Monthly Archives: November 2015

The View from 101 York – December 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.

December 3, 2015

Tree Lighting at Wilder Park

Experience an old-fashioned tree lighting in Wilder Park at 6:00 pm and kick off the holiday season with an evening of holiday entertainment, a visit from Santa, activities for the kids in Wilder Mansion and live reindeer. Warm up with cookies and hot cocoa while enjoying the trees decorated by local organizations. Bundle up and meet us there with some non-perishable food items for the local food pantry.

December 5, 2015

Farmside Christmas

Here is your opportunity to enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas at Fischer Farm.  Take a hayride around the farm, enjoy hot farmsidechocolate and desserts inside the farmhouse and gather in the parlor for instrumental and vocal music performed by local student ensembles.

Fischer Farm is located at 16W680 Grand Avenue in Bensenville. Christmas on the Farm runs from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. For more information, please call 630-834-3152.

December 6, 2015

Elmhurst Park District: Polar Express Storytime Train

Take a train ride to Elburn on the Metra and then enjoy some treatssanta while a storyteller reads “The Polar Express.” The trip takes approximately two hours and leaves from the Elmhurst train station on the south side of the tracks. First train of the day leaves at 11:00 am and the second train leaves at 3:00 pm. The cost is $21 for a resident child, $26  for a non-resident child, $26 for a resident adult and $32 non-resident adult.  Registration is required.

December 12, 2015

Brunch with The Grinch

Enjoy a special holiday brunch with the Grinch at Cantigny Park, 27W270 Mack Road in Wheaton. Dine with the Grinch and choose from a Grinch-grinchthemed buffet while watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”  Seatings are at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm in the  Red Oak Room at Cantigny Golf. The cost is $18 for adults and $12 for children.

While you’re there, make a stop at the LEGO® Train Show  in the Visitors Center and restaurant . Produced by the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club, this is the group’s largest annual show. Entrance into the LEGO Train Show is free with a donation of a new, unwrapped toy.

Call 630-260-8194 for more information.

Saturday December 12, 2015

Free Family Fun Day in Elmhurst City Centreecc-holiday2015-webposter

Take in a free showing of ‘Elf’ at 9:30 am at the York Theatre in downtown Elmhurst and then stick around for FREE Family Fun Day. Free elf hats for all the kids as they leave the theatre and Santa will be in the plaza from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm! After buttering up Santa, take a walk around town and finish your Christmas shopping.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides

sleigh rideLearn about farming with real horses on a 30 minute sleigh ride that is fun for all ages. The rides start at noon and end at 2:00 pm  The cost is $5.00 for people over the age of 13 and $2.00 for children 5 to 12 years of age. Children under 5 are free. Please call (630) 876-5900 for more details.

Easy Ways to Light Up Your Holidays

front doorHanging Christmas lights is often the first holiday task you tackle. Here are a few tips to make your decorating spectacular.

First plan where to hang lights, the kind of lights you want to use and how many lights you will need.  Decide whether you want to use LED lights, which are more expensive but last longer or incandescent, which are brighter and cheaper.  Measure the roof and other straight lines you want to light, taking into account the length needed to reach the electric source. Also make sure you know whether you want to use large C7 or C9 bulbs, which work best on big bushy evergreen trees or strands of mini lights, which can appear too small on bushes but work well in smaller trees and along the eaves.

Set the mood for your display with color. Classic clear lights stand out,  whereas color lights add whimsy. Use one color to show your loyalty to sport teams, your lighted treesschool or a specific cause like pink for breast cancer. Also consider the color of the lighting cords so that they don’t ruin your look by standing out against trees, gutters or walls. Make sure you only use lights and extension cords rated for outdoor use. Test the lights before you start hanging them, looking for broken bulbs and frayed cords. When connecting strands, make sure you wrap electrical tape at the connections to protect against water. Use a strong ladder or large stepladder for stability. Extension ladders are also helpful, but make sure you have a helper to spot you.

