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Best Burgers on the North Shore

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With so many options to choose from (gourmet, classic, chain etc.), it was quite hard to narrow down the list to just a few. We are sure that this list will spark some debate. However, the good news is that wherever you are on the North Shore, there’s probably a pretty good burger place nearby. And yes, we’ll take fries with that!

Prairie Grass Café’s Top Sirloin Burger
601 Skokie Boulevard, Northbrook, 847-205-4433

An award- winning gourmet burger that is served with mild Amish blue cheese topping, grilled beefsteak tomatoes and grilled onions sans bun! The burger is that good that you do not need one!

Charlie Beinlich’s
290 Skokie Boulevard, Northbrook, 847-291-0420

Two words sum up the Charlie Beinlich’s experience, old school! Known for their simple 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 Chicago classic. Closed Sunday and Monday. Cash only, don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Abigail’s Cheeseburger
493 Roger Williams Avenue, Highland Park, 847-849-1009

Although an upscale bistro, the one and only burger on Abigail’s lunch and dinner menu gets rave reviews. It’s a half pound of ground in house beef, served with Wisconsin sharp cheddar and red onion marmalade, on a soft homemade brioche bun. It doesn’t get much better than that. Closed Sunday and Monday.

The Lantern
768 Western Avenue, Lake Forest, 847-234-9844

A whole-in-the-wall, local gem, the restaurant advertises its burgers as the best in town and many would agree. Casual, bar setting, they are known for their 10 oz. Tiffany Burger, but also offer an 8 oz. and as 4 oz. Jr. Burger; not to mention veggie and turkey versions as well.

Edzo’s Burger Shop
1571 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, 847-864-3396

Now that they are open for dinner, this favorite burger joint in Evanston gets even higher marks from its loyal clientele. They hand grind their beef every day on site, and offer griddled and char options. Want local, grass fed beef? It’s yours for a few dollars extra. And don’t skip the awesome fries (10 different varieties) and milkshakes! They alone are worth a trip! Closed on Mondays and at 4 pm on Sundays.

Poochie’s
3602 Dempster Street, Skokie, 847-673-0100

Established originally in a small store front on Dempster Avenue, Poochie’s has been serving the Chicagoland area since 1969. Famous for its hot dogs and 1/3 lb. gourmet char cheese burgers, Poochie’s can’t be beat for it tasty burgers, great service, and prices! If you’re looking for a quick bite in a clean and comfortable setting, this is the place.

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

Another North Shore standby, Meier’s has been serving up burgers and other comfort bar food since the 1930s. Locals love it for its casual, nostalgic vibe. It’s the perfect place to sit back and relax with a burger and beer. Good simple food, at great prices and tator tots that can’t be missed. Cash only.

Honorable Mentions
Hackneys – A North Shore classic with two locations in Glenview; some still swear by it, others say it is starting to lose its charm.
Epic Burger/Meatheads (Skokie/Northbrook) – Both chain burger places that offer reliable food and toppings galore.
Ted’s Montana Grill (Glenview) – If bison beef is your thing, then this is your place.

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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Best Yoga & Pilates Studios on the North Shore

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The relationship with a yoga or Pilates instructor is very personal and can make all of the difference in how effective your results will be. We hope this list simplifies the task of finding a great studio that fits your own needs so you can focus more time on your health and well-being. Namaste.

Dharma Yoga
1321 Emerson Street, Evanston, 847-418-6464

Truly a yogi lover’s dream. The studio’s devotion to the practice is apparent as soon as you walk in the door. They are committed to creating a welcoming, intimate and spiritual environment while promoting a strong sense of community. The staff, led by owner Luna, is extremely knowledgeable and nurturing and offers clear and informative guidance. All classes are drop-ins. The studio also offers workshops, retreats, birthing classes and wellness services.

Yogaview
1231 Green Bay Road, Wilmette, 847-919-0533

Yogaview is a physically pleasing and spiritually safe environment where people can explore this ancient practice under the guidance of the very best yoga instructors within a supportive and knowledgeable community. Over 50 classes offered weekly; students can learn a wide variety of breathing, relaxation and body techniques. The studio also hosts a plethora of workshops. Acupuncture and childcare services available on-site as well.

Northshore Yoga
2523 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn, 847-607-8581
310 Happ Rd, Ste 216, Northfield, 847-784-8844
1407 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, 847-784-8844

Northshore Yoga is dedicated to helping each individual reach their fullest potential both physically and mentally. With three locations on the Shore, students can choose from a wide variety of classes, including Ashtanga and pre-natal, and class times. The Northfield location has the largest class offering. The studios also offer meditation and integrated healing services and a growing number of classes and workshops for kids and teenagers.

Bikram Yoga Northshore
1926 Waukegan Rd., Ste 1, Glenview, 847-998-6030

If Bikram yoga is your thing (and we know it’s not for everyone), than this is your studio. Beyond, the clean, spacious and modern facilities, this studio gets rave reviews for its instructors’ attention to detail and accuracy. For those not familiar, Bikram yoga is a very disciplined and structured form of yoga performed in a room set to 105 degrees. It is specifically designed as a series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, which, completed in sequence, works every muscle, joint, ligament and tendon of the body.

