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Check out two top benefits on the North Shore. P.29

Winnetka native is dressed for success at johnnie-O. P.22


Senior Tori Iatarola piles up the assists for the Loyola Academy soccer team. P.38

local news and personalities of Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Northfield, Glencoe, Highland Park, evanston, Lake Forest, Mettawa & Lake Bluff

Lens craftswoman A North Shore nanny's photography — discovered after her death — is celebrated. P10 Wilmette Beach, 1968.


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North Shore Weekend news 10 Picture perfect

A one-time nanny on the North Shore, Vivian Maier has been posthumously recognized as one of the great photographers of the 20th century.


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Winnetka native John O’Donnell’s johnnie-O line of apparel — considered West Coast Prep — is a hit across the country.

Social whirl

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Goings On About Towns

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Find out — complete with map — what houses you can walk through for possible purchase on the North Shore on Sunday.

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he story of Vivian Maier is as compelling as her photographs. One of a slew of nannies who have lived on the North Shore, she might as well have emerged from a cloud a la Mary Poppins, given that so little is known about her background. She worked for one of the noted celebrities of the era in Winnetka, Phil Donahue — whose picture once adorned magazine covers across the land — yet pictures snapped by the intensely private Maier were known to her alone for decades. Her shots span the globe and often focus on life on rough city streets in New York and Chicago, far from manicured North Shore lawns where she toiled. She died in 2009 at 83, anonymous and mysterious. Thanks to a man named John Maloof who stumbled upon thousands of her negatives at an auction, Maier’s work — primarily in black and white — has been universally hailed posthumously, with exhibitions held in London, Denmark and now the North Shore. On May 9, the Highland Park Art Center launches “Vivian Maier: A Photographic Journey” for two months. It is appropriate the work is housed there — after all, Maier served as a nanny for Avron and Nancy Gensburg in Highland Park for 16 years and helped raise their three sons. The irony of it all: the guarded eccentric would unlikely be pleased

the work she hid for so long is now splashed in the suburb — and around the world. Bill McLean reports inside. A book of photos (not Maier’s) helped Winnetka native John O’Donnell inject life into the apparel industry. Looking to unite the East Coast and West Coast lifestyle, he came across a 1950s shot of surfers on a California beach holding longboards. It was the basis for his logo that adorns johnnie-O shirts, dresses and more, a West Coast Prep line started in 2005 that is sold in more than 400 shops nationwide. “Instead of just going with the ‘Hey dude’ look, I wanted to have a guy at Georgetown wanting to wear it,” O’Donnell says. “It’s Polo meets Quiksilver.” Read about the work of the Loyola Academy graduate — once celebrated as one of People magazine’s Most Eligible Bachelors — in Sunday Breakfast in these pages. Enjoy the weekend.

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Viva Vivian

North Shore nanny’s world-renowned photographs return home to Highland Park

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Rich Cahan (right) and Mike Williams, who edited Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, photographed at the Chicago History Museum exhibit of Maier's work. photography by joel lerner Wilmette Beach, 1968. vivian

■ by bill mclean A man and a woman stand together outdoors in Chicago, clinging to each other in an intimate embrace circa 1960. His left arm is draped across her shoulders; she nuzzles his neck. Vivian Maier, a North Shore nanny at the time, nears the couple from behind and takes a photograph with her bulky box camera.

“Hustle and bustle didn’t interest her; she was interested in stopping to observe and capture calm moments, peaceful moments.” | Michael Williams “It’s one of my favorites,” says Chicago area resident Michael Williams who, along with Richard Cahan of Evanston, published “Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows” in 2012 (CityFiles Press), a striking book featuring hundreds of the more than 100,000 black-and-white photographs she took from the mid-1950s until the 1970s. “That picture, that moment of affection … it really says something,” he adds. “Vivian often looked for tiny moments of humanity like that. Hustle and bustle didn’t interest her; she was interested in stopping to observe and capture calm moments, peaceful moments.” Interest in Maier (1926-2009) — the intensely private and gifted artist who shared her photographs with only a handful of people — continues to spike worldwide. “Finding


Vivian Maier,” a documentary written and directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, began its run at Landmark’s Renaissance Place Cinema in Highland Park on April 4. An exhibit, “Vivian Maier: A Photographic Journey,” opens at Art Center-Highland Park for a private viewing on May 8 before opening to the public the following day. The exhibit, like Cahan and Williams’ book, spotlights only Maier’s photographs from the Jeffrey Goldstein Collection. Goldstein purchased nearly 17,000 negatives and 3,000 vintage prints from Randy Prow in 2010. Prow and Maloof bought storage lockers containing Maier’s work and personal effects at auctions in 2007. Cahan and Williams plan to publish another Maier book, “Eye to Eye,” in June. The images in it will contain only those she took of people looking directly at her camera. “She has been called a ‘street photographer,’ but Vivian was much more than that,” Cahan says. “Yes, she was absolutely fearless, taking shots on Maxwell Street and along skid row in Chicago while working as a nanny in Highland Park and other North Shore communities. But she also enjoyed taking pictures of tomatoes, of small moments along the North Shore. She found beauty in everyday life. “[The exhibit at Art Center-Highland Park] is a homecoming for works of art that are considered universally interesting and appealing,” he adds, noting eyes in China, France and other countries have viewed Maier’s craft. “Vivian was a fascinating figure who lived among us for so many years.” One of the New York native’s favorite spots for photo sessions along the North Shore was the beach at Gillson Park in Wilmette. Kids frolicking atop the sand and in the water, middle-aged folks sunbathing, teens playing catch under ominous clouds — the eccentric, enigmatic Maier, with her box camera hanging from her neck, was often

nearby, eager to click, click, click. And then … stash her art in boxes. “I’d ask Vivian [if she were alive today], ‘What do you think of the profound acceptance of your work and your vision?’ ” Goldstein says. “She was such a private person, an outsider. But more than anything else she was talented. Vivian’s handling of formal elements of photography, such as composition and light, allowed her to elevate ordinary moments into extraordinary works of art.” Maier worked primarily as a nanny for the Gensburgs of Highland Park and the Raymonds of Wilmette from 1956-1973. She later served as a nanny in Winnetka for former talk show host Phil Donahue’s four boys. That stint lasted less than a year. Maier even photographed Donahue at her job interview, Cahan and Williams note in their book. Newspapers pervade many of her images, particularly those she took on sojourns to Chicago in 1968, when headlines of assassinations, Vietnam, riots and election results screamed and took up most of the space above the fold of dailies. Maier took shots of newspapers in weathered hands, at newsstands, on streets, in garbage cans and in a basket attached to a delivery boy’s bike. “I tend to gravitate toward self-portraits, and Vivian’s are stunning pieces,” Goldstein says. “The response to her overall work … artists dream of the kind of response her work has been getting. Viewers are taken with her photographs, from top-notch world-renowned photographers to people who have never visited a gallery.” Art Center-Highland Park is located at 1957 Sheridan Road. The exhibit dates of “Vivian Maier: A Photographic Journey” are May 8-July 12, with the opening reception slated for May 17 from 6:30-9 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ■

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Book bank eyes nationwide distribution ■ by sheryl devore

In 2009, Brian Floriani started collecting books in his Lake Forest garage to distribute to impoverished children in Waukegan. Only five years later, the former golf instructor — along with staff and volunteers — is poised to distribute more than one million books to thousands of children all over Chicago and the suburbs. He’s not stopping there. By the end of 2016, Floriani — founder and executive director of Bernie’s Book Bank — said he wants the nonprofit to distribute 4 million books annually to impoverished students in the Chicago area.

“If these kids are excited about it, then they’re going to be reading, and that’s what we need them to be doing.” | Brian Floriani After that, he’s taking it to the nation. “The idea is to create a metropolitanbased model that can be replicated in every major city,” said Floriani. The program delivers six books twice a year to each student served. Floriani’s motivation is threefold: To honor his father, Bernard P. Floriani, who died in 2005; to celebrate reading as a way toward a successful life; and to ensure kids receive books they otherwise would not have.

“It’s emotional when I see the kids receive books,” Floriani said. “I fully feel the presence of my father all the time, especially when you look into the eyes of the kids and they’re looking back at you.” Floriani’s father grew up in a household without running water and went on to earn a doctorate degree. He put three children through college and became director of a reading program in the state of Delaware. Several years after his father died, Floriani left his job, borrowed his fatherin-law’s van, collected books in his garage and started delivering them to kids who needed them. “I knew there were many children living at poverty level or just above. It was not hard to uncover that they don’t grow up with books in their home,” Floriani said. Floriani said when children hear they are going to get books, “It’s like we’re giving them an ice cream cone. That’s what matters most. If these kids are excited about it, then they’re going to be reading, and that’s what we need them to be doing. If you and I think this is cool, but they don’t, it’s irrelevant.” Floriani said getting books donated is easy. “It’s not a supply issue – books are out there. It’s a logistics issue. What we’re creating is a logistic organization, one that involves processing and distribution.” Maureen Grinnell, co-chair of Bernie’s Book Bank third annual Book Lovers’ Lunch to be held on Friday, May 9, said Floriani is “very good at getting people together. I have to tell you that people love this — they love the organization.” Grinnell said the lunch will feature

Book Lovers’ Lunch co-chairs Allison Derr (left) and Maureen Grinnell of Lake Forest, Book Lovers’ Lunch hosts Susan Daniel of Vernon Hills and Suzanne Mahoney of Lake Forest — along with Bernie’s Book Bank Executive Director Brian Floriani — are excited about the growth of the non-profit. photography by joel lerner

keynote speaker Luis Alberto Urrea. Born in Mexico, Urrea was brought to the United States by his parents, hoping to cure their son of tuberculosis. “He was raised in poverty, but he had a love of books,” Grinnell said. “He really fits the profile of someone who Bernie’s Book Bank is designed to help.”

