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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

 
 

Chicago Ranks at Top of List of Best Cities in the World and the U.S.

by Thomas Makinney

Congratulations to our eastern neighbor Chicago, the city of big shoulders, which was recently recognized as the seventh best city in the world and the second best city in the U.S.!

Resonance Consultancy, a global advisor for tourism, real estate, and economic development, ranked cities across the world and the U.S. as a way to help cities understand their strengths and gaps. The U.S. survey looked at housing affordability, job opportunities, diversity, economic prosperity, art scene, culture, restaurants, and nightlife.

Chicago has an impressive amount of museums, national teams in every major sport, vibrant neighborhoods, two airports, and a variety of public transportation. It also boasts impressive higher education institutions, an enormous convention center, and world-renown architecture.

The city came in second (to New York) in U.S. cities for programming (shopping, nightlife, culinary, and culture). In global rankings, it finished sixth in the product category (infrastructure) and ranked #22 in the world for its food scene.

The top 10 U.S. cities are ranked as: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Diego, Houston, Miami, Seattle, and Boston.

The top cities in the world are listed as: London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Barcelona, Moscow, Chicago, Singapore, Dubai, and San Francisco.

 

Elmhurst’s proximity to Chicago (15 miles as the crow flies and a variety of highways and public transit options, including a direct Metra train line) makes it the perfect community for people attracted to the vibrant culture and job opportunities of the city but who also want a more suburban lifestyle with good schools, parks, and amenities.

 

Living in Elmhurst means easy access to the vibrant city scene of Chicago. We’re proud of both cities. To find out more about what makes living in our area so remarkable, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at www.gmregroup.com.

Portillo’s Awarded Best Fast-Casual Restaurant in the U.S.

by Thomas Makinney

What started with a little hot dog stand in Villa Park is now recognized as THE best fast-casual dining spot in the U.S.

TripAdvisor.com just awarded their annual Travelers’ Choice awards for restaurants, and Portillo’s came out on top. The awards honored 75 eateries across the country in the categories of fine dining, everyday dining (great meals for any occasion), and fast casual (high-quality meals at great value served quickly).

Whether it’s the Italian beef, the chocolate shakes, or the classic hot dog (all-beef Vienna hot dog on a poppy seed bun, topped with mustard, relish, freshly chopped onions, sliced red tomatoes, kosher pickle slice, celery salt, and slightly spicy sport peppers, and NO ketchup), Portillo’s fans are devoted and legendary.

Started in 1963 by Dick Portillo, the first Portillo’s was a trailer parked in the parking lot of a Villa Park discount store. It now boasts 57 restaurants in seven states in the U.S. It offers catering and ships nationwide.

TripAdvisor ranked restaurants based on quantity and quality of reviews over a one-year timeframe.

Three other Chicago restaurants were recognized in the list. In the everyday dining category, The Purple Pig came in 15th place; while in fine dining, Alinea placed 19th and Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf rounded out that category in 25th place.

Portillos is followed on the top 10 fast-casual dining list by Earl of Sandwich, Shake Shack, Blaze Pizza, In-N-Out Burger, The Taco Stand, Five Guys, Super Duper Burgers, Tacos el Gordo, and Torchy’s Tacos.

You can see the full list here: https://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Restaurants-cFastCasual

Here at Gracik Makinney, we’ll be celebrating with a classic hot dog, a side of crinkle fries, and a chocolate cake shake. To find out more about living in our area, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit www.gmregroup.com.

 

Recycle Those Holiday Lights at Elmhurst Locations!

by Thomas Makinney


The upcoming holiday weekend is not only a time to be grateful, for many it’s a time to start holiday decorating. Are you dreading pulling out the holiday lights only to find they’ve somehow turned themselves into an impenetrable ball? Or that you’ll plug them in only to find they gave up the light over summer?
 
Whatever the situation, if you find yourself with holiday lights that don’t work anymore, don’t throw them in the trash!

The City of Elmhurst and the Elmhurst Park District have partnered with SCARCE (School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) for the annual holiday lights recycling program. There are five donation drop-off locations in Elmhurst and more than 55 in DuPage county (see lists below).
 
The program, which is seven years old, has so far recycled an amazing number of more than 50,000 pounds of holiday lights.
 
Items that are acceptable for drop-off include: Italian mini-lights, traditional lights, extension cords, rope lights, and LED lights in both working and non-working condition. Please note that they cannot accept lawn ornaments or other holiday decorations.
 
The light strands go through a shredding system and then get sorted by material (copper, glass, and plastic). It’s the copper that makes the holiday lights worth the recycling effort, but the plastic and brass prongs from the plugs get recycled too along with the metal from the strand.
 
By recycling your lights, you not only save landfill space, you save energy as well, especially if you replace them with energy-efficient LED light strands.
 
Elmhurst residents can drop off their holiday lights at the following locations. Look for the bins labeled “Holiday Lights.”
 
·     Elmhurst City Hall, 209 N. York Street: M-F: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
·     Courts Plus, 186 S. West Avenue: M-F, 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat/Sun 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
·     Park District Administrative Building, 375 W. First Street: M-F: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
·     The Abbey, 407 W. St. Charles Road: M-Th, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; F, 8:30 a.m.-12 noon
·     Wager Community Center, 615 N. West Avenue: M-F, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Click here for a list of locations through DuPage County.
 
