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Last Updated:  November 22, 2010

Find us at McGonigal's Pub!

105 S. Cook Street, Barrington IL 60010

Update - November 22, 2010 (and September 28)
This is just a brief but sad update on family - we have lost two relatives in about two months time.  My great aunt, Doris Wolfe, passed away on Saturday, November 20th in Branson MO.  She was 84 years old and has been in poor health for quite a while.  This follows her husband, my uncle Gene Wolfe, who passed away on Friday September 24th (also in Branson).  He was 86 years old and had been battling several ailments for the past couple years. 

Doris was the sister of Irene McGonigal, my grandmother and the mother of my father Dennis.  A little over three years ago Gene and Doris celebrated their 50 year wedding anniversary.  The site is still up but unfortunately it was never developed.  However, our family did make the trip for the event, which turned out to be a great and special family reunion.

They may be gone from this life, but will remain in our hearts and memories forever.

Update - July 5, 2010
Wow . . . it's been well over over four months since I touched anything on this site!  I guess it's about time for me to give at least a brief update to my family, friends, and fans who may still occasionally check in to this McGonigal family home page. 

Life took a relatively dramatic change for me once the businesses (pub and wine bar) were opened, primarily in terms of the ability to do anything outside of work.  For the first couple months, 16-20 hour DAYS pretty much EVERY DAY were normal shifts for my work.  Counting January, it was over 4Ĺ MONTHS until I finally had my first full day off.  Stress levels were at an all-time high, and you could really see it and how it affected me.  Yes, sleep became a more precious commodity than eating.  You never realize how valuable personal and family time can be until you have absolutely none to spare.  Fortunately this was something I was planning for, though admittedly it was even more than anticipated.

The GREAT news is that the businesses have been nothing short of tremendously successful and have literally exceeded all our expectations.  This was not just a result of hard work; I owe a BIG THANKS for the support from my family and friends, our excellent staff, plus of course the great community and people of Barrington.  We could not have done this without all of you! 

It's true that life will never be the same for me again, but the goal is to come up with an acceptable balance.  With good, trustworthy staff in place and getting myself better organized and educated in this industry, allowing myself some quality time off for the truly important things (i.e., family and some R&R) will become more frequent.  The new "normal" for me will be different and much busier than the old, but I'm confident that I can make it all work out.

My "Deep Thoughts Weekly" mailer has returned from it's nearly four month hiatus, so be sure to get on the mailing list for weekly funnies plus the latest news on family and the pub.  As time permits I'll get some additional updates to this page, including more streamlining as mentioned in my February posting and of course some long overdue AJ pictures (last updated two years ago, and boy has he been growing up!).  Don't hold your breath waiting, but I'll get to it someday sooner than later.  Take care everyone, and see you at the pub!

Update - February 14, 2010
It was a wild 2009 for the McGonigal family, much of which has centered around the prospects of running a family business that would also include my father, sister and brother in law. The serious thought process began in January of '09, and led to bigger and better possibilities, and we have since taken the daunting but exciting steps to make it happen. Well, almost, as the exciting dream of creating McGonigalís Pub and Park Avenue Wine Bar & Merchant is happening, and the businesses are slated to open in Barrington the first week of March.

This has unfortunately become an all-consuming process which has caused many things in my life to suffer, including family life and my sanity at times!  However, I am extremely fortunate to have a wonderful wife and child who not only love and support me but somehow manage to tolerate my behavior. I talk about the pub being a ďdreamĒ but it will never come close to matching the dream I live every day with Laura and AJ.  Without them Iím a lost soul, and though at times I may lose a bit of focus on whatís genuinely important, I want them to know how much I truly love them and how much they will always mean to me.

Regarding the future of this site, updates to will become few & far between as it will be going in a more streamlined direction.  As you can see Iíve started some changes now to the main page but shortly the entire site and lots of the crusty old stuff will be cleaned up quite a bit more.  The goal is for this to be more of a static destination site, with minor exceptions for general updates on things I do regularly (such as the Deep Thoughts Weekly mailer) and the occasional important family announcement.  Believe it or not I massively stress out about not consistently updating this site, not adding in new pictures or quotes or other things, and generally ignoring my unimportant self-imposed responsibilities.  However, there is simply too much going on in my life now, so itís time to reduce and eliminate what I can so that the important things Ė such as family, work and sanity Ė donít suffer due to my own self-inflicted mental torture!

If you are an occasional visitor of this site you know it really hasnít been updated much at all over the past year, despite several promises to do so.  Please understand that I certainly do NOT have any plans on shutting down the site, but if you are looking for more consistent updates and interactivity I would suggest joining Facebook as I really have spent more time there (hmmmmÖmaybe one big reason why this site has suffered).  It's easy and free to join, and then you just need to "friend" me to start getting all the updates!
Click here for my Facebook Link and directions on joining.

Anyway, I thank you all for your understanding and in the near future you will see some final progress. Have a great 2010 my friends, and I hope to see you at the pub this spring!



Thanks for visiting!




In Memory of my mother...

Mary McGonigal  1944-2006
You will always be with us.








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