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Last week, the second edition of the Prairie State Cycling Series at Elmhurst proved to be a huge success, drawing 400 entries of local rookies and international professionals alike.  The popularity of the race could be bikesign-jpg-20131022.jpglargely attributed to one of Elmhurst’s more recent and distinguished recognitions...

Did you know Elmhurst is one of only EIGHT communities in Illinois to be an officially designated bike-friendly community?

Three hundred communities nationwide can say that, and Elmhurst is proud to be one of them.
Being a bike-friendly city is great for both the health of community members as well as the environment.  For many home-seekers, bike-ability is a huge draw when considering a move to a new town.  The Elmhurst Bike Task Force worked hard to put together the necessary plans in order to achieve this designation, as well as placing EPD Bike Photo.jpga higher priority on accommodating the ‘casual cyclist.’ The task force wanted to focus on making it easy for anyone to just hop on a bike and run to the store, rather than focus on a niche of die-hard cyclists. Beyond giving Elmhurst an easy and fun way to commute around town, this plan and execution demonstrated commitment to achieve a goal as a community.

Did the recent race get your mind in gear to take up casual cycling? If you’re ready to get back on the bike and see what all the bike friendly fuss is about, but don’t want to over-commit (or over-spend), check out one of the used biked stores nearby in Chicago for great deals, as recently featured in TimeOutChicago Magazine.  Get yourself comfortable with the different options and styles and find what is right for you, without breaking the bank!  This is the perfect time of year to get outside and enjoy the trails.

We never run out of Elmhurst Pride.  If you’re looking to relocate to Elmhurst, we are happy to help welcome anyone to the community and help you find your new home. Please give us a call at 630-441-5570 or visit us on the web at www.MariaAndTom.com for more information!

Elmhurst Open House List for July 26 & 27

by Thomas Makinney

Here's your Open House list for the weekend!

293 N Geneva Ave
Elmhurst
7/27/2014 1:00 PM
$298,000
 

341 S Poplar Ave
Elmhurst
7/27/2014 12:30 PM
$359,900

 

436 E Huntington Ln
Elmhurst
7/27/2014 1:00 PM
$379,900

 

449 N Larch Ave
Elmhurst
7/27/2014 1:00 PM
$424,900

 

265 W Eggleston Ave
Elmhurst
07/27/2014 1:00 PM
$514,900

 

296 E Van Buren St
Elmhurst
07/27/2014 1:00 PM
$654,900

 

668 N Kenilworth Ave
Elmhurst
7/27/2014 1:00 PM
$700,000

 

269 E Third St
Elmhurst
7/27/2014 1:00 PM
$789,900

 

460 E East Ct
Elmhurst
7/27/2014 1:00 PM
$799,900

 

240 N Maple Ave
Elmhurst
7/27/2014 12:00 PM
$825,000

 

252 E Elmhurst Ave
Elmhurst
7/27/2014 12:00 PM
$859,900

 

401
S Hawthorne Ave
Elmhurst
7/27/2014 1:00 PM
$860,000

Elmhurst Cycling Classic Kicks Off Today!

by Thomas Makinney

No plans for the day? Head over to Wilder Park to cheer on the cyclists as they hold the line and corner the turns of the S Curve on Elm Park Road.  From 11am – 8pm, amateurs and masters will be demonstrating some serious skills in this leg of the Prairie State Cycling Series.

Watch the thrilling race and catch the party near the Wilder Mansion finish line. Get in the spirit of the race by leaving the car at home and biking to the race, where the Elmhurst Bike Task Force will be hosting free bike valet!  The family friendly spectator Expo Area will include food, music, face painting, art vendors, a cooling station, and raffles.

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We love living in Elmhurst, and we love helping people find their new Elmhurst homes!  If you’re looking to buy or sell, give us a call at 630-441-5570 or visit us on the web at www.MariaAndTom.com.

See you at the race!

 

Elmhurst Open House List for July 19 & 20

by Thomas Makinney

Here's your list of Open Houses in Elmhurst for the weekend!


