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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Jan. 23 – 25

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I must say we are unbelievably lucky to live in area that is so vibrant and offers such a variety of things to do. This weekend alone, you can relive and/or introduce the ‘lil ones to the adventures of  Frog and Toad, learn about the dramatic history of one of Chicago’s most famous buildings, meet and greet a national radio sports personality and NY Times bestseller, hear the unforgettable stories of Holocaust survivors and round out the weekend as vote caster for the area’s best pizza and bakery. And that’s just one weekend!

“A Year with Frog and Toad TYA”
Jan. 24: 10 am, 1 pm
Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Ave, Northbrook

A Year With Frog and Toad TYA follows the  friendship of two unique characters through the four seasons and reminds us of the special qualities that exist in us all. To purchase tickets: click here.

“My Father’s Wives”
Jan. 24: 12:00-2:00 pm
The Book Stall, 811 Elm St., Winnetka

Mike Greenberg, co-host of ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” sports talk show, signs copies of his new book, My Father’s Wives, and broadcasts live on the radio from the storefront. For more info: (847) 446-8880 or

“999: A History of Chicago in Ten Stories”
Jan. 25: 1:30-3:00 pm
Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Road, Wilmette

Former Leo Burnett CEO Rick Fizdale, details the wealth, greed, power, corruption and even murder that accompanied the building of 999 North Lake Shore Drive in a talk based on his exciting new book, 999: A History of Chicago in Ten Stories. Learn how this historic landmark, designed by legendary architect and longtime Wilmette resident Benjamin Marshall, figured into one of the most explosive and pivotal moments in Chicago’s history. Click here for more information.

In Conversation With….Survivors of Auschwitz
Jan. 25: 1:30-3:00 pm
Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie

In recognition of the International Day of Holocaust Remembrance and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Illinois Holocaust Museum hosts a moderated discussion with Holocaust survivors of Auschwitz featuring Northwestern University Professor of History Benjamin Frommer, Director of the Holocaust Educational Foundation. Admission is free but to reserve a spot, click here.

District 113 Pizza Bowl III & Bakery Cup I
Jan. 25: 5:00-7:00 pm
Deerfield High School, 1959 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield

Come sample the district’s finest pizza and sweet treats and cast your vote for the best pizza and bakery in town. Admission $10 ($25 per family) entitles you to sample offerings from 20 vendors as you help crown the undisputed champion! Proceeds benefit the District 113 Education Foundation. For more info:

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Best Hikes on the North Shore

fall-hiking-chicagoGet your water bottles filled, snacks packed and lace up your sneakers. Fingers crossed, the weather is supposed to be fantastic this weekend, so it’s a great time to take in the beautiful fall foliage. Of course, all of these hikes can be enjoyed any time of year with each season bringing its own unique charms and none are super strenuous so they are suitable for all ages!

River Trail Nature Center
3120 Milwaukee Avenue, Northbrook, 847-824-8360
River Trail Nature Center tells the story of native plants and animals that remain in the urban environment. You can hike self-guided trails through the sugar maple woods and see the fall foliage. In addition, it is a refuge for wounded wildlife that would otherwise not survive on its own, enabling visitors to get a close up look. Check their schedule for presentations or just explore on you own. Known to be buggy in certain spots, so pack bug spray especially in warmer months.

Captain Daniel Wright Woods
St. Marys Road at W Everett Rd, Mettawa/Libertyville, 847-367-6640
This peaceful oasis among the bustling suburbs offers 4 miles of scenic trails; a short loop for hikers, bicyclists and skiers that circles a pond, and a longer 3-mile loop for hikers, bicyclists, skiers and horses. A footbridge spanning the Des Plaines River links Wright Woods to Half Day Forest Preserve; together they offer some of southern Lake County’s most scenic outdoor recreation opportunities. The Des Plaines River Trail passes through both preserves for additional hiking and biking opportunities.

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4 Fun Thing To Do On The North Shore~ August 8-10, 2014




 “Come Sail Away! Literally, in Glencoe this Saturday will be the George cup Regatta!”


Friday the 8th

Winnetka Public Library
768 Oak Street, Winnetka
From 3-4pm
Stop in for a fun afternoon craft!
Meet in the Lloyd Room.
For more info call: 847.446.7220

Saturday the 9th 

George Cup Regatta, Glencoe 
From noon to 1pm at the Perlman Boating Beach
Participate in challenging, hands-on boat races set up by beach staff.
If you are planning to participate in the regatta, please be at the boat house promptly at noon.
This year, boaters will be required to fill out a registration form and pay $10 to enter the race.
For more info call: 847.835.3030

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Chicago Jazz Festival Labor Day Weekend

If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing a jazz performance in Millennium Park, do you and your family a favor and go check it out this weekend! It’s a wonderful venue for adults and children. Some of my favorite family memories from last summer were my husband & I watching our four year old dance around the park like it was her own show. The music was incredible! Bring a blanket or chairs, eats and a good bottle wine & unwind.


