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Best Toy Stores on the North Shore

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As the holiday shopping season kicks into full gear, do you find yourself in state of panic about what to buy for the kids in your life? Don’t fret! The North Shore has many unique, independent toy stores that can help you find the perfect gift for children of all ages. If you’d rather skip the big box store madness, then this list is for you!

 

Beanstalk
654 Central Ave, Highland Park, 847-432-8300

Beanstalk has all the toys, games, crafts, and books loved by newborns through 8 years. The also carry a great selection of baby essentials including strollers, bassinets, car seats and bath care. Known for the customer service and free gift wrap, customers delight in the store’s unique offerings and magical ambiance.

Village Toy Shop
807 Elm St., Winnetka, 847-446-7990

Owned by a mother/daughter duo, the Village Toy Shop is a beloved treasure in Winnetka. They provide exceptional customer service, awesome gift wrapping that includes fun little treats and are always loaded with great suggestions. Choose from a wide variety of board games, science kits, crafts, magic kits, books and more.

Hip Hip Hooray
840 Willow Road, Northbrook, 847-272-7459

With an emphasis on the creative and innovative, Hip Hip Hooray is a children’s toy store that also sells gift items, costumes, dress up, personalized items, party favors, a diverse selection of children’s clothing for newborns to tweens and more! From the same owners that brought you Hooray Array in Northfield; this new reincarnation continues to delight children of all ages. Free gift wrap.

Children’s Gift Shop
310 Happ Rd., Northfield, 847-441-5975

From classic to trendy, to infants to teens, the Children’s Gift Shop is your one stop shop for indoor and outdoor toys, books, games, crafts, construction, brain puzzles and more. Their toy experts have real hands-on experience that will help you find the perfect gift. Free gift wrap.

Snickelfritz Toys
208 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills, 847-918-8160

A family owned and operated toy store offering thousands of products that engage, educate and promote creativity. Having trouble finding an item, chances are you will find it. Plus tons of other unique items that will not find anywhere else, and free gift wrap to boot!

Becky & Me Toys
620 Grove St., Evanston, 847-492-1030

Becky & Me Toys is committed to encouraging play that is real (not virtual), that is active and creative, and that is focused on the concerns, ideas and interest of children. All of the merchandise is hand-picked by the owners, a mother and daughter duo who both have backgrounds in education. They carry a wide selection of toys, books, games and more for babies through teens and happy to assist their customers in selecting developmentally appropriate toys.

Just Kids Store
798 S. Buffalo Grove Rd., Buffalo Grove, 224-676-1250

Geared more for babies and toddlers, this store has got it all. A huge selection of infant gear and essentials as well as educational toys, puzzles, crafts and did we mention shoes?

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 – Nov. 7 – Nov. 9, 2014

Lots of good ‘ol fashioantiques logon family fun going on this weekend. However, those seeking a little more sophistication should definitely consider a stop at the Winnetka Community House for the Antiques + Modernism Show. Enjoy!

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Nov. 7 @ 7 pm, Nov. 8 @ 2 pm & 7 pm, Nov. 9 @ 2pm
Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette

Children of all ages will learn that it’s okay to be different when they take in this musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved story, “The Ugly Duckling.” More than 30 fourth-through-eighth graders round out the cast in this Wilmette Children’s Theatre production. Click here to purchase tickets. $8.50 per ticket.

Antiques + Modernism Show
Nov. 7 – 9
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka

This highly anticipated event, presented by the Woman’s Board of Winnetka Community House, will feature esteemed dealers from across the country showcasing fine examples of American, British, French and Asian antiques, as well as pieces from the Arts and Crafts, Art Nou¬veau, Art Deco and Mid-Century design movements. The exhibition and sale offers furniture, silver, ceramics, jewelry, garden antiques, lighting, rugs, textiles, fine and folk art, architectural artifacts and more. For more info. and to purchase tickets visit winnetkacommunityhouse.org.

