Monthly Archives: December 2013

The View From 101 York – January 2014

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.

Break up the post-holiday blues with some fun family activities. Here are just a few in the area.

Sundays in January and February, 2014

Sleigh Rides at Danada Equestrian Center

Take a sleigh ride through Danada and learn from the driver about the preserve’s illustrious past. Sleigh rides are 12 to 15 minutes long, and are first-come, first-served. Wagons are used in place of sleighs when there is less than 4 inches of packed snow on the trail.

The Danada Equestrian Center is located at 3S507 Naperville Road in Wheaton. The cost is $5 per person ages 13 and up; $2 ages 5 – 12; under 5 free. Rides are available from noon to 3 p.m. every Sunday in January and February.

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Tubing on Mount Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve

Rent an inner tube on the hill for $5 and take an 800 foot ride down Mount Hoy. Fun for all ages, Blackwell Forest Preserve is located on Butterfield Road, just one mile east of Rte 59, Warrenville. There must be 3 or more inches of snow, which doesn’t seem to be a problem this year. Call the Outdoor Report at (630) 871-6422 for hours of operation and snow conditions.

January 3, 2014

MakerSpace: Meme Your Shirts at Elmhurst Library

Bring a T-shirt to this free 3:00 pm class at the Elmhurst Library and create your own meme. Use phrases like “I can haz cat” “Keep Calm, Carry On” to speak your mind. Space is limited. Register by phone, in person at the library, or online.

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15th Annual High School Art Exhibition at Elmhurst College

Admire art work from ten local high school art departments in the Frick Lounge at Elmhurst College. Outstanding artists will receive ribbons and scholarships for their work. A reception for the artists and their families will be held on Wednesday, January 15, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.

January 11, 2014

Rockin’ Lock-In at the Wagner Community Center, Elmhurst

Fourth, fifth and sixth-graders should start getting ready now for a rockin’ good time because on Saturday, January 11th, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, they’ll have the run of Wagner Community Center. Rock out with a DJ and dancing, games, dodge ball, open gymnastics, and pizza. A parent signed waiver and a pre-registration fee of $12 for residents and $15 for non-residents must be turned in before Friday, the 10th.Call the Wagner Community Center at (630) 993-8901 for more information.

January 15, 2014 through January 18, 2014

“The Tender Land” at The Wheaton College Opera Music Theater

Directed by associate professor Dr. Mark Lewis and written by  Aaron Copland, “The Tender Land” is a story about the Moss family, farmers in the Midwest in the 1930s. Celebrating the graduation of the first person in their family to successfully finish high school, the Moss’ throw Laurie, their daughter, a party in her honor. Two shady characters cause complications which disrupt the party and leave Laurie’s future in question.

General audience tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door, or in advance by visiting the Ticket and Information Office located at 418 North Chase Street in Wheaton.  The performances take place in the Arena Theater, located in Jenks Hall at 433 Howard Street in Wheaton. For more information, please call the Conservatory of Music at (630) 752-5099.

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Men of Spirito perform at Christian Unity Service

The Men of Spirito will perform at Immaculate Conception’s Christian Unity Service on Tuesday the 21st at 6:00 pm Immaculate Conception Parish is located at 134 Arthur Street, Elmhurst. Admission is free.

January 31, 2014

Middle Eastern Dance Recital and Concert at Elmhurst College Mill Theatre

Students from Elmhurst College will share both Middle Eastern dance and percussion performances, tracing from ancient history to today. The evening will feature diverse dances of Egypt, Turkey, Morocco and Persia. The recital starts at 7:00 pm in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel. Admission is $5. For more information, please call 630-617-3005

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Get a jump on your New Year’s Resolutions by putting your house up for sale now.

Typically the holiday season is considered a slow real estate season, but if selling the hCountry-Farmhouse-DIY-pinecone-decorated-living-room-0112-xlnouse is on your to-do list for 2014, then it might be a good idea to get a jump on the competition and list it now. The current supply of houses in Elmhurst is the lowest it’s been in years, which makes it the perfect time to sell. Interest rates are still historically low and continue to entice buyers into the market.

In January of 2011, there were 408 houses for sale in Elmhurst. This graph from the Midwest Real Estate Data shows a new low of just 247 houses on the market in November of 2013. That is a decline of almost 40% at a time when people who have been stuck in their current homes for a variety of reasons are starting to look at homes that better meet their needs.

Even though sales of houses typically slow around the holidays, the last five years have seen more sales activity at the end of the year. There are many who believe that listing a houholiday decorating 2se in the slower months of December, January and February leads to a quicker and less stressful sales experience.

