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january/february 2022 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kimberly Blaker Becky Hardin Pam Moore Stan Popovich EVENTS EDITOR Gina Hayes PUBLISHER Jim Wolf CO-EDITORS Sue Wolf Jim Wolf

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A Winter Frolic for the Family Winter Boredom Busters On Stage


Tasty Super Bowl Appetizers

Party Places


Mental Health Awareness Struggling with Mental Health Issues Wellness Resource Is Social Media Toxic to Mental Health Understanding Anxiety and Depression in Children Is My Child Struggling?


5 Reasons to Send Your Kid to Camp This Summer Active Kid Zone

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Why Consider Private School? Education Resource

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f your kids are like most, school snow closings are the highlight of the winter season. Get into the spirit with some of these fun outdoor activities. After you’ve expended your energy outdoors, there’s plenty of fun to be had indoors as well.

Take a snowshoe hike. Buy or borrow snowshoes for the family, and go on a trek through the woods or a field. Take your compass. But also tie brightly colored strips of fabric to tree branches to mark your path. Dress warm and keep track of time to prevent overtiring and frostbite. Look for animal tracks and burrows; identify trees by the bark and shape of their trunks; learn how to tell January/February 2022

the time or direction by the position of the sun; and other nature and survival activities. Visit an ice sculpture show. Look for these captivating displays on college campuses, in city parks, and indoor arenas. Check with your local and nearby chamber of commerce or state travel bureau for events listings. Visit a zoo. During the winter months, zoos often bring guest animals and offer special exhibits. Arctic and cold climate animals may be more active, and indoor exhibits are easier to view because of smaller crowds.

Build an igloo or snow fort. Choose a day when the snow is suitable for packing. Use a square or rectangular container for building snow forts, which are often found in toy departments. Be sure to stagger the blocks for support. Take a winter carriage ride. Look for horsedrawn carriages in tourist or trendy towns and quaint villages. Bundle up, and take warm blankets and hot beverages.Then enjoy a cozy ride through a snowy, festive town.

Enjoy a winter fest. Visit your chamber of commerce or state travel bureau website for SUBFAM FILL small 12.17:Layout 1 12/15/17 11:35 AM Page 1 a list of winter festivals and events. Activities to look for include light displays, fireworks, winter sports competitions, recreational activities, exhibits and ice sculpture displays, sleigh rides, snowshoe tours, and more.

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Have a snow-sculpting contest, and invite your neighbors to participate. Roll a snowball as large as you can. Then fill buckets with snow and carefully dump them on top. Gently pack the snow and smooth it with your mittens. Sculpt and shape your creation using small shovels and gardening tools. When out & about 5

your sculpture is complete, gently pack and smooth it with your hands again.


Make an ice tree. Instead of throwing out your holiday tree, turn it into a winter display. Stand it in your yard, turn the water hose on low, and spray upward and toward the trunk of the tree. As ice forms, continue spraying until you achieve your desired effect.



Go sledding. If you have small hills in your backyard, use a trash bag for sliding down them. Better yet, head to some real hills with your toboggan or sled. Keep safety rules in mind for safe wintery fun.

Head to a museum. Most cities, even small towns, have a historical museum. Hands-on science, art, or natural history museums are found in most metropolitan areas or at nearby universities.

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Grab your roller blades or skates and head to your nearby indoor rink. These arenas are updated for today’s kids and are a blast for parents and kids alike. If you’ve never rollerskated, take a class at the rink. Create an indoor snow family. Buy black and white clay from an arts and crafts supply. Roll snow people out of the white clay, and shape hats with the black. Make arms

Explore galore! Need a change of scenery? Visit Creek Bend Nature Center located at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. There’s plenty to see and do – both inside and out! Learn all about oaks. See what the Fox River could look like below the surface. View bison specimens in our prairie wild exhibit. Enjoy scavenger hunts, hikes and scheduled nature programs. At Creek Bend Nature Center, there are things to explore galore! Admission is always free. Creek Bend Nature Center is open: Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday - Sunday: Noon - 4 p.m. CREEK BEND nature center

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with tiny twigs, scarves from narrow fabric strips, eyes and buttons from whole pepper, and noses from broken orange-colored toothpicks. Tour a manufacturing plant. Tours are often available to the public even if they aren’t wellpublicized. Just call to find out. View the winter sky. Visit a planetarium to see constellations and some of the brightest stars of the year. Hold a winter movie fest. Invite friends over, rent a selection of movies, and have everyone bring their pillows or beanbag chairs. Don’t forget the buttery popcorn and hot chocolate. If you’ve had enough of winter, hold a Hawaiian luau instead. Choose summery or vacation themed movies. Serve cold drinks with little umbrellas and fruit on top. And don’t forget the beach towels. Make up funny skits with friends then put on a show for parents and neighbors. Choose household products and create silly advertisements. Make up goofy songs or poems about each product and dress up for the part. Be sure to videotape the skits for hilarious family memories. Put together a winter emergency kit. Include spare hats, mittens, scarves, and boots, a flashlight, and other items in case you get stranded. Your home kit should include items for a snow-in or power loss. Have everyone work together to create a list and gather items for the kits. String a snowflake streamer. Make snowflakes by folding white paper several times and then trimming different shapes around the edges. Open the snowflakes then string them on a piece of yarn, and hang it across the room. Visit the library to snuggle up for a relaxing read. When you arrive, learn how and where to find books on your interests such as sports, science, or a hobby. Then choose several books to bring home. Don’t forget to check out music CDs, audiobooks, videos, computer games, and magazines for plenty of indoor entertainment. Make a winter-safety trivia game. Buy a pack of small index cards. Then write a question on each card related to winter safety with the answers written below. To play the game, take turns reading the questions while other players shout their answers. The first person with the correct answer scores a point. Getaway at a weekend resort. Check your travel agency for one of the many winter resorts for outdoor enthusiasts that offer activities and accommodations for the whole family. Try downhill or cross-country skiing, snowshoe excursions, and more. January/February 2022

WINTER Forest Preserve District of Kane County: Explore galore! Need a change of scenery? 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 could look like below the surface. View bison specimens in our prairie wild exhibit. Enjoy scavenger hunts, hikes and scheduled nature programs. At Creek Bend Nature Center, there are things to explore galore! Admission is always free. We’re open: Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday – Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m. LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles 630-444-3190

related information visit or call 630-540-4199. The Princess Diana Exhibition Anticipated to be one of the hottest tickets this season, The Princess Diana Exhibition: Accredited Access, has made its Chicago debut and is open to the public at 19 Oakbrook Cen-

ter. This exhibit is the first-ever walk-through documentary, telling the untold story of how a princess changed the world. For the first time, world famous Royal Photographers, Anwar Hussein and his two sons Zak and Samir, will share collections of their original images and the intimate, never-before-told stories behind them. The Husseins collectively spent four

Visit Kenosha Enjoy a nine-day celebration of food and flavors in the Kenosha Area during Kenosha Restaurant Week! Join us February 19 – 27, 2022 to explore new places, re-visit old favorites, and show support to locally owned establishments. There will be great deals, as well as a variety of special offerings – so come hungry! Make it an overnight so you can enjoy shopping and attractions in the area, too. Learn more at or by calling 262-654-7307. (See our ad on p. 3) Villa Olivia Learn to ski/snowboard or bring the family and friends for snow tubing. With six ski runs and a double wide tube hill Villa Olivia offers winter fun in your own backyard.We can even make our own snow! Book your winter fun online now at The season runs through March 6th (weather permitting). Villa Olivia is located at 1401 W. Lake Street in Bartlett. For hours of operation and weatherJanuary/February 2022

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decades working side by side with the iconic Princess and her family and will reveal what they witnessed first-hand, both in public and private moments. Tickets are on sale now, and can purchased at Downers Grove Ice Festival Get out of the house for a weekend of fun, shopping and dining for all ages! The Annual Downtown Downers Grove Ice Festival returns February 4-6, 2022. Watch carvers demonstrate their art in person Friday evening under the lights at 5:30pm on the southeast corner of Main and Curtiss and on Saturday with live ice carving demonstrations on Saturday from 11am-3pm. The carvings will remain out as long as whether permits! Details at or 630-725-0991. WhirlyBall Whether you’re planning your next family fun day, work outing, or holiday party, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! In addition to WhirlyBall, there’s a multi-level lasertag arena, eight bowling lanes, a four-lane VIP private bowling suite, and HyperBowling. Offering a relaxed yet elevated dining experience featuring fresh takes on classic American fare, an expansive collection of 24 rotating craft beer selections, and refreshing signature cocktails. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630932-4800,

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The Community House - Hinsdale

everyone, with reasonable ticket prices and

Overshadowed Theatrical


free parking. Enjoy world-class entertain-


The music of Elvis comes alive in ALL SHOOK

ment at our beautiful venue, without the has-

A Year With Frog and Toad

UP! It’s 1955, a square little town in a square

sle of driving downtown. This season’s lineup

January 21 – February 5

little state is thrown into a frenzy when Chad,

includes dance ensembles, multicultural per-

Ask about our school day performances on

a good-looking, motorcycle-riding roustabout

formers, The Second City comedy troupe,

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rides in to town with a guitar on his back,

“The Pirates of Penzance” musical, cabaret,

Oh, what fun! Caldecott and Newbery award

blue suede shoes on his feet, and a song in

concerts by our instrumental ensembles and

winner Arnold Lobel’s beguiling stories come

his heart.This hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical

chorale, Theater Department productions

to life onstage in a story of friendship and

will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede

and more. In our 600-seat Dorothy Menker

adventure! Waking from hibernation in the

shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Ho-

Theater and the intimate John and Angeline

Spring, Frog, Toad and their friends plant a

tel,” “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and so

Oremus Theater, every seat is a good one.

garden, fly kites, swim in the pond and learn

many more! The Community House is locat-

Memberships are available. Many ticket pric-

life lessons along the way. This song-filled

ed at 415 W. Eighth Street, Hinsdale. 630-323-

es include discounts for active military and

year in the life of two charming woodland


veterans, as well as free options for any stu-

characters was a Broadway hit that captivat-

dent with an ID. See our website for details. If you have never been to our center, we invite you to join us this season and prepare to be amazed! View the complete season at [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.] Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine and Performing Arts Center Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, offers performances for January/February 2022

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ed children, adults—and critics (Variety de-

The show introduces Miranda, a daughter

clared it “delighted young eyes and minds”).

of paleontologists who grew up surround-

Part vaudeville, part make believe...all charm.

ed by dinosaurs on an island off the coast

This is a whimsical show that will delight all

of South America. She has brought her pals

ages! Located at 900 Foster Avenue in Me-

to the shores and would love you to meet

dinah, Illinois. Get your tickets now at www.

them! Visit to book your or call 630.634.2100.

tickets today.

