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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.



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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Your Guide to Memorial Day on the North Shore 2014



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Memorial Day on the North Shore! We Salute you…

The Village of Wilmette and Huerter Post #46 of the American Legion will host a Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 26th. The parade will begin at 10:00 am at Lake Avenue and Ridge Road, proceeds east to Park Avenue, south to Wilmette Avenue and conclude at Village Hall at 1200 Wilmette Avenue. Parade units will include Veterans, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, the Wilmette Police and Fire Departments, and more. Once at the Village Hall, a brief ceremony will be held near the Wilmette war memorial.

The American Legion will again hold its Memorial Day services starting at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26, at the Veterans’ Memorial in Jewett Park.

Memorial Day Parade
Held by American Legion Post No. 791 on Monday, May 26. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. from the corner of Cherry & Western, east to Church and Shermer and continues on Shermer west to Meadow. Free popsicles after the ceremony at the American Legion Post 791 on Shermer (while supplies last).

Highland Park
Parade & Observance
The City of Highland Park presents a Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Park, 405 Prospect Avenue. The park is just east of the Highland Park Public Library at the intersection of Laurel, Prospect and Linden Avenues. The event will be held near the bandstand. Representatives from the American Legion Post #145, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4737 and Jewish War Veterans #29 will be in attendance. Special guest speakers include Illinois Senator Julie Morrison, Lieutenant Colonel John T. Novak, and Mayor Nancy Rotering. Members of the Highland Park High School Band will perform. The event will take place rain or shine. All are welcome to attend.

Memorial Day Parade & Service
The Parade begins at Central School at 10:30am, Service at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 11:00am Meet & Greet with Village Officials following the service sponsored by the Glencoe Human Relations Forum.

Parade & Ceremony
The Winnetka Park District and the Village of Winnetka invite residents to the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26. The Parade begins at 10:00 AM on the corner of Glendale and Elm, and ends with a ceremony at the Village Green. To see more information about the ceremony, click here. Anyone interested in volunteering as a parade marshal, please contact Toby Ross at the Winnetka Park District at 847-501-2040.

Parade & Service
Honor the memory of all those who served in wars fought by American forces at the 2014 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. This year’s parade begins at 9 a.m. Monday, May 26, east of the railroad tracks on Grove Street, continues east to Church Street (a change due to construction), then south to Glenview Road to the Veteran’s Memorial at Glenview road and River Drive, where the ceremony will take place. The events are sponsored by the Joseph M. Sesterhenn American Legion Post 166, in cooperation with the Village of Glenview.




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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ April 18-20, 2014


Saturday the 19th
Easter Egg Hunt @ Whole Foods
Kicking off @ 8:00 am
whole foods, 760 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield
Hop on over to the Deerfield store at 8 a.m. for our first Easter Egg Hunt. Kids ages 1-10 will be able to hunt for some fun filled eggs throughout the store. For more info call: 847.444.1900

4th Annual Thornwood Park Egg Hunt
2400 Thornwood Ave, Wilmette
Starting at 9:45 (hunt starts at 10:00 sharp!)
We hope you’ll join us this Saturday for the hunt. Come early with your camera to meet the Easter Bunny, guess the number of jelly beans in the jar and enter our drawing for fab prizes (many thanks to the Noodle and Depot Nuevo, Big Blue Swim School and Dominos Pizza for generously donating prizes).
*Sponsored by: The Come Home North Shore real estate team of Coldwell Banker

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Enjoy A Night of Art Appreciation



The membership of AIR Studio is thirteen women, all painters and former students of French painter David Gista. When Gista decided to concentrate his energies on his workshop programs in France, one of his students, painter Sally Haglund, was determined to continue the comaraderie in the spacious, light-filled studio. Haglund enlisted the help of twelve women painters and the new AIR Studio opened last spring.

The AIR Studio artists range from those who have only been painting a few years to experienced art professionals. Member Peggy Shearn said the Glencoe space is perfect for painting and showing work, but in her words, “the chemistry of these women drawing upon each other’s skills, experience and critical faculties has been the richest source of inspiration to me. We bring in outside instructors from time to time, but we learn from each other every day. Our limited membership leaves room for solitary work and the group energy keeps us energized.”

