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By Diane Turner Maller


ll year long you have felt pressure to meet standards set by school, work, and extended family. Take advantage of the summer that has fewer holiday obligations and make sure that everyone in the family gets a break from overreaching expectations. Here are a few thoughts about how to hone in on the current stages and priorities for your children as you dive into summer.

“Your local water gardening and koi club.”

MAY 18TH: Club Meeting Topic: Bee Keeping

Bohemian Crystal, Westmont IL

MAY 19TH: Tosai Auction

JUNE 15TH: Club Meeting

Koi auction for members only. Membership available at auction. Plainfield, IL

Topic: Body Smart Gardening

JUN 2ND: Spring Koi

26th Annual Koi Show and Trade Show

& Goldfish Auction

Includes a silent auction for pond equipment. Buying open to public. Lyonsville Congregational Church, Indian Head Park

Alberto’s, Carol Stream IL


Free Admission. Vendor exhibits for koi, ponds, water gardening, pond equipment, and Seminars The MAX, 4750 Vernon Ave, McCook IL


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Reflect on the academic year. Do you collect papers, notebooks, art work that your child produced over the academic year? Setting aside a morning or afternoon at the very beginning of summer to review with your child work from various stages of the year can be illuminating for both of you. Perhaps your child would like to present this work to you and take pride in all that was accomplished. Or, you can gather the best representation of his work to reassure progress and provide encouragement. What is your child’s superpower? Celebrate strengths and use this information to exsuburban family |

plore new opportunities and to plan for future pursuits. Will it be important to weave in work on academic skills during the summer months to strengthen areas of weakness? Perhaps tutoring is recommended. An honest review can create a sense of completion and close the door on the school year. Make way for carefree chaos that endears us to summertime. Play Pink Floyd’s “Schools Out” and dance around the house to ceremoniously bring in the summer. Or, begin summer with a picnic outside, even if it rains. Favorite summer activities. Map out on a calendar all the outings, camps, and vacations that you have planned. This may take up all the space on your refrigerator. Then, shore up a list of choices for everyday activities to fill in the gaps and to provide a pool of choices for spontaneous adventures. This list will be invaluable for you and for any child care assistance that you rely on during the summer months. May/June 2018

Some ideas on this list might include: • Attend Summer library presentations. • Take a trip to the Zoo • Walk in nature with friends. • Build a fort in the trees or out of cardboard boxes • Write a letter to a distant relative or to a friend who has moved away. • Go swimming and stop for ice cream afterward. • Host a birthday party. • Ride bikes. • Visit a museum. • Take your dog or your friend’s dog for a walk. • Visit a u-pick farm and gather berries or produce. • Enjoy a concert in the park. Provide some structure. Maybe one regular pottery class is enough to provide a fun event to look forward to every week. Defining regular home routines that can be created or adapted for summer days can help. Busy parent, Maria Lemay, keeps a chore list “to keep us all on track for enjoying time off together.” Family time is then unencumbered by household duties. Time off might include activities that kids can do on their own within age appropriate boundaries. Perhaps your child is ready to walk to the neighborhood market for a treat with friends and cell phone along.

social skills and it can be helpful to teach some of these skills directly. Mom, Kristina of Kids Activities Blog,, offers some simple suggestions for teaching kids about being a good friend. Gather scenarios from playdates as fodder for role play practice and emphasize the skills you want your child to learn. Develop conversation skills by using a speed chatting activity. Set a timer for one minute while one friend takes a turn to ask questions and the second friend listens and responds.Then switch. There should be something to report about what they learned from one another. Downtime. Lazy afternoons can expand your child’s sense of time. Instead of feeling crunched, enter a time zone that opens the imagination and gives permission to roam, to feel bored, to dream. No purpose is intended or wanted. Welcome the permission inherent in Summertime where it is okay to lay spread eagle on the grass and look at the clouds. This is time to wonder about the world and notice questions that lie beneath the surface. Weaving a thread of sweet summertime bliss though these months will hopefully bring refreshment and new energy to anticipating the coming academic year. The Summer memories that your family create together will last a lifetime.

Life skills. This time out of the academic setting can be ideal for tackling basic life skills. Tying your shoelaces, swimming, counting back change, driving a car, cooking a meal, using a computer can all be useful life skills. To help her children practice budgeting and managing finances, Maria Lemay asks them to take a turn being responsible for planning a meal or an outing within a set budget. Practical experience is the best teacher when it comes to developing skills and habits that will serve your child as she moves toward adulthood. MaryAnne Sohlstrom, a new Grandmother, likes to remind parents that “you are not raising a child; you are raising an adult.” Look for examples of the responsible adult that you wish your child to grow toward becoming. Creating a vision can help to highlight qualities and skills you especially want to your future adult to possess. Listen for clues about social struggles. Car rides provide opportunities to lend your child an ear. Offer up a few openended questions or just listen for what comes through the silence. There are bound to be bumps along the road of childhood friendships that call for your help in developing a new perspective. Resources are available to positively address May/June 2018

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A Kankakee, Illinois (WE CANOE)

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

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lmost everyone dreams of taking day trips or weekend getaways during the summer. The thought of heading off to some interesting locale by yourself, with a romantic partner or with your whole family seems like a fun escape from the routines of everyday life. Summer break is a perfect opportunity to make time for fun and memorable outings. So plan now...we’ve compiled some great activities in this edition to get your started. Kohl Children’s Museum With 17 hands-on interactive exhibits, come see for yourself why we’re the Place Where Awesome Lives! This summer, learn where chipmunks sleep, how bats communicate, and how different animals eat in our Animal Secrets exhibit, through August 26. Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview. For more information, call (847) 832-6600 or visit [See our ad on Page 3.] suburban family |

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

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. .. SF ’s we e k l y n e ws l e tte r of “ f a m i l y f r i e n d l y ” t h i n g s t o d o! Go to Go Ape At Go Ape, it is our mission to inspire everyone to live life adventurously! Featuring multiple zip lines and treetop obstacles, our adventure courses are guaranteed to deliver laughter, smiles and a sense of accomplishment. Our activities offer adventure for all ages and are perfect for friends, families, and even parties or company outings. Located in Bemis Woods Forest Preserve: 1100 Ogden Avenue,Western Springs, IL.Visit us online at for more info. May/June 2018

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

RIDE! A 55-minute round trip journey on 1900-era train cars SEE! Railroad displays and restored railway equipment EXPLORE! Our gift shop within an 1894 railroad depot PLAN YOUR VISIT Open Daily: June 3-Sept. 4 Open Weekends: May 12-28 & Sept. 8-Oct. 21 Departure Times: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.* *Schedule differs during some special events.

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• May 12: Pizza Trains / Elegant Dinner Train • May 13: Mother’s Day Brunch Trains See Special • June 16-17: BBQ Trains Website • June 30-July 1: Stars & Stripes Special Events for More • July 21: Macaroni Express Events! • July 21: Margarita & Taco Train • Aug. 25: Pizza Train / Italian Trio Train • Sept. 15: Pizza Train / Wine on the Rails • Sept. 29-30: Guided Vintage Railcar Tours • Oct. 6: Harvest Limited

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

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

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Naper Settlement Naper Settlement, located at 523 S. Webster St., in the heart of Downtown Naperville, IL. Sprawled across 13-acres, visitors explore the beautiful grounds, historic buildings and chat with costumed interpreters. Families enjoy numerous outdoor events all summer long. Little ones cool off at the Early Learning Playscape and splash pad. For a full list of programs and events visit NaperSettlement. org. For more information, call 630.420.6010. Midwest Pond & Koi Society Pleasejoin us at the following events. May 18th Club Meeting to discuss ‘Bee Keeping’ at the Bohemian Crystal, Westmont. The Tosai Auction, for members only, will be on May19th in Plainfield. Membership available at auction. The Spring Koi & Goldfish Auction takes place on June 2nd. Includes a silent auction for pond equipment. Buying open to public.Lyonsville Congregational Church, Indian Head Park. The Club Meeting on June 15th topic ‘Body Smart Gardening’ will be held at Alberto’s, Carol Stream. And, on June 22nd – 24th, come out to our 26th Annual Koi Show and Trade Show. Free Admission. The MAX, 4750 Vernon Ave, McCook. For more information call 312-409-2081 or visit Reed’s Canoe Reed’s Canoe Trips are an ideal recreational activity for groups of any size, from a family adventure to large church, school, or park district outing with an adventure close to home. The three trips we offer range in length from approximately 2 hours to a full 6 hours on the water, and are suitable for either new or experienced canoeists. Since the Kankakee River is located only an hour south of Chicagoland, even our longest trip will fit into a one-day outing! 907 N. Indiana Ave, Rt. 50, Kankakee, IL Call for information or reservations: (815)WE CANOE or visit:

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. .. SF ’s we e k l y n e ws l e tte r of “ f a m i l y f r i e n d l y ” t h i n g s t o d o! Go to Cardboard Regatta Glen Ellyn Park District Ya Gotta Regatta! Teams will race boats made (almost) entirely of cardboard at the 25th annual Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta on June 30. Join the fun by entering either the Youth, Adult or Family categories. Awards will be present10 seasons

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ed to the fastest boats in each class, as well as a host of other awards based on creativity, enthusiasm, and more. Free for spectators. Register at; just $50 per team of up to 8! Races begin at noon at Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn. Holes & Knolls Glen Ellyn Park District “Swing” into Holes & Knolls Mini Golf for a whole lot of fun this summer! The course includes 36 holes of beautifully landscaped grounds everyone from tots to grandparents will enjoy. Plan to stay for the day as Holes & Knolls is surrounded by endless opportunities for family fun including a splash park and adventure playground. There are also snacks and ice cream in the Maryknoll Café. Address: 845 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn. www. Ellyn Mountain View Adventure Center Des Plaines Park District This challenging 18-hole mini golf course features a gold-rush mining town theme, with waterfalls, obstacles, and some rather interesting signposts. Step up to the plate in one of six Batting Cages, with a full range of softball and baseball pitches. Free Skate and BMX park. Concessions and picnic shelter.A great place for parties and outings. 510 E.Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines, IL 847-391-5733 Kane County Cougars Now in their 28th season in nearby Geneva, the Kane County Cougars have been at the forefront of affordable and family-friendly fun while providing Major League affiliated baseball. Now, a Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, over 160 former Cougars have worn a Major League jersey. Every Cougars game is packed with fun, delicious food, between inning on field events as well as great baseball. Select games feature post-game fireworks and live music.The Cougars regular season schedule runs through Labor Day. For information on Weekly Specials, game tickets and Group outings visit or call 630-232-8811. [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.] Forest Preserve District of Kane County Come camping in Kane County! You can get away from it all without spending it all. Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin and Big Rock Campground in Big Rock offer with electric and water hook-ups for RV camping, plus tent and equestrian camp sites. Both campgrounds are within beautiful Kane County forest preserves where you’ll enjoy miles of trails and other amenities. Sites range from $12 to $35 per day. Call 630-444-1200 or visit www. May/June 2018

"Celebrating 50 Years of Houby" Two Proud Communities and One Great Street

Special parade guest for 1988 was US Presidential nominee George Bush Sr. The man on the microphone to the right is then Illinois Governor James Thompson

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Westmont Special Events Join us for the 2018 Westmont Cruisin’ Nights & Street Fair every Thursday Night in June, July & August, 5-9PM in Downtown Westmont On Cass Ave. Live music and kids activities every week. The annual TASTE OF WESTMONT will be on July 12 -15 in Downtown Westmont on Cass Ave. Enjoy Battle of the Bands, Restaurant Food Vendors, Beer & Wine Tent, Carnival Wristband Specials, Live Music, Kids Activities & More! Visit or call 630-829-9378 for all the info.

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Camp Local!

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

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

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

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

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Downtown Naperville Visit Downtown Naperville This Summer! - Come “be in the mix” in Downtown Naperville. With our 100 shops – from national favorites to one of a kind boutiques plus over 40 restaurants, pubs, wine bars and more, and spas and fitness boutiques, there’s something for everyone! We have movies in the park, summer concerts – and don’t miss the Summer Painted Book Benches on display around Downtown Naperville. For a list of events and details, visit www.downtownnaperville. com for or up to the minute updates, sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletter on the website or follow Downtown Naperville on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Take a Stand Against Childhood Cancer During Alex’s Lemonade Days Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, invites volunteers of all ages across the country to take a “stand” against childhood cancer when Alex’s Lemonade Days returns June 2-10, 2018. This national volunteer-driven fundraiser commemorates ALSF founder Alexandra “Alex” Scott’s challenge to help her raise $1 million for childhood cancer cures, one cup of lemonade at a time. Volunteers are invited to host lemonade stands on any day (or days!) during the first full week of June. There is no registration fee or minimum fundraising requirement. ALSF staff offers support to all volunteers who sign up to host lemonade stands.For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Days and to sign up to host a lemonade stand visit May/June 2018

Salt Creek Ballet

Carnival of the Animals with divertissements from Paquita McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage Carnival of the Animals brings to life Camille Saint-Saëns’ grand zoological fantasy in a witty and sophisticated musical salute to the animal kingdom. Paquita, the fiery Spanish ballet with a thrilling score by Ludwig Minkus, features an internationally recognized guest artist and stunning costumes. All happening on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. Special onstage experience: Animal Adventure, after Saturday’s performance (Must call box office). Tickets: (630) 942-4000

Sister Act

Schaumburg on Stage The City of Elgin is excited to announce that it will be partnering with point2productions, a division of Schaumburg on Stage, to present the 2018 Elgin Summer Theater production of SISTER ACT. Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Show times are 8:00pm August 10, 11, 17 and 18 with 3:00pm matinees on August 12 and 19. $17 - $20 reserved seating. Tickets are available at The Hemmens Box Office, by phone at 847-931-5900 or by going to May/June 2018

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Magic Waters Waterpark Rockford Park District

Visit Magic Waters Waterpark to experience Screaming Lizard, a new looping waterslide where riders defy gravity, the 75-foot Double Dare Drop speed slides, Illinois’ largest wavepool, five-story body slides, Splash Magic River, Tiki Island, a water paradise for kids and expanded Little Lagoon with baby water swings. Some rides have height restrictions. Enjoy cabana/patio rentals, picnic area, tube/ locker rentals, fresh food options; family changing area, and free parking. Visit www. for hours, fees, ticket purchase, discounts/specials.

Bartlett Aquatic Center Water Park Bartlett Park District

2017 Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award by Jeff Ellis and Associates for exceeding industry standards in risk management and epitomizing aquatic safety excellence. Take a wild ride at the Bartlett Aquatic Center and experience a New Way to Play! Amenities include an eight-lane lap pool with a zero-depth entry section, tube slide, lazy river, aquatic zip line, drop slide, two body slides, and spray playground, a sand-play area, and a concessions area. Available for private rentals, group outings and birthday parties. 620 W. Stearns Rd., Bartlett, IL 60103. For hours of operation and more information call 630.540.4800 or visit

Otter Cove Aquatic Park St. Charles Park District

NEW Summer 2018: Racer Slides, Turbo Slide with Freefall Launch and Sport Spot featuring basketball! Themed around a river otter and his friends, Otter Cove offers water fun for everyone featuring zero-depth entry activity pool, a shallow pool just for toddlers, a tube slide into a lazy river, sand volleyball, and a sand/water play area. These exciting water attractions and green open space offer thrills and relaxation for all ages. Birthday party packages available, too. For more details, visit or call 630-513-6200.

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Seafari Springs Hanover Park Park District

Just like a beach, Seafaris’ wade pool starts shallow and keeps getting deeper and deeper all the way to 12ft. Surrounding this pool are water-driven attractions designed for different ages. Cluster around the Aqua Bloom, a blossom that sprays erratic streams of water from its center or zip down speed slides, tube slides, and a 130-foot long water slide. Located at 1700 Greenbrook Boulevard Hanover Park, IL 60133. Call 630.837.2468 or visit

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Family Aquatic Center Wheeling Park District It’s the Family Aquatic Center at Heritage Park 25th Anniversary and we are celebrating all summer! There’s no shortage of things to entertain your water enthusiast. In addition to the water playground with large tipping bucket, two drop slides, tube and body slides, splash pool with water basketball and monkey bar activity pad, toddler slide, zero-depth pool, sand play areas and lap lanes, there will be lots of activities and concession specials throughout the summer. Group and party rentals available for families or organizations. Concessions sold at the Café. Ask us about our swim lesson program. For more details, visit or call 847-465-3333.

