North Shore Views Blog

If you live on the North Shore or are thinking of moving here, my blog will be your go-to resource for anything and everything you want to know about the area: the communities, neighborhoods, schools, parks, beaches, things to do, and, of course, real estate.

July 31, 2018

Fun Things to Do this August on the North Shore: Art Fests, Family Fests & a Whole Lot More!

Each year, the scope of events that take place during the summer on the North Shore continues to not disappoint. Each weekend brings on new adventures with endless fun to be had. Having time to squeeze it all in is the only hard part. From old traditions (Northbrook Days, Skokie Backlot Bash) to soon to be new favorites (Big Evanston Block Party), this month gives you plenty of reasons why to stay home and enjoy a staycation right in your own backyard!


Northbrook Days Festival
Aug. 1 & 2: 6 – 10 pm; Aug. 3: 6 – 11 pm; Aug. 4: 12 – 11 pm; Aug. 5: 1 – 9 pm
Village Green, 1311 Shermer Rd., Northbrook

Every year, volunteers across our community come together for five days and put on an exciting festival for residents of Northbrook and surrounding towns. The fest includes rides, games, live music, food, beer & wine, and much more! It's been a summer tradition at the beautiful Village Green Park in downtown Northbrook for decades. For more info and a complete schedule of events, click here.


Art at the Glen
Aug. 4 & 5: 10 am – 5 pm
The Glen Town Center, Patriot Blvd. between Lake Ave. & Willow Rd., Glenview

This year, the 15th Annual Art at the Glen will transform The Glen Town Center into an outdoor cultural experience. The streets will be filled with original work of 185-juried artist from across the country in a variety of mediums, including paintings, photography, ceramics, furniture and jewelry. Kids can enjoy a special area designated just for them with interactive games and activities, including live performances by the renowned Marriott Theater. For more info, click here.


Dive In Theater
Aug. 4: 7:30 – 10:30 pm
Mitchell Pool, 951 Wilmot Rd., Deerfield

Bring your raft, inner tube or noodle and watch Ferdinand on the big screen from the pool! Swimming begins at 7:30 pm. Movie begins at dusk. Concession stand will be open. Fee is $3 per person. For more info, click here.


Garlic Fest
Aug. 15: 4:30 – 9:30 pm
Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood

This fun, food-filled event showcases the ever-popular taste of Garlic. Attendees come to sample a variety of garlic creations from out-of-the-ordinary garlic ice cream, candy, cupcakes and cocktails, to the more usual pastas, sauces, breads, and butters. Held during the Evening Gourmet Market, the fest features a Taste of Garlic Competition for the Savory and Sweet categories, as well as the very popular Garlic Royalty and Princess competitions. For more info, click here.


Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival
Aug. 17: 4 – 9 pm; Aug. 18: 10 am – pm; Aug. 19: 10 am – 5 pm
Downtown Evanston, 800 Church St., Evanston

The Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival features a weekend-long celebration of local art and flavorful fare. Original high-end work from 130 artists will be available for purchase. Traditional mediums such as painting, sculpture, and photography will be showcased alongside unique, usable art, including handmade jewelry, one-of-a-kind furniture, and home accessories. The Festival will also feature live music throughout the streets and local fare, beer, and wine. For more info, click here.


Skokie Backlot Bash
Aug. 24 – 26
Downtown Skokie, Oakton St. and Lincoln Ave., Skokie

Skokie's downtown summer street festival is easily considered one of the biggest parties of the year! Enjoy 3 days of quality live music and family attractions including:  a large carnival midway, a 5K Run, a children's stage, kid's activities, classic films, an auto show, bingo, a sponsor and community resource fair, exhibits at the Skokie Heritage Museum, a Sunday pancake breakfast and farmer's market, and much more. This year’s headliners include Sister Hazel & Foghat. For more info and a full schedule of events, click here.


