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Call Chef Sarah JAMES BEARD AWARDWINNING CHEF OPENS A COOKING HOTLINE TO HELP DURING PANDEMIC. BY KEMMIE RYAN THE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND

Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated headlines in recent weeks. People are planning and adjusting to new routines and tasks; some of which include preparing nutritious meals, as restaurants in Illinois have been ordered by Governor J.B. Pritzker to stop in-house service. Chef Sarah Stegner, co-owner of Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook, is here to help—offering a personal cooking hotline. Stegner is a two-time James Beard-award winning chef, founding board member of Green City Market, and advocate for sustainability and healthy eating for children. “Our goal is to help you plan a nutritious, balanced meal with what you have at home and make it possible for you to be comfortable cooking for you and your family,” said Stegner. “Examples of questions we expect are how to properly roast a chicken; how to cook dried beans; what to make with root vegetables; Continued on PG 8

NEIGHBORS IN ARMS THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS SPARKED AN UNPRECEDENTED MOMENT OF FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY. BUT IT’S ALSO BROUGHT OUR NORTH SHORE CITIES AND VILLAGES TOGETHER IN PROFOUND WAYS. their daily routines, and ration their food for the sake of the common good. THE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND What our nation learned then holds true today and leaves us with inspiration for the positive impact that is possible when a few small Perhaps the only members of our commubusinesses and organizations come together. nity who can truly relate to the events of the With all local schools closed, supplies flying last few weeks in the midst of this COVID-19 off the store shelves, health clubs shutting down, pandemic are those who lived through World restaurants dramatically limited to takeout or War II—those monumental moments when delivery only, and tension building every day, it’s Lake Foresters and other North Shore residents the mindset of local businessmen like Jeff Urso were asked to house local officers from Fort that give us hope during this unprecedented Sheridan without question, selflessly set aside BY MITCH HURST

global health crisis. “We’re not competitors, we’re neighbors,” says Urso, owner of Donati’s Pizza in Lake Forest. Urso, who grew up in the area and has raised his kids here, is taking a remarkable move to back up that statement. He and his restaurant staff are now offering to deliver items from Heinen’s grocery store in Lake Bluff for senior citizens who order a pizza for delivery. “For senior citizens who are afraid to leave their homes or who just can’t, our drivers are happy to get essential items for them,” Urso says. In addition, Urso is offering his team of delivery drivers to other area businesses, such as Graffitti Grill and Forest Greens Juice Bar, that haven’t traditionally offered delivery. It’s an opportunity for restaurants to keep kitchens open even if their dining areas are closed. Most important of all, Urso is hiring drivers to meet the demand created by his expanded delivery services—and has made a point to bring on drivers who’ve been left unemployed by the health crisis. Carla Westcott, owner of Market House on the Square restaurant in Lake Forest, has started a delivery service so customers can dine at home. With grocery stores short on products, her team is meeting a demand for family style meals, such as whole roast chicken and shrimp spaghetti pasta for four. Supply chains remain strong and her suppliers are ready to get her more products. But she’s most concerned about her employees. “All day today, we’ve had two people here full-time working with employees and teaching them how to apply for unemployment,” Wescott says. “What keeps me up at night are the line cooks and dishwashers. It’s goes beyond our community, to North Chicago and Waukegan.” Wescott says one way that consumers can help businesses like hers during this time is to call their legislators and advocate for a stimulus package to support the food industry. EmployContinued on PG 8

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Dear Barbara, Thank you for being THE pioneer in this industry. You were the best of the best; you picked up the phone to talk, took the extra 10 minutes to listen, and made sure everyone was working for the same goal rather than against each other. You serviced a town you loved so very much, and more importantly, all the people with whom you’ve worked throughout the years thank you for setting the bar so high. You once told me while I was growing my business to the North Shore, “Jena, you won’t be liked when you come up from the city, but keep your head up and don’t be stupid enough to lose your city business or give it up because it’s going to take time to get established.” And Barbara, you were right!