Village of Hinsdale Community Pool

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

Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center DesPlaines Park District

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

Paradise Bay Water Park The Lombard Park District

Paradise Bay Water Park is an award winning state-of-the-art facility that features a zerodepth entry leisure pool with spouts, fountains, water sprays, whirlpool, body slide, bowl slide, speed slide and a water walk. Paradise Bay also hosts a 12 ft. dive well, 8 lane lap pool, zero-depth tot pool and Calypso Café. For more information visit www.lombardparks. com or call 630-627-6127.

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

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It’s summertime and Chicagoland’s fairs and festivals are under way! Enjoy local community celebrations with a variety of entertainment, food, live music, games and crafts. Be sure to check back in the July/August and September/October issue for more of the season’s best fairs and festivals.

MAY Art Festivals – Weekends thru Summer. Amdur Productions presents summer juried art festivals at various venues

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throughout the Chicagoland area. Cinco de Mayo Fest – 5/5-6. Mexican traditional food and family fun. Rodeo area, and family activities.Cicero Fairgrounds 34th & Laramie Ave. Art in the Park – 5/5-6. A juried show of art, craft and design with kids’ activities. 10 AM-5 PM Wilder Park, Elmhurst. Wine on the Fox – 5/5. Entertainment, food and premier wine tasting. Sat 11-8PM. Hudson Crossing Park, Oswego. Lilac Time Fair – 5/6. Arts, crafts, tours, food, entertain-

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ment, Kids Zone, events. Sun 10 AM-4 PM. Lilacia Park, Lombard. Taste of Glen Ellyn – 5/17-20. Live entertainment, rides, craft show. Main Street, Glen Ellyn. Chocolate Festival – 5/18-20. All things chocolate, demonstrations, live music, children’s activities, carnival and roaming performers. Fri 3 -11 AM-11 PM; Sat 10 AM-11 PM; Sun 10 AM-6 PM. 308 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove, IL. Blooming Fest – 5/19. Garden festival including plant sale, music, and children’s activities. 9 AM-3 PM. West Chicago. 630-293-2200. Civil War Days – 5/19-20. Naper Settlement becomes a Civil War encampment and battle with cannons and infantry. Features famous figures of the past. Food, fun and period reproduction items for sale. 10 AM-4 PM. Naper Settlement, Naperville. Riverside Arts Weekend – 5/19-20. Juried artists, fashion show, live entertainment, kids’ activities. Sat 10 AM-5 PM Sun 10 AM-4 PM. Riverside. Skokie Festival of Cultures – 5/19-20. Diverse ethnic festival featuring music, dance, food, bazaar, games, arts and crafts. 11 AM-7 PM. Oakton Park, Skokie. Vets Week – 5/19-28. Wreath laying ceremony, picnic, concert, 5K/Dog Walk/Roll, car show, concert, parade, Veterans Name additions to monument, flag art reception. Aurora. Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest – 5/25-28. Carnival, free parking, featured entertainers. Chicago Gaelic Park. Red, White and BBQ Fest – 5/25-27. BBQ competition, chili tasting, beer tent, carnival and free music. Fri 4-10:30 PM; Sat Noon-10:30 PM; Sun Noon-9 PM. Ty Warner Park, Westmont. Barrington Art Festival – 5/26-27. More than 130 artists, kid-friendly activities, live music & food. 10 AM-5 PM. Downtown Barrington. Prairie Arts Festival – 5/26-27. Fine art show and sale with food, entertainment and kids’ activities. 10 AM-5 PM. Schaumburg. 847-895-3600. Niles Family Fun Fair ad Bluegrass Festival – 5/31-6/3. Rides, games, food, bingo, hand-crafted items and Bluegrass/American/Folk Music. 9 AM-6 PM, Downtown Niles. Taste of Wheaton – 5/31-6/3 Carnival, beer and wine garden, and entertainment. Wheaton. May/June 2018

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JUNE Lincoln Park Greek Fest – 6/1-3. Authentic Mediterranean cuisine, music, dance troupe performances and Hellenic pride. Fri 5-11 PM; Sat Noon-11 PM; Sun Noon-10 PM. 2701 N. Sheffield Avenue outside of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Chicago. Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest June 1 - 3 Enjoy wine from nearly 20 Illinois wineries PLUS Craft Beer from Tangled Roots Brewing Company! Fresh Lobster, Live Jazz Outdoor Vendor Market and more! In the Heart of Starved Rock Country! Downtown Ottawa 815-434-2737 Taste of Mexico in Little Village – 6/1-3. Fans of Mexican street foods Enjoy lively cultural event featuring music, entertainment, carnival rides,. Fri 3-10 PM; Sat-Sun Noon-10 PM. 2800-3100 W 26th St, Chicago. Strawberry Jazz Festival – 6/3. Artists in all mediums, music, kids activites. Kankakee. (815) 933-ARTS. Franklin Park Fest – 6/7-10. Railroad Day, music and food. Franklin Park. Bolingbrook Burgers, Brews and Blues Fest – 6/9-10. Shopping center showcases Blues acts, kids’ activities and ticketed craft beer tastings. Sat Noon-10 PM; Sun Noon-6 PM. Beer tastings Noon-4 PM each day. The Bolingbrook Promenade. Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival – 6/9-10. More than 125 ju-

ried artists, food and kids’ activities. 10 AM-5 PM. Hinsdale. Old Town Art Fair – 6/9-10. More than 250 nationally acclaimed artists, urban garden walk, food and music. Sat 10 AM-7 PM; Sun 10 AM- 6 PM. Chicago. Wells Street Art Festival – 6/9-10. Six-block art fair with music, local food & more. 10 AM-10 PM Chicago. Woodridge Jubilee – 6/13-17. Family fest with carnival, food, entertainment & fireworks. Woodridge. Blues on the Fox – 6/16-17. Renowned popular blues artists perform at this annual event. Aurora. 630-896-7676. Taste of Des Plaines - 6/15 & 16. Food, live entertainment, family area, Classic Car show & more! Downtown Des Plaines. 847-827-4406. Libertyville Days Festival – 6/14-17. Carnival, arts and crafts, music, beer garden and food. Downtown Libertyville. PrairieFest June 14 – 17 Children’s activities, concerts, carnival rides, pony rides, business expo, and food vendors. Free admission & free parking. As seen on Food Network! Oswego 630.554.1010 Old Canal Days – 6/16-17. Over 100 booths of handmade crafts, parade, carnival, entertainment, food truck, and hay wagon tours along the I & M canal. Lockport. 815-838-0549. Scottish Festival and Highland Games – 6/16-17. Traditional Scottish games, exhibits, music and fare. Itasca. info@

Uncork Illinois – 6/16. Artisan food & wine sampling from 15 local wineries. 1-9 PM. Oak Park. Swedish Days Festival – 6/19-24. Entertainment, carnival, parade. Geneva. “Art in Bloom” Cantigny Fine Art Festival June 16-17 Sat 10 AM-4PM, Sun 10 AM-4PM Juried art show and exhibition. More than 70 artists, demonstrations, craft for kids, live music, food. FREE with paid parking. Homer Community Festival – 6/21-24. Carnival, live music, beer tent & fireworks. Homer Glen. 708-301-0632. Rotary GroveFest Downtown Downers Grove June 21 -24 4 Day Community Festival Carnival and Midway with $25 UNLIMITED RIDE TIMES each day, Food and Business Expo Area, Huge Beer Garden with Great Variety of Live Music, Wauconda Fest – 6/21-24. Carnival rides, Taste of Wauconda, car show, talent show & more. Wauconda. 847-526-3610. Strawberry Fest – 6/22-24. An annual homage to the strawberry season. Classic carnival, live entertainment and kids’ activities. Fri 3-11 PM; Sat 10 AM-11PM; Sun 10 AM6PM. 308 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove, IL. Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest – 6/23-24. North Shore art event with juried artists. Afternoon craft beer and wine tastings, strolling musicians, food and kids’ activities. Sherman and Church Streets, downtown Evanston. Sat-Sun 11 AM-6 PM. Global Arts Festival – 6/23-24. Multicultural and multicommunity music, art, crafts, dance, food, and more. 11 AM-5 PM. Bartlett. Solstice Hop & Vine Fest – 6/23. Entertainment, food, wine and beer. 6-9 PM Schaumburg. Tickets Taste of Joliet – 6/23-25. Food, carnival, kids’ zone & headline entertainment. Joliet. 815-741-7275. Music by the Lake June 24 – August 11 Entertaining events, family programming, open-air lakeside setting. Williams Bay, Wisconsin (seven miles from Lake Geneva) 262-245-8501 Inferno Fest – 6/27. Hot & spicy foods to try, plus competition for spiciest inferno food. 4:30-9:30 PM. Everts Park, Highwood, IL. celebrate 847-432-6000. Town of Cicero American Fest June 28 - July 1 Live music, food + drinks. Fireworks on Sunday at 10PM Cicero Fairgrounds 34th & Laramie 630-656-3600x288

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Eyes to the Skies Festival June 29 – July 1st. Daily morning & evening launches of hot air balloons, Carnival, children’s area, craft fair, live music on two stages, over 40 unique food vendors, nightly balloon glows and fireworks, plus much more! Lisle Community Park 630-541-6095 ~~~ Arlington Heights Frontier Days Festival June 29th – July 4th FREE ADMISSION, FREE Music Entertainment, Carnival Rides, 4th of July Parade, Food, Beer, Wine, Bingo, Family Activities, Pony Rides, 3v3 Soccer, Stampede Run 5K/10K, Arts & Crafts Marketplace and so much more! [See our ad on p. 5] Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest – 6/29-7/4. Carnival, entertainment, food, arts & crafts & more. Community Park, Palatine. 847-604-0288.

SAVE THE DATE Mt. Prospect Lions Club Festival July 4 - July 8 1:00 - 11:00 PM July 4, 7 & 8 6:00 - 11:00 PM July 5 & 6 FIREWORKS on July 4 and 8 Fun Rides, Good Food, Live Music Cash Raffle, Games for the Kids Pancake Breakfast July 4, 7-10 am Melas Park – 1500 W. Central Road ~~~ 14th Annual Uncork Barrington July 6th from 6 – 10 PM Tasting of over 50 fine wines, incredible hors d’oeurves Fundraiser for Local Charities Summer Festival Tent Barrington Metra Station Parking Lot ~~~ 15th Annual Barrington Brew Fest July 7th from 3 – 7 PM Craft & Premium Beer Tastings, Local food vendors and live music. Fundraiser for Barrington Area Council on Aging Summer Festival Tent Barrington Metra Station Parking Lot 22 out & about

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Golf Guide Golf season has arrived…clean off the clubs and golf shoes and get out on the course with family and friends for a few rounds or two, or three, or.... Practice makes perfect, so be sure to practice these helpful tips provided from seasoned pros at the following local golf courses.... Cantigny Golf

Emily Burns, Cantigny Youth Links Golf Professional 27w270 Mack Road,Wheaton, IL 630-260-8276 START KIDS OUT RIGHT There comes a time when you notice your child outside in the yard making gigantic divots in your lawn, or perhaps shattering a neighbor’s window. Whichever the case, you now realize your son or daughter is attracted to golf, and even showing a talent for the game. So, what’s next? Acquiring a set of properly fitted clubs is a good start. Fortunately, the cost is reasonable, and equipment companies have come a long way in catering to junior golfers. Most junior clubs come in sets containing 3 to 7 pieces. Club sizes are based on the child’s height. Clubs with the proper length, weight and flex will make learning easier and more enjoyable. I believe the most important club is the putter. More than 40% of the game revolves around the putting green, so consider focusing your child’s attention there. The key is to make it FUN! For example, try some putting games such as placing lollypops (or some 24 out & about

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other little prize) around the hole, in a ladder format. Start at the closest piece. When the putt is made, the child collects the prize and moves to the next marker.

Rules to Know Before You Play A good score may be spoiled, or a match lost, due to a penalty incurred through ignorance or confusion concerning the Rules. Keep these in mind when you are out on the course.

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Ball falls off tee A lot of players aren’t sure what to do when this happens. Simple:You get to re-tee without penalty. (Exception:You’ve already whiffed on the first shot. If the ball then falls off, you have to play it as it lies.)

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Water hazards A water hazard is marked in yellow. If you aren’t going to attempt to play from the hazard -- and unless you have a clean shot, we advise you don’t -- you are facing a one-shot penalty. For a water hazard, a player has three options:

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WHO WANTS TO HIT IT LONGER? We all have physical differences. Let’s help you find which ingredients for longer hitting are in your wheelhouse.

• Go to the designated drop area (not all hazards have this). • Identify where your ball last crossed the water hazard, then drop as far back as you want from that spot and the pin. • Play your next shot by dropping a ball nearest to the point where your last stroke was played.You can re-tee if it was your first shot. Playing the ball Play the ball as it lies. Don’t improve your lie, the area of your intended swing or your line of play by moving, bending or breaking anything fixed or growing except in fairly taking your stance or making your swing. Don’t press anything down or build a stance.

1. S ilky speed is produced by great wrist break. So always allow a full wrist break on your backswing and through swing.

Rake in bunker This is another area that causes confusion, but if your ball comes to rest against a rake, you are allowed to move the tool, as the USGA defines it as a “movable obstruction.”

2. S table power is a product of the range of motion in your shoulders and hips.

Lost ball time You have five minutes to search for a ball. The clock begins when you start looking, not after you’ve hit your shot. After five minutes, the ball is considered lost. ON THE

3. B  alance and sound foot work allows you to use the ground to coil against and push off.

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Putting Green You may repair ball marks and old hole plugs on the line of your putt but not any other damage, including spike marks.You may mark, lift and clean your ball on the putting green. Always replace it on the exact spot.

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4. S olid contact with your club face is imperative.

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Gifted golfers can wind up and unwind using all four sources of power and speed. Many of us face limitations in one area or another, so we must focus on the strengths we do possess. Try This! Take some swings without a ball and simply listen to the “whoosh” your club makes as you swing. Next, take the backswing longer and high over your back shoulder. You will begin to hear a louder and later “whoosh”. (Club head speed) Note: Short swingers must create quicker acceleration and will hear their speed in their downswing, before the ball. Longer swingers will develop a smoother acceleration and hear their maximum speed past the ball. This is our goal!!

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GOLF IS A SPORT FOR FAMILIES! When playing with young children or those new to the game, following the Disney™ principle of viewing the world through the eyes of a child is appropriate. Kids who can only hit the ball 50 yards; a 400-yard par 4 hole will look like a mile. At Pottawatomie, playing from the front tees allows them to have better success. To even out the odds, golfers will a little more experience can play from the same tees and select a club that allows the ball to go the same distance as your child. The reward will come when your child shouts with pride and joy that they hit it farther than you. With junior golfers, spend time walking hole to hole to instill the great walk & talk aspect of the game in them. Pottawatomie offers an abundance of scenic views and challenges to spark a conversation. Introducing a new generation of players to the great game of golf will drive new life into this fantastic sport (pun intended). 26 out & about

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400 W. 59th St.,Westmont, IL 60559 630.852.7167 YOU ONLY NEED A FEW CLUBS! You’re allowed to carry as many as 14 clubs in your bag, but you won’t need nearly that many when you’re first learning. Instead, start with a driver, a putter, a sand wedge and supplement those with a 6-iron, an 8-iron, a pitching wedge, and a fairway wood or hybrid with 18-21 degrees of loft.These are the clubs that are the most forgiving and easiest to get the ball airborne.

