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.

Oct. 18, 2017

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

Let the Halloween fun begin!  This weekend’s line-up of events features a wide range of family friendly events as well as those looking for a little more fright! If costumers and goblins are not your thing, there is an Oktoberfest celebration, a mini class about the World Fair and a performance by Mary Chapin Carpenter that is not to be missed!

 

Pumpkin in the Woods
Oct. 20: 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka 

Hubbard Woods will be transformed into your local pumpkin patch for family fun before Halloween! Enjoy pumpkin decorating, carnival games, and lots of excitement. The Costume Contest registration will start around 4:00 pm winners will be announced at 5:00 pm. Costume categories include: most original, scariest, and a few others. This is a family-friendly event. There will still be a DJ, props, bounce houses, games and decorations; but it is not designed to scare children. Food will be sold on-site: caramel apples, cookies, hot dogs, etc. Please register by October 16 to guarantee that you will receive a pumpkin to take home. Day-of registrants are not guaranteed a pumpkin. For more info, click here.

 

Halloween Spooktacular
Oct. 20: 5:30 – 8 pm
Park Center, 2400 Chestnut, Glenview 

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

 

Things That Go Bump in the Night
Oct. 20 & 21: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie 

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


Haunted Trail of Terror
Oct. 21: 6 – 9 pm
Lloyd Beach, 799 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka 

The souls of Lloyd Beach have risen from the Lake again for the 6th annual Haunted Trail of Terror at Lloyd Beach. Enjoy as you and your friends try to escape the haunted beach and boat house before it’s too late and you wind up in Davey Jones’ Locker. Tickets: $5 at door, ages 7+. For more info, click here.

 

Spooky Pooch Parade
Oct. 21: 11 am – 1 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe 

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

 

Halloween Happening
Oct. 21: 4 – 8 pm
Community Rec Center, 3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette 

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

 

Mary Chapin Carpenter
Oct. 21: 8 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie 

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to the North Shore Center with her full band configuration. Carpenter is hitting the road to perform songs from her expansive fourteen-album catalog and new songs from her latest record, The Things That We Are Made Of. Opening Act: Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker. Tickets: $42 - $72. For more info, click here.

 

Oktoberfest
Oct. 21: 5 – 9 pm
Town of Fort Sheridan, East End of Fort on Logan Loop, Highland Park 

Come join the October fun in the Town of Fort Sheridan!  Brats, burgers, dogs, beer, soft drinks, music, fun and frivolity!!! Bring your neighbors and enjoy the fun!

 

10th Annual YMCA Halloween Spooktacular
Oct. 22: 2 – 5 pm
Northern Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Rd., Northbrook 

The North Suburban YMCA welcomes ghosts and goblins of all ages when the entire Y will be transformed with haunted houses, trick-or-treat trails, and a wide range of activities to entertain the entire family. The Y’s festival of frights and fun includes a one-of-a-kind Spooky Pool Boat ride, inflatable bounce houses, costume contests, a children’s haunted maze, and delicious treats. Guests can also take home souvenirs including art projects, decorated pumpkins, photo booth pictures, and goodies from indoor trick-or-treating. Experience Halloween-themed sensory stations, and visit the cuddly animals in the petting zoo. There’s something for everyone at the community party of the year! Admission is free for Y members, $20/family for non-members. The event also offers exclusive early access for children with special needs from 1:30 to 2:00 pm. For more info, click here.

 

Mini-Class: the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair
Oct. 22: 2 - 3 pm
Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Rd., Wilmette 

Just twenty years after the Great Fire, the 1893 World’s Fair announced Chicago’s arrival as a world-class city.  Join former history teacher Lori Matten for a close reading of some primary source documents and a lively discussion about the Fair.  This mini-class will explore the World’s Fair’s architecture, innovations, exhibits, patrons and local connections to H.H. Holmes, “The Devil in the White City.” No previous knowledge is necessary, but advanced reservations are required. $5 for Museum members and $10 for non-members. To register, click here.

