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Six Best North Shore Delis

 North Shore Chicago Delis

This year Hanukkah comes early, beginning on the day before Thanksgiving…which means you’re not going to want to be making latkes when you’re trying to fix Thanksgiving dinner. Skip the mess and the fuss and get your latkes, kugels, brisket and other necessities at one of these great North Shore delis.

Bat 17
1709 Benson Ave., Evanston
847-733-7117
bat17evanston.com

The huge sandwiches (on bread baked fresh daily from Bennison’s) are reminiscent of Manhattan’s Carnegie Deli.

Kaufman’s
4905 W. Dempster St., Skokie
847-677-6190
kaufmansdeli.com

Kaufman’s had a fire last year but they’ve re-opened and are ready to fill your orders for Hanukkah platters. It’s known for its bagels and all the breads and baked goods are made from scratch on site.

Max and Benny’s
461 Waukegan Rd., Northbrook
847-272-9490
maxandbennys.com

The ambiance is not exactly intimate (the place holds 300 people) but it’s got awesome soups, especially the chicken matzo ball soup, beet borscht and sweet and sour soup.

Max’s Deli
191 Skokie Valley Rd., Highland Park
847-831-0600
maxs-deli.com

A popular spot for Sunday brunch, Max’s is an old-fashioned New York style deli.

Once Upon a Bagel
1888 1st St., Highland Park
1050 Gage St., Winnetka
847-784-1411
onceuponabagel.com

We were so excited when Once Upon a Bagel came to Winnetka last year! Now we don’t have to travel sp far afield to get our deli fix. Once Upon has most of the standard deli fare, as well as some Mexican dishes, just to keep things interesting.

The Bagel Restaurant
50 Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie
847-677-0100
bagelrestaurant.com

The Bagel provides instant gratification to hungry mall shoppers. As soon as you sit down they bring you fresh pickles and a basket of bialys & bagels. The menu is extensive, with pretty much anything you could possibly want.

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Halloween in Wilmette’s Kenilworth Gardens Neighborhood

Kenilworth Gardens Halloween
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love the scary decorations, trick-or-treating in the crisp fall air and seeing all of the neighborhood kids dressed up as their favorite superhero or TV character. Our neighborhood, Kenilworth Gardens, is Halloween Central, with more kids per capita than anywhere else on the North Shore. It’s Kenilworth Gardens Ghostperfect for trick-or-treating as the houses are pretty close together and kids can score gobs of candy in a short period of time. And a short detour out of the neighborhood boundaries will get you to the Wirtz’s house, where commemorative Blackhawks pucks are given away instead of candy.

Unfortunately, we’re going to have to miss Halloween this year, as we’ll be on the road to Detroit for (yet another) hockey tournament. So, I’m going to have to content myself looking at the decorations in advance and enjoying the video I shot in the neighborhood last Halloween.

Anyway, it’s supposed to be bad weather on Thursday, so maybe I should be glad I won’t be standing around in the rain handing out candy to water-logged kids.

 

Donate Your Old Bikes to Pedal Power

Nicki Basil

I just received an email from my friend Mike Basil reminding me that it’s Pedal Power time again.

Pedal Power collects used bikes once a year and donates them to Chicago kids who can’t afford to buy a bike. The bike drive was started in 2007 by Nicole Basil, then 9 years old, and is still going strong six years later. Although it started out in Wilmette, it has expanded to other Chicagoland towns and suburbs. Intrigued? Then ask yourself these questions:

Do you have outgrown or unused bikes in your garage?

Do you want to encourage kids to do well in school?

Do you want a tax deduction?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you should bring your bikes to the Pedal Power bike drive on Saturday, November 2nd, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. The bikes are donated to students in the Chicago Public Schools as a reward for good grades.

You can donate working, gently used bikes at several locations in the northern suburbs:

1. WILMETTE – McKenzie Elementary School, 649 Prairie Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091
2. WINNETKA – Green Bay Cycles, 999 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, IL 60093
3. HIGHLAND PARK – Higher Gear, 1874 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL 60035
4. NORTHBROOK – George Garner Cyclery, 1111 Waukegan Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
5. PALATINE – Mike’s Bike Shop, 155 N Northwest Hwy, Palatine, IL 60067
6. GLENVIEW – Glenview Cycle, 1011 Harlem Avenue, Glenview, IL 60025
7. EVANSTON – Home Depot, 2201 Oakton, Evanston, IL 60202

Your donations are tax deductible, you will motivate and reward a deserving child, you will have a cleaner garage, and you will give that bike a new purpose.

