Evanston IL The Suburb That Killed The Car

An article in Politico Magazine has touted Evanston as a city that does not need cars. Everything is here and transportation of the four Evanston IL The Suburb That Killed The Carwheel type is not necessary. In the last 10 years Evanston defiantly has changed into a thriving city that is attracting many people with different needs.

Politico says, at first glance, downtown Evanston, Illinois, doesn’t look revolutionary—just another a gentrifying urban core with the obligatory Whole Foods, the local organic sustainable restaurants serving $14 cocktails, the towering new, high-end luxury apartments filled with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. The booming downtown feels increasingly hip; this summer it was featured as a “Surfacing” destination in the New York Times Travel Section. “I have everything here,” says Joanne McCall, pausing one evening on her way inside Sherman Plaza, a soaring, 26-story condominium building. “The post office, the dry cleaner, the movies, I work out upstairs, the Whole Foods is over there, the hair dresser over here. And the Uber thing is getting big here.”

It takes, in fact, a few extra minutes in the neighborhood to realize what’s different—and what’s missing. Downtown Evanston—a sturdy, tree-lined Victorian city wedged neatly between Lake Michigan and Chicago’s northern border—is missing cars. Or, more accurately, it’s missing a lot of cars. Thanks to concerted planning, these new developments are rising within a 10-minute walk of two rail lines and half-a-dozen bus routes. The local automobile ownership rate is nearly half that of the surrounding area.

Which again, may sound like so many other gentrifying urban areas. Who owns a car in Brooklyn, after all? But Evanston isn’t Park Slope—the city, now 75,000 strong, is quintessentially a suburb, somewhere to escape the density of nearby Chicago, a place to get extra room and, especially, a place to drive your car, jetting down Lake Shore Drive or the Edens Expressway to the Windy City. The houses in Evanston were so idyllic, in fact, that filmmakers came to use it as the beau ideal of postwar suburban life—it was where Hollywood came to film all-American suburban movies like Sixteen Candles, Dennis the Menace, Uncle Buck, and both Home Alone 2 and Home Alone 3.

I have lived in Evanston IL for many years and truly enjoy everything we have to offer. That is why I got into Real Estate sales. Before I was a Realtor I found myself always driving by beautiful homes and wondering what they looked like on the inside.

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Evanston IL Art & Big Fork Festival 9-18

new event is starting Friday for the first time ever. It is the Evanston IL Art & Big Fork Festival. This will be a lot of fun for everyone and we are having excellent weather. The Evanston IL Art & Big Fork Festival says, “arriving the final week of September for its inaugural debut, Evanston-Art-and-big-forkEvanston Art & Big Fork Festival introduces a weekend-long celebration of local art and flavorful fare. Kicking off 4PM Friday with live music and tasty fare, the Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival will feature local fare, beer, and wine. Live music will fill the streets of Evanston for more fun! The brand-new festival will feature original high-end work from 130 artists will be available for purchase, perfect for gifts or a signature addition to a personal collection. Traditional mediums such as painting, sculpture, and photography will be showcased alongside unique, usable art, including handmade jewelry, one-of-a-kind furniture, and home accessories. The art festival will take place Friday from 4pm to dusk, Saturday from 10am to dusk and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. The live music will take place Friday from 4pm to 9pm, Saturday from 10am to 9pm, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.”

The music will be provided by,

Friday, September 18 5:00pm: Jeff Libman 7:00pm: Wedding Banned

Saturday, September 19 10:00am: Ham in the Grass 1:00pm: Million Dollar Quartet 3:00pm: Evanston School of Rock 5:00pm: Saturday June Band 7:00pm: Stache!