Old-Fashioned Campfire
Nov. 7; 6 – 7:30pm
Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park

Take a short hike with a naturalist along the trails, play games with family and friends and enjoy marshmallows roasted over the campfire! Children two and under are free. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $8 per person. Click here to register.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Oct. 24 – 26, 2014

Make sure you get plenty of rest this week because the weekend is jammed pack with Halloween haunts for kids and adults, plus a whole lot more. We’ve expanded this week’s list to include as many events as you could handle!

Halloween on North ShoreBoo Bash
Oct. 24, 6 pm – 7:30
Northfield Community Center, 401 Wagner, Road, Northfield
This favorite Halloween event returns for the younger set. Children 3-8 will enjoy free carnival games, balloon artists, craft, treat bags and cookie decorating. There will also be a special train ride around Willow Park. For more information, click here.

Halloween Happening
Oct. 24, 6-9 pm
Community Recreation Center, 1200 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette
Filled with chills and thrills, this family-friendly event features carnival games, magician, fortune teller, moonwalk, arts and crafts, face painting, mad scientist’s lab and pony rides. Don’t miss the Theater of Terror and the Traveling World of Reptiles! Pizza dinner is included, along with a goodie bag and a visit to the Pumpkin Patch. Wristbands will be issued and will be required to participate in all activities. $15 resident/$20 non-resident. Sign up early here.

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Best Yoga & Pilates Studios on the North Shore

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The relationship with a yoga or Pilates instructor is very personal and can make all of the difference in how effective your results will be. We hope this list simplifies the task of finding a great studio that fits your own needs so you can focus more time on your health and well-being. Namaste.

Dharma Yoga
1321 Emerson Street, Evanston, 847-418-6464

Truly a yogi lover’s dream. The studio’s devotion to the practice is apparent as soon as you walk in the door. They are committed to creating a welcoming, intimate and spiritual environment while promoting a strong sense of community. The staff, led by owner Luna, is extremely knowledgeable and nurturing and offers clear and informative guidance. All classes are drop-ins. The studio also offers workshops, retreats, birthing classes and wellness services.

Yogaview
1231 Green Bay Road, Wilmette, 847-919-0533

Yogaview is a physically pleasing and spiritually safe environment where people can explore this ancient practice under the guidance of the very best yoga instructors within a supportive and knowledgeable community. Over 50 classes offered weekly; students can learn a wide variety of breathing, relaxation and body techniques. The studio also hosts a plethora of workshops. Acupuncture and childcare services available on-site as well.

Northshore Yoga
2523 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn, 847-607-8581
310 Happ Rd, Ste 216, Northfield, 847-784-8844
1407 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, 847-784-8844

Northshore Yoga is dedicated to helping each individual reach their fullest potential both physically and mentally. With three locations on the Shore, students can choose from a wide variety of classes, including Ashtanga and pre-natal, and class times. The Northfield location has the largest class offering. The studios also offer meditation and integrated healing services and a growing number of classes and workshops for kids and teenagers.

Bikram Yoga Northshore
1926 Waukegan Rd., Ste 1, Glenview, 847-998-6030

If Bikram yoga is your thing (and we know it’s not for everyone), than this is your studio. Beyond, the clean, spacious and modern facilities, this studio gets rave reviews for its instructors’ attention to detail and accuracy. For those not familiar, Bikram yoga is a very disciplined and structured form of yoga performed in a room set to 105 degrees. It is specifically designed as a series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, which, completed in sequence, works every muscle, joint, ligament and tendon of the body.

Body Evolve Pilates & Physical Therapy
1770 1st St, Suite #205, Highland Park, 847-926-8490
2101 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn, 847-926-8490

One of the first Pilates studios in the Chicagoland area, the studio offers private and pairs sessions along with evening group reformer classes at its Highland Park location. Combined with their licensed physical therapy services, the studio has helped a vast array of clients optimize athletic performance, rehabilitate from injury and achieve more balanced and conditioned bodies. The owners, Arlene Bass and Sharon Gawin, hold their instructors to high standards as they are at the forefront of continuing education and are sought after speakers at national industry events. The studio also serves as the Illinois Host Site for Balanced Body education and training.