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Justin Bentley, PGA Professional GolfTec Des Plaines 353 N. River Road, Des Plaines 847-803-GOLF PUTTING IS AN ART. The ability to read small undulations in the green, start the ball on the proper line and ensure it has the correct speed can require the touch of a masterful artist. Putting, however, is also a science. Blowing putts 6 feet past on one hole then 4 feet short on the next can often

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feel like an unsolvable math equation. Sound familiar? Well, here’s a component of your putting that combines the best of both the art and science: angle of attack. The vertical measurement of how the club is moving through the ball at impact, angle of attack is just as important with the putter as it is with the driver. A stroke that moves too downward ¬into the ball can impart varied spin, and a stroke that’s too upward can create contact issues. Both can lead to lack of putting distance control. THE POKER CHIP DRILL A general guideline for the putting stroke is to have the attack angle moving slightly upward at impact.This drill helps you do just that. Stack two poker chip ball markers and set up to them as if the ball were there. Make a stroke while trying to clip off the top one only. If you hit both ball markers, it’s likely your angle of attack is moving too far downward. If you miss them entirely, it’s likely your angle of attack is moving too far upward. Once you get the hang of consistently knocking off the top marker, replace with a ball and start hitting putts with the same stroke.After a little practice, your improved attack angle should help with distance control and make those frustrating three-putts a thing of the past!

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9 Low-Key Birthday Party Ideas


ou want to celebrate your child turning a year older. You want to give them gifts and serve good foods and of course, eat cake. You just don’t want to invite the whole world to the party.

By Rhonda Franz

Follow along for a few ideas to make the next birthday celebration low-stress and simple. 1. Make it a neighborly affair. Invite neighbors and let the birthday party be a wonderful way to catch up with those who live close. Even better if your guests are within walking distance. 2. Outsource what you can. Is the cake stressing you out? A bakery near you would be happy to make it. Don’t want to come up with a tray of appetizers? Check the deli department at your local grocery store. 3. Invite family and/or close friends only. Small birthday parties can be every bit as fun with relatives and best friends as big parties with lots of people.Your child will have more time with each guest and there will be enough cake for everyone to have a second piece. Win-win. 4. Do away with treat bags. Cake, ice cream, food, invitations, RSVPs: it’s enough. Host generously and serve good food and let go of the expectation that you must send each guest out the door with party favors. 5. Use built-in entertainment. If you would prefer not to manage a game among children,

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reserve a park pavilion next to a playground area. Some city recreation departments allow residents to reserve picnic tables and shelters for free or at a lower cost than party venues. 6. Plan uncomplicated games. Go with the old standbys. Relays, three-legged races, and gunny sack races are among the best and require only a few supplies. Also, have a couple of balls lying around for those fun pick-up games of football or soccer. 7. Make adults feel welcome. Parents of other children are your best resource and often happy to help if they are staying. Put them to work supervising the play and serving food. 8. Serve simple appetizers. Finger foods should do it: a fruit/veggie plate, summer sausage, cheese and crackers. Keeping stomachs filled makes for happy guests of all ages. 9. Forget the fancy cake. That triple-decker Lego birthday cake you’ve seen on Pinterest? Forget it.The most important thing about birthday cake isn’t how it looks or even how it tastes: it’s that you were able to serve it at the birthday party. Make a simple sheet cake in your child’s favorite flavor, stick candles on top, and call it good. Sprinkles optional. May/June 2018

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hether it is for a wedding, birthday, or the holiday bash at the office, planning a party is an exciting time. After the initial exuberance wears off and reality sets in, you are left with the responsibility of entertaining your guests and a mountain of tasks necessary to pull it off. To ensure that your party won’t be a flop, be sure to develop a plan ahead of time for your party. Taking a step-by-step approach to the festivities will reduce your inevitably high stress level and ensure that your party goes off without a hitch. Reach out to the advertisers in this seciton who will help you reach your goals.


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Sweet Street Candies and Goodies

Sweet Street Candies and Goodies is an old fashion candy store that carries over 500 items. Pick favorites from candy you remember as a kid; gourmet chocolates & fudge, imported licorice, bulk chocolates, gummies and popcorn. We’ll custom design any special occasion gift basket from your candy and gift item selection. We specialize in unique favors, corporate gifts and candy buffets. Call us to order gifts for family, friends and clients. 17 W. St. Charles Rd., Lombard. Visit

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Maxson’s Restaurant & Riverboat

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

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Vision Quest

VisionQuest reaches out to Adults and children with Special Needs and Seniors with Alzheimers or Dementia. Our mission: To spread the Love of Jesus Christ through music and entertainment. Not by preaching, but living by example. “Until The Whole World Hears�, Matthew 24:14; “This Good News of the Kingdom will be proclaimed in the world for a testimony to all the nations, then the end will come�. Proceeds donated to the special needs community. Find us on Facebook @ VisionQuestEM. Call us at (630) 909-9041.

Kohl Children’s Museum

Another year older and another year smarter! Make your child’s next birthday party one to remember by having it here with us. We’ll deliver fun in an engaging, safe and unique environment that your kids and guests will love. Packages include full-day admission for your guests before or after your party. Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview. For more information, call (847) 832-6923 or visit [See our ad on Page 3.]

Chateau Orleans Banquets

Chateau Orleans Banquets is the elegant banquet hall directly attached to Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe in Darien. Not only does it make the perfect destination for weddings, it also can accommodate business meet-

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ings, special events, private functions and so much more. The room which can hold up to 300 people can also be divided into different sizes as well to accommodate parties of any size! The room features a spacious dance floor, a stage and a bar. The food is exclusively provided by Chuck’s and the menu offers a wide array of choices for you and your guests. Be sure to take advantage of our newly renovated Gazebo which makes for a perfect picture spot in the spring and summer! For booking and pricing contact James and Jackie our Banquet Managers at 331-431-4000 or visit our website at for more information.

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Mon Ami Gabi is the perfect place to host your wedding or next special event. From bridal showers to rehearsal dinners to business gatherings, you’ll work side-by-side with our seasoned Catering Manager Jessica to plan your special event. With two private rooms located off the main dining room, both feature glass paneled French doors, deep mahogany wood, rich leather banquettes and a mosaic tile floor. Treat your guests to our signature Steak Frites, boutique French wine pairings and decadent dessert. Contact Jessica today at Mon Ami Gabi is located at the east side of Oakbrook Center mall, near Neiman Marcus at 260 Oakbrook Center Oak Brook, IL 60523. [See our ad in Dining Out section.]

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Safari Land

Let Your Adventure Begin! Safari Land has everything you need for a complete adventure. Whether it’s bowling, video games, rollercoaster, kiddie carts, food or other fun, Safari Land is the place for your party. Come ride the tiger terror...take a spin in our 360 degree, full-motion, 3D flight simulator, play in our soft play area, or throw some strikes during cosmic bowling. Buy one $5 Game care, Get one $5 Game Card FREE (see details on ad). Contact us to book your next adventure of a lifetime. 701 W. North Avenue, Villa Park. 630-530-4649. Visit

Fleetwood Roller Rink

Fleetwood Roller Rink is a family owned business. We are celebrating our 60th anniversary. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) private parties and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages. For “health sake, roller skate.” Come visit us and join in our fun. Skating lessons available every Saturday at 1 p.m. Located at 7231 W Archer Ave, Summit, IL 60501. Call 708-458-0300. Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times at Like us at

Historic Wagner Farm

Have an “udderly” amazing birthday party at Historic Wagner Farm! Party packages include on-staff party helpers, age-appropriate crafts and games, tours to meet cows, draft horses, chickens and other farm residents, and private space for gifts and cake. $250-$325 for 5-20 guests. Seasonal addons include horse-drawn wagon rides and hand-dipped ice cream from Sweets & Treats, the farm’s ice cream parlor. Contact our party coordinator at 224-521-2204 or visit for info.

Odyssey Fun World

The place for out of this world family fun for all ages! Plan your next birthday party here. Two fun locations with 150+ arcade and redemption games, a 4-story soft play center, Laser Tag, numerous exciting indoor rides, and great food. All summer long we offer Go Karts, Mini Golf, Bumper Boats, Hydro Racers (like Go-Karts on Water!), a ZIPLINE (30 feet high!), and an Inflatable Kidz Park at our Tinley Park location and Paintball at our Naperville location! Visit for exclusive discounts, or call 708-429-3800. 19111 S. Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, and, 3440 Odyssey Ct., Naperville. No photo copied coupons excepted.

Rock ‘n’ Kids

It’s party time! Kid Rock ‘n’ Roll music and dance parties are for children 1-6 years! We take our fun on the road and bring the party to you! A musical parade, parachute games, a freeze dance, a balloon drop, and much more! Wiggle, giggle, dance and play! 32 celebrate!

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Where to Find Affordable and Accessible Lakefront Living

After growing up in Wisconsin and playing football for the University of Wisconsin, Brad and his brother Pat Pavloski became familiar with the lakefront hotspots for families. After co-founding an international telecom company in Tokyo and eventually selling it, the brothers came back to their roots. When land became available around Castle Rock Lake, they jumped on the opportunity to make lakefront living more affordable and accessible. “Our lakefront properties are hours closer than places in Northern Wisconsin,” Brad Pavloski said. “We understand how important making memories are with your family, so we’re here to help people find their dream vacation home that will be enjoyed yearround.” Through their company, Pavloski Waterfront Developments, they have helped hundreds of families from around Chicago and Rockford, Ill., get the best of both worlds: lots have a private sand beach on a private lake with a seasonal boat slip on nearby Castle Rock Lake. In fact, both brothers live on these private lakes. In addition, they offer properties directly on Castle Rock Lake. About Castle Rock Lake Castle Rock Lake is the fourth-largest lake in Wisconsin, with more than 17,000 acres of water recreation. This lake features crystal-blue water and pure white sand. Pavloski’s lakefront properties are situated just past Wisconsin Dells near Mauston, Wis., a city of 4,500 just three hours from the Chicago suburbs and easily accessible from I-94.

The area is home to natural wonder, wildlife and a variety of things to do outdoors, with the 8,000-acre Buckhorn State Park and Juneau County Castle Rock Park, both on the lake. You’ll also find several golf courses nearby, including Castle Course at Northern Bay (a replica course) and the nationally renowned Sand Valley Golf Resort minutes away. Lakefront restaurants and bars, marinas, camping, great fishing, shopping and even cranberry tours are all in the vicinity. Winter activities include snowmobiling, skiing, ice fishing and ice skating. “Having property near Castle Rock Lake is ideal for many reasons,” Pavloski said. “Not only do residents get to enjoy Wisconsin’s premier recreational lake, but there are many things to do in the surrounding area.” Benefits for Owners Owners also get to enjoy exclusive amenities such as access to a clubhouse with an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, indoor basketball court and game room. Outdoor amenities include tennis courts, a playground and sand volleyball. And yes, there is strong cell signal in the area. Pavloski Waterfront Developments takes the hassle out of buying and building a home. It offers no-haggle pricing and existing layouts to

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speed up the design process. The company is 100% vertically integrated from purchase of the land through the build process. Since 2003, the Pavloskis have sold hundreds of lots on several of the private lakes and is close to selling out the remaining inventory. Brad was even featured on HGTV’s “Lakefront Bargain Hunt” in 2017 and will be on the show again this year. “We love to help our customers find their dream homes at affordable prices,” Pavloski said.“That, and all the amenities we offer, make these homes a desirable place to vacation and live.” Find your affordable lakefront property today. Homes average $280,000 to $330,000.

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Benefits of Camp...

a Kid’s Perspective By Gayla Grace


athan Cole, 16 years old, has attended camp every year since he was 5. His eyes light up when you ask what he enjoys most about camp. A typical teenage boy who's not overly expressive, Nathan can quickly list off reasons why he still loves to go to camp. Here are a few benefits from his viewpoint:

activities like that to keep kids entertained, technology gets left behind and exercise becomes a daily occurrence.

1. It's Fun! "Camp is always fun. Sports camp, church camp, day camp or week-long camp-it doesn't matter, I always have fun when I go to camp," said Nathan. His preference is to head out with a few kids he already knows, but he says he's attended a few sports camps where he didn't know anyone on day one. "The camaraderie happens easily among kids at camps. It doesn't take long for fun to begin, even with those you've just met," he adds.

4. You Learn About Others and Different Ways Kids Live "I learned to appreciate my own family much more after finding out about the difficult home life many kids have," Nathan said. "Campers tend to open up with each other and you find out your own life isn't so hard," he said. Kids learn to accept others from different walks of life and appreciate their circumstances as they make friends outside of their everyday people base.

2. It Takes You Away from Normal Life Nathan admits that long summer days can get boring. "I like to get away from the routine and experience things I can't do at home," he said. "My favorite camp has stuff like zip lines, paddle boats, go carts, paintball, archery, and riflery-things I don't get to do at home." With

5. Sports Camps Help Improve Your Skill "I've gone to a lot of sports camps that helped me get better at soccer," Nathan said. "I've made the high school soccer team the last two years and I think the camps I've attended helped." Sports camps provide discipline and individual

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3. You Make New Friends "I didn't have any friends the summer we moved out of state when I was in elementary school," said Nathan. "I went to a baseball camp that summer and made friends who ended up being in my class the next school year, which helped me adjust to a new school." Learning to meet new people and easily form friendships is a valuable skill for kids at any age.

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attention to a particular sport. They help develop an athlete in the game he loves. Competition on the playing field grows stronger as kids move through junior high and high school. 6. You Learn to Respect Different Kinds of Authority Kids grow accustomed to the authorities at home and school. It's good for them to experience different levels of authority at camp. "The camp counselors are usually teenagers and sometimes kids disrespect them," said Nathan. "But campers have to understand the counselors' place of authority, regardless of their age, and consequences for not following the rules," he added. 7. You Gain Confidence When You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone Camp offers activities not available at home and kids are encouraged to try them. "Some kids don't like to experience new things, but camp counselors help them move out of their comfort zone and do it anyway," Nathan said. Confidence is gained when kids overcome their fears. Nathan says his camp experience will be different this summer. "I'm going as a Junior Counselor for the first time to the camp I've attended since I was in elementary school," he said. "I'm looking forward to helping young campers get out of their everyday routine and find fun at camp!" May/June 2018



his is the 2nd part of our series devoted to helping you find the best summer camp experience for your children. You can find more camps in the March/April edition on our website. Just click on ‘Past Issues.’ There’s plenty of time for your child to experience a few camp sessions this summer. Register NOW! Funtopia GLENVIEW Summer Camps are designed for campers to challenge themselves, push their limits, gain a sense of empowerment and develop a sense of camaraderie while engaging in a variety of fun and healthy activities. Have Fun, Be Active! Located at 2050 Tower Drive, Glenview. For more info and reservations, please visit www., Email: or call 224-4325435. [See our ad on Back Cover.]

Good Times Summer Day Camp Offers campers an exciting and active program for children ages 4-12. Each week is 36 active kids

filled with incredible field trips, many hours of swimming, various sports, exciting guests, challenging crafts, special events, and a theme based cookout. We accommodate parent’s busy schedules by offering extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at no extra charge. Schedules are flexible – come only the days you want. Convenient locations in Illinois and Wisconsin. Busing available in some areas. For more information, please call 847-6804884 or visit

KidZone at TopGolf Our half-day golf clinic includes all of the components that make up the great game of golf. From chipping, putting and full swing to the rules and etiquette, your kids will learn everything they need to know about the game of golf.Visit for more information!

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

Schaumburg on Stage Little Mermaid Musical Theater Camp The camp will run for 6 weeks including performances-full costumes, lights, sound and sets from June 25 - July 28. Over 90 hours of instruction will include training in voice, drama, and dance to improve your theatre skills and enhance your natural talents! Participants are from the ages 8 – 19. Live performances run August 1 - August 5 at Barrington High School. For information or to register visit, email info@schaumburgonstage. org or call 847-345-0092.

