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


“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:

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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

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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


“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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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.

For more info visit:

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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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