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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2014

 

RACE-logo-2No need to stay in the house all weekend and get tempted by Halloween candy! There’s always plenty to do on the North Shore…..

Haunting History
Oct. 31; 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston
A Halloween treat for adults. Join magician David Parr as he takes you on an eerie interactive tour of the historic Dawes House and experience the sophisticated side of the supernatural. Each room offers an encounter with the strange and mysterious, equal parts history, mystery and magic! $20 admission, age 13 and older. To purchase tickets, click here.

Gobble Bowl
Nov. 1, 10 am
Skokie Playfield Turf Fields, 540 Hibbard Road, Winnetka
The Bear’s season got you down? Time to take matters into your own hands at this annual flag football tournament. Games will start at 10 am on the new Skokie Playfield Turf Fields. Limit to 12 people on a team. For ages 17+. For more information, e-mail jshea@winpark.org

Weekend Family Class: Pizza Gardens
Nov. 1, 9:30 -11 am or 1-2:30 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook road , Glencoe
Sample some of the different plants used to flavor pizza, learn to mix and knead pizza dough, and plant a special Italian herb garden to make tasty pizza treats at home! Children ages 4-10 accompanied by an adult. To register or for more information, click here.

Race: Are We So Different?
Oct. 31 – Nov. 2
Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
The first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Combining these perspectives offers an unprecedented look at race and racism in the United States. Exhibit runs through Jan. 25. Click here for more information.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Oct. 17 – 19, 2014

Calling all ghosts and ghouls. Halloween festivities are kicking into full gear on the North Shore and there is something for everyone – even the four-legged members of your family.Highwood pumpkin festival

Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 17-19
Highwood Avenue and Sheridan Road, Highwood

This annual festival is one of the most anticipated of the season. Tons of activities and events throughout the weekend including a pet costume contest, Light Up the Night Parade, 5K Pumpkin Run, Walk & Kids’ Dash, onsite carving, nightly pumpkin wall lighting ceremonies, hay rides, pumpkin bowling, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival rides, kids crafts, live entertainment, pumpkin beer tasting, and seasonal food and beverage vendors galore. For more info: http://highwoodpumpkinfest.com

Things That Go Bump In The Night
Oct. 17, 18; 6:30-8 pm
Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel Street, Skokie

Meet some of the fascinating but often misunderstood critters of Emily Oaks! This popular event is intended to be fun and informative – NOT frightening. This year you’ll investigate the cases of several creatures known as the Un-Touchables along the Nature Center trail, finding out what makes them special and why they shouldn’t be touched. Your visit will end at a campfire featuring snacks and songs. For all ages. Tickets $5 per person. For more info: http://www.skokieparks.org/node/5318

Spooky Pooch Parade
Oct. 18; 11 am – 1 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

For two very special hours only, dogs are allowed in the Chicago Botanic Garden. Cleverly costumed canines march the parade route to celebrate Halloween. Spectators are invited to line the parade route for a barking good time. In addition to the parade, activities include the costume contest, judging, and an awards ceremony. For more info: http://www.chicagobotanic.org/dog

Corn Harvest Festival
Oct. 18; 10 am – 4 pm
Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Road, Glenview

Experience harvest time from an earlier era! Activities include wagon rides, farm activities, harvest food treats and fall arts & crafts. $5 per person, children under 2 are free. For more info: http://www.glenviewparks.org/event/corn-harvest

Golf Glow Ball for Adults (21+)
Oct. 18; 6:30-11:30 pm
Sunset Valley Golf Course, 1390 Sunset Road, Highland Park

Footgolf, a combination of soccer and golf will be played in a golf course setting. Whether you are an experienced soccer player or one that just enjoys kicking the ball around, come try this European sport. Enjoy 6 holes playing Sunset Valley in a glow-in-the-dark event. This is a walking only event. Click here to register.

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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.

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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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Glencoe Market Report – June 2014

Glencoe signAs of June 30, there were 81 active listings in Glencoe, with a median list price of $1,499,000 and ranging in price from $109,000 to $4,600,000.

Single family detached homes represented 94% of the total listings.
71% of those are over $1,000,000.

During June there were 17 closed sales with a median selling price of $1,025,000 and an average of 60 days on market. Selling prices ranged from $492,000 to $2,650,000.

Year to date there have been 65 closed sales in Glencoe, with a median selling price of $1,025,000 and an average of 129 days on market. Single family detached homes represented 95% of closed sales, with a median sales price of $1,030,000.

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Glencoe New Construction by Highgate Builders

Glencoe New Construction by HighGate

 500 South Avenue, Glencoe, IL

Highgate Builders combines elegance, simplicity and charm in this exquisite Hampton-style shingle and stone home. Just listed by the Come Home North Shore team, the house will be built on an ideally-located property near town, train and schools. (Note: the photos shown below are of previously built Highgate homes).

