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Charming 4 Bedroom Northwest Evanston Home

2627 Thayer St., Evanston, IL 60201

2627 Thayer Street, Evanston, IL 60201

The Come Home North Shore team just listed this adorable four bedroom house in Northwest Evanston. Just three blocks from Central Street, living here allows you to have the best of both city and suburban life: a wonderful and welcoming neighborhood with plenty of shops and restaurants nearby.

Built in 1917, it retains all of its vintage charm but has been recently updated for today’s lifestyle. Here’s what we love about this house:

  • A large eat-in kitchen with island, remodeled in 2006 with cherry cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances (and a wine fridge!)
  • An adjacent family room with vaulted ceilings adds additional space for entertaining or chilling with the family.
  • A large paver patio out back for summer barbecues and parties.
  • A private master retreat and three other bedrooms on the second floor.
  • A finished basement with rec room, office, laundry and “mudroom” with built in cubbies.
  • An easy walk to the train and shopping.

This home is not in the MLS yet, but you can call us for a private showing at 847-881-6657, or stop by our open house on Sunday, April 19 from 1-3. We’d love to show you around!

If your New Year’s Resolution was to buy or sell a home on Chicago’s North Shore, contact The Come Home North Shore Team at Coldwell Banker.  We’re North Shore real estate specialists and our knowledge & experience can save you time & money.  Call Anne West and Paula Weiss at 847.881.6657 or email us here.

If you’d like to find out how much your home is worth in today’s market, you can find out here.

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Be Uplifted! With Jazz Vocalist Tammy McCann

tammy-mccann-winnetka-jazz-readings-by-annewwestEnjoy an afternoon of uplifting songs by jazz vocalist Tammy McCann and Trio and inspirational readings by Father Michael Pfleger.

At 4:00pm, on Sunday April 12th , Winnetka Congregational Church, located at 725 Pine Street in Winnetka, is sponsoring Tammy McCann and Trio and Father Michael Pfleger, Senior Pastor of St. Sabina, in a performance designed to lift the spirits and soothe the souls of all who attend.

Cost to attend is a minimum donation of $20 for adults/$10 for students. All proceeds go to St. Sabina’s Outreach Programs.

Tammy McCann has been named “Best Jazz Vocal Performance” 3 years running by the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune’s Art Critic, Howard Reich says this internationally recognized vocalist has a voice that soars in all registers, at all tempos, on all occasions.

Father Pfleger is Senior Pastor of St. Sabina’s church in Chicago’s southwest side. As a minister and community activist, “Father Mike has sought to break down walls of racism and injustice by building unity among all people inspired by Jesus’ command to “Love one another”.

St. Sabina’s outreach programs include a food pantry, The Ark community youth center, an employment resource center, senior housing, and comprehensive social services. Learn more at saintsabina.org.

Winnetka Congregational Church supports more than 60 non-profit organizations on the North Shore and in the Greater Chicago Area and is a member of the Interfaith Council. For more information go to our website at wcc-joinus.org

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: April 10 – 12

winr and chocolateThree words for you: Artisan Chocolate Festival. Throw in some additional wine tasting and you’ve got the makings of a fabulous weekend! Wine and chocolate not your thing? No worries, there are plenty of other fabulous events including a celebration of The Carpenters music, a performance by Paula Poundstone, an old-fashion campfire, a flea market and a fun production of Busytown for the kiddos!

Chicagoland Artisan Chocolate Festival & Wine Testing
April 10: Preview, 5 – 8 pm
April 11: 11 am – 8 pm; April 12: 11 am – 7 pm
Crystal Ballroom, 529 Davis St., Evanston

You had us at chocolate. Featuring the finest in artisan chocolates, with lectures, demonstrations, chocolate, wine tasting, and more…For more info, click here.

Close To You: The Music of The Carpenters
April 10: 8 pm
Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie

It’s all the music of The Carpenters that you love performed by unmatched vocalist Lisa Rock, her pianist, Ken McMullen and back-up vocalist, Amy Malouf. This performance is a special stripped down/unplugged version of their full show. For tickets, click here.

Paula Poundstone
April 10: 8 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Each one of Paula’s shows is completely unique and unrepeatable. She is a master of observational comedy and can cleverly poke fun at someone without demeaning her comic target. Paula is warm and genuine—a true anti-celebrity! Enjoy a night out with Paula filled with priceless laughs and memories. For tickets, click here.

