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Three Lake County stay-at-home dads run the household with pride


Celebrity Golfers


See some of the best in the world at the BMW Championship in Lake Forest pg 12


Explore this growing hobby embraced by local guys pg 19

top 10

Hot colognes at Perfumania pg 40


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pg 32 Gary Pack, partner at Twin Garden Farms

Concussions are a hot topic right now, as more is learned about the ramifications of head trauma. Lake County doctors, athletic trainers and legislators explain what they’re doing to keep young athletes safe. Farmers markets are a great place to shop for local produce, but do you know how to tell when different fruits and veggies are perfect for eating? Find out!

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days in the refrigerator.

Home Design — Garages: A garage can be an ideal setting for a man cave, and Anthony Vincent Construction in Round Lake and Dirsmith Construction Inc. in Highland Park can help men create the cave of their dreams. Cover Inset: The best golfers in the world will be playing in your backyard this September. Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest will host the BMW Championship, part of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs, and you can go watch! Family fun often comes by way of fishing. Listen to the fish tales of local residents who have enjoyed teaching generations of youngsters the tricks of the water. Homebrewing is on the rise. See what has allured these Lake County residents into making their own beer: Adam Bogac, president of the Babble Homebrewers of Lake County; Tim Kovac, owner of Small Town Brewery in Wauconda; and the five owners of Light the Lamp Brewery in Grayslake. Learn how to host a healthier happy hour, and check out this recipe for a whole fruit margarita. On The Cover/ Success Lives Next Door: What does it take to be a stay-at-home dad? Lake County Magazine asked Ryan Gillaspie of Lindenhurst, father of 4-year-old triplets; James Zahn of Lake Villa, father of two young daughters; and John Eller of Round Lake Beach, father of his 4-year-old son, for their take on their chosen calling.

Write This Down: Michelle Stien has placed her 4-year-old son in a karate class to teach him discipline. Read about his first class and what he REALLY learned. Family schedules can become even more hectic during the summer as kids get involved in camps, sports teams and more — all while their parents are still working. Learn tips to help keep balance and order during the next several weeks.

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Check out these grooming tips and tricks for the everyday guy, compliments of David Rubin of Suited To You in Libertyville and Adriane Ebner of West Side Barber Shop in Libertyville. Representatives from Perfumania in Vernon Hills and Gurnee share their Top 10 and Top Five colognes for men, just in time for Father’s Day.

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Social Life: Re-invent Gallery in Lake Forest recently

hosted an opening show for Agustin Portillo of Mexico City. His work will be shown at the gallery through June 14. See who attended the event! As the weather continues to warm, find activities to do outside — and inside — from our calendar of arts and events. Artist Showcase: Norma Wasicke of Wauconda shares two of her works she created after trips to Oregon and Rome.

from the editor

Let’s Hear It For The Boys!


hile I’m not a mother — yet — I do have several nieces and nephews, including 3-year-old twin nieces.

They’re adorable, and I absolutely love them, but I’ll be honest ... sometimes, it’s a relief to know that I’m just Auntie Stephanie, and when I “borrow” the girls, I get to return them to my sister- and brother-in-law when I’m ready. For all their cuteness and adorableness, they can still be handful. I mean, there’s two of them! That’s why I’m always amazed when my brother-in-law takes the twins on his own for the day — and he genuinely enjoys it. While I seem to run out of energy after spending time with the girls, he has copious amounts of patience, silliness and parental guidance that lasts all day. Of course, I thought it was hilarious that he recently asked his mother-in-law if he could swing by her house early one Saturday morning so she could put the girls’ hair in ponytails before their ballet class, because my sister-in-law was working. But I texted him later and found out he managed to figure it out himself and got the girls to ballet all on his own. He was an expert diaper changer when the girls were younger, he never minded carrying a diaper bag around and I have simply come to admire him for being who he is — a great daddy. While I’m very impressed with my brotherin-law, he’s not an anomaly. In fact, in this month’s June issue — dedicated to the men in Lake County — we talk to three stay-at-home dads who have made it their full-time jobs to watch their children, including Ryan Gillaspie of Lindenhurst, who takes care of not one, not two, but three little girls — his 4-year-old triplets, Jade, Rogue and Phoenix (page 24).

the obvious love he had for his girls. While I’m sure there are days when triplets are difficult to handle, Ryan has embraced the challenge. We also interviewed former actor James Zahn of Lake Villa, who stays home with his 3-yearold and 11-month-old daughters, and John Eller of Round Lake Beach, who watches his 4-year-old son. All of these dads should be an inspiration to the fathers in the area. In a similar familial vein, we talked to Lake County fathers who love fishing and have shared the sport with their kids (page 16), and we picked up tips from families – fathers and mothers alike — who have learned how to balance crazy summer schedules packed full with summer camps, sports teams and more (page 36). We also went straight to the gut, er, heart, of many men and talked to those who are right in the thick of a nationally growing hobby — homebrewing (page 19). From homebrew club members to those who have taken the next step of opening their own craft breweries, Lake County is filled with men who enjoy a good beer. And if you’re an avid golf fan, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to watch the greatest players in the world when they come to Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest to play in the BMW Championship (page 12). While Lake County Magazine strives to be a home, health and lifestyle publication for the women of the area, we recognize that our men mean a lot to us — as fathers, husbands, teachers, athletes and entrepreneurs. And so, this month, we turn it over to you, fellas. Enjoy! — Stephanie N. Grimoldby Editor

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I met the Gillaspie family, which includes mother/wife, Megan, and was immediately impressed with Ryan’s easy-going attitude and

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SNEAK PEEK In our July “Fine Arts” issue, don’t miss: Local artists who share their talents The best playset for your backyard

Must-read books for summer The latest and greatest in camping gear

On The Cover Pictured on the cover is Ryan Gillaspie, 30, of Lindenhurst, and his 4-year-old triplet daughters, Phoenix (in red), Rogue (in pink) and Jade (in green). Gillaspie and his wife, Megan, 30, agreed that he would stay at home to watch the girls while she continued to work as a manager of two immediate care centers. To read more about Gillaspie and other stay-at-home dads, see page 24. Photo by Melissa Emory

Homemade smoothie recipes ... and more!


June 2013 • Lake County Magazine


home & lifestyle / HOMEdesign


Need Some Space? Photos provided by Dirsmith Construction Inc.

When it comes to creating a man’s dream garage, anything goes. 6 Tim Dirsmith of Dirsmith Construction Inc. says he has constructed many elaborate garages including one with a hot tub and a swimming pool in the back half.

5 A garage remodeled by Dirsmith Construction Inc. incorporates a lift for storing more than one vehicle.

“It’s pretty much whatever he wants to do or come up with,” says Tony Vincent, owner of the Round Lakebased Anthony Vincent Construction. Vincent, a full-service general contractor, helps area men turn their garages into more than just a place to store vehicles. His own garage is the talk of the neighborhood and home base for year-round Friday night poker games. He says there are a few key elements to the perfect man cave/garage: storage, epoxy floors, lighting and heating systems. Oh, and more storage. “You can do built-in cabinets, wall mountings for tools, slide-out shelves — regardless of what kind you want, you need lots of storage,” he says. Epoxy floors are a must, according to Vincent, “because you can power wash them off.” Epoxy resists oil stains, beads water and wipes off like a kitchen counter.


A glance into Vincent’s garage will reveal he practices what he preaches. He has two custom poker tables that fold into the wall, epoxy floors, painted walls, built-in cabinets, mounting for tools, slide-out shelves, a heating system, fluorescent lights that suspend

from the ceiling and a large exhaust system. and vaulted underneath the room of a The possibilities for the perfect man cave two-car garage and made it a four-car garage are endless, garage and Vincent says. installed a lift “Whatever a so you can person desires, store your whatever they can convertible or think of, we can sports car or build,” he says. boat instead What features do of paying guys typically crave for yearly in their garages? storage to Televisions, keep your car stereos, several elsewhere,” he electrical outlets. says. “They’re And, perhaps most suspended importantly, a beer in the air so fridge. you can still — Tim Dirsmith, “That’s a definite park your Dirsmith Construction Inc. must for a man regular cars cave-type of thing,” underneath.” Vincent says. When it For those more comes down mechanically-inclined, a built-in Shop-Vac to it, what do men really want in a man system is ideal. cave? “That’s huge for guys that are handy,” “A space to call their own,” Dirsmith Vincent says. “It’s something I do not have, says. “It’s not their kids’ or their significant but I am planning on doing.” other’s. It’s their space for their stuff.” Those who want to keep their garage Some of Dirsmith’s more interesting garage more as a workspace can stay organized with projects have included installing a wine cellar, cabinetry. a walk-in beer cooler and a gun safe for a “Not stock cabinets,” Vincent warns. “Do retired war veteran. custom built. You can go roughly 54 inches “I created a gun safe room with a door off the floor and all the way to the ceiling.” 6 Other interesting garage Keep things neat with projects for Dirsmith have toolboxes on wheels and included a wine cellar, a walk-in brackets on the walls to hold beer cooler and a gun safe. tools and folding chairs. “Keep as many things off the floor as possible for easy cleaning,” Vincent says.

5 A man cave doesn’t have to be in a garage. A loft also could serve as a man’s haven.

“[Men want] a space of their own.”

