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Nov. 29, 2018

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Dec 2018

Looking to start a new holiday tradition? December is filled with a multitude of ways to shake up your tinsel and enjoy the sounds and sites of the season. From perennial favorites to exciting new events that will be sure to bring joy to all those that partake! Happy Holidays!


Holiday Happenings
Dec. 1: Throughout the day
Downtown Wilmette

This special day will include treats, entertainment and sales for the entire family. Merchants will be providing special discounts, gifts with purchase and other delights. The Wilmette Theater will host a complimentary showing of “Home Alone”. Tickets will be issued on a first come basis to shoppers who present a receipt dated December 1st from any Wilmette shop or restaurant. Plaza del Lago will host a Meet & Greet with the characters from the movie “Frozen”. Thee Wilmette Optimist Club will be at Village Hall collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. The grand finale will be the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Green in front of Village Hall.  Complimentary hot chocolate and candy canes will be provided while supplies last. Plus, Santa will ride into town to visit with kids and hear their holiday wishes. For more info a full schedule of event, click here.


Twelfth Night, Or What You Will
Now through: Dec. 16 – Various times
Writer’s Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe

Shakespeare’s romantic, boisterous and poignant comedy has never felt more relevant—or more hilarious! When young Viola is shipwrecked on an unfamiliar shore, presuming her twin brother drowned in the same wreck, she must disguise herself as a man to secure a job with the local Duke Orsino. But when asked to further Orsino’s romantic interests with the powerful Olivia, she finds herself tangled in an increasingly confused love triangle. Crossed wires, cross purposes and crossed garters abound, leading to a final scene of revelations that allows almost everyone to live happily ever after. Tickets: $35 - $50. For more info, click here.


Evanston Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert
Dec. 2: 3 pm
Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston

Start off your holiday season with the best holiday event in Evanston! Don’t miss enjoying these favorite Yule festivities with your family and friends …the award-winning Evanston Symphony Orchestra will be joined by: North Shore Choral Society, Evanston Dance Ensemble, Evanston Symphony Holiday Gospel Choir, Evanston Children’s Choir, ETHS ETHS Advanced Vocal Ensemble, Audience Sign-a-long And, a BIG bonus for all kids from 1 to 101 — a visit from Santa and his elves! Tickets: Pricing varies. For more info, click here.


Annual Holiday Open House
Dec. 2: 3 – 5 pm
Charles Gates Dawes House, 225 Greenwood, Evanston

Enjoy an afternoon of holiday cheer at the Dawes House. Explore the majestic lakeside mansion decked out for the holidays, view Evanston History Center’s exhibits, and enjoy holiday treats with live music in the Great Hall. This event is free and open to everyone! For more info, click here.


Kids Only Holiday Shop
Dec. 5: 3 – 6 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest

A community favorite, the Kids Only Holiday Shop allows children ages 4-10 to conduct holiday shopping without mom or dad! Santa’s Helpers will escort your child through the boutique, visiting local vendors and talented artisans who all feature items all $10 or under (and that includes tax). Give your kids the gift of independence and let them experience the joy of giving. Wonder Wrappers will be on hand to make sure each purchase is wrapped and ready for under-the-tree. Admission: $5. For more info, click here.


Holiday Cheers
Dec. 5: 6 – 8 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe

Come drink in the best of the season. Enjoy tastings of local spirits, wine, and winter brews, while you enjoy the surrounding Wonderland Express exhibition with trains and more than 80 Chicago landmarks. Guests check in at the East Greenhouse Gallery and receive a wristband, tasting glass, and tasting sheet. Light fare and drinks will be available for purchase. Ticket price includes tasting glass, wristband to participate in tastings, tasting guide, and access to Wonderland Express. Advance: $27/$32; day-of: $30/$35. For more info, click here.


Deerfield Winter Celebration
Dec. 7: 7- 9pm; Dec. 8: 11 am – 3 pm
Downtown Deerfield 

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On Friday night enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, a two-hour live ice sculpting show and roasted chestnuts highlight the evening’s festivities in the front lawn of Village Hall at 850 Waukegan Road. On Saturday visit Forrest Plaza at The Shops at Deerfield Square for pony rides and horse-drawn carriage rides, Hanukkah games and treats, a Santa meet and greet and tons of other activities and deals hosted by various merchants. For more info and a complete schedule of events, click here.


Holiday Fest
Dec. 7: 6 – 8 pm
Skokie Heritage Museum, 8031 Floral Ave., Skokie

Live reindeer, photos with Santa, elves, carolers, crafts and more. Donate winter coats, hats, and gloves in good condition, or non-perishable food item to benefit the Niles Township Food Pantry.


Elf Invasion Pub Crawl
Dec. 8: 7 pm
Downtown Highwood

Celebrate Highwood is calling all elves to come out and get “Elfed Up’ at the inaugural "Elf Invasion Pub Crawl". The public is invited to channel their inner elf, dress the part and join the pack of elves as they visit five of the City of Highwood's most popular establishments to enjoy live music, Goslings Rum, food & drink specials and raffle prizes. Registration is $20 and includes a commemorative “Elf Invasion Pub Crawl” glass and five raffle tickets. For more info, click here.


Chicago Tap Theatre: Tidings of Tap
Dec. 9: 7 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Featuring dances to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah & the Winter Season…with all LIVE music! Chicago Tap Theatre - Tidings of Tap! is a charming, and now annual, celebration of the holiday season. Featuring rhythm and whimsy-filled dance interpretations of your favorite Christmas, Hanukkah and winter songs, this is a fun yet sophisticated, family-friendly evening that you’ll be talking about all year! Audiences will also love experiencing the live holiday music performed by the CTT jazz trio and klezmer group. Tickets: $25 - $41. For more info, click here.


