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Residents show up to discuss proposed P.E. and music changes

by Thomas Makinney

Proposed changes to school curricula and policy drew Elmhurst residents to a long and well-populated school board meeting on Nov. 14.

The two issues that received the most heated discussion were the proposal to move the middle school band, orchestra, and choir practice from a before-school activity to an in-school elective, and a physical education waiver for students already participating in sports in grades seventh to twelfth.

More than 100 people attended the meeting to speak for and against both proposed changes.

The current scheduling of band, orchestra, and choir requires those students to be at school every day nearly an hour before regular classes begin. The district is hoping to alleviate a high dropout rate of students in these programs between grade school (when students go after school once a week) and middle school.

However, changing that schedule would mean that band, orchestra, and choir programs would count as an elective and drastically reduce the amount of other electives that those students could take.

The physical education waiver also inspired heated opinions. The proposal was ultimately shelved partly due to the late hour and partly due to the lack of information about how it would be implemented. Middle schools do not have any policies in place to handle P.E. waivers. Currently at high school, only varsity athletes are exempt from daily P.E. classes.

Other items on the agenda included a waiver to allow for fees to cover driver’s education and to set a fee not to exceed $325. The current fee is $245.

The meeting lasted more than four hours and discussion will continue at the next meeting on Dec. 12.

Here at Gracik Makinney, we’re proud of the community involvement from parents and residents and the welcome reception they receive from both the city council and school board. To find out more about Elmhurst issues, reach out to us at (630) 441-5570 or email us through our website, www.gmgregroup.com.

 

