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elcome to our gift guide issue where we showcase a bounty of holiday gift-giving ideas. Our cover story celebrates Winnetka’s Ashley Quicksilver, a woman who incorporates style in all aspects of her life. Athene, her Winnetka boutique, is bursting with fashionable finds for the holidays. Staying on the fashion thread, our second feature presents a designer with a devotion to sustainability. Highland Park’s Chloé Mendel carries on the family tradition of high style—she is the sixth generation of the J. Mendel fashion legacy—with her Maison Atia brand. Chloé and her partner Billy Corgan recently unveiled Madame Zuzu’s Teahouse, a plant based eatery in Highland Park. Stop in to find the country’s best teas, Chloé’s gorgeous garments, and as soon as time allows, cool music performances. We leave teas for great reads in our third feature to catch up with Stephanie Hochschild, owner of a Winnetka treasure, The Book Stall. You’ll find an endless array of reads for the literature lovers in your midst at this local gem. We wrap up the features with Wilmette’s Zak Rose, a crafter of fine furniture. Zak provides an assortment of places to display all of your holiday curios. Moving from furnishings to pearly whites, Lake Forest’s Dr. Eman Alsahlani spends her days improving the North Shore’s smiles. In Shore vs City, this bubbly doc shares her city and shore faves in between balancing family life and a busy dental practice. Exchanging toothbrushes for Cricut machines, SR Teen features Lake Forest’s Ellie Houston and Campbell Eggers who launched Creative Cuts during the pandemic. Looking for personalized holiday gifts? Look no further than this dynamic duo and their adorable products. Art & Artist spotlights ceramist Kass O’Brien. Her love of nature is beautifully expressed in her work and I am thrilled to share her wares with you.
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TO A TEA Musician Billy Corgan, founder of the Grammy-winning band The Smashing Pumpkins, and his partner Chloé Mendel, fashion designer of faux fur brand Maison Atia, have opened MADAME ZUZU’S, a local plant-based teashop in Highland Park. Created in 2012, Madame ZuZu’s has grown into a nationally recognized tea brand, renowned for its rare and exclusive blends. The new location will carry on ZuZu’s tradition of a whimsical atmosphere but in a larger, Art Deco space reminiscent of a 1930’s tea salon. It will also serve as a cultural hub, allowing for the expression of new creative opportunities, including live broadcasting and musical performances. The Rare Tea Cellar has partnered with ZuZu’s to offer a variety of carefully sourced and locally blended teas from farms all around the world. ZuZu’s menu also includes affordable yet epicurean plant-based comfort foods like Mendel’s Infamous Tomato Soup, a secret family recipe for Grandma’s Meatball Sandwich, among other delectable options. Madame ZuZu’s is located at 1876 1st Street, Highland Park, 847-926-7359.
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artygoers turned out at Winnetka’s Sole + Luna Wellness donning masks and standing at a social distance. COVID-19 safety precautions couldn’t dampen the thrill of women supporting women in a sensory space surrounded by boundless beauty. Jill Alberts displayed her custom jewelry while Christy Vegosen unveiled her JEWELBOX clothing collection. Smiling eyes danced around the room taking it all in. Was it the wellness sanctuary’s soulful atmosphere, the evening’s comradery, or the gorgeous wares that added to the levity? Perhaps it was all three that influenced the joy that accompanied guests as they exited the event arms laden with goodies. sole-luna. com, jillaberts.com, thejewelboxdressco.com
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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE The North Shore’s boutiques are brimming with fabulous finds for holiday gift-giving. Here is a sampling of our seasonal selects which we hope will encourage you to shop local. Happy Holidays. BRODIE RUBY RAINBOW JOGGER in cashmere charcoal, Valentina Winnetka, Lake Forest, Glencoe, shopvalentina.com
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CHARRED WHITE OAK TUMBLERS Citywoods Highland Park, 847-432-9393
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DR. EMAN ALSAHLANI
IS A FIRM BELIEVER THAT “EMPOWERED WOMEN EMPOWER WOMEN.” THIS MOM OF THREE PURCHASED HER WAUKEGAN-BASED BUSINESS 16 YEARS AGO WHEN HER FIRSTBORN CHILD WAS JUST SIX-WEEKS-OLD, PROVING THAT BEING A STRONG ROLE MODEL AND RAISING A FAMILY CAN GO HANDIN-HAND. ASIDE FROM HER TRADITIONAL DENTISTRY PRACTICE, SHE ALSO PROVIDES FREE DENTISTRY FOR ORGANIZATIONS THAT HELP VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE AND OTHERS WHO ARE ENCOUNTERING CHALLENGING SITUATIONS. OFFERING THIS TYPE OF SPECIALIZED DENTAL CARE NOT ONLY FUELS HER SOUL BUT PROVIDES AN INVALUABLE ASSET TO HER COMMUNITY. HERE ARE THIS POWERFUL DOC’S FAVORITES ON THE SHORE AND IN THE CITY. EDITED BY RYAN HUDGINS PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBIN SUBAR STYLING BY THERESA DEMARIA HAIR & MAKEUP BY SARA SALTANOVITZ
What’s on the horizon? Continuing to evolve as a mother, a role model for young women, and expanding my dental services to more underserved causes Mantra? Empower others. Be the beacon. Shine your light and blaze your own trail Best grooming tip? Sunblock and moisturizer Guilty pleasure? Massages and Pop-Tarts Favorite foods? Charcuterie board and Pop-Tarts Music you love? Belly dancing music (it’s in my Middle-East blood) Best advice ever given to you? By my professor, Dr. Marvin Golberg, “Failing to plan, is planning to fail” Best advice you’ve given? Stay away from drama and toxicity Earliest memory? Playing
ON THE SHORE Your style is? Scrubs and Kenzy Gifts & Decor sneakers or jeans and comfy flats Can’t leave the house without? Coffee, phone, and Hydro Flask Transportation? Range Rover Driving music? Anything uplifting and empowering—Pink, Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, and Kelly Clarkson Place to eat? Longitude 315 Shop? Kenzy Gifts & Decor Best thing about the Shore? Sense of community and Lake Forest Beach Worst thing about the Shore? Things close too early. We need more family-friendly hangouts and evening lounges with music for adults The perfect day is? Biking to the beach, riding back into town for some Ferrentinos Pizza, and stopping at Kiddles to check our bikes
with my twin sister. Dreaming of having a pool, we spent hours with buckets back and forth from our bathtub to our bedroom trying to build one in our room When you wake up, you? Brush my teeth, blast music, get ready for work, and then tackle my day Before bed, you? Kiss every kid good night and hop on the Peloton What’s on your bookshelf ? The Sarah Knight series You can’t live without? My husband is my rock. My kids ... circus and Machu Picchu all ... I wouldn’t have it any other way. Oh, and Pop-Tarts Love to escape to? Machu Picchu Advice you would give to your younger self? Do what you love, and you will love what you do
IN THE CITY Your style is? Sexy chic. Love a pair of classy “ripped” jeans with Louboutins Can’t leave the house without? Lipstick and a backup pair of comfy shoes Transportation? Mercedes convertible Driving music? Hubby gets choice: Avicii, Post Malone, and The Weeknd Place to eat? Barton G ... it never gets old. We can’t leave without our Marie Antoinette sculpture with cotton candy Shop? Dylan’s Candy Bar, we even own family PJ’s from there Best thing about the City? The hustle and bustle, diversity of people, and the food Worst Dylans’s thing about the City? Parking Candy Bar The perfect day is? Getting an early start walking all over the city, having lunch, and finishing it off with baths and a massage at AIRE Ancient Baths
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NEW HOPE FOR THOSE WHO SUFFER SEVERE PAIN Welcome to a new age in pain relief. Dr. Brian McDonagh is bringing Perineural Injection Therapy (P.I.T.) to the North Shore and changing the way patients treat their severe pain issues forever. This safe, new cutting-edge treatment administers a “near nerve” injection using a dilute Dextrose solution to eliminate severe pain of all descriptions. It’s fast and it’s effective and for those patients who have received it, a life-changing alternative to medication, cortisone, or surgery.
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wo young female entrepreneurs, Ellie Houston and Campbell Eggers, seized the opportunity of their unexpected free time and joined together to cultivate a small business during the pandemic. The pair launched Creative Cuts in June 2020, inspired by their Cricut machine, which enables them to create handmade cards, clothing, and houseware items at the click of a button. The Cricut is programmed through an app on any device and enables users to create a plethora of items including cut-outs, stickers, and engravings. The freshmen at Loyola Academy and Woodlands Academy, respectively, have known each other since preschool, but their friendship began to blossom in middle school during Girl Scouts. Partnering together to launch a business felt inevitable. “We love making things, but sometimes don’t have use for all of it,” Houston says. “We thought that if we sold our products, someone else could use them.” As for the design selection process, the fourteen-year-olds vacillate between choosing premade sketches on the Cricut and absorbing feedback from their peers and customers. They also enjoy adding their own creative touch as well. “I like to play tennis, so we started making tennis towels and tennis socks,” Houston says. Creative Cuts’ products were available at the Winnetka Farmers’ Market over the summer, where the duo was a temporary vendor. Following their debut, they received numerous accolades from shoppers and fellow vendors regarding their young ages and the quality of their handmade products. “The director of the Winnetka Farmers’ Market says she received
many comments about how other people loved seeing us,” Houston notes. Each week, the pair sold out of their vibrant handmade cards featuring cheery “thank you” and “happy birthday” sayings. This popular product requires a multistep process, from selecting the color scheme of the cut-out design to pasting it on the backing to choosing the enclosed envelope. Now, customers can place orders for Creative Cuts products directly through emailing one of the girls, with their addresses linked on the small business’ comprehensive website showcasing their whimsical designs. If customers prefer to purchase in person, Creative Cuts cards are now available at Beat Street in Winnetka and Sage Explorers in Lake Forest. Launching a small business amid a pandemic did not give the girls pause; instead, they have adapted by placing their own designs on top of face coverings and making them for small businesses, family members, and friends. The girls even made a customized mask for a fellow vendor at the farmers’ market who sold plants and wanted his logo featured on a mask. The pair even have aspirations for Creative Cuts that transcend the pandemic. Eggers hopes their work at the Winnetka Farmers’ Market and this feature will be sufficient avenues to get their name out to customers and lead to the pair exploring additional outlets such as opening an Etsy shop. With the girls’ impressive drive and tremendous versatility, their small business has been able to flourish, and they are even expanding their product line to feature customized engravings on necklaces. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next. To learn more about Creative Cuts, visit sites. google.com/view/creative-cuts.
