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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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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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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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Romona Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011

The most affordable of Wilmette’s neighborhoods, the Romona School neighborhood had the biggest sales increase (+8%) in 2011. It also suffered the biggest decline in home prices, with a median selling price of $350,000 and an average selling price of $420,824 for 2011. Market time jumped in the last year, to 93 days or three months. Four of the homes sold were short sales and one was a foreclosure.

Romona Neighborhood Home Sales TrendSource: MRED llc – Data for single family homes. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed

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Harper Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011

Sales activity in the Harper neighborhood was down in 2011 vs. 2010. There were fewer listings on the market and 22% fewer sales. Those that came on the market, and were well-priced and well-presented, sold quickly, which brought the average market time to 72 days (2.4 months), the shortest market time of any of Wilmette’s neighborhoods.

Harper Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011Harper School trend

Want to know what your Wilmette neighbor’s house sold for? You can see that here. Want to know what your home is worth in today’s market? Give us a call at 847-881-6657 and we’d be glad to provide you with a complimentary, no obligation, home value analysis. Or you can get a free, quick, over-the-net evaluation.

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McKenzie Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011

This is second in a series of posts about neighborhood level data for Wilmette. McKenzie neighborhood home sales in 2011 were roughly even with 2010 and 19% higher than 2009. As with Central School, prices declined in 2011, while market time increased by 27% to an average of 89 days or three months.

McKenzie Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011

McKenzie Home Sales Trend

Source: MRED LLC – Single family homes data. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Want to know what your neighbor’s house sold for? You can see that here. Want to know what your home is worth in today’s market? Give us a call at 847-881-6657 and we’d be glad to provide you with a complimentary, no obligation, home value analysis. Or you can get a free, quick, over-the-net evaluation.

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Tripping the Light Fantastic in Wilmette

Christmas light show in Wilmette

At our house we have gotten a little lax in the Christmas decorating department, and at this point I’m wondering when we’ll even have time to go get the Christmas tree between hockey games and pageant rehearsals. But luckily for us, most of our neighbors take this decorating thing a bit more seriously and we can enjoy their Christmas lights. One neighbor, in particular, puts on a display worth going out of your way to see. It’s grown every year and has gotten so popular that this year they set their lights to music and invited everyone over to munch on cookies and drink hot cocoa while enjoying the show. Even Santa stopped by to hear last minute gift requests from neighborhood kids.

Steve Maris, a self-proclaimed Christmas junkie, has been decorating with lights every year, adding more and more to his collection each Christmas. At this point he has about 30,000 lights on his house and garage, in the trees and all over the yard. In the past year he has spent countless hours programming the lights to blink to the music until he had a two hour long show. It truly is an awesome sight and will put even the most Scrooge-like person in the Christmas spirit. You can get a taste of it here:


Want to check out Steve Maris’ handiwork in person? The show will go on nightly through Christmas at 1200 Cleveland Street in Wilmette, but don’t count on hot cocoa or cookies unless you bring them yourself. And Santa has headed back to the North Pole to prepare for the big night.

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Woman’s Club of Wilmette’s 70th Annual Antiques Show

Wilmette Women's Club Antique ShowCan’t bear the thought of giving yet another sweater or scarf this holiday season? Here’s your chance to get something really unique for your loved ones while helping out those in need.

At the Woman’s Club of Wilmette’s 70th Annual Antiques Show and Sale you’ll find everything from furniture to maps, prints, books, linens, vintage jewelry, and more. Dealers returning this year include Ralph Spano Antiques, Neil Zuehlke Antiques, and T.S. Hotter Gallery. New dealers include Silver Acorn (miniature books and vintage jewelry), The Good Stuff (American Indian jewelry), Plain Tales (antique books), Maison Suzanne (textiles and tapestries), and Dovetail Joint Antiques (Americana and furniture).

You’ll also be able to shop for holiday foods and hostess gifts  at the Holiday Boutique.

Do you have damaged glass, china, or porcelain? Bring it to the show for on-site repair by Mary Lou’s Crystal Repair, a show long-term favorite. Read the rest of this entry »

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