[See our ad on the Inside Front Cover.]

The Genesee Theatre Rialto Square Theatre - Joliet

The Genesee Theatre is a grand historical

Dinosaur World Live

entertainment venue located in Waukegan,

With the stunning use of puppetry, dinosaurs

Illinois along the northern shore of Lake

become life-like. Dinosaur World Live pres-

Michigan between Chicago and Milwaukee.

ents a host of pre-historic creatures includ-

Take your family and friends to enjoy a vari-

ing every child’s favorite Tyrannosaurus Rex,

ety of shows including classic rock concerts,

along with the Segnosaurus, and Triceratops.

stand-up comedy, and musicals for all ages. The Genesee offers venue and lounge rentals for parties, conventions, and weddings. Ask about the 2022 Membership Program —membership has its benefits! The Genesee Theatre is located at 203 N Genesee Street Waukegan, IL, and online at www. The Genesee Theatre’s box office can be reached at (847) 263-6300. The spotlight is closer than you think!

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he Super Bowl is right around the corner, the biggest day of the year for everyone’s favorite thing: snacks! I mean…football… Okay, I’ll be honest. While everyone else heads to the Super Bowl parties to watch the game, I’m really just there for the Super Bowl appetizers. And I know most of you are too! You know what though? That’s okay! It wouldn’t be a good party without some tasty Super Bowl snacks. I’m talking dips galore, chicken wings, meatballs, chips (and more cheese dip), sandwiches, sliders, cheese…only the best! Whether you’re throwing a party, headed to a friend’s, or just chilling at home to watch the game, you need some delicious Super Bowl food ideas to cook up. I know a thing or two about tasty and easy appetizers (it’s one of my favorite types of recipes to make), so I’ve got you covered with TONS of awesome recipes for game day appetizers and snacks. It helps to have a bit of a strategy when you go in. Start with some cheese and crackers. Then move on to the recipes I provided here. After a few hours, it’s good to plan to serve something a little more substantial, like a sandwich, January/February 2022

By Becky Hardin

chili or tacos. When the game is over, the goal is to end the day feeling SUPER STUFFED. For more tasty recipes visit The Cookie Rookie:

Pepper Jelly Hogs in a Blanket Author: Becky Hardin - The Cookie Rookie Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 15 minutes Total: 30 minutes Sausage Rolls are kind of like Pigs in a Blanket, but I’ve transformed them into a fun bite-size appetizer! Paired with a sweet & spicy Pepper Jelly, these Mini Sausage Rolls are sure to please. We are addicted to these little sausage rolls and I guarantee they will be gone in minutes. So much flavor for such a small recipe! Ingredients  8 ounces Crescent Dough Sheet  12 ounces sausage links; such as Aidells Spicy Mango w/Jalapeno or skinless sausage or kielbasa w/jalapeno fully cooked  ¼ cup hot pepper jelly  2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard Instructions Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 24 mini-muffin tin with cooking spray. (You might need to use 2 muffin tins.) On a clean work surface, lay the Crescent Dough Sheet flat then cut it in half lengthwise. Cut each half into ¾” strips. Cut the sausage links into 1” pieces. Roll each sausage piece with one strip of dough along the edge. Stretch the dough gensuburban family |

tly as you roll the sausage. Place one rolled sausage in each muffin cup, sausage side up. Place a small dollop of hot pepper jelly and a small dollop of mustard on the top of each sausage roll. Bake in at 375°F, 12-15 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Transfer to a cooling rack 5 minutes then place on a serving tray. Serve hot.

Crab Rangoon Bites Recipe Author: Becky Hardin - The Cookie Rookie Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 15 minutes Total: 20 minutes If you dig crab rangoon then you are going to love these Crab Rangoon Bites! A delicious seafood dip wrapper in a crispy wonton cup! Ingredients  24 wonton wrappers  2 tablespoons olive oil  4 ounces cream cheese  2 tablespoons mayonnaise  6 ounces crab meat drained  1 green onion chopped1 lime juiced  ¼ cup shredded cheese see notes  1 tablespoon soy sauce  1 teaspoon sriracha optional  1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce  ½ teaspoon garlic powder Instructions Preheat your oven to 375F. celebrate! 11

Brush each of the wontons on both sides with olive oil and then push them into the well of a mini-muffin pan to create a small cup. Bake for 5 minutes, or until the wontons are no longer limp While the wontons are baking, combine the remaining ingredients (cream cheese, mayonnaise, crab meat, green onion, lime juice, shredded cheese, soy sauce, sriracha,

Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder) in a small bowl. Fill each of the wonton cups with crab rangoon dip. Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until the shells are golden brown on the outside and the filling is hot all the way through. Garnish with additional green onion, if desired.

Sonny Acres Farm - West Chicago Sonny Acres Farm offers endless possibilities when it comes to planning your next event, boasting 22 acres of space, perfect for a variety of special occasions. From breathtaking weddings set in one of our many beautiful backdrops to large scale corporate events, family reunions, kids birthday parties and more, the customization options are both fun and flexible to perfectly pair with any occasion. For extra “wow factor” at your next event, treat your guests to some of our seasonal offerings including access to amusement rides, petting zoo, hayrides around the property and much more. For a consultation on how to make your next event the best one yet, visit 29W310 North Ave., West Chicago, IL 60185. (630) 231-3859 [See our ad on the Back Cover.] Fleetwood Roller Rink - Summit Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family-owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) privates and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages plus for “health sake, roller skate” Come visit us and join in our fun. Instruction available every Saturday at 1 pm Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times. Located at 7231 West Archer Ave., Summit. 708-458-0300.

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n many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it. Good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you’re frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse. Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Mental health problems are a common human experience. Most people know someone who has experienced a mental health problem. They can happen to all kinds of people from all walks of life. And it’s likely that, when you find a combination of self-care, treatment and support that works for you, you will get better. Did you know that according to a recent national survey: • 16 percent of eighth graders reported drinking alcohol within the past month? • 32 percent of eighth graders reported drinking in the past year? • 64 percent of eighth graders say that alcohol is easy to get? • More girls than boys ages 12 to 17 reported drinking alcohol? Early adolescence is a time of immense and often confusing changes for your son or daughter, which makes it a challenging time for both your youngster and you. Understanding what it’s like to be a teen can help you stay closer January/February 2022

to your child and have more influence on the choices he or she makes—including decisions about using alcohol. learn more at: https:// Many people struggle with controlling their drinking at some time in their lives. Alcoholrelated problems—which result from drinking too much, too fast, or too often—are among the most significant public health issues in the United States.

Signs of an Alcohol Problem

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a medical condition that doctors diagnose when a patient’s drinking causes distress or harm. The condition can range from mild to severe and is diagnosed when a patient answers “yes” to two or more of the following questions. In the past year, have you: • Had times when you ended up drinking more, or longer than you intended? • More than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn’t? • Spent a lot of time drinking? Or being sick or getting over the aftereffects? • Experienced craving—a strong need, or urge, to drink? • Found that drinking—or being sick from drinking—often interfered with taking care of your home or family? Or caused job troubles? Or school problems? • Continued to drink even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends? • Given up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you, or gave you pleasure, in order to drink? • More than once gotten into situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as driving, swimming, using machinery, walking in a dangerous area, or having unsafe sex)? • Continued to drink even though it was making you feel depressed or anxious or adding to another health problem? Or after having had a memory blackout? suburban family |

• Had to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want? Or found that your usual number of drinks had much less effect than before? • Found that when the effects of alcohol were wearing off, you had withdrawal symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, irritability, anxiety, depression, restlessness, nausea, or sweating? Or sensed things that were not there? If you have any of these symptoms, your drinking may already be a cause for concern. The more symptoms you have, the more urgent the need for change. A health professional can conduct a formal assessment of your symptoms to see if AUD is present. For an online assessment of your drinking pattern, go to The good news is that no matter how severe the problem may seem, most people with AUD can benefit from some form of treatment. Research shows that about one-third of people who are treated for alcohol problems have no further symptoms 1 year later. Many others substantially reduce their drinking and report fewer alcohol-related problems. For anyone thinking about treatment, talking to a primary care physician is an important first step—he or she can be a good source for treatment referrals and medications. A primary care physician can also: • Evaluate a patient’s drinking pattern • Help craft a treatment plan • Evaluate overall health • Assess if medications for alcohol may be appropriate • Individuals are advised to talk to their doctors about the best form of primary treatment. • Written in part with permission from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Learn more at https://alcoholtreatment. family wellness 13

Struggling With Mental Health Issues By Stan Popovich

7 Tips On How Family Members Can Discuss Their Mental Health Issues With Others

your fears and anxieties. This is important in getting your life back on track. 2. Get access to different resources: Most counselors and psychologists know of ways to get rid of your fears. They can recommend certain treatments that will improve your situation.The only way you can get access to these treatments is if you talk to a counselor. Ask your primary care physician if he or she knows anyone that can be of assistance.

