The View from 101 York – August 2016

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events. Here’s our view of the community for this month, from our perch at 101 York in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.

August 1 – August 31, 2016

The Art of Science Learning (AOSL)

ArtofScienceVisit the Elmhurst Art Museum and take a look at projects from hundreds of scientists, artists, educators and others addressing the challenges of living in this world. Take your own turn with the creative process and explore the tools and experiences used by the AOSL’s Chicago, San Diego and Worcester (MA) Incubators to create your own solutions. The cost is $8 for an adult, $7 for seniors and free for students under 18 years old.

WDCB JazzAugust 4, 2016

3rd Annual Lakeside Summer Series

Take a drive to the College of DuPage and enjoy some free music under the stars. Purchase delicious food on site from local restaurants or sip some wine while you listen to the funk, rhythm and blues sounds of Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters. If you can’t make it on the 4th,  award-winning jazz organist  Brian Charette will perform on August 11, and acclaimed Chicago-born trumpeter and composer Marquis Hill will entertain on August 25th. Admission to WDCB LIVE Jazz Concerts is free and all performances begin at 7:30 pm. For more information, call (630) 942-4000.

August school of rockAugust 5, 2016

First Fridays Rock

City Centre Plaza in Downtown Elmhurst will be rocking with music from the School of Rock’s House Band and then with other talented students from the area. Bring your friends and family and spend a fun evening in downtown Elmhurst.

 

August 14, 2016

Historical Tour of Black Chicago Gravel Locomotive #18

The Veterans Park on Main Street and Church Road in Bensenville is the place for a tour of the Black Chicago Gravel Company steam locomotive #18, along with the Hiawatha passenger car and bay window caboose. Conductor Karl will give tours and answer questions about this antique train. The tours take place from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

August 20, 2016

Park Palooza

park-palooza-adThe fourth annual Park Palooza will invade Berens Park with music, food and fun at 5:00 pm. The food trucks, face painting and kids activities will be the perfect close to summer.  Food trucks from Barbeque Jim’s, Big World’s Tortas, Cupcakes for CourageDa Pizza Dude, Happy Lobster Truck, Kona IceMario’s Cart, Toasty Cheese  and Yum Dum will be on site. New Odyssey will play from 5:30 to7:30 pm. and No Alternative from 8:00 to 10:15 pm.

August 27, 2016

Paddle With a Ranger

Take advantage of a guided tour starting at Fullersburg Woods beginning at 9:00 and ending at 11:30 am. Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent one for $20 per person. This program is for people 14 years and older, adult supervision is required for those under 18. Register online or at (630) 933-7248.

The View from 101 York – July 2016

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events. Here’s our view of the community for this month, from our perch at 101 York in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.

July 3, 2016

Taste of Oak Brook

Enjoy samples of all that Oak Brook restaurants have to offer starting at 4:00 pm. Visit the Prince of Taste of Oak BrookWales Field at 2606 York Road in Oak Brook and gain free admittance with a parking fee of $10.  Don’t forget to bring the kids for balloon artists, face painting, and the petting zoo. Food and beverages, as well as, some of the children’s activities will be purchased with tickets.

Participating restaurants include Gibsons Steakhouse, Kona Grill , Labriola Bakery Café, McCormick & Schmick’s, Novi’s Beef, Paul’s Pizza & Hotdogs, Pinstripes, Real Urban Barbecue , Shree, and Tuscany. The Taste of Oak Brook will conclude with music from several local groups and a spectacular fireworks display.

July 10, 2016

The Commander’s Cup

Polo originated in 1892 as a way to improve an officer’s horsemanship skills. The sport rose in popularity in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In Polo1949, the Illinois National Guard organized an indoor league at the Chicago Avenue Armory, now the Museum of Contemporary Art.  Fast forward to current times and horses still pound the dirt in polo matches at the Oak Brook Polo Club at 2606 York Road in Oak Brook. The schedule of events starts at 10:00 am with a Champagne Brunch. The gates open at 1:00 pm. The Polo festivities start at 2:00 pm with the featured match beginning at 3:00 pm Tickets start at $10 each.

