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Elmhurst College to Become Elmhurst University

by Thomas Makinney

A big but not-so-big change is in store for Elmhurst College, which will soon become Elmhurst University.

In June 2020, Elmhurst College will officially become Elmhurst University. The college’s board of trustees approved the name change on June 15, and it will go into effect one year before the school’s 150th anniversary in 2021. However, the core values and programs of the school will remain intact.

Elmhurst College currently offers 20 master’s degrees graduate certificate programs, and the name change better reflects that depth and breadth. The college hopes the name change will enhance recruitment and name recognition amongst international, graduate, and nontraditional students, as well as reduce misconceptions of potential employers, assist in academic and partnership opportunities, and allow for greater opportunities for participation in international and other off-campus programs.

The plan has been in the works for more than three years. In 2016, President Troy D. VanAken initiated a strategic planning process in anticipation of the school’s sesquicentennial anniversary. In 2018, college administrators began holding a series of meetings and discussions before making the change, consulting with faculty, staff, and students, as well as the board of trustees and alumni groups. The recommendation went through a series of campus groups before going to the board of trustees for final approval.

Current graduate degrees include master’s programs in business administration (MBA), industrial/organizational psychology, early childhood education, special education, nursing, occupational therapy, and computer information technology. Graduate certificate programs include data science, project management, and market research.

The school formed an advisory committee, which includes board members, faculty, staff, students, and alumni—to lead the transition and ensure that all stakeholders have a say and understanding of the planning and implementation of the change.

Elmhurst College has always been a strong school, recognized nationally by external ranking surveys, such as U.S. News and World Reports. The emphasis on academics, a liberal arts education, and professional preparation will remain unchanged.

Having a college/university right in our center is one aspect of what makes Elmhurst so culturally unique. The programs it offers and the variety of students who attend add to the energy and vigor of the city.

To learn more about life in Elmhurst, reach out to us anytime at (630) 441-5570 or via our website, www.gmregroup.com.

