Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Connie Duckworth's rug company, Arzu, means "hope" in Dari.
Lake Forest resident Connie Duckworth, who started her own rug company after retiring as Goldman Sachs' first female trading partner, was recently featured on WGN News for her efforts to alleviate poverty in an Afghanistan village. Duckworth, a member of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, employs Afghan women to make rugs for her company Arzu, which means "hope" in Dari. Arzu, according to its website, "helps Afghan women weavers and their families break the cycle of poverty by providing them steady income and access to education and healthcare by sourcing and selling the rugs they weave." Through Arzu, Afghan women earn fair labor wages while weaving hand-knotted rugs at home. Arzu also provides the women with literacy classes and operates …
Sunday's "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" will name the winner of the best new ice cream flavor created for Deerfield-based Walgreens.
Deerfield-based Walgreens' own brand of ice cream, Delish, is getting some major promotion thanks to Donald Trump's popular TV show "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice." Two of the show's contestants, country singer Trace Adkins and magician Penn Jillette, were recently challenged to create a new Delish flavor for the show's finale, reported the Chicago Tribune. Tune in Sunday night to find out which flavor wins—Adkins' "Maple Macadamia Mash-Up" or Jillette's "Vanilla & Chocolate Magic Swirtle." Both flavors are being sold at Walgreens stores across the country. Have you tried either flavor? Which one did you favor?
First it was Moderno. Then it was Royce. Now, it's gone. The John des Rosiers' restaurant in Renaissance Place has closed.
Only a few months after opening, Royce Restaurant in Highland Park has closed, according to an email from chef John des Rosiers sent on Monday. Rosiers helmed the restaurant, which began as a chef-driven Italian restaurant called Moderno last year. The space closed at the end of 2012 and reopened in January of this year as a classic American restaurant that focused on locally grown organic and sustainable ingredients . "We built a really good restaurant with Moderno, and we were really proud of it," des Rosiers said, "but it wasn't the right thing for Highland Park." It seems like Royce wasn't right, either. The restaurant got solid praise during it's short run, however. It was lauded by publications like Time Out Chicago during, which…
Monday, May 13, 2013
Despite concerns over increased traffic and aesthetics, plans for Lake Bluff's first big-box store recently received a favorable recommendation from the joint planning and zoning board.
Monday, May 13
Update, Tuesday, 7:40 p.m. The Lake Bluff Village Board approved a sales tax rebate of 50 percent for the proposed Target store on Monday, reported the Chicago Tribune. Through a 10-year agreement, Target could collect up to $4.2 million in tax rebates. Should the store close in its first five years, those rebates would have to be repaid to the village. Earlier The proposal for a Target store in Lake Bluff cleared another hurdle as the joint Plan Commission & Zoning Board of Appeals voted 4 to 1 at a May 7 public hearing to recommend village board approval, reported the Lake Forester. The Architectural Board of Review is scheduled to consider the proposed site plan and building design on June 4, according to the village. Target Stores, Inc…
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Koenig & Strey recognizes the Lake Forest sales and listing leaders for March.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The classic treat popular in the 50s and 60s is still around, online or at a small food truck on the corner of Dundee and Skokie.
Northbrook's only food truck, the Roadside Kitchen, sits at the corner of Dundee Road and Skokie Boulevard Tuesday through Thursday, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It's also the only place you can still find an original-recipe Lucky Cake, the small, moist chocolate and vanilla cakes that were popular in the 50s and 60s. The food truck is owned and operated by Joe and Louise Rycraft, who say they've held Northbrook's only food truck license since November of last year. "We decided not to do traveling [service] like all the other food trucks do because we wanted to find regulars," Louise said. "We didn't want to fight for spots. It's less stressful that way." The Northbrook residents makes most of their food in the truck, but occasionally …
If you haven't already, it's time to start thinking about Mother’s Day Gifts. Here are some creative ideas that can be bought at Lake Forest and Lake Bluff shops.
It's better late than never when it comes to Mother's Day gifts. Here are a couple creative ideas for gifts—including some that you can pick up locally and others you can order online. 1. BIG THINGS IN LITTLE PACKAGES You can't go wrong with jewelry. Check out any of the jewelry stores in Lake Forest or Lake Bluff for a great gift she will love. 2. DAY OF RELAXATION Give her a day of relaxation with a gift certificate to an area salon or spas. There are so many around. 3. FLOWERS If you are looking for flowers there are plenty of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff possibilities. 4. GROCERY SHOPPING If you want to help with the grocery shopping, a gift certificate at Sunset Foods can go a long way. Above all, remember: It's truly the thought that…
The 2013 Fortune 500 list was just released and includes 32 Illinois companies.
Seven Northshore-based companies have made the Fortune 500 list for 2013, including two in Lake Forest and five in Deerfield. W.W. Grainger, in Lake Forest, is #295 on the list with $9 billion in revenues. Tenneco, in Lake Forest, came in at #349 with $7.4 billion in revenues. Walgreens, in Deerfield, is #33 on the list with $71.6 billion in revenues. Mondelez International, in Deerfied, comes in at #88 with $35 billion in revenues. Baxter International, in Deerfield, lands at #193 on the list with $14.2 billion in revenues. CF Industries Holdings, in Deerfield, came in at #419 with $$6.1 billion in revenues. United Stationers in Deerfied was #484 on the list with $5 billion in revenues. Fortune 500 companies are ranked by total revenues …
New bakery and sweet shop plan to open in May.
If you want to have a cup cake eating contest among family and friends, May will be a good month to do it in Lake Forest. Two new businesses plan to start operations this month and both feature cup cakes plus a whole lot more. Both Jolly Good Fellows Sweet Boutique and the Wildflour Baking Company hope to open their doors to customers before spring turns into summer. Wildflour will be a full service bakery at Westwood Square while Jolly Good fellows will sell cup cakes, frozen yogurt, candy, a few toys and a few other things to create a family friendly atmosphere on Market Square. For complete Lake Forest News, sign up for our free newsletter,"like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
Does warm weather have you hankering for an ice cream cone? Patch rounds up some favorite spots to enjoy a cold treat from Evanston to Lake Forest and everywhere in between.
Spring weather ushers in ice cream season on the North Shore. So where’s the best place to pick up a cone? Patch shares this list of the most beloved spots for sweet treats around the region. Andy’s Frozen Custard, Evanston: Andy’s opened its first store in Missouri, where frozen custard—a creamier, smoother version of ice cream—is a local tradition. Find the authentic stuff at the company’s downtown Evanston location at 719 Church St. Hartigan’s Ice Cream Shoppe, Evanston: Take a trip back in time when you walk into Hartigan’s at 2909 Central St. in Evanston, which has served families there for three decades. Take your pick from an endless list of flavors, with creative names like “Lady Bug,” “Sneakers” and “Pirate Booty.” Homer’s Ice …