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Guide to Outdoor Ice Rinks (Weather Permitting)

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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

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 Specialty Gym/Workouts on the North Shore

No more excuses. Whether you made it your New Year’s resolution or not, we could all benefit from a solid fitness routine. The hard part is finding the right training program that will keep you engaged and motivated. If you are intimidated by or dislike the mega gym scene, then this list is for you.

Definition Fitness
522 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, 847-271-4077

A small, unintimidating neighborhood gym that provides semi-personal workouts at reasonable prices. Definition Fitness utilizes innovative exercises that focus on core and functional training and provides tailored workouts for each of their clients’ fitness goal and physical abilities. Patrons love the professional and friendly trainers, flexibility of schedule and community atmosphere.

Spynergy Inc
813 Oak St., Winnetka, 847-441-8024

Spynergy is a dedicated indoor cycling studio that provides energizing workouts set to inspiring music in an intimate setting. Owned by twin sisters with a cult-like following, it’s a fantastic way to improve cardiovascular fitness, lose weight and increase your energy. More than 30 classes are offered each week which are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Newbies don’t fret. They offer free, new rider consultations or simply arrive a few minutes early and one of their friendly instructors will help get you set up.

Fit Girl Studio
1642 Maple Ave., Evanston, 847-869-4475

Fit Girl Studio provides a diverse offering of barre, spin and yoga classes to help you cross train and maximize your results in a minimum amount of time. Each class focuses on strengthening and building lean muscle. The studio get huge raves for the quality and small class size, the friendliness and expertise of the instructors, and the cleanliness of the studio and locker room amenities.

Orangetheory Fitness
2800 Central St., Evanston, 847-457-1140

Relatively new to the North Shore, Orangetheory Fitness offers group-based training sessions comprised of three components: treadmill interval training blocks, indoor rowing and weight room or resistance training blocks. The sessions are open to adults and teens, ages 16 and up, and although intense, are open to all fitness levels. Informed instructors change up the workout each time, so you’ll never get bored and you won’t plateau. Many tried and true workout devotees swear by Orangetheory as the best workout they have ever done.

The Daily Method
984 Willow Road, Northbrook, 847-714-9910
410 Green Bay Road, Kenilworth, 847-920-5260
188 E. Westminster Ave., Lake Forest, 847-283-9000

The Dailey Method® is an energetic, one hour, full-body workout that combines core conditioning, stretching, Pilates, and ballet barre work. Unlike a traditional large fitness class, clients receive individual education and 1-on-1 attention with a strong focus on proper form and alignment. The result is better posture, better movement, and a more complete workout. In addition, the Northbrook and Lake Forest location also offer Daily Cycle, a bike-to-barre class that uses The Dailey Method’s signature focus on alignment and form, and delivers a balanced, full body workout resulting in a fun, high-calorie burn. Check each location for various class offerings and times.

Shred 415
300 South Happ Rd., Northfield, 847-929-9545
The Shred415 experience is an instructor-led, calorie-burning, high intensity interval training class designed to target all muscle groups; that guarantees to shred your body. Alternating between two treadmill and two weight-training intervals, you’ll increase muscle and burn calories in a fun, fast-paced workout tailored to your level and your goals. All fitness level are welcome as you select your weights; and you set your pace on the treadmill. Shred415 offers small classes, 30 people maximum, in a comfortable, low lit neighborhood studio.

Body Science PFT
335 Ridge Rd., Wilmette, 847-920-9740

Body Science Personal Fitness Training offers ever-challenging, ever-changing workouts that will get and keep your body at its peak. Their unique environment combines the comraderie of group classes with the discipline and attention of personal training. Instructors tailor the classes to each of their clients’ needs to help them achieve their personal health and fitness goals regardless of fitness level. Private training as well as sessions dedicated to teens are available as well. Clients love the convenient class times and the sincere, knowledgeable, hard-working trainers.

The Bar Method
600 Central Ave., Suite 127, Highland Park, 847-432-9150

The Bar Method is a targeted, full body sculpting workout located in a beautifully, newly renovated space in Port Clinton Square. The hour long class combines isometrics, interval training, dance conditioning, and sports rehabilitation to quickly burn fat and carve muscle. Highly-trained instructors guide you through various series of movements that are designed to isolate muscles so you can feel the burn. The class approach is very hands on, with the instructors continuously calling out cues to improve form. All fitness levels welcome.

Fit4MOM (Stoller Strides)
1900 Old Willow Road, Northbrook, 773-593-3915

Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that new moms can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller and the environment. Taught by certified and specially trained fitness instructors, it is a great workout for any level of exerciser. Moms love the comraderie and support from the group; the little ones love the social aspects and music! Winter months are taught indoors at the Accelerated Center in Northbrook, 224-326-2061.

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 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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Best Colorists on the North Shore

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We know. Your social calendar is on overload right now, and you want to look and feel your best. Perhaps a little color is in order to freshen up your look. No need to trek all the way downtown, the North Shore has plenty of skilled colorists who are at the top of their game and will make you look like you’re at the top of yours.

J•stranD Salon
258 Green Bay Road, Highwood, 847-432-4111

J∙stranD for Hair, Body, and Soul is a beautiful and comfortable salon that offers a plethora of services in a professional but warm and welcoming environment. Each team member is dedicated to a particular service, so you have colorists that are dedicated to color and color only. And while you are in capable hands with any of the colorists here, you’ll hear many on the North Shore singing the praises of Vesna .

Paul Rehder Salon
952 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, 847-501-4000

The opening of this new salon was eagerly anticipated by many on the North Shore. Although many love its sleek and urban feel (sister location downtown), it’s the devout following of Marissa and Priscilla, and their mastery of color, that has had people flocking to this new outpost.

