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.

Feb. 22, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Feb. 24 – 26

Unfortunately, the fantastic weather is not going to last but the weekend’s lineup of fabulous events should keep you smiling! Choose from perennial favorites including a wine and beer tasting and an eco-film festival as well as some new-to-the-scene events including a trivia night, a special performance by Lake Forest’s own Kathy Sparrenberger and a hands-on story time with celebrated children’s author, Patricia Murphy. Plus the last weekend to catch the captivating, “The Dining Room” at the Oil Lamp Theatre. 


Wine and Beer Tasting
Feb. 24: 6 – 9 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka 

Attendees can taste a wide variety of more than 80 top shelf wines and 20 craft beers while enjoying an expansive array of passed and buffet hors d’oeuvres & sweets. All wine and beer will be sale-priced plus case discounts and free delivery/pick up in Winnetka. Participants must be 21+. New this year: Purchase an exciting Connoisseur Upgrade to taste an additional 20 Reserve Wines such as Joseph Phelps Insignia, Dominus, Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Cabernet Sauvignon, Caymus, and Inglenook Rubicon Estate. Advanced registration: $75; At the door: $85.  The Connoisseur Upgrade is an additional $50 and may be purchased in advance or at the event. The Upgrade grants early admission (6pm) to the event. For more info or to purchase tickets, click here.


Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Feb. 24: 7 pm
Evanston Environmental Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston 

The Wild & Scenic Film Fest is organized and produced by SYRCL (the South Yuba River Citizens League), and was started in part to help environmental organizations like the EEA grow their membership. The festival offers a line-up of the best in environmental and adventure short films covering a variety of topics relevant to those concerned with our planet. The festival sold out last year. Tickets: $5 EEA members, General Public: $10. For more info and a movie lineup, click here.

Trivia Night: A Friendly Battle of Historic Proportions
Feb. 24: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Rd., Lake Forest 

Calling all History Buffs!  Come to the first-ever Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society Trivia Night.  Put on your thinking cap for a fun evening of friendly competition inspired by local history, upcoming programs and the year 1984.  Join a team- or round up your own group (up to eight people). Cost: $25 for Historical Society members; $35 for non-members.  The price includes wine, beer, pizza and salad.  Tickets may be purchased by clicking here or calling 847-234-5253.


The Dining Room
Feb. 24 & 25: 8 pm; Feb. 26: 3 pm (Last weekend)
Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Rd., Glenview 

These walls can talk – and they tell amazing, beautiful and poignant stories. Set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, where family has assembled for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes—some funny, some touching, some rueful—which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP. Admission Fee $20-35 includes cookies and corkage fee. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.


Story Time with Patricia Murphy at The Book Stall
Feb. 25: 3 pm
The Book Stall, 811 Elm St., Winnetka 

Join award-winning children’s book author Patricia Murphy for a “Mama, Look!” hunt. Search for animals throughout the store with your mom. Then, Patricia will read from her new book, MAMA, LOOK! where curious baby creatures and their mamas discover the world around them. Patricia J. Murphy is the author of over 150 children’s books as well as many poems, magazine and news stories, and programs for children. Her work has received numerous honors including the Learning Magazine’s Teacher’s Choice award, the Illinois Reads award, and inclusion in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. For more information, click here.


Kathy Sparrenberger Presents VIVA LA DIVA! Encore
Feb. 25: 8 – 9:30 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Rd., Lake Forest 

Kathy Sparrenberger, a Lake Forest resident, known for singing on over 1000 national TV and radio commercials, as well as performing with artists including Carole King, Michael Bolton, as well as movie soundtracks and albums, is combining her styles to perform a tribute to her favorite Pop Divas – including Karen Carpenter, Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick, and Celine Dion to name a few! A special video tribute to “Divas At The Oscars” will honor Academy Award winning songs from the past to the present! Tickets: $35.00. For more info or to purchase tickets, click here.


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Feb. 15, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Feb. 17 – 19

If you are feeling presidential this weekend, there are several ways to partake in some presidential activities: from “meeting” George Washington to High Tea with Alexander Hamilton’s Women (ok Hamilton was not a president but close enough); to A Day of Remembrance which explores the impact of FDR’s executive order to incarcerate Japanese Americans during WWII.  The is also the always entertaining Freeze Basic Skill Figure Skating Competition, a gastro-pleasing fundraiser featuring Highwood’s best, and for those really looking for some fun…two chances to catch Kathy Griffin! Enjoy the 3-day weekend!


