Pets And The People They Keep

 Article Michael Beightol | Photography Stephen Neilson  A stroll through practically any neighborhood in SW Lake Co. reveals a common scene no matter if it’s on the tree-canopied lanes of Jewel Park in Barrington or along the broad streets of Hawthorn Woods: dogs are out walking their owners. Think about that. With rare exception a dog is in front, straining…

Why I’m In It for the Long Swim

 Article Doug McConnell | Photography Susan McConnell and Jake Cohen  I’ve been a swimmer all my life. At the University of Illinois I was a walk-on for the swim team. My college coach, Don Sammons, is perhaps the most genuinely upbeat person I have ever met, and the lessons he shared about goal setting, hard work and cherishing outcomes will…

Three Things We Like About The Buick Regal

 Article Michael Beightol | Photography Stephen Neilson  For Baby Boomers station wagons were de rigueur for the suburbs. My family had a succession of American-made iron for hauling the six of us around town or across the country.  Recently I had the good fortune to drive a Buick Regal TourX from Marquardt of Barrington. Here’s the top three reasons why…

Focusing on the Customer Experience

 Article Monica Zylinski  Focusing on the Customer Experience  “Necessity is the mother of invention” is true.  This applies to any kind of business created to solve a common problem. I had no idea that one day I would create an exterior cleaning company to address a problem for homeowners that I didn’t even know existed until I bought a home…

A Passion for Pets

 Article Kristin Wojcik, DVM | Photography Stephen Neilson  “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” This quote truly captures the spirit of Skycrest Animal Clinic. We treat your dear pets like our own, and strive to go above and beyond what’s expected.    

Don’t Let Your Investments Go On “Vacation”

 Article Provided by Mark Hornok  It’s vacation season! Americans spend a lot on their summer getaways – over $100B in 2017 per Travel and Leisure magazine. One part of your life should never take a break – your investments.  To keep them working efficiently for you, consider these suggestions:

Fly-by-Nighters Look to Scam Homeowners

 Article and Photography Michael Beightol  Fly-by-Nighters Look to Scam Homeowners  Remember spring’s never-ending rains? What felt like sub-tropical precipitation meant a lot of area homeowners were inundated with too much rain with no place for it to go. Constant rainfall and leaky roofs are the perfect environment for scam artists to operate.

Enjoy the Dog Days

With the delivery of this issue of SW Lake Lifestyle we’re officially in the Dog Days of Summer. Around here that means hot, swampy weather that slows everybody a step or two and drives the family pet to the shade of a backyard tree (or air conditioned house). Summer’s heat coincides with the year’s daybreak … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Long Grove Bridge Being Repaired After Damaging Accident The historic Long Grove covered bridge, after sustaining serious damage by a truck driver who carelessly drove through the bridge despite multiple signs warning that his truck was too heavy and too tall, has just begun undergoing repairs.  As of this writing no new date has been … Continued

Barrington Uncorks A Spectacular Evening

When Barrington uncorks its 14th try at, well, anything: it's money in the bank that it'll be an experience worth taking a sip (or 20) of. Outstanding food from local providers was taken to the next level with a taste one of the more than 50 wines poured for Uncork Barrington's guests, all in support of multiple … Continued

Pavilion at Breezewald Park Features Sunsets

There’s a range of beer and wine, plus sunset views over the lake, at the new Pavilion at Breezewald Park in Lake Zurich. Built by the Public Works Department, and operated by The Scoreboard Bar & Grill across the street, Mayor Tom Poyton says the pavilion is an amenity that will bring folks downtown.

Summer Road Trip to Monroe County’s VINO FEST

 Article Michael Beightol  Tucked away in the southwest corner of Wisconsin, in the small burg of Tomah, plans are underway for an extraordinary weekend-long celebration: VINO FEST!  With a hard-to-get grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, and eager participation from winemakers drawn from across the Badger State, this first-of-its kind celebration is drawing rave notices from wine aficionadas looking forward…

The Curious Case of the Mistaken Fiddle

The dress was, obviously, white and gold.  Except to those equally certain it was, obviously, blue and black. I was reminded of that recent online meme as we fielded a few questions about our June issue, which featured on our cover one of the finest professional musicians in the area, Steve Gritman, fiddling up a … Continued

Upside: Down Under

 Article Sue Shimkus  #1  Beautiful Scenery  From tropical rainforests in the North to endless deserts; from snow-capped mountains to the largest coral reef in the world; from stunning beaches to green valleys and large plains of red sands; Australia is a wild, untamed continent and you never have to travel far to experience breathtaking scenery.  #2  Unique Wildlife

July 2018 Around Town

BHS graduate receives Cragan Conservation Scholarship Karen Portillo (2nd from left in photo), 2018 graduate of Barrington High School, has been awarded the Joe Cragan Conservation Scholarship offered by Citizens for Conservation and funded by the Cragan family, worth $20,000. Portillo will attend the University of Illinois at Chicago and major in civil engineering, specializing in … Continued

Barrington Chamber Celebrates Fashion & Honors Students

Annually the Barrington Chamber produces a mash-up event that showcases fashions from local merchants AND awards much-needed cash to high-achieving grads of chamber members. Honored this year with Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarships are Maggie Horak (Illinois); Jacob Horcher (Michigan); Mary Horcher (Illinois State); Sarah Messerschmidt (Valparaiso); Payton Muhs (Western Illinois); Tucker Priola (Wyoming); and Eleanore … Continued

Gary Lang Cheverolet

Gary Lang was awarded the prestigious Mark of Excellence award from Chevrolet as Gary Lang Chevrolet Buick celebrated their 35th Anniversary in business with a festive, multi-chamber event at their dealership last month. Many attendees including employees, friends, and chamber of commerce members won a variety of giveaways, and Lang thanked his team for a great 35 years.

Drink in the Sun

 Article and Photography Graham Blus  With summer in full swing, we decided to highlight some of the best outdoor patio spaces in the area. Whether you are in the mood for a meal, a light summer snack or a glass of something refreshing, these SW Lake County spots can satisfy those taste buds while you're soaking up the rays.   1. Neoteca 

Summer Steals

 Article Michael Beightol | Photography Stephen Neilson and LUXE  LUXE WEARHOUSE  Leave it to the style dream team of Marcy Sparr and Annie Lang, owners of LUXE Wearhouse, to come up with a collection of must-have summer fashion items. Their choices for SW Lake County ladies are bright, breezy, sunny and wonderfully affordable. All of these looks pair perfectly with…

Game On

Have Some Outdoor Fun this Summer with Lawn Games Perfect for any Get-Together, then Cool Off with a Couple Sweet Treats. Article Nicolette Martin Mölkky Throwing Game Dick’s Sporting Goods, $29.99 Playing Mölkky: In this Finnish throwing game, use a wooden pin (mölkky) to knock over wooden pins (skittles). Be the first to reach exactly 50 points to win! … Continued

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 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. 

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.  

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.…

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

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…

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.  

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

Karly & Her Mom

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

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…

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

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

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.…

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.