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Exploring Life in the Fox

Interview with Businessman & Community Activist


32nd Annual Scarecrow Fest NIGHTMARE on Chicago Street Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour

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What’s inside... Dining & Cuisine




Hacks and Kitchen Skills – Sara Snelling

Featured Dishes

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



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32nd Annual Scarecrow Fest - St. Charles


Batavia Oktoberfest


Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm


“All Wheels” In Bike Rides

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Greater St. Charles Farm Tour

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Naper Settlement Oktoberfest


Naper Settlement Events



Batfest Fall Festival Downtown Batavia

Haunted Quarry at The Beach Anderson’s Bookshop Denis Leary



Interview with Businessman & Community Activist Paul Lencioni

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Octo Street Fest


St. Charles History Museum Events


Nightmare on Chicago Street in Elgin


Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour


Arts & Entertainment



Arts and Entertainment around the Fox Valley



Six Thrilling Ways to do Fall in Illinois

Out & About



Faces and places from around The Fox

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dining & cuisine

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



You can keep an avocado from turning brown by storing it with a sliced/cut raw onion? You can cut all your cherry tomatoes at once? This trick allows you to cut all your cherry tomatoes like a ninja. You need two fairly shallow dinner plates. (Do ninjas cut a lot of cherry tomatoes?) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Wash tomatoes. Place on a dinner plate. Place another plate on top, upside down. Hold firm enough to hold things in place. (willy nilly = bandaids) Slice a large, sharp knife through the opening between the plates. *Ninja tomatoes * (Don’t use a sword. Not recommended.)


4 Ways to Use Ice Cube Trays Get yourself a few silicone ice cube trays and go nuts! • Use the long, skinny ones to freeze berries and stir your bubbly with it. • Use the large cited ones to freeze your herbs in oil or water and add to cooking for fresh-frozen herbs all year round without waste! You can get more juice from citrus if you microwave it for 10 seconds first? Then place it between the handles of a set of tongs and squeeze!

• Use the little round ones to freeze lemon and mint in water or lemonade to add toy your tea or iced tea. • Freeze some coffee to make iced coffee that’s not watered down!

You can keep brown sugar soft by storing it with marshmallows?? Bell peppers with 4 bumps are female, and are sweeter? ...And more stable.

Speaking of Bell Peppers… Crack an egg right into a bell pepper ring over med/low heat and voila! Breakfast with some fiber and vitamin C.

Make Your Phone Kitchen Friendly Using a recipe online while cooking? Phones carry bacteria and water damage can really screw them up. Wipe your phone down with a cotton pad and some rubbing alcohol and cover with plastic wrap if you want to access recipes while cooking. Keeps it clean and dry!

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dining & cuisine

Featured Dishes Must try appetizers, entrees, desserts or cocktails available at local Fox Valley restaurants. Grand Cru Chocolate Covered Apple A.C.K.’s combines taste with artistry to make our signature juicy chocolate covered apples, truly a work of art! All Chocolate Kitchen Store 33 S 3rd St Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-232-2395

New Drink Menu

Our sophisticated restaurant nestled inside the famed All Chocolate Kitchen, now offering a drink menu featuring a variety of cocktails for our guests to enjoy. All Chocolate Kitchen Store’s PRIMO 29 S. 3rd Street Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-232-2280


Stuffed Lobster

Whole Lobster, overstuffed with crab, roasted corn, parmesan red potatoes 1½# 59 / 3# $95 Wine Pairing suggestion: Hartford Court Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, CA. Catch 35 Naperville 35 S Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540 1-630-717-3500

Turkey Bacon Soufflé

Savory Turkey Bacon Soufflé served with side salad. Chez Moi Café & Catering 415 W State St.Geneva, IL 60134 1-331-248-0654

Sausage & Peppers

Mild Italian sausage sautéed with sweet bell peppers and onions then smothered in our homemade marinara sauce. Finally tossed with penne pasta and sprinkled with fresh Asiago cheese. Chianti’s 201 S 3rd St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-232-0212

Pan Roasted Barramundi

This tender, flaky fish is an attention-grabber for its flavor, sustainability, and health benefits. And it is fun to say: bar-uh-muhn-dee! Our Barramundi is pan roasted and dressed in Thai lemongrass sauce, which is packed with a dazzling balance of exotic flavors, made fresh in our kitchen. We start by sautéing garlic, ginger, and massaman curry paste. This paste is comprised of toasted and ground spices and finely chopped herbs such as coriander, lemongrass, Thai ginger (galangal), and kaffir lime. Aromatics fill the kitchen as we add coconut milk for gorgeous creamy texture and finish the sauce with a squeeze of lemon and a few dashes of fish sauce. Now you know the secret: fish sauce is akin to adding salt to season a dish, but there is magic in fish sauce! It adds rich complexity when balanced with citrus and is the quintessential seasoning agent in all of Southeast Asian cooking. The fish is served with blistered green beans, grape tomatoes and ginger rice. An excellent pairing for Cooper’s Hawk Unoaked Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant 3710 E Main St. St Charles, IL 60174 1-630-940-1000

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Wild Mushroom Toast

Triple Smoked Burger

Grilled toast | fontina | wild mushrooms | caramelized onion | boursin | micro arugula | chili flake | truffle. GIA MIA 13 N 3rd St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-405-5544

Burger topped with Smoked Paprika, Chipotle Chiles in Adobo, Bacon, Buttery Avocado, Spicy Mustard, Cilantro and Grilled Red Onions. Dog’s Paw Brewing 74 S Grove Ave. Elgin, IL 60120 1-224-227-7655

The EPH Wedge Salad

Wedge of cold Iceberg lettuce, topped with grilled chicken, apple wood smoked bacon, grape tomatoes, 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

Forbidden Scallops

Grilled scallops lightly seasoned with salt and pepper, served over fried heirloom black forbidden rice, with peas, carrots, red pepper, and scallion glazed with Asian citrus sauce, and radish slaw. Fiora’s 317 S 3rd St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-262-1317


Pesce Bianco alla Spinaci

Lake Superior whitefish pan sauteed with baby capers and shallots in a lemon butter sauce with a side of fire roasted spinach. La Za Za Trattoria 5. S 1st. Street Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-443-9304

Flatbread - Farmer’s Wife with Cauliflower Crust

Tomato Sauce | basil | mozzarella | arugula | heirloom cherry tomato | lemon. Livia Italian Eatery 207 S 3rd St, Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-402-6444

House Smoked Salmon

Smoked salmon on traditional brown bread with capers, cream cheese, lemon and pickled red onions. McNally’s Irish Pub 109 W. Main Street St. Charles, IL 60174 1-630-513-6300

Niche Coffee

Cinnamon and sugar rim, gran gala burns to caramelize, Horchata Cinnamon Creme, Coffee and Whip Crème. Niche 14 S. 3rd Street Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-262-1000

Al Hombre Tacos

Double award winners at the “Taco bout it” Taco challenge. They are chicken breast pan seared with house made chorizo, bacon, red pepper, onion, cilantro topped with Chili de’ arbol salsa and avocado. Puebla Modern Mexican 51 S 1st St. St Charles, IL 60174 1-630-945-3408

Braised Beef Short Rib

Braised beef short rib with crushed yukon gold potatoes, cabernet au jus, crispy onion straws, and baby carrots. ROX City Grill 100 Main St. St Charles, IL 60174 1-630-845-5800

Bone-in Pork Chop


Rigatoni with whipped house made ricotta cheese, sautéed zucchini and breadcrumbs. Osteria Bigolaro 317 W State St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-402-0597

Pork chop with sweet potato hash, red wine apple sauce, sauteed greens. The Finery & Blacksmith Bar 305 W. Main Street St Charles, IL 60174 1-630-940-2380

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PBR Fish Fry

Cod with home-made tartar sauce and French fries. The Grandstander 507 S. 3rd Street Geneva, IL 60134 1-331-248-0919

Harvest Bowl

Farro & sun-dried cranberry + fresh spinach + pickled carrots + roasted butternut squash + roasted Brussels sprouts + cinnamon-sugar dusted pears + apple cider vinaigrette + fresh herbs. Topgolf Naperville 3211 Odyssey Ct. Naperville, IL 60563 1-630-596-1000

Loaded Nachos

Corn Tortilla Chips loaded with marinated BBQ Pulled Pork, Monterey, Cheddar, Mozzarella and nacho cheeses topped with sour cream and guacamole. The Office 201 E Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174 1-630-549-0287


Linguine Pescatore

A blend of fresh clams, shrimp, mussels and calamari served over linguine in our homemade red sauce. Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano 416 Hamilton St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-232-2201

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The 32nd Annual Scarecrow Fest In St. Charles OCTOBER 6-8, 2017 The 32nd annual Scarecrow Fest, presented by ComEd – cited once again as one of Country Living Magazine’s top Fall Fests for 2017 - will take place on October 6th–8th in downtown St. Charles. All of the signature events that make this Fest so unique and memorable will be present, including a full roster of live entertainment and returning popular headliner bands. New to the Fest this year are two groundbreaking attractions: The Greater St. Charles Farm Tour, featuring access to the features and activities of SIX working Farms here in the Greater St. Charles service area: Historic Corron Farm, Garfield Farm Museum, Norton Farm, Primrose Farm, St. Charles Farm and The Royal Lusitano. Also new, the “All Wheels In” Family Bike Ride Extravaganza, starting at local business Sammy’s Bikes, 602 S. 1st Street. “All Wheels In” features two custom bike ride adventures: The Family Ride – 12-15 miles of scenic trails along the Fox River; and the Farm Ride – a 38 mile cyclist challenge, perusing the city and countryside of the area from St. Charles to Maple Park. Four Zones of activity will once again frame Fest Activity: The Meijer Zone in Lincoln Park – featuring Cars on display from sponsor, Fox Valley Auto Group; the Scarecrow Contest, presented by St. Charles Bank and Trust and featuring 100+ scarecrows on display. This year’s contest includes 6 categories: Mechanical, Mega Scarecrows, Clubs and Not-for-Profits, Family, Individuals and the Greater St. Charles Business Category. And there is


still time to enter. The deadline is September 29th! The Meijer Zone is also home to the Lincoln Park Entertainment Stage, featuring the Fest’s hottest entertainment, including headliners bands Rockstar Rodeo, American English and 7th Heaven. The Pheasant Run Resort Zone features the Greater St. Charles Business category Scarecrow Contest entrees plus the ever popular Windy City Amusements Carnival, which runs October 5-8. $25 wristband specials will be available daily at key times during the Fest. The Gerald Kia of North Aurora Zone features the Fox Valley Ice Arena Challenge and one of two of the beloved Make Your Own Scarecrow stations – a Fest family favorite. And St. Charles’ own Baltria Vintage Auto Gallery will again display part of its classic car inventory at the Fest. The Baltria Vintage Auto Zone will also feature professionally carved pumpkins, Make Your Own Scarecrow, Glowby the Bubbler, a Petting Zoo, Fest T-Shirts on sale by local business Button Man printing; and photo op stations featuring classic cars, and appearances from Miss America and Chicago Steel Hockey Team’s mascot “Rusty.” Pottawatomie Park will house the ever popular Autumn on the Fox Arts & Crafts Show, with handmade arts and crafts from more than 150 exhibitors.

