Obama Speech at Northwestern University Evanston IL Thursday October 2nd

President Barack Obama is coming to Northwestern University this Thursday October 1st. The Chicago Sun times reports he will be on campus to deliver a speech reported to be about the economy. Evanston Residents could see two Marine Helicopters and 2 Osprey aircraft that did practice landings at the Northwestern campus on Monday.

This was very exciting to Evanston IL residents and who had no knowledge about this preparation that took place around 1:00 PM. In 2006 then Illinois Senator Obama delivered the commencement address at Northwestern. What America needs, Obama said in 2006, “is a sense of purpose.”

This event is sure to attract much attention from the national news and people trying to catch a look at President Obama or those lucky enough to hear his speech whether you are a fan or not he is still the President of the USA.

Evanston IL Starlight Concerts start this year June 10

Evanston IL Starlight Concerts start this year June 10. These free events are always fun and wonderful for the whole family. To hang out in the park with a picnic, your family and great music in the Summer is the perfect way to unwind. Here is a link to the City Of Evanston web site if you want more information. I have attended these shows for many years and always enjoyed them very much. Starlight Concert 2014

Information from the City of Evanston

Starlight Concerts

June 10 James  Levy Center “School’s Out for Summer” Celebration Dance Partying, Hula Hooping, Cirque Wheeling, and Surf Rocking
Tues., June 17 Harbert  Fleetwood Center Andrea McNeal & The Hip City Band Blues/Soul
Thurs., June 19 Twiggs    Fleetwood Center Juneteenth Celebration Drum Circle and more
Tues., June 24 Bent  Fleetwood Center The Bad Examples Indie Rock / Pop
Wed., June 25 6:30-8pm James  Fleetwood Center Joel Frankel and Jane Stenson Story Concert for Young Families
Tues., July 1 Bent  Fleetwood Center Milo & Otis Adventure / Soul
Tues., July 8 Leahy  Fleetwood Center The Flat Five Folk/Jazz/Soul/Rock
Tues., July 15 Brummel Levy Center The Rhythm Rockets Old School R & B; see food truck info below
Tues., July 22 Centennial Levy Center Jonas Friddle & The Majority Orchestral Folk
Tues., July 29 Harbert  Fleetwood Center Uncle Butchie’s Live House Variety
Tues., Aug. 5 James Levy Center Los Vicios De Papa Latin Ska
Tues., Aug. 12 Twiggs  Fleetwood Center DJ Rob, Yemi Marie, TL Williams R & B and Hip Hop / Jazz
Tues., Aug .19 Centennial Levy Center Nelson Gill and the Carribbean Rhythm Band Caribbean

Park locations for concerts:
Bent Park: Central St. at Cowper Ave.
Brummel Park: Brummel St. at Elmwood Ave.
Centennial Park: Sheridan Rd. at Church St.
Harbert Park: Dempster St. at McDaniel (E. of canal)
James Park: Dodge Ave. at Mulford  (base of James Park hill)
Leahy Park, Lincoln St. west of Ridge Ave.
Twiggs Park: Dodge Ave. at Simpson St.

If you decide you love Evanston IL and want to find out more about the great city bordering on Lake Michigan then contact Coldwell Banker Evanston

Homes for sale in Evanston IL

Homes for sale in Evanston IL is the topic of today’s Real Estate Report. Currently in Evanston Illinois there are 127 single family homes for sale and 108 under contract and waiting to close. In the last 4 months 107 houses have closed and are sold.

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In April of this year, 2014 the average market time for all types of property was 75 days which is down from 140 days in April of 2013. The percent of list to sales price is 94.3%. The inventory of Foreclosures and Short sales has drastically been reduced in the last 3 years.

If you are interested to see what the entire picture is regarding what is for sale in Evanston and what has recently sold then please click this Evanston Real Estate link and browse freely.

Evanston has so much to offer. Starting on May 27th a whole series of Festivals and Concerts are beginning and most are free. Click the 2014 Evanston Festivals & Concerts link to plan your schedule.

Downtown Evanston has become a Mecca of Shopping, Dining and Events causing people to come from afar just to visit. Click this Downtown Evanston link and see what is offered. Maybe while you are in town you would want to visit the Lakefront and Beaches? If you are interested to find out more about that scene then click the Evanston Beaches and Parks link.

