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tator position to an active player when we accept our circumstances and consider the positives of them. "Holidays and stress go hand-in-hand," says professional counselor Leigh Peregoy, LCSW. It may be grief for some people or anxiety and depression for others, but Peregoy offers additional steps to combat heightened emotions during the holiday season.


Grateful at the Holidays By Gayla Grace


he holiday season includes joy, laughter, and light-hearted fun. But it can also bring chaotic days with never-ending to-do lists or painful memories from an empty chair where a loved one used to sit. In my own family, my sisters and I face the first holiday season without our beloved mom. How do we cope when life takes a turn we don't like? How do we find joy through the holidays if our circumstances don't feel joyful? Seeking after gratitude can make a difference. Family therapist Mary Arcement, LPC, says gratitude can help you take the focus off the situation you're unhappy with and redirect your thoughts to what's positive in your life. "In marriage therapy, I often see couples focused on what the other person is doing wrong," Arcement says. "I've used gratitude to help them focus on themselves first and consider what the other person IS doing that contributes to the relationship. Couples tend to focus on what doesn't exist-not enough love, not enough money-what is not. I encourage them to consider what IS working, what their spouse IS doing, which moves them toward gratitude." 6 seasons

Dr. Martin Seligman, commonly known as the founder of Positive Psychology, has done extensive research on the positive effects of gratitude and mood. His exercise, Three Blessings, seems too simple to make a difference but research shows otherwise. Participants are asked to take ten minutes every night before going to bed to write down three things that went well that day and why they went well. For example, if your spouse took the trash out or your difficult co-worker was friendly, you record it. For at least 3-4 times a week you do the exercise, focusing on small things in your day you're thankful for. Research has proven the exercise works. After only seven days, participants reported increased happiness and decreased depressive symptoms that had a lasting effect for six months, even if they didn't continue the exercise. Arcement acknowledges the benefits of the exercise. "I did a gratitude journal years ago and it really helped me," she says. "Writing down 2-5 things a day, doesn't have to be much, increases your gratitude in life." It helps you become much more aware of the good in your circumstances. Gratitude allows us to live in the present and focus on the moment instead of wishing for a different scenario and grumbling about our situation. We move from a specsuburban family |

Anticipate the holiday. "You can't bury your head in the sand," says Peregoy. "Anticipate the holiday so you don't find yourself facing something you're not prepared for." Think about previous holidays and what triggers heightened emotions for you. If you've had a significant change over the last year, perhaps a death or other loss, realize how this will impact you and what you need to do to combat the barrage of difficult emotions that could emerge. Talk about the elephant in the room. Confide in friends and family on hard days. Find a counselor or pastor if you're stuck in dysfunctional patterns. Don't hide from your feelings or run away from them with too much alcohol, overeating, or retail therapy. Consider your options. If you're anxious about too much time with your hard-to-getalong-with mother-in-law, talk through different scenarios with your spouse. "If we think this is the only way it has to be, that makes us freeze up," says Peregoy. Choose an option that works for you without sacrificing harmony in your home. Start new traditions. If your holiday table has a person missing this year, perhaps you can find an elderly person or military couple without family in the area and invite them to join you. "Do something completely different," says Peregoy to find joy amidst hard emotions. Volunteer to serve food at the homeless shelter or pick up a name from the angel tree and buy a gift for a child that wouldn't get a gift otherwise. Don't "should" on yourself! "We get fixed into thinking-this is the way I've always done it, this is the way we should do things," says Pergoy. "That sets us up for some type of failure or lost expectation." It's OK to make changes in your routine. If holiday habits cause excessive stress, consider a different option that's right for you and your family. Then, own your choice-even if others don't like it or understand why. As the holiday festivities propel into full swing, heightened emotions don't have to accompany your schedule. Consider changes you need to put in place this year to make it one of harmony with others, joy in your heart, and gratitude for your blessings. November/December 2017

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he “most wonderful time of the year” again graces the suburbs of Chicago, with gala events and festivities certain to make everyone’s season sparkle.This year, our Partners host a strong line-up of superb holiday memorymakers. So, browse our Season’s Best and Holiday Happenings guides to learn about the many seasonal celebrations the whole family can enjoy this year! Stratford Square Mall Spread the cheer and join us at Stratford Square for a holiday season of fun! From Photos with Santa, Storytime with Santa, Lunch with Santa, a Holiday Artisan Show, Crafts with Santa, holiday performances to a host of entertainment venues you can choose from to continue the fun! Bowling, movies, jump houses, kids train and so much more! Visit for more information on stores, entertainment venues and events. [See our ad on Page 3.] 8 out & about

Apple Holler Pick your own memories at Apple Holler orchard and family farm with a farm to table restaurant, bakery, gift shop, offering pick your own apples, peaches, pears and pumpkins.Visitors will enjoy four seasons of family fun and activities including; Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides, children's shows, orchard and farm tours, school field trips, hayrides, barnyard animals and outdoor play areas. Apple Holler is located between Racine and Kenosha, WI at exit 337 off I-94 (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100, or visit www., for further information. [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.] Ben’s Christmas Tree Farm This year, treat your whole family to a wonderful day at Ben’s Christmas Tree Farm! Take in the sights as horse-drawn wagons ferry you into nine varieties of sustainably grown trees spread across the 50 acre farm. Once you have found your perfect tree, enjoy free hot cocoa in the warming barn, or visit the farm animals. Ben’s will retrieve, shake, and wrap your tree, and will even tie your tree to your vehicle, leaving you to enjoy a day in the country. Leashed pets welcome. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 9am-4pm,Thanksgiving thru Christmas.Trees $6 to $9 /ft., most activities Free! See for details. [See our ad on Page 3.] suburban family |

Village of Arlington Heights The Holiday Season is Wonderful in Arlington Heights! Arlington Heights is the perfect holiday destination for your family. It all starts with our grand Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 24th. Great events continue with Small Business Saturday on November 25th. Come out and shop at independent and national retailers in our award-winning Downtown. And don’t forget the Rotary Santa Run on December 2nd, a 5K race featuring hundreds of St. Nicks dashing through the streets. With great shopping, entertainment, and events, Arlington Heights is the place to be this holiday season! For more information, please visit! Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic presented by Com Ed and Meijer, is the area’s largest lights festival, and runs Saturdays & Sundays in December through December 17, and all week December 26 through 31. The event features over one million LED lights, a 41 foot talking tree, ice carvers, larger- than lifelight displays, carolers, seasonal treats, warm drinks, and more. The Zoo opens at 10am with festivities starting at 4pm. Get info at November/December 2017



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Kohl Children’s Museum 17 interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Through March 4th, test your design and construction skills in our Build It! exhibit. Recreate famous Chicago skyline sights, test the strength of your buildings on our earthquake table, and dive into our large blue Imagination Playground blocks to build whatever you can imagine! Autumn is our quietest traffic season, and the best time to see for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview. 847-832-6600. [See our ad on Page 5.]

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11th annual Festival of Lights Presented by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club Enjoy the magic of the 2017 Festival of Lights. Featuring a 20’ tall SINGING Christmas Tree. This year we will be unveiling our illuminated “WEISNER Skating Pond” honoring the Past Mayor of Aurora. This is the largest FREE outdoor holiday light displays in Northern Illinois

and is presented by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club in partnership with the City of Aurora. It is a mile long drive-through of spectacular displays. Staged at Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive, Aurora. Open nightly 5 to 9; (5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday); Nov. 24 through Dec. 26. Cascade Mountain... where kids ski free! One of the most popular ski resorts in the Midwest is Cascade Mountain. Located on Interstate 90/94 between Madison and Wisconsin Dells, Cascade is a large area with 45 ski trails, 12 lifts and snow tubing. Phase I of a three-phase expansion project has was completed last season.This $9 million dollar project included two new lifts, nine new trails, additional snowmaking, an expanded main lodge, paved parking and base area improvements. The Wisconsin Dells is just 15 minutes away from Cascade, and the city of Portage is even closer. Families with children save a bundle at Cascade Mountain because kids 12 and under ski free when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, go to [See our ad on p. 3.] Funtopia Have fun and be active during the holiday season at Funtopia Glenview! Tons of amazing attractions and awesome challenges for guests of all skills and levels. Come climb on our Fun walls, explore ultra realistic caves, dare sliding down a 20ft

slide or challenge yourself on our Rope Course! With so many activities, we guarantee you will have a blast! Funtopia also hosts birthday parties and group events. 2050 Tower Dr., Glenview, IL 60026. For more information visit or call 224-432-5453. Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports located at 5750 Lakeside Dr. in Lisle Illinois is Chicagolands most convenient place to ski and snowboard. Whether it’s your first time on the snow, or you’re a seasoned pro looking to brush up on new equipment Four Lakes has the “anyone can do” attitude that is integral to your success at skiing and snowboarding! Experience all that Four Lakes has to offer! For more information, visit: Winterfest...Oak Park Participate in Downtown Oak Park’s annual Cookie Walk! A $20 participation fee includes a souvenir cookie tin and a map of over 45 participating shops and restaurants to collect a cookie or candy at each stop. Catch a glimpse of Saint Nicholas, enjoy a variety of family-friendly acts and warm up inside the hospitality tent with free hot chocolate and coffee. Saturday, December 2nd from 11a.m. - 3 p.m. Marion Street, Lake Street and North Boulevard. TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show Holiday Shopping At It’s BEST! Don’t miss TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL on November 30-December 3, 2017. Right before the busy holiday season, you will find jewelry, fashion, accessories, gift, beauty, home décor, gourmet foods, housewares, and more for that special celebration. NEW for this year’s show is KID’S DAY on Sunday, December 3rd only. Bring your kids (ages 9-16) on Sunday to shop and have a good time with you. Kids register on site only and will receive a FREE HOLIDAY GIFT. This is your special invitation to visit the Schaumburg Holiday JF&A Show. For complete details on KIDS DAY, and to register yourself, visit our website at: Westmont Park District The annual Holly Days Winter Festival returns to Westmont! Join us on November 19 as we begin the festival with Decorating Day; shop at the Gift Bazaar, donate to the Food Drive and enjoy a tasty pancake breakfast prepared by the Lions Club. Opening Night, complete with the Frosty and Friends Parade and Santa’s arrival on Saturday, November 25 is not to be missed. Don’t miss our SnowMuch Fun Night on December 16 with sled dogs, ice sculpting, broom ball, curling and s’mores! For a complete list of Holly Days activities, please visit www.hollydaysfestival. com or by calling 630.963.5252.

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WINTERFEST DEC 2, 11–3PM Participate in Downtown Oak Park's Annual Gourmet Cookie Walk — a $20 participation fee includes a souvenir cookie tin and a map of over 40 participating shops and restaurants. Catch a glimpse of Saint Nicholas, enjoy a variety of family friendly acts and warm up inside the hospitality tent with FREE hot chocolate and coffee.

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Wilmot Mountain Now part of Vail Resorts with $13M in Renovations. Celebrate 80 years of winter fun at Wilmot Mountain and experience our new Children’s Learning Center, Main Lodge transformation, three new quad lifts, expanded Terrain Parks, upgraded food & beverages and season long events! Ski, snowboard and tube with us this season. 11931 Fox River Road, Wilmot, WI. www. Creek Bend Nature Center Visit Creek Bend Nature Center for fun, interactive exhibits. There’s plenty to see and do – both inside and out! Learn all about oaks. See what the Fox River might look like below the surface. View bison in our prairie wild exhibit. Enjoy scavenger hunts, hikes and scheduled nature programs. Visit or call 630-444-3190. At Creek Bend Nature Center, you can explore galore! Open Monday – Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday from noon – 4 p.m. Admission is always free. 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles.

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Lombard Park District Join the Lombard Park District’s annual lighting celebration in Lilacia Park! Activities include a visit with Santa and the Gold Medal Express train. Charming holiday displays light up Lilacia Park with a magical array of animated light shows, decorated trees, a giant gingerbread house, and much more. Youngsters can visit with Santa Claus, ride the delightful Gold Medal Express train, visit with their favorite holiday characters, and enjoy a spectacular show with complimentary hot cocoa and cookies. www. 630-620-7322. Naper Settlement Make holiday traditions at Naper Settlement! From Nov. 7 to Dec. 24, enjoy mid-century modern traditions and fun fads at the Home for the Holidays: Christmas in the Fabulous 1950s Exhibit. Enjoy Naper Lights and Christkindlmarket, an outdoor German market, as it transforms the grounds into a winter wonderland on select days from Nov. 24 to Dec. 24. Bring your children to Santa @ the Settlement on Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, 9 & 16.Visit





Cicero’s Christmas in the Park All aboard for this year’s annual fantasy in the park in Cicero. Nov. 26th from 4:30 - 7 :30 p.m. Highlights of the day includes Santa’s reindeer, Jack Frost, Suzy Snowflake, Dr. Seuss characters, President Larry Dominick’s Winter Reading Train and more. Cicero Community Park, 34th & Laramie Ave. For more info call 708-656-3600 x 288.





Downers Grove Park District Merry & Bright: A Victorian Christmas Join us for a celebration of the season at this free family event! Learn about Victorian Christmas traditions, tour the holiday-decorated Victorian Blodgett house and listen to Victorian-era carolers. Stroll the park while warming up around a 12 out & about

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campfire and visit with Santa and his reindeer! Holiday snacks, hot cocoa, beer and wine will be available for sale to enhance the holiday cheer. Event is FREE. Saturday, Dec. 9 from 1 to 5pm at the Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. 630.963.1309 . www.



