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Going to Any Length for Our Hair

Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair
Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen
Give me down to there, hair, shoulder length or longer, hair, here baby, there, momma, everywhere, daddy, daddy—hair, flow it, show it, long as God can grow, my hair

From the musical “Hair” – 1967  


Going to Any Length for Our Hair

We love our hair!  We spend billions of dollars every year – cutting, styling and coloring, curling and straightening – and even more on shampoos, conditioners, rinses, sprays and other products that enhance shine, texture and thickness.


A beautiful head of hair helps reflect a healthy and “put together” look as well as presenting a fresh, more youthful appearance.  A great cut and style on men or women is a confidence builder, representing a sharp image, and communicates  “I take care of myself and I am putting my best foot forward”.   We value a “good hair day” and hair serves as a frame for our face both in our personal and professional interactions.


Historically, hair has been prized throughout the world. In ancient history, hair and elaborate wigs were signs of status and wealth. Lush hair was associated with royalty and good fortune. Cleoptra’s mane was famous as was Sampson’s hair; associated with inordinate strength. In Colonial times, the upper class wore white curly wigs and leaders wore them as a sign of intelligence and stature.  Hair was, and is still a powerful symbol and we go to great lengths to present our hair in its best form.


Both men and women experience changes with age and/or medical conditions that impact hair density, texture and volume.  There are roughly ten principal causes of thinning hair, or hair loss and it is important that a physician or other licensed clinician be involved with understanding and diagnosing the source of notable changes in your hair.



Male pattern baldness (MPB) is inherited from the mother’s side of the family whereas genetically based hair loss in women called “female pattern alopecia” can come from either side of the family.  It should be noted that both men and women typically experience a reduction in hair volume with age, and how and when that progresses varies by individual.



Various medications for diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease can create some level of hair loss, yet not everyone experiences this as a side effect. Talk to your prescriber about how a particular medication may affect your hair.



Alopecia areata, (not to be confused with genetically caused alopecia) is an auto-immune disease that can cause spotty hair loss or total baldness. A relatively understudied condition, new interventions are on the horizon to treat the troubling outcome of alopecia areata.


Traction Alopecia  (tightly pulled hair)

Hairstyles that pull the hair tightly including pony tails, braids, corn rows or other styles can cause hair loss particularly at the hairline.  Styles that put a lot of tension on hair can be avoided, and therefore preventing this type of hair loss.



As if cancer treatment is not stressful enough, hair loss from certain – not all chemotherapy agents really adds to the concern for patients.  In most cases, the hair will re-grow.  Patients often report experiencing a new texture or wave once their hair regrows.


Vitamin/Mineral Deficiencies

Hair thinning and loss can occur in certain cases of malnutrition and may be treated with iron or B-complex supplements.  A healthy diet including lean red meat, chicken, fish, beans and leafy greens can contribute to a healthy head of hair.  



Underproduction of key hormones that regulate metabolism can cause changes in hair volume and patchy hair loss. Your physician can easily test for thyroid levels as a part of ruling out thyroid as the cause for hair thinning or extensive loss.



This condition causes a patchy hair loss pattern and is typically associated with more rare conditions such as “Hallermann – Streiff” syndrome.



Ringworm of the scalp is a fungal infection in the hair shaft that generally occurs in 3 to 9 year olds and is highly contagious.  No longer a common occurrence – ringworm is treated with anti-fungal medications.



This condition is associated with obsessive/compulsive disorder (OCD) and is defined by an individual who picks, scratches and pulls at their hair.  If untreated, this disorder can cause baldness and scarring.


Anyone experiencing noticeable hair thinning and hair loss should see their physician or other licensed clinician to determine the cause, and obtain a professional recommendation for treatment and prevention of continued loss where possible. The good news is that there are exciting and effective solutions for restoring and maintaining healthy hair for both men and women.  Several approaches for thinning hair or hair loss are available today when the aging process or medical conditions create new challenges, and compromise the quality of your hair’s appearance.