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But what I think of more than the business side of you, Barbara, is of you as a working mother. Every sentence always started with “Megan this” or “John that…” Your family was your light and it shined so bright whenever you spoke of them, which I loved about you. You paved the way for so many working women, demonstrating that you don’t have to give up what’s at home to be successful, respected, and most of all, admired. It is truly the end of an era. You will forever be remembered as THE North Shore legend of real estate. No one has yet to accomplish what you have built, and no one will do the same in years to come. My mom once told me that when I die, no one will say I was the biggest REALTOR®; instead, they will remember what kind of person I was. My mom was right... because you were an incredible person, loved by all, and also just so happened to be an amazing REALTOR®. But it is YOU they will remember, not the houses you sold. Plus, there were just way too many to remember!

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NEWS NEIGHBORS IN ARMS Cont. from PG 1 ees in the industry rarely qualify for sick or vacation pay, and this time of year is already slow. Scott Price of Toms-Price Home, which operates five home store locations throughout the Chicago area, including stores in Lincolnshire and South Barrington, wants to emphasize to consumers that his family business remains open. “All of our stores are open although some of our mall locations might have shortened hours,” Price says. “Our employees are taking all of the necessary precautions, including using hand sanitizer.” He has even slashed floor models by 50 percent to meet the instant need created by the health crisis. Many people are now working at home and have not up until now had the furniture and equipment they need at home for a productive working environment. And even if consumers aren’t venturing out, business goes on. Toms-Price Home stores keeps 40 interior designers on staff, all of whom will make home visits to help consumers upgrade the look and feel of their homes. “Our team of 40 designers is willing and ready to come to any house with their iPads and do layouts and drawings and help with your design right there in the home,” Price adds. Lucy Callahan, owner of Peachtree Place in Northfield Village Square, is taking it day by day. “We have told our staff that if they’re not comfortable coming in, they don’t have to,” Callahan says. “We are definitely seeing a major difference in the number of transactions between now and a week ago.” Callahan says Peachtree, which sells upscale gifts, stationary, jewelry, and other products, is

CALL CHEF SARAH Cont. from PG 1 offering curbside delivery service and is taking phone orders, and also orders over FaceTime, so buyers can view products in the store. A decline in restaurant business in the mall is having an obvious effect on foot traffic, but Callahan says she and her staff are stepping up. “We’ve always had great customer service and have gone over and above what is necessary,” Callahan says, “but now it’s more important than ever.” Joanna Rolek, Executive Director of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce, says that while these are challenging times for businesses, she’s seeing the community come together. “Jeff Urso and others are the example of the best in our communities right now,” Rolek says, “They are people who are rallying for patrons and rallying for the business community, especially for businesses that may not have the opportunity to stay relevant. It’s the small businesses that we so love that will feel the most impact.” Rolek says the Chamber is stepping up its social media activity to stay connected with members and also to promote more collaboration among members during this time. The chamber is also helping area businesses connect with federal, state, and local resources that are being offered to provide financial relief. Rolek adds that gift cards are a great way to support local businesses during this time. Cecelia Lanyon, owner of The Gallery and The Peanut Gallery in Lake Forest, has launched what she calls the Buddy System, which accepts donations from the public to support small businesses in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff. Gallery and Peanut Gallery staff purchase gift cards from local busi-

nesses and, once normalcy returns, will host a party how to make a potato gratin; and what to do for all of those who donate, and raffle off the gift with your leftovers.” cards. Those who wish to donate can click on the The cooking hotline will be open between 2 to Buddy System link on the restaurants’ websites (thegallerylf.com or thepeanutgallerylf.com) for more 4 p.m. daily by calling 847-920-8437. Prairie information. Grass Cafe is also offering curbside service for While the virus will continue to present chal- call-in to-go orders. To order please call 847-205lenges to local businesses, it might also present 4433. opportunities. Connie Dornan, a realtor with @properties in Glenview, says the current situation is more like 9/11 than the recession in 2008. “The black swan occurred on 9/11, when things went haywire, but by November we had recovered,” Dornan says. “What we have here is a healthy economy, a healthy housing market, and we are not in recession.” Dornan adds that while there’s no getting around the short-term impact to the economy, once health officials get the spread under control, recovery will be around the corner. Her advice for those looking to buy or sell homes is not to wait. “I’m still getting daily traffic to my website because buyers are at home and have time on their hands,” Dornan says. “Wasting market time is irrelevant. If you’re live on the market, I can increase excitement even if there’s no physical appointment happening.” While the constant barrage of news reports about the virus can take its toll, Dornan’s many years of experiencing the ups and downs of the industry prompts her to offer a reminder. “Homes will continue to sell and buyers will continue to buy,” she says. “The fundamentals of our economy are strong.” Chef Sarah Stegner

