Downers Grove E-Edition

AROUND TOWN

Downers Grove Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Photos by 726 Visuals Residents from Downers Grove attended the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 24 at Main Street Station. Friends, family, and...

Grove Express 5K

Hello Winter

Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot

FOOD & DRINK

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...

Best of 2023: Readers’ Choice Awards 2023 Winners

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We asked, you responded. For the fourth year in a row, we have completed our annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey. With hundreds of responses,...

Neat Kitchen and Bar

GIVING BACK

Chicago Auto Show: First Look for Charity supports the Turning Pointe...

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By Anna Hughes Approximately one in 36 children across the United States will receive an autism diagnosis. This news is burdensome for families who have...

Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club

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Teacher grants. High School Senior Scholarships. Junior High Art Awards. Safety Town. These are just a few examples of how the Downers Grove Junior...

ART + THEATRE

Jim Peterik

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Award-winning songwriter and musician, Jim Peterik, has had a remarkable journey in the music industry, including collaborations with renowned artists and experiences born out...

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

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...

Discover Arizona: From Cowboys to Hollywood elite, the American Southwest holds...

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By Maureen Callahan The 1860s gold rush put Arizona on the map. Subsequent discoveries of silver and copper in the decades that followed brought more...

HEALTH + LIFE

Ring in a happy and healthy New Year

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Top ten habits to start the year off right By Cynthia Maquet 1 Movement Take the short walks, take the stairs, march in place – whatever you...

NEWS & EVENTS

Doors Open: Transition 99 Celebrates New Facility

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BY VALERIE HARDY PHotos by Carolina Menapace District 99 students, educators, and community members celebrated the expansion of the Transition 99 Center (4232 Venard Road)...

Best of 2023: Readers’ Choice Awards 2023 Winners

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We asked, you responded. For the fourth year in a row, we have completed our annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey. With hundreds of responses,...

AWE Autumn

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

Downers Grove North coach happy for the community after a big...

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By Jeff Vorva It’s funny that a man who graduated from Downers Grove South is now one of the toasts of the town at Downers...

The rundown on Downers Grove’s high school cross country teams and...

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By Valerie Hardy Though somewhat ironic, running is used as a punishment in many sports. For cross country, however, running IS the sport. Just ask...

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

Gripping Joy: Alison Miles jumped into socks one foot at a...

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By Maureen Callahan About five years ago, Downers Grove resident Alison Miles began feeling tired and weaker than usual. Simple tasks such as lifting a...

LATEST STORIES

Gripping Joy: Alison Miles jumped into socks one foot at a time

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By Maureen Callahan About five years ago, Downers Grove resident Alison Miles began feeling tired and weaker than usual. Simple tasks such as lifting a...

Jim Peterik

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Award-winning songwriter and musician, Jim Peterik, has had a remarkable journey in the music industry, including collaborations with renowned artists and experiences born out...

Chicago Auto Show: First Look for Charity supports the Turning Pointe Autism Foundation

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By Anna Hughes Approximately one in 36 children across the United States will receive an autism diagnosis. This news is burdensome for families who have...

Ebersold family’s generous donation to the Downers Grove Park District leaves lasting legacy

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By Valerie Hardy Located in the center of Downers Grove, Ebersold Park is the only park in town named after the family who owned it,...

Downers Grove’s Bill Ludwig continues his family’s legacy in the drum business

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BY VALERIE HARDY William F. Ludwig III quite literally marches to the beat of his own drum. Known as Bill or B3, Ludwig proudly...

Downers Grove North coach happy for the community after a big finish

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By Jeff Vorva It’s funny that a man who graduated from Downers Grove South is now one of the toasts of the town at Downers...

Where Are They Now? Catching up with local personalities featured over the years

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By Maureen Callahan & Valerie Hardy Dr. Kevin Russell September 2019 Edition District 58 has made some significant accomplishments over the last few years, largely due to...

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...

The rundown on Downers Grove’s high school cross country teams and their various victories...

