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Elmhurst IL Shows Off With Elmhurst Green Fest

by Thomas Makinney

I have mentioned in a past blog about Elmhurst's dedication to being a green community. Elmhurst’s beautiful exterior, along with its resident’s strong ideals, begs for it to be a leader in the green movement. This upcoming Saturday July 31st, Elmhurst, IL is ready to really show its green side for the third annual Elmhurst Green Fest!

The town of Elmhurst has made one valiant effort to help you reduce your impact on the environment and contribute to a more sustainable community.

With fun, educational activities, this would be the perfect opportunity to get the kids excited about the environment – and possibly even motivate yourself to be more environmentally sound. There will be eco-friendly product and service exhibits to explore, a recycling drop-off and various presentations and speakers.

The Recycling Boutique is your chance to get rid of un-needed junk in your home, and put it to better use. Floppy discs, bicycles, VCRs, crayons, books, old cell phones - things you would never imagine to be "recyclable material" are in high demand at this event. 

Project Green is Elmhurst's program to help residents understand energy usage in the community. They are holding a variety of presentations and activities such as reducing home energy usage, composting tips, kid’s art with recycled materials, Tai Chi, and much more. This organization really has thought of everything!

So this July 31st, take friends, take family, or just take yourself to Wilder Park. Stroll through the exhibits and presentations to a background of live folk music and enter to win door prizes and giveaways. And don't forget to bring all of your recyclables!

The time and energy that the Elmhurst community has put into this festival is astounding. It is a well-thought-out event that is a resource of information and an inspiration to the community. At the same time, it is not surprising at all. We wouldn't expect anything less from the community-involved residents of Elmhurst. If this sounds like you're kind of town, give us a call. We would love to show off our green community.

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 July 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.

Tom and Maria
Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
Phone: 630-617-6014
Email: Tom@MariaandTom.com | Maria@MariaandTom.com
www.gmregroup.com
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Getting Involved in Your Elmhurst, IL Community

by Thomas Makinney

Remember Student Council and Science Club, Soccer Club and Event Planning committees? Most of us think the days of clubs and organizations are long gone along with the high school prom. Not so when you live in a community as forward-thinking and citizen-involved as Elmhurst, Illinois.

We have compiled a short list of great organizations to get involved in, whether you are just moving to Elmhurst, IL, or you have lived here all your life. Some help a good cause, some are culturally stimulating, and some are just pure fun. Either way, getting involved is often the best way to get to know your neighbors and really fall in love with your Elmhurst community, all while making a difference.

Rotary Club of Elmhurst
http://www.elmhurstrotary.com/
The world's first service club organization, the Rotary International is one of the best ways to get involved in your Elmhurst community. The Elmhurst Rotary Club makes a big impact in Elmhurst and beyond. One of the organizations that they support is Oprah's Angel Network. They meet at the Wilder Mansion, 211 S. Prospect Avenue, across the street from Elmhurst College. They welcome visiting Rotarians and guests on Thursday meetings at noon. Call the Park District at 630/833-5064 for driving instructions.

Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst
http://elmhurstkiwanisclub.org/index.php?cat=20&type=news
The goal of any Kiwanis International organization is to change the world, one community and one child at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst is very dedicated to helping serve the children of the community, holding multiple fundraisers throughout the year. Throughout its existence, Central DuPage Kiwanis has donated to more than 110 charities in Glen Ellyn and the surrounding communities. They meet every Tuesday at noon at Francesca's Amici in Elmhurst, IL.

The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra
http://www.elmhurstsymphony.org/Default.aspx
This may not be a club that you can join on a whim if your goal is to actually play for the Elmhurst Symphony (ESO) itself, but it is one that is eager to accept volunteers so that they can continue to provide the Elmhurst community with wonderful symphonic music at an affordable price. Originating all the way back to the 1920s, the ESO is steeped in history and has really evolved to become a premier Orchestra – right in Elmhurst’s backyard.

The People for Elmhurst Parks Foundation
http://www.epd.org/pep/index.asp
If you're an outdoorsy person by nature, or just wish to see your children or the future generation step away from the video games and get outside and play, then The People for Elmhurst Parks (PEP) is the perfect organization for you. Since its inception in 1985, PEP has raised over $350,000 to help complete projects such as Safety Town, The Spring Road Gazebo, and the York Commons Skate Park.

