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3 Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Sept. 19-21, 2014

Oktoberfest WilmetteEnjoy Indian Summer at this weekend’s fun outdoor events!

Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 20
St. Joseph Catholic School, 1740 Lake Ave., Wilmette.

Oktoberfest includes an antique market from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., a family fest from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and a dinner and outdoor adults-only party from 6-11:30 p.m.

Bike Winnetka
Saturday, September 20 at 3:30
Skokie Playfield Service Center (north end at Pine St.), Winnetka
A scenic ride through Winnetka in a group rider format. Register at winpark.org.

Fall Fest
Saturday, September 20 from 4:00-10:00pm
Winnetka Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka

Food, DJ, Beer/Wine, Inflatables, Touch-A-Truck, Pumpkin Roll, Scarecrow Building, Community Row, Ice/Tennis/Golf Activities, Bike Winnetka, Winnetka Whiffleball Challenge and more. The evening caps off with a showing of the movie FROZEN (7:30 pm).

Prior to the showing of FROZEN, ice cream sundaes will be available to the first 300 children (ages 12 years and under) thanks to a partnership with Dairy Queen Highland Park.

Shermerfest
Sunday, September 21
Village Green, 1325 Shermer Road, Northbrook
The event includes a collectible and antique car show, children’s activities, hot dogs, soup and homemade sweets. Free.

 

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July Art Fairs and Festivals on the North Shore

Art-Festival-North-ShoreDo you feel like summer is getting away from you? Are you looking for more fun things to finish off your summer? Check out the list of art fairs and festivals left in July.

Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, noon-7 p.m. July 19-20 at Centennial Park, on Sheridan between Clark and Church, Evanston. The celebration of world cultures includes live music, dance performances, art and craft work of up to 140 juried artists, and ethnic foods. Free admission. Visit www.cityofevanston.org.

Glenview Art League’s 61st annual Art Fair will be held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 26-27 on the Lyon School grounds, Lake and Waukegan, Glenview. Featuring fine art and crafts, jewelry and photography by more than 65 artists, food and children’s activities. Free admission. Visit www.glenviewartleague.org.

Northbrook Days Festival, July 30-Aug. 3 at Village Green Park, Meadow and Shermer roads, Northbrook. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 6-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday and 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Featuring food, carnival rides and live music. Bands to be announced. Visit www.northbrookdays.com.

Glencoe Festival of Art, featuring more than 120 juried artists, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Aug. 2-3 at Green Bay Road and Park Avenue, Glencoe. Includes interactive art demonstrations, live music and children’s activities. Free admission and free parking in commuter lots. Visit www.GlencoeFestivalofArt.com.

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Where To Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day On The North Shore

St. Paddy's DayWe may not have a green river or an Irish parade, but we do have some fun ways to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day on the North Shore:

Pinstripes
1150 Willow Rd., Northbrook
847-480-2323

Wear green for free bocce and bowling. Deals include $4 green draft beer and $14 Irish dinners all day.

The Curragh
1800 Tower Drive, Glenview
847-998-1100

The newest of four Irish pubs of the same name, Curragh just opened in the Glen last week and is located on the south end of the Glen Town Centre, next to Flight. The pub is named for the famous Ireland racetrack and has five different rooms each with unique Irish themes.

In celebration of St. Paddy’s Day, there will be live bands, Irish dancers, bagpipers, beer specials and authentic Irish food, like Shepard’s Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew and Irish Boxty (stuffed Irish potato pancakes).

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No Walmart For Northbrook

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Wal-Mart abandons Northbrook plans

 

Wal-Mart withdrew its controversial application for a store in Northbrook Friday, village officials said.

The retail chain notified Northbrook Friday afternoon that they won’t be pursuing further plans to construct a 151,000-square-foot Supercenter at 1000 Skokie Boulevard.