Sellers who list their homes in December and January face less competition from other sellers and get a more motivated group of buyers. Motivated buyers usually translate into higher sales prices because there are fewer homes to choose from. Because most people check out a house online first, people braving the cold and snow will be serious buyers. So while you may receive fewer showing requests during this time, they will likely be higher quality leads. In addition, the services related to a home’s sale are easier to acquire at the end of the year. With fewer homes for sale, inspectors and surveyors are more readily available and mortgages can be approved faster due to less activity at the bank. Movers are also easier to schedule.

Staging a house during the holidays is also easier. Who can resist a beautiful Chrstair railing 2istmas tree in the living room or evergreen garland wrapped around the stairway railing. Outside lights that welcome a visitor in, or a crackling fire in the fireplace can evoke emotional visions for the buyer of what future holidays could hold in that house. Just make sure that you don’t use too many decorations. Clutter can detract from the value of a house and make it seem smaller than it is.

If you are thinking about selling your home in the near future, now is the time to get in touch with your Realtor at LW Reedy to discuss your options. They are the best people to guide you down the road to a successful sale and help you move into the new home of your dreams in the new year.

The View from 101 York – December 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.

The holidays are a magical time of fun, family activities. Here are 8 holiday events you won’t want to miss.

Running Through the End of the Year.

Tree House Tales Exhibition” at The Morton Arboretum

Take your children, ages 2 to 10, through 6 fun-filled educational tree houses that tell the story of each tree. The exhibit is located in the South China collection along Loop 1, approximately a four block walk from the Visitor’s Center. The event is closed November 28, December 2, 9, 16, 24, and 25.

December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting at Wilder Park

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at Elmhurst’s Wilder Park. Community groups and individuals have been working hard to create a wonderland of holiday trees which will all come to life on December 5 at 6pm. Stay afterward to enjoy treats, entertainment and to welcome a special visitor from the North Pole.

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December 6

Lessons and Carols” at Elmhurst College

Make this event an annual tradition as vocal ensembles from Elmhurst College present readings and a selection of holiday music in the beautifully decorated Hammerschmidt Chapel on the Elmhurst College campus. Concert times are 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Admission is free.

December 7

Create a Gem Tree at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
Lapidaries Bill and Lois Zima of the DesPlaines Valley Geological Society will teach participants how to create a small tree using gemstones and wire. Give someone you love a truly memorable gift that will live from year to year. All materials are included. Participation is $25 per person, or $20 for each museum member. Call (630) 833-1616 for reservations.

December 7

Jingle Bell Jubilee” at Lombard Town Centre
Reserve a day to enjoy the season at Lombard Town Centre’s Jingle Bell Jubilee! Delight in beautiful Nutcracker Ballet scenes recreated by live student dancers in historic shop windows. Take a Victorian Cottage Museum Christmas tour and listen to The Western Lights Barbershop Group as they fill the air with lovely holiday songs outside of KinderCare. Or make your own music at the Main Street Chapel Sing-a-long. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride or have your picture taken with Jingles the reindeer. Watch for Santa Claus’ arrival and thrill to the official lighting of the village Christmas tree at Main and St. Charles Road. Stroll through seven acres of historic Lilacia Park lit with holiday decorations at Lombard Park District’s Holiday Walk.

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December 9

Victorian Christmas at Glendale Heights Historic House

Glendale Heights Historic House takes us back 100 years to experience a Victorian-period Christmas. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served and children can make a Victorian-period craft to help them remember their visit. Visit the Historic House at 311 Windy Point Drive in Glendale Heights between 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm.

December 14 and 15

Live Nativity Scene at The First Baptist Church of Oak Park

You will be enchanted with this live outdoor nativity scene featuring real animals and costumed actors. Francis of Assisi was the first to recreate the story of the first Christmas in this way, in order to spread the good news of Christ’s birth to the poor and illiterate. Ever since, all types of people have been drawn by its simplicity and beauty. The First Baptist Church of Oak Park, located at 820 Ontario Street in Oak Park, is hosting the event on December 14th and 15th between  6:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

December 31

Build It Big Bubble Bash 2013 at the DuPage Children’s Museum

Build It Big Bubble Bash once again gives the year a happy farewell at DuPage Children’s Museum New Years Eve Celebration. With three floors of bubble fun, this year’s event will have kid-focused musical performances from a Chicago-area favorite, Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies. The final thrill will be an exciting countdown to noon.

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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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