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An “all-star team build” completed in 2015 by architect Paul Konstant, Athens Builders, Studio41, and Rocco Fiore with a “transitional, timeless design” set on nearly an acre. Hand selected exterior bricks from South Carolina brings a southern charm blended with a modern interior elegance at this one of a kind Nantucket home. Beautiful two story vestibule foyer sets the tone for this magnificent home with high ceilings, wide plank oak hardwood floors and sunlight beaming throughout. Expansive living room with coffered ceilings and limestone fireplace opens to an elegant dining. A true private retreat impeccably finished with the finest details and exquisite design Exclusively Presented By: Jena Radnay 312.925.9899 jradnay@atproperties.com

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Get ready to entertain your guests in this truly custom designed chef ’s kitchen. You’ll be preparing gourmet meals while your family or guests gather around the island, lounging in the adjacent family room or reading a book by the fire in the living room. For summer fun enjoy plenty of parties by the pool with room for everyone to soak up the sun on the patio or curl up by the fire pit for evening drinks. Even cleanup will be a breeze with an extra dishwasher and wet bar in the dining room! Retreat to your first floor master with walk in closet, jetted tub and steam shower. Plus, access to your own private patio. If you must work you can start a fire in your beautiful study while you change the world. Upstairs are 5 additional bedrooms, 3 baths and laundry.The guest room with attached bunk room is perfect for out of town visitors.There is even a study nook at the top of the stairs with tree house views. All of this with a 3 car garage on nearly 1.5 acres. Welcome home! Exclusively Presented By: Shannon Johnson 630.229.5827 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago SJohnson@BHHSChicago.com

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Amazing 4+1 bedroom move-in-ready home! Whether entertaining friends and relatives at large social events, hosting your children’s friends, looking to relax in private, or work from home, this 4,600+ square foot home is versatile enough to accommodate it all. Fabulous open floor plan, vaulted ceilings and abundant windows provide natural light and an amazing open feeling. Recently updated, open concept kitchen with double granite islands for entertaining and/or prep work. Adjacent is a circular breakfast eating area and large great room with soaring ceilings and skylights that will be a major factor in your daily lives. Host large holiday dinners in style in the roomy dining area connected to the kitchen via a wonderful butler’s pantry. Unique to this flexible floor plan are TWO main floor master bedrooms with luxurious full baths, ideal for in law/nanny suites or private office. Two more bedrooms upstairs with a jack & jill bath and additional bonus room/office. Full finished lower level with fifth bedroom/exercise room, beautiful full bath, game room, theater area, bar & a large storage room. Taxes successfully appealed. Exclusively Presented By: Rubenstein Fox Team/ Laura Kerstein, Baird & Warner Highland Park 847.209.1131 laura.kerstein@bairdwarner.com

