News and stuff about Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

How Many Nationally Registered Historic Places Do We Have?

By Sam Eichner

When GazeboNews learned that Wikipedia is holding a contest to see who can take the best picture of a Nationally Registered Historic Place, it got us thinking about all the sites in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff and up and down the North Shore. There area so many that we put together a map (shown above) outlining the locations. Click on the icons and you’ll find more information about the properties, including photos.

Don’t procrastinate if you want to submit a photo or photos to Wikipedia; the deadline is Sept. 30; click here for the Wikipedia website.

Here is information on the contest:

Wikipedia Summer of Monuments is a campaign to improve coverage of U.S. historic sites on Wikipedia.

We want to encourage more people and groups to get involved with Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. There are many different ways you can participate.

Part of “Summer of Monuments” is a contest to see who can take the best picture of a Nationally Registered Historic Place. There are prizes for the best pictures! The best individual photographers will win cash prizes of $500, $300, and $150. Institutions can also donate their photos; the best institutional collection contributed will win a prize of $1,000! The deadline is September 30 at 11:59 PM EDT.



Faith Lutheran Church Celebrates Dual Landmark Milestones

Faith Lutheran Church of Lake Forest

Faith Lutheran Church of Lake Forest, IL is celebrating its 60th Anniversary as a congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and 10th Anniversary as North Shore Lutheran Ministry, which commemorates the merger of Redeemer Lutheran Church of Highland Park, IL and Faith Lutheran of Lake Forest, IL to create a decade of North Shore based Lutheran Ministry Outreach and Worship.

The special Anniversary Celebration will include two unique events at Faith Lutheran Church in Lake Forest; a concert on Saturday evening with gifted musicians, singer/songwriters, and entertainers Dave & Sabra Horn; and a special guest preacher on Sunday, Lutheran Church Charities President Tim Hetzner. Immediately following Sunday’s Service will be a catered brunch reception.

Details for the dual celebration, “Serve the Lord with Gladness” (Psalm 100:2) are:

Saturday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m.: Concert with Dave & Sabra Horn
Sunday, October 19 at 9:30 a.m.: Special Service with Tim Hetzner

Please RSVP to or call 847-234-1868

Lake Bluff History To Tour Crabtree Farm & Camp Meetings

By Pam Russel, Lake Bluff History Museum Acting President


Farm buildings at Crab Tree Farm in Lake Bluff


The Lake Bluff History Museum will host two tours in Lake Bluff this fall that connect present and past:

• The Crab Tree Farm Tour, Saturday September 27 at 10 am features the Crab Tree Farms Arts and Crafts Collection, housed in five buildings on the property located at 982 Sheridan Road in Lake Bluff. Architect Solon Beman designed and built Crab Tree Farm in 1910 as a model dairy farm for Grace Durand. The farm buildings have undergone extensive renovation and now house the finest collection of Arts and Crafts furnishings in the country. This tour starts at 10 am and lasts approximately 1 ½ hours. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at the Lake Bluff History Museum during regular museum hours (see below).

The arts and crafts collection at Crab Tree Farm in Lake Bluff

The arts and crafts collection at Crab Tree Farm in Lake Bluff


• The Camp Meetings, Chautauquas, Artists and Anarchists Tour, Sunday October 5 starting at 1 pm, is a docent-led walking tour that covers much of the area developed by, and for, the Camp Meeting Association in the late 1800s. This tour provides history on the Camp Meetings, the Chautauqua Movement, and a period in the early 1900s when Lake Bluff was a destination attracting an eclectic mix of writers, poets, musicians, artists and anarchists. Multiple tour groups leave from the Union Church, 525 East Prospect, at 15 minutes intervals with the first tour group leaving at 1 pm. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the Lake Bluff History Museum.

Camp Meetings, Chautauquas, Artists and Anarchists is the second in the museum’s series of three docent-led walking tours in east Lake Bluff. The first tour in this series, Camp Meeting Cottages and Country Houses, was held in July: the third tour, Uptown, All Around the Town, will focus on the commercial district and surrounding area and will be held in 2015. Private tours can be arranged through the Lake Bluff History Museum for groups interested in one or more of the series.

Tickets for both tours can be purchased at the museum during museum hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 1-4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space is limited for both tours and advance purchase is recommended.

The Lake Bluff History Museum researches, preserves and shares area history through a variety of activities and events, including programs like these tours. The museum displays tell stories of Lake Bluff’s past and its archives provide individuals with access to documents, records, photographs and other materials preserved in the museum archives. For additional information e-mail or call 847-482-1571.

