Gilson Park Sailboats

If You Move Out of the City Move to Wilmette

By Lisa Finks | October 20, 2016

By:  Lauren Stevens, Chicago News There’s that cliché that once you get married and start having children, the days of city life are behind you. With better schools in the burbs, backyards and just more space to roam, Wilmette has all of the suburban qualities families are looking for while maintaining a small thread of city throughout the village. BACKGROUND Wilmette is one of the first technical North Shore areas, while some people consider Evanston the first North Shore neighborhood, […]

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North Shore Scary Houses

Top 10 Scariest Haunted Houses on the North Shore and Beyond. . .

By Lisa Finks | October 9, 2016

Scream Scene, 7:00 – 10:00 pm, daily through 10/31, 4701 Oakton Street, Skokie   Fright Fest, Six Flags Great America, weekends through 10/31, 1 Great America Pkwy, Gurnee   House of Torment, (13 and over) 7:00 pm – 12:00 am, daily through 10/31, 8240 N. Austin Ave.,  Morton Grove   Disturbia, Screams in the Park, (13 and over) 7:00 pm – 12:00 am, daily through 10/31, MB Financial PArk at Rosemont,   13th Floor Haunted House, (13 and over) 7:00 […]

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Halloween Haunts

Top 10 Kid-Friendly Halloween Haunts

By Lisa Finks | October 8, 2016

Friday, October 21, 5:30-8:00 pm, Halloween Spooktacular, (kid-friendly), 2400 Chestnut Ave, Glenview. Saturday, October 22, 6-9 pm – Halloween Happenings (Kid-friendly), Wilmette Park District   Friday, October 28, 5:00-7:30 pm, Pumpkins in the Woods, (Kid-friendly), Tower Road Beach, Winnetka   Saturday, October 22, 1-2:30 – Spooky Skate (Kid Friendly), Wilmette’s Centennial Ice Rink   Saturday, October 22, 6:00 – 9:30 pm, Haunted Trail, Lloyd Beach, Winnetka   Sunday, October 29, Evanston Trick or Treat Trot, (Kid Friendly), 9:00 am, Evanston […]

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Wilmette - SFH Showing Activity Sept 2016

September Showing Activity

By Lisa Finks | October 3, 2016

While the peak of the real estate market is generally the spring, fall often offers robust buyer activity as well – we call it the “September-October Bump”.  Below are a tally of the number of showings that occurred in various pricepoints from $300,000 to $2.5M for single family homes in Wilmette, Glenview and Chicago. I suppose it comes as no surprise that the city would have highly concentrated activity in the entry level pricepoints, whereas Glenview and especially Wilmette, have […]

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Amy Shumer building

Amy Schumer’s Apartment Isn’t Selling—Here’s Why

By Lisa Finks | October 2, 2016

Pricing is Key!  Even for Movie Stars! Comedian Amy Schumer’s apartment in New York City has been sitting on the market since last November with no buyers. Here’s why. Amy Schumer’s Apartment Is a Real Estate Train Wreck—Here’s Why Comedian Amy Schumer may know how to get the laughs rolling, but it turns out there’s one thing she’s not so hot at: selling real estate! Case in point: Her New York apartment has been sitting on the market since last November […]

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The Best Paint Colours for Home Staging or Selling

By Lisa Finks | October 2, 2016

Reprinted from Kylie M. Interiors. The skinny on colors from a very talented designer out of Canada who offers online consultations! To be perfectly honest with you, I’m not a designer who believes that all homes sell better when painted light, neutral colours.  In fact, many homes sell faster and for more money because they are painted ‘the right colour’ based on things like flooring/countertops/tilework/etc… However, if you don’t have a designer/decorator on-call to help you choose the PERFECT colour and […]

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Nancy Brussat

How Can I Entertain When I Don’t Have Enough Time? Ask the Expert: Nancy Brussat, Convito Cafe & Market

By Lisa Finks | October 2, 2016

ASK THE EXPERT:  Nancy Brussat, Convito Cafe & Market A guide to a quick and easy gathering, especially in the holiday season By Nancy Brussat Convito Café & Market Founder/Partner   Welcoming friends and family into my home is one of my favorite holiday activities.  It is such a festive time of the year.  But it is also a busy time of the year for everyone.  So I have figured out how to entertain simply.  Whether you have decorated a […]

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Bedroom Inspiration

By Lisa Finks | August 28, 2016

Looking for a little bedroom inspiration?  Check our these soothing ideas from Houzz. Trending Now: 25 Bedrooms We’d Love to Fall Asleep In

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St. Joseph's School in Wilmette

Everything You Need to Know about Public and Private Elementary Schools in Wilmette

By Lisa Finks | August 24, 2016

By:  Rebecca Lee District 39 elementary schools, like all other public schools of the North Shore, are among the best of the state and even the country. Yet, many parents choose to send their young children to local private schools, which often meet the various unique needs of students in ways even the most well-resourced public education cannot. If you are a Wilmette parent of an elementary aged child, and you are exploring all of his or her options, here’s […]

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School in Wilmette

Everything You Need to Know about Pre-Schools in Wilmette

By Lisa Finks | August 23, 2016

By:  Rebecca Lee It is no secret that the North Shore suburbs of Chicago are home to some of the most excellent schools of the country. What arguably makes the North Shore such an exceptionally educated community is the way students are prepared beginning at an extremely early age. In fact, much research shows that early childhood education plays a crucial role in the academic, emotional, and social development of children. In Wilmette alone, there are a number of renowned […]

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