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10 Fun Facts About the Annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot

The Annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot is the talk of Elmhurst. But did you know that the first year the turkey trot was run it didn’t contain the word “annual” in it because they didn’t think they would do it again? That was back in 1984, the year of the very first Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot with no sponsors and 74 participants. Read on for more facts about this successful fundraising event.

1 – The course is 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).

2 – Thousands of participants walk and run each year.

3 – The race starts at the intersection of Adell Place and Park Avenue in Elmhurst at 9am on Thanksgiving Day, heading eastbound on Park Avenue.

4- The course was changed this year to accommodate the large number of participants.

5 – Elmhurst residents Michael Frigo and Lora McFillec were the top male and female runners for the 2012 run.

6 – There are 3 parking areas available, and if those areas are not convenient, there are also 3 shuttle bus locations, including Sandburg Middle School, US Bank at York and Vallette, and York High School.

7 – The event went from zero sponsors in 1984 to four sponsors in 1985 to many in 2013. This year’s sponsors include LW Reedy, Riley’s, Elmhurst Police Benevolent Athletic Association, Daniel Law Office, and Roberto’s.

8 – Benefactors include Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry, West Suburban Community Pantry, People’s Resource Center, United Community Concerns Association, Catholic Charlities – DuPage, DuPage PADS, DuPage Senior Citizens Council, Elmhurst Walk-In Ministry, and the Elmhurst/Yorkfield Food Pantry.

9 – It’s not too late to register. You can register online and pick up your packet on race day between 6:30 and 9am in the tent.

10 – LW Reedy Real Estate will be featuring a live DJ, local DJ James Mastrino, during the race. If you’re running, you’ll hear us cheering you on as you pass Park and York at the start of the race. Listen for our dance tunes as you hit the home stretch and pass our office corner at York & First streets.

LW Reedy is proud to sponsor the Annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot. We look forward to seeing all the runners, walkers, and fans on Thanksgiving. If you are looking for a spot to watch the race, come join us!  Coffee and hot chocolate will be available. Ask your favorite LW Reedy agent for more information.

Happy Thanksgiving from all the agents at LW Reedy!

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10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

As much as we wish the warm weather would hold out just a little longer, it’s hard to ignore the cold weather outside. As we get ourselves ready for winter by digging out our warm coats, hats, and gloves, we need to get our homes prepared for the season as well. Save money on energy expenses, prevent costly water damage, and more with these 10 ways to prepare your home for winter.

1. Check your home for leaks and drafts. Use weather-stripping and caulking to seal any areas where heat may be escaping. Check around doors and windows. Replace old windows or use window insulation kits to prevent drafts.window insulation kit

2. Examine ducts, wires, and pipes, especially those that go through walls, ceilings or floors. Wrap exposed pipes with foam rubber sleeves or insulation for pipes from your hardware store to prevent pipes from freezing and exploding.Pipe Sleeves

3. Put foam insulation behind light switch and outlet plates to help heat from escaping.

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4. Arrange to have your chimney cleaned. Close the damper on your fireplace when not in use to help keep warm air inside.

5. Set up an appointment with your heating service to inspect and maintain your system. Replace filters monthly. Make sure heating vents are not blocked by furniture or other items.

6. Have ceiling fans blow upwards toward the ceiling during the winter (and blow downwards during summer). Heat rises and is pushed back down into the room.

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7. Clean gutters and use a hose to test for leaks and blockages. Water can freeze in blocked gutters causing water to back up into the house.

8. Have salt handy for icy sidewalks and driveways. Dig out your snow shovel and the ice scrapers/snow brushes for your car. Have your snow blower checked out, and have some gas handy.

9. Shut off the water to all outdoor faucets. Allow them to drain.

10. While you’re taking care of all these winter chores, remember to take care of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, too. Check batteries and test systems.

The cost savings and peace of mind you’ll receive from taking these few steps to winterize your home will make the time and effort worthwhile.

