July 2017 Around Town

Tickets are now on sale for Uncork Barrington, a charitable wine-tasting event to be held Friday, July 7 from 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. at the Barrington Metra Station-Tent Pavilion. Attendees can enjoy an evening of wine, food, and live entertainment from The Claudettes, while supporting important community organizations.

Traveling with Pets

Family pets are often a big part of the family, and it's hard to leave those pals behind when you head out of town. With these simple tips, your pet won't have to miss out on one fun moment of the family's big vacation!

July 2017 Lifestyle Letter

We are blessed in SW Lake County to have a plethora of summer time attractions (distractions?) to keep us busy after a long winter. While other parts of the country enjoy outside living many more months of the year, few folks elsewhere take to the outdoors like we do when the weather cooperates. That’s why this issue of SW Lake…

Wauconda Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Trifecta

The Wauconda Chamber recently held a triple-header of Ribbon Cuttings celebrating three Main Street businesses. An enthusiastic 
entourage of local Chamber members, customers, and employees from each business brought their energy and support to each celebration.

Teaching the Earliest Learners

When Nancy Moya started as a business major in college, little did she know that she would eventually go on to spend 30 years in the early childhood education field. She has invested her last two and a half years helping children learn and grow as center director at Tutor Time in Lake Zurich. “The reason I like early childhood…

Summer Starts Here

This gorgeous brick home, located on a lush, spectacular lot, is the perfect place for hot and lazy summer days, thanks to a stunning pool. Just imaging floating under a brilliant blue SouthWest Lake County sky, without a care in the world.

Renter’s Insurance Article

Do you rent the home or apartment in which you live? If so, have you ever wondered how your stuff is covered in the event of a loss such as a fire or a break in? This is something many of us don’t think about until it’s too late and one of those things has just happened to us. In…

Keeping the Glow of Summer Alive

Summer fun: the double-edged sword of feel-goods and disappointment. The memories created with the nice weather, vacations and time with family and friends give us a euphoric high that slowly turns into feeling stressed, overwhelmed and somewhat depressed with the horrendous thought of getting back into the routine. We’ve all been there. And what’s even more interesting is that we…

It’s Their Summer, Too

When heading out on a family vacation or squeezing in a visit to the day spa, you plan to enjoy the best experience possible. Why not expect the same first class experience for the furry members of your family? When choosing the best home-away-from-home for your beloved pets, consider these key tips to ensure your peace of mind while away:

Racine County 
Delivers Fun Getaways

Whether it's a fun family weekend or a couples' weekday escape, beautiful Racine County, Wis., is easy to find and hard to leave.

Best. Day. Ever.

[MASTER OF CEREMONIES] “Ladies and Gentlemen: Please take your seats. The Show begins... NOW.” [STAGE LIGHTS go BLACK. CUE TIMPANI: Drum Roll] [MC] “Ladies and Gentlemen: please turn your attention to the center of the arena…”

June 2017 Around Town

Enjoy summer with a 2017 season pass to the Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center! Amenities include two water slides, two diving boards, lap pool, zero-depth activity pool, spray features, a concessions stand, and more, and offers learn to swim classes for parent-tot, preschool, and levels 1-5. Classes are held in the morning Monday through Thursday, as well as on Saturdays, and…

Planning a Destination Family Reunion

What better way to gather loved ones than at a family reunion? Planning a family reunion can become complicated, especially a reunion involving lots of people. Experienced reunion planners recommend that families begin planning for a reunion a year or so in advance.

A Million Dreams Annual Masquerade Ball

A Million Dreams raises money for Make-A-Wish® Illinois by putting on an elaborate annual Masquerade Ball. Since its inception 5 years ago, they have generated $64,000 towards granting wishes and in 2017 raised another 16,000. These wishes help bring Hope, Strength and Joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

BACC Awards $4000 in Scholarships 
to Local High School Students at Fashion Show

SW Lake was Scholarship Sponsor at the recent BACC 40th Annual Fashion Show and Scholarship Luncheon at Barrington's Biltmore Country Club, where $4000 was awarded to six deserving local students. The scholarship is named after Lauren Brown, fondly-remembered former BACC employee who lost her battle with cancer at age 29.


As my oldest daughter embarks on her journey as a licensed driver, I am thinking about the risks of distracted driving. While there have always been distractions while driving – music, GPS, eating & drinking and personal grooming (sigh) – accidents caused by distracted driving have increased substantially. Even though vehicles have many more safety features (multiple air bags, crumple…

Presenting the BEST of SW Lake

The following pages reveal the top businesses in 24 different categories as selected by you, the readers of SW Lake Lifestyle. The balloting time and again produced some very tight races with several categories being decided by the narrowest of margins, so we’ve acknowledged the runners-up and honorable mentions in each category as well. Let us know any additional categories…

The Magician of Lake Zurich

Magic happens when Tim Siefert creates custom designs at Timothy Grant Jewelry in Lake Zurich. His efforts, however, start long before he folds his lean frame onto a stool at the ancient workbench that was built by his father long ago.

