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Best Book Stores on the North Shore

chair-and-fire-for-guardian-piece-590x394With no dramatic warm up in sight, it’s the perfect time to curl up by the fire and get lost in a great book. No matter what genre suits your fancy, the North Shore still has many wonderful independent book stores (thankfully), where knowledgeable staff members are on hand to help you find the perfect book for a cold winter day.

The Book Bin
1151 Church St., Northbrook, 847-498-4999

This small independent book store has been serving its loyal patrons since 1971. Known for its friendly and helpful staff, if they don’t have a book you are looking for they will happily special order it for you. Their children’s selection is ample and includes small games and toys. In addition, the store conducts a monthly adult book discussion group and has a rental library section where you can rent books by the day instead of purchasing. Closed on Sundays.

The Book Stall
811 Elm St., Winnetka, 847-446-8880

The Book Stall offers a fabulous, well-organized selection of books with a staff that really knows their stuff! Staff members tend to specialize in a specific genre so their recommendations are always spot on and patrons love the staff’s handwritten blurbs about their favorite picks so you can peruse at your own discretion as well. The store is always bringing in fabulous authors for meet and greets and other special events. The store also host several discussion groups and features a Children’s and Adult Book Club. For unparalleled service and a great community feel, the Book Stall is must!

Lake Forest Book Store
680 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest, 847-234-4420

Since 1949, this quaint, independent book store has been a town favorite. Despite its small size, it boasts a large selection of books that serves the needs of the town and surrounding communities. Known for its knowledgeable staff and exceptional customer service, the store has perfected the art of recommending books based on customers’ interests. And, should there be a book you’d like that they don’t carry, they are happy to track it down and place a special order for you. They also host several author and book events at the store and throughout the community, as well as a monthly book club.

Half Price Books
151 Skokie Valley Rd., Highland Park, 847-831-2820

Even though it’s part of a chain, this store feels like and independent book shop. Although you may not get a great return if you are looking to sell your books here, chances are you’ll score a great deal on any book you purchase – especially in their clearance section where books are marked down to $1-$2. In addition to recycled books, the store sells recycled video games, music, movies, comic books, board games. They also sell specially-priced new releases and hot bestsellers that are usually 10-20% cheaper than you’d find at big box stores.

Books on Vernon
664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, 847-835-5180

A great neighborhood spot with a great selection of gifts and books for adults and children alike. Books on Vernon offers a relaxed atmosphere where customers, no matter what age, are welcome to stay and explore the shelves. In the back of the store is a small 50-seat theater that the Writer’s Theatre uses to stage shows.

Barbara’s Book Market
2651 Navy Blvd., Glenview, 847-904-7304

Barbara’s Book Market in the Glen Town Center is a good old-fashioned bookstore with plenty of space to relax, peruse and linger. Their event space enables them to host a variety of happenings including author appearances, book signings, open mic nights, holiday events, book clubs, corporate meetings, gallery shows, and free children’s story time that takes place every Tuesday at 4:00pm and every Thursday at 10:30am. They also sell children’s puzzles, activity sets, toys, games and educational materials and have a great selection of heavily discounted books.

Book Den
1043 Chicago Ave., Ste B, Evanston, 847-864-4449 1-6, closed Tuesday and Sunday Monday 2-6

The Book Den is a used book store that may be small in size but makes up for it by its breadth in selection and variety of books. The stocked shelves are filled with everything from favorite beach reads to German lit, to feminist poetry and everything in between; you can literally browse for hours. The pricing can’t be beat and they often have additional sales so inquire within. Hours are somewhat limited: Monday: 2-6, Wed – Sat: 1 -6. Closed Tuesdays and Sundays.

