Tasting as Good as it Looks

Annually the biggest feedbag around is the Great Barrington Tastefest, a smorgasbord of fabulous food and drink sponsored by the BACC and this year, hosted by the Onion Pub & Brewery in Lake Barrington. The 2018 edition featured more than 25 local restaurants, breweries, wine & spirits purveyors, bakeries and caterers. Everybody went home happy … Continued

Wauconda Cruise Nights Bring the Muscle to Main Street

Now in its fifth year, Wauconda Cruise Nights have proven to be a family-friendly way to spend a Tuesday evening. Even two weather-prompted reschedules didn’t dampen the enthusiasm this season, as the small-town Main Street charm provided a perfect setting with its range of restaurants, boutiques, and lots of great spots to "shop local" for … Continued

Arranging Flowers the Joy Jones Way

Long Grove Coffee Co. was transformed into a flower shop as Joy Jones of Joy Jones Planning & Design Co. recently held a flower arranging workshop for an enthusiastic group of 20 women. Hosted by Ethel Robey-Berger, manager of Long Grove Coffee, Joy walked her guests through the steps to create stunning centerpieces. Learn more … Continued

Partners For Progress Host 14th Annual “Denim & Diamonds” Gala

Partners for Progress, a local not-for-profit organization providing specialized therapies (focused on hippotherapy: exercise via horseback riding), recently celebrated their successes improving the quality of life of over 200 children and adults with physical, mental and emotional disabilities at their annual fundraising gala at Canlan Sports Complex. The well-attended event enabled PFP to continue helping hundreds benefitting from … Continued

Tropical Vibe for Local Leaders

The only thing missing was a steel drum band when Sue Shimkus, owner of Lake Zurich Travel & Cruise, hosted a Business After Hours for a packed house of Lake Zurich Chamber members. Grass skirts, flowed shirts and flip-flops was the apparel of choice as revelers enjoyed an evening of networking fun beneath a setting … Continued

Award-Winning SW Lake Company Rocks “That 70’s Party”

Progressive Components, a Wauconda-based global supplier to the tooling and molding industry, enthusiastically celebrated their employee's achievements in retro-style at the "That 70's Party" extravaganza at The Original Sundance Saloon. Progressive, a recognized leader in employee engagement and retention, won top spot in "Best Places to Work" at the Plastics News Executive Forum this year after finishing … Continued

Barrington Uncorks A Spectacular Evening

When Barrington uncorks its 14th try at, well, anything: it's money in the bank that it'll be an experience worth taking a sip (or 20) of. Outstanding food from local providers was taken to the next level with a taste one of the more than 50 wines poured for Uncork Barrington's guests, all in support of multiple … Continued

Pavilion at Breezewald Park Features Sunsets

There’s a range of beer and wine, plus sunset views over the lake, at the new Pavilion at Breezewald Park in Lake Zurich. Built by the Public Works Department, and operated by The Scoreboard Bar & Grill across the street, Mayor Tom Poyton says the pavilion is an amenity that will bring folks downtown.

Barrington Chamber Celebrates Fashion & Honors Students

Annually the Barrington Chamber produces a mash-up event that showcases fashions from local merchants AND awards much-needed cash to high-achieving grads of chamber members. Honored this year with Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarships are Maggie Horak (Illinois); Jacob Horcher (Michigan); Mary Horcher (Illinois State); Sarah Messerschmidt (Valparaiso); Payton Muhs (Western Illinois); Tucker Priola (Wyoming); and Eleanore … Continued

Gary Lang Cheverolet

Gary Lang was awarded the prestigious Mark of Excellence award from Chevrolet as Gary Lang Chevrolet Buick celebrated their 35th Anniversary in business with a festive, multi-chamber event at their dealership last month. Many attendees including employees, friends, and chamber of commerce members won a variety of giveaways, and Lang thanked his team for a great 35 years.