Old-Fashioned Campfire
April 10: 6 – 7:30 pm
Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd., Highland Park

Take a short hike with a naturalist along the trails, play games with family and friends and enjoy marshmallows roasted over the campfire! Children two and under are free. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Click here for more info.

6th Annual Spring Flea Market
April 11: 9 am – 4 pm
Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St., Evanston

As the old saying goes, someone’s “trash” is another one’s treasure! This market connects people who own great “stuff” they don’t need, with folks who like a bargain and believe in the three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle! Click here for more info.

Busytown
April 11: 10 am & 1 pm (Saturdays thru 5/2)
Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook

The imaginative characters of Richard Scarry’s books come alive in this musical. Performances run approximately one hour. For tickets, click here.

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Wonderful Wedding Venues on the North Shore

armours house wedding cakeIronically the happiest time in your life can also be the most stressful! Yes, I am talking about wedding planning. If you thought finding your soulmate was hard enough, just wait and see what come next. Luckily, the North Shore has many wonderful venues that can help make the wedding of your dreams a reality and take the stress out of what should be a joyous time in your life. Whether it’s a highly experienced staff, picturesque setting and/or a flair for details, each of these venues offer something special; the stressful part may be choosing which one!

Armour House @ Lake Forest Academy
1500 West Kennedy Rd., Lake Forest, 847-615-3219

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this elegant Italian Villa combines old world charm with a contemporary style. It offers stunning options for both indoors and out, from the grandeur of the Great Hall to the brilliant colors of the floral gardens and manicured lawns. The Armour House is a full service venue that can handle all of the logistics for your big day including catering, table settings, lighting, floral arrangements, room décor and entertainment but they also allow outside vendors. They do have a minimum guest guarantee, although it can be negotiated depending on the season and day. Capacity: 250 seated.

Historic Charles Gates Dawes House
225 Greenwood St., Evanston, 847-475-3410

For a wedding on a smaller scale, the French Chateaux style mansion is a great option. Rooted in rich beauty and heritage, this two-acre lakefront home, built in 1894, was once the home of Charles Gates Dawes, the 30th U.S. Vice President under Calvin Coolidge. The interior of the Dawes House incorporates a Louis XVI-style parlor, library, great hall and English renaissance style dining room. Much of the interior is paneled in oak, with the exception of mahogany-finished cherry wood in the library. Ceremonies can be held indoors or out in the garden.

Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, 847-446-3154

The Winnetka Community House has been playing host to some of the most beautiful events on the North Shore for over a century. Outdoors, the beautiful Arches Garden provides a timeless setting for a romantic wedding. Indoors, the Garden Room is an ideal spot for dinner, dancing and celebrating. It can accommodate anywhere from 75 to 200 guests (with a dance floor). Their exclusive full service caterer, Catered By Design, will help design the perfect menu and make sure every detail of your wedding is perfect.

Chicago Botanic Gardens
1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, 847-835-8370

We would be completely remiss if we did not include the Botanic Gardens on this list. This world-renowned cultural destination is the perfect venue for your wedding. They offer full-service day of event and planning assistance. This beloved jewel speaks for itself and with so many fantastic indoor and outdoor options to choose from, it has something for every taste!

Elawa Farms
1401 Middlefork Dr., Lake Forest, 847-234-1966

For those looking for a more rustic, yet chic venue for their nuptials, Elawa Farms is somewhat of a best kept secret on the North Shore. This onetime gentleman’s farm is now a center for education and enjoyment of architectural preservation, history, gardening and the environment, and offers a unique, intimate and picturesque venue for your special day.

The Grove Redfield Estate
1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, 847-298-0095

The Redfield Estate is another wonderful and picturesque venue for weddings. If you choose to host your wedding here you can enjoy the private use of the entire historic home which features a Great Room with fireplace and loft, cathedral ceilings, chandeliers, a private brides room and a breathtaking two-story leaded glass window. Outside, you can have access to the gorgeous 30′ x 60′ outdoor covered pavilion with fireplace, as well as the main lawn. The Estate is suitable for up to 125 people. Rental dates may be booked up to 24 months in advance. Tents are not allowed on the grounds.

SPACE
1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-492-8860

Although known as a concert venue, on off nights, SPACE is a unique and fun place to host a wedding, combining urban chic with rustic charm. With its arched ceiling, barn wood floor, exposed brick, and gorgeous lighting, SPACE is the epitome of understated glamour. And since its primary use is as a concert venue, SPACE has everything covered when it comes to throwing a great party including a fully stocked and staffed bar, a stage for speeches and toasts, amazing sound system and plenty of café tables and chairs that can be set up for a buffet-style dinner or pushed to the side to make room for a dance party.

