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As restaurants adapt to new rules, they also

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First-Hand Account

Former Scouts football captain talks about

COVID-19 diagnosis, Page 6

An Artful Display

LF students featured in February photography

show, Page 8

Virtual Meeting

D67 board meets via

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Posted to LakeForestLeaderDaily.com 9 days ago

Restaurants help out others during shelter-in-place order

Peter Kaspari, Editor

While many restaurants

have been forced to cut

back and get creative on

how they offer their services

during the coronavirus

pandemic, that doesn’t

mean they’re only focused

on themselves.

In fact, several restaurants

in Lake Forest and

Lake Bluff have come up

with ways to not only keep

their own businesses afloat,

but help out others in the


Ever since Gov. J.B.

Pritzker issued an executive

order that ended dinein

restaurant service to help

curb coronavirus, area locations

have worked hard

to continue offering food to

hungry customers.

Jeff Urso, owner of Donati’s

Pizza, in Lake Bluff,

said he and his staff have

moved all the restaurant’s

tables and chairs into a corner

of the restaurant and

are now giving their guests

a wide area to order while

also keeping a safe distance

to help curb the virus.

They’ve also, like many

other Lake Forest and Lake

Bluff restaurants, switched

exclusively to pick-up, carryout

and deliver orders.

But that’s not the only

change Urso has made to

the restaurant.

Knowing that some people

may not be able to get

out of the house, or may be

too nervous to go grocery

shopping during the CO-

VID-19 outbreak, Urso announced

that Donati’s will

deliver groceries to any of

its customers for free.

“I’m 34 years old. My

kids live in this town, too,”

Urso said. “It’s kind of our

generation’s time to step


The fact that Donati’s

was already offering delivery

before the pandemic,

and their location is near

a Heinen’s, made this the

perfect chance to expand

their service to their customers.

“With this uncertainty

of, ‘How can I get a gallon

of milk’ or whatever, we’ll

go right over to that grocery

store and bring it right

over,” Urso said. “We’ve

had a few people call.”

Urso himself has made

a number of deliveries of

grocery items.

But that’s not all that

Donati’s has done. They’re

also making sure their fellow

restaurants are staying

afloat as well.

“We’ve partnered up

with some of the restaurants

and we offer our delivery

service for their products,”

Urso said. “They get to

keep 100 percent of the

revenue. We want to help

get their products to homeowners.”

Likewise, Urso said he

wants to make sure no child

or family in Lake Forest or

Lake Bluff goes hungry.

He said Donati’s will

discount any pizza or sandwich

that a child wants to

buy. And if it comes to the

point where the parents

simply can’t afford the discounted

food, the restaurant

will give it to them for


“We’re in an affluent

area, but there is a portion

of it where kids can’t afford

to get meals,” Urso said.

Another restaurant that’s

had to adjust is The Peanut

Gallery, a new restaurant

started by Cecilia Lanyon

and Dominic Zumpano, the

same team behind The Gallery,

in Lake Forest.

Prior to Pritzker’s executive

order, the restaurant did

not offer delivery service,

but the times have forced

them to adapt to that.

Lanyon said she and

Zumpano also made a difficult

decision regarding The


“We’ve decided to close

down operations at The

Gallery and move all operations

out of The Peanut

Gallery,” she said, which

is a temporary move that

she believes will save them


“In terms of what we’re

doing, we launched online

order through our point of

sale system,” she said.

The Peanut Gallery also

offers curbside pickup and

delivery, and Lanyon said

staff will even deliver the

food to your car if you

don’t want to leave it.

Chef Zumpano said, all

things considered, he believes

The Peanut Gallery

has adapted to the swiftlychanging


“It’s a smaller space. We

get to know each other a

little bit better,” he said.

“But so far, so good. We’re

doing the best that we can

and we’re constantly coming

up with new ways to

keep a lighthearted spirit

through all of this; joking

around with our customers

and helping each other.”

He added that the customers

have been very

understanding, especially

with the fact that their order

might take a little longer

than normal.

“You start getting numerous

phone calls at once. It’s

kind of a difficult situation

to be in, because you don’t

know if they’ll order one, 10

or 20 items,” Zumpano said.

“Having to adjust to that has

been a little bit of a challenge.

But we’ve been doing

pretty well with it. Our

guests have been great with

understanding it might be

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20 minutes (to get the food).

They’re totally fine with it

(and) super supportive.”

And like Donati’s, The

Peanut Gallery is making

sure other area businesses

are getting help as well.

Zumpano said he and

Lanyon have launched The

Buddy System, which can

be accessed online.

“We’re taking donations

at The Peanut Gallery and

dispersing them through

all the small businesses

in Lake Forest and Lake

Bluff,” he said. “Just to

keep some cash flow moving

in their direction right

Colin Wood, delivery manager at Donati’s Pizza, prepares

to deliver a pizza to a customer. Donati’s Pizza is

just one of several restaurants in Lake Bluff and Lake

Forest that have had to alter their methods of getting

food to customers. Peter Kaspari/22nd Century Media

now. The community’s

been overwhelming with

support. We’re hoping that

we can still encourage this

through the time that we’re

all on lockdown.”

He added that all local

businesses are sticking together.

