodges Rd. Oakbrook Terrace. Register at NATURE Spring Bird Walk – Get to know nearby nature with area naturalist. Bring binoculars. 7AM. Penny Road Pond, Barrington Hills. Register 312-450-8206.

SATURDAY, JUNE 5 ADULTS Ottawa Uncorked – Enjoy wine from

nearly 20 Illinois wineries! Fabulous food, amazing live music, outdoor arts and crafts market and much more! Downtown Ottawa. ART Outdoor Film Festival – Original short films to be featured. 8-10 PM. Lisle Community Park, Lisle. To learn how you can participate, visit KIDS Stone Hunt – Hands-on activity allows children and adults to search for gems and minerals. Ages 5 and up – $5 per child. 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Lizzadro Museum, Oak Brook. Register FAMILY Calvalcade of Planes – Event including aircraft, skydiving, formation flying, helicopter demonstrations, food and more. Open 10 AM - 4:00 PM. Must May/June 2021

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THURSDAY, JUNE 17 NATURE Walk on the Wild Side– Go on a Horti-

culture Staff tour that will meet at 11 AM. Visitor’s Center. Cantigny, Wheaton. Register.

FRIDAY, JUNE 18 CONCERT Blues On The Fox 2021– Evening of

food and music featuring Southern Avenue & Kenny Wayne Shepherd. 7 PM. Riveredge Park, Aurora. Tickets: events. FAMILY Movies in the Park – The Croods: New Age. 7:30 PM. Wilder Park, Elmhurst. Register.

SATURDAY, JUNE 19 ART Artisan Fair – Items from art to food, lotions,

furniture, and candles for sale 10 AM-5 PM. Burr Ridge Village Center, Burr Ridge. Reserve your time slot at: ART Mexican Art – Authentic and hand-crafted work of local Mexican artists showcased throughout the gardens and grounds available to purchase. 10 AM – 4 PM. $5. Cantigny, Wheaton. Register. CONCERT Concert in the Park– The Four C Notes. FREE. 5 PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. FAMILY Father’s Day Fishing Derby – Take Dad to Bierman Park in Carol Stream anytime between 6 am June 20 to 11:30 am June 21. Register for the appropriate age division. Dads are free. Carol Stream Park District. VIRTUAL KIDS Rockin' Jewelry – Children can make their own gemstone jewelry. Purchase $15.00 kit. Ages 8 yrs. & up. 1:30 PM. Lizzadro Museum, Oak Brook.

SUNDAY, JUNE 20 ART Artisan Fair – Items from art to food, clothing

to lotions, stationary to furniture, and candles to home décor. for sale 10 AM-5 PM. Burr Ridge Village Center, Burr Ridge. Reserve your time slot at: ART Mexican Art – Authentic and hand-crafted work of local Mexican artists showcased throughout the gardens and grounds available to purchase. 10 AM – 4 PM. $5. Cantigny, Wheaton. Register. CONCERT Concert in the Park– The stage comes alive with The Four C Notes.. FREE. 7 PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling.

MONDAY, JUNE 21 NATURE Garden Tour – Complimentary garden

tour given by horticulture staff members during the longest day of the year: Summer Solstice. 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Free with paid parking. Cantigny, Wheaton. Register.

TUESDAY, JUNE 22 FAMILY Movies in the Park – The Croods: A New Age. FREE. 8 PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23 FAMILY Movies in the Park – The Glen Ellyn Park District will present Dolittle at Dusk. Reservations required. Glen Ellyn. 40 great events

SATURDAY, JUNE 26 CAR SHOW Classic Collectors – Cars, food, live

music, trivia contests and adult refreshments on Park Ave. Noon - 4 PM. $10 donation requested. Downtown Barrington.

SUNDAY, JUNE 27 CONCERT Concert in the Park– Bring your dancing shoes and a blanket or lawn chair for a fun evening. FREE. 7 PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. NATURE Earth Day Fair – Learn about the businesses that support sustainable practices. 1 – 4 PM. Knoch Knolls Park, Naperville.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30 KIDS Wild Wednesday – Stop by the back yard of

the Visitors Center between 1-3 pm.for a nature-themed story along with a personalized craft to take home. Cantigny, Wheaton.