The loft

Want to keep the garage as is? For those with attic space over the garage, consider making that the man cave locale. “Most garages have attic space above them that’s not used for anything other than storing junk,” says Tim Dirsmith of Highland Parkbased Dirsmith Construction Inc. “We can literally finish the attic and put a set of stairs up there. Even put in skylights.” Maybe a man is looking to store his classic cars or heirloom vehicles. Dirsmith can help there, too. “I’ve taken the ceiling out

and a fireproof enclosure,” Dirsmith says. “It was all masonry and has a secure locking mechanism so you can’t get in or out without someone knowing about it.” He agrees with Vincent when it comes to storage. “It’s a no-brainer,” he says. “And it all depends on what you like. From simple hooks and racks for tools and hoses to fully enclosed cabinets where you can house everything from children’s sporting goods to off-season recreation equipment.” Dirsmith says the success of a garage project comes down to design. “If you have someone, like myself, with imagination, you can take anything available on the market and install it in a garage,” he says. “I’ve done garages with a hot tub and a swimming pool in the back half. I’ve put a fountain in the back. I’ve built and annexed a four-car garage to another fourcar garage so both the husband and wife can have space for their respective business offices. The key is someone to say, ‘Here’s what is possible.’” Basically, Dirsmith says, for clients who ask him if he can help them create the perfect man cave in, above or adjacent to their garage, his answer can be summed up in one word. “Yes.” lc

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See The Pros In Action! Conway Farms Golf Club In Lake Forest Will Feature The World’s Best Golfers In BMW Championship

3 8th hole, dramatic par 5. Photos provided


It’s been decades since the North Shore last hosted a PGA TOUR tournament. But this fall, from Sept. 9 through 15, Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest will host the top 70 professional golfers in the world as they compete in the 2013 BMW Championship, the third of four events in the TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs. More than 125,000 spectators are expected to visit Conway Farms throughout the championship week, tournament officials predict, as players such as Rory McIlroy — who won last year’s BMW Championship — Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ricky Fowler, Bubba Watson and Conway Farms’ own Luke Donald compete in 72-hole stroke play for a share of the $8 million purse. It’s an opportunity not to be missed, says Jim 6 16th hole, uphill par 4.

O’Keane, a member and former president of Conway Farms Golf Club, who will help host the event as a volunteer. “The top 70 golfers in the world are going to be playing for one week in September in your backyard, and what a fabulous opportunity for you to go see them in person with relative ease in terms of getting to the golf course,” O’Keane says. “Golf tournaments are interesting because, while the TV coverage is awfully good as they flip around between holes to follow the action, watching a golf tournament in person is different because you get to hear the crowd noise and feel the tension ...” says O’Keane, who also is a Western Golf Association director. “If people haven’t [ever attended] a golf tournament and have only watched on TV, they ought to go and experience it in person. It’s just fabulous.”

The tournament The BMW Championship is conducted by the Western Golf Association, based in Golf, Ill., which founded the event in 1899 and operated it

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as the Western Open until 2007. That year, BMW became a partner with the 6 Conway Farms Golf Club. WGA in presenting the event as part of the FedExCup Playoffs. It is the third oldest championship in the world — behind only the British Open and U.S. Open — and the oldest on the PGA TOUR. The 2012 BMW Championship was named the PGA TOUR’s Tournament of the Year, says Todd Marsh, general manager of Conway Farms. And as the third of four events in the FedExCup Playoffs, the BMW Championship consistently draws the world’s elite golfers. The FedExCup began in 2007 as a season-long points competition, becoming the PGA TOUR’s first playoff system. Throughout the season, players accumulate points in eligible FedExCup points events as they try to earn a spot in the playoffs, which consists of The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW event is a special one, Marsh says. Championship and The TOUR Championship. “It’s very difficult because the PGA TOUR At the conclusion of the TOUR does not select new courses all that often,” he Championship, the points leader is awarded the says. FedExCup trophy and $10 million. However, Conway Farms has a history of The BMW Tournament has been hosted hosting top amateur tournaments such as the four times in the past six years at Cog Hill Men’s NCAA Division I Championship, the Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Ill., so the Western Amateur and the U.S. Mid Amateur, opportunity for Conway Farms to host the the winner of which is invited to play in The Masters Tournament. According to Marsh, the club’s proven excellence at hosting those events — perhaps especially the Western Amateur, which is another tournament sponsored by the Western Golf Association — is one of the reasons Conway Farms was chosen for the BMW Championship. 6 17th hole, signature downhill par 3.

And it’s an honor, he says. “To be selected is an opportunity many don’t have,” Marsh says. “And our members are proud of that. They want the world to see Conway Farms.” Starting July 1, work will begin as Conway Farms begins to create the necessary framework to house the expected 35,000 to 40,000 people who will come to Sunday’s round alone. Skyboxes will line the 18th hole; bleachers will be set up along holes 1, 8, 10, 13, 14

and 17 and at the practice range; concession stands and hospitality tents will be built; and a 6,500-square-foot merchandise pavilion will be erected, among other things. Plus, special care will be taken to acknowledge BMW owners and thank them for their loyalty, Marsh says. Owners who attend the event can park in a reserved lot and be transported by shuttle to the course where a special pavilion will be set up for their entertainment. “I want BMW and the Western Golf Association to be proud of the championship we host,” Marsh says. “We have a great staff that takes pride in hosting an experience that is special and at a high level. It’s exciting. We can’t wait for Sept. 9 to be here.”

The course What does Conway Farms offer the best golfers in the world to be chosen as a professional championship course? Opened Aug. 3, 1991 by three Lake Forest families — the Stuarts, Harts and Smiths — Conway Farms was built on 209 acres of farmland located along old Conway Road. The Scottish-links style course was designed by Tom Fazio, one of the top-ranked golf course architects in the world. Today, Conway Farms remains a private club by invitation only, and it stands fast to certain old world

values: • Conway Farms is a walking course — carts may used by exception only • Conway Farms encourages the use of caddies • Play is fast; 18 holes should be played in less than four hours • There are no pre-arranged tee times • The club is a strong supporter of youth and amateur golf

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O’Keane, who joined the club just a year “It’s not that surprising because Luke Donald after it opened, says the credo of the course is was the No. 1 ranked player in the world prior what continues to draw new members. to Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy,” O’Keane “One of the beauties of the place is it was says. “If you surveyed our membership and founded with the said, ‘Luke’s going to vision that we’re about play [in the BMW Watch the BMW traditional golf — Championship],’ we’d walking, caddies, fast say, ‘That’s great.’ Championship LIVE play, no tee times — I think people are Practice rounds will take place Monday, and those traditions nonchalant about it Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 9, 10 and 11, at have continued to this almost. What was Conway Farms Golf Club. Championship rounds day,” he says. “Now, more important … will begin Thursday, Sept. 12, with all 70 golfers what’s changed, I was when he became playing through Sunday, Sept. 15. think, are some of the No. 1 player in Tickets are available at the people [who were the world. The No. BMWChampionshipUSA.com. Children 16 and there] when I joined 1 player in the world younger will be admitted free with a ticketed and were one of the was a member of adult. reasons why I joined our club. I think the The BMW Championship will be broadcast are no longer there membership was nationally on the Golf Channel on Thursday and because they’ve moved bursting with pride Friday, Sept. 12 and 13, and on NBC on Saturday on or passed away. over that … . and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15. But the good news is “As a result, the that the new members fact that he would who have joined in play in the BMW the intervening years Championship at have been told, ‘This is kind of what we’re all Conway Farms is something we would all say, about. So, if you’re interested in that sort of ‘Of course; naturally. He’s that good. Why [experience], then this is kind of the place for wouldn’t he play?’” you.’ “Chicago is blessed with an abundance of great golf courses, but many of them are different,” he continues. “Arguably, a purist golfer will be looking for a golf course where you walk, you have caddies and play golf the way it historically has been played. We continue to attract new members who want 2013 BMW Championship that same tradition.” Sept. 9 through 15 Conway Farms also has earned the Conway Farms Golf Club respect of the community and surrounding 425 S. Conway Farms Drive businesses who have embraced the golf Lake Forest, IL 60045 course and stand by it when tournaments are www.BMWChampionshipUSA.com hosted, Marsh says. Out of that tradition and respect have come some very good golfers, including many successful college players and a few that have moved on to greater things. Luke Donald, for one, a Conway Farms member, will play in the BMW Championship, though it comes as no surprise to fellow club members, O’Keane says.

The Evans Scholars Foundation

Every PGA TOUR tournament has a charity that it supports, and the BMW Championship is no different. All proceeds from the BMW Championship will benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation, which provides full housing and tuition scholarships to deserving caddies. There are more than 800 caddies attending college right now on Evans Scholarships, and there are nearly 10,000 Evans Scholar alumni. O’Keane is one of them. “As exciting as it is to be hosting a golf tournament at our club, it’s also exciting to know the proceeds will be helping deserving caddies to go to college,” he says. O’Keane says that scholar recipients — those from 50 years ago, like himself, and those today — all face the same question: how am I going to pay for college? “And all of a sudden, you get a big package in the mail one day, and it says, ‘Congratulations, you’ve been awarded an Evans Scholarship,’” O’Keane says. “And then, 50 years later, you look back and realize how much that changed your whole life. Because not only did someone give you the chance to go to college, you got to meet a lot of people who [received] the same college scholarship as you did, who became your lifelong friends. “Because of the Evans Scholars Foundation, I was able to join a club like Conway Farms,” he continues. “And then, for Conway Farms to host a tournament that funds the Evans Scholarships, to me, it’s just serendipity.” lc

A History of Excellence Conway Farms Golf Club has hosted

numerous elite amateur tournaments, making it a prime choice to host a PGA TOUR event. Some of the club’s prestigious tournaments include: • 1997 Men’s NCAA Division I Championship • 1998 USGA Junior Amateur Championship • 2002 AJGA Canon Cup • 2006 Big Ten Championship • 2007 U.S. Open Qualifier • 2009 Western Amateur • 2012 U.S. Mid Amateur Championship

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3A local dad and his son recently enjoyed the Free Family Fishing Event at Lakefront Park in Round Lake Beach, sponsored by the Round Lake Area Park District and the Huebner Fishery Management Foundation. Photos provided

I Got A Line On You, Babe

Revisit The Simple Pleasure Of Fishing

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up lifelong memories and an in-the-moment ne of the most endearing mentality that is impossible to achieve with scenes in early television is your nose in an iPhone. the opening of “The Andy And there are plenty of places to fish in Griffith Show.” Lake County. Andy and his son, Opie, are off to the lake with fishing gear in hand as whistling provides a background tune to the heartHome to three state parks, 24 miles of warming image. Lake Michigan shoreline, more than 28,000 Even in black and white, it vibrates good acres of forest preserves and more than 75 familial feelings. inland lakes, Lake County provides the It’s still easy to capture that simple mode setting to an idyllic fishing experience. of family fun today. Fishing can be an instant disconnect from the constant buzz of electronics that has embezzled away 4 A Lake County family time, a way to pick

4 Ryan Jacobsen’s son Cy, now 11, is pictured holding a fish he caught when he was younger.

A Getaway Activity

Forest Preserve Fishing camper holds a crappie caught during a boat fishing session at Independence Grove Forest Preserve.

