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NOVEMBER 2017

Exploring Life in the Fox

Interview with Owner and General Manager of the Hotel Baker

ROWENA SALAS

PARTY FOOD SHOULD BE FUN! TOASTING FOR A CAUSE BATAVIA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS foxvalleymagazine.com

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What’s inside... Dining & Cuisine

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Party Food Should Be Fun!

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Featured Dishes

– Sara Snelling

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

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McNally’s Irish Pub named One of The Best in North America

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New Cocktail Menu at All Chocolate Kitchen Store’s PRIMO Restaurant

Events

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Batavia Festival of Lights

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11th Annual Festival of Lights

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Holiday Homecoming in Downtown St. Charles

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Toasting for a Cause

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Batavia Historical Society lights up Riverwalk with new fundraiser St. Charles Veterans Day Ceremony

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Naper Settlement Events

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New Name & Look for St. Charles


Feature

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Interview with Owner and General Manager of the Hotel Baker

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Lifestyle

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Healthcare in Retirement

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A Moving Journey

Arts & Entertainment

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Arts and Entertainment around the Fox Valley

Travel

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What’s New in Santa Monica

Out & About

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Faces and places from around The Fox

Fox Valley Magazine

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

Party Food Should Be Fun! BY SARA SNELLING These gorgeous yet healthy dishes will definitely be guest-pleasers. Skip the salami rolls and spinach dip- try these dips and small bites instead. They’re sexy and loaded with nutrients, and even the most finicky guests can enjoy! Pumpkin and Adzuki Bean Dip

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What You Need • 250g pumpkin (2 cups chopped) • 1 can adzuki beans (1½ cups) • 2 garlic cloves • small piece of fresh ginger, peeled • ½tsp cumin • ½tsp cinnamon

What You Do 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan) 2. Peel the pumpkin, remove the seeds and chop into wedges. 3. Place on a baking tray, toss with some sea salt and drizzle of olive

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pinch of cardamom pinch of cloves 3tbsp olive oil juice of ½ lime sea salt and black pepper To garnish: toasted flaked almonds fresh coriander extra virgin olive oil


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oil and bake for about 30min until soft and slightly browned around the edges. Drain the adzuki beans. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until combined. Garnish with some toasted flaked almonds, fresh coriander and good drizzle of olive oil. Enjoy!

oil, garlic and cajun seasoning; season with salt and pepper, to taste. 5. Preheat grill to medium high heat. Add shrimp to grill and cook, flipping once, until pink and opaque, about 2 minutes on each side. 6. Fill each wonton with 1 tablespoon guacamole and 1 shrimp. 7. Serve immediately, garnished with cilantro, if desired. Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites What You Need • 2 English Cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1” rounds • 1 pound smoked salmon, cut into bite sized pieces • (1) 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened • 3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped • 1 tablespoon Horseradish (more or less to taste) • 1 tablespoon heavy cream, optional • Toothpicks or tiny party forks

Shrimp and Guacamole Wontons What You Need • 24 round won ton wrappers • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste • 1 1/2 cups guacamole, homemade or store-bought • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves What You Do 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly oil a 24-cup mini muffin tin or coat with nonstick spray. 2. Fit a wonton wrapper into each of the 24 muffin tins, pressing carefully to make sure there is an opening in the center. 3. Place into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. 4. In a medium bowl, combine shrimp, olive foxvalleymagazine.com

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What You Do 1. Peel cucumbers and slice them into 1” circles. Arrange on a platter as desired. Place in the refrigerator while preparing the cream cheese. 2. Place cream cheese, dill, horseradish, and cream in a large bowl. Beat until well combined (a handheld mixer really helps here.) 3. Spread 1 teaspoon of cream cheese on top each cucumber slice (more or less to taste), then top each slice with a bite sized piece of smoked salmon. Insert a toothpick down the center to keep in place. 4. Serve at once, or keep in the refrigerator until needed.

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minutes or so, brush the grill grates with a paper towel dabbed in oil. I use grapeseed oil. Wash and dry peaches. Cut each peach in half and then each half into 4 quarters. Place one large basil leaf on each side of the peaches. Cut the bacon slices in half. Wrap each peach slice and basil leaves with a slice of bacon. Pin the loose end of the bacon slice with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining peaches. Brush the bacon wrapped peaches lightly with olive oil so the bacon doesn’t stick to the grill. Grill the peaches until the bacon is cooked, turning so all sides are evenly cooked, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and remove toothpicks. Drizzle with store-bought or homemade balsamic glaze. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Sundried Tomato, Roasted Veggie Ricotta Rolls

Bacon Wrapped Grilled Peaches with Balsamic Glaze Ingredients What You Need • • • • •

4 large peaches 12 ounces bacon 60 large basil leaves plus more for garnish olive oil balsamic glaze, store-bought or homemade

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What You Need • 1 large aubergine (about 350g/12oz) • 1 large courgette (about 300g/11oz) • 2 flame-roasted peppers , from a jar • 1 garlic clove, crushed • 3 tbsp olive oil • 250g tub ricotta • 25g finely grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative) • 3 sundried or semi-dried tomatoes in oil (from a jar), drained and finely chopped • finely grated zest ½ lemon • 8 basil leaves • small handful parsley , leaves picked and roughly chopped • ½ tsp paprika What You Do 1. Cut the aubergine and courgette into thin lengths about 2-3mm thick – you should have 8 slices of each. Drain and rinse the peppers, remove any seeds, pat dry, then cut into quarters. Mix the garlic with the olive oil and some seasoning. 2. Heat a griddle pan over a medium heat. Brush the vegetable slices with the garlic oil and cook for 2-3 mins each side until completely soft and lightly charred (you’ll need to do this in batches). You could also do this on a barbecue. Set aside on a plate


and leave to cool. The vegetables can be griddled the day before and kept covered in the fridge – bring to room temperature before serving. 3. Mix together the cheeses, sundried tomatoes, lemon zest and seasoning. Lay out the slices of aubergine on a large board. Top each with a slice of courgette, a strip of pepper, and a basil leaf. Dot 1 tbsp of the cheese mix on top and roll the vegetables up. Skewer with a cocktail stick to secure. 4. When ready to serve, arrange on a plate and scatter over the parsley leaves and paprika.

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Featured Dishes Must try appetizers, entrees, desserts or cocktails available at local Fox Valley restaurants. Blown Sugar Pumpkin Centerpiece Beautiful Chef Roby’s blown SUGAR pumpkin ready to go....A must have for a great table centerpiece. All Chocolate Kitchen Store 33 S 3rd Street Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-232-2395

Carbonara Pasta Come to PRIMO and try this authentic Carbonara Pasta!

All Chocolate Kitchen Store’s PRIMO 29 S. 3rd Street Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-232-2280

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Dry Aged Bone-in New York Strip

16 oz. strip with Maitre d’Hotel butter, roasted red potatoes, creamed spinach, and roasted garlic. $45 Catch 35 Naperville 35 S Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540 1-630-717-3500

Garlic Crab Pasta A blend of snow crab and whitefish sauteed in garlic butter and tossed with fresh tri-colored fettucine.

Chianti’s 201 S 3rd St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-232-0212


Ginger Soy Glazed Center Cut NY Strip, Wasabi-Buttered Mashed, Over-Roasted Vegetables Chef’s Description: There are a few things in particular that make this dish special. First, we start off with a center cut strip and trim it way more than a usual strip steak. Most strip steaks have at least one inch of fat at the top that is typically left on. We trim the steak all around, so you are left with 100% edible meat. Next is the marinade; Each steak is rubbed with sesame oil and generously marinated in a mixture of ginger, garlic, soy, and hoisin BBQ sauce. When grilled, this mixture gives off an amazing aroma from the sesame oil and the hoisin helps to give a great caramelized outside and adds a touch of sweetness. We serve this with our wasabi Mary’s potatoes and even roasted vegetables. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant 3710 E Main St. St Charles, IL 60174 1-630-940-1000

The EPH Bison Burger

Locally-Raised Bison with Red Pepper Aioli on a bed of Arugula, topped with Bleu Cheese Crumbles and Duck Bacon. Try it with our Sweet Potato Fries. Elgin Public House 219 E. Chicago St. Elgin, IL 60120 1-847-468-8810

El Don Burger

Combo of Premium Angus Beef Patty and Pastrami topped with Chipotle Mayo, Grilled Onions, and Swiss Cheese on a bed of Lettuce and Tomatoes. Dog’s Paw Brewing 74 S. Grove Ave. Elgin, IL 60120 1-224-227-7655

Bourbon Maple Glaze Salmon

Served over toasted farro hash, sweet potato, with red pepper, corn, onion and spinach. Fiora’s 317 S 3rd St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-262-1317 foxvalleymagazine.com

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin

Succulent pork loin medallions smothered in cherry pork jus with a sweet potato puree and a side of caramelized bacon & onion brussel sprouts.

