Hidden Treasures In Barrington

The most fun part of the adventure was that it just didn’t want to stop.

Collaborating on a New Chicago Classic

I have been in the business of working with artists, art and product development for my entire career so you might say I’ve seen “it all.” There is nothing like the fun and excitement of coming across something new that I know my customers will like.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Couples split up for numerous different reasons, ranging from lack of common interests, significant life changes, money issues, cheating and sex. But one of the top reasons couples don't survive is due to communication problems.

Art, Craftsmenship & Love

February is a month for artistic expression — making, collecting, admiring and learning. We love art because it gives us a glimpse of someone’s heart, the part of them we don’t see on the surface. We are all drawn to art in different ways. We like to look at and listen to art that makes … Continued

February 2020 Around Town

The Power of the Ballot is In Voter’s Hands February is a good time for registered voters to be sure they’re ready for the March 17 primary. Go to LakeVoterPower.info to see if your voter registration record is up-to-date. Anyone needing to register for the first time should visit lakecountyil.gov/361/Voter-Registration for qualifying requirements and in-person, … Continued

Long Grove Lions Club Achieves $1 Million Giving Milestone

The Long Grove Lions Club chapter threw a grand holiday party for reaching the $1 million raised milestone. The party at Buffalo Creek Brewing included donating $4000 to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, the donation that put the club over $1 million. “What good we do today builds a better future for tomorrow,” said club … Continued

Handcrafted Spirits in Lake Zurich

SW Lake: What was it about Copper Fiddle that attracted you?

Crafting a Lake Zurich Tradition

I had a fantastic dinner at DiPiero’s Ristorante recently, but the delicious food and wine don’t begin to describe my experience. I met a woodcrafter who hand-carves smoking pipes for friends and family; a former insurance salesman with 15 years in the industry; a partner in The Bear (a pioneering Chicago music club) where artists like Bob Dylan and Peter,…

Winter Gives Pause and a Chance to See Things Differently

Sure, a lot of folks take off during winter for sunnier, warmer climes. Winter in Lake Co., however, is the perfect opportunity to take a different look around the area. Whether it’s a bee hive in winter repose or brilliant blue skies on crystal cold days, everything changes here with the seasons.

Three Days in Austin

Thinking about a three-day holiday in 2020? Consider Austin, Texas, the fastest-growing metropolis in the U.S. (population two-million-plus). Austin constantly changes while retaining an all-ages hipster vibe and a compactness perfectly suited for a weekend.

New Year. New You?

Bring on 2020! January marks the beginning of not only a new calendar year, but also the opportunity for a new you. Perhaps you’ve resolved to exercise more regularly, take up a new hobby or volunteer at a local animal shelter. Maybe you’re looking to take more days off, learning a second language or finally tackling … Continued

January 2020 Around Town

New Toy Store a Dream Come True Mauricio and Angelo Romy, parents of two young daughters, used to dream about opening a store filled with educational and skill-building toys that challenge children to figure things out while staying engaged and learning. That dream became a reality late last year (in time for the holidays) when they … Continued

Resurrection Fitness, Jeffrey Pride Foundation Partner in “Fitness Fiesta” Fundraiser

The Jeffrey Pride Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research, with partner Sean Lee and Resurrection Fitness of Lake Zurich, took bold strides to raise funds to eradicate this heinous disease at their recent "Fitness Fiesta". Dr. Phil Fijal, Foundation's President, shared their mission and accomplishments. Proceeds still coming in ($21,500 currently) go directly to help eliminate cancer striking … Continued

Rejuvenation is Trending in Master Bath Suites

An upgraded master bath suite is a must-have for local homeowners remodeling in 2020, says North Barrington’s Brian Allendorfer, fifth-generation owner of Brian Allendorfer Company.

January Re-Set

2020 is here and it's time to create a newer healthy and fit you, but how does that actually happen? While the effort to adopt a New Year’s resolution has good intent, self-improvement urges tend to fade in a matter of weeks. This leads to a cycle of failed attempts year-after-year, and the belief that success isn’t even possible.