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Canines bark with joy as Dog Day set to return ■ by sheryl devore Dogs will once again have their day in Lake Forest. Rain or shine, pooches — garbed in costume — will strut down city streets at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 with their humans. The parade begins at Gorton Community Center, travels to Market Square, and then ends back at Gorton, where top dogs will be given ribbons. Lake Forest Open Lands ran a similar

“If you were walking in town and saw all these people with dogs with costumes on, wouldn’t that put a smile on your face?” | Sarah Georgi Dog Day event — primarily in front of Deer Path Middle School — for eight years before stopping in 2011. “People loved it, and it brought the community together,” said Sarah Georgi, who’s helping run the new Dog Day. Open Lands is happy it’s coming back, she said. Brenda Dick, executive director of Gorton Community Center, asked Georgi to help plan the event since she had been involved in previous Dog Days. “I just knew it was something people had missed,” said Georgi, who noted the event is for fun, not a fundraiser. “You never know what’s going to happen – what the dogs will be dressed up as, what the owners will be dressed up as.”

And Lake Foresters just love their dogs, she said. “Everybody’s out walking their dogs, and there are so many places to walk them. There’s a lot of labs, golden retrievers, Australian huskies, Scotties, Burmese mountain dogs – we’ve got the whole gamut from tiny-tiny to super big.” Her own dog Derby — an 11-year-old, 85-pound chocolate Labrador — will come to the parade. “But she’ll be under strict care from my husband, Toby,” Georgi laughed. “Labs take a while to get out of their puppyhood. She likes to jump on people and would like to eat every hot dog at the event, and she wants to lick you.” Derby and the couple’s 5-year-old daughter, Paige, will be in costume, but Georgi doesn’t yet know what they’ll be wearing. In the past, Derby was a Bears’ player, a clown and a ballerina – though she stayed on four paws and didn’t attempt any pirouettes. The community and business owners are getting ready for the festivities. The new owners of Market Square are sponsoring the parade, and one of them, Michael Schreiber, will serve as parade marshal. The police will block roads as the canines trot next to their masters. At Gorton, dogs can take dips in plastic pools filled with water or navigate an obstacle course. The $5 fee per dog will cover the costs of the bags, ribbons, signage and other items (humans can attend free). Kristin Ryan, who’s helping Georgi plan the event, can’t wait to get her family dressed up in a super-hero theme with their 10-year-old Labradoodle named Lucy. Her husband, Kemper, and three children — Keller, Christopher and Holly — will

Jack Carrabine (left) with Weezie, Max Wenninger with Katrine and Topher Ryan with Lucy are all looking forward to Dog Day. photography by joel lerner

join the parade with Lucy. Kemper never had a pet as a kid and wasn’t interested in getting a dog, but now he’s just “absolutely nuts” about Lucy, she said. “I think it’s a chance to be silly with your family,” she said. “We all run around in such a go-go-go mode. To stop and be silly and create something with your family – taking the time to do that for a couple of hours on

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The fourth annual “Play- for-Peace” Tennis fundraiser — founded by Lake Forest High School tennis coach Denise Murphy — will

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The North Shore Chicago chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) made the Top 100 list in 2013, which is comprised of Ducks Unlimited fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000. “The volunteers who make up these chapters are the force driving DU and are helping make a difference for North American waterfowl populations,” said DU President George Dunklin. In addition, the Lake Forest Area chapter made the President’s Elite, reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU’s habitat conservation work.

take place during the evening of Saturday, May 3 at College Park Athletic Club in Deerfield. Ages 8 and up are welcome to play in various events, including the fastest serve. Pros will be on hand. All proceeds benefit The House of Peace domestic violence shelter in Lake County, which provides a temporary residence where women and children.
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The Lake Forest Harriers, a rugby team which won the Illinois State Championship in 2012, will host a Division I men's match on Saturday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Deer Path Field. The event — a fundraiser for the Harriers — will feature the Chicago Griffins vs. the Palmer Dragons. Hot dogs, hamburgers and brats will be available for purchase, along with Harrier car decals and yard signs. For more information, please contact John Walker at


To raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research, 13-year old Lexie Kaplan is organizing a 5K walk in memory of her mother, Felicia Kaplan. The “Spring Into Pink” walk will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 3 in Gillson Park. Registration is $25 per participant and will include a t-shirt and light breakfast following the walk. “My hope is that ‘Spring Into Pink’ can

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Its roots date to 1902, when a group of women from the Winnetka Congregational Church held a “white elephant sale” to raise money for charities. More than 45 Chicagoland social service agencies today are the recipients of the sale’s net proceeds and unsold items.  A sampling of the available Winnetka merchandise includes antiques, art and The Winnetka Congregational Church Rumframes, household and garden items, musimage Sale will take place on Thursday, May cal instruments and more.   8 from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Winnetka ComFor more information, please visit munity House on 620 Lincoln Ave. ■ Ravinia North Shore 5-2 Mahoney Flooding ad_Layout 1 4/23/14 8:35 AM Page 1

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■ by katie rose mceneely Patrick O’Neil owns and operates three restaurants in Winnetka (O’Neil’s, Little Ricky’s and Trifecta Grill). Reading: I don’t read that much, but I’ve got a son in culinary school, so I’ve been reading culinary magazines and resources — he’s required to read that, so my wife and I do as well. It’s helpful to keep up with what’s going on. Listening: I listen to talk radio. I’m not a big fan of music. Watching: You know those big shows — I’ve never seen any of them. I’m really all about movies and the news. I saw “Lone Survivor,” and I didn’t really like it. We also saw “Captain Phillips.” We’ll go with anything, but I’m not a big fan of violence. I have a son going into the Marine Corps, so it’s close to home for me. Following: I don’t really follow too many things — we don’t necessarily, because we don’t change our menu too much. It’s just interesting to see what other people are doing. My wife and I challenge each other — her knowledge is very deep in the wines, and she runs that whole division of our restaurants. We cook 50-50 at home, though. New developments: Trifecta has the wine dispensing systems — you can get 1-ounce, 3-ounce, or 6-ounce servings of wine. You buy your own gift card and put it into the machine and dispense wine as you’d like. We have 28 different wines, all climate controlled. We were the first in the Midwest to do

it; it’s kind of neat. Ricky’s is more of a family restaurant, casual, big bar crowd. O’Neil’s is our more sophisticated, highend restaurant. It’s been there 23 years. We live in Chicago now, after living in Kenilworth for 20 years. I jump on the train and come north, the reverse commute. I work at all three restaurants, seven days a week. Never take a day off. It’s challenging, every day. The industry was really hit by this winter and cold — it’s been a tough year. Eating: We’re big on proteins. We’re eating any of the meats we buy. We’ll do different birds, red meat, some fish — we’re not as crazy about fish, because we can’t cook it in the house. At the restaurants, we have a couple of signature dishes. For O’Neil’s, the roasted duck is our signature dish for sure! Little Ricky’s is a rib joint, but we sell more burgers. All our meat is ground at Lakeside Foods, down the street. You’re not going to get a fresher, better burger. Trifecta, we’re known for our thin pizzas, almost like flatbread. There’s nothing like ‘em — it’s more exotic, all sorts of toppings. That’s our best seller over there. There’s exotic cocktails there as well. What is your favorite mistake? Probably not going to college. I suffered for that for a long time. I think I was very ADD back then, so I could never qualify to get to college. My grandparents, my parents, my six siblings all graduated, and I never went a day. I wish I could have gone. I did it differently — it was very hard, I started at the very bottom, washing dishes. ■

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Freshman is in sync with growing sport ■ by angelika labno

Imagine skating in tandem with 14 others. One misstep could bring the whole team down. Sandra Shaw participates in synchronized skating, an increasingly popular discipline of figure skating composed of several skaters — about 15 on Shaw’s team — who move as one unit on the ice. The choreographed formations, done at high speeds, require top-notch precision and timing. In March, Shaw’s team ranked top 10 in the nation at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, held in Colorado Springs, Colo. “The best feeling is when we’re standing in the kiss-and-cry area and we’re waiting for our scores, knowing we performed the best we could,” said Shaw, a freshman at Lake Forest Academy. “The feeling after that, all that we’ve accomplished as a team, it’s really amazing.” Shaw started skating at her home rink, Buffalo Grove’s Twin Rinks, when she was six years old. Around fifth grade, she watched an exhibition of synchronized skating and decided to join a team. She worked her way up the junior division and currently competes with the Buffalo Grove-based Starlights Synchronized Skating team, whose information can be found at Shaw hopes to make it to the elite senior level next season. Moving from one level to the next depends on mastering different movesin-the-field tests, created to refine certain

turns and elements. Shaw is on the junior test, which includes rockers, power pulls, and straight-line step. A short program incorporates five such elements — such as spiral steps —set to music. “The hardest element that is new for me is the spiral,” said Shaw. “It requires a lot of muscular control because you have to stand on one leg and lift the other as high as possible, and still control the edging to move around the whole arena.” The skating season kicks off in the fall. Shaw prepares by taking private lessons with her head coach, Heather Paige, in the summer. The individual focus on sharpening certain elements, such as the spiral, translates to better performance as a team, Shaw explains. She will further train in clinics and conditioning before competition season begins in November. Shaw has been to three nationals so far, and she anticipates seeing the team through another championship. “I’d like to skate in college, and if synchronized skating becomes an Olympic sport, I’ll definitely consider joining the team,” she said. Synchronized skating and school take up the majority of Shaw’s time, but when she gave the school’s sailing club a try, she got hooked. She says she enjoys the challenge of having to know one’s surroundings and to effectively communicate with others to figure out the next move. Noted Shaw, “You just have to trust the people around you and trust yourself.” Given her background, the adventurous athlete should be able to float smoothly. ■