Body Fusion Pilates
2847 Dundee Road, Northbrook, 847-858-2722

Although the studio itself is brand new, owner Lauren Fonseca has been training clients for more than 12 years. A former dancer at The Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, Lauren truly understands the benefits of Pilates training and has studied under the best in the business. Lauren is also certified in The Gyrotonic Method. The studio offers private, semi-private and 3 on 1 sessions.

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 Dog Groomers on the North Shore

We’re pleased to introduce a new feature to North Shore Views. Each week or so, we will provide a round up of the area’s “Bests”.  If there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment. Enjoy!

Best Dog Groomers on the North Shore

Finding a groomer for a beloved pet, can be just as tricky, if not more so than finding your own hair stylist. Luckily, there are some great options throughout the North Shore.

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Wags on Willow
840 Willow Rd, Northfield/Glenview, 847-272-2918
Although highly recommended for their grooming skills, Wags on Willow is also an upscale pet boutique that offers the very best in food, fashion, and fun toys for your furry friends. The perfect place to spoil your fur baby rotten! Groomer Myong Lee has 14 years of experience with all breeds.

Love Fur Dogs
69 Greenbay Road, Glencoe, 847-LUV-DOGS
A new comer to the North Shore but already a local favorite. Love Fur Dogs is run by an award winning groomer and the area’s only Certified Master Groomer. Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins and her staff offer complete grooming services as well as day care, pet taxi services (for you appointments as well as other destinations), high quality pet supplies and their very own grooming training academy on-site.

Spa for Dogs
819 Waukegan Road, Northbrook, 847-272-8901 or 847-334-6024
Offers the best in organic, all-natural and cageless spa treatments for your pup. Choose from a selection of pre-determined spa packages or a la carte services. Pick up and drop off as well as additional services for senior and special needs dogs available too. Features an on-site boutique as well as dog training, dog walking and pet sitting services too.

Paw Xperts
3232 Skokie Valley Rd., Highland Park, 847-433-6770
Comprised of a team of caring and experienced groomers. Lee, Sally and Angie have all received rave reviews. Nice, large facility so not too noisy and not too cramped.

Krisers
1640 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, 224-206-7073
Apparently not all Krisers are created the same. Many from the city are loyal to the brand, so if you’d like to stick with them, a drive out to their Vernon Hills location to see Danielle may be worth the extra time and miles. The location is stocked with high quality pet products that along, will their grooming services, are priced reasonably well.

Spotless Dog Wash
1121 Emerson St, Evanston, 847-563-8061
At about $20 a pop, this do-it-yourself option offers all of the convenience and affordability without the mess! The facility is immaculate and features well stocked pet-friendly tubs and drying stations so you have everything you could possibly need to have your fur baby looking in tip-top shape. And don’t worry, you’re never truly alone, their resourceful staff is on-hand to guide you and offer suggestions.

Honorable Mention – The Laundry Mutt, Wilmette. Unfortunately, they are not taking new clients at this time. Check in with them from time to time or consider one of the other fine options!

We’d be happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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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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Fabulous North Shore Luxury Home on One Acre

North Shore Luxury Home

375 Old Farm Road, Northfield, IL

Coming soon! The Come Home North Shore team  is proud to announce the listing of this gorgeous twenty-two room home on one acre in Northfield.

We’ve seen a lot of high end new construction in our day, but this home is truly unique. It was custom built by the owner in 2010 to meticulous and exacting standards. Yes, it has everything you’d expect in a luxury home: state of the art appliances, custom cabinetry and high-end finishes. But it has so much more. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • There’s a Zen-like quality to the house. Once inside you feel a sense of calm and serenity.
  • The layout of the house is well thought out. The home is large but each space feels intimate.
  • Beautiful perennial gardens that bloom throughout the spring, summer and fall.
  • A guest suite with two bedrooms, bath and living room can also serve as a kids or teenager wing.
  • The lower level has a second full kitchen as well as a home theatre, billiard room, gym, fun kids’ playroom (where they can even write on the walls), paneled office, half bath and storage.
  • The dark oak floors have a high-friction matte finish for low slip and high endurance.
  • The seven-zone HVAC means everyone is comfy. And the whole house generator (17.5KW) means you never have to worry about power outages.
  • A three-season porch opens to a huge patio with outdoor kitchen and two grills, which makes for great summertime parties.
  •  This home is not likely to ever have flooding or seepage. Not only is it built on one of the highest lots in Northfield, but the owner also had the foundation dug out an extra three feet and filled with gravel for additional drainage.
  • And perhaps the most unusual feature of all: the floors and walls are insulated with recycled blue jeans, which provide excellent soundproofing!