Woman’s Club of Evanston
1702 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-475-3800

The historic Woman’s Club of Evanston exudes timeless elegance and offers a variety of options depending on the size of your wedding. Choose from the dramatic two story Grand Ballroom which can accommodate up to 230 guests with a dance floor, and includes a full stage and large drop down screen for presentations or the more intimate Tea Room (120 people seated) on the first floor. Additional space includes the Music Room often used for dancing and a glass-enclosed Sun Porch which is wonderful for cocktail hours. While you must use one of their preferred vendors for catering, the list is varied and offers something for every budget.

Highland Park Community House
1991 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park, 847-432-1515

The Highland Park Community House is a beautifully renovated historic landmark featuring a red brick Colonial-Revival-style house with a spacious ballroom, large living room with bay windows, a commercial kitchen, newly renovated restrooms and three outdoor garden areas. The elegant ballroom features a vaulted ceiling with vintage light features, a hardwood floor, a performance stage and can accommodate 200 seated guests with a dance floor. It overlooks the North lawn and Heritage Gardens which offer an ever-changing panorama of color and can be utilized weather permitting.

Deer Path Inn
255 East Illinois, Lake Forest, 847-234-2280

Rated by North Shore Magazine as one of the North Shore’s best reception venues, the Deer Path Inn serves as an ideal setting for an enchanting wedding. With a highly experienced hotel staff, they will help you plan, arrange and coordinate everything you need for your special day. No detail will be overlooked. The Inn offers impeccable food and up to five beautifully constructed rooms designed in an old English style with enough dance space to accommodate up to 250 people. Whether a simple gathering of close family and friends to a formal affair, the Deer Path Inn can do it all. Note: The Deer Path Inn is currently undergoing a 15-month renovation, projected finish: Spring 2016.

Pinstripes
1150 Willow Rd., Northbrook, 847-480-2323

Now remember, this is not your ordinary bowling alley. While providing a fun and upbeat atmosphere, Pinstripes is still an upscale venue that offers private and semi-private event space that can accommodate 20 – 600 guests and features fine Italian/American cuisine. Their experienced event staff can help you with all the details including outside entertainment, AV equipment, table favors, specialty linens and more. Whether you chose to incorporate bocce into your cocktail hour or perhaps end the night with a bowling after party – that’s up to you!

Schram Memorial Chapel (service only)
1799 Patriot Boulevard Glenview, 224-521-2562

One of 47 Naval Air Station chapels built across the USA, Schram Memorial Chapel is the only one still operating. This historic nondenominational chapel served as a house of worship for thousands of servicemen and women passing through this military base during WW II and is a quaint and historic space to hold your ceremony. Couples of all faiths are welcome to marry at the chapel. The large stage/ altar can accommodate a wedding party of any size. Dressing rooms for the groom and bride are available. Main chapel can accommodate 150 pew seating. Additional seating options available.

Honorable Mention: There are also several county clubs that allow non-members to host private events at their beautiful facilities. These include: Highland Park Country Club, Ravinia Green Country Club and Mission Hills Country Club.

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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Easter Fun & More on the North Shore: April 3-5

easter-fun_1427449817A little bit of southern soul hits the North Shore this weekend, along with a classical evening at Ravinia.  And alas, the Easter events hit full stride this Saturday. Regardless of what part of town you are at, chances are there will be an egg hunt close by. So whether you’re a fan of college basketball or not, there is still plenty of madness to partake in on the North Shore this weekend.

Robofest
April 3: 2 – 4 pm
Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave., Glencoe

Celebrate the end of Robot Week and drop in for the carnival-style Robofest. There will be an assortment of fun, robot-themed activities for the whole family.

Rebirth Brass Band
April 3: 7 pm, 10 pm
SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston

If you missed last week’s Preservation Hall Jazz Band concert, then here’s your chance to redeem yourself! Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary gig at The Maple Leaf, the Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. The band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they’ve also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. Come join the party! For tickets, click here.

Lone Star/Laundry & Bourbon
April 3 & 4: 8 pm
April 5: 3 pm
Oil Lamp Theatre, 1723 Glenview Rd., Glenview

Oil Lamp Theater presents two plays depicting life in a sleepy Texas town. It’s a comedic evening of fun as you visit the Lone Star State and drop in on the ladies and their men for insights on life in the South. No doubt you will come away at least believing the characters are bigger in Texas. The production runs approximately two hours including intermission. For tickets, click here.

