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An Adler Real Estate Bonanza in Lake Forest & Lake Bluff …

Did you know that eight David Adler homes are for sale in Lake Bluff and Lake Forest right now? Chicago magazine has the scoop. Please click here to read “A Look At The Adler Mansions For Sale Around Chicago”

Opinion: Put The Daily Grind Rumors To Rest

Editor’s note: This Reader Forum article was submitted by By John des Rosiers, Chef/Proprietor of three Lake Bluff businesses –Inovasi, Wisma and The Other Door. Reader Forum articles represent the writers’ opinions and not necessarily those of GazeboNews. We encourage you to comment on this article, but please include your full name per the GazeboNews comments policy.

GazeboNews Reader Forum

By John des Rosiers

Good afternoon to all of our fellow Lake Bluff residents and valued customers. I want to take a few minutes share some of my thoughts regarding the rumors swirling around about The Daily Grind.

Now for those of you who don’t live in our area this probably won’t have much meaning.

Since Inovasi has anchored downtown Lake Bluff, we have seen our community grow, expand, and thrive into a retail downtown that has enjoyed 100% capacity for the past four years. I love this town, the style of it, what it represents, and its strong community feeling. More importantly, I am so happy we have made this our home, and I am proud to be a businessman and employer here.

I chose to write this to clear the air regarding some of the comments brought to my attention that we have something to do with the apparent disagreement between the landlord and The Daily Grind’s owner. First, as a small business owner, I want to assure you that I never want to see another business leave the central district.

Secondly, I have no plans or current interest in the space for any operations involving Wisma, Inovasi, or The Other Door. Furthermore, I am in no position to offer judgment on what is best for the landlord or The Daily Grind. From my perspective as a citizen this is an issue between the two parties, and the issues they share we in the public are never truly privy to.

As always, we are completely committed to our local communities. We continue to strive to have a positive impact in Lake Bluff and Lake Forest, we have grown our businesses along with our town’s natural growth. Currently, we employ over 70 people from the surrounding area, and we help contribute to the growing tax base in our small town.

I want everyone to know that our entire staff cares for our customers and their satisfaction, and we value our presence in the community very much.

Therefore my hope is that all of our local citizens will continue to support our businesses, and also the amazing list of local retailers we have that make this town such a wonderful place to live, work and play.

I appreciate that you have taken the time to consider my thoughts, and I hope to see all of you in downtown Lake Bluff soon.

John des Rosiers
the other door

Halloween Costume Drive Needs Your Help

Griffith, Grant & Lackie broker Marie Colette is once again organizing a Halloween Costume Drive. She is collecting new or gently used, clean costumes to kids who need them. The receiving organizations include Reading Power, A Safe Place, Roberti Community Center — and just about any other group that requests costumes, said Marie: “We try to fulfill every request we get.”

To do that, she needs help. If you can donate, please drop off the costumes at GGL’s new office, 678 N. Western Avenue in Lake Forest between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and before 11 a.m. on Monday. If you’d like to drop off after hours, call  847-826-9317.

To learn more about this effort, read the letter Marie wrote to her friends and family:

Dear Friends and Family,

It’s my favorite time of year again! This will be the fourth year of the Halloween Costume Drive. I hope that this will be our biggest one yet. Last year with an amazing amount of help and a very generous community, we collected, packaged and distributed 281 costumes! Those of you who participated in this great endeavor know how much it means to the children who receive the costumes. It truly warms your heart to see the joy on the faces when they receive a costume.

I am trying to make the dates a bit earlier for everyone in hopes that the week before Halloween is not quite so hectic. I say that every time, and every time it is very hectic! Last year, as in other years, we had help sorting and bagging from some amazing young people from Lake Forest High School’s volunteer program (thank you Kathy O’Hara!), along with my daughter Jenn, and so many friends and my great colleagues at Griffith, Grant & Lackie in Lake Bluff. I could not have done it without them! This year I will have the pleasure of having both my daughters, Jenn and Ashley, helping along with the LFHS student volunteers!

