News and stuff about Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

Lake Forest Seeks Artists for Fourth of July Design Contest

Submitted by the City of Lake Forest

Forget about the snow flurries that graced us on Monday; it’s time now to think about the 4th of July. Lake Forest’s Festival & Fireworks committee is hosting its annual July 4th Art Contest, which is open to kids from Kindergarten through eighth grade. Winning ad will be used on all advertising materials — and the winner gets a $100 Market Square gift certificate.


Applause For Pizza On Tax Day

Submitted by Applause

The Lake Forest High School’s Applause parent organization has organized a fund-raising event on Tuesday, April 15, that’s designed to help you celebrate Tax Day while also raising money for the school’s musical arts. Here are the details:

Applause Pizza Fundraiser

Where: HomeMade Pizza Co., 268 E. Deer Path Road, Lake Forest

Phone: 847 234-3400

When: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Time: 1 – 8 p.m.

What: Order a large pizza, HomeMade Pizza will donate $5.00 to Applause; order a gluten-free pizza they will donate $2.00 per pizza; and purchase a gift card and they will donate 10% to Applause.

Footnote: Applause is the booster organization for the musical arts at Lake Forest High School. Click here to learn more about it.

Lake Bluff Plans Bike Rodeo for Kids

Submitted by Lake Bluff Park District

The Lake Bluff Park District in conjunction with Friends of Lake Bluff Parks and Activator Cycles is hosting a €œBike Rodeo€ for children ages 5-12 on Saturday, May 10 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. Location: Lake Bluff Park District, 355 W. Washington Ave. Lake Bluff, IL 60044. This is a great opportunity for Cub Scout Packs, youth groups and families to learn bike safety skills in a safe, controlled environment.

Children will have their bikes and helmets inspected and fitted, then ride the skills course. Please register your child in advance through the Park District for this FREE event; helmets required. Volunteers age 14 and older are needed to help make this a fun event for all; please contact Tami Zylka, or 847-234-4150 x 36.

April Showers Bring Delays To Pot Hole Repairs in Lake Forest

Correction made Tuesday 8:21 a.m. to reflect the following: City Council increased a $253,000 patching budget by $200,000 for a total of $453,000. Motor Fuel Tax funds are the source of $1.72 million for the City’s annual resurfacing programs.

A pot hole, one of many, on Lewis Avenue in Lake Forest.

A pot hole, one of many, on Lewis Avenue in Lake Forest; photo by A.J. Goldsmith.

By A. J. Goldsmith, GazeboNews corespondent

Lake Forest Public Works began repairing potholes in mid-February, but inclement weather has slowed down the work, Michael Thomas, Director of Public Works for the City told GazeboNews.

“We cannot apply patches to the holes until they are dry,” said Thomas. Road-repair work will continue throughout the year.

To correct the damage to Lake Forest’s streets by this past winter’s severe weather, City Council increased a $253,000 patching budget by $200,000 for a total of $453,000, according to city spokeswoman Susan Banks. Motor Fuel Tax funds are the source of $1.72 million for the City’s annual resurfacing programs. Thomas’ department is also correcting winter damage to mail boxes, street signs and street lights all the while continuing regular street sweeping program.

To speed up the hole-patching program, Lake Forest recently purchased an asphalt-heating-and-applying machine for $30,000, replacing one that had been in service since 1996. This machine allows the city to recycle old asphalt for immediate repairs, providing service until new asphalt can be bought when the plants reopen, usually by mid-April.

Areas larger than 4’ x 5’ cannot be filled by city equipment. Those repairs have been contracted to Peter Baker & Sons of Roundout, IL. In addition, large-area, overlay work has also been contracted to the Baker firm at a cost of $1,720,000. This year, overlay work is scheduled on the following streets: Conway Farms Drive between Route 60 and Everett, McKinley Road between Lake Bluff and Woodland Avenue, and Onwentsia from Green Bay Road to the creek.

A $227,000 program to upgrade concrete roads in the Lake Forest Heights subdivision is out for bid at this time.

Lewis Avenue pot hole.