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Cantigny Park Add some holiday sparkle with a family visit to Cantigny in Wheaton. Plant lovers should attend the poinsettia display and sale on Nov. 17, followed by the Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival and Mistletoe Market on Dec. 2. Holiday brunches with Santa take place Dec. 2 & 23, or dine with The Grinch on Dec. 9! RSVP at 630.260.8260. Visit Cantigny. org for details and the full events calendar. For updates, text PARK to 36000. Winter Cheer at Wheeling Park District Start the season with Breakfast with Santa. Meet Santa and spend time with “Those Funny Little People” on Sat. Dec. 9, 10-11:30 am. Cost varies. It’s a “Noon Year Celebration” with festivities for every age child on Sun. Dec. 31, from 10 am-12:15 pm. Cost: $1pp. Winter Wonderfest comes to town on Sun, Jan. 14 from 1-4 pm. Cost: Free. Event locations/deadlines vary. Learn more at www. or call 847-465-3333. Entertainment Cruises Aboard Spirit, Winter’s Never Looked Better Did you know that Spirit of Chicago cruises all year long? And aboard the cozy, festive decks, you’ll see a whole new side of winter. Bring your family aboard to see magical, winter views of classic Chicago sites like Buckingham Fountain, the Adler Planetarium, Trump Tower,Willis Tower and more! Your cruise will include a delicious buffet-style meal and DJ entertainment. For the highlight of your holidays, plan your cruise at Des Plaines Park District Winter Wonderland Holiday Festival This year, on the weekend of December 2nd and 3rd (10:00a-3:00p), Prairie Lakes becomes a magical place full of holiday fun for all ages. Santa will be there for free pictures. Enjoy free family entertainment, including a magic show, musicians, singers, and dancers.We have face painting, games & crafts, story time, and a beautiful model train display. Bring a non-perishable food item for the annual Des Plaines Self-Help Closet & Pantry food drive, and you’ll be rewarded with a free hot cocoa. Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E. Thacker Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016. For information, call 847-391-5711. November/December 2017

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We understand how important holidays can be, so we’ve gathered these wonderful events and attractions of places to go and things to do in and around the Chicago suburbs to add to your celebrations. Enjoy!

NOVEMBER Weed Ladies Winter Show and Holiday Floral Sales – 11/2-11/5. Featuring holiday-themed floral arrangements and accessories. Thurs – Sat 11/ 2-4, 10 AM - 4 PM and Sun 11/5, 1-4 PM in Naper Settlement’s Daniels House. Naperville. 630-305-5289.

A Holiday Happening – 11/4-5. Art and Craft Fair with over 200 booths. College of DuPage Athletic Arena, Glen Ellyn. 815-8782728.

parade, tree lighting, story time, make a card for the military and mail it, plus Santa visit. 5:30-7:30 PM (Tree lighting 6 PM). Burr Ridge. 630-654-8181.

Turkey Shoot Golf Outing – 11/4. Three different formats wait for you as you play your way around 18 holes. After the round each team is grouped in to a different flight so no matter what you shoot you have a chance to win. 10:30 AM-2 PM. Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles.

Aurora Festival of Lights – 11/17-12/25. One of the biggest and best light displays in the area during the holiday season. This dazzling drive through show—open for a full month—attracts over 20,000 visitors. Fri-Sat 5-10 PM; Sun-Thurs 5-9 PM. Phillips Park, Aurora 630-408-5381. Cantigny Community Trees Display – 11/17-12/30. Tour Christmas trees artfully decorated throughout the museum by seven local non-profit groups. Nonprofit groups receive a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and the organization with the winning tree earns additional funding. Robert R. McCormick House, Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630.260.8162.

Wilder Mansion Holiday Mart – 11/3-4. Enjoy one-of-a-kind arts, crafts including jewelry, fiber, handbags, glass, ceramics, gourmet food, and unique holiday gifts from over 50 artisans and culinary food vendors. Fri 11/3, 4-9 PM and Sat 11/5 10AM-4PM. Wilder Mansion, Elmhurst. 630-9938900.

Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum – 11/17/20171/1/2018. Magical wintertime walk in the woods as 50 acres of the Arboretum's majestic trees glow in mesmerize in a myriad of hues and displays. 4:30-9:30 PM. Lisle. Tickets 630-7252066.

Lombard Christmas Mart – 11/4. An and craft fair with over 75 crafters and artisans hosted by Lombard's Maple Street churches and organizations. Locations various downtown churches and other locations. Visitors can travel between the various locations to shop for art, crafts, holiday foods and gifts, raffle prize awarded. 9AM-2PM. Downtown Lombard. The Nutcracker Suite – 11/4. Dancers will perform for about 20 minutes before inviting the audience on stage to learn a short routine. Stay until the end to get a little sprinkle of something magical. 10 AM. Washington Jr. High, Naperville. Presented by the DuPage Children's Museum, Naperville. 630637-8000.

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Lemont Women's Holiday Soiree – 11/9. Boutique shopping, fashion show, food and fun. 5:30-9 PM. Lemont. 630-257-1550.

Shades of Crimson Poinsettia Display & Sale – 11/17. Visitors are invited to the Cantigny Greenhouse to enjoy a sea of poinsettia plants at their holiday best. See 15 or more varieties and 3,000-plus poinsettias in total, all grown on site from cuttings. Plants will be available for sale. 11 AM-7PM. Cantigny Greenhouse. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630.260.8162.

Geneva Women's Club Annual Arts and Crafts Show – 11/12. Hand-crafted and unique items for all of your holiday gift-giving needs. Over 100 different arts and crafts booths. 10AM-4 PM. 630-463-3800. http://

Annual Tree Trim at Brookfield Zoo – 11/1819. Families and groups can sponsor a tree to decorate that will be on display at Brookfield Zoo for the holiday season and then participate in the tree trim. 10AM-4:30PM. Brookfield. Register for a tree now at

Winter Showcase Fashion Show – 11/12. Local shops offer their fashion wares. Silent auction, luncheon, fashion and jewelry show. 11 AM. Glen Oak Country Club, Glen Ellyn. Reservations 630-469-0907.

Symphony in Lights – 11/19-12/31. The lights go on and the music begins on the hour, nightly. 250,000 LED lights are choreographed to the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra for the largest commercial holiday light show in the Chicago area. 5-9 PM. The Promenade, Bolingbrook.

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Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop – 11/20. Create a fresh holiday arrangement for your home with expert instruction. Bring a wire cutter and hand pruner plus a tray to carry creation home. All other materials provided. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630.260.8162. Holiday Walk – 11/24. An annual tradition since 1975. Countdown to tree lighting, visits with Santa for kids, local merchants offer refreshments. 6-8 PM. Glen Ellyn. 630-4690907.


Light Up the Holidays Festival and Parade – 11/24. Parade, fireworks, tree lighting and activities presented by local businesses. 10 AM-7 PM. Downtown Joliet. 815-774-6066. Christkindlmarket – 11/24-12/24. Experience an outdoor German holiday season market with all of the sights, sounds and magic as well as delicious treats, wonderful handmade ornaments and gifts. Naper Settlement, Naperville. 630-420-6010.

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Festival of Lights and Tree Sales – 11/2412/30. Cosley Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with 20,000 twinkling lights creating spectacular displays, an amazing selection of Christmas trees for you to purchase, hot chocolate, and holiday gifts. 9AM9 PM daily. Wheaton. 630-665-5534. Naper Lights – 11/24-12/17. Stroll the museum grounds and experience a magical holiday lights celebration! Thursdays 4-7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays from 4-9 PM and Sundays from 4-6 PM. From 12/18-23 hours are extended: Sun-Thurs 4-8 PM and Fri-Sat 4-9 PM. Naper Settlement, Naperville. 630420-6010. Lincoln Park ZooLights – 11/24/17-1/7/2018. This free event transforms Lincoln Park Zoo into a twinkling winter wonderland for 29 nights complete with visits from Santa, ice sculptors, festive activities and sweet treats of all kinds. Also, get lost in the new Light Maze (requires ticket). 11/24-26 and 12/1-3 Fri-Sun 4:30-9 PM, then nightly 12/8- 1/7 4:30-9 PM (excluding Dec. 24 and 25). Chicago. Santa House and Festival of Lights Parade – 11/24-12/23. Bring cameras to Santa's house for a visit after the parade (7-8:30 PM). Santa House hours Thurs-Fri 6-8 PM; Sat 10 AM-3PM; Sun noon-3 PM. 815-479-0835. St. Charles Holiday Homecoming – 11/2425. Seasonal music, holiday movies, sleigh rides, lighted parade floats. Friday night begins at 5 PM with carols and appearance by Santa and the lighting celebration. Saturday includes a movie (9 AM) with Santa's House from 11AM-4PM, sleigh rides 1-4 PM and November/December 2017

Santa @ the Settlement – 11/25, 12/2,9,16. Visit Mr. and Mrs. Claus and share a letter to Santa, craft two ornaments and prepare a magical treat for Santa’s reindeer. Decorate cookies, gather for story time. Bring camera for a special photo with Santa. 9 AM-12PM. Tickets open Oct. 16. Naper Settlement, Naperville. 630.420.6010 Celebration of Lights Festival – 11/27. 4-7 PM. Craft market, wagon rides, pictures with Santa, sing-along, roasted chestnuts, bake sale. Batavia Riverwalk, Batavia. 630897-5235.

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Electric Christmas Parade 5:30 PM. Downtown St. Charles. 630-443-3967. Tree Lighting and Gingerbread Festival – 11/24-25. Join the mayor to countdown to the lighting of the tree on Fri during the two-day festival to shop, sample and kick off the holidays. Downers Grove. 630-434-5571. Holiday Sweets – 11/25. Make bright, colorful hard candies and bring the recipes home. All ages. Programs begin 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 PM. Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago. 630-876-5900.

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Happy Holiday Railway Santa Trains – 11/25-26 and 12/2-3, 12/9-10 and 12/16-17. All Aboard for the North Pole. Illinois Railway Museum. 815-923-4000. Holly Days Winter Festival – 11/25 -12/18. Activities and events leading up to Christmas including visits with Santa, Polar Express, gift bazaar, food drive. Westmont. 630-969-8080. The Nutcracker – 11/25-26. Salt Creek Ballet performs at Hinsdale Central High School, Sat 1 and 5 PM; Sun 1 PM followed by the "Sugar Plum Party." Tickets 800-414-3849.

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Mistletoe Medley – 11/27 5-9 PM and 11/28. Annual luncheon and fashion, boutique shopping and mega cash raffle. Benefits Infant Welfare Society. 10AM-4:30 PM. Oak Brook. Reservations Celbrez la Saison – 11/27. Fun and festive holiday fundraiser with boutique shopping, cash raffle prizes, silent auction, French martinis, hors d' oevres, crepe station. Drury Lane, Oak Brook. Holiday Market at Lincoln Park Zoo – 11/28. One-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list – embrace the holiday spirit with your loved ones of all ages as you wander a maze of talent artists, all illuminated by the

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glow of ZooLights. 6:30-10 PM. Chicago. Christmas on the Farm House Tour – 11/30. Enjoy the house decked in ornaments and greens, savor spicy aromas of holiday treat and origins of food and traditions of the time. All ages. 10 AM-4 PM. 630-876-5900.

DECEMBER Lambs Farm Holiday Lights Gift and Craft Fair – 11/30 and 12/1-3. Arlington International Racecourse, Arlington Heights. 630793-9628. Cup of Cheer – 11/30 and 12/1. Naperville Garden Club's House Walk, Holiday Market and Tea. Tour homes decorated for the Christmas holiday, shop at market. Tickets Christmas Walk and Storybook Village – 12/1. Holiday open house and celebration. Hinsdale. 630-323-3952. Pizza with Santa – 12/1. Pizza, soda, craft, games, bounce house. Children of all ages with an adult. Register by 11/27. 6:30-7:45 PM. Tree Lighting Ceremony – 12/1. "Posada." Entertainment, refreshments and a "special guest" arrives to flip the switch. 6 PM. Winter Wonderland and Hope for the Holidays – 12/1. Firefighters bring Santa on decorated, flashing vehicles! Hot chocolate and cookies will be served, crafts, inflatables and a pictures with Santa for first 400 children. 6-9 PM. 815-886-6222. Holiday Housewalk and Market – 12/1-2. Holiday houses on tour in Oak Park and River Forest. Benefits OPRF Infant Welfare Society. The Nineteenth Century Club, Oak Park. 708848-0528 ext. 231. Holiday Market and Parade – 12/1-3. Tree lighting, Toyland Parade, Parade of Lights, Market. Tinley Park. 708-444-5045. Santa House at the Riverwalk – 12/1-23. Come find Santa waiting to hear your Christmas wishes. Special Needs Night 12/4-6 and 12/14. Military and First Responders 12/12. Pet Night 12/11. Naperville. 630-548-5000. Breakfast at the North Pole – 12/2. Breakfast, activities, and visit from the jolly old elf. Children with adults. 10-11 AM. Boathouse by Lake Ellyn. 630-858-2462. Brunch with Santa – 12/2. Enjoy a special holiday buffet and meet Mr. C! Besides deli18 out & about

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cious food, highlights include a photo with Santa, balloon artist and face painters. 10 AM and 12:30 PM seatings. Red Oak Room at Cantigny Golf. For reservations call 630.260.8260 or email Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival – 12/2. Mistletoe Market, horse-drawn “sleigh rides,” facepainting, live reindeer display and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. 4-7 PM. Parkwide. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630.260.8162. Farmside Christmas – 12/2. Old-fashioned Christmas celebration with crafts, treats, live music, carols and pictures with Santa. 2-5 PM. Bensenville. 630-834-3152. Frosty Fest – 12/2. A procession of "seasonal characters" down Main Street, tree lighting, horse-drawn wagon rides, live reindeer, community carolers and Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 4-7 PM. Downtown West Chicago. Jingle Paws – 12/2. Dress your pup for a great dog event. Treat hunt, agility, photos with Santa, costume contest. 12-2 PM. Meineke Recreation Center, Schaumburg. 847-985-2143. LaGrange Hometown Holiday – 12/2. The LaGrange Holiday Walk opens the season when Santa arrives by firetruck to light a gi-

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ant Christmas tree. Carolers, ice sculptures, petting zoo and pony rides, free trolleys and dozens of lively merchant open houses. Downtown LaGrange. 3-8 PM. 708-582-6510. Mistletoe Market – 12/2. Visit the festive displays of crafters and artists offering one-of-a-kind items for holiday gift giving. 1-7PM. Visitors Center, Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630.260.8162. North Pole Express – 12/2. The North Pole Express comes to life when the train departs from the Palatine Train Station for a special trip to Woodstock, IL. Cookies provided to decorate and eat for parent and child, hot cider and hot chocolate. 9 AM and 11 AM. Palatine Park District, Palatine. Register 847991-0333. Winterfest – 12/2. Participate in the Downtown Oak Park Cookie Walk! Includes souvenir cookie tin and a map of over 45 restaurants to collect a cookie or candy at each stop. 11 AM-3 PM. 708-383-4145. Candlelight at the Inn – 12/2-3. Experience 1840s winter travel and tavern hospitality like travelers to the Garfield's in their 1846 brick inn. Hospitality, refreshments, live music, and a bake sale in the Burr House 3-7 PM. 630-584-8485.