Croque Madam

Sliced applewood smoked ham, Dijon mustard sauce, gruyere cheese and topped with béchamel sauce on cottage white bread. One of our great lunch entrees. FoxFire 17 W State St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-232-1369

Le Chocolat du Bouchard “The Bistro” 127-129 S Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540 1-630-355-5720

Happy Hour

Happy Hour

$4, $5, $6 Happy Hour featured menu items. Tuesday - Friday from 3-6 PM. GIA MIA 13 N 3rd St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-405-5544

$4, $5, $6 Happy Hour featured menu items. Tuesday - Friday from 3-6 PM. Livia Italian Eatery 207 S 3rd St, Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-402-6444

“The Sugar Path” Pies Gillerson’s will be serving “The Sugar Path” pies on our new menu that will be out in November. These pies will rotate weekly and are a perfect size to share! Gillerson’s Grubbery 33 W New York St. Aurora, IL 60506 1-630-340-3719

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Beer Batter Fish & Chips

North Atlantic Cod, homemade pub fries, served with coleslaw, tartar and mushy peas. McNally’s Irish Pub 109 W. Main Street St. Charles, IL 60174 1-630-513-6300


Beef Tenderloin

CDK Farms 8oz beef tenderloin, roasted butterball potatoes, celery root puree, caramelized cipollini onions, truffle cured egg, black garlic veal jus, and pickled beech mushroom. Niche 14 S. 3rd Street Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-262-1000

Not Your Average Carbonara Home made bucatini pasta that we smoke with hickory and apple wood chips, pork Jowl and topped with egg yolk and Parmesan cheese and always finished with extra virgin olive oil. Talk to you soon take care. Osteria Bigolaro 317 W State St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-402-0597

Berkshire Porkchop

This dish features a pan fried 12oz French cut pork chop seasoned with rosemary, garlic and ginger honey, served with house cole slaw. Shakou St. Charles 312 W Main St. St Charles, IL 60174 1-630-444-0850

Baby Back Ribs

One and 3/4 pound slab of baby back ribs, 24 hour marinated in our Downtown Honey Brown Ale, dry rubbed and basted with our homemade BBQ sauce and grilled to perfection, accompanied with choice of French Fries or smashed potatoes. Stockholm’s 306 W State St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-208-7070

Seared Scallops Appetizer

Pork Chop

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

Pumpkin purĂŠe, confit pistachios, brown butter, Brussels leaves. The Finery & Blacksmith Bar 305 W. Main Street St Charles, IL 60174 1-630-940-2380

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Sgt. Pepper

Reposado Tequila, poblano liqueur, turbinado syrup, bell pepper. The Grandstander 507 S. 3rd Street Geneva, IL 60134 1-331-248-0919

The Grilled Samba Steak Salad

Sliced tenderloin with grilled potatoes, cherry tomatoes, crispy shiitake mushrooms, garlic aioli tossed in a tamarind vinaigrette. The Office 201 E Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174 1-630-549-0287

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Brisket Grilled Cheese

Smoked BBQ brisket + blend of pepper jack and cheddar cheese + toasted artisan bread. Topgolf Naperville 3211 Odyssey Ct. Naperville, IL 60563 1-630-596-1000

Asparagi

Fresh asparagus wrapped in bacon, grilled and topped with a gorgonzola cheese sauce. Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano 416 Hamilton St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-232-2201


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McNally’s Irish Pub in St. Charles named among one of the Best in North America McNally’s Irish Pub was opened in downtown St. Charles in 1998 by Maurice McNally and has been a mainstay restaurant and drinking establishment known for its warm hospitality and endearment to its customers. Together with its band of characters and staff, traditional look and ambience…it truly lives up to its slogan “Like Ireland….Only Closer.” McNally’s Irish Pub has always had traditional live music and has live music every Sunday. Even bringing in some of Ireland’s top acts and performers like The Willis Clan, Maurice Lennon, Finbar Furey, The Irish House Party, Joe Rooney, Keith Harkin and others. McNally’s also has a Pub Quiz on Wednesdays, Traditional Irish Christmas Dinners, rings in the Irish New Year, a Guinness Social Club with a strong following and themed gatherings, guest bartenders, book signings, tours to FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE /November 2017


Ireland throughout the year and many events centered on Irish Culture. Recently, McNally’s was nominated by its customers and made the finals in 6 different categories against many of the premier Irish pubs in North America for the 2017 Irish Pubs Global Awards. Judges then reviewed each entrant by various criteria depending on the category in which it was nominated. The winners were announced on October 10th at an awards ceremony at The Mansion House in Dublin Ireland with McNally’s winning for “Best Entertainment Experience.” Shay Clarke, Bar Manager for McNally’s was in attendance to accept the award. “We were shocked, amazed and thrilled to win against such great competition. It’s truly gratifying and a credit to the Irish Pub Hospitality program that we implemented years ago. foxvalleymagazine.com

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dining & cuisine All Chocolate Kitchen’s PRIMO 29 S. Third Street Geneva, IL 60134 630.232.2280

Have You Tried The New Cocktail Menu at All Chocolate Kitchen Store’s PRIMO Restaurant? General Manager Esther Roby and Chef Alain Roby along with their son Adrian Roby, recently launched their new cocktail menu to go with their current wine and champagne offerings which includes:

PRIMO Pop Bivio Prosecco / Blueberry & Gin Popsicle

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Aviation Plymouth Gin / Crème de Violette / Maraschino Liquor / Lemon


Cosmopolitan Grey Goose Vodka / Cranberry Juice/ Cointreau / Lime / Lemon Cuba Libre Coca Cola / Havana Club White Rum / Lime French 75 Plymouth Gin / Lemon Juice / Colette Champagne Gin & Tonic Plymouth Gin / Tonic Water Manhattan Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon or Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey / Bitters / Sweet Martini & Rossi Red Vermouth / Grand Marnier Moscow Mule Ketel One Vodka / Bundaberg Ginger Beer / Lime

Italian Paloma Don Juan Blanco / Aperol / Grapefruit / Lime Old Fashioned Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon or Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey / House Bitters / Sugar

Bourbon & Rye

Vodka Martini Grey Goose Vodka / Martini & Rossi Extra Dry Vermouth

Woodford Reserve Scotch & Whiskey

Vodka Soda Grey Goose Vodka / Soda Water / Lime

Basil Hayden

The Glenlivet 12y The Macallan 12y

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Batavia Festival of Lights NOV 26, 2017

The holiday lights will be shining brightly in downtown Batavia on Sunday, November 26 as the Batavia Park District kicks off the season with the Celebration of Lights Festival from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Batavia Riverwalk. Start your holiday shopping early at the Holiday Craft Market inside the Government Center from 4:00-7:00 p.m. then take a tractor-pulled wagon ride around the Riverwalk to view all the twinkling lights. Craig Foltos and the Batavia Community Band will lead everyone in a community sing-a-long at 5:15 p.m. and Santa will arrive at approximately 5:30 p.m. Following the community tree lighting, the Peg Bond Center will be open as a warming house from 5:45-7:00 p.m. and kids can visit with Santa and receive a free gift. The event also includes free roasted chestnuts, a bake sale courtesy of the Batavia Fire Department and family photo opportunities throughout the Riverwalk. Another special feature of the festival is Christmas Tree Lane – 25 trees decorated by local organizations located throughout the Riverwalk. You can help determine the “People’s Choice” tree from noon on Monday, November 20 through Friday, November 25 at noon. View photos of all 25 trees on the Batavia Park District’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BataviaParkDistrict and “Like” your favorite to submit your vote! The winning tree will be announced online the evening of November 26 and on stage

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during the tree lighting ceremony with Santa and Mayor Schielke during the festival! The festival is presented by the Batavia Park District in partnership with the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, Batavia MainStreet, the City of Batavia and the Batavia Police Department. Thank you to our Celebration of Lights Festival sponsor, Chiro One Wellness Centers. Schedule of Events: 4:00 - 7:00 pm • Free hayrides with food or $1 cash donation (proceeds directly benefit the Batavia Food Pantry) • Free roasted chestnuts • Family photo opportunity at the main stage of Peg Bond Center • Hot dogs and hot chocolate for sale • Holiday Craft Market inside City Council Chambers 5:00 – 7:00 pm • Old fashioned ornament making for all ages at the Depot Museum, main level • Batavia Community Band 5:15 pm • •Community sing-a-long led by Craig Foltos, Foltos Tonsorial Parlor, accompanied by the Batavia Community Band 5:30 pm • Arrival of Santa • Welcome by Mayor Schielke & Ceremonial Tree Lighting 5:45 pm • Santa’s Warming House: Visit Santa at the

Peg Bond Center warming house and receive a treat from Santa (children under 10 while supplies last) • Announcement of Christmas Tree Lane Winner 6:00 pm •Light Up the Caboose at the Depot Museum 6:15 - 7:00 pm • Story Hour hosted by the Batavia Public Library at the Gustafson Research Center, located in the lower level of the Batavia Depot Museum Special Features: • Christmas Tree Lane-Twenty five holiday trees are decorated by local organizations and businesses. For more information, please contact the Batavia Park District office at 630-879-5235 or view the schedule of events at www.bataviaparks.org.