Here’s to Second Chances

Before the surgery Tom Poynton says his health was generally good. “A year earlier we spent more than two weeks hiking and climbing national parks in Utah and southern Colorado, including the north rim of the Grand Canyon and even up to the top of Angel’s Landing at Zion National Park.” He always believed that a health crisis happens to…

No Time Like Now for an Estate Plan

 #1  Everyone has something in common—you can’t take it with you when you die. Besides planning for asset distribution, an estate plan can help you accomplish other important goals regarding financial planning, care of your family, and even the management of your business.  #2

SW Lake Holiday Gift Guide

For the third consecutive holiday season the team is delighted to bring another edition of the SW Lake Annual Gift Guide. This is a representative list from some of the best locally owned retailers in the area. Your support of family businesses is vital to the overall economic health of the region. We’ve worked with each of the shop owners…

Are the Holidays Still Meaningful?

When the calendar year starts winding down to its logical conclusion, the holidays ensue. In some sense it’s too bad that Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas & New Year’s Day are such a mash-up crammed in ungainly fashion into just 33 days this year. Given the year we’ve had, we’ll take it. Knowing what’s coming up, let’s enjoy … Continued

December 2019 Around Town

Toys in Time for the Holidays An innovative new store has opened in Deer Park Town Center offering a variety of fun & educational toys for kids of all ages. The brainchild of Mauricio Romy, a local father of two young daughters, he and his wife, Angela, opened Happki across from AMC Theater (next door … Continued

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

Breakfast or Lunch, It’s Always Time for Brunch Cafe

Brunch Cafe, a steadily-growing local restaurant chain, is very much a family business. Brothers Andy and Ted Zatos, Andy’s brother-in-law Peter Revel and cousin George Reveliotis are co-owners/operators, proud of their growing brand. They're convinced their laser-like focus on customers, serving creative versions of classic dishes quickly with friendly, attentive service in a welcoming space, keeps people coming back.

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Restoring Nature

On a brisk fall Saturday morning, a dozen Boy Scouts from Troop 93 of St. Peter United Church of Christ arrived at the Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park in Lake Zurich for some volunteer work. The goal for the day was to ensure native plants would endure for years to come.

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.

Gratitude Without Boundaries

In a nation of immigrants it's no surprise the importance that Thanksgiving Day holds. The bonds of family, friends, sharing, reflection and gratitude run deep across this land. 

Grateful… For It All.

These are crazy times. As TV sitcoms of dysfunctional families battle reality shows of dysfunctional families for eyeballs (both currently losing out to the dysfunctional Washington, D.C.), the decent folks of SW Lake Co. are all too ready for a breath of cool autumn air. Fortunately, we’re blessed with November, and its focus on the … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

The Hampton Social Opens Sixth U.S. Location in South Barrington “We are very excited to be opening our sixth U.S. location in The Arboretum of South Barrington and truly appreciate the community support,” said owner Brad Parker. “This is an ideal spot to introduce The Hampton Social’s lifestyle concept—a dining hotspot that evokes East Coast … 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.

How to Be Your Best Self for the Holidays

When the holidays come we always want to be our best selves. As the invites roll in for parties whether you’re hosting or just a guest, now’s the time to think about a style that complements the season and looks great on you.

Bahamas Bounce Back

In San Salvador a white cross marks the spot in the Bahamas where Christopher Columbus supposedly first landed in the New World. He didn't stay long, however, being intent on finding riches elsewhere.

New Traditions for the Thanksgiving Table

It’s that time of year again—your candy-hangover from Halloween's subsided, and you have decadent-Thanksgiving-dinner on the brain. Imagine a spread of turkey...potatoes...gravy...stuffing...green bean casserole...and fabulous desserts. So, how bad can one night of overindulgence be for your waistline? It’s estimated many people consume over 3000 calories from their meal and an additional 1500 from appetizers and drinks. Shocked? Yeah, I was too.

