Back-to-School. It’s a phrase that can strike terror in the hearts of children and evoke sweet relief for parents. In this issue of SW Lake Lifestyle we’re focusing on the positive as we present a collection of stories on Kids and Pets.

If a child has trouble seeing the black (or more likely white) board in the classroom, the start of the school year can get off on the wrong foot. The good folks at MrEyeDr. in Lake Zurich encourage moms and dads to schedule a vision health exam before school buses roll this month.

Up the road at Save-a-Pet the team there is always hard at work placing cats and dogs with families in Lake County. To date more than 63,000 pets have found homes. (That’s Emma at the top of this page, our very own recent adoptee from Save-a-Pet.)

Barrington’s Susan McConnell founded a not-for-profit that encourages families to consider adopting children. We are proud to share her very personal story about Let It Be Us, the charitable organization she runs with support from a broad cross-section of the community.

In the remarkably restored Main Street Center in Wauconda Colleen Berg has opened a brand new Pet Boutique and Bakery with a very healthy focus on our four-legged fur babies (horses, too).

Finally, we share the remarkable story of how high schoolers in our midst are sharing their love of science with younger students in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Lake County. It’s an inspiring story, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we are proud to share it.


Michael Beightol



ON THE COVER Thanks to Andi McCulloch

for sharing her great photos from the annual

Save-a-Pet Reunion held earlier this summer.