President’s Message

Welcome to the Green Oaks, Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills (GLMV) area of Lake County, Illinois. Residents and visitors alike will find these vibrant villages among the best to live, work, shop, enjoy recreation and raise a family, with excellent public services, award-winning schools, great cultural activities and other fine amenities available year-round.

GLMV Chamber of Commerce is proud to celebrate more than 70 years of service to the business community. We are the largest and most active local business advocacy organization, and a resource for people to learn more about these four centrally located communities we serve.

Our Chamber services its members and community through numerous business advocacy programs, educational opportunities, marketing, networking, sponsorship, leadership and volunteer opportunities. GLMV Chamber-sponsored events showcase members and the area, with many opportunities to connect, learn and grow businesses.

GLMV programs and events include ribbon cuttings/grand opening events, After Hours mixers, Extreme Block Party Consumer EXPO & Taste, business showcases, annual golf outing, luncheons, annual installation & awards dinner, educational seminars, member discounts and other activities. Chamber events are held throughout the GLMV area at conveniently located member businesses. The Chamber also partners with villages, businesses and other groups and organizations who offer their own events.

Make sure to take advantage of all our bustling business community has to offer. Area shopping ranges from large national chains and Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills to small shops and boutiques in the quaint Libertyville and Mundelein downtown business districts. You’ll find whatever goods or services you need located right here in the GLMV!

GLMV offers plenty of dining opportunities for all, with a variety of cuisine including American, Asian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican and seafood. Restaurants in the GLMV tempt all kinds of tastes!

Area attractions and entertainment abound with village festivals and special events, performing arts, ice skating, amusement center, bowling, community theater productions, golf courses, festivals, sporting events, forest preserves and more.

Refer to this community guide often to locate many wonderful area businesses. A business directory inside lists Chamber members who represent the many excellent local businesses. When you shop and support local, you help support the entire community and strengthen our local economy.

We look forward to continued success of our four communities and business sectors, and are here to serve you.

Sincerely,

Scott Adams, President/CEO
GLMV Chamber of Commerce


Chamber Board

GLMV Chamber of Commerce
1123 S. Milwaukee Ave.,
Libertyville, IL 60048
(847) 680-0750
www.glmvchamber.org
info@glmvchamber.org

2017 GLMV Board of Directors

Chairman
James Butler, JHB Technology Consulting

Vice Chairman
Bruce Himmelblau, Blue Sky Video

Treasurer
Robert Ritzwoller, The Brown CPA Group

Secretary
Dave Martin

Directors

Ray Billock
Perfect Promotions

Joe Carey
Village of Vernon Hills

Steve Kopala
Northwestern Mutual

Duane Laska
North Shore Sign Co.

Karen Lavris
Glacier Ice Arena

Rita Lavelle
Doubletree Hotel

John Lobaito
Village of Mundelein

Rich Moras
Village of Libertyville

Don Peterson
Village of Green Oaks

Jim Starwalt
Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate

Galina Veksler
MB Financial Bank

STAFF

President/CEO
Scott Adams

Public Relations/Marketing Director
Carol Levin

Office Coordinator
Vera Rachev

General information

The contiguous villages of Green Oaks, Libertyville, Mundelein and Vernon Hills nestle in the wooded lake lands of northern Illinois, right in the heart of Lake County. Close to the amenities of metropolitan Chicago and Milwaukee, they offer residents a more relaxed suburban lifestyle amid nature’s four-season splendor. A complete spectrum of housing styles and types fill the neighborhoods, offering something for everyone, ranging from brick bungalows in established neighborhoods to fine homes on estate acreage. Some streets have turn-of-the century homes and other areas boast newer subdivisions. Apartments, condos, townhomes and starter homes are available, as well as facilities for retirement living. Many continue to move to the area, which is known for its quality schools, vibrant downtowns and strong neighborhoods.


GLMV Chamber of Commerce

WHY JOIN FORCES WITH THE CHAMBER?

GLMV Chamber of Commerce is stronger than ever, offering numerous benefits to members as your gateway to the community, including opportunities to connect, learn and grow your business via members-only perks, marketing and networking opportunities, and more, providing a whole lot of exposure for yourself and your organization. Join forces with GLMV today.

Networking – Networking is powerful. It’s not just who you know, it’s who others know.

Visibility – Stand out and get noticed in the community

Professional development – Gain an edge with training opportunities on a variety of hot topics.

Credibility – Increase your reputation through your Chamber membership

GLMV chamber programs benefit your business!

