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.

July 5, 2018

Fun Things To Do in July on the North Shore

The July 4th festivities may be done, but there is still tons of fun to be had this month on the North Shore. Featuring various sidewalk sales, art and cultural festivals, summer fests, professional tennis, a family camp out, and Footloose at Wallace Bowl, there is something for everyone including my personal favorite – the Highwood Bloody Mary Fest!


Northbrook Sidewalk Sale/Art in the Park
July 6 - 7
Downtown Northbrook, corner of Church & Cherry Lane (by Sunset Foods)

Find deals galore from your favorite local stores and outside vendors. Enjoy balloon artists, children's activities, contests, food, and fun!

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June 25, 2018

July 4th Celebrations 2018

The North Shore knows how to celebrate the 4th! Here’s our compilation of all the parades, fireworks, and other community celebrations happening around town!


Deerfield Family Days (see also July 4)
Brickyards Park, 375 Elm St.

5 pm: Gates Open
6 pm – Dusk: Live entertainment
Dusk 9:15 pm: Fireworks: Dusk
For more info, click here.

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May 22, 2018

Memorial Day 2018

The unofficial start to summer arrives with many local parades, pool & beach openings and hopefully warmer weather! See below for a list of parades and other special events happening throughout the North Shore honoring the service of our veterans and the lives that were tragically lost.


Glenview Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
10 am
Parade route: Kicks off from the corner of Grove and Depot streets, then heads east on Grove to Pine Street before heading south to Glenview Road and then east to the Veterans Memorial at the intersection of Glenview and River Drive.


Winnetka’s 91st Annual Memorial Day Parade
10 am – 11:30 am
Parade route: Kicks off from the corner of Glendale and Elm Streets, then heads east to the Village Park. If inclement weather, an indoor ceremony will be held in the Skokie School auditorium.


Wilmette Memorial Day Parade
10 am
Parade route: Kicks off at the Joseph School at Ridge and Lake and goes east on Lake Avenue to Park, south on Park to Wilmette, and east on Wilmette to the Village Hall. 

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May 18, 2018

Guide to Private Schools on the North Shore

Kids in uniforms at a private school

Choosing the right school for your family is a difficult decision. While the North Shore of Chicago boasts a plethora of high scoring public schools, for many students, that is not always the best option. Fortunately, the North Shore is also home to a number of top-notch private schools that offer a variety of learning environments to suit your family’s needs. Consider this guide as a starting point for your search for the best school for you and/or your child.

Lake Forest Country Day School

145 S. Green Bay Rd.
Lake Forest, IL
(847) 615-6151

Preschool – 8th grade

Established in 1888, LFCDS, offers a rich educational experience grounded in academics, the arts and athletics. Students from more than 30 communities comprise the student body, and laud the warm community, amenities and inspiring faculty.  Two important beliefs form the basis of their teaching philosophy: social and emotional development is inextricably linked with academic achievement; and experiential learning creates a foundation for deeper understanding. The school features a state-of-the-art hands on learning environment that inspires and challenges students to the best of their ability. A 7:1 student to faculty ratio ensures that students get the individual attention they need. Approximately 350 students.

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Posted in Schools
May 1, 2018

Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: May 2018

Is that really a light I see at the end of Winter’s long and blistery tunnel? I believe it is and that means it’s time to stow away the parkas (hopefully) and rejoice in the springtime weather. Warmer temps allow for plenty of outdoor fun including: Touch A Tuck, Deer Dash, Mother’s Day House Walk, two Art Walks, a kids’ fishing derby and Skokie’s renown Festival of Cultures. There’s also two impressive ice shows, some fabulous theatrical productions, a vintage market and a special high tea in honor of the Royal Wedding!


44th Annual Winnetka Ice Show
May 4: 7 pm; May 5: 6 pm
Winnetka Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka 


More than 150 local skaters from tots through teens participate in this production, performing jumps, spins, and choreographed routines for the audience. With colorful costumes, energetic music, and vibrant lighting effects, this show is sure to entertain audiences of all ages. Bring the family out and join us for this Winnetka tradition! Tickets: $8. For more info: 847-501-2060.


Touch-A-Truck Family Festival
May 6: 11 am – 2 pm
NIPSTA Parking Lot, 2300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview

toucha truck festival

Forget the toy trucks! Here, children can get a close-up look at the real things! Climb aboard many super-sized vehicles in a safe, protected environment. Train rides, face painting, DJ, balloon artist, raffle prizes, food and more! Pre-sale general admission: $45 (family up to 6); $50 day of. For more info, click here.

