Evanston IL 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

Evanston IL 4th of July Fireworks Celebration

This year Evanston’s 4th of July fireworks celebration is going to be slightly different for this year only. The reason being that we are right in the middle of the Northwestern construction project located on the south campus. Next year, 2015 we will go back to the traditional set up, which has always been on a barge off of Clark street beach. fireworks

If you want to have some fun I suggest you come out and join the whole community for a great time marking the middle of the summer. How did we get to the middle so fast? The Evanston IL Fourth Of July celebration is very well organized and one of the best set ups in Chicago land. People come from all around and bring all their family and friends. I suggest clicking the Evanston 4th of July link here to see the complete schedule. Don’t miss out! Fireworks, a wonderful parade are among the activities that you will love.

Have fun, stay safe and please come up to me and say hi!

If you decide you love Evanston’s Forth Of July Celebration as much as I do and want to relocate to Evanston click this Evanston Real Estate Link and see what is happening for yourself.

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Evanston IL Fountain Square Art Festival

Fountain Square Art Festival

The wonderful Fountain Square Art Festival is taking place June 28 & 29th and is an event not to miss. The City of Evanston and the Evanston Chamber of Commerce says:

“Now celebrating its 35th year, Fountain Square Art Festival features the eclectic works of more than 225 juried artists. This sprawling art showcase epitomizes words like “cosmopolitan” and “sophistication.” EFSGM

The festival takes place in downtown Evanston, just steps from the eponymous Fountain Square. It also features a popular children’s art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, food, and a soothing jazz-centric music lineup.

Besides the main attraction of world-class art, the Fountain Square Art Festival offers a vast array of entertainment. A main music stage features continuous live jazz. In addition, the festival boasts a vast assortment of the area’s best food and children’s art tent offering art lessons and projects for kids!”

This festival right in the middle of downtown Evanston is one of the most fun and entertaining events for the whole family and has something for everyone. I always attend and look forward to being there this year. See you at the Fountain Square Art Festival!”

From one of the best news sources in town the Evanston Now we are told:

“More than 200 artists are expected at the Fountain Square Festival in downtown Evanston on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, and there’ll be food and musical performances as well.

Strollers and serious buyers will have time and space to explore paintings, sculptures, metalwork, jewelry, glasswork, wood work, photography and mixed media.

The music lineup kicks off at noon on Saturday, with Fred Simon playing jazz piano, followed at 3 p.m. by boogie jazz/blues pianist Craig Brenner.

On Sunday the Etc. Music School will perform at noon, followed by BMR4 Jazz at 3 p.m.

Simon, on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago, has a robust recording career and has composed for live performance, film, dance and television.

Brenner was called, “a fine and funky pianist” by Living Blues Magazine. He has recorded often as Craig and the Crawdads, and is a favorite in the college town of Bloomington, Ind., where he studied.

The Etc. Music School, founded by Evanstonian Mike O’Mara, offers a holistic approach to music and theater. And the group BMR4, often heard at Evanston’s Pete Miller’s Steakhouse, has many recordings.

The new FamilyFest Activity Area will feature several activities for children and adults. Evanston Art Center will oversee kid-friendly activities.

Adirondack chairs for lounging and a secret interactive art project with a surprise ending from Evanston’s Bottle and Bottega and Good’s of Evanston will keep fairgoers guessing.

In addition, “Selfies” featuring Evanston’s creative sculpture, The Encounter, will make for some never-before-imagined photos.”

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Evanston IL Starlight Concerts start this year June 10

Evanston IL Starlight Concerts start this year June 10. These free events are always fun and wonderful for the whole family. To hang out in the park with a picnic, your family and great music in the Summer is the perfect way to unwind. Here is a link to the City Of Evanston web site if you want more information. I have attended these shows for many years and always enjoyed them very much. Starlight Concert 2014

