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John Salidas joins The Gracik Makinney Group

by Thomas Makinney

The Gracik Makinney Group is pleased to welcome its newest agent, John Salidas.

As a lifelong resident of the western suburbs, John knows our area well. He has been passionate about the real estate industry since the age of ten, when his aunt, a veteran agent, began to teach him about the business. He was instantly enthralled and began planning for a real estate career.

John put himself through college by working in the IT industry, becoming the youngest corporate employee of OfficeMax. He became a broker as soon as he was of legal age to take the exam. John and his team at The Gracik Makinney Group have sold more than 1000 homes, earning a ranking in the Top 6 DuPage County Producing Teams.

John’s passion for real estate combined with his expertise makes him a perfect match for anyone looking to buy or sell a home. He provides outstanding service to his clients, committing to give them his time and the best resources available. He understands that one of the biggest decisions in life is buying or selling a house.

In his free time, John enjoys trying new cuisine, as well as reading, playing and watching sports. His softball team, The @properties HOME-runs, plays every Tuesday night at Berens Park in Elmhurst. Feel free to drop by and watch them play!

Elmurst Library unveils Creative Studio Lab

by Thomas Makinney

Elmhurst Public Library consistently tops the list of best reasons to live in Elmhurst. For the past year, it has been undergoing a large overhaul of the second floor, including a new teen center, expanded study rooms, a new computer lab, and a fireplace and seating area. And now the new Creative Studio Lab has opened, offering cardholders a bevy of high-end technological equipment.

Want to make a music recording or shoot a photo session? The CSL has three sound proof and green screen rooms, all equipped with iMacs, Adobe Creative Cloud, iMovie and Garage Band/Logic Pro software. If that isn’t what you need, other equipment is available for check out to be used outside of the library.

There are even more perks. If you’ve always wanted to digitize your outdated technology, now is the time. The CSL has equipment to digitize VHS, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, slides, and negatives. You can create a blog, make a PowerPoint presentation, a resume, and learn some Photoshop techniques.

Want to print a large poster or banner? Print something in 3-D? The library can help with that too!

And if all this technology has you yearning for something more traditional, there are also typewriters, fax machines, and pay phones available.

The Creative Studio Lab and the expanded technology resources are part of the library’s strategic plan for 2016-2021, which focuses on providing the support, resources and environment for patrons to engage with technology. In addition to the hardware and software available, staff is available to answer questions and there are a variety of tutorials available on the library’s website: elmhurstpubliclibrary.org.

The $1.7 million second floor renovation is now complete and nothing short of amazing. Stop by to check it! For more information on the library and other amazing resources in our town, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit www.MariaandTom.com.

 

 

Elmhurst Trivia Time: 30 Subdivisions In Our Town

by Thomas Makinney

 

Even some longtime Elmhurst residents may not know that our town is comprised of more than 30 subdivisions. Some are fairly well known, such as College View, Brynhaven, and Cherry Farm, others might be less certain, such as Country Club Highlands, Pick Subdivision, Emerys, and Elmhurst Parkside.

Unlike some other towns, Elmhurst’s subdivisions aren’t well delineated, but there are certain distinctions in style and size of the homes. And many have their own quirky history. For instance, did you know:

The Crescent Park subdivision was originally platted to be a cemetery. However, after Adam and Katharina Glos (parents of Henry Glos, original owner of the Glos Mansion) died, the land was sold to a Chicago syndicate for development as “the most exclusive residence district in the Western Suburbs.” The small cemetery on Poplar, just south of St. Charles road, contains the graves of Adam and Katharina, along with a few of their children. Henry and his wife Lucy are buried in the Glos Mausoleum, across from the Glos Mansion.

 

Brynhaven photo courtesy of Elmhurst Historical Museum

Brynhaven  (north of St. Charles Rd, south of Park Ave, between I-290 and and Poplar) was built 1954-1958 and comprises more than 400 homes on 132 acres. Ranch and bi-level homes were originally priced from $17,500 to $25,000. An advertising brochure boasted, “You can be proud of your surroundings … beautiful homes, curved streets, large mature shade trees, elegant landscaping … everything you’ve ever wanted in a fine neighborhood.”

Cherry Farm Subdivision (St. Charles Rd south to South Street and York Street east to Poplar) was one of the earliest neighborhoods. Named for John R. Case’s cherry orchard, which held 1,000 cherry trees plus an apple orchard, the farm was subdivided in 1907. Early amenities included sidewalks, state-of-the-art drainage, and trees and hedges on every lot.