Do you struggle with your mental health and have a difficult time in getting the people you know to be more understanding? In some cases, your colleagues might give you a hard time regarding your anxieties and depression.

3. You can’t manage your anxieties all by yourself: Your fears, anxieties, and depression can be difficult to manage and more than likely you will need some direction. Many people think that they can overcome their mental health problems on their own. This is a mistake. A person should seek assistance to start the recovery process.

As a result, here are seven suggestions on how to deal with the people you know regarding your mental health issues. 1. Listen to the professionals and not your friends: Your peers may mean well, but when it comes down to it, the professionals are aware of your circumstances more than anyone.A counselor knows what you are going through and can help you deal with your problems. When you have questions about your mental health, consult with a therapist. 2. Don’t argue with others: It is important that you do not get into arguments with those who are giving you a rough time. Your number one priority is to get relief from your anxieties. It is not your job to worry about how others may view your circumstances. Your health is more important than what other people may think. 3. Your goal is to get better: Concentrate on how you can face your fears and anxieties. Don’t waste your time arguing with your colleagues who are giving you a difficult time. This isn’t a public relations event where you need to get approval from everyone. This is your life and you are the one suffering.Your main focus is to get better. 4. Tell your friends to learn about your situation: Explain to your peers that the best way for them to help you is to learn about your mental health issues. They could talk to a counselor, read some good books, or join a support group to better understand your situation. If your friends won’t make an effort, then stay away from them because they will only make things worse. 5. Distance yourself from those who give you a difficult time: Distance yourself from those who won’t make an effort to help understand what you are going through. You need to surround yourself with positive and supportive people. If you have problems or issues with a particular person, you can always ask a counselor for advice. 6. You are not alone: It can be very frus14 family wellness

trating to manage your fear related issues when the people you know are on your case. Remember, you are not alone. There are millions of people around the world who struggle with their fears, anxieties, and depression. The key is to find those people who can relate to you through various organizations in your area. 7. Join a local mental health support group: There are many mental health awareness support groups in your area. Many hospitals, churches, and counselors in your area will be able to provide you with a list of these organizations. These groups will be aware of your situation and can give you additional advice regarding your problems.

7 Reasons Why Getting Help For Your Fears And Anxieties Is So Important Getting professional help for dealing with your persistent fears and anxieties is the single most important step in your recovery. Many people are reluctant to get the assistance they need for various reasons. Making excuses for not getting treatment for your fear related issues will not help the situation. With this in mind, here are seven reasons why getting help for your mental health problems is so important. 1. You will get tips on handling your mental health issues: Getting professional help can lead to additional insights and suggestions to your stress and anxiety problems. A professional counselor can give you many ideas on how you can successfully manage suburban family |

4. You will improve: As you work with a professional, you will improve on your skill sets in managing your fears.You will be able to overcome your anxieties over time which will benefit you later on in your life. Knowing how to boost your mental health will get your life back on track and will make you much happier. 5. You will get better a lot faster: Getting some guidance from a counselor will save you a lot of suffering in the long run. You will get the answers you are looking for which will help reduce your fears and anxieties. You will get better a lot faster by talking to a therapist and you will feel much better about yourself which is important when it comes to dealing with your mental health. 6. It is your life: Remember that you are the person who is suffering and not your friends and family. Don’t let the opinions of your peers prevent you from getting the relief that you deserve. Maintaining your anxieties should be your number one priority. Always do what is best for you and do not get into the habit of trying to please everybody else. 7. You will not be alone: You will have people in your corner who will be able to help improve your mental health issues. You won’t feel as alone when attempting to get rid of your fears. It is best to be with others who are supportive and who will understand your situation. This will help make things easier when it comes to your fears and anxieties. Stan Popovich is the author of the popular managing fear book, “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear”. For more information about Stan’s book and to get some free mental health advice, please visit Stan’s website at January/February 2022

Wellness Resource SunCloud Health “We support your desire to live free as you embark on a life long journey of greater health”. = SunCloud Health SunCloud Health offers integrated outpatient and residential programs in Northbrook, Naperville and Chicago (Lincoln Park) and is one of the nation’s most trusted names in treating substance use disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders and related trauma for adolescents and adults. When it comes to making strides toward emotional healing, overcoming substance use and achieving better mental health you want the level of comprehensive, intensive and compassionate care that SunCloud Health provides. We are unique. Unlike many providers that say they can treat co-occurring substance use, eating disorders, mood disorders and related traumas, at SunCloud Health, we actually do. We don’t toss around buzz words. We are recognized locally and nationally for treating you, the whole person, that’s what we do best. Our staff is cross trained in treating eating disorders, substance use disorders and mood disorders in a center that addresses the impact of traumatic life experiences on all of it. Our Residential Treatment Center is now open. With 21 residential beds for adults 18 and over in our all new overnight facility in Northbrook. Our model will be the exact same with a laser focus on treating those who struggle with complex co-occurring eating disorders, substance use disorder, process addictions, mood disorders and related trauma. Our residential level of care is for those who need 24/7 support. Patients enter residential treatment voluntarily and generally step up from IOP or PHP or down from in patient hospitalization. “We are here to serve individuals with complex co-occurring disorders. And we do so in a way that sets them up to achieve sustainable recovery and fuller living experience.” Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS Visit a location in Naperville, Northbrook or Chicago. Contact: or 1-847-545-0210.

Timberline Knolls Timberline Knolls is a leading residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls, ages 12 and older, struggling with eating disorders, substance abuse, trau16 family wellness

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ma, mood and co-occurring disorders. Located just outside of Chicago in Lemont, Ill., residents receive excellent clinical care from a highly-trained professional staff on a picturesque 43-acre, non-institutional, wooded campus. An adult partial hospitalization program (PHP), with supportive housing, is also available in nearby Orland Park, Ill., for women to step down or directly admit. For residents seeking faith-based Christian treatment, we offer the Grace Program. Our treatment approach includes: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Spirituality, Family Systems, Expressive Therapies, and Recovery Principles in a trauma-informed environment. Our school, the TK Academy, is located on our campus offering residents the opportunity to continue their education. In addition, our Alumnae Program allows us to remain in touch with our residents to continue to support them in their unique recovery journey. By serving with uncompromising care, relentless compassion, and an unconditional joyful spirit, we help our residents and clients help themselves in their recovery. For more information on Timberline Knolls, call 877.257.9611 or visit We are located at 40 Timberline Dr., in Lemont, Ill.

Trinity Services Family Counseling Centers Are you feeling anxious, depressed, or stressed out? Are your relationships strained? Are you struggling to do the things that are most important to you? The Trinity Services Family Counseling Centers (FCC) can help you navigate these stressful times so that you can flourish and develop strong, meaningful relationships. FCC provides individual, couples, and family therapy. Therapists specialize in treating children, adolescents and adults with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and autism spectrum disorder. Therapists at FCC are trained in evidenced-based therapy models, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Additionally, diagnostic evaluations are offered. Our diagnostic team is trained to perform a broad range of evidence-based assessments to assess for a number of mental health and neurological conditions, including autism spectrum disorder. Offices are located in New Lenox, Joliet, Homewood and Orland Park. Video sessions are also available. Most major insurances accepted, as well as Medicaid plans. Contact (815) 722-4384 to schedule an appointment. It is Trinity’s mission to help people flourish and live full and abundant lives. We look forward to joining you on this journey. January/February 2022

WE TREAT THE PERSON, NOT THE SYMPTOMS for women & adolescent girls with eating disorders, trauma, substance use, mood, & co-occurring disorders

Recovery International Teen Mental Wellness Power Your Mind: Tools to Build Resilience is a new workbook for teens that uses graphic novel panels to illustrate healthy ways of coping with stressful everyday situations. A recent survey of 3,300 young people aged 13-19 conducted by the America’s Promise Alliance found that more than “1 in 4 young people reported an increase in losing sleep because of worry, feeling unhappy or depressed, feeling constantly under strain, or experiencing a loss of confidence in themselves.” Power Your Mind can be used as an independent, selfhelp tool or as part of a group workshop. It provides ways for dealing with situations such as a running late for an event, insecurity about belonging, or anger over rudeness. The workbook teaches cognitive-behavioral techniques found in the book Mental Health Through Will Training by Dr. Abraham Low. For more information about the new youth program and to download free mini-zines, email or visit For more than 80 years, Recovery International has been helping adults achieve better mental health using a peerled, cognitive behavioral, 4-step method and tools. Power Your Mind adapts this evidence-based program for young people. For more information about Recovery International visit

Villa St. Benedict When looking for a place to call home it’s important to find a community that has the feel of what home means to you; whether that’s comfy furniture, family close by, friends, or proximity to your favorite hobbies. For Seniors having a maintenance free lifestyle, routine fitness, healthy eating, and abundance of social activities are part of the fundamentals for good mental health.