Reyes will create a custom three-course dinner in “Farm to Table” style, featuring food from local fields. As always, admission and parking are free. Fest guests are encouraged to take advantage of the free shuttles from The Quad (formerly Charlestowne Mall) and School District 303 parking lots. The trolley route will once again extend to Pottawatomie Park. The GSCCVB gratefully thanks presenting sponsor ComEd and the many additional sponsors who make this year’s festival possible. For more information about Scarecrow Fest, visit newly updated www.ScarecrowFest. com.

At the conclusion of the Fest, a celebratory dinner will take place at local The Finery and Blacksmith Restaurant, 305 W. Main Street, at 6:45 pm. Chefs & Owners Juliette & David

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Enjoy Polka, Schnitzel, and Fun for Everyone at Batavia Oktoberfest Wilkommen! Join Batavia MainStreet and Downtown Batavia businesses as they present their second annual Batavia Oktoberfest on North River Street. Batavia Oktoberfest will be hosted on October 6th and 7th. There will be beer from Sam Adams (presenting sponsor of the event) including Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Paulaner, and more, German food from local vendors including, The Wurst Kitchen, Enticing Cuisine and CafĂŠ 20, German bands, entertainment and more. Oktoberfest runs from 5p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 11a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. “A Step Above Dance has planned fun activities for the kids in our Kinder-land area, and the committee has plenty of music and entertainment that both kids FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / October 2017

and adults will enjoy, “said Batavia MainStreet Executive Director, Jamie Saam. At Batavia Oktoberfest, Germans and their friends can dance to authentic tunes coming from the Gerald Subaru of North Aurora and Naperville Stage by Die Musikmeisters, Mike Knauf Band, the Johnny Wagner Band and new this year, The Chardon Polka Band. Traditional German attire is encouraged and will be celebrated through the Dirndl and Lederhosen contest. Other contests and fun will include a German Spelling Bee and traditional German dances by local dance troops like A Step Above as well as German Dance Troops.

of volunteers to assist with various duties. Please contact Batavia MainStreet if you are interested in helping. Batavia MainStreet is a 501©3 not-for-profit organization working to enhance, promote and revitalize Downtown Batavia as the heart of the community through dedicated volunteer efforts. For more information on Batavia Oktoberfest, please visit downtownbatavia. com or call 630.761.3528.

The fest activities will kick off with the ceremonial Tapping of the Keg by Bergermeisters, the Honorable Mayor Jeff and Batavia Native and Retired NFL Quarterback, Ken Anderson as well music from the Batavia Community Band. The event will also be hosted by the Herr and Frau Festmeisters, Steve and Laura Newman, Batavia City Administrator. “It has been a pleasure working with so many downtown business owners on this event,” commented Cathy McNally, Batavia MainStreet Assistant Director, “I can’t wait to see the community dressed up in Dirndl and Lederhosen, enjoying Oktoberfest on our beautiful River Street!” River Street will be tented for the event and filled with over 100 picnic tables for seating. Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center has generously taken over décor at the event entry points. Wine and cocktails will also be available for purchase by local vendors. This event is free to enter with tickets for food and beverages being sold inside the event. Batavia Oktoberfest is currently looking for a large number

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available for purchase by local vendors. This event is free to enter with tickets for food and beverages being sold inside the event. Batavia Oktoberfest is currently looking for a large number of volunteers to assist with various duties. Please contact Batavia MainStreet if you are interested in helping. Batavia MainStreet is a 501Š3 not-for-profit organization working to enhance, promote and revitalize Downtown Batavia as the heart of the community through dedicated volunteer efforts. For more information on Batavia Oktoberfest, please visit or call 630.761.3528.


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events Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 9 AM – 4 PM Sunday Sept. 10, 2017 10 AM – 4 PM Tickets and Registration: Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren 783 West Highland Avenue, Elgin

Pumpkin Weekends throughout October at Blackberry Farm Blackberry Farm will celebrate the fall season throughout the month of October with its popular Pumpkin Weekends beginning Saturday, Sept. 30. Each weekend – and Columbus Day (Oct. 9) – Blackberry Farm will be festively decorated in the spirit of pumpkin season. A picnic area will have pumpkins for purchase, and an assortment of decorating materials will be provided. Carousel rides, hay wagon rides, pony rides, paddle boats, Little Farmer’s Junction (6Y & under) and tours on the “Pumpkin Train” are part of each weekend’s festivities, along with the historic museums and interactive farm animal areas. Among the unique attractions is the Victorian Halloween Party that traces back to the origins of Halloween with an event host leading crafts and games. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / October 2017

Hosted in the Huntoon House, it’s a ghoulish balance of scary and fun. Other popular features include the Corn Crib – similar to a large sandbox, but filled with corn – where children can roll and wriggle, farm style. Also, there’s the famous Adventure Playground, a uniquely innovative play area that incorporates climbing decks, slides, ropes and catwalk-style bridges connecting an array of playhouses on multiple levels – and a 70-foot zip line. Park hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $7 per person. Children under 2 are free. “Pumpkin Weekends originated as a fall festival day, but it was so popular that we expanded it to include every weekend,” said Sandie Gilmer, facility supervisor at Blackberry Farm. “This is such a fun time of year that we want to make the season last just a little longer.” Special attractions will be featured throughout the month, including: • Sept. 30: Professional Storyteller, One-Room Schoolhouse, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. • Oct. 7: Fox Valley Concert Band, picnic area 1, 2 p.m. • Oct. 8: Pumpkin carver, town square, 1 to 2 p.m. • Oct. 14: Superhero Day, picnic area 4, noon to 3 p.m. • Oct. 21: Trick or Treat, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Oct. 21: Costume Parade (led by farm ponies), Events Plaza, 1 p.m. • Oct. 29: World’s Tallest Scarecrow, 2 to 3 p.m. For more information on Pumpkin Weekends, call Blackberry Farm at 630-892-1550 or visit www. and the Blackberry Farm Facebook page.

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“All Wheels In” Bike Rides The Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau announces the launch of the “All Wheels In” Bike Rides. Working in collaboration with Sammy’s Bike Shop of St. Charles, The CVB will promote this special event, due to take place on Sunday, October 8, 2017 – as part of the third and final day of the 32nd annual St. Charles, Illinois Scarecrow Fest. The rides will begin at Sammy’s Bike Shop, 602 S 1st Street, beginning at 9:00am. Two rides will be offered: A Family Ride of 12-15 miles along the beautiful Fox River, and a Farm Ride cyclist challenge, featuring 38 miles of gorgeous countryside traveling from St. Charles to Maple Park, Illinois. “All Wheels In” is part of a destination initiative to experience all that St. Charles, Illinois offers, and to seize the quest for health and wellness. The GSCCVB celebrates this new initiative for incoming visitors to “See it, Do it, Live it” in St. Charles, Illinois. The cost to participate is free. Water and ice will be on hand to refresh cyclists at the course turnarounds. All riders will need to sign a waiver before participating. Bike rentals are available for $15 during the event or $20 for a full day rental to enjoy during the Fest. Bike racks will also be on hand at Sammy’s for incoming visitors who need a place to secure their cycle while they enjoy the businesses, events and attractions downtown. To register, go to Event Brite. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / October 2017

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The Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau is launching a new autumn tradition in tandem with the Scarecrow Fest called Greater St. Charles Farm Tour. From October 6-8, during length of the Fest, guests can register to visit and experience farm life from the 1800’s, interact with authentic farm livestock, enjoy wagon rides, engage in equestrian theatre and care, and a myriad of other activities. FOUR local area farms are readying their locations to welcome visitors: Historic Corron Farm, 7N761 Corron Rd, St Charles, will offer historical wagon tours, where visitors, accompanied by knowledgeable prairie experts, will hear the story of prairie restoration and other tales of Corron Farm’s past (1835 to present day). House tours, featuring authentic 19th century documents, books, furniture and other household items will also take place. Tours run hourly from 1-4PM for a fee of $5 per person. Garfield Farm Museum, 2N930 Garfield Road, Campton Hills, features a historical walking tour to experience life on this 1840’s farm. Participants engage with docents and tradesmen to hear about the farmyard’s historic barns and see authentic livestock including oxen, chickens, geese, turkeys, pigs, and sheep. A picnic area is available. Tours run hourly from 1-4PM on Saturday and Sunday for a fee of $5 per adult and $3 per child under 13 years. Norton Farm and Produce, 39W369 Route 64, St. Charles, offers traditional harvest activities for adults and children including admission to Norton’s Hollow – a fall season play area designed for children ages 2 – 10. Children navigate the straw maze, crawl through the corn bundle, climb a straw mountain, meet and feed the animals, and other activities. Participants also receive a small pie pumpkin and seasonal gourd. A picnic area is available for dining. Lunches are available in the Village of Campton Hills, and outside food is permitted. Hours are Friday 9AM – 6PM, Saturday 9AM-4PM and Sunday 10AM – 3PM with an admission fee of $5 per person. The Royal Lusitano, 42W580 Empire Rd, St. Charles, showcases the famous FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / October 2017