July 12, 19, and 26, 2016

Summer Fun and Games

craftCome to the Elmhurst History Museum on Tuesdays, July 12, 19, or 26 for a fun afternoon featuring crafts and games. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn at 11:30 am. The Museum will provide complimentary juice boxes and treats for kids aged three to 12 when accompanied by a caregiver. The museum is located at 120 E. Park Avenue in Elmhurst. The cost is free to members and $3 for non-members.

animalsJuly 17, 2016

All Animal Expo

Get up close and personal with a wide assortment of animals at the DuPage County Fairgrounds located at 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton.  Admission is $5 and parking is free. The expo starts at 10:00 am and runs until 3:00 pm.

July 22, 2016

Elmhurst 4th Annual Cycling Classic

Join the fun and watch the 4th Annual Elmhurst’s Cycling Classic, which starts and finishes at Wilder Cycling ClassicMansion on Prospect Avenue. If you want to do a little biking yourself, join the Olympia Chiropractic Family Fun Bike Parade at 6:10 pm and ride the professional course before the professionals take the track. Decorate your family’s bikes because prizes will be awarded for the best-themed riders at the finish line, and enjoy the crowds’ cheers as you ride the 1.2 mile course around Elmhurst College. Register early and ride for free or register on the day of the ride and pay $5 per rider.  Check-in and day-of registration will take place at the Wilder Mansion north parking lot between 3pm – 5:50pm.

July 27, 2016 – July 31, 2016

The DuPage County Fair

County FairVisit the DuPage County Fair Grounds and take in all the sights and smells of a real old-fashioned county fair with great food, music, one-of-a-kind attractions, rides and animals. The Fair Grounds is located at 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton. Click here for ticket information. Parking is free. Hours run from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm Wednesday through Saturday. Hours on Sunday are 8:00 am to 10:30 am.

The Ever Popular Cape Cod Home

Our previous blog explored Colonial home architecture. We saw many different styles and variations,  15W243 Lexingtonoften  determined by the weather conditions of the home’s location. The Cape Cod style is a subset of Colonial architecture. In the 1700s, the Cape Cod often had a centered door with windows on either side. Inside the home, the staircase ran up the center of the house with a big chimney positioned to provide heat to the living areas and ceilings were low to keep the heat where it was needed. Builders used materials that would protect from the frigid winters, primarily timber, but soon started using local materials. Shingles were often made out of cedar or used pine flooring and were left unpainted, eventually turning gray over time. The homes were smaller than most colonials, usually between 1,000 and 2,000 square feet.Standard_Floor_Plans_for_a_Cape_Cod_Cottage-_ca._1940

Cape Cod homes differed from Colonials because they often had a master bedroom on the first floor and a loft on the second floor for the children. A typical Cape Cod home had very little ornamentation on the outside. A common decoration now, shutters originally served a very important purpose in protecting the windows during the wild storms of the Northeast.  The roof had a steep pitch to encourage snow to roll off and the inside walls were finished with wainscotting in order to prevent condensation from forming.

The popularity of the Cape Cod style could easily be attributed to Royal Barry Wills (1905-1962) an architect who designed variations which appealed to everyone from the affluent to returning service men who flocked to the planned communities and tract homes built after World Royal Barry WillsWar II. Mr. Wills improved upon this design to include modern amenities that provided more privacy and technology, including bathrooms and kitchens, while maintaining the simplicity, functionality and livability of the original Cape Cod design. Along with architecture, Wills was an accomplished author and used his talents to write books and magazine articles about his designs, thus ensuring that all parts of the country could benefit from his innovations.

The modern Cape Cod in some ways bears little resemblance to the original. Architects have moved the 980 S Springcentral fireplace to one side with the advent of more modern heating methods. While the original Cape Cod had no porch, often there is a screened porch to one side of the home and sometimes a porch is built across the front in more modern homes. What used to be a loft on the second story has expanded with the use of dormers to much more usable living space.  Garages and additions have been added in the back to increase common living space.