• Biz After 5 Mixers

• Business & consumer expos

• Business connections/referrals

• Business roundtables

• Community guide

• Community involvement

• Conversations 4 Success Network Group

• Educational programs

• E-blast/flyer distribution

• Events calendar

• Golf outing

• Holiday party

• Lake County Young Professionals

• Leadership & volunteer opportunities

• Legislative events

• Luncheons with guest speakers

• Member Savings programs

• Munch ‘n Learn library presentations

• Media recognition

• Membership recognition dinner

• Member events

• Member orientations

• Multi-Chamber events

• Weekly Thursday Business Interchange

• Promotional opportunities

• Ribbon cuttings/grand openings

• Shop local promotions

• Social media

• Sponsorship opportunities

• Website with business profile page

CHAMBER EVENTS

The GLMV Chamber hosts several annual and monthly events to bring business and community together, support Chamber services and programs, and promote local businesses. For the full calendar, visit www.glmvchamber.org

GLMV Membership Recognition Gala – Jan. 26, 2018, 6 to 10 p.m., Post Time Sports Bar & Grille

GLMV Extreme Block Party Family EXPO & Taste – April 7, 2018, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Doubletree Hotel-Mundelein

GLMV Golf Outing – June 26, 2018, Steeple Chase Golf Course

GLMV Women’s Network Group Luncheon – Third Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., location varies

Conversations 4 Success Network Group – First/third Tuesday, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Holiday Inn Express-Vernon Hills

Biz After 5 Mixers – Fourth Tuesdays, 5 to 7 p.m., location varies

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE

BankFinancial – Libertyville Central

BankFinancial – Libertyville North

CDW Corporation

Libertyville Bank & Trust

Mundelein Community Bank

Vernon Hills Bank & Trust

PLATINUM MEMBERS

BLAST Entertainment DJs

Brandstorm

Improv Playhouse

Joseph’s Associates, Incorporated

Daily Herald Media Group

AMLI at Museum Gardens

Blue Sky Video Productions

BMO Harris Bank Libertyville

Consumers Credit Union

Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of NE Suburban Chicagoland

Heritage Church

Hollister Incorporated

Hotel Indigo Chicago/Vernon Hills

JHB Technology Consulting, Inc.

Loyola at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens

Marigold Maison Indian Cuisine

NiKnack Marketing, Inc.

Oasis Senior Advisors

Pear Tree Catering

Post Time Sports Bar and Grille

Rust-Oleum Championship

Townline Animal Hospital

WM. Schwartz & Co. Insurance

World Financial Group – Lars Rasmussen

Yardmax Power Products

GOLD MEMBERS

Advantage Material Handling, Inc.

Air Con Refrigeration & Heating, Inc

Allstate – Phoenix Insurance

American Hotel Register Co.

American Taxi Dispatch

Baymont Inn & Suites

The Claim Company of Vernon Hills

Clear Channel Outdoor

Cline Insurance & Financial Services

ComEd

Corner Bakery Cafe – Vernon Hills

DoubleTree by Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein

Equipment Depot

First Bank & Trust

Forever Om Yoga

Hansa Coffee Roasters

JCPenney

Libertyville Lincoln

Mario Tricoci Hair Salon & Day Spas

MB Financial Bank

McMahon Services & Construction Corp

Metro Self Storage-Mundelein

Mimo Monitors

Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc.

MRA – The Management Association

Ralph, Schwab & Schiever, Chtd.

Safe Haven IT

The Sisnett Group dba Nothing Bundt Cakes

Steinhafels

U4G Group LLC

Welcome Wagon

Wells Fargo Advisors

ZF Services LLC


Quick-Look Directory

EMERGENCY

Fire/Police 911

FIRE – NONEMERGENCY

Libertyville & Green Oaks (847) 362-5664
Mundelein (847) 949-3260
Countryside Fire Protection District (847) 367-5511

POLICE – NONEMERGENCY

Green Oak (847) 549-5200 (Lake County Sheriff)
Libertyville (847) 362-2131
Mundelein (847) 968-4600
Vernon Hills (847) 362-4449

VILLAGE HALLS

Green Oaks
2020 O’Plaine Rd.
(847) 362-5363
www.greenoaks.org

Libertyville
118 W. Cook St.
(847) 362-2430
www.libertyville.com

Mundelein
300 Plaza Cir.
(847) 949-3200
www.mundelein.org

Vernon Hills
290 Evergreen Dr.
(847) 367-3700
www.vernonhills.org

HOSPITALS

Advocate Condell Medical Center
(847) 362-2900
www.advocatehealth.com/condell

COMMUNITY

Main Street Libertyville
(847) 680-0336
www.mainstreetlibertyville.org

Mundelein Community Connection
(847) 970-9235
www.mundeleincommunityconnection.org

