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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Family-friendly fests in the Chicago area

Here are a few family-friendly fests you can’t miss in the last half of summer.
AUGUST
10-12: Hone in on your children’s hot dog appreciation at the Chicago Hot Dog Fest’s celebration of meat, baseball, and blues. Stop by a talk on hot dog history in between your no-ketchup delights. Not to worry, all those dogs and sodas and elephant ears will settle just fine with a few rounds in a bouncy house in the kid zone.
10-12: Ginza Holiday Festival is one of Chicago’s most honored family festivals. Celebrate Japanese culture with mesmerizing Taiko drum, martial arts and Minoyo folk dance demonstrations, as well as mouth-watering chicken teriyaki, udon noodles, spam musubi, and shaved ice.
10-12: Festival Cubano in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood has a line-up of get-up-out-of-your-seats musicians. The experience also includes an incredible vintage car show, dominoes tournament, carnival rides, hand-rolled cigars and a boxing corner with matches and fitness classes.
11: The Bud Billiken Parade and festival celebrates the legacy of the Chicago Defender’s legacy diversity, credibility, representation of African American Chicagoans and care for children. Everyone in the family can cheer for the dance and drill teams, marching band battles, and kids who travel from across the country to compete, connect and participate in the parade.
11-12: If it is nearly impossible to please every picky eater in your home with one dish, you’ll love taking the whole family to the Near North Food Truck Social. Pass out the cash to fend for (and feed!) yourselves with dumplings, deep dish, donuts and whatever delights appear from the truck windows.
17-19: Edison Park Fest is not just any fest on the blocked-off streets of the city. It is also a community fundraiser that helps support free local programs, events, and groups.
18-19: You cannot escape the Chicago Air and Water Show, whether you’ve got a prime seat on the beach to watch or are stuck in a downtown cubicle and can hear the roar of the planes when pilots practice the day before the big event. Free admission is a plus, but squeezing in, parking and public transportation can be tricky. Plan well, or finagle an air-conditioned view from a friend’s downtown office or apartment.
22-26: Immerse your family in farm and fun at the Will County Fair in Peotone. Swing by the 4-H exhibits, on to the carnival rides and around to the tractor and truck pull competitions.
24-26: Savor the saganaki, gyros, wine, dancing and Hellenic pride at Taste of Greektown.
31-Sept. 3: Taste of Polonia in Jefferson Park is the largest Polish festival in the country. With a casino, four stages hosting more than 30 bands, tons of food and drink, cooking classes, inflatables and even Disney character appearances, this is the place to live it up before the kids go back to school.
SEPTEMBER
1-2: Cider & Sliders Festival in Lakeview is here to kick off autumn. In its inaugural year, this festival promised 50+ ciders, delicious mini-burgers and lots of crafty stuff to keep the full-bellied kids happy.
7-9: German American Oktoberfest in Lincoln Square kicks off with a Steuben parade and German mass. Not to worry, the beer flows soon after, and there’s always live music, food vendors, games and plenty of neighbors and school friends with whom you can raise a commemorative stein or hand-pulled root beer well into the evening.
7-23: World Music Festival is a multi-venue, 11-day jubilee hosted by the city, bringing 650 artists and ensembles to perform for more than 650,000 audience members in the last 19 years. Check the site for free performance schedules and locations.
15: Bring your blankets & lawn chairs and enjoy food, music & entertainment at Lake Forest's Gorton Community Center’s third annual Block Party and Movie under the Stars! This event consists of fun games, food vendors, live music, face painting, and more! Outdoor movie, "How to Train Your Dragon" begins at sundown. 