For more about the artists and images of their work, please visit: . The email address is:

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Dewey’s Restaurant in Glencoe

Glencoe has a brand new restaurant called Dewey’s, and the other day Paula and I stopped in for lunch to check it out. It’s a family-friendly place with all the menu items kids like (burgers, dogs, fries, pizza, etc.) plus several mom-friendly salads. It also features ice cream from Homer’s.

We give it two thumbs up. Here’s why:

  • Good food (at least what we have tried so far)
  • Bright and fun atmosphere
  • Friendly staff
  • Great artwork (if you’re a Blackhawks fan) – see below

What more could you ask for?

Dewey's interior

Dewey's Jordan and Anthony

Dewey's Stanley Cup hotdog

Dewey’s is open every day from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. It’s located at 667 Vernon Ave. in Glencoe (in the old Vernon’s on Vernon space). Pick-up and delivery are available. Call (847) 835-6225 or visit

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Glencoe Real Estate Trends – March

The Glencoe market seems to be stabilizing. Although the numbers are nowhere near where they were at the market’s peak, they have definitely improved versus this time last year. Buyer activity is up as consumers seek to take advantage of low interest rates as well as the soon-to-expire tax credit.

Glencoe home sales for March 2010Glencoe Home Sales

March home sales (including single family houses, condos and townhomes) were up 40% vs. March of last year (caution: low base size) and up 17% over last month.

Glencoe Home Prices

The price declines we have been experiencing since early 2008 appear to have leveled off, which is certainly good news. Both the median and Glencoe home sales prices Marchthe average prices were up in March versus last month and last year. The median sales price was $1,175,000, up 19% vs. last year and up a whopping 95% over last month. The average sales price was $1,162,929, up 31% vs. last year and up 99% vs. last month. Before you get excited and conclude that the market is back and prices are returning to peak levels, keep in mind that this big increase in average and median price was driven by the fact that in March there were 5 houses sold over $1,000,000 and one under, while in February there were 5 houses sold below $1,000,000 and only one above $1,000,000.

Glencoe housing inventory MarchInventory and Months Supply

In March there were 120 homes for sale in Glencoe, up slightly from last month (typical seasonality) and down 18% from March 2009. More importantly, the months supply of homes (the number of months it would take to sell all of the homes at the current rate of sale) is 17 months. This is higher than what we consider a balanced market (6-7 months), but a lot better than March 2009 when there was a 29 month supply of homes on the market.

Market Time

Glencoe market time MarchDays on market (DOM) is the average number of days a property is on the market before it sells. This number continues to rise, although the rate of increase has slowed, fortunately. The DOM for March was 185 days, up 64% from last month but only up 3% from last year.

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Deadline for Vehicle Stickers – Wilmette and Glencoe

Attention Wilmette residents: today’s not just tax day but vehicle sticker day, so don’t forget to attach your 2010 vehicle sticker to your windshield.  After today you may be subject to a citation if you don’t have one on your car.

If you haven’t registered by mail you can buy a sticker in person at the finance counter at the Wilmette Village Hall, 1200 Wilmette Ave., during regular business hours. They cost $80 for vehicles and $95 for trucks.

A portion of the revenue generated from the sale of vehicle stickers is used to maintain the Wilmette’s infrastructure, including streets, alleys and curbs.

Glencoe residents, you have a bit more time. Your stickers must be displayed by May 1st. Cars are $75 and trucks are between $75 and $180, depending on the size. You can buy them at Glencoe Village Hall (either the Resident Service Desk or the Public Safety window).

If you live in one of the other nearby villages, you don’t need to worry about this for a while. Highland Park’s deadline is August 31st. Evanston and Winnetka are  in January.

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Guide to Glencoe Preschools

Preschool boys on a slideIn my first post about North Shore preschools I talked about some criteria for selecting a preschool. In this post I share my top picks for preschools located in Glencoe.

