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FEBRUARY 2020

CLASSIC HOMEMADE ITALIAN CUISINE

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COLLABORATING ON A CHICAGO CLASSIC

HANDCRAFTED SPIRITS RENEWED


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LIFESTYLE LETTER

FEBRUARY 2020 PUBLISHER

Michael Beightol | michael.beightol@lifestylepubs.com EDITOR

Stephen Neilson | stephen.neilson@lifestylepubs.com

Art, Craftsmanship & Love FEBRUARY IS A MONTH FOR ARTISTIC EXPRESSION — MAKING, COLLECTING, ADMIRING AND LEARNING. We love art because it gives us a glimpse of someone’s heart, the part of them we don’t see on the surface. We are all drawn to art in different ways. We like to look at and listen to art that makes us feel something, art that resonates with us. Through art, we learn about ourselves. We hope you enjoy reading in this issue how Rachel Perkal of Epilogue Art in Long

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Grove inspired a husband & wife team to create a one-of-a-kind ceramic art piece. We also hope you're inspired to visit an old favorite, DiPiero's Ristorante, serving up handcrafted classic Italian dishes in downtown Lake Zurich. Also in Lake Zurich, Copper Fiddle Distillery is forging a new trail in small batch spirits. Over in Barrington, old-world craftsmen at Caledonian, Inc. repair furniture and create new classics for families with discerning taste. These stories are about just a few of the local artisans sharing their craft, passion and self-expression. Perhaps by this time next year you, too, will have been inspired to pursue what you love. After all, February is the month of love.

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INSIDE THE ISSUE FEBRUARY 2020 FEATURES 14 Handcrafted Spirits in Lake Zurich Copper Fiddle Distillery Starts Fresh with New Owners Jim Iverhouse & Andrew Macker.

18 Hidden Treasures in Barrington A Neighborhood Shop that Sells and Restores Vintage Antiques for Discriminating Homeowners.

22 Collaborating on a New Chicago Classic It Takes a Team to Create Collectibles Celebrating Our Kind of Town.

28 Crafting a Tradition for 36 Years The Narcisi Family Serves

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1. Bisecting a winter sky. | 2. Sunset. | 3. Buck strolls the neighborhood. | 4. Snowfall. | 5. Wood shed on a marsh. | 6. Bee hive in repose.

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AROUND TOWN Later-stage symptoms include fits of rapid coughs followed by a high-pitched “whoop” sound, as well as vomiting and exhaustion after coughing fits. Anyone showing symptoms of pertussis should avoid going to school or work until they are evaluated by a healthcare provider and/or appropriate treatment is provided. The best way to protect against pertussis is by getting vaccinated. The Health Department offers the DTaP and Tdap vaccinations by appointment at its Community Health Centers throughout Lake Co. To make an appointment, call (847) 377-8800.

THE POWER OF THE BALLOT IS IN VOTER’S HANDS February is a good time for registered voters to be sure they’re ready for the March 17 primary. Go to LakeVoterPower.info to see if your voter registration record is up-to-date. Anyone needing to register for the first time should visit lakecountyil.gov/361/Voter-Registration for qualifying requirements and in-person, online, or by mail registration options. Lake Co. Clerk Robin M. O’Connor is encouraging Lake County registered voters to vote by mail, including students away at school, snowbirds and anyone out of town on Election Day. Learn how to vote by mail at LakeVoterPower.info.

OOPS! CORRECTING A STORY FROM LAST MONTH Due to a proofreading error at deadline the first name of Angela Romy, co-owner of Happki, a Deer Park Town Center retailer that specializes in edu-

Resolve to stay safe this winter. The Lake Co. Division of Transportation encourages all residents to keep an emergency kit in cars. Pack jumper cables, tow rope, sand, flashlight, small shovel, travel blanket and ice scraper. Drivers are encouraged to:

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BE PROTECTED FROM A WHOOPING COUGH OUTBREAK Last year the Lake Co. Health Department investigated 151 cases of pertussis (also known as whooping cough)—an increase from the previous two years. Symptoms of pertussis usually develop