BGH Classic Series at Ravinia Festival
April 4: Gates open at 6 pm, Concert: 8:30 pm
Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park

Bennett Gordon Hall hosts the BGH Classic series with musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute (Ravinia’s Summer Conservatory) featuring musicians from the strings program. Ticket & dining package, $45 with promo code DINING during checkout and must be reserved in advance. All other tickets $10, which includes free parking in the South lot. For more info. and tickets, click here.

EASTER EVENTS
Thornwood Park Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4: 9:45 am – 10:30 am
Thornwood Park, 2400 Thornwood Ave., Wilmette

Sponsored by the Come North Shore Team, this annual rite of spring is a wonderful celebration of the Wilmette community and hopefully warmer weather. Join neighbors and friends as you catch a photo with the Easter Bunny and scurry around with you kids to find the most eggs! Event starts at 9:45 am with the hunt starting at 10 am SHARP! Remember to bring your own basket.

Winnetka Park District Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4: 9:45 am – 12:00 pm
West Elm Park, 1155 Elm St., Winnetka

Join the fun and excitement of hunting for goody filled eggs in Winnetka’s annual Egg Hunt (ages 8 and under). After the eggs are all cracked, stick around and get your picture taken with EB the Easter Bunny, bounce on inflatables and pet real bunnies! Children under three can hop on over to the “Bunnies in Training” pen where they can safely explore unfilled eggs. Please bring your own basket. (Rainout location: Skokie School Gym).

Kohl Children’s Museum Hosts Habitat Park Egg Hunt
April 4: 10 am – 3 pm
Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview

Get out your baskets and get ready to hunt colorful eggs that will be hidden all over the outdoor Habitat Park exhibit. It’s up to sharp-eyed little guests to find them all and discover special gifts inside: from candy to gift cards to 1-year Museum memberships! Tickets to participate will be $5 per child and can be purchased on the day of the event at the Museum’s admissions desk. In case of inclement weather, the Hunt will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 11th. For more information, go to: kohlchildrensmuseum.org.

Arboretum Egg Hunt
April 4: 10 am
Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd, Evanston

Your help is needed! Some of the birds in the bird sanctuary have misplaced there eggs in the arboretum. You can help find them, learn about salamanders and take part in activities and a craft. Bring a basket or bag for collecting. A special area is reserved for egg hunters 18 mo.–4 yrs., as well as for children with special needs. Pre-registration required. For more info, click here.

Little Beans Café Easter Party
Saturday, April 4: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Little Beans Café, 430 Asbury Ave., Evanston

A fun Easter celebration filled with spring fun. Event includes photos with the Easter Bunny an Easter Egg hunt, pizza for the whole family, music and play. $30 for one child, $45 for two, $60 for three

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Mar. 27 – 29

Preservation-Hall-Jazz_-300x300Yes, there are many wonderful Easter activities happening this weekend (see below), but if hunting for eggs is not your thing, we‘ve still got you covered! With performances by Los Lonely Boys and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, as well as a powerful production of The Diary of Anne Frank and a special children’s production of Annie, you know you are guaranteed a great weekend!

Los Lonely Boys
March 27: 8 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Grammy winning Los Lonely Boys come to town bringing with them their signature “Texican Rock ‘n Roll” music. Equal parts Rock, Blues, Tex-Mex, Conjunto and Tejano, this sibling trio’s music will transport you to another world and have you jamming in your seats. For tickets, click here.

The Diary of Anne Frank
Mar. 27: 8 pm, Mar. 28: 4 pm & 8 pm, Mar. 29: 2 pm & 6 pm (Running through 8/2)
Writers Theatre/Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave, Glencoe

Critics are raving about this intimate production that provides a powerful and authentic portrait of a young girl clinging to hope in a time of tragedy. Audiences will come to know Anne and her family in a new and strikingly honest way as they digest the realities of life in the “secret annex,” in which the tight quarters and forced intimacy serve as an ever-present reminder of the danger just outside. For tickets, click here.

The Musical Annie Kids!
Mar. 27: 7 pm, Mar. 28: 3 & 7 pm, Mar. 29: 3 pm
Evanston Children’s Theatre @ Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Children ages 8 – 14 take on the beloved classic based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray. Call Chris Prichett at 847-448-8254 for more information. Tickets $7; available at the Levy Senior Center.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Mar. 28: 8 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Treat yourself to something special with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which is organized by the venerable music venue, Preservation Hall in New Orleans. The Band travels the world to perform, nurture and perpetuate the joyous and timeless traditions, both musical and cultural, of Dixieland and traditional New Orleans jazz. The band has been touring for over twenty-five years and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2007. For tickets, click here.