“We’re no longer competitors,”

he said. “We’re

a family of restaurants, especially

in smaller communities

like Lake Forest and

Lake Bluff, and we all look

out for one another.”

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Former Scouts football captain

reveals COVID-19 diagnosis

Nick Frazier, Sports Editor

Gabe Funk wants to use

his situation to educate

people while he’s in selfquarantine.

“Everyone is talking

about it regardless,” Funk

said. “I don’t care if people

know I have it. I’d rather

inform people than keep it

a secret.”

Funk, 21, tested positive

for COVID-19 on Saturday,

March 14, and is currently

in self-quarantine.

The Lake Forest High

School alumnus and former

Scouts football captain

originally discussed how

he contracted coronavirus

on a podcast with Jon Kerr

of Scoutsfootball.com.

A member of Lake Forest’s

Class of 2017 and a junior

at the University of Illinois,

Funk studied abroad

in Rome for about two

months earlier this year.

Due to the rapid spread of

COVID-19 in Italy, Funk

was forced to leave Rome

early. He stayed in Barcelona

a little over a week

before flying home.

It was on that flight back

to Lake Forest last week that

Funk began to come down

with symptoms, including

what felt like a common

cold and a mild fever.

“I was feeling under the

weather, it didn’t feel much

worse than a cold with a

fever, which I didn’t think

was a big deal,” Funk told

The Leader. “But with all

the talks of the coronavirus,

I figured I might as well get

tested, I was just in an area

with a ton of the coronavirus.

I figured it was a good

idea to go see if I do have it

and just take it from there.”

Shortly after arriving

home, Funk got tested at

Highland Park Hospital on

Friday, March 13, and was

told he had the coronavirus

the following day. He knew

he was at an increased risk

of contracting the disease

due to being in Rome, but

Funk said he feels like his

normal self again.

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LF-area students featured in Feb. Winnetka art show

Alexa Burnell

Freelance Reporter

Three students with connections

to Lake Forest

were recently featured in

an art exhibit in Winnetka.

The event was the most

recent endeavor of ZIA

Gallery, which recently relocated

from Chestnut Avenue

to their new home at

44 Green Bay Road.

The photography exhibit,

“Looking toward

the Future of Personal Expression

through Fine Arts

Photography,” ran Feb. 22

through March 7 and encouraged

the development

of the next generation of

artists and photographers,

providing a professional

experience for high school

seniors to display their


Participants went

through a two-part submission


The first phase was juried

by email and the final

selection was made

through a viewing of actual

exhibition-ready framed


In the end, five students

were selected to display

their work, including: Lake

Forest’s Alaraic Ma and

Carolyn Lu, both of Lake

Forest Academy; Winnetka’s

Thomas Leonetti,

also of Lake Forest Academy;

Evanston’s Eloise

Richardson of North Shore

Country Day School; and

Highland Park’s Henry

Echt, also of North Shore

Country Day School.

ZIA manager Anne

Hughes, a mixed-media

artist herself, explained

how the recent endeavor

with local youth is reflective

of ZIA’s overarching


“We truly believe in the

arts and the importance

of having high-quality art

nearby, without the need

of having to travel to the

city or elsewhere,” Hughes

said. “Our recent endeavor

means an opportunity for

high school seniors to become

a part of this mission

and present the form of

expression they are most

passionate about.”

For Ma, the chance to

present his piece of work,

“Midnight Commute,” at

a full-fledged local art gallery

and through a juriedprocess

nonetheless was a

very inspiring experience.

He explained how the opportunity

lead to artistic


“I’ve been focusing lately

on producing photography

with meaning, so this

exhibit was well-timed,”

Ma said. “It pushed me

Lake Forest Academy student Thomas Leonetti, of Winnetka,

talks to Anne Hughes, manager of ZIA, about his

piece, “Worldly Connections,” which was on display at

the gallery through March 7. Alexa Burnell/22nd Century


to take that next step with

my set design. My photograph

shows what it means

to be a teenager. It is a

time where childhood and

adulthood is mixed. We

are evolving and I believe

this photograph shows the

balance of becoming an

adult while still holding on

to the joy that comes with


Echt’s piece of work,

“Witness Wisdom,” is also

one filled with life lessons.

He took a photograph of a

man in a market while in

Morocco during a family

trip. Echt explained

his trepidation to take the

photograph, questioning

cultural beliefs. He finally

found the courage to ask

for the man’s permission

and was welcomed with

open arms to take the shot.

Echt went on to explain

what the photograph represents.

“This photo is about patience.

When I was in these

markets, you saw so many

people crafting, sewing,

creating by hand. Taking

this photograph pushed

me out of my comfort

zone. Once I took it I was

fascinated with the details

and the story that the photograph

tells,” Echt said.

“The patience displayed by

the subject reminds us of

the necessity of being patient

in our own lives. I’m

more committed now than

ever to take authentic pictures

that happen in the natural

moment. I don’t want

to take posed shots; I want

my work to tell a story.”


From Page 6

parking lot at Lake Forest

High School to call police.

After identifying the

driver as Flores, officers

learned he had a warrant

for his arrest in Lake County.

