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Best Yoga & Pilates Studios on the North Shore

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The relationship with a yoga or Pilates instructor is very personal and can make all of the difference in how effective your results will be. We hope this list simplifies the task of finding a great studio that fits your own needs so you can focus more time on your health and well-being. Namaste.

Dharma Yoga
1321 Emerson Street, Evanston, 847-418-6464

Truly a yogi lover’s dream. The studio’s devotion to the practice is apparent as soon as you walk in the door. They are committed to creating a welcoming, intimate and spiritual environment while promoting a strong sense of community. The staff, led by owner Luna, is extremely knowledgeable and nurturing and offers clear and informative guidance. All classes are drop-ins. The studio also offers workshops, retreats, birthing classes and wellness services.

Yogaview
1231 Green Bay Road, Wilmette, 847-919-0533

Yogaview is a physically pleasing and spiritually safe environment where people can explore this ancient practice under the guidance of the very best yoga instructors within a supportive and knowledgeable community. Over 50 classes offered weekly; students can learn a wide variety of breathing, relaxation and body techniques. The studio also hosts a plethora of workshops. Acupuncture and childcare services available on-site as well.

Northshore Yoga
2523 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn, 847-607-8581
310 Happ Rd, Ste 216, Northfield, 847-784-8844
1407 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, 847-784-8844

Northshore Yoga is dedicated to helping each individual reach their fullest potential both physically and mentally. With three locations on the Shore, students can choose from a wide variety of classes, including Ashtanga and pre-natal, and class times. The Northfield location has the largest class offering. The studios also offer meditation and integrated healing services and a growing number of classes and workshops for kids and teenagers.

Bikram Yoga Northshore
1926 Waukegan Rd., Ste 1, Glenview, 847-998-6030

If Bikram yoga is your thing (and we know it’s not for everyone), than this is your studio. Beyond, the clean, spacious and modern facilities, this studio gets rave reviews for its instructors’ attention to detail and accuracy. For those not familiar, Bikram yoga is a very disciplined and structured form of yoga performed in a room set to 105 degrees. It is specifically designed as a series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, which, completed in sequence, works every muscle, joint, ligament and tendon of the body.

Body Evolve Pilates & Physical Therapy
1770 1st St, Suite #205, Highland Park, 847-926-8490
2101 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn, 847-926-8490

One of the first Pilates studios in the Chicagoland area, the studio offers private and pairs sessions along with evening group reformer classes at its Highland Park location. Combined with their licensed physical therapy services, the studio has helped a vast array of clients optimize athletic performance, rehabilitate from injury and achieve more balanced and conditioned bodies. The owners, Arlene Bass and Sharon Gawin, hold their instructors to high standards as they are at the forefront of continuing education and are sought after speakers at national industry events. The studio also serves as the Illinois Host Site for Balanced Body education and training.

Body Fusion Pilates
2847 Dundee Road, Northbrook, 847-858-2722

Although the studio itself is brand new, owner Lauren Fonseca has been training clients for more than 12 years. A former dancer at The Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, Lauren truly understands the benefits of Pilates training and has studied under the best in the business. Lauren is also certified in The Gyrotonic Method. The studio offers private, semi-private and 3 on 1 sessions.

If we omitted one of your favorites, or there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment! Additionally, we are happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Oct. 10 – 12, 2014

Community spirit is alive and kickin’ this weekend.  Choose from free live music, free art demos, bulbs, bulbs and more bulbs and and a fall festival or two.

Invasion of the Pumpkins for Charity
Oct. 11
Daytime Activities 9 am – 2 pm, Shops at Deerfield Square, 740 Waukegan Rd., Deeerfield
Evening Concert: 6 pm (gates open at 5 pm), Park Ave at Deerfield Rd., Deerfield

The pumpkins are invading Deerfield again! Join The Shops at Deerfield Square, DBR Chamber of Commerce and The Village of Deerfield for daylong festivities capped off by a free evening concert, featuring Shirley King, daughter of blues legend B.B. King, and the Blue Road band. Sponsors will donate $2 per person attending the “Brats & Blues” concert to local charities. Frees brats and fall treats provided. Click here for a full list of events and the map of the Pumpkin Parade route.

 

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Harvest Fest
Oct. 11; 2 pm – 10 pm
Kalk Park, 300 Randolph St., Glencoe

Fall into fun with an afternoon filled with games, entertainment, food and attractions. The fun heats up in the evening with A Taste of Glencoe, complete with live music, food, beverages and more. Proceeds benefit Glencoe Junior High Project and Glencoe Youth Services. For more info, click here.

