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North Shore Weekend NEWS 10  On the lookout

What are the best ways for businesses and residents on the North Shore to avoid financial fraud, including cybercrime and other ills?

14 News Digest

A summary of news that’s happened around the North Shore and a preview of upcoming events.

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20 Goings On About Towns

Find out about the best events coming up this week in the North Shore.

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Data breaches and other forms of financial fraud having troublesome impact ■ by bill mclean The scariest costume on the North Shore this Halloween weekend might be that of a dark robber’s ski mask and a white bed sheet — with dozens of credit card and debit card statements attached to the sheet. Homeowner to trick-or-treater: “And what are you supposed to be?” Trick-or-treater: “A data breach.” It seems every other day there is alarming news of a chain of stores — Target, Home Depot and Supervalu, to name a few — falling victim to a data breach. Home Depot admitted in September a months-long breach had compromised 56 million credit and debit cards. Last year, right before the start of the holiday shopping season, cyber crooks stole credit card information from 40 million Target customers. Both stores welcome thousands of North Shore customers every week. “Data bases are designed by humans, and there are smart people out there who know how to illegally access information from those data bases,” says Glenview resident Nick Iavarone, an attorney and former assistant state’s attorney for Cook County (1973-80). “Who’s to say somebody couldn’t access everybody’s Social Security number from the Illinois Department of Revenue?” There’s no question fear of losing one’s identity to thieves — along with having to deal with bogus credit card charges — won’t go away anytime soon in a world that’s nearing a paperless and currency-less state. “Somebody got my credit card account number and used it,” says Bob Desmond, a salesman who lives in Winnetka. “But I received an ‘unusual spending’ phone alert. It’s expensive for credit card companies to cover the costs [of breaches and identity theft]. Unfortunately those costs usually get passed down to us. “People,” he adds, “have been more careful [since the Target breach]. They’re getting phone alerts and they’re monitoring their statements online to make sure the activity is their activity.” President Barrack Obama signed an executive order Oct. 17 to increase the security measures (the addition of microchips and PIN numbers) for federal credit cards. Goodbye to swiping. Hello to ‘chip’-ping in — a card’s embedded microchip communicates

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with a merchant’s terminal/reader. The President also urged banks and retailers to do the same to stem the menace of identity fraud. For decades restaurant patrons have never had qualms about handing a credit card to a server and watching the server leave the table to swipe it and produce the bill’s paperwork. “How safe is that?” Iavarone asks. “That never happens when I eat at a restaurant in Europe. My card never leaves my sight. The transaction is made by the server in front of me and everybody else at my table.” Before the onset of data breaches and identity theft, financial fraud had a face, and it belonged to former stockbroker and financial advisor Bernard Madoff. His Ponzi scheme defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars. But similar sinister schemes didn’t disappear when Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison in 2009. “They’re still going on today,” says Iavarone, who addressed the topic on an episode of “American Greed” on CNBC. “From 2008 to 2013, the government found one Ponzi scheme per week. One per week … think about that. Investors become victims because they believe they are going to get incredible returns — returns that are too good to be true — on their investments without even checking out a firm’s capital and insurance. There are two types of people in the financial industry that businesses and individuals should worry about: dishonest ones and wellmeaning ones who don’t know what they’re doing.

“I’ve seen both types.” Unlike most credit card holders, clients of both types of advisors aren’t protected. Iavarone urges investors to take a few crucial steps before allowing a money pro to take their green and attempt to grow it. “Do some research,” he says. “Look at the FINRA [Financial Industry Regulatory Authority] and NFA [National Futures Association] websites. You can find out a lot about firms’ and individuals’ backgrounds on those. Ask questions about the firm’s capital and insurance. If there isn’t enough of either, walk away. “And if you find yourself having to sign a lot of forms, that’s usually a tip-off that what you’re about to do is highly risky,” Iavarone adds. Longtime employees of trusting owners have been known to commit another type of financial fraud. It sometimes takes years to uncover the in-house crime. “It astounds me that people who run companies or practices on the North Shore continue to lose money because their own bookkeepers are stealing money, either through checks at the back of the books or by opening up an envelope and applying for a business credit card without permission,” Iavarone says. “You have to be vigilant if you’re an owner.” And if you’re a consumer who owns plastic — with your name on it. “The good thing about credit card companies is that they’re usually one step ahead of the identity thieves,” says Desmond. “But I still like to joke around with people by saying, ‘If you want to steal my identity, go right ahead. Enjoy the mortgage, too.’ ” ■


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■ by s.h. sweet On a wall outside CEO Heather Becker’s office is a framed ruin of a painting that was destroyed by fire. The charred remains serve as a reminder that The Conservation Center cannot help everyone who seeks it out to conserve their paintings. Although the flow of new pieces for The Center has been exciting for Becker, occasionally she has to say no to a client. “There are times when you have to let things go and just walk away when the integrity of the piece is no longer intact,” she says. Those “nos” happen rarely for the 31-year-old Chicago organization, which can securely manage as many as 5,000 works of art at one time. The Conservation Center is the only for-profit firm in the country whose services comprise all the disciplines of conservatorship. Aside from paintings, the kinds of pieces that can be conserved include photographs, works on paper, frames and gilding, fine furniture, murals, rare books, objects, and textiles. More recently, The Center began to offer custom framing of works it preserves. “We have a large team – now 30 people – which is unusual for our industry. For many years, it has been an individual doing his or her work alone,” Becker says. “We wanted to be able to treat an entire collection for a museum, a corporation, or a private collector.” Now ensconced in several stories of a brick building in the trendy West Town area of Chicago, The Conservation Center is delighted with its new home. Knowing more space was needed and deciding to analyze workflow to pinpoint leaner ways to process the treasures entrusted to it, Becker hired Jeanne Gang as a design partner for the work areas known as laboratories. Gang and her team interviewed all members of the staff in a “creative collaboration” that identified how workflow could be more efficient and effective. The laboratories include large square tables that dot the open, well-lit areas so conservators can sit or

stand and move around easily. They can also engage each other readily. “There is a lot of shifting that goes on as a conservator works on projects, since after you begin work on one thing, it may have to be set aside to dry,” Becker says. “Looking through a microscope or using a fine hair brush or carving with hand tools can be very fatiguing, so everyone has to be aware of the body mechanics that are part of the work process. “Many of the crafts that the conservators use on a regular basis go back hundreds of years and have to be woven into the sometimes more innovative technological side of what they do. Only once you have treated hundreds of pieces do you develop the confidence to work on something priceless or irreplaceable without fear. It can be daunting to have a masterpiece in front of you, but the seasoned conservator will know when to step back or test further before embarking on the repair.” A large wooden frame has been damaged and pieces of the intricately carved frame need to be replaced. Could technology like 3-D modeling on a computer or 3-D printing aid the conservator as he duplicated the missing pieces? “This would not work for us,“ Becker explains. “The artisan’s skill was so integral to the original piece that The Conservation Center would always honor that hand of the artist. Our modern-day artisans have to be able to mimic that hand talent. It looks more natural when it is handmade instead of machine-made.” Many people could make a work look better, but the process is what differentiates a conservator from a restorer. Becker explains that “a conservator uses the least invasive and most reversible process, so that what he does could be reversed again 5 or 50 or 500 years from now. You could always get back to the original bones of the object. A restorer uses whatever means to beautify the piece but might permanently change the piece.” The founder, Barry Bauman, began the business at the behest of Marshall Field V of Lake Forest,




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Boofhead BBQ — a team consisting of co-founders Bruce Rylance and Jeff Silvers, Mike Rhoades, Scott Johnson, Ed Kilwien, and Rock Marasco — captured first place in the 17th annual Lake Bluff RibFest in early October on the Village Green.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released more than $1.5 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to Lake County for the acquisition and demolition of nine residential

At least three suburban dogs died this month after being infected with Leptospirosis, a bacteria that dogs can come in contact with by simply sniffing the urine of infected wildlife in parks, back yards or city sidewalks — anywhere a squirrel or rodent passes through. Mac Fletcher of Lake Bluff was one of those recent cases. Cindy and Tom Fletcher and their son Austin noticed something was up with their normally exuberant Golden Retriever when he didn’t eat his dinner. A few hours later he seemed lethargic, which was also unusual. Less than five days later, they faced a wrenching decision: euthanize their pup, who was only four years old, or watch him die of organ failure due to what veterinarians suspect was an acute case of Leptospirosis infection. They chose to have him put to sleep. “I would hate to think this would happen to another dog,” said Cindy. “If your dog seems a little lethargic — just be proactive and call your vet.”

