Wauconda ~ Best of the Best Readers’ Choice 2013

Wauconda was named the Best of the Best in 2013 Daily Herald Readers’ Choice Awards!  Best City to Live In, Best Community Festival, Best Downtown Atmosphere and Best Park District!



Wauconda Best of the Best Readers Choice 2013

“Best of the Best: City to Live, Community Festival, Downtown Atmosphere and Park District                           in our 2013 Daily Herald Readers Choice Awards!”



Congratulations to all the people who live, work and play in Wauconda, with whom this award would not have been possible.


Way to go Wauconda!!!

Aspire Boutique ~ Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice!

Aspire Boutique ~ Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice!

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice!

You know that feeling you get as a little kid when you walk in a candy store?  Fast forward to now, that’s the same exact feeling I get when I walk in to Aspire Boutique. Aspire Boutique is everything girly.  The shop looks nice, it smells nice, it feels nice. Overall, isn’t that one-third of what every girls are made of?  {wink}….

Aspire Boutique

Aspire Boutique ~ sells irresistible fashion, dance & cheer wear, jewelry, custom invitations, party favors, party planning and gifts at affordable prices. Also specializes in home decorating, custom painted furniture and does in-home consultations.

Meet Amy & Sara

Aspire Boutique opened shop in Wauconda in 2011, by girlfriends Amy and Sara.  When asked what the inspiration is behind Aspire Boutique?

We love vintage inspired dresses, unusual and girly gifts and jewelry. We spend a lot of time searching for unique, beautiful products and only buy products that we love! Plus we included dance wear since our daughters dance several nights a week at the Academy of Ballet in Wauconda and love it!

Aspire Boutique Amy and Sara

Aspire Boutique Sara and Amy

Dance & Cheer Wear

Shop Aspire Boutique for your dance and cheer wear including shoes, tights, leotards, dance bags, tutus and bows.  They carry all colors and if they don’t, they can special order them for you.

Aspire Boutique Dance Wear

Aspire Boutique Dance Wear

Since Aspire Boutique likes to carry different, non-brand items, the store is never the same place twice.  You’ll find the Aspire girls always decorating and redecorating, which leads to one of the unique things Aspire Boutique offers –

Home Decorating, Custom Painted Furniture, In-Home Consultation

Sara loves to refurbish furniture with the help of her dad.  If you look around the store, a lot of their shelves are old doors that have been painted and repurposed as display showcase pieces.  See what I mean?!

Aspire Boutique Repurposed Door

From Door to Display Showcase

If you share the same love for unique, custom painted furnishings, and need some assistance with home decorating, Aspire Boutique also offers in-home consultation.

Do you have a special event coming up?

Custom Invitation, Party Favors, Party Planning

Aspire Boutique also offers party planning and you can get all your party supplies there including custom-made invitations, from baby announcements, to birthday parties, to special engagements and weddings.  Make sure to visit them and they will be happy to work with you and help you decide what best fits your occasion.  Do you have a party and in need of some planning?  Contact Aspire Boutique as they can help with party planning too!

Aspire Boutique Invitations

Aspire Boutique Carry Invitations for All Occasion

And of course, what’s a girly girl without the BLING?!

Jewelry & Fashion Accessories

The Aspire girls search near and far to bring the latest trends in everything girl wear.  Looking for a special gift item? Aspire Boutique carries the latest trends in jewelry and other fashion accessories.  And let me forewarn you, if you find something you like at Aspire, buy it before it’s gone!

Aspire Boutique Bling, Jewelries and More

Aspire Boutique Has Jewelry Galore and a Whole Lot More!


Winter Hours are:  Tues/Wed: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm, Thu: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Fri: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm, Sat: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Visit their store and tell them NWSuburbsChicago.com sent you.  And if you visit them during the month of January, you can save 10% OFF one item, if you tell them “BeYOUtiful” during check-out!

To see some of their items in their store, check out their Aspire Boutique website or engage with them on their FB Page and become their Fan of the Week!


Aspire Boutique

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Aspire Boutique 42.259932, -88.140583 Aspire Boutique ~ sells irresistible fashion, dance wear, jewelry, invitations and gifts at affordable prices.
Aspire Boutique is located at 118 S. Main Street, Wauconda,  IL.  60084, (847) 865-5142.

Where in My Town Wauconda Sudsy Day

I thought Saturdays would be best to do “Where in My Town Wauconda” postings for a change. What do you think? I used to do them on Wednesdays but I’ve been told many miss them since they’re at work. So hopefully, Saturdays are best? Let me know though…..

Here’s to kick-off for our first Where in My Town Wauconda of the New Year. Can you guess where in My Town Wauconda this was taken?  And what is it anyway?


