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MAY 2018

Exploring Life in the Fox




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What’s inside... Dining & Cuisine 6





5 Tips for a Spring Body and Mind! – Sara Snelling

Featured Dishes

Must try appetizers, entrees, desserts or cocktails available at local Fox Valley restaurants.

Events 16

Naperville’s Food Tasting and Walking Tour Opens for the 2018 season!


Naperville Jaycees Lobster Day


Elgin Public Museum Upcoming Events


Entertainment Line-Up Announced for Swedish Days Festival


“City Of Lights” Film Premiere


Geneva Park District Upcoming Events


Heart of the Fox Run and Tug


Ballpark Beer fest at Cougars Stadium


Vets Week in Aurora


Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race


St. Charles Fine Art Show Celebrates 20Th Anniversary Year

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St. Charles Memorial Day Activities North Central College Calendar of Events for May

Feature 46

Interview with Minor Mobley of Veteran/Family Owned Excel Automotive Repair in St. Charles, IL


Arts & Entertainment 50

Arts and Entertainment around the Fox Valley

Travel 66

Shaynanigans in Spain


Rooftops in the United States Not to Miss for the Upcoming Season


Lake Geneva Restaurant Week


Out & About 78


Faces and places from around The Fox

Fox Valley Magazine

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Sara Snelling is an innovative, forward-thinking nutritionist with a food science, food service and food safety background. While earning her bachelor of science in nutrition and dietetics at Northern Illinois University, she did a variety of volunteer work within her community. This includes experience with teaching culinary classes, medical nutrition therapy instruction, public speaking and data analysis and research in nutrition across many demographics. Sara is a regular contributor to



Water is the answer to a ton of complaints we all throw out there on a daily basis. Tired and feeling lethargic? Might be dehydrated. Headache? Might need water. Skin looking a bit withered? Drink up! Headed to the park, a festival or the pool? Water and water-rich snacks should be considered just as important as sunscreen when you’re packing it all up for the day. Sun/Heat stroke is no joke. You’ll enjoy your day so much more! TIP: Keep a glass/bottle of something near you at all times. I find that if it’s there, I reach for it without even thinking about it. If it’s there I just drink. I am MUCH more hydrated on days I remember to bring my trusty BPA-free bottle with me. It’s simple but try it- it works! Plus this makes it easy to keep track of my intake.


Schedule this like you would a workout. It’s just as important. When we think about being healthy, exercise and diet should both come to mind, and both need to be a commitment you make to yourself. Schedule a few hours a week for food shopping and prep. Helpful tip: Change your language. No more “I don’t have time”. Instead say “It’s not priority. This bring a sense of accountability to the table. You have to be honest with yourself that it IS in fact a choice. You choose how you spend your time. Pay now, feel good later. Convenience. Feel like stopping for a meal will be more convenient? Unlikely. Taking time and attention away from the momentum of a busy day to hunt down the next


meal, all the while feeling guilty about your choices doesn’t seem like a win. The Price. Feel like spending a few hours a week prepping and planning is a lot of time and energy? What’s the cost of NOT doing it?? In terms of health and money, it can be pretty expensive. Create Habit. The more you do it, the more energy and inspiration you’ll have, to do it!! Rinse, repeat! The Staples. Keep staples stocked at all times. My Staples; oils, Grains, proteins, nuts and seeds, stock and spices. Yours might be different. Note common elements in your favorite recipes and keep them stocked. The Goods. Once you have your staples, add variety of produce and you’re set! Buy what you like and what looks good, what’s in season, etc. And listen to your body- it often craves the foods you need to round out your nutrients. And while you’re at it- try 1 new thing every two weeks at least. Keep those nutrients varied so you’re covering your vitamins and minerals. Be Resourceful. Use your resources & get organized! Once you have the foods you like, use a myriad of social media sites to organize and find easy recipes to make in a pinch. This takes a lot of the planning and arduous admin work out of it. Who has the time for that?? It’s easier than you think! Subscribe to a few foodie sites for fresh ideas/inspiration. My Facebook page and Instagram always have fresh new ideas! Ready-to-Go Meals. Portion things off when you cook them. Make a dish and portion them off right away into smaller to-go containers. You’re much more likely to grab this on your way out if you take this small step. One step closer to a healthy lunch! Helpful Tip: Pack 2 snacks for the day. If you eat small meals throughout the day you avoid overeating at lunch or dinner, as well as that afternoon slump that can be such a bummer. As long as you’re packing healthy choices. Keep it simple! Try almond butter in celery, or diced apples and cucumber and bell pepper. This will also help you avoid the vending machine- this gets expensive! A Clear Solution. Use glass storage! You can see your food so you’re less likely to let your food go bad. You can also put the glass in the microwave and oven (make sure to get microwave and oven-

safe containers). And it’s easier to clean with less residue. And more environmentally friendly!! And no chemicals in your food! Get it Together! Get organized at home! Get your cooking space ‘user-friendly’. I don’t know about you but I’m much less likely to come home and cook if my kitchen is a disaster or there are dishes in the sink. Keep at least one designated space free for food prep and minimize clutter not h countertop. Store things away and have baskets handy for keys, phones, etc. And make sure to keep your most-used utensils in a drawer close by your prep station. Little things like this get you one step closer to a meal from scratch.


Making dressing is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. You can really make or break a salad with whatever your pour onto it. And a lot of store bought dressings have added sugars, sodium, preservatives and other chemicals you can’t pronounce and that you certainly don’t need mucking up your bowl of goodies. Vinegar is great for you- it can curb your calorie intake for the rest of the day. And acetic acid- the main component of vinegar- helps control blood pressure and blood sugar levels, curbing fat accumulation! Olive Oil is a healthy fat that supports neurological function and makes our skin a little more glowy (I made that word up). Adding things like pepper, ginger and citrus zest well…Now you’re really getting after it- health, that is. Real Talk Now I know that most people are not going to get as geeked as I am about making dressings from scratch- I get out the mini food processor and I got o town! But there are some really accessible, easy ways to make your own, fast. And just to make it easier on you, I have broken it down for you so you can build it from scratch with confidence. If you go to the store and look in the dressing aisle, you’ll see that a few of the seasoning packets come with a carafe you can use to make your dressing- get one of these! There are lines on the container that tell you how much oil, vinegar and water to put in, and then you add the seasoning packet- piece of cake! (Or cucumber….or whatever). And you can add more flavor from there and customize it. If you want to

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forego the carafe, you can typically follow a 3:1 ratio (Oil:Vinegar) as a base, with a few TBSP of water mixed in, and add seasoning as you wish. Yes there is little more sodium in these packets than I’d like, but if you’re eating your salad instead of a double cheeseburger with fries, you’re doing okay. Progress not Perfection! *FUN TIP: If you make the dressing in a bowl, and pour the olive oil in slowly while whisking quickly, you whip in air that makes the dressing a little thicker so it coats your salad better and less drops to that lake wasteland at the bottom of the bowl. Here are some great starters recipes and add ons to get you mixing— Vinegar: Red Wine Oil: Evoo Extras: Try diced/pureed shallots and a little white wine mustard Pour it On: Green or yellow beans, peas, sliced shallots, julienne zucchini and parmesan on FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

arugula/ mixed greens. Add a little sautéed pancetta for a naughty little kick Vinegar: Champagne Oil: Evoo Extras: Try white wine mustard, dijon, or honey mustard! Pour it On: Steamed asparagus, cherry/grape tomato, organic sweet corn (buy corn organic if you can!) and sliced red onion with peppercorn feta or blue cheese crumbles Vinegar: Apple Cider Oil: Evoo Extras: Try a little honey (2-3 tsp) Pour it On: Sliced apple (green or red workdepending on how tart you like it), dried cranberries or raisins, nuts, micro greens and any lettuce (I like mixed spring greens or romaine) Vinegar: Balsamic Oil: Evoo Extras: Try honey and a little organic strawberry yogurt (This will replace about 1/2 of the Evoo) Pour it On: Blackberries/Bluberries, slices

strawberries, mandarin oranges and butter lettuce

inflammatories by up to 2000 times, like the active component of Tumeric.

Vinegar: Apple Cider, Champagne or White Wine Oil: Avocado Oil Extras: Try pureed avocado Pour it On: Organic sweet corn, tomato, black beans and onion and diced avocado in a romaine boat. Top with a little shredded cheese for a little more YUM!

Garlic- Garlic’s benefits are endless, but for starters, besides having a wide array of flavor profiles depending on the cooking method, it fights bacteria (also anti-viral) and boosts immunity. **Put it in after cooking as well- heat can denature some of the immunity boosting properties.

Vinegar: Apple Cider, Champagne or White Wine Oil: Evoo Extras: Try lemon zest Pour it On: Artichoke hearts, olives, tomato, hearts of palm, feta or parmesan on romaine

Onion - Minimum calories, maximum flavor! This can be sued fresh, dried, caramelized…It adds so much flavor and without the guilt.

And don’t be afraid to take liberties with thesedo what you like and have fun! Add some grilled steak strips or a little salmon. Pour the dressing over some steamed veggies or onto a wrap or sandwich. I had a friend DRINK leftover ginger orange dressing I made because it was all healthy juices from fruit and roots. They’re THAT good when you make them from scratch!


Substitute Fats, Sugars and Salts with Herbs and Spices for a More Mindful Bite Food companies tend to pile on the salt, sugar and fat to keep you coming back for more- they want you addicted! And it works- those rushes of dopamine and pleasure are what keep us coming back to the things we eat with a guilty conscience. But our food already has its own symphony of flavor and we don’t need all of that extra noise. Unfortunately, we can’t always hear it because salt, sugar and fat bring such a racket! Try to tone it down a bit and see what happens- you will start to enjoy a much wider variety of tastes and appreciate the instruments of nourishment. Your health will thank you! Here’s a list of some Top Contenders Here are some flavor-boosters that replace the fillers with nutrients and taste great! Vinegar- curbs calorie intake throughout the day (up to 16%), and the acetic acid helps control blood pressure, blood sugar levels and curbs fat accumulation. Black Pepper - Stimulates the nervous system which stimulates digestion and metabolism. it also promotes the absorption of certain anti-

Citrus Zest - AZ state University researchers found that fat oxidation in the boy can be directly related to the amount of Vitamin C in the bloodstream, and that one TBSP of citrus zest/ week can reduce the risk of certain types of skin cancer by 30%. Cinnamon - Boosts metabolism of glucose and cholesterol, and one tsp of cinnamon has more antioxidant properties than a cup of blueberries. Try adding it to your shake, cereal or coffee for a boost. Ginger - Anti-inflammatory properties. Dried powdered ginger is event better, believe it or not. Try it with chicken, salad dressings, soups, etc. Parsley - Has Vitamins C and A, Calcium and TONS of bioflavanoids (antioxidants)! Rosemary - Adding this herb to red meats (if you must) also helps protect against cancer-causing HCA’s in red meats (prevents their formation). Cilantro - Has a chemical that kills salmonella. Oregano - Just to give you an idea- Oregano (when used fish as a rub, for example) has 40 X the antioxidant property as an apple. Basil - Has vitamins A, C and K Mint - has a considerable amount of vitamin A with smaller amounts of C and B vitamins and iron. More Ideas! Healthy mayo substitute: Mash up an avocado, mix in 1/4 tsp of chopped oregano and the juice and zest of 1/4 lemon or lime. YUM! Try making your own low-sodium “salt” by mixing dried garlic, dried onion, a pinch of salt and some

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of your favorite dried herbs. And fresh is best- fresh herbs have the most nutrients and flavor. Try these tips for growing and storing your own herbs all year long.


