Shop Local on Black Friday

On the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) news reports are filled with stories about crazed shoppers competing for deals. We’ve all seen the pictures, read the stories under screaming headlines and seen the broadcasts.

Kids on the Farm

 Article Sara Blue  At the Montessori School of Long Grove, the classroom extends beyond four walls.  An important part of the curriculum in all levels includes “going out.”  Our elementary-aged children spent a week in May at The Country Experience – Amstutz Family Farm in Elizabeth, Illinois.   The Country Experience is a working farm, built for meaningful fun. The children…

Fly-by-Nighters Look to Scam Homeowners

 Article and Photography Michael Beightol  Fly-by-Nighters Look to Scam Homeowners  Remember spring’s never-ending rains? What felt like sub-tropical precipitation meant a lot of area homeowners were inundated with too much rain with no place for it to go. Constant rainfall and leaky roofs are the perfect environment for scam artists to operate.

Summer Steals

 Article Michael Beightol | Photography Stephen Neilson and LUXE  LUXE WEARHOUSE  Leave it to the style dream team of Marcy Sparr and Annie Lang, owners of LUXE Wearhouse, to come up with a collection of must-have summer fashion items. Their choices for SW Lake County ladies are bright, breezy, sunny and wonderfully affordable. All of these looks pair perfectly with…

Local Man Goes Hollywood

 Article Michael Beightol  “Yeah, it’s definitely a ‘dramedy,’” Perlman says. The absurdist nature of Andover’s central premise raises question after question. It’s storytelling made for the independent film market with fun performances by Jonathan Silverman (“Breakfast at Bernies”), Scout Taylor-Compton (“Halloween-2007”), Angela Kinsey (NBC’s “The Office”) and Richard Kind, a Second City alum.  Scott Perlman answered the phone on the…

A Career That Started with Baking Bread with Dad

John Havlis, Executive Chef at HarborChase of Long Grove, an assisted living community that officially opens this month, recently took some time from his busy schedule to share how he got started in the business of creating memorable meals.

Family Ties

Daniel Marquardt still remembers his first day of work with the Marquardt Buick and GMC dealership in Barrington. He was 13 years old, and had begged his father for the previous two years to let him come to work. Finally his father caved in, and brought him to the dealership. He introduced Daniel to the Service Director, and said, “Tell…