Cape Cod houses are ubiquitous, showing up on almost every block  where snow flies in the winter. Its popularity is rooted in the affordability and convenient layout most families require in their homes. But even with the changes adopted along the way, a Cape Cod home still shares its roots with the homes our forefathers raised their own families in.

 

 

The View from 101 York – June 2016

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events. Here’s our view of the community for this month, from our perch at 101 York in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.

ecc-musicevents2016-webposterJune 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2016
Block to Block Party

Come to City Centre in the heart of downtown Elmhurst for music and fun that runs from 5:30 to 8:30 pm every Wednesday this summer .

June 5, 2016
Strides Against MG Walk

Support the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of Illinois at Berens Park, 493 Oaklawn Avenue in Elmhurst. Take a walk or let the kids participate in the dash. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the event begins at 8:30 am. The Kids’ Dash is at 8:45 am. Watch out for bubbles, beach balls and hula hoops at this family friendly event. The cost mg-logois $30 per walker or $35 on the day of the event. Children under the age of 12 are $10 each. Four-legged walkers are also welcome.

Friday June 10 – Saturday June 11, 2016
Family Campout

Give your kids a real camping experience at the Fischer Farm at 16W680 Grand Ave in Bensenville. Sit camp outaround the campfire and eat roasted hotdogs, chips, s’mores and a continental breakfast the next morning. Campers should bring their own tent, sleeping gear, lawn chairs, bug spray, flashlight and whatever else you need. Electricity is not available for tents and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Check in at Fischer Farm at 5:00 pm on Friday and break camp after breakfast on Saturday at 9:00 am. Cost is $6 per person. Children aged 3 and younger are free. Make your reservations at Deer Grove Leisure Center by Monday, June 6 as space is limited.

June 12, 2016
Eldridge Adventure Day

Have some fun at Eldridge Adventure Day, starting at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Choose from a fishing contest, take a guided nature walk, play with some animals or find your own fun. Parking is available at the Community Bank of Elmhurst at 330 W Butterfield Road. The fun is free.

June 18, 2016
June Jazz

Grammy Award–winning singer Patti Austin and the Elmhurst College Jazz Band will present a free evening of music at 6:30 pm on the beautiful campus of Elmhurst College, located at 190 Prospect Avenue in Elmhurst. Bring a picnic basket, lawn chairs or blanket and settle in on the College Mall for a magical summer jazz interlude.

HUSBY.02[4]June 23 – August 20, 2016
COD’s First Regional Art Exhibition

The First Regional Art Exhibition at Cleve Carney Art Gallery is at McAninch Arts Center, located at the College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd in Glen Ellyn. This free exhibit is open from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, with late hours until 8:00 pm on Thursdays.

June 23, 2016
Middle School Night at East End Pool

Bring your middle school student, ages 11-14 years old, to East End Pool for a pool party from 8:30 to 10:30 pm. With a DJ, dancing, swimming and snacks available for purchase, it’s a safe and fun activity for a summer night. Attendees must be registered by an adult here. The cost is $5 in advance or $7 at the door.

What makes a house Colonial?

Many homes in our real estate listings are called Colonial, but few actually are. A true colonial home was built before the 1700s, out of timber, and so very few have survived intact. Those listings, to be technically correct, should read Colonial Revival or Neo-colonial.

Further complicating our discussion of colonials is the vast array of variations in colonial architecture. There are New England Colonials, Georgian Colonials, and French, Dutch, Spanish and German Colonials. All of these variations are due to the different needs of the environment in which they are built and the aesthetic preferences of the people building them. Please visit About Architecture for examples of each style.

Colonial HouseWhat makes them all Colonials, for the most part, are a symmetrical look with a centered front door and windows arranged on both sides with one window above the door. The homes either have a large central chimney or a chimney at each end of the home. Inside the home, there is generally a central staircase leading up to bedrooms off a central hallway. The common areas are on the first floor.

The Colonial style of architecture first emerged in the 1600s. As more Europeans came to America, the homes took on the traditional European styles of their owners with the French style ranging from the formal with elegant furnishings reminiscent of Kings Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI to the less formal French Country. The Mediterranean Colonials might showcase a Hacienda or other influence from that area.

