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City launches Explore Elmhurst site

by Thomas Makinney

What’s on your summer bucket list? Do you want to see a play, or join a biking club, or head over to the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival?

Just in time for summer fun, the City of Elmhurst launched its new Explore Elmhurst website, exploreelmhurst.com.

Check out this crisply-designed and energetic site, and bookmark it as a go-to resource for the many happenings going on throughout the year. But it’s about more than special events, the site also corrals information about our museums, parks, monuments, and shopping; and gives up-to-date news about what’s happening in town.

A calendar of events, visitor’s guide, map, and news links provide plenty of information about our city and its organizations. There’s even a directory of local businesses and a place for them to post special offers.

The City worked with community partners through the Explore Elmhurst Advisory Group to put together the site.

If you’ve ever wondered where the Vietnam Memorial is, or when the Farmer’s Market starts, or what’s the latest exhibit at the Art Museum, it’s all here and more.

Visit exploreelmhurst.com, and then sign up to receive news alerts and keep up to date about what’s going on.

We’re proud of all that Elmhurst has to offer. If you want to find out more about what makes it a great place to live, contact us at (630) 441-5570 or at www.gmregroup.com

 

Elmhurst Open House List for May 28-29

by Thomas Makinney

141 Joanne Way  

Elmhurst   

Saturday, 5/28/2016

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM       

$1,125,000

 

514 N Oaklawn Ave    

Elmhurst   

Saturday, 5/28/2016

1:00 - 4:00 PM        

$488,900

 

412 E Berteau Ave       

Elmhurst   

Sunday, 5/29/2016

12:00 - 3:00 PM     

$749,900

 

412 E Berteau Ave       

Elmhurst   

Saturday, 5/28/2016

12:00 - 3:00 PM     

$749,900

 

444 N Walnut St   

Elmhurst   

Sunday, 5/29/2016

12:00 - 2:00 PM     

$899,000

 

576 S Saylor Ave 

Elmhurst   

Saturday, 5/28/2016

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM       

$969,900

 

316 E Third St        

Elmhurst   

Saturday, 5/28/2016

12:00 - 4:00 PM     

$1,017,000

 

164 Joanne Way  

Elmhurst   

Saturday, 5/28/2016

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM       

$1,119,000

 

160 Joanne Way  

Elmhurst   

Saturday, 5/28/2016

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM       

$1,975,000

Elmhurst Open House List for May 21 - May 22

by Thomas Makinney

 

Come see us at 300 Maple in Elmhurst from 2:00 - 4:00pm on Sunday.  

Street #

CP

Str Name

Sfx

City

Start Date/Time

End Time

LP/RP

255

S

West

Ave

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 1:00 PM

3:00 PM

$65,999

648

S

York

St

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 1:00 PM

3:00 PM

$311,000

323

W

Eggleston

Ave

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 1:00 PM

3:00 PM

$314,900

679

N

Howard

Ave

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 1:00 PM

3:00 PM

$339,000

310

N

Geneva

Ave

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 1:00 PM

3:00 PM

$369,900

446

N

Elm

Ave

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 1:00 PM

3:00 PM

$410,000

598

S

Linden

Ave

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 11:00 AM

2:00 PM

$412,000

308

N

Highland

Ave

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 1:00 PM

3:00 PM

$415,000

514

N

Oaklawn

Ave

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 1:00 PM

3:00 PM

$488,900

300

N

Maple

Ave

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 2:00 PM

4:00 PM

$495,000

803

S

Saylor

Ave

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 1:00 PM

3:00 PM

$559,900

649

W

Belden

Ave

Elmhurst

5/21/2016 1:00 PM

3:00 PM

$574,000

649

W

Belden

Ave

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 1:00 PM

3:00 PM

$574,000

768

N

Van Auken

St

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 1:00 PM

3:00 PM

$689,000

251

W

First

St

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 2:00 PM

4:00 PM

$699,000

397

N

River Glen

Ave

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 12:00 PM

2:00 PM

$819,000

417

E

Huntington

Ln

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 2:00 PM

4:00 PM

$899,000

431

N

Ridgeland

Ave

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 1:00 PM

3:00 PM

$924,900

562

S

Linden

 

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 1:00 PM

3:00 PM

$995,000

316

E

Third

St

Elmhurst

5/21/2016 11:00 AM

4:00 PM

$1,017,000

316

E

Third

St

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 11:00 AM

4:00 PM

$1,017,000

164

 

Joanne

Way

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 11:00 AM

4:00 PM

$1,119,000

164

 