Children’s Circle Full Day Preschool

Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Rd., Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-3035

Children’s Circle is a program of the Glencoe Park District that serves children 15 months to 6 years old, offering a full day preschool program, as well as before and after kindergarten care. It operates year round and children may attend 2,3,4 or 5 days a week.

The Early Learning Center is a half day preschool, also at the Takiff Center, for 2 – 4 year olds.

The focus is on helping children learn to navigate their world by supporting healthy social and emotional development and an enthusiasm for learning.

St. Elisabeth’s Nursery School

556 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-0609

St. Elisabeth’s Church runs a non-religious morning preschool program (9:00-11:15 am) for 3 and 4 year olds. The program is designed to give young children a positive social experience, laying the foundation for them to become enthusiastic lifelong learners.
It also offers an extended day enrichment program from 11:15-12:45, with music, art, math, science and language activities.

North Shore Congregation Israel – Preschool @ NSCI

1185 Sheridan Rd., Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-0724

The Preschool @ NSCI is a great place to play and learn about Judaism. The warm and nurturing environment fosters the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of its students. The program integrates Jewish customs with conventional preschool activities such as arts & crafts, music, dance, drama, science and outdoor play.

The program serves children from 15 months to 4 years old, with a parent-tot class for children under 2 years old. Older 2’s attend either two or three days a week; 3’s attend three or four days and 4’s attend five days a week.

J.C.C. Early Childhood Services at Am Shalom

840 Vernon, Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-0008

Children 2-4 years old have fun while learning Jewish values and practices, Hebrew vocabulary and honoring Shabbat. This unique program combines education about Jewish traditions and heritage with a best in class early childhood development program. It integrates Reggio Emila into the learning experience, which encourages learning through probrlam solving, exploration, discovery and experimentation. J.C.C.also offers a summer camp.

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Glencoe Real Estate Trends

Glencoe’s data is fairly consistent with the other North Shore communities. Sales are up and so is market time. The good news is that prices appear to be stabilizing and inventory is shrinking, meaning that the worst is probably over and the recovery is taking hold. The wild card is the tax credit and what will happen once it expires. Stay tuned.

Glencoe Home Sales
Glencoe home salesDecember sales of Glencoe homes (including single family houses, townhomes and condos) rose 37% from November and 37% from year ago. Sales had been rising through the second half of 2009, but dropped off in November in anticipation of the expiration of the new home buyer tax credit. Once that was reinstated (and expanded), sales picked up again in December.

Housing Prices
Glencoe home pricesGlencoe prices, which had been trending downward since early 2008, appear to be stabilizing. December’s average sales price was $1,337,882, up 78% over November and up 15% vs. December 2008.

Inventory and Months Supply
Glencoe housing inventory and months supplyInventory has been consistently declining since May, with December inventory of 108 homes down 3% vs. November and down 12% vs. December 2008. Months supply, which is a measure of how long it would take to sell all the inventory at the current rate of sale, was 9.8 months. This is a decrease over November’s months supply of 13.8 months.  The improving trend since May 2009 is good news for sellers, since prices and market time are affected by the supply of homes on the market.

Time on Market
Glencoe Market Time of Sold PropertiesMarket time, which has been on an upward trend since the beginning of 2008, continues to climb. December market time for houses sold was 162 days, up 7% from November and up 34% vs. December 2008.

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Looking for a Meaningful Way to Celebrate Martin Luther King Day?

MLK logoI’ve always thought it a bit ironic that we have holidays to observe days that have special significance for our country (Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, etc.), and yet we don’t actually observe them at all. For most of us, they’re just days off…opportunities for a long weekend in Florida or wherever. Wouldn’t it make more sense  for our kids to stay in school on those days and actually LEARN about the event or the person we are honoring?

Here’s the next best thing: if you’re lucky enough to have Martin Luther King Day off next Monday, why not take your child and participate in A Day of Inspiration and Service at  Am Shalom in Glencoe. The event is co-sponsored by Interfaith Housing Center and the Volunteer Center of New Trier and is open to the public. There are service projects to benefit the Night Ministry, Project Linus and Orphans of the Storm, as well as inspirational speakers and entertainment. You can get more information here or see the flier here.

See you there.

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