AROUND TOWN

Summer is right around the corner, and we’ve rounded up the...

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Paramount Theatre April 24-June 16 paramountaurora.com Enjoy an evening at one of Chicagoland’s most highly esteemed theatres for their production of Beautiful: The...

FOOD & DRINK

Top Shelf: Pasta Pappone makes for a delicious dinnertime…...

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By Valerie Hardy  Though neither is Italian, Jon and Mary Beth Mulholland created a lucrative pasta business lauded for its products’ authenticity, efficiency, and -...

Oak Brook: A True Dining Mecca

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Oak Brook offers residents and visitors an array of nearly 80 dining destinations, from fine dining to quick-serve restaurants. It has evolved into a...

GIVING BACK

Ben’s Memorial Mile helps raise mental health awareness while remembering Ben...

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By Maureen Callahan I Photos courtesy of Ben’s Memorial Mile May marks the 75th anniversary of Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s a time to consider...

DuPage Pads

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At this year’s Taste of Hope event in late February, DuPagePads once again proved the power of a community that believes everyone deserves a...

ART + THEATRE

Lauren Lakeberg blends a love of photography, nature, and disc golf...

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By Valerie Hardy  Lauren Lakeberg’s first word was “light” – fitting, given that she grew up to become a professional photographer. “Photography has been with...

BUSINESS + MONEY

Welcome In! The Drake Oak Brook’s elegance and charm are back...

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By Maureen Callahan One of the best things about luxury travel is the accommodation. What makes a hotel memorable? Décor? Amazing cuisine? Unparalleled hospitality? To...

Milestones: Downers Grove businesses celebrate landmark anniversaries

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By Maureen Callahan It takes courage to transform an idea into a business, along with hard work and dedication, to keep it running. Several Downers...

TRAVEL

Spring Break Travel Essentials

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As the days get longer and trees start to bloom, we know that spring and summer travel are right on the horizon. Whether you're planning...

Iceland

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By Maureen Callahan Consider checking out this European destination in winter. You’ll need to outfit carefully for outdoor activities, but average temperatures are not much...

HEALTH + LIFE

Fostering Love: Two local families offer foster children a safe place...

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By Maureen Callahan The second Sunday in May is the day we honor Mom. Hers is the first love we know in this world. There’s a...

NEWS & EVENTS

A Downers Grove North alumna who has appeared twice on Jeopardy!...

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By Maureen Callahan l Photos courtesy of Jeopardy! Downers Grove North alumna and Plainfield High School teacher Erin Portman has a lot of curiosity about...

A Local Legend: Catching up with “Kup”

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By Valerie Hardy Meeting with Will Kupisch at Panera was like sitting with a celebrity. Every few minutes someone would come up to greet him...

HISTORY VAULT

Back in Time: Leslie Goddard brings history to life

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By Maureen Callahan Most of us dream of finding an occupation we love- something for which we have a heartfelt passion while still making a...

Rudy! 30 years later, Rudy walks on with a new generation

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By Maureen Callahan Everybody loves an underdog. Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger is one of the most memorable in the history of film. Thirty years ago, audiences...

SPORTS

Nazareth Academy Roadrunners return with hopes of defending their repeat state...

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By Anna Hughes It takes a lot to make a great baseball player: determination, grit, talent, and commitment. The Nazareth Academy varsity team has lots of...

Beaming on the Beam: Three DG gymnasts finish in the...

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By Jeff Vorva | Photos courtesy of Downer Grove South Genevieve Herion became just the second gymnast in Downers Grove South history to win a...

HOME & DESIGN

One of a Kind — Architectural Gems in the Western Suburbs

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There is no shortage of unique architecture in the Chicagoland area. In this issue, a handful of homes nestled in the western suburbs are...

Home & Design: A Slice of Americana

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Sears Homes offer a glimpse of a past that will stand well into the future By Maureen Callahan | Photos by 726 Visuals Instead of looking online...

IN EVERY ISSUE

 A local 24-year-old’s expertise in typewriters led to a thriving business...

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By Valerie Hardy  Lucas Dul is a self-described simple person with a passion for complex machinery – specifically typewriters. Dul’s interest in typewriters may come...

E-EDITION

LATEST STORIES

A Page Out of History: Downers Grove’s Baseball History

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BY MAUREEN CALLAHAN I PHOTOS COURTESY OF DOWNERS GROVE MUSEUM Baseball. It’s the American game. Not only is it the country’s earliest seriously organized sport...

Nazareth Academy Roadrunners return with hopes of defending their repeat state titles

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By Anna Hughes It takes a lot to make a great baseball player: determination, grit, talent, and commitment. The Nazareth Academy varsity team has lots of...

Summer is right around the corner, and we’ve rounded up the best events of...

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Paramount Theatre April 24-June 16 paramountaurora.com Enjoy an evening at one of Chicagoland’s most highly esteemed theatres for their production of Beautiful: The...

A Downers Grove North alumna who has appeared twice on Jeopardy! Who is Erin...

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By Maureen Callahan l Photos courtesy of Jeopardy! Downers Grove North alumna and Plainfield High School teacher Erin Portman has a lot of curiosity about...

 A local 24-year-old’s expertise in typewriters led to a thriving business and book

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By Valerie Hardy  Lucas Dul is a self-described simple person with a passion for complex machinery – specifically typewriters. Dul’s interest in typewriters may come...