Use these recipes as examples of how you can replace the starch in your diet with higher fiber and higher protein foods! No more drag- just energy! No-starch Quiche This is great for breakfast, a snack..dinner. Ya. You can have breakfast for dinner. You’re the boss- In QUICHE you didn’t know. This recipe is super easy, and high-protein/ starch-free to help you hit those spring fitness goals (like fitness quiche in your mouth). It’s filling and delicious for breakfast, lunch, dinner or that brunch you didn’t know what to bring to- total crowd pleaser! The crust takes a minute to prep and 20 to bake, and the filling is super simple and you can make lots of different variations (ideas below). Want to make it go further? Make twice the filling, pour what you need into your crust and use the rest to make quiche muffins for a quick on-the-go breakfast. CRUST What You Need: 2 C Cooked and Cooled Quinoa (Any kind is fine) 1 Humane Certified egg Cooking spray Pie pan What You Do: Preheat oven to 375 Lightly mix the egg and 2C cooked, cooled quinoa Gently press the mixture into a greased/ sprayed pie pan-into the base and up to the sides- making sure not to leave holes Bake about 20 minutes, until crust is golden brown and a little crispy FILLING What You Need: • 4 Humane Certified eggs • 1- 1.5 C cheeses/meats/veggies of your choice (suggestions below) • salt, pepper, seasonings (also suggested below)


What You Do: Lightly beat egg and fold in veggies/meats/ cheeses and seasoning Gently pour into quinoa crust until it comes just to the rim Bake 25-35 min until egg is just slightly golden brown on top/ toothpick comes out clean Let cool, slices and serve! VARIATIONS You can make this many, many ways. And you can gauge how much filler you want to add to the egg. Add less for more egg or more for a more hearty pie. Your call. The following are general guidelines- go nuts! • • • • •

Spinach, sundried tomato, artichoke, parmesan, salt and pepper Chorizo and bell pepper, salt, pepper and paprika Sausage, chive and cheddar Fennel, leek, mushroom, gorgonzola, salt and pepper Artichoke, broccoli, onion, salt, pepper and garlic

Go nuts! Throw some things in there and see how it turns out. Chipotle Apple Turkey Burger in Lettuce Wraps This awesome wrap is tasty and full of good stuff. Skip the bun and go for some lettuce wraps to ditch the starch and add some crunch. The kids will even like it! Ingredients • 3 tbsp. canola oil • 1 onion • ½ c. finely chopped celery • ½ c. finely chopped Granny Smith apple • 2 scallions • 1 small canned chipotle in adobo • 1½ lb. lean ground turkey breast • 1 tbsp. minced flat-leaf parsley • 2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest • kosher salt • Freshly ground black pepper

Heat 1 tablespoon of the canola oil in the skillet. Add the celery, apple, and scallions and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and add the chipotle; let cool. Stir in the turkey, parsley, 1 teaspoon of the lemon zest, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Shape the mixture into 1” wide by 3-4” long rectangular patties. In the skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of canola oil. Add the burgers and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until no longer pink inside. Serve in Bibb or Butter lettuce wraps! *(I used “living lettuce”, and it was fantastic! So fresh and crisp!) THESE CONDIMENTS THOUGH! Savory Tomatoes Slice tomato at about 1/3” thick, sprinkle with salt and pepper, drizzle with balsamic and olive oil and let sit for a few minutes before serving (add crushed red pepper to the mix for a kick) Chipotle Chutney Puree 1-2 chipotle peppers and some (2-4 TBSP) adobo sauce left over from your burger masterpiece, with green apple (about 1/4 med apple), celery (1 stalk), and choice of bbq/curry spices (cumin, coffee, molasses, cardamom, etc) to make a chutney. Chipotle Mayo Puree 1-2 chipotle peppers and some adobo sauce with white wine the same spices and a little low-fat mayo for a crazy kick. Pickled Onions Try this easy homemade pickled onion recipe for another flavor-booster

Instructions In a nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the canola oil. Add the sliced onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden and softened, about 25 minutes. Transfer the onion to a bowl. Wipe out the skillet.

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Featured Dishes Must try appetizers, entrees, desserts or cocktails available at local Fox Valley restaurants. The Iceberg Wedge

Nueske’s bacon, hard boiled egg, grape tomatoes, everything spice, blue cheese dressing, and dill. Catch 35 Naperville 35 S Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540 1-630-717-3500

Caprese Salad

Freshly sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, and red onions paired with a topping of housemade pesto sauce, balsamic vinaigrette from the Olive Mill, and garlic bread rounds. Chianti’s 201 S. 3rd St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-232-0212


Chicken n’ Waffles

Craft Urban 211 James St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-331-248-8161

Veg Head Skillet

Sauteed spinach, portabella mushrooms, roasted red peppers, grilled red onions, diced tomatoes all over crispy hash browns and topped with Havarti cheese and two eggs. Colonial Café & Ice Cream 2 St. Charles locations | Algonquin| Aurora Crystal Lake |Elgin | Naperville

The EPH Wedge

A Wedge of Cold Iceberg Lettuce, topped with Grilled Chicken, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Grape Tomato, Bleu Cheese Crumbles, Onion Crisps, and EPH Horseradish Thousand Island Dressing.” Elgin Public House 219 E. Chicago St. Elgin, IL 60120 1-847-468-8810

Cilantro Ranch Chicken Sandwich

Cheddar, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Avocado, Cilantro Ranch, Seasoned Mayo. Pairs with our Chardonnay. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant 3710 E Main St. St Charles, IL 60174 1-630-940-1000


Lightly seasoned and pan seared, served over truffle mushroom risotto with asparagus and lemon chive beurre blanc sauce. Fiora’s 317 S 3rd St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-262-1317

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Avocado Toast

Toasted five grain | avocado | sprouts | radish | greens | heirloom tomato | lemon vinaigrette | sesame seeds. Livia Italian Eatery 207 S 3rd St, Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-402-6444

Crab Cakes

Lump crab, fennel, bell peppers, fresh herbs, served with roasted red pepper aioli and house slaw.

Filet Mignon

Served with creamy polenta, agrodolce roasted heirloom carrots and beef Demi glacĂŠ. Osteria Bigolaro 317 W State St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-402-0597

McNally’s Irish Pub 109 W. Main Street St. Charles, IL 60174 1-630-513-6300

Stagg Jr.

We are pouring Stagg Jr. for $5, and Weller Reserve for $4 all year long. These are two very allocated bourbons that we offering to show our appreciation to our incredible Bourbon followers! Niche 14 S 3rd Street Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-262-1000


Pork Chop

Dried cherry port, smoked fingerling potatoes, parsnip puree, roasted shallots, young kale greens and prosciutto chip. ROX City Grill at Hotel Baker 100 W. Main St. St. Charles, IL 60174 1-630-845-5800

White Tiger Signature Maki

Shrimp tempura, cucumber, cilantro and spicy crab topped with seared salmon, pico de gallo and citrus mayo. Shakou St. Charles 312 W Main St. St Charles, IL 60174 1-630-444-0850

Cajun Pasta

Pasta in alfredo sauce with shrimp, chicken, sweet red peppers and Cajun seasoning. Spotted Fox Ale House 3615 E Main Street St. Charles, IL 60174 1-630-584-2239

Olive Oil Poached Salmon

Served with a crispy potato pancake, roasted fennel, and petite salad. The Finery & Blacksmith Bar 305 W. Main Street St Charles, IL 60174 1-630-940-2380

Don Julio Pineapple Mint Margarita

Ahi Tuna Poke Shooters

From the new Bar Bites menu. English cucumbers topped with fresh ahi tuna, mango, avocado and drizzled with ponzu sauce. Served on a Himalayan Salt Block.

Don Julio Reposado Tequila + Patrón Citrónge Lime + Monin Cane Sugar + fresh pineapple + fresh lime juice + pineapple juice + mint. Topgolf Naperville 3211 Odyssey Ct. Naperville, IL 60563 1-630-596-1000

Sullivan’s Steakhouse 244 S Main St. Naperville, IL 60540 1-630-305-0230

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Naperville’s Food Tasting and Walking Tour Opens for the 2018 season! Now in their 7th year Naperville Bites and Sites a food tasting and historical experience opens for the 2018 season. “Naperville Bites and Sites is one of the top ten things to do in Naperville”, says Mike Wyrostek , longtime Naperville resident and founder of Naperville Bites and Sites. Walk.Taste. Discover Mike Wyrostek says, “New to the area or a Naperville native? Food tours are a fantastic way to sample great food with family, friends and other foodies. This year we added private groups tours, great for team building functions, birthday/anniversary celebrations and single/networking groups,” adds Wyrostek. A Tour of Discovery In addition to tasting food bites, the walking tour includes sites and discovering hidden art and murals that tell Naperville’s history along the way. Rated One of the Top Ten Attractions in Naperville on TripAdvisor! Just 25 miles west of Chicago, Naperville and its Riverwalk (noted as one of the most picturesque sights in the Midwest), makes an enjoyable day or weekend trip. Naperville Bites and Sites rates as an especially perfect experience for those seeking vacation ideas and a fun thing to do while in Naperville. “We are rated one of the top ten Naperville attractions on TripAdFOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

visor .You can check out comments people made about the tour by going to TripAdvisor – Things to do in Naperville or by going to,” adds Wyrostek “Naperville Bites and Sites was started to help visitors and residents enjoy the ultimate Naperville food and cultural experience - off the beaten path,” says Wyrostek The customers sample diverse and interesting foods from at least six Naperville restaurants. The eateries offer generous taste-size portions of food and beverages ranging from cookie dough to chocolate creations. Of course, there is a stop for a piece of that unique Chicago pizza! Naperville Bites and Sites The walking tours departs Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 am, rain or shine. They last three hours and are appropriate for all age and fitness levels. The food samplings are equal to a hearty lunch. For more information and to purchase tickets go to

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Get your claws on! Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Naperville Jaycees are now accepting orders for fresh North Atlantic live lobsters for $20, cooked for $25 and filet mignon from Casey’s Foods for $13. Each lobster has an average weight of 1 ¼ to 1 ½ pounds and the filets are 6-8oz. Lobsters and filets will be available for pick up at Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant Parking lot at 1270 Chicago Avenue in Naperville, 12p-6p on Saturday May 12. All orders can be placed through May 8 at Also, fresh flowering plants will be available for purchase at time of pick up, while supplies last. Sponsorship opportunities for the Naperville Jaycees Lobster Day are available and all inquiries should be directed to Nina Mayer (630) 253-9191 , Joe Mayer (630) 723-9441 or Pete Paulsen (630)688-7422 FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018





Surf and Turf also available, 6-8 oz Filet Mignon from






visit NAPERJAYCEES.ORG for details.