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Launching businesses is a passion for Kenilworth resident ■ by katie rose mceneely

Sean Bisceglia is a Kenilworth resident and entrepreneur. Reading: I do a lot of reading, more for business. I read a lot of news items, but one thing I’m addicted to is The Week, an aggregation of all the top stories and book reviews and travel and business and political issues. I’ve been reading that for years. Listening: I have been listening to a lot of my kids’ music. I find a few things that my teenagers are listening to, whether or not it’s Adam Levine or Train, and I go to Pandora. I used to be a huge Van Morrison fan. Watching: I watch “The Good Wife,” I think it’s a really well-written show. The other show I like is “The Crazy Ones” with Robin Williams, which is based on Leo Burnett. Following: What I’m following is what’s happening to the technology and recruiting industry. There’s a lot of big names buying companies in our area. I follow a lot of what’s happening in the human resources/software technology area and their investments. TechCrunch gives you a little insight on that. I set up a lot of Google alerts, so they’re pushed to me quite a bit. Activity: This is my fourth company in Chicago; this one is called Scout Exchange. What we’ve built is a marketplace between large corporations and headhunters or search firms to help companies find candidates less expensive and faster than they have in the past. The best way I have to describe it is eBay meets for headhunting. And that’s what we’ve built over the past two years. The first thing we’re doing is trying to hire really

great people. We’re owned by TRI Ventures, which owns a large global creative and marketing staffing firm. They also are the largest shareholder in Angie’s List. It’s growing very rapidly, and you need to hire great people to manage that. We’re focused on bringing new companies on to the exchange. The company is located in River North. We have about 25 people in Chicago and about 20 in Boston. I lived in Chicago for 20 years, on the North Shore for 17 of those years, and moved to Boston to start Scout Exchange with a team up there that’s funding the company. Once we got it all established, I moved back to the North Shore — I really missed [the area]. Eating: I am eating a lot of fish. Big fish fan, big shellfish fan. I’m enjoying that quite a bit. I’m drinking Moscow Mules. I’m trying to bring back Planter’s Punch — an old-school drink. Rum, grenadine, orange juice, pineapple juice, and coconut rum. It goes down very smoothly, but after the first one, it’s like, “Oh my God, it really hit me.” What is your favorite mistake? I’ve made a few of them in my life. I think from a business standpoint, my biggest mistake that I learned the most from is not knowing when to fold the cards. As an entrepreneur, you become addicted to an idea and risk a lot to make sure it’s successful. You need to know when it’s time to call it a failure and move on. Personal mistake is a more recent mistake: I let my son look at and apply to too many colleges. I think it was 20 colleges — he got into 18 of them and it’s just too many. I have twins that are freshmen at New Trier, and they are not going to do what their brother just did. ■

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To learn Russian language, she heads to the source ■ by jake jarvi

Seventeen-year-old Rachel York, a senior at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, has always had an interest in the Russian language. Since they don’t offer the course at her school, she started searching other avenues. That’s how York found a scholarship through the U.S. State Department called the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y). It allows high school students to travel to countries where “critical languages” are spoken that aren’t frequently taught in schools. It involves staying with a host family, daily four-hour courses in the language, and cultural excursions, such as museums and the opera. “It’s for languages like Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Turkish, Korean, or Persian,” York says. “Those are the languages that our government needs people to be able to speak so they have diplomats that can go to those countries. “One hundred years ago, it was more important for people to speak French or German, but now it’s very important to speak Arabic, Chinese, or Russian. This is their way of getting people interested in those languages or, for people like me — who were already interested in the languages but didn’t have access to them — the resources to learn them.” After an application process of essays, language selection, and an interview process,

York was sent to Chisinau, the capital city of Moldova, a small country bookended by Romania and the Ukraine. For six weeks she immersed herself in the Russian language and experienced the culture of a post-Soviet nation alongside 30 other American high school students. “It’s a more community-oriented culture,” York says. “People care more about family and neighbors. When I told them that I was looking at colleges outside of my city, they thought that was crazy. There, you stay with your family. “I also noticed that people dress a lot nicer there for day-to-day life. I brought shorts and t-shirts, but I got on the bus in the morning, and there are women in high heels with their nice dresses. I ended up wearing the same four dresses on a rotation.” The NSLI-Y program is funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is offered to high school students for stays of either six weeks or one year. The scholarship includes round-trip travel, tuition for the foreign language course, educational and cultural programming, room and board, and entrance and exit visas. For York, not only did it give her the opportunity to finally learn to speak Russian, but it also cemented her desire for more world travel. “I definitely want to continue pursuing being a Foreign Service officer,” she says. “But even if I don’t do that, I know I want to do something where I can travel a lot or live abroad.” ■

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Play is a sight for sore eyes ■ by jill soderberg In “Isaac’s Eye,” the current production at Writers Theatre in Glencoe directed by Michael Halberstam, playwright Lucas Hnath sacrifices truth for the sake of storytelling, the story being that of Isaac Newton and his rivalry with fellow scientist Robert Hooke. Our narrator, a commanding LaShawn Banks — who also plays a man dying of the plague — comes clean up front. This is a play, he tells us, where the lies are designed “to help you see something that’s difficult to see . . . . Anything that’s true, we’ll write on the wall.” Thus in yet another ingeniously configured arrangement of the small back-of-the-bookstore theatre, one wall is a chalkboard where the actual truths are recorded. And while at the center of the action are these two men’s diverging theories about light — “Isaac: Light=particles; Hooke: Light=waves” — the chalkboard, in this case a useful theatrical device, is the only element in the play that bears any resemblance to junior high science class. Seventeenth-century historical drama is rendered in an idiosyncratic present-day milieu. The play’s language is quirky, droll, and contemporary. Jürgen Hooper’s Isaac combines a hipster vibe with a childlike self-centeredness and single-mindedness about what he wants, and his declarative sentences tell us so. He wants to get into the Royal Society. “If I were able to get into that club, . . . the best of the best royal thinkers club, I think, if I joined the Royal Society, that would be a start,” he says. He wants recognition for his work: “If I were in that club, everyone would respect me.” He wants fame: “Maybe if I got really famous, they’d put my face on money.” Thus he sends his work to Hooke — played with deadpan ennui and expletive-filled irritation by Marc Grapey — the Royal Society’s curator of experiments, who is challenged by this potential rival in his field and visits Isaac’s rural home to discover whether the young upstart has actually proved his theory about light. “I put a needle in my eye,” Isaac tells him. This truth is eventually recorded on the chalkboard, but not before Hnath delivers some elements that diverge from the historical record: a blackmail plot, a sex diary, a love triangle. In a play with its emotionally distancing artifice declared at the outset, one where the scientists’ treachery casts a shadow on their exploration of light, two characters insert humanity and warmth. Elizabeth Ledo is Catherine, Isaac’s long-suffering girlfriend, whose desire for marriage and

