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Editor & Publisher | Chuck Cozette Managing Editor | Roseanne Segovia Assistant Editor | Jessica McAdam Art Director | Catherine A. LePenske Contributing Writers Laura Amann, Joni Hirsch Blackman, Buzz Brandt, Jay Copp, Sandy Koropp, Denise Linke, Diana Santos, Lisa Sloan, Sara Pearsaul Vice, Michele Weldon, Tom Witom Contributing Photographer Ed Ahern Advertising Sales Pam Loebel, Susan Reetz Accounting/Circulation Jennifer Cozette Reader Advisory Board Laurie Barton (Glen Ellyn), Karla Bullett (Lombard) Linda Cassidy (Campton Hills), Mary Ellen Coombs (Wheaton), Joan Hoff (Elmhurst) Grace Grzanek (Batavia), Liz Hunka (Wheaton) Nancy Jensen (Batavia), Holly Jordan (Wheaton) Mary Ellen Kastenholz (Western Springs) Kate Kirkpatrick (Naperville) Molly Livermore (St. Charles) Pamela Peterson (Burr Ridge) Diana Santos (Woodridge), Darla Scheidt (Darien) Jean Stawarz (Oak Brook) Marilyn Straub (Willowbrook) West Suburban Living is a publication of C2 Publishing, Inc. 5101 Darmstadt Rd., Hillside, IL 60162 630.834.4995 / 630.834.4996 (fax) wsl@westsuburbanliving.net www.westsuburbanliving.net No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission of C2 Publishing, Inc. Any views expressed in any advertisement, signed letter, article or photograph are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of West Suburban Living or its parent company. West Suburban Living (Vol. 19, No. 6 OCTOBER 2014; ISSN No. 1532-6705) is published monthly, except for July/August and November/December issues (10 times a year) by C2 Publishing, Inc., 5101 Darmstadt Rd., Hillside, IL 60162, 630 834-4995, fax 630 834-4996. Periodicals postage paid at Elmhurst, Illinois and additional mailing offices. Subscriptions: 1 year $15; 2 years $22; 3 years $30. Single copy $3.95; back issues, as available, $7. West Suburban Living assumes no responsibility for unsolicited materials. POSTMASTER: Send changes of address to West Suburban Living Magazine, P.O. Box 111, Elmhurst, IL 60126. Printed in USA.

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Contents West Suburban Living










A haven for artists and outdoor lovers alike, Brown County, Indiana is at its scenic best in autumn when its heavily forested terrain is ablaze in fall color.


From apnea to insomnia, sleep disorders are robbing more and more people of hours of much needed rest.




The latest trends in decorative lighting, from vintage to contemporary.

 Features 40


ALL-TIME HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC GREATS Our picks for the best west

dynasties, rivalries and venues.

suburban high school athletes

See where local sports stars

in history, from Red Grange

got their start and how many

to Candace Parker, plus top

went on to national and

Olympians, coaches, teams,

professional fame.


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29 Perspectives

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Local roller skating rink finds an expanded niche by tweaking an age-old formula for fun. LAST WORD

In an age of ever-present personal recording devices, our private lives are no longer our own.


A snapshot of facts and figures relating to the western suburbs. Q&A

with ABC 7 news anchor and Naperville resident Alan Krashesky

westsuburbanliving.net The go-to site for the Best of the Western Suburbs at your fingertips!


Women-only boxing gym in Westmont throws a one-two punch for fitness and self-confidence

FIrst-ever October issue.

Around the Towns


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New book releases from west suburban writers, plus reviews and recommendations.

16 Style&Fashion



REVIEW: IL SOGNO Wheaton restaurant gets Italian cuisine right


REVIEW: DITKA’S Top-notch food and football nostalgia in Oakbrook Terrace





stops & shops

New stores and favorite hidden gems


The best in music, theatre and other area events

Gaetano’s in Batavia, Granite City in Naperville, and La Buona Vita in LaGrange

The Heritage of Meritage


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editor’s Note

“Action is the foundational key to all success.”

- Pablo Picasso

“Good things may come to those who wait. But the best things come to those who do.”

“Don’t try to be different. Just be good. To be good is different enough.”

- Arthur Freed

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

- Arthur Ashe

“Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.”

- James 3:13

Sharing More Memorable Stories


he first time I ever held a girl’s hand for any length of time was at a roller rink. It was at the Elm, to be exact, a vintage old roller skating arena in Elmhurst. I was a young grade schooler who had come to the rink with my older brothers. I was racing around the rink, undoubtedly a bit oblivious to what was going on around me, when I somehow found myself on the floor for a “ladies choice” segment. Before I could scramble off to play pinball, a girl about my age glided up to me and extended her hand. Not knowing what else to do, I grabbed it and off we went, hand-in-hand, on a couples skate. I don’t remember much except that she was a good skater and that when it was over, my hand was sweaty, surely more due to nerves than the physical exertion from skating. It was the first of a number of good memories associated with roller skating, most from my junior high days when the Elm was one of the only acceptable places kids could go just to hang out and have fun with friends. But also from years later, when I was a counselor at a summer camp in Missouri, where an old roller rink once again proved to be the perfect place to hang out and cultivate new friendships — in that case, with dozens of fellow counselors from all over the country. These fond recollections were brought to mind while editing a piece by columnist Joni Hirsch Blackman on the Aurora Skate

Center (page 22). While the Elm where I skated years ago is long gone, it’s nice to know that local roller rinks like the one in Aurora are still going strong — throwbacks to an earlier era where building community was as easy as creating a fun and welcoming environment in which to gather together. This issue also features a number of other great articles, most notably an extensively researched piece on the best west suburban high school athletes of all time (page 40). As you will see, the western suburbs has a pretty amazing sports legacy. Speaking of athletes, be sure to check out our feature on a women-only boxing gym (page 18), where “being a knockout isn’t about being perfect or having the perfect body, it’s about being the best you can be.” We hope you enjoy these and other stories in this, our first-ever October issue. With our expansion to 10 issues a year, we look forward to being able to share even more great stories like these in the years to come. As always, thanks for being a reader and enjoy the all-too-fleeting beauty of fall!

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Photo courtesy of Morton Arboretum


A Walk in the Woods THE FULL BEAUTY OF AUTUMN will be on vivid display this month at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, which features 4,300 types of trees and other plants from 40 countries around the world. Though seasonal colors are typically at their best in the second and third week of October, that can vary depending on the weather. Call the Bloom ‘n Color Hotline at 630 719-7955 or go to www.mortonarb.org for weekly updates.






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IS IT POSSIBLE THAT OUR UNIVERSE is really only two-dimensional, and like characters on a television show, we are unaware that our seemingly 3-D world is really a 2-D hologram? That is one of the questions scientists at Batavia’s Fermilab will be addressing with the help of a Holometer, the most sensitive device ever created to measure the “quantum jitter of space itself.” A team of 21 scientists will be doing a variety of experiments to test the theory that the most basic information about the universe may be stored in tiny two-dimensional pixels roughly 10 trillion, trillion times


smaller than an atom.

The record number of wins this season for the Kane County Cougars Class-A baseball team in Geneva. It included a franchise-best 91-49 regular season record, capped off by a 7-0 playoff run, culminating in the team’s


second ever Midwest League Championship.

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THE NUMBER OF SEATS in the new auditorium at the Community Christian Church in Naperville, or as it is more commonly referred to by area residents, the Yellow Box. The church specifically designed its state-of-the-art auditorium to be a resource for the greater Naperville community, so when it is not being used for Sunday services, it will be available for business meetings, special events, conferences and concerts. The venue also has several other facilities for smaller gatherings, including a 200-seat theatre and a new technologically advanced training space.

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hat’s how long ago DuPage County was founded, an anniversary that is being celebrated in a new exhibit, “Inheriting DuPage: A Family History,” at the DuPage

County Historical Museum in Wheaton. The exhibit follows the lives and legacies of the Patricia Torode Vaillancourt Woodstrup family. Patricia was a descendant of several DuPage first families who settled, worked and made lives in the county. For more information, go to www.dupagemuseum.org.


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News Anchor Alan Krashesky/ Longtime Naperville resident has been a fixture on ABC 7 TV news

IF IT SEEMS LIKE ALAN KRASHESKY has been reporting Chicago news forever, it’s because he has. Well actually only 32 years, though that is still a remarkably long tenure in what can sometimes be a fickle, popularitydriven business. Part of the reason for Krashesky’s longevity is that he spent the early years of his career as a general assignment reporter, learning the ins and outs of the city while fine-tuning the on-air skills that would lead to his first anchor position on ABC 7’s first-ever weekday morning newscast in 1989. He moved up to the daytime broadcast in 1994, then to the 6 p.m. weekday news in 1998, and has held down that time slot ever since, currently co-anchoring with Kathy Brock. Krashesky, or “Krash” as he is known to friends and colleagues, also handles the 4 p.m. news with co-anchor Linda Yu and hosts “NewsViews,” a political and current affairs segment featured on ABC 7’s Sunday morning news. A winner of numerous Chicago Midwest Emmy Awards for local reporting, Krashesky has lived in Naperville for 23 years, where he and his wife have raised three children and where he especially enjoys biking or jogging along the river trails.


n When and how did you decide to pursue a career in broadcasting? Alan Krashesky: In my high school years, I was fascinated with the idea of communicating to a large number of people at the same time. I grew up in a group home environment in a boarding school and I remember how we’d all gather around the TV set to watch significant events, such as the lunar landing. We’d also gather around the TV every Sunday night to watch “Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.” When I finally was old enough to get my driver’s license, I would pass by communications towers with their lights and beacons blinking in the night and think, “How cool is that? Words and pictures flying through the air into people’s homes!” I still get the same feeling when I see the lights on top of the Willis Tower or Hancock Tower. n You made your broadcast debut as a news anchor for Ithaca College’s radio station. What was that experience like? AK: Before anchoring on Ithaca’s FM radio station, I first had to be trained on the AM station that could only be heard on campus. So I spent long nights playing my favorite songs, expecting that other students would enjoy them, too. The Communications School students tended to be obsessed with creating professionalsounding airchecks, because we all hoped to land the “big job.” We’d practice verbal and music transitions between different songs. The top

compliment you could hope for when done well was, “That was an awesome segue!” I still have one of my audio airchecks from when I was a news anchor on FM radio. I went by the name Alan Krash. My friends and co-workers still call me “Krash” today. n Right out of college, you had a few brief stints as a general assignment TV reporter, first in Binghamton, NY and then in Austin, TX. What did you learn at those first jobs? AK: I learned versatility and the ability to roll with the punches on air. In Binghamton, for instance, I did weekend sports AND weather, in addition to news reporting during the week. So when the newscast was on, I would anchor the weathercast — which I only vaguely learned through osmosis, “It’s raining here, it’s sunny there, and everything is moving east” — then we’d go to a commercial break, I’d change microphones, walk around to the other side of the set and then be the sports anchor. That weather anchoring experience actually led to my next job in Austin, TX and eventually to Chicago. n Getting a job at a network station in Chicago only a few years out of college had to be a thrill. What was that like being in your mid-20s and covering breaking news stories in one of the biggest cities in the country? AK: I was just naive enough to believe that I belonged on the air in Chicago at such a

6. Unusual accomplishment, talent

8. If not broadcasting, what?

or interesting fact about you that

Travel-related filmmaking.

even sing along to some hip-hop.

most people might not know?

9. Three words that best describe

1. Favorite movies and TV shows?

3. Favorite sports team? I’m a

I sang for two years in a gospel

you? Dedicated, Fun-loving, Integrity

“Scent of a Woman,” “Life Is Beautiful”

football fan so I love the Bears but I

quartet — and I have two dusty

(not an adjective, but I had to stick

(in Italian, with subtitles), “Up” and

celebrate all Chicago teams.

saxophones in my basement

to three words and the second one

“Jeopardy,” “Modern Family” and

4. Favorite persons you have met

waiting for me to play them — not

was already hyphenated)

“House Hunters International.”

in connection with a story? Pope

exceptionally well — on occasion.

10. Four people (living or dead)

2. Favorite type of music? Love it

John Paul II and President Barack

7. Best advice anyone ever gave

you’d most like to engage with

all, depending on my mood. I can

Obama (prior to his election).

you and from whom? “There is no

in a roundtable discussion?

go from rock, to opera, to country,

5. Person you would most like to

‘big time.’”— Dana Millikin, former

Jesus Christ, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,

and — much to my kids’ dismay —

interview but haven’t? Pope Francis

Executive Producer in Austin, TX

Stephen Hawking, Winston Churchill



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young age. During my first week here, I was assigned to cover the “Tylenol murders.” Chicagoans were gripped with anxiety over the intentional poisoning deaths of seven people, and the case has never been solved to this day. It became a national story and I quickly realized the magnitude of the stories that often course through our city. It has always been a fascination of mine to witness history in the making. I’ve been blessed in that regard again and again. n After a number of years as a reporter, you made the jump to the anchor desk, where you’ve been the past 20 years. Was that a challenging transition to make? AK: Anchoring certainly is a different job where success is often measured in ratings points rather than the “exclusive gets” and storytelling of reportorial work. But the skill sets involved in good reporting translate well to the anchor desk.

I’ve always felt that the best anchors are experienced reporters. At the heart of all of this is an inquisitiveness that causes one to ask: “Why did that happen? Who is that person? What are the circumstances? Where is the scene?” It’s a curiosity that leads us to want to know more and to better understand the world around us. n Who determines which stories go on the air for each newscast and do you write all your own copy? AK: All our newscasts are a group effort, worked on by managers, producers, newswriters, editors, reporters and anchors. The decision on which stories we cover is the responsibility of our news managers, but reporters and anchors certainly have input on those decisions. Reporters write all of their own stories. Producers and newswriters write the lead-ins and tags and shorter stories that do not involve our reporters in the field. I usually write the specific story for the 4 p.m. newscast that I’m working on each day. But, here’s my bottom line: If I’m saying it, I want to know what’s being reported and why. So as an anchor, my function prior to the newscast — and even as the newscast is on the air — is that of an editor, rewriting scripts, as necessary, for clarity, conversational style, fairness, and grammatical correctness.

n What are two or three of the most memorable stories you have covered in your career and why? AK: Few experiences can top being in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican when the white smoke pours from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel announcing that a new pope has been elected. I’ve experienced that twice. It’s exhilarating and one of the best surprise “reveals” — true “reality TV”! Over the years, I’ve also had the opportunity to fly with an aerobatic pilot, watch Pope John Paul II place a prayer in the Western Wall, listen to the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, be threatened after a gang shooting, interview a future president, and walk through the devastation left behind when a town is flattened by a tornado. It covers the broad range of human experience — both good and bad. I hope to still learn something new every day. n Being on TV is considered glamorous. What aspect of the job might the average person find surprising? AK: No glamour here! We’re really just regular people who happen to have jobs that are public. Of course, that means more people can see mistakes when they happen. As I write this, I’m eating my takeout lunch at my desk, trying not to spill anything on my shirt. Look carefully during our news at 4 p.m. to see if I was successful. n How did you end up in Naperville and what are your favorite things to do and places to go in the area? AK: We’ve lived in Naperville for 23 years now, before which we lived in Hinsdale and Woodridge. Naperville provides a wonderful suburban atmosphere with excellent schools, beautiful parks, and a vibrant downtown where you can find restaurants that rival those in Chicago. Naperville had its share of growing pains in years past and I’m glad that growth has stabilized. Just this past weekend, we took in the Naperville Art Fair, participated in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, stopped by the Apple Store Main Place to check out the iPhone 6, and had lunch at Pizzeria Neo. There are so many options! It’s a great combination and my three children have loved growing up in Naperville and the western suburbs. I enjoy biking or

jogging along the riverside trails.


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Photo by Milo Barsanti-Gonzalez

Photo by Diana Santos

Hidden Gems & Longtime Favorites






up the stairs to its second floor location at 232 S. Washington St. in Naperville (630 355-5554), Karisma is a visual feast of color, texture and sparkle. Owner Ginger Makowski focuses on presenting distinctive and fun limited quantity women’s clothing and accessories, along with dazzling jewelry in a “shopping in a friend’s closet” setting. There are no recognizable name brand boutique labels here. Attention is devoted instead to products featuring quality, detail and the surprise element that creates a fashion forward statement. Shop offerings range from traditionally classic to contemporary edgy. Makowski and her staff help clients create their own unique style identity with their “if it’s not impossible, we can do it” approach to customer service. Karisma’s also offers gift wrapping, personal shopping, fashion parties and jewelry customizing. — Diana Santos

European twist is the attraction at The Frenchman’s Wife (8 S. Stone Ave., LaGrange 708 699-1752), where owner Lisa Barsanti has created an everchanging, unpredictable space for vintage items. Barsanti refers to The Frenchman’s Wife as a place of “curated secondhand,” because it “embraces a lifestyle of simplicity, mindfulness and style — each item is handselected, uniquely cohesive and affordable,” she says. Among the many items for sale are artisan jewelry, clothing, home décor, furniture, art and potteries. While Barsanti spends half her time in the store, the other half is spent searching for new unique treasures to feature. As items are restocked each week, they are displayed in an elegant, chic and inviting fashion. For hours and more information, visit www.thefrenchmanswife. blogspot.com. — Jessica McAdam

IN THE LESS THAN THREE MONTHS it has been open, Jilley’s Boutique in historic downtown Lemont (117 Stephen St., 630 914-5893) has become a noteworthy fashion presence in the western suburbs. Owner Jill Mace has created an elegant shop committed to helping its customers make timeless, personalized fashion statements. Specializing in chic women’s clothing, striking jewelry and smart accessories, the store focuses on limited quantity pieces at moderate price points. Styles run the gamut from fashionably edgy to elegantly traditional. Big Star, Areve, Elan, Kut, M. Rena and Big Buddha are just a few of the many specialty labels. And due to Mace’s gracious and attentive manor, shoppers are treated more like visiting girlfriends than prospective customers. Private showings and personal shopping services are available by appointment, and store events are regularly posted on Jilley’s Facebook page. — Diana Santos

New Store Openings Following is a sampling of new stores that have opened in the last few months in the western suburbs. For a full list, go to westsuburbanliving.net. EVEREVE - Trendy clothing and accessories for women (formerly Hot Mama). 50 S Main St., Naperville. 630 995-3530 J. CREW - Clothing, shoes and accessories for women, men and kids.

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50 S Main St., Naperville. 630 548-0391 LIVELY RUNNING Fashionable and athletic lifestyle apparel and accessories for women. 109 N Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. 708 358-0605


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MILE LONG RECORDS Current and vintage vinyl records. 350 W Front St., Wheaton. P.S. FLOWERS Silk floral arrangements and variety of home décor. 125 W Front St.,

Wheaton. 630 221-0100 SEPHORA Skincare and makeup products. 132 W Jefferson, Naperville. 630 778-1002 SOLARIS JEWELRY Offers colored gemstones

such as emeralds, sapphires and rubies. 9 E First St., Hinsdale. TWO BOSTONS Specialty lifestyle and wellness products for dogs and cats. 535 Village Center Dr., Burr Ridge. 630 581-5726


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A Knockout of a Workout Women-only boxing gym in Westmont throws a one-two punch for fitness and self-confidence


hen LaQuenta Rudison of Willowbrook grew bored with her aerobics classes, she and a friend decided to take a boxing class. They had heard it was a great workout that also required mental agility, and they figured that the sport’s emphasis on form and technique would keep them challenged. More than two years later, Rudison continues to thrive at Knockout Boxing, a women-only boxing gym in Westmont that focuses on empowering women through the art of boxing. Owner Jessica Storch opened the gym

in 2011 with an emphasis on helping people get stronger inside and out. There is no actual fighting, no ring training, no sparring — just women encouraging other women to get strong and optimize their workouts. And it’s working. The club draws women from across the western suburbs and has grown steadily every year. “Most women come to boxing because they’ve heard it gets you in shape quickly and sculpts muscles. And it does,” Storch says. “But the ones who stay are the ones who realize that it’s not about how you look, but how you feel. You just feel better. Your self-esteem improves, and your confidence.”

