Monthly Archives: May 2014

The View from 101 York – June, 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.

June 1, 2014

Summer Vendor & Craft Show

Spend a little time shopping for a good cause. Opening at 10:00 am, there will be over 30 Vendors and Crafters at the American Legion Normandy Banquet Hall at 310 W Butterfield just waiting for you to examine their wares. Among the events will be a 50/50 raffle for the American Legion with fun raffle prizes. The Elmhurst Yorkfield Food Pantry and the Chicagoland Pet Rescue will be collecting food for both man and beast. Admission is free and guests receive two free raffle tickets just for attending. For more information, please email Debbie at DLH6468@comcast.net.

June 7, 2014

Chicago Food Truck FestImage

More than 20 food trucks, including Cheesie’s, The Fat Shallot, and Chicago Pizza Boss will be in one place at US Cellular Field for a tasting event that will be fun for the whole family. It costs $10 per person to get in and each truck will charge by the item. Feed the Children gets $1 from each ticket sold.

June 12, 2014

Creative Picture Taking – Photography II

Sponsored by the Elmhurst Park District, all you need to bring is a digital camera and some film. This four week course starts at 10:00 am on June 12th and will introduce students to the creative side of both traditional film and digital photography. The use of color, improving composition, texture and lighting are just a few of the subjects budding photographers will tackle. Pre-registration is required and is available at http://www.epd.org. Classes will take place at the Wagner Community Center at 615 N. West Avenue.

June 14, 2014

Smalley Pool Cardboard Regatta

Smalley Pool will be transformed into a body of water fit for many a sailing vesImagesel. Participants must build a boat out of cardboard and duct tape that will stay together long enough to paddle across the pool while holding two people. Competitors will be segregated by age and will win different awards. Check-in starts at 8:00 am and the first heat will begin at 9:00 am. Ages 6 and older can compete. Pre-registration is required with a deadline of June 9, 2014. Please call (630) 993-4724 for more information. Smalley Pool is located at 665 S York Street.

June 17, 2014

DuPage Junior Golf School

The DuPage Junior Golf School is calling your child’s name. Anybody aged 7 to 14 can learn golf fundamentals and etiquette in this five part program that features an on-course session and four practice center sessions. The cost is $95 per person and sessions take place from 9:30 to 11:00 am at the Oak Meadows Golf Club. To register visit dupagegolf.com, or call (630) 451-3471.

June 18, 2014

Blow It Up! Science Demonstration

Head over to the Elmhurst Public Library at 3:30 pm to see how much fun science can be. Taking Imageplace either in the outside reading garden or in the library lobby, depending on the weather, kids of all ages can witness the joy of exploding, foaming, zapping, big-time science with a new demonstration each session. No registration is necessary. After the demonstration, you’ll have plenty of time to catch up on some summer reading before heading home for dinner.

June 24, 2014

Chamber Music Concert in Wilder Park

Pack a picnic basket and take everyone over to Wilder Park at 7:00 pm for a delightful evening of relaxing chamber music in the wedding tent, or bring extra blankets and stretch out to enjoy a little culture under the stars. Don’t forget to check the other evenings of music in this summer series presented by the Elmhurst Park District.

Crescent Park: Particularly Beautiful

ImageElmhurst is made up of many different neighborhoods, some developed over a century ago. Our fifth in the “Elmhurst Neighborhoods” series explores one of the older neighborhoods in Elmhurst, built on land originally owned by Adam and Katharina Glos. The Crescent Park subdivision is located east of Poplar Street and south of St. Charles Road. The eastern boundary is the Eisenhower Expressway with the southern boundary once railroad tracks, but now the Prairie Path.

Crescent Park was once known as the Glos Farm, established in 1836 by early settlers Adam and Katharina Glos. Originally platted as a cemetery, this land stayed in the Glos family for over 75 years. Adam and Katharina, who are buried in the little cemetery just off St Charles Road on Poplar Avenue, were the parents of Henry L. Glos, the well known businessman and civic leader of early Elmhurst. Jacob Gloss, Henry’s brother, sold the 128 acre farm in 1926, to a Chicago syndicate who hired American Park Builders Association to develop it. Newspapers did not disclose the exact amount of the transaction, but said it was the highest price ever paid for acreage in Elmhurst or DuPage County.

ImageBesides the exclusivity that comes with costliness, Crescent Park’s selling points included 150 heavily wooded lots “for particular people who build particular homes.” The ads also mentioned four railroads between the Loop and Elmhurst, providing fast and frequent service during the day, as well as, during rush hour. The ads went on to say there were three continuous concrete auto highways to Elmhurst which makes the 30 minute drive a pleasure. Clearly traffic in 1926 was not the issue it is today.

Marketing for the development described driveways that were 66 feet wide dividing the tract into many small parks which provided a lovely setting for the handsome homes, required to cost at least $8,000, not including the price of the land.

Crescent Park remains one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Elmhurst, maintaining its sense of community through the years. Many in the subdivision believe that it was the first neighborhood to put lighted Christmas trees in the middle of every lawn, a tradition which marked its 50th anniversary in 2003 and continues to this day.

The properties in this area of Elmhurst still reflect Imagethe beautiful subdivision advertised in 1926 with handsome homes and expansive yards. If you are interested in viewing homes in Crescent Park, 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. LW Reedy currently has a number of beautiful Crescent Park properties just waiting for the right family to move in.

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. Graphics are used with permission of the Elmhurst Historical Museum.

A Checklist for Vacation Proofing Your Home

chairs on a beachSummer is just around the corner and often that means a vacation. Here is a check list of things to do before leaving for some well earned rest and relaxation. Come back to a catastrophic flood or missing valuables, and your well rested attitude will be replaced with disappointment and frustration.

Inside the house
1. Turn down the ringer on your phone and turn off all alarm clocks, as well as, power to computers, TVs and other electronics to keep your electric bill low and to avoid damage from power surges.
2. Put lights on timers, both inside and out. Replicate your schedule as closely as possible.
Image3. Leave your blinds and curtains open, exactly as you keep them when you are home. It allows police and neighbors to see inside. Make sure anything valuable is either in a safe deposit box, or safely hidden away.
4. Leave your air conditioner or furnace on in order to avoid costly damage due to humidity, cold or heat. If you have a programmable thermostat, in the summer set it at 85 degrees while you are gone and then 72 degrees the day before you return.
5. Check your sump pump to make sure it is working properly. Turn off the water supply to washing machines or dish washers so that hoses don’t burst and cause damage.

Outside The House
1. Lock up lawn mowers, bicycles and other tools in the garage or shed so they don’t disappear.
Image2. If you have a spare key hidden outside, take it inside or give it to a neighbor for safe keeping.
3. Unplug your garage door opener and make sure all doors into the garage are locked. Put a clamp on the garage door track so that the door can’t be opened manually.
4. Don’t leave a portable GPS in your car at the airport. It will tell thieves that you’re not home and how to get to your house.

Friends and Family
Shh1. Don’t talk about your trip online and tell your kids not to talk about it either. Burglars often troll Facebook and other social media sites looking for opportunities.
2. Ask someone to take your trash cans out and bring them in. If agreeable, this person could also collect your mail, take care of pets, water plants, and park their car in the driveway to make your home look lived in. You can also go online and ask the US Post Office to hold shieldyour mail until you’re home.
3. Tell the Police and Neighborhood Watch you are going out of town so that they can keep an eye on things.
5. Make sure neighbors who are watching the house know about scheduled services like pool or lawn services. Burglars often masquerade as workers around the house.

Prepare your house properly and you can take your vacation with peace of mind, knowing that when your trip is over, you’ll be glad to be home.