To those of you who were not on the mailing list last year, allow me tell you a little about the project!

As most of you know, Halloween is my second favorite holiday of the year. When I lived on Rockland Avenue in Lake Bluff we would get very few local children Trick or Treating – they went east to the park and beyond. We did however, get quite a large number of children from the North Chicago/Waukegan area. Most of the time they were under the watchful eye of Mom or Dad or an older caregiver. The children were always happy, smiling and polite, and very appreciative of their treats as they ran excitedly from house to house. Sadly, most of these children were not wearing costumes, yet they were having a wonderful time just getting candy. Do you remember your children’s Halloween – the parties, costumes and fun? Did Halloween preparations start in September? Do you have photos of each and every adorable moment? I do, and I know MANY of you feel the same way.Taking time and making preparations for a big day are the things that evoke great childhood memories, and I’d like to pass these good feelings along to the children and families that may not otherwise be able to participate in the full Halloween traditions. Together we can make Halloween as memorable for these children as it was for mine and yours. You can help by donating costumes and Halloween items to pass on to these children.

I cannot do this alone and would appreciate all the help I can get. I can only accept donations of NEW or GENTLY used clean costumes. If you no longer have costumes at home and would still like to help we will gladly accept a donation and will go purchase a new costume for you.

All costumes can be dropped off at the Griffith Grant & Lackie offices in Lake Bluff (8 E. Scranton Ave.) or in Lake Forest (678 N. Western Ave until Oct 1, then to 280 E. Deerpath!). All donations must be made by October 24th so that we can sort and distribute to the children in time for Halloween.

I thank you in advance for your generosity. I hope that we can make this event grow by leaps and bounds year after year. Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions.

If you would like to help with the project by having a collection box at your location or volunteering your time for bagging, distributing or collecting, or if you know of an organization that is in need of costumes to distribute, please feel free to contact me. Also please feel free to pass this letter on to your family and friends. The more contributions we can obtain, the more children we can serve.

Warm regards,

Marie Colette | ABR, SRES, Broker Associate
Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors®
8 E. Scranton Ave | Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044
847-234-0816 office | 847-826-9317 cell |

Crain’s: New Steakhouse Opening In Highland Park

Crain’s reports that a new steakhouse is opening at Renaissance Place in downtown Highland Park, in the restaurant space formerly occupied by Moderno, Royce and prior to those concepts, Rosebud.

The new restaurant is Beelow’s North Shore Steakhouse, a spinoff of Beelow’s Steakhouse in Lake Zurich. Please visit Crain’s for the complete story.

Lake Bluff’s Alliance for Excellence Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Submitted by the Alliance for Excellence in Lake Bluff

The Alliance for Excellence donated these ukeleles.

The Alliance for Excellence donated these ukeleles.


The Alliance for Excellence is celebrating 25 years as the Lake Bluff Schools’ educational foundation. For a quarter of a century, the Alliance has strongly supported our teachers in their pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning. We have done this through the funding of innovative technologies, programs, and materials that enrich curriculum and inspire the joy of learning.

Through the generous donations of our parents and greater community, we support teachers’ initiatives across all grade levels and across all educational disciplines. We hope that the creative sparks generated through enthusiastic teaching and energetic learning will carry all of our children along their incredible journeys. We are grateful to live in a place that values education so highly, and one in which a K-8 foundation can thrive.

Some of the Alliance’s most recent grants have included:

  • Orff Musical Instruments
  • Digital SLR Video Cameras
  • The Aaron Reynolds Author Visit
  • Vernier Probeware, a measurement tool for Middle School Science
  • Poster Designer and Printer
  • Lake County Cares “Read with Me!”
  • Blueprints for the Outdoor Classroom
  • GenMove Physical Education Program
  • Ukuleles for 6th grade music

To mark this occasion, the Alliance is hosting a reception on Wednesday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m. in the Lake Bluff Elementary School Library at 350 West Washington Street. At the celebration we will recognize former board members, show examples of past grants, and hear about the history of Alliance for Excellence with our very special guest, Dr. Edward Noyes, who was the Superintendent of District 65 when the Alliance was created.