And during this pandemic, residents had each other and staff to interact with. Vaccines were offered, mask wearing and social distance measures allowed us to continue attending mass, dining together, engaging in activities. We have kept that sense of community which represents our ongoing mission and values, and we continue to be a safe and supportive place to live! Amy Santi, daughter of a former resident at VSB stated, “From a daughter’s perspective, for a parent who was recently widowed, alone, being able to go on all these interactions was so great for her, meeting people, just cognitively learning and experiencing everything new this campus has to offer, she wasn’t home alone.” VSB campus offers 47 acres to enjoy walking and nature, relaxation & social opportunities. Santi said “We looked out to this beautiful view of the trees and surroundings and literally the decision was made. It doesn’t get much better than this….and a staff that is dedicated to care and hospitality.” Contact us for more information on Independent living, Assisted living and Memory care at 630.852.0345 or [See our ad on the Inside Front Cover.]

Recovery Centers of America Recovery Centers of America was founded with a mission to help as many people as possible achieve a life of recovery by providing evidence-based alcohol and drug addiction treatment. Recovery Centers of America has inpatient and outpatient treatment centers along the East Coast and two in the Midwest – including here in St. Charles, Illinois. At Recovery Centers of America, we develop individualized treatment programs and long-term care plans to set patients up for lifelong recovery. Our full continuum of care includes detox, inpatient care, all levels of outpatient care, alumni services and family support. At our fully-accredited, world-class treatment center, patients are treated with compassion, dignity and respect by our dedicated team of professionals and also benefit from specialized programs, 24-hour medical care and the comfort of our outstanding facilities. We are here to break down barriers. We answer the phone 24/7 and can get you into treatment TODAY. For outpatient care, you can receive a same-day assessment and attend therapy in-person or virtually. We also provide intervention and transportation services. And, because we accept most private insurance plans, you get premium care, without the premium price. Start your new year, start your new life today. Call Now: 331-901-6336 Recovery Centers of America at St. Charles 41W400 Silver Glen Road. St. Charles, IL 60175

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Is Social Media TOXIC to Mental Health? By Communicare

Social media is a creative tool for socializing and staying in touch with family and friends; however, it can also be a toxic environment that can put our mental health at risk. Social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube allow us to feel connected. As social creatures, we need to interact with other people to feel comfort and happiness, which helps prevent feelings of isolation.The true mission of social media is accomplished when the platform becomes a safe environment for people to engage positively. Unfortunately, social channels have also become online spaces that fuel negative emotions and experiences, even triggering anxiety and depression. So, let’s dig into just three ways social media can negatively impact our mental health. Making us reliant on positive feedback to feel self-worth When we interact in online social circles to gain a sense of belonging, we can rely on the positive feedback that reinforces that status. However, when we rely on the approval and attention of our social network, we worry about the amount of engagement of our posts, constantly

checking to see how many likes and comments we receive.And if the post doesn’t meet our expectations, we can feel depressed and unworthy.

cial media as well as in real-life interactions. We don’t turn down invitations, fearing that we won’t be there while everyone else has fun. With social media, it’s the same fear that everyone will be in on a secret, and you’re the only one left out–even if it’s just a funny meme, the latest gossip or a viral video.

Encouraging constant comparison to others Seeing posts of other people’s vacations, relationships, big purchases, promotions and other positive life events can lead us to compare our life to theirs. Negative feelings may take over as we begin to examine our lives and think we haven’t accomplished anything worth sharing or boasting about on social media. A sense of competitiveness may set in, which may escalate to jealousy or resentment. These negative feelings of comparison are particularly harmful to the most vulnerable youth regarding society’s expectations.They see unrealistic and filtered images on social media and think these are the standards for beauty or success. The result is many teens feeling inadequate and unsatisfied with their self-image and their life.

FOMO can be severe when we constantly reach for our mobile devices to see the latest updates. And without realizing it, we’ve spent hours sharing content, engaging in the comments section or scrolling through feeds to keep constantly updated. Unfortunately, this behavior also becomes a security blanket, leading us to lose time or ignore other important activities in life.

Stoking the fear of missing out Fear of missing out (FOMO) happens on so-

Overuse of social media can create an unhealthy cycle. It starts as a way to distract ourselves from underlying problems such as boredom and stress. But once we feel gratification from positive feelings of connection or increased self-worth, we can find ourselves constantly seeking that “high” and turn to social media even more. And when the experience isn’t as we’d hoped, feelings can spiral into disappointment, which can worsen into stress, anxiety and depression.

Being a teenager can be tough, and the added stress of COVID-19 is creating high levels of anxiety, depression, and anger among youth. Power Your Mind: Tools to Build Resilience is a self-help program which teaches new ways to deal with everyday stressful events. For years, adults world-wide have used these cognitive behavioral tools to get relief from their symptoms. Now it’s time for teens and young adults to experience the same benefits. For a short video overview, more information or to purchase a workbook, visit Adults looking for peer-led, self-help meetings can visit

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Understanding Anxiety and Depression in Children and How You Can Help


By Communicare

s a parent, you know that children can experience a rollercoaster of emotions. You’ve watched them throw an epic tantrum, then start playing happily only moments later. The emotional ups and downs are part of growing up, after all. However, there may come a point when your child experiences feelings that are no longer considered everyday emotions. For example, anxiety and depression are medical conditions that can affect children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state approximately 4.4 million children 17 years old and under have been diagnosed with anxiety, and about 1.9 million have been diagnosed with depression. A child with anxiety may be triggered so severely that their physical and emotional functions suffer. And when the “blues” or sadness begins to interfere with their everyday life and impact social and school activities, it’s time to seek help. By intervening now, you can help your child maintain a higher level of wellness and life satisfaction.

Anxiety in Children

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causing them to become excessively emotional or irrational. When anxiety becomes persistent and affects your child’s ability to function, it becomes classified as a disorder. When triggered by a panic disorder associated with anxiety, your child may become confused, palpitate, tense up, panic or even have difficulty breathing. With social anxiety, your child may fear being around other people, making school and crowded places uncomfortable for them. With general anxiety, they may have constant negative thoughts and worry about the future, leading them to participate less in everyday activities. With phobias, your child’s anxiety may be triggered upon seeing or experiencing something they have an extreme fear of–such as clowns, large animals, heights or being left alone.

Depression in Children

Depression is a mood disorder that affects everyday life and is caused by a mix of psychological and environmental factors. However, the condition can also be hereditary. Depression in children looks like persistent sadness, loss of interest in activities, sleep disturbances, loss of energy and trouble focusing. Your child may even lose their appetite. In severe cases, they may become self-destructive and harm themselves. In extreme depression, suburban family |

children may have suicidal thoughts and make plans for suicide. Treating Anxiety and Depression in Children Parents and guardians need to pay special attention to children’s behavior to detect symptoms of anxiety and depression. Kids with mood disorders won’t always be willing—or able—to verbalize their helplessness. And children that are irrational, easily agitated, socially distant, quiet, seemingly uninterested and anxious may easily be mislabeled. That’s when an evaluation by a mental health specialist is helpful. Our experts can meet with a child showing signs of disconnect from everyday activities and regular emotions to understand what they need to be safe and healthy. As a parent, you should know there is SUBFAM FILL small 12.17:Layout 1 12/15/17 help available—and hope.

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Is My Child Struggling? The ABCs (and DEFs) to Watch For Lots of kids are struggling these days. Given the greatly disrupted past (almost) 2 years, that’s hardly a secret. But what parents need to know is this: Where’s the line between “It’s been tough on my child” and “My child is in serious trouble?” “Your kids are unlikely to tell you when they’re not okay,” says Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine “It’s up to parents to know the warning signs so they can intervene if they suspect kids have crossed that line.” Here’s a quick checklist that shares some red flags to look out for. If you see these signs in your child they may need intervention from a mental health professional. Over the next few days, watch them a bit closer (without them knowing). What you’re looking for is a negative/concerning change in your child’s typical behavior that lasts. A = ATTITUDE • Feels worthless, empty, or misunderstood: No one understands. • Hyper-critical of self and criticism, assumes guilt: I’m not good at anything. • Negative, pessimistic, feels life is bleak and the future is grim: Why bother? • Expects rejection or assumes failure: What’s the point?

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B = BEHAVIOR • Stomachaches, headaches, change in appetite • Increased irritability, anger, impulsivity, temper tantrums, even over small matters • Disruptive, more aggressive, risky behavior, doesn’t comply • More sullen, less communicative, or more secretive • Self-harm, cutting, burning, excessive tattoos, drinking, self-medicating C = CONNECTIONS • Decreased interest or wants to stop participating in social activities • Clingier, more anxious, pulls back, problems fitting in • Withdraws from family and friends once enjoyed • Chooses to socialize less, pulls away from friends or parents D = DEMEANOR • Dark circles under eyes, appears sadder or distraught, drained overall look • Body posture is slumped or looks discouraged • Less attention to personal hygiene or appearance E = EMOTIONS • Moody or sulking • Unhappy, sad, feeling down most of the time, crying spells for no apparent reason • Afraid, more fearful, excessive worrying

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F = FOCUSING • Trouble thinking, concentrating, or difficulties making decisions • Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities and things once enjoyed • Restlessness, lack of energy, or fatigue during waking hours • Poor academic performance, lower motivation, not doing homework, drop in grades • Sleeping too little or too much, feels drained most of the time No one knows your child better than you. Use your instincts to apply what Dr. Borba calls the “TOO Index.” Watch closely and notice if the behavior you’re observing is too different from the child’s nature, is too concerning, occurs too frequently, spills over into too many others, and lasts longer than two weeks. All kids will display signs of stress, fear, or sadness every now and then. Be concerned when you see a marked change in what is “normal” for your child’s behavior. “Remember that if you’ve been feeling hopeless lately, there’s a good chance that your kids have been feeling that way too,” concludes Dr. Borba. “It’s far better to monitor their behavior for warning signs of a serious problem than to assume everything is fine.”