UTILITIES

ComEd
(800) 334-7661
www.comed.com

North Shore Gas
(866) 556-6004
www.northshoregasdelivery.com

NICOR Gas
(888) 642-6748
www.nicor.com

J.U.L.I.E. (digging)
(800) 892-0123
www.illinois1call.com

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Libertyville
(847) 362-3434

Mundelein
(847) 949-3270

Vernon Hills
(847) 367-3726

Lake County
(847) 377-7500

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

AT&T (Phone)
(800) 244-4444
www.att.com

Comcast (Cable)
(866) 594-1234
www.comcast.net

Comcast Business Services
(866) 867-9041
www.business.comcast.com

TDS
(847) 968-5848
www.tdsbusiness.com

Xfinity
(847) 984-2617

GARBAGE PICK UP RECYCLING & YARD WASTE

(Must be arranged with the company of your choice)

Groot Industries
(also recycling)
(847) 734-6400

Solid Waste Agency of Lake County
(847) 336-9340

Advanced Disposal
(847) 623-3870

SECRETARY OF STATE/DRIVER’S LICENSE FACILITY

Lake Zurich Facility
951 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich
(312) 793-1010

POST OFFICES

Libertyville
1520 Artaius Pkwy.
(847) 362-2266

Mundelein
435 E. Hawley St.
(847) 566-3910

Vernon Hills
675 Lakeview Pkwy.
(847) 566-3901


Village Government

Green Oaks Village Government
Administrative Offices
2020 O’Plaine Rd.
(847) 362-5363
www.greenoaks.org
ELECTED OFFICIALS

President: Bernard Wysocki

Village Trustees:
John Wagener
Pamela Milroy
Richard Glogovsky
Bryan Muskat
Daniel Sugrue
Pete Furlong

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Village Administrator: Denise Kafkis
Village Clerk: Claire Michelotti
Village Treasurer: Jean Schreck
Village Attorney: Rudolph Magna
Building Commissioner: Marvin Pensala

APPOINTED COMMISSIONS

Plan Commission:
Timothy Snell, Chair
Travis McGhee
Theresa Gurriero
Mohan Manian
Peter McKernan
Greg Winters
James Tukesbrey

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

Eileen Tucker
Gary Bennett
John Goodman
Deb Galvin
Tim Mahoney
James Teeters

Safety Committee

William Smith, chair
John Goodman
Marty Jacobs
Tim Mahanoy
Mohan Manian
Mark Schweitzer
William Smith
Perry Tarica, burn violation officer

The Village of Green Oaks requires registration for each motor vehicle.

Libertyville Village Government

Village Hall
118 W. Cook Ave.
(847) 362-2430
www.libertyville.com

ELECTED OFFICIALS

Mayor: Terry Weppler

Village Trustees:
Donna Johnson
Richard Moras
Jay Justice
Scott Adams
Peter Garrity
Pat Carey

Village Clerk: Sally Kowal

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Village Administrator: Christopher Clark
Deputy Village Administrator: Kelly Amidei
Director of Community Development: John Spoden
Economic Development Coordinator: Heather Rowe
Director of Finance: Patrice Sutton
Director of Public Works: Paul Kendzior
Fire Chief: Rich Carani
Police Chief: Clinton Herdegen
Recreation & Sports Complex Director: Connie Kowal
Village Attorney: David Pardys

APPOINTED COMMISSIONS

Appearance Review Commission:
John Robbins, Chair

Bicycle Advisory Commission:
Ken Glick, Chair

Board of Fire & Police Commissioners:
Steve Borgstrom, Chair

Economic Development Commission:
John Cortesi, Chair

Historic Preservation Commission:
James Hartshorne, Chair

Libertyville Foundation:
Howard Lang, President

Parking Commission:
Bob Bleck, Chair

Plan Commission:
Mark Moore, Chair

Sustain Libertyville Commission:
Mary Cotey, Chair

Zoning Board of Appeals:
William Cotey, Chair

LIBERTYVILLE RECREATION & SPORTS COMPLEX DEPt.

Libertyville Sports Complex
(847) 367-1502
Recreation Division Offices
(847) 918-7275

The Village of Libertyville requires registration for each motor vehicle owned or leased by a resident or housed in the village.