Great Lakes Volleyball Make sure to check out all the 2018 Great Lakes Volleyball Center Youth Volleyball summer camps. The Great Lakes Center Youth Academy is accepting girls and boys ages 2-14 for the GLCYA Fall, Club, Winter and Spring programs. All sessions focus on motor development and individual skill development by teaching both proper skill technique and introducing the young athlete to age appropriate game play as well for volleyball. The Great Lakes Volleyball Center is located at 579 N. Oakhurst Drive, Aurora, IL. 60502. For more info call 630-898-6400 or visit FB: Great Lakes Center Youth Academy May/June 2018


Explore, Create and Innovate with COD Youth Academy Hands-on, Challenging Fun for Students Grades K to 12

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

Salt Creek Ballet Salt Creek Ballet provides excellence in dance education all year long. High level training also available for the summer: Join us for up to TWO WEEKS of Fairy Tale Ballet Camp and/or Creative Ballet Camp (July 30-August 10, M-F) for ages 3-7. Weekly ballet classes (June 18-July 27) also offered for ages 3-8. More information & other classes:, (630) 769-1199, 98 E Chicago Ave,Westmont, IL 60559. [See our ad on p. 13.]

Big Blue Swim School We’ve reinvented swim lessons! Come discover just how much your child will grow in the pool -- and out! Kids who learn to swim

the right way gain confidence that positively impacts their entire life. It’s why we say life’s BIG moments start here™ at Big Blue. Conveniently located in Buffalo Grove, Hoffman Estates, Niles, Wilmette and coming to Chicago in 2019. Check us out at or call us at 847-729-7665.

Rock ‘n’ Kids! This summer, come out to sing, dance and play the Rock ‘n’ Kids way! Tot Rock and Kid Rock are structured music and movement programs for children ages 1-5 years that focus on imaginative play, sensory integration, fine and gross motor movements, rhythm skills and socialization, while utilizing a variety of rhythm instruments and props. Classes offered at park districts in the Northwest Suburbs.

Elmhurst College Girls Basketball Camp The goal of the camp is to create an entertaining environment for girls to learning the game of basketball. We will focus on the fundamentals of the game both on the offensive and defensive end. Campers will receive excellent coaching and develop friendships with their fellow campers. June 18 – 21. Kdg. Thru 8th grade. Elmhurst College Gym, 221 Walter St, Elmhurst. For more information: or call Tethnie Carrillo at 630-617-3144.

Plainfield Park District Calling all Kids...Adventure awaits you this summer! Build memories, fun and friendship! Plainfield Park District is your place for all your summertime smiles! Located at 23729 W. Ottawa St., Plainfield, IL. For more information, please call (815) 436-8812 or visit Follow us on social media and watch the progress of the new Prairie Activity & Recreation Center (PARC) at 24550 W. Renwick Rd., Plainfield.

Keshet At camp with Keshet, endless opportunities are provided for children with disabilities. From learning a new stroke in the pool to getting invited to their first playdate, Keshet provides a positive, inclusive camping experience for all of our campers. Campers with a disability participate to the greatest possible extent in the full experience of a regular camp setting alongside their peers. Campers with and without disabilities do all camp activities together, eat together, and at overnight camp live together, with no separation. Behavioral supports and accommodations based on each camper’s individual needs are incorporated into daily living. For more information about Keshet Camps, contact Jen Phillips at or call (847) 205-0274. 38 active kids

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Rocky Mountain Conservatory Theatre “Unprecedented Youth Theatre” Hosts Musical Theatre Classes & Performing Arts Summer Camps in Downtown Naperville, Ages 5-18. Three-Week Sessions, Full Day Camp, Students Perform in Broadway Shows, Kids & Teens Love Our Inspiring & Professional Instructors, ONGOING OPEN ENROLLMENT - Summer Shows “Madagascar”, “Legally Blonde”, “Peter Pan”, & “The Addams Family”. Camps Sessions Begin 6/4 & 6/25. RMCT is Celebrating 12 Years of Extraordinary Training Nationwide for the Young Actor, Nurturing Confidence & Creativity. JOIN US & Be a Part of Our Drama! 20 N. Center St, Naperville 60540 - 630-352-4490 - REGISTER TODAY, Many Discounts Available - $50 OFF for Suburban Family Readers, Discount Code: SUBFAM18!

Soccer Made in America Welcome to Soccer Made in America Training Camp, a high quality program for players 4 - 17. The SMIA training program is designed to provide the most complete soccer training for both individual players and teams of all levels and abilities. Each camp is designed to teach players proper technical and tactical skills while enjoying playing the game of soccer. The SMIA clinicians are well

recognized for providing personal attention to every participant. Since 1984 thousands of children have kicked the ball for the first time in a Soccer Made in America training program. Many have gone to compete at collegiate, professional, Olympic and national team levels. Come experience a great week at a Soccer Made in America camp. For camp schedule go to or call 630257-6900 for more information.

Hanover Park Park District The Hanover Park Park District offers a verity of themed summer camps, including; Adventure Camp, Discovery Camp, Teen Camp, Sports & Splash Camp, Camp Sunrise and Camp Sunset. Summer Camp is for ages 4-14 and is divided into age groups. Bus services also available for every camp, call 630.837.2468 for more information or click Register online or visit our administration office at 1919 Walnut Ave. Hanover Park IL, 60133.

Kiddie Academy CampVentures offers children ages 2 - 12 all day adventures all summer long. Campers enjoy fun, creative learning opportunities; soaking up the joy of summer with physical fitness activities, exciting weekly themes and special visitors. Whether you’re stopping in during the school’s break or one of our yearround students, our CampVenture program is loaded with fun. It’s sure to make this summer the best one yet. Contact one of our six locations to learn more about our camp programs.

iD Tech The #1 Summer STEM Program Ages 7-18 learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI, and more! Held at Loyola, GEMS World Academy, Northwestern, Benedictine, Lake Forest, and 150+ locations nationwide. iD Tech Camps (weeklong, 7-17), Alexa Café (weeklong, all-girls, 10-15), and iD Tech Academies (2-week, 13-18). Your child can make friends as they master new tech skills, and will join a community of 350,000 alumni.; 1-844-788-1858.

Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Spend your summer at one of these amazing camp opportunities at Overshadowed Theatrical Productions in Medinah, Illinois. Each student will participate in workshops that will increase their skills, but also perform at the end of camp! For more information visit the website at or send an email to 40 active kids

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By Ashley Talmadge


ending a child to summer camp for the first time can make any parent nervous. But worries are often magnified for parents of kids with special needs. Images of sunlit lakes and carefree campers are often trumped by concerns about behavior, communication, and physical safety. Stacy De La O, whose daughter has high functioning autism, remembers the weeks leading up to Fia’s first overnight camp experience as a 10-year-old. “I was a wreck!” she admits. “But we prepared well, and in the end I trusted the counselors at Blue Compass to take care of her.”

needs, children can learn new social, physical, academic, or self-care skills. Interacting with others who share similar challenges— whether dietary, physical, or cognitive—lets a child’s self-esteem and confidence blossom. And for some kids, camp provides a welcome respite from routine-packed schedules and visits to therapists.

Children with physical, cognitive, or medical challenges often have few opportunities to navigate the world without a parent close by. Kids with special needs benefit from summer camp in two major ways, according to seasoned camp director Kelly Kunsek of Camp Paivika, a program serving children with physical and developmental disabilities. “Time away from families increases their independence,” she says. “And as they meet other campers, their social connections expand.” Parents benefit too. After a positive camp experience, a parent is both more aware of what a child can do for himself, and more comfortable allowing others to assist when needed.

Camps come in all flavors. In fact, the American Camp Association (ACA) states that “47 percent of camps offer specialized programs for individuals with disabilities.” Is your child ready for overnight camp? Or would a day camp suit her needs? Inclusive camps allow special needs kids to participate in activities with typical peers by making accommodations. Disability-specific camps hire staff trained to meet unique needs—visual impairment, autism, diabetes, severe allergies. Traditional camps offer tried-and-true activities like swimming, boating, crafts, and campfires. Specialty camps may focus on technology, sports, or the arts. Therapeutic camps offer interventions targeting speech/language, behavioral, and/or physical therapy goals. And combinations abound.

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De La O’s worries evaporated when she picked Fia up after the session. “I could just see in her face that she’d had a great time.” That was just the beginning, and Fia continues to have wonderful camp experiences each summer. Experts say that by planning well and following a few simple guidelines, you and your special needs child can reap the rewards of summer camp.

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Do your research. De La O says the parents at her daughter’s school “exchange information to find the best camps and programs for our kids.” Recommendations from teachers and service providers who know your child are also valuable. Look at camp materials online, read brochures, and watch videos. Has the camp been accredited by the ACA, or received recognition from a reputable organization? Make sure the camp’s philosophy is a match for your family. Would your child do better in a competitive or cooperative atmosphere? Are you looking for a specific religious affiliation? Look at the physical layout of the camp and notice any potential problems.

staff seem willing and competent to handle these specific issues?

Prepare your child. Talk about camp and the activities he’ll get to try. Ask what he’s looking forward to, as well as what makes him nervous. Role playing potential social situations helps some kids feel more confident. Before attending overnight camp, Kunsek suggests trying a sleepover with a friend or family member. In addition, she says, “Go to the open house event if possible. It’s a good way for a child to become familiar with the setting and the staff, and to meet other campers.” If a family can’t attend the open house, Kunsek encourages scheduling a tour.

Ask questions and get comfortable. Speak with the director and counselors who will be working with your child. Questions include: What is the staff-to-camper ratio? What training do counselors receive? What is the turn-over rate for staff? (Camps where staff members return summer after summer tend to offer more stability and consistency.) Is there medical staff on site 24/7, and where is the nearest hospital? How are special diets handled? How will I communicate with my child during the session? How are behavioral issues addressed? Be forthright and honest in describing your child’s challenges. Does the

Think about funding. Camps can be expensive, but families of children with special needs have options if they plan ahead. Many camps offer full and partial scholarships. Some churches and fraternal organizations (e.g. Lions Club, Rotary Club) will sponsor a child at a specific camp. If there is a proven need for continued education services over the summer, some school districts will pay for a camp that targets your child’s IEP goals. And if your child is receiving therapeutic interventions at camp, your medical insurance may cover some of the cost.

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By Mike and Heather Spohr


s your kid ready for sleepaway camp? If you’ve ever dropped your child off at a slumber party only to receive a 2 a.m. call saying they want to come home, you might think “nope.” But most kids are more ready to experience the rite of passage that is summer camp than their parents realize. “Yeah, yeah, yeah,” you’re probably thinking. “But is MY kid ready?” Only you (and your child) can say for sure, but there definitely are things you can do to find out — and to prepare your kid for going. Like most things, different kids are ready at different times. An independent child who happily rushes out the door to go to school might be ready as early as six or seven, whereas a shy or anxious kid might not be ready even at eleven or twelve. Starting with a casual conversation about the idea of camp (not about them going) is a good idea. Do they respond enthusiastically (“Woo-hoo! I’m ready to sing ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah!’”)? Or do they

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shrink away from the idea like a vampire from light? Their response should give you a strong sense of their readiness.


You should also assess your child’s self-care abilities. Can your kid shower on their own? Brush their teeth and groom themselves alone? These are questions you’ll want to ask, but you need to be honest with yourself. Some parents really want their kids to go to camp, so they convince themselves their kid is ready before they are. Others are nervous about the idea, so they decide their kid isn’t ready. It doesn’t hurt to get the objective opinion of a trusted family member or friend. It’s also important to know that some reticent kids are actually ready to handle sleepaway camp, but need a little (low-pressure) push.This is especially true for older kids. Try having your child talk to other kids who have gone to camp, watch promotional videos on camps’ websites (plus movies like The Parent Trap that portray camp in a fun way), or even visit a camp to see it first-hand. Other ways to make your child more comfortable with going to camp include enrolling them with a friend, sibling, or cousin, and letting them pick the camp of their choice. Yes, you loved the “Crazy Chuck’s Wild Wilderness Camp” you went to as a kid, but your kid might be more happy at, say, dance camp.

Building Adventure & Memories One Trip at a Time! Adventure Camp, geared for ages 13-15 years old. Calling all Teens... Adventure awaits you this summer!

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Questions? Call (815) 436-8812 or visit Rec/Admin Center | 23729 W. Ottawa St. Plainfield, IL

Regardless of whether your kid is raring to go or a bit hesitant, it’s a good idea to “practice” being at camp beforehand to ease your kid into the experience. For example, you can pack your child a toiletry bag and then task them with showering, brushing, and grooming themselves without any help for a week.You can also pack a suitcase with clothes and have your kid dress themselves out of it for a week. You can even send your kid to sleep overnight at a friend’s or relative’s home. This will go a long way toward making them — and you — feel a lot more prepared. If after reading all of this you still don’t think your kid is ready, don’t sweat it. There are alternatives, like family camp or day camp, that can help ready your kid for sleepaway camp in the future — and they’re a lot of fun in their own right! Mike Spohr is the founding editor of the BuzzFeed Parents vertical, a speaker and a writer. Heather Spohr is the founder of the family blog, The Spohrs Are Multiplying. She is a writer and has been named Blogger of the Year by and a Voice of the Year by BlogHer. Together, they wrote The Toddler Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Whiny Unfed. May/June 2018

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re you looking for a great way to get your children off their electronics, have fun, gain strength, improve endurance, acquire self-confidence, learn discipline, and make new friends? Start them running! Getting started is easy. The first thing needed is clothing suitable for the weather. Wicking athletic fabric is recommended since it helps keep runners dry and prevents chafing. Shorts and t-shirts are appropriate for warm weather while cooler weather calls for dressing in layers so pieces can be removed if the runner starts to overheat. Also, a good pair of running shoes is a must. They provide more support than normal sneakers and may help prevent injuries. Wicking socks will help prevent hot-spots and blisters. Stretching both before and after running is imperative to prevent injuries. The body should be warmed up to the point where a sweat is broken by doing some light jogging or dynamic warm-ups. Follow this with a thorough, but gentle stretch of the major muscles. Stretching after the run helps to cool down the body and to prevent soreness. One of the biggest mistakes made by beginning runners is going too hard too fast. The body needs time to build itself up. Muscle cramps are part of the game when a runner first begins. If muscles tighten up, time needs to be taken to gently stretch them. If muscle cramps are occurring on a regular basis, the body may be lacking potassium. Adding bananas to the diet is a great source of potassium and other nutrients. All runners at some point experience the dreaded side stitch, the sharp pain in the side as they run. While a person’s first thought is to stop and walk, encourage them to just slow down. Reassure them that the pain is temporary and that they will build strength and 46 fitness first

By Bart A. Stump stamina by continuing to run. On the other side of the coin, do not have them ignore constant or extremely sharp pain. It is the body’s way of telling them something is wrong. Being a “tough guy” and running on an injury is only going to knock them out of the game for a longer recovery period. If it is a major problem, get it checked by the family doctor or school athletic trainer. Lots of schools have running clubs or intramural programs, cross country and track programs. Erica Myers has this to say about her daughter, Lillie, (age 12) doing track. “Track has completely boosted her confidence. She has a new passion for track and field and it has been exciting to watch her grow during her season.”

six miles. Getting tired of the traditional road race? Encourage your runner to try a trail run or adventure race where they need to overcome various obstacles along the course. No matter what distance your runner goes, remember, safety first. They should never run alone! Whenever possible have them run in groups of at least three runners. That way, if there is a problem; one runner stays with the injured person while another runner goes for help. Keep them visible. Brightly colored clothes and reflective materials make them easier to see. Have them run on the sidewalk whenever possible or stay to the side of the road, facing oncoming traffic. Remember, when there is a confrontation between a car and a runner, the car always wins! Besides the physical challenges of running, they also have to deal with mental toughness. Sometimes the temptation to quit is very strong and they will need to reach down, deep inside to find the strength to continue running. Have them mentally break difficult runs into smaller chunks and just focus on the immediate challenge.

