Monthly Archives: April 2015

The View from 101 York – May, 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.

May 2, 2015

Go Fly a Kite

Let’s start the month of May outside with the quintessential spring activity and headMay Fly kite over to Wheaton to fly your favorite kite. From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the people of Wheaton are going to be trying to break their record of 843 kites in the air simultaneously. Bring your own, or purchase a kite there. Graf Park at 1701 Manchester Road opens at 10:00 am and the grand launch is at 11:00 am with kite demonstrations at noon and highest flying kite contest and Kids’ Mad Dash at 1:00 pm. Finally at 1:30 pm the  Most Unique Kite Contest, as well as, the Candy Drop close out the fun. This one is fun for all ages.

May 2 and 3, 2015

The 19th Annual Art in the Park

May art-in-the-park-2014-10After flying your kite, head over to Wilder Park in Elmhurst for the 19th Annual Art in the Park extravaganza of fine art, craft and design. Featuring over 100 artists with ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting and photography, this show is free. Food vendors will be there and the Elmhurst Art Museum will be open and free from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days.

May 2 through May 17, 2015

Lilactime in Lombard May lilac-bloom

The lilacs are calling us to Lombard’s Lilacia Park at 150 South Park Avenue where over 800 lilac plants and 25,000 tulips will be at their most beautiful. Take a tour, shop the art and craft fair and sample a variety of treats. Check the website for a schedule of concerts and attractions.

May 14 through May 17, 2015

Taste of Glen Ellyn

It’s good eating in Glen Ellyn this weekend as four days of music, food, carnival rides May TasteLogo2015 Glenand a craft show comes to the Main Street Parking Lot, next to Giesche Shoes at 400 North Main Street. Check the website for a schedule of concerts and other activities that will be happening all weekend long. The event starts Thursday from 5:00 to 10:00 pm, Friday from 5:00 to 10:30 pm, Saturday from 12:00 to 11:00 pm, ending on Sunday when the festival is open from 12:00 to 8:00 pm.

May 17, 2015

Elmhurst Museum Day

All three Elmhurst museums will be open and free from May Museum Day 2013 0151:00 to 5:00 pm. With impressive exhibits and fun activities, people of all ages will find something of interest. Make sure you visit the new History of Elmhurst exhibit at the Elmhurst Historical Museum. A free trolly will run between the museums to make the day even more fun. Collect a stamp at all three museums and enter a drawing for great door prizes.

May 17, 2015

16th Annual Annie Ryan Run

Get ready for the first race of the running season in Elmhurst. This run, which is May annieryan_logosponsored by LW Reedy, is a family event that includes the Jessie White Tumblers, face painting, and free ice cream for all who attend. Bring the kids and walk or run. Register between 6:30 and 8:45 am at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 537 South York Street. The 5K starts at 9:00 am with an entry fee of $30 before May 16th and $35 after. The Kids’ 1 Mile Dash starts at 9:45 am for kids kindergarten to 8th grade with an entry fee of $15. The Pre-Packet Pick-up, hosted by LW Reedy, is May 13 through May 15, between 4:00 and 7:00 pm at the LW Reedy office at the corner of York Street and First Street.

May 25, 2015

97th Annual Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade 

The Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry, in cooperation with the City of Elmurst and the Veteran’s Organization of Elmhurst, will May Parade pichost the Memorial Day Parade in downtown Elmhurst. The parade steps off at 9:30 am in  Elmhurst City Centre at Third and York Street, winding its way through Elmhurst to the Elmhurst Veteran’s Memorial in Wilder Park. There will be a Military Ceremony at Wilder Park following the parade.

There’s More Than One Path in Elmhurst

Spring will get here eventually and when it does,  you will want to get out and enjoy the rays. The Elmhurst Park District has provided the perfect way to do that, either by bicycle or on foot.