Mundelein Village Government

Village Hall
300 Plaza Cir.
(847) 949-3200
www.mundelein.org

ELECTED OFFICIALS

Mayor: Steve Lentz

Village Trustees:
Dawn Abernathy
Scott Black
Robin Meier
Bill Rekus
Kerston Russell
Raymond Semple

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Village Administrator: John Lobaito
Assistant Administrator: Peter Vadopalas
Village Clerk: Katy Timmerman
Director of Finance: Doug Haywood
Director of Public Works & Engineering: Adam Boeche
Village Engineer: Bill Emmerich
Chief of Police/Public Safety Director: Eric Guenther
Chief Deputy Fire Chief: Bill Lark
Director of Building: Peter Schubkegel
Community Development Director: Amanda Orenchuk

APPOINTED COMMISSIONS

Economic Development Commission:
Larry Gallas, Chairman
Michael Allred
Daniel Juarez
Laurie MacKay
Donna Morrison
Jeanne Silver
Robert Swanson
Vacant
Vacant

Amanda Orenchuk, Staff Liaison

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION

Terry Roswick, Chairman
Kevin Anderson
Kerry Garesche
Tom Georges
Joseph Herchenbach
Ray Rose
Sophia Schneckloth

MUNDELEIN ARTS COMMISSION

Joyce Lee, Chairperson
Daniel Arends
Jeff Justman
Stan Kirschener
Sarah Lybik
Dr. Bruce Moon
John Ramer
Gail Smith
Aurelia Spicuzza
Roberta Sweetow

PARKS & RECREATION

Mundelein Park & Recreation District (847) 566-0650
www.mundeleinparks.org

Vernon Hills Village Government

Village Hall
290 Evergreen Dr.
(847) 367-3700
www.vernonhills.org

ELECTED OFFICIALS

Village President: Roger Byrne

Village Trustees
Craig Takaoka
Cindy Hebda
Thom Koch
Michael Marquardt
James Schultz
David Oppenheim

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Village Clerk: John Kalmar

Village Manager: John Kalmar,
(847) 918-3550

Assistant Village Manager:
Joe Carey, (847) 918-3540

Finance Director/Treasurer:
Nikki Larson, CPA (847) 918-3552

Village Engineer: David Brown

Director of Public Works:
David Brown, (847) 918-3544

Building Commissioner:
Mike Atkinson, (847) 918-3548

Chief of Police:
Patrick Kreis, (847) 247-4880

FIRE PROTECTION

Countryside Fire Protection District

Chief Jeff Steingart, (847) 367-5511

Lincolnshire Riverwoods Fire Protection District

Chief Tom Krueger, (847) 634-2512

COMMISSIONS/COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Planning & Zoning: Hal Morris
Police & Fire: Rich Chiarello
Traffic Advisory: Larry LaLuzerne
Zoning Board of Appeals:
July 4th Parade: Joe Carey
Summer Celebration: Kathy Zerillo

PARKS & RECREATION

Vernon Hills Park District
(847) 996-6800
294 Evergreen Dr.
www.vhparkdistrict.org

SENIORS

Senior Van
(847) 367-3700
(Call 24 hours in advance)


Township-County Government

LAKE COUNTY GOVERNMENT

County Building
18 N. County St., Waukegan
(847) 377-2000
www.lakecountyil.gov

County Board Chairman
Aaron Lawlor
(847) 377-2300

Circuit Court Clerk
Erin Cartwright Weinstein
(847) 377-3380

Coroner
Dr. Howard Cooper
(847) 377-2200

County Clerk
Carla Wyckoff
(847) 377-2400

Recorder of Deeds
Mary Ellen Vanderventer
(847) 377-2575

Regional Office of Education
Roycealee Wood
(847) 543-7833

Sheriff
Mark Curran Jr.
(847) 377-4000

State’s Attorney
Mike Nerheim
(847) 377-3000

Treasurer
David Stolman
(847) 377-2323

FREMONT TOWNSHIP GOVERNMENT

Fremont Township Building
22385 W. Rte. 60, Mundelein
(847) 223-2847
www.fremonttownship.com

Supervisor
Diana O’Kelly

Town Clerk
Christina McCann

Assessor
Edwin Sullivan
(847) 223-2846

Highway Commissioner
William Grinnell
(847) 223-2848

Trustees: Jeralyn Atleson, Cornelius Shanahan, Tami Forman, Keith Voss

LIBERTYVILLE TOWNSHIP GOVERNMENT

Administrative Offices
(847) 816-6800
359 Merrill Ct., Libertyville
www.libertyvilletownship.us

Supervisor
Kathleen O’Connor
(847) 816-6800

Town Clerk Anne Hansen
(847) 816-6872

Assessor
Peggy Freese
(847) 362-5900

Highway Commissioner
Martin Neal
(224) 688-2663

Trustees: Carol August, David Nield, Matthew Kovatch, Terry White

VERNON TOWNSHIP GOVERNMENT

Vernon Township
Administrative Center
3050 N. Main St., Buffalo Grove
(847) 634-4600
www.vernontownship.com