The Freeze Basic Skills Figure Skating Competition
Feb. 17: 5 – 9 pm; Feb. 18: 9 am – 7 pm
Glenview Ice Center, 1851 Landwehr Rd., Glenview 

See the skating stars of tomorrow at this United States Figure Skating sanctioned competition which draws more than 180 participants from across the Midwest and beyond. The Freeze is one of the largest amateur skating competitions in the north suburbs. Competition categories include: Programs, Compulsories, Artistic, Interpretative, Jumps and Spins, Synchronized Skating and more. FREE admission for spectators. For more info, call 847-724-5670.


Day of Remembrance 75th Anniversary
Feb. 18: 2 - 4 pm
Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston 

February 19, 2017, marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of the executive order by Franklin Roosevelt which called for the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Commemorate this historic occasion through an interactive, intergenerational program held around the work of Sansei artist Kristine Aono. Aono's installation, entitled The Nail That Sticks Up the Farthest….features a full-sized gallery wall in which participants are invited to add nails in honor of someone who was incarcerated. The afternoon will be spent sharing stories of internment, and commemorating this historic anniversary. For more info and a schedule of events, click here.


Kathy Griffin
Feb. 18: 6 pm & 9 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie


Two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin is a towering figure on television, on tour and in publishing. She breaks through the entertainment clutter with her universally recognized brand of pull-no-punches comedy. Tickets: $63 - $89.  Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.


Jazzed Up Dining & Classical Cocktails Fundraiser
Feb. 18: 6:30 – 9 pm
Midwest Young Artists, 878 Lyster Rd., Highwood 

In its ongoing effort to support arts, music and culture, Celebrate Highwood is hosting Jazzed Up Dining & Classical Cocktails to benefit Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC), the Midwest’s most comprehensive youth music school and ensemble program. In addition to live jazz, classical and big band musical performances by MYAC students throughout the evening, guests will enjoy appetizers, dinner and dessert from the North Shore’s finest restaurants, as well as an open bar and a silent auction. Guests will also have the unique opportunity to tour MYAC’s rehearsal facility, a beautifully transformed army stockade building at Fort Sheridan, to learn about history of the building and explore the old prison cells from 1890. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online at here.


High Tea with Alexander Hamilton’s Women: Meet the Schuyler Sisters! 
Feb. 19: 1 pm
Highland Park Community House, 1911 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park 

Alexander Hamilton was not just a powerful Founding Father, he was also a loving husband and father, a flirtatious brother-in-law, and an incorrigible lady-killer. Enjoy a delicious four-course tea, catered by High Tea by Gerri, while being treated to a new living-history portrayal, of the Schuyler sisters who captivated Hamilton: His wife, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton; her sister, the charming, witty Angelica Schuyler Church and her other sister, high-spirited Peggy Schuyler van Rensselaer. Actress and scholar Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., brings these smart, beautiful women to life as they discuss their complicated relationships with Hamilton and the other men in their lives. You don’t need to have seen the smash hit musical Hamilton to enjoy this, but if you have, it’ll bring the history behind the show alive! For more info, contact Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance: 312-380-1665.   Admission is $60. ($65 at the door, if seating is available) For more info: contact Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance: 312-380-1665. Doors open at 12:00, tea service begins at 1:00 pm.  There will be an early bird boutique of jewelry, hats, purses and accessories. A live auction will follow to benefit the State Fair Family Heirloom Recipe project.


Presidents Day Family Program: George Washington
Feb. 19: 2 – 3 pm
Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Rd., Wilmette 

Take a step back in history and bring your kids to meet George Washington.   Hear Washington explain how he went from being a gentleman farmer and land surveyor to being our country’s founding father and first president.  Actor Terry Lynch specializes in historical portrayal and his one man interactive presentations give audiences a first person perspective on the people and events that make up our history.  Seating is limited, so come early to reserve your spot. Free for members, $10 per family for non-members. For more info, click here



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We are a top team of real estate agents specializing in the lakefront communities of Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Kenilworth, Northfield, Glencoe, Highland Park and surrounding areas.



If you would like to schedule a buyer or seller consultation with the Come Home North Shore Team, please give us a call at 847.881.6657 or send us a note here.