The announcement came on the heels of an Oct. 30 plan commission meeting, during which commissioners encouraged Wal-Mart to revise its proposal. All nine plan commissioners said that they would recommend denial of Wal-Mart’s application to the village trustees if it stays as it is. They cited the size of the building as one of the problems. The plan commission was slated for an official vote on the project on Dec. 2. Read the rest of this entry »

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9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies on the North Shore

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

sept 11Evanston

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

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

Winnetka

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

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

Glenview

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

The evening’s tribute will include:

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Meadow Ridge Luxury Townhomes and Duplexes

Meadow Ridge Townhomes and Duplexes

I took my daughter to her hockey game the other day at North Shore Ice Arena and had some extra time while the kids were getting their pre-game pep talk in the locker room, so I wandered across the street to check out Meadow Ridge, a new community of 164 townhomes and duplexes being  built in Northbrook. It’s just off of Techny Rd., and across from Techny Towers (which you can see in the background of the photo above). I was able to walk through the model and chat with Shannon Gibson-Giampa, one of the sales reps for the development. Here’s what I learned:

Map of area surrounding Meadow RidgeThere are six different floor plans ranging in size from 2,236 to 2,662 square feet of living space; each has another 285 to 555 square feet of bonus space that can be finished as an office, exercise, storage or media room. Five of the floor plans have three bedrooms and two and a half baths. The sixth has two bedrooms and two and a half baths. Prices range from $495,000 to $895,000. Monthly assessments are $500 – $600.

Meadow Ridge is being built by KZF Development, the same company that built Royal Ridge, a gated community of luxury homes and townhomes on the other side of Waukegan Rd. It’s just north of Willow Festival, so there’s plenty of shopping and dining nearby.

I learned another interesting thing about Meadow Ridge. Like Royal Ridge, it is offered under an alternative form of ownership known as “land lease” or “ground lease”, which means that the land on which it is built is leased, not sold outright to the home buyer. Royal Ridge was the first such arrangement on the North Shore but apparently it’s pretty common in other states and countries. (I think most or all of London works this way). In this case, the land is owned by the Society of the Divine Word and leased for 150 years. Supposedly, the benefit of this to the home buyer is that the home is more affordable. Your initial purchase price will be less than it would be for a comparable residence in which the land is included. Otherwise, it’s pretty much like owning any other home when it comes to mortgage, taxes, insurance and sale, subject to the 150-year ground lease.

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Fall Festivals on the North Shore

Face Painting at Fall Festival

Face Painting at Fall Festival

Summer may be coming to a close, but there are still lots of opportunities to get out with the family and enjoy some fun fall festivals on the North Shore. Here’s a round-up of festivals in September and October 2010:

Cruise the Backlot

Village Green, 5201 Oakton, Skokie
September 15,  6-9 pm

Browse 75 classic cars and enjoy food, fun and entertainment on the Village Green.

ShermerFest

Village Green Park, 1320 Shermer Rd., Northbrook
September 19

Enjoy an old-fashioned day at the park, with an antique car show, music and children’s activities.

Highwood Last Call Art Fair

Intersection of Sheridan Rd. and Highwood Ave., Highwood
September 25-26, 10 am – 5 pm

Live music, food and activities for the kids. Free admission. Call 847-926-4300 for more info.

Ridge Road Fall Fest

Ridge Rd. between Lake and Wilmette Avenues, Wilmette
September 25, 10 am – 1 pm

Held in conjunction with St. Joseph Parish Oktoberfest, the Ridge Road Fall Fest features free pony rides, moon bounce and other children’s activities. The Oktoberfest (corner of Ridge Rd. and Lake Ave.) goes til 4 pm with an antique market, games, contests and entertainment. At 6:00 pm there is an adults-only party with German food and beer, oompah music and dance music by PopRocks.

Deerfield Historical Society Fall Festival

517 Deerfield Rd, Deerfield
September 26, 12-4 pm

A family-friendly event with a classic car show, book sale, craft demonstrations, food and live entertainment. Call 847-948-0680 for more info.

WFamily Harvest Festival

Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie (near L.L. Bean and Crate and Barrel stores)
October 23, 12-5 pm

Pumpkin Patch, corn and hay maze, games, rides, crafts and entertainment, including an appearance by Curious George.

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North Shore Housing Inventory

Here is a snapshot of active listings (single family detached homes) on the market as of April 5, 2010.

Town
# Active Listings
Avg. List Price
Median List Price
Days on Market
Evanston
249
$694,910
$535,000
212
Wilmette
181
$890,392
$719,000
204
Winnetka
182
$2,120,724
$1,497,000
279
Kenilworth
44
$2,188,466
$2,245,000
327
Glenview
357
$754,771
$649,000
242
Glencoe
114
$1,759,373
$1,132,000
249
Northfield
58
$950,160
$659,500
349
Highland Park
295
$1,035,746
$666,000
287
Lake Forest
306
$1,887,223
$1,299,000
314
NORTH SHORE
1786
$1,245,590
$827,000
264

Source: MRED – Deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

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