Lewis Avenue pot hole.

Lake County Health Department Offers Low-cost Pet Vaccination

Submitted by Lake County Health Department

The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center’s Animal Care and Control Program, in cooperation with the Lindenhurst Police Department, will offer a low-cost pet vaccination clinic on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. until noon at 2301 E. Sand Lake Road in Lindenhurst.

The clinic is a convenient and affordable way for any Lake County resident to keep pets up to date with shots and rabies tags.

Vaccination costs are as follows:

For Pets Spayed/Neutered

  • One-year rabies vaccination and Lake County tag: $20.00
  • One-year rabies vaccination, tag and distemper: $25.00
  • Distemper complex only: $10.00
  • Microchip: $15.00

For Pets Not Spayed/Neutered

  • One-year rabies vaccination and Lake County tag: $60.00
  • One-year rabies vaccination, tag and distemper: $65.00
  • Distemper complex only: $10.00
  • Microchip: $15.00

Pets will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. All animals brought to the clinic must be at least four months old. Dogs must be leashed and cats placed in carriers. Only cash will be accepted on site.

The Health Department’s Animal Care and Control Program tracks pet vaccinations and rabies tags, investigates animal bites and complaints of nuisance and neglect, as well as impounds stray animals.

For additional information please contact the Lake County Health Department’s Animal Care and Control facility at: (847) 949-9925, or visit:

Lake County Cares Announces 2014 ‘I Care Honorees’

Submitted by Lake County Cares

Every April since 2007, Lake County Cares (LCC) has honored some of the amazing people in Lake County who have made volunteering and service to others a way of life. LCC’s I Care Awards has honored 108 people in the past eight years, people who have positively impacted hundreds of thousands of lives in Lake County.

This year’s honorees are using their skills to improve literacy, health, and wellness. They are mentors, tutors, advocates, and community organizers. They are improving the conditions of hunger, poverty and homelessness. In short, they are helping to make our world a better place.

The awards dinner will be held on April 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest. Anyone interested in attending can contact for ticket information.

Lake County Cares congratulates the following I Care Award honorees.

Debra Dintruff
Debra “Deb” Dintruff strongly believes that volunteering is an important way to strengthen communities, and she has been doing just that in Lake Bluff and Lake Forest since moving there in the early 1990s. Early on, she volunteered in the schools, served as President of the PTO, and volunteered and joined the staff for the annual First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest Rummage Sale.

For the last several years, Deb has been instrumental in organizing the annual Lake Bluff 4th of July Parade, Block Party and Bike Race. The proceeds from these events benefit the Lake Bluff Park District, and the events bring more than 20,000 people to this community of 6,000, further benefitting the small businesses and the community as a whole.

But, Deb stresses that she doesn’t do all this alone. She says she is so fortunate for the committee of 15 community members who all work together with restaurants and businesses and the Village of Lake Bluff to make these events fun and sustainable.

“In Lake Bluff we have great volunteers who want to come back and do it again, we are so fortunate here,” Deb explains. “They find pleasure in some manner in helping with community events and feel connected, as I do, through volunteering.”

Nominated by Ron Salski, David Forlow, Kathleen O’Hara, and Paul G. Lemieux.

Barbara Karacic
Studies have shown that good nutrition is crucial to developing brains. A child who doesn’t get enough to eat often has trouble learning. “I think it is wrong for any child in Lake County to be hungry,” says Barbara “Barb” Karacic, founder of Beacon Place in Waukegan. “Every child in Lake County should be fed and have equal educational opportunities.”

A long-time volunteer at Holy Family Food Pantry in Waukegan, Barb saw the need for more space for some of the programs being provided. So, in 2012 she found a house in the community she hoped to serve. Beacon Place, with its wonderful group of volunteers, provides after-school programs, special events and summer camps for children, as well as programs for moms. And, of course, these programs always include meals. In fact, any child age 5-18 can get a free lunch during the summer.

“The kids look forward to having something to do,” Barb says. “We have activities to entice them like reading and soccer and flying kites. We want them to relax and have fun.