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By Valerie Hardy Though somewhat ironic, running is used as a punishment in many sports. For cross country, however, running IS the sport. Just ask...

Downers Grove Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Photos by 726 Visuals Residents from Downers Grove attended the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 24 at Main Street Station. Friends, family, and...

Grove Express 5K

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Photos by Dianne Hlinsky LaPointe The Grove Express 5K was held on Thanksgiving morning in Downers Grove. Starting on Main Street and ending on Curtiss...

Ring in a happy and healthy New Year

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Top ten habits to start the year off right By Cynthia Maquet 1 Movement Take the short walks, take the stairs, march in place – whatever you...

Education: Montini Catholic High School

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Independent and private schools continue to prosper There are several exceptionally strong schools in the western suburbs. Many schools have a rich history and are...

Hello Winter

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Willowbrook Ice Arena Public Skate Fridays from 7:15 - 8:45 PM and Sundays from 1:30-3 PM willowbrookicearena.com For ice skating that isn’t dependent on the weather, head...

DuPage Foundation Annual Benefit

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Photos courtesy of DuPage Foundation DuPage Foundation hosted its 2023 Annual Benefit: Under the Sea in November at The Westin Chicago Lombard. With generous sponsorships...

EDUCATION: St. Mary of Gostyn School

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Independent and private schools continue to prosper There are several exceptionally strong schools in the western suburbs. Many schools have a rich history and are...

EDUCATION: Downers Grove Christian School – Downers Grove

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Independent and private schools continue to prosper There are several exceptionally strong schools in the western suburbs. Many schools have a rich history and are...

EDUCATION: St. Joan of Arc School – Lisle

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Independent and private schools continue to prosper There are several exceptionally strong schools in the western suburbs. Many schools have a rich history and are...

EDUCATION: St. Joseph School

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Independent and private schools continue to prosper There are several exceptionally strong schools in the western suburbs. Many schools have a rich history and are...

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...

Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot

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Thousands joined the 40th annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning bringing the community together on a day for giving thanks. To date, The...

Doors Open: Transition 99 Celebrates New Facility

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BY VALERIE HARDY PHotos by Carolina Menapace District 99 students, educators, and community members celebrated the expansion of the Transition 99 Center (4232 Venard Road)...

Best of 2023: Readers’ Choice Awards 2023 Winners

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We asked, you responded. For the fourth year in a row, we have completed our annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey. With hundreds of responses,...

Ringing in the Season: The Agape Ringers: Performing a musical art form

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By Maureen Callahan The ceremonial sound of bells elevates any event to a special occasion, especially the particular elegance of a handbell choir. It’s truly...

Checking into the Hall of Fame: Jon Grzbek earns a spot in hockey history

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By Maureen Callahan If you’re looking for a local hockey team to follow, the Benet Red Wings are your ticket to an exciting game! And...

Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club

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Teacher grants. High School Senior Scholarships. Junior High Art Awards. Safety Town. These are just a few examples of how the Downers Grove Junior...

Let it Snow: A festive and fun-filled end to 2023

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The holidays are here, and we’ve curated a list of local events guaranteed to spread the season’s cheer! From light shows to stage performances,...

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

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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...

A cornerstone of the community

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Gloria Dei Lutheran Church celebrates 75 glorious years of faith and service in Downers Grove BY VALERIE HARDY | Photography by Madeline Craig Founded in 1948,...

West Suburban Humane Society Barkapalooza

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By Anna Hughes | Photos by 726 Visuals For three decades, the West Suburban Humane Society has been hosting the Barkapalooza: a fundraiser to help...

Downers Grove Oktoberfest

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By Anna Hughes | Photos by 726 Visuals The Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58 presented the village’s 10th annual Oktoberfest, where residents got...

Lego Art Installation

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Photos by 726 Visuals If driving down Belmont Road the last few months, you may have wondered about the life-size Lego building just north of...

Remembering Linda Kunze: A special resident who had Downers Grove first in her...

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By Maureen Callahan Linda Kunze was the kind of person every town needs. The connector of people she knew should meet. The organizer of festivals...

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...