He was taken into custody,

and while searching

his vehicle, officers found

a large class jar and a clear

plastic bag that contained

cannabis, two jars with a

brown wax-like substance,

a digital scale and two

sealed packages of THC

edibles, along with drug


Flores was arrested on

the newly-filed drug charges.

He was held pending

transport to the Lake County

Jail for a bond hearing.

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From Page 6

being publicized.”

“This is a clear signal

that the time is now to follow

the guidance of health

care professionals,” Village

President Kathleen O’Hara

said. “We know that there

are at least 22 cases in Lake

County and that this virus

is actively spreading in our

community. We ask all of

our residents to please stay

home and keep their distance

from others.”

Just a day earlier, O’Hara

had issued an emergency

declaration that closed all

fitness and recreation centers

until further notice during

a special Village Board

meeting, which was held

by teleconference.

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Lo vingMemory

Frederick Walsh Buck, Sr.

Frederick “Fred” Buck, Sr., 89, passed away peacefully surrounded

by family in Lake Bluff, IL on March 17, 2020. He was born on January

5, 1931 in Waukegan, IL to Howard and Ella (nee Spitzer) Buck.

Fred married Lillian (nee Gustafson) on September 8, 1956. They met

65 years ago on March 17, 1954 at a St. Patrick’s Day dance. He enjoyed

long walks and hikes, warm fires, large family celebrations, talking

with his friends and family about politics and world affairs. He loved

boating, swimming and being on the water. Fred was curious about other cultures, read the paper every

day, loved watching war movies and listened to Johnny Cash. He was passionate about trains and loved the

railroads. He was always on time and on schedule. Most of all, he was a committed husband and father who

loved traveling with his wife (and children) across the country by car or train making sure to stop at every

historical marker, train station and Illinois Bell switching station. He enjoyed many trips to Europe touring

by train. Fred was a kind and thankful soul and had a good sense of humor even in his final days.

Fred served in the U.S. Navy Seabees from 1951-1952 during the Korean War. He graduated from

Northwestern University in 1956 earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Fred worked for Illinois Bell Telephone

(AT&T) for 32 years (1956-1988) where he was the Division Manager of Building & Design Construction. He

served on the Lake Bluff Planning Commission for 10 years (1975-1985), coached girls softball for 5 years and

was a Boy Scout leader for 3 years.

Fred is and survived by his loving wife of 63 yrs. Lillian; his loving children Rhonda Buck Marzinelli, Joy

Buck Murawski (David), Julie Buck, Rhea Buck Conroy (Kevin); and his loving 12 grandchildren and 4 great

grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Frederick W. Buck, Jr., his bother Thomas Howard

Buck and his parents.


A Memorial service will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be sent

to The Church of the Holy Spirit, American Heart Association, or the American

Cancer Society in loving memory of Fred.

Info: Wenban Funeral Home (847) 234-0022

or www.wenbanfh.com


Lo vingMemory

Audrey Adele Karnicki

Audrey Adele Karnicki, age 76, a long-time resident of

Lake Forest, passed away March 9, 2020 surrounded by her


Audrey was the heart of the Karnicki home, a place

open to everyone, especially to the scores of her children’s

friends. She quickly earned her title of, “My Other Mom.”

Audrey worked as a full time X-ray technician for 37 years

at Lake Forest Hospital. She was a caring and compassionate woman who was dedicated to

her husband, children, and grandchildren. She loved supporting all of them in school and

in their various sporting events and activities. Audrey was an avid gardener and a talented

cook who enjoyed poker and bridge. Her empathy and loyalty towards others made her a

remarkable wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. Audrey

will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Beloved wife of 55 years to Alfred M. Karnicki, M.D.; loved mother of Matthew (Kristin)

Karnicki, Sharon (Michael) Moccia and Michael Karnicki; fond grandmother of Justine

(John) Porter, Lt. Brandon Moccia, U.S. Army, Brittany Moccia and Brett Moccia; cherished

great-grandmother of Hayden Porter; special sister of Cynthia (Vincent) Zipparro and

Claudia (Mike) Meier and loved aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be announced at a future date, please check the Reuland &

Turnbough website for service updates. For information – Reuland & Turnbough Funeral

Directors of Lake Forest, 847-234-9649 or www.RTfunerals.com.



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Lake Forest D67 Board of Education

E-learning discussed during virtual meeting

Christa Rooks

Freelance Reporter

The Lake Forest District

67 Board of Education

reviewed the district’s

plan for e-learning at its

regular meeting on Tuesday,

March 17, held virtually

via a video conference


This was per an order

by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to

suspend the physical presence

requirement under

the Open Meetings Act to

all public bodies across the

state due to the spread of

the coronavirus.

District 67 began e-

learning on the same day

of the meeting, and the district

was already receiving

positive feedback about

the transition.

“What happened at my

home today was great,”

board member Suzanne

Sands said. “My kids had

a fantastic experience and


New services from

restaurants support

residents, employees

In these trying times,

everyone is looking for


Richard Salberg and his

team at Valor restaurant

are taking that literally,

introducing a new menu

of comfort foods, offered

family-style, available

while restaurants are shut

down to in-person dining.

Governor J.B. Pritzker

announced Monday,

March 16 that all Illinois

bars and restaurants were

to shutter in-person service

in efforts to limit the

spread of the coronavirus,

I think that based on what

I’m hearing from other

people in the community, it

was a source of great pride

to people how responsive

and well-prepared our district

was for this.”