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INDUSTRY TRENDS Dr. John Q. Cook reveals the upcoming trends in plastic surgery and aesthetics. WORDS BY DR. JOHN Q. COOK / PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBIN SUBAR
THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF THE FACELIFT I have always been fascinated by facial contour. For more than 20 years I have used a technique that combines lifting in a natural direction and the restoration of facial volume with fat transfer. When fillers emerged as an option, I traveled to Europe so I could learn about their possibilities before they were approved in the United States. I have enjoyed working with fillers, not just to reduce lines, but to restore missing volume. I am lucky to have a team of expert clinicians who have high-level skill with injectable fillers and of course I love working with the fillers myself, especially since there is now a much better selection of filler options in this country. What doesn’t make sense is to blow up a face like a
balloon with fillers when the real problem is a loss of tone of the facial structures. You see people who no longer look like themselves and whose faces don’t move naturally. People are catching on to the problem of “filler face.” It’s really quite simple: people who need a facelift, need a facelift. The facelift operation is here to stay, especially since we can usually do this under local anesthesia. It certainly is the number one procedure in my practice. The goal is always to make you look more like you, not a different person. This is true of both surgical and non-surgical treatments. LOCAL ANESTHESIA SURGERY In our practice more and more surgeries are being done under
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BEAU T Y T R E N DS local anesthesia. This is less frightening to the patient and reduces risk. It is not for every patient, so we always offer the choice of IV sedation or a light general anesthetic for those people who prefer to have absolutely no recollection of the surgical experience. We are able to accomplish local anesthesia surgery for 85 percent of our facelift patients and over 90 percent of our liposuction and BodyTite patients. The patient can eat a light meal before surgery, so there is no starvation effect and an IV is not required. We give our patients an oral sedative and put a topical anesthetic on the skin, then allow them to relax in a quiet room. Once they have reached a state of tranquility, we administer local anesthesia with a special device which makes the injections almost imperceptible. The patient then walks to the operating room where we carry out the surgery in the usual way. Another advantage is that the patient has a very easy recovery since there is not a foggy mind that can occur after a general anesthetic and there is less nausea. It takes quite a bit of dedication to create a protocol that enables local anesthesia surgery, but our patients absolutely love it. VIRTUAL PATIENT CONSULTATION AND POSTOP VISITS When our practice was closed due to the COVID-19 epidemic we were able to stay in touch with our patients and have consultations with new patients using virtual technology. This new approach continues now that we have been back to seeing our patients since June. Of course, we love to see patients in person, but it is wonderful to offer patients who have had recent surgery and are doing well, the option of seeing me online. This eliminates the need to block out the time for driving to and from our office. It is particularly useful for patients who come to us from a long distance. We offer new patients the option of a virtual consultation as a first step. It is nice because no one needs to wear a mask, so we get a better sense of each other. Also, I can outline the possibilities for treatment and my coordinator can give the patient a quotation, and if this seems to make sense, the next step is an in-person consult. It really can be a great communication tool. VIRTUAL SKIN CARE I enjoy figuring out how to solve people’s problems. That’s one of the things that attracts me to plastic surgery. Many people would like to obtain medical-grade skin care products and advice, but can’t make it into our office. Just picking out random products from a website usually doesn’t work well. In the COVID-19 era, many people are put off by going to a department store and some are even reluctant to go to a medical office. I put a lot of thought and energy into solving this particular problem, and the result is the creation of SkinShopMDTM. On this site, you will find the SkinShopMDTM Quiz, an expert algorithm we developed that provides a selection of individualized products for each person’s needs. You answer a series of questions about your skin, select a priority, and right then and there you will find a combination of products that are designed for you. If you want even more detail, you can set up a virtual aesthetics consult. The products are the same ones enjoyed by our patients at the Whole Beauty® Institute. This includes our own line plus other innovative products that I think work well for particular needs. It took me many years to develop this great portfolio of products.
REMOVING FAT AND TIGHTENING Liposuction with any technique, be it classical, ultrasonic, or laser, will work great if the surgeon has a good eye, and the patient has tight skin. The challenge is when a patient with looser skin desires liposuction. If you remove fat, the skin may hang even looser. I have been working with the BodyTite technology for several years. With BodyTite, the surgeon uses a pair of probes to deliver energy to the skin at deeper levels. This melts the fat but also tightens. It is not the solution for everyone but in the right patient, it really can make a nice difference. I love what it can do in the waist area. There are also some nice tightening options for non-surgical fat reduction. We have been working with a system called Evolve which allows us to reduce fat, tighten skin, and tone the underlying muscle and fascia, all with the same machine. It is relatively new, but so far, the results have been good in the right patients. The problem with other fat melting systems has been a tendency to leave the skin loose in the treated area. With any of these fat reduction devices, it all comes down to patient selection and realistic goals. They work best for a person who has good nutrition and exercise habits but who has one or two areas that just won’t respond to all their effort. As long as they understand that the result is not as powerful as liposuction, they can get a worthwhile change. MORE SUBTLE LIPS For a while, it seemed that all you would see at parties were people with overdone lips. This has never been my personal aesthetic. The lip has an amazing 3-dimensional contour, and it is important to keep this in mind when you are injecting filler. There are some newer techniques of injection that make this easier to accomplish. My entire team adheres to my naturalist aesthetic. KEEPING SAFE WITH COVID Since we are a practice that has its roots in plastic surgery, it is natural to emphasize safety. Everything that is done in the operating room depends on adhering to a safety protocol. This mindset applies to our aesthetics practice as well. We have developed a protocol, which we continue to modify as new information becomes available, to maximize safety for our staff and patients. We pay particular attention to the air that comes into our practice with the ventilation system. At the Winnetka office, we have installed a state-of-the-art needle-point bipolar ionization system. This technology injects positive and negative ions into the air that comes through our ventilation system. If bacteria, viruses, or mold are present, the process removes hydrogen atoms and the viruses, bacteria, and mold will die. The building that contains our Chicago office has numerous safety features, including self-cleaning elevator buttons, measures to limit social contact, and high-security parking. The ventilation system includes Merv-13 filtration, increases air turnover, and increases fresh air mixed into the circulation. Our patients frequently remark on the attention that we place on their safety. Dr. Cook’s Winnetka office is located at 118 Green Bay Road and his Chicago office is located at 737 N Michigan Ave #760, 312-7512112, johnqcookmd.com.
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FROM THE ART OF MOLDING CLAY TO THE INDUSTRY OF SHAPING BODIES, HERE IS A LOOK AT WHAT IS TRENDING Art & Artist feature Kass O’Brien’s ceramic, Blue new anemone, 9” high x 7” at opening
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A RT& A RT I S T Ceramist KASS O’BRIEN creates works of art reflecting her love of nature.
Light green hosta catchepot, 6” high x 5” at opening
Petal pot/fountain, 16” high x 18” at opening
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A RT& A RT I S T “When people buy a pot and send me a photograph to say how much they love it, that fulfills me.”
fter graduating with a BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design and an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, ceramist Kass O’Brien accepted a position with a nonprofit photo agency, one she disliked, and soon quit to take a job cooking on a private sailboat instead—much to her parents’ chagrin. To be fair, O’Brien had grown up fishing and sailing on Lake Erie, spending weekends with her family in Canada exploring the outdoors. One of seven kids, O’Brien and her sister also spent weekday afternoons at the local Erie, Pennsylvania art museum— where their mother was a docent—taking classes after school. “My love for nature came from my father, and my love for art came from my mother,” says O’Brien. She spent just one season on the sailboat and then moved to Florida to become an art teacher, where O’Brien jokes the young children were her “intellectual equals.” Where her style in Pennsylvania focused on urban decay, inspired by the monochromatic steel mill owned by her father, the Sunshine State added color to O’Brien’s work, so to speak. “The headmaster was incredibly supportive of my art and encouraged me to use the school’s art room as my studio on the weekends,” O’Brien explains. “Walking on the beach and seeing things that had washed ashore inspired me. I used to read the book Miss Rumphius to my class, and the gist was that the character promises to make the world a more beautiful place. Similarly, I hope my art elicits happiness.” The Florida landscapes inspired O’Brien to begin experimenting with clay and working in ceramics as a way to express her love for nature and to return to her own childhood. Whether it is seaweed that has washed ashore or a leaf that has fallen from a tree, she tries to transfer these moments into each piece that she creates. Her signature pieces—like the bestselling anemone pots—are brought to life with three-dimensional texture and movement. Appliques that resemble shapes like a pinecone or sea kelp are cut by hand, and every component of O’Brien’s creations has her fingerprint on the final product. Take one of her first pots, a large-scale anemone in pink, for example. O’Brien hauled the design to the famed Kemble Interiors in Palm Beach unsolicited and wheeled it inside the store strapped to her then-husband’s ripped up office chair. They bought the pot on the spot and have been selling O’Brien’s work ever since. Today the anemone and White orchid planter, 5” high x 11.5” at opening spiky pots are most popular
Metallic spike, 4” high x 2” at opening
with collectors, and O’Brien also takes on a select number of commissions. A client recently sent a Benjamin Moore paint swatch so O’Brien could match her work to the client’s interior décor. “My pieces have a lot of me in them, and so much emotion goes into each one,” she says. “I try to push the boundaries every single time and add something extra. I want my work to look different each time someone takes a look.” She is inspired by the work of abstract-expressionist artist Willem de Kooning, German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer, American painter, sculptor and photographer Cy Twombly, and Palm Beach potter Dodie Thayer, known for her lettuce ware. O’Brien lived in Florida for 20 years but eventually left her teaching job, divorced, and remarried a Midwestern man from Lincoln Park. The couple moved to Lake Geneva before buying a historic Lake Forest Howard Van Doren Shaw home in 2016. “We have four dogs and are always outside,” says O’Brien. “I have my hands full of leaves, grass, or shells when back at my studio in Florida. And in Lake Forest, I take ceramics classes at the Stirling Hall Art Center. There is always something new to learn, and I have made lifelong friends along the way.” O’Brien was slated to exhibit at the upcoming One of a Kind Show Chicago, but it has moved to a virtual platform because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So have O’Brien’s beloved marathons— she has run close to 30 in her lifetime—for which she just finished a virtual ultra-marathon, running 624 miles in just under 80 days. “I still love to fish, too,” she says. “We go to the Bahamas to bone fish and fish for salmon in Canada. My dream is to catch a muskie on a fly in Wisconsin.” Now to relax she listens to “goofy” podcasts. One of her favorites is Smartless with Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes. Ultimately, like the three comedians, O’Brien simply hopes to spread joy. “I love making people happy,” she explains. “When people buy a pot and send me a photograph to say how much they love it, that fulfills me. The glass is half empty right now because of COVID-19, but when I make my art, it feels half full instead.” For more information, visit kassobrien.com, or follow her at kassobrienceramics on Instagram.
