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Bring on Summer

We did it. We made it through another Illinois winter and the random, but always expected, April snow showers. By now, we can confidently put our cold-weather clothes away and prepare for the summer, which is exactly what we’re doing with this May/June 2024 issue.

Actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd is this month’s cover story. He made an appearance here at Oakbrook Center’s Wonderverse. Larry Atseff and I were able to chat with him, and we’re excited to tell you more about it.

We know that students are patiently (or not so patiently) waiting for the dismissal bell signaling summer vacation. We have a fantastic list of summer events coming up in both Oak Brook and surrounding communities that are perfect for the whole family.

Until then, we take you inside HCHS, and introduce you to junior Charlie Russ. His talent and poise are far beyond his age, and he’s using his piano skills to bring joy to people across the community.
One of Oak Brook’s trademarks is its rich history.

In this issue, we take you back to the start of Oakbrook Center, and how it’s stronger now than ever before. Going back a century, the Oak Brook Historical Society will be lecturing on Fullersburg (now Hinsdale and Oak Brook) from 1832-1862 on May 19.

Moving just a few miles over during the same time period, we showcase the Downers Grove Plow Boys, who played an early version of the game we all know and love: baseball. Fast forward to today, and we highlight the Nazareth Academy varsity baseball team, who are proud back-to-back state champs. Head Coach Lee Milano lets us in on their secret to success.

Whether you prefer watching the game, or getting involved yourself, there’s something for everyone. That’s why pickleball has risen in popularity so much in recent years; in fact, it’s the fastest growing sport in the world. All you need is a group of friends, a racket, and a nice day. If you prefer a more relaxed game, check out the Oak Brook Golf Club for everything you need to enjoy a great day on the course.

We have all this and more in the coming pages. As always, thank you for your continued readership and support. We hope this issue finds you with an ice cold drink in hand enjoying the soon-to-be summertime.

Scott Jonlich, Publisher
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