MacDougall homes photo courtesy of Elmhurst Historical Museum

In 1954, local builder Robert MacDougall and his brother-in-law formed MacDougall Builders. In the 1950s and ‘60s, the company developed much in south Elmhurst. They built nearly 300 ranch and bi-level and colonial homes in Elm Estates (Butterfield Rd north to Madison St and York St east to Spring Rd) before going on to develop Stratford Hills Estates (Crescent Ave north to Vallette St and I-290 east to Poplar), Atwood Estates (Madison south to Butterfield and Poplar west to Butterfield Park), and the Royal York at 110 W. Butterfield in 1969.

Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group has information about the boundaries of these subdivisions as well as the names and locations of other great Elmhurst neighborhoods. Call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit www.gmregroup.com to find out what properties are available in your favorite subdivision!

All photos and historical information courtesy of Elmhurst Historical Museum. 

 

Elmhurst Open House List for December 12 & 13

by Thomas Makinney

               

‚Äč145 Joann Way, Elmhurst 

12/13/2015

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM               

$1,225,000

 

The following properties are listed in order of price:

167 N Richard Ave  

Elmhurst 

12/13/2015

1:00-3:00 PM     

$295,000

 

122 E Crescent Ave                

Elmhurst    

12/13/2015

1:00-3:00 PM     

$299,900

 

111 N Larch Ave. #209           

Elmhurst    

12/13/2015

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM               

$335,000

 

638 S Spring Rd   

Elmhurst    

12/13/2015

2:00 - 4:00 PM   

$405,000

 

332 W Winthrop Ave               

Elmhurst    

12/13/2015

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM               

$425,000

 

369 E North Ave  

Elmhurst    

12/13/2015

1:00 - 3:00 PM   

$485,900

 

723 N Emroy Ave 

Elmhurst    

12/13/2015

01:00 PM   3:00 PM               

$599,900

 

801 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst    

12/13/2015

1:00 - 3:00 PM   

$659,900

 

172 Joanne Way 

Elmhurst    

12/13/2015

12:15 - 4:00 PM  

$969,000

 

129 Joanne Way 

Elmhurst    

12/13/2015

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM               

$1,109,000

 

145 Joanne Way 

Elmhurst    

12/13/2015

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM               

$1,225,000

 

160 Joanne Way  

Elmhurst    

12/13/2015

11:15 AM - 4:00 PM

$1,975,000

Enjoy the holiday season with some magical events!

by Thomas Makinney

The holidays are one of the best times of the year to live in the Chicago area. From house walks to outdoor light displays, from holiday theater offerings to performances of the Nutcracker, there are so many opportunities to get out and enjoy our area. We’ve compiled a list of our favorites, but check out even more happenings at www.events12.com/chicago/december. Then grab your calendar and a hot cup of cocoa and make some plans to soak in some holiday magic this season. 

Theater

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’ holiday classic about Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and three Christmas ghosts, is playing at three local venues.

Dec. 2 - 23: Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace (family version)

Dec. 2 - 27: Goodman Theatre in Chicago

Dec. 4 - 24: Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights

 

Celebrate the holidays at Holidaze, a series of short plays that capture the crazy, zany, funny chaos of the holiday season at Athenaeum Theatre. December 3-20. Visit athenaeumtheatre.org.

 

Twist Your Dickens is a zany sendup of the classic “A Christmas Carol” with adult humor, parody, and improvisation at Goodman Theatre. Dec. 4-27.  

 

Unruly kids take over the church pageant with hilarious results in family-friendly The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Provision Theater. December 5-20. Visit www.provisiontheater.org.

 

It’s a holiday tradition to hear the joyful Handel’s Messiah sung by the Apollo Chorus of Chicago at Harris Theater. Dec. 19 and 20. Visit apollochorus.org or www.harristheaterchicago.org.

 

Shopping

Christkindlmarket is an open-air European holiday market on Daley Plaza featuring traditional art, handmade gifts, German foods, choirs, and carolers. Free. Dec. 3-24.

 

Randolph Street’s Holiday Market offers affordable antique, vintage, and modern goods indoors at W Randolph & Washington on Dec. 12, 13. 

Christmas Lights

Head out to the Morton Arboretum to see colorful tree lights and interactive laser lights on a one-mile walk at Illumination, and then warm up at the fire pit. Dec. 3-Jan. 2. Closed Dec. 7, 14, 24, 25. 

