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Elmhurst Hospital Named One of Best in Illinois

by Thomas Makinney

Good news for our local medical center! U.S. News and World Reports listed Elmhurst Memorial Hospital as one of the best in Illinois in its 2016 rankings report.

Elmhurst came in at #11 in Illinois and #10 in the Chicago area.

The survey used data from nearly 5,000 centers across the country. Scores were based on patient outcome and care-related factors, such as patient safety and nurse staffing.

Elmhurst Hospital received the highest possible rating in seven out of the nine procedures and conditions evaluated, including abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, and knee replacement.

It also received highest scores in four of the 16 medical specialties evaluated: gastroenterology and GI surgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.

The top three hospitals in Illinois include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, and the University of Chicago Medical Center, all in Chicago. Elmhurst Memorial came in at #11 and sister hospital Edward Hospital came in at #14.

The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota was ranked #1 in the country.

Elmhurst Hospital has 259 beds, and had 14,105 admissions, 3,370 inpatient surgeries, and 5,456 outpatient surgeries last year as well as 48,045 emergency room visits.

With its nationally acclaimed staff and state-of-the-art facilities, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital is another reason why people choose to live in our community. To find out more, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at ww.gmregroup.com.

 

Elmhurst Open House List for Aug. 20-21

by Thomas Makinney

Elmhurst Open Houses


 

Come visit us

Sunday. Aug. 21 from 2:00-4:00 PM

874 Chatham Ave., Elmhurst

and

651 S. Edgewood Ave., Elmhurst

928 S Cambridge Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$279,000

136 E Crestview Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

1:00 – 3:00 PM

$299,900

782 N Howard Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$307,000

570 W Babcock Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$359,900

601 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$369,900

102 N Du Page Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$399,000

392 E St Charles Rd

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$399,000

514 N Oaklawn Ave

Elmhurst

08/20/2016

2:00 - 5:00 PM

$399,900

444 E May St

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$479,000

420 S Hawthorne Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$499,900

296 S Fair Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$509,000

651 Edgewood Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

2:00 – 4:00 PM

$512,000

156 N Clinton Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

12:00 - 4:00 PM

$539,900

439 E Huntington Ln

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$570,000

215 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$574,900

412 E Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

1:00 - 4:00 PM

$739,900

603 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$759,900

557 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

1:00 - 4:00 PM

$769,900

530 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

11:00 AM-1:00 PM

$824,900

386 S Fairview Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

12:00 - 2:00 PM

$849,900

894 S Poplar Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$869,900

444 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

11:30AM-1:30 PM

$899,000

576 S Saylor Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$949,900

815 S Poplar Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$949,900

874 S Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

2:00 - 4:00 PM

$995,000

316 E Third St.

Elmhurst

08/20/2016

11:00AM-2:00 PM

$995,000

104 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

08/20/2016

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,015,000

104 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,015,000

164 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,119,000

164 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

08/20/2016

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,119,000

141 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,125,000

141 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

08/20/2016

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,125,000

145 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

08/20/2016

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

145 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

386 S Fairview Ave

Elmhurst

08/21/2016

12:00 - 2:00 PM

$4,900/mo

Newsweek Names York One of the Best High Schools in the U.S.

by Thomas Makinney
Hats off to the Dukes! York High School was recently named one of Newsweek’s Top High Schools 2016.
 
York was ranked 186 out of 500 schools nationwide and the 12th best high school in Illinois. The last time York made the list was in 2013 when it was ranked 449.

Only six schools in the western suburbs were included on the list: Hinsdale Central (#34), Nequa Valley in Naperville (#154), York (#186), Wheaton North (#204), Waubonsie Valley in Aurora (#260), and Hinsdale South in Darien (#454).
 
The top-rated school in Illinois was Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago, which came in at eighth place. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va., was named the top school in America for 2016.  
 