Long Grove Beer Fest

The Long Grove Beer Fest brought craft beer lovers from near and far. The warm weather created a perfect setting for live music, delicious food and quality locally-made beer. Mike Marr, founder and chief brewer at Buffalo Creek Brewing in Long Grove, curated a broad range of beers from across the region to an appreciative … Continued

Avalon Fashion Show Raises Funds for Clean Water

Bonnie Conte, owner of Deer Park’s Avalon Salon & Spa, is well known for supporting good causes. A passion of hers is clean water so she recently banded together area fashion and jewelry boutiques, recruited runway models and provided hair and make-up to raise funds for the Great Lakes Water Alliance. Bonnie’s granddaughters strolled the … Continued

Girl Scout Gives Back to Oncology Patients and their Families

Piper Novak of Girl Scout Troop 609 recently delivered 425 boxes of Girl Scout cookies on March 26th to Lurie’s Children’s Hospital when she went for an oncology appointment. A cancer survivor since age 2, it’s Piper’s third year doing a cookie drive for oncology families, and this year was supported by her entire troop … Continued

Ribbon Cuttings, Business Anniversaries & More Celebrated in SW Lake

On the northerly side of SW Lake county, businesses celebrated grand openings, anniversaries, new locations, and making new connections at events sponsored by the Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce, including First American Bank Round Lake with Business After Hours, new mexican food spot El Mananial, MagMile Brands opening, Silver Lotus Yoga’s 5-year anniversary, and After-Hours … Continued

Buffalo Creek Brewery Hosts Lake Zurich Chamber 
”After Hours” Event

Those who attended Buffalo Creek Brewery's recent Lake Zurich Chamber of Commerce "After Hours" event enjoyed fine brews by owner Mike Marr in their expansive Bavarian-style taproom and a range of delicious delights from other local vendors. Many looked forward to enjoying 
Buffalo Creek's outdoor beergarden as summer warmth approaches.

AMITA Opens New Care Center in Lake Zurich

AMITA Health Group officially opened its new ambulatory care center (on Rand Road north of Jewel) in March with a Ribbon Cutting by the Lake Zurich Chamber and village officials. Under the direction of long-time Lake Zurich physician, Stewart Segal, M.D., the center started treating patients earlier this year.  

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. 

HarborChase Long Grove Grand Opening

HarborChase opened its newest senior care community in Long Grove in January with a gala affair themed "A Night To Remember: Celebration of Classic Broadway Musicals"  that showcased their new facility and delicious cuisine. 

Zippy Shell Grand Opening

On a snowy day Zippy Shell, a new concept in moving and storage based in Lake Zurich, drew a huge crowd for its Grand Opening. Owner Ken Wasko and Business Development Director Jake Silker cut a ribbon with Gale Cohen-DeMarco, LZACC President, and showed guests around a spacious new facility.

Wauconda the New Chocolate Town?

The aroma of roasting cocoa beans has been wafting down Main Street in Wauconda lately, thanks to the Puna Chocolate Co., a farm-to-table provider that grows its own cacao on the Big Island of Hawaii and sells chocolate online at punachocolate.com as well as through its new Wauconda store.

Wauconda Turkey Trot

The Wauconda Turkey Trot again attracted huge crowds to Main Street. Sponsored by STAR Charities, a record-breaking $21,370 was raised in support of the local Food Pantry. Local businesses generously helped provide a full day of activities to feed, host, and entertain young military recruits for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Mathnasium Opens New Educational Facility 


Mathnasium opened its new educational facility in Wauconda last month celebrated by the ribbon-cutting fanfare of the Wauconda Chamber of Commerce and a supportive crowd of its members. Mathnasium is currently enrolling students for its first classes; for more information visit http://www.mathnasium.com/wauconda or call 224.993.0526.

December 2017 Good Times

Resoration Fitness in Lake Zurich at its recent Client Appreciation Party held a "Pushups for Charity" event that raised more than $10,000 
for the Jeffrey Pride Foundation, a Barrington charity that raises money for pediatric cancer research. Owner Sean Lee and his team 
helped pumped up the energy at the event. 