Taste of Highland Park/Port Clinton Art Festival
Aug. 24: 5 – 10 pm; Aug. 25: 10 am – 10 pm; Aug. 26: 10 am – 6 pm
Downtown Highland Park, Central Ave. between 1st and 2nd Streets, Highland Park

This event features local Highland Park restaurants, live entertainment all day long, and 300 artists selling original work in the Port Clinton Art Festival. Taste dozens of different cuisines, groove to your favorite songs, and be enlightened by the original art of artists from around the world! Alongside established artists, a youth art division celebrates the talents of young artists ages 18 and under. From onsite interactive art demonstrations by master artists to scavenger hunts designed for kids, the Port Clinton Art Festival truly has something for everyone. For more info, click here.


Big Evanston Block Party
Aug. 25 & 26: 1 pm
Downtown Evanston, Dempster & Chicago Ave., (one block east of Dempster Purple Line Stop) Evanston

Join SPACE for a FREE street festival in celebration of their 10th anniversary. This music-centric block party—the first of its kind in Evanston’s Main Dempster Mile—will feature food trucks, beer from Half Acre and live performances from returning SPACE favorites and nationally touring bands. Artists include: TWEN, Dos Santos, Waco Brothers, Split Single, Guided By Voices and more.  For more info, click here.


Farewell to Summer Family Luau
Aug. 25: 4 – 7 pm
Tower Road Beach, 899 Sheridan Ave., Winnetka

Mahalo! Let that cool Hawaiian breeze hit you as you wave goodbye to summer. At the sixth annual Farewell to Summer Family Luau, enjoy dinner, swimming, and various activities with a show by The Barefoot Hawaiian dancers. Tower Road Beach will only be open to those who have registered for the event. Beach Pass Holders: $5; non-pass holders: $10R/$15 NR. For more and to register for the event, click here.


Thinking of selling your home?

If you would like to schedule a seller consultation with the Come Home North Shore Team, please give us a call at 847.881.6657 or send us a note here. We'd love to show you what we do differently to get our clients' homes sold!

July 23, 2018

The North Shore’s Best Plumbers & Electricians

The Come Home North Shore team’s commitment to our clients does not end at closing. As a trusted source of information, we are committed to providing our clients and the community at large with helpful tidbits that help make a house your home.  People often turn to us for referrals, so we have decided to share our knowledge by publishing a series of some of the North Shore’s best service providers.  Full disclosure: we have not used each of these contractors/suppliers/vendors/ personally. However, these lists are based on extensive research, word of mouth and personal experience and have been well vetted. If you have a fantastic contact to add to one our lists, please let us know and if there is a specific type of service provider you’d like us to recommend, let know that too! We are here to help!



BMW Plumbing, 847-242-9901

Responsive, professional and knowledgeable with reasonable pricing


Deerfield Plumbing & Sewer, 847-948-7227

Very quick to respond, and they offer honest, cost-effective solutions.


MC Plumbing Services, 847-651-1247

Prompt, courteous service with fair pricing and excellent customer service


Santucci Plumbing, 947-272-3090

They provide a wide range of services in a quick, efficient and professional manner and stand by by their work.


Yale the Plumber, 847-260-8378

Super-friendly independent contractor who knows his stuff and is willing to go the extra mile.



Bullseye Electric, 847-849-0196

Casey Jansen, an independent contractor with prompt, polite and friendly service


Clar Electric, 847-952-8899

Jamie and his team are responsive, reliable and honest and provide courteous service


GDM Electric, 773-656-3138

Greg is very responsive and efficient and consistently earns 5-star reviews for his knowledgeable service and fair pricing.


Patterson’s Electric Service, 847-212-6805

Dave Patterson is an independent contractor that goes above and beyond and is a true pleasure to work with.


Phitz Electric, 773-852-7886

Phil Swartz, a mainstay on the North Shore and highly recommended.

July 5, 2018

Fun Things To Do in July on the North Shore

The July 4th festivities may be done, but there is still tons of fun to be had this month on the North Shore. Featuring various sidewalk sales, art and cultural festivals, summer fests, professional tennis, a family camp out, and Footloose at Wallace Bowl, there is something for everyone including my personal favorite – the Highwood Bloody Mary Fest!


Northbrook Sidewalk Sale/Art in the Park
July 6 - 7
Downtown Northbrook, corner of Church & Cherry Lane (by Sunset Foods)

Find deals galore from your favorite local stores and outside vendors. Enjoy balloon artists, children's activities, contests, food, and fun!


