February 2020 Around Town

The Power of the Ballot is In Voter’s Hands February is a good time for registered voters to be sure they’re ready for the March 17 primary. Go to LakeVoterPower.info to see if your voter registration record is up-to-date. Anyone needing to register for the first time should visit lakecountyil.gov/361/Voter-Registration for qualifying requirements and in-person, … Continued

January 2020 Around Town

New Toy Store a Dream Come True Mauricio and Angelo Romy, parents of two young daughters, used to dream about opening a store filled with educational and skill-building toys that challenge children to figure things out while staying engaged and learning. That dream became a reality late last year (in time for the holidays) when they … Continued

December 2019 Around Town

Toys in Time for the Holidays An innovative new store has opened in Deer Park Town Center offering a variety of fun & educational toys for kids of all ages. The brainchild of Mauricio Romy, a local father of two young daughters, he and his wife, Angela, opened Happki across from AMC Theater (next door … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

The Hampton Social Opens Sixth U.S. Location in South Barrington “We are very excited to be opening our sixth U.S. location in The Arboretum of South Barrington and truly appreciate the community support,” said owner Brad Parker. “This is an ideal spot to introduce The Hampton Social’s lifestyle concept—a dining hotspot that evokes East Coast … Continued

October 2019 Around Town

Poke Burrito Deer Park Celebrates Opening with Ribbon Cutting Barrington’s Chamber and Deer Park officials recently gathered to celebrate the opening of Poke Burrito, 20530 Rand Rd., Ste. 442, in Deer Park Town Center. “Poke Burrito is a unique fusion restaurant that combines Japanese, Hawaiian and Asian food using the highest quality, fresh ingredients and … Continued

September 2019 Around Town

Home Automation Expert Expands His Business In August, ECO Automated Designs, a leading home automation integrator serving the Chicagoland area, has agreed to assume select business assets of FortiFi Technologies, a Barrington-based home automation contractor. ECO was founded in 2015 and is owned and operated by Erick Olech. A Control4 premier dealer with a certified … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

Classical Viola Recital by Stephanie Block An “exceptionally talented” and “virtuosic performer,” Block is a first-year Viola Fellow at the New World Symphony and has performed as a soloist locally in Chicago and internationally, as well as an award-winning chamber musician. In the Barrington White House’s intimate ballroom, this Barrington native will perform works by Beethoven and Zimbalist alongside … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

Adoptive Parenting Events Coming Up Let It Be Us, a Barrington-based not-for-profit, recruits foster and adoptive parents for waiting children. In Illinois there are 18,000+ children in foster care, many of whom never return home. The group hosts events where prospective parents can learn about the issues and become part of the solution. The charity, … Continued

June 2019 Around Town

Cooling Season is Here: Remember AC Maintenance “Understanding air conditioner maintenance means knowing how a system works,” says Fred Martin, Jr., of Martin Enterprises. Most times, central air includes a system with indoor and outdoor units connected by copper tubing and wiring. Having a system in good operating order is vital to comfort, efficiency and keeping … Continued

May 2019 Around Town

Date Set for Tunnel to Towers Run/Walk Paulus Park in Lake Zurich will be the setting on June 9 for another Tunnel to Towers 5k Run/Walk honoring the fallen heroes of 9/11. Organized by the Lake Zurich chapter of the national Tunnel to Towers Foundation, the funds raised benefit charities that support the families of … Continued

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 2018 Around Town

Chicken Farm Controversy, Part 1 An industrial-scaled chicken farm in unincorporated Lake County that generated concern among residents in a mostly residential area south of Highway 59 and Route 22 has been resolved, says Maria Peterson, candidate for Lake County Board (District 17). “People like me move to SW Lake Co. for lots of reasons, … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

“Christmas in July” Helps Feed Those In Need The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) Women’s Biz Net (WBN) Council hosted a successful “Christmas in July” Food Pantry Drive that gathered food, household and personal care items to benefit local food pantries.  From canned and boxed goods to paper products and household supplies, the WBN … 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

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

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

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

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.…

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…

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: 

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?)

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.

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.

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)…

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)

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.

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…

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…

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.

