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Winnetka Children’s Fair 2012

Winnetka Childrens' Fair

This Friday when school lets out for the summer, kids in Winnetka and surrounding communities will make a bee-line over to the Winnetka Children’s Fair to celebrate.  The fair, now in its 66th year, started as (and still is) a fundraiser for the Winnetka Community Nursery School. Organized by the Board of Directors of the school, it also relies on hundreds of volunteers to make the fair one of the highlights of North Shore kids’ summer.

The weather hasn’t been very cooperative for the fair in the last couple of years but this year the forecast is for sunny days in the 80’s.

Here are the details:

What: Games, rides, food and craft booths (mostly geared to kids up to 10 but older kids will enjoy some of the rides)

When: Friday and Saturday, June 8-9 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where: Winnetka Village Green (Maple St. between Oak and Elm)

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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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Winnetka Congregational Church Rummage Sale

rummage sale winnetka

I love the whole concept of rummage sales. Far from being an anachronism as some might think, they serve several important purposes, all at once:

  • They make low cost items available to those who need them.
  • They facilitate the re-use and recycling  of usable goods, thus sparing our landfills from more trash.
  • They provide a convenient (and tax-deductible) way to get rid of the stuff you no longer need.
  • And (in many cases) the proceeds provide funding for local charities and social service agencies.

This week Winnetka Congregational Church will hold its 80th consecutive spring rummage sale. It’s one of the biggest one-day rummage sales in the area (if not the world!), with 31 “departments” including furniture, electronics, toys, hardware, clothing, books, china, crystal and more. It  involves hundreds of volunteers, many of whom have been working at the sale for decades.  And it raises hundreds of thousands of dollars which are donated (after expenses) to nearly 40 Chicago-area social service agencies.

Here are the details of this year’s sale:

When: Thursday, May 10 from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Where: Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka

Two pieces of advice:

Come early for the best selection or come late for the best deals.

Parking in Winnetka on sale day is a nightmare…take public transportation or get someone to drop you off.

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Winnetka Neighborhoods: Hubbard Woods

Was There an Old Mother Hubbard?

There was an Old Father Hubbard, an early landowner, Gilbert Hubbard, who moved to Winnetka in 1871 after the Chicago fire, but no knowledge of his wife exists. The neighborhood that later developed on Hubbard’s land became known as Hubbard Woods and the elementary school (eventually) took its name from the surrounding neighborhood.

Hubbard Woods is located in the northern part of Winnetka. The neighborhood is bounded on the east by Green Bay Rd., on the north by Scott Ave., on the south by Pine St. and on the west by the Skokie Lagoons. The elementary school also serves a small part of Winnetka that is east of Green Bay between Tower Rd. and Woodlawn Avenue.

Homes in Hubbard Woods are typically traditional in style: Tudors, Colonials, Georgians, etc. Many were built between 1905 and 1930, though a few date from the late 1800’s. During the recent boom a number of smaller, older homes were torn down and replaced by new construction. Current prices for single-family homes range from $585,000 to $4,500,000, with a median list price of $1,498,000. In 2011 the average sales price was $1,392,000. Some of the most desirable streets with the biggest homes are Ardsley, Pelham, Laurel and Private Rd. Lot sizes for homes at the lower end of the price range are typically 50’x160′, while larger homes have lots as big as a half acre or more.

The neighborhood has its own shopping area along Green Bay Rd. with stores and a few restaurants, as well as a Metra station.

There are currently 46 homes for sale in Hubbard Woods. Here’s a sampling:

1427 Scott - $745,000

1427 Scott - $745,000

1190 Oakley - $895,000

1190 Oakley - $895,000

1168 Asbury - $1,939,000

1168 Asbury - $1,939,000

1090 Crescent - $2,995,000

1090 Crescent - $2,995,000

A little about Hubbard Woods School. Constructed in 1915, it was originally called Skokie School. (The name was changed to Hubbard Woods School in 1924, when the new junior high, named Skokie School, was opened.) Modern for its time, Hubbard Woods was designed to be a haven for students and less severe in appearance and environment than other schools of that era. To make each classroom feel like second home for the students, each had a skylight and its own outside entrance. To accommodate a growing population, the school was expanded and remodeled several times between 1918 and 1999. You can get information about Hubbard Woods School ratings and school reports here.

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Winnetka Colonial Home for Sale

149 Glenwood exterior

Here’s a great house in a wonderful neighborhood on the north end of Winnetka. This delightful brick home at 149 Glenwood has all the charm of a vintage house and all the modern amenities you’d find in a newer home. Listed for $739,000, it’s bigger than it looks from the street. Downstairs it has an elegant living room with floor to ceiling arched windows and a fireplace. The formal dining room opens to a cozy sunroom and to a comfy sunken family room. The eat-in kitchen has been recently updated with granite counters and stainless appliances.