Taste of Evanston
July 8: 4 – 7 pm
Charles Gates Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston

Enjoy food and drink from over 40 of Evanston's trendiest restaurants, local breweries and wine shops while helping to raise funds to help end homelessness! General admission: $80; Under 21: $40; Under 12: $10. For more info, click here.


Nielson Men’s Pro Tennis Championship
July 9 – 14
A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center, 530 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka

This $75,000 USTA challenger event begins with qualifying matches on Saturday July 7th and Sunday, July 8th which are free and open to the public. The final four qualifying matches and main draw begins on July 9th and runs through July 14th. This one of a kind event attracts some of the finest tennis players in the world drawing local, national, and international attention. For more info, click here.


Winnetka-Northfield Sidewalk Sale
Northfield: July 11 – 14; Winnetka: July 13 – 14: 9 am – 5 pm

Shopping will be abundant as you hop through East Elm, West Elm, and Hubbard Woods business districts. Area merchants set up on the sidewalks along with a number of hand-selected, specialty vendors, food vendors and charity organizations and other professional services. The is one of the North Shore’s most well-known and well-attended sidewalk sale, offering incredible deals on the finest merchandise from our distinctive local retailers! There will also be music in the streets to liven up the sale. For more info, click here.


Thursday – Saturday, July 12 – July 28; All shows at 8 pm
Wallace Bowl At Gillson Park, on the lakefront at Michigan & Washington, Wilmette

This annual outdoor theatre production returns for another season. Shows are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. All shows are FREE! Seating areas in the Wallace Bowl cannot be reserved before 6 p.m. Items left earlier will be removed. Blankets are not permitted in the main seating grass area and may not be used to reserve space for chairs. Lawn chairs may be used only in the grass; wooden benches are provided on the stone terracing.


Water Carnival!
July 14: 10 am – 12:30 pm
Tower Road Beach, 899 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka

Featuring games and activities for kids of all ages, plus a celebration of National Hot Dog Day with free hot dogs for Water Carnival attendees. New this year will be an inaugural sandcastle building contest! To participate in the contest, pre-registration is required. Click here to register. Carnival is free with beach admission. 


Highwood Days & North Shore Taco Fest
July 19 -22
Downtown Highwood, Green Bay & Sheridan Rds., Highwood

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Highwood’s oldest festival. Complete with carnival rides, funnel cakes, live music and tons of food from local vendors – this is the most traditional festival and will not disappoint! Also featuring a beer and margarita garden and the North Shore Taco Fest which will bring together the region’s best taco-centric restaurants, caterers and food trucks to offer a wide range of mouth-watering taco creations. For more info and a schedule of events including the North Shore Taco Run 5k, click here.


Wilmette Summerfest & Sidewalk Sale
July 20: 9 am – 5 pm; July 21: 9 am – 9 pm
Downtown Wilmette

Join nearly 3,000 of your closest friends for three days of fun, shopping, eats and sounds in downtown Wilmette. See artisans and crafters throughout the fest. Plus, a beer tent and dance party on the Green Saturday evening at 7 pm, featuring local favorite Motown band, Second Hand Soul. For more info, click here or call 847-251-3800.


World Arts & Music Fest
July 21 – 22: 12 pm – 7 pm
Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church St., Evanston

Evanston’s lakefront is transformed into a Global Village for a two-day celebration of global diversity. This free event features art from an abundance of countries, family crafts activities, international cuisine, and live music and dance performances. Attendees will enjoy continuous performances throughout the weekend at two venues. For more info and a complete schedule of events, click here.

Family Camp Out
July 28 – July 29: 7 pm – 10 am
Tower Road Beach, 899 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka

Enjoy games, a movie, refreshments, and the sounds of the lake overnight while you camp out on the beach. All participants will receive a coupon for a free hot dog, bag of chips, and a soft drink and the continental breakfast the following morning. Grills will be available for those families interested in bringing and cooking their own food. Beach pass holders: $10; $15 R/$20 NR. Don’t plan on staying overnight? Come watch Finding Dory with us at no cost! For more info, click here.