But, it is important to help the entire family, Barb stresses, not just the children. As such, Beacon Place offers English classes, household finance classes, computer training, and nutrition education for the parents.

What’s on offer isn’t free, though, recipients have to give back. Whether it is helping to clean and maintain the house or helping in other ways, reciprocation is expected from the parents. For their part, the children are asked to complete homework assignments and the like. “We want to encourage self esteem,” Barb explains. “We want to see smiling faces and happy lives.”

Nominated by Frances Prell, Linda Benge, and Peggy Talbot.

Ted Less
Ted Less retired from the automotive fleet management industry in 1995, and almost immediately set out on a new career in volunteering. He joined the Highland Park/Highwood Rotary club in 1996, where he is involved in TABU (Toward A Better Understanding). In partnership with the Belfast, Ireland Rotary, TABU works with Catholic and Protestant high school students to help resolve conflicts.

It was during a talk at the Rotary in 2000 that Ted was first introduced to Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center of Gurnee. He wanted to help, but was afraid that, as a man, he would not be able to offer service to victims who most likely were abused by men. Thankfully, he could help: He was asked to take the role of court advocate, where he represents the victim in court appearances. Ted went through a training program and a background check for the role. As a court representative, he takes notes about the proceedings and reports back to Zacharias Center.

“This way the victims and their families don’t have to go to every court date,” Ted explains. “Some of these cases go on for years, which can be very difficult for victims.”

He says he has never met any of his clients, that it would make the work too difficult. “It’s the therapists and counselors who do the really hard work,” Ted says.

In spite of the accolades and success he enjoyed during his 40-year career, Ted says volunteerism means more to him. “I had a tremendous career,” Ted explains. “But, what I have been doing these last 18 years has given me so much pleasure. It’s something I deeply enjoy.”

Nominated by Wendy Ivy and Stephanie Garrity.

Corinne Torkelson
Helping women and families make better lives for themselves is Corinne Torkelson’s mission. Aside from spending years as a community volunteer (serving on the LFHS Foundation, Lake Bluff Garden Club and Lake Bluff Board of Education), Corinne is being honored for her work at Roberti Community House, a community center located in a distressed area of Waukegan; and for her work with the Lake Bluff community.

A photographer and former fifth-grade teacher, Corinne is an enthusiastic advocate of healthy lifestyles. As such, at Roberti Community House she helped create what she calls a “fun with food” program that focuses on nutrition, economics and gardening. She teaches people who receive food from the Holy Family Food Pantry nearby how to create delicious, nutritious meals with that food. But, she stresses the importance of give and take. “We share recipes, and respect each others’ differences,” Corinne explains. “We want to learn, too, to be vulnerable and make mistakes. That’s how we all learn.”

Roberti Community House has partnered with the Chicago Botanic Garden to teach gardening skills, and there are raised beds behind the House. Inside, the kitchen is the main event, where crockpot cooking is a favorite class. Learning to cook and to grow your own food is empowering. “We want to feed their souls and their minds,” Corrine says.

Nominated by Maribeth Roberti, Aida Segura, Stephanie Allen and Lisa Kocourek

Mindy Mooney
Help a child learn to read, and you have laid the stepping stones to a better life for that child. Mindy Mooney knows this truth, and is passionate about improving literacy, as evidenced by her dedication to the Reading Power program in North Chicago. Mindy tutors children 2-3 days each week, attends conferences to keep up-to-date with latest tutoring techniques, serves on the organization’s board of directors, and acted as a site coordinator for a Reading Power startup at South School in North Chicago.

“Tutoring students in our program for nine years and seeing children grow as readers and writers has been humbling and gratifying beyond words,” Mindy says. “Seeing former students in the halls from prior years who smile, reach out and assure me that ‘yes’ they’re reading simply warms the heart.”

Mindy has been involved with Reading Power since the program’s early days and has enjoyed watching it evolve and grow to its current size, enabling the program to impact more students, thereby changing more lives. “Some organizations simply don’t make it, even with focused missions and good intentions,” Mindy says. “It’s a thrill and an honor to work with individuals who have made sure that Reading Power continues to do it’s job and help transform young lives in North Chicago.”