To continue our steadfast support of teachers, the Alliance is launching our fall fundraising campaign with a mailing in early November. But don’t wait! To donate now and support the outstanding teachers and staff in District 65, please visit our website: All donations to the Alliance are tax deductible and qualify for corporate matching donations.

The Alliance looks forward to many more years of fulfilling our mission to support excellence in education for District 65!


Logo created by LFHS student

Alliance for Excellence logo was created by LFHS student Chantal Varco.

Annual Lake County Cares Thanksgiving Food Drive Kicks Off November 1

October 20, 2014 – Lake Forest, IL – With over 600,000 people in northern Illinois turning to food pantries to feed themselves and their families, Lake County Cares is encouraging Lake Forest and Lake Bluff residents to be part of this year’s Thanksgiving Food Drive, running from November 1 to November 17.

Lake County Cares sponsors the food drive annually. Thanksgiving food donations including canned vegetables and fruit; rice, stuffing mix, yams, corn muffin mix, pinto beans, rice and powdered milk can be dropped off at the Lake County Cares office in Gorton Center. Monetary donations and grocery gift cards for Walmart and Jewel are also needed.

“Lake County Cares is reaching out to all individuals, families, companies and volunteer groups to help us fill the need within our communities,” said Megan McCann, Executive Director of Lake County Cares. “Even though our economy seems to be improving, many who live below the poverty line cannot afford food for their families,” said McCann. “Thanksgiving falls at the end of the month, and many people have already run out money to spend on food. That’s why this drive is so important,” noted McCann.

This year, the Lake County Cares Thanksgiving Food Drive is trying to collect at least 2,000 pounds of food for pantries in Lake Bluff, Waukegan, North Chicago, Highwood and Zion.

People can help by organizing their own food drive in their neighborhood, school, business or place of worship. Promotional tools for conducting a drive are downloadable from Donations can be dropped at Lake County Cares offices on the second floor of Gorton Community Center at 400 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest. Volunteers are also needed for sorting food. Inquiries can be made via email to

Opinion: Lease Is More … For All Of Us

Editor’s note: This Reader Forum article was submitted by By Jon Rosen of Lake Bluff. Reader Forum articles represent the writers’ opinions and not necessarily those of GazeboNews. We encourage you to comment on this article, but please include your full name per the GazeboNews comments policy.

GazeboNews Reader Forum

By Jon Rosen, a Lake Bluff resident

Labor Day in Lake Bluff has long passed and the celebration with friends, neighbors and family sharing stories, food and cheer has faded quickly into fall. Hopefully you fired up the grill and were able to toast our good fortune and great village life in Lake Bluff. May be your BBQ or smoker included a selection of fine top quality meats or fish from the Daily Grind to accompany the beer from the Lake Bluff Brewery rounded out by dessert from Lulu’s; a tough combination to match on any holiday week end.

Come January 31, 2015 one-third of this culinary combination may not be available, as on this day the lease for the Daily Grind expires and the landlord has informed Rick Harness, owner of the Daily Grind, he does not intend to renew.

If you have visited the Daily Grind you know Rick, his wife, Debra and four kids (three in college and one a year away) along with his first mate assistant, Bill Kunicka. The store is open year round seven days a week and has continued to provide our community with unique quality goods and service not available in close proximity. You need a unique fare for that special occasion, ask Rick, he will get it for you. Have a question on how to prepare your choice; Rick can help with that too.

From our schools to local art shows and community non-profit organizations, The Daily Grind has participated in our community through a contribution of time, money and like-kind exchange of goods. Rick is and continues to be generous to help our community.

The landlord of the Daily Grind is a Lake Bluff resident, business owner (Lake Effect Architects, the former owner/operator of the Village Market) and Lake Bluff Village Park Trustee. Yes this is a business transaction between principals. No one should get a free ride and both parties need to function in this capitalist environment that we so respect on a level playing field to enable both business ventures to succeed. However one must question why can’t these parties work together for their mutual benefit when there is a local business need to fulfill and to our knowledge there has been no breech of lease terms. This is the operative question.