Local sporting goods stores may have material available about running clubs and events and the internet is a great source, too. Many groups have organized races in which runners may participate for little or no cost. In some cases, the entrance fees are used as fund raisers for worthwhile causes. Most groups also offer participants shirts and sometimes, door prizes after the race. The most popular race is the 5K, which is a little over three miles. These are sometimes held in conjunction with one mile fun runs. Throughout the year you’ll find themed runs that correspond to holidays (Turkey Trots at Thanksgiving and Jingle Bell Runs near Christmas) or Color Runs where participants wear white t-shirts and are doused with colored powders. The more ambitious runner may try a five mile, 10K, half marathon (13 miles), or the granddaddy run, a marathon of twentysuburban family |

Remember, the goal is not necessarily to win every race. The goal is self-improvement. Have them constantly strive to improve their time or run farther. Setbacks will happen and they are not always going to run a personal best. Have them think about what they did and how they can make it better. Over time, their strength and endurance will grow as well as their confidence. There are other benefits as well. According to Amy Sipe, “The benefits of running for my son, Will, (age 13) are that he is healthier and has fewer illnesses throughout the year, he can maintain focus and be more successful in class, and he enjoys the camaraderie of his team.” But, running isn’t just for the kids. Parents will benefit too. Running is a great family activity that you can all do together. You can find a great selection of events to choose from in the FITNESS EVENTS section. So, why are you waiting? Get those shoes laced up and hit the road. Make new friends, get in shape, and enjoy the running experience. May/June 2018

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The list of fitness events for May and June is here. Sign up for an endurance race, take on a new challenge, support a good cause or Run/Walk/Roll for the health of it! Select an event within your range of conditioning and consult a physician before beginning any exercise program.The time to sign up is NOW, as most races sell out quickly. To view the ANNUAL RACE GUIDE from the March/April issue, go to and click on ‘Past Issues.’

May Great Cycle Challenge – Registration is open for the 4th annual month-long cycling fundraiser in June to benefit Children’s Cancer Research Fund. For more info and to register go to: Relay For Life – For all area events, please go to relayforlife. org/relay/findevent. Cinco de Miler – Sat 5/5 at 8:30 AM. 5MI Run. USATF Certified. Benefits Gilda’s Club and other charities. Montrose Harbor, Chicago. Color Vibe Aurora 5K – Date TBD. 5K Fun Run. Colored powder chalk race. Color Vibe Rockford 5K – Date TBD. 5K Fun Run. Colored powder chalk race. Hanover Township Sprint to Spring 5K – Sat 5/5 at 8 AM. Elgin. 15th Annual Run for the Kids: Superhero Hustle – 5K Run/2 Mile Walk. Sat., 5/5 at 9 AM. Benefits Children with Developmental Disabilities. 830 S. Addison Ave, Villa Park. 630-620-4433. Run to Remember – Sat 5/5 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk and Junior Jog. USATF certified. Benefits Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. Chicago. 312-499-8899. Breathe Deep North Shore – Sun 5/6 at 9 AM. 2MI Walk and 5K Fun Run. Benefits LUNGevity Foundation. Deerfield. Deer Dash and Tinman Triathlon – Date TBD at 7:30 AM. 10K, 5K and 1MI Family Fun Run. Jaycee Park, Deerfield. 847945-0650. EmpoweRun – Sat 5/5 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. USATF Certified. Benefits A Safe Place. Libertyville. Fellowship Housing 5K Team Run – Sat 5/5 5K Team May/June 2018

Run/Walk. Elk Grove Village. 847-882-2511. Be The Match 5K – Sun 5/6 5K and 1K. Grant Park, Chicago. Darien Dash – Sun 5/6 at 7:30 AM. 10K and 5K, 1MI Runs and Fun Run. USATF Certified. Darien. March for Babies – Sun 5/6 Woodstock. Benefits March of Dimes. North Shore Walk for Autism Speaks – Sun 5/6 at 9 AM. Benefits Autism Speaks. New Trier HS, Northfield. Act. Race to Wrigley – Sun 5/6 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Lurie Children’s Hospital Chicago. Village of Willowbrook’s 4th Annual Spring Fling 5K – 1m Kids Fun Run & Community Fair. Sun., 5/6. Pre-race registration starts 7:30 AM Race starts 9 AM. 1m Run starts 10:00 AM. Community Fair 9 AM – Noon. Portion of proceeds to Gateway SRA. Borse Community Park, 208 Midway Dr. 630323-8215. Makin’ Strides for Strays Walkathon – Sun. 5/6 at 8:30 AM. Naperville Central H.S. 440 Aurora Ave., Naperville. Hosted by A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter. Chicago Spring Half Marathon, 10K and Junior Dash – Sun 5/20 at 7 AM. Ferocious 5K – Sun 5/6 at 8 AM. 5K Run. USATF Certified. Elgin. Illinois Lupus Walk – Sun 5/6 1MI and 3 MI routes. Vernon Hills. 21st Great Western Half Marathon – Sun., 5/6 at 8 AM. Sycamore Speedway. A point-to-point, USATF Certified,. RRCA Championship Event. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Illinois. Run For Your Life Safety 5K – Sun 5/6 at 8:30 AM. 5K Run/Walk and 1K Kids’ Dash. USATF Certified. Tinley Park. 708-444-5200. Southwest Half Marathon and 10K – Sun 5/6 at 7:30 AM. Half Marathon, 10K Run/Walk, Half MI Walk, Run or Roll for special needs. CARA certified. Palos Heights. 708-448-9200. Walk MS 2018 – Sun 5/6 at 9 AM. 1MI and 3MI Walks. Deerfield, Lake in the Hills, Naperville, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Rockford, Schaumburg, St. Charles. 800-344-4867. Walk to Cure Arthritis – Sun 5/6 3MI and 1MI Walks. Montrose Harbor, Chicago. 312-690-9603. Walk for Wellness House – 5K Run, 3K Walk. Sun., 5/6. Regsuburban family |

istration open at 7 AM. Race begins at 8:30 AM. Wellness House, Hinsdale. 630-654-5191. Autism Speaks Walk – Sat 5/12 at 10:15 AM. 3 MI Walk. Soldier Field, Chicago. 224-567-8573. Chi-Town Showdown 5K – Sat 5/12 at 8:30 AM. 5K Run/ Walk and Kids’ Dash. USATF certified. Benefits the Showdown Scholarship. Mokena. 708-390-2401. Foodie 5K – Sat 5/12 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits N.IL Food Bank. Libertyville. 847-336-3663. Groovin’ in the Grove 5K – Sat., 5/12 at 9 AM. 5K Run and Kids’ 1K, 1/2K, 100 Yd Dash,Warrior Fitness

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Challenge. USATF and CARA certified. Benefits Sharing Connections. Midwestern University. Downers Grove Hope for Haitians 5K Walk/Run for Education – Sat 5/12 at 8:30 AM. Geneva. Illinois Lupus Walk – Sat 5/12 1MI and 3 MI routes. Olympia Fields. Push for the Path PeppeRUNi 5K – Sat 5/12 at 8 AM. Yorkville. 630-553-4350. The Pink 5K Run/Walk – Sat., 5/12 at 8 AM. USATF & CARA certified. Team and individual registration accepted. Benefits Hinsdale Hosp. Foundation. Oak Brook Park District. 1450 Forest Gate Rd. Oak Brook. 630-990-4233. www.obparks. org/pink5k Quarryman Challenge – Sat 5/12 at 7:30 AM. 10MI and 5K. CARA certified. Lemont. 708705-6791. Apple Blossom Run 5K/10K/Stroller Rollers – Sat 5/12 at 8 AM. Bartlett. Dyslexia Walk/5K Run – Sat 5/12 at 7:30 AM. Benefits children with dyslexia. Scottish Rite Cathedral, Squeez’d Girls on the Run – Sat 5/12 at 8 AM. 5K Run/ Walk and Li’l Spark Sprints. Joliet. Cooley Run 5K – Sun 5/13 at 8:05 AM. 5K Run and Superhero Dash. CARA Certified. Huntley. Komen Chicagoland Mother’s Day Race for the Cure – Sun 5/13 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Susan G. Komen Foundation. Chicago. Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk – Sun 5/13 at 8 AM. 5K Run/ Walk and Free Kids’ Fun Run. USATF certified. Barrington.

The Universal Sole Four Mile Classic – Thurs 5/17 at 7 PM. 4MI Classic. Benefits Chicago Run, the fight against childhood obesity. Montrose Harbor, Chicago. Lilac Mutt Strut 5K Run – & 1 Mile Puppy Path. Sat., 5/19 at 8:00 AM. USATF certified; Run/walk with your dog! Lombard. 630-620-7322. Bridge Walk – Sat 5/19 at 8 AM. 5K Walk. Benefits Living Well Cancer Resource Center. Geneva, IL. 630-262-1111. The Frontline OCR – Sat 5/19 at 8 AM. 5MI Obstacle Run. Lockport. Got2Run…For Education – Sat 5/19 at 8 AM 8K Run and 2.62MI Run/Walk. USATF certified. Arlington Heights. Lake County Walk to Cure Arthritis – Sat 5/19 3MI and 1MI Walks. Libertyville. 312-690-9603. Leaning Tower Triathlon – Date TBD. 100m swim, 4K bike, 1K run (Ages 7-10), 200m swim, 8K bike, 2K run (Ages 11-14). USATF Certified. Leaning Tower YMCA, Niles. 847-410-5108. Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk – Sat 5/19 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk and 1MI Kids’ Run. USATF and CARA certified. Benefits ALS. Northbrook. 847-400-8901. Night Nation Run – Sat 5/19 at 8 PM. 5K Novelty Run. Benefits Stand Up To Cancer. Soldier Field, Chicago. Squeez’d Girls on the Run – Sat 5/19 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk and Li’l Spark Sprints. Grant Park, Chicago. STEM Step 5K – Sat 5/19 at 8:30 AM. 5K Run, Family Walk and Kids’ Dash. USATF certified. Humboldt Park, Chicago. Sock Hop Hustle 5K – Sat 5/19 at 8 AM. 5K Novelty Run/ Walk. USATF Certified. Olympia Fields. 708-481-7313. Backbones Annual 5K Run, Walk and Roll – Sun 5/20 at

11:30 AM. Benefits spinal cord injury victims. Country Gardens Park, Prospect Heights. Chicago Spring Half Marathon and 10K – Sun 5/20 at 7 AM. Half marathon, 10K and Junior Dash. USATF certified. Chicago. Chicagoland Spring Marathon and Half Marathon – Sun 5/20 at 7:05 AM. USATF certified. Schaumburg. 224-757-5425. Great Strides – Sun 5/20 at 11 AM. 3MI Walk. Montrose Harbor, Chicago. Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. More dates/times/locations - To find a Walk near you go to fightcf. or call 312-236-4491. Dash for the Dogs – Sun 5/20 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk and 1MI Family Fun Walk. Benefits Animal House Shelter. Barrington. 487-961-5541. Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon – Sun 5/20. 18.5MI River Race and 5.25MI Minithon. Libertyville to Mount Prospect. 847-604-2445. J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge – Thurs 5/24 3.5MI Run at 7 PM. Grant Park, Chicago. 847-779-7444. Run For The Brave 5K Run/Walk/Ruck – Sat., 5/26 at 8AM. Benefiting Illinois Veterans. Plainfield. 630-302-2638. Soldier Field 10 Mile – Sat 5/26 at 7 AM. 10MI Run. CARA certified. Benefits Salute, Inc. Chicago. Western Springs 41st Annual Tower Trot – Sat., 5/26 at 8:30 AM. 10K, 5K, & Fun Run, plus Double Run (10K& 5K).. CARA & USATF certified. Benefits Healing Hearts for Ashley. Grand Avenue Community Center. 4211 Grand Avenue, Western Springs. 708-246-9070. MB Bike the Drive – Sun 5/27 at 5:30 AM. Up to 30MI round trip ride of Lake Shore Drive. Benefits Active Transportation Alliance. Chicago. MMTT Youth and Elite Triathlon – Sun 5/27 at 7 AM. Swim, bike, run. Junior (7-10), Senior (11-16) and Elite (any age) Divisions. Geneva. 630-779-0836. Race to the Flag 5K Run/Walk – Sun 5/27 at 8 AM. CARA and USATF Certified. Ty Warner Park, Westmont. 630-682-5402. SALUTE, INC. 5K/10K Tactical Challenge – Sun 5/27 at 8 AM. 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and/or Tactical Challenge. Arlington Hts. 847-359-8811. Essence of Freedom Run – Mon 5/28 at 7:45 AM. 5K. USATF certified. Benefits Support Our Soldiers Freedom, Inc. Deerfield. The Ridge Run – Mon 5/28 at 8 AM. 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, and Youth MI. Ridge Park, Chicago. 773-233-3100.





Relay For Life – For all area events, please go to relayforlife. org/relay/findevent. Chicago Gospel Run 5K/10K – Sat 6/2 at 8 AM. 5K Run/ Walk and 1/2 MI Kids’ Run. USATF Certified. Oakwood Beach, Chicago. Cori’s Triathlon Sat. 6/2 at 8AM One of the largest youth triathlons In the area! This fun event designed for kids 6-14 Welcomes all skill levels! Oak Brook. 630-990-4233 Cosley Zoo Run For the Animals – Sat 6/2 at 7:30 AM.

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5K/10K Run and Kids’ Run. CARA certified. Cosley Zoo, Wheaton. 630-665-5534. DASH for Detection 5K Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Research Sat. 6/2 at 9 AM Family friendly 5K walk/run along Chicago lakefront Benefits Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Montrose Harbor, Chicago 773-989-1108 G.L.O.W. 5K Run – Sat 6/2 at 8:15 PM. Benefits Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Literacy Fund. Naperville. Great Steps 4 NF – Sat 6/2 at 8:30 AM. 3MI Walk. Benefits Neurofibromatosis Midwest. Naperville RiverWalk. 630-945-3562. Run the Ridge 5K Run and Roll + 1K Walk - Sat 6/2 at 8 AM. Benefits Charlie’s Gift Center for Autism. Burr Ridge. 630-850-4050. Squeez’d Girls on the Run – Sat 6/2 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk and Li’l Spark Sprints. College of Lake County, Grayslake. Take Steps Chicago – Date TBD. Benefits Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Trot Against Trafficking 5K – Sat 6/2 at 8:30 AM. 5K and 1MI Run/Walk, and Kids’ Fun Runs. USATF Certified. Park Ridge. Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Sat 6/2 at 8 AM. 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, 1MI Walk and Kids’ Dash. Benefits ZERO

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The End of Prostate Cancer. Joliet. Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race – Sun., 6/3 at 7 AM. 11 canoe divisions, 8 kayak divisions and 1 open (noncompetitive) division. Aurora. 630-892-1550. North Shore Classic Half Marathon – Sun 6/3 at 7 AM. Half Marathon and 5K Run. Highland Park. Pet Walk and Run – Sun 6/3 at 8 AM. 5K Run/Walk, Pet Walk, and Kids’ Dash. Benefits Hinsdale Humane Society. Hinsdale. 630-323-5630. Promise Walk and 5K Run – Sun 6/3 at 9:15 AM. 5K Run/ Walk. Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village. Run for the Roses – Sun 6/3 at 8 AM. 5K and Youth Race. Roselle. 630-220-4878. Run for the Zoo – Sun 6/3 at 7:45 AM. 10K Run, 5K Run/ Walk and Kids’ Races. USATF certified. Benefits Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago. Running for Hope – Sun 6/3 at 8 AM. 5KRun/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Benefits Ronald McDonald House at Advocate Children’s Hospital. Oak Lawn. Take Steps – Sun 6/3 at 10 AM. Benefits Crohn’s and Colitis research. Naperville. 847-827-0404. Chasing the Sun 5K – Thurs 6/7 at 7 PM 5K Run/Walk and Stroller Run. Benefits educational scholarships. New Lenox. 815-485-4241. Kendall County Sweetness Run – Sat 6/9/18 at 8 AM. 8K and 5K Runs. Benefits Walter and Connie Payton Foundation. Yorkville. La Grange Rocks – Fri 6/8 at 6PM. 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Races. Benefits The LeaderShop. La Grange.