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11th annual Festival of Lights… Presented by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club Enjoy the magic of the 2017 Festival of Lights. Featuring a 20’ tall SINGING Christmas Tree. This year we will be unveiling our illuminated “WEISNER Skating Pond” honoring the Past Mayor of Aurora. This is the largest FREE outdoor holiday light displays in Northern Illinois and is presented by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club in partnership with the City of Aurora. It is a mile long drive-through of spectacular displays. Staged at Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive, Aurora. Open nightly 5 to 9; (5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday); Nov. 24 through Dec. 26. www.aurorafestivaloflights.com

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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

Holiday Homecoming in Downtown St. Charles The two-day Holiday Homecoming event kicks off on Friday, November 24 at 5:00 pm with Lighting of the Lights on the First Street Plaza. Then, on Saturday, November 25, there will be a holiday movie at the Arcada Theatre at 10:00am, sleigh rides, and visits with Santa on the First Street Plaza beginning at 1:00pm. The day culminates with the Electric Christmas Parade. All Holiday Homecoming events and activities are free of charge. The Electric Christmas Parade features bands, parade floats, Miss Illinois and

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of course our special guest, Santa Claus. The event is organized by the Downtown St. Charles Partnership, and made possible by sponsorship support, including Presenting Sponsor Gerald Kia of North Aurora. For more information, visit www.DowntownStCharles.org, call the Downtown St. Charles Partnership office at 630-4433967, or email info@downtownstcharles.org.

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Loaves & Fishes Community Services & CATCH 35 Partner for

“Toasting for a Cause” Event Supports Families in Need

Loaves & Fishes and CATCH 35 Naperville are thrilled to announce their partnership to host Toasting for a Cause on Monday, November 13, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event will raise funds for the services at Loaves & Fishes for families in need. “CATCH 35 Naperville is well-known for their outstanding food and wine offerings in addition to their enjoyable ambiance,” said Loaves & Fishes CEO Mike Havala. “We are excited to be hosting Toasting for a Cause at CATCH 35 and are grateful for their generous support as well as that of Taste America Restaurants.” “We are excited to offer an exquisite food and wine event in partnership with Loaves & Fishes,” said Carl Jensen, Director of Operations for Taste America Restaurants. “The menu features the ‘BEST OF’ previous Catch 35 Wine Dinner dishes highlighting the autumn season as well as opulent and robust wines from the French and California wine regions, Napa Valley and the Russian River Valley. We are looking forward to this unique dining experience at Catch 35 Naperville!” Guests will enjoy a passed appetizer of Smoked Whitefish Shmear on toasted sourdough bread served with Villaviva, Cotes de Thau, Rose, France 2016. The four course meal includes: First course - Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with prosciutto, arugula, cave aged blue cheese, truffle oil and olive oil served with Hess, Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, 2014; Second course - Chilean Seabass, cannellini beans, chorizo, lemon and parsley served with Hall, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA, 2015; Third course - Dry Aged New York Strip with marrow bone, parsnip mashed FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE /November 2017


potatoes, smoked caviar and au jus served with Raymond, Reserve Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, 2014: Fourth Course - Crème Brulee with black cherries and a butter cookie served with Emeritus, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA, 2014. Reservations are $150.00 per person; $90 of each ticket goes directly to support Loaves & Fishes and is tax deductible. Seating is limited to 125 for this exclusive event. Toasting for a Cause is presented by M. Brown & Associates. Register online at http://bit. ly/2yG6t91 or for more information contact Karen Walsh at kwalsh@loaves-fishes.org.

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Batavia Historical Society lights up Riverwalk with new fundraiser The Batavia Historical Society is adding a fun, new activity to the schedule of events at the popular Celebration of Lights Festival on November 26. The public can help make the Depot Museum a little brighter this holiday season by purchasing a bulb as part of the ‘Light Up the Caboose’ fundraising campaign, that benefits the Depot Museum Expansion Project. Bulbs are $10 each or three for $25. With each gift, a paper bulb with the donor’s name or name of your choice will be hung inside the Depot Museum between now and November 26. At 6 pm, during the Celebration of Lights Festival, the Depot’s historic Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Caboose will be ceremonially lit by Polly Ernzen, daughter of Theodore (Ted) Schuster who was an employee of the C. B. Q. railroad and community member that was an integral part of securing the caboose in 1975. Donate and help us see how bright we can make it! If you are interested in sponsoring a bulb, stop by the Depot Museum Gift Shop (Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 pm) or visit bataviahistoricalsociety.org. The lights will be enjoyed for the entire holiday season. For the full Celebration of Lights Festival schedule, visit bataviaparks.org. To donate to the Depot Museum Expansion Project, send a check to the Batavia Historical Society Expansion Project, P.O. Box 14, Batavia, IL 60510. The Batavia Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, plans to raise $2 million for the construction of the expansion, including the linkup to the existing Depot Museum. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE /November 2017


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St. Charles Veterans Day Ceremony is Nov. 11 Join Us at 10:30 a.m. at the Freedom Shrine, behind the St. Charles Police Station The City of St. Charles Annual Veterans Day Ceremony is Nov. 11, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., at the Freedom Shrine, behind the St. Charles Police Station, 211 N. Riverside Avenue. All are welcome to attend. Please join us to show your appreciation for our country’s vets. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved inside St. Charles Fire Station 1, at 112 N. Riverside Ave. All are welcome to attend. Please join us to show your appreciation “Veterans Day is a holiday set aside to honor and thank the men and women who served our nation in the military, both in wartime and peace,” said Mayor Rogina. “It is a day when everyone should acknowledge what our veterans have sacrificed to guard the security our nation. We hope to see a good crowd at the ceremony again this year.” The ceremony will begin with a reading of the official Veterans Day Proclamation, followed by an invocation, salute to the flag, gun salute and Taps performance.

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630-674-4808 Kelly Niemann Licensed Insurance Agent HealthMarkets Insurance Agency is the d/b/a, or assumed name, of Insphere Insurance Solutions, Inc. which is licensed as an insurance agency in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Not all agents are licensed to sell all products. Service and product availability varies by state. HMIA000589 foxvalleymagazine.com

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Naper Settlement November 2017 Events and Programs Chapel Open House Planning a wedding or renewal of vows? Brides and grooms will meet our rental attendants and tour the chapel during this special open house date. We invite guests to come to our Chapel Open House on Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. located at Naper Settlement at 523 S. Webster St. Naperville. RSVP is suggested but not necessary. Email us at weddings@naperville.il.us or 630-420-6010. For more information, visit our website at www.NaperSettlement.org. Weed Ladies Winter Show & Weed Ladies Holiday Floral Sales The Weed Ladies Winter Show will feature holiday-themed floral arrangements and accessories. This sale will take place Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m in Naper Settlement’s Daniels House. Admission to the sale is free. For more information visit www.NaperSettlement.org/weedladies or call 630.305.5289. History Speaks Lecture Series: A Hundred Years Ago On the Homefront: How American Families Faced the War to End All Wars Performer and historian Elizabeth Carlson will transport the audience to the sights, sounds and tastes of World War I in this interactive presentation. Learn the history, sing the songs and taste the food in this program recognizing the 100th Anniversary of WWI. This History Speaks Lecture Series will take place Nov. 12 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. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE /November 2017


Naper Lights Stroll the museum grounds and experience a magical holiday lights celebration! Naper Lights, presented by The Sunrise Rotary Club of Naperville, will be open Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. from Nov. 24 to Dec. 17. Guests will also be able to enjoy Naper Lights from Dec. 18-23 Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The lights will be viewable from outside of Naper Settlement from Dec. 24-26. Admission is free. Visit www.naperlights. com. Christkindlmarket The Christkindlmarket Naperville brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Naperville. Experience an outdoor German holiday season market with all of the sights, sounds and magic as well as delicious smells and treats, wonderful handmade ornaments and gifts. Christkindlmarket Naperville will be open Thursdays through Sundays, from Nov. 24 to Dec. 17, on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christkindlmarket will also be open Monday through Thursday, Dec. 18-21 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday through Saturday, Dec. 22-23 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Learn more at www.christkindlmarket.com/naperville. Santa @ the Settlement Get in the spirit this holiday season by visiting Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Santa @ the Settlement taking place on Saturdays, Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visitors will be able to share their wishes in their letter to Santa, craft two ornaments in Santa’s Workshop and prepare a magical treat for Santa’s reindeer in the Reindeer Food Factory. Be sure to visit Mrs. Claus’ Bakery to help her decorate cookies, then gather around for story time. Bring your cameras for a special photo with Santa. Admission is $15 per person and $13 per member. Children under 1 year old are free. Registration is required. Tickets for members are available now. Tickets for the general public open Oct. 16. For more information, visit www. NaperSettlement.org or call 630.420.6010. foxvalleymagazine.com

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New Name & Look for St. Charles History Museum Gift Shop Museum Shop Reveals New Brand and Offerings for Patrons The St. Charles History Museum gift shop has a new name and look. “The Curious Fox,” as it is now known, features a new logo and new items for patrons, including St. Charles branded pillows, blankets, t-shirts and other apparel, locally produced honey and salsa products. The shop’s new look also aligns with the museum’s existing brand décor and style while the new interior arrangements allow for additional merchandise to be displayed. “We’re very proud of our shop’s new name and look. These enhancements offer a refreshed experience for our patrons. We have no doubt that “The Curious Fox” will inspire curious visitors to

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stop by and look around,� according to Executive Director Alison Costanzo. In addition to the new items, the museum shop has offered a myriad of St. Charles-branded merchandise for many years, such as glasses, crocks, postcards, ornaments and more. All proceeds from purchases support the Museum and its mission to preserve and present St. Charles’ rich history. For more information, Museum staff may be reached at 630-584-6967 or via e-mail at info@ STCmuseum.org.

