President’s Welcome

The Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce & Industry is proud to present to you the latest edition of our Community Guide and Business Directory. This popular publication provides a comprehensive directory of the businesses, governmental and community resources that make Hoffman Estates the dynamic community that it is today.

Our members know the value of building relationships and working together to create a platform of success for each other and for the Chamber. As a volunteer driven organization, our members define the programs and services we offer to the business and residential communities.

Our mission is to grow and sustain a strong regional business community by promoting business and personal development through networking, education, marketing and advocacy. The Chamber looks forward to continued growth in our community and business sectors for the future.

Your Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce & Industry is at your service, ready to assist you. If you would like to know more about what the Chamber can offer your business, or if we can answer a question about this great community we call home, contact us at (847) 781-9100 or visit us online at www.hechamber.com.

Thank you for supporting our business community.

Tricia A. O’Brien
President
Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce & Industry


Mayor’s Update

The Village of Hoffman Estates continues to see steady growth in several areas including retail, industrial, hospitality and various types of infrastructure improvements. The continual efforts of village came to fruition in 2017 as a variety projects were completed. A priority for many years, the construction of the Barrington Road interchange on I-90 opened at the end of 2017 with the Pace Park-n-Ride expected to open in spring 2018. Also, after many years of searching and courting, an Ace Hardware opened again in Hoffman Estates. Additionally, TRUMPF Technology Center opened in September and continues the trend of advanced manufacturers finding a new home in Hoffman Estates along I-90.

One of the most significant projects to be completed in 2017 was the widening of I-90 and the opening of all four legs of the Barrington Road interchange. In 2013, the village partnered with the Illinois Tollway and Illinois Department of Transportation in improving the Barrington Road interchange on I-90 to provide full access (from east and west bound). Design began in 2014 with construction beginning in 2015 in conjunction with the rebuilding and widening of I-90. The village worked with Pace to incorporate a Park-n-Ride at the interchange. Tollway construction activity on the tollway interchange took place throughout 2017, with completion at the end of the year. Construction of the Park-n-Ride pedestrian bridge over I-90 was also completed in 2017, with Pace bus service set to begin in spring/summer 2018, ultimately connecting to the CTA Blue Line station in Rosemont in 23 minutes then to downtown Chicago.

Hoffman Estates celebrated the opening of many retailers to the community, some for the first time and some coming back after too much time away. For many years, residents requested the village bring a hardware store back to the community. In August 2017, Ace Hardware opened their doors in a long-vacant space at Golf and Higgins Roads. “The opening the new Ace Hardware fulfilled a long-standing goal. A local hardware store provides convenience and ease for our home owners,” said Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod. Additionally, Woodfield Acura unveiled their new facility while maintaining the existing site as a pre-owned dealership.

Redevelopment of commercial properties on the village’s east side continued at a rapid pace. The village negotiated both a redevelopment and a land sale agreement with the Sterling Organization to redevelop the Hoffman Plaza Shopping Center and sell village-owned land for adjacent development. Burlington then opened in the first phase of redevelopment at the center as co-anchor to the existing Jewel-Osco. The shopping center owner plans to complete Phase II in 2018-19.

In addition to retail, the TRUMPF Technology Center opened in September, adding 50 new high paying, high-tech jobs to the market while bringing the ancillary benefit to hotels and restaurants from their out-of-town customers. The Technology Center is primarily a demonstration lab and showroom for the high-tech metal cutting lasers used by advanced manufacturers today. Near the new TRUMPF facility the village has the opportunity, through a partnership with Cook County, for Phase I engineering to start for a new bicycle path on Central Road. The path will connect the new Pace Park-n-Ride on Central Road with the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve path system.

Residential development continued to surge and the village performed an increasing number of plan reviews and building inspections for subdivisions such as Bergman Estates, Devonshire Woods, Amber Meadows, Airdrie Estates and renovations at the Enclave Apartments. More than 250 single-family homes have been built or are under construction at those sites allowing new residents to move into Hoffman Estates.