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April 11, 2018

North Shore Real Estate Report - 1st Quarter 2018

North Shore Chicago Real Estate Update - 1st Quarter 2018 vs. Year Ago

 North Shore real estate data 1st qtr 2018

Closed Sales

Closed sales for the first quarter were up only 1% vs. the first quarter of 2017. About half of the villages increased while the other half declined. Glencoe had the biggest increase (+72%), followed by Lake Forest (+60%), Northfield (+44%). Winnetka had the biggest decline (-30%), followed by Kenilworth (-25%) and Highland Park (-24%).

While market growth on the coasts has been dampened by lack of inventory, that is not the case in the Chicago metro market, especially the suburbs. Here we have plenty of inventory, especially in the higher price brackets. For example, there are 7% more listings over $2,000,000 than this time last year.

Why is our area experiencing such a different reality than other large metro areas? It's the confluence of three trends: slow employment growth, population losses (Illinois had the greatest net outflow of residents of any state) and higher taxes. This March 30 article in Crain's Chicago Business gives some good insight into this phenomenon.

Median Prices

While sales were weak, median prices were more respectable, rising 11% overall, led by Kenilworth (+82%), Glencoe (+25%) and Evanston (+22%). Wilmette was the only North Shore village where the median price dropped, declining from $769,000 to $737,500. Average sales price as a percent of list price was 91.4%, down -0.3% from first quarter of last year.

Market Time

Market time for homes that sold was 160 days or 5.3 months. Evanston continues to have the shortest market time at 94 days (3 months), while Lake Forest has the longest, at 250 days (8.3 months). Lake Forest continues to suffer as home buyers opt to stay in or close to the city rather than venturing out to remote suburbs.

Accepted Offers

Accepted Offers is one of the best indicators of market health, as it foretells what closed sales will be over the next couple of months. The fact that accepted offers overall are down 3% vs. last year does not bode that well for the spring market. Other than Evanston, Northfield and Lake Forest the trends are disappointing.

Accepted Offers March 2018 vs Year Ago

Accepted Offers March 2018


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

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

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Posted in Market Statistics
April 3, 2018

Fun Things to do this April on the North Shore

Don’t let a few showers here and there spoil the fun. April is chock full events both indoor and out to help you transition from the dog days of winter to some fun in the sun (hopefully)!  This month features a great selection of children’s plays as well as some great opportunities to explore nature and the world around us and even take an archery lesson! Adults can also imbibe in a fresh spring cocktail demonstration and enjoy the musings of Kathleen Madigan! A fun month indeed! 


Simply Stirring
April 6: 5:30 pm
Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort, 10 Marriot Drive, Lincolnshire 

Experience this interactive demonstration class that will teach guests how to create fresh spring cocktails sure to impress every palate. Mixologist Carlos Veigas will demo 5 featured cocktails to guests while they sample his fresh creations and enjoy artisan cheeses and crackers from the Resort’s Executive Chef Pierre Daval. $25 per person, space is limited.  To register: call 847-634-0100 and request reservations for the Simply Stirring cocktail class.


Family Archery
April 7: 1 – 2:30 pm
Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd., Highland Park 

A perfect family activity! Learn the basics of archery, then spend time practicing on the range! All equipment and instruction provided. Children (8+) must be accompanied by a paid registered adult. $10 per person. For information call 847-433-6901. To register, click here.

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March 26, 2018

Easter Egg Hunts, Doggy Hunts & Bunny Photo Ops

Let the games begin! Egg hunts apparently come in all shapes and sizes so hopefully your kids (and in some cases, pups) have completed their training and are ready to take on one of these area egg hunts! Fingers crossed for good weather! 


Thornwood Park Egg Hunt
Mar. 31: 10 am
Thornwood Park, 2400 Thornwood Ave., Wilmette 

Bring your baskets and your camera for photos with the Easter Bunny at this intimate, annual egg hunt. Hunt starts at 10:00 SHARP, so don't be late! FREE!

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Posted in Things To Do
March 17, 2018

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

Property tax appeal form

New Trier property owners: you have until April 19, 2018 to appeal your property taxes.

Once that's done, you then have until April 29 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 April 19.

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 ( 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 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
March 14, 2018

St. Paddy’s Day Fun & More on the North Shore: Mar. 16 – 18

Time to get your lucky game face on because when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday, you know it’s going to be a BIG weekend!  There are fun options for all ages so no excuses!


2018 Village Follies Review
Mar. 16 & 17: 7:30 pm (Doors open at 7 pm)
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka 

A long-held tradition in Winnetka, the Village Follies began in the 1930s as the Winnetka Woman’s Club annual talent show. Over the years, the popular fundraiser has expanded to include male and female amateur performers from the North Shore and neighboring communities. The variety Show is like an indoor “Ravinia” where people can bring food and drink, as well as host picnics” at their tables. The Show is written, choreographed, directed and produced by the Follies members, and is made up of songs, dances, and comedy sketches. Tickets online: $20; at door: $25. For more info, click here.

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