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wines of the week ■ by johnson ho As the cool, windy evenings of autumn beckon warming palate pleasers, we turn to opulent wines that embrace hearty dishes or sips by the fireside. Some find additional comfort in classic seasonal treats such as pumpkins, mushrooms and hot cobblers to celebrate the change of season.  Here are some fabulous gems. 2004 Cune Imperial Gran Reserva, Rioja, Spain; $169 Voted the Best Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator magazine last year, this ultra-exclusive red represent the rare culmination of nature’s perfect growing season and the winemaker’s strict vineyard and barrel selections for their sporadically produced flagship blend, the Gran Reserva.  Following two years of resting in oak barrels and a minimum of three years in the bottle normally before release, the winery clearly discerned a world-class caliber in this vintage.  By offering this small batch after eight years from vintage, it harmonized into a bravura performance of dried flowers, dark berry fruit and a dusting of coffee beans that linger for a minute.  From Paella to smoked pork loin, especially when accented by fresh truffles, this makes a perfect partner for stewy recipes or meat pies.  Best anytime between 2014-2024 after two hours of decanting. 2004 Capafons-Osso Mas de Masos, Priorat, Spain; $75 This estate is tucked away on a steep, rocky hillside that enjoys cool temperatures and perfect sun exposure. Overlooked for centuries by the wine trade, this tiny region about an hour’s drive southwest of Barcelona was deemed too difficult to farm for a profit. About 20 years ago, a small cadre of young producers decided to apply the best techniques and invest in modern equipment to upgrade the local wine quality. They succeeded wildly beyond their dreams soon thereafter.  Priorat has become a cult-wine region with a global following because of its muscular power and effusive mineral-tinged blackberry and plum flavors reminiscent of great Syrahs. The local cuisine features a lot of rich seafood recipes like tuna, salmon, fish stew/soup, as well as spicy charcouterie and grilled lamb shank. Best anytime between 2014 -2020 after two hours of decanting. 2009 Field Stone Merlot, Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California; $20 A perennial winner for top-bargain Merlots, this organically farmed charmer surprises oenophiles with its plethora of black currant, blackberry and plum expressions that culminate with a non-sweet jammy character and a velvety finish.  The proprietor, Dr. John Staten, is a former University of Chicago theology professor who decided to change his career about 40 years ago and embarked on a wine journey shared by other fellow U of C professors, e.g. Warren Winiarski (Stag’s Leap Wine Cellar) and Chris Howell (Cain Winery).  The Field Stone estate remains small by design, and its Merlot consistently provides orchestral richness at an incredibly affordable price. A mellow companion with casual poultry, veal, pork and grazing fare, this Merlot also shines with pumpkin pie.  Best 5-10 years after vintage after 30 minutes of decanting.



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Organized by Cari Alexander, Geoff Koss, and Tracy and Ward Winslow, all of Winnetka, Monster Mash for Misericordia brought supporters in scary, amusing, and witty costumes to 27 Live in Evanston last Friday night. Guests enjoyed an evening dancing to local bands, with Dr. Bombay as the night’s headliner. No Halloween party is complete without a costume contest: Karen and Bill Essig took home the top prize as Beaker and Dr. Bunsen from The Muppets. More than $7,000 was raised for Misericordia, going to the more than 600 children and adults who live and work at their campus in Chicago.

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Friday, October 31 The ghouls didn’t always reign today — sometimes they were knocked out. Today marks the 74th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Britain. The first major campaign fought entirely by air forces (the German Luftwaffe and Britain’s Royal Air Force), it lasted three months and three weeks. It was Germany’s first major defeat and is considered a critical turning point of World War II and Hitler’s ultimate defeat. Saturday, November 1 Lake Forest Open Lands: Volunteer Work Day Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve Trail access and parking are located at Elawa Farm, 1401 Middlefork Drive (located half mile off of Waukegan Road on Middlefork Drive), 9 a.m.-noon For more information about restoration workdays, contact Enjoy the seasonal weather while spending time with your family and learning about local natural ecosystems. Appropriate for families and all ages. Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Lake Forest Open Lands will supply work gloves and any tools needed.

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John James Audubon Brushwood Center in Ryerson Woods 21850 N Riverwoods Road, Deerfield 2 p.m. William Souder, author of “Under A Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of the Birds of America,” will discuss the life of Audubon and what he learned after nearly two years of research writing the book at a free talk at Brushwood Center in Ryerson Woods. The book, published by Milkweed Editions, earned the Minnesota resident numerous awards and was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Thursday, November 6 St. Athanasius School Open House St. Athanasius School 2510 Ashland Avenue, Evanston 7-8:30 p.m. Evanston’s award-winning Catholic grade school is pleased to welcome members of the Evanston and surrounding communities for an evening of information and insights. Come see how the school inspires students to love, learn, and lead.

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YOur HOme’s PrICe TaG Pricing is about supply and demand, something that is part science of economics and part the art of the deal. Your Realtor will start out with a Comparative Market Analysis, choosing homes in your area that are comparable in size, bedrooms, bathrooms and amenities. The list should contain homes in the same village and specific to your neighborhood. This is a standing rule. Then you use the closest comparables in amenities and acreage. The main things to compare besides bedrooms and bathrooms are square footage, amenities like fireplaces and pools, garages and the age of a home. You won’t get a fair market analysis if the house you’re marketing is being compared to other homes that are brand new or much older vintage houses. Another thing to keep in mind is location. Pay attention to physical barriers such as major streets, access to freeways and if there are multiple entries and exits to the neighborhoods. A good market analysis shows how competitive your house can be in today’s market, so consult your Realtor and find out what your house is really worth!

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School of Art Institute grad brews up beer business ■ by katie rose mceneely

Ben Finch, formerly of Highland Park, is the owner and founder of Finch’s Beer Co. in Chicago. How did you start Finch’s? I owned a multimedia and design firm in Chicago for approximately nine years, and we did a lot of brand work, design, web development. Probably in 2008 or 2009, I got into the brand of beer and was looking to do my own project. I wasn’t a home brewer; I was more interested in creating a business and a brand with our family name. I had started drinking Two Brothers, Goose Island and a few others — basically I ended up teaming up with someone I knew from college (in 2002 I graduated from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and I’m an artist by trade). I teamed up with Richard Grand, who was our head brewer. He did the beer, and I managed the brand and the design. It came out of my interest in creativity. Beer is creative — it’s science, it’s art, it’s everything I have a passion for. It’s been fun ever since. Years in the business? The end of 2010, the start of 2011. From the idea to actually sending beer out it took two years, more or less. Lineup? This year has been all about transition — we just finished our threeyear anniversary, and we’ve really only had packaged beer on the shelf for two years. We discontinued our blonde ale, our pale ale, and we brought in new brands — an imperial IPA, a new pale ale. Our winter beer, the Nuclear Winter, is a Belgian strong ale. The Threadless partnership? That came out of my looking at collaborations a little differently. A lot of breweries do collaborations — and we do as well — but this was a brand collaboration.