Self Care for Thinning Hair

James Gartner, owner of Bii Salon in Dundee offers a number of tips for those experiencing a condition that results in thinning hair.  James recommends a gentle, chemical free shampoo free of sulfates and other additives. He also recommends air-drying hair when possible and minimizing styles that put tension on, or pull the hair tightly.  James says “there is no substitute for maintaining a great hair cut and a flattering style that reflects the best look for thinning hair.  Long thinning hair can look even thinner, and getting “weight” off of the style can really help.  We have had many clients who suffer from the effects of chemotherapy and other conditions that affect their hair.  We offer a compassionate approach that makes the absolute best of what can be a very stressful time for our clients. We enjoy helping to support them to feel better and work with what they are facing as changes occur.  We encourage anyone who is reluctant to go to the salon by assuring them that they will feel comfortable with our professional stylists.”


Over the Counter Hair Products for Thin Hair

There are some over the counter products that James recommends for thinning hair or hair that is re-growing.  James likes the Awaken line by Surface that is designed to preserve hair thickness and add fullness and texture to the hair strands. He especially likes the Awaken Therapeutic Treatment that is applied to the scalp before styling.


A Great Wig – Quality Has Never Been Better!

If hair loss is extensive or slow to regrow – a great wig is a terrific option today as the quality and style choices have never been better. Both natural hair and synthetic wig styles are endless, and can make a really important difference in our customer’s self image.  Ashly from Lulu’s Wiggin Out in Crystal Lake shares “we love working with our clients to select a perfect style and color that looks natural and complements skin tone and face shape.  We have a great deal of experience with individuals during very stressful times in their life due to cancer and other medical conditions, and we are focused on making the wig selection process and end result very positive, and pleasing to our customers. Our product line is extensive, and our clients  typically leave delighted with their choice.” We love our business because we know we make an important difference in how people feel about their appearance!


Medical Intervention

No longer is restoration of hair loss limited to men only! With most of us living longer, hair loss is not unusual. While certain males find complete balding or thinning areas on their scalp stressful or even devastating, women are, and never have been any less affected. The good news is that the latest treatments are effective for everyone.  It’s a great day when medical solutions have a wonderful impact on self-esteem and quality of life. Today specialty medical offices can offer hair restoration therapy, hair transplantation or scalp micro-pigmentation all of which are tailored to the specific needs of the client. There are multiple providers for these procedures which typically begin with a thorough interview and assessment to determine which approach if any, are appropriate given the reasons for the client’s hair loss.  


Innovative Medical Procedures – Hair Restoration – Safe and Permanent


PRP – Hair Restoration Therapy

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a treatment that involves localized injections of platelet rich plasma which contains a growth factor that stimulates the hair follicles.  Most patients get results from 3-6 treatments, eight weeks apart, and then a follow up maintenance treatment every 9-12 months following initial therapy.  Dr. Nader Aziz from Regency Medical Spa offers PRP treatments to his patients and also uses a complementary product line (Glytone by Ducray) of hair care products that include shampoo, lotion and a supplement to help support their treatment plan. Ideal candidates for PRP are those just beginning to notice hair loss and are wanting to preserve hair density and prevent further loss.  


Hair Transplantation


Hair transplantation and other approaches for thinning hair and hair loss have come a very long way in terms of process and results. CSO Aesthetics in Arlington Heights offers a personalized consultation for each client to determine which treatment is appropriate and most effective for each individual’s hair health. Dr. Cynthia Valukas from CSO Aesthetics shares one of their strategies for hair loss that is a minimally invasive, no scar hair transplantation method called Neograft®. “The Neograft® system uses something called Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) where we gently remove individual follicles from the back of the head and then artistically implant them in areas where hair loss has occurred.  There is no scaring, less downtime and the results create a very natural looking hairline. We are so pleased to be able to offer procedures for hair restoration that literally changes our patient’s lives. Both men and women are ecstatic with their results and so happy they made the investment of time and resources in addressing their hair loss.”  


This procedure is actually medical grade tattooing that mimics the growth pattern of your hair. A semi-permanent solution, micro pigmentation is a non-surgical procedure with no down time and one that provides immediate results.  This procedure is an option for all stages of hair loss, and is optimal for the correction of scars.  Micro pigmentation results in a natural appearance and is appropriate for both men and women.  