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A golf enthusiast who once sold radio advertising, no one pegged John O’Donnell as an apparel entrepreneur. “I was never the guy who said, ‘These clothes are great,” says the Winnetka native. Yet the founder of johnnie-O — a line of shirts, pants and more based in Santa Monica, Calif. — has united the surferdude imprint of the West Coast with East Coast preppy to create a style that is sold in more than 400 stores nationwide. “Instead of just going with the ‘Hey dude’ look, I wanted to have a guy at Georgetown wanting to wear it,” O’Donnell says. “It’s Polo meets Quiksilver.” Grassroots marketing has driven johnnieo, which O’Donnell launched part-time in 2005 before fully dedicating himself to the company in 2008. Funded by friends and family, he counted on word-of-mouth spread from trunk shows and other gatherings to drive sales at rather than buying ads and consulting experts in clothing design. “I find the best market research not to be sitting around with fashionistas — it’s going into a grill room after golf, having a few beers with my buddies, looking around at what people are wearing and seeing John O’Donnell what makes sense,” he says. “I don’t read the fashion magazines about what’s trending in 2015. If burnt orange is trendy, I’m not going to make a burnt-orange sweater. Growing up on the North Shore — where he attended Faith, Hope & Charity Catholic School along with Loyola Academy — O’Donnell was surrounded by blue blazers, khakis and alligator shirts. Then, at 18, he matriculated at UCLA and became immersed in the world of Southern

California with its surfers and hipsters. He realized there must be a way to allow an East Coast or Midwest guy to dive into the West Coast lifestyle sartorially “without getting an identity crisis,” he says. After sifting through books, he came across a 1950s photo of surfers on a California beach holding longboards. His brother-in-law designed an attractive logo (that still exists today) of a man standing with one hand on a longboard and one blocking the sun. O’Donnell slapped it on his first shirt, a four-button polo, and gave them to friends on a golf trip. They enjoyed the new twist in their wardrobes. “It had an old-school look with a left-chest pocket, like a golfer back in the 1970s,” recalls O’Donnell of the 100-percent-cotton offering. “But it also had a lime-green color. People really responded to it. There was magic in it.” After spending $1,200 to launch a website for johnnie-O (O’Donnell’s nickname), the solid golfer — who has competed in two U.S. Amateur championships and worked for illustration by barry blitt the Golf Channel — began peddling the clothes to country club golf shops. He set up a booth at the PGA Merchandise Show — and found himself flummoxed by fashion veterans. “I’d tell them about johnnie-O, and they started throwing fashion phrases and terminology out there. I had no idea what they were talking about, even though it was Fashion 101,” he says. In spite of a number of challenges — “we’ve




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“I don’t read the fashion magazines about what’s trending in 2015. If burnt orange is trendy, I’m not going to make a burnt-orange sweater.” | John O’Donnell Despite the growth in employees and products, O’Donnell has stuck to a quiet marketing plan. A few celebrities, from tennis Grand Slam legend Pete Sampras to Adrian Grenier of “Entourage,” wear johnnie-O products but are not compensated to do so, just like another well-known actor — Chris O’Donnell, John’s younger brother, who’s starred in “Batman & Robin” among other movies. “I’ve never held his feet to the fire — ‘You’re going on Leno, wear a johnnie-O shirt,’ “ O’Donnell notes. “And I’m not going to have him come to a johnnie-O trunk show.” O’Donnell became a temporary celebrity himself in 2008, when was named one of People magazine’s Most Eligible Bachelors. “I did it with hopes of building more awareness for the johnnie-O company brand as opposed to the johnnie-O personal brand!” he notes. Looking ahead, O’Donnell foresees hiring a hard-hitting chief executive officer to take his spot, though he would remain the creative mind of the firm. Licensing opportunities may be pursued. He’d like to continue johnnie-O’s tradition of being heavily involved with charities, donating its wares to silent auctions and such. And, of course, he wants to add more customers. “We’d like to grow our e-mail list to 100,000,” he says. “But how do you keep the boutique feel when you make it a bigger play?” Considering he sold the idea of West Coast Prep across the land, solving that should be as easy as sinking a threefoot putt. ■

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Juvenile group to laud late executive director’s devotion to child safety ■ by angelika labno

Though he passed away in December, Richard Calica’s mark on child safety lives on. The Juvenile Protective Association (JPA) — where the Highland Park resident served as executive director for more than 30 years — will honor Calica with a tribute from WLS-TV news anchor Linda Yu as well as unveil the Richard C. Calica Center for Innovation in Children and Family Services at its Signature Spring Benefit on Friday, May 16. “Under Richard’s leadership, JPA made significant innovations in the field of child welfare,” said his colleague and predecessor, Angiela Zielinski. “He had a commitment to excellence in terms of services to children, and he dedicated his life to this.” Calica’s contributions include: an innovative program that served the needs of North Lawndale’s children, consulting projects with the child welfare and juvenile court systems and a 21-year federally funded study which examined long-term effects of child maltreatment and resiliency in children. The Richard H. Calica Center will act as an incubator where JPA can develop solutions to problems and share its information with others. Using JPA’s research, the Calica Center will disseminate its knowledge on vulnerable target populations and share them through publications and presentations. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services — which Calica was also director of shortly before his death — is one organization JPA provides consulting services to. “We are a trusted resource for other organizations that need to understand the best practices

in the field,” said Cathleen Johnson, vice president of the JPA executive board. “Our staff is among the best, as we want our children and families to have access to the highest quality of services.” The organization was founded in 1901 by Jane Addams, called the “Mother of Social Work,” to provide probation services to the Juvenile Court before it became a government function. Today, JPA and its network of social workers improve the social and emotional well-being and functioning of vulnerable children through therapeutic counseling services. Rather than focusing on direct services at its Halsted location, JPA has moved to the schools and communities of its clients, like North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side. “After visiting one of JPA’s school sites in the fall, I was really impressed by the passionate commitment that our staff provides and how welcome and appreciated their work is by the schools, teachers and parents,” said Wilmette resident Heather Pyle, who is co-chairing the benefit with Robin Segesta. Held at Chicago’s Four Seasons Hotel, “Our West Side Story” will unveil a new logo designed by Ciulla Associates and a revised mission statement that more accurately depicts JPA’s purpose. Against a backdrop of street signs from the West Side, the Stanley Paul Orchestra and a dance ensemble will perform “West Side Story” songs. Said Pyle, “I hope that people walk away from the night having an appreciation for what we have done through Richard’s work and be truly excited about the direction we are going in the future.” For more information on the Juvenile Protective Association and its spring benefit, please visit ■

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THE SELLER’S DISCLOSURE With every listing comes a form called “The Seller’s Disclosure.” This is a form that every seller must fill out and should be included with documentation. It’s a form that tells potential buyers exactly what they’re in for with the house they’re buying. While the disclosure is a great tool, it shouldn’t be your only tool. Ask the seller if they’re willing to have a home inspection done and if any defects are disclosed, that they’ll be willing to make necessary repairs. The good news is a seller’s disclosure will let you know about any defects or potential defects in a house. The bad news is that if, after closing, something happens that wasn’t listed on the form, and the seller says they were unaware of it, there’s nothing that can be done. This is why a home inspection is a great thing to invest in—as well as asking the seller to include a home warranty. If “Contingent upon satisfactory home inspection,” it’s written into the contract offered, the buyer is provided with options. With a home warranty secured and in place at the time of closing, both the buyer and the seller are protected, with just a little extra forethought and planning going into the terms of closing. Talk with your Realtor®, they’ll explain all your options!

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■ by stacy flannery On April 5, 2013, Anna Maria Viti-Welch of Lake Forest suffered a mild heart attack. “I was shocked,” she says. “I have a trainer, watch what I eat, and my blood pressure and cholesterol were always excellent. I had just come back from a two-week vacation, where I walked four miles a day. “The reason for the heart attack was one thing: stress.”

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Viti-Welch was lucky. Not only was the heart attack mild, she had no surgery or procedures, and was told to simply change her lifestyle. As president of her company, it was hard for her to adjust, but she knew what had to be done — and is better now because of it. Heart disease is the number-one killer in women, and Viti-Welch, along with her friend Lema Khorshid of Chicago, are partnering with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign to host an educational breakfast on Friday, May 9, at Miramar Bistro in Highwood. The event is not only aimed to educate but to provide a chance to surround

photography by jim prisching fellow women with others whose lives have been touched by heart disease. “You will find yourself in a room full of women with huge hearts — philanthropic, well-networked, and kind — while you support a great cause, learn about heart healthy nutrition, and enjoy a delicious breakfast,” says Khorshid. Viti-Welch and Khorshid — who often hold networking events to help educate small business owners — sensed there was a strong desire to bring this knowledge and support to the women of the North Shore. “We wanted to spread the word and felt there is not enough educational resources available to women who have suffered with this disease that live here,” explains Viti-Welch. On the other side, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. “Reaching out to others that have not been affected by heart disease to promote awareness will only help us get a handle on this problem,” she says. Khorshid’s father passed away from heart disease, so not only is she looking out for friends like VitiWelch and her family, she is looking out for herself and her own future. “Go Red for Women is a way to educate women, who will in turn make positive changes,” explains Khorshid. “It’s a great way as women to get together to nurture our friendships, which after all, are good for the heart.” The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women North Shore Breakfast is on Friday, May 9, at Miramar Bistro in Highwood. Tickets are $100 and can by purchased by calling 312-476-6601 or visiting ■

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With the merger of two great local companies, BHHS creates the new KoenigRubloff Realty Group. Professionally and

personally, I am thrilled to have internationally-renowned powerhouse a company standing behind our long-trusted local “When we relocated here, Julie first an helped us find a town we loved, and then a greatofhome. We always appreciate her on-the-ready attention management team via this key merger of confidence. and knowledge.” - Ken M. “As a first time homebuyer, the process of finding and buying the right home can be intimidating. Julie walked us through every step and made April also marks my 15th Anniversary as your results-focused Realtor. us feel comfortable. Her expertise and experience gave us confidence, and secured us a home we love. I can’t imagine going through it all In 1999,Julie!” I left writing homes for the Chicago Tribune to concentrate on selling them. I became Rookie of the Year for without - Caitlin about K.

a large Chicago area realty company, and soon went on to enjoy ten highly successful years as a principle in a North Shore realty partnership. A few years ago, I joined Prudential Rubloff with a focus on developing my own individual brand of May I helpservice, you with realty needs year? so,I have please or email me so weFive-Star can personalized with a your veteran’s knowledge andthis insight. Since If then, been call a multiple-year winner of the Professional Award in Chicago Magazine, have received awards in Sales, Leadership and Charitable Service discuss your buying, selling orand renting goalsindustry – with confidence! categories. The latter recognized a children’s book I wrote, benefiting the Sunshine Kids - a childhood cancer foundation which I am proud to say the KoenigRubloff Realty Group also supports through their corporate giving program.

