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SHOP DOWNTOWN DOWNERS GROVE | So Many Fun Events Happening All Season Long!

VISIT BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN DOWNERS GROVE THIS SEASON Celebrate the season downtown Downers Grove. Area businesses are here to help you safely enjoy the holiday season. Each boutique is loaded with unique items and downtown Downers Grove restaurants are here to fulfill all taste buds. While strolling through the downtown shopping & grabbing a bite to eat, don’t forget to participate in the fun with the Gingerbucks Reward Card while the littles participate in the Gingerbread Man Hunt. Although the holiday season may look different, one thing that remains is that downtown Downers Grove businesses are here to provide you with outstanding customer service, great meals and unique gifts. More details on Downers Grove holiday happenings (including Merry Madness, Dec. 10th), are available at Shop Small All Season! ALL HOLIDAY HAPPY ALL SHOPPING ALL DINING & CABARET ALL DUPAGE

TRENDY TRAVELER | Hotel Xcaret Mexico In Riviera Mexico Is Unique In Every Way

HOTEL XCARET MEXICO Unique Destination Offers Rich Experiences to Reconnect With Nature and Local Heritage Through Its Eco-Integrating Architecture RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO– As travel begins to make a gradual comeback, a common trend amongst those who have resumed travel is vacations that incorporate authentic experiences respective and reflective of the natural environment. Situated by the lush Riviera Maya jungle, Hotel Xcaret Mexico invites travelers to reconnect with nature through its unique, eco-integrating architecture, combining natural elements with an unparalleled aesthetic. HOTEL XCARET MEXICO Equal parts style and substance, the eco-driven property features 900 spacious suites, multiple swimming pools, world-class spa, and 12 distinct dining destinations, including Ha' Restaurant led by Michelin star Chef Carlos Gaytán, an adults-only restaurant with its own surcharge. Additionally, thanks to its All-Fun Inclusive® concept, guests to Hotel Xcaret Mexico have access to Grupo Xcaret's nature parks and tours and are privy to airport transfers, concierge services, unlimited Wi-Fi, among other perks. Additionally, the AAA Five-diamond resort features carefully curated architecture and decor in every corner of the property, aimed at greeting guests with an eco-paradise ideal for feeling harmonic with nature. Below are some ways guests at Hotel Xcaret Mexico can experience an eco-conscious stay once they're ready to travel: Visit the beautiful cenotes, caves and playones incorporated throughout the property. Before entering the cenotes, guests must take part in a small ceremony where they ask the Aluxes (mischievous mythical creatures) for their blessing, offering guests a one-of-a-kind experience. Indulge in a treatment at the hotel's Muluk Spa. Its extensive facilities include massage cabins nestled in stone caves of natural rock facing the river, sauna and steam rooms, hot and cold-water tubs and more. Guests staying at the property can choose from many options including the "Copal Purification" treatment, part of the spa's many "Mayan Journey" offerings inspired in ancient techniques of the Mesoamerican natives and that use regional products such as honey and cocoa. Swing on Mayan inspired and made hammocks found in the balconies of every suite. Made of nylon or cotton, these carefully designed hammocks are made using wooden needles and frames, with each color representing a feeling based on Mexican folklore; while pink represents happiness, yellow represents hope. Stroll around Hotel Xcaret Mexico to appreciate the 120 one-of-a-kind whimsical soplones - or wind gods - that grace the walls of the hotel, made from wood by local family artisans in Oaxaca and inspired by the region's native huichol art. For those seeking to connect with nature through art, miniature versions are for sale at the hotel's store. At Hotel Xcaret Mexico, each design is strategically placed throughout the property which allows guests to connect with nature and appreciate the authentic culture of Mexico. In addition to its nature-centric offerings, Grupo Xcaret recently debuted its 360 Xafety protocol guide, which includes 1,300 actions that are being implemented to carefully disinfect the hotel, parks and tours to ensure the safety of visitors, guests, employees and collaborators. Hotel Xcaret Mexico ALL TRAVEL + LEISURE ALL DUPAGE ALL KANE ALL KENDALL