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rom the moment our kids are born, we’re tasked with deciding what’s best for them. All that decision-making can be exhausting. So we caught up with experts in the field of education to help you make an informed decision when it comes to one of the most important choices of all—your child’s education.

We asked why parents should consider private school. Here’s what they had to say. Smaller classes One of the greatest strengths of any private school is smaller class sizes. At many private schools, smaller classes ensure each child is being met where they are at and encouraged to meet their potential. “Every child is known and loved in a safe environment that is more conducive to learning by way of smaller class sizes, more challenging curriculum and more individualized attention and teaching,” said Holly Peterson, a parochial school principal. suburban family |

Meanwhile, in the age of information, it’s becoming increasingly more important to give children the skills to think for themselves when consuming social and news media. According to Peterson, who has over three decades of experience in education, “Small class sizes and individualized instruction give students the ability to become critical thinkers.” Social-emotional learning Social-emotional learning (SEL) gives children the skills to manage their own emotions so that they can ultimately make better decisions and be better citizens. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, it’s based on five core competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. And data show it’s effective. According to a 2011 meta-analysis published in Child Development, students who were exposed to school-based SEL curricula demonstrated notable improvements in social and emotional skills and behaviors as well as improved academic performance. Meanwhile, a 2017 Society for Research in Child Development study showed that children who participated in school-based SEL programs had higher graduation rates and safer sexual behavior than their peers, even 18 years post-intervention. January/February 2022

The Elgin Academy Difference

We have been offering an educational experience where kids are inspired to become creative, courageous and compassionate for generations. Each innovation we implement creates an experience that meets the individual needs of our students and their families. To arrange a personal tour or for more information, call our Admissions Department at 847.695.0303 or visit our website

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SS. Cyril & Methodius A 2019 National Blue Ribbon School SS. Cyril and Methodius School provides and excellent Catholic education fromp preschool through eigth grade in a compassionate environment that strives to develop each student spiritually, academically, physically, and emotionally. The BLUE RIBBON FLAG is recognized as a trademark of excellence with NATIONALLY normed TEST SCORES in the top 15%… only 50 private schools throughout the country are eligible for nominations to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Our school asserts on advanced academic curriculum enhanced by computer and science labs, one-to-one Chrome books from 5-8, Chrome carts available to grades K-4, along with new iPads, Smart boards in all classrooms and yearly upgrades to curriculum through new materials. Our teachers are State Certified and certified as Religious Educatiors; many have advanced degrees and keep up with professional development. Comprehensive after-school, extra-curricular activities are offered to increase positive student growth. On-site morning and after school care is available to help ease the worry of working parents. Financial Aid is also available. Please inquire at school.

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Many private schools emphasize SEL curricula. At Temple Grandin School, which focuses on neurodiverse students, SEL is valued just as much as academics. “Of equal importance [to academics] is integrated social-emotional learning, so their children can develop meaningful friendships,” said Lea Anne Paskvalich, the school’s director of admissions and public relations. Similarly, at the Waldorf schools, there’s a focus on creating “a student-focused environment for the whole child,” said Ruth Godberfforde, the Director of Advancement at a Waldorf school. She described an emphasis on “the academic, social-emotional and the physical,” or “head-heart-hands” that is foundational to every aspect of the Waldorf curriculum. Extracurricular opportunities Oftentimes, parents gravitate toward private education because of the extracurricular activities it offers. Because private schools tend to specialize in specific areas (e.g. math and science or the arts), students get to enjoy more specialized afterschool activities. That said, private school can also offer opportunities for a wide range of extracurriculars. According to Susan Boyle, the director of admission and marketing at a prep school, the chance to expose kids to a wide array of experiences, starting at a young age, is a key advantage of private school. She listed a diverse range of activities kids can participate in,


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The Elgin Academy Difference Elgin Academy is a Preschool through Grade 12 independent school that takes education to a new level. Education is constantly evolving. While many changes have been positive, others have diminished the personal nature of learning. Class sizes reaching 30 students per teacher, back-to-back classes with few or no breaks, and one-size-fits-all classes are commonplace in 2021. But NOT at Elgin Academy. To arrange a personal tour or for more information, call 847.695.0303 or visit

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including world language, visual and performing arts, and science/STEM. Community One of the top reasons many parents choose private school is the strong community it offers. According to Tom Mecsey, the principal at a Catholic school, “The community and level of parental involvement in private schools is very special. Families who choose this option often have a lot in common, as they have made an intentional decision to send their child to a particular school (often for similar reasons) rather than base it on a neighborhood, etc.” Meanwhile, he says, that enhanced sense of community fosters deepens children’s learning experiences. “We have found that there tends to be greater parental interest and involvement in the day-to-day activities of their children. This, in turn, fosters greater communication,” Mecsey explained. “The communication between school and home enables the school to be more responsive to students’ needs.”

SEASPAR SEASPAR is a special recreation association offering therapeutic recreation programs and services – including 2 multi-sensory room – for people with disabilities served by the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge, and the villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park, and Western Springs. Visit or call 630.960.7600 for more information about our yearround programming for all ages and all abilities! Immaculate Conception Grade School As an educational ministry of Immaculate Conception Parish, we partner with parents to prepare students for lives as Catholic leaders. As Christians empowered by the Holy Spirit, we focus on formation through prayer, message, concern, and service to the community. We teach students to live lives that embody these values, are centered in Christ, and strive for their greatest academic potential. We invite you to schedule a tour and take a closer look. Pre-K 3 through 8th Grade. Contact: Mrs. Sheila Wachholder, Office Manager at Registration for 2022-2023 is Now Open. Address: 132 Arthur Street, Elmhurst, Illinois 60126. 630.530.3490 SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic School SS. Cyril and Methodius School provides an excellent Catholic education from Pre-K through 8th grade in a compassionate environment that strives to develop each student spiritually, academically, physically, and emotionally. In 2019, SSCM was awarded a National Blue Ribbon, which is a trademark of excellence in education. This prestigious recognition is only awarded to 50 nonpublic schools throughout the nation. Our Philosophy is to guide each child to realize their unique talents and fulfill his/her potential. Our goal is to enrich and develop each student through Catholic Faith by promoting self-esteem, discipline, common sense, and courtesy in a positive, healthy, respectful and safe environment. 607 Sobieski St, Lemont. (630) 257-6488.

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fitness first

By Pam Moore


f you’re like most people, January finds you energized and ready to do anything necessary to start a new fitness routine in the new year. And if you’re like most people, by February, your motivation vanishes along with the cookies you swore you wouldn’t eat. Studies show only four percent of people who join a gym in January step foot in that gym in February.

Ask yourself why you want to get in shape. Then ask again. And again… Maybe even once again. You’ll know when you’re done. Once you get over the awkwardness of having a conversation with yourself, you might be surprised how powerful your “why” is. The conversation might go something like this: Why do you want to get fit? Because I want my jeans to fit better. Why do you want your jeans to fit better? So I can feel good about myself. Why do you want to feel good about yourself? Because I want to be confident.

Why do you want to be confident? I want to be a role model for my daughters. Or maybe it will go something like this: Why do you want to get fit? Because my doctor said I’m pre-diabetic and I want to live a long, healthy life. Why do you want to live a long, healthy life? Because I want to see my kids grow up. Why do you want to see your kids grow up? Because I love them and I want to share in their joys, sorrows, and adventures. Or maybe it will sound more like this: Why do you want to be fit?

If you are one of the many who wanted this year to be different, there’s no way around it. You’re going to have to work for it. But there are three things you can do before you even lace up your sneakers to lay a foundation for success.


Find Your Why You’d be surprised how easy it is to figure out how you’re going to commit to your fitness journey when you know why you embarked on the mission in the first place. January/February 2022

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Because I want to try my first triathlon Why do you want to do a triathlon? To see if I have the strength and endurance to do it. Why do you want to see if you have the strength and endurance to do it? Because if I can finish a triathlon, I can do anything I set my mind to. It may not be easy to keep peeling back the layers on your “why.” But the cliché is true— nothing worthwhile is easy. Once you’re crystal clear about the source of your desire, it becomes a million times easier to say no to the snooze button or girls night, and say yes to your workout—and yourself— instead.


