Barrington Area Taste Fest Features Outstanding Local Foods, Wine, Brews

The Barrington Area Taste Fest recently provided foodies all around SW Lake Co. the opportunity to sample, savor, and salivate over many of our best local culinary and beverage providers. A great mix of local legends and upstart newcomers showcased an array of beverages and cuisine to meet the most exacting of tastes for special events. 

Celebrating a Major Milestone for Interior Designer Loren Reid Seaman

Any anniversary is a big deal; celebrating a local business' 31st anniversary is a major accomplishment. Family, friends and clients gathered recently in the showroom of LRS Interiors to applaud the achievements and longevity of Loren Reid Seaman, an extraordinary interior designer. Long known for providing clients with "Design Therapy," Loren even serenaded the crowd with a memorable … Continued

“In Vino Veritas” Returns with Gravitas, Celebration, and Unforgettable Stories

"IN WINE THERE IS TRUTH." This recurring storytelling event threw down the truth in spades in its much-anticipated return from an 11-month hiatus while Host, Magician, Raconteur, and Tale-spinner Extraordinaire Will Tremont survived a serious bout with cancer. Will opened with a laughing-through-the-darkness ride through his recovery journey; talented open-mic-storytellers followed, closing with Megan Wells, noted Chicagoland actress and … Continued

Huge Crowd Enjoys After Hours With the Davenports

Lisa and Jack Davenport, owners of Davenport Family Funeral Homes in Lake Zurich, Barrington and Crystal Lake, are well known for their hospitality. A horde of business owners experienced the warmth and comfort of the Davenport’s Lake Zurich facility last month during another legendary Lake Zurich Chamber Business After Hours.

Street Dances Let Music Lovers Get Footloose

Street dances in Lake Zurich and Wauconda are community music celebrations held right downtown. In Wauconda's 20th annual event there were firefighter water fights, a bags tourney, bouncy house, a late rain that didn't ruin the party, and bands rocking both the newly-dubbed Wauvinia Stage and Main Stage. (Photos by John Kelly, Stephen Neilson & Sara Orgler.)

Celebrating Business, Events, Friends and SW Lake Award Winners

We love celebrating good times across the area. Here’s a collection of photos from good folks we call friends and clients. Want to share your Good Times? Go to the Contact Us page at swlakelifestyle.com, submit high quality photos with a short description and give us your contact info in case we have a question or … Continued

Celebrating the Best of SW Lake

SW Lake Lifestyle enjoys working with a variety of clients who help subsidize the magazine by investing their hard-earned money in marketing campaigns with us. All summer we’ve visited winners of the 2019 Best of SW Lake Awards as selected by readers. In 2020 the awards program will be enhanced with new categories honoring entrepreneurs, not-for-profits, volunteers … Continued

Main Street Center Celebrates Grand Opening

Main Street Center, in the heart of Wauconda’s downtown, is a revitalized multipurpose building with offices, a future restaurant and its anchor tenant, Threads, an apparel boutique. To commemorate its Grand (Re)Opening a Sunset Celebration was enjoyed by friends, family, civic leaders and fellow local business owners.

New Work-Share Space Opens

Shoppers at the Lake Zurich Office Max were greeted earlier this year by workers busily remodeling the store to include Workonomy Hub, a co-working space suitable for area entrepreneurs, start-ups and anybody who normally works from home. This is the second Workonomy Hub in the US.

Farm Fresh Goods Now Available at Seasonal Markets

Summer's when the eating is good, especially when shopping any of the bountiful farmers markets in the area. A few of the best: Libertyville, 7am – 1pm, Thursdays at Cook Park; Barrington, 3-7 pm, Thursdays at 105 S. Park St.; Wauconda, 4-7 pm, Thursdays on Main Street Downtown, and Lake Zurich, 3-7 pm, Fridays at Paulus Park.

Student Scholars Win College Awards in SWL-Sponsored Annual Program

For the third consecutive year SW Lake Lifestyle was lead sponsor of the Barrington Chamber's annual scholarship program. Awards were made at Biltmore Country Club to Miah Cramer (St. Louis University),  Campbell Henry (Indiana University), Kristina Lymperis (undecided), Patrick Mantatsky (University of Illinois), Alejandro Reyther (Michigan State), Ashley Rocco (Southern Methodist University), Jeffrey Rosauer (Loyola), and Zachary Rowley (undecided). 

Good Times in the Northerly side of SWLake Co.

SW Lake Co. is always chock-full of good times, whether it's great music, celebrating public servants who stepped up to make a difference, honoring personal milestones of those who changed many lives during their teaching years, savoring a sip of world-class wine poured by the winemaker, or getting together at the lake for a family … Continued

Everything Was at the Lake Zurich Expo

Spring-like weather brought big crowds to Concorde Banquets for the annual Lake Zurich “Everything Expo.” Organizers pegged total attendance at more than 1100 giving local families the chance to learn more about local businesses and not-for-profits.

LUXE Fashion’s on the Runway

The latest fun boutique spring fashion finds hit the runway recently at LUXE wearhouse in Kildeer, where Marcy Sparr and Annie Lang hosted a pair of standing-room-only spring fashion shows. To be the first in the know about new LUXE merchandise, upcoming events and special promations, visit LUXEwearhouse.com and become a LUXE wearhouse Insider.

Celebrating Serena: Deer Park Chiropractic Grand Opening

After a long, arduous process building her new clinic, Dr. Serena Kleinstub welcomed scores of supporters to the Grand Opening of Deer Park Chiropractic (21805 W. Field Parkway). A native Texan, Dr. Kleinstub is a board certified chiropractic physician helping patients recover from sickness, disease and disability without surgery or prescription drugs.

In Living Color

When it comes to “bang for your buck” value, few home improvements match the quick results of painting. Whether it is personalizing your new home or refreshing the look of your living space, paint is a great do-it-yourself project.

Chili On Fire in LZ: These Guys Put It Out

The Lake Zurich Chamber sponsored the annual Firehouse Chili Cook-Off with the Lake Zurich Fire Department, and the department was en fuego with their tasty varieties of firehouse chili. Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Henricksen's chili was voted the winner, only after the crowd took repeated taste-tests of the many chilis on hand "just to be sure". And of … Continued

Good Times Abound in SW Lake County

It's a cornucopia of good times these days in SW Lake Co. and neighboring environs! From new business openings, to anniversaries celebrated, to classes attended and skills developed, to the promise of getting out and enjoying winter while we've got it, our cameras are out there capturing all this local goodness to share with you.

Having Fun While Raising Funds for Pediatric Cancer Research

The staff and clients of Restoration Fitness recently celebrated their significant fundraising efforts for the Jeffrey Pride Foundation. The Pushups for Charity event topped $19,000, doubling their efforts in 2017. In the check presentation shown here, receiving the donation from Restoration Fitness’ Sean Lee (3rd from right) are Kathy Murphy, Jan Fijal, Dr. Phil Fijal, … Continued

ECO Automated Designs Holds Open House

Eco Automated Designs recently hosted an open house at their Mundelein facility showcasing their many home automation solutions connecting the technology in our homes into complete, easy-to-use experiences. Owner Erick Oleck demonstrated how with one touch homeowners can dim the lights, turn up the heat, lock doors, view security cameras, enjoy entertainment systems, and more. For … Continued

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.