Squeezebox Books & Music
1235 Chicago Ave, Evanston, 847-943-9309

Squeezebox is a unique, boutique style, thematically used book and music store run by an equally interesting owner, Tim. You will be seduced by the selection each visit and will want to return often as you never know what gem will show up. Supporting all genres and eras, including children’s, in a well-organized but small setting, it is truly a treasure trove of vinyl and books in fabulous condition. Hours: Mon – Wed: 12 – 6, Thur – Sat: 12 -7. Open some Sundays.

Bookends & Beginnings
1712 Sherman Ave, Alley 1, Evanston, 224-999-7722

Bookends & Beginnings opened in June 2014 in the space formerly occupied by the legendary Bookman’s Alley. They offer new, used, and bargain books; unique gift items and jewelry; literary events; and lots of local color. They literally have something for everyone but have quickly become known for their extensive cookbook section as well as their inviting children’s section which includes books written in other languages.

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: Feb. 20 – Feb. 22

potpourriThis weekend is a true potpourri of events. From princess pizza parties, Winter Carnivals and ice skating competitions to a Chinese New Year celebration, post WW2 European art lecture, daddy/daughter dance, and a night time nature hike. This weekend has got it all, where do we sign up?

Pizza with a Princess
Feb. 20: 6 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka

Enjoy this funny tale as a real life princess reads the story about Princess Paulina and she invents pizza while trying to become the wife of Prince Dupert. Pizza, drinks, and photo ops with the princess and her castle, what could be better? Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite princess or prince. Click here for more info.

Winter Night Hike
Feb. 20: 7 – 8:30 pm
River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook

Learn about nocturnal animals that live at River Trail. Afterwards, warm up inside with snacks and hot chocolate. To register,  click here.

Chinese New Year
Feb. 21: 11 am – 3 pm
Chicago Botanical Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe

Celebrate Chinese New Year with a special family day featuring free programs and puppet performances by the Shaanxi Folk Arts Group. Click here for more info.

Northbrook Winter Carnival
Feb. 21: 11 am – 1:30 pm (makeup date)
Meadowhill Park, 1479 Maple Ave., Northbrook

Celebrate the season with sled dogs, ice sculpting, music, ice skating, snow shoeing, games, horse-drawn trolley rides, s’mores & more! Free admission.

Winnetka Park District Winter Carnival
Feb. 2: 11 am – 1 pm
The Skokie School, 520 Glendale Ave., Winnetka

Lots of opportunities for winter fun with activities, games, and entertainment. Light refreshments will be provided.

Freeze Basic Skills Figure Skating Competition
Feb. 20: 5 – 9:20 pm
Feb. 21: 9 am – 6:25 pm
Glenview Ice Center, 1851 Landwehr Rd., Glenview

Check out what the talented skaters have learned through the U.S Basic Skills Program. Click here for a full schedule of events and programs.

Daddy & Daughter Whimsical Wonderland
Feb. 21: 6:30 – 8:30
Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Ave., Highland Park

For those that want to continue the spirit of Valentine’s Day with their special little ladies. The magical evening will be filled with surprises, sweet treats, and some very special guests! Photos and a gift will commemorate your evening together. To register, click here.

European Art at the Time of the Great War
Feb. 22: 1:30 – 3 pm
Common Ground Center, 815 Rosemary Terr., Deerfield

The second decade of the 20th century was tumultuous both in history and art history. Learn much more about this exciting period from art historian Jeff Mishur as he examines the work of Picasso, Kandinsky, Duchamp, Boccioni and others and discusses how they established the dominant paths their successors would follow for a century. For more info.: www.cg.org.

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Best High End Consignment Stores on the North Shore

consignment2With the return of the arctic temps, there’s no better time than the present to clean out your closets and cleanse your home of unwanted items that are taking up way too much space! Of course donating is a wonderful option, but for your higher end stuff, you may want to consider the consignment route first. It’s a great way to make a buck or two so you can buy more stuff! The North Shore has several high end consignment stores that make consigning easy and shopping for a great deal a whole lot of fun.

Please note, each store has their own unique consigning policies about the type of items they accept and how and when they should be brought in. Please check each shop’s website or call for complete details.