Threadless was interested in brewing beer for events, when they had just moved into the West Loop. I said, “What if Finch’s brewed for you?” I gave them the commitment and we brewed some beers, thinking of it as a one and done. It wasn’t until probably about six months in that we decided collaboratively to sell it; it was draft-only in 2011. It wasn’t until June or July of 2012 that we put it into a can. That beer turned into our flagship IPA, more or less, and they continue to use that beer for their special events. What sets you apart? We’re kind of known in the business now for having a different approach: distribution first and taproom second. We have a wider distribution footprint and really are looking to have a taproom in the next couple years — but we’re building relationships. We built a brewery without a brand, and it’s working. I’ve worked a long time on the North Shore raising awareness of craft beer. It’s an area I’ve personally been putting a lot of time and effort into. It’s a great alternative to other alcohol — it’s a great opportunity to try something new. Brewery tours? Finch’s is wholesale production only — we don’t have a taproom, but we do tours on Saturdays. We have five; they start at noon and run until 5 p.m. It’s $10, you get a pint glass, get to sample some beer and you get to see the brewing and packaging facility. That’s the exciting part. It lasts about an hour, and it’s a really economical afternoon. Finch’s Beer Co. is located at 4564 N. Elston Avenue in Chicago and can be found at many grocery and liquor stores. For more information, visit ■

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Have you ever experienced a miracle? photography by robin subar

Anna Goldman and Michael Riendeau, Evanston Anna: I experience miraculous sensations — such as sitting on a mountain with my eyes closed and feeling as if the sun was very close to me. Michael: I was in West Africa studying music through an interpreter with a guy from Mali — I randomly brought along a book with pictures from Senegal, and one of the pictures in the book happened to be this guy, performing at a wedding with his best friend.

Tom Pearson, Deerfield Yes It occurred last winter. Our 2-year-old nephew was very ill and close to death.  He was born with a heart defect.  He coded twice during surgery.  It took the doctors 15 minutes to bring him back.  During that time, everyone was praying for him all over the country.  He survived against all odds, and his heart defect has been repaired.

Maggie Lupton, Evanston Crissa Phoraris, Evanston Today I thought about my friend Nance Alysa Parks, Evanston — and then I ran into her. Crissa: When my grandmother passed away, she decided to die by stopping her medication. Her amazing sense of peace and connection to her friends and family transferred directly to us in her dying days. Alysa: That’s such a great question! Life is full of them every day.

Olivia Ottinger, Deerfield Some years ago, my grandparents (in their 70s) were driving at night and my grandfather fell asleep at the wheel. My grandmother was also sleeping, and their car swerved down a hill and into a ditch. It so happened that right behind them was a police car and behind the policeman happened to be a nurse. They are still alive to tell the story.

Sandra Simovic and Andrew Matienzo, Evanston Sandra: Yes — I was in Serbia when I was 6 years old at a manmade lake. I didn’t know how to swim, and my brother did — we were both drowning and a fisherman 1/2 mile away got to us in time. I don’t know how he managed that. I remember seeing flashes of a funeral and a willow tree over my grave. Andrew: When I was 7, my family was in the car, and we were hit by a drunk driver.  I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was knocked unconscious.  My parents were too. My 6-year-old sister managed to crawl out of the car and flagged someone down on the highway.  If she hadn’t done that, we wouldn’t have survived.

Jeanine Stathopoulos, Evanston I think Boston College beat Notre Dame one year!

Melissa and Julian Levin, Lincolnshire A friend of mine Chris, a Marine, was killed during his service. A month later my dog Rocko died.  I was moving from California to Arizona and along the drive I asked my friend Chris to send me a sign if he and my dog Rocko were together.  At one of the rest stops on my drive a woman appeared and told me that I looked like I needed a friend.  We struck up a conversation and at the end she took a handful of business cards out of her wallet. She wrote her number on the card.  The business card she used was the vet where my dog died.


24 | home & design

The vaulted ceiling is a signature feature.

■ by thomas connors Looking at Jim and Carol Hansen’s handsome, tree-shaded home in Winnetka, it’s hard to believe there was a time when folks didn’t think much of it. “When I bought it in 1979, it had been on the market for eight months,” Jim recalls. “No one even came to the open house.” It didn’t help that the current homeowner — an artist — had covered the exterior trim of this shingled Arts & Crafts gem in Day-Glo orange. But once he stepped inside, it didn’t take Jim long to make an offer. Buying an old house often means opening a Pandora’s box of problems. But for the Hansens, the real surprises the 1901 home presented weren’t so much structural or mechanical as historical. An industrial designer with a deep-seated interest in architecture, Jim was so intrigued by the building’s character and compelling features — most notably the central living space with its double-height, sharply pitched ceiling — that he soon began to poke

into the history of the place. His research began at the Genealogical Department of the Winnetka Public Library (where it turned out the librarian’s husband had known a son of the original owners), continued at the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago, and led him to meet descendants of both the man who built the house and the architect who designed it. The house was designed by architect Augustus Higginson for Cincinnati-born Edwin Fetcher, who had come to Chicago in 1890 and started work as draftsman for Winslow Brothers Company, the firm that created the ornamental ironwork that adorns Louis Sullivan’s Carson Pirie Scott department store on State Street. Fetcher’s modest residence soon attracted attention, garnering coverage in Architectural Record and Inland Architect. In 1905, House Beautiful ran a story characterizing the home as “simple, sincere, and unpretentious.” Entitled “A Bachelor’s Cottage in the Country,” the article made a point of stressing the essentially masculine aspect of the little house:


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“A man’s taste inclines toward a broad scheme of decoration, a woman’s toward a complicated one. A man never ‘fills’ his rooms with things. He places a few large objects where they best serve the purpose of utility and beauty and thinks no more about them.” Fetcher outfitted his digs sparingly with Stickley furniture, Japanese prints, a few pieces of pottery and glass, and a grand piano. Manly as his home may have been, not long after that article appeared, Fetcher found himself engaged to Margaret Root, a fellow music-lover and the daughter of architect John Wellborn Root, whose work includes such iconic Chicago buildings as The Rookery and the Monadnock Building. Bright and artistic, the couple welcomed such visitors as Margaret’s aunt, Harriet Monroe (founder of Poetry Magazine) and Nobel Prize-winning poet William Butler Yeats. They put on amateur theatricals and Sunday recitals in the vaulted living room, and as their family grew, added a two-story, two-bedroom addition to this onceperfect bachelor’s pad. The home, which remained in the Fetcher family until 1954, was little changed when the Hansens took up residence. “Like any old house,” says Jim, “the kitchen and bathrooms had to be updated and there was a fair amount of electrical work to be done. But the people who had lived here before never did anything to change what was here, and the changes we made didn’t alter the aesthetic.” To that end, Jim sought out period-appropriate furnishings. “This was before auctions for this material were in full force,” notes Jim, “so you could get things pretty easily. To many people, these pieces were just used furniture.” One of his luckier finds included two Stickley pieces from the company’s noted designer Harvey Ellis. “I came across them in an antiques shop in St. Charles, Mo.,” Jim recalls. “Stickley had exhibited at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, and someone had acquired it there and had it all those years.” And all these years later, those pieces — a fall front desk and side chair — fit comfortably in the warm cocoon of the Fetcher house, along with such items as Tiffany lamps, Roycroft dining chairs, and a drop-leaf harvest table from Sawbridge Studios. Last year, when the Hansen family opened their home for a fundraiser for Rush University Medical Center, all could see the how judicious blending of antiques and contemporary furnishings invest these spaces with a welcoming charm, a thrilling sense of the past combined with the unmistakable assurance that this is a home, not a museum — a place where life is lived fully, as Fetcher intended when he settled in here more than a century ago. ■

