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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Oct. 24 – 26, 2014

Make sure you get plenty of rest this week because the weekend is jammed pack with Halloween haunts for kids and adults, plus a whole lot more. We’ve expanded this week’s list to include as many events as you could handle!

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Boo Bash
Oct. 24, 6 pm – 7:30
Northfield Community Center, 401 Wagner, Road, Northfield
This favorite Halloween event returns for the younger set. Children 3-8 will enjoy free carnival games, balloon artists, craft, treat bags and cookie decorating. There will also be a special train ride around Willow Park. For more information, click here.

Halloween Happening
Oct. 24, 6-9 pm
Community Recreation Center, 1200 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette
Filled with chills and thrills, this family-friendly event features carnival games, magician, fortune teller, moonwalk, arts and crafts, face painting, mad scientist’s lab and pony rides. Don’t miss the Theater of Terror and the Traveling World of Reptiles! Pizza dinner is included, along with a goodie bag and a visit to the Pumpkin Patch. Wristbands will be issued and will be required to participate in all activities. $15 resident/$20 non-resident. Sign up early here.

Pumpkins on the Beach
Oct. 24, 5-7:30 pm
Tower Road Beach, 899 Sheridan Road, Winnetka
The beach will be transformed into a pumpkin patch for family fun. There will be pumpkin decorating, carnival games, and lots of excitement. The Costume Contest will start around 5:30 pm ending at 6:10 pm. $5 residents; $10 non-residents. For more info. and to register in order to guarantee a pumpkin, click here.

Fairy Tale Trail 
Oct. 24, 4- 8 pm, Oct. 25, 10 am – 2 pm
Women’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
Mermaids, wizards, safari guides and princesses welcome kids to the Women’s Club of Evanston, which will be transformed into a maze of eight rooms – each showcasing a different children’s story or theme. Each fully accessible, fantasy-filled room will feature multi-sensory activities and costumed volunteers who will engage and enchant children with and without special needs. The Trail provides a safe, non-frightening, fun Halloween experience for children of all ages and abilities and is open to all children in the North Shore and Chicagoland, with a special focus on those who are physically, cognitively, or economically challenged. For more info, including a special VIP meet & greet, click here.

Halloween Hoopla & Haunted House
Oct. 24, 7-9 pm & Oct. 25, 3-6 pm
Jewett Park Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield
Two days filled with non-stop activities including a haunted house, inflatable games, bonfire fire, face painting, movie and so much more. Fee for haunted house. For a full schedule of events, including “lights on” haunted house, click here.

Haunted Trail of Terror
Oct. 25, 6:30-9 pm
Lloyd Beach, 799 Sheridan Road, Winnetka
This event is not for the faint at heart. Daring souls that choose to make it down the beach will visit the graveyard of the spirits, walk along the Haunted Trail of Terror, enter the Haunted Boathouse (at your own risk), and experience hair-raising thrills. Recommended for ages 12+. $5 per person.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Community Day
Oct. 25, 10 am – 5 pm
Mitchell Museum, 3001 Central Street, Evanston
Free activities include kid’s crafts (dream catcher), food and light refreshments. The American Indian Center will present an Urban Pow Wow history and dance program (for an additional fee) beginning at 2:30. Click here for more info.

TEDx Talk
Oct. 25, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
New Trier High School, McGee Auditorium, 385 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka
TED is a global set of conferences with the guiding principle of “Ideas Worth Spreading.” TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience in an intimate setting. Topics will include entrepreneurship, development of the teen brain, education policies and more. Current and former New Trier students will speak along with noted field exerts. For a list of speakers and topics and to purchase tickets, click here.

Croctoberfest
Oct. 26, 10 am – 12 pm
Wildlife Discovery Center, 1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest
Celebrate the world of crocodilians with at the Wildlife Discovery Center. This is an event you won’t forget! Activities include: short talks about crocodiles and their kin, face painting, storytelling and other events for children. And don’t miss a special visit from world famous Bubba, an American alligator (10 -12 pm only). $5 donation per participant.  For more info., click here.