Elmhurst Open House List for June 22-23

by Thomas Makinney


137 Melrose Ave, Elmhurst


665 S Berkley Ave, Elmhurst


106 N Myrtle Ave, Elmhurst


740 S Fairview Ave, Elmhurst

5757 W Cornelia Ave, Chicago

197 W Armitage Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$165,000

947 N York St

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$195,000

207 N West Ave

Elmhurst

06/22/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$325,000

131 S Pick Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$344,900

308 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

11:30AM-2:00 PM

$349,000

137 E Wilson St

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$354,000

123 N Avon Rd

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$375,000

197 W Butterfield Rd

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

12:30-2:00 PM

$379,000

918 S Cambridge Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

12:30-3:00 PM

$379,000

963 Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$399,900

310 N Geneva Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$415,000

628 S Fairview Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$425,000

137 Melrose Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$439,000

786 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$439,000

400 W Grantley Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$444,900

626 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$449,000

547 W Third St

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$450,000

220 N Oak St

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$459,900

515 E Atwood Ct

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$465,000

5757 W Cornelia Ave

Chicago

06/22/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$479,000

665 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$479,900

385 W Second St

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$520,000

385 W Elm Park Ave

Elmhurst

06/22/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$525,000

247 N Illinois St

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$545,000

405 W Second St

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$550,000

436 W Montrose Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$574,900

396 E Madison St

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$575,000

117 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

06/22/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$577,777

117 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$577,777

643 S Fern Ct

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$584,000

505 E Atwood Ct

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$590,000

369 E Marion St

Elmhurst

06/22/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$620,000

554 N Oaklawn Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$625,000

542 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$639,900

617 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$660,000

541 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$669,900

281 E Fullerton Ave

Elmhurst

06/22/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$699,000

148 S Grace Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$699,900

198 N Glenview Ave

Elmhurst

06/22/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$715,000

682 W Mary Ct

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$719,000

110 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$719,000

502 N Van Auken St

Elmhurst

06/22/2019

1:00-2:00 PM

$728,000

502 N Van Auken St

Elmhurst

06/22/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$728,000

444 S Hillside Ave

Elmhurst

06/22/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$739,900

164 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$759,000

273 S York St

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$779,000

900 S Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$799,000

916 S Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$805,000

106 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$819,000

740 S Fairview Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$825,000

675 W Mary Ct

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$839,000

462 N Ida Ln

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$844,000

593 W Comstock Ave

Elmhurst

06/22/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$850,000

593 W Comstock Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$850,000

424 N Emery Ln

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$884,900

594 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$899,900

185 N Highland Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$989,000

487 S Arlington Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,095,000

345 N Elm Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,095,000

469 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,229,000

286 E Adelia St

Elmhurst

06/22/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$1,329,000

286 E Adelia St

Elmhurst

06/23/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$1,329,000

Elmhurst Open House List for June 8-9

by Thomas Makinney

740 S Fairview Ave, Sunday, 1:00-3:00 PM

450 E Ridge Ave, Sunday, 1:00-3:00 PM


319 E Huntington Ln, Sunday 2:00-4:00 PM

665 S Berkley Ave, Sunday, 1:00-3:00

305 Ridgeland Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$269,900

323 E Butterfield Rd

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$279,900

471 N West Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$300,000

598 W Armitage Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

11:00-2:00 PM

$340,000

131 S Pick Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$344,900

308 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

06/08/2019

11:30AM-1:30 PM

$349,000

943 S Hawthorne Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$365,000

918 S Cambridge Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$389,000

386 E Huntington Ln

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$389,900

274 N Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

06/08/2019

11:30AM-1:30 PM

$389,900

343 E Butterfield Rd

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$395,000

963 Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$399,900

870 S Poplar Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$445,900

665 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$479,900

678 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$529,000

319 E Huntington Ln

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$535,000

220 N Addison Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

10:00AM-12:00 PM

$549,000

250 W Adams St

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$549,000

247 N Illinois St

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$560,000

247 N Illinois St

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$560,000

284 S Lawndale Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$599,000

333 Alexander Bvld

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$599,000

179 S Grace Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$599,000

222 N Addison Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$615,000

542 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$649,900

617 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$660,000

852 S Kent Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$674,900

201 N Evergreen Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$699,000

578 W Crockett Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$700,000

416 W Second St

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$719,416

381 S Cottage Hill Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$732,000

502 N Van Auken St

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$748,900

900 S Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$799,000

189 E May St

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$799,900

455 S Hawthorne Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$800,000

916 S Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$805,000

791 N Kenilworth Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$810,000

740 S Fairview Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$825,000

675 W Mary Ct

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$839,000

977 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

06/08/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$840,000

450 E Ridge Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$899,000

285 E Cayuga Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$925,000