The Village’s 2017 Street Revitalization project spent nearly $6 million in new and existing revenues. Eight streets were reconstructed and another 18 streets were resurfaced as part of this village-wide project. The village also contracted for street surface patching and crack sealing projects in 2017 which will help to extend the useful life of village streets.

In 2017, the Sears Centre achieved near record revenue by almost doubling event income and experiencing record ticket sales to nearly 153,000 customers with several events achieving sold-out status. The Chicago Bulls developmental league team (Windy City Bulls) completed their inaugural season in March 2017 and continued to enjoy increasing attendance as their second season got off to a successful start in November.

“This partnership has been a natural fit from the beginning. The village has been extremely pleased with the success of the team thus far and it appears Bulls representatives are equally impressed with the way our community and surrounding areas have embraced them and the Windy City Bulls franchise,” McLeod said.

Cirque du Soleil also returned to the Sears Centre in 2017, joining longstanding annual events such as Sesame Street Live, Monster Trucks, Professional Championship Bull riding and 17 graduation ceremonies. Music concerts, a sold-out IHSA Super Sectional basketball game, USA volleyball and gymnastics competitions, and community events filled out the calendar (104 total event days). The sixth annual Northwest Fourth Fest, the largest free Independence Day celebration in the northwest suburbs again attracted tens of thousands visitors over the multi-day event. Many of these events will be back again in 2018 along with other great attractions!

In addition to continued growth throughout the community, the village’s police, fire and health and human services departments continue to provide exceptional service to the community. “These departments work hard to ensure their teams are providing the best possible service to our residents,” McLeod said.

The village has grown its use of social media through broadcasting events on Facebook Live, and uses other tools like the Citizen newsletter, its website and other platforms to inform the community about exciting events and relevant programs and services.

“Keeping our residents and visitors, as well as our potential and existing business owners, up to date on Village business is vitally important,” McLeod said. “The village’s website will receive a much-needed makeover in the next several months; ultimately providing users with an enhanced, more efficient experience.”

For more information about village programs and events, visit www.hoffmanestates.org.


Government Information

Village Officials

Village President
William McLeod

Village Clerk
Bev Romanoff

Village Manager
Jim Norris

Trustee
Karen Mills

Trustee
Anna Newell

Trustee
Gary Pilafas

Trustee
Gary Stanton

Trustee
Karen Arnet

Trustee
Michael Gaeta

Hoffman Estates Village Hall
1900 Hassell Rd.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Phone: (847) 882-9100
Fax: (847) 781-2624

Village of Hoffman Estates
Police (Non-emergency) (847) 882-1818
Fire (Non-emergency) (847) 843-4825
Health & Human Services (847) 781-4850
Public Works (847) 490-6800
Recycling Hotline (800) 244-1977
Tourism (847) 781-2664
Event Hotline (847) 781-2855
All Other Departments (847) 882-9100

Townships
Barrington Township (847) 381-5632
Hanover Township (630) 837-0301
Palatine Township (847) 358-6700
Schaumburg Township (847) 884-0030
State of Illinois

General Information (312) 814-2121
Secretary of State (800) 252-8980
Roadway Information (800) 452-4368
Cook County Courthouse Rolling Meadows (847) 818-2000
Social Security Office (800) 772-1213
Better Business Bureau (312) 477-0140

State Senators & Representatives
Senator Cristina Castro (847) 893-0297
Senator Laura Murphy (847) 718-1110
Senator Tom Rooney (847) 776-1490
Senator Dan McConchie (847) 796-0395

Representative
Fred Crespo (630) 372-3340

Representative
Tom Morrison (224) 202-6584

Representative
Michelle Mussman (847) 923-9104

Representative
David McSweeney (847) 516-0052

U.S. House & Senate Representatives

U.S. Senator
Richard Durbin(312) 353-4952

U.S. Senator
Tammy Duckworth (312) 886-3506

U.S. Congressman
Peter Roskam (630) 232-0006

U.S. Congressman
Raja Krishnamoorthi (847) 413-1959

U.S. Congressman
Bradley Schneider (847) 383-4870


Chamber Services

Hoffman Estates Chamber of commerce & Industry

2200 W. Higgins Rd.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
(847) 781-9100
info@hechamber.com
www.hechamber.com

Mission Statement

“To support, educate and advocate the interests of Hoffman Estates regional business.”