If you have questions, you can visit www.gopedalpower.com, or email mwbasil@yahoo.com

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Family Fun on the Farm

Family Fun on the FarmDo you have a hankering for some good old fashioned family fun?

Then pack up a picnic supper and bring the whole family over to Wagner Farm for a memorable time! After you have your picnic you can work off those calores at the barn dance from 5-8 pm. The Chicago Barn Dance Company will have a square dance caller to lead you through various dances and reels that everyone can join in on.

Need a breather after all that do-si-do? Explore the hands-on exhibits in the museum or take a tractor-pulled wagon ride and then enjoy an ice cream sundae.

The event is Saturday, September 7 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.

Admission is $5.00 (free for kids 2 and under).

Wagner Farm is located at 1510 Wagner Road in Glenview. Call 847-657-1506 or visit glenviewparks.org.

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Dewey’s Restaurant in Glencoe

Glencoe has a brand new restaurant called Dewey’s, and the other day Paula and I stopped in for lunch to check it out. It’s a family-friendly place with all the menu items kids like (burgers, dogs, fries, pizza, etc.) plus several mom-friendly salads. It also features ice cream from Homer’s.

We give it two thumbs up. Here’s why:

  • Good food (at least what we have tried so far)
  • Bright and fun atmosphere
  • Friendly staff
  • Great artwork (if you’re a Blackhawks fan) – see below

What more could you ask for?

Dewey's interior

Dewey's Jordan and Anthony

Dewey's Stanley Cup hotdog

Dewey’s is open every day from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. It’s located at 667 Vernon Ave. in Glencoe (in the old Vernon’s on Vernon space). Pick-up and delivery are available. Call (847) 835-6225 or visit Deweys-Glencoe.com.

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Summer Fun: Horse Day Camp at Palladia Farm

Palladia Farm

Is your child ga-ga about horses? Has she been begging you to give her riding lessons? Is there a pony on her Christmas list every year? If you’ve finally decided to let her try horseback riding, you’ll want to look into Palladia Farm summer camp.

Palladia Farm’s horse day camp is a great way to introduce your child to riding and horsemanship in a safe, nurturing and fun environment. At this camp, the kids don’t just learn to ride, they learn everything about caring for and working with horses safely and properly: how to lead the horse, groom him, put on saddle and bridle, mount safely, navigate the ring and clean the tack. Beginners will start by getting comfortable riding at a walk and trot, while more advanced students will add cantering and even jumping to their skills. Other activities include learning how to recognize different breeds and identify common equine ailments, as well as scavenger hunts and contests. Students receive one 30-45 minute private lesson daily.

There are six 4-day sessions throughout the summer. Each session includes no more than 8 students, so that each camper can develop an individual relationship with the horses and the instructors.

Session Dates

June 4-7, 2013, 9am-1:30pm (Tues-Fri)
June 11-14, 2013, 9am-1:30pm (Tues-Fri)
June 25-28, 2013, 9am-1:30pm (Tues-Fri)
July 23-26, 2013, 9am-1:30pm (Tues-Fri)
July 30-Aug 2, 2013, 9am-1:30pm (Tues-Fri)
Aug 6-9, 2013, 9am-1:30pm (Tues-Fri)

Each 4-day session costs $500.00.

After completing a camp session(s), children can continue to develop their skills at Palladia Farm’s riding school, which runs year round. There are also adult riding classes. Boarding (for horses, not kids!) is also available.

Learn more at PalladiaFarm.com, call 773-220-2193 or email margaret@palladiafarm.com. Palladia Farm is located at 31668 N. River Rd. in Libertyville.