DIY Your Holiday Booty Off!
Dec. 11: 6 - 8:30 pm
Bottle & Bottega, 1016 Davis St., Evanston

Work it girl!  Then reward yourself!  Bottle & Bottega Evanston welcomes The Barre Code Evanston to co-host a very special event at their BYOB studio. Burn off those holiday calories with an intense workout by Barre Code, then sit, relax, and take a load off as you sip your beverage of choice and paint glass ornaments for yourself or as a gift for a loved one. They'll show you how to paint the image shown step-by-step or you can paint an image you choose.   Ticket price ($40) includes all paint supplies, instruction, aprons and glass ornaments! For more info, click here.


Family Move Night: The Polar Express
Dec. 14: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka

Bring the entire family for popcorn, hot chocolate, cookies, and more while you watch The Polar Express at the Community House! Cozy up in your PJs and kick off the Christmas season! $15 advance, $20 at door. For more info, click here.


Charlie Brown Christmas Jazz with Chris White Trio
Dec. 14: 7:30 – 9 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest

Come listen to the holiday music of Vince Guaraldi, better known as “the Peanuts composer”, at Gorton. The Chris White Trio will tickle the ivories and delight the senses as they entertain everyone right into the holiday mood with these well-known favorites. Don’t miss this special holiday evening out on the town with no holiday stress attached! Chris White is a talented musician originally from Toronto, Canada, and now a highly sought-after artist in the Chicago and greater Midwest region. Tickets: $20 online/$25 at door. $10 with student I.D. Cash bar provided.For more info, click here.


Gingerbread House Decorating Party
Dec. 16: 1 -3 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest

Let your creative juices flow as you turn your freshly baked house into an edible masterpiece. Get in the holiday spirit and have some quality family time while designing your house, sipping hot chocolate and listening to lively sounds of the season. Each registration is for one gingerbread house and up to 6 people. $60 per group. For more info., click here.


Magical Musical Holiday Show
Dec. 16: 2 – 3 pm; 4 – 5 pm
Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia, 201 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park

Holiday favorites will be performed by MYAC's Symphony Orchestra and VocalPoint ensemble along with a North Pole sing-along interwoven with a fun story that explores Christmas, Hanukkah, and family. Special visit from Santa Claus! FREE! For more info, click here.


American Girl Live!
Dec. 21: 7 pm; Dec. 22: 1 & 5 pm; Dec. 23: 1 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Experience American Girl in an all-new musical, coming this holiday season. American Girl Live is a premiere stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Come along to sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home. Join your favorite American Girl characters and the campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams and learn the power of friendship. Tickets: $37 - $47. For more info, click here.


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Oct. 31, 2018

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: November 2018

Craft fair shoppers and live-performance enthusiasts – this month is for you! From the renown Antiques + Modernism Show to two widely celebrated craft fairs, you can shop to your hearts delight!This month also brings a plethora of performance offering for all ages – including Curious George and Almost Wonderland for the younger set, Little Shop of Horrors for the daring set, Handicap This! and The Kates for those in need of a good laugh, and Booker T Jones for those looking to get their groove on (plus Richard Marx, David Crosby and the Manhattan Transfer)! There’s also 2 Turkey Trots to choose from and a Light the Lights! Celebration in Glencoe to raise your holiday spirit to a whole new level!


Antiques + Modernism Show
Nov. 2: 10 am – 6 pm; Nov. 3: 10 am – 5 pm; Nov. 4: 11 am – 4 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka

This is the ultimate destination for interior designers, shoppers, and collectors alike. Ranging in styles from classic to modern, the Show is renowned for exquisite home furnishings and accessories, artwork, clothing, and jewelry, exclusively available for purchase from dealers who are nationally recognized specialists. The Show's 60-year history and prevailing reputation speak to the caliber of this spectacular style and design event. For more info, click here.  


The Grove Arts & Craft Faire
Nov. 1, 2, 8, 9: 10 am – 8 pm; Nov. 3, 4, 10, 11: 10 am – 5 pm
The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview 

In what will be its final year, the Glenview Park District's Arts and Craft Faire returns to the Grove with a fantastic assortment of handcrafted items, unique gifts, seasonal decorations, and one-of-a-kind treasures, sure to please even the most discerning shoppers. The Faire brings together over 60 juried artists in a festive event that has become a holiday tradition for many. Shoppers can wander throughout the beautifully-decorated grounds of this historic site while discovering the work of many talented Midwestern artisans. $5 per person, $1 for children 12 and under. For more info, click here.


Almost Wonderland
Nov. 3, 4, 10, 11: Various times
The Actors Gymnasium, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston

In another daring, circus-theatre production by the Actors Gymnasium youth circus, Dalice (they/them) doesn’t quite fit in, especially at school. Dropped into a fantasy world reminiscent of Wonderland and Oz, and with the aid of a magical book, they discover that they’re not the only ones that are struggling to fit in. Tickets: $15. For more info, click here.


Curious George: The Golden Meatball
Nov. 3, 8, 10: 10 am & 1 pm
Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook

Join Curious George, the inquisitive, lovable monkey-star of books, movies and the award-winning PBS television show in a brand new musical. Curious George: The Golden Meatball TYA is a loveable adventure, specifically designed for young audiences, that is sure to leave them singing and swinging down the aisles. Tickets: $12. For more info, click here.


Handicap This!
Nov. 9: 8 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Hysterical, risky and real! With music, humor and honesty, Handicap This! will stir your senses, challenge your thinking and wake your attitude. Part theatre-piece, part stand-up comedy routine and part insight on living with disabilities, Mike Berkson and Tim Wambach light up the stage with humor, honesty and a friendship-fueled chemistry that you will want to bottle up and keep all for yourself. Watch as they demonstrate the value of inclusion and celebrate the power of diversity as they raise awareness for people living with different abilities, and motivate any individual to go after their own goals and dreams. Tickets: $26/$36. For more info, click here.