Director of Innovation

Renee Fitzsimmons, and

Director of Teaching and

Learning Jeff McHugh,

outlined how the district

is using learning management

systems to keep students

engaged during this

period of e-learning.

Teachers are currently

utilizing different ways to

connect with students, such

as through email, Seesaw,

a learning management

system, Google Classroom

and Schoology. The district

also created a special

e-learning website with

tools like frequently asked

questions, different activities

for students and a suggested

student work time

which as of publish time

had infected more than

4,000 Americans.

In response, eateries all

over the state have worked

to provide alternative services,

like carryout and


Valor’s comfort menu

includes main dishes like

beef ragout with creamy

mashed potatoes and

chicken stew (Vesuvio

style), and soups like tomato

chili bisque and chicken

noodle. Both mains and

soups come in 32-ounce

containers. Valor also is

offering a pint worth of

L’Ami Jean Rice Pudding,

with salted caramel, pistachios

and cinnamon.

Just down the street,

for households in need of a

structured schedule.

“We’ve been having

teachers do direct instruction

via video conferencing

or screencast,” Fitzsimmons

said. “And then they

send the kids to links to do

practice … and we’re also

seeing a lot of teachers

having their students reflect

and make that learning

stick by actually thinking

about what they did in their

digital portfolios or in some

reflective tool.”

In addition to the electronic

activities being

provided, teachers also

sent home non-electronic

work, specifically in

younger grades. Modified

assignments are also being

provided to students with

special needs and/or IEPs.

For the full story, visit



Hometown Coffee & Juice

has initiated similar services,

as owner Lou Rubin

said his shop has been fortunate

because it already

had an order-ahead app.

“Our first day complying

with the governor’s

order went very well,”

Rubin said in an email.

“Fortunately, we were

well-prepared to change

our process exclusively to


Hometown also added

curbside pickup and delivery.

Reporting by Joe Coughlin,

Publisher. Full story at GlencoeAnchorDaily.com

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From the Editor

Focus on the positives, not the negatives

Peter Kaspari


It is incredibly easy

to cave in to fear.

With the coronavirus

pandemic on everybody’s

minds, as well as the news

that people have tested

positive for it in Lake

Forest and Lake Bluff,

it’s easy to think, “Well,

we’re doomed,” or fear

that something awful is

happening, or start hoarding

items from the grocery


First of all, please don’t

do any of the above. All

that does is make everything

worse. Yes, we do

have people in our communities

who have tested

positive for the virus, but

they are doing the right

thing and quarantining


From Page 10


New Balance North Shore

offers contest to support

local economy

While local businesses

have been hit hard by

coronavirus, New Balance

North Shore, a Highland

Park shoe store, is making

an effort to continue

to try to support not only

themselves, but other local

businesses as well.

Store manager Josh

Saint Cyr proposed the

idea for a contest for customers

while he was at

themselves to help stop

it from getting to other


And secondly, if there’s

one thing I’ve learned in

my life, it’s that sometimes

what seems the most

grim brings out the best in


In this week’s cover

story (Page 3) I talked to

a number of local restaurant

owners to see how

they’re coping with Gov.

J.B. Pritzker’s order to

halt all dine-in operations

and switch to carry-out

or pickup only. Yes, they

did share with me that this

time has been a challenge

for them. But you know

what they also shared with

me? The compassion they

have for not only other

people, but other businesses

as well.

Donati’s Pizza is offering

free grocery delivery

for their customers who

may not be able to get out

of the house, or who may

be worried about traveling

to the grocery store.

Not only that, but they’re

helping their fellow Lake

Forest and Lake Bluff

home on Tuesday, March


For any customer who

posts a receipt from a

locally-owned small business

on the store’s Facebook

page, New Balance

North Shore will enter

them in a raffle to win a

new pair of New Balance


In a March 18 Facebook

post announcing the contest,

the store said from a

“family hardware store or

a takeout/delivery order

from a favorite local restaurant”

as examples of

where the receipt could be

from, and Saint Cyr emphasized

that it could be

restaurants out by providing

free delivery service

for their own items.

And the owners of The

Gallery and The Peanut

Gallery have created

something called The

Buddy System. This

encourages their customers

to donate money that

will then be redistributed

to other area small businesses

to help them out in

any way they can.

I interviewed all these

restaurant owners over the

phone, so they couldn’t

see my face, but I have to

say I was smiling from ear

to ear when I heard this.

These restaurant owners

and so many others

in Lake Forest and Lake

Bluff are proving that they

about their communities.

They want to succeed, but

they also want their fellow

owners to succeed. As

Dominic Zumpano, from

The Gallery and The Peanut

Gallery, told me, they

are not competing with the

other restaurants. They’re

all in this together.

We live in strange times

right now, but we can all

any locally-owned small


He noted that the community

is crucial in supporting

local businesses,

and that was his impetus

for wanting to help out

fellow family-owned businesses.

“It was like how can

we not only help us but

help out the community

because when we come

back it’s going to be the

community that keeps us

open,” Saint Cyr said.