Saturday, May 12, 2018 Pick up Times 11 am-1 pm, 1-3 pm, 3-6 pm 1270 East Chicago Avenue · Naperville, IL

The Naperville Jaycees are selling live or cooked North Atlantic Lobsters and Filet Mignon to help raise money for the community

order online at NAPERJAYCEES.ORG

AVERAGE LOBSTER WEIGHT 1¼ to 1½ pounds $20 Live Lobsters $25 Cooked Lobsters $13 Filet Mignon, 6-8 oz


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Upcoming Events Story Hour Saturday! May 5 11am-12pm Come visit the beautiful Elgin Public Museum for our brand new children’s program, held every first Saturday of the month. Kids will spend a fun and relaxing hour with our educators, listening to fantastic stories about animals- a different one every month! This month’s topic is our woolly friendsheep! There is no charge for this program, but donations are always welcome. We hope to see you there! Magic Science Night Friday, May 11 6-8PM; Fee: $2 per person, Members Free Discover the science behind some of the most common tricks used by magicians for centuries! Unravel the mysteries of optical illusions, fire tricks, and other logic-defying “magic” as explained through science in experiments and demonstrations set up throughout the Elgin Public Museum. It’s all just a bunch of hocus pocus… or is it? This is a drop-in program, no registration necessary. Bubblefest Saturday, June 2 Noon – 2 PM; Fee: $2 members, $3 non-members Make a bubble blower, shake hands in a bubble, stand in a bubble, and make your own bubble art. Museum staff will guide you in fun bubble acFOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

tivities. Learn how to make some of your own bubbles for home fun too! While you’re here, check out the FREE Family in the Park Day. This event will take place outdoors, so please dress for the weather. No registration required. Family in the Park Day Saturday, June 2 11am-4pm Kick off summer with a park-wide celebration in Lords Park! Starting at 11am, come to the Museum to listen to a story about bison from EPM educator Marge Fox. From 12pm-2pm, enjoy Elgin Public Museum’s Bubblefest with the kids! Legit Hotdogs and Cook’s Ice Cream will be there also, to sweeten the day. Don’t forget to say hello to the farm animals at the Lords Park Zoo! See you there.

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ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR SWEDISH events DAYS FESTIVAL supported by Northwestern Medicine Geneva Chamber of Commerce’s 69th Annual Swedish Days Festival supported by Northwestern Medicine runs from June 19-24 in downtown Geneva and has an array of talent that offers something for every type of music fan at three different venues. “Bringing a mix of genres and styles to the festivals is always top of mind. I believe everyone will be pleased with the line-up this year. These performers bring crowds to Third St. and Central Stage,” noted Jean Gaines, President of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. Tuesday evening entertainment kicks off at 8 pm when The Four C Notes take the stage. Having appeared throughout the United States, The Four C Notes are quickly becoming the country’s premier Frankie Valli tribute and they’re not to be missed! Four guys, smart choreography, and headliner John Michael Coppola’s performances with Jersey Boys musical,


give The Four C Notes an authenticity to their performance that similar tribute groups simply cannot match… ANYWHERE! Wednesday evening’s Central Stage entertainment will begin at 5:30 pm as the Swedish American Children’s Choir takes the stage to perform songs from Sweden with sweet sounding voices. The group is Illinois’ largest Swedish Children’s Chorus for ages 5-14. At 6:30 pm the semifinalists from “Geneva’s Got Talent” will perform. Stick around after for Rosie & The Rivets. Performing the best music of the 50s and 60s. This is not your typical bunch of oldies playing oldies. At 7:30 pm on Thursday we welcome back Libido Funk Circus and their high-energy renditions of the disco and dance hits of the 1970’s, they also perform the best very best dance and rock songs of the past 40 years. With their instrumental gymnastics, outrageous clothes and over-the-top

stage show, Libido Funk Circus turns every night into an event of crazy, non-stop, mind-blowing fun! Friday night opens with South Shore Drill team. You’ve seen their unique marching style in our parade, now experience their talents on the stage. Next up are the award-winning recording and performing artists, The Moods. A singing group consisting of three guys dedicated to the fine art of harmony and choreography. They’re known for their vocal stylings, but are equally accomplished in theater and on the big screen. They have performed with and opened for such major talents as The Temptations, The Spinners, Mary Wells, Bernie Mac, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, The Stylistics, The Impressions, The Chi-Lites, and the list goes on and on. Saturday don’t miss “Geneva’s Got Talent” finalists, starting at 6 pm and then at 8 pm, Breakfast Club will have you rockin’ to the 80s. Breakfast Club is a high energy rock/dance 80′s tribute band, whose every song is a hit that brings the house down with spontaneous, exuberant ‘I know this song!’ singalongs. Moonwalk down memory lane with Breakfast Club as they spin you right round to all the radical sounds, styles,

and way cool dance steps from the 1980′s In over-the-top retro 80′s attire. If you have some time around lunch, don’t miss “Concerts on the Lawn”. This ever popular midday musical event is held 1-3 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The lineup includes the talents of The Thompson Duo, Flip-Flop Dave and Danny O’Brien. Saturday and Sunday get your Swede on as singers, dancers and musicians perform at Sweden Väst. All evening concerts will be held at the Central Stage and Concerts on the Lawn are during the day in front of the courthouse. Both venues are on S. Third & James St. Sweden Väst entertainment takes place on the corner of S. Fourth & State streets. Central Stage is presented by Gerald Auto Group and co-sponsored by Advanced Disposal, Geneva Park District and Kane County Chronicle/Shaw Media. Concerts on the Lawn is sponsored by 150th Annual Kane County Fair. Festival brochures will be available in May at the Geneva Chamber office (8 S. Third St., Geneva), many shops/restaurants around town or visit our website at for more details.

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events “City of Lights,” a film written by and starring Aurora native Martrell Webb will premiere at Aurora Public Art’s third floor gallery on May 25. The short film takes place in Aurora, and focuses on the musically talented but stubborn character Chase, who is struggling with the music industry, his personal relationships, and what he observes on social media. With this film, Webb looks to inspire others and showcase the architecture and landmarks of his home city. The Hollywood-style premiere of “City of Lights” will begin on the red carpet at 6 p.m. at 20 E. Downer Pl. in downtown Aurora. Live music from the film’s soundtrack will be performed, followed by the screening of the film at 7 p.m. A reception with light refreshments will follow the screening. Formal attire is encouraged, in keeping with the old Hollywood ambience of the event. Free street parking is available and the gallery is walkable from the Aurora stop on the Metra BNSF line. Visit Martrell L. Webb on Facebook. For more information on downtown events, visit www.


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GENEVA PARK DISTRICT Upcoming Events and Programs

Stone Creek Mini Golf Opening Day Saturday, May 5, 11am – 10pm Wheeler Park, Geneva, IL 60134 Stone Creek Mini Golf opens for the 2018 season at 11:00 am! Bring your friends and family to play a round or two with Buy-One-Get-One FREE admission today only! Stone Creek Mini Golf is open in May on Fridays from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturdays from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, and Sundays from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. Regular daily hours start June 2. For more information, visit or call 630-232-4542. Wheeler Park Greenhouse Open House May 12, 8:00 – 11:00 am Wheeler Park, Geneva, IL 60134 Join us for a FREE behind-the-scenes peek at what happens inside the Wheeler Park Greenhouse, and see what is growing for the upcoming season. Plus, meet Geneva Park District Horticulturist Rich Kator, ask him questions about gardening, and get ideas for your own gardens and plant beds. Great for all ages and fun for the entire family! Geneva’s Got Talent Auditions May 26, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Sunset Community Center, 710 Western Avenue, Geneva, IL 60134 Geneva’s Got Talent is a competition for all ages, and is open to residents and FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

non-residents. Registration and a $35 audition fee are required for the May auditions. Applications are available online at For more information, call 630232-4542. Sunset Pool Opening Day May 26, 12:00 – 8:00 pm 710 Western Avenue, Geneva, IL 60134 It’s opening day at Sunset Pool! Come enjoy the aquatic playground, climbing walls, water cannons, tube slide, body slides, drop slides, toddler play area, zero-depth area, and eight lap lanes. Summer fun starts today! For more information, visit or call 630-232-4542.

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Spend the day in St. Charles at its centerpiece, the Fox River at The Heart of the Fox Run & Tug on Sunday May 20th GET UP AND GET RUNNING… The day begins in Pottawatomie Park with a chip-timed, certified 5K and 10K run. The Colonial Café 1K Color Fun-Run will follow, along with other children’s activities. The Color Run is excited to coordinate with Fox Valley Special Recreation to create an inclusive event. All skill levels are welcome to participate in this colorful and energetic fun run. TEAM UP AND GET TUGGING… The inaugural Tug of War across the Fox River will follow the runs in the heart of downtown St. Charles. With great excitement and challenge, 20 tug of war teams comprised of 10 member teams will pull across the Fox River while crowds cheer


on the winners! Fire, Police and City teams from the surrounding area have challenged one another to compete in the Municipal bracket. School Athletic teams, and other local teams are registering to compete in the Community bracket. The entire day is focused on bringing the community into downtown St. Charles. This event is unique to the greater Chicago area and sure to be a destination for Fox Valley residents. Batavia, Geneva, South Elgin/Elgin, Aurora/North Aurora families will want to join in the fun to cheer on their home teams in these heated cross-town competitions. To register to RUN TUG go to: Proceeds from the day benefit the River Corridor Foundation of St Charles “Active River Project,”, and St. Charles Kiwanis Club, children’s charities.