10 TRENDS | In Giving Back Locally

THIS SEASON, WE INVITE YOU TO GIVE BACK LOCALLY In case you missed Giving Tuesday, the opportunity to give back this holiday season is abundant. Here are a few favorite local charitable organizations that are in need of your support this season. No donation is too large or too small. Give back today! #1 | Families Helping Families This local non-profit organization provides apartments and volunteer mentors to homeless families in DuPage County while they are working to reclaim their lives through education. A donation of only $30 will pay one day's rent and utilities for a family. Families Helping Families has no administrative expenses, so every dollar they raise is a dollar that helps the homeless. #2 | Palumbo Family Foundation The Palumbo Family Foundation strives to make a difference in two sectors of our communities in the Chicagoland area. One is providing scholarships to well deserving students of lower income families. Without scholarships, many of these students would not realize their dream of furthering their education. The other is providing medical grants to organizations that serve the needs of local medically challenged children. The Palumbo Family Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization. The administration of the foundation is all volunteers; a 100% of the net proceeds of donations and fundraising events give hope and inspiration to young adults looking for financial help to continue their education after high school; as well as children with medical needs. #3 | Suits for Success The goal of this non-profit is to provide each parolee with clothes that enable him or her to return to society. Suits for Success provides clothing for new parolees in Illinois and Wisconsin. They come together as Dry Cleaners, Businesses, Churches, Non-Profits, and Individuals to take in lightly used and new suits or garments. Cleaned and pressed the garments are ready for pickup and distribution. The team of unpaid volunteers and drycleaners volunteering their services want to help, encourage, coach and clothe the returning citizens to re-enter the workforce and community. #4 | TriCity Family Services This non-profit provides quality mental health services that are accessible and affordable. Since 1967, TriCity Family Services has been Kane County’s leading provider of counseling and other mental health services to clients of all ages and all income levels. Their experienced team of professional therapists provides Central Kane County residents and other neighboring Chicagoland communities with counseling, family-based treatment for eating disorders, emotional wellness workshops and support groups, and employee assistance programs. #5 | Mutual Ground Mutual Ground is a non-profit organization providing programs that focus on Safety, Healing and Prevention for domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Mutual Ground has a 28-bed shelter for victims that need emergency shelter and many other services for victims that need help, but are safe to live at home. Your donation will make a difference in so many lives this holiday season. #6 | Healing Gardens Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm located at 37W249 Dean Street in St. Charles is home to Debbie & Buzz Marqui who’ve turned their 2 plus acres of land into multiple gardens that are open to the public. Sacred Feminie, Corinne’s Corner, The Rose Garden, Old Silo Moon Garden are a few of the gardens surrounded by woods. There is even a special spot for the little ones called The Children’s Garden where kids can play in the dirt, create a flower “stone garden”, play tic tac toe, plant a flower seed and play in the Forest Cottage. It is a beautiful, quiet place offering peace and serenity for many during stressful times and times of healing. Donations are always accepted #7 | DuPage Childrens Museum Help support the next generation of learners. In order to prepare children for the future, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity must be nurtured from the very beginning of a child’s life. These foundational skills can be taught to prepare a child for school experiences. The Museum thoughtfully sets the stage for playful learning, active engagement, and joyful discovery which offer experiences to help children master vital, lifelong skills. Museum exhibits, tools, and programs depend on the financial support of our community. The Museum is located in downtown Naperville and has been a place filled with fun and enrichment for children of all ages. #8 | BrightSideTheater A unique blend of award-winners, premieres, modern works and timeless classics can be enjoyed at BrightSide Theatre. As one of the first businesses that had to close in March of 2020, live theatre will also be the last to reopen. Without the ability to gather supporters at the theatre or at the organization’s fundraisers, these vital sources of income have dried up. Even with cost-saving measures and emergency relief grants, the theatre faces a budget shortfall that will severely impact their ability to reopen in 2021. Support this local theatre today! #9 | Cal’s Angels In June of 2005, Cal Sutter, a 12-year old South Elgin Little League All-Star, was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. The battle with pediatric cancer is a horrible nightmare no child or family should ever have to experience. Yet, like most children, Cal never gave up hope and through it all, he was always more concerned about the well-being of the other children fighting cancer than he was about himself. Even though Cal ultimately lost his battle with leukemia in August of 2006, the courage he displayed throughout his treatment inspired the start of Cal’s All-Star Angel Foundation, Inc.(Cal’s Angels) – a 501(c)(3) pediatric cancer foundation with a mission of granting wishes, raising awareness and funding research to help kids fighting cancer. #10 | Naper Settlement Make your gift to the Naperville Heritage Society's Annual Fund today. Your tax-deductible contribution will help Naper Settlement continue to care for and preserve their collections, provide thoughtful educational experiences to our youngest museum visitors and bring delight and inspiration to the Naperville community. ALL 10 TRENDS FEATURES ALL CARING + SHARING