On the second floor there’s a large new master bedroom and bath as well as two family bedrooms and bright and fresh hall bath. Up on the third floor is a fourth bedroom with sitting room/office and half bath, a perfect teenage suite.

Out back is a lovely shaded patio and a two car garage. Just across the street and down the block is a great little neighborhood park and playlot. You can get more info about this home here.

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Winnetka Neighborhoods: Crow Island

Map of Winnetka District 36Crow Island: Where are the Crows? In Fact, Where is the Island?

Crow Island is named for a geographic feature that no longer exists. Originally, the western part of Winnetka bordered the Skokie swamp. Within this swamp were a few islands, one of which was called Crow Island because many crows nested there. During 1933 through 1940, the swamp was drained to form the present-day Skokie Lagoons. While most of the crows now nest elsewhere, the former island location, just west of Crow Island School, is now called the Crow Island Woods and serves as an outdoor laboratory for learning, where wildlife and wildflowers abound.

Crow Island neighborhood (and the school for which it is named) is located in the southwestern section of town. The school was opened in 1941 and expanded and remodeled in 1954 and 1975. Its attendance area (shaded in blue on the map) is defined by Pine Street on the north, Hibbard Road on the west, Winnetka Road/Hill Road on the south, and Green Bay Road on the east.

The houses here are mostly traditional in style: Colonial, Georgian and Tudor, plus a few Capes, Victorians and American Four Squares. The majority of the houses here were built between 1920 and 1940. However, during the recent housing boom many smaller homes were torn down and replaced by new construction. Lots sizes are typically 50 x 187 but vary greatly depending on where the property is located. In many cases the garages are detached and accessible via alleys.

Home prices in Crow Island range all the way from $425,000 to $3,500,000, but the typical price range is $750,000 to $1,000,000. There are currently 46 homes on the market in Crow Isalnd. Here is a sampling:

982 Elm St., Winnetka

982 Elm - $699,000

569 Sunset - $849,000

569 Sunset - $849,000

277 Ridge - $1,090,000

277 Ridge - $1,090,000

999 Hill Rd. - $2,795,000

999 Hill Rd. - $2,795,000

The Crow Island school building is considered by many to be the jewel of elementary schools, not just within Winnetka but within the nation. In 1971, the original architects received the American Institute of Architects’ 25-Year Award for the school. (The award had been given only once before, to the Rockefeller Center in New York City.) Further, in 1975 Crow Island School received architectural recognition when its recently completed Resource Center was awarded citations for excellence of design by a number of state and national organizations and was featured in a display at the AASA Convention in Dallas. More recently, the U.S. Department of the Interior designated Crow Island School as a National Historic Landmark in 1990. You can take a video tour of Crow Island School with Joe Zekas from Yo Chicago here.

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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

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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Winnetka Community House Birthday Bash

winnetka community house partyThe Winnetka Community House is celebrating its 100th birthday with a big House Party this Friday and word has it that it’s going to be a blast.

The menu will include pizza from the Homemade Pizza Company and Finch’s beer, as well as wine.  Dance to live music from Molly’s Suite 7.

When: Friday, January 27from 7:00-11:00 pm

Where: at the Community House, of course (620 Lincoln Ave.)

Tickets are in $50 in advance, or $65 at the door. Visit for tickets.


Avoca Home Sales in Winnetka – 2011

There is one small part of Winnetka that does not attend District 36 schools and that is the unincorporated area that includes Woodley Road, Woodley Woods and part of Indian Hill. Most of this area is served by Avoca District 37 (and another small part of Indian Hill is served by Wilmette District 39, just to further confuse you). These are neighborhoods with expensive homes, as you can see by the average prices below, but not all of Avoca is this pricey. In fact, Avoca’s service area also includes parts of Glenview, Northfield and Wilmette, which tend to have more modest housing stock than the Winnetka part of the district.

Avoca Home Sales in Winnetka – 2011 vs. 2010

Avoca Home Sales (Winnetka only)Source: MRED llc- Single family home data – Deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

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Crow Island Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011

This is the third installment of neighborhood-level real estate stats for Winnetka. It covers the Crow Island School “footprint,” the area bordered on the north by Pine St., on the west by Hibbard Rd., on the east by Green Bay Rd. and on the south by Hill Rd. Although sales in this area were up dramatically over 2010, median and average sales prices decreased 14% and 15% respectively.

Crow Island Neighborhood Home Sales – 2011 vs. 2010

Crow Island Home Sales 2011Source: MRED llc- Single family home data. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed

Wondering what your neighbor’s house sold for? Just email us with the address of the property and we’d be happy to send you that information (caveat: only if the transaction has closed. Until then the information is not available).

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