Newsweek looked at six measurements and weighted them to achieve a “college readiness index.” Those factors included test scores, college acceptance and enrollment, AP participants, and graduation rates.
 
York has a student retention rate of 96% and a SAT/ACT composite of 53.2. The school’s average test scores are:  SAT—1819, ACT — 24, and AP —89. Students at York have a graduation rate of 97.2% and a college bound rate of 94.9%.
 
Of the nation’s 15, 819 public high schools, 6,477 of them met Newsweek’s criteria to be considered in the rankings.

Elmhurst Open House List for August 13-14

by Thomas Makinney

Come visit us at

234 Wilson and 300 Highland!

 

255 S. West Ave #503

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$55,900

255 S West Ave #501

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$65,999

999 S Euclid Ave

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$149,900

136 E Crestview Ave

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$299,900

570 W Babcock Ave

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$369,900

15W452 Grand Ave

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

2:00 - 5:00 PM

$379,900

446 N Elm Ave

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$389,000

300 N Highland Ave

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$389,900

144 N Evergreen Ave

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$430,000

435 N Highview Ave

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

12:00 - 3:00 PM

$439,900

307 E Butterfield Rd

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$444,000

296 S Fair Ave

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$509,000

1115 S Prospect Ave

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

2:00 - 4:00 PM

$519,900

412 E Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

1:00 - 4:00 PM

$739,900

412 E Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

08/13/2016

1:00 - 4:00 PM

$739,900

557 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

1:00 - 4:00 PM

$769,900

557 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

08/13/2016

1:00 - 4:00 PM

$769,900

556 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$775,000

444 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

12:00 - 2:00 PM

$899,000

815 S Poplar Ave

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$949,900

234 E Wilson St

Elmhurst

08/14/2016

2:00 - 4:00 PM

$1,125,000

10 fun facts about York’s legendary Coach Joe Newton

by Thomas Makinney

Unless you’ve been out of town or under a rock this past week, you’ve probably heard that this will be Joe Newton's last season as coach of the York high school cross country team.

He will officially be co-head coach for his 61st season at York (his 63rd season of coaching high school athletes) and Charlie Kern will take over as interim head coach before taking the reins of the program after the season.

Newton’s accomplishments are legendary—28 state titles (the most of any Illinois High School in any sport), 12 runner-up finishes, four third-place finishes, for a total of 44 state trophies won under Newton. His teams have won more than 300 conference championships in track and cross country, including an amazing streak of 23 cross country titles in a row (1978-2000.) His cross country and track teams have won more than 2,050 dual meets.

But you might not know some other amazing facts about him:

  • He grew up on Chicago’s South Side and attended Parker High School where he won 12 varsity letters and was named a High School All-American.
  • He has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Northwestern University.
  • He served two years in the U.S. Army and was the head track coach at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. While there, he coached three Olympic runners.
  • In 1988 he was named assistant manager of the U.S. men’s Olympic track staff in Seoul, South Korea. He was the first high school coach to be made part of the team. His job included running with the marathoners while being escorted by police with machine guns.
  • He once made a goal to run every day. The streak lasted for 21 years and 24 days until a stress fracture in his knee forced him to take a break.
  • He has been inducted into 13 Hall of Fames, including the National High School Hall of Fame, the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and the U.S. Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
  • He retired from coaching track when the team won its first state track championship in 2000.
  • He is the author of four books: The Long Green Line; Motivation - The Name of the Game; Running To the Top of the Mountain; and Coaching Cross Country Successfully.
  • In 2008, a movie was made about him and his team, “The Long Green Line.” It is available on Amazon, YouTube and GooglePlay.
  • Over 150 of Coach Newton’s athletes have gone to college on athletic scholarships worth more than $1,000,000.
  • Although he no longer runs, he still does 100 push ups every day as well as stretching exercises.

His decision to retire is based on both his increasingly limited mobility, and his confidence in Coach Charlie Kern to keep the long green line going.