Bloody Mary Fest
July 29: 10 am – 5 pm
Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood

Mixologists from near and far will shake up their special recipes and compete for the title of the Best Bloody Mary in the Midwest. Judged by a panel of “celebrity experts” and “the people,” contestants will be evaluated on a combination of categories ranging from taste, presentation, garnish and more! Attendees will have more than 15 different Bloody Mary vendors to choose from. Along with live music, there will also be a large assortment of food and specialty artisan vendors. For more info, click here.


Glencoe Festival of Art
July 29: 10 am – 5 pm
Downtown Glencoe Green Bay Rd and Park Ave., Glencoe

The Glencoe Festival of Art will showcase the work of more than 110-juried artists from across the country in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, and wood. In addition to the incredible artwork available for purchase, attendees will be able to interact with artists through demonstrations and booth chats. Free admission and parking. For more info, click here.


Thinking of selling your home?

If you would like to schedule a seller consultation with the Come Home North Shore Team, please give us a call at 847.881.6657 or send us a note here. We'd love to show you what we do differently to get our clients' homes sold!

June 25, 2018

July 4th Celebrations 2018

The North Shore knows how to celebrate the 4th! Here’s our compilation of all the parades, fireworks, and other community celebrations happening around town!


Deerfield Family Days (see also July 4)
Brickyards Park, 375 Elm St.

5 pm: Gates Open
6 pm – Dusk: Live entertainment
Dusk 9:15 pm: Fireworks: Dusk
For more info, click here.


Gillson Park, 800 Gillson Park Drive

4:30 - 9 pm: Entertainment
4 - 7:30 pm Games & Rides
9:30 pm: Fireworks

Tastefest throughout the day. For more information, including a complete schedule of events and parking and shuttle info, click here.



Deerfield Family Days
Jewett Park, 836 Jewett Park Drive

Full day of events including Pancake breakfast (8 am – 10:30 am); Arts & Crafts Sale (8 am – 3 pm); Rides, Games, Petting Zoo & Flower Show (10 am – 3 pm); Dog Show (8:45 am – 10 am) and town parade: noon (Bike parade 9 am)



Full day of events including:
Playground sports at various park and schools from 9 am – 12 pm
Roller skating at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center from 9 am – 11 am
Kids Fun Run, Ackerman Park: 12:45 pm
Parade: 2 pm (Beginning on Central Street to Central Park to Ryan Field at Ashland Ave.)
Band Concert: 7:30 pm – 9 pm, Dawes Park Lagoon
Lakefront Fireworks: 9:30 pm

For more info, including a complete schedule of events and venue locations, click here.



Events all day long at various venues including: a Rotary Fun Run at Glencoe Train Station at 8 am
Preschool Games (10 am) and Glencoe’s Got Talent (12 pm, registration closes July 1) at Kalk Park
Glencoe Parade (Meet at Central School starting at 1 p.m. - no registration required): 2pm
Food Truck Fest at Lakefront Park: 6 – 9 pm
Live Music by Spoken Four at Lakefront Park: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Fireworks at Lakefront Park: 9 pm

For more info, click here.



Children’s Bike Parade (Ages 4 – 9, Prairie Street clu-de-sac) arrive by 10:45 am, Bike parade starts at 11:15
Parade: 11:20 am, beginning at the intersection of Harlem Ave. and Glenview Rd, heading south then west onto Central Rd. and ending at Johns Park.
Twilight Concert & Fireworks: 7 pm, Gallery Park (2001 Patriot Blvd.); fireworks at dusk from Lake Glenview

For more info, click here.


Highland Park

Children’s Bike & Pet Parade: 9:30 am Participants should meet at 9:15 AM in the lower level of the parking structure at the northwest corner of St. Johns and Laurel Avenues. Parade: 10 am The parade starts at the intersection of Laurel and St. Johns Avenues and heads north on St. Johns Avenue, then turns west on Central Avenue and continues to Sunset Park.

Fourth Fest: 11 am - 2 pm After the parade, the fun moves to Sunset Park for Fourth Fest, featuring: food, music, carnival rides, a petting zoo, games, and more.

Bitter Jester Music Festival & Fireworks: 4 pm The grand finale of the Bitter Jester Music Festival will take place at Wolters Field at 4 pm; culminating with a fireworks display at 9:30 pm. Food vendors on site.

For more info, click here.


