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ShedFest 2013

Shedfest posterNorth Shore music lovers, this is an event you won’t want to miss, especially if you’re into blues.

The Shed, the North Shore’s private musician’s club, will sponsor the second annual ShedFest, an outdoor music festival in Highland Park to benefit Rebecca’s Dream on July 19 and 20.

Last year’s event was so successful it has been expanded to two days this year. It will bring together local musicians and member bands as well as nationallly recognized headliners for 17 hours of live music over spanning the two days.

ShedFest 2013 will celebrate the blues, with a focus on “washing the blues away” for Rebecca’s Dream. Rebecca’s Dream is a local organization  dedicated to promoting awareness and compassionate understanding of depression and bipolar disorder as real diseases.

The event will be held at 1480 Old Deerfield Road in Highland Park:

Friday, July 19 from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

  • Whiskey Junction
  • 341
  • The Bad Examples
  • Dick Holliday & The Bamboo Gang

Saturday, July 20 from 12:30 pm to 11:00 pm

  • School of Rock Highwood
  • The Buzzhounds
  • Borrowed Time
  • See Alice
  • Chicago Blues Reunion
  • Big Bill Morganfield
  • Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater

ShedFest is a family-friendly event  with a tented dining area featuring a variety of local restaurants.

Tickets are $15 for Friday, $25 for Saturday or $35 for both days. Advanced ticket sales are available at www.ShedFest2013.eventbrite.com.

For more information about ShedFest visit www.shedfest.com or call 847-780-4944. For more information about Rebecca’s Dream visit www.rebeccasdream.org.

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Lakefront Property For Sale in Highland Park IL

lake view in Highland Park

Come Home North Shore just listed this lakefront property in Highland Park IL.

If you are looking to rehab an older home or build a new one, this is a property you should come see. It offers a great opportunity to create your own private vacation home in an idyllic setting that’s still convenient to town, train and schools.

You’ll enjoy unobstructed views of Lake Michigan and a 131 feet of private beachfront. The property is located at the north end of Highland Park, where Sheridan Road turns into a country lane at Edgecliff and then dead-ends in a cul-de-sac. The mid-century modern cedar and lannon stone house sits on a half acre on the west side of Sheridan, while the beach is just across the road and down the bluff.  The home also has a beautiful back yard with in-ground pool and bluestone patio. Charming on the outside, the house has six bedrooms and spacious formal rooms, but it definitely needs some TLC to bring it to today’s standards.

You can get more information about this Highland Park lakefront property here. Or, give us a call at 847-881-6957 and we’d be happy to answer your questions or schedule a showing.

We are North Shore real estate specialists and one of the top teams in the area. If you would like to schedule a buyer or seller consultation with the Come Home North Shore team, please contact us at 847-881-6657 or send us a note here

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Lakefront Living in Highland Park


Porch at 2714 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL

Go on vacation without leaving home!

Can’t you just picture yourself sitting on this porch on a warm summer evening, sipping a cold drink and gazing out at Lake Michigan? Follow Sheridan Road until it turns into a private lane and you’ll find this spectacular Highland Park home with its lake views and wide lawn that’s perfect for a game of croquet. Living here is like living in a summer resort, all year long.

The home is located at 2714 Sheridan Road and is being offered for $2,199,000. It has thirteen rooms, five bedrooms, four full and two half baths. It’s perfect for entertaining: whether it’s a holiday dinner with your entire extended family in the large formal dining room or a summer pool party out back, this house has plenty of room for everyone. And one of the best things about it is that you have all the advantages of a lakefront property without the sky-high taxes that normally accompany a home on the lake.

It’s going on the market later this week, but if you want more information about it please give us a call at 847-881-6657 or email us. And be sure and join us at our open house on Sunday, April 22.


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Michael Jordan Lists His Highland Park Home

Gate to Michael Jordan's house in Highland ParkI’ve written before about the North Shore’s most expensive homes, but they pale in comparison to this one.

Michael Jordan’s home at 2700 Point Lane in Highland Park came on the market yesterday, and it can be yours for a mere $29,000,000. Oh, and once you come up with the money to buy the house, be sure you can also afford the yearly tax bill of $165,224.