Lusitano horse, known for the courage to face the bull or jump large fences, as well as the athletic ability to handle the sharp turns and bursts of speed necessary to navigate the most difficult working equitation courses. Visitors will witness demonstrations of this extraordinary breed in a variety of dressage and equestrian theater activities. Hourly demonstrations take place on Saturday only from 1-4PM for a fee of $10 per adults 13 and up, and $6 for children 5-12. Children under 5 are free. Visitors can register for a Farm Tour by logging on to http://scarecrowfest. com/farm-tour. Accommodations for visitors who wish to extend their stay to enjoy the Farm Tour and the Fest can go to

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BatFest Fall Festival in Downtown Batavia BatFest is Batavia’s annual Halloween themed family event attracting over 3,000 ghouls. BatFest includes, downtown Trick-or-Treating, Mothers’ Club Parade, pumpkin bowl, contests BatArt and games for free family fun. BatFest will be held in downtown Batavia this Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here are some of the activities that will be going on at this year’s BatFest: • Downtown Trick-or-Treating from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. • The final Farmers’ Market of the season • Pumpkins! That includes the Pumpkin Roll down Houston St., which is $1 per roll and a bring your own pumpkin seed spitting contest. There will also be a pumpkin carving battle hosted by Water Street Studios. • Stories and Songs at the Library at 11:30 a.m. • Halloween Parade from the Library to the Riverwalk at 11:50 a.m. • Tractor Pulled Hay Rides with the Batavia Park District from 12 to 2 p.m.


(free with donation to the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry) • Dance Monster Mash at 10:30 a.m. and Thriller at 12:45 p.m. • Costume Contest on the Main Stage at 12:15 p.m. • Pet Costume Contest at 1 p.m. • Spooky Short Scenes hosted by Albright Theatre on Stage in Appleton Park from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Eastside of City Hall) • And MORE! BatFest is made possible thanks to the generosity of sponsors. Presenting Sponsors for BatFest 2017 are Gerald Subaru of North Aurora and Elliff Dental of Batavia. For a full list of events and activities, visit http://www. or call the MainStreet office at (630) 761-3528.

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Celebrate Naperville’s Heritage at Naper Settlement’s Oktoberfest Experience a weekend full of live music and delicious German food and beer under a large heated tent at Naper Settlement’s annual Oktoberfest on Friday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7 from 12 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 8 from 12 to 5 p.m. located at 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Visitors will enjoy different music each day, including a Polka Party Friday, a Rocktoberfest Saturday and a Traditional Bavarian Sunday. Family-friendly activities and competitive games will take place on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children (4-12), members and children 4 and under are free. Advance ticket sales will end at noon on Thursday, Oct. 5. Tickets are available at “Oktoberfest celebrates Naperville’s German heritage, with cultural expressions that include German folk music and delicious culinary classics,” said Naper Settlement’s Special Events & Large Scale Rentals Coordinator, Adison Glick. “We’re excited to offer our visitors an extra day this year, and watch the adults compete in our stein holding competition on Saturday!” Kicking off Polka Party Friday will be Alpine Thunder, a lively German folk/ pop band, followed by local German polka-punk favorite, the Polkaholics. Performing for over 20 years together, this Chicago-based band got their start after guitarist, Don Hedeker, decided to fuse his two main influences: the polka standards and the ‘70s punk explosion. As the only polka band in the world with a guitar-based set-up, Hedeker says visitors can expect polka music with a Ramone’s twist. “Polka and punk is really about breaking down barriers, so visitors can expect to have a good time,” said Hedeker. “We were coming to Naper Settlement’s Oktoberfest for several years in a row, so we’re very happy to be coming back.” Visitors will rock out on Saturday beginning with the lively German folk band, Die Musikmeisters Band, followed by the rock and polka hybrid group Freeze FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / October 2017

Dried. The night will finish off with a Chicago favorite, Stache. Known for their unique twist on everything from today’s pop hits to 80s rock anthems, Stache will blow the audience away with their high-energy, authentic musical performance. “We are always trying to surprise our audience,” said Ryan Shoonover, lead vocalist of Stache. “We play anything from 20-30 outdoor festivals every year and Oktoberfest’s are one of our favorites. We just try to play music that people will really enjoy and have a good time with.” Traditional Bavarian Sunday will begin with three-time Grammy nominees, Jimmy’s Bavarians. The band has performed at countless Oktoberfest celebrations through the years in the U.S. and overseas, and never misses the opportunity to perform with their 12-footlong alphorn. The weekend will end with an Oktoberfest favorite, The Happy Wanderers. The Woody’s Buick GMC

children’s area features activities from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday and include Pinot’s Palette, where kids can create their own masterpiece, and PRO Martial Arts who will show kids how to break a board. Naper Settlement’s museum educators will also have old-fashioned amusements for children and lawn games for everyone to play. While your kids play, don’t miss the stein holding competition for the adults. The food and beer is the signature of any Oktoberfest, and Schamberger Bros. is providing quite the variety of beer. Hofbrau Oktoberfest and Spaten Oktoberfest are the traditional German beers on tap. The American craft beer scene is represented with Bell’s Octoberfest; and the beer lineup finishes with the sweet and unique German Schofferhofer Grapefruit. There will also be a wine selection boasting a delicious Riesling, and other varietals from Rodney Strong Vineyards. Food will consist of traditional German fare including bratwurst, sauerkraut and more by MyChef Catering, handmade pretzels by DeEtta’s Bakery and bundtlets by Nothing Bundt Cake. “This year’s event falls early in October and will be the perfect way to end the outdoor party season,” said John Schamberger, owner of Schamberger Bros., Inc. “Our beer offerings will each bring a different flavor and finish, and will satisfy all of our visitors attending the weekend-long event. Don’t miss two of the best German brews made for Munich’s Oktoberfest, the Hofbrau Okotberfest and Spaten Oktoberfest!” Thank you to the Oktoberfest sponsors: Woody Buick / GMC, Advanced Data Technologies, Alfresco’s Photo Booth, Andersen Renewal, DeEtta’s Bakery, Naperville Development Partnership, Naperville Magazine, Pinot’s Palette, Positively Naperville, PRO Martial Arts, Schamberger Bros., Inc., Springhill Suites, Unilock and Wight & Company.

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Experience the Horrors at Haunted Quarry Was that just the wind blowing in the trees or is someone walking up behind you? Swimming season has ended but that doesn’t mean all is quiet at the Quarry. Face your fears and experience all the nightmares that await you at the Haunted Quarry! Haunted Quarry, 400 S. Water St., will be open from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Saturday, October 14 and 21 and is not suitable for kids under 10. Admission is $8, and cash or credit card will be accepted. Advance ticket purchase of $6 per ticket is available now through October 13. If you’re interested in volunteering as a tour guide, makeup artist or costumed character, please contact Brittany Bruno at brittanyb@bataviaparks. org. This is a great opportunity for service hours, team building and community groups! All volunteers will receive dinner and refreshments each night they work. Adults ages 18 and up must undergo a background check and complete a volunteer application by October 6. For more information call 630-879-5235 or visit


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Actor, Writer, Comedian Denis Leary is Set for a Visit to Naperville’s Wentz Concert Hall Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, presents well known actor, writer and comedian Denis Leary for a special evening discussing his new book, Why We Don’t Suck. His starring role on “Rescue Me,” a TV show he created, earned him accolades as a dramatic actor, and led to a charity he championed, “Fund for New York’s Bravest” (to benefit 9/11 firefighter families). But Leary’s talents span many genres, including his voice work for the popular children’s film franchise, “Ice Age.” On November 1, Leary will share his new book, Why We Don’t Suck, at a special Anderson’s Bookshop event at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave, on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. This moderated conversation featuring Leary will take place at 7:00 p.m. and be followed by a Q & A segment. Ticketholders will get a pre-signed book at this program. Tickets are required and exclusively available at DenisLearyAndersons. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / October 2017 This program is presented by Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. in downtown Naperville, (630) 355-2665. Details and a calendar of future events may be found at About the Book: From the author of the bestselling Why We Suck comes a searing comic look at these divisive times, skewering liberals and conservatives alike with a signature dose of sarcasm and common sense. Denis Leary refutes the current highly partisan Right Wing Nutjob versus Left Wing Snowflake approach to American politics—where you’re either one or the other, with no gray areas in between. Leading a new protest movement called Gray Lives Matter, he takes equal opportunity aim at the screaming heads we see arguing every night on CNN (the Clinton News Network) and Fox’s Fair and Balanced Republican Report. With a devoted mission to Make America Laugh Again, Leary tackles the topics we all hold close to our American hearts: Twitter, Instagram, and the seemingly endless search for fame and diet vodka. In a country so gluten-free that a box of jelly donuts is now a bigger threat than Vladimir F**king Putin—where college kids are more afraid of Ann Coulter than HIV—it’s time for someone to stand up and stop the insanity. Or at least defend the double cheeseburger. With a side order of free porn. Leary is that guy. He’ll answer such burning questions as: when will Hillary run out of pantsuits? And why wasn’t her campaign motto Hey America—It’s My F**king Turn! As Leary says in the book “Trump’s election gave me faith that even I could be president. Look at his track record: canceled TV show, thin skin, angry tweets and an attractive wife. According to that formula, I’m one bad combover away from living in The White House.” We’re all in this together and Denis Leary is

here to remind us what makes America #7 on the list of Best Countries To Live In— which may sound bad, but means at least we still make the playoffs. About the Author: Denis Leary is a five-time loser at the Emmy awards. And the Golden Globes. He has lost in both the drama and comedy categories. In leading and supporting roles. Not to mention writing. Leary hopes to one day be nominated for—and more than likely not win—an Oscar, a Grammy, and a Tony Award. His first literary foray Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid was a New York Times bestseller, but not nominated for The National Book Award. In his long and storied entertainment career, Leary has also never won The Stanley Cup, The Nobel Peace Prize, or an argument with his wife. Denis Leary’s upcoming visit is part of Anderson’s Bookshops’ calendar of special author events. Anderson’s Bookshops specialize in book sales, author events, book signings, and building a sense of community, learning and fun. The store has been helping Naperville readers for six generations. Additional locations include Downers Grove, at 5112 Main Street (630)-963-2665 and La Grange, at 26 S. La Grange Rd. (708) 582-6353. A toy shop, Anderson’s Toyshop, at 111 W. Jefferson Ave., in Naperville, opened last year. Key to Anderson’s success has been special author events, like the November 1 program with Denis Leary.