Information from the City of Evanston

Starlight Concerts

June 10 James  Levy Center “School’s Out for Summer” Celebration Dance Partying, Hula Hooping, Cirque Wheeling, and Surf Rocking
Tues., June 17 Harbert  Fleetwood Center Andrea McNeal & The Hip City Band Blues/Soul
Thurs., June 19 Twiggs    Fleetwood Center Juneteenth Celebration Drum Circle and more
Tues., June 24 Bent  Fleetwood Center The Bad Examples Indie Rock / Pop
Wed., June 25 6:30-8pm James  Fleetwood Center Joel Frankel and Jane Stenson Story Concert for Young Families
Tues., July 1 Bent  Fleetwood Center Milo & Otis Adventure / Soul
Tues., July 8 Leahy  Fleetwood Center The Flat Five Folk/Jazz/Soul/Rock
Tues., July 15 Brummel Levy Center The Rhythm Rockets Old School R & B; see food truck info below
Tues., July 22 Centennial Levy Center Jonas Friddle & The Majority Orchestral Folk
Tues., July 29 Harbert  Fleetwood Center Uncle Butchie’s Live House Variety
Tues., Aug. 5 James Levy Center Los Vicios De Papa Latin Ska
Tues., Aug. 12 Twiggs  Fleetwood Center DJ Rob, Yemi Marie, TL Williams R & B and Hip Hop / Jazz
Tues., Aug .19 Centennial Levy Center Nelson Gill and the Carribbean Rhythm Band Caribbean

Park locations for concerts:
Bent Park: Central St. at Cowper Ave.
Brummel Park: Brummel St. at Elmwood Ave.
Centennial Park: Sheridan Rd. at Church St.
Harbert Park: Dempster St. at McDaniel (E. of canal)
James Park: Dodge Ave. at Mulford  (base of James Park hill)
Leahy Park, Lincoln St. west of Ridge Ave.
Twiggs Park: Dodge Ave. at Simpson St.

If you decide you love Evanston IL and want to find out more about the great city bordering on Lake Michigan then contact Coldwell Banker Evanston

800 Elgin Optima Horizons Evanston IL

800 Elgin Optima Horizons Evanston IL

The Optima Horizons at 800 Elgin in Evanston IL is one of the favorite choices for people attending Northwestern University or folks who just want one of the best locations available. Click the 800 Elgin Optima Horizons link to see the current inventory of property for sale. 800 Elgin

This Optima Horizons is a wonderful building to call home with its full list of amenities. The property includes a door person and on site management. There is a pool, exercise room, attached in door heated parking, a great outdoor space to picnic, catch some sun or entertain friends and a party room.

There are three Optima properties in Evanston near downtown so you could click this Optima Evanston link if you want to find out more.

The Evanston IL downtown has so much to offer. There are many unique shops and restaurants of every choice and style as well as a 15 screen movie theater that even has a bar if you want a glass of wine or a drink to accompany your movie. Downtown Evanston has the best access to public transportation with the Metra and El, you can get almost anywhere in minutes including downtown Chicago.

If you are interested in buying or selling property in Evanston or Chicago Land then consider contacting Coldwell Banker Evanston for expert professional Real Estate help.

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Homes for sale in Evanston IL

Homes for sale in Evanston IL is the topic of today’s Real Estate Report. Currently in Evanston Illinois there are 127 single family homes for sale and 108 under contract and waiting to close. In the last 4 months 107 houses have closed and are sold.


In April of this year, 2014 the average market time for all types of property was 75 days which is down from 140 days in April of 2013. The percent of list to sales price is 94.3%. The inventory of Foreclosures and Short sales has drastically been reduced in the last 3 years.

If you are interested to see what the entire picture is regarding what is for sale in Evanston and what has recently sold then please click this Evanston Real Estate link and browse freely.

Evanston has so much to offer. Starting on May 27th a whole series of Festivals and Concerts are beginning and most are free. Click the 2014 Evanston Festivals & Concerts link to plan your schedule.

Downtown Evanston has become a Mecca of Shopping, Dining and Events causing people to come from afar just to visit. Click this Downtown Evanston link and see what is offered. Maybe while you are in town you would want to visit the Lakefront and Beaches? If you are interested to find out more about that scene then click the Evanston Beaches and Parks link.

It is no wonder that Evanston has become such a popular spot for many people. If you are considering making a move to town then contact Coldwell Banker Evanston and find out how we can help make the transition a smooth and easy one. We can schedule property viewing at a time that fits your schedule.

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Evanston IL Rated The Most Exciting City In Illinois

Evanston IL Rated The Most Exciting City In Illinois as per the Movoto Blog which their moto is “the Lighter Side Of Real Estate”. In an interesting blog article written by Movoto’s staff writer Natalie Grigson.