280 S Prospect AvenueVery popular in the northeastern states, the modern Colonial is most like the New England Colonial with a sloping roof featuring a second story that expands over the the lower level, side gables, narrow eaves, wood framed, small casement windows and little exterior ornamentation.

From 1690 to 1830, the colonial evolved into what we now call a Georgian Colonial. The pitch was not so steeply pitched and had minimal roof overhang. It was still square and symmetrically shaped, but had a decorative crown over the front, paneled door and flattened columns on each side. There were two chimneys and five windows across the front. Windows were small due to the scarcity of glass, but dentil moldingeach window sash had nine or twelve small window panes. The dentil molding gave the eaves a finished look. (Click on the picture for more examples of dentil molding.)

As they became popular in England, Georgians started popping up in the Southern colonies. Inspired by the Italian Renaissance and ancient Greek and Roman trends, the style grew in popularity because of pattern books. The Georgian style was adopted by well-to-do colonists, but with less ornamentation than those across the pond. For those who lived in 389 S. Washington Streetthe flood-plagued Mississippi Valley, the French Colonial took hold as it adopted building practices from the Caribbean and the West Indies. These included timber framing with brick or a combination of moss and animal hair, wide hipped roofs that extended over cooling porches called galleries. The living quarters were raised above ground level and thin wooden columns decorated the front. There were no interior hallways and porches were used as the connection between rooms. Doors with many small panes of glass were adopted and soon became known as French doors.

Next time our spot light will shine on a few other styles that you might not have considered a colonial, including the ubiquitous Cape Cod, which graces almost every street in our city. Meanwhile, for more pictures of the wide range of Colonial homes, please visit About Architecture.

The View from 101 York – May 2016

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events. Here’s our view of the community for this month, from our perch at 101 York in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.

May 6, 2015
National Public Gardens Day at Cantigny ParkGarden Day

Spend the morning at Cantigny Park. Learn about the “Birds of Cantigny” at a presentation at 9:00 am given by Jeff Reiter in the visitor center. At 10:00, tour Cantigny’s colorful spring plantings on a guided tour with Joy Kaminsky.  Finally, at 11:00 am, special guest Dan Benarcik will give a presentation, “Making the Garden Your Own.” Visit Cantigny.org for a free parking coupon. Cantigny Park is located at 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton.

May 7, 2016
The Pink 5K

Get back in the 5K game with The Pink 5K, a chip timed, CARA and USTAF Certified race. Registration is $35 online by 4:00 pm on May 6, or $40 on race day. Enjoy the Pink Brunch at Pinstripes immediately after the race where runners can receive 10% off their total bill with the proceeds donated back to Open Arms. The race starts at 8:00 am at the Oak Brook Park District – Central Park at 1450 Forest Gate Road in Oak Brook. Registration forms are available here.

May 12, 2016
Bridging the Divide: How We Can Become Stronger Leaders, Citizens and Friends

Bruce Weinstein will present the next installment of the Rudolf G Schade Lecture Series on History, Elmhurst CollegeEthics and the Law. Mr. Weinstein writes an ethics and leadership column for Fortune magazine online, along with columns in Bloomberg Business Week and Huffington Post. His talk will begin at 7:00 pm in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center, 190 Prospect Avenue in Elmhurst. Weinstein will sign his book, which will be available for purchase, after the lecture. Admission is $10, free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets are available here.

May 21 – 22, 2016
The Chicago Drum Show

The world’s largest and longest running event of its kind, its a swap meet, a drum expo and an drum showentertainment event. There are clinics, demonstrations, raffles, classes, and over 30,000 sq. feet of exhibits. New, used, vintage, and custom drums, cymbals, and related accessories to buy, sell and trade. Admission is $15 per day, ages 5-12 is $10.