Advocate for Business

Our purpose is to inform, highlight and actively help promote the commercial, industrial and retail community of the Hoffman Estates area, as well as to provide a variety of venues and services to showcase your business.

ELECTRONIC ADVERTISING

The Chamber offers their members electronic advertising opportunities for their businesses and organizations. Every Wednesday morning, the Chamber emails a Member-to-Member Business News report. Contact the Chamber office for inclusion in this popular online marketing tool.

Networking

The Chamber offers several networking opportunities on a monthly basis. Chit N Chat, our lunchtime networking program rotates between a different Chamber restaurant each month. Business After Hours is our evening networking program which highlights a different Chamber member’s business each month. We also offer regular multi-Chamber progressive lunches, seminars and forums. These networking opportunities are designed to get you connected with a variety of Chamber members and businesses.

Publicity & Exposure

Through cost-effective advertising in Chamber publications, promotional mailings, business expos, relocation packets and the Internet, our members can take advantage of numerous opportunities for increased visibility and exposure.

Referrals

Chamber offices are constantly asked for references. Ours is no different, except we recommend Chamber members ONLY.

E-Newsletter

Our newsletter keeps you in touch with the latest business news and events, Chamber activities, and news about other Chamber members.

Membership Directory

This directory is an exclusive, complete, cross-referenced guide of “Who, What and Where” of our Chamber members. Mailing labels are available for a small fee. The directory is also available online and in the annual community guide.

Discounts/Special Rates

Through our member-to-member discount and hot deals programs, you will be able to take advantage of special pricing offered by Chamber members to Chamber members.

Also, exclusive members-only discounts are available with our partnership with Constant Contact, FedEx and Office Depot.

Remember to always shop Chamber members first and ask about any discounts they are offering for Chamber members.

Local Recognition

Attractive door decals and a membership certificate suitable for framing identify you as a Chamber member and a part of the established Hoffman Estates business community.

Community Guide

This annual publication features highlights of the Hoffman Estates community with your Chamber business listed at least twice. Over 7,000 copies are delivered to local residences and businesses. Advertising opportunities are available in this highly sought after resource.

Community Involvement

The Chamber sponsors a number of community projects throughout the year. Tools for Success, a community drive that collects thousands of dollars worth of new school supplies for distribution to children attending area schools; the Annual Community Fishing Derby held each June that enables fishing enthusiasts of all ages to have the opportunity to compete for cash and prizes. The Chamber also sponsors Bon Appetit, a community food and drink festival that features our local colleges participating in a cupcake competition for scholarship dollars.

The Chamber Scholarship Program offers three higher education scholarships each spring to Chamber members, their extended family and employees. Applications for the scholarship program are available on the website at www.hechamber.com.


Board of Directors

Jennifer Walker
Chairman of the Board
Tate & Lyle
5450 Prairie Stone Pkwy.
Hoffman Estates, 60192
(847) 396-7500

Kevin Carnahan
Vice Chair
Brookdale Hoffman Estates
1515 N. Barrington Rd.
Hoffman Estates, 60169
(847) 490-5800

Kathy Musial
Treasurer
WIPFLi CPAs and Consultants
625 N. North Ct., Ste. 200
Palatine, 60067
(847) 358-1170

Martha Keyes
Secretary
NIU Conference Center
5555 Trillium Boulevard
Hoffman Estates, 60192
(815) 753-8865

Mike Kies
Past Chair
Hoffman Estates Park District
1685 W. Higgins Rd.
Hoffman Estates, 60169
(847) 885-7500

John Ericson
Hoffman Estates Branch Library
1550 Hassell Rd.
Hoffman Estates, 60169
(847) 885-3511

