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Timothy Christian unveils new middle school and field house

by Thomas Makinney

Timothy Christian Schools achieved the ultimate trifecta: a $16 million building campaign for a new middle school and field house that came in under budget, under schedule, and fully funded.

The new middle school gives students their own space separate from the elementary school where they had previously shared space with elementary students.

The new field house, Ward Athletic Center, is a 1,200-seat sports facility for high school athletics and is nearly twice the size of the current gym’s occupancy. It contains one 94-foot competition court for game nights and another college-sized court for practices, summer leagues, and tournaments.

Other features include new concessions areas, locker rooms, training areas, and storage areas. The lobby will feature a 10’x12’ flat-screen monitor, and there is a second story balcony with skybox-like seating.

Both facilities were fully funded by contributions. The preschool and elementary schools will also be renovated to reutilize the space previously used by the middle schoolers. Those renovations are also fully funded.

The entire project, dubbed Project Impact, was first conceived in June 2015, and when groundbreaking began last June, the project was already 80 percent funded.

The ribbon-cutting and grand opening were last week. The official home opener will be on Dec. 1 with a girls-boys basketball double header against Chicago Christian. The Jesse White Tumblers and renowned anthem singer Jim Cornelison are scheduled to perform.

Timothy Christian, a private Christian school for grades PK-12 attracts students from throughout the Chicago area. We’re proud to have such a strong academic facility in our town.

For more information about local schools or about living in Elmhurst, contact us anytime at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at www.gmregroup.com

Elmhurst Open House List for Sept. 30-Oct. 1

by Thomas Makinney

165 S. Sunnyside Ave., Elmhurst

Sunday, 1:00-3:00

445 S Parkside Ave., Elmhurst

Sunday, 1:00-3:00

716 Eastland St

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$275,000

415 N Ridgeland Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$289,900

225 E Fremont Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$299,900

582 N West Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$339,900

322 E North Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

12:00-4:00 PM

$400,000

412 E Allison St

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$424,500

412 E Allison St

Elmhurst

09/30/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$424,500

369 E North Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

11:00AM-2:00 PM

$440,000

438 N Elm Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

2:00-4:00 PM

$449,000

101 W Madison St

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$475,000

265 N Illinois St

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$489,000

474 W Third St

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$495,000

160 S Poplar Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$519,900

550 S Edgewood Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$549,900

153 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$579,900

312 S Lawndale Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$619,900

530 S Stratford Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$729,900

822 S Hillside Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

2:00-4:00 PM

$749,900

115 N Highland Ave

Elmhurst

09/30/2017

9:00AM-3:00 PM

$769,000

180 S Lawndale Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$774,000

396 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

12:00-3:00 PM

$799,000

521 S Saylor Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$834,900

105 E May St

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$850,000

601 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

3:00 PM

165 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$939,900

408 E Huntington Ln

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$949,000

141 N Caroline Ave

Elmhurst

09/30/2017

12:00-2:00 PM

$979,900

221 E Madison St

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$999,000

117 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,129,000

117 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/30/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,129,000

148 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,139,000

148 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/30/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,139,000

144 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

144 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/30/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

114 N Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

10:00-AM-12:00 PM

$1,249,000

111 N Richard Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,250,000

232 W Winthrop Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,275,000

445 S Parkside Ave

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,379,900

160 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

10/01/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,419,000

160 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/30/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,419,000

Elmhurst wraps up major stormwater projects

by Thomas Makinney

Good news for Elmhurst residents: the city has completed much of its promised stormwater improvement projects, meaning a majority of the homes in Elmhurst are no longer in danger of flooding.

The Crescent/Cambridge project, a stormwater basin in York Commons Park is now operational, and the sluice gate is functional. The installation of the concrete wall cap is nearly complete in half of the Harrison St project, and the other half is underway. Grading and landscaping will be completed once the entire wall cap is complete.

