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Holiday Fun on the North Shore Dec. 19-21

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Whichever holiday you celebrate, the weekend is filled with wonderful ways to partake in the joy of the season!

It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play
Dec. 19-21: 8 pm
Oil Lamp Theatre, 1723 Glenview Rd., Glenview

Come be a part of a live studio audience for a special broadcast of this classic holiday story from 1946 highlighting family, faith and determination overcoming adversity and greed. From Lionel trains to cookies and hot chocolate – all your favorites will be here.  A great time for the whole family!  Click here for more information.

Winter Wonderland at Cuneo Mansion & Gardens
Dec. 19-21: 6pm – 10 pm (though Jan. 3)
Cuneo Mansion & Gardens, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills
If you haven’t gone yet, make sure to block off time this weekend for this dazzling drive-thru holiday light show held on the magnificent grounds of the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens. Admission $10 per car on weekends. $5 weekdays.  See website for special entry location. For more info, click here.

The King and I
Dec. 19 @ 8 pm, Dec. 20 4:30 pm & 8 pm, Dec. 21 1 pm and 5 pm
The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire

Get swept off your feet all over again when East meets West in this beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein romance. For tickets, click here.

North Shore Jewish Community Hanukkah Concert
Dec. 20: 7:30 pm
Wilmette Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette

Join The North Shore, Skokie and Chicago Jewish communities for an unforgettable evening of song and story, schmooze and blues featuring Chicago’s newest Jewish folk rock band and YouTube sensation “Rogers Park.” The two lead singers – Yosef Peysin and Mordy Kurtz have been performing together as “Rogers Park” since 2011. To purchase tickets, click here.

Christmas & Hanukkah Concerts at the Garden
Christmas Concert: Dec. 20 at 2:00 & 4:00 pm
Hanukkah Concert: Dec. 21 2:00 & 4:00 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
Get into the holiday spirit with a Christmas Brass Concert, featuring festive holiday favorites and The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band performing Hanukkah favorites in the Alsdorf Auditorium. Ticket price includes concert and access to the Wonderland Express exhibit. Click here for more info.

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Top Ten Luxury Home Sales On Chicago’s North Shore In 2014

North Shore Chicago’s top ten luxury home sales of 2014 ranged in price from $4,250,000 to $7,000,000, with a median price of $5,625,000. That’s up 13% from last year but still 6.5% below the 2006 peak median price of $6,020,000.

Three of the top ten this year were in Lake Forest, three in Winnetka, two in Glencoe and one each in Kenilworth and Wilmette. Five of them were lakefront homes. Two were new construction. The oldest home was built in 1897. Property taxes range from $54,000 to $105,000 per year.

Looking for luxury property? You can search currently listed upper bracket homes here.

# 10. 561 Circle Lane, Lake Forest – $4,250,000

561 Circle Lane kitchen

This new construction home by Heritage Luxury Builders sits on one and a half wooded acres with a deeded walking path to an exclusive beach. With sixteen rooms, seven bedrooms, seven full baths, three half baths and six fireplaces, this home has all the bells and whistles, including gourmet kitchen, media room, wine room and a sport court with a seventeen foot ceiling.

# 9. 1160 Michigan Avenue, Wilmette – $4,800,000

1160 Michigan Ave, Wilmette, IL

This wonderful mid-century modern house sits on beachfront property that is truly beachfront, not high on a bluff like most other North Shore lakefront properties. It only has three bedrooms but comes with plans for the addition of two bedrooms on the second floor.

# 8. 443 Sheridan Road, Glencoe – $4,807,500

443 Sheridan Rd, Glencoe

The magnificent Pabst Manor must have seen some amazing parties in its heyday (and probably still does). Built in 1936, the Georgian mansion has recently been completely renovated and redecorated. Situated on over two private acres bordering a ravine, it has lush landscaping, a pool and an outdoor sports court. Inside are eight bedrooms, a walnut-paneled library, four fireplaces and a commercial grade kitchen.mansions

# 7. 115 Meadow Lane, Winnetka – $5,200,000

115 Meadow Lane, Winnetka, IL
Another proposed new construction from Heritage Builders, this home will feature 14,000 feet of living space on 1.25 acre. A total of fourteen rooms will include six bedrooms, 6.3 baths, library, porch, exercise room, media room and sport court.