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court with other immeasurable attributes. “It’s also the way we guard, along with the system behind it,” Livatino said after the sectional semifinal. “We don’t guard individually; Viewing long-distance shooting gave way to we guard as a team. And it’s about the guys, talking about “social distancing” in basketball collectively—they’re great guys, uncommon guys. circles last week. They’re not normal high school players, and we A fast break? take pride in that.” In its three playoff games this winter, Loyola That took a back seat—and, later, a spot in the trunk—to an outbreak that had reached pan- Academy allowed an average of 23 points. That’s demic proportions. not a typo. Days after overwhelming Niles North High That’s wonderfully ridiculous, an unheard-of School 48-24 in a Class 4A Elk Grove Sec- figure. tional boys basketball semifinal at Robert Morris Elk Grove High School scored only 20 points University in Arlington Heights on March 10, in a 38-point loss to Loyola Academy in a reLoyola Academy’s top-seeded Ramblers had to gional semifinal on March 3. absorb some tough news: They would not get to “If you don’t play good defense, you don’t play face third-seeded Evanston Township High in our program,” said Ramblers junior guard School in a sectional final on March 13. Vaughn Pemberton, who scored a game-high 15 The Illinois High School Association had points against fourth-seeded Niles North and cancelled the rest of the postseason for teams in nailed a three-pointer that capped a 7-0 run at all classes—1A through 4A—amid concerns the 3:49 mark of the third quarter. “I found that out back in my freshman year. Having a strong about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. “We were all devastated by the news,” said defensive mentality, it’s what makes us tough We Loyola Academy coach Tom Livatino, whose practice as hard as we play. Our practices are the 30-4 squad had a legitimate shot at advancing same as our games—exactly the same. “They’re similar, mostly because of our head to the Final Four in Peoria. “We understood why the decision was made. coach’s intensity. Coach Livatino’s intensity helps “We love these guys, this team. We are proud me become a better player. My teammates feel of the people they are and of their commitment the same way.” to shared excellence.” With his team up 16-1 last week, Livatino— Their brilliant defense, once again, stifled and animated, fiery, passionate, laser-focused— frustrated a foe in what turned out to be the final coached like LA was trailing 16-1. It’s what he prep game for nine Loyola Academy seniors. The does in each game, no matter the score. He cares, deeply, as a coach and as a teacher. Every. Single. Possession. “In order to be successful, you have to sacrifice some of yourself for the betterment of the team,” Livatino said after finding out his Ramblers This is a very special wouldn’t get the opportunity to defeat Evanston—a Final Four team in each of the past two seasons—for a second time this winter. “This is group of guys, our seniors. a very special group of guys, our seniors. They are championship people—the best is yet to come for all of them.” They are championship Loyola Academy 6-foot-8 senior forward Bennett Kwiecinski (nine points, six rebounds) ended his prep scoring career on an emphatic people—the best is yet to note, expanding the lead to 42-17 via a dunk with four seconds left in the third quarter. The Siena College-bound Kwiecinski paced come for all of them. Loyola Academy’s balanced offense in scoring (13 points per game) in 2019-2020. His 6-8 twin, Drake University recruit Jordan Kwiecinski, snared five rounds in his final game in LA basketball togs. Ramblers senior guard Matt Enghauser poured in 10 points, including a pair of treys, against Niles North, and Billy Palmer, another senior guard, finished with six points—all coming in the third stanza—and six Ramblers led 14-1 after one quarter, 24-8 at the boards. Enghauser opened the scoring with a threehalf, and enjoyed cartoonish advantages of 31-9, pointer 39 seconds after tipoff. Ramblers senior 40-15, and 44-17. Many claim defense is all about attitude. But guard Will Pujals (six points) followed suit 22 Livatino said his all-in, buy-in hoopsters hit the seconds later, and Livatino’s boys were off and THE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND

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FROZEN, IN PLAYOFF TIME: Loyola Academy senior forward Bennett Kwiecinski, seen here in a regular-season game against St. Laurence, scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds in the Ramblers’ 48-24 defeat of Niles North’s Vikings in a Class 4A Elk Grove Sectional semifinal last week in Arlington Heights. It was LA’s 30th—and final—win, because the IHSA cancelled the rest of the playoffs due to the coronavirus outbreak. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRAD HOKIN/GLORY DAYS PHOTOS

running—and dominating. Pujals’ second three-pointer of the night highlighted a lengthy, textbook possession near the end of the first half. Rambler after Rambler delivered sharp pass after sharp pass along the perimeter and to the corners, as each disciplined, selfless player worked, worked, and worked some more for an open shot. Pujals drained the triple with 59 ticks left before the break. Loyola Academy limited Niles North senior combo guard Aquan Smart to three first-half

