Be FREE

Karen Stathakis is moving in a healthy direction at a pace of 4,000 steps a day – as tracked by her Fitbit!     Be FREE After years of caregiving, raising two sons, maintaining a home and juggling a career, Garlands member Karen is free at last to pursue her passions and step into the spotlight: on…

The Prize for Keeping Barrington Beautiful

The days grow darker, yet the sun shines brightly on the gardens at The Garlands of Barrington, which was recently honored with a 2019 “Integration of Native Plants” award from The Council of Barrington Garden Clubs.

“We were floored at how beautiful the landscaping is here at The Garlands,” said Maureen Doessel of the Country Home and Garden Club, who visited the campus in August and decided on the spot to nominate The Garlands for recognition.

‘Tis the Season to…Be KIND

Embrace the spirit of giving at The Garlands! Help spread holiday cheer this season with donations to The Garlands members’ Toys for Tots drive and Mitten Tree. Gifts can be left with the concierge at The Garlands, 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington, IL, during regular business hours. Each little gift can make a big difference to…

Be FAMILY

“Always my sister, forever my friend.”   Be FAMILY Garlands members and sisters Nancy and Sally grew up side by side on the northwest side of Chicago near the famed Riverview amusement park and Wrigley Field. Nancy, the older by two years, attended Alvernia, an all-girls high school. Sally opted for the co-ed St. Benedicts “because it was more…

Be CREATIVE

Marlene Peterson is a priceless original.   Be CREATIVE When a Garlands friend asked Marlene if she painted, she replied, “I don’t ‘do’ art.” The friend’s response, “How do you know?” sparked Marlene’s curiosity and creativity. Dozens of masterpieces later, Marlene exhibits her work at The Gallery at The Garlands and around town, but her true gift is…

Be ADVENTUROUS

The sky is the limit for Fred and Natalie Sponsler.   Be ADVENTUROUS Garlands members American Airlines pilot Fred and tax accountant Natalie were “fixed up” later in life by their fraternity brother teenage sons. Taking a risk on love again, the adventuresome Fred and Natalie began dating. A trained Air Force pilot and owner of his own Cirrus…

Be THRILLING

Sharing breathtaking views atop a snowy Colorado mountain is a real thrill for Gary and Sue Ellen Griffin.   Be THRILLING Family ski trips that started when their three boys were in grammar school continue today…with the addition of seven grandchildren on the slopes! They’ve been risk-takers and adventurers from the get-go. Sue Ellen took the first…

CAREER FAIR AT THE GARLANDS

NOW HIRING Enthusiastic JOY Makers  (who also happen to be nurses, CNAs, restaurant servers, housekeepers or cooks too!)   CAREER FAIR Wednesday, September 25, 12pm-7pm The Garlands of Barrington 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington, IL 60010 Be part of a team where: creating joy is the ultimate goal an award-winning reputation is more than a feather in the…

Be YOURSELF

His and her offices are the perfect fit for Richard and Dorothy Winsor, two scholars with doctorate degrees in their respective fields.   Be YOURSELF In their Garlands home, each spouse has space – in the home as well as in their relationship – to be him or herself and follow their own individual passions – along…

Sixteen Years, WOW!

As they say, “It’s funny how time flies, especially when you are having fun.”

It is hard to believe that I have lived at The Garlands for 16 years now–I have enjoyed every moment! In fact, this might even sound like an ad for The Garlands, however, I thought that maybe some people might like to learn how an “old timer,” who has lived here nearly from the start, feels about being a Garlands member

Be GRACIOUS

The Garlands is home-sweet-home to Dick and Alice Van Egeren.   Be GRACIOUS When these Garlands Members returned to Barrington, where they raised their five children, it was a happy homecoming after 15 golden years in Arizona. Once settled, they welcomed a new four-legged family member, Callie, affectionately known as their “Velcro dog.” Ever perched on a…

Be SMART

The Zilkowski classroom knows no boundaries.       Be SMART For these Garlands members Red is the color of love and Bob Zilkowski’s beloved alma mater, Indiana University. “I bleed crimson,” says Bob, a Hoosier fan through and through. Bob and Janet met on a blind date at IU, fell in love and married on the beautiful…

Be FRIENDS

Bonnie Gekler is organized, Chris Kotarba is a wee bit loosey-goosey.     Be FRIENDS These Garlands members and lifelong friends are like two distinct peas in the same pod. Whale watching, hiking, retirement parties, a wedding and divorce, a few medical challenges, birthday celebrations―the two pals cruise through life’s ups and downs together. Workmates at First National…

Chef’s Not-So-Secret Garden

Globally inspired cuisine prepared by The Garlands Executive Chef Nicola Torres gets a flavor boost from ingredients found in The Garlands very own backyard.   Chef Nick’s herb garden, with over a dozen fresh herbs including basil, chives, rosemary, parsley and dill, provides the “secret ingredients” that make his dishes so bright and tasty.   “Food simply…

Be THE LIGHT

Be THE LIGHT Garlands member Bonnie Smith Smiley’s friendliness, outgoing personality, and yes, smile, consistently exceed even the highest of those expectations. Bonnie’s life journey began in California and led her and her husband, Don, to serve in Guam and then return to California, Washington, New York, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida. With their son’s encouragement, they eventually moved…

Be VALUED

Be VALUED Joyce Carlson comes from a long line of do-it-yourselfers. An assistant in a third-generation, family-owned paint contracting business, Joyce was a “working mother” long before the term was coined. When the business line rang in her family’s Chicago three-flat, she would whip into multi-tasking mode, corral the three kids and book the next…

Pretty Sweet!

Another Perfect Survey for Prairieview Once again, The Prairieview skilled nursing team earned a perfect annual survey from the Illinois Department of Public Health. This rare honor is a true testament to the dedicated staff that provides exceptional care to Garlands Members, if and when they need it the most! Thank you to “Cookies by Victoria”for helping the…

Three Generations of Art Majors

Garlands of Barrington member Carolyn Schweigert Husemoller, 81, knows a thing or two about art. A co-founder of Barrington’s Kaleidoscope School of Fine Art, Carolyn once made the arrangements for the center’s popular gallery shows. She also helped establish Barrington’s renown Art in the Barn juried art show and successful annual fundraiser for Good Shepherd…