YOUTUBE | 'games' Official Video for Local Teen Premieres, Filmed at Local Dance Studio

OFFICIAL VIDEO RELEASE FOR NAPERVILLE TEEN – WATCH. CLICK. SHARE. Ava Morse​ - games (Official Video) Released Earlier Tonight Video Filmed at Steps Dance Center​ Truly So Talented! Click to View, Comment & Share #glancermagazine #connectingthecommunity WATCH VIDEO & SUBSCRIBE

TO GIVE, TO INSPIRE | Wrapped In Love

by Mindy Kyle WHAT STARTED AS A ONE-TIME BLANKET DRIVE IS NOW A LOCAL MOVEMENT INSPIRING OTHERS NAPERVILLE–As the holidays approach, and a tumultuous year comes to an end with more uncertainty looming into 2021, more people than ever are finding themselves in need of assistance due to the health and economic impact of COVID-19. We are grateful for the many charities and programs that are stepping-up efforts to increase their giving during this time. However, there are plenty of individual residents that are interested in identifying and finding specific ways to help affected families in their communities. This is where neighborhood grassroots programs, like Naperville’s Wrapped in Love (WIL) organization, can step in and connect those who want to help with those who need it. WIL began in December 2013 as just a one-time blanket drive for the Chicagoland homeless to be distributed on Christmas day, but because of that experience, WIL Founder, Susie Barrto, felt she was being called to help those in need all year round. “I had been a single mom for seven years and had just remarried,” says Susie. “My children were getting older and not needing me as much. I knew there were so many people that needed the “mothering” that I didn’t feel done wanting to give.” She garnered 501c3 status for WIL and began to share her vision on her established Facebook page, making it clear if people dropped off their donations, she would personally transport them to where they were most needed. Susie keeps in contact with the local shelters as well as individual requests from the community for assistance. On any one day, there may be a call-out for a family whose home and possessions were lost in a fire, a single mom trying to make ends meet, or individuals losing their jobs and homes. The needs are posted on the Wrapped in Love Facebook site and answered by the giving circle of followers. “WIL was created to be a bridge between those in need and those that want to give,” says Susie. “There are over 4,000 people that follow our WIL page, and the generosity from people who want to be part of something good is overwhelming. Donations are made almost on a daily basis.” WIL also continues to care for those living in the streets, creating “loaded backpacks” filled with essential items and handing them out regularly throughout the year. To join Wrapped in Love’s giving circle, be sure to follow them on Facebook and check the site often to see how you can help members of our community with their special needs. ALL TO GIVE, TO INSPIRE FEATURES ALL CARING + SHARING ALL DUPAGE

BROOKFIELD ZOO | Over One Million Twinkling LED Lights

PLAN A MERRY & BRIGHT FAMILY ADVENTURE THIS SEASON BROOKFIELD–Now in its 39th year, get ready to visit Chicagoland’s largest and longest-running lights festival featuring over a million twinkling LED lights! Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic runs Friday through Sunday, November 27-29; Wednesday through Sunday, December 2-6, 9-13, & 16-20; and Saturday through Thursday, December 26-31. For pricing, parking information and more, visit Advance purchase tickets required. ALL HOLIDAY HAPPY ALL ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT ALL KID STUFF