15-16: Ravenswood Artwalk opens the doors of local artist studios, galleries and shops to wander through and experience. There’s also plenty of craft beers and food for purchase, vendors to peruse and music to enjoy. Follow the stream of strollers to find your way.
15-16: Printers’ Row Art Fest is a great place for families to experience dynamic artistry. The juried show and exhibitions include up-cycling and mixed media artists, photographers, jewelers, painters and street artists.
21-23: Apple Fest calls city-dwellers and suburbanites alike to Long Grove for a charming, family-centered pop-up orchard lined with seasonal treats, pie-eating contests, tug-o-war, music, and dancing.
22: Get your kids a front-row spot to the Creative Youth Festival in the Loop, where they will applaud and be inspired by talented teens performing dance, drama, spoken word, and visual arts. Check the site for details.
28-30: Oktoberfest Chicago in Lakeview is your last big hurrah before the down coats come out. Adults can enjoy Craft Brew Night while kids kick it at KinderFest. Do some polka, eat too many pretzels and pop over to see the German band Oompah.
29: Bike Winnetka is an event that will take bicycle riders of all ages through scenic Winnetka in a group rider format. 
30: Bring the whole family for an evening of games, fun, Scottish entertainment, picnic feast, wine, beer & spirits at the beautiful Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve in Lake Forest. The evening culminates with the landing of kilted sky divers, a dramatic bagpipes procession and the lighting of the bonfire. 
Source: @home

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

How's the Market as of August 1, 2018?

August 1 -- where did the summer go?  I have to admit I have been loving this milder weather we've been having the last week or so.   Sales slowed down a bit in July, so perhaps others were enjoying the weather too!

So how was the market in July?  These next charts show units sold and the median prices.


The months of inventory is the best way to determine the health of a housing market.  Anything less than 6 months is considered a sellers' market -- anything more than 8 months is considered a buyers' market. The level of inventory has not deviated much over the last few months.  There continues to be a shortage of inventory in Wilmette and Evanston with a surplus in Kenilworth and Lake Forest.  

In the next chart, I show the high-end sales for each community. The highest sale this month was in east Glencoe - a New England Colonial built in 2016 with large yard on Old Green Bay Road. 
There are currently 204 houses for sale on the North Shore that are priced greater than $2M. During the month of July, 7 houses closed in this price range:

Community
Sold this Month
# for Sale
Evanston
0
6
Wilmette
1
6
Kenilworth
1
15
Winnetka
1
56
Northfield
0
10
Glencoe
2
22
Highland Park
0
21
Lake Forest
2
65
Lake Bluff
0
3


Enjoy the last days of summer!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Green Tips - More consumers interested in Greener Housing

Sixty-one percent of Realtors® reported that consumers are interested in sustainability according to the National Association of Realtors®' REALTORS® and Sustainability 2018 report.
The report, www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics/research-reports/realtors-and-sustainability, which stems from NAR’s Sustainability Program, surveyed Realtors® about sustainability issues in the residential and commercial real estate markets and the preferences they are seeing in consumers in their communities.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

5 real estate cliches that are true...

One of the cliches I have found in this business, is that many clients believe and think being a real estate agent is straightforward and not too challenging.   While I beg to differ, that's another blog post.    But there are cliches in this industry that I find are straightforward and common knowledge...  here are 5 that I think stand the test of time:

1) Location, location, location

It's often said that this is the first rule of real estate.   It's absolutely true.   The value of a property is not in the house or the construction -- it's in the location.  A gorgeous house in a lousy location will often sell for less than a fixer-upper in a prime location. 

Which leads to the next cliche:

2) Worst house, best street
You can always change a house, but you can't change an address.   I would always recommend selecting the neighborhood(s) first -- then finding the house.   When I first moved to the city, I lived in a pretty lousy apartment -- but it was a wonderfully safe neighborhood ...

Choosing a property that needs renovating, on a great street, can be a great way to create a long term investment.

3) The first offer is the best offer
I have found this cliche to be pretty accurate.  While there are exceptions, it has been my experience that the longer the market time, the lower the asking price.   Sellers sometimes reject early offers only to find themselves accepting a lot less later. 

