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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!

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Boo 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.

Pumpkins on the Beach
Oct. 24, 5-7:30 pm
Tower Road Beach, 899 Sheridan Road, Winnetka
The beach will be transformed into a pumpkin patch for family fun. There will be pumpkin decorating, carnival games, and lots of excitement. The Costume Contest will start around 5:30 pm ending at 6:10 pm. $5 residents; $10 non-residents. For more info. and to register in order to guarantee a pumpkin, click here.

Fairy Tale Trail 
Oct. 24, 4- 8 pm, Oct. 25, 10 am – 2 pm
Women’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
Mermaids, wizards, safari guides and princesses welcome kids to the Women’s Club of Evanston, which will be transformed into a maze of eight rooms – each showcasing a different children’s story or theme. Each fully accessible, fantasy-filled room will feature multi-sensory activities and costumed volunteers who will engage and enchant children with and without special needs. The Trail provides a safe, non-frightening, fun Halloween experience for children of all ages and abilities and is open to all children in the North Shore and Chicagoland, with a special focus on those who are physically, cognitively, or economically challenged. For more info, including a special VIP meet & greet, click here.

Halloween Hoopla & Haunted House
Oct. 24, 7-9 pm & Oct. 25, 3-6 pm
Jewett Park Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield
Two days filled with non-stop activities including a haunted house, inflatable games, bonfire fire, face painting, movie and so much more. Fee for haunted house. For a full schedule of events, including “lights on” haunted house, click here.

Haunted Trail of Terror
Oct. 25, 6:30-9 pm
Lloyd Beach, 799 Sheridan Road, Winnetka
This event is not for the faint at heart. Daring souls that choose to make it down the beach will visit the graveyard of the spirits, walk along the Haunted Trail of Terror, enter the Haunted Boathouse (at your own risk), and experience hair-raising thrills. Recommended for ages 12+. $5 per person.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Community Day
Oct. 25, 10 am – 5 pm
Mitchell Museum, 3001 Central Street, Evanston
Free activities include kid’s crafts (dream catcher), food and light refreshments. The American Indian Center will present an Urban Pow Wow history and dance program (for an additional fee) beginning at 2:30. Click here for more info.

TEDx Talk
Oct. 25, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
New Trier High School, McGee Auditorium, 385 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka
TED is a global set of conferences with the guiding principle of “Ideas Worth Spreading.” TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience in an intimate setting. Topics will include entrepreneurship, development of the teen brain, education policies and more. Current and former New Trier students will speak along with noted field exerts. For a list of speakers and topics and to purchase tickets, click here.

Croctoberfest
Oct. 26, 10 am – 12 pm
Wildlife Discovery Center, 1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest
Celebrate the world of crocodilians with at the Wildlife Discovery Center. This is an event you won’t forget! Activities include: short talks about crocodiles and their kin, face painting, storytelling and other events for children. And don’t miss a special visit from world famous Bubba, an American alligator (10 -12 pm only). $5 donation per participant.  For more info., click here.

Lake Bluff Ghost Walk
Oct. 25-26, 5 – 8 pm
Lake Bluff History Museum, 127 E. Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff
The Ghost Walk resurrects true stories from Lake Bluff’s past and retells them “with a twist” to build interest in local history. Tour groups leave every 15 minutes and are led by Men in Black – agents whose expertise is dealing with UFO witnesses and extraterrestrials. Tickets: $25 adult, 8th grade & under: $10. May not be appropriate for young children. Advance purchase recommended. For more info., click 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!

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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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Kids’ Dog Show in Northfield

Boy with dogOK,  these dogs may not be ready for the American Kennel Club Dog Show, but they do have their talents, and kids will have an opportunity to show them off at Northfield’s annual Kids’ Dog Show on Saturday, July 24 at 10:00 am.

The show will be held at Clarkson Park on Willow Rd. All dogs will be entered into either the smallest or largest dog category. In addition, contestants can choose two more categories to enter:

  • Best costume
  • Fanciest trick
  • Best looking
  • Best behaved
  • Floppiest ears

I’m not sure which category any of my dogs would even have a chance to win, but I know they’d refuse to enter the “best dressed” competition. Way too embarrassing for a self-respecting lab!

If you’d like to enter, call 847-446-4428 to register.

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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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