What is your true meaning 
of Christmas?

An online search found that the most accepted explanation for the “true meaning of Christmas” is that it is a phrase with a long history in American pop culture. It first appeared in the mid-19th century, and is often given vaguely religious overtones that suggest that the “true meaning of Christmas” is the celebration of the Nativity of Christ. In…

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.

Wrap Less, Remember More

December is a month of remembrance and celebrations, but too often it is also a month of overwhelming obligations and rampant commercialism. The combination of guilt, stress, lack of sleep and overspending tend to turn the last month of the year into a whirlwind of overextended schedules.

Around Town

The Village of Hawthorn Woods Parks & Recreation Department and Hawthorn Woods Country Club have been named amongst the best of the best within the State by the Illinois Association of Park Districts for their cooperative efforts. They received the award in the category of "Best Friend of Illinois Parks-Small Business" for their effort and success in bringing together public…

Interior Design with Integrity

I grew up in Sterling, Illinois, approximately 100 miles southwest. I’ve lived in Algonquin for almost 20 years with my husband Neil and our daughter Jordan. This is the longest time we have lived in one location in my married lifetime. During the first 20 years of our marriage we moved ten times! I can empathize with people who must…

Holiday Travel

Yes, it may be an old Yuletide standby, but it is still much more impressive in person. The tree at Rockefeller Center is almost certainly the world’s most famous Christmas tree, but it’s only the centerpiece for a city-wide Christmas display. Nothing beats carriage rides through Central Park, the elaborate department store displays, and strolls through the some of the…

The Back Seat Gallery & Trunk Show

It was a cold and windy day when seemingly regular asphalt was transformed into an "art gallery" by a determined band of artists willing to withstand the elements. As the rain ceased, the trunks and doors opened up and Towner Green parking lot became Towner Green Gallery. Each artists' vehicle served as his or her gallery and the beauty of…

Introducing the 2016 Cadillac CT6

How does one reinvent himself? By looking at Cadillac’s all-new CT6 sedan, one would say the process is thoughtful and deliberate. Riding the line between the demands of traditional luxury and modern finesse, the CT6 grasps the past in one fist while pointing towards the future.

11 Reasons To List Your Home During The Holidays

Deck the halls for a happy holiday, but why not something more? When your house is decorated for the season it will look beautiful to potential buyers. Many people feel that the holiday season is not a good time to sell, but think about why this might be the best time.


Rehabilitation and You

Being hospitalized can be an overwhelming experience and thinking about insurance coverage during this time can be daunting. Many times patients are ready to be discharged from the hospital, but are not quite ready to transition back home due to weakness and safety concerns. A rehabilitation setting is a good stepping-stone where someone can work with a variety of therapy…

Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce 
Event Heats Up

It was a perfect fall night for the LZACC's Annual Chili Cook-Off hosted by the Lake Zurich Fire Department. Guests mingled, enjoyed the entry submissions and awarded first place to firefighter David Santoyo. Congratulations, David!

Introducing JoAnne Vrtacnik

Who lives in your house? Mark, my husband of 20 years now; our daughters Madelyn (17) and Karleigh (14); my two nieces Aislinn (4) and Kaelynn (3) of whom we now have custody and our two puppies Bella and Colada.

Pumpkin Pick Up Event

In gratitude for the continued show of support from the community, The Helen Oliveri Team gave away free pumpkins at their Hawthorn Woods office in the Cherry Hill Plaza at 101 W. Gilmer Road.

Great Barrington Area TasteFest Winners

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) announced the winners at its 12th annual Great Barrington Area TasteFest. Some of the finest purveyors of food and spirits in the Barrington area showcased their samples and guests voted for Best Taste, Best Entrée, Best Spirit and Best Dessert.