The show is at the Odeum Sports and Expo Center located at 1033 N. Villa Avenue in Villa Park. The show will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

May 21 – 22, 2016
Spring Art Festival at Oakbrook Center

View the work of 70 juried artists from across the country at the Spring Art Festival at Oakbrook Shopping Center. Showcasing a variety of mediums highlighting jewelry, fashion, glass and functional art, in addition to painting and photography, the show is free and will run on Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

May 30, 2016
98th Annual Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade

The Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry, in cooperation with the City of Elmhurst and Elmhurst veterans organizations, is sponsoring the Memorial Day Parade. The parade will step off at 9:30 am from the Elmhurst City Centre at Third and York Streets and will march to the Veterans Memorial in Wilder Park for a Military Ceremony honoring our veterans.

 

 

 

The Popularity of the Simple Bungalow

It’s hard to visit any neighborhood in the Chicago area without running across at least a few bungalows. Originally used in the Bengal region of Southold bungalow Asia, these homes feature verandas in a low rise structure with one or one and a half stories. The name originated in India, coming from the word bangalo, referring to a house in the Bengal style. The term was first found in English in 1696 describing bungales or hovells in India for English sailors of the East India Company. Later it was used for the spacious homes or official lodgings of officials of the British Raj. The bungalow was a practical choice for India because the overhanging roof provided needed shade and the floor plan was open to allow for the movement of air in the hot climate. Often the doors from the inner rooms were situated to catch the breeze from outside. Until 1906, bungalows were considered summer homes, small cottages by the lake or sea to be used as a retreat.

1900 bungalowThe first American bungalow was designed by Gibbons Preston at Monument Beach in 1879 on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Bungalow designs showcased structural simplicity with an efficient use of space and understated style. This style of architecture moved to Britain and later America where it initially had high status and exotic connotations, but changed to refer to the large country or suburban homes built in Arts and Crafts or other Western style large cottages. Later, developers began to use the term for smaller houses. A precursor to the current sustainable movement, architects worked with natural materials like indigenous rock, local woods, and metals like copper and iron. The early simplicity movement called for harmony with nature and careful craftsmanship.omeplanos.net cataog home

The floor plan clusters the public or common areas on one side of the house with two or three bedrooms on the other. The living room flows into the dining room adjacent to the kitchen. Bungalows often have a full basement and are more expensive to build because they take more area than two story homes due to the larger foundation which needs a larger lot size.

Common features include low-pitch roof lines on a gabled roof, wide overhanging eaves with exposed rafters or decorative brackets under the eaves, and a front porch beneath an extension of the main roof. As with ranch homes, Sears Company and The Aladdin Company 218px-BlackerHouse_7-1-07produced bungalow kits, selling them from catalogs for construction during the turn of the 19th century.

Colonies of bungalows cropped up in the greater New York City area between the 1930s through the 1970s. Used in the Catskill Mountains in the area called the Borscht Belt, the term referred to a cluster of small rental summer homes. The California bungalow was a one-and-a-half story home popular in America from 1910 to 1925. Some popular architects of the California Bungalow are Greene and Greene, Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan.

Chicago bungalows were built between 1910 and 1940. Constructed of brick with decorative accents, one-and-a-half stories and a full basement, this housing style Chicago Bungalowrepresents nearly one-third of Chicago’s single-family housing stock. A primary difference between Chicago bungalows and other types is gables that are parallel to the street rather than perpendicular. Chicago bungalows are relatively narrow, averaging 20 feet wide on a standard 25-foot wide city lot. The porch may be open or partially enclosed. Similar to Chicago, a large number of homes built in Milwaukee are bungalows, but usually with the gable perpendicular to the street and with white stucco on the lower part of the exterior.

You can find more information about bungalows by visiting these sites: Historic Chicago Bungalow Association, About Home, and The Arts & Crafts Society. Information for this post was taken from these sources.

The View from 101 York – April 2016

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events. Here’s our view of the community for this month, from our perch at 101 York in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.

April 5, 2016Granny-Cartoon
Storytelling with Aunt Tillie

Bring your three to five year olds to the Glen Ellyn History Center at 10:30 am to enjoy Aunt Tillie’s stories and tall tales presented by Dr. Maria Bakalis, director of Curtain Up Players productions. The fun begins at 10:30 am at 800 N. Main Street in Glen Ellyn. Admission is free and registration is not required.

