Monthly Archives: January 2015

The View from 101 York – February 2015

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.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Wonders of Winter

Find out how much fun a forest preserve can be in tMayslakehe winter by coming to Mayslake Peabody Estate at 1717 W 31st Street in Oak Brook between 10 am and 1 pm. Enjoy a horse-drawn hayride, go geocaching, take a nature hike and much more. Activities are free and for all ages. To register, please call (630) 933-7248.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Lombard Park District Winter Carnival

Bundle up and head out to Sunset Knoll Recreation Winter-Carnival-Website-Graphic-Redo-011Center for a ride on the Gold Medal Express train, some delicious hot cocoa, games, crafts and sledding. The fun starts at 1:30 pm and runs until 4:00 pm. It’s free fun for the whole family. For more information, call (630) 620-7322.

Thursday, February 19 through February 22, 2015

The 48th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival

Each February, the best college jazz bands gather on the Elmhurst College campus for three days of music and jazz_festival_2015_ralph_lalama_gateway_v2education. The groups take turns performing for some of the greatest names in professional jazz. The professionals then take the stage to show off their own talents in the evening. Purchase your tickets here or call (630) 617-5534.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Daddy/Daughter Dance

Grab your daughter’s hand and head over to the event of the year. Enjoy dinner with your little girl and dance the night away while mom enjoys a night with her friends at Wilder Mansion. Then leave with a special commemorative photo of Daddy with his favorite girl. Reservations are required and cost $30 each person for residents and $38 each person for non-residents.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Second Annual Girls Nite Out at Wilder Mansion

girls nightSpend an evening pampering yourself at Wilder Mansion with wine tastings, shopping and perusing art while learning new make-up tricks and picking up free giveaways. The cost is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Preregister here or pay at the door. Participants must be over 21 years of age.

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DuPage County and the Underground Railroad 

Celebrate Black History month at the College of DuPage with a discussion on the Underground Railroad in Illinois led by Glennette Tilley Turner at 6 pm in the Student Resource Center. Call (630) 510-4941 or go here make your reservation.

February 28, 2015

Grand Opening of the New Elmhurst Historical Museum
Exhibit, “The Story of Elmhurst”

“The Story of Elmhurst” explores the last 165 years of Elmhurst history using the entire second floor ????????????????????????gallery of the Elmhurst Historical Museum. Experience thought-provoking displays combining artifacts with the latest in museum technology including a mini-theater with a video review of Elmhurst’s history.  Special activities and refreshments will be served on February 28th and March 1st. Admission is free.


Convenience is Key in Emery Manor

Emery Manor MapEmery Manor was the first subdivision built in Elmhurst and includes the area between Armitage and Fremont Street and from West Avenue to Walnut Street. In 1952, Munson Emery sold his family’s farm to a developer who offered him $3,000 an acre. The planned subdivision was a new concept and would help end the housing slump that had settled into Elmhurst the previous two years.

Aerial View of Emery Manor (1962)

Aerial View of Emery Manor (1962)

Three hundred and sixty ranch homes were built with four models, each decorated by a different furniture store. The models had either two or three bedrooms, one bath, and a garage. Thomas Myers, a local Realtor, secured the right to list the homes, selling  all of the homes in the subdivision in approximately one year. The cost of the homes started at $16,375 and most of the buyers were World War II vets who put 10% down and used VA mortgages. Taxes cost between $300 and $400 a year. The same developers came back a year later and built the Brynhaven subdivision.

Selling points of the homes included a huge picture window, trellised entrance-way, North ave houseand all-electric kitchen with Frigidaire appliances, Youngstown steel cabinets, a “wonderful” exhaust fan, a “clever” built-in safe delivery package receiver and a “sensibly sound-proofed” bathroom. They were also the first homes in Elmhurst built with electric wiring and a washer and dryer.

Emery Lane was named after the land’s original family and Ida Lane after their daughter, Ida Emery Ullman. Fremont Avenue was named after Fremont Graue, who was theTell your friends developer of Emery Manor. Berens Park borders Emery Manor on the north, complete with facilities for baseball, football, basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball, a sledding hill, running path and The Hub, a unique park district facility that features four batting cages, an 18-hole mini golf course, a 6000 sq. ft. spray ground and a playground and the Lee A. Daniels Pavilion, a 3,500 sq. ft. facility with restrooms and concessions.

Children in the subdivision attend the award winning Elmhurst District 205 schools  Emerson Elementary, Churchville Middle School and York Community High School. Homes in Emery Manor range from a very affordable entry level of $250,000 to a little less than $1 million for new construction homes. If you are interested in viewing homes in Emery Manor, 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.


We gratefully acknowledge all of the time and assistance Nancy Wilson at Elmhurst Historical Museum provided. She is, and will continue to be, an invaluable resource for this series. Graphics included in this post were provided by Elmhurst Historical Museum.