The Madison Early Childhood Education center project is complete and operational, with grass already growing in the basin south of the center.

The Pine Street/Avon Road project is finishing final landscaping and grading and is otherwise fully operational. And the police station rain garden has been complete and bursting with new plantings since June. 

So far, Elmhurst has spent or allocated nearly $30 million on large-scale flood control projects, most of which protect groups of homes in the areas most impacted by flooding.

However, some individual homes are still faced with potential overland flooding and city officials are trying to determine a solution that is effective and financially reasonable.

One estimate for work on a single home came in at around $55,000 per home. However, the cost per home for large-scale projects is realistically more at $86,000 per home.

Such individual projects including foundation sealing or “wrapping” barriers, flood-proof windows and doors, and revisions to below-grade window wells or doors.

There are more than 170 homes scattered in Elmhurst that would be eligible for the individual renovation projects.

City officials are now debating how to best pay for the needed modifications. Suggestions range from city funding to individual reimbursement over the course of 10 years. Officials are now reaching out to a company to determine how other municipalities have paid for or reimbursed individual homeowners.

For more information on ongoing or completed stormwater projects, visit http://elmhurststormwaterplan.org/.

Elmhurst has made remarkable strides to cost-effectively and responsibility solve almost all of the city’s past flooding issues. And we’re proud to live in a city that won’t give up until everyone is guaranteed a dry house.

If you want to know more about living in Elmhurst, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at www.gmregroup.com.

Elmhurst Open House List for Sept. 23-24

by Thomas Makinney

Stop by and visit us at 749 S. Berkley and 749 S. Fairview

Sunday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.


110 E Diversey Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$239,999

928 S Stratford Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$319,900

218 S Monterey Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$350,000

632 W Comstock Ave

Elmhurst

09/23/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$350,000

181 S West Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$379,000

581 S Parkside Ave

Elmhurst

09/23/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$405,000

369 E Parkview Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$469,800

558 S Poplar Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

12:00-3:00 PM

$469,900

265 N Illinois St

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$499,000

15W465 Concord St

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$500,000

550 S Edgewood Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$549,900

591 S Fern Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$570,000

308 N Highland Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$579,900

649 W Babcock Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$599,900

250 W St Charles Rd

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$609,900

228 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

2:00-4:00 PM

$642,700

475 N Maple Ave

Elmhurst

09/23/2017

11:00AM-2:00 PM

$649,000

475 N Maple Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

12:00-3:00 PM

$649,000

256 E Forest Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$658,000

530 S Stratford Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$749,900

822 S Hillside Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

2:00-4:00 PM

$749,900

501 S Holly Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$785,000

299 W Claremont St

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$845,500

126 Melrose Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$919,000

749 S Berkey Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$925,000

749 S Fairview Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$925,000

141 N Caroline Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

12:00-2:00 PM

$979,900

260 E Elmhurst Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$999,000

221 E Madison St

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$999,000

550 S Berkely Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$999,900

117 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

12:00-3:00 PM

$1,129,000

148 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/23/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,139,000

148 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,139,000

144 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

144 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/23/2017

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

114 N Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

10:00AM-2:00 PM

$1,249,000

160 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/24/2017

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,419,000

160 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/23/2017

11:00 AM-4:00 PM

$1,419,000

Elmhurst Open House List for Sept 16-17

by Thomas Makinney

114 Berteau

Street # 

CP 

Str Name 

Sfx 

City 

Start Date/Time 

End Time

LP/RP 

110

E

Diversey

Ave

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$239,999

403

E

Park

Ave

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$299,000

582

N

West

Ave

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$339,900

458

 