Wondering what that $29 million will buy you? 32,683 square feet on 7+ acres, enough bedrooms for all your friends, even more bathrooms 15.4 (!), all MJ’s furniture, a pool, tennis court and a full indoor basketball court.

The contemporary house was custom built in 1995 north of Half Day Rd. MJ hasn’t spent much time there of late and is now buying a mega-home in Florida.

Michael Jordan's house

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Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan to Open a Tea House in Ravinia

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Billy Corgan [Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

According to a recent report by Ari Bendersky in chicago.eater.com, the founder and front man of Smashing Pumpkins has decided to open a tea shop in the Ravinia neighborhood of Highland Park.

Billy Corgan, who was born in Elk Grove Village and grew up in Glendale Heights, now lives in Highland Park, and has decided that there just aren’t enough cool cultural things to do in town. So he’s planning to take over the former U.S. Post Office on Roger Williams Avenue, where his new shop will open in March or April. It will seat about 30 people and will have a “1930s Chinese-style tea house vibe” (whatever that is).

Apparently, Corgan wants this to be a gathering place for people of mixed ages to come and just enjoy a cup of tea or listen to live music, view one of the rotating an art exhibits or become engaged in a talk about archeology or other interesting topic.

In addition to serving unique and exotic teas, Corgan plans to offer coffee, as well as some healthier, basic sweets and vegan options.

Read the whole story here.

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North Shore’s Best Chinese Food

Little SzechwanYears ago, when we lived in Highland Park and worked in the city, our Friday night ritual was to head directly from the train to Little Szechwan for dinner. Our regular server was Annie and she rolled a mean Mu Shu Pork. I credit Annie with getting me to branch out of my comfort zone and try new (spicy!) dishes. No matter what we ordered it was always tasty and the service was always friendly and attentive. We stopped going only because we moved out of town. A few years later, when we moved back to the North Shore, we landed in Wilmette, and Little Szechwan just wasn’t as top of mind or as convenient anymore.

But last Sunday, my daughter had a late afternoon soccer game at the Bubble in Highland Park, so afterwards we decided to head over to Little Szechwan, hoping it would still be as good as we remembered. We were not disappointed. We ordered some old favorites like Kung Pao Beef and tried a couple new things like Yu Hsiang Eggplant and Szechwan Shrimp.

For my money Little Szechwan is still the best Chinese restaurant on the North Shore.

Little Szechwan is located at 1900 First Street in Highland Park and is open every day.  The restaurant is owned by Chef Simon Lin, who also owns the more upscale (and expensive) Asian Bistro in Lincolnshire. For more information visit www.littleszechwan.com.

Kung Pao Beef

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End of August Festivals

Skokie Backlot BashSummer may be winding down but there are still plenty of fairs and festivals going on around the North Shore. Here’s what’s going on through the end of August:

Wilmette

Summerfest at Beth Hillel Congregation on Saturday, August 22 from 11 am to 4 pm. Live music, food, children’s activities, Israeli dancing and appearances by alumni Blackhawks players. Free admission.
3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. Call 847-256-1213 for more information.

Evanston

American Craft Exposition. 150 juried craftspeople will exhibit baskets, ceramics, furniture, glass, jewlry and mixed media crafts. Friday, August 27 from 10 am to 8 pm Saturday and Sunday, August 28-29 from 11 am to 5 pm.  Tickets: $12 in advance; $15 at the door (good all 3 days). Proceeds benefit breast and ovarian cancer research.
Northwestern University’s Henry Crown Sports Pavilion, 2311 Campus Drive.

Skokie

Backlot Bash. A summer tradition featuring live music on the main stage at Oakton Avenue, amusement park/carnival, classic auto show, sidewalk sale and teen activities. Friday, August 27 from 6 to 10 pm, Saturday, August 28 from 11 am to 10 pm and Sunday, August 29 from noon to 8 pm. Lincoln at Oakton in downtown Skokie. You can see the schedule of events here.

Highland Park

Port Clinton Art Festival featuring works by 260  juried artists, live music, children’s activities and Taste of Highland Park. August 28-29 from 10 am to 6 pm. Admission free. Port Clinton Square, 600 Central Ave.


