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Wilmette teardowns are back

Beverly Dr Wilmette

Travel back in time to the spring of 2006 and you would have found more than 100 homes on the Village of Wilmette’s list of pending and approved demolition permits. We documented them at the time in five separate Flickr albums: East Wilmette, from Green Bay Rd east to Lake Michigan. East Central Wilmette, from ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 16, 2014
North ShoreLake Forest

MLS-listed North Shore rentals are scarce

Tower Road Beach

If you thought there was a shortage of homes for sale on Chicago’s North Shore, take a look at how the rental market has shrunk over the past two years. At this time two years ago there were 45 homes and condos listed for rent in the MLS in Lake Forest ZIP Code 60045. Glencoe ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 17, 2014
North ShoreWinnetka

Wilmette’s winter wonderland annoys a neighbor

Wilmette Christmas lights

A year ago I wrote the following about a Wilmette home at the northeast corner of Cleveland and Thornwood: Wilmette resident Steve Maris has outfitted his home with an array of Christmas figures and more than 50,000 lights computer-controlled by more than 300 separate channels. Maris puts on the show, in part, for the benefit ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 19, 2013
North ShoreWilmette

Can an off-lakefront Wilmette home command $4.5 million?

723 8th St Wilmette

The asking price for the 6-bedroom, 6 ½ bath home at 723 8th St in Wilmette is $4,500,000. The home, built in 2011, boasts an outdoor pool and a 3-car garage on a nearly half-acre lot. The classic American Foursquare architecture of the home blends well with its East Wilmette neighbors. Homes in the $4M+ ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 26, 2013
North ShoreEvanston

Seat slots available for Evanston 4th of July parade

Evanston chairs

If you’re familiar with all the hoopla that surrounds the 4th of July parade in Evanston, you know that lawn chairs begin lining a more than mile-long stretch of Central Street at 6 a.m. on July 1st. A city ordinance prohibits the placement of chairs on the street parkway prior to that time. Back to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 3, 2013
North ShoreWilmette

Wilmette’s well-fed birds – and squirrels

Hunter Rd, Wilmette

Some suburbs are obsessive about preventing their citizens from placing anything in the public parkway abutting their property. That’s not the case in Wilmette, where you’ll see the occasional instance of a resident’s having temporarily or permanently commandeered the space between the sidewalk and the street for an idiosyncratic installation. On Hunter Rd, a few ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 21, 2013

Remembering Wilmette’s C.J. Arthur’s and Art Falzer

Art Falzer, C.J. Arthur's

Last September, just before it closed, my son and I visited C.J. Arthur’s in Wilmette for the last of the 100s of meals we’d eaten there over a more than 20-year period. Yesterday’s Trib Local brought the sad news that Art Falzer, the “Arthur” in C.J. Arthur’s, had died of ALS at the age of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 21, 2013

An update on Wilmette demolition permits

Wilmette IL

Several weeks ago we asserted that Wilmette no longer makes demolition permit data available online. We wrongly relied on looking for the data where we recalled finding it several years ago. A tipster from the Village sent along a link to the list of demolition permits, which has since been updated through December 6. It’s ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 28, 2012
North ShoreWilmette

Christmas on Cleveland, Wilmette’s winter wonderland

Wilmette Christmas lights

The northeast corner of Cleveland and Thornwood in Wilmette is home, once again, to an enchanting display of Christmas lights and music. Wilmette resident Steve Maris has outfitted his home with an array of Christmas figures and more than 50,000 lights computer-controlled by more than 300 separate channels. Maris puts on the show, in part, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 10, 2012
North ShoreWilmette

A Wilmette teardown trio

Indian Hill Estates, Wilmette

Wilmette no longer makes available an online list of demolition permits, so I don’t have accurate data about the current pace of teardowns in the village. My impression, however, is that the number of teardowns is up this year over recent years, but fewer than in 2005 or 2006. I passed three teardowns last week ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 6, 2012

