Winnetka's resident storyteller Mike Leonard retired from NBC after more than 30 years to make movies with his grown children at Picture Show Films.
What’s on the horizon? WTTW TV series called inCommon with Mike Leonard starting in January 2015.
Mantra? The clock is ticking.
Best grooming tip? Miniature bristled device to clean between teeth (resembles what Barbie’s toilet brush would look like). Other than that, I try to keep it simple. Grooming can only do so much for people like me.
Guilty pleasure? Capannari’s Ice Cream in Mount Prospect.
Favorite foods? Oats and Honey Crunchy Granola Bars (if you can handle the shower of crumbs).
Music you love? Folky lyrical stuff by John Prine and others like him.
Best advice ever given to you? Show respect (from Lou Lamoriello, my Providence College hockey coach).
Best advice you’ve given? Make something.
Earliest memory? Burning autumn leaves with a magnifying glass.
When you wake up, you…? Groan. Then eat two cups of yogurt.
Before bed, you..? Read about things that I should have read about in school.
What’s on your bookshelf? A glass of water—I read mostly articles.
You can’t live without? My wife and family.
Love to escape to? Lloyd Beach and my kayak.
When on the Shore:
Your style is..? Farmer casual.
Can’t leave the house without? A pad of paper and a pen.
Transportation? My worn out shoes, my beat-up bike, and my old Lexus.
Driving music? None. I use the rare self-imposed silence to think/daydream.
Place to eat? Every Winnetka restaurant. I like them all. Shop? Grand Foods (200 yards from our house). Sometimes I go there to just to say hi to the workers.
Best thing about the Shore? Beautiful environment to think and write.
Worst thing about the Shore? My kids can’t afford to live here.
The perfect day is…? A house filled with our children and grandchildren.
When in the City
Your style is..? Same as suburban Mike (urban farmer casual).
Can’t leave the house without? My camera.
Transportation? Metra train.
Driving music? White noise on headphones to drown out Metra cell phone yakkers.
Place to eat? Restaurants that are quiet, simple, and non-trendy.
Shop? Not much… I try to support my hometown merchants.
Best thing about the city? Its diversity.
Worst thing about the City? Franchises diminishing urban character.
The perfect day is…? Watching Chicago artist Jeff Zimmermann paint one of his outdoor murals on a warm summer day.