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INGREDIENTS Stock: • Two, fresh, small chickens, rinsed • 12 cups, or, enough water to cover the chickens in the pot • Two medium white onions, peeled, cored, and cut into quarters • Two large carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks • Three celery ribs, cleaned and cut into large chunks • 1 bay leaf • 1 teaspoon thyme • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns • 1 sprig rosemary, or 1 teaspoon rosemary needles Chicken Noodle Soup (Serves 4): • 6 cups of the finished chicken stock • 1 1/2 cups baby carrots, cut into rounds • 1 rib fresh celery, diced • 1 fresh leek, trimmed, white and light green chopped • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped • Thigh meat from the cooked chicken stock, chopped • 1/2 package German egg noodles, prepared according to package instructions • Zest of 1/2 fresh lemon • Juice of 1/2 fresh lemon • 2 tablespoons fresh snipped parsley, minced plus lemon slices (from the remaining 1/2 lemon) for garnish
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THE ADIRONDACKS ON ANALOG Boathouse and Main Lodge path
When the whole world was first forced to social distance, it ironically resulted in more connection than ever—digital connection, that is. So in an effort to shed light on the true meaning of social distancing, we visited the far-flung fringes of the Adirondacks in Upstate New York to unplug during a weekend retreat in the middle of nowhere.
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e were just under an hour away from our destination when our phone service officially cut out. Not like “oh, I have only two bars available” but like calls-can-nolonger-be-completed, Google-Maps-appwon’t-load kind of cut out (luckily, thanks to being told that this would happen, we came prepared with printed directions). We were on Route 28, the east-to-west state highway that cuts through New York’s North County—and, in our case, the section that slices through the Adirondack Mountains’ Sargent Pond Wild Forest past lake after lake, then south toward Little Moose Mountain Wilderness en route to our final destination: A resort housed in a historic multi-building Great Camp property set in Long Lake, New York.
Despite the lack of cell service, the level of remoteness still didn’t really hit me until our car took its final turn off Route 28 and ambled south, down the long, winding dirt road for our final five miles. The closest “major” city was more than an hour’s drive away in Tupper Lake, which is actually more of a village with a population of 3,600 and likely more miles of snowmobile trails than actual roads. Later, I learned that the tagline for the 1,000acre retreat where we were staying—which was formerly owned by Teddy Roosevelt’s Lieutenant Governor of New York, Timothy Woodruff, from 1898 into the early 1900s—is “Stay Where the World Can’t Find You.” Indeed, there really is no better place to disconnect from tech than in the Adirondacks, a six-million-acre forested wilderness packed with pristine waterways, boreal forests, and the North-
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Lake Kora canoe
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east’s 46 famous 4,000-foot peaks. My basecamp for the weekend: Lake Kora, Woodruff ’s historic Great Camp shrouded in pines and set on the northeastern edge of a private 500-acre lake of the same name, roughly 70 miles south of the Adirondack Regional Airport in Saranac Lake (one of the communities that Cape Air serves). My fellow tech-free travel companions: My partner, Trent, and our 2-year-old Australian Shepherd, Rocko (yes, Cape Air offers dog-friendly flights). Despite it being late, close to 10 p.m. when we arrived on Friday night, we were immediately greeted by the sound of a golfcart pulling up behind us at the Main Lodge, piloted by the manager of Lake Kora, the sneaker- and smile-clad Cameron Karger. After a quick check-in inside the incredibly maintained stone structure, once the blacksmith’s workshop and today a welcoming main lobby, we hopped back into our car to follow Karger in his cart about 30 seconds down the pebble road to two waterfront cottages with sprawling grass fields on either side. Simply known as Cottage 1 and 2 (and the special dog-friendly accommodations), Cottage 1 was to be our home for the weekend. There are six additional stone and timber cottages dotted along the waterfront, which in totality offer 12 authentic guest rooms, all with original furnishings and fixtures carved more than a century ago by Lake Kora’s own on-site craftsmen. Think majestic stone
hearths laid with firewood, spacious wood-walled bathrooms with vintage soaking tubs, soft fluffy robes, and bed linens along with various seating and dining areas. In our cottage, we even had a full kitchen and living room where classic, well-loved board games were stacked atop the dated television that looked, very purposely, unused. And at this time in late June, it wasn’t just this two-story cot-
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F I R S T CL A S S Dining on the Boathouse dock
tage that was all ours, but the storied Great Camp in its entirety. The property, which is only available to book entirely for groups of up to 25 guests, wasn’t to reopen for its July-through-October season for another week, so it really exclusively was “our home away from home for the weekend,” as Karger put it while helping us with our bags and showing us around the cottage. Our dog seemed to understand it, too: Before we could even open a single suitcase, a big splash echoed from the shore. He was already neckdeep in the lake, relishing a nighttime dip. As for us, we were treated to a three-course meal hand-delivered from the property’s farm-to-table kitchen, including a salad that had the freshest mozzarella I had ever tasted and a dish of deliciously seasoned, seared chicken breast over a creamy, flavorful risotto. Dessert came in the form of a candied basil-adorned chocolate tart and a bottle of pinot noir hand-selected by Karger from the stone cellar. After dining, what would have usually been a night spent scrolling through our social media while Netflix rotated through shows in the background instead evolved into a wine-fueled game of Yahtzee. And once we did head to bed around midnight, I swear, I’ve never fallen asleep faster ... and I didn’t even pack my trusty white-noise machine. The artificial nature sounds I usually play on loop were, to my delight, performing live just outside our wide-open windows. That’s exactly how we woke up on Saturday morning, too. Birds chirping, water splish-splashing, and one very eager dog crying at the door. After a breakfast of coffee, thick-cut French toast, and fresh-picked blueberries in the Great Room, the main dining room home to a family-style 20-foot dining table, we were ready to have ourselves a day. But where to begin? We had no agenda, no schedule, nowhere to be, or people to see. It felt strangely freeing—but that was precisely the goal. So we just started exploring. A short walk from our cottage, the sprawling building known as “The Playhouse” houses an all-wooden bowling alley, a squash court, ping pong tables, and a full commercial kitchen. Elsewhere on the walkable property,
Gardener’s Cottage vignette
there’s a tennis court, a two-story spa (in what was formerly the Ice and Meat House), an outdoor roller rink, and a boathouse right on the water where you can take your pick of sailboats, canoes, motorboats, and various other pleasure crafts to enjoy on the water. In the middle of the lake, a whimsical, two-bedroom house sits on a small island, what I imagined to be the perfect retreat for honeymooners or perhaps a writer looking to knock out a few pages. It was all very reminiscent of the days when the camp was owned by Woodruff, where gondolas imported from Venice plied the lake, semi-tamed bears resided near the cabins and posed in group photos, and telephone service was installed as early as 1903. After a morning spent exploring the various buildings, we were eager to get out in the natural setting that inspired these Adirondack-style structures themselves. While the Adirondacks are known for some of the most breathtaking mountains and ribbons upon ribbons of hiking trails, because Lake Kora is already so deep in the wilds, you don’t need to stray far to find a hiking trail and scenic overlook. In fact, miles of well-maintained walking paths traverse the grounds, including one that encircles the main lake and one that leads past winding brooks, towering pines, and across a wide meadow up to Green Top Hill, the highest point on the property. Our afternoon was spent hiking around the property, in which we allowed our dog to navigate and select our every twist and turn.