For more tips about home care, be sure to subscribe to our blog. LW Reedy and our agents are happy to help you keep your home , your investment, maintained and protected.

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The View from 101 York – October 2013

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.

This month LW Reedy is happy to provide you with information about fall fun and Halloween celebrations in Elmhurst and the surrounding communities.

Halloween Fun and Fall Festivals

Don’t miss pony rides, a petting zoo, moon jump, pumpkin carving/painting, and safe trick-or-treating at the Fall Fest this Sat, Oct 12 from 10am to 2pm at York and the Prairie Path (between the fountain and Safety Village). Sponsored by the York & Vallette Business Association.

Trick-or-Treat at LW Reedy and many more Elmhurst City Center businesses during Bootiful Saturday on Oct 25. Free movie at 9:30am. Trick-or-treating from 11am to 1pm.

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Visit Brookfield Zoo on Saturdays and Sundays from Oct 19-27 for BOO at the ZOO! This not-so-scary event features the Dino Track Corn Maze, spooky cookie decorating, Pumpkin Smasher, a haunted carousel, and professional pumpkin carving. Costume showcases at 1:30pm. Check the website for details about even more fun, including pumpkin feedings to the animals. pumpkin_smasher_logo

On weekdays in October, visit the Morton Arboretum‘s Beneficial Bats area in the Children’s Garden from 1 to 4pm. Learn about bats and make finger puppets.

Cantigny Park presents a Fall Festival on Sat, Oct 12 from 10am to 4pm with pony rides, inflatables, a candy dive, The Salt Creek Boys, and hay rides (special charges for some activities; see website for details). Super Stolie Children’s Concert, 2pm. For kids ages 3 to 5, enjoy the Boo Bash! at Cantigny Park from 10 to 11am on Halloween. Show off Halloween costumes, read Halloween stories, make crafts, and enjoy a special treat.

Is your little monster more into trains than skeletons? Check out Trains, Tricks, and Treats on Sat and Sun, Oct 19 and 20 from 10am to 5pm at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Trick-or-treat through the Model Railroad Garden, which will be decorated for Halloween. Children can pot a Halloween plant.

Check out local farms for apple picking and/or pumpkin patches for more fall and Halloween fun. Consider Kuipers Family Farm, Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm, County Line Orchard, All Seasons Orchard, or Goebbert’s Farm.

Thinking Ahead to Thanksgiving

LW Reedy is proud to sponsor this year’s Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot. Not sure you can make it through the run? Join Fleet Feet’s No Boundaries program, a program created especially for people who do not consider themselves runners.  dangibbonsturkeytrot

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The View from 101 York

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.

Just for Kids

Elmhurst Art Museum Classes for Kids

Elmhurst Art Museum Kids’ Classes
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Classes for all ages start at the Elmhurst Art Museumthis week. Includes an after-school art studio for kids 8 to 12, a teen art studio, and a book and paper-making class for adults.

Kids from 4th to 6th grade dance, play games, and use the open gym at Elmhurst Park District’Rockin’ Lockin Saturday, Sept 14 from 7 to 10pm. Register in advance.

The Elmhurst Angel Voice’s Children’s Choir is looking for new members, ages 6 to 12. The fall session for this boys and girls choir begins Sept 10 and features music from Cats. Contact John Tanis, Director of Music, at 312.388.7790 or jdktta@yahoo.com for more information.

Construction News

IDOT plans to close the Lake Street exit ramp on I-290 nightly for repair work starting Sept 9, 2013.

The City of Elmhurst provides a construction map so you can plan around all construction traffic and avoid delays.

Family Fun

Experience nature and art together at 1pm every Saturday and Sunday in September with “A Walk with Mark Twain,” a walking performance at Morton Arboretum.

Take the entire family for a Twilight Adventure at Morton Arboretum on Saturday, Sept 14 from 6 to 8pm or Friday, September 20 from 7 to 9pm. The September theme is Curious Coyotes and the Fascinating Fox. Hike, do activities, and roast marshmallows before a silent tram ride through the woods after dark. Tickets online or in person.