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Fight for Air Ride – Fri-Sun 6/8-10, 2 or 3 Day Ride. Benefits American Lung Assoc. Crystal Lake, IL to Lake Geneva, WI. 312-940-781-1100. Gigi’s 5K and Fun Run with a Dash for Down Syndrome – Sat 6/10. 5K, 1MI and Kids’ Dash. Rosemont. Bike MS: Tour de Farms – Sat-Sun 6/23-24. Multiple route options, up to 200-mile ride through Northwestern Medicine Field, Geneva. 855-372-1331. Not All Wounds Bleed 5K – Sat 6/9 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. St. Charles. Honor Ride Chicago – Sun., 6/10 at 8 AM. Three non-competitive routes. Beginning and ending in Skokie. Benefits our Healing Heroes. Evanston Subaru. 818-888-7091 x 106. Batavia Triathlon/Duathlon – Sun 6/10 at 6:30 AM. Swim/Bike/Run or Run/Bike/Run, Youth Splash and Dash, and Kids’ Dash. USATF certified. Batavia. 630-430-9006. Tour de Cure – Sun 6/10. 10 MI, 20MI, 40MI, 65MI, and 100MI bike rides. Benefits American Diabetes Association. River Edge Park, Aurora. 312-346-1805 x 6568. The DASH Through Des Plaines 5K Presented by Millennium Bank Benefits the Des Plaines Park District Scholarship Fund Sat., 6/16 at 8 a.m. USATF Certified 1500 E. Prairie Ave., at Pearson St. Register online at Walk to End Lupus Now, Chicago – Sat 6/16 at 10:30 AM.

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1MI Montrose Harbor. Daisy Dash – Sun 6/17 at 8 AM. 5K and Kids’ Fun Run. USATF Certified. Clarendon Hills. 773-617-8408. LM5K Family Run/Walk – Sat 6/16 at 9 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Villa Park. Superhero 5K Run/Walk – Sat., 6/16 at 8:30 AM. 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run, USATF Certified. Benefits JOURNEYS | The Road Home. Towne Square, Palatine. 847-963-9163. Tiki Run – Sun 6/17 at 8 AM. Themed 10K and 5K Fun Run. Montrose Harbor, Chicago. Father’s Day 10K/5K – Sun 6/17 at 8 AM. 10K and 5K Run/ Walk and Kids’ Dash. Cary. PrairieFest 5K – Sun, 6/17 at 8:30 AM. 5K Run and 1MI Prairie Dog Jog. USATF Certified. Oswego. 630-554-1010. Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate – Sun 6/17. Benefits YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Evanston. 847-864-8445. ABC7 Gibbons 5K – Thurs 6/21 at 6:25 PM 5K Run and 3K Walk. Benefits Leukemia Research Foundation. Grant Park, Chicago. 847-424-0600. Lambs Farm Fun and Fit Family Day – Sat 6/23 at 9 AM. 5K Run and 2MI Walk. Libertyville. PurpleStride – Sat 6/24 at 10 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Soldier Field, Chicago. 877-272-6226. Color in Motion 5K – Sat 6/23 at 9 AM. 5K Novelty Run. Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake. 49th Swedish Days Ride – Sun 6/24 at 6 AM. Bike tour over country roads. Burlington. Fox Valley Bicycle and Ski Club. Take Steps – Sun 6/24 at 5 PM. Benefits Crohn’s and Colitis research. Glenview. 847-827-0404.

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Run the Runway at CEA – 6/30 at 8 AM. 5K Run and 1MI Walk. USATF certified. Chicago Executive Airport, Wheeling.

SAVE THE DATE Freedom Four™ 4-Mile Run Wed. 7/4 at 8 AM 4-mile run/walk for ages 5+ Benefits Glen Ellyn Park District Scholarship Fund Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn ~~~ 5K Dash N’ Splash Sun. 7/15 at 7:30 AM 5K Run/Walk Certified Course Mallard Lake Forest Preserve 630-837-2468 ~~~ Western Suburbs Lupus Walk Sat. 8/11 at 9AM 1 or 3 mile walk routes Benefits the Lupus Society of Illinois Naperville Riverwalk, Naperville 312-542-0002

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itamin and mineral supplements are big business. Americans collectively spend roughly $34 billion on them annually. Still, vitamin and mineral misinformation is rampant. How supplement smart are you? We guarantee that you’ll learn some new facts from our quiz that will enhance your supplement savvy—and help you get more from a multi. True or false: A daily multi-vitamin will turn a bad diet into a healthy one. Answer False. A multi-vitamin can help, but it won’t fix you completely. Americans should take a multi-vitamin primarily because our diets are so poor, says Jeffrey Bloomberg, Ph.D., senior scientist in the antioxidants research laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, MA.We eat less than half the number of recommended daily servings of fruit and one of our favorite vegetables is nutritionally barren iceberg lettuce. But taking a multivitamin isn’t a cure-all if say, breakfast is a latte and lunch is chicken fingers and stolen bites of your kid’s macaroni and cheese. Eating well is still your most effective means of warding off chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease. “Food provides a full package of disease-protective fiber and phytochemicals—many of which have yet to be identiMay/June 2018

By Sandra Gordon fied—complex carbohydrates for energy and muscle-building protein,” says John. B. Allred, Ph.D., professor emeritus of nutrition at Ohio State University. If you decide to take a multivitamin, look for one that provides roughly 100 percent of the daily value for vitamins A,

C, D and E, thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid and zinc. Still, keep in mind that some single-nutrient supplements can do more harm than good.

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According to Choose Wisely, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation, omega-3 fish oil capsules or antioxidants, such as vitamins C, vitamin A, and selenium may even be harmful and increase the risk of certain cancers.

educator and co-author of The G Spot and Other Discoveries About Human Sexuality. The study, published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, found that 74 percent of participants who were receiving the supplement reported improved satisfaction with their overall sex life, compared to 37 percent in the placebo group after four weeks.

True or False: You should take a “carbsmart” vitamin if you’re on a low-carb diet. Answer: False. You don’t need a designated vitamin for low-carb diets; aSUBFAM good multi-vitaIt’s estimated1that12/15/17 at least 40 percent of womFILL small 12.17:Layout 11:35 AM Page 1 min will do the job. To make sure you’re geten between 18 and 59 in the U.S. report some ting all of the nutrients form of sexual dysbody needs when you’re function, such as loss cutting calories, “Dieter’s of libido or difficulty may need to take a good in achieving orgasm. multi-vitamin, multi-minIf you decide to try eral supplement,” says ArginMax for Women, Fred Pescatore, M.D., tell your doctor be...Your complete weekly newsletter for author of The Hampfore you’re prescribed “family friendly” things to do around Chicago! tons Diet, (John Wiley & any other medication, Sons). This is especially including birth control true if your diet dips pills. “Herbs are medibelow 1400 calories per day, an amount that cines and interact with other medication, perwon’t meet your needs for essential vitamins haps negatively,” Whipple says. and minerals. But you don’t need to take a True or False: The best time to take a designated low-carb supplement if you’re on multi-vitamin is on an empty stomach. a low-carb diet. “’Smart-carb supplements Answer: False. For maximum absorption, are just another marketing ploy to get the atit’s best to wash it down with a meal. “Our tention and money of low-carb dieters,” Dr. bodies are designed to absorb nutrients with Pescatore says. They can also be double the food,” says Dr. Blumberg. “Taking a multi-vicost per tablet of regular multi-vitamin, multitamin when you’re eating makes good use of mineral supplements. Save your money and go the natural function.” It also helps avoid the with a regular multi-vitamin such as One-Apotential for nausea. Moreover, you’ll be more Day Women’s tablets or Life Force by Source likely to remember your multi if you have it Naturals (Dr. Pescatore’s favorites). with the same meal every day.

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True or False: Taking “beauty supplements” can promote healthier skin. Answer: False.You’re better off with a broadspectrum sunblock. Although it’s well-documented in scientific studies that topical vitamin products, such as Retin-A (a derivative of vitamin A) as well as forms of vitamins C and E, can help foster more youthful looking skin, the jury’s still out on whether taking a vitamin supplement can impact the skin from the inside out. “Until more studies are done, I wouldn’t recommend beauty vitamin supplements to my patients,” says dermatologist Andrea Lynn Cambio, M.D. Instead, Dr. Cambio advises wearing a broadspectrum sunblock with an SPF of 15 or more. “The sun is really what ages us the most,” she says. Smoking is another culprit. True or False: There’s no over-the-counter formula that can sizzle up your sex life. Answer: False: There’s at least one supplement that might: ArginMax for Women, a nutritional supplement that contains ginseng, ginkgo and damaina extracts (Chinese herbs) as well as L-Arginine (an amino acid), multivitamins and minerals. “It’s the only dietary supplement I know of that has undergone a double-blind, placebo-controlled study,” says Beverly Whipple, Ph.D., a certified sexuality 52 family wellness

True or False: A multi-vitamin doesn’t give you energy. Answer: True. “Multi-vitamins don’t provide energy because they don’t contain calories,” says Allred. If you’re feeling sluggish, tweak your diet. Increase your consumption of fiber-rich foods, including vegetables, beans and lean protein. Both provide longer-lasting energy than sugary snacks or coffee. If that doesn’t work, see your doctor. A medical condition may be to blame. True or False: The more vitamins and minerals you get, the healthier you’ll be. Answer: False. You can get too much of a good thing. According to a report in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, if you’re eating highly fortified foods (like some cereals, energy bars and vitamin waters) in conjunction with multi-vitamins, you can easily consume 300 percent of the RDA (recommended dietary allowances) for many known nutrients, raising the rare possibility of toxicity. Symptoms can vary from mild nausea to sever nerve damage. More likely is the development of a nutrient imbalance, a problem because most vitamins and minerals work in concert with one another. To be safe, make sure you keep track of how much you’re consuburban family |

suming, suggests Annette Dickinson, Ph.D., a consultant for the Council for Responsible Nutrition in Washington, D.C. To find out what a multi-vitamin contains: A. Just read the label. B. Ask your doctor C. Ask your neighbor D. Buy a name brand and hope for the best Answer D. Supplements aren’t tightly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so you can’t always trust that label or know what you’re buying.The label may not state the amount of certain nutrients or, worse, list contaminants such as lead or other heavy metals. Consumer Lab, an independent testing organization that publishes an “Approved quality” list of more than 500 supplements for subscribers, recently tested over 60 multivitamins and found that 32 percent contained defects, such as too little or too much of claimed amounts of vitamins, including more than the tolerable upper limits for niacin, vitamin A, folate, and magnesium. Name brands such as One-A-Day, Nature’s Bounty and Nature Made are among the formulations that typically measure up. True or False: Vitamins don’t expire. Answer: False. They do expire. “Though most vitamins and minerals are highly shelfstable, all have an expiration date, after which potency declines by a small percentage,” Dickinson says. This usually occurs two to three years after they’re manufactured, so purchase a quantity you’ll be able to finish before then. Maximize shelf life by storing vitamins in their original opaque, lidded containers in a cool, dry place, such as a kitchen cupboard. To prevent bone-weakening osteoporosis, you should: A. Take a calcium supplement B. Exercise regularly C. Eat a balanced diet D. All of the above Answer: D. A calcium supplement alone won’t entirely prevent the condition. “It’s true you need 1000 to 1200 milligrams of calcium daily to preserve bone mass,” says Christine Rosenbloom, PhD., RDN. “But that’s not all; it takes about 17 different nutrients to build a healthy bone.” Even the best calcium supplement will provide you with only three--usually vitamins D and K and magnesium, which boost mineral absorption or otherwise aid in bone formation. Dairy products and calcium-fortified tofu, on the other hand, supply riboflavin, protein, potassium, fat, vitamin B6, folate, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and other trace minerals for a more complete bond-building package. Exercising daily is also key. “Weight-bearing exercises like jogging and strength training stimulate bone-building cells,” says Miriam E. May/June 2018

Nelson, Ph.D., co-author of Strong Women, Strong Bones (Perigree).

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True or False: If you’re having a bad day, you need a “stress formula” vitamin. Answer: False. Except in rare instances, occasional mental stress won’t deplete your body’s arsenal of stored nutrients. Physical stress, however--from surgery, physical trauma or severe burns--does increase your need for B vitamins; that’s when a “stress formula” supplement, which generally contains several times the recommended daily allowances for several different B vitamins, might be beneficial and/or necessary, Blumberg says Vegans and vegetarians should also consider taking extra B vitamins, because their diets are most often lacking in them. Certain B vitamins, like B12, are found primarily in animal foods.

With the warmer weather on the horizon, many families will be putting on swimsuits and swim shorts and heading to water parks for a little bit of summertime fun. Along with the goggles and snacks, parents of young children should also pack some extra precaution. While serious injuries at water parks are not common, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1-4, according to U.S. Product Safety Commission. “According to the CDC, formal swim lessons reduce drowning risk by 88 percent,” says Chris DeJong, co-founder of Chicagoland’s Big Blue Swim School. If your child hasn’t started lessons, it’s never too late to begin. Big Blue Swim School offers lessons for children of all ability levels ranging in age from 6 months to 12 years old. “We always recommend that parent’s get their children involved with swim lessons as early as they can and remain committed to seeing progress. If your child is not making progress to be an independent swimmer, then it’s time to find a different program. Water safety is too important to leave to chance,” says DeJong. In addition to swim lessons, DeJong offers his top safety tips: • Learn how to swim yourself if you don’t already know. • Never leave a child unattended near water. Remember, lifeguards are not babysitters. • Stay within arm’s reach of young children at all times in and around the pool. • Make sure your backyard pool is fenced in with a self-locking gate. • If your child is going over to a friend’s house that has a pool, review the safety precautions with your child’s friend’s parents. • Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency.That means learn to perform CPR on children and adults and update those skills regularly.

True or False: Only pregnant women need folic acid. Answer: False. All women need at least 400 micrograms of folate (or 250 micrograms of its synthetic form, folic acid) daily. “Neural-tube defects--which folic acid can help prevent--occur in the first three weeks of gestation, before many women even know they’re pregnant,” says associate nutrition professor Jeff Hampl, Ph.D., R.D. But the potential for pregnancy is just one reason to get enough folic acid; it can also help protect against heart disease, the number one killer of American women.

For older children, the American Red Cross year-round water safety suggests they: • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards • Always swim with a buddy • Read and share with their parents the tips on this American Red Cross infographic:

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Children’s Garden; photo courtesy of The Morton Arboretum, Lisle Here’s your source for this issue’s great events. Event informaat construction sites, plus giveaways. 10AM-1PM. Maryknoll tion is subject to change without notice, therefore, we encourPark. Glen Ellyn Park District. age you to call ahead and confirm (advance registration may be required)– and be certain to tell ‘em you saw it in Suburban PETS Tails on the Trails – Meander down the ArboFamily Magazine! retum’s 16 miles of hiking trails. Shop in the pet expo, watch special demonstrations, and meet dogs available for adoption If you have an event of regional interest, we’d love to hear from and inquire about volunteering with local pet shelters. Event you. Send to “Great Events” Fax: 866-779-4320, E-mail: mail@ 10 AM - PM; dogs are allowed in the Arboretum 7 AM to sunset Mail: P.O. Box 1266, Westmont, IL 60559. Deadfor trail hiking. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. line for inclusion in the July/August issue is June 8th.




ADULTS Presentation – A John Marshall Law School professor will discuss major issues facing the U.S. Supreme Court. Q&A and discussion over coffee and dessert will follow the presentation. 7 PM. Cantigny Park. Register ADULTS Resume Makeover – Bring your resume for a detailed analysis from expert from Illinois Worknet. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. 7-8:30 PM. Register 630-627-0316.



FAMILY Early May Wildflower Walk – Hike along the river to look for early May wildflowers like Dutchman’s Breeches and Bloodroot. Ages 16 and up. 1-2:30 PM. Meet in Knock Knolls Nature Center Lobby, Naperville. Register with activity code 24495.



KIDS Bike Rodeo – Test your bicycle knowledge on a miniature riding course, plus on-the-spot bike checks, bikedecorating station, safety demonstrations, and bike raffles. 12PM-2PM. Duane/Lorraine parking lot, just west of the Glen Ellyn Public Library. Glen Ellyn Park District. SPORT Figure Skating – Come and watch the talented skaters of the HE Parks Figure Skating Academy as they display their talent in the Spring Figure Skating Exhibition. Spectators are welcome! 3-6 PM. Triphahn Center and Ice Arena, Hoffman Estates. 847-885-7500.

FAMILY Celebrate Mothers – The McCormick Museum invites families for this drop-in program with interactive themes. Join us as we celebrate all the moms by making cards and a few other make-and-take activities. 12-3 PM. Visitor’s Center, Cantigny Park.