If you are experiencing changes in your hair there is good news in that there are multiple solutions that restore and enhance your hair and address what can have a big impact on your image and self esteem. Whether it’s topical products, a great stylist, a quality wig or the available and improving innovation in medical procedures, there are many options to address thinning hair or hair loss.  


Great Foods for Healthy Skin

Great Foods for Healthy Skin


As it turns out, a healthy diet has even more benefits than we may have considered, including those affecting the appearance and quality of the skin.   Our skin needs care from the inside and from the outside, and selecting foods that contribute to healthy glowing skin involves learning about super foods and those high in antioxidants.  Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.  These substances may prevent or delay the cell damage leading to a number of diseases, including cancer.  Antioxidants appear in many fruits and vegetables and other foods listed below.


Most health experts will agree that it is optimal to obtain nutrition mainly from food however, the following factors may indicate smart use of supplements:


  • The foods we purchase may vary in terms of nutrient levels
  • Extended periods of stress can deplete the body’s reserves
  • Certain medical conditions may benefit from targeted supplements


Super Foods High in Antioxidants 


Blue, Red, Purple Grapes


Dark Green Vegetables


Green Tea


Red Berries

Sweet Potato/Orange Vegetables

Whole Grains


High Impact Foods for Enhancing Skin Health



Carotenoids include: Beta-carotene (β-carotene) and A-carotene (α-Carotene), lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene. Along with active vitamin A, carotenoids help prevent premature skin damage and skin cancer. Diets high in carotenoids are beneficial for preventing UV light damage, which can lead to melanoma, aged-looking skin, wrinkles, drying, scaling and thickening of the skin.  Great choices for foods high in carotenoids include:

  • Acorn Squash
  • Butternut Squash
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon



Selenium is an essential mineral found in small amounts in the body. It works as an antioxidant, especially when combined with vitamin E. Antioxidants like selenium help fight the damaging particles in the body known as free radicals. Foods containing selenium include:

  • Brazil Nuts (2-3 per day will fulfill this requirement)
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Garlic
  • Pork
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Wheat Germ



Alpha Linolenic Acid

Alpha linolenic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid that must be obtained from the diet or supplementation.  Omega-3s have been shown to reinforce the skin by protecting it from dryness and reducing skin sensitivity. Other benefits may include protection from autoimmune skin disorders like psoriasis or inflammatory conditions like acne and eczema.  Great sources of alpha linolenic acid include:

  • Chia Seeds
  • Flax Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds/hemp oil
  • Walnuts



Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant powerhouse with multiple benefits. For the skin, Vitamin C fights free radicals and protects from sun damage, contributes to collagen production, better wound healing, prevents skin discoloration and improves skin texture. The overall health benefits of Vitamin C intake are considerable, and many dermatologists and aestheticians also recommend topical application of Vitamin C which is present in a wide variety of products from lotions to serums.  Great dietary sources of Vitamin C include:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Kale
  • Kiwi
  • Bell Peppers
  • Grapefruit
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries





Long Chain Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and, in general, increasing intake will improve skin moisture and appearance and may improve eczema. Even psoriasis may benefit from increased omega-3 intake. While cold water fish has always been high in omega-3, grass-fed beef has a higher level of omega-3 fatty acids and is generally leaner in total fat. Good sources of these omega-3s include:

  • Grass-Fed Beef
  • Herring
  • Mackeral
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Sablefish
  • Trout



Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin necessary for the breakdown of fatty acids. Often referred to as the beauty vitamin with benefits for hair, skin and nails, it is easy to obtain the recommended amount in the diet.  Including regular consumption of these foods with high nutritional value that ensure adequate intake of this vitamin:

  • Avocado
  • Eggs


Water, Water and More Water

Food choices can have wonderful skin benefits along with a recommendation we just can’t hear enough: maximize water intake, and minimize alcohol.  Alcohol dehydrates the skin, and those who overindulge may see it on their faces the next day. Chronic overuse negatively affects skin tone, dryness and reflects an aged appearance. Re-think those couple glasses of wine or cocktails you may be having each day…Water is your skin’s best friend, and the formula for staying hydrated is the amount of water it takes to consistently produce urine that is colorless.