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Healthcare in Retirement By Chad Henry, CFP®, AAMS®, AIF®

You may have seen this statistic before on the cost of healthcare or one resembling it: the average 65-year-old retiring couple can now expect to pay more than $250,000 in health care expenses during the rest of their lives. Pretty staggering amount considering it is just for one of many items that need to be planned for and funded. In fact, Fidelity now projects this cost at $275,000, up 70% from its initial estimate in 2002. The effort to prepare for these potential expenses is changing the big picture of retirement planning. 1 We need to use inflation factors much larger than general inflation and the rising costs can hinder the best of retirement plans. Individual retirement savings strategies have been altered. How many people retire with a dedicated account or lump sum meant to address future health costs? Very few but most should. Most retirees end up winging it, paying their out-of-pocket costs out of income, Social Security benefits, and savings. During the years when you’re planning and saving for retirement, you’re constantly managing the risk to your financial plan such as inflation and potential market declines. But once you retire, the risks do not vanish. Inflation and market risk are amplified and new risks are introduced. Outliving your savings and leaving less

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money for your spouse or other family members can be big concerns. Health care is a big-ticket expense for most retirees, especially with rising costs and the likelihood of needing long term care. If you are not prepared for these expenses, they can put pressure on other aspects of your retirement / financial plan and limit the choices you can make later in life. The older retirees are, the heavier this financial burden seems to be. According to a study from the Employee Benefit Research Institute, people aged 85 and older devote an average of 19% of their household expenses to health care, compared to 11% of household costs for those 65-74. 1 People are starting to wonder if they should assign specific retirement assets to health care. The average man retiring today at 66 is projected to receive $280,000 in Social Security benefits over the balance of his lifetime. That would cover the $275,000 in projected costs referenced above. Fidelity notes that the average workplace retirement plan balance for someone in their sixties is $123,000. Right now, that would approximately cover one retiree’s projected health care costs. 1 The decisions you face when you reach Medicare eligibility will have an impact on your financial plan throughout retirement. Many people are surprised to learn, upon signing up for Medicare, that there are costs involved with the program and so many choices. Even if you have paid into Medicare, you face monthly premiums and cost-sharing provisions once you are enrolled into the program. Few people approach retirement with savings large enough to permit these assignments. For the rest of us, the takeaway is to save even more. Some of us may want to consider a Health Savings Account (HSA), which is routinely used in tandem with a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). Contributions to HSAs are tax advantaged, and withdrawals are tax free when used for qualified medical expenses. Money in an HSA may also be invested, and

the accounts feature tax advantaged growth. Current annual HSA contribution limits are $3,400 for individuals (with a $1,000 catch-up contribution allowed for those 55 and older) and $6,750 for families. 1,2 While households have begun adjusting their retirement expectations in light of projected health care expenses, businesses have also quietly made some changes. Employer matching contributions have been affected. A new study from employee benefits giant Willis Towers Watson says that company matches to retirement plan accounts decreased about 25% between 2001 and 2015 (from 9.1% of worker pay to 6.8% of worker pay). Why? It appears at least some of those dollars were shifted into health care benefits. In the same period, employer allocations to company health care programs more than doubled, rising from 5.7% to 11.5% of employee pay. 3 The Team at Forthright Financial Planning, LLC with Raymond James Financial Services works with families to plan for an assortment of risks in retirement including health care cost. If this is a big question on your mind, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office and set up and appointment to discuss some options that would work for your family.

Citations. 1 - marketwatch.com/story/how-to-planfor-health-care-in-retirement-without-goingbroke-2017-08-25/ [8/25/17] 2 - goerie.com/business/20170824/picking-righthealth-savings-plan [8/24/17] 3 - towerswatson.com/en/Insights/Newsletters/ Americas/Insider/2017/07/shifts-in-benefit-allocations-among-us-employers [7/14/17] foxvalleymagazine.com

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“A Moving Journey” Organizing to Sell and Move

BY ANN MARIE GUENTHER FROM “THAT GIRL ORGANIZES’ Getting a home ready to sell sounds so exciting doesn’t it? That is, until you are about 6 hours into a project. Decluttering, straightening out weed beds, I mean, flower beds, sprucing up paint, cleaning walls sounds simple enough until you realize that’s just the tip of the iceberg and that it’s all you! Let me walk you through my moving journey that occurred this Spring. It started out like this: “honey, this neighborhood doesn’t suit us anymore. Wouldn’t we love to have more of a family orientated neighborhood, lower taxes, less home maintenance and save more for our nest egg? We hired a real estate broker, and within 72 hours I had our home picture-perfect and ready for photographs. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I’m a minimalist Professional Organizer and have been the CEO of That Girl Organizes since 2014. Unlike most folks, I was already prepared and organized, had minimal possissions and my husband and I are excellent at having our home in tip-top shape as well. This mom of four (preschool-highschool) can do anything with the help of a fabulous cleaning service after all! Not everyone organizes homes as a career, but anyone can prep for a move with a few simple steps. SEASONAL ITEMS ARE OUT The first thing I did was purchase 25 small boxes. Packing holiday items away, then every single kitchen gadget we didn’t need for the next three months were key. Buyers open all of your cabinets, so show them how FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE /November 2017


roomy and organized it is! This goes for the rest of the house too. Next, I ordered packing tape that is designated by color and room to mark boxes for easy unloading later. Finally, have ample contractors bags or heavy duty garbage bags to fill up for donations. If donation is a harsh word for you, “bless someone else with it” usually sits better. RECONSIDER EVERYTHING YOU RARELY TOUCH Precious Moments, Mom’s china, honky pieces of furniture, old cameras and other heirlooms may not suit you any longer. Many of my clients are happy with taking a picture of the items before blessing someone else with them. This way they still have he memory, but not the bulk. Great Granny would never want you to keep her wedding dress if you thought it was hideous and you wouldn’t even use it for a Halloween costume would she? Of course not!

KIDS ARE GREAT HELPERS Children are actually great at decluttering. They are helpful, especially if someone other than mom or dad (a professional organizer) is helping them. I ask children key questions like: Does it feel icky at all? What would you tell your best friend is too babyish for you in here? Once the child makes a pile of no longer loved items, I gently ask them to bless children who don’t have as many items. Don’t forget to ask children, “what do you have that you would buy for a friends birthday party because it’s awesome?” Keep those. Decluttering creates calm and peace so you have time to do the things that matter.

Do you have barely used Christmas tree plates? Give them to family members who adore them or sell them on a site such as NextdoorNeighbor. If you are giving them away, check out a shelter near you. Once everything is packed that isn’t useful and you’ve donated items it’s time to tidy up drawers. Buyers look there too.

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Interview with Rowena Salas

Owner and General Manager of Hotel Baker Rowena Salas is a registered nurse, active charity supporter, and passionate entrepreneur. As a baccalaureate graduate in nursing from Rush University, College of Nursing with an extensive background in Endocrinology, Neurology and Psychiatry, her work experience has branched out from healthcare to areas of business leadership and management, as well as philanthropy in her contributions to many nonprofit organizations such as Fox Valley Hands of Hope, Living Well Cancer Resource Center FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE /November 2017

and more. As a proud participant of Generation Rescue, the organization’s cause is especially close to her heart due to her nephew’s diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Salas and her husband, Joe, are owners of Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois. Going into their 15th year, they, along with their sons, Antonio and Emilio, celebrate the historic Hotel Baker’s 90th celebration in 2018. *Hotel Baker is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.


