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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


Monday, June 4, 2018

How's the Market as of June 1, 2018

June is sure busting out all over... my peonies are in full bloom and I'm loving this weather! 

And how about real estate on the North Shore? The first report shows units sold, the second presents the median prices. Sales were fairly brisk this month, although maybe not as great as last year. 



The months of inventory on the first chart is a better way of measuring progress. Anything less than 6 months is considered a sellers' market -- anything more than 8 months is considered a buyers' market. Inventory levels changed very little from April. So while we had more sales, we also had more listings come on the market. Evanston and Wilmette continue to have a shortage of inventory, while Lake Forest continues to have a bit of a surplus.  The other communities are fairly balanced. 

The highest sale this month was a newer home in Winnetka on the lake with over 5,500 square feet of living space.



There are currently 223 houses for sale on the North Shore that are priced greater than $2M. During the month May, 12 houses closed in this price range:


Community
Sold This Month
# for Sale
Evanston
1
7
Wilmette
1
8
Kenilworth
1
21
Winnetka
5
64
Northfield
0
9
Glencoe
2
22
Highland Park
1
18
Lake Forest
1
71
Lake Bluff
0
3

Looks like things are moving well in the North Shore real estate market.


Here's to a wonderful summer!
Source: MRED (Midwest Real Estate Data) Multiple Listing Service