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Fans will be able to sample over 30 breweries, including Tangled Roots, during Beer Fest The Kane County Cougars have announced the new Ballpark Beer Fest, presented by The PRIDE Stores, will take place at Northwestern Medicine Field on Saturday, May 12 from Noon to 4 PM. Those attending the event will be able to sample the Cougars new specialty beer, created by Tangled Roots, as the team takes on the Fort Wayne TinCaps at 1 PM. A special ticket is needed for this event and is available now at or by calling the front office at 630-232-8811. Tickets may also be ordered in person during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. Individual tickets are priced at $45 when purchased in advance and $55 on the day of the event. Attendees will receive 18 three-ounce samples of various craft beers in their souvenir beer glass from popular brewers including the Cougars official craft beer sponsor, Tangled Roots, all while watching the game from the outfield deck. In addition to sampling the Cougars new specialty beer from Tangled Roots, fans in attendance will also be able to take part in the official unveiling. Following the Ballpark Beer Fest, the Cougars specialty beer will be available on draft stadium wide. For all the up to date promotional information on your Cougars, follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information, contact Laura McCoy at 630-513-4393. Text stcparks to 223344 to receive St. Charles Park District event notices and offers. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

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The City of Aurora’s Veterans Advisory Council is planning VETS WEEK AURORA beginning on Armed Forces Day, May 19th and running through Memorial Day, May 28th. This week-long, event includes the following events: May 19th, Saturday: FREE Picnic and Patriotic Concert at Cool Acres, 500 Block Clearwater Drive, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, food served from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, music provided by the Aurora American Legion Band from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. May 20th, Sunday: 5K Fun Run, Walk, Woof and Roll at Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Kids 10 and Under - $5, Adults and Seniors - $15. Register through eventbrite All runners receive a t-shirt compliments of Grunt Style, a Veteran Owned and Operated Company. Bring your family and friends and show your support by signing up your entire family and most importantly, don’t forget to include “ROVER”. May 21st, Monday: Veteran Resource Fair, 150 W. Illinois Avenue, Aurora, IL 60506 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. At 7:00 PM, the Paramount Theatre will be showing Hacksaw Ridge as part of their Monday Movie Night series. May 22nd, Tuesday: Women Veterans Empowerment Expo Hosted by the IL Department of Veterans’ FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

Affairs. This event will offer a variety of resources for Women Veterans and their families. Also, the Fox Valley Marines Detachment 1233 and the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry Northern IL Food will passing out food to the first 250 Veterans, compliments of the Fox Valley Marines Detachment 1233. Event takes place at the Painters District Council No. 30 at 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora, IL 60506. May 23rd, Wednesday: You’re A Grand Old Flag Art Reception. A reception and award ceremony will be held to congratulate our youth in their interpretation of the US Flag. Event takes place at the Santori Public Library, 101 S. River Street, Aurora IL 60506 at 6:00 PM. Art exhibit runs from May 16th through May 29th. May 24th, Thursday: BBQ Fundraiser to be held at IBEW 461, 591 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL 60506. Event will run from 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM and be catered by Reulands. Tickets are $15 for your choice of pork chops, pork chop/chicken combo, ½ chicken or prime rib sandwich along with sides. May 25th, Friday: Join us as we honor Veterans who served in Iraq/ Afghanistan GWOT . Event takes

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place at the Fox Valley Park District’s Prisco Center, 150 W. Illinois Avenue, Aurora, IL 60506 at 6:00 PM.

Stover Center. A fly over will also take place during this ceremony and we will unveil our first memorial brick.

May 26th, Saturday: VETS WEEK Judged/FREE Cruise Night, which will take place at West Aurora Plaza, 2131 West Galena Blvd, Aurora IL 60506 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM. There is no entry fee for vehicles. 50/50 drawing with music provided by Carousel Sound. The Salvation Army Cantina will be on hand and we will be conducting a blood drive hosted by Heartland Blood Center.

May 28th, Monday: The City of Aurora’s Annual Memorial Day Parade, Downtown Aurora, Steps off at Noon. VETS WEEK AURORA in conjunction with the State of IL Bicentennial Celebration. Sponsorship opportunities are available. By showing your true colors and patriotic spirit, you will be providing and supporting a network of needed resources for our local Veterans and service members as well as their families. To be able to honor and celebrate our Veterans gives us that opportunity to give back to each of them by building a broad range of services and assistance to enhance their physical, emotional and economic well being. Their

May 27th, Sunday: Additional Names Added to Monument. Two additional names will be added to the Veterans Monument at Phillips Park. Event begins at 11:00 AM, with a reception following in the


service to our country will never end, nor should our honor. For sponsorship opportunities contact Joe Toma, AVAC Chairman, at 630.899.9021 or Lisa Garcia, AVAC Vice Chair, at 630.486.9869 or drop us an email at Be sure to like our FB page: City of Aurora Veterans Advisory Council. Community involvement is key to us, so mark your calendars and please try to participate in our many events scheduled for the week. We Salute You!

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Registration is under way for Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on Fox River Registrations are currently being accepted for the 57th annual Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race that will be held Sunday, June 3, on the Fox River. The historic event will feature two different lengths for paddlers to choose from – a 10-mile run starting in St. Charles and a 6-miler from Batavia – with both races finishing at McCullough Park in Aurora. The Mid-Am is open to paddlers of all ages and abilities, featuring 11 canoe divisions, 8 kayak divisions and 1 open (non-competitive) division. “The Mid-Am is something everybody should experience – from ultra-competitive racers to first-timers and young families who want to enjoy a memorable day of paddling on the Fox River,” said event director Jeff Long. “It’s a celebration of river recreation.” The 10-mile race begins at 9 a.m. from Mount. St. Mary Park in downtown St. Charles, with the 6-miler starting at 10:30 a.m. from the VFW in Batavia, just south of downtown. Boats will be staged in heats of 10 and then launched individually at 15-second


intervals from both start areas. Free shuttle buses for participants and spectators will run continuously from McCullough Park to both starting sites beginning at 7 a.m. All-inclusive canoe and kayak rental packages are available for both races at discounted prices, with start area delivery and finish line pickup of rental boats included. A riverside party for all paddlers, friends, families and spectators will take place at the finish area at McCullough Park and feature food, music, beer, prize drawings, local vendors and live interviews with paddlers. An awards ceremony will conclude the event, with awards for first, second and third-place finishers in each division for both races. All registered paddlers will receive a commemorative T-shirt, grilled lunch with chips and drink and be eligible for prize drawings. Visit to register online. Registration forms also are available at all Park District community centers. Registration closes at noon on May 30, and day-of registration will not be available. For more information, call 630-859-8606.

A cavalcade of canoes and kayaks will hit the Fox River on June 4, when the annual Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race holds its 57th running.

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20TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR Once again thousands of creative and beautiful pieces of artwork will grace our downtown district when the St. Charles Fine Art Show returns to town Memorial Day Weekend. The show opens at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 26th along Riverside Drive with over 100 artists, whose work was juried for acceptance into the show. This year’s show is sponsored by STC Capital Bank with branches in St. Charles, South Elgin and Geneva—and runs Saturday, May 26th 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Sunday, May 27th 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM rain or shine. This award winning show features painting, sculpture, photography, glass, wood, jewelry and other media, all of which draws thousands of visitors to downtown St. Charles to both view and purchase the work of artists from across the entire US. There will also be live musical entertainment throughout the show, sponsored by BMO Harris, which will be located on the corner of 2nd and Walnut Street. Afternoon Logic, Paul & Jay Rock Duo, Dennis O’Brien, The Jack Macklin Jazz Quartet, Drew Clausen and David Chiriboga and Hugo Salcedo Spanish Guitar Duo are scheduled to perform as well as others. The Children’s Activity Tent, Sponsored by Dayspring Pediatric Dentistry and


presented by Erin Livermore’s All Things Art Studio this year, will feature multiple art activities for children and adults. This year, in celebration of the 20th Annual year, there will be a Paint the Pavement Chalk Festival on the west side of the river along First Street featuring 4 professional chalk artists and even more community groups painting the pavement with various artistic talents. Rest your feet and ride the downtown Historic Trolley tour, sponsored by Gerald Kia, North Aurora, which will run from 11:00 to 5:00 Saturday and Sunday. Docents will narrate the free 30-minute tour highlighting many historic homes and building along the way. For more information, visit https:// dscp_events/fine-art-show/ or call 630-443-3967.

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St. Charles to Host Memorial Day Activities May 28 Parade Entry Forms Due May 15 Come out to show respect for our troops who have given their lives in service to our country and thank our local veterans at the St. Charles Memorial Day events to be held Monday, May 28. Activities begin at 6:00 a.m. and include cemetery ceremonies, a parade, and a memorial service. This year, there will be an open house after the memorial service for all veterans and their families at the new Veterans Center (VFW, American Legion, AMVETS) in St. Charles. The Center is located 311 North 2nd Street, Unit 109, on Rt. 31, directly across from Salerno’s on the River. Events are sponsored by the St. Charles VFW, American Legion and AMVETS posts. “There are 28,000 veterans in Kane County,” said Event Coordinator Lt. Colonel Mark Powell, (Ret). “We hope to see all of our local veterans take part in the activities with the entire community.” “We always have a tremendous outpouring of community support for our servicemen and women at our Memorial Day events,” said St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina. “We look forward to seeing everyone once again as we recognize all those who have served our nation.” FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Flag Raising and Cemetery Ceremonies 6:00 a.m. The ceremony begins at Baker Community Center, 101 S. 2nd St., with Boy Scouts posting colors, Honor Guard and an honorary gun salute. Boy Scout Troops will lead Flag Ceremonies beginning at the South Cemetery (east side of 7th Ave., north of Madison), continue on to the North Cemetery (west side of IL 25/5th Ave, north of Johnor Ave.), then conclude at the Union Cemetery (east side of IL 25/5th Ave., north of Stonehedge Road). Parade - 10:00 a.m. The parade steps off at 6th and Main streets, and continues to Riverside Ave. Parade registration forms for groups that want to march in the parade are due May 15. Download a form here news/2018/03/27/march-memorial-day-parade.

gina reading the Annual Proclamation, a Keynote Address from Colonel Jake Wyatt (Ret), and “Taps” played by resident Kevin Gaffney and his daughter Kacie, a senior at St Charles East High School. Veteran Open House – 11:30 a.m. The St Charles VFW, American Legion and AMVETS are hosting an open house at our new facility for all Veterans and their families – our new location is located on Rt. 31 directly across from Salerno’s on the River. Address is 311 North 2nd Street, Unit 109, St Charles, Il 60174 For more information about Memorial Day events, please contact Mark Powell at 630.329.6444.

