Men of Distinction

 Article Michael Beightol | Photography Jake Cohen and Stephen Neilson  Mike Marr, Owner & Head Brewer of Buffalo Creek Brewery  Tell us about your business.

A Guy’s Gotta Have A Place to Hang

 Article Michael Beightol | Photography Michael Beightol & Stephen Neilson  Guys need a place to hang out. It's essential to our character. Everybody needs a safe space to just be themselves.  

A Walk in the Woods

 Article Jake Cohen | Photography Jake and Laura Cohen  It's important for me to take my kids outside.  I believe this teaches them to appreciate life's simple graces. 

Urban River Getaway

 Article Michael Beightol | Photography Allendorfer Family  Isabella Allendorfer described her goals for designing a second home just up the road as a place that would be “chic, slick and glamorous.” What she and her husband, Brian (a fifth-generation residential & commercial contractor) achieved was much more: it’s an urban river getaway for their family to spend quality time together.…

Local Man Goes Hollywood

 Article Michael Beightol  “Yeah, it’s definitely a ‘dramedy,’” Perlman says. The absurdist nature of Andover’s central premise raises question after question. It’s storytelling made for the independent film market with fun performances by Jonathan Silverman (“Breakfast at Bernies”), Scout Taylor-Compton (“Halloween-2007”), Angela Kinsey (NBC’s “The Office”) and Richard Kind, a Second City alum.  Scott Perlman answered the phone on the…

It Started Way Back Last Year

The process for publishing this monthly magazine actually began last year. That’s when our team put together the themes for every issue. That’s followed up with meetings – quarterly and monthly – to plot the actual progress for what your SW Lake Lifestyle Editor, Stephen Neilson, calls “making a magazine.” There’s setting assignments, checking with … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

PGA Women’s Championship This Month at Kemper Lakes Looking to see championship caliber golf this summer? Look no further than Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, June 26 – July 1. See up-close-and-personal big-name players that include Danielle Kang (2017 winner),  Brooke Henderson, Chella Choi, Lexi Thompson and Inbee … Continued

Long Grove Beer Fest

The Long Grove Beer Fest brought craft beer lovers from near and far. The warm weather created a perfect setting for live music, delicious food and quality locally-made beer. Mike Marr, founder and chief brewer at Buffalo Creek Brewing in Long Grove, curated a broad range of beers from across the region to an appreciative … Continued

Avalon Fashion Show Raises Funds for Clean Water

Bonnie Conte, owner of Deer Park’s Avalon Salon & Spa, is well known for supporting good causes. A passion of hers is clean water so she recently banded together area fashion and jewelry boutiques, recruited runway models and provided hair and make-up to raise funds for the Great Lakes Water Alliance. Bonnie’s granddaughters strolled the … Continued

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW   INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH)   1 cup all-purpose flour   1/2 teaspoon ground paprika   1/2 teaspoon garlic powder   Cayenne pepper, to taste   … Continued

Women of Distinction

 Article Michael Beightol | Photography Stephen Neilson  The TV Star  Nancy Loo (WGN-TV)

Girlfriends on the Go

 Article Sue Shimkus  Thinking of an unforgettable girlfriend getaway but don’t know where to start? Here are some ideas to get you packing and enjoying the pampering and togetherness that traveling with your women friends and family provides.  

When We Were Young

My mom gave us May baskets when we were little. Following a just-previous Easter orgy of chocolate bunnies and colorful eggs a May basket was less about another riot of sugar and calories; instead it was something stylish, delicate and subtle. As I write this it’s early April and a glance outside my window shows … Continued

Creating Calm Spaces

 Article and Photography Aimée Mazzenga  This Nashville home was transformed from the ground up to be a calm and collected neutral haven. The designers, Clare Kennedy and Mitzi Maynard of Redo Home and Design, partnered with the home owners to “Make the minimalist architecture feel livable, inviting, and collected.” Once the home was finished, I brought the story to life…

Karly & Her Mom

 Article Stephen Neilson  lululemon low rise pant  lululemon Deer Park, $98

May 2018 Around Town

Paxem Celebrates 15 years in Business Paxem is celebrating 15 years of business this May! Paxem offers a wide range of moving-related services from moving your belongings to helping you sell items on consignment. The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce and the Palatine Chamber of Commerce will be joining together for a fun few hours … Continued

