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John Hughes’ Widow Donates Estate to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

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Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital announced that it has received as a donation the Lake Forest home of Nancy L. Hughes — widow of the late movie producer John Hughes — to help in the development of its new hospital building, which is scheduled to open in 2017. Hughes is contributing her 11,233-square-foot-home and surrounding two-acre property on Westminster as a charitable gift.

“John loved the beauty of Lake Forest; I love Lake Forest,” said Hughes in a press release issued by the hospital. “So when the opportunity to help advance the hospital presented itself, it was an easy decision to make.” Her husband was widely known for such 1980s blockbusters as the “Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and the “Home Alone” franchise.

“We are very grateful for this generous gift from Mrs. Nancy Hughes,” said Thomas J. McAfee, president of Lake Forest Hospital, in the press release. “It’s because of the support of partners like Mrs. Hughes that we are able to bring health innovation, advanced medical research and quality patient care to our community and Chicago’s north region.”

Proceeds from the eventual sale of the home — whose estimated value is $4.5 million, according to— will benefit the new $378 million facility, which is the largest economic project in Lake Forest history.

Please click on the following links for information about the Lake Forest Hospital Campus Expansion Plan and the fundraising campaign.

That Which We Call Rose’s … By Any Other Name … Is Still Gluten-free

Information provided in a press release Sophie’s Great Food

Rose’s Cafe is still gluten free, but it’s no longer called Rose’s. The new owner of the popular Evanston and Highland Park restaurants has changed the name to Sophie’s Great Food in honor of his mother, Sophia Lemonis, who passed away in 2013 after an illness.

Entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC’s reality series “The Profit,” purchased Rose’s in 2012 and sought to make it profitable while meeting the growing need for products catering to people with dietary restrictions and food allergies, according to a press release announcing the name change.

Sophie’s Great Food serves gluten-free cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has now expanded hours of operation covering seven days a week.

According to the press release, Sophie’s Great Food is the only 100% gluten-free bakery and café in the greater Chicagoland area. The restaurant chain serves pizza, soups and sandwiches in addition to providing fresh baked breads, cookies, cakes, cupcakes and muffins. The menu also features a variety of vegetarian and vegan options, and catering is available for parties, graduations and weddings. Recently expanded menu items include a signature Sophie’s Burger, Spinach Quiche, French Toast, a Monte Cristo Sandwich, and new chili bowl offerings: Chili Mac, Quinoa Chili and a Vegan Chili.

And according to media reports, Lemonis put his Lake Forest mansion on the market last spring.

Inovasi Steps Back To 1920s Glamour With ‘Gatsy’ Event

Sponsored post by Inovasi

Inovasi is planning a specially themed dining event called “The Gatsby Dinner,” which harkens back to the exuberance, luxury and style of the 1920s.”

The evening, which takes place on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m., will include multiple styles of Champagne, Custom craft cocktails created for this event alone, a live Big Band, and a seven-course menu based on food from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The restaurant will be entirely given over to the event and decorated to match the luxury of the era. After dinner, enjoy music and dancing in the Inovasi bar … and more Champagne, of course.

And 10% of the ‘Gatsby” proceeds will be donated to A Safe Place, the shelter in Zion that supports victims of domestic violence.

A few things worth noting:

  • Date: Saturday November 8, 2014, with reception beginning at 6:30 p.m.
  • Black Tie please, White Tie even better…
  • The evening is limited to 60 people
  • Live music during reception and after dinner
  • Guests are encouraged to dress in period style attire
  • Cost for the evening shall be $295 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

A credit card is required to hold a reservation and all guests will be charged 7 days prior to the event (this is necessary due to the sheer expense of holding this sort of event).

“This is an evening that would make Jay Gatsby proud,” said Executive Chef/Owner John des Rosiers.


Lake Forest, Lake Bluff Firefighters, Cop Honored For Saving A Life

From left: Lake Bluff firefighter/paramedic Matt Kluchka; Lake Bluff Police Officer Jim Reynolds; patient Bruce Stromberg;  Lake Forest firefighter/paramedic Joe Stanonik; and Lake Forest firefighter/paramedic Nick Savel.  The patient, Bruce Stromberg, attended the event to speak about his experience having a heart attack and being treated by this team.