Stevenson Topples LFHS Football

Lake Forest High School defensive back Virgil Young gets horizontal as he defends Stevenson wideout Cameron Green Friday night in Lincolnshire. Host Stevenson beat LF 34-17. Photo by Joel Lerner.

Lake Forest High School defensive back Virgil Young gets horizontal as he defends Stevenson wideout Cameron Green Friday night in Lincolnshire. Host Stevenson beat LF 34-17. Photo by Joel Lerner.

By Bill McLean

Lake Forest High School’s football battled highly regarded Stevenson for most of the game Friday night before bowing 34-17 in Lincolnshire.

The host Patriots’ impressive aerial attack lifted the Class 8A power. LFHS, a 6A school, trailed only 21-17 midway through the third quarter. The Scouts (3-1, 0-1) scored on a fumble return for a TD by Virgil Young, a 37-yard field goal by Kyle Gattari and Daniel Carollo’s TD pass to Quinn Julian.

League of Women Voters Participates in National Voter Registration Day

Submitted by the League of Women Voters of the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff area

As part of National Voter Registration Day, the League of Women Voters – Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area is hosting a voter registration drive on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Volunteers will be at the west Lake Forest Metra train station, 911 S. Telegraph Road from 6 to 8 AM and again 4 to 6 PM. Deputy registrars will help people register to vote and/or update their voter registration if they have moved or changed names.

The National Voter Registration Day is a day of action for the League and many other groups around the country to register as many eligible voters on a single day. First started for the 2012 presidential election, National Voter Registration Day has become a 50-state event when thousands of organizations and volunteers make sure that family, friends, and neighbors are registered to vote.

But why vote in 2014? 471 congressional seats, 36 governors, and 46 state legislatures are among the many decisions on the ballots in this year’s midterm elections. As a non-partisan coalition of organizations, National Voter Registration Day is the perfect opportunity to get involved no matter what party you support or which issues matter most to you.

“Voter registration is the front door to voting and participating in U.S. elections,” said Liz Bradner, League of Women Voters of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area Co-President. “Research shows that the majority of eligible voters that register, turn out to vote. And with so much at stake this year in Illinois, we want to help as many people as possible get registered to vote in time for Election Day.”

To register to vote you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be at least 18 years of age on or before the next election (17 year olds may register and vote in even-year primaries if 18th birthday occurs before date of general election)
  • Live in your election precinct at least 30 days immediately prior to an election
  • Not be convicted and in jail
  • Not claim the right to vote anywhere else

Two forms of identification are required to register through a deputy registrar:

  • At least one of the two forms must show your name and current address,
  • Only one form of identification may be a piece of mail for a contractual service addressed and delivered to you.

“All of us are equal on Election Day, but only if we register and show up to vote—and encourage our friends and family to do the same,” Bradner concluded.

For more information about the League of Women Voters, please visit or contact 847-234-1612.

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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy thorough education and advocacy. Membership is open to men and women of all ages. With 800 affiliates across the county, the League is one of the nation’s most trusted organizations.

Agenda: Lake Bluff Parks Plans Tri-Board Meeting

Submitted by the Lake Bluff Park District

The Special Meeting of the Tri-Advisory and Intergovernmental Committee, Lake Bluff Park District, Lake County, Illinois begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 351 W. Washington Avenue (Lake Bluff Golf Club), Lake Bluff, IL 60044

1. Open the Meeting
2. Discussion Items

Lake Bluff Tri-Board Meeting, Village of Lake Bluff

Lake Bluff Park District School District 65 Board of Education September 25, 2014
6:00 p.m.

a. Park District
i. Demolition of 119 & 121 Rockland Road – Update
ii. Property and Public Land Advisory Committee – Update
iii. November 4, 2015 Referendum – Update

b. School District
i. Land Use
ii. Facilities Sharing
iii. Potential Properties for Future Storage
iv. Middle school fields vs using Artesian Park – Potential Agreement

c. Village
i. Residential Development Report
ii. Commercial Development Report
iii. Branding – Update
iv. Consolidated Dispatch – Update
v. Four Corners Plan
vi. Fleet Services – Update
vii. President’s coffee

3. Community Newsletter – Library

4. Wrap Up-Next meeting around 7:30-7:45

5. Adjournment

Any person with a disability requiring reasonable accommodation to participate in this meeting should notify Ron Salski, Executive Director, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Park District Administrative Office, 355 W. Washington Avenue, Lake Bluff, IL 60044-0095; Fax: (847) 234- 7275; email; or telephone (847) 234-4150×18. Notice should be given at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Any request for a qualified interpreter generally requires 5 days’ notice in advance.