Fall Bulb Festival
Oct. 11-12, 10 am – 4 pm
Chicago Botanical Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe

It’s never too early to start thinking about Spring! 225+ varieties of bulbs and plants will be on sale. Plus, live music, a harvest market, cider, wine and beer, the famous gourd mountain and a kids’ obstacle challenge! One of the most popular family days at the garden!

Open Studios Evanston
October 11, 1-5 pm
Various Locations throughout Evanston

More than 50 visual art studios and galleries will be open to the public and feature exciting demos, classes and concerts throughout the day. From photography and custom framing, to painting, dance, lithography, sculpture and more. Click here for a list of participating galleries and schedule of special events.

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Why It’s A Good Time To Buy A Home On Chicago’s North Shore

couple in front of homeWe real estate agents tend to be positive and optimistic people, always looking on the bright side of things. To us, it’s always a good time to either buy or sell, and I guess we sometimes lose credibility with the general public because of our unceasing optimism. But I am telling you, right now really is a great time to buy a home on Chicago’s North Shore.

Here’s why. The spring market got started late this year due to the (excessively) long and cold winter. But once it got going it heated up overnight and buyers were whipping themselves into a frenzy to get a new home under contract so they could move before the start of the school year. Bidding wars ensued, driving prices up and market times down. But when late summer rolled around the market screeched to a halt. While fall has brought a small surge of activity,  the market this year is slower than normal and slower than last fall. Showings are down over 20%. Sales were down 14% in August and 16% in September from 2013.

This is not great for sellers but it is a good thing for buyers. Prices have stabilized and good houses are actually staying on the market longer than a couple of days. Interest rates continue to be low. Sellers are more willing to negotiate. Deals can be had.

Case in point: some clients of ours had looked and looked for a new home on the North Shore, but due to busy work schedules they were never able to drop everything to come up from the city to see a great house that had just come on the market. By the time they were able to make it up on the weekend, the house had gone under contract, often with multiple offers. Every house they liked sold within days and prices were rising out of their price range, leaving them frustrated and disheartened.

Finally, now that the market has slowed, there have been some great houses for them to see when they have come up on the weekends, and recently they were able to negotiate a good deal on one of those houses. And, they were able to lock in a low interest rate, which they may not have gotten if they had given up and waited until next year to buy. Looking back, they are happy things turned out the way they did, as they got a better house for the money than they would have last spring.

Are you looking for a home on Chicago’s North Shore? The Come Home North Shore Team can help you! Give us a call at 847-881-6657 or send us a note here. Take our Tour of the Shore to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, amenities and real estate.

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Best Dog Groomers on the North Shore

We’re pleased to introduce a new feature to North Shore Views. Each week or so, we will provide a round up of the area’s “Bests”.  If there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment. Enjoy!

Best Dog Groomers on the North Shore

Finding a groomer for a beloved pet, can be just as tricky, if not more so than finding your own hair stylist. Luckily, there are some great options throughout the North Shore.

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Wags on Willow
840 Willow Rd, Northfield/Glenview, 847-272-2918
Although highly recommended for their grooming skills, Wags on Willow is also an upscale pet boutique that offers the very best in food, fashion, and fun toys for your furry friends. The perfect place to spoil your fur baby rotten! Groomer Myong Lee has 14 years of experience with all breeds.

Love Fur Dogs
69 Greenbay Road, Glencoe, 847-LUV-DOGS
A new comer to the North Shore but already a local favorite. Love Fur Dogs is run by an award winning groomer and the area’s only Certified Master Groomer. Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins and her staff offer complete grooming services as well as day care, pet taxi services (for you appointments as well as other destinations), high quality pet supplies and their very own grooming training academy on-site.

Spa for Dogs
819 Waukegan Road, Northbrook, 847-272-8901 or 847-334-6024
Offers the best in organic, all-natural and cageless spa treatments for your pup. Choose from a selection of pre-determined spa packages or a la carte services. Pick up and drop off as well as additional services for senior and special needs dogs available too. Features an on-site boutique as well as dog training, dog walking and pet sitting services too.

Paw Xperts
3232 Skokie Valley Rd., Highland Park, 847-433-6770
Comprised of a team of caring and experienced groomers. Lee, Sally and Angie have all received rave reviews. Nice, large facility so not too noisy and not too cramped.

