Happy Happy Joy Joy

October is our first anniversary issue. It’s been a year since we undertook the takeover/makeover of SW Lake Lifestyle. What a year it’s been. We chucked the old way of doing things to focus on two straight-forward goals:

The Fields are Alive (with Bees)

Brian Thomson started keeping bees as a 12 year old in Michigan. At one point he had 10 hives producing 1,000 pounds of honey each year. Now, he's started a bee collective, Honey Lake Bee Co., helping area families start their own hives. To learn more, visit honeylakebeecompany.com.

Classic Fashion With A Twist

LUXE Wearhouse is spacious, stylish, comfortable, and full of light, with inviting seating areas and meticulously arranged, attractive displays of clothing and accessories. Marcy, Annie and Ashley took time to model some of their fall lineup for SW Lake Lifestyle.

Root, Root, Root for the Home Team

It's Homecoming season, and when better to get your garb an upgrade to root for the home team in style? Threads fans recently cheered on the High School Homecoming parade in Wauconda (Go Bulldogs!) in an array of sportstastic gear supporting teams known and loved in SW Lake territory, and showed they've got the spirit to take one (home) for…

October 2017 Around Town

Treetime Christmas Creations, 22102 N. Pepper Road, Lake Barrington, is officially open for the holidays. With more than 200 pre-lit, unlit and LED-lit artificial Christmas trees, along with unique ornaments, lights, trim and outdoor decorations in a family atmosphere, the showroom is creatively divided into 13 new themed areas designed to provide decorating inspiration and holiday spirit.

Winter is Coming

You don’t have to be a fan of “Game of Thrones” to understand the headline on this page. Those of us in SW Lake County know full well that October is a good time to get our vehicles ready for winter weather. We turned to Mark Wolfe, owner of John’s Complete Auto Service in Wauconda, for some advice before winter…

Windy City Bulls Celebrate Season Opening with SW Lake

SW Lake Lifestyle and the Windy City Bulls gave a group of readers a chance of a lifetime to help kick-off the team’s preseason.
Joined by Bob Love, legendary Bulls player and NBA great, and his wife, Rachel Dixon, the evening’s activities included food, drink and introductions to the team’s front office, including Team President Brad Seymour. 
To cap off the…

Window Treatments: They Do More than Open or Close

Many people think window treatments are only for aesthetics or privacy, but they are used for more than that. While they do beautify a home and can block unwanted visual intrusions, shades and blinds can control light, contribute to energy efficiency, and help with home security.

The Rebirth of a Country Club

The venerable Wynstone neighborhood, just past the corner of Miller and Rand Roads in North Barrington, has always had what some refer to as a wow factor: beautiful homes, ultra-spacious yards, winding roads surrounding the only Jack Nicklaus designed golf course in Illinois and an imposing two-story club house with a lively swimming pool across the way from one of…

Lake Zurich Chamber Earlybirds Enjoy 
”Business Before Hours” Breakfast

A cross-section of earlybird Lake Zurich Chamber members enjoyed an informal breakfast gathering at Co-Optim in Deer Park. 
In addition to enjoying a wonderful breakfast spread, with lots of healthy options and strong coffee, the crowd shared insights, 
made new business connections and started the day right.

Good-bye is Never Easy

The end of the summer is always a little bittersweet. The days get shorter as shadows grow longer. As the temperature drops sweaters are dug out from closets again. After the last hurrah of the summer – Labor Day weekend – means a return to work and school and making sure the goals for the year are met.

The Passion Play: Every Ten Years, Once in a Lifetime

In the charming alpine hamlet of Oberammergau, and in faithful accordance with a solemn vow, villagers will once again perform The Passion Play in 2020, just as they have every 10 years since 1634. Steeped in history, the event is regarded as the most important passion play in the world. The honored tradition has been performed with little interruption for…

Family Ties

Daniel Marquardt still remembers his first day of work with the Marquardt Buick and GMC dealership in Barrington. He was 13 years old, and had begged his father for the previous two years to let him come to work. Finally his father caved in, and brought him to the dealership. He introduced Daniel to the Service Director, and said, “Tell…

September 2017 Around Town

The Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce, local business leaders, and dance students recently celebrated completion of the Dance Center’s second season and the launch of its new Fall schedule of classes, beginning September 5 and running through January 14. Owner Kelly Kledzik and her team of instructors teach a broad range of dance styles for all ages (toddlers through adults)…

You’re So Far Away

To my big sister, My earliest memory of you is Britney Spears. Remember how obsessed we were? You used to dress me up in this purple velvet jumpsuit we had lying around our basement, and you would choreograph dances for me to “...Baby One More Time” and “Oops!... I Did it Again.”