It’s scheduled to begin construction in late summer or early fall 2014, allowing you to customize many aspects of the home to suit your specific desires. Everything about this home will be of the highest quality and built with the attention to detail that Highgate Builders is known for. The home is being offered at $2,595,000.

500 South staircase

The open floor plan will feature gracious room sizes, a sleek and stylish gourmet kitchen with separate eating area, and a paneled library on the main floor. Patios will extend the entertaining spaces to the outdoors.

500 South Ave. kitchen

The second floor will have four generous bedrooms including a luxurious master suite with large walk-in closets and spa bath.

The finished lower level will feature ten foot ceilings, a rec room, exercise room, as well as a fifth bedroom and full bath and plenty of storage. The home will have an attached two-car garage, with the option to add a separate garage for a third car.

Highgate Builders is one of the most well-respected and in-demand builders on the North Shore.  Winner of the 2009 Preservation Award, the firm has been featured in Luxe Interiors + Design and Home & Architectural Trends magazines. Highgate is also known for  building certified green and sustainable homes. You can see some of Highgate’s new homes here.

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If you would like to learn more about plans for this new construction, please call us at 847-881-6657 or email us. Come Home North Shore co-founder Paula Weiss has deep experience in all facets of new construction and can provide you with expert  guidance throughout the process.

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Outdoor Concerts in Glencoe – Summer 2014

Music on the esplanadeGlencoe Gazebo Grooves

Kalk Park, 298 Park Ave. Free

June 11 – Midwest Dueling Pianos

June 16 – Soda (Johnny Cash to Cee Lo Green)

August 13 – Bopology (Frank Sinatra band)

Music on the Esplanade

Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd. Admission is free. Parking is $25/car for non-members. All concerts are Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm.

June 24 – Dave Specter (Blues)

July 1 – The Special Consensus (bluegrass)

July 15 – Kimberley Gordon Big Band (Duke Ellington and Count Basie)

July 22 – JoeSounds Steel Drum Trio (Caribbean/Calypso)

July 29 – Pamela Rose and Windy City Country (classics, contemporary country and rock n roll)

August 5 – Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan Quartet (gypsy jazz, flamenco & American jazz)

August 12 – Fernandez + Kimball (Spanish guitar)

August 19 – Nia Quintet (original music from Scott Anderson)

August 26 – Shamrock Ragsters (Irish/Celtic, bluegrass and Dixieland jazz)

Hot Summer Nights

Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd. Admission is free. Parking is $25/car for non-members. All concerts are Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm.

June 19 – The Mike Knauf Quartet (swing, Latin & standards)

June 26 – Pamela Rose and Windy City Country (classic, contemporary country)

July 3 – Silver Stars (fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass and washboard)

July 10 – Jose Valdes & Mambo All-Stars (mambo, cha-cha and boleros)

July 17 – El Payo (flamenco)

July 24 – The Boils (Celtic music and Irish step dance)

July 31 – Grupo Cha Cha (Latin jazz)

August 7 – Bopology (swing and jazz)

August 14 – Rio Bamba (bossa nova, samba and American Latin jazz)

August 21 – Hillbilly Rockstarz

August 28 – Aloha Lives! (Hawaiian music)

 

 

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Glencoe Market Report – May 2014

Glencoe signAs of May 31, there were 75 active listings in Glencoe, with a median list price of $1,499,000 and ranging in price from $219,900 to $5,950,000.

Single family detached homes represented 96% of the total listings.
71% of those are over $1,000,000.

During May there were 15 closed sales with a median selling price of $1,035,000 and an average of 227 days on market. Selling prices ranged from $150,000 to $1,976,200.

Year to date there have been 45 closed sales in Glencoe, with a median selling price of $1,035,000 and an average of 136 days on market.

Watch this video for more local market data for Glencoe:

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Glencoe Market Report – March 2014

Glencoe signAs of March 31, there were 62 active listings in Glencoe, with a median list price of $1,445,000 and ranging in price from $179,000 to $5,950,000.

Single family detached homes represented 96% of the total listings.
73% of the active listings are over $1,000,000.

During March there were 4 closed sales with a median selling price of $825,000 and an average of 318 days on market. The median selling price was $825,000 and ranged from $312,000 to $3,650,000.

Year to date there have been 17 closed sales in Glencoe, with a median sold price of $1,025,000 and an average of 150 days on market.

Watch this video for more local market data for Glencoe:

 

Now that we are seeing prices appreciate again, are you wondering what your North Shore home is worth? You can get a quick and easy over-the-net home valuation by just giving us some basic information about your house. Just go here to submit your info and we’ll send you your home valuation within 48 hours.

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Ravinia 2014

Let’s talk music for a moment… Did you know image
that Ravinia is the oldest outdoor music festival
in the United States? Ravinia has been the summer
home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1936.

This summer it will host more than 130 events from
June 5th to September 14th! This includes 4 premieres
and 47 artist debuts that range from conductor Susanna
Malkki to ZZ Top.

So which artists will you be seeing this summer?

Click here for the entire Ravinia 2014 lineup!

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