 

Ragdale Presents the Spooktacular Rags to Witches
Oct. 22: 3 – 6 pm
Ragdale, 1260 North Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest 

Don’t miss Ragdale’s second annual costumed, creative spookfest for the whole family. Guests and little monsters will be spellbound by live performances, hands-on art projects, games and seasonal tastings throughout Lake Forest’s most imaginative haunted estate. Special features include: Haunted Ragdale House, enchanted stroll in the pet cemetery, ghostly storytelling and performances in the Witches Ring, costume contest and parade, creepy arts and crafts, cider and treats and a cash bar for adults. The event is inspired by the supernatural work of Ragdale artists and features an original performance with the ghosts of Ragdale’s founding family, the Shaws, and their curious pets. Costumes encouraged and prizes awarded. Advance tickets are $20 adults, $15 children, $60 per household (limit 4). Individual tickets are also available at the door for an additional $5. To purchase tickets and for more info, click here.

 

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Oct. 12, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Oct. 13 – 15

While there may by a chill in the air, things are still heating up all around the North Shore this weekend. Although a night at Scream Scene, may put a permanent chill in your bones! Looking for more warm-hearted fun? Then consider taking in a performance of the The Legend of Georgia McBride, pulling up a chair at the Farm Harvest Supper at Wagner Farm or help raise funds while hearing great music at Giving Rocks Unplugged. There’s also an Active Aging Expo, fort building and the Crow Island Fall Celebration for those seeking some more active fun!

 

Scream Scene
Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21: 7 – 10 pm; Oct. 22 & 29: 7 – 9 pm; Oct. 28: 7 – 11 pm
Skokie Water Playground, 4701 Oakton St., Skokie 

Rated as one of Illinois' best haunted houses, Scream Scene features more than 20 unique rooms. From crazed butchers to insane clowns, the faint of heart will not want any part of this “scene.” (Not recommended for children under 10. Also check out the behind the scenes "Lights On" event for the entire family.) Tickets: $12. For more info, click here.

 

The Legend of Georgia McBride
Oct. 13: 8 pm, Oct. 14: 2:30 & 8 pm; Oct. 15: 2:30 pm (Through Oct. 22)
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie 

 

A down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator must do what it takes to pay the bills – including stepping into some high heels. This heartwarming, music-filled comedy celebrates the unexpected path to finding your true voice. Tickets: $30 - $81. For more info, click here.

 

Historic Wagner Farm Harvest Supper
Oct. 14: Multiple Seatings: 5:20 pm – 7:20 pm
Historic Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd., Glenview 

Enjoy an evening of culinary delights as you explore the many foods and flavors of fall. Local chefs will prepare and serve a multi-course prix fixe dinner, sure to satisfy every foodie’s palate. Ticket price includes three specially-prepared cocktails. Wine and beer available for purchase. $125 per person. For more info and menu details, click here.

 

Active Aging Expo, 50+
Oct. 14: 9 am – 1 pm
Hilton Northbrook, 2855 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook 

The fourth annual Active Aging Expo features a wide range of activities geared to the mature set, including: health screenings, speaker sessions, entertainment, bingo, vendor booths, demonstrations and more. For more info, click here.

 

Fort Building
Oct. 14 & 15: 11 am – 4 pm
Lloyd Park, 799 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka 

Join the Winnetka Park District and Tinkering School Chicago and learn how to use simple and natural materials for fort building! Children’s imaginations will come to life as they harness their creativity while enjoying the outdoors and creating amazing forts. Come out and forge lasting memories with your children and connect with nature during this social and collaborative project. All ages are welcome and participants can drop-in whenever they would like! Free. For more info, click here.

 

Crow Island Fall Celebration
Oct. 15: 2 – 5 pm
Crow Island Woods Park, 1140 Willow Rd., Winnetka 

Come celebrate Fall and enjoy family-friendly nature activities.  Tour the wooded paths along with a trained naturalist.  earn how to make your yard more sustainable.  Visit the Schmidt-Burnham Log House. For more info, click here.

 

Giving Rocks Unplugged ‘17
Oct. 15: 5 – 8 pm
Fields Infiniti, 2100 Frontage Rd., Glencoe 

This is not your typical fundraising event - it's about family, community, and of course, the music. Featuring an amazing lineup of talent including Grammy nominated Matthew Santos, Will Tilson, Piper Phillips, Mark Wehner and Bernadette Kaup who all will be playing acoustically throughout the night. Also unique to a Giving Rocks event is necklace making, the lifeline of the foundation. Finally, the festivities will be topped off with delicious food catered by Depot Nuevo (included in the registration fee). Adults: $60; Students: $20. 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.

