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Elmhurst Illinois Open Houses for Sunday, December 30, 2012

by Thomas Makinney

Address:419 W 2nd St

City: Elmhurst

Price:$419,900

Scheduled for: 12/30/2012 from 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:321 N Myrtle

City: Elmhurst

Price:$495,000

Scheduled for: 12/30/2012 from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Promising Numbers for Elmhurst

by Thomas Makinney

In early December, the US Census bureau released estimates from its American Community Survey, which offers combined statistics from 2007-2011 on a number of details ranging from housing to employment, and even marital status, in communities across the country. Here is some of what it has to say about Elmhurst.

Overall, it’s a very favorable report about our community. The median household income of $87,935 is well above the state average of $56,576, and 81.7% of us own our own homes, compared to 68.7% statewide. The good news continues with employment statistics. Of the city’s nearly 45,000 residents, 22,000 describe themselves as part of the civilian labor force. Of this number, about 20,776 are employed. That equates to an employment rate of more than 94% during the years of the recent economic downturn.

On a demographic note, of an estimated 15,692 households in Elmhurst, 11,091 – or more than 70% – are families. Of that number, nearly 5,000 have children under the age of 18. The vast majority of us, 91.5%, have lived in the same home for more than a year. In terms of the highest level of education completed, of the 28,191 residents ages 25 and older, almost 27,000 of us are at least high school graduates, and about 22,000 of us have completed additional education beyond high school. On average, those of us over the age of 16 spend almost 28 minutes on our commute to work.

Those of us who live here already know that Elmhurst is a very special place to call home; these numbers are simply the figures that back up the fact. Why not make Elmhurst your hometown, too? We can help you make the move. With community knowledge, industry experience, and personal dedication, the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group is the perfect place to start to meet all of your real estate goals. Contact us today at 210 N. York Road in Elmhurst, or at (630) 567-5902.

Christmas Tree Delivery for Elmhurst Next Year?

by Thomas Makinney

The holiday season can be very stressful as we try to fit too many chores and errands into just a few weeks. While not yet available here in Elmhurst, City Tree Delivery provides a service to the Chicago area that may just make this time a bit less hectic for many people.

Local small business City Tree Delivery offers its customers Michigan-grown Fraser Fir Christmas trees delivered straight to their doors as well as set-up, removal, and recycling. Commercial grade LED lights and American-made tree stands are also available either for sale or for rent. The company also offers decorating services for both commercial and residential customers. The products are also available at their tree lot at Big Star in Bucktown (1531 N. Damen).

A member of 1% for the Planet and Trees for the Future, City Tree’s business motto is “Dedicated to Sustainability while Delivering Convenience.” More than one percent of the company’s revenues are donated to local Chicago schools and parks. Owner Chris Hohenstein reflected on the business models of some of his competitors, “Big box retailers, their trees come from all over the country. Many take short cuts, pay minimum wage, or do not necessarily care how they dispose of waste at the end of the year. I once asked another lot what they did with unsold trees, and they said they put them in the dumpster in Iowa.”

The trees have been going quickly this year, and the company’s second order is already sold out. As a response to concerns about deforestation, City Tree partners with a non-profit organization that plants one new tree for each tree ordered through the company. Hohenstein looks forward to expanding into Elmhurst next year with its home delivery service and possibly a second tree lot somewhere in the western suburbs. The current lot in Bucktown is open from 10 am to 9 pm Thursday through Tuesday until Sunday, December 23, or you can reach them by telephone at 312-476-9627.

Small businesses tend to have brave hearts and are willing to make their ideals integral components of their business plans. That’s just one of the reasons why we’re so committed to Elmhurst and our local businesses. With community knowledge, industry experience, and personal dedication, the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group is the best place to start when you’re ready to become part of our community. Contact us today at 210 N. York Rd in Elmhurst, or at (630) 567-5902.

