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Today is the last day to submit well wishes and sponsor tributes for our 2020 Local Legend, Dr. Eugene Hotchkiss III. Tickets to the virtual event will be available for purchase on our website through September 23rd.

If you haven't yet purchased your well wish or sponsorship, do so by clicking on the link below. All written or video well wishes must be emailed to Lisa Frey at by 5pm today for inclusion in the keepsake book and pre-event video.

Thank you so much for helping us celebrate Gene's wonderful legacy in our community!

Tie one on with Gene, Thursday September 24 @ 7pm in the comfort of your home

Wondering what to wear to the big event? Click on the photo below to watch Gene's classic Bow Tie Tutorial!    

Sincere thanks to our Local Legends Patron Sponsors to date:

Title Sponsors $5000


Maxine and Thomas B. Hunter III


Bon Appetit $2500

Peter and Crissy Cherry

Susan & Scott Garrett

Tom and Nancy Thomson

Cheers! $1000

Prue and Frank Beidler

Mary and Chip Brennan

Liam and Francesca Connell

Gay and Otto Georgi

The Hale Family

Anne Hunting

Edgar Jannotta

Kitty and Rob Lansing

Paula & John Lillard

Mariani Landscape

Ellen and James Stirling

Robin & Sandy Stuart

Pam and David Waud

Big Man on Campus $500

John & Virginia Andersen

Earl Baines and Lisa Baines

Charlie & Calvine Bowen

Winnie & Bob Crawford

Anne & Rob Krebs

Madeleine Dugan

David and Molly Forlow

Jan and Jack Frigo

Dan and Mary Gescheidle

David and Lauren Gorter

Debby and Jerry Henry

Judy Inglese

Fred & Jeanne Jackson

R. Ann Jones

Hal Jones & Maya Pearcy

Lake Forest Graduate School

Addie Morrison

Nancy and Kent Novit

Mary and John Ormsby

Marian Pawlick

Juliet Priebe

Adrian and Nancy Smith

Ron and Anne Taylor

Maria and Robert Westropp

Alain & Barbara Wood-Prince

Kudos $250

Stephena and Porter Boggess

Peter and Judy Bensinger

Googan and Jeanette Bunn

Katherine Saville


We're extending the deadline to OCT 15!

Thank you to our readers who have reminded us how crazy the month of September has been. To that note, we are extending our submission deadline until October 15 so everyone has a little more time to participate. Meanwhile, if you're having trouble deciding which one of your fabulous photos to enter, read contest judge Cecilia Lanyon's advice above. 

We're excited to see your work and please help us spread the word!


Walking Tours and Virtual Programs & Events:

Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1919-1975

Book Talk with Susan Benjamin

10/1 @ 7pm

Docent-Led Historic Triangle Park Neighborhood Tour

9/24 @ 10:30 am

Lasker Estate Tour of Estate Lane

Docent-Led Walking Tour

10/3 @ 10:30am

Crab Tree Farm Self-Guided AM Tour

9/26 @ 10:00 am

Lake Forest Cemetery Tour

Docent-Led Walking Tour

10/15 @ 10:30am

Crab Tree Farm Self-Guided PM Tour

9/26 @ 1pm

Fly Girls: A Personal Story 

By Ann Jones

10/15 @ 7pm


From the Archives:

This Week in History: September 13-19

A sugar shortage calls for wartime frugality, a mysterious blast rocks Lake Bluff, and Christmas in September.

View Episode 19 here.


#100YearsAgoToday Henry Linneen of Lake Bluff married Irene Schumann in Chicago at Holy Name Cathedral. Both had attended the University of Illinois. Lineen worked for the Sinclair Oil Company.


#100YearsAgoToday School enrollment was up in Lake Forest. With the large number of first graders at Gorton School overcrowding the classrooms, the usual school boundary lines had to be discarded. A small number of first graders from east of “the tracks” had to cross over to attend Halsey School, just west of City Hall.



#WeddingWednesday Volney William Foster and Adair Orr were married on June 23, 1942 in San Gabriel, California, where Ensign Foster was on sea duty. It was a wartime wedding, with family and and a few close friends in attendance.

Volney William Foster, the son of Albert Volney Foster and Margaret Baxter Foster (the founder of what is today the The Lake Forest Shop), had first met Adair Orr at a party in Lake Forest, at the age of 16 (she was 13).

In WWII, he served as an ensign and then as a lieutenant in the naval reserve. Later in the war, he commanded an LST, or Landing Ship, Tank, in the Mediterranean.



#SchoolDaysPast The Academy of the Sacred Heart came to Lake Forest from Chicago in 1901 to find a more isolated location and a larger campus site. The Academy settled on 43 wooded acres in south Lake Forest. In 1904, the first school opened for girls of elementary and high school age.

Initially a boarding school, day students were admitted in 1931. The program also expanded to include a two-year junior college program and in 1918, Barat College was established as a four-year institution for women. In 1961, the Academy and Barat College created separate campuses with new buildings for secondary school, renamed Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart.



Last Week's Favorites:

Blair White: I didn't realize these lyrics were to be taken so literally...

"'Cause she's playing all night
And the music's all right
Mama's got a squeeze box
Daddy never sleeps at night"...Pete Townshend

Stephanie Schneider: Mabel knew her lessons paid off when she was offered the job of first accordion on The Lawrence Welk Show.

What do you have for this week's #captionthis? 

#CaptionThis Email your captions to Alex at


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