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.

June 21, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: June 23 – 25

I know you are not supposed to leave Chicago in the summer - one must take advantage of the good weather while you can. Unfortunately, work/family duties call so I must leave for a few days. But for those sticking by the golden rule, you will truly be rewarded. This weekend’s line up of events and activities is beyond fantastic, only adding salt to the wound and making me a little sad to miss all of the fun!


The Winnetka Music Festival
June 23: 6:30 – 9:30 pm; June 24: 10:30 am – 10 pm
Various venues throughout Downtown Winnetka, Elm St.  & Green Bay Rd, Winnetka 

The Innagural Winnetka Music Festival is a free 2-day immersion festival with touring artists performing throughout the Elm Street District in downtown Winnetka. Music will be performed across two main outdoor stages and two indoor stages as well as a Family stage. It’s your opportunity to find your new favorite artists and to literally discover new music, around every corner. A special stage dedicated to music for kids and music with kids will be happening throughout Saturday at the Family stage in Dwyer Park, including American Idol Finalist, Manny Torres and Voice contestant, Ethan Butler. In addition, there will be street musicians, craft beer and wine and food trucks throughout downtown. For a full schedule of events and venue map, click here


Art in the Village
June 24 & 25: 10 am – 5 pm
Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka 

In conjunction with the Winnetka Music Festival, the North Short Art League will be hosting its national juried show in Hubbard Woods Park The park, just north of the music festival, will be bustling with artists from across the country exhibiting their works to enthusiastic art buyers. For more info and list of participating artists, click here.


Art in the Park
June 24: 10:30 am – 12 pm
Jewett Park, 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield 

Join your favorite Deerfield Park District Art instructors and the coaches at Hot Shot Sports for a dynamic group art activity and a variety of pick-up sports games. All materials are included for this free event! For more info: 847-945-0650.


National Bocce Tournament
June 20 -24
Highwood Bocce Club, 440 Bank Lane, Highwood 

The Highwood Bocce Club will be hosting the 2017 United States Bocce Federation (USBF) National Championships. The Italian game of bocce is the world’s oldest sport, and has been described as a cross between bowling and shuffleboard. The tournament attracts the top players from across the country who compete for the national championship title, a $4,000 grand prize and more than $9,200 in total prize money. All competitive events (team and singles) are free and open to the public. For more info. click here.


Glenview Summer Fest
June 24: 9 am – 3:30 pm
Lehigh Avenue and Jackman Park, Glenview


Get ready for live music, cold beer, family fun, lots of shopping, and one very tall guy in shades. Organized by Glenview’s Chamber of Commerce, the Fest showcases a range of regional businesses and civic organizations and offers something for everyone – from restaurants to antique cars.  Crowd favorites include Hackney’s, Scandinavian Ski Shop and Katy Boldt Jewelry, as well as the Glenview Fire Department’s fire pole and special entertainment and kid friendly activities. You’ll also find balloons, crafts, and maybe even puppies. Thirsty fair-goers can also stop by this year’s beer tent offering craft beers selections along with great summer standards. For more info. click here.


Pantry Palooza Rock 2 Stock Streetfest
June 24: 6 – 10 pm
Glenview Metra Parking Lot, 1930 Prairie, Glenview 

The Northfield Township Food Pantry Auxiliary Board, in support of the Northfield Township Food Pantry, will host an outdoor evening of great food, music, dancing and fun. Live music will be performed by 97 Nine, Rock House favorite Van Houten and the Evanston School of Rock House Band. Local food vendors, beer, wine, dancing and family fun will complete the Streetfest. General admission is $15 at the door or in advance. Click here to purchase advance tickets. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. All proceeds benefit the Northfield Township Food Pantry.


Trolley Tour of Local Celebrity Homes
June 24: 10 am – 12:30 pm
Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Rd., Wilmette 

Hop on an old-fashioned trolley car for a special guided tour of Wilmette with stops outside the houses where Wilmette’s many celebrities once lived, including Ann-Margret, Bill Murray, Charlton Heston, and Jens Jensen.  Enjoy stories about the local lives of some of these illustrious folk as you explore their old neighborhoods.  Be sure to follow up by visiting the "Local Legends" exhibit, on the Museum's lower level.  Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Seating is very limited. Purchase tickets in advance by calling the Museum at 847-853-7666 or by clicking here.  