Allen S. Gabe
Legal Counsel
Allen Gabe Law, P.C.
1834 Walden Office Square, Ste. 500
Schaumburg, 60173
(847) 241-5000

Eileen Quinn
Stonegate Conference & Banquet Centre
2401 W. Higgins Rd.
Hoffman Estates, 60169
(847) 884-7000

Lisa Christie
L & M Financial Services, Inc.
2500 W. Higgins Rd.
Hoffman Estates, 60169
(847) 519-1154

Vickie Andersen
Admin & Beyond LLC
3 Golf Center
Hoffman Estates, 60169
(800) 850-3907

Tricia O’Brien
President
Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce & Industry
2200 W.Higgins Rd., Ste. 201
Hoffman Estates, 60169
(847) 781-9100

George Moser
Director Emeritus
Stonegate Development
2500 W. Higgins Rd.
Hoffman Estates, 60169
(847) 882-3300

Kevin Kramer
Village of Hoffman Estates
1900 Hassell Rd.
Hoffman Estates, 60169
(847) 882-9100

Mayor Bill McLeod
Village of Hoffman Estates
1900 Hassell Rd.
Hoffman Estates, 60169
(847) 882-9100

John Haniotes
Hoffman Estates Community Bank
1375 Palatine Rd.
Hoffman Estates, 60192
(847) 842-7981

Sara Odland-Beyna
AMITA Health
3040 Salt Creek Lane
Arlington Heights, 60005
(847) 385-7119

Janice Burke
EXIT Realty Northwest
1710 W. Algonquin Rd.
Hoffman Estates, 60192
(847) 230-9445

Paul Swanson
Carpenters’ Local Union 839
2500 W. Higgins Rd., #1035
Hoffman Estates, 60169
(847) 490-8839

Jacqui Smalarz
Hilton Garden Inn
2425 Barrington Rd.
Hoffman Estates, 60195
(847) 277-7889

Aimee Schumacher
Sears Holdings Corporation
3333 Beverly Rd.
Hoffman Estates, 60179
(847) 286-2500

Vern Kertis
First American Bank
395 W. Higgins Rd.
Hoffman Estates, 60169
(847) 586-2424

Lenard Henderson
State Representative Fred Crespo
1014 E. Schaumburg Rd.
Streamwood, 60107
(630) 372-3340

Ahmed Mujeebuddin
White Castle Systems, Inc.
1106 W. Golf Rd.
Hoffman Estates, 60169
(847) 882-3891


Economic Development

Hoffman Estates enjoyed a litany of economic development successes during 2017, most notably, the attraction of an Ace Hardware store to the community, according to Kevin Kramer, Economic Development Director.

“Bringing a hardware store to the village has been a goal of the Village Board for several years. That was the number one request we got from residents. We had been working for seven years to bring a store back to town since Ace and Menards previously left the village,” he said.

Village staff appealed to Ace Hardware’s corporate headquarters by phone and in person at the International Council of Shopping Centers trade shows on a bi-annual basis. The village found a likely location in the old Tiger Direct space at Higgins and Golf Roads, but they needed to interest an owner since Ace is a franchise business.

Fortunately, the shopping center owner brought Mike Patel, who had been a manager at the Skokie Ace Hardware store for over 30 years and knew the business well, to the table. He convinced Patel to make the investment and in August the new Hoffman Estates Ace Hardware store opened in the Crossroads Plaza Shopping Center, alongside Sherwin-Williams, Hertz, India House and Bombay Chopsticks. It is Ace Hardware’s first Indian/American owned and operated store.

“In order to make this deal happen in Hoffman Estates, the village supported the property owner’s application to Cook County for a property tax reduction and negotiated a sales tax rebate with the store owner,” Kramer said.

The village also saw Woodfield Acura build a new showroom at the intersection of Golf and Gannon, on the site of the old Dover Straits restaurant. The new showroom opened in early 2017 and the former Woodfield Acura became their “pre-owned vehicle” showroom.