Feb. 8, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Feb. 10 – 12

It’s the season of love.  For Daddys looking to celebrate with their daughters – you have two dance options to choose from.  Sports lovers have the chance to meet Mike Huff (former White Sox player) and check out a great exhibit on the Cubs/Sox rivalry. Nature lovers can explore to their hearts content at the Orchid Show or volunteer to help clean up The Grove. And finally, live theater lovers can choose from two family friendly offerings: one exploring an alternate fairy tale universe; the other a free celebration of Chinese culture! Got love weekends on the North Shore!


Princess Ball
Feb. 10: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Wyndham Hotel, 1400 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview 

It will be a night to remember for you and your little princess! Girls ages 4-12 and their special dates are cordially invited to the Princess Ball. Everyone should wear their finest ballroom attire and join us for a magical night of dancing and dining. Registration of $40 ($50 non res) per person is due in advance. Please register each princess and her date separately. To register, click here. For more info, visit or call 847-724-5670.

Wilmette Park District Daddy Daughter Dance
Feb. 10: 6: 30 – 8:30 pm
Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Ave., Wilmette 

Enjoy this special night between daddies & daughters, and make a lasting memory. Res-$55 / NR-$69. For more info: 847-256-6100.


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Feb. 2, 2017

North Shore Real Estate Report - January 2017

 North Shore Market Report - January 2017 vs. 2016

North Shore Chicago Real Estate Report

Closed home sales on the North Shore were up 4% in January vs. last year, but results were mixed across villages. Evanston and Glenview posted particularly strong gains, as did Winnetka, Glencoe and Northfield, though the latter two were off of a small base. Lake Forest, Wilmette and Highland Park were down. Winnetka and Glenview are the two villages showing the strongest positive ongoing trend. Winnetka sales were up 14% in 2016 and up 13% in January. Glenview was up 11% in 2016 and 31% in January.

Overall the median price on the North Shore was up 18% in January with trends by village coming in all over the board. Since there are relatively few closed sales during the month in January one large or small sale can really skew the numbers so better not to pay too much attention to the prices for this oe month.

 accepted offers

Accepted offers is a better indicator of how the market is doing right now, as closed sales represent contracts that were signed 2-3 months ago (or more). So the positive news is that accepted offers were up 33% in January over 2016.All villages showed gains except Glencoe and Northfield.

The number of accepted offers is in line with the increase in showings as well as the amount of traffic through open houses, both of which are up from this time last year. Showings were up 7% overall vs. last year with most villages showing increases. The two with significant declines in showings, Evanston and Kenilworth, are likely due to the fact that available inventory was also down significantly. Evanston has 20% fewer homes on the market this year than last and the months supply has declined to just three months, making Evanston a true seller's market. In contrast, Lake Forest has 29 months supply of homes on the market, making it an extreme buyer's market. Home buyers continue to opt for close-in, walkable towns as opposed to communities farther from the city, and Evanston and Lake Forest trends are a perfect illustration of that.

One of the other interesting trends is that, even though showings are up, generally they are up in lower price ranges than last year. For example, in 2016 the $700-800K price range was the most active in Wilmette between $500K-1M, representing 28% of showings during January. This year the $600-700K range is the most active, with 31% of showings between $500K-$1M.



The increases in buyer traffic at open houses, showings and accepted offers so early in the year bode well for the North Shore housing market in 2017. If you are planning to put your house on the market in 2017, don't wait! Get it listed as soon as possible to take advantage of the strong demand we are seeing. The market usually goes quiet by mid-June.

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

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Feb. 1, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Feb. 3 – 5


Whose ready to kick-off a super weekend?  Yes, we know the big game is this weekend, but that’s not still Sunday evening which means there is plenty of opportunity to have some fun all weekend long! Highlights include a spoof of today’s most popular talent competitions, community volunteering in the great outdoors, a master home brewing class (just in time for the big game), some mother/daughter pampering, an acclaimed dance performance an even a rec on where to watch the big game that includes some fabulous food and drink specials!  Let the games begin!


Does America Have Talent?
Feb. 3: 7 pm; Feb. 4: 10:30 am (also Feb. 2: 6 pm)
Winnetka Community House – Matz Hall, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka 

This year, Winnetka Children’s Hour will poke fun at one of the country’s most popular TV programs. Join their panel of judges and celebrities (many of whom you may recognize) as they judge a cast of colorful contestants to pick a winner. Will it be the country western singer? The magician? Or is the winner the hilarious animal act (if they can ONLY find the animals that have escaped!)? “Does America Have Talent?” is a show the entire family will enjoy as the audience gets to decide the final winner and may even find themselves on stage, too! Cast is comprised of local children ages 5 – 14. Tickets: $8, available at the door. Proceeds from the show benefit the organization’s Outreach Program. For more info, click here.