Long after his students have left York, his mantras remain inscribed in their hearts: “Always do your best” “Be on time” and “It’s nice to be great, but far greater to be nice.”

On Sunday, Nov. 6, there will be a celebration of Coach Newton’s career at York High School, following the cross country state meet that weekend.

Elmhurst Open House List for Aug.6-7

by Thomas Makinney

436 W Avery St

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$299,500

136 E Crestview Ave

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$310,500

384 W Adams St

Elmhurst

8/06/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$359,000

384 W Adams St

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$359,000

514 N Oaklawn Ave

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

1:00 - 4:00 PM

$439,000

1115 S Prospect Ave

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$519,900

132 E Knighton Pl

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

1:00 - 3:30 PM

$575,000

215 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$599,900

184 E Grantley Ave

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$699,000

526 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$729,500

412 E Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

8/06/2016

1:00 - 4:00 PM

$739,900

412 E Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

1:00 - 4:00 PM

$739,900

557 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

1:00 - 4:00 PM

$769,900

557 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

8/06/2016

1:00 - 4:00 PM

$769,900

452 N Emery Ln

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$849,900

124 E Cayuga Ave

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$879,900

417 E Huntington Ln

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$899,000

444 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

12:00 - 2:00 PM

$899,000

316 E Third St

Elmhurst

8/06/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$995,000

104 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

8/06/2016

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,015,000

104 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,015,000

164 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,119,000

164 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

8/06/2016

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,119,000

141 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

12:00 - 3:00 PM

$1,125,000

141 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

8/06/2016

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,125,000

145 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

8/06/2016

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

145 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

239 E South St

Elmhurst

8/07/2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM

$1,199,999

Improvements Planned for Elmhurst Train Station

by Thomas Makinney

The Elmhurst train station is preparing for a facelift! Residents are encouraged to offer their opinions in an online survey to help the design team determine what improvements have priority.

The current station was last updated in the 1980s. It serves approximately 2,300 passengers a day, and includes a depot with a ticket office, waiting room, small coffee shop, and restrooms on the inbound side of the tracks. There is also an open-sided shelter on the outbound platform, and a pedestrian underpass linking the incoming and outgoing platforms.

The city has already hired the engineering and construction firm of CDM Smith to handle the architectural design and phase I engineering. The firm plans to identify needed improvements and create a design that maintains the general architectural style of the neighborhood.

In that spirit, the city and CDM Smith held an open house last week and put together a survey seeking input from residents, the business community, and Metra commuters.

The project will include the renovation and/or reconstruction of the platforms and facility, and ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It will also review access to the train station, car parking, bike parking, pedestrian accessibility, and general infrastructure. There are currently no bus lanes or designated drop-off areas, making congestion sometimes problematic, particularly during rush hours.

Total costs are estimated to run between $8-12 million. The Public Affairs and Safety Committee hopes to have a completed design in place by the end of October, with construction beginning in spring 2018 and finalized by winter 2019.

To take the online survey, visit www.Elmhurst.org/MetraStationSurvey.

Having easy access to Chicago and other western suburbs via Metra trains is a valued aspect of living in Elmhurst. To learn more about life in our city and other perks, call us anytime at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at www.gmregroup.com

Bee Positive: Elmhurst College Has Beehive Hopes

by Thomas Makinney
If Elmhurst College has its way, life could bee getting a little sweeter on campus. That’s because the college is hoping to install a beehive on campus. 
 
Current Elmhurst ordinances prohibit beekeeping by individuals or institutions, but Elmhurst College hopes to change that. The school is proposing adding a small beehive on the roof of one of the science buildings. The hive would be used in ecology and sustainability classes by students studying biology, zoology, environmental biology, and invertebrate biology.
 
The college also plans to open the bee project to business students who will forecast and analyze revenue from the hive. Each beehive has the possibility of yielding approximately $600 per year, and most become self-sustaining within the first year.
 