You can move at your own pace and find a lovely rhythm that’s in tune with the critters you might spy around any bend. Those are just two of the pluses of family fishing, according to Mark Hurley, environmental educator at the Lake County Forest Preserve District in Deerfield. “Kids and adults get to be outside together,” he says. “Many kids end up exploring the pond and lakeshore and find fun critters. Usually, too, if you keep it simple, you will actually catch fish — mainly bluegills. There is always that chance for a big fish, too, which keeps the anticipation level up for the kids and Dad.” Ed Lochmayer of Wauconda was

3 This young girl took part in the Kids Fishing Derby on Bangs Lake in Wauconda.

about 10 years old when he began fishing with his father, and Lochmayer took his own son out for his first fishing expedition when the boy was 10. “Fishing is the perfect getaway activity for the family,” he says. For the last seven years, Lochmayer has been chair of the Bangs Lake Advisory committee, which founded the Kids Fishing Derby in order to get young anglers hooked on the wholesome activity. This year, the eighth annual derby, for boys and girls ages 4 to 15, will take place from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 8, on Bangs Lake in Wauconda.

Tips For Family Fishing

4 Children such as this young girl have enjoyed the Kids Fishing Derby on Bangs Lake in Waukegan for years.

It’s no wonder that Ryan Jacobsen, his fiancé, Rachel, and their six kids are sweet on fishing — they live right on Bangs Lake. But more than location, the love of the sport has been passed down through the generations. “I grew up in Iowa and was introduced to fishing at an early age by my dad, Nick Jacobsen,” Ryan Jacobsen says. “We fished a lot of farm ponds and had a lot at Lake preserve’s fishing camps, concurs. Thunderhead in Missouri, which was “Keep it simple — pole, small hooks, our family vacation spot and still is to bobber and worms that kids can have fun this day.” finding in their yard. This set up will work Jacobsen also is a fan of ice fishing for any fish in Lake County,” Hurley says. and hosts a yearly ice fishing derby on “Start off slow; don’t think your children Bangs Lake to benefit the Wounded will sit there for Heroes Foundation. hours on end You could say — they will that Jacobsen, not. What I do a Lake County when my kids resident of five lose interest years, has a bit if the fish are of experience not biting that with teaching well is to keep kids how to fishing while fish: he has three they explore boys — Sam, the shoreline. 14, Roy, 12 and est Preserves fishing Then, when 5 A Lake County For fish caught along the Cy, 11 — and his I get one camper displays a cat ve Gro e at Independenc fiancé, Rachel, hooked, I shoreline of North Bay has two boys and est Preserve. For hand the pole 5 Ed Lochmayer’s son, Ed Jr., is pictured holding a girl — Michael, off to them to a fish he caught on Lake Galena many years ago. 17, and Dylan, 9, reel it in.” and Grace, 7. He also suggests taking kids to “My advice for parents ponds and lakes where there is good access introducing their kids to 4 Lake County to the water with few trees and shrubs on the fishing is be patient,” he Forest Preserves banks and not too many weeds in the water. says. “Kids have a short Fishing Camp This will help eliminate annoying snags. Director Mark attention span, so start out Hurley instructs slow and fish for easier, campers how smaller fish to keep them to properly hold interested. Then, move If you want to leave it to the experts, a largemouth on to harder fish as their consider one of the forest preserve’s fishing bass that was interest grows. Teach them camps for kids. Information is available at caught along the life of a fish, their www.lcfpd.org/html_lc/camps/camps_2013/ the shoreline movement patterns, what camps2013.html. of North Bay at they like to eat.” Independence “We also have many ponds and lakes Hurley, a fishing dad Grove Forest throughout the county to fish at,” Hurley Preserve. himself as well as an says. “Many of the spots have fishing piers instructor at the forest and docks for good access. Independence

An Inexpensive Hobby


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5 A Lake County Forest Preserves Fishing camper holds a bass caught along the shore of a lake at Nippersink Forest Preserve.

Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville even rents boats and sells bait, and the fishing is usually very good.” A fishing license in Illinois can be purchased for as little as $15, which could make a great Father’s Day gift. Hurley says basic equipment might put a family back $25 to $40. “I recommend one to three poles with identical tackle and set up so if one gets snagged or breaks, you can simply grab another pole,” he says. Jacobsen adds to that. “After your first investment in gear, you should be able to spend less each year as you accumulate tackle and take care of it,” he says. Fishing has a short learning curve, is relatively inexpensive and there are boatloads of sites in Lake County to get in on the action. The time with loved ones and friends may be the best reason to drop a line in the water. Jacobsen likes to snag those teachable moments with his kids, too. “Remind them that fish are beautiful, and practice catch and release,” he says. “Also, show them the beauty of being on the water and family togetherness.” lc 6 A Lake County Forest Preserves fishing camper displays a bluegill caught along the shoreline of North Bay at Independence Grove Forest Preserve.

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home & lifestyle a college student, Adam Bogac of Lake Forest drank a lot of Busch Lite. But a trip to a craft beer festival the summer after he graduated opened his eyes. “It was my first introduction to craft beer, and I was blown away,” he says. “There were hundreds of different styles, things I’d never even heard of.” After hearing his father’s friend, a homebrewer, talk about the beers, Bogac became fascinated with the topic. A few months later, when he was laid off from his job as a fitness instructor, he took $200 from his dwindling savings and bought a starter kit and supplies to begin brewing his own beer. “I decided if I was going to have to look for a job, I would also take time to learn something that was fun,” he says. Bogac, now president of the Babble Homebrewers of Lake County, is one of many Lake County residents who have discovered the art of creating and brewing beer at home. The club has about 40 active members and meets monthly at Whirlyball in Vernon Hills. According to 2012 statistics from the American Homebrewers Association, there are about one million homebrewers in the U.S. and more than 1,000 homebrewing clubs. Though not allowed for many years — due to a clerical error that omitted beer from a post-Prohibition law that legalized home winemaking — homebrewing has been legal since 1979. Alabama and Mississippi are the only two states that do not permit homebrewing.

By Elizabeth Harmon Photos by CANDACE H. JOHNSON

3 A growler can be bought to bring home Light the Lamp Brewery beer. It holds a half gallon of beer.

5 The taps at Light the Lamp Brewery keep with the hockey theme of the business.

Making beer at home is a multi-step process that takes approximately a month from start to finish. Brewers can work from recipes using bulk ingredients purchased at a homebrew store or online, or use a kit of premeasured ingredients — the beer equivalent of cake mix. Beer begins with a sweet, grain-based product known as wort, which comes in liquid or powdered form. Wort is added to water and boiled. Then, hops are added and boiled for another hour. After the mixture has cooled, it is poured into a carboy or bucket and yeast is added. The beer then ferments for about two weeks. When fermenting is complete, the brewer adds a small amount of sugar and bottles the beer. After about two more weeks, the homebrew is ready to drink. A five-gallon batch of beer produces about two cases of 12-ounce bottles.

Homebrewers pick up the hobby for a variety of reasons, but like Bogac and Tim Kovac, now owner and president of Small Town Brewery in Wauconda, they usually are motivated by a love of great beer and the creative aspect of making it themselves. Kovac had dabbled in homebrewing as a college student but picked up the hobby again in 2005 when a scheduled vacation had to be canceled. He and his son brewed several batches, including an amber ale, which they shared with friends. “One friend asked if we would make

5 A Sampler Flight with six different beers is offered at Light the Lamp Brewery in Grayslake.

some kegs for a party he had coming up, so we brewed a few different styles for him,” Kovac says. “The first keg was gone in half an hour.” That inspired Kovac to consider turning his hobby into a business, and not long after, he discovered that a 17th-century ancestor, a British sea captain, had also owned a London brewery. Kovac’s ancestor left behind a journal of recipes that had been passed down through Kovac’s family. When his mother showed him the journal, he knew that he wanted to incorporate some of his great- great- great- etc. grandfather’s

3 Bill Hermes, chief executive officer, and Don Chatten, chief operating officer, co-owners, both from Grayslake, sit down and enjoy a Chicago Blackhawks game at Light the Lamp Brewery in Grayslake. Other owners of the brewery include Jeff Sheppard, Kurt Engdahl and Dave Cavanaugh.

recipes into his brewery. Not only were the journal pages fragile, but Kovac also had to adapt the nearly 500-year-old recipes to modern ingredients. But Kovac succeeded, and in 2010, he and John Dopak launched Small Town Brewery. Today, three of Small Town Brewery’s beers — Winter Spice Beer, Pirate Ale and an Indian Pale Ale — are based on Kovac’s grandfather’s recipes. The brewery’s non-alcoholic and alcoholic root beers are sold on tap at local bars and restaurants, and its beers are sold by the keg at Binny’s Beverage Depot and other locations. A love for beer and hockey were the ingredients that brought together the five owners of Grayslake’s Light the Lamp Brewery, so named for the signal atop a hockey goal that lights up when a goal is scored. “We all knew each other through our kids’ sports, especially hockey,” says Don Chatten of Grayslake. “In 2009, we took a trip to see the Blackhawks play in Finland and stopped in Munich for Oktoberfest. It was a weekend of hockey and beer, and we came home and started brewing.”