Chicagoland Childfree Couples and Singles
http://www.meetup.com/ChildFree-WSChicago/
This is one of the fun ones we mentioned earlier. For those of you who do not have children, do not intend to have children, and have a hard time meeting like-minded people, this one is for you. This is a social networking tool to meet other childfree people, share childfree experiences and make friends with others who have chosen a childfree lifestyle. The intent and goal of the group is a safe and fun environment to plan and attend social events for childfree people.

Networking TEAM
http://www.networkingteam.net/
This group of professional business owners and entrepreneurs is ideal for small business owners trying to get their name out there and eager to meet up with other business owners, but also employees of larger corporations that wish to network for their business. Share success stories and learn from others trials and tribulations in the business world.

There are plenty more Elmhurst organizations than mentioned here, but there is just not enough space to fit them all. We would be happy to provide you with more ways to get involved in your Elmhurst community. Just ask!  We're here to help.

Tom and Maria
Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
Phone: 630-617-6014
Email: Tom@MariaandTom.com | Maria@MariaandTom.com
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A 4th of July to Remember in DuPage County IL

by Thomas Makinney

In a community like Elmhurst IL, children young and old can't help but get excited for the 4th of July. Summer is officially in full swing, backyard barbecue's are being fired up, and children are unwrapping their firecracker collections.   

If you don't quite know your plans yet, we’ve compiled a list below of all the events and happenings available in Elmhurst IL and the surrounding DuPage County.


Elmhurst Running Club's "4 On the 3rd"

Date: Saturday, July 3rd
Time: 7:15 am
4 On the 3rd Website
Lace up your running shoes and work off those burgers before the festivities begin on this 4 mile run to celebrate the 4th of July in true health nut style.

LibertyFest
Date: Saturday, July 3rd and Sunday, July 4th
Time: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Redmond Park, Bensenville, IL
This is an all encompassing festival of everything patriotic, filled with the perfect combination of summer activities, brought to you by the communities of Bensenville, Wood Dale and Elmhurst.

Starting off at 10 am on July 3rd is the parade that goes from the Bensenville Town Center to Redmond Park. Once at Redmond Park, fill up at the “Taste of the Towns” featuring cuisine from all three communities. There is plenty to keep the kids busy with circus performers eager to teach kids their skills, a figure skating demonstration, free public skate, a fishing derby and caricaturists. Sunday's schedule brings the John Kurtz 5K Run, free pony rides, bingo, and the Beatles tribute band, American English. Finally - what we've all been waiting for - fireworks are set off at 9:30 pm!

Patriotic Celebration
Date: Sunday, July 4th
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Place: Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd, Wheaton, IL
The parade kicks off at noon on the Cantigny Parade Field. Sack races, inflatable’s, all sorts of games, and a chance to ring the liberty bell or sign the Declaration of Independence are sure to get the kids excited. The rest of the day is filled with Patriotism - from Revolutionary War re-enactments and a performance by the Southwest Community Concert Band, to decorated strollers, bicycles and scooters.

Summer is a great time to be in DuPage County! There's so much to do that the hardest part is deciding where to start. Fourth of July is that iconic holiday that really brings the community together. It's a time to catch up with old neighbors and meet new ones. If you're looking to move to Elmhurst or DuPage County, please give us a call. It's not a question of whether you'll like it here - it's a question of how long it will take you to make the leap and take a look around at this amazing Elmhurst IL and DuPage County Area Real Estate.

Tom and Maria
Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
Phone: 630-617-6014
Email: Tom@MariaandTom.com | Maria@MariaandTom.com
www.gmregroup.com
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Watch Your Elmhurst Garden Grow

by Thomas Makinney

The homes in Elmhurst and the surrounding DuPage County area boast some of the most beautiful landscaping in Illinois. When you live in the Chicagoland area, you know how important that window of time is when you can get outside, get your hands dirty, plant your bulbs and seeds, and watch your gardens grow. There are so many gardening aficionados in Elmhurst, that we even have an Elmhurst Garden Club.

To keep your Elmhurst garden looking its best for you and all your neighbors, here are a few tips from the Illinois Certified Nursery Professionals.

•    Mow your lawn a little taller than you may think to keep the turf healthier. A healthy turf can better withstand drought and weeds. Stay within 3-4" tall.

•    June is the time to begin fertilizing your annual flowers and roses. Roses need to be fertilized once every 30 days. Other flowers depend on the heat. The hotter it is, the less you fertilize.

•    Do not cut, tie, or destroy foliage from bulbs that have finished flowering. They are currently in the stages of making food for next year's flowers. You will want to wait until the end of June when the leaves turn brown and dry up.