From left: Lake Bluff firefighter/paramedic Matt Kluchka; Lake Bluff Police Officer Jim Reynolds; patient Bruce Stromberg; Lake Forest firefighter/paramedic Joe Stanonik; and Lake Forest firefighter/paramedic Nick Savel. Photo from Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital; not shown: team member Russell Kluchka.


Last January a group of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff emergency personnel saved local resident Bruce Stromberg’s life after he went into cardiac arrest at his home. Last week, Stromberg was on hand at the hospital’s “A Cut Above” award ceremony to honor the men who provided life-saving procedures to help him regain a pulse — and consciousness — by the time they arrived at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s Emergency Room on January 21, 2014. The team included Lake Forest firefighters/paramedics Nick Savel and Joe Stanonik, Lake Bluff firefighters/paramedics Russell Kluchka and Matt Kluchka and Lake Bluff Police Officer Jim Reynolds.

Here’s a press release the hospital sent out last week about the award ceremony:

Lake Forest, Ill. –Lake Forest Hospital today recognized the exemplary efforts of local first responders at its annual A Cut Above award ceremony held at the hospital’s health education center. Hospital officials were joined by members of fire and police departments from Countryside, Grayslake, Greater Round Lake, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Great Lakes Naval Station, North Chicago, and Waukegan to honor first responders for their quick response and efforts that saved lives.

“It is an honor for us to host this annual event to commend our firefighters and paramedics and recognize the team efforts that saved lives,” said Thomas J. McAfee, president of Lake Forest Hospital. “The first responders we honor today represent the very best of our community.”

The first responders honored include:

Libertyville Fire Department: Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew Yarc; Firefighter/Paramedic Josh Roberts; Firefighter/Paramedic Patrick Schultz

Having just completed a course on Combat Application Tourniquets, Yarc, Roberts and Schultz didn’t expect that their very next EMS call would test their newest skill. Nevertheless, on May 19, 2014, they arrived at a local industrial facility for a man who lacerated his arm on a mill. The pulseless extremity with a 6” laceration continued to bleed despite a makeshift tourniquet applied by the patient’s coworkers. Yarc, Roberts and Schultz rapidly applied a Combat Application Tourniquet that controlled the bleeding and the patient was transported to the hospital.

Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District: Firefighter/Paramedic Erich Castillo; Firefighter/Paramedic Todd Lucassen; Firefighter/Paramedic Paul Willen; Firefighter/Paramedic Lonnie Langel; Firefighter/Paramedic Neal Fischer; Firefighter/EMT Eric Wang

On May 7, 2014, Round Lake Crew One responded to a lift assist call where they found an overweight man lying on the floor, on the heat register, for more than 8 hours. The first crew quickly began cleaning the patient as a second crew arrived for additional assistance. Lucassen and Castillo showered the patient, while Willen, Langel, Fischer and Wang decontaminated the patient’s living space and laundered the patient’s clothing. These caring gestures by the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District crew remind us how simple and sincere acts can enhance the dignity of our patients.

Grayslake Fire Protection District: LT David Torkilsen; LT Jason Brooks; Firefighter / Paramedic James Howell; Firefighter / Paramedic Gerry O’Sullivan; Firefighter / Paramedic Jose Sanchez-Vega; Firefighter / Paramedic Eric Foerster

High quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation with defibrillation saved a man’s life on July 19, 2014. The Grayslake crew arrived on scene and found a 74-year-old unresponsive male, whose wife was performing CPR. The paramedics quickly defibrillated the patient; after two shocks the patient had a return of spontaneous circulation and was then rapidly transported to the hospital. The patient later was discharged from the hospital with a good long-term prognosis. Positive outcomes like this remind us how our care for cardiac patients has advanced. By providing the appropriate medical care for this patient, the Grayslake crew truly saved and improved the quality of this man’s life.