310 W Fremont Ave
Elmhurst
07/20/2014 01:00 PM
$264,900

 

362 W Evergreen Ln
Elmhurst
07/20/2014 01:00 PM
$279,750

 

6 Birch Tree Ct
Elmhurst
07/20/2014 01:00 PM
$279,900

 

775 S Kearsage Ave
Elmhurst
07/20/2014 01:00 PM
$329,900

 

450 S Hampshire Ave
Elmhurst
07/20/2014 01:00 PM
$399,900

 

314 N Elm Ave
Elmhurst
07/20/2014 12:00 PM
$419,900

 

137 Melrose Ave
Elmhurst
07/20/2014 01:00 PM
$420,000

 

449 N Larch Ave
Elmhurst
07/20/2014 01:00 PM
$424,900

 

568 S Saylor Ave
Elmhurst
07/21/2014 12:00 AM
$434,000

 

646 S Edgewood Ave
Elmhurst
07/20/2014 01:00 PM
$459,900

 

536 N Myrtle Ave
Elmhurst
07/20/2014 01:00 PM
$630,000

 

15W104 Concord St
Elmhurst
07/20/2014 01:00 PM
$689,000

 

460 E East Ct
Elmhurst
07/20/2014 01:00 PM
$799,900

 

401 S Hawthorne Ave
Elmhurst
07/24/2014 11:00 AM
$860,000

 

252 E Elmhurst Ave
Elmhurst
07/20/2014 12:00 PM
$879,900

 

593 S Swain Ave
Elmhurst
07/20/2014 12:00 PM
$969,000

Elmhurst's Oldest Home is For Sale! Would You Preserve It?

by Thomas Makinney

 

 

hillcottage4.jpgHill Cottage, Elmhurst’s oldest residence and home to writer Carl Sandburg, is for sale.

Originally a tavern and an inn, Hill Cottage was built in 1843, when this magnificent 19th century gem was once a stagecoach stop between Chicago and Fox River Valley.

The tavern pre-dated the town of Cottage Hill, which was named after the establishment, to later be re-named hillcottage.jpgElmhurst. Without a doubt, this structure served as the springboard for the future of Elmhurst as a community.

Currently listed for $750,000, there is no current protection of the historic integrity of this property as it stands today.  Owners consent is required to designate a structure as a historical landmark, and while city representatives claim there hasn’t been much expressed interest to preserve the home, Elmhurst Historical Museum board members say that isn’t so.  
hillcottage2.jpgSo why hasn’t the owner applied for the designation? Often homeowners have misconceptions about what changes or updates can be made to their home under the protection of the Preservation Act. There are at least 50 other homes or structures in Elmhurst that would qualify for preservation, and it may just be a matter of educating homeowners on the hillcottage3.jpgprocess.

With no historic landmark designation under the current seller, many hope that the property is purchased by someone with a sense of nostalgia and strong appreciation for historic value.

If you’re looking for help with buying or selling, the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group is happy to answer your questions, feel free to visit us on the web or call us at 630-441-5570. 

Elmhurst Open House List for July 12 & 13

by Thomas Makinney

Here is your Open House list for the weekend of July 12 & 13!
 

15 W 405 Grand Ave
​Elmhurst
7/13/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$231,000

263 Villa Ave​
Elmhurst
7/13/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$234,900

 

 

81 Villa Ave
Elmhurst
7/13/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$259,900

561 W Crockett Ave​
Elmhurst
7/13/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$325,000

618 W Babcock
Elmhurst
7/13/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$308,900

 

341 Poplar
Elmhurst
7/13/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
369,900

 

332 E Huntington Ln
Elmhurst
7/13/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$374,900

380 S Berkeley
Elmhurst
7/13/2014  Sunday 1:00PM
​$495,000

506 N Walnut
Elmhurst
7/13/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$849,900

321 S Chandler​
Elmhurst
7/13/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$529,000
 

296 E Van Buren​
Elmhurst
7/13/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$569,900

 

254 E Second​
Elmhurst
7/13/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$649,900

269 E Third​
Elmhurst
7/13/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$789,900



401 S Hawthorne
Elmhurst
7/13/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$865,000

169 N Avon
Elmhurst
7/13/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$849,900

252 E Elmhurst
Elmhurst
7/13/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$879,900

167 N Avon
Elmhurst
7/13/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$909,900

144 Pine
Elmhurst
7/13/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$999,900


 

 




 

 

Family Circle Names Elmhurst a “Best Place for Families”

by Thomas Makinney

Elmhurst is no stranger to accolades, and this year Family Circle Magazine honors us with yet another as we land a spot in the Top 10 

york13.jpgBest Places for Families.

Family-friendly criteria such as school quality, financial stability, housing affordability, health care access, and crime rate were considered among 1,400 towns and villages which have a median income of $50,000 - $100,000 and a population of 10,000 – 150,000.

 

In the outcome of 10 winners, Elmhurst took a spot with some of the following notable highlights:
Households with Children 39%
Pedestrian Friendly
$1 Summer Movies at York Theatre
Elmhurst Public Library featuring a Teens Only Lounge and a Coffee Bar
York Theatre 2.jpgHigh School Standards
Charity Groups
Median Income of $88,236 and Median Home Price of $330,000

If you’re looking to buy or relocate in or near the great community of Elmhurst, The Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group is here to help!  Call us at 630-441-5570 or visit us on the web at MariaandTom.com!