Women’s Consignment

The North Shore Exchange
372 Hazel Ave., Glencoe, 847-835-0026

The North Shore Exchange is a true upscale, resale shop featuring a well-edited collection of women’s luxury and designer clothing and accessories, as well as beautiful home furnishings and decor. This is by no means a thrift store. Coveted items sell quickly in this adorable storefront. Items that do not sell within 30 days are marked down further. Consignors receive 50% of the final selling price. If you choose to donate here instead, you can claim 35% of the full retail price as a tax write-off since all of the shop’s profits go to charities and non-profits benefiting children and families with the greatest need. It’s a win-win for all. Donations and consignments are accepted by appointment only. Store is closed on Mondays. Will pick up furniture.

Style Hunters
1510 Old Deerfield Road. Ste 215, Highland Park, 224-558-5303

Style Hunters is an upscale women’s consignment boutique offering personal consultation and an exchange option. They carry a fantastic collection of high-end designs and styles from the most popular North Shore boutiques and work with consignors on price setting to guarantee optimal return. Set in a warm and inviting setting, the store is open limited hours during the day, as they operate mostly by appointment for privacy and convenience. Free pick up available.

Loree’s Closet
1500 Old Deerfield Road, Ste 19/20, Highland Park, 847-748-8451

Lorees’s Closet is the premier luxury eBay store on Chicago’s North Shore for women and men. They consign and sell luxury goods for individual, retail and wholesale clients across the United States to shoppers around the world. Loree’s Closet will pick up the items directly from you or you can drop them off at their warehouse location, 10-3, M-F. Then they handle the rest, including taking photos and eBay/PayPal fees! You’ll receive a 50/50 split for items that sell for $500 or less; 60/40 for over $500. (60% to the client). They’ll even help you do a closet cleanse for free (inquire for details). You can check out their fabulous finds at: http://stores.ebay.com/Lorees-Closet.

Crowded Closet
808 Dempster St., Evanston, 847-475-1135

Crowded Closet has been in business since 1974. They offer a wide selection of upscale and mainstream women’s apparel and accessories. To consign, bring in 10 – 15 seasonal items on hangers, Tue – Sat, 11-3 pm. If you have more than 15 items, call to schedule a time. Split is 50/50. Accepting spring items beginning March 1.

Children’s Consignment

Princepessa Children’s Boutique
453 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park, 847-926-0500

Princepessa Children’s Boutique carries fabulous upscale resale, designer consignment, party wear, baby gifts, and goodie gags for newborn to teens, both boys and girls. No need to pay retail, especially for special occasion items that may only be worn a few times, and for tweens and teens shopping for their own big occasion, they offer private fittings. Open Tue – Sat, 10 am – 5 pm, closed between 3 – 3:30 on weekdays, however, hours may vary due to school schedules and holidays. Items may be dropped off for consignment anytime during store hours, 15-item limit for first timers.

Still Adorable
995 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, 847-729-2488

Still Adorable is an upscale children’s and maternity clothing resale boutique. They buy and sell high-end children’s clothing, games, toys, accessories, and more. Store hours: 10 am – 6 pm, Tue – Fri., 10 – 5, Sat. Sunday hours vary. Please contact them for consignment details.

Hand Me Downs
614 Dempster, Evanston, 847-475-0803

Hand Me Downs is a children’s resale and consignment store featuring premium brand used children’s clothes, toys, gear and equipment for newborns to tweens. The store has been a part of the Evanston community since 1979 but has recently gone under new management. Hours: 10 – 5:30 pm, Tue – sat., 12 – 4, Sun. Please contact them for consignment details.

Furniture Consignment

Turn the Tables
1955 Cherry Lane, Northbrook, 847-272-9966

Turn the Tables specializes in upscale furniture consignments and custom painted furniture. Their goal is to bring new life to old pieces through finding them a new home or recreating them via decorative painting and architectural embellishments. They offer a unique, boutique atmosphere and take great pride in how items are merchandised. Standard consignment period is for 30 days. Consignors receive 50% of selling price and there is a 15% reduction after each 30 day period.

