A Community 
in Bloom!

Your May issue of SW Lake Lifestyle is filled with pages of fun, local happenings, and I’m thrilled with the amount of wonderful local content: thank you so much for remembering that this magazine is YOURS! We are always looking for engaging stories for these monthly or bi-monthly columns, departments and features

Chamber Before-Hours Held at Lake Zurich Sports Clips

All agreed it was a great way to start the day at the LZACC's Before-Hours event held at Sports Clips in Lake Zurich. Catering was provided by Kathy Pedersen, Owner of On Occasion Catering & Events.

LZACC Business After Hours Hosted by Foglia YMCA

The Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce (LZACC) held its recent Business After-Hours event at Foglia YMCA, located at 1025 N Old McHenry Road in Lake Zurich. Thanks to all who attended!

Ribbon Cutting for New Lake Zurich State Farm Office

The Lake Zurich Chamber of Commerce (LZACC) held a ribbon-cutting celebration and attended the opening party for the new State Farm office. Congratulations to Trung A. Thai on his new business!

Lumen Optical Opens in Kildeer

Lumen Optical, a new retailer in Kildeer, held a ribbon-cutting before a packed store of supporters and local dignitaries. Across from Deer Park Town Center, this is the first store to be opened nationally by 1-800-Contacts. Aaron Drewery, store manager, says Lumen, a full-service optical shop, is “reimagining this industry.”

Residents Celebrate Spring with Helen Oliveri of KW Realty Partners

A special visitor hopped in to visit with Helen Oliveri and local residents at the Keller Williams Realty Partners office in Hawthorn Woods. Thank you to everyone that attended the fun event!

Determining the Value of a Home

When you are thinking about selling one big question comes to mind... how much can you get? This one little fact can be the biggest factor in deciding if now is the right time for you to sell. For example, if you owe more on the house than what you can get for your home, staying put until the market…

Introducing Cathy Sue Carpenter

Who lives in your home? My husband Michael Hollinger, our children, Zachary (7) and Genevieve (2), our cat Poppy and fish Nemo.

Citizens for 
Conservation’s 
20th Annual 
Native Plant Sale

Volunteers needed 
everyone is welcome! Native plant knowledge is helpful, but not necessary, and new volunteers are warmly welcomed. If you've volunteered in the past, you know your efforts are important and appreciated. Whether you can devote a few hours or a few days, we truly hope to see you all!

Continuing Care Retirement Community

What is a Continuing Care Retirement Community? A continuing Care Retirement Community, sometimes called a CCRC, is a tiered approach to the aging process, accommodating residents’ changing needs. CCRCs generally feature a combination of independent living apartments, assisted living, memory support care and nursing care. offering a continuum of care for residents.

Planning a Destination Family Reunion

Travel professionals can take care of details ranging from recommending appropriate destinations to arranging for airline tickets, and making hotel or car rental reservations. They are well acquainted with cruise ships and resorts that specialize in family travel can help families with last minute itinerary changes and canceled flights, as well as arranging for family members with special needs. For…

Southern Belle’s Pancake House

Frank Georgacopoulos, dubbed the “Surgeon of Sunrise” in a Chicago Sun-Times article, had dreams and aspirations of going into medicine. Graduating from the University of Illinois with degrees in Biology and Chemistry he put himself through school working in family restaurants. Frank quickly realized that as much as he loved science he could not see himself in the blue scrubs…

A Fundraising Success

The School District 95 Educational Foundation gathers and disburses resources to CUSD 95 to support activities that enhance, enrich and supplement instructional opportunities for CUSD 95 learners consistent with the School District’s core values and mission.

Around Town

National Teen Self-Esteem Month, held annually in May, gives teens an opportunity to focus on building their confidence & developing a healthy outlook of themselves. Organizations nationwide are encouraged to host programs and events to engage youth as well as provide information and resources to help teens work on building their confidence, self-compassion and self-acceptance every day, every week and…

I Am Mom

The book is an honest expression of motherhood on so many levels–even the way in which it was created since Carpenter wrote it on her iPhone, typing with only a thumb, while nursing her infant daughter. Each poem is complimented by artistic portraits that were created on an iPhone by the author and her family. The iMac cover design showcases…