4 Joe McHugh of Grayslake watches a Chicago Blackhawks game at Light the Lamp Brewery in Grayslake.

The friends gave each beer a hockey-related name, such as Red Line Ale and 1980 Miracle American Pale Ale. By late 2011, Chatten, along with Bill Hermes, Jeff Sheppard and Kurt Engdahl of Grayslake and Dave Cavanaugh of Gurnee, were thinking about launching a microbrewery. In May 2012, they hosted a beer tasting, and the positive response prompted them to begin the complicated process of actually opening a microbrewery. They then had to get their wives on board with the idea. “We have day jobs and kids in college, so we all had to have that conversation,” Chatten says. “We tried to do things The kit includes: 6.5 gallon “Ale Pail” fermenting bucket with as economically grommetted lid, 6.5 gallon “Ale Pail” bottling bucket with spigot, as possible, such Easy Clean No-Rinse Cleaner, Siphon and Bottling Set-Up, “Home as converting a Beermaking” instruction book, Hydrometer, Liquid Crystal chest freezer for Thermometer, bottle brush, capper, airlock • refrigeration.” Also needed: Five gallon stockpot • Two cases of bottles (not screwThis past top) • Bottle caps (also included in some ingredient kits) • Brewing December, Light Guide: “The Complete Joy of Homebrewing” by Charlie Papazian is one the Lamp opened of the most popular. For recipes, Adam Bogac likes “Brewing Classic a taproom in Styles” by Jamil Zainasheff. • Beer ingredients or kit • Products for Grayslake to sell sterilizing, muslin bags and twine for straining its beers. Chatten Source: David Nabong, www.brewandgrow.com says the group’s next For more information about Babble Homebrewers, visit goal is to expand the www.babblehomebrewers.com. brewery in order to sell For more information about Small Town Brewery, visit www.smalltownbrewery.com. kegs for distribution. In addition to great For more information about Light the Lamp Brewery, visit www.lightthelampbrewery.com. beer, Chatten says what Photo provided he enjoys most about owning a microbrewery is working with friends to see their dream come to fruition. “We’ve spent a lot of time, energy and effort, but it’s been very exciting,” he says. lc

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OUT to EAT Lake County Magazine’s REsTAURAnT GUidE Planning on dining out? We recommend that you try one of these fabulous restaurants! They are the best places to dine in the Lake County area. TraTToria Pomigliano 602 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, 847-247-2208 Trattoria Pomigliano is located at the corner of Milwaukee Ave and School Street in Historic downtown Libertyville, with its casual attire atmosphere this is the restaurant to try for lunch or dinner. Our restaurant is children friendly with a complete childs menu. We offer sit-down, carryout, and catering service, a full bar as well as private parties. We are available for showers, weddings, birthdays, graduations, confirmation, rehearsal dinners and your other special events. Come stop by and see out new bar.... New bar hours, new appetizers and new entertainment! Try one of our “main street Martinis” and check out the outside patio. Come and enjoy with us “Italian style”!

mamBo iTaliano riSToranTE, 748 S. Butterfield Rd., Mundelein, 847-281-9100 www.themamboitaliano.com The Mambo Italiano Ristorante is family owned

sCALLOPs en Croute

with a sweet basil lemon cream sauce with diced pancetta, just one of the many creations that Chef David creates at his wonderful restaurant! David’s Bistro 883 Main Street Antioch Illinois www.davidsbistro.com 847-603-1196

and operated for the past 7 years, the restaurant strives to provide a taste of new world yet authentic Italian cuisine, enjoy friendly service and genuine Italian dishes. Mambo Italiano has a full bar & wine selection, offers nightly dinner specials, all homemade pastas, fresh fish daily, steaks, and many more dishes to choose from. They offer full catering for all of your special events and welcome private parties and has delivery service. With its friendly staff ready to wait on you and open 7 days a week Mambo Italiano is definitely the place to check out and enjoy your dining experience.

HiTz Pizza & SPorTS Bar 700 S. Butterfield Rd, Mundelein, 847-362-0505, www.Hitzpizza.com

Mambo Italiano Ristorante

Drop in to Hitz Pizza & Sports bar for our unforgettable food and great times with your family and friends. After all....We’re your neighborhood’s favorite restaurant. We offer friendly and casual dining atmosphere you and your friends are sure to enjoy. Our menu offers an inspired array of delicious selections made with the freshest

ingredients for you to choose from. In addition to our delicious menu we offer live entertainment to help make your night an experience you won’t forget. Watch your favorite NFL game here on one of our 17 TV’s or let us cater your party with one of our many catering packages available. Stop on into Hitz Pizza & Sports Bar today and check it out...... Bring your friends!

DaviDS BiSTro 883 Main St., Antioch, 847-603-1196 www.davidsbistro.com After enjoying a stroll through Antioch’s downtown stop by David’s Bistro a contemporary American eatery to fill any appetite. Owner and Chef David Maish offers many spectacular dishes from his homemade soups, appetizers and wonderful entrees including daily specials. David’s Bistro opens at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday-Sunday and stays open until David kicks you out...nicely of course.

To have your restaurant included in this guide, contact Stephanie Barrons at 847-231-7504

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Host A Healthier Happy Hour drinks into salt-rimmed glasses and toast to better-for-you margaritas.



oing out with coworkers or friends after work is a great way to relax, but when you host a happy hour at home, you have full control over the guest list, atmosphere, music and, most importantly, the menu. Use these simple tips to entertain your friends, and your home may just become the new happy hour hot spot.

Create whole-fruit drinks

Entertaining at home allows you to use whole fruits and natural juices to create wholesome, yet delicious cocktails. For example, you can make a Whole Fruit Margarita using fresh oranges, lemons and limes instead of a bottled sweet and sour mix. Add the fruit, along with your favorite tequila, a few ounces of Grand Marnier or Triple Sec, water, a touch of sugar and some ice into a high-powered blender for a refreshing, restaurant-quality cocktail. Add the final touches by pouring the

Plan a nutritious menu

Plan a menu to go along with the healthy theme by creating a variety of small bites for your friends to sample. Try making soup shooters, nachos with lowfat shredded cheese and extra veggies, or a sweet and spicy mango salsa served with tortilla chips or crackers. With just a little creativity, it’s possible to have a fun and delicious happy hour while keeping the fare healthy.

Set the mood

Shake off the stress of a tough day — literally — with an energetic playlist that will have you and your guests grooving in no time. Mix up the music by plugging into a friend’s iPod, or send an invitation asking guests to RSVP with their favorite party song selections. In addition to mood-enhancing tunes, soft lighting is a relaxing, welcome addition to any after-work soiree, serving as a contrast to the bright, fluorescent

lights found in most work spaces. Plus, the right lighting helps your guests feel less self-conscious and free to dance their cares away.

If you must go out If you’re not one for hosting and would rather spend the evening out, there are still plenty of ways to keep your choices on the right track. First, be aware of how much you’re drinking. Second, make healthy menu choices. Order a salad or lean meat like chicken satay with sauce on the side; skip the chips, pretzels and fried indulgences. Another tip is to have a glass of water between drinks. This will cut down on your alcohol intake and keep your body hydrated. Enjoy a healthier happy hour by incorporating wholesome ingredients — and a few mood-boosting additions — into your work week. For more happy hour recipes, visit www.vitamix.com. lc

Whole Fruit Margarita Yield: 8 cups

Ingredients: 1/4 cup water 6 ounces tequila 2 ounces Grand Marnier or Triple Sec 1 orange, peeled, halved 1 lime, peeled, halved 1 lemon, peeled, halved, seeded 6 tablespoons granulated sugar 6 cups ice cubes Directions: Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender in the order listed and secure lid. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to high. Blend for 45 seconds, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades. Pour into salt-rimmed margarita glasses.

home & lifestyle / on the cover / SUCCESS lives next door

3 Ryan Gillaspie of Lindenhurst stays at home to raise his triplets, from left, Jade, Rogue and Phoenix. Photo by Melissa Emory

Daddy Day care? I Don’t Think So!