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Naper Settlement October 2017 Events and Programs Oktoberfest Experience a weekend full of live music and delicious German food and beer under a large heated tent at Naper Settlement’s annual Oktoberfest on Friday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7 from 12 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 8 from 12 to 5 p.m. located at 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Visitors will enjoy different music each day including a Polka Party Friday, a Rocktoberfest Saturday and a Traditional Bavarian Sunday. Family-friendly activities and competitive games will take place on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children (4-12), members and children 4 and under are free. Advance ticket sales for both Friday and Saturday tickets will end at noon on Thursday, Oct. 5. Tickets are available at History Speaks Lecture Series: The Essential Edgar Allan Poe In the spirit of Halloween, storyteller, entertainer and historian William Pack will relate Edgar Allan Poe’s life story to the impact he had on American literature with a presentation and reading of some of his works, including the poem “Alone,” selections from “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar.” This History Speaks Lecture Series will take place October 15 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Century Memorial Chapel. Admission is $10 for adults and $9 for youth (4-12) and students. Admission for members is $8 for adults and $7 for youth.


All Hallows Eve Experience two of the darkest nights of the year with haunting creatures, eerie entertainment and must-see performances. This one-of-a-kind experience brings some of the scariest characters of the past, present and future to life, and transforms Naper Settlement’s 12 acres into an unnerving haunted village. New attractions this year include a Fort “Pain” Dark Art Gallery, where visitors will confront their deepest and darkest feelings at this alternative art gallery, and the Naperville Jaycees’ “Hack the Jack” pumpkin carving competition that will be on display. All Hallows Eve will take place Oct. 20 and 21 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Not recommended for children under 8 years old. Please be aware that access to the haunt in the Martin Mitchell Mansion is limited. Admission is $20 per guest. Admission is free for members and children under 4. Juliette Low Birthday Bonanza Help us celebrate the founder of the Girl Scouts on what would have been her 157th birthday! Meet Juliette Low and hear about her life through her own words, play games in our historic buildings, complete a take home craft and join your fellow Scouts in a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday! The Juliette Low Birthday Bonanza will take place on Oct. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. Since Juliette was born on Halloween, Scouts are allowed to wear a Halloween costume (without a mask, please). Scouts will receive a fun patch in honor of the event. Registration is through the Girl Scout Councils only. Admission is $13 per Girl Scout and $10 per adult.

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This October St. Charles Community Celebrates Moms with Month Long Events

This October, Blue Goose Market and other local community leaders and businesses have come together to celebrate MOMtober with events throughout the month. The third annual MOMtober officially begins with the kick-off party, Mom’s Night Out, on Thursday, October 5 from 6 to 9 PM at Blue Goose Market located at 300 South Second Street in St. Charles. The event features: product and service samplings from participating MOMtober businesses, wine tastings, and food samples. There will also be a ticket giveaway for the MOMtober Gala at Club Arcada on October 26. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required through the Facebook Event Page. Once guests register for the event, they are automatically entered for a chance to win a pair of MOMtober gala tickets, including a month long raffle featuring mom-centric items from local participating businesses. “MOMtober is about leaders in the community giving thanks to the women who literally make our community run. Let’s face it, without our moms and our wives, we would all be in huge trouble.” said Blue Goose Market Owner, Paul Lencioni. “At Blue Goose Market, we love hosting the Mom’s Night Out kick-off event because not only is it our chance to celebrate the amazing FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / October 2017

women in our community, it also lets them know about the other fun events celebrating them all month long.” MOMtober EVENTS: Wine & Design Night from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on October 19 at The Finery & Blacksmith Bar located at 305 W Main Street in St. Charles. The event will feature: holiday design tips provided by McDowell Remodeling, new trends for the holidays with Jeans & A Cute Top Shop, and an interactive wine cocktail demo with The Finery. A cash bar and passed appetizers will also be available. Plus, complimentary dessert for those who stay for dinner at The Finery. Tickets are $15 per person, and available on Eventbrite HERE. MOMtober Gala from 6 to 9 PM on October 26 at the Club Arcada Theater located at 105 E Main Street in St. Charles. Patti Vasquez from WGN Radio will host the event and per-

form a mom-centric standup comedy show. The event will also include a cocktail hour, a fashion show put on by Jeans & A Cute Top Shop and Peak Fitness, live music, and appetizers. A percentage of the proceeds from this event will go towards a donation to the St. Charles Women’s Club. Tickets will be available soon through the Club Arcada website. Current participating businesses and organizations include: Bespoke Dental Co. of St. Charles, Blue Goose Market, Dayspring Pediatric Dentistry, Downtown St. Charles Partnership, Fit4Mom Geneva / St. Charles, Jeans and a Cute Top Shop, Kryssage Wellness, McDowell Remodeling, Peak Fitness Studio, St. Charles Women’s Club, The Diamondaire, and The Finery & Blacksmith Bar. .

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NEW DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL BRINGS VINTAGE CIRCUS FUN Octo Street Fest is a new fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 14 in downtown Aurora. Held behind New York Street’s Restaurant Row on Pinney Street, Octo Street Fest brings artists, musicians, and street performers together for an afternoon of wonder. The new festival is unique and one-of-a-kind to downtown Aurora. It features the mystical, the magical, and the absurd. There won’t be any animals, but human performers will entertain with hula hoops, card readings, fire dance, and more. “Aurora Downtown’s events committee wanted to create a new event that paired up with a Saturday in fall and could really show off a other side of our arts scene. It’s full of wonder. It’s magical. It’s dark. It’s absurd and mystical. Mostly, it’s entertaining and entirely downtown Aurora,” said Marissa Amoni, events and community outreach direcFOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / October 2017

tor for Aurora Downtown. Octo Street Fest will also showcase the restaurants and businesses along Restaurant Row, including Basement of the Dead, Endiro Coffee, Ballydoyle, Gillerson’s Grubbery, and others. Local artist Josh Schultz designed the event poster, which features an octopus wearing a top hat and holding a wand.

Octo Street Fest is from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 on Pinney Street in downtown Aurora. Octo Street Fest is brought to you by Aurora Downtown, a nonprofit group of downtown business and property owners located in SSA #One in Aurora, Ill. For more information, visit

“Schultz came up with the octopus idea, and we liked what an octopus represents. It’s not only a play on words with it being a festival in October, but an octopus could be doing so many things with those eight arms. In downtown Aurora, we’re doing a lot with arts and culture, so it seemed to be a great fit,” Amoni said. A dozen artists with a darker aesthetic are setting up along artist row, curated by Teresa Fiehn. Music by Brian Kovacs at 2 p.m., Luis and I at 4 p.m., and The Peachtree at 6 p.m. Katiepillar Performance Art performs throughout the day with a fire dance performance at 5 p.m. Gillerson’s Grubbery is hosting a beer tent, and Ballydoyle will have its Irish Rover serving 43 West Galena Boulevard, Aurora, Illinois 60506 | (630) 674-2099 bratwursts and more. Endiro Coffee is hosting a children’s area on their patio. Pinney Street will be closed for the event. Free parking is available in Lot W on River Street north of New York Street.

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St. Charles History Museum Grave Reminders Immerse yourself in the local history of St. Charles. Walk North Cemetery visiting the gravesites of those who helped shape the unique character of our community. At each gravesite, guests will “encounter” a community figure and listen as they tell in short monologues about their lives, their joys, their sorrows and their loves. Tours depart every 15 minutes from the hour. Parking available in the lower parking lot at Bethlehem Church, 1145 N. 5th Ave. Ages 15 & younger must be accompanied by a paying adult. Ages 5 & under are free. In Collaboration with the St. Charles Park District Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. All Ages • Resident: $5


Non-Resident $8 per person

Mystery History Downtown St. Charles Food Crawl Join us and the St. Charles Park District for this 18+ fun-filled evening as we explore downtown eateries and discover the ties St. Charles has to U.S. History. Stops include Club Arcada Speakeasy, Alley 64, Abby’s Breakfast and Lunch, and Vintage 53. Food and trivia fun at each stop. Limited Edition Pint Glass given at the end of the event. Pre-Registration is required. To register please contact the St. Charles Park District or visit their website. Resident $25 Non- Resident $38

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Elgin Prepares for Signature Halloween Event

“Nightmare on Chicago Street” For the seventh year, Elgin’s Zombie Defense Initiative (ZDI) team will transform downtown Elgin into a “Safe Zone” to defend against the zombie outbreak. Nightmare on Chicago Street takes place on Saturday, October 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The “Safe Zone” encompasses Chicago Street, Spring Street, Grove Avenue and DuPage Court. The event provides vendors, food, live music, entertainment, a freak show, thunderdome and much more for attendees to enjoy. This year’s event features three stages of live music covering several generations of sound. Acts include Hairbangers Ball, 97Nine, Sushi Roll, Too White Crew, The Shagadelics, Sixteen Candles as well as several DJ sets. The event is sure to be a palette pleaser with an Absinthe Parlor, a hookah lounge, beer and liquor vendors, and several food vendors. Nightmare on Chicago Street also


feature its usual costume contest and guest of honor, Svengoolie. New this year is an expanded and centrally located medical prop area, where attendees can see the metamorphosis from human to zombie and witness surgical demonstrations. A limited amount of early-bird tickets for $12 will be available on the event website, Ticket prices will increase to $15 beginning Friday, October 20. Tickets will also be available the night of the event at all gates. Event admittance is open to those age 17 and older. Those under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No weapons of any kind, real or fake, will be permitted at the event. Consuming alcohol will require a valid I.D., which will be checked at all gates. Absolutely no strollers or outside coolers will be permitted into the “Safe Zone.”