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Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic – 12/2-3, 9-10 and 16-17 and December 26-31. Sing to the animals and enjoy ice-carving demonstrations, magic shows, a 41-foot talking tree, and special visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus (visits through December 17). The zoo will be lit with more than one million twinkling LED lights and select animal habitats will remain open, as will zoo restaurants and gift shops. Enjoy live entertainment, costumed characters and a model railroad display. 708 688-8000. Holiday Express at Blackberry Farm – 12/2-3. Take a magical ride on the Holiday Express train, enjoy thousands of twinkling lights and songs of Christmas. Decorations, reindeer food bar, hay wagon rides. Blackberry Farm, Aurora. 630-892-1550. Lights of Lisle – 12/2-3. Thousands of luminarias, tree lights and storefront decorations transform downtown Lisle into a magical place. 630-271-4100. Holiday Lights at Lilacia Park – 12/2-3, 12/8-10, 12/15-17. Park Lighting Ceremony/ Jinglebell Jubilee on 12/2 with train rides, visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph, Polar Express, hot cocoa and cookies. Lombard. 630-620-7322. Once Upon a Christmas – 12/2-3. An an-

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nual event held at the Lisle Station Park's Museum Campus. Children's crafts, brick oven baking, blacksmithing and ice carving. 630-968-0499. Christmas in the Valley – 12/3. Celebrate the holidays at Spring Valley's Heritage Farm. Noon – 4 PM. Schaumburg, IL. 847-985-2102. Magical Animated Holiday Light Show – 12/317. Light projection show every night at Center Court with customized 3-D projection featuring elves, icicles, snow and other holiday images with music. 6-8 PM. Holiday Spectacular – 12/4. SEASPAR (South East Association for Special Parks and Recreation) presents a showcase of participants with disabilities' talent in various arts such as song, music, dance and theater. 7 PM. Western Springs. 630-960-7600. Brunch with the Grinch – 12/9. Feast on a Grinch-themed buffet along with a viewing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The Grinch himself will make an appearance. 10 AM and 12:30 PM seatings. Red Oak Room at Cantigny Golf. For reservations call 630.260.82194 or email Holiday Shopping Night – 12/7. SEASPAR (South East Association for Special Parks and

Recreation) benefits from your holiday shopping at select business in downtown Downers Grove – 20% of proceeds will be donated from home décor, clothing, toys and gifts. 630-960-7600. Santa's Workshop – 12/8-9. Visit Santa's workshop to meet Santa and take photos. Cookies and holiday crafts will be available. Fri 5:30-8 PM and Sat 11 AM-1:30 PM. Itasca Park District, Itasca. Donuts with Santa – 12/9. Drink hot chocolate, decorate donuts and hear a story as told by Santa. 9-10 AM. Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Center, Naperville Park District. 630-848-5000. Holiday Radio Show – 12/9. Sketch radio comedy with holiday themes. Progressive Village Performance Network. Westmont. 3 PM and 6 PM. Santa Home Visits – 12/9. 10 AM-5 PM. Leave a gift outside the front door and Santa will bring it in and give it to your child. Wheaton residents (60189) only. Register Last Chance Craft Fair – 12/9-10. Art and Craft Fair with over 175 booths. College of DuPage Athletic Arena, Glen Ellyn. 815-8782728. Magical Holiday Express – 12/9-10. Bring the entire family and create joyful memories together at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s Magical Holiday Extravaganza. The program also includes a sing-along and appearance from a special visitor from the North Pole. 12/9, 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM and December 10, 2:30 PM. Hemmens Cultural Center. Elgin. 847-888-4000. Holiday Tea – 12/10. Invite your family and friends to tea in the century-old arts and crafts home. The staff serves delicious sandwiches and sweets accompanied by steaming pots of tea and a festive punch. The halls are decked, the tables are set with linens and the harpist is ready; we await your arrival! 2-3:30 PM. Arlington Heights Historical Museum Banta House. Register 847-255-1225. Santa Splash – 12/10. Santa and his elves will be leading holiday themed games and warding prizes; sleigh racing in the lap and activity pools. 1-3 PM. Bartlett Community Center. 630-540-4800. ZooLights Family Nights at Lincoln Park Zoo – 12/11, 18 and 1/1. Fun-filled evenings include all regular ZooLights activities along with free rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel and Lionel Train Adventure for families with children. Kids also eat FREE at Park Place Café (one free limited kid’s menu item with paid adult entrée or combo meal). 4:30-9 PM.

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Holly Jolly Trolley Ride – 12/14. Climb aboard our private holiday trolley and step into your favorite Christmas stories. Crafting, coloring, storytelling, plus hot chocolate and cookies. 4-9 PM, Villa Olivia, Bartlett. 630540-4800. It's a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play – 12/15. The classic Christmas story. Caroling begins at 6:30 PM with the play at 7:30. Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, Palatine. Holiday Trolley Express – 12/15. Take a festive trolley ride seeing some of the beautiful holiday lights of Carol Stream. Crafts, refreshments and a visit with Santa. 6:30-8:30 PM. Fountain View Rec Center, Carol Stream. 630-784-6100. Christmas Lights Trolley Tours – 12/16-23. Relax before the holidays on illuminated tours of the LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby and Utica area to visit light displays on the fully enclosed trolley. 6-8 PM. Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center. 815-220-7386. Cantigny Brunch with Santa – 12/23. Enjoy a special holiday buffet and meet Mr. C! Besides delicious food, highlights include a photo with Santa, balloon artist and face painters. 10 AM and 12:30 PM seatings. Red Oak Room at Cantigny Golf. For reservations call 630.260.8260 or email amyanderson@ Noon Year's Eve – 12/29. Family-friendly celebration counting down to the New Year without staying up late! Crafts, play, music, dancing and balloon drop at 12 PM. 8 years old and under. Bensenville Community Public Library. 630-766-4642. Bubble Bash – 12/31. "Walk on the Wild Side" is the theme for this family adventure! Don a pith hat and make a vest to decorate with stickers as you travel through each station, weave a beautiful collaborative canopy, move to the beat of African drums, let out a roar to countdown to Noon confetti celebration (there is a quiet countdown for more sensitive visitors separately).. 9 AM-noon. DuPage Children's Museum, Naperville. dupagechildren's org. Happy 'Noon' Year – 12/31. Ring in the New Year with this family friendly event of play, crafts and snacks. Balloon drop at noon. 11 AM-12:30 PM. Oswegoland Park District, Montgomery. Register 630-554-1010. Noon Year's Eve – 12/31. Join in and celebrate with DJ, dancing, arts and crafts. Raise a toast with sparkling juice for the countdown to noon to celebrate New Year's Eve. 10 AM-12 PM. Lombard Park District, Lombard. 630-620-7322. November/December 2017

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s we ease into the season of the holidays, our thoughts turn naturally to food, fun, drinks and... great local theatres... Overshadowed Theatrical Productions

I’ll Be Seeing You An original story by Reba Hervas and Megan Schier featuring popular music from the 1940’s. November 24 - December 16 World Premier! In December of 1941 lives of American citizens were forever changed when Pearl Harbor was attacked. All Americans rallied together to show support and USO canteens sprang into action. The lives of radio stars, entertainers, soldiers and the girl next door intertwine in Chicago. As the pages on the calendar turn, the music of the 40’s brings home to the front and the holiday spirit to each heart. Alive with high-octane dance numbers, and dreamy ballads this original musical is one you want you won’t want to miss. Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets, visit or call 630.634.2100. [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.]


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Prairie Center for the Arts

The Prairie Center for the Arts offers two timeless shows for families this holiday season, beginning with Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s full-scale production of The Nutcracker. A corps of professional dancers leads a large cast in Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet, following the dreamlike adventures of a young girl who, guided by a magical Nutcracker Prince, encounters leaping Russians, waltzing flowers, twirling snowflake maidens and more. Complete with live narration, grand sets and vibrant costumes, The Nutcracker plays for two weekends December 1 through December 10. Then, classical and popular music of the season is performed by the award-winning Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra at its 18th annual Presto! Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 16 at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm. The Schaumburg Youth Choir and Children’s Chorus join the orchestra in a variety of carols and audience sing-alongs. For tickets, visit or call 847895-3600. The Prairie Center is located at 201 Schaumburg Ct., in Schaumburg. [See our ad on Page 5.]

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Magical Holiday Concerts Saturday, December 9, 2017 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm Sunday, December 10, 2017 2:30 pm Hemmens Cultural Center Stephen Squires, conductor Leila Bowie, soprano Joe Shadday, tenor Elgin Master Chorale Midwest Dance Collective

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Allstate Arena

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are on the road for our actionpacked World Tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability). Friday, December 29th at 2pm + 7pm. 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL 60018. Tickets are available at the Allstate Arena Box Office, and all Ticketmaster retail locations.

Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Bring the entire family and create joyful memories together at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s Magical Holiday Extravaganza. Stephen Squires, conducts, with Leila Bowie, soprano, Joe Shadday, tenor, the Elgin Master Chorale and Midwest Dance Collective all performing familiar holiday favorites. The program also includes a sing-along and appearance from a special visitor from the North Pole. December 9, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm, and December 10, 2:30 pm. Hemmens Cultural Center. Tickets: ElginSymphony.Org or 847-888-4000.The ESO-Transforming the Symphony Experience.

The Genesee Theatre

Celebrate the greatest songs of the ‘60s with the Midtown Men, four stars from the Tony® Award winning musical “Jersey Boys”. They’re bringing their Rat Pack-style holiday concert plus songs by The Beatles, The Temptations, The Four Seasons and more! Friday, Dec. 1st at 8 p.m. A Garfield Christmas: Live On Stage! Everyone’s favorite feline, Garfield, is ready to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! Saturday, Dec. 2nd at 3 p.m. Garfield will brighten your holiday season

with his token wisecracks. This lively holiday musical features timeless sing-along favorites the whole family will enjoy. From his hit TV show “The Carbonaro Effect,” comes Michael Carbonaro Live! Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Using magic and pranks to keep unsuspecting targets guessing and viewers laughing, each show is packed with laughs, audience interaction and hilarious video clips. It’s great family fun! Direct from Australia, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo brings incredibly life-like prehistoric creatures to the stage like you’ve never seen them before.Thursday, Feb. 1st at 7 p.m. Your paleontologist/host and his master puppeteers take you through an unforgettable interactive adventure. 203 N Genesee St., Waukegan, IL 60085. Tickets are available on and at the Genesee Theatre Box Office.

Paramount Theatre

Elf The Musical ARE YOU READY FOR CHRISTMAS? BUDDY THE ELF IS! Join Buddy as he journeys past the Candy Cane Forest to New York City, in search of his long lost father. Imagine Buddy’s horror when he finds out his dad doesn’t share his love for Christmas. But this infectiously-cheerful wannabe elf won’t let a little problem like that deter him from changing people’s hearts and minds. Based on the hilarious 2003 Will Ferrell movie, Elf The Musical is one of those rare holiday shows that will have both kids and adults lighting up with laughter, humming tunes like “A Christmas Song” and “Sparklejollytwinklejingley” and rediscovering what it means to be a family. So grab your buddies – and your Christmas cheer - and get ready to sing loud for all to hear! The magical holiday treat runs November 22 through January 7 at Paramount Theatre in Aurora. Rated G. Tickets at or 630-896-6666.



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rom savory appetizers to delicious holiday gifts, cheese is a must-have holiday ingredient. These recipes from Chef George Duran, host of TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off” and Food Network’s “Ham on the Street,” make it easy to elevate your cheeseboard, serve up delightfully delicate puffed pastries or make glass canning jar gifts to give away to guests. Each dish features Jarlsberg Cheese, which was created in 1956 and remains based on the original Norwegian recipe, offering a slightly nutty, mild and delicious taste that helps every dish live up to festive occasions. Best known for its classic wedge, Jarlsberg is also available sliced and in snacks and crisps for simple appetizers, savory sides and even take-home treats your guests will love. Find more ideas to elevate this holiday season at

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French-Style Marinated Cheese Servings: 1 jar 6 ounces Jarlsberg Original, Lite or Hickory Smoked Cheese 2 ounces black or green olives 1 small leek, bulb only (or small shallot) 1 tablespoon fresh oregano or tarragon (or equivalent dried) 1 teaspoon green or black peppercorns 2 sprigs fresh thyme (or equivalent dried) 1 clove garlic 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 glass canning jar

Cube cheese and thinly slice olives and leek. Finely chop oregano and peppercorns, and finely mince thyme and garlic. To make marinade: Whisk vinegar with oil, oregano, peppercorns, thyme and garlic. Layer cheese, olives and leeks inside jar. Cover with marinade and seal tightly. Place jar in refrigerator to marinate 1 day. For best results, use within 3 days.

Servings: 4 4 tomatoes 2 ounces balsamic vinegar 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 4 ounces, divided 4 garlic cloves, sliced thin 4 sprigs fresh thyme (or equivalent dried) salt, to taste pepper, to taste 2 ounces pine (pignoli) nuts 8 ounces shredded Jarlsberg Cheese Heat oven to 350 F. Cut tomatoes in half. In bowl, whisk together vinegar, 1/3 cup olive oil, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper; gently mix in tomatoes. Transfer to ovenproof dish. Place tomatoes cut-side up and bake 15 minutes. In pan, toast pine nuts with remaining olive oil until golden then set aside. When tomatoes are cool enough to handle, remove skins and return to baking dish. Sprinkle tomatoes with shredded cheese. Return to oven and broil about 5 minutes, or until cheese turns golden and bubbly. Top with toasted pine nuts.