Sunday, September 20 10:00am: Cirrus Falcon 2:00pm: VerzatileAnd food offered by, Farmhouse, Giordano’s Pizza, That Little Mexican Cafe, Smylie Brothers Brewing, The Stained Glass, Chef’s Station, and Boltwood

I hope to see you at the Evanston IL Art & Big Fork Festival 9-18

Bicycle Safety Evanston IL Petal Bright

On October 1, 2015 between the hours of 4:30 & 6:30 PM I will be taking part in a program to promote bicycle safety as part of the Evanston Ambassador program. I will be at The Weber Arch at Northwestern University, Chicago Ave. and Sheridan Rd.Bicycle Safety Evanston IL Petal Bright
The city of Evanston says:
The City of Evanston will hold its second annual “Pedal Bright” Bike Light Giveaway and Installation event. This exciting initiative will provide bicycle safety information and help cyclists increase the visibility of their bikes as the days get shorter during the fall and winter seasons. Teams of volunteers will install free bicycle lights, distribute city bike maps, and provide a quick tutorial on the rules of the road for bicyclists. Bicycle lights will be installed on Thursday, October 1, from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., at two Evanston locations: Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St. The Weber Arch at Northwestern University, Chicago Ave. and Sheridan Rd.
I would love for anyone who is in the area to stop by and say hi and get a free light installed. Our goal is to help bike riders and motorists get along on the road. Everyone has seen bike riders who do not follow the rules and make it hard for people with autos to safely navigate the road and on the other had we have also seen people driving who do not respect folks on bicycles.
The Weber Arch at Northwestern University

Bicycle Safety Evanston IL Petal Bright

Evanston IL Top Restaurants

I just read an article in the Evanston Patch about Evanston IL Top Restaurants. As an almost life Dining in Evanston ULlong Evanston IL resident and a foodie this caught my eye. There was a time when you could name the most popular place to dine on one hand. Now I have not even been to every restaurant in town. It is amazing to have such choices. With the expansion of Northwestern University and the mass rebuilding of the downtown of Evanston came many people and those folks have to eat.

We are all opinionated so there is no right and wrong here. I want to show you what the great online publication the Evanston Patch says and what Noah says. I bet you have your own choices and I would like to hear about the too.

To start I quote the Evanston Patch:

“There are no shortage of good places to eat in Evanston.

According to popular traveler’s website TripAdvisor.com, there are 215 listed places that have been declared as “restaurants.”

But the website goes a step further, asking visitors to rate their experiences and totals the number of votes to put together a list of top reviewed places.

Here’s what visitors have as their top five. Do you agree?

  1. Sarpino’s Pizzeria, 2428 Main St. Reviewer from Chicago states: “Love this place. The pizza is delicious, they are super quick, they’re always open and they have free delivery which means I can tip the driver better. I go at least once a week. It’s perfect, no fuss, no muss, just good pizza.”
  2. Soulwich, 1634 Orrington Ave. Reviewer from Irvington, New York states: “wonderful sandwiches and salads, really unique and yummy. Great for a quick lunch. Some seating but easy to take out.”
  3. Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, 1850 Sherman Ave. Reviewer from Slidell, Louisiana states: “Two people split a Caesar salad and a medium deep dish pizza. The salad was very good and the pizza was awesome! You HAVE to get the butter crust! The restaurant was very clean and the wait staff was great. Lou’s is the only place I would ever eat deep dish pizza when I visit Chicago.”
  4. Blind Faith Cafe, 525 Dempster St. Reviewer from Milford, Massachusetts states: “The vegetarian offerings were delicious and there was much for a carnivore like myself to choose from and enjoy!”


  1. The Stained Glass, 1735 Benson Ave. Reviewer from San Francisco states: “Food fresh and interesting without being too esoteric. Wait staff attentive and restaurant vibe relaxing. Only comment would be to add actual ganache to their chocolate ganache cake. Filling was more like mousse and not ganache. But overall, we’re coming back!”

I have been to all the places mentioned and will say this, I have dined at Blind Faith for 25 years. You won’t find any meat but you will leave satisfied with a fine meal. I also love Stained Glass, a wine bar/great restaurant. I love going there and would recommend it to anyone on a date or with friends. There is a 6 wine sampler that is out of this world. You have to try it.

My choices and this is just a few.

Campagnola at 815 Chicago Ave (847) 475-6100 is one of my favorite places to dine anywhere period. I have never had a complaint and have been eating there since it opened a number of years ago. If you do not make a reservation you probably will not get in, this is how good this place is. They call it an Italian Bistro. I could eat at Campagnola over and over. You always get friendly service and fine food.