Alma

Ave

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$375,000

928

S

Fairfield

Ave

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

4:00 PM

$398,500

438

N

Elm

Ave

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

4:00 PM

$449,000

558

S

Poplar

Ave

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$469,900

265

N

Illinois

St

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$499,000

828

S

Stratford

Ave

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$520,000

141

N

Myrtle

Ave

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$525,000

330

E

May

St

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$574,900

308

N

Highland

Ave

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$579,900

223

N

Illinois

St

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$589,900

223

N

Illinois

St

Elmhurst

09/16/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$589,900

221

N

Geneva

Ave

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

4:00 PM

$594,000

250

W

St Charles

Rd

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$629,900

561

W

Third

St

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$675,000

939

S

Spring

Rd

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$679,900

156

N

Geneva

Ave

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 12:00 PM

2:00 PM

$779,900

396

S

Rex

Blvd

Elmhurst

09/16/2017 11:00 AM

2:00 PM

$829,000

105

E

May

St

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$850,000

521

S

Saylor

Ave

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$859,900

601

S

Cedar

Ave

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$889,000

249

N

Maple

Ave

Elmhurst

09/16/2017 12:00 PM

2:00 PM

$899,900

849

S

Chatham

Ave

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$939,000

141

N

Caroline

Ave

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 12:00 PM

2:00 PM

$979,900

221

E

Madison

St

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$999,000

117

 

Joanne

Way

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 11:00 AM

4:00 PM

$1,129,000

114

N

Berteau

Ave

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 10:00 AM

12:00 PM

$1,249,000

236

E

South

St

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 01:00 PM

3:00 PM

$1,289,000

182

E

Orchard

St

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 12:00 PM

2:00 PM

$1,299,000

182

E

Orchard

St

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 12:00 PM

2:00 PM

$1,299,000

160

 

Joanne

Way

Elmhurst

09/16/2017 11:00 AM

4:00 PM

$1,419,000

160

 

Joanne

Way

Elmhurst

09/17/2017 11:00 AM

4:00 PM

$1,419,000

Elmhurst featured in Chicago magazine as one of best suburbs

by Thomas Makinney

 

Chicago magazine is once again turning the spotlight on Elmhurst.

This month’s edition profiles Elmhurst and all that the city offers. Calling Elmhurst “the most interesting suburb,” the article gives accolades to the variety of shops, restaurants, and destinations.

Elmhurst College is noted for not only its age (145 years and counting) but also for its strong academic programs, variety of public talks and concerts, and the fact that Martin Luther King Jr. once hosted a talk there.

The piece highlights our museums—Elmhurst Art Museum, Lizzardro Museum of Lapidary Art, and the Elmhurst History Museum.

Elmhurst is particularly lucky (and proud) to be the home to one of two famed architect’s designs: Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. McCormick House, designed by van der Rohe, is currently undergoing a renovation to bring it back to more of its original design. It is part of the Elmhurst Art Museum.

There is also our beautiful Wilder Park, the Elmhurst version of Central Park, surrounded by museums and home to a playground, youth sports fields, and beautiful trees and flowers.

Popular shops highlighted in the article include Bob James Magic Shop, Main Street Candy and Toys, and RedE boutique. And restaurants, from iconic Hamburger Heaven to the upscale One Fifty One and newbie Red Arrow Tap Room, get a nod as well.

And let’s not forget that Elmhurst also knows how to throw a party. As the article notes, our St. Patrick’s Day parade is one of the best and most popular in all of the area. If you can’t wait that long, the Elmhurst Craft Beer Festival will be held Sept 16 on the grounds of the Elmhurst History Museum. And Sept. 30 is the Homecoming game at Elmhurst College against Augustana College.

All of us at the Gracik Makinney Group know what a special town Elmhurst really is, for all the reasons listed in the article and so many more (great schools, amazing parks, public transportation). There’s really something for everyone. To find out more, give us a call at (630) 441-5570 or visit our website, www.gmregroup.com.