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:

February 2017 Around Town

Five Star Professional is pleased to announce Renee Clark, Renee Clark Real Estate Group/@properties, has been chosen as one of Chicago’s Five Star Real Estate Agents for 2016. Five Star Professional recently partnered with Chicago Magazine to recognize a select group of Chicago-area real estate agents who provide quality services to their clients. Less than three percent of real estate…

January 2017 Around Town

Significant improvements at Reed-Turner Nature Center were recently completed through outstanding efforts by local Boy and Girl Scouts and their support teams:

December 2016 Around Town

In categories ranging from Newcomer to Volunteers, the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced the 2017 nominees for the “Spirit of Excellence” Business Awards. Nominees have been selected by the membership for recognition in the following categories: 

November 2016 Around Town

Wauconda Bowl, a local institution for more than 65 years, recently underwent a complete modernization. The cozy bowling alley on Route 176 still features just 8-lanes, a classic bar and delectable food in a Northwoods décor. Now Wauconda Bowl has been completely remodeled with the addition of intuitive scoring systems offering a variety of different games. A side patio has…

October 2016 Around Town

While the weather was hot and sultry, “Christmas in July” by the Barrington Chamber’s Women’s Biz Net (WBN) gathered hundreds of pounds of food, household and personal care items for local food pantries in Barrington and Cuba townships.

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(Barrington, IL – 8/8/16) Members of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) and Village of Barrington recently celebrated the opening of Trehan Dental, 435 N. Hough St., Barrington, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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The Village of Hawthorn Woods is proud to offer fun, instructional and participative youth soccer leagues for players grades Pre-K through 6th this fall. The 8-week league will start on Saturday, August 24 with play running through, October 22 (no play on Saturday, September 3 due to Labor Day weekend). Games are scheduled on Saturdays for 1-hour between 9:00 and…

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"A Tale of Two Cities," co-hosted by The Garden Club of Lake Zurich and The Plant & Garden Club of Wauconda, will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 24-25. The show will conform to the standards established by the National Garden Club, Incorporated, for the purpose of educating club members, as well as the public, and to stimulate interest in…

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It’s been 35 years since Save the Manatee Club was created by Jimmy Buffett, the renowned singer/songwriter, and former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator, Bob Graham, to raise public awareness about the threats to manatees and their aquatic habitat. With support from you, we can continue to make a big difference. Save the Manatee Club is an international nonprofit organization.…

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National Teen Self-Esteem Month, held annually in May, gives teens an opportunity to focus on building their confidence & developing a healthy outlook of themselves. Organizations nationwide are encouraged to host programs and events to engage youth as well as provide information and resources to help teens work on building their confidence, self-compassion and self-acceptance every day, every week and…

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Organ procurement organizations, transplant centers, national donation organizations and other organizations sponsor special awareness events and donor recognition ceremonies to promote donation awareness and registration. National Donate Life Month was established in 2003. Every day in April, people across the U.S. make a special effort to celebrate the tremendous generosity of those who have saved lives by becoming organ, tissue,…

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At the Hawthorn Woods Village Board of Trustees meeting held on January 25th, 2016, Officer Anthony Cortez was recognized by Mayor Joseph Mancino, the Village Board, and administrative staff for excellence in DUI enforcement. Officer Cortez led the Hawthorn Woods Police Department in the number of driving under the influence arrests in 2015, accounting for 50% of the department’s total…

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Reaction time is critical in the event of a stroke. The sooner a victim can get medical attention, the sooner important intervention can take place, often saving the patient from loss of brain functions. F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs and symptoms of a stroke. When you spot the signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. The sooner a…

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At the winter meeting of the Hawthorn Woods Village Board of Trustees, Chief Operating Officer Pamela O. Newton and Chief Administrative Officer Donna Lobaito were awarded the Strategic Leadership and Governance Award by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Newton attended ICMA’s annual conference on this past September in Seattle, Washington where she accepted the award on behalf of Mayor…

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The Village of Hawthorn Woods Parks & Recreation Department and Hawthorn Woods Country Club have been named amongst the best of the best within the State by the Illinois Association of Park Districts for their cooperative efforts. They received the award in the category of "Best Friend of Illinois Parks-Small Business" for their effort and success in bringing together public…