Fox Valley Magazine: How did your background in healthcare prepare you for the business world? Rowena Salas: Before, I never truly thought it would be useful or relevant in my future in business, but now I know that having a nursing background speaks volumes in all areas of life. It allowed me to become a good mother to my children, a knowledgeable caregiver for my parents, and a quick-thinking responder with the ability to properly assess and triage in difficult or urgent situations. While in the healthcare industry, I took on many different

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roles that taught me so much in ways I never expected in relation to my current position. Initially, I started as a floor nurse caring for patients and providing information to the patient’s family and loved ones. When I later transitioned into the Human Resources division, I gained more knowledge in areas such as recruitment and advertising. As a Nurse and Allied Health Recruiter, I began understanding specific department needs and finding the most qualified candidates to meet them. Additionally, spearheading a department within Philanthropy and Communications, which involved marketing work with the 2,500 physicians of the medical center, also became yet another opportunity to expand my professional skill set. The managerial role allowed me to lead and interact with upper management for the first time, and the philanthropic portion of the division provided me with even more vital knowledge and experiences that I eventually brought with me to my position now. Fox Valley Magazine: After the hotel sat empty for a year you and your husband acquired Hotel Baker in 2003. What made you decide to purchase the property? Rowena Salas: Joe Salas always had visions for the hotel, and those grand visions came with so much excitement and joy. But with that being said, I do not believe he, or anyone really, could truly understand at first what an immense undertaking it would be to acquire Hotel Baker‌with the stories and past that surround it as both a historic hotel and landmark, as well as its iconic community status as a beloved building in the heart of downtown St. Charles. All of it, of course, adds to the allure of Hotel Baker, and made it stand out right away. Along with historical and comFOX VALLEY MAGAZINE /November 2017

munity value, Joe also truly loved how the hotel was located on the Fox River, as he is a passionate power boater and appreciates the scenic beauty of its location. When it came down to it, the purchasing decision was all his, not mine. Fox Valley Magazine: Hotel Baker has been a downtown centerpiece since 1928, how do


you stay true to its tradition yet make it modern? Rowena Salas: There are plenty of challenges when it comes to maintaining such a special historic place, but we always strive to honor its past with a present mindset. It is an old building with a lot of history in its veins, and our team is passionate about its upkeep and keeping it alive. While we acknowledge that boutique hotels are not for everyone, we do hope that any guest and visitor will appreciate the hotel’s unique background and beautiful aesthetic upon their departure.

Theatre stay at Hotel Baker. Could you tell us some who have and share any great stories. Rowena Salas: We have also had the honor of providing our services to Shirley MacLaine, Ed Asner, Dana Carvey, Hugh Jackman, Jerry Lewis, Alice in Chains, New Kids On The Block, Bozz Scaggs, Air Supply, and more. The most memorable events, however, would have to be the NFL meetings and the wedding ceremony and celebration of Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg. While those events resulted in a lot of media attention, we at Hotel Baker always remained true to our strict rules

Fox Valley Magazine: Hotel Baker hosts Private and Corporate Events as well as Weddings. How do you provide a unique experience for each? Rowena Salas: We hold a large variety of events at Hotel Baker, each different from one another. Our Sales and Catering Managers work with our clients oneon-one to ensure we provide them with a unique and memorable experience for their event. Many clients have come to us enthusiastically with their own ideas, while others are more flexible and open to suggestions that may work better for their vision. Our event planning staff is fortunate enough to be able to network and attend a variety of conferences and seminars where we’re able to learn more about current and upcoming trends. Fox Valley Magazine: Quite a few of the performers and celebrities with shows at the Arcada foxvalleymagazine.com

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of guest discretion. Privacy has always been our priority, and as we’re in the business of ensuring the best care to others at Hotel Baker, we owe that to our patrons. Fox Valley Magazine: Are there any maintenance challenges of having your property right on the Fox River? Rowena Salas: Being on the banks of the Fox River has many challenges, especially during the spring and summer months. While this is considered a norm, many do not realize the amount of river bugs that come in contact with our building. However, our maintenance crew makes it a priority to ensure the cleanliness of Hotel Baker and that we are on top of any issues that come with our unique river bank location. Fox Valley Magazine: You are a philanthropist and volunteer, why are you committed to giving back? Rowena Salas: I have been fortunate to have so many opportunities to provide time and support to a few nonprofit organizations. When my children were younger, I was able to assist in their school’s fundraising efforts. The camaraderie among the parents was enjoyable, as we all shared a common goal: maintaining a healthy, productive, and educational environ-

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ment for the children. As the years went by, I had the opportunity to assist in other fundraising organizations, such as one that focuses on the end of life, bereavement, and financial support for the mourning families which is a topic that holds such significance to me. Another organization I am involved with helps families with members who are on the autism spectrum. Raising awareness and providing funding to those families in need allows the children to seek medical attention, provide them with a treatment plan, along with education regarding nutrition, medication, supplements, and more. Fox Valley Magazine: Tell us about the new Fall menu at Rox City Grill. Rowena Salas: The Fall menu at ROX City Grill contains so many flavorful and scrumptious selections. Executive Chef Keith Willis is such an incredible, innovative chef who has created various iconic dishes for the restaurant that truly cannot be duplicated by any other chef. He will amaze your taste buds when you try our delicious new culinary creations on our menu. Fox Valley Magazine: Breakfast with Santa is always a big hit. Will you be having it again this year? Rowena Salas: Breakfast with Santa has become a tradition at Hotel Baker for many families of the community, neighboring cities, and areas farther away. We have even added another hour to the three Sundays because of the popular demand. Those who attend this special event are also able to enjoy our breakfast buffet, face painting, visiting with Santa Claus, and a professional photo opportunity with him, if one wishes. It is always such a memorable time at the hotel during the holiday season, and I enjoy watching all the little children in awe from the magic of finally


meeting Santa from the North Pole. Fox Valley Magazine: Any hints on how you will be celebrating Hotel Baker’s 90th Birthday in 2018? Rowena Salas: We are thrilled to celebrate Hotel Baker’s 90th birthday, and already have a fun-filled itinerary in the months to follow! We will be starting the celebration during the St. Charles Holiday Homecoming, beginning on Friday, November 24th at the Lighting of the Lights. This year, we’re also excited to be joining the Holiday Homecoming Parade in addition to the annual Hot Cocoa Giveaway. We have some wonderful lunches and dinners with historical presentations and so much more planned in the coming months, but most important of all, the 90th Celebration Gala will be in June 2018.

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a&e NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE FOR INFO: (630) 637-7469 NORTHCENTRALCOLLEGE. COM

North Central College - November Through Nov. 22, Art exhibit: North Central College will showcase a collection of work by Carol Brookes through 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 630-6375375. Through Jan. 3, Art Exhibit: North Central College presents artwork by Ramon Nayar, who uses a combination of creative writing, photography and film to unlock storytelling in new ways. Nayar’s work is on display through Jan. 3 in the College’s Oesterle Library Gallery, 420 E. School St. Call 630-637-5700 for gallery hours and more information. Nov. 1, Lecture: North Central College’s Center for Global Education FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE /November 2017

will host a free talk, titled “Building a Circular Economy: Reducing Landfills, Sharing Profits,” as part of its Sustaining the Globe Series. Jonathan Pereira, executive director of The Plant of Chicago, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the College’s Smith Hall at Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. He will explain how a collaborative community of small food businesses in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood is designed to be a net-zero, closed-loop system. For more information call 630-6375132. Nov. 1, Lecture: North Central College’s communication program will host a free lecture by Rutgers University professor and critical communication scholar Chenjerai Kumanyika at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in room 20 at Goldspohn Hall, 31 N. Loomis St. He will talk about his new podcast on People’s Civil War.


For more information call 630-637-5130. Nov. 1, Author talk: North Central College and Anderson’s Bookshops copresent actor, writer and comedian Denis Leary at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Author of the bestseller “Why We Suck,” Leary will discuss his new book “Why We Don’t Suck” and hold a Q&A session. His new work takes a searing, comic look at our divisive times, skewering liberals and conservatives alike with a dose of sarcasm and common sense. For tickets visit DenisLearyAndersons.brownpapertickets. com; for more information contact Anderson’s at 630-355-2665 or visit andersonsbookshop.com. Nov. 3, Music: North Central College hosts An Evening with Jazz Trumpeter Art Davis at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. One of Chicago’s leading jazz trumpet artists, Davis has toured with greats such as Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra. Tickets are $20/adults and $15/students and seniors; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. Nov. 4, Cardinal football: It’s Senior Day for the North Central College Cardinals football team at their home game vs. Carthage College at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 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 northcentralcardinals.com/football. Nov. 4, Music: The Chicago Sinfonietta presents “Regresar/Return: A Día de los Muertos Celebration” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Conducted by Hector Guzman, the concert will

feature a 60-voice choir and some of Mexico and Latin America’s most celebrated composers. Tickets are $60, $48 and $10; call 630-637SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/ showtix.