Elmhurst Open House List for Sept. 9-10

by Thomas Makinney


 

218 S Monterey Ave

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$364,000

331 W Hillside Ave

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$379,000

322 E North Ave

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$425,000

302 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$425,000

285 N Highview Ave

Elmhurst

09/09/2017

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$429,000

438 N Elm Ave

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$449,000

369 E Parkview Ave

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$479,900

265 N Illinois St

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$499,000

474 W Third St

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$505,000

687 S Spring Rd

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$518,900

828 S Stratford Ave

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$527,000

636 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$595,000

250 W St Charles Rd

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$629,900

256 E Forest Ave

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$658,000

477 W 2nd St

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$685,000

374 E Aberdeen Ct

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$719,900

115 N Highland Ave

Elmhurst

09/09/2017

12:00-2:00 PM

$789,000

180 S Lawndale Ave

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$795,000

396 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

12:00-3:00 PM

$829,000

521 S Saylor Ave

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$859,900

601 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$889,000

991 S Mitchell Ave

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$899,000

106 E Oneida Ave

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$950,000

141 N Caroline Ave

Elmhurst

09/09/2017

12:00-2:00 PM

$979,900

221 E Madison St

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$999,000

117 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$1,129,000

148 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,139,000

148 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/09/2017

2:00-4:00 PM

$1,139,000

144 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

144 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/09/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

114 N Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

09/09/2017

10:00-12:00 PM

$1,249,000

114 N Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

10:00-12:00 PM

$1,249,000

969 S Mitchell Ave

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$1,250,000

245 N Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

09/09/2017

11:00AM-2:00 PM

$1,300,000

160 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/10/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,419,000

160 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/09/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,419,000

1 Elm Creek Dr

Elmhurst

09/09/2017

11:00AM-3:00 PM

$3,850/mo

 

District 205 implements changes this school year

by Thomas Makinney


The new school year is well underway now with some a few modifications being implemented to curriculum and scheduling.

Middle school students will experience the biggest changes. Beginning this week, every middle school student will participate in a daily “acceleration” period—a 30-minute period that students can utilize in a variety of ways.

The period is designed to be flexible. Students can receive additional academic support or select enrichment options. Or they can choose from a variety of topics based on their interests and what they would like to learn more about.

Each enrichment session lasts three weeks, and class choices will be developed by teachers but driven by student interests. Suggestions include computer programming, coding, college and career explorations, and STEM topics (science, technology, engineering, math).

Other changes in middle school scheduling include the implementation of a “modified block schedule.” This year, every student will have 75 minutes of English/language arts and 75 minutes of math every day. They will have PE every day for 40 minutes, a unified art every day for 40 minutes, and a world language every day for 40 minutes, as well as the daily 30-minute acceleration period.

Prior to this year, each class met daily for 45 minutes.

Other changes to the district 205 curriculums include the adoption of Eureka Math, which will replace Everyday Math. The district piloted the program last year before rolling it out this year.

In addition, the district added three more late-start days to middle and elementary schools: October, February, and April.

All changes are a reflection of the changing ways students learn and the impact of technology in their lives. District administrators and teachers are constantly looking for the best ways to help students adapt and not only learn relevant skills but also develop critical thinking and thought processes.

Elmhurst schools are consistently ranked among the highest in the state and are just one of the many reasons that Elmhurst is a great place to live. To find out more, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at www.gmregroup.com. 

Elmhurst Open House List for Sept 2-3

by Thomas Makinney

Come visit us on Sunday at 749 S. Fairview Ave.

412 E Allison St

Elmhurst

09/03/2017

12:00 -2:00 PM

$425,000

878 S Poplar Ave

Elmhurst

09/03/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$535,000

308 N Highland Ave

Elmhurst

09/03/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$599,900

749 S Fairview Ave

Elmhurst

09/03/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$925,000

117 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/03/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,129,000

148 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/02/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,139,000

148 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/03/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,139,000

258 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

09/03/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,175,000

144 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/03/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

144 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/02/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

160 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/03/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,419,000

160 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

09/02/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,419,000

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