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.

LZACC Business After Hours Hosted by Foglia YMCA

The Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce (LZACC) held its recent Business After-Hours event at Foglia YMCA, located at 1025 N Old McHenry Road in Lake Zurich. Thanks to all who attended!

Ribbon Cutting for New Lake Zurich State Farm Office

The Lake Zurich Chamber of Commerce (LZACC) held a ribbon-cutting celebration and attended the opening party for the new State Farm office. Congratulations to Trung A. Thai on his new business!

Chamber Before-Hours Held at Lake Zurich Sports Clips

All agreed it was a great way to start the day at the LZACC's Before-Hours event held at Sports Clips in Lake Zurich. Catering was provided by Kathy Pedersen, Owner of On Occasion Catering & Events.

Lumen Optical Opens in Kildeer

Lumen Optical, a new retailer in Kildeer, held a ribbon-cutting before a packed store of supporters and local dignitaries. Across from Deer Park Town Center, this is the first store to be opened nationally by 1-800-Contacts. Aaron Drewery, store manager, says Lumen, a full-service optical shop, is “reimagining this industry.”

Residents Celebrate Spring with Helen Oliveri of KW Realty Partners

A special visitor hopped in to visit with Helen Oliveri and local residents at the Keller Williams Realty Partners office in Hawthorn Woods. Thank you to everyone that attended the fun event!

LZACCs ‘Business Breakfast Connection’ 
Talks Politics

The Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce (LZACC) welcomed the 'Primary Elections Candidates Forum' to Concorde Banquets in Kildeer. The platform was a great opportunity to hear the different viewpoints of several candidates, on a variety of topics.

Beelow’s Cohosts LZACC Business After Hours

The Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce (LZACC) and guests had a great evening at the well-attended event held at Beelow's Steakhouse in Lake Zurich.

Hawthorn Woods Winter Carnival Fun

Community Park was filled with winter fun as families and friends enjoyed carnival games, old-fashioned horse drawn wagon rides and train trips for all. Congratulations to Chase Swensen, of Hawthorne Woods, winner of a 2016 Season Pass to the Aquatic Center for his winning guess in the Candy Guessing Booth!

Lake Zurich Area
 Chamber of Commerce Evening of Excellence

January 23rd, 2016, the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its Evening of Excellence at the Concorde 
Banquets in Kildeer. Congratulations to all of the award winners!

Barrington Area 
Chamber of Commerce 2015 Award Winners

Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce announces its 2015 Business Awards and New Board of Directors at The Stonegate Conference and Banquet Centre in Hoffman Estates.

LZACC’s Welcomes MOD Pizza to Kildeer

LZACC's newest member, MOD Pizza, kicked off the grand opening party by awarding 52 pizzas—one per week for the entire next year—to one lucky raffle winner! Additionally, the sure-to-be-successful team generously donated 100% of the event's pizza sales to the Caring Women's Connection.

Broken Earth Winery Live on WGN

WGN's Marcus Leshock visited Historic Long Grove where Broken Earth Marketing Director Paula Glassel took him through 
a tasting of a few of the winery vintages live on the air.

Holiday Fun at LZACC’s Business After Hours

The Business Women Connected Group hosted the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce 'Business After Hours,' the very last of the year, at Hallmark Promotions, Inc. Chamber Members and Special Guest Mrs.Claus all agreed it was a great way to end 2015!

Broken Earth Winery 
Proudly Sponsors Tuxedos for Tails

Broken Earth Winery was proud to be a Gold Paw sponsor of Save-A-Pet's 29th Annual Dinner & Auction "Tuxedos for Tails" at Concorde Banquets in Kildeer. As the exclusive sponsor of the wine pull, Broken Earth offered up sample tastings of their 2010 'Shimmin Canyon' Cabernet Sauvignon.

Surprise Visitors Liven Up 
the LZACC Holiday After Hours

The Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce (LZACC) kicked off the 2015 Holiday Season at Inland Bank in Hawthorn Woods. The event was made complete with a surprise visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Village of Lake Zurich Holds Inaugural Tree Lighting

There was a large turnout from the community for the Annual Tree Lighting festivities, held downtown Lake Zurich. A good time was had by all!

The Helen Oliveri Team of Keller Williams Realty Partners Gives Back In December

In gratitude for the continued show of support from the community, The Helen Oliveri Team of Keller Williams Realty Partners gave away free holiday pies at their Hawthorn Woods office in the Cherry Hill Plaza at 101 W. Gilmer Rd.

A “WIN” After Hours at 
American Legion Lake Zurich

Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce had another successful gathering at our most recent Business After Hours, hosted by WIN (Women in Networking) at The American Legion, Lake Zurich Post 964 hall.

Celebrating Broken Earth Winery in Long Grove

Broken Earth Winery's One Year Anniversary Event & Ribbon Cutting brought regulars and new customers out for the celebration! Guests were treated to raffle prizes and wine gifts, enjoyed wine and lighter fare and toured 
the tasting room located in Historic Downtown Long Grove.