Chef’s Station is out of this world at 915 Davis Evanston IL (847) 570-9821. You will have a hard time deciding what to order on the Chef Station menu because it is all made with care and mouth watering. The ever changing menu that includes everything from fine meats, fish and chicken is prepared with care and wonderful. I love this restaurant and if you want you can try the Wild Salmon Tartare, the Pan Seared Sea Scallops, New Zealand Lamb Chops or Pan Seared Alaskan Halibut a few of my favorites.

Found at 1631 Chicago Ave Evanston IL (847) 868-8945. Found describes themselves as a “kitchen and Social House”. I agree with that and just love the food at Found which is owned by Amy Morton the daughter of the great Chicago Restaurateur Arnie Morton who has passed on the golden touch to Amy. Everything at Found is fantastic and you will want to take a few bites from your friends plate to try as everything offered is top notch. The last time I dined at this wonderful establishment I had the Heirloom baby Lettuce salad for a starter and pan seared Ivory Char a wonderful fish that was prepared just right.

original Article from Active Rain

Evanston IL Summer Fun At the Lake Front

Last night at 7:00 PM we went out to see how the Evanston IL Lakefront park was after dinner. It was 70 degrees and oh so pleasant. There were people really enjoying the evening. During the stroll I saw kids swimming, I even bumped into a friend at the Evanston tennis court playing a free game and looking very happy. People reading in the park and biking, or just walking like we were.

I just love living in Evanston IL so here is a chance to share that experience with you in photos, video and words.

Greenwood Street swimming beach


Here is the Sailing Beach


I saw this guy reading and smoking a cigar and had to take a photo


Please enjoy this little video with me

Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival July 18-19 2015

This weekend is the 30th annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival which takes place at Evanston-IL-founded-1863Dawes Park at Sheridan Rd at Church St from noon until 7PM. Always a great time we are expecting excellent Summer weather so come on down and enjoy the fest. The city of Evanston says:

“Evanston’s lakefront will be transformed into a Global Village for the 30th annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, a two-day celebration of global diversity. This free event features art from an abundance of countries, family crafts activities, international cuisine, and live music, dance, and spoken word performances. Attendees will enjoy continuous performances throughout the weekend at two venues.

The Ethnic Arts Festival is sponsored by the City of Evanston Cultural Arts Programs and partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.”

Admission is free and will be a fun time for the whole family. You can expect excellent food, music and art. I always check out the Ethnic Arts Fest and recommend you do too. Maybe you will see me walking around munching on goodies, camera in hand.

Here is a list of the food vendors Via the City of Evanston:

Anthony’s Italian Ice Lemon & watermelon Italian ice, chocolate-covered frozen bananas

Babushka’s Polish Foods Beer sausage, Polish sausage, Polish sausage hotdog, stuffed cabbage, potato dumplings, potato pancakes, cabbage and noodles, pierogi, Kraut, red borsch soup, apple cider

Ćevapčići Ćevapčići and Balkan burger

College Corn Roasted corn and summer iced tea

Justice of the Pies Cherry amaretto tart, chocolate pear tart, fleur de sels carmel apple pie, key lime pie, lavender lemon tart, lemon blueberry pie, Mayan smores pie

Mt. Everest Basmati rice, vegetable samose, paneer tikki masala, palak paneer, tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala, mango lassi

Stella’s Market & Catering BBQ rib tips, jerk chicken, candied yams, black beans & rice, cabbage, greens, corn, macaroni and cheese, meat with two sides, lemonade, ginger beer

Tamales Express Chicken & pork tamales, chicken & steak tacos, poblano pepper & cheese, elotes, mangos, guacamole, orchata, homemade lemonade, Mexican sodas

Tastebudz BBQ pulled pork sliders; teriyaki, bbq, ho

Tiki Island Concessions Alaskan salmon burger, Alaskan salmon salad, blackened fish sandwich, crab cake sandwich, freshly brewed coffee, mocha frappe, real fruit smoothies

Uncle Zorba’s Gyro sandwich, Greek shish kebob, Greek platter with rice, lemonade, iced tea

Evanston IL Condos Near Downtown

Evanston Founded 1863

Evanston IL Founded 1863

The Condo scene in Evanston is booming. One of the most popular areas we see people looking for property is the condos that are near the downtown area. You get everything within walking distance including the public transportation via the Metra and EL trains. You could be in downtown Chicago within 20 minutes and all points in between sooner. Downtown Evanston has so many new restaurants that have popped up recently, dining can be found for any tastes. There is excellent entertainment available and a whole slew of very interesting and unique stores that you can find anywhere else as well as the business you know all over the country.

