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The View from 101 York – October 2016

Halloween fun is popping up all over in and around Elmhurst. Here’s what we see from our perch in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.



Boo-tiful Saturday
October 29
Downtown Elmhurst

Trunk or Treat
October 29
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Elmhurst

Haunted Walks

Whether you are looking for a truly scary experience or a cute Halloween adventure with the kids, you’ll find it with one of these two Halloween walks.


Haunted Forest
October 14-15
Oak Brook Park District

Halloween Night Walks
October 21- 22
Fullersburg Woods

Halloween Theater

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October 13-15
Elmhurst College

Don’t miss the creepy and kooky Addams Family as they pay a call on Elmhurst just in time for Halloween.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
October 14-16
Bryan Middle School

The tale as old as time comes to Elmhurst just in time to join the other beasts running around town this Halloween season.

More Halloween Fun

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October 22-23, 29-30
Brookfield Zoo

Pumpkin Fest
October 1-31, 2016
Cosley Zoo, Wheaton

October 28
Cosley Zoo, Wheaton

Glass Pumpkin Patch
October 12-16
The Morton Arboretum

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.

If you have questions about Elmhurst and especially real estate in Elmhurst, we’re your go-to people. Contact us today!


The View from 101 York – August 2016

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.

August 1 – August 31, 2016

The Art of Science Learning (AOSL)

ArtofScienceVisit the Elmhurst Art Museum and take a look at projects from hundreds of scientists, artists, educators and others addressing the challenges of living in this world. Take your own turn with the creative process and explore the tools and experiences used by the AOSL’s Chicago, San Diego and Worcester (MA) Incubators to create your own solutions. The cost is $8 for an adult, $7 for seniors and free for students under 18 years old.

WDCB JazzAugust 4, 2016

3rd Annual Lakeside Summer Series

Take a drive to the College of DuPage and enjoy some free music under the stars. Purchase delicious food on site from local restaurants or sip some wine while you listen to the funk, rhythm and blues sounds of Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters. If you can’t make it on the 4th,  award-winning jazz organist  Brian Charette will perform on August 11, and acclaimed Chicago-born trumpeter and composer Marquis Hill will entertain on August 25th. Admission to WDCB LIVE Jazz Concerts is free and all performances begin at 7:30 pm. For more information, call (630) 942-4000.

August school of rockAugust 5, 2016

First Fridays Rock

City Centre Plaza in Downtown Elmhurst will be rocking with music from the School of Rock’s House Band and then with other talented students from the area. Bring your friends and family and spend a fun evening in downtown Elmhurst.


August 14, 2016

Historical Tour of Black Chicago Gravel Locomotive #18

The Veterans Park on Main Street and Church Road in Bensenville is the place for a tour of the Black Chicago Gravel Company steam locomotive #18, along with the Hiawatha passenger car and bay window caboose. Conductor Karl will give tours and answer questions about this antique train. The tours take place from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

August 20, 2016

Park Palooza

park-palooza-adThe fourth annual Park Palooza will invade Berens Park with music, food and fun at 5:00 pm. The food trucks, face painting and kids activities will be the perfect close to summer.  Food trucks from Barbeque Jim’s, Big World’s Tortas, Cupcakes for CourageDa Pizza Dude, Happy Lobster Truck, Kona IceMario’s Cart, Toasty Cheese  and Yum Dum will be on site. New Odyssey will play from 5:30 to7:30 pm. and No Alternative from 8:00 to 10:15 pm.

August 27, 2016

Paddle With a Ranger

Take advantage of a guided tour starting at Fullersburg Woods beginning at 9:00 and ending at 11:30 am. Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent one for $20 per person. This program is for people 14 years and older, adult supervision is required for those under 18. Register online or at (630) 933-7248.

The View from 101 York – July 2016

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 3, 2016

Taste of Oak Brook

Enjoy samples of all that Oak Brook restaurants have to offer starting at 4:00 pm. Visit the Prince of Taste of Oak BrookWales Field at 2606 York Road in Oak Brook and gain free admittance with a parking fee of $10.  Don’t forget to bring the kids for balloon artists, face painting, and the petting zoo. Food and beverages, as well as, some of the children’s activities will be purchased with tickets.