Julie Morse

Realtor and Marketing Specialist

“I believe that good changes, in both companies and careers, lead to great results.

office: 847-234-2500 And it is those results that earn the confidence of those who depend on us most.” Julie Morse cell: 847-830-4356 778 N. Western Avenue, Lake Forest, IL 60045 There is no greater award, or reward, than my clients’ support and satisfaction… “Julie has an uncanny ability to seek out and match the right buyer with the right seller. She has worked so successfully for me, and for several friends - one of whom named her “The House Whisperer”!” - Kathy F. “Julie has helped me buy, sell and rent homes with the same level of commitment, expertise and success in both fast and slow markets. She also ONEThere are few, if any, like her in realty.” has exceptional marketing skills, developed over many years of experience as a Realtor and writer both. MAGNIFICENT - Paul B. LIFE

“I knew Julie first as a Tribune writer on homes, and then as a Realtor. For many years, I have relied on her realty representation and expertise as both builder and investor. I have the utmost confidence in her abilities and ethics. She truly never gives up until the right match is found.” Ross F. “When we relocated here, Julie first helped us find a town we loved, and then a great home. We always appreciate her on-the-ready attention and knowledge.” - Ken M. “As a first time homebuyer, the process of finding and buying the right home can be intimidating. Julie walked us through every step and made us feel comfortable. Her expertise and experience gave us confidence, and secured us a home we love. I can’t imagine going through it all without Julie!” - Caitlin K.

May I help you with your realty needs this year? If so, please call or email me so we can discuss your buying, selling or renting goals – with confidence!

Julie Morse

Realtor and Marketing Specialist

office: 847-234-2500 cell: 847-830-4356

778 N. Western Avenue, Lake Forest, IL 60045


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lifestyle & arts


Chalk Boutique hosts Holmes & Yang photography by larry miller As the only Chicago retailer to carry the Spring 2014 collection, Chalk Boutique welcomed Jeanne Yang of Holmes & Yang during a public appearance and trunk show. Stylist Yang joined forces with longtime client Katie Holmes in 2009 to launch the fashion label, which seeks to create perfect pieces within several fundamental wardrobe categories. Chalk owners Carrie Kane and Sharon Watrous welcomed fashion enthusiasts through the doors of the Evanston boutique, as shoppers tried on suede jackets and a silk tweed Italian sundress.




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Jill Edgeworth, Dr. Regan Christopoulos

NSMRJB Fashion Show photography by mike tangorra Neiman Marcus Northbrook rolled out the red carpet in early April for supporters of the North Suburban Medical Research Junior Board (NSMRJB) during a fashion presentation and breakfast event held in the store. Caroline Maguire, NM CUSP Fashion Director, spoke on the latest fashion trends for summer as models took to the runway. Event co-chairs were Lisa Carl of Deerfield and Rebecca Gilberg of Highland Park. Proceeds raised from the morning will go to fund pediatric brain tumor research conducted at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Since its inception 18 years ago, the NSMRJB has raised more than $1.8 million to fund research initiatives at Lurie Children’s Research Center, aimed at treating, curing, and preventing childhood diseases.

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goings on about towns Friday, MAY 2 Apollo Chorus: The Beatles & Friends Fourth Presbyterian Church 126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago 8 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at 3 p.m. at First United Church, 848 Lake Street, Oak Park Tickets $25 Wilmette resident Anne Holton will be performing with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, Chicago’s oldest volunteer chorus. The concert series celebrates the Fab Four’s 50th anniversary in America. Bach Week: Bach’s Concerto in D Major Anderson Chapel, North Park University 5149 N. Spaulding Avenue, Chicago 7:30 p.m. Tickets $30 adults, $20 seniors, $10 students with ID Christopher Martin, principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and North Park University organist Margaret Martin will play Bach’s “Concerto in D Major,” BWV 972. The “Violin Sonata in E Minor,” BWV 1023;

Brandenburg “Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major,” BWV 1051; and Cantata “Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust,” BWV 170 will round out the program. Sweet Charity

 Lake Forest High School, Raymond Moore Auditorium 1285 N. McKinley Road

 7 p.m. (also on Saturday, May 3) Tickets are: $15 adults, $10 students and seniors and $5 children. Have you ever known a girl who wanted something so badly that she tried too hard to get it? Meet Charity, the girl who wants to be loved so muchthat she has lost sight of who she is. Saturday, MAY 3 First Presbyterian Rummage Sale First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest 700 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Clothes and accessories from furniture, antiques, electronics, sports equipment, décor, and many more fill the indoor space and the two circus tents in the church’s parking lot.

House Calls The Women’s Health Advisory Council of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital 300 N. Green Bay Road 5:30 p.m. $110 per person housecalls The evening will begin with a panel discussion focused on healthcare industry changes and the impact on patients. Attendees visit one breakout session from the physician presenters providing a look at the current state and future trends in their individual practice and clinical specialties. Sunday, MAY 4 Wilmette Historical Museum and Wilmette Police Department Open Houses 609 Ridge Road and 710 Ridge Road, Wilmette 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free The Wilmette Historical Museum and the Wilmette Police Department will jointly host open houses with tours, activities, and more. Chicago’s North Shore Open Day: House in the Garden

1130 Laurel Avenue, Winnetka 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission to the garden is $7 (children under 12 free) Explore this private garden, which is open to the public for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. Highlights include yewenclosed garden rooms, a topiary garden, and a honey locust allée with tapestry-like plantings of tulips. Wednesday, May 7 “The Ministry of Vincent Van Gogh” Kenilworth Union Church 211 Kenilworth Avenue, Kenilworth 8:30 p.m. Some regard Vincent Van Gogh as a religious fanatic, sick, and suicidal. Yet Van Gogh’s works demonstrate theological brilliance, his kindness and humanity. Explore his life and work with Kenneth Vaux, author and scholar. Thursday, MAY 8 Susanna Calkins Author Event Arriva Dolce, Highland Park 1823 St. Johns Ave. 7 p.m. Susanna Calkins will discuss

her latest mystery novel, “From the Charred Remains.” There will be giveaways, and coffee and pastries will be available for purchase. Conversation with Authors Carla Buckley and Jenny Milchman Lake Forest Book Store and Cellar Gate Wine Market 524 Sheridan Road, Highwood 6:30 p.m.  $16 includes glass of wine  To register or for more information, call Lake Forest Book Store at 847-234-4420 Carla Buckley, author of “The Deepest Secret,” and Jenny Milchman, author of “Ruin Falls,” discuss their writing careers and their new novels. Want to submit your North Shore event to Goings On About Towns? Send an email with the subject heading “GOAT” along with the particulars — Event Name, Event Location/Sponsor, Event Address, Event Time/ Date, Event Cost, contact information (web or phone) and a 30-word description of the event — to katierose@ at least 14 days before publication, and we will do our best to get it in. ■


WINNETKA–Beautiful Colonial home renovated and expanded to perfection. Welcoming foyer opens to elegant living room with fireplace. Lovely dining room with French doors opens to landscaped and fenced “Sanctuary” courtyard. Spacious newer family room highlighted by vaulted ceiling, arched windows, fireplace, bookcases and recessed lighting. Newer kitchen includes custom cabinets, new granite counters, top-of-the-line appliances, wet bar, counter seating and opens to large breakfast room. Tranquil master bedroom has newer bath with Whirlpool tub. Third floor includes two additional bedrooms and full bath. Recently updated lower level recreation room features new carpeting, full bath, fantastic storage and wine cellar. Professionally landscaped yard with tiered brick patio. 2 car detached garage. 11 Rooms, 5 Bedrooms, 4 full and 1 half Bath. $1,275,000



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out & about

“What is your favorite restaurant?”

Nora Costello, Wilmette Convito Italiano – The whitefish is the best!

Norm King Blue Stone, of course.

Trish Storino & Cindy Rosman (mothers in law with kids in Lake Forest) Trish says “Deerpath Inn.” Cindy says “Market House is the best for families.”

Ed Thomas, Lake Forest Inovasi in Lake Bluff.

Co-chairs Amanda Sundt (left) and Carrie Diamond are looking forward to the Touch a Truck Family Festival on May 4. photography by george pfoertner

Museum has magic touch with truck event ■ by joanna brown Lori Baker, Coldwell Banker Lake Forest The Grille on Laurel.

Jacque Henderson, Ft. Sheridan I love Merlo’s in Highland Park.

Bobby Collins & Jack, Highland Park We like Frank & Betsy’s.

Megan Stockton, owner of Gifted in Lake Forest Koya! My family eats there once a week, and it was just remodeled!

Maggie Yoo, Abbott Laboratories, Lake Forest Sushi Kushi Too.

Steve Embry, Northbrook (Trader Joe’s employee) Casa de Isaac and you have to get the salmon enchiladas!

