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5 Best Bakeries on the North Shore

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Allow us to write you a prescription for your next sweet tooth!

#5 Three Tartsimage

In Northfield
301 Happ rd.
The Cure: banana cup cakes, gannoche brownies and baked chocolate chip cookies

 

#4 Maier’s Bakeryimage

In Morton Grove
9328 Waukegan rd.
The Cure: double chocolate coffee cakes doughnuts and sweet rolls

 

#3 Il Mulino Bakeryimage

In Highwood
410 Sheridan rd.
The Cure: tiramisu, canoli and doughnuts

#2 Sweet Dreams
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In Glenview
1107 N Waukegan rd.
The Cure: Organic wedding cakes, gluten free & sugar free baked goods

 

#1 Bennisonsimage

In Evanston
1000 Davis st.
The Cure: freshly prepared apple strudel, Thursday’s sour cream doughnut (gone by 9), flan and croissants

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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ February 14-16, 2014

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Why not try a date night of painting? Though you may not leave the studio to go home and hang a Picasso on your wall, you’ll have a great memory full of laughs!

Friday the 14th

Classic Kids Photography’s Lovie Project Fundraiser Launch Party
@ Classic Kids Photography
566 Chestnut, Winnetka
From 10am-4.30pm
Join Classic Kids Photography on Valentine’s Day for A Lovie Launch Party with free Lovie photo shoots, cookies and hot cocoa.
To celebrate the return of The Lovie Project, an initiative giving people the opportunity to create striking modern art from photos of their beloved childhood friends, Lovie photo shoots are FREE with the donation of a brand new lovie for a child in need. All new lovies collected will be delivered to The Primo Center for Homeless Women & Children. Open house from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on February 14. Appointments are welcome by phone at 847.446.2064. On the Web: winnetka@classickidsphotography.com

Date Night Classes at Pinot’s Palette
7-9pm
pinot’s palette
2011 Tower Dr, Glenview
Pinot’s Palette at The Glen Town Center will be opening the weekend of Valentine’s Day. To celebrate, enjoy date night classes throughout the weekend. These date night paintings are painted across two canvases so a couple can bring home one complete piece of art instead of two of the same. For more info call 847.730.5972

Friday, 2/14 – Rendezvous
Saturday, 2/15 – Starry Night

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Chicago Jazz Artist of the Year Willie Pickens Comes to Winnetka

Willie_PickensIf you are into jazz you probably know Willie Pickens. An incredibly talented jazz pianist, he was named 2013 Chicago Jazz Artist of the Year and is a fixture at jazz venues around town. Lucky for us, he is coming to Winnetka on February 23rd to perform at Winnetka Congregational Church’s 4th Annual Jazz Vespers.

82 year old Pickens has performed with some of the world’s leading jazz artists, and his performance was one of the highlights of last summer’s Chicago Jazz Festival, according to Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich.

Said Reich, “With his large and complex chords, his great splashes of color and dissonance in the right hand, and his barrel-house octaves in the left, Pickens never lets the dramatic intensity flag.”

Robert Harris, the Director of Music at Winnetka Congregational Church said, “We are so fortunate to have Mr. Pickens as the featured musician at our Jazz Vespers. He is an artist of incredible energy and musical depth, and he typically plays to standing-room only crowds in Chicago jazz venues.”

It’s not every day we have someone of this caliber performing in our little village, so if you are into jazz, you should not miss this opportunity to hear him live. You will not be disappointed.

The Jazz Vespers will take place February 23 at 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary of Winnetka Congregational Church, 725 Pine St. Everyone is welcome! A $20 donation is requested. For more information, call 847-441-3400.

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4 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ February 7-9, 2014

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Jody Koplin is a super fun and loving children’s entertainer. Her silly songs are sure to bring a smile to your little ones face. Be sure to see her show this Friday! Details below…

Friday the 7th

Jodi Koplin at Leoleno
Starting at 4:30 pm, Free event!
leoleno, winnetka
976 Green Bay Rd
leoleno, a family-friendly store and learning environment in Winnetka, is hosting Jodi Koplin, one of Chicago’s favorite children’s entertainers. Put on your dancin’ shoes & get ready for some funtastic sing-a-longs.
Jodi Koplin will get the whole family singing and dancing to her original tunes & some old favorites.

Glencoe Junior Hight Project presents “Lucky Stiff”
Starting at 7pm on Friday and continuing throughout the weekend
central school’s misner auditorium, glencoe
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Wonderful Wilmette Townhouse For Sale

1829 Wilmette Ave. summer1829 Wilmette Avenue, Unit A, Wilmette

This spacious and sunny Wilmette townhouse at 1829 Wilmette Avenue is perfect for anyone who wants a carefree lifestyle. On cold winter days (like today) you can pull into your own two-car attached garage and be in your cozy warm home without having to shovel the driveway or trudge through the snow.

The townhouse has tons of living space, ample rooms sizes and plenty of storage. The main living floor is perfect for parties.  The bright and open living room has a fireplace and hardwood floors and flows right into the dining room and kitchen.

The kitchen was recently updated with granite counters, Wolf cooktop and oven, GE Profile refrigerator and Miele dishwasher.

There are two bedrooms on the top floor with an updated master bath and a hall bath. The third bedroom is on the first floor and can double as an office. It also has its own full bath. The newer LG washer and dryer, also located on the first floor, makes doing laundry easy and convenient.

And for bonus living space, head down to the lower level where you’ll find a rec room that can work as a family room, play room or exercise room.

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1829 Wilmette Ave_kitchen This 3 bedroom, 3.1 bath home is being offered at $475,000.