Here is a site that lists some of the more popular condo buildings, called Evanston’s Best. If you want to browse even deeper we have 60201 condos which are anything north of Dempster street and if you want to check out other areas try 60202 condos. That will cover most of Evanston for you.

 Evanston IL Google Map

If you are considering a purchase of an Evanston Condo you can count on Coldwell Banker Evanston to lead the way. We are the largest and most successful Real Estate Brokerage in Chicago Land and always ready to help you find the property that meets your specifications. We will set up a personalized search to meet your needs and take you to view property at a time that works for your schedule.

If you are a first time buyer entering the Evanston Condo scene then you have found the right Brokerage to answer any questions, help you get a pre-approval and be there for you as you get handed the keys to your new home at closing. If you have any questions please let us know. We specialize in customer satisfaction and making the transaction a breeze for you.

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Evanston IL Sunrizse

Evanston IL Sunrise at South Blvd Beach

Best Fourth Of July Displays in Chicago-Land

It is hard to believe that it is Independence day again, the Summer season seems to go by so fast. There will be some great fireworks displays in Chicago and the Suburbs, my favorite being the home town Evanston, which features a Parade at 2PM from Central Park to Ryan Field, including Live music via the 2015 Musical Lakefront Fireworks Extravaganza that will be launched from Clark Street Beach and best viewing will be from Centennial Park (North) and Dawes Park (South). This IMG_20140704_212928event is always so much fun.

If you can’t make the Evanston Fireworks, here is a list of other events celebrating the 4th of July

Chicago Heights Spectacular Fireworks
July 2, 2015 at 9:00pm 
Where: Bloom High School’s north soccer field
101 West 10th Street
in Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411

Evergreen Park Parade and Fireworks
July 2, 2015 at Dusk 
Where: Duffy Park
9101 S. Ridgeway
in Evergreen Park, Illinois 60680

Rosemont Rockin’ In the Park Concert & Fireworks
July 2, 2015, fireworks start by 7 p.m. and end by 10 p.m.
Where: MB Financial Park
5501 Park Place
in Rosemont, Illinois 60018

Bridgeview July 3rd Celebration
July 3, 2015 at 9:00pm 
Where: Bridgeview Park District
8100 S Beloit
in Bridgeview, Illinois 60455

Burr Ridge July Fourth Fireworks
July 3, 2015 at Dusk 
Where: Walker Park
7425 S. Wolf Rd
in Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

Calumet Park Fireworks Display
July 3, 2015 at 9:30 p.m.
Calumet Memorial Park
626 Wentworth Ave. Calumet City IL

Lemont Park District Freedom Days Fireworks
July 3, 2015 at Dusk 
Where: Centennial Park
16028 127th St
in Lemont, Illinois 60439

Leydon Township Annual Firework Show
July 3, 2015 at 9:30pm 
Where: Behind West Leyden High School
1000 N Wolf Road
in Northlake, Illinois 60164

Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest
July 3, 2015 at Dusk 
Where: Community Park
in Palatine, Illinois 60067

Calumet Park Fireworks Display
July 3, 2015 at 9:30 p.m.
Calumet Memorial Park
626 Wentworth Ave. Calumet City IL

Lemont Park District Freedom Days Fireworks
July 3, 2015 at Dusk 
Where: Centennial Park
16028 127th St
in Lemont, Illinois 60439

Leydon Township Annual Firework Show
July 3, 2015 at 9:30pm 
Where: Behind West Leyden High School
1000 N Wolf Road
in Northlake, Illinois 60164

Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest
July 3, 2015 at Dusk 
Where: Community Park
in Palatine, Illinois 60067

Wheeling Fourth of July
July 3, 2015 at 9:15pm 
Where: Chicago Executive Airport
1020 Plant Road
in Wheeling, Illinois 60090