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Summer Sidewalk Sales on the North Shore

Sidewalk sale WilmetteEvery year it seems like the sidewalk sales along the North Shore get better and better. Now it’s not just about shopping…the sales have turned into veritable street festivals, with food, music, games and other activities for kids. Here’s the line-up for the rest of July:

Wilmette

Friday and Saturday, July 9 and 10
9 am – 4 pm
Shopping, food and family fun, including DJ entertainment, magician, face painting, moonwalk and petting zoo on Saturday.
Call 847-251-3800 or visit www.wilmettechamber.org

Evanston – Central Street

Thursday to Saturday, July 15 to 17
10 am – 5 pm
Bargains from businesses located between the 1900 and 2100 blocks of Central Street. Central Street, located in North Evanston, is chock full of mom and pop run businesses and retains a local and distinctive charm which sets it apart from many shopping districts. There are women’s boutiques, flower shops, bakeries (including one for dogs), restaurants, a renowned spice shop, realtors, and much much more!
For more information visit www.centralstreet-evanston.com.

Winnetka

Friday and Saturday, July 16 and 17
9 am to 5 pm
This year’s theme is “Jazzing Up July”. In addition to shopping, listen to New Orleans jazz while the kids enjoy games, activities and face painting.

Phil Passen and Petra van Nuis will be performing live music during the two-day event. Passen, musician and singer, will perform a variety of traditional American music. Playing the hammered dulcimer, Passen says his music will “capture the essence of old-time music. The beautiful sound and versatility of the dulcimer shine in this captivating performance.” Consistent with the theme of the weekend, Chicago based jazz vocalist Petra van Nuis will perform several songs from her extensive repertoire on Saturday.

And some star power will be added to this year’s sale. Winnetka also will welcome Kathryn Stockett, the author of the best-selling novel The Help to the sale. The novel, set in 1960s Jackson, Miss., deals with the issue of segregation in the South a century after the Emancipation Proclamation.
Call (847) 446-4451 or visit www.winnekachamber.com.

Evanston – Downtown

Saturday, July 24
10 am to 5 pm

Close to 200 Evanston merchants in both downtown Evanston and the Chicago/Dempster district will offer deals on summer inventory, featuring the ideal mix of independent shops and your favorite national chain stores. Expect to find deals on apparel, shoes, one-of-a-kind accessories and decorative arts, including the best in specialty designed, hand-crafted goods. Resale shoppers and antique & vintage hunters will find a variety of shops to explore.

To get to the sale on public transit, take the CTA Purple Line “el” to the Davis, Dempster, or Main stop; or take Metra to the Davis or Main stop.
Call 847.866.6319 or visit http://www.downtownevanston.org

Highland Park

Thursday to Sunday, July 22 to 25
This is your opportunity to get clothing, shoes, jewelry, home décor, and other great stuff at 50 to 75 percent off regular prices. Great back-to-school bargains, too. Of course, early shoppers always find the best one-of-a-kind deals.

And this year, look for a balloonist, magician, face painters, and musicians to entertain the kids while you look for great buys.
To get there, just take the Edens Expressway – exit at Central Avenue East – travel about one mile – and you’re there.
Call 847-432-0284 or visit www.ehighlandpark.com

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Independence Day on the North Shore

North Shore fireworksThis year the weather promises to be absolutely perfect for 4th of July celebrations – sunny, clear and warm (not hot) from now through Sunday. There are lots of fun things going on all up and down the North Shore, and if you’ve got the energy, you can spread your celebration out over three days. As always, Wilmette holds its celebration on July 3rd, while Glenview waits til the 5th. (Thunderstorms are currently in the forecast for Monday, so if you live in Glenview you may want to join the festivities in another town on the 4th, just to be on the safe side.). Also, note that, in Winnetka, the parade begins at 1:00 pm and not 10:00 am, as in previous years.

Evanston

July 4
7:30 pm – Twilight Concert featuring the Palatine Concert Band
9:00 pm – The musical fireworks extravaganza will be launched from Clark Street Beach and can be viewed from any part of the lakefront area east of Downtown Evanston.