Lake Bluff Ghost Walk
Oct. 25-26, 5 – 8 pm
Lake Bluff History Museum, 127 E. Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff
The Ghost Walk resurrects true stories from Lake Bluff’s past and retells them “with a twist” to build interest in local history. Tour groups leave every 15 minutes and are led by Men in Black – agents whose expertise is dealing with UFO witnesses and extraterrestrials. Tickets: $25 adult, 8th grade & under: $10. May not be appropriate for young children. Advance purchase recommended. For more info., click here.

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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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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Oct. 10 – 12, 2014

Community spirit is alive and kickin’ this weekend.  Choose from free live music, free art demos, bulbs, bulbs and more bulbs and and a fall festival or two.

Invasion of the Pumpkins for Charity
Oct. 11
Daytime Activities 9 am – 2 pm, Shops at Deerfield Square, 740 Waukegan Rd., Deeerfield
Evening Concert: 6 pm (gates open at 5 pm), Park Ave at Deerfield Rd., Deerfield

The pumpkins are invading Deerfield again! Join The Shops at Deerfield Square, DBR Chamber of Commerce and The Village of Deerfield for daylong festivities capped off by a free evening concert, featuring Shirley King, daughter of blues legend B.B. King, and the Blue Road band. Sponsors will donate $2 per person attending the “Brats & Blues” concert to local charities. Frees brats and fall treats provided. Click here for a full list of events and the map of the Pumpkin Parade route.

 

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Harvest Fest
Oct. 11; 2 pm – 10 pm
Kalk Park, 300 Randolph St., Glencoe

Fall into fun with an afternoon filled with games, entertainment, food and attractions. The fun heats up in the evening with A Taste of Glencoe, complete with live music, food, beverages and more. Proceeds benefit Glencoe Junior High Project and Glencoe Youth Services. For more info, click here.

Fall Bulb Festival
Oct. 11-12, 10 am – 4 pm
Chicago Botanical Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe

It’s never too early to start thinking about Spring! 225+ varieties of bulbs and plants will be on sale. Plus, live music, a harvest market, cider, wine and beer, the famous gourd mountain and a kids’ obstacle challenge! One of the most popular family days at the garden!

Open Studios Evanston
October 11, 1-5 pm
Various Locations throughout Evanston

More than 50 visual art studios and galleries will be open to the public and feature exciting demos, classes and concerts throughout the day. From photography and custom framing, to painting, dance, lithography, sculpture and more. Click here for a list of participating galleries and schedule of special events.

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

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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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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Sept. 25-28, 2014

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Tour of the Wilmette Centennial Park Prairie
September 25 at 10:00am
Behind the Centennial
Park Complex, 2300 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette
The Little Garden Club of Wilmette is hosting a fall tour of the Centennial Park Prairie, a wetland of tall grass that occupies the 2 acre detention basin near the corner of Hunter Rd. and Wilmette Avenue. Tour leader, Charlotte Adelman will point out the various types of grasses and flowers, as well as the native wildlife that inhabits the prairie: goldfinches, dragonflies, butterflies, bumblebees and other insects. 847-256-9666.

New Riders of the Purple Sage in Concert
September 26 at 8:00pm
Evanston
SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston

Who remembers NRPS, contemporaries, friends and sometime opening band for the Grateful Dead? Well, they’re still around and will be in town to perform country rock and bluegrass music. $22-$38. Call 8847-492-8860

Craft Beer Tasting at the Range
September 27 starting at 4:00 pm
Winnetka Golf Club, 1300 Oak St., Winnetka

Avli Cafe will guide you through fifteen 3 oz.  tastings and appetizers. The event includes inlimited use of the driving range. Kids can practice their golf at a kids -only practice area. Tasting for adults 21 and older. Kids welcome with parents.

