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 6080

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


Evanston IL Memorial Day 2015

Evanston IL is very patriotic toward Memorial Day 2015.  There was so much going on with fantastic weather in the afternoon after rain early in the day. This post is to recognise all the Americans who have given so much to help you and I be free. A reminder message and a moment of silence for the fallen soldier or family who has suffered some way. I want this to be short and sweet and to say:

Happy Memorial Day to Evanston and the rest of America. Peace and Love to you and special thoughts to all involved.

Memorial Day Evanston IL 2015

Evanston IL Mother’s Day House Walk May 10 2015

Evanston IL Mother’s Day House Walk May 10 2015

The Evanston 40th Annual Mother’s Day house walk was today and was a wonderful time that many people enjoyed. It is a tradition that I take my Mom on this walk and then have a nice dinner together. Everything was perfect except usually Dad joins us for the dinner but he left us in October of 2014. It was tough but I got through the first Mother’s Day without Dad, sounds unusual but these are my feelings. RIP Dad. Enough of that, I am here to tell you about how much fun we had.

Every year a new set of homes is presented and you are allowed to walk throughout the house freely and get a nice book telling the history of the home and it’s architecture. There are many people who do this with their families on Mothers Day and my Mom just loves the event, we have participated in this annual event for many years.

It all started out at the Evanston History Center which is located in the Dawes Mansion and a historic landmark property that us Evanstonian’s are proud of. After picking up our passes we went on to tour Northwest Evanston, the first time in history that he house walk was in that beautiful part of town. Many of what we viewed was on one of my favorite streets, Park Place. A street that is very wide with the largest parkways I have ever seen in a neighborhood street. It is a quiet area perfect for raising a family with tree lined streets and unusual homes that I will share with you in pictures.

Dawes Mansion Evanston IL

Dawes-Mansion2329 Hartzell Evanston IL 60201


 2608 Park Place Evanston IL 60201

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2400-Park-PlaceHere is a look at Park Place of Evanston in the Central St area


I thoroughly enjoy this house walk and look forward to next year’s event. My name is Noah Seidenberg and I am an Evanston resident and Realtor at Coldwell Banker Evanston. I am an Ambassador for the city of Evanston, here to help people learn about our great community and also can assist you in purchasing or selling property in Evanston IL. If you have any questions about the city of Evanston, please call me at (800) 858-7917 and anything you can think of can be answered. Come join us in the wonderful city sitting on Lake Michigan and the home of Northwestern University, Evanston I

We Love Evanston IL

We Love Evanston Day was March 7 2015 it is never too late to show you how great Evanston IL is and how people feel about this community. I have lived in Evanston since 1979 and have seen the city grow and thrive into  a truly wonderful place to live. If you to talk to residents of this community you will see how much the residents enjoy being a member of this community.

Evanston is the first city North of Chicago, sitting on the border at Howard street. We have 6 beaches including a boat launch and dog beach. If you want to read more about it, click Evanston Beaches.

Please take a minute to view this video called We Love Evanston to see what the people think about our wonderful town. I would never want to live anywhere else.

Earth Day 2015 in Evanston IL

Earth Day 2015 in Evanston IL

Today April 22 is Earth Day 2015. All across the country people are thinking Green and doing things to help our planet. It is so important to remember that we only have one world and we must care for it. People need to think of alternative methods of energy and work on cleaning up the mess that has been made. If you are interested in Earth Day across the country check out Earthday.orgeco-earth

In Evanston IL Earth Day or Arbor Day as it is also called is really being celebrated on Saturday April 25th. There are many special events going on in Evanston IL and the people are very into helping clean up the beaches and parks and our whole community.

I quote the City of Evanston:

Community members are invited to participate in the City’s “Clean up, Evanston!” event in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This year there will also be mulching and tree plantings in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day at both the Ladd Arboretum and Lovelace Park. The mulching and tree plantings will take place during the 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. clean up day at each designated location.

Community groups and individuals of all ages can sign up to volunteer at any one of ten designated clean-up sites across the city by visiting or calling/texting 847-448-4311. There is at least one clean-up location in each of Evanston’s nine wards.

Volunteers are encouraged to register to meet at any of these locations at 9 a.m. on April 25:

  • Robert Crown Park, Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.
  • Lakefront, Elliott Park, Dempster St. Beach House, 1251 Lake Shore Blvd.
  • Ladd Arboretum, Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.
  • Kamen East Park, Kamen Field House, South Blvd. and Barton Ave.
  • Lakefront, Burnham Shores, Dempster St. Beach House, 1251 Lake Shore Blvd.
  • James Park, Dodge Ave. at Mulford St. (Fieldhouse)
  • Mason Park, Church St. and Florence Ave.
  • Lakefront, Centennial Park, Clark St. Beach House, 1811 Sheridan Rd.
  • Lovelace Park (Fieldhouse), Gross Point. Rd. at Thayer St.
  • Lakefront, Dawes Park, Greenwood St. Beach Restroom, 1401 Sheridan Rd.