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30 | SPORTS Loud and clear — and clearly talented Highland Park relies on more than just Pineda’s voice in postseason soccer run

Air traffic controller: HP senior keeper Carlos Pineda collects a save in a regional championship match against Stevenson October 25th. HP won 2-0 in double OT. photography by george pfoertner

■ by bill mclean The only thing wrong with the soccer cheer was a verb tense. “I believe …!” Highland Park High School senior goalkeeper Carlos Pineda yelled from the middle of a pulsating huddle of Giants after a playoff match Oct. 25. Pineda’s teammates repeated Pineda’s loud words as the echo of the second word failed to die. In no time all of them were bouncing and shouting, “I believe that we will win! I believe that we will … ” One problem — and it was a wonderful one. HP, a No. 12 seed, had just won another postseason encounter, ending Stevenson’s season with a 2-0, doubleovertime victory in the Class 3A Barrington Regional final. HP (12-6-4) was scheduled to face Buffalo Grove in a Palatine Sectional semifinal Oct. 28. “We are a confident team,” Pineda said after upping his 2014 shutout total to 8.5 and lowering his goals-against average to 0.86. “We don’t have a lot of size, but we make up for that with a lot of heart. “We played very unified tonight.” A successful soccer team normally boasts a keeper with a penchant for scolding and directing his teammates throughout matches. Pineda, a keeper since the age of 8, does that vociferously and readily — without worrying about the strain it will put on his vocal cords or the aftermath of the outbursts. It certainly helps that his teammates expect and welcome Pineda’s piercing brand of leadership. “You have to be stern out there … do anything for a ‘W’,” said the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Pineda, who amassed five straight shutouts during a stretch this fall and has drawn interest from soccer coaches at Division III colleges. “You also have to be a little crazy and extremely enthusiastic.” As time in the second half of the regional final reached single digits in minutes, Pineda sensed his mates needed a verbal push.

“Work!” he howled. “Work harder!” In the first few seconds of the first 10-minute OT session, Pineda couldn’t contain his sense of urgency, delivering a “Right away!” to his forwards and midfielders. Translation: “Score quickly!” Other orders from Pineda during the rest of the first OT period and second OT included: “Move it!” “Middle! Middle!” “Turn, turn, turn!” But Pineda doesn’t get by on shouts alone. After all it’s hard to stop a screaming shot with teeth and an epiglottis. “Carlos is great with his feet, controlling play by stepping out of his box often,” HP coach Blake Novotny said. “He also has really strong distribution, with his feet, with his throwing, with his punting.” Giants senior center-back Omar Rodriguez is in his third season of playing in front of Pineda. What’s particularly comforting to him is knowing Pineda never quakes when an opponent sets a ball down for a corner kick. “I have 100 percent confidence in him [during corners],” Rodriguez said. “He’s an amazing goalkeeper, so confident, vocal and intelligent. Carlos is a leader and one of the best goalkeepers in the state in my mind. “Our defense,” he added, “starts with Carlos.” Highland Park ended last weekend’s regional final with a flourish, getting second-OT goals from junior midfielders Eamonn Moore and Aidan Subra. Only 1:04 separated the tallies. Moore’s goal came off a set piece, with an assist from Rodriguez. Subra’s goal was something else. After controlling the ball about 18 yards in front of and to the left of Pineda, Subra dribbled all by himself for the rest of the trip before blasting a deflating goal past the Patriots’ keeper at the 4:51 mark of the second OT session. It was the soccer equivalent of a lengthy kickoff return for a touchdown. “One of our fastest guys,” Novotny said. “Wild,” he added, referring to the victory. “Our team … it

showed perseverance. I’m not sure a lot of our kids believed we’d be where we are now before the start of the playoffs. It looks like they believe now.” Pineda’s belief has been of the unyielding variety since the first day of the season. Part of that stems from his passion for stopping shots, which ranks right up there with his passion for spurring teammates. “I love soccer more than anything else, love being on a team like this,” said Pineda, whose favorite summer pastime is riding his bike in Chicago — after hopping on a train with it. “A lot of high school teams … they like to rely on air balls more than we do. We like to keep the ball on the ground, possess it that way.” Keeper Pineda owns a potent combo — fearlessness on 50/50 balls, with a verve to motivate his mates while on the balls of his feet — that’s tough to match in matches. “Carlos is a fun and energetic young man who has really found his stride and confidence during his senior year,” Novotny said. “He loves getting the team fired up.” Notable: HP eliminated fifth-seeded Hersey with a 1-0 victory in a Barrington Regional semifinal Oct. 21. … A goalkeeper’s favorite number has to be 0 for an obvious reason. Pineda’s jersey number: 0. … HP senior midfielder Ian Valadez is a magician, confounding anybody who dares to mark him with his entertaining dribbling skills. He displayed those attributes often against Stevenson’s Patriots (7-7-6) in the first half of the regional final Oct. 25. His happy and effective feet extended possessions for the Giants and forced Pats to run around in haphazard circles. … HP senior defensive-midfielder Zach Kohn continued to display his stubborn (defensive prowess) and dangerous (free kicks) sides in the regional championship. … One of Stevenson’s assistant coaches, Shannon Kolze, has a Highland Park HS connection. The former Lake Zurich HS soccer/basketball player’s father is Mike Kolze, who coached varsity boys basketball at HPHS for 15 years before stepping down after the 1998-99 season. ■

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■ by bill mclean Striking: Lake Forest senior Abby Warren prepares to smack a loose ball in earlier action. photography by joel lerner

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Open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00am-3:00pm 1510 Old Deerfield Rd, Suite 215 • Highland Park, IL 60035 Lake Forest High School’s field hockey team won its second straight state championship last fall, lost 14 seniors to graduation in the spring — including several Division I players — and battle with six sophomores on this year’s varsity club. The Scouts are a rebuilding bunch, right? Hardly. LFHS earned the No. 1 seed in the state tournament and thumped visiting St. Ignatius 5-0 in a Round of 16 playoff game Oct. 23. “We have a pretty good legacy [to uphold],” junior defender Katelyn Lochiatto said. “Everybody on the team knows everybody has to step up in the playoffs, no matter what our seed is. Both of our captains (senior midfielder Abby Warren and junior midfielder Elise Wong) are silently pushing us with the energy they play with during games. “They’re not cheerleaders; they’re leaders,” she added. Wong scored twice against St. Ignatius, including a penalty shot in the 13th minute of the second half. Her first tally had upped LF’s lead to 3-0 in the first minute of the second half. Warren struck the first goal of the night at 24:57 of the first half. “Our team this year … it’s about connections, a lot of connections,” Warren said. “That’s the best feeling, knowing we’re capable of working our way up the field with the ball and connecting well with our teammates.” Lochiatto needed only one word to capture one of the squad’s strengths. “Synergy,” she said. But nervousness plagued some of the young Scouts in the first half against St. Ignatius’ Wolfpack, LF coach Melanie Walsh noted. “Our start was jittery,” Walsh said. “I pulled some players out and then put them back in after we had some chats. We were adjusting to a new lineup while St. Ignatius was outhustling us and playing aggressively. “I liked how we improved our energy in the second half.” Junior midfielder Erin Close capped the night’s scoring, after contributing an assist. The other assists came off the sticks of Wong, Warren and sophomore defender Greta Kullby. Junior forward Sheridan Weiss scored the Scouts’ second goal of the night.