FREE Admission • Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park • August 29 – September 1, 2013 

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Michael Jordan Lists His Highland Park Home

Gate to Michael Jordan's house in Highland ParkI’ve written before about the North Shore’s most expensive homes, but they pale in comparison to this one.

Michael Jordan’s home at 2700 Point Lane in Highland Park came on the market yesterday, and it can be yours for a mere $29,000,000. Oh, and once you come up with the money to buy the house, be sure you can also afford the yearly tax bill of $165,224.

Wondering what that $29 million will buy you? 32,683 square feet on 7+ acres, enough bedrooms for all your friends, even more bathrooms 15.4 (!), all MJ’s furniture, a pool, tennis court and a full indoor basketball court.

The contemporary house was custom built in 1995 north of Half Day Rd. MJ hasn’t spent much time there of late and is now buying a mega-home in Florida.

Michael Jordan's house

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North Shore Chicago’s Top 10 Highest Priced Home Sales of 2011

Anyone able to buy in the upper-bracket this past year got a pretty good deal, as top tier homes sold at a discount of 30-35% (or more) from prices at the height of the market. The ten North Shore homes that sold for the most money this past year ranged in price from $4,600,000 to $5,625,000, with an average sale price of $5,274,000. This year’s list includes three homes in Winnetka, one in Glencoe, one in Highland Park and five in Lake Forest. Four of them are lakefront properties. All of them are fabulous.

#10. 45 Lakewood Drive, Glencoe – $4,600,000

45 Lakewood Dr., GlencoeThis lakefront home built in 1998 offers wonderful lake views from walls of windows. It has eighteen rooms and five bedrooms, one of which is a luxurious first floor master suite. Hopefully for the new owners the hefty tax bill of $182,000 will be appealed!

#9. 1141 Sheridan Road, Highland Park – $5,100,000

1141 Sheridan Rd., Highland ParkThis sophisticated contemporary home sits on a spectacular 2.7 acre lakefront property with almost 300 feet of shoreline. Since the house is up on a bluff, there is a tram to take you down to the beach. Too cold to swim in the lake? No worries, there’s a 60 ft. indoor pool and spa. This home also features a screened porch off the master suite, lake views from almost every room and a 4-car garage.

# 8. 682 Ardsley Road, Winnetka – $5,100,000

682 Ardsley Rd., Winnetka

Talk about a grand entrance! This imposing and classic home is only twelve years old, but it was designed to look like it’s been there for a century. Inside it has all the modern conveniences, including a DeGuilio kitchen, media room and wine cellar. Out back there is a patio, pool and pool pavilion in the lush private yard.

# 7. 722 Prospect Avenue, Winnetka – $5,150,000

722 Prospect Ave., Winnetka

This 12,000 square foot home is being constructed by Heritage Builders on an acre in East Winnetka. With seven large bedrooms and eight baths, this house also features a top-of-the-line kitchen, high-tech media room, library, porch and 3-car garage.

#6. 904 N. Green Bay, Lake Forest – $5,200,000

904 N Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest

Designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw and built in 1910, this 5.4 acre estate is adjacent to open land and walking distance to town. A masterful renovation in 2001 blends historic grandeur with modern convenience, winning the Lake Forest Preservation Award. The home has sixteen rooms, eight bedrooms and nine baths and boasts a pool, lighted tennis courts and a 6-car garage.

#5. 1133 Taylorsport Lane, Winnetka – $5,375,000

1133 Taylorsport Lane, Winnetka

Perched on a bluff above the ravines on the northern edge of Winnetka, this contemporary home has 230 feet of frontage on Lake Michigan and a deep sandy beach. Built in 1973, it was recently renovated and has an open floor plan with incredible lake views from virtually every room.

#4. 910 N. Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest – $5,490,000

910 Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest

This classic English manor house was built in 1911 but was extensively restored and renovated by Lake Forest Landmark Development. Set on a 2.4 acre estate, the house has seventeen rooms, seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. It features custom details such as a Christopher Peacock kitchen, mahogany paneled library, nine fireplaces, a heated 4-car garage. There is also a gardener’s cottage on the grounds.