Wilmette Independence Day Fireworks
July 3, 2015 at 9:30pm 
Where: Gillson Park
Sheridan Road and Michigan Avenue
in Wilmette, Illinois 6009

26th Annual Oak Fest
July 4, 2015 at Dusk 
Where: 159th and Central
in Oak Forest, Illinois 60452

Arlington Park July 4th Fireworks
July 4, 2015 at Dusk 
Where: Arlington Park Race Track
2200 Euclid Avenue
in Arlington Heights, Illinois 60006

Barrington 4th of July Festival
July 4, 2015 at Dusk 
Where: Barrington High School
616 West Main
in Barrington, Illinois 60010

Barlett Fourth of July
July 4, 2015 at 9:30pm
Where: Apple Orchard Park
in Bartlett, Illinois 60103

Buffalo Grove Independence Day Fireworks
July 4, 2015 at Dusk 
Where: Village Hall Campus
50 Raupp Blvd
in Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089

Chicago – Navy Pier Fireworks
July 1, 2015 at 9:15 p.m. 
July 4, 2015 at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Navy Pier; best viewing from Dock Stage
600 E Grand Ave

Elk Grove Lions Club Fireworks
July 4, 2015 at 9:15pm 
Where: Lions Park
Lions Drive & Elk Grove Blvd.
in Elk Grove, Illinois 60007

Custer Street Fair 2015 Evanston IL

June 20 and 21st was Evanston Il Custer Street Fair. This event is one of the most fun street fest in Evanston and grows IMG_20150620_181319every year. Chicago Avenue is closed off at Main street as well as Custer street and there is so much to enjoy for the whole family. The Custer Street Fair is now 43 years old and offers tons of great food, drink, crafts and best of all (to me) the great music. It is all free too. This years fest was just great despite a little rain on Saturday evening. Here is the official Custer Street Fair site if you want to read a bit about the history.

Every time I go to the Custer Street Fair I bump into old friends and have a good old time. People come to Evanston just for this event. I really enjoy seeing the kids face painting, the magicians doing tricks and so much interesting food to eat as well as craft booths that are always interesting to browse. I remember back in the old days the fair really was on Custer Street but expanded to Chicago Avenue and Main Streets because of popularity.

We always come home with some craft trinket that is hand made and unique. I can better show you through photos and videos.

Guitar virtuoso Kraig Kenning plays every year and is my favorite musical act. I think this man is a super star. Check out a minute of his set

Evanston IL The Perfect City

I have lived in Evanston IL The Perfect city since 1979 and seen the city grow from a sort of slow moving town in need of updating that was only known as a college town for Northwestern University to a thriving Metropolis. That is what has happened in the last 15 years. It is really amazing and I watch this big change and what ended up happening was really interesting.

It started when Evanston IL had very strict zoning laws and the city wanted to keep the town small and quiet. As the years went by new management took over and had different ideas. The city was broke and they decided to allow high-rise condo buildings where they were not allowed at all for many years. The reason was to generate funds run the city through property tax and revenue from local and city taxes that would come from the new residents of these high-rise condo developments.

It really worked. The condos that were built sold before they were even finished and the people began moving in. With all these people came a need for many businesses. Many great restaurants, unique stores and sources for entertainment appeared. As a long time resident I loved it. I remember a time when I could name every place you could go to eat in a sentence or two and now I do not have the slightest idea of all the great choices. Every type of food you could ever want can be found in downtown Evanston IL. We love it.

Here is a great link in Downtown Evanston for dining Entertainment, Arts and Culture and recreation. It makes us Evanstonians proud to offer all this and I am excited just telling you. As a Realtor I see a whole different audience interested in moving to Evanston IL. Now we find many young couples and singles very interested in moving to Evanston because there is so much going on.

If you are interested in the best places to live, check out this link called Evanston’s Best. It is live and updated on the fly access to all the most sought after Downtown Evanston Condos. Not I want to share a few interesting photos and a video with you to help you understand how much we love Evanston IL.

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Our Stars Aligned



Chicago Skyline from Northwestern Lakefront



The bluff at Lighthouse Beach Evanston IL