# 6. 20 Fox Lane, Winnetka – $5,500,000

20 Fox Lane, Winnetka, IL

This stately home, built in 1936 was designed by Stanley Anderson and is located on 1.6 acres on a private lane. Over the years it has been tastefully expanded and extensively updated. It has fifteen large rooms, including seven bedrooms, gourmet kitchen opening to a spectacular family room and library. It also has an outdoor pool, six fireplaces and garage for five cars.

# 5. 80 N. Green Bay Road, Lake Forest – $5,750,000

80 N. Green Bay Rd, Lake Forest IL

My personal favorite, this stone home at the end of a tree-lined private drive feels like an French manor house. It has been updated to provide all the modern amenities while preserving its historic character and charm. It sits on three acres adjacent to the Onwentsia Club and comes with a pool and coachhouse.

# 4. 255 N. Mayflower Road, Lake Forest – $6,100,000

Lake Forest IL Luxury home

This home was designed by noted architect Howard Van Doren Shaw and built in 1897. With over five acres of lushly landscaped property and historic gardens, it’s a gardener’s paradise. Recently restored and updated, the has plenty of room for out of town guests: seven bedrooms and seven full baths. It also has an awesome wine cave and five-car garage, as well as a wide veranda for enjoying views of Lake Michigan.

# 3. 619 Sheridan Road, Winnetka – $6,100,000

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This shingle lakefront home was built in 2002. Not as large as some of the other estates, it has thirteen rooms, four bedrooms and four full baths, as well as three half-baths and sits on .7 acre perched on the bluff. You can enjoy panoramic views of Lake Michigan from the patio, gazebo, screened porch or from an Adirondack chair on the lawn.

# 2. 439 Sheridan Road, Kenilworth – $6,200,000

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With lake views from all the principle rooms and a private beach, living here is like being on vacation. But it’s a short walk to schools and train and just a 25 minute commute to downtown Chicago. On almost an acre, the house , which was built in 1958, has been exquisitely updated for maximum comfort and elegance.

#1. 45 Lakewood Drive, Glencoe – $7,000,000

Highest prced luxury home -45 Lakewood-Glencoe

This year’s most expensive home fetched $7,000,000 after only one day on the market! Built in 1998 on a little over an acre, it has a over 11,000 square feet of living space, with sixteen rooms and six full baths, plus garage space for four cars. It has its own expansive beach and breathtaking lake views from most of the rooms as well as a multi-tiered patio. Recent renovations include a new kitchen and lower level with exercise room, theatre and golf simulator.

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If you’d like to see what upper bracket homes are currently available on the North Shore, you can search here. Or give us a call at 847-881-6657 and let us know what you’re looking for. Often we know of homes for sale that are not listed on the MLS. If it’s out there we’ll find it for you!

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Best Gift and Home Accents Store on the North Shore

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So you’ve checked off all of your family members, but what about hostess gifts, teacher gifts, a gift for your dog walker, etc. Tired of the old gift card route? Well, lucky for you, the North Shore has a plethora of gift and home accent shops filled with unique items for everyone on your list, including yourself! And if your holiday décor could use a little freshening up too, then chances are you’ll be able to pick something fabulous along the way! Happy Shopping!

Ellen’s on Elm
841 Elm Street, Winnetka, 847-441-5240

More than just a gift shop, Ellen’s on Elm, thoughtfully selects unique gifts, many made by local artists, to line their shelves for all seasons of life. From jewelry and accessories to engraved and monogrammed items, the helpful and friendly staff is always ready to help you find the perfect gift.

Artisan Shop & Gallery
Plaza del Lago, 1515 Sheridan Road, Wilmette, 847-251-3775

If you are looking for interesting, eclectic and beautiful gifts, then look no further. This store is filled with unique and sophisticated handcrafted items by more than 350 American artists, including artisan jewelry, pottery, hand blown glass, wooden jewelry boxes and games, kitchen items, scarves, jackets, baby gifts and more.

Stumble & Relish
1310 A Chicago, Ave, Evanston, 773-330-3488

Owned by a mother/daughter duo, this adorable, little boutique has been described as a live Etsy store. Clients love the creative displays, the affordable prices, their adorable gift wrapping and the passion and knowledge that the owners have about each item and every item in the store. Jewelry, pottery, air plants, soaps, purses, journals, illustrated artwork, small wood curios, and so much more for you to discover and enjoy.