It is no wonder that Evanston has become such a popular spot for many people. If you are considering making a move to town then contact Coldwell Banker Evanston and find out how we can help make the transition a smooth and easy one. We can schedule property viewing at a time that fits your schedule.

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Fun Activities to Attend in March in Chicago Land

Here are some fun activities to attend in Chicago’s North Shore during March. Yes it is cold out but there is so much culture and so much to do. These are just a few suggestions to help you plan a fun time but there is so much more to add. If you have more suggestions, let me know.

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Thanks to the Chicago North Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau for providing us with this information, I am a long time member.

The Magical Exploding Boy and the Invisible Circus which is going on now through March 23 at the Actors Gymnasium which is located at 927 Noyes Street, Evanston IL 60201. Celebrated Chicago clown, Dean Evans, returns to The Actors Gymnasium to headline this wild, circus adventure into the imagination. A simple creature who longs to be someone else, the Magical Exploding Boy learns that he cannot escape his unique destiny. This Main Stage circus event features original live music, aerial acrobatics, and the birth of a clown. Tickets are available online only and are $15 and $20. For more information

March “Entertainment” Madness At the North Shore for the Performing Arts which always offers wonderful musical and artistic events and has so much to offer. It’s is located at 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie IL. You’re sure to be entertained with this month’s line-up at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. If you’re a Rick Springfield fan, you won’t want to miss getting up close and personal with the man and his music on Thursday, March 6 as he plays his most memorable hits and shares some wonderful stories. On Saturday, March 15, it’s Celtic Fire with famed Irish tenor Michael Londra who has created a blazing hot show featuring live traditional music, dance and song that beautifully sweep audiences off to Ireland. And, on Friday, March 28, it’s one of country music’s biggest and brightest stars, singer-songwriter Clint Black! For more information and tickets.

There is the 5th Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Party Friday March 7 at the Winnetka Community House 620 Lincoln in Winnetka IL 60093. Grapes or hops? Stemware or stein? Whether you prefer to imbibe red, white or amber you’ll find it at the Winnetka Community House’s 5th Annual Wine and Beer Tasting and Sale. Sample over 50 superb wines from around the world, alongside microbrew and premium beers, while indulging in delicious pairings of savory hors d’oeuvres, cheese and sweets. For those who wish to buy beer and wine for home, exceptional savings will be offered by the evening’s co-sponsoring vendor, The International House of Wine and Cheese. The event begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $50 in advance/$60 at the door.

Chapati staring John Mahoney Friday, March 7 through Sunday April 13 at the North light Theatre of the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie IL. In this world premiere, romance is a distant memory for two lonely animal-lovers living in Dublin. When forlorn Dan (John Mahoney) and his dog Chapatti cross paths with amiable Betty (Penny Slusher) and her nineteen cats, an unexpected spark begins a warm and gentle story about two people re-discovering the importance of human companionship. After its run at Chicago’s North light Theater, Chapatti will be heading to Ireland’s Galway Arts Festival this summer.

Two Events Celebrate Frances Willard on Saturday March 8th and Sunday March 16. The Evanston Women’s History Project, which is located in the Evanston History Center, invites the public to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Frances Willard’s birth with two very special events. On Saturday, March 8, it’s a “Day of Service” in honor of Frances Willard. The theme is Do Something! Do Everything.

There are sine great new additions to Old Orchard Mall in Skokie IL. GNC has opened its doors at Westfield Old Orchard. Located near Helzberg Diamonds, GNC carries a wide variety of health, workout, and dietary supplements created for peak performance. Remaining on the cutting-edge of nutritional science, GNC has set the standard in the nutritional supplement industry by demanding truth in labeling, ingredient safety, and product potency – and is devoted to helping its customers improve the quality of their lives. Coming this summer to Westfield Old Orchard, Vince Camuto (high quality women’s accessories) and Uncle Julio’s (authentic border-style Mexican fine dining).

Just Ad Water Wednesday March 12 at 27 Live 1012 Church Evanston IL 60201. Just Add Water, Yale University’s premier IMPROV troupe will perform one public show in the Chicago land area at 27 Live at 8 pm. For ages 15 and up, the troupe tours only twice a year and has yielded many well- known performers including Allison Williams, currently seen as Marnie on the HBO series, Girls. Evanston Township High School’s IMPROV troupe, The Royal We, will be the opening act. 27 Live is downtown Evanston’s new neighborhood restaurant and entertainment venue.