Village Treasure House
1460 Paddock Dr., Northbrook, 847-832-1030

Village Treasure House is a unique, not-for-profit furniture, home furnishings and housewares consignment shop with over 100 dedicated volunteers. From dishes to breakfronts, they’ve got it all. When you consign, donate and shop here, you are supporting an amazing group of 17 local agencies that benefit women and children in crisis. Hours: 10 am – 5 pm, Tue – Sat, walk-in consignments accepted Wed – Sat – 10 am – 2 pm. Please call for more details about larger items and furniture consignment. 90 day consignment period. 50/50 split, with items discounted 15% every 30 days.

Anna’s Antique & Art Consignment
531 Bank Lane, Highwood, 847-681-2111

Anna’s Antique and Art Consignment was established in 2000 to provide a platform for those who have a finer taste in furniture but are either not willing to pay or cannot afford the price that typically comes with this kind of workmanship. The store features a variety of furniture, home furnishings and unique accent pieces including vintage portraits, chandeliers and a whole lot more. Once items are approved, furniture pick up service available. Hours: Mon – Sat 10 – 5; Sun 12 – 5.

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: Feb. 13 – 15

pink orchid  branch isolated on whiteLove is in the air this weekend and so are some fantastic ways to spend the weekend with you loved ones. Whether it will be a family affair or something perhaps a bit more jazzy or classical, we are sure you’ll find something to fill your hearts’ delight.

Little Beans Café Valentine’s Day Fun
Feb. 14: 10 am – 12 pm
Little Beans Café, 430 Asbury Ave., Evanston

The Evanston outpost of this family café/indoor playground/family activity center (ages 0-12) officially opens for play on the 13th with a special Valentine’s Day event on the 14th featuring a tea party, craft activities, cookie decorating, play and valentines. While coffee, drinks and snacks will be available over the weekend, the full service café will open on the 17th for breakfast and lunch. For more info: littlebeanscafe.com/Evanston/

The Orchid Show
Feb. 14 – Mar. 15: 10 am – 4 pm
Chicago Botanical Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe

The second annual Orchid Show kicks off this weekend and will feature orchid events and classes for adults, kids and families (did we mention vanilla is an orchid?) all month long. For more info:
www.chicagobotanic.org/orchid

Curious George
Feb. 14: 11 am, 2 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Everyone’s favorite little monkey brings his lovable antics to the stage in this madcap adventure about Rome, meatballs and the “secret ingredient” to cooking! For tickets: www.northshorecenter.org/
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Best Romantic Restaurants on the North Shore

cellar gateIf you haven’t made your Valentine’s Day plans yet, we hope this list inspires you. With the big day following on a Saturday this year, chances are, places are getting booked up so don’t procrastinate! And if you’d prefer to skip the Valentine’s Day rush, save this list for when you want to enjoy a special dining experience any day of the year.

Restaurant Michael
64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, 847-441-3100

Chef Michael Lachowicz presents his version of unpretentious fine French food in a casually elegant setting. A North Shore classic.

Guildhall
694 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, 847-835-8100

A stylish American Bistro with European influences. The restaurant features a warm and comfortable environment to enjoy heartfelt cuisine, craft beers and cocktails with an eclectic wine list.

Quince
1625 Hinman Ave., Evanston, 847-570-8400

Quince serves contemporary American cuisine in an intimate, yet friendly setting near downtown Evanston. Their wine list boasts more than 100 unique options chosen carefully to enhance Chef Andy Motto’s deliciously refined and globally-inspired cuisine.

Campagnola
815 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-475-6100

A true neighborhood gem, Chef Vince DiBattista and his team are committed to using the best in seasonal ingredients, preparing them with care, and presenting dishes in a simple, straightforward style in a cozy and relaxing atmosphere.