Storch walks the walk. She is a two-time Chicago Golden Glove champion (2010 and 2011) and well-trained in boxing technique. Prior to opening the gym, she worked as a clinical psychologist as well as a life coach and personal trainer. She sees the sport as a way to create a connection with women, to empower them, and give them a self-confidence that may be lacking in other parts of their lives. One of Storch’s most impassioned beliefs is that women need to cultivate a healthy body image. In addition to affirming each member’s strength and progress, she encourages women to attend Intuitive



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Eating sessions, held twice a month at the gym. “It’s is an anti-diet philosophy that helps you understand the complicated relationship that so many women have with food,” she says. “It’s learning to reconnect with your body through food and exercise.” Katie Paun of Downers Grove hadn’t worked out in years before taking a class at Knockout a year and a half ago at the urging of a friend. Since then she has seen back problems disappear, stress melt away, and has found herself in the best shape of her life. “What Jess is about isn’t body image — it’s about being healthy and strong and being who you are. But in a way, being better than who you are. It’s not about being super skinny. It’s not about getting on a scale. It’s liking who you are. And that’s the kind of place I want to go to.” Storch recognizes that walking into any gym can be difficult for some, but walking into a boxing gym can be particularly scary and intimidating. So she has taken pains to make her gym feel comfortable and safe. Yes, the room is filled with utilitarian boxing equipment — rows of punching bags, walls of free weights, and even a small sparring ring tucked in the corner. But the walls are bright purple accented with lime green. Storch also cultivates a friendly environment and makes sure that her “girls” get to know and encourage each other and welcome new members. First-timers are often paired up with a more experienced member who can mentor and encourage them. Paun now works out four times a week. “I’ve never been anywhere else where I’ve had this good of an experience,” she says. “I used to join gyms and then never go.” That’s not surprising to Storch, who maintains there is something cathartic about punching a bag that goes beyond physical exertion. “Women say it has changed their life,” she says. “Their confidence soars.” Storch has watched club member struggle through difficult times — a parent dying, a sick child, divorce, downsizing. “Everyone is fighting a battle, but they can come in here and really get it out. It’s safe and they feel good when they leave.” — Laura Amann WEST SUBURBAN LIVING | WWW.WESTSUBURBANLIVING.NET | OCTOBER 2014 19


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Local Authors

By Sandy Koropp

Poetic Expression

Another Recommended Read • We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas. In this masterful debut novel, Thomas introduces us to three generations of an IrishAmerican family and follows their journey through the 20th century. A complex tale, told not through tragic events, but through everyday domesticity and family matters, it is graceful, subtle and wonderful.

College of DuPage program to host four prominent poets


spiring poets can learn about the craft firsthand at College of DuPage’s Writers Read literary series, which will feature readings and discussions by four prominent poets focused around the theme “Walls and Bridges: The Art and Politics of Identity.” The program, which is open to the public, will kick off at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 14 with a reading, discussion and book signing by celebrated poet Mark Turcotte. The author of four poetry collections including The Feathered Heart and Exploding Chippewas, Turcotte spent his early years on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation in North Dakota and in the migrant camps of the western U.S. He later spent 15 years traveling the country and working on the road. Turcotte is the recipient of a Writer’s Community Residency from National Writer’s Voice and received the 1997 Josephine Gates

Kelly Memorial Fellowship from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. Then from 7 to 8:30 p.m., a reading, discussion and book signing will be held featuring authors Cin Salach, Quraysh Lansana and Christopher Stewart. Salach is the author of two books of poetry, Looking for a Soft Place to Land and When I Am Yes. Lansana is the author of eight poetry books, a children’s book and the editor of eight anthologies. Stewart is co-author

• What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss’s Boss by Chris Colin, Rob Baedeker and Tony Millionaire. A charming and hilariously illustrated take on what to actually SAY to folks you don’t know (or have known for far too long) in every sort of situation. You will learn to be more elegant and witty and just plain comfortable, and less,“Why did I say THAT?!” regretful. Promise.

with Lansana of the new poetry collection, The Walmart Republic. The program will be held in room 2000 of the Student Resource Center on the college’s main campus in Glen Ellyn. For more information, visit www.cod.edu/writersread or contact Jackie McGrath at 630 942-2709.

by Craig Bouchard of Hinsdale



Springs $13. Reverend John

$15. An American uncovers the

by Alfred Cedeno of Winfield

by Jim Williams of Darien $34.

Dolan gives readers a

secret of a centuries-old famous

$14. David Rosario, a reluctant

A visual story following Williams’

personal account of his

Japanese family and stumbles

priest and cousin of Rey

journey of visiting all the lakes in

struggle with depression and

upon the bridge connecting

Pescador, takes a look back

Rocky Mountain National Park

anxiety, taking the reader

past to present through a girl

on Rey’s extraordinary life.

in Colorado. Complementing

through his life and showing

named Ai. Set in the early 16th

Rey, a larger-than-life, world

the 110 photographs is the story

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By Joni Hirsch Blackman

Rolling Out a Dose of Nostalgia The Aurora Skate Center finds an expanded niche by tweaking an age-old formula for fun


ometimes the news we hear about kids is disheartening — the idea that they stare at screens all day, their relationships begin and end on Facebook, that they don’t exercise enough. A couple of times a week I drive by the Aurora Skate Center. It’s a roller skating rink surrounded by farmland on the outskirts of Aurora, Oswego, Plainfield, Montgomery and Naperville. I remember organizing roller skating outings there for our PTA when my kids were in elementary school. I think about how much fun I had, not only there, but at the Playdium in Glenview when I was growing up. Sadly, the Playdium closed just a few years ago, but the Aurora Skate Center, like a few others in the western suburbs, remains. When I drive by in the mornings, the parking lot is empty. So I wondered, in our sedentary, video-obsessed world, can roller skating hope to survive? The answer is a resounding yes, at least at this 60-year-old roller rink, where happy days just seem to keep rolling along. “Roller skating was the original social network,” says owner Dan Warner, 72. “It’s where people met. It’s no different now.” He considers his skate center a community resource and strives to include all the cultures that live in the diverse area. His wide variety of ongoing programs and special events include some for homeschoolers, for people from India, and for children with special needs. There is a figure skating club, a women’s roller derby group, and an adult Rhythm & Blues Soul Night. On Monday nights, Frank Pellico, the organist for the Chicago Blackhawks, plays on the only triple-deck Hammond X-66

Pipe Organ in the country. That’s when the 70- and 80-year-olds like to roll. “When you see people that age skating one or two times a week, you shake your head and say, ‘Holy Toledo!’ It’s a special community on Monday nights,” says Warner, who started skating for the second time when he was 40 and bought the rink

draw whole families and birthday parties. Why do people of all ages enjoy skating so much? For one thing, skating is great exercise, a cardiovascular workout that builds leg strength and burns some serious calories — 350-600 an hour, depending on speed — with half as much stress to joints as running.

Roller skating was the original social network. It’s where people met. It’s no different now.”

in 2003, 20 years later. Each summer, Warner offers free passes to kids to do the Hokey Pokey and more. “Some kids need a place to go — that’s what the roller rink provides,” he says. “They get to meet people, socialize, play, listen to music. They achieve something — some really get into it.” I remember skating on Friday nights as a middle-schooler because that’s where everyone was. We looked forward to the “couples skate,” searched for friends to do the “triples skate.” It was kind of comforting to find out that it’s not so different now. “The boys and girls look at each other and hold hands for the first time. All of that happens in a roller rink,” says Warner. “Every week I hear, ‘My parents brought me here, they met here and eventually got married.’ It’s wonderful.” Many of the skaters at Warner’s rink are parents and their kids: Thursdays are family pizza nights, Friday afternoons feature the “middle school zoo,” Saturdays

Warner, himself a competitive skater who began skating as a “lost kid,” compares skating to flying. “I don’t know of anything I’ve ever done that gives me the feeling of flight — you’re in motion,” he says. “Skating enhances symmetry in athletics and enhances your proprioception, the awareness of one’s body in space in motion.” Who knew? I just thought skating was fun. Warner’s customers agree, of course, skating on traditional four-roller skates, inline skates and speed skates. Just thinking of those skates with four wheels makes me nostalgic for the organ music of those Friday nights. Though my childhood rink has closed, roller rinks are “very much alive,” Warner assured me, noting others in Romeoville, Batavia, Roselle and Lombard. It’s so good to know there are still a few things that haven’t changed, such as crowds of kids going round and round on wooden floors to music. The circle of life, on wheels. n


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By Sara Pearsaul Vice

== A haven for artists and outdoors lovers alike,

Brown County, Indiana is at its scenic best in autumn when its heavily forested terrain is ablaze in fall color


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= With some 170,000 acres of

forested land, Brown County

offers a wide range of scenic paths and byways, as well as a host of outdoor activities.


rown County’s rolling hills

and quaint towns of south-central

and seemingly endless

Indiana. Arts and Crafts artist Gustave

forests have attracted

Baumann came to Brown County from

artists and nature lovers

Chicago in 1909 and created iconic

for more than a century,

woodcuts of everyday life in “The Hills o’

and never is it more beautiful than in

Brown.” Today, some 250 artists and

October, when autumn leaves burnish

craftspeople call Brown County home,

the hills in red and gold.

and the county seat of Nashville brims

Since 1907, when American

with art galleries and shops, including

impressionist painter T. C. Steele set up a

the original Brown County Art Gallery,

home and studio on a secluded hillside

started in 1926.

in Brown County — which remain open

But art is only the beginning of the

for guided tours — artists have been

area’s attractions. The great outdoors is

finding inspiration in the verdant forests

the star of it all, with some 170,000 acres


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Brown County

Photos courtesy of IDNR/Outdoor Indiana Magazine


= A variety of trails and paths, both paved and unpaved, make exploring the state

parks and national forest

the soil too rocky for agriculture. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps helped to replant the forests and the state’s stewardship has kept the forests healthy. Unique to these two forests is the opportunity to pan for gold, though you’ll need to get a free permit from the Forest Office. The northern section of the immense Hoosier National Forest, with more than 200,000 acres of land, reaches up just south of the Brown County State Park, for even more hiking and camping options. More than a million people visit Brown County State Park every year and fall is prime time. If you want to visit during peak fall color, follow the progression of color at www.browncounty.com/leaf-cam. The color usually reaches its peak during the second and third weeks of October, but it all depends on the weather, of course.

easy for all ages.

FORESTS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE Brown County State Park, Indiana’s largest at nearly 16,000 acres, offers stunning forested vistas reminiscent of the Smoky Mountains, with lookout towers and winding drives, trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, and lakes for boating and fishing. Campsites are available for RVs, tents and horse trailers. The park’s Abe Martin Lodge provides overnight lodging in hotel rooms or cabins, with an indoor water park open year-round. With the help of the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, Brown County State Park added 20 miles of mountain biking trails ranging from easy to extreme, which have been attracting

bicyclists to its rugged terrain and 400-foot climb. The International Mountain Bicycling Association named it to their list of “Epic” rides. If you’d rather not haul your own bike, Hesitation Point Bike and Backcountry in Nashville will deliver a bike to you in the park, but be sure to bring your own helmet. For more woods to explore, the Yellowwood State Forest has hiking trails that weave through more than 2,000 acres, and the Morgan-Monroe State Forest covers 24,000 acres nearby. Although the forests look as if they have remained untouched through the years, most were reclaimed and replanted after early pioneers in the 1800s cleared the land for farms and logging, only to find

A TRANQUIL RETREAT The village of Nashville preserves its small-town charm with streets lined with one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, inns and historic homes. According to Bruce Gould, co-owner of the Cornerstone Inn in downtown Nashville and chair of the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau, most travelers live within easy driving distance. (Chicago is about a four-hour drive.) But one repeat visitor from California told him, “I come here for rest, just to de-stress and unwind.” Gould points to the small population — 16,000 in the county and less than 900 in Nashville proper — as one of the reasons why people find the area so peaceful. “People come here from all around the world. Some build a second or third home or their retirement dream home on 20 acres out in the country. A lot of artists live here and have studios here, but they sell to New York or Chicago,” he explains. Gould should


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know about the population. He served as postmaster until his retirement three years ago. He credits the village’s leaders with the foresight to establish a design review committee so that new development would fit in with the old. In fact, the village’s early history can be seen downtown at the Brown County Pioneer Village, open on weekends, including the log jailhouse that saw service in the 1800s. The small downtown is filled with a variety of shops, from home and garden décor to fashion, antiques and furniture, and artisan shops and art galleries. Art ranges from fine art paintings and sculpture to handcrafted furniture, pottery, glass objects, weaving and jewelry. The Hoosier Artist Gallery is a cooperative of local artists who work and exhibit in a wide range of media.

Brown County is home to

an estimated 250 artists and craftspeople as well as numerous galleries and distinctive artisan shops.

A stroll through the streets will bring you past a host of dining and snacking options, from ice cream, fudge and caramel corn shops to full-service restaurants, wineries and a microbrewery. Down-home cooking is on many menus, with the Nashville House renowned for its delicacy of fried biscuits and homemade apple butter. Downtown Nashville also boasts several entertainment and music venues, including the Brown County Playhouse, which presents live theater shows as well as movies. But this is no party town. Most shops close at 5 p.m., and visitors who have been hiking the hills or just strolling through town may well call it a night after dinner. Night owls will find live entertainment downtown on weekends at the Big Woods Brewing Company and the Out


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Photo courtesy of Brown County CVB

Upcoming Fall Events in Brown County November 8. Ten galleries in downtown Nashville will stay open late until 8 p.m., with art demonstrations, music and refreshments offered from 5 p.m. on. n

Haunted Trail

at Brown County State Park October 25. Carve a pumpkin or decorate your campsite n

Back Roads of

Festival October 10 to

Brown County Studio

12. Avid mountain bikers

Tours October 1-31.

can choose routes

Private artist studios are

ranging from 25 to 100

open for a free self-

miles long, which include

guided tour with the

trails not usually open for

opportunity to see the

cycling, such as

artists at work and view

Yellowwood State Forest.

artworks available for

The weekend event also

purchase. Pick up a map

offers camping, food

in town at the Visitors

trucks, a beer garden,

Center or at the tour

live music, games and

headquarters, the T.C.

a kid’s zone. n

Second Saturday

Brown County

Village Art Walk

Epic Mountain Bike

October 11 and


for a chance to win prizes. From 5 to 6 p.m., younger visitors can come in costume to follow the Friendly Trail, while older visitors who like to be spooked can follow the Haunted Trail from 8 to 10 p.m. Free with park admission, which is $7 per out-of-state car. n

Steele State Historic Site.

of the Ordinary restaurant, which even has a late-night dance party. More nighttime entertainment options are a bit farther out. Just down the road, the Brown County Inn offers music on weekends with craft beers from the Salt Creek Brewery. The Hotel Nashville, the Saloon at the Seasons Lodge, and the 19th Hole Sports Bar and Grill also showcase live music. Mike’s Music and Dance Barn will help you get your party on with line dancing, ballroom dancing and country music acts.

well as adults, Valley Branch Retreat has 15 zip lines for ages 7 and up, paintball, ATV tours, buggy tours, and mountain bike trails. For the month of October, Zip On Zombies makes zip lining even scarier than usual, with monsters following your progress as you zip as high as 80 feet into the treetops. Cabins and camping are available, too.

Cedar Rock

Haunted Trail and Scare Fest Weekends in October. Bill Monroe Music Park

FAMILY FUN A family-friendly destination, Brown County is full of fun activities for kids, too, like the Melchior Marionette Theatre and Copperhead Creek Gem Mining in town and zip lining and hayrides in the woods. Rawhide Ranch appeals to your inner cowboy with horse and pony rides. Overnight guests can bunk in the 11-room hotel in what was once a horse barn, rent a cabin, or spend the night under the stars in a tipi village. For adventures that appeal to teens as

UNIQUE LODGING Perhaps one of Nashville’s greatest appeals is the abundance of one-of-akind hotels, restaurants and stores. Lodging in downtown Nashville is exclusively small inns and bed and breakfast-style accommodations. The Artists Colony Inn is a modern 23-room inn and restaurant with Shaker-style buildings and furnishings. The Cornerstone Inn has expanded from its original historic home to add new 600-square-foot rooms with private screened porches. Outside of downtown Nashville, you can find rental cabins in the woods, larger hotels, and themed lodging, such as the Salt Creek Golf Retreat, with rental condos and golf packages. Fall is the most popular time to visit, and accommodations are booked far in advance. If you miss out this fall, the village offers holiday events, and Gould says that springtime is particularly beautiful. NEARBY ATTRACTIONS Brown County is dotted with little towns with irresistible names, like Bean Blossom, Gnaw Bone and Story Town, which is now a country inn and restaurant. If you exhaust the possibilities of wandering through Brown County itself, Bloomington, home to Indiana University, is only a 20-minute drive west, and Columbus, known for its modern architecture, is a 20-minute drive east. n


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CATS THROUGH OCTOBER 12 The Tony Award-winning musical and second longest running show in Broadway history comes to Paramount Theatre. Call 630 896-6666 for tickets.


