Monthly Archives: June 2015

The View from 101 York – July 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.

July 4, 2015

4 on the 4th Race

You can’t celebrate Fourth of July without participating in or watching the Elmhursfour on the fourtht Runners Club’s 4 on the 4th Race in Elmhurst. It’s a family style four-mile run that starts at 7:15 am with a one kilometer  kids’ run at 8:20 am at Prospect Avenue next to Wilder Park. The race course is a tour of Elmhurst, including a trip by Elmhurst’s state-of-the-art library, City Centre and down many beautiful shady streets in Elmhurst. For more information and online registration, click here. Online registration costs $25 per racer, $10 for each child. The fee is $30 per racer when registering in person.

July 11 and 12, 2015

41st Annual La Grange Craft Show

Shop nearly 200 exhibits of unique arts and crafts created by Midwest artists in downtown LaGrange at their annual craft show. The Show runs from 9:00 am to craft show6:00 pm on Saturday and from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday. Free parking is available in the covered garage behind Village Hall and in the Cossit School lot. Hand made items including baby gifts, garden and yard stakes, pet accessories and hand made jewelry will be available for purchase. Watch live demonstrations or visit the food booths  located on Harris Avenue.

July 12, 2015

Elmhurst Garden Walk & Faire

The annual Elmhurst Garden Walk & Faire will begin in Wilder Park with a stroll flowerthrough the conservatory gardens. Browse the plant and craft sale and then explore some of the premier gardens in Elmhurst. Tickets may be purchased for $15 at Elmhurst Camera, NuCara Pharmacy, Uptown Shop, or Amling’s Flowers for $20 on the day of the event at Wilder Park.

July 22- 26, 2015

DuPage County Fair

The DuPage County Fair will be held at the DuPage County Fairgrounds featuring DuPage County Faircarnival rides, games, duck racing, clowns, magic shows, farm animal exhibits and auctions. Chow down on a giant turkey leg, funnel cake and enjoy all types of live entertainment including The Willis Clan from TLC’s hit TV show. Let the stars in your family show off their own skills with a talent show for kids up to age 21. Click here for more information on hours and special pricing.

July 24, 2015

Free Olympia Family Fun Ride

Participate in the Family Fun Ride or cheer for your friends and family on the 1.2 mile cycling logoprofessional race course around Elmhurst College. There will be a special prize drawing for all participants. All riders must have a signed waiver and helmet in order to ride and if you bike to the event, the Elmhurst Bike Task Force will be hosting a free bike valet parking inside the fenced tennis courts in Wilder Park. To register in advance, visit Olympia Chiropractic at 533 South York Road through Thursday, July 23rd or click here.

July 25, 2015

DuPage County Fairgrounds Rodeo

Take in the excitement of a real-life rodeo complete with the finesrodeot animals, skillful cowboys and cowgirls and a family friendly show that is good for kids from 2 to 102 years old. Produced by Latting Rodeo Productions, this is your chance to take a trip out west without having to pack. The show is $10 per person, with shows in the Grandstand Arena at 1:00pm and 6:00pm.

July 25, 2015

Christmas in July

The Elmhurst Park District is breaking out the ChristmasChristmas in July decorations at East End Pool at 463 Schiller Avenue for a holiday party. Join in the reindeer games, a Christmas trivia contest and if you are very, very good, a possible visit from the old elf himself. It’s free fun that runs from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

A Halloween Parade through the Highlands

Just three streets comprise the Elmhurst Highlands between North Avenue and 1stElmhurst Highlands map Street on the east side of Elmhurst. Otto H. Stange, the developer of Elmhurst Highlands named all three streets after members in his family. Berteau was named after his wife Bertha, Clinton and Geneva are named after his daughter and son.

Elmhurst was tripling in population during the 1920s and needed more housing. Otto Stange from a local family, developed the Elmhurst Highlands including new cement sidewalks, paved streets, sewer and water, as well as ornamental electric streetlights in the development. At the same time, many of the current social institutions were organized including the Elmhurst Park District and the Elmhurst Hospital, which was located on the western border of the Elmhurst Highlands.

This subdivision was also known for the Elmhurst Highlands Community Club, formed in 1932 by residents of the area. One of their first causes was the Halloween vandalism that plagued the neighborhood. Children would bang on windows with a wooden Halloween 1932spool, rarely breaking the window but causing a delightful noise that required investigation by the homeowner.