Ron Salski Secretary, Board of Park Commissioners, Lake Bluff Park District, Lake County, Illinois

Bringing Suicide ‘Out of the Darkness’

Editor’s note: This story was updated on Sept. 22 at 1:30 p.m. to post the most recent head count and donation amount.

Walking to raise money for - and awareness about -- suicide.

Walking to raise money for – and awareness about — suicide.

By Adrienne Fawcett

Suicide affects everyone and can happen to any family.

This message was clear on Saturday as thousands of people gathered in Chicago’s Grant Park for the annual Out of the Darkness Walk, which is organized by the American Society for Suicide Prevention and is the organization’s largest walk in the country as well as its biggest fund-raiser.

More than 5,200 people took the three-and-a-half mile walk along the lakefront in pairs of two or groups of 100 and more to honor loved ones and raise money for suicide awareness and prevention efforts. The latest tabulation puts the amount at $683,000, exceeding the event planners’ goal of $725,000.

Most participants wore T-shirts with their friend’s or family member’s name printed on the fabric: JB Forever in Our Hearts, For the Love of Donald; Finding Hope Alongside Andrew; Love for Laura; Love Like Cait; Our Angel Frankie; Team Stew; Team Tom, Team Erik, Team Jana, In Loving Memory of Beth. … And there was Benji’s Bunch, a nearly 100-member contingent from Lake Bluff that attended the event to walk alongside the Asma family in honor of their son and brother, Ben.

Benji's Bunch wore green because it was Ben's favorite color.

Benji’s Bunch wore green because it was Ben’s favorite color.

Event organizers passed out “honor beads” (similar to Mardi Gras beads) in bright colors: white for parents who lost a child; red if you lost a spouse or partner; gold for a parent; orange for a sibling; purple for a relative or friend; silver if your loved one was a first responder or member of the military; green if you struggle personally; and blue for everyone who supports the cause. Some wore strands of more than one color; just about everyone wore the blue beads.

The crowd was as multicultural as the beads were colorful. Participants represented all walks of life: Caucasian, Hispanic, African American, Asian and blends of all of the above. There were babies in strollers, adults in wheel chairs. People in flip flops, high tops, gym shoes, boots. There were women in headscarves. Teens in tie-dye. Bears fans walked beside people in Greenbay Packers shirts. Many of the walkers held placards with images of shamrocks, guitars, rainbows and photos of the deceased.

Obituary: Anne M. Patlovich

Submitted by Susie Gibson

Anne Patlovich

Anne Patlovich

Anne M. Patlovich, 79, formerly of Lake Bluff, IL, passed away on September 15 surrounded by her three children.

Anne was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Bucknell University. She began her career in Philadelphia as a kindergarten teacher. Shortly after, she married Joseph Patlovich. In 1968 they moved their young family from the East Coast to Lake Bluff where they raised their three hildren and spent many happy years. Later, Anne resumed her teaching career and enjoyed nearly 15 years as a beloved pre-school teacher in Lake Bluff.

Her greatest passions were her family and teaching young children. She was a devoted, loving mother who thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren more than anything else. Anne was a consummate athlete who loved playing tennis and walking on any beach – from the Jersey Shore to Sanibel Island. She had a special place in her heart for friends, neighbors and children who were sick, hurting or simply needed an extra hug. Anne felt it was her calling to help others and, in doing so, set a wonderful example for her children and grandchildren in the way she lived her life.

Anne is survived by her children, Linda Hayes (Steve), Michael Patlovich (Karla), Susan Gibson (Greg), and 10 grandchildren who adored her, Mike, Matt and Molly Hayes; Joe, Jack, Allie and Emma Patlovich; Luke, Ben and Sam Gibson; and brother, Jack Trautwein (Gwen). She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, and her parents, Howard and Helen Trautwein.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in honor of Anne to the Alzheimer’s Association ( or the University of Michigan Depression Center (

NYT Bestselling Author To Kick Off LEAD’s ‘Parent University’

Submitted by LEAD, aka Leading Efforts Against Drugs

LAKE FOREST, IL – LEAD, a Lake Forest based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Lake Forest, will bring to town New York Times Bestselling Author Ashley Merryman on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest.

