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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Sept. 25-28, 2014

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Tour of the Wilmette Centennial Park Prairie
September 25 at 10:00am
Behind the Centennial
Park Complex, 2300 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette
The Little Garden Club of Wilmette is hosting a fall tour of the Centennial Park Prairie, a wetland of tall grass that occupies the 2 acre detention basin near the corner of Hunter Rd. and Wilmette Avenue. Tour leader, Charlotte Adelman will point out the various types of grasses and flowers, as well as the native wildlife that inhabits the prairie: goldfinches, dragonflies, butterflies, bumblebees and other insects. 847-256-9666.

New Riders of the Purple Sage in Concert
September 26 at 8:00pm
Evanston
SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston

Who remembers NRPS, contemporaries, friends and sometime opening band for the Grateful Dead? Well, they’re still around and will be in town to perform country rock and bluegrass music. $22-$38. Call 8847-492-8860

Craft Beer Tasting at the Range
September 27 starting at 4:00 pm
Winnetka Golf Club, 1300 Oak St., Winnetka

Avli Cafe will guide you through fifteen 3 oz.  tastings and appetizers. The event includes inlimited use of the driving range. Kids can practice their golf at a kids -only practice area. Tasting for adults 21 and older. Kids welcome with parents.

Fall Harvest Fun
September 26, 5-7pm
Lakeview Center in Gillson Park
, Wilmette

Decorate your own pumpkin, try your luck at “stay dry” apple bobbing and go on a scavenger hunt. We provide the pumpkins and decorating supplies. Finish the evening with a pizza dinner and scary stories. $23 residents/ $29 non-residents. wilmettepark.org

Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival
September 27-28 (Fri:4-10; Sat.: 10-10; Sun.: 10-5)
Downtown Evanston (Clark from Benson to Sherman)

Every kind of art in every price range! Paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed media, handmade jewelry, art from recycled materials, glass, wood, etc. Also, live music and fun art projects for kids. At the north end of the festival some of Evanston’s great restaurants will serve food to festival-goers.

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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Wilmette Sales Tax Increase Coming

SalesTaxWilmettans, get ready to pay more for what you buy. The Village of Wilmette is planning to raise the home-rule sales tax from .25% to 1%, effective January 1, 2015. This would take the total sales tax you are paying on most things from 8.25% to 9%.

Why? In a nutshell, the Village needs the $1.5 million a year additional revenue it would get to take care of deferred maintenance on the streets, sidewalks, alleys and sewer system, as well as replace worn out police cars, ambulances, trucks and snow plows. The tax would apply to purchases of everything except cars, prescription drugs and groceries.

Wilmette’s home-rule sales tax is relatively new; before 2005 it didn’t have one. But most area villages and towns have a home rule sales tax, and it’s higher than Wilmette’s (except for Winnetka, which doesn’t have one). Evanston, Skokie and Highland Park all charge 1%, but Skokie’s will increase to 1.25% in January. Glenview and Northbrook’s tax is .75% and Lake Forest’s is .5%.

And why, you may ask, does the Village suddenly need this additional revenue? Costs have gone up significantly on most fronts, most significantly in the amount paid in to pensions for police, fire and other public sector employees (this is controlled in Springfield). At the same time revenues from most sources dramatically declined with the Great Recession.

But the tax increase is not a done deal yet. The proposed ordinance will be put to a vote on September 23rd. You can make your voice heard at the September 22 Village Board Committee of the Whole at Village Hall beginning at 7:30 pm.

You can get more background and context for the proposed sales tax increase here from Village President Bob Bielinski in this video about the state of the Village.

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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Picture-perfect Kenilworth Gardens Home For Sale

Kenilworth Gardens Home for Sale- 2035 Thornwood
2035 Thornwood Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091

If you have been searching for a move in-ready home in Wilmette, you may have just found it! This picture-perfect four bedroom home in Kenilworth Gardens was just listed by the Come Home North Shore team.

2035 Thornwood Ave living room

It has a wonderful open floor plan for entertaining or everyday living. There are lovely hardwood floors throughout and the decor is fresh and neutral. The large living room has a wood-burning fireplace and flows into the dining room, which opens to terrific deck and pretty yard. The family room is adjacent to the kitchen, making it the ideal gathering place for family and friends.

Upstairs is a serene master suite plus three other spacious and bright bedrooms and two updated baths.

2035 Thornwood Ave master bedroom

The finished basement has a rec room with built-ins and laundry room.

You can see more photos of 2035 Thornwood here.

Kenilworth Gardens is one of Wilmette’s favorite neighborhoods. The people are friendly, Harper School is the quintessential neighborhood elementary school and, for those who commute to the city, the Kenilworth Metra station is just a few minutes’ walk from here. Every spring the Come Home North Shore team hosts an egg hunt in the park and a neighborhood yard sale.  The other big draw is Thornwood Park, with its playlot, ball fields, tennis courts and (in winter) skating pond. We even have our own neighborhood concert every summer, with performances by dad bands and talented local kids.

