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Going Green Matters!

Going_Green_MattersAre you interested in learning more about how you and your family can have a positive impact on our environment? Then you won’t want to miss the 6th annual Going Green Matters, a community event being held this Sunday, March 11 from 1-5 pm at the Woman’s Club of Wilmette.

The event is organized by Go Green Wilmette, a citizen’s group founded in 2006, whose mission is to raise environmental awareness in Wilmette and inspire people to take action and make a difference.  The event draws hundreds of residents, not only from Wilmette but from around the North Shore. There are exhibits, displays and presentations about home energy conservation, renewable energy sources, green cleaning products, green landscaping, composting, organic food choices, birding on the North Shore, and more. There are also activities designed to both entertain and educate children about the environment. An interactive Eco-Zone has displays for all ages. Here are some of the fun things kids can see and do:

  • Wiggly Worms: Watch worms at work making rich soil from kitchen food scraps with Urban Worms Girls. Learn about how to start composting with worms.
  • Arts, Crafts and Storytelling: Help color a large mural or make a poster to take home. Read nature books together or stay for some lively storytelling with friends from the Library.
  • Nature in Wilmette Photography Exhibit by Carol Freeman. Can you guess what each picture is and where it was taken?

During the fair you can also bring batteries, electronics and styrofoam for recycling at 600 9th St. (one block east of the Woman’s Club). For more information about recycling resources, go here.

When: Sunday, March 11 from 1-5 pm

Where: Woman’s Club of Wilmette, 930 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette

Tickets: FREE!

Get more information about Go Green Wilmette and get involved!

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Michael Jordan Lists His Highland Park Home

Gate to Michael Jordan's house in Highland ParkI’ve written before about the North Shore’s most expensive homes, but they pale in comparison to this one.

Michael Jordan’s home at 2700 Point Lane in Highland Park came on the market yesterday, and it can be yours for a mere $29,000,000. Oh, and once you come up with the money to buy the house, be sure you can also afford the yearly tax bill of $165,224.

Wondering what that $29 million will buy you? 32,683 square feet on 7+ acres, enough bedrooms for all your friends, even more bathrooms 15.4 (!), all MJ’s furniture, a pool, tennis court and a full indoor basketball court.

The contemporary house was custom built in 1995 north of Half Day Rd. MJ hasn’t spent much time there of late and is now buying a mega-home in Florida.

Michael Jordan's house

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Fabulous Family Home in Kenilworth Gardens

2347 Greenwood, Wilmette

This House Checks All the Boxes on Your Wish List

The Come Home North Shore team just listed this classic center entry colonial house at 2347 Greenwood Avenue in Kenilworth Gardens.  Listed for $849,900, it’s a great value for a house this size in such a desirable location. Here’s what we think is so special about this home:

  • A large eat-in kitchen with a two-sided fireplace it shares with the adjacent family room.
  • Five bedrooms, which is not typical of Kenilworth Gardens houses.
  • Updated decor and freshly painted.
  • French doors leading out to a lovely blue-stone patio in back
  • Less than a block to Harper School and Thornwood Park
  • An easy walk to the Kenilworth Metra station.

You can get more info and see photos here. We’re having an open house this Sunday, February 26th from noon to 3:00 pm so please come see this wonderful home. Or call us to schedule a showing  at 847-881-6657.

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Glencoe Park District Dares You to Leap in the Lake

Leap in the LakeHow brave are you? The Glencoe Park District wants to know.

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Glencoe Park District is challenging residents to take a dip in the chilly winter waters of Lake Michigan on February 25th. But don’t worry, full submersion is not required. Even a toe dip will count. Afterwards, you can warm up with hot chocolate or coffee in the warming area and meet with Watts Center mascot, Wattson the Polar Bear.

“Leap in the Lake” is a fundraiser for the Glencoe Park District’s Community Access for Recreation for Everyone (C.A.R.E.) Scholarship Fund. C.A.R.E. was established to offset registration fees for community members in need of financial assistance. It enables eligible Glencoe residents to benefit from Park District programs and activities, regardless of financial status.

So man up and support a great cause!

When: Saturday, February 25 at 10:00 am (back-up date is Feb. 26)

Where: Glencoe Beach

Registration Fee: $20 for ages 10-17; $25 for ages 18+

For more information about the event and how to register, go here or call 847-835-7544.

