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Rockin’ His World

A few weeks ago I wrote about a guy who proposed on Wilmette’s painted rock. In case you were wondering how it turned out, here’s your answer.

Reply on a Rock

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7th Annual Art on the Plaza

Art Fair in Plaza del Lago

The weather will be perfect for enjoying one of the first art fairs of the season at Plaza del Lago in Wilmette.

Art on the Plaza is an annual event sponsored by the North Shore Art League and Plaza del Lago and showcases the talents of local North Shore artists, as well as craftsmen and artists from across the country and around the world. During the event, juried artists will be on site to showcase their work, featuring a variety of mediums including mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

When: Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m and  Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Plaza del Lago, 1515 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette

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Message on a Rock

Rock with marriage proposalI love driving by the painted rock on Thornwood and Ridge to see its latest incarnation. Every season it sports a new look, in keeping with the time of year. At Halloween it has masqueraded as candy corn and as a pumpkin. At holiday time it’s been the Grinch and it’s been a reindeer.  It’s always something fun and creative, thanks to the Cox family, who live on the corner and carry on the decades-old  tradition of painting the rock.

So I was a little surprised last week to drive by and see that the rock had been painted black…just plain old black. Had someone died? Or was I just missing the joke?

A couple of days later I was even more perplexed to read the question painted on the rock: “Carly, will you marry me?” Who was Carly? What was this all about?

Turns out this really was a marriage proposal, from Daniel Hudson to Carly Graham, whose family used to live in the house on the corner and paint the rock before they moved to Georgia three years ago. Daniel had contacted Katy Cox and arranged to have the rock painted with his marriage proposal and then brought Carly blindfolded to the corner of Thornwood and Ridge to pop the question.

With a proposal like that, how could she say no?

Rock with marriage proposal

Read more about Daniel’s proposal to Carly:,0,7082433.story


Memorial Day Ceremonies on the North Shore of Chicago


Before you hit the pool or fire up the grill on Monday, take time to honor our fallen heroes this Memorial Day at one of the North Shore’s ceremonies:


American Legion Post 42 will host a Memorial Day ceremony at Fountain Square  – Veterans Memorial Plaza (Davis St. and Sherman Ave.) beginning at 10:30 am. The Northwestern University NROTC color guard and rifle team have been invited to participate. Evanston leaders will offer their thoughts and perspectives on Memorial Day and its meaning.


The parade begins at 10:30 on the corner of Lake and Ridge (St. Joseph’s parking lot) and proceeds down Lake to Park Ave, then south to Wilmette Ave. and east to Village Hall, where there will be a ceremony to honor our war heroes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kenilworth Gardens Neighborhood Yard Sale

Yard Sale in Kenilworth GardensI do love to purge my house of stuff we no longer use, though you’d never know that if you came over to my house right now and saw the piles of clutter everywhere. Normally I just haul everything over to the rummage sale at my church, but this year my daughter is dying to have a yard sale. Which got me to thinking that it would be a lot more fun to make it a neighborhood event.

So, our Come Home North Shore team has decided to sponsor the first annual Kenilworth Gardens Neighborhood Yard Sale. If you live in the neighborhood and want to participate, it’s easy.  All you have to do is drop us a line and tell us you want in, then put prices on your merchandise, drag it outside and welcome the hoards of buyers that are bound to show up on sale day. That’s it. We’ll supply the signs and the advertising to ensure we get a good turnout.

If you’re not from the neighborhood, we hope you’ll stop  by and check out all the wonderful “merchandise” we’ll be selling. I’m sure you’ll see lots of stuff you didn’t know you needed!

Here are the details:

When: Saturday, May 19 from 8:00 am to noon. (But you can start and stop whenever you want…we are not the yard sale police).

Where: Beechwood, Kenilworth, Chestnut, Thornwood, Greenwood and Elmwood Avenues (west of Ridge Rd.) in Wilmette

What to know more? Give us a call at 847-881-6657 or email us.



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Historic Wilmette Farmhouse

832 Chilton Lane, WilmetteWhen this three bedroom house at 832 Chilton Lane in Wilmette goes on the market later this week it’s going to go quickly. Here’s why it’s such a great buy:

  • It’s very well-priced at $629,000.
  • It has loads of vintage charm and hardwood floors throughout.
  • The kitchen and baths have been recently updated.
  • It’s on a double-lot: 111′ x 159′ x 110′ x 153′
  • It’s on a cul de sac street just a quick walk to Romona Elementary School

Built in 1920, we’re told this was the original farmhouse for the surrounding in this area. We’ll be having an open house this Sunday,  April 29 from 12:00 to 3:00 so stop by!

We are North Shore real estate specialists and one of the top teams in our area. If you would like to schedule a buyer or seller consultation with the Come Home North Shore team, please contact us at 847-881-6657 or send us a note here.

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Thornwood Park Egg Hunt – Part Deux

Thornwood Park Egg Hunt - Easter Bunny and kids

What a perfect day we had for our 2nd Annual Egg Hunt in Thornwood Park! Sunny, warm, lots of kids, the best Easter Bunny ever (thank you to Spencer Olson!), prizes for everyone…and even some fun for the parents, who got to enter a drawing to win gift cards to Depot Nuevo and Fuel Restaurants (thank you to Ann Garrison and Tim Lenon for donating these wonderful prizes!).

We just wanted to share some photos of the event and wish everyone a very Happy Easter!

Easter Bunny with kidsEaster bunny with kids in Thornwood ParkEgg hunt-kids on starting lineEaster Bunny Thoornwood Park

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2nd Annual Thornwood Park Egg Hunt


Our inaugural egg hunt was so successful last year we’ve decided to make it an annual event.

So grab the kids and hop on over for some eggs-citement at Thornwood Park this Saturday morning, April 7, at 9:45 (the hunt will start at 10:00).

The Come Home North Shore team is hosting our 2nd annual Thornwood Park Egg Hunt for kids 10 and under. It looks like we’ll have good weather for it. The forecast is for partly sunny skies and 65 degrees. Be sure and bring your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. And don’t forget to bring a basket for collecting your eggs. We’ll have prizes for the kids and a drawing for the parents.

Who: Kids 10 and under (but don’t worry, we’re not going to card your kid)

Where: Thornwood Park in Wilmette (2400 Thornwood Ave.)

When: Saturday, April 7. The hunt will start at 10:00 am SHARP! ( If you are even 5 minutes late you will miss it.) So come early to meet the Easter Bunny,  guess the number of jelly beans in the jar and enter our drawing for a fabulous prize.

Why: Because it’s fun, of course!

See you there!

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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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