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Elmhurst Open House List for August 24-25

by Thomas Makinney


319 E Huntington Ln, Elmhurst, Sunday, 1:00-3:00


740 S Fairview Ave, Elmhurst, Sunday, 1:00-3:00

150 E Grand Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

11:00AM-2:00 PM

$149,900

956 S Hillcrest Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$275,000

3N435 Howard Ave

Elmhurst

08/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$297,500

793 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$325,000

147 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

08/24/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$359,900

114 E Grantley Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$389,900

471 N Elm Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$399,000

485 W Elm Park Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$399,000

651 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

2:00-4:15 PM

$399,500

963 Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$399,900

166 Lake St

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$399,900

903 S Spring Rd

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$412,500

415 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$417,000

155 E Quincy St

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-2:00 PM

$429,999

103 N Clinton Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$439,900

613 S Parkside Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$450,000

845 S Hillcrest Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$475,000

315 N Oak St

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$499,900

319 E Huntington Ln

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$499,900

968 S Saylor Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$499,900

220 N Addison Ave

Elmhurst

08/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$499,900

333 Alexander Blvd

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$534,900

117 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

08/24/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$550,000

436 W Montrose Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$565,000

643 S Fern Ct

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$569,900

537 W Lorraine Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$577,500

223 E Adams St

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$625,000

908 S Kent Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$625,000

617 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$660,000

578 W Crockett

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$684,999

164 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

08/24/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$735,000

164 S Rex Bvd

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$735,000

740 S Fairview Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$825,000

837 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$869,000

501 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$895,000

253 E Oneida Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,229,000

253 E Oneida Ave

Elmhurst

08/24/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$1,229,000

286 E Adelia St

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

2:00-2:00 PM

$1,249,000

561 S Fern Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,249,900

253 N Evergreen Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,275,000

290 S Cottage Hill Ave

Elmhurst

08/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,800,000

Elmhurst College to Become Elmhurst University

by Thomas Makinney

A big but not-so-big change is in store for Elmhurst College, which will soon become Elmhurst University.

In June 2020, Elmhurst College will officially become Elmhurst University. The college’s board of trustees approved the name change on June 15, and it will go into effect one year before the school’s 150th anniversary in 2021. However, the core values and programs of the school will remain intact.

Elmhurst College currently offers 20 master’s degrees graduate certificate programs, and the name change better reflects that depth and breadth. The college hopes the name change will enhance recruitment and name recognition amongst international, graduate, and nontraditional students, as well as reduce misconceptions of potential employers, assist in academic and partnership opportunities, and allow for greater opportunities for participation in international and other off-campus programs.

The plan has been in the works for more than three years. In 2016, President Troy D. VanAken initiated a strategic planning process in anticipation of the school’s sesquicentennial anniversary. In 2018, college administrators began holding a series of meetings and discussions before making the change, consulting with faculty, staff, and students, as well as the board of trustees and alumni groups. The recommendation went through a series of campus groups before going to the board of trustees for final approval.

Current graduate degrees include master’s programs in business administration (MBA), industrial/organizational psychology, early childhood education, special education, nursing, occupational therapy, and computer information technology. Graduate certificate programs include data science, project management, and market research.

The school formed an advisory committee, which includes board members, faculty, staff, students, and alumni—to lead the transition and ensure that all stakeholders have a say and understanding of the planning and implementation of the change.

Elmhurst College has always been a strong school, recognized nationally by external ranking surveys, such as U.S. News and World Reports. The emphasis on academics, a liberal arts education, and professional preparation will remain unchanged.

Having a college/university right in our center is one aspect of what makes Elmhurst so culturally unique. The programs it offers and the variety of students who attend add to the energy and vigor of the city.

To learn more about life in Elmhurst, reach out to us anytime at (630) 441-5570 or via our website, www.gmregroup.com.