Cranberry and Walnut Phyllo Triangles Servings: 4 Filling: 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries 1/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup raisins 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup 1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice Triangles: 10 sheets fresh or frozen phyllo dough 1/3 cup melted butter 2 1/2 cups Jarlsberg Chunk Cheese, cut into 25 cubes 2 cups chopped walnuts Heat oven to 375 F. In saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, raisins, honey, orange peel and orange juice; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 5 minutes, stirring occasion26 celebrate!

ally. Cool to room temperature. Carefully lay one phyllo sheet on cutting board and brush with melted butter. Place another sheet of phyllo on top and brush with melted butter. Cover remaining sheets with damp towel to prevent drying out. Position brushed pastry horizontally and cut into five strips. Place 1/2 teaspoon cranberry filling, one cube of cheese and 1/2 teaspoon chopped nuts in lower corner of each strip. Fold dough over filling to form triangle. Fold triangle up then over, forming another triangle. Continue folding to end of strip. Brush top with melted butter and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon chopped nuts. Repeat with remaining strips of dough and remaining sheets of phyllo. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack before serving. Note: If using frozen phyllo dough, thaw in refrigerator overnight. (Family Features) suburban family |

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Kuipers Family Farm The apple orchard as an amazing backdrop for your special occasion. This working farm is 230 acres of diverse crops with the apple orchard nestled in rolling hills left by the glaciers long ago. A serene venue if perfect for an elegant rustic-chic wedding celebration that will make a statement about the special couple that chooses it. Our staff will make your planning process effortless, enjoyable and tailor-made to your specifications to create a signature experience for your guests. Visit www. or call (815) 827-5200 for more information.

Oak Brook Park District Party and Event Services From all-inclusive, year-round pool parties to quaint weddings, Oak Brook Park District’s awardwinning facilities and staff are here to make sure your next event is a hit. Please contact Kelsey and Carmen at or 630-645-9554 and ask how we can help you plan your next birthday party, formal event, family reunion, or shower!

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

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

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hether you are having a party with family and friends or an office party with co-workers, here’s a list of games that will add some fun to your celebration.

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.Pin the red nose on Rudolph. The Christmas version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.

.Build an ice sculpture. Freeze colored water ahead of time in ice-cube trays, jello molds and yogurt containers. Place all materials on outdoor tables and have participants build sculptures or totem poles or whatever else you designate.

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.Ornament guess. Have guests guess the total number of ornaments on the tree as they come into the party. The closest guess wins. .Christmas memory game. Put Christmas items on a tray and give people one minute to memorize the items. Take the tray away and have them write as many down as they can remember in 30 seconds.


.Holiday ABC’s. Give each child or team a piece of paper with the alphabet written vertically from A to Z. Have them write a holiday word that starts with each letter. The first one to complete the list wins.


.Christmas gift wrap relay. Set up assembly lines of gifts, boxes, scissors, wrapping paper, ribbon, and tape for each team. Either have each player wrap one gift or make an assembly line of workers. Then race to wrap!


Word Find. Using Christmas words—Christmas, Poinsettia, Candy cane, etc.—have each person make as many smaller words from it as possible before the timer runs out.

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Parents of Children with Special Needs By Judy M. Miller


any parents of special needs children appear to parent with grace, balance, and energy. In addition they also seem remarkably stress-free and organized. How, in the face of all of these challenges and more, do they keep it together? What habits do they embrace that allow them to be highly effective parents for their children? Habit One: They are proactive and advocate for their children and educate others. Parents become experts about their children and their needs. They conduct ongoing research; ask questions of therapists, doctors,

specialists, and other professionals; and keep an organized binder full of notes and important information. They create and add to their at-home special needs libraries.They are knowledgeable about vernacular, treatments, and services. They are well versed in the state and federal laws that regulate services for their children. Because of their knowledge parents are effective educators of their child's faculty and staff. They are powerful advocates for treatment, services, and support-in and outside of school. Habit Two: They maintain a sense of normalcy within the family. Effective parents realize that although everyone in the family is affected by their child's dis-

order, they are not defined by it. Parents work to ensure that siblings have childhoods and do not take on adult responsibilities.They encourage siblings to spend time with their friends. Parents are proactive about training other family members, friends and sitters about how to care for their child so that they can have time for themselves-individually and as a couple, perhaps going out on weekly dates. They also spend time in the company of other adult friends. Habit Three: They take care of themselves. Parents nurture their needs and recognize that doing so is vital for themselves as well as their children. Effective parents address themselves holistically, meaning they take care of their physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs. They eat nutritious, unprocessed food and don't skip meals. They make sure their bodies are properly hydrated. They schedule time for regular exercise, by themselves or with friends. They engage in activities that offer creative or intellectual enrichment. Habit Four: They manage their stress. Effective parents are intentional about reducing stress in their lives by setting time aside each day to promote calm and centering.They adopt practices such as prayer, deep breathing, and meditation to replenish their inner reserves. Rebecca, a mom of a son who has a diagnosis of autism, says, "When in doubt I choose grace, to forgive people for letting me down or for rejecting my son, for whatever reason." When parents lead lives that are stress-free and balanced, all family members, especially children, win. Research, by the Gottman Institute, supports that children fare better emotionally, socially, and academically when parents manage their stress properly. Habit Five: They make rest a priority. While any parent can tire in her or his parenting responsibilities, parenting a child with special needs can elevate fatigue to a whole different level. Sometimes parents do not realize the extent of their exhaustion. I

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certainly did not. My child's physical therapist pointed this out to me. Effective parents realize the importance of getting to bed as early as possible, or taking naps to offset the sleep they lose due to their child's irregular sleep patterns-up and down throughout the night, late to bed, and early to rise. Habit Six: They surround themselves with energy givers. People are either energy zappers or energy givers. Effective parents opt to spend time in the company of people who lift them up, make them feel confident, positive, and happy. They realize energy givers help them to feel energized, inspired and motivated. Parents of special needs children appreciate and need this energy. Habit Seven: They have a support group. Parenting a child with special needs can be lonely. However, there is no need to be alone in the journey. Effective parents are part of or have created a group of parents whose parenting journeys are similar to theirs. Christy, a single mother of a child with mental health issues shares, "I've found that meeting and sharing with people who have raised children with similar issues helps me. They understand what I deal with without me having to explain it. Their support helps me to be calm when I'm with my child."

Tips for Educating Boys The problem of boys in education is not a new one – data has been mounting for many years that our sons are simply falling behind our daughters, says Edmond J. Dixon, Ph.D. , a pioneer in the field of cognitive-kinesthetics for learning, and a human development specialist with more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, writer, researcher – and parent of boys. But it’s not because boys are any less intelligent than girls, he adds. A recent study from researchers at the University of Georgia, which followed 10,000 students as they moved from kindergarten to eighth grade, indicates that though boys scored well on tests, indicating mastery of material, girls got better grades. Researchers account for higher scores in girls because they comported themselves better than boys while in the classroom. “I think that, by now, most academics have accepted that boys and girls have fundamentally different learning needs; girls are better at sitting still and listening, whereas boys learn better via kinesthetic learning, which involves more physical activity,” says Dixon, who has more than three decades experience as a teacher and is a parent of boys, and is the author of “Helping Boys Learn: Six Secrets for 32 education central

Your Son’s Success in School,” ( He also has a teacher’s edition titled “Helping Boys Learn: Six Secrets for Teaching Boys in the Classroom.” “There are many other studies, however, showing boys underperforming in school; now, it’s a matter of what we’re going to do about it.” Dixon, a cognitive-kinesthetics specialist, discusses why his first three “secrets” are so important in helping boys with active minds and bodies. • Movement matters: Nearly ever time, the student who disrupts class because they cannot sit still is a boy. Research reveals that young boys’ brains develop a tremendous amount of neural wiring to facilitate movement and sensitivity for how things “fit” together.When a boy is a toddler, we would never think that a sedentary child is a good indicator of health, so what makes us think that he should change while in grade school? One tip: Allow a boy to use his “movement wiring” by allowing him to use his body as he learns to represent the topic. • Games work: Their testosterone makes males are naturally competitive. If you want them to become suddenly engaged in something, make a game out of the lesson—it’s just suburban family |

like flipping a switch on. Just look at sports talk shows with analysis such as “Pardon the Interruption;” each expert has a clock clicking down to make his point. Little gaming tricks like this works on the male brain.Tip: create clear rules – they help boys understand victory, and they add legitimacy to the lesson. Games also serve as an excellent method for male bonding, too. • Make them laugh: Observe a group of males; whether young our old, they bust each other’s chops. Not only is it okay, they enjoy it! Everyone has a positive chemical reaction with laughter; boys, however, often use humor as a form of communication, an asset with which most girls do not have a problem. Research has demonstrated that boys’ emotions are processed initially in the more primitive parts of the brain and come more indirectly to the speech centers.That’s why making a crude joke is easier for males to communicate sensitive feelings. Tip: Before starting homework or an assignment, ask a boy to consider what might be funny, weird or strange about it; his mind will be more focused on the topic afterwards. “This is just the tip of the iceberg; if parents and teachers are serious about getting their boys off to a better start in life, I encourage active participation and education,” Dixon says. November/December 2017


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The South East Association for Special Parks And Recreation (SEASPAR) provides dynamic recreation programs and quality services for people with disabilities served by the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, La Grange, La Grange Park,

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here is a sport for everyone. Unfortunately, many American kids don’t get an opportunity to discover whether it’s soccer or baseball; tennis or swimming; rowing or running that they love.With video games and virtual life taking over so much of childhood parents have to make an extra effort to help their kids develop an active lifestyle and find the sport that will have them gladly turning off the computer and powering down the phone. In her new book, ALL IS WELL, Marilynn Preston, the author of America’s longest running fitness column, shares 6 of the best ways to raise an active kid. • Be positive. If you can't say something nice during a game, say nothing at all. Or stay home. You're the parent, not the coach. Your job is to be supportive, encouraging, unconditionally loving. Keep your comments positive. Let go of the 34 active kids

negative. Give your kid credit for showing up, for working well with her teammates, for being a good sport.These qualities are a thousand times more important to your kid's future well-being than the final score of the game. • Focus on fun. If you want your kids to relax and enjoy sports, you have to relax and enjoy watching. If you get upset and unruly, so will they. All the experts agree: The quickest way to kill a kid's interest in sports is to overemphasize winning. It's a game! The real victory is for your kid to feel comfortable and happy chasing a tennis ball or swinging a bat. Kids who are made to feel unworthy on the field take that insecurity into adulthood. It's not pretty. • Praise the effort in spite of the outcome. If your kid's team wins the game, bravo. But if your youngster is on the losing side, you need to offer empathy, not criticism. Recognize the loss, but don't dwell on it. The teachable moment is not about the value of winning but the value of resiliency. If you can develop that nothing-can-defeat-me spirit as a kid, being an adult gets a whole lot easier. Instead of dwelling on the loss, shift your kid's focus to something positive. Ask: What was the best part of the game? suburban family |

• Be available. Your behavior on game day is important, but a winning attitude at home counts, too. Do less talking and a lot more listening to your kid's experience. Don't judge. And don't box them in to playing soccer just because you grew up with posters of Pele in your room. Go join an adult soccer league and let your kids figure out what they love. Roller skating? Irish dancing? Trampoline? Cave diving? • Stay above the fray. Sometimes fights erupt at a game, in the stands, on the field. Stay out of it. Don't abuse the refs or boo the other team. Stay cool, take a few calming breaths, and eat some apple slices till the argument blows over. It's also unwise to be critical of a coach in front of your kids. It you've got a question or complaint, take it up privately. • Keep your eye on the prize. Research shows that most kids play sports to have fun, improve their skills, and socialize with their friends. Winning isn't as big a deal to kids as it is to adults. A much bigger deal is having your daughter or son feel good after the game. Fake praise won't do it. Kids are smarter than that. If you parent with positive feedback and compassion when it comes to sports, your kid is much more likely to grow up enjoying an active, healthy lifestyle. And that's the real goal, isn't it? November/December 2017

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Food Knowledge. Know which foods are high in caloric content and low in nutrition.You don’t need to deprive yourself, but indulge in moderation. Make sure you have healthy options at home and consider bringing a healthy dish to share. Be wary of liquid calories, especially alcoholic mixed drinks and eggnog. Indulge Wisely. Skip the store-bought cookies and cakes but do save some calories in your week for homemade treats that are special to your family or friends, such as your grandma’s November/December 2017

apple pie. Training yourself to indulge wisely will help you make healthy choices without completely depriving yourself. Your willpower will eventually snap, and you’ll end up overeating if you try to restrict from all the festivities. Sauce, Dressing, Gravy. You often can’t control what’s being served at a holiday meal, but you can make the turkey, ham, roast beef, potatoes, stuffing, salads, etc. healthier by skipping the sauces, dressings or gravy. If you have to have it, spoon a small amount rather than SUBFAM it. FILL small 12.16:Layout 1 12/14/16 pouring

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and stick to them as if they are an important job meeting or doctor appointment. De-stress. We all know that stress = weight gain. Holidays are a stressful time.You not only have work stress but the new commitments to family and friends can be an additional burden. You might feel the financial stress of gifts, travel, and dinner parties. Don’t over commit, take care of yourself and don’t feel guilty about saying NO. Consider starting a 10 minute mediation practice using an app or just sitting qui11:47 Page your 1 etly andAM counting breaths. Take a walk or try 30 minutes of yoga. It can be life changing and get you through the season slim and sane. Sign Up. Make your workouts and training official! Sign up for a race like a Turkey Trot or a Reindeer Run. Try a local competition, or fitness winter vacation like a hiking or skiing. This will give you the motivation to stay in shape over the holidays. Friendly Competition/Challenge. Get your family and friends together for a holiday fitness challenge between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. How about running everyday or walking 10,000 steps. It doesn’t have to be pounding the pavement, you could do a pushup challenge or doing a new bodyweight exercise every day. There are many options, make it fun, add rewards and funny punishments and commit. fitness first 37

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

November Relay For Life – For all area events, please go to Cantigny 5K Run/Walk – Sat. 11/4 at 9 AM. Benefits Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-260-8167. Race of the Dead 5K – Sat. 11/4 at 8 AM 5K Run. USATF Certified. Chicago. Ooh La La 5K – Sun. 11/5 at 7:30 AM. Benefits St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Veterans 5K – Sat. 11/4 at 8:15 AM 5K Run/Walk, Kids 5K and Kids Fun Run. USATF certified. Benefits the Vet-

