Allison Hanscom of Western Springs, a piano teacher and volunteer with her therapy dog, Lucas, spent part of Black Friday shopping with family in downtown Hinsdale.
Q: How long have you lived in Western Springs?
A: About 30 years. I grew up in Western Springs, I went to LTHS, and came back and raised my family there.
Q: Tell me about your family.
A: My husband, Doug, is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker in La Grange. We have two grown daughters, Kari who is married to Jim Phillip and they have two sons, and Abigail who lives in Chicago.
Q: What do you do for a living?
A: I teach piano. I give private lessons in my home.
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: Lucas, a golden retriever. He’s a therapy dog with Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy at Good Samaritan Hospital. He helps with de-stressing. I have a 20-year-old cat, too, named Casey. I also volunteer at West Suburban Humane Society in Downers Grove.
Q: What is your favorite local restaurant?
A: Davanti and Hillgrove Tap in Western Springs.
Q: What is your favorite vacation place?
Q: Where is the farthest you have traveled?
A: I went to Kenya with my mom in 2001. It was fabulous. We met Jane Goodall. I took a lot of photos.
Q: What was the last live performance you saw?
A: Fernando Ortega at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. He’s a Christian pianist and vocalist. And I saw Lauren Daigle at Rosemont Theater. She’s a Christian recording artist.
Q: What superpower would you like to have?
A: Unlimited energy and time, so I could make the day as long as I need to get everything done.
Q: Do you have any pet peeves?
A: When I leave messages and text people and they don’t get back to me.
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