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Feb. 1, 2017

5 Bedroom Contemporary on a Private Wooded Acre

573 Oak Tree Lane, Northfield, IL 60093

Are you tired of seeing big houses on tiny lots ... that come with hefty price tags and high property taxes?

If you have been searching for a spacious home on a nice large lot, with a friendly price tag and reasonable taxes, then you may have hit the jackpot. Welcome to 573 Oak Tree Lane in Northfield, IL.

Private but conveniently located

With this home you won’t have to compromise on anything. It has all the space you need in a versatile and comfortable layout. It’s tucked away on a very private, wooded acre but it’s just 3 minutes from the highway, a short walk to Middlefork Primary School and a stone’s throw from Starbucks, Marianos and Sunset Ridge School.

One-floor living .... plus a second floor retreat

One of the really nice things about this house is that it can live like a ranch if you want it to, since the master suite and two family bedrooms are located on the main floor. But there are also two additional bedrooms and a bath on the second floor. It’s an ideal arrangement if you have a nanny, a teenager or out-of-town guests. But if not, you don’t even need to bother yourself with the second floor.

573 Oak Tree Lane Northfield IL -living room

The first thing you notice as you enter the house is that the public spaces are flooded with natural light from walls of windows that frame views of a lushly landscaped backyard. The free-flowing space is ideal for family living as well as gracious entertaining, especially in fine weather. On a warm summer evening the four sets of sliders along the south side of the house allow the party to spill out onto the patio from any of the home’s public rooms.

The large living room has a fireplace flanked by built-in bookcases and room enough for ample seating as well as a grand piano if you have one. The adjacent dining room opens to the breakfast room and the kitchen, as well as to the backyard.
Dining room 573 Oak Tree Lane Northfield IL 60093

Chefs will love the well-appointed kitchen with its ample counter space and cupboards, professional grade Viking range with double ovens and SubZero Refrigerator. The large breakfast room has additional storage plus a long counter that is perfect for serving a buffet to a big crowd. Around the corner, just inside the door to the patio, is a bar area where guests can grab a drink before heading outside to join the rest of the party.

573 Oak Tree Lane kitchen

Parents deserve privacy and the master suite delivers on that promise. It occupies one wing of the first floor and includes a fireplace in the bedroom, a newer bath and an adjacent home office with gorgeous built-ins where you can sequester yourself to work in peace and quiet.

Master bedroom 573 Oak Tree Ln, Northfield

Home office 573 Oak Tree Lane, Northfield IL
At the front of the house is a cozy family room with a wall of built-in bookcases, perfect for watching TV or listening to music. Down the hall are two generous family bedrooms that share a full bath. Right off the kitchen is the laundry room/mudroom, which opens to to the garage as well as the kitchen and breakfast room.

The attached two-car garage also has with a third bay that currently serves as workshop and store room. It could easily be converted to a three-car garage by widening the driveway.

This house has no basement but you won’t need it. There is an enormous amount of storage space in the second floor attic. This house sits on a crawl space in which there are two sump pumps. Although it is located in the 100 year flood zone, the house itself is raised 2 feet above the rest of the property and has never had any flooding or seepage.

Lushly landscaped backyard

The property is the real star of this home. The backyard is absolutely stunning in the summer. When the ferns unfurl, the trees leaf out and the flowers bloom you can ease into your day sipping coffee on the patio and listening to songbirds and chattering squirrels. Need to unwind after a stressful week at the office? Pour yourself a glass of wine and relax as you watch the kids catching fireflies in the fading light. There’s plenty of grassy lawn for kids and dogs to romp. You can even raise chickens here if that’s your thing.

Because it’s shaded by a canopy of mature trees (and insulated by Andersen Thermopane windows) you’ll find that it’s quite inexpensive to cool this energy-efficient  house in summer.

While secluded, this home is not isolated. The neighborhood is very friendly and welcoming, with playmates nearby for the kids and block parties and regular get-togethers for the adults.