Oct. 9, 2017

North Shore Chicago Real Estate Report - September 2017

 September 2017 vs. Year Ago

North Shore market statistics-Sept. 2017

North Shore home sales took a rumble in September, reflecting the slowdown in buyer activity during the summer months. Closed sales were down a whopping 21%, driven by declines in every village except Glenview, Lake Forest and Northfield (which increased off a very low base).

Median prices were up slightly overall, though increases were healthy in Wilmette, Glencoe and Lake Forest. Only Highland Park showed a significant decline this past month.

 Year-to-Date September 2017 vs. 2016

North Shore Market stats YTD Sept 2017

The year-to-date numbers are somewhat more encouraging. Closed sales for the nine moths through September were up 3%. Evanston and Wilmette, the two markets that have been consistently strong performers over the last few years, seemed to have hit a plateau, while other villages played catch-up.

Median prices for the year are also up 3% overall, though the gains were only in Glenview, Lake Forest, Evanston and Kenilworth.

Current buyer activity is best understood by looking at Accepted Offers. which were down 16% from August and down 8% vs. last September. This doesn't bode well for closed sales in the remaining months of the year.

Accepted Offers - September 2017 vs. 2016

Accepted Offers chart September 2017

 

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Oct. 4, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Oct. 6 – 8

 

This week has been stressful both on a personal and national level.  Thankfully, there are many wonderful events going on this weekend to help revive my wary soul and yours too! From a little bluegrass and retail therapy to two powerhouse perennial favorites such as the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival and the Fall Bulb Festival; plus a special blessing for our beloved furry members of the family….the weekend simply can’t get here soon enough.

 

Bluegrass on the Greens
Oct. 6: 6 pm
Canal Shores Golf Course, 1030 Central St., Evanston 

“Bluegrass on the Greens,” is a family-friendly, Ravinia-style outdoor concert featuring noted bluegrass band Emory Gap (which hails from Evanston). This concert and neighborhood party celebrates the end of the highly successful 2017 golf season. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets, family and friends for this bluegrass music show and lawn party that will be held on the fairways in front of the Canal Shores Pro Shop between Lincoln and Central Streets in Evanston. There’ll be a $25 tax-deductible cover charge ($5 for kids), cash bar, food trucks, and a warming fire in the beautiful new fire pit. For more info: click here.

 

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival 2017
Oct. 6: 4 – 10 pm; Oct. 7: 11 am – 10 pm; Oct. 8: 11 am – 9 pm
Downtown Highwood, from Highwood Ave – Webster Ave, along Waukegan and Ave and Sheridan Rd. 

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival is the quintessential kick-off event to celebrate the Fall season! Be a part of history as they attempt to break the Guinness World Record of for the most pumpkins carved and lit at once (30,851) and help raise money for Make-A-Wish Illinois. Come experience a full schedule of family-friendly activities (carnival rides, live music, food vendors, pumpkin carving and so much more) and the charm of a small town that’s bursting with good will and family fun. For more info and a full schedule of events, click here.

 

Fall Bulb Festival
Oct. 6 – 8: 10 am – 4 pm (Bulb Shopping for members only on 10/6)
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Blvd., Glencoe 

Welcome fall as you plan your spring garden!  Choose from 250+ variety of bulbs to plant now, and your spring is guaranteed to be alive with color. There will also be live music; a harvest market; a straw-bale maze and other family activities, cider, wine, and beer to purchase; and the amazing gourd mountain for selfies! For more info, click here.

 

Retail Therapy on Central Street
Oct. 6: 6 – 9 pm
Central Street Shops in Evanston, 1800-2100 blocks of Central St., Evanston 

Central Street Evanston, a distinctive North Evanston shopping district presents its semi-annual “RETAIL THERAPY NIGHT”, a tradition for over a decade. Enjoy special discounts, raffles, refreshments and giveaways from participating businesses located just east and west of Green Bay Road on Central Street (1800-2100 blocks of Central Street). Participating businesses include: 9 Round Evanston, Gracie’s, Lois & Co, Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony (open 4 – 7 pm), Notice, Perennials, Simple Grace Designs, Spice House, Stella Boutique and Walsh Natural House.