Morkes Chocolates opens new site in Long Grove

Morkes Chocolates recently opened its third location in Long Grove, at the site formerly occupied by the Long Grove Confectionery Company.  Owner Rhonda Morkes Dehn is excited about the local response to having a new chocolate maker in town.

The Fields are Alive (with Bees)

Brian Thomson started keeping bees as a 12 year old in Michigan. At one point he had 10 hives producing 1,000 pounds of honey each year. Now, he's started a bee collective, Honey Lake Bee Co., helping area families start their own hives. To learn more, visit honeylakebeecompany.com.

Lake Zurich Chamber Earlybirds Enjoy 
”Business Before Hours” Breakfast

A cross-section of earlybird Lake Zurich Chamber members enjoyed an informal breakfast gathering at Co-Optim in Deer Park. 
In addition to enjoying a wonderful breakfast spread, with lots of healthy options and strong coffee, the crowd shared insights, 
made new business connections and started the day right.

Lake Zurich Chamber 33rd Annual Golf Outing

SW Lake Lifestyle was a proud sponsor of the “Advance Your Tee/Atomic Drive” 6th hole at the sold-out, 33rd Annual 
Lake Zurich Area Chamber’s Annual Golf Outing at Biltmore Country Club. The intrepid golfers kept a stiff upper lip as they 
braved stiff gusting winds all afternoon.

Uncork Barrington Pours It On to Benefit Local Charities

It was a full house under the stars at Uncork Barrington in July, with attendees enjoying over 50 wine tasting options and a wide variety of delicious appetizers by many local vendors. Co-hosted by the BACC, Barrington Area Council on Aging, and Barrington Village Association, it benefits multiple local charities.

Wauconda Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Trifecta

The Wauconda Chamber recently held a triple-header of Ribbon Cuttings celebrating three Main Street businesses. An enthusiastic 
entourage of local Chamber members, customers, and employees from each business brought their energy and support to each celebration.

A Million Dreams Annual Masquerade Ball

A Million Dreams raises money for Make-A-Wish® Illinois by putting on an elaborate annual Masquerade Ball. Since its inception 5 years ago, they have generated $64,000 towards granting wishes and in 2017 raised another 16,000. These wishes help bring Hope, Strength and Joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

BACC Awards $4000 in Scholarships 
to Local High School Students at Fashion Show

SW Lake was Scholarship Sponsor at the recent BACC 40th Annual Fashion Show and Scholarship Luncheon at Barrington's Biltmore Country Club, where $4000 was awarded to six deserving local students. The scholarship is named after Lauren Brown, fondly-remembered former BACC employee who lost her battle with cancer at age 29.

Seventh Annual Leprechaun Plunge

Wauconda Boat and Middleton’s on Main hosted the Leprechaun Plunge, Lake County's largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration, featuring a parade down Main Street led by kilted bagpipers and drums; contests for best costume, limerick, and Irish Toast; and participants plunging into the chill waters of Bangs Lake for local charities.

Long Grove Easter Egg Hunt

Historic Long Grove Business Association recently held an Egg Hunt in Buffalo Creek Park. An enthusiastic crowd of children and their parents enjoyed face painting, a petting zoo, DJ, and the Easter Bunny, while hunting for special golden eggs placed throughout downtown with Chocolate Fest tickets enclosed.

April 2017 Good Times

The Caring Women's Connection, a SW Lake County 501c3, recently held an elegant, wedding-themed fundraiser gala in support of women's and children's causes. Jesse & Ria Soto of the new Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Long Grove played the bride and groom for the event.

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:

New Brewery Headlines Attractions Coming to 
Historic Downtown Long Grove in 2017

2016 was a historic comeback year for Long Grove. From record-setting attendance numbers at annual events like Chocolate Fest, to unique businesses on the way such as Buffalo Creek Brewery, the Long Grove business community is experiencing a rebirth. Look for our feature on Long Grove's revival in the March issue of SW Lake Lifestyle.

Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble 
presents outstanding Nutcracker

Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble performed an elaborate and engaging rendition of The Nutcracker in December, 
featuring professional guest stars and over 80 student performers. The precise dancing, elegant costumes, 
and spectacular staging were all perfectly "on point."

Wauconda High School’s 
Les Misérables an ambitious delight

Wauconda High School’s recent staging of their fall musical, “Les Misérables”, was an inspiring stunner. From its ambitious stagecraft to the rock-solid orchestra, outstanding costumes, smooth scene transitions, and impassioned acting and singing by the student cast, director Scott Metzger and team's production was a delightful evening of local theater.

Ribbon Cutting Highlights First Anniversary

The seventh Chicago-area store for AccuVISION, a chain of eye health and eye wear retailer founded by Dr. James Doherty, hosted a ribbon cutting in Wauconda with the chamber of commerce there. Store Manager Dana Agostinelli pulled out all the stops to showcase the retailer’s collection of fashion eye wear.

After Hours at Threads

Business After Hours are great events for members of local chambers in SW Lake County. In Wauconda, Threads was a recent sponsor, and the team there, Linda Starkey, owner (4th from right) and Manager Julianna Somers (7th from left) made sure everyone had a great time. 

The Annual Great Barrington Tastefest

The annual Great Barrington Tastefest is of one of the biggest events of the year produced by the Barrington Chamber. Local businesses exhibit, chefs from restaurants, caterers and senior homes whip up delicious small bites, the band plays on into the night and brewers, distillers and vintners pour sample tastings. 

Studio 912 Debuts New Designer Showroom

Studio 912 in Crystal Lake debuted a new designer showroom to display their kitchen, bath and woodworking expertise. The firm specializes in using reclaimed wood from the area. Learn more at Studio912Reclaim.com.

A Good Reason for a Day of Golf

The Sixth Annual Shane’s Foundation Golf Event at the Bridges of Poplar Creek, sponsored by Timothy Grant Jewelry, raised funds for the not-for-profit dedicated to saving children’s lives. Tim and Lisa Seifert, owners of Timothy Grant Jewelry, started Shane’s Foundation after their 2-year-old son passed away when his bedroom dresser fell on him.

Primrose School Expands

Revealing a beautiful new facility in a convenient location at Half Day and Old McHenry roads, the Primrose School started the new school year by holding a sneak peek for area businesses. Primrose is part of a network of accredited private preschools that provide premier early education and child care.

Wauconda Farmers Market

It was a beautiful day in Wauconda when the annual farmers market, sponsored by Threads Boutique, kicked off. Local producers and growers displayed booths downtown weekly. The market featured fresh produce, flowers, meat, cheese, bread, food vendors, designer apparel and goods, and live entertainment. The Farmers Market will close for the season on October 6.

Around Town

(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.

Inaugural ‘Guys Night Out’ A Great Success

Barrington’s 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon hosted the first-time Guys Night Out (GNO). Guests enjoyed free haircuts, straight razor shaves, facial massages and other personal grooming services from the staff at Barrington location. Food and beverages were provided by Incontro A Tavola, Broken Earth Winery, and Enzo & Lucia.

Fourth of July Fun Around SW Lake County

Throughout SW Lake County residents gathered together with family, with friends, and at community events. Barbecues, picnics, parades, and fireworks were everywhere over the long weekend as our country celebrated Independence Day.

The Solana Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting

The Solana is now open in Deer Park! Guests enjoyed an array of culinary delights, including BBQ smoked oysters, and celebrated the new retirement community in SW Lake County.

LZACC Celebrates Cross Kicks Fitness Grand Opening

The Lake Zurich Chamber of Commerce (LZACC) celebrated with owners and staff at the new 2,500-square-foot location at 479 S. Rand Road within Village Square Retail Center in Lake Zurich.