As the co-author of two New York Times bestsellers, NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children and Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, Ashley Merryman is well poised to deliver a program that will immediately impact parents of all ages.

Using science to develop a fuller picture of our lives – as individuals and as a society – Ashley and her co-author Po Bronson have written cover stories for Newsweek and New York, as well as having written for Time, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, the Guardian, Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, and many others. Ashley has appeared on countless radio and television shows around the world including: The Charlie Rose Show; The Tavis Smiley Show; Fox and Friends; @KatieCouric; CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and Newsroom; Canada AM; BBC World News; NPR’s Tell Me More and On Point; and Kurt Andersen’s Studio 360.

Ashley’s book NurtureShock, what Good Morning America called “The Freakonomics of childrearing” and “a wake-up call for parents” is one of the most influential books about children ever published. It offers a revolutionary new perspective on children that upends a library’s worth of conventional wisdom. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, the authors demonstrate that many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring because key twists in the science have been overlooked. Nothing like a parenting manual, NurtureShock gets to the core of how we grow, learn and live.

Published in the Fall of 2009, NurtureShock was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than six months and was an Amazon Top Nonfiction 100 book for over a year. On more than 35 “Year’s Best” lists, the book has become a worldwide phenomenon with editions published around the world – in sixteen languages, to date.

Ashley is an acclaimed public speaker, having appeared at such venues as Yale University, Cal Tech, American University, the Aspen Institute, PopTech, 92nd St. Y Tribeca, the Los Angeles Times Book Festival, and many other universities, conferences, and venues around the nation.

Previously, Ashley was an attorney and a speechwriter in the Clinton Administration. She lives in Los Angeles, directing a small all-volunteer tutoring program for inner-city kids since 1999. For her civic involvement, Ashley received commendations from both the Clinton and Bush Administrations.

“We are very excited to bring Ashley Merryman to our community,” said Andy Duran, LEAD Executive Director. “She is a renowned author, brilliant speaker, and her message is one that is well suited for our community.”
LEAD is a 27 year-old organization that specializes in substance abuse prevention and provides educational resources and programming for both youth and adults.

While pre-registration for the keynote event is not required, it is suggested. To register, visit or call (847) 295-9075.

Celebration of Jim Gantt’s Life

From Lake Forest High School

A celebration of Jim Gantt’s life will be held at Wenban Funeral Home on Saturday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wenban is located at 320 Vine Ave, Lake Forest, IL. At 11:30 a.m., friends and family will have an opportunity to share remembrances. All are welcome in celebrating Jim’s life and legacy.

Jim’s family has made arrangements for visitation and funeral services in his home town of LaGrange, Missouri on Monday. Information about the visitation and services can be found below. Please note, if you’d like to sign the guest book or send private condolences to the family you can use this link or the links below:

The following is his obituary:

Dr. L. James Gantt (December 2, 1950 – September 17, 2014)

Dr. L. James Gantt, age 63, of Lake Bluff , IL died Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at his residence in Lake Bluff. He was born December 2, 1950 in Quincy, IL a son of Lloyd James and Phyllis Ellen Davis Gantt.

Jim was a member of Green Chapel Baptist Church in La Grange, Missouri. He was a 1968 graduate of La Grange High School and graduated from N.M.S.U. in Kirksville with his bachelors and masters degrees and from Stanford University with his Ph.D. Jim taught school at Boys Town in Omaha, NE, North Hollywood, CA, Wading Rivers Elementary at Shoreham, N.Y. and at Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest, IL. He loved to run, bike, play tennis, read and be with his students.

Survivors include one sister, Lisa Gantt of La Grange; two brothers, Michael (Sheila) Gantt of Iowa City, IA and Jeffrey (Cindy) Gantt of Cedar Rapids, IA; three aunts, Edna Williams of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, Edith Henderson of Rome, N.Y. and Doris Thompson of Kansas City, MO and several nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Green Chapel Baptist Church in La Grange with Rev. John H. Mims officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, La Grange, MO. Visitation will be held Monday, September 22, 2014 from 4 until 7 p.m. with family meeting friends from 5 until 7 the Davis Funeral Home in La Grange.

The family suggests memorials be made to Lake Forest High School, Green Chapel Baptist Church Building Fund or to the Kidney Foundation.

Pallbearers: Claude Humphrey, Shorty Lewis, Paul Lewis, Donald Weathers, Darwin Henderson and Billy Gantt
Music: Pam Mims