Body Evolve Pilates & Physical Therapy
1770 1st St, Suite #205, Highland Park, 847-926-8490
2101 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn, 847-926-8490

One of the first Pilates studios in the Chicagoland area, the studio offers private and pairs sessions along with evening group reformer classes at its Highland Park location. Combined with their licensed physical therapy services, the studio has helped a vast array of clients optimize athletic performance, rehabilitate from injury and achieve more balanced and conditioned bodies. The owners, Arlene Bass and Sharon Gawin, hold their instructors to high standards as they are at the forefront of continuing education and are sought after speakers at national industry events. The studio also serves as the Illinois Host Site for Balanced Body education and training.

Body Fusion Pilates
2847 Dundee Road, Northbrook, 847-858-2722

Although the studio itself is brand new, owner Lauren Fonseca has been training clients for more than 12 years. A former dancer at The Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, Lauren truly understands the benefits of Pilates training and has studied under the best in the business. Lauren is also certified in The Gyrotonic Method. The studio offers private, semi-private and 3 on 1 sessions.

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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Best Dog Groomers on the North Shore

We’re pleased to introduce a new feature to North Shore Views. Each week or so, we will provide a round up of the area’s “Bests”.  If there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment. Enjoy!

Best Dog Groomers on the North Shore

Finding a groomer for a beloved pet, can be just as tricky, if not more so than finding your own hair stylist. Luckily, there are some great options throughout the North Shore.

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Wags on Willow
840 Willow Rd, Northfield/Glenview, 847-272-2918
Although highly recommended for their grooming skills, Wags on Willow is also an upscale pet boutique that offers the very best in food, fashion, and fun toys for your furry friends. The perfect place to spoil your fur baby rotten! Groomer Myong Lee has 14 years of experience with all breeds.

Love Fur Dogs
69 Greenbay Road, Glencoe, 847-LUV-DOGS
A new comer to the North Shore but already a local favorite. Love Fur Dogs is run by an award winning groomer and the area’s only Certified Master Groomer. Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins and her staff offer complete grooming services as well as day care, pet taxi services (for you appointments as well as other destinations), high quality pet supplies and their very own grooming training academy on-site.

Spa for Dogs
819 Waukegan Road, Northbrook, 847-272-8901 or 847-334-6024
Offers the best in organic, all-natural and cageless spa treatments for your pup. Choose from a selection of pre-determined spa packages or a la carte services. Pick up and drop off as well as additional services for senior and special needs dogs available too. Features an on-site boutique as well as dog training, dog walking and pet sitting services too.

Paw Xperts
3232 Skokie Valley Rd., Highland Park, 847-433-6770
Comprised of a team of caring and experienced groomers. Lee, Sally and Angie have all received rave reviews. Nice, large facility so not too noisy and not too cramped.

Krisers
1640 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, 224-206-7073
Apparently not all Krisers are created the same. Many from the city are loyal to the brand, so if you’d like to stick with them, a drive out to their Vernon Hills location to see Danielle may be worth the extra time and miles. The location is stocked with high quality pet products that along, will their grooming services, are priced reasonably well.

Spotless Dog Wash
1121 Emerson St, Evanston, 847-563-8061
At about $20 a pop, this do-it-yourself option offers all of the convenience and affordability without the mess! The facility is immaculate and features well stocked pet-friendly tubs and drying stations so you have everything you could possibly need to have your fur baby looking in tip-top shape. And don’t worry, you’re never truly alone, their resourceful staff is on-hand to guide you and offer suggestions.

Honorable Mention – The Laundry Mutt, Wilmette. Unfortunately, they are not taking new clients at this time. Check in with them from time to time or consider one of the other fine options!

We’d be 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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David Adler-Designed Lake Forest Mansion For Sale

275 Sussex Lane, Lake Forest, IL Fleur de Lys Mansion – 275 Sussex Lane, Lake Forest, IL 60045

One of the side benefits of being a Realtor that I never get tired of is the opportunity to tour historically significant homes designed by some of the world’s finest architects. Today Coldwell Banker’s Previews Group hosted a party at the fabulous Fleur de Lys mansion at 275 Sussex Lane in Lake Forest and we got to see every square inch of it.

The 11,000 square foot house is situated on over 2 acres that include a pool, tennis courts, gardens and large terrace. It has 17 formal rooms, 8 bedrooms and 10 baths. The house is not the typical mega-mansion one would build today; it’s way too formal and grand, like something out of The Great Gatsby. It’s the perfect venue for weddings, charity balls and large parties.

The estate is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. It was designed by David Adler in 1914 for meat-packing baron Joseph Cudahy and his wife, Jean Morton Cudahy, daughter of the founder of Morton Salt. Apparently Adler’s inspiration for the house was Petit Trianon, a small chateau on the grounds of Versailles Palace in France. You’d think at this price the home would be perched on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, but it’s not. In fact, it sits in the middle of a quiet neighborhood that was once part of the estate until it was sold off and subdivided.

You can watch a video about this fabulous estate here:

The home is listed by Coldwell Banker’s Straub Milito Group and is being offered at $8,900,000. If you would like to arrange a private showing, call us at 847-881-6657.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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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