For more information about Nightmare on Chicago Street, including a schedule of performances and a list of all non-profit ticket providers, visit Follow Nightmare on Chicago Street on Facebook, @ElginNOCS on Twitter or @nightmareonchicagostreet on Instagram to connect with Elgin’s ZDI team on social media.

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Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour Looking for something spooky and free to do this Halloween? Pick up a complete list of the “Best in St. Charles” Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour. Pack up the family for an evening out. On a self-guided tour, you and your family can drive by dozens of the spookiest houses and admire the ghoulish yard displays of St. Charles’ finest home haunters. Judging Night, the best night to see all the “spooktacular” Halloween action, will be on Saturday, October 21 from dusk to 10pm. Award categories include: Best Rookie, Big Scare Low Budget, Best Actors, Judges’ Favorite, Best Youth Actors, Eeriest Haunt (without actors) and Family Fun. Remember you can vote online for the People’s Choice Award from October 20 to November 1 at Complete lists of all the houses on the tour are available at any Park District facility or at Please be courteous and respect the homeowners’ rights and properties during your tour. Note that some displays may not be appropriate for all ages.


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Interview with Businessman and Community Activist

Paul Lencioni

In 2012, Paul Lencioni, great-grandson of Annunciata (Nancy) Lencioni, took the reins of the family business to navigate the dynamic terrain of the modern grocery marketplace and the increasingly complex demands of today’s savvy consumers. Prior to becoming President and CEO of Blue Goose, Paul was the Vice President of Independent Business Development for Eby-Brown, a multi-billion dollar wholesale distributor to the convenience industry. Paul is currently the treasurer and executive committee member of the Downtown St. Charles Business Partnership, a Breakfast Rotary Member, on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Food Retailers Association, a member of the Fox River Business Alliance, and plays with the St. Charles Celtics Soccer Club. He previously served as the vice chair of the City of St Charles Planning Commission and has served as a township trustee for the St. Charles Township. Blue Goose Market is the oldest family owned-and-operated retail business in St. Charles and has been “Feeding Your Family Well” for 89 years. Renowned regionally for its meat department, locally-sourced produce, and on-site bakery, it also features homemade recipes made daily by classically trained inhouse chefs. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / October 2017

Fox Valley Magazine: Why did you decide to leave Eby-Brown and take over leadership at the Blue Goose Market? Paul Lencioni: I left Eby because leading Blue Goose is my dream job! I love St Charles so I love working local and Blue Goose is the embodiment of everything I believe in, “Do great things for the people around you.” Leading Blue Goose into the next era of relevance will take a artful combination of savvy technical skill, the ability to connect with people in our community at a very personal level to earn their trust and attention and elevate their expectations for what shopping at a grocery store can be (something that day to day isn’t often exciting or fun for people), and create a feeling within this organization that each person here working beside me has the opportunity to achieve real greatness every day.

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It takes heroes to do honest, fundamental work that others may not notice and inspire each person to elevate their concepts and effort - working in a local grocery store which outsiders could see as mundane - into a bright and artful exhibition of social connection, immaculate experiences, and most importantly down-right killer food. To me that is the coolest calling I can imagine. Fox Valley Magazine: Four generations is a lot to live up to, how do you meet and exceed expectations? Paul Lencioni: I don’t think about my circumstance that way. I am grateful for the opportunity to have the lessons that Blue Goose has provided me in my youth direct my passion in leading the Goose today. The expectation is to make a difference in peoples’ lives. You just do it and enjoy it. There isn’t a bar – just a dream. The only real challenge is reaching as many people FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / October 2017

as possible and enroll them – sell them great food and let them see that it was no accident. We are working hard to help people see Blue Goose runs because people who are NUTS about food really want to knock them out. The challenge is getting people to understand. There’s a lot of work that goes into it all – but honestly it doesn’t even seem like work for us – and that’s not just me that’s all of us. Fox Valley Magazine: Today’s retail market is tougher than ever. As an independent grocer what do you find to be the most challenging? Paul Lencioni: There are a lot of voices in today’s grocery market – and in today’s world. It can be hard to pierce through the noise and get people to hear your message – even if it’s a great one that they’d love – because everyone’s attention is stretched so far. Earning people’s trust and appreciation takes a dialogue with more than the soundbites of today’s conversations. But persistence wins

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when you really have something to say.

ally well in the right second spot wherever that might be. There are some really good communities around us that I’m getting to know so I’m confident we’ll find the right next step.

Fox Valley Magazine: Much to the dismay of all involved, a deal couldn’t be reached between the various parties for a Blue Goose Market in Fox Valley Magazine: As the Treasurer and exBatavia. Are you considering other sites for a ecutive committee member for the Downtown second Blue Goose Market location? St. Charles Partnership, with the high Illinois tax rates and budget crisis how difficult is it mainPaul Lencioni: Yes, however I’m looking for tain and boost economic vitality for the downthe right spot in the right community. What town area? Blue Goose does is about people. Batavia is a cool town with really good people so that part worked very well. But to be a sharp business Paul Lencioni: That is a question which has unlimited reasonable perspectives. I don’t claim requires the technical side to be right too. I started my career in public accounting and I to have the answer but I will share my view. All cities in Illinois are saddled with the same have a discipline for keeping to dreams which obstacles so it’s not harder for St Charles than are rooted in practical business principles – that is always the foundation of success. I think any other city. I have the same perspective for Blue Goose has a lot to share and we will do re- Downtown St Charles as I have for Blue Goose – throw a great party, invite everyone! If we can increase the relationships between the businesses in St Charles and our residents there’s no limit to the success we can achieve. But, it starts with friendships, offering value, and connecting. There are a lot of cool businesses down here. But, have we done everything we can to inspire the people of St Charles to see our value? We have a really good start but there is a lot more we can do. I think we the businesses of St Charles need, every-single-day, to focus on letting our customers know how amazing we think they are, and avoid telling them how amazing we think we are. When we leaders in St Charles have this party jumping down here, great businesses will be fighting for space in St Charles. And we’re moving forward, but there is plenty of room to take it to higher levels of connection and more people to join this party. Fox Valley Magazine: You work long hours you and are highly active in supporting community events. What drives you? Paul Lencioni: I think I have a lot to offer and I’m willing to help. The more good you do the more good there is.


Fox Valley Magazine: What causes are you most passionate about it?

has unique ideas or perspectives I’m in.

Paul Lencioni: People! My cause is us. I want to help people believe and know that what they do MATTERS! I do a lot to help kids and young people – that’s where my heart is. Formally I work with many of our local philanthropic organizations. But I always spend extra time with young people who are trying to learn how to believe in themselves and make a difference in the world and make our world better for all of us.

Fox Valley Magazine: What’s the best business advice you can offer someone?

Fox Valley Magazine: When you do get time away from work, how do you like to spend it? Paul Lencioni: I still play soccer which helps me think I’m still young. I spend as much time with my wife and 8 year-old daughter as possible. I love good conversation so any time I can chat someone up or talk to someone who

Paul Lencioni: All business should feel like it’s done on a handshake. Know that you are doing business with people and understand the promises you’re making. There is no such thing as a consumer – business is about doing things for people. That’s one side and the other is to never focus on success, your goals should be based on value. You don’t have any real control over success. Your success is determined by others and what they think of you. However, you can always make sure that what you do has value and merit. There are so many companies today that are focused on being successful without any concept offering anything of value to people.

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North Central College - October Through Oct. 25, Art exhibit: North Central College will showcase artwork by Chicagoland artists Sherri Denault, Margie Glass Sula and Alicia Forestall-Boehm through Oct. 25. Their mixed media, drawings, paintings and sculptures will be on display in the College’s Oesterle Library Gallery, 320 E. School St. Call 630637-5700 for gallery hours and more information. Oct. 5-8, Theatre: North Central College presents “Machinal,” a play written by Sophie Treadwell and directed by North Central faculty Carin Silkaitis. The story is inspired by the famed murderess Ruth Snyder and depicts a woman’s struggle against the societal machine that threatens to consume her. Four performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5-7 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / October 2017

are $10/adults and $8/students and seniors; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit Oct. 4, Author talk: North Central College presents author and poet Daniel Borzutzky, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry as part of its Visiting Writers Series. Borzutsky will read from his new work, “The Performance of Being Human,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Hosted by the College’s English department, this free event will include a book signing and reception. For more information, contact Rebecca Stafford at Oct. 6, High school football: North Central College hosts the Wes Spencer Crosstown Classic football game matchup between Naperville Central

and Naperville North high schools of Naperville Community Unit School District 203. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in North Central College’s Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, 455 S. Brainard St. For ticket information contact the high schools. Oct. 6-Nov. 22, Art exhibit: North Central College presents artwork by Carol Brookes, Oct. 6-Nov. 22, in the College’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Her wall sculptures with mixed media materials create a strong architectural presence. For more information contact Nickole Lanham at 630-637-5375. Oct. 7, Graduate programs open house: North Central College will host two open houses on Saturday, Oct. 7, for prospective graduate students. Those interested in learning about the Master of Occupational Therapy program are invited to an information session from 9 to 10 a.m. Those interested in learning about all six graduate programs are invited to an open house from 10 to 11 a.m. Both will be held in the College’s Multipurpose Room at New Hall, 451 S. Brainard St. To register visit; for more information call 630-637-5843. Oct. 7, Cardinal football: The North Central College Cardinals will play against North Park University at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, 455 S. Brainard St. Tickets are $6/adults, $5/seniors over age 55, and free to students with a valid ID and children ages 12 and under. For more information visit