In December a Country Inn and Suites opened on the site of the former La Quinta Inn near the intersection of Higgins and Barrington Roads. The new owners made a major investment to totally renovate the hotel’s public areas and guest rooms, according to Kramer. “It is always good to see upgrades and large reinvestments in existing properties,” he said.

The Hoffman Plaza Shopping Center at Higgins and Roselle Roads completed the first phase of redevelopment and now features a brand new Burlington store that opened in October, replacing a Dania Furniture store and a nightclub. The shopping center owners are now working to redevelop their out-lot properties with several new fast food restaurants, retailers and service uses.

“Manufacturing is another big focus for us,” Kramer said. “We have approximately 1,000 acres with manufacturing zoning, available for development in Hoffman Estates, many of which would be a great fit for manufacturing.”

Kramer and his staff are specifically seeking out “lean and clean” advanced manufacturing facilities using computerized robotics to get the work done in a cleaner and less expensive way.

“More and more manufacturers are “re-shoring” manufacturing back to the United States in order to be closer to their customers. They want to display their machinery in a showpiece facility that also includes offices and a basic shop floor,” he said.

“For instance, the Trumpf 50,000 square-foot Technology Center opened here in September with warehouse facilities and a showroom that allows customers to see machines in action and interacting with other machinery,” Kramer added.

“This was a big win for us. They make metal-cutting laser machines and then both sell and service them from their new Hoffman Estates facility. Since the machinery is massive, they do that service by either sending out a technician or by looking at the remote machinery using augmented reality goggles,” he said.

“We expect there to be other companies looking to locate in Hoffman Estates on its enviable property with I-90 frontage that is close to O’Hare,” he added.

In fact, Kramer is heavily involved in finding an investor interested in redeveloping the massive AT&T facility, east of Barrington Road along I-90. There is a total of 1,600,000 square feet of available office space distributed between three buildings.

“It is a great opportunity for right developer with lots of creativity and capital and we believe that that person is out there, looking for a property to re-purpose or redevelop,” Kramer said. “Companies aren’t generally looking for such large corporate office headquarters facilities in the suburbs anymore, so this will take some focus and creativity and it may end up with multiple tenants and multiple uses.”

Hoffman Estates is assisted in its efforts to seek new businesses and manufacturers by two local programs.

First, there is the Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (GCAMP) program which Hoffman Estates initiated to help local manufacturers attract qualified employees. They arrange open houses for area middle and high school students and parents to see advanced manufacturing in action and also sponsor student STEM competitions and trips to trade shows like the International Manufacturing Technology Show and FABTECH, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event.

Harper Community College has worked with GCAMP, area manufacturing and High School Districts 211 and 214 to develop an advanced manufacturing program that now has approximately 350 enrolled, with potential for more than 1,000 students.

In addition, GCAMP collaborated on an innovative manufacturing internship program that has won both national and state recognition and has worked with local secondary schools and community colleges to support dual credit/advanced placement courses to steer students toward a STEM manufacturing career path.

Second, Hoffman Estates and four other local communities have teamed up to support a Business Accelerator program called Next Level Northwest, a charitable non-profit public-private partnership for the education and development of leaders associated with established Stage 2 businesses within the municipalities in the partnership.

“It is tough to attract new businesses so we have decided that we need to grow from within – from the businesses that are already established in our communities and have their roots here,” Kramer explained. “We are aiming this program at businesses within our communities that have been open for at least three years and are now primed for further growth. We want to help them get over the plateau that they may have hit and boost their sales further.”

Potential participants will be required to apply for a place in the program, then pitch their business and themselves to a community panel which determines if they are accepted. Those accepted will receive a designated coach who will assist them in devising a three-to-five-year growth plan with actionable steps in areas of need like marketing, time management, community culture, finances and so forth. The coach will then check-in and follow-up every six months to ensure benchmarks are being met.

In the second phase of the program, the head of each firm will be assigned a mentor who will help them build a stronger network of fellow businesspeople within the community.

