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Elmhurst Open House List for Dec 1-2

by Thomas Makinney

671 S Swain Ave, Elmhurst

 

319 E Butterfield Rd, Elmhurst

 

112 E Grantley Ave, Elmhurst

 

194 S Grace Ave, Elmhurst

 

815 S Cambridge Ave, Elmhurst

209 E North Ave

Elmhurst

12/02/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$369,900

671 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

12/01/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$389,900

308 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

12/02/2018

12:00-3:00 PM

$399,999

963 Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

12/01/2018

1:00-4:00 PM

$409,500

458 E Allison St

Elmhurst

12/02/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$489,500

200 W Harrison St

Elmhurst

12/01/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$494,000

771 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

12/01/2018

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$519,900

319 E Butterfield Rd

Elmhurst

12/02/2018

2:00-4:00 PM

$560,000

379 S Arlington Ave

Elmhurst

12/02/2018

2:00-4:00 PM

$636,900

131 W Adelaide St

Elmhurst

12/02/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$650,000

542 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

12/02/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$675,000

112 E Grantley Ave

Elmhurst

12/02/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$685,000

552 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

12/01/2018

12:00-2:00 PM

$689,900

502 N Van Auken

Elmhurst

12/02/2018

1:00-4:00 PM

$728,900

194 S Grace Ave

Elmhurst

12/01/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$735,000

815 S Cambridge Ave

Elmhurst

12/02/2018

1:00-4:00 PM

$799,900

219 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

12/02/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$925,000

588 S Swain AVe

Elmhurst

12/02/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$989,900

344 W Vallette St

Elmhurst

12/02/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,179,000

135 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

12/02/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,319,000

771 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

12/01/2018

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$2,950

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.
 

George Kafka Joins the Gracik Makinney Group

by Thomas Makinney

We’re thrilled to welcome the newest member of our team, George Kafka!

George has more than 20 years in the real estate industry, although he has actually been involved in it his whole life, having watched and helped his father in his real estate and construction business.

Not only is he skilled at negotiating and representing both buyers and sellers, he has experience in rehabbing houses, flipping houses, new construction, and leasing, allowing him to offer a full range of services to sellers and buyers. He prides himself on being a visionary and helping clients find the hidden potential in homes. He’s also an expert on staging a home and is able to offer tips on everything from hardware to decluttering to full-house staging.

Having spent years in construction and grown up with a tool belt on means he is able to look beyond the pretty colors and examine the core elements of a house, from plumbing to roofing to structural design.

A lifelong Chicagoan, George lives in the western suburbs with his wife and three children. He has an undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from North Park University.

George uses cutting-edge technology, creative marketing, and an old-fashioned approach to helping buyers and sellers get exactly what they need.

We’re excited to have George on the Gracik Makinney team. His experience and professionalism make him a great fit not only on our team but for clients as well.

To contact George or anyone on the Gracik Makinney team, call (630) 441-5570 or visit our website, www.gmregroup.com.

And be sure to like Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group on Facebook and follow us on Instagram at GracikMakinney_RealEstate.

 

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

Elmhurst tree will be star of Chicago’s Christmas scene

by Thomas Makinney

Chicago’s official Christmas tree will actually be an Elmhurst tree. Longtime resident Deborah Orth’s 60-foot Norway Spruce will be aglow all season in Millennium Park.

The 48-year-old tree has graced the yard of the Orth’s home since it was built in 1949.  It weighs a whopping 8,200 pounds. Workers came last Thur., Nov. 1, to cut it down and bring it to Millennium Park.

It will be adorned with approximately 30,000 glowing lights, and the Orths will have the honor of flipping the switch at the official tree lighting ceremony on Fri., Nov. 16.

The city put out the call for a tree in mid-September, and the Orth’s tree was chosen by out of 79 submissions. 

To qualify trees must be at least 55 feet tall, be less than 100 miles from Chicago’s Loop, and be a Spruce or Fir (pine trees aren’t sturdy enough). Applicants must send in two photos and a brief description of why their tree deserves to be the city’s official tree.

The tree will get it’s chance to shine next week. Festivities kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. The star of Chicago’s production of Hamilton, Miguel Cervantes, will be the host of the evening. In addition to the tree lighting and appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus, there will also be performances by the cast of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and musicians from the Grant Park Music Festival.

Congratulations to the Orth family! We’re proud that a local tree will be enjoyed through Jan. 6 at Millennium Park. To find out more about the houses (and trees) in Elmhurst, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit gmregroup.com.

Elmhurst Open House List for Nov. 3-4

by Thomas Makinney

815 S Cambridge Ave, Elmhurst

748 N Michigan St

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$299,000

407 S West Ave

Elmhurst

11/03/2018

12:00-2:00 PM

$325,000

407 S West Ave

Elmhurst

11/03/2018

12:00-2:00 PM

$325,000

388 S West Ave

Elmhurst

11/03/2018

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$334,900

292 E Fullerton Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

12:30 PM-2:00 PM

$349,500

823 S Hawthorne Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$369,900

953 S Euclid Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$390,000

963 Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-4:00 PM

$415,000

364 N Addison Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$417,000

287 N Michigan Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$425,000

391 N Emroy Ave

Elmhurst

11/03/2018

12:00-2:00 PM

$484,900

933 S Mitchell Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$485,000

200 W Harrison St

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$499,000

365 E Laurel Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$499,900

771 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$519,900

425 Dorchester Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-4:00 PM

$537,999

344 E Van Buren St

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$539,000

608 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-4:00 PM

$579,000

636 W Armitage Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$625,000

815 S Cambridge Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$799,900

462 N Ida Ln

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$869,000

110 S Lawndale Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$900,000

219 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$925,000

782 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$929,000

588 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

11/03/2018

1:00-3:00 PM

$989,900

935 S Kirk Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

2:00-4:00 PM

$1,049,000

253 E Oneida Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

1:00-4:00 PM

$1,300,000

771 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2018

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$2,950

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