Award-winning schools

Village residents are served by School District 29. Northfield schools typically have smaller class sizes than neighboring school districts. Children in grades PK-3 attend Middlefork Primary School (which is just a short walk from the house) and then go on to Sunset Ridge School for 4th-8th grade. Sunset Ridge is nearing completion of construction of a state-of-the-art new building, which will be ready by the start of the 2017-2018 school year. In 2016 Chicago Magazine ranked Middlefork and Sunset Ridge the #1 and #3 best elementary schools in suburban Cook County, respectively.

Sunset Ridge School new construction

After Sunset Ridge students attend New Trier Township High School along with kids from Winnetka, Wilmette, Glencoe and Kenilworth. The ninth grade campus is on 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 pristine and meticulously maintained home is offered at $898,000, an incredible value for a house of this size and condition on a 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 roughly half what you would pay on a comparable property in Winnetka, thanks to Northfield’s commercial and retail tax base.

Go here for more information and photos of this home.

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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Jan. 27, 2017

Rehab Opportunity in Wilmette's Kenilworth Gardens

2150 Thornwood Ave., Wilmette

Here's a Chance To Snag a Colonial Home in Kenilworth Gardens for a Friendly Price - Perfect if You'll Do the Updating: $595,000

If you have been looking to get into Wilmette's desirable Kenilworth Gardens neighborhood, you have already discovered that many of the prices have sailed through the $850,000 range and up.


So why is this home only $595,000? It is on the smaller side and needs updating. The home has three bedrooms, one and a half baths and about 1480 square feet. The address is 2150 Thornwood Avenue.



It's quite a charming house, with hardwood floors throughout the first and second floors, a large living room with fireplace, spacious bedrooms and an extra large 2-car garage (extra wide and extra deep).



If you can accept the home’s age and condition, there are some underlying benefits here that may trigger multiple offers. Many houses that go on the market in this area get a quick re-do that you have to pay for in the purchase price. Typically this consists of a make-ready job in which the house gets a fast paint job, inexpensive carpet (that is always beige) along with new light fixtures and appliances from Home Depot. The best candidate for this house is the person who doesn’t want to pay for this only to have to tear it out and start over. Remember, the price here is only $595,000.



Things get really interesting when you consider expanding it. Others have taken similar homes in the neighborhood with the standard Colonial home layout and bumped out the back, adding a kitchen, family room and mudroom on the first floor and a large master suite on the second floor. There’s a window in the upstairs hall that converts easily to a door leading to the new addition. With those changes you have a home worth upwards of $1,100,000.


There are some good reasons why people want to live in Kenilworth Gardens. If you are familiar with the neighborhood, you know that it’s home to Harper Elementary School, one of the finest on the North Shore.

Harper school in Wilmette

Thornwood Park, which sits catty-corner to the school, is kid-central. It has a play lot, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, batting cage and plenty of open space for running around, throwing a Frisbee or playing touch football.

In the spring there’s an egg hunt in the park for neighborhood kids. In summer there’s an outdoor concert featuring local musicians. And in winter the Wilmette Park District puts up lights and floods part of the park to create a skating pond. The perfect cure for cabin fever!


It's a friendly and welcoming neighborhood. Block parties are a regular event in summer and there's a neighborhood-wide yard sale every May. On Halloween you'll see both kids AND parents taking part in the fun.



If your job takes you to the city, you’ll love the fact that you can walk to the Kenilworth Metra Station in under eight minutes, and from there you are downtown in about 35 minutes.



Serious inquiries only, please, from those with vision and an appetite for a meaty project. This is not a casual asking price, and this is an “as-is” sale. Given its location it is plausible that most of the asking price for this home is supported by the lot value alone.



This home is not yet listed in the MLS, but if you are a ready-to-act buyer, call Anne West at 847-881-6657.











Posted in Real Estate
Jan. 25, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Jan. 27 – Jan. 29


There is no excuse for sitting home all weekend, especially if you like to eat! Gastro-inspired events include: a chili cook-off, a pizza bowl/baker's cup challenge and a vegan supper club. Other highlights include a family game night, an adventure film festival, a crafts swap, theatrical productions for children and adults, a capella performances, and a health fair (maybe to offset all of the delicious eating)!