Nov. 9-12, Theatre: North Central College presents the Neil Simon musical “Sweet Charity,” directed by Chicago’s Jacob Harvey at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-11 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. In this delightful comic and musical adventure, one hopeful woman navigates a series of hilarious misfortunes in her journey to obtain her heart’s desire. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/students and seniors; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. Nov. 10, Visit Day: High school students and their parents or guardians are invited to attend North Central College’s Visit Day on Friday, Nov. 10, 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 foxvalleymagazine.com

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set for 9 a.m. For more information and to register call 630-637-5800 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/visit/freshman-campus-visit-opportunities. Nov. 10, Music: The Youth Symphony of DuPage presents its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For more information visit ysdp. org. Nov. 12, Music: The Naperville Municipal Band presents its Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For tickets and more information visit napervilleband.org. Nov. 14, Music: North Central College’s Concert Winds and Symphony Band ensembles present their Invitational Concert at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and seniors; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. Nov. 15, Music: North Central College’s jazz studies program presents “The Fall Great Evening of Jazz” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The concert features student jazz ensembles. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and seniors; call 630-637SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/ showtix. Nov. 16, Music: North Central College’s Symphony Band and Chamber Players ensemble will present their fall concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The performance will include timeless masterworks of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss and Gounod, as well as modern repertoire by emerging composers, performed by student instrumentalists under the direction of Sean Kelley. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and seniors; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. Nov. 17, Children’s theatre: AlphaBet Soup Productions presents “Alice in Wonderland” at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. For more information visit absproductions.com. Nov. 18, Music: North Central College will host

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Australian rock band Little River Band at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Little River Band set a record for having Top 10 hits for six consecutive years with songs like “It’s a Long Way There,” “Help Is on Its Way” and “Happy Anniversary.” The band’s current lineup brings new energy and arrangements to the classic hits. Tickets are $50, $40 and $30; call 630-637SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege. edu/showtix. Nov. 19, Music: The DuPage Symphony Orchestra presents “Enduring Classics” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The program will feature music from Weber’s “Freischütz Overture” and Schumann’s “Rhenish Symphony.” Tickets range from $38 to $15; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. Nov. 21, Transfer information session: North Central College will host an information session Tuesday, Nov. 21, 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 northcentralcollege.edu/transfer-visit. Nov. 23-24, College closed: North Central College will be closed Nov. 23-24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Nov. 28, Author talk: North Central College and Anderson’s Bookshops copresent No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and Food Network TV star Ree Drummond at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. She will discuss her new cookbook “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It.” For tickets visit ReeAndersons. brownpapertickets.com; for more information

contact Anderson’s at 630-355-2665 or visit andersonsbookshop.com. Nov. 29, Author talk: North Central College and Anderson’s Bookshops copresent well-known journalist Dan Rather at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Released Sept. 6, his new book “What Unites Us” reflects on his 50 years of broadcast journalism and important issues of the day. He will be part of a discussion interview and take questions from the audience; there will be no book signing. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com/ event/3002801; for more information contact Anderson’s at 630-355-2665 or visit andersonsbookshop.com. Nov. 30, Children’s theatre: AlphaBet Soup Productions presents “The Christmas Toyshop” at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. For more information visit absproductions.com. Nov. 30, Holiday market: The Naperville Garden Club will hold a preview day for its annual fundraising event Cup of Cheer Market on Thursday, Nov. 30, in North Central College’s Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave. For more information visit napervillegardenclub.org foxvalleymagazine.com

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a&e THE ALBRIGHT THEATER COMPANY 100 NORTH ISLAND AVENUE, BATAVIA, IL (630) 406-8838 ALBRIGHTTHEATRE.COM

The Albright Theatre Company The Albright Theatre is pleased to present the holiday classic - Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story - based on the 1983 film of the same name. Adapted for the stage by Philip Grecian. The play will run weekends December 8 17th at The Albright Theatre 100 N. Island Avenue Batavia IL 60510 Fridays at 7:30 pm Saturdays at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm Sundays at 2:30 pm Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for students and seniors. Bring a non perishable food item for our food drive to receive $1.00 off the ticket price.

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The Albright Theatre will be hosting auditions for the David Mamet drama


Glengarry Glen Ross - directed by Sean Hargadon. This scalding Pulitzer-Prize winning play took Broadway and London by storm. Here is David Mamet at his very best, writing about small-time, cutthroat real estate salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers, in a never-ending scramble for their share of the American dream. Seeking seven men to fill roles between the ages of 30 to 60 Auditions will be held at The Albright Theatre - 100 Island Ave, 3rd Floor - Batavia IL 60510 Sunday December 17th 7:30 pm Monday December 18th 7:30 pm

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a&e FINE LINE CREATIVE ARTS CENTER 37W570 BOLCUM ROAD ST. CHARLES, IL 630.584.9443 FINELINE.ORG

Fine Line Creative Arts Center David Roth - November 18 – 7.30 pm (Doors open at 7.00 pm) Award-winning singer/songwriter David Roth returns to Fine Line! Poignant to improbable, holistic to hilarious (think James Taylor meets Jon Stewart), David has taken his songs, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues in this and other countries full-time for three decades. His work has found it’s way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, Peter, Paul, & Mary and Kingston Trio CDs, the Kerrville and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals (top honors at both “Emerging Artist” competitions), NASA’s Goddard Space Center (his song “Rocket Science” sailed on the space shuttle Atlantis in 2009), the Rise Up Singing and Rise Again (sequel) songbooks, and 14 CDs on the Wind River and Stockfisch (Germany) labels. The former artist-in-residence at New York’s Omega Institute (who twice sang the national anthem at Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls games) has been on many of Christine Lavin’s seminal Rounder Records compilations, and has also taught singing, songwriting, and performance at Summersongs (NY), the Augusta Heritage workshops (WV), Common Ground on the Hill (MD), the Woods Dance & Music Camp (Ontario), WUMB’s Summer Acoustic Music Week (NH), Moab Folk Camp (UT), Rowe Center (MA), Pendle Hill (PA), Lamb’s Retreat (MI), the National Wellness Institute (WI), and for many other songwriting groups and associations around the country. In addition, David has written more than 75 songs (over 18 years) for the Songs of Love Foundation in New York which provides free custom-made music for families with really sick children. David is also creator of the Cape Cod

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Songwriters Retreat and organizer/host of the Cape’s Full Moon Open Mic which for the past 12 years has provided a forum for musicians to connect and be heard while at the same time collecting donations (cumulatively over $13,000 to date) for local non-profits to help neighbors in need. Join us for another roller coaster ride of song and story as we welcome a Chicago native back to the Land of Lincoln. Ticket Price $20.00

ing rooms are decked out with items galore. All items at this event are for sale and it is here that someone can find truly unique one of kind pieces as gifts for the holiday season. While some of the artists have been showing their work as this event for years, each year brings new artists who bring items not seen before. The event always provides a wide range of affordable gifts for anyone and everyone in your life.

Available for purchase on line at www.fineline.org or by calling 630-584-9443

The event begins on Friday December 1st from 6 pm until 9 pm. For opening night Fine Line, with the help of many volunteers, provides nibbles and refreshments as you browse the event. There is holiday music and outdoor lanterns to get everyone in the holiday spirit. This is not the usual holiday shopping experience - this is an event.

Mark your calendars for Christmastime at Fine Line Each year local artists are from the tri cities and surrounding areas apply to take part in Christmastime at Fine Line. This annual event brings local artists together under one roof to show and sell their unique artisan pieces. From jewelry to scarfs to pictures to pottery and seasonal decorations; the Kavanagh Gallery at Fine Line and the surround-

Christmastime at Fine Line runs until December 9, hours vary each day. More information can be found on the Fine Line website www.fineline.org

Opening Night Friday, December December 1, 1, 2017 2017 Friday, from 66 –– 99 pm pm from

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a&e ARCADA THEATER 105 E. MAIN STREET ST. CHARLES, IL BOX OFFICE: (630) 962-7000

What’s Happening at The Arcada? Ambrosia // Player // Firefall

“Biggest Part of Me”, “How Much I Feel”, “Baby Come Back,” “the Time I’m In It For Love” Friday, Nov 3 8:00 PM

Bronx Wanderer’s Sock Hop!

The Bronx Wanderers are coming back to Chicago…for only one more night, their only other show outside of Las Vegas this year! Saturday, Nov 4

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Wayne Newton

Join Las Vegas Legend Wayne Newton, for a show unlike he has ever done before, featuring performances of his favorite hits, showbiz stories, and candid conversation with questions from the audience. He remains a popular concert performer, playing gigs around the country. Sunday, Nov 5 3:00 PM

The Orchestra starring former members of ELO

Former members of ELO playing all of the bands hits! Friday, Nov 10 8:00 PM

WHERE THE ACTION IS: Paul Revere’s Raiders Mitch Ryder Peter Rivera Original Member & Lead Singer of Rare Earth ’69- ’75 MITCH RYDER & The Detroit Wheels , Peter Rivera former drummer of Rare Earth, and Paul Revere’s Raiders rock the Arcada Theatre for the Where the Action is tour! Saturday, Nov 11 8:00 PM

Lonesome Traveler: The Roots of American Folk with special guest star Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul & Mary.