May 2017 Around Town

The 2017 Relay for Life of Barrington's 20-year anniversary celebration will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Citizen's Park. This year the event is moving from Barrington High School To Citizen's Park, providing more activities for families, kids, survivors, and supporters alike. The start time will also change to 2 p.m. making it a perfect time for families…

May 2017 Lifestyle Letter

It makes sense to me that the origins of Mother’s Day are traced to a peace activist. In 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia, Anna Jarvis held a memorial service at her church for her mother. That church, St Andrew's Methodist Church, is now the home of the International Mother's Day Shrine. Anna started a campaign three years earlier to make…

Seventh Annual Leprechaun Plunge

Wauconda Boat and Middleton’s on Main hosted the Leprechaun Plunge, Lake County's largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration, featuring a parade down Main Street led by kilted bagpipers and drums; contests for best costume, limerick, and Irish Toast; and participants plunging into the chill waters of Bangs Lake for local charities.

Long Grove Easter Egg Hunt

Historic Long Grove Business Association recently held an Egg Hunt in Buffalo Creek Park. An enthusiastic crowd of children and their parents enjoyed face painting, a petting zoo, DJ, and the Easter Bunny, while hunting for special golden eggs placed throughout downtown with Chocolate Fest tickets enclosed.

Magnificent Beauty

Royal Melbourne in Long Grove is one of three gated golf course communities that readers of SW Lake Lifestyle call home. Nestled on a wooded lot, an easy wedge shot from the manicured, Greg Norman designed fairways of Royal Melbourne Country Club, sits a stunning home at 4712 Royal Melbourne Drive with more than 10,000 square feet of living space.

Is Your Portfolio “Healthy”?

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. If you can exercise regularly, you’ll help yourself feel better, control your weight and even reduce the chances of developing certain diseases. But why not extend the concept of “fitness” to other areas of your life – such as your investment portfolio?

The Cubs Way for Illinois

In March the Chicago Cubs organization visited the Illinois House of Representatives for a special joint session of the General Assembly. Cub’s legend Ryne Sandberg and team owner Tom Ricketts brought along a new friend - the 2016 World Series trophy. The occasion brought back memories of last season’s legendary season and the epic come-from-behind World Series win. That day…

Discover the Hidden Havens of Thailand 

Thailand is known for its unparalleled blazing-blue water and pristine beaches, freckled with rocky islands and hemmed by emerald jungle. Yet this Southeast Asian country teems with undiscovered hidden corners. Here is an “Off the beaten track” exploration of three regions all too often overlooked by travelers.

What Moms Really Want

SW Lake Lifestyle contributors huddled up and put together a list of local must-haves for anyone shopping for Mom this year... whether she's looking for stylish attire, accessories, jewelry across the spectrum from tres affordable to custom designed, to the most dependable (not to mention stylish) rides to move the family forward, just check out the following pages to make…

Where There’s Smoke

He flashed four blades at me right off the bat… and that was just to say hello. Jeff Creswell, the new chef at Lindy’s Landing in Wauconda, is so enthusiastic about creating a great dining experience that he wears a bold tattoo of the razor sharp tools-of-his-trade on his arm.


Full of beautiful colors and bright blooms, spring is a flower lover's dream come true. Follow these simple steps to create a beautiful centerpiece everyone can enjoy this season.

April 2017 Around Town

Imagine a comfy, upscale setting with world-class brews, tasty food from the occasional food truck and established neighboring restaurants in a refurbished venue with a Shakespearean reference. Imagine no more, says Lane Fearing, a Barrington resident and long-term brewer at Mickey Finn’s in Libertyville.

Function and Finesse: the Art of Remodeling

Remodeling a house – or even redecorating a small room – can seem like a daunting process. Ask around. You’ll hear stories, good and bad. You’ll see photos, good and bad. You’ll get referrals, good and bad. How do you know who to choose? How do you know what to do? Decisions must be made about design, function and budget.…

April 2017 Good Times

The Caring Women's Connection, a SW Lake County 501c3, recently held an elegant, wedding-themed fundraiser gala in support of women's and children's causes. Jesse & Ria Soto of the new Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Long Grove played the bride and groom for the event.

It’s a Family Affair on Pepper Road in Lake Barrington

In an unassuming industrial park, just past a print shop and across from a pet store, there's a pair of family-run businesses that are remarkable in so many ways. The older company specializes in glass, designing and installing beautiful creations including doors, tub and shower enclosures, mirrors, windows, table tops and wall partitions for both family homes and commercial businesses.

