Re: Aikido in the Chicago western suburbs
There is a nice dojo right near you in Glen Ellyn. It is the Glen Ellyn aikido club which meets at the College of Dupage. The instructor is Judy Leppert, 4th dan, a wonderful person. I started there many years ago, and visit when I can. It is part of the MAF and was strongly connected to the MAC before all the trouble happened. In either Naperville or Aurora, near the Fox Valley Mall, is the MATS dojo run by Maureen Browne and John Gussman, another pair of great people. Maureen is an instructor under Chiba Sensei and the Western region. Up in Arlington Heights, is a guy whose name I can`t remember, but whose dojo has come highly recommended.
If you join the Glen Ellyn dojo, I will probably see you this winter when I`ll make a trip back to the States.