Supervisor
Daniel C. Didech

Town Clerk
Barbara Barnabee

Assessor
Gary Raupp

Highway Commissioner
Michael Lofstrom

Trustees: Roger Addelson, Jonathan Altenberg, Adam Broad, Philip Hirsh

COURTS

www.19thcircuitcourt.state.il.us

Waukegan Branch Court
18 N. County St. Waukegan
(847) 377-3600

Mundelein Branch Court
105 E. Rte. 83, Mundelein
(847) 377-3300

Juvenile Branch Court
24647 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills
(847) 377-7800


Living in our Communities

Centrally located approximately halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee, the Green Oaks, Libertyville, Mundelein and Vernon Hills communities offer resident many local resources, as well as convenient access to two metropolitan areas’ employment opportunities, attractions, transit, facilities and amenities.

These four Lake County, Illinois, municipalities each have their own unique histories, events, personalities and a wonderful quality of life enjoyed by many. Area highlights include great parks, residential neighborhoods, family-friendly environments, cultural attractions and fabulous bike trails.

Green Oaks is a small community that offers quiet country living, excellent schools, single-family homes on large lots and access to major highways. Green Oaks was founded in 1960 as a municipal barrier to intense urban and industrial expansion in neighboring areas, according to the village website. From the beginning, village ordinance has provided for a pattern of one-, two- and five-acre lot residential zoning and strict standards over environmentally sensitive lands. In fact, the community’s dedication to low growth and protecting “the opportunity to live in an open countryside environment” is even spelled out in its planning commission’s policies.

While it was unincorporated until 1960, the Green Oaks area had residents much earlier. Irish immigrants braved the dense forests, swamps, poor clay soil and wolves to move in during the 1840s. The first school in the area, Madden School, was built in 1850 and used until 1923 when the original Oak Grove School replaced it.

Today Green Oaks has 3,863 residents spread over 4.12 square miles along I-294. The areas of the village on the west side of the tollway are almost exclusively residential while the much smaller percentage of the community located east of I-294 is largely reserved for office and industrial use as the village strives to raise sufficient tax money to defray the cost of village services.

The village is excited to see progress on the three large developments. The first is Green Oaks Senior Living by Spectrum Development at Route 176 and I-94, with planned occupancy for spring 2017. The second, the Sheridan of Green Oaks by Senior Lifestyles Development at Route 43 and Atkinson Road is following the same track as Spectrum, with occupancy planned for spring 2017. The first retail building as part of the Green Oaks Commons Retail Development, also at Route 43 and Atkinson Road, was completed in 2016. One additional retail building and two office buildings remain to be built as part of that development. Once complete, these developments will begin to generate revenue to the tax-increment financing district, allowing for revitalization and development throughout the industrial and retail corridor of Route 176.

Green Oaks is policed by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, and fire services are provided by Libertyville. Scavenger services are provided and each homeowner may choose their preferred level of service.

Libertyville’s history extends back to the 1830s, with incorporation in 1882. But you will find few buildings in town that date to those early years, thanks to the Great Libertyville Fire of 1895 that destroyed most of the town and caused village fathers to decree that everything be rebuilt in brick.

As a result, the community’s ambiance is picture perfect thanks to the fact that it was all built around the same time. One of the few exceptions to the brick architecture is the Cook House, a Victorian mansion that survived the fire. The structure now serves as Libertyville’s historical museum and is attached to the library.

Libertyville is so picturesque that the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded the town a Great American Main Street Award, calling it “a place with its own sense of self, where people still stroll the spas, boutiques and a microbrewery.”

In addition to the historic downtown, the village’s main commercial corridors include Park Avenue (Route 176), Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21) and Peterson Road (Route 137). Residents support local businesses through the Shop60048 program.

Community events draw residents and visitors together, including Libertyville Days, First Fridays, Let’s Wine About Winter, Car Fun on 21, Dog Days of Summer, Out to Lunch, Libertyville Farmers Market, David Adler Festival of the Arts and Dickens of a Holiday.

Access to Chicago is easy for Libertyville’s 20,431 residents via the downtown and Prairie Crossing Metra stations, and Interstate 94. There are over 900 businesses in Libertyville, including major employers such as Advocate Condell Medical Center, Volkswagen Credit, Hollister, Fabrication Technologies and Brightstar.

Mundelein is a great place to start … and star.