“We expect the program to get underway in the summer or early fall of 2018 and hope to start out with one or two businesses at a time, per community,” he explained. “Eventually we hope to grow to the point that we are helping 20 businesses per community per year.”

Casual Eating Options

Hoffman Estates is awash in great places to eat. The parade of casual dining spots opening in the village continues, driven by the community’s enviable dense and diverse population along I-90.

Culver’s opened at 4635 Hoffman Blvd. across from the Marriott in late 2016, adjacent to a yet-to-open BP gas station. Culver’s offers its fresh, delicious menu on a daily basis.

A new Denny’s restaurant is now open at 4690 Hoffman Blvd. in the Poplar-Prairie Shopping Center next to the Buffalo Wild Wings. It will be the first Denny’s in this area to unveil the restaurant’s new architectural look.

Denny’s and Culver’s join a diverse group of quick serve/fast casual dining choices in Hoffman Estates including three McDonald’s (at 2270 W. Higgins Rd., 2580 W. Golf Rd. and 1070 Roselle Rd.), a Firehouse Subs (2510 Sutton Rd.), a Jersey Mike’s Subs (4610 Hoffman Blvd.) and the long-established White Castle (1100 W. Golf Rd.) near Hoffman Estates High School.

Additionally, as part of the Hoffman Plaza Shopping Center redevelopment at the intersection of Roselle and Higgins Roads, several restaurants are expected to locate in the proposed out-lot buildings in the next year.


Healthy Living

In myriad different ways institutions and businesses in Hoffman Estates strive to keep everyone healthy, well and out of the hospital.

‘In sickness and in health’

AMITA Health is at the forefront of Hoffman Estates’ healthy revolution with its “In Sickness and In Health” motto. They are committed to providing the public with the best care when they are ill and with the best health information when they are well.

For instance, AMITA Health provides a very successful employee wellness program to local companies and municipalities that don’t have the expertise or manpower to implement one on their own, said Berenice M. Carlson, associate vice president of customer engagement – wellness for AMITA Health.

AMITA Health has also initiated the Healing Touch Clinic for cancer patients to stay as well as possible. The clinic uses an energy-based therapeutic approach restore balance and support the self-healing process. Using a light touch in a compassionate and intentional way, practitioners can help relieve anxiety, pain and stress and reduce the side effects of the treatments for cancer.

Screenings and other outreaches into the community are another part of AMITA Health’s wellness initiatives. Cholesterol and blood pressure screenings are often held at libraries and other public places within Hoffman Estates.

By far the organization’s most high-profile annual outreach to the community, however, is the AMITA Health Fitness for America event held each July. This huge event features a half-marathon, 10K and 5K runs, a nighttime fun run and two inline skating events – a half-marathon and a 7K skate.

AMITA Health uses this festival to demonstrate to the community that you don’t have to be a stellar athlete to get out there and enjoy and participate in active events.

Leading a well-balanced life

A relatively new business, the Wholesome Health Mart Pharmacy at 2069 Barrington Rd., is also making a contribution to the health of Hoffman Estates residents. It offers all the traditional tools found in a large pharmacy, as well as non-traditional ones like essential oils and targeted supplements (and make-up, creams and lotions that are as free of chemicals as possible, as well as gluten-free snacks).

“We feel that the more tools you have available to you, the better, if you want to live a well-balanced life,” said owner Matt Dhingra.

Wholesome Health Mart Pharmacy can customize medicines with flavorings for children and pets and can also mix special medicines and creams that have been prescribed by doctors but which are not commercially available.

“We give our customers the personal touch so we never rush people, we propose alternatives to high-priced medicines and we actually encourage questions,” Dhingra said. “In fact, we offer a free monthly seminar on a variety of topics and also offer free shipping to those who need it.”

“At Wholesome Health Mart Pharmacy we have chosen to integrate holistic and traditional medicines and make them more accessible to both physicians and their patients,” he added.