PM Prime
310 Green Bay Road, Highwood, 847-433-0600

A pricey, yet exemplary steakhouse in a more relaxed and intimate setting than you’d expect. With culinary direction steered by a James Beard Award-nominated chef, PM Prime is committed to innovation, depth of flavor, and contemporary presentation with the finest and freshest ingredients. Just may be worth the splurge.

Francesco’s Hole in the Wall
254 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, 847-272-0155

Enjoy 30 years of tradition in this charming authentic Italian restaurant. The 20+ entrees are written in marker on a wallboard each day to reflect the fresh ingredients that are delivered each morning. Please note, it is a small restaurant and they do not take reservations.

Abigail’s American Bistro
493 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park, 847-780-4862

An upscale yet unpretentious neighborhood restaurant with a knowledgeable wait staff and a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere that offers a regional menu with honest and simple preparation. This place is perpetually busy so expect a wait time if dining after 6 pm when reservations are no longer accepted.

Cellar Gate
524 Sheridan Road, Highwood, 847-748-8086

Cellar Gate is a unique restaurant, wine bar, and wine shop rolled into one. Boasting cozy and eclectic European/farmhouse décor, you won’t find another place like it. They offer a fantastic wine selection and a lovely menu of small plates and tapas designed to be paired with their wines.

Flight Wine Bar
1820 Tower Road, Glenview, 847-729-9463

As to be expected, Flight offers an extensive wine list featuring 35 wines by the glass from every corner of the globe, a fully stocked bar, and an award-winning menu best described as “American Contemporary” comfort food featuring a wide range of small bites and sharable plates and a varied selection of “Mains.”

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: Jan. 30 – Feb. 1

music

Forget about the big game, it’s mostly a musical affair this weekend on the North Shore. From performances featuring Tony and Grammy winners, to a high school chamber music competition and a fabulous kickoff to African-American History Month. But don’t worry sports fans, we didn’t forget about you. However in Chicago, it might be best to stick with a night celebrating the Blackhawks rather than football.

 

Blackhawks Night
Jan. 30: 7 – 9 pm
Watts Ice Center, 305 Randolph St, Glencoe

Time to show your team spirit. Sport Blackhawk colors as you skate with Tommy Hawk for a night dedicated to Chicago’s favorite hockey team. Blackhawk ticket and memorabilia giveaways throughout the night. Click here for more information.

La Cage aux Folles
Jan. 30: 8 pm, Jan. 31: 4:30 pm, 8 pm, Feb. 1: 1 pm, 5 pm
Marriott Theatre, Ten Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire

Catch opening weekend of this Tony award-winning, classic musical comedy set against the glitter of a Saint-Tropez nightclub. Feathers get ruffled when a middle-aged gay couple agrees to hide their relationship when their son returns home with his fiancée’s ultra-conservative parents. It’s poignant tale of one family’s struggle to stay together, stay fabulous and above all else, stay true to themselves. For tickets, click here.

African Explosion
Jan. 31: 11 am
Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette

Kick-start African-American History Month with this explosive demonstration of drumming, dance, and acrobatics. Free ticket required. Tickets are available in the Youth Services Department on the day of the program on a first-come, first-served, basis. Limit 8 tickets per family.

Keb’ Mo’
Jan. 31: 8 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ comes to town in support of his 12th album release, BLUESAmericana. Acoustic guitars are featured prominently in these new arrangements, which boast plenty of textural flesh via electric and resonator slide guitars, mandolin, percussion, keyboards, reeds and horns. For more information, click here.

RCP 20th Annual High School Chamber Music Competition
Feb. 1: 10: 30 am
Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston

Come here the future of chamber music as student from across the Midwest participate in one of the most regarded youth competitions in the country. Past competition winners have gone on to prestigious careers in music with some holding positions in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and San Diego Symphony Orchestras as well as the New York Philharmonic. Free event. Click here for more information.

