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.

Jan. 18, 2018

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

Whether you are looking to try something new (square dancing anyone?), seeking self or home improvement (Women in Transformation workshop/Ecological Garden class) or looking to take in the sights, sounds and tastes of the season (Avli Winter Dinner Party, Kohl Museum’s Winter Wonderland, North Shore Jazz Fest and Family Play Day at Emily Oaks), there is a little something for everyone this weekend on the North Shore!


Avli Restaurant Winter Dinner Party
Jan. 19: 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Avli Restaurant, 566 Chestnut St., Winnetka 

Beat the cold at this fabulous Winter Dinner Party featuring Greek food, Greek wine and amazing Greek live entertainment! $50 per person. RSVP or for additional details, call 847-446-9300.


Winter Wonderland
Jan. 19: 5:30 – 8:30 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 their outdoor Habitat Park exhibit. Additional activities include a children’s concert with Wendy & DB, juggling performance, appearances by Elsa, Anna & Paddington, making snow dough and free coffee and hot chocolate! Tickets: $17 members/$27 non-members. For more info, click here.


41st North Shore Jazz Fest
Jan. 20: Beginning at 8 am – all day
Glenbrook South High School, 4000 W. Lake Ave, Glenview 

A daylong event showcasing 80 middle school and high school bands. The headliner is Bob Lark and the Alumni Big Band which performs at 6:30 pm. Plus, Reggie Thomas will perform at noon with the CYA Jazz Combo. For more info, click here


Intro to Square Dance Party
Jan. 21: 6 – 8 pm
Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview 

Sample a uniquely American dance hobby. No experience needed, no partner required. Free to attend. Hosted by Glenview Square Dance Club. For more information, visit or call 847-309-1329.


Women in Transformation
Jan. 21: 11 am – 3 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest 

This enlightening afternoon is meant to help you: find ways to improve your health, and create a new perspective; understand how you age and what you can do to embrace these changes; uncover and unleash your passion in finding your life’s work; learn how to mindfully explore, discover and go after your life’s work and find and create an image that truly represents your authentic self. The event will begin with a panel discussion with all 14 local women speakers. Once you have a flavor of the topics, attendees will choose the three breakout sessions they would like to attend. Cost: $20. For more info and a list of panelists, click here.


Family Play Day: Winter Fun
Jan. 21: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie 

Drop in for a morning of nature-based winter play at Emily Oaks! They will provide you with special winter tools and play cards to use on your self-guided walk as you enjoy the wonders of the frozen world. Come ready to explore! For all ages. Cost: $1. For more info, click here.


Ecological Gardens Series
Jan. 21: 10 am – 11:30 am
Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd., Highland Park 

Get ready for spring blooms with Meredith Tucker from Citizens for Conservation and other organizations that will help you consider the ecological benefits that gardens can have for wildlife. Programs showcase the beauty of native plants and the importance they have in our home gardens. With gorgeous photos of natives taken from area yards, you will find inspiration and guidance for incorporating these plants in your own landscape. Cost: $9. For more info and to register, click here.


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Jan. 12, 2018

North Shore Real Estate Report - December 2017

North Shore Real Estate Update - Total Year 2017 vs. Year Ago

North Shore Real Estate Data


Accepted Offers - December 2017 vs. Year Ago

Accepted Offers-December 2017


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Jan. 10, 2018

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Jan. 12 – 15

For those suffering from post-holiday stress disorder, rest assured, another 3 -day weekend is upon us! That means you have more time to relax and enjoy the community around you. Choose from Winter celebrations (both indoor and outdoor), 2 inspiring wellness options, some fun live performances and an opportunity to give back to the community in honor of MLK Day!


Peter and the Star Catcher
Jan 12 & 13: 8 pm; Jan. 14: 2 pm (Additional dates through Jan. 28)
Piven Theatre (Noyes Cultural Center), 927 Noyes St., Evanston 

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E.D.G.E. Theatre presents Peter and the Starcatcher, a humorous and fantastical backstory for the beloved character of Peter Pan and his arch-nemesis Captain Hook. In this wickedly imaginative play, we meet a poor orphaned child on the high seas simply called Boy because, in the absence of a mother and a father, he was never given a name. His sad and lonely world is turned upside down when he meets Molly. The daughter of famous Starcatcher Lord Astor, our heroine is on a mission to save the world and protect a treasure trunk filled with magical star stuff from getting into the hands of evil and greedy pirate Black Stache. As they travel aboard the Neverland ship headed for a faraway land, Molly and Boy learn about love, friendship and forge an unbreakable bond. Tickets: $22. For more info, click here.