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Sky view of Lake Kora
Getting “lost” here was easy and enjoyable, not only because it all somehow feels as safe as home, but because ultimately, the trail always leads back to the water. This was confirmed each time our fearless and furry leader circled back to his pack, soaking wet from a fresh dip in the lake just ahead. As we strolled, we marveled not just at the panoramic lake views but at the 3,750-foot Blue Mountain that, from where we stood at the peak of Green Top Hill, rose above the other surrounding ranges about 25 miles away to our northeast. But we also slowed our walk to coo at the many bunnies that crossed our path or take in the various scattered hollowed-out logs filled with succulent gardens that looked like something out of a fairy tale. “How epic would a family reunion here be?” Trent stated more than a few times as we walked. And when we came across the breathtaking chapel on-site, the brick exterior decorated in colorful climbing vines, we thought, “Destination wedding? Our whole family is from New York, after all ... ” We woke up to a rainy last day, which was somehow an entirely different kind of beautiful to experience: The lake rippled in dark shades of navy, making me take even more notice of the towering evergreens lining the lake’s edge. Karger knew we had to hit the road in just a few hours, so he took it upon himself to pack us a picnic basket of sandwiches, snacks, and refreshments to help maximize our time on the lake. After all, a little rain was not
Island Cabin balcony
going to stop us. We threw on some ponchos from the cottage closet and grabbed a canoe and a couple of fishing rods from the Boathouse. Within minutes, as I munched on lemon cake, Trent felt a tug on his line after his first cast. I watched, surprised at his luck, as he giddily reeled in a glittering-green smallmouth bass. “Did you get that on video?” he yelled. “With what phone?” I replied. We both laughed. It would only be a few more hours until we were back home and able to—albeit reluctantly—turn our phones back on, at which point we would assess their battery life and have to comb the corners of our condo for the appropriate charger. But as for our “mental” batteries, I wasn’t worried about those in the least. I knew they were already fully recharged. For more information, visit lakekora.com.
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BUILDING A FOREVER HOME
When a Winnetka family fell in love with where they lived, they turned to Lake Bluff ’s Lynch Construction Corp. to make their current house into their forever home. WORDS BY ANN MARIE SCHEIDLER PHOTOGRAPHY BY JON CANCELINO
hen one North Shore family decided they loved their Winnetka location so much that they would rather renovate than move, they turned to Lake Bluff ’s Lynch Construction Corp. to turn their current house into their forever home. “We have worked with this family over the past several years,” explains Jeff Lynch, owner and founder of Lynch Construction. Lynch Construction is a full-service firm specializing in residential construction, home remodeling, historic renovation, home maintenance, and cabinetry design. “These clients were service customers, who we had helped with a number of home mainte-
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H O ME TO U R nance projects. I know we won the competitive bid for this major renovation on their house because of our working relationship.” The initial project scope: to install new floors on the first floor, add a new kitchen and family room, and remodel the master suite and addition for the master bath in a home built in the 1950s. “While working with architect Paul Konstant and designer Soucie Horner, the project crept in scope and doubled in size,” Jeff explains, detailing the shoring up the structure of the house, installing new plumbing and electrical throughout, adding a third floor, and addressing its primary challenge—water issues caused by its proximity to a floodplain. “When Jeff is working with an architect or homeowner, they look to him for his expertise on difficult issues,” says Jeff ’s wife, Joan, who handles the business operations for Lynch Construction. “Jeff knows how to look at existing conditions and make things work, and make them happen seamlessly. This is where we shine. We never want anyone to walk into one of our projects and say ‘nice addition.’ Our goal is to make it look like the renovation was original to the home’s design.” No design elements were sacrificed for functionality on this project, a house that incorporated a number of high-end finishes. A perfect example of this would be the state-of-the-art pergola off the family room.
“Maximizing the home’s entertaining space was very important to this family,” adds Jeff. “They were interested in having a pergola that would be functional for more than just one season in Chicago. After a great deal of research, we landed on a structure that exceeded the clients’ expectations. It gave the homeowner the aesthetic they wanted and the flexibility they were seeking. Using a remote control, the homeowners can seal its roof, enclose it with screens, turn on heaters, and switch on LED lights and surround sound. It took some back and forth to get the piece delivered and to work the way it should, but the results were worth it.” This attention to detail is also seen in the exquisite carpentry of the cabinets installed in the kitchen, butler’s pantry, mudroom, and throughout the house. “Our cabinet shop can create almost anything,” says Joan. “If a homeowner doesn’t see something they like online or in a catalog, we can build it for them.” The homeowners were so pleased with the initial renovations to their first floor that they retained Jeff and the team to rework the bedrooms, bathrooms, and laundry room on the second floor, and then to remove the roof and add two more bedrooms and a bathroom to a third floor. “As the project unfolded, the homeowners were determined to repair all of the house’s other issues,” Jeff explains. “Things didn’t happen in the order they would have had we started the project
Family room through to covered patio with pocket doors for complete transparency
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knowing everything we were going to do. But we were lucky that the family wasn’t living in the home while the work was underway.” While Lynch had managed the water and flooding issues during construction, when the project was nearly finished, the homeowner decided to have the basement water problems fully resolved. “All of the construction and decorating was near complete when we got the call to get the water problem fixed once and for all,” says Joan with a laugh. “It was early spring, and we literally had to pump water and sand out of the basement windows so we didn’t disturb any of the work we had just finished on the upper levels. It was a challenge.” The best part of this project, in addition to creating a beautiful home its owners absolutely love in a location they’re committed to, the family was able to move back in just before the pandemic. “The homeowners say that the renovation was a lifesaver in more ways than one,” notes Joan, mentioning that the family was also able to have their swimming pool finished in time for them to enjoy the summer. “This has been a very trying time for all businesses,” Joan adds. “We’ve been fortunate, that people are investing in their living spaces because this is where they are spending all of their time. We’ve been able to continue working and we’ve implemented all of the necessary protocols to keep our homeowners and team members safe. We’re hopeful that this next year will be good for all of us.”
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ASHLEY QUICKSILVER shares her lifelong love of fashion and the inspiration behind her Winnetka boutique, athene.
efore debuting the internationally recognized women’s ready-to-wear boutique athene on the North Shore in fall 2016, Ashley Quicksilver thought of fashion as a creative outlet, one rooted in childhood shopping trips with her grandmother. “I would style entire seasonal wardrobes for both of us,” says Quicksilver. “I was good at it, and that gave me a sense of fulfillment. Those are some of my fondest childhood memories.” Fast forward a few years, and Quicksilver dedicated her time as a new mother to cultivating similar cherished memories for the children she shares with husband Jeff—Noah, 13, and Emme, 10—as a stay-at-home mom. She calls the nine years she spent at home with Noah and Emme as both a “joy” and a “privilege.” Once Emme reached kindergarten, however, Quicksilver felt the itch to do something but was not yet sure what that would be. That is, until inspiration struck. “I was talking casually with a friend one day about how great it would be to have a boutique in town that carried all of our favorite designers we were wearing at the time and that weren’t available locally,” she explains. “That’s when the lightbulb went on.” SHERIDAN ROAD 80
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Ashley Quicksilver wearing Isabel Marant dress and booties
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Soon thereafter, athene was born, named for the Greek goddess Athena of wisdom, war, weaving, and spinning. Quicksilver was drawn to Athena’s sense of discernment and acuity, coupled with her fierceness and creativity. “To me, that is the embodiment of the athene woman,” says Quicksilver. Because she also has a background in interior design, she wanted a true partner in the design process for both athene and her family’s Winnetka home situated on Lake Michigan. She met her match in Chicago-based Kara Mann who has worked with brands like goop and CB2 and who has a reputation for juxtaposing formal design elements with unexpected materiality, architecture, and irreverence. “Working with Kara was a dream,” says Quicksilver. “Her aesthetic is so multifaceted and inspired. And aside from being a creative genius, she is hands down one of the coolest people I have ever come across.
Ashley Quicksilver wearing Redone tshirt, R13 shirt, Ganni leather jacket, Redone Jean, Paris Texas booties
I can’t imagine ever working with anyone but her.” In the family home, Mann grounded the design in classic French style but toned down the effect to convey a restrained elegance. At athene, Mann lets the clothing and accessories shine against a modern and minimalistic backdrop. And like the athene assortment itself, the overarching aesthetic is one best described as edgy yet classic. The carefully curated selection in the store is one based on what Quicksilver personally likes to wear or on how she would style her closest friends and sister. Designers she loves right now include Nili Lotan, Isabel Marant, and Khaite, and she believes head-to-toe leather, statement sleeves and shoulders, 1970s vintage-inspired pieces, tall boots, and cozy, luxurious sweaters will be ‘in’ this fall/winter season. “My personal style is more on the casual side,” says Quicksilver. “As an active mom who spends a lot of time on the go, com-
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A view through the center of Quicksilver’s staircase
Vignette in the Quicksilver house designed by Kara Mann
Black swan statue Quicksilver found at Lief Almont in Los Angeles
fort is definitely a priority. You will usually find me wearing jeans, an easy pair of Nili Lotan trousers with sneakers, or a chic but uncomplicated dress. I do enjoy dressing up to go out, though, and I’m a sucker for a great pair of boots.” Simply put, Quicksilver buys what she likes and believes in introducing new, lesser-known or underrepresented designers to the North Shore, like Paris based Inès & Maréchal and Le Kasha. She often finds inspiration while traveling, discovering new brands in off-the-beaten-path boutiques along the way. “There are few things that thrill me as much as an eye-catching textile and the craftsmanship of a well-made garment,” notes Quicksilver. “I love the satisfaction you feel when you put on that perfect piece of clothing or that perfect pair of shoes, and you feel that it was made just for you.” However, Quicksilver still describes athene as a passion project and says when it ceases to be that is when she will call it quits. Don’t expect that to happen anytime soon, though: The brand is gearing up to launch an e-commerce shop at shopathene.com this month and preparing
for the holiday shopping rush. On Quicksilver’s wish list this year? “Cashmere, cashmere, and more cashmere,” she says, adding whimsical jewelry, too. “I have a fun and stunning collection of jewelry from New York-based designer Brent Neale that makes me giddy like a kid in a candy store.” Quicksilver unwinds by watching old movies with her family, cuddling up with her pups and reading a book, passing crossword puzzles back and forth with Jeff on a lazy Sunday morning, and catching up with her girlfriends. “I’m still enjoying every second of my journey with athene—well, almost,” jokes Quicksilver. “It has been challenging beyond my expectations, yet oh so fulfilling. The best part has been getting to know so many of the incredible women in our community. And I believe that so much of athene’s success is due to the commitment and drive of the women who I have been blessed to work alongside.” athene is located at 837 Elm Street in Winnetka, 847-441-1918, shopathene.com.