Have you seen the remodeled Washington Park? The grand re-opening is on September 11 at 6pm. The park now features spinners, a shade sail, and a double-sweater saw. The tot area includes a boulder climber and shaded areas.

Keep an eye on the Brookfield Zoo’s website for information about Sarini and Sabu’s  snow leopard cub, born June 13, 2013. He will be making his public debut some time in mid-September.

Snow Leopard Cub at Brookfield Zoo

Snow Leopard Cub at Brookfield Zoo
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Run for Fun

Run through the zoo with the Zoo Run Run, a 5K Chip-Timed Race or Fun Run/Walk benefiting the conservation fund at Brookfield Zoo. September 22, 2013. Register in advance.

Have you always wanted to run the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot but have never considered yourself a runner? To go from couch potato to turkey trotter, join Fleet Feet’s No Boundaries program, a program created especially for those who don’t know how to get started. LW Reedy is proud to sponsor this year’s Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot.

Honoring Veterans

Wilder Park Veterans Memorial

Wilder Park Veterans Memorial
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Join those who have courageously served our country as we reflect on the events of September 11, 2001.  7pm on September 11, 2013 at the Frick Center at Elmhurst College.

Honor the veterans in your family by taking them to the Elmhurst Historical Museum on September 25, 2013 from 1 to 3pm for a free guided tour entitled “Our Lives, Our Stories.” Complimentary entry and refreshments for veterans and their families. Reserve tour times in advance.

Elmhurst College: Educating about Education

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Elmhurst College presented Diane Ravitch, a woman who changes perspective about what the data really tells us about testing, choice, charter schools and other reforms on September 10. If you missed her presentation, be sure to reserve your spot to see Paul Vallas, a man who applies corporate leadership style when teaching the leaders of some of the largest school systems in the nation.

Richard Florida, a professor from the University of Toronto, will discuss the importance of the emerging university educated “creative class.” September 19  7pm at the Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel. $20; free for students.

Peg Tyre, author of “The Trouble with Boys,” presents years of research explaining why boys are the new academic underdogs. 7pm on October 8, 2013, Frick Center at Elmhurst College. Buy tickets in advance.

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The View from 101 York

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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Back to School

Elmhurst public schools start August 19. For tips on school supplies, back-to-school haircuts, and avoiding first-day anxiety, check out our Back to School Basics blog post. For data on schools in Elmhurst and surrounding areas, like student-teacher ratios and number of students per grade, visit the LW Reedy website.
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Rock Out!

Free concert and more! Sons of the Never Wrong and the Matt Stedman Band perform at Berens Park’s Park Palooza. Saturday, August 24, 5 to 10pm. Music, BBQ, beer garden. Activities for kids and families.
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Rock out and help man’s best friend at the 4th annual Rockin’ for Rescue Sunday, August 25 from 11am to 4pm at Silverado in Elmhurst, headlining Forget Hannah and featuring the School of Rock band. Proceeds benefit the Great Lakes Lab Rescue, an organization that places unwanted Labrador Retrievers into loving homes. Tickets $13 for adults, $8 for kids in advance, more at the door. Reserve your spot today!

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Don’t miss the last Music at the Gazebo August 15 on Spring Road in Elmhurst.

Taste of Elmhurst

School is starting, but the farmer’s market goes on. Farm fresh produce and other yummy treats at York & Valette Farmer’s Market Wednesdays from 7am to 1pm. The market goes on through October.

Only one more of the Wilder Mansion Culinary Series with of Cafe Amano’s Chef Marco on Wednesday August 21: The Islands of Greece.

Library Programs for All Ages

Summer reading programs have ended, but reading fun continues with special library programs. Sign up for programs for all ages from Littlest Story Time for the youngest library patrons to Duct Tape Club or Movie Night (this month The Great and Powerful Oz) for the junior high crowd to drop-in training for learning how to download e-books.

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The View from 101 York

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.