“We dig constantly,” Weiss said of another team trait that taxes opponents. Add heaping tablespoons of intelligence, hustle and determination to the mix — plus sophomore goalkeepers Kerry Lawler and Hannah Metzger — and it’s no wonder the Scouts boasted a 16-2-1 record and two wins over second-seeded New Trier heading into a state quarterfinal earlier this week. Wong, a superstar with the humility of a role player, inspires her teammates constantly. The certain 2014 all-stater, member of the USA Field Hockey U17 National Team and Windy City Field Hockey club standout plans to graduate a year early from LFHS and attend Princeton University as a field hockey recruit beginning with the 2015-16 academic year. “You should see her in the hallways [at school],” Lochiatto said. “She gives hugs; she’s sweet. And she’s a great all-around person.” “On the field,” Warren added, “Elise is a fireball.” Lake Forest was scheduled to face eighth-seeded and visiting Latin School in a state quarterfinal Oct. 28. The state championship (2 p.m.) game and third-place game (noon) will be held at New Trier’s Northfield campus Nov. 1. Notable: During a timeout in the second half of the LFHS-St. Ignatius playoff game last week, Scouts assistant field hockey coach Cat Catanzaro challenged the team to score again before the 18:00 mark. Wong tallied a penalty shot — at 17:58. “Two seconds late,” a coach along LF’s sideline said shortly after the goal put the hosts up 4-0. … Only one of the state quarterfinalists allowed a goal in the Round of 16 state tournament games last week. LFHS, Glenbard West, Oak Park-River Forest, Loyola Academy, Lake Forest Academy, North Shore Country Day and New Trier each advanced via shutout, while Latin School edged Antioch 2-1. … Lochiatto, senior defender Annie Stevenson and junior defender Emma DeNoble limited St. Ignatius to one defensive corner and no shots on goal in the Scouts’ playoff opener Oct. 23. “[Lochiatto] is the backbone of our defense, very vocal,” Walsh said. “She kept the ball out of the 25 [-yard patch in front of LF’s goalkeeper] the majority of the game.” … Scouts senior forward Kelly Nolan suffered a stress fracture to a shin, ending her season. “She played so well for us in the first five weeks of the season,” Walsh said. ■

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Breaking good: New Trier senior running back Kevin Mulhern escapes the clutches of a Warren Blue Devil earlier this fall. photography

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■ by bill mclean The last place in the world New Trier senior running back/defensive back Kevin Mulhern wanted to be in the fourth quarter of a football game against rival Evanston was on a bench. But there he sat, with his helmet off, with a lumpy pack of ice taped to his left shoulder and with his shoulder pads and No. 32 jersey resting next to him near the end of NT’s 44-30 homecoming victory Oct. 24.

At one point he looked straight up at the sky and winced. “He wants the ball and he gets upset when he gets hurt,” Trevians coach Brian Doll said, also alluding to Mulhern’s injured ribs the previous weekend. “What I appreciate about Kevin is how much he enjoys every moment he gets to play football — and that’s something he’s told his teammates. “Kevin,” the coach added, “is pretty low-key, a quiet type of kid. I like having him around because he talks to you like an adult does.” The 6-foot, 180-pound Mulhern always


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after NT (8-1, 4-1 in the Central Suburban League South) secured a home playoff game and started looking forward to the program’s 12th straight postseason appearance. “It was a clean hit … totally clean. It’s fine; I’ll be fine.” When Mulhern — also an all-CSL (honorable mention) middie for the reigning state champion lacrosse team — isn’t de-cleating would-be tacklers in the middle of the field, he’s usually dashing and darting his way around and past defensive ends and backs near sidelines. The Winnetkan and Washburne Middle School product improved his season numbers to 1,040 rushing yards and 11 TD runs in the regular season finale. “Kevin is too fast, a freak, ‘The Man’, and he’s having an incredible season,” said NT senior wideout Charlie Schoder, who rushed for a pair of TDs (14 and 37 yards) in the Evanston game. “Making people miss him — that’s his job. Breaking tackles comes naturally to him.” After rushing for another 10-yard run in the first quarter last weekend, Mulhern popped immediately to his feet, tapped the helmet of the tackler and then ran briskly to his team’s huddle. The message: “Nice tackle, I’m fine, and I can’t wait until we clash again.” Schoder claimed Mulhern is “too nice” to opponents on a football field. But Mulhern claimed he’s a forwardthinking back. “The way I look at it is, if you treat somebody nice early, he’ll treat you nice later in the game, maybe help you up after remembering what [jersey] ‘32’ did earlier,” said Mulhern, who rushed for 726 yards and 10 TDs in nine games for NT’s 5-5 squad in 2013. Accompanying that in-game kindness is another side — and Mulhern won’t be on the receiving end of a Hallmark card because of it. “He’s tough, quick, a workhorse,” NT sophomore quarterback Clay Czyzynski said. “The breakaway touchdown he had against Maine South [in a 24-7 loss Oct. 2] left me speechless.” Notable: Fourth-seeded New Trier hosts 13th-seeded Glenbrook South (6-3) in a Class 8A playoff opener Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. NT beat South’s Titans 49-24 Oct. 10. It will mark the schools’ fourth postseason meeting and second in four years, with Glenbrook South holding a 2-1 edge. South defeated NT 27-0 in 2011, downed NT 26-7 in 2005 and lost 35-0 to the Trevians in 1985. ■

Perfecto: Giants finish regular season 9-0 ■ by kevin reiterman Perfect 9-0 regular football seasons are hard to come by. Watching one come to fruition can be thrilling and excruciating — all at the same time. Win No. 9 didn’t come easy for the Highland Park High School’s football team. Breathtaking and edge-of-your-seat fun? Yes. Easy? No. First of all, in order to go 9-0 for the first time in school history, the Giants had to enter a hostile environment at Glenbrook North on Oct. 24. The improved Spartans (4-5) were not to be trifled with. They were an angry and hard-hitting bunch dealing with a desperate and do-or-die situation. A win against HP would’ve made their season, earning them a state playoff berth and putting them in first place in the CSL North. “Never,” said Highland Park coach Hal Chiodo, following his team’s historic 34-33 win, “did I ever feel like we were

in control of this game.” The Giants, who will host Fenwick in the opening round of the Class 7A playoffs on Nov. 1 (6 p.m.), had to wait until the closing seconds to line up in victory formation. They sealed the win with a champion-like final drive, covering 52 yards on eight plays in 5:01. Heroes? There were aplenty. On that final possession, HP senior Cole Greenberg (26 carries, 121 yards) ran like a running back possessed. He carried the ball seven times for 42 yards, including a 13-yarder in which he carried a pile of defenders an extra nine yards. “He can power through,” said HP senior quarterback Sam Nevers. “He runs hard no matter what.” Nevers (16-26, 291 yards) might not have been perfect — picked off three times — but he was Sam-sational at times. He tossed four touchdown passes. His biggest throw of the night? Go back to that last series. The Giants, who were facing a third-and-5 at the GBN 37, came up with one of the boldest plays of the year. Instead of playing it safe with another run, Nevers tossed a nine-yard

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Senior Caroline Zaworski ran No. 2 for LA and wound up 10th overall (19:05.59). The team’s other scorers included freshman Lainey McKinley (12th, 19:20.66), freshman Payton Hoag (21st, 19:54.96) and sophomore Allie Zahn (25th, 20:11.42). Freshman Louisa Edwards finished 27th in 20:14.01. Senior Claire Monticello was 34th (20:39).

Boys Basketball

Lake Forest: Evan Boudreaux announced that he has made a verbal commitment to Dartmouth University. He will join ex-New Trier star Connor Boehm, who averaged 11 points per game as a sophomore last winter. Dartmouth (12-16 last year) is picked sixth in this season’s Ivy League preseason poll.