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Guide to Outdoor Ice Rinks (Weather Permitting)

youth hockey players at Watts Ice Center

As a follow-up to our sledding hill round-up, we are pleased to offer you this guide to the North Shore’s outdoor skating rinks. Recently, we’ve seen pics of a few people on the East Coast trying to create their own mini rinks in their back yards. Lucky for you, living on the North Shore means you can skip the hassle since we have a plethora of outdoor options to choose from. However, with the recent “heat wave”, before heading out, it’s best to give these places to call to make sure there is ice.

Call us crazy, but we are kind of looking forward to the return of colder temps, because there’s something truly special about outdoor skating. Even if you hate the cold! And of course, if all else fails, there are plenty of indoor options too, but we all know it won’t stay this warm for long! So hold on to this list….Have you seen next week’s forecast?

Evanston
Dawes Park Lagoon, Sheridan Rd. at Church St. Call 847-859-7822 ext. 8

Baker Park, Forest Ave. at Keeney St. Call 847-859-7822 ext. 8

Wilmette
Gillson Park, Sheridan Rd. and Michigan Ave.
Lighted til 10:30 when usable. Recreational skating only- no hockey

Mallinckrodt Park, Elmwood and Ridge Rds. (Parking in north lot)
Lighted til 10:30 when usable. Recreational skating only- no hockey

Thornwood Park, Dartmouth Ave. and Thornwood Ave. Call 847-256-6100
Available for pond hockey as well as recreational skating Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Winnetka
Pond on the Green, 490 Hibbard Rd. (just south of Winnetka Ice Arena)
This newly refrigerated pond is open 4:00-9:00 pm weekdays and 11:45 am – 9:0 pm weekends, weather permitting. Click here for scheduling info.

Hubbard Woods Park, Green Bay Rd, west of train station
Rink is open 4:00 – 9:00 pm weekdays and 12 – 9:00 pm weekends, weather permitting.

Indian Hill Park, 131 Wilson Street
4:30 – 8 pm weekdays, 2 – 7 pm, weekends weather permitting, unsupervised.
Call 847-501-2052

Northfield
Clarkson Park, 1950 Willow Rd.
Call 847-604-1893

Northfield Park, 240 Lockwood Ave.
Call 847-501-2052

Glencoe
Watts Ice Center, 305 Randolph St.
There are two refrigerated, lighted rinks at Watts so warmer weather is usually not a factor. Call 847-835-3030 for more info.

Glenview
Flick Park, 3600 Glenview Rd.
Lighted til 10:00 pm. Call 847-724- 3337 ext. 26 for conditions.

Johns Park, 2101 Central Rd.
Lighted til 10:00 pm. Call 847-724- 3337 ext. 27 for conditions.

Roosevelt Park, 2200 Grove St.
Lighted til 10:00 pm. Call 847-724- 3337 ext. 28 for conditions.

Highland Park
Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Rd.
Rink is lighted/open til 9 am – 9 pm daily. Call 847-432-4303 or check online : http://rainoutline.com/search/extension/8475799008/52

Lake Forest
West Park, Green Bay and Woodlands Rds.
Monday – Thursday 3:30-9:00 p.m.
Friday 3:30-10:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00-9:00 p.m.
Call 837-234-6702, ext. 5

Northbrook
Meadowhill Park, 1479 Maple Ave.
Monday – Friday 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (Kids)
6:30 – 9 p.m (Adults)
Saturday 12 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday 12 – 6:30 p.m.

