Bottle & Bottega Debuts in Downtown Highland Park: Help ‘Uncork’ a New Business

Bottle & Bottega Inks First Multi-Unit Deal with Existing Franchisee to Open New Highland Park Studio  

Chic and Sophisticated Art and Wine Studio Debuts in Highland Park

The wheels are off. Bottle & Bottega has parked itself permanently in Highland Park. The premier art and wine concept announced today the official opening of its new permanent studio location in Highland Park, conveniently located on Sheridan Road. The studio will serve as a hub for public and private painting parties as well as corporate partners seeking a unique and vibrant setting for their events.

“We’ve been running events throughout Highland Park the past few months and we’re so excited to finally have a home to host daily events,” said Chris Bonk, owner of Bottle & Bottega Highland Park and Bottle & Bottega Arlington Heights. “After witnessing how much fun people were having in my Arlington Heights studio, I knew that Highland Park was the perfect fit. I can’t wait to welcome our loyal fan base and new guests to join us in Highland Park and toast over a glass of wine.”

Highland Park residents and architecture aficionados are sure to recognize the new studio, located at 1894 Sheridan Road, for it’s historic Prairie Style architecture synonymous with famous Highland Park resident John Van Bergen. The building, which was constructed in 1926 and is the last standing example of Van Bergen’s commercial work, formerly served as a furrier for 90 years. The building was also featured in the movie Risky Business in the famous Porsche chase scene with Tom Cruise.

Bringing out the creative side in all of us regardless of skill or practice, Bottle & Bottega is one part artistic adventure and one part cocktail party. Through a blend of hands-on DIY art sessions, on-site professional instruction and, of course, a glass of wine, Bottle & Bottega helps guests create a masterpiece that they can be proud of taking home. Guests have the option to indulge in a variety of artistic mediums, including canvas, wood pallet, glassware, mosaics, Illumin-Art and various seasonal offerings. Whether enjoying a birthday, anniversary, mitzvah, bachelorette party, date night or just a girls’ night out, Bottle & Bottega offers a warm, chic and sophisticated DIY art studio where guests can relax, have fun and explore their creative sides.

The official ribbon cutting and grand opening after-hours party will take place on Wednesday, March 21 at 5:30-9:00 p.m. There will be complimentary beverages & snacks, live music, a taste of their 10 different art forms, and a raffle for prizes helping the charity WomenHeart (The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease)! Check out the secret Fur Vault and enjoy plenty of lively conversation!

For more information about Bottle & Bottega Highland Park and to reserve your spot at an upcoming studio event, visit the studio’s website, check out studio’s online event calendar, call (224) 334-3248 or email [email protected].

The Language That Everyone Needs – theCoderSchool

According to an October 2017 CNN interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, Cook states “Creativity is the goal. Coding is just to allow that. Creativity is in the front seat; technology is in the back seat.  It is sort of the blend with both of these that you can do such powerful things now.” In addition he says: “It’s the language that everyone needs, and not just for the computer scientists.  It’s for all of us.”

Coming soon to Downtown Highland Park, theCoderSchool is the first coding school of its kind in the Midwest. The Brown and Kreindler families are excited to open their first school on North Shore. According to Justin Brown, “In the next five years, coding will be as essential as learning a foreign language. theCoderSchool appealed to us as a way to teach kids of all levels how to code, and be able to create a family business where not only our children, but the whole community could benefit.” Justin’s wife Robin goes on to say: “It takes a village to raise a child, and as a mom, we want to do all we can to prepare our children for the future. Coding is the future and that is why we’re so excited to bring this opportunity to our local community.”

There are multiple programs that will be offered for students at theCoderSchool. The first is the 2:1 Code Coaching, which uses an incredibly small student-teacher ratio to provide students with focused attention and customization.  The Code Coaching adapts organically over time to promote continuous learning and engagement. In addition, classes are offered for kids ages 6-10 with a 8:1 ratio, Code Camps, and a Premium Coaching option with a Coder Fair presentation every 3-4 months.

Chad and Karen Kreindler, the other half of the owner-team have experience in EdTech and with the Glencoe School District. Both look forward to bringing the value of personalized learning and customizable Code Coaching to Highland Park and the North Shore.

Learn more at:

theCoderSchool Highland Park


Art Awakening — A New Day at The Art Center of Highland Park

The Art Center’s Gala on May 4 manifests the theme “Art Awakening: Making Art Available to All.” Art has the power to do just that: awaken the mind, spirit and senses. What is even more exciting is that “art awakening” applies to the Art Center (TAC) itself. At the end of February, TAC announced the appointment of James Lynch as their new Executive Director.

A dream come true for Lynch, he brings 20 years of experience as an arts advocate. He has served on the Highland Park Cultural Arts Commission for seven years, and is a past Chair as well. James founded the Highland Park Cultural Arts Network and has significant experience in theater arts, having served as a producer, director, performer and teacher. In fact, he has taught “Acting for Non-Actors” at TAC in the past.

James describes the mood at TAC as a “New Day” — describing himself as the “Chief Possibility Officer” rather than as an Executive Director. James is excited to work with the team to create what he describes as a “center for collaboration,” a place where creativity and collaboration abound. Bringing his most recent experience as owner of an executive coaching and consulting practice for family-owned businesses, Lynch is bringing a business lens to TAC. While continuing the mission of providing education and appreciation of the contemporary visual arts, he is surveying what students want. James ensures that in-demand classes will remain and that new classes and live events are created. James is actively seeking partnerships with other non-profit organizations and local businesses as well. All are welcome to enjoy and participate!

One of James’ first official acts as Executive Director was to secure Janet Davies of ABC 7 as the Mistress of Ceremonies for TAC’s upcoming Gala. In addition, the Midwest Young Arts Conservatory will be performing at the event.  It is indeed a new day at TAC and we’re excited to see “Art Awakening” in Downtown Highland Park.

To learn about the the Art Center Gala, art classes and other events, please visit

Click here to purchase tickets for Art Awakening on Friday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m.