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Dining & Entertaining

By Vicki Martinka Petersen - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

In the last few decades, downtown La Grange has transformed into a thriving dining destination with a plethora of new restaurants and bars alongside long-time establishments firmly ensconced in the community. The end result is a food lover’s paradise with culinary selections that span the globe.

By Alixe Lischett - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Have you ever found yourself sitting at a bar or in a restaurant and watching the other people? Do you make a game out of it? Do you look at what people are drinking and wonder about them? Do you ever wonder what they’re thinking of you?

Editor's Choice

Looking for a touch of drama in Downers Grove? Check out the Grove Players in the theatre company’s final show of the 2014-15 season. Rumors, a play by Neil Simon, takes the stage in May, directed by Rich Gannon.

Your stop for great entertainment, all season long

The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art in Elmhurst is all about gemstones. And its latest exhibit is no different. But while many of the pieces at the museum are intricate, delicate displays, the gems catching the eyes of patrons this month are decidedly more masculine, and paying tribute to the sports fan in all of us.

By Sherri Dauskurdas - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Enjoy evenings of arts and music at the MAC, all season along

When Lisa Griffith, a professional opera singer with a Master’s degree in Opera Performance from Northwestern University, first was asked to teach a young children’s music class, she was skeptical. But after seeing the joyful impact that Music Together has on the lives of young children and their families, she became a believer. 

By Hannah Peterson - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

First Folio builds big name in small suburban arts

By Allison Horne - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Many singers are naturally inclined and can belt out a tune without much issue, but that doesn’t mean isn’t room for improvement.

By Allison Horne - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Young singer turns emotional crutch into career pursuit

By Kelli Murray - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Brigantine Gallery offers art, lessons and a chance to find your inner artist

By Gina Kraman

Dressed as a swan, Kelly Stokes gives her young audience members a brief history of ballet, demonstrates basic dance steps, and invites them to flock together to perform a segment from “The Ugly Duckling.”   Afterwards, she shows them a two-minute video of professional dancers performing the same segment.   The reaction?   

By Denise Freese

Dance competitions are a terrific experience for students of ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, and modern dance, providing larger venues and cheering crowds, and bringing together groups of talented dancers who have worked very hard to perfect their routines.  Having a forum to showcase their talents in a fun, encouraging environment offers many benefits to the young competitors.  They learn how to handle pressure, show good sportsmanship, encourage others to perform their best, and work together to achieve a goal.

By Denise Freese

The Advanced Ballet students at Pure Vibe Dance in Westmont, IL have the distinguished honor of being taught by one of the best in the ballet world.   Marcella Ducsay, a former Prima Ballerina, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the studio.  

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