Green leaf Gallery
1760 Sunset Lane, Bannockburn, 847-948-7689

Located in a charming cottage in the woods, Greenleaf Gallery features a wonderful selection of fine art, folk art, handcrafted goods and gifts, accessories for women and men, jewelry, whimsical garden art, stationery and cards, tabletop and baby gifts. The gallery supports more than 100 American artists, including many local Chicagoans in addition to talented people across the country.

Black Sheep General Store
346 Park Ave., Glencoe, 847-242-0130

This quaint, new storefront in Glencoe already has customers raving. It is stocked with a little something for everyone including candy, housewares, spa items, baby gifts, books, clocks, pillows, flasks, specialty t-shirts, candles and more, all with a focus on local, handmade, small batch merchandise.

Kenzy Gifts & Décor
1849 Green Bay Rd., Ste 109, Highland Park, 847-780-4177

Kenzy Gifts & Décor carries exceptional gifts, dinnerware and decorative home accents in every price range. Created from a need to find items for her home that were unique and different, the boutique features designs by owner, Yasmin Mekki, as well those by various other designers.

Style Shack
1839 Second Street, Highland Park, 847-579-4525

Style Shack is a magical place where commerce and culture intersect. The unique collection of giftware is only part of what the Style Shack experience has to offer. From unique jewelry and handbags to one-of-a-kind home accessories and hostess gifts, their collection will entice the most discriminating shoppers, not to mention their outstanding complimentary gift wrapping!

Pierce Interiors
1264 Northbrook Court, Northbrook, 847-291-0300

Don’t let its Northbrook Court location fool you. Established in 1969, Pierce Interiors is a family-owned and operated fine gift and home accent store. Here you’ll find an extraordinary selection of fine crystal, porcelain, metal work, service ware, curio cabinets and other beautiful home decor, including Michael Aram, Swarovski, Lladro, Waterford, Julia Knight, and Lalique. They offer complimentary gift wrapping, price matching, shipping services and free layaway.

If we omitted one of your favorites, or there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment! Additionally, we are happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Holiday Fun on the North Shore: Dec. 12 – 14

holiday fun bannerThe holiday fun continues all weekend long and includes opportunities to skate and brunch with Santa. If you need a break from all of the holiday craze, you check out Highland Park’s very own Billy Corgan’s entree into musical theatre.

 

The 48 Hour Musicals: Encore!, Featuring a musical by Billy Corgan
Dec. 12 & 13: 8 pm, Dec. 14: 2 pm
The Musical Theatre Company, 1850 Green Bay Road, Highland Park

The 48 Hour Musicals are 15-minute musicals written in only 48 hours by exciting new musical theatre writers. This year’s offering reprises (by demand) 4 musicals that have led to full-length TMTC commissions and concludes with the premier of a 20-minute musical by Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan whose Pretty Persephone is based on the The Eleusinian Mysteries and the myth of Persephone’s abduction by Hades, Lord of the Underworld. Click here for ticket info.

Yelp’s Holiday House Pop Up!
Dec. 13 & 14: 12 – 4pm
Light Opera Works, 516 4th St, Wilmette

Two days of FREE family-friendly activities in Yelpville! Play with the Yelp elves, enjoy hot cocoa, cooking, crafts, giant LEGO build, storytelling, indoor snowball throwing, free gift wrapping station (for a good cause), Frozen sing along with Elsa and Light Opera Works Kids Workshop, sing along with Super Stolie, holiday raffle, giant gingerbread house and so much more! For a schedule of events, click here.

Candy Cane Lane Tree Decorating
Dec. 13: 10 am – 12 pm
Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka

Register your organization, club, troop, neighborhood, or family to decorate your very own tree in Hubbard Woods Park. To register, click here.

Salt Creek Ballet: The Nutcracker
Dec. 13: 1 & 5 pm, Dec. 14: 2 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Salt Creek Ballet’s whimsical tale of young Clara and her magical journey with waltzing flowers, giant mice and sugar plum fairies are all exquisitely set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and is a holiday experience worth sharing. Fantastic new sets and costumes for 2014. Click here for ticket info.

Skate with Santa/Holiday Skating Exhibition
Dec. 13: 1:40-2:55; 3-4:30 pm
Winnetka Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka

Sleigh rides on ice and a visit from the jolly old elf himself will highlight this Winnetka tradition. Skate rental is $3.50, quantities are limited. Continue the fun and watch tot thru Free Skate program participants, WFSC members and the Ice Angels Synchro teams demonstrate their skills at annual Holiday Exhibition. Free admission for both. www.winpark.org.