Participating restaurants include Gibsons Steakhouse, Kona Grill , Labriola Bakery Café, McCormick & Schmick’s, Novi’s Beef, Paul’s Pizza & Hotdogs, Pinstripes, Real Urban Barbecue , Shree, and Tuscany. The Taste of Oak Brook will conclude with music from several local groups and a spectacular fireworks display.

July 10, 2016

The Commander’s Cup

Polo originated in 1892 as a way to improve an officer’s horsemanship skills. The sport rose in popularity in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In Polo1949, the Illinois National Guard organized an indoor league at the Chicago Avenue Armory, now the Museum of Contemporary Art.  Fast forward to current times and horses still pound the dirt in polo matches at the Oak Brook Polo Club at 2606 York Road in Oak Brook. The schedule of events starts at 10:00 am with a Champagne Brunch. The gates open at 1:00 pm. The Polo festivities start at 2:00 pm with the featured match beginning at 3:00 pm Tickets start at $10 each.

July 12, 19, and 26, 2016

Summer Fun and Games

craftCome to the Elmhurst History Museum on Tuesdays, July 12, 19, or 26 for a fun afternoon featuring crafts and games. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn at 11:30 am. The Museum will provide complimentary juice boxes and treats for kids aged three to 12 when accompanied by a caregiver. The museum is located at 120 E. Park Avenue in Elmhurst. The cost is free to members and $3 for non-members.

animalsJuly 17, 2016

All Animal Expo

Get up close and personal with a wide assortment of animals at the DuPage County Fairgrounds located at 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton.  Admission is $5 and parking is free. The expo starts at 10:00 am and runs until 3:00 pm.

July 22, 2016

Elmhurst 4th Annual Cycling Classic

Join the fun and watch the 4th Annual Elmhurst’s Cycling Classic, which starts and finishes at Wilder Cycling ClassicMansion on Prospect Avenue. If you want to do a little biking yourself, join the Olympia Chiropractic Family Fun Bike Parade at 6:10 pm and ride the professional course before the professionals take the track. Decorate your family’s bikes because prizes will be awarded for the best-themed riders at the finish line, and enjoy the crowds’ cheers as you ride the 1.2 mile course around Elmhurst College. Register early and ride for free or register on the day of the ride and pay $5 per rider.  Check-in and day-of registration will take place at the Wilder Mansion north parking lot between 3pm – 5:50pm.

July 27, 2016 – July 31, 2016

The DuPage County Fair

County FairVisit the DuPage County Fair Grounds and take in all the sights and smells of a real old-fashioned county fair with great food, music, one-of-a-kind attractions, rides and animals. The Fair Grounds is located at 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton. Click here for ticket information. Parking is free. Hours run from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm Wednesday through Saturday. Hours on Sunday are 8:00 am to 10:30 am.

The View from 101 York – June 2016

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.

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Block to Block Party

Come to City Centre in the heart of downtown Elmhurst for music and fun that runs from 5:30 to 8:30 pm every Wednesday this summer .

June 5, 2016
Strides Against MG Walk

Support the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of Illinois at Berens Park, 493 Oaklawn Avenue in Elmhurst. Take a walk or let the kids participate in the dash. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the event begins at 8:30 am. The Kids’ Dash is at 8:45 am. Watch out for bubbles, beach balls and hula hoops at this family friendly event. The cost mg-logois $30 per walker or $35 on the day of the event. Children under the age of 12 are $10 each. Four-legged walkers are also welcome.

Friday June 10 – Saturday June 11, 2016
Family Campout

Give your kids a real camping experience at the Fischer Farm at 16W680 Grand Ave in Bensenville. Sit camp outaround the campfire and eat roasted hotdogs, chips, s’mores and a continental breakfast the next morning. Campers should bring their own tent, sleeping gear, lawn chairs, bug spray, flashlight and whatever else you need. Electricity is not available for tents and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Check in at Fischer Farm at 5:00 pm on Friday and break camp after breakfast on Saturday at 9:00 am. Cost is $6 per person. Children aged 3 and younger are free. Make your reservations at Deer Grove Leisure Center by Monday, June 6 as space is limited.

