Evanston IL Gets DIVVY Bike Share

Evanston IL Gets DIVVY Bike Share

Have you ever heard about DIVVY Bike share? It is a system where once you join you get access to nice bikes for a little riding around town by the hour. There are stations where the bicycles are set up and it is completely automated so you can get and return a bike whenever you want. So far this system is only available in New York City, Washington DC , Minneapolis, Miami, Columbus, San Francisco, Boulder, Boston, Houston, and Chicago Land.

Here is a photo I took today of a DIVVY bike station

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There are different types of memberships available including one I think is really cool and that is the ability to share with a non-member and get to go for a ride with a friend for 30 to 60 minutes or so when ever you want. There is no need for a reservation. I think this sounds like a lot of fun and here is a link to the City of Evanston’s DIVVY program if you want to learn more about it.

See you on the bike path at the beach (maybe next summer when it warms up).

Frank Lloyd Wright Trained John Van Bergen Home Moved To Evanston

Frank Lloyd Wright Trained John Van Bergen Home Moved To Evanston

The other day I wrote a blog called Historic Wilmette Home Being Moved To Evanston IL

The property was in FLW style and located in Wilmette IL which is one of my favorite villages with its cobble stone streets, vintage homes and beautiful Gilson Park Beach. The property was bought and the buyer was going to tear it down and build a modern house. Very sad for the vintage Historic home lovers like me.

Anyway, the home was saved and is being relocated to an even more favorite town of mine, Evanston IL which is my home town. During the time they are waiting to get it together they moved the home to a closed down grocery store in Evanston, the old Dominicks parking lot.

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Today I could not resist and I went over there and took some photos. I quote some of Wikipedia and its information on John Van Bergen first. Before I do that let me remind you that if you are ever thinking about property in Evanston IL or Wilmette IL you should talk to someone who really loves houses. That someone is me. I got into this business for my love and curiosity of architecture and getting to work with people. Some time check out Coldwell Banker Evanston.

I quote:

“John Van Bergen designed Prairie style homes, influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright. Prairie style homes designed by Van Bergen are often considered “excellent” or “outstanding” examples of the style and some of them have been declared local landmarks. In 1909 he went to work for Frank Lloyd Wright at his studio in Oak Park. At Wright’s studio he did working drawings for and supervised the Robie House and the Mrs. Thomas Gale Houses. The city of Chicago declared the Miller House, a 1915 example of Van Bergen’s Prairie style on South Paxton Avenue, a landmark on December 1, 1993. The Miller House was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1991. In the suburb of Wilmette the Bresbach House, another example of Van Bergen’s 1910s work, is a local landmark.”

This is the Bresbach Home

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Chicago North Shore Real Estate Sales Strong

Chicago North Shore Real Estate Sales Strong

For single family homes in a four year period since the beginning of 2010  we are at the highest point in years for the number of contracts written during this time of year. 2013 had higher numbers through August but then dropped off and by September there were 271 contracts written for single family homes. At the same point in this year of 2014 we have 318 contracts written.Chicago-North-Shore map

The point is that if priced properly homes in the Chicago North Shore are still selling strong today. The Chicago North Shore is Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe. Highland Park, Lake Forest. If you are thinking of moving you will be successful if your property is marketed properly and with a Professional Real Estate Brokerage such as Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. We will do a market analysis of your properties value and we have a plan to get you the most value for your home.

If you are interested in purchasing property in Chicago’s North Shore you should consider contacting Coldwell Banker the oldest and most successful Real Estate Brokerage in Chicago Land.

If you want to see what properties are available in Chicago Land we have a direct connection to the Multiple Listing Service for you to use and there is no need to enter any information unless you want to, it is a fee and no obligation service we provide for you.

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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 Art and Big Fork Festival 9-26 through 9-28

Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival 9-26 through 9-28

We Evanston residents are really looking forward to the Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival starting this Friday for loads of fun for the whole family. The Festival is going to be located on Sherman from Elgin to Davis, Church from Benson to Evanston-Art-and-Big-Fork-FestivalOrrington, and Clark from Benson to Sherman. This will really be a wonderful event with so much to see and tons of great food. In the last few years Evanston IL has greatly expanded in the variety of restaurants, and people are really talking about how good many of them are and we are seeing articles on publications which is bring people to visit Evanston.

The city of Evanston says:

“The art at this festival will include classic categories such as paintings, sculpture, photography, as well as fun usable art such as unique handmade jewelry, one-of-a kind furniture and home accessories, mixed media work, glass, wood, wearables, art made from recycled materials and much more! Art will be original and in all price points, so that everyone from college students to long time collectors can find something right for them.

In addition to the incredible artwork, Evanston Art & Big Fork features live music and fun art projects for kids all weekend long. At the north end of the festival, separate from the artists, many of Evanston’s great restaurants will serve up their wonderful food to festival goers.”

For more information visit http://www.amdurproductions.com.

Dates: September 26-28

Times: Fri: 4-10pm, Sat: 10am-10pm, Sun: 10am-5pm

Admission: Free

Check out Amdurproductions

See you at the Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival

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Evanston IL Welcomes New Northwestern Class

Evanston IL Welcomes New Northwestern Class

Evanston’s Northwestern just started its undergrad program this week and we just want to give you a warm NU-Logowelcome. The purple tradition is back in action in Evanston and we were are your welcome wagon. If you want more information you can always go to the Northwestern site and find out almost any information you want.

There have been many activities going on already and on Thursday Sherman Avenue was shut down for a welcome Northwestern block party open to the public. The spirit was great and the fountain at fountain Square was dyed Purple.. We hope you enjoy your experience and if you need any help with housing please feel free to contact us at Coldwell Banker Evanston.

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Evanston IL Streets Alive Celebration September 7th

On Sunday September 7th the City of Evanston is throwing a huge Block Party called “Street Alive”from 1:00 pm to 6:00 PM on Main street between Hinman and the Robert Crown center, there will be no cars allowed and it will be walking the streets with StreetsAliveLogomany events and activities planned.

Presented by the City of Evanston and environmental nonprofit Citizens’ Greener Evanston, the “open street” event will feature a variety of activities for all ages, including talent shows, limbo, hoola-hooping, sidewalk chalk art, basketball challenge games, badminton, a giant chess board, an imagination playground, local performing artists, food trucks, and much more. In addition to the activities, “Streets Alive!” will also feature plenty of car-free open space for all to enjoy.

“‘Streets Alive!’ gives Evanston community members an opportunity to experience our public streets like never before,” said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. “This free event is a great way to enjoy our beautiful city, meet your neighbors, support local businesses, and celebrate car-free modes of transportation.”

This year’s event will feature a wide variety of activities, including:

  • Zumba classes at the McGaw YMCA’s Outdoor Fitness Center;
  • Putt Putt Golf at Grey Park, sponsored by Chute Middle School;
  • Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services firetruck and public information house;
  • A life-sized “Story Book Walk” created by the Evanston Public Library;
  • A “Bubble Science” lab with staff from the Evanston Ecology Center;
  • A “Transit Hub,” where community members can view and show off unique bicycles and learn how to load their bicycle onto a Pace bus;
  • Slam poetry by ETHS students.

Check out this Streets Alive web site to learn more