“We are truly making a difference in children’s lives,” she says. “And, that’s what it is all about.”

Nominated by Kathryn McFarland and Rebecca Mullen

Louise Przywara
When Louise Przywara retired, she finally had the time for the one thing she rarely had enough time for in her life: Volunteering. Catholic Charities has been the biggest beneficiary of her dedication to serving others. Through Catholic Charities, Louise has worked with the children whose parents participate in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program; volunteered to answer calls each week to the Emergency Assistance Program; and has helped make Christmas special for needy families in Lake County through the Christmas Gift program. “I’ve always believed service was important,” she said. “I’m fortunate to be able to do this. I believe that’s the way to live.”

Though she has enjoyed everything in which she has participated, Louise credits one of her most recent assignments as potentially the most fulfilling. Last fall, Catholic Charities began a mentorship program for underserved youth. As a mentor in the program, Louise is developing a friendship with a 9-year-old girl in Waukegan. While it is still early in the friendship, Louise hopes the relationship lasts for many years to come. She hopes to encourage her young charge to try new things in life and open her eyes to the future.

“Working with Catholic Charities is just amazing,” Louise enthuses. “Everyone is so appreciative of your efforts and they make you feel that yours is a valuable contribution.”

Nominated by Sarah Pinger, Laurel Wimpffen and Jim Wogan.

Hope Goldman
She is the first to say she isn’t a math genius – she’s obviously modest — but Hope Goldman knows that having a one-on-one guide explaining difficult concepts can make all the difference to a young learner. That’s part of the reason she tutors for the Math Resource Center at Lake Bluff Middle School.

Mentoring younger students after school isn’t all this high school junior does as a volunteer. In fact, Hope manages to donate about 350 hours every year to several different causes. Hope has tutored children for the Nuestro Center in Highwood; she particpated in a children’s coat drive with Mother’s Trust Teens; and she has volunteered with the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, Lake County PADS, and the American Red Cross.

“I like learning,” Hope explains. “And, I like helping others.”

Last summer, Hope did an internship with the Center for Economic Progress in Chicago. There, she made copies and ran errands for the organization that provides tax support for low income families. She took the train into town and had 9-5 working hours. “Just like an adult,” she says. “But, at a job helping people who help families.”

Nominated by Nathan Blackmer and Steve Aronson.

Ellard “Butch” Pfaelzer
Giving back after a long successful career was a no-brainer for Ellard “Butch” Pfaelzer. Butch is a retired executive who volunteers his expertise with the Executive Service Corps of Chicago (ESC). Since joining ESC in 2001, Butch has provided business advice and strategy to non-profits in Lake County and Chicagoland.

“ESC is made up of about 250 retired executive volunteers who want to contribute time and expertise to the non-profit community,” Butch explains. The organization helps non-profits with a broad range of issues, including with revenue development, capacity building, strategic planning, and emergency action project to help correct dire issues, Butch says.

Some of the agencies he has helped include Abraham A. Low Institute, Most Blessed Trinity Academy, Community Resources for Education and Wellness, and the North Suburban Special Education District Foundation.

Butch has also assumed several leadership roles on non-profit boards, including the Highland Park Hospital, Michael Reese Health Trust, Merit School of Music and several others. For his work with ESC Butch was named Chairman and is a Life Director.

He finds the work fulfilling, “When I meet their needs and help (the client) to accomplish what they wanted to accomplish. It’s especially gratifying when you see people grab ahold of the thing you are helping them with.”

Nominated by Pamela Wilcox and John Rosenheim.

Jessica Mitchell
Jessica Mitchell is a young woman who has already made a significant contribution to her community and the environment. The high school junior is being honored with the 2014 Susan Garrett Environmental Service Award for her tireless efforts working to preserve the natural environment and affecting change in people’s actions and attitudes towards environmental conservation.

When Jessica became concerned that the phosphorus in some lawn fertilizers could leach into Gurnee’s water supply, she took action. She approached the Village Administrator and the Mayor about her concerns and was encouraged to move forward with her hopes to ban the non-commercial use of fertilizer with phosphorus. The ban was researched, presented to the Village Board and passed unanimously.