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points and eight points overall. The 6-foot-3 University of Maryland recruit had entered the game averaging nearly 24 points per game for a 27-win team. Days later, Livatino was asked to come up with his favorite moment of the season. He couldn’t narrow it to one. “Every day,” the coach said. “To be around this team, these guys, was a reward. The journey with them was a reward, too. “I look forward to being connected with them, as friends, forever.” THE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND


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Glorious 7 br, 7.2 ba near the lake. Incredible appx 1.35-acre lot. Renovated. $2,499,000

Stunning 5 br, 5.3 ba blends Old World charm w/modern luxury. Complete update. $2,195,000

Spacious, open plan 5 br, 3.5 ba Colonial. Appx .85 acres overlooking golf. $1,595,000

Grand 6 br, 4.5 ba on appx 1.5 acres. Custom kitchen. 3-car garage. Pool. $1,529,000

Maureen O'Grady-Tuohy 847.234.2500

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1100 W KESWICK LN, LAKE FOREST

610 ROSEWOOD AVE, WINNETKA

1040 HOHLFELDER RD, GLENCOE

516 BRIER ST, KENILWORTH

Timeless country estate meets current, fresh design. Over an acre. 4 ba, 5.3 ba. $1,495,000

Center-entry newer construction 6 br, 4.5 ba Colonial close to town, schools. $1,449,000

Newly-renovated 6 br, 7.5 ba, brick and limestone home. Appx .5-acre. Roof deck. $1,199,000

Picture-perfect, classically-pretty 4 br, 2.5 ba. Impeccably updated. Hdwd flrs. $890,000

Elizabeth Jakaitis 847.234.2500

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1253 BRECKENRIDGE CT, LAKE FOREST

44 HOLABIRD LOOP, HIGHWOOD

860 OAK ST, WINNETKA

620 HOMEWOOD AVENUE #103, HIGHLAND PARK

Updated and fresh. Custom 5 br, 3.5 ba at end of winding drive. Priv cul-de-sac. $869,000

Sleek, modern 5 br, 4.5 ba in Ft. Sheridan. Clean lines, abundant natural light. $849,000

One of Winnetka's most unique, historical properties. Updated 4 br, 3.5 ba. $798,000

Fabulous 1st-floor, 3 br, 2.5 ba, end-unit condo w/green space, covered patio. $499,000

Kiki Clark & Polly Richardson 847.234.2500

Lyon Folker Campbell Partners 847.234.2500

Stacy Burgoon 847.441.6300

Michael Heagney 847.234.2500

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S U N D AY B R E A K FA S T

Take Heart, Gorton Patrons WARMTH AT AMY WAGLIARDO-LED COMMUNITY CENTER WILL BE THERE, THROUGH THICK AND THIN—AND VIRUS FEARS—TO INSPIRE OTHERS. BY BILL MCLEAN ILLUSTRATION BY BARRY BLITT

Gorton Community Center’s welcoming mission might need to expand later this year. As it reads, today: “The gathering place in the heart of our community [Lake Forest], where people connect, converse, learn, listen, play, and perform.” A proposed addition to the mission, perhaps until the end of 2020: “… and flock to rediscover the joys of blessed normality in the Post-coronavirus Era.” Gorton Community Center Executive Director Amy Wagliardo sits in a chair in a space adjacent to the center’s intimate Stuart Community Room. It’s a mid-afternoon in late February, when most Americans had only associated Corona, capital “C”, with “that beer that goes well with a lime wedge.” Wagliardo, 46, brings up the Digital Age. A tinge of remorse accompanies her first thought on the topic. “People are losing their identity in this era of technology,” says Wagliardo, a Lake Bluff resident since 2014 and Gorton’s executive director since April 2016, when she succeeded Brenda Dick. “A place like Gorton is an antidote to that. It’s a place where people come together, feel connected, feel a part of something. Every holiday season, before the tree lighting ceremony in Lake Forest, we show the movie Home Alone. More than 200 people, kids, and adults, usually attend. And they laugh; they laugh together. “You can’t get that while sitting on a couch at home.’ ” Get the feeling that Gorton Community Center will serve as a go-to place and haven for people starving for “social nearness” after this virus crisis? Wagliardo attended Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana, not far from Indianapolis. She played the saxophone and the bassoon and joined every band at the school, eventually developing her musical talent at Indianapolisbased New World Youth Orchestras. Her parents, Ron and Vicki, took her to theater productions, classical concerts, and musicals. “Arts feed the soul,” she says. Wagliardo consumed her first college meal in Dallas, on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