Oct. 7, Music: North Central College presents guitarist and prolific composer Kevin Eubanks at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Eubanks is well known as the longtime music director of The Tonight Show Band with Jay Leno. Since leaving the show in 2010, he’s released three albums in addition to

his newest project titled “East West Time Line.” Tickets are $60 and $50; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit Oct. 9, Visit Day: High school students and their parents or guardians are invited to attend North Central College’s Visit Day on Monday, Oct. 9, in the Wentz Concert Hall lobby at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The day begins with check-in at 9:15 a.m. and concludes at 12:30 p.m. with lunch at Kaufman Dining Hall. Visitors can take a walking tour and attend informative sessions on financial aid, academic highlights and student life. An optional event for high-achieving students is set for 9 a.m. For more information and to

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register call 630-637-5800 or visit Oct. 12, Author visit: North Central College and Anderson’s Bookshops copresent Cressida Cowell, bestselling author of the “How to Train your Dragon” series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The event is free and open to the public; to join the book-signing line visit For more information call Anderson’s at 630-355-2665 or visit Oct. 12, Lecture: North Central College will host a free lecture by Robert Jensen, professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in Smith Hall at Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. Also an author and documentary producer, Jensen will discuss his work in cultural events and activism. For more information call 630-637-5130. Oct. 13, Music: North Central College presents “An Evening With Jazz Vocalist Janice Borla” at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171


E. Chicago Ave. A member of North Central’s jazz faculty, Borla has been described as a “one-woman jazz tornado.” Tickets are $20/ adults and $15/students and seniors; call 630637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege. edu/showtix. Oct. 14, Transfer information session: North Central College will host an information session Saturday, Oct. 14, 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 Oct. 14, Music: The DuPage Symphony Orchestra presents “New Beginnings” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The concert will feature Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 4” and Nielsen’s “Four Temperaments.” Tickets range from $38 to $15; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit Oct 14, Music: North Central College pres-

ents country singer Wynonna & the Big Noise at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Winner of five Grammys and more than 60 industry awards, Wynonna brings her big voice and band The Big Noise as part of their Roots & Revival Tour. Tickets are $60, $50 and $40; call 630637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege. edu/showtix. Oct 18-19, 21-22, Theatre: North Central College presents the play “Wonder of the World” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 21 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 21-22 in the College’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Directed by North Central student Emily Marrazo, this wild comedy tells the story of a young woman named Cass who finds herself unhappy in her marriage after discovering a dark secret about her husband. Cass runs away to Niagara Falls, falls for a sailor and her husband sends out private investigators to find her. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and seniors; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit Oct. 20, Music: North Central College opens its concert season at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, with its annual Homecoming Concert, featuring the Cardinal Chorus, Chamber Singers, Women’s Chorale, Concert Choir, Concert Winds, Symphony Band and Jazz Combos. The student performances will be held in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The concert is free but tickets are required; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit Oct. 21, Homecoming parade: North Central College invites the public to view its annual Homecoming parade starting at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. The parade takes place on the College’s campus and begins at North Brainard and East School streets and proceeds south on Brainard to Championship Plaza, where a pep rally will be held. For more

information visit homecoming. Oct. 21, Cardinal football: The North Central College Cardinals will play their Homecoming football game vs. Augustana College at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, 455 S. Brainard St. Tickets are $6/adults, $5/seniors over age 55, and free to students with a valid ID and children ages 12 and under. For more information visit Oct. 25, Music: North Central College presents its 23rd annual Honors Choral Festival at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The concert brings together the College’s own Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Chamber Singers and Cardinal Chorus with invited guest high school choral ensembles in a joint choral performance. Tickets are $5/ adults and $3/students and seniors; call 630637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege. edu/showtix. Oct. 27, Transfer information session: North Central College will host an information session Friday, Oct. 27, 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 Oct. 29, Music: The DuPage Symphony Orchestra presents two matinee performances of “Halloween Magic and Spells!” at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The concert features the Naperville Youth Symphony with all musicians in costume. Tickets are $10 and $5; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

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Live Art Series Presents: William Pack’s “Exceptions to Reality: Magic. Mind Reading. Sideshow. Mystery.” The Live Art Series is a monthly live art performance exploring a variety of art forms including music, film, dance, storytelling, and more! The Live Art Series event is hosted in the Dempsey Family Gallery at Water Street Studios. The Live Art Series is made possible by a grant from the Batavia Arts Council. Join us for a performance that is bound to trick and treat us just before the Halloween holiday. William Pack’s “Exceptions to Reality: Magic. Mind reading. Sideshow. Mystery.” presents a selection of the strange, wonderful, and bizarre from his award winning performances with special treats (or are they tricks?) for the season. “Pack adeptly performs mind reading and sleight of hand. His gentle demeanor serves as a nice foil for his later, more squirm inducing illusions.” -Chicago Reader Review, 2017 Chicago Fringe Festival, Exceptions to Reality. Note: All ticket sales go to support the continuation of arts programming FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / October 2017

at Water Street Studios, a nonprofit art center located in Batavia, IL. Details: Seating is limited to 50. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Purchase tickets at EventBrite Date: October 27, 2017 | Time: Doors at 6pm Duration: estimated 90 minutes Location: 160 S. Water Street in Batavia, IL Cash Bar: Beer provided by Solemn Oath Brewery and wine provided by Bright Angel Wines Event Sponsors: Batavia Arts Council & K. Hollis Jewelers Learn more about William Pack at

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Fine Line Creative Arts Center Uncommon Threads Sunday October 15 10am – 3pm Q-Center St Charles Uncommon Threads, the annual Art-ToWear runway experience and luncheon presented by Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, brings together phenomenal wearable textiles and accessories created by local and national artists. Held at the Q-Center in St Charles, the morning of October 15 will begin very early for the staff, artists and volunteers as they prepare for this amazing and unique event. The Doors open at 10am, when ticket holders can peruse the boutique area, where they will find jewelry, bags, scarfs and hats along with additional clothing items from the runway artists. As the request for artists to participate is made on a


national scale, many items on sale at this event cannot be found anywhere else in the area. Just outside the boutique area is the Fine Line Raffle. This year 60 items are being raffled. All are donations and include hand crafted items from artists, as well as gift cards and Jewelry from local businesses. More information on these items can be found on the Fine Line website or by visiting Fine Line where the items are currently on display. All raffle prizes will be transported to the Q-Center for the day of the show. Raffle tickets can be purchased before the event or on the day of the show. Lunch is a sit down event, served at 12 pm. Last year during lunch guests were treated to a slide show of the prior 29 years (this event is now in its 31st year), which included some very interesting style choices! The slide show will be updated to include some of last year’s items. The runway experience begins at 1pm. This year there will be seven new artists from New Mexico, Kansas, Ohio and Illinois. These artists will join returning artists making a total of 22 artists, whose work will be shown on the runway, each showing 3-5 pieces. All the models are volunteers whose ages range from 17 -70, and it is their enthusiasm coupled with the upbeat music that make this such an entertaining show. The runway show does not have a theme an so one artists work will be completely different in style and color from the work of the next. There is always something for everyone. All the items on the runway are available for purchase directly following the show which means you can take home the piece you love that day, assuming you get to it first! Once the runway show has finished and the raffle numbers have been called, the boutique area re-opens so guests can to take one last look, pick up something that they had been thinking about purchasing; or buy a piece they saw walk the runway. At this time raffle winners are able to collect their prizes. Tickets for this event are $65.00 which includes lunch. Attending Uncommon Threads is a great way to enjoy an amazing and very entertaining event, and support a local not-for-profit organization in its quest to provide classes and support for local and national artists. To purchase tickets or for more information visit the Fine Line website or call 630-584-9443

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Kavanagh Gallery presents Colored Pencil Society of America – Painting with Pencils October 20 – November 18, 2017 Founded in 1990, the Colored Pencil Society of America currently has 1600 member and 25 district chapters. The purpose of the organization is to promote the stature and awareness of colored pencil as a fine art medium and serve as a forum for the education, communication and recognition of colored pencil artists. The pieces in this exhibit are by District Chapter 103. This chapter founded in 1993 is now one of the largest in the organization with artists from Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri and Texas. Opening reception for this incredible exhibit is on October 20th 6 pm – 8 pm and is free and open to the public, so why not stop out an meet these amazing artists.