Mail trucks and RVs and Jeeps, oh my. The Women’s Board of Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago has assembled a fleet of nearly 30 vehicles for the 9th annual Touch a Truck Family Festival — converting Fields Automotive Group’s Northfield campus into an oversized toybox. “The goal is to have kids come and experience the full-size version of their toys through this hands-on experience, where they can see the trucks up close, climb in and pretend to drive,” explained event cochair Carrie Diamond, of Wilmette. Those vehicles expected to participate Sunday, May 4, include construction machines, military vehicles, an armored truck, public works trucks, campers — and even a limousine. Also on site will be a balloon artist, face painters, hair stylists, a miniature train ride and food. “Boys, girls, all kids love trucks,” explained co-chair Amanda Sundt of Winnetka. “It’s a fun morning out for the whole family.” The event raised $90,000 in 2013 for the museum’s Learning to Grow fund, which supports exhibits, programming and outreach opportunities. Diamond and Sundt are most proud of two particular outreach programs: one serving children with special needs and another for families of limited means. Through Everyone at Play, the museum closes to the general public so that a limited number of children with special needs may bring their families to the museum for calm, creative and collaborative play. Participants

are identified through the museum’s many partners, including local hospitals, Jewish Child and Family Services, the North Shore Special Recreation Association, Pathways Center for Children and Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy. “I’ve been a volunteer for these mornings, and all of these families are so excited to be there that it’s really fun to be around them,” Diamond said. “Sometimes the pet therapy dogs even come by to work with the children who have sensory needs.” Another beneficiary is the museum’s Family Connections program, which enables families in financial need to visit the museum. More than 2,000 passes are distributed annually through museum partners including the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston, YWCA Evanston/North Shore, North Shore School District 112, YWCA of Lake County, and Ounce of Prevention. “I love that the museum is in our backyard and so accessible to us, but it’s important to me to provide this to other people, too, because I believe in its mission,” Sundt said, explaining her interest in the Kohl Museum and its Touch a Truck event. “The museum is all about hands-on, experiential learning, and that’s exactly what Touch a Truck is about too.” Agreed Diamond, “I have young kids, and when we moved to the area and visited the museum I was blown away by what it has to offer. I like that I’m doing something that involves my kids, and I believe in the handson learning opportunities that the museum provides because I know our kids learn through their experience.” Find more information and purchase tickets at https://donate.kohlchildrensmuseum. org/touch-a-truck-family-festival. ■



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34 | real estate NORTH SHORE OFFERINGS Houses of the Week $3,975,000


870 Private Road Winnetka

904 Vernon Glencoe

Exclusively Presented By: Steve Aisen / Victoria Birov @properties 773.505.2556 / 847.668.4328 /

Exclusively Presented by: Carrie Healy Jean Wright Real Estate 847-507-7666

Located on a secluded half-acre in East Winnetka, this newer construction English Tudor has it all! Spectacular grounds with a full size pool and gazebo. Over 10,000 square feet of finished space. Chef’s Kitchen with top-of-the line appliances. Large rooms, 6 bedrooms, 6.3 baths, fully finished English basement with a media room, exercise and wine room. PRESENTED By @properties.

Timber 01 | 546 Lake Forest

Sheridan 06 | 1321 Wilmette

Sat and Sunday 1-4 $925,000 Laura Henderson, Baird & Warner 708.997.7888


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Sunday 1-3 $815,000 Mary Minogue, Jean Wright 847.323.6297

Cedar 07 | 430 Wilmette

945 Pinecroft Lake Forest

Sunday 1-3 $1,249,000 Brunhild Baass, Baird & Warner 847.804.0092

Maple 03 | 1630 Winnetka

9th Street 08 | 124 Wilmette

Sunday 1-3 $1,770,000 Carrie Healy, Jean Wright 847.507.7666

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Sunday 1-3 $2,995,000 Barbara Mawicke, Coldwell Banker 847.446.4000

Church 05 | 96 Winnetka

Sunday 1-3 $1,675,000 Jean Wright, Jean Wright 847.217.1906

Eaton Street 10 | 353 Northfield

Sunday 12-2 $985,000 Bonnie Larson, Coldwell Banker 847.446.4000

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915 Elmwood Avenue Wilmette

Sunday 2-4 $1,125,000 SFC Team, Coldwell Banker 847.446.4000

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1042 Cherokee Road Wilmette

Sunday 12-3 $995,000 Sue Hertzberg, Coldwell Banker 847.446.4000


Lincoln Avenue 13 | 681 Winnetka








Sunday 2:30-4:30 $3,100,000 Linda Martin, Coldwell Banker 847.446.4000

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Lancaster Court 22 | 215 Lake Bluff

Sunday 2-4 $1,099,000 Patricia Carter, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000

Sunday 12-2 $1,500,000 Linda Martin, Coldwell Banker 847.446.4000

21st Street 15 | 1261 Wilmette

Salisbury 23 | 1961 Lake Forest

Sunday 1-3 $1,350,000 Heidi Grumley, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000

Sunday 1-3 $1,025,000 Team Van Horn, Coldwell Banker 847.446.4000

Bosworth Lane 16 | 2017 Northfield

Sunday 3-4:30 $1,025,000 Marsha Balsamo, Coldwell Banker 847.446.4000

Woodstock Avenue 17 | 09 | 144 Kenilworth

Sunday 2-4:30 $1,275,000 Dinny Dwyer, Jean Wright 847.217.5146

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Pine Tree Lane 14 | 915 Winnetka

Sunday 1-3 $985,000 Lindstrom/Fay, Berkshire Hathaway 847.404.8900

Elder 04 | 668 Winnetka


Sunday 2-4 $1,195,000 Connie Coll, Berkshire Hathaway 847.441.6300

Enjoy the best of both worlds with this 1907 Victorian farmhouse. Lovingly restored and updated, this house offers you Old World charm with all the modern amenities. The open floor plan connects the living room with fireplace, dining room, and library. The chef’s kitchen and family room addition overlook the English garden and original barn. Upstairs features spacious master bedroom with deluxe closet, master bath, and private balcony overlooking garden. Walk to town, train, schools, and beach. PRESENTED By jean wright real estate.

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37 Quail Lake Forest

Sunday 2-4 $899,000 Suzanne Myers, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000 Saunders 19 | 240 Lake Forest            

Sunday 1-3 $1,599,000 Martha Glass, Baird and Warner 847.845.6616

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Sunday 1-3 $2,595,000 MaryPat Lundgren, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000

W. Deerpath 21 | 790 Lake Forest

Sunday 2-4 $1,395,000 Jeff Folker, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000

Sunday 2:30 – 4 $880,000 Mary Bleeker, Berkshire Hathaway 847.510.5000

Amberley Ct #208 32 | 1800 Lake Forest

Sunday 1-4 $899,000 Rina DuToit, Berkshire Hathaway 847.814.8648

85 Crescent Glencoe

Sunday 1-2:30 $1,150,000 Deborah Bartelstein, Coldwell Banker 847.624.5826

Sunday 2-4 $2,795,000 Keith Estrada, Jameson Sotheby’s 312.543.1147

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2731 Lincoln Wilmette

Sunday 1-3 $775,000 John & Ted Nash, Jameson Sotheby’s 847.338.2756 Pontiac 28 | 1041 Wilmette

Sunday 2-4:30 $1,195,000 John & Ted Nash, Jameson Sotheby’s 847.338.2756

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108 Heron Road Lake Forest

Sunday 2-4 $1,099,000 Lisa Trace, Griffith, Grant & Lackie 847.234.0485

Morningside Drive 33 | 844 Lake Forest

Sunday 1 - 3 $849,000 Rohrbach/Miller Berkshire Hathaway 312.560.7659

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1293 Kimmer Court Lake Forest

Sunday 2-5 $1,299,000 Jane Yarbrough Lincoln, Berkshire Hathaway 847.615.5050 E. Center Avenue 35 | 125 Lake Bluff

Sunday 1-4 $839,000 Pat Carollo, Berkshire Hathaway 847.951.8817

Winchester Court 36 | 318 Lake Bluff

Sunday 1-4 $825,000 Jean Anderson, Berkshire Hathaway 847.254.1850

Wimbledon Road 37 | 51 Lake Bluff

Sunday 2:30 - 4 $979,999 Julian Harkleroad, Berkshire Hathaway 224.735.6365

McGovern Avenue 38 | 1656 Highland Park


Sunday 1-3 $939,000 Ted Pickus, @properties 847.432.0700

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Grant 31 | 1516 Northbrook

Sheridan 26 | 2480 Highland Park

Sunday 1-4 $849,000 Chris Melchoir, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000

S. Sheridan Road 20 | 39 Lake Forest

Sunday 12-2 $1,050,000 Mary Bleeker, Berkshire Hathaway 847.510.5000

Brierhill Road 24 | 406 Deerfield

1111 Evergreen Lake Forest

Sunday 1-3 $1,890,000 Marcia Rowley, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000

Farnsworth 30 | 2079 Northbrook

Kipling Lane 39 | 2112 Highland Park

Sunday 1-3 $1,150,000 Nancy Karp, @properties 847.432.0700

Elmwood Avenue 40 | 1017 Wilmette

Sunday 11-2 $1,799,000 Julie Mangan, @properties 847.881.0200

Keystone Court 41 | 310 Glencoe

Sunday 1-3 $2,275,000 Susan Segal, @properties 847.881.0200

Bryant Avenue 42 | 790 Winnetka

Sunday 1-3 $2,895,000 Cummins/McDonald, @ properties 847.881.0200

Ridgewood Lane 43 | 1728 Glenview

Sunday 2-4 $1,499,000 Jeannie Kurtzhalts, @properties 847.998.0200

Private Road 44 | 870 Winnetka

Sunday 2-4 $3,975,000 Aisen/Birov, @properties 847.881.0200

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This story book home has no detail left unfinished. Large kitchen and master suite. Beautiful finished lower level with mini kitchen, rec area, exercise room, bedroom with full & half baths. Covered porch and 2nd level deck overlooking gorgeous setting on ravine. Offered at $2,700,000


Little mansion on Sheridan Road! 5 en-suite bedrooms, all with top quality finishes. Grand high-end professional kitchen, elevator, generator, kitchen in lower level, exercise room, 3 fireplaces, screened-in porch, deck & 3 car heated garage. Offered at $2,650,000
















One of a few “urban-inspired” Highland Park Rowhomes with private ELEVATOR. Built in 2007 this 3,834 sq ft custom home with high end finishes is one of the largest of its kind, great for entertaining. 3 big balconies off each floor. Private heated garage Offered at $939,000


Totally rehabbed in 2011 & READY TO MOVE IN! New Marvin Windows, Thomasville cabinetry, GE SS appliances, Kohler fixtures, Architecture asphalt shingles & much more. Great neighborhood in cul de sac close to Ravinia, train & school. Offered at $779,000