“The process for getting the ordinance passed was so much easier than I imagined,” Jessica says. “The village engineer helped write the ordinance, and then it was submitted and that was it.”

She credits her experience at her middle school, a charter school that focuses on environmental issues, with her interest in improving the water in her community. There, she learned more about ecosystems and the natural environment.

Jessica is still considering what her future plans are, but Jessica is thinking about majoring in environmental science in college and volunteering in a third-world country.

Nominated by Susie Hoffman and Steve Barg.

HealthReach is Lake County’s only free clinic that provides medical, dental and pharmaceutical care to more than 5,000 of the estimated 72,000 uninsured residents of Lake County. From its humble beginnings as a 1,000-square-foot storefront clinic in 1992, HealthReach has grown to include two large clinics and a licensed pharmacy. The majority of patients served by the organization are the working poor, many of whom have chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. The access to medical care and medications that HealthReach provides helps to save lives every day.

“I am impressed that we give our patients high quality health care,” says Dr. William Cape. “And, that such care keeps people out of the emergency rooms and gets them back to work as soon as they are well enough.” HealthReach offers primary and preventive care for adults and children, with specialty care services including cardiology, endocrinology, gynecology, orthopedics, and urology. Optometry, dental care, cancer screening, diagnostic and lab services, chiropractic care, and physical therapy are all made available through volunteer physicians and others.

“These doctors spend time with patients, this is not just a job,” Dr. Cape says. “We love our patients and we love our fellow volunteers. The Medical assistants, interpreters and other personnel get in the spirit of helping.”

The men and women being honored through the ICare Awards have donated their medical expertise over the last ten years to benefit this underserved population of Lake County. They are: Dr’s Seema Bhatia, Lee Bomgaars, Noel Browdy, William Cape, Varsha Chandramouli, Melissa Chen, Anthony Collins, Raymond Firfer, Jack Franaszek, Neal Gold, William Greenfield, Marshall Hirshman, Tanya Huang, Sam Hull, William Janes, Jay Kleiman, Kate Kosinskaya, Gerald Mackey, John Mayer, Monica McLain, Aravindakshan Menon, Lisa Newman, Charlotte Nielsen, Xavier Parreno, David and Lori Recker, Geetha Reddy, Lionel Schewitz, Suzanne Seigel, Mohammed Siddique, Robert Swee, Carola Tanna, Ann Vertovec, Kimberly Zizic; and Ms. Janyce Agruss and Ms. Abbie Kim.

Nominated by Margot Surridge, Maureen Domerchie and Nancy Bock

These Cats Need New Home; Can You Help?

Appi Preusen, a Wilmette mom and animal rescue advocate, is working to find these two cats a good home, either permanent or foster, in the very near future. Here’s what she knows about them:

“Both are neutered males and litter trained. Tommy (orange and white) was a rescue kitten, and he was just a young boy when Peanut came in 2003. Tommy is 11 years old now, but that is still very young when you are a healthy cat. For most of his life, he has enjoyed the empty nest lifestyle–so a rowdy home environment may be too stressful for him. Being the only kitty for many years, Tommy was excited when his human brought home Peanut (gray and black). Peanut is 7 years old. Peanut is very friendly and very outgoing. These two boys are scared and confused. They deserve better than being sent to animal control. They have about 1 1/2 weeks before they have to be removed from their house. Please help find Tommy and Peanut a home by sharing their story or consider fostering them or adopting them. They are here in the Chicago area and are in great need. My email is and my cell is 630-699-3538. Please and thank you!



Obituary for Lauralee Pfeifer of Lake Forest

From Wenban Funeral Home:

Lauralee C. Pfeifer, nee Casati, 51, of Lake Forest, passed away April 9, 2014. Wife of Brandt; mother of Allison, Katelyn, Brandt, Jr. & Colton; daughter of Roland and the late Arlene Casati; sister of Rolanda Derderian, Carleen Casati and the late Greg Casati.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Western Illinois University. After working with the elderly in her younger years, Lauralee dedicated her life to doing community work and being a full-time mom to her 4 children, nurturing them and supporting them in every imaginable way. Lauralee’s sense of humor and magnetic personality were enjoyed by all those who were in her presence.