 

Enjoy ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo, featuring millions of holiday lights, ice carvings, music, carousel and train rides, food, and gift shopping (plus photos with Santa some days). Open Dec. 4-6, 11-23, 26-31, Jan. 1-3. Free entry.

 

Holiday Magic is a million twinkling lights, a laser light show, a magic show, animal visits, and songs at the Brookfield Zoo. Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, and 26-31. 

Holiday Train Shows

Model trains wind their way through a miniature village among Poinsettias during the Winter Flower and Train Show at Lincoln Park Conservatory. Dec. 3-Jan. 3. Free.

 

Wonderland Express features trains running through an indoor garden past miniature buildings at Chicago Botanic Garden. See events schedule. Dec. 3- Jan. 3. Closed Dec. 25.

 

LEGO Train Show features a huge diorama of trains that run past skyscrapers, brick mania, and kids’ crafts, plus a ticketed party the first evening at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Dec. 12-13. Free except parking.

Nutcracker Ballet

Joffrey Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker features brilliant costumes, fanciful scenery, entrancing storytelling, and Tchaikovsky’s famous score, played by the Chicago Philharmonic at Auditorium Theatre. Dec. 4-27.

 

Chicago Festival Ballet and the New Philharmonic Orchestra perform a beautiful and lively Nutcracker at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Dec. 19-20.

Family Fun

Decorated trees represent many cultures in addition to weekend ethnic song-and-dance performances during Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science & Industry. Dec. 3-Jan. 3. Closed Dec. 25.

 

Festival Hall at Navy Pier becomes an indoor Winter WonderFest for the holidays, with music, carnival rides, and entertainment. Expect crowds. Free entry. Dec. 5-Jan. 10. Closed Dec. 25.

 

Collect a cookie, treat, or hot drink from 45 shops and see entertainment at Winterfest in Oak Park. Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

 

Take a one-hour train ride through downtown Chicago as you drink cocoa on the Polar Express, which travels roundtrip from Union Station at Jackson Boulevard. Dec. 19-Jan. 3. Visit www.chicagothepolarexpressride.com.

Holiday Libations

Hit the pavement and enjoy food and drink specials at Holiday Bar Crawls throughout Chicago area in December.

Holiday Cheers! is a seasonal tasting of local spirits, wines, and winter brews surrounded by Wonderland Express train exhibits at Chicago Botanic Garden. Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m.

A ticket to Winter Solstice Craft Beer Fest gets you 10 beer samples and 2 food samples, with 100 beers for sale, plus live music at Blarney Stone Pub, Oak Forest. Dec. 12, 2-6 p.m.

 

The Beer Fest Beat Down includes 25 beer-tasting tickets, food vendors, and Lucha Libre wrestling at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Dec. 12 at 2 p.m.

 

 

 

Elmhurst Open House list for December 5 & 6

by Thomas Makinney

1308 N Hillside Ave               

Berkeley     

Saturday and Sunday

12/05/2015 and 12/06/2015

1:00-3:00 PM       

$240,000


200 N Addison Ave                

Elmhurst     

12/06/2015

1:00-3:00 PM       

$279,900

 

968 S Saylor Ave

Elmhurst     

12/06/2015

1:00-3:00 PM       

$292,000

 

614 S Parkside Ave                

Elmhurst     

12/06/2015

1:00-3:00 PM       

$359,900

 

638 S Spring Rd

Elmhurst     

12/06/2015

2:00-4:00 PM       

$405,000

 

332 W Winthrop Ave             

Elmhurst     

12/06/2015

11:00 AM-1:00 PM

$425,000

 

975 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst     

12/06/2015

1:00-3:00 PM       

$449,900

 

458 N Elm Ave   

Elmhurst     

12/06/2015

1:00 -3:00 PM      

$500,000

 

634 S Edgewood Ave             

Elmhurst     

12/06/2015

1:00-3:00 PM       

$569,900

 

138 E Knighton Pl                 

Elmhurst     

12/06/2015

11:00 AM-1:00 PM

$619,900

 

499 S Hampshire Ave            

Elmhurst     

12/06/2015

11:00 AM-1:00 PM

$643,900

 

232 N Addison Ave                

Elmhurst     

12/06/2015

1:00-3:00 PM       

$655,000

 

440 S Fair Ave   

Elmhurst     

12/06/2015

1:00-3:00 PM       

$688,500

 

300 E Marion St 

Elmhurst     

12/06/2015

1:00-3:00 PM       

$1,595,000

 

 

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