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.…

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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…

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.

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. 

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. 

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

BEER FROM HERE

 Beer Name: The Hallows  Brewery: Buffalo Creek Brewing  Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trainer Confessional

STRONG VS SKINNY… MELLOW VS METAL… SNACKING ON THE RUN… QUICK HITS FROM 3 SW LAKE FITNESS GURUS. Lillian Halloran is a highly regarded local Fitness Instructor with a broad following throughout the area. Alex Apostol, Personal Trainer at Restoration Fitness, has overcome serious chronic illness to become an active competitor in strongman competitions. Linda Donner is a Martial Arts…

Wauconda Turkey Trot

The Wauconda Turkey Trot again attracted huge crowds to Main Street. Sponsored by STAR Charities, a record-breaking $21,370 was raised in support of the local Food Pantry. Local businesses generously helped provide a full day of activities to feed, host, and entertain young military recruits for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Five Secrets for an Energized, Engaged and Fulfilling 2018

2018 is yours for the taking. It’s time to kick the fad diet and workout programs to the curb. They are short-term solutions to long-term health and fitness problems. Let me put it to you like this: Nobody wants to lose 10 pounds only to gain 15 pounds back. But that’s what most people do every year, right? Not you.…

Good Health is a Family Affair in Barrington

Doctoring is the family business for Nick and Delphine Deignan. But their pathways to this family line of work took notably different courses until they found themselves training together in college in Georgia.

Your Retirement Savings: What You Should Know About Required Withdrawls

You may spend decades contributing to your IRA and 401(k). But, eventually, you’ll need to use this money. Before that day arrives, you’ll want to be familiar with the rules governing withdrawals – and you’ll want to know just how much you should take out.

December 2017 Around Town

Dozens of cycling enthusiasts gathered at Main Street Outfitter (MSO) in Wauconda for their Annual Day of the Dead Ride, biking to Bang's-Lake-area hangouts and stopping for a sip at several of the area's finest bars and brewpubs in full Day-of-the-Dead costumes. (Can you spot SWL Publisher Michael Beightol in the group photo?)

A Season of Light, 
A Season of Gifts

As the season of gifts enters in all its bright, tinsel-tangled glory, and landscape painter’s palettes (and my camera’s lens) disproportionately fill with the color white (with a few extra dollops of bright red and hunter green for accent), it can be a jolt to find yourself on the needing-to-be-receiving side of the holidays… even when it’s just the small and common things…

2018 GMC Terrain: A Gift That Keeps On Giving

December is the month of giving, and General Motors is generous and timely with their rollout of the redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain. I was enthralled when I took it for spin; it’s a vehicle all too easy to fall in love with.

December 2017 Good Times

Resoration Fitness in Lake Zurich at its recent Client Appreciation Party held a "Pushups for Charity" event that raised more than $10,000 
for the Jeffrey Pride Foundation, a Barrington charity that raises money for pediatric cancer research. Owner Sean Lee and his team 
helped pumped up the energy at the event. 

Mathnasium Opens New Educational Facility 


Mathnasium opened its new educational facility in Wauconda last month celebrated by the ribbon-cutting fanfare of the Wauconda Chamber of Commerce and a supportive crowd of its members. Mathnasium is currently enrolling students for its first classes; for more information visit http://www.mathnasium.com/wauconda or call 224.993.0526.

Born From Tragedy, Shane’s Foundation Is Saving Children’s Lives

In 2011 my life was irrevocably changed when my family lost our 2-year-old son, Shane, to a furniture tip-over accident.

Beer From Here

 Name: Chiberian Warmer  Brewery:  Flesk Brewing Co., in Barrington Ice House  ABV: 8.0

Holiday Gift Guide

1. Threads, S. Main Street, Wauconda, threadsforall.com, 847.526.2058: This She + Sky Faux Fur Layered Jacket will be your "go-to" coat for the Holiday season! Available in black or cream colors for $50. Shell is made of 60% cotton and 40% polyester; Lining is 100% polyester.  Warm and stylish when the weather gets cold!  Accessorize with these La Vie Parisienne Earrings made…

Morkes Chocolates opens new site in Long Grove

Morkes Chocolates recently opened its third location in Long Grove, at the site formerly occupied by the Long Grove Confectionery Company.  Owner Rhonda Morkes Dehn is excited about the local response to having a new chocolate maker in town.

Travelling Safely in Today’s World

To many people, the world feels like a more dangerous place now than a decade ago. It seems every time we turn to the news recently we find difficult stories about hurricanes, viruses, earthquakes, travel warnings, forest fires, or terrorism. As citizens of the information age, we are constantly subjected to frequent, large-scale amounts of data. There are tremendous benefits…

November 2017 Around Town

A local doctor, Denise Casey, has joined the ranks of successful women that include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she was recently honored with an ATHENA Award.

November 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Welcome to November and our second annual "Gratitude" issue. Here are a few reasons why those of us around SW Lake Co. might take pause to express our thanks this month.

Floating Away on a Dream

It was peaceful walking in the front door, leaving behind the traffic, noise and stress of a busy Rand Road. That’s all part of the plan, according to Jennifer Wyton, owner of Epic Float in Lake Zurich, an innovative float therapy salon that opened earlier this year. The next impression was how clean it is. Spotless. Considering how float therapy…