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Boys Soccer


Lake Forest: The Scouts completed the regular season with a 6-3 record following their 28-0 win over host Mundelein on Oct. 24. They will travel to Belvidere North on Oct. 31 (7:30 p.m.) to open play in the Class 6A state playoffs. Wes Janeck rushed for 121 yards on 10 carries against the Mustangs (0-9). He had three touchdown runs, including a 65-yarder in the second quarter. Earlier in the second quarter, quarterback Danny Carollo (12-for-22, 178 yards) tossed a 71-yard TD pass to Brian Doherty. Michael Christensen caught five passes for 57 yards. Jack Traynor led the defense with seven tackles. Chris Meng had an interception. Loyola: The Ramblers’ record slipped to 7-2 after dropping a 10-7 decision to host Mt. Carmel on Oct. 24. The team will host Warren in the opening round of the Class 8A state playoffs on Nov. 1 (12 noon). Jack Loper scored LA’s only touchdown with 1:26 left to play. Dara Laja led the team in rushing (9-76), while quarterback Aidan Walsh completed 15 of 26 passes for 167 yards. Spencer Cecola (7-92) and Owen Buscaglia (7-61) were the leading receivers.

Stick Nation Field Hockey

State Championship Series: New Trier will be hosting the championship game at 2 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the Northfield Campus. The third-place game is set for noon. No. 1 seed Lake Forest opened the playoffs with a 5-0 victory over St. Ignatius on Oct. 23. Abby Warren and Sheridan Weiss scored first-half goals on feeds from Greta Kullby and Erin Close. Elise Wong added two goals in the second half, while she also assisted a goal by Close. No. 3 Loyola opened tourney play with an 8-0 win over Homewood-Flossmoor on Oct. 23. Lindsay Gertz had three goals, while Molly Laughlin and Sarah Hagadorn added two goals each. Micaela Foley also scored. New Trier, seeded No. 2, began the postseason with a 3-0 victory over Stevenson on Oct. 22, while No. 6 Lake Forest Academy advanced out of the first round by beating Highland Park 2-0. Lindsay Hackett, Rachel Mirkin and Kitty Kenyon came up with the tallies for NT. LFA’s two goals were scored by Kristin Chivers.

The Rundown

Boys Cross Country

Antioch Regional: Led the 1-2 punch of senior Matthew Mekaelian and junior Mark Myers, Lake Forest claimed runner-up honors (79 points) in the Class 2A Antioch Regional on Oct. 25 at Fox River Park in Wilmot. Grayslake Central sophomore Jack Aho was the meet’s top runner (16:06.10). He helped the Rams take first in the team standings with 28 points. Mekaelian continued his terrific fall season by earning runner-up honors in 16:40.33). Myers came in third (16:46.83). The Scouts also received key races from sophomore Etienne Najman (13th, 17:39), Richard Faller (26th, 18:31) and senior Zach Streightiff (35th, 18:51).

Edge to Colin: New Trier’s Colin Egerter (No. 4) makes a textbook tackle against Glenbrook North’s Patrick Pekala during the regional final on Oct. 25. New Trier won 3-1. photography by joel lerner

Libertyville Regional: Senior Ben Casey and junior Brett Davidson stayed on course. The talented Highland Park duo took care of business at the Class 3A Libertyville Regional on Oct. 25 at Adler Park. Casey polished off the three-mile run in 16:10.01 (5th place). Davidson came in three seconds later (7th, 16:13.17). Their efforts helped the Giants to a second-place finish (90 points) behind Buffalo Grove (34). They will contend for a state berth at the Schaumburg Sectional at Busse Woods on Nov. 1 (11:15 a.m.). The other scorers for HP included Jonathan Rosenfeld (19th, 17:00.13), Eddie Herz (23rd, 17:10.18) and Andrew Huddleston (36th, 17:31.47). Nate Amster was 37th (17:32.23). Loyola Regional: New Trier’s Josh Rosenkranz was in the running for firstplace honors. But it didn’t quite happen for the senior standout. He ended up with runner-up honors (15:22.24) at the Class 3A Loyola Regional on Oct. 25 at Harms Woods. Maine South senior Henry Mierzwa raced to the title in 15:15.81. The Trevians won the sectional team title going away (32 points). Maine South took second (67 points), while the host Ramblers were third (90 points). NT senior Austin Santacruz cruised to a fourth-place finish in 15:24.49. Five Trevians ended up in the top 14: senior Luke Duros (7th, 15:39), junior Jack Litowitz (9th, 15:42), senior Om Kanwar (10th, 15:50.40), junior Ted Oh (12th, 15:59) and senior Josh Greenberg (14th, 16:06). Loyola had six of its runners finish in a 12-second time span: sophomore Matthew Kadus (16th, 16:12.73), senior Todd Swenson (17th, 16:17.30), junior Patrick Reilly-Hayward (18th, 16:17.56), sophomore Paolo Tiongson (19th, 16:17.81), senior Michael Banks (20th, 16:23.73) and sophomore Andrew Niewiarowski (21st, 16:24.20). Senior Spencer Kelly ended up 41st (17:03), while senior Jack Carroll, who placed first in the Chicago Catholic League Meet on Oct. 18, did not run. Loyola and New Trier will compete in the Niles West Sectional on Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. Girls Cross Country

Antioch Regional: Emma Milburn, Katie Condon and Brett Chody went 2-3-4 to help Lake Forest to a first-place showing in the Class 2A Antioch Regional on Oct.

25. The Scouts scored 31 points to easily beat runner-up Lakes (59 points). Milburn, a freshman, completed the three-mile layout at Fox River Park in Wilmot in 19:39.33. The only runner to finish ahead of her was Lakes junior Kortney Schardt (19:17.78). Condon, a junior, was clocked in 19:51.29, while Chody, a freshman, was timed in 20:03.37. The Scouts also received solid showings from senior Etta Eckerstrom (10th, 20:28), freshman Mary Gregg (12th, 21:08), senior Hannah Flagstad (14th, 21:27) and junior Kelsey Schmidt (24th, 21:46). Lake Forest will compete in the Kaneland Sectional on Nov. 1 (10 a.m.). Libertyville Regional: Marni Pine was a bright spot for Highland Park in the Class 3A Libertyville Regional at Adler Park on Oct. 25. The junior ran No. 1 for the Giants, finishing the three-mile run in 19:40.26. Junior Celia Margolin just missed a top10 finish (11th, 19:56.70) for HP, while fellow junior Charlotte Nawor came in 14th in 20:08. The Giants, who qualified to the Schaumburg Sectional on Nov. 1 with a fourth-place finish (79 points), also counted the races of junior Rachel Powers (21st, 20:55.45) and freshman Kaitlyn Twadell (27th, 21:06.83). Sophomore Amanda Hsu was 28th overall (21:09.31), while senior Lily Hanig was 36th (21:37.39). Loyola Regional: Mimi was machinelike — again. New Trier senior Mimi Smith, the reigning Class 3A state champ, came up with another stellar performance on Oct. 25, when she raced to first-place finish in the Loyola Regional at Harms Woods. She was timed in 17:18.21. The Trevians, who won the team title with 32 points, also had a great supporting cast. Sophomore Caroline Fix came in fourth (18:21.82). She was followed in by freshman Savannah Noethlich (5th, 18:35.47), junior Kelli Schmidt (6th, 18:37.79), sophomore Molly Schmidt (8th, 18:48.95) and sophomore Katie Glew (11th, 19:14.84). Loyola Academy junior Kathryn House was another headliner. She claimed runner-up honors in a time of 18:15.21. The Ramblers finished second as a team (70 points) and qualified to the Niles West Sectional on Nov. 1 (1 p.m.).

