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Historic Plaza del Lago Shopping Center Sold

Historic Plaza del Lago Shopping Center Sold

Historic Plaza del Lago shopping center sold for the first time in 47 years. The popular retail strip located Wilmette IL is one of the most popular and fun locations to shop or dine. The current owner has had the property since 1971.Plaza del Lago

Plaza del Lago was built-in 1928. Based on a Spanish style architecture and located on Sheridan road. The property is home to many excellent boutiques. The parcel brought $48.3 Million or $482 per square foot.

The 22-acre plot of land at 1515 N. Sheridan Rd. in Wilmette at one time was called “No man’s land”. Now Plaza del Lago boasts a robust mix of on-trend and classic with its diverse mix of leading retailers, one-of-a-kind boutiques, distinctive restaurants, grocery and services.

The shopping center is not known for expensive boutiques. It is currently 91 percent leased largely to necessity-oriented retailers. Its tenants include Jewel-Osco, CVS, Northshore University Health System, Starbucks, Barhop’s Seafood and John Plunkett Interiors. Jewel-Osco.

The great location right across the street from the Wilmette Lakefront helps to make the Plaza del Lago very popular. East Wilmette residents can easily walk to the location to shop and dine spending leisurely time.

During the Summer casual concerts are held for free. They offer a wide variety of music. People can bring chairs and their children. To dine and dance to the music is a wonderful time for all.

Wilmette is a desired community to raise a family. Children will attend excellent schools including New Trier High School. In the past decade, many new restaurants have opened in downtown Wilmette IL making the village even more desirable.

Historic Plaza del Lago Shopping Center Sold

People can get to downtown Chicago in about 30 minutes via the Meta or EL trains. The community has all types of homes from vintage to modern styles. Give us a call at Coldwell Banker Wilmette if you are interested.

We can be reached at (800) 858-7917.

Evanston IL First Night

Evanston IL First Night

Evanston’s First Night is a celebration that takes place on New Year’s Eve. The 2017 event promises to be a total blast. There is so much to do and wonderful events to watch or participate in.

Evanston IL First Night

(Rich Foreman Photography)

First Night was started as an option for people who want to have fun but are not necessarily interested in bars and drinking. This is a family oriented event with many choices that anyone and everyone will enjoy.

Evanston IL First Night started on New Year’s Eve of 1993 and was attended by about 3,000 folks and there was 6 inches of snow on the ground. Past acts have included audience favorites like Corky Siegel, Howard Levy, Bobby Broom and Yves Francois.

Second City will be back this year, as will Underage Sugar Addicts, a teen improv group. You will find something for everyone. This is one of the events that the City of Evanston is truly proud of.

The events take place at different venues all around the town of Evanston. You can hop to whatever interest you. This takes place between 7PM and Midnight on New Year’s Eve in Evanston IL. Tickets will run you 20 bucks for adults or $25 the evening of the event.

The price is 10 bucks for teens 9 and older. If you children are under 8 than it is free. If you want to pay $100 for a premium ticket you are guaranteed front row seating at any of the performances.

Evanston IL First Night

People can purchase tickets online at FirstNightEvanston.Org or at the event. The tickets are also available at Evanston Whole Foods stores, libraries, Evanston City Clerk’s Office, First Bank & Trust of Evanston and the office of Downtown Evanston.

This will be a night to remember and fun for your whole family and friends. Check out the Evanston IL First Night website to learn more about the schedule. See you at Evanston IL First Night.

18 New Illinois Laws Take Effect in 2018

18 New Illinois Laws Take Effect in 2018

2017 is almost over. Every year we try to let the people know what to expect for the new year. In a few days we start 2018 so take note of these new Illinois laws and life will be much easier.

New Training for Restaurant Managers

This law could make the dining experience more palatable to people who have food allergies. Under the new rules, managers of category 1 restaurants must undergo accredited food allergen awareness and safety training within 30 days of being hired, with recertification required every three years. Also, at least one manager who has received the training must be on site at all times while the restaurant is open.

18 New Illinois Laws Take Effect in 2018

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Abortions to Remain Legal

The multi-pronged measure House Bill 40 removes a “trigger law” that could make abortions illegal in Illinois should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. It also covers abortions under both Medicaid and state employees’ health insurance plans. (Chicago Tonight reported on the law after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed it in September. It is currently being challenged in court by nearly a dozen anti-abortion organizations and eight state lawmakers, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.)

Insurers Must Cover MRI for Some Women

MRI of an entire breast or breasts must be covered by an insurer if a mammogram demonstrates heterogeneous or dense breast tissue (a risk factor for cancer), when such tests are determined medically necessary by a licensed physician. (A Glenview woman is advocating for a state law that would require mammography reports inform women if they have breast dense tissue.)