Don’t miss these exciting performances at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts as well:

Richard Marx: Nov. 15
David Crosby & Friends: Nov. 19
The Manhattan Transfer: Nov. 24


Deerfield Family Theater: Little Shop of Horrors
Nov. 9 & 16: 7:30 pm, Nov. 10 & 17: 1 pm & 7:30 pm, Nov. 11 & 18: 2 pm
Caruso Auditorium, 1801 Montgomery Rd., Deerfield

The delightfully, ghastly tale of a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh comes to life in Deerfield. Tickets: $20. Children under 3 not admitted. For more info, click here.


Booker T Jones
Nov. 11: 6 & 8:30 pm
SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston

Booker T Jones is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and arguably the most famous Hammond B3 player in history. As leader of the legendary Booker T and the MGs, this pillar of soul music collaborated with Otis Redding, Albert King, and more during his tenure at Stax Records. Booker T’s Stax Revue is a presentation of Booker’s hits with the MGs, and of the classics recorded on Stax Records. The Stax Revue features a ten-piece big band with three lead vocalists, a three-piece horn section and Booker’s usual rhythm section and delivers a high energy experience curated to take the audience on a journey through Booker’s eyes. His brief personal anecdotes provide wonderful context for the music and Booker’s legendary history with Stax makes him the perfect artist to present such a revue. Tickets: $22 - $58. For more info, click here.


The Book Stall After Hours Presents The Kates!
Nov. 15: 7 – 8:15 pm
The Book Stall, 811 Elm St., Winnetka

This all female comedy showcase provides an intimate night of comedy different from anything you'll see at a typical Chicago club or late night bar. If you are a long-time fan, come see The Kates for this pop-up event in a new venue.  If you are local, here's a ready-made date night plan or girls-night-out mini-adventure.  The Book Stall provides the chairs, libations, a chance to win a female comedy set of books, and the bookish space, The Kates provide the laughs and entertainment. Space is limited; RSVP strong suggested as well as a $10 donation. For more info, click here.


Women’s Club of Evanston Holiday Bazaar
Nov. 16: 5 – 9 pm, Nov. 16: 10 am – 5 pm, Nov. 17: 12 pm – 4 pm
Woman’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Ave., Evanston

This juried gift fair features artists and makers of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gifts. Free admission on Saturday & Sunday. For more info, click here.


Evanston Flying Turkey Run
Nov. 22: 9 am
Evanston Lakefront at the corner of Sheridan and Church Street

The Annual Evanston Flying Turkey 5k returns! This awesome, family event is a great way to kick off your Thanksgiving weekend and get in some great exercise before your turkey dinner. First 2700 people who register will receive a free hat marking the event! This certified 5K run and walk will be along the beautiful Evanston lakefront newly paved path beginning at Sheridan Rd. and Church Street. This race site/ start line is on the southern end of the park. For more info, click here.


North Shore Turkey Trot 5K & 10K
Nov. 22: 8 am
Park Ave and St. Johns in the eastside Metra parking lot, Highland Park

The North Shore Turkey Trot is headed back to beautiful Highland Park! Enjoy a beautiful course running through the neighborhood while sporting your premium goodie bag. For more info, click here.


Light the Lights!
Nov. 23: 4 – 7 pm
Downtown Glencoe, Green Bay Rd & Park Ave.

Get in the holiday spirit in downtown Glencoe with a lighting ceremony, a “Wine and Beer Stroll,” caroling, photos with Santa, live reindeer petting, trackless train rides through beautiful downtown Glencoe and more! And to get your holiday shopping started, many downtown businesses are starting "Small Business Saturday" specials a day early and will stay open late for the event!  For more info, click here.

Oct. 8, 2018

North Shore Real Estate Update - September 2018

North Shore Chicago Real Estate Update - September 2018 vs. Year Ago

North Shore Chicago real estate data September 2018

Closed sales on the North Shore were down 8% in September. All towns declined except for Winnetka, which was up a healthy 41% and Glencoe, whose sales doubled over last year.

Median prices increased a modest 3% overall but results were a mixed bag on a town by town basis. Winnetka, Wilmette and Lake Forest had double digit gains, while Kenilworth, Northfield and Glencoe went the other direction.

Market time overall was flat compared to last year at 113 days. Evanston continues to have the shortest market time, at 66 days. Lake Forest and Glencoe had the longest average time on market, at 211 days and 256 days, respectively.

Accepted Offers - September 2018 vs. Year Ago

Accepted Offers September 2018

While closed sales were down for the month, accepted offers were up 10%, boding well for future closings. Most towns had nice increases over last year, though Evanston, Kenilworth and Glenview were flat and Glencoe actually decreased.

North Shore Chicago Real Estate Update - 1st Nine Months 2018 vs. YGO

North Shore Chicago real estate data Jan-Sept 2018

Year-to-date closed sales were down 5% through September, with all towns posting declines except Glencoe (+23%) and Lake Forest, which was flat.

The median price for the North Shore was up only 1%. Wilmette, High;and Park, Winnetka and Evanston were up, while the remaining towns had modest declines.

Average market time for the year hovers around 4 months. Only Wilmette and Evanston are below the North Shore average. Lake Forest is significantly above, at 199 days or six and a half months.

Why is the North Shore so much slower than the rest of the U.S? It’s the confluence of three main trends: 1) Fewer job transfers into the area; 2) Illinois population losses driven by high property taxes and a poor economic prognosis for the state; and 3) More people preferring to stay in the city vs. moving to the suburbs.

What does this mean for home buyers and sellers?

For buyers it means that good deals can be had. There's still plenty of inventory available and prices are coming down.

For sellers who need to sell, pricing right will be critical, as will getting your house staged.

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.

Wondering what your home is worth in today's market? You can get an instant value here.