Winter Carnival
Jan. 13: 11 am – 1 pm
Skokie School, 520 Glendale Ave., Winnetka 

Come join the Winnetka Park District for the annual Winter Carnival. Enjoy fun and games for children of all ages that have a carnival theme to remind us of warmer times. Light refreshments will be provided! For more info, click here.


New Year, New You
Jan. 13: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
LakeView Center at Gillson Park, 800 Gillson Park Drive, Wilmette

Enjoy a fun, peaceful & powerful mini retreat with other amazing women that will help you align YOUR mind, body & spirit for 2018!  Led by certified Life Coach Kathy McCabe, you will participate in fun interactive life coaching exercises to help spark YOU to create an awesome 2018.  Meditation and gentle yoga, led by a certified yoga teacher, will be interspersed throughout the day. You will enjoy a healthy lunch in a beautiful setting overlooking Lake Michigan.  No need to travel far, or to bring anything.  Just be ready to get rid of what you don’t want, and start creating what brings you Real Joy! Space is limited. Cost: $350. For more info, click here.


Herbal Wellness/Tea Blending Workshop
Jan. 13: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Love That Spice & Tea, 1893 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park 

Come learn about healing spices & herbs. Roll up your sleeves and blend your own tea based on everyday ailments with a focus on healthy digestion, liver detox, inflammation, anxiety, stress, increased energy and weight loss. 2-hour work shop includes: healthy catered appetizers, full tea bar with sweets table, herbal goodie bag and information. You will take home the tea you create at the work shop. Cost: $55. For more info and to register, click here.


Winter Wonderfest
Jan. 14: 1 – 4 pm
Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling 

Bring the family to Chevy Chase and celebrate the winter season with the Wheeling Park District. Fun activities for all ages include arts and crafts, winter-themed games, face painting and more. Enjoy winter-themed snacks and hot cocoa. And if it snows, we also will build snowmen and paint designs in the snow. For more info: 847-465-3333.


Red Rose Jazz Concert
Jan. 14: 4 – 6 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Rd., Lake Forest 

Come enjoy this annual highlight as the Red Rose Jazz Band returns to present the very best of ragtime and early jazz to our community. Get your tickets early, as this one always sells out! Tickets: $10 - $25. For more info, click here.


Give Where You Love
Jan. 15: 12 – 2 pm
Village Hall, 850 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield 

The Village of Deerfield invites everyone to participate in a “Day of Service” in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Volunteers will participate in a variety of service projects appropriate for all ages including making care packages for the homeless, collecting and sorting food and related items, making chemo care packages for cancer patients and writing letters and cards of encouragement. For more info, click here.


Watts Below Zero Winter Carnival
Jan. 15: 10 am – 12 pm
Watts Ice Center, 305 Randolph St., Glencoe 

Celebrate everything winter with arts and crafts, carnival games, ice sculpting, and more! Free to attend! For more info: 847-835-4440.


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Jan. 4, 2018

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Jan. 5 – 7

It’s the time of year for New Year’s resolutions and whether you are going the simple route like me (to drink more water) or perhaps a bit more spiritual/life changing, we can all resolve to get out more and explore more of what the North Shore has to offer.  There’s no better way to get things started than this weekend’s offerings! Cheers to a fantastic 2018!


Kid Lit Fest
Jan. 6: 9 am – 2 pm
Highland Park Library, 494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park 

Kids of all ages looking to meet a favorite author or discover a new should stop by Highland Park Public Library this Saturday! Popular, bestselling, award-winning, and notable Chicago-area authors will meet and greet readers of all ages and reading abilities. The author extravaganza features other book-related fun for young readers, too, including District 112 teachers reading aloud from their favorite books! For more info, click here.


American English: Beatles Tribute Band
Jan. 7: 6 pm
SPACE: 1245 Chicago Ave. Evanston 

American English is simply the best Beatle tribute story of our time. At the inception of the band, they were voted “number one” by thousands of Beatle fans as winners of sound alike contests at Beatlefest® for three consecutive years.  They have also won Illinois Entertainer of the Year and have been voted "Best Tribute Band" three of the last four years by their fans in the Chicagoland area. Tickets: $10 - $36. For more info, click here.


Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution (Last Weekend)
Jan. 5 -7: 10 am – 5 pm
Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie 

This exhibit takes you on an electrifying trip through the 60s-80s and highlights Bill Graham, who escaped the Nazis as a child, and went on to pave the way for so many iconic artists of the time and produce humanitarian concerts such as Live Aid to better the world. Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution features more than 400 items, including guitars owned by Jerry Garcia and Pete Townshend, vintage posters, and rare photos-plus concert footage, video interviews, a light show, and an audio tour “by” Graham himself, edited from radio interviews. Bring your headphones so you can follow along! Be sure to catch this exhibit before it leaves after this weekend! During Winter Break (through Jan. 7), kids and students can visit the Museum free of charge! For more info, click here.


Winter Farmers Market
Jan. 6: 8 am – 12 pm (Saturdays through Apr. 28)
Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston 

Shop for your favorite foods, including vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, cheese, bread, jams and jellies, and so much more. Parking is available in the lot across the street from the Ecology Center, accessible via McCormick Blvd. Parking is not permitted in the Ecology Center Circle Drive. For more info and a list of participating vendors, click here.


Block Calendar
Jan. 6: 9 am – 12 pm
Home Depot, 655 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield 

Kids can get organized for 2018 in this hands-on Workshop where you and your child assemble a wooden block calendar to kick off the new year. Useful year-round, the block calendar is perfect for a tabletop display. Once the calendar construction is complete, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin. For more info, click here.


Tarot Readings at Lovely Cottage
Jan. 7: 2 pm (All Sundays in Jan, 12 pm on Wednesdays)
Lovely Cottage, 5 Skokie Valley Rd., Lake Bluff 

Madelyn Sergel of Contemporary Tarot offers tarot readings at Lovely Cottage in Lake Bluff. “A Contemporary Tarot reading is a conversation about you. I don’t tell the future, I work with you to explore your now," says Madelyn. Fees: $15-$50 (Cost is $5 per card, 3 card minimum).  For more info, click here.


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Dec. 27, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Dec. 29 – Dec. 31

It’s the final weekend of 2017! Regardless of age, there are plenty of ways to ring in the new year in style. Wishing everyone a healthy and fabulous New Year!!!


It’s A Wonderful Life
Dec. 29 & 30: 8 pm
Oil Lamp Theatre, 1723 Glenview Rd., Glenview 

This heartwarming classic is a show within a show. It's December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WBFR Radio, and a cast of six actors is preparing to present It's a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of only a sound-effects artist, the ensemble re-enacts the story of George Bailey, a young man whose dreams of traveling the world are thwarted by his sense of responsibility to the family business. Tickets: $35, included corkage fee (feel free to bring a drink and enjoy before, during and after the production) and fresh-baked complimentary cookies. For more info, click here.


The Magic of Bill Blagg
Dec. 30: 2 & 7:30 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie 

The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! returns to the North Shore Center for two shows filled with amazing new illusions! Critics and audiences alike rave about his incredible high-energy, grand-scale magic and illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. Tickets: $28 - $40. For more info, click here.


Noon New Year’s Eve Party
Dec. 31: 10:30 am – 12 pm
Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview 

Can’t make it until midnight? Celebrate the “Noon Year” instead! Enjoy bouncy inflatables, fun face painting, tattoos and DJ with dancing activities in the main gym. End the morning’s festivities with a massive balloon drop in the main lobby at noon! Admission: $10 per child, pay at the door. Ages 3-9 years and children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit or call 847-724-5670


Itty Bitty New Year
Dec. 31: 11 am – 12:30 pm
Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Rd., Glencoe 

Ring in the New Year with dancing, crafts, and a countdown to noon, complete with a balloon drop! Advanced registration required by December 28; recommended for children ages 2-6. Tickets: $7 res/$12 nr. For more info and to register, click here.


Kohl’s New Year’s Eve Bash
Dec. 31: 8:30 am – 11 am or 12:30 – 3 pm
Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview 

The museum transforms an entire wing into a giant Times Square style party with the biggest confetti drop you've ever seen! Children's concert with Wendy Morgan & DB, DJ and dance party, hat making and horns, family photos, free hair styling from KidSnips, and a Times Square-style confetti drop! Children under 12 months of age free. Tickets: $33/person, Members $23/person. For more info, click here.


New Year’s Freeze Celebration
Dec. 31: 5 – 7 pm
Glenview Ice Center, 1851 Landwehr Rd., Glenview 

Ring in 2018 at the Glenview Ice Center. This family-friendly celebration includes skating, games, crafts, a balloon artist, and a balloon drop and Kiddie Toast at “Midnight” (7 p.m.). Admission $8. $4 skate rental. (Passes not accepted). Call (847) 724-2800 for information.