Tower Rink, 1225 Cedar Lane
Monday – Friday 4:30 – 8 p.m.
Saturday 12 – 8 p.m.
Sunday 12 – 6:30 p.m.
Call 847-291-2985, ext. 3

Deerfield
You can check ice status online for any Deerfield rinks at http://www.deerfieldparks.org/ice-rink-status/

Jewett Park, 836 Jewett Park Drive.
Lighted family rink and hockey rink, lights operate 5 – 9:30 pm daily

Jaycee Park, 1026 Wilmot Rd.
Lighted family rink, lights operate 5 – 9:30 pm daily

Pine Street Park (Patti Stryker), Pine & Hackberry

Briarwood Park, Greenbriar Dr. & Eastwood

Skokie
Ice Rink at Old Orchard Mall, 4905 Old Orchard Center (Skokie Blvd. & Old Orchard Rd.) Lower level by Bloomingdales
Mon-Fri: 5 – 8 pm
Sat: 1 – 8 pm
Sun: 1- 5 pm
Rink will close when temperatures are above 50 degrees, or less than 17 degrees, or if wind chill is below 5 degrees. Weather Hotline at 847-929-7999.

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: Jan. 16 – 19

cultureIt’s a weekend filled with cultural events. From winter celebrations at the Kohl Museum to presentations on Buddhist art, cocoa making, and humor and ethnicity, there is certainly something on tap for everyone to enjoy. Round out the 3-day weekend, with a chance to give back at the MLK Day of Service in Highland Park.

Wonderland Winter Family Event
Jan 16: 5:30 – 8 pm
Kohl’s Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview

All aboard for polar express fun! For one night only, Kohl Children’s Museum is offering kiddie polar express train rides through the spectacular holiday lights of their outdoor Habitat Park exhibit! Additional activities include: concerts with Wendy Morgan and DB, special art programming, an appearance by Paddington Bear, free coffee and hot chocolate and a free gift for each child. For more info: kohlchidrensmuseum.org.

Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies Opening Day Celebration
Jan. 17: 2pm – 5 pm
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle, Evanston

Robert Linrothe, Northwestern art history faculty member and curator of the exhibition, will provide an overview of this new exhibit by addressing two sets of themes underpinning the exhibition — travel, trade and artistic exchange across the Himalayas between the 7th and 17th centuries; and the consequences of Himalayan Buddhists and Westerners approach to collecting such works. The presentation will be followed by a conversation between Linrothe and Sonya Rhie Quintanilla, the George P. Bickford Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. For more info: planitpurple.northwestern.edu.

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Best Places to Sled on the North Shore

sleddingWe know it’s only been one day, but with this unusual day off from school coming right after the Winter break, our bet is that some of you may be coming down with a touch of cabin fever! Don’t let the sub-zero temps scare you, throw on a few extra layers and head to the hills!  Ok, we know in the Midwest that’s easier said than done, but believe it or not we scouted the area and have come up with a list of the North Shore’s best sledding locations.  It may require hopping in your car, but the roads our clear and a little joy ride may do you all some good!

Here is our  list of the best places to sled on the North Shore:

Lake Bluff – Blair Park Sled Hill, 355 W. Washington
This hill has lights and is open until 9:00 pm.

Glencoe – Watts Park Sledding Hill, 305 Randolph St. (across from the outdoor rink)
This barely qualifies as a hill, but it’s perfect for little kids and novice sledders. And convenient for those living in Glencoe and Winnetka.

Techny Prairie Park, 1750 Techny Rd.
Bigger than Watts Park, and therefore good for “intermediate” sledders.

Northbrook- Wood Oaks Green, 1150 Sanders Rd.
Now this is a hill. It’s big and it’s steep enough to give even teenagers a thrill. We’ve seen it in action and  it does not disappoint.

Highland Park – Danny Cunniff Park (Formerly known as Centennial Park), 2700 Trailway St (end of Half day Rd.) Hill is located toward the back of the park, just south of Centennial Ice Arena.

Glenview – Flick Park, 3600 Glenview Rd.
This one’s lighted and open til 10:00pm, but unsupervised. There’s parking right next to the hill.

Glenview – John’s Park
Also lighted and open til 10:00 pm, but unsupervised.