Go here for more information about 1829 Wilmette Ave. If you’d like to arrange a private showing, give us a call at 847-881-6657. We’d be happy to help you!

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5 Fun Things a To Do On The North Shore a January 31- February 2, 2014

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“Who’s big, sweaty and playing over the weekend? Shrek is set to hit the stage as well as the battle between the Broncos and the Seahawks! Have a great weekend!”

Friday January 31st

Glenview Park Center’s Annual Princess Ball
Beginning at 6:30 pm on the 31st and at 7:00 pm on The 1st.
glenview park center
2400 Chestnut Ave, Glenview
It will be a night to remember for you and your little princess. The annual royal ball for girls ages 4-12 years and their special dates will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, or 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 in Park Center’s Lakeview Room. Lovely gowns, music, dancing and refreshments will enhance the magical atmosphere.  The cost for residents is $23/person. Nonresidents are $25/person. Call: 847.724.5670 for details.

The Dolphin Show: Shrek the Musical
From 8-10.30pm
At the Cahn auditorium
50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
Northwestern University’s Dolphin Show, America’s largest student-produced musical, is proud to present our 72nd annual production, “Shrek the Musical.”
“Shrek” tells the story of a swamp-living, bug-eating ogre and his journey to save a princess from an isolated tower. Along the way, Shrek encounters characters straight from our favorite fairytales and nursery rhymes while making new friends, experiencing new adventures, and finding true love in the most unexpected of places. Shrek reminds audiences that it is who you are and what you make of it that matters most in our lives, not what you appear to be. “Shrek” debuted on Broadway in December 2008 and is based on the 2001 Dreamworks film and the 1990 book Shrek! by William Steig. Tickets are $15-30 for the general public. Seniors and Northwestern faculty/staff save $3. Students save $10. Buy tickets here: http://bit.ly/1fuTEPl

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Jay Cutler’s Winnetka House Goes On the Market

 Jay Cutler at Trapp Lane house

OK, so it’s not exactly HIS house, though he could certainly afford it after signing his seven year contract with the Bears a couple of weeks ago.

But it IS the house that Cutler and his wife Kristin Cavallari have been renting for the past year. Now they are moving on and the house at 1334 Trapp Lane in Winnetka is for sale.

The brick and limestone house, which was built by HighGate in 2006, is set on almost three quarters of an acre on a quiet cul de sac just west of Hibbard Road. Given its thirteen rooms, six bedrooms and six full baths, size probably wasn’t the concern for the celebrity couple, who are expecting their second child this spring. It also has all the bells and whistles any self-respecting QB would want in a home. It even has a backyard big enough for throwing the football around. Whatever the reason they are leaving, the home can now be yours for only $4,499,000. Want to check it out? There will be an open house this Sunday from 11:30 to 1:30…allowing you plenty of time to house-hunt and still get to your Superbowl party.

The home is being marketed by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. The listing agent is Sonia Cohen. For more information about 1334 Trapp Lane, go here.

Learn How To Become a Food Patriot

Food_Patriots_logoA what??

Food Patriots are ordinary people who are taking revolutionary steps to change the food system. They have committed to changing the way they buy and eat food by increasing their consumption of fresh, local and organic food. A new film will show you how you can become a Food Patriot.

The movement is the brainchild of Northbrook filmmakers Jeff and Jennifer Spitz, who produced a film called “Food Patriots” with the goal of starting a conversation that inspires audiences to make a 10% change in the way they buy, eat and talk about food. If they can get enough people to make this very modest and do-able change, it will ultimately pressure both policy and production changes in our food supply. The film was inspired by their son’s three-month battle with a food-borne superbug contracted from factory-farmed chicken (where the animals are fed large quantities of antibiotics).

Go Green Wilmette and the Wilmette Public Library are sponsoring two screenings of the film: Saturday, January 25 at 2:00 pm and Wednesday, January 29 at 1:00. Both screenings will be at the library (1242 Wilmette Ave.).

You can learn more about the Food Patriots movement and see a trailer for the film here.

5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ January 24-26, 2014

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“Rainbow looming is the new craft that boys & girls are falling in love with!”

Friday the 24th

Pinstripes Northbrook
1150 Willow Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Wine experts and novices alike are invited to get a taste of California with a dinner event featuring William Hill Estate Winery. Chef Cesar Gutierrez will present a four-course menu using winter flavors and West Coast inspired ingredients to pair perfectly with the William Hill collection portfolio. A wine ambassador from the winery will be on-hand to discuss the evening’s pairings and profiles. The wine dinner will take place Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in Northbrook. The cost is $60 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Reservations are required. Limited availability. Call 847.480.2323 for more info!

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Wilmette 2013 Home Sales by Elementary School

Wilmette Home Sales by Elementary School 2013

I recently posted 2013 results for nine North Shore communities, showing that Wilmette had a solid 9% increase in home sales and a 6% improvement in median selling price.

But Wilmette is one North Shore community with pretty diverse housing stock, so I wanted to look at the data on a neighborhood level to see if results were consistent across the board. At the neighborhood level, the results are a mixed bag. The most and least expensive neighborhoods showed the biggest sales gains over last year: Central (+27%), Romona (+50%) and Avoca (+8%). Harper and McKenzie sales actually declined vs. 2012, though that is due to lack of inventory rather than lack of buyer demand.

Harper (+14%) and McKenzie (+11%) had the greatest median price increases over last year, in line with high buyer demand and low supply. Central and Romona showed more modest price appreciation (+2% and +8%, respectively), while Avoca actually posted a 5% price decline.

If you’d like to get a detailed report of home prices for your neighborhood, just send me an email and I will send you information on all of the homes that sold there in the last six months.

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