Mind over Muscle: How to Create Success, Happiness, Freedom and the Life You Deserve

This saved me. My family. My business. My sanity. And it may just save you, too. 
Despite my advocacy for the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of exercise and healthy eating I was depressed. Day after day I poured every ounce of my soul into helping my clients achieve better health and wellness. But when it came to my life…

“Millenials” in Good Position to Invest for the Future

If you were born anywhere from 1982 to 2001, or within a few years of this range, you are considered a “Millennial.” As a member of this group, you share many things—cultural references, familiarity with technology, attitudes toward work and family—with others your age. And if you’re one of the “older” Millennials, you and your peers have something else in…

Spotlight on STAR Charities

STAR Charities is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 2003 by Progressive Components, a company based in Wauconda that develops and distributes mold components for the production tooling industry worldwide. The STAR acronym stands for “Sharing Time and Resources”, and the organization actively does just that, sponsoring and co-sponsoring a range of special events each year to raise money…

Let’s Do The Time Warp Again

Summer has a seductive way of warping both space and time. In its best moments, when leisure beckons, it’s easy to ease into that sunny porch swing and watch the flowers grow and bathe in summer’s warm glow. Time melts, like Salvador Dali’s watch.

Lake Zurich Chamber 33rd Annual Golf Outing

SW Lake Lifestyle was a proud sponsor of the “Advance Your Tee/Atomic Drive” 6th hole at the sold-out, 33rd Annual 
Lake Zurich Area Chamber’s Annual Golf Outing at Biltmore Country Club. The intrepid golfers kept a stiff upper lip as they 
braved stiff gusting winds all afternoon.

Uncork Barrington Pours It On to Benefit Local Charities

It was a full house under the stars at Uncork Barrington in July, with attendees enjoying over 50 wine tasting options and a wide variety of delicious appetizers by many local vendors. Co-hosted by the BACC, Barrington Area Council on Aging, and Barrington Village Association, it benefits multiple local charities.

August 2017 Around Town

Denis Buch of Boone Creek Cabinetry & Design (and a Barrington Area Chamber Member) accepted the Rotary District 6440's Club Service Award at an award ceremony on April 28. Denis is the president-elect of the Rotary Club of McHenry County. Boone Creek is located at 764 Ridgeview Drive in McHenry. (boonecreekcabinet.com)

Long Grove Community Church Bridges the Centuries

Just a stone’s throw beyond the Historic Long Grove Covered Bridge, the Long Grove Community Church’s original sanctuary stands tall and proud as the oldest church building in Lake County still hosting regular worship services (usually the first Sunday of each month). Built in 1848 and meticulously renovated in the early 2000’s, the sanctuary is a classic model of elegant…

Living History: A Symbolic Bridge Endures

Long Grove’s iconic Covered Bridge is on its way to receiving federal landmark status. Recently, Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council members voted 14-0 in Springfield in favor of the bridge's inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The next step for the bridge, which already made Illinois’ Most Endangered Places list earlier this year, will be for agency officials…

Express Yourself

Fun back-to-school looks to copy—without getting in trouble!

Cave: IN!

American Garage Floor Systems (AGFS) is giving the phrase “man cave” a whole new meaning. With AGFS's expertise, folks all over SW Lake county can enjoy a brand new custom look that transforms their garage from mundane car-closets into a magnificent man-space.

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.

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.

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!

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…

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.


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…

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.

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.

AVOIDING THE 
DANGERS OF 
DISTRACTED 
DRIVING

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…

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.

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…

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.

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?

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.