Krisers
1640 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, 224-206-7073
Apparently not all Krisers are created the same. Many from the city are loyal to the brand, so if you’d like to stick with them, a drive out to their Vernon Hills location to see Danielle may be worth the extra time and miles. The location is stocked with high quality pet products that along, will their grooming services, are priced reasonably well.

Spotless Dog Wash
1121 Emerson St, Evanston, 847-563-8061
At about $20 a pop, this do-it-yourself option offers all of the convenience and affordability without the mess! The facility is immaculate and features well stocked pet-friendly tubs and drying stations so you have everything you could possibly need to have your fur baby looking in tip-top shape. And don’t worry, you’re never truly alone, their resourceful staff is on-hand to guide you and offer suggestions.

Honorable Mention – The Laundry Mutt, Wilmette. Unfortunately, they are not taking new clients at this time. Check in with them from time to time or consider one of the other fine options!

We’d be happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Oct. 3 – 5, 2014

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As the weather begins to dip, the amount of Halloween festivities begins to rise! Here are a few of the events happening around the North Shore this weekend, along with some other options for some family fun including a trip down memory lane when the work day was just 9 to 5!

Scream Scene
October 3, 4; 7-10 pm
Skokie Water Playground, 4701 Oakton St., Skokie 

With its chainsaw maniacs and insane clown maze, Scream Scene Haunted House has been terrifying visitors since 1997. Not recommended for kids under 10. $10 entry. ScreamScene.org  Additional dates available.

Build Your Own Scarecrow
October 4 at 12 pm
Historic Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Road, Glenview

Bring the kids and some old clothes and they’ll provide the straw and the know-how to help you build your very own scarecrow! $5 buys you a pumpkin head and straw.  847-657-1506

Camping For Families
October 4-5; 4 pm – 9 am
Crow Islands Woods, 1140 Willow Rd, Winnetka

The Winnetka Park District, BackYard Nature Center, Alliance for Early Childhood, and Winnetka Historical Society have all come together to create a program geared towards families spending time together with nature. Whether you’ve camped a few times or you’ve never even looked inside a tent, this program caters to everyone. Families will have the freedom to explore and learn about all different aspects of camping such as the basics of camp preparedness, equipment, clothing, and cooking to more specific camping experiences like backpacking or kayaking. Dinner provided. Best suited for children 4 years and older. $25 adults/$15 Children. For more info: http://bit.ly/1vuxy8u

9 to 5 the Musical
October 3-5; Fridays/Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.& Sundays 2 p.m.
Wilmette Center for the Arts, 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette

Based on the 1980 smash film starring Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda, 9 to 5 the musical is a lively production that takes us back to the 1970s where three young women join forces to battle for equality at the workplace. Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. The show is PG-13. Tickets: $16 adult/$14 seniors and students. 847-256-9686.

North Shore Views is the most comprehensive online source for North Shore Chicago real estate and community information. Whether you are looking for market statistics, homes for sale or local events, North Shore Views has it all at your fingertips. Browse information regarding our communities, market data, luxury homes, lakefront property, schools and what you should know about making the move to the North Shore. 

 

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Making a Move Less Stressful for the Kids

Moving with kidsLife changes are difficult and stressful, and moving can be especially troubling for children. They are asked to leave behind their whole world and everything that is familiar to them. What can parents do to help children accept the move and view the changes in their lives as an adventure and not a nightmare?

Recognize the Different Age Stages

Really young children like toddler age, may not be totally aware of the changes that are taking place. However, children between the ages of 5 and elementary, understand the concept of moving, and that their lives are about to be different. They might take the news a bit harder, and will express their concerns more verbally. Letting them spend one special day with their friends before the move; take pictures and create a photo album can lessen the stress, and help make parting a little easier.

Teens are the most theatrical group, and will vigorously protest the need to move. Children in this age group have developed special friendships, and are socially involved at school. They will need time to process and cope with the ordeal of leaving their friends. They will also be worried about making new friends and fitting in at their new school. If possible, parents can agree to allow their child to visit with their friends at least a couple of times per year. Remind them that technology allows them to easily stay in touch via Facebook,  Skype. or another popular media website. To keep a healthy open relationship with children, and to keep communication channels open, follow these simple tips and advice;

Be Honest and Up front

No one like surprises. Share why you need to move, and why the move is important. Children don’t like to be deceived or tricked, so don’t avoid answering questions. Don’t spring the move on them at the last minute. Let them know in advance that a relocation to a new home, city or state is a necessity, and why. Answer any questions they might have, and don’t be afraid to share your own personal feelings.