Don’t call them Mr. Mom. Or describe what they do as “baby-sitting.” “We were in Home Depot, and I was going through the line with the girls in my cart, and someone says, ‘Oh, spending the day with Dad today?’ And I said, ‘Actually, they spend every day with Dad,’” says James Zahn of Lake Villa, who stays home with his daughters Adalyn, 3, and Finley, 11 months. A generation ago, the comedy “Mr. Mom” defined stay-athome fatherhood, starring Michael Keaton as an unemployed man who bumbles his way through full-time care giving. Today, three Lake County stay-at-home dads see things a bit differently. “Sometimes, I feel like getting a T-shirt that says, ‘I have a college degree. I’m not a bum. I chose this,’” says Ryan Gillaspie of Lindenhurst, who stays home to raise his 4-yearold triplet daughters, Jade, Phoenix and Rogue. 5 John Eller of Round Lake Beach decided day care didn’t make sense monetarily once his son Richard, now 4, was born. Eller stays at home to raise him. Photo provided

I By Elizabeth Harmon


A more common, but still lonely, trend

Zahn already was working from home managing a magazine website and also was an actor when he and his wife, Jen, who According to U.S. Census data, in 2011, works in the medical field, decided about 176,000 American fathers spent at least he would stay home with their one year out of the work force to daughter Adalyn. care for their children while Zahn says balancing their wives worked. his work wasn’t Seventeen percent of difficult when preschoolers were Adalyn was regularly cared for an infant, by their fathers though that during their changed one mother’s working memorable hours. Friday As with stayNumber of American fathers who at-home moms, afternoon, spent at least one year out of the work the decision for when he force to care for their children while a dad to stay at was called to their wives worked in 2011 home is driven by Chicago for a lasta number of factors, minute audition. including finances. “Traffic was terrible, After subtracting the cost and I could tell they weren’t of childcare, commuting and too pleased I’d brought a baby other expenses from his take-home pay as a along,” he says. “I decided it was stock specialist at Elizabeth Arden Red Door, just too much for her, so I called John Eller of Round Lake Beach and his my agent that night and said that wife, Carolyn, a payroll manager, came to an the acting was going to take a obvious conclusion. backseat for a while.” “Day care didn’t make sense, and I get to He now chronicles his life raise my son,” says Eller, who stays home with as a stay-at-home father in a his son, Richard, now 4. blog, www.therockfather.com. For Gillaspie, a tattoo artist, and his wife, His blog also has brought new Megan, who manages two immediate care opportunities, giving him the centers, the news they were having triplets chance to review children’s media ruled out day care or enlisting Grandma’s and products and serve on an help. advisory board for PBS. “We just looked at each other and knew Most of Zahn’s creative endeavors happen what we had to do,” Gillaspie says.

3James Zahn of Lake Villa put his acting career on hold to stay at home and raise daughters Adalyn, 3, and Finley, 11 months. Photo provided


5 Gillaspie, his wife, Megan, and their daughters color around a table in their home in Lindenhurst. Photo by Melissa Emory

after his wife and daughters are asleep, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Still, most mornings, he and the girls are up by seven and stay busy all day with classes, museums and the library where, frequently, he is the only dad. “It’s not like it is on TV,” he says. “There’s no group of guys with baby carriers hanging out together.” “I very rarely run into other stay-at-home dads,” agrees Gillaspie, who says that the isolation from other parents and adults is what he finds most difficult as a stay-at-home dad. He believes that having a life outside of parenting is important. “No one can be at their job 24 hours a day, for months on end, without losing their mind,” he says. His weekend outlet is playing rugby with the Lake County Rugby Club. He says that the sight of a big guy covered in rugby bruises accompanied by three little girls often attracts attention. “People can get a little freaked out,” he says. Eller also agrees that having a hobby is

6 Gillespie constructed this three-tiered bunk bed on his own. Before deciding to stay at home and raise his girls, he was a tattoo artist. Photo by Melissa Emory

important. His involves partnering with a friend to sell vintage toys, action figures and import DVDs at conventions like ComicCon. He also works on weekends as a bouncer. “What I earn goes right into my kid’s toy box, but it’s a way to get out of the house,” he says.

Why they do it


The benefit of raising their Percentage of preschoolers who were children outweighs the sacrifice, regularly cared for by their fathers the dads say. during their mother’s working “I’ve seen him grow and learn and hours in 2011. become a person,” Eller says of son, Richard. “All I can ask is for him to be happy, and if that’s true, then I’ve done my job.” “As an at-home parent, I’m able to watch my little ones as they develop and not miss out on any milestones,” Zahn says. “Addie is in different stages of imaginary play, and it’s fascinating to see how her mind works. Finley’s level is accelerated because of her sister.” The fathers have their children in preschool and also handle household tasks such as shopping, laundry and cooking meals. For the most part, they have learned on the job. “When I tell people I’m a stay-at-home dad, they’ll often say, ‘That must be a hard job,’ but they really have no idea,” Eller says. “A lot of them think I stay home and watch TV all day while my child runs around in his underwear.” Gillaspie says his rugby teammates are sometimes surprised to find he’s a stayat-home dad, but few of them comment beyond that. “I’m one of the biggest guys on the team,” he says with a laugh. lc

6 Zahn now chronicles his life as a stay-at-home dad in a blog that has opened up the opportunity for him to review children’s media and products, as well as serve on an advisory board for PBS. One of his favorite pictures is featured below with him and his daughter Adalyn dressed as Batgirl. Photo provided

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I By Lee Nelson

HEAD Cases


arents want their sons and daughters to participate in sports so they can have fun, exercise and learn about teamwork, perseverance, triumph and defeat. But sometimes, children sustain a concussion, which is something not to be taken lightly. If concussions are not handled properly, they can lead to many problems that can linger throughout a child’s lifetime, including issues with memory, behavior, learning and emotions, or even death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Shaku Chhabria, a Gurnee neurologist, has worked with many youth athletes who have suffered concussions. “Repeated injuries can lead to permanent injury such as in the punch drunk syndrome,” she says. This condition is commonly seen in boxers and alcoholics after repeated concussions. Victims experience shaky hands, mental haziness, speech

problems and slow muscle movements. “For prevention, kids need proper gear, use of helmets, bicycle safety and safe playgrounds,” Chhabria says. “We need to teach children safety in any sport or activity.” All coaches also should have proper information and guidelines on how to prevent and handle any brain injury, Chhabria says. To help encourage the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports program offering information to schools, coaches, parents and youth. The Illinois High School Association displays the Heads Up information on its website.

What Schools Are Doing

First and foremost, the CDC and Chhabria emphasize that a concussion is a brain injury, and all brain injuries should be considered serious. Concussions can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or by a blow to

another part of the body such as when the neck is twisted quickly. The CDC shows that U.S. emergency rooms treat more than 170,000 sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries — including concussions — among children from birth to 19 years of age each year. During just the last decade, those visits have increased 60 percent. “I don’t necessarily think that more concussions are happening, but people are being more educated on it,” says Kristen Allen, athletic trainer at Mundelein High School. A baseline concussion test is given to all the incoming freshman at her school who participate in any sport, she says. The test is repeated when they are juniors. “It tests different parts of the brain including their visual, memory and motor skills,” Allen says. “Some kids think they can dumb it down. But they can’t cheat on this test.” Most of the schools in Lake County have athletic trainers on staff or hire them through an orthopedic organization, she says. “A lot of them have two or three on staff now,” she says. “The profession is becoming more well known, and parents like the idea that we are trained for emergencies including concussions.” Schools are making more strides to protect kids’ brains. “Concussions are a very big deal,” Allen says. “It’s not that you bumped your head. There are a lot of symptoms that could be going on. Parents are finally understanding that this is serious.”

What Local Sports Teams Are Doing

Geoff Meyer, president and founder of The Chicagoland Youth Football League, headquartered in Lake Zurich, says that all the risks in a sport will



CONCUSSION DISCUSSION A concussion is a brain injury and should be considered serious. Concussions can happen in any sport. The proper management and recognition of concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.

Signs and symptoms of a concussion: Signs observed by coaches • Appears dazed or stunned • Confused by assignment or position • Forgets sports’ plays • Unsure of game, score or opponent • Moves clumsily • Answers questions slowly • Loses consciousness even briefly • Shows behavior or personality changes • Can’t recall events prior to the hit or fall • Can’t recall events after hit or fall Symptoms reported by athlete • Headache or pressure in head • Nausea or vomiting • Balance problems or dizziness • Double or blurry vision • Sensitivity to light

• Sensitivity to noise • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy • Concentration or memory problems • Confusion • Does not feel right

What should be done if concussion is suspected? Remove athlete from play immediately. Ensure athlete is evaluated right away by a health care professional. Don’t judge the severity yourself. Inform athlete’s parents about the possible concussion and give them a fact sheet on concussion. Allow the athlete to return to play only with permission from a health care professional with experience in evaluating for concussion. Source: Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports fact sheet for coaches, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

never be eliminated. “But you can reduce the risks,” he says. “In our league, we shorten the amount of time they hit in practice with full contact and teach them proper technique.” Meyer works with 400 youth football teams comprised of 10,000 athletes ages 5 to 14 throughout the Chicago suburbs, including teams in Lake County. “The parents entrust us to keep their children safe,” Meyer says. “We want to be proactive and reduce the risk of concussions and other injuries. There is so much more education out there on concussions than ever before. Our league makes sure we go above and beyond what is needed to reduce the risks.” Allen says that students can prevent concussions by neck strengthening. If they can control their heads from different hits from different directions, they can protect themselves better. “In football, that’s a really big thing,” she says. “Even if they take a hard hit, they can take that hard hit without any injury.” Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) wrote an Illinois bill to limit full-contact hitting in youth and high school football practices. It died in committee, but the legislation caught the eye of the IHSA. The association is continuing to talk about the issue. “I plan on staying involved in the issue and will monitor its progression through the IHSA and other youth football organizations,” Sente says. “We have a responsibility to make sure that football is as safe as possible for our youth, while at the same time maintaining the integrity of the sport.” lc LakeCountyMagazine.com

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Cream of the Crop: How to choose ripe fruits, veggies



uying ripe produce at the Prairie Farm Corps in Grayslake is new grocery store can be hit or to the market. The program is part of the miss. Prairie Crossing Learning Farm to provide job But at a farmers market, training and farm work experience for youth the produce is typically in central Lake County. The students are grown locally and delivered responsible for planting and harvesting crops fresh from the farm. and then selling them at the market. Besides high-quality “In general, what we are harvesting to produce, the Libertyville Farmers Market bring to market is ripe and ready to eat,” says offers varieties that can’t be found at the store, Erin Cummisford, director of marketing, says Al Scott, market manager. communication and special projects for the Heirloom tomatoes — flavorful cultivars Liberty Prairie Foundation, which operates that have existed a long time — and other the learning farm. select varieties of vegetables attract customers The students will sell certified organic to the market, he says. vegetables and will harvest them a few days In its 33rd year, the Libertyville Farmers before the market, she says. Market will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Grayslake Farmers Market also draws Thursdays, June 20 through Oct. 17. It offers its share of customers because of its produce an atmosphere for the whole family, including and other local items such as baked goods, storytelling and balloon sculpting for children. spices, soaps, soy candles, wine and dog treats. Cook Memorial Public Library will provide story time at 10 a.m. and 6 Grayslake Farmers Market, River Valley Ranch. 11 a.m. June 20 through Aug. 8 at Cook Memorial Park. As in the past, the market is expected to draw about 1,500 people a day, Scott says. Beyond the vegetables and fruits, visitors can expect to see fish, pasture-raised meat, eggs from pasture-raised chickens, mushrooms, kettle corn, pickles, olives, honey, fresh-baked goods and flowers.