Have a Measurable Goal I love fitness. As an Ironman triathlete, an avid runner, a running coach, a spin instructor and an all-around fitness geek, it’s fair to say I am obsessed with fitness. But I can’t support a goal of simply “getting fit.” The same goes for “getting in shape” or “toning up.” Fitness goals must be objective and measurable. In other words, you should be able to attach numbers and dates to them. If you have a weight loss goal, make sure it includes a number of pounds and a date. “Lose weight” becomes a long-term goal of “Lose twenty pounds by December 31st.” Once you

have a long-term goal, add a few short-term goals to keep you motivated and to provide benchmarks of your progress. Short-term goals might be: • Lose two pounds by February first. • Lose ten pounds by June first. Say your goal is to complete an event, such as your first triathlon. “I will finish a triathlon” is a measurable, objective goal, for sure. But making it as specific as possible optimizes your chance for success. Choose a specific race, put it in on your calendar, and “finish a triathlon” becomes a long-term goal of “complete the local sprint triathlon, which requires a 300-yard pool swim, a 10-mile bike ride, and a 5k run, on August 14th.” Short-term goals might be: • Swim 50 yards without stopping by February first. • Bike eight miles and run one mile immediately after without stopping by June first. Thinking of your fitness goal in measurable terms lets you determine where you need to be each month, each week, and each day to achieve it.


Schedule Your Workouts “A failure to plan is a plan to fail.” Benjamin Franklin knew this was true way before we dreamed of holding tiny computers with calendars, alarm clocks, and timers in the palms of our hands. As all successful people know, what gets on the calendar gets accomplished. Treat your workout time as you would any other appointment. Create an event on your Outlook or Google calendar, pencil it into your planner, or create an alert on your phone 20 minutes in advance. Do whatever

JANUARY SATURDAY JAN. 8 Frozen Gnome 10/K/5K. Crystal Lake. SATURDAY, JANUARY 15 Fat Tire Race. Lemont. fat-tire-race SATURDAY JAN 29 F3 Half Marathon and 5K. Chicago.

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works for you to carve out the time. If you’re having trouble keeping your workout appointments, try a different approach. In her book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, author and happiness expert Gretchen Rubin classifies most people as what she calls “obligers.” Obligers find it much easier to follow through on a commitment to a friend, than to themselves. While most of us would easily hit snooze and skip the 7 am spin class, we’d never stand up the friend we promised to meet at the gym. There’s no shame relying on external accountability to help establish a new habit. You could start by: • Finding a friend, neighbor, or co-worker to work out with. • Attending classes at a group fitness studio with a strict cancellation policy. It’s hard to skip a workout you’ve already paid for • Joining a group fitness studio, running club, cycling club, masters swim team or hiking group for the community aspect. You won’t want to deal with the FOMO when you skip a workout. • Becoming a member of an online accountability group. Or, gather your like-minded friends and create one yourself. • Hiring a personal trainer. Before you give up on fitness—or better yet, before you buy that fancy workout tracker and the pricey yoga pants—ask yourself the hard questions. Being honest with yourself about your fitness goals will pay dividends over the long haul as far as keeping you on your fitness path. Because once you know your Why, your What, and your When, the question of How becomes a whole lot easier to answer.

FEBRUARY TBD Fight for Air Climb. Chicago. SATURDAY FEBRUARY 12 Universal Sole Valentine’s Trail Challenge. Chicago. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Tackle the Tri..Oak Brook. SATURDAY FEB. 19 Cupid’s Undie Run. Chicago. January/February 2022

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ummer camps are filling up faster than ever and there is no better time than now to start brainstorming plans, looking at camps and finding opportunities in 2022 where kids can unplug, connect with others and tune into nature. Credit: Avid4 Adventure “It’s clear that developing a balanced relationship with technology and spending more time outdoors is essential for children’s physical and emotional health” says Paul Dreyer, Avid4 Adventure CEO. “This summer, more than ever we want to focus on getting kids outside, away from screens and in a stress-free environment that inspires growth, fosters connection and empowers kids to learn tools for confident decision making and problem solving.” That’s why we picked the top five reasons to send your kid to camp next summer.


Gain Self-Confidence - Summer camp offers kids the opportunity to grow both physically and emotionally in a supportive and ‘brave space’ — spaces that are open, honest, intentional, with risk assessment and management at the forefront. It’s proven January/February 2022

that kids gain confidence outdoors and this builds self-esteem not just at camp but in school, team sports and at home.


Get Unplugged - Too many kids these days are connected (and even addicted) to screens which leads to excess stress and anxiety. Summer camp is a great place for kids to connect with each other and turn off their devices and tune into nature together.


Lean into Positive Risk - Camp is an opportunity for kids to learn new skills and activities and get out of their comfort zone and learn tools for positive risk taking. These tools include anticipating consequences, discerning potential outcomes and building confidence to make sound decisions.


Let the Outdoors Inspire and Reinvigorate You- Spending time in the outdoors is proven to increase happiness, self-esteem and appreciation for nature. At camp, kids are outside and actively engaging in activities all day while fostering a lifetime of gratitude for the outdoors and a spirit of adventure. Avid4 offers a plethora of activities including: mountain biking, paddle boarding, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, backpacking, rafting, survival skills and more.


Inclusive and Positive Adult Role Modeling- Summer camp offers kids an inclusive space to have meaningful suburban family |

interactions with others and learn to work together as a team both with camp staff and other campers. It’s also an opportunity for kids and teens to have positive, inclusive and compassionate adult role modeling from camp leaders in a welcoming and brave environment. “Whether it’s Avid4 Adventure or another local summer camp, we encourage parents and families to look into experiential opportunities for kids to build confidence and connection outside the school and home,” says Dreyer. Avid operates summer day and overnight camps in: Colorado, California, Washington, Maine, Massachusetts, Illinois, Oregon and Minnesota. For more information visit, avid4. com, or call 720.249.2412.


Music and movement classes 1-5 years at park districts in Chicagoland! Enroll Now! Mobile music and dance parties for 1-6 years! Let’s have some fun!

Sing, Dance & Play! the Rock’n’Kids way! 847-961-6584

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Rock ‘n’ Kids! In-person and virtual music, movement and imagination classes available for 1-6 years at park districts in Chicagoland! Tot Rock, Kid Rock and Rockin’ at Home programs



are Interactive and educational, with each class including songs and rhymes, basic dance steps and movements, fine and gross motor skills, rhythm instruments and movement props, imaginative play, socialization and fun! Sing, dance, and play the Rock ‘n’ Kids way! We have been having fun with music for 27 years! Get more information at

Great Lakes Volley Ball Center Looking for a summer volleyball camp for your son or daughter, well look no further? The Great Lakes Volleyball Center located at 579 N. Oakhurst Drive, Aurora, IL. 60502 offers summer volleyball camps for girls and boys of various ages and skill levels. GLC offers camps for the beginner as well as the advanced/elite level player. For more info, call 630-898-6400 or visit FB: Sports Performance Volleyball 28 active kids

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Photo courtesy of Cantigny Park,Wheaton. 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@ Deadline for inclusion in the March/April issue is Friday, February 11th.

JANUARY SATURDAY, JANUARY 1 FITNESS New Year’s Day Burn – A morning of calorie-burning group fitness classes. Bring a non-perishable food item for entry “fee”. 8-11AM. No Registration required. Ackerman SFC. Glen Ellyn. THURSDAY, JANUARY 6 KIDS Pokémon Club – Meet to play and talk Pokémon with other trainers. Bring cards or play with the library’s. Trainers are welcome to bring DS, Switch, and devices for Pokémon Go as well. Ages 6+. 6-7PM. Naper Blvd. Library, Naperville. FRIDAY, JANUARY 7 COMEDY First Fridays Improv – Come relax and prepare to laugh! Clean comedy, complete improvisation from a semi-professional cast. Stay for the live music and the bar. Pre-purchase tickets. 8-9:45PM. Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin. FAMILY Winter Fest at Winter Lights – Enjoy January/February 2022

a walk around the park during Winter Lights at Central movie SHARK TALE in the pool! Participants will also rePark event. This outdoor event will include firepits, ceive a freeze pop treat. All Ages. 6-8 PM. Register. The smores kits, and music. Oak Brook. Register CORE Indoor Pool, Lemont. FAMILY Bald Eagle Days – The Quad Cities cel KIDS Nature Tot Workshop – Head outdoors ebrates the annual return of these majestic birds each and make a project that will encourage kids to interact winter. Join us at the QCCA Expo Center. January 7-9, with nature. 9:30AM. Lyman Woods, Downers Grove. see webpage for hours and admission prices. QccaexRegister TEENS/ADULTS Naperville Park District and TEENS Super Smash Bros Tournament – KidsMatter Community Job Fair – Individuals Ages 3rd-8th grades. Players compete in socially seeking summer, seasonal or year-round, part-time distant e-sports round-robin tournament, competing employment are invited to job fair representing 50 for prizes! 6-8:30PM. Fountain View Rec Center, Carol area businesses. 10AM–1PM. Fort Hill Activity Center, SUBFAM FILL small 12.17:Layout 1 12/15/17 11:35 AM Page 1 Stream Naperville.