501 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$929,000

383 N Kenilworth Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,159,000

469 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,229,000

265 N Clinton Ave

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,279,900

286 E Adelia St

Elmhurst

06/08/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$1,329,000

286 E Adelia St

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$1,329,000

232 E Adelia St

Elmhurst

06/09/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,375,000

Elmhurst Open House List for June 1-2

by Thomas Makinney


303 Ohio, Chicago, Sunday, 12:00-2:00


137 Melrose Ave, Elmhurst, Sunday, 2:00-4:00


106 N Myrtle Ave, Elmhurst, Sunday, 2:00-4:00

407 W Butterfield Rd

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$230,000

3N509 N Howard Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$299,800

242 S Monterey Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$309,900

893 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$329,900

308 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

11:30AM-2:30 PM

$369,000

434 N Ridgeland Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$394,800

628 S Fairview Ave

Elmhurst

06/01/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$425,000

303 W Ohio St #2902

Chicago

06/01/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$425,000

391 N Emroy Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$434,900

137 Melrose Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$439,000

786 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$439,000

155 E Quincy St

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$439,999

850 S Saylor Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$445,000

441 Argyle Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$449,900

133 E Adams St

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$450,000

298 S Grace St

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$459,900

303 E Harrison St

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:30-3:30 PM

$475,000

348 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$503,900

121 E Madison St

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$517,900

201 S York St

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$519,900

15W251 Fillmore St

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$529,900

678 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$539,000

490 E South St

Elmhurst

06/01/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$545,000

199 N Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$549,900

281 S Lawndale Ave

Elmhurst

06/01/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$569,900

436 W Montrose Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$574,900

321 S Chandler Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$575,000

117 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$577,777

148 E Knighton Pl

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$577,900

122 E Knighton Pl

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$579,900

470 W Third St

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$599,900

276 W Elm Park Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$599,900

333 Alexander Blvd

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$610,000

541 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$669,900

704 S Mitchell Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$695,000

148 S Grace Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$699,900

416 W Second St

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$719,416

957 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

06/01/2019

11:00-1:00 PM

$745,000

444 S Hillside Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:0AM0-3:00 PM

$750,000

164 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$789,000

900 S Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$804,000

106 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$819,000

825 S Hillside Ave

Elmhurst

06/01/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$869,000

501 S Sunnyside Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$929,000

487 S Arlington Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,175,900

271 E Third St

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:45-3:30 PM

$1,189,000

663 S Mitchell Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,195,000

383 N Kenilworth Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,250,000

253 E Oneida Ave

Elmhurst

06/01/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$1,259,000

251 Oaklawn Ave

Elmhurst

06/02/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,350,000

Elmhurst Open House List for May 25-26

by Thomas Makinney



197 W Armitage Ave

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$167,000

802 N Geneva Ave

Elmhurst

05/25/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$300,000

115 E North Ave

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$325,000

397 E Webster Ave

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$369,000

866 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$385,000

918 S Cambridge Ave

Elmhurst

05/25/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$389,000

371 E Webster Ave

Elmhurst

05/25/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$399,000

651 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

05/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$399,500

415 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$440,000

491 Dorchester Ave

Elmhurst

05/25/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$549,000

542 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

05/25/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$655,000

617 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$660,000

331 N Shady Ln

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$679,000

331 N Shady Ln

Elmhurst

05/25/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$679,000

502 N Van Auken St

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$728,900

502 N Van Auken St

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$728,900

380 S West Ave

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$829,000

462 N Ida Ln

Elmhurst

05/25/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$854,900

594 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

05/26/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$905,000

 

District 205 Starts Implementing Referendum Changes

by Thomas Makinney


District 205 is already making strides on its fall referendum mandates. The much-anticipated all-day kindergarten may begin much earlier than expected, at least for some schools. And new boundary lines have been finalized and approved for Edison School in a few years. 

The all-day kindergarten program is part of the district’s master facilities plan. The program was targeted to begin in the 2024-25 school year; however, district officials announced that Fischer Elementary could be ready to begin rolling out the program as soon as this fall. The school already hosts an all-day dual language program, an integrated Spanish-English curriculum that begins in kindergarten and continues through fifth grade.

Following Fischer, Emerson and Jefferson appear ready to begin rolling out the program for the 2020-2021 school year. Others may be ready by 2022.

Some kinks are still being worked out. Board members anticipate that students within the school boundaries would be given first priority, and the program would then open to others in the district if spots are still available.

In other forward-moving news, minor boundary adjustments have been finalized for Edison School. The adjustment won’t go into effect until June 2022, and they will boost Edison’s enrollment while easing some of the crowding at Jackson and Hawthorne.

No current families will be impacted, only families who move into a home after June 1, 2002, and fall within certain boundaries (i.e., the east side of York Avenue and north side of St. Charles Road and either side of Harrison Street, going north to the south side of Butterfield Road).

In other exciting District 205 news, York High School class of 2019 was the 100th graduating class! A great school keeps getting better.

Elmhurst District 205 consistently ranks among the best in the state, and we love that administrators are always looking forward and addressing changing needs. To find out more about our schools or about life in Elmhurst, call us at (630) 441-5570 or reach out via our website, www.gmregroup.com.