This program is one of the many ways that Elmhurst makes recycling easier than ever for residents. We’re proud to be a part of such a progressive and forward-thinking city. To find out more about life in our area, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit our website, www.gmregroup.com.
 

Elmhurst Open Houses for Nov. 16-17

by Thomas Makinney


418 E Diane Dr, Palatine


319 E Butterfield Rd, Elmhurst


194 S Grace Ave, Elmhurst


450 E Ridge Ave, Elmhurst

418 E Diane Dr

Palatine

11/18/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$269,900

964 S Stratford Ave

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$309,900

287 W Fremont Ave

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

12:00-2:00 PM

$335,000

526 E Park Ave

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$349,900

558 S Hillcrest Ave

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

2:00-4:00 PM

$380,000

209 E North Ave

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$389,900

200 W Harrison St

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$494,000

440 E Adams St

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

12:00-4:00 PM

$525,000

344 E Van Buren St

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$539,000

841 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$549,000

319 E Butterfield Rd

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$575,000

636 W Armitage Ave

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$625,000

431 W Alexander Blvd

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$642,500

491 W Dorchester Ave

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$649,000

542 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$675,000

552 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

2:00-4:00 PM

$689,900

194 S Grace Ave

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$750,000

482 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

11/17/2018

12:00-4:00 PM

$830,000

462 N Ida Ln

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$869,000

782 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$929,000

124 E Cayuga Ave

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

12:00-2:00 PM

$949,000

237 S Kenmore Ave

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$949,000

588 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

11/17/2018

2:00-4:00 PM

$989,900

450 E Ridge Ave

Elmhurst

11/18/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$999,000

Elmhurst Public Library Receives National Five Star Rating

by Thomas Makinney

Elmhurst residents know just how amazing and special our library is—with its vibrant atmosphere, depth of materials, stunning views, and friendly staff, it’s consistently ranked among the best in the area. But it has officially been once again recognized as one of the best in the entire country.
 
For the second year in a row, the Elmhurst Public Library received a five-star rating from Library Journal’s prestigious national review of public libraries. Out of 7,361 public libraries rated across the country, only 257 qualified as star libraries. In Illinois, 21 libraries were given star ratings, but Elmhurst is one of only three that received the top-tier five-star rating, joining Skokie Public Library and Oak Park Public Library.
 
In fact, Elmhurst Public Library had the honor of being ranked in the top ten libraries ten nationwide and was ranked first in Illinois in the $5-9.9M category.
 
The ratings system looked at five measures: overall circulation, circulation of electronic materials, library visits, program attendance, and public computer use. Circulation and visits were the two strongest indicators, but Library Journal also reports that the best libraries need to have welcoming facilities (yes!), a variety of well-attended community programs (yes!), and a wide range of collections (yes! yes!). Technology use and access were also factored in.
 
Libraries were compared to other libraries with similar funding, meaning that a star rating is given on an apples-to-apples comparison basis and small libraries are not at a disadvantage.
 
The five states with the most Star Libraries are New York (31), Ohio (23), Illinois (21), Massachusetts (13), and Kansas (12). 
 
The breadth of offerings of our library—from the coffee shop to the makerspace, the story time room to the teen room, the senior programming to the business center—makes the library one of the consistently most popular places in town. When you tie in the expansive view of windows overlooking Wilder Park, the fresh coffee and pastries, and the welcoming fireplace, the magic of our library is particularly evident.
 
Congratulations to one of Elmhurst’s crown jewels! To find out more about offerings at the library and other aspects of life in Elmhurst, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit www.gmregroup.com.

Elmhurst Open House List for Nov 10-11

by Thomas Makinney


112 E Grantley Ave, Elmhurst

 

271 E North Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

1:00-2:45 PM

$215,000

271 E North Ave

Elmhurst

11/10/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$215,000

493 W Alexander Blvd

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$324,000

526 E Park Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$349,900

160 E Crescent Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

1:00-4:00 PM

$365,000

732 S Euclid Ave

Elmhurst

11/10/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$399,900

963 Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

11:00AM-2:00 PM

$415,000

386 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

11/10/2018

9:00AM-11:00 AM

$415,900

651 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

1:30-3:00 PM

$420,000

391 N Emroy Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$474,900

526 S Hawthorne Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

2:00-4:00 PM

$498,900

591 S Fern Ave

Elmhurst

11/10/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$499,900

771 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$519,900

246 N Caroline Ave

Elmhurst

11/10/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$570,000

357 E Sherman Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$575,000

379 S Arlington Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

2:00-4:00 PM

$636,900

581 S Parkside Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

2:00-4:00 PM

$639,000

431 W Alexander Blvd

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$642,500

131 W Adelaide St

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$650,000

542 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$675,000

489 S Cottage Hill Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$679,000

112 E Grantley Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$685,000

552 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

11:00am-1:00 PM

$689,900

267 E Columbia Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$744,900

733 S Hawthorne Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$790,000

571 W Fay Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

10:00AM-12:00 PM

$859,900

219 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$925,000

771 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

11/11/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$2,950

732 S Euclid Ave

Elmhurst

11/10/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$2,400

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