Joanne

Way

Elmhurst

5/21/2016 11:00 AM

4:00 PM

$1,119,000

141

 

Joanne

Way

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 11:00 AM

4:00 PM

$1,125,000

141

 

Joanne

Way

Elmhurst

5/21/2016 11:00 AM

4:00 PM

$1,125,000

280

S

Prospect

Ave

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 1:00 PM

3:00 PM

$1,175,000

239

E

South

St

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 1:00 PM

3:00 PM

$1,324,970

169

W

Olive

St

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 1:00 PM

3:00 PM

$1,875,000

160

 

Joanne

Way

Elmhurst

5/21/2016 11:00 AM

4:00 PM

$1,975,000

160

 

Joanne

Way

Elmhurst

5/22/2016 11:00 AM

4:00 PM

$1,975,000

 

Get out and enjoy Memorial Day weekend!

by Thomas Makinney

It’s almost Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial start of summer! We’ve rounded up a variety of activities going on in the area so you can get out and enjoy.

Love a parade?

Wave your flags and feel the patriotism at one of the largest parades in the nation. The Chicago Memorial Day Parade starts at 11am on Saturday, May 28 with a wreath-laying ceremony in Daley Plaza, then steps off at noon. The parade will march south along State Street from Lake St. to Van Buren.

Ready for summer?

Dig out your swimsuits and sunscreen. East End Pool opens for the season on May 28.  Don’t forget that Friday, May 27 is the last day for residents to purchase discounted pool passes ($39) for the 2016 season. The price for pool passes will increase to $59 after May 27.

Head over to Berens Park to enjoy a variety of fun summer activities. The Spray Ground opens on Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. While you’re there, get in some miniature golf or take some practice swings at the batting cages.

Chicago’s miles of beaches open on Friday, May 27. Lake Michigan’s water might still be a little chilly, but the weather looks promising for sunbathing, sand castles, and people watching.

Feeling athletic?

Head out to Ty Warner Park and run or walk in the Race to the Flag 5K on Sunday, May 29. The 5K course includes a complementary breakfast after the race. Proceeds benefit the local Peoples Resource Center.

Lace up your running shoes and head downtown for the Soldier Field 10 Mile. The 10th annual event begins Saturday, May 28 at 7 a.m.  Enjoy gorgeous views of the city, a vehicle-free Lake Shore Drive, and a finish line on the 50-yard line.

Hop on your bike at the crack of dawn and join hundreds of other cyclists along Lake Shore Drive during the annual Bike the Drive event on Sunday, May 29. Bikers will get to see the sun rise and hear the birds chirp during the 15th annual ride, which will run from Bryn Mawr Avenue to 57th Street.

Feel like shopping?

Chicago’s famous Randolph Street Market will open for its first seasonal weekend Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29. The world-renown antique and vintage clothing market will host more than 300 vendors at its indoor and outdoor venue.  1340 W. Washington St., Chicago

Ready for some barbeque?

The Westmont Lions Club will host its annual Red, White and BBQ competition Saturday through Sunday. Come hungry and enjoy plenty of BBQ, a carnival, craft and commercial vendors, a beer garden, and contests. A variety of bands are scheduled to play throughout the weekend. 

Love sports?

Nothing feels more like summer than a hometown baseball game. The Chicago Cubs are in town, playing the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons, and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. The White Sox are out of town, but the Chicago Fire soccer team will play against the Portland Timbers on May 28 at Toyota Park.

Want to just get out?

Check out Playboy Architecture: 1953-1979 at the Elmhurst Art Museum. The exhibit features a collection of photographs, films, architectural models and more from Playboy magazine’s inception in 1953 through the 1970s.

The Elmhurst Historical Museum is in the summer spirit with Patios, Pools & the Invention of the American Backyard. The Smithsonian traveling exhibit includes vintage photographs, historic drawings, and period advertisements. A supplementary component features photos of Elmhurst families, and an interactive exhibit for kids allows them some backyard fun too.

The Summer Nights Classic Car Show rolls out on Friday, May 27 with an array of classic cars and live entertainment. Pre-1985 cars will line up along Curtiss Street in Downers Grove.

Oak Park will host its fourth annual Uncork Illinois Wine Festival on Saturday, May 28. Attendees over age 21 can sample more than 150 wines from more than 15 local wineries and enjoy live music.

Ready for music?

The queen is coming to Chicago! Beyonce brings her Formation World Tour to Soldier Field on Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28.