4) You only get one chance to make a good first impression
I have found this to really be true.   Buyers rarely revisit homes that they reject initially.   If the house is overpriced, in the buyers' mind it's eliminated from consideration in the future.  If the landscaping is a mess -- if the house is cluttered or dirty -- if the neighborhood looks messy -- if the photographs on the internet are lousy -- all these things impact first impressions.  First impressions can make the difference between a property selling or sitting.  Note how bad pictures can impact your impression:




5) Time in the market, not timing the market
I remember a client telling me that they made a killing in real estate -- but they made the killing when they bought the property -- not when they sold it.   It was an interesting thought, that made a lot of sense.  Home buyers should probably be leary of buying a home too high a price at the top of a boom.  Real estate markets can be hard to predict and those buying in for the short-term might feel the pain.

So what cliches do you hear about real estate and how accurate have you found them?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Is it a good offer?

Selling your home?

There is nothing more exciting than receiving an offer for your home -- especially when there is competition out there.

Yet, sometimes I'll review an offer from a buyer and feel utterly ecstatic with the terms presented, only to find the sellers are disappointed and even angry.

Realtors and sellers often have a different opinion about what constitutes a "good offer."  Maybe because we see so many offers, we tend to evaluate each one with more dispassion and logic. 

So what is a good offer?

Obviously, if someone comes in offering asking price, with no contingencies and a cash deal -- it's a fantastic offer.  That's an easy one, which by the way, I've never seen before... there are always contingencies.

The North Shore contract has over 10 pages of clauses and conditions so there are lots of terms, that need to be considered, when evaluating any offer.

Let's take the...

Purchase Price... Buyers can offer any price they want and they sometimes do.  Today, I have seen buyers come in as low as 80% of the asking price.   (For example, $2M home -- initial offer: $1.6M).  Sellers need to understand, that this is just the starting point... it's a negotiating position.  It's not personal!   Be grateful for the offer.  You've hooked the buyer... now reel them in. 

Consider the offer thoughtfully and logically.  What is the market average for that price range?  For example, right now in Winnetka the market average for a $1M home is 94.5% of the last asking price -- that's the average.  Generally buyers know that information.   They might be reluctant to pay more than 95% of asking ($950,000) on this property, so their starting position will be somewhat lower than $950K.   Further, if the house has been on the market for more than 90 days, they will probably offer less and expect to pay less.   And if comparable houses have been selling for around $900,000, they probably won't pay much more than that, so their initial offer will be around $850,000 -- or lower!

Sometimes sellers price their house right at the market value.   When they price aggressively,  sellers often receive up too and even over 100% of asking price.   Buyers will pay full asking price, when they see that the home is priced fairly.

I've often had sellers say to me, "Well we started at $950K and dropped the price to $899... so they should be paying us, at least, $895K." 

WRONG.   Buyers could care less, where the seller initially priced the property.   In their opinion, if you didn't get a sale with the initial asking price, then you were overpriced right from the beginning.   Buyers ONLY look at the current asking price.  

Sellers need to really understand what is happening in their market and in their neighborhood.   Sadly, what a seller has financially put into the house may or may not factor in when determining the fair market value of a property.   Further the appraised value or the assessed value have little to do with the market value.  (Read more at What's the Value of my Home?)

While price matters, I find sellers often hone in on the asking price and devalue some of the other terms.   Some of these other terms can make a deal significantly more valuable.

For example:

The close date... when it comes to owning a home, time is money.   Every day a house sits on the market -- particularly a house that is empty -- sellers are spending money.... taxes, maintenance, utilities, landscaping, etc.  Add it all up and deduct it from the proceeds.   A quick close can mean the difference of hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.

Case in point: My very first deal, two weeks after the house came on the market, the client was offered $805,000 and a quick close.   He refused the deal - he wanted a better offer.   Nine months later, he got his better offer for $810,000.   Sure, he sold the house for more money, but within those 9 months he incurred well over $5,000 of expenses maintaining an empty house.  It was a pyrrhic victory.