Lake Bluff History Museum Auto Show
June 24: 3 – 7 pm
Lake Bluff Village Green, East Scranton Ave and Center Ave., Lake Bluff 

Collectors of classic automobiles will showcase their vehicles during the fifth annual Lake Bluff History Museum Auto Show. The museum’s 1931 Lake Bluff Ice Truck and 1923 Ford Model T will be prominently displayed along with dozens of classic cars dating from 40, 50 … 80 years ago.  The Model T will be raffled off during the event, with proceeds going to support the museum and ice truck. There is no charge to attend this popular, family-friendly event. Collectors of cars dating pre-1980 are invited to participate in the show. For more info, to register your car or to purchase Model T Raffle tickets call 847-482-1571 or click here.


Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest
June 24 & 25: 11 am – 6 pm
Downtown Evanston, Sherman & Church Streets, Evanston 

In its 38th year, the newly rebranded Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest (formerly Evanston’s Fountain Art Festival) will feature works from more than 100 juried fine artists as well 30+ artists who make eco-friendly art from recycled products. The event also features craft beer and wine tastings (2-6 pm), music, educational workshops food and a kids’ art activity area.  A $5 donation for adults is suggested. For more info, click here.


Festival of Fine Arts
June 24 & 25: 10 am – 5 pm
The Art Center, 1957 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park 

The Festival of Fine Arts is celebrating its 20th anniversary at The Art Center in Highland Park. The festival will showcase the work of 125 juried artists from around the world in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, sculpture and more. In addition to the incredible artwork available for purchase, attendees will be able to interact with artists through demonstrations and booth chats and enjoy live music, food and kids’ activities. For more info, click here


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June 15, 2017

Father’s Day Weekend Fun on the North Shore: June 16 – 18

The Granddaddy of all summer art festivals returns to town this weekend. Yes, I’m talking about the Custer Fair in Evanston.  If you prefer smaller crowds and a little bit more culture, then check out the Ensemble Español Celebration at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts or some fun performances at Ravinia. For the younger crowd set, the family favorite Mary Poppins is a don’t miss. Fun for all ages can be found at the Northbrook Sports Center Pool grand opening. And you can’t forget to celebrate dear ‘ol dad at the Take Dad to the Beach Ballpark Brunch (on Saturday this year)! 


Mary Poppins
June 16 & 17: 7 pm
Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook 

The popular story of everyone's favorite practically perfect nanny comes to life in Northbrook! Join the cast of characters for familiar songs, dancing and a little bit of magic in this entertaining Community Musical event! Tickets: $18. For more info and to purchase, click here.


Custer Fair
June 17 & 18: 10 am – 9 pm
Main Entrance: Sherman Ave. and Main St., Evanston (Various locations) 

The annual Father’s Day weekend tradition continues. Started back in 1972, this award–winning fair has grown into one of the largest North Shore events with over 70,000 attendees. The fair features more than 350 artists and craftspeople from all over the country, 150 local businesses at a sidewalk sale, 30 food vendors, three stages with live music all day long, additional stage featuring theatrical and novelty performances, kids’ entertainment and a whole lot more. Free admission. For more info and a map of all exhibitors and stages, click here.  

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June 7, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: June 9 – 11

Talk about summertime fun! From live music, to an art walk, to festivals, to a movie in the park; this weekend has got it going on! Thank goodness the days are longer so you can squeeze it all in! Highlights include the Block Party @ St. Norbert’s, Redhead Days Festival, and the Dairy Breakfast & Stock Show at Wagner Farm, plus a whole lot more! 

Movie in the Park: The Princess Bride
June 9: 6:45 pm – 10 pm
Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka 

Once a month, enjoy a new or classic film with your friends and family at one of Winnetka’s lovely parks. Before every movie (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to sunset) there will be various activities/shows that go along with the theme of the movie.  All movies will begin at dusk with concessions being available through the Grand Food Center. This month’s feature is The Princess Bride. Pre-movie activities will include a jester, princess, balloon artist, face painter and bounce house. For more info, click here.


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June 6, 2017

Harper School Neighborhood Open House Extravaganza: June 11, 2017

Harper Elementary School Wilmette

For those contemplating a move from city to suburbs, the key question is which community is the best fit and also which neighborhood ticks all (or most) of the important boxes...commute time, school quality, walkability, availability of amenities, etc.

If you're considering Wilmette, you should definitely check out the Harper School neighborhood. Here are the top ten reasons its residents love living here:

#10 - Beautiful homes in virtually every price range, fro under $400K to over $3M, with a median price of $800K.