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GLencoe 6bed/6.3ba

$3,175,000 Milena Birov


Winnetka 6bed/5.1ba $2,875,000

Winnetka 6bed/6.1ba


Milena Birov




Lake foreSt 6bed/6.1ba

GLencoe 5bed/5.1ba

$2,295,000 847.881.0200

Steven Aisen


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keniLWortH 5bed/4.1ba

WiLmette 4bed/2.1ba



Winnetka 5bed/4ba


HiGHLand Park 4bed/3ba

Ted Pickus


Gayle Dunn

Debbie Scully

HiGHLand Park 4bed/2.1ba

$549,000 Geri Emalfarb

Lake foreSt 2bed/2.1ba Joanna Koperski

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HiGHLand Park 4bed/3.1ba


$790,000 847.432.0700

$520,000 847.432.0700


Susan Brown Burklin


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Nancy Karp

SUNDAY 1 - 3 847.432.0700

HiGHLand Park 5bed/6.1ba

Sondra Douglass

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HiGHLand Park 3bed/3.1ba $939,000


Mary Grant

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nortHfieLd 4bed/2.1ba

$499,500 847.295.0700

Jeannie Kurtzhalts


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GLencoe 4bed/4.1ba



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Susan Segal

WiLmette 5bed/5.1ba $1,149,000

WiLmette 4bed/2.1ba $1,089,000

Steve Samuels

Leslie Maguire

$3,975,000 5bed/6.3ba 847.881.0200


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Winnetka aisen/birov

Lake foreSt 3bed/2.1ba


$775,000 847.295.0700


Lake foreSt 3bed/3ba $639,000


Adele Curtis

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Lisa Hathaway

Lake foreSt 4bed/3.1ba

Winnetka 3bed/3ba


Winnetka 2bed/1.1ba


Linda Fink

Jeri Gordon



caSSoPoLiS $990,000 3bed/2baths

SoutH Haven $749,000 9bed/4.1baths Mark Wortman 269.876.2929 Jackson Matson269.214.0420 | 847.881.0200


Lake bLuff 4bed/3ba

$629,000 Andra O'Neill


• 576 maPLe | Winnetka 6bed/6.1ba $3,495,000 • 884 HiGGinSon | Winnetka 6bed/6.3ba $4,375,000 • 657 SHeridan | Winnetka 6bed/6.1ba $6,975,000 • 970 eaStWood | GLencoe 5bed/5.1ba $2,575,000 • 347 SurfSide | GLencoe 4bed/3.1ba $3,099,000 • 231 WoodLaWn | GLencoe 6bed/6.3ba $3,175,000 • 185 oLd Greenbay | GLencoe 807 proSpEct | WiNNEtkA 6bed/6.2ba $3,975,000 6bED/5.1bA $2,875,000 • 164 oxford | keniLWortH 6bed/6.1ba $3,175,000 • 229 eSSex | keniLWortH 6bed/6.2ba $3,575,000


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PKs for KK

Loyola’s Iatarola is an assist queen — and staunch supporter of her cancer-fighting sister ■ by bill mclean Tori Iatarola blasted three successful penalty kicks against two goalkeepers on April 26. One came in an actual soccer match. Iatarola’s PK in the first half helped Loyola Academy tie visiting St. Ignatius 1-1 at the Munz Athletic Campus in Glenview. Following the stalemate, on another field, the senior center-midfielder converted the other two PKs in a fun fundraiser for a serious cause: boot cancer. Iatarola and her teammates combined for 14 successful PKs in 19 attempts, with LA Ramblers coach Craig Snower serving gamely as the event’s keeper. Players’ parents and friends of the program applauded every goal and every save. The gathering was for Iatarola’s older sister, Kayleigh (“KK”), a 2007 Loyola Academy graduate who was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of kidney cancer (renal medullary carcinoma) last August. “My sister,” Tori says, “continues to be my role model, the one I look to for guidance and strength in hard times. After she was diagnosed with RMC the roles reversed, and she reminded me that it was my turn to give her strength and support to fight this battle.” KK’s left kidney and 41 lymph nodes were removed on Aug. 30, 2013. A captain for Princeton University’s women’s soccer team in 2009 and 2010, the 24-year-old travels every eight weeks to The National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., for scans and to meet with her doctors. To date, the CURE for KK drive has raised more than $126,000. “It was hard, seeing her in excruciating pain [after the surgery] and struggle to do simple things like eat and walk,” Tori recalls. “But she still managed to crack a smile. She is back to working full time and exercising regularly.” An exercise in futility might very well be any Rambler who attempts to break any of the program’s marks for assists. The 5-foot-4 Tori Iatarola owns two of them, having amassed 28 assists for a single-season record her sophomore year (2012) and 70 (and counting) for her career. “The number of assist she ends up with, whatever it will be, count on that record to be around for quite a while,” says Snower, whose squad is 14-1-1. “Tori is the engine that makes it work for us. I like her energy, her competitiveness.” Iatarola, who attended grade school at Elgin Academy and lives in West Dundee, sometimes spends 70 minutes in a car for her morning commute to Loyola Academy’s campus in Wilmette. “I’ll listen to NPR on the radio, and if I’m not sure what they’re talking about or I’m not interested in the topic, I’ll change the station and listen to music,” says Iatarola, who started training with Sockers FC Chicago at the age of 5. “Sometimes I don’t listen to anything. “There have been times after school days,” she adds, “when I think, ‘I don’t ever want to drive again.’ ” But her teammates, along with her coaches, are thankful their captain hops in a car and completes the trip each day. “Tori holds the team together from her [center-mid] spot on the field,” says Ramblers senior defender Elle Zadina. “She’s always there for us and she’s a great captain. Tori is awesome, a clutch player who plays with a lot of enthusiasm and spirit. “I’m lucky. I get to play next to her or not too far behind her in games.” Iatarola’s older brother, Gabe, played soccer at the University of Chicago, which faces Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) University in University Athletic Association matches. Now 26, he urged Tori to consider attending CMU. His little sister did just that and committed to a program that earned an NCAA Division III Tournament berth and finished with a 9-5-2 record last fall. “It’s a school that focuses on academics and has a strong soccer program,” says Iatarola, who intends to major in psychology after getting accepted into CMU’s school of humanities and social sciences. “I want those challenges, and I like how strong the conference is.” It’s not as strong as KK Iatarola. Her resolve is clear in a variety of ways — in words, in photos — on her website (She wore jersey No. 10 at Loyola and at Princeton). A photo of her about to strike a soccer ball has been marked up by a green magic marker. “CANCER” is written over the ball. Below the image is a open letter, composed by KK Iatarola: “Dear cancer,” it starts. “You must not have received the memo about my competitive spirit. Example, if you are that ball, I would knock you out with precision and grace. No love for you and your family, KK.” The message is serious and funny, and it certainly captures Kayleigh Iatarola’s sunny-forever outlook. “Throughout this whole experience, “Tori says, “KK has kept the most positive and upbeat attitude. Her strength and determination … she has taught me a lot. [For me now], giving up is never an option, no matter what is thrown my way.” ■

An Elite 8: Tori Iatarola (No. 8), seen here going up against a St. Ignatius player, has accumulated 70 career assists for the Ramblers. photography by george pfoertner

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Allen a core member for LF's polo crew ■ by bill mclean It has become a tradition in a math class at Lake Forest High School, thanks to senior water polo player Michael Allen — “Mallen,” for short — and two of his classmates. They often enter class with apples. But they’re not treats for the teacher. “We eat the apples during the class four days a week, sometimes five,” Allen said. “Our teacher lets us; he’s cool. And we’ve noticed more students are doing it. “It’s spreading,” he added. How deliciously fitting: The class that crunches numbers together also crunches apples together. Can you hear the symphony of bites accompanied by chalk talk? A core member for the Scouts’ water polo crew this spring has been Allen, a 6-foot, 180-pound tri-captain who hurled the game’s most impressive goal in a 15-3 loss to highly regarded Naperville North at the Glenbrook South Titan Tournament on April 25. Allen stunned the Huskies’ goalkeeper from about 10 meters out, with 20 ticks left in the fourth quarter. It should have been worth at least three points. “That was a laser,” Scouts senior Cole Mitchell marveled. “Michael has much more confidence in his shot this year; he had more of a supporting role last year. As a captain, he’s our glue … he keeps everybody in line. The hard work he puts in, the dedication he has for the sport — we all notice that. “Great presence,” he added, “and a great guy.”

A sprinter for Scouts swimming and diving teams since his freshman year, Allen continues to find time to shine when he’s not in a pool. He has earned all-state honors as a trombone player and will be conferred Eagle Scout status in May. He built a memory garden at St. Patrick’s Church in Lake Forest for his Eagle service project. “He’s an unbelievable student-athlete, super nice and as respectful as anybody,” Lake Forest assistant water polo coach and head swimming coach Cindy Dell said. “Michael is also a real good role model, and he’s never condescending.” The team aspect of water polo thrills — and drives — Allen. He gets a kick out of knowing he can rely on others in one of the most challenging and physically demanding sports. “Michael loves the sport … has a lot of passion for it,” Lake Forest water polo coach Kurt Schuessler said. “He does a little bit of everything for us. He’s confident, smart, strong and a team-first guy, but what I really like about him is how willing he’s been to work in order to become a better player. “Michael,” he added, “also wants to do whatever he can to help the team get better.” Bound for the University of Michigan, where he plans to major in mechanical engineering, Allen also intends to whistle polo shots as a club player and play the trombone at the Big Ten school. “The school has some great build programs,” Allen said. “Students get together and build underwater vehicles and solarpowered cars at competitions. Its solar-powered car team is ranked third in the world.