Fine Line Lectures Fine is offering a series of free lectures by local artists. The series, which began last month, continues on October 11th with a talk by artist Carrie Carlson. Carrie received her BA in Biology and Art at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She earned an MFA in Scientific Illustration from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and is currently pursuing an MA in Printmaking at Governors State University. Since 2001, Carrie has taught science (biology, biomedical sciences, horticulture) and art (drawing, painting, design) in the south suburbs of Chicago. She is a Quantum Learning Facilitator, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards candidate, and active member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. In addition, she is a freelance artist and an art instructor at the Morton Arboretum. So why not join us on October 11 at 7pm. Please call Fine Line 630-584-9443 to be added to the guest list. For more information visit the Fine Line website FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / October 2017

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Tony Danza coming to Batavia


The Batavia Fine Arts Centre enters its sixth sensational season of presenting top notch shows for the Fox Valley area, bringing celebrities such as Ed Asner, Molly Ringwald, Ryan Stiles, Tony Dovolani, Steve Schirripa, Jim Brickman, Anthony Rapp, Charles Esten and more! On October 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM, we are excited to announce that Tony Danza will be making his Batavia Fine Arts Centre debut. For one night only, beloved star of stage and screen, Tony Danza, will appear on stage with his hit cabaret act, Standards & Stories. Combining timeless music with wit, charm, storytelling, and a dash of soft shoe and ukulele performances, Danza is accompanied by his talented four-piece band. Danza performs a selection of his favorite standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as selections from the hit Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas (which he also starred in), while interweaving stories about his life and personal connection to the music.The New York Times raved “Tony’s a live wire who tap-dances, plays the ukulele, tells stories and radiates irresistible charm… He exudes the kind of charisma that can’t be taught!” FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / October 2017

Perhaps best known for his starring roles on two of television’s most cherished and long-running series, Taxi and Who’s The Boss , Tony Danza has also established himself as a song and dance man, and recently received rave reviews for his performance in the Broadway musical comedy, Honeymoon In Vegas, with the New York Times calling his performance “sly genius,” and a “career high”. Among his past successes, Tony has starred on Broadway in the The Producers, A View from the Bridge, and opposite Kevin Spacey in The Iceman Cometh, and starred in beloved films such as Angels In The Outfield, She’s Out of Control, and Hollywood Knights. Tony is currently filming season one of There’s Johnny! for NBC’s streaming site Seeso. The series is set behind the scenes at The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, from Mad About You creator Paul Reiser. It’s slated to premiere in 2017, 55 years after Carson’s first appearance in The Tonight Show and 25 years after his last show. Danza plays Freddie de Cordova, the executive producer of The Tonight Show. He’s old-school Hollywood (think martinis and cigarettes) and the reigning authority. Danza has a special connection to the role, as he was a frequent guest of Carson’s on The Tonight Show and even guest-hosted multiple times. Danza will also be starring in the new NETFLIX series The Good Co. Don’t miss your chance to see the uniquely talented Tony Danza in what is sure to be an exhilarating evening of Singing, Dancing and Stories that can’t be beat. For tickets visit, www.Batavia or call 630-937-8930.

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What’s Happening at The Arcada? The Legend of Sleepy Hollow LIVE!

LIVE! Talented actors recreate this spooky classic! Fun for the whole family! Friday, October 6 10:30 AM

Blue Öyster Cult & Mark Farner

Because of their unique sound and diversity, Blue Öyster Cult has been influential to many modern bands that span many genres, and are often viewed as important pioneers of several different styles of rock. Friday, October 6 8:00 PM

Morris Day & The Time

Morris Day, is one of the most swaggering and peacockish funk performers to hit the stage! Saturday, October 7 8:00 PM For tickets, call 630-962-7000 or visit FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / October 2017

Arcada Doo Wop Party with The Flamingos, JT Carter formerly of The Crests & Gene “The Duke of Earl” Chandler

The Flamingos “Only Have Eyes” “That’s My Desire” “Golden Teardrops” JT Carter’s Crests “16 Candles” “Pretty Little Angel” “I Thank the Moon” Gene Chandler “The Duke of Earl” “Rainbow.” Sunday, October 8 3:00 PM

American Stories Tour with Craig Morgan and special guests Mac Powell, & Taya Kyle

Morgan, along with his special guests, will honor our military heroes and veterans by celebrating American values through music and storytelling. “Country music is all about storytelling and that’s the idea behind these shows,” said Morgan. “Me and Mac and some of our friends will share the songs and stories that move us and inspire us as Americans all while we celebrate the values of this great nation we call home.” Sunday, October 8 7:00 PM

Judy Garland: Come Rain Or Come Shine

Angela Ingersoll returns to the Arcada where she appeared alongside Garland’s son Joey Luft in the special Mother’s Day concert event Joey Luft and Angela Ingersoll Celebrate Judy Garland. Ingersoll is the recipient of numerous awards and nominations, recently garnering a Jeff Award nomination, a Time Out Chicago Award nomination, and Top Performances of the Year honors from both Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. Tuesday, October 10 7:00 PM

Al Stewart with special guests The Empty Pockets

Performing the “Year of the Cat” album with special guests: The Empty Pockets . Thursday, October 12 7:30 PM

Howie Mandel

The star of “America’s Got Talent” and “Deal or No Deal” spends a rare and hilarious evening at The Arcada! Friday, October 13 8:00 PM

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Jay & The Americans

In one of the greatest turnabouts in Rock and Roll history, the group JAY AND THE AMERICANS, started by four teenage boys in Sandy Yaguda’s Brooklyn basement 40 years ago. With three original band members, Sandy Yaguda (aka Deane) founding member, Howie Kirschenbaum (aka Kane) original member, and Marty Kupersmith (aka Sanders), original member, plus the addition of “Jay” Reincke, the third Jay and probably the best yet, they have recreated the authentic sound of all of their great hits that everyone remembers. Saturday, October 14 8:00 PM

Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti

After Sal’s successful sell out shows at home, he teamed up with some of the country’s top promoters and agents and is now touring the country as one of the hottest performers on the scene! Sunday, October 15 5:00 PM

Neil Sedaka “Breakin’ Up Is Hard To Do”

His impressive fifty year career ranges from being one of the first teen pop sensations of the 50’s, a relevant songwriter for himself and other artists in the 60’s, a superstar in the 70’s, remaining a constant force in writing and performing presently. This is all thanks to the countless songs he has written, performed, and produced that continue to inspire artists and audiences around the world. Thursday, October 19 7:30 PM

Remembering the Tragedy with Artimus Pyle Band – The Ultimate Tribute to Ronnie Van Zant’s Lynyrd Skynyrd

October 20, 1977, one of the biggest bands in rock history in the peak of its career suffers a tragic plane crash leaving much of the band dead. Of the few people who managed to survive, two are still with us today. Original Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle, who managed to stay alive after the crash, comes to the Arcada on the crash’s 40th Anniversary to perform all the big Skynyrd hits with his band, and tell stories about that fateful nite. Another Arcada exclusive! Friday, October 20 8:00 PM

100 Years of Dino starring his daughter Deana Martin

Deana Martin is a world-class entertainer who is equally comfortable with a celebrated symphony, at a legendary concert hall or on an intimate cabaret stage with a swinging jazz quintet. She’s a New York Times best-selling author, a gifted actor, a vocalist of incredible depth and passion and a licensed pilot. When talent is part of the family pedigree it can sometimes be difficult for an artist to forge an individual path, Deana Martin has successfully navigated that tricky terrain. Saturday, October 21 8:00 PM


The Glenn Miller Orchestra

The Glenn Miller Orchestra Live! At the Arcada Theatre! The dance floor will be open! ... Sunday, Oct 22 5:00 PM

Roger Hodgson of Supertramp

Roger Hodgson has been recognized as one of the most gifted composers, songwriters and lyricists of our time. As the legendary voice of Supertramp and composer of many of the band’s greatest hits, he gave us “Give a Little Bit,” “The Logical Song,” “Dreamer,” and so many others that have become the soundtrack of our lives. Monday, October 23 & Tuesday October 24 7:30 PM


WARRANT has been headlining festivals, casinos and fairs all over the country in support of their latest CD Rockaholic. 125 + shows so far and counting. The band is fired up and tighter than every musically! These rockers can’t wait to play not only ALL the hits fans know & love, but also new tunes/videos like “Life’s A Song,” & “Home.” Thursday, October 26 7:30 PM

Air Supply

Composer and vocalist Graham Russell was honored with a BMI Million-Air Certificate recognizing 3 million performances of the duo’s hit “All Out Of Love,” Air Supply’s new song was the #1 most added track on the FMQB AC40 Chart, and also one of the most added on the R&R (Radio and Records) AC Chart and the Mediabase AC chart. The duo continues to play more than 150 shows a year worldwide, including stops in England, Ireland, Israel, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Canada, the U.S. and beyond. Friday, October 27 8:00 PM The Duprees & Brooklyn Bridge “You Belong To Me” “Sixteen Candles”...Two bands-one classic stroll down memory lane! Saturday, October 28 8:00 PM “The Lost Boys” Halloween Show with Corey Feldman Don’t miss your chance to experience the show that’s been called a “mesmerizing,” “action packed,” “fast paced,” concert experience and hear Corey sing your favorite songs from Angelic 2 the Core and his most iconic films. Tuesday, October 31 8:00 PM

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Great Balls Of Fire!

Million Dollar Quartet Opens Paramount Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season Paramount Theatre is excited to tune up for its rollicking 2017-18 Broadway Series opener Million Dollar Quartet, the wildly popular rock and roll musical that played more than 2,500 performances in Chicago. Travel back in time to Memphis’s Sun Records recording studio on December 4, 1956, when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins played together their first and only time and created an explosive album that has yet to be matched. Million Dollar Quartet tells that story with all the raw energy and monumental talent everyone has come to expect from these music giants. Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti, the man responsible for the past two Jeff Award-winning Best Musicals (Large), Les Misérables and West Side Story, FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / October 2017

will stage Paramount’s rockin’ opener. Playing the Quartet are Adam Wesley Brown as Carl Perkins, Kavan Hashemian as Elvis Presley, Gavin Rohrer as Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Scott Sheets as Johnny Cash, with Nicholas Harazin as Sam Phillips, Zach Lentino as Brother Jay, Courtney Mack as Dyanne and Scott Simon as Fluke. The production team is Kory Danielson, music director; Trent Stork, associate director; Ethan Deppe, associate music director; Kevin Depinet, scenic design; Sally Dolembo, costume design; Jesse Klug, lighting design; Adam Rosenthal, sound designer; Katie Cordts, wig, hair and makeup design; Amanda Relaford, properties design; Susan Gosdick, dialect coach; Maggie O’Donnell, stage manager; and Matthew McMullen, assistant stage manager.