Lake Forest Easter Eggstravaganza with Wendy and DB!
Saturday, March 28: 9:30 – 11:30 am
Deerpath Community Park, 400 Hastings Rd., Lake Forest

The Eggstravaganza will include games, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and of course the exciting egg hunt for children up to 9 years old. A special children’s performance by Wendy and DB will precede the hunt. Please remember to bring your baskets! For more info., click here.

Watts Center Spring Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 28: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Watts Center, 305 Randolph Ave., Glencoe

Bring your basket and get ready for an egg hunt! Eggs filled with surprises will be hidden throughout Watts Park. After the hunt, wander inside for crafts, games, and photos with the Spring Bunny. In case of inclement weather, the egg hunt will be relocated to the Takiff Center. For program weather updates, call (847) 835-7538.

Biscuits, Bones and Bunnies Hound Hunt
Saturday, March 28: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Watts Center, 305 Randolph Ave., Glencoe

Egg hunting is for the DOGS! Let your pup search for eggs filled with doggie treats and pose for pictures with the Spring Bunny. Don’t forget to dress your pup in a festive hat to join the Spring Bonnet Parade! In the event of inclement weather, the event will be canceled; for program weather updates, call (847) 835-7538. All dogs must be on a leash during the event.

Spring Bunny Trail
Date & Time: Saturday, March 28: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Indian Ridge Park, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook

Bring a basket and hop over to meet the Spring Bunny. Children can hunt for filled eggs and play games. Age groups for the egg hunt are 3 years and under; 4-5 years; and 6-10 years. The Spring Bunny will sit for photos from 2:45 – 4pm. The event will be held rain or shine. No dogs are allowed in the park during the event. Additional parking is available at Beth Shalom.

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Best Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the North Shore

Wddde can’t let Guy Fieri have all of the fun, so we’ve taken matters into our own hands. Just thinking about this list gets our mouths watering. And don’t even think about counting calories, sometimes you just gotta say what the heck! You can always exercise tomorrow.

Herm’s Place
3406 Dempster Rd., Skokie, 847-675-3663

Herm’s Palace is a great place to watch a ball game, chat with friends, bring the team, and have a great meal. This family run business treats everyone like a member of their own family. The menu is varied but they are best known for their dogs, burgers and massive milk shakes. If you are feeling particularly indulgent, we suggest the grilled cheeseburger – yes, that is a burger sandwiched in between two grilled cheese sandwiches – insanity! Kids love playing the arcade games and adults love the really cool mural of Chicago celebs, plus the fact that they now serve beer and wine!

Wilmette Chuck Wagon
1120 Central Ave., Wilmette, 847-246-0120

If you blink you might walk right past it, but the Wilmette Chuck Wagon is worth the stop. This long-standing Wilmette staple is known for its gyro meat and especially the Niki special (thin cheeseburger topped with loads of gyro meat), as well as tasty sweet potato fries and friendly service. You may also want to consider take-out since seating is limited. Either way, after a meal from here, your heart might not thank you, but your taste buds certainly will!

Sarkis’ Café
2632 Gross Point Rd., Evanston, 847-328-9703

If you can ignore the sometimes questionable service, small space and teenage crowd, the food is well worth it. The menu consists of mostly breakfast food (served throughout the day) and the famous Loretta sandwiches (French bread topped with cheese, mayo, green peppers, tomatoes and onions filled with your choice of meat). They are also known for their delectable omelets (see Disaster Special), delicious coffee and hash browns, cheese optional. Cash only.

Little Island
2600 Crawford Ave., Evanston, 847-866-7670

While many locals may refer to it as a hot dog stand, Little Island offers a lot more than just tasty red hots. Many rave about the burgers and there is no doubt that the cheese fries (fresh cut fries with the skin on and Merkts cheese) are the best around. Parking can be tricky since this hot dog “stand” is practically located in the middle of an intersection. It is a one man show and seating is limited but they do offer call ahead service for pickup. Outdoor seating when weather permits.

Superdawg Drive-In
333 S. Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, 847-459-1900

For those looking to skip the drive into the city and take a drive back in time, the Wheeling outpost of the infamous Original Superdawg is one of the last true drive-in restaurants around. This locale has more parking than its city counterpart and also has covered picnic tables overlooking a forest preserve. In addition to the retro-style vibe, the over-sized, classic Chicago Superdawgs are a true crowd pleaser. Just don’t ask for ketchup. The Superchic also gets lots of raves not to mention the crispy Superfies and Super malts and shakes.