Rainy Day Activities for the Kids

Register for special programs like Dig Into Minecraft, Lego Club, story time, book buddies and puppet shows at Elmhurst Public Library. For junior high kids, check out the Late Night Lock-In and puppeteer classes. For teens, college advisory classes and art workshops are available. Registration required for some programs. Check the website or stop in for details.

Classic Cinemas Wednesday Morning Movie Series goes through August 7. Show at 10am; doors open at 9am. Tickets $1 per person. Movie schedule available online.

Check out the Summer Fun & Games Tuesdays at 1pm at the Elmhurst Historical Museum. The Rock-and-Roll class topics include: Backstage Pass Holders, Tapping Tambourines, Crazy Kazoos and Microphone Mania.

It’s not too late to Dig Into Reading at the Elmhurst Public Library. This summer reading program motivates kids of all ages to read with prizes including Legoland tickets and free toys from My Favorite Toy Store. Remember to check your school’s website for summer reading lists.

Rock Out!

Free concert and more! Sons of the Never Wrong and the Matt Stedman Band perform at Berens Park’s Park Palooza. Saturday, August 24, 5 to 10pm. Music, BBQ, beer garden. Activities for kids and families.

Rockin for the Troops features Grammy Award Winner Ronnie Dunn on Saturday, July 20 from noon to 11pm at Cantigny.

Enjoy children’s performer the Little Miss Ann Band on the grounds at Cantigny Saturday, July 27 2pm.

Elmhurst’s City Center’s Block-to-Block Party rocks Elmhurst with live music every Wednesday and Saturday night.

Check out Music at the Gazebo July 18, August 1, and August 15 on Spring Road in Elmhurst.

School of Rock students performs at the Elmhurst Historical Museum on July 19, July 26, and August 2. Be sure to catch the house House Band at the Elmhurst Historical Museum  6 to 7pm on Thursday, July 18 and Thursday, August 13.

GreenFest

Family fun, like home-made paper making and learning about tracking, and education about environmentally-safe practices, workshops and vendors with speakers and vendors at this year’s GreenFest. Participants include the new Elmhurst Wellness Team, The Conservation Foundation, Cool Cities, SCARCE, and Working Bikes. Recycling drop off. Sat Aug 10 10-3. Wilder Park.

Taste of Elmhurst

Get your fresh produce and other yummy treats at York & Valette Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays between 7am and 1pm.

Don’t miss the last 2 of Cafe Amano’s Chef Marco Wilder Mansion Culinary Series on Wednesday July 17 (Parisian Delights) and August 21 (The Islands of Greece).

Fun at Brookfield Zoo for Kids … and Adults, Too!

Catch popular children’s musician Ralph’s World and with opening band the Rockasaurus Rex at 1pm on Sunday, July 28 at Brookfield Zoo.

And for some grown-up time at the zoo, sample over 40 beers at the Zoo Brew beer-tasting. August 10 and 11 all day.

Get into Nature

Check out David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibit at the Morton Arboretum. Giant bugs made from all natural materials, including trees and roots. Free with admission to the arboretum.

Walk the park with nature experts and learn about the different eco systems in our area at the Wednesday Night Sunset Walks at Eldridge Park.

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Summer on a Budget

You’ve been to the pool every day this summer and are getting sick of the smell of chlorine and the daily rinsing and drying of swimsuits and beach towels. If you don’t find something new to do with the kids, you’re all going to go crazy! But everything is so expensive! Or is it? One of the many benefits of living in Elmhurst and the surrounding communities is the proximity to Chicago and to many local suburbs with a great deal of free or low-cost attractions.

Museum Adventure Pass 

Did you know you can get free passes or discounts for local attractions through the library? Simply check out the Museum Adventure Pass at the Elmhurst Public Library. There are limitations, of course, like date restrictions and a one-pass-per-family rule. Check out the rules online.  Your Adventure Pass gets you these great deals:

Passport to Adventure

Check out the Passport to Adventure program. Passports provide details about local museums and attractions. They can be picked up at the library. Children can have their passports stamped and will receive prizes from some of the participating locations. The passport provides details about the venues, including hours and costs. Many of the locations are free and many others simply request a small donation.