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hloé Mendel recalls after-school walks home along the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where she grew up, and fond memories of her regular visits to her father’s J. Mendel workroom, located just next door to their residence. As a young girl, Mendel was captivated by the trade and traditions of the multi-generations of furriers in her family. Fast-forward, and today she is in the process of building her own legacy that not only sustains those techniques passed down, but makes sustainability the very focus of the brand. Maison Atia produces faux fur clothing and accessories from couture and ready-towear, to a newer line called MA by Maison Atia and fabricated from plants and recycled plastic with a zero-waste policy. While Mendel’s New York City roots hold strong (she has a design studio in East Harlem), her current residential base is here on the North Shore of Chicago. Maison Atia is comprised of a small staff led by Mendel and her friend and business co-founder Gustave Mai-
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sonrouge. “He is the one who manages strategy, organization, and deadlines for the company,” says Mendel, “because I don’t even pay my own bills on time!” Within one year the dynamic duo had a capsule collection that debuted in 2017, and soon an impressive national retail market followed. Now available at small exclusive shops including Winnetka’s neapolitan, and larger high-end department store venues such as Neiman Marcus, the pair also hosted a Maison Atia stand-alone pop-up boutique on Madison Avenue last fall. “Fur is such a luxurious medium,” remarks Mendel, “but you need big investors, as a sable coat, for example, can cost up to half a million dollars. We wanted a product applying the same craftsmanship and care with more accessibility and affordability.” Full-length and mid-waist coats, sweaters, vests, handbags, hair accessories, shoes, and a host of other garments may be accented on collars, cuffs, and pocket squares, or allover detailed in a fur-like material. To the touch it is just as soft and luxurious as the real thing, yet easy to spot-clean with soap and water and without the same cost or controversy. “We noticed a gap in marketplace,” comments Mendel, “women of all ages needed an alternative and also another vernacular for fur.” That ingenuity has enabled the company to branch
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out in a multitude of directions. In 2019, they introduced the label MA by Maison Atia, with a more reasonable price point for outerwear made from Koba, composed of corn by-product and repurposed materials. More recently, the “Zoom dress” premiered as an easy-go-to A-line short-sleeve ruffled sheath available in two color variations and perfect for workplace meeting quarantine chic. Her father, Gilles Mendel, apprenticed in the Paris atelier of his father (the family furrier lineage dates back to late 19th Century St. Petersburg, Russia), and after developed the full-service J. Mendel salons, offering furs, bridal, and evening gowns. So too, Mendel began as an intern with her father. “Every summer during middle school I was learning sewing, stitching, pattern-making, and my brother even ran deliveries,” reminisces Mendel. It’s that hands-on approach that finds her both at ease with needle and thread embroidering a one-of-a-kind piece, and in her deep appreciation for quality and beauty. She remembers dressing for dinners served on fine porcelain when visiting her paternal grandparents in France, contrasted to the influences of her fashionable mother, a fabulous cook seeking a more holistic approach, “If I had a headache my mom would say, let’s meditate.” The combination consistently informs Mendel’s own initiatives. MA by Maison Atia is proudly 100 percent sustainable, and while Mendel is always sourcing vendors internationally within the framework of this environmentally conscious mission, it is never at the expense of style and elegance.
On a local level, Mendel’s personal passion for pet advocacy and her relationship with PAWS Chicago, has become a critical part of her work. She describes the organization as a “magical place,” and one that benefits from a percentage of company sales through the #BuyACoatSaveAPuppy campaign. Her involvement began shortly after moving to the Midwest to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and it is a commitment she shares with partner Billy Corgan, the musician and Smashing Pumpkins lead band member, and their two young children. As a couple they run Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse in Highland Park, a cafe with a plant-based menu, comedy and concert evening events, and a space to showcase and sell a selection of MA by Maison Atia. Once a self-described “city kid,” Mendel is surprised at how easily she has taken to suburban life. “I have a vegetable and a prairie grass garden in my backyard!” When not traveling the globe to launch a Fashion Week seasonal show or find a cutting-edge textile mill, you might catch her baking vegan pastries at 5 in the morning or poring over sketches that she frequently presents to her father for his valued input. No matter the scenery, Mendel’s vision for faux fur and Maison Atia remains clear as it is one that is quite simply in her nature to nurture. For more information, visit maisonatia.com. Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse is located at 1876 1st Street, Highland Park, 847-926-7359.
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MAKING HER MARK
STEPHANIE HOCHSCHILD writes the next chapter for a Winnetka treasure, The Book Stall. WORDS BY RONI MOORE NEUMANN PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBIN SUBAR HAIR, MAKEUP & STYLING BY THERESA DEMARIA
ith a Princeton undergraduate degree, a law degree from Georgetown, and legal experience ranging from corporate litigation in New York City to serving as Delaware’s Deputy Attorney General, Winnetka’s Stephanie Hochschild is uniquely qualified to take on any number of challenges. But what she chose to do, some eight years ago, is to devote her extraordinary talents to enhance the legacy of The Book Stall of Winnetka. “I’m passionate about books, about authors, about the play of ideas, and the sheer joy of reading. Through The Book Stall, I get to live that passion every day and share it with others. How many people get to do that?” asks Hochschild. Hillary Clinton, JK Rowling, Veronica Roth, David Ross, and Pat Conroy are just some of the bold names, luminaries, and newsmakers who made The Book Stall their signature stop on Chicago’s North Shore for in-person book signings, helping define The Book Stall’s status as a Winnetka mainstay. As the daughter and niece of librarians, Hochschild had a love of reading written into her DNA. Summers were spent reading stacks of library books in the backyard and to this day she is never without a book or two in her purse. But well before Hochschild took the helm of The Book Stall, she first came to know it as a mother to three voracious readers who loved to stop at the store to pick out their next favorite book. As time went on, The Book Stall had an even larger place on the young family’s schedule, as they joined neighbors and friends at events ranging from fun activities for young
readers, special author evenings, and book-buying for friends and family, far and wide. Over 40 years ago, The Book Stall came into being, first on Chestnut Court and now at its current location on Elm Street. During that time, much has changed but much has remained the same: personal service, involvement in, and steadfast support of the community at large are part of the proud tradition of The Book Stall. And the community’s connection to it. “Even in this challenging time, we remain hopeful and extremely grateful for the support we receive from the community,” says Hochschild. She has added her own mark to The Book Stall, building a vibrant social media presence and a robust online business. Surrounded by an excellent staff of booksellers and a manager, Hochschild’s primary role is selecting books for the store’s shelves. One of her main interests is introducing young readers to children’s authors. Although The Book Stall works with schools throughout Chicagoland, Hochschild has particularly enjoyed collaborating with the Learn Charter Schools, bringing well-known authors into classes and donating signed books. “The stories literally jump off the pages for these students. It is truly magical to watch an author interact with and personally sign a book for each child—it’s a life-changing moment,” she says. “I’m proud that The Book Stall works to bring this experience to hundreds of school children each year.” Like many small business owners, these past few months have brought unprecedented challenges that called for innovative new ways to serve SHERIDAN ROAD 92
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customers. Personal deliveries, including festive “elves” to deliver holiday items directly to area homes and the handsome gift wrap that’s The Book Stall standard, are just part of the reason customers look to the store as their preferred source. The Book Stall also offers instore appointment shopping as well as phone and email support. Given the impact of COVID-19, early shopping is encouraged this holiday season. The Book Stall’s team reflects the deep commitment Hochschild has for authors and the industry overall. “Quite simply, our staff cares about each of our customers who walk in the door—and that’s because to us, they’re more than customers, in many cases, these are our neighbors and friends. So we go the extra mile to determine just the right book.” “We pride ourselves on being the perfect place to raise a reader. A particular strength is the Children’s Department, staffed by dedicated booksellers, two of whom have worked as educators on the North Shore. With regular storytimes—now virtual— and an expansive array of titles, The Book Stall welcomes young readers with open arms,” explains Hochschild. The Hochschilds are “all in,” making The Book Stall a family affair, with husband Roger participating at author events, and even starring as guest host, interviewing C-suite and other authors, while their now-adult children work with customers, unpack books, stage the window, and more. “That’s been a very rewarding part of owning The Book Stall, seeing how our children have learned first-hand what it takes to run a successful business and to contribute to the community in a meaningful way,” notes Hochschild. The Book Stall’s love for the community seems to be written in stone.
The Book Stall is located at 811 Elm Street in Winnetka, 847-446-8880, thebookstall.com.
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Floating Frame Shelf: white oak + powdercoated steel. Photography by Joe Tighe
Furniture designer ZAK ROSEâ€™S Midwestern roots and minimalist aesthetic guide the designs of his eponymous firm, zakrose. WORDS BY ALLISON DUNCAN PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID LESLIE ANTHONY STYLING BY THERESA DEMARIA Orbit Shelf: maple + powdercoated steel. Photography by Joe Tighe
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Pill Bench: bleached maple + blackened steel. Photography by Joe Tighe
ow many of us can say we still apply—or even remember—the skills we learned in school to our careers now? For artist Zak Rose, the classes and coursework he took at Kenyon College still drive the design work he does today—even though his degree is in English. “Near the end of my time at Kenyon, I discovered the school’s sculpture program,” says Rose. “I clung right to it.” A North Shore native who had never spent time in California, Rose headed West to San Francisco post-graduation with his then-girlfriend—now wife—Emily following soon after. While there, Rose became an owner in the worker-owned cooperative Woodshanti, specializing in design, fabrication, finishing, and installation of custom cabinetry and millwork using responsibly harvested lumber and natural finishes. Its mission was to set high standards for environmentally responsible craftsmanship in the Bay Area. Rose describes the experience as “formative,” in terms of learning how to run a business with more than one voice involved and in understanding the power of collective action. “I was ready to see something else, and it seemed as far away as I could get,” says Rose. “Moving to the city felt romantic and like a place you go to be free.” That said, his North Shore roots tethered Rose to the Midwest, and he eventually moved back to Chicago to launch his eponymous design/build firm zakrose and start a family with Emily—the couple has three young children and two years ago, they moved to Rose’s hometown of Wilmette. The firm specializes in furniture fabrication and custom millwork for residential clients, architects, and interior designers. Rose designs in an approachable style, creating pieces with light forms, clean lines, beautiful materials, and functional considerations. “My work is grounded in a sort of Midwestern sensibility in that I am cognizant of creating pieces that will stand the test of time,” he says. “I always consider function in my designs and like those that are clean, light, and modern with subtle details and highlights. Chicago has an audience that is looking for brightness.” Take, for example, the designs Rose licenses to Chicago-based home furnishings retailer CB2, like the Paterson lacquered nightstand, dresser, and chest with mixed ivory and walnut materials that nod to heirlooms and history or the modern Ray Marquetry Headboard with deco-inspired embellishments.
