Guys Who Make Stuff

SW Lake Co. features many creative men, many of whom make really interesting stuff. Meet five of our favorites here.

Student Scholars Win College Awards in SWL-Sponsored Annual Program

For the third consecutive year SW Lake Lifestyle was lead sponsor of the Barrington Chamber's annual scholarship program. Awards were made at Biltmore Country Club to Miah Cramer (St. Louis University),  Campbell Henry (Indiana University), Kristina Lymperis (undecided), Patrick Mantatsky (University of Illinois), Alejandro Reyther (Michigan State), Ashley Rocco (Southern Methodist University), Jeffrey Rosauer (Loyola), and Zachary Rowley (undecided). 

June 2019 Around Town

Cooling Season is Here: Remember AC Maintenance “Understanding air conditioner maintenance means knowing how a system works,” says Fred Martin, Jr., of Martin Enterprises. Most times, central air includes a system with indoor and outdoor units connected by copper tubing and wiring. Having a system in good operating order is vital to comfort, efficiency and keeping … Continued

It’s Raining Men’s Stuff

Welcome to our one-and-only annual issue dedicated to the guys. This is a veritable Bro Fest (or what passes for one these days in our neck of the woods). In these pages we share stories and photos that we hope EVERYBODY finds appealing because we have such a plethora of local talent in our midst. … Continued

Good Times in the Northerly side of SWLake Co.

SW Lake Co. is always chock-full of good times, whether it's great music, celebrating public servants who stepped up to make a difference, honoring personal milestones of those who changed many lives during their teaching years, savoring a sip of world-class wine poured by the winemaker, or getting together at the lake for a family … Continued

A Perfect Father’s Day Gift: A Golf Getaway

Planning the perfect golf trip can be difficult. It takes much research and experience to know where to play, when to play, where to stay and how to get there.

Dads & Grads Will Love This

 Wear it Like JFK  In 1937 when still a student John F. Kennedy met Albert Fouquet in France. He was captivated by Fouquet’s hand-crafted scent and ordered eight bottles and “one for Bob” (his brother, Robert F. Kennedy). In addition to this cologne, The Gent’s Place offers great haircuts and grooming services for men.  $115

MAHALO, Hawaii!

There are so many good reasons to visit the beautiful islands of Hawaii! I've visited all of the islands over the years, including a special Mother/Daughter trip to some of the less-visited islands of Lanai and Molokai, and enjoyed many wonderful experiences. Here are some of my personal highlights for each island:

Role Models In Our Midst

 Sam Oliver   President  Non-Profit Consulting

May, May Come and Stay

On the day in mid-April when I penned this note my lawn care provider was prepping the yard for spring during a snow flurry. Spring is fleeting and tenuous around here. It got me wondering about why this month is called May. Turns out we can thank the ancient Greeks. The fifth month of the year … Continued

Everything Was at the Lake Zurich Expo

Spring-like weather brought big crowds to Concorde Banquets for the annual Lake Zurich “Everything Expo.” Organizers pegged total attendance at more than 1100 giving local families the chance to learn more about local businesses and not-for-profits.

Long Grove Beauty is Quiet, Relaxing and Homey

Sometimes it’s good to be the Builder…especially when building your own home while developing a new neighborhood in SW Lake County. 

May 2019 Around Town

Date Set for Tunnel to Towers Run/Walk Paulus Park in Lake Zurich will be the setting on June 9 for another Tunnel to Towers 5k Run/Walk honoring the fallen heroes of 9/11. Organized by the Lake Zurich chapter of the national Tunnel to Towers Foundation, the funds raised benefit charities that support the families of … Continued

Women-Launched Businesses On the Rise

Claire Slattery Executive Director Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce Have you seen an increase year-over-year in women launching new businesses? Between 40-50% of our member companies are women-owned businesses. The number of women who have joined the Chamber either as owners or as lead representatives of their organization quadrupled from 2017 to 2018. Is it possible to characterize by…

A New Take on Gray

When someone says a color is “neutral” do you immediately think of a white or a nondescript beige? Neutral does not have to mean plain. Benjamin Moore’s color of the year for 2019 is Metropolitan AF-690. The color is a not-too-light, nor-too-dark gray with a hint of silver underneath. While many neutral colors wash out in bright light, Metropolitan is…

Sparking Joy by Letting Go

Next time you’re looking to make your home lighter and brighter forget about going to a hardware store to decide between incandescent, fluorescent, halogen or LEDs. Let me plug you in here: Talk to Kristyn Ivey.