Evanston – James Park (aka Mount Trashmore), intersection of Dodge and Oakton.
Big, steep and bumpy, it’s definitely not for toddlers. In fact, the city of Evanston now prohibits sledding on the large center hill since someone was hurt on it. The side hill is smaller but still plenty fast.

Evanston – Lovelace ParkGross Point and Isabella
Less challenging than Mount Trashmore but kids love it.

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 Gourmet/Specialty Food Markets on the North Shore

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Still putting your holiday menus together? Whether you need full on inspiration, assistance with some finishing touches or just want to stock your fridge, the North Shore has some great specialty food spots that just might make your holiday a whole lot merrier!

Poeta’s Italian Food Market
520 Green Bay Road, Highwood, 847-432-3037

A true neighborhood gem. They are known for their fine meats, Italian specialties, homemade pastas, fresh bread and their famous Homemade Italian Sausage and Beef. Their deboned marinated chicken also gets big raves and if you are running short on time, they have a great selection of prepared frozen meals and pizza dough that are mother-in-law full proof.

Zier’s Prime Meat & Poultry
813 Ridge Road, Wilmette, 847-251-4000

Zier’s Prime Meats is an “old-fashioned family butcher shop in a modern time” specializing in the finest Midwestern raised prime beef, fresh poultry, naturally raised pork, veal, and lamb. They have their own smokehouse onsite and offer many varieties of homemade smoked sausages and meats; even smoked salmon. They also offer an extensive line of wild game and American Wagyu KOBE beef; as well as unusual and hard to find gourmet sauces, soups, and spices.

Artisanal
414 Linden Ave., Wilmette, 847-512-3155

Artisanal is another modern-day version of a family-owned neighborhood grocery, offering a wide array of locally sourced, organic and specialty foods. From high quality meats and charcuterie, to fresh cheese, dairy and produce to a tempting selection of grocery items including jams, condiments and cereals; they’ve got it all. And, we didn’t even mention their in-house sushi chef and “The Happy Room” (fun and exciting libations)!

Harrison’s Poultry Farm
1201 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, 847-724-0139

This poultry farm has been proudly serving the finest all-natural poultry to the people and restaurants of Chicago’s North Shore since 1893. In addition to a full range of fresh poultry (chicken, turkey, duck, goose, quail, hen, chicken sausage etc.), the store is filled with great products from local honey and all natural eggs, to an excellent selection of sauces and spices as well as pre-made poultry dishes and sides.

Reagan Meats
1855 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, 847-724-0243

Reagan Meats serves up some of the finest prime and organic meats and produce on the North Shore of Chicago. They process all of their own beef, pork, lamb, veal, and chicken and welcome special requests. They’ll even special order sausages made according to your own family recipes. In addition, they sell a variety of marinades and homemade frozen entrees for when you are in a pinch!

Corner Cooks
507 Chestnut St., Winnetka, 847-441-0134

While there may be some changes going on at the restaurant, Corner Cooks is still providing a wonderful Holiday-to-Go menu that can fulfill all of your holiday needs. Featuring a wide variety of appetizers, soup, salads, entrees, sides and of course, dessert, there is something for everyone on the menu. Please note: orders must be placed by Dec. 19 and picked up on Dec. 24 from 11-1:30.

Foodstuffs
2106 Central Street, Evanston, 847-328-7704
338 Park Avenue, Glencoe, 847-835-5101
1456 Waukegan Road, Glenview, 847-832-9999
225 E. Westminster Avenue, Lake Forest, 847-234-6600

With four locations throughout the North Shore, Foodstuffs has been providing quality gourmet food to Chicagoland shoppers for more than 30 years. Modeled after the European Market concept , they offer a full menu of items including homemade appetizers, soups, entrees, salads, sauces, breads and pastries as well as pates and cheeses, fresh seafood, quality meats, build your own salads and sandwiches and unique shelf products. Visit their website for special holiday menus and ordering deadlines.

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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