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Oct. 7, 2018

Halloween Fun on the North Shore 2018

The North Shore knows how to do Halloween! If you don’t want to miss any of the fun, check out our mega list of Halloween happenings and start your planning now! There are so many spooktacular events to choose from all month long. Whether you are looking for family friendly events or thrills and shrills, or even one for the pooches, this list has got you covered!  Also, please be sure to check with your local township for specific treat-or-treat hours on Oct. 31st!


Scream Scene
Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28: 7 - 10 pm (some days vary)
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. Special lights on times on Oct. 22 & 27. Tickets: $12. For more info, click here.


Halloween Hayride
Oct. 12: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Ave. W, Highland Park

Grab your costume and enjoy a night of goblins, ghosts, and ghouls! Board the hayride and settle in for a haunting story after dark, then cozy up to the fire and watch Halloween classic ‘Hocus Pocus’ (PG) on the big screen (movie starts at 6:45pm) while making s/mores! Craft beers and food available for purchase. $5, cash only. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. For more info, click here.


Frankenstein’s Monster
Oct. 13: 4 pm; Oct. 14: 1 pm
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, 21850 Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by attending the Theatre Hikes performance at Brushwood Center! Audience members will travel in and around Brushwood with the cast of this avant-garde adaptation, exploring the story through Dr. Frankenstein’s distorted memories and the personal accounts of Frankenstein’s monster. $20/adults (kids are free with a paid adult). Run time is about 2-2.5 hours. For more info, click here.


Pumpkin in the Woods
Oct. 19: 4 - 6 pm
Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka 

Hubbard Woods will be transformed into your local pumpkin patch for family fun before Halloween! Enjoy pumpkin decorating, carnival games, and lots of excitement. The Costume Contest registration will start around 4:30 pm and winners will be announced at 5:30 pm. Costume categories include: most original, scariest, and a few others. There will be a DJ, props, bounce houses, games and decorations; the event is not designed to scare children. Food will be sold on-site: caramel apples, cookies, hot dogs, etc. Please register by October 15 to guarantee that you will receive a pumpkin to take home. Day-of registrants are not guaranteed a pumpkin. For more info, click here.


Halloween Spooktacular
Oct. 19: 5:30 – 8 pm
Park Center, 2400 Chestnut, Glenview 

Enjoy a family-friendly indoor Halloween party with inflatables, entertainment, creepy crafts, ghoulish games and more. The event is designed for ages 2-10 years; parents must accompany their children. Costumes are optional. Admission is $10 per child; adults and children under 2 are free. Snacks available for purchase. For more information, click here or call 847-724-5670.


Things That Go Bump in the Night
Oct. 19: 6 – 8:15 pm; Oct. 20: 5:30 – 8:15 pm
Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie 

Meet some of the fascinating but often misunderstood critters of Emily Oaks! This popular event is intended to be fun and informative - NOT frightening. As you're guided along the trail, you'll venture to three places - the cave, forest, and marsh - and hear from the animals that live there why these are cool, fantastic, and magical places! Your visit will end at a campfire featuring snacks and songs. Tickets: $5. Advanced tickets are sold for specific times; up to 20 tickets are available for each time. Tickets will be sold at the gate ONLY if available. For more info, click here.


Spooky Pooch Parade
Oct. 20: 11 am – 1 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe 

For two very special hours only, dogs are allowed in the Chicago Botanic Garden. Cleverly costumed canines march the parade route to celebrate Halloween. Spectators are invited to line the parade route for a barking good time. Note: Viewing the dog parade is free. If you are bringing a dog, however, you must purchase paid registration (advanced $15/20) for your dog, whether or not you enter the parade and costume contest. In addition to the parade, activities include the costume contest, judging, and an awards ceremony. For more info and to register your pooch, click here.


Haunted Trail of Terror
Oct. 20: 6 – 9 pm
Lloyd Beach, 799 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka 

The souls of Lloyd Beach have risen from the Lake again for the 7th annual Haunted Trail of Terror at Lloyd Beach. Try to escape the haunted beach and boat house before it’s too late and you wind up in Davey Jones’ Locker. Tickets: $5 at door, recommended ages 10+. For more info, click here.


Zombie Scramble
Oct. 20 5:30 – 9 pm
Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston

The goal of the Zombie Scramble is for you and your team members to finish the race with all of your "lives" intact. Your "lives" are represented by flags hanging from a flag football belt you will wear. Throughout the approx. 2-mile course, Zombies will be attempting to grab your flag as you attempt to avoid them. Participants must register for a specific wave time. Waves begin at 5:30pm and will start every 7 minutes. $20 per person. For more info, click here.


Halloween Happening
Oct. 20: 4 – 8 pm
Community Rec Center, 3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette 

Filled with thrills and chills, this family-friendly event features carnival games, a moonwalk, a magician, arts and crafts, face painting and pony rides. Don't miss the Theater of Terror, the Reptile Room and more! Pizza dinner is included, along with a goodie bag and a visit to the pumpkin patch. For additional information regarding tickets, parking and more, click here. $25 Res/$30 NonRes.


Scarecrow Build-Off Contest
Oct. 20: 1 – 3 pm
Northcroft Park, 1365 S. Ridge, Lake Forest

Come spend a fun fall day with your family at Lake Forest Parks & Recreation’s First Annual Scarecrow Build-Off Contest! Finished scarecrows will be staked and displayed at Northcroft Park through Halloween. Prizes will be given to the winners of select categories. Pumpkin, carving/drawing materials, hay, twine, safety pins, how-to instructions provided. You bring the clothing, accessories and creative ideas. Free, but families must register to participate. $5 material donations will be accepted.For more info, click here.