 

Light Up The Sky
Oct 6 & 7: 8 pm, Oct. 8: 3 pm (through Oct. 29)
The Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest 

What better way to start their 15th Anniversary Season than with this classic 1948 Broadway smash hit comedy; Moss Hart's valentine to live theatre! The play takes you backstage with a bustling New York theatre troupe on opening night of a new show. The volatile mix of hotheaded diva, nervous playwright and a director perpetually on the brink of tears makes for an evening of theatre-inspired fun. Tickets: $37.50.  For more info, click here.

 

A Blessing of the Animals
Oct. 8: 2 – 3 pm
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church Courtyard, 1140 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette 

This is a time to celebrate your pets and the gift of companionship they offered you.  Pictures of pets you have loved and have no more are also welcomed as they are remembered in the blessing.  Dog, cat and human treats will be on hand, as well as adoptable pets visiting from Heartland Shelter.  Please contact the Rev. Andrew Suitter at (847) 251.6922 or Andrew.Suitter@staschurch.org with any question or for more information.

 

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Sept. 28, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Sept. 29 – Oct. 1

I like to call these kinds of weekends potpourri weekends because there is a little bit of everything going on. Physical activity enthusiasts can partake in a fun super hero dash or disc golf; bargain hunters will have one of the most popular rummage sales on the North Shore at their disposal; those looking to be entertained and enlightened can choose from engaging storytelling, a fall folk fest and an insightful seminar on child raising. And certainly not to be overlooked is a community give back event, allowing participants to help address surrounding homelessness in the Chicago area. So, pick your poison and whatever you decide, enjoy your weekend!

 

Superhero Dash
Sept. 30: 9 am
Tower Road Beach, 899 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka 

Are you Chicagoland’s next Superhero? Take part in the Superhero Dash to find out. Enjoy laughs, fun, thrills and spills as you work your way through the obstacles along the beaches of Lake Michigan. Come dressed as your favorite superhero or own creation of one. During the three-mile obstacle course you will climb walls and sand mounds, run up and down staircases and ramps, trudge your way through sand, dodge through tires, belly crawl under rope, run with logs, and so much more. Competitive and non-competitive divisions. The race will start at Tower Road Beach commence with a celebration and awards ceremony at Centennial Park Beach. For more info, click here.

 

Fall Rummage Sale
Sept. 30: 8 am - 3 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, 700 N. Sheridan Rd., Lake Forest 

One of the biggest sales in the area! Every year, in the fall and spring, the church has furniture, toys, designer clothes, home decor, purses, holiday decor, art and much more for sale! Staffed by volunteers, the sales have raised more than $5 million to the church’s mission and non-profit partners, locally and globally. For more info, click here.

 

Truth Be Told with Scott Whitehair
Sept. 30: 8 – 10 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Rd., Lake Forest 

Join for another spectacular night of storytelling with Scott Whitehair in the John & Nancy Hughes Theater.  You may have enjoyed personal stories on NPR, but it simply can’t compare to the intimate experience of live, face-to-face storytelling. The line-up of performers includes eight professional artists who will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.  There will be live music when doors open at 7:30pm by local talent, singer/songwriter Ali Jackson.  After the show, enjoy a meet and greet with the storytellers and enjoy complimentary wine and beer along with local gourmet pizza from Sauced Pizza. Tickets: $20. For more info, click here.

 

The Grove Folk Fest
Oct. 1: 11 am – 5 pm
The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview 

Costumed interpreters relive local history while visitors celebrate autumn with folk music, square dancing, hayrides and more. Dine on hearty food in the outdoor dining hall or enjoy the Native American flute circle. Gift and craft items are available for purchase. There will also be an exotic animal demonstration at 11:30 am and 2 pm in the Program Barn. Tickets: adult: $4l $1 children 12 years and under. For more info, click here.

 

Glencoe Disc Golf Open
Oct. 1: 1 pm
Watts Park, 305 Randolph St., Glencoe 

Grab your partner and head out to beautiful Watts Park for the inaugural Glencoe Disc Golf Open! Whether you are a seasoned competitive player or have never participated in an organized round, this outing is sure to provide ample challenge, reward, and, most importantly, fun! Registration includes 18 holes of disc golf, a hot dog lunch, and a custom Innova golf disc. The tournament is a bring your own partner best shot doubles event. $50 per team of two. For more info, click here.