The Village of Mundelein, a vibrant and progressive community of nearly 32,000 residents, is situated in the center of beautiful Lake County, Illinois – one of the strongest areas of commercial and industrial growth in the nation, with excellent housing, recreation, educational and business opportunities. Mundelein takes pride in its brand promise: “Mundelein will be Central Lake County’s premier location for entrepreneurs and known as a welcoming community.”

Mundelein is a full-service community with municipal services second to none. The village provides fire and police protection, water delivery, wastewater treatment, building inspection, engineering design and inspection, street maintenance and economic development assistance for anyone interested in finding the ideal location for their business. Each department’s highest priority is providing exceptional and reliable customer service.

Retailers find Mundelein an excellent business location in terms of accessibility and population – 42,000 households (110,160 population) within a five-mile radius. The village is home to both national chains and privately-owned specialty stores. The comprehensive downtown plan is transforming the area into an exciting retail and residential environment.

Often referred to as “the Heart of Lake County,” the Village of Mundelein is well positioned for convenient access to and from the City of Chicago and the greater Chicago region.

Excellent location, modern business parks, reliable infrastructure, water resources and a well-managed and progressive local government contribute to Mundelein’s success. A wide range of community events bring many visitors to town, including Mundelein Farmers Market, Mundelein Community Days, Craft Beer Festival, Concerts in the Park, Park-On-Park Cruise Nights, Mundelein Arts Festival, Santa’s Cottage and other special events and festivals.

Vernon Hills is the premiere shopping destination in Lake County, thanks to its many national stores, recently expanded Hawthorn Mall and the current Mellody Farm development under construction. The village also serves as home to numerous large employers, business parks, restaurants and retailers.

This community of 25,678 residents was unincorporated farmland in 1958 when developers purchased some of that land and built a 125-home subdivision, which they quickly incorporated and named “Vernon Hills.” The population of the community was so minuscule that until 1971, the Vernon Hills police and fire departments were run out of a local motel!

All of that changed in 1971 when plans were announced for the construction of a large shopping mall on the northwest corner of the intersection of Route 60 and Milwaukee Avenue. Elected officials immediately purchased two portable buildings to serve as their new village hall, and both residential and commercial development in the area took off. In fact, nine years later in 1980, Vernon Hills’ population had grown to almost 10,000 residents.

Hawthorn Mall has been an integral part of the Vernon Hills landscape for years. The mall offers a wide variety of amenities and great shopping, including Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears and other well- known retailers. A recently remodeled dining court, new 12 theater AMC and great places to dine like Maggiano’s, The Claim Company and Dave & Buster’s have enhanced the mall to meet growing consumer needs. New construction across the street from the mall at the northeast corner of the intersection of Route 60 and Milwaukee Avenue has begun for Mellody Farm – a mixed use commercial and residential development with 260 apartments and 270,000 square feet of retail space with Whole Foods, Nordstrom Rack, REI, and Homegoods anchoring the center. This $200 million investment in the community is a testament to the village’s strong economic position and cements Vernon Hills as the premiere retail destination in Lake County.

Today this full-service community covers 7.92 square miles, offering a Metra station, outdoor Arbortheater, golf courses, a public library and award-winning schools.

Special events and concerts enjoyed by all include Summer Celebration, Ribfest, outdoor concerts, Oktoberfest and several holiday events.


Business Profiles

The Green Oaks-Libertyville-Mundelein-Vernon Hills area is brimming with a myriad of businesses, providing excellent products, services and resources for the everyday needs of residents and local businesspeople.

North Shore Pro Active Health

Wellness awaits you at North Shore Pro Active Health, a chiropractic health center at 112 W. Lake St., Libertyville. NSPAH, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, is owned and run by two doctors who are sisters – Dr. Jordan Leasure and Dr. Jade Dellinger.

Dr. Leasure is a Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner with a focus on functional medicine and Dr. Dellinger is Webster certified and concentrates on pediatric chiropractic medicine. The team is completed by massage therapists, certified athletic trainers and not only brilliant, but also caring, support staff.

“We are family caring for families. We see a wide variety of conditions from typical headaches and back pain to pre- and postnatal care. We even see children and babies,” Dr. Leasure said. “We feel that the whole person should be addressed. Dysfunction is more than pain so we make recommendations on posture, diet, exercise, supplements and even stress relief.”

“We are able to treat a variety of problems from colic and recurrent ear infections in children, to stress and back problems in adults,” she added. “Our care includes chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, physical therapy and integrative medicine.”

The sisters also recently launched a premiere physician grade supplement company, Salutogenic Life, which encompasses all they provide. “It means focusing on factors that support human health and well-being, rather than on factors that cause diseases,” she added.

