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Home shopping and Skokie's Backlot Bash

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Joe Zekas

20 years on the North Shore without going native.

Shopping for your next home is a lot more than finding the right house. It's also finding a community that suits your needs and where you'll feel comfortable.

One great way to get a sense of what a community's like and who lives there is visiting a high-profile community event. The big event in Skokie this time of year is the 3-day Backlot Bash.

The Backlot Bash will be held this year on August 27 - 29, on Oakton Street between Lincoln and Laramie. If your ears have had enough after 15 hours of free live music you can find some respite at a silent film festival, a classic car show, an arts and crafts show, or a game of bingo.

Save more than a little time for house-hunting, however, since there are well over 700 homes and condos currently on the market in Skokie, at prices ranging upwards of a million dollars. The median priced home is in the mid-$200s, and that will typically get you a 1950s 3-bedroom, 2-bath ranch house with about 1,110 square feet of living space.

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