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Watts Winter Classic Hockey Tournament in Glencoe

youth hockey players at Watts Ice Center Glencoe

If your kids love hockey, you should sign them up to play in the Watts Winter Classic Hockey Tournament. The Glencoe Park District puts it on every year during the holidays and it’s always a great event. Last year the weather was pretty mild so the parents could enjoy watching the games without freezing to death. This year I can only hope the outdoor heat lamps are working.

My daughter has played in the Watts Classic for the past three years and looks forward to it almost as much as she looks forward to Christmas morning. She plays in lots of hockey tournaments, so I’m not sure why this one is so special to her. Maybe because it’s played outdoors. Maybe because it has the low-key feel of an old-fashioned game of pond hockey, where players are thrown together randomly onto teams to compete in a round robin format. Usually my daughter will only know a few of the other kids playing, as they come from all over the North Shore, but she always makes new friends that she’ll run into later in other games on other rinks.

The tournament begins December 21 and runs December 30. There are games for Mite to Peewee levels.

For more information contact Watts Ice Center, 305 Randolph Street, Glencoe, IL(847) 835-4440‎ · glencoeparkdistrict.com

For a map and directions to Watts Ice Center, go here.

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Northwestern Football: Big Ten in Our Own Backyard

I’m not much of a sports fan, but catching a game of Northwestern Football now and again was always a brilliant way to spend a Saturday afternoon with my dad or brother.

For being home to a major college football team, Ryan Field has a delightful backyard quality to it.  The stadium is nestled right in the Evanston suburbs, surrounded by beautiful vintage homes.  Plentiful parking and an el stop are just a few blocks away, so getting to a game is painless.  Fans casually stroll into the stadium, and even when the game is full the seats give you plenty of room.  It’s clean, comfortable, and convenient.

Yet it is home to some very serious football.  The Big Ten conference has some of the best action college football has to offer.  The Wildcats sit in a sweet spot:  Good enough to win some big games, bad enough that it’s always an uphill battle.  I count both of those qualities in their favor–I may not always be happy when the game ends, but I’m never bored.  Hence their nickname, the “Cardiac Cats”.

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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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Go Green Wilmette Sponsors “Genetic Roulette”

A Documentary About the Effect of Genetically Modified Organisms in Our Food Supply

When: Wednesday Nov. 14th 1:00 p.m.

Where: Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave.,  847-256-6935, www.wilmettelibrary.info

Have you ever wondered why certain diseases and conditions like Alzeimer’s, celiac disease and autism have increased so dramatically over the past few decades?

This powerful documentary provides compelling evidence that changes in our food supply are to blame, and challenges the biotech industry’s claim that genetically modified (GM) foods are safe.

Based on the book of the same name by Jeffrey Smith, the film presents the concerns of scientists and farmers about the food and health issues related to increased GMO production and outlines why they want foods containing GMOs to be, at the very least, labeled.

This event will be held in the library’s auditorium (lower level) and is free to the public. An optional discussion will follow the film.

Sponsored by Go Green Wilmette.

 

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Presidential Candidates Duke It Out In Wilmette

You thought that was the last presidential debate last night, but you were wrong. There’s a fourth debate going on as we speak, right here in Wilmette.

Here they are going at it down on Lawndale: Obama with his teleprompter and Romney with his binders full of women. Who do you think is winning this one?

political effigies of Obama and Romney

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Spooky Pooch Parade at the Chicago Botanic Garden

We had gorgeous weather today for the Spooky Pooch Parade at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It’s the one day each year when dogs are welcome in the Garden and it’s an annual favorite with dog lovers all over the North Shore. My own dogs wouldn’t be caught dead in costume, but the dogs that did come dressed up actually seemed to be enjoying themselves. Here are some that managed to stay still long enough to have their pictures taken:

dog in Harry Potter costume

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This Kenilworth Home is a Perfect Condo Alternative

The Come Home North Shore team just listed this charming cottage at 371 Ridge Road in Kenilworth. The home is a perfect condo alternative and conveniently located near the train, schools and Ridge Road shopping. At $349,900, it’s undoubtedly the best value in Kenilworth!

