63,000 and Counting

The scene was surprising: guests gathered under colorful tents while music played. Bright-shirted volunteers directed parking, served food, answered questions and kept smiling broadly. A minister offered a moving prayer. The guests of honor walked around with a spring in their step and were incredibly well behaved. They looked totally spiffed up and thoroughly enjoyed the non-stop parade of other…

Time for Back-to-School Eye Care

Excellence in school begins with your child’s vision. An annual eye health exam should be at the top of every family’s back-to-school checklist.

The Time to Adopt a Child is Now

I discovered something a few years ago that is both interesting and sad. I’m a professional photographer who for 10 years for the State of Illinois photographed children awaiting adoption. The photos were displayed in “The Heart Gallery of Illinois” to increase their chance for adoption. As an adoptive mom with a home full of four children, our family’s plate…

Teens Teaching Science to Young Children

Science For Future (SFF) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2012 in California by Snigdha Banda, a high school student who noticed that many elementary school students in low income areas were not receiving much in the way of science instruction. 

Nature’s Gym

It's summer and I’m excited to get out and enjoy all the amazing health benefits that come with warmer weather. Now is the perfect time to set fitness goals, try new outdoor opportunities and eat healthfully. Spending time outside with the changing sights and sounds reduces stress, improves mood, boosts energy and enhances cognitive function. Simply stated: nature’s gym makes us…

Summer Sammy

Visit Kooker’s in Lake Zurich (620 E. Route 22, 847.381.3309) for this awesome-anytime summer sandwich: the Avocado BLT Flatbread.

Get Up and Really Go with an Electric Bike

When Paul Wheatland moved back to SW Lake County a few years ago he was ready to pursue two of his passions: music and an outdoor lifestyle. When he and his partner, Tammy, purchased Main Street Outfitter (MSO) in Wauconda, a bike shop & pub, he satisfied both pursuits.

Why My Sons Play Football

I’m a girl’s girl who grew up dancing. I gravitated to team dancing where our hard work was more than just individual achievement. Doing my part was necessary to be successful.

Guys Who Make Stuff

SW Lake Co. features many creative men, many of whom make really interesting stuff. Meet five of our favorites here.

A Perfect Father’s Day Gift: A Golf Getaway

Planning the perfect golf trip can be difficult. It takes much research and experience to know where to play, when to play, where to stay and how to get there.

Dads & Grads Will Love This

 Wear it Like JFK  In 1937 when still a student John F. Kennedy met Albert Fouquet in France. He was captivated by Fouquet’s hand-crafted scent and ordered eight bottles and “one for Bob” (his brother, Robert F. Kennedy). In addition to this cologne, The Gent’s Place offers great haircuts and grooming services for men.  $115

Role Models In Our Midst

 Sam Oliver   President  Non-Profit Consulting

Long Grove Beauty is Quiet, Relaxing and Homey

Sometimes it’s good to be the Builder…especially when building your own home while developing a new neighborhood in SW Lake County. 

Women-Launched Businesses On the Rise

Claire Slattery Executive Director Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce Have you seen an increase year-over-year in women launching new businesses? Between 40-50% of our member companies are women-owned businesses. The number of women who have joined the Chamber either as owners or as lead representatives of their organization quadrupled from 2017 to 2018. Is it possible to characterize by…

A New Take on Gray

When someone says a color is “neutral” do you immediately think of a white or a nondescript beige? Neutral does not have to mean plain. Benjamin Moore’s color of the year for 2019 is Metropolitan AF-690. The color is a not-too-light, nor-too-dark gray with a hint of silver underneath. While many neutral colors wash out in bright light, Metropolitan is…

Sparking Joy by Letting Go

Next time you’re looking to make your home lighter and brighter forget about going to a hardware store to decide between incandescent, fluorescent, halogen or LEDs. Let me plug you in here: Talk to Kristyn Ivey.

History in the (RE)Making

The Throwaway Age is over. While some might see a 1940s structure from a bygone era as just another old building, an energetic Wauconda couple sees it as the cornerstone of an ever-more lively downtown.