Lake Forest/Lake Bluff

Lake Bluff: Pancake Breakfast (7 – 9:45 am Village Green, Parade: 10 am stepping off from Oak Ave on East Center Ave. Cookout, children’s activities follow the parade on the Village Green. 6 – 8 pm: Lake Bluff Park District's Band at the Beach, featuring Final Say

For more info, click here.

Lake Forest Concert & Fireworks
Deerpath Community Park, 400 Hastings Rd., Lake Forest

Gates open: 5 pm
Music Entertainment: 6 pm featuring 97Nine, the premier classic rock cover band in the Midwest and Hairball, a Rock & Roll experience you won’t forget.
Fireworks: 9:40 pm



Full day of events including:

Liberty Loop 5K Run/Walk (7:30 am) & Liberty Lap Fun Run (4 – 10) 8:30 am – Techny Park & Fields
4th of July Breakfast: 7:30 – 11 am, Village Green Park; Police vs. Fire Dept Softball game: 10 am
Mini Golf Tournamnet & Cookout 10 am – 12 pm Sportsman Country Club
Bike Parade: 2:15pm, Parade: 2:30 pm starting at Cherry/Western, ending at Shermer/Meadow
6:30pm – DJ entertainment at the Ed Rudoloph Velodrome, Meadow Hil Park
Fireworks at Dusk

For more info, click here.



Gillson Park, 800 Gillson Park Drive
Let Freedom Run fun run
8 am – 10:15 am

For more info, click here.



Parade: 10 am begins at Elm Street & Glendale Avenue and heads east to the Village Green (525 Maple St.)

11 am: A flag-raising ceremony, children's parade and competition for the coveted family trophy Village Green, 525 Maple St. in Winnetka.

Fourthfest: 6 pm at Duke Childs Field, 1321 Willow Road. There will be music, food, family activities and fireworks at 9:30 pm

For more info, click here.



May 31, 2018

Fun Things To Do in June on the North Shore

The Summer season is upon us and that means art fests, music fests and block parties to your hearts content! Below is a list of some of the most popular events (Glencoe Grand Prix, Winnetka Music Festival, Custer Fair etc.) as well as some hidden treasures we hope you will enjoy as well.


Glencoe Gran Prix
June 2: All day & night beginning at 8 am
Downtown Glencoe, 675 Village Ct., Glencoe

One of the most anticipated events of the year, the Glencoe Grand Prix is a one-day road criterium race and a member of the USA CRITS Championship Series. Additional amateur races throughout the day offer opportunities for the whole family to get in on the action. In addition to viewing the excitement, non-riders can also enjoy live music, food and lots of fun at the North Shore's best block party of the year! For more info, click here.


Dairy Breakfast and Stock Show
June 9: 8 am – 1 pm
Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd., Glenview

Enjoy a delicious farm-style breakfast that includes a variety of dairy items, plus live music, dairy demonstrations, wagon rides, and hands-on activities throughout the morning. 4-H and FFA members from Lake, McHenry and Cook counties will exhibit lambs, pigs, dairy heifers and cows, and beef steers and heifers. Professional judges will evaluate the stock and select a top showman in each species. Cash prizes will be awarded for first and second class placings with additional awards for grand champion and top showman. Purchase tickets at the farm the day of the event or in advance online. $10 adults and children 10+. $5 children 2 – 10. For more info, click here.


Block Party at St. Norbert
June 9: 3 pm – 11 pm
St. Norbert School, 1809 Walters Ave., Northbrook

A North Shore summer kick-off party that features live music, beer & food gardens, Baggo tournament, DJ, and Kids Zone with inflatables, petting zoo, games, and much more! The day starts with a 5K Fun Run & Kids Dash at 8 a.m. Block Party gates open at 3 p.m., and live music from local performers starts at 5 p.m., followed by acoustic group Crawford’s Daughter, and 60s/70s rock band EarthMother. Headliner Mr. Blotto, Chicago’s favorite jam band, takes the main stage at 8:30 p.m. $10. For more info, click here.


Evanston Made Kids
June 10: 11 am – 4 pm
Evanston Art Center, 2603 Sheridan Rd., Evanston

Evanston Made Kids is a family-friendly FREE day of making, creating, selling and celebrating Evanston's Young Creatives hosted by the Evanston Art Center! The Art Center opens art studios for demos and making, giving kids the chance to explore creative activities and take home their creations. Kid Makers can sell their wares in the Kids Pop Up Shop. Sign up by emailing Amy at For more info, click here.