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“My 18-year-old brain wanted me to go to a college far, far away from Indiana,” Wagliardo recalls. “I was interested in studying musical therapy, and SMU offered that as a major. But I took classes in the field for a year and discovered it was not for me. “I shifted to a music education major.” Students at Westlake High School in Austin,

Texas—New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ alma mater—took music classes taught by Wagliardo for four years. She earned a Master of Arts in Art Management and an MBA at SMU, before working for the Dallas Symphony Association and the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation. She met her future husband, Sam, at SMU. Amy and the baritone saxophonist completed a workstudy program together. Sam owns Custom Design & Stages Fabrication in Schaumburg. They have two sons: Luke, 9, and Adam, who just turned 6 and loves anything with wheels. Imagine how big his eyes got at the sight of the monster truck wheels when his family attended the live motorsport event Monster Jam at Allstate Arena on March 1. “It’s been great,” Wagliardo says of life back in the Midwest, following her 22 years in Texas. “I felt lucky, getting the job I have now. It’s meaningful work, with a great, short commute. The community has been wonderful, communicating with us often and letting us know what it wants and expects from the community center. Through all kinds of events, hundreds of classes, films, camps, our Live Music Series, and our Drop-In Learning Center, we’re all about arts and culture and wellness. “My goal, our goal, is to continually make Gorton a vibrant place for Lake Forest, for Lake Bluff, for all of Lake County.” Wagliardo notes Gorton—a privately funded community center that counts on, and appreciates, the generosity of its donors annually— is in its second year o f

Amy Wagliardo

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My goal, our goal, is to continually make Gorton a vibrant place for Lake Forest, for Lake Bluff, for all of Lake County.

strategic planning. It aims to offer more signature events, or “next-tier events,” she says. Garrison Keillor, master storyteller and creator of the weekly live radio program “Prairie Home Companion,” entertained a packed John and & Nancy Hughes Theater at Gorton in February; hilarious folks from The Second City comedy club are scheduled to draw waves of laughter at Gorton this fall; and the Stuart Community Room doubled as the setting of the fully immersive show Murder at Gorton: Death of a Gangster in early March. Next tier, indeed. Variety? You want more variety? Count on Gorton to provide it. Last April, Gorton hosted a Fly Fishing Film Tour. Teens have exited Gorton feeling emboldened, thanks to the center’s events that introduce effective anti-bullying tactics. The band Looking for Jane— featuring Lake Forest High School musicians—is scheduled to open for the Americana band Birds of Chicago in a Live Series concert on April 4. And Dennis Watkins is set to enthrall all souls during his Magic Parlour Show in the Stuart Community Room on June 28. “Members of my team work well together, support one another, and they certainly respect each other,” says Wagliardo, adding Gorton’s collaborations with Lake Forest Open Lands Association, Lake Forest Library, the History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff, and the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce have been well-received and added relevance to the center’s burgeoning lineup. “Everyone chips in,” she adds. “Everyone here is willing to do whatever and to do it whenever, to make sure each Gorton event, along with each offering, meets expectations. I’m surrounded by self-starters. My management style? It’s pretty laidback. I don’t micromanage; I look at the big picture. What allows me to do that is having a staff that’s smart and creative.” Gorton Community Center is located at 400 East Illinois Road in Lake Forest. For more information visit gortoncenter.org, or call 847-234-6060. Gorton is committed to the safety, health, and well-being of the community amid concerns about the coronavirus, and it’s working to reschedule larger events that were scheduled for March and April on a case-by-case basis.

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IN MEMORY OF BARBARA MAWICKE Barbara epitomized kindness and grace and was a role model for so many of us. She will be missed by all that knew her.

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