New Year’s Eve Soiree
Dec. 31: 6 pm – 12: 30 am
Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling 

Celebrate the New Year in style! Enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, six-station dinner buffet, six hours of open bar, music by the Steve Anthony Orchestra and champagne toast at midnight. $109 per person plus tax. Reservations limited to first 250 people. Doors open at 6 PM. Pre-payment required. Call 847-465-2311 for details or click here for more info.


First Night Evanston
Dec. 31: Various Times
Various Location Throughout Evanston 

Experience an incredible range of music, dance, poetry and more from some of the world's finest artists, many of whom live right here in Evanston. It's a family friendly event too, featuring an afternoon of exciting musical and variety performances geared to families and young children as well as a teen improv performance in the evening. Performance venues include some fantastic acoustical spaces in some of Evanston's classic houses of worship. Click here for a full schedule of events and ticketing information.


New Year’s Eve at The Curragh
Dec. 31: 9 pm – 3 am
The Curragh, 1800 Tower Drive, Glenview 

Adult only party featuring party favors, champagne toast, plus live music by El Bandolero at 11 pm. Special kids party at 5 pm featuring balloon drop, noise makers, party hats, face painting and tattoos. For more info: 847-998-1100.


New Year’s Eve at Valley Lodge Tavern
Dec. 31: 9 pm – 1 am
Valley Lodge Tavern, 1141 Central Ave., Wilmette 

Close, classy, affordable and fun….the 1st Annual New Year's Eve Party at the Valley Lodge Tavern in Wilmette. Ring in the New Year at Valley Lodge Tavern for adult fun (must be 21 to enter) and leave the kids at home. Enjoy a festive atmosphere and an elaborate dinner right here on the North Shore! DJ Mike Hill will provide the tunes to dance the night away and ring in the New Year. Tickets: $75, includes an elaborate dinner, late night appetizer and champagne toast. Want to skip dinner but still join the party? $20 will get you in the door! For more info, click here


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Dec. 20, 2017

Holiday Weekend Fun on the North Shore: Dec. 22 – 24

The holidays are always a great time to take in a show. However, while many local performances are sold out, we found some with seats still available (Peter Pan, the Gift of the Magi) but I encourage you to ask fast. It’s also the perfect time to partake in some longstanding North Shore traditions including Glenview’s Holiday Figure Skating Exhibition and the Wonderland Express at the Botanic Garden. Some other interesting and new events include an afternoon tea at the Peckish Pig (yum) and European Cabaret Night at 210. There’s also a free holiday concert at the Chalet for those not ready to commit and for those looking to burn a few holiday calories consider a Winter Woods night hike or Fairy Tale Skate!  Whatever strikes your fancy, enjoy and Happy Holidays!


Holiday Figure Skating Exhibition
Dec. 22: 5 – 7:50 pm
Glenview Ice Center, 1851 Landwehr Rd., Glenview 

The Glenview Ice Center kicks off the 2017 Winter Carnival with a free Holiday Figure Skating Exhibition! Watch soloists, synchronized skating teams and Glenview Skate School skaters showcase their talents. Stay for a free Family Skate Night following the exhibition. For more info, click here.


Winter Woods Night Hike
Dec. 22: 6:30 – 8 pm
Ryerson Welcome Center, 21950 North Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods 

Discover the magic of a winter woods at night while learning the survival strategies of our native wildlife. An indoor presentation will be followed by a walk on a candlelit path. Please dress for the weather and wear warm, sturdy boots, portions of the program will be held outdoors. Recommended for ages 8+. Resident: $5; NR: $7. For more info, click here.


Gift of the Magi
Dec. 22 & 23: 7 pm
Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, 927 Noyes St., Evanston 

This is a modern, heartwarming, family holiday play with music that tells the story of Della and her husband, Jim, who desperately want to buy the perfect Christmas gifts for each other, but living paycheck to paycheck while pursuing each of their artistic dreams has left no extra cash for expensive presents. It turns out that Jim and Della’s love for one another reaches far beyond monetary constraints and material possessions in this tenderly told story about devotion and what’s truly important–a lesson you’re never too young or old to learn. Tickets: $10; to purchase click here.


Fairy Tale Try It Skate
Dec. 23: 10 am – 12 pm
Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St., Evanston 

The perfect opportunity to learn the basics of skating. First time skaters are encouraged to participate. You will meet and skate with Fairy Tale characters such as Tinkerbell, Cinderella, Elsa and Ariel. Skaters will be divided by ages. Admission is free, skate rentals available for $3. For more info: 847-448-8258.