Memorial Service 10:45 a.m. A special memorial service will immediately follow the parade at the Freedom Shrine along the river, west of the St. Charles Police Department, 211 N. Riverside Ave. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the St. Charles Fire Station 1, at 112 N. Riverside Ave. The Memorial Service is led by Event Coordinator Lt. Colonel Mark Powell, (Ret). and will include Mayor Ray Ro-

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North Central College Calendar of Events for May


Through May 27, Art Exhibit: North Central College hosts Jen Dodson’s “ROUSE: A Fashion and Art Installation” exhibit until May 27 in the College’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. In her work, Dodson creates an art visualization of the interplay between fashion and music, giving life to her work as a stylist and producer of fashion shows. Call 630-637-5700 for gallery hours and information. May 2, Film Screening: The Global Center for Education at North Central College will present the film “To Damascus with Love,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. Directed by Mohammed Abdul Aziz, the film portrays the experience of minorities within Syria. Riad Ismat, Syria’s former minister of culture and ambassador to Pakistan,


will introduce the film. The event is free. For more information, contact May 3-6, Theatre: North Central College presents a whimsical new musical “Almost Living” at 7:30 p.m. May 3-5 and at 2:00 p.m. May 6 in Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Written and directed by senior Juan Munoz, this production explores what it means to be alive. Tickets are $5 per adult, $3 per student and senior. Call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit May 5, Ballet: North Central College presents the Russian National Ballet Theatre in its performance of “Romeo and Juliet” and “Carmen” at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. The company will

bring both one-act stories revolving around passion to life on stage. The company was founded in Moscow in the 1980s and consists of more than 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience. Tickets are $40, $30 and $25. Call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit May 5, Music: The DuPage Symphony Orchestra presents “Body, Earth & Spirit,” a three-part performance featuring composers Augusta Read Thomas, Claude Debussy and Leonard Bernstein at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $38 per adult and $15 per student. Call 630637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege. edu/showtix. May 6, Theatre: North Central College welcomes ArtsPower National Touring Theatre for two performances of the children’s production “Are you my Mother?” at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. The musical begins when Baby Bird hatches from her egg only to find an empty nest, unaware that her mother has left to find food. The persistent Baby Bird leaves the nest to look for her and meets an array of colorful characters who help and advise her along the way. Tickets are $12 per adult and $6 per child. Call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit May 11, WONC Anniversary: North Central College’s student run award-winning radio station WONC 89.1 FM will be celebrating its 50th anniversary starting at 10 a.m. Friday, May 11, in and outside of Oliver Hall, 232 E. Chicago Ave. In addition to 50 years of broadcasting pure rock, the station will also celebrate the retirement of John Madormo, who has been

the station’s general manager and broadcast communication faculty for the past 38 years. The event is free and open to the public. May 12, Music: The Chicago Sinfonietta presents the energetic “Praise & Punk: The Ending of all Endings” at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. This blockbuster mashup combines gospel, classical, and punk marching band into one epic that turns the love-themed concert on its head. Tickets are $62 and $49. Call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit May 13, Music: The Naperville Youth Symphony presents a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information visit https://www. May 15, Speaker: North Central College welcomes Dr. Nergis Mavalvala for a keynote address at the College’s annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research. Free and open to the public, her onehour talk begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Dr. Mavalvala, the Curtis and Kathleen Marbel Professor of Astrophysics at MIT, will speak to the 100-year quest for Einstein’s gravitational waves. For more information, visit http://bit. ly/2Gj7FUU. May 17, Music: North Central College presents the Cardinal Chorus and Chamber Strings student ensembles for their Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $5 per adult and $3per student and senior. Call 630-637SHOW (7469) or visit showtix.

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May 18, Music: North Central College presents “An Evening with Jazz Trombonist Tim Coffman” at 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the College’s Madden Theatre in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tim Coffman is one of the most active trombonists and instructors in the Chicago area, and has performed with famous acts such as Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Natalie Cole and was lead trombone for the Chicago Symphony’s production of “Nutcracker.” Tickets are $20 per adult and $15 per student. Call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit May 19, Music: North Central College presents one of the groups responsible for the alternative rock revolution, 10,000 Maniacs, at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. 10,000 Maniacs has received recognition for their powerful and socially conscious music, including having their 1987 album “In My Tribe” be voted as one of the 100 most important releases of the decade by Rolling Stones Magazine. Tickets are $40, $30 and $20; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit showtix. May 20, Music: North Central College presents Tommy Hensel to perform “The Broadway Song Book of 1967” at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in the College’s Madden Theatre in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. This performance is a celebration of the unforgettable Broadway season of 1967, featuring music from Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Man of La Mancha, Hello, Dolly! and more. Tickets are $35 and $30; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit showtix. May 21, Music: North Central College’s Concert Wind and Symphonic Band will perform their Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Monday, May 21, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $5 per adult and $3per student. Call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit May 22, Music: North Central College presents its Women’s Chorale ensemble in a “Graduation FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

Finale!” Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 22, in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $5 per adult and $3 per student and senior. Call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit May 23, Music: North Central College presents The Spring Great Evening of Jazz featuring student jazz ensembles at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $5 per adult and $3 per students and senior. Call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

for its Spring Concert at 5 p.m. Friday, May 26, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. This is a free event. For more information call 630-637SHOW (7469) or visit www.northcentralcollege. edu/showtix. May 28, College closed: In observance of Memorial Day, North Central College will be closed.

May 24-27, Theatre: North Central College offers five performances of the socially conscious musical “Vinegar Tom” at 7:30 p.m. May 24-26 and 2 p.m. May 26-27 in the Theatre at Meiley-Swallow, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Written at the height of the second wave of feminism in 1976 by British playwright Caryl Churchill, the play examines gender and power relationships through the lens of 17th century witchcraft trials in England. Tickets are $10 per adult and $8 per student. Call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit showtix. May 25, Transfer information session: North Central College will host an information session Friday, May 25, for transfer students. Visitors can learn about academic choices, transfer admission process, scholarships and financial aid. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in Smith Hall at Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St., and concludes with a walking tour of campus at 10:45 a.m. For more information or to register, call 630-637-5800 or visit transfer-campus-visit-opportunities. May 25, Music: North Central College presents Sonata Problem, a student-led a cappella ensemble,

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Fox Valley Magazine: Thank you for your service. How many years were you in the Marines? Minor Mobley: 6 years Fox Valley Magazine: Where were you stationed? Minor Mobley: I spent most of my time at Camp Pendleton, CA. and Quantico, VA Fox Valley Magazine: How many times were you deployed and where? Minor Mobley: One time to the sandy hot desert. Fox Valley Magazine: How did your military service prepare you for owning and operating your own business? Minor Mobley: To always strive to be the best, take care of others who take care of you and to never quit! Fox Valley Magazine: Your shop has a wall dedicated to honoring and remembering local veterans. You also have received many accolades for helping veterans and charity work in the St. Charles community that includes a Christmas sponsorship program for needy students in St. Charles School District 303. Why are you so committed to giving back? Minor Mobley: We live in an amazing community. Jennifer and my goal was to give back to the place we call home in any way that we can for as

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long as we can. With the Veterans charities we do what we can to help the families and those who have served in any way possible.

thing is not right we will fix it. That philosophy has served us well, I feel that has played the biggest role in our success.

Fox Valley Magazine: What were your biggest challenges on getting Excel Automotive Repair up and going?

Fox Valley Magazine: After a car leaves your shop, Excel’s work is backed by a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty. How standard is this in the industry?

Minor Mobley: Finding the right team. It is crucial to our operations to make sure we have smart, trustworthy, and skilled technicians. It is not easy finding them and impossible to operate without them. They are truly the backbone of Excel Automotive Repair. Fox Valley Magazine: Your business has been open for 3 years, what do you attribute your success to? Minor Mobley: I truly believe that if you go beyond to do your job, give every customer the integrity that they deserve, and focus on your business; you will find success in this industry. If there are any issues we always take care of them immediately! Those customers have already paid their hard-earned money, if someFOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

Minor Mobley: It’s not. As a matter fact one other shop and ourselves are the only ones in the area that I know of that are that aggressive with the warranties. Fox Valley Magazine: Looking back now, what advice would you give to anyone thinking about starting a business? Minor Mobley: Find a solid group of business savvy people to lean on for advice. Follow your plan and be open to positive criticism. I promise you will not know everything and being open to new ideas and creativity is a must. Fox Valley Magazine: You recently expanded your shop to 6900 feet and 10 service bays,

do you have any more plans to expand in the near future? Minor Mobley: There is only one way to find out! Give us a call and join us on our mission to fix the automotive industry one great experience at a time. For service call 1-630-945-3421 or visit Excel Automotive Repair 720 N. 17th St., Unit 2 St. Charles IL 60174.

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Upcoming Shows at The Arcada Chuck Negron (Formerly of Three Dog Night) And The Box Tops “The Letter”, “Cry Like a Baby”, and “Soul Deep!” FRIDAY, MAY 04 8:00 PM

Carol Stream Park District Dance Recital Carol Stream Park District’s spring Dance Recital features children ages 3-18 years in a variety of classes, from ballet to jazz to hip hop, along with special performances from our Forte dance companies. SATURDAY, MAY 05 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM


For tickets, call 630-962-7000 or visit

William Close & The Earth Harp Collective William Close is an installation artist and musician that has developed over 100 new types of musical instruments. He is the inventor of the majestic stringed instrument Earth Harp. The Earth Harp is the largest stringed instrument on the planet. . The body of the instrument rests on the stage and the strings travel out over the audience attaching to the back of the theater, turning the theater / concert hall into the instrument. SATURDAY, MAY 05 8:00 PM

Hollywood Confidential With Lainie Kazan, Renee Taylor, And Connie Stevens This very special event brings long-time good friends together for a peek behind the scenes in Hollywood ... the lovers, the friends, and co-stars. Amazing film clips, private photos, Q&A with the audience, and a whole lot of dish! Warning: For Adults Only! SUNDAY, MAY 06 3:00 PM

Dweezil Zappa: Choice Cuts! World Tour 2018 There’s no stopping Dweezil Zappa from continuing his mission to unlock the mysteries held within the superabundance of Frank Zappa’s iconic music. For over a decade, the renowned guitarist has been honoring his father by touring the world with his Grammy-winning project, now named Dweezil Zappa. SUNDAY, MAY 06 8:00 PM Arcada Silent Film Night: Robin Hood Accompanied Live By Jay Warren

Dweezil Zappa Guitar Masterclass Dweezil sits in a chair with his guitar and practice amp. People taking the class are encouraged to bring their guitars, but they don’t play through amps. Entry to Masterclass does not include ticket to 8 PM concert. SUNDAY, MAY 06 3:00 PM

Experience the magic of Silent Cinema the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30PM. Live accompaniment by Jay Warren at the historic Arcada Pipe Organ. TUESDAY, MAY 08 7:30 PM

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KING’S X KING’S X is one of America’s greatest hard rock bands that combines progressive metal, funk and soul with vocal arrangements influenced by gospel, blues, and British Invasion rock groups. King’s X has ranked on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, along with twelve studio albums and opening for legendary bands such as Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Pearl Jam and Cheap Trick. THURSDAY, MAY 10 7:30 PM

Josh Turner Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 12.5 million units, is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the esteemed Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2017 Billboard No. 1 release, Deep South, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012. FRIDAY, MAY 11 8:00 PM


Sons of Apollo With Special Guest Felix Martin The new progressive metal supergroup featuring former DREAM THEATER bandmates Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, as well as guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-GUNS N’ ROSES), bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS) and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto. (W.E.T., TALISMAN) SATURDAY, MAY 12 9:00 PM

Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone Peter Noone is a multi-talented entertainer, who has been delighting audiences nearly all his life. Lead singer of the legendary Sixties pop band Herman’s Hermits. His classic hits included: “I’m Into Something Good” “Mrs. Brown, you’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” & many, many more! SUNDAY, MAY 13 05:00 PM

“Moon River And Me” A Tribute To Andy Williams Starring Jimmy Osmond In this tribute to Andy Williams, Jimmy Osmond sings the songs that made his mentor and friend so beloved by millions. Jimmy will also be performing some of the chart topping hits that he and his brothers made famous. THURSDAY, MAY 17 7:30 PM Broken Arrow Tribute To Neil Young Broken Arrow performs the music of Neil Young, featuring both the rockin’ electric Crazy Horse tunes and the more acoustic, pedal steel driven country rock material. The band delivers these classic songs faithfully while taking them out on some jamming excursions and tastefully tweaking some of the arrangements. Joe Mass nails the Neil vocals perfectly and the harmonies are spot on. They have audiences on their feet singing along and demanding encores at every show. FRIDAY, MAY 18 7:30 PM

Zepparella Zeppelin Tribute! How to honor the legacy of a band deemed sacred? To tread on holy ground is perilous, and must be done with the intent and spirit of a disciple. Pay attention to the intricacies of the magic, explore the far ends of the innovation, strive for ever-growing ability, and let the purity of the love for the music drive it all. THURSDAY, MAY 24 7:30 PM

Cinderella’s Tom Keifer // Dokken

Rodney’s popularity derives, in large part, from his connection with his audience, both at his live shows, and through social media. By the looks of his schedule in 2018, he shows no signs of slowing down!