What NOT to Eat for Beautiful Skin

Nutritionists and aestheticians recommend avoiding foods that cause inflammation especially for those who may be suffering with skin disorders.  Inflammatory foods include sugars, refined starches, vegetable oils, dairy products, wheat, processed corn, and many food additives.  Foods with a high glycemic index that produce a quick rise in blood sugar are not recommended for several reasons including the negative effects on your skin.


Following these nutrition and diet recommendations will result in multiple benefits, including better health and higher energy as well as keeping your skin feeling and looking its best.



* This information is not intended to substitute for the advice or direction normally provided by a licensed medical professional. See your physician or a registered dietician for optimal dietary recommendations that are consistent with your comprehensive wellness plan, treatment you may be currently receiving, and to avoid interactions with prescription or over the counter medications you may be currently taking.

7 Important Income Tax Tips from Aspen, Allan & Assoc.

The end of the year is a time to reflect upon the past and plan for the future. Here we present you with some important income and estate tax items to consider before year’s end.

Contributions to a Retirement Plan
Self-employed individuals can establish and fund a qualified retirement plan. There are many different types of plans, including Simplified Employee Pension Plans (SEP), Solo 401(k) Plans, Savings Incentive Match Plans for Employees (Simple Plans), profit sharing plans, and defined benefit plans. Each plan has advantages and disadvantages, and the maximum contribution for each plan varies. Some plans need to be established before December 31, 2014, although they could be funded in 2015 with the amount contributed treated as a deduction in 2014.

Employees not covered by a retirement plan at work can establish an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and all individuals should consider establishing a Roth IRA.

Preparing State Income Taxes
State income taxes are deductible when paid. If you have a state estimated tax payment due January 15, 2015, consider accelerating that payment to sometimes prior to December 31, 2014 in order to deduct the payment to 2014. However, keep in mind that state income taxes are not deductible for alternative minimum tax purposes.

In addition, a new wrinkle is the impact that state income taxes have on the net investment income tax. A careful analysis of your 2014 and 2015 tax liability (including your alternative minimum tax and net investment income tax) should be done to determine if it is beneficial to prepay state income taxes.

Evaluating Year-to-Date Capital Losses and Year-End Capital Gains
Capital losses can offset capital gains plus $3000 of ordinary income. Now is the time to review your investment portfolio and your year to date capital gains and losses to determine if you should realize any more losses and/or gains. If you have an overall net loss so far, consider selling some appreciated positions to lock in the gains. If you have an overall net gain so far, consider selling some loss positions to reduce your potential tax liability. Triggering capital losses could also reduce your net investment income tax. You could buy back the securities sold at a loss provided you purchase the securities either more than 30 days before or 30 days after the sale. Capital losses in excess of capital gains plus $3000 can be carried over. However, some states do not permit carryovers of capital losses.

Charitable Donations
If you are charitably inclined, a donation to a charitable organization can reduce your tax bill. Checks to charities must be in the mail on or before December 31, 2014, while donations charged to a credit card can be deducted if charged in 2014, even if not paid until 2015. Consider giving appreciated securities to a charity instead of cash. The tax deduction for a contribution of appreciated securities is equal to the fair market value of the securities given and you do not have to pay income tax on the appreciation associated with the securities. Contributions of appreciated securities to public charities are limited to 30% of your adjusted gross income. Contributions of cash to public charities are limited to 50% of your adjusted gross income.

Annual Exclusion Gifts
Everyone is allowed to give $14,000 each year to any number of recipients. Married tax payers can give up to $28,000. This amount is free of any gift or inheritance tax and the recipient is not subject to income tax on the gift. The gift can be any type of asset—cash, check, stock, artwork, etc. However, it must be a gift of “present interest”—meaning the recipient must be able to access property now, and not just in the future.