Peter Pan
Dec. 23: 2 pm (Additional dates through 1/1/18)
Music Theater Works – Cahn Auditorium. 600 Emerson St., Evanston 

Join Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) for the family classic. During the North Shore Holiday's special, take 50% off sections "A" (main floor) or section "D" (balcony) at Music Theater Works. When ordering online, enter the "coupon code" PETER to receive the 50% savings for the whole family. Tickets: $34-$96. To order tickets, click here.


Wonderland Express
Dec. 22: 10 am – 5 pm; Dec. 23: 10 am – 7 pm; Dec. 24: 10 am – 3 pm (last ticket sold at 2 pm) Runs through Jan.  7.
Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe 

Tis the season for family fun! Visit the Garden for Wonderland Express, an annual holiday extravaganza featuring magnificent model trains, magical and glittering indoor snow, and meticulously crafted Chicago landmarks in miniature. Plus, see intricate ice carvings and hear beautiful music from carolers on select days. Bring the smartphones and video cameras, as our holiday exhibition delights children and parents, friends and families. Kids, look for Thomas the Tank Engine! Tickets: $8-$11.  For more info, click here.


Afternoon Tea
Dec. 23: 2 – 4 pm
Peckish Pig, 623 Howard St., Evanston 

Enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea featuring a variety of mini sandwiches, homemade scones and a selection of homemade desserts. Peckish Pig is all decked out for the holidays so this is the perfect event to meet up for that festive holiday drink you’ve been trying to squeeze in. The cozy lounge area is comfortable for kids as well as adults. Cost: $20 adults; $10 children 10 and under.  Reservations are required for this event. Please call 847-491-6778 for more info.


Christmas Concert featuring Barb Kronau-Sorensen
Dec. 23: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
The Chalet Nursery, 3123 Lake Ave., Wilmette 

Enjoy a fun, festive and intimate beautiful holiday concert featuring traditional German, English and Norwegian Christmas songs sung in their native languages and translated for the audience.  Barb Kronau-Sorensen is known for her original acoustic pop/rock and traditional German, and Norwegian folk singing. FREE! For more info, click here.


European Cabaret Night
Dec. 23: 8 pm
210, 210 Green Bay Rd., Highwood 

In one performance, international cabaret singer Tanya Melamed will take the audience on a journey around the world through multiple music genres, languages and ethnicities. The program is a musical kaleidoscope where French chanson quickly swirls to Argentine and Polish tango, Russian and Gypsy romances, Italian, Klezmer, Tanya's original compositions and more....$10 cover. For more info, click here.


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Dec. 13, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Dec. 15 – 17

While 2017 may be winding down, the holiday festivities are still ramping up.  There are so many great ways to enjoy quality family time and make memories to last a lifetime. Multiple breakfasts with Santa, the Nutcracker, a special Star Wars-themed ice skate, Chanukah Wonderland, gingerbread decorating and more!


Glitzy Girlz Daddy Daughter Holiday Memories
Dec. 15: 6:30 – 8 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka

Dads, join Glitzy Girlz this holiday season for a night with your daughter/s and team up on gift giving for the other females in your family! Each couple will make three gifts: a ceramic item, a wood frame item (you can have your photo taken) and a beaded jewelry piece. A gift wrapping station will help conceal your treasures with gift tags and ribbons. Holiday music and a little treat for each couple will end the night. Cost: $46 - $55. For more info and to register, click here.


Star Wars Skating with Santa
Dec. 16: 2 – 8 pm
Westfield Old Orchard, 4905 Old Orchard, Skokie 

Skate with Santa at the Westfield Old Orchard Ice Rink! This year’s theme is Star Wars, so come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character for your chance to win great prizes! Kids can show off their skating skills in one 30-minute sessions or come later from 5:30-6:30 pm for free Santa photos! $10. Ice skates will be available for rent at no additional cost (included in the ticket price), however you may bring your own skates if you would like. For more info. and to reserve a time, click here.


Chanukah Wonderland
Dec. 15 – 17 (runs through the 18th)
Northbrook Court, 2171 Northbrook Court, Northbrook 

Enjoy Chanukah excitement and fun for the entire family. Bringing to life the 2,100 years old Chanukah story, activities include: a giant Dreidel moon-bounce, olive oil making demonstration, menorah-making work shop, doughnut decorating, dreidel canvas painting, cool Chanukah slime and much more. Located on the lower level, 4 stores down from the Tree House. $10 per child all-inclusive entrance fee. For more info: 874-564-8770.