 

Community Give-Back
Oct. 1: 1- 4 pm
Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Rd., Glencoe 

Empower your kids, yourselves, and your community! Learn about issues related to homelessness in Chicago and the suburbs (including Glencoe). Then act to help address those issues, and celebrate your impact! Schedule of event includes: viewing and discussing the award winning documentary The Homestretch, tour The Night Ministry’s custom-designed 38-foot Health Outreach Bus, which operates 7 days a week, preparing meals for The Night Ministry’s outreach programs, assembling hygiene kits for used for outreach programs, and celebrating your community impact with a pizza party and live music. Recommended for ages 6th grade+. $15 per person/$50 per family.  Pay at door. Your entire activity fee) will be donated to The Night Ministry, a Chicago-based non-denominational 501c3, dedicated to providing housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness.  For more of info, click here.

 

How to Raise Strong, Respectful & Kind Children
Oct. 1: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka 

We live in a fast-paced world with many stressors. Parents and children have busy schedules; there is pressure to succeed and fit in; kids are “plugged in” and possessions are highly valued. Navigating all of this can be confusing and difficult for both parents and children. Keeping children grounded and connected while fostering responsibility and resilience is essential. Lauren Bondy and Karen Jacobson from Parenting Perspectives will lead the discussion. Presented by the Lake shore Unitarian Society. For more info: 847-807-5787.

 

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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.

Sept. 21, 2017

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Sept. 22 – 24

It’s the perfect weekend to take in some of the local history and scenery. From a walking tour of Wilmette or a tour of Crab Tree Farm’s Arts & Crafts Collection to Deerfield’s Harvest Fest and the Flying Feet Fun Run (new addition to Glenview’s Flight Fest), there is a little something for everyone.  Also, don’t miss out on an awesome opportunity to score some fabulous art at the Highwood Starving Artist Show – end of season pricing can’t be beat.  Plus, the Salon Series by the Lake Forest Symphony kicks off with a salute to Gershwin!

 

For the Love of Gershwin
Sept. 22: 8 pm – 10 pm
Gorton Community Center , 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest

Celebrate the beloved music of Gershwin with the dynamic artistry of clarinetist Kathryne Pirtle, pianist Miguel De La Cerna, and jazz vocalist Morgan Pirtle. You'll be swept away by nostalgic works including Rhapsody in Blue, Summertime, and more of the composers best loved songs. Salon Series concerts are intimate events at which patrons are treated to an evening of performance and conversation with Lake Forest Symphony musicians.  Tickets: $50. For more info or to purchase tickets, click here.

 

Highwood Starving Artists Show
Sept. 23 – 24: 10 am - 5 pm
Downtown Highwood, Green Bay Rd to North, Highwood 

The Highwood Starving Artists Show is a wonderful change of pace; a different type of show. Artists will sell their odd pieces and clear their art inventory at this end-of-season outdoor show. This is a show where artists can discount, reduce, and generally sell off extra art inventory. Visitors can come looking for bargains on everything from jewelry to ceramics to fine art. Free and open to the public, the Highwood Starving Artists Show will showcase the work of up to 120 juried artists from around the world in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, sculpture and more. In addition to the incredible artwork available for purchase, attendees will be able to interact with artists through demonstrations and booth chats.  Live music, kid-friendly activities, and tasty treats also will be available for visitors to enjoy. For more info, click here.

 

Crab Tree Farm Arts and Crafts Collection Tour
Sept. 23: 10 am & 1 pm
Crab Tree Farm, 982 Sheridan Rd., Lake Bluff 

Lake Bluff History Museum hosts a popular tour of the Crab Tree Farm Arts and Crafts Collection. Crab Tree Farm was built in 1910, after fire destroyed the original farm buildings. The buildings were designed and built, by Architect Solon Beman, as a model dairy farm for Grace Durand. Durand was a successful businesswoman who was trained in agricultural science and well known for her modern methods of dairy farming. The farm buildings have undergone extensive renovation since Durand’s time and now house the finest collection of Arts and Crafts furnishings in the country which is housed in five buildings.  The tour lasts approximately 1 1⁄2 hours. Tickets: $35. Space is limited and advance purchase is required. For more info, click here or call 847-482-1571.

