New Brewery Headlines Attractions Coming to 
Historic Downtown Long Grove in 2017

2016 was a historic comeback year for Long Grove. From record-setting attendance numbers at annual events like Chocolate Fest, to unique businesses on the way such as Buffalo Creek Brewery, the Long Grove business community is experiencing a rebirth. Look for our feature on Long Grove's revival in the March issue of SW Lake Lifestyle.

Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble 
presents outstanding Nutcracker

Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble performed an elaborate and engaging rendition of The Nutcracker in December, 
featuring professional guest stars and over 80 student performers. The precise dancing, elegant costumes, 
and spectacular staging were all perfectly "on point."

February 2017 Lifestyle Letter

It’s February, and to the delight of many and dismay of others, that Cupid character is about to tuck an arrow’s tip ‘round the corner of our calendars and empty his quiver to celebrate his vision of Valentine’s Day. Like many modern holidays, February 14 is a multi-cultural mixtape—featuring influences by ancient Rome’s fertility feast of Lupercalia, a 5th century…

Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him and Her

Country Club Estates, located at the southern tip of Long Grove, is one of the village’s premier neighborhoods. The subdivision, between Route 83, Old 53 and Checker Roads, surrounds the Grove Country Club (formerly Hillcrest). It is one of the oldest subdivisions in the village, with homes built as early as 1960 and over the ensuing decades in nine phases.

SW Lake Relaunch & Holiday Party

SW Lake Lifestyle hosted a Holiday party, also celebrating the reboot of the magazine with its new ownership and local staff. Publisher Michael Beightol, Editor and Lead Photographer Stephen Neilson and Writer Margo Pelak welcomed a host of local business owners and workers at Side Lot Brewery, where guests quaffed local brews, caught up on the local news, and foraged…

Innovative Primrose School Teaches Character Development in Young Children

It is a typical afternoon in suburban Chicago when 19-month old Emily Hart sees her parents through the classroom window and realizes that it’s time to leave her friends and teachers at Primrose School in Long Grove. She’s spent the day there, and she begins to pout as she clings to her father and mother, Erik and Keri Hart of…

“King’s Manor” theatre group hosts 25th Reunion show

One of Chicago’s most popular dinner theaters from the late 1970s through mid-1990s was the medieval-themed King’s Manor: a bold, bawdy musical-comedy review. It was unique entertainment — a six-course banquet-style meal (no silverware allowed) with freeflowing beer and wine, served by beautiful singing Wenches.

Welcome Home to Long Grove’s Country Club Estates

Country Club Estates, located at the southern tip of Long Grove, is one of the village’s premier neighborhoods. The subdivision, between Route 83, Old 53 and Checker Roads, surrounds the Grove Country Club (formerly Hillcrest). It is one of the oldest subdivisions in the village, with homes built as early as 1960 and over the ensuing decades in nine phases.

February 2017 Around Town

Five Star Professional is pleased to announce Renee Clark, Renee Clark Real Estate Group/@properties, has been chosen as one of Chicago’s Five Star Real Estate Agents for 2016. Five Star Professional recently partnered with Chicago Magazine to recognize a select group of Chicago-area real estate agents who provide quality services to their clients. Less than three percent of real estate…

Get Your Fan on, Cupid

February is prime time for area sports fans. Sure, the Bears have climbed back into their cave for another long hibernation, but all other area teams are in the swing. The Bulls are playing better, the Blackhawks are skating as hard as ever, Spring Training for the Sox and World Champion Chicago Cubs starts this month and college basketball teams…

Juniper’s Fire

Soon after the once-beautiful, 40-year old Juniper tree tumbled to the ground in a pile of chopped branches and twigs, artist Russ Riendeau recalls the sight of the fire pit full of random cuttings and branches ready to be set ablaze when one large branch caught his attention: a shape that resembled the silhouette of a wild horse. He reached…