Elmhurst Open House List for Nov. 19

by Thomas Makinney

662 S Hawthorne Ave., Elmhurst

165 S. Sunnyside Ave., Elmhurst

274 E. Oneida Ave., Elmhurst

445 S Parkside Ave., Elmhurst

549 W Armitage Ave

Elmhurst

11/19/2017

12:00-2:00 PM

$339,000

210 N Addison Ave

Elmhurst

11/19/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$345,000

813 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

11/19/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$359,900

945 S Parkside Ave

Elmhurst

11/19/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$365,000

322 E North Ave

Elmhurst

11/19/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$389,000

15W776 Lexington

Elmhurst

11/19/2017

12:30-2:30 PM

$425,000

101 W Madison St

Elmhurst

11/19/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$475,000

160 S Poplar Ave

Elmhurst

11/19/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$499,500

662 S Hawthorne Ave

Elmhurst

11/19/2017

2:00-4:00 PM

$894,800

165 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

11/19/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$900,000

126 Melrose Ave

Elmhurst

11/19/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$900,000

221 E Madison St

Elmhurst

11/19/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$969,000

117 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

11/19/2017

11:00AM-2:00 PM

$1,129,000

140 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

11/18/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,129,000

140 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

11/19/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,129,000

111 N Richard Ave

Elmhurst

11/19/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,250,000

274 E Oneida Ave

Elmhurst

11/19/2017

2:00-4:00 PM

$1,275,000

445 S Parkside Ave

Elmhurst

11/19/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,370,000

662 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

11/19/2017

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$1,625,000

Elmhurst Open House List for Nov. 11-12

by Thomas Makinney

165 S Sunnyside Ave., Elmhurst

Sunday, 1:00-3:00

180 E Park Ave

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$248,500

716 Eastland St

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

1:00-:00 PM

$259,000

928 S Stratford Ave

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$319,900

632 W Comstock Ave

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$345,000

928 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$378,000

558 S Hillcrest Ave

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$435,000

982 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$449,000

732 S Euclid Ave

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$450,000

760 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

12:00-2:00 PM

$478,900

760 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

11/11/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$478,900

141 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$519,900

312 S Lawndale Ave

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$600,000

256 E Forest Ave

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$649,900

657 N West Ave

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

2:00-4:00 PM

$710,000

180 S Lawndale Ave

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$774,900

255 E Forest Ave

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$779,900

860 S Colfax Ave

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$799,900

299 W Claremont St

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$840,000

165 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$900,000

221 E Madison St

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$969,000

141 N Caroline St

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

12:00-3:00 PM

$969,900

141 N Caroline St

Elmhurst

11/11/2017

12:00-3:00 PM

$969,900

117 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

11/11/2017

12:00-2:00 PM

$1,129,000

148 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,139,000

148 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

11/11/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,139,000

258 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

11/11/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,140,000

144 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

11/11/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

144 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

969 S Mitchell Ave

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$1,250,000

182 E Orchard St

Elmhurst

11/12/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,299,000

776 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

11/11/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$2,100

Elmhurst Open House List for Nov. 4-5

by Thomas Makinney

110 E Diversey Ave

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$215,000

218 S Monterey Ave

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$319,000

207 N West Ave

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$379,900

322 E North Ave

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$389,000

290 N Clinton Ave

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$405,000

947 S Fern Ave

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$424,000

265 N Illinois St

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$489,000

264 N Evergreen Ave

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$499,900

835 S Stratford Ave

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$529,000

591 S Fern Ave

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$559,000

384 S West Ave

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$559,000

105 E May St

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$850,000

601 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$889,000

106 E Oneida Ave

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$940,000

408 E Huntington Ln

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$949,000

221 E Madison St

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$969,000

141 N Caroline St

Elmhurst

11/04/2017

12:00-3:00 PM

$969,900

141 N Caroline St

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

12:00-3:00 PM

$969,900

148 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,139,000

148 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

11/04/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,139,000

144 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

144 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

11/04/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

114 N Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

11/04/2017

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$1,215,000

114 N Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

10:00AM-12:00 PM

$1,215,000

111 N Richard Ave

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,250,000

532 N Oaklawn Ave

Elmhurst

11/05/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,325,000

Elmhurst Open House List for Oct. 28-29

by Thomas Makinney


274 E Oneida Ave., Elmhurst

Sunday, 1:00-3:00 PM

961 S Kent Ave

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

12:00-3:00 PM

$289,900

700 S Spring Rd

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$300,000

181 S West Ave

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$370,000

765 S Spring Rd

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$397,500

369 E North Ave

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

11:00AM-2:00 PM

$440,000

982 S Bryan St

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$449,000

265 N Illinois St

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$489,000

160 S Poplar Ave

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$499,500

774 S Euclid Ave

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

12:00-2:00 PM

$564,999

312 S Lawndale Ave

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$600,000

822 S Hillside Ave

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$749,900

180 S Lawndale Ave

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$774,900

255 E Forest Ave

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$779,900

141 N Caroline St

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

12:00-3:00 PM

$969,900

141 N Caroline St

Elmhurst

10/28/2017

12:00-3:00 PM

$969,900

221 E Madison St

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$989,000

148 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

10/28/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,139,000

148 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,139,000

144 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

144 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

10/28/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,189,000

114 N Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$1,215,000

114 N Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

10/28/2017

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$1,215,000

111 N Richard Ave

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,250,000

274 E Oneida Ave

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,275,000

236 E South St

Elmhurst

10/29/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,289,000

Residents encouraged to vote for reduced aircraft noise over Elmhurst

by Thomas Makinney


The City of Elmhurst is hoping residents will take five minutes to fill out a survey voicing concern over the increased airplane noise in Elmhurst.

Elmhurst’s relative proximity yet distance to O’Hare is part of what makes our city appealing for people who travel frequently. Yet a recent change of runways has made the noise level not so appealing. And if you feel like you were hearing more planes flying overhead in early October, you weren’t imaging it.

The Chicago Department of Aviation’s Runway Rotation Plan (RFP) conducted what they dubbed “Fly Quiet” testing in early October to analyze the shared impact of aircraft noise in neighborhoods surrounding O’Hare. The tests encouraged pilots and air traffic controllers to use designated nighttime runways.

One test rotation in this program impacts specific areas in Elmhurst, with a significant increase in nighttime airplane noise compared to the other tests. Residents in certain areas may have heard low-flying planes during the overnight hours.

The Department of Aviation will be analyzing the results of those tests through community feedback and an RFP survey. If the department does not hear enough feedback from Elmhurst residents, they may decide to make this route the designated nighttime runway.

If you have not already done so, please visit www.elmhurst.org/voiceconcern to fill out the brief survey. The city recommends that residents respond to questions #15 and #21 with a “No.”

If you prefer to call, please reach out to (800) 435-9569 to voice your concern.

Even residents who are not in the direct flight path are encouraged to speak up for the city of Elmhurst.

Here at Gracik Makinney, we know that the proximity to O’Hare is both a blessing and a challenge. We applaud the city of Elmhurst for encouraging residents to get involved. If you have any questions about this or any part of life in Elmhurst, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit our website, www.gmregroup.com.

 

Elmhurst Open House List for Oct. 21-22

by Thomas Makinney
 
We will be hosting 451 N. Laverne Ave. in Hillside
Sunday, 1:00-3:00 PM
 

110 E Diversey Ave

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$219,000

451 N Laverne Ave

Hillside

10/22/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$225,000

415 N Ridgeland Ave

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$289,900

961 S Kent Ave

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$289,900

225 E Fremont Ave

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$299,900

582 N West Ave

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$329,900

218 S Monterey Ave

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$338,000

815 S Kearsage Ave

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

12:00-2:00 PM

$369,000

181 S West Ave

Elmhurst

10/21/2017

12:00-3:00 PM

$370,000

181 S West Ave

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$370,000

394 W Avery St

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$385,000

765 S Spring Rd

Elmhurst

10/21/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$397,500

765 S Spring Rd

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$397,500

412 E Allison St

Elmhurst

10/21/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$400,000

15W776 Lexington St

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

12:30-2:30 PM

$425,000

101 W Madison St

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

11:00AM-2:00 PM

$475,000

265 N Illinois St

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$489,000

160 S Poplar Ave

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$499,500

637 W Babcock Ave

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$600,000

256 E Forest Ave

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$649,900

822 S Hillside Ave

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

2:00-4:00 PM

$749,900

180 S Lawndale Ave

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$774,000

15w104 E Harvard St

Elmhurst

10/21/2017

1:00-4:00 PM

$799,900

521 S Saylor Ave

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$834,900

601 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$889,000

221 E Madison St

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

1:00-3:00 PM

$989,000

117 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

12:00-3:00 PM

$1,129,000

148 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

10/22/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,139,000

148 Joanne Way

Elmhurst

10/21/2017

11:00AM-4:00 PM

$1,139,000

 

Elmhurst District 205 ranked one of best in state

by Thomas Makinney


Elmhurst Unified School District 205 was recently ranked one of the top ten best school districts in Illinois. Coming in at number eight, the district received straight As for academics, teachers, clubs and activities, college prep, and health and safety.
 
