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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

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

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

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

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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.

1917 Sears Roebuck catalog house

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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Northwestern Football: Big Ten in Our Own Backyard

I’m not much of a sports fan, but catching a game of Northwestern Football now and again was always a brilliant way to spend a Saturday afternoon with my dad or brother.

For being home to a major college football team, Ryan Field has a delightful backyard quality to it.  The stadium is nestled right in the Evanston suburbs, surrounded by beautiful vintage homes.  Plentiful parking and an el stop are just a few blocks away, so getting to a game is painless.  Fans casually stroll into the stadium, and even when the game is full the seats give you plenty of room.  It’s clean, comfortable, and convenient.

Yet it is home to some very serious football.  The Big Ten conference has some of the best action college football has to offer.  The Wildcats sit in a sweet spot:  Good enough to win some big games, bad enough that it’s always an uphill battle.  I count both of those qualities in their favor–I may not always be happy when the game ends, but I’m never bored.  Hence their nickname, the “Cardiac Cats”.

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Memorial Day Ceremonies on the North Shore of Chicago


Before you hit the pool or fire up the grill on Monday, take time to honor our fallen heroes this Memorial Day at one of the North Shore’s ceremonies:


American Legion Post 42 will host a Memorial Day ceremony at Fountain Square  – Veterans Memorial Plaza (Davis St. and Sherman Ave.) beginning at 10:30 am. The Northwestern University NROTC color guard and rifle team have been invited to participate. Evanston leaders will offer their thoughts and perspectives on Memorial Day and its meaning.


The parade begins at 10:30 on the corner of Lake and Ridge (St. Joseph’s parking lot) and proceeds down Lake to Park Ave, then south to Wilmette Ave. and east to Village Hall, where there will be a ceremony to honor our war heroes. Read the rest of this entry »

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9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies on the North Shore

This Sunday marks the ten year anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. I’ll never forget where I was when I heard the news and I doubt anyone else will either. Most of us know someone who was directly affected by the tragedy, and the wounds still feel fresh, even after ten years. You can take time out to remember those who lost their lives at one of the ceremonies taking place on the North Shore this weekend:

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The community is invited to join local public safety members of Fire and Law Enforcement, elected officials and community partners to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Attacks of September 11, 2001.  Participants and guests are asked to gather for this event at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, September 11. Members of Fire and Police Clergy, along with public safety officials and the mayor, will give speeches and music will be provided. A special dedication will also take place for the actual artifact from the World Trade Center.

8:45 a.m. Gathering
9:00 a.m. Welcome – Video Presentation
9:11 a.m. Moment of Silence
9:15 a.m. Comments from Mayors, Fire Chief, Fire Clergy, Police Chief, Police Clergy, Police/Fire Honor Guard Presentation, Ringing of the Bell 3-4-3 to Honor the 343 Fallen Firefighters; National Anthem; Dedication of 9/11 Artifact – Fire Chief; and Closing Comments


The Winnetka Village Council and the Winnetka Park Board cordially invite all Winnetkans, friends, and neighbors to attend a Ten Year Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. on the Village Green.  Scout troops from the Village, students from NTHS, our public safety chiefs, and representatives from local religious congregations will participate in a brief ceremony honoring those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks. In the event of rain, participants will gather in the Winnetka Club.

All are also invited to participate in the planting of the memorial flags on the Village Green, beginning at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 10th.


You are cordially invited to join the Glenview community at an event commemorating the 10th anniversary of that fateful day as we gather in gratitude to and recognition of all first responders who every day put their lives on the line for citizens. 7:00-8:00 pm in Gallery Park (Patriot and Chestnut).

The evening’s tribute will include:

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Affordable Townhome in Northwest Evanston

3326 Culver St., EvanstonIf you are searching for a home in Evanston, you will see that there are lots of condos for sale and quite a few single family houses, but not many townhomes, especially in desirable Northwest Evanston.