Two Shows, Get Two Shows Free” 2017-18 Broadway subscription offer. For less than the cost of a ticket to one show downtown, patrons can see three more Broadwayquality musicals: Elf The Musical (November 22-January 7), Cabaret (February 7–March 18) and Once (April 25-June 3). Four-play packages start as low as $72. The rewards are ample – four amazing, Broadway-quality musicals, at one of the most majestic theaters in the Midwest.

Don’t miss Paramount’s high-spirited, nostalgic new take on the three-time Tony Award nominated musical, featuring some of the biggest and best songs of all time like “Peace in the Valley,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk the Line,” “Hound Dog” and “Great Balls of Fire.” Previews start September 13. Press opening is Saturday, September 16 at 8 p.m. Performances continue through October 29: Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; 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. Single tickets are $36 to $64. Million Dollar Quartet is rated PG. But hold on, there’s still time to include Million Dollar Quartet in Paramount’s “Buy

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Meet The Mersey Beatles!

Liverpool-born Beatles Tribute Band Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper Following the success of their 2016 U.S. debut tour, The Mersey Beatles, an all-Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band and the house band for over a decade at the world-famous Cavern Club, will perform their Sgt. Pepper’s 50th Anniversary Show at The Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. The concert will take place Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The Mersey Beatles are no ordinary tribute band. The lads grew up as childhood and schoolmate friends, just like the Beatles! They are the official Beatles tribute band representing the City of Liverpool, and from 2002 to 2012, they were the resident tribute band at The Cavern Club, the nightclub in Liverpool, England, where The Beatles perfected their


act before launching a global rock music revolution in the 1960s. John Lennon’s sister and Director of the Cavern Club endorses the band and traveled with them on their 40-date U.S. debut tour in 2016. She says, “There are a lot of Beatles tribute bands from all over the world, and I’ve seen them all, but The Mersey Beatles are the most authentic I have heard.” Since 1999, the band has played sellout shows in more than 20 countries, recreating the Beatles’ most popular hits. The show spans the Fab Four’s entire catalogue with four costume changes and authentic Liverpool accents, wit and charm. The Mersey Beatles recreate the Beatles’ sound and image with amazing accuracy using replica Hofner, Rickenbacker and Gretsch guitars and VOX and Ludwig gear. This year, the band is celebrating 50 years of what is arguably the most iconic and influential album of all time - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band!

The Hemmens Cultural Center, located at the corner of Symphony Way and North Grove Avenue in Elgin, IL, is easily accessible from I-90. Parking is free. QUICK FACTS • Endorsed by John Lennon’s Sister • Playing The Hemmens Cultural Center on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. • All-Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band • Spent over 10 years as resident band at the world-famous Cavern Club • Toured over 20 countries

To purchase tickets ($25, $35 & $55 VIP) call The Hemmens Box Office at 847.931.5900 or visit us online at VIP tickets include premium seating, Mersey Beatles Free CD download, and a Meet & Greet with the band.

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Richard Resseguie named Chair of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) Board of Directors Shari Kathe and Amy Weishaar join the ESO Board


The 2017-18 Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) season begins with Richard Resseguie at the helm as the new Chair of the Board of Directors, and Shari Kathe and Amy Weishaar as new board members. The ESO Board of Directors is made up of business professionals from Elgin and the surrounding communities who are committed to the ESO’s mission, “To serve and engage a broad audience through the performance of powerful symphonic music and dynamic educational programs while developing strong community relationships.” For more information about ESO Music Director Andrew Grams and the Orchestra, and to learn about the ESO’s many programs in the community, visit ElginSymphony.Org. Richard Resseguie became a member of the Board of Directors in June 2014. Mr. Resseguie is Vice President and Senior Private Banker in Wealth Management for The Northern Trust Company in Barrington. With more than 30 years of banking experience, his credentials include small business banking, commercial real estate lending and community bank management. Mr. Resseguie is a board member of the Barrington Area Council of Aging and a Trustee of the Fox River Grove Police Pension Board. He and his wife, Kristi, have been residents of Fox River Grove for over 20 years. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / October 2017

Shari Kathe is an Assurance Partner with RSM US LLP’s Great Lakes practice. Ms. Kathe has a combined 30 years of experience in public accounting and private industry, first beginning her career with RSM in 1987 and rejoining in 2006 after spending time at a Big Four firm and in private industry. Her background includes experience in providing audit and consulting services, and she is the Great Lakes Region Leader for RSM’s First Choice Advisor Program. Ms. Kathe also leads the Region’s Launch team focused on Transportation and Industrial Manufacturing. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. Ms. Kathe earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State University in Minnesota where she majored in both Accounting and Business Administration. Ms. Kathe graduated Summa Cum Laude, and was Salutatorian of the College of Business. She lives in Algonquin with her husband Steve. Amy Weishaar is an Associate Developer with Ryan Companies Us, Inc. Ms. Weishaar has more than 20 years of professional experience, half of which have been with Ryan Companies. As an Associate Developer, Ms. Weishaar delivers senior living and multi-family communities that include independent living, assisted living, memory care, market-rate and affordable housing. In her role as an Associate Developer for Ryan Companies, Ms. Weishaar conducts and analyzes market research to determine site feasibility, performing due diligence pre- and post-construction, ensuring all required conditions are met in order to

close a real estate transaction for release to construction, and managing compliance reporting and project-related documentation requirements. Ms. Weishaar earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Illinois University, where she majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Ms. Weishaar and her husband Chris live in St. Charles. Now in its 67th season, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) offers programming unmatched for an entertaining, informative and relaxing 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. Pre-concert 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. Flex passes are available for purchase so that you can choose your concerts at a later date based on your own schedule. And if a patron can’t make a concert, the ESO offers free exchanges to subscribers and to single ticket buyers for a small fee. The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is a world-class orchestra providing quality musical explorations that are entertaining, hassle-free and conveniently located close to home in the western suburbs. The ESO-Transforming the Symphony Experience.

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October at Zanies October 5-7...Russ Williamson...has appeared on Chicago Fire, USA Network’s Siren and named Best in the Midwest at the 2016 Gilda’s Laughfest

October 12-14... Graham Elwood... Late, Late Show on CBS, Sarah Silverman Program, Comedy Central

October 19 & 21... Dino Archie...Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central, New Face at 2016 Just For Laughs Fest in Montreal

October 20...John Caparulo...regular on Chelsea Lately, the Tonight Show, CMT

October 26 & 28... Tim Harrison... Showtime, Comedy Central

October 27... Steve Cochran & Friends...WGN radio’s morning host performs with his friends John Dacosse & WGN TV Morning News Mike Toomey

Novemeber 2-4...Michael Palascak...Conan, Letterman, the Tonight Show, finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing


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Thrilling Ways to Do Fall in Illinois As fall quickly approaches, travelers looking for new ways to experience the season’s vibrant colors should look no further than Illinois. Visitors willing to step out of their comfort zone are rewarded with stunning views from new perspectives – from soaring above fall foliage during sunset to gliding through golden tree tops. The Illinois Office of Tourism kicks off its new “Do Fall” campaign, featuring the six most thrilling ways to experience the season throughout the state. Watch the new ad here for more fall travel inspiration.


Canoe down the Mississippi River in Alton with a backdrop of burnt orange leaves and limestone bluffs. Big Muddy Adventures offers a series of half-day and full-day canoe trips on the river from Pere Marquette State Park to Alton. Afterwards, celebrate your excursion with a visit to the Old Bakery Beer Company, an organic craft brewery in downtown Alton.


2 Zip line through the fall foliage in southern Illinois. Fly across 83 acres of Shawnee National Forest for a bird’s-eye view of the autumn colors. The Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour is Illinois’ first tree-based, eco-friendly zip line consisting of eight zip lines and three aerial suspension bridges. At Aerie’s Resort in Grafton, experience an unforgettable two-hour canopy tour along the Mississippi River.


Soak in an aerial view of fall foliage during a hot air balloon ride in Galena. Galena On The Fly offers hot air balloon rides from sunrise to sunset, year-round. While in the air, families have 360-degree views over three different states. Back on the ground, tour one of the oldest vineyards in Illinois and taste award winning wine at Galena Cellars.

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Horseback ride through Giant City State Park in Makanda and take in the natural sandstone structures and autumn beauty. Riders are guided by experienced wranglers on a 3.2-mile private trail that winds through the beautiful Shawnee National Forest. Later, explore the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail with visits to family-owned wineries, Alto Vineyards and Blue Sky Vineyard.

Bike among the gorgeous trees and riverfront communities down the scenic Great River Trail (GRT) in the Quad Cities. Boasting abundant wildlife and stunning views of the Mississippi River, the trail is a favorite among locals. Afterward, riders can revive themselves with craft brews at the Bent River Brewing Company.


6 Wind your way through a 10-acre corn maze filled with haunted surprises at Jonamac Orchard in Malta, then unwind with Jonamac’s signature hard apple cider or apple wine. For a sweeter challenge, try your luck at the country’s first and largest apple tree maze, featuring 2,500 apple trees at Royal Oak Farm Orchard in Harvard. For pumpkin picking, take a road trip to The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur, one of the largest family owned pumpkin farms in the U.S. For additional fall travel ideas download the fall/winter issue of Travel Illinois Magazine here.

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

An Evening of Random Acts Photos


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360° Flavor & Spice - Geneva, IL

STC Pilates- St. Charles, IL

Gilvydis Vein Center -Geneva, IL

Ribbon Cuttings

American Bank & Trust - Geneva, IL

CIBC Banking Center - Geneva, IL


STC Capital Bank - Geneva, IL

Ribbon Cuttings

CIBC - St. Charles, IL

Bond Chiropractic -Genvea, IL

Resource Bank -Genvea, IL

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Fox Valley Magazine - October 2017  
Fox Valley Magazine - October 2017