Visitation 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Wenban Funeral Home, 320 Vine Ave., Lake Forest. Funeral Mass 10:00 a.m. Monday at the Church of St. Mary, 175 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest. Interment at Lake Forest Cemetery. Info. or (847) 234-0022.

What You Should Know About the Route 60 Whole Foods Development Proposal

Editor’s note: This Reader Forum article was submitted by the Board of Directors of the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation. 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.

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The Board of Directors of the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation has followed closely the ongoing review of the Special Use petition for the property at the corner of Rt. 60 and Saunders Road, commonly referred to as the “Whole Foods” development. This petition has recently been presented for a Special Use Permit at the Plan Commission and for architectural and landscape review at the Building Review Board.

Misinformation and confusion about the underlying requirements of this special use petition have been apparent at the hearings and in ongoing public commentary. Our Board of Directors has in-depth knowledge of the City’s regulations because many of us have served on City boards, the City Council, or as architects working with these regulations. Many residents may not have had this type of experience and may not be as familiar with local governmental codes and procedures. As this petition involves issues related to historic preservation, we want to share our understanding of the issues with the community. We strongly believe that Lake Forest’s Comprehensive Plan, careful attention to details of subdivision, stewardship of quality architecture and landscaping, and defined commitment to preserving our community’s historic buildings and landscape heritage are what make this a very special community of distinction.

First, it is important to understand that the petition for Special Use before the Plan Commission and Building Review Board is not about whether Whole Foods will be allowed to come to Lake Forest. Whole Foods is the proposed anchor tenant in a proposed commercial development. The issue before the City is not “Whole Foods” or “no Whole Foods.” The issue is whether the commercial developer and owner of the property will be granted a special use permit that allows changes from the “Comprehensive Plan Amendment for the Rt. 60 Sub-Area” of Lake Forest adopted by the City Council June 4, 2001, as well as the requirements set forth in the approved subdivision agreement for the subject property. Both documents are City-approved plans for the vision of the Rt. 60 corridor. Further the Zoning Code, Section 46-53-5 Transitional District, specifically references consistency with the Comprehensive Plan Amendment for the Rt. 60 Sub-Area.

What does the “Comprehensive Plan for the Rt. 60 Sub-Area” recommend (see quotes below)? What is the developer asking to be changed?

1. “Enhance Route 60 as the western gateway into Lake Forest.” The developer asks to place small clapboard structures within the front 20% of the 150-foot setback established by the Comprehensive Plan and the subdivision requirements, in stark contrast to the rest of the Rt. 60 western gateway to Lake Forest which maintains the setback.

2. “Enhance Conway Park as a world-class corporate park.” In contrast to Conway Park’s image as a world-class corporate park, the developer asks to place small shed-like structures up close to the road in violation of requirements established by the City.

3. “Enhance and preserve significant tree stands, wetlands, and water views.” The developer asks to remove over 300 mature trees.

4. “Continue improving the frontage along both sides of the roadway (150 feet north/south of right-of-way) with landscaping, and other design features to create a greenway/gateway setting.” The developer asks to reduce the 150 feet to 25 feet, less even than Vernon Hills has in its Rt. 60 development. The developer asks to remove trees within the required setback area. All others who have developed along Rt. 60 have complied with the 150-foot setback and landscape requirement, setting a precedent for compliance on this final undeveloped parcel facing Rt. 60.

5. “The landscaped greenway/gateway should extend along Route 60 from the Tollway to Waukegan Road. A comprehensive plan for this area shall be developed and all future development shall landscape their front 150 feet in accordance with said plan.”  The developer’s petition removes over 300 mature trees and requests a 25-foot setback. Most of the required 150-foot setback will be paved with the developer’s parking lot. All others who have developed along Rt. 60 have complied with the 150-foot setback, setting a precedent for compliance on this final undeveloped parcel facing Rt. 60.

