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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ January 17-19, 2014


“As busy as a bee this weekend”

Friday the 17th

Winter Wonderland at Kohl Children’s Museum
From 5-8.30pm
kohl children’s museum
2100 Patriot Blvd. Glenview
For one night only, Kohl Children’s Museum is offering kiddie train rides through the spectacular holiday lights of our outdoor Habitat Park exhibit!
Don’t miss this evening of winter activities, including:
–Rides through the holiday lights in Habitat Park aboard our polar express kiddie train
–Children’s concerts with Wendy Morgan and DB
–Participate in a cool stained glass ice experiment using salt and food coloring
–Breeze through our 16 indoor exhibits, all open for exploration
–Train whistle gift for each child
–Cosi Café will be open for dinner purchases (members receive a 10 percent discount)
Tickets: Members $12, non-members $24 Visit: For more info!

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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore January 10-12, 2014



Friday the 10th

Snowman Building Contest
Get outside and put some of that new snow to work by building a snowman or a snow sculpture. Then take a picture of your creation and enter it in our Snowman Building Contest!

There are two categories: Classic Snowman and Snow Sculpture. Give your snowman or sculpture a name (be creative) and then send the information — along with the names of the builders, an address and phone number — to the Wilmette Park District.

Drop off or email your photo to Carol Heafey ( at the Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette, IL. Please submit photos by Feb. 28. Winning snowmen and snow sculptures will be published in the Winter 2015 Leisure Guide. A Park District gift certificate will also be awarded to the winners. Read the rest of this entry »

Library Programs for Little Ones on the North Shore!


Wilmette Public Library

Story times last between 25 and 30 minutes. Participants enjoy songs and activities in addition to stories. This is a great opportunity for young children to hear good stories, learn, and have fun.

Please note: Advance registration is not necessary. All children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Winter Session A: January 13—February 14

Winter Session B: February 24—March 28

Spring Session: April 7—May 8

Babytime: Thursdays at 9:15. Songs, rhymes, tickles, and bounces. Followed by a 30-minute playtime.

Rhymetime: Wednesdays at 9:15 and Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30. Fast-paced stories, rhymes, songs, and more.

Preschool Storytime: Mondays at 10:30, Tuesdays at 9:30 and 4:00, Wednesdays at 10:30, and Thursdays at 10:30. Longer books, songs, and movement for children who enjoy a good story. Includes a craft suitable for ages 3 and up.

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Ring in the New Year on Chicago’s North Shore


“Ring in the New Year with great dining!”

December 31st, 2013

Go Roma

3061 Dundee Rd, Northbrook
Go Roma is featuring a Family New Year’s Eve celebration from 6:30PM – 8:30PM. For only $15 per adult and $7.50 for kids under 10, there will be:
*Fresh Italian Buffet (stuff for grown-ups and kids)
*Countdown to 2013 at 7:59PM
*Sparkling Toast (Wine for Adults and Cider for the kids)
*Goodie bags for the kids (party hats and noisemakers)
***And, a special Go Roma gift certificate to use in 2013
For more information:
phone: 847.480.2000

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4 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore December 20-22nd, 2013


“What’s that Frosty? You don’t know what to do on the north shore this weekend? Don’t worry frosty, the come home north shore team has got you covered!”

Friday the 20th

Glenview Ice Center’s 13th Annual Winter Carnival
From noon to 6pm
glenview ice center, glenview
1851 Landwehr Rd, Glenview, IL
The Glenview Ice Center will host its 13th annual Winter Carnival over the two-week winter school break. Activities include daily family public skate sessions, a charity hockey game, hockey and figure skating lessons, winter holiday figure skating exhibition and much more. Special guest appearances will include “Skates” (the Chicago Wolves mascot), Ronald McDonald, The “Monsters” and the “minion”.

NEW this year! On December 30 from 6-9 p.m., stop by and join the family fun on and off the ice at the Holiday Family Luau. The fee is $8 per person. On January 5 from 11:30-12:30 p.m., the Glenview Library is hosting Olympic Day with story time and skating. The event is free!
For more info call 847.724.2800

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Why buying a home during the holidays could be a good time to make your move


Maybe you’re relocating for a new job or making a move to accommodate you’re families needs. Whatever the reason may be, if you’re house hunting over the holidays, there are advantages to purchasing a home at this time of year.

Less Competition

The holidays become a slow season for buying a home. House hunting during this time of year, lowers the chances of multiple offers and bidding wars with other buyers.

Serious home sellers

Why would sellers pick such an inconvenient time~ while everyone is busy entertaining family and friends and enjoying the spirit of the holidays~ to list their properties? Probably because they need to sell and may feel compelled to do so before the end of the year for tax purposes. What this means for you: less hassle when it comes to negotiating; a greater willingness, on the part of the seller, to agree to concessions; less chance of the seller waffling; and greater respect for your offer, even if it’s a little lower than the seller was perhaps expecting.