Reporting by Erin Yarnall,

Contributing Editor. Full story

at HPLandmarkDaily.com.

make it through. I truly

believe that. Remember to

stay strong, stay vigilant,

don’t go out if you don’t

have to, practice social

distancing, and wash your


And also, please support

your local restaurants and

other businesses.

go figure

An intriguing number from this week’s edition


At least 31 restaurants in

Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

are offering either delivery

or pick-up options during the

COVID-19 closures. Full story

on Page 3.

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33. Didn’t get involved

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48. Midnight

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Eleanor Thorn, owner of The Lake Forest Book Store, rings up a customer. 22nd Century

Media File Photo

Books offer an escape during

times of stress, uncertainty

Peter Kaspari, Editor

Have a book that you’ve

been meaning to read for

awhile, but haven’t had the


Now may be a good

time to do that.

With the coronavirus

outbreak being the news

across the world, it’s likely

safe to say that many

people just want an escape

and something to take their

minds off of it.

And one unique way of

escaping is through books.

The Lake Forest Book

Store has several recommendations

for books that

you can sit back, relax and

enjoy during these times.

Laura Skinner, who is in

charge of buying the books

for the store, offered up

seven books that she and

the rest of the staff recommend

taking a look at.

She said books can help

people stay connected.

“Books are a wonderful

way to connect us to each

other by opening us op to

new worlds and ideas,”

she said.

Skinner added that, if a

book resonated with you,

it should be shared with

your friends.

One book she recommended

is “The Splendid

and the Vile,” written by

Erik Larson, who is perhaps

most famous for “The

Devil in the White City,”

which tells the story of infamous

serial killer H.H.

Holmes during the Chicago

World’s Fair.

Skinner called his new

book a “fabulous piece

of narrative non-fiction,”

which is about Winston

Churchill and London during

the Blitz.

For those feeling anxiety,

Skinner recommended

“Maybe You Should Talk

to Someone,” by Lori Gottleib,

who herself is a therapist.

Gottleib had actually

experienced a crisis and

had been through therapy.

Skinner called the book

“funny and wise.”

“Writers & Lovers” tells

the story of a 31-year-old

woman named Casey who

falls in love with two completely

different men. It’s

written by Lily King.

There’s also “The Bear”

by Andrew Krivak and

“Lights All Night Long”

by Lydia Fitzpatrick, both

of which feature young

people. “The Bear” is about

a girl and her father living

off the land, while “Lights

All Night Long” is about

a 15-year-old Russian exchange

student who works

to clear his brother’s name

after he was arrested for

murder in their homeland.

Skinner recommends

“And They Called It

Camelot” by Stephanie

Marie Thornton for those

interested in the story of

Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

And finally, while

March Madness may have

been canceled, Skinner

suggests reading “The

Back Roads to March” by

John Feinstein. The novel

is about the heroes during

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carry out & delivery directory

Posted to LakeForestLeaderDaily.com 1 day ago

North Shore eateries provide plentiful take-out, delivery options

Staff Report

These are surely trying times,

but luckily, the North Shore is

filled with restaurants that are

stepping up to the plate and

helping local residents ease their

minds a little with the delicious

food options they’ve become familiar

with over the years.

With orders from Gov. J.B.

Pritzker last week to close down

dine-in options in response to

the COVID-19 (coronavirus)

outbreak, area eateries needed to

pivot quickly to ensure continued

business and to feed hungry

residents while doing it.

From curbside service to local

deliveries, restaurants are getting

food to residents while also following

strict COVID-19 safety

guidelines for food preparation

and exchanging of the goods to


Here at 22nd Century Media,

we are featuring but a few of the

options out there and will continue

to work with local businesses

as we all adjust to the

many changes now and on the

horizon. Please reach out to our

individual publications with any

information you’re hoping to get

out to our readers. Stay safe out

there and eat local!

Korean hot chicken — The

Peanut Gallery, Lake Forest

When you operate two restaurants

during a period where dinein

service is suspended, you need

to make some concessions.

For Cecilia Lanyon and Dominic

Zumpano, who own both The

Gallery and The Peanut Gallery,

in Lake Forest, they made the

decision to temporarily close

The Gallery — and move all of

their operations to their new venture,

The Peanut Gallery.

“The menu we’re offering is

only served out of the smaller

restaurant at this point,” Lanyon

said. “In terms of what we’re

doing, we’ve launched online

order through our point of sale


The restaurant offers pick-up

and delivery service. Orders can

be made online and by calling

the restaurant at (224) 544-5387.

Chef Zumpano said the restaurant

is doing well, all things


“Having to adjust to that has

been a little bit of a challenge,”

he said. “But we’ve been doing

pretty well with it.”