FAMILY Illusionist – A magician and artist will lead an unforgettable hour of enthralling mysteries and illusions. Andrews’ innovative performances have been praised by PBS, The Daily Mail and Chicago Tribune. Intended for ages 18 and up. 3 PM. McCormick House, Cantigny Park.

GARDENING Tour – Cantigny Horticulture will take you on a guided stroll to check out what spring annual and bulbs are blooming. 11 AM. Visitors Center, Cantigny Park. LECTURE History – Date with History: Chicago’s “Fighting Eighth.” A Chicago DuSable Museum curator will present the unique story of the U.S. Army’s 370th regiment, one of the few African-American combat units to serve in World War I. 7:30 PM. Visitors Center, Cantigny Park.


FUNDRAISER Spring Benefit – Fund art scholarships, classes, workshops, exhibitions, events and programs to make art accessible throughout the year. Musical entertainment and food and drink from local establishments. 7 PM. The Art Center, Highland Park.


FAMILY Cardboard Boat Building Seminars – Free cardboard boat building seminars conducted by previous Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta champions to learn seaworthy secrets for boat construction. 9:30AM-10:30AM. Glen Ellyn Park District. Register 630-858-2463. FAMILY Nature Hike – Join a naturalist for an early morning hike at Knoch Knolls Park to look for spring wildflowers and wildlife. Younger children may be carried. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Ages 5 and up. 7-8:30 AM. Knock Knolls Nature Center, Naperville. Register with activity code 25911. KIDS Touch-A-Truck – Climb inside dump trucks, fire trucks, police cars, and other vehicles you see on the road and 54 great events

PRESCHOOLERS Wonderful World of Wheels – See, touch and experience a variety of community vehicles such as a police car, fire truck, and tractor and meet the community helpers who drive them. Ages 1-5 with parent/caregiver. 11 AM-1 PM. Whole Foods Parking Lot, W 75th St., Naperville.


ADULTS Fundraiser – Back 2 School Illinois (B2SI), the state’s largest free school supplies program, will host hundreds of Chicago educators, community and business leaders and supporters at its annual Kickoff Dinner, The event provide students from low-income families with school supplies. 5:30-9 PM. Galleria Marchetti, Chicago. KIDS Bike-To-School National Event – 15 area schools are participating in this important national day. 8-9 AM. Palatine. For participation information, call Bike Palatine Club, 224-836-1557. suburban family |

CONCERT Chorale – “Love Is In The Air”is the theme for this concert featuring popular music including renditions of famous Beatles and Carpenter’s songs as well as tunes from the 1930s and 1940s. 7:30 PM. Wheaton College, Wheaton. CONCERT Chorale – “Love Is In The Air”is the theme for this concert featuring popular music including renditions of famous Beatles and Carpenter’s songs as well as tunes from the 1930s and 1940s. 3 PM. Wheaton College, Wheaton.

GARDENERS Petals for Pets – Buy affordably priced spring garden plants and floral for a good cause. West Suburban Humane Society. Sat.+ Sun. 9 AM to 3 PM. 1901 Ogden Ave. Downers Grove. 630-960-9600. GARDENERS Plant Sale – Choose varieties for sun or shade - mature perennials, herbs, vegetables, native plants, ground covers members’ local gardens. Cash/check, rain/shine Knowledgeable club members will be on hand to help. 8:30-11 AM. Gardeners of Central Lake County. Register 847-772-2186. PETS Expo – Fun, educational even for area animal lovers. Bring your pet. 9 AM-1PM. Clow-Stephens Park, Plainfield. May/June 2018

City Events Millennium Park Summer Events – Music festivals, concerts, movies, celebrations, family activities, nature programs, workouts and public art programs all presented throughout the summer. Also visit Lurie Garden and The Park Grill and Plaza. Millennium Park, Chicago. Adler Planetarium “What Is A Planet?” – . Awardwinning exhibit explains what really happened to Pluto and why it matters. Scientific definitions have changed since the ancient astronomers; explore the discoveries through October 21 Buckingham Fountain “Switch on Summer“ – May 6. ComEd and the Chicago Park District mark this official sea-


KIDS Plant A Story – While overlooking the expansive gardens of Lilacia Park from the Library’s Plaza, we’ll listen to a spring story, paint a flowerpot, and plant a seed so you can watch it grow at home. 10-10:45 AM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. FAMILY Mother’s Day Skate – Give Mom the gift she really wants this year – time spent with her family! Moms get in free with a paid child. Moms can get a free photo taken with their families. 3-4:30 PM. Triphahn Center and Ice Arena Hoffman Estates.


TOUR War History – A bus trip from the Elmhurst History Museum to the First Division Museum at Cantigny in Wheaton will take visitors to a guided tour to learn more about the history of the Great War. 12:45-4 PM. Elmhurst History Museum.


KIDS Night Out – Enjoy the night out while your children have a fun night creating 3D buildings out of toothpicks and marshmallows, playing carnival games, mastering an obstacle course and more. Dinner and juice are provided. Ages 4-12. 6-9 PM. HOBBYISTS Koi and Gardening – Join us for our Club Meeting Dinner and the topic will be Bee Keeping and the correlation with ponding. Newcomers welcome. 7-9:30 PM. Bohemian Crystal, Westmont. 312-409-2081


ADULTS Community Garage Sale – Sell, shop or do both. More than 50 sales in one convenient location. Seascape 56 great events

son-changing event in Chicago with family fun. Giveaways, activities, and live entertainment as well as a dozen of Chicagoland’s most beloved organizations will join ComEd and the Park District to help kick off the city’s favorite season. 12:00-3:00pm; the fountain will be switched on at 2:00pm. Buckingham Fountain, Chicago. Wingfest – May 6. Enjoy some of the best Chicagoland wing restaurants to help raise funding for local and national charities. Ulimited wings, live music and contests. UIC Pavilion, Chicago. Lincoln Park Wine Festival – May 18-20. Sample wines, browse art and be entertained with music. The park’s two acres will be cordoned off and visitors can sample from a selection of more than 80 varietals. Vineyards from the U.S and around the world will be featured. Jonquil Park, Lincoln/DePaul neighborhood, Chicago. Memorial Day Parade – 5/26. A wreath laying ceremony at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza is followed by the Memorial Day Parade with high-school marching bands, drum and bugle corps, veterans’ groups, and active duty military. State Street, Chicago. Chicago’s Street Art Fair – June 2-3. This event showcases products like glass, jewelry, leather, photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture, digital arts, wood, ce-

ramics or fiber etc. in the Gifts & Handicrafts, Household Consumables industries. Hyde Park neighborhood, Chicago. Chicago Cultural Center “The Great Lakes Cycle” – Artist Alexis Rockman explores the past, present and future of North America’s Great Lakes with beautiful paintings showing the environment above, below and on the shores of the Great Lakes, one of the worlds most emblematic and ecologically significant ecosystems. Chicago Blues Festival – June 8-10. The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago’s Music Festivals Experience three days of music on four stages. Millennium Park, Chicago. Ribfest Chicago – June 8-10. “20 Years of Ribs and Rock and Roll.” Great ribs (only juried restaurants are selected) and other food are showcased, including vegetarian and gluten free options. Live rock music, and Kids’ Square. Lincoln/Damen/Irving Park, Chicago. World’s Largest Block Party – June 22-23. Dance and sing along to local bands, sample delicious food truck fare, get involved in kids’ activities. This event is a beloved neighborhood tradition. Old St. Pat’s Chicago.

Parking lot, Hoffman Estates Park District. 8 AM-1PM. Reserve spot online.

wego, Plainfield and Streamwood.

FAMILY Cardboard Boat Building Seminars – Free cardboard boat building seminars conducted by previous Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta champions to learn seaworthy secrets for boat construction. 9:30AM-10:30AM. Glen Ellyn Park District. Register 630-858-2463.

WOMEN Fashion Show – Join Macy’s for a summer fashion party and check out the “It List” looks that are sure to keep you cool in the heat and help you discover your summer style. Refreshments, music and activities. 1 PM. Macy’s Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie.

FAMILY Children’s Garden Celebration – Visit The Wonder Pond with new walkway and more seating and shade for children and caregivers to enjoy the space. Games and entertainment in the four-acre space. 11 AM-4 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.


FAMILY Community Yard Sale – Come shop locally or register to rent your own booth at this massive yard sale for all our neighbors. 8AM-2PM. Main Street Recreation Center. 9:30AM-10:30AM. Glen Ellyn Park District. FAMILY DuPage County River Sweep – Outdoor volunteer opportunity to help serve the neighbors and the community by tidying the shorelines of the East Branch. 9AM12PM. Churchill Woods Forest Preserve. Glen Ellyn Park District. Register FAMILY Exhibit and Activity – “The Three Bears and Their Chairs.” This family-friendly event will explore ‘The Art of Seating’ through the popular fairy tale. Go on a scavenger hunt, and make your own chair. 10:30 AM-Noon. Ages 4-9. Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago. FAMILY Open House – Kiddie Academy welcomes families to stop by for our open house to learn more about our high-quality early learning programs for ages 6 weeks - 5 years. 10 AM-1 PM. Algonquin, Batavia, Naperville, Ossuburban family |

FAMILY Museum Day – Elmhurst Museum Day is a special event commemorating the important cultural value of Elmhurst’s museums to communities – The Elmhurst Art Museum, The Elmhurst History Museum and The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art. Jump on board the Explore Elmhurst trolley to visit all three for free admission, family-friendly activities, exhibit tours and refreshments. 1-5 PM. Elmhurst. FAMILY Children’s Garden Celebration – Visit The Wonder Pond with new walkway and more seating and shade for children and caregivers to enjoy the space. Games and entertainment in the four-acre space. 11 AM-4 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. FAMILY Late May Wildflower Walk – Hike along the river to Look for late spring bloomers like May Apples, Phlox and Solomon’s Seal. Ages 16 and up. 1-2:30 PM. Meet in Knock Knolls Nature Center Lobby, Naperville. Register with activity code 24975.


SENIORS Travel Lecture – This program will virtually transport you to the diverse country of Morocco. Discover majestic palaces and mosques, unparalleled museums, mouthwatering cuisine, old world bazaars and the stunning beauty May/June 2018

of deserts and mountains. 1-2:30 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register TEENS Exam Cram – It’s finals time, so the library will provide some snacks while you provide the brainpower to get your studying done. Eve, a comfort dog, will be available as a distraction for students stressed from studying. Grades 9-12. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register


including skydiving, formation flying, helicopter demonstrations, and much more! Clow International Airport, Bolingbrook. 10 AM-4 PM. 630-378-0479.


ADULTS/TEENS Auditions – “Sister Act,” a musical filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story. Ages 16 and up. 5-9 PM. The Henmans Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin.

delicious farm-style breakfast that includes a variety of dairy items. Live music, dairy demonstrations, wagon rides, and hands-on activities throughout the morning. 8 AM-1 PM. Wagner Farm, Glenview. FAMILY Owl Pellets – Learn about the eating habits of owls living in the Springbrook Nature Center by dissecting owl pellets. Ages 5 and up with adult accompanying those younger than 8. 2-2:45 PM. Nature Center, Itasca Park District. Register

ADULTS Nature Hike – Join a naturalist on an early morning hike at Knoch Knolls Park to learn about local wildlife. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Ages 18 and up. 7-8:30 AM. Meet in Knock Knolls Nature Center Lobby, Naperville. Register with activity code 25910.


ADULTS/TEENS Auditions – “Sister Act,” a musical filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story. Ages 16 and up. 5-9 PM. The Henmans Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin.

FAMILY Restoration Work Day - Outdoor volunteering opportunity to help clear invasive plants, plant native flowers, trees and seeds, maintain trails and more. 9AM -11AM. Churchill Park. Glen Ellyn Park District.

AUDITIONS Talent Show – Geneva’s Got Talent is seeking entertainers such as dancers, singers, jugglers, bands and magicians. Performances in June. Audition times 10 AM-2 PM. Application/waiver

FAMILY Movies in the Park – Bring blankets and lawn chairs for a free outdoor showing of “Charlotte’s Web.” Crafts at 8:15 PM, movie at dusk. Spalding Park. Glen Ellyn Park District.

SENIORS Music as Medicine – In an effort to support the musical approach to healthy living, this event is focusing on the great composers is being presented to aid in recovery from surgery, stroke, heart attack and help alleviate stress. 10:30-11:30 AM. Lake Bluff Senior Center. Register 847-2342209.

SHOPPING and SELLING Outdoor Flea Market – Make a little cash spring cleaning closets, attics, garages and basements. Bring chairs a table, canopy or umbrella for shade. Vendor set-up at 7:30-8:30am. Darien Sportsplex, Darien.


TEEN Fun Trivia Night – “Are You Smarter Than A Librarian?” Join us for a fun trivia night where the teens team up against some librarians! Grades 6-12. 7-8 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard.


COLLECTORS Doll and Teddy Bear Show – Exhibitors featuring all things doll and teddy bear with doll related items, refreshments, door prizes and raffles. 9AM – 6 PM. Marriott, Naperville.



FAMILY Car Show – See classic, antique or tricked-out TEENS Teen Splash Bash – Join us for a free pool party modern cars. 10 AM -2 PM. Cars displayed on Village Center FAMILY Family Field Day – Equestrian, canine and complete with a DJ and games (entry with a school ID). Grades Burr1Ridge. sheep herding demos, music, hay rides,Next archeryJuly and fishing. 11 Coming August 2018 articles:Layout 1 Park 4/24/18 10:58 AM Drive. Page 6-8. 8-10PM. Sunset Pool. Glen Ellyn District. AM-5 PM. St. James Farm, Warrenville. TOUR Franciscan Era Tour – Learn about the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart, which owned and operated Mayslake Hall as a retreat house from 1924 to 1991, and the “mad monks” who chased away curious visitors. Ages 12 and up, under 18 with an adult. 1-2:30 PM. Mayslake, Peabody Estate, Oak Brook. Register 630-206-9566.

FAMILY Dairy Breakfast and Stock Show – Enjoy a


FAMILY Skating – Public skate sessions are great for family and friends to come have a good time on the ice together. All ages. 12:10-1:40 PM. Northbrook Park District. FAMILY Cavalcade of Planes – See many kinds of aircraft both flying and on the ground. Experience a great event including skydiving, formation flying, helicopter demonstrations, and much more! Clow International Airport, Bolingbrook. 10 AM-4 PM. 630-378-0479. KIDS Garage Sale – Kids will learn the value of getting rid of their old stuff as well as what it takes to make a deal. Strictly for kids’, games, books, sports equipment, clothes and collectibles. Bring own table and chairs. Ages 5 and up with an adult. 9 AM-2 PM. Register by 5/23, Plainfield Park District.

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KIDS Spring Fling Gymnastics Showcase – Students get to show off their skills in a competition. Ages 3-13. Eola Community Center. 9:30-11:30 AM. Fox Valley Park District.


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skills with a two-day class, geared toward drivers age 50 and older. Review rules of the road and safe vehicle operation, and learn about normal age-related physical changes. Preregistration is required, with checks payable to AARP on the first day of the class. Second class follows one week later on 6/18. Drivers must attend both days of the course. Northbrook Park District Senior Center. Register 847-291-2988.


FAMILY Summer Kick-Off – Fun-filled night of inflatables, games, hot dogs and face painting. All ages. 6-8 PM. Rahlfs Woods Park, Streamwood.


FAMILY Bingo – A fun night with prizes for winners. Ages 3 and up, with an adult. 6-7:30 PM. LaGrange Park District. Register


HOBBYISTS Koi and Gardening – Join us for our Club Meeting Dinner and the topic will be BodySmart Gardening, with an emphasis on how to reduce stress and strain on the body. Newcomers welcome. 7-9:30 PM. Albertos, Carol Stream. 312-409-2081


FAMILY Campout – A great way for novice campers and families to become familiar with the joys of camping without venturing too far into the wilderness. Participants must provide their own tent and sleeping bags. Fri-Sat, 5 PM-8AM. Citizens Park, Barrington Park District. FAMILY Fishing – “Fish-O-Rama” is offered in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Wheaton, this is a fishing event you won’t want to miss! Registration is required for this free catch-and-release event. Ages 15 and under, with adult. 8-11 AM Northside Park, Wheaton. FAMILY Open House – Kiddie Academy welcomes families to stop by for our open house to learn more about our high-quality early learning programs for ages 6 weeks - 5 years. 10 AM-1 PM. Algonquin, Batavia, Naperville, Oswego, Plainfield and Streamwood.