This fabulous home is offered at $970,000. Call the Come Home North Shore Team at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing of 2035 Thornwood or send us a note here.

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This home is offered at $950,000. Call the Come Home North Shore Team at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing of 2121 Beechwood or send us a note here.

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3 Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Sept. 19-21, 2014

Oktoberfest WilmetteEnjoy Indian Summer at this weekend’s fun outdoor events!

Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 20
St. Joseph Catholic School, 1740 Lake Ave., Wilmette.

Oktoberfest includes an antique market from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., a family fest from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and a dinner and outdoor adults-only party from 6-11:30 p.m.

Bike Winnetka
Saturday, September 20 at 3:30
Skokie Playfield Service Center (north end at Pine St.), Winnetka
A scenic ride through Winnetka in a group rider format. Register at winpark.org.

Fall Fest
Saturday, September 20 from 4:00-10:00pm
Winnetka Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka

Food, DJ, Beer/Wine, Inflatables, Touch-A-Truck, Pumpkin Roll, Scarecrow Building, Community Row, Ice/Tennis/Golf Activities, Bike Winnetka, Winnetka Whiffleball Challenge and more. The evening caps off with a showing of the movie FROZEN (7:30 pm).

Prior to the showing of FROZEN, ice cream sundaes will be available to the first 300 children (ages 12 years and under) thanks to a partnership with Dairy Queen Highland Park.

Shermerfest
Sunday, September 21
Village Green, 1325 Shermer Road, Northbrook
The event includes a collectible and antique car show, children’s activities, hot dogs, soup and homemade sweets. Free.

 

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10th Annual Thornwood Park Concert – September 7, 2014

Thornwood Park Concert

It’s the last gasp of summer but Kenilworth Gardens will be rockin’ this afternoon at the 10 annual Thornwood Park Concert.  This concert is one of the many great events we have in our neighborhood (one reason why Kenilworth Gardens is such an awesome place to live). It was started by Terri and Tony Lorenz back in 2000 when they had first moved to the ‘burbs and were pining for all the street fairs, festivals and concerts they were used to enjoying in the city.

The event was a hit right off the bat and has grown in popularity every year as more and more Wilmettans have heard about the good time. The performers are mostly local dads (and a few moms) but a couple years ago they added kid groups as warm-up entertainment, many of them trained at Wilmette’s Rock House.

If you live in Wilmette and/or have attended before, you’ll recognize many of the bands playing today:

  • Lonesome Rodeo (Chris Karabas and friends)
  • Jealous Mistress (Rob Phillips, Steve Vivian and friends)
  • Running Still (Tim Sheehan and friends)
  • King Saturday (Pete Wilson and friends)
  • Hamilton Chang and Family

The kids’ concert starts at 3:30 and the grown-ups start playing at 4:30.

Bring a picnic, cooler, beach chairs  and the kids and head on over to enjoy the music.

Oh, and if we’re lucky (as we have been in previous years), the kids can run through the world’s biggest sprinkler when the fire department hooks up to the fire hydrant and starts spraying.

The concert is free to attend but it’s not free to put on, so the organizers are asking attendees for donations to help defray the cost. You can go here to donate.

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4 Fun Thing To Do On The North Shore~ August 8-10, 2014

 

 

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 “Come Sail Away! Literally, in Glencoe this Saturday will be the George cup Regatta!”

 

Friday the 8th

Winnetka Public Library
768 Oak Street, Winnetka
From 3-4pm
Stop in for a fun afternoon craft!
Meet in the Lloyd Room.
For more info call: 847.446.7220

Saturday the 9th 

George Cup Regatta, Glencoe 
From noon to 1pm at the Perlman Boating Beach
Participate in challenging, hands-on boat races set up by beach staff.
If you are planning to participate in the regatta, please be at the boat house promptly at noon.
This year, boaters will be required to fill out a registration form and pay $10 to enter the race.
For more info call: 847.835.3030

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David Adler-Designed Lake Forest Mansion For Sale

275 Sussex Lane, Lake Forest, IL Fleur de Lys Mansion – 275 Sussex Lane, Lake Forest, IL 60045

One of the side benefits of being a Realtor that I never get tired of is the opportunity to tour historically significant homes designed by some of the world’s finest architects. Today Coldwell Banker’s Previews Group hosted a party at the fabulous Fleur de Lys mansion at 275 Sussex Lane in Lake Forest and we got to see every square inch of it.

The 11,000 square foot house is situated on over 2 acres that include a pool, tennis courts, gardens and large terrace. It has 17 formal rooms, 8 bedrooms and 10 baths. The house is not the typical mega-mansion one would build today; it’s way too formal and grand, like something out of The Great Gatsby. It’s the perfect venue for weddings, charity balls and large parties.