Adopting a More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

Many of us are trying to be more eco-friendly in our daily lives. We’re more aware of what we put into our bodies, as well as the general state of the planet. Clients of my interior design business ask frequently, “How can I bring greener design into my home?” Here’s a short list of my … Continued

April 2019 Around Town

Corrections Necessary Due to a production error In the March issue an erroneous phone number was published for ECO Automated Designs. The correct phone number is 847.475.4442. We regret any confusion caused by this. ECO Automated Designs builds and installs in-home solutions to allow homeowners to dim their lights, turn up the heat, lock doors, … Continued

LUXE Fashion’s on the Runway

The latest fun boutique spring fashion finds hit the runway recently at LUXE wearhouse in Kildeer, where Marcy Sparr and Annie Lang hosted a pair of standing-room-only spring fashion shows. To be the first in the know about new LUXE merchandise, upcoming events and special promations, visit LUXEwearhouse.com and become a LUXE wearhouse Insider.

Celebrating Serena: Deer Park Chiropractic Grand Opening

After a long, arduous process building her new clinic, Dr. Serena Kleinstub welcomed scores of supporters to the Grand Opening of Deer Park Chiropractic (21805 W. Field Parkway). A native Texan, Dr. Kleinstub is a board certified chiropractic physician helping patients recover from sickness, disease and disability without surgery or prescription drugs.

Going Green

Living Sustainably in Style Article Nicolette Martin Did you know that in 2016, world plastic production totaled around 335 million metric tons, according to the Earth Day Network? Although you probably can’t singlehandedly change the environmental toll of the amount of plastic pollution that comes from that kind of number, we’ve rounded up a few … Continued

History in the (RE)Making

The Throwaway Age is over. While some might see a 1940s structure from a bygone era as just another old building, an energetic Wauconda couple sees it as the cornerstone of an ever-more lively downtown.

Eco-Friendly Investment Options

Your values are important to you – and so are your investments. And you don’t have to keep these two parts of your life separate if you pursue sustainable investing.

Travel Green

As travelers reach the far corners of the world, they are faced with the responsibility to preserve the fragile environments they visit. This idea of traveling responsibly is called Eco-tourism, conscientious travel to protect the environment and nourish its cultures. Here are some guidelines to help make the right decisions to positively affect the world you visit:

New Zealand: Seeing is Believing

Incredible New Zealand is an absolute bucket-list adventure. From the moment we landed in Auckland, I knew this amazing destination was something special. The country’s largest city offers everything from world-class food and wine to beautiful beaches and islands, designer shopping and outdoor adventures.

In Living Color

When it comes to “bang for your buck” value, few home improvements match the quick results of painting. Whether it is personalizing your new home or refreshing the look of your living space, paint is a great do-it-yourself project.

Outdoor Spaces Enhance A Home’s Value & Comfort

 Top of page call-out quote:  Blade Runners Services is a Lake Zurich landscape design firm dedicated to offering premium customer care and exceptional landscaping management, design and construction for local families.  With more than two decades of experience in the landscaping business, our team has worked hard to give customers the confidence that each job is completed correctly and within…

Growing Home

It’s just about this time each winter that I thank each little sign of the season to come, as it helps me not go absolutely @#%@#%$&^%*#@ crazy. Loud, proud, and in total defiance of the polar vortex, the Amaryllis bulb given to us by a work friend now triumphantly rises almost 2 feet above its pot, … Continued

This Must be the Place

For most of us, the largest investment we’ll ever make is buying our home.

Winning More Than Medals

The team of three is poised, each intently watching the prior team finish a routine. It has taken months of training, two days of driving and hours of preparation to get ready for this show and they want to know what the competition is like. Then as the announcer’s voice booms calling them to the arena, the team tenses. It’s…

March 2019 Around Town

Barrington Chamber Honors Local Businesses The Barrington Chamber has awarded Dr. Serena Kleinstub (at center in photo), owner of Deer Park Chiropractic, as “Rookie of the Year.” Said chamber Chairman Dennis Kelly: “Serena jumped into the Chamber world with an enthusiasm to serve others and be involved. She truly understands the value of building partnerships and … Continued

Celebrating the Best of SW Lake Lifestyle

We are so happy to present the winning companies in the Third Annual Best of SW Lake Awards. This program honors an esteemed group of local businesses who are deemed by readers, customers, clients, patients and local families as the very best for what they do.

February 2019 Around Town

Style Optique Opens in The Arboretum of South Barrington Local businesspersons recently celebrated the opening of Style Optique, 100 W. Higgins Rd., Ste. E30 in South Barrington, an optical boutique offering comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, the latest lens technologies, and high-quality frames from independent lines. “Our team strives to provide the best eye care experience … Continued

Is February the Cruelest Month?