I quote Natalie in saying “If you thought Chicago was the only thing going on in Illinois, think again. These are the 10 most exciting places in the Prairie State—and Chicago’s ranking might just surprise you”.

It makes us Evanstoniaons proud to know we are being thought of and rated number one. In the past 15 years Evanston has been built up quite a bit with many high rise condo buildings and Northwestern University has greatly expanded, When you add this there is a need for more dining, shopping and entertainment. That and the fact the we have wonderful parks, beaches a downtown with walking distance to multiple forms of public transportation such as the Metra and EL then its easy to see why Evanston IL is the winner.

I quote Movado again in:

“Let’s be honest here. When most people think of Illinois, apart from Chicago the word “excitement” isn’t exactly the first thing that springs to mind. Of course, that doesn’t mean Illinois isn’t a fine state—there are plenty of wonderful places there, but exciting?

As it turns out, yes, really. On our latest mission to uncover the most exciting places in the country, we headed to Illinois and found the 10 most exciting places in the state. Why? Because that’s part of what we do here on the Movoto Real Estate Blog.

Which place in Illinois was the most exciting of them all? Evanston, as it turns out. However, this city didn’t make its way to the top without some riveting competition. Here are the 10 most exciting places in the Prairie State:”

1. City of Evanston
2. City of Woodstock
3. City of Rock Island
4. City of Chicago
5. City of St. Charles
6. City of Carbondale
7. City of Champaign
8. City of Edwardsville
9. City of Bloomington
10. Village of Downers Grove

The criteria for this rating was done on:

Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
Live music venues per capita
Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)
Percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the higher the better)
Percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34 (the higher the better)
If you want to read the full article they wrote then check out
The 10 Most Exciting Places In Illinois

If you are interested to see what Real Estate is for sale in Evanston or what has recently sold they you can click on this Evanston Real Estate link. If selling your property in Evanston or anywhere in Chicago Land is the goal we at Coldwell Banker Evanston can help. We offer a free and no obligation analysis of your homes value and a marketing plan. If you want to look beyond Evanston to anywhere in Chicago land try Chicago Land Real Estate too and browse freely.

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Evanston IL

Evanston IL Hottest Place to Dine

Evanston IL is named hottest place to eat by the magazine Time Out Chicago. This is a huge honor for Evanstonians and makes me proud. You see in the past years we have expanded greatly and many new condo and rental building have been built.
To go along with this, entertainment, shopping and dining is needed and the population has gone up quite a bit. I had a conversation with a coworker last week and we agreed that the caused data saying we have population of 74,486 in 2010 is way low now.

Evanston IL Map

Please let me quote Emily Stone the editor of the article I read who wrote this in the Evanston Patch. Emily said:

You probably already knew this, but it’s nice to hear others agree: Evanston’s restaurant scene is hopping.

Time Out Chicago just validated the fact by calling Evanston “the hottest place to eat right now.”

“The hottest dining area in Chicago isn’t Logan Square or the West Loop—it’s Evanston, where new bars and restaurants are opening at a rapid pace. And there’s more to come,”

I am quoting a person who is quoting another because the article came from Time Out Chicago so I want to give credit where credit is due.

Here is a link to the Patch article and the Time Out Chicago article.

Here are some Evanston Restaurants.

I am an Evanston Resident for over 35 years and a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Evanston and love the community. 

If you are interested to see what property is for sale or selling in Evanston Illinois at this time then I invite you to click this Evanston Real Estate Link and browse away.

If you are ever considering selling property in Evanston IL then you should consider Coldwell Banker Evanston and we can provide a free and no obligation market analysis of your home’s value and a marketing plan.

If you are interested in purchasing property in Evanston we can help and take care of all the steps needed to explain any questions you may have. We can show you property when it is good for you, before, during or after work hours.

If you are ever considering selling property in Evanston IL then you should consider Coldwell Banker Evanston and we can provide a free and no obligation market analysis of your home’s value and a marketing plan.

If you are interested in purchasing property in Evanston we can help and take care of all the steps needed to explain any questions you may have. We can show you property when it is good for you, before, during or after work hours.

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