August 2019 Business Briefs

August 2019 Business Briefs

Erica Minchella, Minchella & Associates Ltd., was listed among the Top 10 Residential Real Estate Lawyers in Illinois by “Leading Lawyers,” a division of Law Bulletin Media. Honorees are selected based on peer recommendations from surveys mailed to all lawyers in the state.

Join the American Cancer Society at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Chicago North Shore Suites on Thursday, August 8 for a kickoff event in support of its “Making Strides of North Shore” fundraising walk. The annual walk will take place on September 29 at UL. For more information, contact Marlie Pykelny at (312) 960-2347.

Paul Kaufmann, Shred Spot, and Chip Miceli, Pulse Technology were among the honorees in the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s 2019 C-Suite Awards. Executives are selected for recognition based on their contributions to their company’s overall growth, their commitment to good ethics, and their community involvement.

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center welcomes Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Holocaust survivor and renowned sex therapist, for an interview and book signing event on Thursday, August 15 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Tickets are available at

Ace Hardware sponsored its third annual Northbrook North Shore Eggfest to benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital on July 6 during the Sidewalk Sale. Local cooks and restaurants, including Grill House, prepared cookout favorites on Big Green Egg grills supplied by Ace.

Menu for You was selected as one of the top personal chefs in the Chicago area in a survey by Expertise. Sixteen personal chefs were identified from a field of 658, based on reputation, credibility, experience, availability, and professionalism.

Northbrook Inn Memory Care Community hosts a support group for caregivers, open to anyone who is caring for a loved one with dementia. The Family Caregiver Group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 10:00 am. Call (224) 261-8352 for more information.

Allstate was among 50 honorees named as the most community-minded companies in the US according to Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

North Shore Catering & Events now offers concession rentals including popcorn carts, hot dog stands, ice cream freezers, and more. Visit for details.

UL has acquired Healthy Buildings International, Inc., an indoor environmental testing and sustainability services company. The acquisition enables UL to extend its sustainability and air quality expertise and expand in global markets.

West Northfield School District 31 announced the appointment of Dr. Erin Murphy as Superintendent for the 2019-20 school year. Previously the Principal of Field Middle School, Dr. Murphy takes over for Dr. Alexandra Nicholson, who announced her retirement in May.

22nd Century Media received 16 awards for journalistic excellence from the National Newspaper Association, including three stories in the Northbrook Tower. 22nd Century papers received two first-place, seven second-place, and three third-place awards, and four honorable mentions.

Dr. Elana Ashley, Dream Image Press, will participate in WGN-TV’s annual Back to School event on August 9. She will perform for children with her puppet and give away copies of her books on bullying prevention.

Barilla has launched Vero Gusto, a range of four premium Italian sauces featuring signature regional ingredients. Flavors include tomato and Genovese basil, heritage marinara with Datterini tomatoes, spicy Calabrian marinara, and Sicilian herb with intense Sicilian oregano.

The Northbrook Farmers Market holds its annual Customer Appreciation Day on Wednesday, August 7, with free lemonade and snacks, free paper shredding from Opportunity Secure Data Destruction, and the chance to win a basket of market goodies valued at more than $75.

Econscience has introduced a new retail package for home use of its high-quality paper Great Lake Straws, available at The company also sells wholesale quantities for restaurants and commercial distribution.

The Northbrook Symphony has released its concert schedule for the 2019-20 season, under the leadership of new music director Mina Zikri. Performance details and season tickets are available at

Family Service Center was named as a charitable beneficiary of the annual Greek Fest at Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview. The popular cultural event was held July 27-28.