What is it about February? Plenty. All the debts of the holidays come due; too many calories and bills to pay. Mother Nature, in addition to still depriving us of much needed sunlight, can still have a few diabolical tricks up her sleeve. Lingering snow piles turn into foreboding, grit-encrusted humps in parking lots and … Continued

Chili On Fire in LZ: These Guys Put It Out

The Lake Zurich Chamber sponsored the annual Firehouse Chili Cook-Off with the Lake Zurich Fire Department, and the department was en fuego with their tasty varieties of firehouse chili. Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Henricksen's chili was voted the winner, only after the crowd took repeated taste-tests of the many chilis on hand "just to be sure". And of … Continued

Good Times Abound in SW Lake County

It's a cornucopia of good times these days in SW Lake Co. and neighboring environs! From new business openings, to anniversaries celebrated, to classes attended and skills developed, to the promise of getting out and enjoying winter while we've got it, our cameras are out there capturing all this local goodness to share with you.

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

Britain: Take the Cobblestones Less Traveled

You may fancy seeing the smashing sights in London, but you can experience the undiscovered places telling the true stories of Britain’s green hills and seaside cliffs. Beyond London there are winding paths and windswept moors ready to be discovered. Learn of legends and lore from bustling squares to peaceful pastures, from classic castles to quaint cottages, and crashing waves…

SW Lake Lifestyle Readers Party at Windy City Bulls

SW Lake Lifestyle in partnership with the Windy City Bulls hosted a free dinner and Bulls game, complete with raffle giveaways including apparel, game tickets, and much more. After experiencing the suite life a big crowd of SW Lake Lifestyle invitees got an up-close-and-personal, front-row seat experience watching the Windy City Bulls battle the LA Lakers' G-League club. Sitting court side,…

The Road to Rich’s

Talking Competition, Family and Life with a CrossFit Legend Article Nicolette Martin | Photography Paul Versluis About 80 miles east of Nashville, among the winding roads of Putnam County, Tennessee, between a brick house and an old red barn, there’s a gravel road. It’s easy to miss in the expanse of rolling hills that, in … Continued

Three Secrets to Making 2019 Your Healthiest

I was 19 years old, fit, healthy and invincible. Until I wasn't. Modern medicine couldn't help me. My family couldn't help me.

January 2019 Around Town

Montessori School of Long Grove Receives Reaccreditation The Montessori School of Long Grove, founded in 1975, has earned reaccreditation through 2025 by the American Montessori Society. Recognition by this national organization is another example of the school’s ongoing commitment to school quality and improvement. The Montessori School of Long Grove believes strongly that a students’ … Continued

Resolutions? Meh…

Let’s see a show of hands: Who agrees New Year’s resolutions are, well, just a little a little goofy? There are book store shelves full of books on losing weight, exercising more, getting healthy, eating better, saving more (spending less) and communicating better. Self-help gurus fill the airwaves (and auditoriums at big-ticket prices) offering all … Continued

Having Fun While Raising Funds for Pediatric Cancer Research

The staff and clients of Restoration Fitness recently celebrated their significant fundraising efforts for the Jeffrey Pride Foundation. The Pushups for Charity event topped $19,000, doubling their efforts in 2017. In the check presentation shown here, receiving the donation from Restoration Fitness’ Sean Lee (3rd from right) are Kathy Murphy, Jan Fijal, Dr. Phil Fijal, … Continued

Feels Like A Million Miles Away

When we moved to Long Grove we knew the location was perfect. Nationally ranked schools are just minutes away. Shopping is very close by. The charm of Long Grove’s historic downtown is just down the road, as is a Metra rail station and access to major highways. Yet, when entering our neighborhood, and especially coming down our driveway, it feels…

The Future Looks Bright

Publisher’s Note: 15 years ago when Sandra Frampton, a broker with @Properties, launched her career as a Realtor her goal was to help families in the community buy and sell homes. She sought to differentiate herself by being well-educated in the business while offering the highest possible level of customer service. Over time, Sandra realized that she could do more…

ECO Automated Designs Holds Open House

Eco Automated Designs recently hosted an open house at their Mundelein facility showcasing their many home automation solutions connecting the technology in our homes into complete, easy-to-use experiences. Owner Erick Oleck demonstrated how with one touch homeowners can dim the lights, turn up the heat, lock doors, view security cameras, enjoy entertainment systems, and more. For … Continued

What’s Hot for Travel in 2019

World travel is expected to continue expanding and evolving in 2019.  Where and how you travel is a social marker that identifies you and connects you to the world. 

Thinking About Year-End Investment Moves

We’ve still got a little time left in 2018, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about some year-end investment moves that might benefit you. Here are a few possibilities (although not all will apply to your situation):

3 Books and a Dirty Chai Tea Latte

 The Alchemist  Paulo Coelho  BarnesAndNoble.com   $13.04