 

Walking tour of Downtown Wilmette
Sept. 24: 2 – 3:30 pm
Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Rd., Wilmette 

Join John Jacoby, Wilmette Beacon columnist and former Village President, for a guided walking tour of downtown Wilmette.  Hear about interesting examples of early 20th century commercial architecture as well as some of the people and businesses associated with them. The tour is free for Wilmette Historical Museum members and $5 for non-members.  Advance registration is required and can be made by calling the Museum at (847) 853-7666 or emailing museum@wilmette.com.  The meeting place for the tour will be emailed to registered participants.

 

Harvest Fest
Sept. 23: All day long
Deerfield Rd. & Park. Ave., Deerfield 

Begin the day by visiting the Farmers Market (7 a.m. to 12:30 pm). In addition to all the wonderful fruit, vegetables, plants and specialty foods, there will be kid’s activities from 8 a.m. to noon including: balloon creations, face painting, touch-a-truck and more.  Then rest up and come back in the evening for free food, live music and fun. Gates open at 5:30 pm. Activities include annual Bags Tournament (registration closed), music by Rosie & the Rivets and Hi Infidelity, free hot dogs and corn provided by Fresh Thyme, dessert by Nothing Bundt Cakes and beer, wine and water available for purchase.  For more info, click here.

 

Flying Feet Fun Run – 5K and Family 1- Mile
Sept. 23: 8 am – 12 pm
Gallery Park (Behind Park Center), 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview 

Glenview has celebrated its naval air station history each fall with our annual Flight Fest.  This year, let your feet fly around Gallery Park in an exciting 5K race or Family 1-Mile Fun Run.  5K and Family 1-Mile participants receive a performance T-shirt, chip timing, and can enjoy refreshments, 5K awards ceremony, live DJ, inflatables and Naval Air Station Glenview Museum information. Register in advance until Sept. 22. For more info, click here.

 

Check out the Best of the North Shore: our favorite restaurants, stores and service providers all in one place!

 

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.

Sept. 13, 2017

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

Weekend warriors rejoice. This weekend is chock full of fabulous events, it will truly be hard to choose what to do. We’re talking multiple wine walks, multiple fall fests and other community celebrations, a mud run for kids, the American Craft Expo, a PGA golf tournament and a unique opportunity to tap into the most prolific thinkers in our community! Don’t say we didn’t warn you! 

 

Fall Fest
Sept. 16: 4 – 9 pm
Duke Childs Field, 1321 Willow Rd., Winnetka 

Celebrate the Winnetka community with good food and drinks, family, friends and lots of memorable fun for the kids at this annual event. Activities include: Touch-A-Truck, inflatables, pumpkin roll, movie at dusk (Trolls) and so much more. For more info, click here.

 

American Craft Expo
Sept. 15 & 16: 10 am – 6 pm, Sept. 17: 10 am – 5 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe 

The American Craft Exposition (ACE) is one of the country’s premier fine craft shows, bringing together over 140 superior artisans exhibiting one-of-a-kind pieces, luxury collections and uniquely creative, museum quality artwork. For more info and ticket prices, click here.

 

Glencoe Mud Run: Kids ages 7 – 14
Sept. 16: 9 am
Watts Park, 305 Randolph St., Glencoe 

Are you ready to take on the mud? Do you have the grit to finish the course? Inspired by the Tough Mudder, American Ninja Warrior, and the Warrior Dash, Glencoe Park District is proud to bring this obstacle race to Watts Park. Kids ages 7-14 (3 different heats) will put their physical stamina to the test as they race to complete all twelve obstacles. Participants will run, jump, climb, and crawl through the challenges on the 2-kilometer course (approximately 1.25 miles).  Registration: $30, includes t-shirt and medal for finishers.  For more info, click here.

 

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Sept. 8, 2017

North Shore Chicago Real Estate Report - August 2017

With two thirds of the year behind us, I think we can conclude that 2017 is not going to be a banner year for North Shore real estate.

We've had some good months and some not-so-good months. Some price points are moving well and some communities have performed okay, but all in all, it's not shaping up to be the market we had all hoped for. Year to date through August 31, closed sales are up only 1% for the whole North Shore and both median and average prices are up only 2%. Market time has increased to 126 days, or 4.2 months.