The home has a fascinating history. Built in 1879, this cottage originally functioned as a tavern and was located across the street in Wilmette (then known as Gross Point). Word has it that the tavern’s two back bedrooms were rented out by the hour. With the onset of Prohibition, all of the taverns on Ridge Road were closed. (The village of Gross Point, having lost its major source of revenue, went bankrupt and was later annexed by Wilmette). The building was moved to Kenilworth and re-purposed as a residence.

The single-story home has spacious living and dining rooms, a light-filled family room, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. The large basement offers ample room for storage, workshop and laundry, though there is a stackable washer/dryer on the main floor, as well.

You can see more pictures and get more info about 371 Ridge Road here. If you’d like to tour the home, please give us a call at 847-881-6657 and we’d be glad to show it to you. You can search other Kenilworth homes for sale 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

 

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Guide to Schools on the North Shore

If you have kids and are considering a move to Chicago’s suburbs, chances are the schools will heavily influence your choice of community. Understanding what schools are available in each community is an important step in making the right decision for your family.

To assist you in your research Coldwell Banker has just published the definitive Guide to Schools on the North Shore and we are pleased to offer it to our clients and readers. It includes public and private schools from pre-school to high school in every town from Evanston to Lake Bluff, along with a map that shows where each school is located.

To get your free download of the Guide go here and provide your email. If you would also like a hard-copy of the guide, please provide your mailing address and we will be happy send you the guide in the mail.

You can also get more details about preschools in Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Kenilworth and Highland Park on this site.

North Shore Views is the most comprehensive online source for North Shore Chicago real estate and community information. Whether you are looking for market statistics, homes for sale or local events, North Shore Views has it all at your fingertips. Browse information regarding our communities, market data, luxury homes, lakefront property, schools and what you should know about making the move to the North Shore.

 

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City and Suburbs: The Best of Both Worlds at 724 Vernon Avenue in Glencoe

If you are looking for a cookie-cutter house on a suburban cul de sac, this is not the house for you.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a home that allows you to combine the advantages of in-town living with the benefits of the North Shore lifestyle, the house at 724 Vernon Avenue in Glencoe might just fill the bill.

You can enjoy living in a spacious 11 room home with a private patio and back yard in an area with great schools. But you can also walk out your front door and be just steps from Starbucks, the playground, shops, restaurants and the Metra. In fact, you can get downtown faster from here than you can if you lived in Roscoe Village!

The historically significant residence at 724 Vernon Avenue in Glencoe was originally built as the headquarters for the Chicago Telephone Company in 1908. It was expanded in 1920 when Illinois Bell was formed through a merger of Chicago Telephone and Central Union Telephone Company. The home began as a small brick one-story building and was enlarged in 1927 to the two-story, stucco-faced residence that you see today. During World War II the home was designated as a bomb shelter.

Over the years it has been substantially updated, with a newer kitchen that opens to a family room with built-ins and fireplace. The living and dining rooms with their dramatic fourteen foot ceilings, are perfect for entertaining.

While the original master suite and two other family bedrooms are on the main floor, the piece de resistance of this home is the newer loft-like master suite on the second floor, with doors opening to a lovely roof-top deck that overlooks the garden.

There is a two-car garage plus five outdoor parking spaces for visitors or clients; or those spaces could be rented to neighboring businesses, providing additional monthly income.

The large basement has media room, exercise room, bedroom and full bath, sauna, workshop and storage.

If you have thought about moving to the suburbs but feel ambivalent about leaving the convenience and walk-ability of the city, you should come see this home. You could not find a more convenient location within steps of town, train, shopping and dining.

Watch this video and get a better feel for the home. You can see more photos here. If you would like more information about 724 Vernon Avenue (or any other North Shore home), please give us a call at 847-881-6657. We’d be happy to help you!

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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