A musical journey down the rivers and streams of American Folk...Lonesome Traveler stars charismatic young singers/multi-instrumentalists who return us to a time when music brought us together - when it changed us. Sunday, Nov 12 5:00 PM

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Gino Vannelli

In late 2009, amidst a very busy touring schedule, Gino managed to find the time to re-record many of his better known songs for a cd entitled, The Best & Beyond. “True, some may consider The Best & Beyond simply a modernization or update of my older material, but I feel it is much more a statement of my present-day musical mindset, not to mention some incredible musicianship by a few Portland musicians” Friday, Nov 17 8:00 PM

America – Two Shows

The year 2017 marks the 47th Anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite, America. Founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (along with former band mate Dan Peek) met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song “A Horse With No Name.” America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first #1 single. Forty plus years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound. ... Saturday, Nov 18 @ 8:00 PM and Sunday, Nov 19 @ 7:00 PM

SOLD OUT! Garage Rock Kings: The Buckinghams, The Ides of March, The New Colony Six, The Cryan’ Shames, and The Shadows Of Knight Cornerstones of Rock featuring The Buckinghams, The Cryan Shames, The New Colony Six, The Shadows of Knight, The Ides of March and other surprise guests!!! The first special in the series will bring together Chicago area’s iconic rock groups of the 1960s and ’70s for a once-in-a-lifetime concert special. Saturday, Nov 25 8:00 PM FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE /November 2017


Jonathan Cain of Journey

Jonathan Cain will touring Christmas 2017 in support of his 2nd solo Christmas album, Unsung Noel. Jonathan will be playing various songs from his solo albums, some new and classic Christmas songs, along with a medley of some monster hit songs from Journey! Thursday, Nov 30 7:30 PM

Winger / Firehouse

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a&e PARAMOUNT THEATRE 8 E. GALENA BLVD. AURORA, IL

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Paramount Theatre Presents Tony And Emmy Award-Winner Kristin Chenoweth One-Night-Only November 4 No matter if she’s a good witch on Broadway, a sassy press secretary on TV or a show-stopping singer on stage, Tony and Emmy Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth is always absolutely mesmerizing. Musical theater lovers know Chenoweth hits it out of the park with everything she does, and she’s bringing that same level of charm, spunk, grace and all-around excellence to west suburban Chicago’s Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, one-nightonly, Saturday, November 4 at 8 p.m. If you love basking in the glow of incredible talent, you need to see An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth. Tickets, $75 and $85, are going fast.

Evan Tyrone Martin Returns For An “Unforgettable” Nat King Cole Tribute Concert November 5 Aurora’s Paramount Theatre is proud to bring back Chicago leading man Evan Tyrone Martin – whose mind-blowing, jaw-dropping performance in Paramount’s critically acclaimed Jesus Christ Superstar wowed audiences last spring – to star in Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole, Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35. In Unforgettable, Martin warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole. Martin intimately relates Cole’s musical journey: from his upbringing in the Chicago church, to shuffling along the jazz scene, to his emergence as a popular music icon. Classic tunes include “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “L-O-V-E” and “Smile.” BCR News praised, “Martin’s vocal ease would have done Nat King Cole proud.” FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE /November 2017


“Destined for Stardom: One of the Hot New Faces of Chicago Theatre,” hailed the Chicago Tribune, while the Chicago Sun-Times raved, “Evan Tyrone Martin is a golden-voiced actor of sweetness and grace.” In addition to his star turn in Jesus Christ Superstar, Martin won similar acclaim as King Triton in Paramount’s The Little Mermaid and Tom Collins in Rent. His other area credits include Dreamgirls (Curtis - Black Theatre Alliance Award Nomination), Far From Heaven (Raymond - Jeff Award nomination), The Color Purple (Harpo), Sideshow (Jake-Jeff Award nomination), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Valentin – Jeff Award nomination, Broadway World Award nomination), Floyd Collins, I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett, Some Enchanted Evening and Hair. Regional credits include The Little Mermaid, Forever Plaid, Hair and Pippin.

Comedy Genius Frank Caliendo Brings His Dead-On Celebrity Impressions On November 10 Chicago-born comedian and celebrity impressionist Frank Caliendo is a comedy genius, famous for his countless, hilarious appearances on Frank TV, Fox NFL Sunday, MADtv, The Late Show with David Letterman and more. Caliendo is also a favorite at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre, where his high-energy blend of observations, impressions, characters and anecdotal stories always start at a frenetic pace and never let up. On Friday, November 10, at 8 p.m., Caliendo brings all of his favorite impressions to downtown Aurora for one showonly. Come laugh out loud at Caliendo’s dead-on takes on Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Jay Leno and Robert DeNiro, politicians Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, and TV broadcasters John Madden, Charles Barkley and Dr. Phil. His impressions, jokes and observations about life will have you in stitches. Best of all, you can bring the kids because Caliendo’s shows are clean and family-friendly. So whether you’re a sports fan, a political analyst or just love to laugh, Frank Caliendo’s only Chicago-area stop this fall is a can’t-miss. foxvalleymagazine.com

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ELGIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

a&e ELGIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 20 DU PAGE CT ELGIN, IL

Andrew Grams to Conduct Blockbuster Program that Holds Beethoven’s 7th and Two ESO Premieres

FOR INFO AND TICKETS: (847) 888-4000 OR WWW.ELGINSYMPHONY. ORG

Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) Music Director Andrew Grams returns to the podium November 4 and 5 to conduct a blockbuster program that features Beethoven’s 7th symphony, an instant hit when first performed in 1813. The concerts also feature two (2) ESO premieres: Chicagoarea composer James M. Stephenson’s Tributes Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, performed by violinist Jennifer Frautschi, and Aaron Copland’s Our Town, composed for the 1940 film of the same name. Free ESO Listeners Clubs will be held Wednesday, November 1 that will discuss the upcoming concert program. Led by music lecturer, composer, and radio personality Jim Kendros, Listeners Clubs are free lecture/discussions that take place the Wednesday before ESO Classics Series concert weekends at Greenfields of Geneva, 10:30 am, and the Gail Borden Public Library at 1 pm. All part of the ESO’s goal to enrich, enlighten and entertain. Saturday concertgoers are invited after the performance to Mingle with the Musicians at Bennigan’s Elgin. Beethoven 7 concert tickets start at $30. Student tickets are $12. Valet or free parking. For more information, visit ElginSymphony. Org or 847-888-4000. Two-time GRAMMY nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient Jennifer Frautschi has garnered worldwide acclaim as an adventurous musician with a remarkably wide-ranging repertoire. Highlights of her past season included performances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Tucson Symphony, as well as return engagements with the Alabama, Arkansas, Belo Horizonte, Chattanooga, Phoenix, and Toledo Symphonies and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. This past summer she performed at the Ojai, La Jolla, Santa Fe, Moab, Bridgehampton, and SaltBay Music Festivals. Born in Pasadena, California, Ms. Frautschi FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE /November 2017


was a student of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School; she also attended Harvard, New England Conservatory, and Juilliard, where she studied with Robert Mann. She performs on a 1722 Antonio Stradivarius violin known as the “ex-Cadiz,” on generous loan from a private American foundation.

have made him a favorite of Elgin Symphony audiences. He has extended his contract with the ESO through 2021. With a unique combination of intensity, enthusiasm and technical clarity, Mr. Grams has steadily built a reputation for his dynamic concerts and longterm orchestra building.

Leading American orchestras, instrumentalists and wind ensembles around the world have performed the music of Chicagobased composer James M. Stephenson, both to critical acclaim and the delight of audiences. Stephenson came late to his fulltime composing career, having performed 17 seasons as a trumpeter in the Naples Philharmonic in Florida. As such, the composer is largely self-taught, making his voice truly individual and his life’s work all the more remarkable. Recent and upcoming premieres include the St. Louis and Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Cabrillo Festival, as well as the US “President’s Own” Marine Band. Over 150 orchestras and bands play his music annually.

Born in Severn, Maryland, Mr. Grams began studying the violin when he was eight years old. In 1999 he received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from The Juilliard School, and in 2003 he received a conducting degree from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller. He was selected to spend the summer of 2003 studying with David Zinman, Murry Sidlin and Michael Stern at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and returned to that program again in 2004. Mr. Grams served as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra from 2004-2007 where he worked under the guidance of Franz WelserMöst, and has since returned for several engagements.