Elmhurst Open House List for May 25-26

by Thomas Makinney



197 W Armitage Ave

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$167,000

802 N Geneva Ave

Elmhurst

05/25/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$300,000

115 E North Ave

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$325,000

397 E Webster Ave

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$369,000

866 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$385,000

918 S Cambridge Ave

Elmhurst

05/25/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$389,000

371 E Webster Ave

Elmhurst

05/25/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$399,000

651 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

05/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$399,500

415 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$440,000

491 Dorchester Ave

Elmhurst

05/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$549,000

542 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

05/25/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$655,000

617 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$660,000

331 N Shady Ln

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$679,000

331 N Shady Ln

Elmhurst

05/25/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$679,000

502 N Van Auken St

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$728,900

502 N Van Auken St

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$728,900

380 S West Ave

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$829,000

462 N Ida Ln

Elmhurst

05/25/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$854,900

594 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$905,000

 

District 205 Starts Implementing Referendum Changes

by Thomas Makinney


District 205 is already making strides on its fall referendum mandates. The much-anticipated all-day kindergarten may begin much earlier than expected, at least for some schools. And new boundary lines have been finalized and approved for Edison School in a few years. 

The all-day kindergarten program is part of the district’s master facilities plan. The program was targeted to begin in the 2024-25 school year; however, district officials announced that Fischer Elementary could be ready to begin rolling out the program as soon as this fall. The school already hosts an all-day dual language program, an integrated Spanish-English curriculum that begins in kindergarten and continues through fifth grade.

Following Fischer, Emerson and Jefferson appear ready to begin rolling out the program for the 2020-2021 school year. Others may be ready by 2022.

Some kinks are still being worked out. Board members anticipate that students within the school boundaries would be given first priority, and the program would then open to others in the district if spots are still available.

In other forward-moving news, minor boundary adjustments have been finalized for Edison School. The adjustment won’t go into effect until June 2022, and they will boost Edison’s enrollment while easing some of the crowding at Jackson and Hawthorne.

No current families will be impacted, only families who move into a home after June 1, 2002, and fall within certain boundaries (i.e., the east side of York Avenue and north side of St. Charles Road and either side of Harrison Street, going north to the south side of Butterfield Road).

In other exciting District 205 news, York High School class of 2019 was the 100th graduating class! A great school keeps getting better.

Elmhurst District 205 consistently ranks among the best in the state, and we love that administrators are always looking forward and addressing changing needs. To find out more about our schools or about life in Elmhurst, call us at (630) 441-5570 or reach out via our website, www.gmregroup.com.