June 12, 2016
Eldridge Adventure Day

Have some fun at Eldridge Adventure Day, starting at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Choose from a fishing contest, take a guided nature walk, play with some animals or find your own fun. Parking is available at the Community Bank of Elmhurst at 330 W Butterfield Road. The fun is free.

June 18, 2016
June Jazz

Grammy Award–winning singer Patti Austin and the Elmhurst College Jazz Band will present a free evening of music at 6:30 pm on the beautiful campus of Elmhurst College, located at 190 Prospect Avenue in Elmhurst. Bring a picnic basket, lawn chairs or blanket and settle in on the College Mall for a magical summer jazz interlude.

HUSBY.02[4]June 23 – August 20, 2016
COD’s First Regional Art Exhibition

The First Regional Art Exhibition at Cleve Carney Art Gallery is at McAninch Arts Center, located at the College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd in Glen Ellyn. This free exhibit is open from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, with late hours until 8:00 pm on Thursdays.

June 23, 2016
Middle School Night at East End Pool

Bring your middle school student, ages 11-14 years old, to East End Pool for a pool party from 8:30 to 10:30 pm. With a DJ, dancing, swimming and snacks available for purchase, it’s a safe and fun activity for a summer night. Attendees must be registered by an adult here. The cost is $5 in advance or $7 at the door.

The Queen Still Reigns in Architecture

We are starting a new series looking at popular architectural designs. Our first foray into the world of architecture will be the Queen Anne style.  Richard Norman Shaw popularized it in England from 1860 to 1900. A type of Victorian design, this style has nothing to do with Queen Anne who died in 1714, but instead builds on the styles of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras.

Watts Sherman HouseH. H. Richardson brought the Queen Anne style to Rhode Island with the Watts-Sherman House in 1975. The British government extended that introduction with many more Queen Anne homes built at the Philadelphia Centennial that same year. The Chicago area got its own monument to Queen Anne in 1891 with the William J. MacDonald House, which still stands in Oak Park. With ornately carved oak woodwork, two fireplaces, original murals and stained glass, the house is currently listed for 1.2 million dollars.

The William J. MacDonald House

The William J. MacDonald House

The Queen Anne style includes a host of eccentric features including elaborate trim, deep colors with unusual textures, towers, dormers, slate shingles, copper finial ornaments, multi-paneled stained-glass windows and large wrap-around porches with columns. Some of the more enduring features are the asymmetrical facades with front-facing gables, often cantilevered beyond the wall below with overhanging eaves, second story balconies, pedimented porches, interesting and patterned textures on the walls and Terra-cottar tiles or wooden shingles.

The interiors boast large tiled entryways, prominent wood staircases and paneled walls, inglenook tiled fireplaces, built-in China cabinets and back staircases with outdoor sitting rooms and smaller back service porches.

As the style grew in popularity, factory-made pre-cut architectural parts traveled around the country, ordered from widely-published pattern books. While not happy about it, even Frank Lloyd Wright, early in his career, included Queen Anne characteristics in his homes. One of his first projects was the Walter Gale house built in 1983 in Oak Park. While there are characteristics of the Queen Anne style outside, the inside departs from it with an open floor plan. Here is a more thorough discussion of Frank Lloyd Wrights’ homes, both Queen Anne and his classic Prairie Style.

Commercial buildings also showcased the Queen Anne style. We have several examples right here in downtown Elmhurst. The G. Weber Building at 110-112 York Street is one of the oldest buildings in our town. It was built for Gottfried Weber in 1906 and retains many of its Queen Anne features including ornate decoration and the turret corners topped with pointed tile roof. Starting as a bakery, this building now houses Tannin’s Wine Bar and Boutique. (Photo courtesy of the Elmhurst Historical Museum.)

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Built in 1923, 270 N Walnut.

