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…

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…