Trent Snyder Presents a Holiday Serenade
Dec. 15: 8:30 – 10:30 pm
Rock House, 1742 Glenview Rd., Glenview 

Come out and for some holiday music performed by local musicians Trent Snyder, Tim Kirby, and Tom Olickal. Hot chocolate, drinks, and good times! For more info: 224-616-3062.


The Book of Will
Dec. 15: 8 pm; Dec. 16: 2:30 & 8 pm; Dec. 17: 2:30 pm
Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie 

Armed with wit, humor, a deep camaraderie and a passion to preserve the plays that shaped their lives, the members of Shakespeare’s own company cunningly navigate the production of the 1623 First Folio. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.


Gingerbread House Decorating Party
Dec. 17: 1 – 3 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest 

Start a new family tradition this holiday by celebrating the magic of the season with Gorton’s inaugural Gingerbread House decorating party. Let your creative juices flow as you turn your freshly baked house from Bennison’s Bakery 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. Cost: $55 per gingerbread house (up to 6 people per house). For more info, click here.


Salt Creek Ballet’s: The Nutcracker
Dec. 16: 1 & 5 pm, Dec. 17: 2 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie 

Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker marches back onto the North Shore Center stage with a gift for families: an affordable full-length holiday production performed in the grand Russian style by a professional company with incredible guest soloists!  The production features amazing sets, vibrant costumes and internationally recognized guest dancers. The production additionally boasts a cast of 100 including local children and young adults aged eight to seventeen from the school of the Salt Creek Ballet. Tickets: $20 - $42.  For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.


The Nutcracker on Ice – 43rd Annual Presentation
Dec. 15: 7:30 pm; Dec. 16 2:30 & 7:30 pm; Dec. 17: 2:30 pm
Robert Crown Community Center, 2100 Ridge Ave, Evanston 

"The Nutcracker on Ice" features hundreds of skaters of all ages telling the familiar tale of Clara and her musical holiday adventures. Exquisite costumes, Tchaikovsky's familiar music, and exciting special effects bring the characters to life, making this the perfect family show to spread the holiday spirit. Tickets $9 General Seating; $10 Reserved Seating. Group discounts available. General seating tickets are available online (reserved seating online purchasing is not available, must be purchased in person or by phone: 847-448-8258). 



Oakton Community Center, 4701 Oakton St., Skokie
Dec. 16: 9:30 am
$13 - $16
Must pre-register: 847-674-1500, ext. 2700


Hilton Chicago Northbrook, 2855 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook
Dec. 16: 8:30 – 10:30 am
Call 847-509-7010 for reservations


The Café at the Glenview Golf Club, 800 Shermer Rd., Glenview
Dec. 16 & 17: 9 am & 11:30 am
$24.95 per adult, $13.95 per child 13 and under Call 847-657-3200 for reservations



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Dec. 10, 2017

North Shore Real Estate Report - November 2017

North Shore Housing Market - November 2017 vs. Year Ago

North Shore Market Data November 2017

Closed sales were down 2% in November vs. last year. Only two villages posted gains: Northfield and Highland Park. Wilmette and Evanston were flat.

The median price for the North Shore was down 5% vs. last year, but results for the individual towns were all over the map. Kenilworth, Winnetka and Glenview had increases while Northfield, Wilmette and Glencoe had double digit declines.

Average market time continues to increase, up 16% vs. last November, from 109 days to 127 days.


Accepted Offers - November 2017 vs. Year Ago

  Accepted Offers North Shore November 2017

Although the closed sales data for November was disappointing, buyer activity in November was very strong, especially for this time of year. Not only were accepted offers up 40% vs. last November, they were also up 30% vs. this October and 28% vs. September. This is very unusual, as the market usually experiences a dramatic slowdown as the the holidays approach. In addition, the gains were across the board, with Lake Forest almost doubling and all but one village (Glenview) posting double digit gains.

Why were accepted offers so much higher than last year? One key factor was last year's election. People are less likely to make large purchases, including real estate, in uncertain times. With a new administration they don't know how the financial markets will respond or how policies will change, and they would rather wait and see how things shape up.

And what explains the increases in a month where buyer activity is typically waning? Probably a combination of factors, including increased consumer confidence along wit the continued stock market gains, and helped by the mild weather we had throughout the fall.


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Dec. 6, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Dec. 8 – 10

While the bleak December weather has returned, the holiday merriment continues throughout the North Shore to warm our spirits! Multiple holiday fests (with Santa sightings), gingerbread workshops, a holiday healthcare fair (brilliant), a holiday singalong and a toe tapping performance round out this weekend’s offering of events and activities!