LITERARY LOCALS | Patricia Rockwell of Aurora

FIRECRACKERED, A COZY CAT PRESS MYSTERY Local author and publisher Patricia Rockwell has spent the last ten years creating a successful business in the light or “cozy” mystery genre. Along with authoring two of her own cozy mystery series, her publishing company, Cozy Cat Press, has helped publish over 50 authors with a combined 200+ titles in their catalog. Patricia has an extensive background in academia, editing and publishing. She received her doctorate from the University of Arizona and was a researcher and Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for fourteen years before she retired. Patricia’s most recent book, FIRECRACKERED, is the fifth in her Essie Cobb senior sleuth mystery series, a series that was inspired by her mom and her friends at an assisted living facility. The books follow 90-year-old amateur sleuth Essie Cobb and her pals at the Happy Haven Assisted Living Facility as they go on adventures and solve mysteries. In FIRECRACKERED, Essie is determined to investigate why a random Fourth of July firework is shot on the front lawn of the retirement home right where she and new resident, Lester Mills are standing, hitting him in the keister. As he is being taken to the hospital, she wonders was it really an accident? Or is there something more sinister behind the explosion? FIRECRACKERED can be found on Amazon, along with the other four books in the Essie Cobb series – BINGOED, PAPOOSED, VALENTINED and GHOSTED. -Mindy Kyle ALL LITERARY LOCALS ALL ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT

MOM'S LITTLE BLACK BOOK | Mish Mash Adventures In Aurora

by Kristen Kucharski THE ULTIMATE INDOOR ADVENTURE After recently competing in the Naperville Jaycees Amazing Race with a group of very energetic gals, I was itching to do something similar again. As a new empty nester, I am grateful to be surrounded by a group of friends that are as adventurous and competitive as I am. I love that there are so many exciting, all-ages activities in our community that maintain my thrill-seeking ways even sans kids off at college. If you know me, you know I am huge fan of the show Survivor; even running backyard games for years for all the neighborhood kids, as well as with Special Survivor Games for Indian Prairie School District 204. I absolutely love a good challenge combined with some healthy competition. I’m pretty sure Mish Mash Adventures was created with me in mind. We went with a team of 5 which I think was the perfect number. Each room was a timed challenge. Some physical, some mental, some a combination of both. I would highly suggest dressing comfy, wearing your gym shoes, bringing your water bottle, and preparing for a good workout! If you share my competitive spirit, you will not want to leave the room until you have successfully completed the activity at hand. We scaled walls, “swam” over balls, leaped over “lava”, pushed buttons, threw balls, and then some. We giggled, screamed, crawled, ran, snorted, and hung on to each other for dear life to beat the 10 second rule. I am still laughing at our spirited antics to beat the system. Mish Mash Adventures is open to all ages but is recommended for those over ten. Although it can be quite physical, you can choose to do any room challenge you want – so you can skip rooms and customize your experience to meet your personal physical and/or mental ability. This truly is the ultimate indoor adventure! Overview MISH MASH is an urban adventure where teams work together to complete the challenges that are hidden behind every door. The first of its kind, this is an environment where you can escape and play, all while challenging yourself and your team. If you grew up wishing you could be on all the TV adventure game shows such as Double Dare™, American Gladiators™, and Legends of the Hidden Temple™ – this place was created for you. Mish Mash Adventures 2402 Fox Valley Mall, Aurora (630) 339-3609 • Hours: Varies based on date selected Price $: $30/participant ABOUT THE WRITER Naperville mom Kristen Kucharski graduated from Illinois State University in 1992 with an International Business Degree. She has two energetic daughters and her house is always full of children. Kristen’s column titled, Mom's Little Black Book, is a monthly feature written for moms who are looking for ways to keep their kids busy. Read her past columns at ALL MOM'S LITTLE BLACK BOOK FEATURES ALL ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT

7 SPECTACULAR | Multi-Vendor Shops You'll Love

'TIS THE SEASON TO SHOP LOCAL, STARTING WITH THESE MULTI-VENDOR MARKETPLACES It’s been a hard year for many local businesses, and this includes small shops and boutiques. Yet, despite the setbacks that COVID-19 has created for many, some businesses went ahead with their plans and followed their hope & dreams by opening up and inviting the community in. Each shop listed here is new in 2020 and excited to meet new customers. This holiday season, support local and shop at these new community shops. 1. Painted Tree Marketplace Offering gifts, decor, fashion & more, Painted Tree Marketplace is new to Naperville in 2020. Recognized by millions across the country, Painted Tree Marketplace is a shopping experience like no other! Painted Tree is a creative community of shoppes featuring hundreds of local shop owners, boutiques, decorators, artisans and craftsmen all under one roof. Shop gifts, decor, fashion, soaps, candles, and so much more. 2. Sadie’s Attic ELBURN–Such a cute shop located in downtown Elburn on Main Street. Shop for rustic wood creations for garden and home, unique quilted items for kitchen and outdoor dining, repurposed decor and furniture– all brought to you by local artisans. 3. Warehouse 55 AURORA–This is a unique collection of vintage finds, repurposed furnishings, mixed with many one of a kind accessories. Here you'll find something for every aesthetic- from MCM, rustic farmhouse, cottage chic and modern contemporary. 4. Vintage Marketplace AURORA–The Vintage Marketplace Co. has 60 vendors specializing in re-purposed and refinished antique and vintage furniture with a large selection of décor from every decade. Visit our 12,000 sq ft store (2 Floors!) for unique finds and treasures. Under new ownership. 5. The Rustic Fox NORTH AURORA–This unique marketplace arrived on the shopping scene in September 2020 and has already become a fast favorite for thousands in the area. The Rustic Fox is a 20,000 square foot lifestyle marketplace with over 120 vendors offering furniture, home decor, clothing, jewelry, accessories, kids clothing, and so much more. Many vendors have holiday displays and are filled with unique gift ideas fore everyone on your list. 6. The Wyckwood House WHEATON & AURORA–You’ll love this unique shopping experience featuring goods from local artisans. From clothing and accessories to gifts and more, the popular shopping spot recently expanded to Wheaton. Their original location is in Aurora. 7. Oakbrook Artisan Market OAKBROOK–This 2-day market in Oak Brook showcases some of the Midwest’s finest artisans in fashion, food, home goods + art. The curated show celebrates the ingenuity of independently owned, small businesses who channel their passions into creating one-of-a-kind products. Shop with the makers themselves – and learn how they make their unique and functional creations. ALL HOLIDAY HAPPY ALL SHOPPING ALL 7 SPECTACULAR LISTS

BUBBLE BASH IN A BOX | Create and Celebrate New Year’s Eve with DuPage Children’s Museum