•    You can still plant annuals, perennials, shrubs, and most trees. The planting season can go all the way up to the beginning of fall.

•    For water gardens, cut back on feeding your fish. When it gets really hot, try not to feed them at all. Make sure 50% or more of the surface of the water is covered with lush plant material to provide the fish shade.

•    Apply chemicals with caution! The same chemicals that kill the undesirable insects also kill the beautiful butterflies. To attract the butterflies, provide larval food plants.

After the day is said and done, pour yourself a drink, add an umbrella and fruit garnish, and admire your work. The lawn isn't just on display for the neighbors. It’s one of the best things about owning a home. A beautiful Elmhurst homeDream Home in Elmhurst with a garden to call your own, don't hesitate to call us. deserves a beautiful Elmhurst garden and lawn. If you are looking for your

Tom and Maria
Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
Phone: 630-617-6014
Email: Tom@MariaandTom.com | Maria@MariaandTom.com
www.gmregroup.com
Our Featured Properties
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Elmhurst, IL June 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.

The Elmhurst Community Relays for Life

by Thomas Makinney

Donate To Koenig and Strey - The Schiller Office- Relay for Life Team #1

We are lacing up our walking shoes, packing the caffeine, and doing everything we can to raise as much money as we can for the American Cancer Society.

That's right. We are team Koenig and Strey - the Schiller Office, Relaying for Life. And we are asking you for your help. Please click here to donate to our team.

Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. These are the three goals of American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. For those of you who don't know, the event is a 24 hour relay, in which teams of people camp out at local high schools, parks, or fairgrounds and take turns walking around a track or path. Because cancer never sleeps, either do the Relay participants - each team must have a representative on the track at all times during the event.

The Elmhurst community will gather this June 19th-20th once again at Berens Park to honor and remember their family and friends that have been struck with cancer. Teams of cancer survivors and their families, corporations, clubs, hospitals and churches lap the Berens Park track lined with thousands of luminary bags that light up the night.

People make lifelong connections and emotions run high. Participants who may never have been touched by cancer are happy to join and learn something new, while others who have find new friends who understand their plight. It's a long night, but it's worth every minute. The funds raised help support the American Cancer Society's programs of research, education and service to patients and their families.

This is one of our favorite events because there is nothing like bringing the Elmhurst community together to one place for such a good cause. Even if you can’t participate the whole day, we encourage you to stop by and see it for yourself. It's sure to make you proud to be a part of such a giving community.

Tom and Maria
Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
Phone: 630-617-6014
Email: Tom@MariaandTom.com | Maria@MariaandTom.com
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BRING THE KIDS: Your Summer Savior in DuPage County

by Thomas Makinney

Keep the munchkins moving this summer!  Give the babysitter some time off and load up the car, DuPage County has much to offer the whole family this season. 

From infants to age 10, the Hamill Family Zoo feeds the need to get a “feel” for the animals, literally.  You won’t find ‘Do Not Tap the Glass’ signs here, as children are encouraged to interact with the live animals, build animal homes, search for animal tracks, and play all day.  Don’t worry mom, the lions and tigers are not invited to this part of zoo. 

Trying to get your too-cool-teen to participate in some family time?  Try Whirlyball in Lombard!  This fun game combines lacrosse, hockey and basketball with bumper cars in an indoor facility with sports bar, pool tables, and 17 flat screen TVs.

Dad, never let a challenge go unmet!  Show your kids what you’ve got at the Daddy Olympics, hosted by the Coral Cove Water Park in Carol Stream on Fathers Day, June 20th from noon to 5pm.  If you’re feeling victorious (or in need of redemption), Coyote Crossing is offering free Mini Golf for all fathers.
Need to keep the kids busy while you sit this one out?  The DuPage Children’s Museum offers mini-camps for ages 7-10, designed for hands-on exploration to keep the wheels turning.  Sessions are Monday through Thursday from 9 am to noon, starting June 21st.


Mark a d ate on the calendar between June 30 and July 4th for the 29th Annual Eyes to the Skies Festival in Lisle featuring a children’s area, petting zoo, and fun for all ages.


Before class is back in session, don’t miss the DuPage County Fair, July 21st-25th, with children’s attractions each day including Kid Buck’s Game Show, Buttons the Clown, Balsters Magic Show, and more.

If you don't yet live in DuPage County and are considering a relocation, contact us for more information.  Elmhurst and its surrounding cities have a lot to offer, and we'd be happy to introduce you to a community you'll truly enjoy being a part of. 

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

www.gmregroup.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.

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