Elmhurst Open House List for May 18-19

by Thomas Makinney

303 W Ohio St., #2902, Chicago, Saturday 12:00-2:00


137 Melrose Ave, Elmhurst, Sunday, 2:00-4:00


785 S Fairfield Ave, Elmhurst, Sunday, 2:00-4:00


817 N Willow Rd, Elmhurst, Sunday, 1:00-3:00

150 E Grand Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$163,900

15W629 Grand Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$194,900

305 N Ridgeland Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$274,900

3N509 N Howard Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$299,800

242 S Monterey Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$309,900

802 N Geneva Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$310,000

471 N West Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$315,000

765 N Kenilworth Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$319,900

115 E North Ave

Elmhurst

05/18/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$325,000

396 W St. Charles Rd

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$344,900

131 S Pick Ave

Elmhurst

05/18/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$349,900

754 S Spring Rd

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$350,000

580 Willow Rd

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$360,000

397 E Webster Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$369,000

454 E Park Ave

Elmhurst

05/18/2019

10:00AM-12:00 PM

$389,000

549 E Park Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$389,000

963 Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$399,900

343 E Butterfield Rd

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$399,900

434 N Ridgeland Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$404,800

303 W Ohio St., #2902

Chicago

5/18/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$425,000

810 S Hillside Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$429,000

786 S Swain Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$439,000

137 Melrose Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$439,000

870 S Poplar Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$445,900

441 Argyle Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$449,900

391 N Emroy Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$449,900

390 S York St

Elmhurst

05/18/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$454,500

298 S Grace Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$459,900

582 S Washington St

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$470,000

613 S Parkside Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$479,900

526 S Hawthorne Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$484,900

15W103 Lexington St

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$529,900

490 E South St

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$545,000

250 W Adams St

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$549,000

199 N Berteau Ave

Elmhurst

05/18/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$549,900

220 N Addison Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

10:00AM-12:00 PM

$559,000

122 E Knighton Pl

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$579,900

281 S Lawndale Ave

Elmhurst

05/18/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$589,900

179 S Grace Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$599,000

643 S Fern Ct

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$599,000

117 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

05/18/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$599,000

333 Alexander Blvd

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$619,000

641 S Spring Rd

Elmhurst

05/18/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$619,000

470 W Third St

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$625,000

542 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$655,000

262 N Ridgeland Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$675,000

817 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$685,000

704 S Mitchell Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$695,000

788 S Stuart Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$699,000

785 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$710,500

416 W Second St

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$719,416

424 W Montrose Ave

Elmhurst

05/18/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$725,000

582 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$795,000

455 S Hawthorne Ave

Elmhurst

05/18/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$800,000

900 S Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$804,000

791 N Kenilworth Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

11:00AM-3:00 PM

$810,000

916 S Chatham Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$815,000

221 N Glenview Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$835,000

438 N Highland Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$839,900

977 S Fairfield Ave

Elmhurst

05/18/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$869,000

729 S Hawthorne Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$899,900

935 S Kirk Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$959,000

204 E May St

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,249,000

135 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,249,900

253 E Oneida Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,275,000

253 E Oneida Ave

Elmhurst

05/18/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$1,275,000

320 S Kenilworth Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$1,275,000

251 Oaklawn Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,350,000

243 S Arlington Ave

Elmhurst

05/19/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,650,000

 

       

 

Elmhurst Open House List for May 11-12

by Thomas Makinney


3N509 N Howard Ave

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$299,800

2 Maple Tree Ct

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$309,900

471 N West Ave

Elmhurst

05/12/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$315,000

207 N West Ave

Elmhurst

05/12/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$339,500

207 N West Ave

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$339,500

918 S Cambridge Ave

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$389,000

360 E Huntington Ln

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$399,000

415 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$440,000

441 Argyle Ave

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$464,400

462 S Washington St

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$464,900

200 W Grandview St

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$520,000

490 E South St

Elmhurst

05/12/2019

12:00-3:00 PM

$545,000

361 N Maple Ave

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$574,000

122 E Knighton Pl

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$579,900

117 N Willow Rd

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$599,000

108 Knighton Pl

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$620,000

333 Alexander Blvd

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$625,000

617 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$675,000

381 S Mitchell Ave

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$745,000

462 N Ida Ln

Elmhurst

05/11/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$854,900

Dated cabinets? There’s a reface for that

by Thomas Makinney

Kitchens are considered the heart of the home, and they’re one of the first rooms buyers look at when they enter a home, and one of the rooms that sellers worry about the most.