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“I’d like to get involved with one of those teams.” Minutes after exiting Glenbrook South’s pool following the tournament loss to Naperville North (23-0) last weekend, Allen stood poolside, praising an entirely different kind of team — his squad of mentors/ inspirations. “My parents (Rich and Joyce), Cindy Dell and Kurt Schuessler, the great seniors and leaders on last year’s swim and water polo teams, as well as our school’s band director [Janene Kessler] … all have been huge for me,” he said. “I’ve been so thankful to have been around many people with strong

values.” The next day, before Lake Forest’s tourney finale against Palatine High School, one of Allen’s teammates expressed similar sentiments about Allen. “Michael is kind, very approachable and helpful,” said Mitchell, who has known Allen for nearly eight years. “Being helpful — that’s probably his strongest quality. He’s extremely helpful.” And health conscious. “I eat a ton of fruit,” Allen said, smiling. “My dad is fine with me eating all those apples in math class. He’s grateful I don’t take potato chips to school.” ■

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Serrino’s sound play on the court speaks volumes for Trevians ■ by bill mclean New Trier senior middle blocker Jack Serrino is in charge of toting a boom box for the volleyball team’s road matches this spring. The 6-foot-7, 175-pounder attaches a strap to the portable sound system and hangs it around his neck. It’s not exactly a dainty piece of jewelry. But it’s his weighty accessory, a wooden box he turns on for pre-match warm-up/ jam sessions. It’s also something he … constructed. “I spent about 16 hours putting it together, including research,” says Serrino, a Glencoe resident. “My basement, it was a mess while I worked on it with a friend [Jake Leonard] during winter break. I learned a lot about circuits. “The boom box,” he adds, “gets pretty loud.” Serrino’s volleyball game, in a word: resounding. There is nothing like the booming sound of a clean, well-timed block nanoseconds after the booming sound of a kill attempt from the other side of the net. “He’s been pretty dominant in the middle,” Trevians coach Sue Haak says of her tri-captain. “Jack is a big kid, a great kid, a super smart young man. And he conceptualizes the game well, thinks things through.” Serrino amassed 15 blocks and 23 kills at the Downers Grove South Invite on April 25-26, as New Trier went 4-1 to improve to 18-4. NT topped Loyola Academy 25-19, 22-25, 25-23 in the match for third place. “As a blocker he’s unbelievable, but Jack is also a phenomenal all-around player,” says senior setter and tri-captain Matt Consolo. “He’s the brains of the team and one of the nicest kids. “There’s sincerity,” he adds, “in everything he does.” Serrino averaged five kills and three blocks per match for last year’s 30-6 squad, which tied a program record for wins in a season. Last spring he pounded a match-high 14 kills against Lyons Township and led all blockers with eight in a match versus Maine South. Through last weekend’s action, Serrino — who did not compete in an earlier tournament this spring — had totaled 61 kills, 45 blocks and three aces. “Part of what I like about the sport is the stress when it’s late [in a set] … when the score is something like 22-22,” says Serrino, who plans to play volleyball and major in computer science at MIT. “That’s when it gets fun.” Serrino’s breakout match last spring

was against Glenbrook North. One of the Spartans’ middles is a member of DI Chicago volleyball club. One of that middle’s club teammates is Serrino. “Jack turned it on in that match,” Haak recalls. “That was when he went from a role player to a dominant player.” Consolo also remembers that night well. “Our setter [Matt Wascher, a 2013 NTHS graduate] kept feeding Jack, who took over,” he says. “Jack was great that night.” MIT and Serrino should be a fine fit. MIT’s Engineers were ranked in the top 10 nationally and earned an NCAA Division III Tournament berth last month. Serrino has designs on landing a job at a start-up company in Silicon Valley in California after his last block and exam at MIT. “I like to code and program for fun, play video games,” he admits. His coaches and teammates, meanwhile, like Serrino, the athlete. And Serrino, the teen. “Jack is funny, unique, creative and different … not afraid to be himself,” Haak says. “He’s also humble and a pleasure to be around. I know he’ll be an interesting alumnus to follow.” The quest now for the Trevians is to make sure their playoff run lasts longer than it did last year. NT got upset in a 2013 regional final. Serrino would like nothing more than to hear his boom box make some serious noise before — and after — plaque presentations in the postseason. But the box needs some attention from Serrino before then. “I will paint it,” he insists. “I will use New Trier colors [blue, green and gray].” Notable: Trevians junior setter Dante Chakravorti finished with 75 assists, nine kills and 20 blocks at last weekend’s DGS Tourney. Other stats involving NT players: Peter Hindsley (31 kills, 7 blocks); Brian Hammes (55 digs); Whitt Ryan (23 kills, 10 blocks); Henri Lindstrom (17 kills, 5 blocks); Andrew Sommer (13 kills, 6 blocks); and Eric Gantner (7 kills). … NT junior outside hitter Henry LeVee sat out the tournament with an ankle sprain. … New Trier thumped host Evanston Township High School 25-12, 25-15 on April 23 behind Chakravorti’s 12 assists and three aces. Serrino popped for a team-high three blocks. … Chakravorti lofted 24 assists in the Trevs’ 25-21, 25-21 defeat of Maine South on April 28. Hindsley paced the attack with seven kills, and Hammes had seven digs. NT upped its record to 19-4. ■

You go, ’No: Jack Serrino makes a play at the net during New Trier’s win over Evanston. photogra-

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Offensive outbursts help Trevians to 13-5 record

■ by kevin reiterman Consider them … dangerous. New Trier’s Trevians have scored runs in bunches this spring. They have tallied seven or more runs in eight of their 13 wins. And right now, production is coming from a number of sources. “We’re not leaning on one guy,” said NT assistant baseball

coach Pete Drevline. “And we’re happy about that. “We have 32 players on our team. A lot of different guys are getting their opportunities,” he added. NT’s offense took it up a notch on April 24, when the Trevians (13-5) tallied 12 first-inning runs in a 16-0 victory over visiting Waukegan. The hitting stars were Sammy Visconti (2 doubles, single), Grant Klenovich (double, triple, 3 RBIs), Logan Wible (2-run home run), Will Francke (2 RBIs) and Matt McCaffrey (2 hits). Ben Brecht was the winning pitcher.

Two days earlier, New Trier traveled to Waukegan and came away with a 7-2 victory behind the pitching of Matt Cohen and the hitting of Jake Reynolds (3 RBIs) and Klenovich (2 RBIs). On April 21, Francke (3-for-3) and Frank Nicholas (2-for2) sparked the Trevians to a 9-0 win over Maine East. James Nash was the winning pitcher. The team’s three-game winning streak ended on April 26, when NT dropped a 4-0 decision to visiting Barrington. Drew Fischer pitched well in the loss. ■

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With Kevin Reiterman & Bill McLean At the Shoot-Around Boys Basketball Loyola: Standout point guard Kevin Kucera has made a verbal commitment to Washington University in St. Louis. He helped the Ramblers to a 25-6 record and Class 4A Elite Eight appearance this winter. A two-year starter, he averaged 10.5 points, 4.2 rebound and 6.1 assists per game for coach Tom Livatino. His assist-toturnover ratio was 3:1. Meanwhile, two Deerfield seniors have announced their college plans. Forward Stefanos Fasianos is heading to the University of British Columbia. Guard Eric Porter will be a walk-on at Loyola University. Circling the Bases Baseball Highland Park: Liam Carter came up with a terrific outing on April 24, when he allowed only three hits in a 10-0 victory over Maine West. The 6-foot-7 right-hander finished his six-inning gem with seven strikeouts. Justin Mills (three hits), David Joseph (2 hits), David Hochstadt (2 RBIs) and Taylor Smetana (2 RBIs) paced the offense. The Giants (11-6) also notched a 12-9 win over Maine West on April 22, while they fell 12-1 to stateranked Libertyville on April 26. In the win over MW, the offense was led by Zach Nankin (2 hits) and Sam Nevers (4 RBIs). Lake Forest: JR Reimer

turned in a terrific performance on April 23, when he fired a four-hitter in a 6-0 shutout against visiting Mundelein. It was the first loss of the season for the Mustangs. Reimer also singled, doubled and drove in two runs. LF’s 11-hit attack also featured two hits each from Michael Szeszol, George Karkazis and Mateo Hargitt. On April 24, the Scouts (9-9) dropped an 8-5 decision to Vernon Hills despite some solid hitting by Robert Kesman (3 hits), Matthew Gruenes (2 hits) and Karkaziz (2 hits). Between Innings Softball New Trier: Amanda Howell found her home run swing. The junior hit round trippers in three consecutive games last week. She now has four homers this spring, while hitting .350 with team-best 17 runs batted in. The Trevians (14-1) have won 12 straight games. Howell hit her homers in wins over Evanston, Lane and Oak ParkRiver Forest. NT outscored the trio by a combined 32-1, including a 16-1 defeat of Lane. Good pitching also keyed the Trevians. Allison Quigley threw a two-hitter in a 3-0 win over Waukegan on April 22, while she tossed a three-hit shutout against OPRF on April 26. Lauren Secaras allowed just one hit in the victory over Evanston on April 24, while she gave up only three hits to OPRF in game two of

a doubleheader — a 11-1 win — on April 26. The Trevians are hitting .331 as a team. The team has two players batting over .400 in Lilly Novak (.490) and Abbey Boyd (.449). The other regulars hitting over .300 include Quigley (.359), Secaras (.346) and Laura Bagin (.320). Secaras is second on the team in homers (3) and RBIs (15). Courtside Boys Tennis Lake Forest: The wins continue to pile up for the Scouts’ tennis team. They took first at the Prospect Power 8 Invite on April 26 with wins over Moline 6-1 and Naperville North 7-0. Peter Tarwid remains unbeaten at No. 1 singles, while Brice Polender has sustained only one setback at No. 2 singles. In doubles play, Greg Frauenheim and Jordon O’Kelly have an undefeated record at No. 2 while the No. 1 tandem of Scott Christian and Connor O’Kelly have one loss. Girls Badminton New Trier: No. 1 singles Julia Siebert and No. 2 singles Madelaine Murray chalked up a pair of wins as the Trevians claimed wins over Maine South 17-1 and Maine West 13-5 last week. Footnotes Girls Soccer New Trier: The Trevians are, if you will, the real thing. This unbeaten squad (17-0) defeated previously undefeated Buffalo Grove 3-1 to win the PepsiCo Showdown on April 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview. All three of NT’s goals came

in the second half. Off a feed from Sarah Connor, senior Maddie Mulford gave the Trevians a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Kelly Maday tacked on the other two goals to make it 3-0. BG (16-1) was the No. 1 seed. North Shore Country Day: Debbie Newmark and Lexy Cook came up with hat tricks in the team’s 8-0 win over Woodlands Academy on April 23. Grace Miller added two assists, while Lauren Kaplinsky had five assists. The team also notched wins over Lisle 2-1 and Chicago North 9-0 last week. In the win over Lisle, Katie Winslow’s goal with two minutes left to play broke a 1-1 tie. Volleys Boys Volleyball Loyola: Led by David Wieczorek (18 kills), the Ramblers defeated St. Ignatius 25-22, 25-13 on April 28 to improve their overall record to 15-3. On April 26, LA took fourth in the 24-team Downers Grove South Invite. The team earned wins over Oak Park-River Forest, Hinsdale South and Barrington before losing to DGS and New Trier. The Rundown Boys Track and Field Highland Park: Benjamin Rogin was one of the standouts at the Highland Park Twilight Invite on April 25. He won the 110 hurdles (15.05) and 300 hurdles (41.11). Teammate Ryan Kriozere was second in both races, 15.44 and 42.19 respectively. The Giants also received winning individual performances from Angel