5 Grayslake Farmers Market, Geneva Lakes. Photos provided

The summer market will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 5 through Sept. 25. Customers often build relationships with farmers, says Julie Jason, manager of the Grayslake Farmers Market, which was created about 15 years ago. Farmers will explain how the vegetables and fruits are grown, when they are picked, how to store them, how to cook them and whether pesticides and herbicides are used, she says. Another advantage of the farmers market is that customers can buy all the ingredients for a meal, Jason says, such as fresh greens, cheese and dressing for a salad. “People at our market especially love the heirloom tomatoes,” she says. “They are incredibly flavorful.” Customers also come for Mirai sweet corn, grown by Twin Garden Farms, a familyowned Harvard business. Twin Garden Farms sells the corn at about 50 farmers markets, including Mundelein, Libertyville, Gurnee and Grayslake, says Gary Pack, a partner of the farm. The corn is popular because it is very tender and sweet and lasts 10 days in the refrigerator, he says. Pack recommends establishing a relationship with market growers and asking for samples to become familiar with different kinds of produce.

5 Grayslake Farmers Market, Red Barn tomatoes.


The University of Illinois Extension is a great source to learn about vegetables and fruits. Here are a few tips from the extension to determine ripeness:

Beet — The best size is 1 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter. Most varieties that grow larger than 3 inches become fibrous and lose quality. Cucumber — High quality is indicated by a dark green color, firmness and crispness. Eggplant — The vegetable should be harvested when it is glossy and 6 to 8 inches long. Overripe eggplants are dull, spongy and seedy. Green and wax beans — Pods should be firm and crisp. Kohlrabi — The edible portion of this vegetable is the enlarged stem that grows just above ground. Resembling a turnip, kohlrabi has the mildest and best flavor when it is small. It should be harvested when the stem is 2 to 3 inches in diameter. Muskmelon — The rind should be tan or yellow between the netting.

Pepper — Bell varieties are usually picked when they are full size — 3 to 4 inches long, firm and green. If peppers are allowed to fully ripen to a red or yellow color, they are sweeter and have higher vitamin content than a green one. Summer squash — The vegetable should be harvested when it is small and tender. Most elongated varieties are the right size when they are less than 2 inches in diameter or 6 to 8 inches long. Sweet corn — Smooth and plump kernels indicate ripeness.

Tomato — Look for firm and fully colored ones. Watermelon — It is ripe when the surface color turns dull; the skin is hard to penetrate with a thumbnail, yet is soft to the touch; and the bottom is yellow.

Farmers Markets in Lake County: Antioch Farmers Market 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays June 6 through Oct. 10 Buffalo Grove Farmers Market 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays June 16 through Oct. 6 Deerfield Farmers Market 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays June 8 through Oct. 12 Grayslake Farmers Market 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays June 5 through Sept. 25 Gurnee Park District Farmers’ Market 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays June 7 through Sept. 27 Highwood’s Evening Gourmet Farmers Market 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays June 5 through Sept. 4 Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market 7 a.m. to noon Fridays June 14 through Oct. 11 Lake Forest Farmers Market 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays June 22 through Oct. 12 Libertyville Farmers Market 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays June 20 through Oct. 17 Mundelein Farmers Market 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays June 14 through Oct. 11 Vernon Hills French Market 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays June 1 to Oct. 19 Wauconda Farmers Market 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays June 20 through Oct. 10

5 Prairie Farm Corps has a program that provides job training and work experience for youth in Lake County. Students are responsible for planting and harvesting crops and then selling them at the market. lc

34 Lake County Magazine • June 2013



Karate King A Constructive Outlet For Young Boys’ Aggression

In an effort to teach my son some discipline, I recently signed him up for karate. Apparently, it isn’t deemed appropriate by many to ship your 4-year-old child off to military school, so this was really my only option. This kid really needed an outlet. He needed a place to harness his aggressive behavior and desire to hurt people in a controlled environment. I was also hoping he would learn some respect, patience and responsibility. Of course, I worried I might be setting the bar too high for a class called “Little Ninjas,” but a girl can dream, right? The first day of class, Colin must have asked me a million times if it was time for Little Ninjas. When it was finally time to go, I got no argument from him about going potty and getting his shoes and coat. That, in and of itself, is a step in the right direction. When we arrived, there was a little disappointment from some of the boys, including my son, that the sensei was female. I assured Colin that she would likely be able to take on most men, handily. Besides the fact that this woman exuded power and discipline, she learned all eight boys’ names in 30 seconds flat. She immediately started the initial calisthenics and, the next thing you knew, they were all doing sit-ups with medicine balls. She had an enormous amount of energy and patience for these boys that I wish she could bottle and sell to me. It wasn’t long before she moved on to the part where the boys got to hit things. This is where Colin’s eyes lit up, and he listened attentively to the instructions.

Once she gave them permission to beat the daylights out of the bags, he went to town. I remember when my daughter started dance class when she was 3 years old, and I got all weepy at the sight of my little princess in her leotard and tutu. It was her chance to be the ballerina she had dreamed of being. Fast forward three years, and I find myself getting teary-eyed at the sight of my son and his overabundant joy while slamming his forearm into a punching bag. Once he got that out of his system, his attention turned to the larger punching bags, and he asked the sensei when they could use those. She told him to be patient and they would get to those shortly. She went on to discuss how the boys should react if someone was bothering them. She told them they should “Walk away!” and made the boys repeat that. She emphasized that point several times, and she

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said if someone was still bothering them, they should find an adult and ask for help. If that person still continued to bother them, they were allowed one chance to strike, but that’s it. I was pretty sure my son ignored the first two steps and only heard the part where if someone is bothering you, you get to hit them once. To prove my theory correct, three minutes later, when my darling son raised his hand and the teacher called on him, he proclaimed, “Karate is for hurting people,” in his matter-offact kind of way. The sensei corrected him, but he brushed off her comment and asked again when they were going to hit the big red punching bags. Apparently, this whole discipline thing is going to be a process. At the end of class, the boys all got stamps and stickers. The sensei explained that they each had to be responsible for the stickers she gave them so they could put them on a chart in order to earn prizes. Then she made each one sit quietly and wait for his turn to get a stamp. As luck would have it, my son was last. Lesson in responsibility? Check. Lesson in patience? Check. The sensei finally asked if anyone had any questions, and my son’s hand shot straight up again. When she called on him, he didn’t really have a question. He just looked around and finally stated simply, “My favorite part was hitting that big red thing.” Boys. lc

Write This Down with Michelle Stien

• Michelle Stien is a stay-at-home mom of two children, ages 4 and 6. Her mother always told her to “write this down,” so she is sharing her experiences with Lake County moms to help them deal with the craziness of being “Mom.”



Going Off Schedule? How To Balance Kids’ Time In The Summer


ummer vacation is here, and it’s time to be off schedule and relax, right? Not really. During the summer months, many families are just as busy as they were during the school year, if not busier. Kids’ schedules fill up with dance, baseball, basketball, soccer, gymnastics, Scouting, swimming — you name it. And parents still have to balance their grown-up responsibilities — grocery shopping, laundry, yard maintenance … their jobs … . All the summer hustle can be exhausting.  So, it stands to reason that summer is an opportune time for spouses, extended families, neighbors, friends and the community at large to step up and help each other out. 

Making it work Jennifer Gilbert of Lake Villa is gearing up for another busy summer. She is the full-time mom of Lauren, 8, and the marketing and public relations manager for Gurnee Park District, with a husband, Ray, who works the midnight shift. To keep the family running smooth, Lauren will attend camps and activities through the park district during the day to allow Dad, an officer with the Lake County Sheriff ’s Office, to get in his much needed sleep between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Jennifer and Ray Gilbert also try to get in their own together time at night as they work 6 Children get swim instruction in the morning at Camp Learn to Swim with the Gurnee Park District, then are transported to their camp sites for the day.

out at the park district. “We definitely have to accommodate a lot of scheduling demands,” Jennifer Gilbert says. “We operate on a very unique schedule. I guarantee you more families than ever before are having to do those types of things. “You just find a way to get it done,” she continues. “It’s not about who does what, or who does more or less, it’s just about making it work.” To make it work for the Gilbert family, Lauren enjoys her summer camps, and when

Dad can, he helps out with household chores and picks up and drops off Lauren at other activities. When needed, the Gilberts — just like many busy families — call upon family and friends to help out. “[We all] pick up the slack,” Jennifer Gilbert says. “One hand washes the other. It’s not the traditional nuclear family, but we work as a little community to get our kids where they need to be.” The Gurnee Park District, as many park districts do, offers flexible summer camps and programs to help accommodate busy families, including its Camp Oasis, which works with the Woodland School District 50 summer school program. While parents are at work, children can attend summer school in the morning and then be bussed over to the park district for camps and activities for the afternoon. “We have a lot of options — part-time and full-time options, different locations, different variables — to make it work,” Gilbert says. “The Gurnee Park District serves a purpose; it helps families manage their schedules.”  