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5 Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: February 10-12

Robin's Dog Stars

Looking for something fun to do on Chicago’s North Shore this weekend? Here are some ideas:

Movie Night featuring “The Smurfs”

Friday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 pm
Kenilworth Club, 410 Kenilworth Ave., Kenilworth
Tickets: $5.00 (includes snacks)
All ages

Family Bingo Night

Friday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka- Rm 111
$15.00 (includes snacks and beverages)
All ages

Robin’s Dog Stars

Saturday, Feb. 11 2:00-2:45 pm
Wilmette Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette
Two dogs will visit the library with their expert trainer, Robin Bengston. They’ll do stunts, show off their adding and counting skills , and even perform some magic tricks.
All ages.

Comedy at the Mette with Sean Flannery

Saturday, Feb. 11 at 9:00 pm
Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette
Tickets: $12
Adults

Jazz Vespers

Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4:00 pm
Winnetka Congregational Church, 725 Pine St., Winnetka
Featuring the Victor Goines Quartet and vocalist Tammy McCann
Suggested donation: $10.00
All ages

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Wilmette Junior High Gets a State-of-the-Art Recording Studio

JordanXidasWJHS and the District 39 Educational Foundation will host an open house at 6:15 this Friday evening, February 3rd to dedicate a new state-of-the art recording studio to be used by students at the Junior High.

Funding for the studio was provided by the District 39 Educational Foundation’s Paul Tilley Music Fund, which was established by Cristina Tilley in memory of her husband. “ The recording studio seemed like the perfect way to honor Paul’s memory, “ said Ms. Tilley.  “He was an exceptionally creative person who loved music.  I wanted to do something that would celebrate music and encourage our kids to express their creativity.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Wilmette Bicycle and Sport Shop

wilmette bicycle shopHow is it that an old school retailer like the Wilmette Bicycle and Sports Shop can survive and even thrive in today’s big box world? That was the subject of a Today Show segment this week. Mike Leonard visited with his camera crew and interviewed proprietors Jim, Al and Larry , sons of Jim and John Versino, who founded the shop 80 years ago.

It may be a cramped and crowded throwback to an earlier day, but that doesn’t bother loyal patrons, who come to buy or repair bikes, sharpen their skates and order team uniforms for the local sports teams their children play for. They love the familiarity, personalized service, information and advice that’s freely given by the shop owners and their employees.

You can watch the TV segment here:

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Winnetka Community House Birthday Bash

winnetka community house partyThe Winnetka Community House is celebrating its 100th birthday with a big House Party this Friday and word has it that it’s going to be a blast.

The menu will include pizza from the Homemade Pizza Company and Finch’s beer, as well as wine.  Dance to live music from Molly’s Suite 7.

When: Friday, January 27from 7:00-11:00 pm

Where: at the Community House, of course (620 Lincoln Ave.)

Tickets are in $50 in advance, or $65 at the door. Visit winnetkacommunityhouse.org for tickets.

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Avoca Home Sales in Winnetka – 2011

There is one small part of Winnetka that does not attend District 36 schools and that is the unincorporated area that includes Woodley Road, Woodley Woods and part of Indian Hill. Most of this area is served by Avoca District 37 (and another small part of Indian Hill is served by Wilmette District 39, just to further confuse you). These are neighborhoods with expensive homes, as you can see by the average prices below, but not all of Avoca is this pricey. In fact, Avoca’s service area also includes parts of Glenview, Northfield and Wilmette, which tend to have more modest housing stock than the Winnetka part of the district.

Avoca Home Sales in Winnetka – 2011 vs. 2010

Avoca Home Sales (Winnetka only)Source: MRED llc- Single family home data – Deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

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Crow Island Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011

This is the third installment of neighborhood-level real estate stats for Winnetka. It covers the Crow Island School “footprint,” the area bordered on the north by Pine St., on the west by Hibbard Rd., on the east by Green Bay Rd. and on the south by Hill Rd. Although sales in this area were up dramatically over 2010, median and average sales prices decreased 14% and 15% respectively.

Crow Island Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011 vs. 2010

Crow Island Home Sales 2011Source: MRED llc- Single family home data. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed

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 (caveat: only if the transaction has closed. Until then the information is not available).

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