Quilt ShowApril 6-9, 2016
International Quilt Festival, 2016

Classes begin on April 7 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors. The show is free for children under the age of 10. If you are going multiple days, consider the full show pass for $25.

April 17, 2016
Organic Gardening: Maximizing Your Harvestvegetables

Head over to Fullersburg Woods at noon to learn how to get more from your vegetable garden. By using space and timing efficiently, called succession planting, your garden could be better than ever. The class costs $5 per person and is geared for people 15 years and older. Call (630) 850-8112 or register online.

April 28, 2016
Money Smart Week Presentations

Smart Money Week logoThe Plan Ahead to Avoid Social Security Retirement Mistakes seminar will teach you how to maximize your social security retirement benefits, estimate your future benefits and track your earnings. This presentation will take place at Bellwood Library at 600 Bohland Avenue at 7:00 pm.

The Get Organized, Stay Organized and Save Money seminar will show you how staying organized can pay big rewards. This presentation starts at 7:00 pm and will take place at the Helen Plum Library at 110 West Maple Street in Lombard.

April 30, 2016
Lombard’s Lilac Festivallilac-time-1

Visit Lilacia Park and enjoy the beauty of 700 lilacs and 25,000 tulips.  Stroll through the park or take in The Rhythm Rockets at 3:00 pm with vintage Rhythm and Blues of the late 1940s and early 1950s. For more information, call (630) 620-7322 or click here.

art-in-the-parkApril 30 – May 1, 2016
Elmhurst Art in the Park

Art in the Park is a juried show with fine art, crafts and design. It is held rain or shine at Wilder Park and runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. Admission is free to both the show and the adjacent Elmhurst Art Museum for this weekend only.

April 30, 2016
Inaugural STEM-CON

STEM-CON is a free, fun and interactive College of DuPage sponsored event celebrating science, technology, engineering and math. Located on the college’s main campus at 425 Fawell Boulevard in StemconGlen Ellyn, don’t miss the keynote talk, “Reprogramming Your Brain to Master STEM” by internationally recognized former rocket scientist Olympia LePoijnt. After the talk, explore hands-on, interactive demonstrations designed to inform, entertain and spark your interest in topics as wide ranging as Lego robots, nanotechnology, prairie ecology restoration, the study of germs, river system development, a weather balloon launch and the physics of flight with a real airplane on display. The event runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Click here for directions.

 

 

 

Spring Cleaning Hacks and Hints

Spring cleaning has existed since ancient Jewish times when during the week after Passover, observant Jews did a thorough cleaning to rid the house of anything containing yeast, which was forbidden during the Days of Unleavened Bread. Early Christians continued the tradition during the week between Palm Sunday and Easter.  In recent times, cleaning is done in the Spring in celebration of the end of winter when we can throw open our windows as we wash them and sweep away the dust of winter doldrums.

Everyone knows spring cleaning requires sweeping, vacuuming, washing walls and windows. Here are some extra jobs made extra easy with tried and true hacks collected from across the internet.

Clean the inside of your microwave by putting a microwave safe bowl with two cups of water, two tablespoons of white vinegar and a few drops of essential oil in the microwave. Turn it on for five minutes, leave it sit a few minutes and then just wipe it clean with a damp towel.toaster

Clean anything stainless steel with a mix of one tablespoon of cream of tartar and enough water to make a milky solution. Rub the solution onto what you are cleaning and wipe away. It clears away dirt and buildup and leaves the metal sparkling clean.

Clean your garbage disposal by throwing a cut-up lemon, some salt and a few ice cubes into the disposal and run it until the drain is clear.

Lazy Susan in fridgeClean your dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda. Put a cup of vinegar on the top shelf of the dishwasher and run it on the hottest cycle. Then sprinkle a cupful of baking soda on the bottom and run it through a short but complete cycle using the hottest water.

Organize your refrigerator with a Lazy Susan or two. Visit your favorite housewares store and choose a Lazy Susan that fits your most cluttered refrigerator or pantry shelves. Save money by eliminating those forgotten left overs and prevent spills from containers that constantly get knocked over.