Eldridge Park on the south side of Elmhurst has six paths, averaging about a third of a Eldridge mapmile each. The longest path, at three-quarters of a mile, runs the perimeter of the park and connects to Salt Creek Greenway Trail. Eldridge Park occupies almost 43 acres of land and has the Salt Creek flowing through it with a charming bridge that allows visitors to cross the creek with dry feet. Eldgidge Park has soccer fields, tennis courts, roller hockey courts, picnic areas and a beautiful playground for the little ones. Looking for a place to fish? There is a lagoon and the Eldridge Environmental Education Center with nature programming and an ADA-accessible canoe launch.

Wilder Park, sitting in the center of Elmhurst and across the street from Elmhurst College has three paths ranging from lesswilder than a quarter of a mile to just over three-quarters of a mile. The park has two parking lots, a conservatory with formal gardens, the Lizzadro Museum on the south side of the park and the Elmhurst Art Museum and Elmhurst Public Library on the north side of the park. Wilder Park is the oldest and most historically significant park in Elmhurst as it features several monuments to the past. In addition to tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a recreation building and picnic area, this park boasts one of the newest and largest District playgrounds. Take the longer path around the edge of Wilder Park and see all this great property has to offer.

butterfieldButterfield Park is the home field of the Elmhurst College Bluejays men’s baseball team. There is a covered picnic shelter, four baseball diamonds, lighted tennis courts and a soccer field. The longest path is just over a third of a mile, the perfect length for an after-dinner evening stroll.

Berens Park is one of the largest parks in Elmhurst and has the longest walking trail within the park system. The path is just under one mile and combined with the paths separating the baseball diamonds, the trail is almost a mile and a quarter. Berens Park has five lighted Berensbaseball diamonds, five soccer fields including two synthetic turf fields, a playground, three sand volley ball courts and tennis courts. The Hub is also located in Berens Park featuring a concession stand, playground, a spray park, an 18-hole miniature golf course and a four-station batting cage.

If you are looking for a real workout, try the Salt Creek Greenway Trail 2014 Bike Mapnear Eldridge Park, winding along the east banks of Salt Creek. The trail ultimately meets up with the Illinois Prairie Path and the Great Western Trail. It goes west over the Salt Creek and Route 83 and then goes north as far as your legs will take you.

For safety sake, it’s better to walk with a buddy. Slower traffic should stay to the right and bike riders should pass on the left. Always gently warn others of your approach from behind. Dogs are welcome, but they must be on a six foot or less leash. Don’t forget to clean up after your pet when necessary. There is no camping, fires or alcohol allowed in Elmhurst parks. Smoking is forbidden on the trails within 20 feet of any district building, playground, program or event. The trails are open 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset. Stay safe and enjoy the fresh air.

Look West to Graue Woods

Today’s subdivision, Graue Woods, is actually two separatemap graue woods.jpg areas, on either side of North Avenue at the far west side of Elmhurst. For now, we will focus on the south section between North Avenue and 2nd Street and from West Avenue to Villa Park Avenue.

In 1833, the Graues of Hanover, Germany arrived in the United States. They claimed land in the future York and Addison townships in northern Elmhurst where Frederick Graue, of Old Graue Mill fame, settled near the present Elmhurst-Addison boundary. The Graue family eventually owned two general stores in Elmhurst, Ludwig Graue on First Avenue along the railroad and thirty years later, the second Graue store was the first brick building built in Elmhurst, located at 136 West Park Avenue.

along the creekIn 1915, the developer Albert D. Graue & Sons of Elmhurst was working hard to sell this land, even offering to lend purchasers the money to buy. Brochures featured picturesque photographs of the Salt Creek south of the North Avenue Bridge and advertised an acre of land that cost from $650 to $1,000. The brochure featured a quaint poem that ends, “Spend your last days not with strangers, Enter heaven’s gate from home.”

According to Fremont Graue, the streets in this area had descriptive names like treesRiverside Drive, which was named for its location west of Salt Creek and Parkside Avenue,  literally named that because it was located next to a park. Other street names were equally prosaic, with Glade Street so named because it was the only open space in the woods and Glenview Avenue because it offered a view of open space between the trees. A lady who bought several lots in the subdivision wanted to live on a street named Bonnie Brae because she had lived on a street with that name in the past, so the developers granted her request. Most noteworthy is North Avenue, which was called Fourth Street until February 17, 1900 when the Village Trustees re-named it North Avenue because it was called that in 1837 when the city was incorporated. North Avenue at that time was the northern boundary of Elmhurst.