Encouraging healthy habits

The Hoffman Estates Park District is also “committed to ensuring access to leisure and health/wellness programming for everyone,” said Sandy Manisco, communications and marketing superintendent. “We have three membership-based fitness centers, but we have also initiated our free once-a-month, 90-minute “Hoffman Walks” program to help residents become familiar with the community’s 72 parks and to offer an entry-level fitness activity without any associated cost.”

“Our hope is that once an individual makes walking a habit, that this will lead them to more kinds of activity,” added Colleen Palmer, superintendent of recreation.

The district’s largest fitness center is its Prairie Stone Sports & Wellness Center. It is a multi-dimensional fitness center that offers its members the complete fitness experience as well as ancillary programs (some for an additional fee) like personal training, orthopedic rehabilitation, health coaching and nutrition seminars.

The health of Hoffman Estates children is also a concern with epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States. To address this issue, the District has initiated a childhood obesity initiative which offers health tips and programming to target this issue.

“Throughout the Park District over the last three years we have seen our patrons concentrating on their overall lifestyle instead of just on physical fitness. They are now interested in nutrition, stress management, physical fitness and achieving a better quality of life,” explained Katie Basile, Superintendent of Facilities for the Park District.

Making a mark on the health of hoffman estates

DuPage Medical Group (DMG), which came to Hoffman Estates last September by acquiring over the former Northwest Health Care Associates medical group at 2359 Hassel Rd. in Hoffman Estates and later, Westbrook Internal Medicine Group at 1555 N. Barrington Rd., is also making its mark on the health of Hoffman Estates.

DMG, the largest physician-owned and operated multi-specialty group in the Chicago area that can treat patients from head to toe, is now providing exceptional, accessible medical care to residents of Hoffman Estates and other nearby suburbs.

A range of health care services are available, including primary care consisting of family medicine and internal medicine, along with specialty care including cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology and pulmonary medicine. The Hassell Road location also features lab services, radiology testing and a state-of-the-art accredited endoscopy lab where colonoscopies and gastrointestinal endoscopies are performed.

Additional testing is available at nearby DMG office buildings in Bloomingdale, Glen Ellyn and Lisle. The Lisle location also includes DMG’s highly comprehensive integrated oncology program, which is the only accredited freestanding cancer center in Illinois.

The group’s comprehensive network of hundreds of independent physicians cover virtually every specialty from internal fetal medicine to spine surgery and well beyond. DMG physicians are easily able to confer among themselves, refer patients to one another and share medical records through an integrated medical record and the MyChart patient portal. And all accept the same insurance plans, making life easier for patients in today’s challenging medical environment.

“Our goal at DuPage Medical Group is to provide exceptional medical care to all patients in the communities we serve,” said Maria McGowan, vice president, marketing.

To learn more about DuPage Medical Group or to schedule an appointment online, visit www.DuPageMedicalGroup.com.

Making the most of retirement years

Finally, Brookdale Hoffman Estates at 1515 Barrington Rd., previously known as The Devonshire, can make every moment of retirement count. That’s because Brookdale provides everything seniors need to make the most of their retirement years. They have a fitness room with a fitness coach who puts together individual fitness plans for residents and they offer group classes daily. Hospitality and wellness are key components to living at Brookdale Hoffman Estates. With a number of planned activities and award-winning programs, there is always something enriching, informative or entertaining to do.

But the physical side of wellness is not all with which they concern themselves. Brookdale offers programs which help residents physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually and intellectually and give them purpose in their lives. Brookdale offers programs which help residents live at their peak level and within a lifestyle that promotes health, wholeness and fulfillment.

Their chef-prepared food provided by dining services also plays a major part in the health of residents, offering fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meats and whole grains. Healthy meal options are delineated on every menu and residents in need of special diets are accommodated. Residents can enjoy delicious entrees all day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Brookdale Hoffman Estates’ exceptional blend of hospitality, service and care can give residents the freedom to live life as they choose and please.