6. Specifically, regarding the parcel in question:

  • “Moderate density low-rise residential with a range of housing product types that preserves significant tree stands, preserves the site’s overall wooded character, and links to the future residential neighborhood to the east.” The developer asks to remove over 300 mature trees, destroying the “wooded character” of the site.
  • “Adaptive re-use of the Miller estate house.” This provision also is a condition of the approval for subdivision of the property, which also includes reuse of the surrounding mature landscape. The developer asks to demolish the Miller estate house (also known as the Everitt House and/or “the old mansion.”), which received one of the City’s highest honors by being designated a landmark by the City in 2006.
  • The developer also asks to remove the estate’s entry landscape created by famed landscape architect Jens Jensen, who also designed the landscape of the J. Ogden Armour estate, an adaptively re-used estate across Rt. 60 on the north side, which sets a preservation precedent in its adaptive re-use as Lake Forest Academy.

If a special use is recommended by the Plan Commission under these conditions, the Historic Preservation Commission will be required to review the request for demolition of the landmarked manor house to determine whether the building is re-useable or not. The burden of proof is the responsibility of the petitioner. The developer and property owner to date have provided no evidence that the building cannot be adaptively re-used and, in fact, have chosen to ignore the City’s designation report and an additional report that they commissioned which documents the quality and distinction of the manor house, its auxiliary structures, and its landscape.

Note that there also are aesthetic issues under review for this project, relating to the developer’s plans for architectural design, building materials, and landscape and hardscape design, which are being addressed by the Building Review Board. The Board at its last meeting requested revision of these and other plans for the project to help ensure that it is more compatible with the design and materials used at neighboring properties, which set an architectural and landscape precedent for the visual appearance of the Rt. 60 gateway to Lake Forest.

Cast Photo: See Who’s In ‘Annie Jr.’ at LBMS

Editor’s note: This story was updated on 4-10 with the cast photo:

The cast of Annie at Lake Bluff Middle School

The cast of Annie Jr. at Lake Bluff Middle School

From Lake Bluff Middle School

More Than Two-Thirds of School Population Involved in Production

The students of Lake Bluff Middle School will present the beloved musical Annie Jr., on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12. Show times are Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 2:00 pm at the school, 31 E. Sheridan Place in Lake Bluff.

The rags-to-riches story opens in 1930s New York City, where Annie is living in an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Determined to find her real parents, Annie and her furry friend, Sandy, escape from the orphanage. After befriending billionaire Oliver Warbucks, she enlists his help to search for her parents, and eventually finds a permanent home – and a very happy.

General seats are $10 and are available in advance by using a form available on the Middle School website at Tickets are also on sale in advance for $10 at Wisma, 24 E Scranton Ave, and will be available at the door for $10 at the time of the show.

The sixth, seventh and eighth graders have been working on the show since auditions in January. The cast includes 84 Lake Bluff Middle School students. Between cast members, production, tech crew, set construction, props, costumes and makeup, nearly two-thirds of the student population of the school is involved in the production. Many parents and teachers are volunteering their time designing and building sets, sewing costumes, assembling props and more.

Music, dramatic and choreography rehearsals have been being held daily, along with work on the set and costumes.

Annie Jr. is a musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie. The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre. It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical’s songs “Tomorrow” and “Hard-Knock Life” are among its most popular. Music is by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan.

Production Team members are:

  • Direction: Adrienne Olmstead
  • Assistant Direction & Choreography: Angela McNicholas
  • Vocal Direction: Ann Cvitkovic
  • Production: Allison Fink
  • Assistant Production: Carly Quick
  • Set Design: Janet Engel-Julian
  • Make-Up: Doreen Buksa
  • Hair: Heidi Bailey
  • Costume Design: Liz Schuetz
  • Light & Sound Design: Daryl Beese
  • Light & Sound Assistant: Nate Blackmer
  • Lighting Consultant: Dave Miller
  • Sound Consultant: John Hart
  • Running Crew: Dan Williams and Brian DeYoung