#9 -   You can walk to the Metra station in 8-10 minutes from almost anywhere in the neighborhood.

#8 -   You can also walk or bike to Centennial Park, home to the ice rink, indoor tennis courts and three outdoor swimming pools.

#7 -   You can also walk to Homer's Ice Cream, the Ridgeview Grill, Treasure Island grocery store and Wilmette Bowl, a good old-fashioned bowling alley. It's a favorite venue for kids' birthday parties.

#6 -   There are tons of fun neighborhood events in summer and fall, including block parties, Octoberfest at nearby St. Joseph's, and the best Halloween fun you can find on the North Shore.

#5 -   Thornwood Park is right in the middle of the neighborhood, with a great playlot, baseball diamonds, batting cage, tennis courts and (in winter) a skating pond.

#4 -  Our very own neighborhood egg hunt in Thornwood Park, where kids meet the Easter Bunny, scramble for eggs and enter the "count-the-jelly-beans"contest.

#3 -   The annual Thornwood Park concert, where local bands perform to an appreciative audience of picnic-ers.

#2 -   Harper School (K-4th) - one of four elementary schools in Wilmette's District 39, Harper is the smallest and the one that feels almost like a private school.

#1 -   The friendliest people! If you move here, you will make instant friends. Everyone is so welcoming, you will never be lonely or have time to miss city life!


Watch the video about the Top Ten Reasons to Live in the Harper School Neighborhood and get a flavor for what it's like to live here:

If you like what you see, and would like to explore it further, why not visit some of our open houses this weekend. Here's a list and map of this Sunday's open houses in Harper:

Open 12:00-2:00:

2331 Greenwood Ave.

2245 Birchwood Ave.

2135 Kenilworth Ave.

Open 1:00-3:00:

2538 Kenilworth Ave.

2214 Kenilworth Ave.

1261 21st Street

2531 Kenilworth Ave.

2221 Beechwood Ave.

2240 Greenwood Ave.

2217 Chestnut Ave.

909 Seneca Rd.

1030 Pontiac Rd.

2323 Kenilworth Ave.

Open 2:15-4:00

2140 Thornwood Ave.










June 6, 2017

North Shore Real Estate Report - May 2017

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June 1, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: June 2 – 4

Hopefully you got some extra rest in over the holiday weekend, because this weekend is jammed pack with exciting events for the whole family.  Exercise enthusiasts can choose to watch or participate in the Glencoe Grand Prix, the Tinman Triathlon or the Wilmette Wine Walk (does that count??).  Those just looking for a little fun can discover new talent at the Rock the Y youth showcase; enjoy food, fun and games at the Carnival of Dreams; or support the LGBTQ community at a family picnic/pub crawl at the North Shore Pride Fest. Those looking for a little culture can enjoy the Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts or a special viewing of “Angkor Awakens— An Inside Look At Cambodia”. And we can’t forget World Environment Day at the Botanic Garden. Fingers crossed that the weather somehow cooperates – we seem to be saying this a lot lately!

Rock the Y
June 2: 6:30 – 9 pm
North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Rd., Northbrook 

Local talent will be spotlighted at Rock the Y, a showcase concert sponsored by the Northbrook Arts Commission. Five bands, featuring local high school and middle school students, are scheduled to perform at the free concert. Rock the Y replaces the previously scheduled Rock the Green youth band competition that was to be held in conjunction with the Northbrook Park District. Rock the Y will be staged as a concert rather than a competition, giving each group the opportunity to perform for the public. The line-up includes Nova, Skydeck, Grilled Cheese, and other groups. Marcello’s Restaurant will have a food truck with delicious options available for purchase. For more info, click here.

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May 25, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend Fun: May 26 – May 29

It’s the unofficial start to summer! Get your body beach ready with a free yoga/workout classes or sign up for the Essence of Freedom Run.  Looking for something more low key? Enjoy free cooking demonstrations with the kickoff of the Garden Chef Series at the Botanic Garden, help the Glencoe Community Garden with their crop planting or enjoy the annual devotional concert at the Baha'i House. And of course it would not be Memorial Day without a few community parades to choose from!  Have a fun and safe holiday and thank you to our Vets and Armed Forces! 