The rankings were based on analysis of statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and parent/student reviews. Schools were rated and given grades in academics, teachers, culture and diversity, health and safety, resources and facilities, clubs and activities, and sports. Information was also analyzed from parent/student surveys.
 
Just ahead of District 205, Hinsdale Township District 86 came in at number seven, and Niles Township District 219 came in after us at number nine.
 
In high school rankings, York High School received an A+ and was ranked #32 out of 659 high schools in Illinois, private and public.
 
The top ten school districts in Illinois listed in order are: New Trier Township High School District 203, Community High School District 128 (Vernon Hills), Naperville Community Unit School District 203, Barrington Community Unit School District 220, Glenbrook Schools District 225, Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 (Aurora), Hinsdale Township High School District 86, Elmhurst School District 205, Niles Township Community High School District 219, and Community Unit School District 200 (Wheaton).
 
Information was compiled by Niche.com, a website that analyzes dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for K-12 schools, colleges, and places to live. To learn more about the rankings of school districts, visit  https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-school-districts.
 
Strong schools are one of the main considerations that people take into account when buying a home, and we’re proud that Elmhurst schools have consistently ranked among the best. To find out more about our schools and our city, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at www.gmregroup.com.

IC Prep enjoying renovations

by Thomas Makinney
 
IC Catholic Prep is enjoying a fresh start this fall season. Renovations were recently completed on the high school’s main floor and fine arts space.
 
The original structure remained the same but parts of it were spruced up and classrooms accommodated to reflect 21st century learning.
 
Renovation for the main floor was donated by the estate of Gerald Nelson, a Class of 1950 alumnus. The project included interior design changes for five classrooms, the main office, the principal’s office, the faculty room, and the hallway. A new PA speaker system was also installed.
 
Updates included new carpeting in the hallway and contemporary LVT plank flooring in classrooms, main office, faculty room, as well as sun-blocking roller shades and LED lighting. In the classrooms, whiteboards replaced chalkboards, and rooms were outfitted with new desks, chairs, and storage cabinets. Walls, lockers, and doorways got a fresh coat of paint, and the original woodwork on entry doors and classroom cabinets were refinished and given new hardware.
 
Dedication of the new McDonnell Center for the Arts will take place on Nov. 1. Funding for that renovation was donated by the family of Rev. Joe McDonnell, pastor at St. John of the Cross in Western Springs until his death in June 2016.
 
The arts center is located in the basement of the parish administration center. The art room received a new resin floor, which is able to withstand various art forms such as ceramics, new LED lighting, blinds, audio-visual equipment, and drawing desks and stools.
 
IC Catholic Prep is the oldest Catholic, co-educational college prep high school in DuPage County. Located across from Elmhurst’s beautiful Wilder Park, it serves students from 35 communities.
 
Here at Gracik Makinney, we’re proud of the excellent educational opportunities for students in both the private and public realm. To find out more about our schools and our city, reach out through our website, www.gmregroup.com, or call us at(630) 441-5570.

Lending a Helping Hand to a Worthy Freshman

by Thomas Makinney

One of the best features of Elmhurst residents is their spirit of generosity. It’s hard to find a weekend without a fundraiser or volunteer event going on. Whether its within our own community, the nearby impoverished neighborhoods in Chicago, or around the globe, Elmhurst residents are willing to do what it takes to lend a hand.

Here at Gracik Makinney, we embody that same spirit. Usually we give quietly, either financially or with our time. But sometimes a story comes along that makes us want to share it. And so we present Josh Jones.

Josh is currently a freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. But unlike many Elmhurst residents, college was not a given. Josh grew up in the far south side of Chicago under difficult circumstances and without a strong support system. But Josh always knew he wanted something more. Not only did he attend school regularly, but beginning his junior year, he enrolled in AP classes and spent time before and after school getting to know his teachers and getting involved. He earned extra money by helping whenever someone needed an odd job done—from moving furniture to construction demolition.

He received a scholarship to U. of I., but a scholarship is only the beginning. Through an effort spearheaded by one of his teachers, Josh was able to get outfitted with new clothes and dorm supplies. All of us at Gracik Makinney donated a laptop for him to bring to school.

Josh is thriving in college and is excited to start making a dream that once seemed impossible, a reality. If you’re interested in donating, please reach out to us and we’ll help you get in touch. You can reach us at (630) 441-5570 or reach out through our website, www.gmregroup.com


 

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