Living Room Old Farm Rd

North Shore Luxury Home family room

Master bedroom 375 Old Farm

This home is being offered at $3,999,000. If you’d like to know more about it, you can get more information and see more photos at www.375OldFarm.info.

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

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 – See more at: http://northshoreviews.com/#sthash.NCEcSTlC.dpuf
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 – See more at: http://northshoreviews.com/#sthash.NCEcSTlC.dpuf
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 – See more at: http://northshoreviews.com/#sthash.NCEcSTlC.dpuf
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 – See more at: http://northshoreviews.com/#sthash.NCEcSTlC.dpuf
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 – See more at: http://northshoreviews.com/#sthash.NCEcSTlC.dpuf

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4 Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: August 3-5

If you’re not planning to hit the city for Lollapalooza this weekend, here are three fun things to do right here on the North Shore:

Calypso Music at the Wallace Bowl

August 3 at 8:00 pm
Performance by Mr. Myers presented by Starlight Theatre
Wallace Bowl, Gillson Park, Wilmette
My Myers blends the tropical sounds of Calypso and Ska, rhythms of Reggae and Rock & Roll. No Charge

Family Camp Out on Glencoe Beach

August 3 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 am on August 4
Hazel Ave., Glencoe
Spend an evening camping out with your family at Glencoe Beach! Beach staff provides hamburgers, hot dogs, pop and bottled water for an early evening cookout. After the sun sets, enjoy interactive musical show and roast marshmallows over a campfire. Coffee and cereal is provided at sunrise. Click here for more details. Read the rest of this entry »

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Downsizing? This Northfield Home May Be The Perfect Choice

1 Regent Wood, Northfield

Are you ready for a smaller, lower maintenance home, but don’t want to go all the way to a townhouse or condo? If so, this Northfield home could be a great choice for your next move.

Located at 1 Regent Wood (just off of Winnetka Avenue east of Waukegan), this home won’t make you feel claustrophobic if you are used to a larger house. Because it has all the rooms you need but none of the ones you don’t. Here’s what makes it a perfect fit for your new elegant but carefree lifestyle:

  • A first floor master plus two additional bedrooms on the second floor. You still have room for your guests but day in and day out everything you need is on the main floor.
  • Large formal rooms mean you can still entertain in style.
  • Low maintenance: there’s no lawn to mow or snow to shovel. Like to travel? Have a second home? Just turn off the lights and lock the door behind you.
  • Nothing to do –  this home was tastefully remodeled from top to bottom just four years ago, so you can just move in and start enjoying it right away.
  • Tired of big house taxes? This home has an affordable tax bill of $11,911.

1 Regent Wood living room1 Regent Wood dining room

Before you sell your current home and make the move, be sure and consult your tax accountant about the tax implications of downsizing to a smaller home. In all likelihood you will be able to qualify for a tax-free capital gain up to $500,000 (if you file a joint return), but you should examine your options.

You can get more information about this wonderful house here. If you have any questions about it or would like to see it in person, just call us at 847-881-6657 or email us.  We’d be happy to show it to you.

We are North Shore real estate specialists and one of the top teams in the Wilmette, Winnetka and Glencoe 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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Stormy’s Tavern and Grille

Stormy's Tavern and Grille

The other night after a hockey game in Winnetka, we stopped at Stormy’s in Northfield for dinner with another family from the team. Stormy’s, formerly Seul’s, changed hands last summer and reopened in September, and we had not yet had a chance to check it out. I guess we weren’t the only ones with that idea because, when we got there, we ran into three other families from our hockey team and discovered that one of Emma’s hockey coaches also tends bar at Stormy’s, so it was like old home week. Probably not surprising that it’s a big Wilmette Hockey hangout given that owner Chad Bidwell coaches Bantam AA for the club. Read the rest of this entry »

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