Brunch with Santa
Dec. 14: 11 am – 2 pm
Pinstripes, 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook
There’s no doubt you’ll strike up a good time with an appearance by Santa at Pinstripe’s already famous Sunday brunch featuring made-to-order omelets, prime rib, fresh seafood, gourmet waffles and more, not to mention photo ops with the special guest! Click here, for more info.

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North Shore Chicago Real Estate Report – November 2014

North Shore Chicago Real Estate Report – November 2014

North Shore Chicago Market Data - November 2014
The North Shore real estate market has been quiet this fall, and, while market fundamentals are sound, we can say that the recovery is taking a breather. A decline in home buyer activity has driven an 8% decrease in home sales in November and a 9% decrease in the median price to %567,000. Market time, which has been steadily declining over the past year and a half, has leveled off at just over three months in November.

Housing supply is up 13% over November of last year and the months supply of inventory is up 29% to 6.7 months (meaning it would take 6.7 months for all the houses on the market to sell given the current rate of sale). Selling price as a percent of list price, which had increased to almost 97% earlier in the year, has settled back down to 95%. We are seeing more price reductions than we did during earlier in the year, and buyers are enjoying more negotiating leverage now than they did during the spring bidding wars.

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Best Colorists on the North Shore

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We know. Your social calendar is on overload right now, and you want to look and feel your best. Perhaps a little color is in order to freshen up your look. No need to trek all the way downtown, the North Shore has plenty of skilled colorists who are at the top of their game and will make you look like you’re at the top of yours.

J•stranD Salon
258 Green Bay Road, Highwood, 847-432-4111

J∙stranD for Hair, Body, and Soul is a beautiful and comfortable salon that offers a plethora of services in a professional but warm and welcoming environment. Each team member is dedicated to a particular service, so you have colorists that are dedicated to color and color only. And while you are in capable hands with any of the colorists here, you’ll hear many on the North Shore singing the praises of Vesna .

Paul Rehder Salon
952 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, 847-501-4000

The opening of this new salon was eagerly anticipated by many on the North Shore. Although many love its sleek and urban feel (sister location downtown), it’s the devout following of Marissa and Priscilla, and their mastery of color, that has had people flocking to this new outpost.

Red 7 Salon
816 Dempster St., Evanston, 847-866-7337

This award-winning, fun and eclectic salon often describes itself as the “Cheers!” of the salon world, but with an upscale twist! And whether or not everybody will know your name, the names you want to know for color here are Adrian and Maggie.

Salon Volé
1783 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park, 847-432-2640

Salon Volé is a chic and sophisticated salon but with a friendly and laid back vibe. The entire staff is top notch and very attentive to their clients. For color: Anthony (owner), Danny, Maria come highly recommended, but you really can’t go wrong with any member of the team.

Taylor Reese
572 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park, 847-432-8800

Taylor Reese is one of the big name hair salons on the North Shore and is recognized as one of the top salons in America by Elle magazine. Although people rave about all of the stylists here, Bridgette and Julia are the leaders of the pack when it comes to color.

The Salon LTD
588 N. Western Ave, Lake Forest, 847-295-6565

If you are looking for a fun, modern salon with a small town feel, then this is the place for you and Sonja is the colorist for you. Having been called a “magical wizard with color”, you’ll be in good hands with Sonja.

If we omitted one of your favorites, or there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment! Additionally, we are happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Dec. 5 – 7

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The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has officially begun. Let’s hope we can all take some time to enjoy some of the many wonderful opportunities that celebrate the true spirit of the holidays! Here’s what’s going on this weekend:

Celtic Tenor Christmas
Dec. 5: 8 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Join the world-class Celtic Tenors for their musical celebration of Irish Christmas as they perform a wonderful mixture of Celtic, operatic and popular songs. For ticket info, click here.

Deerfield’s Winter Celebration
Dec. 5: 5 – 9 pm, Village Hall, 850 Waukegan Road, Deerfield
Dec. 6: 9 am – 3 pm, The Shops at Deerfield Square, 740 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield
Horse drawn carriages, live reindeer, roasted chestnuts, and entertainment followed by a day filled with activities at various merchant locations, plus a petting zoo and plenty of photo ops throughout. www.deerfield.il.us.

“It’s Christmas Charlie Brown”
12/5 @ 6 pm, 12/6 @ 10 am, 12/7 @ 2 & 4 pm, 12/13 & 12/14 @ 10 am
Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette
Presented by the ATC Repertory Company. Come celebrate the Holiday with Charlie Brown and the gang as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. The show last 48 minutes and there is a family sing along after! Click here for ticket info.