By the turn of the century, traditional Queen Anne homes, which were expensive and difficult to maintain, were replaced with homes that had less ornamentation, but certain aspects of the Queen Anne endure to this day. Homes with wrap-around porches, bay windows, gables, turret entryways and steep, multiple roof lines still wear the title Queen Anne. Here is a look at homes labeled Queen Anne in our own neighborhood.



Built in 2000, this house stands at 318 S Fair.

Built in 2000,  318 S Fair.

Built in 1948, 354 Elm Ave.

Built in 1956, 183 N Berteau.

If you are interested in learning more about Queen Anne homes, please click here and here to visit in-depth discussions about this beautiful building style. If you are interested in purchasing a Queen Anne home, please call a LW Reedy Realtor to explore your options. They are always ready to help.

The View from 101 York – January 2016

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, January 9

Leap Into Volunteering at this Open HouseDuPage Forest Volunteer

Get involved at the DuPage Forest Preserve by choosing from more than 50 opportunities. Representatives from all 11 volunteer programs will be available at Danada Headquarters from 9:00 to 10:00 am. Then enjoy a free one-hour presentation and ask all your questions afterward. Registration is not required. If you have questions, call (630) 933-7681 or click here for more information.

Saturday, January 9

PenroseGallery Talk with Penrose Brewing’s Founder Eric Hobbs

Take a trip to the Elmhurst Historical Museum at 2:00 pm to hear a talk by Eric Hobbs, founder of Penrose Brewing Company.  While you’re there, explore the “Beer Chicago” exhibit and gain a unique perspective on Chicago beer history. Receive a Penrose Brewing tour certificate and than head over to Pints next door to sample some Penrose product.

Sunday, January 10 and 24

Elmhurst Park District: Free Family Open Swim

Bring the family to York High School’s swimming pool between kids in pool1:00 and 4:00 pm and take advantage of this opportunity to splash around with the kids.  As part of a cooperative agreement between Elmhurst Park District and Elmhurst School District 205, the pool will be open for lap swimming, open swim and use of the diving boards. This event is open to all Elmhurst residents.

Sunday, January 10

Navigation: GPS Explorers

gpsTake a GPS -based adventure at Meacham Grove using clues and coordinates and learn about the Forest Preserve’s resident plants and animals. The event takes place from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and is geared for kids aged 6 and older. Those under 16 must attend with an adult. This event is free, but registration is required by calling (630) 933-7248.

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Elmhurst Public Library: Lyric Opera Lecture – Nabucco

Come to the Kossmann Room at the Elmhurst Library between 2:30 and 3:45 pm  for a Lyric Opera Lecture about Verdi’s Nabucco.  Explore the dangerous love triangle behind this masterpiece featuring some of the greatest choral music ever written including the “Va, pensiero” chorus. This is the opera that made Verdi a star. If you love opera, this is the place to be.

Monday, January 18

Auditions for the Elmhurst Choral Union

auditionsIf you always wanted to sing with a full orchestra and have some experience in choral singing, or the ability to read music, openings are available in all voice ranges. To schedule an appointment, leave a message at (630) 758-1100 or click here and a volunteer will follow up to schedule an audition which will include a vocal warm-up and your choice of audition piece. Concert rehearsals begin January 25 at Elmhurst College.

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Elmhurst Park District: Princess Day at Wilder Mansion
If you have a little princess at home, don’t miss the first ever Princess Day at Wilder Mansion from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Bring your little princess in her most regal robes to make a craft, enjoy a treat and listen to a story fit for her highness. The afternoon ends with a party on the dance floor. The cost is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents and registration is required.

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.

Are You Prepared to Entertain Old Man Winter?

thermometerThe mercury is dropping and it’s time to think about weatherizing your home. Tackle a task or two every weekend and you’ll be ready when the first snowflake falls.

Safety first. Hire a professional to check your furnace if you skipped it in the spring. Don’t wait until you turn the switch and nothing happens. Change your furnace filter every month to keep the air in your home clear of dust and allergens. If you have a fireplace, have the chimney cleaned, making sure there are no birds or critters calling your flue home. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they work and the batteries are fresh. Look at exhaust fan covers to make sure they haven’t broken during the summer. Thshovele pipe into your bathroom exhaust fan makes a fantastic home for birds looking to come in from the cold.

