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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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…

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

This Must be the Place

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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Gratitude Matters

I’ve always been a huge fan of the year-end Holiday mania.  Even when it drives me right to and past the brink of exhaustion, to the point of yelling at the Thanksgiving turkey “Baste THIS, buddy!”,  or wondering how similar driving a snowplow down village streets is to those fun times in my youth at … Continued

Winter is Coming… So Get Out and Play

Wilmot Mountain, up Route 12, is a place where generations of Lake County families have enjoyed the very best of winter.

Couple Launches Clubby New Men’s Grooming Services in Deer Park

A new men’s grooming salon has opened in Deer Park, launched by Kelly and Frank Difino of Long Grove. The Gent’s Place has the look and feel of a club, more than just another barber shop. Publisher Michael Beightol interviewed Kelly recently to share their story.

Tasting as Good as it Looks

Annually the biggest feedbag around is the Great Barrington Tastefest, a smorgasbord of fabulous food and drink sponsored by the BACC and this year, hosted by the Onion Pub & Brewery in Lake Barrington. The 2018 edition featured more than 25 local restaurants, breweries, wine & spirits purveyors, bakeries and caterers. Everybody went home happy … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Threads Boutique Celebrates 5th Anniversary; Main Street Center Plans Announced Threads Boutique recently celebrated its 5th Anniversary with a festive party that creatively leveraged the new space being updated in the 118 S Main Street building at the heart of Wauconda’s historic downtown, soon to be rebranded as “Main Street Center”. During the festivities, it … Continued

Be Festive and Party Ready

When the calendar flips to December, we know it’s end-of-the-year crunch time. Holiday decorating can seem daunting, but doesn’t have to be, with a little thought and planning. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or are just looking to welcome winter with some festivity, decorating your home for the holidays should be fun and satisfying. By applying a few simple tips,…

Caring Women’s Connection

Caring Women’s Connection (CWC) is a 501[C]3 not-for-profit organization that began as a social group in 1958. Since that time, we have expanded our membership to the surrounding area and updated the mission to building connections with its members, the community, and charities they support, and to raise money through fundraising events and donations to help charitable organizations serving women and…

NOT Home for the Holidays

As November calls us to reflect upon what we’re grateful for, we reached out to those whose work we too often take for granted: our local First Responders, who dedicate their careers to running into the face of danger to keep us safe. While we celebrate being home for the holidays, in many cases they’re not able to be, as…

Gratitude Matters

That little nip in the air triggers the certainty that fall is winding down and winter is coming. This is the time to tap the pause button before the frenzy of the holidays takes over.  We thought it appropriate in this issue to pay our due to the first responders here in SW Lake Co. … Continued

Grateful for Local Treasures

    As holidays and colder weather approach, we’re making a point to stop by and enjoy some of our favorite local treasures: great places to stop and shop, grab a bite, savor a sip, take a hike, choose a special gift, and more.  We explored Barrington’s elegant White House, warmed with Cook Street Coffee, and gnoshed Ambrosia’s delicious pastries. We…

Shop Local on Black Friday

On the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) news reports are filled with stories about crazed shoppers competing for deals. We’ve all seen the pictures, read the stories under screaming headlines and seen the broadcasts.

Wauconda Cruise Nights Bring the Muscle to Main Street

Now in its fifth year, Wauconda Cruise Nights have proven to be a family-friendly way to spend a Tuesday evening. Even two weather-prompted reschedules didn’t dampen the enthusiasm this season, as the small-town Main Street charm provided a perfect setting with its range of restaurants, boutiques, and lots of great spots to "shop local" for … Continued

Arranging Flowers the Joy Jones Way

Long Grove Coffee Co. was transformed into a flower shop as Joy Jones of Joy Jones Planning & Design Co. recently held a flower arranging workshop for an enthusiastic group of 20 women. Hosted by Ethel Robey-Berger, manager of Long Grove Coffee, Joy walked her guests through the steps to create stunning centerpieces. Learn more … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Queen Bs Improv – Family Holiday Show The Queen Bs are an all-female improv group from the Chicago suburbs. They use audience suggestions to create scenes on the spot. Prepare to laugh, giggle, chortle and guffaw your way through this holiday-themed show. It’s a night of comedy you won’t want to miss! This event features … Continued

Travel Tips For Holidays

With the holidays just around the corner, we've got helpful advice for keeping in the holiday spirit while braving the airports.