Best known as the singer-songwriter/ front man of the Philadelphia based bluesrock band Cinderella, Tom Keifer is enjoying continued success and touring in support of his solo debut, The Way Life Goes. Dokken is an American heavy metal and hard rock band formed in 1978.The group accumulated numerous charting singles and has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.


FRIDAY, MAY 25 8:00 PM

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First New Chicago Production Of Tony Award-Winning Best Musical Once Is April 25-June 3 At Aurora’s Paramount Theatre Aurora’s Paramount Theatre - Chicago’s most decorated theater at the 2017 Jeff Awards with the third largest subscriber base in the nation - is excited to present the first Chicago-area regional staging of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Once to close its 2017-18 Broadway Series. Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti and Music Director Tom Vendafreddo, who together helmed the Jeff Award-winning Best Production-Musical-Large for the past three seasons, are teaming up again to stage this modern-day musical about an Irish busker (Guy), his immigrant fan (Girl) and their eventful week in Dublin as they write, rehearse and record songs from which their beautiful love story unfolds. Barry DeBois and Tiffany Topol, both nationally acclaimed actor/musicians, will play the leads, surrounded on Paramount’s glorious stage by fantastically talented co-stars and top-notch production values. Grand in its themes of love and longing, yet simple and subtle in its execution, Paramount’s new production of Once will remind people that in today’s world where we’re all struggling to connect, often the simplest way is through song. Previews of Once begin April 25, 2018. Press opening is Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m. Once runs through June 3: Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. About Once People come into our lives for a reason. Sometimes it leaves us with joy, other times with sorrow. But it’s what we do with those chance encounters that truly define who we are. Guy and Girl, as they’re known throughout the show, share a fateful meeting on the bustling streets of Dublin spurred by their mutual love for music. Guy is a singer about to give up his

dream. Girl is a fan entranced by his music. Their story begins when he tells her of his day job as a vacuum repairman. Lucky for him, she’s got a Hoover that “doesn’t suck.” When she asks him to fix it, she says she can only pay with a song. That song is all it takes for Guy and Girl to fall in love, but with that love also comes baggage. Guy has an ex he can’t get out of his head, and Girl has an estranged husband and a daughter. What’s holding them back couldn’t be heavier, but when it comes to love, the only thing that can stop them is life. Hailed as “glorious and inspiring,” “gorgeous” and “complete magic,” Once, based on the Oscar- winning movie, won eight Tony Awards in 2012, including Best Musical, Best Actor and Best Book. Enda Walsh penned the book, with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who also originated the roles of Guy and Girl in the 2007 film written and directed by John Carney. The signature song from Once, “Falling Slowly,” went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song. In his weekly “Tuesdays with Corti” blog post recently, Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti wrote, “Every time I play back these songs, the greatness in this score by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová becomes more and more real and compelling and like a dream coming true as the time approaches for us to be bringing Once to our audience. The story is a tale of how we can make a change in someone that lasts a lifetime through simply loving selflessly. How change in life can save a life. How we are stuck and then unstuck. If we can have this happen to us, just once, we really can be a gift to each other.”

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Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s May Events Part of 100th Anniversary World-wide Celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s Birth First ESO performances of Bernstein’s Candide Suite May 5 & 6. Free Bernstein Birthday Bash & West Side Story Screening at Gail Borden Public Library May 1. The 2017-18 ESO season finale concerts led by Music Director Andrew Grams feature the ESO premiere of the great American composer Leonard Bernstein’s Candide Suite as part of a world-wide celebration of the composer’s 100th birthday. The Suite is an arrangement by Charlie Harmon derived from the 1956 Bernstein operetta. Also included on the program is Gustav Mahler’s emotional Symphony No. 5, written by the composer after a serious illness. Bernstein did much to promote the music of Mahler and was buried with a copy of Mahler’s fifth symphony in his casket. The ESO and the Gail Borden Public Library will host a free Bernstein Birthday Bash on Tuesday, May 1, 6:00 pm at the Library that includes an introduction by Andrew Grams, birthday cake and a screening of West Side Story. Bernstein composed the music for this iconic film. Register for the free Birthday Bash at For tickets to the May 5 & 6 concerts, visit ElginSymphony. Org. Leonard Bernstein at 100 is the world-wide celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, the composer, conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador, and humanitarian, officially beginning on August 25, 2017, FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

Bernstein’s 99th birthday, and continuing through his 100th year until August 25, 2019. See to learn more about this great American musician and to view a calendar listing of activities around the world. With a unique combination of intensity, enthusiasm and technical clarity, American conductor Andrew Grams has steadily built a reputation for his dynamic concerts and long-term orchestra building. He is the winner of 2015 Conductor of the Year from the Illinois Council of Orchestras and has led orchestras throughout the United States including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. Mr. Grams served as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra from 20042007. Andrew Grams, now in his 5th ESO season, became music director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra after an international search. His dynamic conducting and easy accessibility have made him a favorite of Elgin Symphony audiences. He has extended his contract with the ESO through 2021. To learn more, visit andrewgrams. com and @andrewhgrams on Instagram and Twitter.

cultural experience. The ESO has won Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year an unprecedented four times – in 1988, 1999, 2005 and 2016. The ESO strives to create an enjoyable entertainment experience that goes beyond the magnificent music performed by some of the best musicians in the region. There is accessible, free parking around the Hemmens Cultural Center and valet service available. Before concerts, area musicians often perform in the lobby, and patrons can buy drinks at the bar and purchase gifts at the Elgin Symphony League Boutique. Preconcert chats are given by Music Director Andrew Grams, guest artists and others one hour before most performances, and Saturday night patrons are invited after concerts to Mingle with the Musicians at area restaurants. In addition, free Listeners Club discussions presented by music historian Jim Kendros are offered in Geneva and Elgin on Wednesdays before ESO Classics Series concert weekends The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is a worldclass orchestra providing quality musical explorations that are entertaining, hasslefree and conveniently located close to home in the western suburbs. Get to Know YOUR ESO!

Now at the end of its 67th season, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) offers programming unmatched for an entertaining, informative and relaxing

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May at Zanies


Jason Cheny May 3-5 8:00 pm Born and raised in Taiwan, re-raised in America, toiled in Canada and soiled in a military school. JASON brings nuances of life from multiple perspectives, visceral comedic stories of an understanding that happiness happens outside of your comfort zone. Because of his cross-cultural upbringing, his material reaches a wide range of audiences. With keen observations of heritage delivered through energetic wit, JASON’S anecdotes about family, culture, and society, rings with an optimistic vigor. Notably, JASON won the World Series of Comedy, appeared on ‘Laughs’ on Fox, and regularly tours back in Asia including Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan. Illustrating the mural of human interaction through comedy and bringing people closer together.

Pat McGann May 24-26 8:00 pm A top act from the Chicago market, PAT MCGANN is the host and creator of the Emmy-nominated ‘The Chicago Stand Up Project,’ and has recently appeared on both ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ & ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.’ He’s been invited to perform at ‘The Great American Comedy Festival,’ ‘Gilda’s Laugh Fest’ and the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards. His observational humor and quick wit are entertaining audiences across the country and making him one of the fastest-rising stars from the Midwest.



4,000 Miles Steel Beam Theatre announces performances of the Pulitzer Prize nominated play, 4,000 Miles opening May 17 and running through June 10 at 111 W Main Street in St. Charles. Written by Amy Herzog and directed by Larry Boller of Elgin, 4,000 Miles tells the story of a young man (R.J. Cecott of Hazelwood) who suffers a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip. He makes his way to the Manhattan apartment of his feisty 91-year-old grandmother (JoAnn Smith of Roselle). Over the course of a single month these unlikely roommates cross a terrain that bewilders and infuriates as they try to reach each other. A Fox Valley premier of this distinguished play, 4,000 Miles also features Paula Smiech of Streamwood and Carolyn Plurad of Chicago. Tara L. Morrison of Elgin is the stage manager and assistant director. Steel Beam Theatre is located in the heart of St. Charles where free parking and fine dining abound. The theatre is handicapped-accessible from its Main Street entrance. Tickets are available at or by calling 630.587.8521.