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TRIVIA The Challenge: Live Quiz Game – Show off your knowledge as you compete for prizes during this friendly quiz game featuring pop culture, music, animals, history, geography and more. Register with a team or let us help you find one. 7-8:30PM. Mayslake. SATURDAY, JANUARY 8 FAMILY Flick-N-Float – Join us as we watch the suburban family |

TUESDAY, JANUARY 11 OUTDOORS Hiking with Our Nocturnal Neighbors – Look for signs of coyotes, owls, and deer on this guided hike in Greene Valley. Ages 12+ with an adult. Register online. 5-7PM. SENIORS Senior Bingo – Join us for FREE Bingo at the CORE Gym, 1-2PM. Must register in advance. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12 ADULT Donut Bingo – Enjoy a Wednesday morning donut, socializing and a few games of Bingo! RSVP one week in advance. Ages 18+. 9:45-11AM. HEALTH Nutrition Seminar Series – Learn steps to develop healthy eating habits; weight loss essentials, healthy eating on a budget, mindful snacking and nutrition for active individuals will be covered. 5:30-6:30PM. FREE event, registration required. Augreat events 29

rora. HEALTH Kids Nutrition Seminar: Foundations – Ages 18+. Learn about your child’s basic nutritional needs, what foods to avoid and safe supplements. 6:30-7:30PM. CORE Gym, Kensington Room. Pre-register. THURSDAY, JANUARY 13 ADULT Home Organizing Top to Bottom – Join professional home organizer Caralyn Kempner as she provided guidance and best practices on home storage solutions. Hinsdale, Helen Plum Library Auditorium. 7-8PM. Register. FRIDAY, JANUARY 14 KIDS Pokémon Club – Meet to play and talk Pokémon with other trainers. Bring cards or play with the library’s. Trainers are welcome to bring DS, Switch, and devices for Pokémon Go as well. Ages 6+. 4-5PM. Naper Blvd. Library, Naperville. KIDS Super Hero Night –Put your superhero powers to the test with an obstacle course, dine on pizza, and write a letter to your favorite superhero. 6:30 - 8:30PM. Community Recreation Center, Wheeling. Register. OUTDOOR Guided Nature Walk – 18+. These casual walks will highlight seasonal natural happenings and are held snow, rain or shine. Hidden Lake Forest Preserve, Glen Ellyn. 9-10:30AM. TEEN Teen Snowball Fight and Sledding – Meet us out back on the patio for winter fun! Sledding will be at Spella Park Hill, dress for the weather. 2:303:30PM. Algonquin Public Library. SATURDAY, JANUARY 15 ADULTS Ice Fishing 101 – Learn how to get started on some great family fishing adventures through the ice. Build your own ice-rod, discuss tackle needed, bait, where to go and safety precautions. 6:30-7:30 PM. Algonquin Library-Eastgate Branch, Algonquin. ADULTS WEDDING SHOWCASE – Connects couples with local businesses in every aspect of wedding planning. There will be a raffle with awesome prizes! FREE with pre-registration. Naper Settlement. 10AM-4PM. ADULTS Kohlfahrt –Take a winter hike “cab-

bage walk” on the trails of Primrose Farm, stopping to warm up from with some games, snacks and spirits. Finish up with a hearty German meal at Riverlands Brewing Company. 2-4:30PM. St. Charles. For tickets: CONCERT Baroque Showcase – Enjoy an afternoon of baroque as Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra musicians perform works of George Frideric Handel, Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann. 18+. 2:30PM. Purchase tickets in advance. Mayslake. KIDS Frozen Fest – Meet your favorite Frozen characters! Hot Cocoa, coffee, cookies and photo ops will be available. Free, pre-register. 10AM-12PM. Polar Plaza, downtown Glen Ellyn. MONDAY, JANUARY 17 FAMILY Mini-Golf in the Stacks – Play a self-guided game of mini-golf on our 6-hole literarythemed course in the stacks. All day. Harnish Main, Algonquin Public Library District. KIDS Pokémon Club – Meet to play and talk Pokémon with other trainers. Bring cards or play with the library’s. Trainers are welcome to bring DS, Switch, and devices for Pokémon Go as well. Ages 6+. 6-7PM. Naper Blvd. Library, Naperville. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19 ADULTS Wine & Canvas at the Farm – Bring a bottle of your favorite wine, snacks and a few friends to enjoy a lively and creative night out! 6:30-8:30PM. Paintings posted monthly on Blackberry Farm’s Facebook page. Pre-register online. THURSDAY, JANUARY 20 KIDS Hour of Code – Anyone can learn the basics of coding! Join us for coding fun and complete a special coding project. 3:30PM. Ages 3rd-5th grade. Naper Blvd. Library, Naperville. LECTURE Tanks Support at D-Day, Omaha Beach – Join retired U.S. Army Officer Steven Fixler for a deeper look at the amphibious tank landings at Omaha Beach during D-Day. Free. 7PM. DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium, Wheaton. FRIDAY, JANUARY 21 KIDS Kids’ Night Out – Take the night off while your kids enjoy an evening of fun! Ages 4-12 Fort Hill

Activity Center, Naperville. Kids will play snowball toss, Penquin Shuffle, Pass the ice and making snowflakes and more. 6-9PM. Pre-register. SATURDAY, JANUARY 22 FAMILY Disney on Ice – Skate alongside Disney characters! Music, photo ops, hot cocoa, treats and a craft. Pre-register and bring your own skates. 11AM12:30PM. Itasca. FAMILY Winter Fest – Some activities will include (weather permitting) penguin egg-hunt, winter games, arts and crafts, and more. Free. 1 - 4PM. Heritage Park, Wheeling. Register. KIDS Paint with Pikachu – Ages 6 +. Paint a Pikachu themed flower pot to take home and have a snack! Pikachu will stop by for a visit. Parents not required to attend. Register online. 10AM-11:15AM. TUESDAY, JANUARY 25 TEENS & ADULTS Community Chorus – All are welcome for our first rehearsal at 7PM. No auditions or fees. Bolingbrook. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26 ADULT Donut Bingo – Enjoy a Wednesday morning donut, socializing and a few games of Bingo! RSVP one week in advance. Ages 18+. 9:45-11AM. SATURDAY, JANUARY 29 KIDS Princess Tea Party – Sing, dance and craft with the special princess guest at this royal Valentine’s Day Tea with lunch, tea and entertainment. Adult must accompany children. 11:30AM-1PM. Preregister. FAMILY Feed the Critters – Enjoy a private, hands-on meet and greet and become a zoologist when you step behind the scenes of animal care. All ages. Hickory Knolls, St. Charles. FAMILY Frosty Fest – Hike on one of the selfguided trails at Red Oak Nature Center. Enjoy a hot cup of cocoa and a roasted marshmallow while warming up by the fire. Must purchase tickets. 4-7PM. MONDAY, JANUARY 31 FAMILY Pizza & Bingo Night – Bring the whole family for an evening of food, family and fun! We’ll play several rounds of Bingo, eat some pizza and win prizes. Pre-register. 6-7:30PM. Plainfield. .


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 OUTDOORS Hiking With Our Nocturnal Neighbors – Look for signs of coyotes, owls, and deer on this guided hike in Greene Valley. Ages 12+ with an adult. Register online. 5-7PM. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 ADULT Donut Bingo – Enjoy a Wednesday 30 great events

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morning donut, socializing and a few games of Bingo! RSVP one week in advance. Ages 18+. 9:45-11AM. Villa Park. HEALTH Nutrition Seminar Series – Learn step to develop healthy eating habits. Topics such as weight loss essentials, healthy eating on a budget, mindful snacking and nutrition for active individuals will be covered. 5:30-6:30PM. FREE event, registration required. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3 OUTDOORS Hiking with Our Nocturnal Neighbors – Look for signs of coyotes, owls, and deer on this guided hike in Greene Valley. Ages 12+ with an adult. Register online. 5-7PM. THEATER Winter Stage: “Matilda!” – Bring the whole family out to support the arts with our Winter Stage production of Roald Dahl’s “Matilda!” February 3-5. 7-8:30PM. Prisco Community Center. Purchase tickets online. KIDS Pokémon Club – Meet to play and talk Pokémon with other trainers. Bring cards or play with the library’s. Trainers are welcome to bring DS, Switch, and devices for Pokémon Go as well. Ages 6+. 6-7PM. Naper Blvd. Library, Naperville. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4 COMEDY First Fridays Improv – Come relax and prepare to laugh! Clean comedy, complete improvisation from a semi-professional cast. Stay for the live music and the bar. Pre-purchase tickets. 8-9:45PM. Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin.

Downers Grove. TEENS Super Smash Bros Tournament – Ages 3rd-8th grades. Players compete in socially distant e-sports round-robin tournament, competing for prizes! 6-8:30PM. Fountain View Rec Center, Carol Stream SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12 ADULTS Winter Wine Walk – Wine, food, shopping, & fun, 12 stops. On the day of the event, start at the Utica Village Hall, 801 S Clark Street, and pick up your Winter Wine Walk glass, passport, and 10 tasting tickets. 11Am – 5PM. Tickets: 2022uticawww. FAMILY Spring Valley Winter Fest – Embrace the beauty of winter with snowshoeing, outdoor games, s’mores and cocoa around the fire, dogsled demonstrations and more! Schaumburg. 12-3PM. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13 FAMILY Spring Valley Winter Fest – Embrace the beauty of winter with snowshoeing, outdoor games, s’mores and cocoa around the fire, dogsled demonstrations and more! 12-3PM. Schaumburg. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 ADULTS Paint Your Pet’s Portrait – Your pet will be pre-sketched on canvas for you! Our instructor will walk you through the steps to create your pet portrait. Bring your favorite beverage and snacks to enjoy. 6:30-9PM. Pre-register online. ADULT Donut Bingo – Enjoy a Wednesday

morning donut, socializing and a few games of Bingo! RSVP one week in advance. Ages 18+. 9:45-11AM. Villa Park. HEALTH Community CPR/First Aid – This certification class includes training in CPR and AED for use on adults, children and infants along with firs aid techniques. Written test required to pass. Main Street Rec Center. Glen Ellyn. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17 KIDS Hour of Code – Anyone can learn the basics of coding! Join us for coding fun and complete a special coding project. 3:30PM. Ages 3rd-5th grade. Naper Blvd. Library, Naperville. FRIDAY FEBRUARY 18 OUTDOOR Guided Nature Walk – 18+. These casual walks will highlight seasonal natural happenings and are held snow, rain or shine. Churchill Woods Forest Preserve, Lombard. 9-10:30AM. OUTDOOR Moonlight Hike – Come on outside for a night hike at Churchill Park. A nearly full moon illuminates mammal behavior, birds and how they stay warm in the winter. All ages. 8-9PM. Register. Glen Ellyn. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19 ADULTS Winter Beer Festival – Featuring craft brews from the Chicago area. Heated and lighted tents, camp fires, outdoor seating and food trucks. 3-7PM. Westmont. FUNDRAISER The Batavia Mothers’ Club

