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DuPage County Memorial Day Weekend Events

by Thomas Makinney

Is there anything more exciting than the first real weekend of (almost) guaranteed good weather in the Chicagoland area? The entire summer lies ahead of us - filled with plans of trips, backyard barbecues and community events. Memorial Day weekend is finally here and, you can be sure, there is no shortage of activities in and around the DuPage County and Elmhurst area. I cordially invite you to the variety of events going on this weekend. The hardest part will be choosing which one to attend…

A Nation Remembers
Where: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois
When: Monday, May 31st at 11:30 AM
What: A patriotic program including military re-enactments, music including a special buglers’ taps presentation, and aerial flyovers. While you would normally have to be in our Nation’s capital to see the President deliver remarks, this year, President Obama, will be in town to deliver remarks to the people of Illinois. It’s no coincidence that he will also be spending a relaxing weekend with family and friends in his hometown, just like the rest of us.

The Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade
Where: Downtown Elmhurst, From 3rd Avenue to York Road
When: Monday, May 31st at 9 AM
What: Starting from Third Street, the parade will head south on York Street to Second Street, veer east along Robert Palmer Drive through the underpass and west back to York Street, south on York Street to Church Street, west on Church Street to Prospect Avenue and north on Prospect Avenue past the Veterans Memorial.
Click here for the Memorial Day Program

The 4th Annual Red, White and BBQ
Where: Westmont Park District’s Ty Warner Park in Westmont, Illinois which is in DuPage County
When: May 28-30, 2010
What: This event is jam-packed with things to do. The headline event is the BBQ competition itself. With over 50 BBQ competitors, winners will gain prizes and competition points to move forward to the next level of competition. A minimum of $8000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.  Other activities will include a carnival, food, crafts and other vendors, an entertainment tent, and an amateur BBQ contest, and a chili cook off. The event will be presented by the Westmont Lions Club and the Westmont Jaycees.

Decoration Day
Where: Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Kline Creek Farm
When: Sunday, May 30th, 9:00AM to 5:00PM.
What: Patriotic speeches and performances held at an 1890s living-history farm, in Winfield, Illinois.

Homecoming Celebration at St. James
Where: St. James Farm Forest Preserve, Winfield Road and Butterfield Road (Route 56), Warrenville, IL 60555
When: Saturday, May 29th 11:00AM - 5:00PM
What: Bring the family for a celebration of the heritage of a historic forest preserve featuring horse and riding demonstrations, hay-wagon and quail-cart rides, interpretive tours, a fine-art fair, children’s activities, recreation stations, live music, food and more. Admission is free. Fees for some activities.

Backyard BBQ
Where: Your House
When: All Weekend Long
What:  With all of that said and done, sometimes the best thing you can do to kick off the summer is gather together your friends and family, fire up the grill, and break in that back deck or porch for the years’ first backyard BBQ. It’s time to kick back a little and enjoy being at home.

If you’re looking for a home in Elmhurst or the DuPage County area, give us a call. We’d love to show you around. It’s already a beautiful community, but in the summer-time, Elmhurst is filled with life more than ever. It (almost) makes our job easy.

Tom and Maria
Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
Phone: 630-617-6014
Email: Tom@MariaandTom.com | Maria@MariaandTom.com

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Elmhurst, IL May Real Estate Market Trends

by Thomas Makinney

The various graphs below will give you a visual report of Elmhurst, IL market statistics gathered using data from MRED*. The graphs are updated on a monthly basis so it’s easy to see the latest real estate market trends in Elmhurst. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

*Midwest Real Estate Data LLC

I make no claim as to the accuracy of this data and have provided this data as a service to others.

Elmhurst Green at Heart Blog

by Thomas Makinney

Green living is everywhere these days. Whether you are dedicated to living a green lifestyle, or you are a casual recycler, you can't help but feel good that we are all really making strides towards making our environment better for the present and for the future.

The town of Elmhurst has gone above and beyond to transition the community to green living. They never recognized environmental improvement as an easy fix or a one day event. Instead they established multiple programs, organization and resources that all have come together to create a big impact on this beautiful community.

Cool Cities Pledge:
In October 2007, Mayor Marcucci signed the "Cool Cities Pledge." Its goal was to reduce Elmhurst gas emissions to 7% below the emissions discharged in 1990 by 2012. A collection of small improvements made a big impact because Elmhurst has already reached their goal two years early! For Elmhurst, reaching their goal does not mean stopping their efforts, it only means doubling them to make a bigger impact. Check out this webpage for Elmhurst's Cool Cities Coalition program.

DuPage County Recycling:
Our town has a great resource for any of our recycling questions and needs - the School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education program (SCARCE). This organization has dedicated themselves to educating students, teachers, residents, businesses and the general public how to conserve natural resources and prevent pollution. They have established a plethora of programs specific for all different types of recycling. If your DuPage County recycling doesn't accept a certain material (i.e. diapers, old toys, electronic devices), chances are they can find you an organization that will.

DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup:
Looking to get involved in the community and improve it at the same time? The DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup is a local group of environmental organizations that have come together to monitor our water quality and develop and execute remediation projects. Check out their website for more information and how to get involved.

If you are curious to know what else the town of Elmhurst is doing to go green, or how you can get involved to help, please don't hesitate to ask us. At the very least, we can point you in the right direction.  Anything we can do to keep this community looking and feeling its best, we will do.

Tom and Maria
Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
Phone: 630-617-6014
Email: Tom@TomMakinney.com | MariaGracik@Comcast.net
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A Closer Look at Elmhursts’ Vibrant Lifestyle

by Thomas Makinney

Looks can be deceiving.  Venturing through the city of Elmhurst, one might note the established neighborhoods with tree-lined streets, the well-maintained downtown area with perfectly placed park benches and the sense of an established community founded in rich history.  And while all of these characteristics ring true; some may translate the town into a yawn as they drive through this seemingly quiet town.  But, to those who call Elmhurst “home”, they know of the cities vibrant lifestyle that draws in its’ community and keep visitors coming back.

Elmhursts’ City Center is just such a place!  Gathered at the cities’ core are an abundance of shops, restaurants and venues that create a lively and attractive atmosphere.  One of the many highlights includes Dining Nights, which takes place every Thursday.  This weekly event gives restaurants a chance to participate in offering great deals to its residents.  Many locals take the opportunity to “shop” through Elmhursts’ dining options- finding their favorite place to meet up with friends.  Below are just a few of the Dining Nights perks.  

100 South Chop House and Grille

Two Course Thursday Night Dinner $9.95
Includes soup or salad, choice of entrée; fresh vegetable and starch.

Rib Special. Buy a full slab of ribs and get a
1/2 slab free and $6 Miller Lite Pitchers

Rainbow Restaurant
Complimentary dessert with purchase of an entrée and
10% off your check totaling $30 or more.
Come in and enjoy our Thursday night specials; Corn Beef & Cabbage, Barbeque Ribs, and Oven Baked Short Ribs with Oven Browned Potatoes.

Tannins Wine Bar & Boutique

10% off Retail with any $25 Bar Purchase

Fresco's Mediterranean Café
15% off the Daily Special on Thursdays

Wine & Vine

Ladies Night: Free appetizer for parties of 4+ OR 1/2 price entrée

Discover your favorite place for dining out in Elmhurst and sense the energy that brings this community to life!  Maybe we’ll see you there!  

As always, if you’re looking to move into this great city, let us know!  We’d love to show you around or answer any questions you may have.  

Tom and Maria
Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
Phone: 630-617-6014
Email: Tom@TomMakinney.com | MariaGracik@Comcast.net
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