Soaping windows was popular, as well as, throwing produce at front doors. The Elmhurst Highland Community Club solved the problem by organizing a huge Halloween parade that ended at Rube’s Field on First Street where children won prizes for the most original costumes. With entertainment and refreshments, by the time the festivities were over, there was no time for the children to get into trouble. About this time, Trick or Treat was established in other areas to combat the same problems the Elmhurst Highlands Community Club had already solved.

In 1938, Hills Brothers Coffee Company asked to build a plant in Elmhurst. A petition was filed on November 2, 1938 that rezoned 37 ½ acres for industrial purposes just north of the North Western tracks to where Schiller Street extended beyond Geneva Avenue. Mild opposition caused Mr. Hills to drop his request and an Elmhurst industrial park was postponed for three decades.

Finally, there is a rumor that The Spirit of St Louis, Charles Lindbergh’s plane, landed in this vacant land and stayed for Lindburgh planeseveral days. It is said that a friend of Lindbergh had borrowed the plane just after the famous flight across the Atlantic and brought it to Elmhurst. Children from nearby Eugene Field School all went to see it and agreed that it was indeed the famous plane. There is no public record of the event, however.

The east side of the subdivision borders East End Park.East End Pool The most popular feature of the park is East End Pool, but it also has a playground, three baseball diamonds, a soccer field, lighted tennis and basketball courts and a concession stand that is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Students who live in Elmhurst Highlands attend Field Elementary, Sandburg Middle School and York Community High School.  Click here for more information on those schools and links to school reports and more. With the demolition of the old Elmhurst Hospital building, a new subdivision is popping up right alongside Elmhurst Highlands, promising a regeneration of an already popular area of Elmhurst.

If you are interested in viewing homes in Elmhurst Highlands, 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 in our research. She continues to be an invaluable resource for this series.


Packing It Up And Taking It On The Road

Whether it’s a big promotion, moving back to extended family or just yearningmoving-van for a change, moving is challenging. And if kids are involved, there is even more to think about.

Break the news to the kids in a positive way. If the children are young, it will be easier since their parents are their world. Listen to their concerns and reassure them that you will be with them every step of the way. If the children are older, point out all the ways they will be able to stayMemories in touch with their friends. Some families have a “See You Again Soon” party with all of their friends and family. This is the perfect time to take pictures, gather addresses and other important information. Building a memory box with meaningful items also helps lessen that homesick feeling as they say good-bye. Emphasize that keeping in touch will be easy and if they haven’t already used Skype, give them a tutorial and let them practice calling their friends.

Contact your child’s new school and find out where to send immunization and other school records. Take your child to the doctor for a check-up before the move and ask if the doctor has recommendations for a pediatrician in your new neighborhood. Get a copy of all your child’s medical records and prescriptions. (This is also a good time to take your four legged friends to the vet and get their information. You need to change contact information if they are kids with boxeschipped and to learn the animal control rules in your new neighborhood.)

Have your older children pack their own things. Items that have special meaning to your child make excellent keepsakes for their friends or family, if your child is willing. One fun activity is to buy a puzzle with large pieces and put one piece in each box while packing. When unpacking in the new home, set up a place for the puzzle and when anyone finds a new piece, they can put it in the puzzle. When the puzzle is done, so is the unpacking.

To avoid making the first night in your new home a frantic time of digging through boxes, pack pizza deliver guyeverything you and your kids will need the first night in a suitcase. Pajamas, favorite pillows, essential toys and books, a new set of fun sheets will make the first night memorable. Order in pizza, buy ice cream and make it a party. It’s a new beginning, so start it out with happy kids and relaxed parents. Keep to the normal schedule as much as possible and leave the unpacking until tomorrow.

Child or pet proof your home after your small children have gone to sleep. Cover extra electrical outlets, make sure there are no window blind cords in reach and see that there is nothing that could fall over onto a child like unsecured bookcases. It shouldn’t take too long to walk through the house and it could save you and your child a lot of pain and grief.

Unpacking can be done at a leisurely pace or all in one day, if the kids cooperate. If your children are old enough, let them organize their rooms. If they are too young for that, let them help unpack the toys or put their books on the shelf. Soon they will consider this new house their home.