Winnetka Music Festival
June 15: 5 pm – 10: 45 pm; June 16: 9 am – 10: 45 pm
Winnetka Elm Street Business District (intersection of Green Bay Rd. & Elm St.)

This FREE music festival features three main stages of music from new emerging artists. There will also be a family stage in Dwyer Park beginning Saturday at 9 am that will feature performance for all ages. In addition, those seeking a more intimate setting can check out the lululemon/Spynergy Chapel Stage which will feature jazz, opera and acoustic rock offerings all day on Saturday. Food trucks and craft beer and wine will be available throughout the festival grounds. For a full line up and schedule of events, click here.


Annual Father’s Day Brunch
June 17: 10 am – 1 pm
Tower Road Beach, 899 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka

Celebrate the male rock star in your family this year by bringing your father to Tower Road Beach for the annual Father’s Day Brunch. Participate in our Inaugural Speed Baggo Tournament, take pictures with the entire family in the photobooth, test how fast you can throw your world-famous fastball, and eat some delicious brunch brought to you by the Grand Food Center! Beach Pass Holders: $5; None beach pass Holders: $10R/$15NR – pre-registration. $5 more per person on-site. For more info, click here.


Custer Fair
June 16 & 17: 10 am – 9 pm
Chicago Ave. to Main St. to Washington St., Evanston

Over 300 local and regional artists, craftspeople, and commercial vendors come together over Father's Day weekend to exhibit and sell paintings, ceramics, pottery, photographs, jewelry, graphic arts, wearable art, country and home craft, antiques and collectables. Over 30 food vendors offer a full international menu featuring the old favorites as well as new fare. The Fair also features three stages of entertainment featuring Chicagoland jazz legends (Festival Stage), theatre music and novelty performers (Arena Stage) as well the newly added School of Rock Stage. There is also a Kids Carnival in Elden Park on Washington Ave. Truly an event for all to enjoy! For more info, click here.


Annual Dog Day
June 23: 10 am – 12 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Rd., Lake Forest

Enjoy fun activities with your “best friend” including games, crafts for kids, dog agility course, a costume contest, treats and more! There is a $5 entry fee per dog and can be paid online or cash at the door. All the fun will happen in the Gorton Community Center parking lot. For more info, click here.


Craft Beer & Wine Festival
June 23: 2 – 6 pm
Performance Pavilion at Heritage Park, 201 Community Blvd., Wheeling

Come to Wheeling Park District’s Annual Craft Beer & Wine Festival and enjoy tastings of over 60 seasonal beers, wines and ciders from regional and national breweries. Beer and wine lovers will receive a commemorative sampling glass and have access to unlimited two-ounce samples of beer, wine and cider. Live music and food vendors will be on hand. 21+. Tickets: $35 (thru 6/22); $45 day-off, Designated Driver: $10. For more info, click here.


Evanston Chamber Artisan Summerfest
June 23 & 24: 11 am – 6 pm
Downtown Evanston, Sherman Ave. between Davis & Clark., Evanston

Formerly known as the Fountain Square Art Festival, this arts fest returns to Downtown Evanston for the 38th year. The fair will have eclectic works of more than 150 juried artists, including the works of artists who make eco-friendly art from recycled and found materials. Visitors will enjoy strolling street musicians and performers, food, beer, wine and a children’s urban street art installation project that will be completed during the two-day event. A Craft Beer and Wine Tasting will have more than 50 varieties to choose from featuring small craft brewers to boutique wine makers. Tastings are 2:00pm to 6:00pm daily. For more info, click here.


The Art Center’s Festival of Fine Arts
June 23 & 24: 10 am – 5pm
Downtown Highland Park, Sheridan Rd between Park & Central Ave.

Free and open to the public, the Art Center Festival of Fine Arts showcases the work of over 100 juried artists from around the world in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, sculpture and more. In addition to the incredible artwork available for purchase, attendees will be able to interact with artists through demonstrations and booth chats. Live music, kid-friendly activities, and great food from local restaurants will be available for visitors to enjoy. For more info, click here.