Sadly, I've also seen sellers reject a quick close, because it was "inconvenient" -- only to miss an opportunity to get the best deal.   You never know the future and as they say, "a bird in hand..."  Just imagine, if you had received an offer on September 1, 2008 that asked for a quick close, and you turned it down due to inconvenience.  I had some clients, who did exactly that and learned a very costly lesson.

A quick close is a fantastic term and should be given extra weight when evaluating an offer.

Contingencies
Mortgage contingency vs. cash deal.... In general, a cash deal is more valuable than an offer with a mortgage contingency.   Sometimes buyers are unable to get their financing.  Usually you know quickly when there is a problem, but I've had a case or two where the buyers are scrambling days before the close date trying to secure the funds for purchasing a property. 

Today, getting a mortgage is not quite as challenging as it was right after the 2008 financial meltdown... during those days a cash deal was worth A LOT.   Regardless, a cash deal is a beautiful thing and needs to be factored in when evaluating any offer.

Home sale contingency
This is a term, where I might hesitate.   What it means is this:  the sale is contingent on the sale of the buyers' home.   If this term appears on the offer, I would ask for it to be removed.  However,  keep in mind, the buyer probably can't get a mortgage unless they sell their home first.   The only situation,  where I might go along with a home sale contingency, is if a short leash is put on the buyers.   In other words, the buyers have to get their home under contract within no more than 30 days or the deal is over.   Further, I would also factor in the time of year.   A seller might accept a home sale contingency in October or November, but not in the middle of the spring market when there are more buyers looking.

Home close contingency
This term is less onerous.   What it means is this:  the sale is contingent on the close of the sale of the buyers' home.  Their home is already under contract and waiting to close.   I'm not as uncomfortable with this clause, although it's important to know more about their contract.  Have their buyers had their home inspection?   Are they beyond the attorney review period?  How solid and financially stable are their buyers?  All these questions need to be factored in when considering a home close contingency.

Money in escrow 
Money in escrow represents good faith money that buyers are willing to include with their offer.   It is money toward the purchase price, however if the buyer backs out of the deal after all the contingencies are lifted, that money should go to the seller.   Escrow usually comes in two payments: initial escrow (around $1-5,000) with the acceptance of the offer and then a final escrow amount usually at the completion of the attorney review.

While there is no hard and fast rule, how much money are the buyers willing to put in escrow upfront?   I like to see around 5% of the asking price, but for some buyers that's quite a bit. 

I guess the question I would ask, is the amount in escrow enough, that buyers won't leave it on the table?  For a buyer purchasing a $250,000 home, even $5,000 is a lot to walk away from.    For buyers purchasing a $2M home, we would expect significantly more money in escrow -- at least, $75,000.

* * *

These are only the major terms that we tend to see in our market.  There are many others including things like tax prorations, home warranties, home appraisal contingencies, "as is" clause just to name a few.   It's a given that offers have attorney and inspection review contingencies as well.

Sellers, before an offer comes in, read the whole contract, so you understand the language that is there.  Sellers will also have an attorney review period where the attorney can advise the seller on the terms of the deal.

So what is a good offer?

Here is my advice to sellers, when answering that question:
  • Look at the whole offer -- not just the asking price.
  • A quick close is a beautiful thing and should be given a little more weight. 
  • Understand market values and trends in your neighborhood -- don't assume the offer on your home is going to be exceptional, when the neighbors are getting average offers.
  • I know this sounds self-serving, but if you have an experienced agent, please listen to them.  They have seen a lot in this market and can probably advise you whether the deal is decent or not. 
Finally, consider the value of "done."  Moving on is your ultimate goal.  You may not be thrilled with the offer, but some money is better than no money and being DONE can feel great!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Name that colonial home - a 4th of July quiz


Can you match the house to its owner?
Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe


Montpelier
                      Ash Lawn - Highland


Mount Vernon

Peacefield

With gratitude to our founding fathers, 
I wish you a happy 4th of July!