Free Places to Go

  • Bartlett Depot Museum. This museum is a great destination for young train enthusiasts. In addition to learning more about trains through hands-on activities and exhibits, children can also play with the train table, read railroad books, and assemble train puzzles.
  • Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia. Located in a forest on the Fox River, the nature center features exhibits about local plants and animals, including live animals and a new turtle pond. Use the hiking and biking trails to reach Devil’s Cave.
  • Elmhurst Historical Museum. The museum is currently featuring Shutter to Think: The Rock & Roll Lens of Paul Natkin, the music scene from the 1970’s to today. Check out the air guitar mini-stage, kids’ activity guide, and more.
  • Elmhurst Art Museum. This award-winning modern museum has art galleries, an education center, and outdoor sculpture. Only Fridays are free.
  • The McDonald Farm, Naperville. The Conservation Foundation offers a free self-guided tour of their educational site. They feature water, butterfly, and rain gardens, rain barrels, and rainwater harvesting systems to model onsite sustainable landscaping and water-conservation techniques.
  • Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, Hinsdale. End your hike through the forest preserve in the child-friendly, hands-on exhibit area featuring DuPage County wildlife.
  • Sumner House Museum, Roselle. The Sumner Houes features a general store, barbershop, blacksmith shop, old toys, military room, and Children’s Discovery Room.
  • Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St Charles. This nature area features hiking trails, an indoor turtle pool, interactive murals, and live animals.
  • Creek Bend Nature Center, St Charles. End your hike through the trails at the discovery area where children can assemble puzzles, read books, and put on puppet shows.
  • Centreville School, West Dundee. Show the kids what it was like to go to school in 1884 by visiting this restored one-room school house.
  • William L Gregg House, Westmont. Recreate the toys from years past at this interactive historical site.

Free Days for Chicago Atttractions

Put the swim suits and beach towels away for a day and see the sites before the kids are back in school! And check out LW Reedy’s Community Links for links to all the sites in Elmhurst.

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The View from 101 York

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.

Spring Cleaning in Elmhurst Last chance for Spring Clean-Up! Have your items at your curb this week on your regular garbage day. Check the city website for acceptable items and other details.

Wondering how to keep the kids reading this summer?

Sign up for Dig Into Reading, the Elmhurst Public Library’s summer reading program for kids. With prizes geared toward every age range, there’s more than enough inspiration to keep the kids reading. Remember to check your school’s website for summer reading lists.

Looking for some live music?

Elmhurst’s City Center’s Block-to-Block Party rocks Elmhurst with live music every Wednesday and Saturday night. Follow LW Reedy on Facebook to find out which musicians are playing in which locations!

Check out Music at the Gazebo June 20 on Spring Road in Elmhurst.

Don’t miss Simone and the Elmhurst College Jazz Band for the June jazz event. June 15, 6:30pm, College Mall. Bring your picnic basket and some lawn chairs. Free music and fun!

Kids getting bored yet?

The Jaycees Charity Carnival opens Thursday, June 13 at 6pm. Buy passes in advance! Visit the Special Kids Carnival Day website for details about a day for special needs children and adults, along with their families,  to ride free.

Classic Cinemas Wednesday Morning Movie Series starts Wednesday, June 12 at 10am. Doors open at 9am. Be sure to arrive early to meet movie characters and get your seats. Tickets are $1 per person. Movie schedule available online.

Summer Yum!

The York & Valette Farmer’s Market is back! Be sure to visit York & Vallette on Wednesdays between 7am and 1pm to get the freshest produce around.

Learn from the best! Chef Marco of Cafe Amano is teaching the Wilder Mansion Culinary Series Wednesday evenings this summer. Topics include Tapas of Spain, Parisian Delights, and The Islands of Greece.

Father’s Day Events

Looking for something special to do on Father’s Day? Check out the special Father’s Day BBQ at Brookfield Zoo. Or combine the Morton Arboretum Father’s Day BBQ with a family bike ride. Arlington Race Track also offers a special brunch with fun activities to celebrate dads on their special day.