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

The celebration starts at the Skokie Heritage Museum with live reindeer, elves, photos with Santa, carolers to crafts and more. Donate winter coats, hats, and gloves in good condition, or non-perishable food item to benefit the Niles Township Food Pantry. For more info: 847-674-1500, ext 3000.


Downtown Evanston Tree Lighting
Dec. 9: 5 – 8 pm
Church Street Plaza, intersection of Church St. & Maple Ave., Evanston 

Join Mayor Hagerty, Santa and Mrs. Claus to enjoy an evening of musical performances, holiday cheer and watch the tree light up at 5:30pm. After the Tree Lighting from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, warm up with hot chocolate and take photos with Santa at The Crystal Ballroom (529 Davis St.) or Mrs. Claus at The Hilton Garden Inn (1818 Maple Ave.) For more info and a schedule of events, click here.


Holiday Healthcare Fair
Dec. 9: 10 am – 3 pm
Heartwood Center for Body, Mind and Spirit, 1818 Dempster St., Evanston 

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of holiday activities and enjoy some healing services including acupuncture, massage, reiki and more. There will be food, music and artists selling their work. For more info, click here.


5th Annual Holiday Singalong
Dec. 10: 2 – 5 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka 

Now in its fifth year, this holiday celebration is the perfect antidote to the pressures of the season. The program features many of the holiday classics and includes some Chanukah songs as well as little known holiday facts. The focus of the program is fun for the whole family. Tickets: $5 per person; $10 per family. For more info, click here.


Holiday Extravaganza
Dec. 10: 3 – 6 pm
North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Rd., Northbrook 

The North Suburban YMCA welcomes the community for an afternoon of festive holiday spirit. Take free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy activities and treats, and enter in the raffle to win your favorite wreath from the Y’s “Deck the Halls” display. Fun for the whole family! For more info, click here.


Chicago Tap Theatre: Tidings of Tap!
Dec. 10: 3 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie 

Come see why hundreds of Chicago families have made Tidings of Tap! their new holiday tradition. 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! Tickets: $24 - $40. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.


Gingerbread House Workshops
Dec. 8: 5 – 6 pm; Dec. 9 & 10: 9 -10 am (Additional family times: Dec. 16, 17, 20, 23; Dec. 21 teens, Dec. 22 ages 9+, Dec. 14 – adults only BYOB)
TasteBuds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Rd., Bannockburn 

Celebrate the season with family bonding and gingerbread fun at this signature holiday workshop. Take a break from last-minute gift shopping and get messy in the kitchen. You and your creative chef will love the endless decorating options. From frosted candy roofs to pretzel picket fences. Everyone will enjoy the cheerful holiday tunes as they experience quality family time. $45 per parent/child pair; older children/teen events: $45 per person. Adult only: $60. For more info, click here.


Plus another chance to meet “Real Reindeer” at the Glen Town Center, 1951 Town Center, Dec. 9 & 10 from 10 am – 2 pm. For more info: 847-724-2025.


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Nov. 30, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Dec. 1 - 3

Tis’ the weekend for holiday merriment. You can choose from a plethora of seasonal activities to crank up your holiday spirit including a tree lighting, a winter celebration, a Breakfast with Santa, holiday markets, a holiday house walk, a holiday symphony concert and performances of a Christmas Carol and a Charlie Brown Christmas!  Plus, a special tribute to Elvis and a special evening with Rufus Wainwright.


Deerfield’s Winter Celebration
Dec. 1: 5 – 9 pm; Dec. 2: 11 am – 3 pm
Village Hall, 850 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield 

Celebrate the season at the Village of Deerfield's two-day Winter Celebration! On Friday horse-drawn carriage rides, a two-hour live ice sculpting show, roasted chestnuts and live performances highlight the evening’s festivities at Village Hall – free refreshments in the Village Hall lobby. On Saturday, visit Forrest Plaza at The Shops at Deerfield Square (740 Waukegan Rd.) for pony rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, a handbell performance by the Chicago Bronze Breve Ensemble, holiday photo ops and more.  On both days, various businesses will be hosting holiday activities and featuring special holiday promotions. For a more info and a full list of activities, click here.


Holiday Market at Elawa Farm
Dec. 1 & 2: 10 am – 4 pm; Dec. 3: 12 pm – 4 pm
Elawa Farm, 1401 Middlefork Dr., Lake Forest

 Shop for festive foods, gifts and holiday décor including: Frasier fir trees, fresh holiday wreaths, greens and arrangements, gourmet gingerbread houses and cookies, handcrafted soaps, farm preserves and jams, unique artisan gifts, toffee, truffles, brownies, tea cakes, slow cooker spice tins, silhouette portraits and more uniquely Elawa items! For more info, click here.