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with graffiti. Passersby noticed the graffiti, including a swastika, and called police. Once evidence was collected District 95 employees steam cleaned the wall on the school’s east side. Kelley Gallt, Superintendent of District 95 Schools, said: “Based on my experiences with multiple stakeholders, including students, staff, and families, I am certainly shocked that this type of crime would take place within the boundaries of District 95, most especially during a time of holiday celebrations and joy for many cultures. While I do not believe that these messages of hate define our community, it is important for each of us to stand up against behaviors such as these. We are an inclusive, friendly and loving community and should expxect all individuals living in or visiting our district community to celebrate all that makes us unique and good. It is important to me that our district learning community understand that we will not tolerate hate messages nor actions of hate.”

HOLIDAY GATHERING A TRADITION IN LONG GROVE & KILDEER The Neighbors and Newcomers Chapter of Long Grove & Kildeer gathered during the holidays for their annual gift exchange. Enjoying the holiday fellowship were Margie Federer, Marlene Riehn, Anne Spiteri, Ille Sutt, GiGi Wernikoff, Pam Ferreira, Pam Pasminski, Jean Lewis, Annis Guenther and Gerri Campbell. Neighbors and Newcomers is a social organization that welcomes new people to the community while nurturing on-going and long-term friendships for anyone in Long Grove and Kildeer. Follow them on Facebook (@newcomers.LG.KL).

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

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COMMIT TO BETTER COMMUNICATIONS FOR A RELATIONSHIP THAT THRIVES

ARTICLE KIMBERLY BLAKER

COUPLES SPLIT UP FOR NUMEROUS DIFFERENT REASONS, RANGING FROM LACK OF COMMON INTERESTS, SIGNIFICANT LIFE CHANGES, MONEY ISSUES, CHEATING AND SEX. But one of the top reasons couples don’t survive is due to communication problems. It’s essential that couples understand the role communication styles play in marital discord. Throughout their relationship, many couples alienate each other as they try to communicate their needs. As misunderstandings escalate, even minor issues can turn into major ordeals. The reason for these serious disputes usually has more to do with the way couples communicate than what they are trying to say. Fortunately, some factors can be changed if couples put forth the effort, explain Stanley and Howard Markman, coauthors of Fighting for Your Marriage: Positive Steps for Preventing Divorce and Preserving a Lasting Love. These include improving unrealistic beliefs about marriage, low commitment levels and difficulties working as a team. Negative communication styles, poor communication skills for handling disagreements, and attitude differences regarding important issues can also be overcome. Changing old patterns isn’t easy and requires work. But learning to communicate with your partner effectively can be achieved. Many therapists teach clients communication techniques that can make arguing, yelling and avoidance a thing of the past. Not only do couples learn to communicate more effectively, but they may also develop deeper bonds and intimacy. This can have a lasting effect on a relationship. One technique sometimes referred to as Intentional Dialogue is used in Imago Relationship Therapy. Through this technique, couples learn how to talk to their partner, share feelings and really hear and understand each other. If communication problems are impairing your relationship, don’t wait for irreparable damage. Keep in mind that for some couples, therapy may be required. Finally, as most therapists point out, including the Markmans, “Good marriages take work. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not how much you love each other that can best predict the future of your relationship, but how conflicts and disagreements are handled.” Learning better communication techniques in a relationship, or before misunderstandings escalate, will dramatically increase chances for a successful, long-lasting relationship and many Happy Valentine’s Days to come. About the Author: Kimberly Blaker is a freelance lifestyle writer.

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HOT SPOT

H a n d c r a f t e d S p i r i ts in Lake Zurich

COPPER FIDDLE DISTILLERY STARTS FRESH WITH NEW OWNERS JIM IVERHOUSE & ANDREW MACKER. SW LAKE LIFESTYLE STOPPED BY TO CHAT.

Andrew Macker describes the distillation process to a tour group at Copper Fiddle.