North Chicago Fire Department: Commander Joshua Rickabaugh; Firefighter / Paramedic Joseph Knesley; Firefighter / Paramedic Kyle Martinelli; Firefighter / Paramedic Tim Kluchka; Firefighter / Paramedic Sterling Ricketts

On May 17, 2014, the North Chicago Fire Department responded to a call for a 78-year-old female with uncontrollable bleeding due to a dog bite wound to the neck. On arrival to the scene, the unruly dog was being restrained by a bystander who informed the crew that he was losing his grip. The dog became loose and ran toward the North Chicago crew. Kluchka pinned the dog to the ground by grabbing the dog’s neck and rear legs to prevent injury to others. In the meantime, Ricketts performed a rapid trauma assessment on the patient. Rickabaugh, Knesley, and Martinelli then moved the patient into the ambulance to ensure safety, while Kuchka successfully secured the dog while he avoided being bitten. Direct pressure to the patient’s bite wound with multiple trauma dressings controlled the bleeding and the patient was safely transported to the hospital.

Waukegan Fire Department: Captain Tom Christensen

Captain Tom Christensen is being honored for his commitment and loyalty to his profession, department and community. Throughout 27 years of service, Christensen has fulfilled many roles within the Waukegan community. He has served as an Airport Rescue Firefighter, a certified public diver for the Dive Rescue Operations, Director of the Hazardous Devices Technician program, Director of Personal Protective Gear program, Co-Director of Department Organized Community Emergency Response Team and Fire Investigator. Among his accolades, he has been honored as the 2012 National Firefighter of the Year and is a recipient of the Medal of Valor in 2011. His dedication to public service is truly “A Cut Above” and we are honored to recognize him today.

Countryside Fire Protection District: Firefighter / Paramedic Dan Lainio; Firefighter / Paramedic Mark Skala
On the morning of July 12, 2014, Skala and Lainio were training on the “pit crew” CPR method. They later found themselves responding to a call for a 92-year-old female with chest pain. Upon arrival the patient went into ventricular fibrillation, so the crew defibrillated the patient, helping her regain spontaneous circulation and consciousness.

Naval Base Great Lakes Fire Department: Assistant Chief Gregory DeVries; Captain Chad Miller; Firefighter Shane Ratcliff; Firefighter Mike Vetta; Firefighter Dave Chizek; Firefighter Mark Dodge; Firefighter Matthew Webb

On February 23, 2014 the Great Lakes crew was faced with the challenge of managing the care for an unresponsive 2-year-old. They found the child in ventricular fibrillation and administered advanced life support. Numerous medications were administered with changes in the patient’s rhythm before they reached the hospital. Caring for pediatric patients is a time when emotions run high and expertise and professionalism is most needed. Their peers recognized the strong teamwork and outstanding care displayed by these men. A rare case like this truly requires efficient use of one’s training and the ability to maintain composure during an emotionally charged setting.

Lake Bluff Fire Department: Firefighter / Paramedic Matt Kluchka; Firefighter / Paramedic Russell Kluchka; Lake Bluff Police Department: Police Officer Jim Reynolds; Lake Forest Fire Department: Firefighter / Paramedic Nick Savel; Firefighter / Paramedic Joe Stanonik

On January 21, 2014, Firefighter / Paramedic Savel, Stanonik, Kluchka, and Kluchka and Police Officer Jim Reynolds provided the appropriate life-saving procedures to help regain the patient’s pulse. Upon their arrival to the emergency department, the patient began to regain consciousness. Their rapid response and quality medical interventions resulted in a positive outcome for this patient, who is now a cardiac survivor able to share his “A Cut Above” experience with us.

The annual A Cut Above awards are presented in memory of Anthony M. Gallo, Jr. of the Schaumburg Fire Department. Firefighter Gallo was fatally injured in the line of duty on December 16, 1977.