Organize your cleaning supplies by installing tension rods in your Tension Rod bottlescabinets and hanging all of your spray bottles. It double your storage area and makes finding your cleaning supplies quick and easy. No more emptying the cabinet to find what you need.

Save money and dust with fabric softener sheets instead of those expensive dusting cloths. Don’t forget to dust from top to bottom to avoid having to dust some areas twice.

Use coffee filters to clean television and computer screens, as well as, windows and other glass surfaces. They don’t leave lint, yet absorb like crazy.

happy SpringIf you have an unfortunate accident while painting near carpet, don’t panic. Grab a butter knife and nail polish remover to remove the paint. Your carpets will look great again.

Once the chores are done, go out and enjoy your time in the sun before you are driven back inside to escape the heat.

 

 

The View from 101 York – March 2016

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events. Here’s our view of the community for this month, from our perch at 101 York in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.

March 5, 2016

Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Elmhurst’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is recognized as the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Chicago area. Featuring over 80 floats, marching units, Irish Dancers, the Medinah Clowns and a host of other organizations, along with our own York High School marching band, watch for LW Reedy’s contribution to the parade as we sponsor one of the most iconic events of the year. The parade steps off at Wilson Street and Spring Road at 12:00 pm and proceeds north on Spring Road to the train tracks. It’s fun for the whole family and it’s free!

March 5, 2016

Stone Setting Workshop

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Visit the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art and learn how to create your own jewelry with cut or rough stones using wire wrap, prong or bezel settings. Karen Davé and Pat Koko will help participants create their own pieces of jewelry to take home. Participants must be at least 12 years of age. The cost for the workshop is $25 each and runs from 1:00 until 3:00 pm. All materials are included. Reservations are required so please call (630) 833-1616.

 

2015 8th Annual GFF Save the Date Card Front 3_5x5 V2-B-II PrintMarch 10 – 12, 2016

9th Annual Geneva Film Festival

This annual festival provides technical workshops for professionals and enthusiasts alike. Take in a variety of independent films and screenplays, and meet other sophisticated people with an interest in this exciting medium. For a list of screened films with times and locations, please click here.

 

March 13, 2016

Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Enjoy this masterpiece by Mendelssohn as performed by telijahhe Apollo Chorus of Chicago with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. This performance features well-known vocal artists Gerard Sundberg, Kelsey Park, Michelle Areyzaga and Patrick Muehleise. Once again hosted by the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church at 149 W Brush Hill Road in Elmhurst, tickets are $32 for adults.  Behind the Music Stand with Ted Hatmaker begins at 1:45 with the performance starting at 3:00 pm.

 

March 20, 2016Wilder-Mansion bridal

Wilder Mansion Bridal Show

If you know someone who has a walk down the aisle in their future, bring them to the Wilder Mansion on March 20th. From invitations to make-up artists and photographers, this is an easy way to tie up all the loose ends. The event is free and open from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. For more information, call (630) 993-8186 or click here to register.

 

March 20, 2016

Underwater Egg Hunt

Take a different approach to Easter Egg hunting this Underwater-Eggyear and dive into the Courts Plus Pool in search of treasure. Come to the pool at 3:30 pm ready to swim with a waterproof basket and towel. The event is free for Courts Plus Members, $2.50 for children who are not members and $10 for adult non-members. Click here  to register.

 

March 24, 2016

Flashlight Egg Hunt in Wilder ParkDark-Egg-Hunt

Especially for kids 11 to 16, this is a fun twist for those older kids who still want to believe in the Easter Bunny. Bring your favorite basket and a flashlight to Wilder Park a little before 8:00 pm so that you don’t miss out on the best treats. There is no fee and no registration required.

 

March 26, 2016

Easter Extravaganza at Wilder Park

The Elmhurst Park District has activities planned all SPringmorning for your fans of the Easter Bunny. First up is an Easter Egg Hunt. Bring a basket for your goodies and a camera to record your visit with the Easter Bunny. The hunt starts at 10:00 am sharp. Don’t forget Fido. His turn comes at 10:30 am. After you’re done with the hunt, head over to City Centre where there are activities planned in the square. Welcome Spring with this fun celebration.

 

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