3326 culver mapThis townhome at 3326 Culver St. lives like a single family house. It’s a half duplex with lots of space and lots of light. It has three bedrooms, one and a half baths, a large rec room on the lower level and ample closets. It’s been freshly painted throughout and has new carpet and tile as well as new vanities in the bathrooms and a new range and oven in the kitchen. Off of the living/dining room is a spacious patio and there is a parking space off the alley. It is listed at $199,000.

Other than the unit itself, this home has a number of other benefits:

  • It is a fee simple home, which means that there are no assessments. It is not part of a condo association. (Of course, that also means you have to shovel your own walk and mow your own grass).
  • It is located on a residential one-way street of single-family homes.
  • Its private, fenced patio is like an outdoor room to enjoy in the summer.
  • It is conveniently located, with easy access to I-94, Old Orchard and Central Street shopping. Public transportation is just steps away.
  • It is in the award-winning Willard School elementary school district.

You can get more info here. If you’d like to see this home, please give me a call at 847-687-5957 or email me. I’d be happy to show it to you.


Race Against Hate on Father’s Day

Race Against HateBond with your Dad and support a worthwhile cause this Sunday by running together in the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate, a 10K run in Evanston along Sheridan Rd. and through the Northwestern campus. Even if you and your father aren’t up for running, you can still participate by walking the 5K.

This is the twelfth year of the event, which was created by Sherialyn Birdsong in memory of her husband, Ricky. Ricky was a beloved basketball coach at Northwestern, who was murdered in 1999 by a white supremacist, simply because he was African-American. Last year the race raised over $150,000 for the YWCA to use in its work with local schools on issues of racial justice and violence prevention.

The 10K starts at 7:30 am on Sunday, June 19. The 5K run/walk starts at 7:45. The youth mile for kids 9-13 starts at 9:00 and at 9:15 the kids under 8 can start.

Online registration is closed but you can still register in person tomorrow (Saturday, the 18th) at the Evanston YWCA at 1215 Church St., or on race day starting at 6:15 am. Go here for more details about the race.

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Old Neighborhood Grill in Evanston

Old-Neighborhood-Grill“Anywhere but Corner Bakery,” I replied when my partner, Mo asked where we should go for lunch. I had already been there three times in the last week and needed a break.

“I’ve got a new place and it’s right near here,” said Mo. So we hopped in her car and headed down to Evanston.

Although it’s been there for two years, I had never been into the Old Neighborhood Grill until yesterday. It’s a casual spot located at 2902 Central St. in Evanston. It serves burgers, dogs, sandwiches and a number of Greek dishes like spanakopita, kebabs, souvlaki, Greek chicken, etc. The burgers are made from fresh Black Angus and the Greek dishes are homemade. I ordered the Greek salad, which was so big it overflowed my plate, and Mo had the pork kebobs with tzatziki, which I had to sample if I was going to endorse this place. They were yummy.

John TasiopoulosNot only was the food good but we were treated like old friends. The owners, John and Theresa Tasiopoulos, have to be two of the friendliest and most welcoming people there are.  John used to have a big corporate IT job with 190 people reporting to him. But he HATED it, so Theresa convinced him to go ahead and fulfill his lifelong dream of having his own restaurant. He did and has never looked back.

We commented on the gorgeous inlaid wood counter top…not the typical Formica type counter you would expect in a place like this. Turns out the counter and all the tables in the place were made by John’s father, Peter, who also happened to be on hand while we were there. When they went to convert the space from a mortgage company to a restaurant, Peter took all the black walnut door casings from the existing space and re-purposed them to make the furniture and counter top. How’s that for green?

Counter at Old Neighborhood InnThe restaurant is open six days a week from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm and closed on Sunday. You can see the restaurant’s full menu here.

And when you go, tell John that Anne and Mo sent you, and you’ll get a 25% discount on any order over $20.00.


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