The Peanut Gallery offers its

regular menu, which includes

the Korean hot chicken sandwich

($8.75). It’s crispy chicken

with a chili lemongrass glaze,

kimchi slaw and a pickle. It has

a nice spicy kick to it that’s not


The Peanut Gallery is located

at 950 N. Western Ave., Unit

108, in Lake Forest, and is open

Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-8


Story by Peter Kaspari, Contributing


The Korean hot chicken sandwich

($8.75) at The Peanut

Gallery in Lake Forest is crispy

chicken covered with a chili

lemongrass glaze, kimchi slaw

and a pickle. Photo Submitted

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Breck Nowik

Nowik is a senior captain

on the Lake Forest baseball


How did you get

started playing


Since I was 2 years

old, my parents told me

that that’s when I first

picked up a baseball and

a bat. I started at a very

young age, it started with

T-ball, then travel, then

high school. I’ve loved

the game of baseball ever

since I was young, my dad

played baseball when he

was younger so he got me


What’s your favorite

part of playing


Being with the guys, it

makes it fun. In the dugout,

watching other guys

hit, being on the field with

nine of my best friends, it’s


What’s the most

challenging part of

playing baseball?

The consistency. Everything

is baseball is so upand-down,

one day you

can go 5-for-5, the other

day you can go 0-for-5.

The hardest part is you

have to try and remain

consistent as much as possible

in a game.

What’s the best

coaching advice you’ve

ever gotten?

I think the best advice

for me is always go out

and have fun. If you’re not

having fun with the game,

it’s going to be tough to remain

in it.

Do you have any

pregame rituals or

lucky superstitions?

When I get to the field

I always put on my right

cleat first, then my left,

then tie my right and tie

my left.

If you could play

another sport, what

would it be?

I played football for the

high school as well. For a

sport that I haven’t really

played organized in high

school, I wish I could have

played basketball. My

brother plays basketball

right now and he’s having

a blast with it

Who is your favorite


Derek Jeter. He’s also

someone I looked up to

ever since I was a kid. He

played the game the right

22nd Century Media file photo

way and earned the respect

of millions of people and


What is your favorite

sports memory at


Last year, that regional

championship game for

baseball was an awesome

time for us as a team and

as a player. It was a great


If you could travel

anywhere in the

world, where would

you go?

I’d probably go to Australia

to be honest. All

the animal life there, I’ve

heard it has great culture

as well, I think that would

be a fun place to go.

If you won the lottery,

what’s the first thing

you would buy?

I would buy a new house

for my family, and then

use the rest of it to give to


Interview by Sports Editor

Nick Frazier

The Varsity: North Shore Podcast

Guys discuss how coronavirus

affects high school athletics

Staff report

In this week’s episode of

The Varsity: North Shore,

the only podcast focused

on North Shore sports,

hosts Michal Dwojak,

Nick Frazier and Michael

Wojtychiw discuss the latest

about the COVID-19

virus affecting Illinois

high school sports and

how the IHSA is planning

on starting a new season,

talk about how the both

current and former players

and responding to the lack

of play and highlight some


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strong performances from

alumni during the fall and


First Period

The guys discuss everything

they know about the

coronavirus outbreak and

how the IHSA is planning

on bringing back sports

this spring.

Second Period

They move on to talk

about how both current

and former athletes have

responded to the lack of

games and what they’re

in the seventh grade, having

his dad, also named

Shelby, track down his

kicks in the backyard.

The summer before eighth

grade, Pruett’s dad signed

him up for Kohl’s Kicking

Camp, a well-known professional

kicking program

that sends the majority of

its athletes to Division I


Fast forward to now,

and Kohl’s ranks Pruett

as the 32nd-best punter in

the nation. The junior has

taken big strides the past

few seasons.

“I went and it just really

helped me with my skill,

it helped me a lot,” Pruett

said of the Kohl’s camps.

“I was able to perform a

lot better. I punted through

all of middle school which

was so much fun. Then

in high school I got a lot

more power through my

sophomore and junior

year, it’s getting even better

now. It just keeps multiplying

and adding on.”

Playing with another

top punter in Kai Kroeger

also helped Pruett. A University

of South Carolina

commit, Kroeger averaged

nearly 41 yards per

punt and totaled 11 punts

inside the 20 for the

Scouts in the fall.

Pruett says he’ll often

drive by athletic fields in

Lake Forest or Deerfield

and see Kroeger punting.

Getting tips and advice

from Kohl’s top-ranked

punter of 2019 and an

All-State honorable mention

player in Kroeger has

been crucial for Pruett’s


“He’s taught me to

work hard,” Pruett said.

“I always see him at the

high school kicking and

punting. I hadn’t started

kicking with him until

recently, but he’s really

helped, he’s given a lot

of great tips. I just see

his work ethic and I just

want to reciprocate and

hope I can be as good as

he is.”

Pruett will likely get the

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doing to help pass the time.

Third Period

To finish things off, the

hosts talk about some of

the better performances

they saw from alumni in

the fall and winter.

chance to shine at Lake

Forest next fall as a senior.

Until then, he’ll continue

visiting college campuses

in the hopes of committing.

Pruett has already

visited Northwestern University,

the University of

Iowa and Southern Methodist


When considering colleges,

academics mean

a lot to Pruett, just like

they did to his grandfather

and parents. He said his

dad stepped away from

college football to fully

pursue his architecture


He’ll continue to follow

in his family’s footsteps,

putting Pruett in prime

position to reach the next


“They always taught

me that academics and

college come first,” Pruett

said. “You need to

better your mind first before

anything, I’ve taken

that into consideration. I

just love going on visits,

seeing the facilities and

the campuses, it’s been


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From Page 22

portant at this time, when

student-athletes may be

feeling isolated and upset

about the situation. Group

chats are the best way that

captains can keep the team

together and focused.