Save money with NiCor’s energy SMART program

The cold weather will be with us for a few more months, so now that the holidays are over, it’s time Nicor logoto see if you can make your home more energy efficient. One of the first things you should do is visit Nicor’s website and request your free energySMART kit.

The kit includes a lot of really useful items including one or two Earth® massage shower heads. Install them and you could conserve 40% more water and energy while improving water pressure and performance.

You will also get one dual-spray kitchen faucet aerator with pause valve, which could save 30% of the water and energy you aeratorcurrently use. For the bathroom, two Econo bathroom faucet aerators are included which provide a full steam of water while using up to 55% less water and energy than standard faucets. You will also receive one roll of plumber’s tape to seal pipe threads of all sizes. Click here to get your kit and start saving now.

Here are some other easy ways to save money and energy.

  • Use a toilet tank displacement device. You could save hundreds of gallons of water per year.
  • Take a look at covering your foundation vents during the winter. Keeping the cold air out means less cold air in your house that needs to be heated. For safety’s sake, check your furnace and hot water heater to make sure the outdoor vent openings and air intakes are not obstructed by snow or ice.
  • Remove snow or ice from your natural gas meter, but only use your hands or a broom, not a shovel or other metal tool. You don’t want to break the meter or injure yourself.
  • Nicor-InsulationUpgrade your insulation. Use Fiberglass Insulation and look at the R-value. The greater the R-value, the more effective the insulation.
  • Make sure that caulking is not cracked either inside or outside your home. Also look at cracks in your foundation, cracks between your house and the foundation, around windows and doors, and especially in your attic, since heat rises. In fact, check your attic carefully to see if you could use weather-stripping on your attic access and if your insulation is working as well as it could be.
  • Check the outlet gaskets between the electrical box and the drywall, especially on switches and outlets on exterior walls. Place foam gaskets behind the plates for a good, airtight seal.
  • Windows also allow heat to escape. If you don’t want to window insulationupgrade, simple window kits are available to allow you to add an extra layer of protection against the cold. The insulator kits come in a variety of sizes and use tape to hold plastic in place. Using a hair dryer, shrink the plastic so that it is almost undetectable. The extra layer of air makes a world of difference in heat retention.

EnergyAssistanceIf heating your home is causing you financial hardship, NiCor offers programs that might help. Visit their website or call to talk to a customer service representative. That is a much better choice than trying to use alternate means like your oven or stove to heat your home.

Nicor has other resources that could help save you money, so spend some time Nicor-ToDoListlooking at calculators, information on emerging technologies and videos. You may even be eligible for rebates for new appliances. Facing the weather in Chicago can be brutal. But it can be a lot less expensive if you install energy saving appliances and implement some simple steps to keep the warmth you paid for in your house instead of heating the whole outdoors.

The View from 101 York – January 2015

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.

Up to January 26, 2015
Holiday Light Recycling

When taking down your holiday decorations, if you decide to get rid of some lights, your best optiolightsn is to recycle them. Drop both working and non-working lights, mini-lights, extension cords, rope and LED lights off at Elmhurst City Hall, Courts Plus (186 S West Avenue), Wagner Community Center (615 N West Avenue), or the Park District Administrative Building (375 W First Street) through January 26th. Look for the bins with the sign “Holiday Lights.”

For more information, please call (630) 993-8941 or visit

January 11, 2015
The Great Midwest Train Showtrain show

If you like trains, take a ride out to the DuPage County Fairgrounds and check out the world’s largest monthly train show with over 180 exhibitors featuring all types and sizes of trains.

January 12, 2015
Elmhurst Children’s Theatre Auditions for Mary Poppins

Mary PoppinsThe Elmhurst Children’s Theatre is looking for the next “uncanny nanny” for their production of Mary Poppins. If you have a budding actor enrolled in an Elmhurst school, grades five through eight, take them over to Epiphany Lutheran Church at 314 W Vallette Street to audition.

January 21, 2015
The Lunch & Learn Program at Elmhurst College

SELmhurst Collegetart off your new year with an extra boost in marketing for your business from Elmhurst College’s corporate training division, Elmhurst Partners. Eat a boxed lunch while learning from Chris Hogan, a manager with experience at Con Agra Foods and Kraft Foods, Inc. and expertise in the field of consumer insight and building effective marketing communication plans. The cost is $10 and runs from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

January 28, 2015summer
Thirteenth Annual Summer Recreation Open House

Starting at 6:00 pm, summer comes to York High School. Come see what fun activities your students can perfect this summer including local and regional organizations with camps for all abilities and special needs. Programs for preschool through high school, and even some university/collegiate programs for older students.

January 31, 2015
Fifth Annual Bags for Wags Bean Bag Tournament

Come to the Visitation Valentino Center at 815 S York BEWStreet at 6:00 pm and either compete or cheer for your favorite team while raising money for the Brian E Wagner Scholarship Fund. Enjoy Mamma Maria’s pizza, and exciting raffle prizes. Registration is $75 per two-player team before January 24, and $100 per team after the 24th. Click here to volunteer.

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