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SW LAKE: WHAT WAS IT ABOUT COPPER FIDDLE THAT ATTRACTED YOU? Jim:

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approached me about leasing my space I liked the concept and helped by putting in six years to develop Copper Fiddle. When the sale came up last year, I thought it was a good idea to keep it in the community. Andrew: As a food and beverage manager I’ve always sourced the products I want for my hotels and restaurants by flavor and demand. Now we can create our own flavors and our own demand. SWL: HOW HAS IT BEEN CLIMBING THE LEARNING CURVE? Andrew: Luckily, we had the knowledge of a Master Distiller, Rob Scaramella, available from the beginning. When the three of us met we knew quite quickly we had a Jim Iverhouse and Andrew Macker. Tastings and tours are available.

bright future together. Rob’s ideas were a big part of Copper Fiddle’s initial successes. Now with a bigger voice the sky is the limit. SWL: WHAT WILL STAY THE SAME AT COPPER FIDDLE? Jim: The name and address. (Laughs.) Andrew: I second that! There’s a whole new vibe here. The cocktails are delicious, service accommodating and friendly, and the live entertainment is fantastic. SWL: TELL US ABOUT SOME OF THE CHANGES. Andrew: We have new recipes for bourbon whiskey and rum. The gin is fantastic and will stay the same but with a new mash bill. We’ve already launched a partnership with Franco’s Pescheria, who is providing us our own menu. Guests can order here at the distillery and Franco’s will deliver meals hot and fresh. To learn about new product releases just follow us on Facebook or Instagram. Jim: We’re also planning an expansion of the facility. We’re aiming for mid-to-late 2020. CONTINUED >

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HOT SPOT (CONTINUED)

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SWL: WHERE CAN PEOPLE SHOP FOR COPPER FIDDLE? Andrew: Certainly, stopping by the distillery is best. We want folks to come in, say hello and take advantage of great deals and specials. When out shopping, we’re at select Binny’s, Whole Foods, Garfield’s, Mariano’s and Woodman’s to name a few. Copper Fiddle is at 532 W. Route 22 in Lake Zurich. Learn more at CopperFiddleDistillery.com. Copper Fiddle won a 2019 Best of SW Lake Award for Best Entertainment.

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HIDDEN TREASURES IN BARRINGTON THE MOST FUN PART OF THE ADVENTURE WAS THAT IT JUST DIDN’T WANT TO STOP. Expert craftsman Niko Dilo just couldn’t keep from flipping through his iPhone, sharing photos of the many masterfully restored antiques and reproductions: so many examples of striking transformations, from decay and damage to elegance restored and ravages-of-time defied. The third-generation owner of Calendonian, Inc., Barrie Heath, chuckled. “Niko’s very proud of the work we do here,” quickly adding, “And so am I.” This family business was founded in 1941 by Heath’s maternal grandmother, Ethel Harris, as an antiques and second-hand furniture store. After WWII’s conclusion, Heath’s father and two uncles came into the business, evolving it into antiques and reproductions (copies of period antique furniture) made and imported from

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England, as well as accessories, paintings, and the whole gamut of decorative objects to accent the furniture. Heath and his team continue to buy elegant, high-end English furniture that’s in good shape and restore it to pristine condition for resale. That involves closing up any cracks in the surface, replacing missing veneers, repairing/updating the insides of pieces, and

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replacing drawer runners as needed. As an example, Heath showed a restored piece from the 18th century with drawers that now slide smoothly and look as good as they did 240 years ago. They work diligently to preserve the old-finish look that’s mellowed and aged on its own, particularly with English pieces. This includes restoring the hardware (handles, etc.) and even the locks many pieces include. Dilo, a 19-year employee at Caldonian, has created many a new key for centuries-old locks, showing me an example lock (vintage ca. 1780) restored with key to match.

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Caledonian expert craftsman Niko Dilo (left) with owner Barrie Heath.

Before and after: expert craftsmanship at work.

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HIDDEN TRE ASURES IN BARRINGTON (CONTINUED)

F O U N DAT I O N S O F C A L D O N I A N ’ S C U LT U R E

1. expertise in our field.