Elmhurst Open House List for May 11-12

by Thomas Makinney


3N509 N Howard Ave

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$299,800

2 Maple Tree Ct

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$309,900

471 N West Ave

Elmhurst

05/12/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$315,000

207 N West Ave

Elmhurst

05/12/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$339,500

207 N West Ave

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$339,500

918 S Cambridge Ave

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$389,000

360 E Huntington Ln

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$399,000

415 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$440,000

441 Argyle Ave

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$464,400

462 S Washington St

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$464,900

200 W Grandview St

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$520,000

490 E South St

Elmhurst

05/12/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$545,000

361 N Maple Ave

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$574,000

122 E Knighton Pl

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$579,900

117 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$599,000

108 Knighton Pl

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$620,000

333 Alexander Blvd

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$625,000

617 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$675,000

381 S Mitchell Ave

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$745,000

462 N Ida Ln

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$854,900

Elmhurst Open House List for April 27-28

by Thomas Makinney

304 N Myrtle Ave, Elmhurst

817 N Willow Rd, Elmhurst


412 E Atwater Ave, Elmhurst


785 S Fairfield Ave, Elmhurst


248 S Arlington Ave, Elmhurst

945 W 36th St, Chicago

1 Wolcott Ct

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$269,900

3N509 N Howard Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$299,900

2 Maple Tree Ct

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$309,900

242 S Monterey Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$324,900

115 E North Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

11:00 AM-1:00 PM

$325,000

304 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$325,000

131 S Pick Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$349,900

789 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$354,500

308 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

11:30 AM-2:30 PM

$369,000

470 W Alma St

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$379,000

549 E Park Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$399,000

434 N Ridgeland Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

11:00 AM-1:00 PM

$404,800

580 W Armitage Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$425,000

390 S York St

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$454,500

415 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$455,000

870 S Poplar Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$459,900

220 N Oak St

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$469,900

582 S Washington St

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$485,000

945 W 36th St

Chicago

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$489,900

630 S Washington St

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$499,500

357 E Sherman Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$559,000

247 N Illinois St

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$565,000

281 S Lawndale Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$600,000

643 S Fern Ct

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$617,900

333 Alexander Blve

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$625,000

730 N Howard Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$669,900

541 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$674,990

542 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$675,000

817 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$699,000

148 S Grace Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$719,900

412 E Atwater Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$725,000

785 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$725,000

502 N Van Auken St

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$728,900

502 N Van Auken St

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$728,900

248 S Arlington Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$750,000

444 S Hillside Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$779,900

733 S Hawthorne Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$780,000

164 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$819,000

221 N Glenview Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$835,000

462 N Ida Ln

Elmhurst

04/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$864,900

218 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$865,000

380 S West Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$875,000

380 S West Ave

Elmhurst

04/27/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$875,000

435 S Parkside Ave

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,049,000

271 E 3rd St

Elmhurst

04/28/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,199,000

 


The arts will officially have a permanent home in Elmhurst! The Elmhurst Center for the Performing Arts announced that the building at 109–119 W. First St. (between Addison and York) will be the location for its proposed 50,000 square foot performing arts center.

Not only will the performing arts center be located directly across from the Metra train station, the building will also be right in the middle of Elmhurst’s vibrant downtown scene—near restaurants, shopping, wine bars, and pubs.

Since 2016, the ECPA board has been searching for the perfect location that would provide easy access via public transportation and access to the central downtown area. The center will offer a permanent home for theater, music, dance, and comedy performances, both local and regional/traveling, as well as space for classes and meetings.

The board is now working on securing funding for the $30 million building. The hope is that funds can be raised through a capital campaign, grants, and naming rights, among other methods. Official plans cannot begin until those funds are secured, meaning the tenants currently occupying the location will not be impacted for three to five years.

The board is continuing to hold public meetings for residents to learn more about getting involved and what the center will bring to the community. So far, support and enthusiasm from residents continue to pour in.

For more information and to see a virtual rendering of the Elmhurst Center for the Performing Arts, visit www.ecpa-elmhurst.org.

Here at Gracik Makinney, we’re thrilled at the progress being made. Our city has long been a proponent of the arts, with four museums, a college, and a world-class library. To find out more about what living the Elmhurst life looks like, visit our website, www.gmregroup.com or call us at (630) 441-5570.

Photo courtesy of Elmhurst Center for the Performing Arts

Elmhurst Art Museum Hosts Only U.S. Stop for Bauhaus Tour

by Thomas Makinney

The Elmhurst Art Museum has reason to toot its horn. Their current exhibition, The Whole World a Bauhaus, which opened last week after a transportation delay, is the only U.S. stop on its international tour.

2019 is the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus movement, an integrated approach to the art, crafts, and technology. Founded in Germany, it lasted only 14 years due to the Nazi occupation, but the effects are still being felt. The tenants of Bauhaus include the feeling that aesthetic design elements should be a part of everyday objects, from refrigerators to coffee tables.

The EAM has specific ties to the Bauhaus movement, as McCormick House architect Mies van der Rohe was the last director of the school before it closed, leaving its ideals spread across the world. The McCormick House, adjacent to the movement, is one of only three van der Rohe-designed homes in the U.S.