ONGOING ADULTS Virtual Foster Care 101 –5/11, 5/25, 6/15, 6/29. 7-8:30 PM. Led by Let It Be Us’s expert features in-depth discussions that circle the issue of how to better serve the children in foster care. Via Zoom. To register, visit ART Black Creativity – Juried gallery features more than 100 art works from professional and aspiring AfricanAmerican artists. Thru June. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. ART Art on the Mart – The 30-minute program of projections will be shown nightly at 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. from May 1 – August 31. ART Ephemera: The Power of Impermanence – The talents of artists will fill walls (and floors) with the art that span the range of impermanence. Thru June 12. The Art Center Highland Park. CONCERT Summer Concert Series – Concerts begin at 7 pm on Tuesday evenings May 25 thru Aug. 17. Register. Fishel Park, Downers Grove. CONCERT Concerts in Your Park Series – Sunday evening summer music series held at a different neighborhood parks. FREE. 7:00-8:30 pm. CRAFTS Drop-In Family Program – Second Saturday of each month through Nov., McCormick House staff provides kid-friendly packets of crafts and activities related to the McCormick family. 12 – 2 PM. Visitor’s Center, Cantigny, Wheaton. CRAFTS Take & Make Mondays – Craft from the comfort of your own home. Kits will be available for pick-up the 3rd Monday of the month. Pre-registration required. Roselle Park District. 555 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Roselle. DONATION Red Cross Blood Drive – Healthy individuals are encouraged to make a blood donation appointment now at or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). EXHIBIT Viva la Libertad! Latin America and the Age of Revolutions– 5/2- 7/24. Featuring maps, manuscripts, and rare books. Newberry Library, Chicago. suburban family |

EXHIBIT To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA – 5/14-8/29. Displays feature a 1969 series of NASA

themed comic strips, photographs, video footage, and Peanuts collectibles. Reservations required. Elmhurst History Museum. EXHIBIT Human Nature – Explore large-scale sculptures created by South African artist Daniel Popper. Advance reservations required. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. EXHIBIT Women in the Military – Exploring women’s roles. Thru June 13. Dunn Museum, Libertyville. EXHIBIT Art with LEGO Bricks – Thru 9/15. Explore a series of ingenious nature-themed sculptures crafted from more than a half-million LEGO bricks. 9 AM-6 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Free with Arboretum admission. FAMILY SummerBurst – An EXPLORsion of Outdoor Fun at Kohl Children’s Museum. A smorgasbord of STEAM-related activities for kids from birth to 8. June 2 – Aug. 29. 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. Reservations FAMILY Movies in the Park Series – 6/5, 6/26, 7/10, 8/14, 9/4. Big-screen entertainment at various parks. Dusk. Addison Park District. Must confirm and register at FAMILY Stroll After Sunset – Extended hours, every Wednesday. FREE parking. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register. FAMILY Dinos Everywhere! – Exhibit returns for a limited time through September 6. Brookfield Zoo. Tickets must be reserved at FAMILY First Fridays –Several venues will be open downtown with art, music and more. 5 PM-Midnight. FREE. Thru Dec. Visit FOOD Lake County Restaurant Week – 5/1423. Ten Days to Savor prix fixe menus and special offers. LECTURES Online – Various topics including: Tasting History, Birth of Organized Sports, Great Depression. Presented by the Elmhurst History Museum This pre-recorded program will be available online. For info or call 630-833-1457. NATURE Walk on the Wild Side– A Horticulture Staff tour meets the third Thursday of each month from through October. 11 AM. Visitor’s Center. Cantigny, Wheaton. Register. NATURE Virtual Conservation Education – Conservation education programs for children. FREE. 11 AM approx. 30 minutes. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Register for June and July dates. To register call 815-423 -6370. NATURE Healing Gardens – A two-acre expanse of woodland and perennial gardens. 11 AM-4 PM. 2nd Sunday of the month May thru October. Stone Hill Farm, St. Charles. Fee. NATURE Virtual Programs – A bevy of popular programs on wildflowers, Lake County history, World Turtle Day and more. During the month of May. Register. SHOP Oswego Country Market – Every Sunday 6/6 – 9/26. 9 AM – 1 PM. Buy fresh, locally grown produce, specialty foods, meats, cheeses, baked goods and handmade items. Main Street in charming downtown Oswego. May/June 2021