Wilmette and Kenilworth come together separately for the fireworks

July 3rd in Wilmette

Wilmette dwarfs Kenilworth in land area (5.4 square miles vs 0.6) and population (27,087 vs 2,513). Despite their size differential, these neighboring North Shore villages duel to a draw in their small-town feeling. That sense of living in a small, neighborly town is rarely more on display than on July 3rd when residents of Kenilworth ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 5, 2012
North ShoreWilmette

A rare rental on the beach in Wilmette

Langdon Park Beach video

There are only a few dozen single-family homes in Wilmette that have private beaches, and it’s extremely rare to see one of them become available for rent. The 6-bedroom home on a 50 x 509 foot lot at 1204 Michigan Ave was just listed as a short-term rental (August 25 to June 14) – just ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 10, 2012
North ShoreWilmette

A renovated and expanded East Wilmette classic

618 Central Wilmette video

618 Central Ave in Wilmette is the setting for a classic side-entrance center-entrance vintage charmer that’s been completely updated. The home has also been expanded to include a first- floor family room with French doors opening to a raised bluestone patio and professionally landscaped yard. The home has four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 24, 2012
North ShoreWilmette

Live two doors from the Wilmette Christmas house

2022 Wilmette Ave Wilmette

I’m a sucker for a front porch, and the home at 2022 Wilmette Ave in Wilmette has a great south-facing one that wraps around the sides of the home and leads to a pergola on the west. The 5-bedroom, 3 bath farm house has been on the market for a year, and is priced at ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 19, 2012
North ShoreWilmette

North Shore rental pick – Wilmette’s Kenilworth Gardens

Kenilworth Gardens video

It’s been a while since I spotlighted a North Shore rental pick. This week’s focus falls on 2240 Kenilworth Ave, a 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath home in Wilmette‘s Kenilworth Gardens offered at $3,300 a month. There isn’t enough information online to determine whether the home qualifies as special in any way, or whether it’s bargain-priced, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 29, 2012
North ShoreKenilworth

A tight North Shore rental market

View from Kenilworth Metra station

We’ve been following the market for rental homes and condos on the North Shore for several years and the market appears to be as tight as I’ve seen it. There are more properties available than there were in the late spring and early summer of last year but, and this is purely an impressionistic take, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 22, 2012
North ShoreWilmette

A video tour of Chiasso’s new Wilmette showroom

Chiasso Wilmette

If you’re shopping for home furnishings and accessories you may find it easier to head for the Old Orchard mall in Skokie rather than the traffic-clogged streets of the Clybourn Corridor. Old Orchard mall is home to Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Toms-Price and Williams-Sonoma. Just north of the mall you’ll find Ethan ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 5, 2012
North ShoreWilmette

How to sharpen your North Shore new construction search

521 Park Wilmette

Looking back to 2007 it’s now clear that a cottage industry of home builders overbuilt the market for new single-family homes in the $1 million and up range. Prices collapsed for a while, and speculative new construction – homes built without a buyer in hand – came to a virtual halt. We’re now seeing a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 24, 2012
North ShoreWilmette

A New Year’s Day open house at a new Wilmette home

1148 Isabella St Wilmette

If you guessed that no one would want to visit open houses on New Year’s Day, you would have guessed wrong. Within 50 minutes of the time it opened, nine couples had visited the newly-built 5-bedroom, 4 ½ bath home at 1148 Isabella St in Wilmette, and several more arrived before I left. They came ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 2, 2012
North ShoreWilmette

Wilmette open house pick – New construction for $1.395M

1148 Isabella St Wilmette

Isabella St defines a large part of Wilmette’s southern border with Evanston. On the north side of the street west of Green Bay Rd, in Wilmette, there has been quite a bit of teardown activity and new homes built over the past decade. On the south side of the street, in Evanston, there’s been nowhere ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 30, 2011