3. 111 E. Onwentsia Rd, Lake Forest – $5,500,000

111 Onwentsia Rd., Lake Forest

This stately home looks old but was actually built in 2001. Beautifully situated on a four acre property, it elegant but also comfortable, with all the amenities you would want for today’s lifestyle, including a large master with sitting room, separate in-law apartment, 5-car garage and 7 fireplaces.

#2. 1345 N. Lake Rd, Lake Forest – $5,600,000

1345 North Lake Rd., Lake Forest

Built in 1908 this home was designed by noted architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. On 3.1 acres of waterfront property, this 11,000 square foot home has sixteen rooms, seven bedrooms and seven plus bathrooms.

#1. 1145 N. Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest – $5,625,000

1145 N Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest

This house is so picture perfect it almost looks like a movie set. Set on almost three beautifully landscaped acres this home was built in 1895 but completely renovated in 2001. It has twenty rooms, eight bedrooms and eleven baths, as well as six fireplaces and a five car garage.

If you’d like to see what upper bracket homes are available on the North Shore now, you can search here. Or give us a call at 847-881-6657 and let us know what you’re looking for. If it’s out there we’ll find it for you!

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The Birdhouse Garden

There’s this wonderful perennial garden on the corner of Elmwood Ave. and Hunter Rd. in Kenilworth Gardens. All summer long and into the autumn passersby are greeted by a profusion of flowers and a charming collection of hand-painted birdhouses. It’s always a surprise to see what’s in bloom at any given moment, so I thought I would document the changes throughout the growing season.

We haven’t had many warm days yet, so the garden doesn’t look like much right now. But the tulips are up. Peony shoots are just starting to peek out of the ground. The little blue flowers are called Glory of the Snow and are one of the earliest bloomers around here. The birdhouses are still wintering inside.

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Winnetka’s Indian Hill Neighborhood

Indian Hill Club, Winnetka, ILIndian Hill is  a posh Winnetka golf course community bounded by Ridge Rd. on the east, Locust Rd. on the west and Hill Rd. on the north. It was developed in the 1920’s and named Indian Hill because the club stands on the site of an old Potawatomi Village. In fact, the tenth tee is the high point on the grounds and once used as the look-out point.

Map of Indian Hill in Winnetka, IL87 acres of land for the club was acquired in 1916 from the Alles family, who were early settlers to the area from Germany. (The family sold their remaining land in 1936 for the building of Saints Faith, Hope and Charity Church on the other side of Hill Rd). The Club was designed by architect Donald Ross and built in 1920.

The Indian Hill Club anchors the community and many of the homes front the golf course, though residence in the community does not guarantee you membership in the club. You have to be put up for and approved for membership, then make your way to the top of the waiting list before gaining entrance to the club.

An interesting factoid about the club is that actor Bill Murray and his brothers (who grew up in Wilmette) caddied here as teenagers to help pay their way through school at Loyola Academy. The movie “Caddyshack” was written by Murray’s brother, Brian Doyle-Murray and was supposedly based on (or at least inspired by) his experiences caddying at Indian Hill.

Most of the homes in the community were built in the 1920’s and 1930’s, with some later additions in the 1950’s. During the real estate boom some original houses were torn down to make way for new construction. All of the homes in Indian Hill are large, with four to six bedrooms and lush, beautifully landscaped lots. Most are traditional in style (Tudor, Colonial, etc.), though there a few contemporary houses. The homes typically sell for  between $2,000,000 and $4,000,000, though as the market has weakened, a few of the more “modest” homes have been sold for as little as $1.200,000.


A couple of years ago I counted eight homes for sale as my dogs and I walked the circuit around Indian Hill. Today there are only two homes on the market. If you would like up to date information on homes currently for sale in Indian Hill, go here. Or give me a call at 847-687-5957 if you would like to see one of them.

40 Indian Hill Rd. - $3,675,000

40 Indian Hill Rd. – $3,675,000

62 Indian Hill Rd. - $1,675,000

62 Indian Hill Rd. – $1,675,000


North Shore Haunts: The Schweppe Mansion

Schweppe Mansion in Lake Forest, ILNot long ago I included the Schweppe Mansion in my post about the top ten priciest properties for sale on the North Shore.