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Cats | Through Oct 12, Wed – Sun, Wed 1:30 & 7 p.m., Thur 7 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 3 & 8 p.m. and Sun 1 & 5:30 p.m. A seven-time Tony Award-winning musical about the world of Jellicle Cats and their journey to the heaviside layer. Cost: $54/41. Paramount Theatre, 23 E Galena Blvd., Aurora. 630 896-6666

| Amadeus | Through Oct 12, Thur – Sun, Thur – Sat 8 p.m. and Sun 3 p.m.; Also, Fri, Oct 31, 8 p.m. Wheaton Drama brings Peter Shaffer’s Tony Awardwinning play about a fictionalized account of composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri’s rivalry to the stage. Cost: $18/15. Playhouse 111, 111 N Hale St., Wheaton. 630 260-1820


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Beach Memoirs | Through Oct 19, Fri – Sun, Fri & Sat 8 p.m. and Sun 2 p.m.; Also, Thur, Oct 16, 2 p.m. Based on Neil Simon’s memoirs of growing up in Brooklyn, this coming-of-age comedy recounts life in 1937 through the eyes of a teenage boy. Cost: $42/32. Mainstage Theatre at Fox Valley Repertory, 4051 E Main St., St. Charles. 630 584-6342

| The Game’s Afoot | Through Oct 19, Wed – Sun,

Wed 1:30 p.m., Thur 1:30 & 8 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 5 & 8:30 p.m. and Sun 2 & 6 p.m. Broadway star William Gillette assumes the persona of his beloved Sherlock Holmes in order to track down the killer at his holiday weekend of revelry with his fellow cast members in this comedic-mystery. Cost: $50/40. Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Ln., Oakbrook Terrace. 630 530-0111

| The Gravedigger | Wed – Sun, Oct 4 – Nov 2, Wed & Fri – Sat 8 p.m., and Thur & Sun 3 p.m.; Also, 4 p.m. show on Oct 25 & Nov 1. No performance on Oct 16. When a lone gravedigger finds a hideously scarred man hiding in a fresh grave, they begin to discover how interconnected they are. Cost: $39/25. First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W 31st St., Oak Brook. 630 986-8067 | She Loves Me | Thur – Sat, Oct 9 – 18, 8 p.m.; Also, Sun, Oct 19. Adult pen pals form a loving relationship without knowing that they are also co-workers at a Budapest Parfumerie in the 1930s. Cost: $7/5. Mill Theatre at Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst 630 617-3005 | A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Wed – Sun, Oct 15 – 19, Wed – Thu & Sat 7:30 p.m. and Sun 2 p.m. A fierce rendition of one of the Bard’s wildest and most famous comedies with magical mischief, mistaken identities and dangerous transgressions. Cost: $10/8. Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S Ellsworth St., Naperville. 630 637-7469 |

Grace And Glorie | Fri – Sun, Oct 17 – Nov 8, Fri – Sat 8 p.m. and Sun 3 p.m. When a 90-year-old woman, Grace, checks herself out of the hospital to die at home, being cared for by a young woman, Glorie, as the hospice worker, the two very different people end up forming a close bond. Cost: $18. Village Theatre Guild, 3S020 Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn. 630 469-8230

| Design For Murder | Thur – Sun, Oct 23 – Nov 2, Thur – Sat 8 p.m. and Sun 2:30 p.m.; Also, Sun, Oct 26, 7:30 p.m. and Sat, Nov 1, 2:30 p.m. A murder mystery that includes romance, comedy, a dark and stormy night, and a saucy maid with a secret. Cost: $20/18. Theatre of Western Springs Mainstage Two, 4384

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Hampton Ave., Western Springs. 708 246-3380


Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody | Fri, Oct 24, 8 p.m. A comedic musical that brings the bestselling book to life, with a new imagining of characters, musical numbers and surprises. Cost: $40. Paramount Theatre, 25 E Galena Blvd., Aurora. 630 896-6666


The Ghosts Of Mary Todd Lincoln | Fri, Oct 31, 7:30 p.m. This one-woman play explores Mary Lincoln’s tortured life and experiences with mental illness, emotional anguish and suffering, and offers an intimate look into more chapters than the fateful night at Ford’s Theatre. Cost: $39/19. The Arcada Theatre, 105 E Main St., St. Charles. 630 962-7000

| The Diary Of Anne Frank | Fri – Sat, Oct 31 – Nov 15, 7:30 p.m.; Also, Sun, Nov 9 & 15, 3 p.m. This drama captures the fear, hope, laughter and grief of eight people hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Cost: $11/9. SecondSpace Theatre at Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Dr., Elgin. 847 622-0300 | Till We Have Faces | Wed – Sat, Nov 7 – 15, 7:30 p.m.; Also, Sat, Nov 15, 2 p.m. Deanna Jent’s adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ last novel retells the myth of Cupid and Psyche from the perspective of Psyche’s sister, Orual, who tries to rescue her sister and discover the secret of true beauty. Cost: $10/9. Arena Theater at Wheaton College, 433 N Howard St., Wheaton. 630 752-5800

comedy | Frank Caliendo | Sat, Oct 4, 7 & 9:30 p.m. The master of impressions, from President George W. Bush to John Madden, brings his stand-up comedy and other impressions to the stage. Cost: $60/43. McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. 630 942-4000 | Aries Spears | Thur – Sun, Oct 23 – 26, Thur 7:30

p.m., Fri 8 & 10 p.m., Sat 7 & 9:15 p.m. and Sun 7 p.m. Known for his impressions of celebrities on Fox’s Mad TV, such as Eddie Murphy and Bill Cosby,

this stand-up comedian has also starred in feature films. For ages 18 and over. Cost: $ 28 + 2 item min. Chicago Improv, 5 Woodfield Rd., Woodfield Mall, Store K120B, Schaumburg. 847 240-2001

| Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood | Fri, Oct 24, 8 p.m. The popular stars of the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” perform an evening of improv comedy, taking suggestions from the audience to create original scenes. Cost: $56/26. Rialto Square Theatre, 15 E Van Buren St., Joliet. 815 726-6600 | The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? | Sat, Oct 25, 8 p.m. Comedian Robert Dubac presents his oneman multi-character show that tackles the battle of the sexes and tries to answer the age-old question, “What do women want?” Cost: $56/21. Rialto Square Theatre, 15 E Van Buren St., Joliet. 815 726-6600 | Jerry Lewis | Sun, Oct 26, 3 p.m. The Academy Award winner and Hollywood icon shares his stories and rarely seen film clips of some of his greatest moments on screen, followed by a Q&A. Cost: $65/45. Paramount Theatre, 25 E Galena Blvd., Aurora. 630 896-6666 |

Eddie Brill | Fri, Oct 31, 8 & 10 p.m. The current audience warm-up and former Talent Coordinator for the “Late Show with David Letterman” is a three-time MAC Award winner for Best Male Stand-up Comic in NYC and has appeared in numerous films and television shows. Cost: $23 + 2 item food/bev. Zanies Comedy Club in Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E Main St., St. Charles. 630 584-6342

| Michael Che | Fri – Sat, Nov 7 – 8, Fri 8 & 10:30 p.m. and Sat 7 & 9:30 p.m. This New York-based writer and stand-up comedian is a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” former writer for “Saturday Night Live” and winner of the “New York’s Funniest Stand-Up” competition. Cost: $25 + 2 item food/bev. Zanies Comedy Club in MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Pl., Rosemont. 847 813-0484 |

Bill Cosby | Sat, Nov 15, 8 p.m. Share the evening with the multi-award-winning comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist during his new Comedy Central “Far From Finished Tour.” Cost: $89/46. Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N


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| Jerry Seinfeld | Fri, Nov 21, 7 & 10 p.m. The awardwinning actor, comedian, writer and television/film producer performs his signature stand-up routine. Cost: $150/47. Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N River Rd., Rosemont. 847 671-5100

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Iglesias & Pitbull | Fri, Oct 3, 7:30 p.m. The Latin superstars share the stage performing their chart-topping hits. Cost: $194/40. Allstate Arena, 6920 N Mannheim Rd., Rosemont. 847 653-6601

| Blues On The Prairie | Fri, Oct 3, 8 p.m. Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners, along with The Nick Moss Band, perform a night of blues that mixes Purcell’s powerful vocals and harmonica playing with Moss’ hard rock blues. Cost: $25/20. Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Ct., Schaumburg. 847 895-3600

| Mozart IX-Journey’s Lamp Light | Sat, Oct 4, 8 p.m. Members of St. Charles Singers and instrumentalists from Metropolis Chamber Orchestra launch their first chamber performance of the Mozart Journey. Cost: $35/10. National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, 2520 N Lakeview Ave., Chicago. 630 513-5272; Also, Sun, Oct 5, 4 p.m. Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles. 630 513-5272 | B1A4 | Sun, Oct 5, 7:30 p.m. For the first time in four years after their debut, the award-winning South Korean quintet idol group takes the stage during their first world tour titled, “Road Trip.” Cost: $197/64. Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N River Rd., Rosemont. 847 671-5100 | Asia | Thur, Oct 9, 7:30 p.m. The ‘80s progressive rock

group performs hits such as “Only Time Will Tell” and “Heat of the Moment,” as well as cuts from their latest album, “Gravitas.” Cost: $69/39. The Arcada Theatre, 105 E Main St., St. Charles. 630 962-7000

| Rock Of The Eighties | Fri, Oct 10, 8 p.m. The Romantics, The Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw and Tommy Tutone come together to perform a night of ‘80s hits, such as “What I Like About You” by The Romantics and “8675309/Jenny” by Tutone. Cost: $79/39. The Arcada Theatre, 105 E Main St., St. Charles. 630 962-7000 | Joshua Roman | Sat, Oct 11, 7:30 p.m. The nationally

renowned cellist takes the stage for a new collaboration with Camerata Chicago. Cost: $45/40. Edman Chapel at Wheaton College, NE Corner of Washington and Franklin St., Wheaton. 630 752-5010

| DuPage Symphony Orchestra: “The Cradle Of Civilization” | Sat, Oct 11, 8 p.m. This concert features Con-

cert Artists Guild Winner Ko-Eun Yi performing Saint-Saens’ captivation Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian,” along with other works highlighting the region. Cost: $35/12.Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E Chicago Ave., Naperville. 630 637-7469


Global Transcendence: World Sacred Harmony And Chant | Sat, Oct 11, 8 p.m. Chicago A Cappella brings faith traditions together with mystical and sacred works from Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Baha’i, Native American and other traditions. Cost: $38/12. Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park; Also, Sun, Oct 12, 4 p.m. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E Chicago Ave., Naperville. 773 281-7820

| Oktoberfest With A New Philharmonic Twist | Sat – Sun, Oct 11 –12, Sat 8 p.m. and Sun 3 p.m. A conWEST SUBURBAN LIVING

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throughout the world of rock music as the flute and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull, Anderson and his band perform the album Homo Erraticus, as well as a selection of Tull classics updated with video and theatrics. Cost: $95/75. Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E Benton, Naperville. 630 637-7469

| Sing-A-Long-A Sound Of Music | Sat, Oct 18, 7 p.m. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of “The Sound of Music” with this unique show beginning with a vocal warmup, costume competition and a lesson on heckling, followed by a showing of the classic 1965 film with subtitled lyrics for audiences to sing along. Cost: $22. Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Dr., Elgin. 847 622-0300


This annual celebration features fall fun and more at Danada Equestrian Center. Call 630 6686012 for more information.

cert featuring music by Bach, Mozart and Strauss; Also, pre-show German dinner available for additional cost featuring beer, schnitzel, bratwursts and an oom-pah band. For more information, visit www.atthemac.org. Cost: $46/44. McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. 630 942-4000


Bill Medley | Thur, Oct 16, 7:30 p.m. Former member of the ‘60s rhythm and blues duo, The Righteous Brothers, Medley performs some of the duo’s hits, such as “Unchained Melody” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’

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| Jim Brickman | Sat, Oct 18, 8 p.m. The most charted Billboard Adult Contemporary artist celebrates two decades in music, performing hits such as “Rocket to the Moon” and “If You Believe,” as well as new songs. Cost: $65/55. Paramount Theatre, 25 E Galena Blvd., Aurora. 630 896-6666

Feelin.” Cost: $69/39. The Arcada Theatre, 105 E Main St., St. Charles. 630 962-7000

| Kathy Mattea | Sat, Oct 18, 7:30 p.m. The Grammy Award-winning artist blends bluegrass and country music with a Celtic twist to pay tribute to her Appalachian roots. Cost: $42/26. Lund Auditorium at Dominican University, 7900 W Division St., River Forest. 708 488-5000

| Emerging Chicago Artists Series | Thur, Oct 16, 30 & Nov 13, 7 p.m. A multitalented group of local, up-and-coming writers and musicians collaborate in three separate performances this fall. For more information, visit www.flwright.org. Cost: $8/7. Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. 312 994-4000

| Huey Lewis And The News | Sun, Oct 19, 6 p.m. The Grammy Award-winning rock band with hits “Power of Love” and “Workin’ for a Livin,” incorporates blues and R&B influences plus a cappella renditions of early rock classics. Cost: $85/65. Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E Benton, Naperville. 630 637-7469


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Award-winning Mexican singer and composer has released 20 studio albums, three live albums, and 15 compilation albums, with hits such as “Ay Amor,” “Es Demasiado Tarde” and “Quién Como Tú.” Cost: $141/64. Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N River Rd., Rosemont. 847 671-5100

| Tommy James & The Shondells | Sat, Oct 25, 8 p.m. The ‘60s rock band, which has sold over 100 million records, has 23 gold singles and 9 gold and platinum albums, performs some of their greatest hits, such as “Hanky Panky” and “I Think We’re Alone Now.” Cost: $79/49. The Arcada Theatre, 105 E Main St., St. Charles. 630 962-7000 | Country Roads: A John Denver Celebration | Sun,

Oct 26, 5 p.m. Jim Curry and his band perform the music of John Denver, along with special guests Richie Gajate Garcia and John Sommers. Cost: $49/29. The Arcada Theatre, 105 E Main St., St. Charles. 630 962-7000

| Kansas | Sat, Nov 1, 8 p.m. The classic rock band,

known for hits “Dust in the Wind,” “Point of No Return” and “The Wall,” performs with ARRA frontman, Ronnie Platt, as the group’s new singer and keyboardist. Cost: $69/39. The Arcada Theatre, 105 E Main St., St. Charles. 630 962-7000

| Black Violin | Sat, Nov 1, 8 p.m. Wil B and Kev Marcus have brought their unique blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass music to Broadway, the White House, Dubai, Prague and multiple schools across the nation. Cost: $30/20. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E Chicago Ave., Naperville. 630 637-7469 | Brooks & Wine | Sat, Nov 8, 8 p.m. Former member of Brooks & Dunn, Kix Brooks performs a set of music from his solo career as well as hits from his days with Ronnie. Brooks will also be hosting a wine tasting before the show at 6:30 p.m. Must have a concert ticket to purchase the wine tasting. Cost: $55/45. Paramount Theatre, 25 E Galena Blvd., Aurora. 630 896-6666

dance | Taylor 2 Dance | Sat, Oct 11, 8 p.m. Established by one of the modern dance world’s leading choreographers, Paul Taylor, this six-member dance company based off of the origins of the Paul Taylor Dance Company performs. Cost: $28/14. Fermilab, Kirk Rd. and Pine St., Batavia. 630 840-2787 | Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl | Fri, Nov 14, 8 p.m. This ballet group celebrates the rich traditional Mexican folklorico with colorful costumes, music and choreography. Cost: $28/18. Paramount Theatre, 25 E Galena Blvd., Aurora. 630 896-6666

art | This Is Not A Fairy Tale | Through Oct 24, Mon – Sun,

8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Graphic designer/illustrator CHema Skandal and painter/illustrator Diana Solis present work that reflects contemporary concerns and issues during this year’s Hispanic Heritage Exhibition. Founders Lounge at Elmhurst College’s Frick Center, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. 630 617-3390

| Unpredictable Gifts | Thur – Sun, Oct 3 – 30, Thur – Fri noon – 8 p.m. and Sat – Sun noon – 4 p.m.; Also, opening reception Oct 3, 6 – 9 p.m. Celebrate ArtOberfest with the member artists of Gallery 200 as they present a broad range of new work in a variety of genres, WEST SUBURBAN LIVING

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– Sun, Oct 3 – Dec 7, Mon & Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tue – Fri 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sun noon – 5 p.m A collection of works by Kate Pszotka, whose fascination with the concepts of home, stability and object attachment has led to her examination of individuals and their belongings, and objects as personal iconography. Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center at North Central College, 171 E Chicago Ave., Naperville. 630 637-5375

| 49th Annual Arts And Crafts Fair | Sun, Oct 5, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Over 60 artists sell their creations inspired by local nature. Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, 9800 Willow Springs Rd., Willow Springs. 708 839-6897

| XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness | Mon – Sun, Oct 11 – Feb 1, Mon 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tue – Thu 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sun noon – 5 p.m. This exhibit fosters conversations and interactive experiences that bring love and forgiveness to the forefront of families’ minds. Free for members. Cost: $11/10. DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N Washington St., Naperville. 630 637-8000

| Ed Paschke: In Private Hands | Mon – Sat, Oct 6 – Nov 30, Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sat 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. A commemorative exhibition celebrating the lively and pop art-influenced representational imagery associated with Edward Francis Paschke’s art, comprised of family members’ collections, which have rarely been seen in public. Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery, Kindlon Hall 5th floor, Benedictine University, 5700 College Rd., Lisle. 630 829-6320

Uncommon Threads | Sun, Oct 19, 10 a.m. This one-of-a-kind wearable art show and luncheon features a boutique sale, raffle and a fashion show, with runway fashions available for purchase after the show. For more information, visit www.fineline.org. Cost: $65. Q Center, 1405 N Fifth Ave., St. Charles. 630 584-9443

| Cartooning Workshop | Sat, Oct 11 & 25, 1 – 4 p.m. Artist Jim Martin teaches students how to convey emotions and facial expressions that make a cartoon come to life using only pen and paper. The Oct 25 class is designed for children grades 4 – 8. Advanced registration required. Cost: $45. CSA Visual Arts Studio, 1825 College Ave., Wheaton. 630 752-5567

| Free Speech Week | Mon – Sun, Oct 20 – 26, Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sun noon – 8 p.m. John Stanley presents an interactive exhibit featuring a variety of posters, banned books and a presentation to celebrate National Free Speech Week. Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E School St., Naperville. 630 637-5375

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A costume parade and a haunted hayride are just part of the Halloween fun at Brookfield Zoo’s annual festival. Call 708 688-8000 for more information.

| Nature Artists’ Guild Exhibit | Sat – Sun, Nov 8 – 9, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admire more than 150 pieces of original artwork, while artists demonstrate and share techniques throughout the show. Cost: $12/9. Thornhill Education Center at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 630 719-2468


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Nights | Fri – Sat, Oct 10 – 11, 7 p.m. Enjoy a drive-in movie under the stars featuring “Frankenweenie” on Friday and “Hocus Pocus” on Saturday, along with concessions available for purchase. Registration required. Cost: $40/30 per vehicle. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 630 725-2066


| Penn & Teller | Fri, Oct 17, 8 p.m. The magic duo, who have performed on Broadway, produced a TV series and have a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, bring their unique blend of comedy and magic to the stage. Cost: $75/55. Paramount Theatre, 25 E Galena Blvd., Aurora. 630 896-6666

The Grammy Award winner brings her blend of bluegrass and country music to Dominican University. Call 708 488-5000 for tickets.


40th Annual Fox Valley Antique Show | Sat – Sun, Oct 18 – 19, Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The “Pioneer Spirit” show features genuine antiques displayed in room settings by 55 dealers from 14 states with an array of 18th, 19th and 20th century antiques. Cost: $8. Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S Randall Rd., St. Charles. www.csada.com


Chicago Family Fun Expo | Sat – Sun, Oct 18 – 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Meet fitness instructors and sports coaches, enjoy live stage demonstrations, face painting, balloon animals, magic shows and more. For more information, visit www.chicagofamilyfunexpo.com. Free for seniors and children under 18. Cost: $7. DuPage Expo Center, 4050 E Main St., St. Charles. 630 385-4000

| Masters Of Illusion: Believe The Impossible | Thur, Oct 23, 7:30 p.m. A magic show including grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, sleight of hand and much more. Cost: $56/34.

| Catapult Contest | Sat, Oct 25, 10 a.m. – noon.