2. integrity in all we do.

3. Value for our customers. Fine furniture is displayed throughout the showroom.

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Accurate, professional restoration requires an extensive knowledge of the construction methods of each period of furniture being restored—a knowledge set that also helps Caledonian accurately estimate when and where individual pieces were built, and ensures that they employ the same techniques during restoration that were used to build the original. They use a special brand of glue that keeps a high veneer, and which also is a “reversible glue” which allows any joints secured by this glue to be taken apart later if needed (via steaming or water injection) to enable easy future repairs. This Tall warehouse-style shelves provide multiple levels of display for featured furniture.

enables Caledonian to follow the established best practice for repairing antiques that anything done to a piece should be reversible. Ten years ago Caledonian relocated from its previous location on the North Shore to Heath’s hometown of Barrington, when the onset of the recession dovetailed with a decline in interest in traditional furniture and the crash of the housing market. With people staying in their homes and moving much less frequently, the impact on furniture sales was significant, requiring a refocus of Caledonian’s business to ensure its continued success in a changing market. “In our new business model, we’ve organized a very low overhead operation that allows us to offer high quality and service at a true value for our

Dilo looking up photos of previous restorations, in front of a small selection of Caledonian's exhaustive set of tools.

customers,” Heath said. “Our antiques represent really good value today; they’re often less expensive than reproductions.” “It’s a fun business, because every piece is different,” Heath added. “We come into work every day not knowing what road restoring our next piece will take us down.” For online shopping convenience Caledonian maintains an internet presence, posting new offerings to its Facebook page (@CaledonianFurnitureandAntiques), as well at their website (CaledonianInc.com) including their currently available pieces with descriptions and pricing. Caledonian, 202 James Street, Barrington; 847.381.0569; hours Tues—Sat 10 a.m.—4 p.m and Mondays by appointment; a call

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COLLABORATING ON A NEW CHICAGO CLASSIC

IT TAKES A TEAM TO CREATE COLLECTIBLES CELEBRATING OUR KIND OF TOWN

Ferguson tops out the 9-foot ceramic sculpture.

Ferguson carefully builds Sheep Tower.

I HAVE BEEN IN THE BUSINESS OF WORKING WITH ARTISTS, ART AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT FOR MY ENTIRE CAREER SO YOU MIGHT SAY I’VE “SEEN IT ALL.” There is nothing like the fun and excitement of coming across something new that I know my customers will like. Several times a year I’ll travel out-of-town to scout new talent. On one such trip to Atlanta in 2018 I met Dan Ferguson. I was instantly attracted to the bright colors and whimsical nature of his work. Dan and his wife Nisha are originally from Toronto but relocated to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico with two young sons in 2001. The artistic collaboration between Dan and Nisha is dynamic; they sign all pieces as “DaNisha.” Their works include functional figurines, bowls, sculptures and dramatic totems. Dan creates the sculptural bodies which support the colorful and painterly images and color-filled stories that are found in the bowls, vessels and characters that make up so many of their designs. He is such a gifted sculptor as one can see in the attitudes and poses of the fanciful animals he ARTICLE RACHEL PERKAL PHOTOGRAPHY TOBIN FRALEY 22

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creates. Add to this Nisha’s brilliant sense of color and movement and you have a wonderland of pieces that are a joy to behold.


In June of 2019, I spent time with Dan crafting an order

As the design process unfolded, we attempted to

of pieces for my gallery when I was struck by an idea:

incorporate the famous lions from the Art Institute of

Dan and Nisha needed to create an exclusive piece just

Chicago, but the scale proved challenging. It looked a bit

for my gallery, Epilogue Arts. I had already collaborated

as if the big cats were about to eat the city. As they say,

with Dan to have him create some awesome decora-

we let that drop to the cutting room floor.

tive vessels that sold out immediately, but this time we

Our first Chicago exclusive sculpture is strictly limited

started kicking around another way of paying tribute to

to 50 pieces. An initial shipment of 15 pieces sold out in

the city I love most: CHICAGO!