New Trier Regional: Mohawk haircuts everywhere. As is their tradition, the Trevians came up with their patented haircuts just before the state playoffs. “It’s becoming a tradition. It’s a fun team-building thing,” said NT junior forward Spencer Farina. “And it’s chance for all of us to look equally stupid,” he added, with a smile. The Trevians, who were scheduled to play Maine South in a Class 3A sectional semifinal on Oct. 28 at Niles North, opened the postseason with a 4-0 victory over Von Steuben on Oct. 21. Then, on Oct. 25, they claimed a regional title at the Northfield Campus by downing Glenbrook North 3-1. Tommy Belliel and Michael McCue scored first-half goals to give NT a 2-0 lead. GBN cut the lead to 2-1 just before halftime, but then the Spartans scored an own goal with 32:25 left in the game following a throw-in by Farina. “Our guys were firing on all cylinders,” said NT head coach Wes Molyneaux. In the win over Von Steuben, Michael Gallo had two goals and one assist. Steven Childs had a goal and two assists. Louis Shaw also scored off a feed from Jackson Dunn. Libertyville Regional: Lake Forest saw its season come to a close on Oct. 21, when the Scouts dropped a 2-0 decision to host Libertyville in a regional semifinal. The Scouts finished the year 8-12-3. LF opened the postseason in historical fashion on Oct. 18, when it defeated Carmel Catholic 4-1. It was the 500th win in program history (47 seasons). Keegan Kullby, Paul Passalino and John O’Connor (2 goals) did the scoring for the Scouts.

Drop Shots Girls Tennis

State Tennis: New Trier placed fourth (22 points) at the state meet at Buffalo Grove High School and other sites Oct. 23-25, snapping its streak of top-three state finishes at four years. NT senior Laura Swenson and junior Catherine MacKinnon reached the quarterfinals in doubles, while senior Taylor Tamblyn went 4-2 in singles. Junior Cammy Frei (2-2 in singles) and junior Tess Lubin/sophomore Nikki Katz (2-2 in doubles) also competed. Highland Park’s pair of doubles teams, meanwhile, won a combined eight matches at state. Giants seniors Casey Frommer/Lizzie Raab reached the quarterfinals of the back draw after bowing 6-3, 6-4 to eventual state champions Vinaya Rao/Katherine Harvey of Stevenson in the Round of 16. HP seniors Rachel Retsky/ Jessica Rosenberg won twice in the championship bracket and once in the consolation bracket. Lake Forest juniors Zoe Park/Brynn Carlson, a 9-16 seed, won their first three state doubles matches before falling to the eventual third-place duo, Rugile Valiunaite/ Sandra Keta of Hinsdale Central. Scouts senior Colleen Morris went 3-2 in singles. The Loyola Academy tandem of sisters Abby Witkowski/Caroline Witkowski netted four victories in six doubles matches. ■

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Restoring the North Shore for 75 Years

visiting Maine”) settling in Highwood, and growing a buzz at Alouette — “Is it possible to get a quiche?” as a younger man, Lefeuvre travasks the man standing in front eled far and wide. After visiting of the bar. French Polynesia, the Canary Outside, the remnants of the Islands, and Switzerland, he ended fifth annual Great Highwood up in Canada, earning degrees Pumpkin Festival still festoon in finance and business manthe street: clanking metal agement from the Institut de beams from deconstructed Tourisme et D’Hotellerie du scaffolds, loaders moving in Quebec. reverse, the tarmac scattered After graduation, he set his with a mud-colored layer of sights on California with all crushed pumpkins underfoot. the romantic notions of a young It’s the first year the festiman about to hit the open road. val has taken place in front of He ran out of money in Chicago. Froggy’s, but its aproned owner And the rest is history. seems unperturbed. Standing The umbrellas in the back are behind the bar is Thierry fairly new. Lefeuvre — and opened “ You have to keep in front of him to no up d at i n g ,” s ay s page in particular is Lefeuvre, who now, a comically large along with his ledger. He flips partners — Terry Mase through it with and former Bartelby-like Chicago nonchalance, Bull and addressing three-time each phone call or sudNBA chamden visitor pion Bill Cartwright in the order (a s i lent i n wh ich partner) they appear. — oversees “It’s one of onsite and offthose frenetic Thierry Lefeuvre illustration by barry blitt days,” he says site catering services, apologetically, leading the way to a table laid out bakery, and beer market, as well as their bistro. “Bistro is a Russian term that means fast,” says with a white tablecloth and nothing else. He has Lefeuvre, snapping his fingers for emphasis. “The already completed his morning ritual: coffee, toasted baguette (with butter and honey) and swimming a Russians in Paris, they were going to smaller place couple of laps in his unheated, outdoor pool at his and yelling ‘Bistro, bistro bistro!’ because they home in Lake Bluff. wanted to eat very fast. “It’s a good wake up,” he says in his French-tinged “It’s really a Russian term, not a French term. accent. Nobody knows that.” When he opened it, Froggy’s was one of the first The personalities that get packed into hot few bistros you could find in Chicago at the time. cramped kitchens like so many sardines never To this day, he still has employees that have been seem dull: pressure, limited space, and interacworking with him since opening his doors. tion with one another tends to have an affect not “The secret is to keep listening to what is going unlike sharpening a cutting knife on a diamond rod. Lefeuvre is no exception to this rule. And in on in the market and listening to your customer and the town of Highwood, he might be the sharpest what they expect and try to adapt to what the trend tool in the kitchen. is,” says Lefeuvre, drumming his hands on the table A first-time visitor will inevitably notice the in contemplation. “The trends change all the time— upside down umbrellas that adorn the ceiling — so it’s like fashion. It’s no different than fashion. opened to reveal everything from terriers, an atlas, You got to evolve with it and try to keep up with it.” the Eiffel Tower, leopard prints, and flowers. To that end, the plate in front of us is a representa“Don’t count them,” he tells me, “I’ve got more coming.” tion of the restaurants’ primary focus now: seafood. But if opening umbrellas indoors is a bad omen, Gilled sea scallops with a citrus sauce, a sautéed skate with beurre blanc — “white butter” — and a someone failed to mention it to Lefeuvre. The owner, braised barramundi with sweet bell pepper sauce. executive chef, “plumber, electrician — whatever it takes,” has overseen the successful rise of Froggy’s, Lefeuvre is also adamant about imparting everya staple in Highwood for more than 34 years. thing he knows. “I really believe that anybody that have knowlIn that time, top-notch restaurants such as edge of a trait —I f you cannot give it away before Carlos’, Gabriel’s and the Sage Grill have all come you die, that’s a waste.” and gone, the latter two just a toss of a beret away from his establishment. But the amphibian remains, His private and public classes go over the prepaprecisely because of the owner’s ability to adapt. ration and presentation of wild mushrooms, veal, lamb — you name it. His aim is to give as much of “To be in the restaurant business, you have to be this knowledge away as possible. crazy,” admits Lefeuvre. “But you know, the craziness seduced me, so that’s O.K.” A waiter comes over and whispers something into Insanity wasn’t the only thing that drew him to his Lefeuvre’s ear. He apologizes, but he must help with current profession. There was an element of travel, the preparation. He has customers who want to order too. Before leaving his home in Brittany (“I think some seafood, and they want to see the oysters first. it’s one of the nicest places in France, but it’s a lot like And the man leaves with his quiche. ■

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