Santa Trains:
Jingle Railway
Dec. 6: 9 am
Highland Park Downtown Metra Station, 1700 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park
All aboard for a magical journey to the “North Pole”(Waukegan). Wear your favorite pajamas, listen to a classic holiday story, write your letter to Santa, snack on a cookie, and meet some holiday characters all on the way. Santa will visit with the kids on the return trip. Click here for more info.

Candy Cane Train
Dec. 7: 1 pm – 3 pm
Deerfield Metra Station, 860 Deerfield Rd., Deerfield
Experience a special holiday event as you travel from the Deerfield Metra Train to meet Santa and favorite holiday “friends.” Refreshments will be served. Space is limited. For ticket info, click here.

Polar Express Storytime Train
Dec: 6 & 7: 1:14-3:37 pm
North Glenview Metra, 3000 Old Willow Rd., Glenview
Climb aboard the Polar Express Storytime Train! Meet at the North Glenview Metra Train Station and board the train bound for the Libertyville Train Station. Along the way, enjoy reading the Polar Express (bring a copy to read along). Once in Libertyville, savor a meal at Egg Harbor. Santa will join the group on the way back to Glenview and he will have a special gift for each child. Space is limited. For ticket info, click here.

Coldwell Banker Winterfest
Dec. 6: 10 am – 1 pm
Coldwell Banker Offices, 568 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka
The annual family tradition continues with photos with Santa, horse & carriage rides, carolers, crafts, and of course, hot cocoa!

Holiday Log House
Dec. 7: 1- 4 pm
Schmidt-Burnham Log House, 1140 Willow, Winnetka
Step back into a bygone era for some old-fashioned family fun! Tour the c. 1837 Log House, hear tales from costumed docents and enjoy holiday crafts and treats. Free to public. winnetkahistory.org.

Evanston Symphony Holiday Concert
Dec. 7: 3 pm
Evanston Township High School Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston
The Evanston Symphony partners with various choral and dance groups from throughout the North Shore to celebrate the season. For more info: evanstonsymphony.org

North Shore Views is the most comprehensive online source for North Shore Chicago real estate and community information. Whether you are looking for market statistics, homes for sale or local events, North Shore Views has it all at your fingertips. Browse information regarding our communities, market data, luxury homes, lakefront property, schools and what you should know about making the move to the North Shore.

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Why The First Offer On Your Home Is Often The Best Offer

yard_sign_desperate_sellerThere is a truism in real estate that the first offer you receive on your home is the best one you will get. And while that’s not true 100% of the time, our experience is that it IS true in about 85% of cases.

When a North Shore homeowner receives the first offer on their home and it isn’t close to their asking price, they tend to balk. Reluctant to even negotiate, their inclination is to hold out for another, higher offer.

While this is understandable, in most cases we encourage our clients to take a deep breath and try to work with the offer, reminding them that it’s not where you start in a negotiation but where you finish that counts. We have seen a lot of cases where the initial offer was low but ultimately got close to what was acceptable to the seller. There is absolutely no downside to countering an offer, even if it’s a small reduction. That signals to the buyer that you are willing to negotiate but are not willing to give away the farm. And the buyer’s response to your counter will give you a good sense of where things are headed.

But back to the reason that the first offer is often the best one.

Today more than 90% of all home buyers start their home search online. They supplement their online search with visits to Sunday open houses. By the time they are ready to make an offer on a house, they are well-educated about the market. They have looked at everything in their price range, comparing features and amenities and have a good sense of value. When a new house comes on the market, they can immediately assess how it compares to what they’ve seen and whether it’s worth the price. Their offer will reflect their perception of the home’s value vs. competing listings.

If they have lost a house (or houses) in a bidding war, they will move quickly and with a strong offer.

But once a house has been on the market for  few weeks, most of the showings you get will be from buyers who are in the early stages of their search. They are still doing research on the market and not yet ready to buy.

The longer the house is on the market the less sense of urgency buyers have. They think, “Well, no one has bought this house, so it must not be worth what the seller is asking.” or they think,  “Maybe there’s something wrong with it.” or even “Maybe I can get this house at a steal.” And that’s when the low-ball offers start to come in.

The more time that passes, the more likely you will end up accepting an offer that is lower than the initial offer you got.