Dads step up

Randy Splitt, facility manager of the Libertyville Sports Complex, says he sees busy families trying to balance work and activities year-round, not just during the summer.

And he often sees many families, with multiple children, in more than one activity at a time. To help busy families manage, flexible training programs and sports camps are offered to keep kids busy while parents are at work. “Working parents can have kids do camps throughout the day to keep the love of the sport going ...” Splitt says. “While parents are at work, kids are working on their sport in a safe environment.” 6 Campers participate in a variety Splitt also of activities in the summer at sees a lot Gurnee Park District, including Lip of father Sync Camp. Photos provided involvement to help families operate smoothly. One example is Kurt Hironimus, a married father of three children — Matt, 13, Jason, 11, and Abby, 7. Though Hironimus is an English teacher at Libertyville High School with summers off from his job, he says summers prove to be equally challenging with his family’s busy schedule. He continues to run full-throttle, seven days a week, between coaching his two sons’ individual travel baseball teams, transporting them to and from basketball camps and other activities. But his obligations do not end with the boys. He also must step up and help his wife, Lisa, who works full time as an accountant, to run the household and keep up with Abby’s many activities — Vacation Bible School, baseball (Lisa is a team mom), gymnastics, Brownies (Lisa is a troop leader) and cheerleading. When necessary, they, too, enlist help from family and friends. Hironimus, who used to coach basketball and baseball at two different high schools, says the family makes their hectic schedules work because it is the right thing to do.  He says it’s all about balance and giving up other recreational activities in order to make his kids his recreational activities. While he once considered his high school coaching jobs as his “recreation,” that’s no longer true. “I have to view this as recreation,” he says. “It’s fun being with your kids. So, sometimes it’s tiring ... [but] in the end, you have to view it as it’s all about choices. In many ways, life is

5 A Junior Crew Counselor at the Vernon Hills Park District Aquatic Center supervises campers.

about choices. You choose to be happy. You choose to want to do these things and you ... sacrifice. “It’s not because you feel the responsibility to love your kids,” he says. “It’s fun to love the kids. To me, it’s the most important thing you do.”

Family tips

Gail Herrmann, early childhood supervisor at the Vernon Hills Park District, says summer is a time when organizations try to cater to the busy family. “Everybody who offers summer activities is trying to be as flexible as they can to give parents options,” she says. Herrmann says she also sees more dads during the summer stepping up and transporting their children to and from summer camps while moms are at work or at another child’s activity. She says the park district also offers bus service to help families get kids to and from activities. “We know they are looking for the easiest way to accomplish the most activities for their children,” says Herrmann, a mother of four grown children and a grandmother. 6 Kurt Hironimus’ children, Matt, Abby and Jason, keep him busy with travel baseball, basketball camps and other activities.

In her experience, both as a mom and by running youth programs at the park district for the last 20 years, Herrmann offers advice to today’s busy families. “Sometimes parents just need to say ‘no,’” Herrmann says. “They need not stretch themselves so thin. They get so wound up with all their kids’ schedules, it’s no longer fun.” Herrmann says parents should make their children choose one activity at a time and learn how to make those decisions.  “Kids should learn that you can’t do everything all the time,” she says. “I have four [grown] children. I didn’t really sign them up for everything under the sun. I made choices. Children … need time just to play. They just need down time, too, to figure out what is important.” Plus, she adds, parents cannot be in two places at one time. Angela Ceisel, a clinical psychologist for Portrait Health Centers in Vernon Hills, adds a nod to Herrmann’s words. She advises families that while structure is important and can be helpful in keeping kids engaged when parents are at work, it’s really beneficial to let a kid have down time during the summer. “In general, structure is a great thing, but I think there is a lot to be said about allowing a kid ... to learn to be creative with their time and explore interests on their own,” Ceisel says. “There is a lot to be said about allowing your kids to learn to manage boredom.” She says families should maintain a balance between structured and unstructured activities. “I think things like camp and having some sort of consistent activity is great when kids are out of school, but [too much structure] lc can become problematic.”

fashion & beauty

3 David Rubin, owner of Suited To You, displays a variety of ties in his showroom in Libertyville.

SharP-Dressed Man Grooming tips and tricks for the every-day guy


According to ZZ Top, “every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.”



But what exactly does that entail these days? David Rubin, owner of Suited To You in Libertyville, thinks when it comes to apparel, men should adhere to the “when in doubt, leave it out” adage. “If you’re not sure whether or not it looks good on you, it probably doesn’t,” he says. Rubin’s mission is to help men look, feel and perform their best through a versatile, comfortable wardrobe. “When a gentleman gets up in the morning, I believe he should ask himself one question: ‘How do I want to posture myself in the world?’ and make one promise, such as, ‘I am going to improve the life of another person through my actions,’” Rubin says. When a man dresses the part, Rubin says he is telling others he is serious about his endeavors and has enough respect for the other person to look his best. “He is saying that he is confident, comfortable and successful,” Rubin says. “And the world perceives him as such.”

Tips for dressing the part For men with a night out ahead of them, arriving overdressed is far better than arriving underdressed. 5 A suit swatch by S. Cohen of Montreal with tiger’s eye cufflinks are on display in the Suited To You showroom in Libertyville.

Apparel aside, men also can look and feel their best with a good haircut. “Being overdressed for an occasion simply means dressing above what might be expected,” Rubin says. “That way, if he needs or wants to dress down a bit it might simply be taking off a tie or jacket. If he arrives at the occasion underdressed, there is nothing he can do to change his appearance.” Wondering the protocol on suit buttons? Rubin says with a three-button suit, fasten only the middle or middle and top buttons. With a two-button suit, fasten only the top. Another tip? A button-down collar shirt should never be worn with a double-breasted coat. For business casual, stick to a jacket but no tie, with loafers. Thinking casual? A shirt, cotton slacks and loafers or boat shoes will do. When storing clothes, Rubin says to leave enough room in the closet so suits and shirts can hang freely without touching, noting that suits should be hunt on shaped wooden hangers.

Tips for looking the part Apparel aside, men also can look and feel their best with a good haircut. And these days, that means eschewing shaggy hair, says stylist Adriane Ebner of West Side Barber Shop in Libertyville. “A couple of years back, the guys wanted long hair like Justin Bieber,” she says. “But now they want it very tight around the edges and clean around the ears.”

5 Rubin’s Suited To You showroom in Libertyville.

Ebner likens the look to the Gatsby era. “Men are wanting that clean vintage look,” she says. “And I love that. I’m so happy we’re getting back into that. The spiky look is out. Smooth is in. It looks very dapper.” Not every man is sold on that look, however. “You still have some people who want their hair long, but if I can help persuade them out of that, I will,” Ebner says. And what about facial hair? “The five o’clock shadow is actually very 6 Rubin displays a sharplycoordinated suit.

sexy,” Ebner says. “But you want it lined out around the jaw line and lip line.” A beard is nice, Ebner says, as long as it’s kept nice and clean. “The college kids and people in Colorado like to grow those big shaggy beards, but if you’re looking for what’s trendy, it’s a nice, tight, very close shave — nothing more than a one or two on the clipper,” she says. “Almost the George Michael look from back in the day.” In the 1990s, the popular television show “Beverly Hills 90210” made long sideburns a must-have. But Ebner says it’s not the look now. “Now it’s the middle of the ear, nothing below the lobe,” she says. “We like to do the angled sideburns, which gives them a different twist.” Westside Barber Shop specializes in haircuts and shaves for men and boys. Other services include eyebrow trimming, straight-edge razor shaves, hair coloring, trims and more. Men can keep a well-trimmed face by shaving every two days, and they can avoid facial bumps or razor burn by using oils, Ebner says. “There are all sorts of before and after care grooming products for men,” she says. Though back in the day, men’s hair products were limited to gel, hairspray and mousse, things are different. “Now you have waxes and pomades and so many different things out there for a great look,” Ebner says. lc

fashion & beauty

Code du Cologne We’ve all experienced it: the moment an elevator door closes and, suddenly, you’re surrounded by a fragrant cloud that has a sultry name like Armani, Dolce and Gabbana or Givenchy. While the carrier of the scent is unknown, thoughts about his identity run through your head that revolve around his career, personality and even the zip code in which he lives. In some instances, a man’s cologne can even be the winning component to gaining a companion. Which scents go the distance?

Smell it out Versatility is one of the most important factors when it comes to determining which scent is right for a male customer. Sheena Jackson, the assistant manager of Perfumania, a small chain boutique specializing in perfumes and colognes, admits her favorite scent is L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent. Jackson, who works at the Perfumania located inside Westfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills, describes the label as “woodsy” and “light,” which allows it to be worn more frequently, offering more


versatility than heavier, muskier scents. Olivia Kajfez, who works at the same boutique located inside Gurnee Mills Mall, considers cologne an essential accessory that should be worn every day. “Smell is the most memorable sense you have,” she says. “Cologne and perfumes bring about memories. A lot of people won’t wear the same scents they wore in their 20s because it might not have been their best years, while some loved those years.” Both Jackson and Kajfez agree that, though their store’s top 10 list changes each month, people still seem to gravitate toward brands that have been around more than five years.