Girl Scout Gives Back to Oncology Patients and their Families

Piper Novak of Girl Scout Troop 609 recently delivered 425 boxes of Girl Scout cookies on March 26th to Lurie’s Children’s Hospital when she went for an oncology appointment. A cancer survivor since age 2, it’s Piper’s third year doing a cookie drive for oncology families, and this year was supported by her entire troop … Continued

Ribbon Cuttings, Business Anniversaries & More Celebrated in SW Lake

On the northerly side of SW Lake county, businesses celebrated grand openings, anniversaries, new locations, and making new connections at events sponsored by the Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce, including First American Bank Round Lake with Business After Hours, new mexican food spot El Mananial, MagMile Brands opening, Silver Lotus Yoga’s 5-year anniversary, and After-Hours … Continued

DIY Duotone Statement Earrings

Shake up your jewelry box with these handmade geometric earrings— perfect for yourself or as a gift for your best ladies Article and Photography Nicolette Martin Piece by Piece Use both your bent nose forceps and needle nose pliers to secure each end of the jump ring. Gently twist the jump ring to open the … Continued

At Home… With Nature

The pristine wooded environs of Long Grove first beckoned to the young Joe Barry in 1985, when he found a 3-acre site including an oak and hickory woodland, part of the original “long grove” of woods from which Long Grove derived its name. He knew he’d found the right place to build his “one with nature” home.

Buffalo Creek Brewery Hosts Lake Zurich Chamber 
”After Hours” Event

Those who attended Buffalo Creek Brewery's recent Lake Zurich Chamber of Commerce "After Hours" event enjoyed fine brews by owner Mike Marr in their expansive Bavarian-style taproom and a range of delicious delights from other local vendors. Many looked forward to enjoying 
Buffalo Creek's outdoor beergarden as summer warmth approaches.

April 2018 Around Town

The Garden Club of Lake Zurich, which meets the first Tuesday every month at 7 pm at St. Matthews in Hawthorn Woods, is holding its eagerly anticipated annual plant sale in May. Features include annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs, house plants and much more. Shoppers are encouraged to learn more about the plants they purchase which in most cases are grown and raised by club members.…

Nature Meets History

A continent blessed with natural wonders and millennia of history and culture, Europe has been a popular destination for many years, and a place you want to revisit time and time again.  But there’s more to the continent than the most recognizable cities and landmarks.  Venture beyond the hubs and find the more perfectly preserved Europe of old.

AMITA Opens New Care Center in Lake Zurich

AMITA Health Group officially opened its new ambulatory care center (on Rand Road north of Jewel) in March with a Ribbon Cutting by the Lake Zurich Chamber and village officials. Under the direction of long-time Lake Zurich physician, Stewart Segal, M.D., the center started treating patients earlier this year.  

Get the Real Deal: Farmer’s Markets Unwrapped

I’m a huge advocate of what I call “clean eating”: the less processed the food, the better. This is one of the many reasons I love farmers markets. These local venues are great places to purchase fresh, healthy food directly from the farmer or grower. The benefits of shopping at local farmers markets are many.

Drive What Larry Drives

Fans of the first iteration of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” series will remember how the star of the show, Larry David, drove a Toyota Prius. A hybrid was the perfect ride for L.A. Most episodes had a scene of Larry scooting around in his wee car taking lunches with a cast of frenemies.

Miracles on Milton Road

As you drive down this winding road in SW Lake County, you’ll see beautiful homes with large, gently sloping yards, multiple signs advertising hunter/jumper training and maybe even a horse and rider or two out for a leisurely ride. What you won’t see, unless you know where to look, are the every-day miracles happening at Partners for Progress (PFP) on…

Wauconda Forever! WACC-sponsored EXPO Brings 
Energy, Snakes, and Vibranium

"Wauconda Forever!" The recent WACC-sponsored Wauconda Business & Community EXPO kept things lively, celebrating community with over 65 businesses, charities and informational booths, craft show, live entertainment, career fair, health fair, and live exhibit of animals for kids and parents alike to pet, get close to, and take selfies with. 

Spring Hopes Eternal

Sun, warmth, light, green, regeneration, rebirth… Spring is perennially my favorite season. For me it’s about becoming immersed in fresh growth and new beginnings… getting back in touch with nature in its regenerative fullness.

HarborChase Long Grove Grand Opening

HarborChase opened its newest senior care community in Long Grove in January with a gala affair themed "A Night To Remember: Celebration of Classic Broadway Musicals"  that showcased their new facility and delicious cuisine. 