To keep the lights where you put them, use light clips made for gutters, brick, siding and Fence-Lighted-Christmas-Treeeven tree branches. If you are going to hang lights in the same place every year, consider using stainless-steel cup hooks which can be screwed into wood eaves and hire a certified electrician to install a ground fault circuit interrupter for power. When lighting an evergreen, begin at the top of the tree and wind strands through the center, following the tree’s shape as it gets wider. For trees with leaves, start at the bottom and work your way up winding the lights around the base in a spiral.

Once your basic lights are done, here are a few ways to add interest and make your house the showcase of the neighborhood.

  1. Make your yard look like the arboretum by wrapping all your trees with different burlap swagcolored lights. Use flashing or running lights sparingly for some variety to create your own winter wonderland.
  2. Use burlap instead of garland for a homespun look on your porch. Tuck a few strings of lights inside and you’ll have a shimmery swag of beauty you can match with pine cones, ribbons or silk flowers.
  3.  Use tomato cages to make lighted trees. You can use evergreen garland, ribbon, lights, silk flowers, almost anything that fills in the wires around the lights. Create an entire enchanted forest for very little money.
  4. Create some interest on the ground by making some do-it-yourself presents or balls. You’re only limited by your imagination.
  5. Add some star power to your yard with this easy-to-do trick. Hang a store-bought star stars with lightsin your yard and then attach three strings of white lights to the bottom of  the star and drape it. Create a path by hanging them over your driveway or patio. It’s a simple way to add some magic.

Making our homes festive, inside and out, sets the stage for a great time with family and friends. As the holiday season gets underway, let us be the first to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and safe and joyful holiday season.


Community is the word in Yorkfield

Yorkfield mapYorkfield is located north of Roosevelt Road, south of Butterfield Road, west of the East-West and Tri-State tollways and east of York Street. People started moving into Yorkfield in the 40s, with the Yorkfield Civic Association forming on February 7, 1940. The Civic Association building still stands and hosts the occasional wedding reception or birthday party.

The area was originally part of Bartlett Farms and the old farmhouse was still standing in 2002 on Butterfield Road. Once an Indian trail, Butterfield Road was named after an important stagecoach man in the early days of Cottage Hill. Lyman Butterfield was one of the original settlers on the south side of Elmhurst. He came from Ohio on a river vessel with Captain Joseph Naper and his brothers, who settled Naperville.

Aerial YorkfieldWith all the servicemen coming back from the war and the lack of building during the war, demand for homes was high. Many of the homes in Yorkfield started out as shells put up by builders looking to sell a lot of homes in a short period of time. People would buy the shells and then finish the inside as the ultimate Do-It-Yourself project. Prices could be as low as $11,000 for one of these shells and the work inside could be done as money became available. The large lot sizes were one more reason families flocked to the unincorporated neighborhood. For an extremely interesting look at this area, click here for a YouTube video by Irving P. Feldspar.

With all of the new families, schools were a priority. Yorkfield School was built at 15W266 Lexington inYorkfield School 1942 and was part of District 17, which included Butler School in Oak Brook. The first class had 76 students who had previously attended Butler. The school was crowded almost from the first day. In 1946, eighth grade students were sent to Hawthorne Jr. High School to alleviate the overcrowding at a cost of $125 per student. In 1947, both seventh and eighth graders went to Hawthorne. Students attended Elmhurst schools as needed until Yorkfield School closed in 1978. It was used as a storage building for a while, but ultimately was sold to developer McKenna Builders who built private homes on the spot.

Yorkfield food pantryYorkfield is home to a very important service organization in Elmhurst, the Yorkfield Food Pantry. In 1983, the people of Yorkfield Presbyterian Church wanted to help the hungry people in their “own back yard” and opened the pantry which currently serves an average of 300 families a month from near-by communities. Local churches and businesses host food drives to help fill the shelves and hours have expanded to meet growing demand. The pantry is currently building a new structure to service the growing numbers of people in need and will be closed until sometime in December. Click here if you would like to donate to this worthy cause.