 

 

Prep Your Pup for the Fireworks with these Tips

by Thomas Makinney

    

fireworks3.jpgIf you’re a dog owner heading out to watch the fireworks, make sure to set them up for the night with some coping tips to ease the anxiety of the dreaded booms:

- They find small, enclosed spaces comforting, so a crate, laundry room, or gated off space in a dark room would be appreciated

- Set them up with their favorite toys, a bone, or treat

- Keep windows closed, if you have air conditioning that is a much better option

- Mask the fireworks a bit with other loud sounds. This sounds counter-intuitive, but playing the TV or music at a higher than normal volume, or throwing some tennis balls in the dryer, will create some more common and less threatening noises within the home to drown out the fireworks

- If you have a particularly nervous fur friend, there are canine wraps available like the Thundershirt

- Get them plenty of exercise during the day. Tiring them out will mean they don’t have the energy to be nervous and on high alert all night

- Make sure they are wearing a secure collar with name tag and phone number, the 4th is among the most popular days for dogs the fly the coop
 

Happy Fourth of July from the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group! As always, we are here to help, just give us a call at 630-441-5570 or visit us on the web at www.mariaandtom!

 

Elmhurst Area 4th of July Weekend Fun

by Thomas Makinney

This year we have no shortage of 4th of July fun in the area!
To help you assess your options and plan accordingly, we’ve got the list of this year’s happenings, as well as where and when to catch fireworks:

Elmhurst 4 on the 4th
nyari_tuzi.jpgBurn a few calories before you load up your plate at the neighborhood BBQ or festival by joining the Elmhurst Running Club for a 4 mile run on Friday July 4th at 7:15 am.

Taste of Lombard
Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 4, Madison Meadow Park, 600 East Madison St.
$3 admission, kids 9 and under FREE! This extended event runs from Tuesday until Saturday.

Taste of Oak Brook
Fireworks at dusk on July 3, following Taste of Oak Brook at the Polo Grounds, off of 31st Street between Spring and York Roads
Kick things off a little early with live music, a petting zoo, food and drink vendors, and more, Thursday from 4 pm – 9 pm.

Naperville Ribfest
Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 4, Knoch Park, 724 S. West St.
George Thurgood, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, oh my! This festival packs an impressive rock line-up for Sunday July 6.


Chicago Bison BBQ
July 5th at Frontier 1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Stray from boring beef patties and try some exotic Bison offerings paired with craft beer samplings.

Navy Pier Fireworks
If you’re heading into the city for the 4th, you can picnic in Grant Park and take in the fireworks show, 9:30 p.m.  July 4.

Taste of Lakeview
3200 N Lincoln Ave
Admission is free ($5 donation requested). Enjoy food, drinks, family activities, entertainment and craft vendors July 5th – 6th.

Windy City Ribfest in Uptown
Lawrence & Broadway, Chicago
In keeping with the strong BBQ traditions of 4th of July weekend, get your fix at a different Ribfest, and enjoy entertainment Friday through Sunday, including Chicago-area “The Voice” contestant and popular favorite, Jamie Lono on Saturday.

Happy Fourth of July from the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group! As always, we are here to help, just give us a call at 630-441-5570 or visit us on the web at www.mariaandtom!

Elmhurst Open House List for June 28 & 29

by Thomas Makinney

Here's the list of this week's Elmhurst Open Houses!

 

181 Villa Ave
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$259,900

 

655 Albert St
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  12:00 PM
$279,500

 

471 E May St
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$289,000

 

323 W Eggleston Ave
Elmhurst
6/29/2014  Sunday  1:00 PM
$311,000
 

601 Spring Rd
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$339,000

 

332 E Huntington Ln
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$389,000

 

332 E Huntington Ln
Elmhurst
6/28/2014 Saturday  1:00 PM
$389,000

 

732 S Euclid Ave
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$409,900

 

101 W Adams St
Elmhurst
6/29/2014  Sunday  1:00 PM
$459,900

 

458 S York St
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$479,000

 

324 N Larch Ave
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  12:00 PM
$498,900

 

452 S Kenilworth Ave
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$650,000

 

248 W Claremont St
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$735,000

 

269 E Third St
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$789,900

 

256 N Illinois St
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$789,900

 

252 E Elmhurst Ave
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  12:00 PM
$879,900

 

144 Pine St
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday  1:00 PM
$999,900

 

120 E Oneida Ave
Elmhurst
6/29/2014 Sunday 1:00 PM
$1,000,000

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