Education

Very few of us consider “finding happiness” an acquired skill. You are happy or unhappy, based on events and circumstances in your life. But according to Shawn Achor, a former Harvard University professor, that is not true. Finding happiness is a skill and you have to practice seeking it.

That new philosophy of happiness is gradually being introduced throughout District 54 schools.

District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss heard Achor speak at a professional conference and was so impressed by his message that he has chosen to bring to District 54 Achor’s methods for improving school culture by focusing on positive psychology.

“Our greatest assets in District 54 are our people – our students, staff, school board and community members. Our people are what make us great,” DuRoss recently wrote in a new book called “Tales of Orange,” written by School District 54 and published by the International Thought Leaders Network.

“No path forward is a better and greater investment in our people than our work around positive psychology,” he added. He expects it to accomplish three goals:

  • Deepen student, family and community development.
  • Create a happy, healthy and engaged learning community.
  • Improve performance and fuel success.

“Having continuously striven for improvement across nearly every sector possible in District 54, our most critical next step is through this work. The potential to directly impact our students is profound,” he noted.

Developing a positive culture

District 54 gradually began initiating the “happiness” program in the fall of 2016 with administrative teams and eventually the entire faculty. It will be brought into all of the district’s classrooms in the fall of 2018, DuRoss said.

The goal is to create a well-balanced system focused on both academics and developing a positive culture to enhance education. District 54’s educators have determined that, as Achor has taught, an engaged brain improves performance, pride and culture, helps retain teachers and deepens student, family and community relationships.

“A positive mindset increases productivity by 31 percent, makes us 10 times more engaged at work, helps ensure we live longer, get better grades and much more,” DuRoss said. “The impact of positivity is both personal and professional.”

Boosting happiness

In order to train staff (and eventually students) to look for happiness daily, Achor teaches that there are five tactics proven to boost our happiness and he encourages everyone to try one for 21 days.

  • Scan the world for three specific new things you’re grateful for. It’s the fastest way of teaching optimism and must be specific. For instance, don’t just say, “I’m grateful for my son.” Instead say, “I’m grateful for my son because he hugged me today, which means I’m loved regardless.”
  • Think of one positive experience that’s occurred during the past 24 hours and spend time writing down each detail you can remember. When you do this you’ve just doubled the most meaningful experience in your brain because the brain can’t tell the difference between visualization and actual experience.
  • Devote 15 minutes of each day to cardiovascular exercise. It’s the equivalent of taking an anti-depressant for the first six months, but with a 30 percent lower relapse rate over the next two years.
  • Meditate. Spend five minutes a day just watching you breath go in and out. According to Achor, doing this raises accuracy rates, improves levels of happiness and drops stress levels.
  • Commit Conscious Acts of Kindness. For example, write a positive e-mail or text praising or thanking one person you know. And do it for a different person each day. People who do this not only get great e-mails and texts back and are perceived as positive leaders, but they enjoy a high social connection. And Achor noted, the correlation between happiness and social connection is stronger than the connection between smoking and cancer.

“It’s not the macro things that matter, but it’s the micro choices for happiness that actually sustain happiness the best,” Achor said.

“You can wire a brain to seek happiness and when you do that, you maximize learning in classrooms and see a reduction in anxiety and depression and an increase in optimism. That is why District 54 is currently in the process of writing a new science-based social-emotional curriculum which we plan to formally introduce to classrooms next fall,” DuRoss said.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

School District 54
524 E. Schaumburg Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60104
(847) 357-5000

High School District 211
1750 S. Roselle Rd.
Palatine, IL 60192
(847) 755-6600

Elgin Area School District U-46
355 E. Chicago St.
Elgin, IL 60120
(847) 888-5000

Community Consolidated
School District 15
580 N. First Bank Dr.
Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 963-3000

Ambria College of Nursing
5210 Trillium Blvd.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
(847) 397-0300

Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 697-1000

Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Rd.
Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 925-6707

Northern Illinois University Conference Center
5555 Trillium Blvd.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
(815) 753-8862

Roosevelt University
1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 619-7300