The pantry was started by Yorkfield Presbyterian Church.  Established in 1943, Yorkfield churchthe church emphasizes helping those who are hurting in the world. Along with their food pantry, they regularly staff a PADS site for the homeless in the winter, organize the “Run for Hunger 5K, and support other causes around the world.

Children in Yorkfield attend the award winning Elmhurst District 205 schools  Jackson Elementary, Bryan Middle School and York Community High School. Homes in the Yorkfield neighborhood start at a very affordable entry level of $300,000. If you are interested in viewing homes in Yorkfield, 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 – November 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.

November 6, 2015

Wilder Mansion Holiday Market

The annual arts and crafts show is back at Wilder Mansion. Holiday MarketChoose from one-of-a-kind masterpieces including jewelry, handbags, glass, ceramics, gourmet food and unique holiday gifts from over 50 artisans and food vendors inside Wilder Mansion. The fair runs from 4:00 to 9:00 pm.

November 6, 2015

Arte at Nite: Food For Life

art at niteShop and dine at participating businesses in Elmhurst and 10% of the proceeds will support the efforts of the United Community Concerns Association, providing Elmhurst school children and their families with needed food and other items. Stop by Cafe Amano to pick up a raffle entry for one of two $250 Elmhurst City Centre Gift Certificates. Donate non-perishable food items at the Community Bank of Elmhurst, the Elmhurst Public Library, the Elmhurst YMCA and the Suburban Bank & Trust.

November 8, 2015

Toy Soldier Showtoy soldiers

Toy soldier enthusiasts will be in heaven as they walk around Cantigny Park looking at displays of small-scale soldiers and armaments while shopping for new additions to their own collections.  The event is free with the regular parking fee and runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

parade ribbonNovember 11, 2015

Veterans Day Parade

Honor our veterans by coming to the Veterans Day Parade, which steps off at 10:15 am at the corner of Benton and Broadway in Aurora, and ends at the GAR Memorial Hall, where the “Honoring All Who Served” ceremony will cap off the festivities. The ceremony includes a military rifle salute at 11:00 am, the exact time the armistice was signed that ended WWI.

November 15, 2015

Mozart Madness

The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra will present a concert from 3:00 to mozart5:00 pm at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church at 149 Brush Hill Road in Elmhurst. Six of the finest singers in the Chicago area will perform popular arias and scenes from Mozart’s musical masterpieces.  Directed by Conductor Stephen Alltop, the ESO will bring Mozart’s music to life with selections from Don Giovanni, the Marriage of Figaro and Act 1 finale of Cosi fan tutte. The tickets cost $32 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $9 for students. Group and family rates are available and there is a $5 surcharge for tickets purchased at the door.

November 19 through 22, 2015

Autumn Festival – An Arts &Crafts Affair

arts and crafts logoOver 400 artists and vendors will display their wares at the Autumn Festival: An Arts & Crafts Affair at the Odeum in Villa Park. Open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on Thursday and Friday, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, there is plenty of time to finish your Christmas shopping before the season even starts. Admission is $9 for general admission and $8 for seniors. Children under 10 are free.

November 19, 2015

From Hot Dogs to Top Dog: A Conversation with Dick PortillosPortillo

Dick Portillo, founder of Portillo’s restaurant chain discusses his path to success with Lee Daniels, a distinguished fellow at Elmhurst’s Department of Political Science. Tickets are $10. Students, faculty and seniors are free. Click here to purchase tickets.

November 26, 2015

Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot

LW Reedy is pleased to sponsor the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot dangibbonsturkeytrotagain this year. Come to our office on the corner of York Street and First Street to stay warm before the race or attend the viewing party during the race. With a DJ outside, hot drinks and snacks, we are also a great place  to recuperate after the race.   The Turkey Trot raises funds for several worthwhile local charities and has become a cherished Thanksgiving tradition in Elmhurst for 32 years. Click here to register for the race or to find out how you can help.