Where in My Town Wauconda Soap Making Class

Where in My Town Wauconda

I’ll make it easy, here’s a clue.



The WINNER of this week’s guess will receive a special prize from the Wauconda business this picture was taken from. It’s easy to WIN! Here are the rules:

  1. Post your guess here as a comment.
  2. You have until Friday to guess.
  3. Sorry, but only one guess though, OK?
  4. If you’re the only guesser and you’ve guessed correctly, then obviously you win.
  5. If there are more than one correct guesses, then all your names will go in a raffle drawing for only one winner.
  6. I think the more the merrier, as everyone wants to participate so I’m doing #5 above. I know you like that too! 🙂
  7. The winner’s name will be announced here, so come back to see if you’ve won and what you’ve won.
  8. Good luck! And most of all, HAVE FUN!!!!
  9. Oh yeah, one more thing, tell your friends about us too so they too can play along. Thank you!


So come on, what are you waiting for?  Guess away!  If you would like to offer a prize for one of our upcoming “Where in My Town Wauconda” feature, please send us a note.  We’d love to hear from you!


Good luck and stay tuned!






13 Things to LOVE About Wauconda

Things to Love About Wauconda


As a resident of Wauconda for almost 13 years and being that it’s the year 2013, it seems fitting that I should write about 13 things to love about Wauconda.  So here it goes….  Note that this is not inclusive of everything Wauconda has to offer.  I’m counting on you to add more on the list.  So I welcome your comments below.

1)  Bangs Lake – is named after Justus Bangs, the first permanent settler in Wauconda, who arrived in the summer of 1836.  Bangs Lake hosts many activities including swimming, boating, skiing and fishing during the summer months.  The winter months bring ice skating and ice fishing to the lake.

2)  Main Street – what’s there not to like?  Every turn of the season, community volunteers, called Main Street Attraction, help decorate the lamp posts with seasonal greenery,  floral arrangement and lighting.  Then of course, we have the businesses on Main Street, that provides an eclectic mix of restaurants and bar, musical entertainment by many talented local artists (just to name a few of my favorites like (3Lincolns, Josh Skaja, Kevin Purcell, Heather Moran, Cathy Richardson and the list goes on….) and last but not least, shopping adventure.  Which by the way, many of the shops there are holding their annual holiday year-end sale.  Gotta love that!  HURRY!

3)  Ample Supply of Auto Parts and Banks – need I say more?  🙂

4)  Best Gourmet BurgersBulldogs Grill offers daily specials in addition to their already wide-selection of gourmet burgers.  And it’s no doubt that they received many awards for their awesomeness included, being voted “#1 Burger in Lake County”, “2012 Reader’s Choice Award” and was featured on “WGN’s Chicago’s Best TV Show”, which aired on October 30, 2011.

5)  FREE Wine Tasting Daily – you can enjoy wine, live entertainment and have food brought in from local restaurants nearby at Bliss Wine and Gifts.

6)  Lots of Selections for Fish Fry – we have Deacon’s Bar & Grill at The Golf Farm, Middleton’s on Main, Dock’s, Lindy’s Landing just to name a few. I’m sure there are more and I invite you to comment below with additional ones in the neighborhood.

7)  Millenium Trail – runs through Lakewood to Spring-Hill Forest Preserve and includes over 9 miles of connected trail for bicycles, hikers, horses and cross country skiers.

8) Athletic Races – we have our 5K walks/runs, whether it’s monster related or turkey related, we have it, we run it.  And rain or shine there’s Jog-n-Java that meets every morning in front of Bulldogs Grill.  So, no need to feel guilty about eating that Famous Duck Fries from Bulldogs Grill, you can burn off the calories by partaking in any of these calorie burning activities.

9) Awesome Main Street Events Throughout the Year – OK, I’m going to name some and I know I’ll forgot a few.  If you know of more, I need for you to comment and add them below.  Does that sound good?  Here are the ones I remember — Bubbles for Blossom, Blues, Brews & Burgers, Scarecrows on Main, WurstFest Ever, Trick or Treat on Main, Street Dance, Turkey Trot, Get Nuts on main, Holiday Walk and our Memorial Day and Homecoming Parades.  So OK, did I miss any?

10) ClassesArt class, soap-making class, cooking class, wine class, Wauconda definitely has class!  Check out our Events Calendar and Business Directory for a list of class offerings and who offers them.

11)  Schools — speaking of class?  Did you know that this past summer, a student from Wauconda High School  scored a perfect 36 on the ACT college entrance exam?  WOW!  That’s the future of Wauconda!  Which I’m thinking we need to feature them on our website, called “Future of Wauconda, Who Are They and Where Are They Now?”  What do you guys think?