To learn more about Lake Forest Hospital, visit

Local Job: JWC Media Seeks Experienced Graphic Designer

JWC Media, publisher of Sheridan Road, Forest & Bluff, The North Shore Weekend and, has an immediate opening for an experienced graphic designer to join its growing art department. The candidate will work within the art team to contribute to the design of features and departments in the magazines and production of the weekly newspaper. Tasks include ad design, editorial layout, photo research, photo retouching. This is a full-time job and requires employee to be on-site.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work under and meet weekly and monthly deadlines
  • minimum of 3 years experience designing for print, ideally with publishing experience
  • strong knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator

Please submit the following to

  • Cover letter including salary requirements
  • resume
  • PDF with samples of your work (no larger than 5 mb) or a link to a website with samples of your work

Lake Forest High School Music Students Plan ‘Symphony For Survival’

Submitted by a Lake Forest High School mom

Lake Forest High School will once again host “Symphony for Survival”, a fundraising concert conceived by and featuring local high school and community musicians. Please join us on Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 PM in the Raymond Moore Auditorium at LFHS for an evening of classical and contemporary music and help raise money to benefit the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

November 1st at 7:30 pm at
Lake Forest High School, Raymond Moore Auditorium

Participate in a great cause!
This is a concert that raises money for
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Ticket Prices: $15.00 general admission
$10.00 for students and seniors
Raffle Tickets: 1 ticket for $5, 5 tickets for $20


Tickets (Open Seating) are $15 general admission; $10 for students and seniors. A link to purchase tickets on-line or donate is:

Or you can buy tickets at the door. Donations are happily accepted and raffle tickets will also be sold.

Last year, the students raised $4,500 for the American Cancer Society. Marisa Sardo and Carson Cook, both LFHS juniors, are the student organizers for the 2014 concert.

Music & Shopping For A Cause

Submitted by Lake Forest Symphony

From left, Mathilda Williams with Nancy Smith

From left, Mathilda Williams with Nancy Smith

The Lake Forest Symphony participated in the Lake Forest Shop’s annual “Shop Your Cause” charity event on October 8 at The Lake Forest Shop in Lake Forest. The symphony took this opportunity to honor Mathilda Williams for her exemplary service on the Ladies Guild, a volunteer organization that has supported the Lake Forest Symphony for many years.

Other participating organizations in Shop Your Cause included Bernie’s Book Bank, Citadel Theatre, Deer Path Art League, Eco Myths Alliance, Lake County Community Foundation, Lake Forest Open Lands, Lake Forest Preservation Foundation, Ragdale and Stirling Hall.

From left, Lu Peterson of the Lake Forest Shop  with Marsha Temple, Guild co-president

From left, Lu Peterson of the Lake Forest Shop with Marsha Temple, Guild co-president


From left, Susan Lape, Mathilda Williams and Suzanne Laundry at The Lake Forest Shop

From left, Susan Lape, Mathilda Williams and Suzanne Laundry at The Lake Forest Shop

From left, Roberta Miller and Betty Benton, Guild co-president

From left, Roberta Miller and Betty Benton, Guild co-president

Save the Date: Art Institute’s Holiday Treasure Hunt & Tea Party

Submitted by the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is hosting its annual Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party, a fun family event that has grown to include more than 1,300 participants annually.

Event Information
Treasure Hunt and Tea Party
December 7, 2014
12:00p.m. – 2:30p.m.
1:30p.m. – 4:00p.m.
Please use the Modern Wing entrance

Visit all four stops on this year’s Treasure Hunt to complete your activity book with fun stamps and colorful stickers. Visit the state-of-the-art Ryan Education Center, located in the Art Institute’s spectacular Modern Wing. Then join Artie the Lion and all of his friends for a festive holiday tea party.

Through the generous support of our event sponsors, the Auxiliary Board provides more than 600 complimentary tickets to local area community outreach organizations. This initiative helps to integrate the museum experience into family life and culture.

Visit the Art Institute’s website for pricing and other information.

And here’s a video promotion that explains the event:

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Photography Exhibit Reveals Lifestyle at Ryerson Home, Both Indoors & Out …

A celebration for friends at the Ryerson house in 1960

A celebration for friends at the Ryerson house in 1960

By Sam Eichner

The path to Brushwood, off of Riverwoods Road, winds its way through a chute of tall trees, with sinuous limbs that appear to reach out for each other to form a hooded canopy.

Beyond sits the house: a country-style, red-brick affair, large but not ostentatiously so, choosing instead to bow to the picturesque woods that serve as its backdrop.