Wilmette

July 3
4:00 pm -  Games and rides for children, entertainment, roving performers, and a Tastefest at Gillson Park.
7:30 pm – A traditional concert of patriotic music by the Palatine Concert Band in the Wallace Bowl. It will be preceded by a sneak preview of this summer’s Starlight Theatre musical feature.
9:30 p.m – Fireworks begin. In case of rain, the fireworks will be rescheduled to a later date.

The easiest way to get to and from the Independence Day celebrations in Gillson Park is by using the special Pace shuttle bus service. Motorists may park at Edens Plaza or at the METRA commuter lot. To see a complete listing of events or for additional transportation information see the Wilmette Park District’s website.

Winnetka

July 4
1:00 pm – The celebration begins with Winnetka’s annual parade. (Note the change in time from past years). The parade sets off from the corner of Elm and Glendale Streets, and heads east to the Village Green.
2:00 pm – -A flag-raising ceremony, children’s flag parade, and family races follow the parade on the Green.
6:30 pm -  “Fourth Fest,” featuring food, children’s entertainment, and a pre-fireworks concert at Duke Child’s Field
9:15 pm – Fireworks begin

Northfield

July 4
9:45 am -  Bike parade kicks off from two locations — Somerset and Old Willow or the Ameritech Lot. Both routes end at Willow Park.
10:30 am -  Bike judging, music and amusement rides begin. Family activities include relays, wheelbarrow races, a hula-hoop contest and an egg toss. For more information, go to northfieldparkdistrict.org or call 847-446-4428.

Glencoe

July 4
8:00 am – Fun Run starts at the train station, 724 Green Bay Road
10:00 am – Games in Kalk Park, Park Aveune and Green Bay Road
2:00 pm – Parade
6:30 pm -  Barbecue on the beach with children’s entertainment and music
9:00 pm – Fireworks on the beach
847-835-3050

Glenview

July 5

11:00 am -  Bike Parade starting at the corner of Glenview rd. and Church St.
11:30 am -  Main parade starting from OLPH parking lot and ending at Johns Park.
7:30 pm – Twilight Show with patriotic concert by the North Shore Concert Band. The show’s finale will be fireworks synchronized to patriotic music.
847-724-5670

Highland Park

July 4
11:00 am – Parade in downtown Highland Park
12:00 pm – Fourth Fest at Sunset Woods Park
9:15 pm – Fireworks at Wolters Field on Park Avenue West
847-432-0800

Lake Forest

July 4
6:00 pm – Beer garden with kids activities and live music by Sixteen Candles at Deerpath Community Park
8:00 pm – KC and the Sunshine Band
9:30 pm -  Fireworks sponsored by the Lake Forest Symphony

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Guide to Highland Park Preschools

Nursery School ChildrenRavinia Nursery School

686 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 831-3700
www.ravinianurseryschool.com

Ravinia Nursery School is a developmental preschool where children are encouraged to learn through play. Children learn at their own pace and in their own direction. Programs include a classes for 3-4 year olds (five mornings/week from 9:30-11:00) and a class for 4-5 year olds (five afternoons/week from 12:30-3:00). The younger class focuses on outdoor play, arts and crafts, music, singing and stories, while the older class adds language, literacy and math skills like counting, sorting and classifying objects.
There is also a summer camp.

Highland Park Montessori Schools

There are three Montessori schools in Highland Park. The goal of the schools is to help children become creative and competent human beings who are fully aware of themselves and the world around them.They are dedicated to creating an environment where children can feel comfortable and are able to learn in a respectful, caring community. The children work independently and in groups  in a non-competitive atmosphere and are encouraged to make decisions from an early age.

Programs include a parent-child class (2 months+), a toddler class (2-3 year olds), a primary class (3-6 year olds) and full-day kindergarten

  • Highland Park Montessori
    1301 Clavey Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035
    (847) 433-3383
  • Montessori Connection West
    1731 Deerfield Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035
    (847) 831-9393
  • Montessori Connection East
    330 Laurel Ave., Highland Park, IL 60035
    (847) 433-5106

www.highlandparkmontessori.com

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