Dr. Jordan Leasure is currently a member of the Illinois Chiropractic Society Board of Directors. The doctors are also actively involved in Chamber and community events, and present health and wellness topics at GLMV educational seminars at area libraries and other locations.

For more information, visit www.drleasure.com or call (847) 362-4476.

Corner Health Foods

Corner Health Foods, a long-time fixture in downtown Mundelein, located at 502 N. Seymour Ave., was founded by Bonnie Abernathy in 1977. Since then, this popular health foods store has been owned by two other committed, dedicated women, including Liliana Espinosa, for the past decade.

“I walked in the door here 15 years ago when I saw a ‘help wanted’ sign in the window. I took the job because I needed to work but also because I wanted to improve my English and the owner at the time, Anne Johnson, gave me a chance,” Espinosa recalled. “Five years later, she offered to sell the store to me, which was something that never appeared in my wildest dreams.

“I was pregnant at the time that she offered me the chance and she told me that if I didn’t want to buy it, she was going to close the store down. So I decided to buy it and got a loan,” she added.

Espinosa has been happily running the store ever since, loving it every day, she said. “It is all about wellness. Your health is your biggest wealth. It gives me great joy to be here.”

Liliana seeks to serve her clientele with great integrity, treat everyone the same and in this way tries to make the community a better place to live. “My customers have become like family to me. I enjoy sharing my passion for health and continuing the legacy of caring for them.”

She also participates in Chamber and community events, including the Spring GLMV Extreme Block Party Family EXPO and Taste.

For more information, visit www.cornerhealthfood.com or call (847) 566-5435.

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, a full-service interior home improvement company that specializes in bathroom and kitchen remodeling for homeowners, recently made its entry in to the area via owners Mike and Debbie Aukerman and their son-in-law, Jason Derouin, an experienced remodeling contractor and designer.

They operate from a design center at 1000 Butterfield Rd., Suite 1001, in Vernon Hills. Mike said that they are able to please almost anyone, as, for example, they have access to 120 door styles, and 220 cabinet finishes.

“Our work enhances our customers’ lives by providing them with a home that’s more comfortable and better suited to their functional needs both now and for the future,” Mike noted.

They quickly became busy with many bath and kitchen remodeling projects, and have gained an enviable reputation because they regularly exhibit at area home shows and receive many high-quality leads from those appearances.

Their high-quality work has earned an A rating from the Better Business Bureau and they even had one local inspector tell a homeowner that they were in good hands with DreamMaker.

DreamMaker is a GLMV Chamber Gold member, and participates in Chamber and community events, including the Spring GLMV Extreme Block Party Family EXPO and Taste and the GLMV Chamber Golf Outing.

For more information, visit www.DreamMakerNEChicagoland.com or call (847) 327-0203.

Fiorelli Graphics & Printing

Fiorelli Graphics & Printing, a top local graphic design, digital printing and web design firm, located at 312 Peterson Rd. in Libertyville, owned and run by Paul Fiorelli, is a one top shop for all your printing needs.

Fiorelli opened his graphic design studio in 1983, next door to Heritage Press Inc., a small print shop serving the area for many years. Fiorelli’s graphic design projects allowed him to work with both large printing plants and small independent print shops.

As his local customers grew and the demand for quality graphics and short run printing increased, Fiorelli eventually had the opportunity to purchase Heritage Press. He then expanded his business to include printed materials alongside his professional graphic services.

“Most of our clients are local and our focus has always been to make sure we provide exceptional customer service. We answer our phone within two rings or you can walk in and speak with someone about graphics, print or both.

“We are all ‘people persons’ and while we embrace technology, we haven’t forgotten the human aspect of a good business relationship,” Fiorelli added.

“From custom logos, marketing brochures, postcards, newsletters, website design, point-of-purchase designs or trade show displays, our professional graphic design staff creates your business vision,” he said. “We understand the graphic and print process and how to get your message out, and we are able to make sure that the final product is perfect.”

Fiorelli, a long-time Chamber member, can be seen all around the local business community.

For more information, visit www.fiorelligraphics.com or call (847) 362-9699.

Gail’s Brownies

Gail’s Brownies has created amazing, gourmet brownies and gift treats for the local area since 2004. At that time, Gail was a stay-at-home mom who had always been baking incredible brownies for family members and friends since she was a child. A friend of hers started on the road to entrepreneurship when she opened a rib restaurant in Wheeling and asked if Gail would supply her new restaurant with brownies. Of course, she agreed.

Today Gail markets eight varieties of brownies, three different gourmet cookies and even a gluten-free treat, and trans fat-free. All of Gail’s products are original recipes, made in a fully certified kitchen. She also often experiments with new concoctions including a s’more-style cookie topped with salted caramel.