FAMILY Father’s Day Swim Event – Show Dad how much he is appreciated by treating him to a trip to the Bartlett Aquatic Center on Father’s Day. During this special event, fathers will receive free admission with the paid admission of a child. 11:30 AM-8 PM. Bartlett Aquatic Center.

FAMILY Father’s Day Zoo Special – Celebrate the day with Dad – he gets in free. Enjoy barnyard petting zoo and well-kept grounds with red barns. Randall Oaks Zoo, Dundee. 9AM-5PM.

sale. Raffle for a local nursery gift certificate. 10:00 AM-2 PM. Mundelein area. Addresses and maps on website:


WEDDING Bridal Show – Meet with wedding professionals from wedding cakes bakeries, caterers, photographers, DJs, dresses, venues and tuxes. 9 AM-6 PM. Marriott, Schaumburg.

FAMILY Jazz in the Park – Pack your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic dinner to enjoy a relaxing night out with wonderful music from The Glen Ellyn Jazz Ensemble. 7-9 PM. Maryknoll Park. Glen Ellyn Park District.


FAMILY Art in the Park – Creation Stations offers your children short, fun activities this summer. Stop by and join in on the fun in the great outdoors. 11-11:45 AM. Arlington Heights Park District Cultural Arts Department, Heritage Park, Arlington Heights. FAMILY Movie – Bring your own chairs, blankets, snacks and drinks to watch “Despicable Me,” outdoors behind the Darien Park District Community Center. 8:45 PM. SENIORS Workshop – “Local Crime Prevention” is the title of this session’s workshop. The Homeland Security Training Institute is committed to keeping community members safe. 1-3 PM. College of DuPage Homeland Security Education Center (HEC), Room 1022. Register (630) 942-3427.


FAMILY Cosmic Mini Golf – Golf in the dark with glowin-the-dark balls on an illuminated mini golf course. Great for date night and families. 8-10:30 PM. Coyote Crossing Mini Golf, Carol Stream Park District. TEEN/YOUNG ADULT U Rock Battle of the Bands – Battle for the top spot against other local bands in front of an audience of your peers. Ages 12-20. 6-8:15 PM. Memorial Park, Wheaton.


ADULTS Margaritaville at Barefoot Bay – Leave the kids at home and enjoy a nighttime swim. Alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase. No outside beverages will be allowed inside. Strictly a 21+ event. I.D. Required for entrance. Barefoot Bay Family Aquatic Center, Mundelein Park District. 8:15-10:15 PM. NATURE Garden Walk – The self-guided walk will feature 5 charming private residential gardens to tour at your leisure, rain or shine. Start at any garden on the map. Mini plant



FAMILY Movies in the Park – Bring blankets and lawn chairs for a free outdoor showing of “Leap!” Crafts at 8:15PM, movie at dusk. Lake Ellyn Park. Glen Ellyn Park District. Free. ADULTS Lecture – “The 50th Anniversary of The Beatles White Album.”The program will include a discussion of the Beatles “back to basics” recording approach and an analysis of key tracks. 7 PM, Palos Park Library. Register


FAMILY Arbor Walk – Families will enjoy a guided walk in our newly accredited Century Park Arboretum with a certified arborist. 9:30-11 AM. Vernon Hills Park District. FAMILY 25th Annual Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta – Participants race their handmade cardboard vessels on the beautiful Lake Ellyn with winners determined by the fastest race times and judgment in a variety of other wild categories. Races at 12PM. Lake Ellyn Park. Glen Ellyn Park District. gepark. org/regatta. FAMILY First Responder Day – Members of local Fire, Police, EMS, and their immediate families are invited for a free day of swimming and fun. An employment badge/ID is required at check-in. 11 AM-7 PM. Family Aquatic Center, Vernon Hills.

ONGOING ADULTS Central DuPage Camera Club – Mon, biweekly. Open to the public and new members always welcome. 7:30-9 PM. Wheaton Park District Community Center. 630-682-5536. ADULTS First Fridays – Each week, something new – perhaps a wine tasting, book signing, fortune telling, special shopping discounts, lively music and refreshments. 6-9 PM. Downtown Libertyville. ADULTS Naperville Area Diversity Dinner Group – Naperville Area Diversity Dinner Group offers respectful discourse - Discussion, Dinner and Democratic Decision making. Groups of 10-12, couples/singles decide on potluck dinner/ topics once per month at member homes. Contact Mary Glatz at 720-205-8944. SENIORS Club – First Wednesdays monthly. Social activities, informative meetings, entertainment, lunches and other activities for seniors. Noon. Eastside Community Center, Batavia. 630-406-5282. TEENS Teen Center – Ongoing Tuesdays, the Hoffman Estates Park District Teen Center is open weekly – check the district calendar for special events. 6:30-8:30 PM. Vogelei Park.

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WOMEN Weekly Walkers – Meeting Mon and Thu mornings, the group meets weekly, ongoing. Meet outside Women’s Exchange in Winnetka. 8-9 AM. 847-441-3406.

as well as 10 trees, including 17 different cultivars at very competitive prices Thu 3-7 PM, Fri and Sat 8 AM-5PM. Lilacia Park, Lombard. 630-495-0022.

FAMILY Art Exhibit – Now thru May 31. Now in its 26th year, the library invites you to celebrate the arts by viewing over 400 students’ artwork from nine District 25 schools during the month of May. 9 AM-10 PM. Opening Night Reception with music and refreshments 5/3.6-7:30 PM. Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

ART Festivals – Weekends thru Summer starting 5/11. Amdur Productions presents summer juried art festivals at various venues throughout the Chicagoland area.

EXHIBIT Elmhurst History – Now thru May 31. “By All Accounts” ongoing exhibit allows visitors to experience the latest enhancements to this interactive journey through Elmhurst history. View the History Spotlight, a rotating display of special objects and photos from the museum’s collection and currently featuring items from Elmhurst’s airport. Sun, Tues-Fri 1-5 PM; Sat 10AM-5PM. FAMILY Carillon Recitals – The Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon has weekly concerts recitals and concerts with guest performers on Saturdays and Sundays during spring/early summer. Times vary, performers continually added to schedule . Tours are available. PRESCHOOL/YOUNG CHILD Road To Reading DropIn – Thursdays. This story time promotes pre-reading skills for little ones. Ages 3,4, and 5. Tales packed with rhyme and vocabulary, storytelling, and lively musical activities, adults are welcome. 9:15-9:45 AM. Elmhurst Public Library. SPORTS Ultimate Disk League Team – Now thru July. Enjoy watching professional games in a family-friendly atmosphere with interactive activities. Home games will be played at North Central College this year. Tickets ADULTS Mental Health Mornings – 5/1, 5/8, 5/15. Topics include Mental Health First Aid, Opioids and Heroin and Creating a Healthy Workplace. 7:30-9 AM. McHenry Recreation Center McHenry. FAMILY Troll Hunt Outdoor Sculptures – 5/1-6/22 Artist in residence (watch him build). June 22 –Sculptures expected to remain beyond 2018. Journey through our farreaching forest to watch as Danish artist Thomas Dambo create six colossal trolls from reclaimed wood. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. FAMILY Drop-In Tram Rides – Wednesdays and Fridays 5/2-6/29. Take the Acorn Express a tram-ride adventure through the Arboretum, seeking out destinations to hike, make a craft, and explore new topics each week. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. MUSIC Outdoor Performances – Wednesdays 5/25/30. “Arbor Evenings” is a new series of musical performances for all ages. Unwind with a mid-week break among the towering trees and beautiful natural landscapes of The Morton Arboretum. Includes live music from top area bands, food, and drinks. 5:30-8 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.

TWEENS Friday Night Life Club – 5/18, 6/1 and ongoing. A monthly, fun, safe club with a these for each night and a DJ. Ages 9-11. Main Park Leisure Center, Park Ridge. EXHIBIT Portraiture – 5/24-10/31. ME-WE features the work of award-winning photographer and author Wing Young Huie. Capturing the essence of Naperville. A short form documentary about the making of the exhibit will be featured as part of the exhibit. Naper Settlement, Naperville. FAMILY Drag Racing – 5/31-6/3. NHRA Nationals: The world’s greatest drag racers light up The World’s Premier Drag Racing Facility. Race times vary from 9 am – 8:30 pm. Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway. (815)-722-3020. CHARITY Great Cycle Challenge – Registration is open for the 4th annual month-long cycling fundraiser in June to benefit Children’s Cancer Research Fund. For more info and to register go to: COMEDY Improv – 6/1 and ongoing First Fridays. Laughter, crazy antics, competing teams of improvisers’, live music, cash bar. Clean comedy. All ages. 8-10:15 PM. Tickets 847-931-5900 or at door. Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin.


CONCERTS Friday Evenings – 6/15 thru summer. Bring your sports chairs, blankets, coolers, food, and your favorite beverage for a relaxing, enjoyable night out with your neighbors and friends. 7-8:30 PM. Village Green, Burr Ridge.

CONCERTS Fridays – 6/15, 7/20, 8/17. The free-ofcharge concert series boasts three great summer evenings of “throwback” hits that promise to have old and young alike A on their feet dancing, including kids play area, activities, and food truck fare. 6 PM. Chicago Premium Outlets,Summer Aurora. pre- Health


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EXHIBIT – Thru 6/17. “Snoopy and theFitness Red Baron.” Tips, Ra Exhibit tells the full story of the charismatic Events, and belovedand Mo character from its early origins to the detailed research on all aspects of World War I that Schulz brought to the To advert strips for authenticity. Sun-Tues 1-5 PM. and Sat 10AM5 PM. Elmhurst History Museum. Ad Space D 630-833-1457.


FAMILY Interactive Theatre – 6/18, 6/25. “Princesses Vs. Pirates and the Switcheroo Crew.” Volunteers play a part in the performance to help solve the mystery of the disappearing treasure. All hands are on deck to solve the case! 10:30-11:30 AM. Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, Palatine Park District.

WATERPARKS & FAMILYPOOLS Car Races – 6/28-7/1. NASCAR: Racing’s top-

tier series invade the Magnificent Mile And A Half. Race times vary from 1:30 pm – 8 pm start times. Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway. (815)-722-3020.

CHARITY Used Book and Media Donations – 6/1, 6/6 and 6/7. American Association of University Women (AAUW) is accepting donations at various locations. No encyclopedias, magazines, American Heritage or VHS tapes. Donations 5/5 and 5/19, 9 AM-Noon at Knox Presbyterian Church and 6/1 9 AM-1 PM, Washington Jr. High; Sale at Washington Jr. High, Naperville: Wed 6/6 ($10 entry fee) 6-9 PM; Thu 6/7 (Free entry) 9 AM-8PM; Sat 6/9 9 AM-1 PM (All items 1/2 price or $10 bag).


CONCERT SERIES – 6/5 and ongoing Tuesdays in summer. Experience an array of talented music artists on a pleasant summer night. Bring your own lawn chairs and refreshments. All ages. 7 PM. Old Town Park, Bloomingdale.

 Fairs & Festivals  Terrific Day Trips  Water Parks & Pools

FAMILY Fun Picnics – 6/6, 7/11 and 8/8. Soak in the fresh air and enjoy a cool evening in the park with your own picnic that you bring. Entertainment and games are offered during the first half hour. 6:30-8 PM. Various community parks. Bloomingdale. bloomingdaleparks. org. CONCERTS Summer Sounds – 6/7-8/2. Weekly concerts with various bands. Bring blankets and chairs, food available for purchase. 7-9 PM. 847-252-5448. Village Green, Hoffman Estates.

FAMILY Mini Golf – 5/4-5/6. Golf rounds on Opening Weekend are only $4. Coyote Crossing Mini Golf, Carol Stream Park District. Fri 4-8 PM, Sat 11 AM-10 PM and Sun 11 AM7PM. csparksorg.

FAMILY Family Nights – 6/14 thru summer. Enjoy live music, kid-friendly fare, and entertainment after-hours in the Children’s Garden. 5-8 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.

GARDENING Lilac Sale – 5/10-12. A fundraiser for the Lombard Garden Club, with more than 450 lilac bushes for sale,

FAMILY Play In The Park – Thu 6/14, 7/19, 8/16. Summer messy play in the park days. 6-7:30 PM. Sunny Hill

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Park, Streamwood. More info call Lauren 630-483-3132.

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Catch 35 An upscale seafood and premium steak restaurant located in downtown Naperville. Catch 35 prides itself in bringing ocean FRESH seafood to Naperville. Seasonal offerings like Alaskan Halibut, Wild Alaskan Salmon, and Block Island Swordfish are few favorites. Catch 35 Signature dishes like Chilean Sea Bass and Alaskan King Crab Legs are ALWAYS a hit. Steak lovers can enjoy tender, charcoal grilled premium bone-in New York Strip as well as mouthwatering Filet Mignon. Stop in for lunch! Catch 35’s lunch menu offers NEW Signature small plates, crispy seafood platters, tacos, and rolls. Open at 11:30am, Monday-Saturday. Dine on Catch 35’s outdoor patio and enjoy the extensive global wine list and specialty cocktails. Visit for our weekly specials, community discounts, and bar specials. Reserve your table today and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Locations: 35 W. Wacker, Chicago, 312-346-3500 and 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630-717-3500.

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

Healthy Fresh Thai Cuisine

Houlihan’s Our new $5 Spot Happy Hour features food and drinks that you can grab for just $5 bucks. Featuring our $5 Big Cheese, a full-size, happy-hour only burger, $5 appetizers and any cocktail on our menu for just $5. Plus, additional drink specials. Days + hours vary by location. Check for deets.


(630) 443-8461

OUR NEW HAPPY HOUR High fives for the $5 Spot, where 5 bucks can get you: THE BIG CHEESE our new full-size, happy-hour-only burger. TONS OF APPETIZERS like Thai Wings, Famous Stuffed ’Shrooms and lots more. ANY COCKTAIL ON OUR MENU

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Plus, enjoy additional beer, wine & cocktail specials.

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Geneva 1322 Commons Drive | 630.345.8000 Wheaton 321 Rice Lake Square, Space #251 | 630.690.5550 Park Ridge 550 W. Touhy Avenue | 847.692.6205 Naperville Naperville Crossings | 2860 Showplace Drive | 630.536.0022 Orland Park 16153 La Grange Road | 708.364.7650 Algonquin 1508 S. Randall Road | 847.658.4560

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Mon Ami Gabi Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro offering lunch and dinner seven days a week, along with weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Grabbing lunch at Oakbrook Center? Enjoy Mon Ami Gabi’s new Express Lunch menu. For $17.95, enjoy a three-course meal complete with choice of Soup Du Jour or Petite Salad Maison, 5 oz Steak Frites or Salmon Frites, and choice of Un Profiterole or Sorbet Du Jour for dessert. Mon Ami Gabi is the perfect place to host your wedding or next special event. From bridal showers to rehearsal dinners to business gatherings, you’ll work side-by-side with our seasoned Catering Manager Jessica to plan your special event. With two private rooms located off the main dining room, both feature glass paneled French doors, deep mahogany wood, rich leather banquettes and a mosaic tile floor. Contact Jessica today at Call 630-472-1900 for more information or to make a reservation. Mon Ami Gabi is located at the east side of Oakbrook Center mall, near Neiman Marcus at 260 Oakbrook Center Oak Brook, IL 60523. WEEKEND + 4th page:Layout 1


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Suburban Family ~ May + June 2018  

Chicago area waterparks and pools, fairs and festivals, summer kids camps, party planning, fitness race guide, golf guide, dining guide

Suburban Family ~ May + June 2018  

Chicago area waterparks and pools, fairs and festivals, summer kids camps, party planning, fitness race guide, golf guide, dining guide