Volunteers should look for a large “Clean up, Evanston!” sign as well as a City Public Works vehicle to pick up their green refuse bags and gloves at each of the clean-up sites.

For more information please call/text 847-448-4311, or visit

Help Out Our Friends In The Western Chicago Suburbs

Today the blog is not about Evanston. Evanston or any North Shore community right on Lake Michigan rarely has trouble with tornadoes but last night the western suburbs really got hit hard. There was a horrible tornado that caused very bad destruction in Rochelle, Ashton and Fairdale. The tornado that went right through Fairdale was at 180 to 200 MPH and 2 people lost their lives. It is very sad to see the damage on the news.

I got a news flash from the city of Evanston that said:

The following items are needed immediately and can dropped off at HomeTown Association of REALTORS East at 1430 DeKalb Avenue in Sycamore, IL 60178 or directly at the Red Cross location on Flagg Road in Rochelle at the Rochelle Township High School. Hand sanitizer Water Blankets Ready to eat food Baby wipes, hand wipes Meds and first aid items Diapers Animals food and cages Cloths Plastic bins Gift Cards to Walmart There is an immediate need for rentals in the area for those that lost their homes. If you have ANY vacant properties that would consider renting immediately please contact Bobbie Bryant at Rochelle Realty and Property Management at 815-562-7368. IAR Government Affairs Director, Kristen Jungles, will have a drop off location at her home in Naperville. She can be reached at

If you can help in any way people will really appreciate it.

Watch: Aerial footage, aftermath of tornado

Happy Easter and Passover to Evanston and the World

Just a quick blog here today to say Peace and Love to the world and that I hope everyone is enjoying a special holiday season with their families. In addition to these two great religious holidays it is Spring Break for schools and that gives even more people a chance to be with their families.

Today in Evanston IL it is the most wonderful clear and warm day. It is presently 60 degrees right at the Lake Michigan Lake front where I am located. A perfect day for a walk and that is on my addenda after this piece is done.

I want to walk the Evanston Lake Front beaches starting at South Blvd Beach and making my way north up through the Northwestern campus. There is no wind and you could not ask for a better day.

I leave you with a photo I took of the Evanston Downtown and you can see the Lake too. Please enjoy this with me.

Looking up Chicago Ave and notice the moon

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Northwestern University To Donate $5 Million

Northwestern University announced March 20th that for the next 5 years they will donate $5,000,000 to the evanston-city-logocity Of Evanston IL for projects that will be chosen by Evanston IL Mayor Tisdahl and NU President Morton Schapiro. This was made public during the Mayor’s speech at the Hilton Orrington, 1710 Orrington Ave. The funds will start each year on September 1st for the next five years.

What a great partnership, Northwestern University and the wonderful city of Evanston IL. The cooperation between NU and Evanston is fantastic. I have been a Evanston Resident since 1979 when I turned 21 and have watched the town and school grow dramatically during that time.

I quote Mayor Tisdahl from her speech:

“Northwestern University, our businesses, residents of Evanston, our schools and not-for-profits are … partners in making this city great,” Tisdahl said after revealing the news. “So I say to you in confidence that we can and we will solve our challenges.”

The Daily Northwestern said:

“The mayor went on to congratulate Evanston’s business growth in recent years. Last year, 43 new businesses opened, adding 212 new full-time jobs, while 19 closed. Unemployment also went down to 4.2 percent in December 2014, which is lower than the national and Chicago average.”

As a resident of Evanston IL and Realtor at Coldwell Banker Evanston it is easy to see how the growth has changed Evanston for the better. There are so many wonderful and unique stores, interesting restaurants and so much entertainment that the people wanting to make a move to town has changed so much over the last decade. The town is thriving and you can always find something fun to enjoy. Since Northwestern University has expanded and Evanston IL has allowed high-rise Condo developments many people have decided to make the move to the tree-lined city sitting on Lake Michigan. With all the new properties many businesses have popped up and are welcomed by everyone.

If you are considering a move to Evanston IL or have any questions please let me be your ambassador to the town I love and call home. It is easy to help people if you are happy where you live and work. I can be reached day or night at: (800) 858-7917 or by Email at

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