Haunted Trail Walk
Oct. 20: 7 – 9 pm
Northcroft Park, 1365 S. Ridge, Lake Forest

Prepare to be spooked on a self-guided walk through the haunted forest from Northcroft Park to Stirling Hall. Creepy creatures, spooky sounds, or scary sights will be lurking behind every corner. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight if you dare. After your adventure, join the bonfire at Stirling Hall with hot apple cider and s’mores.  Event is free, but registration is encouraged. Recommended for ages 12+. For more info, click here.

Ragdale Presents the Spooktacular Rags to Witches
Oct. 20: 3 – 8 pm
Ragdale, 1260 North Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest 

Don’t miss Ragdale’s third annual costumed, creative spookfest for the whole family. Guests and little monsters will be spellbound by live performances, hands-on art projects, games and seasonal tastings throughout Lake Forest’s most imaginative haunted estate. Special features include: Haunted Ragdale House, enchanted stroll in the pet cemetery, ghostly storytelling and performances in the Witches Ring, costume contest and parade, creepy arts and crafts, cider and treats and a cash bar for adults. New this year is the “After Dark” party for teens and adults from 6-8pm. As the light dims, both floors of the Ragdale House will be transformed into a haunted house inhabited by the spooky spirits of Ragdale’s past shaking the walls and walking the halls.   Costumes encouraged and prizes awarded. Advance tickets are $20 adults, $15 children, $60 per household (limit 4). Individual tickets are also available at the door for an additional $5. To purchase tickets and for more info, click here.


YMCA 11th Annual YMCA Halloween Spooktacular
Oct. 21: 2 – 5 pm
Northern Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Rd., Northbrook 

The North Suburban YMCA welcomes ghosts and goblins of all ages when the entire Y will be transformed with haunted houses, trick-or-treat trails, and a wide range of activities to entertain the entire family. The Y’s festival of frights and fun includes a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatable bounce houses, costume contests, a children’s haunted maze, art projects, photo ops and delicious treats. Admission is free for Y members, $20/family for non-members. The event also offers exclusive early access for children with special needs from 1:30 to 2:00 pm. For more info, click here.


Night of 1,000 Jack-O-Lanterns
Oct. 24 – 28: 6:30 – 10:30 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe

More than 1,000 professionally hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns is the only event of its kind in the Chicago area. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, watch live carving, and view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America. This event has timed tickets. Before Oct. 23: $11 - $16; after: $13 - $18. For more, info, click here.


Boo Bash
Oct. 25: 5:30 - 7 pm
Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Rd., Glencoe

Calling all ghosts and goblins! Enjoy a Boo-tiful evening filled with crafts, carnival games, candy and treats, entertainment and a pizza dinner. Please wear a costume and bring a trick-or-treat bag. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Advanced registration is encouraged. No refunds; all sales are final. Advanced: $8; after Oct. 24: $10. For more info, click here.


Dave Rudolph’s Spooktacular Concert
Oct. 26: 1 - 2 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka

Dave will entertain goblins of all ages with his ghost-definitely, not very scary definitely – fun songs and stories to raise the hair on your funny bone. Kids come dressed in costume and share the stage with Dave. Great for children 6 years of age and under. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For more info, click here.

OLPH Trunk-or-Treat
Oct. 26: 5 – 7 pm
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1775 Grove St., Glenview 

Enjoy a DJ, amazing food for sale, great raffle prizes and tons of treats as your kids trick or treat amongst 40+ festively decorated cars filled with goodies! Admission $5/child. For more info, click here.


Halloween Hoopla
Oct. 26: 7 – 9 pm; Oct. 28: 3 – 6 pm
Jewett Park, 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield

Friday night festivities feature a DJ, pumpkin patch & decorating, scarecrow building, crafts, and a bonfire. Activities will take place outside all around the park. There are no fees for events this night. Concessions will be available for purchase at the Jewett Park Pavilion. Saturday festivities feature entertainment, inflatable rides, a hay wagon trip around the park, carnival games with prizes, balloon twisters, face-painters, craft room, and much more! Wristbands, $5 per child (advance purchase available at the Jewett Park Community Center) are required for Saturday activities and are available for purchase on site. For more info, click here.


Lincolnshire Boo Bash
Oct. 26: 5 – 8 pm
North Park, 1025 Riverwoods, Lincolnshire

Complete with food, haunted house, bounce house, hay rides, haunted trails, games, activities, costume contests, a DJ, and more; this annual Halloween fest is fun for all ages. Free.


West Ridge Trick-or-Treat
Oct. 26: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Rd., Highland Park

Leave your Halloween weather worries behind! West Ridge program participants, friends and family members are invited to trick-or-treat inside and play all kinds of spooky and silly games. Bring a bag to collect toys and prizes. All Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event. Free. For more info: 847-831-3810.


Youth Services Haunted House
Oct. 26 & 27: 5 – 8 pm
Youth Services, 3080 West Lake Ave., Glenview 

Treat the whole family to a spooktacular two nights of Halloween fun - featuring a haunted house (recommended ages 8+) for those up for a scare! Take advantage of the opportunity to dress in costume to show off your Halloween spirit. Additional activities Include: face painting, arts & crafts, refreshments, games, movie and so much more! Ticket: $7 in advance, $10 at door. For more info, click here.


Boo Bash
Oct. 27: 3 – 6 pm
Glenview Town Center, 2030 Tower Dr., Glenview

Bring your little ghouls and goblins to GTC for an afternoon of free family fun! Participating merchants will have trick or treating and Halloween inspired activities.

Spooky Saturday on the Main-Dempster Mile
Oct. 27: 10:30 am – 4 pm
Chicago & Main St., Evanston

Kids of all ages welcome to Trick or Treat the merchants of the Main-Dempster Mile, while stopping in at some special events along the way, including story time and songs (10:30 – 11:15 am) and Movie Party (Wallace & Gromit, 2:30 – 4 pm) at the Evanston Public Library (900 Chicago Ave.) For more info, click here.