Zippy Shell Grand Opening

On a snowy day Zippy Shell, a new concept in moving and storage based in Lake Zurich, drew a huge crowd for its Grand Opening. Owner Ken Wasko and Business Development Director Jake Silker cut a ribbon with Gale Cohen-DeMarco, LZACC President, and showed guests around a spacious new facility.

March 2018 Around Town

From fun hands-on art activities to free giveaways and local youth entertainment, the Barrington Family Expo on April 8 at Barrington High School offers something for everyone. The event, co-hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce and the Barrington High School Fine Arts Department, will be held at the school from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and features family…

We Know Who the Boss Is

Mother Nature reminded us who’s in charge as we raced deadlines to prepare this issue of SW Lake Lifestyle. Between rounds of editing copy, selecting photos and assisting clients we had sessions of shoveling snow. By the time all you kind folks of SW Lake County are enjoying this issue, we’ll be that much closer to spring with its promise…

A Sip of Coffee

Even if a person doesn’t care for coffee itself, there is still something inviting about a coffee house. The hum of conversation mixing with jets of air creating foam for a latte is familiar and comforting. On many days, live music emanates from a corner, while evenings might find a group deep in philosophical musings. Poetry, songwriting, political huddles plus myriad…

Shelf Life

Although Threads Boutique is known around SW Lake and beyond for their fashionable apparel for both women and men, their shelves also contain an attractive range of accessories and enhancements to spark the senses. 

Forge to Norge

“Just $10 for the button”, the friendly Sideouts bar server explained. “That covers both days Tournament admission, and the bus ride there and back… kids under 12 get in free… and we serve you free chili afterwards on Sunday!”

Nothing Bundt Cakes On My Mind

IT HAPPENED IN VEGAS... BUT IT SURE DIDN'T STAY IN VEGAS.

Ireland’s GoT Game (of Thrones)

Missing Game of Thrones this year?  Whether or not you are a fan of the hit show, you would certainly be a fan of the inspiring destinations where much of it is filmed.

The Long and Winding Road

 FOUR SCORE AND SEVEN TURNS AGO…  I arrived at the The End Of The Road.  It was difficult to imagine a home more exclusively private, or one more immersed in and protected by nature.

Stampeding Bull Market May Slow Down … So Be Prepared

As you know, we’ve been enjoying a long period of steadily rising stock prices. Of course, this bull market won’t last forever – and when it does start losing steam, you, as an investor, need to be prepared.

A Tradition Two Years Strong

Even though by publishing standards SW Lake Lifestyle is a relative youngster, it’s fulfilling to know we are establishing new traditions in sharing good news about the communities we call home.

In The Wind

Lyman Whitaker is an internationally recognized artist who has been creating strikingly beautiful kinetic wind sculptures for thirty years. His mesmerizing works are found in public and private collections the world over.

Space, Light, Warmth… Home

It wasn’t just how Marley had contentedly burrowed in to the pillows of the family room couch, wagging his tiny stub of a tail with a determined, “I’m not moving” vibe; it was easy to sense it was with more than a tinge of regret that the Smith family was moving on.

Second Annual Best of SW Lake Awards

Bonnie Conte’s labor of love is Avalon Salon & Spa in Deer Park. Her labors, and those of a talented team of 50 strong stylists and staff members, have been recognized by voters in the first two editions of the Best of SW Lake Awards. For the last two years, not only has Avalon been chosen as Best Women’s Hair…

My Amazing Kauai Adventure

In late September of 2017, Dana Innocenti of Lake Zurich Travel was invited to become one of only 300 Kauai Master Specialists. Here is an account of her visit to Hawaii’s oldest and northernmost island.

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

Wauconda the New Chocolate Town?

The aroma of roasting cocoa beans has been wafting down Main Street in Wauconda lately, thanks to the Puna Chocolate Co., a farm-to-table provider that grows its own cacao on the Big Island of Hawaii and sells chocolate online at punachocolate.com as well as through its new Wauconda store.

January 2018 Around Town

Michael Drelicharz, owner of Wireless Zone of Barrington, has a teenage daughter who recently earned her driver’s license. Like many parents in the area, he’s anxious when she drives. While Drelicharz trusts his daughter, he knows that there are many variables when driving a car, especially during inclement weather, for which a 16-year old lacks experience, such as: 

A New You In the New Year

Why is it that health clubs are packed in January and by March are back to normal?


A Career That Started with Baking Bread with Dad

John Havlis, Executive Chef at HarborChase of Long Grove, an assisted living community that officially opens this month, recently took some time from his busy schedule to share how he got started in the business of creating memorable meals.