Check your snow blower and get fresh gas. Keep snow removal equipment at the front of the garage for easy access. Check your shovel to make sure it isn’t broken and purchase a good supply of salt or sand. If you have pets, purchase salt that won’t hurt the tender pads on their feet. Bring gardening tools inside and spray them with a thin coating of lightweight oil to prevent rust. Empty gas out of your lawn mower and clean off mud and other debris.

For a good video on other things to think about, click here.

Take a walk around the outside of your house looking for holes where mice can get in and heat can escape. Check to see if you need to caulk or weatherstrip doors or windows and touch-up bare spots on wood trim to keep it from rogutter 2tting. If you have them, switch the screens to storm windows. Look at your gutters and downspouts to make sure they are tightly fastened and not sagging. The weight of snow and ice could pull them off the house. While you’re looking, you may as well clean the gutters. Make sure downspouts extend at least five feet from the house so that you don’t incur water damage when the snow melts. Clear all storm drains to prevent flooding. Check your attic, basement and crawl space for leaks and use a sealant to plug any that you find.

Clean out the garage so that your car actually fits inside. That way you won’t have to spend cold winter mornings dusting off your windshield. Clean your patio furniture and pack it where it won’t be exposed CarCoveredWithSnowto the elements. Take in the hose and make sure all exterior faucets are off. Drain water from outdoor pipes, valves and sprinkler heads to protect them from bursting. Clean between the boards of your wood deck to stop mold and mildew growth. Make sure all your exterior light bulbs work and fixtures are clean for those dark afternoons when you are coming home in the semi-darkness. Secure handrails and check for rotten wood on steps. Those should be replaced as soon as possible to avoid a nasty fall. Dump soil from planters and bring clay pots inside so that they don’t break. Dig up flower bulbs, brush off the dirt and store in a bag or box with peat moss. Don’t forget to label the container so you know what you are planting next year.

For more tips on keeping your house in good shape this winter, check out this article from The National Association of Realtors.

The View from 101 York – October 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.


October 3, 2015

All Animal Expo

The DuPage County Fairgrounds will host all types of animals from canaries and parrots to reptiles, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, chinchillas and rabbits. At this time of year, the tarantulas and scorpions are animalsa must see. There are also some puppies and kittens for the soft-hearted and chickens and ducks just to be complete. You can also buy pet supplies like cages, tanks, bedding and anything else you need.

The animals will be accepting visitors from 10:00 am t0 3:00 pm in building 1. Admission is $5 and parking is free.


October 9 and 16, 2015

Fright in the Forest

Scary trainTake a spooky tram tour and hike through the woods at The Morton Arboretum. Finish off the evening with live music, cocktails and snacks. Recommended for people 16 years old and over, the tram rides take off every half hour beginning at 6:30 pm. The last tram departs at 8:30 pm. The cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. There is no cost for children and seniors. For more information, please call (630) 968-0074.


October 9 and 16, 2015

Halloween Hayrides

Take a trip to the Lake View Nature Center in Oakbrook Terrace andOakbrook Halloween take a hayride around Terrace View Park. Learn about Halloween creatures along the way, explore things that go bump in the nights and enjoy story time, crafts and refreshments at the campfire. Registration is required and the cost is $5 for residents and $6 for non-residents.


October 10, 2015

York and Vallette Fall Fest

The annual Fall Fest will feature safe Trick-or-Treating from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at pumpkinsYork and the Prairie Path. Organizers encourage costumes for all attendees. Along with Trick-or-Treating, there will be pumpkin carving or painting, story telling, a bean bag toss, pony rides, a petting zoo, moon jump and more.  The most fun you can have on a fall Saturday is right here in your own backyard.


October 10, 2015

Fall Festival at Cantigny Park

Enjoy the Fall colors while taking a hayride ($1), listening to music and snacking on some yummy treats. The day has a full schedule of fun activities that run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Including a craft show,  pumpkin sales and decorating ($2 or $4), crafts ($3), inflatables, petting zoo ($1), and entertainment throughout the day. Admission is free but parking costs $5.