Evanston Dance Ensemble, The Big Night. Friday March 14 through Sunday March 16. Josephine Louis Theater – Northwestern Campus 20 Art Circle Drive, Evanston IL 60201. The universal teen ritual of social dance events and the timelessness of dance as a social medium are the overarching themes of the Evanston Dance Ensemble’s (EDE) production called The Big Night. Presented in two acts, Graduation Ball and Prom 2014, The Big Night marks the first time EDE has created an evening of dance pairing a stylized classical ballet with a second act of individual contemporary concert pieces. EDE will present five performances of The Big Night (Friday, March 14 at 7 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, March15 and 16 at 1 and 4 pm).

Winnetka Historical Society Annual Luncheon on Wednesday March 19 at the Winnetka Community House 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka IL 60093. The public is invited to celebrate The Winnetka Historical Society during their annual luncheon from noon to 2 pm. This year, the luncheon will feature a program by the Amazing Women History Theatre with a Q & A afterwards. The performance (called Planes, Trains and Traveling Dames) portrays women who have broken barriers in the area of travel and transportation including Nellie Bly, Amelia Earhart and Anita Willets-Burnham, and ties into WHS’s upcoming 2014 rotating museum exhibit, The Adventurers: Winnetka’s Untold Tales of Travel, 1899-1929.

This is just a sample of what you can do to plan a nice evening away for the cold of our winter.

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Evanston IL Real Estate Report in 2014

The Evanston Illinois Real Estate Market continues to improve over the last three years. In the period of January 2013 through December 2013 sales of Single Family Homes and Condos are up 28% to a total of 1,101 properties sold.

Usually during the season from Thanksgiving through the beginning of the following year the sales market slows down as people celebrate holidays. This year we did not see this happen. People are still actively looking for homes to purchase and are keeping us Realtors busy showing them houses and condos.

At this time in Evanston IL there are 83 single family homes available on the market and 130 Condominiums. There are also 52 Single family homes under contract and waiting to close as well as 67 condos. These properties will become closed soon and this is unusual for this time of year.

Also there are 19 multiple dwelling buildings like two or four flats actively for sale on the market and 7 under contract waiting to close. This is very good news because in the last few years we saw these multiple family residences become almost totally stagnant and this change all points to signs of a strong Real Estate Market in 2014.
Evanston has some fine middle and elementary schools in our district 65. In the Elementary category Great Schools rates Dewey, Orrington and Lincoln very highly, a 9 on a sale of 1 to 10. Haven middle school is highly rated too. Our High School Evanston Township High School is also considered one of the best. ETHS is a four year school on a 62 acre campus established in 1883. It is in our district 202 with 265 staff members and a majority of the teachers have a Masters Degree or beyond. To quote the motto of ETHS and their mission statement:
“Embracing its diversity, ETHS dedicates itself to educating all students to their fullest potential”

Another highlight of Evanston is Northwestern University. Which is considered one of the best Universities in the country.

If you would like to see for yourself what homes or condos are available in Evanston then please click the property search link here and you can even explore for yourself.

If you are interested in the finest Real Estate Sales help available you should consider contacting Coldwell Banker Evanston
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800 Elgin, Optima Horizons, Evanston IL Northwestern Students

Today I closed a sale on 800 Elgin, the Optima Horizons unit 1509 a 2 bedroom 2 Bath Evanston Illinois condo steps from Northwestern University and all parties are very happy. Why is this, the 800 Elgin building is the favorite among students and facility in town because it has all the amenities and is right in downtown Evanston IL.
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There are restaurants all over, many shops, and public transportation is right at your finger tips. A great building with a door person, huge swimming pool, deck, exercise room, party room and management on site 5 days a week. If you want to learn more about 800 Elgin or any of the Optima communities of Evanston Illinois I suggest you visit 800 Elgin and take a peak.

The property we closed on today was for a buyer who invested to help his daughter a fine student at NU and she is a very excited young lady judging by the huge smile on her face.

Want to talk more about it? Call or click Coldwell Banker Evanston at (800) 858-7917 9:00 am to 9:00 PM and we can help make your dreams become reality.

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The view of Evanston from this property

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