Trick or Treat Downtown Skokie
Oct. 27: 1 – 3 pm
Lincoln & Oakton Sts., Downtown Skokie

Trick-or-treat at participating merchants in downtown Skokie. Children, ages 12 and younger in costume, are welcome to participate. Pick up a bag at Crafty Beaver, Mini Man Monkey Brains or North Branch Yoga and start your adventure. Look for participating merchants with the pumpkin poster in the window! Finish off the day on the Village Green with some Halloween fun courtesy of the Skokie Public Library! Listen to the crackling fire, play some Halloween trivia, sing along with spooky songs and then when the fire is ready – roast marshmallows and make s'mores! For more info, click here.


Spooky Skate
Oct. 27: 12 pm
Centennial Ice Rinks, 2300 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette

Come in costume and enjoy games, a costume contest and prize drawings. Skate rentals available. Students: $8, Adults: $9, 5 and under: $4. *Wear your Halloween costume and admission is $5. Age 5 & Under in costume are free.

Halloween Scary Skate
Oct. 27: 1 – 2:30 pm
Centennial Ice, 3100 Trail Way, Highland Park

Halloween party on ice! Come in costume to skate for free! Regular fees apply for skate rentals and those not in costume. For more info, click here.


Halloween Party on Ice
Oct. 27: 1:40 pm – 2:55 pm
Winnetka Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka 

Dress up in your favorite costume and take a few laps skating to our chilling Halloween music. Bring a dry foods donation for the NT Food Pantry to receive free admission. Skate rental: $4. For more info, click here.


A Family Halloween
Oct. 28: 3 – 6 pm
Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd., Glenview

Enjoy all kinds of spooky shenanigans as Historic Wagner Farm celebrates Halloween. Wear your favorite costume to our kid-friendly bash that includes a haunted barn, wagon rides, pumpkin games and more ghoulish fun. Cost: $10/person. Children under 2 are free. For more info, click here.


Willow Creek North Shore Trunk or Treat
Oct. 28: 2:30 - 5 pm
Willow Creek Community Church, 2200 Shermer Rd., Glenview 

Kids can wear their non-scary costumes to collect candy and small prizes at decorated cars around our parking lot from 2:30-5:00pm. We'll have a large lot for all ages as well as a smaller Tot Lot for kids 5 and under. There will be a petting zoo, inflatables, photo ops, games, and candy. Admission is FREE for everyone, and snacks will be available for purchase. Invite your friends and neighbors! No registration is necessary. Free event held rain or shine. 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!

Sept. 30, 2018

Fun Things to do on the North Shore: October 2018

In addition to all the Halloween happenings that will be soon filling up your calendar (we will be publishing a Halloween specific list soon), October offer plenty of ways to celebrate the arrival of Fall on the North Shore. Grabs some friends (and a few extra layers) and enjoy the outdoors while you can! Highlights include the Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest, The Grove Folk Fest, Evanston Oktoberfest and the 34th Annual Pinball Expo!


Highwood Pumpkin Fest
Oct. 5: 4 pm – 10 pm, Oct. 6: 11 am – 10 pm, Oct. 7: 11 am – 9 pm
Downtown Highwood

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival is the quintessential kick-off event to celebrate the Fall season on the North Shore! Be a part of history as they attempt to break the Guinness World Record of for the most pumpkins carved and lit at once (30, 851) while raising money for Make-A-Wish Illinois. Come experience a full schedule of family-friendly activities, including a carnival, and the charm of a small town that’s bursting with good will and family fun. For more info and a complete line-up of events including pre-festival activities, click here.


Tails & Ales
Oct. 6: 2 – 6 pm
Glencoe Beach, 55 Hazel Ave., Glencoe

Enjoy a family-friendly happy hour with your dog at Glencoe Beach. The event includes beer, wine, cider, entertainment, and playtime for your pup! Admission includes a souvenir cup, as well as two drink tickets. Food will be available for purchase. Bringing dogs is not mandatory, but liking dogs is! Tickets: $30 before Oct. 5. $40 day-of.$15 for non-alcoholic drinks/admission. Click here for more info.


Harvest Fest
Oct. 6: 10 am – 1 pm
Kalk Park, 298 Park Ave., Glencoe

Back by popular demand! Celebrate fall at one of the best community spirit events of the year. Spend the morning at Kalk Park enjoying family friendly games, attractions, and entertainment. Halloween pumpkins will be available for purchase. All ages welcome.


The Grove Folk Fest
Oct. 7: 11 am – 5 pm
The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview

Costumed interpreters relive local history while visitors celebrate autumn with folk music, square dancing, hayrides and more. Dine on hearty food in the outdoor dining hall, see a live animal show and enjoy the Native American flute circle. Gift and craft items are available for purchase. $4 adults; $1 Children 12 & under. For more info, click here.


Highland Park Uncorked
Oct. 11: 6 – 8 pm
Downtown Highland Park, check-in at Highland Park Bank Trust, 1949 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park

The Highland Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to present its inaugural Highland Park UNCORKED Wine Stroll! Wine lovers and foodies can sip, savor and stroll through the unique businesses on the streets of downtown Highland Park while enjoying fine wines and delicious small bites. Tickets: $35, group discounts (5+) available. For more info, click here.


Autumn Brews
Oct. 11: 6 – 8 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe

Welcome the fall season with a cold glass of beer at the Chicago Botanic Garden's "Autumn Brews: Seasonal Beer Tasting in the Garden." Guests check in at the McGinley Pavilion and receive a wristband, tasting glass, and tasting sheet. Breweries will pour a few different seasonally selected beers in 2-ounce tastings. Light fare and featured beer by the bottle will be available for purchase. Come to “drink in” the best of the season! Advance Tickets: $27 members/$32 nonmembers. For more info, click here. This event always sells out so act fast!


