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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.

Alliance for Excellence Celebrates 25 Years Of Enriching Lake Bluff Schools

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 of supporting innovative programs, materials, and technologies that enrich curriculum and inspire the joy of learning in Lake Bluff School District 65.

Since 1989 the Alliance, in partnership with donations from the Lake Bluff learning community, has worked with teachers and staff to create unique and diverse educational experiences that touch every student in District 65. Some of our most well known grants have included: Ukuleles for the 6th grade music students, the Aaron Reynolds Author Visit, the GenMove Physical Education Program, and Digital SLR Video Cameras.

We are marking our 25th anniversary with a reception on Wednesday, October 29th at 7 p.m. in the Lake Bluff Elementary School Library. At this event, we will honor former board members, have samples of past grants, and have one of District 65′s former Superintendent’s, Dr. Edward Noyes, speak.

We have also launched a new logo, shown below, that was created by Lake Forest High School Advanced Graphic Design student, Chantal Varco, in Carolyn Bielski’s class. We are excited to launch our fundraising season and continue our support of District 65′s fantastic teachers and staff!


Logo created by LFHS student

Logo 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.”

Countdown to a Frightfully Fun Event: Ghost Walk 2014

Submitted by Lake Bluff History Museum

ghost walk 2014


In just days, the Lake Bluff History Museum Ghost Walk returns to Lake Bluff for two entertaining evenings, and signs of what is to come are showing up all around town thanks to the efforts of the talented group of volunteers who coordinate and stage this frightfully fun event.

This year’s alien theme pokes a bit of fun at the Village’s new logo while staying true to the museum’s goal to bring tales about the darker side of Lake Bluff’s history to light. To find out why an Alien Alert Warning System was placed outside Village Hall; thrill to tales of Lake Bluff’s past including the “furnace murder,” alcohol smuggling during prohibition and witches covens; and appreciate the talent of the cast and crew behind this event, join the museum October 25 or 26.

This event, the museum’s primary fundraising effort, costs $25 for adults and $10 for children eighth grade and under. Buy your tickets now – before it’s too late! Tours depart from the Lake Bluff History Museum, 127 Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff every 15 minutes from 5 to 8 pm. Tickets must be purchased for a specific time slot and are available online at and at the museum daily October 20-25 from 10 am to 4 pm and October 26 1 pm to 5 pm. Advance purchase is recommended as space is limited.

The Ghost Walk is a guided walking tour featuring re-enactments of historic events based on facts uncovered through research and crafted into tales of Lake Bluff’s shadier past designed to thrill the audience. This year’s Ghost Walk features a talented cast comprised of local residents, civic leaders, merchants, dancers from Lake Forest Dance Academy and military personnel from Great Lakes Naval Training Center.

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.”

‘Women In The Know’ Plans Forum on Teen Mental Health & Suicide

Submitted by Women in the Know

A speaker series called Women in the Know is hosting two forums about teenage mental health and suicide. The forums will include guest speakers who specialize in clinical professional counseling and clinical psychology.

The speakers include Gail Cutler, a licensed clinical professional counselor and founder of Rebecca’s Dream; Dr. Michelle Epstein, licensed clinical psychologist, women and children mental health & wellness; and Debrohanne Reimer, MS, LPC, CADC, from the Child, Adolescent & Family Recovery Center. They will help identify changes and signs in children and other loved ones, including when and how to seek help.

The forums are part of a three-part series and will take place on the following dates at Lake Forest Club (554 N. Westmoreland Rd. Lake Forest, IL 60045) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.:

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014 (RSVP by Monday, October 27)
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014 (RSVP by Monday, November 17)

(Part One of the series took place earlier this fall and explored statistics on mental health and suicide globally, nationally, and locally in Lake County.)

Part Two of the series will discuss signs and symptoms of mental illness, focusing on mental illness as a disease and recognizing situational depression and triggers. Part Two also will explore the differences between teenage angst and mental illness.

Part Three will begin with a report on student data and will include children’s opinions on the topic. The forum will discuss communicating with children, competition, discipline, and varying outlooks on what it means to be successful.

Amie Marks founded Women in the Know in 2013 to provide women a platform to speak openly about world issues, current events and timely topics.

Women in the Know forums are free and open to the public. To reserve a space or for more information, please call 708.524.9374, e-mail, or visit the new website at

Heinen’s Still Hiring As It Preps To Open Lake Bluff Store

We've heard rave reviews of the produce department at Heinen's.

We’ve heard rave reviews of the produce department at Heinen’s.

By Adrienne Fawcett

Heinen’s Grocery Store still has job openings in its Lake Bluff store, which is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. on October 29 in the Carriage Way Shopping Center at Route 176 and Route 43/Waukegan Road. A spokeswoman for the Cleveland-based chain said job applicants “must be passionate about food and customer service.”

Heinen’s opened a Bannockburn store in recent months and it also has Chicago-area stores in Glenview and Barrington.