October 13, 2015

Improv Clinic

The Elmhurst Library is sponsoring an Improv clinic in the Storytime Room from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. If you’ve always wanted to give way to your improvinner comedian, now is the time. Improve your quick-thinking skills and participate in an evening of spontaneous comedy. This class comes with the warning that hilarity will ensue. All skill levels are welcome. No registration is required.


October 17, 2015

BBQ Dinner and Concert

Spend the evening at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church with Brian Dennehy before enjoying Coplands Music of the Heartland, narrated by Mr. Dennehy. The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra will also present “A LincolnBBQ Portrait,” and Schwantner’s “New Morning for the World,” based on the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Dinner will be held in the Garden Room of the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church.

The cost of the dinner is $30 per person or $50 for a couple.  The cost of the concert varies from $9 for a student to $65 for a family. Click here for more details.

Parades aren’t the only reason to visit Spring Road

John R Robertson & Co was responsible for developing the Spring Road Development in 1919. TheSpring Road Dev Map development runs from St Charles Street on the North to McKinley on the North, and from Rex Boulevard/West Avenue on the west to Spring Road on the east. Spring Road was named after a spring on the Talmadge Farm which provided Elmhurst’s water from 1889 to 1916.

An 18×15 foot structure on the corner of Vallette and Spring Road was the sales office for the land developer in the early 1920s. That building became the original office of LW Reedy in 1951, founded by Larry Reedy, Sr., “The Old Pro,” and grandfather to the current LW Reedy President, Larry Reedy. Between 1970 and 1975, Larry Sr. planted over 1,000 trees, most of which took root in the Spring Road Development. The LW Reedy ofice  eventually moved uptown, but the original building still stands.

Spring Road BrochurThe railroads were a driving force in Elmhurst’s development. By 1900, over 100 trains chugged through town every day. Railroad advertisements promoted half and full acre lots in the Spring Road Development for $500 and up with financing plans available. Terms were $25 down and $10 per month. The lots’ selling points were location, taxes much lower than Cook County, city water, gas to cook with, electric lights, sidewalks, stores and 200 good neighbors. Also advertised was plenty of space for a vegetable garden and chickens. Developers encouraged city dwellers to take a free excursion on the Aurora -Elgin Electric to Spring Road in Elmhurst, and bring the wife.

With the added families in Elmhurst, the school system needed more room so they opened Lincoln School in 1916, and established York Community High School with 153 students in 1920. As time went on, businesses were also added including Hanks Corner Drugs and Fountain Soda & Penny Candy, a favorite stop for children on the north. The Carlson 1926 building housed The Candy Bar Dime Store opposite the Spring Inn. Silverado’s was originally Sandy’s Hamburgers during the 60s and spent a little time as an Irish Pub.

Spring Road Station

The train was ideal for commuting to the city, but merchants wanted residents to shop local. A “Shop Elmhurst” publicity campaign was started to bolster area commerce. With downtown Elmhurst a long walk from the area, Lincoln Elementary became a social hub of sorts. Longtime resident Ruth Strand, who grew up in the Spring Road subdivision, was interviewed by the Elmhurst History Museum and spoke of silent movies, sing-a-longs and many other family friendly events, including the annual LW Reedy Christmas Tree sale. When the subdivision was annexed to Elmhurst in 1917, the West Elmhurst Improvement Association joined with the First Ward Improvement and Social Club.

The Spring Road Business Association was founded in 1950 and served to promote patriotica sense of community, sponsoring year-round events including Easter egg hunts, Christmas festivities, sleigh rides and summer concerts at the Gazebo, many of which continue to this day. The biggest event held in the area is the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is in its 20th year and proudly sponsored by LW Reedy. It is the second largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the Chicago Metropolitan area.

Children in the Spring Road neighborhood attend the award winning Elmhurst District 205 schools  Lincoln Elementary, Bryan Middle School and York Community High School. Homes in the Spring Road Development range from a very affordable entry level of $250,000 to $1 million. If you are interested in viewing homes in the Spring Road Development, 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.