Monthly Archives: April 2014

Fun and Free in Elmhurst this Month

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.

Girls getawayMay 1, 2014

Elmhurst City Centre’s Girlfriends Getaway

Start at the Girlfriend’s Lounge in the City Centre office at 5:00 pm. Pick up a free Goodie Bag (for the first 400 girlfriends) and a Getaway Deals Guide and start shopping. The Elmhurst City Centre office is located at 147 N York Street in downtown Elmhurst.

May 3 and 4, 2014

Elmhurst Park District: Art in the Park

ImageVisit this juried show of Fine Art and Crafts at Wilder Mansion that runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday. With free admission, this is the place to be this weekend. There will be activities for the kids from 11:00 to 2:00 pm, sponsored by the Elmhurst Art Museum, a variety of food vendors, an interactive booth from Microsoft and great giveaways from Mariano’s.

May 11, 2014

Fishing Clinic For Kids

Thinking about spending some quality time with your kids? Fishing may be the answer and Hidden Lake, located at the southeast Corner of Route 53 and Butterfield Road, may be the place to start. From 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, you andfishing icon your kids can learn about different kinds of fish, how to catch them and the fishing rules at Hidden Lake. This activity is free for kids aged 6 to 17 accompanied by an adult. Registration is required and has already begun. Please call (630) 933-7248 to register.

May 12, 2014

Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Concert

Enjoy some beautiful music from the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble at Elmhurst College’s Hammerschmidt Chapel at 7:30 pm. The concert is free and open to the public.

May 17, 2014

Annual Pet ParadeImage

It’s time for the 26th Annual Pet and Bike Parade, sponsored by the Spring Road Business Association and Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce. Bring the kids for the free Moon Jump, Face Painting, Pet Portraits and Bike Decorating. The parade steps off promptly at 1:00 PM. Enter your favorite pet by filling out this form and dropping it off at Devries Animal Hospital. Donations will also be accepted for Yorkfield Food Pantry.

May 18, 2014

Elmhurst Museum Day

ImageIt’s International Museum Day and Elmhurst’s three museums are offering a free afternoon of culture. Park at one museum and ride the free trolley to the other museums. Take exhibit tours, participate in kids’ activities and get a stamp at all three museums to be entered in a drawing for fun prizes. Experience the cultural contributions The Elmhurst Art Museum, The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art and The Elmhurst Historical Museum make to our community.

May 30, 2014

The 93rd Annual Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day Festivities start with one of the oldest parades in the area marching through downtown Elmhurst at 9:30 am. The parade steps off at the corner of York and Third and proceeds down York Street to Wilder Park. Follow the parade to the Veterans Memorial in Wilder Park for a Post-Parade Military Ceremony at 11:00 am. Co-sponsored by the City of Elmhurst, Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and the Elmhurst American Legion THB Post 187.

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Kids Rule in Downtown Elmhurst

Summer break will be here before you know it, and Elmhurst’s City Centre just became the place to go for fun.Image

Three new stores have opened, all catering to the young and young at heart. First is Main Street Candy and Toys, located just down the street from LW Reedy, in the space My Favorite Toy Store previously occupied.  The store, owned by Victoria Brewton, showcases a great selection of nostalgic and hard to find specialty toys, along with Imageold-fashioned candies.

Main Street Candy and Toys hosted their grand opening just last Saturday with an Easter Egg Hunt and Raffle. When first entering the store, you’ll see bins of old-fashioned candies, a selection of toys and games for kids of all ages, and some exquisite costumes that any princess would swoon over. It certainly is a place to visit when your children are looking for something to fill those summer days when they’re complaining of nothing to do.

Speaking of little princesses, Pout in Pink just opened right around the corner from Starbucks.Image Billed as a “Unique Boutique and Party Center,” Pout in Pink offers a stunning array of Pettiskirts, fancy dresses, hair accessories, and anything else a pampered little girl would want. They also offer the social butterfly a place for parties, including tea parties, princess, rock star or Hollywood parties. There were even whispers of Frozen themed parties. For the princes of Elmhurst, Pout in Pink has child sized bow and regular ties.

ImageNow that your princess is all decked out in her finery, head over to Sweet P Doll Studio, right around the corner from Fruitful Yield. But don’t forget your princess’ doll. At ImageSweet P Doll Studio, owner Paula Breunig makes everything a couples event. The focus at Sweet P is on pampering your little girl’s baby.  In fact, Sweet P allows customers to create a personalized doll outfit, paint and design a piece of doll furniture or learn how to do stuff in their doll workshop, all with extra bling. Sweet P also does theme parties for little girls and their dolls.

So when this summer gets to the point you think it will never end, just take the kids on a stroll downtown. All of you will have a great time and you can feel good about shopping local.

Brynhaven: The Quintessential Neighborhood

Brynhaven mapElmhurst is made up of many different neighborhoods, some developed over a century ago. Our fourth in the “Elmhurst Neighborhoods” series explores a more recently developed, yet iconic, neighborhood that was featured in a book published in 1995 by Alan Ehrenhalt, The Lost City: The Forgotten Virtues Of Community In America.

Brynhaven was the second development in Elmhurst during a time of rapid growth. With the population of Elmhurst growing from 21,273 in 1950 to 50,547 in 1970, housing was desperately needed. Following the success of the Emory Manor development in the northern part of Elmhurst, the developer purchased 132 acres of land along St. Charles Road between County Line and Poplar for a slightly more expensive housing experience. Designed by A.J. Del Bianco, the development was to contain over 400 homes and cost $12 million to produce ranch and new split level homes with price tags between $17,500 and $25,000.

The Elmhurst Historical Museum

The Elmhurst Historical Museum

Advertised as “customized construction” in an “exclusive community,” Brynhaven homes featured cathedral ceilings, balcony bedrooms, patios and paved driveways, and custom landscaping, along with Brynhaven’s easy access to the new “Congress St. Superhighway.” Barbecue grills on the patio were all the rage so Soukup’s Hardware offered barbecue lessons and free steaks for anyone interested. Kitchens included General Electric appliances in all the popular colors of the day with the ability to mix and match. An advertising brochure boasts, “Located in an exclusive residential area… You can be proud of your surroundings…beautiful homes, curved streets, large mature shade trees, elegant landscaping…everything you’ve ever wanted in a fine neighborhood.”

The Elmhurst Historical Museum

The Elmhurst Historical Museum

The first set of homes in Brynhaven lined Fair Lane, Huntington Lane (previously called Adela Street) Linden Avenue and Church Street. There were five different models of homes with 16 exterior designs in the subdivision ranging from 1143 sq ft in the split level Hampton series to 1436 sq ft in the ranch Winston Series. Basements and garages were included in most models with a fireplace optional in all. The final selling point were the schools that were within walking distance, with the high school the farthest at 10 blocks. Indeed Brynhaven nestled around the new Elmhurst Junior High, now Sandburg Middle School.

The Elmhurst Historical MuseumThe properties in this area of Elmhurst still reflect the friendly neighborhood advertised in the 1950s with good neighbors and large back yards. If you are interested in viewing homes in Brynhaven, use LW Reedy’s new MLS Mapping Search tool or contact a LW Reedy Agent for information on this, or any of Elmhurst’s wonderful neighborhoods.

Residents of this neighborhood are in the award winning Elmhurst School District 205 and would attend Edison Elementary School , Sandburg Middle School and York High School. Click here for more information on those schools and links to school reports and more.

We gratefully acknowledge all of the time and assistance Nancy WIlson at Elmhurst Historical Museum provided in our research. She is, and will continue to be, an invaluable resource for this series.