Top Shelf: Pasta Pappone makes for a delicious dinnertime… anytime

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By Valerie Hardy  Though neither is Italian, Jon and Mary Beth Mulholland created a lucrative pasta business lauded for its products’ authenticity, efficiency, and -...

Ben’s Memorial Mile helps raise mental health awareness while remembering Ben Silver

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By Maureen Callahan I Photos courtesy of Ben’s Memorial Mile May marks the 75th anniversary of Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s a time to consider...

Fostering Love: Two local families offer foster children a safe place to belong

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By Maureen Callahan The second Sunday in May is the day we honor Mom. Hers is the first love we know in this world. There’s a...

Lauren Lakeberg blends a love of photography, nature, and disc golf to create a...

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By Valerie Hardy  Lauren Lakeberg’s first word was “light” – fitting, given that she grew up to become a professional photographer. “Photography has been with...

Anchor on Main Street: Remembering Mochel’s Hardware

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By Maureen Callahan Sometimes, a community business becomes like a town’s anchor. For 111 years, that place was Mochel’s Hardware on Main St. Charles Mochel...

Dr. Karen Wolowick & Dr. Susan Mitchell

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This summer, Susan Mitchell, MD, is joining forces with Karen Wolowick, DO, to begin a new journey for Wolowick Women's Health. Although the practice's...

Dr. Michael Halkias – Naper Grove Vision Care

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Tell us about yourself. I grew up here in the Western suburbs, and I have been an owner of Naper Grove Vision Care since 2008....

Beaming on the Beam: Three DG gymnasts finish in the top 10 in...

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By Jeff Vorva | Photos courtesy of Downer Grove South Genevieve Herion became just the second gymnast in Downers Grove South history to win a...

Three local authors work themselves into three interesting and diverse book genres

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By Maureen Callahan Kelly K. James – Downers Grove Ever wondered if you pushed the envelope too far at work? Worried you might get fired for...

The Thrill of the Dill: The unexpected rise of Pickleball

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By Cynthia Maquet For the third year in a row, Pickleball has earned the title of the fastest-growing sport in the nation. Is the pickleball...

Center Stage: Dan Aykroyd at Oakbrook Center’s Wonderverse

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By Larry Atseff There is absolutely no substitute for talent. And there is no substitute for being a genuinely nice guy. That is Dan Aykroyd...

DuPage Pads

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At this year’s Taste of Hope event in late February, DuPagePads once again proved the power of a community that believes everyone deserves a...

Guiding DG Kick-Off Celebration

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The Village of Downers Grove hosted a Kick-Off Celebration to launch the process of creating the Guiding DG Plans in early April. The free...

Roadrunners Soccer Club

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Photos by Madeline Craig In January, the Roadrunners Soccer Club hosted their eighth annual “Kickin’ Up Some Laughs Comedy Show” at the Tivoli Theatre in...

Field of Dreams: White Sox Draft Pick George Wolkow

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By Jeff Vorva This spring, 18-year-old George Wolkow will not be playing baseball against Downers Grove South, Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South, York, or Glenbard West....

Anchored in Gratitude: Allison Rosati

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NBC 5’s Allison Rosati talks farm life, faith and fame By Anna Hughes | Photos by Victor Hilitski For some, 5 p.m. signals the end of...

Hungry to Help: breaking down barriers to food assistance

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West Suburban Community Pantry’s Sue Armato, other staff, and volunteers break down barriers to food assistance in DuPage County and beyond By Valerie Hardy  Last year,...

House & Home — Chad Esslinger: Esslinger Design Company

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Reality television can make it seem like design and renovation are faster and easier than they genuinely are. Chad Esslinger knows this firsthand as...

House & Home — Laura McGreal: @properties Christie’s International Real Estate

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Visiting a college fair changed the course of Laura McGreal's career trajectory. A finance major, a career in banking was put on hold after...

House & Home — Natalie Weber: KW Experience Realty

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Hiring the right real estate agent makes all the difference when making your life’s most important sale or purchase. That’s where Natalie Weber comes...

A business on a mission

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A granola brand created by Downers Grove’s Kiley Fields tastes good and does good By Valerie Hardy  According to food historians, granola was initially created...

House & Home — Brita Pagels: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago

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There are some things we’re born to do. Just ask Brita Pagels of Pagels Group. As a fourth-generation broker, she’s been immersed in real...

Great Escape: Glenhagen Farm Retreat

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Glenhagen Farm Retreat offers youth and adults a rich camp experience right here in Illinois This summer, it will be a full family affair for...

A Local Legend: Catching up with “Kup”

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By Valerie Hardy Meeting with Will Kupisch at Panera was like sitting with a celebrity. Every few minutes someone would come up to greet him...

House & home

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Homeownership is a significant undertaking, whether buying or selling a home or renovating or building one. It is a major life purchase that significantly...

House & Home — Tracy Driscoll and Diane Crisp: Platinum Partners Realtors

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Tracy Driscoll and Diane Crisp form a powerhouse realtor team with a collective experience of 43 years in guiding buyers and sellers through the...

House & Home — Mary Braatz: RE/MAX Enterprises

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There are a multitude of things to know when selling your home. Mary understands this market and her community from 37 years of real...

A Local Dance Lord

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OMG School of Irish Dance’s Ronan Kristufek joins Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance By Maureen Callahan Local resident Ronan Kristufek is currently performing on the...

Out & About: Looking to get outside this spring? Local activities abound.

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South Side St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17 @ 12 PM southsideirishparade.org Calling all lads and lasses! Experience the luck of the Irish and celebrate St. Patrick’s...