Bees are currently experiencing an alarming global decrease that is beginning to affect food production. Honeybees pollinate nearly all of the vegetable, fruit, seed, and flower crops, but industrial agriculture with its reliance on toxic, bee-killing chemicals is causing the bees to die off and colonies to collapse.
 
Elmhurst College is home to a registered arboretum, including the Woodland Garden, Prairie Garden, Rain Garden, Butterfly Garden, and Heritage 1871 Garden, making it an ideal home for honeybee pollination.
 
The proposed measure is currently in the hands of the Public Affairs and Safety Committee, which is looking into the zoning of beehives at an organization such as Elmhurst College, and possibly York High School. The committee is researching the legality of it, and getting feedback from neighboring residents.
 
If all goes according to plan, Elmhurst College hopes to have the bees happily buzzing at work by Spring 2017.
 
Elmhurst College is an integral part of Elmhurst, and the school plans to have the beehive help support environmental sustainability in the city. It's another example of why Elmhurst is such a great place to live. To find out more, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at www.gmregroup.com. 

Van Voorst Goes Pesticide-Free!

by Thomas Makinney
Van Voorst Park, adjacent to Jefferson School, will be the first park in Elmhurst to go pesticide-free. Although initially that might mean a few more weeds, the benefits could have a tremendous impact. Pesticides have been linked to numerous health issues, including asthma, ADHD, cancer, and reproductive problems.
 
During the trial run, the park district has pledged that extra care will be given in mowing and weed removal, and all regular park maintenance will be continued.
 
The Elmhurst Park District, the Elmhurst Cool Cities, and the Midwest Pesticide Action Center selected the park for its location as well its amenities, including a ball diamond, soccer field, picnic tables, and playground.
 
In addition to health hazards from pesticides, storm water runoff carries insecticides and fertilizers into the ecosystem, harming aquatic fish and plans, and threatening drinking water. According to the EPA, each year American homeowners, businesses, schools, and park districts apply more than 89 million pounds of fertilizers and pesticides on their lawns.
 
The Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition is comprised of citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations, congregations, government, and schools working together to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable solutions in Elmhurst through education, outreach and community action.
 
Health and safety have always been a priority for residents of Elmhurst. To learn more about why this is a great place to live, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at www.gmregroup.com.

Elmhurst Open House List for July 23-24

by Thomas Makinney

Come visit us at 300 N. Highland, Elmhurst!

Sunday, July 24 from 1:00-3:00 PM

Open Houses are listed in order of price.

136 E Crestview Ave

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

1:00-3:00 PM

$319,500

339 E Huntington Ln

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

12:00-3:00 PM

$329,900

583 N Kenilworth Ave

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

12:00-2:00 PM

$344,995

585 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

1:00-3:00 PM

$385,000

300 N Highland Ave

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

1:00-3:00 PM

$399,900

598 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

1:00-3:00 PM

$399,999

157 W McKinley Ave

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

11:00 AM-1:00 PM

$425,000

362 E St Charles Rd

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

12:00-3:00 PM

$429,000

514 N Oaklawn Ave

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

1:00-4:00 PM

$439,000

444 E May St

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

1:00-3:00 PM

$485,000

1115 S Prospect Ave

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

1:00-3:00 PM

$549,900

412 E Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

1:00-4:00 PM

$739,900

557 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

1:00-4:00 PM

$769,900

603 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

1:00-3:00 PM

$770,000

530 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$835,000

417 E Huntington Ln

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

1:00-3:00 PM

$899,000

104 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

07/23/2016

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

$1,015,000

249 N Maple Ave

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

12:00-4:00 PM

$1,099,999

164 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,119,000

164 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

07/23/2016

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,119,000

141 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

07/23/2016

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,125,000

145 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

07/23/2016

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

169 W Olive St

Elmhurst

07/24/2016

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,824,000

 

 

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