My advice is to take the first offer you get seriously. Don’t be insulted by it. Try to work with it. You may be able to get the buyer to come close to a price that is acceptable to you, especially if you can compromise on other terms like the closing date. Don’t walk away from the deal until you have fully negotiated it. When you reach the buyer’s bottom line, you can decide if it’s acceptable or not. No one can force you to take it.

We are North Shore real estate specialists and one of the top teams in the area. If you would like to schedule a buyer or seller consultation with the Come Home North Shore team, please call 847-881-6657 or send us a note here.

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Best Family-Friendly Restaurants on the North Shore

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Tired of cooking? Tired of leftovers? But still have family in town? Then it’s time to take the show on the road. Dining out with kids has its unique set of challenges, so we offer you this list where the kids will be welcomed but your taste buds will not have to suffer.

The Happ Inn
305 Happ Road, Northfield, 847-784-9200

The Happ Inn has become a neighborhood staple known for its inviting and dynamic atmosphere, fresh quality food, specialty craft beers and diverse wine list. This award winning restaurant is the perfect place to meet friends and family for a casual dinner or to grab a cold beer and quick bite while watching the game on a flat screen TV in the bar.

The Silo
625 Rockland Road, Lake Bluff, 847-234-6660
The Silo has been a landmark on the North Shore for over 43 years, serving famous pan pizza. In addition, award winning chili, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, dinner entrees, and a full service bar compliment the menu. Gluten free options now available plus they have a magician on Sunday evenings from 5 – 8 pm.

Market House on the Square
655 Forest Ave., Lake Forest, 847-234-8800
If you are looking for something a little more upscale but still kid friendly, then this is your place. The menu offers classic American cooking rooted in tradition yet taking full advantage of current techniques. Everything is from scratch including fresh bread baked daily, flatbreads, dressings, sauces, pastas, cheeses sausages and more. Separate kid menu available as well.
Nu offers crafted food featuring the rich tradition of American Cooking we all grew up loving.

Buffos
431 Sheridan Road, Highwood, 847-432-0301

Thin crust and double-decker pizza are specialties of the house. But the choices don’t end with pizza; a complete menu of charbroiled burgers, Italian beef and sausage, soups, chili, salads and pastas with homemade sauces from traditional Highwood recipes are among Buffo’s varied selection. A great place to catch a game, play some classic arcade games and some nights they host car shows!

Valley Lodge Tavern
2132 Waukegan Rd, Glenview, 847-724-7440
1141 Central Ave., Wilmette, 847-920-5675

With its homelike atmosphere, the Valley Lodge is another iconic restaurant on the North Shore. Started in 1969 in Glenview, the Stavrou family has been serving up mouthwatering burgers, as well as sandwiches, salads and entrees along with great service to keep customers coming back for years to come. A newer outpost of this North Shore staple is now open in  Wilmette.

Old Neighborhood Grill
2902 Central St., Evanston, 847-492-9500

Old Neighborhood Grill offers a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere. The menu features all of your old favorites – burgers, hotdogs, Italian beef and sausages, chicken, fish and rib eye steak sandwiches. They also have a number of Greek specialties, including gyros and shish-ka-bobs made from their own family recipes.

Real Urban BBQ
610 Central Ave., Highland Park, 224-770-4227

The owners are committed to bringing the best “Real Urban Barbecue,” to their customers, and they have stayed true to that commitment. Their menu, served cafeteria style, features all of the classics: brisket, ribs, pork, chicken, turkey, and sausage as well as a nice variety of sides and a varied selection of sauces to suit anyone’s taste. For none beef eaters, there is also a selection of salads as well as fish tacos.

If we omitted one of your favorites, or there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment! Additionally, we are happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Nov. 28 – Nov. 30, 2014

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Catch the holiday spirit along with Santa, Elsa (think Frozen) and live reindeer! Plenty of opportunities for holiday and family fun abound this weekend!

Lake Forest Annual Tree Lighting
Nov. 28: 3 – 7 pm
Market Square, 1 Market square, Lake Forest

31 years and going strong. This annual family tradition includes live ice sculpting, Santa meet and greet, and caroling with the Lake Forest High School Choristers. cityoflakeforest.com.

The Mousetrap
Nov. 28: 8 pm; Nov. 29 2:30 and 8 pm; Nov. 30 7 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Agatha Christie’s masterful whodunit weaves an intricate plot filled with nerve-rattling suspense, all leading up to the ultimate final twist! For ticket information, click here.

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