Plan the Move Together

Children like to be a part of their parents’ world. Make moving a family project. Let children help prepare for the move, and encourage them to pack their own boxes. Talk to them about giving their extra clothes, toys or other items to Goodwill or to a friend or family member they will be leaving behind. If necessary, help children to write “Good bye” letters to their friends, teachers and classmates. Plan a going away party, and let children invite their neighborhood friends and classmates. This will help them with closure.

Share and Talk About Negative or Scary Feelings

Children might not bring up the subject of moving, as they may be angry, afraid or confused. However, initiating a conversation about moving, and how scary it can be can alleviate the tension. Children will adjust more easily if they can share their feelings and concerns. Let them know that everyone anticipates changes in their lives, and that moving is not a bad change. Let them know that while they are moving away, they still have their old friends, and now they will be making new friends, as well. Encourage children to get the names, addresses and telephone numbers of their old friends so they can stay in touch.

Scope Out the New Location Together

Bring children along to the real estate office, or to see the houses you are considering. If possible, allow them to choose their own bedroom. Ask them questions that encourages them to talk, such as,  “Where do you think your bed should go?” or “Do you think you need a new rug to match the colors in your new room?” These questions give children a sense of control and help them make the transition to their new life.

Tips for a Successful Less Stressful Move

Make the decision to move a family decision. Get excited about moving, and let it show. Involve children as much as possible. Take a weekend off and set a date for the entire family to visit the new location. Help children scope out the neighborhood and locate the park, gym, library, and other places of interest. Talk about what positive changes the move can mean to the family as a whole.

Thinking of making a move to Chicago’s North Shore? We can help make the move less stressful for everyone in the family. We’ll start with our Tour of the Shore, to familiarize you with the communities, schools, house values and amenities. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Sept. 25-28, 2014

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Tour of the Wilmette Centennial Park Prairie
September 25 at 10:00am
Behind the Centennial
Park Complex, 2300 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette
The Little Garden Club of Wilmette is hosting a fall tour of the Centennial Park Prairie, a wetland of tall grass that occupies the 2 acre detention basin near the corner of Hunter Rd. and Wilmette Avenue. Tour leader, Charlotte Adelman will point out the various types of grasses and flowers, as well as the native wildlife that inhabits the prairie: goldfinches, dragonflies, butterflies, bumblebees and other insects. 847-256-9666.

New Riders of the Purple Sage in Concert
September 26 at 8:00pm
Evanston
SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston

Who remembers NRPS, contemporaries, friends and sometime opening band for the Grateful Dead? Well, they’re still around and will be in town to perform country rock and bluegrass music. $22-$38. Call 8847-492-8860

Craft Beer Tasting at the Range
September 27 starting at 4:00 pm
Winnetka Golf Club, 1300 Oak St., Winnetka

Avli Cafe will guide you through fifteen 3 oz.  tastings and appetizers. The event includes inlimited use of the driving range. Kids can practice their golf at a kids -only practice area. Tasting for adults 21 and older. Kids welcome with parents.

Fall Harvest Fun
September 26, 5-7pm
Lakeview Center in Gillson Park
, Wilmette

Decorate your own pumpkin, try your luck at “stay dry” apple bobbing and go on a scavenger hunt. We provide the pumpkins and decorating supplies. Finish the evening with a pizza dinner and scary stories. $23 residents/ $29 non-residents. wilmettepark.org

Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival
September 27-28 (Fri:4-10; Sat.: 10-10; Sun.: 10-5)
Downtown Evanston (Clark from Benson to Sherman)

Every kind of art in every price range! Paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed media, handmade jewelry, art from recycled materials, glass, wood, etc. Also, live music and fun art projects for kids. At the north end of the festival some of Evanston’s great restaurants will serve food to festival-goers.

North Shore Views is the most comprehensive online source for North Shore Chicago real estate and community information. Whether you are looking for market statistics, homes for sale or local events, North Shore Views has it all at your fingertips. Browse information regarding our communities, market data, luxury homes, lakefront property, schools and what you should know about making the move to the North Shore.

 

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Wilmette Sales Tax Increase Coming

SalesTaxWilmettans, get ready to pay more for what you buy. The Village of Wilmette is planning to raise the home-rule sales tax from .25% to 1%, effective January 1, 2015. This would take the total sales tax you are paying on most things from 8.25% to 9%.