Saturday, June 30, 2018

How's the Market? July, 2018

Here we are -- the last day of the second quarter for 2018.  Where did the time go?

June is over, so we have crossed the halfway mark for the year. I thought I would present a very unscientific chart that shows inventory sold for the first half of the year – versus what is currently on the market. I say unscientific because real estate sales are seasonal, so we typically sell more in the first half of the year than in the second half. Homes that are under contract or are in pending status are included with active properties, so that number is a little on the high side, since some of these properties are no longer actively being marketed.  Regardless, I thought the results were pretty interesting.



The way to read this chart – the red line is number of units that are currently on the market. The white line represents the number of units that have closed in the first six months. For me, what pops out in this chart are the extremes of the North Shore. Some towns have sold more than are active. Conversely, current inventory in some towns exceed the number of sales we have had in the first part of the year. The other communities are fairly balanced. Interesting.

So how was the market in June? These next charts show units sold and the median prices.




The months of inventory is the best way to tell about the health of a market. Anything less than 6 months is considered a sellers' market -- anything more than 8 months is considered a buyers' market. The level of inventory has not deviated much over the last few months.  There continues to be a shortage of inventory in Wilmette and Evanston. 

 In the next chart, I show the high-end sales for each community. The highest sale this month was in Winnetka on Linden Street.

There are currently 217 houses for sale on the North Shore that are priced greater than $2M. During the month of June, 10 houses closed in this price range:

Community
Sold this Month
# for Sale
Evanston
0
6
Wilmette
2
7
Kenilworth
1
18
Winnetka
5
62
Northfield
0
9
Glencoe
1
21
Highland Park
0
20
Lake Forest
1
71
Lake Bluff
0
3


Hoping the heat wave eases up in order to celebrate the 4th in style.  Wishing you a happy holiday!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Green Tips: How to reduce your carbon footprint

From the New York Times:
"Climate change can be overwhelming. The science is complex, and when it comes to future impacts, there are still a lot of unknowns. While real solutions will require action on a global scale, there are choices you can make in your day-to-day life to lessen your personal impact on the environment. This guide will walk you through some of them."

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Summer on the Shore

It may be late in coming, but summer is here and there is nothing better than the North Shore for summer fun.   So many things are happening, that it would be impossible to list everything... Ravinia is kicking off another season; the Chicago Botanic Gardens are as beautiful as ever and our lake is indeed pretty special... here are a few other things to consider for summer fun.

Bring a lawn chair or spread a blanket and participate in parades, entertainment, food, and fun for the whole family. 

Enjoy!

Wednesdays in the Woods
Wednesdays in the Woods at Hubbard Park: On Wednesdays throughout June and July a summer concert series! The Grand Food Center will be on-site selling hot dogs, brats, burgers, chips, candy, beverages and Chef Tim’s Specials from 6:00–8:15 pm. Adults can enjoy a beverage at the Winnetka Park Foundation’s Beer and Wine Garden from 6–8:30 pm.

Hubbard Woods Park in Winnetka
1065 Gage St
Winnetka, IL
(847) 501-2040
Winnetka Music Festival
June 15, 2018 - June 16, 2018

Winnetka Music Festival is a free, 2-day immersion of high quality music in the Elm Street District. New music will be offered around every corner, including local restaurants, food trucks, retail, parks. Also a children's stage, street musicians and craft beer trucks. Music will be performed across two main outdoor stages and two indoor stages as well as a Family stage. 

