Monthly Archives: May 2015

The View from 101 York – June 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.

June 3, through October 28, 2015

Elmhurst Farmer’s Market 

Farmers MarketOne of the area’s most popular farmer’s markets is back for your dining pleasure. Healthy and fresh produce, bread, pastries, cheese, flowers and more from local sources will make your family both happy and healthy. The market takes place every Wednesday morning, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, rain or shine, at the corner of Vallette and York Streets.

city centreJune 3, 2015

Elmhurst City Centre Block to Block Party

Back to back events at City Centre kick off the summer with events in downtown Elmhurst. Live music, prizes and surprises are in store as Elmhurst celebrates School’s Out for the Summer and then the first Block to Block Party of 2015.

June 7, 2015

Elmhurst Architecture Walking Tour

Join architecture specialist and art educator Robert Bunda for a walk around Elmhurst, where you will see architecture from Romanesque to the301 S. Kenilworth Arch walk International style. Tours leave from the Elmhurst Art Museum at 4:00 pm and end at approximately 5:30 pm at the Elmhurst Historical Museum. If you can’t make it on June 7th, you have a second chance on June 13th at 10:00 am. This is a joint presentation by the Elmhurst Art Museum and the Elmhurst Historical Museum. To register, please click here. The cost is $15 for members of the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation or Elmhurst Art Museum and $20 for non-members.

June 8, 2015
Family Fun at “Just For Kids Fishing Derby”

Bring your aspiring angler to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s 28th-annual “Just for Kids Fishing Derby.” The event takes place from 8:00 am to DerbyFront12:00 pm at Silver Lake in the Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville on the north side of Butterfield Road.

Children under the age of 15 will learn about fishing and maybe even win a prize for the largest fish or the best casting. Kids need to bring their own gear, but bait will be provided. Registration takes place on the morning of the event. For more information, please call the Visitor Services office on a weekday at (630) 933-7248.

June 10, 2015

Wednesday Morning Movie Series

movie graphicThe Wednesday Morning Movie Series returns with Mr. Peabody & Sherman and will run for nine weeks with a different PG rated movie every week. Admission is only $1.

June 13, 2015

June Jazz 

Enjoy the tunes of the Manhattan TransferManhattan Transfer featuring trumpeter Doc Severinsen accompanied by the Elmhurst College Jazz Band in the Elmhurst College Mall at 6:30 pm. The concert is free and is open to the public.  Other guest artists include trumpeter Byron Stripling and vocalist Vanessa Thomas.

June 14, 2015

When Art and Nature Meet

AiN_017Enjoy an opening event to “When Art and Nature Meet” at 1:00 pm on June 14th. Explore a new way to enjoy nature when Art and Nature meet up at Mayslake Forest Preserve. Professional artists and community groups will create works of art inspired by nature. It takes place every day, one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset. Mayslake is located just west of the intersection of Route 83 and 31st Street on the south side of the road.

June 27 through June 28, 2015

Civil War Reenactment Weekend

Take a free trip back in time one hundred and fifty years and experience a reenactment of one of the mostcivil war significant events in United States history. Watch a rally for drills first thing in the morning and view a skirmish in the afternoon. Or watch a presentation by Harriet Tubman, listen to period music, learn about civilian life and watch soldiers fire the cannon at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm.

History repeats itself at Fischer Farm, 16w680 Grand Avenue in Bensenville on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.


A Walk on the Shade Street in North Graue Woods

Morth Grau WoodsToday’s subdivision has to be the smallest one in Elmhurst. With just three streets intersecting North Avenue, just east of Route 83, North Graue Woods has the most eclectic selection of homes in Elmhurst. Starter homes built in the early 1930s have given way to some of the larger homes Elmhurst has become famous for. Nestled in this woodsy setting, these houses truly look like homes.

All three streets, River Glen Avenue, Shady Lane and Ferndale Avenue, end in pathcul-de-sacs. There is a path that runs from Shady Lane to Ferndale Avenue that the kids use to get to Emerson School and the park that is located there. Even though it is small, Graue Woods has its own homeowner’s association named the Graue Woods Betterment Association, founded in 1939 by Edward Benson. The association is still active and occasionally has representatives speak at City Council meetings.