Oak cabinets, laminate countertops, and beige tile can stop some buyers in their tracks. But before you rip everything out, consider if underneath that brown boringness there might be a diamond in the rough.

A kitchen remodel is one of the highest returns on investments that a homeowner can make, earning back an estimated 80-85% of cost at selling. But it is also considered one of the most expensive, particularly when replacing cabinets. Not anymore. There is a booming industry in mid-range kitchen remodels, which typically involve refacing or painting existing cabinets.

The dated mid-oak tone cabinets of 20 or 30 years ago are typically better constructed with higher-quality workmanship than the more cheaply manufactured cabinets found in many homes today. These solid-but-shabby cabinets are perfect for a re-do rather than replacement.

There are a few avenues to follow if you want to paint or reface your cabinets. The most cost-effective method involves removing doors and drawers, sanding and cleaning them, and applying fresh coats of paint or stain. Homeowners can also opt to apply a new veneer overlay on the existing cabinet. Or they can replace the doors and drawer-fronts altogether and get a new design (the crisp Shaker-style door is a popular choice today).

In addition to not replacing cabinetry or cabinetry frames, owners are also saving money by not changing the layout of the kitchen, which can incur costs from moving appliances (which typically involve gas, electrical, or plumbing). Even if you put in new appliances, you’re still way ahead budget-wise.

Just don’t forget the hardware. Fresh brushed nickel or rubbed bronze hardware make a world of difference when updating a kitchen.

When considering a mid-range remodel, it’s helpful to check with a local real estate professional who knows what the market in your area and price range can bear. You don’t want to put in professional-grade appliances and top-line granite in a home valued at $275,000. Similarly, you don’t want to skimp on finishing touches that buyers in an upper-level home will be expecting (such as pull-out pantry drawers, under-cabinet lighting, high-end granite, stone, or quartz countertops).

A real estate professional will also know what must-haves are in kitchens in your area. Certain areas have features that attract or repel buyers. Finally, if you’re remodeling a kitchen for resale value, be sure to keep the color scheme simply and neutral. Neutral doesn’t have to mean boring, just nothing too loud or busy.

If you’re interested in what a kitchen facelift might entail in your home, give us a call at (630) 441-5570 or reach out through our website, www.gmregroup.com

Image courtesy of moneypit.com.

Elmhurst Open House List for May 4-5

by Thomas Makinney


665 S Berkley Ave, Elmhurst


106 N Myrtle Ave, Elmhurst

115 E North Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$325,000

765 N Kenilworth Ave

Elmhurst

05/04/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$329,900

396 W St Charles Rd

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$344,900

131 S Pick Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$349,900

580 Willow Rd

Elmhurst

05/04/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$360,000

943 S Hawthorne Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$375,000

15W173 Fillmore St

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$379,000

651 W Gladys Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$399,500

371 E Webster Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$409,900

628 S Fairview Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$425,000

155 E Quincy St

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$439,999

415 N Larch Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$445,000

133 E Adams St

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$450,000

390 S York St

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$454,500

220 N Oak St

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$469,900

298 S Grace Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$474,900

665 S Berkley Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$499,000

201 S York St

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$525,000

510 N Walnut St

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$549,900

846 S Cedar Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$549,900

247 N Illinois St

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$565,000

385 W Elm Park Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$599,900

396 E Madison St

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$599,900

281 S Lawndale Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$600,000

470 W 3rd St

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

11:00AM-1:00 PM

$625,000

617 S Linden Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$675,000

262 N Ridgeland Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$675,000

788 S Stuart Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$699,000

331 N Shady Ln

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-4:00 PM

$699,900

110 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$739,000

305 N Clinton Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

12:00-2:00 PM

$740,000

381 S Cottage Hill Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$750,000

164 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

2:00-4:00 PM

$799,000

106 N Myrtle Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$819,000

439 S Rex Blvd

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$819,900

462 N Ida Ln

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$864,900

456 N Emery Ln

Elmhurst

05/04/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$925,000

445 E Crescent Ave

Elmhurst

05/05/2019

1:00-3:00 PM

$1,049,900

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