Schools Must Accommodate Nursing Mothers

Public and charter schools must provide space for nursing mothers in a private and secure room with an electrical outlet – other than a bathroom. Under the law, students will be permitted to bring any equipment needed to express breast milk, such as a breast pump. In addition, students must have access to a refrigerator to store their milk and can’t be penalized for time they spend pumping or breastfeeding.

Changing Gender on Birth Certificates

Transgender and intersex individuals will be allowed to change the gender marker on their birth certificates without undergoing gender reassignment surgery, as long as the individual is under a doctor’s care.

Pets’ ‘Well-being’ to be Considered in Divorce Cases

Determining who gets the dog when a marriage sours will now require a court to consider the pet’s “well-being” during divorce proceedings. Sponsored by Sen. Linda Holmes, SB1261 states all “companion animals” or pets are considered marital assets and the court can allocate joint or sole ownership of a pet, in part, based on their well-being. Service animals are exempt.

Elephants Banned from Big Tops

Illinois will become the first state to ban the use of elephants in circuses and other traveling exhibits, putting an official end to a practice that animal rights activists have been protesting for decades. The law does not ban elephants in zoos or other non-traveling institutions that ensure adequate conditions for the animals.

Cyclists Can Ride on the Shoulder

In an effort to improve cyclist safety and traffic flow, a new law permits bicycling on road shoulders and allows motorists to pass cyclists in no-passing zones. A driver is allowed to cross into the oncoming lane in a no-passing zone to safely pass a cyclist who is riding at less than half the posted speed limit when there is sufficient distance to do so. Drivers must not exceed the speed limit and pass with at least three feet of clearance. At night, cyclists can use rear red tail lights instead of (or in addition to) the standard reflector, which is currently required by law.

No More Driving with ‘For Sale’ Signs

Buying or selling a car in the new year? Pay attention to this rule: All signs, decals or paperwork on a car’s front windshield or windows that could obstruct a driver’s vision must be removed before a test drive. HB0733 stems from the death of Brendan Burke, who was killed in a car accident by a driver whose vision was obstructed by decals and paperwork.

Teen Drivers Can Register as Donors

Illinois residents who are at least 16 years old can join the First Person Consent Organ and Tissue donor registry when they receive their driver’s license or state ID cards. Parents and guardians will still have the right to give or revoke consent until the donor turns 18.

Schools Can’t Expel Pre-K Students

Early childhood programs will be prohibited from kicking children out for exhibiting difficult behaviors. Rather than expulsion, the law requires early childhood programs to document any steps taken to make sure children who do exhibit those types of behavior are still able to participate safely. If those efforts fail, it also allows day cares to transfer children to other programs, but only with parental permission. (Chicago Tonight covered HB2633 after it was signed into law.)

Online Threats Could be Considered Hate Crimes

Initiated by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, the new law will better protect Illinois residents from hate crimes by addressing the increasing use of technology to attack victims. The law states cyberstalking, transmission of obscene messages and certain acts of intimidation could be considered hate crimes.

Consumers’ Online Reviews, Complaints Protected

The new law SB1898 prevents companies and service providers from enforcing non-disparagement clauses included in sales contracts that typically prohibit consumers from leaving negative feedback. Only two other states, California and Maryland, have laws in place banning non-disparagement clauses.

Domestic Violence Survivors Can Keep Cellphone Numbers

Survivors of domestic violence can petition to keep their current cell phone numbers without the approval of the primary account holder as part of an order of protection. Survivors would become financially responsible for the number(s) transferred to them. They can also petition to have their children’s numbers transferred as well.

Foster Children Should be in Most ‘Family Like’ Setting

Children and adults in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services who are placed in foster care should be placed in the least restrictive and most “family like” setting available. In addition, the new law requires children in foster care be placed in close proximity to his or her parent’s home, consistent with the child’s health, safety, best interests and special needs.

Training on Mental Health Issues for Police Officers

All law enforcement officers must take a course on mental health issues to learn about the types of illnesses, including signs and symptoms of mental illness, and common treatments and medications. The course will also cover possible interactions between officers and individuals with mental health issues, their families and service providers. In addition, HB0375 stipulates that all officers in counties of more than 3 million people must complete Crisis Intervention Team training as part of initial basic minimum training.

Funds to Manage Feral Cat Colonies

Counties in Illinois will be able to tap into their animal population control funds to support programs aimed at reducing feral cat populations. Under the new law, counties can opt to use a portion of the revenue collected from pet registration fees to pay for the four-step program known as trap, neuter, vaccinate and return, or TNVR. The funds come from the same revenue pool – $10 set aside from each pet registration – used to spay, neuter or sterilize dogs or cats for low-income residents, according to Sen. Linda Holmes, who sponsored the legislation.

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