Build a catapult and compete in three different categories: distance, shot group and accuracy, or build a catapult that will do all three. For rules and more information, visit www.firstdivisionmuseum.org. Parade Field at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. 630 260-8274


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| Sleep Out Saturday | Sat, Nov 1, 7 p.m. After the kickoff event featuring music, games and entertainment, spend a frosty night inside tents, boxes and cars to raise awareness about family homelessness. Registration required. For more information, visit www.sleepoutsaturday.org. Bridge Communities, 505 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn. 630 545-0610

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benefiting Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans. Race is limited to the first 1,000 applicants. Registration required at www.cantigny.org. Cost: $25/10. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. 630 260-8167

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Percussion | Sat, Nov 1, 8 p.m. The 2009 winners of the hit TV show “America’s Got Talent” perform a unique sensory concert featuring breakdancing, comedy and other interactive experiences. Cost: $35. Paramount Theatre, 25 E Galena Blvd., Aurora. 630 896-6666


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| The Hayloft Gang | Sun, Nov 2, 2 p.m. Narrated by Garrison Keillor, this one-hour film documentary tells the story of a changing America through the lens of one of early radio’s most popular and influential programs, followed by a Q&A with Producer/Director Stephen Parry. Cost: $10. Prairie Center Lecture Hall, 201 Schaumburg Ct., Schaumburg. 847 895-3600

| Danada Fall Festival | Sun, Oct 12, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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| Story Pirates | Sat, Oct 4, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Described

as “Monty Python meets Schoolhouse Rock,” this show features the Pirates who collect stories from local kids and turn it into a sketch comedy musical. Cost: $16/14. McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. 630 942-4000

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Gustafer Yellowgold Show | Sat, Oct 18, 9:30 & 10:15 a.m. Discover the magic of live performance with music, animated illustrations and storytelling about a fictional character Gustafer. Free for members. Cost: $11/10. DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N Washington St., Naperville. 630 637-8000


Yo Gabba Gabba! | Sat, Oct 18, 2 & 5 p.m. The characters of “Yo Gabba Gabba!” and their friends DJ Lance, Biz Markie and Leslie Hall, hit the road with their new show, “Music Is Awesome!” featuring music, singing, dancing and animation. Cost: $55/35. Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N River Rd., Rosemont. 847 671-5100

FESTIVALS | Pumpkin Fest | Mon – Sun, Oct 1 – 31, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit with the zoo animals, explore a corn stalk tunnel and straw pyramid, choose from a variety of pumpkins and more. Free for members, Wheaton Park District residents and children 17 and under. Cost: $5/4. Cosley Zoo, 1356 N Gary Ave., Wheaton. 630 665-5534 or www.cosleyzoo.org

| Oktoberfest | Fri – Sat, Oct 3 – 4, Fri 5 – 10 p.m. and Sat noon – 10 p.m. Authentic German cuisine, music and more. Cost: $15/5. Naper Settlement, 523 S Webster, Naperville. 630 420-6010 | St. Charles Scarecrow Festival | Fri – Sun, Oct 10 – 12,

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| Cantigny Fall Festival | Sat, Oct 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Celebrate autumn with activities such as pony rides, stiltwalker/juggler, petting zoo, facepainting, candy dive, inflatables, arts and crafts show, book fair, and music by the Salt Creek Boys. Parade Field at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd, Wheaton. 630 668-5161

| Toy Soldier Show | Sun, Nov 2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Several area toy soldier enthusiasts display their collections of small-scale soldiers and armaments, offering items for sale, and demonstrate painting techniques. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. 630 668-5161

| Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey | Thur – Sun, Nov 6 – 16, Thur – Fri 7 p.m., Sat 11:30 a.m., 3:30 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun 1 & 5 p.m.; Also, Fri, Nov 7, 10:30 a.m. and Wed, Nov 12, 7 p.m. The classic traveling circus comes to town on their “Legends” tour. Cost: $120/24. Allstate Arena, 6920 N Mannheim Rd., Rosemont. 847 653-6601

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crafted scarecrows, juried craft show, live entertainment, carnival, food and more. Downtown St. Charles. 630 377-6161

Fall Festival & Fall Concert | Sat, Oct 11, noon – 6 p.m. Enjoy a cookout, hay rides, hard hat tours, music featuring the seven-piece Americana band, Spuyten Suyvil, and more. Reservations required. Serosun Farms, 45W489 Berner Rd., Hampshire. 847 683-4796

Enjoy equestrian performances, hayrides, children’s activities, educational displays, food and much more at this annual celebration. Danada Equestrian Center, 3S507 Naperville Rd. Wheaton. 630 668-6012

| HallowFest | Sat – Sun, Oct 25 – 26, Sat 5:30 – 9 p.m. and Sun 4 – 7:30 p.m. Get in the Halloween spirit with face-painting festivities, fortune-telling and live pumpkin carvings, and take a ride in the Howlin’ Express. Cost: $17/14 for members; $22/19 for nonmembers. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. 847 835-5440


13th Floor Haunted House Chicago | Through Nov 8, 7 p.m. – midnight. The country’s largest professional haunted house production company introduces its award-winning brand of terror to Chicagoland. For more information, visit www.13thfloorchicago.com. Cost: $50/25. 13th Floor Haunted House Chicago, 1940 George St., Melrose Park. 847 772-1155

| Disturbia: Screams In The Park | Oct 3 – Nov 1, 7 p.m. – midnight. Voted as Illinois’ scariest interactive haunted attraction two years in a row, visitors will be immersed into this interactive horror. For specific dates and times, visit www.disturbiascreams.com. Cost: $35/25. MB Financial Park Garage, Lower Level, 5501 Park Pl., Rosemont. 847 349-5008 | Corn Harvest | Sat – Mon, Oct 11 –13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Help pick, shock, shuck, and store corn that will feed the cows and sheep at Kline Creek Farm over the winter and enjoy fun crafts and activities at this 1890s living-history farm. All ages. Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Rd., West Chicago. 630 876-5900

| 4th Annual Glass Pumpkin Patch & Sale | Wed – Sun, Oct 15 – 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Watch glass blowing demonstrations and meet the artists the created the autumnal works of art, as well as a chance to purchase from over 3,000 pieces made exclusively for this event. Cost: $12/6. Sycamore Lawn at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 630 968-0074 | All Hallows Eve | Fri – Sat, Oct 17 – 18, 6:30 – 10 p.m.

Experience two of the darkest nights of the year with haunting creatures, eerie entertainment and mustsee horrors. Recommended for ages 8 and over. Cost: $15/10. Naper Settlement, 523 S Webster St., Naperville. 630 420-6010

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At The Zoo | Sat – Sun, Oct 18 – 26, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy fall and Halloween activities including a corn maze, “Haunted Hayride,” costume parade,


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| Selling Your Writing In The Age Of Social Media| Sat, Oct 11, 2 p.m. Best-selling author of six novels, William Hazelgrove, discusses the power of social media and the “insand-outs” of getting published. Second Floor Veterans Room at Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park. 708 383-8200 |

Women Heroes of WWI | Sat, Oct 18, 1 p.m. Local author Kathryn Atwood shares some of the stories she uncovered in her newest book, “Women Heroes of World War I,” and discusses how WWI affected women in particular. Suggested donation: $10/3. DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium, 102 E Wesley St., Wheaton. 630 510-4941


The magic duo brings their unique blend of magic and comedy to Paramount Theatre. Call 630 896-6666 for tickets. professional pumpkin carvers, an opportunity to build a scarecrow and more. Cost: $17/12. Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. 708 688-8000

| Spooktacular | Fri, Oct 24, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Take a stroll through a straw maze, meet live animals, carve or decorate a pumpkin, play games, make crafts and stop at various stations along the Trick or Treat Trek to collect holiday goodies. Pre-registration required. Free for children 2 and under. Cost: $10/2. Cosley Zoo, 1356 N Gary Ave., Wheaton. 630 665-5534 |

Roxy’s Halloween Monster Mash | Sat, Oct 25, noon - 10 p.m. Enjoy a Halloween parade and costume contest down the I&M Canal Trail for pets and their owners, a Halloween Mash at Jackie’s Pub and a viewing of “Friday the 13th” at the Roxy Theater at 7:30 p.m. For more information, Visit www.facebook.com/ roxylockport. Mainstreet Lockport. 847 373-0040

| Ghost Walk | Sat, Oct 25, 2, 4, 6 & 8 p.m. Guided walking tour featuring new stories and old legends, bringing the darker corners of Geneva to light. Reservations required and limited space. Cost: $10/5. Geneva History Museum, 113 S Third St., Geneva. 630 232-4951 |

Murder In The Mansion | Fri, Oct 31, 6:30 p.m. Attendees “dress the part” as they try to solve the case by discovering clues left at the crime scene and interrogating fellow guests. Registration required by October 10 at www.cantigny.org. Cost: $100/90. Robert R. McCormick Museum at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. 630 260-8162

literature |

B.J. Novak | Wed, Oct 8, 7 p.m. Known for his role as Ryan on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series, “The Office,” this actor, director, comedian and author visits with his new book for children, “The Book with no Pictures,” for a book signing. For more information, visit www.andersonsbookshop.com. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E Chicago Ave., Naperville. 630 355-2665

| Author Discussion & Signing With Leslie Klinger | Sun, Oct 19, 2 – 4 p.m. The renowned Sherlockian scholar and best-selling author discusses his fifth “Annotated” volume, “The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft,” a collection of classic horror stories. Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W Madison St., Forest Park. 708 771-7243 |

Clarence Page | Thur, Oct 21, 7 p.m. The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, journalist, Chicago Tribune columnist and editor board member, visits with his new book, “Cultural Worrier,” for a book signing. For more information, visit www.andersonsbookshop.com. Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W Jefferson Ave., Naperville. 630 355-2665

| Jodi Picoult |Tue, Oct 28, 7 p.m. Author of 22 novels

and several #1 New York Times bestsellers visits with her new book, “Leaving Time,” for a discussion and book signing. Visit www.andersonsbookshop.com for more information. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E Chicago Ave., Naperville. 630 355-2665

| Herbie Hancock | Thur, Oct 30, 7 p.m. The 14-time Grammy Award-winning legendary jazz musician and composer visits with his memoir, “Herbie Hancock: Possibilities” for a discussion and book signing. For more information, visit www.andersonsbookshop.com. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E Chicago Ave., Naperville. 630 355-2665

history | Civil War Reenactment | Sat - Sun, Oct 4 – 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Living History actors portraying soldiers and civilians will interact with visitors, including Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Harriet Tubman. There will also be a Civil War scavenger hunt. First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. 630 668-5161


| Reporting For Duty: The WWII Vehicle Experience | Sat, Oct 18, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Experience the vehicles and weaponry soldiers used, learn how medics treated and transported casualties in the field, enjoy a WWII-style lunch and go on a convoy in the vehicles. For ages 18 and over. Registration required. Cost: $75. First Division WEST SUBURBAN LIVING

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| Chicago Portage Days | Sun, Oct 11, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Take the Portage Trail to meet the natives, explorers, fur traders and settlers of earliest Chicago and learn about Chicago’s early history. Cost: $7/3. Ottawa Trail Woods, 7200 W 47th St., Lyons. www.chicagoportage.org

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Museum at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton. 630 668-5161

| Tale of the Tombstones: Forest Home Cemetery Tour | Sun, Oct 19, 1 p.m. The award-winning program, featuring this year’s Civil War theme, offers visitors the chance to take a guided tour of Forest Home and German Waldheim. For more information, visit www.oprfhistory.org. Cost: $15/10. Forest Home Cemetery, 863 Des Plaines Ave., Forest Park. 708 848-6755 | Surviving Titanic | Sat, Oct 25, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Historian Leslie Goddard portrays Violet Jessop, a stewardess who survived the sinking of the Titanic and the Britannic during World War I, and offers a glimpse of life behind the scenes on the most glamorous luxury liners of their day. Cost: $10. Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W 31st St., Oak Brook. 630 206-9566

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Through Oct 12, Wed – Sun, Wed – Thur 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m. and Sun 2 p.m.; Also, Sun, Oct 5 & Tue, Oct 7, 7:30 p.m. A provocative examination of individuals struggling to shape their destinies amid China’s dizzying economic transformation. Cost: $40/10. Goodman Theatre, 70 N Dearborn St., Chicago. 312 443-3800

- Don Giovanni - Through Oct 29. With a list of conquests longer than a phonebook, Don Giovanni travels the world, snaring princesses and peasant girls alike in this production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s dark comedy. For showtimes and tickets, visit www.lyricopera.org. Cost: $279/20. Lyric Opera Chicago, 20 N Wacker Dr., Chicago. 312 827-5600 - David Bowie Is - Through Jan 4, Tue – Sun, Tue & Thur 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Wed 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sat – Sun 9 a.m. 6 p.m. A retrospective exhibit of David Bowie’s extraordinary career featuring more than 400 objects, such as original costumes, set designs, and rare performance material. Cost: $25/10. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave., Chicago. 312 397-4068 - American Ballet Theatre - Fri

– Sun, Oct 3 – 5, Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun 2 p.m. Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie brings an eclectic mixed repertoire to the Auditorium’s landmark stage including Twyla Tharp’s “Bach Partita” and

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“Sinatra Suite”, Clark Tippet’s “Some Assembly Required” and Jerome Robbins’ “Fancy Free.” Cost: $129/34. Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago. 800 982-2787

behind-the-scenes access to 150 of the city’s greatest spaces and places from 18 neighborhoods. For participating sites, visit www.openhousechicago.org. Various locations throughout Chicago. 312 922-3432

- The 1968 Exhibit - Mon – Sun,

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Oct 4 – Jan 4, Mon – Sat 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sun noon – 5 p.m. Exhibit showcasing the sights and sounds of the media-saturated year with stories told by Vietnam vets, self-proclaimed hippies, conservative voters and everyday Americans,. Cost: $14/12. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St., Chicago. 312 642-4600

- Chicago International Film Festival - Mon – Sun, Oct 9 – 23. Competitive film festival featuring 150 films from 50 countries in a variety of styles and genres, panels, special presentations and award ceremonies. Visit www.chicagofilmfestival.com for more information, showtimes and tickets. Cost: $240/7. AMC River East 21, 322 E Illinois St., Chicago. 312 332-3456 -

Wanda Sykes - Sat, Oct 18, 8 p.m. The Emmy Award-winning comedian, known for her HBO stand-up specials and work on “Inside the NFL,” performs her brand of stand-up comedy. Cost: $75/40. The Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St., Chicago. 312 462-6300

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Adams - Mon, Oct 20, 8 p.m. The critically acclaimed rock musician brings his “The Bare Bones Tour” to Chicago, as he performs a rare and intimate solo-acoustic set, playing hits such as “Summer of ‘69,” “Cuts Like a Knife” and “Run To You.” Cost: $89/33. The Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St., Chicago. 312 462-6300


Cher - Fri, Oct 24, 8 p.m. The music legend brings her “D2K” Tour to Chicago in support of her album, “Closer to the Truth,” featuring the number one dance hit, “Woman’s World” and special guests Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Cost: $155/30. United Center, 1901 W Madison St., Chicago. 312 455-4500


Chicago Humanities Festival: Journeys - Oct 25 – Nov 9. Annual festival that includes 112 events featuring the world’s most celebrated writers, artists, performers and scholars, including Renée Fleming, Patti Smith, Marcus Samuelsson, Marjane Satrapi, Darlene Love, Chaz Ebert, Wallace Shawn and more. For complete schedule and information, visit www.chicagohumanities.org/ journeys. Cost: $50/10. Various venues throughout Chicago. 312 494-9509

| Veteran’s Day Ceremony | Tue, Nov 11, 4:30 – 6 p.m. A tribute to alumni veterans, featuring a guest speaker, time to meet with the cadets and light refreshments. Outside of the Memorial Student Center at Wheaton College, 501 College Ave., Wheaton. 630 752-5121

home & garden | Putting The Garden To Bed | Sat, Oct 4, 9:30 a.m. –

12:30 p.m. Discuss designs unique to fall and learn what to do to ensure a healthy garden for the spring. Registration required. Cost: $43/35. Thornhill Education Center at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 630 719-2468


Make & Take: Fall Miniature Gardens | Sat, Oct 4, noon – 3 p.m. Choose from a variety of miniature plants and tiny garden to create festive fall miniature containers and accents. The Growing Place, 2000 Montgomery Rd., Aurora. 630 820-8088; Also, 25W471 Plank Rd., Naperville. 630 355-4000

FOOD & DRINK | Drink It In: Beer Festival | Sat, Oct 4, 1 – 6 p.m. Sam-

ple dozens of unique local craft beers while enjoying live music. Must be 21 and over. Registration required. Cost: $45/15. Visitors Center Concert Lawn at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 630 725-2066

| Heirloom Apple Fest | Sun, Oct 5, 1 – 4 p.m. Learn about how heirloom apples are harvested and enjoyed. Suggested donation: $2/1. Durant House Museum at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. 630 377-6424 | Chef Robert Irvine Live | Fri, Oct 10, 8 p.m. The Food Network star presents a multi-media and multi-sensory event featuring never-before-seen interviews, cooking challenges, Q&A and audience participation. Cost: $60/30. Rialto Square Theatre, 15 E Van Buren St., Joliet. 815 726-660 | Chef’s Table: Cooking Class | Thur, Oct 16 & Nov 6,

6 – 8:30 p.m. Prepare a delicious dinner for the fall and learn to cook Thanksgiving stocks and sauces. Must be 21 and over. Registration required. Cost: $60/55 per class. Hawthorn/Chestnut Room at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. 630 725-2066


Bourbon And Whiskey And Rye, Oh My! | Fri, Oct 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Whole Foods’ beverage experts lead a seminar about whiskey as guests have a taste, get the latest recommended food pairings and enjoy delicious light appetizers. Registration required. Cost: $35.


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Toms-Price Home Furnishings, 303 Front St., Wheaton. 630 765-7455

| Wines In The Wild | Sat, Oct 18, 6 – 9 p.m. Sample inter-

national and domestic wines, scotch and craft beer as well as hors d’oeuvres, and enjoy silent and live auctions. Cost: $100. Discovery Center at Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Rd., Brookfield. 708 688-8393

| Chili Cook-Off | Sat, Nov 1, 1 – 5 p.m. Sample chili from a number of participating restaurants and vote for your favorite. Visit www.downtownwheaton.com for more information. Cost: $15/7. Throughout downtown Wheaton. 630 682-0633

lectures |

The C-Suite Speakers Series: Margo Georgiadis | Wed, Oct 15, 6:30 p.m. The former COO of Groupon and current President of Americas at Google gives her perspective on current trends and emerging issues impacting today’s business leaders. Registration required. Lund Auditorium at Dominican University, 7900 W Division St., River Forest. 708 524-6810

| The Making Of Gone With The Wind | Fri, Oct 17, 7:30

p.m. Illustrated talk by historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., including photos from the making of the film as well as short clips from the final version. Cost: $7/5. Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N Main St., Glen Ellyn. 630 469-1867

| Bullied: Youth, Gender and Homophobia | Wed, Oct

22, 4 p.m. Sociologist C.J. Pascoe delivers The William R. Johnson Intercultural Lecture. Cost: $10. Founders Lounge at Elmhurst College’s Frick Center, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. 630 617-3390

| Heroic Conservatism | Sun, Nov 9, 7 p.m. Michael Gerson, writer of a nationally syndicated column for “The Washington Post,” senior advisor at ONE, and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, visits Elmhurst College. Cost: $10. Founders Lounge at Elmhurst College’s Frick Center, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. 630 617-3390

religion & spirituality | The Trouble With Talking About God | Tue, Oct 14, 7:30 p.m. Dr. Jonathan Jacobs discusses the apparent tension throughout the Christian tradition concerning talking about God, as tradition and theologians have conflicting views. Room 339 in Blanchard Hall at Wheaton College, 501 College Ave., Wheaton. 630 752-5040 | Interfaith

Amigos | Wed, Oct 29, 7 p.m. Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman bring their unique blend of spiritual wisdom and humor to audiences by openly addressing the usual taboos of interfaith dialogue in order to create a more authentic conversation. Lund Auditorium at Dominican University, 7900 W Division St., River Forest. 708 488-5000

| Yearning For Values, Leadership And God | Thur, Oct 30, 7:30 p.m. Eric H. Yoffie, an expert on modern Israel, delivers The Abraham Joshua Heschel Lecture in a discussion about the work of interfaith dialogue in America. Cost: $10. Founders Lounge at Elmhurst College’s Frick Center, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. 630 617-3390 Information is as accurate as possible, but times and dates do sometimes change and events are occasionally canceled. Please call to verify all critical information. To have an event included in this guide, send information two to three months in advance to: Out & About, P.O. Box 111, Elmhurst, IL 60126, or wsl@westsuburbanliving.net.


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All-Time Athletic Greats Our picks for the best west suburban high school athletes in history, from Red Grange to Candace Parker, plus top Olympians, coaches, teams, dynasties, rivalries and venues by Jay Copp


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reat high school players, teams and coaches have dazzled us year after year in the western suburbs, and many have gone on to thrill the nation and the world. We’ve checked the record books, compared achievements and consulted with the experts. Here are our picks — love ’em or hate ’em — for the best of the best.

