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Chiasso Brings Modern Design to the North Shore

If your style of interior design runs toward contemporary, you’ll want to check out Chiasso, which opened late last fall at 108 Skokie Boulevard in Wilmette.

Chiasso (pronounced key-AH-so) is Italian for uproar. The store sells modern furniture and decorative accessories. According to store manager Dave Spaulding, Chiasso’s wares are also more affordable than Design Within Reach or West Elm.

Most of the company’s sales are from its catalog business but its Chicago store (at 2112 N. Clybourn) has been so successful that they decided to expand out to the burbs.

One of Chiasso’s best sellers is its bar stools, and they’ve got great ones: simple, sleek and comfortable. Office chairs are another popular item.

What I really like about Chiasso is the sense of fun it brings to interior design. There’s nothing stark or sterile about Chiasso’s merchandise. Yes, the furniture is sleek and modern but it’s all meant to be combined in creative ways and the accessories bring a touch a whimsy to any decor.

You really should check it out next time you’re on your way to Old Orchard. And Chiasso is offering our readers a 15% discount*  if you mention our team (Come Home North Shore) or this blog (North Shore Views).

*Discount not valid with gift cards or on previously purchased items.

Chiasso is located at 108 Skokie Blvd. in Wilmette. Call 847-251-8600 or visit

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Wilmette Home Sales By Elementary School – 1st Half 2012

Most of the time looking at the local real estate data is to see what’s going on in one’s own town or community. But even within a given community, housing prices and sales activity can vary dramatically, so it helps to periodically examine the data at a more granular level. Wilmette is a case in point. Prices here run the gamut, from the $200,000’s on up to the $2,000,000’s. Homes in the Central School neighborhood (i.e., East Wilmette) tend to be the most expensive, while homes in the Avoca area (farthest west and farthest from the lake) tend to be the most affordable. Here are the numbers for each elementary school neighborhood for the first half of 2012.

1st Half Sales by Elementary School

Wondering what your neighbor’s house sold for? Just email us with the address of the property and we’d be happy to send you that information. Or call us at 847-881-6657. We’re always happy to answer your questions!

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Star Spangled Rock


Lake Forest Home For Sale

Our team just listed this great brick split level home at 382 Cherokee in Lake Forest. For anyone looking for a move-in ready house at a great price ($500,000), this is it.

On almost a half acre of property, the house has four bedrooms and two and a half baths. The kitchen has recently been redone, with granite counters and stainless appliances. The large living room/dining room combo has lovely hardwood floors and a fireplace. Off of the living room the sunroom also has a fireplace and views of the yard.

If you’d like to see this home, please give us a call at 847-881-6657. We’d love to show it to 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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Concerts at Plaza del Lago – Summer 2012

For six Thursdays each summer, Plaza del Lago in Wilmette offers fun summer concerts…the best part? They’re free. Bring a picnic or order from one of the restaurants in the Plaza and enjoy the concert over dinner.

All the concerts are from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, weather permitting.

Here’s this year’s line-up:

June 28 – Moss/ Realtime
Original post modern music by drummer/percussionist/composer David Moss.

July 5 CTA – Chicago Tribute Anthology
Greatest hits from iconic band Chicago

July 12 – Heartache Tonight
Eagles tribute band.

July 19New Invaders
Move and groove with this British rock over band.

July 26 – ABBA Salute
ABBA tribute band

August 8 – Conjunto
Chicagoland’s premier Salsa band.

Plaza del Lago is located at 1515 Sheridan Rd. in Wilmette.

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Rockin’ His World

A few weeks ago I wrote about a guy who proposed on Wilmette’s painted rock. In case you were wondering how it turned out, here’s your answer.

Reply on a Rock

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7th Annual Art on the Plaza

Art Fair in Plaza del Lago

The weather will be perfect for enjoying one of the first art fairs of the season at Plaza del Lago in Wilmette.

Art on the Plaza is an annual event sponsored by the North Shore Art League and Plaza del Lago and showcases the talents of local North Shore artists, as well as craftsmen and artists from across the country and around the world. During the event, juried artists will be on site to showcase their work, featuring a variety of mediums including mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

When: Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m and  Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Plaza del Lago, 1515 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette

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Winnetka Children’s Fair 2012

Winnetka Childrens' Fair

This Friday when school lets out for the summer, kids in Winnetka and surrounding communities will make a bee-line over to the Winnetka Children’s Fair to celebrate.  The fair, now in its 66th year, started as (and still is) a fundraiser for the Winnetka Community Nursery School. Organized by the Board of Directors of the school, it also relies on hundreds of volunteers to make the fair one of the highlights of North Shore kids’ summer.

The weather hasn’t been very cooperative for the fair in the last couple of years but this year the forecast is for sunny days in the 80’s.

Here are the details:

What: Games, rides, food and craft booths (mostly geared to kids up to 10 but older kids will enjoy some of the rides)

When: Friday and Saturday, June 8-9 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where: Winnetka Village Green (Maple St. between Oak and Elm)

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Message on a Rock

Rock with marriage proposalI love driving by the painted rock on Thornwood and Ridge to see its latest incarnation. Every season it sports a new look, in keeping with the time of year. At Halloween it has masqueraded as candy corn and as a pumpkin. At holiday time it’s been the Grinch and it’s been a reindeer.  It’s always something fun and creative, thanks to the Cox family, who live on the corner and carry on the decades-old  tradition of painting the rock.

So I was a little surprised last week to drive by and see that the rock had been painted black…just plain old black. Had someone died? Or was I just missing the joke?

A couple of days later I was even more perplexed to read the question painted on the rock: “Carly, will you marry me?” Who was Carly? What was this all about?

Turns out this really was a marriage proposal, from Daniel Hudson to Carly Graham, whose family used to live in the house on the corner and paint the rock before they moved to Georgia three years ago. Daniel had contacted Katy Cox and arranged to have the rock painted with his marriage proposal and then brought Carly blindfolded to the corner of Thornwood and Ridge to pop the question.

With a proposal like that, how could she say no?

Rock with marriage proposal

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Glencoe Grand Prix

Glencoe Grand PrixThere are a lot of wonderful things about living on the North Shore of Chicago, but one of the highlights is the Glencoe Grand Prix. The bicycle race has grown in stature and popularity since its humble beginnings in 2007 and now attracts professional-level riders from across the country. The Grand Prix was started as (and still is) a fundraising event for the Glencoe Educational Foundation, which benefits schools in Glencoe as well as Chicago public schools. But in six short years it has become THE event of the season.

This year the races are on Saturday, June 2, beginning at 8:15 with the Category 5 race and culminating in the AT&T Pro/1 race at 5:30. A “block party” with live music will follow the final race. Along with several categories of amateur races and the professional event , there are also kids races, beginning at noon with the 4 and 5 year olds, followed by 6-7 year olds and 8-9 year olds.

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