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Mommy on a Shoestring: Shoe makeovers on a shoestring
Work begins on Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital expansion
CLC’s lakeshore expansion a year behind schedule
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Lake Forest Lutheran church marks 60 years of faith
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Lake Forest Homecoming a time to give back
Moms share favorite Encore Theatre memories
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Encore Theatre’s 17th season will be its last
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Police Blotter: Man arrested after returning to Lake Forest Hospital
Lake Forest Bagpipes and Bonfire a celebration of conservation
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Paul Sassone: Same old problems for Baby Boomers
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The Big Questions: Joanne Zienty author of ‘The Things We Save’ on the things we save
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Hundreds build Lake Forest school’s first playground
Mark your calendars: ‘Rare tire recycling event’ in Lake County
Help Squad: Nicor digs itself out of hole with customer in Skokie
‘9 to 5 The Musical’ at Wilmette Center for the Arts
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Ideas for decorating your pumpkins for Halloween
Lake Forest’s Matthew Moderwell makes Chicago Fire roster
Love Essentially: No. 1 song sends powerful message about self-love
Help Squad: Flooring customer pursues credit for cracked tabletop
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October comedy guide for the Chicago area
Jacobsen stars as Barrington swimming wins Lake County Invite
Lake Forest bride shows off hometown Weddings
Lake Forest bride shows off hometown
When Andrew Rannells and Caitlin Weinstein got married, they kept their ceremony and reception in Lake Forest to show his out-of-state family where she grew up. Caitlin, a marketing representative for Jim Beam Bourbon in Deerfield, and Drew, a Koontz Lake, Ind., native, married at Lake Forest's St. Patrick Catholic Church, the parish Caitlin has attended since she was a little girl. The bride arrived with her dad, Richard, in a 1947 Ford Sportsman Convertible driven and owned by Dave Kuffel, a family friend and president of The National Woodie Club in Libertyville. The antique car’s license plate fittingly read, BELAMIA, an Italian phrase Dave defined as “my beautiful.”
Jan. 16 4:39 p.m. |
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Painting inspires Lake Forest wedding
A Salvador Dalí painting of poppies played a part both in Joe Giertych's proposal to Christine Douglas and in the inspiration for their wedding theme. The couple, who live in Lake Forest, got engaged this past May in Spain. While staying in the tiny coastal town of Cadaqués, Joe surprised Christine one evening with a signed print of Dalí's "Spring Explosive," which depicts three poppies and includes, in the bottom right corner, a sketch of a man proposing to a woman. As Christine, a Dalí fan, viewed the unique sketch, she looked over at Joe, who had gotten down on one knee.
Jan. 11 5:20 p.m. |
‘Enchanted’ wedding for well-traveled pair Weddings
‘Enchanted’ wedding for well-traveled pair
Stacia Peters, born and raised in Canada, travels frequently for her job in film and TV production. Her husband Seth Hatlestad, also travels around the country for his job in construction management. Seth grew up in Libertyville, but had been working in New Paltz, N.Y., a town between Albany and New York City, when the couple met at a friend’s get-together on Thanksgiving Day 2010.
Dec. 31, 2013 3:38 p.m. |
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DIY wedding gets touch of the fast lane
Industrial engineer Megan Gallagher and mechanical engineer Shaun Gosselin got engaged after a 30-day scavenger hunt that was replete with forestry and waterfalls, and ended at a bed-and-breakfast in Vermont. Megan, from Lake Bluff, met Shaun, from Oswego, N.Y., at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., where they studied engineering. Mutual friends introduced them in March 2008.
Dec. 19, 2013 5:32 p.m. |
Infant son steals first anniversary spotlight Weddings
Infant son steals first anniversary spotlight
Allison Grenesko, originally from Glencoe, and Todd Stecko, formerly of Lake Forest, spent their first wedding anniversary visiting places in Chicago where they’ve made special memories together. The first night was spent just the two of them and the second included their newest addition: 5-month-old son, Mason. They began their weekend celebration by having a drink at the Drake Hotel, the location of their wedding reception. Allison convinced Todd to sneak into a wedding so she could see the Gold Coast room one more time. Overlooking Lake Shore Drive, the room has an ornate old-fashioned feel that the couple fell in love with the minute they stepped inside. They planned all the decor and color schemes around its classical look.
Oct. 9, 2013 8:02 p.m. |
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Music to their ears, from start to finish
“We wanted our wedding to be special. To us, that didn’t mean having the largest wedding we could possibly have, but it meant having very special characteristics that were very us,” Joel Bruckman said. As with many couples, Joel, an assistant state’s attorney in Cook County, and Barisa Meckler, who recently earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University, had high expectations for their wedding. Looking back, their big day far exceeded the expectations they set.
Sept. 19, 2013 3:36 p.m. |
Chicago couple marries at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park Weddings
Chicago couple marries at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park
Nathan Judas hit the jackpot when his team placed third on ’90s trivia night at a Wrigleyville bar and received a goody bag filled with memorabilia. Part of the loot included a “Goosebumps” novel and Trolls pencil toppers. Highland Park native Emily Kanarek and her friends noticed the Trolls, which Nathan perched on his drink straw. Emily and Nathan quickly bonded over their love of Ohio State sports.
Aug. 16, 2013 4:57 p.m. |


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