Her products are shipped all over the country and sometimes worldwide, oftentimes as employee and customer gifts from large firms. Locally, they may be found at special events throughout the area.

“We use the finest ingredients and place our finished products in pretty containers for a high quality product,” she said. “The gifts are also available online via her website.

“Working on Gail’s Brownies combines my favorite things. I have always had a passion for both art and baking and now I am able to combine them,” Gail said. “Today my husband Jack runs the company and I concentrate on new product development. We are members of the GLMV Chamber, which has helped build the business, and we have gained both mentors and customers from the Chamber.”

For more information, visit www.gailsbrownies.com or call (847) 682-3939.

Michael Delott Photography

Michael Delott, a leading Lake County photographer for over 20 years, is dedicated to exceptional photography of events, weddings and Mitzvahs as well as doing commercial, corporate, real estate and product photography, along with portraiture and head shots, created in his home/studio in Libertyville.

“I find all photography fun so I don’t limit myself to just one type of work. I photograph everything, but I gravitate toward “shooting” people instead of landscapes. In fact, I photographed a Supreme Court Justice, as well as the entire group of female members of the U.S. House of Representatives on the U.S. Capitol steps,” he noted.

Delott became attached to a camera at an early age, pursuing the formal study of the art of photography at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the University of Lyon, France. Delott’s photography pulsates with life, and offers both traditional and cutting-edge visual essays to the viewer, which include images that capture celebrations, as well as things that exist in the natural world.

“I always consider the goals and the best interest of my clients, and I aim to provide a work product as efficiently and creatively as possible,” he added.

For more information, visit www.delottphoto.com, call (847) 945-2787 or email delottphoto@gmail.com.

Petranek’s Pharmacy

Petraneks Pharmacy, a local fixture in downtown Libertyville, has remained in the same location except for two years after a devastating fire, since 1872. But during the early years, those living in the area knew it as Lovell’s Pharmacy, founded by Frank Lovell. The structure at 426 N. Milwaukee Ave. for many years housed the pharmacy on the first floor and the local phone company just upstairs. After the structure burned in 1954, it was re-constructed on the same site.

Today Petranek’s is owned by Beau Diab who works hard to compete against the industry giants by compounding unique pharmaceuticals for people and pets who need them.

“Some local residents do patronize small independent pharmacies specifically because they want to see them persevere. But we don’t have a drive-through, so we aren’t as convenient as most of our competitors. That is why we had to outsmart them,” Diab said.

“We began by making pet medicines and then we expanded to making hypo-allergenic medicines, hormone replacements, gluten-free capsules, kosher capsules and much more. Some of what we mix takes between 45 minutes and an hour and a half to make,” he said. “And the formula and the math have to be done exactly right in order for our customers to have the right quality of life.

“We do many special prescriptions for pediatricians, OB/GYN physicians and lactating mothers. I even developed a remedy when my own daughter was suffering from diaper rash! Versions of that paste are also good for athlete’s foot and other problems,” Diab said.

“I am constantly reading up about formulations we have forgotten from earlier days and reapplying them with some tweaks,” he said. “My goal is to keep the small, independent pharmacies going until it is time for me to pass them on to the next generation.”

For more information, visit www.petranekspharmacy.com or call (847) 362-2005.

Snarf Foods

Snarf Foods makes and markets the types of delicious snack foods that one can imagine “snarfing” down while watching TV or at a party. It is the creation and brainchild of Shelley Lazarus who has been making the goodies and selling them part-time since 2001. She recently decided to dedicate full-time to the business, giving up the safety net of her day job.

“My father-in-law, Bob Pritchard, had an aunt who made an incredible ‘nuts and bolts’ snack mix during the holidays and he joked that I had to marry his son, David, to get the recipe,” Lazarus recalled. “We had been tinkering with the idea of opening a snack food business for years and ventured into it in 1997. But a few years later, Bob passed away.”

However, Shelley continued to produce snacks in a rented commercial kitchen, deliver them to both local and national/international customers and experiment with new concoctions like pretzel rods covered with caramel and both gluten-free and peanut-free items.

She also makes several versions of the “nuts and bolts” mix, wedding and shower favors like tiny caramel hearts that are drizzled with chocolate, Killer Karamel Pizzas (featuring caramel, a praline mix and both white and dark chocolate), Killer Karamel Apples (dipped in caramel, as well as chocolate and/or praline mix), Karamel shamrocks, Karamel truffles and much more.

Snarf Foods goodies can be purchased online, and at several area locations. A portion of all profits go to organizations that support the hungry.

For more information, visit www.snarffoods.com or call (847) 543-0508.