3 (At left) Shah Washington of North Chicago sprays cologne on his son Ja-Kim, 10, at Perfumania in Westfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills. 6 (Bottom right) Sheena Jackson, assistant manager at Perfumania at Westfield Hawthorn Mall, holds a bottle of men’s cologne. She recommends applying cologne directly to the skin to keep the scent from being overwhelming.

“I think it’s because of the advertising,” Kajfez says, noting that current ads showcase older scents as if they were just launched. When a teenager comes into the shop looking for new cologne, Kajfez directs them to an economical, yet popular choice. “I show them Flight by Michael Jordan,” she says. Priced less than $40, Flight offers a light smell that isn’t weighed down like heavier, muskier selections such as Hugo by Hugo Boss.

How to wear it Applying cologne the right way is key to keeping a scent from becoming too overwhelming. “I recommend putting it directly onto the skin,” Jackson says. Another way to use cologne is to spray it into the air and then proceed to walk into the mist. This method, Jackson cautions, uses more from the bottle than when it is applied onto the body. “The best thing is to keep the skin hydrated,” Kajfez says, adding that spraying it directly onto the wrist is the most ideal spot. How long a scent will last varies entirely on the person wearing it. “Everyone’s body is different,” Kajfez says. And the question nearly every man wants answered — what scents attract women? — has the same ambiguous response … it just depends on her age, Kajfez says. “Women between the ages of 15 and 20 like fruity, lighter scents,” she says. “Older women, on the other hand, tend to veer toward muskier, spicier scents.” lc

Popular Colognes Kajfez’s Top 5:

1. Acqua Di Giò by Armani 2. Light Blue by Dolce and Gabbana 3. Armani Code by Giorgio Armani 4. Success by Donald Trump 5. Flight by Michael Jordan

Jackson’s Top 10:

1. Hugo by Hugo Boss 2. Acqua Di Giò by Armani 3. Chrome by Loris Azzaro 4. Versace Man 5. 212 by Carolina Herrera 6. Burberry Brit 7. Flight by Michael Jordan 8. Pure by Lacoste 9. Bleu de Chanel 10. Eternity Aqua by Calvin Klein

social life Waukegan Public Library

5 First Lady Michelle Obama (right) presents the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to the Waukegan Public Library in a White House ceremony. Accepting the award (from left) are community member Diana Alvey and Waukegan Public Library Director Richard Lee. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families and communities. Photo provided

Re-invent Gallery

5 George Otto of Ch icago and Eugenio Co rtez of Mexico attended the opening. in Lake Forest recently 5 Re-invent Gallery w, “Celebracion!” for sho ing hosted an open r) of Mexico City. His Agustin Portillo (cente at the gallery through wn sho artwork will be rt Portillo are Georgia Bo June 14. Pictured with e Lak of oft ycr ndy Thorn of Highland Park and We Photography e vill Forest. Photos by C. Sa

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5 Dana Payne of Lake Forest and Juliana Sheehan of Chicago also came to the event. lc


out & about

June Events In Lake County ARTS

Through Sept. 8 — “The Ladies of Cuneo: The Martha Weathered Fashion Collection,” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Vernon Hills The exhibition explores the life and career of Martha Weathered, one of Chicago’s most luxurious fashion importers, whose shop opened on Michigan Avenue in 1922 and operated until its closure in 1971. For more information, call 847-362-3042 or visit luc.edu/cuneo. June 7 and 8 — Sting, 8 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Road, in Highland Park As a solo musician and member of The Police, Sting has received 16 Grammy Awards for his work, three Brit Awards, winning Best British Male in 1994, a Golden Globe, an Emmy Award and several Oscar nominations for Best Original Song. He is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. For tickets or more information, call 847-266-5100 or visit www.ravinia.org. June 15 — Grayslake Arts Festival, 10 a.m. on Center Street in historic downtown Grayslake The festival, in its 18th year, promises to be a day of fine art, family entertainment and great food from local vendors. For more information, call 847-223-6888 or visit www. grayslakechamber.com. June 16 — Jewel, 7 p.m. at Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Road, in Highland Park Jewel is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress and poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and has sold more than 27 million albums worldwide. For tickets or more information, call 847-266-5100 or visit www.ravinia.org. June 21 — Gordon Lightfoot 50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour, 8 p.m. at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., in Waukegan Gordon Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums and has five Grammy nominations. Tickets are $45, $55 or $75. For tickets or more information, call 847-782-2366 or visit www. geneseetheatre.com. June 21 through 23 — The 7th Annual Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, in Grayslake This well-organized and pleasant show, with a wonderful music program, will have something for just about everyone. Although there is definitely more than fiber, the emphasis is definitely on the arts of knitting, crochet, spinning and felting. Cost is $10. For more information, call 815-276-2537 or visit www.fiberandfolk.com. June 27 — Sounds of Summer featuring American English, 7 p.m. at the Viking Park Bandshell, 4374 Old Grand Ave., in Gurnee American English performs songs covering the entire career of the Beatles from 1963 to 1970. With precise attention to every musical detail, costume, vintage instruments and special effects help create the complete Beatles tribute. For more information, call 847-623-7788 or visit www.gurneeparkdistrict. com. June 27 — Los Lonely Boys/Los Lobos, 7 p.m. at Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Road, in Highland Park Los Lonely Boys/Los Lobos with special guest Alejandro Escovedo will put on a great show. Los Lonely Boys is an American Chicano rock power trio from San Angelo, Texas. Reserved seats are $60 or $70; lawn seats are $33 in advance and $38 the day of the show. For tickets or more information, call 847-266-5100 or visit www.ravinia.org. June 28 — Darius Rucker with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer, 7 p.m. at Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Road,

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in Highland Park Come out for a great night of country music. Darius Rucker and openers Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer are sure to put on a terrific show. Reserved seats are $75 or $85; lawn seats are $33 in advance and $38 the day of the performance. For tickets or more information, call 847-2665100 or visit www.ravinia.org.


June 1 — Antioch’s Summer Wine Walk, 1 p.m. on Main Street, in downtown Antioch Make a day of strolling downtown Antioch and visiting various stores and restaurants while sampling different wines. Cost is $40 and includes a wine glass, tasting and a bottle of wine. For tickets or more information, call 847-3952160 or visit www.antioch.il.gov. June 7 through 9 — Celebration of Summer, 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 5 p.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m. Sunday at Lehmann Park, on Cedar Avenue between Route 83 and Grand Avenue, in Lake Villa The 13th annual Celebration of Summer will feature “A Play in the Park” on Thursday evening. Friday night will be Teen Night; Saturday will feature carnival rides, music and fireworks; and Sunday will bring Kroozers’ car show, carnival rides, games and cardboard boat races. For more information, call 847-356-6100 or visit www.lake-villa.org. June 8 — Victorian Tea Party, Noon to 2 p.m. at the Button Room Museum, 4072 Old Grand Ave., in Gurnee Dress up with friends and family and join in the fun of an outdoor tea party. The $15 fee will include tea, lunch and a goodie bag. For more information, call 224-399-9870 or visit wwww.thebuttonroom.org. June 13 through 16 — Libertyville Days Festival, 5 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. Sunday at Church, Brainerd and Cook streets, in downtown Libertyville Bring out the family and enjoy carnival rides for children and adults, the Taste of Libertyville, a beer tent, an arts and craft fair, live entertainment and more. Live entertainment will include Rockin’ Fenderskirts, Private Drive, Modern Day Romeos, Loose Connection, Mellencougar and more. For a full schedule or more information, call 847-918-8880 or visit www.libciviccenter.org. June 16 — Iron Girl Women’s Triathlon, 7 a.m. at Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road, in Lake Zurich The Iron Girl event experience provides women with the perfect platform for first timers and experienced athletes to reach their personal bests. This triathlon will include a 1/3-mile swim, 14-mile bike and 3-mile run. It is for adults 18 and older. To register or for more information, visit www. irongirl.com. June 21 to 23 — Long Grove Strawberry Fest, at the Long Grove Historic Village, in downtown Long Grove The pleasures of summer will be celebrated with berrywonderful strawberry flavored and inspired treats, from melt-in-your-mouth chocolate-covered strawberries to strawberry martinis and desserts. The fest also will feature live music all day at many different venues, great food, distinctive shopping and children’s activities. For more information, call 847-634-0888 or visit www.visitlonggrove. com. June 27 to 30 — Wauconda Fest, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday; 5 p.m. to midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday at Cook Park, 600 N. Main St., in Wauconda Come out and enjoy live music, a carnival, the Taste of the Fest, a 5K/10K on Sunday, Wauconda’s Got Talent, a bags tournament, family games, a wine tasting tent and much more. Admission is $3 and is good for all four days. For more information, call 847-526-3610 or visit www.waucondaparks. com. June 29 — Taste of Grayslake and Fireworks, 3 p.m. at Central Park, on Lake Street between Washington and Center streets, in Grayslake Featuring the “Taste of Grayslake,” this festival will also have live entertainment all day. Enjoy moonwalks, rides, face painting, an obstacle course, a climbing wall and much more. There will be plenty of fun activities to keep everyone in the family happy. Fireworks will commence at dusk. For more information, call 847-223-7529 or visit www.glpd.com. lc


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artist showcase



• “Dining In Rome” and “Yaquina Bay Bridge”


“Dining In Rome” is a reflection of a day in Rome with a few friends enjoying the beautiful weather. “Yaquina Bay Bridge” is from a great road trip we took to Oregon. Oregon has so many wonderful, scenic treasures. lc To submit an entry to Artist Showcase, email artwork, title of piece, name and village of residence of artist, and a two- to three-sentence description of the piece to LakeCountyMagazine@shawmedia.com, subject head “Local Artist Submission.”

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