NAPERVILLE–New Year’s Eve might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a total blast! DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) brings the fun into homes with Bubble Bash in a Box. Enjoy a box filled with fun and festive activities and other celebratory surprises including exclusive access to digital content with helpful “how-to” videos for arts and maker activities. Get families moving with Family Yoga, musical performances, and a lively countdown with Museum friends. “Bubble Bash in a Box is our way of spreading the holiday spirit in a safe way this season,” explains Cassie Coffey, Sr. Guest Experience Manager, DuPage Children’s Museum. “Bubble Bash in a Box is packed to the brim with activities reminiscent of the Museum’s annual kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration.” This annual celebration, now in its 19th year, has become a holiday tradition for families to celebrate together. Although Bubble Bash cannot happen in the Museum this year, families can still spend the holiday creating memories, taking part in special activities, enjoying virtual musical performances, and more with DCM! Little Miss Ann and Duke Otherwise are each preparing virtual performances that will have families singing along and dancing together. Little Miss Ann has a down-to-earth yet upbeat, interactive and energetic performance. She is an award-winning Chicago Kids Musician, a former Chicago Public School teacher, an instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music, an activist, a mom, and a first generation Filipina American. Duke Otherwise is a playful wordsmith, a spirited performer, a skilled guitarist and captivating tap-dancer. Using his distinct baritone, he sings his hilarious and imaginative songs that all ages will delight in together. Bubble Bash in a Box allows families the opportunity to create and celebrate at their own pace. Some families may choose to do everything at once while some may choose to extend the experience over several days. Creative exploration can happen whenever it's most convenient for each family. The program is a fun and flexible way to celebrate the holiday. The digital content will be available through January. Bubble Bash in a Box is on sale now. Early Bird Savings are available through December 14 for $25 per box for DCM members and $30 per box for non-members. Beginning December 15 the price increases to $35 per box for DCM members and $40 per box for non-members. DCM has partnered with local social service agencies to share the NYE celebration. “For an additional $15, families have the opportunity to help us share the fun and Donate a Box directly to a child in an underserved community through World Relief, Jumpstart 131, or DuPage Pads,” Coffey shares. “We appreciate everyone’s generosity during this traditional season of giving, which has been made more difficult due to COVID-19.” Boxes can be purchased online at Don’t wait, a limited number of boxes are available. DCM thanks our Bubble Bash in a Box sponsors: The Avery Coonley School, Brand Bobosky & Dr. Mary Ann Bobosky, and Busey Bank. This program is partially supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. For more information about other sponsorship opportunities, contact Renee Miklosik, Director of Development at DCM, or (630) 637-8000 x2400. ALL HOLIDAY HAPPY ALL KID STUFF ALL DUPAGE

UNIQUE IN SUBURBIA | Harvey's Tales In Geneva

by Brianna Bartemeyer A GENEVA FAVORITE FOR UNPLUGGING & DE-STRESSING Why did multitasking become a sought-after skill to master? It’s been proven to lower productivity and increase stress levels. In this fast-paced world, we are constantly stimulated by our digital environment - navigating back-and-forth between social media platforms, emails, apps, Zoom meetings and online shopping. Finding ways to unplug, de-stress, pause … and focus are vital. In fact, there is a particular hobby that improves cognitive skills, memory, empathy and knowledge - it’s not age bias, gender bias or subject bias … and it’s habitual for highly successful people. It’s reading. Two years ago, Harvey’s Tales in Geneva opened its doors. Built in the 1860s, this historic home was originally known as the Cory House. It has since been converted to a restaurant, Christmas store, needlepoint shop and now charming bookstore in the heart of Downtown Geneva’s Shopping District. Fun fact - it’s rumored to be haunted! The name, Harvey’s Tales, was an opportunity to honor the owner’s late, beloved Bernese Mountain Dog (Harvey). This beautifully-renovated-and-independent bookstore combines a love of family, books, dogs and community. As you browse the shelves, be sure to check out the banned/challenged book room, true crime closet and Hazel’s House (children’s book room). Enjoy a drink from its in-house coffee bar - the Chocolate Chai and Snickerdoodle Latte are seasonal favorites. And it’s annual Wish Tree display, supporting Anderson Animal Shelter, creates a unique opportunity for bookshop goers to donate ‘wish list’ items to the shelter during this season of giving. Forget the Instastories this holiday and unwrap a gift that keeps on giving - time to transport yourself in an actual story. #bluelightfreefun Watch for Unique In Suburbia in each monthly issue of Glancer Magazine. ALL UNIQUE IN SUBURBIA FEATURES ALL ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT ALL KANE COUNTY

FUN FOR KIDS | Exhibits-To-Go with DuPage Children’s Museum

GIVE YOUR KIDS AN EXTRAS PECIAL EXPERIENCE THIS SEASON NAPERVILLE–Turn your place into an exhibit space with Exhibits-To-Go from DuPage Children’s Museum! Anyone who misses DCM exhibits will be able to have similar experiences in their home. Whether your kids just need something new to explore, you want to surprise them with a special birthday treat, or you need to keep them occupied while you’re on Zoom calls, Exhibits-To-Go is your answer. Our hands-on experiences inspire curiosity, creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, and hours of fun. (630) 637-8000 • ALL EDUCATION NEWS ALL KID STUFF ALL DUPAGE