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Best Family-Friendly Restaurants on the North Shore

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Tired of cooking? Tired of leftovers? But still have family in town? Then it’s time to take the show on the road. Dining out with kids has its unique set of challenges, so we offer you this list where the kids will be welcomed but your taste buds will not have to suffer.

The Happ Inn
305 Happ Road, Northfield, 847-784-9200

The Happ Inn has become a neighborhood staple known for its inviting and dynamic atmosphere, fresh quality food, specialty craft beers and diverse wine list. This award winning restaurant is the perfect place to meet friends and family for a casual dinner or to grab a cold beer and quick bite while watching the game on a flat screen TV in the bar.

The Silo
625 Rockland Road, Lake Bluff, 847-234-6660
The Silo has been a landmark on the North Shore for over 43 years, serving famous pan pizza. In addition, award winning chili, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, dinner entrees, and a full service bar compliment the menu. Gluten free options now available plus they have a magician on Sunday evenings from 5 – 8 pm.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Nov. 28 – Nov. 30, 2014

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Catch the holiday spirit along with Santa, Elsa (think Frozen) and live reindeer! Plenty of opportunities for holiday and family fun abound this weekend!

Lake Forest Annual Tree Lighting
Nov. 28: 3 – 7 pm
Market Square, 1 Market square, Lake Forest

31 years and going strong. This annual family tradition includes live ice sculpting, Santa meet and greet, and caroling with the Lake Forest High School Choristers. cityoflakeforest.com.

The Mousetrap
Nov. 28: 8 pm; Nov. 29 2:30 and 8 pm; Nov. 30 7 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Agatha Christie’s masterful whodunit weaves an intricate plot filled with nerve-rattling suspense, all leading up to the ultimate final twist! For ticket information, click here.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Nov. 21 – Nov. 23, 2014

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The holiday season officially kicks off with some area tree lightings, holiday wine tastings and shopping opportunities. In addition, Evanston welcomes a new brewery and Suzanne Vega performs. And if that’s not enough, Barnes and Noble caps off a Discovery Week with two great parent workshops with tips on how to raise multilingual and global citizens! What a great weekend!

Wilmette Holiday Family Celebration
Nov. 20: Tree Lighting at Village Hall @ 7 pm
Nov. 21: Holiday Parade 10:30 am,
Visit with Santa & Sleigh Rides 11:15 – 1 pm
Starts at 4th and Linden and travels to Village Center, Wilmette

Celebrate the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting and Wilmette Holiday Parade. Thousands of friends and family gather along the parade route to watch bands, classic cars, clowns, performers, school groups, businesses, community and civic organizations and more. For more information: holidayparade.wilmettechamber.org

Sketchbook Brewing Company Grand Opening
Nov.21, 4 pm – 8 pm
Sketchbook Brewing Company, In the alley behind 825 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

One year after Cesar Marron’s Grätzer recipe won the Sam Adams “Longshot” award, he and co-founder Shawn Decker will celebrate the Grand Opening of Sketchbook Brewing Company, offering up to six different times of brew at a time, including a gluten free option. For more information: sketchbookbrewingcompany.com

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Best Pies on the North Shore

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When it comes to pies, we strongly believe you really can’t go wrong! But since it ‘tis pie season, we wanted to recognize some local favorites that truly stand above the rest. And if you are thinking about picking one up for Thanksgiving, place your order ASAP, as some places are already booked up! Now who’s ready for a slice?

Hoosier Mama Pie Company
749 N. Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-868-8863

This Evanston outpost is a joint endeavor of the Hoosier Mama Pie Co. in Chicago & The Dollop Coffee and Tea Co. The storefront boasts a large sunny rom to enjoy a slice and some coffee while watching the bakers and baristas ply their trade. Everything is made in house. There is always a tempting and varied selection of sweet pies to choose from and they also offer pie flights – 3 half slices of pie from their daily flight menu for under $8! Breakfast pastries, savory pie plates, sandwiches, and salads available too.

Sweety Pies
8042 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, 847-213-0900

Sweety Pies is a family run business whose founders gave up their day jobs to follow their passion. Since opening in 2007, this bakery, cakery and café has become a Skokie landmark. When it comes to their pies, most of the recipes have been handed down from family and are baked by mama, Arden Kruger. The pie menu always features three staples: Apple Pie Crisp, Chocolate Cashmere and Crocodile Pie (their version of pecan pie with semi-sweet chocolate and a touch of rum in a buttery pastry crust). However, they are happy to accommodate special requests so just give them a call and enjoy!

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Nov. 14 – Nov.16, 2014

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Prepare to be entertained this weekend with a wide range of performance offerings, including a crowd pleasing mentalist, a beloved family classic and acclaimed classical music. And for those looking for a little indulgence for the home and self, check out the Vintage and Design Weekend Market.

The Wizard of Oz
Nov. 14, 10 am; Nov. 15, 10 am (playing through Jan. 3)
The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire

Relive the classic tale of four unlikely friends on the adventure of a lifetime! Join Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow (and little Toto too) as they journey down the yellow brick road to the magical Emerald City. The Wizard of Oz will remind you that there really is “no place like home”. A special one-hour presentation for kids (and parents) of all ages! Followed by a Q&A session with the cast. For ticket information, click here.

Best Friends and Mind Mysteries of Bill Gladwell
Nov. 15; 7:30 pm – 10 pm
Mohr Student Commons at Lake Forest College, 555 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest

Experience the mind blowing talent of Bill Gladwell, a master manipulator of thoughts, behavior and brain-based improv, during a special appearance as part of the 11th annual Brain Awareness Week at Lake Forest College. Free event.

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