If you feel more retro, Donny and Marie will perform at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Not only does Elmhurst have loads going on throughout the summer, but our  location gives us easy access to events going on downtown and in the suburbs. If you want to know more about what makes this a great place to live, contact us at (630) 441-5570 or www.gmregroup.com.

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Restoration begins on famed McCormick House

by Thomas Makinney


Wondering what all the activity is about at the McCormick House adjacent to the Elmhurst Art Museum? The renowned​ Mies ​van der Rohe home is currently undergoing a face-lift, the first phase of an extensive restoration project.

Paint deterioration on the exterior and interior, along with rain damage on the flat roof, led to the decision to begin restorations. The first phase involves removing multiple layers of pain and re-coating the steel surfaces to prevent further corrosion. 

Elmhurst-based Heritage Architecture Studio, LLC, is leading the project. The firm specializes in historic preservation and has 20 years of expertise in design and planning of historical structures.

The one-story home is the largest of only three homes in the U.S. designed by van der Rohe, and one of only two that are open to the public. It was built in 1952 for Isabella Gardner and her husband Robert Hall McCormick III. The McCormicks entertained famed poets T.S. Eliot and Robert Frost in the house, as well as other celebrities of the time.

The building reflects the pioneering architecture of van der Rohe, whose use of steel and glass was a new concept for housing in the 1950s. It was originally located several blocks away but was moved in 1994 to Wilder Park.

The first phase of restoration is expected to be completed in early May. Other projects include floor replacement, wall reconfiguration, and replacement of a post-construction kitchen to its original location.

The architecture and cultural riches of Elmhurst are just a few of the many great reasons to live here. To find out more about what makes this a great city, contact us at (630) 441-5570 or at www.gmregroup.com.

 

 

 

 

Reflecting on the past year for District 205

by Thomas Makinney

With the school year drawing to a close, let’s look back on what District 205 accomplished the past nine months.

The Focus 205 Community Engagement Initiative kicked off in September. The project is collaboration between the community and the school district, focusing on topics such as next-generation learning and future-ready classrooms.

While Focus 205 gets fully rolling, a district operational plan was launched with a two-pronged approach: developing a balanced assessment system for students and increasing student engagement in all grades.

Other highlights of the year include:

All students in grades 6-12 were provided with a Chromebook with plans to offer the laptops to students in grades K-5.

Students in grades K-5 were introduced to The Lucy Caulkins Writing Program to help them work on writing skills.

Plans were implemented to launch a new K-12 English curriculum next year, which will give teachers more text and online resources.

Finally, the district formed a Middle School Task Force to address the programming at middle school and how to help middle school students be more prepared for high school.

Looking forward to next year, plans are in place to assess the math curriculum, delving into what students know before they are taught, and focusing on getting teachers more involved and determining priorities.

There will be more professional development, particularly for the new English curriculum, but also to develop new leadership skills and techniques for teachers and administrators.

The next step in the Focus 205 Initiative will be to examine each school’s facilities, both their physical state and to determine if the building is meeting the needs of the students. Those findings will then be presented to the community for its input.

Great schools and a great education system mean that real estate values in Elmhurst are well above average for the area.  The school district is working hard to ensure that those standards stay strong.

To find out more about what makes Elmhurst a great place to live, contact us at (630) 441-5570 or www.gmregroup.com

Elmhurst Open Houses for Saturday, May 7

by Thomas Makinney

378 E Harrison Ct       

Elmhurst 

Saturday, 5/07/2016

11:00 AM - 1:00PM       

$875,000

 

255 S West Ave          

Elmhurst 

Saturday, 5/07/2016

1:00 - 3:00PM              

$65,999

 

310 N Geneva Ave      

Elmhurst 

Saturday, 5/07/2016

1:00 - 3:00PM              

$369,900

 

923 S Fairfield Ave     

Elmhurst  

Saturday, 5/07/2016

1:00 - 3:00PM              

$400,000

 

801 S Berkley Ave      

Elmhurst       

Saturday, 5/07/2016

2:00 - 4:00PM              

$639,900

 

316 E Third St            

Elmhurst 

Saturday, 5/07/2016

11:00 AM - 4:00PM       

$1,017,000

 

164 Joanne Way         

Elmhurst       

Saturday, 5/07/2016

11:00 AM - 4:00PM       

$1,119,000

 

141 Joanne Way         

Elmhurst 

Saturday, 5/07/2016

11:00 AM - 4:00PM       

$1,125,000

 

160 Joanne Way         

Elmhurst       

Saturday, 5/07/2016

11:00 AM - 4:00PM       

$1,975,000

 

 

 

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