12)  Where Everyone Knows Your Name – seriously, where can you go for a date night ,go to several different venues, all within walking distance, and every one knows your name?   Where?

13)  Awesome Sense of Community – I have lived many places and Wauconda is by far that one place where you feel a sense of being “home”.  My neighbors, people I meet at schools, in town Wauconda, people I hang out, etc…all have that genuine caring attitude.  I love Wauconda and I love the people!  Don’t you?  There are always plenty of things to do, places to go and people to meet in Wauconda!

So there you have it.  I know you have more to add.  Would love to hear it….



Happy 2013 Wauconda

Happy 2013 Wauconda!

And with the new year comes lots of new things going on at NWSuburbsChicago.com. We’ve revamped our site with new tabs and content. Please look around the site and let us know what you think!  One of the highlights is our Business Directory section, be sure you check it out. You’ll see many of our new Advertisers there. We’d also like to welcome them below.


Oh!  The Places You Will Go!  In Wauconda…..


Aspire Boutique
Beyond the Garden
Bliss Wine and Gifts
Bulldogs Grill
Deacon’s Bar & Grill at the Golf Farm
DreamScapes Whimsical Boutique & Studio
The Energee Center
JW Social Media
Middleton’s on Main
The Relationship Center
Vickie’s Personal Touch


I don’t know if you see what I see, but that image looks like an angel to me!  Love that I have an angel to watch over me!  🙂

Also, it may help to bookmark this site so you can be in the know of the Going Ons in Wauconda!  Did you know if you have iCal or Google Calendar, you can subscribe to our Events so you don’t miss any of the FUN things happening in Wauconda?

And I made it easy for our readers to find us.  The Places to Go section is a very inter-active map, how cool is that?!

In the upcoming days and weeks ahead, we’ll be featuring our Advertisers on our NWSuburbsChicago.com website and also on our Facebook Page at My Town Wauconda so stay tuned!  Also check out the Special Offers section where you will see special deals being offered by some of the stores in the local area.  If you have any special offerings you’d like to share with our readers, please do so by filling out the form on our Contact Us page.

Now don’t be a stranger…..We’re always looking for Advertisers, Contributors and Guest Bloggers on our site.  Please refer to our Advertise with Us page to learn more.  We’d be happy to have you be part of our growing community!

‘Til next time….

Happy New Year to all of you and may 2013

be the BEST year yet for all of us!!


NW Suburbs Chicago

Aspire Boutique Holiday Hours 2012

Aspire Boutique Holiday Hours 2012

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Aspire Boutique

I had a chance to meet up with Sara Carlson one of the co-owners at Aspire Boutique a few weeks ago.  There is so much to know about this very effervescent and super busy business woman, wife, mom, friend, painter, furniture up-doer, photographer, dancer (OK, not her but her kids are, that’s why you’ll see fabulous dance gear at their shop).  Anyway, you name it, she does it.  How does she do it all?  It’s all about balance.  It’s evident that Sara loves what she does.  Like they say, if you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life.

Speaking of day, the store has undergone some transformation for the holidays!  Just look at the display window above.  It’s really beginning to look a lot like Christmas on Main Street Wauconda, don’t you agree?  When I walked in the store, the smell of the wonderful fragrant candles took me to my imaginary cabin home up in the mountains somewhere.  OK, I digress.  But go check it out when you get a chance, and ask Sara or Amy about these candles.

I will tell you more about Sara and Amy of Aspire Boutique on my many stories I will share with you someday.  But for now, I just want to let the people of Wauconda and nearby communities know about their store’s new holiday hours.  Make a note of this and start making your holiday shopping list.  And while you’re there, make sure to treat yourself to something girly.  They will have something for you there no doubt.  😉



Monday  12pm – 5ish

Tuesday  10am – 6:30pm

Wednesday   10am – 6pm

Thursday  10am – 6ish

Friday  10am  – 6:30pm

Saturday  10am – 5pm

Sunday  11am – 3pm

Aspire Boutique is located at: 118 Main Street, Wauconda ~ Phone (847) 865-5142

Aspire Boutique

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Aspire Boutique 42.259932, -88.140583 Aspire Boutique ~ sells irresistible fashion, dance wear, jewelry, invitations and gifts at affordable prices.


Click on the shopping bag icon on the interactive map above and read a brief description about Aspire Boutique! And get driving directions to their store.


Well, how about you….have you been to Aspire Boutique lately? What did you buy? Don’t forget, I will be writing more stories about them so make sure you stop by again…..there’ll be a special surprise strictly for NWSuburbsChicago.com visitors! I’ll give you a hint, if Santa doesn’t bring you everything on your Christmas wish list, visit our website again AFTER the holidays. {wink, wink}