For Bang-For-Your-Buck Magic, You Can’t Beat A Splash of Color

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

For A Peaceful Home, Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

Stress is on the rise impacting young and old. So what can we do to help foster a peaceful climate at home? Turn Inward: Throughout the day, most of us experience an assortment of emotions and thoughts that come and go, all influencing the way we interact with others. Many of us learn to ignore, stuff, and push feelings aside.…

April 2017 Travel Destination

Now more than ever, people are traveling in search of authenticity. They no longer wish to simply visit a destination; instead, they yearn for a deeper sense of understanding and connection. Not content to just visit Paris, bucket list travelers now want wine and cheese pairings or pastry baking workshops. Rather than wishing to see Peru, travelers now dream of…

Lauren Korte’s Home Décor Picks

Pair the 2017 Pantone color of the year with your favorite gold pieces for a fresh look this spring.

Leave Roof Cleaning to an Expert

Roof cleaning is possibly the single most-ignored maintenance item on the typical homeowner's punch list. Not only does a roof cleaning dramatically improve the curb appeal of a home, but it could literally save tens of thousands of dollars in expense from premature roof replacement due to shingle failure.

April 2017 Lifestyle Letter

A fox greeted me when I came home one evening. She trotted across the driveway and once safely in the side yard she turned, sat and eyed me warily. In my headlights I saw her luxurious coat and a full tail that flicked slightly.

Discovering Castles in Scotland

Scottish Castles have long been associated with romance and excitement, and the green fields of Scotland are rife with them. From the Highlands to Dumfries and Galloway, they range from relics of the 12th century to fine stately homes designed by great 18th century architects, each making you feel that you have stepped right into a fairytale.

Taming the 
Lion of March

March: it just isn't what it used to be. We remember the saying that "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." Maybe climate change has had a calming effect on what seemed to be the problem child of the calendar; these days, it seems more like "It might snow in March but more likely we…

March 2017 Around Town

In a Mardi-Gras themed celebration at Lake Barrington Shores Country Club, the Wauconda Area Chamber installed its new officers and honored these businesses for their local efforts in 2016:

Modern Home Gadgets

“There’s no place like home,” and, there’s really no place like home when it comes to 2017 technology. With the modernization of technology and automation of homes, who wants to leave? We’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest modern “home” gadgets you won’t know what you ever did without. Mevo: We have countless ways to document our lives—social…

Historic Long Grove Rebounds… Again

If you’ve driven through historic downtown Long Grove recently you may have noticed an uptick in activity, as this irresistibly quaint little burg once again shakes off the dust to break new ground. 

First settled in the 1840’s, this intersection of two Indian trails became a commerce center for area farmers. By 1900 it featured two corner stores, a creamery,…

Four Reasons To Market Your Home Now

Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Star of the Big Screen with Bill Murray, and Weather Prophet Extraordinaire, said we’re in for a longer winter. Surprisingly, that could be great news if you are thinking about making a move this spring. Why, you ask; how can freezing cold weather be a good thing for any market? Here are…

A Practical Approach To Teen Driving: 3 Safety Tips for Parents

We’re all concerned about increased risks with new drivers on the road. And if you’re parents of new drivers, it can be a sensitive topic to discuss, and therefore all too easy to overlook.

Helping the Road Warrior in All of Us

In the shadow of the downtown water tower, at the busiest corner on Wauconda's Main Street, stands an unassuming business that has been operating nearly 40 years. “I’m lucky, I’ve got the best location around,” says Mark Wolfe, owner of John’s Complete Auto Service. “We’re right where a lot of people in the area pass by either because they are…

The Body is a Team Player

Board Certification is a credential that many often understandably confuse with licensing. Licensing and board certification are completely different processes. Physicians must become licensed to practice medicine in the U.S., but not all physicians are board certified.

February 2017 Lifestyle Letter

It’s February, and to the delight of many and dismay of others, that Cupid character is about to tuck an arrow’s tip ‘round the corner of our calendars and empty his quiver to celebrate his vision of Valentine’s Day. Like many modern holidays, February 14 is a multi-cultural mixtape—featuring influences by ancient Rome’s fertility feast of Lupercalia, a 5th century…

New Brewery Headlines Attractions Coming to 
Historic Downtown Long Grove in 2017

2016 was a historic comeback year for Long Grove. From record-setting attendance numbers at annual events like Chocolate Fest, to unique businesses on the way such as Buffalo Creek Brewery, the Long Grove business community is experiencing a rebirth. Look for our feature on Long Grove's revival in the March issue of SW Lake Lifestyle.