Evanston Oktoberfest
Oct. 14: 1 – 6 pm
Downtown Evanston, University Place & Oak Ave. (Behind the Hilton Garden Inn), Evanston

Downtown Evanston is excited to host the 4th annual Evanston Oktoberfest! Come out with friends and family to enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting, delicious local food, children’s activities, live music and beautiful fall weather! This year the festival will feature breweries from Chicago and the North Shore. You can sample more than 40 different styles of craft beer and hard cider from favorite local and regional breweries. For more info, including ticket options, click here.


34th Annual Pinball Expo
Oct. 17 – Oct. 21, 24-hour game hall begins at 6 pm on 10/17
Westin Chicago North Shore, 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling

Founded in 1985, Pinball Expo is the longest-running event dedicated to pinball. This year's Pinball Expo will feature an IFPA sponsored pinball tournament plus additional tournaments! This expo features pinball machines and coin-operated arcade games both old and new. Whether you are a novice, collector, skilled player, or enthusiast, there will be fun for everyone! For more info and a schedule of events and tournaments, 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!

Sept. 17, 2018

Updated and Spacious Home With First Floor Master

32 Meadowview Drive, Northfield, IL 60093

For Sale: 32 Meadowview Drive, Northfield, IL 60093

If you're feeling hemmed in by your current house and are craving more room to spread out, this spacious home (6500 square feet!) on nearly an acre may be just what you've been looking for.

Updated ... And So Much Space!

The first thing you'll notice as you enter the front door are the gorgeous dark-stained hardwood floors that run throughout the first floor. The second thing you'll notice is how much light there is, coming from all the large windows, sliders and skylights. And the third thing you'll notice is just how much space there is and how the rooms flow seamlessly from one to the next. The free-flowing space is ideal for family living as well as gracious entertaining, in summer or winter.

Directly off the foyer to the left is a comfortable family room with a cozy fireplace, bay window and built-ins. This leads right into the cook's kitchen with custom Wood-Mode cabinetry, island, Sub Zero refrigerator and double ovens. Beyond the kitchen is a convenient laundry room and pantry, and stairway to the private guest suite.

Den at 32 Meadowview Drive, Northfield

Kitchen at 32 Meadowview Drive Northfield

Just off the kitchen is a dining room that begs you to host your extended family for holiday dinners. And, for summertime events, the sliders allow the party to spill out onto the expansive blue-stone patio that overlooks the lush backyard and the adjacent Forest Preserve.

Dining room 32 Meadowview Drive, Northfield IL

The living room boasts a fireplace, large windows and access to the backyard, as well as to the adjacent music room.

Living room 32 Meadowview Drive Northfield

All Your Kids' Friends Will Want To Hang Out At Your House

Once you make your way to the back of the house you'll discover the "piece de resistance," an enormous game room. Your little "angels" can roughhouse with their friends and play video games to their heart's content. They'll be within earshot so you can keep tabs on them, but not so close that you can't hear yourself think.

Have teens? Your home will be the house all their friends will want to hang out at, playing pool or watching movies, and you won't have to wonder where they are or worry about what they're getting up to.

Game room 32 Meadowview Northfield

A Serene Retreat for Parents

Parents deserve privacy and this master suite delivers. It occupies the entire right wing of the first floor: a quiet retreat with a large bedroom with plantation shutters, a spa bath, tons of closet space (including a large walk-in), and a sunny office with built-in bookcases.

Master bedroom 32 Meadowview Drive Northfield IL

home office 32 Meadowview Drive, Northfield

The other three bedrooms are upstairs. Each is noticeably large, and each has its own bathroom. No more sibling fights over having to share a bathroom!

One of the bedrooms is a private guest suite that includes a bedroom, bathroom, sitting room and separate entrance. It's an ideal arrangement if you have a nanny, caregiver or resident in-laws.

The attached three-car heated garage will make our cold, snowy winters almost enjoyable.

This house has no basement but you won’t need it. There is an enormous amount of storage space in the second floor attic. The house sits on a crawl space, in which there is a sump pump. Although some surrounding properties are located in the 100 year flood zone, this house is not in the flood zone and it has never had any flooding or seepage.

An Ideal Location: Tranquility Plus Convenience

The home is situated on a large, lushly landscaped lot on a quiet road. While it feels secluded, it's actually close to everything. If you commute to the city, you can quickly hop on the Edens Expressway. Marie Murphy Middle School, New Trier High School's Happ Road campus and Loyola Academy are all close by, as are the Winnetka Ice Arena, Nielsen Tennis Center and Skokie Playfields.

backyard 32 Meadowview Drive, Northfield

Award Winning Schools

Neighborhood residents are served by award-winning District 37 (Avoca) schools: Avoca West School (K-5th grade) and Marie Murphy (6-8). Marie Murphy was named one of the top ten public schools in suburban Cook County by Chicago Magazine in 2018. It has a definite strength in STEM programs also and regularly competes and performs well in the Illinois and National Science Olympiad.

After Marie Murphy students attend New Trier Township High School along with kids from Winnetka, Wilmette, Glencoe and Kenilworth. The ninth grade campus is on nearby Happ Rd. in Northfield, while upperclassmen attend the Winnetka campus. In 2016 Newsweek ranked New Trier #17 of all U.S.public high schools and the #1 suburban Chicago public school. For those seeking private school options, Loyola Academy, a Jesuit college preparatory school (grades 9-12), is in nearby Wilmette. North Shore Country Day School (K-12) is in Winnetka.

This updated and meticulously maintained home is offered at $1,299,000, an incredible value for a house of this size and condition on a (nearly) one acre lot in New Trier Township.

And, if you have had sticker shock from seeing the property taxes of homes in Winnetka and nearby communities, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that the taxes on this home are significantly lower than what you would pay on a comparable property in Winnetka.

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How to see this home: If the price fits your comfort zone, please call your agent to set an appointment to see the home. The seller is represented by Anne West of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage: 847.687.5957.