Three Years Strong

Fans of great food in-and-around Barrington (and many from farther away because it’s well worth the drive) have discovered over the past three years how freshtastic a genuine farm-to-table meal can taste.

Spooky Travel

Gruesome wars, mysterious witchcraft, infamous killers, eerie underground crypts, and horrific exorcisms: let Europe's dark past send chills up your spine as you uncover the legends that haunt the cities at night. Descend into dark catacombs with walls entirely made of human remains. Hear accounts of medieval methods of torture, body-snatchers, beheadings, vampires, and cannibals. The ghost stories and disturbing…

Indulge the Obsession

We’re blessed to live in a food destination. People from across the country travel to our area to indulge their foodie obsessions. Some recent examples spring to mind. This summer while picking up a rental car in San Francisco the counter agent, noting that I was from the Chicago area, talked about fulfilling a bucket … Continued

October 2019 Around Town

Poke Burrito Deer Park Celebrates Opening with Ribbon Cutting Barrington’s Chamber and Deer Park officials recently gathered to celebrate the opening of Poke Burrito, 20530 Rand Rd., Ste. 442, in Deer Park Town Center. “Poke Burrito is a unique fusion restaurant that combines Japanese, Hawaiian and Asian food using the highest quality, fresh ingredients and … Continued

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.)

Perfect Pairings

Editor's Note: From the intimate and newly-expanded Zin GastroPub, owner Bob Kryscha shared some of his favorite wine and food pairings:

Chef Brings Delicious New Food Concept to Deer Park

Jimmy Chen took a long, circuitous journey to opening his new restaurant, Poke Burrito, in Deer Park Town Center this summer. Born in China, raised in Iowa and once a teenage helper in the kitchen of an uncle’s restaurant, Chen put in lots of time and invested plenty of sweat equity before striking out on his own. His Deer Park…

Suburban Suds Sensations

Tucked away in an obscure corner of downtown Mundelein is a homey taproom sporting beer made in the backroom by the husband and wife team of Greg and Brigitte Bosacki. Scattered around the u-shaped bar sit some regulars. A family is over in the corner making carryout pizza disappear. Outside between the front door and parking lot a couple is…

Fall Fashion Trends

Stretching summer into fall is an art well practiced by the warmth-loving faithful in beautiful SW Lake County, who are always looking for the best leads on transitioning into autumn in style. 

Be Alert for Opportunities When Preparing for College Costs

Summer is winding down, and the kids are back-to-school. When children are young, logistics for the new academic year may involve little more than a trip to buy school supplies. But to send kids (or grandkids) to college someday, be prepared to plan far ahead to meet the financial demands. And, as part of that planning, be on the lookout…

Stately Home Defines Style in Long Grove

Tucked away on a private two-acre lot at the end of a cul-de-sac, marked by stately brick pillars, is a lovely brick Georgian home that is synonymous with style in the Village of Long Grove.

Defining Style is a Personal Journey

Style is a big part of my life. It was an honor to be approached about being the Guest Publisher for the annual Style issue of SW Lake Lifestyle. I can honestly say in my work as an interior designer it’s a thrill every time I start a new project. The process of meeting new … Continued

September 2019 Around Town

Home Automation Expert Expands His Business In August, ECO Automated Designs, a leading home automation integrator serving the Chicagoland area, has agreed to assume select business assets of FortiFi Technologies, a Barrington-based home automation contractor. ECO was founded in 2015 and is owned and operated by Erick Olech. A Control4 premier dealer with a certified … Continued

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

What’s Your Style?

Refer to a dictionary for a definition of style and you’ll likely find something like this: “A distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed.”

Vibrant Culture Makes Peru a Stylish Destination

When invited on an educational journey to Peru, my mother and I weren’t sure what to expect. What we learned caused me to absolutely fall in love with the country. From the vibrant culture and delicious cuisine, to the country’s magnificent landscape and friendly people, Peru is a magical place.