Evanston IL Ranked Among Top 25 Bike to Work Cities in the Country

Evanston is full of bike riders. Even in the middle of winter we see people slipping and sliding but still riding their bicycles around town. There have recently been changes in the bike lanes and on Davis street which runs through town. They have made the bike lanes inside the parking lanes which keeps the bikers out of traffic and required a complete reconfiguration of Davis street.

According to the City of Evanston and Bloomberg:

“Evanston is one of the nation’s top 25 cities for biking to work, according to a recent Bloomberg News report utilizing U.S. Census data.

With 5.3 percent of commuters pedaling to their jobs, Evanston ranks as number 15 on Bloomberg’s list. It is the only city in Illinois to make the top 25.

Other top bike-to-work cities include first-ranked Davis, California; Boulder, Colorado (2); Madison, Wisconsin (9); Minneapolis, Minnesota (20); and Bloomington, Indiana (25).”

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Evanston IL Hottest Place to Dine

Evanston IL is named hottest place to eat by the magazine Time Out Chicago. This is a huge honor for Evanstonians and makes me proud. You see in the past years we have expanded greatly and many new condo and rental building have been built.
To go along with this, entertainment, shopping and dining is needed and the population has gone up quite a bit. I had a conversation with a coworker last week and we agreed that the caused data saying we have population of 74,486 in 2010 is way low now.

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Please let me quote Emily Stone the editor of the article I read who wrote this in the Evanston Patch. Emily said:

You probably already knew this, but it’s nice to hear others agree: Evanston’s restaurant scene is hopping.

Time Out Chicago just validated the fact by calling Evanston “the hottest place to eat right now.”

“The hottest dining area in Chicago isn’t Logan Square or the West Loop—it’s Evanston, where new bars and restaurants are opening at a rapid pace. And there’s more to come,”

I am quoting a person who is quoting another because the article came from Time Out Chicago so I want to give credit where credit is due.

Here is a link to the Patch article and the Time Out Chicago article.

Here are some Evanston Restaurants.

I am an Evanston Resident for over 35 years and a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Evanston and love the community. 

If you are interested to see what property is for sale or selling in Evanston Illinois at this time then I invite you to click this Evanston Real Estate Link and browse away.

If you are ever considering selling property in Evanston IL then you should consider Coldwell Banker Evanston and we can provide a free and no obligation market analysis of your home’s value and a marketing plan.

If you are interested in purchasing property in Evanston we can help and take care of all the steps needed to explain any questions you may have. We can show you property when it is good for you, before, during or after work hours.

If you are ever considering selling property in Evanston IL then you should consider Coldwell Banker Evanston and we can provide a free and no obligation market analysis of your home’s value and a marketing plan.

If you are interested in purchasing property in Evanston we can help and take care of all the steps needed to explain any questions you may have. We can show you property when it is good for you, before, during or after work hours.

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Evanston Il Real Estate a Look Through the Last Few Years

Evanston Il Real Estate a look through the last few years tells us that 2013 took off on sales of Single family homes, the market really came back strong. In the first quarter of 2014 things are still very busy but not quite as much as a year ago yet.

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Soon people are going to realize that they can get a good value for the home they own and wish to sell and things will get even stronger. We think 2014 will end up being another great year in Evanston homes sales but the properties still have to be priced correctly and marketed by a professional.

Evanston IL has so much to offer that it is a very desirable place to live and many people want to become residents of the great town of Evanston that has grown so much in the last decade. Often as a Realtor I hear people saying they want to be able to walk to stores, a variety of restaurants and easy access to public transportation, beaches and parks and Evanston offers all that and more.

If you are interested to see what property is available in Evanston IL then you can feel free to click on the Evanston Real Estate Link and see for yourself what is available and what has sold.

If you are considering selling your property then you should consult with the largest and most experienced Real Estate company in Chicago Land, Coldwell Banker Evanston.

If you are interested in living in Evanston then Coldwell Banker Evanston can help. We can provide you with access to all the current inventory on the market and show you homes when you have time and explain all the steps to a successful transaction.

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Evanston IL Real Estate & Central Street Upgrade Project

Evanston IL Real Estate & Central Street Upgrade Project is on the minds of many people these days. Evanston Aldermen (and women) are being asked to approve a $300,000 engineering study of improvements to the streetscape and sidewalk improvements in the Central Street and Green Bay Road business district. 

Central Street is a thriving business district with many different and wonderful shops, restaurants, antique stores and anything you would want. It has always been popular but in recent years more and more people gather in that area and it is an interesting community within Evanston’s already great neighborhoods that have so much to offer. It is lined with vintage condos and just a few blocks away, many beautiful family homes, you can just walk around and find a coffee shop, top of the line bakery and even an herb shop like no other I have ever seen.

A few months ago I wrote a piece about Evanston being rated an exciting place to live that you might find interesting

In 1979 I moved to an apartment on Central and Prairie and would walk around to do anything I could ever think I wanted. Now it is even more thriving and a must see for anyone coming to Evanston IL. I always remember these years with fond memories. I hardly used my car.

The proposed upgrades would look at possible improvements to three intersections along Central at Green Bay Road, Broadway Avenue and Prairie Avenue and it would include a traffic study for Central Street from Hartrey to Eastwood avenues and of Green Bay Road from McCormick Boulevard to Isabella Street.

In a memo to aldermen, Public Works Director Suzette Robinson says the four top-rated bidders on the project, of a total of nine that submitted proposals, all were very highly ranked by reviewers and varied little in price.

Robinson says that after interviewing the four top firms, staff recommended Infrastructure Engineering because it “demonstrated the best project approach and the most innovation.

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If you are interested in Evanston Real Estate then click the link and see what is available for yourself. If you are curious as to the value of your home then contact Coldwell Banker Evanston and we can provide you with a free no obligation market report.

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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 Market Report.

The Evanston IL Real Estate market continues to boom. The inventory of available properties is down -21% and there is a +88.2% gain in closed sales of all property types. That means if you are considering selling your house or condo you will be successful. We are experiencing many people still out looking at homes and it is unusual this close to the holidays. This is very good news for everybody and we predict the market to continue on an upswing. Why wait? If you want to buy or sell then call the experts at Coldwell Banker.

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Renting Is Not A Good Option Prices Are Rising, Buy Your First Home

The national average shows rentals are up about 3.9% this year. In our area of Evanston IL which is a College town rentals in areas close to public transportation, eating establishments, stores and general areas of interest are harder to come by. Incomes are not keeping pace with rent increases and that makes it even tighter for people who haven’t purchased property.

New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston are the five most expensive rental cities and others are rising at sometimes an even higher rate the 3.9% mentioned. In the last year Houston, Miami, Boston, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla., and San Diego experienced the highest rent increases. As an example in the last year Boston has gone up 5.5%. save money

Forbes magazine reported this year that buying is much more affordable than renting in all of the 100 largest metro areas in the nation. According to mortgage lender Freddie Mac, buying is an average of 41% cheaper than renting nationwide.

This is a good reason to save up and make the plunge into home ownership. As we have all been told, the American dream is to be a home owner. Because of the rising rental prices renters should compare the price they are spending per year and getting nothing out of it compared to what it would really cost to become a home owner.

Please contact your local Realtor and ask for a comparison chart so you can learn for yourself. You will get it back when you sell.