“We keep in touch with

everyone,” Nowik said.

“We have a group chat,

they’re always like ‘We’re

hitting right now,’ we’re

keeping that team culture

up and team morale just

in case it does resume,

which hopefully it does.

The guys are doing a good

job of staying active.”

A difficult time

No matter how much

teams keep in touch and

work out, it’s still a difficult

situation that coaches

and athletes are in. Regular-season

games should

have been played already;

instead, there’s still plenty

of uncertainty about the

spring season.

“I think it’s been hard

for us because we all want

to be out there competing,”

Chron said. “I think

everyone wants to keep a

positive mind set and keep

working and being ready

when it’s time for us to

come out and play again.”

There are so many skills

that could possibly be lost

if the season is postponed

any further. Some skills

needed to properly field

in softball or baseball are

based on muscle memory,

and without team practices,

players like Bass are

in danger of seeing those

skills weakened while in

isolation. It can create bad


All that players and

coaches can do is pick

each other up, stay motivated,

and remember

what’s still at stake. Local

teams may still get the

chance to compete for a

conference championship,

a win over a rival, even a

state title.

It’s even more important

for seniors to remain

focused, as they may never

take the field for their

high school again. The seniors

on the Loyola girls

lacrosse team have no

choice but to remain positive

and confident.

“It’s a really unfortunate

situation, but I think

they’re the perfect group

to get us through it,” Lazzaretto

said. “It’s so easy

for us to lose focus of

what we’re working toward

and sit around and

be lazy, but the seniors

have really ingrained the

idea that we’re working

for something and at the

end of it, it will all be

worth it.”

Additional reporting by

sports editors Michael Wojtychiw

and Michal Dwojak.

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Local athletes stick to training while social distancing

Nick Frazier, Sports Editor

High school coaches

like to preach to their athletes

about controlling

what they can control.

That advice has never

been more valuable than

right now, as high school

spring seasons across the

country have been postponed

due to the rapid

COVID-19 spread. The

IHSA set a target date of

Wednesday, March 30, for

the season to resume, but

that’s nowhere near guaranteed.

The possibility of no

spring sports at all in Illinois

is very much in play.

“Everybody is crushed,

especially the seniors,”

Highland Park High

School softball player

Grace Spencer said. “It’s

their last year, it’s their senior

year, and it could possibly

be canceled.”

Yet coaches and athletes

in the area are optimistic

that high school sports will

return at some point this

spring. That’s why local

teams are working hard to

stay in shape while practicing

social distancing.

Training at home

On Thursday, March

12, the Lake Forest baseball

team went to hit on

its home field after school.

Their coach wasn’t present,

since practice was officially


At that point, the Scouts

went over how to work

out on their own. Lake

Forest captains Breck

Nowik, Michael Vallone

and Connor Morrison kept

it simple for their teammates.

“Stay in shape, do what

you can considering the

circumstances,” Nowik

said. “Go outside, go for a

run if you want to, just giving

them the option to do

what they want to do. We

don’t want to be together

too much just in case.”

Nowik has a batting

cage in his backyard and a

weight room in his garage

that he and his brother

Cade use to be prepared

physically for the return of

the season.

Glenbrook North pitcher

Tyler Chron has also

been using his backyard

for training, often throwing

the ball with his dad.

Chron says once or twice a

week he’ll simulate pitching

in a game.

Of course, it’s still a

challenge for Chron to stay

focused without his teammates


“I think it’s pretty

tough,” Chron said. “I’m

throwing bullpens Monday

and Fridays, just like I

was pitching for my team.

Just mentally I’m trying to

be ready once the season


To deal with the isolation,

some teammates

have worked out together

in groups of two in order

to avoid large groups.

Running outside is another

great option for staying fit.

Siblings of high school

athletes have proven to be

a big help as well. Spencer

said she’s gone on

bike rides with her little

brother and has worked

out at home with her little


Spencer said she’s also

reflecting on the mental

side of softball while she

has the time by reading

books about the game.

“It’s not something I’ll

normally get to do when

I’m working out all the

time regularly,” Spencer

said. “It’s nice to get some

time to understand the

Lake Forest baseball is one of many local high school teams who are continuing training in the hopes of winning a

state title. 22nd Century Media file photo

mental side and work out

and be with my siblings

also and work out with


Coaching from the couch

The people best suited to

help student-athletes with

training are coaches. Since

they’re not allowed to hold

team practices on their

own, North Shore coaches

scrambled to come up with

workout plans for their

players while also prioritizing


Loyola girls lacrosse junior

Ellie Lazzaretto said

Rambler strength coaches

Jeff Lindeman and Sarah

Conway have been sending

the team running and

lifting workouts they can

do on their own. Lazzaretto

said the coaches, as well

as the seniors on the team,

will message the team regularly

with different training


“Every day they’ll text

us and send us different

wall ball routines to keep

the stick in our hands

and a running routine for

the day,” Lazzaretto said.

“Depending on what you

have access to, you can do

something like going on a

run or a treadmill workout

or something like that.”

Jim Davis is the strength

and conditioning coordinator

at New Trier. He

said social distancing has

changed how he usually

trains athletes; he’s making

sure Trevians are focusing

on being physically

prepared for the return of

spring sports.