one week. Orders are now being taken for the second

Dan and I talked about a design that paid respects to

wave of production; the cost is $195. When this edition

Chicago with as many landmark buildings as possible.

sells out, Dan and I are already planning the next in the

We debated the merits of how big a piece to create, how

series. Among the architectural buildings under consider-

elaborate, and how to incorporate the iconic architec-

ation will be Comiskey Park (yes, the purist in me comes

ture that at first glance says “Chicago.” At some point it

out again) to satisfy my customers who are White Sox

started to feel like we were urban planners!

fans. I think this series from DaNisha will have legs for a

Among the structures people will recognize are the

long time given the wondrous city that is Chicago.

Sears Tower (sorry, I’m a purist), John Hancock Center, the Wrigley building, Wrigley Field’s marquee, Chicago Theater and more. There is even an homage to our Chicago traffic and Lake Michigan.

Each piece of Sheep Tower is hand-positioned by the artist.

Exclusive to Epilogue Arts is DaNisha's Chicago.

THE ARTISTIC COLLABORATION BETWEEN DAN AND NISHA IS DYNAMIC; THEY SIGN ALL PIECES AS “DANISHA.”

CONTINUED >

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COLL ABOR ATING ON A NE W CHICAGO CL AS SIC (CONTINUED)

Color & style add to the whimsy of DaNisha's Chicago.

In addition to our exclusive Chicago sculpture, we also have DaNisha’s amazing collection of bowls that also celebrate Chicago. Our customers and visitors love the miniature figures of animals that are a staple of their work. One is of a rhinoceros with a bird buddy hitching a ride on his back. Another is of a hippopotamus balancing a globe that opens into a vessel for little treasures. These are just two examples of the whimsy they craft.   Thinking more grandly? We have on display a nine-foot tower of sheep by the Fergusons that always evokes a smile. A real balancing act, this tower of silly sheep is perfect for a four-season room or entry way. It needs to be seen to be believed. About the Author: Rachel Perkal is the owner of Epilogue Arts, 130 Old McHenry Road in downtown Long Grove; EpilogueArt.com. She is so grateful to feature the ever-changing work of Dan and Nisha Ferguson.

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Patrons gather at Epilogue to hear from Dan Ferguson.


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CRAFTING A LAKE ZURICH TRADITION OPERATED BY THE NARCISI FAMILY FOR 36 YEARS, DIPIERO’S FEATURES FINE ITALIAN CUISINE IN A CLASSIC SETTING.

I HAD A FANTASTIC DINNER AT DIPIERO’S RISTORANTE RECENTLY, BUT THE DELICIOUS FOOD AND WINE DON’T BEGIN TO DESCRIBE MY EXPERIENCE. I met a woodcrafter who handcarves smoking pipes for friends and family; a former insurance salesman with 15 years in the industry; a partner in The Bear (a pioneering Chicago music club) where artists like Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul & Mary performed in the early Sixties; and a local restaurateur with a loyal clientele. As it turns out all those folks are just one very interesting fellow named Bob Narcisi. Bob purchased DiPiero’s a decade after its opening; the building in downtown Lake Zurich dates back to the 1930s. He kept the restaurant’s name and made upgrades to the bar and dining areas. The menu went from mostly pizza to full, upscale Italian. As success came Narcisi was able to buy the old telephone building just to the south, which now handles their carryout, delivery, and off-premise catering business, as well as two adjoining proper-

Bob Narcisi shows a collection of his hand-carved pipes.

ties for parking and a greenhouse. He also bought a rental property available to DiPiero’s employees, enabling them a very short walk to work. 28

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Caesar Salad.

Pork Chop Costoletto.

Buratta.

Halibut; Eggplant Napoleon.

Bob recalled the early days of his restaurant: “It was kind of a biker bar; there were a lot of nice people and some great customers, but we had to find a way to make a transition… I know not all of them liked it when I told them, ‘No more swearing here. As long as you’re at DiPiero’s, you’ve got to watch your language.’ Some of them didn’t understand that, but we wanted to establish a different kind of business. I’ve got to say, I think we have the best clientele in the area now, and many who say they think of us as their favorite restaurant.” CONTINUED >

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Bob Narcisi (left) with Howard Seedorf and Cheryl Marchese of N-Jet.