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Home Rental or Home Ownership? What’s Best for Your Family?

Making the decision between renting your home and buying is much more than simply comparing a mortgage payment with monthly rent. There are many cost advantages to home ownership that create longterm financial savings over renting. How do you know what’s best for you and your family? Using the Guaranteed Rate Rent Versus Own Calculator with LW Reedy’s Home Search, you can compare renting a specific property with purchasing another.

Beyond the lifestyle benefits of setting down roots for your family, the stability of knowing there is no lease to be renewed, and being able to make changes to your home without checking with a landlord, there are financial benefits to consider, including:

  • Building equity. While home values decreased recently, historically, home values increase over time. While you’re paying off your mortgage, the value of your home is increasing, and your wealth is building.
  • Saving on federal taxes. Currently, you can deduct your mortgage interest from your gross income when calculating your taxes.
  • Budget stability. When you rent, you sign a new lease with your landlord each year, typically facing annual increases in your rent. With a fixed mortgage, your payment stays the same over the life of the loan, allowing for a more stable and predictable budget.

For some families, the benefits of renting outweigh the benefits of home ownership.

  • Maintenance costs. When you rent, your landlord covers the cost of broken appliances, roof repair, etc. With homeownership, maintenance costs are your responsibility.
  • Risk. While historically home values increase over time, there are periods, as experienced recently, when home values decrease for a period. If you have to move when the value is low, you can lose money on your home.
  • Less flexibility. If you need to move frequently and with short notice, consider if you have the financial stability and support to manage the frequent buying and selling of homes.

Understanding the benefits of homeownership is one thing. Seeing the numbers makes it clear.

  1. Use LW Reedy’s Home Search to find your dream home and a comparable rental property.
  2. Use Guaranteed Rate’s Rent Versus Own Calculator to compare costs. The listing sheet, which you can get at LW Reedy at 101 N. York in Elmhurst, will tell you the property taxes for the home you are considering. For home insurance estimates, call your favorite insurance agent.

Now let’s consider an example created using the calculator. This house at 689 S Hillside in Elmhurst in the Lincoln Elementary School district is currently listed for $293,900. A similar rental property at 715 Saylor Avenue, in the same school district, recently rented for $1600 a month. Using Guaranteed Rate’s Mortgage Calculator and assuming an FHA loan with a down payment of 3.5%, we learn that you will save $40,694 over a 7-year period of ownership.

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For another example, consider this home at 870 S Hawthorne Avenue in the Jackson Elementary School district listing for $325,000 and a similar home in the same school district at 950 Bryan St that recently rented for $1900 a month. With the same down payment assumptions, the rent-versus-loan calculator tells us that you will save $45,616 over a 7-year period of ownership by owning over renting.

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Considering these cost savings along with benefits of stable monthly payments, setting down roots for your family, and exerting control over your living space, ownership is the best bet for most families. Managing these calculations can be complicated. To walk through the numbers, contact our friend CJ Poloucek at Guaranteed Rate. To compare two properties, check with your favorite agent at LW Reedy.
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Elmhurst-Area Summer Camps and Programs for Kids

Worried about the kids sitting in front of their electronic games all summer? Elmhurst and the surrounding areas offer many unique and fun options for summer programs for kids to get them away from the screens and into the real world!

Academics/Leadership

Art

Creatures and Nature

Dance

LEGOs!

Music

  • Elmhurst College, including Jazz Combo Camp for middle school and high school students and Acoustic Guitar Camp for high school students
  • Music Together , music camps for preschoolers
  • School of Rock, from Intro to Rock to Songwriting and Recording

Preschool

Sports

Theater/Movie-Making

Multiple Programs – sports, art, music, dance, preschool, and more.

From butterflies to Legos and making movies to spiking the volleyball, Elmhurst and the surrounding areas have plenty of activities to keep kids of all ages engaged, learning and growing.

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