Annual exclusion gifts are a simple and effective way to significantly reduce one’s estate tax. For example, a married couple with three children and nine grandchildren can annually give away $336,000 ($28,000 to each of their 12 descendants) without paying any gift tax. By following this practice for five years, they would have removed $1.69M from their taxable estate.

Children or Grandchildren Education Planning
Consider opening and funding a section 529 plan. There are many different plans available—all essentially college savings plans.
Earnings in a section 529 plan and qualified distributions are not taxed. Qualified distributions are those used for a person’s qualified higher education expenses at an accredited post-secondary educational institution, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment. Certain room and board expenses also qualify.

In addition, you are allowed to fund up to five times the annual exclusion ($70,000) in one year and treat the transfer as made over five years. Married taxpayers can fund up to $140,000 in one year and treat the transfer as made over five years.

Review Important Tax Documents
Now is a good time to review all of your important tax documents, such as last wills and testaments, health care proxies, powers of attorney, and trusts. In addition, you should review beneficiary designations for retirement plans and life insurance policies and check how all your bank/brokerage accounts are titled. As you go through, consider the following:

  • Have children been born since documents were last updated?
  • Has there been a divorce?
  • Has there been a marriage?
  • Are the named trustees still close confidants?

Should you need assistance with your year-end income and estate tax planning, contact Aspen, Allen, & Associates, located at 616 North Court, Suite 130 in Palatine. For more information, visit or call (847) 358-3909.


Mini Job & Internship Fair (Tech-Focused)

This event allows you to discuss opportunities with various employers in the information technology industry and other industries.

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Time: 10:30am to 1:00pm
Cost: None
Place: Grayslake Campus Building E, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, IL 60030

If you have available positions in the Information Technology field, register to participate in this event. Register here.

Information Technology Focus:

  • Computer forensics
  • Computer programming
  • Desktop support technician
  • Network administration and security
  • Office applications specialist

For additional information, contact Annette Halsey at or (847) 543-2059.

Lombard Pita House Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

falafelPita House celebrates 15 years serving the lombard area. The restaurant has been remodeled inside and out, and the mayor of Lombard and Chamber of Commerce were on-site November 20 for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The owners have a family history if diabetes and cardiovascular disease, so following a healthy diet is very important to them. In an attempt to make it easy for the whole community to eat healthy, Pita House partnered with Health Dining to compile nutrition facts on 10 menu items and pita bread. All 10 items are “Sodium Savvy” and calorie counts and nutrition facts are available at both Pita House locations. (There is also a restaurant in Schaumburg.)

Pita House provides quick service Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. All dishes are prepared fresh, from scratch daily. Customers can enjoy quick, dine-in service, carry-out and catering. Delivery service is also available.

Pita House uses only fresh ingredients, meaning no canned sauces. They use all farm-fresh beef, lamb and chicken, and the meats served are from free-range livestock, which aren’t treated with antibiotics or steroids.

Pita House Schaumburg
365 S. Roselle Rd.
(847) 352-4750

Pita House Lombard
340 E. Roosevelt Rd.
(630) 576-5059


Have yourself a Merry, Debt-Free Christmas

by Rachel Cruze
If you’re like me, then this is your favorite time of year. I absolutely love Christmas! One of the reasons I love the holiday season is because I’ve learned to live on a budget and completely avoid debt. That way, I don’t have to worry about the thrill of Christmas turning into a debt hangover in January.

But our culture is so used to debt. We assume that Christmas presents are just something we automatically put on the credit card. That’s nuts! The holidays are supposed to be a fun, festive time of the year with shopping, parties and gifts. But the temporary thrill of all that fun turns into a long-term headache when all the bills start rolling in.

The main reason people use debt during Christmas is simply because they don’t have a plan. They haven’t saved any money all year, and they wait until the last minute to fight the crowds at the mall. Without a plan, they end up overspending and piling on event more debt than they already had.

If you want life to be different this Christmas–less stressful and more festive–then you absolutely need to create a Christmas budget. You can check out to help you get started. All you have to do is list all of your Christmas expenses–every dollar you want to spend on each person you’re buying for. The amount you’ve budgeted for should equal your planned spending amount.
It’s called a zero-based budget, and it’s the same way I budget every month–except, this time, it’s Christmas specific. And when you’re not shopping online, use crash. The great thing about cash is when it’s gone, it’s gone.