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erans Drop-In Center. Rockford. Chevy Chase 5K – Sun. 11/5 at 8 AM. Chevy Chase Golf Course, Wheeling. Ooh La La Chocolate 5K – Sun. 11/5 at 8:30 AM 5K Run/Walk. Geneva. 630-232-2395. Panting for Paws 5K – Sun. 11/5 at 8:30 AM 5K Run/ Walk. CARA Certified. Benefits Helping Paws Animal Shelter. Crystal Lake. 815-338-4400. Tinley Turkey Trot 5K – Sun. 11/5 at 8 AM 5K Run/ Walk. Vogt Woods, Tinley Park. Breath Deep Busse Woods 5K Run/Walk and 10 K – 8:30 AM 10 Run, 8:45 AM 5K Run/Walk. Benefits lung cancer research. Jingle Bell Run – Sat. 11/11 at 9 AM Run/Walk. Benefits Arthritis Foundation. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 312690-9739. Run for the Rescues – Sat. 11/11 at 9 AM 5K Race and Family Fun Run. Benefits Field of Dreams Horse Rescue and Adoption. LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, west of St. Charles. Gobbler Hobbler 10K & Mashed Potato Mile Sun.11/ 12 at 8:30 AM. Check out this scenic chip-timed course! Oswego, IL 630.554.1010. Krispy Kreme 5K – Sat. 11/12 at 10 AM 5K Run/Walk. Northwestern University, Evanston. Jamesskala2019@u. Red Eye 5K – Sun. 11/12 at 7:15 AM 5K Run/Walk. Joliet. Blacklight Run – Sat. 11/18 at 5 PM 5K Fun Run. Toyota Park, Bridgeview. Gobble, Gobble Run or Wobble – Sat. 11/18 5K Turkey Trot at 9 AM. Benefits St. Linus School and local charities. Mooseheart Holiday Lights 5K Run/Walk – Sat. 11/18 at 5 PM. Benefits residents of Mooseheart Child City and School. 630-966-2255. http://support. New Lenox Gobbler Gauntlet 5K and Lile Gobbler 50 Yard Dash – Sat. 11/18 at 8 AM. Sanctuary Golf Course, New Lenox. suburban family |

Turkey Trot – Sat. 11/18 at 8:00 AM, 5-K Race, 8:45 AM Kids’ 1-mile Race. Centennial Park, Addison. 630-2337275. Orland Hills Turkey Trot – Sat. 11/18 at 10 AM 5K and 9 AM 1 Mi Run. Orland Hills. ohrecreation. Org. Squeez’d Girls On The Run 5K – Sat. 11/18 at 8 AM. Grant Park, Chicago. Chili Chase 5K Run/Walk – Sat 11/19 at Yorkville American Legion. 630-553-4357. Lincolnwood Turkey Trot – Sun. 11/19 5K and 10K Race 8:45 AM; 5K Fitness Walk 9 AM and Drumstick Dash 10:20 AM. Proesel Park, Kostner Ave., Chicago. Lisle Chamber Turkey Trot Tune-Up 5K – Sun 11/19 at 7:30 AM. Lisle Community Park. Roselle Turkey Tango/Trot 5k Thanksgiving morning Thursday Nov 23 at 8 a.m. 5k run/walk. Chipped time, USATF certified Hot Chocolate and post race refreshments Long sleeved shirt Roselle, Illinois Flying Turkey 5K – Thur. 11/23 at 9 AM 5K. Evanston. Beat the Bird 5K – Thur.. 11/23 at 9 AM. Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook. 312-401-4392. Bonfield Express Turkey Trot 5K – Thur. 11/23 at 8:30 AM. Downtown Downers Grove. endurancecui. Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot 5K – Thur. 11/23 at 9 AM. Elmhurst. 630-415-2816. The Fox and The Turkey Races – Thur. 11/23 at 8:15 AM for the Four Mile and 7:30 AM for the Youth One Mile. Batavia. Hertz Trout Valley Turkey Trot – Thur. 11/23 at 5K at 9 AM and 12 and under 1 Mi. at 8:30 AM. Cary. November/December 2017 Long Grove Turkey Trot – Thur. 11/23 at 8:40 AM 5K & 8K Run/Walk & Kids Dash. USATF Certified. Benefits Northern Illinois Food Bank. Long Grove. 224-757-5425. McHenry Turkey Trot for Hospice – Thur 11/23 5K Run/Walk at 8 AM. McHenry High School East Campus. Naperville Noon Lions Turkey Trot – Thur. 11/23 at 8 AM. Naperville. North Shore Turkey Trot – Thur. 11/23. 10K & 5K. Highland Park. 847-243-8500. Orland Park Turkey Trot – Thur. 11/23 at 8 AM. Village of Orland Park. 708-403-6100. Palatine Park District/Lavelle Law Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot – Thur. 11/23. 2 mi and 5 mi run. Palatine Park District. 847-991-0333. Pilgrim Pie Run For Rotary – Thur. 11/23 at 8:30 AM. Lyons Township High School North Campus. Thanksgiving Day 5K – Thur. 11/23 5K Run/Walk at 8 AM. Bring voluntary food or monetary donation. Benefits Food Pantry. Lippold Park, Crystal Lake. Turkey Day Run Chicago – Thur. 11/23 5K/8K at 8 AM. Benefits Chicago Food Depository. Chicago. register. Turkey Trot 5-Mile Predicto Race – Thur. 11/23. The top finishers to finish in the time they predicted win this Thanksgiving Day race. 8AM-9AM. Lake Ellyn Park. Glen Ellyn Park District. Rockford RoadRunners Turkey Trot – Thur. 11/23 5K Run/Walk at 9 AM. Rockford. Roselle Exploding Turkey Tango Trot – Thur. 11/23 5K Run at 8 AM. Lake Park High School, Roselle. Wauconda Turkey Trot – Thur. 11/23. 4mi Run. Benefits Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry. Wauconda. 847-526-8684. Butterball Burner – Fri. 11/24 Family Fun Run 5K at 9 AM. H-F Racquet and Fitness Club. Homewood, IL. Cook 5K/10K Run and Walk – Sat. 11/25 at 9:30 AM. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate. Old School Forest Preserve, Libertyville. Grant Park Turkey Trot – Sat. 11/25 5K at 9 AM and Kid’s Dash at 8:40 AM. Grant Park, Chicago. Schaumburg Turkey Trot – Sat. 11/25 at 8:30 AM Half marathon & 5K. USATF certified. Benefits Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America. Schaumburg. 224757-5425. Ugly Sweater 5K – Sat. 11/25 at 9 AM. Part of the 2017 Holly Days. Carraig Pub 5K – Sun 11/26 5K and 1.5 Mile Walk 10:30 AM. Chicago Gaelic Park.

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Chilly Chili 5k Run/Walk Sat., Dec. 2nd at 10 am 5k run/walk USATF certified. Schaumburg Golf Course 401 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg 847-490-7015 Frosty 5K – Sat. 12/3 at 8:30 Walk and Run. Kids Fun Run Free. West Chicago. Lions Club Reindeer Run – Sat. 12/2 at 8:30 AM 5K. USATF & CARA Certified. Wheaton. 630-510-5135. Rotary Santa 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile – Sat. 12/2 at 10 AM with 10 and under run at 9:30 AM. Arlington Heights. Santa Hustle – Sat. 12/2 5K at 9 AM and 1 Mile Rudolph Run at 8:30 AM. Soldier Field, Chicago. Snowflake Shuffle – Sat. 12/2 at 9 AM 5/10K Run andWalk. Benefits TriCity Family Services. St. Charles. 630-232-1070. Kiwanis Santa Run For Kids – Sun. 12/3 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk for Kids at 9 AM. Raue Centere for the Arts, Crystal Lake. Greater LaGrange YMCA Reindeer Run – Sat. 12/9 5K at 8:30 AM and Kids Dash at 9:30 AM. Brookfield Zoo. Jingle Bell Run – Sat. 12/9 at 9 AM Run/Walk. Benefits Arthritis Foundation. Soldier Field Museum Campus Drive, Chicago. 312-690-9739. Viking Winter Dash – Sat. 12/9 at 11 AM 15K & 5K Run/ Walk. Crystal Lake. 317-219-3789.



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Caring for a Family Member with Dementia


ot every person struggling with dementia lives in a nursing home or assistedliving facility. In fact, more than 15 million Americans – usually family members or friends – provide unpaid caregiving to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to a 2015 report by the Alzheimer’s Association. Although it’s wonderful so many are willing to assume that responsibility, it’s also important they take steps to make sure the home is a safe place, says Kerry Mills, co-author with Jennifer Brush of the book “I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners of People With Dementia.” ( Part of that is to focus on potential hazards. The concept is not unlike new parents making a house “childproof.” Many of the concerns are similar, such as stairs, electrical sockets, sharp objects and swimming pools. At the same time, it’s easy to go too far, Mills said. Ideally, the environment for the person with dementia should be as unrestricted as possible. “For example, if your loved one enjoys cooking for a hobby and can safely cut and peel vegetables, then by all means, encourage it,” Mills says. Mills suggests several ways to make a home safer for someone with dementia. • For the front and back doors. Use bells on the doors, motion sensors that November/December 2017

turn on lights or alerts, or other notifications that make the care partner aware when someone has gone out. Add lamps or motion-activated lighting so people can see where they are going when they are entering or leaving the house.“ Another way to discourage someone from wanting to leave the house is to make sure that he or she gets plenty of outside exercise whenever possible,” Mills says. • For stairways and hallways. Add reflective tape strips to stair edges to make stairs more visible. Remove obstacles, such as mats and flowerpots, to minimize risks of falls on or by the stairs. Also, install handrails in hallways and stairways to provide stability, and install a gate on the stairway to prevent falls. Improve the lighting around hallways and stairs by installing more ceiling fixtures or wall sconces. • For the bathroom. Install grab bars and a raised toilet seat to help both the individual with dementia and the care partners so they don’t have to lift the person on and off the toilet. Add grab bars inside and outside the tub, and a non-skid surface in the tub to reduce risks of falls. You can also add colored tape on the edge of the tub or shower curb to increase contrast and make the tub edge more visible. Lower the water temperature or install an antiscald valve to prevent burns, and remove drain plugs from sinks or tubs to avoid flooding. • For the possibility the person becomes lost. Provide your loved one with an identification or GPS bracelet in case he or she wanders. Label clothes with the person’s name, and place an identification card in his or her wallet with a description of the person’s condition. Notify police and neighbors of the person’s dementia and tendency to wander. suburban family |

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Planning for Long-Term Care R

esearch suggests that most Americans turning age 65 will need some form of assistance with everyday activities, known as long-term care, as they grow older. The amount of care needed will depend on many variables, including overall health, cognitive functioning and home environment. Age is a strong predictor of the need for help, and because women live longer on average, they are more likely than men to require longterm care. Factors such as a disability, injury or chronic illness also increase the chance that long-term care will be needed. Three simple steps can help you start planning for care you may need as you age.

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1. Know what to expect Most people know they should save for retirement, but many don't know exactly what expenses to expect. An often overlooked area is long-term care, a broad set of supports for everyday tasks like dressing or eating. While most of this care is provided by family members and friends, sometimes older adults and their families get these services from providers like home health aides, area agencies on aging or residential providers such as assisted living or nursing homes. Understanding long-term care is the first step in creating a plan. Key things to know include: •A  person who lives alone is more likely to require long-term care than one who can rely on a spouse or partner for help with daily tasks. • L ong-term care is expensive and represents a major uncovered risk to your retirement savings. • Medicare does not pay for long-term care

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services or supports with some minor exceptions. Neither does your employerbased health insurance or Medigap. • Most people prefer to receive long-term care at home; their odds of doing so may be improved by making home modifications to reduce the risk of falls. • Many Americans say they do not want to rely on their children for care, but a lack of planning for paid care often leads to exactly that result. 2. It's not just about you A choice to plan or not plan will likely have a big impact on family and friends who may also be informal caregivers. Statistics show that most long-term care is provided by family members or other loved ones. Take the time to make clear your preferences for what kind of help you value most and where you want to receive it. Family and friends will feel better knowing that you are thinking about your needs - and theirs - by planning for long-term care. 3. Better active than reactive Be proactive. Staying at home is great, especially if it has been modified to help you avoid an injury and continue to care for yourself. However, it won't happen without taking steps to ensure you can get the supports you need at home. Start thinking about ways to maintain your independence, safety and care needs. For more information and resources to develop a care plan, visit (Family Features) November/December 2017

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Ceadarhurst Cedarhurst of Naperville/Woodridge will be more than just a place to live – it will be a place to thrive! Bordering the Forest Preserve, this three-story community will boast scenic and calming views. A senior living community with 85 assisted living apartments and 24 residences equipped for memory care services, Cedarhurst of Naperville/Woodridge is specifically designed with the best interests of each person in mind. Individualized care plans are created for each resident based on his or her needs, preferences and desires. Assisted Living apartment styles include studios, one and two bedrooms with twelvefoot ceilings, large picture windows, spacious closets and bathrooms. Each apartment is well-appointed with kitchenettes, and emergency call response systems. Common areas include an onsite wellness center featuring a rehab gym, movie theatre, game/recreation room, library and much more. In Memory Care, our personalized approach to care ensures a unique and individualized experience for those dealing with memory loss. From daily individual therapy and support to group activities and exercises, our specially trained staff offer compassionate care and attention. Our cozy neighborhood includes a family style dining room, fireplaces, outdoor veranda and comfortable private studios and companion suites with spacious bathrooms. At Cedarhurst of Naperville/Woodridge in both Assisted Living and Memory Care all our meals are chef-prepared with flexible dining hours to meet the needs of our residents and included in the base rate. Housekeeping, maintenance and a robust activity and outing schedule are also included to help create a worry-free lifestyle for our residents. In keeping with our core values, Cedarhurst’s passionate care from a trustworthy team of trained and empathetic caregivers, offers peace of mind to families and residents in a positive, approachable and respectful environment. Learn more how you can be part of this vibrant and caring community by visiting or calling 630-8350787. [See our ad on Back Cover.] 44 senior focus

Alvernia Manor Senior Living

Alvernia Manor Senior Living is the “Hidden Gem” that can ease your family’s concerns. The Mission of this unique senior living community is to provide seniors a loving, safe and caring home. For over 45 years the School Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King and their dedicated staff have cared for seniors as their own family with respect, love and concern. Family and friends refer Alvernia Manor as their “Hidden Gem”. Alvernia Manor is located on a hilltop in Lemont, IL. With its beautiful bluff location, the vivid colors of the four seasons are played out annually in panoramic view. Residents can relax in the privacy of their room or spend spiritual time in the Chapel. Keeping a resident’s body and mind healthy and active is the goal the Sisters and staff strive for. Games, exercise, movies, bingo, shopping trips and entertainment are among the many activities on its monthly activity calendar. Alvernia Manor’s healthcare staff ensures resident’s medications are dispensed, vitals taken and daily health monitored. Fresh meals are prepared daily and all housekeeping needs attended to. All this adds up to no more worries for you. In addition, Adult Day Services or Short Term Stay are other available option. Loved ones receive the care and recreation they need in a safe environment while caregivers go to work or get a much needed break. Come see for yourself all Alvernia Manor offers. To find out more about this “Hidden Gem” call 630.257.7721.