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Wilmette’s Prairie Garden

I’d driven driven by it a hundred times on the way to the pool and barely even noticed it. And then, all of a sudden, it seems, the big one and a half acre section of Centennial Park that used to be a grassy depression, came alive with a carpet of wildflowers. Finally, on the last official day of summer, having taken my last swim of the year, I stopped to see it up close. I got out of the car, walked out into the middle of the garden and just stood there without moving for about ten minutes, just watching and listening. And the longer I stood, the more I saw and heard. I saw scarab-like beetles in clusters on flowers. Grasshoppers jumped from plant to plant. Two Monarchs fluttered around me, stopping to drink the nectar of the liatris. Goldfinches swooped and cavorted before stopping to gorge on the seedheads of the brown-eyed susans.

This is Wilmette’s new prairie garden, which has been three years in the making. The garden is the brainchild of Charlotte Adelman, retired attorney and author of two books about native Midwestern plants. She approached the Wilmette Park District back in 2009 and proposed turning the retention pond into an oasis of native plants and wildlife. It is now full of native grasses, thistle, cardinal flower and, perhaps most important to those of us who love Monarch butterflies (and who doesn’t), the garden is home to milkweed. Milkweed is the only plant on which Monarchs can lay their eggs, and there is less and less of it as land has been cleared for development, so Monarchs are becoming scarcer.

You can learn more about prairie gardens and tour the Centennial Garden at a free lecture sponsored by the Wilmette Garden Club on September 7 at 12:30 pm at the Mallinckrodt Senior Center.  Charlotte Adelman will speak and then lead a walking tour of the garden from the corner of Hunter Rd. and Wilmette Avenue. For more info, contact Susan Gatto at 847-256-1353.

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Chiasso Brings Modern Design to the North Shore

If your style of interior design runs toward contemporary, you’ll want to check out Chiasso, which opened late last fall at 108 Skokie Boulevard in Wilmette.

Chiasso (pronounced key-AH-so) is Italian for uproar. The store sells modern furniture and decorative accessories. According to store manager Dave Spaulding, Chiasso’s wares are also more affordable than Design Within Reach or West Elm.

Most of the company’s sales are from its catalog business but its Chicago store (at 2112 N. Clybourn) has been so successful that they decided to expand out to the burbs.

One of Chiasso’s best sellers is its bar stools, and they’ve got great ones: simple, sleek and comfortable. Office chairs are another popular item.

What I really like about Chiasso is the sense of fun it brings to interior design. There’s nothing stark or sterile about Chiasso’s merchandise. Yes, the furniture is sleek and modern but it’s all meant to be combined in creative ways and the accessories bring a touch a whimsy to any decor.

You really should check it out next time you’re on your way to Old Orchard. And Chiasso is offering our readers a 15% discount*  if you mention our team (Come Home North Shore) or this blog (North Shore Views).

*Discount not valid with gift cards or on previously purchased items.

Chiasso is located at 108 Skokie Blvd. in Wilmette. Call 847-251-8600 or visit www.chiasso.com.

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Libertad – Nuevo Latino Dining in Downtown Skokie

I have been meaning to try this new restaurant ever since it opened to rave reviews back in the fall of 2011. Now, with our kitchen remodel underway, we have an excuse to eat out. So, last night, with kids gone, we made our way down to Skokie to finally check out Libertad.

As the name implies, the menu is Latin-inspired. But this is not your father’s Mexican joint. If you’re hankering for a chimichanga or a burrito, Libertad  is not the place to go. The food is much more sophisticated than that. Described as Nuevo Latino, the dishes blend Argentinian, Brazilian and Mexican flavors and ingredients, plus a little bit of whatever else inspires Chef Armando Gonzalez.

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North Shore Dog Parks and Beaches

Wilmette Dog Beach

My dogs and I had planned to personally research all the dog parks and beaches on the North Shore and provide our readers with our ratings of each. But we quickly realized that the non-resident fee in most towns is pretty steep resulting in a rather expensive research project. So, much to the dogs’ dismay, we had to scrap that idea and settle for providing a directory of North Shore dog parks. We can speak with authority about the Wilmette dog beach at Gillson Park, where we are frequent visitors. Each of my dogs give it four paws up.

Evanston

Evanston Dog Beach
Church St. and Davis St., Evanston
847-866-2900
Open 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Evanston residents: $40/season; Non-residents: $80/season
Tokens are required to enter the beach and may be purchased at the Dempster Street Beach Office (where Dempster St. meets the lake): 10am-5pm daily between Memorial Day & Labor Day or at the City Collector’s Office in the Civic Center. Read the rest of this entry »

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