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…

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.

Discover the Hidden Havens of Thailand 

Thailand is known for its unparalleled blazing-blue water and pristine beaches, freckled with rocky islands and hemmed by emerald jungle. Yet this Southeast Asian country teems with undiscovered hidden corners. Here is an “Off the beaten track” exploration of three regions all too often overlooked by travelers.

What Moms Really Want

SW Lake Lifestyle contributors huddled up and put together a list of local must-haves for anyone shopping for Mom this year... whether she's looking for stylish attire, accessories, jewelry across the spectrum from tres affordable to custom designed, to the most dependable (not to mention stylish) rides to move the family forward, just check out the following pages to make…

Where There’s Smoke

He flashed four blades at me right off the bat… and that was just to say hello. Jeff Creswell, the new chef at Lindy’s Landing in Wauconda, is so enthusiastic about creating a great dining experience that he wears a bold tattoo of the razor sharp tools-of-his-trade on his arm.

Function and Finesse: the Art of Remodeling

Remodeling a house – or even redecorating a small room – can seem like a daunting process. Ask around. You’ll hear stories, good and bad. You’ll see photos, good and bad. You’ll get referrals, good and bad. How do you know who to choose? How do you know what to do? Decisions must be made about design, function and budget.…

It’s a Family Affair on Pepper Road in Lake Barrington

In an unassuming industrial park, just past a print shop and across from a pet store, there's a pair of family-run businesses that are remarkable in so many ways. The older company specializes in glass, designing and installing beautiful creations including doors, tub and shower enclosures, mirrors, windows, table tops and wall partitions for both family homes and commercial businesses.

Leave Roof Cleaning to an Expert

Roof cleaning is possibly the single most-ignored maintenance item on the typical homeowner's punch list. Not only does a roof cleaning dramatically improve the curb appeal of a home, but it could literally save tens of thousands of dollars in expense from premature roof replacement due to shingle failure.

Modern Home Gadgets

“There’s no place like home,” and, there’s really no place like home when it comes to 2017 technology. With the modernization of technology and automation of homes, who wants to leave? We’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest modern “home” gadgets you won’t know what you ever did without. Mevo: We have countless ways to document our lives—social…

Historic Long Grove Rebounds… Again

If you’ve driven through historic downtown Long Grove recently you may have noticed an uptick in activity, as this irresistibly quaint little burg once again shakes off the dust to break new ground. 

First settled in the 1840’s, this intersection of two Indian trails became a commerce center for area farmers. By 1900 it featured two corner stores, a creamery,…

Helping the Road Warrior in All of Us

In the shadow of the downtown water tower, at the busiest corner on Wauconda's Main Street, stands an unassuming business that has been operating nearly 40 years. “I’m lucky, I’ve got the best location around,” says Mark Wolfe, owner of John’s Complete Auto Service. “We’re right where a lot of people in the area pass by either because they are…

The Body is a Team Player

Board Certification is a credential that many often understandably confuse with licensing. Licensing and board certification are completely different processes. Physicians must become licensed to practice medicine in the U.S., but not all physicians are board certified.

SW Lake Relaunch & Holiday Party

SW Lake Lifestyle hosted a Holiday party, also celebrating the reboot of the magazine with its new ownership and local staff. Publisher Michael Beightol, Editor and Lead Photographer Stephen Neilson and Writer Margo Pelak welcomed a host of local business owners and workers at Side Lot Brewery, where guests quaffed local brews, caught up on the local news, and foraged…

Innovative Primrose School Teaches Character Development in Young Children

It is a typical afternoon in suburban Chicago when 19-month old Emily Hart sees her parents through the classroom window and realizes that it’s time to leave her friends and teachers at Primrose School in Long Grove. She’s spent the day there, and she begins to pout as she clings to her father and mother, Erik and Keri Hart of…