The streets in this subdivision are once again aptly named. River Glen Avenue For sale revwas within sight of the creek before so many houses were built, Shady Lane is named for all of the shade trees on the street and Ferndale Avenue is named for the ferns that grew in the lowland area it occupies. At least one of these homes appears to have been built by an unknown carpenter-builder named Fred Wilke, according to an old for sale sign found in an attic on Ferndale Avenue by its owner.

North Graue Woods also has a musical claim to fame. In 1946, Jimmy McPartland, a renowned cornetist, loaned his brother, Richard, money to build aFern St wide home in what was then a largely undeveloped area of Elmhurst. Jimmy and his distinguished pianist and composer wife, Marian McPartland, often attended jam sessions in North Graue Woods. They would move the piano and crates and bushel baskets out onto the porch and the great jazz artists of the day would come out for spaghetti or barbecue and jam long into the night.

Marian and Jimmy ultimately divorced, and Marian moved to New York. She released many albums and had quite a career with MaPartland Bookthe Marian McPartland Trio, which toured throughout the country. When Jimmy got cancer, however, it was Marian who returned to nurse him in his final days, remarrying him two weeks before he died. She went on to host NPR’s long-running “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz.” When Marian passed away, she was buried with her husband in Elmhurst’s Arlington Cemetery.

Children in North Graue Woods attend the award winning Elmhurst District 205 schools  Emerson Elementary, Churchville Middle School and York Community High School. Homes in North Graue Woods range from a very affordable entry level of $250,000 to $1 million. If you are interested in viewing homes in North 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.


Your Grass Will Be Greener

Warm weather is finally here and your yard is crying for a little attention. Here are some tips for making your yard happy, while still giving you a little time for an afternoon in the hammock.

toolsBefore you even go outside, get your tools cleaned up and sharpened. No one wants to get motivated to do a project, and then have to run to the hardware store for a new spark plug or to sharpen a blade. With sharp and clean tools, you will work smart instead of hard.

For general landscaping maintenance, walk around your yard to see if there are any obvious problems. Then grab a rake and remove leaves, dead annuals,wheelbarrow anything that will impede new growth. Spread a thin layer of about ¼ inch of aged compost everywhere to encourage healthy grass. Loosen the surface of any bare spots about 3 inches deep, level the soil with your rake and spread grass seed and compost over the bare spot. Tamp it all down and water liberally and often.

Make sure that you pull any weeds and other dead plants and cut down old turning-compostfoliage, making sure that it ends up in your compost pile. (Click here to find out how to create a compost pile.) Take your freshly sharpened pruning shears and cut away broken limbs from trees and spring-blooming shrubs. Get a jump on the summer by trimming summer-blooming shrubs and roses so that they can grow healthy once they start blooming later in the growing season. Here’s some more information about pruning.

If you have trees,  shrubs sprouting bulbs or perennials, put two to three inches of mulch around their baserubber mulch. Good mulch will include compost, shredded bark or recycled rubber mulch, which works especially well around trees and shrubs. This helps to maintain soil moisture, discourage weeds and keep the soil healthy with beneficial soil microorganisms.

Aerate your lawn with a soil conditioner product like LazyMan Liquid Soil Soil DocAerator which is fortified with microorganisms that aerate the soil so roots can grow better. It’s as easy as screwing on a hose and spraying. Do not fertilize your lawn until after you have mowed for the first time. Limit your spring feeding to ½ pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn. (A 20 pound bag of fertilizer containing 5 percent nitrogen is equal to one pound of actual nitrogen.)

Once your current plants and lawn are squared away, start looking at what new plants you want to include. blue flowersRemember to consider how much time you want to spend maintaining the plants before you spend the money and time to install them. Create harmony with sections of color and texture by planting annuals and perennials in groups of three, five or seven plants. Make sure you pay attention to how much light and room your new plants need.

Once the plants are in the ground, soak the ground thoroughly and keep the them watered until they are comfortable in their new home. Don’t forget that adding a brightly colored object like a chair, bright ceramic vase or even a hammockfreshly painted wheelbarrow or bike is an easy way to add color and interest in your yard.

Once the yard is taken care of, your time in the hammock will be that much sweeter. For more information about landscaping, check out these links with more landscaping tips and information.