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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

 
 

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.

 

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