Charlie Beinlich’s Food & Tap
290 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, 847-291-0420

Two words sum up the Charlie Beinlich’s experience, old school! Known for their shrimp cocktail, hamburgers and cheeseburgers, Charlie Beinlich’s is a no frills dive with a limited menu, and limited toppings for your burger (we’re talking cheese, onions and bacon). They keep it simple but fresh and people continue to come back for more. A North Shore classic. Closed Sunday and Monday. Cash only.

Kevin’s Place
808 N Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, 847-945-4577

Kevin’s Place is a small diner that serves up a huge menu and does not disappoint. Known more for its breakfast food, crowd favorites are the Triple Berry Crunch French Toast and KP’s potatoes. Beyond the delicious food, owner Kevin and his super friendly staff is what truly makes this place special. Kevin’s warm and engaging personality, especially his interaction with kids, keeps customers coming back for more. Open until 2 pm daily.

The Lantern
678 N Western Ave., Lake Forest, 847 367-5755

A casual, no frills tavern like atmosphere known for its free popcorn, homemade chips and a model train that travels around the ceiling. The Lantern advertises its burgers as the best in town and many would agree. Customers also love the cheese curds and fantastic beer specials.

Meier’s Tavern
235 E Lake Avenue, Glenview, 847-724-0477

Meier’s has been serving up burgers and other comfort bar food on the North Shore since the 1930s. Locals love it for its nostalgic vibe as much of the décor has stayed the same. It’s the perfect place to sit back and relax with a burger and beer (don’t expect any craft beers or glass plates – everything is served on Styrofoam). Good simple food, at great prices and tator tots that can’t be missed. Cash only.

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: March 20-22

bulldog easterRegardless of what it may feel like outside, Spring officially starts this weekend! And there are many events taking place this weekend to get you in the mood. So cross your fingers for continued warmer temps and let the Springtime fun begin!

Spring Shopping Preview
March 19 -21: 10 am – 5 pm
Shops on Westminster, 221 Westminster, Lake Forest

Ready for some Spring shopping? Look no further than the wonderful shops on Westminster and enjoy specials, sales, drawings for prizes, and a delightful showcase of the best of the season in apparel, accessories, home goods, cards, gifts and more. Participating merchants include Bedside Manor, Helanders, Initial Choice, Lake Forest Frame & Design Studio, Lillie Alexander Ltd., Mustard Seed, Sara Campbell, The Perfect Setting and The Village Optical Shop. All are located on Westminster Avenue in Lake Forest between Western and Oakwood.

Malott Japanese Garden Spring Weekend
March 21 – 22: 11 am – 4 pm
Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

Celebrate the arrival of Spring and Japanese culture by writing a seasonal haiku, making a cherry blossom hanging scroll, or watching a suminagashi demonstration. Enjoy traditional storytelling, a koto harp performance, and take a walk in the Japanese Garden. For more information, click here.

Doggy Egg Hunt
March 21: 11 am – 12 pm
Centennial Park, 225 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka

Easter activities kick-off with the annual Doggy Egg hunt. Plastic eggs filled with dog treats will be hidden all over Centennial Park. If your dog finds the egg they get to keep it. In addition to the egg hunt, doggy participants will receive a giveaway. All dogs must be leashed. Please pre-register by March 18. $10 res/$15 non-res. For a full listing of egg hunts on the North Shore, click here.

Free Flutist Concert
March 21: 1 pm
Program Barn at The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview

Award winning flutist Jonny Lipford comes to town to celebrate the Spring Equinox with sweet music. Jonny specializes in playing Native American style flutes and other world flutes crafted using wood and bamboo and is known for his more contemporary and upbeat tempo. Sounds like a beautiful way to spend the afternoon!

One Book, Everybody Reads Kick-Off
March 21: 2 pm
Wilmette Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette

“One Book, Everybody Reads” is the Library’s annual spring community-wide reading and book discussion program in which the Library selects one book and then encourages the community to read the selection and participate in a series of related events. The culmination of the program takes place when the author visits Wilmette to talk about his/her book. This year’s selection is Some Luck by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley who will visit Wilmette 4/26. The series of related event kicks off this weekend when author Terra Brockman (The Season’s on Henry’s Farm) and documentary director Ines Sommer discuss her family’s multi-generational, biodiverse, sustainable farm in Central Illinois. After the discussion, tastings from the farm will be provided. For more information about the One Book Program and a full schedule of events, click here.