What I didn’t mention is that the Lake Forest home was, at one time, reputed to be haunted. With Halloween right around the corner, it seemed like the time to tell its spooky story. Here’s the background: The house was built in 1917 by John G. Shedd (president of Marshall Field and Company and founder of the Shedd Aquarium) as a wedding gift for his daughter, Laura, upon her marriage to Charles Schweppe. But Laura died in 1937, leaving a lonely and tormented Charles to roam the 33,000 sq. ft. mansion for the next four years. Charles ultimately killed himself with a bullet to the head, and the house stood empty for the next 47 years.

Although ghosts have never actually been sighted here, rumors of Charles’ ghost haunting the master bedroom spread throughout the area. and the abandoned mansion had all the makings of a haunted house, especially some its more bizarre features. One was a lone window overlooking the driveway, which never needed cleaning, even when the rest of the house was covered in dirt and grime. The other strange feature , discovered by Donna Desplenter when she bought the house in the 1980s, was the “doorway to hell”, an entryway in the basement that led only to narrow, black corridors turning into other dark, winding passageways, leading only to dead-ends and desolate rooms.

The house was finally purchased and completely renovated and restored. No paranormal activity has been reported for many years. The house is for sale now and can be yours for a mere $15,000,000.



Kohl Children’s Museum Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Grocery store at Kohl Children's MuseumI was reminded not long ago how fortunate we are to have the Kohl Children’s Museum so close by. We used to go there a lot when my kids were younger, but now my daughter is past the ideal age for the museum. Since we had friends in from out of town with a younger child,  off we went to show them this wonderful local gem. And my daughter, despite being the ripe old age of 9, had a blast. And it was the same exhibits that appealed to her before, that grabbed her attention now: the child-sized grocery store, the mini Potbelly restaurant, the veterinary clinic and the Water Works. And all of us were fascinated by the temporary Monarch Butterfly exhibit, where we could see close-up the four stages of butterfly development.

This year, the museum celebrates its 25th anniversary. It was founded in 1985 by Dolores Kohl. The museum was originally located in Wilmette and moved to its current and larger home in Glenview in 2005.  It offers a wide array of enrichment activities and exhibits where children can play, explore and learn in an environment built specifically for them. There are 16 permanent exhibits to enjoy and usually there are 2-3 temporary exhibits. Right now, in addition to the Monarch butterfly exhibit, there is one featuring Curious George and another featuring Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl to show children how to care for our natural resources.

To celebrate its 25 anniversary the museum has a number of special activities planned, most of them geared to younger children. Here’s a run-down of activities for the museum’s anniversary kick-off week:

Sunday, July 25- Free Admission Day

  • 12-1:30                             WTTW “Readers are Leaders” performance with Miss Lori’s Campus

Monday, July 26 – Science Day

  • 10:00 and 10:45 am       Very Hungry Caterpillar Appearance
  • 10:00 – 12:00                   Anderson Pest Solutions Insect Zoo
  • 2:00 – 4:00  pm              Botanic Gardens Wiggly Worms Activity
  • 3:00 and 4:00 pm          Bubble Juggler Geoff Akins Performance

Tuesday, July 27 – Health and Safety Day

  • 9:30 am – 1:00 pm          Firezone Fire Engine Exploration
  • 10 am – 12 pm                   Gymboree
  • 10 am – 12:30 pm             Little Legends Soccer Clinic
  • 2- 3 pm                               Operation Railroad Tracks Safety Presentation
  • 3 and 3:45 pm                   Smokey Bear Appearance

Wednesday, July 28 – Arts and Literacy Day

  • 9 am – 5 pm                        Free Family Photo
  • 10 am – 12 pm
    and 1-4 pm                          Blick Art Materials Activity
  • 2-5 pm                                 Writers’ Theatre Children’s Acting Workshop
  • 3 and 3:45 pm                    Clifford the Big Red Dog Appearance

Thursday, July 29 – Music Day

  • 10 and 11 am                        Karen Banks-Lubicz Concerts
  • 1, 2 and 3 pm                       Mindy Hester and the Time Outs Concerts
  • 3-3:45 pm                             Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat

Friday, July 30 – Grand Celebration

  • 10-10:45 am                          Very Hungry Caterpillar Appearance
  • 11 am – 1 pm                          Free cake and ice cream sponsored by Bobtail Ice cream and Tetra Pak
  • 1 – 1:45 pm                             Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat
  • 3 – 3:45 pm                            Clifford the Big Red Dog Appearance

The museum is located at 2100 Patriot Blvd. in Glenview (in the Glen).You can get directions here.

Summer hours are:
Monday-Saturday 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday 12-5 pm

Admission is $8.50 (free for children under 1 year; $7.50 for seniors)

Water works at Kohl Children's Museum

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