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…

A Passion for Pets

 Article Kristin Wojcik, DVM | Photography Stephen Neilson  “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” This quote truly captures the spirit of Skycrest Animal Clinic. We treat your dear pets like our own, and strive to go above and beyond what’s expected.    

Summer Road Trip to Monroe County’s VINO FEST

 Article Michael Beightol  Tucked away in the southwest corner of Wisconsin, in the small burg of Tomah, plans are underway for an extraordinary weekend-long celebration: VINO FEST!  With a hard-to-get grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, and eager participation from winemakers drawn from across the Badger State, this first-of-its kind celebration is drawing rave notices from wine aficionadas looking forward…

Drink in the Sun

 Article and Photography Graham Blus  With summer in full swing, we decided to highlight some of the best outdoor patio spaces in the area. Whether you are in the mood for a meal, a light summer snack or a glass of something refreshing, these SW Lake County spots can satisfy those taste buds while you're soaking up the rays.   1. Neoteca 

Summer Steals

 Article Michael Beightol | Photography Stephen Neilson and LUXE  LUXE WEARHOUSE  Leave it to the style dream team of Marcy Sparr and Annie Lang, owners of LUXE Wearhouse, to come up with a collection of must-have summer fashion items. Their choices for SW Lake County ladies are bright, breezy, sunny and wonderfully affordable. All of these looks pair perfectly with…

Game On

Have Some Outdoor Fun this Summer with Lawn Games Perfect for any Get-Together, then Cool Off with a Couple Sweet Treats. Article Nicolette Martin Mölkky Throwing Game Dick’s Sporting Goods, $29.99 Playing Mölkky: In this Finnish throwing game, use a wooden pin (mölkky) to knock over wooden pins (skittles). Be the first to reach exactly 50 points to win! … Continued

Men of Distinction

 Article Michael Beightol | Photography Jake Cohen and Stephen Neilson  Mike Marr, Owner & Head Brewer of Buffalo Creek Brewery  Tell us about your business.

A Guy’s Gotta Have A Place to Hang

 Article Michael Beightol | Photography Michael Beightol & Stephen Neilson  Guys need a place to hang out. It's essential to our character. Everybody needs a safe space to just be themselves.  

Urban River Getaway

 Article Michael Beightol | Photography Allendorfer Family  Isabella Allendorfer described her goals for designing a second home just up the road as a place that would be “chic, slick and glamorous.” What she and her husband, Brian (a fifth-generation residential & commercial contractor) achieved was much more: it’s an urban river getaway for their family to spend quality time together.…

Women of Distinction

 Article Michael Beightol | Photography Stephen Neilson  The TV Star  Nancy Loo (WGN-TV)

Creating Calm Spaces

 Article and Photography Aimée Mazzenga  This Nashville home was transformed from the ground up to be a calm and collected neutral haven. The designers, Clare Kennedy and Mitzi Maynard of Redo Home and Design, partnered with the home owners to “Make the minimalist architecture feel livable, inviting, and collected.” Once the home was finished, I brought the story to life…

DIY Duotone Statement Earrings

Shake up your jewelry box with these handmade geometric earrings— perfect for yourself or as a gift for your best ladies Article and Photography Nicolette Martin Piece by Piece Use both your bent nose forceps and needle nose pliers to secure each end of the jump ring. Gently twist the jump ring to open the … Continued

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.

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…

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. 

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…

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!”

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.

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.

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. 

BEER FROM HERE

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

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.

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.

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…

The Climb

As I walked up the driveway to meet the Hawthorn Woods resident who has summited the highest mountain on five continents and skied to both the North and South poles, ticking off seven of the nine “Explorer’s Grand Slam” conquests (accomplished by only 58 people in the world), I wasn’t quite sure what to expect – but was hopeful that…

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…

BEER from here


SW Lake Lifestyle is pleased to launch our new “Beer From Here” feature, focusing on unique local breweries and their brews. We kick it off with an outstanding brew from Roaring Table.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…