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New Listings in Wilmette Worth Checking Out

It’s March, the weather has finally turned nice after a long, dreary winter, and there are A LOT of new houses on the market here on Chicago’s North Shore. And today is Tuesday,which is broker’s open day, so I had a lot of new inventory to see in just three hours. I saw some great homes in Wilmette today, each notable in its own way, and I wanted to share them here in case you are looking for something just like one of these.

Best Value

The 13 room home at 1226 Colgate St. is very well-priced, at $1,175,000. It’s ten years old but still feels like new, with all the features of new construction at a discounted price: deluxe kitchen that opens to a family room, mudroom, formal living and dining rooms, large master suite, huge basement with tall ceilings and attached two-car garage. It’s in a great location near Harper School and Thornwood Park. The yard isn’t huge, but with the park so near, who needs a huge yard?

1226 Colgate St., WilmetteFind out more about 1226 Colgate here.

Coolest House

The home at 1537 Washington Ave. definitely wins today’s prize for coolest house. Designed by Morgante-Wilson, it has four floors of living space, bathed in light from walls of windows and filled with exquisite architectural details. If you’re into model trains, don’t miss the third floor!

1537 Washington Ave living room

Find out more about 1537 Washington Avenue here.

Best Patio

This large, newer construction house at 163 Highland Ave. has lots things going for it, but the outdoor entertaining area is one of its best features. The picture below doesn’t begin to do it justice, but there is an outdoor kitchen complete with two grills and a seating area covered by a pergola that is perfect for entertaining on summer evenings.

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Find out more about 1633 Highland Ave. here

Most Like a Country Home

Ok, so this house isn’t actually in Wilmette, but it’s a stone’s throw from Kenilworth Gardens and part of the Harper School district even though it’s technically in Winnetka. When I stepped inside it reminded me so much of the homes back east in Maryland horse country that I felt all warm and nostalgic. The rooms are grandly scaled, especially the formal rooms, and the house rambles on and on, with six bedrooms and four and a half baths. Although there’s plenty of chintz in the living room, at least the baths and kitchen have been updated in the last ten years or so. If your taste runs to vintage homes with gracious living spaces rather than cookie cutter new construction, this may be the home for you.

90 Indian Hill Rd. Winnetka IL

Find out more about 90 Indian Hill Rd. here

Best Case for Home Staging

If you had any doubts that staging works to sell homes, stop by 2233 Kenilworth Ave. This home-stager actually bought a dated 1940s Kenilworth Gardens house and remodeled it, choosing all the finishes herself. Once done, she staged it to highlight its best features and help buyers envision themselves living there. So much more appealing and inviting than a bland, empty house!

2233 Kenilworth Ave, Wilmette LR

Find out more about 2233 Kenilworth Avenue here.

Biggest Walk-In Closets

This four bedroom, four and a half bath house at 1049 Pontiac Rd. has terrific curb appeal and lots of nice features, but what spoke to me were the GREAT his and hers walk-in closets in the master bedroom. If you have more clothes and shoes that you have room for, this house is for you.

1049 Pontiac Rd., Wilmette
Find out more about 1049 Pontiac Rd. here

Best House if You’re a Swimmer

If you’re a serious swimmer you’ll want to consider this house at 1111 Sheridan Rd, not only because it has a lap pool in the basement, but also because of its location just a block from Lake Michigan (with Langdon Beach just to the north and Gillson Park’s beach just to the south).
Of course this solid brick home has lots of other great features, including large formal rooms, a serene master retreat with spa bath and totally tricked-out dressing room, home theater and work-out room in the basement. The only drawback is that the house is somewhat awkwardly wedged on a lot between Sheridan Rd. and Elmwood Avenue.

1111 Sheridan pool

You can find out more about 1111 Sheridan Rd. here

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North Shore Easter Egg Hunts 2015

It’s hard to believe that Easter is only a few weeks away! To help you with your planning, we’ve put together this downloadable list and map of all of the wonderful Easter Egg Hunts happening around the North Shore! Please note: some require pre-registration so get hopping! We we wouldn’t want you, your kids or your pups to miss out!

