The 630 | May 2017

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World-Class Technology
North Central College’s state-of-the-art Science Center is now open. The STEM education building features cutting-edge technology and 125,000 square feet of space, including teaching and research labs, classrooms, seminar rooms, lecture hall, rain gardens, a greenhouse, student gathering spaces and faculty offices. The interior lobby (shown) boasts a symbolic custom art piece using college photographs and the Golden Ratio—a special number that appears throughout nature, art and science that connects diverse objects and concepts.

Kentucky Derby Gala
Enjoy an afternoon of southern hospitality and derby excitement at Hesed House’s fifth-annual Kentucky Derby Gala on May 6 at Embassy Suites (1823 Arbriter Court). The black-tie-optional event (Derby attire preferred) will feature a Derby Diamond Draw, plenty of horse racing and the ever-popular Derby Diva Hat Contest. An after-party features a performance by Naperville band The Waterdawgs.

Origami in the Garden
The Midwest debut of this traveling art-in-nature sculptural exhibit at the Morton Arboretum will begin May 19. This monumental sculpture exhibition created by American artist Kevin Box features dozens of museum-quality metal sculptures inspired by the ancient Japanese art of paper folding.

KidZania USA
Oakbrook Center recently announced it will be host to one of the nation’s first KidZania USA locations, an 80,000 square-foot educational center will offer kids role-play scenarios for more than 100 real-life professions. Mexican entrepreneur Xavier Lopez Ancona founded the company in 1999 on the premise that children want experiential real-world activities to build life skills. Each KidZania “mini-city” is tailored to the city in which it’s located, including corporate sponsorships of landmarks and businesses. The Oak Brook location is expected to be complete in 2019.


Chuy’s Tex-Mex
This Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant is known for its from-scratch dishes, fresh-squeezed lime juice margaritas and a fun, eclectic atmosphere.
28250 Diehl Road, Warrenville

Charlie Jane Salon
This new hair salon specializes in balayage hair color, extensions, cutting and bridal/special occasion hair.
25 South Washington Street, Suite 106

Extend Your Styles Boutique
The previously online-only hair accessories boutique gets a brick-and-mortar location.
4151 McCoy Drive, Suite 139, Aurora

Fluid MotorUnion
Chicagoland’s premier automotive service destination is moving from Plainfield to IronGate Motor Plaza.
2108 West Ferry Road

Two Bostons Pet Boutique
The fourth location is now open for this pet retailer, which specializes in raw and grain-free foods, treats and supplements, as well as bakery goods, toys, pet bedding and grooming items.
34 Danada Square West, Wheaton


The Naperville Exchange Club recently donated $50,000 to the Care Center at Edward Hospital, which provides medical services for children and special needs adults who may have been sexually abused. Shown are Edward Patient Care Director Diane Long; Candace Hanson, RN; Janet McCants, RN; Development Manager Nicole Berger; former Naperville Exchange Club president Bob Black; Medical Director Dr. Sangita Rangala; Edward Foundation Executive Director Meghan Moreno and Child Life Specialist Nina Sittler.

The 2017 recipient of Naperville Central High School’s John Pearce Performing Arts Scholarship is cellist Zoe Walts. The $1,000 Naperville Education Foundation award was established by alumni of NCHS’s music program to honor the twenty years (1965–1985) that John Pearce served as choral instructor, musical director and music department chair.

LSI Industries’ employees volunteer several times per month at the Ronald McDonald House in Winfield, providing food and comfort to children and families receiving care at Central DuPage Hospital. Over 6,100 of LSI’s employees, family and clients voted to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana this year, in lieu of client holiday gifts.