Elmhurst Illinois Open Houses for Sunday, December 16, 2012

by Thomas Makinney

Address:419 W 2nd St

City: Elmhurst

Price:$419,900

Scheduled for: 12/16/2012 from 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:321 N Myrtle

City: Elmhurst

Price:$495,000

Scheduled for: 12/16/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:837 S Linden Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$699,900

Scheduled for: 12/16/2012 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

 

Address:466 N Oak Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$879,900

Scheduled for: 12/16/2012 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

On the Move in Elmhurst

by Thomas Makinney

Moving can be a stressful experience, but by focusing on the possibilities waiting for you in your new location, the event becomes much more pleasant. That’s our philosophy here at Gracik Makinney Group as we move into our new offices at 210 North York Road near the intersection with West 3rd. In addition to helping our clients move ahead with their own real estate goals, the Gracik Makinney Group is making this move to better serve our clients. As of December 13, we will be in our new location. Drop by anytime for a visit to see our new digs!

Elmhurst Illinois Open Houses for Sunday, December 9, 2012

by Thomas Makinney

Address:903 Chatham Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$999,999

Scheduled for: 12/09/2012 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

 

Address:634 S Hillcrest Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$499,000

Scheduled for: 12/09/2012 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

 

Address:139 Fellows Ct Unit 139

City: Elmhurst

Price:$180,900

Scheduled for: 12/09/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:3N371 N Howard Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$224,999

Scheduled for: 12/09/2012 from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM

 

Address:327 N Walnut

City: Elmhurst

Price:$415,000

Scheduled for: 12/09/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:275 N Ridgeland Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$479,900

Scheduled for: 12/09/2012 from 01:00 AM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:355 W First Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$565,000

Scheduled for: 12/09/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:353 W First Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$575,000

Scheduled for: 12/09/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:479 S Cottage Hill Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$575,000

Scheduled for: 12/09/2012 from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

 

Address:359 W First Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$599,900

Scheduled for: 12/09/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:606 Hillcrest Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price:$799,000

Scheduled for: 12/09/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

 

Address:411 Montrose

City: Elmhurst

Price:$889,000

Scheduled for: 12/09/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

from The Elmhurst Patch

Six Elmhurst homes will be dressed to the nines with whimsical and elegant holiday decor for Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Guild's 36th annual Reindeer Route Housewalk.

This long-standing Elmhurst tradition, coming up this Friday, Dec. 7, serves to make the holidays a little brighter for children who have to stay at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the hospital's young patients in the emergency and pediatric units who are unable to go home for Christmas.

Tickets are still available! Read more here!

Blue Ribbons Sprout in Elmhurst

by Thomas Makinney

The trees near Lincoln Elementary and Bryan Middle School here in Elmhurst have recently sprouted a crop of blue ribbons. It’s part of the celebration honoring the two schools as “Exemplary High Performing” institutions as designated by the U.S. Department of Education.

Back in September, the schools were notified of their achievements – 2 of only 21 in the state, and 269 nationwide to be awarded blue ribbon status. In early November, Lincoln Principal, Kathleen Tomei, and third-grade teacher, Barb Clancy, joined Bryan Principal, John Glimco, and eighth-grade teacher, Kurt Baumeister, on a trip to Washington, D.C. to accept their awards. Last week, students at both schools were able to celebrate with pep rallies, dignitaries, and a flood of school spirit.

Among the dignitaries invited to attend celebrations at the schools were District 205 Superintendent, David Pruneau, Elmhurst Mayor, Pete DiCianni, District 205 School Board President, Jim Collins, and Illinois State Board of Education member, Jim Baumann. “This is a significant accomplishment, “ said David Pruneau, “that is indicative of all the work that goes on in all of our schools.” All of Elmhurst’s schools are very highly rated across the board by GreatSchools.org, and earn a score of 9 out of a possible 10 citywide in addition to very high individual ratings.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, “The National Blue Ribbon School Program was the brainchild of the second Secretary of Education, Terrel H. Bell, named by President Reagan. Best known for commissioning the study of American education that resulted in A Nation at Risk, Bell created the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award in 1982 to bring public attention to the best schools in the United States and to facilitate communication and sharing of best practices within and among schools.”

We really love celebrating the achievements of our schools and our students. Their accomplishments reflect the spirit and vitality of our communities, and offer proof that Elmhurst is an excellent place to call home. The Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group can help you make the most of Elmhurst, too. With community knowledge, industry experience, and personal dedication, our team is the best place to start on the road to home ownership in Elmhurst. Contact us today at 540 South York St. in Elmhurst, or at (630) 567-5902. Please note also that we are moving in early December to 210 N. York Rd., Elmhurst.

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