Fall Harvest Fun
September 26, 5-7pm
Lakeview Center in Gillson Park
, Wilmette

Decorate your own pumpkin, try your luck at “stay dry” apple bobbing and go on a scavenger hunt. We provide the pumpkins and decorating supplies. Finish the evening with a pizza dinner and scary stories. $23 residents/ $29 non-residents. wilmettepark.org

Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival
September 27-28 (Fri:4-10; Sat.: 10-10; Sun.: 10-5)
Downtown Evanston (Clark from Benson to Sherman)

Every kind of art in every price range! Paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed media, handmade jewelry, art from recycled materials, glass, wood, etc. Also, live music and fun art projects for kids. At the north end of the festival some of Evanston’s great restaurants will serve food to festival-goers.

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

 

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July Art Fairs and Festivals on the North Shore

Art-Festival-North-ShoreDo you feel like summer is getting away from you? Are you looking for more fun things to finish off your summer? Check out the list of art fairs and festivals left in July.

Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, noon-7 p.m. July 19-20 at Centennial Park, on Sheridan between Clark and Church, Evanston. The celebration of world cultures includes live music, dance performances, art and craft work of up to 140 juried artists, and ethnic foods. Free admission. Visit www.cityofevanston.org.

Glenview Art League’s 61st annual Art Fair will be held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 26-27 on the Lyon School grounds, Lake and Waukegan, Glenview. Featuring fine art and crafts, jewelry and photography by more than 65 artists, food and children’s activities. Free admission. Visit www.glenviewartleague.org.

Northbrook Days Festival, July 30-Aug. 3 at Village Green Park, Meadow and Shermer roads, Northbrook. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 6-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday and 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Featuring food, carnival rides and live music. Bands to be announced. Visit www.northbrookdays.com.

Glencoe Festival of Art, featuring more than 120 juried artists, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Aug. 2-3 at Green Bay Road and Park Avenue, Glencoe. Includes interactive art demonstrations, live music and children’s activities. Free admission and free parking in commuter lots. Visit www.GlencoeFestivalofArt.com.

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Evanston Market Report – June 2014

EvanstonILLogoAs of June 30, there were 370 active listings in Evanston, with a median list price of $317,000 and prices from $52,000 to $1,130,000.

Single family detached homes represented 39% of the total listings. 24% of them are over $1,000,000.

During June there were 128 closed sales with a median selling price of $345,500 and an average of 45 days on market. Selling prices ranged from $70,000 to $1,470,000.

Year to date there have been 445 closed sales in Evanston, with a median selling price of $315,000 and an average of 80 days on market.

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Evanston Market Report – May 2014

Evanston_signAs of May 31, there were 346 active listings in Evanston, with a median list price of $310,000 and prices from $39,900 to $4,300,000.

Single family detached homes represented 39% of the total listings.24% of them are over $1,000,000.

During May there were 104 closed sales with a median selling price of $287,500 and an average of 102 days on market. Selling prices ranged from $70,000 to $1,470,000.

Year to date there have been 319 closed sales in Evanston, with a median selling price of $297,500 and an average of 94 days on market.

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The Cutest Little House in Evanston

2225 Noyes St., Evanston

2225 Noyes St., Evanston, IL 60201

Are you thinking of buying a condo but can’t stand the thought of living in a high rise or vanilla box condo with no outdoor space? Need a pet friendly place for you and Rover? Then this adorable little house might be for you.

This one-bedroom home at 2225 Noyes Street in NW Evanston is 616 square feet of pure charm, plus plenty of outdoor space, including a nice yard and brick patio  It’s one of the original Sears Roebuck catalog house, constructed in 1917 from ready-to-assemble pieces. It was certainly a quality product, as it’s solid as a rock despite being almost 100 years old.

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1917 Sears Roebuck catalog house

Although it’s small, the house has everything you need: a recently updated kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and a “great room” for dining, watching TV and entertaining. In warm weather you can enjoy the screened porch overlooking the backyard and patio. The basement has plenty of room for laundry and storage, and comes with a heated greenhouse as an added bonus for plant lovers.

The home is being offered at $310,000. You can go here for more info. Or give us a call at 847-881-6657 if you’d like to see it.

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