Art Festival
June 30 – July 1: 10 am – 5 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe 

Stroll and shop among 100 juried artists on the Esplanade. This one-of-a-kind art festival brings botanic-themed and botanic-made photography, paintings, ceramics, cement, metal, fiber, wood, jewelry, and other pieces to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Find remarkable items to purchase or just admire them during your visit to this annual event. Free, parking fees apply. For more info, click here.


Bitter Jester Music Festival
Friday in June: 7 pm
Port Clinton Square, 600 Central Ave., Highland Park

The Bitter Jester Music Festival (BJMF) is the Midwest's largest professional music competition for rising-star musicians (bands and solo artists alike). BJMF supports and promotes young and emerging talent from across Northern Illinois & Indiana, Wisconsin, and into Southern Michigan. Currently, the event has four preliminary competitions on consecutive Fridays in June. A winner is selected by qualified judges each Friday to compete in the Grand Finale Concert. After all four preliminary competitions, judges and Bitter Jester staff decide on four "Wild Card" bands that will also compete for the title and $25,000 in combined cash and prizes at a Grand Finale concert on July 4 leading up to the City of Highland Park's fireworks display. For more info, click here.

Thinking of selling your home?

If you would like to schedule a seller consultation with the Come Home North Shore Team, please give us a call at 847.881.6657 or send us a note here. We'd love to show you what we do differently to get our clients' homes sold!

May 22, 2018

Memorial Day 2018

The unofficial start to summer arrives with many local parades, pool & beach openings and hopefully warmer weather! See below for a list of parades and other special events happening throughout the North Shore honoring the service of our veterans and the lives that were tragically lost.


Glenview Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
10 am
Parade route: Kicks off from the corner of Grove and Depot streets, then heads east on Grove to Pine Street before heading south to Glenview Road and then east to the Veterans Memorial at the intersection of Glenview and River Drive.


Winnetka’s 91st Annual Memorial Day Parade
10 am – 11:30 am
Parade route: Kicks off from the corner of Glendale and Elm Streets, then heads east to the Village Park. If inclement weather, an indoor ceremony will be held in the Skokie School auditorium.


Wilmette Memorial Day Parade
10 am
Parade route: Kicks off at the Joseph School at Ridge and Lake and goes east on Lake Avenue to Park, south on Park to Wilmette, and east on Wilmette to the Village Hall. 

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May 18, 2018

Guide to Private Schools on the North Shore

Kids in uniforms at a private school

Choosing the right school for your family is a difficult decision. While the North Shore of Chicago boasts a plethora of high scoring public schools, for many students, that is not always the best option. Fortunately, the North Shore is also home to a number of top-notch private schools that offer a variety of learning environments to suit your family’s needs. Consider this guide as a starting point for your search for the best school for you and/or your child.

Lake Forest Country Day School

145 S. Green Bay Rd.
Lake Forest, IL
(847) 615-6151

Preschool – 8th grade

Established in 1888, LFCDS, offers a rich educational experience grounded in academics, the arts and athletics. Students from more than 30 communities comprise the student body, and laud the warm community, amenities and inspiring faculty.  Two important beliefs form the basis of their teaching philosophy: social and emotional development is inextricably linked with academic achievement; and experiential learning creates a foundation for deeper understanding. The school features a state-of-the-art hands on learning environment that inspires and challenges students to the best of their ability. A 7:1 student to faculty ratio ensures that students get the individual attention they need. Approximately 350 students.

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May 1, 2018

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: May 2018

Is that really a light I see at the end of Winter’s long and blistery tunnel? I believe it is and that means it’s time to stow away the parkas (hopefully) and rejoice in the springtime weather. Warmer temps allow for plenty of outdoor fun including: Touch A Tuck, Deer Dash, Mother’s Day House Walk, two Art Walks, a kids’ fishing derby and Skokie’s renown Festival of Cultures. There’s also two impressive ice shows, some fabulous theatrical productions, a vintage market and a special high tea in honor of the Royal Wedding!