The estate is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. It was designed by David Adler in 1914 for meat-packing baron Joseph Cudahy and his wife, Jean Morton Cudahy, daughter of the founder of Morton Salt. Apparently Adler’s inspiration for the house was Petit Trianon, a small chateau on the grounds of Versailles Palace in France. You’d think at this price the home would be perched on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, but it’s not. In fact, it sits in the middle of a quiet neighborhood that was once part of the estate until it was sold off and subdivided.

You can watch a video about this fabulous estate here:

The home is listed by Coldwell Banker’s Straub Milito Group and is being offered at $8,900,000. If you would like to arrange a private showing, call us at 847-881-6657.

You can search all North Shore luxury homes 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 call 847-881-6657 or send us a note here.

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Home For Rent in Wilmette’s McKenzie Neighborhood

Wilmette Home for Rent

1636 Forest Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091

Home available for rent on Chicago’s North Shore are few and far between. If you are looking for a great rental in a great neighborhood, this may just be the one!

This traditional brick home in Wilmette’s McKenzie neighborhood has four bedrooms and two and a half updated baths upstairs, plus a full bath on the first floor. It has a wonderful living room with wood burning fireplace, a dining room with bay window and an updated kitchen that opens into a large family room. Enjoy a screened in porch off the family room, a large deck and a lovely backyard with play structure. There are hardwood floors throughout and it has a two car detached garage.  From this home it’s an easy walk to school, train and parks.

It’s available September 1st at $5,500/month.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment to see this home, give us a call at 847-881-6657 or send us an email here.

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3 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore July 25th-27th, 2014

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“Show off your classic in Highland Park this weekend!”

 

Saturday the 26th 

North Shore Festival of Art
Saturday the 26th & Sunday the 27th from 10am-5pm
westfield old orchard mall, skokie
Festival-goers will enjoy live music on the music stage sponsored by WLIT, great food and art activities for kids! True to Westfield Old Orchard’s family-oriented environment, the entire north end of the festival will be devoted to kids. Art Bingo and the color creation station invite young guests to channel their inner creative spirit. Adults can unleash their inner artist with an onsite still life photography contest or take a souvenir snapshot in the festival’s photo booth. For more info visit: http://bit.ly/1pc4ywN

Herb Garden Weekend!!!
Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden
July 26 & 27, from 11am-4pm
Chicago Botanical Gardens
1000 Lake Cook Rd. Glencoe
Displays, demonstrations, tours, vendors and chef demonstrations showcase a variety of garden herbs at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden that visitors can grow in their own gardens.
For more info visit: http://bit.ly/1qDuoAu

Sunday the 27th 

Blue Oval Performance Car Club Show & Shine Car Show
From 10am-3pm
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1333 Park Ave West, Highland Park
Vehicles: All Ford, Lincoln, Mercury & Edsels
Free Admission & Vehicle Entry
Free Goodie Bags & Dash Plaques for the 1st 200 Cars
50/50 Raffle with the proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & NW Indiana
For more info contact Jerry Robbin at: 847.997.8624 or email jerry@jerryrobbin.com

North Shore events are brought to you by the Come Home North Shore Team of Coldwell Banker.

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5 Bedroom Brick Home in Kenilworth Gardens

5 Bedroom home in Kenilworth Gardens2121 Beechwood Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091

This stunning brick home in Wilmette’s Kenilworth Gardens has plenty of space for everybody! With five bedrooms and three and a half baths it’s one of the larger homes in the neighborhood. It has a huge living room with fireplace and a formal dining room, making it the perfect for house for parties and holiday gatherings. A newer kitchen with adjacent family room opens on to a large deck overlooking the back yard.

Upstairs is a large master suite with cathedral ceiling and skylights plus three more family bedrooms and a hall bath. The fifth bedroom is on the lower level and has its own spa bath, making it a great retreat for guests, nanny or teenager. Also on the lower level is a rec room and laundry. An oversized two-car garage sits at the end of the private driveway.

 

2121 Beechwood Ave Living room

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2121 Beechwood Ave deck

See more photos and get more info about this home here.

Kenilworth Gardens is one of Wilmette’s most popular neighborhoods. Friendly and welcoming, there’s always something going on here, from summer block parties to egg hunts, concerts and neighborhood yard sales.  The biggest draw is Harper School (K-4), an award-winning elementary school that is walkable from anywhere in the neighborhood. The other big draw is Thornwood Park, with its playlot, ball fields, tennis courts and (in winter) skating pond. Finally, for those who commute to work in the city, Kenilworth Gardens is just a 5 minute walk to the Metra station in Kenilworth.

This home is offered at $925,000. Call the Come Home North Shore Team at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing of 2121 Beechwood or send us a note here.

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