Winnetka's Elm Street District
Elm Street between the west and east side of Green Bay Road
Winnetka, IL
847-501-6000
Father's Day Brunch
June 17, 2018

Celebrate the male rock star in your family this year by bringing your father to Tower Road Beach for the annual Father’s Day Brunch. Participate in our Inaugural Speed Baggo Tournament, take pictures with the entire family in the photobooth, test how fast you can throw your world famous fastball, and eat some delicious brunch brought to you by the Grand Food Center!
Tower Beach Road
Located at Tower & Sheridan Road
Winnetka, IL
(847) 501-2040
Bahá’í House of Worship Choral Festival
June 14, 2018 - June 17, 2018

Each year more than 200 singers from diverse backgrounds and faiths come from around the globe to attend the Bahá’í House of Worship Choral Festival. Since its start in 2006, the annual Bahá’í House of Worship Choral Festival has attracted singers and sacred music lovers from around the world. 

Bahá’í House of Worship
100 Linden Avenue
Wilmette, IL
847-733-3584
Custer Fair
June 17, 2018 - June 18, 2018

Custer Fair: Over 300 local and regional artists, craftspeople, and commercial vendors come together over Father's Day weekend to exhibit and sell paintings, ceramics, pottery, photographs, jewelry, graphic arts, wearable art, country and home craft, antiques and collectables.
Begins at Chicago Avenue
Chicago Ave. and Main St. to Washington St.
Evanston, IL
(224) 714-7085
Downtown Sip and Stroll
June 21, 2018

Sip, shop and stroll your way through downtown Evanston on the fourth annual Downtown Sip & Stroll (formerly called the Wine Walk)! Stop in at businesses to sample a range of wines (or other beverages) and take advantage of special sales and promotions.

Downtown Evanston: Wristbands at Vinic Wine or 1509 Chicago Ave
Pick up wristband at Bottle & Bottega Evanston at 1016 Davis St
Evanston, IL
Movie in the Park: Jumanji
June 22, 2018

Movie in the Park: Jumanji— Welcome to the Jungle. Once a month throughout the summer at one of Winnetka’s lovely parks to enjoy a new or classic film. All movies will begin at dusk with food and beverage available through the Grand Food Center.

Elder Lane Beach
239 Sheridan Rd
Winnetka, IL
(847) 501-2040
Tuesdays, June 11, July 9, August 13
Do you play an instrument or read poetry? Are you involved in dance or a play and need a relaxing, comfortable environment to practice in front of others? Whatever your talent, come and join us for Open Mic Nites at the Fire Circle in a beautiful beach setting.

Forest Park Beach
Lake Forest, IL  dalzota@cityoflakeforest.com

Thursdays, June and July
Bring a lawn chair or spread a blanket and enjoy musical entertainment, food, and fun for the whole family. Concerts will feature the best musical talent the Chicagoland area has to offer.

Market Square
Lake Forest, IL
Art in the Village
June 23, 2018 - June 24, 2018

The village had added more businesses and restaurants to the area and they are excited to expand the spaces within the park to offer both artists and patrons a wonderful experience.

Hubbard Woods Park
Green Bay Road
Winnetka , IL
(847)446-2870
Evanston Chamber Artisan Summerfest
June 24, 2018 - June 25, 2018

The Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest, formerly known as the Fountain Square Art Festival, returns to Downtown Evanston for the 38th year. The North Shore's largest and oldest fine arts fair will have eclectic works of more than 150 juried artists.
Downtown Evanston
Intersection of Sherman and Church Streets
Evanston, IL
(847) 328-1500
Glencoe Sidewalk Sale
June 29, 2018 - June 30, 2018

Head to downtown Glencoe for great merchandise, great prices, food, fun and most importantly, bargains galore!

Downtown Glencoe
Park Ave. & Vernon Ave.
Glencoe, IL
Evanston Made PopUp Shop
Through June 30, 2018

The Evanston Made's Pop Up Shop is located in the lobby of the Evanston Art Center, June 1-30, and features works for sale by Evanston Creatives. Vendors must live or work in Evanston to participate.