The Daily Grind has made a sizable investment in the form of tenant improvements (TI’s) that at the lease expiration remains with the property. These improvements include, upgraded electrical, ventilation and plumbing systems, refrigeration and freezer units, fire suppression along with stove and cooking units unique to the operation of the Daily Grind. If a new tenant moves in and does not use the TI’s, Rick loses, as does our community. If a tenant moves in that uses the facility investments, the tenant gains at the expense of Rick and us all. If a new tenant is related to the landlord and uses these improvements in a similar or related business, we all lose and one must ask was there ever a level playing field between these parties? Our answer will be known in the next few months.

Our hope is the parties can negotiate and work through the issues to arrive at mutually acceptable lease terms to enable the Daily Grind to remain in the present location. If not, Rick will be forced to move to another facility in Lake Bluff, if one is available, relocate to another community or close shop. Again, our wish is that both parties can work through whatever issues there are and simply resolve their differences, not only for themselves, but also for the constituents of our Lake Bluff community who support both parties.

Are North Shore Hospitals Prepared for Ebola?

By Sam Eichner, GazeboNews Reporter

With one man dead in Dallas, two nurses receiving treatment in Atlanta and Bethesda, Maryland, and, as of Tuesday night, two sick Liberian travelers under observation in Chicago, just how prepared are local hospitals to handle Ebola should it come to the North Shore?

This isn’t an easy question to answer, because the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guidelines for procedures, techniques and equipment have been evolving as ebola — and ebola headlines — have spread.

“Most of the hospitals [in the area] should be able to adequately treat exposure,” said Dr. Mark Mass, a former ER doctor at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital who now runs Lake Forest’s Acute Care Center. “They go through all the drills, and they have all the equipment and infrastructure in place.”

A spokeswoman for North Shore University Health Systems said it is “working proactively to ensure stringent protocols are in place to handle high-risk infections like Ebola in our hospitals, emergency departments and medical offices.”

On Monday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health announced the creation of a network of providers that would treat patients in the event of an Ebola diagnosis. He designated four hospitals to handle ebola cases: Rush University Medical Center, the University of Chicago Medical Center, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital for adult patients, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital for pediatric patients.

Therefore, should a case arise on the North Shore, or anywhere in the Chicago area, the patient would be transferred to one of those facilities.

Northwestern Medicine’s Director of Global Health Dr. Robert Murphy said local hospitals will be prepared as long as they follow procedure.

“If you follow the current guidelines, you don’t get infected, and you stamp out these epidemics,” Dr. Murphy said, citing the case of Nigeria–a country that, despite having fewer resources than the U.S. and much more primitive hospitals, has squashed the spread of Ebola.

Dr. Murphy said that until recent events in Dallas, he believed any hospital could handle an Ebola patient. “The problem with this level of isolation is that if you screw up, the consequences are so severe,” he said, emphasizing the significance of thorough training courses in preventing similar mistakes.

Both doctors said people should not be concerned about contracting the virus — here on the North Shore or anywhere else in the country for that matter. For as much as the media might make it seem like Ebola is everywhere these days, you are unlikely to come in contact with it in real life.

“The overall risk is very low,” Dr. Mass said. “You’re not going to catch it from seeing someone across the room.”

Though Dr. Murphy said he wouldn’t be surprised if each of the five major U.S. cities saw a case of Ebola or two, he is confident in hospitals’ ability to effectively quell the spread of the virus.

“It’s not going to be a big problem in the U.S.,” Dr. Murphy said. “It’s going to be a serious, small problem.”

Stock Up On Vitamin C While Helping LFHS Music Students With Citrus Sales

Submitted by LFHS Music Department

Students in the Lake Forest High School Music Department have begun our annual Citrus Sale, which runs through November 2nd. The band and orchestra are raising funds for our Musical Tour of Spain during Spring Break 2015. Please support our students by buying fruit for yourself, a family member, friend, or coworker.