Greatest Players 10. Mike Alstott, Football, Joliet Catholic, 1991 As a determined 10-year-old, he trained by tying two automobile tires to a rope and pulling them through the streets. The will to succeed drove the A-Train, a bruising fullback, to Player of the Year as a high school senior, All-Big Ten at Purdue, six Pro Bowls and a lead role on Tampa Bay’s 2002 Super Bowl winning team. 9. Jeff Hornacek, Basketball, Lyons Township, 1981 The 14-season NBA guard had a habit of flying under the radar — from high school onward. He hardly caused a ripple at LT, playing well but scoring relatively modestly and failing to earn a college scholarship. So 40 OCTOBER 2014



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Red Grange|Football| Wheaton, 1920s he walked on to Iowa State where he eventually became an all-conference point guard. In the pros, he was a deadly shooter and steady defender most notably for the Utah Jazz. Basketball insiders understood his value. One ESPN pro writer ranked him, John Stockton and Karl Malone as one of the best threesomes in NBA history, and a story in ESPN Magazine that used a sophisticated formula to evaluate a player’s worth described him as worthy of Hall of Fame consideration. He is now the coach |

of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. 8. Doc Rivers, Basketball, Proviso East, 1980 Before he expertly coached the Celtics to the 2008 NBA title, he was an electrifying, high-flying high school phenom whose memorable matchups with St. Joeseph’s Isiah Thomas at the Proviso West holiday tournament drew oohs and aahs. Rivers, who went on to play 13 years in the NBA averaging 10.9 points and 5.7 assists per game over his career, is now coach of the NBA’s up-and-coming Los Angeles Clippers. 7. Marty Riessen, Tennis, Hinsdale Central, 1960 Never losing a set as he won four state singles titles, he then won tennis titles at Northwestern before turning pro and reached the No. 8 ranking in singles in 1972. 6. Candace Parker, Basketball, Naperville Central, 2004 Winning two state titles and honored twice as National High School Player of the Year was a sign of things to come for the graceful, supremely talented Parker. She led Tennessee to two national titles and became the first pick in the 2008 WNBA draft. She has since proven to be a star among stars, taking MVP honors in the 2013 WNBA all-star game.


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Marty Riessen |Tennis | Hinsdale Central, 1960s 5. John Kinsella, Swimming, Hinsdale Central, 1970 The state’s greatest swimmer, he won a silver medal in the 1500-meter freestyle at the 1968 Olympics and a gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle relay. Two years later, even more dominant in his sport, he won the Sullivan Award as the U.S.’s top amateur athlete. In one sense, he was just warming up (or wet behind the ears). He



Candace Parker |Basketball | Naperville Central, 2000s

re-invented himself as a marathon swimmer, winning races across Lake Ontario, the English Channel and elsewhere, usually in world record time. 4. Isiah Thomas, St. Joseph (Westchester), 1979 He’s perhaps the best small player ever in the NBA. Thomas was not particularly quick or a deadeye shooter, but he displayed incredible guile and grit in leading Indiana to the NCAA title and the Pistons to two NBA championships. At St. Joe’s, he lit up the gym with his charisma and incomparable skills. 3. George Mikan, Basketball, Joliet Catholic, 1942 The hulking, unstoppable Shaq of his era, Mikan revolutionized basketball as its first dominant big man. At 6’ 10,” he towered over his contemporaries, both literally and figuratively. At DePaul, he was a two-time player of the year and won seven championships as a pro, earning him recognition as one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players. 2. Johnny Lattner, Football, Fenwick (Oak Park), 1949 The original Johnny Football won the Heisman in 1953 at Notre Dame as an ultra-versatile halfback, defensive back, kick returner and punter. He held the school’s record for all-purpose yards until 1979. His exploits landed him on the cover of Time. A knee injury cut short his pro career with the Steelers. He can now often be found at Fenwick sporting events, cheering on his grandchildren. 1. Red Grange, Football, Wheaton, 1922 Sundays might be spent far differently if not for the shifty running back from Wheaton who helped popularize the NFL in the 1920s. It took two classic nicknames to capture the appeal of Grange: the Galloping Ghost and the Wheaton Iceman (because he delivered ice as a youth). He scored 75 touchdowns at Wheaton High and trampled and ran around defenders at Illinois and for the Bears. The Big 10 named him its No. 1 icon. WEST SUBURBAN LIVING

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Honorable MentionS Baseball: Jesse Barfield, Joliet Central, 1977. He was a solid major leaguer for a decade mostly with Toronto, and even once made the All-Star team. Bill Gullickson, Joliet Catholic, 1977. He compiled a 162-136 career record in 13 major league seasons, most notably with Montreal, where he pitched well in the playoffs.

Isiah Thomas|Basketball| St. Joseph, Westchester, 1970s Basketball: Michael Finley, Proviso East, 1991. As a high schooler, he played one-on-one with Michael Jordan as part of a sports report for the 10 p.m. news and later proved he belonged on the court with NBA players as he tallied 17,000 career points. Dan Issel, Batavia, 1966. The Hall of Famer averaged 20 points a game as a pro with the Nuggets. Corey Maggette, Fenwick, 1998. The former first-round draft pick out of Duke led the Friars downstate for the first time and has parlayed his explosive athleticism into a long pro career. Football: Ray Nitschke, Proviso East, 1954. The original Butkus played under center in Maywood. Ken Anderson, |



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Batavia, 1966. Gary Fencik, Barrington, 1972. He backpedaled and shuffled all the way to the Super Bowl. Scott Dierking, West Chicago, 1972. Tom Thayer, Joliet Catholic, 1978. He went from the trenches with the Bears to the broadcast booth. Chuck Long, Wheaton North, 1981. Eric Kumerow, Oak Park and River Forest, 1982. Kent Graham, Wheaton North, 1986. Jon Beutjer, Wheaton Warrenville South, 1998. Special Mention: Sean Payton, Naperville Central, 1982. A standout quarterback for Eastern Illinois but did little as a pro, completing 8 of 23 passes as a “Spare Bear” during the 1987 strike. His accomplishments came on the sidelines as he coached the 2009 New Orleans Saints to the Super Bowl. Cross Country/Track and Field: Don Sage, York, 2000. The most decorated runner in the state’s most decorated program, Sage won a cross-country title and came in second twice. Special Mention: He was the 1906 state champ in the high jump for Wheaton, but Edwin Hubble helped all humanity leap forward through his career in astronomy.

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Golf: Gary Hallberg, Barrington, 1976. A state high school champion, he won three PGA Tour events. Hockey: Cammi Granato. Since there were no leagues for girls, she played on a boys team growing up in Downers Grove and later captained the U.S. women’s team that took Olympic gold in 1998. Her brother Tony played in the NHL. Soccer: Debbie Keller, Waubonsie Valley, 1993. A three-time All-Stater, she led North Carolina to the championship game, won by the Tar Heels when Keller scored in overtime. She also excelled on the U.S.’s World Cup team.

Greatest Olympians 9. Brian Oldfield, Elgin, 1963. One of the world’s best shot putters for nearly a decade, he finished a disappointing 6th at the 1972 Munich Games. But his colorful personality rarely disappointed. He wrestled a bear, sparred with Muhammad Ali and, on the “Superstars” TV show, outlifted Mr. Universe, Lou Ferrigno. 8. Kevin Barnett, Naperville North, 1992. He starred at Pepperdine and then helped anchor the 2000 and 2004 Olympic volleyball teams. 7. Linda French, York, 1982. She won

three state singles championships in badminton, led Wisconsin and Arizona to NCAA titles, and played doubles in the Olympics in 1982 and 1986. 6. Jim Spivey, Fenton (Bensenville), 1978. He won a state title in the 800 and ran in three Olympics, including a fifth place finish in the 1500-meter at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. 5. Dani Tyler, Oak Park and River Forest, 1992. An All-State shortstop, she helped lead the 1996 U.S. team to gold. 4. Jim Brewer, Proviso East, 1969. A force for the Pirates, he played on the ill-fated ‘72 U.S. basketball team that lost to the Soviets (well, not really). 3. Rick Wohlhuter, St. Charles, 1967. He blazed to two state titles in the 800, an NCAA championship at Notre Dame and then a bronze medal in track and field at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. 2. Greg Foster, Proviso East, 1976. He won three hurdles titles as a prep and then raced to a silver in the high hurdles at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. 1. Ken Sitzberger, Fenwick, 1963. “I’m going to win the gold medal,” the diver confidently predicted before the 1964 Olympics. He was right.

Greatest Coaches 3. Gene Pingatore, Basketball, St. Joseph In a state full of great teams and programs, no coach has won more basketball games. Since “Ping” took over in 1969, St. Joe’s has gone 907-318 with a state title in 1999, came in third in 1987 and fourth in 1984. A slew of Chargers have played Division I and in the NBA, most notably Isiah Thomas and Evan Turner. No basketball coach in the state comes close to his record: Dick Van Scyoc, second on the list of most wins, is nearly 100 behind with 826. 2. Jack Kaiser, Baseball, Oak Park and River Forest An old-school perfectionist, Kaiser barked out instructions, grabbed players by


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Best Venue|Duchon Field | Glenbard West, Glen Ellyn

3. Hinsdale Central Pool

The water is wet like anywhere else,

Best Venues

remains a hardcourt treasure with its giant

but it also carries the froth of history.

10. Wheaton Warrenville South High

scoreboard looming over the court.

Future national champs and Olympians

School Football Stadium

6. St. Joseph Gym, Westchester

competed here, and the chill you may

get in donning a swimsuit has nothing to

The stadium fails the eye test,

The school moved into the closed

appearing to be just another humdrum

Immaculate Heart of Mary building, but

do with the temperature.

football field. But you can literally touch

the Chargers can’t let go of their old barn

2. Mooseheart Stadium, Batavia

football history at Red Grange Memorial

of a gym. And why should they? “There’s

Field. The field is not the same one Grange

too much history, down to the dozens of

stadium overlooks the scenic Fox River.

played on, but the school took a small

conference championship banners on

Watching the pads collide here is like

patch of sod to the new field 20 years ago.

the wall and Isiah Thomas’ picture

being transported back in time to a

9. Proviso East Gym, Maywood

looming in the hallway,” says sportswriter

simpler era. And you find yourself rooting

George Wilcox of Pioneer Press. “It’s the

hard for the Mooseheart players, knowing

the edges and just perfect for high school

best place to watch a high school

that in the huddle are kids desperate for

hoops. When the fans start chanting

basketball game in the western suburbs.”

a second chance. The iconic field was

“East” and stomp their feet as the Pirates

5. Hinsdale Central Gym

also chosen as the backdrop for scenes

go on one of their patented 20-0 runs,

in “The Express,” a 2008 movie based on

you’ll be glad you witnessed the

supersectional game here can attest to

the life of Ernie Davis, the first African-

spectacle, no matter which side of the

the white-hot electricity that rises up from

American to win the Heisman Trophy.

gym you’re on.

the floor during a close game. The

1. Bill Duchon Field, Glenbard West

8. Proviso West Gym, Hillside

balconies directly behind the baskets

seem to invite fans to try to swat away shots.

5,000-seat stadium is a man-made lake

special here. But the holiday tournament

4. Nazareth Baseball Fields,

and swaths of trees in full color. “Nothing

is one of the nation’s best of its kind, and

LaGrange Park

compares to Bill Duchon Field for

this is the place to be, bar none, for

There’s a good reason R.J. Sanders

atmosphere, tradition, Norman Rockwell

hoops fans. The theater-style seats on the

Field is so impeccably groomed: Roger

background — nothing,” says Taylor Bell,

lower level provide comfort for fans who

Bossard, the highly regarded White Sox

retired Sun-Times prep writer. National

sit for as many as a dozen hours, and the

head groundskeeper whose son plays for

pundits agree: both ESPN and USA Today

first-class scoreboard offers a level of

the Roadrunners, consulted with Walsh

named this one of the nation’s top

detail unusual for a high school contest.

Construction when the field was built a

places to watch high school football.

7. East Aurora Gym

decade ago. A long foul ball away is the

Hollywood fell in love with the setting, too:

girls’ softball diamond, also a gem. Its

it was used for the football scenes in the

better when flamboyant Ernie Kivisto

gorgeous artificial turf makes you almost

charming 1986 film “Lucas” starring Corey

ruled the roost as head coach, but it

wish grass would just go away forever.

Haim and Charlie Sheen.

It’s dated and a little rough around

Regular season games are nothing

The old warhorse gym was somehow

Anyone who has been to a


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The beautiful backdrop to the



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York (Elmhurst) |Cross Country| 2012 State Champions

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the jersey and demanded players perfect the fundamentals and play with precise discipline. The result was an incredible state-record 892 wins from 1953 to 2000, one state title and seven other trips to the state finals. He died in 2000 after a rough 12-year battle with lymphoma. His players recalled not his toughness, but his tough love, and credited him with turning them from boys into men. 1. Joe Newton, Cross Country, York (Elmhurst) He runs (pun intended) perhaps the greatest high school sports dynasty in history. Newton’s teams have won 28 state titles since he began coaching in 1956. He remains the only high school coach ever selected for the United States Olympic track and field staff. His runners

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Honorable Mention: Harvey Dickinson, Hinsdale Central. Began in 1940 and eventually really got rolling: his football squads went 114-20 from 1950-67. Gordy Gillespie, Joliet Catholic. His four state champs from 1975-78 lost just once in 52 games. Tony Lawless, Fenwick. The Knute Rockne among prep football coaches, he ran a pipeline to Notre Dame. Don Watson, Hinsdale Central. His 12 straight team state titles in swimming were won by an astonishing average margin of 108 points.

Greatest Dynasties

8. St. Charles girls swimming — The program captured six consecutive state championships before being split into two schools in 2000. 7. Driscoll football — Now closed, the Addison school won seven straight titles from 2001-07, something accomplished by only a handful of schools nationally. 6. Wheaton Warrenville South boys volleyball — Since 2001, they’ve won seven state titles and, led by four high school All-Americans, ran the table in 2012 with a 42-0 mark. 5. Wheaton Warrenville South football — Since 1996, the Tigers have won six state titles with two runner-up finishes. The football |Volleyball | gods are with the Tigers, who wear No.


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swear by his demanding methods and rigorous principles.


77 decals on their helmets and jerseys in tribute to Red Grange. 4. Fenwick Water Polo, boys and girls The first boys state championship in water polo was held in 2002, and the Friars trounced Brother Rice 17-9 for the title. The state finals have been pretty much the Friar Invitational since then with 10 state titles in 12 years. The girls team has been almost as dominant, racking up eight state titles of their own. 3. Joliet Catholic football — Recently they’ve endured a dry spell in winning it all, but since the 1970s, the Hilltoppers haven’t been topped for overall excellence with 13 state titles and a slew of major college players. The irony is that the ultimate football underdog, Rudy of Notre Dame and celluloid fame, also put on the cleats for Joliet Catholic. 2. Hinsdale swimming — Illinois swimming can be a shark tank with formidable foes such as New Trier and Evanston. But the Red Devils, like Nemo, just keep swimming and pulling ahead. They’ve captured 17 first-place trophies, just a few behind the Trevians, and from 1967-1978, under coach Don Watson, they hoisted the top trophy every year. The girls program has a great tradition as well, having notched seven state championships of their own. Together, they have so many trophies that the glass cases in the halls are reserved for recent years, and championship banners hang in the gym. 1. York boys cross country The long green line snakes from the hallways of the Elmhurst school usually to the victory podium at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Team depth is a hallmark of the Dukes as hundreds annually don shorts and spikes to run for and learn from Joe Newton. So while 28 state titles earn York its acclaim, so too does it deserve recognition for often molding typically gawky teenage boys into self-confident achievers and team players.


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Best Rivalry|Naperville Central vs Naperville North, Football |

Best Rivalries 5. Elgin and Larkin football “We want the Jug,” students roar in the stands. Year after year, Elgin has its own version of the Super Bowl. Records don’t matter. These two squads go full bore to snag bragging rights and to grab possession of the Town Jug, awarded to the winner since 1964. 4. Geneva and Batavia football This border war dates to 1912, making it one of the nation’s oldest football rivalries. The game has always been a big deal for these two scenic Fox River towns: way back in 1924, the Gecohi (Geneva’s yearbook) hailed the matchup as the “biggest game of the season.” Passions have grown since then. 3. East and West Aurora, all sports These two schools first met in football in 1893 and in basketball in 1912. Years ago, students didn’t dare venture to “the other side of the river” when a game was coming up. Fans are more civilized today, but the games remain extremely competitive. 2. Lyons Township and Hinsdale Central, all sports

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Held annually in front of an enthusiastic, packed-out crowd at North Central College

Greatest Teams

Fenwick (Oak Park) |Girls Water Polo | 2009 State Champions The communities adjoin each another, the athletes know one another from youth sports and the two schools have been fierce rivals since 1935. 1. Naperville Central and Naperville North football More than 10,000 fans stream into the stadium at North Central College to see this crosstown classic. Fans say the game is more meaningful than Bears and Packers, and players say victory in this game equals a state title. The level of play matches the intensity: future NFL stalwarts Chris Brown, Owen Daniels, Justin McCareins and Glen Earl have suited up for one of the Napervilles. WEST SUBURBAN LIVING

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The ’75 Joliet Catholic squad crushed Springfield Griffin 34-14 in the state championship. Quarterback Mark Parker was a wizard, and the defense was impenetrable. Scoring 44 points a game, the 1998 Wheaton Warrenville South team was the most productive offense in state history. Quarterback Jon Beutjer and receiver Jon Schweighardt were unstoppable. The pick? Defense rules, and Joliet Catholic ekes out a win in overtime. Lyons Township went undefeated in 1970, beating an overmatched Moline 71-52 in the finals. LT was led by silky Marcus Washington, who would later play an NCAA title game at Marquette, and the imposing 6’ 8” Owen Brown, later a Maryland standout who died of natural causes before a certain NBA career. Proviso East in 1991 was led by the Three Amigos — Sherrell Ford, Donnie Boyce and Michael Finley — all future pros. They won state with a 32-1 mark. The pick? LT, whose baffling zone defenses devised by Ron Nikcevich were never solved. n WWW.WESTSUBURBANLIVING.NET


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Tired? You’re Not Alone From apnea to insomnia, sleep disorders are robbing more and more people of hours of much needed rest By Denise Linke “Sleep that knits up the raveled

American adults suffer at least some insomnia symptoms. That translates to about 66 million people per night tossing and turning, counting sheep and raiding the refrigerator in the desperate quest to get some rest. The worst part is that, by the time they finally do nod off, they won’t have enough time to get the restorative sleep they need to function well during the day, much less perform at their best. “Chronic insomnia isn’t just a minor irritation, even if it doesn’t happen every night,” asserts Dr. Jaime Villanueva, a sleep disorder specialist with DuPage Medical Group in Lisle and Winfield. “Repeated lack of proper sleep impacts the brain’s ability to function properly, leading to poor choices, chronic diseases and preventable accidents. If you have an insomnia problem, you need to drill down

sleeve of care/The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath/Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course/Chief nourisher in life’s feast.” — Macbeth, Act II, Scene 2


illiam Shakespeare wrote from the heart when he described the benefits of sleep in 1606. In fact, some sleep disorder specialists believe that Shakespeare himself suffered from insomnia, which might explain why his characters frequently express their own yearnings “to sleep, perchance to dream.” If Shakespeare really was an insomniac, he’d have plenty of company today. A survey by the National Sleep Foundation revealed that every night, 33 percent of 46 OCTOBER 2014



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and determine the reason. It could be stress or poor sleep hygiene, or it could be a medical issue that needs attention.” Many insomnia patients recover just by changing their sleeping habits or learning how to relax before bedtime. “If you follow good sleep hygiene, you can eliminate or shorten most insomnia incidents,” maintains Dr. Phillip Cozzi, director of the sleep lab at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. Proper sleep habits include going to bed and getting up at the same times each day; avoiding caffeine, alcohol and strenuous activity within two hours of bedtime; keeping as much extraneous light out of the bedroom as possible; not watching television in bed at night; and not using the bedroom as an additional workspace. “So many people go to bed with their laptops and their cellphones and work or