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Your Table Awaits in Arlington Heights! The Village of Arlington Heights is open for business, offering an abundance of opportunities to shop, dine, and play! Savor Chicagoland’s best outdoor dining atmosphere with Arlington Alfresco! Your table awaits you now with over 30 Downtown restaurants and eateries and 100+ throughout the community. Then stop in and shop at some of the most unique and eclectic boutique stores anywhere. This summer, make it a day in Arlington Heights! For more great experiences, visit [See our ad on Inside Back Cover.] .

Catch 35 - Naperville There is more than fresh seafood at Catch 35! Whether you are dining in, ordering curbside pickup, or delivery, devour Catch 35 Signatures like Alaskan halibut, Atlantic salmon, pan roasted Chilean sea bass, crispy calamari, and Szechwan scallops. With new additions like Nashville hot chicken, braised beef shortrib, and grilled skirt steak, Catch 35 is your new comfort food destination in downtown Naperville. In addition, Catch 35 Naperville welcomes Niños Fresh Mexican Kitchen - our NEW ghost kitchen concept. Fresh Mexican dishes available for curbside pickup/delivery thru UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub. Niños quesabirrias, wings al pastor, green chili cheeseburger, and crab & guacamole quesadillas are few fresh Mexican dishes on the menu. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for specials. Contact us at 35 S. Washington St. Naperville, Illinois 60540 – 630-717-3500. Patio dining NOW available. View the menus and ordering links at May/June 2021

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Vino Thai serves up healthy and fresh Thai Cuisine. Ever since 1990, Vino Thai has provided customers with the finest and freshest tasting Thai food in a pleasurable dining atmosphere. Signature dishes include Golden Chicken, Crazy Noodles and Chicken Curry Fried Rice. Dine in Carry Out. Vino Thai is located in East Gate Commons, 3825 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. Open every day for lunch and dinner. For reservations call 630-443-8461.

Mon Ami Gabi Pick up ad Mon Ami Gabi - Oak Brook Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro located on the east side of The Oakbrook Center Mall. We are open for distanced dine-in at reduced capacity on our outdoor patio and indoor dining rooms, equipped with AIRPHX Filtration system; book on OpenTable or by calling the restaurant. Mon Ami Gabi offers lunch and dinner daily, along with weekend brunch. Carryout and delivery services remain available. To learn more about safe private party dining, catered events, and package details, please visit or call our team at 630-472-1900. Thank you for your continued support and patronage of Mon Ami Gabi!


260 OAKBROOK CENTER, OAK BROOK Responsible standards of service and distancing are in effect

Dine in Naperville! It’s the perfect time to dine in Naperville. Our restaurants offer outdoor and indoor seating, as well as the option of carry out or delivery. Sit at one of the various outdoor patios throughout Naperville, including Downtown Naperville’s new outdoor dining cafes. Bask in the sunshine while enjoying a scrumptious meal on the patio, or if you’d rather dine indoors, our restaurants are happy to welcome you inside.

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With over 300 restaurants, Naperville truly offers a fantastic and flavorful dining scene. Visit a restaurant you’ve never tried before or return to an old favorite. Ranging from classic American dishes to Mediterranean inspired dishes, our dining scene is unmatched. Now is a great time to catch up with friends and family over a delicious meal that will have you planning your next outing to a Naperville restaurant. To find the restaurant that will appeal to your tastebuds, visit [See our ad on the Back Cover.]

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