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Foyer Buddy: maple + blackened steel. Photography by Erika Dufour
Axis Credenza: walnut + powdercoated steel. Photography by Erika Dufour
“When I started working with CB2, it was eye-opening and made me think that maybe my designs were more universal than I originally thought they were,” says Rose. “When a company like that validates and recognizes you, it is really affirming and makes you take a step back and have some pride.” Or the limited-edition Dock 6 Collection furniture designs Rose is debuting with Dock 6—a collective of independent designers and fabricators based out of a shared 50,000-square-foot workshop in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood of Chicago—this fall. Rose, along with Seth Deysach, Andrew Kephart, Carson Maddox, Scott Patterson, and Dan Sullivan, has been a principal in the Collective for more than ten years. Their first-ever furniture line is meant to be a resource for unique and hard-to-find home furnishings that are both thoughtfully designed and beautifully constructed. The Collection takes pieces from the designers’ solo lines and recasts them in a cohesive compilation across a rich aesthetic range. To create the collection, each designer chose pieces that best represented his individual aesthetic as well as his clients’ favorites. With many pieces pared down to just two basic elements, like wood and metal or metal and fiber, the results embody a refined minimalism. “We made the decision to keep ourselves within a certain palette with a few wood and metal choices,” explains Rose. “This helped us create a true collection versus a bunch of disparate pieces. We have worked under the same roof together for the past 13 years, so this experience pushed us. We respect each other and, in some sense, wanted to impress one another.” Think a mid-century modern credenza by Rose crafted with a show stopping domestic walnut wood finish and strategic cutouts to showcase a milky teal powder coated steel frame or his pillshaped bench with bleached maple and powder coated steel. “Blackened steel and maple is the combination for me at the moment,” says Rose. “I appreciate the contrast. Inspiration often comes from what I feel we are missing in the market. The challenge
is matching the need with the aesthetic language I work within.” That language easily translates to a variety of projects, however. Rose recently finished custom millwork in a private residence above contemporary West Loop art gallery Kavi Gupta and also completed the millwork fabrication and installation for famed artist couple Nick Cave and Bob Faust in a 1920s Irving Park industrial building. Now he’s preparing to prototype a small home bar that has been in the works for a few months. The design started as a sideboard but then Rose refined the drawing to make it smaller and a fit for a variety of different spaces. He imagines the wooden cabinet will hold liquor with a smooth top for serving and mixing drinks. Every spring Rose and the Dock 6 Collective host their annual Design & Art show, which started as a barbecue for family and friends but has evolved over the past 12 years to become a showcase of Midwest artists and designers. This year’s event was hosted via Instagram as a series of videos that are still available to watch on @dock6collective IGTV. At their Chicago workshop, Dock 6 employs more than 40 team members, providing skills and job training to the city’s craftspeople. They also rent out space to artists in an effort to create a community of makers. “It is powerful for us to use our collective energy to enable other artists who need a forum for their work,” says Rose. “It feels uniquely Midwestern. We all found our way here, put our egos aside, and were open to working together. We would not have been able to buy a 50,000-square-foot building in, say, Brooklyn.” Though, Rose does have family ties to New York. In 2016, his brother Daniel, a chef and restaurateur, debuted Le Coucou restaurant in Manhattan after successfully opening numerous restaurants in Paris. Le Coucou later won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant in the nation and was named to the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. “Daniel took a giant leap of faith when he first started and while he achieved a lot of success, he initially had no idea that would happen,” says Rose. “I take a lot of inspiration from him.” Family is important to Rose, who says he and his wife and kids love to ride bikes, try new restaurants, enjoy art, travel, and cook together. He just designed and fabricated a slatted wall system for the entry of their home to allow light to travel through the front door and into the space without sacrificing privacy. “I want to figure out how to build things rather than just create a pretty picture of something,” muses Rose. “I love the way we put things together. The more thought you put into something, the longer it’ll last. I want my work to endure.” For more information about Zak Rose, visit zakrose.com.
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LIVING THE GOOD LIFE Retirement communities on the North Shore provide luxury living opportunities with top-notch amenities. WORDS BY SHERIDAN ROAD CONTRIBUTOR
he North Shore is filled with quality living options for seniors looking to live out their retirement in style. From luxury apartments and homes with hardwood floors, granite countertops, and stainless-steel appliances, to amenities such as full-service restaurants, workout rooms and yoga classes, happy hours, and planned social activities, retirees may be surprised by the quality of life available. Many retirement communities offer a “continuum of care,” which means retirees take advantage of the Independent Living area of a property where they have the freedom to get out and about and even travel. As they age, they may need additional care in an Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, or Memory Care section of the property. The continuum provides continuity throughout the aging process. During the COVID-19 outbreak, retirement communities in the area were smart and proactive about protecting the health of their residents, and added services and activities to make sure residents stayed connected with their families and had much-needed social interaction. Sheridan Road’s Senior Living Guide highlights some of the most luxurious and unparalleled retirement communities that the North Shore has to offer.
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VIBRANT SENIOR LIVING IN THE GLEN
Chestnut Square’s beautiful gazebo courtyard
knew I had found the right place,” says Jeanne Even, a new resident of the community. “The staff are wonderful, the residents are PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY CHESTNUT SQUARE welcoming, and evAT THE GLEN ery floor plan comes with its own kitchen ocation, location, location. The old adage that applies and washer/dryer. to commercial and residential real estate is also releI could also see vant when it comes to retirement communities. that everyone there was very proactive with the pandemic safety Take Chestnut Square at The Glen in Glenview. protocols. I’m glad I didn’t put off my move. This May, I became Not only do residents benefit from high-quality seran official Chestnut Square resident.” vices and amenities, the community is walking distance from The Leadership and staff of Chestnut Square at The Glen were able Glen Town Center and its restaurants and movie theater. to successfully navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 Chestnut Square at The Glen opened its doors in 2003, and is pandemic by being proactive in implementing safety protocols, a nonprofit, non-sectarian affiliate of Bethany Methodist Corposwiftly closing its dining room and common areas, some of which ration. Located in the heart of The Glen, the community features have reopened under the guidance of Illinois and CDC safety spacious 1- and 2-bedroom floor plans, a flexible dining program, protocols. The community has also altered its activity schedule diverse cultural and recreational events, scheduled transportation, to comply with safety guidelines, moving many of its activities and on-site housekeeping and maintenance. outdoors to its gazebo courtyard. Chestnut Square has had zero The community is all about tailoring living experiences based confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its community to date. on the preferences of individual “Now more than ever, seniors are looking for independent residents. Chestnut Square also living options that keep them socially engaged and stress-free. offers transportation options Chestnut Square’s modest size of 163 apartments creates a true for residents who desire to sense of community while avoiding the risks of larger facilities take a trip to the Art Institute, that provide more care than might be needed,” says Renee Bellew, Ravinia, or a Chicago Architec- Director of Sales and Marketing. “When and if additional care ture tour. is needed, our homecare and home health agencies are on-site to “During these uncertain provide care in the comfort of the apartment.” times, I found everything I was looking for at Chestnut Square Chestnut Square at The Glen is located at 2601 Chestnut Avenue in Spacious 1- and 2-bedroom floor plans all come equipped with a full at The Glen. When I toured, I Glenview, 847-998-1118, chestnutsquare.info.
Chestnut Square at The Glen strives to meet the individual needs and cater to the individual interests of its residents.
New Resident Jeanne Even
kitchen and washer-dryer.
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CONTINUUM OF LIFE Lake Forest Place offers a quality living experience for the just-retired as well as services for those tackling more serious health-care challenges.
PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY LAKE FOREST PLACE
s far as where seniors are in their continuum of life, one may be hard-pressed to find a more diverse offering of activities and services than Lake Forest Place in Lake Forest. Lake Forest Place is one of four retirement communities on the North Shore and in the north suburbs that are part of Presbyterian Homes, each of which offers independent living plus the peace of mind of having access to a full range of health care services. “It’s kind of like a condo attached to a high-end, full-service hotel. We have beautiful dining rooms, a fitness center, swimming pools, and personal trainers at no extra charge,” says Bob Werdan, VP for Marketing and Public Relations at Presbyterian Homes. “Housekeeping comes in once a week and maintenance repairs everything. If your refrigerator breaks, you’ll have a new replacement within hours.” Homes—apartments or cottages as the community refers to them—range from 700- to 4,000-square feet, and some include a lower level. “These homes are very spacious and luxurious, independent living for those who want to come and go,” Werdan says. “Residents still travel, and they enjoy the services of our communities, including housekeeping services and programs
and activities. “Some of our residents live independently for many, many years and if at some point they need assistance or assisted living, they have the option and priority to move into our assisted living or skilled nursing areas,” Werdan says. “That full continuum of care is guaranteed to them.” Like other retirement communities, Lake Forest Place had to adjust swiftly in order to help residents deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. It was able to tap the resources of Presbyterian Homes to secure PPE for staff and residents, helping it contain the COVID-19 cases to a very few early on in the spread of the virus. “We had a very positive outcome to COVID-19 because, as a nonprofit, our mission is to take care of older adults,” Werdan says. When all is said and done it was the community itself that helped residents stay positive during the pandemic. “Our residents aren’t inhibited at all by their age. They’re very confident and they just like to have fun,” Werdan says. “We have a virtual happy hour and everyone’s just laughing and having a good time.” Lake Forest Place is located at 1100 Pembridge Drive in Lake Forest and is now open for limited in-person tours. Call 847-604-8800 or visit presbyterianhomes.org for more information.