According to GazeboNews readers who have shopped at Heinen’s, the stores have great meat, seafood and produce, with ample organic options in all categories. We’ve also heard about the chain’s great wine and liquor department — and we have personally experienced the store’s generous offerings of Bloody Mary and marguerita samples in little, plastic cocktail tumblers.

We’ve also heard there will be some familiar faces behind the registers at the Heinen’s Lake Bluff store, as it has hired some of the staff from the former Dominick’s Grocery Store. (Heinen’s is renovating that property.) There’s a countdown to opening day on the Heinen’s Lake Bluff web page.

(PS: The Target retail center that’s going up just east of Carriage Way is planning a July 2015 opening. That property will include Chipotle Mexican Grill and Potbelly Sandwich Shop, said Drew Irvin, Lake Bluff administrator.)

Here’s a press release Heinen’s sent out recently:

Third generation, family-owned grocer from Ohio set to open in Lake Bluff

CLEVELAND – Heinen’s Grocery Store, the third generation, family-owned Cleveland-based grocery chain, continues to expand in Chicago, this time in the suburb of Lake Bluff. The grocer, that’s been serving Northeast Ohio for the past 85 years, opened its first three stores in the Chicago area in the Village of Barrington, Glenview and Bannockburn. The new Lake Bluff location will open on Wednesday, October 29 at 10 a.m. with an official ribbon cutting ceremony with Tom and Jeff Heinen, Village officials and key business leaders from the community.

“Chicago has really become a second home for us and each community has been beyond welcoming and accommodating. Our latest grocery store in Lake Bluff celebrates everything we stand for as a local, family-centric business,” explains Jeff Heinen, part of the third-generation family that now oversees the chain with brother, Tom. “We pride ourselves on putting our customers first and doing whatever we can, big or small, to make sure they leave our stores feeling better than when they arrived.”

“The Village of Lake Bluff is excited to welcome Heinen’s to our community,” adds Kathleen O’Hara, Lake Bluff Village President. “We are proud to be the newest home for a high quality, family-operated, and community oriented grocery store such as Heinen’s; it will surely be an asset to our residents and many others in the surrounding area.”

In addition to traditional mainstay groceries, Heinen’s is known for their in-store butchers and
source-verified meats, overnight direct dock-to-store seafood, the highest quality seasonal produce, chef prepared foods, a vast assortment of organic products along with an award-winning gourmet cheese and wine department. Heinen’s shoppers are tremendously loyal to their favorite departments such as:

  • An extensive produce department, including: organic offerings, high quality fruits and vegetables from around the world and locally grown seasonal produce
  • In-store butcher and service case featuring Heinen’s Own beef and pork that is source-verified and raised to the company’s exacting standards guaranteeing superior quality, taste and tenderness
  • The freshest seafood overnighted six days a week, from fishermen in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington and the New England coast directly from boats to Heinen’s seafood counters
  • A gourmet and artisan cheese department with over 350 choices and an authentic deli with many organic choices, all natural and award-winning meats and cheeses
  • Made to order hand-crafted rotisserie sandwiches featuring premium, source-verified meats – Heinen’s Own Beef prime rib and eye of round, Heinen’s Own Pork Loin, Organic Turkey, Verlasso Salmon
  • In-store sushi chef and authentic Hawaiian Poke
  • A self-serve bulk olive oil and balsamic bar
  • An extensive salad bar featuring an ever-changing selection of more than 60 good-for-you salads, superfood salads, chopped veggies and fresh fruits
  • Wellness Center with hundreds of gluten free products, premium brands of vitamins and supplements, bulk bins with superfood grains, cereals and nuts as well as a wide selection of probiotics and healthy drinks

Complimentary one-on-one wellness coaching and counseling plus store tours (label reading, health and weight management and wellness educational seminars)

“Every single thing we do and decision we make is with the customer in mind,” says Tom Heinen. “We choose our suppliers very carefully and then maintain a true partnership of continuous improvement which is always designed to benefit our customers.”

Another way Heinen’s plans to support Lake Bluff is through their Teaming Up for Education Program. At the end of each year, Heinen’s will donate up to 1 percent of a customer’s yearly spend to a designated school of their choice, all through their Heinen’s reward card.

The new Heinen’s store is located in Lake Bluff at 201 S. Waukegan Road at the intersection of Rt. 43 and Rt. 176 – Rockland Road. Their phone number is 1-847-735-0026.

Founded in 1929 in Shaker Heights, Ohio by a local butcher named Joe Heinen, Heinen’s Grocery Store has grown to 20 total store locations with 17 stores in the suburbs of Cleveland and four in the suburbs of Chicago. Heinen’s employs over 3,000 associates. Today, Joe Heinen’s twin grandsons, Jeff and Tom Heinen carry on the family legacy of unrivalled quality food and world-class customer service. To learn more, connect with Heinen’s on Facebook, Twitter or the web.