Free Community Yoga Class
May 27: 9:30 am, 11 am
Essential Evolution Holistic Wellness, 459 Central Ave, Highland Park 

Step into summer on the right foot with FREE yoga classes! Gentle Yoga, 9:30-10:30 am OR Core Strength Vinyasa, 11-12pm. RSVP required: 847-926-3252 or


Garden Chef Series
May 27 & May 28: 1:30 & 2:30 pm (Series runs through Oct. 8)
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe 

Learn to cook with garden-fresh ingredients all summer long at the Garden Chef Series. Noted local chefs prepare recipes in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater. Seating is first-come, first-served for these free demonstrations. Visitors will need to use sun protection and wear caps in this sunny location. No umbrellas, please. May 27 features Luca Corazzina from 312 Chicago; May 28 features Dean Eliacostas from Real Urban BBQ.  For more info and a full schedule of chef appearances, click here.

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May 18, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: May 19 – 21

Well we finally got our real taste of Spring this week but who knows how long it will stay. You may need to break out your trusty umbrella and poncho because there are too many great events happening this weekend to let a little rain spoil including the popular Skokie Festival of Cultures, the 108th Spring Fair at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, two house walks (Fort Sheridan & Wilmette) and the Centennial Range Fair at the Winnetka Golf Club.  If you’d rather not roll the dice on Mother Nature, don’t miss She Loves Me at the Marriot Theatre or the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus presentation of “B-Town: From Barbershop to Boybands.”


She Loves Me
May 19: 8 pm, May 20: 4:30 & 8 pm; May 21: 1 & 5 pm (Runs through June 18)
Marriot Theatre, 10 Marriot Dr., Lincolnshire 

A musical comedy gem featuring songs by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret). She Loves Me is set in a 1930’s European parfumerie, where shop clerks Amalia and Georg, more often than not, don’t see eye to eye. After both respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters they exchange, but little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Tickets: $50 - $60. For more info and to purchase, click here.

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May 10, 2017

Mother’s Day Fun & More on the North Shore: May 12 – 14

While “surprising” mom with breakfast in bed is always a good call (if kitchen clean-up is included), there are plenty more ways to celebrate mom and have some good “clean” family fun this weekend. Highlights include Motherhood Out Loud, Vintage Market at the Grove, the Evanston Garden Fair, Mother’s Days Tea Party/Brunch cooking classes and the 42nd Annual Evanston House Walk. The rest of the weekend, the animals take over with a Doggie Dip at Glencoe Beach, a screening of Zootopia at Indian Hill Park in Winnetka and the chance to be a Vet for a Day! 


Doggie Dip
May 12: 6 – 7 pm
Glencoe Beach, 635 Sheridan Rd., Glencoe 

Bring your dog to the Glencoe Beach for a whole lotta doggone fun! Owners can watch their dogs swim in Lake Michigan while enjoying the company of other dogs in this fun-filled free event! Aggressive dogs, dogs in heat, or dogs under 4 months of age will not be allowed. Owners must clean up after their dogs. Dogs must wear flat buckle/snap collars for controlling them while on the beach (no prong, choke or training collars). All dogs must be up to date on their vaccines to participate. Dog owners must be 18 years of age or older. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. In the event of rain, event will be canceled.


Movies in the Park: Zootopia
May 12: 6:45 – 9:30 pm
Indian Hill Park, Hill Rd & Bertling Lane., Winnetka 

Join in once a month at one of Winnetka’s lovely parks to enjoy a new or classic film with your friends and family. Before every movie (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to sunset) there will be various activities/shows that will go along with the theme of the movie.  This month’s feature is Zootopia. Prior to the movie, enjoy the Animal Quest Animal Show at 6:45. All movies will begin at dusk with concessions being available through the Grand Food Center. Free event! For more info, click here.

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May 7, 2017

Kenilworth Gardens Annual Yard Sale

Kenilworth Gardens Yard Sale

It's that time of year again...time to shop, that is, at Wilmette's biggest multi-family yard sale.

Over 30 families will be selling all kinds of cool stuff, from furniture to clothing to toys to household items and much more. This is our 6th year and believe me, there are great deals to be had!

The sale runs from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 13.

It's located throughout the Kenilworth Gardens neighborhood: Beechwood, Kenilworth, Chestnut, Thornwood, Greenwood and Elmwood Avenues, plus Hunter Rd. and Colgate St, west of Ridge Rd. in Wilmette.

If you live in the neighborhood and want to participate, go here to sign up (it's free!). Your house will appear on the map for shoppers to find you.

If you are a shopper, go here to see the map and what people are selling:









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