44th Annual Winnetka Ice Show
May 4: 7 pm; May 5: 6 pm
Winnetka Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka 


More than 150 local skaters from tots through teens participate in this production, performing jumps, spins, and choreographed routines for the audience. With colorful costumes, energetic music, and vibrant lighting effects, this show is sure to entertain audiences of all ages. Bring the family out and join us for this Winnetka tradition! Tickets: $8. For more info: 847-501-2060.


Touch-A-Truck Family Festival
May 6: 11 am – 2 pm
NIPSTA Parking Lot, 2300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview

toucha truck festival

Forget the toy trucks! Here, children can get a close-up look at the real things! Climb aboard many super-sized vehicles in a safe, protected environment. Train rides, face painting, DJ, balloon artist, raffle prizes, food and more! Pre-sale general admission: $45 (family up to 6); $50 day of. For more info, click here.

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April 11, 2018

North Shore Real Estate Report - 1st Quarter 2018

North Shore Chicago Real Estate Update - 1st Quarter 2018 vs. Year Ago

 North Shore real estate data 1st qtr 2018

Closed Sales

Closed sales for the first quarter were up only 1% vs. the first quarter of 2017. About half of the villages increased while the other half declined. Glencoe had the biggest increase (+72%), followed by Lake Forest (+60%), Northfield (+44%). Winnetka had the biggest decline (-30%), followed by Kenilworth (-25%) and Highland Park (-24%).

While market growth on the coasts has been dampened by lack of inventory, that is not the case in the Chicago metro market, especially the suburbs. Here we have plenty of inventory, especially in the higher price brackets. For example, there are 7% more listings over $2,000,000 than this time last year.

Why is our area experiencing such a different reality than other large metro areas? It's the confluence of three trends: slow employment growth, population losses (Illinois had the greatest net outflow of residents of any state) and higher taxes. This March 30 article in Crain's Chicago Business gives some good insight into this phenomenon.

Median Prices

While sales were weak, median prices were more respectable, rising 11% overall, led by Kenilworth (+82%), Glencoe (+25%) and Evanston (+22%). Wilmette was the only North Shore village where the median price dropped, declining from $769,000 to $737,500. Average sales price as a percent of list price was 91.4%, down -0.3% from first quarter of last year.

Market Time

Market time for homes that sold was 160 days or 5.3 months. Evanston continues to have the shortest market time at 94 days (3 months), while Lake Forest has the longest, at 250 days (8.3 months). Lake Forest continues to suffer as home buyers opt to stay in or close to the city rather than venturing out to remote suburbs.

Accepted Offers

Accepted Offers is one of the best indicators of market health, as it foretells what closed sales will be over the next couple of months. The fact that accepted offers overall are down 3% vs. last year does not bode that well for the spring market. Other than Evanston, Northfield and Lake Forest the trends are disappointing.

Accepted Offers March 2018 vs Year Ago

Accepted Offers March 2018


If you have any questions about the market or would like to schedule a buyer or seller consultation with the Anne West and the Come Home North Shore Team, please give us a call at 847.881.6657.

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Posted in Market Statistics
April 3, 2018

Fun Things to do this April on the North Shore

Don’t let a few showers here and there spoil the fun. April is chock full events both indoor and out to help you transition from the dog days of winter to some fun in the sun (hopefully)!  This month features a great selection of children’s plays as well as some great opportunities to explore nature and the world around us and even take an archery lesson! Adults can also imbibe in a fresh spring cocktail demonstration and enjoy the musings of Kathleen Madigan! A fun month indeed! 


Simply Stirring
April 6: 5:30 pm
Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort, 10 Marriot Drive, Lincolnshire 

Experience this interactive demonstration class that will teach guests how to create fresh spring cocktails sure to impress every palate. Mixologist Carlos Veigas will demo 5 featured cocktails to guests while they sample his fresh creations and enjoy artisan cheeses and crackers from the Resort’s Executive Chef Pierre Daval. $25 per person, space is limited.  To register: call 847-634-0100 and request reservations for the Simply Stirring cocktail class.


Family Archery
April 7: 1 – 2:30 pm
Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd., Highland Park 

A perfect family activity! Learn the basics of archery, then spend time practicing on the range! All equipment and instruction provided. Children (8+) must be accompanied by a paid registered adult. $10 per person. For information call 847-433-6901. To register, click here.

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