Evanston Art Center
1717 Central Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 475-5300
Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival
June 30, 2018 - July 1, 2018

Stroll and shop among 100 juried artists on the Esplanade. This one-of-a-kind art festival brings botanic-themed and botanic-made photography, paintings, ceramics, cement, metal, fiber, wood, jewelry, and other pieces to the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL
847-835-5440
Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2018

Come on out and show your patriotic spirit! Watch and support local organizations and fellow neighbors as they march in Winnetka’s annual Fourth of July Parade along with orchestras, pipe bands, the Dixieland Bands, jugglers, Uncle Sam on stilts, and so much more!

Starts:Intersection of Elm Street & Glendale Avenue
Ends: Village Green, 525 Maple Street
Winnetka, IL
Lake's Bluff Annual Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2018

Not be missed – the annual 4th of July celebration -- one of the most talked about events is the 4th of July Parade.  Even young adults and people who have moved out of the community return to attend the Lake Bluff 4th of July Parade.  Everyone loves the marching bands and performing units. 

Village Green, Lake Bluff
Winnetka Sidewalk Sale
July 13, 2018 - July 14, 2018

Shop 'til you drop as you score great shopping deals around Winnetka's Hubbard Woods, East Elm and West Elm shopping districts.

Various Locations
Winnetka, IL
Central Street Sidewalk Sale
July 12, 2018 - July 16, 2018

The merchants of Central Street move outside for one summer weekend only! Find great products, amazing deals, and delicious food at their annual sidewalk sale!

Central Street
Central Street
Evanston, IL
World Arts and Music Festival
July 21, 2018 - July 22, 2018

Evanston’s lakefront will be transformed into a Global Village for the World Arts & Music Festival, a two-day celebration of global diversity. This free event features art from an abundance of countries, family crafts activities, international cuisine, and live music and dance performances.

Dawes Park
Sheridan Road at Church Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 448-8264
Family Camp Out
July 28, 2018

Enjoy games, a movie, refreshments, and the sounds of the lake overnight while you camp out on the beach. All participants will receive a coupon for a free hot dog, bag of chips, and a soft drink. Grills will be available for those families interested in bringing and cooking their own food.

Tower Beach Road
Located at Tower & Sheridan Road
Winnetka, IL
(847) 501-2040
Downtown Evanston and Main-Dempster Mile Sidewalk Sale
July 27, 2018 - July 29, 2018

Evanston Chalks: Creating an Outdoor Community Chalk Art Gallery The Downtown Evanston Sidewalk Sale is celebrating its 18th year! This annual shopping tradition takes place the final weekend in July and is a great opportunity for stores to clear out their inventory and shoppers to take advantage of deep discounts.

Downtown Evanston and Main-Dempster Mile, Evanston
Evanston, IL
Glencoe Festival of Art
July 29, 2018 - July 30, 2018

The Glencoe Festival of Art takes place in the prestigious Frank Lloyd Wright influenced community of Glencoe, blocks from Lake Michigan on Chicago's famous North Shore area. The Glencoe Festival of Art will showcase the work of more than 110-juried artists from across the country in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, and wood.

Downtown Glencoe
Green Bay Road and Park Avenue
Glencoe, IL
847-926-4300
Beer Garden Concert
June 22, 2018 - August 22, 2018

Beer Garden Concert: David Chiriboga Spanish Guitar Duo. 
 Enjoy dinner and music at the Rose Terrace Beer Garden the fourth Friday of every month. Concerts are from 4 to 7 p.m.  

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL
(847) 835-8392
Beer Garden Concert
August 24, 2018

Beer Garden Concert: Silver-Rose Flute and Guitar Duo. Enjoy dinner and music at the Rose Terrace Beer Garden the fourth Friday of every month.

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL
(847) 835-5440
Butterflies and Blooms
Through September 3, 2018

Butterflies & Blooms is a butterfly exhibition where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies.

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL
847-835-5440
Biennial 2018
August 31, 2018 - September 30, 2018

Evanston Art Center: Opening and Artists’ Reception is August 31, 6-8pm. Our Biennial is one of the Midwest’s largest and most prestigious juried exhibitions.
Evanston Art Center
1717 Central St.
Evanston, IL
847-475-5300