North West Housing Partnership NWHP has offered a senior handyman program since 2014 in several northwest suburban communities. Recently all towns in Palatine and Wheeling township have been added. The program is offered to seniors 60 years and older. The repairs are done by an experienced and licensed handyman who has been vetted by NWHP. This service is for repairs that take one or two hours to complete and are simple in nature. Materials needed to make the repairs are the responsibility of the resident (some exsuburban family |

ceptions may apply). The fee for the service is $10, $20 or $30 an hour depending on household income. In some cases there may not be a fee for service. The types of repairs typically done are: grab bars, door locks, ceiling fans, light fixtures, screen or door repairs, disposal, faucet, drain or toilet repairs, shower doors, hanging curtains or pictures, shelving and so forth. No emergency repairs are provided. To learn more about this program and to sign up for this service call NWHP at 847-969-0561, Mon-Fri- 9am-5pm. Other NWHP home repair programs for seniors or the disabled are available, check

Villa St. Benedict Villa St. Benedict is a boutique senior living community in Lisle, IL. Their history and spirit make it one of a kind, and a hidden gem in the western Chicago suburbs. Residents and staff consider each other family at Villa St. Benedict. The staff turn-over is very low, and their open-door policy leads to beautiful friendships between residents and staff. “It’s a very special privilege to have our resident’s trust,” says Lori D’Auben, Director of Nursing. “Every day is different. There is happiness… there is sadness… but having those close relationships with residents is what keeps me going every day.” The campus has 47 lush acres. The heart of the community is the glorious Sacred Heart Chapel Villa St. Benedict’s spirit of love and care that affects the daily tasks, communication, and attitude of all their staff. The Benedictine Core Values of hospitality, respect, stewardship and justice are the foundation of the community’s mission. Villa St. Benedict offers 2-bedroom Villa Homes, a variety of independent living and assisted living apartments, and a memory care unit. Residents also enjoy many fine amenities including three dining venues, an exercise center, salon, library, outdoor walking paths and seating for enjoying beautiful vistas, and much more. Please contact a sales counselor for information by calling 630-852-0345. November/December 2017

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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DO YOU NEED HELP WITH SIMPLE HOME MAINTENANCE? IF YOU ARE 60 OR OLDER GIVE NWHP A CALL. SENIOR HANDYMAN PROGRAM The Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative (NWSHC) developed the Handyman Program for Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Palatine, and Rolling Meadows. The NWSHC partnered with and provided funding for North West Housing Partnership (NWHP) to administer the program for senior residents in these communities in 2014. Recently, NWHP has been able to expand this program to now include Des Plaines and all communities in Palatine and Wheeling Townships. If you are unsure which township you are in, NWHP can assist you.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: • 60+ years of age • Resident of Palatine or Wheeling Township • Only minor home repairs Fees are either $10, $20, or $30 an hour depending on income (in some cases may not be a fee for service). Repairs done by insured and reliable professionals. *NO EMERGENCY REPAIRS* Grab bars Sink Repair Hanging curtains

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Soffit repair Attic stair Repair Toilet Repair

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Seniors Helping Seniors Senior citizens can sometimes feel that they are a burden when they ask family or friends for help, but often have no trouble reaching out to someone their own age. This idea led Seniors Helping Seniors,, to launch in-home care services over a decade ago, and established them as the only national caregiver and companionship organization that matches seniors who need help with engaging, local seniors who can provide the assistance. The care providers help with things like hygiene and personal care, companionship, transportation, light housekeeping, meal preparation, and medication reminders, just about anything non-medical that might help someone to thrive in their home. “Seniors Helping Seniors provides seniors with the ability to live an independent lifestyle at home, with the dignity and respect they deserve,” said Dan Rattary, Client Relations Director. The organization provides a wonderful, flexible income opportunity for active adults who wish to help others in their community. “Our senior caregivers are fantastic at helping clients with things that slow them down, plus we provide a trustworthy, positive companion who brightens their day!” If you know someone who needs a little help or a lot, or if you are interested in becoming a caregiver and you are over the age of 50, please contact Seniors Helping Seniors at (630) 324-6086 (Dupage County), (815)710-0005 (Will County).

Franciscan Village You can simplify your life and amplify it when you choose Franciscan Village. It doesn’t matter if you’re active and seeking easy, comfortable living where you can spend more time with friends and family, enjoy favorite pastimes or try new things while eliminating the task of maintaining a home, or if you need assistance with activities of daily living or more advanced nursing care, Franciscan Village is a wonderful place to call home. Blessed with a beautiful location on a picturesque campus that’s less than 30 miles from downtown Chicago, Franciscan Village in Lemont offers an enriching and inspiring lifestyle where residents receive the support and care they need regardless if their health care needs change. There are many options in senior living, which makes it difficult to decide what’s the right place for you. There isn’t a retirement community like Franciscan Village though and 46 senior focus

that’s why many families are blessed to call it their home. Sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, which has a history that dates to 1894, Franciscan Village offers something for all seniors – independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care and shortterm rehabilitation. Isn’t it time to make a move? Call 630243-3479.

mobility, regain balance, strengthen muscles and recover both quickly and thoroughly. The Alter-G Anti-Gravity Treadmill enables our therapists to help individuals recover faster, allowing guests to rehabilitate with less pain and reduces the risk of further injury. 12450 Walker Road, Lemont, IL 60439. 630-2430400.

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Lexington Square of Elmhurst and Lombard have been providing seniors with health and wealth protection for the past 30 years. Designed with seniors in mind, our living options meet a wide variety of needs. Lexington Square is a local, family-owned company, and a sense of family is part of our everyday culture. For independent living residents, we feature some of the largest apartment homes in the area, with competitive entrance fees. Our vertical design allows for easy walking access to all activity rooms. Short hallways help make getting to know your friendly neighbors a breeze. A single building houses the conveniences of senior living, including underground parking and robust transportation services. Our dining rooms feature three meals a day and a wide variety of menu selections. Lexington Square recognizes that needs change over time. Licensed assisted living is an option for those who cannot or do not wish to live at home any longer. Services include individualized care with three meals and activities daily including medication services and incontinence management. Our memory care neighborhood provides specialized programs and customized activities based on the Best Friends Approach. Visit our website at, or call us at 630-576-4800

Lemont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Recognized as a leader of rehabilitation and nursing services in the quiet residential area of historical Lemont, Illinois, Lemont Nursing & Rehabilitation Center offers highly individualized skilled care in a caring and comfortable environment. Our comprehensive, post-acute rehabilitation program helps individuals return home following illness or injury. At Lemont Center you’ll receive one-on-one therapy designed to help improve function, restore suburban family |

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Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace Ask the Expert: Advice on Alzheimer’s and dementia care from Natalie McFarland, Executive Director of Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace Q. “Mom and I have always been close. But since she’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, there are times when I feel I am the mother and she is the child. How do I best embrace my new role and help her without feeling too sad or resentful?” A. No matter how old you are, it is unsettling when you become the parent to your parent. Caregivers experience a wide array of emotions – anxiety, depression, complete exhaustion, irritability, lack of concentration and perhaps even their own health problems – as they struggle to embrace their new role. Doing it successfully takes time, patience and self-forgiveness. Here are some tips and insights that might help: • Make some “me” time. • Watch your diet, exercise and get plenty of rest. • Reach out to family and friends. • Take advantage of respite programs. You can be a loving caregiver to your mother while being a “best friend” to yourself.With the right resources and planning combined with a strong support system, you can and will feel more in control. Call 630.473.9545 today to speak with Natalie and learn about the support that is waiting for you! November/December 2017


Talking About Finances With Aging Parents

ne benefit of the increasing life expectancies for Americans is that more people have bonus years for enjoying the company of their aging parents.

But all is not rosy. Those extended years also boost the odds that parents could go broke or suffer from dementia and be unable to make financial decisions for themselves. That can leave adult children perplexed about when and whether they should step in and find out what’s happening with their parents’ money, says Carolyn Rosenblatt, a registered nurse and elder law attorney. “Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to have those conversations,” says Rosenblatt, co-author with her husband, Dr. Mikol Davis, of The Family Guide to Aging Parents ( and Succeed With Senior Clients: A Financial Advisors Guide To Best Practices.

“Some stubborn parents just refuse to talk about their money. No matter what their adult children say to them, they put it off, change the subject or tell their children it’s none of their business.” Of course, many adult children aren’t in any particular hurry to broach the subject either, says Davis, a clinical psychologist and gerontologist. “They have their own discomfort about it and procrastinate,” he says.“Then a crisis comes up and no one has any idea what the parents have or where to find important documents.” But Rosenblatt and Davis say it’s critical that these conversations take place so that the offspring can gather information about such subjects as the parent’s income and expenses, where legal documents are kept, and what kind of medical or long-term-care insurance the parent might have. The success of these conversations often comes down to how you approach the subject, Rosenblatt and Davis say. They offer a few tips: • End the procrastination by picking a date for the talk. Make an appointment with yourself to

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bring up the subject at a specific time. An opportune time to schedule this is after a birthday, a family event or a holiday where other family members are together who may share in the responsibility for the aging parents in the future. • Show respect. Tell your parents you understand and respect their reluctance to discuss their finances. You can even make the conversation about yourself rather than about them. Say that you’re concerned that if something went wrong, you would be completely lost as to how to help them. • Address their fears head-on. Let them know you understand they are worried that if they talk about their finances their independence might be taken away. You might add that you want them to maintain their independence as long as possible and you’re willing to help accomplish that, but you can’t do it without the correct information. “Getting past an aging parent’s fear about talking about finances can be daunting,” Rosenblatt says.“But a well-planned strategy for approaching the subject will give you your best chance.”


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Move It or Lose It For Americans 65 and older, falling down can be the worst thing to happen to them, according to statistics from the National Council on Aging: • One in three seniors experiences a significant fall each year • Every 18 seconds, a senior is admitted into an emergency room after losing balance and hitting the ground • Every 35 minutes, an elderly person dies from a fall -- the leading cause of death for seniors “The projected cost in health-care expenses for 2020 due to fall-related injuries in the United States is $55 billion,” says Karen Peterson, a therapist with multiple certifications, and author of “Move With Balance: Healthy Aging Activities for Brain and Body,” (www.MoveWithBalance. org). “It’s important for seniors to keep moving and learning, that’s what helps improve balance and coordination, and even helps build new neural pathways,” says Peterson, who emphasizes the cognitive importance to her workout programs. “But if you’re rather frail, or just very fearful of falling, you’re less likely to get up and move around.” Peterson says a fun, social program of games and activities that include exercises specifically designed for seniors helps them address multiple issues, including those that tend to keep seniors sedentary – which only lessens their strength and balance. Last year, her program was independently evaluated from Hawaii’s Department of Heath, which found a statistically significant reduction in falls from seniors – 38 percent. “Seniors of all ages need to continually work on improving their balance, coordination, strength, vision and cognitive skills. When they do, they’re less likely to fall – and more able to enjoy life.” Peterson suggests these moves, which address many different areas of the body: • The cross-crawl: After various light warm-ups, begin with the basic cross-crawl, which focuses on the fundamentals of balance. March in place, lifting the knees high. At the same time, reach across and touch the lifted knee with the opposite hand or elbow; alternate and

“Research shows that most falls are preventable,” Peterson says. “These and other exercises, performed regularly, are a great way to achieve safety and a revitalized lifestyle.”

