An Early Christmas

For more than a few of us, Christmas came early this year. To be precise, it happened on November 2 at 11:48 pm when the unthinkable happened: The Chicago Cubs won the World Series. It was an event 108 years in the making and certainly worth the wait. Celebrations in SW Lake County occurred spontaneously with tears, hugs, glasses raised,…

After Hours at Threads

Business After Hours are great events for members of local chambers in SW Lake County. In Wauconda, Threads was a recent sponsor, and the team there, Linda Starkey, owner (4th from right) and Manager Julianna Somers (7th from left) made sure everyone had a great time. 

The Annual Great Barrington Tastefest

The annual Great Barrington Tastefest is of one of the biggest events of the year produced by the Barrington Chamber. Local businesses exhibit, chefs from restaurants, caterers and senior homes whip up delicious small bites, the band plays on into the night and brewers, distillers and vintners pour sample tastings. 

December 2016 Around Town

In categories ranging from Newcomer to Volunteers, the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced the 2017 nominees for the “Spirit of Excellence” Business Awards. Nominees have been selected by the membership for recognition in the following categories: 

Holiday Gift Guide

#1 BBQ lovers will appreciate a bottle of sauce from Rock 'n Ribs, 463 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich. Just $5, it's the perfect stocking stuffer for anybody liking locally sourced products. Chef Alice Banach makes her sauce sweet and peppery with a whole lot of attitude.

Nature. Peace. Serenity.

At the end of a long day, every family deserves a special retreat like 3323 Country Lane in Long Grove. Soaring trees, perennial & vegetable gardens and a spring-fed pond define this beautiful 3.5-acre country estate.

Easy DIY Sock Snowman

As the holidays are approaching, it is time to begin thinking about the gifts we can find for loved ones. For many individuals, finding items to gift becomes increasingly complicated with every passing year. Below is a simple gift you can make, in a matter of minutes, to give to those difficult to shop for people in your life.

Music and Activities Abound on World’s Largest Cruise Ships

Endless options for family fun, diverse dining and entertainment are cornerstones of the new class of mega-cruise ships. You can even find the best in musical entertainment at sea. I’ve sailed on 60+ cruises, so here are highlights of the best of the best.

Thoughts from a Rock & Roll Wife

It is 9:30 on a Saturday night… and I don’t know where my husband is. He might be at Middleton’s or Main Street Outfitters in Wauconda. Or maybe he’s at The Copper Fiddle in Lake Zurich. I kind of lose track. All I know is that he’s not home. And I’m going to tell you a secret; it’s OK with…

Creatures of the Night

Maybe you’ve seen them around SW Lake County. Up on the stage, playing star again at places like Main Street Outfitters, Middleton’s on Main or Strawberry Moon (Wauconda), Broken Oar (Port Barrington), Chessie’s (Barrington), Onion Pub (Lake Barrington) and Copper Fiddle (Lake Zurich).

Santa’s Gift Bag

Winter is settling in and the holidays are nearing. Shopping malls can get mind-numbingly crowded, and the stress becomes overwhelming. This holiday consider shopping at local, small businesses. Not only are they more of an enjoyable experience, they also offer unique gifts that show how much you care. There are so many shops with a wide variety so you can…

Barrington Giving Day

The holiday season is for gathering with loved ones, sharing and making wonderful memories, and eating all sorts of delicious food. It's also a season for giving, and for one local charity, an entire day is dedicated to helping the less fortunate over the holidays. Barrington Giving Day is held for families in Barrington School District 220 who need coats,…