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8Th Annual Going Dutch Festival Announces Artists Side Street Studio Arts (SSSA) is proud to announce the artists of the 8th annual Going Dutch Festival, a celebration of the female voice in dance, music, theater, and the visual arts, to be held May 25-27, 2018 in various locations around downtown Elgin, including the Elgin Art Showcase, Martini Room, and SSSA. The three-day festival will feature a visual art gallery, live music, more than 10 ticketed performances, and a range of workshops, talks, and panels featuring the work and performances of over 300 artists. Festival passes are currently on sale for only $25. A panel of seven professional artists selected a group of visual and performing artists, who self-identify as female and hail from all over Illinois, as well as Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Canada. Featured artists include Back to Black, Barbara Bickel, Maria Blanco, The Brass Menagerie: A Pole Dance Revue, Celeste Burns, Amanda Cantrell Roche, Courtny Chatham, Connor Cornelius, Abigayle Cryderman, Dyanna Daniels, Emma Draves, Dropshift Dance, Jane Erlandson, Yrlen Facio, Kristi Faulkner Dance, Carrie Gant, Brenna Ginsberg, Angie Georgina Gonzalez, Christine Hands, Jennifer Harwell, Georgia Hiatt, Chris Johnson, jorsTAP Chicago, Kalapriya Dance Company, Saffron Klekamp, Talia Koylass, Julie Leir-VanSickle, Kera Ling, Mallory Linehan, Haley McElwee, Amanda Milligan, Emily Navarra, Jamie Neely, Janelle O’Malley, Rebecca Pappas, Natalie Pivoney, Shaina Read, Erin Rehberg, Michelle Richardella, Brandy A. Rogers, Suttle Dance, Gina T’ai, Thank You So Much For Coming, Chloe Topf with Lance Long, Rosie Trump, Emma Vassallo, and more. For the second year, the festival committee has selected an Illinois-based artist to be the FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

recipient of the Going Dutch Festival commission, which includes financial and technical support of their new work, to be premiered at the May festival. The 2018 recipient is Choreographer and Filmmaker Talia Koylass of Chicago. “As an emerging choreographer and filmmaker, it is easy to feel shut out from opportunities due to lack of experience,” said Koylass. “People are quick to write you off for not having the weight of a big name or a critically-acclaimed work, and minimize the effort it takes to break into the field. The Going Dutch Festival Committee does not include those people. I am visible to them with the experiences I’ve had and now, they see a story that needs to be told and a group of Black girls from the South Side of Chicago that need to tell it.” “My film The Good Christian addresses religion and spirituality in the Black community from various vantage points and explores how Blacks

have used something that often tries to exclude them to their benefit. I’m honored to be this year’s Commissioned Artist and to have a platform to tell this story.” “On the whole, the Going Dutch Committee was thrilled by the work submitted this year,” said Going Dutch Festival Artistic Director Erin Rehberg. “We are always excited to get such amazing artists in once place for a few days, but this year, in particular, these artists have a lot to say. Their work is charged. I can’t wait to watch every second of this year’s festival, and am so glad we have brought it to my hometown of Elgin again this year.” The festival will feature traditional visual and performative works, as well as those less easy to describe. Shows, workshops, and other events will be held in a variety of downtown Elgin locations. The full schedule will be released in early April. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Going Dutch Festival at www. or call 847-429-2276.

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Fine Line Creative Arts Center Diverse Expression V - The Faculty Show May 18 - June 23rd Fine Line Kavanagh Gallery hosts a number of exhibitions each year, drawing artists from all over the United States. But every other year the gallery is given over to the Fine Line faculty so they can show the public they art they love to create. For some faculty, this will be the first time they have shown work in a Fine Line exhibition. With a faculty of over forty members, the work is guaranteed to be varied and interested. Art is about community and where better to find community than at a gallery show opening. Opening night is May 18th (6 pm - 8 pm) and everyone is welcome to attend. There is no admission fee to attend this or any Fine Line Gallery opening. Beverages and light food are served during the evening and many of the Fine Line faculty will be in attendance, FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

it is their exhibition after all! The show runs until June 23rd and is open Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm. Fine Line Arts Festival June 2nd 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Fine Line Creative Arts Center on Bolcum Road St Charles, has a yearly open day for anyone to stop by and experience some of the many classes on offer year-round. This adult art center, which has been around for nearly forty years, boasts a wealth of talented faculty members who teach a variety of art classes. There will be Fine Line faculty members demonstrating, and the opportunity for people to try their hand at some art including tie dye, basket weaving and the always popular Raku firing. Visitors will be able to grab a bite to eat and listen to music performances from local bands. This year the lineup includes Invisible Cartoons, Jack Mack and Doug Fletz. Admission is free, and the event takes place rain or shine. 37W570 Bolcum Rd. St. Charles, IL 60175 1- 630-584-9443

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Water Street Studios New Exhibitions:

“A Journey of New Beginnings” by Kerri Ann Reavis and “Seeing Through Masks” by Gordon Parker Water Street Studios’ Dempsey Family Gallery will feature the work of Kerri Ann Reavis in a solo show titled “A Journey of New Beginnings.” Kerri Ann will be displaying a wide range of her primarily abstract paintings. She writes, “Journey with me for the last five years of my life in Expressionism. I never knew I would make art as a career until the age of 42. It was then that I found my true calling as it brought forth changes inside of me. My life’s desire to express myself came easily through my work, which has created many new beginnings and discoveries along the way.” Gordon Parker’s exhibition titled, “Seeing Through Masks” will be displayed in the Kane County Chronicle Gallery located on the second floor of Water Street Studios. Gordon Parker’s artwork focuses on the figurative complexity of women. He writes, “I break these complexities into simple yet dramatic lines and colors. The mood is always calm, confident, and full of subliminal feelings, which reproduces the essence and beauty of women. While I use a variety of FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

materials and processes in each project, my methodology is consistent. The subject matter of each body of work determines the material and ultimate form of the work.� The opening receptions will be held on May 11th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. In addition to viewing the work and meeting the artists who created it, there will also be small selection of appetizers by Gaetano’s Batavia, a bar featuring beer from Solemn Oath Brewery and wine. All proceeds from bar sales go to support arts programming at Water Street Studios. $5 suggested donation at the door. All exhibits continue until June 3, 2018. Thank you to our gallery event sponsor, K. Hollis Jewelers. Opening receptions will be held Friday, May 11th, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The shows in both galleries will be on view during regular public gallery hours: Friday, 2-6 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. at 160 S. Water Street in Batavia.

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Shaynanigans in Spain Come to Spain with me for 10 days departing from Chicago O’Hare and arriving in Madrid! NOVEMBER 1 – 12, 2018 Granada – Ronda - Marbella – Seville – Cordoba – Madrid – Toledo *Optional Tour to Tangier, Morocco Thursday, November 1 – CHICAGO / EN ROUTE (I) We depart Chicago this afternoon by scheduled service of Iberia Airlines as we begin the overnight transatlantic journey to Madrid, Spain. Friday, November 2 – MADRID / MALAGA / GRANADA (I,D) As the sun begins to rise on the Iberian Peninsula we will arrive in city of Madrid, where we’ll change planes for the short flight to Malaga, where on arrival, we’ll meet our Tour Escort who will accompany us on vacation. We’ll follow the Mediterranean coastline as we make our way to Granada, beautifully situated at the foot of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains in the heart of Southern Andalusia. Saturday, November 3 – GRANADA (B) Granada is a brilliant jewel of Moorish architecture, as we’ll see on our tour of FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

the fabled Alhambra, a compound of palaces, a fortress and lush gardens built in the 14th century where magical use of space, light, water, and decoration characterizes the delicate craftsmanship that dazzles the eye. We’ll also visit the nearby Generalife, the country estate of the Nasrid kings, complete with fountains, tropical gardens, and picturesque vistas high above the city. We’ll then travel across the city to visit the Albaicin, the former Moorish town with gypsy dwellings. Our tour will come to an end as we return to the old city center where we’ll see the Cathedral and visit the nearby Royal Chapel built to enshrine Ferdinand and Isabella. Afterward, time at leisure will allow us to explore the labyrinth of streets in the Albaicin or to wander the Granada’s two main squares, the Plaza Bib-Rambla and the Plaza Nueva. Sunday, November 4 – GRANADA / MARBELLA (Ronda) (B,D) We depart Granada today, surrounded by the beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and travel through the market town of Antequera, as we make our way to Ronda, perhaps the most spectacularly located city in the Andalusian Mountains. Sightseeing will introduce us to the Old Town where we’ll visit the church of Santa Maria la Mayor, one of the most important sacred monuments of Ronda, and Casa Don Bosco, a modernist palace built at the beginning of the 20th century belonging to the Granada family. Then we’ll cross the Puente Nuevo over the Tajo Gorge to arrive in the New Town that is home to the pedestrian precinct where we’ll visit the Plaza de Toros, the second oldest bullring in Spain. Due to its history, architecture, character and beauty, it is recognized as one the most monumental existing bullrings. Afterward, you’ll love strolling along the quaint narrow streets and have ample time to browse in the stores. Leaving Ronda, we’ll travel to the fashionable Costa del Sol to arrive in the spectacular coastal resort of Marbella.

climate, cultural riches and monumental wonders, and today is at leisure to enjoy the sandy beaches and browse the boutiques while stopping to sample the cafes and restaurants. Although a modern town, Marbella is full of history. Its origins date back to 1600 BC so it is fair to say there is a little part of history to be found in every corner of the Old Town. Or if you prefer, an optional tour is available, taking you across the Straights of Gibraltar to the exotic land of Morocco. Tangier, Morocco - Optional Tour: (B,L) Today we travel to Morocco and experience a different world! Morocco lies just over the Mediterranean, but this exotic North African gem feels like a different world altogether. We will travel by high-speed ferry across the Straits of Gibraltar to Tangier for a day of sightseeing with an included lunch. Tuesday, November 6 – MARBELLA (Mijas) (B,D) The morning is at leisure to enjoy a relaxing walk along Marbella’s resort promenades before we set off to discover the town of Mijas, a “white village” set high in the Sierras. Mijas is typical of rural Andalusia with narrow streets, small squares, and impeccably whitewashed houses with flower-filled gardens. However, Mijas also offers one of the most magnificent views over the Mediterranean coast from its natural balcony. Enjoy wandering along the village streets

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while exploring the quaint shops, try a ride on one of the town’s unmetered “donkey taxis,” or stop to learn about the local culture by visiting the bullring and bullfighting museum. On our return to Marbella, sit back and enjoy the sandy beaches and browse through the trendy boutiques before dinner this evening. Wednesday, November 7 – MARBELLA / SEVILLE (Cadiz) (B,D) Today we depart Marbella and journey to Cadiz where we’ll enjoy a guided tour. As we’ll soon find out, one of the joys of visiting Cadiz is to wander along the waterfront with its well-tended gardens and open spaces before exploring the Old Town, which is full of narrow alleys bursting with market and street life. Next we’ll travel to Jerez de la Frontera; situated between hillside and coast, Jerez’s extraordinary geographical location means that the city enjoys the very best of fresh local produce, ideal for making its world-famous Sherry, Brandy and Vinegar. Alexander Fleming said, “If penicillin can cure those that are ill, Spanish sherry can bring the dead back to life.” We’ll find out as we enjoy a tour and Sherry tasting! Afterward, we’ll drive to Seville, the capital city of Andalusia that stands on the banks of the Rio Guadalquivir. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