Winnetka Holiday Tree Lighting
Dec. 1: 5:30 pm
Metra Park (across from Winnetka Village Hall), 754 Elm St., Winnetka 

There is no place like Winnetka for the holidays. Usher in the holiday season with the annual Winnetka Tree Lighting. There will be a visitor from the North Pole and festive carolers in Victorian costumes, leading the singing as well as hot cocoa after the lighting ceremony. The switch will be flipped at 6 pm. AFTER, the lights are lit, please follow the Grinch to The Book Stall on Chestnut Court for a story or head to Little Ricky’s for some more Santa time. For more info, click here.


Elvis Birthday Tribute Artist Spectacular
Dec. 1: 7:30 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie 

Toast Elvis Presley’s 83rd birthday with the annual concert of music performed by multiple tribute artists celebrating the era-by-era highlights of Elvis’ incredible musical career. Tickets: $22 - $51. For more info, click here.


A Charlie Brown Christmas
Dec. 1 & 2: 7 pm; Dec. 3: 3 pm
Gorton Community House, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest 

The classic animated television special A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation Performing Arts Student Theater Academy, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets: $10. For more info, click here.


Northbrook Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert
Dec. 2: 7 – 9 pm
Our Lady of the Brook, 3700 Dundee Rd., Northbrook 

The Gift of Music, a Holiday Festival of Choral and Orchestral Delights. Special guest artists who will be joining the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Lawrence Rapchak are the Chicago Children's Choir, Rogers Park & Humboldt Park Neighborhood Choirs and the Music Institute Chorale under the direction of Mr. Daniel Wallenberg, Conductor. Other guest artists are Patricia Lee, organ, along with Sharon Quattrin-Campagna, soprano and Keshena Cisneros-Watson, mezzo-soprano. A wonderful evening of supreme music to start the Holiday season. Tickets: $45. To purchase tickets, click here.


Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 2: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka 

While enjoying a scrumptious breakfast buffet, families will meet and greet Santa, have a complimentary photo taken, create personalized crafts and then take home a book from Mrs. Claus’ library. Don’t miss the fun! Tickets: $25, children under 2 free. Register early—this event is expected to sell out. Please bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. For more info, click here.


Christmas Around the World Holiday Faire
Dec. 2: 10: 30 am – 4:30 pm
The Ladies Philoptochos Society of Sts. Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 1401 Wagner Rd., Glenview 

With homemade Greek food, pastries, and unique gifts from boutique vendors, the Faire offers everything to prepare for the holidays. Santa will join children of all ages from 11 am to 3 pm. A luncheon of international cuisine will be served from 11:30-2:30 for dine-in or carry out. Greek desserts such as baklava, spanakopita and tiropites will also be available. Admission: $2; children and students free.  For more info call: 847-729-2235.


A Christmas Carol
Dec. 2: 3 & 7 pm; Dec. 3: 1 & 4 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka 

Celebrate the holidays with the magic of Toby Nicholson’s original production of A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of hope and redemption comes to life with the arrival of ghosts, delightful musical numbers, plenty of “Bah! Humbugs!” and Scrooge’s joyful discovery of love. Filled with energy and the spirit of the season, A Christmas Carol is heartwarming entertainment for the entire family! Tickets: $25 – adults, $15 children under 12. For more info, click here.


Christmas Home Tour
Dec. 2: 11 am – 4 pm
Lake Bluff History Museum, 127 E. Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff 

This delightful historic Lake Bluff Christmas Home Tour brings the splendor of history and the holidays to life and provides an insider’s glimpse at lovely Lake Bluff homes decorated to reflect the owners’ unique style. Participants are provided a guide and map and can start their tour anytime between 11 am and 3 pm (the tour runs through 4 pm). Two holiday boutiques complement the tour and offer a wide selection of merchandise to jump start holiday shopping. Tickets: $50. For more info, click here.


Rufus Wainwright
Dec. 3: 7:30 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie 

Enjoy an evening with Rufus Wainwright, one of the great male vocalists, composers, and songwriters of his generation. He has released eight studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums and has collaborated with a large range of artists, such as Elton John, David Byrne, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell and Burt Bacharach. Opening act: Chicago-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist BONZIE. Tickets: $48 - $68. For more info, click here.


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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.