Eco-Friendly Investment Options

Your values are important to you – and so are your investments. And you don’t have to keep these two parts of your life separate if you pursue sustainable investing.

Travel Green

As travelers reach the far corners of the world, they are faced with the responsibility to preserve the fragile environments they visit. This idea of traveling responsibly is called Eco-tourism, conscientious travel to protect the environment and nourish its cultures. Here are some guidelines to help make the right decisions to positively affect the world you visit:

New Zealand: Seeing is Believing

Incredible New Zealand is an absolute bucket-list adventure. From the moment we landed in Auckland, I knew this amazing destination was something special. The country’s largest city offers everything from world-class food and wine to beautiful beaches and islands, designer shopping and outdoor adventures.

Outdoor Spaces Enhance A Home’s Value & Comfort

 Top of page call-out quote:  Blade Runners Services is a Lake Zurich landscape design firm dedicated to offering premium customer care and exceptional landscaping management, design and construction for local families.  With more than two decades of experience in the landscaping business, our team has worked hard to give customers the confidence that each job is completed correctly and within…

Winning More Than Medals

The team of three is poised, each intently watching the prior team finish a routine. It has taken months of training, two days of driving and hours of preparation to get ready for this show and they want to know what the competition is like. Then as the announcer’s voice booms calling them to the arena, the team tenses. It’s…

This Must be the Place

For most of us, the largest investment we’ll ever make is buying our home.

Celebrating the Best of SW Lake Lifestyle

We are so happy to present the winning companies in the Third Annual Best of SW Lake Awards. This program honors an esteemed group of local businesses who are deemed by readers, customers, clients, patients and local families as the very best for what they do.

Britain: Take the Cobblestones Less Traveled

You may fancy seeing the smashing sights in London, but you can experience the undiscovered places telling the true stories of Britain’s green hills and seaside cliffs. Beyond London there are winding paths and windswept moors ready to be discovered. Learn of legends and lore from bustling squares to peaceful pastures, from classic castles to quaint cottages, and crashing waves…

SW Lake Lifestyle Readers Party at Windy City Bulls

SW Lake Lifestyle in partnership with the Windy City Bulls hosted a free dinner and Bulls game, complete with raffle giveaways including apparel, game tickets, and much more. After experiencing the suite life a big crowd of SW Lake Lifestyle invitees got an up-close-and-personal, front-row seat experience watching the Windy City Bulls battle the LA Lakers' G-League club. Sitting court side,…

Three Secrets to Making 2019 Your Healthiest

I was 19 years old, fit, healthy and invincible. Until I wasn't. Modern medicine couldn't help me. My family couldn't help me.

Feels Like A Million Miles Away

When we moved to Long Grove we knew the location was perfect. Nationally ranked schools are just minutes away. Shopping is very close by. The charm of Long Grove’s historic downtown is just down the road, as is a Metra rail station and access to major highways. Yet, when entering our neighborhood, and especially coming down our driveway, it feels…

The Future Looks Bright

Publisher’s Note: 15 years ago when Sandra Frampton, a broker with @Properties, launched her career as a Realtor her goal was to help families in the community buy and sell homes. She sought to differentiate herself by being well-educated in the business while offering the highest possible level of customer service. Over time, Sandra realized that she could do more…

What’s Hot for Travel in 2019

World travel is expected to continue expanding and evolving in 2019.  Where and how you travel is a social marker that identifies you and connects you to the world. 

Thinking About Year-End Investment Moves

We’ve still got a little time left in 2018, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about some year-end investment moves that might benefit you. Here are a few possibilities (although not all will apply to your situation):

Winter is Coming… So Get Out and Play

Wilmot Mountain, up Route 12, is a place where generations of Lake County families have enjoyed the very best of winter.

Couple Launches Clubby New Men’s Grooming Services in Deer Park

A new men’s grooming salon has opened in Deer Park, launched by Kelly and Frank Difino of Long Grove. The Gent’s Place has the look and feel of a club, more than just another barber shop. Publisher Michael Beightol interviewed Kelly recently to share their story.