Thursday, November 8 – SEVILLE (B) This morning we’ll enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of the wonders of Seville. Among the treasures that we’ll see are the Barrio de Santa Cruz, a warren of white alleyways and patios that have long been the most picturesque corner of the city. Here we’ll visit one of the largest and richest gothic Cathedrals in Christendom, unmatched in its abundance of artistic treasures, not to mention its great Giralda Tower, Seville’s most prominent landmark. We’ll also visit the 14th century Alcazar with its Moorish Palace and lovely gardens and see the Archives of the Indies, the building that houses all of the famous drawings of the New World including letters by Columbus and Queen Isabella. Then we’ll travel to El Arenal where we’ll see the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, Seville’s 18th century bullring, and the riverfront dominated by the Moorish Torre del Oro. The afternoon is free, and this is an ideal location for a leisurely afternoon spent along the tree-lined promenade beside the Paseo de Cristobal Colon. Friday, November 9 – SEVILLE / MADRID (Cordoba) (B,D) This morning we’ll visit an Andalusian horse farm to observe a normal day of training and learn about the breeding and taming of these amazing horses. Then we’ll depart Seville and travel to the charming city of Cordoba, the halfway point of the Guadalquivir, where the wheat lands and olive groves of the southern Campina plains meet the ranches and farmland of the Sierra de Cordoba plateau to the north. The heart of Cordoba is the old Jewish quarter and a morning walk through this area provides the sensation that little has changed since the 10th century when Cordoba was one of the greatest cities in the Western World. Afterwards we will visit the Mezquita that dates back 12 centuries, and where the walls of the Great Mosque hide more than 850 arches and pillars of granite,

jasper, and marble that support the roof, creating a dazzling visual effect. We’ll also see the Mihrab, a richly ornamented prayer niche that once held a gilt copy of the Koran, the Cathedral featuring an Italianate dome and the Torre del Alminar bell tower that offers a fine view of the city. Next we’re headed to Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561, where we’ll find that a cosmopolitan air reigns in this fun-loving city. Saturday, November 10 – MADRID (B) This morning we’ll enjoy an introduction to the city that will take us through Old Madrid featuring the courtesan district of the Hapsburgs, characterized by Phillip II and his Renaissance and Baroque style buildings including the Puerta del Sol, the wonderful Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa. Next, we’ll take in Bourbon Madrid and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, as we travel past the Royal Palace where the Spanish Kings have resided since the middle of the 18th century. Afterward, we’ll see Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains, the Puerta de Alcalá as well as the elegant Plaza de Oriente, and discover contemporary Madrid as we travel along the Gran Vía, one of the most fashionable avenues in the world. The afternoon is free to begin exploring Madrid on your own. Enjoy shopping around the Puerta Del Sol, an area where craftsmen can still be found, or in the fashionable shops along the Gran Via. Life in Madrid is extremely pleasant, relaxed and unhurried, so you may prefer to simply enjoy an afternoon at one of the outdoor cafes on the Plaza Mayor.

religious center of Spain. Here, we will see the splendid Alcazar and visit the lavish Cathedral. We’ll also visit the St. Thomas Church that has on display the most famous of El Greco’s paintings, “The Count de Orgaz”, Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue and St. John of the Kings Monastery. Standing against the often luminously blue Castillian sky, this golden city is as spectacular as it is rich in history. On our return to Madrid, the afternoon is free for exploring and last-minute shopping. Tonight, we’ll enjoy an evening of dinner and entertainment featuring a superb selection of Flamenco and regional dancing. More than just a dance, Flamenco is a forceful artistic expression of the sorrows and joys of life. Although Andalusia may be the home of Flamenco, beginning with the native Seguidilla in the 15th century and greatly enriched by the Bolero, Madrid is where the stars of Flamenco now make their home. Monday, November 12 – MADRID / CHICAGO (B) All too soon, our Shaynanigans in Spain come to an end as we return to Madrid’s Barajas Airport for the non-stop transatlantic journey home. No better time to reflect on memories that will last a lifetime and new friendships made along the way! To make your reservations go to https:// or call Mary at 1-800-624-8338

Sunday, November 11 – MADRID (Toledo) (B,D) Today a short drive takes us 45 miles south of Madrid to the Imperial City of Toledo, one of the oldest cities in Europe. Built on a hill and surrounded on three sides by the Tagus River, the whole city is a National Monument reflecting various styles of architecture ranging from the Moorish and Gothic to the Renaissance, dating from the 15th and early 16th centuries. Steeped in history and incorporating all the elements of Spanish civilization, Toledo is the

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Rooftops in the United States Not to Miss for the Upcoming Season including 3 in Chicago

From developing signature craft cocktail menus to boasting some of the best views of their respective cities, rooftops are a hot commodity and we have rounded up some of the best ones to visit for this upcoming season. • L27 Rooftop Lounge, Nashville’s highest rooftop lounge, with breathtaking views of the city’s skyline. Located on the 27th floor of The Westin Nashville, the lounge recently unveiled a stunning new interior transformation, as well as an exciting seasonal menu with innovative cocktail programming. We hope you might consider including should you do any future national rooftop roundups. The perfect upscale escape from the hustle and bustle of Broadway, L27 features a contemporary and refined indoor lounge, as well as an outdoor terrace offering an idyllic space to unwind and lounge poolside. Photos of the menu items and space are linked here. A refined design, woven together by Louisa Pierce and Emily Ward of Pierce & Ward design, features an artful sophistication and elegance. Incorporating elements of Asian Fusion decor, the lounge flaunts a large square shaped bar, velvet couches, round copper tables, leather banquettes, and a variety of eleFOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

gant copper touches throughout. Chic daybeds positioned around the terrace line a glass-enclosed dipping pool, while a stairwell leading up to the intimate 28th floor space is adorned with an eclectic hand-painted mural. Other statement pieces include ornate Art Deco-era chandeliers, vintage wall coverings and mosaic tile flooring. • Raised, located at 1 W. Wacker Drive, provides a stunning view of the skyline and Chicago River, with an outdoor area that features fresh flowers, fire pits, cabanas, couches and an outdoor bar with a decidedly urban feel. Under the direction of Chef Timothy Powles, the regular menu at

Raised features American bar food with a twist, highlighting sharable plates – ideal for mixing and mingling while soaking up the summer. Chef Powles focuses on all things local, sourcing his menu ingredients within 200 miles of Raised. The beverage program at Raised is curated by William Nykaza and features an array of wines on tap, an extensive offering of local craft beers on draft and by the bottle, and specialty cocktails served by the glass or in a shareable decanter. The creative libations with seasonal, fresh ingredients encourage guests to sample and share. Raised was designed by The Gettys Group, fusing an industrial aesthetic with eclectic style and raw finishes.

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• AIRE, one of the Chicago’s hottest and most sensational rooftop decks, located at 100 W. Monroe on the 24th floor of Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, provides an unmatched urban atmosphere is at the peak of summer downtown destinations. With its central location, dramatic 360-degree view and contemporary décor, guests can escape their busy offices for an openair hiatus or city visitors wanting to relax after a long day of exploring can unwind in luxury with friends over artisan drinks and small bites. Taking into account Chicago’s unpredictable weather, AIRE features open fireplaces for cool nights spent high above the city streets, and umbrellas for shade on sunny summer days. AIRE is also available for private events. • A glamorous escape set 27 stories above the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city streets, ROOF on the Wit, located at 201 N State, has proven itself as the hottest nightlife destination in Chicago. With a FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

panoramic skyline and breathtaking views, ROOF on theWit has earned international praise for its stunning design, private event spaces and entertainment programming. Rated one of the “Top 3 Rooftop Bars in the World” by Travel+Leisure, ROOF continues to excite guests with world-renowned DJs, acoustic music series and live runway shows. The 7,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor venue features a retractable ROOF and a space that is climate controlled, making the destination accessible all yearround. In addition to sweeping views of Millennium Park, the Chicago River and spectacular architectural icons, guests can enjoy a large outdoor projection screen, floor-to-ceiling windows and a high-quality telescope that can see for miles, all while sipping on handcrafted cocktails and enjoying savory small plates from ROOF’s full-service kitchen.

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travel Diners at The Geneva Inn’s restaurant enjoy indoor and outdoor seating with panoramic views of Geneva Lake

Lake Geneva

Restaurant Week Returns with More Food and Fun Get ready to satisfy your taste buds in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Lake Geneva Restaurant Week returns for its fourth year with more food and fun. New this year, the Taste of Lake Geneva, held on Saturday, June 2, will kick off this celebration of food that runs through Sunday, June 10. Those who take advantage of the Taste of Lake Geneva on Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. get to sample their way through some of the areas best restaurants, enjoy food demos, live music, beer and wine. Admission is only $2 and food samples range from $3 to $9. The icing on the cake for this fun foodie event is the beautiful lakeside setting found at Flat Iron Park. Lake Geneva Restaurant Week, running Sunday, June 3 through Sunday, June 10, includes about twenty-five spots to dine with special prix-fixe meals for breakfast at $8, two-course meals for $10 at lunch and three-course meals for $25 or $35 at dinner. American, Italian, pizza, seafood, steak and other cuisine will be dished up from restaurants set in luxury resorts to those overlooking FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / May 2018

Cafe Calamari outdoor seating with lake views

The Hunt Club Steakhouse offers diners panoramic views of the Gary Player-designed golf course and western shores of Lake Como. Drawing loyal diners year-round with its choice cuts, winning wine list and clubby ambience within the 100-year-old Crane manor, the Hunt Club has been honored for 11 consecutive years by Wine Spectator magazine and recipient of repeated accolades from TripAdvisor and Open Table.

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the lake, to those in the walkable downtown area and everything in between. From fine dining and family friendly to bistros and the pub and grill, be sure to plan ahead and check out the list of participating restaurants and their special menus at www.visitlakegeneva. com/restaurantweek. Reservations are recommended as this event attracts thousands of residents and visitors. The Charity Check component of Lake Geneva Restaurant Week, made possible by Lake Geneva Country Meats, gives diners the opportunity to vote for a participating charity to receive a $5,000 donation. So end each meal by casting your ballot to support one of this year’s non-profit organizations: Walworth County Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Open Arms Free Clinic, Tree House Child & Family Center, Big Foot Emergency Food Pantry, and Kisses from Keegan & Friends a Pediatric Cancer Foundation. In addition to food, Lake Geneva Restaurant

Week offers special events and activities. Options include wine tastings, cooking classes, escape room mysteries, zip line and dine, golf, live music, and more. Lake Geneva Cruise Line boats will also be running so consider a sightseeing tour. The popular Black Pointe Estate tour includes a 45 minute narrated boat tour from the Riviera docks to Black Point Estate where you take a guided tour of the mansion built as a summer home in 1888 by Chicago beer tycoon Conrad Seipp. Or do some boutique shopping in the walkable downtown filled with specialty shops and boutiques offering antiques, jewelry, clothing, home decor, outdoor gear and more. Lake Geneva Restaurant Week is the perfect reason for a long weekend getaway, or arrive mid-week for less restaurant and hotel reservation competition. Several area resorts and hotels are offering special packages that include savings or extra amenities during your Restaurant Week stay.

Oakfire serves up delicious Napoletana style pizza with lake views

Take a boat tour with Lake Geneva Cruise Line


Grand Geneva’s two 18-hole golf courses, The Brute, rated one of the best in the Midwest, and the Highlands, a Scottish Link style course, are as challenging as they are beautiful.

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out & about Snapshots of what’s going on around The Fox.

Cocktail Party at Hotel Baker


Ribbon Cuttings in Batavia

Sierra Trading Post Ribbon cutting

The Book Shop Ribbon Cutting

CodeCraze, LLC Ribbon Cutting

Bernie’s Bully Dogs Ribbon Cutting

Dollar Tree Ribbon Cutting

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Fox Valley Magazine - May 2018  
Fox Valley Magazine - May 2018