It wasn’t difficult to see why. On this January weekday evening as tables began to fill, many guests dropped by to say hello and chat with Bob all while he kept a watchful eye on everything. “We’re pretty traditional in what we do. We have a few signature dishes: Our baked clams, we do them the best of anywhere. Our onepound pork chops, double-boned, are definitely a signature item, as well as our pizzas, and our Chicken Vesuvio and veal dishes.” Bob made it clear that every dish on the menu is treated with DiPiero’s legendary commitment to quality: “I don’t think you should ever be able to go into a restaurant and order the ‘wrong thing’.” His son Bobby serves as expediter, quality control, and helps design many DiPiero’s dishes. As if on cue, Jimmy Narcisi (Bob’s younger son, who manages the front-of-the-house) served up two dishes proving the point: their Caesar Salad, beautifully crafted from artisan romaine with anchovy, house-made croutons and dressing, followed by the Pork Chop Costoletto, a double-boned pork chop pounded out thin to the size of a small-to-medium pizza, first breaded and pan-fried, then oven-baked with marinara sauce and provolone cheese on top. 30

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Front Entrance.


Bob Narcisi and son Jimmy (center) welcome Bob Sherman.

“My chef’s been with me for 32 years,” Bob shared, followed by a list of several others with tenures of a decade or more. “Our employees have a lot of say in the company. They know our customers and know the right thing to do for them. We have customers still with us from the first day we opened, and servers who’ve taken care of them for 20 years.” Bob credits his family’s hospitality business skills to his father, who emigrated from Italy at the age of 10, graduated first in his class at Bloom Township High School in Chicago Heights, and went into business with his father at the family-owned grocery in Chicago. Over the next two decades he would go on to purchase the liquor store across the street, a 30-lane bowling alley (the first in Illinois to install automatic pinsetters), and (eventually) the entire block. Bob’s early connection to Lake Zurich was the family’s summer home on Route 12 (the future location of Fritzl’s Restaurant).  “I never spent a The daily specials menu board.

summer in the city until I was 16. We spent each summer here until Labor Day.” After selling his real estate agency, while searching for a business opportunity in the area, he stopped for lunch at DiPiero’s, learned the owner was interested in selling, and the rest is Lake Zurich culinary history. DiPiero’s Ristorante, 17 E. Main Street, Lake Zurich, 847.438.3253. Open Monday - Sunday, 4 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.; DiPierosRestaurant.com. Text DiPieros to 33733 to download their mobile app. February 2020 | SW Lake Lifestyle

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Hawthorn Woods. Kids ages 3-12

COME AND LEARN SPANISH

registration and fees required: visit

years old with a parent or adult. 6—8 p.m. in the Village Barn. Advance VHW.org/SpecialEvents for details.

Ela Area Public Library

Would you like your kids to learn and practice Spanish? Introduce them to the marvelous world of Spanish by playing games, talking and reading tales, narrations and short stories. For ages 6-10 at the Ela Area Public Library, from 5 p.m.—6 p.m.

common nursery rhymes. This pro-

OSCAR SHORTS FILM FEST

these rhymes depict dark periods

gram is not suitable for children as John Gowing shares how many of

Catlow Theater

of Britain's past. Starts at 1 p.m. and

Hollywood's biggest night out is the

registration is required. Search at

Oscars. The Oscar Shorts Film

EAPL.org/Events.

STATE OF THE BARRINGTON REGION

Showings are at noon and 6:00 p.m.

of Oscar-nominated animated (5 films) and live action short films (5).

Barrington's White House

on February 8 and noon February

At 8 a.m. village officials from 11

9. Tickets are $17 available at

communities will gather to provide

Barrington-IL.gov/Oscars.

conditions

and what lies ahead in 2020 for the greater

Barrington

area.