We have partnered with Florida Indian River Groves to provide you with the freshest fruit available. Your fruit will be harvested the very same day it is shipped to us, ensuring that you receive fruit that is hours off the tree from Florida!

All profits go directly to the individual trip account of the student seller, and this year we have over 80 students selling citrus! To order citrus online, you can visit the music page at Be sure to select a student’s name when ordering!

Of course, traditional cash and check sales are still accepted by our students as well. To place an order by cash or check, please contact the Student Seller of your choice or Brian O’Connor in the music department. Phone: (847) 582-7718, email:

Lake Forest U-14 Gold Wins Softball Tourney; Heads To Nationals

Submitted by the Lake Forest 14U Softball Gold Team

The 14u girls fast pitch travel team: Champions! (Photo submitted by the team)

The 14u girls fast pitch travel team: Champions! (Photo submitted by the team)

There’s new ground being broken in Lake Forest Softball. The Lake Forest Scouts 14U Gold team won its second tournament Championship this fall, and with it the second bid for nationals next summer. Just a few weeks ago, the Scouts won their first ever nationals bid by winning the NSA Waukegan Wars tournament on a walk off double in the final inning. This weekend the magic struck again in this USSSA showdown, as they came from behind in the international tie-breaking 8th inning and erased an 8-6 deficit to win 9-8 once again in walk off fashion.

The Scouts went 5-0-1 scoring 38 runs while yielding 23 runs. Solid Pitching was provided by Elisa Nettesheim (4-0-1, 3.00 ERA) and Emma Olson 1-0, 1.00 ERA). The offense was led by Julia Frauenheim (7-14 7RS, 7RBI’s), Jon’nah Williams (7-17, 7RS, 8SB), Sydney Martens (7-17, 5RBI’s), and Shannon Stowe (5-11, 6 RBI’s).

It all started in the quarter final game with the Scouts defeating the Mundelein Stampede 5-2. Scouts pitcher Elisa Nettesheim was dominant scattering 4 hits, striking out 6 and allowing 0 earned runs. The Scouts scored 2 runs in the 2nd and 3 runs in the 3rd on extra base hits by Frauenheim and Martens providing all the runs needed for victory.

The Scouts then beat Tinley Park in the semi-final game with a great come from behind victory. The Scouts trailed 5-4 in the final inning. After a leadoff walk to Williams, Martens crushed a line shot double off the fence in left center scoring Williams to tie the game. One out later Nettesheim singled home Martens to give the Scouts the come from behind victory.

In the championship game against the Arlington Patriots, key hits and key defensive plays in the outfield by Skye Miller and Izzy Bogdanowicz, and in the infield by Hanna Atchley and Ellie Pearson, kept the Scouts in the game early on. Still trailing 4-1 in the 4th with 2 outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Frauenheim continued her clutch hitting by ripping a single to right to make it 4-3. The Scouts trailed 6-3 in the bottom of the 6th when Stowe, Williams and Martens delivered consecutive extra base hits to tie the game. The game remained tied after 7. In the international tie breaker 8th inning, the Patriots scored 2 runs in the top of the frame to grab an 8-6 lead. In the home half of the frame, with one out and Bogdanowicz on 3rd, Williams singled to center to make it an 8-7 game; she then stole 2nd and with two outs and the game on the line, Grace Tirzmalis hit a shot up the middle to score Williams with the tying run. Tirzmalis went to 2nd on the throw home, setting the stage for Nettesheim once again. On the second pitch, she ripped one down the left field line bringing home Tirzmalis giving the Scouts the championship win in an incredible finish.

“This team played with great heart, spirit and intensity and with a ‘Never say die’ attitude, which allowed them to prevail. In all the years I’ve coached, I’ve had the good fortune to be a part of many championships, but none as hard fought, dramatic and exciting as this one. This team simply would not quit; they are truly learning what it takes to win,” Said Scouts manager Neal Kahalnik, who is assisted by Sammie Bloomfield. “This is a talented and dedicated group of kids who love to play softball. The future is looking bright for Lake Forest Softball.”