“It’s uncharted territory,

but it’s kind of a cool

challenge because it forces

us out of our comfort

zone as coaches,” Davis

said. “It forces us to think

really clearly about what’s

important. You usually get

romanced by numbers like

number of squats or fast

40 times, and this is really

forcing us to come back to

the basics of strength.”

With teams not allowed

to gather, it’s on the athletes

to stay in game shape

on their own. But that

doesn’t stop coaches from

sending them workout

plans from afar.

“We want to give them

something to stay engaged,

something to stay excited

about,” Regina girls soccer

coach Katie Bak said.

“We’re trying to find the

opportunity for hope and

excitement instead of the

sadness the kids may be

dealing with without playing.”

Keeping in touch

The hardest part of the

delayed spring season for

the athletes is not being

with their teammates every

day. Teams have been using

group chats to stay in

touch and share workouts

and drills.

Glenbrook South softball

player Julie Bass said

the Titans got together the

day spring sports at GBS

were postponed to come

up with a game plan. The

team captains are in charge

of making sure the team is

training regularly, and the

coaches send the players


“I’ve been doing those,

making sure to stretch

and hitting in the garage

and outside,” Bass said.

“We’ve been sending photos

of ourselves in our

group chat sweaty to make

sure we’re doing that.

We’re also making sure

we’re keeping up with the

healthy eating since we’re

stuck in quarantine.”

Nowik said the Scouts

baseball players have been

sending photos of their

workouts as well. Keeping

the team’s spirits up is im-

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Stars of the week

1. Gabe Funk

(above). The

former LFHS

football captain

revealed he

tested positive

for coronavirus in

order to educate

and inform


2. Shelby Pruett.

The junior punter

was invited to

the Top Kicker

in America event

this July.

3. Breck Nowik.

The Lake Forest

baseball senior

captain is our

latest Athlete of

the Week.

Lake Forest High School junior Shelby Pruett trains at Kohl’s Kicking Camps’ 2019

National Scholarship Camp last summer. Photo courtesy of Kohl’s Kicking Camps

Pruett kicking recruiting process up a notch

Nick Frazier, Sports Editor

Punting runs in Shelby

Pruett’s family.

Pruett’s grandfather

punted and played running

back at Yale University

in the early 1950s, while

Pruett’s father walked on

and punted for a bit at the

University of Virginia.

A junior at Lake Forest

High School, Pruett hopes

to continue the family

tradition and play at the

college level. He’s on the

right track, as he earned

an invitation to the Top

Kicker in America event,

a showcase for collegeprospect

kickers and punters

held at Lake Forest

College in July.

Many participants in

the event have gone on to

play special teams in college,

and some, like Austin

Seibert, have reached

the National Football

League. Earning a spot in

the showcase means a lot

to the 6-foot-2, 190 pound


“It’s awesome,” Pruett

said. “I competed at multiple

large-scale events,

it’s just great to compete

at theirs. I love the atmosphere

of those camps.”

Pruett started punting

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IHSA sets tentative return

date for spring athletics

Michal Dwojak

Contributing Sports Editor

The IHSA is planning

on resuming spring sports

by March 30, but that’s

not a certain date.

The high school sports

organization announced

on March 17 that all

spring sports practices and

games are prohibited until

at least March 30 because

of COVID-19 concerns

and the group hopes to resume

play by the date, according

to a press release.

The IHSA admitted that

state governmental, educational

and health bodies

will need to approve the

action as the date draws


It admitted it is too soon

to say that play will definitely

resume on March


“During this time of

mandated closure, the

IHSA does not believe it

is necessary or prudent

for any number of students

to gather for workouts,

regardless of how

those students gather or

whether any IHSA rule is

broken by said gathering,”

the release reads. “That

includes informal/playerled

practices or any type

From MAR. 17

of instructional session.

National, state, and local

governmental leaders

are clear: To help our

country slow the spread

of this pandemic, the best

thing society can do is

limit its interaction with

one another, so, despite

how difficult this may be,

the IHSA strongly recommends

students, parents,

and non-school coaches/

trainers follow this advice.

Doing so could ultimately

end up salvaging

the spring sports season.”

The IHSA also announced

it isn’t sure

whether or not the spring

state tournaments will

take place as they are

scheduled or be extended

to June or July.

Spring athletes cannot

compete for their club

teams during this break

but players can gather to

practice at school training

facilities as long as

the school or coach is not

officially organizing the


Athletes can also have

personal lessons during

this time and seniors will

not be given an extra year

of eligibility — they have

eight semesters once they

start ninth grade.

Listen Up

“I just love going on visits, seeing the facilities and

the campuses, it’s been great.”

Shelby Pruett — LFHS junior punter on that it’s like to visit college


tune in

What to watch this week

BOYS VOLLEYBALL: Lake Forest would play the first

game of the spring season.

Lake Forest at Mundelein on Wednesday, April 8, 6 p.m.


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All in the family

LFHS junior Pruett set to follow grandfather’s, father’s footsteps,

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Take a bow

Meet our latest Athlete of the

Week, Page 20

North Shore athletes train from home, stay in touch during

coronavirus outbreak, Page 22

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