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Falls are the leading cause of injury and accidental death in adults over the age of 65. According to the National Council on Aging, every 13 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency room for an injury related to a fall and every 20 seconds, an older adult dies from a fall. Falls and the fear of falling can cause decreased independence and disability. Clutter, inappropriate footwear, poor balance, distractions, and tripping hazards can all contribute to a stumble or fall leading to serious injury and even death. Occupational therapy practitioners play an essential role in reducing fall risk by addressing the physical, cognitive, and environmental factors that can lead to a fall. “Occupational therapists are experts in daily activities. When it comes to falls or fear of falling, they can provide an assessment and offer recommendations to make clients’ home and environment safer,” says Scott A. Trudeau, PhD, OTR/L, Program Manager for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). AOTA offers the following strategies to reduce your risk of falls: • Identify and eliminate fall hazards in the home. • Arrange furniture so that there is plenty of room to maneuver and to 48 senior focus

keep going. This can be done sitting, standing or lying down. Once any of these exercises are mastered, Peterson says, participants should continue to challenge themselves. For even greater balance work, and to exercise the vestibular system, close your eyes and count backwards from 100 by threes. “It’s not fun if you’re not conquering a challenge,” she says. Her book includes several challenges for each exercise. • Forward toe-touch dancer: To improve motor skills, physical coordination and cognition, there are many dance exercises that are appropriate for seniors. If needed, use a chair for assistance. Place your feet shoulder-width apart. Now, simultaneously extend your left foot and your right arm forward. Keep your left toes pointed down, touching the floor; or for more difficulty, maintain the toes a few inches off the floor. Repeat this move with your left arm and right foot. Hold each pose for several seconds, and increase holding time. • Sensory integration – the arrow chart: Look at an arrow chart and call out the direction indicated by each individual symbol. Then, thrust your arms in that direction; in other words, say and do what the arrow indicates. For an additional challenge, do the opposite of what the arrow indicates. • Side-step walk: Walk sidestepping – bring your right foot across the left and step down three to five inches away from the left foot, ankles crossed. The closer the feet, the harder it is to balance. Alternate crossing the foot in front and then behind the other foot as you move along; repeat several times, then do the same with opposite feet. • The cat jump: This activity is practice in case of a fall; the muscle memory of the movement will be etched in your body. Bend your knees in a squat. Jump a little off the ground with both feet, and land softly, like a cat, without jarring your body. Repeat until you are confident in your ability to prevent a spill.

create sturdy balance-catching points throughout the home. • Remove or firmly secure throw rugs. • Add railings and grab bars in trouble areas. • Install nonslip strips or rubber mats in tubs and showers and in areas that pose a tripping or slipping risk. • Add light to dimly lit areas. • Keep frequently-used items in easily accessible areas. Create a plan for accessing seasonal items stored in hard-to-reach places. • Consider environmental modifications, assistive technology, or adaptive equipment. • Consult an occupational therapist for an individualized fall risk assessment. • Talk to your physician and pharmacist about how medications can affect balance, strength, vision, and fall risk. • Get an annual eye exam. • Stay active and participate in regular exercise. • Maintain a healthy sleep schedule. To view the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) webinars and videos on how to prevent falls, visit https://www.ncoa. org/ healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-prevention-awareness-day/

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hen most people think of the holidays, visions of festive foods dance in their heads. And if you’re hosting this holiday, you undoubtedly want to create a special dinner for family and friends. The only problem is that you're likely to have at least one guest with a special diet.

cross-contamination for more than just serving utensils. If you chop an ingredient that is an allergen on your cutting board, blend it together in a mixing bowl or bake it on a cookie sheet, be sure to wash these items also, or you are at risk of cross-contaminating food.

According to the non-profit group Food Allergy Research and Education, an estimated 4 percent or 15 million Americans reported having some kind of food allergy. Others have changed their diets to combat heart disease, diabetes or cancer, and still others are trying special diets like plant-based and Paleo. If you hope to be the host with the most, creating a meal to satisfy everyone can be stressful. Never fear! The following ten tips have you covered. They include practical, easy ways to make any holiday dinner a hit.

4. Use simple substitutes.

1. Inquire when you invite.

If you send out invitations, make a note with the RSVP that asks guests to write down any allergies, restrictions or needs. If you invite by phone, list food needs of guests. You might even make a spreadsheet or simple table of guests to help with organization.

2. Be careful not to cross-contaminate.

Cross contamination occurs when a small piece of a food allergen gets into another food accidentally.Wash hands frequently, keep spoons for each dish separate and be aware of

3. Keep wrappers from pre-packaged foods.

There are a plethora of options for holiday dishes in the freezer and specialty aisles of the grocery. Save time and sanity by using them, just keep the packaging on hand so that you can tell guests confidently what the ingredients are.

The key to serving a delectable meal and keeping everyone safe is swapping ingredients they can't have for ones they can. For example, one easy substitute is to use vegetable broth instead of chicken or beef broth. This keeps the food friendly for vegans. Or you can substitute olive oil for butter for someone who is allergic to dairy. Find recipes that sweeten desserts with honey, agave nectar, syrups, molasses, applesauce, dates or bananas. Risotto or quinoa can be substituted for or served in addition to stuffing so you can offer a gluten-free option. And sometimes less is more. If you completely delete a troublesome ingredient, and you can't tell a distinct difference, go for that option.

5. Make two versions of a favorite dish.

It's easy to make some dishes two ways. You can make stuffing and rolls with gluten and without gluten. You can make a cheesy broccoli casserole or creamy green bean casserole and versions of both without dairy. Before you add the cheese or cream, take out some of the vegetables and make a simpler version that is safe for those with dairy allergies.

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6. Create some "everybody" dishes.

It's a good idea to create plenty of sides that are friendly for everybody, including surprise guests. An aunt's work schedule may change and she can come after all. Your nephew may call the day before and ask if he can bring his new girlfriend, and she's a vegetarian. Veggies without butter, soups without dairy or meat or fruit salads sweetened with natural alternatives are a great way to fill up the table and give everyone a chance to share the same food fare.

7. Label dishes with place cards.

When friends and family that haven't seen one another months or years get together, it's easy to forget to share about dietary restrictions with all the laughter and talking. Food labels not only keep your guests informed about the food, they add an exquisite touch to your table setting. Make food labels ahead of time to go with each dish. Or make a label station with decorative markers close to the food for guests to label food, especially those that contain the most common allergens: dairy, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans.

8. Serve food buffet style.

Serving food buffet style with labels is a good way to let diners know what they can and can't eat. Be careful to keep spoons with the right dishes, or better yet, label serving utensils with the food name each one goes with. Put a small plate or spoon rest in front of each dish so that juices and food bits are contained.

9. Don't try to do it all.

Don't be afraid to ask your guests to bring a dish to share. Maybe you prepare the meat and bread, and have everyone else bring a side. It can add to the fun of eating a meal together if your guests can expand their culinary tastes and bring different styles of cooking to the celebration.

10. Be open to new traditions.

Holiday meals are steeped in tradition and when diets change, it's hard to let go of familiar dishes. But you never know, you might actually like tofurkey, or risotto instead of stuffing or a lighter, healthier version of sweet potato soufflĂŠ and scalloped potatoes. Don't be afraid to embrace some new traditions as you cook for friends and family, and you will keep your holiday table open and warm. 50 family wellness

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Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago, offers a premier pediatric orthopaedic service for a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including those related to the upper and lower limbs, hand, foot, joints and spine. Every day, our care provides healing to meet the hopes of children and their parents, and offer life-changing results. Those hopes are met in our other areas of expertise as well. For over 90 years, families with children in need of plastic surgery, cleft lip and palate repair, spinal cord injury care, and physical rehabilitation have seen their hopes realized right under our roof — by physicians, nurses, and specialists using the latest technology, innovative research, and a collaborative, family-centered approach. It’s how the 22 Shriners Hospital locations provided care to over 121,000 children last year alone.

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For a consultation, or to refer a patient, call:

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago 773-385-KIDS (5437) 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707

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Here’s your source for current and upcoming great events. Event information is subject to change without notice, therefore, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm – and be certain to tell ‘em you saw it in Suburban Family Magazine! If you have an event of regional interest, we’d love to hear from you. Send to “Great Events” Fax: 866-779-4320, E-mail: mail@ Mail: P.O. Box 1266, Westmont, IL 60559. Deadline for inclusion in the Jan/Feb issue is Friday, Dec 8.


mates – Two lessons designed to teach students how to win consistently to obtain the advantage at the end of the chess game. Grades 1-8. 4:15-5:45 PM. Register 630 6270316.

to help others! All supplies are provided, but you may bring favorite yarn. Crocheted sections will be donated to Warm Up America. Service hours can be earned through this program. Grades 6-12. 3 PM. Register 630 627-0316.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 SENIORS Thanksgiving Party – Great food, live music, fun and friendship. Luncheon served at 1 PM, turkey dinner and all the trimmings. 12:45-3:15 PM. York Township, Lombard. 630-620-2424.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBR 7 ADULTS Garden Tour: Tree Trail – Learn all about Cantigny’s magnificent trees and enjoy the fall foliage on this guided walk of the Cantigny Tree Trail led by a Cantigny forester. 11 AM. Visitor’s Center. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630.260.8162.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 FAMILY Inchworms Parent-Child Program – Introduce your little one to nature through songs, simple crafts and outdoor exploration. The theme is “Talkin’ Turkeys.” For ages 18 to 36 months with adult. 9:30-10:15 Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register 630.260.8162.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 ADULTS Soda Pop Mixology Program –. Join us to learn how to put an alcoholic twist on soda and taste some samples of what we mix up. Great skills for holiday entertaining. 6:30 PM. Arlington Heights Historical Museum, Arlington Heights. Register 847-255-1225, or and click on the link in the calendar.

FAMILY Plum Pokemon League – Join in the fun! Using your own cards and Pokémon handheld video games, you can play and trade, while meeting other Pokémon players who love collecting and playing just as much as you do. This program is open to children of all ages. 4-5:30 PM. Helen Plum Library. 630-627-0316.

FAMILY American Legion Pancake Breakfast – Cantigny Post 556 of the American Legion will host this fundraiser in conjunction with the Cantigny 5K Run/Walk. Feast on pancakes, sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy, plus raffle prizes. Cost: $8; $4 for ages 4 and under. Le Jardin at Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630.260.8162.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 FAMILY Chess: Advanced Endgame Check-

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 KIDS/TEENS Crochet – Learn to crochet, then crochet

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 FAMILY Art and Science: Graphite Circuit – Learn about conductivity, then complete an LED circuit by drawing with graphite. Grades 1-8. 4:15 PM. Register 630 627-0316. FAMILY Inchworms Parent-Child Program – Introduce your little one to nature through songs, simple crafts and outdoor exploration. The theme is “Pickin’ Pumpkins.” For ages 18 to 36 months with adult. 9:3010:15. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register 630.260.8162. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 ADULTS Ladies Night Out – Fashion Show by the Closet Boutique, raffles, hors d’oeuvres, signature drink wine & cheese tasting, DJ Steve with All-Pro Music, goodie bag for first 50 entrants, shopping with vendors and crafters. 5-9 PM. 411 Linden Ave., Wilmette. 847-977-7224. FAMILY Ornaments For The Zoo – Help make decorations for the library’s annual Brookfield Zoo Holiday Tree, and make another to take home. Children of all ages with a participating adult. 4:15 PM. Register 630 6270316. KIDS Chess Club – Join us in Youth Services for a friendly game of chess! A basic understanding of the game is required. Chess sets will be provided. Register 630 6270316. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 FAMILY Open House – The dental practice of Kenneth N. Milin, DDS and Associates is holding and open

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house for current patients and new families. Ribbon cutting, raffle prizes, balloon maker, food, giveaways and festivities. 4:30-7:30 PM. Bartlett Hills Golf Club, Barlett, IL. 630-213-3103. FAMILY Indoor Movie: Beauty & The Beast – Take in Disney’s live action version of this fairy tale classic. 6:30PM-9PM. Ackerman SFC. Glen Ellyn Park District. FAMILY Magical Ice Cream Social – Enjoy a truly memorable magical performance, ice cream sundaes and crafts. (under one) are welcome free of charge, but must sit on a parent’s lap. Please no infant car seats due to limited space. Ages 1-6 with adult. 4-5 PM or 6-7 PM. Naperville. Register Naperville. 630548-5000. FAMILY Photoshoot – “Strike a Pose” – kids and families needed for a professional photo shoot at the DuPage Children’s Museum. Children ages 6 months to 8 years, comfortable in front of camera. Email a photo and availability to Erin, Digital Marketing Manager. 10:30 AM – 6 PM. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 ADULTS Brew It Forward Veterans Day – Thank those who served for America’s freedom by attending a charity beer tasting benefiting local veteran organizations. The tasting will be in the Tank Park outside the First Division Museum, with activities for families in the museum lobby. 1-4 PM. First Division Museum, Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630.260.8162.

For Holiday Events see the ‘‘Out & About” section in this issue! the phone to receive their discount. Naperville. Register Naperville. 630-548-5000. FAMILY Mad Science: Spin, Pop, Boom! - The Mad Scientist will defy gravity in this energetic and spectacular special event. Didgeridoo tubes, foaming hands and steaming chemical reactions will introduce children to the exciting world of chemistry. School age children with their families. 7 PM. Helen Plum Cardholders may pick up free tickets at the Youth Services desk starting Sat, Oct 28. 630 627-0316. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 ADULTS Free Home Buyer Workshop – North West Housing Partnership Workshops provide the attendee with a certificate that will allow a buyer to obtain funds from eligible down payment and closing cost assistance programs that may be available from the State or specific communities (income qualifying). Speakers include realtors, attorneys and home inspectors. 9 AM-3 PM with lunch break. NWHP provides the food. 1701 E. Woodfield Rd. Suite 312. Register 847-969-0561.

ADULTS Wine Tasting – Chocolate, Cheese and Wine Tasting. 4:30-8 PM. Crowne Plaza, Glen Ellyn. 630469-0907. KIDS Turkey Feathers – Pick up supplies, while they last, to make a festive Thanksgiving decoration. Children of all ages. 9:30 AM. 630 627-0316.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25 ADULTS Smithsonian Gems – On display at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art. 10 AM-5 PM. Elmhurst. FAMILY Melikin Puppets Holiday Show – Kick off the holidays with this puppet presentation of “Shoemaker and the Elves” and “The Night Before Christmas.” 10-11:30 AM. Bartlett Public Library District. 630-837-3348. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27 FAMILY Movie – “Disneynature: Born in China” tells the story of the circle of life in stunning locations throughout the world that most people don’t get to experience in China. 1-2:30 PM. Prospect Heights Public Library. Register 847-259-3500, ext. 530. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 SENIORS Drum Therapy – Sessions focus on building coordination, learning bout different rhythms to music and socializing. No music experience necessary.

ADULTS Fundraiser –“A Night To Paws”is the 32nd annual Anderson Animal Shelter Dinner and Auction. 5-10 PM. The Q Center, St. Charles. FAMILY Veteran’s Day Breakfast – Celebrate and honor our Bensenville veterans while enjoying a delicious breakfast buffet and presentation about DuPage County in the Civil War. Veterans are encouraged to bring memorabilia; a table will be provided to showcase these precious keepsakes. All attendees register at Deer Grove Leisure Center by 11/7. Complimentary for Bensenville vets and family. 9-11 AM. White Pines Golf Club, Bensenville. 630-766-7015. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 ADULTS Lunch and Learn: 100 Years Ago on the Homefront – Living history actress Ellie Carlson will present the music, food and patriotic pastimes American families were experiencing while“our boys”were serving in World War I. Her presentation will include a few recipe samples that demonstrate how American food was affected by rationing. Bring a lunch or reserve one. 12-1PM. Visitors Center. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630.260.8162. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 FAMILY Kids Night Out: Gobble Gobble Fun – Enjoy the night out while your kids have their own night out filled with a Turkey Hunt, playing Pin the Wattle on the Turkey and participating in a Turkey Trot. Dinner and juice are provided. Ages 4-12. 6-9 PM. Fort Hill Activity Center Fitness members must register in person or over November/December 2017

DECEMBER 7-10, 2017 Times vary each night

All Aboard! Don your pajamas and board the trolley to the North Pole. Warm up in Mrs. Claus’s Cookie House, enjoy hot cocoa, meet real reindeer and the man of the hour – Santa Claus!