The exhibit explores the influence of Bauhaus through photographs, design pieces, and documents and encourages people to rethink and reimagine the objects around them. There will be events throughout March and April exploring the influence of Bauhaus, such as tours of the McCormick House outlining the Bauhaus influence in the design, as well as lectures and workshops.

This year’s annual museum annual fundraiser is themed after the exhibition. “Soiree 2019: Bauhaus 100” will be held on Sat. April 27 at the museum. The event will include cocktails, a multi-course dinner, entertainment, and live and silent auctions, including Bauhaus artwork by new and established artists. During the evening, the museum will unveil “Parallel Perspectives,”,a light and color installation in the McCormick House.

The exhibit is open through April 20. More information about the exhibition and the soiree can be found at the museum’s website, www. Elmhurstartmuseum.org.

Having a world-class museum in our city is one of the many ways that Elmhurst is a unique and vibrant place to live. To find out more, call us at (630) 441-5570 or reach out through our website, www.gmregroup.com.

 

School boundary changes begin to take shape

by Thomas Makinney


Hawthorne Elementary School


Jackson Elementary School

With the passage of November’s bond referendum, plans are now getting underway for upcoming changes in District 205. First up is the redrawing of three school boundaries.

Under the proposed new boundary changes, some students from areas now districted to Hawthorne and Jackson Elementary Schools will be attending Edison School. The district is trying to equalize student populations among all the schools, particularly as plans get underway for an all-day kindergarten option.

Current plans call for Jackson School to house a district-wide all-day kindergarten program; however, planning for that program can’t begin until space gets freed up. Superintendent David Moyer alluded to a potential rollout plan for the kindergarten program with the possibility of a lottery system if the demand exceeds space availability.

The proposed boundaries would affect Hawthorne students east of Kenmore Ave. who would be transferred to Edison, while families living east of York Rd. and west of Kenmore Ave. would have the option of sending their children to either Hawthorne or Edison.

Students living south of Butterfield Road on either side of Harrison St. would no longer be bussed to Jackson but would transfer to Edison. Those students would be able to choose between Bryan and Sandburg Middle Schools.

It’s important to note that anyone currently living in these impacted areas would have the choice between existing boundaries or the new ones. The new boundaries would only be mandated for people purchasing a home after June 1, 2022.

The district hopes to have a complete proposal to present to the school board before the March 18 meeting.

Other referendum developments in progress include the complete rebuilding of Field and Lincoln Elementary Schools, the two oldest schools in the district.

The $168.5 million bond issue passed last November after a three-year process of research, community input, and investigation. All changes are being made as part of the district’s master facilities plan.

Elmhurst schools are among the best in the state and the country, and they are a major reason why people move to and stay in our city. We’re proud of the loyalty and commitment residents give to improving education. For more information on living in Elmhurst, give us a call at (630) 441-5570 or reach out through our website, www.gmregroup.com.

 

Edison Elementary School

Elmhurst Open House List for Jan 19-20

by Thomas Makinney


608 W Babcock Ave, Elmhurst


112 S Grantley Ave, Elmhurst

 

319 E Butterfield  Rd, Elmhurst


815 S Cambridge Ave, Elmhurst


478 S Holly Ave, Elmhurst

604 N Indiana St

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$274,000

608 W Babcock Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$299,900

207 N West Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$350,000

15W030 Lexington St

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$358,000

963 Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$409,500

749 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$499,000

779 S Prospect Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$519,000

319 E Butterfield Rd

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$535,000

379 S Arlington Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$598,900

478 S Holly Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$650,000

112 S Grantley Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$670,000

542 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$674,800

365 N River Glen Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$729,900

617 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$737,000

408 S Prospect Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$759,900

815 S Cambridge Ave

Elmhurst

1/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$799,900

124 E Cayuga Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$899,900

221 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$925,000

588 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$989,900

142 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,099,000

135 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

01/20/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,299,900

 
 

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