As a woman, I know the pressure you face. You want the Christmas season to be perfect–and that means everyone gets the right gift, everyone gets invited to the party and everyone gets the right amount of food. All of that is fine… if you can truly afford it. If you’re going into debt to fund this Christmas lifestyle, then you’re only hurting yourself and your family.

I promise you, the holiday season will be much more enjoyable when you have a plan. I’ve saved thousands of dollars over the years by simply putting boundaries on my spending and making sure I know exactly how much I have to spend in the first place. Come spring, when you start planning that family vacation, you’ll be thankful you aren’t still paying off Christmas debt. So, if you want your Christmas to be truly merry, stay away from credit cards at all costs!

Rachel Cruze is a seasoned communicator and presenter, helping Americans learn the proper ways to handle money and stay out of debt. Her new book Smart Money Smart Kids, co-authored by her dad Dave Ramsey, was released April 2014 and debuted at number one of the New York Times best-sellers list. You can follow Rachel on Twitter @RachelCruze, online at or at

Scam Phone Calls Continue: How to Spot Suspicious Calls

The IRS issued a consumer alert today providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS. These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don’t answer, they often leave an “urgent” callback request.

“These telephone scams are being seen in every part of the country, and we urge people not to be deceived by these threatening phone calls,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “We have formal processes in place for people with tax issues. The IRS respects taxpayer rights, and these angry, shake-down calls are not how we do business.”

The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:

  1. Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.
  2. Demand you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

  • Aspe Allan Nov Dec 2014 V2.inddIf you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at (800) 829-1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800) 366-4484.
  • You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant. Choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

Remember the IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to and type “scam” in the search box.

Additional information about tax scams are available on IRS social media sites, including YouTube and Tumblr where people can search “scam” to find all the scam-related posts.


Cantigny Park Amateur Photographer Photo Contest

Wheaton’s Cantigny Park invites amateur photographers to enter their best images in the Cantigny in Focus annual photo contest.  The submission deadline for entries is Friday, November 7.

Submitted images (maximum 10) must be from the grounds of Cantigny Park or Cantigny Golf in Wheaton, the 500-acre former estate of Robert R. McCormick.  Pictures taken in 2014 or earlier are eligible.

Cantigny-appointed judges will select winning images for public display in the park’s Visitors Center Gallery.  Judges look for photographs that best represent the scope of Cantigny, including golf, museums, special events, gardens, adult and children’s programs, concerts, military events and nature.  Family photos are welcome, too, especially those taken during the early years of the park, which opened in 1958.

The entries chosen for display will be enlarged, professionally framed at Cantigny’s expense and returned to the photographers at the end of 2015.  Top finishers also will receive a free annual membership (basic level) to Cantigny Park.

Winning entries will go on display starting February 6, 2015.  Park visitors will then vote for their favorite images throughout 2015.  Owners of the top three vote getters will receive a prize.

Full details about Cantigny in Focus, including rules and official entry form, are available online at  Questions may be directed to Brian Gray at 630.260.8167 or

About Cantigny Park
Cantigny Park, part of the nonprofit Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundations, is the 500-acre Wheaton (Illinois) estate of Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955), longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune.  It is home to 30 acres of spectacular gardens, the Robert R. McCormick Museum, the First Division Museum and a 27-hole championship golf course.  All are open to the public.  Cantigny also is a favorite destination for special events, weddings, concerts, lectures, workshops and other recreation and learning opportunities for all ages.  Full-service banquet and dining facilities are on site.  More information, including hours, directions and a calendar of upcoming events is online at

You’re Invited: New Age Spa Open House

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October 22 between 5pm and 7:30pm in Desplaines


October 25 between 10am and 1pm in Arlington Heights

The New Age Spa Institute has the finest instructors and offers lifetime job placement! Here, you’ll receive state-of-the-art education for the future, including esthetics, massage therapy, nail tech and makeup.

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