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5 ADULT Winter Wonders: Bird Spotting – Winter is an ideal time to see eagles in the wild as they congregate near the Fox River. 9AM Cornish Park. Binoculars provided upon request. Algonquin Public Library District. FAMILY Ice-A-Palooza – This free outdoor event features ice skating, concessions, games and character visits. 11AM-2PM. Central Athletic Complex, Wheaton. FAMILY Winter Carnival – An indoor/outdoor event with hot cocoa, games, crafts, sledding and more. 1:30-4:30PM. Sunset Knoll Rec Center, Lombard. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 SENIORS Senior Bingo – Join us for FREE Bingo at the CORE Gym, 1-2PM. Must register in advance. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 KIDS Kids Night Out – Take the night off while your kids enjoy an evening of Valentine fun! Ages 4-12 Fort Hill Activity Center, Naperville. Kids will make hearts, write Valentine letters to parents, play heartand-seek, Heart Beat and more. 6-9PM. Pre-register. SENIORS Winter Wonderland Senior Prom – Enjoy a night full of music, refreshments and mingling with your friends. Ages 55+. Dress to impress. Crowning of Prom King and Queen. 5PM. Lincoln Center, January/February 2022

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Bunco Night – Join us for a fun night of rolling dice and flashing back to the 80s! Raffle, silent auction games, food and cash bar. 21+. 6:30 PM. Batavia Moose Lodge, Batavia. KIDS Wild Night Out – Spend the night cooking dinner around the campfire, hitting the trails and searching for nocturnal animals. End the evening with an indoor project. Ages. 5-10. Lyman Woods, Downers Grove. OUTDOOR Winterfest – Experience winter on the prairie. Adopt-a-Husky will have teams of Siberian Huskies and sleds for demonstrations and a history of dog sledding. Stay for snow shoeing and snow painting, weather permitting. FREE. 12-4PM. Bartlett. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21 TEEN Snow Tubing – Take a day trip to Villa Olivia for tubing fun! Fee includes 2 hours of tubing and an inner tube. With a stop at Culver’s on the way home. Register. 10AM-2:30PM. Lemont. TEEN Movie Night: Ready Player One – Stop by the library for movie night and snacks! High School students only please. Harnish Main, Algonquin. 6-8:30PM. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24 FAMILY Virtual Headlines from History – Learn about one of the most horrifying acts of violence in organized crime history, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Online via Zoom Cantigny Park. 7 -

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8:00PM. Register SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26 FAMILY Engineering Fest – Build and learn, view the exhibits, meet engineers and learn about the systems that allow people to move through urban environments. 10AM–4PM. $7 and free for 12 and younger. Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago.

ONGOING ADULTS Chicago Golf Show – February 2527. Over 180 vendors, a 4500 square foot demo area and special appearances from top PGA professionals. Donald E. Stephens Center, Rosemont. ANIMALS Visit the Arboretum with Dogs – January 30 and February 20, dogs will be allowed on the grounds. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. ART Chicago Area Visual Artists Exhibit – January 5 – February 28. Enjoy works of art by this talented group as you immerse yourself in artistic interpretations of the natural world. Mayslake. ARTS and CRAFTS Handmade Market Chicago – Jan. 8 and Feb. 12, browse locally made items including funky jewelry, glass pendants, clothing, handbags, crafts and more, The Empty Bottle, Chicago. EXHIBIT People of the Prairie: 12,000 Years in DuPage County – Feb. 4-June 5. Who

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were the people who called this area home before Illinois existed. FREE. Elmhurst History Museum, EXHIBIT The Secret Forest – NEW interactive exhibit connecting our youngest visitors with nature and science through child-led play. 7 days a week, 10AM-4PM. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Lincoln Park. FAMILY Ice Castles Wisconsin – Award winning frozen attraction using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand placed by ice artists. Includes LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides and more! Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. FAMILY Open Swim – Open swim times at the Water Works. Wednesdays 5:30-8PM, Fridays 4-8PM and weekends 12-5PM. Schaumburg. FAMILY – RV & Camping Show – Feb 17-20. the Midwest’s largest RV show and super sale with 400 new RVs on display. Donald E. Stephens Center, Rosemont. KIDS Enchanted Railroad – Select dates in January and February, 10AM–4PM. Witness an intricate model railroad wind through magnificent scenery on a 2-level display. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. OUTDOOR Downers Grove Ice Fest – Feb. 4-6. A fun filled weekend for the who family. Live carving, ice carvings and more. OUTDOOR Ice Skating – Private group and open skate sessions are available. Skate rentals are included with all reservations. The Forge Adventure Park. Lemont. OUTDOOR Human+Nature Scultpures – Come see new sculptures in the Human+Nature Exhibit, open daily 7AM–Sunset. Last entry 3PM during winter months. The Morton Arboretum, Lisle. OUTDOOR Polar Plaza Synthetic Ice Rink – Rink is open until Feb. 21. Free to residents and area visitors. The rink has a synthetic (plastic) which replicates an ice surface. Glen Ellyn. OUTDOOR Newton Park Sled Hill – Enjoy sledding on the only designated hill located near Newton Park. Sledding only during daylight hours. Weather permitting. Glen Ellyn. OUTDOOR Snowshoe Rentals – Must be at least 2 inches of snow, 2-hour rentals at the Bartlett Nature Center Trails. All rentals must be returned by 4PM M-F and 2PM on Saturday. Bartlett. OUTDOOR Snowtrekking in the Nature Sanctuary –January 9, Feb. 5 and 12. Snowshoes provided, pre-register. Must be at least 3 inches of snow. Burnham Park, Chicago. OUTDOOR Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon – through March 13. Lace up your skates and enjoy an ice-skating experience unlike any other! Skate a path of ice winding through the rolling city landscape. Free admission, fee for skate rental. Chicago. OUTDOOR McCormick Tribune Ice Rink – through March 6. Free admission, fee to rent skates. Online skating tickets required. Free skating lessons most Saturdays and Sundays 8-9AM. Chicago. January/February 2022

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Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano

Kenosha Restaurant Week

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

Enjoy a nine-day celebration of food and flavors in the Kenosha Area during Kenosha Restaurant Week! Join us February 19 – 27, 2022 to explore new places, re-visit old favorites, and show support to locally owned establishments. There will be great deals, as well as a variety of special offerings – so come hungry! Make it an overnight so you can enjoy shopping and attractions in the area, too. Learn more at www. or by calling 262-654-7307. (See our ad on p. 3)

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

Naperville’s 9th Annual Restaurant Week is here! From January 15th through February 6th, Restaurant Week is all about celebrating the culinary community of Naperville. Participating restaurants provide discounts or prix fixe menus. Indulge in a familiar favorite or try something you’ve never had before! Curious about Naperville restaurants? Our dining guide features one-of-a-kind eateries like Quigley’s, Sharko’s BBQ, and Meson Sabika, as well as classic favorites like Maggiano’s Little Italy, Catch 35, and Aurelio’s Pizza. Find every meal, from breakfast to lunch to dinner to a late-night snack in Naperville. Go to to find more information on our 300 restaurants! [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.]

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Catch 35 Always delicious! Catch 35 offers the freshest seafood with seasonal flavors in downtown Naperville and Chicago’s loop. Our all day menu features favorites such as Szechwan scallops, Atlantic salmon, pan roasted Chilean sea bass, Nashville hot chicken, braised beef shortrib, coconut shrimp, and so much more. Don’t miss out on our wine lovers special - half off select bottles of wine - every Monday. In addition, Catch 35 welcomes Niños Fresh Mexican Kitchen to both our Naperville & Chicago locations. Fresh Mexican dishes available for curbside pickup/delivery thru UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub. Niños quesabirrias, wings al pastor, green chili cheeseburger, and crab & guacamole quesadillas are a few fresh Mexican dishes on the menu. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for specials. Contact us at 35 S. Washington St. Naperville, Illinois 60540 – 630-7173500. Dine in, delivery, & curbside pickup available. View the menus and ordering links at

Vino Thai’s Well-known for its vibrant, flavorful Thai cuisine and friendly staff, Vino Thai’s has long been a top choice for diners looking to tour the tastes of Thailand. Every family recipe is carefully prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients available. Please let us welcome your next dine-in or take out. We serve lunch specials Mon.- Fri. 11:00 - 3:00 p.m. Vino Thai’s is located in East Gate Commons, 3825 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. We are open every day for lunch and dinner. For reservations call 630-443-8461. Visit

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