Children in the Graue Woods subdivision attend the award winning Elmhurst District house205 schools  Emerson Elementary, Churchville Middle School and York Community High School. Homes in the Graue Woods subdivision range from a very affordable entry level of $175,000 to a little less than $1 million for new construction homes. If you are interested in viewing homes in Graue Woods, 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.

The View from 101 York – April 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.

April 4, 2015

Elmhurst Easter Activities All Day Long

Don’t miss the annual Easter Egg hunt at Wilder Park for ages one to ten. Bring a big enough basket to hold all of your Easter treasures and a camera for a selfie with the Easter Bunny. The early bunny gets the treats, so don’t be late. The hunt starts promptly at 10:00 am.

Elmhurst Park District wouldn’t dream of leaving out our furry friends, so immediately following the kids’ hunt, holiday eggs will be hidden for Fido and his friends. ecc-easter15-webposterDogs must be leashed, wearing current rabies tags, and accompanied by a responsible adult 16 years or older. Colorful eggs with prizes and treats will be hidden throughout the park. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed dog.

When the fun is done at Wilder Park, hop down to Elmhurst City Centre for a free screening of “Hop” at York Theatre at 11:00 am. Each child will receive bunny ears and lots of other fun things as they explore the Easter wonders of Downtown Elmhurst. All the fun is brought to you as a joint venture of the Elmhurst Park District and Elmurst City Centre.


April, 4, 2015

The Return of the Large Predators

Have you seen more wild animals in your neck of the woods lately? Come to the WilloCaptivecoywolfhybridwbrook Wildlife Center at 2:00 pm and learn the facts and fiction behind wolf, cougar and bear sightings in northern Illinois. It is a free lecture, but you must register by calling (630) 942-6200. The Willowbrook Wildlife Center is located at 525 S. Park Boulevard in Glen Ellyn.


April 10 to April 12, 2015

CODCON XX Gaming Convention

If you have a gamer in your family, don’t miss the 20th annual CODCON Gaming Convention “Gamers…Assemble,” sponsored15_codcon_lg by The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Club at the College of DuPage. The convention is located in the Student Resource Center, Room 2000,  on the main campus at 425 Fawell Boulevard in Glen Ellyn. The fun starts on Friday from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm and continues  Saturday from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm, concluding on Sunday from 9:00 am to 6 pm.


April 11, 2015

Ceramics Workshop for 9th Graders and Adults

vaw-planterThe Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College is offering a ceramics class geared to  high school students and adults. In this workshop, students will create an outdoor wall planter while exploring ways to work with soft slabs of clay. Taught by Jenny Nagle, visual arts instructor for over 13 years, your inner artist will come out as you learn to express yourself with ceramics.

The cost of the class is $45 and takes place at the CSA Visual Art Studio at 1825 College Avenue in Wheaton from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Pre-registration is required. For more information, please visit their website or call (630) 752-5567.


April 15, 2015

Teen Summer Job and Volunteer Fair

Calling all teens looking for something to do this summer. There are plenty of local Teen Job Fairopportunities to earn some cash or give back to the community. Browse the fair and learn how to obtain a work permit for those under age 16.  No registration is required. Just head over to York High School at 3:30 pm and see if you can find your next favorite activity. The event ends at 7:30 pm.


April 19, 2015

Glorious Puccini

The Elmhurst Choral Union will present a concert at the Choral unionHammerschmidt Chapel at 3:00 pm featuring the glorious works of Giacomo Puccini, including Messa di Gloria. The music starts at 3:00 pm on Elmhurst College’s beautiful campus at 190 Prospect Avenue in Elmhurst. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $10 for children. It’s a beautiful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.


April 25, 2015

4th Annual DuPage Human Race®

The Human Race is a 5k Run and two mile Fitness Walk meant to be a family friendly feel-good event that raises money fordupage-human-race several local charities. The race starts at 9:00 am at The Esplanade at Locust Point, 1901 W. Butterfield Road in Downers Grove. Click here to register or for more information.