Faster mortgage approval

Lenders aren’t as busy this time of year, and less volume could mean faster approval. Some lenders might even be willing to reduce fees during the off-peak season in hopes of gaining your business. Regardless, don’t just go with the first lender who comes along. It pays to shop around.

Greater affordability

Sure, home prices have been rising, but they’re typically lower in December than during any other month (so you don’t have to be as aggressive with your initial first offer, compared with buying during peak to high Season). If you want to take advantage of low interest rates, the time to act is now.

We are North Shore real estate specialists and one of the top Realtor teams in the area. If you would like to consult with the Come Home North Shore team about getting your home sold, please call 847-881-6657 or send us a note here.

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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore December 13-15, 2013


“Take your family to visit live reindeer on the North Shore!

Friday, December 13

Highland Parks Winter Wonderland
Downtown Highland Park’s Winter Wonderland will once again transform the streets of downtown Highland Park into a nostalgic holiday movie scene for a two day FREE festival combining family fun and encouraging patronage of local shopping. All are invited to enjoy holiday festivities, including photo opportunities at the giant gingerbread house and gingerbread house making party at Port Clinton Square, live reindeer, horse drawn carriage rides, holiday carolers, s’more making, fire roasted chestnuts, French crepes, hot cider, fresh popped corn, and more! Rumor has it there is even a guarantee of real snow in the forecast to put everyone in the holiday spirit. It all begins Friday, Dec. 13 from 3-8 p.m. and continues Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Coldwell Banker Winterfest

Thanks to our friends and clients who stopped by the Coldwell Banker Winterfest yesterday!

The cold weather didn’t stop us from enjoying our annual horse and wagon ride around Winnetka but we were sure glad to warm up inside with some hot cocoa and treats! And Santa made a special stop to find out what’s on our Christmas lists this year.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays!

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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore December 6-8, 2013


“Enjoy all of the holiday events happening on the North Shore!”

Friday, December 6th

TGIF Skate
From 7-9.30pm
Centennial Ice Rink
2300 Old Glenview Rd
Calling adults, teens and children of all ages! Come skate to the music of our DJ with prize giveaways, special effect lighting, glow stuff and more! Be part of the Friday night fun! Admission is $7.75 per person. For more info call: 847.256.6100

Saturday, December 7th

Breakfast with Santa
From 8.30-11am
$20, children under two are free
Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Ave
What better way to celebrate the holidays than Breakfast with Santa at Winnetka Community House? Located in elegant Matz Hall, which is transformed into a winter wonderland, this lovely family event has been the talk of the town for the last four holiday seasons. Especially popular with young families and as a grandparent/grandchild outing, the much anticipated local event is sure to please. While enjoying a scrumptious breakfast buffet, families will meet and greet Santa, have a complimentary photo taken, create personalized crafts and then take home a goody bag. Don’t miss the fun! To register go to:

Weekend Family Class: Joyful Gingerbread
9.30-11am or 1-2.30pm at Chicago’s
Botanical Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd
Plants help make delicious holiday treats—like gingerbread! Explore all the different plants and plant parts needed to make gingerbread. Take home a future ginger plant, decorate cookies, and mix up a batch of gingerbread to bake at home. To register visit:

Sunday, December 8th

Winter fun in Winnetka
From 10am-1pm at
Coldwell Banker
568 Lincoln, Winnetka
Come celebrate the holidays this Sunday at Coldwell Banker. Enjoy a horse and carriage ride, take a picture with Santa, fun crafts for the kids and hot chocolate and enjoy music provided by the new trier swing club. For more info call: 847.446.4500

Writers Group Showcase
From 7.15-8.45pm in the
Wilmette Public Library’s auditorium
The Writers’ Group showcases the work of its members. Enjoy refreshments while listening to the latest pieces from local writers. The Writers’ group meets weekly and offers peer reviews of submitted works within a supportive environment. Facilitator Julie Johnson coordinates the group. Newcomers welcome. For more info call: 847-256-5025

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Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Thanksgivukkah is a pop-culture portmanteau neologism given to the convergence of the American holiday of Thanksgiving and the first day of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah on Thursday, November 28, 2013. This Thursday will be an extra special day of giving thanks and celebration for people everywhere.

In New York City, Macy’s will include a giant dreidel in its Thanksgiving Day Parade to honor the occasion. The Dirty Sock Funtime Band decided to celebrate the release of their new album and the spirit of Thanksgivukkah with a special show in New York City, which will include a Thanksgivukkah song entitled: “Hannukah, O Hannukah (Introducing the Menurkey!)”. A rabbi in Mineola, Long Island, granted a pardon to a kosher turkey in honor of Thanksgivukkah.





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