With a unique combination of intensity, enthusiasm and technical clarity, American conductor Andrew Grams has steadily built a reputation for his dynamic concerts and longterm orchestra building. He is the winner of 2015 Conductor of the Year from the Illinois Council of Orchestras and has led orchestras throughout the United States including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. Mr. Grams served as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra from 2004-2007 where he worked under the guidance of Franz Welser-Möst, and has since returned for several engagements. Andrew Grams, now in his 5th ESO season, became music director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra after an international search. His charismatic conducting and easy accessibility

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 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. foxvalleymagazine.com

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What’s New In Santa Monica Explore the latest offerings from Los Angeles’ beach city

Santa Monica welcomes brand-new dining, arts & culture, fitness and outdoor experiences to its eight unique neighborhoods. As a hub for culinary innovation, Santa Monica’s dining options continue to expand with the opening of new restaurants including a casual modern diner from chef Raphael Lunetta as well as an intimate tasting experience from James Beard award-wining chef Dave Beran. Free events return the Santa Monica Pier on the weekends, including yoga and outdoor movies. For those interested in the arts, Santa Monica debuted ROAM, a rotating public art program in Downtown Santa Monica with artwork by Emmy-Award winner Eric Rieger. Read on for full details on what’s new in Santa Monica this autumn. HOTELS Beyond the Beach at Shutters on the Beach Hotel (Pier/Ocean Ave.) – Beyond the Beach provides guests at Shutters on the Beach Hotel with curated bespoke itineraries of quintessential Los Angeles adventures to experience during their stay. Guests can reach new heights while hang gliding on AIR Adventures, explore LA’s contemporary art scene on Greenwald’s ‘Go Green’ Gallery Guide, unveil magical secrets with acclaimed magician Derek Hughes on Magic Moments, and cruise iconic streets on Classic Cars and Drives. https://www.shuttersonthebeach.com/experiences/beyond-the-beach Flavor by Loews Hotels (Pier/Ocean Ave.) – Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is inviting guests to experience local cuisines with Flavor by Loews Hotels, an innovative food and beverage experience serving up the best of Southern

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California’s homegrown flavors. Flavor by Loews Hotels partners that are exclusive to Santa Monica include: El Machete hot sauce, Juice Served Here and Black Market Gelato & Sorbet. https://blog.loewshotels.com/flavor-by-loewshotels/ Glam+Go at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows (Wilshire/Ocean Ave.) – There’s a new way to get camera ready at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows with Glam+Go, a blowout bar for busy women. Glam+Go brings quick, quality and convenient blowouts to Santa Monica with their 15-minute express service and membership options. First time visitors can receive a $15 express blowout with the booking code EASYGLAM. http://www.glamandgo.com FOOD & BEVERAGE Dialogue (Downtown Santa Monica) – Third Street Promenade welcomed Dialogue, an intimate tasting menu restaurant led by James Beard award-wining chef Dave Beran (formerly of Chicago’s Alinea and Next), to the neighborhood in September. Offering a set menu, the 18-seat restaurant tells a story via the tasting menu format, focusing on the produce of Southern California with relation to the seasons. Dialogue is open Tuesday through Saturday. https://www.dialoguerestaurant.com Lunetta All Day (Pico Blvd.) – Lunetta All Day is Santa Monica’s casual modern diner featuring new American eats from chef Raphael Lunetta, who also runs the popular Lunetta Dining Room & Bar next door. This all-day style diner serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The menu offers AM-PM food options paired with locally roasted coffee, classic cocktails and a large selection of craft beer and wines. https://www.lunettasm.com/allday/

it sounds like –a meat-centric restaurant with breathtaking views of the Pacific, serving a carnivore’s delight of chops and seafood. Located on the corner of Ocean and Broadway, Meat On Ocean has a charcuterie bar and dry aging room, stocked with a vast variety of prime beef, from dry aged domestic cuts to Japanese A-5. http://www.meatonocean.com/ Perry’s Café & Beach Rentals (Pier/Ocean Ave.) – Perry’s Café & Beach Rentals has expanded its menu to include breakfast and California Bowls, each featuring fresh California ingredients and homemade guacamole. Perry’s Café will also be hosting barbeques on Saturday and Sundays at their Ocean Front Walk location during lunch hours. http://www.perryscafe.com/home.html Uovo (Downtown Santa Monica) – A fine-casual restaurant from the co-owners of Sugarfish, serving up traditional pasta dishes made with fresh noodles flow in from Bologna, Italy. Uovo, which means egg in Italian, prepares its pasta daily using special dark-yoked Italian eggs. Upon arrival, chefs turn the pasta into classic dishes like tagliatelle, tonnarelli, lasagna and ravioli. https://uovo.la HEALTH & FITNESS Chocolate Sun Santa Monica Studio (Main St.) – Chocolate Sun’s flagship studio has moved to Main Street. Established in 2003, Chocolate

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Sun was the first studio entirely dedicated to the art of sunless tanning. The company has stayed true to its roots in Santa Monica, run by female entrepreneurs, and producing locally sourced, all organic and natural ingredients. From their sunless tanning to botanical skin care, each ingredient used is chosen for its powerful and protective antioxidant properties. Chocolate Sun’s sunless tan is a quick and convenient way to get your perfect glow, first time visitors receive a discounted rate of $52. https://chocolatesun.com/ Kao Aesthetics (Mid-City) – Kao Aesthetics, a premier drip/IV spa, now offers customized IV vitamin drips and boosters to maximize health, beauty and wellness. For those short on time, their “Shot Bar” and “IV Pushes” take as little as 5-15 minutes, during which clients can catch up on emails, watch TV and use their complementary Wi-Fi. The selection of Shot Bar treatments ranges from $25 to $45 and $60 to $275 for Drips and IV Pushes. For travelers, the “Jet Lag Fixx” can help with chronic fatigue while boosting the immune system. http://www.kao-center.com Manduu (Main St.) – Manduu, a unique fitness studio, opened its first California location off Main Street. Manduu uses electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) to strengthen all 656 muscles within the body, fifteen minutes and once a week. The studio provides personal training to everyone, regardless of age, or fitness level. http://manduu.com ROGA (Pier/Ocean Ave.) – ROGA (Run + Yoga) returns to the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday mornings, Sept. 16-Oct. 21. Fitness enthusiasts can meet at 8 a.m. under the Santa Monica Pier sign for a 2 or 5 mile run around the beach and pier. Walkers are also welcome. At 9 a.m. the workout continues with yoga at the far west end of the Pier. Bring your yoga mat and have your peace of mind restored by Santa Monica’s top instructors while you enjoy panoramic ocean views and the sound of waves. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE /November 2017

http://santamonicapier.org/roga/ YogaWorks 30th Anniversary (Main St. & Montana Ave.) – YogaWorks celebrated 30 years of strength, mindfulness and community during the month of September. Founded in 1987 on Montana Avenue, YogaWorks gained notoriety for gathering many styles of yoga under one roof, attracting the best teachers in Southern California, expanding to 40 locations across the country. https://www.yogaworks.com/about/our-history/ SHOPPING Gearys Rolex Boutique (Downtown Santa Monica) – Gearys Rolex Boutique opened its third Los Angeles location in August, located in the Santa Monica Place shopping center. The 3,100-square-foot, ocean-inspired boutique features a large and impressive selection of Rolex wristwatches, showcasing many classic and coveted timepieces. The boutique also features a customer facing, fully-equipped watch workshop to enhance the in-store experience for guests. http://www.santamonicaplace.com/Directory/ Details/606999 ARTS & CULTURE Pico Block Party: Translation (Pico) – The Pico Block Party: TRANSLATION, held by 18th Street Arts Center, invites the local and extended com-


munity to gather on Oct. 14 for a festival of performances and artist workshops celebrating their PST: LA/LA exhibition A Universal History of Infamy: Virtues of Disparity. This family-friendly event will feature tours of the exhibition, art-making workshops, live music by Cuñao, Brazilian dance performances, open studios, and food. http://18thstreet.org/pico-block-party-translation/

OFF THE HOOK Seafood Festival (Pier/ Ocean Ave.) – The third annual OFF THE HOOK Seafood Festival makes a splash onto the Santa Monica Pier on Oct. 14. Celebrating National Seafood Month, the festival showcases the city’s best restaurants and chefs with dishes featuring their favorite underwater ingredients, highlighting Santa Monica’s unrivaled seafood offerings. http://offthehookseafoodfest.com/

ROAM (Downtown Santa Monica) – ROAM Santa Monica is a rotating public art program in Downtown, featuring ground-breaking counterparty artists know for creating unique installations across the country. The program kicked off in late August with a piece from Emmy-Award winner Eric Rieger and will run for at least one year, with new art filtering through every few months. http://www.downtownsm.com/roam-santa-monica

ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION Bird Rides Inc. Scooters (Downtown Santa Monica) – Santa Monica is home to the newly launched scooter sharing app, Bird. Launched in September by a former Uber employee, Bird makes it easy to explore all 8.3 square miles of Santa Monica while being environmentally friendly. Similar to a bikeshare or carshare program, black scooters are dispersed throughout Downtown Santa Monica and users can unlock one using a smartphone app. Each ride costs $1 plus 15 cents per minute, with the scooters traveling up to 15mph. At the conclusion of a ride, the user can leave the scooter at their destination and lock the scooter using the app. http://smdp.com/bird-scooters-flying-aroundtown/162647

EVENTS Front Porch Cinema (Pier/Ocean Ave.) – Front Porch Cinema, Southern California’s free movie series set under the stars and over the Ocean, returns to the Santa Monica Pier every Friday night this fall from Sept. 29-Oct. 27. During these free events, the Pier is transformed into a cozy and perfect setting for a night of movies, scrumptious food, themed drinks in the cinema lounge, and activities for the whole family. The audience can unwind on lawn chairs, curl up in comfy blankets, and watch on a giant screen with the highest quality HD-projection and line-array sound. Upcoming films include La La Land, Hidden Figures and The Princess Bride. http://santamonicapier. org/frontporchcinema/

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

Shops and Restaurants on 3rd Street in Geneva IL

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Shops and Restaurants on 3rd Street in Geneva IL

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Northwestern Medicine Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit

Pelindaba Lavender

Ribbon Cuttings

The Paper Merchant

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