Total North Shore - Year-to-Date August 2017 vs. 2016

North Shore year to date Aug. 2017

August closed sales declined 5% reflecting the anemic buyer activity in mid-summer. While July is always slow, this year was worse than usual, with accepted offers down 2% from 2016.

August 2017 vs. YGO

North Shore real estate data August 2017

Fortunately, August saw a nice resurgence in offers, finishing 22% up from last August. Only Glencoe (-75%) and Winnetka (-18%) showed a negative trend. Winnetka however, had a blockbuster July, with accepted offers up 47%. Glencoe, on the other hand, hasn't had a strong month since May.

 

Accepted Offers - August 2017 vs. 2016

Accepted Offers - Aug. 2017

August also saw a nice increase in showings. In New Trier showings were up 5%. However, in general the showings were in lower price brackets than last year. Showings under $1M were up 13%, while showings over $1M were down 15%.

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

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Posted in Market Statistics
Sept. 8, 2017

It's Time to Appeal Your Property Taxes In New Trier Township

Property tax appeal

New Trier property owners: you have until September 26, 2017 to appeal your property taxes.

Once that's done, you then have until October 10 to provide supporting evidence for your appeal.

Each year the Cook County Board of Review opens each township for property tax appeals. The appeal window is open only for a month at a time and only a few townships are open for appeal at any given time. There's no master schedule published showing when each township will be open. You have to stay on top of it or you will miss the opportunity to appeal. New Trier Township is open for appeals until September 26.

Here's what you need to know:

The grounds for an appeal and supporting evidence needed are:

  • Lack of uniformity with similar properties
    The comparable properties you use should be in your neighborhood and be of similar size, construction and age to your home.

  • Error in square footage of the home or lot
    A survey is required as proof, based on measurements of the exterior of the house, excluding basements, garages and unfinished attics or porches.

  • Overvaluation
    An assessment that is more than 10% of the current market value proven by a recent appraisal or open market purchase (i.e., not a short sale or foreclosure).

There are three ways you can file an appeal:

  1. Go to the Cook County Assessor's website (www.cookcountyassessor.com) and file your appeal online.
  2. Go to the New Trier Township Office at 739 Elm St. in Winnetka and ask for assistance - they are super helpful.
  3. Hire an attorney who specializes in property tax appeals. Contact us for names of recommended attorneys.

And while we're on the subject of property taxes, you can still affect your 2017 tax obligation by making sure you have filed for all the exemptions to which you are entitled:

- Homeowner

- Senior Citizen

- Senior Freeze

- Disabled Persons

- Disabled Veterans

- Returning Veterans

Go to www.cookcountyassessor.com to file for these exemptions. All exemptions will appear as deductions on the second installment tax bills in 2018. You can visit the Township website for more information on these exemptions and how to qualify.

Keep in mind that the Homeowner Exemption is the only one which will continue to renew automatically once established. All the others must be filed for on an annual basis.

Thinking of selling?

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

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Posted in Real Estate, Sellers
Sept. 7, 2017

Fun Thing To Do on the North Shore: Sept. 8 – 10

Some may think while the last few days of summer linger on and the traditional Fall activities wait to kicked into full gear, that there won’t be much going on around town.  But they would be wrong.  This weekend presents the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful weather, enjoy some physical and spiritual rejuvenation, and truly embrace the communities we are all so lucky to live in. Highlights include Doggy Date Night, Canal Shores Campout, Streets Alive Evanston, the GLASA 10th Annual 5K Twilight Run, Walk & Roll, the Kohl Children’s Museum’s Fall Family Festival, a day of service in honor of 9/11 plus a whole lot.

 

Doggy Date Night: Pupcorn & A Movie
Sept. 8: 7 – 10 pm
Centennial Park, 225 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka

Make a date for you and your dog with a special screening of Homeward Bound: An Incredible Journey, at Centennial Park! Prior to the movie, a dog obstacle course will be available to challenge your canine’s agility. All dog-loving families (regardless of ownership) are welcome to attend. Admission is required per person (not dog), and includes a hot dog, water and popcorn. Additional food will be available for purchase. Don’t forget a blanket to watch the movie. All dogs must be leashed and have current vaccinations to attend the event. $5 Dog Beach pass holders/$10 res/$15 non – res. For more info, click here.

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