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socialize just before they try to go to sleep,” says Cozzi. “They carry their psychological baggage into their bedrooms, and that’s sure to inhibit sleep.” Some patients might need cognitive behavior therapy to help them adopt good sleep habits, Villanueva says. Patients who suffer from chronic illnesses might need to change their medications to avoid drug-induced insomnia. Sometimes, doctors prescribe chemical sleep aids to help patients stave off insomnia caused by serious short-term stresses. But they caution that patients should not use medicine as a replacement for proper sleep habits. “Sleep medicines aren’t as addicting as they once were,” says Villanueva. “We have newer medications with better safety profiles. However, every medicine has side effects, and the longer people take them, the stronger those side effects can get.” Side effects of Ambien, Lunesta and other current-generation sleep aids can include daytime fatigue, memory loss and mood swings, he adds. Some types of chronic insomnia occur when the patient’s hormonal cycle gets out of sync with his daily schedule, forcing him to go to bed when his body isn’t ready for sleep and rise when his body isn’t prepared to wake up. Called circadian rhythm disorders, they include third shift disorder and jet lag, which disrupt a patient’s otherwise normal hormonal cycle; delayed sleep phase disorder, in which the patient’s body naturally releases sleep-inducing hormones very late at night, forcing him to sleep later during the day; and non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder, in which the patient’s normal sleep cycle lasts longer than a standard day, which forces him to vary his sleeping schedule over weeks or months. Third shift disorder is by far the most common circadian rhythm disorder disturbing west suburban residents’ sleep, Villanueva asserts. “Twenty-two percent of the workforce works off hours,” he explains. “For most people, their

A Night Away Could Solve Your Problem Special labs allow doctors to monitor the factors that cause sleeplessness


t first, undergoing a sleep study sounds downright scary. After all, spending the night in a laboratory, tucked into a strange bed with more belts and electrodes attached to you than Frankenstein’s monster had, then trying to sleep while some technician watches you all night seems more likely to induce nightmares than sweet dreams. But the reality is quite different, doctors and patients agree. With proper preparation and an accredited sleep lab, a sleep study can be as cozy as, well, flannel sheets. “Polysomnography can still be a little cumbersome, but it’s improved a lot over the past few years,” reports Dr. Phillip Cozzi, director of Elmhurst Memorial Hospital’s sleep lab. “The newer labs offer more comfort and privacy, and the way we apply the leads to the body is less obtrusive.” Officials at the National Institutes of Health advise patients to avoid caffeine, alcohol and other stimulants or sedatives several hours before they go in for a sleep study. They should bring toiletries, comfortable pajamas and a change of clothes to wear home in the morning. While the lab provides bed linens and pillows, patients can also bring their own favorite pillow if it makes them sleep more comfortably, Cozzi adds. Once patients are in their beds at the lab, technicians will attach four to six small electrodes to the forehead, temple and chin. These will record brain activity and eye movements during sleep. A nasal prong attached to an air tube will measure how much air volume the patient inhales and exhales, while more electrodes on the limbs and upper chest will record the patient’s heart rate and blood pressure. Two elastic belts around the waist and chest


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will measure how much effort the patient spends breathing during sleep, and a small finger cuff will monitor how much oxygen is in the patient’s blood. “The wires that attach the sensors to the computer are very thin and flexible, so they don’t interfere with rolling over in bed,” Cozzi says. Also, each sleep lab bed at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital’s lab, as well as at other reputable labs in the western suburbs, is located in a private room with its own attached bathroom, so patients can feel more secure. While technicians personally monitor each patient throughout the night, they’re only watching the patients’ sensor readings on a computer screen, not the patients themselves. Patients with strong signs of sleep apnea might go through a split-night sleep study. Halfway through the study period, a technician will awaken the patient just long enough to fit him with a CPAP machine. Then the doctor can compare how the patient breathed on his own to how he breathed while using the CPAP machine. While invalids and other patients with special circumstances can take sleep studies at home using portable equipment, doctors don’t recommend doing so unless it’s absolutely necessary. “Home sleep testing is an option, but it’s a poor substitute for the real deal,” Cozzi asserts. “The equipment that’s adapted for home use is less sensitive and less reliable than equipment in the lab.” The west and northwest suburbs boast more than 50 accredited sleep centers, both independent and connected to major hospitals. To find an accredited center, visit the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s website at www.sleepeducation.com /find-a-center.




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TIRED? YOU’RE NOT ALONE biological clock makes them start feeling sleepy at 10:30 p.m. and start feeling alert at 6 a.m. If you work an 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift, your body is telling you that you should be asleep during most of your workday. Then when you try to go to sleep after your shift, your body has trouble because it thinks that it’s time to be alert, no matter how tired you are.” Intrusive daylight in the bedroom and noises of daily activities performed by family and neighbors also disrupt daytime sleep for third shift workers. While circadian rhythm disorder patients can manage their symptoms by changing their sleep habits and taking melatonin supplements under a doctor’s supervision, their conditions are incurable, according to the Circadian Sleep Disorders Network. Villanueva agrees. “You can use light cues to shift your biological clock, but if you miss those cues even one night, your clock goes right back to normal,” he cautions.

“A lot of times patients come in to be evaluated at the request of their sleep partners because their obstructed breathing is keeping the partners awake.” The most insidious type of insomnia is the type that patients don’t even realize they’re experiencing. An estimated 20 million people across the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea, a potentially fatal condition in which the patient’s airway becomes blocked or restricted during sleep. The patient struggles for breath and sometimes even stops breathing entirely for several seconds until his back brain wakes up enough to resume breathing voluntarily. While the patient usually “sleeps” through such interruptions, they prevent him from entering deep sleep states that the body needs to restore energy and repair tissue damage, doctors agree. “With the obesity epidemic, sleep


apnea is exploding in the Chicago area and across the U.S.,” Cozzi asserts. “It’s not easy to diagnose without testing. I’ve seen six patients in one day, all of whom presented different symptoms, and all of whom tested positive for sleep apnea.” The biggest risk factor for developing sleep apnea is obesity, confirms Dr. David Wolraich, an otolaryngologist who treats sleep disorders at DuPage Medical Group’s Lombard and Hinsdale clinics. Excess fatty tissue in the neck and chest can droop down into the throat, constricting the airway and making breathing more difficult. The tongue can also slide back into the throat during sleep, blocking the trachea. Anatomical malformations in the sinuses, throat or jaw can induce sleep apnea in slender people as well, he adds. Most sleep apnea patients get their first hint that they have a problem from their spouses or other household members because the condition causes loud, prolonged snoring punctuated by total



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“Not only did my bad headaches disappear, my sleep greatly improved,” he recalls. “Before the surgery, I never got into deep sleep. Now I feel more rested when I wake up, and I can think more clearly.” While some adult patients benefit from losing their tonsils and adenoids, most manage their sleep apnea by sleeping with a continuous positive airway pressure machine. Commonly called a CPAP machine, the device directs a steady stream of pressurized room air into the patient’s nose, either through nasal prongs or through a mask that covers all or part of the nose and forehead. The pressurized flow keeps the trachea open and ensures that the patient takes in enough oxygen during sleep, doctors agree. Sugar Grove resident Tom Hughes has controlled his sleep apnea with CPAP technology for 17 years. “I haven’t needed anything else since I was diagnosed,” he says. “Since I got my first CPAP machine in 1997, I’ve only slept without one three nights, and then only because I had to. With the machine, I usually fall asleep within a few minutes. Without it, it takes at least an hour to fall asleep, and then I wake up many times per hour gasping for breath.” Patients who just can’t get used to sleeping with a mask strapped to their faces do have other options. Morbidly obese patients can relieve sleep apnea symptoms by losing weight and increasing their muscle tone, Cozzi notes. Patients who, like Hughes, have structural abnormalities in their sinuses or throats that inhibit air flow can sometimes expand their airways through surgery. But no matter what treatment they choose, sleep apnea patients can’t just wait and hope that the problem will go away on its own. “Chronic sleep apnea is associated with increased risk of strokes and heart attacks, especially at night,” says Villanueva. “When your sleep is so disrupted your heart and brain can’t rest, eventually they’re going to start failing.” 

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By Lisa Sloan


eyond the functionality of illuminating your rooms, light fixtures provide a way to introduce color, highlight your decorating style and make a statement. “Lighting is the one element that can create the biggest design impact and give a lasting impression,” says Becky Mlynarczyk of Chicago-based New Metal Crafts, which offers everything from modern decorative fixtures to antique and vintage lighting. Amy Fimbianti, division manager for Crest Lighting, which has a showroom in New Lenox, agrees. “Clients are viewing lighting as a design point or feature in their home versus just a source of light,” she says. “It finishes off the overall look of a home while it transforms a simple space and showcases all elements of each room.”

The latest trends in decorative lighting, from vintage to contemporary vintage farmhouse or Prairie bungalow — there has been a movement toward cleaner, more modern-looking fixtures in every setting. “There is a continued popularity of transitional and contemporary designs with an emphasis on simplistic lines for both traditional and transitional style homes,” observes Mlynarczyk. Transitional looks are flexible and mesh elements of contemporary and traditional design but are known for being clean and simple. “Clients are opting for the comfortable and cozy feel rather than the more formal or highly decorated look,” says Fimbianti. Toward that end, clear glass fixtures in

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basic geometric shapes such as cylinders and cones are becoming popular, especially for above kitchen islands and in the bath. Lisa Smiley, of Tower Lighting in LaGrange, notes that typical bathroom sconces are being cast aside in favor of ceiling-mounted pendants on either side of the mirror. “It gives great light and is much more fun to work with — the pendant possibilities are endless!” Caryn Sovereign, merchandising manager and buyer for Horton’s Home Lighting in LaGrange, says their customers also like a more modern look, citing industrial style fixtures paired with vintage bulbs, fixtures with drum shades, and chrome fixtures with crystal accents as top choices. “It depends on the client, but many are looking for unique and unusual pieces,” she says. At The Light Brothers in Lombard, lighting consultant Kathy Hoh also says clear glass and clean lines carry the day. “We had a trend of bronze finishes with


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amber glass going for the past few years, and now things are going to a much lighter, simpler look.” Hoh says white glass or clear glass shades with vintage-style bulbs are now in vogue, as are fixtures that have the “exposed” vintage bulb. “Those lean towards a more industrial look and feel,” she says. Imported Italian lighting is a favorite among Tower customers, many of whom like Venetian hand-blown glass because it reminds them of their travels to Italy and also because they crave pieces that are distinctive. “The pieces are truly unique and can be used within the realm of any décor,” says Smiley. Crystal chandeliers remain a perennial favorite. “If it’s not a traditional crystal chandelier, you will see crystal under a shade fixture or incorporated into a contemporary design,” says Mlynarczyk. WARM FINISHES Nickel finishes remain a top pick, but interest in brass and gold finishes is re-emerging. Tower Lighting customers are drawn toward hand-rubbed brass. “ It’s not the shiny brass from the 1970s,” explains Smiley. “It’s a muted, matte brass that is very warm and beautiful.” Bronze finishes are also coming to the forefront. “Our clients like the look of crossover finishes that are a mix of gold/ silver or bronze/silver, which allow for a good blend with their mix of colors, but our strongest finish continues to be something in the bronze family,” says Fimbianti. Hoh has observed an increasing use of gold tones. “Winter gold is a new finish that many of our suppliers are showing. It is a gold-leaf finish, with silver undertones. This finish blends well with both brushed nickel and bronze. It also works great with the trending paint colors of mocha and grey-taupe.” ENERGY SAVINGS With an impact on electric bills and as a WEST SUBURBAN LIVING

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benefit to the environment, energy efficiency continues to be a big part of lighting choices, and the interest in LED has extended beyond task and exterior lighting and into some decorative fixtures. Improvement in color consistency and warmth of appearance has made LED more applicable for use in a wider range of rooms. “The fact the prices are continuing to come down on them has helped the cause as well,” says Fimbianti. Another area that helps cut energy usage is lighting control. For example, a lighting control system can be programmed so that you can turn on certain lights to a predetermined level needed for particular tasks. And, if you forget to turn off a light, the system can be accessed remotely via your smartphone or tablet, or you can install motion sensors that turn off lights in a room after a period of inactivity. Lighting control can also aid in home security. Such systems can be programmed

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to recognize lighting usage and then schedule the lights to turn on and off at appropriate times, whether you are at home or on vacation. “Technology in lighting control seems to be a focus for many manufacturers as the a generation of buyers becomes more tech-savvy,” observes Fimbianti. PERSONALIZED ACCENTS Lampshades offer another way to express personal tastes and decorating styles, and swapping old shades for new is a quick and easy way to update a lamp. Shade fabrics can vary from paper to fabric, from the more rustic looks of burlap or grasscloth to more refined feel of silk or linen. They can be smooth or pleated, plain or embellished and come in a variety of shapes. Right now, the drum style shade is very popular. “We are seeing that drum shade look repeating itself in flush fixtures, semi-flush, table and floor lamps as well,” says Hoh.


As for color in accent lamps, the trends align with the rest of the design world. “Gray is the new beige, so we are seeing a lot of silver and gray tones,” says Sovereign. Some bright colors, like yellow, orange and navy blue are also making a comeback. Accent lamps are a great way to introduce a pop of color and texture into a room, and tend to be a little more trendy and colorful than installed fixtures. Changing the lighting may seem like a small detail, but it can have a big impact. As Hoh notes, “I have had several customers tell me they feel that replacing decorative light fixtures make a huge difference in terms of really being able to make a statement in a room.” When describing the impact of lighting on a room, Smiley likes to quote the late American interior designer Albert Hadley: “Design is defined by light and shade, and appropriate lighting is enormously important.” n


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ffering further evidence that the growing popularity of craft brewing is showing no signs of waning, Minneapolis-based Granite City Food & Brewery is set to open its second Chicago-area location in Naperville on October 15. The 11,000 sq-ft facility will feature a contemporary dining area with a wrap-around bar flowing into an atrium, an open kitchen with a central hearth oven, a private dining room, exterior

patio and on-site microbrewery. The restaurant will feature a wide variety of dishes prepared from made-fromscratch recipes. “Granite City will offer a unique dining experience with our handcrafted beers and specialty menu items such as Ponzu-glazed salmon, bone-in ribeye and braised bison short ribs,” says Granite City Food & Brewery CEO Rob Doran. Gluten-free and vegetarian menu items will also be available. “In addition to our 10 taps of Granite City beers,” says Doran, “we will have 10

local beer taps showcasing some of the best brews Chicagoland has to offer.” Visible from inside the restaurant, the brewery will be available for tours, where visitors can learn about how the handcrafted brewing process yields unique styles and flavors of beer not typically produced by major breweries. Located in Freedom Plaza, just off I-88 at Freedom Drive, the Naperville facility is Granite City’s 31st restaurant in 13 states including a location in Orland Park. Another outlet is scheduled to open in Schaumburg in early 2015.


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GoOd food

By T.R. Witom

Ditka’s Blending classic steakhouse fare with football flair


egendary former Bears coach and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Mike Ditka occupies a special place in the hearts of local sports fans. Similarly, the food served at Ditka’s Restaurant in Oakbrook Terrace since its opening seven years ago continues to be held in high regard by local diners. Known primarily as a steakhouse, the roomy 350-seat venue serves such popular entrées as a 10-ounce, center-cut Fullback Filet Mignon and 20-ounce bone-in “Kick Ass Paddle” ribeye. Extra “enhancements,” at $3 each, include bearnaise sauce, grilled onions or a choice of crusts — roasted garlic, blue cheese or horseradish. Ditka’s also does a brisk business with seafood, including Maryland-style crab cakes, Alaskan halibut, South African lobster and King Salmon, and it serves pork chops, barbecue ribs and chicken. To fill out the a la carte menu, diners pick from among 15 shareable side dishes, including creamed spinach, burgundy mushrooms, twice-baked potatoes and lobster mac-and-cheese. Entrées range from $13 for the “Fridge” burger to $69 for Alaskan King Crab legs, with the average running in the mid-$20s to mid-$40s. Ditka’s broad menu offers a wide variety of appetizers — guacamole and

chips, meatball sliders, four artisan pizzas, a raw bar with oysters on the half shell, and a jumbo shrimp cocktail are among the choices. Desserts vary and include such favorites as cheesecake, creme brulée and ice cream pie. Dining on a budget? If you plan your visit on a Sunday, as I did, the special prix fixe three-course menu, a real bargain at $25, is worth considering. It’s also available on Fridays. I started with a creamy and flavorful steaming cup of sherry crab bisque that captured the crustacean’s essence. My main course — from among 10 on offer — was “Da Pork Chop.” It was plated with mashed sweet potatoes, apple chutney and Michigan cherry sauce. My dining partner’s meal included a mixed-greens house salad dressed in balsamic vinaigrette and sprinkled with pecans, goat cheese, apples and dried cranberries, followed by twin four-ounce filet medallions with a green peppercorn demi-glace, asparagus and smashed red skin potatoes. Dessert included refreshing scoops of ice cream: butter pecan with caramel sauce and a Snickers crunch, respectively.

Filet Mignon

Ditka’s has a well-provisioned fullservice bar that serves specialty cocktails including a well-made Rob Roy; a dozen beers on tap including Iron Mike’s Ale; and a diverse selection of red and white wines available by the glass or bottle and including some private-label California vintages made especially for the restaurant. Service, by a friendly and knowledgeable staff, is flawless. The restaurant has a contemporary, polished look and feel, with strategically placed TVs unobtrusively positioned along the perimeter walls. A variety of Ditka’s personal sports memorabilia is displayed, and guests can buy various souvenir jerseys and T-shirts from a stand in the entryway. Ditka’s recently opened a new location in Arlington Heights, in addition to its original site in Chicago and other outlets in Pittsburgh, PA and Laveen, AZ. n


Ditka’s /

Route 83 and 22nd St., Oakbrook Terrace. 630 572-2200 www.ditkasrestaurants.com

recommended dishes:




Sherry Crab Bisque,

Appetizers: $8-$19

Mon-Thur,11 a.m.-10 p.m.;

Sun brunch 9 a.m.-2 p.m.,

Da Pork Chop,

Entrées: $13-$69

Fri, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.;

free valet parking,

Sat, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.;

private dining,

Sun, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

reservations accepted.

Filet Mignon


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DINING LISTINGS Following is a sampling of some of the best dining destinations in the western suburbs, including reader favorites, advertisers and a cross-section of just plain good places to grab a bite. Bon appétit!  CENTRAL DUPAGE  NW DUPAGE & UPPER FOX VALLEY  SW DUPAGE & LOWER FOX VALLEY  SE DUPAGE & SW COOK  NE DUPAGE & NW COOK  ADELLE’S: 535 W Liberty Dr, Wheaton. 630 784-8015. New twists on old American favorites served by seasoned professionals in a stylish ambiance. Capacity: 160 plus 50 on outdoor patio. Yrs in bus: 11. Chef’s Choice: Lake Superior White Fish. Entrée prices: $18-$34. Extras: Bar, outdoor dining, banquets, wine room, carry-out, live jazz Th at 7 pm, live music on select other nights, lounge. T-Th 4:30-9, F-Sat 4:30-10, Sun 4-8. Reservations: Recommended.  ALLGAUER’S: 3003 Corporate West Dr, Lisle; in the Hilton Lisle/Naperville. 630 245-7650. Classic American fare with an eclectic twist in a contemporary environment. Specializes in USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood and chops. Capacity: 196 at 44 tables. Yrs in bus: 33. Chef’s Choice: Potato-crusted halibut. Entrée prices: $21-$35; lunch menu $9-$15. Extras: Bar, banquets, Sun brunch, breakfast buffet Mon-Sun, lunch buffet M-F, family friendly, F seafood & prime rib buffet. Breakfast M-F 6:30-11 am, Sat 7-11 am, Sun 7-9:30 am; Lunch M-Sat 11-3; Dinner M-Sun 4-10, Sun brunch 10:30-2:30. Reservations: Recommended.