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CONNECTED and ENGAGED
A peek inside Mather Place during COVID-19. WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY MATHER PLACE
hroughout the Current resident COVID-19 pandemic, Joy Dordick many senior living residences have done an excellent job of protecting residents from the virus, while meeting daily needs from meal delivery to opportunities for virtual exercise and entertainment. Residents of Mather Place in Wilmette have certainly found that to be true, having spent the better part of the year staying engaged, safe, fit, and connected with others in their community despite the coronavirus pandemic, due to the quick actions of employees. When the pandemic hit the US, Mather Place—a boutique independent rental community—pivoted to provide personal delivery of meals, mail, and packages, and staff created an on-site market for essential purchases. Mather Place resident Joy Dordick says, “I moved in just before the pandemic. My experience here has been very good. My children and I are so appreciative of the support and care since I first walked through the front door … I’m so very lucky to have made the choice to come here.” In addition to meeting residents’ everyday needs, Mather Place also provides information, education, and entertainment programming directly to residents via computer and even hard-copy handouts. “Our community took action early on in the pandemic,” says Katrina O’Neill, Executive Director at Mather Place. “And, as always, we’ve remained focused on the well-being of residents and employees.” In a survey conducted during the pandemic, Mather Place has earned very high scores from residents who
say Mather has taken all steps needed to keep the community clean and sanitized, and that they believed their health and safety are the top priority for Mather Place. Now, more than ever, Mather Place is taking care of the “little things,” with an enhanced level of concierge-type services, and customizing activities and engagement to maximize well-being, so that residents can focus on the good life—even during challenging times. Mather Place has one- and two-bedroom modern apartment homes surrounded by an array of amenities including an indoor pool, art studio, fitness center, and two restaurants. Residents enjoy independent living with access to convenient on-site care choices if ever needed. The Wellness Resource Center is available for routine medical screenings, such as blood pressure readings. And à la carte home care services are available, if ever needed, through Custom Home Care, which provides services ranging from medication reminders to escort services, and more. Resident Calvin Saravis sums it up best, saying, “If I were still living in my house in Glencoe during the pandemic, it would be difficult—no, really, maybe even impossible—to do, to shelter-inplace alone without going out. Here, everything we need is being provided by the staff already.” To view floor plans, download a brochure, or learn more, visit matherplacewilmette.com. Their team is offering in-person appointments using appropriate safety measures, as well as virtual appointments. To talk with a team member, and to learn about move-in offers for those who act before December 31, please call 847-999-4596.
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SPECIAL CARE North Shore Place in Northbrook was recently renovated to provide an even higher quality of services and care for its residents. PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY NORTH SHORE PLACE
eniors and their families looking for retirement options that include Assisted Living and Memory Care will find a home, a community, and quality, compassionate care at North Shore Place in Northbrook. North Shore Place was renovated in 2019, a renovation that was acknowledged by Senior Housing News for its architecture and design. The community is part of the family of retirement communities throughout the Midwest owned and operated by Senior Lifestyle. The community has 188 apartments, 44 of which are dedicated to memory care. As a luxury community, the apartment homes are large, and the amenities are plentiful. North Shore Place has three dining areas and maintains two outdoor patio areas where residents can relax outside. Amenities also include a large multipurpose room where residents can engage with staff and each other, movie theater, game Living room room, fitness center,
beauty salon, and rooms where residents can receive therapy. “We really try to do everything right here onsite, so residents have to leave as little as possible,” says Joshua Anderson, Executive Director of North Shore Place. In the Assisted Living community at North Shore Place, residents continue to live active and healthy lifestyles with added assistance when needed. Services include personal care plans, housekeeping, and 24hour resident staff availability. Apartment homes include full kitchens with granite countertops, washer/dryer, and resident storage. Residents in North Shore Place’s Assisted Living community have a full calendar of events and activities to choose from, Formal dining room including daily exercise classes, card and trivia games, and more. Memory Care residents benefit from the community’s embrace Memory Care Program, personalized care that supports the mind, body, and soul of each resident dealing with memory loss. The goal is to create experiences that spark the imagination while keeping residents safe. Given the wide array of needs of residents in its Assisted Living and Memory Care communities, attending to their individual needs and providing personal care is paramount. “You can’t treat everybody the same. You have to know them by their individual needs,” Anderson says. “It’s a broad spectrum, and we’re a large community, so we have to make sure we’re doing everything possible to meet their needs.” North Shore Place is located at 1000 Sunset Ridge Rd. in Northbrook, 224-326-2600, seniorlifestyle.com.
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EXPERIENCED CARE, BRAND-NEW COMMUNITY Tamarisk North Shore brings Independent Living options to CJE SeniorLife’s portfolio of serving Chicago area seniors for nearly 50 years. PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY TAMARISK NORTHSHORE
JE SeniorLife has been providing Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing services for seniors in the Chicago area for nearly 50 years. With the grand opening of Tamarisk North Shore in August, it has added Independent Living to its portfolio of properties and services. “The mission of CJE SeniorLife is to enhance the quality of life and facilitate the independence of older adults,” says Paisley Valentincic, Director of Sales and Marketing at Tamarisk North Shore. “We strive for excellence through respect, advocacy, compassion, intention, invention, and accountability, so our goal with Tamarisk is to be the destination of choice for older adults.” The new community in Deerfield offers 240 rental apartments with a wide array of floor plans. Units feature full kitchens and stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, hardwood floors in the living room, in-unit washers and dryers, walk-in closets, and views of beautiful landscaping and terraces. Among its amenities Tamarisk offers three restaurants and a bistro, a library and large-screen theater, a fitness center with pool and a studio for workout classes, outdoor patios with seating and barbecue grills, and a Creative Arts Studio. “The community is designed to complement our residents’ lifestyles and free them up to do the things they want to do,” Valentincic says, Tamarisk was scheduled to open in late spring/early summer,
but the COVID-19 pandemic forced a delay until August. Staff are now conducting tours of the property for prospective residents while following all of the social distancing recommendations from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Business so far has been brisk given the difficult circumstances. “I think people really resonate to it being brand-new,” says Valentincic. “It’s being the first renters vs. something that’s been lived in already.” Valentincic has spent decades working in the senior living industry and was drawn to Tamarisk NorthShore for a number of reasons. “It’s always exciting to be part of something new and creating a community together. Not only is Tamarisk NorthShore beautiful and welcoming, but it offers our residents flexibility, outstanding life enrichment opportunities, and top-notch customer service,” she says. “Further, because we are managed by CJE SeniorLife, our residents and their families have confidence knowing that they have chosen an organization that is driven by their mission and values, while providing invaluable services and guidance to older adults.” Tamarisk NorthShore is located at 1627 Lake Cook Road in Deerfield, 847-597-8772, email@example.com, tamarisknorthshore.com.
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THE LIFE YOU EXPECT PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY THE LODGE OF NORTHBROOK
Creative Arts Studio or Woodshop. A variety of fitness classes supplement the equipment eniors looking to move into a newer retirement commuavailable in the LiveWell Pavilnity need look no further than The Lodge of Northbrook. lion, which also houses medical The entrance-fee community, which opened its doors in offices for outside providers 2013, is managed by Essex Communities, an Omaha, to support the ongoing health Nebraska-based development and management company needs of residents. with more than 40 years of experience designing, building, and Morris says that being part managing active retirement communities throughout the Midwest. of a larger community during The Lodge of Northbrook includes 156 custom residences the COVID-19 outbreak was ranging in size from 716- to 2,258-square feet and featuring particularly helpful for residents S. STERN. – NEW granite countertops, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, who would have otherwise been RESIDENT, AUGUST 2020 and full-size washer/dryers. Residents also enjoy a variety of com- isolated at home. munity life spaces, optional dining, and transportation services. “Because I like to underLydia Morris, the Marketing Director for The Lodge of stand people’s deeper experiences as it relates to housing, I asked Northbrook, also has a background in social work, which comes a resident, ‘How do you think the past several months would have in handy as she explains the value of the community to potential been if you were in your former home?” says Morris. “The resident new residents. said it would have been awful because she wouldn’t have been able “Statistically, when people move into senior housing, they live to see anybody. At least here she can see other people walking longer and are happier because their social, emotional, and nutriaround the community and say ‘hi’ even if it was at a distance.” tional needs are better met,” Morris says. “There is a link between During the outbreak, The Lodge staff provided residents with social connection and longevity.” surprise care package deliveries, virtual events and virtual tours Typically, The Lodge features of museums from around the world that they could view from 40-plus rotating monthly their personal devices via a community app in addition to their events that keep community televisions, so even while isolated they were able to see parts of members engaged. Residents the world that they might not otherwise have thought to see. partake in special interest “I think when people are having their needs met, it energizes groups such as book clubs and them,” Morris says. “Our Resident Lifestyles Director, Angela Tocard groups, culturally focused ribio, organizes a robust calendar of events based on the expressed outings, and current events. interests of the residents, so their lives are more exciting.” The library offers a wide variety of books and movies, and The Lodge of Northbrook is located at 2150 - 2220 Founders Drive in residents can take classes in the Northbrook, 847-772-9100, lodgeofnorthbrook.com.