Decades earlier, this home belonged to Edward L. Ryerson, a Chicago businessman and civic leader who, between 1942 and 1972, used the property as his family’s summer home before donating the house and the 279 acres of eponymous woodland that came with it to the Lake County Forest Preserve. Today, it is the welcome center for those interested in exploring Ryerson Woods, as well as a locus for discourse on nature and culture; until Thursday, Oct. 30, it will also host a new photography exhibit from Ryerson’s grandson, Edward Ranney.

“It’s really a show to open up how one family used a specific special place,” Ranney says, “and to give people who don’t know any of us the human context that the place was built on.”

For the exhibit, Ranney, a well-known photographer, juxtaposed a select group of photos he took of Brushwood in 1972 with 30 or so photos his grandfather took in the three decades previous.

“The intent,” Ranney notes, “is not only to show the feeling and style of the place but also the enjoyment and fun of the people who used those rooms and were a family there.”

Edward Ranney

Edward Ranney

At one end of the home, Ryerson’s photos portray various members of the family, at rest but just as often at play. When a subject of the photos himself, Ryerson is often pictured in mirth, entertaining his grandkids as a magician with a top hat and what is obviously a fake mustache.

His grandson’s photos, taken a year after his grandparents’ deaths, are much more subdued. In one, a bold, curvilinear tree stands in the foreground before a dwindling army of its stark companions, stripped bare by a change of seasons. In others, ornately furnished rooms are vividly captured, yet it is this same quality that works to pronounce their hollow, polished emptiness. A particularly striking photograph shows a chair slightly misaligned with its desk, left ajar like a door, as if someone had only just evacuated the room.

It is an altogether strange sensation to experience photos of a place while you are standing inside the same such place, years later, though perhaps this is the point: to bridge the Brushwood of the past with the Brushwood that stands before us today.

“It really was a family place and, of course, it’s outstanding for its beauty and seclusion and privacy,” Ranney says. “But my grandparents made it a point of opening it up to people. So you have this interesting combination of it being a family house and now, with their dedication, it being totally a public house.”

When the exhibit ends, Ranney says the photographs will remain at Brushwood, where they will become a permanent collection of images for generations to come.

Nora Ryerson, foreground, and Nancy Ranney, June 1960; Photo by Edward L. Ryerson

Nora Ryerson, foreground, and Nancy Ranney, June 1960; Photo by Edward L. Ryerson

Brushwood Farm, 1972; photo by Edward Ranney

Brushwood Farm, 1972; photo by Edward Ranney

Lake Forest True Value Hardware Store Has New Look, New Products

Submitted by Richard Chapman for Morgan’s Lake Forest True Value Hardware

The Morgans; Katie, Chris, Mary Jane, Ben, Audra

The Morgans; Katie, Chris, Mary Jane, Ben, Audra

Morgan’s Lake Forest True Value Hardware has reopened with a brand new look and more than 6,000 new items — many of which you won’t find in a traditional hardware store.

The store has always offered an eclectic mix of products and now that mix is even broader. Where else can you get traditional hardware fare like picture hanging hooks, lawn and garden supplies, snow blowers, power tools, Benjamin Moore paints, and jewelry, books, toys, baby gifts, picture frames, holiday decor and Le Creuset cookery — just to name a few of the things you’ll find there?

Keith and Mary Jane Morgan opened the store at 825 S. Waukegan Road in 1991 and were truly the mom and mop of this local family business. After Keith died unexpectedly from a heart attack in July 2013, son Chris stepped in to manage the store with his mom.

On October 24-26 the Morgans celebrated the Grand Reopening of the store’s completely remodeled and restocked store. During the event, they supported  Boy Scout pack 148 popcorn sale and donated two large boxes of toys to the Marines Toys For Tots toy drive. The store will have a box available through December 15th for additional donations.

Here are more photos from the celebration:

Trisha and Nathan Anderson man the popcorn table

Trisha and Nathan Anderson man the popcorn table

At right, Mike Meikle, Regional Manager True Value addresses the Morgan family.

At right, Mike Meikle, Regional Manager True Value addresses the Morgan family.

The Morgans; Katie, Chris, Mary Jane, Ben, Audra

The Morgans; Katie, Chris, Mary Jane, Ben, Audra

Remodeled store

Remodeled store