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 AMBER CAFÉ: 13 N Cass Ave, Westmont. 630 515-8080.

Contemporary American cuisine in a newly remodeled setting. Capacity: 70 inside, 50 outside. Chef’s Choice: Pan-roasted Lake Superior whitefish. Yrs in bus: 10. Entrée prices: $15-$37. Extras: Outdoor dining, bar, private parties on Sun, wine list. T-Sat 4-11. Reservations: Recommended.  ANYWAY’S CHICAGO RESTAURANT & PUB: 5 E Roosevelt Rd, Oakbrook Terrace. 630 932-9323. Classic neighborhood restaurant and pub serving American cuisine. Capacity: 200 at 45 tables. Yrs in bus: 19. Chef’s Choice: Izzy’s jambalaya pasta and Black Angus burgers. Entrée prices: $7-$15. Extras: Bar, carryout, banquets, outdoor dining, kids’ menu, daily specials. M-Th 11:30 am-1 am, F-Sat 11:30 am-2 am, Sun noon-1 am. Reservations: Yes, for 10 or more. Additional location at 304 W Army Trail Rd, Bloomingdale, 630 351-8870.  ARROWHEAD RESTAURANT & BAR: 26W151 Butterfield Rd, Wheaton. 630 510-5070. Classic American fare and premium spirits in a golf-themed décor and a panoramic view of the golf course. Capacity: 120 inside, 60 on patio. Yrs in bus: 8. Chef’s Choice: Cajun Ribeye. Entrée prices: $10-$23. Extras: Bar, banquets, seasonal outdoor dining, wine list, private rooms, carry-out, weekly and daily specials, 15 HDTVs. M-Th 11-11, F 11 am-1 am, Sun 11-9. Reservations: Yes.

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Oak Park; in the Carleton Hotel. 708 848-4250. Classic American cuisine “with a twist,” with some selections prepared on a wood-burning grill. Capacity: 140. Yrs in bus: 5. Chef’s Choice: Maytag Bleu Cheese Chips. Entrée prices: Avg: $15-$30. Extras: Bar, banquets, outdoor dining, kids’ menu, carry-out. M-Th 5-10, F-Sat 5-11, Sun 5-9. Reservations: Yes.

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 BARBAKOA: 1341 Butterfield Rd, Downers Grove.

630 852-2333. Modern Latin bistro mixing casual dining with an urban vibe. Capacity: 354. Mths in bus: 10.

Mon - Thurs 11 am - 11 pm • Fri 11 am - midnight • Sat 4 pm - midnight • Sun 2 - 10 pm


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GoOd food

By T.R. Witom

Il Sogno Authentic southern Italian fare in downtown Wheaton


inding good Italian food isn’t so hard — if you know where to look. And for the past six years, many residents of Wheaton and surrounding communities have been making a beeline to Il Sogno, which translates to “the dream.” Tucked in an attractive second-floor space with a view of the downtown business district, the restaurant focuses on authentic southern Italian fare. Its menu includes traditional veal, chicken and seafood dishes, and many pastas, including homemade cavatelli and gnocchi. Appetizers range in price from $8 (zucchini fries) to $16 (lobster mac and cheese). Pastas are $12-$15, and entrées, which include soup or salad, generally run from $20 to the mid-$30s, topping out at $49 for zuppa de pesce (or $59 for two). Open for dinner only, the restaurant is owned by the Longobardi and Jimenez families, both of which have extensive food service experience. Running things in the kitchen are co-chefs Nancy Longobardi and Wilfred Vazquez. The venue seats 80 in the main dining room, 30 in the bar area, and another 40 in a private-party space that can be reserved for showers, birthday celebrations and rehearsal dinners. A separate bar offers a full selection of

cocktails and after-dinner drinks, including grappa, as well as imported beer and regional American artisanal brews. Its wine list, heavily weighted with Italian vintages, includes bottles priced from $28 to a lofty $426, and many selections available by the glass for $7-$11. Access to the venue’s second-floor location is via a flight of stairs or elevator — ideal for those with mobility issues. A recent dinner at Il Sogno started with fresh Italian bread and a shared order of Misto alla Griglia, a mixed seafood grill featuring octopus, calamari and shrimp in a flavorful garlic-extra virgin olive oilparsley-lemon-balsamic dressing. Our waiter said the Burrata Caprese, which we were also considering, was another appealing starter. Baked clams, bruschetta, meatball sliders, fried calamari and a risotto of the day were among other options. Spinach fettuccini with organic mushrooms and small strips of chicken breast came al dente and perfectly complemented by a sauce incorporating mascarpone, pancetta, shallots and parsley. Another excellent entrée sampled was

Misto alla Griglia (mixed seafood grill)

Vitello Il Sogno — two cuts of grass-fed veal pounded thin and topped with an aged Fontina cheese and prosciutto. Sharing the plate was a side of green beans, cooked with garlic and white wine. Other choices included chicken and veal Marsala, salmon puttanesca, filet mignon wrapped in prosciutto and fresh squid ink spaghetti with Manila clams, mussels, calamari and octopus. Desserts vary from cannoli to spumoni ice cream to limoncello sorbet. But you won’t go wrong sharing the Bacio — homemade cream puffs topped with chocolate syrup and whipped cream and accompanied by hazelnut ice cream. Il Sogno occasionally offers live musical entertainment on Saturdays. It accepts take-out orders, caters private events and provides delivery service within a five-mile radius for large orders of $200 or more. n


Il Sogno /

100 N Hale St., Wheaton. 630 682-5900 www.ilsognoristorante.com

recommended dishes:

Cream puffs with



Misto alla griglia

hazelnut ice cream

Mon-Thur 4-10 p.m.

Elevator accessible,

(mixed seafood grill)


Fri-Sat 4-11 p.m., bar

reservations accepted,

Fettuccini con Funghi

Appetizers: $8-$16

open until 1 a.m.

full bar, private party

Veal Il Sogno

Entrées: $20-$49

Sun 3-9 p.m.



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n Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano: 2752 Showplace Dr, Naperville. 630 428-8500. Classic and contemporary authentic Italian dining in a casual, friendly setting. Capacity: 240. Yrs in bus: 8. Chef’s Choice: Black fettuccini with lobster & wild mushrooms. Entrée prices: $10-$20. Extras: Exhibition kitchen, bar, wine list, children’s menu, gluten-free menu, carry-out, catering, private parties, family friendly. M-Th 11:30-9:30, F-Sat 11:30-10:30, Sun 11-9. Reservations: Yes. Additional location at 20560 N Rand Rd, Deer Park, 847 438-1850. n Bien Trucha: 410 W State St, Geneva. 630 232-2665.

A variety of authentic and modern Mexican cuisine including little samplers and tapas. Capacity: 80. Yrs in bus: 7. Chef’s Choice: Tacos and Guacamole del Dia. Entrée prices: $5-$11. Extras: Carry-out, outdoor dining, bar (open later). Lunch T-F 11-3, Sat noon-3; Dinner T-Th 5-9, F-Sat 5-10. Reservations: No. n Bricks Wood Fired Pizza & Café: 132 W St. Charles Rd, Lombard. 630 691-1900. Wood-fired, brick oven pizza, salads, sandwiches and gourmet soups in a comfortable, fast-casual café atmosphere. Capacity: 50. Yrs in bus: 9. Chef’s Choice: Classic margherita and artichoke pesto pizzas. Entrée prices: $7-$13. Extras: Carry-out. M-Th 11-9, F-Sat 11-10, Sun noon-8. Reservations: No. Additional locations at 103 Front St, Wheaton, 630 784-4620 and 1763 Freedom Dr, Naperville, 630 799-6860.

Recently Opened


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Chef’s Choice: Barbakoa Carne Asada Tacos. Entrée prices: $6-$40. Extras: Bar featuring over 100 tequilas and mezcals, craft cocktails, lounge, private parties, outdoor area, enclosed patio. Brunch Sat-Sun 11-3; Lunch M-F 11:30 -3; Dinner Sun-Th 3-10, F-Sat 3-11. Reservations: Recommended.

Second location for Italian favorite in Batavia


uilding on the success

Gorgonzola cheese with a

of their six-year-old

touch of cream served over

Gaetano’s in Forest Park,

puff pastry,” says DiBenedetto.

management recently

Entrées average $31 to $50,

opened a second restaurant

and there’s full-bar service.

under the same name at 15

E Wilson St. in Batavia (630

range covers a broad sweep

additional 40 on a seasonal

406-3009). Batavia resident

that encompasses “a fusion

patio. Live jazz is planned for

Wendy DiBenedetto owns the

of traditional regional Italian

Thursday nights. The place

new venue, and her husband,

cuisine,” DiBenedetto adds.

underwent remodeling that

Sicilian-born Gaetano, serves

as executive chef de cuisine

pastas hand-crafted in house

star-studded blue ceiling

for it and the original business.

and a daily risotto.

and numerous brick arches

“While some dishes carry

Chef Gaetano’s culinary

The restaurant offers

Dining groups also will

included the creation of a

to simulate an atmosphere

over from our other location,

have the option to select

of dining under the

the Batavia menu includes

three- or four-course tasting

Mediterranean sky. Gaetano’s

daily specials and new

menus prepared by the chef.

is open Monday through

creations such as Gamberetti

Gaetano’s seats 40 in

Thursday from 5-9:30 p.m.

al Gorgonzola, shrimp sautéed

the main dining room, 30 in

and Friday and Saturday from

with caramelized garlic,

a lower-level room and an

4:30-10:30 p.m. — T.R. Witom

n Carlucci: 1801 Butterfield Rd, Downers Grove.

630 512-0990. Rustic Italian restaurant serving Tuscan cuisine. Capacity: 300. Yrs in bus: 11. Chef’s Choice: Linguini bobonato. Entrée prices: $11-$35. Extras: Carryout, private dining, outdoor dining, bar open later, daily specials, live entertainment. Lunch M-F 11:30-3:30; Dinner M-Th 3:30-9:30, F 3:30-10:30, Sat 4:30-10:30, Sun 4:30-9:30. Reservations: Recommended. n Chama Gaucha: 3008 Finley Rd, Downers Grove.

630 324-6002. Brazilian churrasco-style steakhouse featuring 14 meat selections and a large salad bar. Capacity: 350. Yrs in bus: 5. Chef’s Choice: Picanha. Entrée prices: $24-$40. Extras: Full bar, private rooms seating 25-75, all-you-can-eat dining. Lunch M-F 11:30-2; Dinner M-Th 5-9:30, F 5-10, Sat 4-10, Sun 4-8:30. Reservations: Recommended. n Chinn’s 34th Street Fishery: 3011 W Ogden Ave, Lisle. 630 637-1777. Seafood, steaks and pasta served in a casual maritime setting. Capacity: 200 at 46 tables. Yrs in bus: 19. Chef’s Choice: Hawaiian Monchong. Entrée prices: $15-$49. Extras: Bar, carry-out, private parties, kids’ menu, catering, family friendly. M-Th 11-9, F-Sat 11-11, Sun 3-9. Reservations: No, but call-ahead seating available. n CityGate Grille: 2020 Calamos Ct, Naperville. 630 718-1010. Fine dining serving contemporary American fare with a Mediterranean influence. Capacity: 220. Yrs in bus: 5. Chef’s Choice: Seared Diver Scallops and Steak Risotto. Entrée prices: $17-$48, Avg: $25. Extras: Live music F or Sat, private parties, catering, kids’ menu. Lunch M-F 11:30-4; Dinner M-Th 4-10, F-Sat 5-11 (bar open later F-Sat). Reservations: Yes. n The Clubhouse: 298 Oakbrook Center (next to Neiman Marcus), Oak Brook. 630 472-0600. Upscale American cuisine in a sparkling, world-class country club setting. Capacity: 400 on multi-levels. Yrs in bus: 17. Chef’s Choice: Chicken Romano and pecan-crusted tilapia. Entrée prices: $11-$38. Extras: Full bar, outdoor dining, carry-out, banquets, kids’ menu. Lunch M-Sun 11-4; Dinner M-Th 4-10:30, F-Sat 4-11:30, Sun 4-9:30; Sun brunch buffet 10-2. Reservations: Recommended.

n Devon Seafood + Steak: 17W400 22nd St, Oakbrook Terrace. 630 516-0180. Sleek, upscale venue serving fresh seafood and steak. Capacity: 237. Yrs in bus: 3. Chef’s Choice: Sockeye Salmon and Lump Crab

Cakes. Entrée prices: $21-$58, lunch $11-$25. Extras: Private banquet room, vegetarian and gluten-free menus, wine list, happy hour M-F, full bar (open later), half-priced wine bottles on Sun. M-F 11-10, Sat 4-10, Sun 4-9. Reservations: Yes.

n Fu Yuan: 118 W Liberty Dr, Wheaton. 630 668-8770.

n Ditka’s: Rt 83 & 22nd St, Oakbrook Terrace. 630 572-2200. Fine dining steakhouse also offering fresh seafood, burgers and sandwiches in a hospitable and vibrant atmosphere. Capacity: 350. Yrs in bus: 7. Chef’s Choice: Da Pork Chop and Pot Roast Nachos. Entrée prices: $10-$50. Extras: Award-winning wine list, full bar, private rooms, breakfast on Sat & Sun 9-2, complimentary valet parking, gluten-free options. M-Th 11-10, F 11-11, Sat 9 am-11 pm, Sun 9-9.Reservations: Yes. Additional location in Chicago.

n Gaetano’s: 7636 W Madison St, Forest Park. 708 366-4010. Rustic Italian dining in an intimate, contemporary atmosphere. Capacity: 90. Yrs in bus: 7. Chef’s Choice: Chef’s four-course tasting menu. Entrée prices: $16-$36. Extras: Cooking classes, catering, private parties, wine dinners, full bar, carry-out, parent’s night one Monday per month. M-Th 5-9:30, F-Sat 4:30-10:30. Reservations: Recommended

n Eddie Merlot: 28254 Diehl Rd, Warrenville. 630 3931900. Upscale contemporary steakhouse with a lighter ambiance also known for its wine. Capacity: 260. Yrs in bus: 3. Chef’s Choice: Prime aged steaks. Entrée prices: $23-$51. Extras: Extensive wine list, private dining, outdoor dining, lounge with drink specials open M-Th 4-11, F-Sat 4-midnight, Sun 4-10. Lunch M-F 11:30-2; Dinner M-Th 5-10, F-Sat 5-11, Sun 5-9. Reservations: Recommended. Additional location at 201 Bridewell Dr, Burr Ridge. 630 468-2098.

n Emilio’s Tapas Bar: 4100 Roosevelt Rd, Hillside. 708 547-7177. Spanish tapas in an authentic countryside atmosphere. Capacity: 150. Yrs in bus: 26. Chef’s Choice: Paella and datiles con bacon. Entrée prices: $6-$20 per person. Extras: Outdoor dining, online reservations, carryout, bar, family friendly, “Tapeo” $1.95 bites menu 4:306:30 M-F at bar. M 4:30-9:30, T-Th 11:30-9:30, F-Sat 11:30-10, Sun 4-9. Reservations: Recommended. Additional location in Chicago. n Fiora’s: 317 S Third St, Geneva. 630 262-1317. European-influenced American cuisine served in one of Geneva’s historic landmark buildings. Capacity: 120 inside, 60 outside. Yrs in bus: 5. Chef’s Choice: Boneless short rib. Entrée prices: $14-$32, Avg: $24. Extras: Indoor and outdoor bars, live music, private dining, wine cellar, kids’ menu, catering, carry-out, lounge, outdoor dining. Lunch T-Sat 11:30-2; Dinner T-Sat 5:30-9. Reservations: Recommended.

Traditional Chinese favorites in a casual setting. Capacity: 50. Yrs in bus: 23. Chef’s Choice: Sesame chicken and Mongolian beef. Entrée prices: $6-$10. Extras: Carry-out. M-Th 11:15-8:30, F-Sat 11:15-9. Reservations: Yes.

n Gatto’s Restaurant & Bar: 5123 Main St, Downers Grove. 630 515-6400. Italian comfort food served in a rustic setting. Capacity: 145. Yrs in bus: 6. Chef’s Choice: Chicken carmine. Entrée prices: $8-$24. Extras: Private parties, bar, catering, carry-out. M-Th 4-10, F 4-11, Sat 11-11, Sun 4-9. Reservations: Yes, for 6 or more. n GREEK ISLANDS RESTAURANT & LOUNGE: 300 E 22nd St, Lombard. 630 932-4545. Greek food in a distinctly Mediterranean décor. Capacity: 350. Yrs in bus: 30. Chef’s Choice: Lamb dishes. Entrée prices: $10-$35, Avg: $13. Extras: Bar, carry-out, banquets, catering, outdoor dining, private parties, wine list, family-style menu. Sun-Th 11-11, F-Sat 11 am-midnight. Reservations: Yes. n Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse: 70 Yorktown

Center in the Westin Hotel, Lombard. 630 953-3400. Classic Italian steakhouse in a sports-themed atmosphere. Capacity: 550. Yrs in bus: 7. Chef’s Choice: Prime steaks and chops. Entree prices: $12-$45. Extras: Outdoor dining, bar, sports memorabilia, carry-out. Lunch M-Sun 11-5 (bar only); Dinner M-Sat 5-10, Sun 4-9. Reservations: Yes. Additional location at 10233 W Higgins Rd, Rosemont, 847 699-1200. n Hugo’s Frog Bar And Fish House: 55 S Main St, Naperville. 630 548-3764. Fresh seafood and steaks in a relaxed atmosphere. Capacity: 200. Yrs in bus: 10. Chef’s Choice: Crab cakes and frog legs. Entrée prices: $15-$35. Extras: Bar (open late), live blues and jazz, valet parking, private parties, outdoor dining. M-Sun 11-11. Reservations: Recommended.


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By Buzz Brandt n Il Sogno RISTORANTE: 100 N Hale St, Wheaton. 630 682-5900. Authentic Southern Italian fare featuring homemade dishes. Capacity: 135. Yrs in bus: 6. Chef’s Choice: Zuppa di pesce. Entrée prices: $12-$21. Extras: Extensive wine list, catering, private parties, bar and carry-out. Mon-Th 4-10, F-Sat 4-11, Sun 3-9 Reservations: Yes.

The Heritage of Meritage C

abernet Sauvignon is the noblest of all grape varietals, achieving its most famous expression in the wines of the Bordeaux region of France, its ancestral homeland. Since the eighteenth century, Bordeaux winemakers have perfected the art of blending Cabernet with Merlot and Cabernet Franc along with smaller amounts of Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Carménère (the famous “Bordeaux blend”). Since French wines are not designated by varietal, but by appellation, these Old World vintners enjoy freedom from legal restrictions to blend their wines in any manner they choose. In this country, however, wines are classified by varietal and federal regulations mandate that a wine must contain a minimum of 75 percent of a particular grape to be labeled such a varietal. By the 1980s, consumers had come to equate stand-alone varietals with quality, denigrating blends to the status of unrefined “jug” or “table” wines. For the flourishing California wine

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630 665-2489. Casually elegant dining featuring steaks, chops and seafood. Capacity: 207. Yrs in bus: 5.5. Chef’s Choice: Black pepper shrimp. Entrée prices: Avg: $19. Extras: Banquets, outdoor dining, carry-out. Sun-Th 11-9, F-Sat 11-10.Reservations: Yes. n Jimmy’s island Grille: 800 E Ogden Ave,

industry, this created a thorny problem: premium winemakers who were crafting sumptuous blends in the Bordeaux tradition that couldn’t qualify for varietal status had no industry standard to communicate the quality of their wines to the public. Sales suffered. In response, in 1988 a group of frustrated Napa vintners sponsored a nationwide contest to find a name they could trademark for their premium blends, selecting “Meritage,” coined from the words “merit” and “heritage” (and intended to rhyme with “heritage”).