Family Game Night
Jan. 27: 6 – 8 pm
Jewett Park Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Dr., Deerfield 

Bring the family for an old fashioned family game night. Compete in family oriented games and activities against other families in the community. Event recommended for children in grades K-3. Includes an extra-large IL Forno pizza per family and lemonade. $20/Family; Non-resident families: $25. To register, click here.


The Lion King Kids
Jan 27: 7 pm; Jan. 28: 2 pm; Jan. 29: 2 pm (Additional show the following weekend)
Wilmette Community Rec Center, 3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette 

Wilmette Children’s Theatre’s mini production of the Disney Classic. Show runs approximately 35 minutes. Tickets: $9. Children 3 and under, free is sitting on lap. To purchase tickets, click here.


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Jan. 18, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Jan. 20 – Jan. 22

There is never a shortage of activity on the North Shore. Even in the midst of a cold, dreary winter, you’ll find plenty of ways to warm and enjoy the weekend! Highlights include a bingo night and Winter Wonderland at the Kohl Museum, the 40th Annual North Shore Jazz Fest, a mega challah bake and learning more about and embracing Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) the Danish philosophy of comfort, togetherness, and well-being.  And if that wasn’t enough, The Capitol Steps breeze through with their special interpretation of the election season – just in time for inauguration weekend! 

Family Bingo Night
Jan. 20: 6:30 – 8 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka 

Old and young will enjoy this family favorite, complete with beverages, popcorn and prizes! Extra bingo cards will be available for purchase. $10 per card, additional cards $1. For more and to register, click here.


Winter Wonderland
Jan. 20: 5:30 – 8 pm
Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview 

All aboard for polar express fun! For one night only, Kohl Children’s Museum is offering kiddie train rides through the spectacular holiday lights of our outdoor Habitat Park exhibit! Don’t miss this evening of winter activities, including a concert by the Dream Shakers, arts and crafts, free coffee and hot chocolate, special appearances by the Children's China Panda Bear and by the Frozen Snow Queen and a special gift for each child. $25 per person, museum members: $15. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.


The Capitol Steps
Jan. 19: 7:30 pm, Jan. 20: 8 pm, Jan. 21: 5 & 8 pm, Jan. 22: 2 pm
North Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie 

Just in time for inauguration weekend…..The Capitol Steps—What to Expect When You’re Electing: Rehashes the funniest election season ever! Hear Donald Trump sing a rock song, see little song-bird Bernie Sanders do a show tune, Ted “Lucifer in the Flesh” Cruz scream out some heavy death-metal, and Hillary Clinton loudly guffaw over her own stand-up comedy! It’s all the greatest hits of this wacky campaign season in one musically hilarious political wrap-up you’d kick yourself for missing. Tickets: $32.50 - $45.50. For more info, click here.


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Jan. 16, 2017

New Trier Real Estate Market Trends: Recession and Recovery 2007-2016

New Trier Township real estate trends

These graphs chart home sales, median and average prices and market time for the years 2007 to 2016. The data is for single family homes only. The New Trier trends graph above reflects totals for five villages: Wilmette, Winnetka, Kenilworth, Glencoe and Northfield IL. Below are graphs for each of the villages.

Prices peaked in 2007 and then dropped over the next five years to a low in 2012. The total median price decline was 27% and the average price decline was 28%. Median prices have recovered to within 15% of the 2007 high, while average prices are within 18% of 2007 prices. As prices came back up, more homeowners who had been stuck with homes that were worth less now began putting their homes on the market. This increase in inventory in turn put pressure on prices and market time began to lengthen.

As is typical in a down cycle, sales began to recover more quickly than prices. Though prices were still declining through 2012, sales started to increase in 2010, as investors and other opportunistic buyers jumped in at the bottom of the market. The upward trend continued through 2013, plateaued in 2014 and 2015, and then increased 8% in 2016. The 2016 gain was driven by growth across all villages except Northfield, which declined to its lowest point in five years.

Wilmette real estate treds 2007-2016

Wilmette's median price fell from a high of $812,500 in 2007 to a low of $599,500 in 2012, a loss of 26%. The average price declined 27% to $710,428 in 2011 before turning the corner. After three years of appreciation, both median and average prices declined slightly in 2016.

The number of closed sales reached its lowest point in 2011, and then began growing steadily through 2016. Homes are generally selling quickly and Wilmette has the shortest market time in the township at 2-3 months. Wilmette has become increasingly popular due to its proximity to the city and the greater affordability of its housing stock than neighboring New Trier villages.

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