Why? In a nutshell, the Village needs the $1.5 million a year additional revenue it would get to take care of deferred maintenance on the streets, sidewalks, alleys and sewer system, as well as replace worn out police cars, ambulances, trucks and snow plows. The tax would apply to purchases of everything except cars, prescription drugs and groceries.

Wilmette’s home-rule sales tax is relatively new; before 2005 it didn’t have one. But most area villages and towns have a home rule sales tax, and it’s higher than Wilmette’s (except for Winnetka, which doesn’t have one). Evanston, Skokie and Highland Park all charge 1%, but Skokie’s will increase to 1.25% in January. Glenview and Northbrook’s tax is .75% and Lake Forest’s is .5%.

And why, you may ask, does the Village suddenly need this additional revenue? Costs have gone up significantly on most fronts, most significantly in the amount paid in to pensions for police, fire and other public sector employees (this is controlled in Springfield). At the same time revenues from most sources dramatically declined with the Great Recession.

But the tax increase is not a done deal yet. The proposed ordinance will be put to a vote on September 23rd. You can make your voice heard at the September 22 Village Board Committee of the Whole at Village Hall beginning at 7:30 pm.

You can get more background and context for the proposed sales tax increase here from Village President Bob Bielinski in this video about the state of the Village.

North Shore Views is the most comprehensive online source for North Shore Chicago real estate and community information. Whether you are looking for market statistics, homes for sale or local events, North Shore Views has it all at your fingertips. Browse information regarding our communities, market data, luxury homes, lakefront property, schools and what you should know about making the move to the North Shore.

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Picture-perfect Kenilworth Gardens Home For Sale

Kenilworth Gardens Home for Sale- 2035 Thornwood
2035 Thornwood Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091

If you have been searching for a move in-ready home in Wilmette, you may have just found it! This picture-perfect four bedroom home in Kenilworth Gardens was just listed by the Come Home North Shore team.

2035 Thornwood Ave living room

It has a wonderful open floor plan for entertaining or everyday living. There are lovely hardwood floors throughout and the decor is fresh and neutral. The large living room has a wood-burning fireplace and flows into the dining room, which opens to terrific deck and pretty yard. The family room is adjacent to the kitchen, making it the ideal gathering place for family and friends.

Upstairs is a serene master suite plus three other spacious and bright bedrooms and two updated baths.

2035 Thornwood Ave master bedroom

The finished basement has a rec room with built-ins and laundry room.

You can see more photos of 2035 Thornwood here.

Kenilworth Gardens is one of Wilmette’s favorite neighborhoods. The people are friendly, Harper School is the quintessential neighborhood elementary school and, for those who commute to the city, the Kenilworth Metra station is just a few minutes’ walk from here. Every spring the Come Home North Shore team hosts an egg hunt in the park and a neighborhood yard sale.  The other big draw is Thornwood Park, with its playlot, ball fields, tennis courts and (in winter) skating pond. We even have our own neighborhood concert every summer, with performances by dad bands and talented local kids.

This fabulous home is offered at $970,000. Call the Come Home North Shore Team at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing of 2035 Thornwood or send us a note here.

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This home is offered at $950,000. Call the Come Home North Shore Team at 847-881-6657 to arrange a private showing of 2121 Beechwood or send us a note here.

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3 Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Sept. 19-21, 2014

Oktoberfest WilmetteEnjoy Indian Summer at this weekend’s fun outdoor events!

Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 20
St. Joseph Catholic School, 1740 Lake Ave., Wilmette.

Oktoberfest includes an antique market from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., a family fest from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and a dinner and outdoor adults-only party from 6-11:30 p.m.

Bike Winnetka
Saturday, September 20 at 3:30
Skokie Playfield Service Center (north end at Pine St.), Winnetka
A scenic ride through Winnetka in a group rider format. Register at winpark.org.

Fall Fest
Saturday, September 20 from 4:00-10:00pm
Winnetka Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka

Food, DJ, Beer/Wine, Inflatables, Touch-A-Truck, Pumpkin Roll, Scarecrow Building, Community Row, Ice/Tennis/Golf Activities, Bike Winnetka, Winnetka Whiffleball Challenge and more. The evening caps off with a showing of the movie FROZEN (7:30 pm).

Prior to the showing of FROZEN, ice cream sundaes will be available to the first 300 children (ages 12 years and under) thanks to a partnership with Dairy Queen Highland Park.

Shermerfest
Sunday, September 21
Village Green, 1325 Shermer Road, Northbrook
The event includes a collectible and antique car show, children’s activities, hot dogs, soup and homemade sweets. Free.

 

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