$15(R)/$25(N) per person 630.554.1010 • suburban family |

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Swissotel Chicago’s Santa Suite! Starting on

City Events Michael Rakowitz: Backstroke of the West –

Through March 4, 2018. Iraqi-American artist makes work that explores recent contested social, political, and cultural histories. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Placemaking & Landmarks: The Creation of Mexican Spaces in la Diecischo (Pilsen)

– Through April 29, 2018. Mexican immigrants native customs, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago.

SOFA at Navy Pier – November 2-5. Sculp-

tures, objects and functional art (SOFA for short) take the spotlight at one of Chicago’s longest continually running art fairs. Navy Pier Festival Hall, Chicago.

11:30AM-12:15 PM. Arlington Heights Senior Center. 847253-5532. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 FAMILY Small Serendipity – Join us for a nature story, craft and activity. Children ages 3-6 with an adult. River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook. 847-824-8360. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30 FAMILY Stories for Everyone – Stories, songs and verse for toddlers, preschoolers and caregivers. Bartlett Public Library District. 11-11:30 AM. 630-837-3348.

DECEMBER FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 INFANTS Chicka Chicka Baby Drop-In – 20 minutes of songs and rhymes perfect for infants. 9:30-9:50 AM. Newborns to 11 months with an adult. Elmhurst Public Library. ADULTS 1920s Party – Come as a gangster or flapper to The Last Speakeasy, a Prohibition-era party with music, dancing, a casino and cocktails. 7-11 PM. Chicago History Museum. MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 ADULTS Volunteer Work Days – The Illinois 54 great events

Nov. 30, the 41st floor, 5 room Presidential Suite is transformed into a stunningly whimsical display.Viewing is FREE for both Swissotel guests and the public, 312-2688235

104th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting –

November 17-January 1. Enjoy this holiday tradition, a glittering tree set among Chicago’s sparkling skyline and the iconic art of Millennium Park. 6 PM. Chicago. 312744-3316.

Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon – Opens

Christmas Around The World and Holidays of Light – November 18-December 31. Since

1942 See trees from over 50 countries, plus spectacular lights all in the comfort of the museum. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. 773-684-1414.

McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade –

November 23. Giant inflatable balloons, marching bands and cultural performances. 8-11 AM. State Street, Chicago. 312239-0457.

Caroling at the Cloud Gate – November

November 17. Lace up your skates and enjoy a path of ice winding through the rolling landscape. Chicago. 312-744-3316.

24-December 15. Bundle up and belt out some holiday classics as local Chicago choral groups lead hundreds of celebrants in song. 6-7 PM. Chicago. 312-744-3316.

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink – November

Wonderland Express – November 24-Janu-

17-March 4 – Lessons and special programming weekends and during the CPS winter break. Skate rentals available. Chicago. 312-744-3316.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival – No-

vember 17-18. Sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, this 26h Annual Festival rings in the holiday season with two days of free, family-friendly activities including a magical tree-lighting procession along Michigan Ave., visits with Santa, food vendors, fireworks and music. Chicago.

Department of Natural resources Volunteer Habitat Restoration and Stewardship teams are seeking volunteers to work at Volo Bog State Natural Area. Ingleside. 815-344-1294. PARENTS Digital Resources for Parents – Join the Digital Services and KidSpace staff in a discussion about the loads of free educational and entertaining digital resources. Bring your phones and tablets to access this fun content. 6:30-7:30 PM. Niles-Maine District Library. 847-663-6620. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 ADULTS ipad/Iphone Help Desk – Technology questions answered. 9-12 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. 630-627-0316. PARENTS Support Group – Enjoy a cup of coffee while speaking with parents and a supportive licensed clinician to guide you through tough parenting challenges and enjoyable child rearing moments while your child enjoys ARTs PlaySchool. 9:45-11:15 AM. Center for Creative Arts Therapy, Downers Grove. 847-477-8244. ADULTS Bridge Club – Bridge lovers with a passing knowledge of bidding and play-of-hand are welcome to join a fun and relaxed game with other like-minded players. No instruction given. 1 PM. Town and Country Library, Elburn. 630-365-2244. suburban family |

ary 7. An annual holiday extravaganza featuring magnificent model trains, magical and glittering indoor snow, and meticulously crafted Chicago landmarks in miniature. Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago. (847) 835-5440.

One of A Kind Holiday Show – December

7-10. The ultimate holiday shopping experience including more than 600 makers presenting hand-crafted and specialty items, fashion shows and live music. The Mart, Chicago. 800-677-MART (6278).

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 SENIORS Stroll – Join district naturalists on a leisurely stroll through the Brewster Creek Forest Preserve. Social time and refreshments incorporated. Bring a store-bought dish to pass. 10 AM-12 PM. Barbara Belding Lodge. St. Charles. 630-444-3190. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 FAMILY Eco-Friendly Art Fair – Annual Holiday Remix is an Arts & crafts market for things remixed, reused, and recycled at Broadway Armory Park in Edgewater. 11 AM-4 PM. Broadway Armory Park, Chicago. ADULTS Winter Solstice Craft Beer Fest – 10 beer samples and 2 food samples, with 100 beers for sale and live music at Blarney Stone Pub, Oak Forest. 12-5 PM. ADULTS Steampunk Party – Exotic shows, world-class musicians, and colossal artwork plus cocktails at Stan Mansion. 7 PM-midnight. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 ADULTS Caregiver Support Group – Provides emotional support for those caring for loved ones. 1011:30 AM. St. Mary of Vernon Catholic Church, Indian Creek. 847-362-1005. November/December 2017

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 PARENTS Moms Connect – Perfect opportunity to network with other moms while gaining support and encouragement. 9AM. St. John Lutheran Church, Darien. 630-969-7987.

ADULTS Stage – “The Bridges of Madison County, A New Musical.” . Weekends 11/3-19, 8 PM Fri and Sat and 3 PM Sun. Meiley-Swalllow Hall at North Central College, Naperville. 630-447-TIXS (8497). www.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 FAMILY Elk Grove Farmers Market – Christus Victor Church, Elk Grove Village. 8 AM-1 PM. 630-8787627.

FAMILY Aquatic Experience – World Pet Association’s fifth annual event returns with traveling sea lion encounter. Everything aquatic is under one roof—from freshwater and saltwater fish (including piranha tanks!) to plants and mammals. 11/3-5. Fri 11 AM-6 PM; Sat 10 AM-6PM; Sun 10 AM-4PM. Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 ADULTS Japanese Dance and Drum –Taiko Legacy has Japanese drumming, dance and street theater. 2 PM. Museum of Contemporary Art. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 ADULTS Jewish Party – Join 1,500 people at the Matzo Bash for two hours of hosted cocktails and appetizers, plus DJ dance music on two floors at SoundBar. 9 PM. Chicago.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27 FAMILY Magician – Magic comes to life in this illusion-filled show full of wonder and fun. Space is limited, so no strollers, please. 2-3 PM. Morton Coming Next insertGrove Jan Public Libray. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28 FAMILY Ice Skating – Oakbrook Center Ice Skating Rink. 10AM-9PM Mon.-Sat. and 11 AM-6 PM Sun. OakBrook Center. 630-573-0700. TEENS/ADULT Board Game Club – Whether you’re an avid board gamer or interested in starting to play contemporary games, join us at Brewpoint Coffee. High School age and up. 6:30-8:30 PM. Brought to you by Elmhurst Public Library. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30 FAMILY New Year’s – “Teen Weenie New Year’s Eve Ball” is for parents and their young children to get an early start on the party countdown. Games, crafts, dancing, and balloon drop are all part of the fun. Ages 1-6 years with an adult. 10:30 AM-12:30 PM. Simkus Recreation Center, Carol Stream. 630-784-6100. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 FAMILY Bubble Bash – Ring in the new year with a Safari Adventure. 9 AM - Noon. DuPage Children’s Museum.. 301 N Washington St., Naperville. 630.-637-8000.

630-963-5252. FAMILY Art Exhibit – “Art Is Instrumental” opens at the DuPage Children’s Museum. Play, hear, and move to the sound of a variety of instruments while being surrounded by both paintings and sculptures. Grand opening 11/11-12. Naperville. 630-6378000. FAMILY The Great Midwest Train Show – The world’s largest monthly train show with an average of 180 exhibitors at each show, featuring trains of all scales and gauges. 11/12, 12/10, 1/14, 2/11 and 3/11. 9 AM-3PM. DuPage County Fairgrounds. 630-2901962.

FAMILY Naperville Park District Discovery Days – “Hooting Owls.” Discovery Programs are themed monthly and are offered Sat or Sun and school holidays. Designed for children and adults to explore nature topics together. 11/5, 12, 19 and 26.11:30 AM- 2:30 PM. 630-548-5000. Naperville.

FAMILY Holiday Book Drive – Give the gift of donating new children’s books. Collection dates are 11/1-12/1. Arlington Heights Memorial Library. 847392-0100. FAMILY Naperville Park District Discovery Days – “Illinois Mammals.” Discovery Programs are themed monthly and are offered Sat or Sun and school holidays Designed for children and adults to explore nature topics together. 12/9, 16, 23, 27, 28, 29. 10:30 AM- 2:30 PM. Naperville. 630-548-5000.

FAMILY Lego Duplo Build and Play – Build, play and socialize with other kids. Ages 2-5 with adult. 11/10, 12/8, 22. 10-10:30 AM. Villa Park Public Library. 630-834-1164. Feb 2018 issue.:Layout 1


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ADULTS Stage – “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” 11/10-12 and 11/17-19, Fri-Sat 7PM, Sun 2 PM. Progressive Village Performance Network. Westmont.

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FAMILY Stage – “Babes in Toyland.” Classic tale for all ages. 12/8-9 7-8:30 PM; 12/10 at 3 PM. Playhouse 38, Geneva.





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ONGOING ADULTS Naperville Area Diversity Dinner Group – Naperville Area Diversity Dinner Group offers respectful discourse - Discussion, Dinner and Democratic Decision making. Groups of 10-12, couples/singles decide on potluck dinner/topics once per month at member homes. Contact Mary Glatz at 720-205-8944. November/December 2017

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Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe

Come to Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe this holiday season for meals the whole family will enjoy. Join us at our Darien location for our annual Thanksgiving Buffet. We are open from 12pm-4pm and seating is by reservations only, so call us now to make yours! We will have a huge buffet again this year featuring soups, salads, meats, sides and desserts. Then in December it’s arguably one of our biggest events- Lunch with the Grinch happening Tuesday 12/19- Saturday 12/23 . Hours do vary by day, so call today for more info! Reservations are highly suggested. So this holiday season come out for a great time and a great meal at Chuck’s in Darien. 8025 S. Cass Ave., Darien, IL. 331-431-4000

Mon Ami Gabi




‘Tis the holiday party season at Mon Ami Gabi! Located on the east side of The Oakbrook Center Mall near Neiman Marcus, our classic French bistro is the perfect place to jingle and mingle. Work closely with our Catering Manager Jessica to plan your holiday event in one of our private party rooms. Choose your menu items, bar package and time of day. Contact Jessica at and visit our website at for more information Mon Ami Gabi also hosts a number of Can-Can Shows, cooking classes and wine dinners. Stay tuned for updates on our website under News & Events and follow us on our Facebook page. Mon Ami Gabi is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, along with weekend brunch available Saturday and Sunday. Happy Hour takes place in our bar area every Monday to Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Enjoy all craft cocktails, beer, wines by the glass and hors d’oeuvres for half the price. Happy holidays from Mon Ami Gabi!



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Houlihan’s is a contemporary American Restaurant + Bar known for our independent spirit and social bar scene. Our menu is designed for modern lifestyles, with small-and-large portion entrees, vegetarian options and nutritive whole foods throughout. Come check out our Dailies Menu which features an entrée specialty (Original Sizzling Fajitas, Meatloaf No. 9 & more!) paired with a drink special... available for one day a week and for a limited time only. Houlihan’s is a great spot for holiday gatherings & purchasing holiday gift cards. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Learn more at suburban family |

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Ask your server about our holiday gift card promotion! Buy $50 in gift cards through 12/31 and get a $10 dining certificate for yourself.

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Our menu is designed for modern lifestyles, with small-and-large portion entrées, vegetarian options and nutritive whole foods throughout. Whether you’re a newbie or it’s just been a while, your next visit to Houlihan’s just may surprise you.

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Catch 35 Seafood & Steaks

Countdown the Holiday Season at Catch 35 Naperville, Seafood and Premium Steaks. The menu features Signature dishes like Chilean seabass, Atlantic salmon, and Lake Superior whitefish, unique to the Midwest. Catch 35 is a true Seafood and Steak house with an extensive wine list and specialty cocktails. Don’t miss the mouthwatering Australian Lamb chops with Maitre d'Hotel butter, roasted red potatoes, and creamed spinach from Catch 35’s 3-course Prix Fixe Menu for only $37. Impress your guests with a private party at Catch 35 Naperville featuring new luncheon/dinner menus, no rental fees, valet/garage parking located in gorgeous downtown Naperville. Book your private party at 630-717-3500. Deck the halls with a Catch 35 gift certificate. For every $150 in gift cards purchased, receive a $25 bonus certificate. Reserve today at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Locations: 35 W. Wacker, Chicago, 312-346-3500 and 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630-717-3500.

Vino Thai

Vino Thai’s 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.

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The Holiday Issue, Holiday Events, On Stage, Fitness Tips, Solutions for Senior Living

Suburban Family ~ Nov + Dec 2017  

The Holiday Issue, Holiday Events, On Stage, Fitness Tips, Solutions for Senior Living