The Meritage Association was chartered. For those opting to join the Association, the requirements were these: a red Meritage must be a classic Bordeauxstyle blend, with no single varietal comprising more than 90 percent of the total; a white Meritage could contain only Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle. Production should be limited to only 25,000 cases per vintage. For the wine lover, the Meritage designation assures quality — bold, complex Bordeaux-style reds and dry, elegant whites handcrafted from the very best grapes of the vintage. n

Expert wine recommendations • CHRISTINA ANDERSON-HELLER Tasting Devine in Wheaton - (NV) Lynfred Oktoberfest $12, from Illinois. Pale straw in color, with aromas of lychee nuts, pears, peaches and flowers. A sip brings a wealth of pears, flowers, honey and melons, resulting in a clean finish. - 2011 Lynfred Dolcetto $25, from Illinois. A blend of 75% Dolcetto and


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n Ivy Restaurant: 120 N Hale St, Wheaton.


25% Cabernet, sourced from California and Washington. Lush nose of strawberries, cherries, licorice and almonds merges with well-balanced tannins, acidity and Beaujolais-like fruit of the palate. • CINDY BROST Binny’s in Downers Grove - 2011 Friedrich Becker Family Pinot Noir $19, from Germany. Loaded

with strawberries and tart cherries, underscored with layers of minerality, dusty earth and spice. Good acid, soft tannins and a spicy finish. - 2012 Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett $18, from Germany. Unctuous nose of tropical fruits joins a palate of apricots, mangos and melons braced by mineral accents with a hint of spice.

Westmont. 630 789-2722. Jet-fresh seafood, a large selection of crab, prime steaks, ‘world-famous’ mai tais and more served in a laid-back, tropical-themed atmosphere. Capacity: 250. Yrs in bus: 1. Chef’s Choice: Alaskan King Crab and Prime Steaks. Entrée Prices: $25$30. Extras: Full bar, carry-out, outdoor dining, free WiFi, kids’ menu, private dining room. M 11-9, T-Sat 11-10, Sun 10-9. Reservations: Yes. n Kiku Japanese Steakhouse: 2764 Aurora Ave, Naperville. 630 305-3355. Hibachi-style Japanese dining featuring fresh seafood and sushi. Capacity: 350. Yrs in bus: 10. Chef’s Choice: Hibachi grill meals. Entrée prices: $15-$35. Extras: Carry-out, children’s menu, sushi bar, two full bars, hibachi grills. Lunch M-F 11:30-2, Sat noon-3; Dinner M-F 4:30-10, Sat 4:30-10:30, Sun 4-9. Reservations: Yes, recommended on weekends.

n Maya Del Sol: 144 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park. 708 358-9800. Casual, yet upscale New World Latin dining. Capacity: 175, 130 outdoors. Yrs in bus: 7. Chef’s Choice: Carne asada. Entrée prices: $12-$29. Extras: Bar (open late), outdoor dining, live entertainment, gluten and dairy free options, catering, carry-out, private dining. M-Th 4-10, F-Sat 4-11, Sun 4-9, Sun brunch 9-2. Reservations: Yes. n Mesón Sabika: 1025 Aurora Ave, Naperville.

630 983-3000. Spanish cuisine in a multi-dining room mansion with well manicured grounds. Capacity: 300. Yrs in bus: 23. Chef’s Choice: Tapas, Paella and Signature Sangria. Tapas prices: $5-$17. Extras: Banquets, carry-out, bar, outdoor dining, family friendly, Sun brunch 11-2, wine list, vegetarian and gluten-free menus. M-Th 11:30-10, F 11:30-11, Sat 5-11, Sun 4:30-9. Reservations: Recommended. n Morton’s: 1751 Freedom Dr, Naperville. 630 577-1372. Steaks and seafood in an upscale American steakhouse featuring an à la carte menu. Capacity: 120 for dining. Yrs in bus: 6. Chef’s Choice: Porterhouse steak. Entrée prices: $40-$60. Extras: Bar, valet parking every day but M, lounge, private dining, patio. M-Th 5:30-10, F-Sat 5:30-11, Sun 5-10. Reservations: Recommended. Additional locations at 9525 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, 847 678-5155; and 1470 McConnor Pkwy, Schaumburg, 847 413-8771. n Niche: 14 S Third St, Geneva. 630 262-1000. Contemporary American cuisine including seasonal and local foods in a warm atmosphere. Capacity: 72. Yrs in bus: 7. Chef’s Choice: Pumpernickel-crusted halibut. Entrée prices: $15-$30. Extras: Wine list, bar (T-Sat 5-close), late night menu F-Sat 9-midnight. T-Th 5:30-9, F-Sat 5:30-9. Reservations: Recommended. n Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen: 921 Pasquinelli Dr, Westmont. 630 455-9846. Fresh seafood from around the world with a Cajun flare in a casual dining atmosphere. Capacity: 350 at 70 tables. Yrs in bus: 17. Chef’s Choice: Blackened mahi. Entrée prices: $18-$40, Avg: $20. Extras: Bar, outdoor dining, family friendly, banquets, live music F-Sat nights. Sun-Th 11-10, F-Sat 11-11. Reservations: Yes, but not Sat after 3 pm. n Parkers’ Restaurant and Bar:1000 31st St, located at 31st St & Highland Ave, Downers Grove. 630 9605700. Casually elegant restaurant serving a contemporary American menu. Capacity: 250. Yrs in bus: 14.


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DIning Recently Opened

La Buona Vita

Classic northern Italian cuisine in former Marconi’s space in LaGrange


a Buona Vita, a recent

Lasagna La Buona Vita

accepted at La Buona Vita,

arrival at 15 W. Calendar

prepared with sausage,

which serves lunch Monday

Ave., LaGrange (708

ricotta and mozzarella; seared

through Friday from 11 a.m–5

352-1621), brings “casual

salmon with sautéed spinach;

p.m. and is open for dinner

elegance” to town, says Terry

and chicken vesuvio, a

from 4–10 p.m. daily except

Rempert, chef-owner of the

carryover from the previous

Sundays. It can be booked

restaurant and wine bar.

tenant. Pastas range in price

for private lunches Saturday

from $12–$18 and other

or Sunday. The dining room

takes center stage in the

entrées from veal to lamb

seats 96, the bar 12 and

remodeled space that

chops are priced at $19-$28.

a semi-private space can

used to house Marconi’s

The full-service bar includes

accommodate 22.

Ristorante. Rempert says the

eight craft beers on tap and

interior underwent a thorough

an extensive wine cellar —

served as chef at The Cellar

update that included new

both Italian and non-Italian

Door in Downers Grove, says

lighting, paint and a granite

— sold by the glass at $7–$13

the addition of Thursday night

bar top.

or bottle, $28-90.

entertainment is under


Northern Italian cuisine

Popular dishes include

Reservations are

Chef’s Choice: Cedar-planked halibut; Maple Leaf Farms Duck. Entrée prices: $14-$35, Avg: $26. Extras: Bar, outdoor dining, private dining, live music in lounge Th-Sat. Lunch M-F 11:30-2:30; Dinner M-Th 5-10, F-Sat 5-10:30, Sun 4-8:30. Reservations: Recommended. n THE PATTEN HOUSE: 124 S Second St, Geneva.

630 492-5040. Multi-level restaurant and lounge featuring unique menu with a New Orleans’ Cajun flair. Capacity: 175 inside plus 80 outside. Mths in bus: 3. Chef’s Choice: The Pecan and Andouille Stuffed Chicken and Jambalaya. Entrée prices: $20-$30. Extras: Outdoor patio, full-service bar, banquet facilities. SunThu 11-10, F-Sat 11-11. Reservations: Yes. n Public Landing: 200 W 8th St, Lockport.

815 838-6500. Traditional American cuisine in a historic setting with limestone walls. Capacity: 150. Yrs in bus: 27. Chef’s Choice: Aged Black Angus filets. Entrée prices: $16-$30. Extras: Private parties, banquets, outdoor dining, chef’s daily lunch and dinner specials. T-Th 11-8:30, F-Sat 11-9:30, Sun 11-7. Reservations: Yes. n RA Sushi: 310 Yorktown Center, Lombard. 630 627-6800. Contemporary Japanese dining featuring signature rock ‘n roll themed sushi creations. Capacity: 240. Yrs in bus: 7. Chef’s Choice: Las Vegas roll. Entrée prices: $15-$20. Extras: Bar, outdoor dining, catering, sushi rolling classes, happy hour M-Sat 3-7. Sun-W 11-11, Th-Sat 11 am-midnight. Reservations: Yes, for 6 or more.

n Redstone American Grill: 13 Lincoln Center, Oakbrook Terrace. 630 268-0313. Spirited, rugged and romantic upscale dining. Capacity: 350. Yrs in bus: 10. Chef’s Choice: Pan seared grouper. Entrée prices: $12-$40, Avg: $28. Extras: Bar, lounge, outdoor dining, private dining, firepit. M-Th 11-11, F-Sat 11 am-midnight, Sun 10-10. Reservations: Yes. n Roberto’s Ristorante & Pizzeria: 483 Spring Rd, Elmhurst. 630 279-8486. Italian cuisine served in a romantic, neighborhood setting accented by white tablecloths. Capacity: 250. Yrs in bus: 52. Chef’s Choice: Seafood. Entrée prices: $14-$44. Extras: Carry-out, bar, outdoor dining, catering, family friendly, banquets. M-Th 11-11, F 11 am-midnight, Sat 4-midnight, Sun 2-10. Reservations: Yes. n Seasons 52: 3 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. 630 571-4752. Fresh grill and wine bar focusing on lowcalorie entrées and farmers’ market-influenced fare that celebrates living well. Capacity: 350. Yrs in bus: 4. Chef’s Choice: Caramelized sea scallops. Entrée prices: $16-

Rempert, who previously

— T.R. Witom

$28. Extras: Extensive wine list, live music, private dining. Lunch M-Sun 11-4; Dinner M-Th 4-10, F-Sat 4-11, Sun 4-9. Reservations: Yes, recommended. Additional location at 1770 E Higgins Rd, Schaumburg. 847 517-5252. n Sushi House: 830 E Ogden Ave, Westmont.

630 920-8948. Sushi, sashimi and other Japanese fare. Capacity: 100. Yrs in bus: 21. Chef’s Choice: Best West roll. Entrée prices: $9-$18. Extras: Carry-out, catering, delivery, private parties, children’s menu, full bar. M-F 11:30-10, Sat noon-10, Sun noon-9:30. Reservations: Yes. Additional locations at 950 Warren St, Downers Grove, 630 968-0088; 120 W Calender Ave, LaGrange, 708 354-8899; 175 W Jackson Ave, Naperville, 630 717-8888; 1107 Lake St, Oak Park, 708 660-8899; and 281 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton, 630 221-8986. n Suzette’s: 211 W Front St, Wheaton. 630 462-0898. Crêperie, pâtisserie, boulangerie, French country bistro and wine bar in a casual setting. Capacity: 75. Yrs in bus: 14. Chef’s Choice: Beef bourguignon crêpe. Entrée prices: $10-$30. Extras: Wine bar, bakery, carryout, full bar, outdoor dining, private parties, pâtisserie open at 7 am M-Sat, afternoon tea T-Sat 2 pm, Sun 1 pm. Breakfast M-Sat 7-11 am, Sun 8-11 am; Lunch M-Sat 11-4; Dinner T-Th 5-9, F-Sat 5-9:30. Reservations: Recommended. n Tallgrass: 1006 S State, Lockport. 815 838-5566. Modern French cuisine in an elegant and intimate historic Victorian building. Capacity: 40. Yrs in bus: 34. Chef’s Choice: Lobster lasagna Entrée prices: $55, $65 & $75 for 3, 4 & 5 course dinners. Extras: Bar, private parties. W-Sun 6 pm-10. Reservations: Yes, required. n Waterleaf Restaurant: 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn. 630 942-6881. Offering locally grown, seasonal ingredients, Waterleaf offers a contemporary approach to fine dining. Capacity: 120. Yrs in bus: 3. Chef’s Choice: Seared scallop. Entrée prices: $18-$40. Extras: Private dining, bar, outdoor dining, cooking classes, wine room, Sun brunch 11-2:30. Lunch W-F 11:30 - 2 pm, Sat 11:30-2:30; Dinner W-F 5-8:30, Sat 5-9, Sun 4:30-8:30. Reservations: Yes. n York Tavern: 3702 York Rd, Oak Brook. 630 323-5090.

The oldest, continuously operating restaurant in DuPage County, restored and updated in 2006, serving burgers and American fare. Capacity: 60. Yrs in bus: 171. Chef’s Choice: Burgers. Entrée prices: $6-$20. Extras: Carry-out, bar. M-F 11 am-1 am, Sat 11 am-2 am, Sun noon-10. Reservations: No.


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Charitable Events of Note

MORE THAN $125,000 WAS RAISED at the 4th annual Patrick J. Ryan Golf Outing. 350 golfers were on hand to support Catholic Charities’ Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) Program for Children and Youth, which addresses the unique needs and emotions that youth experience after losing a THE NAPERVILLE HERITAGE SOCIETY raised more than $60,000 at its Dinner on the Town event. More than 225 people attended the fundraiser which benefitted the society. Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Dick Locher, who illustrated the Dick Tracy comic strip, was the guest of honor. Enjoying the night’s

loved one to suicide. Guests in attendance include (above, left to right) Mark Steffen of Elgin, Kevin O’Tolle of Gurnee, Terri Jane of Elk Grove Village and Frank Wolffe of Elgin. Also at the event was DuPage County States Attorney Bob Berlin (below, center) and Stacie and John Ryan of Villa Park.

festivities were (photo at left, left to right) Francie Chirico, Don Wehrli (standing), guests of honor Dick and Mary Locher, and Naper Settlement President and CEO Rena Tamayo-Calabrese, all of Naperville. Also in attendance were (top left) Caleb and Rosemarie Breske Garvey of Bolingbrook, and (above) Naper Settlement staff members Amanda Fehrenbacher and Ginia Goggio and volunteers Kyle and Cole Goggio, all of Naperville.

DUPAGE PADS RAISED $130,000 at its 10th annual Run 4 Home event, which drew a record breaking number of participants. An estimated 1,200 were on hand to help raise money and awareness for the organization’s goal to end homelessness. Participating in the event were (top left) Aidan Simler of Naperville and Janelle

THE HINSDALE HUMANE SOCIETY held its first ever Pet-A-Palooza fundraiser

Barcelona of Burr Ridge; (top

in early September. Hosted by the youth-led Junior Board (above, lower right),

right) Daniel Strackeljahn and

the event raised $1,000 and also brought in numerous donation items. More than

Nicole Flounders of Chicago

150 attendees enjoyed a day of music from local high school bands, all to raise

and Barcelona; and runner

awareness for homeless animals. Among those helping at the event were (top

Crystal Kyle of Peoria (left).

photo, left to right) Lyons Township students MaryJo Thometz of Western Springs, Sarah McTigue of La Grange, Carol Sikes of Western Springs, Liz Wyckoff of Western Springs and Thomas Water of La Grange. Among the performers at the event was singer Allie Odell (above left) of Elmhurst, part of the band They Found Us.

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CHILDSERV HOSTED A SOLD-OUT EVENT at its annual Night at Ravinia. The event, which featured music by Train and The Wallflowers, raised $34,000 to benefit ChildServ’s programs for children and their families. Among those in attendance were (top, left to right) Andrea Ehrenberg of Chicago, Jennifer Grau of Elmwood Park, Jessica Bernabei of Ottawa, Lorraine Carmona of River Grove and Kathleen Spale of North Riverside. Also enjoying the evening were (bottom) Marvin Hill, an Auxiliary Board member for ChildServ and his wife, Areatha, of Plainfield.

THIS YEAR’S GLEN ELLYN BACKYARD BBQ drew more than 1,800 attendees as well as 60 cook-off competitors. The annual event, which featured food, music, raffles and a bags tournament, raised $29,000 in support of Bridge Communities efforts to help homeless families in DuPage County. Enjoying the afternoon were (left to right) Patrick Foley of Glen Ellyn, Linda Mirabella of West Chicago, Missy Olson of Glen Ellyn, Bryan McWherter of Glen Ellyn, Meg Zubak of Wheaton, and Bart Findley of Glen Ellyn.

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Last Word

By Michele Weldon

Like It or Not, You’re on Candid Camera In an age of ever-present personal recording devices, our private lives are no longer our own


t used to be that you could run to the grocery store after you rolled out of bed and not expect thousands or millions of people to see you in your yoga pants and messy sheepdog hair. Or that you could chat with a friend at a bistro in Hinsdale or Naperville and not have your comments posted to YouTube. You had to be a celebrity or a politician for someone to care. Not so much anymore. You step outside your front door to pick up the newspaper from your stoop and you could well be the unwitting subject of someone’s Twitter feed. Regardless of who we are, what we do, where we live or where we stand on the sliding scale of interesting, we are all fair game for public scrutiny. And it makes me feel a little bit creeped out. I am not referring to the recent hacking and posting of clothing-optional photos of actresses. I am talking about your everyday, run-of-the-mill, G-rated, walking down the street in Elmhurst possibility of ending up online. Be careful, or your accidental stumble at the mall or yelling at a parking meter could land you in a BuzzFeed or Up-worthy video so millions of people you’ll never meet will know exactly what you are up to — whether you sought the spotlight or not. Even without the paranoia inspired by drones, our lives are no longer our own. We are permanently on display. Our everyday everythings are out there everywhere for everyone. Mass consumption of minutiae is in play every season of the year. As a journalist for more than three decades, I have interviewed many people. At the start of each interview I dutifully

Regardless of who we are, what we do, where we live, or where we stand on the sliding scale of interesting, we are all fair game for public scrutiny.

announce that all comments are fair game and “on the record.” People understand I am writing down what they say, so no one is surprised when I write about them or shape the comments into a story, because I have the subject’s explicit consent. But if I am singing and swaying in my car, I am not consenting to the person stuck next to me in traffic on I-88, recording my antics on his phone and tweeting to mock me. Never mind if you dance feverishly at weddings, you could land on the Facebook feeds of 200 people if you twirled too much to Gloria Gaynor. I know. Believe me, I know. If you are like me, you can look around at any concert, park or party and see someone holding out a phone or a tablet to take it all in for posterity. Maybe you are just an accidental bystander in a landscape sweep. Maybe someone finds something you are wearing amusing and they focus in on you with an insulting comment attached as a caption. Now more than ever before, you have to be ready to be in someone’s close-up. Granted, this is not completely new. Every school assembly, graduation, choral performance, science fair or poetry reading has been recorded on the video cameras of millions of proud parents for at least two generations. But as the process of taping or digital recording has become less bulky and more accessible, with better results

on smaller devices, it seems everything is being recorded. You can’t go out to dinner without someone shooting the image of the plate before him at the next table. In years past, the line between public and private used to be much higher, sturdier and less porous. It used to be that you could have a reasonable expectation that raking leaves on your front lawn while singing a Temptations song would not go viral and end up on “Good Morning America.” Not true anymore. The late novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote, “All human beings have three lives: public, private and secret.” It’s not that I have so many secrets that I perennially hide from the world. After all, I’m a writer who chooses to write about her life. It’s just that I would like to be the one in control of my public life. And my private one. There is a saying in journalism that you should not say, write, email or post anything you would not want to appear on the front page of a newspaper. What that means is that in this post-digital age, your actions are fair game for anyone’s viewing. But I still believe we all have a right to a little bit of privacy. Even if that means I have to check around me to see who is recording. And the reason is very simple and extremely selfish. I really don’t want to dress up for the grocery store. n


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