Tickets

and more information available at BarringtonChamber.com.

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Bess Bower Dunn Museum

The Dunn's series called "Object Talks" continues at 11 a.m. on

businesses and residents updates economic

Ela Area Public Library

8

5

current

THE DARK SIDE OF FAIRY TALES Learn "the rest of the story" behind

Festival features three showings

on

11

9

Abraham Lincoln’s birthday to learn

GIRLS WHO CODE

President of the United States.

about an object in the Museum's collection once owned by the 16th

Are you a girl interested in computer

Learn about his connections to Lake

science? Learn about programming

Co. and the county’s role in the Civil

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skills such as loops, functions, and

War. Registration required. Discounts

conditionals,

for county residents and seniors.

SWEETHEART FAMILY BARN DANCE

Ela Area Public Library. To register

Hawthorn Woods Village Barn

and

work

towards

developing a project. At 2 p.m. at the

Search at LCFPD.org/Calendar.

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be discussed at this 6 p.m. meet-up

PAT MCKILLEN IN CONCERT

of how hundreds of young women

is "The Radium Girls" by Kate Moore, the incredible true story

Barrington's White House

toiled amidst the glowing dust of

Tower Lakes native and Barrington

radium-dial

High

began to fall mysteriously ill.

School

grad

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until

they

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This

talented

local

sing-

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information

and

tickets

visit

BarringtonsWhiteHouse.com/Events.

LAKE CO. CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL Lake Co. Fairgrounds

Featuring local, regional & national breweries,

distilleries

and

winer-

ies offering samples, plus music,

returns for what's become an annual performance at Barrington's White

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food, games & entertainment. Now

NATIVE DRUM CIRCLE AND STORYTELLING

1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake. All

in its 6th year with  70+ brewers. Held at the Lake Co. Fair Grounds, attendees must be 21 or older (no

Bess Bower Dunn Museum

infants or babies). Advance tickets at

At 6:30 p.m. hear traditional Native

LCFair.com/LC-Craft-Beer-Fest

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Woodland singing and storytelling

include early entry & designated

by the Seven Springs All Nations

driver options.

COPPER FIDDLE'S OPEN MIC NIGHT

Bess Bower Dunn Museum of

Drum from Lake Geneva. The

Copper Fiddle Distillery

Lake Co. is at 1899 W. Winchester

Get to Copper Fiddle early each first

Rd., Libertyville.  Enjoy free pro-

& third Thursday for a chance at 15

grams every first and third Thursday

minutes of fame. Play, sing or enjoy

evening at the Dunn Museum.

29 EVERYTHING'S BETTER WITH BACON Lucky LuLu's in Crystal Lake

North Barrington's premier jam

the tunes. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m.

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brates 2020's extra day with a performance starting at 9 p.m. at Lucky

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to the music of Widespread Panic,

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Phish,

and the latest trends at Barrington's

Haynes, String Cheese, Dr. John,

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White House from 11 a.m.—3 p.m.

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List Price

SP:LP

LMT

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# Half Baths

Hawthorn Hills

$601,656

$574,000

105%

1

5

3

0

Eleanora Estates

$575,000

$575,000

100%

37

5

6

1

Fields of Long Grove

$600,000

$600,000

100%

43

5

4

1

The Squires

$515,000

$519,000

99%

6

4

2

1

Walnut Creek

$515,000

$525,000

98%

93

4

3

1

Spiekhouts

$522,000

$535,000

98%

3

4

2

1

Chapel Hill

$585,000

$599,900

98%

33

4

2

1

Preserve at Long Grove

$707,000

$729,000

97%

39

4

3

3

Fairfield Village

$628,000

$649,000

97%

67

4

3

1

Timberlake Estates

$510,000

$529,000

96%

49

4

3

0

Wynstone

$625,000

$650,000

96%

26

5

4

1

Fox Point

$670,000

$698,000

96%

35

4

4

0

Whispering Creek

$590,000

$617,900

95%

88

4

4

1

Flint Creek Farms

$735,000

$769,900

95%

27

5

4

1

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