Ron Hawking, Bringing It His Way

"Let’s make sure we move the piano back exactly how it was when we came in; we want to be sure we’re good citizens,” said Ron Hawking, as we finished our interview and photo shoot at Barrington’s White House.

Dads & Grads Will Love This

 Wear it Like JFK  In 1937 when still a student John F. Kennedy met Albert Fouquet in France. He was captivated by Fouquet’s hand-crafted scent and ordered eight bottles and “one for Bob” (his brother, Robert F. Kennedy). In addition to this cologne, The Gent’s Place offers great haircuts and grooming services for men.  $115

SW Lake Lifestyle Readers Party at Windy City Bulls

SW Lake Lifestyle in partnership with the Windy City Bulls hosted a free dinner and Bulls game, complete with raffle giveaways including apparel, game tickets, and much more. After experiencing the suite life a big crowd of SW Lake Lifestyle invitees got an up-close-and-personal, front-row seat experience watching the Windy City Bulls battle the LA Lakers' G-League club. Sitting court side,…

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,…

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 

A Walk in the Woods

 Article Jake Cohen | Photography Jake and Laura Cohen  It's important for me to take my kids outside.  I believe this teaches them to appreciate life's simple graces. 

Karly & Her Mom

 Article Stephen Neilson  lululemon low rise pant  lululemon Deer Park, $98

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.

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…

Get Your Fan on, Cupid

February is prime time for area sports fans. Sure, the Bears have climbed back into their cave for another long hibernation, but all other area teams are in the swing. The Bulls are playing better, the Blackhawks are skating as hard as ever, Spring Training for the Sox and World Champion Chicago Cubs starts this month and college basketball teams…

New Year, New Fitness Resolutions

‘Tis the season for vowing to lose a few extra holiday pounds, or perhaps pursuing that ripped six-pack you’ve always wanted – and that means getting to the gym more often, or dusting off that home treadmill and weight machine.

Beach Bag Essentials

Whether you are going to the beach (or lake!) or hitting the pool at the club, make sure your beach bag is on-point and packed with all the essentials. We rounded up some of our favorite beach bag requisites and it all starts with the amazing African Rays tote from PilyQ.