Monthly Archives: November 2013

10 Fun Facts About the Annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot

The Annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot is the talk of Elmhurst. But did you know that the first year the turkey trot was run it didn’t contain the word “annual” in it because they didn’t think they would do it again? That was back in 1984, the year of the very first Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot with no sponsors and 74 participants. Read on for more facts about this successful fundraising event.

1 – The course is 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).

2 – Thousands of participants walk and run each year.

3 – The race starts at the intersection of Adell Place and Park Avenue in Elmhurst at 9am on Thanksgiving Day, heading eastbound on Park Avenue.

4- The course was changed this year to accommodate the large number of participants.

5 – Elmhurst residents Michael Frigo and Lora McFillec were the top male and female runners for the 2012 run.

6 – There are 3 parking areas available, and if those areas are not convenient, there are also 3 shuttle bus locations, including Sandburg Middle School, US Bank at York and Vallette, and York High School.

7 – The event went from zero sponsors in 1984 to four sponsors in 1985 to many in 2013. This year’s sponsors include LW Reedy, Riley’s, Elmhurst Police Benevolent Athletic Association, Daniel Law Office, and Roberto’s.

8 – Benefactors include Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry, West Suburban Community Pantry, People’s Resource Center, United Community Concerns Association, Catholic Charlities – DuPage, DuPage PADS, DuPage Senior Citizens Council, Elmhurst Walk-In Ministry, and the Elmhurst/Yorkfield Food Pantry.

9 – It’s not too late to register. You can register online and pick up your packet on race day between 6:30 and 9am in the tent.

10 – LW Reedy Real Estate will be featuring a live DJ, local DJ James Mastrino, during the race. If you’re running, you’ll hear us cheering you on as you pass Park and York at the start of the race. Listen for our dance tunes as you hit the home stretch and pass our office corner at York & First streets.

LW Reedy is proud to sponsor the Annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot. We look forward to seeing all the runners, walkers, and fans on Thanksgiving. If you are looking for a spot to watch the race, come join us!  Coffee and hot chocolate will be available. Ask your favorite LW Reedy agent for more information.

Happy Thanksgiving from all the agents at LW Reedy!

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11 Tips for Staging Your Home for Selling

You’ve finally made the decision to sell, but as you look around your home, you have no idea what to do to make it most appealing to a potential buyer. Here are some tips to get you started.

  1. Paint! Paint the trim and your front door and paint any interior walls that need to be freshened.
  2. Polish or replace your door knocker and house numbers. Clean your porch light. Place a new welcome mat out front.
  3. Prune bushes and make sure nothing is blocking the windows. Mulch. Glean gutters.
  4. Make sure your master bedroom isn’t too gender-specific. Put away those floral quilts!
  5. Fix any running toilets and any other broken appliances and fixtures.
  6. De-clutter. Remove most of your framed photos. Put away your magazines. Clear off all counter tops. Take the artwork and magnets off your fridge. Like LW Reedy agent Paul Bush says, “bookshelves are never just for books.” He suggests selecting smaller groupings of books to display and reminds us that not every shelf has to be full. Choose a few decorative items to keep on the shelves and pack away the rest. 
  7. Take items from your storage areas off-site. Clear out your closets and cabinets to about half-full to show off how spacious they are. Store the extra clothes, kitchen items, and linens at your in-laws until after your move.
  8. Lighten it up! Remove drapes, add light fixtures, increase the wattage of light bulbs.
  9. Make it comfortable and safe. Lock up your valuables. Let your pets visit the neighbors. Make it smell nice by grinding up a lemon in the garbage disposal.
  10. Consider green staging as well, being sure your house is appealing to the buyer who is concerned about the environment. Check out Laura Stukel‘s blog on green staging for tips like using the right bulbs, thermostats, and shower fixtures to show a potential buyer your home is green-conscious. 
  11. And, one last tip from LW Reedy’s own Joyce Okal: “Staging is key these days whether with your own furnishings or with a little outside help. But a really good tip is to start with having your windows crystal clear from top to bottom, including your basement. It really makes a big difference.”

LW Reedy agents have many more tips to make your house shine for a potential buyer. Call an LW Reedy agent today and have them walk through your house with you. They can help you make your home look its best.

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The View from 101 York – November 2013

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.

8 Fun Activities for November

 1 – Get your holiday shopping started early and support local artists at the Wilder Mansion Holiday Market on Sat, Nov 9 from 10am to 4pm. You’ll see one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, jewelry, handbags, children’s clothing, gourmet food, and more special and unique gifts. For a fun preview, visit the mansion on Fri, Nov 8 from 4 to 9pm. Entry for the preview is $20 with proceeds benefiting United Community Concerns. Includes wine and appetizers by Café Amano. Free entry on Saturday.imgres

2 – Elmhurst College invites the community to rock out with Gloriana with Casey James on Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm. $25 general admission. Faganel Hall at Elmhurst College.logo

3 – Learn more about the issues facing Illinois at Elmhurst College’s series Fixing Illinois: A Great State’s Problems and Promise.

4 – Morton Arboretum presents Illumination, an interactive light experience. Opens Nov 22. 4:30 to 8:30pm. See your face appears in grove of trees. Touch or sing to a tree and it responds with color. Don’t miss the Enchanted Railroad opening Nov 21.

5 – Visit the Community Tree Trim Sat and Sun, Nov 23 and 24 10 to 4:30 at Brookfield Zoo. To sponsor a tree for your community group, contact the zoo.

6 – LW Reedy  proudly sponsors this year’s Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot taking place Thanksgiving Day (Thurs, Nov 28) at 9am. Sign up today! To prepare, run or walk 2 to 4 miles with the Pints Pacers Pub Runs every Monday night 6:30pm.  Worried it could be cold for the Trot this year? Learn what you need to stay warm on your run at Fleet Feet’s Cold Weather Gear Clinic Sat, Nov 9 at 9am.

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7 – Once you’re stuffed with turkey and ready to start thinking Christmas, visit the Elmhurst Art Museum Open House on Sat, Nov 30 from 10am to 4pm. Craft workshops and gift sale. Kids under 12 free. The evening of Nov 30th, head to Police Plaza for the City Center tree lighting and more holiday fun.

8 – Mark your calendars for Dec 5 at 6pm to start the holiday season off right with the Wilder Park Tree Lighting. See Santa and live reindeer and enjoy entertainment, including  the Radio Disney Chicago Road Crew. Create holiday treats in Wilder Mansion with Marianno’s.  Contact the Elmhurst Park District to display a tree ($45 fee).

Wilder Park Tree Lighting

Wilder Park Tree Lighting

There’s always something fun and interesting to do in the Elmhurst area. Contact your LW Reedy agent to learn more about the Elmhurst community.

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