Estrada in the 1600 (4:29.99), James Rector in the 3200 meters (10:22.43), Doug Kirsch in the discus (119-5), Shealtial Israel in the high jump (6-0), Edward Smoliak in the pole vault (12-6) and Keyshawn Shields in the long jump (18-5). Smoliak continues to display his versatility, placing second in the shot put (43-5) and discus (117-3). Ben Casey added a second in the 1600 (4:31.20). Girls Track and Field New Trier: Mimi Smith was clocked in 10:50.58 and won the 3200-meter race by seven seconds at the Carol Koszola Invite in Medinah on April 26. Loyola: Junior Sarah Kelley claimed the 400-meter dash title (1:01.16) at the Glenbrook South Invite on April 25. S ophomore F rancassa Latorraca won the discus (959) and earned runner-up honors in the shot put (34-2 ½). Stick Nation Girls Lacrosse Lake Forest: Marielle St. Amand tallied four goals but it wasn’t enough as Oak ParkRiver Forest topped Lake Forest 16-10 on April 26. Kate Arnson and Katie Karahalios had two goals apiece. On April 23, the Scouts fell to Glenbrook South 15-7. Emily Cavalaris and St. Amand had two goals each. New Trier: For the Trevians, the confines were friendly. In a game played at Wrigley Field on Aug. 27, New Trier posted a 14-8 victory over Lyons. Charlotte McGuire led the way with four goals and

one assist. The attack also featured Julie Ball (3 goals, 2 assist), Grace Hemmer (2 goals, 1 assist) and Betsy Kvam (2 goals). The team (13-0-1) also competed in a tournament in Michigan. The Trevians, who finished the three-game set 2-0-1, knocked off the reigning Michigan Division 2 state champs, East Grand Rapids, 16-5. They also beat Glenbrook South 8-5 in a cancer awareness game on April 24. Race Day Rowing Loyola Academy: The Ramblers claimed three titles at the Lake Dillon Invite in Nashport, Ohio, on April 26. The wins came in Men’s First Varsity 8+, Men’s Second Varsity 8+ and Men’s Novice 8+. Loyola’s other placers were Women’s Varsity 4+ (3rd), Women’s Junior Varsity 8+ (2nd), Men’s Freshman 8+ (3rd) and Women’s Novice 8+ (2nd). The Men’s First Varsity roster includes Ola Zaworski, Sam Hahn, Zach Zeller, Everett Peters, Jacob Skarzynski, Joseph Lauer, John Walsh, Tony Lazarich and Brendan Walsh. At the College Level Women’s Tennis Northwestern: Maddie Lipp is putting together a stellar freshman season for the Wildcats. The Lake Forest High School grad, who is playing No. 2 doubles, helped NU win its 16th straight Big Ten title on April 26. Lipp is 23-8 in doubles and 15-7 in singles. ■

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HP freshman Edelchik already a valuable player — and teammate Fore-front: Jacob Edelchik of the Giants rolls a topspin forehand during recent action. photography


■ by bill mclean The memory of finishing third at his second annual ping-pong tournament last month still gnaws at Jacob Edelchik. Thirty-one others had vied for prize money at the Highland Park High School freshman’s house, meaning 32 teens lost their amateur status in the sport that day. “I should have won it,” the Giants’ No. 1 singles player on the tennis team recalls, smiling and shaking his head. Brandon Lew, another HP netter, won it, topping a field that included Edelchik’s friends and tennis foes from Highland Park, Deerfield, Glenbrook North and New Trier high schools. Edelchik’s reaction to falling short of the top prize pleased HP tennis coach Steve Rudman. A competitive fire can’t be taught and it usually spurs the fire’s owner to do whatever it takes to avenge a loss. Edelchik lost his first tennis match at the prep level to Libertyville High School junior Ben VanDixhorn, a two-time state qualifier in singles who reached the seventh round of the back draw at the state meet last spring. The left-handed Northwestern recruit downed the Giant at an invite last month. “I found out Jacob does not like to lose,” Rudman says. “I’m OK with that. He’s a talented 14-year-old going up against top-notch 17-, 18-year-olds. But he’s also a 14-year-old who is not afraid to take on guys like that. “Jacob,” he adds, “is a tenacious competitor who works hard on his game and loves tennis.” Edelchik’s parents, Dmitry and Maina, wanted their son to love hockey. Why else would they build a hockey area in the Edelchik basement? “That … didn’t quite work out,” Jacob says. “My mom ended up encouraging me to play tennis. “I’m glad she did.” Edelchik achieved a top-10 Midwest ranking in the 14-and-under singles division. He climbed as high as No. 2 in the Chicago District Tennis Association rankings in the same division. His best CDTA ranking among 16-and-under singles players is No. 8. Edelchik likes to battle mostly from the baseline, smacking consistent groundstrokes to the corners to wear out his opponents. He’s not afraid to occasionally finish points at the net and he’s not hesitant to admit he sometimes needs to hit deeper shots against the heavy hitters. “I’m a grinder,” says Edelchik, who works

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exclusively on his conditioning twice a week at a local facility. “The grind is what I know.” What was new to him at the beginning of the spring was the team concept in tennis. A young tennis player’s typical teammate during sanctioned tournaments in the summers and winters is a parent, aka a driver who doesn’t charge cab fare. But Edelchik has embraced what it means to be a consummate teammate. “Jacob gets it … gets the importance of camaraderie among teammates,” Rudman says. “He’s gained and earned the respect of his teammates, and his teammates like the way he interacts with them and roots for them. “They like that he works hard on the court and that he’s easy-going off the court,” the coach adds. Edelchik is a part of the Giants’ “Uwahhh” Nation (UN). Its founding father is junior Max Gordon, a No. 1 doubles player whose partner is sophomore and 2013 state doubles qualifier David Aizenberg. UN members yell “Uwahhh!” whenever another one strikes a screaming winner during a match. “Jacob is very consistent and he has good court sense,” says Gordon. “He’s a solid all-around player.” One of Edelchik’s other passions off the court is collecting sports memorabilia. He owns a signed photograph of two of professional tennis’ all-time greats, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, and an autographed pair of custom-made Andy Roddick tennis shoes. Edelchik also possess autographs from Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen. But what he really wants to collect is the first-place prize at his third annual ping-pong tourney next spring. Notable: HP (19 points) tied New Trier for runner-up honors behind the host school (30) at the Jay Kramer Invite at Hinsdale Central on April 26. Lew and Dean Sheftel and Giants Jonny Raab/Chase Garber placed second at No. 3 and No. 4 doubles respectively. Gordon/Aizenberg took third at No. 1 doubles, while Eli Schneider/Teddy Dunn paired up for fourth place at No. 2 doubles. HP sophomore Nick Zazove knocked off a No. 3-4 seed and a No. 5-8 seed in consecutive rounds en route to a fourthplace finish in the invite’s lone singles draw; Edelchik split his first two matches. … Aizenberg/Dunn went 2-2 in doubles at last spring’s state meet. … HP won last month’s Prospect Invite, getting first-place efforts from Raab (No. 3 singles), Gordon/Aizenberg (No. 1 doubles) and Dunn/Schneider (No. 2 doubles). Edelchik (No. 1) and Zazove (No. 2) took second in their respective flights. ■



46 | perfect weekend stewart and dodie take it easy down on Blackberry Farm

With four children, it’s rare for Stewart and Dodie Swift to enjoy a quiet weekend. So it was a special treat when, in November, they flew to Tennessee and stayed at Blackberry Farm, a 4,200-acre spot in the Great Smoky Mountains. “What made it so perfect was that we were able to do absolutely nothing, other than relax,” says Dodie, a Winnetka native. “It was just a fantastic place.” They toured the gardens. Much of what they saw there ended up on their plates during meals. One lunch featured a Southern barbeque with a bluegrass band playing between a pond and a stream, where Stewart and others went fly fishing. Dinner took place in a barn with high vaulted ceilings. The Lake Forest couple took walks together and drove through the mountains. Upon retuning to their cottage, they sat by the fire.

“What made it so perfect was that we were able to do absolutely nothing, other than relax. It was just a fantastic place.”

Stewart and Dodie Swift — along with Blossom — are looking forward to Dog Day on May 10 at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest. photography by joel lerner

“It was a very homey feeling,” Dodie says. ‘The thing we loved about the place was it didn’t feel manufactured. The layout didn’t make perfect sense — we had to walk through the gift shop to get to our room — but we loved that.” The weekend was so serene that, when they reached the Knoxville airport to return home, nothing could fluster them. Says Dodie, “We had such a great time that our six-hour-delay getting back just didn’t matter.” — David Sweet

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