To download a printable copy of this list and map click here: North Shore Easter Egg Hunts 2015

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Flashlight Egg Hunt
Date & Time: Friday, March 20: 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Wallace Bowl at Gillson Park, Wilmette
Admission: $7 res/$9 non-res

Bring your flashlight to Gillson Park’s Wallace Bowl stage for the 1st Annual Flashlight Egg Hunt. Most eggs contain prizes and candy; some contain tickets for special prizes given out after the hunt. Event will be held rain or shine. Children participate in their age group only. Please check in 15 minutes prior to your child’s designated time. Parents will not be allowed on the stage during the egg hunt. Bags to collect the eggs will be provided. Age 3-4 at 7 p.m.; Age 5-7 at 7:30 p.m.; Age 8-10 at 8 p.m. You must pre-register to participate; there will be no onsite registration. Registration closes March 10 or when the age range is filled.

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza
Date & Time: Saturday, March 21: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: West Ridge Park, 636 Ridge Rd., Highland Park
Admission: Free

Gather colorful eggs filled with toys and fun surprises. One special egg will hold a family pass to Hidden Creek AquaPark for Summer 2015! Be sure to keep an eye out for an ‘Eggstra’ special guest!

Doggy Egg Hunt
Date & Time: Saturday, March 21: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Centennial Park, 225 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka
Admission: $10 res/$15 non-res

Plastic eggs filled with dog treats will be hidden all over Centennial Park. If your dog finds the egg they get to keep it. In addition to the egg hunt, doggy participants will receive a giveaway. All dogs must be leashed. Please pre-register by March 18.

Lake Forest Easter Eggstravaganza with Wendy and DB!
Date & Time: Saturday, March 28: 9:30 – 11:30 am
Location: Deerpath Community Park, 400 Hastings Rd., Lake Forest
Admission: Free

The Eggstravaganza will include games, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and of course the exciting egg hunt for children up to 9 years old. A special children’s performance by Wendy and DB will precede the hunt. Please remember to bring your baskets!

Watts Center Spring Egg Hunt
Date & Time: Saturday, March 28: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: Watts Center, 305 Randolph Ave., Glencoe
Admission: Free

Bring your basket and get ready for an egg hunt! Eggs filled with surprises will be hidden throughout Watts Park. After the hunt, wander inside for crafts, games, and photos with the Spring Bunny. In case of inclement weather, the egg hunt will be relocated to the Takiff Center. For program weather updates, call (847) 835-7538.

Biscuits, Bones and Bunnies Hound Hunt
Date & Time: Saturday, March 28: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Watts Center, 305 Randolph Ave., Glencoe
Admission: Free

Egg hunting is for the DOGS! Let your pup search for eggs filled with doggie treats and pose for pictures with the Spring Bunny. Don’t forget to dress your pup in a festive hat to join the Spring Bonnet Parade! In the event of inclement weather, the event will be canceled; for program weather updates, call (847) 835-7538. All dogs must be on a leash during the event.

Spring Bunny Trail
Date & Time: Saturday, March 28: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Indian Ridge Park, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook
Admission: Free

Bring a basket and hop over to meet the Spring Bunny. Children can hunt for filled eggs and play games. Age groups for the egg hunt are 3 years and under; 4-5 years; and 6-10 years. The Spring Bunny will sit for photos from 2:45 – 4pm. The event will be held rain or shine. No dogs are allowed in the park during the event. Additional parking is available at Beth Shalom.

Thornwood Park Egg Hunt
Date & Time: Saturday, April 4: 9:45 am – 10:30 am
Location: Thornwood Park, 2400 Thornwood Ave., Wilmette
Admission: Free

Sponsored by the Come North Shore Team, this annual rite of spring is a wonderful celebration of the Wilmette community and hopefully warmer weather. Join neighbors and friends as you catch a photo with the Easter Bunny and scurry around with you kids to find the most eggs! Event starts at 9:45 am with the hunt starting at 10 am SHARP! Remember to bring your own basket.

Winnetka Park District Egg Hunt
Date & Time: Saturday, April 4: 9:45 am – 12:00 pm
Location: West Elm Park, 1155 Elm St., Winnetka
Admission: Free

For ages 8 and under. Join the fun and excitement of hunting for goody filled eggs in Winnetka’s annual Egg Hunt. After the eggs are all cracked, stick around and get your picture taken with EB the Easter Bunny, bounce on inflatables and pet real bunnies! Children under three can hop on over to the “Bunnies in Training” pen where they can safely explore unfilled eggs. Please bring your own basket. (Rainout location: Skokie School Gym).

Little Beans Café Easter Party
Date & Time: Saturday, April 4: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Little Beans Café, 430 Asbury Ave., Evanston
Admission: $30 for one child, $45 for two, $60 for three

An Easter celebration filled with spring fun. Event includes photos with the Easter Bunny an Easter Egg hunt, pizza for the whole family, music and play.

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