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Aug. 30, 2018

Fun Things to Do on the North Shore: September 2018

I am in some serious denial that the summer is almost over.  But there is no denying the fact that September on the North Shore offers a whole boatload of fun that makes the transition from the carefree days of summer to the brisk yet, exciting days of fall a bit easier to handle! So put away the bathing suits, grab a layer or two and enjoy!


Various Performances through Sept. 23
Writer’s Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe

It's 1975 and two young survivors (who may or may not be the playwright's parents) meet in a Vietnamese refugee camp in mid-America shortly after the fall of Saigon. Will this strange new land of cowboys, hippies and bikers allow them to fall in love? Playwright Qui Nguyen’s wildly creative, irreverent style flips stereotypes on their head, remixing history and culture into a sexy, funny and energetic fantasia as he imagines how two soul mates might have found each other in a turbulent time. Tickets: $35 - $80. For more info, click here.


Carillon Concert
Sept. 3: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm demonstration every 15 min/ 7 pm – 8 pm concert
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe

Enjoy an enchanting one-hour musical performance of carillon bells on a warm summer evening and watch lights illuminate Evening Island.  Crafted in Holland, the tower's bronze bells and playing device with a range of four octaves constitutes one of the few hand-played carillons in the nation. Through a regularly scheduled series of concerts each summer, carillonneurs from around the world delight Garden visitors with the captivating music of the 48-bell Theodore C. Butz Memorial Carillon. Meet the performers and enjoy a free carillon tour and demonstration before the concert—you can even try your hand at ringing the bells. For more info, click here.


Community Garage Sale
Sept. 8: 9 am – 1 pm
Centennial Recreation Complex, 2300 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette

With summer winding down and the kids going back to school you may be feeling the urge to clean house. Gather up all your salvageable bits and pieces, and bring them over to the Community Garage Sale. Vendors have sold toys, appliances, décor, gifts and so much more at our past sales – you never know what you’ll find! The event is free to shop. Vendors pay a minimal fee to reserve 2 parking spaces for their setup. Register by September 6 to reserve your spot! For more info, click here.


Fall Family Festival
Sept. 9: 9 am – 11:30 am
Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview

The annual Fall Family Festival is back, with some old favorites and some new exciting activities. Get ready for a jam-packed morning of animal discovery, harvest games, train rides, and physical activities to burn off the summer energy outdoors. Members: $15 per person/Non- members: $26 per person. For more info, click here.


Evanston Streets Alive + Green Living Festival
Sept. 9: 1 – 5 pm
Main-Dempster Mile, Main St from Florence to Chicago Ave, Evanston

Don’t miss this Open Streets celebration of active living, public spaces, and community! Walk, bike, skate and scooter up and down Main Street and enjoy live music, giant bubble-making, yoga in the park, martial arts demos, ceramic painting, bike decorating, outdoor games, pop-up play and delicious food and refreshments! For more info, click here.


The Great Mud Run
Sept. 15: 9 am – 12 pm
Watts Park, 461 Jackson Ave., Glencoe

The Great Mud Run is a 1.25 mile (2K) race through Watts Park for 7 – 14 years old.(3 different age brackets). This race will take your adventurous youth throughout the parkland of Glencoe. There will be 10-12 natural and man-made obstacles throughout the course challenging your drive and physical stamina. Participants will receive a T-shirt, finisher medal, and bragging rights. Click here to register; $30 through 9/13 or until space runs out. Race Day: $40.


Sept. 16: 1 pm – 5 pm
Performance Pavilion at Heritage Park, 201 Community Blvd., Wheeling

Enjoy an autumn afternoon with family and friends. Live music by Semple, plus fun activities including a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, and hayrides. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is free! For more info, click here.


Sept. 16: 12pm – 4 pm
Village Green park, Corner of Sherman and Meadow Rd., Northbrook

Take a step back in time at this fun-filled community fall festival. Collectible and antique car show, children’s activities, and food and fun for all ages! Plus, beautiful fall mums for sale! For more info, click here.

Downtown Skokie Block Party – Brown Street Music/Family Fest
Sept. 22: 4 – 10 pm
Downtown Skokie on Brown from Lincoln to Floral

Join the fun and meet the neighbors at the Downtown Skokie Block Party! Everyone is welcome to come and hang out for some awesome local music, storytelling, arts/crafts, and a whole lot more. Be sure to follow the Downtown Skokie FacebookInstagram and Twitter account for more details and information as they become available.

American Craft Expo
Sept. 21 & 22: 10 am – 6pm; Sept. 23: 10 am – 5 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe

The American Craft Exposition (ACE) is one of the country’s premier fine craft shows, bringing together over 140 superior artisans exhibiting one-of-a-kind pieces, luxury collections and uniquely creative, museum quality artwork. A highly competitive juried show, ACE features hand-crafted work in 12 media – baskets, ceramics, fiber decorative, fiber wearable, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood. For more info, click here.


Winnetka Park District Fall Fest
Sept. 29: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Duke Childs Field, 1321 Willow Rd., Winnetka

Fall Fest event is one of the village’s largest events, bringing around a thousand people each year to celebrate this great community and welcome fall amongst neighbors, friends, and family. Activities include: touch-a-truck, inflatables, face painting, balloon animals, pumpkin roll, and food + beer/wine for purchase. For more info, click here.

Sept. 29: 3 pm – 8 pm
Performance Pavilion at Heritage Park, 201 Community Blvd., Wheeling

Enjoy a day of food, beer, music and merriment at this annual Oktoberfest!  Drink German and domestic beer and eat bratwurst while enjoying live entertainment by Dan Mateja and the IPA (International Polka Association) Tribute Band and 7th Heaven.  The best part of this year's event is it's free!  Food and beer are available for purchase. 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!


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.


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