Be Festive and Party Ready

When the calendar flips to December, we know it’s end-of-the-year crunch time. Holiday decorating can seem daunting, but doesn’t have to be, with a little thought and planning. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or are just looking to welcome winter with some festivity, decorating your home for the holidays should be fun and satisfying. By applying a few simple tips,…

Caring Women’s Connection

Caring Women’s Connection (CWC) is a 501[C]3 not-for-profit organization that began as a social group in 1958. Since that time, we have expanded our membership to the surrounding area and updated the mission to building connections with its members, the community, and charities they support, and to raise money through fundraising events and donations to help charitable organizations serving women and…

NOT Home for the Holidays

As November calls us to reflect upon what we’re grateful for, we reached out to those whose work we too often take for granted: our local First Responders, who dedicate their careers to running into the face of danger to keep us safe. While we celebrate being home for the holidays, in many cases they’re not able to be, as…

Grateful for Local Treasures

    As holidays and colder weather approach, we’re making a point to stop by and enjoy some of our favorite local treasures: great places to stop and shop, grab a bite, savor a sip, take a hike, choose a special gift, and more.  We explored Barrington’s elegant White House, warmed with Cook Street Coffee, and gnoshed Ambrosia’s delicious pastries. We…

Shop Local on Black Friday

On the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) news reports are filled with stories about crazed shoppers competing for deals. We’ve all seen the pictures, read the stories under screaming headlines and seen the broadcasts.

Travel Tips For Holidays

With the holidays just around the corner, we've got helpful advice for keeping in the holiday spirit while braving the airports.

Italy: It’s Foodie Heaven

One of my favorite travel destinations, one also extremely popular with our clients, is Italy! If you are a buona forchetta (one who loves food), then Italy is your destination, where it’s just as important to be passionate about food as it is to actually eat well.

Authenticity is the Most Important Food Trend

Wandering into Neoteca in Barrington one early morning the founder of this Hough Street restaurant was nowhere to be found while a pot of beets simmered away on a stove.

Innovations in Kitchen Design Create Exciting Possibilities for Home Chefs

Some of the hottest trends getting home chefs excited these days are due to an array of new technological innovations offered from some of the top brands in kitchen appliances.

Home Cooking: A Passion

Food has been both my vocation and my passion. I’ve worked in corporate food service, at a juice bar, for a world renowned chocolatier, and I write a food blog (“Simple Fresh Yum.”) I love it all, but home cooking is my greatest pleasure. Around February of this year, I stumbled across a YouTube program, "Diane in Denmark,” that seemed…

Seven Easy Steps to Hosting a Successful Event

 Article Joy Jones | Photography Sherry Hagerman  With the change of season comes time for parties, galas and holiday gatherings. As the temperatures get cooler, the social scene heats up. If you are in a party-throwing mood, here’s a few simple steps to take for throwing a memorable event.  DEVELOP A BUDGET

Fashion Shifts with the Season

 Article Marcy Sparr & Annie Lang | Photography Stephen Neilson  Fashion this fall is all about cozy chic. The trend is toward real clothes that are easy to wear, comfortable and totally in style. Look for effortless fashion that boasts plenty of flair with exciting trends in prints, details and textures.   For our photo shoot with the team from SW…

In Style: Fresh Foods

 Article and Photography Graham Blus  Summer calls for celebration, fresh meals and gathering with family - so we set off to explore some of our local farmers markets. Fresh veggies and fruits abound, while live music and food gives everybody something to do. Get out and enjoy the close-to-home produce and support your local farms!  Buffalo Grove: Sundays 8am-12:30pm, 951 McHenry Rd,…

Kids on the Farm

 Article Sara Blue  At the Montessori School of Long Grove, the classroom extends beyond four walls.  An important part of the curriculum in all levels includes “going out.”  Our elementary-aged children spent a week in May at The Country Experience – Amstutz Family Farm in Elizabeth, Illinois.   The Country Experience is a working farm, built for meaningful fun. The children…

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…