“It’s everything they described it to be. I’m so happy here.”
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Mary Baubonis turned her trading skills into a successful North Shore real estate career. WORDS BY ROCHELLE NEWMAN RUBINOFF PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBIN SUBAR
t first glance, soybeans and real estate may not seem to have that much in common. But in the hands of someone truly gifted at moving both of those commodities, it turns out they have quite a few similarities. At least that has been the experience of one of the North Shore’s top realtors, Mary Baubonis of @properties in Winnetka. Growing up as the third in her family of ten, and the eldest daughter, Baubonis said she always knew that after college she would follow in her father’s and older brothers’ footsteps and work at the Board of Trade. “My dad traded commodities there, I grew up with it. He absolutely loved it. He’s still trading; he’s 87,” Baubonis says. Baubonis moved into an apartment in Printers Row and began working at the Board. One day, her brother stepped in and told her he thought she would find more fulfillment in real estate. “Why don’t you just try it out part-time and see how you like it,” he suggested. She got her license and before she knew it, many of her friends from work were asking her to help find them places to live in the same area. “I was moonlighting but soon I was selling condos like crazy, putting deals together left and right. I realized that this felt natural for me and decided to do it full time,” Baubonis explains. Several years later, Mary reconnected with a high school friend, Charlie Baubonis, who also happened to be a trader; he was moving back to Chicago from Tokyo and needed a realtor. After she found him a home in Old Town, she and Charlie began dating and eventually married and started a family. Once she was expecting their second child, they made the jump to the North Shore. “Because of my experience selling in the city, I made a quick transition to selling on the North Shore. The North Shore is a very easy product to sell. I had all my young friends that were like me, starting families and moving out here. It was a natural transition for me and my business.” Last year, Baubonis was ranked number 12 on the whole North Shore and was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as a Notable Residential real estate broker. Baubonis has two adult daughters, who are both in nursing school. She is very aware that being an empty nester is frequently a time when people may pause and reassess what they’re doing with their careers. But Baubonis has found the perfect fit. “Honestly, even if I won the lottery tomorrow, I would still be at my office, doing what I love to do—selling houses. It’s very challenging and rewarding. The days never end because whether you have someone’s house on the market or you’re looking for a house for
someone, you can never shut down, you always have to be on your A-game. You’re always working.” While for some, the always working aspect of real estate may be a negative, it is clear that Baubonis thrives on just that. In addition, she says that she loves “the personal touch and the people contact so much. People are trusting you with probably their single most valuable asset, their home. It’s a huge responsibility. When they give me their listing, they’re expecting me to produce. Even during a pandemic or other challenging times, I need to figure out how to help them navigate. When people trust in me, I need to deliver. And I take that very seriously.” Baubonis’ highest sales year? $43 million. At that level, she realizes it would be impossible for one person to do it all. Over the years she has worked with several assistants who handle administration, staging, home organizing, etc. “I probably spend more money on assistant help than most agents, but all assistants are such valuable contributors in creating a smooth transaction for my clients. “The most gratifying part of the whole process is seeing my clients and hearing how satisfied they are with the job I have done for them,” she says. “Best of all, I love hearing stories from clients about how happy their families are in their new homes, and that they are creating great memories there. It’s truly a privilege and an honor to sell these beautiful North Shore houses.” Mary Baubonis is with @properties, 30 Green Bay Road in Winnetka, 847-477-4209, @properties.com/agents/marybaubonis.
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CAREGIVER FATIGUE AND CAREGIVING SERVICES FOR SENIORS
WORDS BY CHIRAG PATEL, MD PHOTOGRAPHY BY FRANK ISHMAN
aring for a loved one, young or senior, can become a full-time job. Syndromes like caregiver fatigue are real and growing. Many of us worry about the medical care provided to our aging population like parents, especially when transitioning from their home to a senior living community. Caregiver fatigue is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion due to caring for a patient. This often occurs when caregivers, often sons and daughters, don’t receive the help they need or they are doing more than they can on a consistent basis. This can change attitudes from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Guilt can also be a large factor when someone is pushed to the limit and unable to continue the care. Factors that lead to this fatigue include role confusion, unrealistic expectations, lack of control, and unreasonable demands. Selecting a caregiver is important. Matching the personality with your family member will only enhance their experience, create a caring bond, and reduce caregiver turnover. Change is always hard for seniors, especially when they are set in their ways and have habits created over decades. Make sure a caregiver has the ability to communicate well,
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CORPS VALUES An officer and a gentleman and a scholarship man, Winnetka’s Jim King—a Vietnam War veteran—has been a tireless force behind the efforts of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and the organization’s annual Chicago Dinner.
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t’d be easy to start a full-page magazine piece about retired Marine Corps aviator Jim King with vivid descriptions of one of his 215 Vietnam War missions from 1969 to 1970. It’s November, after all, the month featuring Veterans Day. But Jim King, the topic, is No. 101 on King’s List of 100 Favorite Topics. He’d prefer to discuss sisters Alison and Emily Spann, of Winfield, Alabama, and wondrous details of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation until his voice deteriorates to full-blown raspy. The sisters’ 32-year-old father, CIA Paramilitary Officer Johnny “Mike” Spann (a former Marine), was killed in action on November 25, 2001, three days after Thanksgiving. He was the first American combat casualty in Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks. Alison was 9; Emily was 4. About a month later tragedy struck the family again, three days after Christmas. Their mother died from cancer. The sisters tied for the all-time record in consoling hugs received in a single holiday season. Years later the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (MCSF) provided a major lift for the siblings, enabling them to enroll and flourish in college. Alison, a news junkie since the day she could read, majored in communications at Pepperdine University and landed a job as a television reporter in Biloxi, Mississippi; Emily graduated with a degree in international business management at Georgetown University earlier this year. “I usually like to stay under the radar, but not when it comes to an opportunity to talk about children of Marines and their education,” says humble-to-the-core King, who grew up in Oxnard, California, and founded Five Crowns Capital, LLC, in 2002, after a 20-year tenure with the real estate investment firm RREEF. “Education is an investment in our country’s future. It’s exciting, moving, to learn about the students’ progress in college and beyond. What I like more than anything else is listening to the students and their parents speak at the Chicago Dinner because they’re absolutely the best speakers. We see Marine Corps values—courage, honor, commitment, teamwork, not leaving anybody behind—in these families.” “We’re all in this together.” Alexis Wright is the daughter of Staff Sergeant Anthony Session, United States Marine Corps (Ret.). Losses and personal setbacks delayed the 2008 high school graduate’s pursuit of higher education. Now a wife and mother of a 4-year-old son, Wright transferred from a community college to San Diego State University to accelerate her quest to become a doctor. She’s majoring in microbiology and double-minoring in megapersistence and ultrazeal. “I am so very thankful to programs such as Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation for making my college experience less stressful,” Wright writes in a letter to MCSF. “Attending a fouryear university has been one of the most empowering moments of my life. Now more than ever I encourage other young mothers and wives who have not finished their education to do so. It is never too late to complete your education and achieve your [career] goals.” Alexandria, Virginia-based MCSF has awarded $135 million in post-secondary scholarships to more than 40,000 children of Marines since 1962. King served as MCSF’s vice chairman of the board for 14 years and launched a local initiative, the highly
successful Chicago Dinner, with others in 2011. The Chicago Dinner raises funds annually for children of the severely injured Marines. The pandemic forced the cancelation of this year’s dinner, but it failed miserably to scrub folks’ enthusiasm. More than $1.6 million had been raised through mid-September, following an average yearly total of $2.7 million in investments over the last three years. The admirable goal is to provide $30,000 need-based scholarships to 1,000 students. That’s a whopping $30 million; King and his fellow dinner hosts are more than halfway ($17 million) home. “Honoring Marines by educating their children,” King sums. “That’s our overall mission.” MCSF recipients graduate from college at a rate of 90 percent, compared to 65 percent nationally. Other MCSF figures: 50 percent of the scholars are first-generation students, 45 percent are STEM majors, and 39 percent are students of color. King met his wife, Suzanne, at the University of Southern California. He majored in business administration in Los Angeles; she got her degree in education. Jim attended Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Virginia, in 1966, and earned his wings in 1968 at Corpus Christi, Texas. During the Vietnam War, he flew the Grumman A-6 Intruder in day and night missions over South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, among other lands. Water has been one of his treasured escapes since retiring from the military. King has run at least 18 rivers worldwide with fellow whitewater-rafters. His experience along China’s Yangtze River? “The most exciting, the prettiest, and the scariest,” says King, who has also pierced waves with paddles in Chile, India, and Serbia, and would jump at the chance to fly-fish anywhere or ski in Colorado. “There’s nothing like whitewater rafting. You’re out there navigating with 8 to 10 others, no phones, enjoying the time to talk and to reflect.” The adventurous King owned planes for 25 years before selling his last, a Cessna Caravan, seven years ago. He misses it. But his spirits continue to soar whenever he’s around any of his eight grandchildren. Married for 52 years, he and Suzanne have three children. They essentially adopted a fourth—the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. “It’s been nice and fun because education means so much to my wife and me,” King says. “Making a commitment to it balanced our lives, especially at the beginning of our involvement. We’d devote a third of our time to family and travel, another third to the MCSF, and a third to work.” He’ll be all-in on November 11, Veterans Day. And he’ll reflect, this time on terra firma. He’ll no doubt nod and smile warmly while acknowledging grateful sentiments from loved ones and friends. He’ll deliver grateful sentiments in the presence of other veterans. “It’s a day,” King says, “to thank our veterans for their service and also for providing an example for every American to make personal sacrifices and compromises for the greater good of our country during these challenging times.” For more information about the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, visit mcsf.org.
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